Planes collide on tarmac: Air india, JetBlue Collide


Air India jet involved in minor mishap at JFK airport
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New York: An Air India Boeing plane was on Saturday involved in a "minor" mishap at the John F Kennedy Airport here when its wing touched another aircraft which was being pulled back for take-off but no one was injured.

"The incident occurred when an Air India 102 plane, a Boeing 777 aircraft, with over 250 on board, was taxiing to the aerobridge after landing and a JetBlue145 plane, an Airbus A320 aircraft, was being pulled back for take off," an Air India spokesperson said in New Delhi.

No passengers on either of the plane were injured, but the incident has resulted into an investigation by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) into the circumstances and cause of the incident.

The Air India jet incurred damage to the aircraft's left wing tip.

FAA said that around 6:15 am (local time), JetBlue plane, was preparing for departure when the Air India plane was already on the ramp.

The wingtip of the Air India plane made contact with the horizontal stabilizer on the tail of the JetBlue plane.

The Air India spokesperson said that about 280 passengers for the next flight to be operated by the aircraft have been accommodated in the Air India flights from Newark today and tomorrow.

According to JetBlue, shortly after pushing back from the gate, its plane sustained damage to its tow bar. While retrieving a new tow bar, the aircraft remained stationary just short of the gate.

At that time the Air India aircraft taxied into the area and made contact with JetBlue's plane. The JetBlue aircraft sustained damage to its rudder and taxied back to the gate.

All 150 passengers from the JetBlue aircraft bound for West Palm Beach, Florida were removed and transferred to another plane. That plane departed around 9:20 am (local time).

Bar bans high-tech glasses: Seattle Bar Ban G-Glasses

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A Seattle bar says once Google Glass comes out, it won't be welcome in their establishment.

They're not even available for purchase yet, but a Seattle bar has already said a new tech accessory from Google will not be allowed at their establishment.

Seattle's 5 Point Cafe posted a message to their Facebook page saying:

"For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses. And [butt] kickings will be encouraged for violators."

Google Glass is a new product Google is developing. The eyewear can take pictures, video and display info like mapping directions and social conversations on the small eye viewer.

5 Point owner Dave Meinert acknowledges Seattle is a techie town and sooner or later folks around here will be walking around with the new shades.

"The 5 Point appeals to a wide variety of people," says Meinert. "Some of the tech geeks come here, we're close by Amazon [...] It's OK if you wear them. I just don't want them worn inside."

His main reason for the ban has to do with preserving patrons' privacy.

"You have to understand the culture of The 5 Point which is a sometimes seedy, maybe notorious place and I think people want to go there and be not known," says Meinert, who says patrons of The 5 Point certainly don't want to be secretly videotaped.

"Part of this is a joke, to be funny on Facebook and get a reaction, but part of it is serious because we don't let people film other people or take photos unwanted of other people in the bar because it's kind of a private place people go."

Google Glass is not available for sale yet, but reports say the specs will be available for purchase by the end of 2013.

Lohan house arrest: Lindsay Wants to Reject Offer

Lohan house arrest: Lindsay Wants to Reject offer
A Lindsay Lohan house arrest plea deal was making headlines national celebrity news tonight, as TMZ reported this Saturday, March 9, that Lindsay Lohan has been offered a “unique option” in her plea deal. According to sources, the troubled star was offered to be under house arrest for her probation violation case and lying to police, but LiLo is allegedly not taking the deal.

Under the headline, “Lohan house arrest: Lindsay Wants to Reject Offer”, insiders add this weekend that city attorneys have lessened their positions on Lindsay Lohan’s charges. Rather than sending her to a 90-day lockdown rehab center, Lohan instead could take a three month house arrest instead.

Lilo’s lawyer, Mark Heller, has reportedly told prosecutors that Lohan may take an unknown amount of time on house arrest, though he seems to be working a set time out with those prosecutors at the moment.

The issue, however, seems to be that in the Lindsay Lohan house arrest case, the former child star is “adamant” against going to jail or going under house arrest. She doesn’t want to “deal” with any punishment at all and “just move forward”, quotes TMZ.

If Lindsay Lohan does end up going to trial this March 18 and is convicted of her charges of lying to an officer and violating her probation, concludes the sources, she could face several months to even years of jail time.


But now its believed that lindsay Lohan wants to reject the plea and wants to proceed to trail

Kelly Osbourne epilepsy: Being treated by Best Doctors

Sharon and Kelly Osbourne on April 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Sharon and Kelly Osbourne on April 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Nothing like a mother's love to help Kelly Osbourne feel better! Sharon Osbourne shared her gratitude toward daughter Kelly's fans for their support and well-wishes after the Fashion Police host was hospitalized for a seizure on Thursday, March 7.

"I want to thank everyone for their concern about @MissKellyO," the 60-year-old talk show host tweeted on Friday, March 8. "She's doing fine she's at Cedars and is surrounded by the best doctors & love."

For now, however, "there is absolutely no confirmed diagnosis regarding Kelly's condition," a rep for the TV host told Us Weekly. "She is under a doctor's care and they are continuing to run tests. Kelly is fine and thanks everyone for their continued support."

A source close to the family adds that "nothing like this has ever happened to Kelly before and she was really scared."

"They are running every possible test," the pal tells Us. "Could be epilepsy but also could be an allergic reaction or something else."

On Thursday just before noon, Kelly collapsed on-set during filming for E!'s Fashion Police after reportedly telling cohost Melissa Rivers, "I don't feel good." She then fell out of her chair and began to convulse in a seizure that lasted for 30 seconds.

"More than anything it was just scary," Rivers told ET Online of the situation. "I just laid on the ground holding on to her until the paramedics came."

A rep for the 28-year-old host told Us that as of Thursday evening, she was in "stable condition," but would be "staying overnight [at the hospital] for observation as a precautionary measure. There are no further details at this time."

There have thus far been no reports on why the seizure happened in the first place.

Kelly herself also took to Twitter to reassure fans that she was feeling okay after the health scare, however.

"Thank U all 4 UR beautiful well wishes yes I did have a seizure they are just trying to figure out why?" she tweeted on Thursday evening, along with a photo of her tattooed arm with an IV planted firmly in place.

Friends of the family are positive that the purple-coiffed Osbourne will pull through as well.

"I was actually working so I wasn't with [Sharon] when she found out," Sharon's The Talk costar Julie Chen told Us. "But we're sending our love to the whole family and to Kelly. Kelly's strong, she's an Osbourne, she'll be okay."

Merck drug side effects: Failed, Taken off Market

A view of the Merck & Co. campus in Linden, New Jersey March 9, 2009.
Well Not expected serious side effects arise in a huge study of a Merck & Co long-acting niacin drug aimed at raising good HDL cholesterol, according to data released on Saturday, possibly adding another nail to the coffin of niacin therapy for heart patients.

Merck has already given up on the drug that combines extended-release niacin with an experimental agent called laropiprant, designed to prevent the uncomfortable facial flushing associated with niacin.

When it was announced that the drug called Tredaptive had failed to prevent heart attacks, strokes, death and other complications in heart patients also taking drugs to lower bad LDL cholesterol, Merck said it would not seek U.S. approval and would stop selling it in the dozens of other countries where it was already available.

A European medical journal last week said the drug caused concerning muscle weakness, especially in Asian patients.

But the results presented on Saturday at the American College of Cardiology scientific meeting in San Francisco painted an even more troubling picture of the medicine.

Researchers found patients taking the Merck drug had significantly higher rates of bleeding - 2.5 percent vs. 1.9 percent - and infections - 8.0 percent vs. 6.6 percent - that they called unexpected.

Significantly higher numbers of patients taking Tredaptive also experienced serious health problems that researchers called known side effects of niacin. Those included new onset diabetes - 9.1 percent vs. 7.3 percent - diabetic complications - 11.1 percent vs. 7.5 percent - and gastrointestinal problems - 4.8 percent vs. 3.8 percent.

Niacin, a form of vitamin B, has been used for many years in the belief that its HDL raising powers would help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Professor Jane Armitage, who led the study called HPS2-Thrive, called the findings disappointing.

"Still," she said, "finding out a drug is not helping people is just as important as finding that it has benefits."

But Dr. Steven Nissen, head of cardiology at Cleveland Clinic, had some serious criticism about the study's design, execution and conclusions, and was not prepared to write off niacin therapy just yet for patients with very low HDL levels.

"Sometimes large and simple trials are large and sloppy trials," he said.

Among his concerns Nissen cited the very large number of Asians in the study that could have skewed the results because Asians tend to not tolerate high dose niacin. Nissen also said the baseline LDL levels of 66 for patients in the study were unrealistically low and that those with higher LDL levels may have benefited from the drug.

The trial was not designed to show whether the adverse side effects were caused by the niacin or the anti-flushing drug, another potential failing.

But Armitage, a professor at the University of Oxford, said the results were consistent with an earlier failed niacin study that did not include laropiprant and that many of the side effects are known to be associated with niacin.

"We now know that its adverse side effects outweigh the benefits when used with current treatments," she said.

Nissen was not so sure, saying this was not the final nail in the niacin therapy coffin.

"There are some nails in the coffin. But it doesn't absolutely answer the question," he said of the study. "I don't know that it was the niacin. They may be right, but they may be wrong."

Report: Netflix tattoo Man Get a Free Year of Service

The Netflix tattoo making top headlines news this weekend after the Huffington Post reported this Friday, March 8, that a man who got himself inked with a Netflix tattoo took to Twitter to post the image, and in return received a year of free service from the company.

With the headline, “Guy gets tattoo, Netflix gives him a free year of service”, sources report that one man who must sincerely love the streaming-video service wanted to show his support of Netflix by getting a tattoo of it.

On Twitter, @The Real Myron showed how much he enjoyed the website recently by getting himself a Netflix tattoo. The inking made a mark on the company, as they reportedly awarded him a full year of free service for his “dedication.”

    “NO WAY! Free year for you, look for DM RT@TheRealMyron: @netflix put me on a commercial I love you guys pic.twitter.com/LsjoR3fQZK”

The report notes that it wasn’t too long ago that a man was paid $15,000 for agreeing to have the Mitt Romney logo inked on his face, and we can only hope a trend of sorts isn’t starting for tattoos in exchange for rewards.

Fastest Rolls Royce Revealed


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Rolls-Royce unveiled the brand’s fastest production model ever, but being that this is a Rolls-Royce we’re talking about, the Wraith isn’t exactly a sports car.

The Wraith is very big, weighing about 5000 pounds, despite being only a two-door car. It was among the hundreds of vehicles that were unveiled this week at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, including new models from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.

Despite its heft, the Wraith is capable of surprisingly respectable performance along with the luxury features that owners have come to expect from a Rolls.

With its 624 horsepower V12 engine, the Wraith can hurtle from zero to 60 miles an hour in just 4.4 seconds. The car’s 8-speed transmission gets information from a GPS unit so that it can select gears based in the road ahead. For instance, it can downshift the moment a hill or curve is approached. That helps with both performance and fuel economy, Rolls says.

The car’s interior, featuring light-colored wood grains, was inspired by luxury yachts, according to Rolls-Royce. The car’s ceiling liner is peppered with fiber optic lights that make it look like a star-filled night sky.

The body, which slopes down cleanly at the back end, was designed to look especially good in two-tone paint jobs, Rolls-Royce spokesman Nigel Wonnacott said.

While still based in Great Britain, Rolls-Royce is owned by the German luxury automaker BMW, which also owns the British brand Mini.

WBC brawl: Canadians and Mexico Deadly fight

The peaceful World Baseball Classic turned nasty Saturday when a full-scale brawl broke out, with seven players ejected and fans throwing at least two bottles from the stands at the games.

"You can't hurt us Canadians,'' said Team Canada manager Ernie Whitt, after the first brawl in WBC history.

The game, won 10-3 by Canada, sets up a showdown Sunday against Team USA with the right to advance to the second round along with Team Italy.

Yet the game will be remembered for the ninth-inning brawl that had both managers urging WBC officials to change the tiebreaking format to eliminate run differential, encouraging teams to score as many runs as possible, despite the situation.
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"There's got to be another method other than running up the score on the opposing team,'' Whitt said. "No one likes that. That's not the way baseball's supposed to be played.''

Mexico, already frustrated with a 9-3 deficit in the ninth inning, initiated the brawl when Mexico pitcher Arnold Leon twice threw inside at Rene Tosoni, drawing a warning from home-plate umpire Brian Gorman. Leon then hit Tosoni in the left shoulder with the next pitch.
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Leon was livid that catcher Chris Robinson led off the ninth with a bunt single, infuriating the entire team, which thought Canada was running up the score.

CAPSULE: Canada's victory marred by brawl

"It's not professional,'' Mexico reliever Oliver Perez said. "I think everybody gets mad.''

Said Mexico manager Rick Renteria: "In a normal professional setting, a 9-3 bunt in that particular situation would be kind of out of the ordinary. But based on the rules that have been established in this tournament, the run differential and things of that nature, those things may occur.

"In the heat of the game everybody needs to understand that when you're playing professional baseball situations like this arise. And some of these things we do not consider them normal or correct.

"In (Leon's) mind, according to what he's used to, he's like, well, his mind went somewhere else.''
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TV cameras clearly caught Mexico third baseman Luis Cruz of the Los Angeles Dodgers gesturing to Leon to purposely hit Tosoni. Cruz wasn't available, but Canadian first-base coach Larry Walker confirmed the gesture.

"Their third baseman was telling (Leon) to hit him right in the ribs,'' Walker told reporters in the hallway. "I couldn't believe he didn't get tossed."

There were fights throughout the infield. Mexico outfielder Eduardo Arredondo was the most aggressive in the brawl. Mexico and Boston Red Sox reliever Alfredo Aceves also was in one major skirmish after another, including with Walker.

"I had a hold of him,'' Walker told reporters in the hallway after the game, "and I thought I saw Satan in his eye.''

Walker said that he also grabbed Mexico first baseman Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers and told him: "You're too important to the game to get hurt in this."

It turned ugly from the stands, too, when someone threw a water bottle that hit pitching coach Denis Boucher. Canadian shortstop Cale Iorg fired the bottle back into the stands.

Minutes later, someone threw a baseball at Walker, causing another stop in play. Whitt went to home-plate umpire Brian Gorman and told him that he would pull his team off the field if another incident occurred. Gorman went to Team Mexico and said the game was in danger of being forfeited.

The public address announcer informed the pro-Mexico crowd that any further disruption would cause a forfeit. The game continued without incident, but now Whitt is waiting for possible suspensions. It all could have been avoided, Whitt said, with a change in the tiebreaking procedures.

"Because of the run differential that they have, you play it like an 0-0 game the whole time,'' Whitt said.

The Canadians, who lost 14-4 to Italy in their first game of the pool but were given a respite when the USA lost to Mexico on Friday night, think the brawl could bring their team even closer. If they beat USA on Sunday, they will advance to Miami, keeping the USA home.

"Whoever says that guys are just here as an extra spring training game or just here to say they represented their country and then go home, '' Canadian first baseman Justin Morneau said, "didn't see how intense that game was. And what it means to everybody that as involved in it.

"We'll start over again (Sunday against the USA), and hopefully it's a good, clean game. But you never know what's going to happen.''

If Canada needs to fight again, yes, they're ready.

"We do what we have to do to win a ballgame,'' Whitt said. "We protect ourselves. We protect the players. We protect our coaches. And whatever it takes, we'll do.

"It is a tight-knit group that we have in that locker room. And a lot of people don't realize that, but we play the game with pride and passion. And we'll do whatever it takes to win.

"And we'll fight for each other.''

They certainly proved that for all of the WBC to witness Saturday.

Lindsay Lohan Trial: Rejects plea, Lohan to go For Trial

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Actress Lindsay Lohan arrives at the 98th annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, April 28, 2012, in Washington
Lindsay Lohan wants to reject a plea deal that would place her under house arrest for 90 days.

The 26-year-old actress - who has already refused to accept a pre-trial deal of either 60 days in rehab or 45 days in jail by prosecutors after being charged with lying to police about a car accident in California last summer - is reportedly unwilling to accept any kind of punishment for the crime.

A source told gossip website TMZ.com that the 'Liz and Dick' star does not want to accept the offer of house arrest instead of rehab from the Santa Monica City Attorney and the Los Angeles City Attorney despite being encouraged to do so by her lawyer Mark Heller, who has assured prosecutors that she will accept a certain amount of time confined to her home.

But sources close to the troubled starlet say that she is adamant that she will not accept any punishment and that there is still a huge chance that the case will go to trial on March 18.

While her lawyer is confident he can make a deal with prosecutors, Lohan was previously said to be eager to go ahead with the trial, even though multiple witnesses, including the passenger in her car will testify she was driving when she hit a cement truck on the Pacific Coast Highway last June.

The insider added: "Lindsay is ready to go to trial. She has always wanted to face a jury of her peers, and feels confident she will be acquitted. Lindsay has nothing to hide."

Even if the former 'Mean Girls' star is acquitted, she could still go to jail for up to 245 days for violating her probation, which she has been on since July 2011 after being found guilty of stealing a necklace.

Doctors Worried Kelly Osbourne may have Epilepsy

Doctors Worried Kelly Osbourne may have Epilepsy

Doctors still aren’t exactly sure what caused Kelly Osbourne to have a seizure on the set of Fashion Police, but they’re looking into a whole variety of potential causes. It’ll take a battery of tests to determine for sure, but right now, there’s reportedly a serious fear that the former reality star and current television host might have epilepsy.

According to TMZ, Osbourne will remain hospitalized for at least a few days until her doctors can get some answers. If she does have epilepsy, it will require medication and constant monitoring, but if the root lies somewhere else, it’s possible she’ll be able to make a minor tweak or two and be at least reasonably confident the seizures will not continue.

It’s been a rough few years for the Osbourne family. Son Jack Osbourne was diagnosed with MS, and now, his sister may well have epilepsy. No one can possibly plan for such blows, but luckily, the Osbournes have a family structure that is extremely supportive. They might not be the Brady Bunch, but they’re extremely close in their own way.

At this point, there’s no way to tell what the test results might reveal, but regardless of what they say, Pop Blend’s sincerest well-wishes go out to Osbourne. Kelly has always been a fighter, and she’ll no doubt attack her diagnosis aggressively, whether it’s an incredibly serious matter or a minor one. 

Nixon handgun ban: Richard Wished Total Ban


In this June 29, 1972, file photo President Richard Nixon speaks at a White House news conference in Washington during which he said he’d sign legislation banning Saturday night specials. Nixon called the news conference about six weeks after the shooting of George Wallace. Later that year the Senate did pass such a bill, but the House never acted on the legislation. Few presidents in modern times have been as interested in gun control as Nixon.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Few presidents in modern times have been as interested in gun control as Richard Nixon, of all people. He proposed ridding the market of Saturday night specials, contemplated banning handguns altogether and refused to pander to gun owners by feigning interest in their weapons.

Several previously unreported Oval Office recordings and White House memos from the Nixon years show a conservative president who at times appeared willing to take on the National Rifle Association, a powerful gun lobby then as now, even as his aides worried about the political ramifications.

“I don’t know why any individual should have a right to have a revolver in his house,” Nixon said in a taped conversation with aides. “The kids usually kill themselves with it and so forth.” He asked why “can’t we go after handguns, period?”

Nixon went on: “I know the rifle association will be against it, the gun makers will be against it.” But “people should not have handguns.” He laced his comments with obscenities, as was typical.

Nixon made his remarks in the Oval Office on May 16, 1972, the day after a would-be assassin shot and paralyzed segregationist presidential candidate George Wallace. As president, Nixon never publicly called for a ban on all handguns. Instead, he urged Congress to pass more modest legislation banning Saturday night specials, which were cheaply made, easily concealed and often used by criminals.

Not all of the president’s men appeared to share his passion on the issue. The recordings and memos show that Nixon administration officials saw gun control as a political loser.

Nixon, a Republican, did say publicly that if Congress passed a ban on Saturday night specials, he would sign it. But in a sign of how potent the NRA was even 40 years ago, this narrow piece of legislation never made it to his desk, and there is no sign that he ever sent a draft bill to Capitol Hill.

Today, President Barack Obama faces similar hurdles in trying to ban assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines. Gun control advocates say no one needs such powerful weapons to kill an intruder or take down an animal. In Nixon’s time, the argument of such advocates was that Saturday night specials were too poorly made to be relied on for self-defense or hunting.

“Let me ask you,” Nixon said to Attorney General John Mitchell in June 1971, “there is only one thing you are checking on, that’s the manufacture of those $20 guns? We should probably stop that.” Saturday night specials sold for $10 to $30 at the time. Mitchell responded that banning those guns would be “pretty difficult, actually,” because of the gun lobby.

“No hunters are going to use $20 guns,” Nixon countered.

“No, but the gun lobby’s against any incursion into the elimination of firearms,” said Mitchell.

The term Saturday night special originated in Detroit, where police observed the frequency with which the guns were used to commit weekend mayhem. Lynyrd Skynyrd memorialized the weapon in its 1975 song, “Saturday Night Special,” in which the Southern rock band sang: “Ain’t good for nothin’/But put a man six feet in a hole.”

Nixon’s private comments were not always supportive of gun control, particularly measures that would go beyond handguns. For example, in a taped conversation just a few days after saying that people shouldn’t have handguns, the president asked rhetorically, “What do they want to do, just disarm the populace? Disarm the good folks and leave the arms in the hands of criminals?”

But most of his comments on the tapes, available at the websites of the National Archives and of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, were in favor of stronger gun control.

At a June 29, 1972, news conference, about six weeks after Wallace’s shooting, Nixon said he’d sign legislation banning Saturday night specials. Later that year, the Senate did pass such a bill, but the House never acted on the legislation.

The bill’s sponsor, Indiana Democrat Birch Bayh, said in a recent interview that the NRA helped prevent his bill from getting through Congress. The Nixon administration supported an unsuccessful Republican alternative Senate bill on Saturday night specials that had a definition the NRA preferred.

The shooting of another politician put gun control back on the radar the following year. On Jan. 30, 1973, two robbers shot Sen. John Stennis, D-Miss., and surgeons initially thought he would die. Stennis survived and lived until 1995.

The day of the shooting, Nixon told White House special counsel Charles Colson, “At least I hope that Saturday night special legislation, at least we’re supporting that, you know. We’re not for gun control generally, but we are for that. God damn it that ought to be passed. Or was it passed?”

When Colson told him it hadn’t, Nixon instructed his counsel, “We better damn well be for it now, huh?”

At a news conference the next day, the president repeated his call to ban Saturday night specials. He also volunteered a comment that few national politicians would make today: “Let me say, personally, I have never hunted in my life. I have no interest in guns and so forth.”

By March 1973, aide John Ehrlichman was telling Nixon that gun control was a “loser issue for us.”

“You’ve got a highly mobilized lobby,” he told the president. “I think what we have to do is carve out a little piece of it, and Saturday night specials, of course, has been our tactic.”

Other White House officials also argued against doing much, including Tom C. Korologos, a White House deputy assistant for legislative affairs who later was an outside lobbyist for the NRA and ambassador to Belgium under President George W. Bush.

“The thing that worries me is that the president’s hard-core support comes from the gun-folk and obviously we need support these days,” Korologos wrote in an Aug. 31, 1973 memo, referring to the Watergate scandal that would undo Nixon’s presidency.

“Lurking in the background is the president’s personal statement: ‘I’m a liberal on gun control,’” Korologos said. Nixon might have made this statement privately; there is no record of him saying it publicly.

Korologos’ conclusion: “I vote for a ‘talk’ meeting and then ‘tough it out’ by doing nothing and hope nobody gets shot in the next three years.”

The effort to ban Saturday night specials receded in recent decades as the focus of gun control advocates shifted to rein in more powerful weapons.

Nixon’s focus soon shifted, too.

In June 1972, a little over a month after his chat about banning handguns, Nixon had a recorded conversation that showed him trying to get the FBI to stop investigating the break-in at Democratic offices at the Watergate office building by burglars tied to his re-election committee.

Few remember the tapes about handguns. History forever remembers the tape that gave Nixon’s Watergate pursuers their “smoking gun.”

Liam Hemsworth Spotted in Australia as Miley Out Without Engagement Ring

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus arrive at Australians In Film Awards & Benefit Dinner on June 27, 2012.
Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus arrive at Australians In Film Awards & Benefit Dinner on June 27, 2012.
Maybe distance makes the heart grow fonder? Liam Hemsworth's whereabouts this week are adding fuel to the flame -- while fiance Miley Cyrus stepped out without her 3.5-carat engagement ring two nights in a row, the Hunger Games star was spotted several thousand miles away in Australia.

An eyewitness told E! News that a group of female fans spotted Hemsworth, 23, walking down Jonson Street in New South Wales' Byron Bay earlier this week and immediately started shrieking and running toward him.

PHOTOS: Miley and Liam's love story

The actor managed to duck into a nearby shop, but was later forced to reemerge into the street, where the fans were excitedly waiting.

"He looked a bit angry with all the girls around him," the onlooker said. One day later, Hemsworth was spotted spending time with brother Chris Hemsworth, sister-in-law Elsa Pataky and their baby daughter India Rose on Friday, March 8.

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Hemsworth's 20-year-old fiance, meanwhile, was keeping some company of her own back in Hollywood, stepping out to a house party in North Hollywood on Thursday, March 7, with a dark-haired man Us Weekly has identified as Hemsworth's friend Paul Khoury.

The LOL actress opted not to wear her diamond engagement ring for her night out on the town, the second time in as many days. Cyrus was first spotted without her ring on Wednesday, March 6, as she headed to her recording studio in an all-black outfit without her bauble, leading to murmurs of a troubled engagement.

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Sources close to the couple tell Us that the pair's on-again, off-again relationship is now off.

"Liam and Miley are done," a friend tells Us. "She says she's over it."

The source tells Us that the couple's problems stem from a disagreement about their dueling careers and Cyrus' shocking image makeover, among other issues.

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"He's not happy," the pal says.

Cyrus later took to Twitter to dispel rumors, telling her fans that she "didn't call off my wedding."

"Taking a break from social media. #draining," she added. Cyrus is choosing instead to focus on her music.

"My new music is gonna shut everyone up," she wrote. "Not discussing anything but my music from now on."

Cyrus and Hemsworth announced their plans to wed last June after Hemsworth popped the question on May 31.

Tweets: MC Hammer charges dropped

Dublin, CA: Rap star MC Hammer was arrested in Dublin, CA. on Feb. 21, 2013 on a charge of "obstructing an officer."
MC Hammer tweeted all his followers around 11 p.m. on Friday night about the status of his arrest by Dublin Police on Feb. 21 at the Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center.

Hammer tweeted:
    "Thank You to all my friends and supporters. All CHARGES DECLINED. Dropped. Have A great Weekend. #nobeef"

The hashtag "nobeef" refers to a song of the same name by Hammer. Hammer included the link to the song in the tweet. The No Beef page plays the song and has a tweet from Hammer three months earlier.
    "A Song about the Pain and residual affect of indiscriminate death in America ... The need to provide therapy to children (mothers) who deal with death daily and our in shock, damaged with no social,mental or spiritual support. God help Us."
"The District Attorney did not charge in the interest of justice," Dublin Police Chief Tom McCarthy said on Saturday afternoon.

Hammer was arrested by Dublin Police services after being contacted by police. Officers spotted a vehicle parked at the Shell gas station near the shopping center at about 10:20 p.m. on Feb. 21 and noticed it had expired registration tags, police Lt. Herb Walters said.

The driver, 50-year-old Stanley Kirk Burrell -- better known as MC Hammer -- could not produce any proof that the vehicle was his and became uncooperative with the officers, Walters said.

Hammer was booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and released after being arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties and resisting an officer. His court date was set for March 21.

Hammer has not given comment but has tweeted about the incident several times. On Twitter, he called his arrest a "teachable moment" and an "eye opener."

The rapper, who lives in Tracy, said on Twitter on Feb. 23 that a police officer tapped on his car window and asked him,  'Are you on parole or probation?'"

"It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his
whistle and yelled for help...but make no mistake, he's dangerous," he
wrote.

He then tweeted, "only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge

Hammer is best known for his 1990 hit song "U Can't Touch This."

Alleged Visine poisoning: Shayne boyfriend poisoned Woman

Shayne Carpenter, a 27-year-old mechanic
(GRASS VALLEY, Calif.) — A California lady is recovering as far as police say she was poisoned when her very own boyfriend put Visine eye drops in her drink.

Shayne Carpenter, a 27-year-old mechanic, was arrested by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday in Grass Valley, Calif. and booked on poisoning and domestic violence charges. Police say after a fight with his girlfriend, Carpenter put eye drops in her drink causing her to feel ill.

Lt. Steve Tripp of the Nevada County Sheriff Department told ABC News’ affiliate KXTV that Carpenter’s girlfriend became suspicious after finding texts on Carpenter’s phone to his friends about the alleged prank gone wrong.

“He was making texts to his buddies that if ‘She’s going to be talking crap then she’s going to be crapping,’” Tripp said.

The police say Carpenter’s girlfriend hadn’t been feeling well, and after seeing the texts contacted police.
As part of the investigation the police had Carpenter’s girlfriend talk to him about the alleged poisoning over the phone.

“We got admissions from him over the phone, when he was admitting to her, that he had done this,” Tripp said.

According to officials, Carpenter’s girlfriend, whose name has not been released by police, was treated in the hospital and released.

Carpenter was released from jail Friday after posting a $25,000 bail.

Top restaurant sickens 63: at Denmark Famous restaurant


Chef Rene Redzepi, working in his restaurant Noma in 2010, in Copenhagen. The 63 infected people ate at Noma between Feb. 12 and 16, according to a food safety report based on an inspection of local restaurants and food retail companies a week later.
Chef Rene Redzepi, working in his restaurant Noma in 2010, in Copenhagen. The 63 infected people ate at Noma between Feb. 12 and 16, according to a food safety report based on an inspection of local restaurants and food retail companies a week later.
Danish food safety officials ordered a through cleanup and more better food handling at Noma, one of the world’s top restaurants, after more than 60 people fell ill with viral gastroenteritis from eating at the two-star Michelin eatery that has also hit top spot three times in the world’s best restaurants list in Restaurant magazine.
NOMA
NOMAA dish from Noma, one of the world's top restaurants.
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said Friday it had investigated the popular, waterfront restaurant in Copenhagen after complaints from customers who had dined there during a week in February. It was not immediately clear what food had caused the infection.

Agency spokesman Morten Lisby described the outbreak that caused vomiting and diarrhea as “massive.”
The 63 infected people ate at Noma between Feb. 12 and 16, according to a food safety report based on an inspection of local restaurants and food retail companies a week later.

Restaurant manager Peter Kreiner apologized for the incidents and said they were trying to track the source of the infection with officials.

“Our business is based on having satisfied customers here and we’re incredibly sorry on behalf of our guests,” Kreiner told Danish TV2. He said the restaurant had contacted the agency as soon as it became aware of the complaints.

Noma, which opened in 2004, is widely known for its chef Rene Redzepi who relies on fresh, locally-sourced products, from moss and snails to sloe berries and unripe plums. The restaurant has been credited with redefining Nordic cooking and receives thousands of reservation requests every day.
Menus at Noma cost up to 1,500 kroner (US$260) and table reservations often must be made months in advance.
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Chef Rene Redzepi, poses in front of his restaurant, Noma, launched in 2004, in Copenhagen.

Elle Macpherson engaged: Reunited After year of Breakup

Elle Macpherson engaged: Reunited After year of Breakup
Elle Macpherson is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, who just last year decided to call it quits.

The Australian supermodel and boyfriend Jeffrey Soffer dated for two years before they broke up last March. But they didn’t stay split for long, as they were reunited by the end of the year and now have decided to get married.

The engagement to Elle Macpherson will make it quite a year for Jeffrey Soffer. The hotel heir and Florida billionaire was in a helicopter crash in November in the Bahamas that killed his friend Lance Valdez. Soffer was badly injured in the accident as well, suffering a fractured vertebrae.

The crash may have been what brought Elle Macpherson and Jeffrey Soffer back together. After the crash Elle reportedly rushed to be by his side in Miami.

“Jeff is very shaken up and mourning the loss of his friend,” a source told the New York Post at the time of the crash. “Elle is landing in Miami imminently to visit him and offer her support at a very tough time.”

Though they had both entered new relationships by that point, Soffer and Macpherson soon found themselves dating again after being reunited.

Now that Elle Macpherson is engaged she will reportedly move to Florida full time to be with Soffer. It will be her second marriage after spending three years married to photographer Gilles Bensimon. Macpherson also has two sons from her previous relationship with Arpad Busson — Arpad Arpad Flynn Alexander Busson, 15, and Aurelius Cy Andrea Busson, 10.

Soffer has been married once before as well.

A representative for the supermodel and Fashion Star host had no comment on Elle Macpherson’s engagement when contacted on Friday.

Though Elle Macpherson may be engaged, it seems unlikely that she’ll be settling into a quiet married life. The 48-year-old is still very active in the modeling world, and aside from her duties on Fashion Star has been in many magazine spreads as well.

King Juan Carlos Discharged After successful Surgery

FILE - In this July 25, 2008 file photo, Spain's King Juan Carlos, right, shakes hands with Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at the Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 that Chavez has died at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.
MADRID - King Juan Carlos of Spain has already left a hospital six days after successfully undergoing surgery for herniated discs in his lower spine.

The 75-year-old monarch thanked waiting journalists for their patience and said "I'm very well, my back doesn't hurt or anything," from the front passenger seat as he was driven home Saturday.

The operation was the head of state's fourth in 12 months, and the 12th time he has undergone surgery during his lifetime.

Juan Carlos had hip surgery in November and has had other health issues in the last two years, including needing knee surgery and the removal of a benign lung tumour.

It has been an awkward year for the king, whose son-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, is under investigation on suspicion of having embezzled several million dollars.

Gerald D. Klee dies: Retired Psychiatrist, LSD Expert

Dr. Gerald Klee
Gerald D. Klee, a retired psychiatrist who was an LSD expert and participated in experimentation on volunteer servicemen at several military installations in the 1950s, died March 3 at a medical center in Towson, Md. He was 86.

He had complications from surgery, said a son, Kenneth A. Klee.

Dr. Klee made headlines in 1975 when he confirmed published reports that the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Psychiatric Institute had been involved in secret research between 1956 and 1959, when hundreds of Army soldiers were given lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD.

He said that the Army also experimented with other hallucinogens as part of a wide-ranging chemical weapons research program.

Dr. Klee explained that the Army had negotiated a contract in 1956 with Jacob E. Finsinger, director of the U-Md. Psychiatric Institute, to conduct physiological and psychological tests on the soldiers.

“A large proportion of the people who have gotten involved in research in this area have been harebrained and irresponsible — Timothy Leary being the most notorious example,” Dr. Klee told the Baltimore Evening Sun in 1975.

“We didn’t have any axes to grind, and the university’s role was to conduct scientific experimentation,” he said. “The interests of the University of Maryland group were purely scientific, and the military was just there.”

Dr. Klee said that soldiers from military posts around the country were brought to Edgewood Arsenal and the adjoining Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County to participate in experiments involving various drugs and chemical warfare agents, of which the hallucinogens were a small part, the newspaper reported.

“They were mostly enlisted men — there were a few commissioned officers — but they were mostly unlettered and rather naive,” said Dr. Klee. “Now, the people knew they were volunteering, the bonus was leave time — seeing their girlfriends and mothers and that kind of thing. They had a lot of free time, and most of them enjoyed it.”

Before the experiments commenced, Dr. Klee experimented with LSD.

“I figured that if I was going to study this stuff, then I’ve got to experience it myself,” he told the Evening Sun. “I felt obliged to take it for experimental reasons and also because I didn’t think it would be fair to administer a drug to someone else that I hadn’t taken myself.”

The LSD was slipped into cocktails at a party in the soldiers’ honor. While this approach garnered criticism, Dr. Klee said the Army and civilian researchers acted responsibly.

“I was there and I didn’t like it, but thought I might be of help to the victims,” Dr. Klee told The Washington Post in 1975.

The civilian team quickly learned about those who had experienced “bad trips.” Dr. Klee said he did not know of any lasting ill effects on the soldiers, but he added that the university researchers followed them only during their monthlong stay at Edgewood.

“What the Army did after that, I don’t know,” Dr. Klee said. “I’ve given many hours’ thought to that. I wish I did know.”

In 1975, the Army admitted that it had administered LSD to nearly 1,500 people between 1956 and 1967, including 585 at Edgewood.

Gerald D’Arcy Klee was a native of Brooklyn and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a 1948 graduate of McGill University in Montreal and a 1952 graduate of Harvard Medical School.

He completed a residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and the veterans hospital at Perry Point, Md.

From 1959 to 1967, he was director of U-Md.’s division of adult outpatient psychiatry. He held a similar position at Temple University in Philadelphia from 1967 to 1970.

In addition to a teaching career at several universities, Dr. Klee maintained a private practice until retiring in 2000.

His four marriages ended in divorce. Survivors include five children, Kenneth A. Klee, of South Orange, N.J., Brian D. Klee of Waterford, Conn., Susan E. Klee of Chevy Chase, Louise E. Klee of Takoma Park and Sheila G. Klee of New York City; a brother; and 11 grandchildren.

Mexican drunken driver sues friend

An image of James Ruiz, who was convicted in a crash that killed two teenagers in New Mexico. He pled guilty in 2011 and is serving a 40-year prison sentence
A repeat drunken driver convicted in a crash that killed two teenagers has sued his drinking buddy and two Santa Fe restaurants that served him alcohol.

James Ruiz, 37, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in New Mexico District Court and is seeking monetary damages from the friend he was out drinking with as well as Applebee's and the Blue Corn Cafe, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/WyvZZz) Friday.

The lawsuit, filed by Ruiz without a lawyer, claims the restaurants and his friend caused Ruiz emotional distress due to the loss of liberty and enjoyment of life after he was served drinks in 2010.

Ruiz said in his suit that he was convicted and incarcerated due to the chain of events the defendants set in motion.

Police said Ruiz rammed his truck into a car and killed two teenagers -- Del Lynn Peshlakai, 19, and her sister Deshauna, 17 -- from the Navajo reservation.

He's serving a 40-year prison sentence after entering a guilty plea in 2011.

In a statement, Santa Fe Dining, a restaurant group that includes Blue Corn Cafe, declined to comment. Applebee's did not immediately return two phone messages and an email from The Associated Press.

Ruiz was out on bond on his fifth DWI arrest when the fatal crash took place, authorities said.

Police said he had a blood-alcohol concentration at the time of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit for driving.

The Peshlakai family has filed a wrongful death suit against Ruiz, the restaurants and others in the case. That suit is pending in state district court.

The Peshlakai sisters and their parents were in town for a high school basketball tournament when the fatal wreck took place. The parents were injured in the crash.

Daylight Saving Time: Time to Save

Clocks hang on a wall in Hands of Time, a clock store and repair shop in Savage, Md., Friday, March 8, 2013. It's the weekend to spring ahead for daylight saving time.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Worried you'll feel a little groggy from missing an hour of sleep Saturday night? You're not alone. Daylight saving time affects us all in more ways than you might think. Here are eight of them:

1. For starters, it's "daylight saving time" -- without an "s" on the end of "saving." Now you can correct all your friends.

2. President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act into law in 2005, which extended the length of DST by four weeks. It now begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November -- except in Hawaii and Arizona, where they observe standard time year-round. With all that sunshine, they probably don't even care what time it is. (Parts of Indiana, by the way, resisted DST until 2006.)

3. The time switch has mixed effects on people's health. Night owls tend to have more trouble than early birds, according to a Finnish study in 2008, but everyone's sleep patterns can be disrupted by the transition into or out of DST. That may be especially true in Kazakhstan, where the government did away with DST in 2005 after calculating that 51.6 percent of Kazakhs responded badly to the time change. (Who knew?)

4. There is a spike in heart attacks during the first week of DST, as well as a slight drop in attacks during the first week after DST ends, according to another 2008 study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers tagged the "spring forward" results to sleep deprivation, which affects heart health. Conversely, the extra hour of "fall back" sleep promotes general well-being.

5. No surprise here, but people are safer drivers during daylight hours. Information from U.S. News Health indicates that observing DST year-round could prevent 195 motor-vehicle deaths and 171 pedestrian fatalities per year.

6. Credit (or blame) for DST rests with Benjamin Franklin, who published "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light" in a 1784 journal after he noticed that people burned candles at night but slept past dawn. But he never saw his plan put into action. The United States first implemented it during World War I as a way to conserve fuel.

7. Recent data suggest that Franklin's energy-savings theory was only part of the equation. The average DST observer (aka all Americans except those in Hawaii and Arizona) uses 1 percent less energy for lighting but 2 percent to 3 percent more for heating and air-conditioning.

8. Many fire departments encourage homeowners to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks for DST. It's a convenient reminder: Have you changed yours?

Hasselbeck leaving View: Nine Years Later

Elisabeth Hasselbeck appears on the ABC show 'The View' on Sept. 14, 2011
Elisabeth Hasselbeck has a "long-term contract" with "The View," a rep for the ABC daytime talk show said Friday in response to reports that say the conservative co-host is set to leave her job after nine years.

A day earlier, the network announced that panelist Joy Behar, one of the last original cast members, would depart the series. The 70-year-old said she plans to concentrate on other projects.

The news outlets Us Weekly, TV Newser, Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter reported that Hasselbeck would not be back for season 17 in the fall. Each publication cited its own sources.

"Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of 'The View' and has a long-term contract," a ABC Entertainment Group spokesperson said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com on Friday, in response to the reports.

Hasselbeck has not commented. "The View" debuted in 1997 with four co-hosts - Walters, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira and Debbie Matenopoulos, who was axed two years later. The panel changed throughout the years.

Viera left in 2006 and joined NBC's "Today" show. Jones departed the same year after ABC opted not to renew her contract, following market research that showed that her dramatic weight loss and 2004 wedding to banker Al Reynolds had turned viewers off. She announced her exit on an episode of "The View," two days before the network had planned to confirm her departure to viewers.

Hasselbeck joined "The View" in 2003. Comedienne Sherri Shepherd was added to the panel in 2005 and Whoopi Goldberg, the current fifth co-host, was brought on in 2007.

Check out five notable moments involving Hasselbeck and "The View."

1. 2007 - Hasselbeck feuds with co-host Rosie O'Donnell.

O'Donnell, who has expressed liberal views, left the series in 2007 after she and Hasselbeck got into a screaming argument about the U.S.-led war on Iraq and al-Qaeda on the air. The two have argued on the show before. This time, O'Donnell accused her of not defending her against right-wing media criticism. People magazine reported that one of O'Donnell's staffers was caught drawing a mustache on a picture of Hasselbeck at "The View" studio.

2. 2008 - Hasselbeck makes a snarky comment believed to be about Michelle Obama.

Before the 2008 election, during the Republican National Convention, Hasselbeck hosted a televised luncheon honoring presidential candidate John McCain's wife Cindy, who had months earlier appeared on "The View." Michelle Obama, wife of then-Democratic contender and now President Barack Obama, had also been a guest on the show that year.

"Cindy came to our hair and makeup room, fresh as can be, and unlike another wife of a political candidate, who shall remain nameless, she didn't come with a list of topics that we weren't allowed to touch. That's because she had nothing to hide," Hasselbeck said at the event.

3. 2010 - Hasselbeck criticizes ESPN reporter Erin Andrews -- then apologizes.

Hasselbeck stirred controversy when she criticized Andrews for wearing skimpy outfits while she competed on "Dancing With the Stars" in May 2010.

"For the past like three weeks she's been wearing like next to nothing," Hasselbeck said, later noting the ESPN newscaster was once stalked by a man who filmed her naked in a hotel room.

"I think in light of what happened and as illegal and as inexcusable as it was for that horrific guy to go in and try to peep on her in her hotel room, in some way, if I'm him, I'm like, 'Man, I could have just waited 12 weeks and seen this, a little bit less, without the prison time.'"

Hasselbeck later gave a tearful apology to Andrews on "The View."

4. 2010 - She voices support for Sarah Palin -- then criticizes her.

Before the 2008 election, Hasselbeck rallied for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who was popular among conservatives but criticized and often mocked over her on-air interviews. In December 2010, Hasselbeck publically criticized the politician for opposing a $4.5 million school lunch bill passed by U.S. lawmaker that called on a ban on unhealthy food in schools in a bid to combat child obesity.

The legislation was backed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Palin said parents should be responsible for their children's nutrition.

"I don't think it's right on either side of the aisle particularly when it deals with children's health," Hasselbeck said, adding that Palin's "mistake" was not taking into account the numerous parents who do not pack lunches for their children.

Walters teased Hasselbeck for her brief political shift, saying: "I would like it to be noted. On this day ... Elisabeth Hasselbeck said something that was not positive about Sarah Palin."

5. 2012 - she butts heads with Michael Moore.

In 2012, she and left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore got involved in a heated debate about the U.S. forces' April killing of Osama bin Laden, during which he said the al-Qaeda leader should have been put on trial instead, like the Nazis. Hasselbeck later said the two "passionately agree to disagree."

Ex-Eagles receiver fraud: Freddie Guity in Tax Fraud

Freddie Mitchell
Fred Ex and his hands are going to jail? Say it isn’t so? He was just on Millionaire Matchmaker (never trust reality show titles), but now he is going to be making license plates at the penitentiary?  The People’s Champ, is now going to be the Prison’s Champ?

Cold world.

    Former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to his role in a tax-fraud scheme.

    Mitchell and two others filed false tax returns on behalf of another athlete, identified only with the initials “A.G.” The plan was devised to receive a larger refund from the IRS and was done without the other athlete’s knowledge. Mitchell’s role was to recruit athletes and the two others filed the returns while also charging for their services as tax preparers.

The maximum sentence is 10 years in prison, but I doubt that Mitchell gets that much, but by pleading guilty, he will probably have to spend some time behind bars and face a hefty fine up to $250k.

These tax schemes are not uncommon, but if you get caught, it becomes a Federal Case and ask Michael Vick what happens when the FEDS are involved.

Knowing Mitchell, he will  find a way to profit off being in the spotlight again, even if it is for the wrong reasons.

Christa Miller: What is In that Bag

Christa Miller's bag
Christa Miller, 48, empties out her purse for Us.

The star of Cougar Town (TBS Tuesdays, 10 P.M.) says her Tod's D-Styling tote enhances any outfit. "I like to carry a nice bag because then I can wear t-shits and jeans all the time!" says mom to Charlotte 12, Will, 10, and Henry, 6 (with producer husband Bill Lawrence). So what's she packing inside?

Instant Updo

"I love Goody's Spin Pins. They're super cheap and look like corkscrews. You just gather your hair and screw them into a bun."

Spec Style

"I always have two pairs of glasses: geeky black Warby Parker frames and Wayfarer Ray Bans. Those are key!"

Say Cheese

"I'm also a photographer. I usually carry a big camera with me but if I'm running around, my little Canon Powershot is fantastic."

Buddy System

"Courtney Cox got me this Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. She wears it too! If one of us finds a product we love, we buy it for the other."

Lit Chick

"Right mow, my favorite book is Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. It's awesome. Crazy-good!"

Joe Francis Luxurious Resort Casa Aramara Available to Rent

Joe Francis attends the Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club grand opening party on June 7, 2011 in New York City.
Joe Francis attends the Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club grand opening party on June 7, 2011 in New York City.
Two tickets to paradise, please! Joe Francis' super-exclusive Mexican resort has been the vacation destination of choice for Hollywood's rich-and-famous -- and now Francis is opening the doors of Casa Aramara to other clientele, too.
On Friday, March 8, the Girls Gone Wild entrepreneur announced that he had decided to make his Punta Mita estate available to rent. Previously, the 40,000-square-foot property was accessible only to those who had been personally invited by Francis himself.
Casa Aramara
Casa Aramara
"Casa Aramara is one of the most luxurious private resort properties in the world, and I'm thrilled to announce that this incredible, one-of-a-kind destination is now available for the few discriminating people who only want the finest life has to offer," Francis tells Us Weekly exclusively.

Guests at the resort will have access to a wide variety of activities and amenities, including private spa treatments, whale watching, scuba diving, 24-hour butler service, and personal training. There are also two five-star chefs on the premises to prepare meals.
Casa Aramara
Casa Aramara
In the past, the sprawling seaside retreat has been a getaway for stars including Jennifer Aniston, Eva Longoria, Demi Moore, and the Kardashian family. Earlier this year, Kourtney Kardashian took boyfriend Scott Disick and their two kids to Casa Aramara, where she was photographed showing off her post-baby bikini body on the beach and by the pool. And last December, Extra host Mario Lopez used the property as the site for his wedding to Courtney Mazza.

Ex-Chicago Bear charged: Faces tax charges

Former Notre Dame and Chicago Bears player Chris Zorich, is introduced as a 2007 inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame at a news conference in New York.
An ex-Chicago Bear charged with tax evasion is prepared to plead guilty to four misdemeanor counts of not filing income tax returns. The player, defensive lineman Chris Zorich, made more than $1 million during that period.

Some of that income reportedly came from a charity that Zorich founded, one that continued to take in donations even after the non-profit organization stopped doing any charitable work. Attorney Matthias Lydon said the ex-Chicago Bear charged with tax evasion could face up to four years in prison, but hopes to avoid any jail time.

“He’s been looking forward to the day he could start putting this behind him,” Lydon told the The Associated Press.

The ex-Chicago Bear could be facing more charges. The state of Illinois is investigating the activities of the Chris Zorich Foundation, which ceased its charitable work in 2008 but took donations through 2010, when Zorich admitted he didn’t know where the charity’s money had gone.

It was later found that Zorich was taking $3,000 in salary from the foundation every month to be used as rent. The charity’s office was in Zorich’s home.

The mission statement of the foundation was “one purpose, one goal” to provide help and opportunities to disadvantaged Chicago residents across racial, religious, economic, and social boundaries.

The last time the foundation submitted a federal IRS 990 tax statement was more than ten years ago, which showed that it took in more than $1.3 million.

Zorich, who has a law degree from Notre Dame but never passed the bar exam, resigned in 2010 from an ambassador position at the university. Notre Dame still gives out a community service award in Zorich’s name, however.

Zorich played for the Chicago Bears between 1991 and 1996, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 1993. He played one season for the Washington Redskins in 1997, retiring with 16.5 sacks and 211 tackles for his career.

The ex-Chicago Bear charged with tax evasion has already paid back $15,000 so far and is up to date in his payments, his lawyer said.

Demi Moore really hurt: With her Crappy Husband

Demi Moore is 'beyond heartbroken' over Ashton Kutcher's new romance.

The couple ended their marriage last year following allegations that Ashton had been cheating on her with a number of women.

But after pictures surfaced of the Two And A Half Men actor kissing new love Mila Kunis, Demi, 49, reportedly became hysterical.

New romance: Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have recently started dating, pictured together here last month
New romance: Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have recently started dating, pictured together here last month
Hot couple: The pair have know each other from their days as co-stars on That 70s Show

Hot couple: The pair have know each other from their days as co-stars on That 70s Show

 Hot couple: The pair have know each other from their days as co-stars on That 70s Show

A source told RadarOnline: 'Demi is devastated that Ashton has moved on so quickly and is dating Mila. She is beyond heartbroken.

Heartache: The actor's estranged wife Demi Moore is said to have turned hysterical after seeing pictures of him kissing Mila
Heartache: The actor's estranged wife Demi Moore is said to have turned hysterical after seeing pictures of him kissing Mila

'Even though Ashton cheated on her all the time, it was with random girls, it wasn't a relationship like it is with Mila and that is what is killing Demi now.

'Seeing photos of him kissing another woman is too much for her to handle, it's like having her nose rubbed in it time and time again. 

'She kind of knew it was definitely over between them but I think she was still holding out a little hope for a reconciliation - now he's actually dating someone else she knows that's not going to happen.'

Ashton, 34, and 28-year-old Mila have been friends since working on That 70s Show together and their relationship is said to be 'like a knife' in Demi's heart.

The source added: 'Each time Demi hears about Ashton and Mila it breaks her heart. She really loved him despite the flaws in their marriage and to see him dating someone new, who is so much younger than she is, is like a knife in her heart.'

According to The Sun, Ashton and Mila are now said to be living together.

The insider said: 'They're staying with each other most nights. Mila's practically moved in to Ashton's Hollywood home.'

Mark Cuban Bulls: Cuban Assists Chicago Bulls After Scare

Mark Cuban is an American businessma
The Chicago Bulls had a midair scare while flying en route to Indianapolis this past Saturday for a road contest against the Indiana Pacers. After having to drive to the city for the eventual 97-92 loss, Tom Thibodeau's squad got some valuable help from an unlikely source—Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

ESPN Chicago reports that Cuban allowed the Bulls to use his Mavericks team plane to fly to San Antonio on Monday to play the Spurs, provided that they return after the game on Wednesday.

Apparently, the bizarre transportation situation has not translated to success on the court for Chicago. The team lost 101-83 after being outscored by 23 points in the second half, marking their second straight defeat.

Although he hasn't made a splash on the court since signing a 10-day contract earlier this month, Bulls forward Lou Amundson tweeted out a photo aboard Cuban's plane, giving thanks to the outspoken businessman.

Bill Wennington, a radio analyst and former Bulls player who was part of three of the franchise's championship runs, explained the situation earlier this week. It was logged in the aforementioned ESPN Chicago report:

    Apparently a compressor in engine No. 3 had some trouble, and it sounded like it exploded, but I guess it's like a jet engine backfire, which is very loud...It happened actually right after ... the captain thrusts the engines forward and it revs up and starts to go, about three seconds after that you hear a 'Boom!' 'Oh, what was that, are we stopping?' The plane keeps going down [the runway] and you're thinking, 'Oh no, why aren't we stopping?'

    It was funny, because we're in the back of the plane, and the engines are right by us, and we hear it. They can't hear it [in the front of the plane]. And apparently they couldn't feel anything. And so we take off fine, and about five minutes later, two more booms, 'Boom!, Boom!,' and a couple people saw flames and sparks and stuff flying out [while looking out of] the window. We're all thinking, "Well, it's been nice."

Bulls television analyst Stacey King also gave his account of the events aboard the team plane.

    I'm not going to sit up here and lie, if I had a teddy bear, I probably would have been grabbing it...It was a frightening situation. Our pilots did a good job of getting us back down. You can fly with one engine. We had an extra engine, so they had two engines left. So we weren't in any kind of danger as far as doing a nose dive. Whenever you see flames come out of an engine, that's a little bit scary.

Cuban certainly showed class by lending his plane to a team in need. After their two-game odyssey against a pair of prospective playoff teams, it goes without saying that the Bulls will be happy to return home to the United Center.

Currently, Chicago sits at 34-27, having overcome numerous injuries throughout the 2012-13 season. However, help could soon be on the way, as Melissa Isaacson of ESPN Chicago reports that superstar point guard Derrick Rose is medically cleared to play.

As long as the Bulls can avoid any more hazardous trips, they should still figure prominently into the postseason picture.