Thursday, January 13, 2011

Christina Aguilera Super Bowl

Christina Aguilera Super Bowl - The Web is ablaze with buzz that Christina Aguilera will be taking the field to belt out our national anthem before Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Feb. 6.

A spokesperson from the NFL had "no comment" on Aguilera's participation, according to Hitflix, but Gossip Cop says it has been confirmed by a source close to the singer. Aguilera's spokesperson said she could not confirm it to Lifeline Live at this time.

As previously reported, the Black Eyed Peas will perform at halftime.

Christina Aguilera Super Bowl

Charlie Sheen Back to Set

Charlie Sheen Back to Set - Charlie Sheen's "ear infection" must be better. TMZ is reporting he did show up to the set of Two & A Half Men today.

Charlie missed his call time to rehearsals yesterday with a doctor's note for a "serious, ongoing ear problem", which was only made worse when he flew to L.A. that morning from his Vegas bender.

Charlie Sheen Back to Set

Brazil Mudslides

Brazil Mudslides - Mudslides and flooding killed at least 44 people in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state and authorities said on Friday that the death toll could climb with more heavy rains in the forecast.

Twenty-two people were found dead on Friday after a small hotel and surrounding homes collapsed in the beach resort of Angra dos Reis, one of Brazil's most exclusive tourism destinations, the Rio de Janeiro state's civil defense said.

Television footage showed the Sankay hotel and a number of homes in Angra buried under a mountain of mud. Rescue teams, aided by helicopters and navy boats, were struggling to reach the area where the hotel collapsed, Pedro Machado, head of the firefighters' corps, told GloboNews television.

Brazil Mudslides

Civil defense authorities said about 40 people were registered at the hotel. They told Reuters heavy rains forecast for the coming days could make rescue work harder and trigger more mudslides.

"Rescue crews told us there is just so much mud and water there which, coupled with that fact that the site is one of very difficult access, force them to remove all the mud manually basically, without the aid of heavy equipment," a civil defense spokeswoman said in a phone interview.

Brazil Mudslides

AJ Mclean Rehab

AJ Mclean Rehab - The Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean is heading back to rehab.
The singer issued a statement Thursday confirming that he had checked himself into a rehabilitation center, citing "personal reasons."

McLean says he knows this year is going to be busy for the Backstreet Boys, so he wanted to be "healthy and perform and sing for people at my very best and happiest."

The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block are set to tour together this summer. McLean says the tour won't be affected.

Last year ended on a high note as the two boy bands performed in Times Square as part of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2011."

This will be McLean's third stint in rehab. He sought treatment in 2001 and 2002. He turned 33 last week.

AJ Mclean Rehab

T-Rex Relative

T-Rex Relative - What may be the earliest known relative of T. rex and all meat-eating dinosaurs has been discovered. The dog-sized mini-predator would've made its future relatives proud as it fed on small dinosaurs and the young of other reptiles, and is now shaking up what scientists had previously learned about the evolution of those extinct giants.

The small, lanky, two-legged carnivore named Eodromaeus murphi - Eodromaeus being Greek for "dawn runner," murphi in honor of field volunteer Jim Murphy - weighed only 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kilograms) and measured about 4 feet (1.2 meters) in length from snout to tail. The skeletons of two specimens were discovered side-by-side in 230-million-year-old iron-rich stone in the "Valley of the Moon" at the foothills of the Andes in northeastern Argentina, which was once the southwest corner of the supercontinent Pangaea.

T-Rex Relative

"With a hike across the valley, you literally walk over the graveyard of the earliest dinosaurs to a time when they ultimately dominate," said researcher Ricardo Martinez, a paleontologist at the National University of San Juan in Argentina.
Dino graveyard

The predator came from the dawn of the age of dinosaurs, a time we know relatively little about. The long-necked, long-tailed predator was armed with saber-shaped upper cheek teeth and sharp-clawed five-fingered hands.

"Seeing what a modest beginning this lineage had, no one would have ever thought it would evolve to giant predators like T. rex," researcher Paul Sereno, a paleontologist at the University of Chicago, told LiveScience.

Sereno, Martinez and their colleagues concluded Eodromaeus was likely a very close relative of the ancestor of the theropod lineage, which includes all predatory dinosaurs. Key features it had in common with theropods include long finger bones tipped with claws that enhance grasping, and pockets in the sides of the neck vertebrae for air sacs from the lungs.

T-Rex Relative

Gucci Mane Ice Cream Tattoo

Gucci Mane Ice Cream Tattoo - Gucci Mane’s got no shortage of ink on his body, but his newest tatt is definitely causing some heads to turn.

Last night tattoo artist Jason Murray tweeted that La Flare hit up his parlor in Atlanta, days after being released from his stint at a mental health/rehab facility, where he asked for an ice cream cone drawn on his face.

The piece, which nearly covers the entire right side of his face, features the rapper's "Brr" catchphrase on the cone as well as what appear to be flames or lightening bolts shooting from the top of the ice cream and the sides (fire and ice ... ). Gucci apparently isn’t one to skimp on his desserts either, his ice cream cone has three (yes, three!) scoops. Gucci has referenced "ice" in his music before, on tracks like "So Icy" with Young Jeezy, "Ice Game" with Zaytoven and his own take on Wu-Tang's "C.R.E.A.M."

Gucci, who recently dropped "Gucci Rag Top" with Chicago hipster MC Kid Sister, was arrested on November 2 when police discovered him driving on the wrong side of the road. Police needed to use pepper spray to subdue the rapper but he was later released. The traffic charges against the "Lemonade" lyricist were eventually dropped. Earlier this month Gucci appeared in court for a probation hearing related to the incident. Records from the Fulton County Superior Court Clerk's office obtained by MTV News reveal Gucci Mane filed a "special plea of mental incompetency" on December 27 indicating he is unable to "intelligently participate" in the revocation process.

Gucci Mane Ice Cream Tattoo

Jay Z Chicken Restaurant

Jay Z Chicken Restaurant - After amassing a huge fortune last year via record sales, book sales and several key investments, rap and entertainment mogul Jay-Z is winging it — literally.

Just as his "H.A.M." collaboration with Kanye West was dropping on Facebook, news broke that the 41-year-old Brookynite has invested in the Brooklyn-based chicken wing restaurant Buffalo Boss, teaming up with his mother, Gloria, and sister Andrea in the new venture. Keeping things within the family, the fast food joint is currently co-owned by the rapper's cousin Jamar White.

"Yes, it's all true," White told MTV News confirming the news. "Jay supports us in all we do, that's my big cousin right there."

The eatery does more than dole out saucy wings, fries, salads and soft drinks. According to TMZ, Jay-Z and Buffalo Boss recently teamed up to reward exceptional students at a nearby middle school with free eats. (A glance at the Buffalo Boss menu reveals the eatery serves up strictly organic chicken for children and adults looking for healthier options.)

The news that Jigga is investing in a chicken restaurant will come as a mild surprise to some fans as the rapper revealed to Oprah in 2009 that he doesn't eat much in the way of the largely affordable meat as it reminded him of his former poverty.

"We ate a lot of chicken, you know, because chicken's cheap," he said. "We had so much chicken — chicken backs, chicken everything ... to this day, I can only eat small pieces or else I feel funny."

Jay Z Chicken Restaurant

Company Dells Rifle Part Inscribed 'You Lie'

Company Dells Rifle Part Inscribed 'You Lie' - The Republican congressman who gained notoriety for shouting "You Lie" at President Obama is happy that a gun seller has stopped selling a part for a semi-automatic rifle that was engraved with his infamous words.

This comes amid the debate over whether provocative political rhetoric inflames violence. The issue is getting fresh scrutiny in the aftermath of the deadly Arizona shootings that left six dead and 13 wounded, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, wrote a letter to the head of the Palmetto State Armory thanking him for discontinuing the sale of the rifle part. The company is based in the state capital of Columbia.

"I have been made aware of a AR-15 lower receiver being sold by Palmetto State Armory," Wilson wrote to Jamin McCallum.

Company Dells Rifle Part Inscribed 'You Lie'

"I thank you for quickly suspending sales of the product that uses my words."

Wilson signed the letter, which is dated Wednesday. Neal Patel, the congressman's Communications Director, forwarded it to CNN.

Patel told CNN that the gun and parts seller informed Wilson's office that it had pulled the product. "The Congressman was pleased with this news," Patel said in an email.

The ad for the "You Lie"-engraved AR-15 is no longer active on Palmetto State Armory's website.
However, the Free Times weekly newspaper in Columbia captured screen grabs of the Internet page before the ad was taken down.

Company Dells Rifle Part Inscribed 'You Lie'

Sparkfun Electronics Giveaway

Sparkfun Electronics Giveaway - On January 13th, 2011, Boulder-based SparkFun Electronics will give away $150,000 worth of products in the second annual iteration of the aptly-named event "Free Day." The event is open to anyone with the magic powers of the internet. Free Day is designed to celebrate current SparkFun customers while giving those unfamiliar with SparkFun an easy foray into the wonderful world of DIY electronics. To learn more about or participate in Free Day please visit www.sparkfun.com.

"Free Day is our way of giving back to our loyal customer base of innovative and passionate electronics enthusiasts, and to offer first-time folks an opportunity to get started designing and building fun electronic gadgets," said SparkFun Founder and CEO Nathan Seidle. "We love helping people turn designs ideas into reality and we look forward to seeing what our community members come up with as a result of this event."

In the winter of 2003, SparkFun was but a twinkle in Seidle's eye. But as he toiled away on an engineering project, Seidle realized it was unnecessarily difficult to find the parts he needed to complete his project. From his college apartment, he maxed out his credit cards buying the essentials (parts and pizza) and founded SparkFun Electronics. The rest, as they say, is history.

In its seventh year of business, SparkFun hosted its first Free Day event, successfully giving away $100k worth of goods on a first-come, first-served basis. In the second Free Day, the stakes are raised with $150k (a max of $100 per person) up for grabs as users are rewarded either based on the number of years they have been SparkFun customers or their answers to an electronics-themed quiz. In addition to the prize funds, SparkFun will donate $2 for each correctly answered question (up to a total of $30,000) to a collection of three charities: The Gathering Place, The Hunger Project, and X Prize Foundation.

For all the details on SparkFun's Free Day and to learn how to get your credit, visit www.sparkfun.com

Sparkfun Electronics Giveaway

New Zodiac Sign Ophiuchus

New Zodiac Sign Ophiuchus - A reformatted zodiac calendar and the big debut of the constellation Ophiuchus have astrology followers in a cosmic whirlwind trying to adjust to their new signs.

Here's some more info on it.

Ophiuchus includes those born between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17.
So don't panic just yet, children of Ophiuchus, you now share a sign with Britney Spears, Tyra Banks, John Kerry and Brad Pitt.

Better get to know the Greek god Asclepius.
Because there are some stories in Greek mythology that talk about the god of medicine and healing as being the source of the Ophiuchus constellation.

And you also better get to know the rod of Asclepius symbol.
Meaning that now is the time to go ahead and get that serpent entwined around a staff tattoo you've been mulling over.

New Zodiac Sign Ophiuchus

Obama Arizona Speech Transcripts

Obama Arizona Speech Transcripts - Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Please, please be seated. (Applause.)

To the families of those we've lost; to all who called them friends; to the students of this university, the public servants who are gathered here, the people of Tucson and the people of Arizona: I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today and will stand by you tomorrow. (Applause.)

There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: The hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy will pull through. (Applause.)

Scripture tells us:

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

On Saturday morning, Gabby, her staff and many of her constituents gathered outside a supermarket to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and free speech. (Applause.) They were fulfilling a central tenet of the democracy envisioned by our founders -- representatives of the people answering questions to their constituents, so as to carry their concerns back to our nation's capital. Gabby called it "Congress on Your Corner" -- just an updated version of government of and by and for the people. (Applause.)

And that quintessentially American scene, that was the scene that was shattered by a gunman's bullets. And the six people who lost their lives on Saturday -- they, too, represented what is best in us, what is best in America. (Applause.)

Judge John Roll served our legal system for nearly 40 years. (Applause.) A graduate of this university and a graduate of this law school -- (applause) -- Judge Roll was recommended for the federal bench by John McCain 20 years ago -- (applause) -- appointed by President George H.W. Bush and rose to become Arizona's chief federal judge. (Applause.)

His colleagues described him as the hardest-working judge within the Ninth Circuit. He was on his way back from attending Mass, as he did every day, when he decided to stop by and say hi to his representative. John is survived by his loving wife, Maureen, his three sons and his five beautiful grandchildren. (Applause.)

George and Dorothy Morris -- "Dot" to her friends -- were high school sweethearts who got married and had two daughters. They did everything together -- traveling the open road in their RV, enjoying what their friends called a 50-year honeymoon. Saturday morning, they went by the Safeway to hear what their congresswoman had to say. When gunfire rang out, George, a former Marine, instinctively tried to shield his wife. (Applause.) Both were shot. Dot passed away.

A New Jersey native, Phyllis Schneck retired to Tucson to beat the snow. But in the summer, she would return East, where her world revolved around her three children, her seven grandchildren and 2-year-old great-granddaughter. A gifted quilter, she'd often work under a favorite tree, or sometimes she'd sew aprons with the logos of the Jets and the Giants -- (laughter) -- to give out at the church where she volunteered. A Republican, she took a liking to Gabby, and wanted to get to know her better. (Applause.)

Dorwan and Mavy Stoddard grew up in Tucson together -- about 70 years ago. They moved apart and started their own respective families. But after both were widowed they found their way back here, to, as one of Mavy's daughters put it, "be boyfriend and girlfriend again." (Laughter.)

When they weren't out on the road in their motor home, you could find them just up the road, helping folks in need at the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ. A retired construction worker, Dorwan spent his spare time fixing up the church along with his dog, Tux. His final act of selflessness was to dive on top of his wife, sacrificing his life for hers. (Applause.)

Everything -- everything -- Gabe Zimmerman did, he did with passion. (Applause.) But his true passion was helping people. As Gabby's outreach director, he made the cares of thousands of her constituents his own, seeing to it that seniors got the Medicare benefits that they had earned, that veterans got the medals and the care that they deserved, that government was working for ordinary folks. He died doing what he loved -- talking with people and seeing how he could help. And Gabe is survived by his parents, Ross and Emily, his brother, Ben, and his fiancée, Kelly, who he planned to marry next year. (Applause.)

And then there is nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green. Christina was an A student; she was a dancer; she was a gymnast; she was a swimmer. She decided that she wanted to be the first woman to play in the Major Leagues, and as the only girl on her Little League team, no one put it past her. (Applause.)

She showed an appreciation for life uncommon for a girl her age. She'd remind her mother, "We are so blessed. We have the best life." And she'd pay those blessings back by participating in a charity that helped children who were less fortunate.

Our hearts are broken by their sudden passing. Our hearts are broken -- and yet, our hearts also have reason for fullness.
Our hearts are full of hope and thanks for the 13 Americans who survived the shooting, including the congresswoman many of them went to see on Saturday.

I have just come from the University Medical Center, just a mile from here, where our friend Gabby courageously fights to recover even as we speak. And I want to tell you -- her husband Mark is here and he allows me to share this with you -- right after we went to visit, a few minutes after we left her room and some of her colleagues in Congress were in the room, Gabby opened her eyes for the first time. (Applause.) Gabby opened her eyes for the first time. (Applause.)

Gabby opened her eyes. Gabby opened her eyes, so I can tell you she knows we are here. She knows we love her. And she knows that we are rooting for her through what is undoubtedly going to be a difficult journey. We are there for her. (Applause.)

Obama Arizona Speech Transcripts

Our hearts are full of thanks for that good news, and our hearts are full of gratitude for those who saved others. We are grateful to Daniel Hernandez -- (applause) -- a volunteer in Gabby's office. (Applause.)

And, Daniel, I'm sorry, you may deny it, but we've decided you are a hero because -- (applause) -- you ran through the chaos to minister to your boss, and tended to her wounds and helped keep her alive. (Applause.)

We are grateful to the men who tackled the gunman as he stopped to reload. (Applause.) Right over there. (Applause.) We are grateful for petite Patricia Maisch, who wrestled away the killer's ammunition, and undoubtedly saved some lives. (Applause.) And we are grateful for the doctors and nurses and first responders who worked wonders to heal those who'd been hurt. We are grateful to them. (Applause.)

These men and women remind us that heroism is found not only on the fields of battle. They remind us that heroism does not require special training or physical strength. Heroism is here, in the hearts of so many of our fellow citizens, all around us, just waiting to be summoned -- as it was on Saturday morning. Their actions, their selflessness poses a challenge to each of us. It raises a question of what, beyond prayers and expressions of concern, is required of us going forward. How can we honor the fallen? How can we be true to their memory?

You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations -- to try and pose some order on the chaos and make sense out of that which seems senseless. Already we've seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health system. And much of this process, of debating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future, is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.

But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized -- at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do -- it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we're talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. (Applause.)

Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, "When I looked for light, then came darkness." Bad things happen, and we have to guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.

For the truth is none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped these shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man's mind. Yes, we have to examine all the facts behind this tragedy. We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of such violence in the future. (Applause.) But what we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other. (Applause.) That we cannot do. (Applause.) That we cannot do.

As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let's use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways that our hopes and dreams are bound together. (Applause.)

After all, that's what most of us do when we lose somebody in our family -- especially if the loss is unexpected. We're shaken out of our routines. We're forced to look inward. We reflect on the past: Did we spend enough time with an aging parent, we wonder. Did we express our gratitude for all the sacrifices that they made for us? Did we tell a spouse just how desperately we loved them, not just once in a while but every single day?

So sudden loss causes us to look backward -- but it also forces us to look forward; to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we live our lives and nurture our relationships with those who are still with us. (Applause.)

We may ask ourselves if we've shown enough kindness and generosity and compassion to the people in our lives. Perhaps we question whether we're doing right by our children, or our community, whether our priorities are in order.

We recognize our own mortality, and we are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame -- but rather, how well we have loved -- (applause)-- and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better. (Applause.)

And that process -- that process of reflection, of making sure we align our values with our actions -- that, I believe, is what a tragedy like this requires.

For those who were harmed, those who were killed -- they are part of our family, an American family 300 million strong. (Applause.) We may not have known them personally, but surely we see ourselves in them. In George and Dot, in Dorwan and Mavy, we sense the abiding love we have for our own husbands, our own wives, our own life partners. Phyllis -- she's our mom or our grandma; Gabe our brother or son. (Applause.) In Judge Roll, we recognize not only a man who prized his family and doing his job well, but also a man who embodied America's fidelity to the law. (Applause.)

And in Gabby -- in Gabby, we see a reflection of our public-spiritedness; that desire to participate in that sometimes frustrating, sometimes contentious, but always necessary and never-ending process to form a more perfect union. (Applause.)

And in Christina -- in Christina we see all of our children. So curious, so trusting, so energetic, so full of magic. So deserving of our love. And so deserving of our good example.

If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate -- as it should -- let's make sure it's worthy of those we have lost. (Applause.) Let's make sure it's not on the usual plane of politics and point-scoring and pettiness that drifts away in the next news cycle.

The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better. To be better in our private lives, to be better friends and neighbors and coworkers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their death helps usher in more civility in our public discourse, let us remember it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy -- it did not -- but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation in a way that would make them proud. (Applause.)

We should be civil because we want to live up to the example of public servants like John Roll and Gabby Giffords, who knew first and foremost that we are all Americans, and that we can question each other's ideas without questioning each other's love of country and that our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American Dream to future generations. (Applause.)

They believed -- they believed, and I believe that we can be better. Those who died here, those who saved life here -- they help me believe. We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another, that's entirely up to us. (Applause.)

And I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us. (Applause.)

That's what I believe, in part because that's what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed. (Applause.)

Imagine -- imagine for a moment, here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that some day she, too, might play a part in shaping her nation's future. She had been elected to her student council. She saw public service as something exciting and hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.

I want to live up to her expectations. (Applause.) I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it. (Applause.) All of us -- we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations. (Applause.)

As has already been mentioned, Christina was given to us on September 11th, 2001, one of 50 babies born that day to be pictured in a book called "Faces of Hope." On either side of her photo in that book were simple wishes for a child's life. "I hope you help those in need," read one. "I hope you know all the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart." (Applause.) "I hope you jump in rain puddles."

If there are rain puddles in Heaven, Christina is jumping in them today. (Applause.) And here on this Earth -- here on this Earth, we place our hands over our hearts, and we commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit.

May God bless and keep those we've lost in restful and eternal peace. May He love and watch over the survivors. And may He bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

Obama Arizona Speech Transcripts

Rep. Louis Gohmert Guns

Rep. Louis Gohmert Guns - Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told reporters today that his staff is working on a measure to allow members of Congress to carry concealed weapons in the District of Columbia - including in the Capitol itself.

D.C. laws bar regular people from carrying concealed weapons for self-defense. There are exceptions - they can carry weapons if they are headed to a gun range, for example - but in general weapons must be kept in the home.

Gohmert told reporters it would be a "good thing" if members could carry concealed weapons, noting that he has "friends that walk home from the Capitol. "

Rep. Louis Gohmert Guns

"There is some protection in having protection," Gohmert said. He indicated that lawmakers should be able to carry weapons in the Capitol building itself, including on the House floor during debate.

Gohmert did not say if he himself would carry a weapon if the measure passed. But he said he felt scared at times during last year's health care debate, particularly when a stranger screamed at him on the street.

The Texas Republican, who is a strong supporter of gun rights, said he had applied for a conceal carry permit in Texas but stopped short of submitting it. The reason, he said, was that as a judge he saw that arrest warrants of those who had such permits carried warnings that the arrestee was licensed to carry a weapon.

Gohmert also said he did not believe there should be more gun control laws - "certainly not to protect Congress." Members have put forth proposals in the wake of the Tucson shooting Saturday to provide more protection to lawmakers, including a proposal from Republican Rep. Peter King of New York barring people from bringing a weapon within 1,000 feet of a government official.

Rep. Louis Gohmert Guns

Loughner Black Bag Found

Loughner Black Bag Found - A man walking his dog has found a black bag holding ammunition that authorities believe was discarded by a gunman accused of trying to assassinate an Arizona congresswoman.

Chief Rick Kastigar with the Pima County Sheriff's Office told The Associated Press that an 18-year-old found the bag Thursday morning in a neighborhood near where the suspect lives. He went to get another man, who looked inside and saw ammunition.

Authorities have said the suspect, Jared Loughner, and his father got into a confrontation over the bag at their home in the hours before the shooting.

Loughner Black Bag Found

Anna Chapman TV

Anna Chapman TV - Since being deported from the U.S. last year on charges of being a spy for Russia, Anna Chapman has been busy.

First, she and her fellow spies were celebrated by an official state welcome party. She did some sexy magazine photo shoots. She attended a rocket launch. She was given a movie role and a lion cub. She rallied the youth of Vladimir Putin's political party.

Now, Anna Chapman is getting a TV show.

A spokeswoman for REN-TV, a private nationwide channel, told the Associated Press Wednesday that Chapman will host a new TV show in which she will "use all her talents to solve the world's most complicated mysteries."

No other details of the show were provided.

Maybe the sultry 28-year-old redhead will finally reveal the mystery of how she contributed to Russian espionage against the United States, which she has yet to do.

Anna Chapman TV

Eastern Illinois University Evacuated Suspicious Package

Eastern Illinois University Evacuated Suspicious Package - A building at Eastern Illinois University was evacuated on Thursday after someone discovered a "suspicious package" but campus activities were returning to normal, a school official said.

"Someone received what they considered a suspicious package and reported it. The building was evacuated. And investigators were called to look the situation over," said university spokeswoman Vicki Woodard.

Woodward said the package was found in the morning in the Human Services Building, which houses the university's health services.

She had no other details about the package but said "things are returning to normal."

Eastern Illinois University is located in Charleston, about 185 southwest of Chicago, with a student population of about 11,600 students.

Eastern Illinois University Evacuated Suspicious Package

Erin Barry Divorce

Erin Barry Divorce - Erin Barry (photos below) and Brent Barry are officially divorced. Texts from Erin Barry (photos below) to Tony Parker allegedly shocked Brent Barry when news erupted in November 2010. Erin Barry would later deny an affair with Tony Parker and deny even pursuing Parker.

The father of Brent Barry, former Spurs teammate of Tony Parker, told news in November that Erin recently filed for divorce and had moved out of the couple’s home. At the time, a report claimed that Brent “only became aware of [the texting …] upon hearing the media reports a couple of days ago.” The Barrys have no comment about their divorce today.

Erin Barry eventually denied all allegations of infidelity adding“Right now I worry about my law school finals… being a first year law student is much scarier than dealing with gossip” .

In November 2010, Mario Lopez (Extra) stated “Eva wants everyone to know, she’s devastated by the rumors of Tony’s infidelity. She loved her husband and is heartbroken about their split”. Longoria has never identified the woman / women she suspected.

Erin Barry Divorce

iPhone-Controlled Beer Fridge Cannon

iPhone-Controlled Beer Fridge Cannon - The inventor of an iPhone-controlled fridge which shoots cans of beer across a room from a CANNON says he now never needs to leave the sofa when he wants a brew.

25-year-old technology consultant Ryan Rusnak came up with the gadget because he was fed up with having to walk to the fridge every time he wanted a drink.

Working with a pal he turned a fridge in a basic vending machine which dropped chilled beers -- and then added a compressed air cannon, web server and iPhone interface.

Now when he wants a beer, he uses his phone to log into the fridge, picks what sort of beer he wants and fires it over to where he is sitting. Basically, he's created the worlds best ever invention.

iPhone-Controlled Beer Fridge Cannon

Conan O'Brien ok with David Letterman

Conan O'Brien ok with David Letterman - Conan O'Brien says he got a phone call from David Letterman over the holidays. The CBS host wanted to make sure a year of late-night TV turmoil hadn't created a rift between them.

O'Brien told reporters Wednesday that he and Letterman have "always been good. I said he didn't owe me a phone call, but I appreciated it."

O'Brien wouldn't be so receptive to a call from Jay Leno, who preceded and replaced him as "Tonight" show host.

He says the reason is no mystery, noting, "We all know the story."

O'Brien said the experience of losing the "Tonight" show left him and his staff feeling like a band of pirates that stuck together through hard times. It's a dynamic he believes makes the show stronger.

Conan O'Brien ok with David Letterman

O'Brien's new TBS show, called "Conan," began in November. He said the past year's upheaval has left him more willing to take chances onstage.

"I'm very appreciative," he said. "There's nothing like walking away from the 'Tonight' show that makes you appreciative of being on the air and having a TV show. I think that feeling is coming through."

O'Brien's show and "Lopez Tonight," which follows it on TBS' lineup, both have an audience with an average age of 33, the youngest among the late-night talk shows.

"I like performing for children," he said. "I have a 7-year-old and a 5-year-old. That's a workout. Making them laugh brings me a lot of joy."

Conan O'Brien ok with David Letterman

Bouncer's Cards Stop Knife Blows

Bouncer's Cards Stop Knife Blows - A wallet stuffed with 20 plastic cards and a stroke of luck saved a pub doorman in western Germany from serious injury during a knife attack.

A customer ejected from the pub in the city of Witten on Sunday stabbed its 31-year-old doorman four times in the chest with a knife, police said. But a fat wallet in the bouncer's breast pocket stopped the blade from piercing his body.

"The wallet and cards acted as a protective vest and prevented a more serious incident," chief inspector Volker Schuette told Reuters without naming the bouncer or attacker.

"Everyone at the police station checked their wallets and no one had 20 plastic cards," he said, adding that the doorman's wallet had a plethora of cards for video rental stores along with credit and bank cards.

Schuette said that a wallet with fewer cards in it would not have been enough protection against the attack and that lady luck had also been smiling on the doorman that day.

Bouncer's Cards Stop Knife Blows

How DNA Evidence Helps Exonerate

How DNA Evidence Helps Exonerate - Cornelius Dupree Jr. was exonerated Tuesday, more than 30 years after he told police and prosecutors they had the wrong man.

DNA testing proved he was wrongly convicted in connection with a 1979 Dallas rape, robbery and abduction. Dupree, 51, spent three decades in prison – more time behind bars than any other Texan later cleared by DNA testing.

"It's a joy to be free again," Dupree said Tuesday in a brief hearing. Applause broke out in the courtroom full of other exonerees after state District Judge Don Adams told Dupree, "You're free to go."

Dupree's exoneration could be the first in a new wave of cases, albeit probably a small wave.

With 21 DNA exonerations in Dallas County – more than any county in the nation since 2001 – it was believed there were few wrongly incarcerated people left who could be cleared by DNA evidence. Authorities thought that evidence with DNA had only been preserved by the county's lab since 1981.

How DNA Evidence Helps Exonerate

Longest Prison Sentences

Longest Prison Sentences - The longest jail sentence ever passed in the United States was a whopping 10,000 years for a triple murder. In Alabama, Dudley Wayne Kyzer was jailed for 10,000 years for the 1981 murder of his wife. He was also sentenced to two life terms for murdering his mother-in-law and a college student.

Not quite as long, but still very long and certain to insure the defendant never got out of prison was the 1994 Oklahoma rapist, Darron Bennalford Anderson, who received a 2,200-year jail sentence. Worse yet for him, when he appealed his conviction he go no mercy. He was convicted yet again and re-sentenced to more than 90 more centuries in jail. Specifically, he was give 4,000 years each for rape and sodomy he committed, 1,750 years for kidnapping, 1,000 years for burglary and robbery, and 500 years for grand larceny. That gives new meaning to the phrase "throw the book at him." He seems to have gotten a whole legal library thrown at him. But, Anderson got somewhat of a break when, in 1997 an appeals court dismissed one of the charges and eliminated 500 years from his sentence. What will his release date be, just in case you're worried - the year 12,744.

Longest Prison Sentences

Hawaii Winter Warning

Hawaii Winter Warning - While the U.S. Northeast digs out from under a blizzard, peaks on the big island of Hawaii are expected to receive about a foot of snow, the National Weather Service reported.

Snow was on the ground today in every U.S. state except Florida, covering 71 percent of the land to an average depth of 6.9 inches (18 centimeters), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A winter storm warning was issued for Hawaii’s mountain peaks, which rise almost 14,000 feet, well above the freezing point, said John Bravender, a weather service meteorologist in Honolulu.

“There is a potential for up to 12 inches through Thursday,” Bravender said.

Bravender said a cold front laden with moisture reached the islands yesterday, and a front about 400 miles to the west is causing more storms to develop. Severe thunderstorms and water spouts are possible, according to the weather service.

Hawaii Winter Warning

Facebook Lawsuit and Reopen

Facebook Lawsuit and Reopen - The good-looking, all American brothers - whose intellectual property lawsuit against Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was portrayed in the biopic The Social Network - are challenging the $65 million dollar settlement with the social networking company.

In the movie, the rowing jocks were portrayed as being reluctant to sue Zuckerberg, claiming it wasn’t the “Harvard way”, to chase the Facebook founder across the courtyard spoiling for a fight.

But life, as they say – isn’t a movie.

Not satisfied with their $65 million dollar payout, the twins (who come from one of the richest families in America) are appealing their settlement in the belief they are entitled to more - as much as $460 million more.

Facebook Lawsuit and Reopen

Their company, ConnectU, filed against Zuckerberg in 2007 alleging he stole their idea for a social networking site after they hired him to work on their website “HarvardConnection”.

They settled in 2008, accepting a $65 million payout, including $45 million in private Facebook stock.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are alleging that Facebook engaged in securities fraud, leaving out important information pertaining to the companies' true worth.

As a result, the brothers say they were granted fewer shares than they were entitled to.

The twins are claiming they only discovered that Facebook was using an internal valuation of $3.7 billon after they signed the settlement agreement.

Facebook Lawsuit and Reopen

Police Raid Homes Stub Out Smoking Habit

Police Raid Homes Stub Out Smoking Habit - Bhutan police can raid homes of smokers in a search for contraband tobacco and are training a special tobacco sniffer dog in a crackdown to honor a promise to become the world's first smoke-free nation.

Buddhist Bhutan, where smoking is considered bad for one's karma, banned the sale of tobacco in 2005, but with a thriving tobacco smuggling operation from neighboring India, the ban failed to make much of an impact.

But legislation passed in the new year, granting police powers to enter homes, is set to stub out the habit, threatening five years in jail for shopkeepers selling tobacco and smokers who fail to provide customs receipts for imported cigarettes.

Police Raid Homes Stub Out Smoking Habit

Smoking in private is not illegal in the Himalayan kingdom, but as the sale of cigarettes is banned, smokers are restricted to 200 cigarettes or 150 grams of other tobacco products a month that can be legally imported. And they must provide a customs receipt when challenged by police.

The Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency has started raids, with officials allowed to enter homes if someone is seen smoking or if officials have reason to believe there is illegal tobacco there.

There has been widespread grumbling about the new rule.

"When it comes to the penalties in the tobacco control act, it is, in every sense of the word, draconian," the country's largest selling newspaper, Kuensel, said in an editorial.

Police Raid Homes Stub Out Smoking Habit

News Corp iPad Newspaper

News Corp iPad Newspaper - Apple's Steve Jobs will be joining Rupert Murdoch in a rare joint event to launch News Corporation's digital magazine project, the Daily, in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts on the 19th of January if a Forbes report is to be believed.

Forbes' Jeff Bercovici says that the Daily will be released on that day to an exclusive audience of 1000 and that the newspaper already employs 100 people and may well feature 3D features.

Steve Jobs may very well decide to launch the iPad 2 at the same event because the subscription model proposed by the Daily may well require some new features to be integrated into the forthcoming iOS 4.3.

Launching it on the 19th, rather than a couple of days later will only serve to amplify, not dilute, the message that the iPad is the best medium for electronic magazine subscriptions.

It would make perfect sense for Steve Jobs to launch the iPad 2 and for Rupert Murdoch to then join him on stage to debut The Daily.

While the success of the iPad 2 is almost guaranteed, that of The Daily is far from being certain especially as it will cost $0.99 per week and already lacks a print version.

News Corp iPad Newspaper

Hearst Zebras Killed by Angry Neighbors

Hearst Zebras Killed by Angry Neighbors - Along with hairpin curves and heart-stopping views of the Pacific, motorists on Highway 1 near San Simeon may glimpse a most exotic sight: a herd of zebras grazing in pastures along the road.

They are what is left of what was once the world's largest private zoo — a menagerie of camels, kangaroos, emus and giraffes that roamed the estate of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.

Last week three zebras — a buck, a mare and a yearling — escaped from Hearst Ranch and wandered over to nearby Cambria.

Hearst Zebras Killed by Angry Neighbors

On Jan. 5, when two of the three turned up on David Fiscalini's cattle ranch, he raised his shotgun and killed them. A neighboring rancher shot the third zebra.

Fiscalini told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that the two zebras that got onto his property had spooked his horses.

The incident has pitted local preservationists against those who say ranchers have the right to defend their livestock. It made the front page of the local newspaper Wednesday.

Fanning the controversy were reports of Fiscalini's actions the day after the shooting, when he called a local taxidermist out to the ranch and said he needed one of the zebras skinned and its hide tanned. "He wants to make a rug," said Rosemary Anderson, the taxidermist's wife. "You can't believe the controversy."

Hearst Zebras Killed by Angry Neighbors

Subprime Credit Card Offers

Subprime Credit Card Offers - For the last two years, its been nearly impossible for subprime borrowers to qualify for a loan of almost any kind. But that's beginning to change as banks slowly return to lending. First up: credit cards.

Consumers with less-than-perfect credit scores are once again targets for card issuers. A growing number of banks have picked up the pace of card offers to the best of of subprime borrowers—typically those with FICO credit scores between 620 and 660. According to credit-card comparison site, CardHub.com, the number of solicitations for cards sent to that group has risen up to 300% since June. Among the most prevalent senders are large lenders like Capital One and HSBC, who say the campaign is part of a bigger effort to provide access to credit to more borrowers.

For subprime borrowers, this is just the beginning. "We'll see more of these offers this year to the cream of the subprime," says John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education for SmartCredit.com, a credit-monitoring web site.

Subprime Credit Card Offers

Before the credit crisis, subprime was an important market segment for banks. They generate more revenue from fees – including late fees and annual fees -- from subprime customers than from more credit-worthy borrowers. And banks charge them higher interest rates, too. Crisis or not, lenders receive, on average, 70% of their revenue from subprime borrowers in fees; prime borrower fee-related revenue stands at 48%, according to R.K. Hammer Investment Bankers, which advises credit card issuers on their cards.

Now, as charge-off rates—money owed that lenders have written off as a loss--and delinquency rates decline (they were at 8.49% and 4.59% respectively, according to third quarter Federal Reserve data, down from highs of 10.9% in second quarter 2010 and 6.61% in first quarter 2009), many card issuers are less worried about continued charge-offs and are returning to risky borrowers as a way to make more money.

Subprime Credit Card Offers

Office Dating Etiquette

Office Dating Etiquette - Etiquette when dating co-workers is always a delicate situation. It usually never turns out well and should be avoided if possible. If it can't be avoided, here are some points you should take note of.

It's best not to tell anyone else in the office about the relationship. Not to be secretive, but to avoid problems. Once other co-workers find out, there will be gossip aplenty. Especially if one of the people in the relationship is a senior at the office. They will be viewed as being favored no matter how talented they are.

If others in the office do know you are dating a co-worker, it is best to speak to them honestly about it. Otherwise they will think you are trying to pull a swift one on them. You don't need to explain details of your relationship. That is your personal business, but let them know what is going on.

Office Dating Etiquette

New TV Shows to Watch 2011

New TV Shows to Watch 2011 - 2011 will be a great year for TV shows with a lot on offer. Here are some to look forward to.

Piers Morgan Tonight

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Game of Thrones

Falling Skies

Traffic Light

Shameless

New TV Shows to Watch 2011

Most Popular Superheroes

Most Popular Superheroes - Our fascination for superheroes is universal. Everyone has their favorite superheroes from early childhood, and even adulthood. Here are some of the favorites.

Males
Superman
Batman
Wolverine
The Flash

Females
Wonder Woman
Cat Woman
Poison Ivy

Most Popular Superheroes