Millionaire 420 square feet

Millionaire 420 square feet, In television news, NBC’s the “Today” show featured a millionaire’s 420 square feet home. And what’s especially crazy is that the owner of the home is a millionaire who has recently decided to seriously downsize.

Gra­ham Hill sold a tech start-up before the age of 30 for millions of dollars. And afterward, he wanted to enjoy the good life. That included buying a massive living space, filling it up with everything he could ever desire, and living what most rich people consider to be the good life.

But in his TV interview, Hill suggested that that lifestyle wasn’t satisfying. In fact, he referred to it as wasteful.

Now, Hill is living a much more simple life. And the millionaire 420 square feet home is exactly what Hill is looking for—less clutter and less material possessions to have to account for.

“It’s easier to find things. It’s just overall simpler,” says Hill on the “Today” show.

Walking around his very small, tight home, Hill is legitimately happy. He runs multiple business but has the luxury to work from home.

Hill is attempting to teach and inspire others, as well. He has written op-ed pieces for the NY Times and been on stage at the Ted conference.

New Pepsi bottle

New Pepsi bottle, Pepsi is rolling out a new shape for its 20-ounce bottle for the first time in about 17 years.

The new bottle has a contoured bottom half that appears easier to grip, and the wraparound label is shorter so that more of the drink is exposed. The change follows a number of splashy moves in the past year by PepsiCo to improve results for its namesake soda, including a multiyear deal to sponsor the Super Bowl halftime show and a wide-ranging deal with pop star Beyonce.

PepsiCo Inc., based in Purchase, N.Y., has been working to revitalize the brand after losing market share to Coca-Cola Co. in recent years.

Andrea Foote, a PepsiCo spokeswoman, said the new 20-ounce bottle is part of the company's ongoing update of marketing and packaging materials for the cola. The single-serve bottles, which are widely sold in coolers at drugstores and other retailers, will begin rolling out in April. The new shape will also be used for the 16-ounce bottles, which aren't as common, as well as Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Max and Pepsi Next.

Foote said it will take a year or two before the new bottles entirely replace the current bottles, which she says were introduced in 1996.

"The engineers have to go to all the plants and convert the lines," Foote said. The new bottles will first appear in the New York area, then roll out to Chicago, parts of California and Florida.

Coca-Cola, based in Atlanta, says its current 20-ounce contour bottle made its U.S. debut in 1993. Small changes were made over the years, such as making the surface easier to grip and shortening the neck of the bottle.

Despite PepsiCo's stepped up efforts, its beverage volume in North America declined by 4 percent last year. That included a 4 percent declined in carbonated soft drinks and a 3 percent decline in non-carbonated drinks, according to a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

PepsiCo makes a wide range of products, including Frito-Lay chips, Gatorade, Quaker Oats and Tropicana. But it has long been defined by its namesake soda and its rivalry with Coca-Cola.

Obamacare ‘kills’, Literally Kills Women

Obamacare ‘kills’, We planned to take a least a 24-hour break from posting about Michele Bachmann... but then we saw video of remarks she made on the House floor today on the third anniversary of Obamacare's passage.

It's no secret Michele hates Obamacare as if it were Satan incarnate. But we were still taken aback when we heard her express concern that it "literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens."

Here's a transcript of Bachmann's remarks, followed by the raw video:

The American people, especially vulnerable women, vulnerable children, vulnerable senior citizens, now get to pay more and get less. That's why we're here because we're saying let's repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. Let's not do that! Let's love people, let's care about people. Let's repeal it now while we can.

The Hill puts Bachmann's floor speech in a charitable context:

Bachmann explained that under the healthcare law that many call "Obamacare," employers have an option of providing health insurance only to their employees, and not their families. She said women are two and a half times more likely to rely on their spouses for health insurance compared to men, and said business decisions to stop insuring families will fall hardest on women and their children.

She then said women and children who find themselves without health insurance would have trouble buying insurance at the state insurance exchanges.

"They can't go to a healthcare exchange because the healthcare exchange subsidies won't be available to the wife and children because the husband is covered," she said. "It's a bad, sneaky deal to pull on American women and on their children."

Bachmann added that women in this situation who lose their jobs would still be required to by insurance or face a fine under the law. In many cases, she said, they will find government-approved insurance plans too expensive, even though they do not qualify for Medicaid.

"Where are poor women supposed to go to buy health insurance they can afford? Not in the Obamacare regime," she said. "Where is she supposed to go when her very sick child has lost his health insurance from the employer that his daddy provided for him because his daddy had a job, his daddy had health insurance?"

But a "Quick look at Obama's health care law" published today by the AP takes a more sober look at Obamacare and the impact it will have when it rolls out in earnest later this year. Here's an excerpt:

-- It will move the U.S. closer to other industrialized nations that provide health care for all. About 30 million uninsured Americans are eventually to gain coverage, at an estimated cost of $1.3 trillion from 2013-2023. Insurers won't be able to turn away people with health problems.

-- The law mandates that most individuals have health insurance, provides subsidies to help pay premiums and penalizes people who can afford coverage but don't get it. It imposes penalties on businesses with 50 or more fulltime workers that don't offer coverage.

-- Health insurance exchanges set up in each state will offer subsidized private health plans to middle-class households. Medicaid, the government's health insurance for the poor, will be expanded to cover low-income people making up to about $15,400 for an individual. States can opt out of the Medicaid expansion.

In other words, Bachmann probably deserves another set of Pinocchios for claiming that Obamacare will "literally kill" anyone.

Reagan daughter lesbian novel, Publishes Self

Reagan daughter lesbian novel, Patti Davis has publishes self, avowed her most recent book — about a woman who falls in love with her sister-in-law — is not at all autobiographical in nature, and that she herself is not a lesbian.

Under the headline, “’I didn’t want to write another ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ or whatever’; Reagan 'sdaughter lesbian novel is not autobiographical”, the Daily Mail notes that the late President’s daughter has self-published her book entitled “Till Human Voices Wake Us.”

“Till Human Voices Wake Us” is currently available on Amazon for $3 per online copy. Although reviews have been mixed by fans so far, Patti Davis has made it clear to the public that her controversial book about a woman who finds herself attracted to her sister-in-law isn’t about herself or her sexuality.

    “This is not me. None of it is autobiographical.”

Although the former Playboy poser Patti Davis is well-known for her liberal views, she has also unveiled that no serious sex scenes are to be found in her novel.

    “I didn’t want to write ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ or whatever. It’s a love story.”

The Reagan daughter lesbian novel is self-published on Davis’ Amazon page because “Till Human Voices Wake Us” was reportedly rejected by several publishers.

The past actress and celebrity figure feels that the topic of a woman who suddenly enters into a lesbian relationship following her son’s tragic death may have been a shock to publishers in the industry.

Would you be interested in reading Patti Davis’ new novel (her eighth book in fact)?

Christie gay therapy, Gov Undecided

Christie gay therapy, New Jersey’s Republican governor, a man who fashions himself a 2016 presidential candiate, is unsure about therapy that claims  to “cure” gays through hugging them homoerotically and then bashing a pillow with a tennis racket.  Seriously.

New Jersey is considering similar legislation to that recently passed in California, banning “ex-gay” therapy to supposedly cure gay people, especially kids, through all sorts of bizarre and downright laughable techniques, such as the two I described above.  Other techniques include “manning up” the gay guy, making him play sports and learn to act like a man, whereas lesbians are forced to put on pretty dresses and lipstick.  This is what Chris Christie is unsure about.

Governor Christie is saying that he’s just not sure he likes the legislation, because he’d hate to interfere with a parent’s right to use quack science to permanently damage their child and push them into suicide.

You really out to read this piece in NorthJersey.com.  It’s horrific.  It reads like something out the 1950s, but it happened much more recently than that.  They’re still giving kids electro-shock therapy for being gay or trans.  Even more idiotic, they gave a trans teen therapy that’s reserved for “curing” gay people (even though it doesn’t) – giving her medicine to make her throw up while looking at pictures of same-sex couples.  These quack therapists apparently don’t even know the difference between being gay and being trans.

Naturally, representatives of groups that claim gays can be cured showed up, and I’m sure they didn’t talk about the fact that most of their leaders have now come out and admitted that the entire thing is a hoax, no one is ever “cured.”  At best, they can maybe turn you celibate.  Which has nothing to do with “curing” anyone’s sexual orientation.  The leader of the lead American “ex-gay” ministry recanted, so did the leader of the British one, and the Latin American one.

Hope springs eternal for Antarctica.

There are lots of different “cures,” none of which work.  Some involve having young boys take off all their clothes in front of their much-older male therapist, who then directs the naked young gay boys to play with themselves in front of the older man, who watches.  Yeah, “therapy.”  So that’s what the kids are calling it nowadays?

Other therapies involve homoerotic hugging, where the male therapist hugs the gay man, a lot, on a couch.  The Daily Show, incredibly, got the “ex-gay” expert to show his technique on the air:

Another “cure” involves having the gay man take a tennis racket and beating the life out of a pillow, while screaming.  The pillow supposedly represents your mother.  CNN did an amazing broadcast highlighting this lunacy – seriously, watch this video if you want a good look at what Gov. Christie is unsure about.

Keep in mind that Gov. Christie is the guy responsible for killing gay marriage in New Jersey last year after the legislature passed legislation and he vetoed it.  (And sure, they’re still trying to override the veto, but we wouldn’t even be in this situation if Christie weren’t a typical neanderthal bigot like every other Republican wanting to run for President.)

In the end, I don’t know if Chris Christie is a hater, woefully uninformed, or a wimp who, like Mitt Romney, thinks the only way he can become President is by renouncing all of his past moderation.  That whole ethical cleansing thing didn’t work too well for Romney in 2012, and I doubt Chris Christie will fare any better in 2016.

Christie gay therapy

Christie gay therapy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Wednesday he isn't sure whether to back legislation that would ban the controversial practice known as gay conversion therapy.

"I'm of two minds just on this stuff in general," Christie said at a press conference, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. "Number one, I think there should be lots of deference given to parents on raising their children. ... Generally philosophically, on bills that restrict parents ability to make decisions on how to care for their children, I'm generally a skeptic of those bills. Now, there can always be exceptions to those rules and this bill may be one of them."

Christie, who opposes marriage equality, said he doesn't know much about the so-called conversion therapy.

Reparative therapy claims that gay people can change their sexual orientation with help, which often includes religious efforts. The therapy stems from the once accepted -- but now discredited -- belief that homosexuality is a mental disorder that could be cured.

Major health organizations have all rejected conversion therapy, with many concluding that it can cause significant physical and psychological harm.

The American Medical Association, for example, opposes conversion therapy based on the assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder.

The World Health Organization in May 2012 said, "Services that purport to 'cure' people with non-heterosexual sexual orientation lack medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people."

The New Jersey Senate's health committee approved legislation on Monday that would ban gay conversion therapy for minors, even with parental permission.

California is the only state to outlaw conversion therapy, although a federal appeals court has put its implementation on hold.

Read journalist Gabriel Arana's experience undergoing this "ex-gay therapy" as a teenager, from his article in The American Prospect in April 2012.

Obamacare ‘kills’, Literally Kills people

Obamacare ‘kills’, was one comment Rep. Michele Bachmann was recently quoted saying that has the public talking this week. According to the Huffington Post this Thursday, March 21, Michele Bachmann recently argued that President Barack Obama’s health care law may in fact “literally kill” people.

With the headline, “Michele Bachmann: Repeal Obamacare before it ‘literally kills’”, the Post noted that the well-known political figure appealed this Thursday to the House of Representatives to quickly repeal Obamacare, calling it a failure already.

"Repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens," said Bachmann firmly.

Bachmann’s Obamacare “kills” comment is one of the most recent from several House Republicans who are working to put an end to the health care plan, though they have been unable to do so, despite almost 40 separate appeals to repeal the plan in recent months.

Michele Bachmann noted that the people of America will ultimately “pay more and get less” if Obamacare begins. She continues to urge Washington to put an end to the already passed health law before Obamacare “kills.”

"Let's love people, let's care about people, let's repeal it now while we can," she said. Focusing on that theme of love, Bachmann did speak to the CPAC this March 16, 2013,

Video: Miley Cyrus Twerking in Unicorn Onesie

Miley Cyrus posted a video of herself twerking in unicorn onesie on her Facebook on Wednesday, March 20. The former "Hannah Montana" star made twerking move energetically and shook her body along to J Dash and Flo Rida's song "WOP". The 2-minute video was shared on her Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #1Z #TWERK #WOP.

"My fans are the dopest. #MCtwerkteam," Miley tweeted. She tweeted again less than 30 minutes later, "#Mctwerkteam is trending worldwide =] my night is complete #wop." Pharrell Williams, will.i.am, Nelly, Amber Rose, Cara Delevingne and French Montana showed interest to the video as well. They retweeted the link of the video to their millions of followers.

Video: Miley Cyrus Twerking in Unicorn Onesie

"TWERK! Check that unicorn ass out! If only the dinosaur was there :(," Cara Delevingne wrote. will.i.am tweeted, "Check out my homegirl Miley Cyrus #twerk... #TWERKit girl #WORKit girl...don't #HURTit girl," while LeBron James joined the fun, tweeting, "She gettin it!! That track real catchy too #MileyCyrus #WOP."

Miley seemed enjoying herself after having stressful weeks. She was rumored calling off her engagement with Liam Hemsworth after he allegedly cheated on her with "Mad Men" actress January Jones.

Liam had been away since earlier this month, visiting family and friends in Australia and doing promotion for Bench clothing line in the Philippines. He was back to the U.S. on Wednesday night. However, he refused to say anything when media asked him questions about his relationship with Miley during his arrival at LAX.

Reagan daughter lesbian novel

Reagan daughter lesbian novel, Former US president Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis has penned a new novel based on a lesbian love story.

She appeared in Playboy in 1994, posed nude again at the age of 58 and published a series of searingly honest books about being the daughter of Ronald Reagan.

But Patti Davis has denied her latest book - about a woman falling in love with her sister-in-law - is autobiographical and said she is not a lesbian.

The controversial daughter of the late President has self-published the book, called Till Human Voices Wake Us', on Amazon, where it is being sold for $3.




Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis said her new novel about a lesbian relationship is not autobiographical

Davis, right, has written a number of books about growing up a Reagan. (L - r) Ronald Reagan, Ron Jr and Nancy

She told the NY Post: 'This is not me. None of it is autobiographical.'

Despite being known for her liberal views and once appearing in the Playboy video Celebrity Video Centerfold, Davis did not want to write explicit sex scenes in the novel.

She said: 'I didn't want to write Fifty Shades of whatever. It's a love story.'

Davis wrote on her Amazon page that she decided to publish the book herself after receiving a number of rejections from publishers.

The former actress believes the subject matter of a woman who embarks on a lesbian relationship after the death of her son may have put the industry off.

She wrote: 'I am a published author -- 8 books -- but I find myself in the same situation many authors do these days.

'Getting publishers to say yes is really hard. I've dipped my toe into self-publishing with my novel, Till Human Voices Wake Us.

'It made the rounds of publishing houses, garnered a lot of interest but no offers.


Patti Davis, daughter of Ronald Reagan, posed nude for More magazine aged 58 to celebrate her body after years of drug addiction during her youth

Davis, pictured front centre, was known to clash with her conservative parents over her liberal views

'I've written a lot about my famous family, the Reagans -- maybe this was too much of a departure for publishers to wrap their heads around. But now there is KDP and the room to publish a book yourself. It's exciting to me -- a new era in publishing.'

Davis, who changed her surname to her mother's maiden name while at university, is well-known in the U.S. for her autobiographical books about growing up in the public eye and her clashes and later reconciliation with her parents Ronald and Nancy Reagan.


Her first book, Home Front, was published in 1986 and describes coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s.


Davis, who used to date Bernie Leadon from The Eagles, famously held liberal views, which often clashes with her conservative father including opposition to nuclear weapons, being pro-choice and supporting gay rights.

Davis later reconciled with her parents, especially as they coped with her father's Alzheimer's disease. She supported her mother during her father's lengthy public funeral in 2004.


In recent years she has also written books that portray her family in a more positive light.

Obamacare ‘kills’

Obamacare ‘kills’, Democrats have argued for weeks that the House GOP budget, which the House approved today, would hurt women and children. More broadly, Democrats have said Republicans are waging a "war on women," an argument they used in last year's election campaign.


But Bachmann explained that under the healthcare law that many call "ObamaCare," employers have an option of providing health insurance only to their employees, and not their families. She said women are two and a half times more likely to rely on their spouses for health insurance compared to men, and said business decisions to stop insuring families will fall hardest on women and their children.

She then said women and children who find themselves without health insurance would have trouble buying insurance at the state insurance exchanges.

"They can't go to a healthcare exchange because the healthcare exchange subsidies won't be available to the wife and children because the husband is covered," she said. "It's a bad, sneaky deal to pull on American women and on their children."

Bachmann added that women in this situation who lose their jobs would still be required to by insurance or face a fine under the law. In many cases, she said, they will find government-approved insurance plans too expensive, even though they do not qualify for Medicaid.

"Where are poor women supposed to go to buy health insurance they can afford? Not in the ObamaCare regime," she said. "Where is she supposed to go when her very sick child has lost his health insurance from the employer that his daddy provided for him because his daddy had a job, his daddy had health insurance?"

For other people, she said, the law would put people in three strata — the "Medicaid ghetto," socialized medicine, or "concierge care" for people at the top.

Bachmann said her faith is what drives her to continue to seek the repeal of the 2010 law, which was signed into law three years ago.

"I'm a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, and I believe that, as part of my duty as a believer in Christ and what he has done for me, that we should do for the least of those who are in our midst," she said. "That's my personal belief and my personal conviction.

"And that's why I want our government to create the space so that we can help people," she said.

Bachmann spoke on the floor with other Republicans in a series of speeches meant to mark the three-year anniversary of the healthcare law.

Crash kills 6

Crash kills 6, Six suspected undocumented immigrants were killed and nine others injured when a truck being chased by police and U.S. Border Patrol officers crashed into a security barrier at a Navy facility in Texas, a base spokesman said Thursday.

Fifteen people were in the truck, with 10 crammed inside the cab and five under a tarp in the truck's bed, said John Gagne, spokesman for Naval Air Station Kingsville.

The crash occurred late Wednesday when the extended-cab pickup sped past an officer at the main gate at the base, south of Corpus Christi, Gagne told CNN.

The GMC Sierra was being chased by a Kingsville police cruiser and border officers about 11:15 p.m. when it ran the checkpoint. It was not immediately clear why the truck was being chased.

Guards deployed a pop-up barrier outside a second security post, and the truck slammed into that obstacle without slowing down.

"That's exactly what the barrier is designed to prevent," Gagne said, referring to the driver's behavior. "It's quite possible this guy didn't even know where he was."

Video from CNN affiliate KIII-TV showed flashing lights and emergency vehicles outside the air station overnight.

No one from the military or the law enforcement agencies was among those hurt; names of the victims had not been released as of Thursday afternoon.

The injured were taken via ambulance or flown to hospitals in south Texas. Their conditions were not known, although Gagne said at least some were life-threatening.

Greg Palmore, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the crash victims are from Guatemala and Honduras and that their respective consulates have been notified. The driver was among those injured, he said.

Kingsville Police Chief Ricardo Torres referred all questions to the state Department of Public Safety, which is investigating the incident, along with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Bo Obama

Bo Obama, a single (but looking to settle down) goldendoodle named Ramona has proposed canine marriage to presidential pooch Bo Obama.

In a video produced by the Oregon Humane Society, the 2-year-old Ramona frets over an upcoming Humane Society fundraiser. "Oh, no," Ramona thinks, "I don't have a date for Doggie Dash!"

The Web-savvy Ramona tries to invite her favorite Portuguese water dog through Twitter and Facebook, but she doesn't hear back. She even tries calling the White House, but is told the pooch doesn't have a cellphone. (Side note: Get with the times, Bo.)

Eventually, Ramona sends Bo a smoochie letter full of hearts and poor penmanship. "Dear Bo," the note reads, "Will u goz to Doggie Dash wit me?"

An invitation then appears. "Dear Bo Obama, You are cordially invited to serve as Grand Dog Marshal of the Oregon Humane Society 2013 Doggie Dash. And marry Ramona, if you like." The event is scheduled for May 11 in Portland.

It may seem like a long shot, but the Web is full of stories about regular folks asking celebs on dates through video. Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake went to the Marine Corps balls. A teen asked Taylor Swift to his prom. And just recently, a high-school student asked model Kate Upton to his prom.

Will Bo accept or is his doggie calendar full? Stay tuned.

Vegas arrests

Vegas arrests The term “Vegas arrests” began to trend on major search engines this week after ABC Local reported this Thursday, March 21, that almost 100 workers on the Las Vegas Strip were recently arrested for protesting in a demonstration against the Cosmopolitan casino.

With the headline, “Vegas: 98 arrests in union protest on Strip at Cosmopolitan”, ABC News revealed that tourists watched the protest demonstration as police officials arrested 98 casino workers, all of whom seemed to be protesting over unresolved union contract issues.

    “If we don’t’ get no contract, you don’t get no peace”, the workers chanted as they were led away by police.

According to the report, the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas casino owner Deutsche Bank has been discussing contract terms with a Las Vegas union for almost two years. Although this isn’t the first time unrest has been made known among local workers, the peaceful protest and Vegas 98 arrests headline marks the first time that these union members implemented civil disobedience.

A spokeswoman for the Cosmopolitan casino added that management is still working to negotiate with the labor force in order to achieve a “fair agreement.”

Traffic was shut down for over an hour on the Bellagio, Planet Hollywood, and Aria block by the protesters, with an estimated crowd of nearly 1,500 protestors and spectators.

Dad's plow kills boy

Dad's plow kills boy, A 6-year-old Maine boy was accidentally struck and killed on Wednesday by a snowplow truck operated by his father, who was finishing up clearing snow from the family's driveway after Tuesday's late-winter storm, authorities said.

Kevin Capponi, 36, of Greene, Maine, was backing up his truck and did not see his son, Nathan, playing on a scooter in the driveway when the accident took place at 6:45 a.m., said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

kevin.capponi/via Facebook

The boy was playing on his scooter in the driveway and his father, Kevin, didn’t see the child, police say.

The boy was rushed by ambulance to Central Maine Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, McCausland said in a statement. Greene is located 22 miles west of the capital, Augusta, in southwestern Maine.

Tuesday's storm on the last day of winter brought heavy snow to New England, including up to 15 inches of snow in parts of Maine, the National Weather Service said.

Kardashian baby name, North West?

Kardashian baby name, North West?.. Kim Kardashian and Kayne West are having a baby, but the name has not been decided yet. On March 20, Crushable reported the name that Kanye might want to use. Are you ready for baby name spoilers?

Of course everyone thought Kim would want a K name just like all of the girls in their family. Now word is out that Kanye wants to name the baby North West. Now this is an odd name and who knows if they will actually go through with it. Maybe they are just messing with their fans.

This is a very odd name and everyone has mixed feelings about the name. Fans will have to wait and see what happens and if they go through with this name or if it is just a rumor and they will decide on something else. If you missed it, check out the video here to see Kanye announce the pregnancy.

What do you think of the name North West? Is this a good name for the baby of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West? Some fans love it and others are not so sure about North West. Sound off in the comments.

Giuliani LifeLock

Giuliani LifeLock, Rudy Giuliani, former crime-busting mayor of New York City, has taken a new job: TV pitchman.

Television ads featuring the 2008 presidential candidate and onetime D.A. have recently begun airing. In them, Giuliani warns viewers of the dangers of identity theft and touts the services of ID-protection company LifeLock.

The ads follow the November announcement by LifeLock CEO Todd Davis that the company had partnered with "America's Mayor" and with Giuliani's firm, Giuliani Partners, in order to promote better public awareness of the threat posed by ID thieves.

Tami Nealy, LifeLock's senior director of corporate communications, says in an email to ABC News that identity theft has been the No. 1 consumer complaint reported to the Federal Trade Commission for the past 12 years. New York's ex-mayor, she explains, "has a strong track record of fighting crime, which is why we are working with him." Giuliani and his team will be providing what Nealy calls "strategic counsel" to LifeLock, so that the company can stay ahead of the "constantly evolving" threat.

A request by ABC News for comment from Giuliani or his firm received no reply. Neither Giuliani nor LifeLock has disclosed the partnership's financial terms.


Since leaving office, "America's Mayor" has made money a variety of ways. Privately held Giuliani Partners, founded in 2002, reportedly has earned millions by offering consulting services to clients that include corporations and governments. Mexico City, for example, retained the firm in 2003 to help it fight crime better.

LifeLock's use of Giuliani may qualify as the latest change in the company's advertising, but it is hardly the biggest.

In 2010 the Federal Trade Commission fined LifeLock for making what the Commission called "false claims." In a statement pursuant to the $12 million settlement, the FTC's then Chairman wrote, "While LifeLock promised consumers complete protection against all types of identity theft, in truth, the protection it actually provided left enough holes that you could drive a truck through it."

The company's claims were subsequently amended. LifeLock admitted no wrongdoing at the time.

Giuliani, by doing LifeLock ads, joins a long list of politicians-turned-pitchman, which includes former senator (and fellow presidential aspirant) Fred Thompson.

Thompson touts the American Advisors Group, a reverse mortgage company targeting elderly homeowners. AAG's website quotes him as saying, "In this tough economic climate, it's important that America's seniors know all their financial options."

Other ex-pols who have pitched include ex-senator Bob Dole (Viagra) and the ex-governor team of Mario Cuomo and Ann Richards (Doritos).

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt shilled. Her 1959 TV commercial for Good Luck Margarine beggars belief.

Jordan McAuley, author of "Celebrity Leverage" and an expert on the use of different kinds of celebrities as pitchmen, questions the wisdom of using politicians. LifeLock's picking Giuliani he politely calls "an interesting choice."

On the one hand, thinks McAuley, the public "liked Giuliani when he was cleaning up New York," but on the other, many view Giuliani as "divisive"-- an authoritarian who rammed things down people's throats. "Why couldn't they have chosen someone older to go with their demographic?" he asks of LifeLock. "Somebody who everybody likes--what we in the business call a 'Love Boat' celebrity?"

Jon Hamm Rumor

Jon Hamm Rumor, Hamm and the rest of the cast from AMC's Mad Men are getting ready for another two seasons of the show. Rumor has it that when Jon Hamm was filming season 6, his "freewheeling bulge" was so distracting the staff had to request he wear underwear.

The rumor about Jon Hamm comes from Confidenti@l, an online gossip column. The site claims that an AMC insider told them Jon Hamm likes to go commando. While wearing the 1960's themed cloths required for the show, Hamm's pants were a little too tight.

The source told Confidenti@l, "This season takes place in the 1960s, where the pants are very tight and leave little to the imagination."

The Daily News tried to contact Jon Hamm for a comment about the rumor, which is still just a rumor. There is really no proof the Mad Men star was overexposed on set.

A representative for Jon Hamm told the Daily News, "It is ridiculous and not really funny at all. I'd appreciate you taking the high road and not resorting to something childish like this that's been blogged about 1,000 times."

Mad Men will return to AMC for a sixth season April 7 at 9pm. The show's creator has confirmed there will be at least another two seasons of the hit show.

The show's creator Matthew Weiner said in a press release, "To be able to continue exploring the stories of these characters for a sixth season is an amazing opportunity." He continued, "We love mining this world and look forward to bringing the audience stories that we hope will continue to both surprise and entertain them."

"The success of 'Mad Men' is built on the exceptional artistry and imagination of Matthew Weiner, the cast, and the entire writing and producing team," said Kevin Beggs, President, Lionsgate Television Group. "They continually strive to raise the bar and we look forward to bringing viewers another great season."

Weiner also advises fans to re-watch the last 10 minutes of season 5 before tuning in to season 6.

Season 5 ends with Lane Pryce hanging himself, and Don sitting in a bar when a pretty girl comes over to ask if he is alone. Season 6 may open up with yet another ex-Mrs. Draper.

Jennifer Capriati charged

Jennifer Capriati charged, Singer Island resident and former tennis star Jennifer Capriati has been formally charged in connection with an incident involving her ex-boyfriend, WPBF 25 News has learned.

Former WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw is being indicted on charges stemming from an incident in Nov. 2012 in which Holdsclaw shot at a vehicle being driven by ex-girlfriend and former Tulsa Shock player, Jennifer Lacy. Take a look at other athletes who have fallen from grace. More

WPBF reported this month that Capriati, 36, was accused of attacking ex-boyfriend Ivan Brannan in January.

Thursday, Capriati was charged with battery and stalking. She has a court date scheduled for April 17 in Palm Beach Gardens.

Brannan alleged that his ex-girlfriend confronted him at Oxygen Health and Fitness Gym in the 11000 block of U.S. Highway 1 in North Palm Beach on Valentine's Day.

He also said Capriati called him dozens of times while he was at work one day in January, even showing up there later and banging on windows.

Through her representatives, Capriati this month denied any wrongdoing.

Capriati burst onto the tennis scene at age 14, more than 20 years ago, and won 14 titles, including three Grand Slams, as well as a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics.

She had some off-court troubles while still in the prime of her career, but shook them off and returned to the sport at the top of her game, claiming the Australian Open and French Open crowns in 2001.

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Miley Cyrus Sees Her Face in Gollum


Miley Cyrus got her “Throwback Thursday” started a little early Wednesday night, sharing hilarious photos on Twitter of her younger self.

The 20-year-old shared a photo of a young Cyrus with braids and missing front teeth. “Bahahahahahha,” she tweeted with the photo.

But it didn’t stop there. Cyrus then shared a split of her younger self with a photo of Gollum from ”Lord of the Rings. ”

“The resemblance is terrifying,” she tweeted.

Earlier Wednesday, Cyrus shared a photo of herself wearing a unicorn onesie and flashing her engagement ring from fiancé Liam Hemsworth. They have been fighting off rumors of a split lately after the “Can’t Be Tamed” singer was photographed in Los Angeles without her ring while her “Hunger Games” beau was in his native Australia.

Bob Newhart Big Bang

Bob Newhart Big Bang, Bob Newhart is heading to "The Big Bang Theory" to give Sheldon and the gang a science lesson.

According to TVLine, the "Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart" star is stopping by "The Big Bang Theory" play Professor Proton, the former host of Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) favorite childhood science show.

The episode, set to air May 2, will center on Sheldon's online search for his favorite TV host, played by Newhart. Once he tracks Professor Proton down, Sheldon discovers he can be booked for events and invites him to his house.

Newhart's "Big Bang Theory" stint will mark his first TV appearance in quite some time. The six-time Emmy winner was seen on "ER" in 2003 and "Desperate Housewives" in 2005.

Despite Sheldon's excitement about Professor Proton, it's not unlikely that he'll offend him. In a January episode of the series, he managed to tick off someone in the Human Resources department, played by guest star Regina King.

"All women are slaves to their biological urges, ya know?" Sheldon explained after getting himself into a sticky situation with his assistant Alex (Margo Harshman) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki). "Even you. You’re a slave," he said.

Britney Spears KFC, Photo Goes Viral

Britney Spears KFC photo is being getting a lot of attention according to the reports on Softpedia.com on Thursday, March 21. Britney Spears was photographed by the paps who followed the former "X-Factor" judge to the popular fast food restaurant KFC in Thousand Oaks after a cover shoot for Shape magazine.

When you are Britney Spears you tend to spark controversy in every move you make, even if you are doing something as tame as grocery shopping, or buying dinner.

Britney Spears KFC purchase photo goes viral

The issue of Britney Spears KFC purchase came after just hours before tweeting that she was the official cover girl for Shape magazine, then went to buy greasy, fattening, and really bad for you but, yummy KFC.

Some are now giving Britney Spears a hard time, claiming that since Shape magazine promotes health fitness, dieting, and exercise, her indulging in junky fast food is sending the wrong message.

But, Britney Spears being, Britney Spears loves her junk and fast foods, and has never made it a secret. The Paparazzi, and some fans have a hard time dealing with Britney Spears doing every day normal activities, such as grocery shop, or buy dinner at KFC, they are use to seeing Britney shave her head and attack with an umbrella.

Is there a reason to blast Britney Spears KFC purchase just because she is on the cover of a fitness magazine, looking very healthy, and fit to say the least, or should Britney Spears just be allowed to enjoy her KFC in moderation, without judgment?

Share your thoughts on Britney Spears KFC drama.

Britney Spears KFC

Britney Spears KFC, So here is How Britney Spears keeps in Shape: Star buys family bucket of KFC after fitness mag shoot


Family feast ... Britney Spears

BRITNEY Spears celebrates a photo-shoot for a fitness magazine – with a bargain bucket of fast food.

The former X Factor judge picked up the fried chicken feast in Thousand Oaks, California, while out and about with new man David Lucado.

But hours earlier, she tweeted about becoming a cover-girl for diet mag Shape.

She wrote: “@Shape_Magazine Thanks for the great photo shoot today! It was fun to get all dolled up for the cover!”

And she posted a snap of her nails being painted – showing the simple ring that replaced the huge diamond she received from former fiance Jason Trawick.


Cover-girl ... Britney Spears


The 31-year-old – mum to Sean Preston, seven, and six-year-old Jayden James – looked happy and relaxed as she popped out for the family sized meal.

She showed off her tanned legs in denim hotpants and a floaty white top.

And with her hair piled on her head, she went make-up free in the Californian sunshine.


Dessert ... Brit hits Starbucks with David

After polishing off the fried foods, and changing into comfy jogging bottoms and T-shirt, the Toxic singer and her new man rounded off the meal with a coffee at Starbucks.

Britney started dating David, who works at a legal firm, earlier this month.

She ended her engagement to former agent Jason in January.

In a statement she said: “Jason and I have decided to call off our engagement.

“I’ll always adore him and we will remain great friends.”

WWE star saves mom rescues mother from fire

WWE star saves mom rescues mother from fire. The former WWE star has rescued his mom recently from a fire, making the pro wrestler an instant hero. Chris Masters, who spent time in WWE in 2005-07 and then again from 2009 through 2011, is making headlines due to his recent act of courage during which he thwarted the attempts of an arson.

According to a March 20 report from Wrestle Zone, Masters took to his Twitter account to provide details and pictures of his recent heroic deed. Masters posted several messages to Twitter including:

    "Saved my moms life!Son ofaB---h barricaded my mom in her apt & set the place on fire.I Broke my moms window with police help,&pulled herOut. Heres the aftermath.So thankful my moms alive!!!!!!!!!"

    "Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.AHole got his from me!!!And is in jail as I type this.Moms resting comfortably with me at my place."

To make the save, Chris actually pulled a tree from the ground and then used it to smash open a window. Once he created the exit, he reached in through the window to help rescue his mother from the blaze. After his mother was safe, police rushed in to grab the neighor, arresting him for the arson charges.

Masters, real name Christopher Mordetzky, also posted several images including one that shows the damages sustained by the apartment as well as another photo showing the injuries he suffered on his left arm. There are no reports at this time stating whether he required or sought any medical attention after the incident.

The 30-year-old wrestling star was most recently seen with the WWE from 2009 through 2011, and in previous years conducted the "Master Lock Challenge" on various superstars. During the challenge, his opponent would have to try to break free from Masters' signature submission hold, "The Master Lock." Masters, nicknamed "The Masterpiece," never held any titles within the ranks of the WWE, and has been working with various independent wrestling organizations since his departure from WWE.

Girl Scout cookies fired

Girl Scout cookies fired in Washington D.C. A Single Mother says she received no warning before she was fired from her job at American University for selling Girl Scout cookies.

Tracy Lewis tells MyFoxDC.com that on Feb. 18 she was called into her boss' office while working as a retail service manager for Bon Appetit, which provides various food services on the university's campus.

Lewis claims her boss told her she was being fired for selling the cookies for her 12-year-old daughter's Girl Scout troop out of her food cart, even though Lewis says she has done so for the past three years with no reprimand. 

 “I had the cookies on a cart, and I would never ask anyone to buy them, " Lewis told MyFoxDC.com."But, if they wanted to buy some, I would sell them."

Lewis' manager claims in a termination letter that Lewis committed "gross misconduct by soliciting," and "operating a personal cash business selling Girl Scout cookies over the counter which violates company policy."

Lewis says the claims are unfounded, as she could not even make a profit off of the cookies.

“It’s a volunteer position," Lewis said. "I was just trying to help my daughter raise money for trips and stuff like that."

Bon Appetit said in a statement employee records are confidential.

Girl Scout Cookies Got Lady Fired

Girl Scout Cookies get Lady fired, woman claims that Girl Scout Cookies got her fired, according to a March 21 Inquisitor report. The Washington mom said that she was fired from her position as Bon Appetit Retail Service Manager with American University food service companies after working with them for 30 years.

According to Tracy Lewis, she was fired after selling her daughter's Girl Scout Cookies while on the job. Even though she has sold the Girl Scout Cookies for the past three years, this year she got in trouble for it. Not only did she get spoken to over the incident, but she was also fired.

Apparently, Tracy Lewis was accused of "operating a personal cash business selling girl scout cookies over the counter which violates company policy." They also charged that she was soliciting. Lewis said,

    "They didn't give me any warning … It's crazy because I can’t profit for selling the cookies. It's a volunteer position. I was just trying to help my daughter raise money for trips and stuff like that."

It is especially strange that Lewis was not given any type of warning before being fired over Girl Scout Cookies. Many parents throughout the U.S. offer these tasty delights to their co-workers without fear of being fired.

Ultimately, the proceeds from Girl Scout Cookies end up going to Girl Scout troops across the nation, and they help girls go to camp. This is not an evil thing.

Have you ever bought Girl Scout Cookies at work? Do you think this is a reason to fire somebody?

Andy Griffith widow

Andy Griffith widow, The widow of actor Andy Griffith has gotten a permit to tear down the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, upsetting friends who had hoped it would be preserved as a museum or Graceland-type estate.

Cindi Griffith obtained the demolition permit Monday, according to Dare County records. County officials and friends confirmed the permit is to demolish a smaller house along the Roanoke Sound that Griffith bought in the 1950s, not the larger house that he and Cindi built nearby several years ago.

William Ivey Long, the Tony Award-winning costume designer whose parents were friends with Griffith and his first wife, Barbara, said Griffith told him in 2007 that he wanted to preserve the older home as a museum. The two discussed the possibility when Long had an exhibit of his costumes at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, Long said.

“We compared notes,” Long said in a phone interview from his studio in New York City. “I had to fit mine into an existing museum. I told him, if you’re doing yours, you can make it however you want it.”

Griffith, who died last July, was best known for playing the wise Sheriff Andy Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show” and folksy lawyer Ben Matlock on “Matlock.” He starred as the manipulative Lonesome Rhodes in the movie “A Face in the Crowd.” One of his last roles was as a cranky diner owner in the movie “Waitress.”

Griffith wanted the museum to include items from his TV shows, along with memorabilia from his music career, Long said. They didn’t discuss whether it would compete with the Andy Griffith Museum in Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, Long said.

Cindi Griffith didn’t return messages Wednesday. Her husband’s will doesn’t mention a museum or the property. The will — dated May 3, 2012, two months before Griffith died — turns over most of his property and estate to the trustee of a trust, whose records aren’t public. The attorney for the will declined to comment.

The demolition contractor, Calvin Gibbs, also didn’t return a call. It wasn’t clear Wednesday if the demolition had begun.

Della Basnight of Manteo, whose family was friends with Griffith since she was a child, said she understood that Cindi Griffith had the right to do whatever she wanted with the property.

But concerning the demolition, Basnight said, “When he gave her the power to do anything, I don’t think he thought she would want to do that.”

Many of Griffith’s older friends met him while they worked in “The Lost Colony,” an outdoor drama that tells the story of the 1587 colony on the North Carolina coast that mysteriously disappeared.

Ira David Wood III, who is the show’s executive director this summer, first worked at “The Lost Colony” in 1968. He recalled going to Griffith’s house and taking a pontoon boat to a sandbar where Griffith and his guests played volleyball for hours. “He hated to lose, and he did cheat,” Wood said, laughing at the fond memory.

He said he was shocked to learn the house would be demolished. “I always assumed the property would be eventually preserved and opened to the public,” Wood said, saying he thought it might be maintained like Elvis Presley’s property Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Just as Presley is buried at Graceland, Griffith is buried on the large piece of property he owned on the North Carolina coast. It was not immediately clear how far Griffith’s grave is from his older house or the newer one.

“I imagine Cindi has her reasons, and I don’t pretend to know what they are,” Wood said. “It’s a beautiful bit of property with a lot of memories attached to it. I just hope they’re not moving too fast.”

Griffith bought the house the first time he had any real money and raised his two children there, Basnight said.

“I had really sort of always thought it would be secured,” she said. “I always thought it would remain.”

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Beyonce Shines as New Face of H&M's Summer Collection

Beyonce, H&M Courtesy: H&M
As if summer couldn't come soon enough, we just got word this morning that Beyoncé is the new face of H&M's upcoming collection.

Hot!

In the beachy campaign shot, the gorgeous star exudes retro glamour in patterned hot pants and a plunging cream-colored top, accessorized with tropical flowers pinned both to her sideswept hair and her peep-toe heels. 

Jay-Z's wife radiates confidence and even a sense of luxury in the middle of paradise (the Bahamas, to be exact)—undoubtedly bringing tremendous appeal to the popular (and affordable!) mass retailer.

"I've always liked H&M's focus on fun and affordable fashion. I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements—fire, water, earth and wind. It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial," the star said in a release.

Look out for fabulous new warm-weather clothes, as well as additional campaign shots and a mesmerizing commercial featuring a new song from the singer, "Standing on the Sun," to roll out in early May.

What do you think of Beyoncé's new campaign for H&M?

Obama Lays Out Case for Israel to Revive Peace Talks

Laying out his case for a future Israel at peace with the Palestinians, President Obama delivered an enthusiastically welcomed speech on Thursday before an audience of youthful Israelis in Jerusalem, assuring them of America’s strong support but asking them to empathize with their Israeli-occupied neighbors and “look at the world through their eyes.”

In a carefully crafted address that was widely regarded as the centerpiece of his first trip to Israel as president, Mr. Obama spoke in lofty terms about Israel’s history and ideals, pointing out again and again how America had stood at its side and saying he remains unquestionably committed to Israel’s security. But the speech also seemed intended as an opportunity for Mr. Obama to appeal to a young generation of Israelis who do not necessarily share the hardened views of many of their elders, who are at best mistrustful of the Palestinians and wary of Mr. Obama himself.

“I recognize that there are those who are not simply skeptical about peace, but question its underlying premise, and that’s a part of democracy and the discourse between our two countries,” Mr. Obama said in the speech at the Jerusalem Convention Center, which was televised live. “But it is important to be open and honest with one another. Politically, given the strong bipartisan support for Israel in America, the easiest thing for me to do would be to put this issue aside and express unconditional support for whatever Israel decides to do.”

In what appeared to be a gentle swipe at the tough Palestinian policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Mr. Obama said he believed Israelis have a “true partner” in the administration of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, with whom he had met hours earlier in the city of Ramallah.

“Speaking as a politician, I can promise you this: political leaders will not take risks if the people do not demand that they do,” Mr. Obama said, in tones reminiscent of his own political campaigns at home. “You must create the change that you want to see.”

Given the sweep of political conflict and religious extremism roiling the Arab world, Mr. Obama said, “it is tempting to turn inward, but this is precisely the time to respond to the wave of revolution with a resolve for peace.” Making peace with the Palestinians, he said, “is a powerful way to begin, while sidelining extremists who thrive on conflict and division.”

Repeatedly interrupted by applause, Mr. Obama asked his audience to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination and justice that Israelis enjoy.

“Put yourself in their shoes — look at the world through their eyes,” he said. “It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents, every single day. It is not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished. It is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; to restrict a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or to displace Palestinian families from their homes.

“Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer,” he said. “Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.”

He asked the audience to consider what kind of long-term future they want for their country, invoking the words of Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli military leader and prime minister who steered the country through multiple wars with Israel’s neighbors.

“It is impossible to have a Jewish, democratic state and at the same time to control all of Eretz Israel,” Mr. Obama said, quoting Mr. Sharon. “If we insist on fulfilling the dream in its entirety, we will lose it all.”

Vegas 98 arrests

Vegas 98 arrests, Las Vegas Authorities has made 98 arrests during civil disobedience demonstration by the Culinary Workers Union outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel-Casino

1 of 9: A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer holds up his hands as the last protestor is led away during a civil disobedience demonstration by the Culinary Workers Union outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel-Casino, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Las Vegas. Nearly 98 protestors were arrested during the demonstration in which they sat on and blocked traffic along Las Vegas Boulevard. Workers have been in contract talks with Cosmopolitan Las Vegas owner Deutsche Bank for two years. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

2 of 9: Culinary Union workers demonstrate along Las Vegas Boulevard outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino while protesting their contract negotiations with Deutsche Bank, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Las Vegas. Nearly 98 protestors were arrested during the demonstration. Workers have been in contract talks with Cosmopolitan Las Vegas owner Deutsche Bank for two years. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)


3 of 9: A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer arrests a protestor during a civil disobedience demonstration by Culinary Union workers outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel-Casino, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Las Vegas. Nearly 98 protestors were arrested during the demonstration in which they sat on and blocked traffic along Las Vegas Boulevard. Workers have been in contract talks with Cosmopolitan Las Vegas owner Deutsche Bank for two years. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
4 of 9: A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer leads away a protestor during a civil disobedience demonstration by Culinary Union workers outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel-Casino, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Las Vegas. Nearly 98 protestors were arrested during the demonstration in which they sat on and blocked traffic along Las Vegas Boulevard. Workers have been in contract talks with Cosmopolitan Las Vegas owner Deutsche Bank for two years. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

5 of 9: A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer checks the pockets of a protestor before loading her onto a bus during a civil disobedience demonstration by the Culinary Workers Union outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel-Casino, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Las Vegas. Nearly 98 protestors were arrested during the demonstration in which they sat on and blocked traffic along Las Vegas Boulevard. Workers have been in contract talks with Cosmopolitan Las Vegas owner Deutsche Bank for two years. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
6 of 9: Culinary Union workers demonstrate along Las Vegas Boulevard outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino while protesting their contract negotiations with Deutsche Bank, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Las Vegas. Nearly 98 protestors were arrested during the demonstration. Workers have been in contract talks with Cosmopolitan Las Vegas owner Deutsche Bank for two years. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
7 of 9: Culinary Union workers demonstrate along Las Vegas Boulevard outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino while protesting their contract negotiations with Deutsche Bank, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Las Vegas. Nearly 98 protestors were arrested during the demonstration. Workers have been in contract talks with Cosmopolitan Las Vegas owner Deutsche Bank for two years. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

8 of 9: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers stand along Las Vegas Boulevard during a demonstration by Culinary Workers Union members, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Las Vegas. Nearly 98 protestors were arrested during the demonstration in which they sat on and blocked traffic along Las Vegas Boulevard. Workers have been in contract talks with Cosmopolitan Las Vegas owner Deutsche Bank for two years. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

9 of 9: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers lead away a protestor during a civil disobedience demonstration by Culinary Union workers outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel-Casino, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Las Vegas. Nearly 98 protestors were arrested during the demonstration in which they sat on and blocked traffic along Las Vegas Boulevard. Workers have been in contract talks with Cosmopolitan Las Vegas owner Deutsche Bank for two years.

Vegas 98 arrests, LA Police made 98 Arrests

Las Vegas union protest, Police has made atleast 98 arrests on Wednesday outside the Cosmopolitan casino.

The protest was the first time union members deployed civil disobedience outside a unionized casino in more than two decades.

Throngs of workers blocked traffic on the Las Vegas Strip Wednesday in a demonstration against the Cosmopolitan casino that ended with the arrest of nearly 100 protesters.

Tourists watched from an overpass across Las Vegas Boulevard as police led workers wearing red union shirts one-by-one into a white police bus.

    Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers arrested 98 protestors during a civil disobedience demonstration by Culinary Union workers outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel-Casino, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Las Vegas.

Police arrested 98 protesters, according to Metro Police Capt. Todd Fasulo. The workers chanted, "If we don't get no contract, you don't get no peace," as they waited to be taken away.

Las Vegas' largest and most powerful union has been in contract talks with Cosmopolitan Las Vegas owner Deutsche Bank for two years.

Earlier this year, the 54,000-member union held two one-day pickets outside the casino, which sits on a bustling corner in the heart of the tourist corridor. They marked Culinary Workers Local 226's first pickets on the Strip since 2003.

Wednesday's action was the first time union members deployed civil disobedience, the tactical use of nonviolent law breaking, outside a unionized casino in more than two decades, according to union spokeswoman Yvanna Cancela.

Cosmopolitan spokeswoman Amy Rossetti said management is continuing to negotiate with labor to "find a fair agreement." She added that the union was negotiating with casino management, not with Deutsche Bank directly.

Protesters shut down rush hour traffic for more than an hour in both directions on the block that is also home to the Bellagio, Aria and Planet Hollywood casinos. Cancela estimated the crowd at about 1,500 people.

Moments before her hands were bound with a zip-tie, Janet Hill said she decided to get arrested to send management a message.

"They need to give workers here a contract; it affects us all," said Hill, a porter at the Flamingo casino down the Strip.

Contract negotiations will open for most other Strip casinos in April.

Talks with the Cosmopolitan have stalled on a range of issues, including wages, health care and job security, Cancela said.

The 2-year-old Cosmopolitan was built by the German investment bank after its original developer defaulted. It is one of just a handful of non-unionized casinos on the Strip, along with the Venetian, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and the Palms.

Culinary Union members receive free health care and are paid above-average wages. Housekeepers in most Strip hotels start at $16 an hour and receive a pension.

A majority of Cosmopolitan service workers signed cards in 2010 saying they wanted representation.

On Wednesday, protesters said they were worried that Deutsche Bank was stalling because it intends to sell the casino and doesn't want to be burdened by a union contract.

Most tourists walked by the demonstration without breaking their stride. One couple turned around in surprise when a protester booed them for crossing the picket line.

Several visitors said they were annoyed at the inconvenience. But a few cheered on the workers as they marched in their navy, emerald and black casino uniforms. A few even joined in.

James Lewis, of Australia, took a photo of himself holding a sign reading, "No Justice, No Peace."

"I was surprised because I didn't know this was an issue here," said Lewis, who was in town for a friend's 40th birthday party. "I come from a place where health care is free, so this is something completely foreign."

Paulina Corona came to the protest in the brown uniform she wears as a housekeeper at the Mirage hotel-casino. She said the demonstration was important because mutual support creates strength.

"This is a union, and everybody is in it together. When there are problems at the Mirage, everyone goes there," she said.

Corona, 58, said that as a cancer survivor she worries that management could make workers shoulder more of their health care costs.

"Every day, they try to ask for more things," she said.

Kardashian baby name

Kardashian baby name, being both of their names begin with the letter 'K' (not to mention nearly every other member of the Kardashian clan) we were fully expecting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to keep up the tradition when their bundle of joy arrives this July.

There are still plenty to go round after all... Kai, Kaden, Kaci, Kane, Kaitlyn, Karen...

But Kanye it seems, has other ideas.


According to The Sun, the rapper is rather fond of (wait for it)... North.

Or to give the child its full moniker: North West.

Now there's a rapper in the making if ever we heard one.

Apparently, Kanye thinks it sounds good with his surname. Well, this is the man who is considering calling his next album, 'I Am God'

Oh dear.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Kim is said to be planning to have a tummy tuck after giving birth to regain her pre-pregnancy figure.

Her aunt, Joan Kardashian told Canada's Now magazine that her niece is struggling to come to terms with her baby weight.

"[Kim] can have a tummy tuck, which will take care of most of her weight fears.

''Other than her belly, which is rather flat, every other part of her body has ballooned. And this is Kim holding to a strict diet. Imagine if she let herself go? The family's trying to convince Kim to relax and worry about losing the weight months from now.''

Kardashian baby name, Another K?

Kardashian baby name, Kim and Kayne are expecting a baby soon, but the name has not been decided yet. On March 20, Crushable reported the name that Kanye might want to use. Are you ready for baby name spoilers?

Of course everyone thought Kim would want a K name just like all of the girls in their family. Now word is out that Kanye wants to name the baby North West. Now this is an odd name and who knows if they will actually go through with it. Maybe they are just messing with their fans.

This is a very odd name and everyone has mixed feelings about the name. Fans will have to wait and see what happens and if they go through with this name or if it is just a rumor and they will decide on something else. If you missed it, check out the video here to see Kanye announce the pregnancy.

What do you think of the name North West? Is this a good name for the baby of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West? Some fans love it and others are not so sure about North West. Sound off in the comments.

Harry Reems dies, 'Deep Throat' actor no more

Harry Reems dies, Harry Reems, the male star of the 1972 cultural phenomenon "Deep Throat," which brought pornography to mainstream audiences, has died at age 65.

Reems died Tuesday afternoon at the veterans' hospital in Salt Lake City, his wife, Jeanne Sterrett Reems said Wednesday. Doctors haven't determined his cause of death but Reems had multiple health issues, including pancreatic cancer, his wife said.

Reems became famous for his role in the adult-film classic "Deep Throat," which drew middle class audiences to the theater and became a forerunner of today's hardcore adult-entertainment industry.

The film later served as the nickname for a source that helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein investigate the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Reems was born in in New York in 1947 as Herbert Streicher. He served in the U.S. Marines before he ended up in the entertainment industry in the 1970s. He aspired to become a serious actor but was thrown in front of the camera while working on the production crew for "Deep Throat."

At the 2005 premiere of a documentary about "Deep Throat" at the Sundance Film Festival, Reems told The Associated Press that the film was the first to "drop any pretense that it had educational value."

"There was no socially redeeming value, and so the word of mouth went out from people who saw it saying 'This is just a comedy. It's great. You've got to see this,'" Reems said.

When the original male lead didn't work out, Reems, the lighting director, stepped in. He played a doctor helping a patient, played by Linda Lovelace, with a sexually sensitive area at the back of her throat. Lovelace died in 2002.

The movie, an unlikely box-office sensation, became a touchstone for obscenity laws and a target for anti-smut activists.

In 1976, Reems was convicted of obscenity for his role in the film and faced a potential five-year prison term. Celebrities including Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty came to Reems' defense, and the conviction was overturned.

After "Deep Throat," he went on to star in dozens of adult films, including "The Devil in Miss Jones."

"He hated, at the end, doing porn," Jeanne Reems said. "It was all he could make money doing."

In the 1980s, he left the porn industry and moved to Park City, Utah, where he eventually became a real-estate agent.

In 1989, a judge placed Reems on five years' probation and ordered him to pay back taxes after pleading guilty to failing to pay income tax on $35,000 in movie earnings. The court also ordered Reems to undergo an alcohol detoxification program and undergo psychological counseling.

In a 2006 interview with the Deseret News, Reems described his battles with alcohol and how his life transformed after he became sober.

"I literally should be dead. I know a lot of people who drank a lot less than me, and they are dead," Reems said. "God has left me on this Earth for a reason, and I think it's to save lives."

Reems said the public life he had led was his "downfall."

He married Jeanne in 1990, the first and only marriage for both.

"He was very romantic and a great husband," she said.

Family friend Don Schenk, who knew Reems for 20 years, described him as a "nice guy," a great salesman and an avid golfer and skier.

"I met him long after he left the adult film industry. The adult film industry basically destroyed him," Schenk said. "He would never talk about the salacious stuff — we always talked about how he was a survivor."

Reems struggled with multiple health problems in his final years and was hospitalized on March 5. His health problems kept him at home in recent years and he went through chemotherapy earlier this year for early stage pancreatic cancer.

"His last year or so was really, really hard," Jeanne Reems said.

Besides his wife, Reems is survived a brother. He had no children.

Harry Reems dies

Harry Reems dies, Harry the Person who starred with Linda Lovelace in the 1972 pornographic film "Deep Throat" and became a cause celebre in Hollywood after he was convicted on federal obscenity charges related to the movie, has died. He was 65.

Reems, who had pancreatic cancer and other ailments, died Tuesday at a Salt Lake City veterans hospital. His death was confirmed by the Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Healthcare System.

He arrived on the Miami set of "Deep Throat" as the lighting director but when the man hired to portray the doctor in the film failed to show up, director Gerard Damiano said: "Put on this coat; you're acting," Reems told The Times in 2005.

At first he enjoyed the celebrity that accompanied starring in one of the most successful pornographic films of all time.

"You could call me the Shirley Temple" of adult films, Reems told an interviewer when "Deep Throat" was released. "Take an X film and make it an R because I have a PG body."

That changed in 1974 when he was charged along with 10 others with conspiring to distribute "Deep Throat" across state lines.

It marked the first time that the federal government had tried to charge an actor for the results of a film's distribution.

After he was convicted in 1976, The Times ran an editorial in defense of Reems under the headline "The Anti-Freedom Conspiracy" and pointed out that noted constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz had volunteered to handle Reems' legal appeal.

"If this conviction stands, no actor and no writer anywhere in the country will be safe from prosecution," Dershowitz said, according to the editorial.

Hollywood's A-list also took note. Celebrities such as Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty and Gregory Peck helped raise funds to pay Reems' legal bills.

Reems was granted a new trial but the charges were eventually dropped.

The damage to his personal life had been done. While waiting to go on trial, "the heavy drinking began in Memphis," Reems said in 2005 in The Times, and he became a "2-quart-a-day vodka drinker" who at one time lived "in the back of an Albertsons' dumpster in Malibu."

He didn't stop drinking until the late 1980s, when he ended up in Park City, Utah, and entered a 12-step alcohol recovery program.

Once sober, he sold real estate. Reems also turned toward religion.

"I put God in first position, not me," Reems told Utah's Deseret Morning News in 2006, "because anything I had ever done almost killed me."

The son of a small-time bookie and a housewife, he was born Herbert Streicher on Aug. 27, 1947, in New York City. At 18, he joined the Marines but received a hardship leave when his father became terminally ill.

Returning to New York in 1967, he acted in experimental and Off-Off-Broadway productions but turned to adult films when he couldn't pay his bills, according to a 2011 New York magazine article titled "The Afterlife of a Porn Star."

He went on to appear in more than 100 hard-core films that included 1973's "The Devil in Miss Jones." Reems also was interviewed in the 2005 documentary "Inside Deep Throat."

In the late 1970s, he moved to Los Angeles and secured a role as a coach in "Grease" but was let go because filmmakers feared his notoriety would jeopardize the box office in the South, according to the New York profile.

"Acting was my true love," Reems told the magazine, "and I buried that possibility by going into adult films."

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne, whom he married in 1990, and a brother.

Harry Reems dies, at the age 65

Harry Reems dies, The recent porn star Harry Reems, who co-starred in the 1972 movie “Deep Throat,” has died at age 65.

Reems, who was born Herbert Streicher, died Tuesday afternoon at the veterans’ hospital in Salt Lake City. Reems’ wife confirmed his death Wednesday.

The cause of death hasn’t been determined, but Reems was suffering from multiple medical issues, including pancreatic cancer.

Reems played the male lead in “Deep Throat,” a pop culture phenomenon that brought pornography to mainstream audiences.

Reems left the porn industry and moved to Park City, Utah, in the 1980s, where he underwent an alcohol treatment program and worked as a real estate agent.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or

$860M overcharges

$860M overcharges, The award that has been years in the making was handed down in Cleveland this week. Ohio employers who dealt with an alleged $860 million in overcharges from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation are happy with the ruling from a judge. WKYC reported the details on March 20.

The case ties to the allegations that the BWC overcharged employers for nearly a decade when it came to Ohio's insurance fund for injured workers. Approximately 270,000 small-business owners were said to have been affected and it seems many don't even know they're impacted by the class action.

The lead plaintiff, Earl Stein, claims that the BWC never denied the $860 million in overcharges, though there has been debate about the exact amount involved. Stein says that with the judgment, many Ohio jobs can be created as the money flows back to the businesses.

Before the judgement, experts for the Bureau estimated that the overcharges were more in the neighborhood of $400 million. The attorneys for the plaintiffs are, of course, thrilled with the judge's award. The BWC, however, says they are disappointed and they will appeal. They say that they “maintain our actions were lawful and restitution is not warranted in this case.” Clearly the two sides are not even close to seeing eye-to-eye on the topic of the $860 million in overcharges.

The case has already dragged on for quite some time, and from the sounds of the BWC statement, they aren't about to cut a check to the plaintiffs for that $860 million in overcharges alleged. Those hoping to land some of that money will have to stay tuned for now.

Gaza militants fire at Israel during Obama visit

Palestinian militants fired two rockets into southern Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip early Thursday morning, the second day of President Obama's three-day visit to Israel and the West Bank.

The rockets, which were fired before Obama left Jerusalem for meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads the Palestinian Authority, the internationally recognized Palestinian government in the West Bank, exploded in the city of Sderot, a town close to the Gaza-Israel border.

OBAMA VISITS RAMALLAH: Palestinians want Obama to pressure Israel

One of the rockets hit the backyard of a private home, causing damage but no injuries, said Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. The other landed in an open field. There were reports that two other rockets landed in Gaza.

As a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama visited the border town of Sderot, which is frequently targeted by rocket attacks fired from the Gaza Strip. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hamas, which the U.S. defines as a terrorist organization, is sworn to Israel's destruction and is opposed to the Obama-Abbas peace talks.

Terrified residents of southern Israel were awakened by Israel's Code Red air-raid siren system and ran to bomb shelters. It was the second time Palestinian militants broke a Hamas-Israel ceasefire brokered by Egypt after heavy cross-border fighting last November.

Teen Mom star DUI

Teen Mom Star Dui
Teen Mom star DUI, Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham is the lastest pseudo-celebrity to get busted for DUI.

TMZ has reported that the 21-year-old was pulled over by police while driving in Omaha, Neb., just after 1 a.m on March 19. The MTV reality star reportedly made a wide turn and nearly hit a police car.

Sources told the website that when the police administered a sobriety test, Abraham blew a 0.147 on a breathalyzer, which is nearly twice the legal 0.08 limit. The site reports that Abraham's 4-year-old daughter Sophia was not in the car at the time of her arrest.

Despite multiple reports that Abraham was arrested, and confirmation from police officials, the reality star still seems to be denying the story on Twitter. On Wednesday, she wrote, "It's Amazing what people believe & makeup (LOVE MY LIFE) #Thank #God #I'mSuccessful & I don't care about drama! #HaveAGreatDay" Abrahams is no stranger to drama or controversy, but she was free of legal problems until now. Unlike many of her "Teen Mom" and "Teen Mom 2" cast mates, Abraham had managed to stay out of trouble. Now she joins the likes of Jenelle Evans, and Amber Portwood, who have both been arrested multiple times on a slew of charges.

Obama in West Bank; Rockets fired at Israel from Gaza


Screen grab from Reuters video shows Israeli authorities viewing rocket fired by Gaza militants that landed in back yard of home in southern town of Sderot, causing damage but no injuries on March 21, 2013. It happened as President Obama was visiting Israel, but four rockets fired landed nowhere near Mr. Obama. / Reuters video


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RAMALLAH, West Bank President Obama is in the West Bank for brief meetings with Palestinian leaders on the prospects for restarting Mideast peace talks with Israel.

Mr. Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas were to hold a working lunch, followed by a news conference. Mr. Obama and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will then visit a youth center in Ramallah.

Expectations are low for any type of breakthrough on the peace process. Mr. Obama says he is focused on hearing from both parties on what it will take to restart negotiations.

The U.S. president is on the second day of his visit to the region. He was to return to Jerusalem later Thursday for a speech to Israeli young people.

The importance of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace pact was underscored Thursday when Palestinian militants in Gaza launched rockets into southern Israel.

Before heading to the West Bank, Mr. Obama visited Israel's national museum -- where he inspected the Dead Sea Scrolls, which highlight the Jewish people's ancient connection to the land that is now Israel.

Mr. Obama was expected to tell the Palestinians that the creation of a Palestinian state remains a priority.

He was not bringing a new plan to relaunch peace talks, but in meetings with the Palestinians and a speech to Israeli students later in the day, he was to appeal to both sides to halt unilateral actions that make negotiations more difficult.

Those troublesome actions include continued construction of Jewish housing settlements on land claimed by the Palestinians and repeated Palestinian efforts to achieve recognition at the United Nations in the absence of a peace agreement.

On Wednesday, Mr. Obama reaffirmed the unwavering U.S. commitment to Israel's security and noted there had been no fatal attacks on Israelis from the West Bank, which is controlled by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

That calm has not extended to Gaza, which is run by the militant Islamic Hamas movement.

As Mr. Obama began his program Thursday, Israeli police said militants in Gaza had fired two rockets at the southern town of Sderot.

One of the rockets exploded in the courtyard of a house in Sderot early in the morning, causing damage but no injuries, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. The other landed in an open field. Sirens wailed in Sderot shortly after the 7 a.m. rocket attack, forcing residents on their way to work or school to run to bomb shelters.

The Israeli military said four rockets were fired in all, but the third and fourth landed in Gaza.

As a presidential candidate in 2008, Mr. Obama visited the border town, which is frequently targeted by rocket attacks from the nearby Gaza Strip.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hanley Ramirez injures thumb

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez suffered a thumb injury Tuesday while playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic championship game.

Ramirez was fitted with a splint as a precautionary measure, the MLB Network reported during the telecast of the Dominican Republic's victory over Puerto Rico. The three-time All-Star will be evaluated by Dodgers team doctors on Wednesday.

It is unclear how Ramirez, who played third base during the tournament, suffered the injury. He made a diving attempt at a grounder in the third inning but did not leave the contest until the sixth.

Ramirez is set to enter his first full season with the Dodgers, who acquired the former NL batting champion in a blockbuster trade last year with the Miami Marlins.

Flurry of offseason departures not new to Ravens

Ed Reed intercepts a pass intended for Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson during the second half of the 2011 playoffs.
The way things are going, you have to wonder if the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens' season opener is going to be a celebration or a wake.

The offseason decimation of the Ravens apparently kept going Wednesday when free-agent safety Ed Reed, a guy who has Hall of Fame practically written on his résumé, reportedly agreed to join the Texans. Like Ray Lewis, who has retired, Reed wasn't just some extra playing a part. He was a core player for a team that has gone to the playoffs five straight seasons.

But as Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti, top executives Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta and coach John Harbaugh strolled the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix this week, dire concern didn't seem to be an issue.

Yeah, Lewis and Reed are gone. So too are center Matt Birk (retired), wide receiver Anquan Boldin (traded), linebackers Paul Kruger and Danell Ellerbe (both departed via free agency) and safety Bernard Pollard (released). Next out the door could be cornerback Cary Williams and left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who are free agents.

While this may be jarring to outsiders, it's par for the course for Baltimore's brass.

"People forget, we lost six [important players] in free agency last year," DeCosta said this week, referring to the likes of defensive lineman Cory Redding, linebacker Jarret Johnson and guard Ben Grubbs. "We lost five the year before. This is what happens."

Of course, there is a big difference between losing people like Lewis and the 34-year-old Reed compared to Redding and Grubbs the year before. While Lewis was a shadow of his former self physically, his knowledge of the game and leadership were obviously important for righting a defense in the postseason that struggled at various times in the regular season.

Reed has declined as a tackler, but is still a ballhawk who came up with an interception in the Super Bowl against San Francisco.

The problem is that trying to keep the band together after a Super Bowl is a temptation that has backfired on the Ravens in the past. After winning the title in the 2000 season, the Ravens overpaid to keep guys like Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams. The result was that despite have one of the great defenses of that era, the Ravens made the playoffs only twice over the five years after the title, winning only one playoff game.

Moreover, this is the cost of having a franchise quarterback in Joe Flacco, who the Ravens just had to re-sign for a six-year, $120.6 million contract. Or as Harbaugh put it this week, "That's a problem most people would like to have."

Bottom line is that despite all the departures, what the Ravens still have is Newsome, who may be the best talent evaluator in the NFL and has a fine staff with him in DeCosta, George Kokinis and Pat Moriarty.

Yes, the Ravens are likely to take a step back next year. However, they probably would have even if they had tried to keep Reed, Kruger and Ellerbe. The difference is that the Ravens have a nucleus that includes Flacco, running back Ray Rice, wide receiver Torrey Smith, linebacker Terrell Suggs, nose tackle Haloti Ngata, tight end Dennis Pitta, guard Marshal Yanda and offensive tackle Michael Oher.

If you overpay to keep Reed, Kruger and Ellerbe, you eventually lose two or three of the other group and that's a bad tradeoff for the long-term health of the team.

This is a team with an idea about how to be good for the long-term, not just one or two seasons.

"It's like in Proverbs," Harbaugh said. "Where there is no vision, people perish … I think the players we have are smart. They're going to listen to the situation and understand that someone is going to have to step in and take advantage of an opportunity and they're going to be excited to play. It's either that or not do well and I don't expect us to not do well."

So don't bury the Ravens just yet.