MORE TWISTS IN PETRAEUS SCANDAL: There were more twists in the David Petraeus scandal on Monday (November 12th), which came as AP cited former staff members and
friends of the retired general and now ex-
platonic. In an unexpected new twist in the case, the Pentagon said early today that General John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is under investigation for alleged, quote, "inappropriate communications" with Kelley, although what those communications were about hasn't been revealed. Additionally, an FBI search was apparently conducted last night at Broadwell's
It was Broadwell's harassing emails to Kelly that launched the FBI investigation that
eventually led to Petraeus' affair being discovered. The FBI concluded relatively quickly that no security breach had occurred, according to AP, but the investigation continued into whether Petraeus had any role in the harassing emails. The FBI didn't reveal the investigation to Congress or the White House, finally telling President Obama's director of intelligence, James Clapper, about it on Election Day last week. Clapper called Petraeus that night and urged him to resign, and Obama was informed of the investigation Thursday, before Petraeus came to personally offer his resignation.
Although Congress didn't know, an FBI source notified Republican Rep. Dave Reichert
Department policy is not to share information from an ongoing criminal investigation with anyone, including the White House and Congress, unless national security is involved, which is wasn't in this case.
AP reported last night that the FBI agent who contacted Reichert was the same one
who first was told about the allegations by Kelley. That agent's role in the case consisted only of passing along information from Kelley to the FBI agents who conducted the investigation, but that agent was later told to stay away from the case because they were concerned that he'd become obsessed with it. The agent was a friend of Kelley and had previously sent her shirtless photos of himself.
two people and injured seven focused on natural gas Monday (November 12th), with officials checking gas lines and a homeowner saying a faulty furnace could be to blame. Officials cautioned, however, that it was too soon to rule out other causes, saying only that they don't believe a meth lab caused the explosion that destroyed two homes and severely damaged dozens of others.
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SOUNDGARDEN UNLEASHES ‘KING ANIMAL’ TODAY: Soundgarden releases its first album in 16 years, titled King Animal, on Tuesday (November 13th). The disc is the first
collection of all-new studio material since 1996's Down On The Upside and the first fresh recordings by the legendary
and yeah, it was kind of nice, like, not having that added pressure of any kind
of label interference."
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Grace and Shinedown will team up for a co-headlining arena tour of the
Shinedown's Brent Smith added, "Shinedown prides itself on always taking our live shows to the next level and giving our fans everything they want -- honest, emotional, and incendiary
performances. This tour is no exception. In fact, we're raising the bar."
NEW DEFTONES ALBUM OUT, COULD BE BEST OF BAND’S CAREER: Deftones issue their seventh studio album, titled Koi No Yokan, on Tuesday (November 13th). The disc follows up 2010's Diamond Eyes, the band's biggest hit since 2002's White Pony, and is already
riding a wave of advance critical acclaim. The LA Music Blog called it "the best album from Deftones in years and quite possibly the best in their entire career," while Loudwire reported that "if the Smashing Pumpkins were heavier, ballsier and angrier, they'd make albums that sound like this."
Frontman Chino Moreno told Pulse of Radio that he thinks the new album is a perfect example of what Deftones does best: "Some of my favorite things about Deftones are the dynamics. I mean, yes, we're a heavy band, but we're not just like, you know, in your face, aggro, the whole time, punching you in the face. There's also this very soothing element where there's, you know, a lot of soundscapes and a lot of outside influences other than just, you know, attack, attack the whole time. I don't know, I really think we meld those things great."
SECOND NEW GREEN DAY ALBUM ARRIVES AMIDST UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Green Day releases the second of three new albums, Dos!, on Tuesday (November 13th), although not under the circumstances the band probably first envisioned. Just days before the release of the first record, Uno!, on September 25th, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong had a profanity-laced meltdown at a
In reviews published this week, the Los Angeles Times called Dos! "a far better record than Uno! In fact, it's an excellent Green Day album -- one of its best." The Toronto Star, on the other hand, called the new disc "thoroughly ordinary" and "astonishingly tuneless coming from a band that can usually be depended on for a few hooks."
ANOTHER NEW RELEASE FROM SLASH ON THE WAY: Slash will release a special three-disc "enhanced" edition of his sophomore solo album, Apocalyptic Love, on November 19th
exclusively through Best Buy. The set includes the original 15-song album, two additional bonus songs, eight previously unreleased acoustic tracks and the "Live From NY" concert
UPCOMING RUSH RELEASE: Rush will release three deluxe editions of its landmark 1976 concept album 2112 on December 18th. The CD/
package contains the CD/Blu-ray and all the other features, plus a 40-page physical comic book illustrating every song on the record, all collected in a hardbound case.
arrive in the Spring of 2013. The news was announced on Nick Swisher's Facebook page.
MUPPETEER WHO VOICES ELMO ACCUSED OF HAVING SEX WITH A MINOR: Kevin Clash, the man who created and has voiced the beloved Sesame Street character Elmo
since the muppet's debut on the show has taken a leave of absence following
allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Clash
admits to a relationship but claims that his involvement with the accuser was
between two consenting adults.
The accuser, who is now 23, has hired the same law firm who represented one of Jerry Sandusky's victims. Sesame Workshop, who was first approached about this situation back in June, released a statement on their website today calling the accusations of underage conduct
unsubstantiated and that an investigation only revealed that Mr. Clash violated
the company policy regarding internet usage. His leave of absence was explained
as a need 'to protect his reputation.'
by 2017. Additionally, the IEA said that by 2035, the
percent of its total energy, would become nearly energy self-sufficient. Driving the IEA's optimistic forecasts, which are in sharp contrast to its previous reports, is the boom in oil and gas being extracted from shale through the controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing, dubbed "fracking."
licenses, and the current trend indicates the gap will only widen. A study from the
economic implications, since women are more likely than men to buy smaller,
safer and more fuel-efficient cars, to drive less, and to have a lower fatality
rate per distance driven.
them starting in 2009. A new, $100 million supercomputer called Titan has been found to be the fastest, with a performance record of 17.59 petaflops per second, which equals quadrillions of calculations per second. The supercomputer is based at
fastest supercomputers, with the other two in
protesting its annual grants to the organization drew more than 80,000 signatures. A
American Dictionary has named "gif," which stands for graphics interchange format and is a common format for images on the Internet, as its word of the year. Although gif was first released by CompuServe back in 1987, it's had a cultural resurgence in recent years, most commonly used for funny commentary. Katherine Martin, head of the
transforming to keep pace." This year's runner-up was the abbreviation "YOLO," which stands for "You only live once."
FACEBOOK TESTING A SOUND ALERT FEATURE FOR WALL POSTS: Facebook is testing out a new sound alert system that plays a "ding dong" noise each time someone writes
on your timeline, sends you a message, or invites you to an event. Facebook says that only a small number of profiles have been enabled with the new sound alerts, which can be controlled through account settings. Facebook says it's also working on a new comments system. (Fox News)
STRANGE BEAUTY PRODUCT: COLLAGEN DRINKS: Would you consider drinking a beauty product? That's exactly what the creators of "Pure Gold Collagen" - a beauty drink-- want you
to do. "Pure Gold Collagen" contains collagen - a protein in the skin that gives it a youthful look. Creators of the drink claim drinking it boosts collagen levels in the skin. One dermatologist says he hasn't seen any evidence that taking collagen orally would improve the quantity of collagen in the skin. (Daily Mail)