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In The News -
In a small ceremony in Baghdad today, the U.S. military formally ended its mission in Iraq after nearly nine years of war, 4,487 lives lost and more than 32,000 wounded.On hand for the small ceremony held at the international airport in Baghdad were Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.“This is not the end, but the beginning,” Panetta told a small group of U.S. service members and dignitaries gathered to watch the “casing” of the flag of U.S.-Forces-Iraq, the headquarters command for U.S. troops in Iraq.
Bangladesh police say fishermen have beaten to death 10 suspected pirates who were wounded in a gunfight with security forces. Local police chief Bashir Ahmed says the wounded men were being brought to a police station late Wednesday when hundreds of angry fishermen snatched them from police and beat them to death.He said Thursday that police were far outnumbered by the mob and could not save the suspected pirates.
Passing – Christopher Hitchens, the author, writer and Vanity Fair contributing editor, has died. He was 62.
Another Repbulican Debtate – Newt Gingrich put himself in a difficult position ahead of Thursday night’s Fox News debate in Sioux City, Iowa: He sought to adhere to his pledge not to go negative against his Republican presidential opponents while still holding his lead in the Iowa polls.
President Obama hit China automobile tire makers with a trade tariff in 2009 and now Beijing has struck back with a potentially more punitive tariff, as much as a 21% tax hike on U.S. car exports bound for China, the world’s largest auto market. This week, the Chinese government upped the ante in the Obama-China trade dispute by surprisingly imposing new tariffs on imports of Honda and Cadillac models, Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee, the BMW X5 and X3 and Mercedes Benz models made in Michigan, Alabama and South Carolina. China argues that the U.S. provided illegal subsidies to these companies during the economic downturn in 2008 and is selling those vehicles cheaper in China than they are sold for in the U.S.
The Senate has approved a two-month extension of a cut to the Social Security payroll tax and agreed to continue jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. It’s a partial victory for President Barack Obama’s year-end jobs agenda. It also contains a provision demanded by Republicans to pressure Obama into approving construction of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline that promises thousands of jobs.
The last convoy of U.S. soldiers pulled out of Iraq on Sunday, ending nearly nine years of war that cost almost 4,500 American and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives and left a country grappling with political uncertainty. The war launched in March 2003 with missiles striking Baghdad to oust President Saddam Hussein closes with a fragile democracy still facing insurgents, sectarian tensions and the challenge of defining its place in an Arab region in turmoil.
North Koreans poured into the streets on Monday to mourn the death of leader Kim Jong-il and state media hailed his untested son as the “Great Successor” of the reclusive state whose atomic weapons ambitions are a major threat to the region. Earlier, a tearful North Korean television announcer, dressed in black and her voice quavering, said the 69-year old ruler died on Saturday of “physical and mental over-work” on a train on his way to give “field guidance” — advice dispensed by the “Dear Leader” on trips to factories, farms and the military.
Iraqi authorities issued an arrest warrant forSunni Muslim Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi on Monday for suspected ties to assassinations and bombings, a decision likely to fuel sectarian tensions after the U.S. troop withdrawal.
Fierce winds and snow that caused fatal road accidents and shuttered highways in five states, crawled deeper into the Great Plains early Tuesday, with forecasters warning that pre-holiday travel would be difficult if not impossible across the region. Hotels were filling up quickly along major roadways from eastern New Mexico to Kansas, and nearly 100 rescue calls came in from motorists in the Texas Panhandle as blizzard conditions forced closed part of Interstate 40, a major east-west route, Monday night. About 10 inches of snow had fallen in western Kansas before dawn Tuesday and several more inches along with strong wind gusts were expected, National Weather Service meteorologist Marc Russell said.
A small plane heading for Georgia crashed Tuesday on a major New York-area highway, spiraling out of control, breaking up and hitting a wooded median and scattering wreckage across the road. All five people aboard were killed, but no one on the ground was injured. Federal investigators said the pilot had discussed icing with controllers just before the plane went down but were unsure what role, if any, icing played in the crash.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino declared on Tuesday a state of national calamity after flash floods and land slides caused by a typhoon swept through a southern region late last week, killing about 1,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless. The national disaster agency said 957 were killed and 49 were missing, with most of the casualties in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in the Mindanao region.
AT&T Inc. said Monday that it is ending its $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA after facing fierce government objections. The cellphone giant said that the actions of the U.S. government to block the deal do not change the challenges of the wireless phone industry, which it says requires more airwaves, known as spectrum, to expand.
Authorities say “Lean on Me” actor Jermaine “Huggy” Hopkins has been arrested in Phoenix for trying to buy 200 pounds (91 kilograms) of marijuana from an undercover officer. Sheriff’s detectives say the 38-year-old Hopkins was taken into custody Tuesday. Phoenix TV station KSAZ reports that detectives found 200 pounds of marijuana in his SUV and $100,000 cash. Authorities later searched an Avondale apartment listed in Hopkins’ name. They say they found another 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of marijuana.
Satellite radio personality Howard Stern joins “America’s Got Talent” as a judge. Howard finally landed a spot as TV show talent judge as he was once considered for “American Idol.”
Atlanta police say the rapper Slim Dunkin was gunned down Friday evening in amusic studio as he was preparing to record a video. Police Maj. Keith Meadows said the rapper, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was fatally shot in the chest after getting into an argument with another individual. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Slim Dunkin had appeared on a number of songs with the rapper Waka Flocka Flame. The website Mtv.com reported that the Brick Squad Monopoly rapper was on a solo track and had recently released a 20-track mix tape that featured Gucci Mane, Roscoe Dash and Pastor Troy.
“At Last” and “Tell Mama” blues singer Etta James, whose health has been fading in recent years, is now terminally ill, and her live-in doctor is asking for prayers. Dr. Elaine James, who isn’t related to the 73-year-old entertainer, tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper that the singer’s chronic leukemia was declared incurable two weeks ago.
The Beach Boys Will Re-Unite in 2012 - The members of the group will join forces for a new album and a 50th anniversary tour, the band announced on its website Friday. The effort reunites original band leader and chief songwriter Brian Wilson with fellow members Al Jardine, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and David Marks. Several songs have already been recorded for the new album, including a new version of the group’s 1968 hit, “Do It Again.” The 50-date tour will begin in April at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Other dates and cities have yet to be announced.
Britney Spears Engaged - Britney Spears accepts Jason Trawick‘s marriage proposal and the 30-year-old pop superstar can hardly contain her excitement.The couple plans to celebrate their engagement — and Trawick’s 40th birthday – Friday evening at Planet Hollywood and Chateau nightclub in Las Vegas.
Hugh Hefner says he pushed Lindsay Lohan to shoot her Playboy pictorial in the buff. ”It was essentially mama and the folks around her that kept pushing for less nudity,” Hefner told E! News. “I said, ‘We’re doing a nude pictorial here. We’re going to do it in a very classy way and we’re going to do it in a way in which it will not be forgotten.’” Ellen DeGeneres is putting down roots where Brad Pitt once laid his head. The daytime host finalized a deal to purchase Brad’s Malibu, Calif., home for $12 million on Friday.
Chaz Bono and his fiancée Jennifer Elia have split and canceled their engagement. Bono’s rep Howard Bragman confirmed to ET that the engagement is off and Chaz and Jennifer are “no longer a couple.” “They leave this relationship with great love, respect and affection toward one another. No further amplification will be forthcoming and they ask that you respect their privacy at this time,” Bragman said in a statement.
Social Media Hoax Said Jon Bon Jovi Had Died… Jon Bon Jovi wants duped fans to know he’s not dead, and he has posted a photo proving it. False reports of the New Jersey-born musician’s death spread online after a fake news release surfaced on social media sites.
Top Video Games –
Mari Kart 7 3DS
Just Dance 3 Wii
Kinect Adventures! X360
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 X360
Super Mario 3D Land 3DS
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Ps3
Mario Kart Wii
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sward Wii
Wii Sports Resort
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim X360
At the movies –
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (1st week $39.6 million)
Alivn and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked! (1st week $23.2 million)
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (1st week $13.3 million)
New Year’s Eve
The Twilight saga: Breaking dawn – part 1
Hot hits this week –
Sexy And I Know it – LMFAO
We Found Love – Rihanna fea. Calvin Harris
It Will Rain – Bruno Mars
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
The One That Got Away – Katy Perry
Ni**as In Paris – Jay Z Kanye West
Someone Like You – Adele
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera
Without You – David Guetta fea. usher
5 O’Clock – T-Pain fea. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen
We Are Young – Glee Cast
Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes fea. Adam Levine
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Dance (A$$) – Big Sean fea. Nicki Minaj
Work Out – J. Cole
Headlines – Drake
Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith
You Make Me Feel… Cobra Starship fea. Sabi
Mr. Know It All – Kelly Clarkson
Pumped up Kicks – Foster The People
Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa fea. Bruno Mars
Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
You Da One – Rihanna
Not Over You – Gavin DeGraw
I Don’t Want This Night to End – Luke Bryan
Tops In TV Ratings
|NFL Football: N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas||NBC|
|Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick||NBC|
|Two and a Half Men||CBS|
|The Big Bang Theory||CBS|
|Football Night in America||NBC|
|2 Broke Girls||CBS|
|Person of Interest||CBS|
|Mike & Molly||CBS|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||CBS|
|Amazing Race 19||CBS|
|Survivor: South Pacific||CBS|
|The Good Wife||CBS|
|How I Met Your Mother||CBS|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||CBS|
(Headline Video) Two Dead At Virginia Tech – The Virginia Tech University police officer who was fatally shot by a gunman on the school’s campus, along with a second person who was found dead, were killed by the same handgun, officials said early today. Virginia State Police said that ballistics tests confirmed and “officially linked the two fatal shootings” that left Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse and a second victim dead Thursday, authorities said in a news release. The shooting came almost five years after the deadly massacre at the Blacksburg, Va., school, when Seung Hui-Cho killed 32 other people before killing himself. Crouse, 39, of Christiansburg, Va., was shot and killed while performing a routine traffic stop when someone walked up to the officer’s car and shot him.
Rescue crews completed the difficult process of recovering bodies Thursday from a remote canyon outside Las Vegas after the crash of a tour helicopter belonging to a company with repeated aviation violations. Sundance Helicopters of Las Vegas had at least five accidents and was the subject of 10 federal enforcement actions since 1994. It charted a luxury sunset tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Hoover Dam on Wednesday that killed a 31-year-old pilot and his fourpassengers.
Nobel Peace Prize To Three Women – Three women who fought injustice, dictatorship and sexual violence in Liberia and Yemen accepted the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, calling on repressed women worldwide to rise up against male supremacy. “My sisters, my daughters, my friends — find your voice,” Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said after collecting her Nobel diploma and medal at a ceremony in Oslo. Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected female president, shared the award with women’s rights campaigner Leymah Gbowee, also from Liberia, and Tawakkul Karman, a female icon of the protest movement in Yemen.
Iran will not return a U.S. surveillance drone captured by its armed forces, a senior commander of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard said Sunday.Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of the Guard, said in remarks broadcast on state television that the violation of Iran’s airspace by the U.S. drone was a “hostile act” and warned of a “bigger” response. He did not elaborate on what Tehran might do.
President Barack Obama defended his leadership style on Sunday and said he would keep standing up toCongress as another stand-off over taxes and deficits brewed on Capitol Hill. In an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Obama suggested his wife,Michelle, had mixed feelings about their time in the White Housebut said he had no hesitation about seeking re-election next year, saying he wanted to finish the job of putting the U.S. economy on stronger, and fairer, footing.
A decision by retail giant Lowe’s Home Improvement to pull ads from a reality show about American Muslims following protests from an evangelical Christian group has sparked criticism and calls for a boycott against the chain. The retailer stopped advertising on TLC’s “All-American Muslim” after a conservative group known as the Florida Family Association complained, saying the program was “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to rule on Arizona’s controversial law targeting illegal immigrants, setting the stage for an election-year decision on an issue that is already shaping presidential politics.
Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky abruptly waived his right to a preliminary hearing at which eight young men accusing him of child sex abuse when they were boys were set to testify against him. Shortly after arriving at a packed Centre County courthouse at 8 a.m., Sandusky and his attorney,Joe Amendola, joined two prosecutors and a court reporter in the judge’s chambers of the courtroom. A second attorney, Karl Rominger, arrived at court with Sandusky and Amendola and went with them into chambers.
A man armed with hand grenades and guns opened fire in the crowded center of a Belgian city on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding 64, an official said. It was not immediately clear what motivated the attack in Liegecity, but Interior Ministry official Peter Mertens said it did not involve terrorism. He said the assailant died, but did not say how that had happened. The daily La Meuse newspaper said the unidentified attacker killed himself.
A U.S. Congressional panel has frozen $700 million in aid to Pakistan until it gives assurances it is helping fight the spread of homemade bombs in the region, a move one Pakistani senator called unwise and likely to strain ties further. Pakistan is one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign aid and the cutback announced is only a small proportion of the billions in civil and military assistance it gets each year.
A Montana man convicted of running an investment scam on the Internet was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $13.2 million in restitution to more than 1,400 investors. U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks in Reno told Rick Young, 52, of Lewistown, that the fraud carried out by his Nevada-based Global One Group from 2006 to 2007 was “incredibly repulsive.” Many of the victims, the judge said, were vulnerable, “middle-class working people taking money out of accounts, trading out of their 401(k) plans, their pension plans, even off of their credit cards.” “Frankly, it was nothing more than a type of Ponzi scheme, but it was incredibly sophisticated,” he said.
Tim Magazine names its person of the year, “The Protester.”
Unfavorable views of Barack Obama inched to their highest level of his presidency in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, but he’s still more popular than his front-running potential Republican challenger, Newt Gingrich. And then there are views of the economy, which make both look almost good by comparison. Forty-nine percent of Americans now express an unfavorable opinion of Obama, while 48 percent view him favorably – the first time his negative number has exceeded his positive one in this most basic measure of personal popularity. Obama’s favorable rating has plummeted by 31 points from his career high, 79 percent, days before he took office.
President Barack Obama saluted troops returning from Iraq Wednesday, declaring that the nearly nine-year conflict is ending honorably, “not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home.” Marking the conclusion of the war at this military base that’s seen more than 200 deaths over nearly nine years of fighting in Iraq, Obama never tried to declare victory. It was a war that he opposed from the start, inherited as president and is now bringing to a close, leaving behind an Iraq that is still struggling.
Albert Pujols – the heart and hammer of theSt Louis Cardinals for more than a decade, will leave St. Louis and sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Latecomers to the Pujols derby, the Angels will pay Pujols $250 million to $260 million over 10 years, a devastating turn for the Cardinals and a departure from past organizational philosophies for Arte Moreno’s Angels.
(Quick Response) QR Codes – Really? Most Don’t Know What It Is. The whole point of a QR code is that it’s supposed to make it easier for people to use their phones to connect with information about things that they encounter in their environment. That’s where mobile typing gets in the way. Most smartphones and even many feature phones have good enough web browsers and data connections to display a simple mobile-friendly web page, but trying to correctly type a URL on even the best smartphone is a pretty tedious and error-prone activity. QR codes eliminate the need for typing a URL on your phone, but you need to have a barcode scanner app installed. And then you must take a moment to find and launch that app before you point your phone’s camera at a QR code.
Microsoft released an Xbox Live app for iOS devices on Wednesday, bringing features of Microsoft’s gaming service to Apple devices for the first time. My Xbox Live lets users edit their 3-D avatars, chat with Xbox Live friends and revel in their achievements. You can also check out more information about the newest apps and games on Xbox, as well as gaming tips and breaking news.
AT&T remains the worst carrier in the United States, according to an annual customer satisfaction survey compiled byConsumer Reports and released on Tuesday.The mobile provider ranked dead last for the second year in a row, and its rating fell from 2010.. Actually, customer satisfaction with all four national carriers fell this year, with third-ranked T-Mobile sliding by the largest margin. Still, T-Mobile ranked well ahead of AT&T, according to Consumer Reports’ survey.
Facebook officially took the “beta” label off its much-publicized Timeline Tuesday evening, but it’s rolling out the new feature gradually. New Zealand is currently the only country to get Timeline, the company said in a blog post. Other regions will get it in the “near future.” Facebook first unveiled Timeline in early September, and quickly provided the means for developers and curious users to enable the feature. A more general release was planned for later that month, but it never came, ostensibly to address technical issues and privacy concerns having to do with the software. Timeline, you may recall, is a way to illustrate your entire life — not just the part you’ve been living on Facebook since you joined — in a graphical way.
Google made its first foray into the growing field of social facial recognition technologies on Thursday, introducing Find My Face, a tagging suggestion tool for its Google+ social network. unlike Facebook, Google prompts users to opt into the service before it starts automatically suggesting to their friends that they be tagged in photos. Only after a Google+ user opts into Find My Face will Google construct a face model of that person, using his or her profile photo and existing manually tagged photos on the site.
Google also requires the subject of a suggested tag to approve it before it goes public if the tagger isn’t in the tagee’s “circles.” Facebook allows all tags to go live before notifying the subject. “Privacy has been baked right into this feature,” said Benjamin Petrosky, product counsel for Google+, at a facial recognition policy summit held by the Federal Trade Commission in Washington on Thursday.
Jawbone Wristband Device Not Peforming Well – When the wristband works properly, it records all your daytime footsteps, and later provides a visual report of your walking, running or hiking activity via a nifty iOS app interface. You can also set the band to give you “Activity Reminders” — gentle vibrations on your wrist that compel you to get out of your seat and take a few steps. Three review units have failed during Gadget Lab testing, numerous complaints of “bricked” units riddle Jawbone’s user forums, and the clever health and fitness product currently receives just two out of five stars on Amazon.com reviews — 41 different user reviews were complaining of 23 bricked devices as of press time.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announces his new space project. Stratolaunch Systems will reunite Allen and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan as they work to develop a new mobile launch system. The duo previously collaborated on SpaceShipOne, in 2004.
Radio News –
The just-released Arbitron report – the radio ratings company, indicates that Ruch and Hannity are down almost 1/3 their audiences. With a lull in ratings since November, Rush Limbaugh had a 3.0 share of listeners for his radio time slot, which is a 33% slide from October and from last April. Sean Hannity’s national talkshow was reported to be down 28% from its peak numbers in the fall.
Jodie Foster’s estranged father faces more than 25 years behind bars after being convicted of bilking more than $100,000 from the poor and elderly in a home-building scheme. City News Service reports that Lucius Foster was convicted of 21 misdemeanor counts of grand theft after a jury deliberated for about three hours on Wednesday. A Los Angeles judge is scheduled to sentence the 89-year-old on Thursday afternoon.
The results are in from Men’s Health! Readers of the magazine awarded Jennifer Aniston with the honorable title of “Hottest Woman of All Time.” Not just 2011. She is the hottest woman ever. And that’s a bit of a surprise, considering Aniston was only 26th on the list for the year 2011.
Top albums this week:
Christmas – Michael Buble
Under the Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
Take Care – Drake
Here and Now – Nickelback
Talk That Talk – Rihanna
My Life II – Mary J. Bloge
Concerto: One Night In Centroal Park – Andrea Bocelli
Own the Night – Lady Antebellum
Clear as Day – Scotty McCreery
Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay
Glee: The Christmas Album
Break The Spell – Daughtery
My Christmas – Andrea Bocelli
Someone To Watch Over Me – Susan Boyle
Heavenly Christmas – Jack Evancho
Speak Now: World Tour Live – Taylor Swift
Christmas Symphony – Mannheim Stemroller
Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn
Ceremonials – Florence + The Machine
Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll – Bob Segar &The Silver Bullet Band
Inevitable – Trey Songz
Duets II – Tony Bennett
At the movies –
New Year’s Eve (1st week $13.7 million)
The Sitter (1st week $10 million)
Twilight Saga: Breaking Down Part 1
Happy Feet Two
Jack and Jill
Puss in Boots
Top TV –
|2.||NFL Football: Detroit at New Orleans||NBC|
|3.||Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick||NBC|
|5.||Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer||CBS|
|7.||Football Night in America||NBC|
|9.||Survivor: South Pacific||CBS|
|10.||The X-Factor” (Wednesday)||FOX|
|11.||The Big Bang Theory||CBS|
|13.||Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show||CBS|
|14.||The X-Factor” (Thursday)||FOX|
|15.||Last Man Standing||ABC|
|16.||The Good Wife||CBS|
|17.||Law & Order: SVU||NBC|
|20.||Two and a Half Men||CBS|
Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan in August, and issued a series of demands for his release. In a video message posted on militant websites, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri said Warren Weinstein would be released if the United States stopped airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. He also demanded the release of all al-Qaida and Taliban suspects around the world. “Just as the Americans detain all whom they suspect of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban, even remotely, we detained this man who is neck-deep in American aid to Pakistan since the 1970s,” al-Zawahri said, according to a translation provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant messages.
Ignoring a presidential veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a massive, $662 billion defense bill that would require the military to hold suspected terrorists linked to al-Qaida or its affiliates, even those captured on U.S. soil, and detain some indefinitely. The vote was 93-7 for the bill authorizing money for military personnel, weapons systems, national security programs in the Energy Department, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. Reflecting a period of austerity and a winding down of decade-old conflicts, the bill is $27 billion less than what President Barack Obama requested and $43 billion less than what Congress gave the Pentagon this year.
The Senate on Thursday sidetracked rival plans to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut, in dueling votes that pave the way for negotiations on a compromise on a core component of President Barack Obama’s jobs program. First, Republicans defeated Obama’s plan to extend the payroll taxcut through the end of next year while also making it more generous for workers.
Camp Victory Handed Back To Iraq – On Friday, the base that at its height was home to 46,000 people was handed over to the Iraqi government as part of American efforts to move all U.S. troops out of the country by the end of the year. “The base is no longer under U.S. control and is under the full authority of the government of Iraq,” said U.S. military spokesman Col. Barry Johnson.
Several overturned semis on a Utah highway. Hundreds of thousands without power in California. A wind gust reaching 123-mph in Colorado. The powerful winds that tore across Western states Thursday created a path destruction that closed schools, left neighborhoods with a snarl of downed trees and power lines, and prompted some communities to declare emergencies. The system brought high wind warnings and advisories for California, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico. The blustery weather is expected to eventually hit Oklahoma, Missouri and Indiana.
A roadside bombing killed three NATO service members Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led coalition said. The coalition recently shifted its focus from southern Afghanistan to the east, where militants are fighting Afghan and coalition troops along the long, porous border with Pakistan. The exact location of the bombing was not disclosed, nor were the nationalities of the dead. So far this year, 519 NATO service members have been killed in Afghanistan, including at least 389 Americans.
A surveillance drone flying over western Afghanistan had gone out of control late last week and may be the one Iran said it had shot down over its own airspace, theInternational Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday. “The UAV to which the Iranians are referring may be a U.S. unarmed reconnaissance aircraft that had been flying a mission over western Afghanistan late last week. The operators of the UAV lost control of the aircraft and had been working to determine its status,” an ISAF statement said.
Facing bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing ahead with unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will slow delivery and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day. The estimated $3 billion in reductions, to be announced in broader detail on Monday, are part of a wide-ranging effort by the cash-strapped Postal Service to quickly trim costs, seeing no immediate help from Congress.
Americans spent a total of nearly $6 billion in online purchases during ‘Cyber Week’ 2011, according to a report from market research firm comScore. This includes three days — Nov. 28 (a.k.a. ‘Cyber Monday’), Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 — that saw more than $1 billion in sales each. These numbers make this year’s Cyber Week the most spending-heavy period for e-commerce ever. By comScore’s count, Cyber Monday sales reached $1.25 billion. Tuesday saw sales of $1.12 billion, and Wednesday sales reached $1.03 billion. For the 32 days from Nov. 1 through December 2, online spending was up 15 percent from the previous year, to reach a whopping $18.7 billion spent this holiday season. But it remains
A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers who packed a Kabul mosque Tuesday to mark a holy day, killing at least 56 people, and a second bombing in another city killed four more Shiites. They were the first major sectarian assaults since the fall of the Taliban a decade ago.
Chinese police have busted two huge child trafficking rings that spanned 10 provinces, arresting more than 600 suspects and rescuing 178 children, the government said Wednesday. Child abductions and trafficking are rife in China, despite repeated police crackdowns — a problem that many experts blame on the nation’s strict “one-child” policy and lax regulations on adoption.
Former Penn State assistant football coach (Vide0) Jerry Sandusky was arrested at home today by Pennsylvania state police in the wake of new sexual assault charges filed by a grand jury against him. Sandusky was handcuffed and taken out of his home by state police and brought to an arraignment before a judge in Centre County, Pa., for the new charges, which include assaulting two boys involved in his Second Mile charity. The men came forward in the wake of the earlier allegations against Sandusky, including 40 counts of child molestation, for which he was charged on Nov. 5.
A federal judge today sentenced impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison, giving little weight toBlagojevich’s first-ever apology this morning since his arrest three years ago. “The jury didn’t believe you and neither did I,” U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel said. Blagojevich was convicted on 18 corruption charges, including the scheme to peddle the vacated Senate seat of Barack Obama. Blagojevich started the day telling the court that he was “unbelievably sorry” for his “terrible mistakes,” his last chance to convince the federal judge that he deserved some mercy when he was sentenced on corruption charges.
Russian authorities should annul the results of the parliamentary vote and hold a new one, former Soviet leaderMikhail Gorbachev urged Wednesday as popular indignation grew over widespread allegations of election fraud. United Russia won less than 50 percent of Sunday’s vote, a steep fall from the 64 percent it won four years ago. But opposition parties and independent observers say even that result was inflated by vote-rigging, including alleged ballot-box stuffing and false voter rolls. Gorbachev told the Interfax news agency that authorities must hold a fresh election or deal with a rising tide of discontent.
If you used Ticketmaster’s website to buy tickets between October 21, 1999 and October 19, 2011, you’re in for a windfall. Well, a $1.50 per ticket order windfall. Because of a proposed class action settlement, Ticketmaster is being forced to credit $1.50 per ticket order (up to 17 orders) to customers due to the fact that they profited off of “processing fees” without declaring as much. And despite the reparations, Ticketmaster can continue to profit off transactions — they just have to say they’re doing so on their website. According to court documents, the original claim, filed October 21, 2003, also implicates UPS’ delivery price for expedited delivery of tickets as deceptive. Those part of the UPS subclass of the suit are entitled to an additional $5.00 credit per ticket. Both credits are in the form of vouchers, which can be redeemed a maximum of two at a time.
Former NHL forward Matthew Barnaby was fired by ESPN as the cable network’s hockey analyst on Monday, a day after being charged with drunken driving for being found behind the wheel of an SUV that was missing its front tire.
The Washington Redskins lost more than just their eighth game of the season on Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field, an improbably fourth quarterback comeback giving the New York Jets a 34-19 win— they may have lost the biggest part of their offense for the rest of the season. It’s repored that tight end Fred Davis(notes) and left tackles Trent Williams(notes) will be suspended for the rest of the season for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Both players started Sunday’s loss for the 4-8 Redskins.
Packers linebacker Erik Walden(notes) was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor disorderly conduct-domestic abuse following a fight with his girlfriend. Walden did not appear for a Brown County Circuit Court hearing and defense attorney Steve Richards entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Walden remains free on bond and is due back in court Dec. 27.
Facebook has acquired location sharing service Gowalla for an undisclosed sum, according to a source close to Gowalla. Launched in 2009, Austin-based Gowalla went head-to-head with direct rival Foursquare — and lost. Badly trailing Foursquare in user adoption, Gowalla recently shifted directions, recasting itself as a travel guide. The site had raised around $10 million over the years from backers including the Founders Fund, Greylock Partners and a collection of angel investors.
New YouTube – We already knew about YouTube’s redesign, which tech-savvy readers have been enabling for the past 10 days. As of now, however, the new YouTube is available to everyone. Unlike parent company Google, which tends to roll out redesigns over a period of days, YouTube pressed the button and switched the homepage for every user worldwide at 4:30 p.m. ET Thursday. So what’s the change all about? One word: channels. The world’s most popular online video service now sees itself as a descendent of cable TV, with millions of channels rather than hundreds — and it’s doing its darndest to encourage you to use it that way.
App On Smartphone Tracking Every Move – On Monday, researcher and developer Trevor Eckhart posted a 17-minute YouTube video apparently showing how the software — designed as a diagnostic tool to find and help fix mobile network problems — runs on his smartphone and logs every keystroke, every text and the full URL of every website he visits. News of the app’s existence on millions of phones had bounced around on tech blogs for a while. But attention skyrocketed this week when Eckhart posted his video.
Comedy Central is honoring the late Patrice O’Neal by airing his stand-up special, “Elephant in the Room,” twice on Wednesday night. The comedian, who died on Tuesday from complications from a stroke he suffered on October 19, aired his first, and only, hour-long stand-up special on Comedy Central in February, and tackled such topics as race, football and typing classes.
CBS’ “Early Show” is ending early in the new year, and now its successor has a name. CBS News announced on Thursday that the replacement morning broadcast will be called “CBS This Morning.” The program will be hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill. It is being pitched as a serious-news alternative to ratings leader “The Today Show” on NBC, and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the audience runner-up.
Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People This Year – Would you call the Kardashian family the most fascinating people in the world? Barbara Walters would. She’s picked the Kardashians, Pippa Middleton, Simon Crowell and others among the top 10 fascinating people of 2011. Hosted by Walters, she will present the special on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.
Justin Bieber was the major draw for the Wednesday night event that brought tens of thousands of fans out to Rockefeller Center to watch Bieber and his celebrity friends kick off the holiday season. Yes, there were plenty of other stars out for the night of music, but the screaming throng of fans only had eyes for the man-boy of their dreams. Joining him for the night of seasonal holiday music were Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Carol King, and Cee Lo Green.
Donald Trump, former presidential hopeful has teamed with Newsmax, a conservative magazine and news web site, to moderate a presidential debate in Des Moines, IA on Dec. 27.
Chelsea Clinton makes her NBC News debut Monday, Dec. 12, on Rock Center with Brian Williams. Clinton, 31, will report on a nonprofit organization based in her home state of Arkansas. The piece will be part of NBC’s recurring “Making a Difference” feature. Clinton was hired last month, but the network emphasized that the former first daughter would not report on politics.
Passing – Alan Sues, who brought his flamboyant and over-the-top comic persona to the hit television show “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” in the 1960s and 1970s, has died, a close friend said Sunday night. He was 85. Sues died of cardiac arrest on Thursday at his home in West Hollywood. (See Video Alan Sues On Laugh-In)
Universal Studios will spend several hundred million dollars to build a Harry Potter attraction inside its existing Hollywood theme park in hopes of mimicking the success of a similar park in Orlando, Florida. Executives announced the project Tuesday with much fanfare, spraying confetti and hoisting mugs of the wizardly brew butterbeer.
Rosie O’Donnell and girlfriend Michelle Rounds just made their public debut as a couple in September, and O’Donnell announced to her Rosie Show audience on Friday, December 2, that they are now officially engaged.
It’s Madonna – NBC and the NFL announced last night that the Material Girl would be the headlining performer for the upcoming Super Bowl in February of next year. The game is being played in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall finalized their divorce on Friday. The Dexter costars, who play siblings on the show, wed on New Year’s eve in 2008.
“Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer” was the most-watched special of last week, with more than 12 million viewers, with the advantage of being on CBS’ powerful Tuesday night. The Victoria’s Secret special, also on CBS on Tuesday, was second with 10.4 million viewers. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Rockefeller Center had 9.4 million viewers, one of NBC’s strongest shows for the week. Specials highlighting the Grinch and Santa Claus, both on ABC, each had fewer than 8 million viewers.
Alec Baldwin says he was kicked off a plane Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport after having words with a flight attendant over an “addicting” word game he was playing on his cellphone. The “30 Rock” actor was asked to get off a New York City-bound flight for playing “Words with Friends” while the plane idled at a gate Tuesday, said Baldwin’s spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik. “He loves ‘Words with Friends’ so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it,” said Hiltzik, who added that Baldwin boarded another American Airlines flight to New York.
Music News – Metallica Is Back! The first of Metallica’s four 30th anniversary concerts took place last night at their hometown San Francisco’s Fillmore, and on top of a 20-song set that spanned the heavy metal gods’ entire catalog — except, thankfully, Lulu — the biggest surprise of the evening came when the band welcomed former bassist Jason Newsted onstage. Newsted, who abruptly left Metallica in 2001 to pursue other musical projects, previously rejoined his former bandmates when they were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, but last night was the first time in a decade that the bassist performed with the group at an actual Metallica gig.
Passing – Singer and songwriter Dobie Gray, who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song “Drift Away,” has died. The news came on the evening of Dec. 6 via his official website, although no cause of death was listed. Many remember his first hit, 1965’s, “The In Crowd.”
Passing – Harry Morgan, (Video) the actor who played strait-laced U.S. Army Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the television series “M*A*S*H” through eight of its 11 celebrated seasons, has died. He was 96. He died today at his home in Los Angeles, the New York Times reported, citing his son, Charles Morgan. No cause was given.
At the movies –
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down Part 1
Happy Feet Two
Jack and Jill
Puss in Boots
Hot Hits -
We Found Love – Rihanna fea. Calvin Harris
Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
It Will Rain – Bruno Mars
Without You – David Guetta fea. Usher
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes fea. Adam Levine
The One That Got Away – Katy Perry
5 O’Clock – T-Pain fea. Wiz Khalifa & Lily ALlen
You Make Me Feel… – Cobra Starship fea. Sabi
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
Headlines – Drake
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People
Ni**as in Paris – Jay Z Kanye West
Mr. Know It All – Kelly Clarkson
Top TV –
1. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Kansas City NBC
2. Dancing With the Stars ABC
3. Dancing With the Stars Results ABC
4. NCIS CBS
5. 60 Minutes CBS
6. Two and a Half Men CBS
7. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC
8. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
9. Mike & Molly CBS
10. Modern Family ABC
11. 2 Broke Girls CBS
12. Castle ABC
13. Football Night in America NBC
14. Once Upon a Time ABC
15. Hawaii Five-0 CBS
16. Unforgettable CBS
17. The Big Bang Theory CBS
18. Amazing Race 19 CBS
19. How I Met Your Mother CBS
20. The X-Factor” (Tuesday) FOX