NEW CONGRESS CONVENES, BOEHNER RE-ELECTED SPEAKER: The new 113th Congress convened on Thursday (January 3rd), featuring slightly more Democrats -- two more in the
Senate and seven more in the House -- and facing a whole range of problems to deal with, including the coming debt ceiling battle. House Speaker John Boehner was re-elected to his post, but with just two votes to spare, as 14 conservative Republicans either voted for someone else or didn't cast a ballot. In the Senate, the chamber will have a record 20 women, as well as the first black Republican in more than three decades, Tim Scott of
CLINTON TO RETURN TO
she got dehydrated while battling a stomach virus. Doctors says
SHELTER HOUSING SUPERSTORM SANDY PETS
runs the shelter, says it can't rule out having to euthanize the animals left behind. The facility was originally supposed to close down in mid-December, but the date was pushed back because of the number of unclaimed pets. Most of the owners that the ASPCA has identified are living in temporary housing or with family and friends, making them unable to take their pets home. For pets whose owners don't come back, the ASPCA is looking to place them in foster homes before turning to euthanasia as a last resort. However, after Hurricane
Katrina, many unclaimed pets were put up for adoption and placed in homes, only
to have their owners return months later and try to get them back.
STUDY: 1 IN 24 ADMIT RECENTLY NODDING OFF WHILE DRIVING: In what may be a surprising statistic to many Americans, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 in 24
night, and -- for an unknown reason -- people in
three percent of fatal crashes involve drowsy drivers, but other estimates have
put the number as high as 33 percent.
that the wife of the secretive communist nation's leader, Kim Jong-Un, may have recently been pregnant and given birth. The speculation began when
memorial for Kim's late father, Kim Jong-Il, who'd died a year earlier. She was wearing the traditional Korean black funeral costume, which is wide below the chest. Still, her face
appeared swollen and what looked like a stomach bump could still be seen. But
then the most recent photos released, taken on New Year's Day, show Ri with a
visibly thinner waistline, and back to wearing a Chanel-style pink jacket and
skirt. The North Korean government hasn't confirmed any of the baby speculation.
The Nielsen Soundscan sales chart for vinyl indicated that Blunderbuss sold more than 33,000 copies during the past 12 months, knocking the Beatles's
new album and not a catalog item since Soundscan began tracking vinyl sales in
METALLICA STILL SUPPORTING PARENTS OF MURDERED FAN: More than
three years after 20-year-old Metallica fan Morgan Harrington vanished after leaving one of the band's concerts, only for her remains to be found several months later, the young girl's parents say that the band is still supporting their efforts to solve her murder and bring her killer to justice. Morgan's mother, Gil Harrington, told Noisecreep, "It has been humbling from the very beginning. Two days after Morgan was abducted, they could have distanced themselves from an ugly occurrence. But (Metallica frontman) James Hetfield called this house to speak to Dan (Harrington, Morgan's dad), as a father, and asked, 'What can we do?' Three years out, they are still doing things. James participated with the FBI and did public service
PEARL JAM UPDATE: Singer Eddie Vedder gave an update to Rolling Stone on the status
of the band's 10th studio album, which will follow up 2009's Backspacer. He said, "(We're) maybe halfway there. We're taking our time . . . at some point, we'll join forces again for sure, but the band is as healthy as ever and I'm sure it's good to get a little break from each other." He added, "We'll be ready to go when we're ready to go." Vedder also said that
he and his bandmates "really work together as a unit these days. It's really the compilation of all the parts. It's not like one guy trying to tell everybody, 'These are my songs. This is what it should sound like.' We've figured out after all these years that if everybody just puts their stamp on it, then it sounds like how we want it to." (Loudwire)
MATT SORUM IN THE STUDIO: Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum has entered the studio to begin recording his new solo album. Sorum said that
the project "will not be a rock record and I am not playing drums on it. (I am) singing and (playing) acoustic (guitar) mainly, (and) using another drummer (for the recording sessions)." Sorum, who issued his first solo effort, Hollywood Zen, added that his new music sounds like "a cross between The Doors, Pink Floyd, Wilco, David Gray, Peter Murphy and Portishead."
AIRPORT PLAYS DOWN CHANCE OF BEING NAMED AFTER OZZY OSBOURNE: Representatives for
facility could be renamed in honor of Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne.
The Birmingham Mail reported a few days ago that former Sabbath manager Jim Simpson had launched a campaign to have the airport named after Ozzy, with at least one city councilor named Philip Parkin interested in pursuing the idea as well.
But an airport spokesperson threw cold water on the idea, telling Travel Mole,
"We've no plans to rename the airport so we're not quite sure where the story's come from. But we're certainly not in discussions."
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STEVE JOBS BIOPIC WILL
worldwide premiere as the closing-night film at Sundance this month.
'CARRIE' REMAKE PUSHED TO HALLOWEEN 2013: The release date for the remake of the 1976 horror film Carrie has been pushed from March 15th to October 18th to take advantage of the Halloween audience. The remake stars Chloe
Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
JENNA DEWAN-TATUM WILL BE RETURNING TO 'AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM': Even though her character appeared to have been killed off earlier in the season, Jenna Dewan-Tatum will be returning to season two of American Horror Story. It has not been made clear in what capacity her character will appear.
HBO IS BEING SUED
Casey, who worked for 13 years as the director of production for the American Humane Association's film and television unit, is suing her former employer, HBO, and the production company behind Luck for trying to cover up the abuse and safety violations that occurred on-set and resulted in the death of three horses. Casey also alleges that she was wrongfully terminated from her position for blowing the whistle on the abuse.
DIET COMPANIES DON'T WANT
and Zoe Saldana have called it quits for the second time. The couple had planned to spend the holidays together in
premature. The newborn spent a month in the intensive care unit after his
JENNIE GARTH REVEALS DIET SECRETS IN 'HEALTH' MAGAZINE: Beverly Hills 90210 star Jennie Garth covers the January/February issue of Health magazine and discusses how she keeps in shape as a 40-year-old mother of three. She says that she does kickboxing,
boxing, and weight training with a trainer three days a week and eats a lot of salads with beets.
GERARD DEPARDIEU IN EXILE FROM
taxes for the rich by 75 percent.
The Huffington Post reports that the actor wrote an open letter in December saying he
would turn over his passport and French social security card. He also stated in
the letter, "I'm a true European, a citizen of the world."
NEW WEBSITE CAN FIND WHERE INSTAGRAM PHOTOS WERE TAKEN: A new website created by students at
campaigner says, "Your smartphone is a tracking device that lets you make
calls." (Daily Mail)
IT'S ONLINE-DATING HIGH SEASON: More people are looking online for love this time of year. Vice president of customer service at eHarmony, Grant Langston, says each year on Christmas Day a surge of people sign up for the online-dating service, which then bumps up on New Year's Day and continues until Valentine's Day. Match.com reports that 64-percent of single's 2013 New Year's resolutions are about finding love this year. Langston says the increased activity on dating sites between December and February means the pool of prospective daters is bigger. A representative from Match.com says, "This is a time when hope and optimism are strong within the single community." (Mashable)
PEOPLE WHO FEEL
race to be an important part of their identity rated high-status goods higher
than did blacks who had lower racial identification. (UPI)
A SOCIAL NETWORK FOR
Attention cat-lovers-- a new social network called Catmoji is a social network
designed specifically for sharing cat pictures and videos. Users can browse cat
photos by categories such as cute, funny, happy, sad, or "surprise."
Each user has a profile with a timeline. Designers of the site explain it by
saying, "Because the Internet loves cats and we want to make the Internet
a better and happier place with cats."
APPLE SAYS "DO NOT DISTURB" BUG WILL BE FIXED SOON: Apple says the bug affecting the "Do Not Disturb" mode of iPhones and iPads will automatically correct
itself after January 7th (Monday.) On New Year's day iPhone and iPad users reported that the "Do Not Disturb" mode failed to turn off as scheduled. Apple said in a statement that users can manually turn the feature on and off until the issue is fixed on Monday (January 7th.) When Apple devices are switched to "Do Not Disturb" mode calls go straight to voicemail
and text messages are silent. (CBS)
CareerCast Releases List of Most
Stressful/Least Stressful Jobs for 2013
CareerCast.com has come out with its annual list of the Most Stressful and Least Stressful
Jobs, using 11 criteria to put together its picks for 2013.
Least Stressful: - Lee explains that key to these jobs are that people have control of they day, managing their pace and workflow without someone breathing down their neck.