ISRAEL, PALESTINIAN MILITANTS IN GAZA EXCHANGE
by Israeli airstrikes on more than 100 militant targets that continued into early Thursday. Since the attack started, 11 Palestinians, including two children and seven militants, have been killed and more than 93 wounded.
rockets in response, and that the new Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two dozen of them. The Israeli operation was launched after days of rocket fire from
Obama held his first press conference yesterday (November 14th) since being re-elected, and he had some tough words for Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have been critical of Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and potential Obama nominee for secretary of state over her remarks in the days after the deadly attack on our consulate in Libya. At the time, Rice said in several TV interviews that the attack had been inspired by an anti-Islamic video made by a
community believed at the time and had told her. In addition to steadily criticizing Rice since, McCain and Graham said yesterday that they'd do everything in their power to block her from being confirmed as secretary of state. An angry Obama denounced those attacks, saying, "If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. I'm happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador who had nothing to do with
once-a-decade political transition. Xi was formally appointed general secretary
after a morning meeting of senior communists that ended a weeklong congress.
PETRAEUS' MISTRESS' COMPUTER HAD CLASSIFIED INFO: A computer used by Paula
Broadwell, the woman whose affair with
conditions, Reuters reported Wednesday (November 14th) citing law enforcement
and national security officials. The contents of the classified material and how Broadwell acquired it remain under investigation. Broadwell, who's a rserve officer in military intelligence, had security clearances that gave her access to classified material. However, one of the questions being investigated is whether she followed government rules for handling classified information.
AMERICAN ADDED TO FBI'S MOST WANTED TERRORISTS LIST: The FBI said yesterday (November 14th) that it had added a 28-year-old American from
in the African nation. Hammami, known by the nickname Abu Mansour al-Amriki, is
one of only a few Americans on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List.
of Senate business from the election was completed yesterday (November 14th)
when Independent Senator-elect Angus King of
Democratic seats -- a two-seat pick-up in the election -- plus two independents
who will caucus with them, King and Senator Bernie Sanders of
campaign which party he'd align with. However, he is a former Democrat, and had
said that he supported President Obama's re-election. His views on issues such as abortion rights and the environment also line up most closely with Democrats. However, he said that
caucusing with the Democrats doesn't mean he's in automatic opposition to the GOP, and vowed to vote his conscience, saying independent voices are needed to try to break the partisan gridlock in Congress.
IRELAND PROBING DEATH OF MISCARRYING WOMAN DENIED ABORTION: Protests have been held in several Irish cities and three investigations are being carried out after a 31-year-old woman in the midst of a miscarriage died at an Irish hospital after doctors refused
to perform an abortion. Savita Halappanavar, an Indian woman who lived in
husband both begging for the procedure, until the fetus finally died inside her. Doctors then removed the remains, but Halappanavar died soon after of blood poisoning. The constitution in predominately-Catholic Ireland bans abortion, but a 1992 Supreme Court ruling found the procedure should be legalized when a woman's life is in danger from continuing the pregnancy. However, no law has been passed explicitly saying that, leaving Irish hospitals reluctant to terminate pregnancies except in the most obviously life-threatening
York, brothers have been charged with attempted grand larceny and conspiracy
after they waited six years and then claimed a $5 million lottery scratch-off ticket that they allegedly scammed from a customer at their family's convenience store. Andy Ashkar, who's 34, is still maintaining that he bought the ticket himself in 2006 at his family's store, and that he'd waited six years to split the money with his 36-year-old brother, Nayel, because he
worried the cash would negatively affect his engagement to his girlfriend. According to to District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, the real winner is a 49-year-old married father of two, who isn't yet being publicly named. Lottery officials were suspicious of the brothers' story from the start, and also of Andy telling them he'd take a lesser amount if they could avoid the usual
lottery news conference to announce the winners. The lottery officials put out a detailed press release about the brothers winning, hoping the real owner of the ticket would come forward. What eventually was discovered was that the real winner was fooled into giving the ticket to the brothers in October 2006 because he was confused by the number of zeroes on it. Fitzpatrick said, "He says to a buddy he won $5,000. The friend says, 'No, I think you won
$5 million,' and he says, 'No, it couldn't be.'" Police say that Andy Ashkar, who was behind the counter, told the man that he won $5,000 and offered to pay him $4,000 right then to avoid taxes and other complications, and the man took the deal. Fitzpatrick said of the real winner, "For six years he has lived a very pedestrian life struggling and working hard. I would be just
thrilled to death -- his life just completely changed around."
voting by the Baseball Writers' Assocation of America, 153 points to 149 points, keeping the Detroit Tigers' ace from winning two years in a row. Price was 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA. Dickey, the first knuckleballer to win a Cy Young, easily beat out second-place finisher Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers -- also last year's winner -- finishing first on 27 of 32 ballots and getting 209 points, 113 more than Kershaw. Dickey had a 20-6 record and 2.73 ERA.
weekend's game, and while he's hopeful he'll be able to play again this season, he said he doesn't know, and his doctors don't seem to yet either. He said, "From what [the doctor] said, he's trying to talk to experts because there is no case study over the exact same thing." Doctors are concerned, however, that the rib could puncture his aorta if it's jostled around.
NO COMMUNICATION BETWEEN
even communicating with each other. After four straight days of negotiations last week, talks broke off angrily on Friday night (November 9th). Discussions resumed Sunday, but that meeting ended after only 90 minutes.
DIAMOND SELLS FOR $21.5 MILLION; SETS RECORD: The "Archduke Joseph Diamond" has sold for $21.6 million, setting a world record for a colorless diamond. Christie's
Archduke Joseph Diamond should have fetched such a high price," adding, "It is considered the finest and largest perfect
his services free of charges for families who needed it most because they didn't have insurance coverage. Lottery officials said, "We are very grateful that John has given his time and skills to help the people dealing with the challenges brought on by
but that's not going to clothe and feed them. So in order for me to help, I needed to turn what I do into something concrete that I could give to them." He said seeing the devastation motivated him to raise the dough. Once he told his clients he'd be donating, he said the calls starting pouring in and he was able to raise $700. The dealer explained, "Yes, I made a
little extra money for myself those two days. But [my clients] are getting something they'd already get anyway. I was going to work regardless, and now I felt like I was doing it with purpose. . . I'm not doing what I do in order to get rich or create some super marijuana empire. I'm trying to help, and this is my job." (Huffington Post)
RESEARCH SAYS MEN IN RELATIONSHIPS HAVE "LOVE HORMONE": New research suggests that men in relationships have a hormone that prompts them to keep their distance from other attractive women. Researchers call this hormone, "the love hormone," but it's also known as Oxytocin. Oxytocin is known to contribute to pair-bonding, and in an experiment, single men and men in relationships were all given either oxytocin or a placebo having no effect. Then the men were introduced to a pretty woman, who moved towards them to have a conversation. The men then had to tell the woman where he was comfortable with her standing to converse. Men in relationships who took oxytocin stopped the woman when she
was 28-to-30-inches away, while oxytocin-dosed single men allowed 20-to-24 inches between them and the woman. (Fox News)
FACEBOOK CREATES NEW PAGES FOR COUPLES: If you're "in a relationship" on Facebook you now have a "couple's page." You can see it by visiting Facebook.com/us. Some bloggers have expressed disgust over the new pages, but they should come as no surprise. Facebook already has friendship pages, which have existed for about two-years already. To see a friendship page, go to a friend's profile, click the gear icon at the top right of the page, and click "see friendship." (CNN)
AVENGED SEVENFOLD SINGER SAYS NEW ALBUM IS ‘COMING ALONG NICELY’: Avenged Sevenfold returned to the public eye this week with its new song and video "Carry On," which is included in the just-released blockbuster video game Call Of Duty: Black Ops
II. Lead singer M. Shadows told Pulse of Radio that ever since recording that song in August, Avenged has been working steadily on album number six: "I try not to say too much about the album because you know how the Internet world is, so I'll just say this: we have a direction, we're sticking to that direction, and we feel really very happy writing in these terms that we've laid out for ourselves. The album is coming along very nicely, we're excited to get in the studio, we have about six songs that I'm really happy with right now, and we're continuing to write every single day."
HINDER FRONTMAN SAYS ‘DARK DRUG BINGE’ FUELED NEW ALBUM: Hinder frontman Austin Winkler told Billboard on Wednesday (November 14th) that a "really dark drug binge" fueled much of his songwriting on the band's upcoming fourth album, Welcome To The Freakshow. Winkler explained to Pulse of Radio what his state of mind was during this tough period: "I was in a very, very, very dark addiction, and you can kind of hear the turmoil
in my voice and stuff like that. And, you know, as soon as we got the record done I went into treatment to get help, and it's interesting to go back and listen to it now."
NEW ALBUM FROM SCARS ON BROADWAY ON THE WAY: System Of A Down guitarist Daron Malakian is working on a new album from his side band Scars On Broadway -- and doing it alone. Even though a touring version of the group is out now on the road with Deftones, Malakian is playing all the instruments on the second Scars album. He explained, "It was just this secret, personal thing I wanted to do for myself. I didn't want there to be any
hype behind it." He added, "I could have just recorded music and put it out under my own name. But I actually want to tour these songs and get behind them. And I was ready to do another Scars On Broadway record." The debut disc from Scars came out in 2008, with the new one expected in 2013. (Loudwire)
NEW NIRVANA EBOOK OUR NOW: A new eBook called Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge In
JON BON JOVI’S DAUGHTER ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION: Stephanie
Bongiovi, the 19-year-old daughter of singer Jon Bon Jovi, was arrested on her college campus Wednesday morning (November 14th) on charges of drug possession. Stephanie, whose last name is the real family last name, and a fellow student were taken into custody after police responded to a report of an unresponsive female at
Stephanie was taken to a local hospital to recover, but in the meantime she and 21-year-old Ian Grant were arrested after police found marijuana, a small amount of heroin and drug
paraphernalia in her dorm room.
Band has pledged $1 million to regional recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy. They have also turned their November 30 winter tour opener at the
ELIZABETH BANKS GIVE BIRTH TO
GUY FIERI'S RESTAURANT TRASHED BY NY TIMES: The New York Times restaurant critic gave a scathing review to Guy Fieri's new restaurant, called Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, in the form of rhetorical questions he posed to the celebrity chef. The questions attack both Fieri's choice of menu options and the decor of the
JESSICA SIMPSON'S MOM PLANS TELL-
TIM TEBOW HIRED BY
CBS CASTS LEAD IN 'BEVERLY HILLS
Lightning Thief, to play the lead in the Beverly Hills Cop series.