RICE WITHDRAWS FROM SEC. OF STATE CONSIDERATION, KERRY NOW FAVORITE: Embattled U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice yesterday (December 13th) withdrew herself from consideration to be the next secretary of state, making Democratic Senator
John Kerry of Massachusetts now the odds-on favorite to succeed Hillary Clinton in the job when she leaves soon. Rice's unexpected move came after weeks of criticism from several
Republican senators, led by Senator John McCain, about her initial statements in the wake of the deadly attacks in
It's now believed it was a planned terrorist attack. The GOP senators said they'd fight against Rice's nomination. President Obama accepted Rice's decision, while criticizing the campaign
against her, saying, "While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character." Rice said she made her decision because she thought at this point that it would be best for the nation. But she also said, "The position of secretary of state should never be politicized. As someone who grew up in an era of comparative bipartisanship and as a sitting U.S national
security official who has served in two
have reached this point."
politically difficult cuts like increasing the Medicare eligibility age. At the same time, a growing number of Senate Republicans have been pushing to give in on allowing the Bush tax cuts to
expire on the top two percent of Americans in terms of income, while extending them for everyone else.
INQUEST: PRANKED BRITISH HOSPITAL NURSE WAS FOUND HANGED, LEFT THREE NOTES: A U.K. inquest into the death of a nurse who killed herself three days after falling for a phone prank about Prince William's pregnant wife, Kate Middleton, was told that
46-year-old Jacintha Saldanha was found hanging in her nurses' quarters, and
attempts to revive her were unsuccessful. It was also revealed that two notes
were found at the scene, and another among Saldanha's belongings. Saldanha
answered the phone last week at
jockeys called to try to get information about Middleton, who was being treated
for severe morning sickness. The DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth and Prince
Charles, and Saldanha was tricked into transferring the call to another
nurse, who revealed private details about the duchess' condition. Saldanha was
married with two teenage children.
REPUBLICAN EX-SENATOR HAGEL LIKELY TO BE NEW DEFENSE SECRETARY: Some actual bipartisanship may soon be seen in
would be Obama's second Republican defense secretary, after Obama kept on Robert Gates from George W. Bush's administration for two-and-a-half years after taking office.
NYC APPROVES USE OF SMARTPHONES TO HAIL YELLOW CABS: The iconic image of New Yorkers lifting up and waving a hand to hail a taxi may be soon become a thing of the past, after the city's Taxi & Limousine Commission voted yesterday (December 13th) to allow passengers to hail yellow cabs and pay for their rides with smartphones as part of a one-year trial program beginning early next year. Under the change, riders will be able to connect with taxis within a half-mile radius in
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HAMILTON AGREES TO $125 MILLION, FIVE-YEAR DEAL WITH ANGELS: Josh Hamilton, the 2010 American League MVP, has reached a $125 million, five-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels, leaving the Texas Rangers after five years.
appearances in 2010 and 2011.
York Yankee Alex Rodriguez's $27.5 million average.
BUCKCHERRY WANTS FANS TO
everybody likes the song."
LINKIN PARK FRONTMAN RECALLS BIZARRE FIRST MEETING WITH
NEW PAUL McCARTNEY-NIRVANA
Fans of Wednesday night's (December 12th) Paul McCartney and Nirvana team-up will be able
to get their hands on studio version of the track soon. The tune, called, "Cut |Me Some Slack," which McCartney premiered at Madison Square Garden's Hurricane Sandy benefit with Dave
Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, has been recorded in Los Angeles and will pop up on the soundtrack to Grohl's documentary on L.A.'s famed Sound City studio, released on February 1st.
McCartney explained that at this stage of his career, how he's perceived as an artist is
pretty much irrelevant to him or his work: "I'm not really fussed about what I am now. Y'know, 'cause I've been a lot of stuff I wanted to be. So, y'know, if I was ever trying to become a title -- 'a rock and roller' -- well, y'know, I don't think of myself as
anything in particular. Y'know, obviously, as you get older it gets harder to
be a punk. But I'm not really fussed about that, 'cause I think it'd be, like,
daft to suddenly really try to be 15-years-old. So I have to accept to a degree
what I am, y'know? I think of myself, basically, as a sort of rocker, who can
write ballads as well."
CHECK IT OUT: A snippet of the studio recording of "Cut Me Some Slack" can be found here: http://www.cutmesomeslack.net/
CHECK IT OUT: The trailer for
MATT DAMON IS NUDE A LOT IN NEW FILM: Matt Damon tells Playboy
that his upcoming role as Liberace's lover in Behind the Candelabra required a lot of nudity. He told the magazine, "I mean, it's tastefully done...But this movie's not going to be
LINDSAY LOHAN'S STORAGE LOCKER AUCTION: Lilo's financial troubles just keep getting worse. TMZ is reporting that she owes around $16,000 to the storage facility where she keeps designer clothes, family heirlooms, and potentially embarrassing items and that the unit is about to hit the auction block.
Stoudemire said in a statement, "I feel blessed." The two had a secret sunset ceremony of the rooftop of their
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PEPSI-CHICKEN FLAVORED LAY'S POTATO CHIPS AVAILABLE IN
added Privacy Shortcuts which include a "block" button which Facebook
says is the ultimate way of preventing interaction with someone. Facebook has
also updated how you control what appears on your Timeline. However, you can no
longer prevent your name from being searchable on the social network. (The
when Apple replaced it with their own Maps app September. The Apple Maps were
less than stellar, however, prompting Apple
Maps for iOS will now include all the features available for Android users,
including voice-guided direction and Street View. (Forbes)
straightening products. Three representatives - Edward Markey of
contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. The FDA has
previously received complaints that the products cause adverse reactions
including headaches, respiratory tract problems, nausea, chest pain, vomiting
and rashes. The three reps say they first voiced their concerns to the FDA last
year and asked the agency to voluntarily recall the products - in particular
Brazilian Blowout. In response the FDA sent a warning letter to the company
that produces Brazilian Blowout that stated the company's product was
misbranded and claimed to be formaldehyde-free. The Congress reps. point out
that Brazilian Blowout has not reformulated it's product and say the FDA needs
to evaluate whether formaldehyde should be banned from hair straightening
products altogether. (Fox News)
SUGAR IS BAD FOR YOUR BRAIN: A new UCLA study finds that a diet high in sugar, also known as fructose, may lower your intelligence. The scientists found that rats that were fed a diet high in sugar were dumber than those fed a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Researchers say eating too much sugar may harm your brain's ability to learn
and retain information, and that just six-weeks of a high-sugar diet can affect
your brain. (The Stir)