FISCAL CLIFF NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE: The White House and House Speaker John Boehner's office held more "fiscal cliff" negotiations Monday (December 10th), but little
progress was reported and neither side indicated publicly that they're willing to give any ground. President Obama made another campaign-style appearance to motivate public support for his stance, appearing in Redford, Michigan, where he said, "What you need is a
package that keeps taxes where they are for middle-class families, we make some tough spending cuts on things that we don't need, and then we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay a slightly higher tax rate, and that's a principle I won't compromise on." Early in the day, Boehner's spokesman said Republicans were still waiting for Obama to make a new offer that identifies the spending cuts he would agree to make.
HSBC TO PAY $1.9 BILLION IN MONEY-LAUNDERING SETTLEMENT: British banking giant HSBC said today (December 11th) that it will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering investigation by federal and state authorities in the
sanctions, and the transfer of money through the
cartels. Stuart Gulliver, Group Chief Executive of HSBC, said in a statement, "We accept responsibility for our past mistakes. We have said we are profoundly sorry for them, and we do so again."
EX-IMF HEAD STRAUSS-KAHN
sexually assaulting her last year when she went to clean his
that Diallo settled a separate libel lawsuit against the
REPORT MAKES PREDICTIONS FOR STATE OF THE WORLD IN 2030: The National Intelligence Council released a report yesterday (December 10th) called Global Trends 2030:
Alternative Worlds, in which the director of national intelligence's office makes predictions about the state of the world in 2030, although making it clear that these forecasts aren't definitely how it's going to be. The aim of the report is to give policymakers some idea of what's in store for the world to help them makes the right economic and military decisions. Among the predictions:
traveled was at its lowest level ever. According to NHTSA, traffic fatalities fell to 32,367 in 2011, a 1.9 percent drop over 2010 and the lowest since 1949. Experts say the decline is due to better seatbelt and airbag technologies, improved driver behaviors on the highways, and more safely designed cars. There has also been more recent emphasis on official programs to improve safety.
AURORA MASSACRE SUSPECT SENT BURNED MONEY TO PSYCHIATRIST: It was revealed in court testimony yesterday (December 10th) that James Holmes, the accused killer in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater massacre in which 12 people were killed and 58
injured, mailed burned money to his psychiatrist at the University of Colorado, according to local station KUSA-TV. Three people testified about the contents of a package mailed to psychiatrist Lynne Fenton, who was seeing Holmes professionally before the July 20th shooting when he'd still been a doctoral student at the school. A police commander who was the first to open the envelope said it contained a spiral notebook along with burned currency and ashes. The existence of the package came to light soon after the shooting, when Fenton
got a phone call from the public defender's office saying Holmes sent her a package and he wanted it back. Authorities then found the unopened package in the campus mailroom. The hearing was being held to try to determine who told Fox News that the package contained a notebook outlining violent plans.
McCullough dragged Maria into an alley and choked her with a wire, then stabbed
her in the throat and chest. Prosecutors say he then put her body into his car and drove more than 100 miles to where he disposed of her body in a wooded area, where it wasn't found until the next April. McCullough was briefly a suspect, but had what seemed like a solid alibi, saying he'd been traveling to
McCullough's photo out of a lineup as the man who'd approached them that day.
STUDY: BRAIN CELLS CAN BE CREATED FROM URINE: A new study led by a Chinese stem cell biologist claims that brain cells can be created from human urine, allowing a way to study disease and even potentially avoid the debate over stem cell research and treatment.
The process works by transforming cells present in the urine into precursors of brain cells, known as neural progenitor cells. The study says the cells from urine are a, quote, "much more accessible source" than those from skin and blood. There is another potential benefit as well, in that embryonic stem cells have a high risk of developing tumors, which reportedly wouldn't be an issue with cells taken from urine.
two sides are trying to restart talks this week. Meanwhile, the cancellation of the entire season becomes more and more of a possibility. Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week that a
season must consist of at least 48 games to protect its integrity.
not be part of the touring lineup of Queens Of The Stone Age, according to NME. Even though Grohl plays drums on the upcoming
he will not join the group on the road. Grohl played drums on the
with the Foos -- who took Queens Of The Stone Age out as support.
As for his other project with Queens frontman Josh Homme, Them Crooked Vultures,
Grohl said that he expects the currently dormant power trio -- which also featured Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones -- to return. He revealed, "We've talked about it, I know that someday we'll get back together and do stuff, because we love playing with each other."
LUKE SKYWALKER'S LIGHTSABER TO BE AUCTIONED OFF: The lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi is being auctioned off along with other props from the movie franchise. It is expected to fetch up to $50,000.
4TH ACCUSER COMES FORWARD AGAINST KEVIN CLASH: Another accuser has come out saying that he had a sexual relationship with Kevin Clash when he was under age. The anonymous alleged victim says the two met in
boy was only 16 or 17.
AUSTRALIAN DJS BREAK SILENCE
nurse's death. They had been silent and off the air since the tragedy occurred.
Greig appeared on
that he hopes her family gets the love and support that they need but also took a more defensive stand saying, "We thought a hundred people before us would've tried it."
WHITE HOUSE PETITIONED TO BUILD DEATH
official petition on WhiteHouse.gov demanding that the
FESTIVUS POLE ADDED TO
symbol of a Dec. 23 atheist "holiday" that became a pop culture hit after being featured in a "Seinfeld" episode. (Sun-Sentinel)
20 years using God's instructions to Noah from the book of Genesis to build the vessel, which by modern measurements is 427 feet long, 95 feet across and 75 feet high. It may not contain two of every animal but it does feature a petting zoo, a restaurant and a movie theater. (AP)
NEW FACEBOOK TREND: ANNOYMOUS "COMPLIMENT PAGES": High school and college students have started a new Facebook trend - anonymous "compliment pages." The
first of these compliment pages was reportedly started by four students at