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Kristen M. Foster is a writer, traveler, reader and fan of far too much TV and film! You can follow her California adventure on Twitter, Stumbleupon and Google+
Rupert Murdoch: Questioning by UK Parliament on Hold Rupert Murdoch: Questioning by UK Parliament on Hold
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Rupert Murdoch’s return to the Media Select Committee of the UK parliament’s House of Commons has been postponed in light of anticipated phone-hacking trials related to Murdoch’s news companies. Murdoch is being called back to the Committee to be questioned …

Mexico Flooding: Ingrid Upgraded to Hurricane

Either side of Mexico’s coast is being battered by weeks of bad weather causing landslides, flooding, bridge collapses and multiple deaths. Tropical Storm Ingrid threatens even more damage as it forms about 60 miles off the coast and as of …

Ayman al-Zawahiri Calls for US-Based Attacks
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Al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri issued his latest audio speech online marking 12 years and a day since the 11 September attacks of 2001. Zawahiri’s speech is issued with the missive of calling for small-scale attacks inside the United States to …

India Gang Rape Convicts Sentenced to Death

Friday’s decision is death for the four men—Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Thakur—convicted of gang raping and murdering a young woman in December 2012 in New Delhi, India. NPR reporters say the announcement by the presiding judge, “took …

Airport Lightning Strikes Injure One; Delay Many

Lightning strikes ground about two hours of today’s Washington Metro region air traffic to a halt and injured one air traffic controller—as of last reports, the controller is not seriously hurt. The Washington, D.C. region was hit by severe thunderstorms …

Friday the 13th Superstitions; There’s an App for That!
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Did you know that this is your first chance at a Friday the 13th in 2013? We will have two this year, the next in December. Last year the odds were in the infamous day’s favor, with three occurrences landing …

Carl Icahn Pens Letter Bowing Out of Dell Deal Carl Icahn Pens Letter Bowing Out of Dell Deal

Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn penned an open letter on Monday to Dell Inc. shareholders announcing the end of his battle with the company’s Board of Directors. Some reports indicate Icahn will leave the deal about $11 million richer and …

George Clooney Pals Around with Sandra Bullock’s Son

Sandra Bullock’s son Louis may have a future in casting. He’s selected Bullock’s Gravity co-star, George Clooney, as a positive male role model. During press conferences at the Toronto International Film Festival, Bullock revealed, “My son thinks he’s (Clooney) a …

Don Wade, Radio Legend, Dies of Brain Tumor

The Windy City echoed a little empty with the passing of radio personality Don Wade on Friday. Wade succumbed to a brain tumor with which he had fought for about a year; he was 72. Colleagues are praising Wade and …

Toys “R” Us, UK, to Stop Gender-Based Marketing Toys “R” Us, UK, to Stop Gender-Based Marketing
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Toys “R” Us, UK, this week joined a number of other British retailers in supporting the Let Toys Be Toys campaign with plans to stop explicit gender-based marketing. Toys “R” Us Managing Director Roger McLaughlan said, “We will work with …

Linda Bammann, Michael Neal to Join JPMorgan Board Linda Bammann, Michael Neal to Join JPMorgan Board

On Monday, JPMorgan Chase & Co. released a statement announcing the Board of Directors’ intent to elect Linda B. Bammann and Michael A. Neal on as directors. Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, stated, “Linda and Mike are …

Syria Turn Over Weapons Promise Sways Obama
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While expressing skepticism about promises from the Syrian regime to turn over chemical weapons, during a Monday night NBC News interview, later that evening… President Barack Obama leaned toward the proposal in the face of public opposition and wavering congressional …

K-Cup Announced by Campbell’s and Green Mountain K-Cup Announced by Campbell’s and Green Mountain
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Campbell’s has come a long way since consumers started enjoying the “Mmm Mmm Good” canned soup company, and now we can call it the K-cup soup company, too. Campbell Soup Co. and Green Mountain, which currently produces coffee and other …

Olympic Wrestling In, Base-/Softball and Squash Out

During this week’s International Olympic Committee meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Olympic wrestling won the privilege to return to the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games as an event. The reprieve comes seven months after the sport was recommended to be …

Cal-Neva Casino, of Frank Sinatra Fame, Returning to Glory Days Cal-Neva Casino, of Frank Sinatra Fame, Returning to Glory Days
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Cal-Neva hotel-casino, so named because it straddles the California-Nevada state line, is closing starting Monday to undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation. Anticipated reopening is scheduled for 12 December 2014. The casino attached to the hotel shut its doors in 2010 due …

Ben Jealous Gives Notice At NAACP Ben Jealous Gives Notice At NAACP

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous gave notice to the organization’s Board of Directors on Sunday. Jealous, who has been with the organization for five years, will carry his current position through the end of 2013. He will formally …

Matthew McConaughey Stuns in “Dallas Buyers Club”

Matthew McConaughey’s latest film, Dallas Buyers Club, was received with a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. The film was screened Saturday night revealing the full transformation for McConaughey and supporting actor Jared Leto. Both stars …

William Shatner Headlines Salt Lake Comic-Con
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Salt Lake City is hosting its first-ever Comic Con this weekend and it is sold out, with over 50,000 tickets sold by the end. Appearances by William Shatner, and a re-teaming of Adam West and Burt Ward, are special highlights …

Harry Reid, Reconvenes Senate Early, Files Syria Rez
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid started forward momentum in Congress this weekend toward possible military intervention in Syria. The Democratic Senator from Nevada briefly reconvened his colleagues on Friday to file a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama’s desired military strikes …

Jennie Garth: All a-Twitter Over New Beau Shimbo

Jennie Garth—probably still best known for her Beverly Hills, 90210 alum status—is capturing entertainment gossip headlines again over her new beau, Michael Shimbo. In a line right out of a teen drama, the couple is, “going steady,” a source says. …

Pakistan’s Idle Hangmen May Return to Work
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“The prison hangman loitered in a Lahore graveyard…” sounds like the beginning to a great novel. Rather, it’s the first line of the New York Times feature on Pakistani hangman Sabir Masih, who has been idle since Pakistani President Asif …

Zubin Mehta Concert Promotes “Message of Peace”

Indian-born conductor Zubin Mehta lived a dream Saturday, conducting a concert in Indian-administered Kashmir. Maestro Mehta directed the Bavarian State Orchestra in a German Embassy-sponsored concert attended by almost 2,000 guests. This is the first cultural event of such magnitude …

Tony Abbott PM-elect party wins Australian elections

Australians learned election results Saturday and it was an overwhelming victory for the conservative opposition party. Early Sunday reports indicated the coalition would win a clear majority of 88 out of the 150 House of Representative seats. Labor would probably …

Host City 2020 Olympics Will Be Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo will be sports fans’ destination for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympics Games. The International Olympic Committee selected Japan’s capital city today, home to over 36,000 people. Tokyo last hosted the games in 1964. This round they used the slogan, …