Sunday, March 31, 2013

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  • Celebrity Photos: March 2013

    Lily Collins attended Day 2 of WonderCon 2013 at Anaheim Convention Center on March 30 in Anaheim, Calif.

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    Britney Spears, her two sons Sean and Jayden Federline and her father Jamie were spotted arriving on a flight in New Orleans, La., on March 29.

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    Diane Kruger posed for pictures outside ABC Studios for an appearance on "Good Morning America" on March 28 in NYC.

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    Taylor Swift went casual in a black sweater and red pants as she headed out and about in New York City on March 27.

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    Sandra Bullock gave her son Louis a piggyback ride after picking him up from school in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 26.

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    Angelina Jolie and the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague visited a rescue camp for women on March 25 in the Democratic Republic of Congo to raise awareness of warzone rape. Jolie, a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner, said the issues need a "worldwide focus."

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    Kim Kardashian stepped out in New York City on March 26 after revealing her pregnancy weight is around 140 pounds.

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    Jamie Lynn Sigler celebrated the news of having a boy with with a Sally Hansen Nail Color Manicure (in blue) in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 25.

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    Kelly Osbourne attended a photocall to promote her E! show Fashion Police in Amsterdam on March 25.

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    Anne Hathaway looked all bundled up as she was spotted out and about with husband Adam Shulman in New York on March 25.

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    Gwen Stefani and her husband Gavin Rossdale took their sons Kingston and Zuma to a park in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on March 24.

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    Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart attended Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix, Arizona on March 23, where the Moet & Chandon champagne was flowing as celebrities toasted the guest of honor, Muhammad Ali.

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    Drew Barrymore ran some errands in New York City on March 22. Looking good post-baby!

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    Ashley Greene was spotted leaving a gym wearing a pink top in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 20.

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    Eva Mendes, wearing a brown leopard print dress and brown boots, headed to a taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York City on March 19.

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    "The Bachelor" star Sean Lowe and his fiance Catherine Giudici took a stroll at The Grove in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 19.

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    A makeup-free Cameron Diaz sported black spandex pants as she got some exercise while hiking with a friend in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 19.

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    Emilia Clarke looked incredible at HBO's Season Three premiere of "Game of Thrones" held at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Calif., on March 18.

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    Selena Gomez showed off her legs in a a short skirt as she arrived at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City to promote her new film "Spring Breakers" on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on March 18.

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    Lindsay Lohan was seen leaving the court house in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 18 after showing up 45 minutes late.

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    "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara took a taxi to an office building in New York on March 18.

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    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner took their kids Violet, Seraphina and Samuel to a park in Brentwood, Calif., on March 17. How adorable are these sweet siblings?

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    Taylor Swift rocked short shorts as she headed to a photo shoot in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 16.

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    "Jersey Shore" star Pauly D was spotted this past weekend spinning some of today's hottest hits at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana's ORO Nightclub in the Dominican Republic.

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    Jessica Simpson, who recently confirmed she is expecting a boy, shopped at Bel Bambini Baby Boutique in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 15.

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    Khloe Kardashian left the One The Thirty restaurant in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on March 14. Looking good, Khloe!

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    Jennifer Garner struck a pose at the Neutrogena Sun Summit (raising awareness on the changing environment's impact on overall skin health) in in New York City on March 13.

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    Camila Alves rocked a blue leather jacket, black top and black pants as she set out around New York City on March 13.

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    Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar filmed scenes on the beach in Malibu, Calif., for the TV show "Franklin & Bash" on March 12.

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    Pregnant reality star Kim Kardashian headed to an office to film scenes for 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 12.

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    Jessica Alba returned to her hotel in Soho in New York City on March 11.

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    "Pretty Little Liars" actress Shay Mitchell prepped her skin with Bior? Acne Clearing Scrub in the green room in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 12.

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    Charlize Theron stopped for a sweet snack at Pinkberry with her son Jackson in West Hollywood, Calif., on March 11.

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    Maxxinista Giuliana Rancic picked up designer finds for spring at T.J.Maxx in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 11.

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    Ryan Gosling returned to his hotel after attending a press junket in New York City on March 10. The actor's girlfriend and co-star was close behind.

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    Camila Alves is seen with her kids, Levi and Vida in New York City on March 10.

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    Isla Fisher took her daughters, Olive and Elula, out for a shopping trip in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 9.

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    Eva Mendes walked her dog in West Hollywood, Calif., on March 7.

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    Hilary Duff stopped by Paquito Mas in Sherman Oaks, Calif., to grab some mexican food to go with her baby boy Luca on March 6.

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    Lea Michele and boyfriend Cory Monteith seemed upbeat as they arrived in New York City on March 5.

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    "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart was escorted by friends out of the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif., on March 5.

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    Selena Gomez grabbed a lot of attention as she posed on the set of a video shoot in Palmdale, Calif., on March 4.

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    Rihanna attended the launch of her River Island collection at the Oxford Street River Island store on March 4 in London. She donned a sexy sheer dress, of course.

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    Newly single Michelle Williams took daughter Matilda Ledger grocery shopping in Brooklyn, NY on March 4.

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    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attended the Givenchy Fall-Winter 2013-2014 'Ready-To-Wear' collection show held at Halle Freyssinet in Paris on March 3.

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    Natalie Portman went casual in an all brown ensemble for a trip to the grocery store in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 3.

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    Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield strolled through Tribeca on a chilly afternoon in New York on March 2.

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    Britney Spears was seen playing with her two sons, Sean and Jayden Federline in Santa Barbara, Calif., on March 2.

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    Jessica Chastain attended the Viktor & Rolf Fall-Winter 2013/2014 Ready-to-Wear collection show held at Espace Ephemere des Tuileries in Paris, France on March 2.

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    Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel took an arm-in-arm stroll through graffiti filled Soho together on March 1 in NYC.

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    Newly engaged "90210" star, Shenae Grimes, got her lips ready for her big day with eos Summer Fruit Lip Balm on March 1.

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    HTC Droid DNA retired?

    Droid DNA

    Has the HTC Droid DNA been given its gold watch and sent packing? Verizon CS says yes, and it's no longer listed for sale

    A reader sent in a pretty interesting screenshot, accompanied by some equally interesting information about the HTC Droid DNA. According to Verizon customer service, the DNA is now officially retired. The screenshot of chat with a CS (you can find it after the break) actually uses the word retired, and subsequent inquiries led to a statement from Verizon saying "HTC halted production in efforts to push out an upcoming project on the horizon".

    Now normally, we would place little to no faith in the words of an online chat with customer care from any provider. We're not judging, they have a difficult job and get way more harassment than anyone deserves. But after hearing about this, we went looking on Verizon's website, and found that the DNA is nowhere to be seen. You can't buy one from Big Red. Verizon loves to take our money, so there must be a reason they don't want to sell us a Droid DNA.

    Now consider the on and off rumors about the HTC One coming to Verizon. We're pretty sure that you'll never be able to buy an "HTC One" for use on Verizon. But ask us if you'll be able to buy a premium HTC device with Sense 5, the new camera, Boomsound, a kick-ass display, and all the other goodies that come with the HTC One and our answer would be different. Don't let semantics like official names fool you. We're pretty confident that something very close to the HTC One is "on the horizon" for Verizon Wireless.

    We never pretend that we know what goes on inside the minds of carrier corporate executives. We certainly question many of their decisions, but we're not at the meetings and don't have access to the data they use when they decide things like which phones to sell, and when to stop selling them. And of course, all this could be wrong and the DNA is simply out of stock for a while. We're just going to keep watching this, and when it all works out, we'll let you know.

    Thanks, Robert!

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    Sicily revokes permission for military satellite station

    PALERMO, Italy | Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:57pm EDT

    PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - The Sicilian regional government in Italy has revoked permission for the United States to build a military satellite station on the island, its governor said on Friday, after protests by residents who said it could pose a health risk.

    The planned ground station is part of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), an ultra high-frequency satellite network aimed at significantly boosting communications capacity for the U.S. military and its allies.

    Concerns about the effect the station's electromagnetic waves could have on the health of residents around the town of Niscemi, including fears that the waves could cause cancer, have provoked protests on the island.

    A U.S. military official said the United States hoped to allay any health concerns and would try to reach an agreement with the Italian government to get permission to build the facility.

    The regional government of the semi-autonomous island last month delayed construction and called for an independent study into its health and environmental impact.

    The Italian government said this month the demonstrations risked compromising operations at Sigonella, a U.S. naval base in Sicily.

    "Through the relevant department, permission for the construction of MUOS has been definitively withdrawn," Sicilian Governor Rosario Crocetta told reporters in the island's capital of Palermo on Friday.

    He did not say whether the decision to revoke permission for the site was related to the study or to health concerns.

    Crocetta's remarks came a day before a planned protest expected to draw several thousand in Niscemi, which local groups of the governor's own Democratic Party were due to attend.

    Lieutenant Colonel Monica Matoush, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Defense Department, said the U.S. military was confident that studies of the satellite system would show it was safe.

    "We are committed to working with Italian health authorities to address health concerns raised by the local population," she said in emailed comments to Reuters.

    The satellite network also has stations in the United States and Australia.

    In a visit to Italy in January, then-U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he understood the concerns of residents but that U.S. studies had concluded there would be no health risk.

    (Reporting by Vladimiro Pantaleone and Naomi O'Leary; Editing by Pravin Char)


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    Saturday, March 30, 2013

    Lindsay Lohan and Kristen Stewart: Unexpected BFF Alert!


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    Obama plays 1st golf since automatic budget cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama is on his first golf outing since automatic spending cuts known as the sequester went into effect on March 1.

    Some conservatives have called on Obama to give up golf since popular public tours of the White House were canceled because of the budget cuts.

    The White House has said the tours were canceled to keep Secret Service agents from being furloughed because of the spending reductions.

    Critics of the decision to cancel the White House tours also noted that Obama's golf outings require a sizable Secret Service presence for security.

    Obama hit the links Saturday on the course at Andrews Air Force Base. The White House said he was playing with his friend, Marty Nesbitt, and two White House aides.


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    Friday, March 29, 2013

    Rogers' more reasonable unlocking policy takes effect

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    See where an appropriate amount of public pressure will get you? As promised, Rogers' long-due rational unlocking policy is in full effect. You can now pay $50 to have Rogers unlock a device bought on contract if it's either fully paid off or has been on the network for 90 days, making it easier to take your phone on a vacation -- or to a rival carrier, if you also pony up any relevant cancellation fees. Likewise, you won't have to make a phone call now that retail staff have resources to unlock devices in-store. We can't say that the gesture delivers more freedom than buying already unlocked hardware like the Nexus 4, but those lured into a contract by a sweet deal on an iPhone 5 or HTC One won't have to feel completely fenced in for the whole three years.

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    "Place Beyond the Pines" review: Ryan Gosling + Bradley Cooper = overwrought daddy issues

    By Leah Rozen

    LOS ANGELES ( - Better to have a film with a reach that exceeds its grasp than a movie with no ambition in its pretty little empty head beyond regurgitating the same tired old pabulum.

    "The Place Beyond the Pines," director-cowriter Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to his 2010 corrosive marital drama, "Blue Valentine," is plenty ambitious. If, in the end, it collapses on itself from trying to carry too heavy a symbolic load, one can still admire its attempted reach and several of the performances.

    The focus of "Pines" is fathers and sons and how the relationship between the two, or lack of, leaves a lasting legacy. The film is essentially a trilogy, focusing sequentially on two men and two youths whose stories intersect.

    The first part of the film, easily the strongest, concerns Luke (Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine" star Ryan Gosling, in yet another mesmerizing performance), a daredevil motorcycle rider in a traveling carnival. He's covered in tattoos and is your classic sensitive bad boy. During Luke's star turn under a tent, he vrooms about in circles inside a spherical metal cage, an elegant metaphor for the fact that his life is going nowhere.

    While performing on night in Schenectady, N.Y., he is visited by Romina (Eva Mendez, in a strong turn), a waitress with whom he hooked up briefly the last time he was in town. Upon learning that she has given birth to his son, Luke decides to stick around town and try being a father, despite the fact that Romina now lives with a decent and dependable man.

    Partnering with a lowlife associate (Ben Mendelsohn), Luke soon turns to robbing banks, putting his motorcycle riding skills to use by executing daring, two-wheeled getaways. His new profession leads to his path crossing with that of Avery (Bradley Cooper), a lawyer turned idealistic rookie cop whose father is a powerful judge in town.

    Without giving away too much plot, the movie moves on from Luke's story to Avery's - hailed as a hero cop, he suffers from self-doubt - and then, in its final section, to what happens when the teenage sons (Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen) of the two men meet. The boys both bear the scars of having been raised, for differing reasons, with absent fathers, and an antagonism develops between them.

    Only the Luke portion of the film succeeds in feeling most of the time as if the characters are more than literary and symbolic conceits. In the second and third parts of the movie, about Avery and the two teenage boys, a viewer is too aware of the puppeteer behind the camera pulling the strings in an attempt to keep the characters dancing to the heavy-handed father-son theme.

    That said, there's much to appreciate in "Pines." There's a verisimilitude to the film's settings (it was shot in and around Schenectady) and the performances, especially in the first third, are raw and exciting.

    Maybe if the story was told chronologically in reverse, as Harold Pinter did in his 1978 play, "Betrayal," and director Gaspar No? did in 2002's "Irreversible," it would have accumulated greater poignancy and power.

    Hey, just throwing out an idea here for an alternative version to be included on the DVD.


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    ?The Korean Zombie,? Boston and Tito Ortiz: Where did they fall on the Cagewriter Hot or Not list?

    It's been a slow week for MMA, but it's likely to pick up as we start an eventful April. In this last week of March, who was hot or who was not?

    Hot ? Boston: According to a tweet from UFC president Dana White, the promotion is headed back to Boston, his hometown. Fox's new channel, Fox Sports 1, will get its first UFC event with this card, scheduled for Aug. 17.

    Not ? Commissions: First, Nick Diaz's camp said his weigh-in at UFC 158 was mishandled by the commission in Quebec. Then, Andrei Arlovski's camp said there was a timing error at the World Series of Fighting 2 card that caused Arlovski to take extra damage. Commissions' doing things right is necessary for the sport to grow, so mistakes like these are worrisome.

    Hot ? Chan Sung Jung, aka "The Korean Zombie:" He stood up to the UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre with a respectful dignity. Jung informed GSP, and much of the MMA world, about the symbolism behind the Rising Sun that the welterweight champion wore on his gi for UFC 158. GSP and Hayabusa, the company behind the gi quickly apologized. Jung handled the situation with quiet courage, and used it as a teachable moment. It was an impressive moment for both TKZ and GSP.

    Not ? Tito Ortiz: The retired UFC legend is now working as the manager for Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, and he has a plan. Santos is fighting on next weekend's Invicta card, and he wants her to fight her next few fights in Invicta. Then on New Year's Eve, Ortiz wants Santos, who won't move down to bantamweight, to fight UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in the UFC.

    "Cris has shown in Strikeforce, why she's so dominant, why women are afraid of her. She has three fights with Invicta, she will be the world champion and she will walk away a world champion. Like I said, New Year's Eve, let's make a super fight. Forget the title. Champion vs. champion, who cares about the title?"

    That's a nice plan if you forget that Rousey has said she doesn't want to move up in weight, or that most of her 2013 is set. She will coach against the winner of Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate in the next edition of "The Ultimate Fighter."

    Hot ? Fans: You're getting another Fan Expo. The UFC will host a Fan Expo in conjunction with UFC 162 in Las Vegas. Get your tickets here.

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    Strap a Tiny Toolbox To Your Zipper With Gerber's Daily Carry Accessories

    Gerber's long been a name associated with those big multitools you carry in a nylon pouch on your belt. But as the company works to expand its brand, it's started to think on a smaller scale with its new Gerber Daily Carry—or GDC—tools. More »


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    Americans oppose paying for storm-ravaged beaches

    (AP) ? More than 4 out of 5 Americans want to prepare now for rising seas and stronger storms from climate change, a new national survey says. But most are unwilling to keep spending money to restore and protect stricken beaches.

    The poll by Stanford University released Thursday found that only 1 in 3 people favored the government spending millions to construct big sea walls, replenish beaches or pay people to leave the coast.

    This was the first time a large national poll looked at how Americans feel about adapting to the changes brought on by global warming, said survey director Jon Krosnick, a professor of political science and psychology at Stanford.

    The more indirect options the majority preferred were making sure new buildings were stronger and reducing future coastal development. New building codes rated the highest with 62 percent of those surveyed favoring it.

    Three in 5 people want those who are directly affected by rising seas to pay for protection, rather than all taxpayers.

    Krosnick said the low favorability of sea walls and sand replenishment "reflect the public's fatalistic sense that it's more realistic to just give up the beach than to try to save it when other storms in the future will just wash it away again."

    The nationally representative survey of 1,174 Americans conducted online by GfK Custom Research has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

    University of Miami geology professor Harold Wanless, who wasn't involved in the survey, said he was at a Miami Beach meeting on Thursday with business and political leaders on how to try to keep from losing their "hugely expensive" land. But they are afraid of spending money in vain attempts that won't work.

    There are three ways the public can deal with the effects of rising seas on beaches, said coastal geology professor S. Jeffress Williams of the University of Hawaii. He is an expert on sea level rise and methods of adapting to it. You can "hold the line" with expensive sea walls, retreat and leave the beach, or compromise with sand dunes and beach replenishing.

    Sand dunes helped protect the New Jersey town of Seaside Park more than its dune-less neighbor Seaside Heights when Superstorm Sandy hit last fall, said Laurie Mcgilvray, a government coastline science expert.

    Williams said the public's attitude about not doing much to protect current beach development would be fine if it were 100 years ago. "But we've got tremendous trillions of dollars of a tourist economy that depends on the coast.

    "You should expect that if you are going to use the coast, you need to put some money in to maintain it," he said.

    But people surveyed said money is an issue.

    When it came to the general question of who should pay to protect the coast, 60 percent of the public said it should be paid for by local property owners and businesses, not the general taxpayers. And when it comes to specific solutions, about 80 percent of those surveyed said the money should come from local property taxes, not federal or state income taxes.

    Nearly half, 47 percent, said the government should prohibit people from rebuilding structures damaged by storms.

    The survey also found that 82 percent of the public believes global warming is already happening. About 3 out of 4 people said rising sea levels caused by global warming is a serious problem.



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    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    Answer to mystery of Pluto's moons could depend on 2015 flyby (+video)

    Pluto and its moon Charon act like a double-planet system with wreath of other, smaller moons. NASA's New Horizons mission could help explain how those moons got there.

    By Pete Spotts,?Staff writer / March 25, 2013

    This photo by the Hubble Space Telescope shows the five moons in their orbits around Pluto.

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    New research by two astronomers has the potential to make the current NASA mission to Pluto and beyond more than just a first close-up glimpse of the distant, demoted planet. It could help scientists understand how planets form around other stars.

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    The reason: While Pluto's companion, Charon, is widely considered a moon, its orbital relationship to Pluto is identical to that of stars in a binary-star system. Indeed, some astronomers hold that Charon is not a moon, but part of a binary dwarf-planet system, with Pluto as the senior partner.

    With at least four other small moons orbiting beyond Charon, the Pluto system could be a unique laboratory for scientists.

    "Not only could we try to understand the outer part of the solar system, we could actually have an idea of how planets form around binary stars and actually test it real life," says Scott Kenyon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., who performed the analysis along with University of Utah's Benjamin Bromley.

    Charon is thought to have formed from a collision between Pluto and another object, Dr. Kenyon explains. To try to determine how the smaller outer moons might have formed thereafter, the researchers used computer simulations. Did the outer moons form from the debris of the collision? Or did they take shape long afterward from the primordial disk of dust, rock, and ice that Pluto-Charon captured from its general neighborhood?

    The simulations suggest that both scenarios are possible, but that each would yield moons with different compositions. NASA's New Horizons mission could help prove if either scenario is right. New Horizons is now half way to Pluto and is expected to reach the dwarf planet in 2015.

    The results of the calculations by Kenyon and Dr. Bromley have been submitted for publication and have been posted on an astrophysics website in hopes that the New Horizons science team can work in observations that would test these competing ideas into the mission's science plan during the Pluto flyby.

    Over the years, the known size of the Pluto system has expanded. Pluto itself was discovered in 1930 by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. It took another 48 years to pick out Charon. In 2005, astronomers discovered Nix and Hydra. And between July 2011 and July 2012, researchers detected another two moons ? P4 and P5. (A recent nonbinding poll to name the two moons suggested Vulcan and Cerberus.)

    Assuming a giant impact formed Charon, the raw material for the other moons could have come from debris that formed a disk outside Charon's orbit.

    For moons to form in this way, there would have needed to be enough debris, and it would have needed to be orbiting Pluto and Charon at a distance relatively undisturbed by their gravity ? so clumping could occur. "If you can't get material out past the orbit of P5 [the closest known moon to Pluto and Charon], then you're doomed," Kenyon says, because gravity from Pluto-Charon would sweep the material into those two objects.

    But simulations of the impact scenario suggested that material did pass the orbit of P5 and that this scenario was the most efficient means of producing moons, Kenyon says. The collision yields more than enough debris to make moons with the masses astronomers think the system's moons have. Moreover, in the simulations, the innermost moon tends to settle into an orbit at a distance comparable to P5.?

    But the approach that focuses on the primordial disk of dust and ice can also form moons, simulations found. At some point after the giant collision, the Pluto-Charon system could have drawn in a ring of dust and ice from material in the vicinity ? material that was part of the solar system's original inventory of dust, gas, and ice.

    "You just gradually accumulate stuff over millions and millions of years, and that coagulates into the satellites," Kenyon says.

    But simulations found that the masses of the moons formed in this scenario are at the lowest end of the range of mass estimates astronomers have calculated for the moons in the Pluto-Charon system. And those less-massive moons would appear in orbits much farther from Pluto-Charon than the existing moons.

    Either way, if both scenarios start out with the same amount of mass in the debris disks, the same number of satellites will form, but their composition will be different.

    If the satellites are formed from the collision debris, their composition will look much like Charon's. Charon is less dense than Pluto, consisting of a roughly 50-50 mix of ice (mostly water ice) and rock with a very icy surface. This allows it to reflect a relatively larger amount of sunlight from its surface than would a more mixed surface composition.

    If the satellites formed via gradual accretion of primordial ice and rock well after a giant impact, Kenyon adds, the satellites would be darker and with a higher proportion of rock to ice.

    In that way, they would look more like typical objects in the Kuiper Belt ? the broad expanse of rocky and icy objects left over from solar system's construction phase some 4.6 billion years ago. The belt's inner edge is about 2.8 billion miles from the sun, just beyond Neptune's orbit. The outer edge is thought to lie about 4.7 billion miles from the sun.

    Pluto, which orbits the sun at an average distance of 3.7 billion miles, is the second largest known dwarf planet. The solar system's largest, most massive dwarf planet is Eris, which orbits the sun at an average distance of 6.3 billion miles.

    Based on the simulations, New Horizons could find perhaps five to 10 more moons in the Pluto-Charon system, Kenyon says. They would be small, perhaps ranging from 1,000 feet to a mile or two across, and outside the orbit of Hydra. And there would be enough material for a tenuous disk of particles whose size are measured in inches.

    New Horizons can begin its observations of the Pluto-Charon system about 70 days before its closest encounter and for some days after.


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    Rebel leader dissolves C. African constitution

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? A rebel leader whose fighters seized the capital of Central African Republic over the weekend has taken to the airwaves to make his first declaration, announcing he has dissolved the country's constitution and will stay in power for three years, according to excerpts from the broadcast carried on French radio.

    Michel Djotodia, one of the leaders of the Seleka rebel coalition, said late Monday that he plans to stay in power until 2016, the length of time left in the term of the president he and his soldiers overthrew.

    Ousted President Francois Bozize fled the presidential palace over the weekend, resurfacing Monday in the neighboring nation of Cameroon, where the government issued a statement saying he had sought "temporary exile" on their soil.

    The Seleka rebel leader justified his coup d'etat, saying Bozize had veered into dictatorship during his 10 years in power.

    "Through us, it was the entire population of Central African Republic that rose up as a single man against the president," Djotodia said, according to Radio France Internationale.

    "To this effect, we have decided to guide the destiny of the people of the Central African Republic during this transitional period of three years, in keeping with the spirit of the accords signed in Libreville in January 11, 2013 ... As a result, I have decided that it is, therefore, necessary to dissolve the constitution of Dec. 27, 2004, as well as the parliament and the government," he said.

    Meanwhile, French forces protecting Bangui's main airport opened fire on three cars that were speeding toward a security checkpoint, said the French Defense Ministry.

    The cars, carrying Indian and Chadian citizens, continued despite warning shots. Two Indian citizens were killed, and the wounded Indian and Chadian passengers were taken for medical care, the defense minister said in the statement Monday.

    France is investigating into the shooting, the statement said.

    Pillaging, meanwhile, continued in the capital, Bangui, days after the Seleka rebels took the city. The rebels' advance started last week when they pushed past Damara, a town 75 kilometers (47 miles) to the northeast, which had marked the line of control drawn by regional forces in January, following an accord signed in Libreville, the capital of neighboring Gabon.

    The rebels broke that accord last week, claiming that Bozize's government had failed to make good on a series of promises, including sending back the South African troops guarding the capital. The South African troops came under an onslaught of fire from the Seleka rebels, who shot and killed 13 South African soldiers over the weekend, in their fight to take the capital.

    Seleka is a loose coalition of fighters, many of whom fought in previous rebellions. They joined forces last fall, beginning their advance toward the capital in December.

    The developments mirrored a similar rebellion in eastern Congo by the M23 rebels, who took the provincial capital of Goma, pressing the government which then agreed to enter into talks with them. Seleka seemed to be taking a page from the Congolese rebels' playbook as they advanced to less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the capital.

    The Seleka fighters benefited from the growing dissatisfaction with Bozize, who came to power in 2003, at the helm of a column of a different rebel group which also invaded the capital and toppled the former leader.

    Bozize is accused of growing cronyism, and in the last election in 2011, around 20 of Bozize's family members and close associates including former mistresses, won posts in the government, according to Louisa Lombard, a postdoctoral fellow in geography at the University of California, Berkeley.

    "There was the sense that governing was being carried out by a tighter and tighter circle of people around Bozize," says Lombard, who has been travelling to Central African Republic for the past 10 years for research.

    "And although all sorts of technocratic procedures were in place to make the government more inclusive, it was in fact less and less inclusive. The more technocratic people got sidelined. Those who held positions of power did not have much education, much background in their chosen field. There was a disregard for any kind of merit in governing."

    Lombard cautions, however, that the Seleka coalition is very loosely held together. Already on Monday, a different rebel leader, 26-year-old Nelson N'Djadder who is based in Paris, said that he does not recognize Djotodia as their new president.

    "Seleka is a very heterogeneous group. That is something we noticed since the beginning, when it first emerged," said Lombard. "Holding it together will be a big problem."


    Lori Hinnant contributed to this report from Paris.


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    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Bill Gates Condom Challenge: It's On!


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    AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Express getting Jelly Bean update today

    Samsung Galaxy Express

    Google Now, performance improvements and other features hit this mid-level Android smartphone

    AT&T this morning announced that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now available for its Samsung Galaxy Express smartphone.  With the update you'll get the "Project Butter" performance improvements, updates to the notification area and, most important, you'll be able to rock Google Now, with all its prediction and search capabilities.

    You'll also get "Blocking Mode," which lets you turn off calls and notifications for a specific period of time. Plus, you'll get a new data usage calculator.

    You can snag the update now by going to Settings>About device>Software update>Check for updates. You'll need to be on Wifi.

    Source: AT&T


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    Doctors Detect Obesity Bug on Breath

    Obesity has its obvious manifestations; it's a disease that is difficult to conceal. And now, doctors say they can even smell it on your breath.

    Doctors from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles say certain gas-emitting microbes living in the human gut might determine one's propensity for packing on too many pounds; and the presence of methane and hydrogen on one's breath from these microbes is closely related to excess body weight and body fat.

    These doctors concede that overeating and a lack of activity are the primary causes of obesity. Yet other factors ? namely, the abundance or reduction of certain microbes that line the intestines, detectable on the breath ? also may contribute to excessive weight gain.

    Their work will appear online March 28 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

    Hungry microbes

    The concept that gut microbes are linked to obesity is not new. Dozens of papers have been written on the topic in the last few years alone. Scientists don't understand, however, which microbes are the chief culprits. [Why We're Fat: 8 Surprising Causes of Obesity]

    Doctors led by Ruchi Mathur, director of the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes Outpatient Treatment and Education Center, focused on a methane-producing microbe called Methanobrevibacter smithii. The theory is that M. smithii eats the hydrogen produced by other microorganisms in the gut. Lower hydrogen levels, in turn, increase fermentation in the gut, allowing the body to absorb more nutrients and more energy, or calories, from food.

    "Usually, the microorganisms living in the digestive tract benefit us by helping convert food into energy," said Mathur. "However, when this particular organism, M. smithii, becomes overabundant, it may alter this balance in a way that causes someone to be more likely to gain weight."

    Mathur's previous study on rats, published last year, seemed to indicate that M. smithii promoted weight gain. An abundance of M. smithii could leave detectable levels of methane on the breath of obese human subjects as smoking-gun evidence of this microbe's role in obesity, Mathur said.

    Breath test

    So, Mathur's group analyzed the breath of 792 people. They found that the subjects either had normal breath content, higher concentrations of methane, higher levels of hydrogen, or higher levels of both gases. Those who tested positive for high concentrations of both gases had significantly higher body mass indexes and higher percentages of body fat.

    But the presence of hydrogen with methane on the breath of obese subjects may indicate that more than the methane-producing M. smithii is to blame. Or, at a minimum, the picture is complex.

    Indeed, French researchers publishing a study in June 2012 in the International Journal of Obesity found that the gut microbe Lactobacillus reuteri was most associated with obese subjects in conjunction with lower, not higher, levels of M. smithii. An earlier study by some of these same French researchers, published in the journal PLOS ONE in 2009, found excess M. smithii associated with anorexia.

    Mathur's group also could not ascertain cause and effect: Is obesity caused by a certain imbalance of microbes, or does a diet associated with obesity ? for example, highly processed foods rich in calories and low in nutrients ? change the gut microbe flora in such a way that promotes obesity. That is, the obesity bug is not something one catches randomly like the flu. The microbes most recently associated with obesity are in all human guts, along with trillions of other microbes.

    What is increasingly clear, however, is that some people put on weight more easily than others. Is this entirely genetics, or gut microbes, or both? Further studies of the gut microbe flora may lead to new insights ? and therapies.

    Christopher Wanjek is the author of a new novel, "Hey, Einstein!", a comical nature-versus-nurture tale about raising clones of Albert Einstein in less-than-ideal settings. His column, Bad Medicine, appears regularly on LiveScience.

    Copyright 2013 LiveScience, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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    Heat about to turn up on US

    As much as we would all love to keep reliving Friday?s amazing moment, alas, we must move on.

    And the reality is thus: Tuesday?s late night kickoff inside cauldron Azteca will look 100 percent different, and in so many ways.

    So, let?s start two days of talk about the bitter border rivalry with a roundup of what?s going on.

    The game is sold-out, which means a crowd of 100,000-plus for the 10:30 p.m. kickoff. According to Soccer America, only 1,300 tickets remained on sale Sunday.

    Make no mistake, the tension will be cranked up to 11 when Jurgen Klinsmann?s team enters the ground. But the greater pressure will fall on El Tri. Easily so. Jose Manuel ?El Chepo? de la Torre?s team has two points out of a possible six to begin final round qualifying. If the Mexicans don?t get all three points from Tuesday?s match against their hated rival, it could certainly cost El Chepo his job.

    Clearly, the heat is on already, and that heat will go nuclear in a hurry if things don?t go as planned against the Yanks.

    Adding even greater tension is that surprising result from last August, one of Klinsmann?s high-water marks over 19 months in charge of the United States. Hard to see Chepo surviving yet another loss to his fellow CONCACAF power.

    The Americans escaped snowy Denver on Sunday, making their way over the border in plenty of time for an afternoon training. If you didn?t know how big a deal this match is to Mexican media, consider the lengths to which local reporters went ?just to get a look at the U.S. session. ?They went all Jason Bourne on the U.S. proceedings, and here?s an Instagram from U.S. Soccer as proof. Case closed.

    Police were called; the legendary rivalry grows.

    Speculation about Jermaine Jones? replacement will continue to be a topic for discussion. We laid out the options yesterday at PST, although one reader suggested that Sacha Klejstan has also played in a holding role, as well. Yes, he has ? but not often, and its clearly not his best spot.

    Ives Galarcep targets Maurice Edu as the U.S. holding mid.

    Meanwhile, looks at lineup projections on the other side. With Francisco ?Maza? Rodriguez ineligible due to yellow card accumulation, this is how Tom Marshall sees El Tri?s lineup coming together.


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    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    Simulations uncover obstacle to harnessing laser-driven fusion: Under realistic conditions, hollow cones fail to guide energetic electrons to fuel

    Mar. 26, 2013 ? A once-promising approach for using next-generation, ultra-intense lasers to help deliver commercially viable fusion energy has been brought into serious question by new experimental results and first-of-a-kind simulations of laser-plasma interaction.

    Researchers at The Ohio State University are evaluating a two-stage process in which a pellet of fusion fuel is first crushed by lasers on all sides, shrinking the pellet to dozens of times its original size, followed by an ultra-intense burst of laser light to ignite a chain reaction. This two-stage approach is called Fast Ignition, and there are a few variants on the theme.

    In a recent paper, the Ohio State research group considered the long-discussed possibility of using a hollow cone to maintain a channel for the ultra-intense "ignitor pulse" to focus laser energy on the compressed pellet core. Drawing on both experimental results from studies at the Titan Laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, and massively-parallel computer simulations of the laser-target interaction performed at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) in Columbus, Ohio, the research team found compelling evidence that the cone-guided approach to Fast Ignition has a serious flaw.

    "In the history of fusion research, two-steps-forward and one-step-back stories are a common theme," said Chris Orban, Ph.D., a researcher of the High Energy Density Physics research group at Ohio State and the lead theorist on the project. "But sometimes progress is about seeing what's not going to work, just as much as it is looking forward to the next big idea."

    Since the ultra-intense pulse delivers energy to the fuel through relativistic electrons accelerated by the laser interaction, the Ohio State study focused on the coupling of the laser light to electrons and the propagation of those electrons through the cone target. Rather than investigating how the interaction would work on a high-demand, high-cost facility like the National Ignition Facility (NIF), which is also based at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and one of the largest scientific operations in the world, the researchers considered experiments just across from NIF at the Titan laser, which is much smaller and easily accessible.

    These images from their simulations highlight the trajectories of randomly-selected electrons for a thin cone (left) and thick cone (right), each attached to a copper wire. Background colors show the strength of the electric fields pointing away from the cone and wire. For thin cones, the electric fields act to guide energetic electrons forward into the wire while for thick cones -- a more realistic case -- these fields are too distant to be effective. An animation of the simulation is available online at:

    Despite its size and despite having lower total energy, for a brief moment the Titan laser is many thousands of times more intense than NIF, which makes it a decent stand-in as a second-stage ignitor pulse. The OSU-led experimental team focused the Titan pulse on hollow cone targets attached at the tip to copper wires and observed the burst of X-ray photons coming from the copper as a measure of the laser energy to relativistic electron conversion efficiency.

    The X-ray signal was much lower from the hollow cones with thicker cone walls. "This was strong evidence to the experimental team that the typical approach to cone-guided Fast Ignition wouldn't work, since thicker cones should be more realistic than thin cones," said Orban. "This is because electrons are free to move around in a dense plasma, much like they do in a normal metal, so the thicker cone target is like a thin cone embedded in a dense plasma."

    These intuitions were tested in simulations performed at OSC. Whereas earlier efforts to simulate the laser-target interaction were forced to simplify or shrink the target size in order to make the calculations more feasible, Orban used the LSP code to perform the first-ever, full-scale 2D Particle-In-Cell simulations of the entire laser-target interaction using fully realistic laser fields.

    These simulations also included a sophisticated model for the pre-heating of the target from stray laser light ahead of the ultra-intense pulse developed by collaborators at the Flash Center for Computational Science at the University of Chicago.

    "We were delighted to help Chris use the FLASH code to provide realistic initial conditions for his Particle-In-Cell simulations," said Don Lamb, director of the Flash Center. "This is an outstanding example of how two groups can collaborate to achieve a scientific result that neither could have achieved alone."

    To conduct the simulations, the Ohio State researchers accessed OSC's flagship Oakley Cluster supercomputer system. The HP-built system features 8,300+ Intel Xeon cores and 128 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs. Oakley can achieve 88 teraflops, tech-speak for performing 88 trillion calculations per second, or, with acceleration from the NVIDIA GPUs, a total peak performance of 154 teraflops.

    "The simulations pointed to the electric fields building up on the edge of the cone as the key to everything," said Orban. "The thicker the cone is, the further away the cone edge is from the laser, and as a result fewer energetic electrons are deflected forward, which is the crucial issue in making cone-guided Fast Ignition a viable approach."

    With both the experiment and the simulations telling the same story, the evidence is compelling that the cone-guided route to Fast Ignition is an unlikely one. While other studies have come to similar conclusions, the group was the first to identify the plasma surrounding the cone as a severe hindrance. Thankfully, there are still many other ideas for successfully igniting the fusion pellet with current or soon-to-be-constructed laser facilities. Any future efforts to spark fusion reactions with these lasers using a two-stage fast-ignition approach must be mindful to consider the neutralizing effect of the free electrons in the dense plasma.

    "We could not have completed this project without the Oakley Cluster," Orban noted. "It was the perfect combination of speed and RAM and availability for us. And thanks to the profiling I was able to do, the compute time for our production runs went from two weeks in November 2011 to three or four days as of February 2012."

    "Energy and the environment is one of the primary focus areas of the center, and this research fits perfectly into that domain," said Brian Guilfoos, the client and technology support manager for OSC. "Many of our systems were designed and software packages selected to best support the type of computing required by investigators working in fields related to our focus areas."

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    Monday, March 25, 2013

    Losing wetlands to grow crops

    Mar. 25, 2013 ? Getting enough to eat is a basic human need -- but at what cost to the environment? Research published in BioMed Central's journal Agriculture & Food Security demonstrates that as their crops on higher ground fail due to unreliable rainfall, people in countries like Uganda are increasingly relocating to wetland areas. Unless the needs of these people are addressed in a more sustainable way, overuse of wetland resources through farming, fishing, and hunting will continue.

    In 2009 it was estimated that about a third of Uganda's wetlands had been lost to growing crops and grazing. While the environmental significance of wetland loss is important, so are National Food Security targets and the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people who suffer from hunger by 2015. In order to evaluate how people are using the wetlands researchers from Makerere University, Uganda, with financial support from IDRC surveyed residents living in either Lake Victoria crescent, Kyoga plains, and South Western farmlands.

    The survey revealed that more than 80% of people in these areas use wetland resources including collecting water, catching fish, hunting bush meat (Sitatunga, a type of antelope, and wild rat), and harvesting wild fruits and vegetables. Some of these they consume but others they sell in order to be able to buy food. Over half admitted to growing crops in the nutrient rich soil wetlands with its ready water supply. The families who were most likely to use the wetlands in this way were the ones who had the least access to other sources of food.

    The locals blame their bad harvests on global warming, and as global weather systems change this can only get worse. Dr Nelson Turyahabwe explained, "Food insecurity is a real problem across the world. In Uganda the families most at risk tended to have younger or female household heads, or were less educated. Large families were also at high risk of not having enough to eat. In these cases use of wetlands allows families to survive. In designing sustainable use policies for wetlands the needs of humans also needs to be considered."

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    Peggy Noonan: 'Black Robed Masters' Decide What's Right for America

    Below you can find some of the notable comments made Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Roundtable guests included former Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina; former Bush deputy chief of staff Karl Rove; "Nightline" co-anchor Terry Moran, who covers the Supreme Court for ABC News; Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile; Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan; ABC News global affairs anchor Christiane Amanpour; Atlantic national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg; former Romney campaign senior adviser Dan Senor, co-founder of the Foreign Policy Initiative; and TIME Magazine assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar.

    Noonan describes the Supreme Court justices as 'black robed masters'

    NOONAN: Yeah, Americans don't take it well and don't accept it as a resolution when their black robed masters in Washington decide to put on them what they decide is the right thing.

    Noonan finds Congress' work to be 'slightly Banana Republican-esque' after budget plan is passed overnight

    NOONAN: Yeah. It - it does seem a little strange that they work sometimes on The Hill in a slightly Banana Republican-esque kind of way, where they're making moves at 3:00 am while all of America is asleep.

    Brazile thinks the GOP is 'out to lunch'

    BRAZILE: But here's the thing, the Republican Party is out to lunch. It's not just mechanics. It's not just communication. I mean, it's the party that continues to reject the majority of the American people and they feel it. They don't want to be associated with a party that talks down to them, that's condescending, that attacks their rights and then call them victims.

    So, I think they're out to lunch. And as far as I'm concerned, I will give them a bus ticket pass to continue to stay off the national radar.

    Goldberg states it is hard for a POTUS to 'catch a break' in Middle East affairs

    GOLDBERG: This Syria case is an example of consequences of non-interventionism. In other words, a President of the United States cannot really catch a break in the Middle East. Either you're intervening too much, you're not intervening enough, there are, we might wind up a couple years from now thinking, man, we really should have done something a couple of years earlier to stop what is unfolding in Syria from unfolding.

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    Adam Levine Is HOT in His Sexiest Shirtless Photos

    Adam Levine loves to take his shirt off. Like, we're talking L-O-V-E type of love here. The man is seen shirtless about as much as he's not (only a slight exaggeration) and frequently flaunts his toned physique in his music videos, his magazine appearances, and even on TV.


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    Filipino Journey As well as Travel and leisure A watch Opener

    The actual Philippines is definitely an islands made up of 7, 107 island destinations, positioned in Southeast Asian countries. It?s arranged to the 3 elements of Luzon, Visayas, as well as Mindanao. Every area comes with an airport terminal, making the nation obtainable through any kind of the main planet. The nation is really a banquet for that eye associated with vacationers along with diverse pursuits. For individuals who adore the actual seashores along with other miracles, you will find plenty to select from in a areas of the actual islands. Dealing with as well as through any kind of areas isn?t hard simply because the majority of Filipinos may realize the actual British vocabulary. The nation additionally features associated with historic websites as well as celebrations. This is actually the consequence of prior colonizations. The nation may be colonized through the The spanish language, People in america, along with the Japoneses, and also the blend of those affects has established the wealthy lifestyle. It?s additionally provided the nation a chance to marketplace it?s journey as well as travel and leisure business all over the world.

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    Sunday, March 24, 2013

    U.S. Soccer Snow Game: Clint Dempsey Goal Lifts Americans Over Costa Rica (PHOTO/VIDEO)

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. ? Soft snow started falling, and then kept getting heavier as the night progressed.

    From the start of Friday's World Cup qualifier, the lines on the field were covered. As the game wore on, even the Americans in their white home uniforms became hard to see.

    And then in the 55th minute, with the U.S. leading Costa Rica 1-0 on Clint Dempsey's early goal, the referee and match commissioner stopped it.

    Would it continue? For a moment, it was as unclear as the view.

    But then, after some heated discussions, play went on.

    On a snowy night more suitable to slaloms than soccer, Dempsey's 16th-minute score in his first start as the American captain held up, giving the U.S. a 1-0 victory in a key qualifier for next year's World Cup.

    "It was difficult out here to see anything," Dempsey said. "The second half, the snow coming up past your ankles, it was almost unplayable."


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      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Midfielder Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States dribbles the ball during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Defender Clarence Goodson #21 of the United States attempts a head-in on a corner kick among a crowd of Costa Rican defenders during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: A large United States flag is stretched out by fans to celebrate a goal as United States players return to kickoff position during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Midfielder Jermaine Jones #13 and defender Cristian Gamboa #2 of Costa Rica battle for possession during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Fans of the United States national soccer team cheer as time runs out on a snowy night during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: A large United States flag is stretched out by fans to celebrate a goal as forward Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States returns to kickoff position during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Midfielder Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States lays on the ground after being tripped during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Fans endure wind and snow before a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: An overhead shows snow continuing to fall during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    • Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Midfielder Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States dribbles the ball during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    • Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Fans endure wind and snow before a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Event staff clear snow near the corner of the field even as play continues in the snow during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    • Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Fans endure wind and snow before a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    • Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Fans endure wind and snow before a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    • Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Midfielder Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States runs during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    • Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Midfielder Clint Dempsey #8 is congratulated by teammates (L-R) midfielder Graham Zusi #19, midfielder Michael Bradley #4 and forward Jozy Altidore #17 after scoring a first-half goal during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    • Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley #7 of the United States battles for possession with midfielder Bryan Ruiz #10 of Costa Rica during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    • Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Forward Herculez Gomez #9 of the United States chases down the ball during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    • Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

      COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Midfielder Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States dribbles the ball during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    Several U.S. players wore short sleeves. A bare-chested Dempsey applauded fans after the final whistle.

    Costa Rica's team seemed to have a harder time dealing with the winter wonderland. The Ticos have 24 hours to file a written protest with FIFA.

    "You couldn't see the lines. You couldn't see the ball. You couldn't play," Costa Rica midfielder Michael Barrantes said.

    Plows and shovels were used to clear the penalty areas, center circle and midfield stripe as snow got heavier, and a yellow-and-purple ball was used. Ten minutes into the second half, Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto wanted referee Joel Aguilar of El Salvador and match commissioner Victor Daniel of Grenada to suspend the game, but U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann made a case for playing on.

    "That's why went onto the field with my bad Spanish, to interfere with the referee, `We're not stopping that game. It's only the lines,'" Klinsmann said. "They cleaned up the lines and they kept playing. The referees were clear, they said it was all about the lines. It's for both teams very difficult to play all the way through. I would have done anything possible to not stop it."

    The match will be remembered in American soccer for the elements as much as the 1967 Ice Bowl is in the NFL. As the snow increased, it made the field resemble a cake topped with piles of sugar, and players' hair turned white as snow stuck along their scalps. During injury time, American defender Geoff Cameron even playfully pushed the back of a grounds crew member shoveling the field.

    As the conditions deteriorated, the U.S. survived Michael Umana's apparent 70th-minute goal for Costa Rica that was disallowed for offside and came away with a red-very-white-and-blue victory. Brad Guzan, in goal because Tim Howard was injured, slid in the snow after balls like a kid in a park.

    "You don't want to stop it. You want to keep that advantage and finish it off," Klinsmann said.

    Pinto was angry during and after the game.

    "I asked them to stop. They should suspend the ref," he said. "It was an embarrassment. It was an insult to Costa Rica and people coming in here."

    After wasting an early lead and losing their final-round opener last month at Honduras, the Americans were under pressure to come up with a win, especially with their next game Tuesday at regional power Mexico. Dempsey's goal lifted them from last place in the six-nation group to second, one point behind Honduras, which rallied from two goals down for a 2-2 tie at home against Mexico.

    The U.S. extended its home unbeaten streak in qualifying to 23 games over a dozen years (21-0-2).

    The gametime temperature of 30 degrees was 54 below the start temperature for the 2-1 loss at Honduras last month, when the Americans withered in the heat and humidity as the match went on.

    When DaMarcus Beasley slid on his back following a collision, he formed a bit of a snow angel.

    "It almost looked like he grew up in the snow," Klinsmann said about the Indiana native.

    Criticized earlier in the week over tactics and management in a Sporting News story citing unidentified players and others close to the team, Klinsmann used his 24th lineup in 24 matches since replacing Bob Bradley. With eight players out because of injuries and illness, the 30-year-old Beasley was at left back for the first time since 2009, when he made his previous international competitive start. Cameron was shifted to right back and Omar Gonzalez and Clarence Goodson started in central defense in front of Guzan, who made his first start since November 2010. Landon Donovan remains absent on sabbatical.

    "We were able to come together when we needed to," Dempsey said.

    Dempsey, a tough Texan who didn't wear gloves in the first half, became captain when Carlos Bocanegra was dropped because of inaction with his club in Spain and Howard broke two bones in his back. Dempsey's only previous experience with the armband was three years ago, during the second half of an exhibition against Colombia.

    He scored after Jozy Altidore's 19-yard shot deflected off Roy Miller, the defender who has struggled this season with Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls. The ball bounced toward Dempsey, whose right-footed shot from in front went in for his seventh goal in qualifying for Brazil and his 12th career score in qualifying. Used to wet weather in England's Premier League, Dempsey got his 32nd goal in 92 appearances.

    The U.S. appealed to Aguilar for a penalty kick after Miller tripped Dempsey in the 42nd but was denied.

    Turns out one goal was enough.

    "It was a lucky deflection," Dempsey said. "If I would have missed it, I would have cried all night."

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