HOUSE APPROVES $50.5 BILLION IN SANDY AID: More than 10 weeks after Superstorm Sandy, the House finally approved $50.5 billion in emergency relief Tuesday night (January 15th), a measure the majority of Republicans voted against. The Senate is likely to
accept the legislation early next week and send it to President Obama for his signature. In the final 241-180 vote, 192 Democrats and 49 Republicans supported the legislation, while 179 Republicans and one Democrat voted against it. Earlier, conservatives failed in an attempt
to offset a part of the bill's cost with across-the-board federal budget cuts.
al-Qaida-linked militants have gained territory since seizing control of the country's north earlier this year. This reversed
House late Tuesday (January 15th) expressed skepticism about a report that
sources regarding alleged chemical weapons incidents in
Policy magazine's blog The Cable had cited a secret diplomatic cable from the
fleets of Boeing 787s Wednesday (January 16th) after one of the jets made an emergency landing, the latest and most serious in a series of recent incidents that have raised safety concerns about the new planes. All Nippon Airways said instruments on a domestic flight indicated a battery error, triggering emergency warnings to the pilots, who also smelled an odd burning odor in the cockpit and cabin and made an emergency landing. All
FACEBOOK UNVEILS NEW SEARCH FEATURE: Facebook
"graph search," it greatly expands on what kind of searching users can do within Facebook. Previously, for example, users couldn't search for friends who live in a certain town or like a particular movie or activity, but graph search allows them to do so. Users will also be able to enter search terms the same way they talk, relying on natural language instead of keywords.
Facebook plans to gradually roll out the feature over the coming year to allow time for more fine tuning. Additionally, not all the interests people share on Facebook will be immediately searchable, although the goal is to eventually have all of it available, while respecting each user's privacy settings, so that users can only see content via a search that's available to them through others' privacy settings.
NEWTOWN CHILDREN RECORD SONG FOR SANDY
PSYCHIATRIST WHO TREATED ACCUSED AURORA GUNMAN SUED: A psychiatrist who treated accused Aurora, Colorado, massacre gunman James Holmes has been sued by the widow of one of the 12 people killed in the July 2012 movie theater attack. The lawsuit filed on Monday (January 14th) by Chantel Blunk says that Dr. Lynne Fenton knew Holmes was
dangerous, and he should have been held in a mental health facility to protect the public. It's the first shooting-related suit against Fenton and her employer, the
2012 WAS NINTH HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD: New data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) showed that 2012 was the ninth hottest year worldwide since 1880. Of the nine hottest years on record, eight have come since 2000, with
2005 and 2010 sharing the title of hottest year. While the planet overall experienced a warm year, the continental
SHINEDOWN SINGER OPENS UP ABOUT STRUGGLES WITH WEIGHT, DRUGS: Shinedown singer Brent Smith has opened up in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times about his four-year struggle with substance abuse that ended with him quitting cocaine, painkillers and alcohol and losing 70 pounds in the process. Smith said that the final straws were a warning from his girlfriend and an insult about his girth on national television. Smith explained, "I've toured for over 12 years, and for the first two records I was addicted to cocaine, OxyContin and alcohol. The coke and Oxy kept my weight down. But for the third album I quit the opiates and started to crave sugar. I was still drinking a lot of alcohol and started to pack on the pounds."
VOLBEAT CONFIRMS TITLE, PLANS FOR NEW ALBUM: Danish heavy rock act Volbeat has officially confirmed that they are in the studio recording their fifth album, titled Outlaw
Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. The disc is due out this spring and will follow up 2010's Beyond Hell/Above Heaven. Frontman Michael Poulsen said in a statement, "We're back in the studio, this time breaking some of our old habits and this sometimes means leaving our comfort zone. We are recording in a new environment, producing with a new set-up, breaking new sonic ground and it's exciting! . . . Expect lots of surprises and some of our most rocking heavy songs to date. We feel more than ever that we are taking the Volbeat sound to
another level without changing what we're all about. Can't wait for it to get
an "urgent mission" while the band is onstage and "unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down."
COREY TAYLOR: Dave Grohl's Sound City Players, the all-star ensemble that has grown out of the production of his Sound City: Reel To Real documentary, have confirmed a second gig to follow their debut at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. The outfit will perform at the Hollywood Palladium in
Motorcycle Club, Cheap Trick, Rage Against The Machine and more, along with the members of Foo Fighters and Nirvana.
CHECK IT OUT: Listen to Corey Taylor and Dave Grohl's collaboration on "From Can To Can't":
PRINCE HARRY NAMED WORLD'S MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR: Town & Country magazine has named Prince Harry the world's most eligible bachelor. The magazine describes their list as "a highly subjective, thoroughly opinionated survey of the princes, politicians, scions, DJs, and billionaires-to-be we consider the most eligible men in the universe."
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did. It was the right thing to do."
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Furlong was arrested on Sunday (January 13th) after they were called to his residence for violently pushing his girlfriend. Ed was taken into custody and booked at Men's Central Jail in
FIVE WAYS TO BEAT EVERY RELATIONSHIP PITFALL (Men's Health):
1) Tell the Truth to Beat the Blues. Telling the truth is good for your health
- honest! Recent research from the University of Notre Dame found that people
who told fewer lies had fewer mental health and physical complaints than liars.
Been fibbing your way through everything lately? Start small by picking out
facts she'll want to hear, says dating and flirting expert Tracey Steinberg.
For example, if happy hour turned into happy hours (and hours), own up to the
drinks, but state the positives: you got home pretty early, you did some
networking, and you got a great night's sleep.
2) Smile to Get Through an Argument. Say something dumb? Flash your teeth.
Ladies are more likely to rely on body language (i.e. your smile) than on what
they hear (that stupid thing you just said), according to a study in the
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The reason: Smiling is the single
most important cue for friendliness and safety, says Patti Wood, author of
Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma.
3) Compliment Her for a Happier Marriage. Small things add up in the
long haul, according to a 25-year study of 373 married couples funded by the
National Institute of Health. The research found that couples who gave regular
affective affirmations were the happiest. Your move: Tell her she looks great
in her new jeans, or send her an email out of the blue to show her she's appreciated.
4) Do Your Chores for More Sex. We know you don't want to vacuum, but
what if we told you it'd help you get some? Research from
5) Double Date to Reignite the Flame. Buddying up with other couples can
help strengthen your own relationship, according to research from the
what to strive for (the way they can read each other) and what to avoid (the
way they fight), according to the study.
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blueberries contain compounds called anthocyanins, which may dilate arteries and prevent plaque buildup, according to researchers. Women who ate high amounts of the anthocyanins were found to be 32-percent less likely to have a heart attack over a two-decade period than those who consumed low amounts of the compounds. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health conducted the study, and noted that the results indicate only an association, and not a cause-effect link between eating berries and lowered heart-attack risk in
women. (Fox News)