Actor "beyond shocked" after seeing leg amputated in altered ad Mon,30 Jan 2012 09:30 AM PST The Sideshow - An overweight man in Los Angeles says he was "beyond shocked" to discover an altered photo of him on New York City billboards with his leg removed. 27-year-old Cleo Berry tells the New York Times that while living in NYC several years ago, he participated in a $500 photo shoot with photographer Morten Smidt. Unbeknownst [...] Full Story
A jury on Sunday found three members of an Afghan family guilty of killing three teenage sisters and another woman in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, shameful murders" resulting from a "twisted concept of honor," ending a case that shocked and riveted Canadians.
School suspends cancer survivor teen over hair he plans to donate Mon,30 Jan 2012 08:05 AM PST The Sideshow - UPDATE: Here's a link to the change.org petition started by J.T.'s mom. A Michigan teen who survived a bout with leukemia has been suspended from school over the length of his long hair, which he is planning to donate. The Detroit News reports that 17-year-old J.T. Gaskins has been growing out his hair since last [...] Full Story
In interviews, American Muslims say they reject separate 'sharia' law system Mon,30 Jan 2012 11:43 AM PST The Lookout - A new study based on interviews with more than 200 North American Muslims concludes that a recent spate of state laws banning "sharia law" from the court system may be an overreaction to a non-existent threat. Oklahoma, Tennessee and Louisiana each passed laws or referendums to ban state judges from considering sharia and other foreign [...] Full Story
Kermit and Piggy Fire Back at Fox News Mon,30 Jan 2012 02:35 PM PST The Upshot - Several weeks ago, Dan Gainor of the conservative Media Research Center told Fox Business host Eric Bolling that "The Muppets," the new movie starring Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, had a liberal agenda. "It's amazing how far the left will go ... to manipulate your kids to ... give them the anti-corporate message." Gainor [...] Full Story
A burgeoning population of huge pythons — many of them pets that were turned loose by their owners when they got too big — appears to be wiping out large numbers of raccoons, opossums, bobcats and other mammals in the Everglades, a study says.
Woman Dumps Boyfriend With Cancer But Still Wants His Super Bowl Tickets Mon,30 Jan 2012 09:17 AM PST Trending Now - "Like" us on Facebook.com/TrendingNow and follow me on Twitter @Knowlesitall! Still looking for Super Bowl tickets? You may be in luck, but you're going to have to work for them. Jason Elia told ESPN 97.5 in Houston that he is giving his tickets to the person who gets him the most Twitter followers. Elia, a television [...] Full Story
Romney-Christie, Gingrich-Rubio are most likely ticket pairings Mon,30 Jan 2012 04:31 AM PST The Signal - If you're curious why the candidates were tripping over themselves to out-praise Marco Rubio, Florida's Republican junior senator, at the last debate, look no further than the political market Intrade, where Rubio is in first place to be second fiddle with a 24 percent chance of being the eventual winner's running mate. (Meanwhile Joe Biden is the [...] Full Story
Joe Biden Advised Against the Osama Bin Laden Raid Mon,30 Jan 2012 09:04 AM PST ABC News - Vice President Joe Biden confessed this weekend that he advised President Obama not to launch the mission that ultimately killed Osama bin Laden last spring. During remarks at a Democratic congressional retreat this weekend, Biden explained that when it came time to make the final... Full Story
Diane Sawyer and Jake Tapper on the challenges of interviewing the President Sun,29 Jan 2012 09:30 PM PST Power Players - Political Punch Interviewing the leader of the free world is not like any other interview. Everything that comes out of his mouth has the potential to make news, change policy, even disrupt the tectonic plates of geopolitics. Just ask ABC's Diane Sawyer. She's interviewed President Obama so many times she can't even count how many [...] Full Story
Iraqi officials have expressed outrage at the United States' use of a small fleet of surveillance drones to help protect the US embassy, consulates and American personnel in Iraq, The New York Times reported.
Gingrich's narrowcast Florida campaign swamped by Romney's dollars Mon,30 Jan 2012 07:41 AM PST The Ticket - JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--With stakes this high, Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign is taking a moon shot. Since Gingrich arrived in Florida after winning the South Carolina primary last Saturday, his campaign has stumbled, despite his every effort to reach the state's largest voting blocs. In less than a week, Gingrich has made the traditional Florida rounds. He [...] Full Story
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Rick Santorum made his first public comments on the health of his youngest daughter, Isabella, this evening on a tele-town hall with voters, saying she has had a "miraculous turnaround." "She's had a miraculous turnaround," Santorum said on the call with...
Is Freddie Mac Betting Against Homeowners? Mon,30 Jan 2012 09:54 AM PST ABC News - Is Freddie Mac trying to help homeowners–or hurt them? A recent investigation into trades made by the taxpayer-owned mortgage giant shows that while Freddie with one hand is helping consumers get mortgages, it is, with its other, making those mortgages harder to refinance. Result: Homeowners trying to refinance their way out of high-interest mortgages... Full Story
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers will try to force the Obama administration to approve the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline by attaching it to a highway bill that Congress will consider next month, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday. President Barack Obama earlier this month denied TransCanada's application for the oil sands pipeline, citing lack of time to review an alternative route within a 60-day window for action set by Congress. ...
Americans' Political Views Not So Far Apart Sun,29 Jan 2012 07:58 AM PST LiveScience.com - SAN DIEGO — In an election year, it's hard to turn on the television or read a newspaper without getting the sense that Americans are becoming ever more divided into red versus blue. But a new study finds that perception may be downright wrong. Full Story
A year after Republicans swept into office across the country, many have trained their sights on what has long been a fiscal conservative's dream: the steep reduction or even outright elimination of state income taxes.
Santorum's Hypocrisy Highlighted by Daughter's Illness Sun,29 Jan 2012 02:49 PM PST Yahoo! Contributor Network - COMMENTARY | Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum suspended his bid for the GOP nod to run against Barack Obama when his daughter, Bella Santorum, was hospitalized, according to the Associated Press. Bella suffers from Trisomy 18, a rare genetic disorder in which a baby has some or all of an extra chromosome. While it is always tragic for a parent to face losing a child, the situation highlights a political issue: Santorum's hypocrisy on health care, abortion and embryonic stem cell research. Full Story
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defiant anti-Wall Street protesters in Washington vowed to remain peacefully entrenched in two parks near the White House on Monday despite a police order to stop camping on federal land, raising the specter of possible confrontation. The U.S. National Park Service, in its first challenge to the demonstrators, said last week it would start enforcing a ban at noon on Monday against camping in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza, where protesters have camped out since October. ...
Gingrich drops the heavy red meat in final day before Florida primary Mon,30 Jan 2012 03:06 PM PST The Ticket - TAMPA, Fla. -- Newt Gingrich swooped into the Tampa Jet Center on his chartered plane this afternoon in full conservative populist mode to deliver a hunk of red meat to his supporters before speeding off to Fort Meyers. A rowdy little assembly awaited the candidate and his surrogates Michael Reagan and Herman Cain in the [...] Full Story
Iran could develop a nuclear bomb in about a year and create the means for delivery in a further two to three years, the US defense chief said Sunday, reiterating President Barack Obama's determination to halt the effort.
DUNEDIN, Florida (Reuters) - A confident Mitt Romney solidified his lead in Florida polls and ridiculed Republican rival Newt Gingrich on Monday, calling his opponent's attacks "sad" and "painfully revealing" the day before the state's crucial presidential primary. Romney's self-assuredness was on full display during a campaign tour that felt at times like a victory lap, with the front-runner telling a crowd of 2,000 in Dunedin, Florida: "With a turnout like this I got a feeling we might win tomorrow. ...
Mitt Romney: The Once and Future Front Runner Looks Beyond Florida Mon,30 Jan 2012 08:20 AM PST Time.com - In a Republican primary season marked by political chaos, here's something that finally seems settled: Mitt Romney will win Tuesday's Florida primary. So say the latest public polls, several of which suggest Romney has a double-digit lead over Newt Gingrich. So say Romney supporters, who have delighted in discombobulating the former Speaker with a week of overwhelming force from all directions. And so say many Gingrich backers, who are already looking past Tuesday's contest to find states in which their candidate might live to fight another day. Full Story
OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) - Crews cleaned up Oakland's historic City Hall on Sunday from damage inflicted overnight during violent anti-Wall Street protests that resulted in about 400 arrests, marking one of the largest mass arrests since nationwide protests began last year. At a press conference on Sunday, Oakland police and city officials said they did not have a final tally of arrests. Earlier in the day, the city's emergency operations office put the figure at around 400. The skirmishes injured three officers and at least one demonstrator. ...
Health Reform Law Gaining Wider Acceptance: Poll Mon,30 Jan 2012 04:10 PM PST HealthDay - MONDAY, Jan. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are slowly starting to embrace some key components of the controversial health care reform act signed into law by President Barack Obama nearly two years ago, a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found. Full Story
Capitol architect wanted to reanimate George Washington's corpse Mon,30 Jan 2012 11:00 AM PST The Sideshow - George Washington wasn't only America's first president, he was also almost its first zombie. After Washington died from an illness in December 1799, his family nearly accepted an offer from a physician who believed he could bring America's first commander in chief back to life. The website io9 writes that physician William Thornton is best [...] Full Story
Three American citizens barred from leaving Egypt have sought refuge at the American Embassy in Cairo amid growing tensions between the two allies over an Egyptian investigation into foreign-funded pro-democracy groups.