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Matt Hasselbeck cut, Tennessee Titans

Matt Hasselbeck cut, The Titans released veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, a move buying the team more cap space after they couldn’t work out an agreement to trim his $5.5 million salary for 2013. The team moved quickly to replace Hasselbeck, signing ex-Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal. Hasselbeck, 37, spent the past two seasons with Tennessee, leading the Titans to a 9-7 record and just missing the playoffs on a tiebreaker in 2011 in coach Mike Munchak’s debut season coming off the NFL lockout. But the Titans used the No. 8 draft selection overall in 2011 on Jake Locker, and they named him their starter for 2012. Hasselbeck, a former standout at Xaverian and Boston College who led the Seahawks to an appearance in Super Bowl XL, was due to count $7.5 million against the salary cap made him too pricey to keep. According to USA Today, Hasselbeck won’t be unemployed long. The paper is reporting Hasselbeck is close to signing with the Colts to back up Andrew Luck. Settlemen

Lisa Rinna lip trouble, Reveals Lisa

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Lisa Rinna lip trouble, Lisa and the lip trouble seem to go hand in hand. People pretty much associate Rinna with her over-sized lips, even though she recently had them reduced. On March 18, Rinna filled in for Kathie Lee Gifford on "Today," and she told Hoda Kotb -- and the rest of the watching country -- the real story behind her huge lips. Lisa Rinna Basically, Rinna had silicone injections 25 years ago. Recently, however, she had some of the silicone removed. "I had a doctor remove as much as they possibly could because it got to a point where they were yucky. They get hard! I mean it's gross. So they are now just whatever that was after they took out as much as the silicon as they could," Rinna explained. Lisa Rinna's lip trouble has since subsided, even though her lips are still puffy. She is on the current season of "Celebrity Apprentice: All-Stars" and Donald Trump has commented on how good

Jason Molina dies

Jason Molina dies, Alternative singer-songwriter Jason Molina has died at his home in Indianapolis. He was 39. The Marion County coroner confirms Molina died Saturday. The cause of death hasn’t been determined. His record label, Indiana-based Secretly Canadian, says he stopped touring in 2009 “to deal with severe alcoholism.” On its website Monday, the label says the Lorain, Ohio, native released more than 12 albums under the name “Songs: Ohia” and the band Magnolia Electric Co., which he started in 2003. The label says Molina was its “cornerstone.” A message attributed to his family and posted on the label’s website in September 2011 says he’d been in and out of rehabilitation facilities and hospitals in England and the U.S. over the previous two years and was raising goats and chickens in West Virginia. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Jason Molina dies, at the Age 39

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Jason Molina dies, Molina Ohio-born indie rock singer and songwriter of the bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. died Saturday at age 39 after a long battle with alcoholism, his record label announced. “Jason is the cornerstone of Secretly Canadian,” read a statement issued Monday by the Bloomington, Ind.,-based label. “Without him there would be no us -- plain and simple. His singular, stirring body of work is the foundation upon which all else has been constructed. After hearing and falling in love with the mysterious voice on his debut single "Soul" in early 1996, we approached him about releasing a single on our newly formed label. For some reason he said yes.” Jason Molina of indie bands Songs: Ohia and Magnetic Electric Co. died March 16 at age 39. ( Steve Gullick ) Early recordings by Molina were released under the name Son

$22 minimum wage

$22 minimum wage, Oh, the minimum wage simple and friendly-sounding yet actually regressive and economy-damaging populist throwback that just refuses to die. President Obama once again resurrected the timelessly terrible idea in his State of the Union speech in February, and it’s been percolating among the Democrats as a potential 2014-oriented rallying cry for how those obstructionist Republicans must really, really hate poor people because there’s no other possible explanation for their opposition (except that, you know, minimum wage hikes are actually counterproductive to an inclusive and prospering economy, but let’s just rid ourselves of any lingering school-girl notions that facts are what matter here, shall we?). Last week in a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Sen. Elizabeth Warren wondered, “If we started in 1960, and we said that, as productivity goes up — that is, as workers are producing more — then the minimum wage is going to go u

$22 minimum wage, to Keep up Productivity

$22 minimum wage, Elizabeth Warren has made a case for increasing the minimum wage last week during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing, in which she cited a study that suggested the federal minimum wage would have stood at nearly $22 an hour today if it had kept up with increased rates in worker productivity. "If we started in 1960 and we said that as productivity goes up, that is as workers are producing more, then the minimum wage is going to go up the same. And if that were the case then the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour," she said, speaking to Dr. Arindrajit Dube, a University of Massachusetts Amherst professor who has studied the economic impacts of minimum wage. "So my question is Mr. Dube, with a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, what happened to the other $14.75? It sure didn't go to the worker." Dube went on to note that if minimum wage incomes had grown over that period at the same pace as it had for t

Bill O'Reilly divorce, wants his ex-wife to go to Hell

Bill O'Reilly divorce, Bill wants his ex-wife to go to Hell. Literally. As we previously reported, the Fox News falafelist became separated from his former wife Maureen McPhilmy at some point in 2011, and later went on an apparently corrupt crusade to destroy the career of the Nassau County Police detective she was dating. We have now confirmed that O'Reilly and McPhilmy have been formally divorced, that she has since married the detective, and that O'Reilly is in the midst of a scorched-earth custody battle—dubbed, appropriately enough, Anonymous v. Anonymous—over the ex-couple's two children. It involves a surreptitious attempt by O'Reilly to undermine his custody arrangement by hiring, as a member of his household staff, the woman he and his ex had agreed on as a neutral arbiter of their disputes. It also involves O'Reilly's attempts to annul his marriage and have McPhilmy potentially booted from the Catholic Church. To catch you up: In May 2010, O'

Bill O'Reilly divorce

Bill O'Reilly divorce, Bill wanted that his ex-wife to go to Hell. Literally. As we previously reported, the Fox News falafelist became separated from his former wife Maureen McPhilmy at some point in 2011, and later went on an apparently corrupt crusade to destroy the career of the Nassau County Police detective she was dating. We have now confirmed that O'Reilly and McPhilmy have been formally divorced, that she has since married the detective, and that O'Reilly is in the midst of a scorched-earth custody battle—dubbed, appropriately enough, Anonymous v. Anonymous—over the ex-couple's two children. It involves a surreptitious attempt by O'Reilly to undermine his custody arrangement by hiring, as a member of his household staff, the woman he and his ex had agreed on as a neutral arbiter of their disputes. It also involves O'Reilly's attempts to annul his marriage and have McPhilmy potentially booted from the Catholic Church. To catch you up: In May 2010, O

Blake Shelton rumors

Blake Shelton rumors, Rumors that Blake Shelton is cheating on Miranda Lambert have been swirling for awhile now. On March 18, Yahoo posted saying that the two are laughing them off and can't wait to hear if they make it. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are not taking these rumors serious at all. They know that their marriage is good. Plus if Blake is smart at all he knows Miranda has a mean side and she is the last woman that you would want to cheat on if you are married to her. Rumors are he was cheating with Cady Groves and you can learn more about her in this article. View slideshow: Blake Shelton The two were teasing back and forth on Twitter saying that they can't wait to see if they make it and Blake even said he is making her funnier. They like to tease these things on Twitter because they know that they simply are not true. Blake and Miranda are doing just fine. They aren't together as much as they would like while he is on "The Voice" but they are mak

Iran launches destroyer

Iran launches destroyer, Iran launched a domestically built destroyer in the Caspian Sea on Sunday, its first deployment of a major warship in the oil-rich region, state TV reported. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the guided missile destroyer Jamaran-2 in the port city of Anzali, about 150 miles northwest of Tehran. He said the deployment aimed to bolster peace and friendship in the region. "The destroyer is there to meet those who want to jeopardize the security of surrounding nations," he said, without elaborating. There are multiple disputes between the nations that surround the Caspian -- Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan -- on how the inland sea should be divided. After final tests, the report said, Jamaran-2 will join Iran's naval fleet in the sea in coming months. The 1,400-ton destroyer, which has a helicopter landing pad, is 94 meters (yards) long and can cruise at 30 knots. It is equipped with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air

QB Steve Davis dies

QB Steve Davis dies, Steve Davis started every game of Barry Switzer’s first three seasons as head coach at Oklahoma, piling up a 32-1-1 record with two national championships in a career that stood as the best in school history for more than three decades. Davis’ school records for consecutive starts (34) and career victories (32) were surpassed only last season by Landry Jones, who started every game the past three seasons plus most of 2009. In the process, Davis reached out to Jones, who had been criticized after an early season loss to Kansas State by writing him a letter; Davis had been booed during the only loss of his career, a 23-3 setback to Kansas in 1975. Jones would go on to break Davis’ career record for wins by beating Texas, also joining Davis, Jimmy Harris and Jamelle Holieway as the only Sooners’ quarterbacks to go 3-0 in Red River Rivalry starts. “He just really wanted to encourage me,” Jones recalled. “Just keep going, keep leading those guys and keep fighting, rega

QB Steve Davis dies, When Aircraft Smashed

QB Steve Davis dies, former Oklahoma University starting quarterback was one of two people killed when a small aircraft smashed into a house in northern Indiana, officials said Monday. St. Joseph County Coroner Randy Magdalinski identified the victims of Sunday's crash in South Bend as 60-year-old Steven Davis and 58-year-old Wesley Caves, both of Tulsa, Okla. It was the same Davis who played quarterback for the Sooners in the 1970s, according to an Oklahoma athletics official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had not yet announced the death. Caves owned the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet that clipped two houses before slamming into a third home and screaming to a halt Sunday afternoon. Caves had a pilot's license, but it was not immediately clear if he was flying the plane when it crashed. Davis went 32-1-1 as the Sooners' starter from 1973 to 1975, starting every game of Barry Switzer's first three seasons as head coach. Oklahoma tied Southern Ca

QB Steve Davis dies, of Air Crash

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QB Steve Davis dies, A former University of Oklahoma starting quarterback was one of two people killed when a small aircraft smashed into a house in northern Indiana, officials said Monday. St. Joseph County Coroner Randy Magdalinski identified the victims of Sunday's crash in South Bend as 60-year-old Steven Davis and 58-year-old Wesley Caves, both of Tulsa, Okla. Steve Davis, left, stands with Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer and running back Billy Sims after after the Sooners beat Michigan in the 1976 Orange Bowl to win a national title It was the same Davis who played quarterback for the Sooners in the 1970s, according to an Oklahoma athletics official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had not yet announced the death. Caves owned the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet that clipped two houses before slamming into a third home and screaming to a halt Sunday afternoon. Caves had a pilot's license, but it was not immediately clear if he was flying the plane

Cardinal: Pedophilia not crime

Cardinal: Pedophilia not crime, says cardinal on Monday apologized for offending victims of child abuse when he described pedophilia as an illness and not a crime in a media interview. Victims' rights groups and others said the comments by Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban, comments were insensitive, especially given perceptions the Catholic Church has not done enough to root out abuse. "I apologize sincerely and unreservedly to all who were offended by the botched interview, and especially to those who have been abused and need every help and support that the Church can give," Napier said in a statement. Napier, one of the 115 cardinals who took part in the Vatican conclave that elected Pope Francis, had told BBC Radio 5 that paedophilia was a "disorder" that needed to be treated. RECOMMENDED: How much do you know about the Catholic Church? Take our quiz! "From my experience, pedophilia is actually an illness. It's not a c

Ex-Oklahoma QB Killed in Plane Crash in Indiana

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Ex-Oklahoma QB Killed, A former University of Oklahoma starting quarterback was one of two people killed when a small aircraft smashed into a house in northern Indiana, officials said Monday. St. Joseph County Coroner Randy Magdalinski identified the victims of Sunday's crash in South Bend as 60-year-old Steven Davis and 58-year-old Wesley Caves, both of Tulsa, Okla. It was the same Davis who played quarterback for the Sooners in the 1970s, according to an Oklahoma athletics official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had not yet announced the death. Caves owned the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet that clipped two houses before slamming into a third home and screaming to a halt Sunday afternoon. Caves had a pilot's license, but it was not immediately clear if he was flying the plane when it crashed. Davis went 32-1-1 as the Sooners' starter from 1973 to 1975, starting every game of Barry Switzer's first three seasons as head coach. Oklahoma tied

Vanessa Marcil divorce

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Vanessa Marcil divorce, Two years after swapping vows with CSI: NY actor Carmine Giovinazzo, Vanessa Marcil has pulled the plug on their union. Vanessa Marcil and Carmine Giovinazzo on May 31, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Filing divorce papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Marcil, 43, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for her split from the actor, 38, according to TMZ. In her filing, Marcil petitions the court to order Giovinazzo to pay her attorney's fees and award her spousal support. PHOTOS: Biggest celeb splits of 2012 Giovinazzao -- who wed the actress in July 2010 -- was Marcil's second husband. She was married to '80s star Corey Feldman from 1989-1993. Vanessa Marcil and Brian Austin Green on October 24, 2000 in Beverly Hills, California. Former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Marcil dated her costar, Brian Austin Green, from 1999-2003. They share a son, Kassius, 10. Green married Megan Fox in June 2010. Green, 39, and Fox, 26, are expe

Vanessa Marcil divorce, 90210 Star is now Free

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Vanessa Marcil divorce, Exclusive Former 90210 Star Vanessa Marcil is officially a free woman because her divorce from "CSI:NY" actor Carmine Giovinazzo (aka the nicest DUI arrestee of all time) has been finalized. TMZ broke the story ... Marcil filed for divorce from Giovinazzo last summer, citing "irreconcilable differences." They were married in 2010 and have no children together. As for the division of assets ... Vanessa gets the 2009 Chevy Silverado, their L.A. property, a bunch of bank accounts ... as well as all rights to her baby clothes company called Baby Gagoo. Carmine gets the mother lode -- a 2002 Mercedes CLK, his 2006 Harley, his 2010 Triumph motorcycle, the 1969 Pontiac GTO, 2009 Ducati, 2011 Chevy Camaro ... plus a bunch of bank accounts and other boring stuff. It's been a rough couple months for Carmine, who was arrested for DUI in January in Scottsdale, AZ. You'll recall, AZ cops say the actor was one of the nicest people they've e

Race car driver kills cousin

Race car driver kills cousin, Authorities have identified the victims of a California raceway crash as a race car owner and the 14-year-old cousin of the teenage driver. The Yuba County Sheriff's office said the crash occurred at Marysville Raceway Park in Santa Rosa when the race car driven by Chase Johnson careened off the track and into the pit row, striking and killing 68-year-old Dale Wondergem Jr. and 14-year-old Marcus Johnson on Saturday. Chase Johnson, 17, was not injured in the accident. Wondergem owned one of the cars at the track but not the car involved in the accident. Steven Blakesley, the race announcer, said Chase Johnson was driving his car on the track at about 90 mph when it couldn't make a turn. "There must have been a mechanical problem," Blakesley said. "The car didn't slow down." The Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.

Marathon runner dies, of Deadly Heart Attack

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Marathon runner dies, The Former marathon runner had suffered Deadly heart attack and died during a Barcelona race, according to a March 17 report from the Associated Press via MSN. That sad situation is trending on Sunday. Many races take place in Barcelona, the location of the marathon where a runner died on March 17 The 47-year-old athlete passed away after the St Patrick's Day race. This happened while he was being attended to at Clinic Hospital located in the Spanish city. Since this news is just breaking, not much is known about the runner who died, but more information should become available soon and will be updated here. By way of background, the Barcelona Marathon is one of the biggest events held in this lively European city. In fact, tens of thousands of fans lined the streets of the metropolis to watch as runners whizzed by. Some course landmarks included Gaudi’s imposing La Pedrera as well as his celebrated Sagrada Familia. The UNESCO site ca

Phelps 2016 Olympics

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Phelps 2016 Olympics, This past summer in London, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time, finishing with 22 career medals and universal acclaim for his achievements. So when he said he'd retired from Olympic competition after London, he didn't waver. Like Alexander the Great, he had no more worlds left to conquer. Or so we assumed. Ryan Lochte, Phelps' heir apparent, believes Phelps might not be done after all. "The sport will miss him," Lochte said in advance of the World Short Course championships in Istanbul. "He is one of my favorite rivals, and I will miss him. But I think he will come back. When you do something for so long every day ... he's still young. I think he will be back for Rio. We'll see. He'll miss the sport.'' Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. (Getty Images) Perhaps yes, perhaps no. Phelps has insisted he wants to live a "normal" life, or what passes for one after spending four Olym

Phelps 2016 Olympics, Will Win More

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Phelps 2016 Olympics, Michael Phelps was down in Rio for the Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday, but reiterated the fact that he won’t be back for the Olympics in three years. At least not as a competitor. “I am having fun. I love being retired, I can’t stress it enough,” Phelps said during a swimming event for children. “I am happy, smiling, and more relaxed. It’s something that I have wanted for a long time and now I’m happy that I can make the most of it.” Phelps was also happy to praise Rio as it prepares to host the upcoming 2016 Olympics. “It’s not something you see too often. It’s going to be something special for Rio to host the Olympics and the World Cup with this type of spirit.” But while Phelps may be done with swimming, the world isn’t quite done giving him accolades: Phelps was honored with the first Laureus Exceptional Achievement Award after winning six medals in London last summer for a career total of 22, surpassing Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina for the most al

Cardinal says Pedophilia Not a Crime

Cardinal says pedophilia not a crime, south african cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis this week has told the BBC pedophilia is an illness and not a crime. Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban, told BBC Radio 5 on Saturday that pedophilia was a "disorder" that needed to be treated. "From my experience, pedophilia is actually an illness. It's not a criminal condition, it's an illness," he said. Napier said he knew of at least two priests who became pedophiles after they were abused as children. "Now don't tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who chooses to do something like that. I don't think you can really take the position and say that person deserves to be punished. He was himself damaged." The Catholic Church has had its image deeply tarnished by a widespread child sex abuse scandal. Napier was one of the 115 cardinals in the Vatican conclave that elected Pope Francis on Wedne

Lohan Misses Flight

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Lohan misses flight, Lindsay Lohan is tempting fate in court after she got off her NY-to-Los Angeles flight Saturday to stay in the Big Apple and party at a club, according to new online reports. Lohan is scheduled to appear in an LA courtroom tomorrow to faces charges she lied to law enforcement officials following a crash last summer. If Lohan doesn't appear, a bench warrant will be issued, law enforcement sources told TMZ. The gossip site reported that LiLo was supposed to fly out around 9 p.m. yesterday and had even boarded the plane but instead stayed in Gotham to watch a band called City of the Sun. Lindsay Lohan The site says Lohan was in such a rush to leave because she thought the plane was unsafe that she left her bags behind. The site says Linz is scrambling to find a flight out today that will get her to LA in time for tomorrow's hearing at 8:30 a.m. local time, including trying to get a private flight to the West Coast. Lohan has missed other court dates in

Lohan misses flight, Had to Appear in LA Court

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Lohan misses flight, Lindsay Lohan's travel history is as sketchy as her driving history ... and her rehab history ... and her dating history ... and TMZ has learned she missed a flight to Los Angeles last night, with her court date looming Monday. LiLo is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow to begin her trial for allegedly lying to cops last summer following her crash on PCH. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that Lindsay MUST be there in person or else a bench warrant will be issued. Sources close to Lindsay tell TMZ she had a flight scheduled from NY to LA yesterday at around 9:00 PM ET ... but skipped it. Instead, Lindsay was at a club in New York to see a band called City of the Sun. We're told Lindsay is trying to schedule a flight for later today, but has yet to do so. Lindsay's history of missing flights is rather prolific -- she missed a court date in 2010 after she claimed to lose her passport. Last April, Lindsay missed her flight to the White House Corresp

Paltrow Miscarriage

Paltrow Miscarriage, Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow described what appears to have been a miscarriage of her third child and revealed more details about an unrelated health scare that brought on stroke-like symptoms. Paltrow revealed her health issues to The Daily Mail’s Sunday magazine named You. Two articles about Paltrow appeared in You. Paltrow, 40, is married to British songwriter Chris Martin, the lead singer for the rock band Coldplay. They have two children: Apple, 8, and Moses, 6. “My children ask me to have a baby all the time. And you never know, I could squeeze one more in. I am missing my third. I’m thinking about it,” Paltrow told the magazine. “But I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third. It didn’t work out and I nearly died. So I am like, ‘Are we good here or should we go back and try again?’” Paltrow did not say when the miscarriage occurred. “In some cases, a woman may have to decide how badly she wants to try [for more children

Paltrow miscarriage, Gwyneth Lost her Third Child

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Paltrow miscarriage, Gwyneth Paltrow opening up about heartbreaking time in her life. In a candid interview with the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine today (March 17), the 40-year-old actress reveals that she experienced a miscarriage while pregnant with her third child. Gwyneth Paltrow reveals devastating miscarriage in Mail on Sunday's You magazine on March 17. Paltrow, who has two children -- daughter Apple, 8, and son Moses, 6, -- with husband Chris Martin, confesses that she "nearly died" after losing the baby. "My children ask me to have a baby all the time. And you never know, I could squeeze one more in. I am missing my third. I’m thinking about it," Paltrow explains, continuing, "But I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third. It didn’t work out and I nearly died. So I am like, 'Are we good here or should we go back and try again?'" One thing is for certain -- new parents and Paltrow's pals Jay-Z and Beyo

Cheney eyed Iraq oil

Cheney eyed Iraq oil, Former Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force appeared to have some interest in early 2001 in Iraq's oil industry, including which foreign companies were pursuing business there, according to documents released Friday by a private watchdog group. Judicial Watch, a conservative legal group, obtained a batch of task force-related Commerce Department papers that included a detailed map of Iraq's oil fields, terminals and pipelines as well as a list entitled "Foreign Suitors of Iraqi Oilfield Contracts." The papers also included a detailed map of oil fields and pipelines in Saudi Arabia and in the United Arab Emirates and a list of oil and gas development projects in those two countries. The papers were dated early March 2001, about two months before the Cheney energy task force completed and announced its report on the administration's energy needs and future energy agenda. Judicial Watch obtained the papers as part of a lawsuit by

Cheney Eyed Iraq Oil, Former Vice President

Cheney Eyed Iraq Oil, The Former Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force appeared to have some interest in early 2001 in Iraq's oil industry, including which foreign companies were pursuing business there, according to documents released Friday by a private watchdog group. Judicial Watch, a conservative legal group, obtained a batch of task force-related Commerce Department papers that included a detailed map of Iraq's oil fields, terminals and pipelines as well as a list entitled "Foreign Suitors of Iraqi Oilfield Contracts."..........yuricareport. The papers also included a detailed map of oil fields and pipelines in Saudi Arabia and in the United Arab Emirates and a list of oil and gas development projects in those two countries. The papers were dated early March 2001, about two months before the Cheney energy task force completed and announced its report on the administration's energy needs and future energy agenda. Judicial Watch obtained the pape

David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff, David The Hoff Hasselhoff sings to save Berlin Wall David The Hoff Hasselhoff sings to save Berlin Wall Photo: David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff joined a campaign in Germany to keep what remains of the Berlin Wall as a monument after local developers had originally planned to demolish parts of the former Cold War symbol. Cheered on by thousands of mostly young protesters who want the Wall to stay how it is, Hasselhoff performed his former hit song "Looking for Freedom" from the back of a van, singing into a megaphone. Recalling the time when in 1989 he was asked to sing the song on theBerlin Wall, Hasselhoff told reporters:     I was honoured in 1989 to sing on the Wall. It was a big surprise to me when they called and asked if I could sing on New Year's Eve and I said, only if I can sing on the Wall, knowing they would say no. And they said we need to get (then West German Chancellor) Helmut Kohl and (then East German leader Erich) Honecker to say

David Hasselhoff, Star Power To New Campaign

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David Hasselhoff put his name behind a campaign to preserve one of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, calling it a "sacred" monument to cheers Sunday from Germans who fondly remember his schmaltzy hit "Looking for Freedom" as one of the soundtracks to their peaceful 1989 revolution. The actor, best known for starring in "Knight Rider" and "Baywatch," joined ordinary Berliners in protesting a real estate developer's plans to move part of the wall to make way for an access path for a luxury housing development. David Hasselhoff wants to stop plans to move a section of the Berlin Wall. "It's like tearing down an Indian burial ground. It's a no-brainer," said Hasselhoff, before recounting his own memories of visiting East Germany – grim cities, grim food – shortly before unification. Plans to move part of the East Side Gallery – a 1.3 kilometer (3/4 mile) stretch of wall painted by artists after the fall