Bride killed limo fire: Limo fire kills 5 on San Mateo Bridge

They were heading out on what was supposed to be one of the happiest nights of Neriza Fojas' life, a party to cap off the bridal shower she'd been celebrating with eight of her nurse friends. Then the women's stretch limousine headed west over the San Mateo Bridge - and horror erupted.

Just after 10 p.m. Saturday, flames burst out in the back of the 1999 Lincoln Town Car. The driver pulled over, and he and four of the women managed to escape. But the other five passengers, including Fojas, remained trapped.

They couldn't get out the rear doors, so they tried to squeeze through a small window into the driver's compartment. Within seconds, the back end was engulfed and it was too late.

Emergency workers later found Fojas and four of her friends clustered under the 3-by-1 1/2-foot window. The women, all in their 30s and 40s, died in the flames.

"This is one of the most horrific things I've seen in 21 years with this office," San Mateo County's medical examiner, Robert Foucrault, said Sunday. "Looking at it, they were on top of each other and doing what they could to get out."

The California Highway Patrol said it was investigating the cause of the fire.
All nurses in party

Several drivers stopped, but all they could do was help the survivors, Foucrault said. The limousine's driver, 46-year-old Orville Brown of San Jose, was unhurt, and the four survivors went to area hospitals for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation.

All the women riding in the limo were nurses, Foucrault said.

Fojas, a 31-year-old registered nurse at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, had been married recently in the United States, said her sister Rosalyn Bersamin, who lives in Hawaii. The couple were planning to travel to her native Philippines next month and hold another ceremony before her family June 19, Bersamin said.

After gathering Saturday evening in the East Bay, Fojas and her friends were headed to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City for her bridal shower. Her husband was at the hotel, waiting for his bride.

"She was a hard worker, a loving sister," a sobbing Bersamin said.

The women had attended a party in Alameda earlier in the evening, said Rosita Guardiano, 73, mother of one of the survivors, 42-year-old Mary Grace Guardiano of Alameda.

Rosita Guardiano said her daughter, who goes by Grace, was in intensive care being treated for smoke inhalation.

"She's OK, but it is very scary," the mother said. "Thank God she survived. I've been crying all morning.

"My daughter is very sad and crying, too. This was supposed to be such a happy day."

The limousine was a couple hundred yards from the western end of the bridge when the flames erupted. Brown, the driver, said he pulled over when one of the women alerted him to the smell of smoke.

Brown said he helped some of the survivors to safety but was unable to save the women in the back.

"We got out by the grace of God. I just wish that I could have done more," Brown said. "It's something you never imagine will happen."
Huddled together

The victims who died, Foucrault said, "were either trying to escape or huddled together for protection. They may have been trying to get out that window" into the driver's compartment.

CHP Officer Art Montiel said investigators don't know what caused the fire, but they are asking anyone who saw what happened to call.

"It wasn't a traffic collision, but we are still investigating," Montiel said. "We are asking the public, anyone who saw what happened, to call us. We don't know if the fire started on the inside or the outside."

The medical examiner's office said none of the names of the other four women killed in the fire would be released before Monday. But a spokeswoman at Community Medical Centers, parent company of the Fresno hospital where Fojas worked, said at least one other employee may have been involved in the tragedy.

Grace Guardiano had worked with Fojas earlier and is now a nurse at Crown Bay Nursing Home in Alameda, her mother said. A supervisor at the nursing home, Dina Sanchez, said she and the staff were "all shocked but incredibly relieved to find out that Grace is OK."

Guardiano's mother said her daughter was hospitalized with another survivor, Nelia Arrellano, 36, of Oakland. Arrellano just moved to the Bay Area from the Philippines, Rosita Guardiano said.

Authorities said all the surviving women were being treated for moderate injuries.

"Grace told us, 'Don't worry, don't worry,' " her mother said.
Identities of survivors

The survivors were at Stanford Medical Center and Valley Medical Center in San Jose. Besides Guardiano and Arrellano, they were identified as 34-year-old Jasmine Desguia of San Jose and Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro. Sanchez said Loyola works at another convalescent hospital in Oakland.

The limo was owned by Limo Stop Inc. of San Jose. Its owner, Kultar Singh, said Sunday, "I'm very, very saddened" by the accident, but he declined to comment further about what happened.

Singh said he has owned Limo Stop for about seven years. State records show that the company's license is valid and up to date.

Syria Is Not Iraq

IN the search for an American response to the civil war in Syria, the favorite guidebook seems to be our ill-fated adventure in Iraq. We have another brutal Middle East autocrat holding power on behalf of a sectarian minority. We have another dubious cast of opposition factions competing for foreign patronage. We hear some of the same hawks — John McCain, Paul Wolfowitz — exhorting us to intervene, countered by familiar warnings of “quagmire.” We even have murky intelligence claims that the regime has used weapons of mass destruction.

This time, though, we have a president who, having opposed the costly blunder of Iraq and been vindicated, is holding back. The theme song at the National Security Council is “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

As a rule, I admire President Obama’s cool calculation in foreign policy; it is certainly an improvement over the activist hubris of his predecessor. And frankly I’ve shared his hesitation about Syria, in part because, during an earlier column-writing interlude at the outset of the Iraq invasion, I found myself a reluctant hawk. That turned out to be a humbling error of judgment, and it left me gun-shy. Nytimes

Of course, there are important lessons to be drawn from our sad experience in Iraq: Be clear about America’s national interest. Be skeptical of the intelligence. Be careful whom you trust. Consider the limits of military power. Never go into a crisis, especially one in the Middle East, expecting a cakewalk.

But in Syria, I fear prudence has become fatalism, and our caution has been the father of missed opportunities, diminished credibility and enlarged tragedy.

The United States has supplied humanitarian aid and diplomatic pressure. But our reluctance to arm the rebels or defend the civilians being slaughtered in their homes has convinced the Assad regime (and the world) that we are not serious. Our fear that arms supplied to the rebels would fall into the hands of jihadis has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, because instead of dealing directly with the rebels we left the arming to fundamentalist monarchies, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and they are predictably using lethal aid to appease the more radical Islamists.

It might have been easier to intervene a year ago, before the opposition was so fragmented. But back then the president was busy ending foreign engagements and in no mood to start a new one. Besides, everyone was preoccupied by the dramas of Iran’s nuclear program, Egypt’s revolution and Ohio’s electoral votes. Since then, Assad has been sly about escalating his savagery by degrees — artillery, then aerial bombardment, then Scud missiles and now, apparently, chemical weapons — while staying just below whatever threshold of horror might shame us into responding.

What you hear from the Obama team is that we know way too little about the internal dynamics of Syria, so we can’t predict how an intervention will play out, except that there is no happy ending; that while the deaths of 70,000 Syrians are tragic, that’s what happens in a civil war; that no one in the opposition can be trusted; and, most important, that we have no vital national interest there. Obama conceded that the use of poison gas would raise the stakes, because we cannot let the world think we tolerate spraying civilians with nerve gas. But even there, the president says he would feel obliged to respond to “systematic” use of chemical weapons, as if something less — incremental use? sporadic use? — would be O.K. This sounds like a president looking for excuses to stand pat.

In contemplating Syria, it is useful to consider the ways it is not Iraq.

First, we have a genuine, imperiled national interest, not just a fabricated one. A failed Syria creates another haven for terrorists, a danger to neighbors who are all American allies, and the threat of metastasizing Sunni-Shiite sectarian war across a volatile and vital region. “We cannot tolerate a Somalia next door to Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey,” said Vali Nasr, who since leaving the Obama foreign-policy team in 2011 has become one of its most incisive critics. Nor, he adds, can we afford to let the Iranians, the North Koreans and the Chinese conclude from our attitude that we are turning inward, becoming, as the title of Nasr’s new book puts it, “The Dispensable Nation.”

Second, in Iraq our invasion unleashed a sectarian war. In Syria, it is already well under way.

Third, we have options that do not include putting American troops on the ground, a step nobody favors. None of the options are risk-free. Arming some subset of the rebels does not necessarily buy us influence. The much-touted no-fly zone would put American pilots in range of Syrian air defenses. Sending missiles to destroy Assad’s air force and Scud emplacements, which would provide some protection for civilians and operating room for the rebels, carries a danger of mission creep. But, as Joseph Holliday, a Syria analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, points out, what gets lost in these calculations is the potentially dire cost of doing nothing. That includes the danger that if we stay away now, we will get drawn in later (and bigger), when, for example, a desperate Assad drops Sarin on a Damascus suburb, or when Jordan collapses under the weight of Syrian refugees.

Fourth, in Iraq we had to cajole and bamboozle the world into joining our cause. This time we have allies waiting for us to step up and lead. Israel, out of its own interest, seems to have given up waiting.

Advocates of doing more (a group that included Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus before they left the administration) do not agree on every detail of what “more” means, but it might look something like this:

For starters, President Obama articulates — as he has not done — how the disintegration of Syria represents a serious danger to America’s interests and ideals. The United States moves to assert control of the arming and training of rebels — funneling weapons through the rebel Supreme Military Council, cultivating insurgents who commit to negotiating an orderly transition to a nonsectarian Syria. We make clear to President Assad that if he does not cease his campaign of terror and enter negotiations on a new order, he will pay a heavy price. When he refuses, we send missiles against his military installations until he, or more likely those around him, calculate that they should sue for peace.

All of this must be carefully choreographed and accompanied by a symphony of diplomacy to keep our allies with us and our adversaries at bay. The aim would be to eventually have a transition government, stabilized for a while by an international peacekeeping force drawn mostly from neighboring states like Turkey.

I don’t mean to make this sound easy. It might well be that the internal grievances are too deep and bitter to forestall a bloody period of reprisals. But that outcome is virtually inevitable if we stay out.

The administration is now preparing contingency plans along those lines in the event that Assad’s use of chemical weapons forces our hand. Why wait for the next atrocity?

“We have to change the calculation of the people around Assad, to have them figure out a deal is better than going down to the end,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter, the Princeton professor and former director of policy planning for Hillary Clinton’s State Department, who was an early advocate of intervention. “And the sooner we change that calculation, the more possibility there is for a political settlement.”

“The challenge to this administration from 2009 has been how to move this country past the Iraq war into a sensible, viable foreign policy,” added Vali Nasr. “That hasn’t happened. We’re paralyzed like a deer in the headlights, and everybody keeps relitigating the Iraq war.” Whatever we decide, getting Syria right starts with getting over Iraq

Hungary's Prime Minister Denounces Anti-Semitism

Hungary's prime minister told an international assembly of Jews on Sunday that his government has declared "zero tolerance" on anti-Semitism, but his speech failed to impress those gathered who said he has failed to confront the country's largest far-right party.

Addressing the opening session of the World Jewish Congress, Prime Minister Viktor Orban acknowledged that anti-Semitism was on the rise both in Europe and Hungary, attributing it partly to the economic crisis affecting the region.

"Anti-Semitism is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated," Orban told some 600 delegates at the meeting, adding that it was his government's "moral duty to declare zero tolerance on anti-Semitism."

While delegates applauded some parts of Orban's speech on Sunday, the WJC was also quick to express its disappointment that he had not specifically talked about the country's third biggest political force, the far-right Jobbik party, whose politicians in parliament have made numerous anti-Semitic statements.

"The prime minister did not confront the true nature of the problem — the threat posed by the anti-Semites in general and by the extreme-right Jobbik party in particular," the WJC said in a statement. "We regret that Mr. Orban did not address any recent anti-Semitic or racist incidents in the country, nor did he provide sufficient reassurance that a clear line has been drawn between his government and the far-right fringe."

Orban's government, which has been criticized by the European Union and the United States for weakening democratic standards by, for example, overriding court decisions with its two-thirds majority in parliament, has recently tightened laws on hate speech and has banned the use of Nazi and communist symbols in certain instances.

During his first government, between 1998 and 2002, Orban's Fidesz party designated an annual Holocaust memorial day and after returning to power in 2010 banned uniformed groups like the Jobbik-affiliated Hungarian Guard, whose marches in Budapest and countryside villages were meant to intimidate Jews and Hungary's large Roma minority.

Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, asked Orban to confront "dark forces" such as Jobbik.

"Through its anti-Semitism, its hostility to the Roma, and its paranoid rantings at the outside world, Jobbik is dragging the good name of Hungary through the mud," said Lauder, whose maternal grandparents were born in Hungary. "Hungarian Jews ... need you to take a firm and decisive lead. They need you to be pro-active."

Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, also criticized Orban's perceived lack of initiative and called for an outright ban of Jobbik even if it meant curbing democracy.

"He promised a lot, delivered nothing," Kantor told The Associated Press of his meetings with Orban, adding that he would ask the prime minister why he had failed to use his dominance in the legislature to ban Jobbik.

There "should be limits on democracy. It's a very politically incorrect statement ... but it's (what) life demands from us," Kantor said about his wish to outlaw Jobbik. "Otherwise we'll have a disaster."

On Saturday, Jobbik leaders denounced the WJC, whose plenary session was being held outside Israel only for the second time since 1966 to focus attention on rising anti-Semitism in Hungary and across the continent.

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British M.P. Rejects Accounts of Assaults

LONDON — Nigel Evans, the senior Conservative member of Parliament who has been questioned by the police over accusations of rape and sexual assault involving two men, said Sunday that the allegations were “completely false.”

In a statement to reporters outside his house in the Lancashire County village of Pendleton, Mr. Evans said the complaints were four years old and were made “by two people who are well known to each other and who until yesterday I regarded as friends.”

Mr. Evans, 55, was interrogated by the Lancashire police for most of the day on Saturday and was released with an order to return for further questioning next month. He has not been charged. The police also searched his car and house.

The allegations concern two men in their 20s and cover a period from 2009 until a few weeks ago, according to British news reports.

Mr. Evans is one of the two deputy speakers in the House of Commons. He has been a member of Parliament since 1992 and was elected to the deputy speaker post in 2010. He acknowledged in a newspaper interview that year that he was gay, saying that his political enemies had threatened to expose his sexual orientation.

He did not say on Sunday whether he planned to step down from the leadership post, but Philip Hammond, the defense secretary, said it would be difficult for Mr. Evans to remain in the job while the matter was under investigation.

“It is quite difficult to carry out a sensitive and high-profile role while being under this kind of scrutiny,” Mr. Hammond told the BBC.

Bride killed limo fire: Limo headed to party catches fire on Calif. bridge; 5 women trapped inside killed

Bride killed limo fire, A limousine taking nine women to a night on the town to celebrate a newlywed bride erupted in flames, killing five of the passengers who were trapped inside as the other four escaped with burn and smoke inhalation injuries, authorities said Sunday. Relatives said the bride was among the dead.

The driver, who was not hurt, told investigators he was driving the women on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge Saturday night when one of them complained of smoke inside the passenger compartment, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said.

He said he pulled over, got out, and saw the back of the 1999 Lincoln Town Car fully engulfed in flames, Foucrault said.

By the time firefighters rushed to the scene and put out the fire, authorities found five badly burned bodies huddled near the partition that separates the driver from the passengers.

“My guess would be they were trying to get away from the fire and use that window opening as an escape route,” Foucrault said.

He said other motorists helped three women get out of the rear right door, and a fourth woman managed to squeeze through the partition.

The San Mateo Fire Department was investigating the cause of the fire, while the coroner’s office was working with the California Highway Patrol to determine whether a crime occurred.

“We don’t believe there is,” Foucrault said.

Relatives told the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News that one of the dead was Neriza Fojas, 31, a registered nurse from Fresno who recently wed and was planning to repeat her marriage vows in the Philippines next month.

A photo taken by a witness and broadcast on KTVU-TV showed flames shooting from the back of the limo.

Aerial video shot after the incident showed about one-third of the back half of the limousine had been scorched by the fire. Its taillights and bumper were gone and it appeared to be resting on its rims, but the remainder of the vehicle didn’t appear to be damaged.

The driver — 46-year-old Orville Brown of San Jose — was the only person to escape unhurt.

Brown’s brother told the Chronicle the flames spread before he could help the women escape.

“He tried to get everybody out,” Lewis Brown Jr. said. “He told me, ‘Man, it was so fast.’ He said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.’”

Autopsies of the five women were being conducted, and medical examiners will try to identify them by using dental records, Foucrault said.

The four other women who escaped the fire, Mary G. Guardiano, 42, of Alameda,; Jasmine Desguia, 34, of San Jose; Nelia Arrellano, 36, of Oakland; and Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro, were being treated at nearby hospitals, the CHP said.

Desguia and Loyola were listed in critical condition, said Joy Alexiou, a spokeswoman for Valley Medical Center. The condition of Arrellano, who was taken to another hospital, was not known.

The company that operated the limo was identified as Limo Stop, which offers service through limousines, vans and SUVS.

A telephone message left at the company seeking comment by The Associated Press wasn’t immediately returned. Attempts to reach the driver were also unsuccessful.

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Justin Bieber Attacked

Justin Bieber attacked, Justin Bieber fan tackled the singer onstage during a concert in Dubai over the weekend, according to a United Arab Emirates report and a mobile phone video posted on YouTube.

News website The National reported that an unsuspecting Bieber was rushed from behind on Sunday night during his second show at Dubai's Sevens Stadium as part of the Believe world tour.

The teen star enraged fans the previous night, and again on Sunday night, when he turned up two hours late for both concerts in the same city.
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A video purporting to be of Sunday's concert shows a male in a white T-shirt and denim shorts run onto the stage and grab a singer, dressed all in black, before security officers swarm onstage and tackle the young man.

The singer was able to free himself and dash to the side of the stage just seconds before a grand piano the star had been playing was tipped over in a tussle between the fan and a bodyguard.

Although the piano was rendered unplayable, Bieber and his eight-piece band managed to finish the song without pause while the attacker was removed from the stage, according to The National.

The website also reported that Bieber returned for an encore and finished the concert with the song Baby.

On Saturday, the Boyfriend singer had been expected to take to the stage at the Sevens Stadium at 8pm (local time), but it was only at around 10pm that concert officials announced the star was "on his way", prompting him to be booed by his young devotees.

Many parents later complained about their children being kept awake until the early hours since Sunday is a school day in the United Arab Emirates city, according to local news service Al Arabiya.

Concert organisers, DoneEvents Amg, posted an apology on their Facebook page for Saturday night's delays, saying: "Recent shows on this tour have started late and so the artist was also later than scheduled in taking to the stage last night.

"We really empathise with the fans and their parents who were affected by the delay and to whom this might have caused some inconvenience. We know that many parents had to look after tired and exhausted children both at the stadium and I am sure this morning, as they try to get them up for school.

"All that said the fans who saw Justin in action loved the incredible show he put on and they left screaming with delight as chants for the superstar echoed around the stadium."

They have not posted since Sunday night's reported attack or delay.

Bieber's late arrival comes after he kept fans waiting for two hours at London's O2 Arena in March as part of his current Believe world tour.

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Justin Bieber attacked

Justin Bieber attackedJustin Bieber was attacked by an overzealous fan at his show in Dubai on Sunday, May 5, but luckily for the singer, security guards were on-hand and quickly tackled the fan before he could disrupt the show too much.
"A man ran on stage during 'Believe' and tried to grab Justin and knocked the piano over," a source close to the 19-year-old pop star tells Us Weekly of the incident. "He was a fan. Security detained the young man. All was fine and Justin continued the show."
In footage shot by a fellow fan in the audience, Bieber was at the piano when the fan rushed onto the stage to grab him, and in his attempt to flee from the security guards, the stage stormer knocked the piano off its hinges so that it was upended in the middle of the stage.
Bieber and his band managed to finish off the song without further incident, however, and later returned to the stage for an encore performance of "Boyfriend" and "Baby."
The young pop star has been making headlines throughout the European leg of his "Believe" tour, most recently after reuniting with ex Selena Gomez backstage during his April show in Norway.
"They have a crazy connection," a source told Us of the pair. "They just can't seem to break their connection. It can be intense." 
The pair called it quits in December 2012 just before New Year's Eve after having "another huge fight" while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Bieber recently told Us that he's trying to focus on his career for the time being.
"I'm thinking about my next album, next tour," he said. "Or maybe I'll take a break. I'm figuring it out. Isn't that what you're supposed to do at 19?"

17-year cicadas: Back Again! Cicadas Swarm from Georgia to New York

17-year cicadas to Swarm from Georgia to New York. New Yorkers haven’t heard the noisy buzzing of cicadas in springtime in 17 years, but get ready, because they’re coming again.

As 1010 WINS’ Gene Michaels reported, by the end of May, billions of cicadas will be swarming for about six weeks. Once the area has sustained ground temperatures of 64 degrees or more, no one will be able to miss them.

Geraldine of Massapequa Park told Michaels she was none too thrilled at the prospect of the cicadas’ return. She still has vivid memories of their last visit in 1996.

“They were noisy, and very annoying – especially if you’re trying to barbecue outside,” she said.

Geraldine said the cicadas were all over everything.

“They’re kind of ugly looking and crunchy” when stepped on, she said.

As CBS 2’s Lou Young explained last month, scientists are tracking 15 different broods of periodic cicadas, insects that spend 17 years below ground and emerge with wings, flying around, making noise and mating in the last weeks of their life.

The current group, Brood No. 2, is one of the largest ever — numbering in the billions.


And are they ever noisy. Their mating call has been measured at 100 decibels, similar to the noise created by a subway train.

This year, the activity is expected to spread from Georgia to New Hampshire, with parts of the New York Metro area seeing the largest numbers. People in northern New Jersey, Westchester and coastal Connecticut are expecting a noisy summer.

The thing to remember is that the cicadas will not hurt you, beyond keeping you up at night and crunching underfoot after they mate and die.

And the adults only have a lifespan of four weeks.

And you can always eat them. Entomologist Lou Sorkin of the American Museum of Natural History told Young the cicadas are also a good source of protein, if you catch them after they molt and before they fly.

“It’s like a soft-shell crab,” Sorkin said. “And that way, you have a soft insect to either freeze or keep cool, and if you get enough of these, you can cook them. They taste like cicadas — sort of a bit like corn, actually.”

According to John Cooley, a research scientist at the University of Connecticut, the insects start out about the size of a small ant and spend the next 17 years eating and waiting to emerge.

After the cicadas mate, the females lay their eggs and then they die, Cooley told WCBS 880’s Wayne Cabot. The eggs then hatch six to eight weeks later and the little cicadas go into the ground to start the 17-year cycle all over again.

Waves of 17-year cicadas strike different regions of the country at different times. While the Tri-State Area saw invasion in 1979, 1996 and now in 2013, the Chicago area saw them in 1973, 1990 and 2007 – meaning that someone who might have moved from Chicago to New York recently might get their second experience with 17-year cicadas in a mere six years.

Tebow fans plea: Tebow fan plea to Obama, please help Tebow join Jaguars

Tebow fans plea is now known for having an intensely loyal, very vocal and sometimes crazy fan base. Tebow's fans have issued a plea to the White House seeking help in getting their favorite quarterback on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster, reported UPI on May 5.

Tebow's fans started a petition on the "We the People" website to try and get Obama to help with their cause. Since being released from the New York Jets and becoming a free agent, Tebow's football future has been uncertain. Examiner

Some rumors had him considering the Canadian Football League; others had him in contact with the Miami Dolphins organization and still others had him pegged for the Jacksonville Jaguars. None of the rumors have yet to pan out; sources from the Dolphins and Jaguars have said that they are not actively pursuing Tebow. So Tebow's legions of fans are turning to social media to try and get their quarterback back into the game. While their attempt to garner attention from Obama was entertaining, it is unlikely to do any good. They will have to wait patiently to see where Tebow lands next.

Dolphins Cancel Stadium: Renovation Plans are on Hold

The Miami Dolphins have canceled plans to renovate Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins were hoping to get some public funding but the Florida House of Representatives didn’t pass the proposal. Without the public’s help, the team has announced that it was cancelling its plans to renovate the stadium. SB Nation reports that the bill would have raised the hotel bed tax cap from six to seven percent. The team was also hoping to get about $90 million i sales tax rebates over the next three decades. CEO Mike Dee said that the stadium issue will have to be addressed eventually and that it was possible that the team finds a new home in the future.

Dee said: “The Dolphins are one of the only franchises in the NFL that don’t have a long-term lease with their community … At some point, somebody’s going to buy the franchise from (Dolphins owner Stephen Ross), and clearly the stadium is the first thing they would need to address.”

Dee blamed Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford for denying fans of the Dolphins a newly renovated stadium. Weatherford didn’t address the proposal before the end of the legislation session on Friday.

Dee said: “At the end of the day, this abuse of power, I believe, will follow (Weatherford’s) career for a long time.”

Dolphins cancel stadium renovations: Say all Plans are put on hold

Miami Dolphins organization has cancelled plans for renovations to Sun Life Stadium following news that public funding would not be available to support the efforts, reported NFL.com on May 5. They are unwilling to pursue the planned work without any public support, saying that such a partnership is necessary for the endeavor to be successful.

Funding for the stadium renovations was part of a bill in front of the Florida Legislature. Last Friday was the remaining chance to introduce and pass that bill before the legislature closed its session. That died not happen, effectively killing the bill and along with it, the Dolphins' hopes for a private-public partnership. Examiner reports

The Dolphins' organization is dismayed by the news as it was hopeful that a mutually beneficial arrangement could have been reached. Mike Dee, CEO for the Miami Dolphins, made the announcement that the organization would not be the sole funding body for stadium improvements and at the same time suggested that the decision could ultimately lead to the team leaving the state.

60,000 bees in cabin: 60,000 bees removed from Utah cabin

60,000 bees in cabin It was the biggest beehive that that Ogden beekeeper Vic Bachman has ever removed — a dozen feet long, packed inside the eve of a cabin in Ogden Valley. "We figure we got 15 pounds of bees out of there," said Bachman, who said that converts to about 60,000 honeybees. Bachman was called to the A-frame cabin last month in Eden, Utah. Taking apart a panel that hid roof rafters, he had no idea he would find honeycombs packed 12 feet long, 4 feet wide and 16 inches deep.

The honeybees had been making the enclosed cavity their home since 1996, hardly bothering the homeowners. The cabin was rarely used, but when the owners needed to occupy it while building another home nearby, they decided the beehive wasn't safe for their two children. A few bees had found their way inside the house, and the hive was just outside a window of a children's bedroom. They didn't want to kill the honeybees, a species in decline that does yeoman's work pollinating flowers and crops. Usatoday reports

So they called Bachman, owner of Deseret Hive Supply, a hobbyist store that can't keep up with demand for honeybees. Bachman used a vacuum cleaner to suck the bees into a cage. "It doesn't hurt them," he said. In this early April 2013 photo provided by Ogden beekeeper Vic Bachman, Bachman, left, and partner Nate Hall prepare to remove a 12-foot-long beehive from an A-frame cabin in Eden,  The job took six hours. At $100 an hour, the bill came to $600.

"The bees were expensive," said Paul Bertagnolli, the cabin owner. He was satisfied with the job.

Utah calls itself the Beehive state, a symbol of industriousness. Whether this was Utah's largest beehive is unknown, but Bachman said it would rank high. Eden, Utah "It's the biggest one I've ever seen," he said. "I've never seen one that big." He used smoke to pacify the bees, but Bertagnolli said honeybees are gentle creatures unlike predatory yellow jackets or hornets, which attack, rip apart and eat honeybees, he said.

"They just want to collect nectar and come back to the hive," he said. "Most people never get stung by honeybees — it's a yellow jacket."

Bertagnolli reassembled the hive in a yard of his North Ogden home, while saving some of the honeycomb for candles and lotions at his store. He left other honeycombs for the cabin owners to chew on.

"We caught the queen and were able to keep her," Bertagnolli said. "The hive is in my backyard right now and is doing well."

Popstar Justin Bieber Gets Attacked By Fan Onstage at Dubai Concert

Justin Bieber was in the middle of his song "Believe" when a crazed fan rushed onstage during his May 5 show in Dubai. Credit: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images

That was close! Justin Bieber was attacked by an overzealous fan at his show in Dubai on Sunday, May 5, but luckily for the singer, security guards were on-hand and quickly tackled the fan before he could disrupt the show too much.

"A man ran on stage during 'Believe' and tried to grab Justin and knocked the piano over," a source close to the 19-year-old pop star tells Us Weekly of the incident. "He was a fan. Security detained the young man. All was fine and Justin continued the show."

In footage shot by a fellow fan in the audience, Bieber was at the piano when the fan rushed onto the stage to grab him, and in his attempt to flee from the security guards, the stage stormer knocked the piano off its hinges so that it was upended in the middle of the stage.

Bieber and his band managed to finish off the song without further incident, however, and later returned to the stage for an encore performance of "Boyfriend" and "Baby."

The young pop star has been making headlines throughout the European leg of his "Believe" tour, most recently after reuniting with ex Selena Gomez backstage during his April show in Norway.

"They have a crazy connection," a source told Us of the pair. "They just can't seem to break their connection. It can be intense."

The pair called it quits in December 2012 just before New Year's Eve after having "another huge fight" while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Bieber recently told Us that he's trying to focus on his career for the time being.

"I'm thinking about my next album, next tour," he said. "Or maybe I'll take a break. I'm figuring it out. Isn't that what you're supposed to do at 19?"

Justin Bieber got attacked by Crazy Fan during Concert in Dubai

Justin Bieber got attacked by wild fan in Dubai as seen in a video found at TMZ, reported TMZ on May 5. The 19-year-old, who is currently on tour in Dubai before heading for Cape Town, South Africa, was singing on stage and playing the piano when a fan grabbed him from behind. When security hauled the fan off the stage, the force was so great you can see the grand piano tip over.

In footage shot by a fellow fan in the audience, Bieber was at the piano when the fan rushed onto the stage to grab him, and in his attempt to flee from the security guards, the stage stormer knocked the piano off its hinges so that it was upended in the middle of the stage. Bieber and his band managed to finish off the song without further incident, however, and later returned to the stage for an encore performance of "Boyfriend" and "Baby." Usmagazine

It was quite the spectacle for fans who you can hear screaming on the video. However, the show must go on, and Justin continued with the performance as if nothing happened. Perhaps a mega star is used to it?

It's another headline for the Biebs. While the singer has been busy touring out of the country, E! News' Twitter and text messages were recently hacked, shutting down the services. Fake messages declaring the pop star is gay and coming out were some of the offenses. E! News apologized and vowed to fix the problem.

Justin Bieber attacked at Dubai Performance

Justin Bieber attacked while performing on stage in Dubai according to TMZ reports on Sunday, May 5.

The crazed male, dressed in a white shirt and jeans ran onto the stage behind Justin Bieber and grabbed him from behind before security rushed the stage and apprehended the attacker, but not before knocking over the piano while hauling the rambunctious fan from the stage.

Bieber luckily managed to free himself unharmed and dashed to the side of the stage.

Various news sources reported that after Justin Bieber was attacked on stage, he took a brief three-minute break, before returning to the stage for an encore and finished the concert with "Boyfriend" and the finale "Baby." 

Poor Justin Bieber can't seem to catch a break these days between, death plots, lawsuits, bad press, and his on and off relationship with Selena Gomez. Hopefully things will,calm down a bit for Justin.

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Justin Bieber attacked: Wild fan attacked at the Biebs during concert

Justin Bieber attacked from a crazed fan in Dubai is making Beliebers across the world worried, though US Magazine reported this Sunday, May 5, that the Biebs is completely fine after an excited male fan jumped on stage and tried to grab the singer before security guards stopped him.

According to TMZ, the Justin Bieber attacked headline began after a man ran onto the stage during the Biebs’ concert in Dubai, India, while the pop star was singing his hit song, “Believe.” Fortunately, before the man could reach him, Justin Bieber’s security guards tackled the man to the ground, and the show went on without any more incidents.

"A man ran on stage during 'Believe' and tried to grab Justin and knocked the piano over," said a source close to the Biebs. "He was a fan. Security detained the young man. All was fine and Justin continued the show."

Justin Bieber attacked by a fan has happened in the past, as it seems that sometimes both his male and female followers get too much of a case of Bieber fever after seeing him on stage and in person.

The only thing injured in the potential “attack” was the piano, as the stage jumper knocked the Biebs' piano during the concert clean off its hinges in the middle of the song.

Justin Bieber attacked During Show by Fan Onstage at Dubai Concert

Justin Bieber was attacked by a fan at a concert in Dubai on Sunday. According to a May 5 report in the Dubai English language newspaper, The National, a male fan stormed the stage and grabbed Bieber from behind while he was performing "Believe" on the piano at the end of the set.

Of course, an army of security guards jumped the youth, who was wearing a white shirt and jeans, and Bieber managed to free himself. He ran to the other side of the stage while security struggled with the offender who broke the piano in the struggle. It clattered to the stage floor with a loud noise. Movies.yahoo reports

Although somewhat rattled, the good-natured 19-year-old pop star and his 8-piece band completed the song while the struggle continued until the piano and the attacker were escorted off stage.

After a three-minute break, fans got the thrills they expected from the conclusion of the show, with Justin Bieber performing an encore of “Boyfriend” and “Baby.”

Bieber tweeted the following on Friday, May 3:
@justinbieber just chillin with the fellas in Dubai. no big deal. haha.

Frontier fort found: Revolutionary War Found in Ga.

Frontier fort found Less than two months after British forces captured Savannah in December 1778, patriot militiamen scored a rare Revolutionary War victory in Georgia after a short but violent gunbattle forced British loyalists to abandon a small fort built on a frontiersman's cattle farm.
More than 234 years later, archaeologists say they've pinpointed the location of Carr's Fort in northeastern Georgia after a search with metal detectors covering more than 4 square miles turned up musket balls and rifle parts as well as horse shoes and old frying pans.
The February 1779 shootout at Carr's Fort turned back men sent to Wilkes County to recruit colonists loyal to the British army. It was also a prelude to the more prominent battle of Kettle Creek, where the same patriot fighters who attacked the fort went on to ambush and decimate an advancing British force of roughly 800 men.
The battles were a blow to British plans to make gains in Georgia, the last of the original 13 colonies, and other Southern settlements by bolstering their ranks with colonists sympathetic to the crown.
"The war was going badly up north for the British, so they decided to have a southern campaign and shipped a huge amount of troops down here and started recruiting loyal followers," said Dan Elliott, the Georgia-based archaeologist who found the fort with a team from the nonprofit research group, the LAMAR Institute. "Kettle Creek was probably the best victory that the Georgians ever had in the Revolutionary War. Most battles were failures like the capture of Savannah."
Carr's Fort, midway between Athens and Augusta, was one of numerous small outposts on the colonial frontier built for American settlers to defend themselves against enemy soldiers and hostile Indians.
Robert Carr was a cattle farmer who settled with his wife, children and a single middle-aged female slave in Wilkes County after colonists started arriving there in 1773. Carr also served as captain of a militia company of roughly 100 men. Responsible for leading his militiamen and looking out for their families, Carr built a stockade wall to protect his farmhouse and surrounding property, which included shacks and crude shelters.
Though probably no larger in area than a tennis court, Carr's Fort would have needed to hold 300 or more people, said Robert Scott Davis, a history professor at Wallace State Community College in Alabama who has studied and written about Wilkes County's role in the American Revolution since the 1970s.
"Most of the forts on the frontier were small community affairs," Davis said. "Everybody in the militia company took refuge inside the fort when the community was in danger because either the British were coming or the Indians were coming."
In February 1779, about 80 British loyalists marched into Carr's Fort and took control, presumably while Carr and other patriot militiamen were away. Patriots responded quickly by sending 200 men from Georgia and South Carolina to retake the fort. Davis said the Feb. 10 gunbattle was short, with most of the shooting likely over within 20 minutes, but it left more than a dozen fighters dead or wounded on each side. Patriots gained the upper floor of a nearby building and fired down into the fort. Innocent bystanders — women, children and old men inside the stockade walls — had to huddle under cover during the firefight.

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Damascus Explosions: Syria says Israeli Bombs Airstrike on Damascus

Damascus Explosions rocked the capital of Syria for the second time in three days, as reports of the airstrike poured in on social and conventional media.

According to an unnamed source, Israel struck a research center near Damascus which was developing Fateh-110 missiles with advanced guidance systems. Other reports say that the facility was an arms storage depot. Whatever it was, the highly visible explosions near Syria’s capital were filmed and uploaded to YouTube in a matter of hours. News.yahoo reports

Israel hasn’t given very complete details of the airstrike, but an Israeli military statement acknowledged that it had deployed two rocket defense batteries near its northern border. The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent a letter Sunday to the United Nations complaining about the attacks within their borders, directly accusing Israel of aggression and saying that several people had been wounded.

“The Israeli attack on military sites in Syria is proof that there is communication between Israel and the terrorist groups who take their orders from al-Qaeda,” said a report on the Syrian state television. The Syrian government has frequently accused the rebel forces of being terrorists.

Late last week, most intelligence sources including the US Department of Defense concluded that Israel had likely conducted an airstrike in Lebanon to stop advanced missiles from Syria being delivered to the Hezbollah terror group. While being somewhat cagey with details, Israeli officials said that they wouldn’t tolerate the delivery of chemical or advanced weapons to Hezbollah.

Later, both Israeli and US officials acknowledged that a shipment of advanced missiles had been destroyed in a Friday strike near the Damascus airport.

Syria didn’t acknowledge the strike at first. However, with social media recording the many explosions around Damascus, they couldn’t ignore the new bombing.

Bride among five killed when limo bursts into flames on San Mateo-Hayward bridge

The bride was among five killed Saturday when a limousine carrying nine women to a bridal shower burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward bridge, authorities said. Four of the women and the driver escaped the fire inside the 1999 Lincoln Town Car as it was burning on the westbound side of the bridge around 10:05 p.m. But according to her grieving family, Neriza Fojas of Fresno, who was to be married next month in the Philippines, didn't make it out in time.

"She is everything," said her brother-in-law Joseph Bersamin of Honolulu, Hawaii through tears. "She is so nice to everyone." Fojas had already married her husband, but the couple planned a ceremony and reception for family on June 19.

The other victims' names won't likely be released until Monday because the coroner needs dental records to confirm the identities of the severely burned women. Two of the survivors were in critical condition at a San Jose hospital Sunday, the condition of two others was not immediately available. Police said the driver walked away unhurt.

A dispatcher for Limo Stop, the Town Car's operator, said the company is cooperating with the California Highway Patrol's investigation. "We are very shocked," said Limo Stop dispatcher Pam Kaur. "We are cooperating with the police." She said she didn't have any further information about how the fire might have ignited and messages left for the company CEO Kultar Singh were not immediately returned.

It wasn't clear what sparked the fire, but it seems to have started in the rear of the vehicle and then spread quickly. The driver managed to pull over the limo, but only four of the passengers were able to escape, police said. Kaur said she wasn't aware of any problems with the car.

Early Sunday authorities released the names of those who survived: driver Orville Brown, 46, of San Jose, who was uninjured; and passengers Mary G. Guardiano, 42, of Alameda;
Nelia Arrellano, 36, of Oakland; Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro and Jasmine Desguia, 34, of San Jose.

Loyola and Desguia remained hospitalized Sunday in critical condition at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, said center spokeswoman Joy Alexiou.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said the limo picked up the women in Oakland and was taking them to the Crowne Plaza hotel on Chess Drive in Foster City as part of a bridal shower. The bride was killed in the flames, but the coroner's office will perform an autopsy before determining the final cause of death.

Two of the four women who escaped were taken to Stanford Hospital and two others were taken to San Jose. All four are being treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

According to records from the California Public Utility Commission, which regulates limo companies, Limo Stop was licensed and insured. It was not immediately clear if the company had been cited for previous safety problems.

All westbound lanes of the highway were closed for several hours Saturday evening, though one lane was reopened about 1 a.m. with officials still on the scene investigating.

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Cleveland Volcano: Eruption causes travel alert to be issued

An eruption of a Cleveland Volcano in Alaska was reported by the Daily Mail on Sunday, May 5, 2013, and there have already been some alerts issued. The remote volcano erupted on Saturday with three different explosions and started shooting forth a continuous plume of steam, gas, and ash. The problem is that all of this is happening right underneath a route of high air traffic.

The location in question is actually a huge air traffic stretch between North America and Asia. Luckily, the issues are not severe enough to cause any threats to passing planes, but that is as of now.

Alerts were issued by a number of aviation authorities, and it even prompted a few flights to be diverted.

Like all of the volcanoes in the Alaska Aleutian island chain, the Cleveland Volcano sits beneath that air traffic corridor. Scientists are currently watching the volcano and studying the ash cloud, which has reached an altitude of only about 15,000 feet. Most jets fly about 35,000 feet.

The Cleveland Volcano has had increased activity since 2011 including brief outbursts followed by calm. Scientists are not sure if this recent explosion will follow the same pattern.

"We haven't seen a phase like this where we've had multiple explosions," said Rick Wessels, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey's Alaska Volcano Observatory, told Reuters.

Bride killed in limo fire after Tragic fire in limo kills bride and 4 others (Video)

Five people were killed Saturday night after a limousine that was on it's way to a bridal shower erupted into flames on the San Mateo Bridge. The bride-to-be, along with the other victims, was trapped inside while the driver and four other women managed to escape, KTVU explained on May 5.

According to the report, police received calls of a white Lincoln town car limo that was ablaze on Highway 92, just east of Foster City, at about 10 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel stated to the press.

“It appears the white town car limo was traveling westbound on the number three lane, when for some unknown reason, caught on fire,” said Montiel. “Driver stopped the vehicle in the number three lane.”

The limo driver, Orville Brown, 46, immediately stopped the limo and got out when he noticed the fire. He was able to escape uninjured. The nine passengers in the limo were all women in their 30s, Montiel said.

Five of the passengers were killed in the limo fire, and four others were taken to nearby hospitals to be treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

The bridal party was reportedly driving from Oakland to a hotel in Foster City when the fire broke out in the back of the limo, the San Mateo County Coroner's office said in a statement.
LimoStop Inc. is the company that owns the limo and they said they are cooperating in the official investigation.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragedy last night involving the young women, five of whom lost their lives in the limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge," said the Statement. "LimoStop Inc. will do everything possible to investigate and assist authorities in determining the cause of this fire in order to help bring forth answers and provide closure to the victims and their families."

The bride killed in the limo fire was identified as Neriza Fojas. None of the other women killed have been identified as of yet.

The cause of the limo fire is still unknown, but a thorough investigation will be conducted, Montiel said.

Lindsay Lohan rehab: Rehab Center is unlicensed, claims state official

Lindsay Lohan rehab: The facility Lindsay Lohan entered Thursday to comply with court-ordered rehab is not licensed to provide alcohol or drug rehab treatment, a state official said. Lohan, 26, flew from New York to California last night to check into Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach, California, by the Thursday morning deadline for her to start her 90-day sentence. When Los Angeles Superior Judge James Dabney sentenced Lohan to 90 days in jail in March he gave her the option of serving the time in a "lock down rehab" facility.

"If a 24-hour residential facility is providing treatment or services to promote the recovery of alcohol and drug abuse then they must possess a license," deputy director for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs Millicent Tidwell said. None of Morningside's several California locations are licensed, Tidwell said. The company previously had three licenses, but they were all revoked. The state's licensing agency is currently in litigation with Morningside's unlicensed Newport Beach facility, she said. Edition.Cnn reports

It is not known if prosecutors will ask the judge to order Lohan to move to another facility or else be sent to jail to serve out the sentence. The city attorneys for Santa Monica and Los Angeles, who were jointly prosecuting the actress, did not immediately respond to CNN inquiries. Judge Dabney ordered the treatment after Lohan entered pleas of no contest on charges relating to a traffic accident and she was found in violation of her shoplifting probation with those convictions. "It's not her fault," her father said. "This poor kid was a mess before she left." Her lawyer, Mark Heller, arranged for Lohan to check into Morningside Recovery without approval by the prosecutors, he said. "Lindsay had no idea that Morningside wasn't approved," Michael Lohan said. 

Heller appeared in a Los Angeles court to discuss the matter with the judge and prosecutors Thursday morning.

Her father, who has bitterly opposed Heller's representation of Lohan, said he has been urging his daughter to go the the Lukens Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, which bills itself as a "luxury rehab center."

"The Lukens Institute is where she wanted to go all along -- a place she will get the right treatment and finally get better," Michael Lohan said.

Her six years of legal troubles trace back to two drunken driving arrests in 2007 and include other incidents in which she was behind the wheel.

Lohan was charged with reckless driving and lying to a police officer about a June 2012 car crash in which her Porsche crashed in to a dump truck on the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, California. Her arrest triggered the probation violation charge.

The police report said Lohan denied being behind the wheel, but the prosecutor was expected to call witnesses who say she was driving.

Lindsay Lohan acknowledged her drug and alcohol addiction in past court appearances.

She's spent 250 days in five rehab facilities since January 2007, including one long court-ordered stint after a failed drug test.

The actress has appeared in court at least 20 times before four Los Angeles judges who have now found her in violation of probation six times and sentenced her to a total of nine months in jail.

Lohan has spent about two weeks behind bars in six trips to the Los Angeles County jail, served 35 days under house arrest and worked about 67 days of community service at the county morgue.

Bride killed limo fire: Five women, bride-to-be die in limousine burnt car

Bride killed limo fire was along with several other women is topping news headlines this week, as KTVU News reported this Sunday, May 5, that a bride-to-be was tragically one of the ladies killed this Saturday night following a devastating explosion on a Calif. bridge.

The “bride killed limo fire” story begins something like this: according to CBS News, nine women were in the back of a limousine as part of a bachelorette party yesterday when the Lincoln limo caught fire on Highway 92.

“It appears the white town car limo was traveling westbound on the number three lane, when for some unknown reason, caught on fire,” said an officer on the tragic death of a bride killed in the limo fire with her friends. “The Driver stopped the vehicle in the number three lane.”

The driver of the limo escaped after seeing the fire, pulling over, and rushing out of the vehicle. Five of the nine women were killed after the limo caught fire, while the four others were taken to local hospitals for burns and smoke inhalation-related injuries. Police are currently investigating the cause of the limousine fire, which remains unknown. Our hearts go out to the bride-to-be, the other women w

Lindsay Lohan rehab: Lindsay Lohan talks drugs, booze, rehab, sex

Lindsay Lohan rehab the last story you read about Lindsay Lohan for the next three months if all goes well during her 90-day stay at the Betty Ford Clinic. Just days before checking into court-ordered rehab last week, the actress spoke extensively to Piers Morgan in an article for London's Daily Mail newspaper, which published it in this Sunday's edition. Lohan, who turns 27 in two months, told Morgan, host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," she's never been "a huge drinker" and despite rumors, failed drug tests and a drug possession arrest, she's only used cocaine "maybe four or five times in my life."

She's spent more than 250 days in rehab and another trip "is pointless," she said in the Daily Mail story. Instead, she should be allowed to "go abroad to different countries and work with children." reports CNN

Lohan's life off the rails

Lohan's life and career ran off the rails starting in her disastrous year of 2007 when she was twice convicted of drunken driving, once for cocaine use, made three trips to rehab and served an 84-minute jail stay. Her arrests were "totally irresponsible -- a stupid mistake," she said. "And from then on, the press were on me all the time," Lohan said. "It was the first time I'd taken drugs. I was out in a club with people I shouldn't have been with, and took cocaine, and got in the car. It was so stupid." Her first rehab visit was not because of drugs or alcohol but to help her deal with the trauma she experienced making a movie, she told Morgan. She voluntary checked into the Wonderland Center in Los Angeles while she was shooting "I Know Who Killed Me" in January 2007.

Lohan's legal woes: A timeline

"I was having really bad nightmares, and the movie was pretty traumatizing," Lohan said. "So I stayed in a facility so I could get some sleep and talk about it with someone the next day, because it was overwhelming. But I would leave every day and just sleep there at night. I liked that. It was kind of like having my own live-in therapist, because I was having crazy nightmares and I was having AA meetings on set and stuff. It really helped."

Lohan: The good teenager

She had been drinking for less than a year at that point, Lohan said. She stayed away from alcohol after her first hangover experience at 17, when her mother made her "sleep with vomit still on me so I'd understand how it felt," she said. "I was too scared!"

She was a good teenager, she said. "My friends and I would actually pretend to be drunk," she said. "And it was more fun. I never rebelled against my parents -- I worked hard, I was responsible and I didn't go to high-school parties."

She doesn't consider herself to be an alcoholic -- "I've never woken up in the morning and had a drink" -- but "when I was younger, I was definitely going out too much and I was drinking too much."

Constantly sending me to rehab is pointless.

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Lohan: A rehab expert

Lohan considers herself an expert on rehab facilities.

"I've been court-ordered to do it six times," she said. "I could write the book on rehab. Constantly sending me to rehab is pointless. The first few times I was court-ordered to rehab, it was like a joke, like killing time."

Morgan interviewed her before the confusion erupted over which rehab facility she would enter. After arriving at one -- which California officials said was unlicensed -- she left for the Betty Ford Clinic, where she spent her last and longest rehab stay.

"I look at it as a good thing," she said about this rehab visit. "I can come back afterwards and be fully focused on work. But I think there are other things I could do instead of going to a rehab center that would benefit me more. The best thing they could do for me would be to make me go abroad to different countries and work with children."

Lohan: Clean and sober

If she is not a drug user -- she tells Morgan she smoked "some pot" a year ago -- or an alcoholic, then why would she need rehab, Morgan asked.

"This is where it gets hard for me to explain," she said. "I don't think there's anything wrong with people taking time to just be by themselves. I think people want to see me do that. They will keep saying the same things about me if I don't. I don't think it will be a bad thing for me to be away with myself for three months."

Although now confessing to Morgan that she used drugs a year ago, she told Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" show a year ago that that she was "clean and sober" then for "a long time."

Although she was once arrested for cocaine possession and later sent to rehab when she violated probation by testing positive for the drug, Lohan said she rarely used it since "I don't like it."

Cocaine: Not her favorite drug

"It reminds me of my dad," she said. "I took it four times in a period from about the age of 20 to 23, and I got caught twice."

Cocaine made her feel "a little too buzzed -- it made me feel uncomfortable," she told Morgan.

She's not "a junkie," she said. "It's the truth. I've never taken heroin either, never injected myself with anything, never done LSD. Those things all scare me."

Her drugs of choice are "pot, obviously, and Ecstasy," she said. "I liked that (Ecstasy) better than the others." Morgan reports Lohan then giggled.

I just like going out late to clubs with friends.
Lindsay Lohan

Lohan: Not a junkie

Lohan has previously acknowledged having a drug problem, though. She posted this Twitter message in September 2010 just before entering the Betty Ford Clinic for three months: "Substance abuse is a disease, which unfortunately doesn't go away over night. I am working hard to overcome it and am taking positive steps."

Lohan claimed to Morgan that she's just misunderstood. The constant online tabloid reports of late-night partying, which sometimes results in legal issues, don't show the real person.

"I've never been a junkie, and never will be," she said. "I just like going out late to clubs with friends and listening to music. Always have done. It's not that unusual for girls of 26!"

Heath Ledger's advice

She slowed down on her drinking on the advice of an actor, Lohan said.

"Heath Ledger told me to give it up for a year because he'd just done that, and so I did, and it wasn't a problem for me," she said. Ledger was 28 when he died from a prescription drug overdose in January 2008, a year after Lohan's first rehab visit.

I know I'm straight.
Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay prefers men

Lohan also talked to Morgan about her sexuality -- she's straight despite a past relationship with a woman. "I like boys," she said.

"I know I'm straight," she said. "I have made out with girls before, and I had a relationship with a girl. But I think I needed to experience that and I think I was looking for something different."

She said she was in love with Samantha Ronson during their relationship, and "I still love her as a person."

"I like being in a relationship with a guy," Lohan said. "But there's something just different about it with a woman. When I was with Samantha, I didn't want to leave, because I didn't want to be alone. It was very toxic."

Dad 'creates chaos'

About her father, Michael Lohan: "He won't change," she said. "I just think there comes a point where you just kind of have to accept what it is.

"Whenever I do try to bring him back into my life, he creates chaos for me and uses it to his advantage. He's been really good and then really crazy my whole life."

Meryl Streep was nice. She just advised me on my acting.
Lindsay Lohan

Hollywood friends

While she blames the Los Angeles lifestyle for steering her off course, she does point to two Hollywood women who have helped her.

"Meryl Streep was nice," Lohan said. "She just advised me on my acting and what I needed to do differently, and she told me I needed to go back to live with my mum for a while."

She couldn't move back to New York because at the time, her probation requirements, which including regular drug testing, restricted her to California -- "the worst possible place I could be," she said.

"Jamie Lee Curtis was very kind to me, too," she said. "She also told me to listen to good advice and to get rid of the hangers-on."

Stay tuned

Will you see another story about Lindsay Lohan's substance abuse and legal troubles before she's scheduled to get out of rehab in early August? What could happen in the Betty Ford Clinic, a well-respected refuge for those needing to get their lives back on track?

Lohan was accused of assaulting a Ford staff member during her last stay in December 2010, although the investigation was suspended on December 24 after the staffer drops charges against Lohan.

Just weeks after her release from there, she was again involved in controversy for stealing a necklace from a jewelry store. It was that shoplifting conviction that put her on the road to her current rehab visit.

Cleveland Volcano: Low-level eruption still continues at Alaska's Cleveland Volcano

Cleveland Volcano in Alaska continues to be undergoing a low-level eruption following the Saturday's morning explosion, the Alaska Volcano Observatory and the United States Geological Survey said.

Scientists said images captured by satellites and installed cameras were showing continuous low-level emissions of gas, mist and ash.

A soft cloud of ash has extended eastward below 15,000 feet, and estimates have suggested that the clouds of ash could exceed even 20,000 feet above the sea level. Frenchtribune reports

Scientists said in a statement, "Sudden explosions of blocks and ash are possible with little or no warning. Ash clouds, if produced, could exceed 20,000 feet above sea level."

The level of aviation alert has already been raised to "Orange," from "yellow." A bigger ash emission could even threaten international flights. But, the Federal Aviation Administration has so far announced no flight restrictions.

The eruption activity started with an explosion in early morning on the past Saturday. The first explosion was recorded at 5 a. m., which was followed by two other explosions at 9:17 a. m. and 11:44 a. m.

The volcano is situated in the Aleutian Islands' isolated region that is nearly 940 miles southwest of Anchorage. Previously, its significant eruption started in February 2001, when three explosions took place, creating ash clouds as high 39,000 feet above the sea level.

Bride killed limo fire: 5 killed in limo fire on way to bridal shower

Five women died late Saturday when a limousine heading to a bridal shower burst into flames on the San Mateo Bridge, trapping the victims inside while the driver and four other women escaped. The woman for whom the bridal shower was being thrown was among those killed, her sister said Sunday. She had recently married and had planned to return to her native Philippines for another ceremony next month. The limo was going west on the bridge at about 10 p.m. when smoke began pouring out of the rear passenger area, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday. The driver managed to stop the car, and he and those in the front scrambled to safety. But the fire evidently spread so quickly that the rest of the occupants were unable to get out in time - the CHP said they died at the scene. Reports sfgate

Emergency crews extinguished the blaze before it engulfed the entire vehicle, but the rear of the white, 1999 Lincoln Town Car was left a charred ruin. "We don't know what caused the accident yet," said CHP Officer James Evans. "It wasn't a traffic collision, we do know that, but we are still investigating." The four women who escaped the blaze were hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation, while the limousine's driver, 46-year-old Orville Brown of San Jose, was unhurt.

Relatives said Sunday that Brown didn't know how the fire had started and had been alerted to the blaze when one of the women reported smelling smoke. Brown helped some of the survivors to safety but was unable to save the women in the back, relatives said. The dead women were all in their 30s and 40s, the CHP said. They included 31-year-old Neriza Fojas of Fresno, for whom the bridal shower was to be thrown at the Crowne Plaza Hotal in Foster City, said her sister, Roslyn Bersamin.

Fojas, a registered nurse at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, was married recently in the United States, said her sister, who lives in Hawaii. The couple were planning to travel to her native Philippines next month and hold another ceremony before her family June 19, Bersamin said. "She was a hard worker, a loving sister," a sobbing Bersamin said.

Fojas' husband was staying at the Foster City hotel, Bersamin said. She said she did not know how the limousine fire had started and was waiting for an update from law enforcement investigators.

The San Mateo County coroner's office said none of the names of the other four women killed in the fire would be released before Monday. However, a spokeswoman at Community Medical Centers, parent company of the Fresno hospital, said at least one other employee may have been involved in the accident.

The women had attended a birthday party in Alameda earlier in the evening, said Rosita Guardiano, 73, mother of one of the survivors, 42-year-old Mary Grace Guardiano of Alameda.

Rosita Guardiano said she did not know how the fire started. Her daughter, who goes by Grace, is in intensive care being treated for smoke inhalation, she said.

"She's OK, but it is very scary," the mother said. "Thank God she survived. I've been crying all morning.

"My daughter is very sad and crying, too. This was supposed to be such a happy day." Grace Guardiano had worked with Fojas earlier and is now a nurse at Crown Bay Nursing Home in Alameda, her mother said. A supervisor at the nursing home, Dina Sanchez, said she and the staff were "all shocked, but incredibly relieved to find out that Grace is OK." Guardiano's mother said her daughter was hospitalized with another survivor, Nelia Arrellano, 36, of Oakland, Arrellano just moved to the Bay Area from the Philippines, Rosita Guardiano said.

Authorities said all the surviving women were being treated for moderate injuries.

"Grace told us, 'Don't worry, don't worry,' " her mother said.

The survivors were being treated at Stanford Medical Center and Valley Medical Center in San Jose. Besides Guardiano and Arrellano, they were identified as 34-year-old Jasmine Desguia of San Jose and Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro. Sanchez said Loyola works at another convalescent hospital in Oakland.

The limo was owned by Limo Stop Inc. Its owner, Kultar Singh, said Sunday, "I'm very, very saddened" by the accident, but declined to comment further about what happened.

Singh said he has owned Limo Stop for about seven years. State records show that the company's license is valid and up to date.

San Francisco Chronicle staff writers Trapper Byrne, Will Kane and Ellen Huet contributed to this report.

Anna Nicole Smith daughter: Daughter Makes Rare Public Appearance

Anna Nicole Smith daughter has once again made a rare public appearance and attended the Kentucky Derby.

Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead was accompanied by her father Larry Birkhead at the annual event in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday.

In true derby fashion, Danielynn was spotted wearing a very elaborate outfit while posing for photographs. The six-year-old’s white gown looked similar to one worn by Anna Nicole Smith during her appearance at the Kentucky Derby in 2004. The late model’s daughter and her father were dressed like characters from the classic Disney film Mary Poppins.Inqistir Reports

Dannielynn and her father took a moment to take some pictures at the Grey Goose lounge at Churchill Downs. Many in attendance who spotted the little girl thought she was the spitting image of her late mother.

Although Larry’s daughter sported a gown with red trim and matching parasol and shoes, Birkhead was decked out in a multi-colored striped jacket and a straw hat. He also sported a blue bowtie. According to the Daily Mail, Danielynn’s dad strongly resembled comedian Dick Van Dyke from the family flick.

Larry tweeted prior to the Derby that his daughter really wanted to dress up as Mary for the event. In an effort to make that happen, Birkhead had the outfits designed specifically for the occasion. Judging from the pictures at Too Fab, the pair pulled off the look quite well.

Last year’s event in Louisville found Dannielynn sporting a floral dress complete with flowers in her hair. It would appear that attending the Kentucky Derby is an important family tradition.

Although Anna Nicole Smith chose to live her life in the public eye, Dannielynn has remained out of the spotlight most of her short life. She has been spotted at the Kentucky Derby and a Broadway show, but these appearances are few and far between. However, last year she started modeling for Guess Kids.

What do you think about Larry Birkhead and Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter dressing up like characters from Mary Poppins for the Kentucky Derby this weekend?

Talladega pileup: Big one hits early at Talladega with 16-car pileup

Kyle Busch nudged Kasey Kahne and sparked a massive pileup early in Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, causing 16 cars to be damaged in the process.

The wreck was similar to one in the Daytona 500 which also involved some of the same big names: Busch, Kahne, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart.

Others collected in the mess included Martin Truex Jr., Jamie McMurray, Marcos Ambrose, Jeff Burton, David Stremme, Kurt Busch, David Reutimann, Casey Mears, Scott Speed, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon.

Most of the cars were able to continue, but Kahne and Harvick were among those who could not get back in the race. Democratandchronicle

The wreck also caught Brian Vickers, who had just subbed for Denny Hamlin in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 11 car. After much talk and buildup, Hamlin was cleared by doctors late Thursday to return.

He drove 24 laps, then climbed out of a specially installed roof hatch when a caution came out for Trevor Bayne's blown engine.

Vickers hopped into the No. 11 car, making a seamless switch.

"The exchange went great," Hamlin said afterward. "That was about as smooth as it could have went for us. Everything went well."

Hamlin added: "Anything Brian gets us for points today is strictly a bonus."

But just moments after Hamlin said those words, Vickers got a piece of the wreck and had to go to the garage. If he does not return, Hamlin and his team will only have earned four points as a result of their efforts.

Miley tops Maxim: Star reveals she's No.1 on Maxim Hot 100 List

Miley tops Maxim Magazine Standing No.1 on Hot 100 list. Miley tops Maxim on their annual Hot 100 list, reported Us Weekly on May 4. The 20-year-old former Disney star tweeted her excitement about the news, "Didn't know this was coming out yet! I'm so happy to be #1 on Maxims HOT 100! #myfanskickass #dreamsdocometrue." Accompanying the tweet is a Twitpic of Miley Cyrus' Maxim photo. She lays seductively in a gold one-piece that matches her golden short locks.

It is common to see long-haired beauties take over the top spots when it comes to the "most hot" or "most beautiful" lists. Miley, however, has gone from sporting long hair to sporting ultra-short hair, often with a masculine feel depending on what she's wearing. Will short hair become "the new black"? Examiner reports

"I'm going to change, I'm going to be different, I'm going to do what I want to do," said Miley. "I chopped my hair and bought a pair of Docs and never looked back." The outspoken actress and singer appears on Snoop Lion's "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks" found on Snoop's "Reincarnated."

Talladega pileup

Talladega pileup, Kyle Busch nudged Kasey Kahne and sparked a massive pileup early in Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, causing 16 cars to be damaged in the process.

The wreck was similar to one in the Daytona 500 which also involved some of the same big names: Busch, Kahne, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart.

Others collected in the lap-43 mess included Martin Truex Jr., Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Marcos Ambrose, Jeff Burton, David Stremme, Kurt Busch, David Reutimann, Casey Mears, Scott Speed, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon..Usatoday

"I was trying to go to the outside of him, but he just moved up in front of me and I wasn't expecting it," Busch said. "I tried to go to the outside of him and before I could get to the outside of him, I got in the back of him.

"I just hate that I caused a hell of a melee for everybody. I hate that."

Most of the cars were able to continue, but Kahne, Busch and Harvick were among those who could not get back in the race.

Biffle, who was also collected in the crash, walked out of the care center carrying his young daughter.

"It can happen at any time," he said. "You just never know. We were trying to be cautious, but that didn't work."

Justin Bieber Reportedly Attacked on Stage in Dubai

A fan grabbed Justin Bieber from behind while the pop star was on stage in Dubai tonight before he was hauled off by security ... this according to a local report.

According to the National, an English-language newspaper in Abu Dhabi, Bieber was at the piano when the alleged attacker, described as "a youth in a white shirt and jeans," rushed the stage.

Security quickly descended and grabbed the alleged attacker and removed him from the stage. Bieber's piano was knocked over in the ruckus and was eventually removed from the stage.

The National says Bieber continued the show as if nothing happened. Tmz.com reported


Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter Dannielynn Looked Adorable At The Kentucky Derby (PHOTO)

Anna Nicole Smith's daughter looked absolutely adorable as she walked the red carpet with her dad Larry Birkhead at the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4 in Louisville. Dannielynn Birkhead dressed up as Mary Poppins while her dad played Bert for the event, which brought out celebrities like Miranda Lambert, Lauren Conrad and Stephen Amell. The 6-year-old is definitely following in the footsteps of her model mommy, showing off her best pose as she smiled for photographers. Dannielynn became the face of Guess Kids last year.

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Kim Kardashian Cannot Wait For Pregnancy To Be Over

Kim is very excited to have her first child, but she's also just as ready for the pregnancy to be over. HollywoodLife.com reported that after health scares and many fashion faux pas, the thirty-two-year-old will be relieved once she gives birth.

A source told HollywoodLife.com that Kim has "had a miserable pregnancy."

On March 7, she was rushed off of a plane to a hospital in Los Angeles after becoming very sick. Kim was sobbing at the doctor's office in her show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, fearing a miscarriage. Luckily, it was only a scare and both mother and child are healthy.

Her maternity fashion has been criticized by paparazzi and fans since her pregnant belly has started to show. The reality star must be ready to get her incredible body back and not appear on the cover of The New York Post with the headline, "What The Frock."

Kim may be surprised by the hardships that come along with pregnancy after watching her sister Kourtney's past experiences.

"Kourtney had such an easy time that Kim thought being pregnant would be fun," the source said. The source added that Kim "literally can't wait to pop that little thing out."

Perhaps these past months have affected Kim and her future plans. "Kim definitely does want more kids but not for a while," the source said.

These hurdles have not stopped Kim from making appearances. She showed off her pregnancy curves on Saturday in Houston, Texas to promote her line Kardashian Kollection at Willowbrook Mall with sisters Kourtney and Khloe.

Despite her approaching due date, the star has also been jetting around the world. On May 1, she was in London hanging out backstage at Beyonce's concert. Hours after returning stateside, she was back at LAX with her sisters to travel to another location.

'Honey Boo Boo' wedding: A thinner June 'Mama' Shannon gets hitched - Chicago Celebrity

A "Honey Boo Boo" wedding is in the works, reported Us Weekly on May 5. June "Mama" Shannon and Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson will exchange vows in a "taped event" on Sunday in McIntyre, Ga. "No cell phones, cameras, or outside video taping" is the rule, and the attire is "full redneck." It seems fans of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" can expect a treat. Shannon was last in the news for a couple of reasons. She had lost 115 pounds, and there was a rumor she was going to be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars," but that rumor proved to be untrue. June 'Mama' Shannon attends the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 16, 2013 in New York City. As much as some people make fun of the reality TV show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," it's the cast of the show who are having the last laugh, at least financially. For instance, Honey Boo Boo, whose real name is Alana, is worth $300,000 according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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E! News hacked: E! Online's Twitter, texting accounts hacked

E! Online says hackers compromised its Twitter and text messaging accounts, sending out erroneous news alerts about Justin Bieber and Angelina Jolie.

The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for Saturday's hack.

E! Online said it was working with Twitter to correct the issue, and that an investigation into the attack was underway.

The SEA has taken credit for a string of Web attacks on media targets it sees as sympathetic to Syria's rebels, including the BBC, Al-Jazeera English and the Guardian.

The group claims to have hacked the Twitter feed of The Associated Press last month.

President Obama to speak in Austin

President Obama will travel to Austin next Thursday to deliver a speech FOX 7 has confirmed.

According to officials at the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Obama's speech will be about the economy.

The last time Air Force One landed in Austin was in July of 2012. President Obama held two campaign fundraisers.

Next Thursday, he will return, this time for an official visit to talk about the economy. Drew Scheberle with the Chamber of Commerce explains why the city is an appealing stage.

"The President has been focused since the beginning of his term on an innovation-based economy driven by education, better training better workforce. Austin is emblematic of many of those things," Scheberle said.

Scheberle says Austin also has a 5.3 percent unemployment rate, one of the lowest in the country as well as the best job growth in the country out of the 50 largest metropolitan areas.

"There's obviously people who will agree and disagree with him on things, but we'll always be happy to have him in Austin," Scheberle said.

Another person who is happy about the trip is Travis County Democratic Party Chair Andy Brown.

"I think his visits to Austin help raise our profile, help the chances that we're going to turn Texas blue and help the economy," Brown said.

A possible mention may be Governor Rick Perry's efforts to convince out-of-state businesses to come here. On Wednesday he held an event in shiner to announce the newest company to re-locate--Shield Tactical.

"We've added a half a million private sector jobs over the last two years alone, that's a total of nearly 1.4 million jobs created in the private sector over the last ten years in this state," Perry said.

Brown feels Obama will dispute that.

"Rick Perry may try and take credit for our improving economy here in Austin. I think it's improving despite of Rick Perry not because of him," Brown said.

Austin police are currently making security plans.

Read more: Myfoxaustin

5 killed as limo bursts into flames on Calif. bridge

Police are trying to determine the cause of the deadly blaze, which was not the result of a crash.

A bride-to-be was among five women killed when a limousine burst into flames while traveling on a major bridge in the San Francisco area.

The five killed were pronounced dead at the scene of the fire late Saturday night on the westbound San Mateo-Hayward bridge in Foster City, the California Highway Patrol said. Their names have not been released pending identification and notification of family. Usatoday reports

The bodies are so severely burned that authorities need dental records to confirm their identities, according to MercuryNews.com. Their names likely won't be released until Monday at the earliest.

Four other women passengers were injured and taken to two medical centers to be treated for smoke inhalation and burns. The injured, all from California, are Mary Guardiano, 42, of Alameda; Nelia Arrellano, 36, of Oakland; Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro; and Jasmine Desguia, 34, of San Jose.

The driver of the vehicle, Orville Brown, 46, of San Jose, escaped uninjured.

Limo Stop was the 1999 Lincoln Towncar operator, MercuryNews.com reports. Quoting San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault, the news site says the limo picked up the women in Oakland and was taking them to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City for a bachelorette party.

The blaze occurred around 10 p.m. PT Saturday on the bridge, which connects San Mateo and Alameda counties about 20 miles southeast of San Francisco.

Five occupants became trapped, while the four others who suffered injuries managed to get out after the vehicle came to a stop on the bridge, the patrol said.

The patrol said smoke started coming out of the rear of the limo, and the driver pulled over as the vehicle quickly became engulfed in flames. Officers were trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which wasn't the result of an accident.

Obama, at Ohio State, calls on graduates to be active citizens

Speaking to the graduating class of Ohio State University in Columbus on Sunday, Obama called on the students to embrace the school’s motto, “education for citizenship,” and to press the government to act.

He encouraged students to work to narrow the income gap between the middle class and the wealthy, to improve education for children and protect them from gun violence, and to better the environment, among other things.

Most of all, the president told the new generation to persevere in the face of obstacles.

“We remember Michael Jordan’s six championships. We don’t remember his nearly 15,000 missed shots,” he said. Latimes reported

Obama pointed out that most of the graduating class was born as the Berlin Wall fell and grew up with the Internet and the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Of the school’s 10,000 graduating students, 130 have already served in the military and 50 will become commissioned officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, he said.

He said told the graduates they are entering into an economy and job market that are “steadily healing.”

Obama encouraged the graduates to participate in public life and to not give up on their values. Citizenship, he said is “the idea at the heart of our founding — that as Americans we are blessed with God-given and inalienable rights, but with those rights come responsibilities — to ourselves, to one another and to future generations.”

He told the graduates to reject the idea that government is the root of all problems.

“We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems, nor do we want it to,” he said. “Because we understand that this democracy is ours,” he said, “it’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government.”

Wall Street, the media and politicians in Washington have “at times, betrayed your trust,” Obama said. “And those of us fortunate enough to serve in these institutions owe it to you to do better, every single day,” he said.

“But I think of what your generation’s traits — compassion and energy, a sense of selflessness and a boundless digital fluency — might mean for a democracy that must adapt more quickly to keep up with the speed of technological, demographic, and wrenching economic change,” he said.

“I dare you to do better. I dare you to be better,” said Obama. “From what I have seen of your generation, I have no doubt you will. I wish you courage, and compassion, and all the strength you need for that tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime,” he said.

The crowd cheered and whistled when the president put on a black and red Ohio State Buckeyes hat after being awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from the university.

Obama, who returned to the U.S. on Saturday after a three-day trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, is scheduled to speak this month at graduation ceremonies at Morehouse College in Atlanta and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.