Thursday, May 30, 2013

$10,000 found

$10,000 found, A 10-year-old boy who found $10,000 in a drawer at a Kansas City hotel where he was staying with his dad turned the money over to police.
Tyler Schaefer found the neatly stacked bills Saturday in the room where he and his father, Cody Schaefer, were staying at a hotel near the airport, The Kansas City Star reported ( Cody Schaefer, a truck driver and mechanic from Rapid City, S.D., meets his former wife in Kansas City every year to get his three children for summer vacation.
Cody Schaefer said Tyler, a Cub Scout, is always on the lookout for clues and treasure.
"He looks for stuff at random," Schaefer said of his son. "He's very observant."
Schaefer said after they checked into their room Saturday, Tyler began opening all the drawers, and it wasn't too long before Tyler announced: "I found money!"
Schaefer thought maybe his son had found a forgotten $10 bill, but when he looked closer he saw the stack of bills totaling $10,000. He wondered if the bills were fake, but saw they had the appropriate watermarks and seemed legitimate.
"We didn't know what to do at first," Schaefer said.
Schaefer told his son they couldn't keep the cash because they didn't know who it belonged to. They handed the money over to two off-duty police officers working security at the hotel. The officers contacted Sgt. Randy Francis, a property and evidence supervisor, who stored the cash at a police facility.
Police said it's unclear how long the money had been there, and they can't track down every guest who stayed in that room recently. Police spokesman Capt. Tye Grant said Thursday no one had claimed the money yet.
According to a Missouri statute, lost money could revert to a finder after about seven months if no one can prove ownership. But the owner then has another year to prove the money is his or hers and claim it from the finder.
"I didn't come there with $10,000 and I didn't leave with $10,000," Cody Schaefer said. "So it was a wash."

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Mexico mass kidnap

Mexico mass kidnap, Eleven young people were brazenly kidnapped in broad daylight from an after-hours bar in Mexico City's Zona Rosa, a normally calm district of offices, restaurants, drinking spots and dance clubs, anguished relatives said Thursday.
The apparent mass abduction purportedly happened sometime between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday morning just off the Paseo de la Reforma, the city's main boulevard, near the Angel of Independence monument and only about 1½ blocks from the U.S. Embassy.
The incident was the second recent high-publicity blemish for the city's largely unregulated entertainment scene, coming 20 days after the grandson of American civil rights activist Malcolm X was beaten to death at another tough bar in the downtown area.
Calling for authorities to find their loved ones, family members marched Thursday morning from the Interior Department building to the Zocalo, the city's main square. Later they protested outside the bar, which bears a sign that reads Bicentenario Restaurante-Bar, and demanded to see the bar's surveillance video.
"How could so many people have disappeared, just like that, in broad daylight?" said Josefina Garcia, mother of Said Sanchez Garcia, 19, her only son. "The police say they don't have them, so what, the earth just opened up and swallowed them?"
She said her son wasn't involved in any criminal activity, and worked at a market stall selling beauty products.
City prosecutors said they had received 11 missing-person reports, but Garcia said residents of the tough downtown neighborhood of Tepito where the victims live thought as many as 15 or 16 people could have been abducted.
The known missing include six men, most in their 20s, a 16-year-old boy and four young women.
While no clear motives had been revealed in the attack, residents of Tepito said there has been a wave of abductions of neighborhood young people in recent months that could be related to organized crime activities. Tepito is the center of black market activities in the city, where guns, drugs, stolen goods and contraband are widely sold.
Mass abductions have been rare in Mexico City, but are common in parts of the country where drug cartels operate and are fighting with rival gangs over territory.
Prosecutors slapped closure stickers on the front doors of the Mexico City bar Thursday, with inscriptions saying the city's anti-kidnapping unit was investigating abductions at the site.
Isabel Fonseca, whose brother is among those missing, said a man who escaped told her that masked men arrived in several white SUVs and took the group away. She said her brother, Eulogio Fonseca, is a street vendor who sells cellphone accessories.
"We want them alive," Fonseca said. "They went out to have fun; they are not criminals."
Mexico City's chief prosecutor, Rodolfo Rios, said investigators had been able to glean very little information on the disappearances.
Relatives believe the youths were at the club, which they said is called "Heaven," around midmorning Sunday, when waiters and bar employees herded them out to the street and armed men bundled them into waiting vehicles and spirited them away.
Rios said police had not located any employees of the bar and no other witnesses had presented themselves.
"We aren't sure what exactly occurred," he said. "No witness has come forward to say anything about any armed gang."
The bar is down a side street from two high-rise office buildings that look out on Reforma and sits across the narrow road from beauty salons and a sushi restaurant.
Guillermo Bustamante, owner of one the beauty parlors, said the street bustles every Saturday morning with people coming and going from the bar.
"Every time we arrived on Saturdays, we would see weird people coming out of that bar," Bustamante said. "There would be many Hummers parked outside and men walking out with a woman on each arm."
Bars of questionable character are often allowed to continue operating, even though drugs may be sold inside and the businesses frequently violate rules governing closing times, parking and serving alcohol to minors.
Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of the late Malcolm X, died May 9 in a fight that erupted after he and a friend were presented with a $1,200 bill at a seedy bar near Plaza Garibaldi, a gathering place for mariachi bands in a rough neighborhood in the downtown area. Two waiters at the bar have been arrested in connection with Shabazz's death.
In June 2008, police raided another Mexico City bar to investigate drug and alcohol sales to minors. A stampede ensued as panicked youths rushed for the exits and police tried to stop them. A dozen young people died in the stampede.

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7 dead in upstate N.Y.

7 dead in upstate N.Y., Seven people, including children, were killed when a tractor-trailer collided with a minivan on a rural two-lane highway in upstate New York, officials said Wednesday.
The rig was headed south around 6 p.m. on Route 13 about 25 miles south of Syracuse when the trailer became disconnected and crossed the center line, hitting a minivan carrying eight people, according to Capt. Mark Helms of the Cortland County Sheriff's Department.
The force of the impact ripped the minivan apart, and both vehicles came to rest on the shoulder of the roadway.
"It was a bad accident," Helms said.
Officials have not released the identities of those killed, but all of them were passengers in the minivan. Two people in the truck were not injured, Helms said.
Officials did not say what caused the accident.
The National Weather Service in Binghamton said there were thunderstorms and steady showers — including hail — in the area around Truxton Wednesday evening.
Cortland County Coroner Whitney Meeker confirmed seven people died in the crash. She said there was one survivor who was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. The condition of the survivor was not immediately known.
Meeker said it will probably take the next two days to complete autopsies. She said next of kin would be notified early Thursday at the Cortland County Sheriff's office. She said children were among the deceased.
Douglas Randall, the fire commissioner for nearby Town of Cuyler, said he was directing traffic about a mile north of the crash site when he saw what he believed to be distraught family members being escorted away from the scene.
"They were all meeting down the road at a family member's house," he said. "They were all hysterical."

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Apple $53M settlement

Apple $53M settlement, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has filed a $53 million preliminary class settlement agreement in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, potentially allowing $200 refunds to iPhone and iPod Touch customers who claim they should be covered under warranties but were not because of liquid indicators in their devices.
A group of four class representatives were upset over Apple's liquid damage policy prior to Dec. 31, 2009, in which the company would deny coverage under the standard warranty and purchased AppleCare Protection Plan for an iPhone whose headphone jack or dock connector was pink or red, indicating water contact, and for an iPod Touch with the same description before June 30, 2010.
Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users who were covered under a warranty, brought in devices before those dates and were denied repairs or replacements because of a pink or red indicator will be able to go to a website for class members after judicial approval is given.
Jeffrey Fazio, an attorney representing two of the four class representatives, said he expected judicial approval in the next 30 days.
"They're both delighted, as are we," Fazio said of his clients. "We think it's a very good settlement. We think people will get real money and real relief."

Requests for comment to Apple and its attorneys were not returned.
The company has not acknowledged any wrongdoing in the settlement.
The movement to build a class started in April 2010, when Charlene Gallion filed a lawsuit against Apple in U.S. District Court. She and her attorneys proposed that they represent all purchasers of iPhones and iPod Touches in the country.
Apple's former liquid damage policy was changed around December 2009 for iPhone and June 2010 for the iPod Touch. The company then said that a warranty claim should not be denied based solely on a triggered headphone jack or dock liquid contact indicator.
Fazio said the issue with Apple's former policies was that company employees would allegedly base the decision to repair or replace a device based on the indicator without fully inspecting the device.
"If then they find after inspecting them internally, as we allege they should have done from the beginning, they find water damage, frankly, we don't find anything wrong with it," Fazio said.
Now, company employees first ask customers if a device has been damaged by water, then inspect the device, Fazio said.

So far, Fazio said, there are about 150,000 identifiable people who are a part of the class.
"They'll remember. I guarantee it," Fazio said of the potential claimants. "People who spend that much on a device and have to buy another one for reasons they don't believe were valid -- they tend to remember."
Fazio said his team already has contact information for about 130,000 class members. Those Apple customers will not have to submit a claim for reimbursement from the settlement fund and will receive a check, unless they opt out of the settlement class.
Depending on the final number of claims, people could receive about $200 from the $53 million settlement. If the fund is not fully utilized by claimants, the remaining funds will go to non-profit groups and consumer organizations, Fazio said.
Public records show that the agreement was filed on Tuesday, after an initial copy of Apple's agreement was leaked by Wired last month.
According to the document, "liquid contact indicator" is the name Apple used from Dec. 22, 2009 to describe a water contact indicator tape it purchased from the 3M Company and installed in iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.
"They weren't designed to detect damage to an electronic device," Fazio said of the indicators. "What they were designed to do is alert a company that there may be a problem. And if they saw that, opened the device and inspected it and actually found a problem, we wouldn't have filed suit."

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Receptionist to CEO

Receptionist to CEO, Karen Kaplan, the CEO of advertising firm Hill Holliday, had humble beginnings. The 53-year-old told Business Insider recently her journey from being a 22-year-old receptionist with the firm–part of one of the largest ad conglomerates in the world–to becoming CEO.

Kaplan joined the company in 1980, and said that she was teased by two other girls who worked there.

“They come on my second day, and they stand in front of my desk,” Kaplan told the website. “They’re looming over me with hands on their hips with their little headbands, and I remember they were like, ‘Just so you know, just because you’re out here and everyone can see you, you are still on the bottom of the totem pole. You are below us, you are below the guy in the mail room, you’re below the guy who delivers the packages.’

Kaplan said of that the two girls, who worked in the switchboard room, “one married a rich guy.”

“The other I lost track of,” she said. “Maybe jail.”

Kaplan said that she started with no experience in advertising but she eventually learned.

“You can make your mark in every single job,” Kaplan said. “I still run into people today who remember me from when I was a receptionist who say, ‘You were the best damn receptionist in the history of receptionists.’”

Boston-based Hill Holliday named Kaplan as its CEO earlier this month.
“There is no one who has worked harder or who is better positioned to lead Hill Holliday to new levels of growth and success. She was born to be CEO of Hill Holliday, and I am absolutely thrilled to hand the reins over to her,” former CEO Mike Sheehan said in a release, according to

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rob Kardashian weight loss

Rob Kardashian weight loss, The reality star not only debuted his Arthur George by Rob Kardashian sock line at Neiman Marcus in Las Vegas on May 25, but he showed off his impressive weight loss. The 26-year-old is sporting a slimmer body after recently revealing he was trying to drop the pounds he gained during his relationship with Rita Ora.
"I still have to lose like 40 to 50 pounds believe it or not," Kardashian told Us Weekly at the event. "Six months, I should be there."
Kardashian revealed he had gained over 40 pounds on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" last season, saying that his romance with Ora wasn't good for his physique. He continued to discuss his body issues during an E! special with Ryan Seacrest in April, confessing, “Every time I hop in the shower and see myself naked I cry. My penis looks so small now.”
In March, Kardashian told Us Weekly he weighed 235 pounds, but was trying to lose the weight by working out twice-a-day. Now, he's no longer following the strict exercise routine, but is keeping his diet in check.
"I'm kind of doing my own thing with Lamar [Odom]'s trainer. He's on salary since he was 19 years old, so he works for us. I've been spending time with him," Kardashian explained to Us, adding that he's trying to cut out alcohol. "I'm not really drinking out here in Vegas -- I've been here since Wednesday and I leave Monday -- that's way too long," he said. "But I'm trying to get in a healthy direction."

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Nurse admits murdering 11

Nurse admits murdering 11, A nurse has pleaded guilty to murdering 11 elderly people by setting fire to the Sydney nursing home where he worked.

Roger Dean also pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to another eight nursing home residents injured by the blaze in 2011.

The 37-year-old registered nurse was on duty when he set the fire and later appeared on television describing his efforts to rescue trapped people at the nursing home in the suburb of Quakers Hill.
He made his pleas in New South Wales state Supreme Court on Monday. His sentencing hearing starts on Thursday. He potentially faces life imprisonment.

Police had questioned him at the home hours before the blaze over theft allegations. He has already pleaded guilty to stealing prescription drugs from the home.

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Israel warns Russia

Israel warns RussiaIsrael's defense minister on Tuesday signaled that his military is prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons to Syria, in a rare implied threat to Moscow.
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon issued his warning shortly after a top Russian official said his government reserves the right to provide Syria with state-of-the-art S-300 air defense missiles.
Israel has been lobbying Moscow to drop the sale, fearing the missiles would upset the balance of power in the region and could slip into the hands of hostile groups, including the Lebanese militant Hezbollah, a close ally of the Syrian regime.
"As far as we are concerned, that is a threat," Yaalon told reporters when asked about the S300s.
"At this stage I can't say there is an escalation. The shipments have not been sent on their way yet. And I hope that they will not be sent," he said. But "if God forbid they do reach Syria, we will know what to do."
Since Syria's civil war erupted in March 2011, Israel has repeatedly voiced concerns that Syria's sophisticated arsenal, including chemical weapons, could either be transferred to Hezbollah, a bitter enemy of Israel, or fall into the hands of rebels battling Syrian President Bashar Assad. The rebels include al-Qaida-affiliated groups that Israel believes could turn their attention toward Israel if they topple Assad.
Israel has carried out several airstrikes in Syria that are believed to have destroyed weapons shipments bound for Hezbollah. Israel has not confirmed carrying out the attacks. The delivery of the Russian missiles to Syria could limit the Israeli air force's ability to act.
In Moscow, Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, wouldn't say whether Russia has shipped any of the long-range S-300 air defense missile systems, but insisted that Moscow isn't going to abandon the deal despite strong Western and Israeli criticism.
"We understand the concerns and signals sent to us from different capitals. We realize that many of our partners are concerned about the issue," Ryabkov said. "We have no reason to revise our stance."
He said the missiles could be a deterrent against foreign intervention in Syria and would not be used against Syrian rebels, who do not have an air force.
"We believe that such steps to a large extent help restrain some 'hotheads' considering a scenario to give an international dimension to this conflict," he said.
Russia has been the key ally of the Syrian regime, protecting it from United Nations sanctions and providing it with weapons despite the civil war there that has claimed over 70,000 lives.
It is unclear if Moscow has already provided Damascus with any of the S-300s missiles, which have a range of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) and the capability to track and strike multiple targets simultaneously.
Ryabkov's statement came a day after European Union's decision to lift an arms embargo against Syrian rebels. He criticized the EU decision, saying it would help fuel the conflict.
Israel's defense chief spoke at an annual civil defense drill to prepare for missile attacks on Israel. This year's exercise comes at a time of heightened concerns that Israel could be dragged into the Syrian civil war.
A number of mortar shells from the fighting in Syria have landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. While Israel believes most of the fire has been errant, it has accused Syria of firing intentionally at Israeli targets on several occasions, and last week the sides briefly exchanged fire.
Israel's civil defense chief, Home Front Minister Gilad Erdan, said this week's drill was not specifically connected to the tensions with Syria.
"But of course we must take into consideration that something like that might happen in the near future because of what we see in Syria, and because we know that chemical weapons exist in Syria and might fall to the hands of radical Muslim terror groups," he said.

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Fan slaps Beyonce

Fan slaps Beyonce, Beyonce was too damn bootylicious for one fan in Denmark ... who reached up onto the stage and slapped the singer right on her ass during her concert last night.

Mrs. Carter was performing "Irreplaceable" at the Forum in Copenhagen ... when a dude with front row seats lunged on to the stage and delivered a full 5-fingered smack to Beyonce's left butt cheek.

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O.C. crash kills 5 teens

O.C. crash kills 5 teens, Authorities say five people killed in a fiery Southern California crash that split a car in half were teenagers from the Irvine area.
Sheriff's officials tell the Orange County Register ( the names of the teens killed in the Newport Beach wreck were expected to be released Tuesday.
Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe says the Infiniti sedan they were in veered off a road Monday evening and hit a tree. The vehicle split in half and caught fire.
Lowe says four people were ejected from the car and died immediately. A fifth was partially ejected and was later declared dead at a hospital.
The cause of the crash wasn't immediately clear.
No other vehicles were involved.

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Man shoots daughters

Man shoots daughters, A California man shot his two adult daughters on Monday, killing one and critically injuring the other before apparently committing suicide while his three young grandchildren were in the home, authorities said.
An 8-year-old girl called to report gunfire before dawn, and deputies arrived to find 63-year-old Anthony Alvarez dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

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Papa John's racist voicemail

Papa John's racist voicemail, Two Florida Papa John's employees were fired after accidentally leaving a racist voicemail on the machine of a customer who allegedly tipped him poorly.
On May 19, a black Papa John's customer from Sanford, Fla., received a message on his iPhone, allegedly from the man who had just delivered his pizza, The Daily Dot reports. Apparently, the Papa John's employee didn't realize he had "butt-dialed" the customer and proceeded to leave an N-word ridden, racist voicemail complaining about the tip.

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TV Correspondent Killed

TV Correspondent Killed, Lebanon's official news agency says gunmen have fired on a government checkpoint near the Syrian border, killing three Lebanese soldiers.
The state-run National News Agency says gunmen attacked the roadblock near the town of Arsal on Tuesday morning.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Dad who has drowned his sons

Dad who has drowned his sons,  North Texas man was sentenced to death on Thursday for drowning his two young sons in a Dallas-area creek. The Dallas County jury took about three and a half hours to sentence Naim Rasool Muhammad. The same jury took less than 10 minutes last week to find him guilty of capital murder in the deaths of 5-year-old Naim and 3-year-old Elijah.

"I apologize for bringing any pain and hurt on anybody for the actions that I have caused to you all," Muhammad said after the sentence was announced. He said that the only reason he did it was because he wanted to be a father and thought that was being taken away.

Muhammad killed Naim and Elijah in August 2011. Authorities say he forced the boys and their mother, Kametra Sampson, into a car and started driving on what was supposed to be Naim's first day of school. "You've shown that you have no boundaries, that nothing is sacred to you -- not even the bond between a father and son," Sampson said after the verdict was announced.

In closing arguments, prosecutor Tammy Kemp called Muhammad "a monster" and "100 percent pure evil." That angered Muhammad's mother, who stood up and shouted, "That is not a monster. He is my son." She bolted from the courtroom but could be heard shouting in the corridor outside as Kemp resumed her closing argument.

Defense attorney Paul Johnson told jurors that the children's deaths were, indeed, a horrible crime -- one deserving of life imprisonment without parole. He told jurors that Muhammad's neglect by a mother who was a crack-addicted prostitute and upbringing amid violence and sexual abuse warped him. That, Johnson said, was sufficient mitigation to spare him the death penalty.

"If it's not this case, what is it?" he said. "He is not evil, but he has committed an evil act."

Confession, Quick Judgment

During a taped confession from an interview with investigators that played in court May 14, Muhammad confessed to the murders.

The video showed Muhammad telling investigators that he told the children to pretend they were swimming and then held them underwater until they drowned. As the interview played, the defendant sobbed so loudly it could be heard in the hallway.

Jurors took less than 10 minutes the following day to convict Muhammad of capital murder.

Prosecutors said Muhammad is a threat to society and that there is no reason he should be allowed to live.

"I don't have to recall the facts of the case because, although it was not filled with blood or gore, it was a horror unimagined," prosecutor Sherre Sweet said.

Muhammad, who has a criminal record spanning 20 years, killed his sons after their mother began dating someone new, prosecutors say.

"It was the ultimate textbook family violence power and control play -- 'If I can't get you to do what I want you to do through violence, I will go to your very heartstrings,'" Sweet said.


S.W.A.T. star dies

S.W.A.T. star dies, TV and movie star Steve Forrest, best remembered for his role on the Aaron Spelling-produced cop drama "S.W.A.T.," died May 18 at his home in Thousand Oaks, California, at age 87.
"S.W.A.T." aired for just two seasons on ABC in 1975-76, but the concept proved so popular that a big-screen adaptation starring Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson was released in 2003. Forrest made a cameo appearance in the movie, while the role he played in the series — S.W.A.T. leader Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson — was played by Jackson.
Forrest had a prolific TV career in addition to "S.W.A.T.," starring in many of the most popular series in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, including "The Twilight Zone," "The Virginian," "Rawhide," "The Fugitive," "Bonanza," "Gunsmoke," "Mission: Impossible," "The Streets of San Francisco," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "Cannon," "Kojak," "Columbo," "Hotel," "L.A. Law," "Murder, She Wrote," and "Dallas."

The actor, the younger brother of "The Best Years of Our Lives" movie star Dana Andrews, also won a Golden Globe for the 1953 big-screen drama "So Big" and had roles in "The Longest Day," "North Dallas Forty," "Flaming Star," "Spies Like Us," and "Mommie Dearest," among others.
Forrest was born in 1925 in Texas, the youngest of 13 children born to a Baptist minister and his wife. He fought with the Army in World War II, graduated from the theater arts department at UCLA, and got a career break when Oscar-winning actor Gregory Peck saw him perform in a play and helped him land a screen test and contract at MGM.
Forrest, whose birth name was William Forrest Andrews, is survived by his wife of 64 years, Christine Carilas, as well as three sons (including one named Forrest, who presumably uses his father's birth surname).

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Amanda Bynes arrested

Amanda Bynes arrested, Police say actress Amanda Bynes has been arrested in New York City after she threw a marijuana bong out of a window.
Police say an apartment building official called police Thursday to complain that Bynes was smoking marijuana and rolling a joint in the lobby.
The officers went to Bynes' apartment, where they saw heavy smoke and a bong, which Bynes then threw out the window in front of the officers.
Bynes was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana. It wasn't clear if she had a lawyer.
Bynes rose to fame starring in Nickelodeon's "All That" and has starred in several films, including 2010's "Easy A."

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cartoon Network lawsuit

Cartoon Network lawsuit, A North Dakota advertising agency is suing the creators of a Cartoon Network show, alleging that they copied a state marketing campaign.
H2M, a Fargo-based advertising and marketing agency, filed the lawsuit against Dane Boedigheimer and Spencer Grove in U.S. District Court in North Dakota on Monday. Boedigheimer and Grove are the creators of the animated series "Annoying Orange."
H2M alleges Boedigheimer and Grove ripped off a copyrighted character called The Talking Orange that was created for television commercials for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The commercials aired in North Dakota and western Minnesota from 2005 to 2010. The lawsuit also names Annoying Orange LLC and Annoying Orange Inc., both based in California.
"Defendants Dane Boedigheimer and Spencer Grove were raised, resided, educated, attended film school, were employed and first obtained access to 'The Talking Orange' in North Dakota and western Minnesota — the same area where Plaintiff H2M's 'The Talking Orange' and its derivatives, were widely disseminated on cable television," the suit states.
The Talking Orange is comprised of an inanimate orange that has a superimposed mouth with lips, tongue and teeth. An actor's mouth speaking the character's part is composited onto the orange. It has a "snotty, annoying and slightly obnoxious" voice, which gives it an abrasive and abusive persona, the lawsuit stated.
"Like 'The Talking Orange,' 'Annoying Orange' appears to be speaking with a 'voice' that is perfectly in sync with the movement of the actor's mouth, lips, teeth and tongue," according to the lawsuit.
Boedigheimer and Grove are both North Dakota natives and attended college at Minnesota State University-Moorhead before relocating to California, the lawsuit said. Both still have family members in North Dakota and western Minnesota.
H2M is seeking damages, an injunction prohibiting Boedigheimer and Grove from profiting off their product, and attorneys' fees.
A representative of Boedigheimer and the producers of the show said she could not comment on current litigation. A spokeswoman for Cartoon Network also said the channel had no comment.

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Bad Teacher to CBS

Bad Teacher to CBS, "Bad Teacher" is coming to TV.
On Wednesday, CBS announced it had ordered the single-camera comedy, based on the Cameron Diaz-starring film, for the 2013-2014 television season.

Ari Graynor stars in the series as "an always inappropriate, fearless and unapologetic former trophy wife who masquerades as a teacher in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her penniless," per CBS.

Ari previously played Caitlin, Meadow Soprano's troubled college roommate in HBO's "The Sopranos." She also starred as Rachel in Fox's "Fringe."

Executive Producers for "Bad Teacher" are Hilary Winston, Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Sam Hansen, Jimmy Miller and Michael Lasker.

No air date has been set for the series.

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Ghetto tours stopped

Ghetto tours stopped, A company that promised sightseer tours to the Bronx that included a New York City "ghetto" has stopped the bus rides under protest from an outraged neighbourhood.
Real Bronx Tours, which took mostly European tourists from Manhattan to see life in the South Bronx "from a safe distance," issued a statement this week saying it would immediately cease all tours there.
Three times a week, the $45 ride took visitors past food-pantry lines, a housing project and a park a guide described as a pickpocket hangout.
Tourists were told they'd get a look at the Bronx that reflects one of the darkest chapters of the city's history, the 1970s and '80s, when the tour website said "this borough was notorious for drugs, gangs, crime and murders."
The Bronx lost hundreds of buildings to fires intentionally set by landlords to collect insurance money, hence the phrase, "the Bronx is burning."
But residents say the tours are a misrepresentation of the area where former Secretary of State Colin Powell and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor lived in as children.
"Those days are over, the Bronx is being rebuilt, it's rising again," said Bronx resident and Grammy-nominated musician Bobby Sanabria.
On Monday, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito sent an open letter to the company owner, Michael Myers, saying they were "sickened by the despicable way" the borough was being portrayed to outsiders.
"We strongly urge you to stop profiting off of a tour that misrepresents the Bronx as a haven for poverty and crime, while mocking everything from our landmarks to the less fortunate members of our community who are availing themselves of food assistance programs."
The tour company did not respond to calls and emails requesting comment. It was not clear whether they would resume any of their tours. And by Thursday, the website of the company was no longer accessible.
Other companies in the city still offer regular guided trips to the Bronx.
Three weeks ago, NYC & Company, the city's tourism bureau, launched a promotion of the South Bronx as "one of our safest, most exciting boroughs," with highlights including Art Deco architecture and the Yankees.
Real Bronx Tours has been booted from the bureau's membership list as a result of the language they've been using, NYC & Company spokeswoman Kimberly Spell said.
Elena Martinez, an anthropologist and Bronx resident, offers visitors walks through the same neighbourhood that was on Real Bronx Tours' itinerary.
The human struggles on these still gritty streets have produced urban styles and sounds copied around the world, from hip hop music and outdoor murals to clothing.
"Many young Europeans come here as a pilgrimage," Martinez said. "This was the incubator for hip-hop, salsa, jazz, Afro-Cuban music, R&B."
She points to theatres, lavish dance halls and clubs where salsa came alive, along with some of the biggest names in music. Sanabria, a famed drummer, says he comes from a borough "that has an incredible, majestic music culture."
And although many of the buildings now house stores and offices, or were demolished or burned down, new ones mingle with restored historic ones "and people are helping to bring the neighbourhood back," Martinez said.
"We've had enough of the gawkers who come to ghettoize us," says Al Quinones, caretaker of a community park that features a garden with fruit trees and a stone outdoor amphitheatre. "Their timing was bad. The Bronx is not burning, not now! Now, it's resurgence."
On the door to his shack on the grounds is a sign that reads: "Don't dump on the Bronx."
Sanabria, Martinez and other Bronx residents are meeting Friday to kick-start a counter-campaign to what they call the Bronx's "negative image."
They've calling their action "Bronx Rising."

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Atheist books next to Bibles

Atheist books next to Bibles, A national atheist group said Monday that it will donate its literature for use in cabins and lodges in Georgia's state parks after the governor's recent decision to allow Bibles there.
David Silverman, president of the Cranford, N.J.-based American Atheists organization, said his group is just waiting for an answer from the state on what the best procedure is to donate several books, including one titled "Why I Am An Atheist."
"We expect fair treatment, we anticipate fair treatment and we look forward to fair treatment," Silverman said. "If the state is going to put Bibles in the cabins, they must allow alternate points of view – all alternative points of view without taking sides."
But it was not at all clear Monday whether the atheist literature would find a place in the cabins alongside the Protestant Bibles.
Asked if the state would allow it, Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal, would only say that the governor's office is working on regulations governing the distribution of materials with the Department of Natural Resources and the Attorney General's Office.
Silverman says he's expecting the state's decision to take no longer than it did for Deal to order the Bibles' return.
"There are lots and lots of atheists in Georgia, and there are lots of atheists who visit Georgia," Silverman said.
One of those atheists, Ed Buckner, was not happy last month when he discovered nine Gideon Bibles in the cabin he had rented with his family at Amicalola Falls State Park in north Georgia. When he complained, park managers removed the Bibles while they sought a legal decision from the Attorney General's Office.
The AG determined the state was on firm legal ground because it hadn't paid for the books. That prompted Deal last week to order the Bibles returned to the cabins at Amicalola and other state parks. In announcing the decision, the governor said any religious group was welcome to donate literature.
Silverman's group responded soon afterward.
"We appreciate the governor's invitation to place atheist books in the cabins and look forward to providing visitors with the opportunity to learn more about atheism when they visit Georgia's beautiful state parks," American Atheists Managing Director Amanda Knief said in a statement.

 Atheist books next to Bibles news Via huffingtonpost

Pot-eating pigs

Pot-eating pigs, With Washington state about to embark on a first-of-its-kind legal market for recreational marijuana, the budding ranks of new cannabis growers face a quandary over what to do with the excess stems, roots and leaves from their plants.
Susannah Gross, who owns a five-acre farm north of Seattle, is part of a group experimenting with a solution that seems to make the most of marijuana's appetite-enhancing properties - turning weed waste into pig food.
Four pigs whose feed was supplemented with potent plant leavings during the last four months of their lives ended up 20 to 30 pounds heavier than the half-dozen other pigs from the same litter when they were all sent to slaughter in March.
"They were eating more, as you can imagine," Gross said.
Giving farm animals the munchies is the latest outcome of a ballot measure passed by Washington voters in November making their state one of the first to legalize the recreational use of pot. The other was Colorado. Both were among about 20 states with medical marijuana laws already on their books.
The federal government still classifies cannabis as an illegal narcotic, and the Obama administration has not yet said what actions, if any, it will take in answer to the newly passed recreational weed statutes.
Matt McAlman, the medical marijuana grower who provided the pot leavings for Gross' pigs, says he hopes the idea expands with the likely impending expansion of Washington state's marijuana industry.
"We can have pot chickens, pot pigs, grass-fed beef," he said.
Draft regulations issued last week to govern the burgeoning recreational-use industry seem to leave open that possibility. The rules dictate that marijuana plant waste must be "rendered unusable prior to leaving a licensed producer or processor's facility," adding that mixing it with food waste would be acceptable.
Gross' pigs were butchered by William von Schneidau, who has a shop at the famous Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. In March, von Schneidau held a "Pot Pig Gig" at the market, serving up the marijuana-fed pork as part of a five-course meal.
He quickly sold out the remaining weed-fed meat at his shop but plans another pot-pig feast later this summer, he said.
"Some say the meat seems to taste more savory," he said.
The results beg the question of whether pot-fed pork contains any measurable traces of THC, the mind-altering chemical ingredient in cannabis.
The European Food Safety Authority reported in 2011 that "no studies concerning tolerance or effects of graded levels of THC in food-producing animals have been found in literature."
The agency also noted that "no data are available concerning the likely transfer of THC ... to animal tissues and eggs following repeated administration."

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Celtics player arrested

Celtics player arrested, Boston Celtics guard/forward Terrence Williams was arrested by police in Kent, Wash., for allegedly making threats with a gun during an incident stemming from a Sunday afternoon child visitation.
According to Chris Daniels of Seattle NBC affiliate KING5, Kent police said the 25-year-old Williams "waved a gun" during a scheduled visitation session. The Seattle Times has more details:
The incident happened around 1:55 p.m. Sunday in downtown Kent. The victim is a woman who told police she has a 10-year-old son whose father is Williams.
The woman told police that Williams had a scheduled visitation exchange with the boy on Sunday, and during the exchange in a downtown Kent parking lot, the two began arguing. The woman told police that Williams brandished a firearm and made threats. He then left the area.
Police later found Williams and took him into custody "without incident," terming the situation "a domestic violence case under investigation."

Williams has largely underwhelmed in his four-year professional career, failing to live up to the significant promise the 6-foot-6 combo guard possessed when the then-New Jersey Nets selected the tantalizing Louisville product with the 11th pick in the 2009 NBA draft.
After a relatively quiet start to his career in New Jersey, Williams came on strong late in the season, earning more minutes on the struggling club and showcasing an intriguing all-around floor game, averaging just under 12 points, six rebounds and 4.5 assists per game after the All-Star break. The honeymoon didn't last long, though, as Williams spent Summer League and preseason gunning, started the 2010-11 season by showing up late for practices and testing the patience of Nets coach Avery Johnson, earning a two-game suspension that was followed by a first-of-its-kind D-League demotion. Shortly thereafter, the Nets shipped him off to the Houston Rockets in a three-team deal; Williams would struggle to crack Houston's rotation, making only 23 appearances over two seasons for the Rockets before being waived in March 2012. He finished out the 2011-12 season with the Sacramento Kings, but was let go after a relatively nondescript 18-game stint in Northern California, and headed off to China after failing to catch on with any club heading into this past season.
Their roster decimated by injuries — especially in the backcourt, where they lost both starter Rajon Rondo and reserve Leandro Barbosa to season-ending injuries — the Celtics gave Williams another shot after he'd wrapped his stint with the Guandong Southern Tigers, signing him to a 10-day deal in February and offering him a chance to work his way back into the NBA. Williams performed well enough in limited duty as a backup point guard, averaging 4.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 13.3 minutes per game in 24 regular-season appearances for Doc Rivers' squad. Boston signed Williams for the remainder of the 2012-13 season and the 2014 season following the expiration of his initial 10-day deal, but his '13-'14 veteran minimum contract is wholly unguaranteed, according to's salary database.
In an April interview with's Jessica Camerato, Williams expressed gratitude at getting another NBA chance and having the opportunity to dispel the league-wide notion that, despite his skill-set and athleticism, his character issues make him the kind of prospect best viewed from a distance.
"I have to prove everything," he said matter-of-factly. "What have I proved? Nothing. I just proved I can wear number 55 and some funny looking shoes. I feel like I’m starting over. I feel like I’m turning 21 again on Draft Night and just getting drafted. To me, to be honest, I feel like I have to prove everything."

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Linkin Park frontman

Linkin Park frontman, Attendees at KROQ Weenie Roast in Los Angeles this weekend were treated to a surprise performance by the Stone Temple Pilots' new frontman, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, Rolling Stone reported Sunday.
According to NME, Bennington and the Stone Temple Pilots played a new song, "Out of Time," along with older tracks "Sex Type Thing" and "Vasoline."
"I’ve loved STP since I was 13 years old and they’ve had a huge influence on me," Bennington said in a statement, in which he also emphasized his continued relationship with Linkin Park.
When the opportunity came up to do something creative with them, I jumped at the chance. The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I’ve continued to work on new music with LP.
"Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we’ve admired for a long time," Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo said.
"We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we’re all really happy with the result," DeLeo added.
The Stone Temple Pilots fired long-time lead singer Scott Weiland earlier this year amid reports that he didn't get along with other band members.
Weiland's statement after the firing suggested that the separation wasn't amicable.
I learned of my supposed "termination" from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be "terminated" from a band that I founded, fronted, and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that's something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday.

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Banderas 'Super Mario'

Banderas 'Super Mario', Antonio Banderas will star in a movie as one of the 33 Chilean miners trapped deep underground for more than two months in 2010, and the charismatic survivor he’s playing couldn’t be happier.
Mike Medavoy, producer of “The 33,” announced on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival that Banderas will play Mario Sepulveda, who known as “Super Mario” became the public face of the miners.
The film will dramatize the cave-in at a mine in Chile’s Atacama desert and the globally televised rescue of the miners that mesmerized millions worldwide.
Sepulveda told the Associated Press on Monday that he’s thrilled because he’s a fan of the Spanish actor and that he hopes the movie will remind people how life is the most valuable gift.
“I’m very excited and full of anxiety. All of my mates are looking forward to this big production,” Sepulveda said. “Banderas is very charismatic. I like him a lot and I think this movie is going to make him even more famous than he already is.”
Even in their despair, Sepulveda said, “peace, love, solidarity and teamwork” were shared by the miners who survived entrapment longer than anyone else before.
“There are people who don’t realize the value of what they have next to them. And after those 69 days we know that there’s nothing as important as being alive, being healthy and enjoying the people you love while you’re alive,” he said.
The miners said it felt like an earthquake when the shaft caved in above them on Aug. 5, 2010, filling the lower corridors of the copper and gold mine with suffocating dust. Hours passed before they could even begin to see a few steps in front of them. Above them tons of rock shifted constantly, threatening to bury them forever.
People on the surface didn’t know for more than two weeks that the men had survived the collapse. The 33 men had stretched a meager 48-hour store of emergency food for 17 days, eating tiny capsules of tuna and sips of expired milk while a narrow shaft finally reached their haven and the world learned they were alive.
The small emergency shaft allowed food and water to be lowered to the miners while rescuers drilled a bigger escape hole. Finally, in the early hours of Oct. 13, the miners were hauled up one-by-one in a cage through 2,000 feet of rock.
Back on the surface they were received as heroes. They got paid trips to the Greek Islands, visited the Real Madrid stadium in Spain and paraded at Magic Kingdom in Disney World.
But the fantasy began to crumble on their return home.
Many ran out of money and had to scratch out a living in the dusty working-class neighborhoods and shantytowns of the desert city of Copiapo. Some began suffering from health and psychological problems. Others took to alcohol and drugs. Most are still kept up at night by memories of their ordeal.
“I’m thankful for things in life,” said Sepulveda, an electrician who earns a living giving motivational speeches. “Some are good, others bad, but God gave us another chance ... The door that was opened for us is huge.”
Variety magazine say production for “The 33” is scheduled to start in the fall in Chile. The film will be directed by Mexican filmmaker Patricia Riggen. Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro are also on the cast.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

3,500 potential witnesses

3,500 potential witnesses, Court documents say prosecutors in the Colorado theater shootings have listed about 3,500 potential witnesses they could call during the trial of defendant James Holmes.

The estimate was in a motion filed Tuesday. None of the witnesses have been publicly identified.
Lawyers also say nearly 40,000 pages of documents about evidence have been filed.

Holmes is accused of killing 12 and injuring 70 in the July 20 shooting at an Aurora movie theater. He's charged with multiple counts of murder and first-degree murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Holmes has asked to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, but the judge hasn't decided whether to accept it.

Another judge entered a standard not guilty plea in March when he wasn't ready to plead.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chuck Muncie dies

Chuck Muncie dies, Chuck Muncie, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, has died at age 60, the NFL clubs and a family spokesman said Tuesday.

Muncie family spokesman Vintage Foster of AMF Media Group in San Ramon, Calif., said Muncie died at his Los Angeles-area home on Monday from heart failure.

Muncie was the Saints' first-round pick, third overall, out of California in 1976. He played 4½ seasons in New Orleans before being traded in 1980 to San Diego, where he finished his nine-year NFL career.

In 1979, Muncie became the first Saint to rush for 1,000 yards, finishing with 1,198 yards and 11 touchdowns, and his 1,506 total yards from scrimmage earned him the first of his three Pro Bowl selections.

The 6-foot-3 Muncie, who played at 227 pounds, and fellow Saints running back Tony Galbreath formed what then-coach Hank Stram dubbed the "Thunder and Lightning" combination in the New Orleans backfield. Both running backs are now member of the Saints Hall of Fame.

Saints owner Tom Benson said in a written statement that the Saints were mourning Muncie's "untimely passing," adding, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and other loved ones at this difficult time."

Muncie was traded by the Saints at midseason in 1980 to the San Diego Chargers, where he played 51 games and was named to Pro Bowl rosters two more times, in 1981 and '82. In 2009, the club recognized him as one of the 50 greatest Chargers of all time.

His accomplishments on the field came despite cocaine use, and in 1989, five years after his retirement from pro football, Muncie was sentenced to 18 months in prison for a cocaine distribution conviction.

Thereafter, however, he began sharing his life story with at-risk youth, highlighting his struggles with drug abuse. He created the Chuck Muncie Youth Foundation, the mission of which was to offer children mentoring, educational assistance and counseling.

"His work with at-risk youth, the Boys and Girls Clubs and his foundation were the things that really made him shine," Muncie's daughter, Danielle Ward, said in a written statement provided by Foster.

"He was star on the football field but his most impressive work was done in the second chapter of his life where he lived his life with great transparency," added Muncie's former wife, Robyn Hood. "He simply wanted others to learn from his mistakes. He carried that message with him everywhere he went. And as a result, he changed the lives of hundreds of kids. He made a difference."

Muncie's 43 touchdowns for San Diego, and 19 touchdowns in a single season, both rank second in Chargers history, eclipsed only by LaDainian Tomlinson.

"Everyone at the Chargers is deeply saddened by the passing of Chuck Muncie, one of the greatest running backs in Chargers history," the team said in a written statement. "We will remember him as a tremendous athlete with a larger-than-life personality. It's a sad day for all of us and all Chargers fans."

In nine seasons, Muncie finished with 6,702 yards rushing, 2,323 yards receiving and 74 total touchdowns.




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Amputee killed by dogs

Amputee killed by dogs, An 80-year-old South Carolina double-amputee has died from his injuries after he was dragged from his wheelchair and attacked by four dogs, authorities said Tuesday.

Carlton Freeman of Harleyville was driving his motorized wheelchair on May 8 when he was attacked, said Maj. John Garrison, a spokesman for the Dorchester County Sheriff's Department.

An incident report said Freeman told authorities that he was pulled from his wheelchair during the attack in the community about 50 miles northwest of Charleston. He said dogs were biting him and pulling on his clothes.

Coroner Chris Nesbit said Tuesday that Freeman, who had both legs amputated at the knee from an injury years ago, died Sunday of the injuries in the dog attack.

"Upon my examination of Mr. Freeman, it is a wonder that this gentleman was able to hang on as long as he did," Nesbit said in a statement. "He had bites and lacerations from his legs to the top of his head. This is very sad story, but even worse that Mr. Freeman was basically helpless to the attack, due to being a bi-lateral amputee."

Garrison said that officers captured three of the four dogs. They have been taken to an animal shelter while deputies are still trying to locate the fourth.

A police report said three of the dogs belonged to a woman in the neighborhood and there were traces of blood found on them. Authorities have not made any arrests.

It's the second fatal dog mauling in the county in a little over a year.

In April 2012, a 2-month-old child was killed and dismembered by a dog in his family's home as his father slept in a nearby room. The family dog pulled the child from where is sat in a baby swing.





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Pop-Tarts new flavors

Pop-Tarts new flavors, The leading producer of cereals in the world, Kellogg Company (K) recently introduced new flavors of Pop-Tarts. The new Pop-Tarts Gone Nutty! comes in two flavors, Peanut Butter and Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts contains real peanut butter at the center and has sugar crystals on the outside. Peanut butter is a very popular flavor and is expected to appeal to teens. On the other hand, Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter contains chocolate pastry crust and sweet frosting.

Kellogg has a solid portfolio of products with a strong brand identity. Pop Tarts, being one of the important brands of Kellogg, is likely to benefit from the introduction of new flavors.

These products offer easy breakfast options and contain the goodness of peanuts. Pop-Tarts Gone Nutty! meets the continuous demand for new flavors. These products particularly capitalize on the increasing awareness about the importance of breakfast as the first meal of the day.

Kellogg has always focused on brand building through product innovation and improved product mix through optimal price/mix combinations. These efforts help drive market share gains and consistent growth in sales and earnings over the long term. Growth in 2013 is also expected to be achieved on the back of higher advertising investments and consumer promotions and solid innovation launches.

Kellogg carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some other consumer staple stocks that are worth a look include Flower Foods Inc. (FLO) carrying  a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and H. J. Heinz Company (HNZ) and J&J Snack Foods Corp. (JJSF) holding a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).



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Selena Gomez bikini

Selena Gomez bikini

Selena Gomez bikini,  The "Come & Get It" singer showed off her tiny figure in a patterned bikini over the weekend while hanging poolside with a girlfriend in Miami, Florida.


Gomez has been busy promoting her upcoming album, and while chatting with Boston's Kiss 108 radio station recently, the 20-year-old confirmed that she's currently single.


"So, sometimes you may see a boy walking down the street and he says, 'Lets grab a ice-cream' you're available?" the host asked Gomez, who responded with a definite, "Yep."


"You're completely available in every way?" the host reiterated, and the "Spring Breakers" actress yet again replied with a "Yep!".


Last month, Gomez flew halfway across the world to join her former flame, Justin Bieber, in Norway, fueling rumors the two were back together. The 19-year-old "Boyfriend" singer even posted a few cuddly photos of the two on Instagram. Ahhh, young love. It's never easy! 


In other news, Gomez is going to be a big sister! The (for now) only child celebrated Mother's Day by announcing that her mom Mandy is pregnant. Gomez posted a black-and-white photo on Twitter, which showed Gomez smiling and holding her mother's baby bump. This will be the first child for Mandy and Gomez's stepfather Brian Teefey. In 2011, Gomez's mother heartbreakingly suffered a miscarriage.




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Singer attacked in Houston

Singer attacked in Houston
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Singer attacked in Houston, The lead singer of the Grammy-winning Tejano group La Mafia has suffered head wounds in an unprovoked attack outside a Houston club.

Band co-founder Armando Lichtenberger Jr. says Oscar De La Rosa and his driver were knocked unconscious by a man they didn't recognize in the attack early Monday. Lichtenberger says De La Rosa is resting at his Houston home Tuesday.

No arrests have been made. Houston police are looking for a man who became violent after being thrown out of the bar.

Lichtenberger says De La Rosa has facial cuts, eye damage and he lost two teeth.
He says La Mafia is considering whether to cancel any performances.

The band, which formed in 1980 in Houston, won a Grammy in 2006 for the album, "Nuevamente."

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Malcolm X’s grandson death

Malcolm X’s grandson death, Two waiters at a Mexico City bar will face homicide and robbery charges in the beating death of Malcolm X's grandson Malcolm Shabazz, authorities said Monday.
Prosecutors said police were seeking at least two other people believed to have participated in the attack on Shabazz, who was beaten early Thursday in a dispute over a $1,200 bar bill.
Prosecutor Rodolfo Fernando Rios said bar employees David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus would be charged with aggravated robbery and homicide.
Rios said there was no indication of a racial motivation in the attack on Shabazz, 28, who was assaulted after he drank with a friend at the Palace bar on Garibaldi Plaza, a downtown square famous for open-air performances by strolling mariachi musicians.
Miguel Suarez, a friend of Shabazz, told The Associated Press last week that the fight broke out after the owner of the bar demanded that the two men pay 15,000 pesos for the time they spent drinking at the bar. He said he found Shabazz outside the bar and took him to a hospital where he died.
Many of the bars around Garibaldi Plaza are notorious for exorbitant overcharging of customers, particularly foreigners, often on the pretext that customers must pay for time spent talking with female employees.
Rios said the initial investigation indicated Shabazz and Suarez were lured to the bar by two women.
An autopsy found that Shabazz died of blows to the head, face and torso.
Rios said Shabazz's body had not been claimed by relatives or the U.S. Embassy. He said Mexican authorities were dealing with transporting it back to the U.S.
Much like his grandfather, Shabazz spent his youth in and out of trouble. At 12, he set a fire in his grandmother's apartment, a blaze that resulted in the death of Malcolm X's widow. After four years in juvenile detention, Shabazz was later sent back to prison on attempted robbery and assault charges.
In recent years, Shabazz seemed to be seeking redemption, saying he was writing a memoir and traveling the world speaking out against youth violence. Before his trip to Mexico, he reached out to a group of Mexican construction workers in the U.S. and then visited in Mexico with a leader who had been deported. 

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$500 Million Penalty

$500 Million Penalty,  A subsidiary of India's largest pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay a record $500 million in  penalties and fines for selling adulterated drugs and lying to federal regulators in a case that is part of an ongoing crackdown on the quality of generic drugs flowing into the U.S.
Federal prosecutors say the guilty plea by Ranbaxy USA Inc. represents the largest financial penalty against a generic drug company for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which prohibits the sale of impure drugs.
The deal, announced Monday, concludes a years-long federal investigation into Ranbaxy's manufacturing deficiencies. The Food and Drug Administration in 2008 barred from Ranbaxy from importing more than 30 different drugs made at factories in India and, two years ago, struck a deal that required the company to ensure that data on its products is accurate, undergo extra oversight and review from a third-party and improve its drug making procedures.
The subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges and the company separately agreed to resolve civil claims with all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The company had earlier set aside $500 million to cover potential criminal and civil liability stemming from the Justice Department investigation.
It admitted as part of the deal that it sold adulterated batches of drugs — including an antibiotic and generic versions of medications used to treat severe acne, epilepsy and nerve pain — that were developed at two manufacturing sites in India. It's not known whether the problems with the drugs led to any health issues. The problems were largely revealed by a whistleblower in a federal lawsuit filed in Maryland in 2007. The government's allegations against the company make no claims that the drugs, whose strength, purity or quality differed from the specifications, harmed anyone.
The company admitted to a wide range of deficiencies, including improperly storing drug samples that awaiting testing, continuing to sell a medication in the U.S. even after it had failed purity tests and delaying a voluntary recall of medication that it knew would not maintain its expected its expected shelf life.
Ranbaxy also admitted making false statements to the FDA in 2006 and 2007 annual reports about dates of tests that are designed to detect drug impurities and determine appropriate storage conditions. In some cases, the tests were done weeks or months after the company said they'd been performed. Or the tests were done on the same day — or within days of each other — instead of months apart, the prescribed interval.
The company said in a written statement that it had fully cooperated with the investigation, which it said involved actions from several years ago, and expects "future growth in the U.S. and around the world with a robust pipeline of important products."
"While we are disappointed by the conduct of the past that led to this investigation, we strongly believe that settling this matter now is in the best interest of all of Ranbaxy's stakeholders; the conclusion of the DOJ investigation does not materially impact our current financial situation or performance," Ranbaxy CEO and managing director Arun Sawhney said in a statement.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

N.J. ocean roller coaster

N.J. ocean roller coaster
N.J. ocean roller coaster,  This time next week, perhaps the most famous symbol of Superstorm Sandy's devastation at the Jersey shore will be gone.
Demolition work is to start Tuesday on the remnants of the Jet Star, the roller coaster that plunged off an amusement pier in Seaside Heights during the Oct. 29 storm.
It should take about four days to remove the ride, said Maria Mastoris, a spokeswoman for Casino Pier.
"We are thrilled about this," she said. "We've been waiting for this for a long time. It shows we're making progress and that we'll be open and ready for the summer."
Images of the coaster in the water have appeared hundreds of times in the media and been used to help sell memorabilia to raise money for storm victims. The coaster is featured on a popular car magnet sold by one of the many charities raising money.
It also continues to draw large crowds to the Seaside Heights boardwalk, which remains under reconstruction.
Casino Pier has hired Weeks Marine, an experienced maritime contractor, to do the work.
"They're planning on taking it apart piece by piece and taking it away, Mastoris said. "They're going to take a crane around and take pieces off."
Works crews will operate around the clock until the last of the coaster has been removed.
In January, a man who lives nearby climbed to the top of the coaster and unfurled an American flag atop it before climbing down and being arrested by police. His municipal court case has yet to come to trial.
The project will start a few hours after Britain's Prince Harry departs from Seaside Heights. He's visiting the Ocean County community on Tuesday as part of a tour of America.

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Dead for 40 minutes

Dead for 40 minutes, An Australian man who was clinically dead for 40 minutes has been brought back to life by a brand new resuscitation technique.
Colin Fiedler, 39 from Victoria, was one of three cardiac arrest patients brought back to life after being dead for between 40 and 60 minutes at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne, using two new techniques in the emergency department.
The Alfred is testing a mechanical CPR machine, which performs constant chest compressions, and a portable heart-lung machine -- normally used in theatre -- to keep oxygen and blood flowing to the patient's brain and vital organs.
Fiedler had a heart attack and was clinically dead for 40 minutes before being revived last June.
"I'm so grateful, more than I could ever say," he told the Herald Sun.
So far, seven cardiac arrest patients have been treated with the AutoPulse machine and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
It allows doctors to diagnose the cause of the cardiac arrest and treat it, but keep blood and oxygen flowing to the vital organs and brain, which reduces the risk of permanent disability.
Fiedler is one of the three patients who were revived and returned home without disability. In the ambulance, paramedics had given him a choice of two hospitals.
"For some reason, I said The Alfred, which is pretty lucky, because they are the only one that has it," he said.
The system is available only at The Alfred, but senior intensive care physician Professor Stephen Bernard said the results from the first two years of the trial were exciting, and he hopes to eventually expand the system across Melbourne.

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Jeff Gordon $30M apartment

Jeff Gordon $30M apartment, Here’s one New York City apartment that’s definitely not the pits. In fact, listed for sale at $30 million, one thing that’s abundantly clear about this grandly located and luxuriously appointed apartment: Owner Jeff Gordon has done more than fine during his years of NASCAR racing and hanging in the famous pits. With more than $129 million in career earnings, Gordon is NASCAR’s all-time earnings leader. And this apartment puts the lead in high-octane living.

The race car driver who just competed in the 700th race of his career bought the 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom residence at the exclusive House section of 15 Central Park West back in 2007, just after marrying his second wife. The couple then turned Apartment 7C — what was essentially a shell — into a palace thanks to what the listing agent called “a painstaking, no-expense-spared renovation (that) has ensured that every detail of this 3,454-square-foot home exudes modern elegance and comfort.”

Jeff Gordon celebrates in victory lane with his wife Ingrid Vandebosch, daughter Ella Sofia and son Leo Benjamin after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in August 2012. Source: Yahoo!

If it seems incongruent for a NASCAR star to not only own a prestigious Upper West Side residence but to have had the vision to invest and create such a luxurious ambiance, Gordon has long had a passion for the Big Apple.
“I love that there are certain times that I’ll get recognized, and it’s kind of surprising and fun. But I can walk down the street most of the time and not be recognized, and I enjoy that, too,” Gordon told AM New York three years ago.

Now, however, the 42-year-old father of two has decided that the New York real estate market for high-end properties is hot enough again to try and make a deal. The Gordon’s built a massive custom home in Charlotte, N.C., where the family has lived since 2010 when they aren’t globetrotting with ski trips to Aspen and site-seeing in Belgium.

As for what Jeff Gordon is willing to leave behind in his former adopted hometown, it’s top-of-the-line exquisite, including:
Spectacular Central Park and city views
Top-of-the-line appointments
Entry foyer graced by 6-foot’ Santos Mahogany floors with solid brass in-laid edging
Open living/dining room that showcases direct east-facing Central Park views from a wall of oversized windows spanning over 46 feet
A flamed absolute black granite sushi bar with a blackened steel countertop, wine fridge and mini bar is cleverly concealed behind American walnut diving fins adorned with patinaed brass inserts
Chic eat-in chef’s kitchen, highlighted with plate steel-like Italian ceramic tile flooring, flamed absolute black granite counters and Miele/ Wolf/ Sub-Zero appliances
A discreet private home office
A large master suite that measures over 740 square feet, with a separate dressing room, 2 walk-in closets and a luxurious ensuite limestone bath with Boffi soaking tub.
And if $30 million still sounds like a lot of cash for the apartment, consider the amenities that come from living in one of New York’s most coveted addresses.
Designed by famed architect and historian Robert A.M. Stern, 15 Central Park West is close to Time Warner Center, Lincoln Center, the Theater District, and some of the world’s best shopping on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. The building is fully staffed and pet friendly with a landscaped motor court, garage, 14,000-sq. ft. fitness center with a 75-foot sky-lit lap pool, spa and sauna/steam rooms, screening room for 20 guests, private restaurant and catering, private wine rooms, library, business center, 1,400-sf meeting space, game room, outdoor terrace, and children’s playroom.

Lamborghini Egoista

Lamborghini Egoista, Lamborghini rounded off an amazing weekend of celebrations for its 50th anniversary with one final surprise - the new Egoista concept car.
It is a typically wild Lambo concept: a one-seater, which was unveiled at a gala dinner in Bologna at the end of the brand's 50th anniversary tour.
The new Lamborghini Egoista is powered by the brand's 5.2-litre V10 engine, as used in the Performante which took MSN Cars around Italy on the tour.
Lamborghini Egoista was designed under the eye of Walter De Silva, the design chief of the whole Volkswagen Group (Lamborghini's parent company). He said: "I am very attached to this Italian brand, being an Italian myself. I wanted to pay homage to and think up a vehicle to underline the fact that Lamborghinis have always been made with passion, and with the heart more than the head.
"This is a car made for one person only, to allow them to have fun and express their personality to the maximum. It is designed purely for hyper-sophisticated people who want only the most extreme and special things in the world. It represents hedonism taken to the extreme, it is a car without compromises, in a word: egoista (selfish)."
The Egoista was unveiled in a suitably wild fashion at the birthday dinner, appearing on a staged landing strip driven by chief executive Stephan Winkelmann. The exterior design is said to be modelled on an Apache attack helicopter's and aviation references abound.

Lamborghini Egoista back

Lamborghini Egoista front
The 600hp supercar is designed to mimic the look of a charging bull, its horns lowered. The Egoista's bodywork has aerodynamic flaps, which pop up and down depending on vehicle speed, to trim the airflow and maximise the car's stability. And there is no rear bodywork on the Egoista: the mechanicals are exposed, to save weight, boost engine cooling and maximise the car's show-off status.
“The cockpit, made completely of carbonfibre and aluminum, represents a sort of survival cell, allowing the driver to isolate and protect themselves from external elements,” added De Silva.
Lamborghini Egoista is largely made from carbonfibre, although Lamborghini mysteriously claims it is clad in anti-radar material. Is this the first car which can pass through speed cameras undetected? Possibly so...

Lamborghini Egoista inside

Lamborghini Egoista side

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