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Katie Couric Debuts As Global News Anchor For Yahoo News On Friday Katie Couric Debuts As Global News Anchor For Yahoo News On Friday

Television journalist and talk show host Katie Couric’s debut with Yahoo news is scheduled for Friday. Her first guest will be the former Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. Couric was appointed as the Global Anchor for Yahoo News, …

Syrian Nuns Freed By Kidnappers After Three Months Syrian Nuns Freed By Kidnappers After Three Months

Syrian insurgents have finally released the 13 nuns and three attendants who were kidnapped from a Greek Orthodox monastery in November. The release of the Syrian nuns was part of a hostage swap. In return for the nuns’ release, rebel …

Edward Snowden Appears At SXSW; Calls For Better Online Security Measures Edward Snowden Appears At SXSW; Calls For Better Online Security Measures

In a rare public appearance, fugitive and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed the audience of the SXSW conference regarding Internet privacy and surveillance. The conference, which was held on Monday in Austin, Texas, put the controversial U.S. intelligence …

Lena Dunham Says Sorry For Molestation Joke Via Twitter Lena Dunham Says Sorry For Molestation Joke Via Twitter

Girls director and actress Lena Dunham made a joke about sexual molestation on Sunday night that didn’t quite sit well with fans. Dunham made the joke in response to a tweet she received commenting on her performance on this weekend’s …

Kim Yo-Jong, Sister Of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un Makes First Official Appearance On Election Day Kim Yo-Jong, Sister Of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un Makes First Official Appearance On Election Day

Election Day was a family affair for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Along with his escort of party and military officials, Kim Jong-un brought along his younger sister Kim Yo-jong to the polling station for the socialist nation’s quinquennial elections. …

Tiger Woods Still Plagued By Bad Back Tiger Woods Still Plagued By Bad Back

Tiger Woods has faced numerous challenges on the green before, but nothing of this (painful) scale. At the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Florida, all it took was one swing at the sixth hole in the last round before Woods’ back injury …

‘Cosmos’ Reboot Features Unlikely Tandem Of Neil DeGrasse Tyson And Seth MacFarlane ‘Cosmos’ Reboot Features Unlikely Tandem Of Neil DeGrasse Tyson And Seth MacFarlane

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was a 13-part TV series that first appeared on television in 1980. The series tackled a wide range of scientific topics including Carl Sagan’s perspective of our existence in the universe and the origin of life. …

Joran Van Der Sloot To Be Extradited To The U.S. In 2038 Joran Van Der Sloot To Be Extradited To The U.S. In 2038

The Peruvian government has agreed to transfer Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch national, to the U.S. after he has served his sentence on a murder conviction in Peru, which will end in 2038. The news was published in one …

Rick Perry’s CPAC Speech Urges Rebellion Rick Perry’s CPAC Speech Urges Rebellion

On the second day of the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) held last Friday, Texas Governor Rick Perry’s speech was well received by the crowd with lots of applause and whistles. In his speech, the Governor praised his fellow Republicans, …

Jennifer Beals Lands Lead Role In Kyra Sedgwick-Produced TNT Drama Jennifer Beals Lands Lead Role In Kyra Sedgwick-Produced TNT Drama

Actress Jennifer Beals is set to star of the TNT pilot of the supernatural medical drama, Proof. Produced by acclaimed actress Kyra Sedgwick, the show’s plot revolves around Beals’ character Dr. Kathryn Russo, a brilliant but somewhat jaded female surgeon …

Joakim Noah Leads Bulls In Overtime Win Over Heat Joakim Noah Leads Bulls In Overtime Win Over Heat

Joakim Noah scored 20 points, 7 assists, and 5 blocks for the Chicago Bulls in Sunday’s game versus Miami Heat. Noah filled up his team’s stats and led them through an overtime victory with a final score of 95-88. The …

Patrick Reed Triumphs At WGC-Cadillac Championship In Doral Patrick Reed Triumphs At WGC-Cadillac Championship In Doral

The reign of Tiger Woods as the youngest World Golf Championships tournament winner has finally come to an end, thanks to Patrick Reed. The 23-year old Texan native won by one shot over Jamie Donaldson and Bubba Watson. Donning a …

Ted Turner Hospitalized In Buenos Aires Ted Turner Hospitalized In Buenos Aires

Robert Edward Turner III, more commonly known as philanthropist and cable TV network CNN founder Ted Turner, has been hospitalized in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 75-year-old media tycoon owns property in the Patagonia region of Argentina. On Friday morning, Turner …

LA Marathon: Amane Gobena of Ethiopia Wins LA Marathon: Amane Gobena of Ethiopia Wins

Amane Gobena, 31, won the L.A. Marathon that was held last Sunday. Gobena clocked in at 2:27:37 and received the $25,000 prize for the women’s race. She also finished 41 seconds ahead of Gebo Burka, a fellow Ethiopian, which added …

Biggie Smalls Remembered 17 Years After His Death Biggie Smalls Remembered 17 Years After His Death

Fans all over the world remembered Biggie Smalls, also known in the music world as The Notorious B.I.G., on the 17th anniversary of his death on Sunday. The rapper had just left a Vibe magazine-hosted event on March 9, 1997 …

Quvenzhané Wallis Is ‘Annie’; Official Trailer Released Quvenzhané Wallis Is ‘Annie’; Official Trailer Released

Oscar-nominated child actress Quvenzhané Wallis shines as the famous film orphan in the teaser trailer of Annie, which was finally unveiled on Wednesday. The highly anticipated film is due to hit theaters on Christmas Day. Fans of the hit musical …

Mass. Upskirting Photos Ruled Legal; Lawmakers Vote to Ban Mass. Upskirting Photos Ruled Legal; Lawmakers Vote to Ban

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on ruled it legal to take photos underneath a person’s clothing, known as “upskirting.” The high court said on Wednesday that the practice did not violate the law, because the “Peeping Tom” statute only …

Dr. Frank Jobe: Sports Medicine Pioneer Passes Away At 88 Dr. Frank Jobe: Sports Medicine Pioneer Passes Away At 88

Renowned American orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe has died, according to an official statement made by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. He had been hospitalized in Santa Monica shortly before his death due to an unnamed illness. Jobe was …

Bindi Irwin: Major Backlash On Partnership With SeaWorld Bindi Irwin: Major Backlash On Partnership With SeaWorld

Bindi Irwin, the daughter of ‘crocodile hunter’ Steve Irwin, became the subject of criticism and controversy when she announced her partnership with SeaWorld. The teen appeared on Good Morning America with her brother Robert and mother Terri. She shared her …

Miley Cyrus And Katy Perry Tangle On Twitter Over Kiss Miley Cyrus And Katy Perry Tangle On Twitter Over Kiss

Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus have been poking fun at each other on Twitter. It all started when Katy guested on Australia’s morning program, Sunrise, where the interview led to the discussion on her recent kiss with Miley in one …

Is Singer Brandon Howard Michael Jackson’s Son? Is Singer Brandon Howard Michael Jackson’s Son?

Brandon Howard is the son of Miki Howard and, some say, Michael Jackson. Miki was a musical artist managed by Michael’s father Joe Jackson in the 80s. Brandon is now 31. He is also said to be the “kid” referenced …

Legoland Closes After Threats To Muslim Family Day Legoland Closes After Threats To Muslim Family Day

The Legoland park in Windsor, England shut its doors to visitors after receiving threats from far-right extremists. The park was scheduled to host a private event for the MRDF last weekend (Muslim Research and Development Foundation), and they have sold …

Rio Garbage Strike Poses Problems After Annual Carnival Celebration Rio Garbage Strike Poses Problems After Annual Carnival Celebration

The yearly Carnival celebrations ended on Wednesday, but for the residents of Rio de Janeiro, the traces of the revelry remain—literally. The trash collectors are on strike and it has been five days since anyone saw an emptied bin. Neighborhoods …

Rapper Lil’ Boosie Released From Prison Rapper Lil’ Boosie Released From Prison

Torrance Hatch, more commonly known as Lil Boosie, was released from Louisiana State Penitentiary on Wednesday night. A press conference is scheduled on March 10. The schedule for the Baton Rouge rapper’s release was slated for May, but Lil Boose …