Taylor Swift has shared musical collaborations with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Usher, Justin Bieber, and T.I. during last year's Speak Now tour, but now she will reportedly lend her voice to hip hop artist B.o.B.'s upcoming album. Rap-Up.com reports that the project, called Strange Clouds, is due out on May 1st.
B.o.B. had a hit in 2010 with "Airplanes," featuring Taylor's friend, Hayley Williams of Paramore.
Of the collaboration, B.o.B. said, "I can't discredit nor confirm the rumor. Once it's began, it's begun and it will take its course."
Taylor contacted B.o.B. to perform "Airplanes" with her during the Speak Now tour stop in Dallas.
Taylor is in Australia for a string of dates Down Under beginning in Perth on Friday (March 2nd).
She voices the role of Audrey in the animated film, The Lorax, which opens in theaters on Friday.
Justin Moore had a chance to spend a lot of time with Miranda Lambert when he was on tour with her last year, and this year he's getting to hang with Blake Shelton on his Well Lit & Amplified tour.
Justin tells us he's impressed with Blake's first headlining endeavor. "I'm blown away by Blake's show. I think he's finally getting to the point where people are recognizing how great of a singer and entertainer he is. I think he's been one of those guys that's not gotten the recognition until later than he deserved a long time ago. But we're glad to be out with him. I've jokingly said that, 'The only thing left to do after being out with Miranda and now Blake is for them to just go ahead and adopt me.' I wouldn't have to work as much as I do now if that were the case."
Justin tells us about getting to know Blake and Miranda. "They're great people. They're a great couple. They're great talents. I've become really good friends with Miranda over the past couple of years and didn't get to spend much time with Blake. I'm really, really looking forward to the rest of this tour. It's a great fit musically for us, and I think the crowds have been sold out every night which is great. And we've got a good slot to be on right before him and it's gonna be a lot of fun and looking forward to knowing him even more."
The Well Lit & Amplified tour plays in Spokane, Washington on March 8th.
In the meantime, Justin plays in Wichita, Kansas on Thursday (March 1st).
Justin's new single is called "Til My Last Day."
Justin will join headliner Gary Allan on the Country Throwdown tour beginning on May 18th in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Rascal Flatts will release their new album, Changed, in a little more than a month. The guys are very excited for their fans to hear the new music because it represents a period of artistic growth for the trio. Joe Don Rooney tells us: "(It's) just another good body of wonderful tunes. I feel like that we've been blessed in a lot of ways, trying to find songs. There's been some really good ones through the years, it's just fallen in our lap. And once again, this will be our eighth album. I feel like that some songs have been put in our way for a higher purpose and there's really, really well written songs we were able to cut and are fortunate enough to cut on this new album. And I think, once again, when this album comes out and you listen to it and you hear Rascal Flatts body of work on this album, I think it's going to show another growth spurt. I really do. I think with each album we've been able to hone in on what our strengths are."
Changed will be in stores on April 3rd. Fans will be able to choose either the regular version of the album or the deluxe version, which features four bonus tracks.
Rascal Flatts is preparing for their American Band tour with special guests Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, and Edens Edge, which kicks off in Hartford, Connecticut on June 15th.
Rascal Flatts will perform with Lionel Richie during the all-star tribute to Lionel on April 2nd in Las Vegas. The show will air later this year on CBS.
They are also nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at the ACM Awards. The winners will be announced on April 1st, also in Las Vegas.
Kenny Chesney, Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Ray LaMontagne, Lucinda Williams, Brandi Carlile, Andy Grammer, John Hiatt, and Shooter Jennings will all take part in a tribute to Johnny Cash to celebrate what would have been the "man in black's" 80th birthday. We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash will take place on April 20th at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theatre in Austin. Tickets go on-sale to the general public today (Wednesday, February 29th).
Johnny and June Carter Cash's son, John Carter Cash said, "Our family is honored to know that this amazing line-up of artists will gather together on one stage to pay tribute to the music and history of my father. There is no doubt in my mind that, although he is no longer with us in body, his spirit will shine true on this night thanks to these inspired artists."
An all-star band led by Grammy Award-winning Don Was -- which includes Buddy Miller, Kenny Aronoff, Ian McLagen, and Greg Leisz -- will back these performers.
A percentage of the net proceeds from the concert will be donated to Charley's Fund to help in the fight to find a cure for the fatal children's disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Johnny's actual 80th birthday celebration kicks off today with the ground-breaking of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project in Dyess, Arkansas. The house that Cash grew up in will become a permanent tribute to him and his family's early life.
Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth, a 2-CD, 51-track collection which comprises gospel and spiritual recordings made by Johnny in the 1970s and '80s will be released on April 3rd.
Trace Adkins spent some time at the hospital in Nashville yesterday (Tuesday, February 27th). He tweeted a photo of himself from behind with the back of his hospital gown open and nothing underneath, along with the caption, "@ Vanderbilt having kidney stones busted. No big deal."
Billy Ray Cyrus will be returning to the CW series 90210 later this season to reprise his role as Austin (Justin Deeley)'s father, country star Judd Ridge. He resumes the role for the show's 22nd episode, which is set to air later this spring.
Lauren Alaina will head back to American Idol to perform during season 11. Other former Idol finalists-turned-stars returning to sing this season include Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert and James Durbin. Lauren is currently out on Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party tour.
Randy Montana and his wife, Montgomery, welcomed their first child on Monday (February 27th) in Nashville. They are the proud parents of baby daughter Sullivan Mae.
Q. What singing artist was known as "King of the Cowboys"? A. Roy Rogers
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JENNIFER GARNER AND BEN AFFLECK WELCOME SON: Jennifer Garner gave birth to a son, the third child for her and Ben Affleck. The couple already has two daughters, Seraphina, 3, and Violet, 6. The couple announced they were expecting in August.
SEAN YOUNG SAYS SHE WAS SOBER AT OSCARS PARTY: Sean Young claims that she was sober during her controversial arrest outside of the Governors Ball for allegedly striking a security guard on Sunday night. Many have assumed that Young, who appeared on Celebrity Rehab, was intoxicated at the time. She attempted to clear up the rumors with a Facebook post that read, "I just want everyone to know that I was sober, extremely well behaved when a very stupid security guard went postal on me and then The Academy's very stupid lawyer recommended a 'private person's arrest' and I have grounds for a lawsuit against the Academy although I believe a public apology to me would be much better. I am OK and I have the Hollywood Police Stations support who very carefully and kindly photographed the bruises on my arms which this guard is responsible for doing."
MEGAN FOX GUSHES OVER BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN: Megan Fox has been married to Brian Austin Green for nearly two years, but she's still head over heels for her husband. The 25-year-old gushedCosmopolitan, "I truly feel like he's my soul mate. I don't want to sound corny or cliche, but I do believe we are destined to live this part of our lives together." She added, "The first time I saw him, I got butterflies. And the first time he casually touched me? There was so much electricity."
ELIZABETH OLSEN DATING ALEXANDER SKARSGARD? There are apparently sparks flying between Elizabeth Olsen and Alexander Skarsgard. The New York Post reported that the up-and-coming Olsen sister spent most of her time at Vanity Fair's Oscar party ignoring other guests and talking amongst to Alexander. Skarsgard split from Kate Bosworth last year after a long relationship.
KATE HUDSON AND OWEN WILSON BOND OVER BABIES: Kate Hudson and her ex-boyfriend Owen Wilson reportedly "had a moment" at the Vanity Fair Oscar party bonding over their new babies. The couple dated in 2006 and 2007 after meeting on the set of You, Me and Dupree. Hudson has a seven-month-son with fiance Matt Bellamy, while Wilson and Jade Duell welcomed son Robert Ford in January 2011. A source told Us Weekly that at the party, "They pulled out their phones to show each other pictures. They both oohed and ahhed over them."
PAULA DEEN DROPS TWO PANTS SIZES: Paula Deen apparently listened to the nationwide conversation about her diabetes diagnosis. After the Food Network star revealed she's had Type 2 Diabetes for three years, the public blasted her for continuing to promote unhealthy eating. However at Sunday's 2012 South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Deen, 65, showed off a slimmer figure. She said, "I've dropped two pant sizes and I feel great!" adding that she goes for regular walks and has been practicing portion control.
CHARLIE SHEEN SHOW GETS PREMIERE DATE: Charlie Sheen's new TV series Anger Management will premiere on June 28th. GossipCop.com confirmed that the series will kick off this summer and air regularly on Thursdays at 9:30 pm on FX.
ALAN BALL STEPPING DOWN FROM 'TRUE BLOOD': Alan Ball will be stepping down as showrunner on True Blood. The creator is leaving to focus on his new TV show, Cinemax's Banshee. He explained, "True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but my life. Because of the fantastic cast, writers, producers and crew, with whom I have been lucky enough to work these past five years, I know I could step back and the show will continue to thrive as I look forward to new and exciting ventures."
JAMES SPADER LEAVING 'THE OFFICE': James Spader is leaving The Office after just one season. Spader was billed as Steve Carell's replacement last year, but Ed Helms' character actually look over for Michael Scott as regional manager of Dunder Mifflin while Spader player the paper company's CEO. Producers told Variety that Spader was always supposed to be on for just one season.
Anne Hathaway apparently isn't guarding her "good girl" reputation too tightly. The 29-year-old voluntarily compared herself to Lindsay Lohan in a new interview with The Sun.
Despite her Oscar nomination and industry respect, Hathaway said, "Lindsay Lohan and I have more in common than people think. We've all done things we shouldn't. It is just that I did stuff at college when nobody knew about it, so I'm not a saint. I wasted time doing self-destructive things."
The actress, who is currently engaged to Adam Schulman, added, "I found you can only dance on so many table tops. I got all that out of my system and I am healthy and grounded."
Anne also explained her healthy attitude about weight in the industry. She said, "My mom has encouraged me not to be one of those people who worry about weight. I know when people refer to me as a 'regular' girl, that it is a code word for 'fat' in Hollywood. It is completely understandable, as a teenager, to fret about your body. It is scary, because you don't know how it is going to end up. But I am not a teenager anymore and my body has chosen its shape. I would rather be strong than skinny."
It's apparently true that Natalie Portman is married. After the actress and her baby daddyBenjamin Millepied set off a firestorm of speculation at the Oscars with their suspicious rings, jeweler Jaime Wolf confirmed that she designed their "wedding rings."
Wolf told Us Weekly, "I designed the rings worn by Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman. They were made with recycled platinum and conflict free diamonds."
Portman's official reps have refused to comment on her relationship status.
The couple met on the set of Black Swan and announced that they were expecting a child in December of 2010. Their son Aleph was born last June.
Kelsey and Camille Grammer have ended their custody war. TMZ.com reported that the exes -- who have been warring ever since their 2010 split -- agreed to joint custody of their two children, 10-year-old Mason and 7-year-old Jude.
The children will reportedly continue living with Camille in Los Angeles, but Kelsey will maintain "meaningful contact" with both of them.
Although the couple's financial issues are not legally straightened out yet, sources say the most of the problems have been resolved and the dispute should be settled soon.
Kelsey recently revealed that his new wife Kayte is pregnant with twins
JULIA ROBERTS SAYS HER KIDS DON'T KNOW SHE'S FAMOUS
Julia Roberts may be one of Hollywood's classic leading ladies -- but her kids don't know it. Roberts told Vanity Fair that her three children -- twins Hazel and Finn, 7, and son Henry, 4 -- can't comprehend her celebrity.
She recalled, "I was on a crowded street, and somebody noticed me, and then another person noticed. Somebody said as we were walking past, 'Oh, that's Julia Roberts.' We all just kind of kept going, and then Finn said, 'Yeah, my mom's Julia Robinson. That's what gives you perspective. It could be Robinson, it could be Johnson, because it has nothing to do with me as a person."
Meryl Streep's daughter, Julia's Larry Crowne costar Grace Gummer, offered her an interesting perspective on growing up in a famous household. Julia explained, "Grace comes up and goes, 'Gosh, it's so sweet seeing all your kids on the set. It reminds me of when I was little, and I would go see my mom at work.' I asked, 'Were you happy?' Suddenly, I thought, here is a source of information. I said, 'How old were you when you realized your mom was Meryl Streep?' She said, 'I think I was probably nine when I put that all together.' I said, 'Were you cool with it?' She said, 'Yeah, it was fine. There was no trauma.' So that was hopeful."
Roberts isn't just concerned about the welfare of her own kids -- she fears for today's up-and-coming actresses. She told the magazine, "The business is so different; you can never be that new girl that has that moment of, 'Where'd she come from?' There's the express elevator and there's rehab. It's so awful; nobody gets a fair trial-and-error period that everybody deserves and everybody needs."
Kim Kardashian's rep has denied a report that the reality star is a mean girl.Janetcharlton.com reported that Kim -- who had a mini Twitter-feud with Demi Moore several years ago -- had been making fun of the actress's troubles.
The website reported that at Elton John's Oscar party, Kardashian laughingly requested Devo's song "Whip It, joked to her friends that it was dedicated to Demi -- who reportedly inhaled whip it's on the night of her hospitalization.
The animosity started two years ago after Kim tweeted that she was "out pimpin' with my friends." Demi criticized the phrase, preaching (on Twitter) that "a pimp is a slave owner" and the pimp culture should not be glorified.
With 24 contestants left, the top 12 guys performed live last night (February 28th) on American Idol.
Reed Grimm started off the show with "Moves Like Jagger," with judge Steven Tyler praising his moonwalk step and version of the song. Adam Brock performed Aretha Franklin's"Think" and Deandre Brackensick performed Earth, Wind and Fire's "Reasons."
Chase Likens performed "Storm Warning" and Steven compared his looks to actor Brenden Frazier.Phillip Phillips performed "In The Air Tonight," with Randy Jackson saying that he wanted him to stick with the melody more. Eben Franckewitz performed "Set Fire to the Rain," which was met with approval form the judges, although Randy did say that Eben hit some flat notes.
Heejun Han performed "Angel," with the judges agreeing that it might not be the right song choice for him. Joshua Ledet performed Jennifer Hudson's "You Pulled Me Through" and Jennifer Lopezcommented he was so amazing that she wanted to punch him.
Ryan Seacrest revealed that Jermaine Jones was to be the returning contestant and he performed "Dancing With My Father."
Steven Tyler also made a joke about Jennifer Lopez' wardrobe malfunction at the Academy Awards, compete with his own reenactment.
ROMNEY SWEEPS PRIMARIES IN MICHIGAN, ARIZONA: Mitt Romney swept both Republican presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona yesterday (February 28th), gaining back momentum fromRick Santorum with the two important victories. Romney got an easy 47 percent to 27 percent win in Arizona, which Santorum barely contested, but it was much closer in his home state of Michigan, a nail-biter of a contest in which he ended up pulling out a 41 percent to 38 percent victory. Newt Gingrich andRon Paul were far behind in both states. The next big contest is Super Tuesday next week, when 10 states will be voting.
Romney kept his attacks focused on President Obama in his victory speech last night: These days when he's not -- when he's not spending our money, or infringing on our rights, he's -- he's busy running for re-election. He believes that -- did you hear this? He believes that he ranks among the top four presidents in American history. Can you believe that? I'd find a different spot for him. He thinks he deserves a second term. He says we can't wait, to which I say, oh yes we can."
Although he came in second, Santorum was elated at how close he'd made the contest: "To the people of Michigan, you know, we came into the backyard of one of my opponents and in a race that everyone said, well, just ignore, you you really have no chance here. And the people of Michigan looked into the hearts of the candidates and all I have to say is I love you back."
While Republicans were focused on the primary voting, Obama made a campaign-style appearance yesterday before United Auto Workers union members in Washington. Praising the workers and touting the success of the bailout, Obama also attacked Republicans, saying their claims that the workers profited from the auto industry bailout are a, quote, "load of you know what."
TEEN SCHOOL SHOOTER APPEARS IN COURT AS DEATH TOLL RISES TO THREE: The 17-year-old suspect in a shooting rampage at an Ohio high school appeared briefly in juvenile court yesterday (February 28th), one day after the attack, as the death toll rose to three. One of the two other students wounded remained hospitalized. Prosecutor David Joyce said that T.J. Lane admitted to firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table at Chardon High School, but said he didn't know the victims and chose them randomly. Joyce said, "This is not about bullying. This is not about drugs. This is someone who's not well, and I'm sure in our court case we'll prove that to all of your desires and we'll make sure justice is done here in this county." Lane, described by other students as quiet, didn't say much in court, where the judge ordered him held for at least 15 days. Prosecutors are expected to ask that Lane be tried as an adult.
WOUNDED BRITISH JOURNALIST SPIRITED OUT OF SYRIA: A wounded British photojournalist who'd been trapped in the besieged Syrian city of Homs was spirited out into Lebanon Tuesday (February 28th) in a risky operation in which 13 of the rebels who helped him escape were killed. Paul Conroy was one of a group of Western journalists who sneaked into Syria illegally and wound up trapped in Homs as it came under weeks of bombardment by government forces. A French journalist was wounded in the same attack as Conroy and two other journalists were killed. It was unclear whether the French journalist, Edith Bouvier, had also made it out to safety. Meanwhile, United Nations political chief B. Lynn Pascoe said that well over 7,500 people have died in Syria's 11-month uprising, and that there are credible reports that more than 100 civilians are dying every day.
SENATOR OLYMPIA SNOWE WON'T RUN FOR RE-ELECTION: Moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine made the surprise announcement Tuesday (February 28th) that she won't be running for a fourth term this fall, despite having laid the groundwork for a campaign for months. Snowe had been expected to win re-election, and her decision deals a blow to the GOP effort to try to take control of the Senate in November. In announcing her decision, the 65-year-old Snowe cited the polarized atmosphere in Washington, saying, "I do find it frustrating . . . that an atmosphere of polarization and 'my way or the highway' ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions." Snowe was the only Republican to vote for a version of President Obama's health care overhaul in the Senate Finance Committee. She was vilified by conservatives for it, even after voting with Republicans against the final legislation.
TSUNAMI DEBRIS HAS SPREAD 3,000 MILES ACROSS NORTH PACIFIC: The debris pulled from Japan's coastal towns by last March's devastating tsunami has spread some 3,000 miles across the North Pacific, with the first pieces of it estimated to likely make landfall this winter on remote islands north of Hawaii. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the rest of the debris that will reach land is expected to arrive along the coasts of Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Canada around 2014. About one to two million tons of debris is believed to remain in the ocean, with most of the rest of likely having sunk not far from Japan's eastern coast, and only about 1 to 5 percent of that could make landfall. The debris initially collected in a thick mass, but has now drifted far apart.
CONGRESS HONORS SLAVES WHO BUILT THE CAPITOL: Leaders from both political parties and both houses of Congress gathered for a ceremony yesterday (February 28th) to unveil a marker commemorating the slaves who played a major role in building the U.S. Capitol. The marker in the Capitol Visitors Center features a block of sandstone that was once part of the East Front portico, placed in reverse so that the chisel marks made by those who built the Capitol are clearly visible. Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a notable figure in the Civil Rights Movement, was among those who spoke at the ceremony, saying, "Through the unveiling of this marker today, we finally permit countless and nameless souls to rest." The construction of the Capitol relied heavily on the labor of slaves, which included quarrying the stones used in the building.
ONE PERCENT TIP RECEIPT TURNS OUT TO BE A HOAX: The picture of a receipt that purported to show a one percent tip left on a $133.54 lunch bill at a California restaurant and went viral has turned out to be a hoax. The Newport Beach restaurant, True Food Kitchen, reported that they'd found the original receipt, which was actually for a $33.54 and showed a $7 tip was left. It also didn't include the added "tip" shown on the Photoshopped hoax receipt of "Get a real job." The blog Future Ex-Banker had originally posted the receipt, with the writer saying his banker boss had left the paltry tip as a dig from the one percent to the 99 percent, playing off the Occupy Wall Street slogan. However, the blog was taken down soon after the story was posted and started getting widespread attention.
LABRADOR RETRIEVER IS NATION'S TOP DOG FOR 21ST YEAR: The Labrador Retriever has come out on top as America's favorite dog for the 21st year in a row, according to the annual list of the nation's most popular dogs released yesterday (February 28th) by the American Kennel Club. Moving up into the top 10 this year was the Rottweiler, while the Shih Tzu fell off the list. The Beagle, Golden Retriever and Poodle all moved up one spot within the top 10, while the Dachshund fell one spot and the Yorkshire Terrier dropped two.
2011 Top 10
NFL MOVES FIRST GAME TO AVOID OBAMA'S CONVENTION SPEECH: The NFL announced Tuesday (February 28th) that it's moving its opening game of the regular season to Wednesday, September 5th, to avoid conflicting with President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention the following night. According to the NFL, it hasn't played a game on a Wednesday since 1948.
KOBE BRYANT HAS CONCUSSION: The Los Angeles Lakers said Tuesday (February 28th) that Kobe Bryant had suffered a concussion as well as a broken nose in the NBA All-Star game on Sunday. The Lakers said a neurologist diagnosed the concussion yesterday, and that Bryant's status is day-to-day. Bryant suffered the concussion and the broken nose -- which had been reported earlier -- in a hit by the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, who said yesterday that he'd apologized to the Lakers star.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
ONE TREE HILL - Haley receives potentially tragic news; Chase is pushed to his limits.
AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL: BRITISH INVASION - (premiere) Former Britain's Next Top Model contestants compete against a new group of American hopefuls; guest judge Kelly Osbourne.
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GEORGIA JUDGE PULLS GUN IN COURT: An investigation has been launched in after a judge in Georgia allegedly offered up his handgun to a victim testifying in a rape case. The prosecutor in the case, Jeff Langley, said that Judge David Barrett told the woman she should shoot her lawyer because she was "killing her case." Judge Barrett then allegedly took out a gun and pretended to hand it to the woman. The prosecutor explained, "When it happened, I objected and sought to take control of the situation and terminate that conduct immediately." The woman's lawyer said the incident was "one of those slow motion kind of events." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
U.K. COPS BANNED FROM WEARING UNDER-WIRE BRAS? Officials in the U.K are warning female officers against wearing under-wire bras. In a letter to their officers, Essex Police are asking female staff not to wear under-wire bras because the metal could cause extra damage if the officer gets shot while on duty. The police department even suggests an alternative, such as "a good comfortable fitted, non-wired bra from a retailer like Marks & Spencer." One female officer has said the directive is a little strange considering how rare shootings occur in Essex. (Daily Telegraph)
MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING HIS OWN CAT: An Iowa man who took his cat back from an animal shelter is being charged with theft for leaving without paying the reclamation fee. Authorities said that 31-year-old Justin Kaufman went to pick up his cat, Smokie, at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center after the cat got out of his house. When they tried to assess him a $35 fee because the cat did not have a license, Kaufman objected, and said that he was not charged the last time his cat was rescued. The shelter employee left to talk to a manager about his concerns and Kaufman took it upon himself to retrieve his cat on his own -- without paying the fee. He has been charged with fifth-degree theft but said he will plead not guilty. Smokie now lives with Kaufman's sister because, according to Kaufman, "I can't be getting charged with bogus, trumped-up charges every time he gets out." A manager at the shelter later said he wasn't charged the fee first two times because they waived it to be "nice" and "get his cat back home." (AFP)
MAN RETURNS TO CRIME SCENE TO BUY BACK GUN: A Florida man who dropped his gun during a robbery attempt returned to the crime scene to buy it back for $40. According to authorities, 39-year-old Cedric Mitchell tried to force his way into a motel room in Bradenton. Captain Warren Merriman told reporters that he was there for pills, adding, "There were no pills there, and then [Mitchell] attempted to pull out a firearm and rob them. There was a struggle, the gun fell, and the two male victims were able to obtain the firearm. The suspect fled the scene." Merriman said that Mitchell came back a few minutes later and tried to buy the weapon from his victims for $40, which sparked another fight. Luckily, police arrived moments later and took Mitchell into custody. Captain Merriman said, "He could very easily have walked away, and [the victims] probably would not have called about the initial incident." (Miami Herald)
LEAP YEAR QUESTION: If you were born on a leap year, would you celebrate your birthday on February 28 or March 1?
WEIRD LEAP YEAR FACT: Leap years occur every four years -- except those ending in double zeros, such as 1900 and 2100, said Geoff Chester, a spokesman for the United States Naval Observatory. To confuse matters, there is an exception to that exception: Years ending in double zeros that can be evenly divided by 400, such as 1600 and 2000, are in fact leap years.
It was the ancient Egyptians who first figured out that the solar year and the man-made calendar year didn't always match up.
That's because it actually takes the Earth a little longer than a year to travel around the Sun -- 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to be exact.
Therefore, as the hours accumulated over the centuries, an extra day was occasionally added to the calendar, and over time the practice became more or less official.
The Romans first designated February 29 as leap day, but a more precise formula (still in use today) was adopted in the 16th century when the Gregorian calendar fine-tuned the calculations to include a leap day in years only divisible by four - 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, etc.
GETTING BACK TOGETHER WITH YOUR EX IS BAD FOR YOU: A new study found that breaking up and getting back together with your ex repeatedly (aka "cyclical relationships") are not good for you. Findings showed that couples in a cyclical relationship tended to be more impulsive about major relationship transitions -- like moving in together, buying a pet together or having a child together -- than those not in a cyclical relationship. As a result, the couples in cyclical relationships tended to be less satisfied with their partner; had worse communication; made more decisions that negatively affected the relationship; had lower self-esteem; and had a higher uncertainty about their future together. (Jezebel.com)
8 OF 10 MOMS LIKE WORKING: A new study suggests that working mothers don't need to feel guilty about having a career as well as children -- because they are actively benefiting from the lifestyle. Eight out of ten working mothers enjoy being a working parent and 64 percent of said that work did not affect their ability to be a good mother.
Some other stats from Care.com?
89 percent of moms in dual-income households said they feel supported in their career goals by their partner, but workplaces are less understanding.
40 percent of the respondents said that they have felt judged for being a working parent. A massive 73 percent of the women do not have child care benefits at their jobs.
36 percent feel that family impedes their ability to advance in their careers and 56 percent said that professional development is affected by family time.
What 1990 NBC TV movie starred John Ratzenberger, Candace Cameron, Danica McKellar, Jaleel White -- and Jennifer Aniston?
A: Camp Cucamonga (also titled: How I Spent My Summer and Lights Out)
Ann Romney Jokes About Wanting to 'Strangle' the Media
It was a good night for Mitt Romney last night (February 28th) as he won the two primaries held in Michigan and Arizona, but there's no question that the fight to win the Republican presidential nomination is turning out to be a lot harder this year than he thought it would. His wife, Ann Romney, was apparently venting some of the frustration about that on Sunday, complaining about the media treatment of her husband. The National Review reported yesterday that while speaking at a Republican Club luncheon in Michigan three days ago, Mrs. Romney said it was, quote, "getting harder and harder to be cheerful" and laughingly said, "I am so mad at the press I could just strangle them! And, you know, I think I've decided there are going to be some people invited on the bus and some people just aren't going to be invited on the bus." The Romney campaign told the magazine that the comments were made in jest, noting she was laughing when she said it. Mrs. Romney also added at the luncheon, "All of us in this room know the media loves Barack Obama. They don't want anyone who has a chance of defeating him."
Poll: Belief in Global Warming Changes with the Temperature, Weather Events
A new poll from the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College found that Americans' belief in global warming changes with the temperature and weather events like droughts, hurricanes and blizzards, and is now on the rise. Of those surveyed early in December, 62 percent said they believe the Earth is getting warmer, up from 55 percent last spring and 58 percent in December 2010, and at its highest level in two years. Nearly half of the people who said they do believe in global warming said they based that on personal observations of the weather. Climate researchers say that although daily local weather isn't evidence of climate change, it's common for it to affect people's belief in it, and they also note that long-term climate change is so dramatic that people recognize it and experience it. Muhlenberg's Chris Borick said that after the previous two winters, which were very snowy, belief in global warming dropped, and he expects a new upcoming poll taken amid the current warmer winter may see belief in climate change rising even more.
Is it Fair for College Students with Certain Majors to Pay Higher Tuition?
The Cornell Higher Education Research Institute reports that a growing number of colleges and universities are charging differential tuition, in which students in certain majors that will lead to higher-paying jobs -- like business, engineering and nursing -- pay more. The Week magazine cites the University of Virginia's Cavalier Daily as being among those defending the practice, saying that professors in those disciplines command higher salaries because they are more in demand, so it makes sense that those programs should be more expensive. But Louis Lavelle at Bloomberg Businessweekcondemned the practice, saying schools shouldn't be discouraging students who want to pursue degrees in business or engineering, since, quote, "those are the degrees that will lead to a more productive and better-paid citizenry." In fact, he argued that if there is to be differential tuition, it's the majors with less economic impact and poorer job prospects that should be more expensive to study.
The Band Perry celebrated their career second Number One hit, "All Your Life," with a party in Nashville yesterday (Monday, February 27th). Though they've been at the top before with "If I Die Young,"Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry tell us the excitement hasn't waned. "(Kimberly) We love it! It's just as exciting. Each one is a different fight. I mean, 'All Your Life' was truly a photo finish. (Reid) It was, on Super Bowl Sunday, so the whole promotion staff was working on that day. They weren't able to watch the game, but . . . (Kimberly) And the label actually took the lead at 10:30 at night, and, of course, charts close at midnight, and so it was truly like we were having our own little Super Bowl all on the phone and via text message and email, so it's so exciting and each win is different but they're all wins. (Neil) And I think one way this one is different (is) it was a two week Number One, which was a first for us. 'If I Die Young' was a one-week, but, yeah, it's pretty amazing. It was quite a week, I'll tell ya."
The Band Perry continue on Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality tour on Thursday (March 1st) in Baltimore, Maryland.
They are currently working on a new album, from which their next single will come. At this point, the band tells us they have no idea what that song will be.
The Band Perry is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at the ACM Awards on April 1st in Las Vegas.
They will also be performing as part of a tribute to Lionel Richie in Las Vegas on April 2nd. The show will air later this year on CBS.
Keith Urban's "You Gonna Fly" is spending its second week at Number One on both theMediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country singles charts. "You Gonna Fly" is the 14th chart-topper of Keith's career, and his first multi-week Number One since 2009's "Sweet Thing."
While Keith has enjoyed several stints atop the charts, he tells us it's always a great feeling to have a single climb to the pinnacle. ["Number Ones are, it's an important moment, you know? I've been fortunate to have a few of them, but it doesn't diminish the excitement that I feel when they call me and say that the song's gone Number One. It's a great feeling!"] SOUNDCUE (:11 OC: . . . a great feeling!)
Keith is currently in Australia taping episodes of The Voice.
He has a new video to accompany the song "For You," which he co-wrote and recorded for the Act of Valor soundtrack.
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Georgia loves its native son, Jason Aldean! Fans in Atlanta snapped up tickets to his May 19th tour stop there at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood in four minutes, and now a second show has sold out in a few hours when they went on sale on Friday (February 24th). The feat makes Jason the first country singer to sell out two shows in that short amount of time in the venue's history.
Jason could barely come up with words to respond to the news, saying, "That's just ridiculous . . . I don't even know what to say."
Jason's sold out show in Nashville on Friday included a surprise visit from Kelly Clarkson. The two performed their Number One hit "Don't You Wanna Stay."
Jason celebrates his 35th birthday today (Tuesday, February 28th).
Jason's next concert is at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on March 15th.
He is up for three Academy of Country Music Awards -- Entertainer, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year. The winners will be announced in Las Vegas on April 1st.
Scotty McCreery has been at the receiving end of some mild pranks at Brad Paisley's hands on the Virtual Reality tour, but now Scotty has fired back. Fans in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday (February 25th) got to witness the action as Scotty came out to sing with Brad dressed as Brad with a goatee, Brad's own cowboy hat, and a tight Brad Paisley T-shirt.
After the show, Brad posted a picture of Scotty in costume along with the tweet, "So some youngsmart@$& who looked a little like me & a lot like @ScottyMcCreery showed up tonight."
Scotty also took to Twitter to write, "Well #shotsfired tonight . . . too bad I only got a pistol n @BradPaisley prolly has a bazooka somewhere, hahah."
Scotty tells us about the recent pranks -- albeit harmless -- that he has endured at the hands of Brad."He's gotten me a couple times. He photoshopped my head on like an old man's body riding a bike naked or a big steroid boy in a Speedo or one night . . . 'Alcohol' is his song we go out on, like the encore and me and The Band Perry go out there and wave bye to the crowd, and, of course, they're all raising their glasses, and one night he had a baby bottle waiting on me filled with milk, so I was holding my baby bottle up during the 'Alcohol' song, so it's just fun stuff like that."
Scotty only has three more dates on the Virtual Reality tour, wrapping up his run on Saturday (March 3rd) in Lexington, Kentucky.
Scotty's current single, "The Trouble With Girls," has been certified gold for sales of 500,000 units.
This is his third consecutive release to receive a gold or higher certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Wade Hayes will return to the stage for the first time in months. Since late last year, Wade has been treated for stage four colon cancer. On March 6th, he will join Trace Adkins, Exile, and GAC personality and cancer survivor Nan Kelly and her husband Charlie, for the 4th Annual Stars Go Blue for Colon Cancer benefit event and concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Wade underwent surgery back in December and is currently in the midst of chemotherapy.
Last week, Wade took to Facebook to update fans on his progress, writing, "Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers. They must be working because I'm gonna get to play for the first time since all this started. I'll be playing at the Stars Go Blue Benefit Concert for the Colon Cancer Alliance. 80% of the proceeds will be donated to the Blue Note Fund. Come see us if you can. I'm still fighting this thing, so hoping I can still pick!"
Tickets are currently on sale Colon Cancer Alliance's official website at ccalliance.org.
Wade charted a Number One single in 1994 with "Old Enough To Know Better."
His latest CD, Place To Turn Around, was released in 2009.
JERROD NIEMANN RELEASES NEW MUSIC: Jerrod Niemann's new single, called "Shinin' On Me," is released to radio this week. It's the lead single from Jerrod's yet-to-be-titled sophomore album, and was co-written by Jerrod, Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Lance Miller. Of the single, Jerrod said, "Not only does it represent some of the unconventional instrumentation on this record, it's also intended to just make you wanna roll down the window on a bad day and smile with someone ya love." Jerrod continues onMiranda Lambert's On Fire tour.
Kid Rock will play a special benefit concert on May 12th to raise funds for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Rock and the orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, will take the stage for one night only at Detroit's historic Fox Theatre with the goal of raising $1 million to keep the orchestra going for the next three years. Rock told us about getting involved with the cause: "I've spent more time on this than I do putting stadium shows together. Of course it's important to me, you know, as a musician. A culture institution like that in Detroit, you know, is important. And I thought I could do it, and I thought it would be something different, to play with an orchestra and to do something great like that -- even though ticket prices are gonna be way over what I'm used to, you know, charging the fans, but it's kind of what it's got to be to get to the number that they need to keep 'em operating for three years."
Rock himself conceived of the show along with Rock Ventures founder Dan Gilbert.
The singer is right about the ticket prices: they range from $100 to $350, with a limited number of VIP packages also available.
All proceeds from the show will go directly to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which also funds outreach, engagement, and community service work in schools, hospitals, retirement centers, places of worship, and community centers across Southeastern Michigan, according to a press statement.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday (March 3rd) through Ticketmaster and at the Fox and other local box offices in Detroit.
Rock recently premiered a Live From The Artists' Den special on PBS and will headline his ownChillin' The Most cruise in late April. He plans to begin recording the follow-up to his 2010 albumBorn Free next month.
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Q. What was the name of Martina McBride's very first radio single released in 1992? A. "The Time Has Come"
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UMA THURMAN IS PREGNANT: Uma Thurman is pregnant. The actress, 41, and financier Arpad Busson confirmed that they are expecting their first child together. It will be Thurman's third kid -- she has two children, Maya and Levon, from her marriage to Ethan Hawke. The couple began dating in 2007 and, aside from a brief split in 2009, have been together ever since.
JENNIFER ANISTON DENIES LATEST MARRIAGE RUMORS: A rep for Jennifer Aniston is denying the latest marriage rumor surrounding the actress. The Mirror, a popular British tabloid claims that Jen "believes she has found The One in actor boyfriend Justin Theroux" and told friends at a pre-Oscars party, "I'll be married by the end of the year." She supposedly added, "If he's not down on one knee, or we're not married, by the end of the year, it's over!" However, GossipCop.com reported that the story is a "complete fabrication," and that the actress "never said any such thing."
RUSSELL BRAND REPORTEDLY HAS NEW GIRLFRIEND: Russell Brand has reportedly moved on from Katy Perry. The British comedian has been spotted with Mexican-born artist Oriela Medellin Amieiro. RadarOnline.com reported that the two met in a yoga class. She has since been spotted leaving his Beverly Hills home after apparently spending the night.
CASE CLOSED BETWEEN HEATHER LOCKLEAR AND JACK WAGNER: No charges will be filed in connection with the alleged physical altercation between Jack Wagner and Heather Locklear in late December. The two, who called off their engagement last year, appeared at a hearing earlier this month in regards to the incident, but decided that they didn't want to pursue the matter further. City attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said, "No further action is anticipated at this time."
JAN BERENSTAIN DIES: Jan Berenstain, the co-creator of the popular childrens' series Berenstain Bears, has died at the age of 88. Berenstain suffered a stroke last Thursday and died on Friday (February 24th).
OSCAR RATINGS UP 4%: Rating for the Oscars were up four percent from last year, with 39.3 million viewers having tuned it. EW.com reported that in the adult demo, the show received an 11.7 rating, off a tenth from 2011. It was the second-highest rated Oscars telecast in the past five years and ranked as ABC's most-watched program in two years. The highest-rated Oscars came in 1998 when 55.2 million people watched Titanic dominate the evening.
VIOLA DAVIS ALMOST TURNED DOWN 'THE HELP': Prior to Sunday night's Oscars ceremony, Viola Davis revealed that she almost turned down The Help because the character was a stereotypical role for a black actress to play. However, "when I saw how rich the role was, it was a no-brainer." She explained that generally, Hollywood has very limited roles for black actresses. Davis explained, "Do you know the black equivalent of a Meryl Streep? Or a Julia Roberts or a Nicole Kidman? The only category is for a strong authoritative hoochie mama. If you exude anything else, you don't exist. There is no character for you."
LINDSAY LOHAN APPEARING ON 'TODAY'?Saturday Night Live won't be Linday Lohan's only TV appearance this week. RadarOnline.com reported that the 25-year-old will also sit down for an interview with the Today show. A source told Radar, "Lindsay has agreed to go on The Today Show for a no holds barred interview. She has tremendous respect for Matt Lauer, who will most likely be doing the interview."
BRAD PITT REPORTEDLY TEAMING WITH JONAH HILL AND JAMES FRANCO: Jonah Hill andJames Franco are reportedly teaming up to star in a new movie -- produced by Brad Pitt.Deadline.comreported that the guys will star in True Story, based on a memoir by journalist Michael Finkel, about the true story of Finkel (Hill) discovering that an alleged murderer named Christian Longo (Franco) had been pretending to be him.
YOUNG CARRIE HAS BEEN CAST: AnnaSophia Robb has been cast as the young Carrie Bradshaw in the CW's Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries. The actress is best known for her roles in Soul Surfer and as Violet in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The show will be produced by the team behindGossip Girl.
The Artist was overshadowed on Oscar night by . . . Angelina Jolie's leg. After the leg made its big appearance on stage Sunday night -- and was mocked by Best Adapted Screenplay winner Jim Rash -- a Twitter handle @AngiesRightLeg was formed and attracted thousands of followers in just hours.
By Monday evening, the account had nearly 20,000 followers. Posts include "Look at meeee!!" and "You have to admit I'm one hell of a leg."
Discussion about Jolie's pose dominated Monday's talk shows. Kathie Lee Gifford mused, "I don't understand it. If there's any person on the planet who does not need to pose, it's Angelina Jolie. We see her coming, she has our attention . . . I understand it on the carpet because it's all about the pose, but when you go up there to present -- 'Could you go a little lower, guys? 'Cause it's about the leg.' "
Viewers -- including actress Patricia Heaton -- have likened the pose to "Tebowing" -- calling it "Jolie-ing."
A similar account emerged dedicated to Jennifer Lopez's nipple, @JLosNipple, -- but that handle attracted just a fraction of the followers, around 3,000.
RYAN SEACREST SAYS HE HAD NO IDEA WHAT SACHA BARON COHEN HAD PLANNED
Despite speculation to the contrary, Ryan Seacrest said that he was not in on Sacha Baron Cohen's red carpet prank at the Oscars. Seacrest appeared stunned when Cohen -- in character as The Dictator -- spilled "Kim Jong Il's ashes" on him during their pre-show chat, but some fans wondered if it was just an act.
Seacrest addressed the situation on his radio show Monday morning, explaining that he didn't know what Cohen had planned -- but wasn't surprised that there was a prank up his sleeve.
He recalled the interview saying, "And so he comes over and I ask him a couple questions, and it was just. . . You know in your gut, you feel like, this is going too normally. It just seemed like, he didn't put all that on to just answer a couple questions in character. What he was going to do, I don't know."
In case you forgot, here's how it went down: "(Ryan) Is coming to the Oscars one of the best perks of whatever it is you do? (Dictator) Yes I love it here because it gave me an opportunity to bring my dear friend and doubles tennis partner Kim Jong Il. It was his dream to come to the Oscars and be sprinkled over the red carpet and over Halle Berry's chest again. The interesting thing is (commotion) . . . If somebody asks you what you are wearing you will say Kim Jong Il. (Ryan) Have fun this evening."
SEAN YOUNG DEMANDS AN APOLOGY FROM THE ACADEMY AFTER ARREST
Sean Young is demanding an apology from the Academy for having her arrested outside the Governors Ball on Sunday night for allegedly slapping a security guard. Young, 52, maintains she did nothing wrong.
TMZ reported that Young was placed under citizens' arrest by a member of the security team for allegedly striking him during an argument. The LAPD then arrived and booked her for misdemeanor battery.
On Monday, Young told People magazine, "I was just standing by the little line [outside the Governors Ball]. I wasn't bothering anybody." She admitted that she didn't have a ticket to the party, but was there to take pictures with party guests for her Facebook page.
She recalled, "They said, 'No, you have to leave.' I started to leave and [the guard] grabbed my arm and he started pulling me. And I turned around and I was pulling my arm away -- and I struck him."
Young said that the security guard made contact first, and he was in the wrong. She added, "They need to make a public apology on behalf of their security guard." She claims that video footage of the incident will prove her innocence.
The Academy says in a statement, "There was an incident with Ms. Young outside the Academy's Governors Ball. It was not the Academy who pressed charges."
Young recently appeared on Celebrity Rehab where she addressed her alcoholism.
ONE DEAD, FOUR WOUNDED IN OHIO SCHOOL SHOOTING: One student was killed and four others wounded, two of them critically, when a teenager opened fire in the cafeteria of Chardon High School in suburban Cleveland yesterday morning (February 27th). FBI officials wouldn't comment on the motive for the shooting by the teen, identified as T.J. Lane, who was taken into custody near his car about a half-mile from the school. AP cited an education official as saying the alleged killer is not a student at Chardon High, but goes to a school for at-risk kids about 16 miles away. After the shooting began, teachers locked down their classrooms as they had been trained to do and students took cover as they waited for the all-clear. Police said one teacher chased the gunman out of the building.
COSTA CRUISE SHIP BEING TOWED AFTER ENGINE ROOM FIRE: A cruise ship belonging to Costa Cruises, the same company that owned the Costa Concordia cruise liner that capsized last month, killing at least 25 people, was being towed Tuesday (February 28th) by a French fishing ship to an island near the Seychelles after it was left adrift in the Indian Ocean because of an engine room fire. Costa Cruises said the fire on the Costa Allegra had been put out and none of more than 1,000 passengers or crew were hurt. The disabled ship is being protected by an "anti-pirate" unit of the Italian navy, a precaution regularly taken on ships in the Indian Ocean where Somali pirates often attack.
TRANSCANADA SAYS WILL BUILD SOUTHERN PART OF KEYSTONE PIPELINE: TransCanada Corp. said Monday (February 27th) that it will build the southern part of the Keystone XL oil pipeline first, running from Oklahoma to the refineries in Texas, getting around a full U.S. review. TransCanada said it wants the southern leg in service by late 2013, and that construction would create 4,000 U.S. jobs. TransCanada also informed the State Department of its plans to refile an application soon for the remainder of line running to Nebraska from the Canadian border. President Obama rejected the initial Keystone XL application in January, saying it needed more environmental review than could be completed before a tight deadline that had been set by Republicans in Congress. However, the White House welcomed TransCanada's move yesterday, saying it would work to expedite permits for the southern portion. The environmental concerns about the pipeline have been focused on the northern section.
KEY WITNESS TESTIFIES IN RUTGERS GAY SPYING CASE: Key witness Molly Wei testified yesterday (February 27th) in the trial of Dharun Ravi, a 20-year-old former Rutgers University student whose roommate, Tyler Clementi, killed himself in September of 2010 just days after Ravi used a webcam to spy on him in a romantic encounter with another man in their dorm room. Ravi viewed the webcam images with Wei in her room, and she'd also faced charges until cutting a deal. She testified that they looked at the image for just a few seconds, turning if off after seeing Clementi and the other man kissing. She said, "We were both just kind of really shocked, like, I can't believe we just saw what we did. It shouldn't have happened and we saw something that we didn't expect to see and it just felt weird." But the two started chatting online about what they saw, and Wei activated the webcam again for four friends. She said that again that it was only briefly, and they saw the two men still kissing, this time with their shirts off. However, she testified that Ravi didn't intend to humiliate Clementi, and that he'd wanted to peek in the room because the other man was older and didn't appear to be a Rutgers student, and he was afraid he'd steal his iPad. Wei additionally testified that Ravi kept texting her while she was being questioned by police, saying, "I think he thought we were going to get in trouble, so he wanted to make it seem like it was more of an accident." Ravi is charged with witness tampering for the messages he sent to Wei, as well as invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and hindering arrest. In order to prove the most serious charge of bias intimidation, prosecutors will have to convince jurors that he acted out of anti-gay bias.
WIKILEAKS PUBLISHES HACKED INFO FROM INTELLIGENCE FIRM: The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks yesterday (February 27th) published a few of what it said were more than 5 million hacked emails from the Texas-based private intelligence firm Stratfor that it said it would publish in collaboration with two dozen international media organizations. AP reported that the ones published so far on WikiLeaks' website revealed information that was basically innocuous, although some was embarrassing, but the site's controversial chief, Julian Assange, said more explosive material would be revealed in the coming weeks. He accused Stratfor, whose clients range from local universities to big international corporations, of funneling money to informants through offshore tax havens, monitoring activist groups for corporations and making investments based on secret intelligence. Stratfor denied any impropriety. Stratfor said the emails appeared to be the same ones stolen by hackers in December in an action claimed by the Internet activist group Anonymous.
STUDY: 'UPPER CLASS' MEMBERS MORE LIKELY TO LIE, CHEAT: A study by psychologists at the University of California at Berkeley found that members of the "upper class," those from richer or more powerful backgrounds, were greedier and more likely to cheat and lie.The researchers came up with their results after asking several groups of people from different social backgrounds to perform a series of tasks designed to identify traits such as honesty and consideration for others. They concluded that people in an elevated social rank -- whether by birth or attainment -- were more like to display self-focused behavior than were those from more modest backgrounds, were less aware of others and were less good at identifying the emotions of others. It was theorized that self-focused behavior was the result of, quote, "greater resources, freedom and independence from others."
MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF KIDS DRINK TOO MUCH JUICE: More than one in three young American children are drinking too much juice, according to a new survey from a University of Michigan researcher, with the problem particularly seen in low-income households. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age 6 drink only one cup of juice per day, even if it's 100 percent fruit juice. But the survey found that more than a third of parents reported that their kids in this age group drink two or more cups of juice each day, with the percentage bumped up to about half among parents with a household income of less than $30,000 a year. Drinking too much juice puts kids at risk for health conditions such as childhood obesity and early tooth decay, two conditions that are both more prevalent in low-income children.
BABE RUTH JERSEY COULD BE MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF BASEBALL MEMORABILIA EVER: A gray wool flannel jersey worn by Babe Ruth is going up for auction this April, and Yahoo! Sports reports that it could be the most valuable piece of baseball memorabilia ever, with experts believing it should sell for more than the $2.8 million paid in 2007 for a rare, pristine Honus Wagnerbaseball card. The soiled and stained road New York Yankees jersey is believed to have been worn by Ruth in the 1920 season, Ruth's first with the Yankees after being obtained from the Boston Red Sox. Ruth hit 54 homes runs in 1920, nearly doubling his own major league record of 29 set a year earlier. The jersey -- one of four unrestored Ruth game jerseys known to exist -- was privately owned for decades and made public at the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore from 2004 to 2009. It was then sold to a collector, who's now putting it up for sale.
KENSETH WINS RAIN-DELAYED DAYTONA 500:Matt Kenseth won a second Daytona 500 title in the early hours of this morning (February 28th), coming out on top in the rain-delayed race that had been postponed from Sunday for the first time in its 54-year history because of the weather, and postponed again to an evening start from a planned race time earlier in the day. Kenseth held off Dale Earnhardt Jr.and Greg Biffle over a two-lap overtime finish for the victory. The race was also delayed after its start for another two hours for cleanup after a huge fuel fire caused by Juan Pablo Montoya spinning into a safety truck containing 200 gallons of kerosene while driving alone under caution when something broke on his car.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
THE BIGGEST LOSER - After the remaining contestants test their knowledge during trip home, one player wins immunity.
PARENTHOOD - (season finale) As the family celebrates a momentous occasion, Joel and Julia try to recover from the emotional turmoil they experienced during the adoption process; Sarah faces a big decision.
RINGER - Bridget realizes she is in over her head when Andrew proposes again; Juliet makes a choice that forces Catherine (Andrea Roth) to take drastic measures.
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY - Vicki and Briana have a heart to heart; Alexis and Heather try to reconcile their differences.
JUSTIFIED - Raylan's feud with Quarles and the Detroit mob heats up; Raylan is put at odds with the FBI.
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THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Kate Walsh THE VIEW - Dana Delaney, Alan Rickman, guest co-host Mary J. Blige
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THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Nathan Lane, Estelle THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Rob Schneider, Khloe Kardashian Odom, Mona JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Steven Tyler, Mat Kearney THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Dr. Mehmet Oz, Carrie Kearney LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Don Cheadle, Jennifer Westfeldt, Kenny Chesney LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Werner Herzog, the Two, fun. THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Stephen Merchant THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Ross Eisenbrey CONAN - Betty White, Ken Marino, Young Jeezy featuring Ne-Yo
COURT ORDERS MAN TO APOLOGIZE TO ESTRANGED WIFE ON FACEBOOK: A man in Cincinnati, Ohio has been ordered to make an online apology to his estranged wife for calling her "an evil, vindictive woman" on his Facebook page. The online comment by Mark Byron -- who was found guilty of civil domestic violence last June -- was in violation of a protection order granted to his wife, Elizabeth Byron. The full comment reads, "If you are an evil, vindictive woman who wants to ruin your husband's life and take your son's father away from him completely -- all you need to do is say that you're scared of your husband or domestic partner and they'll take him away!" Mark's apology post must stay up on Facebook for 30 days. In addition to the post, Mark must pay back child support. (USA Today)
CAT SAVES WOMAN'S LIFE: A Wisconsin woman who adopted a cat says the new pet woke her up when she was having a diabetic seizure in her sleep. Amy Jung said that the same day she adopted two new cats from The Humane Society, one of them -- Pudding -- saved her life by bumping and biting her face when Jung started to have a seizure in her sleep. She regained consciousness long enough to call out to her son, Ethan, who was sleeping in the next room, but he didn't hear her. Pudding sprang into action again and woke him up by jumping onto the bed. Jung's doctors believe that the cat's actions may have saved her life. Jung said, "If something or someone hadn't pulled me out of that, I wouldn't be here." Pudding has since been registered as a therapy animal and has been trained to meow if he senses that Jung's blood sugar levels are low. (MSNBC)
MAN IMPERSONATED DENNY'S EMPLOYEE: A man who cooked his own cheeseburger and fries at a Denny's location in Wisconsin faces fraud charges for telling the diner's workers that he was their new general manager. Police said that 52-year-old James B. Summers wore a black trench coat, a tie and even carried a brief case when he announced that he was the new GM. The restaurant's current manager told Summers that he may have the wrong restaurant but made some calls to his superiors to investigate. In the meantime, Summers made himself a burger and fries and sat down to eat. The manager soon discovered that Summers was not employed by Denny's and called 911. When police arrived, Summers was already on his way out of the restaurant, but told officers that the whole thing was just a misunderstanding. They arrested him after they came to the conclusion that he was not a general manager for Denny's. They also found, in his possession, a stun gun that he did not have a permit for. He faces charges of fraud, possession of an electric weapon, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. (Huffington Post)
36 CARS FALL THROUGH THE ICE: In another Wisconsin news story, 36 parked vehicles fell through the ice during an annual ice fishing contest on the Winnebago River. Authorities said participants were given warnings about parking on the ice, but that some chose to ignore it because there was nowhere else to park. A representative from the Winnebago County sheriff's department said, "We had cars parked on the ice like it was a parking lot. Usually they do park out on the ice; that's not unusual. It's just that they parked too close together. It was too much for the ice conditions this year." Luckily the water was shallow where the cars fell through and the vehicles were able to be removed with two trucks. (My Fox Phoenix)
25% OF WOMEN DATE 3 MEN AT ONCE: A quarter of young women are dating at least three men at once, according to a study. On average, the typical single woman is seeing 1.46 men at any one time, the researchers found. The typical female singleton dates five men over the course of a year but one in four is seeing three at any one time. Perhaps even more surprising -- the research showed 24 percent of unmarried women would happily ask a man to marry them. However, they might want to think twice, as one in seven men said they would be horrified at the prospect. But 54 percent of men said they would be quite happy if their girlfriend proposed and 16 percent would be 'over the moon.' (Daily Mail)
5% OF BRIDES INCLUDE PET IN WEDDING PARTY: In a 2011 study of American weddings, Brides magazine found that nearly 5 percent of brides included a pet in the wedding party, and its editors estimated that nearly double that amount had pets present during the ceremony and/or reception. (NYTimes)
PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER NOW THAN BEFORE THE FINANCIAL CRISIS: People are happier than they were before the financial crisis. Research company Ipsos has conducted a global poll since April 2007 that asks how happy respondents are. The company's most recent poll, which was conducted in November 2011, found that more people (22%) around the world consider themselves "very happy" than in 2007 (when that number was 20%). More people in North America are "very happy" (27%) than in April 2007 (26%), and some countries measure substantially higher in the "very happy" category (Mexico is up 10 points; Turkey, 16 points). Eight months after the Fukushima disaster, the residents of Japan polled six points happier than they were in 2007. (AskMen.com)
7 THINGS APES CAN TEACH US ABOUT SEX (Psychology Today)
1. More sex = less conflict. As the great primatologist, Frans de Waal put it, "Chimps use violence to get sex, while bonobos use sex to avoid violence." While chimps victimize each other in many ways -- rape, murder, infanticide, warfare between groups -- there's never been a single observed case of any of these forms of aggression among bonobos, who are much sexier than chimps. As James Prescott demonstrated in a meta-analysis of all available anthropological data, the connection between less restrictive sexuality and less conflict generally holds true for human societies as well.
2. Feminism can be very sexy. When females are in charge, everyone lives better (including the males). While male chimps run the show, among bonobos, it's the females who are in charge, with much better quality of life for everyone involved (see #1).
3. Sisterhood is powerful. Although female bonobos are about 20% smaller than males -- roughly the same ratio as in chimps and humans -- they dominate males by sticking together. If a male gets out of line and harasses a female, ALL the other females will gang up on him. This sisterly solidarity, combined with lots of sex, tends to keep the males behaving politely.
4. Jealousy isn't romantic. While bonobos no-doubt experience unique feelings for one another, they don't seem to worry much about controlling one another's sex lives. Nor do bonobos seem to gossip much. . .
5. There's promise in promiscuity. All the casual sex among bonobos is arguably a big part of what has made them among the smartest of all primates. Until human beings came along and messed things up for them, bonobos enjoyed very high quality of life, low stress, and plenty of social interaction in hammocks. In fact, of the many species of social primates living in multi-male social groups, not a single species is sexually monogamous. Each of the arguably smartest mammals--humans, chimps, bonobos, and dolphins -- is promiscuous.
6. Good sex needn't always include an orgasm, and "casual" doesn't necessarily mean "empty" or "cheap." Most bonobo sexual interactions are nothing more than a quick feel, rub, or intromission -- a "bonobo handshake," if you will. (See Vanessa Woods's excellent book by that name for a personal story of living with bonobos while falling in love.) But bonobos are very romantic: like humans, they kiss, hold hands (and feet!), and gaze into one another's eyes while having sex.
7. Sex and food go together better than love and marriage -- at least for bonobos. Nothing gets a bonobo orgy started faster than a feast. Give a group of bonobos a bunch of food and they'll all have some quick sex before very politely sharing the food. No need to fight over scraps like a bunch of uncouth chimps!
HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT BY USING YOUR BODY (Daily Mail)
EYES: 'The eyes are the windows to the soul. It's a cliche, but it's true.' Many of the non-verbal messages you make with your eyes are beyond your control. Your pupils will widen when they see someone or something they like, for instance. But there are still tricks you can try consciously. To build rapport with someone, meet their gaze between 60 to 70 percent of the time.
EXPRESS YOURSELF: You can use your eyes to intimidate. One way is by deliberately avoiding eye contact. And if you're in a group and feeling bullied, let your eyes move slowly from one person to the next without blinking. Move your eyes first and let your head follow, keeping your torso still. Think Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator.
ARMS: Open arms indicate a confident, constructive attitude and create a positive impression. Cross your arms and others will see your attitude as defensive and off-putting. So if you're trying to influence or persuade someone who's sitting with crossed arms, it's a good idea to give them something to do or to hold, so they have to unlock their arms. It will lead to a more open attitude and you're more likely to succeed in changing their mind. When you first meet a group of people, demonstrate status by not folding your arms. Instead, keep them by your sides or in the 'power position', with one hand resting on top of the other in front of you at waist height. At a party and feeling insecure? Hold your glass in front of you with both hands. This creates a subtle barrier.
HANDS: Your handshake says a lot about you. A handshake like a wet haddock gives an impression of aloofness, though in women it can be read as femininity. Some men use a bone-crunching grip, but it's taken as over-compensation for ineffectiveness. A firm handshake is best. If you want to show you have the upper hand, do so literally by making sure your hand faces slightly downwards in the handshake. But what if someone grabs your hand in the power shake and you want to re-establish control? Put your left hand on top of their right hand to create a double-handed shake. From this position, you can straighten the handshake and subtly regain control.
STANCE: We demonstrate our status by the way we stand. If you want to be perceived as powerful and in control, stand with your legs slightly apart. Tall people immediately command respect because of their height, but often slouch to diminish themselves in stature, giving away their authority. The straddle stance, with legs apart and hands on hips, is a typically male posture. The scissor stance, legs crossed, favored by many women, relays various messages -- all negative: submission, negativity, insecurity and immobility. So un-cross those legs!
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