NUMBER 5 - ROBIN ROBERTS COMES OUT
"Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts announces on Facebook what her friends and co-workers have long known: She's gay. Roberts thanked her "long-time girlfriend Amber" in an end-of-the-year message reflecting on her health battles in 2013. She did not give her girlfriend's last name. Roberts has not previously spoken publicly about her sexuality.
NUMBER 4 - MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE
Starting January 1st minimum wage workers in 13 states and four cities will receive higher paychecks. The largest increase is in Washington state, where minimum wage will go up to $9.32 an hour. Other states seeing a boost include: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Colorado and Oregon. Arkansas is not on the list. The changes were partly fueled by nationwide walkouts by fast-food workers.
NUMBER 3 - PIN DATA STOLEN IN TARGET HACKING
Target confirmed Friday that debit card pin data was indeed stolen when the retailer was hacked. But the company says it believes the pins are "safe and secure." A spokeswoman says the pins are "strongly encrypted" and can only be decrypted with a key held by an independent payment processor. Target says that key was not stolen in the breach.
NUMBER 2 - MANHUNT FOR BANK ROBBER ENDS
A six day nationwide manhunt for a suspected bank robber and cop killer has ended. Phoenix police say an officer shot and killed Mario Garnett, 40, following another bank heist. The crime spree began Monday when Garnett tried to rob an Atlanta bank but failed. The FBI says he robbed a customer at an ATM, and then went to Tupelo, Mississippi where he held up a bank and shot two police officers, killing one of them. Garnett wasn't spotted again until Saturday in Arizona. The Secret Service says he was convicted of threatening President Obama in 2010.
NUMBER 1 - RUSSIAN EXPLOSIONS
Russian investigators are calling two deadly bombings in Volgograd, Russia possible acts of terrorism. The first - at a train station Sunday. The second - on a bus Monday where at least 14 people were killed. Investigators say both appear to be set off by suicide bombers and there are strong indications the attacks are linked. The violence comes as Russia prepares for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.