the Palestinian-held territory by Egypt's prime minister, as long as militants didn't fire rockets at Israel. The suspension of fire was being made in response to a request from
willing to hold their fire if
escalated Thursday with a first-ever rocket attack from
BP TO PAY $4.5 BILLION, THREE TO FACE CHARGES IN 2010
criminally, two of them with manslaughter. The April 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig killed 11 workers and led to the nation's largest offshore oil spill, with oil gushing out of the blown-out well for more than 85 days. BP will plead guilty to charges involving the 11 deaths and lying to Congress about how much oil was spewing from the well. Two rig workers are facing manslaughter charges, accused of repeatedly disregarding abnormal high-pressure readings, and BP's former VP of exploration for the Gulf faces
charges of withholding information from Congress that more oil was gushing from the well than he let on. Despite the criminal settlement, BP still faces several billion dollars in additional civil claims. Investigators have blamed the initial explosion on time-saving, cost-cutting decisions by BP and its drilling partners in cementing the well shaft.
FOUR DEAD, 17 HURT IN TRAIN COLLISION WITH
CONGRESSIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES
were killed. Part of the video came from surveillance by a Predator drone. They also spoke about the timeline of the attack in exchanges that were sometimes heated, as the Republicans have been hammering the Obama administration over the adequacy of security at the consulate, the U.S. response to the attack, and the administration's initial public comments that turned out to have incorrectly suggested the attack had grown out of a protest over an anti-Islam video made by a California man. The session came ahead of testimony today
before the same two committees by former
made his first visit on Thursday (November 15th) to areas of
House said he didn't visit
PANETTA ORDERS MILITARY ETHICS REVIEW: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, to carry out a review to look for any gaps in ethics training, saying there have been lapses in judgment by top officers that could, quote, "erode public confidence in our leadership." The order comes as retired General David Petraeus has stepped down as
scandals. However, there have been recent issues involving lesser-known military leaders, including one general who was demoted for wasting taxpayer money on misconduct in travel and misuse of military aircraft and staff, and another who's facing accusations including forcible sodomy of a subordinate.
POST OFFICE HAD RECORD LOSS OF $15.9 BILLION THIS YEAR: The struggling U.S. Postal Service reported Thursday (November 15th) that it had a record loss of $15.9 billion in
the fiscal year that ended on September 30th, and predicted even greater losses in 2013 if congressional action isn't taken. The 2012 losses were more than triple the $5.1 billion loss the previous year, with most of it due to growing mandatory costs for future retiree health benefits. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said they've been able to reduce costs significantly by increasing worker productivity. But he said they've been hurt by congressional inaction on a postal overhaul bill that would allow the elimination of Saturday mail delivery
and reduce its $5 billion annual payment for future health benefits. The Postal Service is an independent agency that doesn't receive tax money for its day-to-day operations, but is subject to congressional control.
MOTHER OF COLUMBINE SHOOTER SAYS PRAYED FOR HIS SUICIDE: The mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two
students and a teacher in April 1999 before killing themselves, confesses in a new book that when she heard about the shooting, she prayed for her son to commit suicide. In Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon, which includes a chapter on children who commit crimes, Sue Klebold talks about when she learned on the day of the massacre that her son was one of the shooters. She says, "I had a sudden vision of what he might be doing. And so while every other mother in
mine would die before he hurt anyone else." She also says, "I thought that if this was really happening and he survived, he would go into the criminal justice system and be executed, and I really couldn't bear to lose him twice. I gave the hardest prayer I ever made, that he would kill himself, because then at least I would know he wanted to die and wouldn't be left with
all the questions I'd have it he got caught by a police bullet. Maybe I was right, but I've spent so many hours regretting that prayer: I wished for my son to kill himself and he did."
Year Mike Trout, who had 206 points. Cabrera hit .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, and the third baseman was the second straight
35-year-old Holdsclaw followed Jennifer Lacy, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, to her car. No one was injured. Holdsclaw, who led Tennessee to three consecutive national championships from 1996 to 1998 before her pro career that including six WNBA All-Star selections and a 2000 Olympic gold medal, has spoken about her past battles with clinical depression, including a 2006 suicide attempt.
guitarist Tom Morello told Billboard that despite some recent hints from bassist Tim Commerford and singer Zack de la Rocha, there are "no plans" for Rage to make a new
As for the 20th anniversary of the first Rage album, Morello told Pulse of Radio that the band had no idea when it first started out that its pioneering mix of rock, rap and radical politics would last this long: "I had literally zero expectations. It's very different now, like, everybody's got Lil Wayne and Metallica in their iPod. That was not the case in 1991. They were opposing musics. And to combine traditionally black and white music and then to have a
multi-ethnic band, and then have the lyrical content -- I didn't think that we
would be able to book a club show."
SLIPKNOT’S CLOWN TO DIRECT NEW
something truly memorable."
NEW SEVNEDUST ALBUM GETS A NAME: Sevendust has set Black Out The Sun as the title of the band's ninth studio album, which is due for release in April 2013. Guitarist Clint Lowery said about the album in a recent interview, "It's a lot of what we do -- it's heavy and it's got its melodic element in it." He also compared the "vibes" of the disc to early albums Animosity and Home. Lowery also mentioned that the group may hit the road with Coal
Chamber and Lacuna Coil early in the new year. Black Out The Sun will follow up 2010's Cold
NEW NIRVANA DOCUMENTARY ON THE WAY: A new documentary on late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is in the works from filmmaker Brett Morgan, whose
history of the Rolling Stones, Crossfire Hurricane, premiered Thursday night (November 15th) on HBO. Morgan revealed that he's been discussing the Cobain project with the musician's widow, Courtney Love, since 2007, saying, "We've been trying to find the right time to put this film together and the time is now. Kurt was not only an amazing songwriter and musician, he was an incredible artist and filmmaker. So we are going to do the movie sort of
like a third-person autobiography -- (as) if Kurt was around and making a film about his life." (The New York Post)
BLACK SABBATH RECORDING CONTINUES; VINYL
original members of Black Sabbath continue to work on their first album together in 34 years, with bassist Geezer Butler recording his bass tracks on Thursday (November 15th). A post at the band's Facebook page featured a picture of an empty stool and a bass guitar in the studio, with the caption reading, "Geezer Butler is all set to record some more bass tracks on the
new album today."
released next April and tour dates starting to surface.
CHECK IT OUT: See a photo of the box set at http://tinyurl.com/d582eob
JENELLE EVANS TWEETS ENGAGEMENT RING: Teen Mom star Jenelle Evans announced her engagement on Twitter by sending out a picture of her hand with a tiny ring on it. She will be marrying her boyfriend Gary Head.
Pivarnick from seasons one and two of
be a part of the Restore the Shore benefit airing on MTV. The self-proclaimed Kim Kardashian
HOPE SOLO WEDS: Despite her fiance's trip to jail for an alleged incident of domestic violence, Hope Solo wed Jerramy Stevens as initially planned. The two reportedly fought over where they would live as a married couple but that did not prevent the Dancing with the Stars
alumnus from walking down the aisle the day after all of the drama went down.
SHOWTIME TELLS JOAN RIVERS TO STOP PROMOTING COMEDY SPECIAL: Showtime sent a cease and desist letter to Joan Rivers for promoting her upcoming comedy special Don't Start With Me. The comedian, known for her crazy antics in the name of self-promotion, has refused to comply with the order.
FX'S 'AMERICAN HORROR STORY' RENEWED: Ryan Murphy's FX hit American Horror Story has been picked up for a third season. The only other detail revealed for season 3 is that Jessica Lange will continue to be a part of the show.
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JUDGE SAYS HULK HOGAN’S SEX TAPE STAYS ONLINE: A judge has
denied Hulk Hogan's request to have Gawker remove his sex tape from their website. The ruling allows the site to keep the video online until the official case is decided.
When the tape first leaked, Hulk filed the lawsuit claiming it was an invasion of privacy and that the damage it caused was irreparable. TMZ reports that the judge explained that
the former wrestler failed to prove that posting the tape was not within their first amendment rights. He went on to say that protecting Hogan's privacy was not necessary at this point since the proverbial cat was out of the bag.
Lite-Brite, the Fisher-Price corn popper and the tea set, which were all on a shortlist for consideration. (NBC)
MOM HIRED STRIPPER FOR TEEN
105-YEAR-OLD WOMAN INVITED TO ATTEND
pretty funny. The two of them and I could see the humor in what happened."
The principal added that it would be fun if Anna would stop by to meet school
officials and have coffee. (TheLocal.Se)
BAD DRIVER ORDERED TO MAKE COPS THANKSGIVING DINNER: A woman who pleaded guilty to felony assault and three misdemeanors, for knocking over a police officer with her vehicle, has been ordered to cook Thanksgiving dinner for three officers on
leave or unable to work in Canton, Ohio. In addition, the woman -- 46-year-old
Valerie Rogers -- is on probation for one year. The judge has reserved a year
of prison time for her in case she violates her probation. (Huffington Post)
WHAT LIVES IN YOUR BELLY BUTTON? Researchers have been analyzing what lurks in the human belly button. Dr. Rob Dunn of
one-thousand-five-hundred of those species being new to science. Dunn says part of the reason researchers launched this project was to investigate claims made in recent years that the organisms on human skin form the first line of defense against pathogens. Dunn says the next step for scientists will be trying to figure out why certain bacteria live in certain people's belly buttons. (Daily Mail)
HOW OLD IS OLD? A new study finds that most Americans think old age is not represented by a birthday, but by a person's actions. For the study, researchers interviewed people in their
eighties, their family members, and their paid caregivers. They found that the ability to participate in certain activities, such as grocery shopping or attending medical appointments, serve as a way of identifying if someone is "old."
"not old" if they are aware, active, safe or independent. (Live Science)
HOMELAND SECURITY TO TEST SOCIAL MEDIA AS DISEASE-TRACKING TOOL: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to see if data from Facebook, Twitter, and blogs can be used to track diseases. The yearlong project will search for disease-related warning
signs using publicly available data from the social networks. The goal is to predict possible public health crises. The company Google already uses people's online searches to track flu trends. (Live Science)
PINTEREST ADDS PRIVATE BOARDS: Pinterest users now have the option of creating private boards for their profiles. Pinterest says the use of secret boards would be ideal for things like planning a surprise party, or gift ideas that users don't want others to
know about. Each user can create up to three secret boards. (ClickZ)