GOP MOVING TO RAISE DEBT CEILING -- BUT ONLY FOR THREE MONTHS: House Republicans have decided to vote to raise the debt ceiling and avoid the crisis of a potential first-ever
that it wouldn't oppose the measure, even though President Obama last week said incremental debt ceiling increases were harmful to the economy. But the White House is apparently okay with the proposal because it separates the debt ceiling from other upcoming fiscal battles and signaled that Republicans are at least for now not going to demand
a dollar of spending cuts for every dollar of federal borrowing, as House Speaker John Boehner long has demanded. The GOP strategy is apparently to avoid a battle that could cause a government default, and instead clash in March over automatic across-the-board
spending cuts that are set to hit the Pentagon and many domestic programs.
ISRAELI ELECTIONS END IN SURPRISE DEADLOCK: In a stunningly unexpected result,
expected to remain the prime minister since the center-left's 60 seats contain 12 from Arab parties who traditionally don't join governing coalitions. An unexpectedly strong showing by a new party, the centrist Yesh Atid, upset the pre-election forecasts. Yesh Atid's leader has said he would only join a government committed to sweeping economic changes and a serious push to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.
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into potentially inappropriate email communications with a
to resign as
CLINTON TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS TODAY ON BENGHAZI: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before Congress today (January 23rd) about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last September that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Clinton, who will appear separately before both the
Senate and House foreign policy committees, had been scheduled to testify last month, but an illness, followed by a concussion after a fall and a subsequent blood clot near her brain forced her to postpone her appearance.
analysts, that the North may conduct a nuclear test. That would fit in a pattern by
TALIBAN RESPONDS TO PRINCE HARRY'S COMMENTS ON FIGHTING IN
made during media interviews he gave as he returned home after a five-month tour in
real." The same Taliban spokesman had told Reuters about Harry while he
was still deployed, "We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping."
BLOCKBUSTER TO CLOSE 300 MORE STORES: The steep fall of former industry leader Blockbuster continues, with the company announcing Tuesday (January 22nd) that it will close some 300 stores and slash about 3,000 jobs in the coming weeks. The company, which was bought by Dish Network in 2010 after going bankrupt, will continue to operate about
500 stores in the
with a body mass index between 30 and 35, were 20 percent more likely to die during a car crash compared to normal-weight individuals, and those who were morbidly obese, with a
mostly in the West, the cremation rate is over 70 percent. There are several factors behind this big rise, among them the Catholic Church's ending of its ban on the practice and the spreading out geographically of families, with more Americans farther from their hometowns and parents, making cremation a more practical way to care for a loved one's remains. But the biggest factor is cost, with a cremation about one-third or less as expensive as burial.
SPORTS: SAINTS' COACH PAYTON'S SUSPENSION LIFTED EARLY: Sean Payton is back as coach of the New Orleans Saints after his season-long suspension for his role in the Saints' bounty program was lifted by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday (January 22nd), nearly two weeks earlier than expected. The move allows Payton to attend the Senior Bowl on Saturday, where some of the top college players available for the NFL draft will be competing. The suspension was scheduled to end after the Super Bowl on February 3rd, but was moved up after Payton and Goodell met on Monday.
WOMAN WHOSE PHOTO USED IN TE'O FAKE GIRLFRIEND HOAX SPEAKS OUT: The woman whose photo was used for the Twitter account of Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend, who supposedly died in September, has spoken out, saying the man allegedly behind the hoax confessed and apologized to her.
NBC's Today show Tuesday (January 22nd) that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo used pictures of her without her knowledge in creating a fake woman called Lennay Kekua. The 23-year-old O'Meara went to high school with Tuiasosopo, but says they're not close. She says he called to
apologize on January 16th, the day Deadspin.com broke the hoax story, but she stated, "I don't think there's anything he could say to me that would fix this." Te'o maintains he was tricked into an online romance with Kekua and didn't realize the who thing was fake until last week. He's scheduled to appear on Katie Couric's talk show on Thursday.
CHRIS CORNELL ON FUTURE SOUNDGARDEN ALBUMS: ‘I DON’T
start of a new phase for the group, with more new albums to come. Unlike many
reunited acts who make one album at most and call it quits again, Cornell told Pulse of Radio that he thinks Soundgarden can go the distance: "I think it can. I don't see any reason
why not. The overall attitude about keeping it going, that attitude seems to be really good. I mean, there's nothing stopping us from continuing to make records, that's for sure, and continuing to play shows. We had a great experience doing this album and since we've been back together everything we've done has kind of been that way."
GUNS N’ ROSES ISSUE TEASER CLIP FROM 3D CONCERT FILM: All the news lately seems to be about Metallica's upcoming 3D movie, but their one-time tour mates Guns N' Roses have their own stereoscopic concert epic coming as well. Guns filmed one of the shows during their recent 12-show residency last November at the Hard Rock Hotel in
"Chinese Democracy," "Welcome To The Jungle," "Mr. Brownstone," "Estranged," "You Could Be Mine" and more.
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HBO TO DEVELOP 'BORED TO DEATH' INTO A FILM: HBO has put a feature film version of their cancelled series Bored To Death into production. The series ran for three seasons
and starred Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson.
JAMES FRANCO TO DIRECT 'AMERICAN TABLOID': James Franco has announced that he will direct and star in American Tabloid. The film will be based on a 1995 novel by James
Ellroy of the same name.
TBS CANCELS 'THE WEDDING BAND': TBS has cancelled its musical comedy The Wedding Band which premiered in November but did not catch on with viewers during its 10-episode run. The show starred Brian Austin Green and Harold Perrineau.
LEONARDO DICAPRIO NEEDS A BREAK: After filming three movies in two years, Leonardo DiCaprio told
TREES LINKED WITH HUMAN HEALTH, STUDY SAYS: Researchers say results of a new study show that people experience more deaths from heart disease and respiratory disease when they live in areas where trees had disappeared. The study is published in the American
Journal of Preventative Medicine, and includes data from nearly 1,300-counties spread over 15-states. Researchers examined how many deaths from heart and respiratory disease occurred in 18-years, and found that areas affected by beetles that kill trees had 15-thousand more deaths from heart disease and six-thousand more deaths from respiratory disease than in areas without the beetles. (Huffington Post)
FLU-FIGHTING SORBET? Common home remedies for the flu might include chicken soup or hot tea, but what if it another home rememdy was something colder? A small-batch ice cream company claims they can cure the flu with their product called "Influenza Sorbet." Jeni's Splended Ice Creams says the cold concotion includes Maker's Mark bourbon, lemon, cayenne pepper, ginger, honey, and a small dose of pectin, which is found in cough drops. Company owner Jeni Britton Bauer says it eases sore throats and clears up nasal passages. (Fox News)
RISK-TAKING BEHAVIOR ASSOCIATED WITH A
likely to have a certain-gene than those that are not risk-takers. Researchers studied nearly 500-skiers and snowboards and found that people with with the particular gene were more likely to agree with thrill-seeking statements such as, "I like to go down runs I've never been down before" than those without the gene. Researchers say the gene is releated to dopamine, which is associated with reward-seeing tendancies, in the body. (Men's Health)