(January 23rd) that the Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat, an historic move that will open front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs to female members of the military, with an announcement set for today by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The change, which has been recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will not
be implemented all at once or overnight, however. Plans must first be developed for the change, and while some jobs may open as soon as this year, assessments for others, such as special operations forces, may take longer. The services will also have the opportunity to make the case that some positions should remain closed to women. Opposition to women in combat has been based on whether they have the necessary strength and stamina for certain jobs, or whether their presence might hurt unit cohesion. But even though they weren't allowed into combat positions on paper, in reality they were serving in some of those roles
NORTH KOREA: NEXT NUKE TEST WILL TARGET US After threatening new nuclear tests amid heightened sanctions yesterday, North Korea is getting more specific: Those tests will target the US, its "sworn enemy," the country says. "We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we
will carry out are targeted at the United States," military leaders said. South Korea says the North is "technically ready" for new nuclear tests, Reuters reports.
State Hillary Clinton was firm and defiant at times in testimony yesterday (January 23rd) before two congressional committees about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi,
Libya, last September in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Under tough and critical questioning from Republican lawmakers, first before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then the committee in the House,
As GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin pressed on the frequent Republican criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice saying five days after the attack that it was sparked by protests instead of terrorism, which later was found to not be true, an annoyed and angry Clinton, who'd said people were going off the best information at the time, put the focus on looking ahead to improve security rather than revisiting the issue yet again. [(Johnson) "We were
misled that there were supposedly protests and then something sprang out of that, an assault sprang out of that. And that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact. And the American people could have known that within days and they didn't know that." (
APPLE SHARES FALL 10 PERCENT ON DISAPPOINTING IPHONE SALES: Shares of Apple fell 10 percent in after-hours trading, wiping out some $50 billion of its market value, following the world's largest tech company missing Wall Street's revenue forecast for the
third straight quarter after iPhone sales came in below expectations. On Wednesday (January 23rd), Apple said it shipped a record 47.8 million iPhones in the December quarter, up 29 percent from a year earlier. But that was behind the 50 million that analysts had projected for the iPhone, which accounts for half of Apple's revenue.
COURT CHALLENGE AGAINST NYC BIG SODA BAN: The beverage and restaurant industries urged a judge Wednesday (January 23rd) to block New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large sugary drinks, calling it unconstitutional, an infringement on personal liberty and a burden on small businesses. The ban, which is set to go into effect in March, bans the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants and many other eateries in the city in an effort to fight obesity. Attorney James Brandt, representing the
American Beverage Association, said the ban that was approved last fall by the city's health board is an illegal end-run around the city council, however the city attorney argued that the health board has legal authority to pass regulations to protect the safety, health and well-being of city residents. Brandt also charged that the ban favors certain businesses, since it doesn't apply to convenience and grocery stores.
MOST RESEARCH CHIMPS USED BY FEDERAL SCIENTISTS TO BE RETIRED: Government scientists have agreed in a proposal from a National Institutes of Health committee that all but 50 of hundreds of chimpanzees kept for federally-funded research should be retired from labs and sent to a national sanctuary. The proposal says that chimps
should be used for research only if there is no other way to study a threat to human health, and the research should be approved by an independent committee with members from the public. Additionally, according to the proposal, all of the chimps should have plenty of room to play and climb and be kept in groups of at least seven.
WOMEN NOW CAUGHT UP TO MEN ON LUNG CANCER RISK: New research in today's (January 24th) New England Journal of Medicine found that U.S. women have now caught up to men in their lung cancer risk, with women who smoke today having a much greater risk
of dying from lung cancer than they did decades ago, partly because they are starting younger and smoking more -- meaning, they are smoking like men. Lung cancer risk leveled off in the 1980s for men, but it still rising for women, since smoking rates peaked among men around 1960, but two decades later for women. Among the findings:
PRINCESS KATE UNDERGOING HYPNOTHERAPY FOR FOOD AVERSION:
hospitalized in December for acute morning sickness, is undergoing hypnotherapy
to overcome food aversion, FoxNews.com reported, citing ibitimes.co.uk. Kate's
friend, Jessica Hay, told
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Azarenka will play Li Na in the Australian Open final after both won their semi-final matches Thursday (January 24th). The top-seeded Azarenka of Belarus defeated 29th-seeded American 19-year-old Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4, one day after Stephen's big upset over Serena Williams. In the other semifinal, sixth-seeded Li Na of
TE'O ADMITS HE LIED AFTER LEARNING DEAD ONLINE GIRLFRIEND WAS FAKE: Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o admitted in an interview with Katie Couric that he lied and answered media questions about his supposedly dead online girlfriend even after he received a call on December 6th from the woman he'd believed to be her. However, he continued to insist he played no part in the hoax, saying he was convinced the woman he knew as Lennay Kekua died in September. Te'o contends he never met Kekua in person, but developed a serious relationship with her through phone calls and electronic messages. Te'o said in the
interview that's set to air today (January 24th) on Couric's talk show, part of which aired Wednesday on
saying, "People can speculate about what they think he is. I've known him 21 years of his life. And he's not a liar. He's a kid."
JUNIOR SEAU'S FAMILY SUES NFL: Junior Seau's ex-wife and four children sued the NFL on Wednesday (January 23rd), saying the former linebacker's May 2012 suicide was the result of brain disease caused by violent hits he sustained while playing. The wrongful death
lawsuit charges the NFL hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head, ignoring and concealing evidence of the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries. Seau died at age 43 of a self-inflicted gunshot.
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performance-enhancing drugs to the Tour de France after nearly dying of testicular cancer, but now felt "duped," "cheated" and "betrayed."
give special permits to certain individuals who live in rural areas so they can legally drive home after consuming two to three alcoholic beverages. The bill was introduced by a council member who also happens to be a pub owner. He said the new measure would prevent loneliness and reduce the risk of suicide for people who live in the backcountry. The pub owner explained, "A lot of these people are living in isolated rural areas where there's no public transport of any kind, and they end up at home looking at the four walls, night
in and night out, because they don't want to take the risk of losing their license." The Irish Department of Transport and Alcohol Action Ireland along with the Road Safety Authority are all against the proposal. A spokesman from the Department of Transport said, "Unfortunately, rural areas are among the most dangerous roads in
FOO FIGHTERS ‘HAVE A PLAN’ FOR NEXT ALBUM: Dave Grohl may be busy promoting his debut as a film director and assembling superstar concerts, but he hasn't forgotten about
his main gig. Grohl told MTV News that Foo Fighters are already thinking about their next album, saying, "We have a plan, we know exactly what's coming next, and I have the music
for the next record and we're going to start working on it once we finish doing all this stuff . . . we have really awesome, big plans for the next album and I'm really excited about it."
The Foos announced that they were going on hiatus late last year after finishing the touring cycle for their seventh album, 2011's Wasting Light. Even then, however, Grohl was talking about a follow-up, saying, "(I have) a concept for the next album we've never done before. And who knows? There might be a movie to go with it."
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Grohl's interview with MTV News:
(January 23rd). Grohl and Hawkins are among the first wave of presenters unveiled for the ceremony, which will also include Don Henley inducting Randy Newman and John Mayer
inducting blues great Albert King. Grohl and Hawkins previously inducted Queen in 2001.
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LEVI JOHNSTON BEATEN BY HIS WIFE: Former Playgirl model Levi Johnston was reportedly beaten by his wife on New Year's Eve. Witnesses say
Oglesby drank two martinis and then went crazy screaming about how Levi didn't think she was pretty enough.
POSSIBLE CHICKEN WING SHORTAGE PREDICTED FOR SUPER BOWL: The National Chicken Council has released a report that says demand for wings is at an all-time high due to
decreased wing production. The decrease in production is caused by the high cost of corn and feed prices. The council estimates 1.23-billion wing segments will be consumed during Super Bowl weekend, which is 12.3-million, or one-percent, less than last year. The council says Super Bowl is the second biggest eating day of the year, and chicken wings are the most popular dish. The council says if all 1.23-billion chicken wing joints were laid end to end,
they would stretch between the
1) Don't buy produce pre-cut or pre-packaged. Not a new one here, I know, but how
easy is it to just reach for the box of lettuce instead of the head? Yesterday,
all produce was as produce-y as it gets: Carrots that had to be peeled; peppers
that had to be chopped; and romaine that needed shredding. Random bonus: We did
all our chopping and cutting while my daughter was taking a nap and had a lovely
little chat. Much better than typing away on our computers or zoning out to the
2) Rice, rice, rice. A little rice goes a long way. We bought a bag of rice last week, and we plan on having it as our "side" at least once a week until we run out. That's bang for your buck right there.
3) Use the pastas and grains and whatevers that are already in your cupboard.
If you're anything like me, your cupboard is filled with half-empty boxes of
pastas, rices, and weird grains that you thought you were definitely going to
get into (but didn't -- womp womp). Use them. You probably have side dishes for
weeks in there.
4) Breakfast for dinner. Eggs are cheap. And they come in twelves! Once
a week, why not do omelets or sunny-side-ups and a side of turkey bacon?
5) Plan every meal. My husband and I always say we're going to do this,
and we wind up doing it for, like, two weeks, then it's back to just randomly
shopping for food items with no clear menu in mind. Yesterday, we did it. And
we're hoping we'll do it again this weekend. Tonight's menu: Veggie fajitas
with, you guessed it, a side of rice.