Showing posts from April 27, 2013

Prison riot 13 dead: Violent riot between inmates leaves at least 13 dead

Prison riot 13 dead: Violent riot between inmates leaves at least 13 dead, A prison riot broke out Saturday morning in the La Pila prison in San Luis Potosi. The inmates had sharp objects and other improvised weapons and at least 13 inmates dead and 65 more were wounded, Reuters reported on April 27.

According to the digital version published by the Mexican newspaper Milenio, the rioting started in a cell block. The prison riot began about 05:00 local time, so there was an intense presence of police and Mexican military.

The number of deaths, according to Milenio, was confirmed both by the Attorney General and by the local Mexican Secretariat of Public Security.

Authorities gained control of the situation shortly after the riot started. Reuters stated that Concepcion Tovar, head of the state's prison system, told press and media outlets that at least 100 inmates were involved in the riot.

The riots and escapes from prisons in Mexico, many of them overcrowded and high levels of police …

Providence weather forecast for Apr. 28, 2013

Providence weather forecast for Apr. 28, 2013, Forecast discussion: High pressure will be settling over New England for the next few days, which will continue our dry weather.

The high has been giving us good weather the last few days, as winds have come from the north. As we move into this evening, winds will begin to turn more to the southeast. This is still a cool wind, as it comes off the ocean. So, the coastline may only reach temperatures in the middle 60’s. However, as you move inland, temperatures will reach the upper 60’s.

Our evenings will also be seasonable, as temperatures slowly rise into the lower 40’s. Also, we will be reaching a dry weather pattern for the next several days. The high will remain over New England or just offshore in the Atlantic as we move through the week. This will help block any low pressure systems from reaching Southern New England. Temperatures will slowly cool into the lower 60’s during the day by Wednesday, as winds return from the north. Overnigh…

Virginia English teacher arrested for inappropriate relationship with student

Virginia English teacher arrested for inappropriate relationship with student, Newport News police arrested Cara Alexander, 27, on Friday for having an inappropriate relationship with a student. She is a married English teacher at Woodside High in Newport News, Virginia.

Last week, the parents of a 17-year-old student found nude pictures of Alexander on their son’s cell phone.

Authorities charged her with six counts of using a communication system to facilitate certain offenses involving charges, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Authorities have not released any details where sexual liaisons may have occurred. School officials have started necessary steps to terminate Alexander’s position and to revoke her teacher’s license.

Alexander’s teaching career began in 2009 as a substitute teacher. She was hired full-time in August 2010.

Boston weather forecast for Apr. 28, 2013

Boston weather forecast for Apr. 28, 2013, Forecast discussion: High pressure will be settling over New England for the next few days, which will continue our dry weather in Boston.

The high has been giving us good weather the last few days, as winds have come from the north. As we move into this evening, winds will begin to turn more to the southeast. This is still a cool wind, as it comes off the ocean. So, the coastline may only reach temperatures in the middle 60’s. However, as you move inland, temperatures will reach the upper 60’s.

Our evenings will also be seasonable, as temperatures slowly rise into the lower 40’s. Also, we will be reaching a dry weather pattern for the next several days. The high will remain over New England or just offshore in the Atlantic as we move through the week. This will help block any low pressure systems from reaching Southern New England. Temperatures will slowly cool into the lower 60’s during the day by Wednesday, as winds return from the north. Ov…

Prison riot 13 dead: Dozens more hurt in Mexican prison riot

Prison riot 13 dead: Dozens more hurt in Mexican prison riot, A fight broke out in a prison right before daybreak on Saturday, April 27, 2013, and as Reuters reports, it got very ugly. The prison riot in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi has left 13 dead and at least 65 injured. It took a while, but state police were able to regain control over the prison in the morning.

At least 100 inmates were said to have participated in the prison riot, and Concepcion Tovar, head of the state's prison system, blames it on a gang. That gang was said to have been robbing and harassing other inmates in the prison.

The prison riot left 13 dead and all of the deaths were caused by some kind of improvised weapons or sharp objects. It is unclear as to whether all 13 dead and 64 wounded were inmates or not.

Overcrowded prisons in Mexico make riots a common occurrence, and it doesn't help that inmates from rival gangs are housed near one another. Once one gang member speaks to another, pla…

Cheerleader Body Found: 2 Years After Going Missing, Body of 13-Year-Old Hailey Darlene Dunn Recovered

Cheerleader Body Found: 2 Years After Going Missing, Body of 13-Year-Old Hailey Darlene Dunn Recovered, A cheerleader's body has been found two years after she went missing, according to reports.

The remains of Hailey Darlene Dunn were reportedly found near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County last month, according to NBC News. The 13 year old girl went missing two years ago, and authorities are still investigating what happened to the girl.

Authorities searched long and hard around Colorado City, with extensive resources used to conduct searches in the surrounding fields and landfills nearby. Her mother reported her missing on Dec. 28, 2010, and the frantic search for her included posting her picture on more than 100 billboards along the Texas interstates and other states.

Dunn's mom and her mother's boyfriend have both denied any involvement in the girl's disappearance. The boyfriend was a person of interest previously in the investigations but he was never charged with an…

School safety: Blountville child restrained after attacking principal

School safety: Blountville child restrained after attacking principal, With the recent attention on school attacks, it is another kind of attack that happened at Holston Elementary School in Blountville, Tenn., last week. According to an April 25 report by The Blotter, a popular feature on where crime reports are published, an 8-year-old child attacked a principal and had to be restrained.

Police were actually summoned to the elementary school where the child had punched, kicked, and bitten the principal. It took one educator and an officer to restrain the child.

The situation began when the little boy, who was apparently very strong for his age, was asked to refrain from standing in a chair. He refused to obey and then struck a little girl on the arm.

It is not known whether the principal attempted to defend himself or not, but three employees were injured in the attack and treated at the scene.

It is true that school can be a very dangerous place.

FBI Boston boat: Boston Marathon suspect's hiding place moved to storage by FBI

FBI Boston boat: Boston Marathon suspect's hiding place moved to storage by FBI, The infamous boat that housed Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for hours and was the scene of a vicious shootout on April 15, 2013, is now going away. The FBI is taking the Boston boat away from Watertown, Massachusetts and taking it to an evidence storage facility, per a Reuters report on Sunday, April 27, 2013.

The boat was simply sitting in the backyard of a man that lived in Watertown, and he thought nothing of it when police said residents could return to their home. The owner saw blood on the side of the boat and that the tarp had been pulled back.

At that point, the owner lifted the tarp and saw a very wounded Tsarnaev. The Boston boat owner alerted police and the stand-off was on. It later ended once Tsarnaev was overtaken by authorities and taken into custody.

While at the scene, the FBI processed the Boston boat for evidence and moved it on Friday to an FBI storage facility. FBI spokes…

Honda recall: 46,000 Fit Sports recalled from 2012-2013

Honda recall: 46,000 Fit Sports recalled from 2012-2013, There is a huge Honda recall that is bring about 46,000 Fit Sport vehicles back in both the United States and Canada. The Honda recall was reported by the Associated Press on April 26, 2013, and has to do with a problem with the electronic stability control system.

Only about 2,000 of that large number are for the Honda recall in Canada. The rest are spread across the U.S.

The Honda recall affects vehicles from the 2012 and 2013 model years, and the company says that the stability control system will allow the vehicle tilt too far. That system will allow the tilt to happen too far before applying the brakes and preventing a crash.

The defect was originally found in government testing of the Honda Fit Sport models with a particular type of tires.

As of now, Honda has not had any reported crashes or injuries from the defect in these particular vehicles.

Those that own the 2012 or 2013 vehicles in the Honda recall can bring them into Ho…

Man beaten with hammer, shot to death by robber who hid in his vehicle

Man beaten with hammer, shot to death by robber who hid in his vehicle, A man was beaten with a hammer and shot to death during a suspected robbery Friday afternoon in northwest Atlanta.

And police are calling it a brazen crime since it happened in the middle of a day on a busy street.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office on Saturday has identified the victim as Mr. Ronald Clark, 57, of Atlanta.

Police are still searching for his killers.

The investigations began around 3 p.m. when officers responded to a person injured call in the 2000 block of Marietta Boulevard near Chattahoochee Avenue, according to Atlanta police.

When officers arrived they found the injured man who was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries, police spokesman Officer John Chafee said.

“ The preliminary investigation indicates that the male victim was driving south on Marietta Blvd and at some point he was struck with a hammer and shot at least one time during what may have been a …

10 band members die in crash

10 band members die in crash, Police say that 10 members of the musical group La Reyna de Monterrey have been killed and five injured in a road accident in northern Mexico.

A police official says the driver of the vehicle that was carrying the band dozed off Saturday morning, causing the vehicle to strike the side of a truck then cross over into the other lane and crash head on with a tractor-trailer. The official spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons.

The official said the impact was so powerful that many band members were thrown from the vehicle onto the highway connecting Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey.

La Reyna de Monterrey played the musical genre known as Banda music. It had played in a bar in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas on Friday night.

Jessica Alba shares extreme post-baby weight loss tactics

Jessica Alba shares extreme post-baby weight loss tactics, Stars like Jennifer Lopez, Megan Fox, Kourtney Kardashian, Jennifer Garner, and Heidi Klum have all been photographed within months of giving birth, and they all looked fantastic.

Chances are you've looked at one of these photos and wondered what how they regained their figure so quickly. The truth is most celebrities tend to say they have great genes or that it was diet and exercise, but Jessica Alba was a little more forthcoming.

According to an article published by USA Today on April 26, Alba admitted how she was able to get back into red-carpet shape after giving birth to her second child.

USA Today reports that Jessica Alba had this to say about losing her baby weight.

"It was brutal; it's not for everyone," Alba admits. "I wore a double corset day and night for three months. It was sweaty, but worth it."

Jessica Alba at the Giffoni Film Festival on July 14, 2012.

Abla who gave birth to her second da…

Infographic by My Military Base for Military Appreciation Month in May

Infographic by My Military Base for Military Appreciation Month in May, May is right around the corner and with it comes Military Appreciation Month. With so many active soldiers in the military, both male and female, we should appreciate them every day. After all, they do put their lives on the line to defend us and the United States. Now there is an infographic that has been created to honor our soldiers. According to a press release by SBWire which was released on April 25 about the infographic on our military families, there are exactly 1,429,995 active soldiers, male and female on active duty. That is a lot of lives defending us and our country.

Although these brave soldiers in the military put their lives on the line for us every day, they do have their own families to take care of. According to the infographic, 56.6% of active soldiers have a family to support and 57.7% of reserves have family responsibilities. These statistics come from the US Army Community and Family Support …

Eastwood age 105

Eastwood age 105, Clint Eastwood may be 82 years old, but he dreams of making films for two more decades.

In a wide-ranging conversation Saturday about the art of film directing, Eastwood expressed admiration for the 104-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira.

"It would be great to be 105 and still making films," Eastwood said. Chuckling, he called such a hope "the ultimate optimism."

Eastwood last directed 2011's "J. Edgar," a biopic of the FBI head J. Edgar Hoover. After acting in last year's baseball drama "Trouble With the Curve," he has several films in development.

The "Million Dollar Baby" and "Unforgiven" director joined fellow filmmaker Darren Aronofsky for a staged talk at the Tribeca Film Festival following a screening of Richard Schickel's documentary "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story." Eastwood regaled the Tribeca Performing Arts Center crowd with the accrued, pragmatic wisdom from hi…

Earth's core temperature hotter than previously thought

Earth's core temperature hotter than previously thought, On Friday, a study on the melting of iron in Earth's core based on fast X-ray diffraction was published by Science Magazine. The study estimates that the temperature of Earth's core is 6230±500 K. Earlier estimates were lower, at about 5300 K. For reference, the effective temperature of the atmosphere of the Sun is 5778 K.

In the experiment, researchers used a diamond anvil cell to pressurize a sample of iron to 200 GPa (about 2 million times the atmospheric pressure at Earth's surface) and then heated it with a high intensity laser to simulate the conditions at the inner core boundary. As the iron changed phase from solid to liquid, X-ray diffraction was performed at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. As iron atoms alter states, X-rays diffract at different angles, which can be measured to give researchers an estimate of the temperature of the atoms. The results were then extrapolated mathematically to …

Hailey Dunn vigil: Sadness, anger felt among those remembering Texas cheerleader

Hailey Dunn vigil: Sadness, anger felt among those remembering Texas cheerleader, On April 27, 2013, an emotional vigil was held in Colorado City, Tex. for Hailey Dunn, 13, the missing school cheerleader, who was found dead just a month ago in Scurry County, according to the Standard-Times.

Hailey was last seen on December 27, 2010. According to police, her mother’s live-in boyfriend, Shawn Adkins claims the girl told him she was walking a short distance to her father’s home and then over to a friend’s to spend the night. She never arrived at either location. Her mother, Billie Dunn, reported her missing on December 28.

One vigil attendee, friend and neighbor Charlene Mayes, told the Times, “She has been with the Lord all this time… I hope they find whoever did this to her and get the punishment [he or she] deserves… They have been looking for that baby for two years and nothing was left but her bones.”

Susie Barton, who organized the vigil and had formed searches to try and find the mis…

Eastwood age 105: Legendary actor says he wants to keep directing until he's 105

Eastwood age 105: Legendary actor says he wants to keep directing until he's 105, Although Clint Eastwood is 82 years old, he hopes to make movies until he's 105, says a report. Clint Eastwood, one of the most famous actors and directors of Hollywood, said in an interview that it would not be a bad idea to continue making films a few more decades, ABC said on April 28.

The thespian was one of the figures present at the Tribeca Film Festival and, among other things, he talked about his admiration for the Portuguese-born director Manoel de Oliveira, who is currently 104 years old.

In a conversation on Saturday, covering many topics from art to directing films, Eastwood said: "It would be great to be 105 and still making films."

The last film directed by Eastwood was in 2011, "J. Edgar", a biography of J. Edgar Hoover, who was for many years the director of the FBI.

Eastwood joined his colleague Darren Aronofsky for a conversation at the Tribeca Film Festival afte…

Swift $17 million mansion: Taylor Swift purchases massive mansion with cash

Swift $17 million mansion: Taylor Swift purchases massive mansion with cash, A short time ago, various media sources criticized Taylor Swift for purchasing a luxury property to be near her former boyfriend, Conor Kennedy. However, the sale of the house brought her huge profits and now Taylor wants to repeat the experience.

On April 27, TMZ reported that the successful artist just purchased a $17 million mansion in an even more exclusive neighborhood located in Rhode Island. The "Love Story" singer recently visited the mansion that goes by the name, the "Harkness House."

According to TMZ, the house was priced around $20 million, but money is no problem for Swift, whose meteoric career has given her a very large fortune. Swift was able to strike a deal with the real estate company, and she purchased the mansion for a measly $17.75 million.

The decision to buy the massive $17 million mansion was made after the singer went to the property on April 15 with her family and s…

Ice cream shop increases prices to decrease customers

Ice cream shop increases prices to decrease customers, A very popular ice cream shop in Germany has increased its prices to decrease customers. Why would they want to do this? Because the shop has so many customers that they are lined up outside waiting to get in and neighboring businesses are complaining, according to a report on April 27 by Digital Spy.

The 32 year old German ice cream shop owner is worried he will be shut down and has jacked up prices hoping that this will get rid of some of the customers. He says he has so much business that he wants everything to calm down.

Prices are increased as much as 1.20 pounds to 1.60 pounds per scoop. He stated that his aim is to reduce business to a level where he can stay open. His goal is to not make as much money as possible to ensure that other businesses stop complaining and he will not be shut down.

What do you think of this story? Don't you think it is odd that he wants to get rid of some customers? It is understandable that he w…

Boston Marathon: Suspect's mom secretly recorded by Russia

Boston Marathon: Suspect's mom secretly recorded by Russia, In recent days the mother of the suspected Boston bombers has made headlines of her own. Investigators now say that Zubeidat Tsarnaev may have played some role in turning her 26-year-old son, Tamerlan Tsarnaev into what authorities are calling a terrorist. The most recent information to become available about Tsarnaev comes from Russia. According to an article published on April 28 by the Boston Herald, investigators now say that Russian officials have taped conversations that are allegedly between Zubeidat Tsarnaev and her son, Tamerlan from 2011.

The Boston Herald reports that the two were allegedly discussing jihad in the 2011 secret recordings.

For those that may not know, jihad is defined as; “A war or struggle against unbelievers,” according to

Authorities say that there was no mention of the Boston bombings in the recorded conversation.

Mother and son were added to the FBI terrorism watch list in 2011 after…

Weather History: April 28: Record Temps, Storms, Tornadoes, Wind & Flooding

Weather History: April 28: Record Temps, Storms, Tornadoes, Wind & Flooding, Listed are Meteorological events that happened on April 28:


A ½ mile wide F4 tornado killed 23 people and injured 150 as it tore a path of devastation through Cisco, TX. Every building in the town was either totally destroyed or severely damaged.


The worst flooding since 1573 began in Argentina. Several days of heavy rainfall raised several major rivers, including the Salado River as much as 20 inches in 12 hours. At least 23 people were killed and over 45,000 people evacuated by early May. The flooding was so severe that Santa Fe was characterized as an island.


A severe hailstorm in Anson County, North Carolina produced hail the size of baseballs. Gardens, grain fields and trees were destroyed. Pine trees in the storm's path had to be cut for lumber because of the hail damage.


A coastal storm produced tremendous late season snows in the Central Appalachians, including 35 inches at Bayard,…

WTC Human Remains

WTC Human Remains, The medical examiner's office plans to search for Sept. 11 human remains in an alley behind a mosque near the World Trade Center where airplane landing gear was suddenly discovered.

The rusted landing gear piece is believed to be from one of two hijacked airliners that decimated the twin towers in 2001, exploding with fiery debris and killing thousands of people.

On Saturday, yellow police tape blocked access to a metal door that leads to the hidden alley behind 51 Park Place.
The chief medical examiner's spokeswoman, Ellen Borakove, said the area first will be tested as part of a standard health and safety evaluation for possible toxicity.

She said sifting for human remains is to begin Tuesday morning.Retired fire department deputy chief Jim Riches, who lost his son in the terror attack, visited the site on Saturday. He said the latest news left him feeling "upset."

"The finding of this landing gear," he said, "just goes to show that we …

Soccer Mass Brawl

Soccer Mass Brawl, Valbuena fired in a loose ball from just outside the box in the 25th minute as Marseille recorded a 1-0 victory for the 12th time this season and their seventh clean sheet in a row.

There were angry scenes at the final whistle after Fabien Audard slapped Valbuena in the face.

Lorient goalkeeper Audard and Andre Ayew of Marseille were sent off as tempers flared among both sets of players.

Marseille have 64 points with four games left, six behind leaders Paris St Germain who visit lowly Evian Thonon Gaillard on Sunday, and are looking good for the second Champions League spot next season.

Coach Elip Baup's Marseille finished Saturday's game with three injured players.

Defender Rod Fanni picked up a thigh problem and is out for 10 days. Striker Andre-Pierre Gignac will miss three or four days of training with an ankle injury and midfielder Benoit Cheyrou has concerns about his thigh.

Olympique Lyon, who have 59 points in third position and are five points adrift of M…

Tom Brokaw Lohan

Tom Brokaw Lohan, Lindsay Lohan DESTROYED any shred of dignity the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner had left ... and now it's nothing more than a joke ... this according to Tom Brokaw.

The legendary newsman blasted the dinner during an interview with Politico -- saying the standards for the once-respected event have fallen so low, his daughter's junior prom has more dignity.

FYI -- Lohan was a guest of Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren at last year's event ... where booze flows freely and Beltway nerds routinely bring show-offy stars as plus-ones.

Brokaw says he's so pissed at the downfall of the event, he won't ever attend again.

However, there was one wild and crazy celebrity appearance that he actually enjoyed -- wait'll ya hear who it is.

Doberman 1-Year-Old

Doberman 1-Year-Old, A recent video uploaded to YouTube shows a Doberman Pinscher playing with a 1-year-old child.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube and has generated 30,000 hits, shows the dog playfully moving out and in front of the child.

All the while, the baby can’t stop laughing. “That’s why dogs are such amazing pets!” the uploader of the video writes.

“At least once a day she’s trying to play with Addison,” dog owner, Ashley Breuer of Savannah, Ga., told ABC News on Friday. “Lily has even trained Addison to hold one of her chew toys so Lily can lick it and try to get the treats out.”

Breuer said that the dog isn’t aggressive and protects the child.

“My parents had a German shepherd that was fabulous with the baby, but just in case, Lily would always nudge in front to get in between the two of them,” she said.

Qatar Nude Statues

Qatar Nude Statues, Greece has pulled two ancient statues of nude males from an Olympic exhibition in Doha after Qatari authorities insisted covering the genitalia with black cloths.

A Culture Ministry official says exhibition organisers wanted to avoid scandalising female visitors.Greek Deputy Culture Minister Costas Tzavaras, who visited the Muslim country last month for the exhibition opening, objected, saying the works should be displayed as they were or shipped home.

The statues have already returned to Greece,' a Culture Ministry source told Agence-France-Presse, who added that, 'Organizers in Qatar wanted to cover up the statues’ members with black cloth. So they were never put on display, they went back into storage and returned on April 19.'

So the statues were returned to Athens last week, the official said on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak on the record.
Qatari officials could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday night.

The …

Tulsa 2024 Olympics

Tulsa 2024 Olympics, Buoyed by its success hosting a major fishing tournament this winter, Oklahoma's second-largest city is now dreaming of something faster, higher, stronger: the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Local officials acknowledge the idea is a bit far-fetched, but Tulsa was among several small cities that received letters from the U.S. Olympic Committee asking whether they might be interested in hosting the games.

"Some people think of Tulsa as a flyover, Dust Bowl town," said Neil Mavis, a member of the Tulsa 2024 Olympic Exploratory Committee. "Many people think of cowboys and Indians. ... Bidding for the Olympics is the one way to change those stereotypes."

The USOC recently wrote to the mayors of nearly three dozen cities seeking potential hosts after New York and Chicago lost bids for the 2012 and 2016 games. Most inquiries went to major metropolitan areas, but a handful landed in smaller cities including Portland, Ore., and Memphis, Tenn.

Tulsa, home to abou…

Chris Pine Splits

Chris Pine Splits, According to E! News, the 32-year-old Star Trek star and 27-year-old Sports Illustrated swimsuit model have decided to call it quits 'They have split, but it was mutual,' said a source close to the situation.

The Star Trek hunk and his gorgeous girlfriend made their relationship public at last May at the Cannes Film Festival, where they walked the red carpet together.

However, Pine hasn't opened up much about the details of his romantic life, except for a small bit of insight he gave to Men's Health UK last year.

'I do like dating cynics – they tend to be incredibly funny,' the leading man explained. 'Dating someone on the opposite end of the happy spectrum teaches you an incredible amount of patience.'

If the split is real, Pine will be looking for a new cynic to spend time with.
The versatile actor made his film debut in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, opposite Anne Hathaway.

Since then he has been molded into a leading man, lan…

Texas Execution Wow

Texas Execution Wow, A Texas death row inmate reportedly shouted out “wow!” in the middle of his lethal injection for a murder in 2002.

“Life is death, death is life. I hope that someday this absurdity that humanity has come to will come to an end,” 29-year-old Richard Cobb told The Associated Press. “Life is too short. I hope anyone that has negative energy towards me will resolve that. Life is too short to harbor feelings of hatred and anger. That’s it, warden.”

He was convicted of murder for shooting Kenneth Vandever with a 20-gauge shotgun in East Texas more than 11 years ago. Two women were also shot in the incident but survived.

Cobb never denied that he shot Vandever, who was abducted during a convenience store robbery along with the women.

“Wow!” he shouted out loud as the drugs started to kick in.

“That is great. That is awesome! Thank you, warden! Thank you (expletive) warden!” he added, which were his final words before his head hit the pillow.

He was declared dead around 15 minu…

Rodney Allen Rippy

Rodney Allen Rippy, Before he suddenly surfaced in the race for mayor of this hardscrabble Los Angeles suburb, Rodney Allen Rippy's name was likely to evoke that question inspired by that class of former child stars who didn't die young, end up in jail or a celebrity rehab series: "Whatever happened to that guy?"

Rippy was just 3 in 1972, when he became the toast of a generation as the pint-sized TV pitchman for the Jack In The Box fast-food chain. When he picked up a hamburger that looked as a big as a hubcap and tried to cram it into his mouth, America was entranced. When he finally said, "Too bigga eat!" a national catchphrase was born.

Soon the cute, chubby-cheeked youngster with the Afro as big as his head was hanging out in Hollywood with Michael Jackson. He made movie cameos and recorded a hit album called "Take Life a Little Easier."

Then the 1970s ended, and so did Rippy's career.

More than 30 years later, he resurfaced as a candidate for…

Governor Perry Disgusted By Political Cartoon

Governor Perry Disgusted By Political Cartoon, Texas Governor Rick Perry said he is disgusted by a political cartoon that lampoons the recent fertilizer plant explosion.

The cartoon published in a California newspaper shows the governor declaring that business is “booming” in the state. The next panel features an explosion that is clearly supposed to depict the recent tragedy.

Perry said he was disgusted by the cartoon. He has requested that the newspaper’s publishers issue an apology for offending the people of Texas.

The governor wrote on his official Facebook page:

“The Sacramento Bee published a disgusting ‘cartoon’ mocking the deadly explosion in West. While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won’t stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans. I have written the editor and asked that they apologize to the citizens of West.”

Perry also sent a letter to the editor of the Sacramento Bee. He explained that he was disgusted and disapp…

Cheerleader Body Found

Cheerleader Body Found, Authorities said that remains found in West Texas last month belonged to a 13-year-old girl who went missing in 2010.

SNYDER, Texas—Remains found in a remote West Texas location last month are those of a 13-year-old middle school cheerleader missing since December 2010, authorities announced Friday.

An unidentified person contacted authorities after finding the remains near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County on March 16, more than two years after Hailey Darlene Dunn’s mother reported her daughter missing.

The girl’s disappearance and the cause of her death remain under investigation, Scurry County Sheriff Trey Wilson said at a news conference Friday. The Scurry County District Attorney’s Office received written confirmation of the identity of the remains on Friday, he said.

Texas Rangers informed the girl’s mother, Billie Jean Dunn, on Friday afternoon at her Austin home, said her attorney, John Young. Dunn will be driving to West Texas to arrange her daughter’s fun…

Jane Fonda Most Beautiful

Jane Fonda Most Beautiful, The Oscar-winning actress was named one of People magazine's most beautiful women earlier this week, with Gwyneth Paltrow taking the crown.

Behind the scenes on People's photoshoot, the 75-year-old revealed her secret to looking youthful was being young at heart.

"To stay young at heart, you have to have love in your life," Jane told People. For me, it's my women friends. They put starch in my spine and make me happy," she said.

Jane, who had admitted to having plastic surgery in the past, confides that she never considered herself to be beautiful. In fact, she is surprised how good she looks for her age.

"When I was on the outside of oldness, looking in, I didn't expect that people would think I was beautiful at 75," she said.

Jane admits she has not always been so confident in her looks. Rather, her body love has developed over the years.

"Owning who you are, being good in your skin... It takes a long time to get the…

Bob Weir Falls Onstage

Bob Weir Falls Onstage, Guitarist Bob Weir was helped offstage last night after he was unable to finish his performance with Furthur at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The Grateful Dead offshoot was closing out a nine show residency at the venue with their final set, but according to Jambase, Weir was struggling throughout the night on both guitar and vocals.

Weir's condition worsened during the band's second set of the night. As Weir played through "Unbroken Chain," he fell over and was helped back up by crew members. He was given a chair to sit in, and the band left the stage after the song. They returned after a few minutes without Weir, and Phil Lesh told the crowd that Weir was suffering from a strained shoulder and that the set would go on without him.

Further is set to play Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall tomorrow, though there's been no word yet on the status of that show, or whether Weir will appear. The band also celebrated a special occ…

Tharold Simon Arrest

Tharold Simon Arrest, When former LSU cornerback Tharold Simon was arrested on Thursday night, we wondered if it would wind up causing him to slip in the draft.

If it did, it didn’t cause him to slip that much. Simon was pegged as a mid-round pick during the pre-draft scouting process and that’s just where he wound up going. The Seahawks selected Simon with the fifth pick of the fifth round on Saturday afternoon.

Simon was charged with public intimidation, resisting an officer and unnecessary noise violation by police in Eunice, Louisiana on Thursday. His agent told PFT that there were “20 witnesses” who say Simon did nothing wrong during the incident with police that led to his arrest and said that Simon is contemplating a lawsuit against the Eunice police department for violating his civil rights.

Simon won’t be called on to play much right away in a secondary that already has Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner and Antoine Winfield at corner. The Seahawks have had good luck with recent f…

Russia Detains 140

Russia Detains 140, Russian law enforcement officers have detained 140 people at a Muslim prayer room in the capital, Moscow, as part of a search for extremist groups, Russian news agencies have quoted federal officials as saying.

A statement on Friday from the Federal Security Bureau (FSB), reported by Russian news agencies, said among those detained were 30 citizens of unspecified foreign countries.

Russian Information Agency said the detainees were taken to police stations for identification and questioning, and there was no immediate word on whether any would be charged.

State television showed men lining up and boarding a police bus after being detained.

No explanation provided

There was no indication of any link to the April 15 attack at the Boston Marathon, in which US authorities believe two ethnic Chechen brothers with roots in Russia's North Caucasus set off bombs that killed three people and wounded 264.

Authorities in Russia have so far declined to comment on the issue.


NFL draft 2013

NFL draft 2013, When an NFL team invests a first-round pick in a prospect, it expects to receive an impact player. Perhaps not right away, but at some point within the first three seasons, the team needs to get high-level production in order to consider the selection a success.

As always, there were a couple picks from the opening round that stood out. It normally happens when a player that wasn't directly on the radar goes earlier than expected. The selection is often labeled a reach, and it's up to the player to prove the doubters wrong.

Let's examine three prospects who fall in that category this year. They will all be under immense pressure to prove they warranted going on Day 1. Should they live up to the hype, the teams will deserve plenty of credit for making the right call.

The Raiders are betting on a storybook comeback from Hayden. He suffered a life-threatening injury during his final season at Houston, which caused his draft stock to go through turmoil. It's a…

Typo Obama FAA

Typo Obama FAA, A typo is keeping President Obama from signing legislation designed to end budget-related FAA air traffic controller furloughs blamed for widespread flight delays, a congressional source told CNN Saturday.

Apparently the holdup boils down to an "s" needing to be added somewhere in the Senate version of the bill -- it's not clear which word is the culprit.

The House fixed the typo in the version it passed Friday, and the Senate plans to fix it on Tuesday, a senior House GOP aide told CNN. The FAA "is not impacted," the source said.

The FAA issued a statement Saturday, saying that it had suspended all employee furloughs and that "the system will resume normal operations by Sunday evening."

The story was first reported by ABC News.

In rare bipartisan accord, normally quarrelsome U.S. lawmakers passed the measure Friday, capping a major congressional initiative as delays snarled traffic at airports.

The measure gives the Transportation Departmen…

NASCAR pit fight

NASCAR pit fight, Two crew members of Richard Childress Racing were arrested on Friday night after they got into a fight in the pit.

The incident took place at ToyotaCare 250 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va.

Michael “Big Mike” Scearce and Thomas Costello, 35, were both charged with assault, reported Fox News. Both crew members were released and a court date is pending in the case.

The Nos. 2 and 30 Chevys contacted each other in the race. Drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. and Brian Scott got into a scuffle, and Piquet kicked Scott in the groin area.

Later, in the track’s driver owner lot, a scuffle ensued and Scearce and Costello were arrested.

“I’m going to have to see if@SparcoOfficial can sew cups into my racesuits to protect my jewels. #nascar,” Scott tweeted.

“A part of me told me that he was going to hit me for 15th place, and then he did,” Scott told, who wound up 20th.

He added: “I was just showing my displeasure with him after th…

Chris Pine splits: 'Star Trek' star breaks up with girlfriend of two years

Chris Pine splits: 'Star Trek' star breaks up with girlfriend of two years, Actor Chris Pine split from his girlfriend Dominique Piek, although it might have happened a while ago. According to Us Weekly on April 26, the star of "Star Trek Into Darkness" and his girlfriend considered their split to be mutual.

Chris Pine is on his way to becoming one of Hollywood's hottest stars, not only starring as the legendary Captain Kirk in J.J. Abram's "Star Trek" reboot, but also taking on the iconic role of Jack Ryan when that franchise reboots in December 2013.

Dominique Piek is a South African model and the couple's traveling schedules conflicted to make it hard to make their relationship last. Pine has also previously been linked romantically to actresses Olivia Munn and Audriana Partridge. Piek was once romantically involved with NBA star C.J. Wilson.

With "Star Trek Into Darkness" about to hit, things are getting busy for Chris Pine and the co…

Breast-pump mom 'humiliated'

Breast-pump mom 'humiliated', Two recent cases of traveling breast-pumping moms resulted in their unnecessary humiliation. These cases also help illustrate the rights of breast-pumping moms in the face of ignorance or poor training.

On April 18, a flight attendant loudly and repeatedly refused to let Dawnella Brahos use her breast-pump on a flight from Minneapolis to Chicago.

The harassment came even though Mrs. Brahos had checked on breast-pumping when she made her flight reservations, and had been told her Medela pump was pre-approved. And the incident occurred after Brahos had flown on three other American flights and used the breast-pump with the full support of the flight attendants.

But on April 18, she told Fox Channel 32 in Chicago that she had been 'humiliated' and 'embarrassed' as the flight attendant told her upon boarding that breast-pumping - however discretely done - was not allowed. The flight attendant repeatedly checked on Brahos to make sure she …

Ralph lauren lawsuit running someone over

Ralph lauren lawsuit running someone over, Preppy Ralph Lauren should stick to yachting ... because his driving sucks ... according to a new lawsuit.

Ralph invited Oprah to his opulent, well-decorated Colorado Double RL Ranch back in 2011. One of them had a bright idea -- doing an interview in his vintage 1948 Jeep ... which we're guessing smelled like perfumed potpourri.

A guy who was outfitting the whip with microphones was working near the back bumper when Ralph took the wheel and suddenly shifted into reverse ... violently striking him -- at least that's what he alleges in a new lawsuit.

The dude -- who worked for Harpo -- says he suffered injuries to his head, body and limbs, muscles, tissues, nerves and blood vessels in his head.  He wants more than $50k to cover his troubles and is suing both Ralph and Harpo.

The good news ... the courtroom will smell fabulous!

Mark zuckerberg political group for immigration reform

Mark zuckerberg political group for immigration reform, If you want to get a feel for how American politics really works, as opposed to the way they tell you it works, look no further than what's going on behind the scenes at the new political action group started by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and dozens of other Silicon Valley tech leaders.

This organization,, describes itself as a nonpartisan entity dedicated to promoting immigration reform, education reform, and the "knowledge" economy.

The knowledge economy, Mark Zuckerberg explained in a recent Washington Post editorial, is based on education and technology and is distinct from the old economy, which was based on natural resources (oil, gas, etc.)

Given that the current focus of is "immigration reform" and promoting the knowledge economy, and given the general support of Silicon Valley for President Obama and environmental conservation, you would not expect to be using its money to …

Sharon osbourne divorce

Sharon osbourne divorce, It’s official – Ozzy and Sharon are not splitting-up. The British heavy rock legend and his wife and manager have been at the center of frenzied media speculation that their marriage was on the rocks. It's not all that.

Sharon Osbourne cleared the air during Tuesday's episode of CBS chat show "The Talk," which she co-hosts.

“Everything that was printed in the tabloids has been…distorted,” she says.  The rumor was given more fuel when Ozzy revealed on his Facebook page that he’d had an 18-month-long relapse into alcohol and prescription drugs.

That Facebook post, explains Sharon, was the “only thing” that’s bears any accuracy from the recent reports. “He’s been in a very dark place. That’s true, it’s very true,” she says, adding “everybody knows he’s been struggling with this his entire life.”

The former "America's Got Talent" judge told viewers she never knew he was using prescription drugs, but admitted she was aware of his occasio…

Miley cyrus wedding off?

Miley cyrus wedding off?, I'm not sure how or when it happened, but somehow, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's rocky engagement has become one of our national obsessions. Will they, or won't they? Should they? (Probably not.) One week they're on, the next, they're off. Regardless of what's true and what's false, one thing's for sure -- there is most definitely trouble in paradise, and it may be more fatal to these crazy kids' relationship than we know.

After rapper Snoop Lion, who has been collaborating with Miley on her new album, and Billy Ray made remarks about how they doubt the "I do"s will ever take place, new sources are popping up to note that there's not even a question: The wedding is never ever happening. To quote Miley's one-time BFF, Taylor, "Like, ever."

A source close to Liam reports that his "family thought he was hasty to get engaged." Okay, fine. But that's not the nail in the coffin, right? P…

Zac efron "townies"

Zac efron "townies", The Townies set just got a bit steamier. After showing off his biceps in a tight fraternity tee in one scene, Zac Efron put the moves on Halston Sage in another, pulling the 19-year-old blonde beauty close for one serious smooch.

During the frat-party scene, Efron, 25, sports a military jacket and totes a sword, while his on-screen ladylove rocks short white shorts and a black hat.

It's clear he's wasted no time getting back into the swing of things following his hand-breaking incident during a fight scene with costar Dave Franco.

In the upcoming comedy, Efron stars as a frat boy who disrupts the quiet suburban life of a family man (Seth Rogen) who lives near his frat house.

Rose Byrne and Lisa Kudrow also star in the flick, set to hit theaters in 2014.

Nicolas cage "the croods"

Nicolas cage "the croods", Nicolas Cage has jokingly referred to his new film The Croods as a thoroughly "modern" prehistoric adventure movie.

Cage and Emma Stone lend their voices to The Croods as members of a caveman family who adventure out of their home with a risk-taking guide

In an interview with Flicks and Bits, the actor said the conflicts within the prehistoric family are extremely relatable for today's audiences.

"I think they're a completely modern family, clothed to be looking like Neanderthals," Cage explained. "The issues and the tensions that arise in the story of The Croods are things I think any family can relate to."

He continued: "The fact that [my character] Grug has a young daughter who's becoming a teenage young lady who wants to go exploring, maybe meet a boy, maybe fall in love… Grug is to an extent understandably over-protective. There's genuine fears and concerns with that. I think any father and daught…

Columbus Ohio teacher fired for being gay

Columbus Ohio teacher fired for being gay, The battle to have teacher Carla Hale reinstated is heating up. On Friday, April 26, more than two-dozen students protested outside the Columbus (Ohio) Catholic Diocese. The Bishop Watterson High School students had a scheduled day off from school, according to 10-TV, so were not cutting classes to participate in the protest.

Last week, Carla Hale told NBC4 that she was terminated from her position at Bishop Watterson High School because she is gay. Hale, a physical education teacher, has taught at Bishop Watterson for 19 years.

The fact that Hale is gay came to light after a student asked her mother to pray for Ms. Hale, after Hale’s mother died. Once the mother of the student read the obituary, she reported to the Diocese that Carla Hale had a female partner listed in the obituary. Hale was subsequently terminated for violation of Diocesan Policy 45116.1, regarding the “moral” behavior of Catholic School personnel. Hale was advised that she v…

‘Two and a Half Men’ renewed by CBS: Angus T. Jones to return

‘Two and a Half Men’ renewed by CBS: Angus T. Jones to return, has been renewed by CBS for season 11 and despite previous controversies, Angus T. Jones will return; at least for some of the shows. In real life, Angus T. Jones is attending college and by continuing to perform as Jake Harper in some episodes of “Two and a Half Men,” the 19-year-old actor would be able to pursue his educational goals as well as his professional goals. On April 26, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the “young star will attend college in the fall as the network and studio Warner Bros. Television are working on a deal to have him recur in season 11.”

While “Two and a Half Men” stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer have already signed their new one-year deals as regulars for season 11 on Chuck Lorre’s comedy, it is no surprise that Angus T. Jones’ final deal is delayed.

Angus T. Jones has been very outspoken about his wish to attend college during season 10 of “Two and a Half Men” and he has also been quite…

Hailey Dunn case: Remains found confirmed to be Texas cheerleader, says attorney

Hailey Dunn case: Remains found confirmed to be Texas cheerleader, says attorney, Remains found in West Texas last month have been confirmed to belong to missing cheerleader, Hailey Dunn, 13, according to an April 26, 2013 statement from her family’s attorney.

Hailey was last seen on December 27, 2010. According to police, her mother’s live-in boyfriend, Shawn Adkins claims the girl told him she was walking a short distance to her father’s home and then over to a friend’s to spend the night. She never arrived at either location. Her mother, Billie Dunn, reported her missing on December 28.

View slideshow: Photos of Slain Texas Cheerleader Hailey Dunn

Adkins has been named the only suspect in the case by police and reports at the time indicated Dunn asked him to move out of the home just days after Hailey vanished. Adkins claims he had nothing to do with Hailey's disappearance.

CBS News reports the remains were discovered near Snyder in Scurry County, about 20 miles north of Hailey’s h…