OBAMA UNVEILS SWEEPING PLAN TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE: President
Obama unveiled a sweeping plan Wednesday (January 16th) to prevent gun violence, including the most comprehensive effort to tighten gun laws in nearly two decades, but acknowledged the fight will be a tough one to get them passed in Congress, saying, "This will be difficult." The major efforts that would have to be approved by Congress are a call for the ban on the sale of assault weapons to be renewed, for ammunition magazines to be limited to 10 rounds, and for background checks to be required for all gun sales. All three are opposed by the National Rifle Association, but Democrats are most hopeful about the background checks proposal, which polls show is strongly backed by the American public, being able to make it through Congress. Other proposals include a $150 million request to allow schools to hire more police officers, and actions to increase mental health services. Obama also signed 23 executive orders on more minor issues, such as making more federal data available for background checks, ending a ban on government research into gun violence, requiring
federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations, and nominating B. Todd Johnson to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has been without a permanent director since 2006.
Speaking with the family members of some of the children killed just over one month ago
in Newtown, Connecticut, in the audience in front of him, and with four children on stage with him who'd written letters urging him to do something about gun violence, Obama urged Americans to act to try to help get his proposals passed, and spoke about his plan not infringing on the Second Amendment:
ISLAMISTS TAKE HOSTAGES, INCLUDING AMERICANS, IN ALGERIA: An Islamist militant group said that it is holding 41 foreigners hostage, including seven Americans, after an attack Wednesday (January 16th) on one of Algeria's energy facilities in which two other foreigners were killed. The group claiming responsibility, called Katibat Moulathamine, meaning the Masked Brigade, said the attack was in revenge for
Secretary Leon Panetta declared that the
FAA GROUNDS BOEING 787 JETS: The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday (January 16th) grounded Boeing's 787 jets, the company's newest and most technologically advanced plane, after a series of incidents, saying the planes can't fly again until the
risk of battery fires is addressed. The FAA's emergency order affects only United Airlines, the only
ENERGY DRINK-RELATED ER VISITS DOUBLE
same time period as the drinks surged in popularity. Most of the ER visits -- which jumped from about 10,000 to more than 20,000 -- involved teens or young adults, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration survey. More than half of the patients had consumed only the energy drinks, while some 42 percent in 2011 had drunk the energy drinks with alcohol or in combination with drugs, such as the stimulants Adderall or
Ritalin. The report says energy drinks can cause fast heartbeat, nervousness, seizures, insomnia and headache. The survey results come as concerns over energy drinks has increased after reports last fall of 18 deaths possibly tied to them. The beverage industry insists energy drinks are safe and say there's no proof linking them to health problems.
COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN SAYS
regrets. Francesco Schettino is facing charges of multiple manslaughter, as well as wrecking and abandoning the ship, but he said in an NBC News interview that he was misunderstood. He said the blame should be shared with lower-ranking officers who, he claims, handed
control of the ship over to him just minutes before it ran aground. He also claims he tried to make an effort to ensure all the passengers were off when he left the ship, but that there was no way he could have known if that was true. He said, "People don't understand that the ship is 58 meters wide [nearly 200 feet], so you don't have a chance to see who else is left on the other side. And in the moment the floor started to become steeper, you have no other
option: To die or to swim. So I regret nothing."
ALABAMA QB'S GIRLFRIEND GETS 'INSIDE EDITION' SUPER BOWL GIG: Katherine
Webb, the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, is continuing to take advantage of her newfound celebrity, announcing on Twitter that she'll be covering the Super Bowl in New
Orleans on February 3rd for TV's Inside Edition. Webb, a model and current Miss
for. As a result of her new fame, Webb -- who said Musburger had nothing to apologize for -- will also be appearing in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which is coming out next month.
'JERSEY SHORE' TOWN GETS CONTRACT TO REBUILD BOARDWALK: The New Jersey town of Seaside Heights, where Snooki, The Situation and the other stars of MTV's
Jersey Shore vacationed as their misadventures were filmed, was awarded a $3.6 million contract Wednesday night (January 16th) to rebuild its boardwalk, which was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The mile-long
popular and heavily used at the
DAN BROWN'S NEW BOOK, 'INFERNO,' OUT IN
WAS NOTRE DAME'S MANTI TE'O 'CATFISHED'?: The sports world was stunned yesterday (January 16th) by news that Notre Dame star linebacker and Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te'o's girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, who had supposedly died of leukemia in September, apparently never existed, with Deadspin.com being unable to find any record of her and discovering that online photos of her really were of another woman. Te'o is claiming he was
the victim of a "Catfish" online romance hoax, and Notre Dame is standing by him, but there are questions about whether he was involved in the hoax. [Look in "Phoneburners"
for more on this story. (News/Talk stations, look in "Questions of the Day.")]
SERENA WILLIAMS, AZARENKA ADVANCE AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Despite injuring her right ankle in her opening Australian Open match Tuesday, Serena Williams scored a win Thursday (January 17th) in the second round, saying she wasn't bothered by the ankle problem. Williams stated, "Obviously when you go out to play you're heavy on adrenaline and you're really pumped up. Usually I feel injuries after the match but so far, so good." Defending champion Victoria Azarenka also advanced easily, as did top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki. On the men's side, Andy Murray won his match in straight sets, as did Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
LEBRON BECOMES YOUNGEST TO REACH 20,000 POINTS: The Miami Heat's LeBron
James became the youngest player in league history to score 20,000 points last night (January 16th) and also passed 5,000 assists as he led the Heat to a 92-75 victory over the Golden State Warriors. James, who becomes the 38th player to reach the 20,000 mark, entered the game needing 18 points to get there. He finished with 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Previously, the youngest player to score 20,000 points was Kobe Bryant, who was 29 years, 122 days old. James was 28 years, 17 days on Wednesday.
for A-Rod's poor performance last fall, when he was benched in three of nine postseason games and pinch hit for in three others. Rodriguez is due $114 million over the next five years as part of his record $275 million, 10-year contract.
GUY OUTSOURCED HIS
and do his work every day. Bob had also arranged to pay the Chinese worker one-fifth of his salary to do the job. An investigation looking into Bob's browsing history revealed that he spent his day watching YouTube and surfing Reddit, eBay, Facebook and LinkedIn. At the end of each day he would send an e-mail to management with an update on "his" work. At the end of hte investigation "Bob" was terminated. (Daily Dot)
WRANGLER LAUNCHES MOISTURIZING JEANS: Strange, but true -- and possibly useful? Wrangler has announced a new line of moisturizing jeans which will be soon available via
cooler than regular jeans. After a day wearing them, my legs feel great - they
come out feeling more silky than usual." The moisturizing ingredients in the jeans last up to 15 days, and a reload spray is available. (Vogue
OFFICE PRANKS THAT NEVER
PRINCIPAL SUSPENDED DUE TO 'TERMINATOR' SPOOF: A principal at a school in
all doomed." The media teacher who helped Naumann make the video has also been suspended for two days without pay. The principal's future with the school was discussed at a school meeting, where the superintendent advised, "Think before you act." Naumann reportedly has the support of many parents who believe he's made a difference in the lives of the students. (CBS)
BURGLAR IMPROVISES AFTER FORGETTING MASK: A former employee of Kenney's Seafood in
(Fox via FARK)
11 BIZARRE WAYS THEY TREATED THE FLU IN THE OLDEN DAYS: http://bit.ly/S4V5w1
THE SLIMMER HER WAIST, THE BETTER HIS SEXUAL FUNCTION? New research shows that the smaller a woman's waist is the more satsfied her partner is and the less likely he is to
suffer from erectile dysfunction. To find this, researchers had 770 Czech men fill out a questionnaire to rate their sexual satisfaction. They found that men who suffered the least performance issues were younger, and had younger partners with slimmer waists, and were more sexually satisfied. Lead researcher Stuart Brody, professor of psychology at the
attractive. Researchers also noted that they found the larger a man's waist size, the lower his sexual satisfaction. (Daily Mail)
NATIONS THAT DRINK MORE MILK
trend may be happening because milk is rich in Vitamin D, which has been shown
to boost brain power in other studies. (Daily Mail)
TWO FACEBOOK PRIVACY SETTINGS TO TWEAK BEFORE GRAPH SEARCH STARTS (Fox News):
THREE DAYS GRACE SHARES MORE DETAILS OF
internal. However, after public statements by Adam we feel the need to give our
fans the facts. Here's the exact timeline of events over the past few weeks."
The band spells out that it received a letter on December 21st from Gontier's lawyer, which stated, "Please be advised effective immediately Adam is terminating his involvement with the band Three Days Grace. Adam has been wrestling with a health issue, outlined in the attached letter (a doctor's letter dated December 14), which would have precluded him from touring with the band in 2013 and he wants the group to continue moving forward as they see fit
while not holding them back."
DISTURBED’S DAVID DRAIMAN OPENS UP ABOUT NEW ACT DEVICE: Disturbed frontman David Draiman has begun talking about Device, the new act he launched last year with former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo. The industrial music project is the first non-Disturbed music that Draiman has created in 16 years and he told us why that was important to him: ["This really gave me the opportunity to step outside of my box from a creative aspect and from a musical aspect. It's still dark, it's still rhythmic, it's still got my characteristic vocal delivery at times, but I definitely go places vocally on this record that I've never gone with
Disturbed."] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . gone with Disturbed.)
P.O.D. PERFORMING NFL HALFTIME SHOW THIS SUNDAY: Christian rockers P.O.D. will perform during the halftime show at this Sunday's (January 20th) Falcons vs. 49ers NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in
RIP CONRAD BAIN: Conrad Bain, best known for his role as Phillip Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes, has passed away. He was 89-years-old and his daughter reported that he died of natural causes.
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