Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rob Kardashian weight loss

Rob Kardashian weight loss, The reality star not only debuted his Arthur George by Rob Kardashian sock line at Neiman Marcus in Las Vegas on May 25, but he showed off his impressive weight loss. The 26-year-old is sporting a slimmer body after recently revealing he was trying to drop the pounds he gained during his relationship with Rita Ora.
"I still have to lose like 40 to 50 pounds believe it or not," Kardashian told Us Weekly at the event. "Six months, I should be there."

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Fan slaps Beyonce

Fan slaps Beyonce, Beyonce was too damn bootylicious for one fan in Denmark ... who reached up onto the stage and slapped the singer right on her ass during her concert last night.

Mrs. Carter was performing "Irreplaceable" at the Forum in Copenhagen ... when a dude with front row seats lunged on to the stage and delivered a full 5-fingered smack to Beyonce's left butt cheek.

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O.C. crash kills 5 teens

O.C. crash kills 5 teens, Authorities say five people killed in a fiery Southern California crash that split a car in half were teenagers from the Irvine area.
Sheriff's officials tell the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/117ODqN) the names of the teens killed in the Newport Beach wreck were expected to be released Tuesday.
Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe says the Infiniti sedan they were in veered off a road Monday evening and hit a tree. The vehicle split in half and caught fire.
Lowe says four people were ejected from the car and died immediately. A fifth was partially ejected and was later declared dead at a hospital.
The cause of the crash wasn't immediately clear.
No other vehicles were involved.

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Man shoots daughters

Man shoots daughters, A California man shot his two adult daughters on Monday, killing one and critically injuring the other before apparently committing suicide while his three young grandchildren were in the home, authorities said.
An 8-year-old girl called to report gunfire before dawn, and deputies arrived to find 63-year-old Anthony Alvarez dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

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Papa John's racist voicemail

Papa John's racist voicemail, Two Florida Papa John's employees were fired after accidentally leaving a racist voicemail on the machine of a customer who allegedly tipped him poorly.
On May 19, a black Papa John's customer from Sanford, Fla., received a message on his iPhone, allegedly from the man who had just delivered his pizza, The Daily Dot reports. Apparently, the Papa John's employee didn't realize he had "butt-dialed" the customer and proceeded to leave an N-word ridden, racist voicemail complaining about the tip.

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TV Correspondent Killed

TV Correspondent Killed, Lebanon's official news agency says gunmen have fired on a government checkpoint near the Syrian border, killing three Lebanese soldiers.
The state-run National News Agency says gunmen attacked the roadblock near the town of Arsal on Tuesday morning.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cartoon Network lawsuit

Cartoon Network lawsuit, A North Dakota advertising agency is suing the creators of a Cartoon Network show, alleging that they copied a state marketing campaign.
H2M, a Fargo-based advertising and marketing agency, filed the lawsuit against Dane Boedigheimer and Spencer Grove in U.S. District Court in North Dakota on Monday. Boedigheimer and Grove are the creators of the animated series "Annoying Orange."

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Bad Teacher to CBS

Bad Teacher to CBS, "Bad Teacher" is coming to TV.
On Wednesday, CBS announced it had ordered the single-camera comedy, based on the Cameron Diaz-starring film, for the 2013-2014 television season.

Ari Graynor stars in the series as "an always inappropriate, fearless and unapologetic former trophy wife who masquerades as a teacher in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her penniless," per CBS.

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Ghetto tours stopped

Ghetto tours stopped, A company that promised sightseer tours to the Bronx that included a New York City "ghetto" has stopped the bus rides under protest from an outraged neighbourhood.
Real Bronx Tours, which took mostly European tourists from Manhattan to see life in the South Bronx "from a safe distance," issued a statement this week saying it would immediately cease all tours there.
Three times a week, the $45 ride took visitors past food-pantry lines, a housing project and a park a guide described as a pickpocket hangout.
Tourists were told they'd get a look at the Bronx that reflects one of the darkest chapters of the city's history, the 1970s and '80s, when the tour website said "this borough was notorious for drugs, gangs, crime and murders."

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dead for 40 minutes

Dead for 40 minutes, An Australian man who was clinically dead for 40 minutes has been brought back to life by a brand new resuscitation technique.
Colin Fiedler, 39 from Victoria, was one of three cardiac arrest patients brought back to life after being dead for between 40 and 60 minutes at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne, using two new techniques in the emergency department.
The Alfred is testing a mechanical CPR machine, which performs constant chest compressions, and a portable heart-lung machine -- normally used in theatre -- to keep oxygen and blood flowing to the patient's brain and vital organs.
Fiedler had a heart attack and was clinically dead for 40 minutes before being revived last June.
"I'm so grateful, more than I could ever say," he told the Herald Sun.
So far, seven cardiac arrest patients have been treated with the AutoPulse machine and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
It allows doctors to diagnose the cause of the cardiac arrest and treat it, but keep blood and oxygen flowing to the vital organs and brain, which reduces the risk of permanent disability.
Fiedler is one of the three patients who were revived and returned home without disability. In the ambulance, paramedics had given him a choice of two hospitals.
"For some reason, I said The Alfred, which is pretty lucky, because they are the only one that has it," he said.
The system is available only at The Alfred, but senior intensive care physician Professor Stephen Bernard said the results from the first two years of the trial were exciting, and he hopes to eventually expand the system across Melbourne.

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Jeff Gordon $30M apartment

Jeff Gordon $30M apartment, Here’s one New York City apartment that’s definitely not the pits.
In fact, listed for sale at $30 million, one thing that’s abundantly clear about this grandly located and luxuriously appointed apartment: Owner Jeff Gordon has done more than fine during his years of NASCAR racing and hanging in the famous pits. With more than $129 million in career earnings, Gordon is NASCAR’s all-time earnings leader. And this apartment puts the lead in high-octane living.
The race car driver who just competed in the 700th race of his career bought the 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom residence at the exclusive House section of 15 Central Park West back in 2007, just after marrying his second wife. The couple then turned Apartment 7C — what was essentially a shell — into a palace thanks to what the listing agent called “a painstaking, no-expense-spared renovation (that) has ensured that every detail of this 3,454-square-foot home exudes modern elegance and comfort.”
 If it seems incongruent for a NASCAR star to not only own a prestigious Upper West Side residence but to have had the vision to invest and create such a luxurious ambiance, Gordon has long had a passion for the Big Apple.
“I love that there are certain times that I’ll get recognized, and it’s kind of surprising and fun. But I can walk down the street most of the time and not be recognized, and I enjoy that, too,” Gordon told AM New York three years ago.
Now, however, the 42-year-old father of two has decided that the New York real estate market for high-end properties is hot enough again to try and make a deal. The Gordon’s built a massive custom home in Charlotte, N.C., where the family has lived since 2010 when they aren’t globetrotting with ski trips to Aspen and site-seeing in Belgium.
As for what Jeff Gordon is willing to leave behind in his former adopted hometown, it’s top-of-the-line exquisite, including:
  • Spectacular Central Park and city views
  • Top-of-the-line appointments
  • Entry foyer graced by 6-foot’ Santos Mahogany floors with solid brass in-laid edging
  • Open living/dining room that showcases direct east-facing Central Park views from a wall of oversized windows spanning over 46 feet
  • A flamed absolute black granite sushi bar with a blackened steel countertop, wine fridge and mini bar is cleverly concealed behind American walnut diving fins adorned with patinaed brass inserts
  • Chic eat-in chef’s kitchen, highlighted with plate steel-like Italian ceramic tile flooring, flamed absolute black granite counters and Miele/ Wolf/ Sub-Zero appliances
  • A discreet private home office
  • A large master suite that measures over 740 square feet, with a separate dressing room, 2 walk-in closets and a luxurious ensuite limestone bath with Boffi soaking tub.
And if $30 million still sounds like a lot of cash for the apartment, consider the amenities that come from living in one of New York’s most coveted addresses.
Designed by famed architect and historian Robert A.M. Stern, 15 Central Park West is close to Time Warner Center, Lincoln Center, the Theater District, and some of the world’s best shopping on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. The building is fully staffed and pet friendly with a landscaped motor court, garage, 14,000-sq. ft. fitness center with a 75-foot sky-lit lap pool, spa and sauna/steam rooms, screening room for 20 guests, private restaurant and catering, private wine rooms, library, business center, 1,400-sf meeting space, game room, outdoor terrace, and children’s playroom.

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$500 Million Penalty

$500 Million Penalty,  A subsidiary of India's largest pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay a record $500 million in  penalties and fines for selling adulterated drugs and lying to federal regulators in a case that is part of an ongoing crackdown on the quality of generic drugs flowing into the U.S.
Federal prosecutors say the guilty plea by Ranbaxy USA Inc. represents the largest financial penalty against a generic drug company for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which prohibits the sale of impure drugs.
The deal, announced Monday, concludes a years-long federal investigation into Ranbaxy's manufacturing deficiencies. The Food and Drug Administration in 2008 barred from Ranbaxy from importing more than 30 different drugs made at factories in India and, two years ago, struck a deal that required the company to ensure that data on its products is accurate, undergo extra oversight and review from a third-party and improve its drug making procedures.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

N.J. ocean roller coaster

N.J. ocean roller coaster
N.J. ocean roller coaster,  This time next week, perhaps the most famous symbol of Superstorm Sandy's devastation at the Jersey shore will be gone.
Demolition work is to start Tuesday on the remnants of the Jet Star, the roller coaster that plunged off an amusement pier in Seaside Heights during the Oct. 29 storm.
It should take about four days to remove the ride, said Maria Mastoris, a spokeswoman for Casino Pier.
"We are thrilled about this," she said. "We've been waiting for this for a long time. It shows we're making progress and that we'll be open and ready for the summer."
Images of the coaster in the water have appeared hundreds of times in the media and been used to help sell memorabilia to raise money for storm victims. The coaster is featured on a popular car magnet sold by one of the many charities raising money.
It also continues to draw large crowds to the Seaside Heights boardwalk, which remains under reconstruction.
Casino Pier has hired Weeks Marine, an experienced maritime contractor, to do the work.
"They're planning on taking it apart piece by piece and taking it away, Mastoris said. "They're going to take a crane around and take pieces off."
Works crews will operate around the clock until the last of the coaster has been removed.
In January, a man who lives nearby climbed to the top of the coaster and unfurled an American flag atop it before climbing down and being arrested by police. His municipal court case has yet to come to trial.
The project will start a few hours after Britain's Prince Harry departs from Seaside Heights. He's visiting the Ocean County community on Tuesday as part of a tour of America.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Jack Butler dies

Jack Butler dies, Jack Butler, who helped revolutionize the way cornerbacks played in the NFL during his Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Saturday after a lengthy battle with a staph infection. He was 85.
Butler's son John said his father's heart stopped suddenly Saturday morning. The elder Butler had spent the last several months in the hospital dealing with a staph infection that plagued him since his career ended in 1959.
''It had been a long road,'' John Butler said. ''It wasn't completely out of the blue.''
Unlike Butler's professional career.
The Pittsburgh native played wide receiver at St. Bonaventure and was planning on returning to school to get his master's degree when he received a phone call from Steelers business manager Fran Fogarty in the summer of 1951. To be honest, Butler assumed Fogarty had the wrong number.
''I didn't know anything about professional football,'' Butler said.
It didn't matter. Over the next nine years, Butler became one of the NFL's top defensive backs, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound wrecking ball known for his physical play and uncanny knack for getting to the ball. Butler intercepted 52 passes during his career, including a league-high 10 in 1957. He made the Pro Bowl four times and was chosen first-team All-NFL three times before a knee injury in 1959 ended his career.
Butler remained close to the game after his retirement, becoming a prominent scout who worked closely with the Steelers for over 40 years.
During one stretch from 1969-74, Butler's insight helped Pittsburgh draft nine players that would all precede him in the Hall of Fame, including Terry Bradshaw and Joe Greene. The group became the core of a franchise for the better part of a decade, helping Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls in the span of six years.
''He was an excellent person both on and off the field, and he played an integral role in the BLESTO scouting program and our entire draft process before his retirement,'' Steelers chairman Dan Rooney said. ''His family was very close to the entire Rooney family, and he will be missed.''
Butler served as the backbone of a string of mediocre to middling teams in the 1950s and his bruising style became a precursor to the ''Steel Curtain'' defense that has been the team's hallmark for most of the last 40 years.
He was in his prime in 1959 when a collision with Philadelphia Eagles tight end Pete Retzlaff put an end to his playing days. The details of the play remained vivid more than 50 years later.
''He caught the ball and I was coming over to hit him, to tackle him and before I got to him, he tripped or caught his foot or something,'' Butler said in July, 2012. ''As he was going down, his shoulder hit my (left) knee.''
Butler knew the second he looked down at the smashed joint - which appeared to be at a 90-degree angle with the rest of his leg - he needed to think about what he was going to do with the rest of his life.
''It was just sticking out,'' Butler said. ''I knew I was in a lot of trouble.''
There was no such thing as arthroscopic knee surgery back then and given the severity of the injury, Butler's not sure he could have recovered if the injury happened today. He endured 10 surgeries and eventually had both of his knees replaced, procedures that limited his mobility later in life.
Still, he managed to make it to Canton, Ohio last summer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after being elected by the senior committee. It was an honor Butler had given up on long ago even as a campaign to get him into the Hall built steam. He was second in NFL history in career interceptions when he retired and still ranks 26th all-time, tied with Champ Bailey among others.
More than a dozen members of his family made the two-hour trip to Canton for the ceremony when the weight of Butler's accomplishments finally seemed to set in.
''If you'd asked him five years, 10 years ago, he'd have said it was no big deal,'' John Butler said Saturday. ''But then when it happened, he was like, 'this is a big deal.' When they told him 25,000 players or so had been in the league and you're No. 268, he was like, 'Wow, that's pretty good.' He kind of really figured it out.''
Butler didn't have a secret for his transformation from unknown to Hall of Famer. He knew he loved football. And he knew he could get away with the kind of contact today's defensive backs only dream about.
''You could bump'em and push'em and do things,'' Butler said. ''You could grab onto his jersey so he doesn't get far from you. You could hold on a little bit. Now they're all over you. It's hard to do anything today.''
There was no method exactly to Butler's success. He was smart, sure. And he could tell by a receiver's footwork where he was heading. Yet Butler says most of the credit should go to a work ethic and a little bit of naivety. He didn't know what he was doing when the Steelers signed him to a $4,000 contract in 1951.
''I must've been given some talents,'' he said. ''Whatever talents I had, I worked like hell to improve what I had.''

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ABC shows canceled

ABC shows canceled, In the dead of night, while you were sleeping or paying attention to other less trivial things, ABC and NBC announced the cancellation of Happy Endings and Smash, respectively. Feel free to use this space as a memorial for both shows. 

You know it's a weird upfront season when Community fans are the ones left with nothing to complain about in the end. Fans of Happy Endings and Smash will be disappointed to know their shows didn't get picked up for another year by their respective networks. Both had vocal but small fan bases for two very different reasons. Happy Endings was another ensemble sitcom that had smart writing but struggled to find a large audience. (It was a lot like Community in that way.) On the other hand, people loved Smash because it was a hot mess of television. So if you know any Smash or Happy Endings fans, give them a little love today. Hug them extra tightly. Buy them a milkshake, or something with a little more punch to it, to help them get out of the doldrums of television depression. (There is a slight silver lining for Happy Endings fans: the chance USA picks up the show. They did just cancel Burn Notice. Read into that what you will.)

Other things that got axed by either network include NBC's The New Normal. As our Richard Lawson noted yesterday evening before the news came down, NBC cancelled so many programs that The New Normal was the only freshman sitcom from the 2013 season poised to survive. So much for that! There's no other remarkable news from NBC because the only show still on order is The Voice. But ABC also got rid of these shows: Body of Proof, Red Widow and Malibu Country. Poor Reba McEntire. Where will we go for our weekly dose of Reba now?

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

$45M ATM heist, Eight defendants have been charged in the largest bank heist

$45M ATM heist, Eight defendants have been charged in the largest bank heist of its kind, a $45 million worldwide theft that took just hours using fabricated ATM cards.
Federal prosecutors said the cyber-theft was as intricate as a movie plot.
"This scheme was organized for months and planned down to the minute, reminiscent of the casino heist in 'Ocean's Eleven,'" said Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
The scheme, which started overseas, was detailed in an indictment unsealed today. Unknown hackers stole data from banks that was then encoded onto plastic cards sent to crews in two dozen countries, according to the Justice Department. The local operatives went from ATM to ATM, withdrawing millions.
Lynch said she saw photos of one defendant in New York.
"Surveillance photos show his backpack getting heavier and heavier as his efforts go on," she said.
According to court records, the hackers targeted a credit card processor that handled prepaid debit card transactions for Rakbank in the United Arab Emirates.
In a separate attack, the hackers, who are unknown to prosecutors, targeted a processor that serviced MasterCard prepaid debit cards issued by the Bank of Muscat in Oman.
In each case, the cards were compromised, withdrawal limits were eliminated and the stolen data was encoded onto plastic cards distributed to local operatives in 27 countries, officials said. In total, more than 4,500 ATM transactions were conducted in approximately 20 countries around the globe.
"Instead of guns and masks, this cyber crime organization used laptops and malware," Lynch said.
The New York cell withdrew $3 million of the total $45 million stolen. In 25 minutes, the defendants and their co-conspirators conducted approximately 750 fraudulent transactions totaling nearly $400,000 at more than 140 different cash machines, according to the Department of Justice.
Seven members of the New York cell have been arrested. The eighth, Alberto Yusi Lajud-Pena, said to be the ringleader, was found murdered last month in the Dominican Republic.
The men have been charged variously with conspiracy to commit access device fraud, money laundering conspiracy and money laundering.
"New technologies and the rapid growth of the Internet have eliminated the traditional borders of financial crimes," said Steven Hughes, special agent in charge of the Secret Service office in New York.
The defendants also invested the stolen funds in portable luxury goods, including expensive watches and cars. Two Rolex watches, a Mercedes SUV, a Porsche Panamera, and hundreds of dollars in cash have at this point been seized by the U.S. government.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment on each of the money laundering charges and 7 1/2 years on the conspiracy to commit access device fraud charge, as well as restitution and as much as $250,000 in fines.
Law enforcement agencies in Japan, Canada, Germany, Romania and 12 other countries were involved in the investigation.
The financial sector as a whole faces thousands of attempted cyber attacks per day -- from "probes" and "pings" to various attempts at disruption, intrusion or fraud, according to Greg Garcia, an advisor to the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
However, most of the attacks are stopped. The industry has many sophisticated tools and experts making the efforts more complicated and expensive for the criminals.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Teacher fired over bikini photo

Teacher fired over bikini photo, [see PICTURE]  She posed in clothing you might see on any beach in America, but this ex-teacher said her bikini photos got her banned for good from her classroom.
A former Martin County High School English teacher in Florida said she lost her job after one of her racy modeling photos came to the attention of the school's principal.
Olivia Sprauer, 26, who models under the name Victoria James, told The Huffington Post she knew she took a risk when she decided to pose for bikini photos beginning in February, but she decides she wanted to chance it.
"Lots of teachers get fired or asked to resign for the same things I did," Sprauer told HuffPost. "I knew I didn't want to come back next year and I knew I wanted to go to grad school so I decided if I made it to the end of the year I would be happy."
Unfortunately for Sprauer, who started teaching in 2011, she didn't quite make it. On April 29, she was called into principal Alfred Fabrizio's office. Sprauer said the principal showed her one of her modeling photos and, after she confirmed the picture was of her, she was asked to resign that day.
"I felt like it would have been nice for my students to finish out the year with me," Sprauer said. "They trusted me and they made me happy so that aspect of it was sad."
The Martin County School District would only confirm that Sprauer, who taught freshmen and juniors, is no longer employed at the school. A spokesperson for the district declined to comment further because it was a "personnel matter."
Sprauer said she did nothing wrong.
"I don't make pornography. I don't open my legs on camera. I take swimsuit glamour style photography," Sprauer said.
Sprauer said she still plans on attending her student's graduation.
"They are happy for me," Sprauer said. "They know I love them."

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