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Tuesday • January 27, 2015

24 INCHES OF SNOW TUESDAY FOR NORTHEAST: While the blizzard was a bust for the New York metropolitan area, the National Weather Service is predicting that the Northeast could get an additional 24 inches of snow on Tuesday. The storm has affected roughly 20 percent of American households, with millions of workers and students homebound, thousands of flights canceled, and governors from various states banning non-essential driving. While sustained winds are expected to hit 40 mph, in Nantucket gusts as high as 78 mph were recorded. Thousands are without power in Massachusetts, and New England is expected to bear the brunt of Tuesday’s impact. Coastal flooding and thundersnow has also been reported in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

24 HOURS UNTIL ISIS KILLS HOSTAGES: A video distributed on Tuesday from ISIS-linked Twitter accounts features the remaining Japanese hostage Kenji Goto Jogo saying that it is his final message and that he has only 24 hours to live. He used the video to ask the Japanese government to pressure Jordan to agree to a prisoner exchange. “Any more delays by the Jordanian government will mean they’re responsible for the death of their pilot, which will then be followed by mine. I only have 24 hours left to live, and the pilot has even less. Please don’t leave us to die. Anymore delaying tactics will simply see both of us getting killed. The ball is now in the Jordanian’s court,” he says.

COP TOOK CAMERA FROM DISABLED RESIDENT: Sgt. Naomi Penrod of Yellow Springs, Ohio is now facing criminal charges for using force to take a camera from a disable resident who was recording police activity. Pernod is being charged with interfering with civil rights, assault, and disorderly custody. The village manager, Patti Bates, said that while Penrod has been placed on administrative leave with pay, “we must wait for the resolution of the criminal process and the Village has a legal obligation to ensure the administrative due process rights of its employee are respected.”

FIDEL CASTRO BREAKS HIS SILENCE: Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro released his first statement on renewing diplomatic relations between his country and the United States on Monday. “I don’t trust the policy of the United States, nor have I exchanged a word with them, but this does not mean I reject a pacific solution to the conflicts,” he wrote in a letter to a student federation at the University of Havana that was also read aloud on state television. “We will always defend cooperation and friendship with all the people of the world, including with our political adversaries.” The 88-year-old revolutionary leader’s remarks were his first on the situation since the landmark declaration that the U.S. and Cuba would work to restore diplomatic ties on Dec. 17. The statement follows last week’s high-level talks between U.S. and Cuba in Havana.

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OBAMA LEADS DELEGATION TO SAUDI ARABIA: On the heels of his three-day visit to India, President Barack Obama is leading a bipartisan delegation to pay respects for the death of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King Salman. Among the high-powered team is Sen. John McCain of Arizona as well as several veterans of previous Republican administrations, including former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and James A. Baker III. Secretary of State John Kerry, CIA Director John Brennan, and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the head of the U.S. Central Command, will also join Obama in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The White House added that several Democratic members of Congress are also part of the delegation, including Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi. The trip underscores the importance of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia for not only oil purposes but also counterterrorism efforts in the region.

GROUP LINKED TO ISIS SAYS IT’S BEHIND ASSAULT ON LIBYAN HOTEL: Militants claiming allegiance to the Islamic State said they were responsible for an armed assault on a luxury hotel that killed at least five people here on Tuesday, the most significant in a string of terrorist attacks against Western interests and government institutions in the capital since the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi more than three years ago. Four or five gunmen stormed the hotel, the Corinthia, in the early morning, firing their guns into the lobby, battling guards and shooting at least one Filipino woman and possibly other civilians, according to news reports and people in contact with associates inside the hotel.

FACEBOOK SUFFERS GLOBAL OUTAGE: Those holed up because of the “historic” blizzard shutting down most of the Northeast were forced into a social-media nightmare early Tuesday. Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram, as well as Tinder, which relies on a Facebook log-in, suffered a global outage on both its Web and via mobile apps, but have since returned to normal service. Hacker group Lizard Squad tweeted about the outage, leading to speculation that it might have been responsible, but Facebook said it believed its engineers were to blame. “This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems,” a Facebook spokeswoman told the BBC. “We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100 percent for everyone.”

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DANA CARVEY HAUNTED BY ROBIN WILLIAMS: Dana Carvey is telling pals he’s convinced there is life after death, because the spirit of his friend Robin Williams keeps appearing to him! “Robin comes to me usually in a lucid dream state or during my meditation,” Dana told a pal. “He’s as big as life, happy and joking around, and telling me I should never worry about anything because it’s all beautiful in the end.” Sadly, Robin committed suicide on August 11, 2014, at the age of 63. Dana has good reason to worry about death – he survived a botched heart surgery in 1998. He filed a malpractice lawsuit and was awarded nearly $8 million in damages. “Robin supported me when my health was bad, and he still supports me now,” Dana said. “Robin’s visits were a little spooky at first, but now I look forward to these little visits from my friend.” Dana said he’s putting those visits to good use. Both his sons, Dex and Thomas, are starting out in stand-up comedy, and he seeks advice from a ghostly Robin.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cats

1.     Every year, nearly four million cats are eaten in Asia.

2.     On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.

3.     Unlike dogs, cats do not have a sweet tooth. Scientists believe this is due to a mutation in a key taste receptor.

4.     When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.

5.     The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar.”

6.     A group of cats is called a “clowder.”

7.     Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often left pawed. Interestingly, while 90% of humans are right handed, the remaining 10% of lefties also tend to be male.

8.     A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.

9.  Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.

10.  A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

11.  There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with approximately 40 recognized breeds.

12.  Approximately 24 cat skins can make a coat.

13.  While it is commonly thought that the ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats, the oldest known pet cat was recently found in a 9,500-year-old grave on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. This grave predates early Egyptian art depicting cats by 4,000 years or more.

14.  During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil and thousands of cats were burned. Unfortunately, the widespread killing of cats led to an explosion of the rat population, which exacerbated the effects of the Black Death.

KRAFT: NFL OWES PATS AN APOLOGY: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft stood with his team over the football-deflation allegations during Monday night’s pre-Super Bowl news media availability, declaring, “I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots did nothing wrong in the process that was in violation of NFL rules.” Kraft then went even further, saying he “would except and hope” that the NFL would issue an apology “in particular to Coach Belichick and Tom Brady for what they have had to endure this week.”

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Obituary Links Page

“Obitlinkspage.com was created to provide an easy to access State-by-State directory of obituaries and obituaries related resources. This site is focused on obituaries, their importance in genealogy, and finding vital records such as birth certificates, death records, divorce decrees, and marriage licenses.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Shoe mogul Steve Madden leaving artist Domingo Zapata’s Gramercy Park studio in NYC with five paintings.    ***Jennifer Lawrence with Adele and Harry Styles at Craig’s in LA, where they were “laughing, having an amazing time, being loud and throwing olives at people walking by”.   ***Chris Rock dining alone at Ora di Pasta at the Plaza, surrounded by three bodyguards.   ***Hugh Jackman at the Maidstone’s Living Room Restaurant in East Hampton.   ***Luann de Lesseps at Village Prime on Bleecker Street in NYC.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Edgar Froese, the leader of the long-running and prolific German group Tangerine Dream — first an improvising avant-garde rock band, then an ambient electronic-music project, and finally an arena-filling machine of smooth and heroic synthesizer pulsations — died on Jan. 20 in Vienna. He was 70. His death was announced on the Facebook page of his son, Jerome. He had a pulmonary embolism, according to a posting on the Tangerine Dream website.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The big debate during the 20th century was about the relationship between the market and the state. Both those institutions are now tarnished. The market is prone to devastating crashes and seems to be producing widening inequality. Government is gridlocked, sclerotic or captured by special interests. Government is an ever more rigid and ineffective tool to address market failures. So over the past generation many of the most talented people on earth have tried to transform capitalism itself, to use the market to solve social problems. These are people with opposable minds: part profit-oriented and part purpose-oriented. They’ve created organizations that look a little like a business, a little like a social-service provider, and a little like a charity — or some mixture of the three.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jennifer Aniston has been giving sisterly advice to her unofficial new B.F.F. – Selena Gomez! “Jen has taken Selena under her wing because she sees a lot of her young self in her,” an insider said. The former “Friends” star, 45, is drawing on her experience with ex-hubby Brad Pitt to help Selena, 22, get over pop brat Justin Bieber.   ***When it comes to love, newly single Melanie Griffith has set her sights high! She’s targeted space billionaire Elon Musk as her next boyfriend, sources have said.The high-tech dynamo, 43, founded the space exploration company, SpaceX, and sources said he caught Melanie’s eye after his divorce from actress Talulah Riley, 29, was recently filed. “Melanie has asked a friend to set them up, and she’s been getting messages to Elon that she’s interested,” revealed a close friend.   ***James Caan has filed for divorce from his wife for the third time. The Godfather star filed the paperwork to divorce his third wife Linda after 18 years of marriage. This is the third time James has filed for divorce from Linda. He filed the papers January 8.   ***Doctors treating Joan Rivers for a routine throat procedure turned the physician’s maxim of “Do no harm” on its head — cracking jokes and taking selfies while ignoring blatant signs that their famous patient was crashing on the operating table, the comedy legend’s daughter charges in a blistering lawsuit over her mom’s untimely death. “The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible,” Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers blasted the doctors in a statement as the suit was filed Monday. The medical malpractice suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court against Yorkville Endoscopy and five doctors, includes appalling new details about the medical mishaps that led to the acid-tongued comedienne’s death in September.   ***The man who famously fired Steve Jobs from Apple, John Sculley, is being sued by his ex-wife of 32 years, Carol Lee Sculley, who claims he “secretly and furtively” hid more than $25 million of his assets when they divorced. Sculley — the former Apple CEO who reportedly now has a net worth of $200 million — settled his divorce with Carol, known as Leezy, in 2011. But she sued him in Palm Beach in 2013 claiming he “lied” to her and the court, “submitted a false financial affidavit . . . and failed to fully and honestly disclose his assets.”

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Monday • January 26, 2015

LBN-BONUS SITE: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE – The stage is being set for a major nor’easter to affect parts of the Northeast Monday through Wednesday. This system will be responsible for heavy snowfall and strong winds, with blizzard conditions possible along coastal areas from New Jersey to Massachusetts. Blizzard Warnings are in effect along the coast from central New Jersey to the Canadian border.
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DRONE CRASHES WHITE HOUSE: The Secret Service said Monday that a quadcopter drone, approximately two feet in diameter, crashed into a tree at the White House at 3:05 a.m. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it “doesn’t pose any ongoing threat.” The Secret Service said it’s looking for suspects and their motive. President and Mrs. Obama are away visiting India, but it’s not known if their daughters were at the White House at the time.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: UFOs

1.     An unidentified flying object (UFO) is an unexplained anomaly in the sky. It can also be on the ground, as long as it is observed hovering, landing, or departing into the sky.

2.     The first published book to use the term “UFO” was Donald E. Keyhoe’s 1953 book, Flying Saucers from Outer Space.

3.     The modern UFO era began in 1947 when pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine disc-shaped objects flying over Mt. Rainer, Washington. A reporter labeled them “flying saucers,” and the term entered mainstream consciousness.

4.     Between 1947 and 1969, 12,618 UFO sightings were reported to Project Blue Book, a UFO research agency that was headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Today, 701 of those sightings remain “unidentified.”

5.     UFOs were initially called “flying saucers,” but the more neutral phrase “unidentified flying objects,” or UFOs, was later coined by the U.S. Air Force in 1953 to include shapes other than “saucers” or “discs.”

6.     Most mainstream scientists consider UFOs (in their popular sense as extraterrestrial visitors) as so extraordinarily unlikely (though not impossible) as to deserve no investigation.

7.     Peru’s air force is reopening an office responsible for investigating UFOs due to increased reports of anomalous aerial phenomena. The Department of Investigation of Anomalous Ariel Phenomena (DIFAA), which was created in 2001, was dormant for five years until now.

8.     Most flying objects that are listed as a UFO and later identified as an object on Earth can then be called an “IFO,” or identified flying object.

9.     Over half of all UFO reports from the late 1950s through the 1960s were accounted for by manned reconnaissance flights (namely U-2) over the United States.

10.  Area 51’s nickname “Dreamland” was allegedly derived from an Edgar Allan Poe poem by the same name. It warns that “the traveler, traveling though it,/ May not—dare not openly view it;/ Never it mysteries are exposed/ To the weak human eye unclosed.”

11.  Most alien-encounter movies fall into one of two subcategories: 1) alien-invasion movies in which humanity must fight against hostile extraterrestrials (e.g., the 1979 movie Alien) or 2) technological angel-type movies in which friendly extraterrestrials try to help humanity in some way (e.g., the 1989 movie The Abyss). A less common but not unusual third category includes films in which terrestrials help aliens.

12.  The Aetherius Society is probably the best known and organized UFO religion. It was founded by George King in 1954. King claimed he received a command from interplanetary sources to become “the Voice of Interplanetary Parliament.”

13.  An important line of speculation that has split from the mainstream UFO community is the “ancient-astronaut” school. Their basic tenet is that “ufonauts” visited our planet in the distant past.

14.  In 1967, British authorities investigated six “flying saucers” in a perfect line across southern England. It turned out to be a hoax perpetuated by engineering students.

15.  The 1967 Jane Fonda film Barbarella was based on a risqué French comic strip heroine. Although not about flying saucers or alien invaders, it is a useful example of how the outer space sci-fi genre acts as an inkblot for human projections, including sexual fantasies.

KURDS: ISIS NEARLY OUT OF KOBANI: Kurdish officials and activists say ISIS has almost been completely expunged from Kobani, a critical town on Turkey’s border with Syria. “The Islamic State is on the verge of defeat,” said senior Kurdish official Idriss Nassan. “Their defenses have collapsed and its fighters have fled.” Kobani held logistical and symbolic significance for ISIS. The Muslim extremist group at one point had such tight control over Kobani that it made a video of hostage John Cantlie touring the town to show how far it had gained control.

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FLIGHTS CANCELED BEFORE BLIZZARD: The impending blizzard that could dump as much as three feet of snow on New York City has already started wreaking havoc on travel—and it’s barely flurries so far. Some 4,360 flights set for Monday and Tuesday have been preemptively canceled on the East Coast. It’s possible that all flights will be grounded for the three airports serving New York. Boston’s Logan International Airport has announced today’s last flight will leave at 7:30 p.m.

MIDDLE CLASS SHRINKS FURTHER AS MORE FALL OUT INSTEAD OF CLIMBING UP: The middle class that President Obama identified in his State of the Union speech last week as the foundation of the American economy has been shrinking for almost half a century.In the late 1960s, more than half of the households in the United States were squarely in the middle, earning, in today’s dollars, $35,000 to $100,000 a year. Few people noticed or cared as the size of that group began to fall, because the shift was primarily caused by more Americans climbing the economic ladder into upper-income brackets. But since 2000, the middle-class share of households has continued to narrow, the main reason being that more people have fallen to the bottom. At the same time, fewer of those in this group fit the traditional image of a married couple with children at home, a gap increasingly filled by the elderly.

MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF TO PROTEST FOX NEWS: A man committed suicide outside of the News Corp. building in midtown Manhattan to protest Fox News. The man shot himself in the chest and was found slumped over at 9 a.m. Monday. He was reportedly heard saying Fox News had ruined his life prior to shooting himself. Security guards had told him to leave the building, and when they turned around, they heard the gunshot. The man, 41, was rushed to the hospital but did not survive. A source told the New York Post that the man, who has not yet been publically identified, had a suicide note in his pocket.

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COACH K WINS 1,000TH GAME: Legendary Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski marked his 1,000th win with the Blue Devils in a 77-68 comeback victory over St. John’s in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd on Sunday. Krzyzewski, known as Coach K, became basketball’s all-time winningest coach at the same venue in 2011. The revered Coach K holds 12 ACC regular-season titles, 13 ACC tournament titles, 12 coach of the year awards, 30 NCAA tournament appearances as well as two gold medals with USA Basketball and four national titles. He led 82 tourney wins — the most in college basketball — along with his 13 30-win seasons. “There will be others who will win more,” Krzyzewski said. “But it’s kind of neat to be the first one to 1,000. To do it this way, to win here at all, but to win the 1,000th here, you’ve got to be a lucky guy. This is a magical place.”

‘BIRDMAN’ WINS BIG AT SAG AWARDS: Birdman took home one of the top awards for outstanding cast in a motion picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. “This is the ultimate team sport, what we are doing for a living. Every time I turned around, I ran into another tremendous actor,” said Birdman star Michael Keaton during an acceptance speech. “I’m proud to be a part of this group.” Still Alice star Julianne Moore won best actress in a movie while Eddie Redmayne picked up a trophy for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Big TV winners of the evening included Viola Davis for outstanding female actor in a drama for How to Get Away with Murder while Orange Is the New Black bested Modern Family in the best comedy ensemble cast category.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Mara H., an LBN E-Lert reader from London, England.


LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Dept. of Energy: This Week in Petroleum

“This Week In Petroleum Production, Imports, Stocks, Supply, Prices, Data and Analysis from the Energy Information Administration.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Unlike other cells, which contain an individual’s full DNA, the egg and sperm each contain only half of the DNA required to create a new human. Both halves must be combined for humans to reproduce

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Joe Franklin, who became a New York institution by presiding over one of the most compellingly low-rent television programs in history, one that even he acknowledged was an oddly long-running parade of has-beens and yet-to-bes interrupted from time to time by surprisingly famous guests, died on Saturday in a hospice in Manhattan. He was 88. Steve Garrin, Mr. Franklin’s producer and longtime friend, said the cause was prostate cancer.

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Sunday • January 25, 2015

11 DEAD IN EGYPT PROTESTS: Just a day after an unarmed female protester was killed, an additional 11 people have been killed in protests marking the anniversary of Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in Egypt on Sunday, the state media has announced. On Saturday police shot and killed Shaimaa al-Sabbagh at close range with shotgun pellets. She had gathered with other socialist activists on a march to Tahrir Square on the anniversary of the ousting of Hosni Mubarak. In photographs and video recorded by other protesters, Sabbagh can be seen standing peacefully outside the Air France-KLM office in Talaat Harb Square, which is near Tahrir Square. Police forces in Egypt have flooded its cities in anticipation of protests. On Sunday, a protester in Alexandria died from birdshot wounds due to police, however the Interior Ministry says the man was 52 years old and armed. A second was killed by birdshot in a Cairo suburb. Meanwhile, two police officers were wounded during a bomb explosion outside a Cairo sports club. Strategic roads, including those leading to Tahrir Square, have been blocked off by armored vehicles.

EASTWOOD: FILM AN ‘ANTI-WAR STATEMENT’: While speaking at the Producers Guild Award Nominees Breakfast on Saturday, Clint Eastwood hit back at critics of his latest film American Sniper. “The biggest antiwar statement any film” can make is to show “the fact of what [war] does to the family and the people who have to go back into civilian life like Chris Kyle did,” Clint Eastwood said. The film has faced heated criticism as some believe it portrays the Iraq War in a positive light. It has also dominated at the box office, raking in more than $100 million in its first week at the box office.

MAN WHO BROKE PROSECUTOR’S DEATH FLEES: Damian Pachter, the journalist who first broke the news of the slain Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, has left the country as he fears his life is in danger. Pachter, who writes for the English-language Buenos Aires Herald, is planning to take refuge in Israel. “I left because my life was in danger. My phones were being monitored. I intend to return to Argentina when my sources tell me conditions have changed. I don’t think that will happen in the term of this government,” he said to a local news website. Meanwhile, the colleague of Nisman who gave him a handgun at his request, Diego Lagomarsino, has been barred from leaving Argentina.

ANTI-BAILOUT PARTY WINS IN GREECE: Polls have closed in the Greek elections which could see the radical leftist Syriza party take power, which has pledged to ditch painful austerity measures imposed during the economic crisis. It is leading exit polls ahead of the official election result. Victory for the opposition party would set the stage for a clash with European creditors. Syriza’s 40-year-old leader, Alexis Tspiras, has promised to renegotiate the repayment terms of Greece’s €318bn debt and restore the country’s “dignity” by tackling the soaring unemployment and mass wage cuts that followed the country’s international bailout.

‘BIRDMAN’ TAKES LEAD AS OSCAR FAVORITE WITH PRODUCERS AWARD: Show business satire “Birdman” took the lead in what promises to be a competitive race for the best picture Oscar by winning the top award from Hollywood producers on Saturday. “Birdman” beat nine other films, including “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” to take the Producers Guild of America award for outstanding producer of a motion picture. PGA winners have gone on to win the Academy Award for best picture, the film industry’s highest honor, for the past seven years.

CHEATING RUMORS LED TO SHAYK, RONALDO SPLIT: The split between Russian model Irina Shayk and Cristiano Ronaldo came after the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl finally believed those rumors about the Portuguese soccer stud hooking up with other women. Real Madrid star Ronaldo had affairs during their five-year, long-distance relationship, which led to her calling it off around New Year’s Eve. These affairs reportedly include a 2012 fling with Rita Pereira, a Portuguese TV presenter who has also appeared in Playboy. Pereira was spotted hanging out for hours with Ronaldo in a Portugese nightclub he owns and was suspected of hooking up with the Real Madrid striker.

‘SEX SLAVE’ CLAIMS BILL CLINTON VISITED EPSTEIN’S ‘ORGY ISLAND’: Former President Bill Clinton took a romantic jaunt in 2002 to convicted pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein’s “orgy island” with “two young girls” from New York, according to a shocking new interview. Virginia Roberts, who’s accused Epstein of turning her into a “sex slave” at age 17 and forcing her to sleep with his powerful friends, claimed Clinton stayed in one of the many villas on Epstein’s US Virgin Islands estate — where group sex was a “regular occurrence.” According to flight logs, Clinton flew on Epstein’s private Boeing 727, which Roberts said was outfitted with a special bed for kinky, high-altitude romps, the Web site said.Roberts has claimed to have had sex with “powerful men, including politicians and business executives” — as well as with the British prince and powerhouse attorney Alan Dershowitz, which the two men vehemently deny.

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Saturday • January 24, 2015

UP IN SMOKE! COLORADO GOVERNOR: LEGALIZING WEED WAS A BAD IDEA:

Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday.Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be.

“If I could’ve waved a wand the day after the election, I would’ve reversed the election and said, ‘This was a bad idea,’ ” Hickenlooper said Friday.

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Saturday • January 24, 2015

OBAMA SKIPS TAJ MAHAL FOR SAUDI KING: President Obama will cut short his trip to India and fly to Saudi Arabia to meet with the new king on Tuesday. Obama arrives in New Delhi on Sunday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will be the chief guest in India’s Republic Day parade Monday. Obama was scheduled to visit the Taj Mahal on Tuesday, but will meet with King Salman in Riyadh, instead. Initially, the U.S. was going to send a delegation led by Vice President Joe Biden

NFL: BALLS DEFLATED AFTER INSPECTION: Early evidence has concluded that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs during Sunday’s AFC Championship victory, though it’s still unclear whether the balls were intentionally deflated (or if the Pats knew). “While the evidence thus far supports the conclusion that footballs that were underinflated were used by the Patriots in the first half,” the NFL said in a statement Friday, “the footballs were properly inflated for the second half and confirmed at the conclusion of the game to have remained properly inflated.” The NFL said the goal of its “investigation will be to determine… whether any noncompliance was the result of deliberate action.” The league said at least 40 interviews have been conducted and video evidence collected.

SPAIN NABS 4 JIHADI CELL SUSPECTS: Spanish police officers arrested four suspected jihadists who are described as similar to the Charlie Hebdo terrorists. “These are two pairs of very radicalized brothers who are highly trained militarily, physically and mentally and are prepared to carry out an attack, and ready, according to the police, to blow themselves up in the act,” said Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz. The men were arrested in Cueta, a north African enclave. Investigators were trying to determine whether the cell had the “infrastructure to carry out terror attacks in the country,” the ministry said in a statement.

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MADOFF: I SUFFER MORE THAN MY VICTIMS: The man behind history’s greatest Ponzi scheme says he’s in greater pain than his victims. Bernie Madoff emailed NBC News to say the pain he caused so many is “nothing” to the pain he suffers from losing his children. “As difficult as it is for me to live with the pain I have inflicted on so many, there is nothing to compare with the degree of pain I endure with the loss of my son’s Mark and Andy.” Mark committed suicide in 2010, 46, two years after his father’s arrest. Andy, 48, died last September while battling cancer. “I live with the knowledge that they never forgave me for betraying their love and trust.”

GIULIANA RANCIC SCARY SKINNY? Her frighteningly skeletal appearance at the Golden Globes has angry E! staffers ready to intervene over Giuliana Rancic’s health – before the “Fashion Police” host ends up in a hospital gown. “The Giuliana that you see on TV is not the same woman that walks into work in the morning. It is so sad, and the worst part is that no one is saying anything to her,” an E! source whispered. The E! News co-anchor has faced nearly constant troubles over the past few years – including a 2010 miscarriage and a double mastectomy in 2011, plus fertility woes and the recent loss of beloved “Fashion Police” co-host Joan Rivers.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Housewives

1.     According to Salary.com, the average nonworking housewife in the U.S. in 2014 spends 94 hours a week working at jobs in the home that would earn a salary of $113,568.

2.     Women in Turkey and the Middle East are expected to solely fulfill the traditional roles of mother, wife, and housewife. But researchers note that empowering women to believe they can be businesswomen, politicians, and scientists will strengthen national economies in the region and provide a long-lasting stimulus to growth.

3.     Housewives during the Middle Ages in Europe were not allowed to divorce their husbands or own property unless they were widows. Rich housewives had wet nurses to look after their children; however, poor housewives not only had to look after children but also had to do day-to-day work both in the home and on the land. Many women from poor families did not live past the age of 40.

4.     In ancient Greece, housewives were not fully accepted by their husband’s families until a child was conceived.

5.     In 1963, Betty Friedman published The Feminine Mystique. According to Friedman, the “feminine mystique” is the false idea that devoting their lives to being housewives and mothers naturally fulfilled women (at least upper middle class, white housewives).

6.     Sigmund Freud saw women as childlike and as destined to be housewives. He noted that if a housewife desired a career, she was neurotic and suffered from “penis envy.”

7.     The introduction of electric clothes washing machines, vacuum cleaners, and other appliances made housework more efficient for housewives, but it also raised the minimum standard of household cleanliness. Housewives who had cleaned he carpets once a season now were expected to constantly keep them spotlessly clean with vacuum cleaners.

8.     A housewife in the 1950s wouldn’t go to just one store, but would have to go to several shops, including the butcher, green grocer, grocer, baker, and the dairy. In many places, there would also be a fishmonger, a draper (someone who sold knitting wool), and a chemist.

9.     While the 1950s housewife has been idealized as bathed, perfumed, and well dressed, it was impossible for women to meet this ideal. They would have their husband’s meal ready, but it would be doubtful they would have time to wash their hair. Additionally, many housewives were also now juggling jobs of their own.

10.  While sexism and inequality was rampant in the 1950s, housewives then were not downtrodden door mats but “tough and ultra-organized.” While men earned the money, housewives decided how it was spent and balanced household finances with military precision.

11.  Housewives before the 1960s spent hours boiling laundry before putting it through a mangle. Before indoor plumbing, housewives had to carry all the water used for washing. It was back-breaking work.

12.  The word “housewife” is from the early 13th century husewif, meaning “woman, usually married, in charge of a family or household.” The word “hussy” is an alteration of the word housewife and originally meant “mistress of the household.”

13.  A 2005 study from the Institute of Social and Economic Research found that married men earn more than single men, but only if their wife stays at home—and does all the housework. In fact, the more wives worked outside the home, the worse the father’s physical and mental well-being.

14.  According to a 2013 study, a majority of British women who were over the age of 20, who were in a relationship, and who were employed full time would pick being a housewife over having a career. When it came to being financially independent, 78% of the women said they wouldn’t mind being financially dependent on their partner.

15.  Early in the 20th century, “housewife” was the preferred term to refer to a married woman who stayed home. But as the focus increased on efficiency and sanitation during the 1950s, a new word, “homemaker,” came into vogue. By the 1980s, the term “stay-at-home mom” became more popular.

BASEBALL LEGEND ERNIE BANKS DEAD AT 83: Hall of Fame baseball player Ernie Banks died Friday at the age of 83. Nicknamed “Mr. Cub,” Banks was a Chicago favorite. He played with the Cubs for his entire Major League career from 1953-1971 after being signed from the Negro Leagues, where he was paid just seven dollars a day. He won the National League MVP twice and led the league in home runs twice, as well. He played in 14 All Star games and was voted to the Hall of Fame his first year of eligibility. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

MASS RETRIAL FOR MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: An Egyptian court has ordered a retrial for 37 Muslim Brotherhood members who were sentenced to death and 115 who were sentenced to life in prison last March, judicial sources tell Reuters. Last year’s mass trial for 500 defendants was regarding attacks carried out in the southern province of Minya after two Muslim Brotherhood camps were forced­ to disperse from Cairo during protests on August 14, 2013. The trial was widely criticized by Western governments and human rights groups. Many of the defendants were tried in absentia and the court ruled after just a few days

BANG! ‘SNIPER’ BREAKS RATED-R MOVIE RECORD: Demand to see American Sniper is so great that it will expand to 3,705 screens this weekend, making it the most widely screened R-rated movie in history. The controversial war movie starring Bradley Cooper as a Navy SEAL made $105 million over the four-day weekend instead of the expected $50 million. The blockbuster initally opened in just four theaters last month to let demand build up. A Warner Brothers executive said the strategy was to “get people to line up—make it a hard ticket—and have people see it in packed theaters.” Mission accomplished.

JAPAN VOWS TO CONTINUE EFFORT TO WIN HOSTAGES’ RELEASE: Japanese officials said Saturday that they were continuing efforts to win the release of two Japanese men taken hostage by the Islamic State, even though the militants’ stated deadline for paying an enormous ransom had passed. Japan seemed to be waiting for a sign from the militants, who had not offered a clear signal of their intentions even after a Friday deadline passed without Japan’s paying a $200 million demand. The hostage crisis began on Tuesday, when a video appeared online showing a masked militant threatening to kill the men, the journalist Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, a wanderer apparently drawn to Syria by war. The video demanded the money be paid within 72 hours. Japanese officials said that they still had not reached the kidnappers or confirmed their location, or even determined whether the men are even still alive, despite days of what they described as frantic efforts to do so. A top-ranking Japanese diplomat sent to Jordan to take charge of those efforts, Yasuhide Nakayama, said he had not given up hope.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Michael Strahan with a blond date, enjoying Bradley Cooper in “The Elephant Man” at the Booth Theatre. Eagle-eyed observers spotted “Hawaii Five-0” star Scott Caan sitting behind 6-foot-5 Strahan and asking the former NFL star to move his head so he could see.   ***Tory Burch having a breakfast meeting at Casa Lever in NYC.   ***World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein dining at Primola in NYC near former Yankee Tino Martinez and current slugger Carlos Beltrán.   ***Meg Ryan dining with Kathy Najimy at Stephen Starr’s Upland in NYC.   ****Media expert and author Michael Levine having dinner last night at the popular Coral Tree Café in Brentwood.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Naomi Campbell has signed with CAA.   ***Youtube star Kurt Huge Schneider has signed with WME   ***How To Get Away With Murder’s Alfred Enoch has signed with Wolf/Kasteler PR   ***It’s Only a Play’s Micah Stock has signed with ICM.

CHARLIZE THERON & SEAN PENN ENGAGED & ADOPTING: Charlize Theron is sporting a huge diamond sparkler worth as much as $100,000 after Sean Penn popped the question The Hollywood lovebirds “decided to take the relationship to the next level” while vacationing in Paris, sources say. Charlize’s halo-style engagement ring is “popular now among couples about to wed,” Joe Iannelli of Iannelli Diamonds in New York said. He analyzed the 39-year-old Oscar winner’s ring in photographs and said: “The center stone looks like a four-carat round stone, surrounded by smaller diamonds.” While the actress wears the ring on her right hand to avoid wedding talk, insiders said Sean, 53, has begun the process of adopting Charlize’s three-year-old son, Jackson, who already calls him “Daddy,” insiders said.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Original Apple Macintosh Computer Released (1984)

Named after the McIntosh variety of apple, the original Macintosh computer was released by Apple Inc. in 1984. Using a graphical user interface and mouse instead of the then-standard command line interface, the “Mac” garnered an immediate, enthusiastic following, especially among tech neophytes. One of the Mac’s major breakthroughs was the ability to delete a file by dragging it to an on-screen trashcan, rather than by typing in a command.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Ann Curry is finally free from her contract with NBC – and now it’s Matt Lauer’s turn to sweat. Ann is being wooed to write a tell-all book on her years with the “Today” show, including dishing dirt on her colleague-turned-nemesis Matt, sources say.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

U.S. Census: U.S. and World Population Clock

“The Population Clock is consistent with 2010 Census data and the most recent national population estimates.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Vince Camuto, a quiet titan of retail and founder of the footwear behemoth Nine West, whose specialty was the midpriced but stylish shoe, died on Wednesday at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He was 78. The cause was prostate cancer, his son Robert said.   ***Dallas Taylor, a rock ’n’ roll drummer who played behind David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, among other big names, and who overcame desperate addictions to drugs and alcohol to become a counselor for other addicts, died on Jan. 18 in Los Angeles. He was 66. His wife, Patti McGovern Taylor, said the causes were complications of viral pneumonia and kidney disease.   ***Tommy Mason, an All-Pro running back who was the Minnesota Vikings’ first draft pick, died on Thursday at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 75. His sister-in-law, Suzanne MacNeil, confirmed the death. She did not specify the cause, but said that Mason had sustained multiple concussions during his playing career and was part of the 88 Plan, created in honor of John Mackey, who wore No. 88 for the Baltimore Colts. Mackey had dementia and died in 2011.   ***Peggy Charren, whose advocacy of higher-minded television programming for children took the issue to government agencies and the halls of Congress and led to landmark legislation, died on Thursday at her home in Dedham, Mass. She was 86. The precise cause was uncertain, but she had had vascular dementia for many years, her daughter Deborah Charren said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Martin London: While most of us would agree that religious fundamentalists, foreign and domestic, sometimes do serious harm to our society, there are other kinds of fundamentalists who are also dangerous: I refer to legal fundamentalists. More precisely, the tranche of lawyers, academicians, journalists and publishers who, over the years, have developed into First Amendment fundamentalists and have become a powerful influence on our government. Currently, they appear to have persuaded our attorney general that the amendment bars him from taking action against Inspire magazine, published on the Internet by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: On Wednesday, the day after President Obama’s State of the Union address, a handful of Democratic House members, along with one senator, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, held a news conference to denounce one of the very few proposals the president put forward that actually has a chance of passage. The objects of their displeasure were the new trade agreements currently being negotiated by the administration. “Since I’ve been in Congress, I’ve never seen a trade bill that in any way benefited U.S. manufacturers and workers,” said Representative Louise Slaughter, who has represented the Rochester area for 28 years. She pointed to Kodak as an example of a company harmed by trade accords, especially the landmark North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta. Since the deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico went into effect in 1994, Kodak’s Rochester work force has shrunk to 2,300 from 39,300.

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Friday • January 23, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES:  The Human Body

1.     In the average adult, the skin covers 12-20 square feet and accounts for 12% of body weight.

2.     There are more than 600 individual skeletal muscles in the human body.

3.     An adult skeleton has 206 bones.

4.     Cartilage is one of the few tissues that grows throughout life. Between ages 30 and 70, a nose might grow half an inch, and the ears grow about a quarter of an inch.

5.     A newborn’s skull contains gaps between its bony plates. In an adult, the jagged plates interlock tightly like a jigsaw puzzle.

6.     The average human head has about 100,000 hairs.

7.     As a person ages, the diameter of each hair on the head shrinks. Hair is thickest in the early 20s, but by age 70, it can be as fine as a baby’s. Aging also causes hair to grow where it is not wanted, such as in the nose and ears, and to fall out where it is desired.

8.     Hundreds of billions of neurons carry electrical signals that control the body from the brain and the spinal cord.

9.     After sustaining trauma to the brain—such as an injury, stroke, or infection—some people develop “alien hand syndrome,” a condition where the victim can feel sensation in the hand, but has no control over movement and does not sense the hand as a part of the body, as if it belonged to an alien being.

10.  The Greek philosopher Aristotle believed that the brain exists mainly to help cool the spirit. It is now known that the brain controls nearly every function of the body and mind.

11.  When the pituitary gland malfunctions, it can boost or reduce the amount of growth hormone in a growing child’s body, resulting in gigantism or dwarfism.

12.  The senses are highly attuned to our world, but they have limits. For example, humans cannot see in the ultraviolet spectrum as bees do, nor can they differentiate between the hundreds of millions of odors that a bloodhound can.

13.  The appendix has no function in modern humans. It is believed to have been part of the digestive system in our primitive ancestors.

14.  Humans smell “in stereo.” Scent signals from each nostril travel to different regions in the brain. This may help a person determine the direction the odor is coming from.

15.  The skin contains approximately 640,000 sense receptors, scattered unevenly over the body’s surface. These receptors are most abundant in the ridges of the fingertips, in the lips, at the tip of the tongue, in the palms, on the soles of the feet, and in the genitals.

DISGUSTING! ISIS POSTS COUNTDOWN CLOCK FOR HOSTAGES: ISIS posted a warning online that the “countdown has begun” for the execution of two Japanese hostages held in Syria, including a clock counting down to zero. The 72-hour deadline expired Friday morning, Tokyo time. “There has been no message” from the Islamic State group, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. “The situation remains very severe.” ISIS had demanded $200 million for the two men.

NEW KING IN SAUDI ARABIA UNLIKELY TO ALTER OIL POLICY: The death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia early Friday is unlikely to deter the desert kingdom from maintaining a high level of oil production despite the recent sharp drop in prices, analysts said. Saudi Arabia’s policy results from a consensus of the kingdom’s leadership and energy experts, and it will not be easy to abandon, longtime observers of Saudi Arabia say. “There is no near-term reason to modify the kingdom’s position,” said Sadad al-Husseini, a former executive vice president and board member of Saudi Aramco, the national oil company, in a telephone interview.

“WHAT THE F–K?”  – IMF HEAD: SAUDI KING ‘ADVOCATE OF WOMEN’: The woman leading the International Monetary Fund is catching hell for calling Saudi Arabia’s deceased king a “strong advocate of women,” given the kingdom’s ban on women drivers, gender segregation, and summary beheading of female criminals. “In a very discreet way, he was a strong advocate of women,” Christine Lagarde said. “It was very gradual, appropriately so probably for the country. I discussed that issue with him several times and he was a strong believer.” Human Rights Watch disagrees. “King Abdullah came to power promising reforms, but his agenda fell far short of achieving lasting institutional gains for Saudi citizens,” said Joe Stork, HRW’s Middle East director. “King Salman, the new ruler, should move the country forward by ending intolerance for free expression, rooting out gender and sectarian discrimination, and fostering a fair and impartial judicial system.”

BLOOMBERG WANTS TO BUY NEW YORK TIMES: It’s long been speculated that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to purchase The New York Times and it turns out to be true. New York magazine reports that the billionaire media mogul has been speaking to close advisers regarding an acquisition, including his political adviser Kevin Sheekey and financial adviser Steven Rattner. “Sheekey basically said, ‘We want to buy the company,’” a source familiar with the situation said of a meeting with Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, who stated the paper wasn’t for sale when Bloomberg approached him in 2013. Bloomberg made his money by creating his namesake media company that offers financial data to Wall Street.

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CLINTON STRONG-ARMS SCORSESE OVER FILM: Bill Clinton is refusing to kiss the ring of Martin Scorsese, The New York Times reported Thursday. Scoresese’s partly finished documentary on Clinton has come to a halt due to disagreements about control and final cut, according to people briefed on the project. The Academy Award-winning film director spent the past two years filming Clinton, including his charitable trip to Africa, but the HBO project was reportedly shelved when Clinton insisted on approving the interview questions and wanted control of the final cut of the film. Clinton also wanted his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, to have a role on the documentary as a producer, according to the Times. Matt McKenna, a spokesman for Clinton, called the claims “inaccurate” without providing further detail while Scoresese’s spokesman declined to comment. A spokesman for HBO said “It’s not happening soon but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen.”

MARCO RUBIO PREPARING PRESIDENTIAL BID: Marco Rubio is telling his staff to “proceed as if he is running for president,” according to one senior adviser, as the Florida senator takes steps to launch an official bid. He’ll need $50 million in funds to run in the primaries, which Anna Rogers, a finance director for American Crossroads, has been signed on to tackle. Rubio will also skip all Senate votes next week to make fundraising trips to California, Texas, and Chicago. He has also scheduled a book tour that will include early primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, and Nevada.

U.S. HOME RENTAL PRICES EXPLODE: With the economy recovering from the Great Recession, many are still seeing the effects from the housing market crash that sparked it. According to new reports by real-estate data firm Zillow, the average rental price of U.S. apartments has seen a huge spike in major cities. Within the last year, the price of apartment rentals in San Francisco has jumped 15.4 percent to a median cost of $3,031 a month. Denver rents were up 10.5 percent to $1,817, and even Kansas City spiked to $1,204, an 8.5 percent increase. Since 2000, rental prices have risen an average of 52 percent nationally, while renters’ incomes have only increased 25 percent.

AMERICANS KEEP TRYING TO BOARD WITH GUNS: According to new statistics, a record number of firearms—2,212 to be exact—were found by the Transportation Security Administration last year. And 80 percent of them were loaded. The weapons, which averaged out to six per day, were found either in carry-on luggage or on a person’s body. Other objects such as knives and grenades were also found. The airports with the most violations include Dallas/Fort Worth International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Houston George Bush, and Denver International.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The parent company of SkyMall magazine filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday. “With the increase use of electronic devices on places, fewere people browsed the SkyMall in-flight catalog,” Xhibit Corp. CEO Scott Wiley said. Revenue for the brand was cut in half, down to $15.8 million in 2014, due to the abundance of Wi-Fi access on flights. The brand hopes to sale assets in order to “complete an orderly wind-down of their affairs.”

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

U.S. Dept. of Labor: Occupational Outlook Handbook

“The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the government’s premier source of career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations – such as carpenters, teachers, and veterinarians. Revised every 2 years, the latest version contains employment projections for the 2012-22 decade.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: While not all pregnant women will crave pickles and ice cream specifically, pregnancy cravings are rooted in the body’s extra need for minerals and comfort-inducing serotonin.

FEDERER KNOCKED OUT OF AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Andreas Seppi knocked Roger Federer out of the Australian Open in the third round on Friday, upsetting the world’s No. 2 at Melbourne Park. The loss (4-6, 6-7, and 6-4) is the earliest exit for Federer at the Australian Open since 2001 and the first time he lost before reaching the fourth round of a grand slam since the 2004 French Open

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Thursday • January 22, 2015

AIRSTRIKES KILLED ‘HALF OF ISIS LEADERS’: The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Thursday that more than half of the ISIS leadership has been killed by American and coalition airstrikes. According to Stuart Jones, the total casualty count is more than 6,000 ISIS fighters, and more than a thousand vehicles belonging to the group. “They show ISIS’s inability to supply forces inside Iraq,” he said of the numbers. On Wednesday, Kurdish forces said they broke an important ISIS supply line between Iraq and Syria with the help of airstrikes.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hillary Clinton

1.     Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was born on October 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Park Ridge, Illinois. She has two brothers, Hugh (1950) and Anthony (1957). They were raised “with traditional Midwestern values: family, church on Sunday, respect your elders, do well in school, do well in sports,” as her brother Hugh once said.

2.     Hillary Clinton was the only First Lady to be subpoenaed, for her involvement with the Whitewater controversy in 1996, and to repeatedly be deposed as part of ongoing criminal and civil investigations, including Travelgate and Filegate. Bill and Hillary were the only First Couple to be fingerprinted by the FBI.

3.     Hillary was the first First Lady to hold a postgraduate degree (Yale Law, 1973) and to run for and be elected Senator (NY, 2000).

4.     Hillary was the first woman elected to the New York senate. She was also the first woman to be made a full partner of Rose Law Firm.

5.     Shortly before she married Bill Clinton in 1975, Hillary tried to join the Marines, probably to make a political statement. The Marine recruiter rejected her on the grounds that she was “too old,” couldn’t see very well, and that she was a woman.

6.     Gennifer Flowers, who supposedly had a 12-year affair with Bill Clinton, said in 2007 that she was considering voting for Hillary for president, saying “I would love to see a woman president. I just didn’t think it would be her.”

7.     In 1997, Hillary won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio of her book It Takes a Village.

8.     In the early 1990s, when Bill Clinton was making $35,000 as governor of Arkansas, Hillary was making $100,000 a year from her law firm salary and corporate board fees. A portion of her salary was from Lafarge, a U.S. cement maker which was later fined for pollution violations at its Alabama plant.

9.     Hillary Clinton wrote to NASA as a child inquiring how to become an astronaut. NASA replied that girls could not be astronauts.

10.  Hillary has been dogged by rumors that she was a lesbian based on her assertive manner, lack of interest in her appearance during adolescence, and her entourage of women staffers who called themselves “HERC and the girls” (playing on her initials, HRC).

11.  Hugh Ellsworth Rodham (1911-1993), Hillary’s father, worked as a textile wholesaler and contributed to her initially conservative ideology. While Hillary said her childhood resembled the television series Father Knows Best, biographers have described her father as domineering and even verbally rough, which may have prepared her for the rough-and-tumble life of politics.

12.  Hillary’s fifth grade teacher, Mrs. King, was so fond of teaching Hillary, it was said that she followed her to the sixth grade so that she could have her in class for a second year.

13.  When she was a teenager, Hillary organized a baby-sitting group to look after the children of migrant Mexican workers in rural Illinois.

14.  Hillary would sometimes come to class in the ninth grade wearing her Girl Scout uniform. Perhaps not coincidentally, she would later promote school uniforms.

15.  As a young adult, Hillary was an active Republican and even campaigned for Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in 1964. The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement in America, Wellesley influences, and her view that the Richard Nixon campaign against Nelson Rockefeller included “veiled racism” prompted Hillary to leave the Republican party.

JAPAN CAN’T GET THROUGH TO ISIS: The Japanese government says it’s been trying to communicate with ISIS but has had no contact since a video was released threatening to kill two of its nationals. The militant group asked for $200 million in ransom to spare the hostages’ lives, and demanded it be delivered within 72 hours. That timeframe is estimated to expire early Friday morning. According to top Japanese officials, Tokyo doesn’t know the current state of the hostages and will attempt to reach their captors through other governments and local leaders.

SAUDI ARABIA POSTPONES FLOGGING AGAIN: Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi is undergoing a brutal sentence of 1,000 lashes over the next 20 weeks, but is expected to have his second round of beatings suspended for the second week in a row. A medical committee found he is unfit to undergo the punishment on health grounds and recommended the flogging stop, according to Amnesty International. “Raif Badawi is still at risk, there is no way of knowing whether the Saudi Arabian authorities will disregard the medical advice and allow the flogging to go ahead,” Amnesty’s regional deputy director said. Badawi is serving a 10-year sentence for criticizing Saudi Arabia’s clerics.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that about 24% of the approximately 300,000 people who fracture a hip each year die within one year. Many others suffer serious depression and withdraw from society because they are so afraid of breaking bones. Hip fractures are one of the most serious consequences of osteoporosis.

JEB BUSH, ROMNEY TO MEET IN UTAH: Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are planning to meet in private in Utah this week, two prominent party members told The New York Times on Wednesday. Bush requested the meeting, which was planned before Romney’s announcement two weeks ago that he was considering a third run for the presidency, according to an unidentified party member. Initially, the encounter was intended for Bush to pay respect to Romney before seeking the 2016 nomination, but could now represent a planning meeting to ensure the two potential candidates don’t split the Republican Party next year.

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LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

MedlinePlus: Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information

“Learn about your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more.”

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Coach Bill Belichick said he did not know of any issue with the Patriots’ game balls in Sunday’s AFC Championship, and did not learn the league was investigating his team until Monday morning. He also said he did not know how the Patriots’ footballs became underinflated during the game. “I have no explanation for what happened,” he said.

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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***A former Disney star will appear as a future U.S. president. Wizards of Waverly Place’s David Henrie (ICM, Untitled, Jackoway Tyerman) will play Ronald Reagan as a young man in a new biopic. Reagan is told from the point of view of a KGB officer keeping tabs on Reagan since his days as an actor, SAG president and staunch anti-communist.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Alan J. Hirschfield, an executive who ran two major film studios and saw Columbia Pictures through one of Hollywood’s most colorful and chronicled financial scandals, died on Jan. 15 at his home in Wilson, Wyo. He was 79. His death, after a brief illness, was confirmed by his son Scott.

LBN-COMMENARY by Jayne Huckerby: Since the terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the French police have been on the hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the slain gunmen. She is now suspected to be in Syria. Some news reports speculate that Ms. Boumeddiene, 26, may have been “the more radical of the two.” Yet one of the first questions that French authorities intend to ask her is, they say, “if she did this under influence, if she did it by ideology, if she did it to aid and abet.” While much will be made in the coming months of France’s intelligence failures, the West’s inability to appreciate the role that women play in terror should come under the highest scrutiny. Take the role of women in the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. While the group oppresses many women, many also flock to its ranks. Roughly 10 percent of its Western recruits are female, often lured by their peers through social media and instant messaging. The percentage is much higher in France: An estimated 63 of the 350 French nationals believed to be with the group are women, or just under 20 percent.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: Since the end of the 1970s, something has gone profoundly wrong in America. Inequality has soared. Educational progress slowed. Incarceration rates quintupled. Family breakdown accelerated. Median household income stagnated. “It’s morning again in America” — that was a campaign slogan by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. But, in retrospect, the average American has been stuck since the Reagan era in a predawn darkness of stagnation and inequality, and we still haven’t shaken it off, particularly since 2000. Inequality has increased further under President Obama.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Glenn Hubbard: President Obama’s economic proposals in Tuesday’s State of the Union address were a disappointment. His ideas — free community college, an enhanced tax credit for child care and higher taxes on high-income earners and large financial institutions — failed to go beyond mere talking points. With no chance of engaging the Republicans, they will surely die without a hearing. But the president’s proposals do invite a case for a comprehensive tax and entitlement reform, one based not on redistribution but on growth, work and opportunity. Our unwillingness to confront mounting inefficiencies in the nation’s tax code and growing obligations in entitlement programs has led to increasingly limited options. Corporate tax reform is held hostage to the misguided idea that tax cuts and tax increases must be balanced within the corporate sector alone, and to the faulty assumption that beneficial tax reform will not raise economic activity.

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Wednesday • January 21, 2015

OBAMA HAS WORST STATE OF THE UNION RECORD SINCE FORD, STUDY SHOWS:

Judging by his recent history, it doesn’t really matter what President Obama says in Tuesday’s State of the Union address — Congress is going to ignore him anyway.

Mr. Obama has the second-worst record of getting his State of the Union policy requests enacted into law of any president in the last five decades, according to an analysis by two scholars that puts him only above the unelected two-year presidency of Gerald Ford.

From 2009 through 2014, Mr. Obama issued 209 different calls for action from Congress in his speeches, but only saw lawmakers follow through on 64 of them — good for just 30 percent. That’s only slightly better than Mr. Ford’s 28 percent success rate, and is well below the likes of President Clinton, the previous Democratic president, who won 44 percent of his policies even though he faced a Congress more Republican than Mr. Obama has.

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Wednesday • January 21, 2015

IN STATE OF THE UNION, OBAMA DEFIANTLY SETS A BROAD AGENDA: President Obama claimed credit on Tuesday for an improving economy and defiantly told his Republican adversaries in Congress to “turn the page” by supporting an expensive domestic agenda aimed at improving the fortunes of the middle class. Released from the political constraints of a sagging economy, overseas wars and elections, Mr. Obama declared in his sixth State of the Union address that “the shadow of crisis has passed,” and he vowed to use his final two years in office fighting for programs that had taken a back seat. He called on Congress to make community college free for most students, enhance tax credits for education and child care, and impose new taxes and fees on high-income earners and large financial institutions.

11 OF 12 PATRIOTS’ FOOTBALLS DEFLATED: The New England Patriots had 11 of 12 designated game footballs underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air during their AFC championship win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, an ESPN report citing anonymous sources said Tuesday. NFL officials responded to ESPN’s claim that the investigation is continuing. “We’re still awaiting findings,” Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president, told the Associated Press. The game balls were required to be inspected and approved by referee Walt Anderson two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff and no alteration of footballs is allowed under league regulations. Lighter footballs would have made it easier for quarterback Tom Brady to throw the ball and for receivers to catch. The Patriots have a history of cheating allegations, including illegally filming their opponents. The Patriots said they were cooperating with league officials while Patriots Coach Bill Belichick deferred questions to the league on Tuesday.

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FRENCH PREMIER ANNOUNCES ‘EXCEPTIONAL’ MEASURES AGAINST TERRORISM: Two weeks after one of the deadliest attacks ever to hit France, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced “exceptional” measures on Wednesday to fight terrorism, including creating thousands of new counterterrorism jobs to intensify the monitoring of nearly 3,000 people the police consider surveillance targets. The moves would reinforce a set of existing laws already considered to be among the strictest in Europe. Mr. Valls made his announcements at a news conference after France formally charged and detained four men accused of providing logistical support to Amedy Coulibaly, one of the three gunmen involved in the three-day onslaught in which 17 people were killed in and around Paris.

CIA KNEW TORTURE CLAIMS WERE INFLATED: While the CIA and former members of the Bush administration have been waging a campaign in defense of the spy agency’s actions, its own internal report found that they were overstating how helpful torture had been. According to The New York Times, an internal review commissioned by former Director Leon Panetta found that the agency continuously exaggerated the intelligence it obtained during the brutal interrogations of detainees. According to the review, the CIA knew that information used to track down operatives from al Qaeda and stop terror plots did not come from interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was waterboarded 183 times.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hollywood Movies

1.     Originally, the term “movies” did not mean films, but the people who made them. It was generally used with disdain by early Hollywood locals who disliked the “invading” Easterners.

2.     The first film ever made in Hollywood was D.W. Griffith’s 1910 In Old California, a Biograph melodrama about a Spanish maiden (Marion Leonard) who has an illegitimate son with a man who later becomes governor of California. It was shot in two days.

3.     When Horace and Daeida Wilcox founded Hollywood in 1887, they hoped it would become a religious community. Prohibitionists, they banned liquor from the town and offered free land to anyone willing to build a church.

4.     The “running W” was a trip wire to make horses fall over at the critical moment during filming. The device broke countless horses’ legs and necks. It is now illegal.

5.     The most filmed author is William Shakespeare, including straight film versions, modern adaptations (West Side Story [1961], The Lion King [1994], etc.), and Shakespeare parodies.

6.     The shortest dialogue script since the introduction of talkies was written for Mel Brook’s Silent Movie (1976), which has only one spoken word throughout: “Non.”

The character most frequently portrayed in horror films is Count Dracula, the creation of the Irish writer Bram Stoker (1847-1912).

8.     The first motion picture to depict a non-pornographic sex act was Extase (1933) starring Hedwig Kiesler, known later as Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000). Her character flees from an impotent husband, runs naked through the woods, bathes, and then has sex with a young engineer in a hut.

9.     The earliest known American pornographic film is the 1915 A Free Ride, a.k.a. A Grass Sandwich. The film was directed by “A. Wise Guy” and was written by “Will She.”

10.  The Western Hero most portrayed on screen has been William Frederick Cody, a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, followed by William Bonny, a.k.a. Billy the Kid.

11.  The first African-American to play a leading role in a feature film was Sam Lucas (1850-1916) who was cast in the title role of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1914). The first African-American actor to make a career in films was Noble Johnson (1881-1978).

12.  The Hollywood star who played the most leading roles in feature films was John Wayne (1907-1979), who appeared in 153 movies. The star with the most screen credits is John Carradine (1906-1988), who has been in over 230 movies.

13.  The American Humane Association (AHA) objected to the scene in the Shawshank Redemption (1994) where the character Brooks feeds his crow a maggot. The AHA stated it was cruel to the maggot, and it required that the crow be fed a maggot that had died from natural causes.

14.  In The Godfather (1972), John Marley’s (Jack Wolz) scream of horror in the horse head scene was real, as he was not told that a real horse head, which was obtained from a dog food company, was going to be used.

15.  The first movie fashion fad was Hollywood star Mary Pickford’s (1892-1979) curls, which were augmented from the hair of Los Angeles prostitutes, employees of Bit Suzy’s French Whorehouse.

16.  The first nude scene in a major motion picture was of swimmer and actress Annette Kellerman (1887-1975) in A Daughter of the Gods (1916).

17.  The top five biggest grossing films on opening day in the United States and Canada before inflation are The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Dark Knight (2008), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Spider-Man 3 (2007), and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).

18.  The five highest domestic grosses adjusted for inflation are Gone With the Wind (1939), Star Wars (1977), The Sound of Music (1965), E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982), and The Ten Commandments (1956).

19.  In 1923, Mark Sennett, Harry Chandler, and the Los Angeles Times put up the “Hollywoodland” (later shortened to “Hollywood”) sign to publicize a real estate development. The sign cost $21,000.

20.  For The Twilight Saga: New Moon, each actor portraying one of the wolf pack was required to have documentation proving Native American descent.

21.  The director of 2012 (2009), Roland Emmerich, is a fan of rapper 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson. The Jackson Curtis character in the film is 50 Cent’s real name inverted.

22.  The Twilight Saga: Twilight movie’s opening weekend totaled to $69.6 million, which was the biggest opening for a film directed by a woman and starring a woman. Nearly 80% of tickets were bought by women.

23.  The highest grossing movies never to reach number one on the U.S. charts are My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) $241,438,208, Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) $217,326,336, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) $196,519,585.

24.  The most profitable movies, based on absolute profit in worldwide gross, are Avatar (2010), Titanic (1997), Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Jurassic Park (1993), and Shrek 2 (2004).

25.  The top five largest worldwide grossing movies of all time before inflation are Avatar (2009), Titanic (1997), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and The Dark Knight (2008).

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BIDEN SECURITY FAILS TO CAPTURE GUNMAN: Authorities have no leads or suspects in Saturday’s shooting outside Vice President Joe Biden’s Delaware home after surveillance footage failed to capture any images of the gunman, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. The cameras were focused on areas next to the house but not on the main road, where security agents and neighbors heard multiple shots fired before a car sped away, government officials said, requesting anonymity in discussing the investigation. The residence’s security system has been problematic in the past; setting false alarms or occasionally giving incorrect data that forced the Secret Service to turn it off for several months, according to the Post. The system was repaired in November, but following Saturday’s shooting the Secret Service is proposing to add more cameras to cover a wider area. Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff declined to comment and Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said the agency does not provide information about the vice president’s security.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***A study monitoring sleep in teenagers has revealed that a lack of it can directly increase risky behavior in addition to health problems. This study is significant in that it shows that sleep doesn’t just lead to better health, it leads to better judgement as well. According to News Ledge, researchers discovered this from an analysis of survey data taken from more than 6,500 adolescents across the United States. This survey occurred in three waves across the U.S. from 1994 to 2002. Sleep patterns and both drug and alcohol use were among the factors surveyed.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Vladimir Lenin Dies (1924)

A Russian revolutionary and leader of the Bolshevik party, Lenin was a main player in the overthrow of the Russian monarchy and the creation of the Soviet Union. Trained as a lawyer, he began studying Marxism in the 1890s and soon adapted it to his own theory, Leninism. In 1917, he became virtual dictator of Russia, with Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky as his chief advisors, but he later unsuccessfully called for Stalin’s removal from the post of general secretary.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: At its core, the sun’s temperature is about 15 million degrees Celsius (about 27 million degrees Fahrenheit).

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Jack Nicklaus (1940)

Nicklaus is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time, and his legendary rivalry with Arnold Palmer helped turn the game into a major spectator sport. “The Golden Bear” turned pro in 1962 and by 1986 had played in 100 major championships, finishing in the top three 45 times. He won three British Open Championships, four US Opens, five PGA Championships, and six Masters, for a record 18 major championships.

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LBN-NOTICED: Last night an overflowed crowd showed up at Luna Park restaurant in L.A. for the latest “City Talk” event featuring acclaimed Holocaust film director Peter Hankoff. The private room, which was standing room only, was riveted by Hankoff photo exhibit of the 13 concentration camps he has visited. “City Talk” is a monthly series of sit down cocktail parties held at Luna Park featuring guest speakers and prominent L.A. guests.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Merriam-Webster: Visual Dictionary

“Welcome to the Visual Dictionary Online, the dictionary with a new point of view. A quick glance at the index is all it takes to connect words with images. Explore the 15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images and see words like never before.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I’ve never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems, but when I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, in response to the Paris killings, I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won’t go to pay for this? When you don’t call things by their real name, you always get in trouble. And this administration, so fearful of being accused of Islamophobia, is refusing to make any link to radical Islam from the recent explosions of violence against civilians (most of them Muslims) by Boko Haram in Nigeria, by the Taliban in Pakistan, by Al Qaeda in Paris and by jihadists in Yemen and Iraq. We’ve entered the theater of the absurd. Last week the conservative columnist Rich Lowry wrote an essay in Politico Magazine that contained quotes from White House spokesman Josh Earnest that I could not believe. I was sure they were made up. But I checked the transcript: 100 percent correct. I can’t say it better than Lowry did.

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Tuesday • January 20, 2015

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sex

1.     During 30 minutes of active sex, the average person burns approximately 200 calories.

2.     On average, adult men think about sex every seven seconds.

3.     Having sex at least once per week can lower a man’s risk of heart disease by 30%, stroke by 50%, and diabetes by 40%. It has also been shown that men with an active sex life are more likely to live past 80 years.

4.     The average size of an erect penis measures between 5 and 6 inches, while the average size of a flaccid penis is about 3.5 inches.

5.     The sperm count of the average American male in 2008 was down nearly 30% from the sperm count of an average American male 30 years ago.

6.     Viagra, the well-known blue pill designed to help with erectile dysfunction, made $411 million in profits within the first three months of its release in 1998 before going on to make $1.8 billion in 2003.

7.     Use of the condom was first noted in published literature in the early 1500s. The device was originally made of linen, and historians believe the legendary lover Casanova used linen condoms.

8.     Historical records show that even in 1850 B.C., women attempted to practice birth control. The most common method was a mixture of crocodile dung and honey placed in the vagina in the hopes of preventing pregnancy.

9.     Although nearly any body part or item of clothing may be an object of sexual fetishism, the shoe and the foot are the two most common fetishes in Western society.

10.  Just a decade ago, only 25% of women reported experiencing orgasm as a result of intercourse. In recent years, this number has risen to about 45%. In contrast, over 80% of women report experiencing orgasm though oral sex.

11.  The vibrator, a common sex toy for women, was originally designed in the nineteenth century as a medication to combat the anxiety-related symptoms of “hysteria” (now known as menstruation).

12.  Homosexuality was listed as a mental illness with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) until 1973. It has since been removed and is now considered an orientation by the APA instead of an illness.

13.  Throughout the United States, approximately 4% of the population self-identifies as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.

14.  Approximately 1% of people worldwide identify as asexual (having no strong sexual attraction to either sex).

15.  Statistics suggest that approximately one in every five Americans has indulged in sex with a colleague at work.

16.  Approximately 70% of people in the U.S. admit to fantasizing about group sex at some point in their life, and more than 50% of those people actually follow through.

17.  Nearly one in four Americans (65 millions people) are currently living with an incurable sexually transmitted disease (STD).

18.  During 2007, more than 2.5 million people worldwide became infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. With these new cases, there are now 33 million people living with AIDS throughout the world.

19.  Since AIDS was first diagnosed in 1981, more than 25 million people have died as a result of the virus. Two million people died from AIDS in the year 2007 alone.

20.  The average male produces several million new sperm daily. Conversely, a female is born with a finite amount of eggs and will produce no more than that throughout her lifetime.

21.  Statistics show that approximately 90% of men and 65% of women masturbate from time to time.

22.  Worldwide, 27.5% of women report that they felt pressured into having sex for the first time compared to 15% of men reporting the same feelings.

23.  According to a 2007 worldwide sex survey, the average age when people first have sex is 19.25. The survey also found that people in Asian countries tended to lose their virginity at a much later age (an average of 22) than those in Western cultures (an average of 18).

24.  Outside of the bedroom, the most common place for adults in the U.S. to have sex is the car.

25.  The average couple spends about 20 minutes engaged in sexual foreplay prior to intercourse.

CHINA GROWTH HITS 24-YEAR LOW: China’s economy grew 7.4 percent in 2014, the slowest growth number since 1990 and just shy of its official 7.5 percent target. The source of the slowdown is perceived to be China’s property market, which has shown significant weakness this year. In addition, there is the fear of a fiscal crisis as local governments are awash in debt and depend on land sales for their revenue.

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ECONOMY BOOSTS OBAMA’S APPROVAL RATINGS: More Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of the economy, boosting his ratings ahead of the annual State of the Union Address, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday. The poll found that 49 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama handled the economy, which is the most who have said they do since his first year in office. Meanwhile, 45 percent of Americans said they’re satisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, the highest number in the poll since January 2004, signaling a more optimistic shift that could help the Democratic Party as it prepares for the 2016 presidential election. Obama’s overall job-approval jumped to 46 percent—his highest rating since October 2013—but still nearly six in 10 respondents said the nation is headed in the wrong direction.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Iran Releases 52 American Hostages (1981)

The overthrow of Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi of Iran by an Islamic revolutionary government in February 1979 led to a steady deterioration in Iranian-American relations. In September of that year, the exiled shah was allowed into the US for medical treatment, prompting Iranian students called the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line to seize the US embassy in Tehran and take 66 Americans hostage. After 444 days, the last 52 hostages were released.

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POPE: NO NEED TO BREED ‘LIKE RABBITS’: Upon his return from Asia, Pope Francis suggested that Catholics shouldn’t feel like they have to breed “like rabbits,” and can follow church-approved natural contraceptive methods to prevent them from having too many children. “Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits—but no,” he said to reporters while flying from the Philippines to Rome. However, the 78-year-old Argentine reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s stance on contraception, condemning artificial birth-control methods and criticizing the Philippines’ recent legislation to make contraceptives more accessible to the public.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Kim Fowley, the Los Angeles rock ’n’ roll record producer, songwriter, publisher, promoter, singer, and Svengali — most famously for the Runaways, the mid-’70s girl group — died on Thursday at his home in Hollywood. He was 75. The cause was bladder cancer, his wife, Kara Wright Fowley, said.   ***ASAP Yams, the hip-hop executive who helped start the career of ASAP Rocky, the popular Harlem rapper whose 2013 studio album, “Long.Live.ASAP,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, has died. He was 26. ASAP Rocky confirmed his death in a Twitter post. The circumstances of his death were not immediately available.

“GREEN BAY WILL BE BACK” PREDICTS PACKER’S INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER BUT ADMITS:  HIS “MAGIC” WAS NO MATCH FOR THE SEAHAWK’S NFL “MIRACLE”: Inspirational speaker, magician, and author Adam Christing spoke to the Green Bay Packers Saturday.  It was the night before the Packer’s epic championship game against the Seattle Seahawks. Christing says, “It sure looked like they had the game in the bag.” But then things turned surreal.  Christing told the E-lert: “Each moment in the last 5 minutes of that game felt like part of a mushrooming miracle for the Seahawks–the onside kick, the 2-point conversion, dream-like passes by Wilson, even the overtime coin toss–it all went Seattle’s way.  It was stunning.” But Christing says, “These men, the Packers, are salt-of-the-earth guys.  They can still hold their heads up after Sunday’s heart-wrenching loss. They are 13-time world champions. Trust me. They’ll be back in a big way next year.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: All college commencements are happy, but community-college commencements are the happiest of all. Many of the graduates are the first in their extended family to have earned degrees. When their name is read, big cheering sections erupt with horns and roars from the stands. Many students are older; you’ll see 50- or 60-year-old women grasping their diplomas awash in happy tears. The graduates often know exactly where they’re going to work; they walk with an extra sense of security as they head off campus. These bright days serve as evidence that America can live up to its dream of social mobility, that there is hope at a time when the ladder upward seems creaky and inadequate.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Last week, several Republican senators, including John McCain, called on President Obama to stop releasing detainees from the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Their argument was that after the terror attacks in Paris, the 122 prisoners still in Guantánamo should be made to stay right where they are, where they can do the West no harm. On Tuesday, one of those detainees, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was sent to Guantánamo in 2002 and remains there to this day, is poised to offer a powerful rejoinder. Three years into his detention — years during which he was isolated, tortured, beaten, sexually abused and humiliated — Slahi wrote a 466-page, 122,000-word account of what had happened to him up to that point.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: The state of the union, food-wise, is not good. The best evidence is that more than 46.5 million Americans are receiving SNAP benefits — formerly food stamps — a number that has not changed much since 2013, when it reached its highest level ever. Even if you allow for fraud, which barely exists (imagine being so desperate that you’d risk imprisonment for $130 a month; I doubt you can), the number would be far higher if everyone who was eligible knew it, if pride and stigma were not issues and if it were easier to enroll. Still, 15 percent of the nation is bad enough; it’s roughly equivalent to the population of Spain.

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Tuesday • January 20, 2015

ISIS THREATENS TO KILL JAPANESE HOSTAGES:

A new online video that surfaced Tuesday claims to show Islamic State militants threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a ransom of $200 million in the next 72 hours, but Tokyo has responded it will not to bow to “terrorism,” the AFP reports. The video was posted on militant websites associated with ISIS and was purportedly made by the Islamic State group’s al-Furqan media arm. Footage reveals two hostages in orange jumpsuits that the jihadi names as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa. The militant, speaking with a British accent, said Japan was targeted for supporting Western military efforts. “You have proudly donated $100 million to kill our women and children, to destroy the homes of the Muslims,” the jihadi said on camera. Speaking in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that ISIS should immediately release the hostages, saying that “their lives are the top priority.” Back in Japan, chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga declined to say if a ransom would be paid, but did say, “If true, the act of threat in exchange of people’s lives is unforgivable and we feel strong indignation. We will make our utmost effort to win their release as soon as possible.”

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Sunday • January 18, 2015

OBAMA SEEKS TAX HIKES ON THE 1%: In his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama will outline his plans for the coming year. First up: tax hikes for America’s wealthiest people and the country’s largest financial firms. In doing this, he seeks to close capital gains loopholes on trust funds and raise the top capital gains rate to 28 percent. As far as financial firms, the country’s largest institutions would see new fees attached to loans. In the plan, the money from these two groups would aid the middle-class with tax credits, helping over 5.1 million families and providing free tuition to students.

ISIS FREES 350 YAZIDI CAPTIVES: The Islamic State surprised 350 infant, elderly or disabled captives on Saturday when the radical group delivered them to safety in Kirkuk, part of Iraq’s Kurdish region. They were captured last summer after a raid in northwest Iraq—one of many that left dozens of villages populated by the religious minority under the control of the Islamic State. Kurdish ground forces, along with American airstrikes, had previously pushed back against ISIS at Mount Sinjar, marking a victory for thousands of displaced Yazidis.

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RECORD 6M ATTEND POPE FRANCIS MASS: Now that’s mass. A record breaking 6 million people turned out for Pope Francis’s final day in Manila, Philippines, as the Catholic leader ended his pilgrimage of Asia. During his weeklong tour, which started in Sri Lanka, focused on children as the future of the faith as Asia reports the only growing number of Catholic citizens. “We need to see each child as a gift to be welcomed, cherished and protected,” Francis said. “And we need to care for young people, not allowing them to be robbed of hope and condemned to a life on the streets.” The total outcome, which included those gathering in Rizal park and the motorcade route, surpassed the previous record of 5 million set in 1995 for St. John Paul II’s final Mass in the same park.

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FACEBOOK AIMS FOR VIRTUAL REALITY: Setting its sights on the upcoming year, Facebook is focusing on virtual reality headsets, drones, and data centers as its major developmental projects. Oculus Rift, who develops virtual reality headsets and was acquired by the social media networking company last year, is in the process of adding 54 new positions, which could signify its commercial launch according to analyst. In total, Facebook is adding 1,200 new jobs company wide, including positions focusing on building satellites and drones capable of delivering Internet to third-world countries.

‘THE INTERVIEW’ LOST SONY $30 MILLION SAYS MEDIA EXPERT: According to Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine, Sony will lose around $30 million on The Interview. It also said the movie’s release in cinemas and VOD does not mark a paradigm shift, despite bold predictions to the contrary noted Levine. “Sony lost at least $30 million” noted Levine. “There are many other ways of counting losses on this film for Sony but $30 million is the minimum hard-cost loss.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The federal Energy Information Administration estimated that the typical American household would save $750 because of lower gasoline prices this year, $200 more than government experts predicted a month ago. People who depend on home heating oil and propane to warm their homes, as millions do in the Northeast and Midwest, should enjoy an additional savings of about $750 this winter.

DUNHAM REGRETS COSBY-HOLOCAUST ANALOGY: After comparing Bill Cosby’s rape allegations to the Holocaust in a recent Time Out New York interview, Lena Dunham published an Instagram post clarifying her comments. In the original TimeOut interview, Dunham said, “It’s sort of like saying someone’s obsessed with the Holocaust. It’s not, ‘I’m so angry about Hulk Hogan’s sex tape.’ This is a huge issue, and it speaks to the way that we abuse power and the way that celebrity allows for injustice.” In the Instagram post, Dunham says she’s “already aware comparing Bill Cosby to the Holocaust wasn’t my best analogy.” Dunham recently hired crisis manager Judy Smith, the inspiration for Olivia Pope’s character on Scandal

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CHICAGO NO LONGER SEEMS A LOCK TO HOST OBAMA’S LIBRARY, AND MANY ARE ALARMED: People who live in Chicago know a few things to be true about their city. Winters are brutal. The architecture is first-rate. The Cubs will lose. In the last few years, they have confidently added another: The Barack Obama Presidential Library will be built here, Mr. Obama’s adopted hometown. But as the Obamas and their foundation near a decision on the location of the library — after narrowing the options down to Hawaii, Chicago and New York City — someone in their camp recently let it slip that they are not so pleased with Chicago’s bids.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Research suggests that having an older father may increase a child’s risk of autism. Children born to men 40 years old or older were almost six times more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder than those born to men younger than 30 years old. Maternal age seems to have little effect on autism risk.

LBN-NOTICED: ***New York Gov. Cuomo and girlfriend Sandra Lee dining at Dopo East on the Upper East Side in NYC Thursday night after his security team came in for a quick sweep of the restaurant.   ***Bobby Brown taking the stage with Ed Lover for an impromptu performance at Urbo in NYC.   ***Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire hanging out at No. 41 in Mayfair in London for New York club vet Barry Mullineaux’s birthday.    ***Amy Sacco celebrating her birthday at No. 8 with LuAnn de Lesseps and Carole Radziwill.   ***Seems all is sweet between Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin. The two were spotted on a date at Madeo in Los Angeles Thursday night. Spies said the “Hunger Games” actress, 24, and the Coldplay singer, 37, sat at a corner booth at the upscale Italian eatery and were “laughing and giggling” throughout dinner.   ***Popular hispanic actor Joey Garza having lunch at new Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper ignited the holiday weekend box office, leaving January records behind as it made a stunning $90.2 million over three days. The total easily topped the previous January box office record high, James Cameron’s Avatar at $68 million in 2010. Warner Bros. estimated that American Sniper will make $105 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, which would naturally be another record.   ***Film director and writer Fraser C. Heston hosted a sold-out screening of his film “The Search for Michael Rockefeller” at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood last Thursday night. The film was recently acquired by Netflix.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***In what will be a bittersweet announcement for Deadheads, the four surviving and original members of the Grateful Dead revealed that they will reunite to celebrate their 50th anniversary with three gigs at Chicago’s Soldier Field July 3rd to 5th. However, for percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir, these three shows will mark the final Dead shows ever.

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“The Central Intelligence Agency publishes and updates the online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments weekly. The directory is intended to be used primarily as a reference aid and includes as many governments of the world as is considered practical, some of them not officially recognized by the United States. Regimes with which the United States has no diplomatic exchanges are indicated by the initials NDE.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Ervin Drake’s “Now That I Have Everything” debuted the same day he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983, a fitting coda for a career that was punctuated by hit versions of his songs, like Frank Sinatra’s “It Was a Very Good Year,” Billie Holiday’s “Good Morning Heartache” and the inspirational “I Believe,” sung by Frankie Laine. Mr. Drake, who wrote lyrics and music, produced television programs and was president of the American Guild of Authors and Composers, died on Thursday at 95 at his home in Great Neck, N.Y. The cause was complications of bladder cancer, said his stepson, Jed Berman.   ***Dorothy Thomas, a partner in her husband’s Nobel Prize-winning research into bone marrow transplants, died on Jan. 9 at her home near Seattle. She was 92. Her death was announced by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, where her husband, Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, had been the director of the clinical research division.   ***Lowell W. Paxson, a media executive who turned bargain hunting and impulse buying into couch potato heaven when he started the Home Shopping Network, died on Jan. 9 in Kalispell, Mont. He was 79. His death was confirmed by John Feore, a friend who was also Mr. Paxson’s lawyer. He did not specify a cause.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: I went Friday morning to see “Selma” and found myself watching it in a theater full of black teenagers. Thanks to donations, D.C. public school kids got free tickets to the first Hollywood movie about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday weekend — an effort that was duplicated for students around the country. The kids did plenty of talking and texting, and plenty of fighting over whether there was too much talking and texting. Slowly but surely, though, the crowd was drawn in by the Scheherazade skills of the “Selma” director, Ava DuVernay.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Best-selling author): In the end, people can do the difficult or endure the difficult.

LBN-RANT by Erick T. Bass: 1. I hate Amazon Prime. $100 a year. F–k them!   2. Most nights I dream of licking Katherine Heigl’s naked body.   3. Does anyone still go to Burger King?   4. If you put cat photos on your Facebook page, you need to get a life.   5. Liam Neeson is a class act.   5. I would need more than drugs to have sex with Bill Cosby’s ugly ass. Note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t represent the opinions of LBN or its staff) — ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Angelina Jolie suffered a shocking public breakdown over her battle against cancer – with the actress in tears. after a fan praised her for speaking out about her double mastectomy. The scene aired live over a French radio station on Jan. 5, as the actress-turned-director sobbed after a caller praised her “courage and bravery.” “Angie broke down because she’s frantic about her next procedure.   ***Kirstie Alley’s dramatic 50-pound weight loss has led to love. The “Cheers” star, who has battled binge eating and yo-yo dieting for decades, has finally achieved her dream figure, and pals said she’s set her sights on a new man: dashing ad exec and TV personality Donny Deutsch. Kirstie, 64, “fell head over heels” for the divorced dad of three when the two appeared together on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Jan. 6. ***Nicole Kidman’s unusual personal “peeper posse” move is revealed. Nicole is moving from Nashville to Tinseltown just so she can keep tabs on hubby Keith Urban as he films “American Idol” with hot-to-trot man-eater Jennifer Lopez. The actress, 47, even plans to be a regular audience member at “Idol” tapings so “J.Lo knows she’s there,” said a source.   ***She’s ditched her sexy red swimsuit, but former “Baywatch” hottie Yasmine Bleeth is back at the shore – and nearly 40 pounds heavier! But pals said that the 46-year-old is not only happy with her weight gain, so is her husband of 12 years, club owner Paul Cerrito.“Paul says there’s just more of his wife to love now,” said a friend.

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Sunday • January 18, 2015

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Saturday • January 17, 2015

OBAMA SEEKING TAX HIKE ON WEALTHIEST AMERICANS: President Barack Obama will call for increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans by raising the capital gains rate and eliminating a tax break on inheritances, then using the revenue to fund new tax credits and other cost-saving measures for the middle class.  The president’s proposals are likely to be cheered by the Democratic Party’s liberal base, but the tax increases are all but certain to be non-starters with the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill. Obama will announce the tax proposals Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. Senior administration officials disclosed details Saturday on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the proposals by name ahead of the president. The president’s address — his first to a Republican-led Congress — will also include calls for lawmakers to make community college free for many students, increase paid leave for workers and enact broad cybersecurity rules.

TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN FL MALL SHOOTING: Two people are dead after a man opened fire in the food court of the Melbourne Square Mall in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday morning, the Los Angeles Times reports. Jose Garcia Rodriguez wounded his wife and killed another man before turning the gun on himself, police said. Police believe Idanerys Garcia Rodriguez, his wife, was the intended target and she was listed in good condition in a nearby hospital. The other man who was killed was not identified by police and his relationship to the couple is unclear.

YEMENI CHIEF OF STAFF ABDUCTED: Yemen President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s chief of staff, Ahmed bin Mubarak, was kidnapped by gunmen on Saturday morning, according to Yemeni security officials. Mubarak was taken in the nation’s capital, Sanaa.

CBS ANALYST ARRESTED IN PROSTITUTE STING: CBS basketball analyst and former NBA player Greg Anthony was arrested Friday night for soliciting prostitution, according to police in Washington D.C. Anthony was arrested at 5:46 p.m. on Friday and faces a misdemeanor solicitation charge, punishable by up to 180 days in jail. He was released later Friday evening and has reportedly been suspended indefinitely from the network.

ROMNEY JOKES ABOUT 2016 ‘SPECULATION’: Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney joked on Friday to a crowd at a dinner party about “speculation” that he will try running again in 2016. “There’s some speculation about whether I’m about to embark [on a campaign]…Let me state unequivocally that I have no intention of running for U.S. senator of Massachusetts,” he joked, before essentially laying out a campaign platform. There are “three principles I think should form part of the foundation” of a presidential bid, he said: “First we have to make the world safer. Second, we have to make sure and provide opportunity for all Americans regardless of the neighborhood they live in. And finally, we have to lift people out of poverty.”

HOUSTON ESTATE CONDEMNS LIFETIME BIOPIC: Pat Houston, Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law and president of the late singer’s estate, has issued a statement condemning Lifetime’s upcoming biopic. “I don’t think it ever entered their minds that they were assaulting the legacy of another individual,” Pat wrote, adding later, “This creative pursuit at the expense of the integrity of such an iconic woman, who is voiceless today, reeks of condemnation and deceit. It reeks of enslavement to an industry that will likely do the same to you one day.”

TWO MORE PLANETS MAY BE BEHIND PLUT: Astronomers suspect two more planets may be lurking behind Pluto. Two studies from the UK and Spain speculate that two extra planets is the only way to explain the movement of objects in the regions beyond Neptune and Pluto. Trans-Neptunian objects, or ETNOs, are supposed to move randomly through space, but instead, these move with symmetry. “We consider that the most probable explanation is that other unknown planets exist beyond Neptune and Pluto,” an astronomer from the Complutense University of Madrid said.

NBC WILL NEVER WORK WITH BILL COSBY AGAIN: The door is firmly shut to Bill Cosby‘s return to NBC, the network’s top entertainment executive said Friday. “That’s safe to say,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said Friday when asked if the network would ever again do a project with Cosby, who 30 years ago was the sitcom king with the network’s “The Cosby Show.” NBC’s decision to sever ties with the 77-year-old comedian comes in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual assault against him, two lawsuits and a complaint to Los Angeles police earlier this week from a woman who says the comedian sexually abused her in 2008. The network said late last year it was dropping plans to develop a “classic” family sitcom with him. The series was announced in mid-2014, before a rising tide of accusations against Cosby by women who say he drugged and assaulted them.

CRISTIANO RONALDO AND IRINA SHAYK CALL IT QUITS: The world’s most beautiful couple has called it quits. Russian model Irina Shayk and Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo have ended their five-year relationship. “We can confirm Irina Shayk has ended her relationship to Cristiano Ronaldo,” her rep told us on Friday. Rumors of a split first broke this week after Shayk was not by Ronaldo’s side at the annual FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich on Monday. Instead, he appeared at the awards event with his mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, and young son, Cristiano Jr., whom he fathered with an unidentified woman.

JOEL DIAMOND PRODUCED WEDDING SONG: Joel Diamond, former Sony Executive and multi-platinum record producer (Engelbert Humperdinck, Gloria Gaynor, David Hasselhoff, Helen Reddy, etc), eloped over New Year’s with Rebecca Holden, Knight Rider co-star, Breck Girl, and General Hospital series regular. They walked down the aisle to their own recording (Rebeccaa’s new CD single, co-written & produced by Joel), “Dreams Come True”, which is now the “#1 Most Requested & Most Popular” Wedding Song on YouTube, with well over 12 Million views.

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LBN-ETC: NutriFit shares the top five food fads for 2015: Ethnic mash-up meals (fusion-gone-friendly), Home dinner parties (going out is well, going out), My kitchen, my rules (no Sriracha on everything allowed), Seasonality (to every thing, there is a season), and Bitter greens (we grow these organically on our sustainable farm, the more unusual, the better). If you’re curious about the more top trends in the world of food and nutrition, subscribe to our newsletter at www.nutrifitonline.com. NutriFit provides the most delicious, fresh, customized, healthy home-delivered meals in all of Southern California and nationwide.

LBN-ETC: “Congress is broken. Far from the citizen legislature our founders wanted, it has become a haven for career politicians, who prefer staying in power over tackling real issues. Both parties claimed to have the answer, but delivered only more dysfunction and poor performance. It’s time we take a stand to break this vicious cycle. Implementing TERM LIMITS on Congress will shake up Washington overnight. Term limits sever politicians’ ties with lobbyists, deliver competitive elections on a regular basis, and restore the opportunities for citizens to serve. Click HERE now to sign the petition in support of term limits on Congress.”

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Friday • January 16, 2015

SAUDI FLOGGING STOPPED FOR MEDICAL FEARS: Saudi Arabia postponed the next public flogging of a liberal blogger on medical grounds, according to Amnesty International. The human-rights organization said Friday that Raif Badawi was taken for a medical checkup before his round of 50 lashes for insulting Islam and were told that his wounds had not yet healed from his first round of punishment; if he was forced to undergo another round, he would not survive. Badawi was sentenced to receive 1,000 lashes this year, 50 per week. On Thursday, the United Nations joined Amnesty, Reporters Without Borders, and the U.S. in calling for King Abdullah to pardon the blogger and review the use of “this type of extraordinarily harsh penalty.”

BELGIAN TERRORISTS HAD POLICE UNIFORMS: Two people were killed Thursday in Verviers, Belgium, when police raided an apartment used by suspected terrorists. Two unidentified people were killed, a third injured, and 15 others detained. Police found four AK-47 assault rifles, explosives, and police uniforms inside the apartment. No police or members of the public were harmed. Separately, a Belgian arms dealer turned himself in on Thursday during a different raid in Charleroi, but police have made no connections to last week’s attacks in Paris that left 17 dead. Local media outlets reported the dealer was suspected of supplying the weapons used in a French supermarket siege, however, police are still investigating a possible connection. “For the moment, we certainly can’t confirm a link,” said Eric Van der Sypt, a spokesman for the office of the Belgian federal prosecutor. The raids targeted “several people who we think are an operational cell—certain people who came back from Syria,” Van der Sypt said. Authorities declined to comment on the suspects’ activities in Syria, but noted that all were Belgian citizens. The counterterrorism operation began two weeks ago, before the attacks on Paris, when police tapped the suspects’ homes and cars, according to RTBF. Authorities concluded that a major attack was on the horizon, and the target was believed to be police buildings, officials said. A judge granted about 10 search warrants to carry out the raids across Brussels. Anti-terror raids are expected to continue overnight in the capital and surrounding areas.

MISSING ROBOT FOUND ON MARS: The U.K.’s lost Mars probe Beagle2 has been spotted on the Red Planet’s surface, intact, 11 years after it went missing. Images taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show the robot’s landing location. It tried to make a soft landing on the Mars surface on Christmas Day 2003 but no radio contact was ever made with the probe. Scientists assumed it had been destroyed, but it turns out that its solar-panel “petals” were never unfurled fully. “Without full deployment, there is no way we could have communicated with it as the radio frequency antenna was under the solar panels,” Mark Sims, Beagle’s mission manager, told BBC News.

JOHN KERRY SHOWS SOLIDARITY WITH FRANCE: Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Paris on Friday to meet with leaders and deliver a speech at city hall, in an apparent effort to make up for the U.S.’s absence at Sunday’s mass anti-terror rally. Kerry explained to French Secretary of State Laurent Fabius that he was unable to attend on Sunday because of a previously arranged trip to India; this trip, he said, was to “share a big hug for Paris” in the aftermath of terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish grocery store.

COPS: FUGITIVE TEENS ARE ON CRIME SPREE: Two runaway Kentucky teens who stole a pickup truck with weapons in South Carolina are now thought to be in Georgia, according to police. Dalton Hayes, 18, and Cheyenne Phillips, 13, left their homes on Jan. 3 in a stolen red pickup truck, in which they were spotted at a Wal-Mart in Manning, South Carolina. On Thursday, authorities reported they had switched to another stolen vehicle, and this one had multiple handguns inside. Police are tracing the teens’ movements through reports of property damage and thefts of pickup trucks.

OBAMA TO HOST ‘SELMA’ SCREENING: President Obama is planning to host a screening of the Oscar-nominated film Selma at the White House on Friday. The film’s cast and crew are expected to attend the screening at the Obamas’ 40-seat White House Family Theater. Past Oscar-nominated films the Obamas have chosen to screen include Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Lincoln, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A new report names 2014 as the warmest year since records were first kept in 1880. Across all land and ocean surfaces, the average temperature was up 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, according to numbers released Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NH MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PUTTING BOY IN DRYER: A man from New Hampshire accused of putting a two-year-old boy in Bangor in a dryer pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault. Police say 27-year-old Adam Morton admitted he put his girlfriend’s son in the dryer and turned it on while he was babysitting. The boy suffered second degree burns on his back and arms and burns and blisters on his feet. Morton is scheduled to be sentenced February 2nd.

‘FIFTY SHADES’ IS FASTEST SELLING R-RATED MOVIE IN FANDANGO HISTORY: Advance tickets for Fifty Shades of Grey just went on sale last Sunday, but the hotly-anticipated film version of the best-selling erotic novel is already the fastest selling R-rated title in Fandango history. The film, which hits theaters on Feb. 13, sold more advance tickets in its first week of sales than Sex and the City 2, The Hangover Part II, The Hangover Part III and Gone Girl. Fifty Shades, which stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, is also having the biggest first week of ticket sales for a non-sequel film since the first Hunger Games movie in 2012, which still holds the record.

IDINA MENZEL, JOHN LEGEND TO SING BEFORE SUPER BOWL: “Frozen” star Idina Menzel will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl kicks off next month. The NFL announced Friday that John Legend will perform “America the Beautiful” before Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It will air on NBC. Menzel has had a top-notch year, thanks to the success of “Frozen” and her worldwide hit, “Let It Go.” Her Broadway show “If/Then” closes on March 22. Legend, too, has had a career-highlighting year. His song “All of Me” was one of 2014’s biggest hits, and he recently won a Golden Globe for his song with rapper Common, “Glory,” from the film “Selma.” Pop star Katy Perry will perform during the halftime show.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Aaliyah (1979)

Aaliyah was a popular American R&B singer, dancer, and actress. Her 1996 album, One in a Million, catapulted her to international stardom with hits like “If Your Girl Only Knew.” She went on to make her big-screen debut in 2000’s urban Shakespeare adaptation Romeo Must Die and was looking forward to a promising future in both the film and music industries when she was tragically killed in a plane crash at the age of 22.

LBN-CURRENTLY READING: Author, Florie Brizel is currently reading “SAPIENS” about the History of Human kind. http://amzn.to/148T4aG

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LBN-ETC: World’s Funniest Fails Makes History Tonight on FOX: When WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS airs tonight on FOX, it will be the first ever network TV show that’s based on a YouTube channel to be sent over broadcast airwaves. Starring Terry Crews and featuring a rotating panel of comedians, WFF shows the best ‘epic fail’ viral videos – in the style of the hit YouTube channel FailArmy – in the most entertaining ways possible. Tune in at 8pm ET/ PT on FOX. Follow the action on Twitter with #funniestfails and @FunniestFailsTV. WFF is produced by Jukin Media and Dick Clark Productions.

LBN-ETC: Sex and the City’s Gilles Marini, Mad Men’s Elizabeth Rice, and Brett Cullen lead a great cast in the much talked about World War II action/drama The Last Rescue, produced by Hallie Shepherd and directed by Eric Colley of Fireshoe Productions. An exclusive red carpet preview screening garnered rave reviews from audience, critics, and WWII veterans. The story takes place after D-Day in the French countryside and follows three American soldiers and two Army Corps nurses as they orchestrate an escape from the Nazi commander holding them as POWs. Also stars Cody Kasch, Johann Urb, Ryan Merriman. www.thelastrescue.com www.facebook.com/fireshoe

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Friday • January 16, 2015

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BUSINESS BOOKS OF THE LAST DECADE:

„BROKEN WINDOWS, BROKEN BUSINESS“

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Every few years a book comes along with an insight so penetrating, so powerful – and so simply, demonstrably true – that it instantly changes the way we think and do business. Such a book is Broken Windows, Broken Business, a breakthrough in management theory that can alter the destiny of countless companies striving to stay ahead of their competition. “In this vital work, author Michael Levine offers compelling evidence that problems in business, large and small, typically stem from inattention to tiny details. Social psychologists and criminologists agree that if a window in a building is broken and left unrepaired, soon thereafter the rest of the windows will be broken – and the perception will build that crime in that neighborhood is out of control. The same principle applies to business.” “Drawing on real-world corporate examples, from JetBlue’s decision to give fliers what they really want – leather seats, personal televisions, online ticketing – to Google’s customer-based strategy for breaking out of the pack of internet search engines, to business-to-business firms’ successes and failures, Levine proves again and again how constant vigilance and an obsession with detail can make or break a business or a brand.” “With tips and advice on changing any business to one that dots its i’s, crosses its t’s, and attracts more clients, Broken Windows, Broken Business goes straight to the heart of what makes all enterprises successful – the little things that mean a lot.”

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Thursday • January 15, 2015

POPE IS NO CHARLIE!: ‘ONE CANNOT MAKE FUN OF FAITH’: Pope Francis said Thursday that free speech doesn’t cover insulting religion, barely a week after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. “One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith,” the pope said in Italian. “Every religion has its dignity… and I cannot make fun of it,” he continued. “In freedom of expression, there are limits, like in regard to my mom. … If he says a swear word against my mother, he’s going to get a punch in the nose.” Francis has himself been a target of Charlie Hebdo, portrayed in pornographic poses or calling women “cocksuckers” in this week’s issue. Good news, though: The pope doesn’t think anyone should be killed over it. “One cannot make war, kill in the name of one’s own religion, that is, in the name of God. To kill in the name of God is an aberration.”

‘BIRDMAN’ SCORES 9 OSCAR NOMINATIONS: This year’s Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday, with the first going to “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie for Best Song. Best Actor nominees include Steve Carrell for Foxcatcher, Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, Michael Keaton for Birdman, and Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything. Best Actress nominations went to Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything, Julianne Moore for Still Alice, Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl, and Reese Witherspoon for Wild. Selma director Ava DuVernay was mysteriously absent from the Best Director list, which included Richard Linklater, Alexander Inarritu, and Wes Anderson. Best Picture nominations went to American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel, Imitation Game, Whiplash, The Theory of Everything, and Selma.

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U.S. OPENS CUBA TO ALL TOURISTS: Beginning tomorrow, traveling to Cuba will become easier than it’s been in a lifetime, thanks to a set of new regulations the Obama administration announced Thursday. The regulations will lift certain restrictions on travel, business, and remittances. Americans can choose from a dozen specific reasons to travel to Cuba without obtaining a special government license first. Tourists will also be able to use credit cards and bring back up to $400 in souvenirs, including $100 in alcohol or tobacco. Direct commercial flights will also be permitted. Americans can send more money to Cuba now, up to $2,000 every three months. Telecommunications providers and financial institutions will have an easier time setting up business with Cuba, too.

BEST OF LOS ANGELES AWARD SOARS PAST 1,500 MEMBERS: Started less than a year ago on Facebook, The Best of Los Angeles Award now has over 1,500 members in its community and continues to grow at a soaring pace. The site spotlights winners of the Best of Los Angeles Award in over a 150 catagories, and recently underwent a redesign by its new branding partner, Brand Polished. To become a member, visit https://www.facebook.com/BestofLosAngelesAwards and simply “LIKE” the page.

LBN-EVEN THE CHURCH LADY THINKS “IT’S SPECIAL!”


LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to Boxoffice.com, the combined best picture nominees last year had taken in $648.6 million as of the morning of the nominations; this year’s crop has sold only $202.9 million worth of tickets.  The soft performance raises a red flag for television ratings on Oscar night; the Globes got by on Sunday with only a modest drop. They had had possibly more star-power in their hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, than the Academy will with Neil Patrick Harris.

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SAUDIS BUILD ‘GREAT WALL’ TO BLOCK ISIS: Saudi Arabia has begun building a 600-mile-long “Great Wall” along its northern border with Iraq to keep ISIS out. Construction began in September and the border now features five layers of fencing with watchtowers, night-vision cameras, and radar. Much of the territory on the Iraqi side of the wall is controlled by ISIS, which has said it aims to eventually capture Saudi Arabia. A physical barrier along parts of the country’s southern border with Yemen has also been erected.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Prominent L.A. business attorney Konrad Trope having dinner last night at the popular Luna Park restaurant in L.A.

POOR TAXED AT HIGHER RATE THAN RICH: A new study revealed Wednesday that state taxes favor the richest residents, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. The analysis, which looked at each state’s local tax burden, found the bottom fifth of earners pay as much as seven times as much of their income in taxes as the wealthiest residents in states such as Washington. The study finds that in 2015, the poorest fifth of Americans will pay on average 10.9 percent of their income in state and local taxes, the middle fifth will average 9.4 percent, and the top 1 percent will pay 5.4 percent. The study ranks each state by measuring how regressive (less equal) or progressive (more equal) systems are, based on income before and after taxes in each income group. “Virtually every state’s tax system is fundamentally unfair,” researchers wrote in the report. “Unfair tax systems not only exacerbate widening incoming inequality in the short term, but they also will leave states struggling to raise enough revenue to meet their basic needs in the long term.”

HERO GROCER TO GET FRENCH NATIONALITY: Lassana Bathily, the Malian grocery clerk who saved 15 hostages in a Paris kosher grocery store last week, will be awarded French nationality for his actions, Interior Ministry Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement. Bathily, who is Muslim, has lived in France since 2006 and applied last July for French nationality. Cazeneuve said Battily would be awarded in a ceremony on Tuesday.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dreams

1.     The word “dream” is most likely related to the West Germanic draugmus, (meaning deception, illusion, or phantom) or from the Old Norse draugr (ghost, apparition) or the Sanskrit druh (seek to harm or injure).

2.     You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

3.     Adults dream off and on, for a total of about an hour and half to three hours every night.

4.     By the time we die, most of us will have spent a quarter of a century asleep, of which six years or more will have been spent dreaming—and almost all of those dreams are forgotten upon waking.

5.     The average person has about 1,460 dreams a year. That’s about four per night.

6.     Egyptian pharaohs were considered children of Ra (Egyptian sun god) and, thus, their dreams were seen as being divine.

7.     In the Chinese province of Fu-Kein, people called on their ancestors for dream revelation by sleeping on graves.

8.     Scientists suggest that the dreams of fetuses are mostly composed of sound and touch sensations, given the lack of visual stimuli in the womb.

9.     Among the six dreams reported in the New Testament are the dreams that communicate divine knowledge, instruction, and warning to Joseph, husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.

10.  About 80% of neonatal and newborn sleep time is REM sleep, suggesting a tremendous amount of time dreaming.

11.  According to Plato, dreams originate in the organs of the belly. Plato describes the liver in particular as the biological seat of dreams.e

12.  Elias Howe (1819-1867) said one inspiration for his invention of the sewing machine came from a nightmare he had about being attacked by cannibals bearing spears that looked like the needle he then designed.

13.  Modern research has shown that a sharp decrease in daily calories results in fewer nocturnal ejaculations in men and an overall decrease in the sexual themes of dreams.

14.  Aside from those who experience certain kinds of injury, it’s a biological fact that everyone dreams. However, not everyone remembers his or her dreams.c

15.  Most of us dream every 90 minutes, and the longest dreams (30-45 minutes) occur in the morning.

MEXICO ISSUES BIRTH CERTIFICATES IN U.S.: Mexican immigrants seeking U.S. work permits, driver’s licenses, and protection from deportation will no longer have to come up with a way to get copies of their birth certificates from government offices back at home. Beginning Thursday, the Mexican government will begin issuing birth certificates to its citizens at consulates in the United States. “It’s a huge help. It helps individuals really begin to formulate their formal identity in this country,” Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, told the AP.

MARLBORO MAN DIES AT 85: Darrell Winnfield, the most prolific of the Marlboro Men, died this week at age 85. Winnfield’s flinty visage was the basis for the character and he appeared in eight out of 10 of the iconic cigarette advertisements at one point. The real deal, he worked on his own ranch every day, and reportedly wore his own clothes during photo shoots.  “You could look at the different cowboys that we’ve used and you could argue that they were all the Marlboro man,” a Philip Morris spokesman said in 1992. “But Darrell is really the Marlboro man.” No cause of death was given. Winnfield is survived by his wife and six children.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Bank of America is the latest large bank to report uninspired earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014. The bank said on Thursday that fourth-quarter earnings fell 11 percent, to $3.05 billion, or 25 cents a share, from $3.44 billion, or 29 cents a share, in the period a year earlier.   ***Less than two years after opening in Canada, Target said on Thursday that it would close its 133 stores in the country, laying off 17,600 people. The Canadian operation was also placed under bankruptcy protection.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Edward Teller (1908)

Teller was a Hungarian-born physicist who worked on the first atom bomb and the first hydrogen bomb. After studying with Werner Heisenberg in Germany, Teller came to the US in 1935 to escape the Nazis. Six years later, he began working on the physics of the hydrogen bomb. He took the lead on that project and was instrumental in making possible the first successful US explosion of the device in November 1952

LBN-R.I.P.: Phil Africa, a high-ranking member of the Philadelphia-based black-liberation group Move, who was serving a 30- to 100-year sentence in the 1978 fatal shooting of a police officer, died on Saturday at the state prison in Dallas, Pa., near Wilkes-Barre. He was 59. A prison spokeswoman, Robin Lucas, attributed the death to unspecified natural causes.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Leslie H. Gelb: Here’s why America’s failure to be represented at the Paris unity march was so profoundly disturbing. It wasn’t just because President Obama’s or Vice President Biden’s absence was a horrendous gaffe. More than this, it demonstrated beyond argument that the Obama team lacks the basic instincts and judgment necessary to conduct U.S. national security policy in the next two years. It’s simply too dangerous to let Mr. Obama continue as is—with his current team and his way of making decisions. America, its allies, and friends could be heading into one of the most dangerous periods since the height of the Cold War.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter B. Bach: Eli Lilly charges more than $13,000 a month for Cyramza, the newest drug to treat stomach cancer. The latest medicine for lung cancer, Novartis’s Zykadia, costs almost $14,000 a month. Amgen’s Blincyto, for leukemia, will cost $64,000 a month. Why? Drug manufacturers blame high prices on the complexity of biology, government regulations and shareholder expectations for high profit margins. In other words, they say, they are hamstrung. But there’s a simpler explanation. Companies are taking advantage of a mix of laws that force insurers to include essentially all expensive drugs in their policies, and a philosophy that demands that every new health care product be available to everyone, no matter how little it helps or how much it costs. Anything else and we’re talking death panels.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I hate wimps. Always have. My dream is to spit in each and every one of their faces. You must earnestly cogitate before making a moral decision, and not simply flip a coin. The world is filled with cowards and they make me want to vomit.

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Wednesday • January 14, 2015

CHARLIE HEBDO RETURNS TO NEWSSTANDS IN HIGH DEMAND: Just one week after Islamist gunmen slaughtered 12 people in an attack on its offices, the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo returned to newsstands across France on Wednesday with a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad on its cover. In some places, vendors reported that it had sold out before daybreak, and demand was so intense that copies of the newspaper were being offered on eBay for hundreds of dollars. The frenzy offered a vivid backdrop to the sharpening debate between proponents of press freedom and defenders of religious proprieties that has seized France as it reels from the shock of three days of attacks last week in which 17 people were killed by Islamic extremists.

FRANCE BUSTS 54 FOR ‘GLORIFYING’ TERROR: Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, a French comedian notorious for his anti-Semitic content, has been arrested for being an “apologist for terrorism.” He suggested in a recent Facebook post that he was sympathetic with the gunmen in the attack on Charlie Hebdo. “Tonight, as far as I’m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly,” he wrote on Monday, which was a mix of the magazine’s name and that of one of the shooters, Amedy Coulibaly. Since the attack last week, 54 people have been arrested for defending or glorifying terrorism, the Paris prosecutor’s office has announced. Meanwhile, in Turkey, the office of a newspaper attempting to print an insert showing solidarity for Charlie Hebdo was raided by police.

AL QAEDA CLAIMS CREDIT FOR HEBDO ATTACK: In a statement posted online, the militant group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in Yemen, took responsibility for last week’s attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. It claimed it was behind “this operation as a vengeance for the messenger of Allah… chose the target, laid the plan, and financed the operation.” It posted the statement with an image of the Eiffel Tower dissolving. The statement called two of the gunmen, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, “heroes of Islam.”

NEED HELP FROM THE I.R.S.? YOU MAY NEED MORE PATIENCE THIS YEAR: Services to taxpayers are likely to drop to their worst levels since 2001, when the Internal Revenue Service first started measuring its performance, the agency’s taxpayer advocate said in her annual report released on Wednesday. Five years of budget-cutting have “brought about a devastating erosion of taxpayer service, harming taxpayers individually and collectively,” wrote Nina E. Olson, who leads the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent office within the I.R.S. Ms. Olson warned that in the current fiscal year — as new filing requirements mandated by the Affordable Care Act go into effect — the agency might end up answering fewer than 43 percent of the more than 100 million phone calls it expects to receive from taxpayers.

TEEN SAVES COP WHO JUST ARRESTED HIM: Jamal Rutledge, 17, had just been handcuffed and placed in the Fort Lauderdale police booking facility when the officer who arrested him, Franklin Foulks, 49, fell off his chair, clutched his chest, and went unconscious. Rutledge began to yell and kick the security fence to try to get the attention of other officers, who then used a defibrillator to stimulate Foulks’s heart. Rutledge had been arrested for violating probation on charges including burglary, multiple times since his first arrest. Hospital staff said Rutledge’s actions were critical to saving Foulks.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Mr. Eldad Blaustein, 44, `the chief executive of IGI-USA, the American development arm of Izaki Group Investments, one of Israel’s largest and oldest private development companies, along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


FBI: BARTENDER PLANNED TO POISON BOEHNER: Michael Robert Hoyt, a bartender in Deer Park, Ohio, was indicted Jan. 7 for a plot to kill House Speaker John Boehner. Hoyt, 44, who had served Boehner drinks at the Wetherington Country Club for more than five years, allegedly planned to poison Boehner. He called police Oct. 29 and blamed Boehner for his life’s troubles a week after being fired; when officers visited his home a week later, Hoyt “told the officer he was Jesus Christ and he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him at the country club and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola.” Officers later searched Hoyt’s home and found weapons and ammo; he has since been taken into custody.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Gold is so rare that the world pours more steel in an hour than it has poured gold since the beginning of recorded history.

NASCAR DRIVER: MY EX IS SECRET ASSASSIN: According to NASCAR’s Kurt Busch, his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll is a hired killer who was sent on covert missions around the globe. “Everybody on the outside can tell me I’m crazy, but I lived on the inside and saw it firsthand,” Busch said during testimony while in court over a no-contact order issued by Driscoll. Busch claims that while they were in El Paso, Texas, she left in camouflage gear and returned in a trench coat that was covering a bloodied evening gown. Busch also says she showed him pictures of bodies with gunshot wounds, and that she was one of the inspirations for a character in Zero Dark Thirty. Driscoll says that Busch’s claims are “ludicrous” and “straight from a fictional movie script” she was working on.

MEXICAN MAYOR CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING: Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of Iguana, Mexico, has been charged for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of 43 student teachers who are now feared to be dead. Abarca and an additional 44 people have been charged in the kidnapping of the students. It is the first time charges have been brought against Abarca, even though authorities have accused him and his wife of being the masterminds of the kidnapping back in October. The student teachers were allegedly abducted by police working hand in hand with local drug gangs. Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, were captured in Mexico City in November.

REFUNDS OFFERED FOR COSBY’S DENVER SHOWS: Ticketmaster said Tuesday it will offer refunds for the upcoming Bill Cosby shows in Denver, but the embattled comedian is still scheduled to perform despite protests from members of Denver’s City Council. More than 3,000 tickets have been sold for the two shows scheduled for Saturday while an organization called Turn Back Cosby has planned a protest outside of the Buell Theatre at the same time. Cosby, who faces sexual-assault allegations from more than 15 women, has not been charged. The promotion company hosting Cosby, AEG Live, contends that though it understands concerns, the show must go on because the comedian has not been charged with a crime.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Marilyn Monroe Marries Joe DiMaggio (1954)

Marilyn Monroe married baseball star Joe DiMaggio after a courtship that captivated America. Their marriage lasted just nine months, collapsing amid reports of DiMaggio’s growing possessiveness. Monroe then wed playwright Arthur Miller, but after divorcing him in 1961, she became close again with DiMaggio.

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OurDocuments.gov: 100 Milestone Documents

“The following is a list of 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Al Bendich, a lawyer who successfully defended the right to free speech in two landmark midcentury obscenity cases — involving Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” and Lenny Bruce’s nightclub act — died on Jan. 5 in Oakland, Calif. He was 85. The apparent cause was a heart attack, his wife, Pamela Bendich, said.   ***Walter Berns, a distinguished constitutional scholar and government professor whose disgust with Cornell University’s response to the armed takeover of a campus building by black students propelled him to become a leading voice of the neoconservative movement, died on Saturday at his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 95. His daughter, Elizabeth Fradkin, confirmed his death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: President Obama was criticized for failing to attend, or send a proper surrogate to, the giant antiterrorism march in Paris on Sunday. That criticism was right. But it is typical of American politics today that we focus on this and not what would have really made the world feel the jihadist threat was finally being seriously confronted. And that would not be a march that our president helps to lead, but one in which he’s not involved at all. That would be a million-person march against the jihadists across the Arab-Muslim world, organized by Arabs and Muslims for Arabs and Muslims, without anyone in the West asking for it — not just because of what happened in Paris but because of the scores of Muslims recently murdered by jihadists in Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria and Syria. Abdul Rahman al-Rashed, one of the most respected Arab journalists, wrote Monday in his column in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: “Protests against the recent terrorist attacks in France should have been held in Muslim capitals, rather than Paris, because, in this case, it is Muslims who are involved in this crisis and stand accused. … The story of extremism begins in Muslim societies, and it is with their support and silence that extremism has grown into terrorism that is harming people. It is of no value that the French people, who are the victims here, take to the streets. … What is required here is for Muslim communities to disown the Paris crime and Islamic extremism in general.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: There’s an adage in my business that it’s not news when a dog bites a man, only when a man bites a dog. By that reasoning, the political story of the year so far is Paul Ryan’s announcement that he will not run for president. Seemingly everyone else in his party will. Rick Santorum’s back. George Pataki’s back. Mike Huckabee’s back, with an alliterative new book (“God, Guns, Grits and Gravy”) that sounds like an agenda hijacked by a Denny’s menu, or maybe a sequel to “Fried Green Tomatoes” starring Mel Gibson and a howitzer.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: The lifting of the California ban against selling foie gras (the hyperfattened liver of geese or ducks, brought about by overfeeding the live animals) is pretty much a nonissue, except to point out that as a nation we have little perspective on animal welfare. To single out the tiniest fraction of meat production and label it “cruel” is to miss the big picture, and the big picture is this: Almost all meat production in the United States is cruel. The sale and production of foie gras was prohibited in California in 2012. Though the ban was widely ignored — foie gras was served for free in many restaurants and sold illegally in others — it’s now legal to serve it. (Production remains banned.)

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mustafa Akyol: Will “moderate Muslims” finally “speak up” against their militant coreligionists? People around the world have asked (but, as in the past, have not all seriously examined) this question since last week’s horrific attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and on a kosher supermarket in Paris. In fact, Muslim statesmen, clerics and intellectuals have added their voices to condemnations of terror by leaders around the world. But they must undertake another essential task: Address and reinterpret Islam’s traditional take on “blasphemy,” or insult to the sacred.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I grew up next door to this asshole, crazy neighbor, who would work in a pharmacy. What a weirdo. His name was Tom and every winter he showed an insouciant disregard for cold weather, wearing only a T-shirt in the snow. He died yesterday and I will miss the old owl.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Ann Curry and Matt Lauer haven’t spoken in years, beginning with her painful public axing from “Today” right up to Tuesday night’s announcement that she’s leaving NBC News. Sources say the former co-anchors have maintained a bitterness toward each other since Curry was ousted from “Today” in June 2012. One NBC insider said, “Ann and Matt never made up after her firing. He believes the way she handled it made him look terrible, while she believes Matt played a major role in her downfall.” However, other NBC insiders maintain that Lauer did not push to get Curry fired.   ***Rapper Flavor Flav is due in a Long Island courtroom later this month after being indicted on charges stemming from a traffic stop while driving to his mother’s funeral. Court documents show the rapper, whose real name is William Drayton, was indicted last month on a felony charge of driving with a suspended license. He also faces a speeding violation and two misdemeanors for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.   ***There’s a baby on the way for Zooey Deschanel. The “New Girl” actress and producer Jacob Pechenik are expecting their first child together this summer. Usher is ready to say “I do” … again.    ***The 36-year-old “Love in This Club” singer, whose real name is Usher Terry Raymond IV, is engaged to his longtime business partner and girlfriend Grace Miguel.

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Tuesday • January 13, 2015

ROMNEY: I’M ‘ALMOST CERTAINLY’ RUNNING: Mitt Romney told a senior Republican he “almost certainly will” run for president and spent the weekend and Monday calling ex-aides, donors, and former foes. The Washington Post reports that Romney is intent on running to the right of Jeb Bush, on issues like immigration and taxes. On Friday, donors said that Romney told them “I want to be president” at a New York function. Since then, the former Massachusetts governor has contacted Paul Ryan (who said Monday he’s not running) and Newt Gingrich (who savaged him in the 2012 primaries), among others.

OSU TAKES INAUGURAL NATIONAL TITLE: Ohio State breezed past Oregon in the second half to win the inaugural national title in college football’s playoff era Monday night at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. The Buckeyes beat the Ducks 42-20 with help from OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries. The win is the fifth national championship for the Buckeyes but the first title for Coach Urban Meyer in his three seasons at Ohio State. (Meyer has won two other titles with Florida in 2006 and 2008.) Following the win, police were forced to use tear gas on Ohio State’s campus to break up revelers celebrating at the football stadium. Authorities said 30 to 40 fires were lit in trash cans and dumpsters around campus, but there were no reports of injuries or arrests.

WEST STRUGGLES TO HALT FLOW OF CITIZENS TO WAR ZONES: For more than a decade, Western governments have struggled to stem the flow of their citizens traveling to fight in war zones in Muslim countries, increasing surveillance of those who have expressed an interest in joining extremists, creating computer programs to track suspicious travel patterns and taking other measures. But last week’s commando-style raids in France — carried out by at least one man who traveled to Yemen in 2011 to train alongside the Qaeda affiliate there — were deadly reminders that those measures have done relatively little to reduce the threat. The number of people traveling abroad to fight continues to grow, with about 1,000 militant recruits joining the fight in Syria and Iraq each month, according to recent United States government figures.

WOODY ALLEN TO CREATE AMAZON TV SERIES: Woody Allen is set to create a half-hour series for Amazon, currently named “The Untitled Woody Allen Project.” The legendary director was signed to Amazon Studios and has already inked a deal for a full season order. The episodes will be written and directed by Allen. “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin,” said Allen. “My guess is that Roy Price [Vice President of Amazon Studios] will regret this.”

OBAMA TO ANNOUNCE NEW CYBERATTACK PROTECTIONS: President Obama on Tuesday will unveil new proposals to protect businesses and the government from cyberattacks, including increasing the prosecution of crimes conducted through computer networks and toughening penalties for them. Under the steps to be outlined by Mr. Obama, companies that share information about cyberthreats with the government would be shielded from liability, according to a description of the proposals provided by the White House.

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COURT: MUBARAK SHOULD BE FREED: An Egyptian judicial official said there are no legal grounds to detain former President Hosni Mubarak after the last charges against him were overturned Tuesday. Egypt’s high court ordered a retrial for Mubarak’s embezzlement case, which led to him being convicted and sentenced to three years in jail for diverting public funds to his presidential palace. In November, another court dropped charges against Mubarak for conspiring to kill protesters during the 2011 revolt. That ruling sparked protests at universities throughout Egypt. The recent court decisions in favor of Mubarak and his cronies have been seen as a sign that the progress made during the Arab Spring is being rolled back under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

BULGARIA NABS FRENCHMAN WITH HEBDO TIE: A Frenchman with alleged ties to the Charlie Hebdo terrorists has been arrested in Bulgaria, according to national officials. Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, is believed to be linked to Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers who led last week’s lethal ambush on the satirical magazine. There were two warrants issued for his arrest: the first for his alleged ties to a terrorist organization, and the second for allegedly kidnapping his daughter. The news of Joachin’s arrest follows France’s announcement that as many as six terrorists that are part of the cell that orchestrated the Paris attacks may still be at large.

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FEAR ON RISE, JEWS IN FRANCE WEIGH AN EXIT: French Jews, already feeling under siege by anti-Semitism, say the trauma of the terrorist attacks last week has left them scared, angry, unsure of their future in France and increasingly willing to consider conflict-torn Israel as a safer refuge. “It is a war here,” said Jacqueline Cohen, owner of an art store on Rue des Rosiers in a Jewish neighborhood lined with falafel and Judaica shops where many businesses were closed Monday morning. “After what happened, we feel safer in the center of Tel Aviv than we do here in the heart of Paris.” “In Israel, there is an Iron Dome to protect us,” she added, referring to Israel’s antimissile defense system. “Here we feel vulnerable and exposed. We are afraid to send our children to school.”

JIMMY CARTER BLAMES RECENT TERROR ATTACKS ON ‘PALESTINIAN PROBLEM’: In the wake of the Islamist terror attacks in France against cartoonists and Jews, former President Jimmy Carter’s first reaction was to pin the motivation for such terrorism on Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Appearing on “The Daily Show” Monday, Carter was asked by host Jon Stewart whether the violence the world saw on the streets of Paris was actually fueled by something else other than Islamic extremism. “Well, one of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem,” Carter replied. “And this aggravates people who are affiliated in any way with the Arab people who live in the West Bank and Gaza, what they are doing now — what’s being done to them. So I think that’s part of it.”

CHINA SETS UP MOON LANDING: China’s secretive space program is claiming a new achievement. According to state media, the service module of a test lunar orbiter successfully entered an eight-hour circuit around the moon. The orbiter returned to Earth in November, but the service module stayed in a position to put it in sync with Earth’s orbit. It is gathering data to help China prepare for the Chang’e 5 mission to make a soft landing on the moon in 2017. If it does so successfully, China will join only the U.S. and Russia in that feat.

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MEASLES OUTBREAK HITS DISNEYLAND: The happiest place on earth is also the origin site of a measles outbreak in California. There are now 22 cases that began at Disneyland in Anaheim. Health officials says there are now measles cases in San Bernardino and Long Beach that resulted “in conjunction” with the Disneyland outbreak. Measles cases were also recorded in Utah, Colorado, and Washington. Of the 22 cases, 12 occurred in people who hadn’t been vaccinated, while four had been. The vaccination status of the other six were not known.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Liam Neeson, Paul McCartney and Sally Field seeing “Cabaret,” separately in NYC.   ***Sofía Vergara and fiancé Joe Manganiello at Sugarfina candy store in Beverly Hills.   ***Cody Simpson celebrating his 18th birthday in Malibu Beach with girlfriend Gigi Hadid, Miley Cyrus, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Cisco Adler Sunday night.   ***The Winklevoss twins and their parents discussing business at Lugo Cucina Italiana in NYC while washing down their dinner with two bottles of Champagne.    ***Rising Hispanic actor Joey Garza having lunch yesterday at The Palm in Beverly Hills.   ***Prominent L.A. attorney Robert Heller having drinks at the Century Plaza Hotel yesterday. ***Brad Grey joined Jeff Robinov at the Palm. On another day, Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow were in. Also in of late: Sherry Lansing, Tim Allen, and Bob Daly.   ***Harrison Ford dropped into Holy Cow BBQ.   ***Craig’s in West Hollywood saw Elton John with David Furnish, Lady Gaga, and Sidney and Joanna Poitier with Toni Howard.   ***Courtney Cox met with Jennifer Meyer at Fred’s.   ***Aaron and Sam Taylor-Johnson visited Langer’s in L.A.   ***Greg Daniels joined B.J. Novak at Xian in Beverly Hills.   ***In at once at Terrine: Jesse Tyler Ferguson with Justin Mikita and UTA’s Jacob Fenton.   ***Jerry Bruckheimer took a seat at e.baldi. Brad Krevoy also was in. …Drake dropped by Barton G. … Jodie Foster ordered at Café Midi at American Rag. … Rob Marshall sat across the room from Steve Tisch at Tower Bar. …CAA’s Sean Grumman took a seat at Oblica in Century City. …Elliot Gould and Norman Lloyd each visited A Votre Sante. …Sony’s Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg shared a table at Mr Chow as Lansing and Richard Sakai sat in the room. …Bill Murray hit Lexington Brass in New York City.   ***Paul Anka was at the Palm for lunch yesterday.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***A lost ID can be a nightmare—just ask Rick Miramontez. The top Broadway publicist was heading back to New York after a business trip for The Marvel Experience in Scottsdale, Ariz., when he realized he’s lost his driver’s license. “At dinner, [Marvel’s] Keith Hurd suggested I tell the TSA agent to Google me,” says Miramontez. Instead he used his iPhone to show a May 29th New York Times story about him. “I was ambivalent when it was published, but I waved it with pride,” says Miramontez, who got passed security and made it home for the holidays.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: People who ate the most fiber were less likely to die of any cause during a recent study of nearly one million people. The finding might be explained by fiber’s potential to lower the risk of chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and several types of cancer, researchers say. Individuals should be encouraged to increase their dietary fiber intake “to potentially decrease the risk of premature death,” Yang Yang, of the Shanghai Cancer Institute in China, and colleagues write in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Stress

1.     Stress has been called “the silent killer” and can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat.

2.     While it is a myth that stress can turn hair gray, stress can cause hair loss. In fact, telogen effluvium (hair loss) can begin up to three months after a stressful event.

3.     In 2009, the top most stressful jobs were a surgeon, commercial airline pilot, photojournalist, advertising account executive, and real estate agent. The least stressful jobs were actuary, dietitian, astronomer, systems analyst, and software engineer.

4.     The top three stressful cities in America are Chicago, Ilinois; Los Angeles, California; and New York, New York.

5.     Stress alters the neurochemical makeup of the body, which can affect the maturation and release of the human egg. Stress can also cause the fallopian tubes and uterus to spasm, which can affect implantation. Stress in men can affect sperm count and motility and can cause erectile dysfunction. In fact, stress may account for 30% of all infertility problems.

6.     Stress can make acne worse. Researchers say stress-related inflammation rather than a rise is sebum (the oily substance in skin) is to blame.

7.     Laughing lowers stress hormones (like cortisol, epinephrine, and adrenaline) and strengthens the immune system by releasing health-enhancing hormones.

8.     The stress hormone cortisol not only causes abdominal fat to accumulate, but it also enlarges individual fat cells, leading to what researchers call “diseased” fat.

9.     Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, liver cirrhosis, and suicide.

10.  The stress of caring for a disabled spouse increases the risk of stroke substantially.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: First Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Released (1930)

Mickey Mouse’s first incarnation of sorts was as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, created by Walt Disney for Universal Studios. After Universal threatened to cut Disney’s budget, Disney reorganized his studio and created Mickey to keep his company afloat. Mickey was rather mischievous in early cartoons but later evolved into a well-meaning everyman. Today, he is one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world

WHERE HOLLYWOOD WENT ON HOLIDAYS: Even the president didn’t get everything he wanted for the holidays. Sitting at a back table Dec 27th at Alan Wong’s Honolulu restauraunt, President Obama enjoyed an evening with the first lady, his half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng and friends. Although one of Obama’s favorite dishes of blanched Hamakua Springs tomatoes and Japanese cucumbers was gone from the menu, he looked to be in great spirits greeting fellow patrons and posing with the staff before exiting one of four SUVs. …Making the rounds to St. Barts were Leonardo DiCaprio, Salma Hayek, Rihanna and music producer Mark Sudack… In Miami, Golden Globe nominee Gina Rodriguez partied with her boyfriend. …Julianne Moore took a break from the awards season by jetting to Rome. …Jennifer Lawrence spent the holidays in Kentucky, rooting for the Louisville Cardinals, her hometown college basketball team. …Harvey Weinstein spent the break in Gstaad, Switzerland. …Brian Grazer hit up Thailand and Bagan, Mayanmar. …Fox TV’s Dana Walden was spotted in the Bahamas, as was WME’s Richard Weitz and Management 360’s Guymon Casady. …Newleyweds George and Amal Clooney spent quality time in Los Cabos, as did Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, while John Slattery and former Core chief Marc Graboff were in Punta Mita. …It was a ski holiday in Utah for CAA’s Tracy Brennan. Also in the state were Jennifer and Bert Salke and Untitled’s Jennifer Levine. …Hawaii was home to Oprah Winfrey and Adam Sandler and manager Chris Huvane. …The Imitation Game producer Nora Grossman traveled to New York with family, while helmer Morten Tyldum was stuck in L.A. with the flu. …Alejandro G. Inarritu traveled to Careyes, Mexico between filming The Revenant. …Shonda Rhimes took her kids to Disneyland.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The greatest number of takes for one scene in a film is 324 in Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 City Lights.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Harry V. Jaffa, who explored America’s founding in many books, but shifted modern politics with two speech lines that cast Senator Barry M. Goldwater as an extremist, abetting his landslide defeat in the 1964 presidential race and the birth of a zealous new conservatism, died on Saturday in Pomona, Calif. He was 96. Dr. Jaffa, who lived in Claremont, Calif., where he was a distinguished fellow at a conservative think tank, the Claremont Institute, died at Pomona Valley Hospital, his daughter, Karen Jaffa McGoldrick, said.   ***Roy Tarpley, a former Dallas Mavericks star center whose promising N.B.A. career was cut short by drug abuse, leading the league to bar him twice, died on Friday in a hospital in Arlington, Tex. He was 50. A report by the Tarrant County medical examiner did not list a cause

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Writing this column on Monday afternoon, I can only guess at the final score of the big game between Ohio State and Oregon. But I certainly know who the winners are in this first ever “true” national championship college football game. ESPN, which bought the rights to the four-team College Football Playoff ($7.3 billion for 12 years) is a winner. The two bowl games in the first round of the playoffs, which were played on New Year’s Day, were the two highest-rated shows in the history of cable television. For Monday night’s championship game, ESPN charged $1 million for a 30-second ad.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Miller (Comedy writer): After 500 first dates, chronicled in my book, 500 Dates, I discovered  my mistake and proceeded to correct it: I would now ask out someone I  knew would be available, knew everything about, was good-looking,  healthy, had a wonderful personality, shared all my interests, was  romantic and passionate, and was really fun to be with. That’s right,  my plan was to ask out the only one I knew who fit those qualifications— I planned to ask myself out on a date. I did and, to my delight, accepted.  Turned out to be the hottest date I ever had.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tahar Ben Jelloun: On Friday, after prayers at the Grand Mosque here, the faithful emerged holding banners saying, against the background of the French flag, “Touche pas à mon pays,” or “Hands off my country” — echoing the slogan of the French anti-discrimination association SOS Racisme: “Touche pas à mon pote,” or “Hands off my buddy.” Other signs proclaimed that the terrorists who killed the journalists at Charlie Hebdo and the customers of a kosher supermarket last week were not true Muslims — as the family of Ahmed Merabet, the Muslim police officer who was killed trying to protect Charlie Hebdo, has poignantly noted. Most Muslims in France feel completely French, and want the majority of French society to accept them as such. But no matter how categorically they reject terrorism committed in the name of Islam, many French citizens still view them with suspicion, not entirely unjustly. For decades, Islamists have been hard at work in prisons, industrial suburbs and neighborhood mosques, peddling a strong religious identity and hope for the future to disaffected young people.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Golden Globe winner Amy Adams has made peace with “Today” after she was dropped from the NBC show for refusing to discuss the Sony leaks, which revealed she and her fellow female “American Hustle” stars were paid less than their male counterparts. “Today” producers abruptly canceled her appearance minutes before it was to take place last month.   ***Sources at the Golden Globes were buzzing on Sunday night that Angelina Jolie was pained that she and her film “Unbroken” were snubbed. “Angelina’s hurt,” said one source. “She’s been upset that the film was overlooked.”   ***Sony Pictures honcho Amy Pascal was missing at the Golden Globes, and sources whispered the embattled studio head would have been there if it hadn’t been for the hacking scandal. Hollywood insiders said it could have been awkward to see Pascal with cameras trained on her as others laughed at Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s jokes about the hack.   ***Billy Bob Thornton would rather … with Jennifer Aniston. During a game of “Would you rather?” Angelina Jolie‘s ex-husband, Billy Bob Thornton, revealed that he would “rather” with Aniston, 45, above anyone else. “Would you rather … Jennifer Aniston or Reese Witherspoon?” “Access Hollywood’s” Kit Hoover asked Thornton, 59. Without hesitation, Thornton said, “Jennifer Aniston.” When pressed about why, he jokingly replied, “Lifelong goal, that’s all I’m saying.”

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Tuesday • January 13, 2015

PANIC! PEOPLE SEPARATED FROM IPHONES SUFFER PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS, STUDY FINDS:

A new study finds that people separated from their iPhones could suffer serious psychological and physiological effects.

A study done by researchers from the University of Missouri found that users who were unable to answer their ringing iPhones while solving simple word search puzzles saw increases in their heart rates and blood pressure, while dealing with anxiety and unpleasantness. Researchers also found that the subjects’ performance decreased compared to those who had their iPhones in possession with them while completing similar word search puzzles.

To conduct the study, researchers told participants that the purpose of the experiment was to test the reliability of a new wireless blood pressure cuff. The subjects were then given word search puzzles to complete, the first time with their iPhone in their possession and the second time without it.

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Monday • January 12, 2015

BIG BALLS! CHARLIE HEBDO TO PRINT 1 MILLION MUHAMMAD CARTOONS: Charlie Hebdo will publish cartoons of Muhammad in its upcoming issue, the front cover of which will be published tonight. Richard Malka, the lawyer for Charlie Hebdo, said “obviously” Muhammad cartoons would be included in the next issue, which will be printed in a million-copy run. “The state of mind of ‘Je Suis Charlie’ (I’m Charlie)” means supporting the “right to blasphemy,” he said. The full issues are set to be published Wednesday.

‘BOYHOOD’ WINS GOLDEN GLOBE BEST PICTURE: Boyhood took the top award for Best Film Drama at the 72nd annual Golden Globes on Sunday, while Richard Linklater was named Best Director and Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for the movie as well. The Grand Budapest Hotel bested Birdman and Into The Woods for Best Musical or Comedy while Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor in a Drama for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the award show, which recognizes television and film, for the third consecutive year.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Nearly two-thirds of Americans say shopping for health insurance is as having a tooth filled, while seven out of 10 say it’s as bad or worse than preparing their own taxes or getting a middle seat on an airplane.

FRANCE TO BOOST POLICE AT JEWISH SCHOOLS: France plans to tighten security at Jewish schools, sending in almost 5,000 forces and police following the attack at a kosher supermarket, officials said Monday. Amedy Coulibaly, who killed a policewoman and then four hostages in southern Paris on Friday, was likely to have had an accomplice, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said, vowing “the hunt will go on.” Coulibaly took several hostages at a kosher supermarket in a coordinated attack with brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, who killed 12 people at the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo two days earlier. All three men, who belonged to the same Parisian terror cell, were killed by police. Following revelations that Cherif Kouachi and Coulibaly met in prison, Valls pledged to isolate Islamist detainees from the rest of the prisoner population as a means of preventing terrorism recruitment.

BRIT PM: FOX NEWS MAN ‘COMPLETE IDIOT’: A guest on Fox News over the weekend said Birmingham, England, is “totally Muslim” and off limits to non-Muslims. Prime Minister David Cameron said (in perfect British form): “When I heard this, frankly, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fool’s Day. This guy’s clearly a complete idiot.” Steve Emerson, the self-proclaimed terrorism expert who said this on Fox News, has since apologized. Birmingham does have a large Muslim community, but it only makes up about a quarter of the total population. By comparison, 65 percent identify as Christian or non-religious.

RUSSIANS ASKED SNOWDEN TO SPY FOR THEM: Russia’s intelligence agency tried to recruit Edward Snowden to spy on the country’s behalf, according to WikiLeaks staffer Sarah Harrison. Snowden reportedly declined the offer from Russian FSB intelligence security service, which was made in 2013 when he was stuck in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. U.S. intelligence officials have accused Snowden of being controlled by Russia for months. Neither Snowden nor FSB officials have commented on this recent claim.

CUBA FREES 53 PRISONERS IN U.S. DEAL: Cuba has finished freeing all of the 53 prisoners it agreed to release in its deal with the U.S., according to American officials. There were doubts that Raul Castro would fulfill his end of the deal between the two countries, but all specified prisoners have now been freed. The release marks a major step toward reconciliation between the U.S. and Cuba, setting a positive tone for next week’s bilateral talks on normalizing relations. A U.S. official says Washington plans to press for the release of more prisoners. “We’re going to be wanting to raise the cases of different individuals who may be detained in Cuba for exercising their universal rights.”

EGYPT FREES 26 CAUGHT IN BATHHOUSE RAID: Egypt acquitted 26 men who were arrested in a recent police raid on a bathhouse near Cairo that targeted gay men. The verdict was announced Monday after only three hearings. Although Egypt does not have a formal law against same-sex relations, the men were arrested last month on charges of “debauchery,” a common tactic for jailing LGBT people, and performing indecent public acts. Activists say 2014 was an especially bad year for the gay community in Egypt, with 150 men arrested or put on trial.

OBAMA TO PROPOSE LAWS ON DATA HACKING: President Barack Obama will ask Congress to pass legislation that would require companies to better protect consumer data as well as tighten restrictions on student data privacy, according to a White House official. The Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, which Obama is expected to announce at the Federal Trade Commission on Monday, comes in the wake of recent company breaches including Sony, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, and Target. U.S. companies would be required to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, while also making it a crime to sell customers’ identities overseas. Obama will also propose the Student Digital Privacy Act, which would prevent companies from selling student information to third parties and from using school data for targeted advertising.

AIRASIA FLIGHT DATA RECORDER RECOVERED: Searchers said Monday that they have recovered one of the AirAsia black boxes just one day after lifting the tail section of the plane out of the Java Sea. Divers retrieved the flight data recorder from under part of the plane’s wing, according to Henry Bambang Soelistyo, head of the national search and rescue agency. Searchers will work to find the second black box—the cockpit voice recorder—in order to better understand what caused Flight 8501 to crash on Dec. 28, killing 162 people on board. The black box will be taken to Jakarta for analysis, but it could take up to two weeks to download the data, according to authorities. Three more bodies were also identified on Sunday, including a couple from South Korea.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: John Wayne (Marion Robert Morrison) starred in 14 WWII movies; however, due to a football injury, he never actually served in the war.

KENNEDY KILLER SIRHAN SIRHAN DENIED PAROLE: Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin Sirhan Sirhan, 70, denied parole again. Bobby was shot June 5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, after winning the California Democratic presidential primary. Kennedy died the next day. Shocked onlookers wrestled Sirhan with a gun in his hand to the ground. Writer George Plimpton, Rosey Grier, Pete Hammil  and 1960 Olympic gold medalist were among those who subdued the Palestinian after a lengthy struggle. Sirhan was sentenced to death in 1969, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison after the death penalty was banned in California. Housed in a state prison in San Diego Sirhan was denied parole for a 13th time in 2011.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Tanning

1.     Tanning can cause skin cancer, such as melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. It can also cause cataracts and eye cancers (ocular melanoma).

2.     Radiation from just 10 indoor tanning sessions in two weeks can suppress a person’s cancer-fighting immune system.

3.     Indoor tanning is especially dangerous for younger people. Those who begin indoor tanning during adolescence or early adulthood have a higher risk of getting melanoma.

4.     Tanning can cause permanent structural damage to the skin, including wrinkling, age spots, and loss of elasticity.

5.     Despite decades of public health efforts to educate the public on the importance of protection from UV radiation, over 30 million people tan indoors a year in the United States. Approximately 71% of tanning salon patrons is girls and women aged 16–29.

6.     Both outdoor and indoor tanning are dangerous. Any tan is the body’s response to injury from UV rays and is a sign of underlying DNA damage to skin cells.

7.     A base tan does not protect skin from damage. In fact, people who base tan are more likely to report getting sunburned.

8.     Even though vitamin D is important, the safest way to receive enough vitamin D is through diet rather than from sun exposure.

9.     A 2014 study found that newer tanning beds were not safer than older tanning beds.

10.  Indoor tanners tend to be young, non-Hispanic, white women. Among them, 32% are aged 18–21; 30% are aged 22–25; 22% are aged 26–29; and 17% are aged 30–34.

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MAKE MILITARY SERVICE AN OBLIGATION: Retired U.S. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal has a unique proposal on bridging America’s growing partisan divide: One year of required national service for all young people between 18 and 28. McChrystal warned that Americans are “drifting apart,” adding, “Traditional forms of civic participation have atrophied.” Under his proposal, described in a Politicio Op-Ed, young people would serve for one year in national service and receive a modest stipend. They would be free to choose among an array of servce outlets.

‘HOUSE OF CARDS’ SEASON 3 TRAILER DEBUTS: Just moments after Kevin Spacey won a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role as Frank Underwood in the gripping series House of Cards on Sunday, Netflix released a trailer previewing the upcoming season. The 45-second glimpse of the third season, which debuts Feb. 27, features a dramatic montage of how the Underwoods are “holding it all together when the stakes are this high.” Spacey has been nominated at the Golden Globes eight times and twice for his role as Underwood. House of Cards was also nominated for Best TV Drama while Robin Wright took home the award for Best TV Drama Actress.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Anita Ekberg, who became an international symbol of lush beauty and unbridled sensuality in the 1960 Federico Fellini film “La Dolce Vita,” died on Sunday in Rocca di Papa, southeast of Rome. She was 83. The cause was complications of a long illness, her lawyer, Patrizia Ubaldi, said.   ***Robert Stone, who wrote ambitious, award-winning novels about errant Americans in dangerous circumstances or on existential quests — or both — as commentary on an unruly, wayward nation in the Vietnam era and beyond, died on Saturday at his home in Key West, Fla. He was 77. His wife, Janice, said the cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Mr. Stone was previously given a diagnosis of emphysema — “my punishment for chain smoking,” he said in a 2010 interview with The San Francisco Chronicle — although he quit smoking in 1982.   ***Taylor Negron, a comedian and actor who described his style as “California Gothic” and who brought a funereal, straight-faced sensibility to a career’s worth of character roles in cult comedies like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “One Crazy Summer,” died on Saturday. He was 57. His death was announced in an online video posted by a cousin, Chuck Negron of the rock group Three Dog Night. Chuck Negron did not specify the location or the cause, but Variety and other Hollywood trade publications reported that Taylor Negron had cancer.   ***Elizabeth Kaltman, most recently director of global communications for Walt Disney Studio, died at home Saturday after fighting colon cancer for two years. Kaltman was 41 and leaves a husband, Adam Barondess, and a daughter. Kaltman was a deputy press secretary in City Hall to Mayor James Hahn, and after Hahn left office she was the communications director for then-City Council member Wendy Greuel. Kaltman moved from City Hall in 2006 to join the Motion Picture Association of America, where she became vice president of communications.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Harvey Weinstein: The tragedy in France is a stunning blow against freedom of speech and freedom of joy. It draws a parallel to the horrors of the Nazis and their mad attempt at Kristallnacht to destroy books. These are the works of fanatics — irrational thinking and scapegoating to compensate for misappropriated ideas. This has become a fight, good versus evil. This is a time for nations to unite, to share information and realize we live in a world where technology has evened the score and made the bad guys even more dangerous. Now we have to use our technology and share things to make the good guys better, more capable, more efficient. No one’s talking about torture or the violation of human rights, but for God’s sake we have to sympathize with our Secret Service and the other organizations of men and women protecting our safety daily. We have to know there will be mistakes and casualties along the way, but we the people have to support those who protect us, more than ever.

LBN COMMENTARY by Craig Valine (Marketing Performance Strategist): A question I often ask my clients is, “What is your compelling reason for existence?” Your customers and future customers are always asking in their minds, ‘Why should I choose to do business with you versus any and every other option available to me… including doing nothing at this time? What do you (or can you) offer that no one else does, can, or will? If you can provide an honest and unique answer to that question, you will not have a difficult time convincing anyone to do business with you.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas Sowell: ***It tells us a lot about academia that the president of Smith College quickly apologized for saying, “All lives matter,” after being criticized by those who are pushing the slogan, “Black lives matter.” If science could cross breed a jellyfish with a parrot, it could create academic administrators.    ***Has anyone asked the question, “How could so many people across the country spend so much time at night marching, rioting and looting, if they had to get up and go to work the next morning?”   ***Hillary Clinton’s idea that we have to see the world from our adversaries’ point of view — and even “empathize” with it — is not new. Back in 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said, “I have realized vividly how Herr Hitler feels.” Ronald Reagan, however, made sure our adversaries understood how we felt. Reagan’s approach turned out a lot better than Chamberlain’s.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A nasty Kennedy family feud has erupted in the wake of William Kennedy Smith’s election to a post in Washington, D.C., sources say. Caroline Kennedy and other prominent members of the political clan are furious that William, 54, is using the Kennedy name to advance his own political agenda. “He’s a black sheep,” an insider revealed. “He besmirched the family name once and with his winning the post in D.C., he’s bringing the scandal back!”    ***Master thespian’s wife gives him the old heave-ho, files for divorce.  Gary Oldman and his fourth missus Alexandra Edenborough are getting divorced. Edenborough, 36, filed for divorce from the 56-year-old Dark Knight actor on Jan. 9 in Los Angeles citing irreconcilable differences. In the court documents, Edenborough asks that Oldman pay spousal support and her attorney’s fees. She’s also asks that the court not award him spousal support.   ***Goldie Hawn’s fangirling for Derek Hough – and sources said she’s pushing daughter Kate Hudson to spend more time with the “Dancing with the Stars” pro! Kate, 35, was spotted making out with Derek, 29, at an L.A. restaurant on Dec. 5 before announcing that she’d split from fiancé Matt Bellamy. “Goldie’s never been crazy about Matt. She always thought he was a bit of a cold fish,” a source close to the actress said. “But Goldie adores Derek, and she’s always urging Kate to see more of him.   ***It was not all air kissing and champagne swilling at the Golden Globes — there was also some behind-the-scenes drama, including director David Fincher seen in a huge argument with a top Hollywood journalist. Fincher, the acclaimed director of “Gone Girl,” was spotted in a heated exchange with The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman at the back of the theater at the Beverly Hilton as the awards were handed out on Sunday night. Fincher was seen telling Waxman, “Let me answer!” Sources tell us the pair has a long-standing feud over a book written by Waxman.

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Sunday • January 11, 2015

ERIC HOLDER, TOP U.S. OFFICIALS NO-SHOWS AT PARIS UNITY RALLY:

The U.S. attorney general, in Paris for a terrorism summit with French President Francois Hollande, did not join world leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the march and rally that drew a million people days after 12 were shot at satirical paper Charlie Hebdo.

Others such as Obama and Vice President Biden were also not in attendance.

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Sunday • January 11, 2015

WORLD LEADERS MARCH IN PARIS: Roughly one million people are expected to march today in Paris for “freedom and tolerance” in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Various world leaders will also attend, as French President Francois Hollande will be joined by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, King Abdullah of Jordan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and others for a total of 50 world leaders. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will also take part. The two-mile march from the Place de la République to the Place de la Nation will be lead by family members of the victims.

GROCERY GUNMAN LINKED TO SECOND SHOOTING: The same gunman who killed a policewoman and four hostages at a kosher grocery has been linked to the killing of a jogger in a Paris suburb, a prosecutor announced Sunday. A ballistics test on shell cases from the store were linked to one used in Fontenay aux Roses on Wednesday. The man, Amedy Coulibaly, was killed when police raided the market just minutes after security forces killed the brothers behind the massacre at Charlie Hebdo. Video footage recently found of Coulibaly shows the gunman pledging allegiance to ISIS.

MORGENPOST ARSONED AFTER HEBDO REPRINTS: Two individuals suspected of arson have been arrested for attacking the building of German newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost on Sunday. The paper was one of a number of German outlets publishing cartoons from Charlie Hebdo throughout the week. Luckily, it appears no one was inside the building at the time of the attack.

PATRIOTS COME BACK TO BEAT RAVENS: The New England Patriots will go to the AFC Championship for the fourth straight year after coming back from two 14-point deficits to beat the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. The Patriots ended up winning 35-31, and Tom Brady broke Joe Montana’s record of 45 career playoff touchdowns. “We showed a lot of toughness coming back from those two deficits,” said Brady.

FIVE SHOT NEAR CHRIS BROWN PARTY: Early Sunday morning five people were shot and wounded near a crowded San Jose nightclub hosting a party by Chris Brown. While the exact conditions of the wounded has not been released, police say they are all expected to live. Multiple people were detained after the shooting. According to promotional materials, Chris Brown was at the club as part of a birthday event, and some tickets were as much as $2,500.

‘BETTER CALL SAUL’ BOSSES CONFIRM WALT AND JESSE WON’T BE IN SEASON 1: The Better Call Saul team has answered one of the most-asked questions about the Breaking Bad spinoff: Will we see Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) this year? “Walt and Jesse will not appear in season one. We really want this to stand on it’s own,” co-showrunner Peter Gould said at Saturday’s Television Critics Association press tour. He added “not saying it’s never going to happen,” to which Jonathan Banks (Mike) added wryly, “I’m saying it’s never gonna happen.” If it does happen, the creators’ main goal is for it not to feel like a stunt.

DIVERS SEARCH FOR AIRASIA BLACK BOX: Searchers believe they have found the signal for the missing AirAsia flight’s blackbox just one day after lifting the tail section of the plane out of the Java Sea. “We have detected a signal at one location where we believe it is a signal from the black box. We have checked the site twice using the pinger locator that we have on ship Baruna Jaya. Initially we wanted to lower the ROV (underwater device) but was not allowed by the Search and Rescue agency because it was feared would cause damage in the area so the search team decided to send divers to search [for the black box],” said Muhammad Ilyas, Head of Marine Survey Technology. Investigators did not find the black box recorders inside the plane tail found on Saturday.

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Sunday • January 11, 2015

ABBAS TO ATTEND MASSIVE PARIS ANTI-TERROR RALLY:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will attend a mass national rally in Paris on Sunday to pay tribute to the 17 victims of Islamist attacks there this week, including four people killed at a Jewish supermarket, a diplomatic source said.

Abbas will be joined by many world leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the rally which is expected to draw more than a million people.

Ahead of the rally, Abbas is slated to meet with French President Francois Hollande.

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Saturday • January 10, 2015

WHY REAMS OF INTELLIGENCE DID NOT THWART THE PARIS ATTACKS: The bloody denouement on Friday of two hostage crises at different ends of a traumatized Paris means attention will now shift to the gaping question facing the French government: How did several jihadists — and possibly a larger cell of co-conspirators — manage to evade surveillance and execute a bold attack despite being well known to the country’s police and intelligence services? On its own, the Wednesday morning slaughter that left 12 people dead at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo represented a major breakdown for French security and intelligence forces, especially after the authorities confirmed that the two suspects, the brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, had known links to the militant group Al Qaeda in Yemen.

FEDS WANT FELONY CHARGES FOR PETRAEUS: Prosecutors from the FBI and Justice Department are recommending that Attorney General Eric Holder indict former CIA head David Petraeus for providing classified documents to his mistress. An investigation found Paula Broadwell had classified information on her computer, but Petraeus claims he never provided it to her. The retired four-star general left the CIA in 2012 after it was revealed that he had an affair. He’s currently teaching and working as a partner in a leading private-equity firm.

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DOZENS SAID TO DIE IN BOKO HARAM ATTACK: Refugees in northeast Nigeria fleeing an attack by the Islamist group Boko Haram have spoken of dozens of civilian deaths and scores of houses destroyed in an already hard-hit fishing village near Lake Chad. Local officials and witnesses who have fled to the regional capital, Maiduguri, described a days-long rampage of shooting, looting and arson. The scorched-earth tactics they described were consistent with those used previously by Boko Haram during an insurgency now entering its sixth year.

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PROSECUTOR: HOSTAGES KILLED BY GUNMAN: The four hostages dead after a terrorist attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris were killed by Amedy Coulibaly when he entered the store, not by the police who came to rescue them, according to a Paris prosecutor. Thirty people buying food at a kosher supermarket in Paris on Friday hid in a cold-storage room for five hours as the siege unfolded. After hearing gunfire two floors above, the group huddled in the freezing temperature hoping to avoid hypothermia—and bullets. Coulibaly was killed during a standoff with police and 15 hostages were freed on Friday afternoon.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: China

1.     The modern word “China” most likely derives from the name of the Qin (pronounced “chin”) dynasty. First Emperor Qin Shi Huang (260-210 B.C.) of the Qin dynasty first unified China in 221 B.C., beginning an Imperial period which would last until A.D. 1912.

2.     China is often considered the longest continuous civilization, with some historians marking 6000 B.C. as the dawn of Chinese civilization. It also has the world’s longest continuously used written language.

3.     China is the fourth largest country in the world (after Russia, Canada, and the U.S.). It has an area of 3,719,275 square miles (slightly smaller than the U.S.) and its borders with other countries total more than 117,445 miles. Approximately 5,000 islands lie off the Chinese coast.

4.     One in every five people in the world is Chinese. China’s population is estimated to reach a whopping 1,338,612,968 by July 2009. China’s population is four times that of the United States.

5.     Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom. They were invented in 1920 by a worker in the Key Heong Noodle Factory in San Francisco.

6.     China is also known as the “Flowery Kingdom” and many of the fruits and flowers (such as the orange and orchid) are now grown all over the world.

7.     Toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s. It was for emperors only.

8.     The Chinese invented paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing.

9.     The Chinese invented kites (“paper birds” or “Aeolian harps”) about 3,000 years ago. They were used to frighten the enemies in battle, and Marco Polo (1254-1324) noted that kites were also used to predict the success of a voyage. It was considered bad luck to purposely let a kite go.

10.  Cricket fighting is a popular amusement in China. Many Chinese children keep crickets as pets.

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NYPD COMMISSIONER CONFIRMS WORK SLOWDOWN: It’s official: the nation’s largest police force is delibrately slowing down its work. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Friday it’s clear that NYPD officers are engaged in a slowdown that has cut summonses by as much as 90 percent in recent weeks. ”We’re coming out of what was a pretty widespread stoppage of certain types of activity, the discretionary type of activity by and large,” Bratton said, adding that major crimes in the city are down. The work stoppage began almost three weeks ago following the execution-style murder of two officers in their patrol car in Brooklyn. It comes amid high tensions between police officers and Mayor Bill de Blasio, whom several hundred turned their back to during the officers’ funerals.

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GEORGE ZIMMERMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT: George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on Friday. Zimmerman was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility at about 9:45 p.m. Friday and is alleged to have thrown a bottle of wine at his girlfriend several days ago. His bond has been set at $5,000.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Rod Taylor, the ruggedly handsome Australian-born actor who fended off attacks from above in Alfred Hitchcock’s revered horror film “The Birds” and helped an 8,000th-century people escape a monster race in the film version of the science-fiction classic “The Time Machine,” died on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84. His death was announced by his daughter, Felicia Taylor, a former correspondent and anchor for CNN and CNBC.   ***Samuel Goldwyn Jr., an urbane, soft-spoken scion of a Hollywood dynasty who became an influential movie executive in his own right, supporting promising young directors and advancing the independent film movement, died here on Friday. He was 88. His death, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, was caused by congestive heart failure, his son John said.   ***Andraé Crouch, a singer and songwriter whose plaintive, passionate gospel songs knitted religious music to rhythm and blues, soul and contemporary balladeering and found their way into mainstream pop music, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 72. Brian Mayes, his publicist, said the cause was complications of a heart attack Mr. Crouch had on Saturday. Mr. Crouch had been in poor health for some time, Mr. Mayes said, with cancer, diabetes and congestive heart failure.   ***Maher Hathout, an Egyptian-born cardiologist who became an influential American Muslim leader, preaching interfaith comity and helping to sustain the Islamic faithful in the United States against the backlash after the 9/11 attacks, died on Jan. 3 in Duarte, Calif. He was 79. His death, at a hospital near Los Angeles, was confirmed by Salam al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which Dr. Hathout helped found in 1988. He had been treated for liver cancer.   ***Jethro Pugh, a durable lineman for the Dallas Cowboys who played in four Super Bowls as part of a famed unit nicknamed the Doomsday Defense, died on Wednesday. He was 70. The Cowboys reported the death on their website without specifying the cause or the location.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: Sixty-four “freshman” U.S. senators and representative were sworn in this week. And “Spring Rush” is beginning at many universities. College fraternity houses have come under a lot of criticism lately. So have the houses of congress. Perhaps the two sets of institutions should switch places. Road trip!

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: “We’re doing God’s work,” said William Ackman, the hedge fund manager, on CNBC this week. He was referring to his $1 billion bet against Herbalife, the company that he accuses of being an illegal pyramid scheme. For the two years that Ackman has been “short” Herbalife, it has been the most entertaining of business stories. Carl Icahn and Daniel Loeb — both, like Ackman, activist investors — made a grand show of buying Herbalife stock. The stock went up, meaning Icahn and Loeb were making money while Ackman was losing it. Icahn called Ackman a “crybaby in the schoolyard.” Then the two men kissed and made up at a CNBC conference.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The boss of a hot New York modeling agency supplied Jeffery ­Epstein with underage girls for an orgy with Prince Andrew, court documents claim. Jean Luc Brunel — credited with discovering Christy Turlington, Milla Jovovich and other famous faces — is accused of recruiting aspiring young models for sex with his powerful pals, The Times of London reported on Friday.   ***Madonna is causing controversy once again, and is being accused of using the Charlie Hebdo massacre to promote her album. The pop diva Instagrammed a “Je Suis Charlie” image Wednesday, sharing words of peace while also hashtagging her own album title, “Rebel Heart.”   ***Katy Perry’s romance with John Mayer is officially back on. Nearly a year after they broke up, the pair made a dramatic entrance together at Hollywood hot spot the Tower Bar, surprising a room full of A-list stars into silence. The singers, who confirmed their split in February 2014, turned up together Thursday night at the West Hollywood restaurant in the Sunset Tower Hotel and proceeded to canoodle over dinner before astonished fellow diners.

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Saturday • January 10, 2015

STRAIGHT TALK! RUPERT MURDOCH TWEETS ABOUT “JIHADIST CANCER” FOLLOWING PARIS ATTACK:

Rupert Murdoch is speaking out after Paris was hit by terror attacks earlier in the week. The Fox 21st Century Fox Chairman and CEO tweeted that “Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible,” going on to tweet “Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.” He was criticized in December after he tweeted congratulations to the Australian Daily Telegraph, which is part of his News Corp empire, for scooping the competition in its coverage of a siege in Sydney.

LBN-ETC: Congress is broken. Far from the citizen legislature our founders wanted, it has become a haven for career politicians, who prefer staying in power over tackling real issues. Both parties claimed to have the answer, but delivered only more dysfunction and poor performance. It’s time we take a stand to break this vicious cycle. Implementing TERM LIMITS on Congress will shake up Washington overnight. Term limits sever politicians’ ties with lobbyists, deliver competitive elections on a regular basis, and restore the opportunities for citizens to serve. Click HERE now to sign the petition in support of term limits on Congress.”

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Friday • January 9, 2015

QAEDA: WE ORDERED CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACK: Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen said Friday it directed the attack on Charlie Hedbo that killed 12 on Wednesday. The Kouachi brothers, who were killed earlier on Friday by police, claimed during the office massacre to be part of the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP. Yemeni officials said that one of brothers, Said, had trained in Yemen in 2011. Sources told The Daily Beast that he received weapons training there. In September, U.S. intelligence officials told The Daily Beast that al Qaeda was growing more competitive with ISIS and wanted to reclaim its position of leadership in the global jihadist movement, possibly with an attack inside the West.

BBC SHOWS CHARLIE HEBDO’S MUHAMMAD: On Thursday night, BBC News broadcast an uncensored image of a Charlie Hebdo cover that depicted Muhammad in physical form. The news network’s editorial guidelines had previously specified that “the prophet Muhammad must not be represented in any shape or form.” But on Friday, the BBC issued an update, saying, “This guidance is old, out of date, and does not reflect the BBC’s longstanding position that program makers have freedom to exercise their editorial judgment with the Editorial Policy team available to provide advice around sensitive issues on a case by case basis. The guidance is currently being revised.”

U.S. HAS BEST JOBS YEAR SINCE 1999: The Labor Department’s December jobs report, released Friday, shows that 2014 was the best year for the U.S. labor market since 1999. The jobless rate declined to 5.6 percent, the lowest level since June 2008. The final month of the year added 252,000 jobs, on top of the 353,000 added the previous month—though earnings took an unexpected decline. In total, about 2.95 million Americans found work in 2014, the most in 15 years.

OBAMA: MAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FREE: President Obama unveiled a plan Thursday to make two-year community colleges free for “anyone who is willing to work for it.” Effectively, the move would mean students would earn half of a bachelor’s degree for free if they met certain stipulations, including maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA and attending school at least half of the time. According to the proposal, federal funds would cover three-quarters the cost of the average community-college tuition, but states would be expected to cover the rest. Community colleges must also offer academic programs that are transferable to four-year colleges and universities or “occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates.”

ROMNEY CONSIDERS 2016 RUN: Two laps on the campaign trail may not have been enough for Mitt Romney, who reportedly told a group of donors that he’s considering entering the 2016 presidential race. Romney met with top GOP donors in Manhattan on Friday, where he told them that unrest overseas and the nation’s economic health are two factors that have made him consider a bid. He reportedly said that the decision was unrelated to current candidates and has not decided on a time frame for the decision and announcement. The former Massachusetts governor’s hint comes as Jeb Bush attracts the Republican Party’s attention by announcing his intention to run next year.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Temperatures on the red planet were warmer on Thursday than fourteen states from Washington to Main. The daily high on Mars was 17.6 F, while most of the northern U.S. plunged into the single digits. Temperatures are expected to warm across the nation on Friday, as Winter Storm Gorgon fades out. However, the Great Lakes region may get up to two feet of snow, due to a blast of air which will create lake effect sno.


CHAOS IN MANILA: MAN DIES IN CATHOLIC PARADE AHEAD OF POPE’S VISIT: A man died and nearly 1,000 people were hurt in a raucous Roman Catholic procession attracting up to a million Filipinos in the capital Friday in a prelude to a much larger turnout expected during next week’s visit by Pope Francis. Huge crowds jammed Manila’s streets and jostled to get closer to the wooden Black Nazarene, a statue of Jesus Christ carrying a cross that the faithful believe has miraculous power to cure ailments and provide good health and fortune. Manila Vice Mayor Francisco Moreno said one volunteer accompanying the statue died of a heart attack. Gwen Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said workers treated 986 people for cuts, bruises and dizziness. Despite the casualties, Moreno said the procession has been generally peaceful.

LBN-TODAY IN HISTORY: Joan of Arc Goes on Trial (1431)

Joan of Arc was a French military leader and heroine who was canonized a saint in 1920, nearly 500 years after she was burned at the stake. Claiming to be inspired by religious visions, she organized the French resistance that forced the English to end their siege of Orléans in 1429 and led an army to Rheims, where she had the dauphin, Charles VII, crowned king. Captured and sold to the English by the Burgundians, she was later tried for heresy and executed.

HILLARY ‘FURIOUS’ OVER BILL’S ‘PART’ IN LATEST SEX SCANDAL: Hillary Clinton is “furious” at husband Bill Clinton, according to Washington insiders, after his name came up in the latest sex scandal involving his disgraced former pal ­Jeffrey Epstein. Sources at the funeral of Mario Cuomo also said they saw a peevish-looking Hillary angrily “storm” past the former president after he dutifully waited for her by the door of St. Ignatius Loyola Church. Bill’s name has popped up in 2011 court documents relating to Epstein after a woman said to be Virginia Roberts filed a bombshell suit alleging she was Epstein’s teen “sex slave” and paid $15,000 to bed Epstein’s pal, Britain’s Prince Andrew.

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Thursday • January 8, 2015

LBN-REALTIME NEWS COVERAGE:

Paris Terrorist Attack.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Depression

1.     The main risk factors of depression include past abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), certain medications (drugs that treat high blood pressure), conflict with family members or friends, death or loss, chronic or major illness, and a family history of depression.

2.     Even positive events such as graduating, getting married, a new job can lead to depression.

3.     Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also suffer from depression.

4.     More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression in a given year.

5.     Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men. Women may be at a higher risk for depression due in part to estrogen, which may alter the activity of neurotransmitters that contribute to depression.

6.     At some point in their lives, about one in four Americans will experience depression.

7.     Once men hit midlife, they may face an increased risk of depression due to the decrease of testosterone.

8.     Men typically experience depression differently from women and use different means to cope. For example, while women may feel hopeless, men may feel irritable. Women may crave a listening ear, while men may became socially withdrawn or become violent or abusive.

9.     Researchers have recently found that those who suffer from depression are at risk for low bone mineral density. Depressed women are especially at risk for developing osteoporosis.

10.  Abraham Lincoln first fell into a deep depression after Ann Rutledge, his first love, died. Lincoln reportedly suffered from chronic depression his entire life.

11.  In established market economies such as the United States, depression is the leading form of mental illness.

12.  As many as 15% of those who suffer from some form of depression take their lives each year.

13.  According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), more than 6% of children suffer from depression and 4.9% of them have major depression.

14.  Self-mutilation (cutting or burning) is one way in which individuals show they are depressed.

15.  Because the brains of older people are more vulnerable to chemical abnormalities, they are more likely than young people to suffer depression.

16.  Depressed people get colds more frequently than non-depressed people.

17.  Sufferers of depression are more likely to have a heart attack than those who are not depressed. Additionally, people who have heart attacks or heart surgery are more at risk for depression.

18.  During the Middle Ages, mentally ill people were seen to be under the influence of the devil or other evil spirits.

19.  The first mental asylum in the U.S opened in 1773 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

20.  Freud, who revolutionized the practice of psychiatry with his theories of the unconscious, postulated that depression comes from anger turned against oneself.

21.  Approximately 80% sufferers of depression are not receiving treatment.

22.  Recent research suggests that depression can shorten the lives of people with cancer by years.

23.  A kind of depression called hospitalism (anaclitic depression) can be seen in institutions where children did not receive enough emotional care. These children become apathetic and withdrawn, even though they may be cared for physically.

24.  Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, affects nearly 6 million American adults in a given year.

25.  Researchers have found a direct relationship between depression and the thickening of the lining of the carotid artery in women, a major risk factor for stroke.

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DASH DIET RATED BEST OVERALL: For the fifth year in a row, US News & World Report has named the DASH diet the best overall diet. DASH—which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—is a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products; low in saturated and total fat; low in cholesterol; and high in fiber. DASH was rated by a panel of experts above 34 other diets, including such popular options as Weight Watchers, the Mediterranean diet, and the Paleo diet.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Weather Odds

“Learn the odds of weather changing based on past climate data. What are the odds it will dip below freezing on a January day in Chicago?”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Mississippi River carries an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico each year, creating a “dead zone” in the Gulf each summer about the size of New Jersey.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Stephen Hawking (1942)

Despite suffering from a neurodegenerative disease that has made it impossible for him to communicate without a voice synthesizer or to move around without a wheelchair, Hawking is one of the world’s top theoretical physicists. While most experts in his field are little known outside the scientific community, Hawking has taken pains to make his work accessible to the layperson and, in so doing, has become a household name.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: US President Woodrow Wilson Introduces His Fourteen Points (1918)

In 1918, Wilson presented to the US Congress his Fourteen Points as a guide for a peace settlement after World War I. He emphasized “open covenants of peace, openly arrived at,” to change the usual method of secret diplomacy practiced in Europe. Wilson’s idealistic message also laid the groundwork for the creation of the League of Nations.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: This time he had to answer the tough questions. Veteran “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft has come clean about a steamy affair with a New York City lawyer, a fiery three-year fling that included hot hotel hookups and torrid text messages. “I had an extramarital affair that was a serious lapse of personal judgment and extremely hurtful to my wife and family, and for that I have nothing but regret,” Kroft said in a statement to the Post. “My wife and I are committed to each other and are working hard to get past this, and consider it a private matter.”

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Tuesday • January 6, 2015

UNDER OBAMA: FEDERAL DEBT UP $84,266 PER FULL-TIME PRIVATE-SECTOR WORKER:

The federal government drove $789,473,350,613.20 deeper into debt in calendar year 2014, an increase that equaled  $6,875 per household, $7,458 per full-time year-round worker, and $8,853 per full-time year-round private-sector worker.

According to the Treasury, the debt started calendar year 2014 at $17,351,970,784,950.10 and ended it at $18,141,444,135,563.30.

When Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the debt was $10,626,877,048,913.08. Since then, it has increased $7,514,567,086,650.22–which is $65,443 per household, $70,985 per full-time worker and $84,266 per full-time private-sector worker.

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Tuesday • January 6, 2015

‘ALLAHU AKBAR!’ ‘WE HAVE AVENGED THE PROPHET!’ – SHOOTERS CLAIMED THEY WERE AL QAEDA: According to an eyewitness, 33-year-old Cédric Le Béchec, the terrorists told a man in the street to “Tell the media that this is al Qaeda in the Yemen” before carrying out their attack on Charlie Hebdo. Corinne “Coco” Rey, one of the cartoonists who survived the attack, also said the assailants “spoke perfect French” and “claimed to be from al Qaeda.” In posted videos, the gunmen can be heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” and they looked well-trained, especially as they were quickly in and out.

U.S. WON’T RAISE TERROR ALERT: The Department of Homeland Security is not raising the U.S. terror alert level in light of the terrorist attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. At least not yet. A DHS official tells The Daily Beast that the department “is closely monitoring the unfolding events in Paris and we remain in contact with our counterparts in the region. DHS will not hesitate to adjust our security posture, as appropriate, to protect the American people.” President Obama earlier called the assault a “terrorist attack” and directed his administration to provide any assistance requested by the French. But he made no mention of a specific culprit or any threats to the United States.

CHARLIE HEBDO EDITOR DIDN’T FEAR THREATS: Three years before gunmen killled him and at least 11 others at his magazine, Charlie Hebdo Editor Stéphane Charbonnier said he wasn’t afraid of threats against the magazine for criticizing Islam. “If we worried about the consequences of each of our drawings in each of our 1,057 issues, then we would have had to close shop a long time ago.” “Extremists don’t need any excuses,” he said following the 2011 firebombing of his magazine. “We are only criticizing one particular form of extremist Islam, albeit in a peculiar and satirically exaggerated form. We are not responsible for the excesses that happen elsewhere, just because we practice our right to freedom of expression within the legal limits.” “If they are not amused by our cartoons, they don’t need to buy our magazine. Of course they are allowed to demonstrate. The right to protest needs to be protected, so long as one abides by the law and refrains from violence.”

SPY CHIEF NAMES NORTH KOREAN BEHIND HACK: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has named the North Korean official who allegedly ordered the hacking attack on Sony Pictures. Clapper said at a cybersecurity conference in Manhattan that Gen. Kim Youn Chol, his counterpart in North Korea, must have ordered the cyberattack. Clapper said he met Kim during a tense 12-course meal in Pyongyang last year while he was retrieving two American prisoners. “Kim was a four-star general in charge of the Reconnaissance General Bureau. The RGB is the organization responsible with the overseeing attack against Sony.” Clapper added that the two got in a heated exchange that involved both men jabbing fingers into each other’s chests.

FINANCIAL TIMES: CHARLIE HEBDO ‘STUPID’: The Financial Times called the French magazine that had its editor and cartoonists assassinated today “stupid” for daring to insult Muslims. In an editorial posted on the same day that at least 12 people were killed at Charlie Hebdo’s office, the FT said the magazine exercised “editorial foolishness.” The FT went on: “If the magazine stops just short of outright insults, it is nevertheless not the most convincing champion of the principle of freedom of speech.” Of course, “this is not in the slightest to condone the murderers… it is merely to say that some common sense would be useful at publications… which purport to strike a blow for freedom when they provoke Muslims, but are actually just being stupid.”

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POLAND TO CONSIDER EXTRADITING POLANSKI: Roman Polanski will be questioned by Polish officials who have received an extradition request from officials in Los Angeles. The director, who lives in France, has been in Poland preparing to shoot a new movie. “Prosecutors will want to summon Polanski for questioning,” a spokesman for the prosecutor general’s office in Warsaw said. Polanski pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 1977 but then fled the U.S. the following year.

MEDIA EXPERT REPORTS MIXED REACTION FROM SOCIAL MEDIA USERS IN ARAB WORLD: According to media expert and author Michael Levine, the news from Paris swiftly took over the conversation on social media in the Arab world on Wednesday, as users who had been obsessing about a winter storm sweeping the Middle East turned instead to discussing the attack. Many condemned the violence and lamented the anti-Muslim backlash they thought would follow, but some called it a victory or “a blessed invasion.” Levine reported. Many tweets seemed to indicate sympathy for the attack from people who admire the Islamic State extremist group, rather than any knowledge that that group was specifically responsible for the attack.

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BOEHNER BOOTS GOP ENEMIES FROM COMMITTEE: After securing a third term as House speaker on Tuesday, Ohio Republican John Boehner exacted revenge on those who plotted against him. Florida Reps. Daniel Webster (who ran against Boehner for speaker) and Rich Nugent (who supported Webster) were both kicked off the influential House Rules Committee in apparent punishment for draining 12 votes from Boehner.

GERMAN GOVERNMENT WEBSITES SHUT DOWN, AND UKRAINE GROUP CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY: Two official German websites, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s page, were inaccessible on Wednesday after an apparent cyberattack. A group demanding that Germany sever ties with Ukraine and halt financial and political support for the government in the capital, Kiev, claimed credit for shutting down the websites.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Foods that should not be given to cats include onions, garlic, green tomatoes, raw potatoes, chocolate, grapes, and raisins. Though milk is not toxic, it can cause an upset stomach and gas. Tylenol and aspirin are extremely toxic to cats, as are many common houseplants. Feeding cats dog food or canned tuna that’s for human consumption can cause malnutrition.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Leaning Tower of Pisa Begins Decade-Long Closure (1990)

The Leaning Tower is the freestanding bell tower of a cathedral in Pisa, Italy. Though designed to stand upright, Pisa’s most famous landmark began leaning soon after construction began in 1173. In 1964, Italy’s government enlisted the aid of a multinational task force to prevent the tower from toppling, but the tilt remained so severe that the tower was closed to the public in 1990. After another decade of stabilization efforts, it was reopened in 2001.

AIRASIA CEO: TAIL OF PLANE FOUND: Tony Fernandes, the CEO of AirAsia, tweeted early Wednesday morning that “I am led to believe the tail section has been found.” If it turns out to be true, that would be huge, given that, as Fernandes notes, if it’s the right part the black box should be there. The plane was lost on the way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore on Dec. 28, with 162 people aboard.

FORMER KOREAN AIR EXECUTIVE INDICTED OVER ‘NUT RAGE’ INCIDENT: A former Korean Air executive who flew into a rage over the way she was served nuts in a first-class cabin, forcing a plane back to the gate to kick out a flight attendant, was indicted on Wednesday on criminal charges of violating aviation safety regulations and conspiring to hush up the affair. The executive, Cho Hyun-ah, the eldest child of Korean Air’s chairman, Cho Yang-ho, was fired from her position as a vice president of the airline and put behind bars last month after her actions on Dec. 5 triggered a national uproar and turned her family and Korean Air into objects of international ridicule. Her fall from grace was the latest blow to South Korea’s powerful family-controlled business empires, known as chaebol, which have been plagued by corruption scandals, tax evasion charges and sibling feuds over assets.

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Dictionary.com

“The world’s most popular dictionary and thesaurus with definitions, synonyms, antonyms, idioms, word origins, quotes, audio pronunciations, example sentences and Word of the Day! Look up the meaning of words, slang, phrases, idioms, and abbreviations in our free English Dictionary, Spanish-English Dictionary, Legal Dictionary, Medical Dictionary and more!”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Hank Peters, a longtime baseball executive who won two pennants and a World Series as general manager of the Baltimore Orioles before helping to rejuvenate the Cleveland Indians franchise, died on Sunday in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 90. His son, Steven, and daughter, Sharon, said the cause was complications of a recent stroke.   ***Stu Miller, a former Giants pitcher who committed perhaps the most famous balk in All-Star Game history at windy Candlestick Park in San Francisco, died on Sunday at his home in Cameron Park, Calif. He was 87. The Giants confirmed his death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Salman Rushdie (Author): I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: You could easily write a book, or, better yet, make a movie about the drama that engulfed Sony Pictures and “The Interview,” Sony’s own movie about the fictionalized assassination of North Korea’s real-life dictator. The whole saga reflects so many of the changes that are roiling and reshaping today’s world before we’ve learned to adjust to them. Think about this: In November 2013, hackers stole 40 million credit and debit card numbers from Target’s point-of-sale systems. Beginning in late August 2014, nude photos believed to have been stored by celebrities on Apple’s iCloud were spilled onto the sidewalk. Thanksgiving brought us the Sony hack, when, as The Times reported: “Everything and anything had been taken. Contracts. Salary lists. Film budgets. Medical records. Social Security numbers. Personal emails. Five entire movies.” And, on Christmas, gaming networks for both the Sony PlayStation and the Microsoft Xbox were shut down by hackers. But rising cybercrime is only part of the story. Every day a public figure is apologizing for something crazy or foul that he or she muttered, uttered, tweeted or shouted that went viral — including the rantings of an N.B.A. owner in his girlfriend’s living room.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: We measure our presidents against not only our hopes for the present, which are sometimes unreasonable, but also our understanding of the past, which can be just as flawed. Has a misreading of history informed a misappraisal of Barack Obama?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur Brooks: “I’VE fallen and I can’t get up.” These words, shouted by an elderly woman, were made famous in a medical alert device ad in the 1990s. In 2015, they might be Europe’s catchphrase.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Robert Heller (Attorney): Yesterday, LBN published a photo-shopped picture of President Obama’s face on the body of a lingerie-clad, black woman. It was a disparaging representation of the President of the United States. I was offended by it, and hopefully most of LBN’s readers were as well, regardless of your party affiliation. By the way, I am an independent voter, disgusted by both parties.I subscribe to and read LBN daily because I believe it reports the news in a reasonably objective manner, but, more importantly, because it reports the news in a way that appeals to well-educated, urban individuals. In my opinion, the insulting photo of the President is not in keeping with such a publication. The political divide in this country does not appear to be narrowing and that’s principally the result of two factors – the 24 hour news cycle’s drive for ratings through provocative reporting and the extremists of both parties that seem to get most of the airtime.  What does all this have to do with LBN’s printing an insulting photo of the President? I believe that publications that actually seek to cover important issues should do so on an elevated and rational level and in as dignified a manner as possible. The photo-shopped picture of the President is not befitting that endeavor.

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Tuesday • January 6, 2015

ANTI-ISLAM PROTESTS ROCK GERMANY: Thousands of protesters descended on several German cities Monday night to rally against what they refer to as the Islamization of Europe. The Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West (Pegida) organized a demonstration of some 18,000 people in Dresden, with other marches in Berlin, Cologne, and Stuttgart. German Chancellor Angela Merkel along with other senior politicians and business leaders spoke out against the group and have urged Germans to reject anti-immigration rallies. Thousands of people organized counterprotests in Berlin, Cologne, and Dresden while lights were shut off at Cologne Cathedral, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, and TV Tower to show solidarity with German Muslims.

PALESTINIANS SEEN GAINING MOMENTUM IN QUEST FOR STATEHOOD: When the Palestinians sought statehood at the United Nations in 2011, it was widely dismissed as a symbolic gambit to skirt negotiations with Israel and Washington’s influence over the long-running conflict. But the Palestinians have begun to translate a series of such symbolic steps, culminating in last week’s move to join the International Criminal Court, into a strategy that has begun to create pressure on Israel. While many prominent Israelis have called for unilateral action to set the country’s borders, it is Palestinians who have gained political momentum with moves made outside of negotiations. The Palestinians are, in effect, establishing a legal state. International recognition, by 135 countries and counting, is what Palestinians are betting could eventually force changes on the ground — without their leaders having to make the concessions or assurances they have long avoided.

OBAMA NEARS GOAL FOR GUANTÁNAMO WITH FASTER PACE OF RELEASES: In a series of secret nighttime flights in the last two months, the Obama administration made more progress toward the president’s goal of emptying the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, than it had since 2009. The accelerated pace came after an era of political infighting and long bureaucratic delays. Now 127 prisoners remain at Guantánamo, down from 680 in 2003, and the Pentagon is ready to release two more groups of prisoners in the next two weeks; officials will not provide a specific number. President Obama’s goal in the last two years of his presidency is to deplete the Guantánamo prison to the point where it houses 60 to 80 people and keeping it open no longer makes economic sense.

MAN KILLED BY COPS LEFT SUICIDE NOTES: A man who was shot and killed by two San Francisco cops left behind suicide notes on his cellphone, including one addressed to officers, police said Monday. “Dear Officer(s),” the letter said. “You did nothing wrong. You ended the life of a man who was too much of a coward to do it himself.” Matthew Hoffman, 32, was fatally shot after he trespassed into a restricted parking lot and pulled out what appeared to be a handgun, but was actually an air gun, which uses small pellets or BBs. Two sergeants fired off three bullets and Hoffman later died at San Francisco General Hospital. The air-powered BB gun did not have a colored tip, which signals that it’s a toy, police said. Hoffman raised suspicions earlier in the day when he questioned Mission Station officers just blocks away about their guns. “Please don’t blame yourself. I used you,” the letter, published with permission from Hoffman’s father, went on to say. “I took advantage of you.”

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90% OF BIBI’S CAMPAIGN FUNDS FROM U.S.: More than 90 percent of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s $250,000 in campaign funds has come from donors in the United States—and just three families contributed more than half of that amount. “There is a well-established network in the U.S. through the group, American Friends of the Likud, which is connected to people who care about Israel and its future,” said a Likud party adviser. “He doesn’t even have to ask and they give.” Netanyahu began his re-election campaign Monday. He is the second-longest-serving prime minister of Israel.

CIA WATCHDOG: I QUIT: CIA Inspector General David Buckley will resign at the end of January, the CIA announced Monday. Buckley served as the internal watchdog for the intelligence agency for more than four years, investigating disputes between Congress and the CIA. During his tenure, he oversaw the battle over the agency’s unwillingness to hand over documents on torture and interrogation practices to Congress. The CIA said in a statement that Buckley is leaving to “pursue an opportunity in the private sector.” Neither congressional nor CIA officials say his resignation was politically related, but civil-liberties advocates were irked by his exit. Buckley “raised some serious concerns about the conduct of the CIA in trying to thwart the Senate Intelligence Committee,” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight. “The lack of repercussions is very troubling and his departure so soon afterward is troublesome.”

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CAVS, KNICKS, THUNDER MAKE 3-WAY DEAL: The Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks, and the Oklahoma City Thunder inked a six-player trade deal Monday night. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert of the Knicks will go to the Cavaliers, while Dion Walters will leave the Cavs to go to the Thunder. The Knicks get three non-guaranteed contract players in return: Alex Kirk and Lou Amundson from the Cavs and Lance Thomas from the Thunder. Future draft picks were also traded among the teams.

COLORADO LAUNCHES POT SAFETY CAMPAIGN: Colorado state health officials announced a new $5.7 million public campaign to educate residents about responsible use of marijuana, a departure from previous marketing efforts to deter teen pot use. The “Good to Know” campaign uses a more uplifting tone featuring colorful print adds, a folksy voiceover for radio broadcasts, and has been described as “bright and neighborly,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, Denver’s chief medical officer. The aim is to promote the safe use of pot without alienation in Colorado, which is one of four U.S. states where recreational use of marijuana is legal. Last year the state’s “Don’t Be a Lab Rat” campaign was met with derision as a revamped “Just Say No” message.

NYPD HUNTS SHOOTERS OF 2 COPS: Police are searching for two men suspected of shooting two NYPD officers responding to a robbery call in the Bronx on Monday night. One officer was shot in the back and the other in the arm (neither injury is life-threatening). The two plainclothes officers approached suspects who had entered a restaurant when one fired on the officers. The officers returned fire before the suspects fled on foot, carjacked a couple, and then abandoned the vehicle and continued on foot. The two cops were not targeted, unlike the Dec. 20 slaying of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, according to police. The shooting occurred just hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton touted record-low crime figures in the Big Apple.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cocaine

1.     Cocaine is an extraction of the leaves of the Erythroxylon coca bush, which is indigenous to the Andean highlands of South America. Most of the cocaine available in the U.S. is transported from the country of Colombia.

2.     Cocaine comes in two main forms, powder and crystalline. The crystal rock form, commonly known as crack or freebase, is cocaine that has not been neutralized by an acid.

3.     Approximately 35.9 million Americans aged 12 and older have tried cocaine at least once in their lifetime, according to a national survey, and about 2.1 million Americans are regular users.

4.     Drug enforcement personnel estimate that about 2,500 Americans every day try cocaine for the first time.

5.     After marijuana, cocaine is the second most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.

6.     Cocaine is the most frequently reported illicit substance associated with drug abuse fatalities and causes three times more deaths than any other illegal drug. However, prescription drug abuse has recently passed cocaine abuse as the leading cause of all drug-related deaths.

7.     Cocaine may be administered by snorting through the nose, injecting into the bloodstream with a needle, or smoking to produce vapors. Powder cocaine is generally snorted or mixed with water and injected, while crack cocaine is most commonly smoked.

8.     Of the more than two million Americans that currently use cocaine, just over 700,000 are users of freebase or crack cocaine.

9.     Cocaine is the most powerful central nervous stimulant found in nature. Its physical effects include constricted blood vessels and increased temperature, heart rate, and blood flow. Users of the drug experience greater alertness, energy, self-confidence, and even power after administration.

10.  Cocaine produces its euphoric effect by activating the nerve cells in the brain that release dopamine, a chemical associated with pleasure and mental alertness. The drug then inhibits neural transporters from “mopping up” the dopamine and storing it for a later time. The longer the dopamine stays active, the longer the sense of euphoria lasts.

SPACEX ROCKET LAUNCH IS CALLED OFF MINUTES BEFORE LIFTOFF: The launch countdown of a rocket carrying equipment and supplies for the International Space Station was called off just minutes before the rocket was to lift off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Tuesday morning. The launch commentator on NASA Television said the rocket experienced an “actuator drift” issue with the second-stage propulsion system.

BOB MCDONNELL, EX-GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA, FACES SENTENCING FOR CORRUPTION: Bob McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia who was convicted in September on a host of corruption charges, will be sentenced here Tuesday morning in one of the most spectacular falls of a statewide elected official in the history of the commonwealth. Mr. McDonnell, a Republican who was once considered a possible contender for the White House, could face as much as two decades in prison for the spate of charges of trading favors in return for $177,000 in loans, vacations and gifts from a wealthy family friend who was trying to promote his vitamin supplement business.

WITH NEW PAC, JEB BUSH STEPS CLOSER TO A RUN: In his latest step toward running for president, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida is organizing a political action committee that will allow him to raise and spend money on campaign activities, he announced on Tuesday on his Facebook page. Mr. Bush said he was filing paperwork to create a PAC called Right to Rise, which could finance his own political work and donate to campaigns around the country as he seeks to build a national network of support.

EX-CYBER CHIEF SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORN: The former acting director of cybersecurity for the Department of Health and Human Services was sentenced to 25 years in prison on child-pornography charges Monday. Timothy DeFoggi, who was covicted in August 2014, began using an underground online network to solicit child pornography in March 2012 before the FBI shut down the site the same year. The 56-year-old discussed his desire to violently rape and murder children on the site’s message boards, according to evidence presented at the trial. “Using the same technological expertise he employed as acting director of cybersecurity at HHS, DeFoggi attempted to sexually exploit children and traffic in child pornography through an anonymous computer network of child predators,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in a statement.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Coach, looking to add more designer goods to its lineup, agreed on Tuesday to buy Stuart Weitzman, a maker of high-end shoes, for up to $574 million in cash.

‘THE WIZARD OF WATTS’ MIRRORS DEBATE OVER POLICE BRUTALITY: “The Wizard of Watts,” a coming animated television musical, was conceived two years ago as a big, fat gob of raucous entertainment wrapped around a nugget of racial commentary. Then, with the musical’s animation already far underway, Ferguson, Mo., became a flash point, starting a national debate about race, overzealous policing and the need for officers to wear body cameras. Then came the phrase “I Can’t Breathe” and the broader protest against police brutality. Suddenly, “The Wizard of Watts,” with its devastated black neighborhoods and army of pigs, took on greater weight. How the musical will be received by viewers at a racially charged cultural moment is anyone’s guess. But when it arrives on Cartoon Network’s after-hours Adult Swim block on Saturday, “The Wizard of Watts” will at the very least become one of those eerie instances of art accidentally mirroring life.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Nurse Lane S., an LBN E-Lert reader from Washington, D.C.


LBN-HEALTH WATCH: The Food and Drug Administration has raised new questions about the safety of an adult laxative routinely given to constipated children, sometimes daily for years. The agency has asked a team of scientists in Philadelphia to look more closely at the active ingredient in Miralax and similar generic products, called polyethylene glycol 3350, or PEG 3350. While outlining the scope of the research, the agency also disclosed that its scientists had discovered trace amounts of two potential toxins in batches of Miralax tested six years ago.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Bess Myerson, a New York favorite daughter who basked in the public eye for decades — as Miss America in 1945, as a television personality, as a force in public affairs and finally as a player in a shattering municipal scandal — died on Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 90. Her death, which occurred in the relative obscurity in which she lived her last years, had not been publicly announced but was confirmed on Monday by public records.   ***Allie Sherman, who possessed a dubious football pedigree as a left-handed quarterback at Brooklyn College but went on to take the New York Giants to National Football League title games in his first three seasons as their coach, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. His death was announced by his family.   ***Martin Anderson, a conservative economist who served three presidents and was a top adviser to President Ronald Reagan, died on Saturday at his home in Portola Valley, Calif. He was 78. The Hoover Institution at Stanford, a public policy think tank where Mr. Anderson was a senior fellow, confirmed his death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Not long ago, a friend sent me a speech that the great civic leader John Gardner gave to the Stanford Alumni Association 61 years after he graduated from that college. The speech is chock-full of practical wisdom. I especially liked this passage: “The things you learn in maturity aren’t simple things such as acquiring information and skills. You learn not to engage in self-destructive behavior. You learn not to burn up energy in anxiety. You discover how to manage your tensions. You learn that self-pity and resentment are among the most toxic of drugs. You find that the world loves talent but pays off on character.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: The cover story of The New York Times Magazine on Sunday, “The Wreck of the Kulluk,” by McKenzie Funk, is one of those articles that you can’t put down even though you know how it turns out. The Kulluk was an offshore exploratory drilling rig, owned by Royal Dutch Shell, which, in December 2012, ran aground in some of the most inhospitable waters in the world. Those waters were the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas in the Arctic Circle, more than 1,000 miles from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, the nearest deep-water port. The rig, which had been towed — with great difficulty — to the Beaufort Sea, was in the process of being towed out again, barely two months after the drill bit touched the sea floor, before ice formations would make the route impassable. The Kulluk and its tow soon ran into a series of dangerous storms. Although no one died, Funk keeps you on the edge of your seat by describing in detail the hair-raising ordeal, which led to the tow captain of a rescue tugboat cutting the Kulluk adrift to ensure his own men’s safety. The Kulluk’s crew, meanwhile, was airlifted via helicopter, in a dramatic, and dangerous, rescue.

LBN-COMMENTARY By Cliff Sloan: When I began as the State Department’s envoy for closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, many people advised me that progress was impossible. They were wrong. In the two years before I started, on July 1, 2013, only four people were transferred from Guantánamo. Over the past 18 months, we moved 39 people out of there, and more transfers are coming. The population at Guantánamo — 127 — is at its lowest level since the facility opened in January 2002. We also worked with Congress to remove unnecessary obstacles to foreign transfers. We began an administrative process to review the status of detainees not yet approved for transfer or formally charged with crimes.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Sting’s musical The Last Ship has set January 24th as its farewell voyage. After 105 performances and 29 previews, the Broadway show – based on the musician’s autobiographical album of the same name – will end its run at New York’s Neil Simon Theatre. The Last Ship had opened on Broadway on October 26th, 2014, and while the musical earned glowing reviews during its Chicago tryout last summer, the show struggled to pack houses on the Great White Way.

LBN-ETC.: Do you ever feel like an underdog? In this The Legacy Series with Lisa Haisha, Michael Levine shares his transformation from underdog to top dog, becoming an acclaimed publicist, best-selling author, and motivational speaker. Begin your 2015 with inspiring tough talk that will shake your 2014 cobwebs loose. — Click here: www.BlazingBorders.com.

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Tuesday • January 6, 2015

LEVINE BREAKING NEWS PRESENTS A PRIVATE SCREENING OF NEW DOCUMENTARY:

“The Search for Michael Rockefeller”

Written, Directed and Produced by Fraser C. Heston

WHEN: Thursday January 15th, 2015

7:00pm-Screening

8:30pm- Q & A with Writer & Producers

9:00pm- Cocktail & Hors d’oeuvres Reception

WHERE: Raleigh Studios

5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038


Website: http://www.searchformichael.com/

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/20660712

About: Was he eaten by cannibals? Did he ever actually make it to shore? Was he kept alive as a white scion?  The disappearance of Michael Rockefeller is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th Century, until now.

Agamemnon Films, the production and distribution company founded by Fraser C. Heston and his late father Charlton present “The Search for Michael Rockefeller”, the definitive award-winning documentary on the disappearance and ultimate fate of the of the lost heir. The film includes never before seen archival footage and interviews as well as startling new, previously unreleased evidence which sheds light on Michael’s mysterious disappearance.

In 2007 filmmaker Fraser C. Heston discovered a lost cache of unedited 16mm footage shot by Milt Machlin, editor of Argosy magazine (and author of the best-selling 1973 classic The Search for Michael Rockefeller). The footage was taken during Machlin’s expedition to the New Guinea in 1969 in search of the lost scion, inspired by an eye-witness report that Michael was seen alive and being held against his will on an island off New Guinea.

Milt’s book, along with 16mm film he shot, became the basis of this award-winning documentary. Airdate on Netflix is set for February 1, 2015.

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Monday • January 5, 2015

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OIL FALLS BELOW $50 A BARREL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE APRIL 2009: U.S. crude fell below $50 a barrel on Monday for the first time since April 29, 2009 as worries about a surplus of global supplies and lackluster demand dragged on oil markets.  The February contract for West Texas Intermediate briefly fell to a session low of $49.95 in late morning trade.

PUTIN CRITIC CUTS TRACKING BRACELET: Alexei Navalny, one of the most outspoken Kremlin critics, said he will not comply with the terms of his house arrest and cut off his court-ordered monitoring tag. “I refuse to comply with the requirements of my illegal detention under house arrest,” he wrote on his blog. “The bracelet with some effort has been cut off with kitchen scissors.” Last week, Navalny was given a suspended sentence while his brother was sentenced to time behind bars. Navalny broken his house arrest to join protesters last week before being re-arrested.

SUBZERO TEMPS COMING FOR MIDWEST, EAST: Much of the country is set to be hit this week with the coldest temperatures of the season thus far. Chicago may not make it out of single-digit temperatures during the day, and the city could drop well below zero at night. Parts of New England and upstate New York are also expected to suffer through similarly low temperatures and fail to make it above zero degrees when night falls. Highs in Boston and New York are expected to trickle down to the 20s, and even Atlanta is expected to fall to the 40s this week.

REPUBLICANS SAY THEY’LL ACT FAST TO PUSH AGENDA: In taking control of Congress on Tuesday, Republicans say they will quickly advance energy and health care legislation that stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate as they try to make good on claims, and address doubts, that they can govern effectively. “We have sort of laid down the marker, and we need to follow through,” said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 3 Republican, as the 114th Congress prepared to convene.

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RAMS OWNER TO BUILD STADIUM IN L.A.: After more than 20 years without one, Los Angeles may get a football team. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke just bought 60 acres in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood to build an 80,000-seat NFL stadium. The stadium proposal is one of dozens that have been suggested to bring the Rams back to Los Angeles after the team left the city in 1994. However, Kroenke’s proposal marks the first one where the owner controlled enough land to build both a stadium and a parking lot. Kroenke has also made it clear he doesn’t like the St. Louis stadium. The proposal could pave the way for a move back to Los Angeles or put pressure on St. Louis to improve the Edward Jones Dome.

LONDON’S POPULATION REACHES RECORD HIGH: London’s population has finally recovered from the loss of life and city evacuations during World War II. In 1939, the city peaked at 8.615 million and it’s estimated that this month the city has matched that milestone. In 1940, the Blitz drove people into the suburbs and many of course were killed in the war. The population continued to fall after the war though, and by the 1990s London had lost a quarter of its pre-war population.

METH SEIZURES UP AT MEXICAN BORDER: A record 63 percent of all methamphetamine seizures in the U.S. during the fiscal 2014 year were found at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune on Sunday. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection San Diego field office seized 14,732 pounds of the synthetic drug during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, revealing a threefold increase in meth seizures at California ports of entry from 2009 to 2014. After the U.S. cracked down on access to the precursor drugs to make meth, drug cartels have found it cheaper and easier to manufacture narcotics in Mexico. The DEA estimates that 90 percent of the meth consumed in the U.S. is produced in labs south of the border.

DEBBIE REYNOLDS SEX SECRETS: Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds dishes the dirt on the three hubbies who left her in new interview. The “Singing in the Rain” star, 82, told The Express [2], “’I wish I were better at it. Obviously I wasn’t any good. My three husbands all left me for another woman and obviously I wasn’t a very sexual lady.  “My husbands all repeatedly said the same thing – that I was not a very passionate woman,” she divulged. “I have never wished that I had had more sex. I I’ve missed anything then maybe someone will let me know and maybe…” “My marriages have been one of the greatest voids in my life. ‘I have very poor taste in men and I married all the wrong men. I’ve never found the right man and never hope to at this age. I think that it’s too late. THAT boat has sailed.”

LBN-NOTICED: ***Leonardo DiCaprio partied like a rock star with a host of celebs and models at a $28,000-a-night luxury villa in St. Barts over New Year’s.   ***Ryan Seacrest having dinner at Prime 112 in Miami.   ***Mystery novelist John Grisham browsing high-priced gems at Cartier on Fifth Avenue, where he appropriately wore a Sherlock Holmes-style deerstalker hat.   ***Robert Davi performing for a sold-out crowd at Hunt & Fish Club NYC’s pre-opening dinner.   ***Former 10,000 Maniacs drummer Tim Edborg’s daughter Brielle performing at the Lenora on a bill with Grandmaster Melle Mel.   ***Rob Base playing Butch Yamali’s Coral House in NYC.   ***Matthew Morrison at Siena Tavern Miami…

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Last year proved to be one of the busiest since 2010 for companies seeking to list on the stock markets. Some 1,205 issuers raised nearly $249 billion globally, according to data from Thomson Reuters. Even stripping out Alibaba’s blockbuster offering — an event bankers and investors agreed was a once-in-a-generation type of deal — made last year a banner one for I.P.O.s.

HEDGE FUNDER SHOT DEAD; SON IN CUSTODY: The founder of a multimillion-dollar hedge fund was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in his upscale Manhattan home on Sunday, police said. Thomas Gilbert Sr., the 70-year-old president of Wainscott Capital Partners, was discovered by his wife in their bedroom at about 3:30 p.m. Police have not ruled out suicide, but Gilbert’s son, Thomas Gilbert Jr., was taken into custody Sunday night. No charges had been filed as of early Monday. Wainscott Capital has $200 million in assets and was founded by Gilbert in 2011.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Tessie F., an LBN E-Lert reader from Butte, Montana.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: A male emperor angelfish lives together with up to five female mates. If the emperor angelfish dies, one of the females turns into a male fish and becomes the leader of the group.

‘REAL HOUSEWIFE’ STAR CHECKS INTO PRISON: Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice checked into federal prison to begin serving her stint for bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. She checked into the penitentiary in Danbury, Connecticut, at 3 a.m. Monday. Her husband, Joe, was sentenced to serve 41 months in prison and will begin his term after Teresa is released.

JAPAN TELLS REVELERS TO CHEW SLOWLY: Japan officials reminded its citizens to carefully cut their food and chew slowly after popular New Year’s rice cakes turned lethal. According to Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper, nine people died choking on traditional mochi rice cakes on the New Year’s holiday, and 13 people were in critical condition. In total, 128 were rushed to the hospital in the first few days of the new year. While a few people tend to die choking on mochi cakes each year, 2015 marked a significant rise from the four casualties last year and the two in 2013. Over 80 percent of the victims are elderly. As Japan’s population ages, there are growing concerns that mochi choking related deaths may also rise.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: The use of over-the-counter painkillers may lower one’s risk of squamous cell skin cancer—typically caused by sun exposure—by 15 percent, according to a new study. Researchers suspect that Ibuprofen and naproxen—the active ingredients found in the popular drugs Advil, Motrin, and Aleve—disrupt the proteins in the body that contribute to cancerous tumors. The scientists caution that more research is necessary, since painkillers carry their own risks.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Jackie Robinson Retires (1957)

Robinson, a vocal member of the Civil Rights movement, was the first African-American baseball player in the modern major leagues and the first African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1949, he led the National League in both stolen bases and batting average and was named its most valuable player. In recognition of his accomplishments both on and off the field, Major League Baseball retired Robinson’s number in 1997.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***One of Hollywood’s most powerful black agents is making a new start. Charles King is leaving William Morris Endeavor to form MACRO, a startup that will focus on developing content for multicultural audiences. With an unspecified “eight figures” in funding, Los Angeles-based MACRO initially will focus on developing and distributing feature films, TV series and digital content targeting African-American, Latino and multicultural markets.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Library of Congress: Today in History

“Each day an event from American history is illustrated by digitized items from the Library of Congress American Memory historic collections.”

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Michio Kushi, a Japanese scholar who popularized the macrobiotic diet in the United States, helping to change the way health-conscious Americans eat, died on Dec. 28 in Boston. He was 88. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said Alex Jack, general manager of the Kushi Institute in Becket, Mass., a 600-acre macrobiotic education center that Mr. Kushi founded in 1978 with his wife, Aveline.   ***Ulrich Beck, a sociologist who became one of Germany’s most prominent public intellectuals by exploring the ways technology has created a new, riskier society, died on Thursday. He was 70. The cause was a heart attack, family members told the German news media.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark McKinnon: We are well past the point that anyone will be shocked or even surprised by how distorted our system of funding campaigns has become, but thanks to some excellent reporting by Ken Vogel at Politico, we now have some interesting new perspective. We have reached a tipping point where mega donors completely dominate the landscape. The 100 largest donors in the 2014 cycle gave almost as much money to candidates as the 4.75 million people who gave $200 or less (and certainly that number goes from “almost” to “more” if we could include contributions that are not required by law to be disclosed).

LBN-COMMENTARY By Dennis B. Ross: The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, insists on using international institutions to pressure Israel, even after he was rebuffed in the United Nations Security Council, where he sought a resolution mandating Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Mr. Abbas has now announced that he will turn to the International Criminal Court — a move that will produce Palestinian charges and Israeli countercharges but not alter the reality on the ground. A European official I met recently expressed sympathy for the Palestinians’ pursuit of a Security Council resolution. I responded by saying that if he favors Palestinian statehood, it’s time to stop giving the Palestinians a pass. It is time to make it costly for them to focus on symbols rather than substance.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bobby Borg (Author): According to the Small Business Administration (sba.gov), half of all new businesses fail within five years of starting. Could this be due to the well wishes and slogans most people take literally? Take “Follow Your Dream” for instance. Unless your “dream” represents a viable opportunity that compliments your greatest strengths, and unless the risks have been considered and mitigated, it’s a meaningless phrase that costs people their life savings and precious time.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Alzheimer’s-stricken Glen Campbell briefly left a care facility to spend an uplifting Christmas with his family. A photo showed the 78-year-old music legend at the Nashville home of wife Kim Woollen and their daughter Ashley, 28.A source said: “It was a touching time to have Glen back home – even if it was for only a brief visit.” “Rhinestone Cowboy” Glen was moved into an extended care facility last March when his family could no longer look after him due to his worsening Alzheimer’s.   ***Marina Picasso — the granddaughter of Pablo Picasso, who had a famously fraught relationship with the artist — is quietly selling off some of his works from her private collection for more than $290 million.

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Monday • January 5, 2015

GERMANY: GREECE EURO ZONE EXIT DOABLE: If it became necessary for Greece to exit the euro zone, the German government now believes that would be feasible. According to the German magazine Der Spiegel, Angela Merkel and her finance minister believe the right reforms have been implemented since the crisis was at its height. “The danger of contagion is limited because Portugal and Ireland are considered rehabilitated,” the weekly news magazine quoted one government source saying. The German government reportedly considers a win by the leftwing Syriza party in Greece something that would make the exit unavoidable.

STUART SCOTT DIES AFTER BATTLING CANCER: Stuart Scott, the longtime ESPN SportsCenter anchor, has died after battling cancer for a long time. Scott was 49 years old. He was known for his catchphrases on the popular show, including “Boo-Yah!” and “As cool as the other side of the pillow.” He spent 22 years at the network, and in July he was given the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPY’s. His moving speech, in which he famously declared, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live,” can be seen in the video below.

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U.S. DRONE STRIKE SAID TO KILL MILITANTS IN PAKISTAN: At least six foreign militants are believed to have been killed in an American drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal region on Sunday morning, a Pakistani security official said. The Pakistani official said a drone fired two missiles into a compound in the Dattakhel subdistrict at 6.40 a.m. The area is close to the border with Afghanistan and to Miram Shah, the main town in North Waziristan and the site of the region’s administrative headquarters.

POPE NAMES DIVERSE SET OF NEW CARDINALS: While speaking to a crowd from a Vatican window on Sunday, Pope Francis made two major announcements. First, he has named 15 new cardinals from 14 different countries including Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar. In addition, the pontiff announced he will be leading a meeting in February of all cardinals for proposals of reform of the Roman Curia, which is the Vatican bureaucracy.

OBAMA TO TRAVEL AHEAD OF STATE OF UNION: Weeks in advance of his State of the Union address, President Obama plans to break from tradition and travel across the country to promote different themes of his upcoming speech. Typically, the president discloses the content of the speech the day before to increase news value, then hits the road. But on Wednesday, Obama will embark on a three-day, three-state trip to lay out new executive actions and policy proposals. In Tennessee, he will address higher education; in Arizona, housing; and in Michigan, the president will talk about jobs.

NORTH KOREA CRITICIZES U.S. OVER NEW SANCTIONS: North Korea denounced the United States on Sunday for imposing new sanctions on it after a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, calling them byproducts of American “hostility” toward the North. North Korea reiterated its denial of involvement in the hacking of Sony and said that Washington’s sanctions would only strengthen its resolve to pursue its “military first” policy. That policy calls for an arms buildup, including nuclear weapons development, as a “deterrent” against Washington’s policy.

MIKE HUCKABEE QUITS FOX NEWS: Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, announced on Saturday that he will be ending his Fox News show so that he can look into a 2016 presidential bid. “I’m not going to make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015, but the continued (political) chatter has put Fox News in a position that just isn’t fair to them,” Huckabee said. Huckabee did not run in 2012 after briefly being a contender in 2008.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sleep

1.     Humans spend a third of their life sleeping (25 years or more).

2.     Humans can survive longer without food than they can without sleep.

3.     During the first two years of a baby’s life, new parents will miss six months of sleep on average.

4.     In 1894, Russian scientist Marie Mikhaïlovna de Manacééne conducted one of the earliest experiments on extreme sleep deprivation. She found that when she deprived puppies of sleep, they all died within four or five days, despite every effort to keep them alive. The younger the puppy, the more quickly it died.

5.     Giraffes sleep only 1.9 hours a day in five- to 10-minute sessions. Koalas, however, are the longest-sleeping mammals, sleeping up to 22 hours a day.

6.     The word “sleep” derives from the Proto-European base *sleb, “to be weak,” and is related to “slack.” “To sleep around” was first recorded in 1928.

7.     Sleep is a universal characteristic of complex living organisms and has been observed in insects, mollusks, fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals.

8.     Only one half of a dolphin’s brain goes to sleep at a time. Dolphins are capable of what is known as unihemispheric sleep, in which one hemisphere of the brain goes into a deep sleep while the other hemisphere remains awake. This allows dolphins to sleep under water without drowning. Dolphins spend approximately one third of their lives asleep.

9.     Slow-wave sleep appeared about 180 million years ago. REM sleep is believed to have appeared 50 million years later. Humans most likely developed a monophasic sleep/wake pattern in the Neolithic period (10,000 B.C.).

10.  In Greek mythology, Hypnos (Somnus in Roman mythology) was the god of sleep. Thanatos, or death, was his twin. Poppies and other sleep-inducing plants grew at the entrance of Hypnos’ cave.

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FIRST ELECTED BLACK SENATOR DIES: Edward W. Brooke, the first black U.S. senator to be popularly elected, died on Saturday at age 95. Brooke was the first African American to serve in the Senate since the end of Reconstruction (senators were then elected by state legislatures, not voters). Brooke received a standing ovation in 1967 when he was sworn in to represent Massachusetts as a Republican. President Nixon offered him the posts of secretary of Housing and Urban Development, secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, and ambassador to the United Nations. Brooke was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. President Obama said he and his wife were saddened at the death of Brooke. “As the first African-American elected as a state’s Attorney General and first African-American U.S. Senator elected after reconstruction, Ed Brooke stood at the forefront of the battle for civil rights and economic fairness,” the president said in a statement released by the White House. “During his time in elected office, he sought to build consensus and understanding across partisan lines, always working towards practical solutions to our nation’s challenges.” He is survived by his wife, Anne Fleming, two daughters and one son.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In December 1952, air pollution in London created fatal smog that immediately killed 4,000 people and then 8,000 more in the following weeks. Burning coal was the main cause.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Stevie Nicks seeing Tavi Gevinson in “This Is Our Youth” in NYC.   ***Taye Diggs at Le Cirque in NYC as Neil Sedaka performed.   ***Howard Stern and wife Beth at 75 Main in Southampton.   ***Mick Jagger with Luciana Gimenez and Marcelo de Carvalho at Amaranth.   ***Bill Bratton, wife Rikki Klieman and pal Robert Zimmerman toasting New Year’s at Swifty’s in NYC before heading to Times Square.   ***Dina Merrill’s grandson Cole Rumbough and Audrey Gruss’ nephew Alex Bard at the International Debutante Ball.   ***Comedian Erica Rhodes performing at the Improv in West Hollywood last night.

13 EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS KIDNAPPED: A total of 13 Coptic Christians from Egypt were kidnapped by masked gunmen in Sirte, Libya on Saturday. According to reports the gunmen in the region controlled by Islamist militants entered the compound and used identification papers to separate Christians and Muslims. The kidnapping comes just a week after several other Coptic Christians were kidnapped.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Linda L., an LBN E-Lert reader from Miami, Florida.


VIOLENT CRIME IN CITY GOING UP, LAPD ADMITS: For the first time in 12 years, crime reports taken by the Los Angeles Police Department show an increase in the statistical category labeled as violent crimes. Each of the crimes that goes into the category were up in 2014: homicide and robbery just a little, rape 12 percent higher, and aggravated assault up 24 percent, per an LA Times data analysis. The rising numbers just so happen to occur as doubts are increasing about the truthiness, shall we say, of the crime stats the LAPD has used to trumpet declining crime for so long now. The LA Times earlier this year caught the department fudging by down-sizing nearly 1,200 serious violent crimes, most of them aggravated assaults, to lower-level offenses. That may just be the beginning. Chief Charlie Beck “thanked” the Times for exposing the erroneous down-classifying of serious crimes back in August. After the Times story, the LAPD inspector general announced an audit of the department’s crime data for several years, with an aim of determining if the numbers are accurate.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Most presidents take vacations of various lengths—some more than others—but President Obama may have upped the coolness factor by meeting with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder while in Kailua. As tweeted by pool reporter Michael Schmidt of The New York Times, the president and the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia, met with the singer and his family for about 20 minutes. The White House confirmed the visit.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: In recent years, neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in the idea that there may be a powerful link between the human brain and gut bacteria. And while a growing body of research has provided evidence of the brain-gut connection, most of these studies so far have been conducted on animals.  Now, promising new research from neurobiologists at Oxford University offers some preliminary evidence of a connection between gut bacteria and mental health in humans. The researchers found that supplements designed to boost healthy bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract (“prebiotics”) may have an anti-anxiety effect insofar as they alter the way that people process emotional information.

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“StumbleUpon is the easiest way to find cool new websites, videos, photos and images from across the Web. We make the best recommendations just for you.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Naomi Oreskes: Scientists have often been accused of exaggerating the threat of climate change, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that they ought to be more emphatic about the risk. The year just concluded is about to be declared the hottest one on record, and across the globe climate change is happening faster than scientists predicted. Science is conservative, and new claims of knowledge are greeted with high degrees of skepticism. When Copernicus said the Earth orbited the sun, when Wegener said the continents drifted, and when Darwin said species evolved by natural selection, the burden of proof was on them to show that it was so. In the 18th and 19th centuries, this conservatism generally took the form of a demand for a large amount of evidence; in the 20th century, it took on the form of a demand for statistical significance

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: JEB and Hillary. Hillary and Jeb. It’s getting to the point where a mention of one yields a reference to the other, where they’re semantically inseparable, presidentially conjoined. Should we just go the extra step, save ourselves some syllables and keystrokes? The 2016 matchup as envisioned by many: Jebary. Or, more economically still, Heb. The fascination with this pair as possible rivals for the White House makes perfect sense, because it defies belief. We’re talking about tomorrow while trafficking in yesterday. We’re saying we need to turn the page by going back to a previous chapter.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Let’s be honest: Rev. Al Sharpton is a ugly, (very) loud shake-down artist.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***The anesthesiologist involved in Joan Rivers’ botched throat procedure — who, experts say, could have prevented the comedian’s death — was Renuka Reddy Bankulla,  sources say. Bankulla, 47, was the third doctor responsible for Rivers’ treatment besides then-Yorkville Endoscopy medical director Lawrence Cohen and celebrity ear, nose and throat specialist Gwen Korovin, but she has never been identified publicly.   ***After filing for divorce from Malaak Compton-Rock, Chris Rock has escaped to St. Barts with a a mystery woman.  Rock’s been crashing on the luxury yacht of Hollywood financier Vivi Nevo, along with a “new girlfriend,” multiple sources say.   ***Usher is engaged to his manager girlfriend Grace Miguel, sources say.

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Saturday • January 3, 2015

FOUR LARGE PARTS OF AIRASIA JET FOUND: Four large parts of the AirAsia passenger jet that crashed with 162 people on board have been found at the bottom of the Java Sea, according to the head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency. The discovery came as authorities said that Indonesia AirAsia had violated the terms of its license with Flight QZ8501 by flying on a Sunday. No survivors have been found from the crash. Indonesia’s weather bureau reported it was likely that the plane ran into bad weather, which may have caused ice to form on its engines.

OBAMA SANCTIONS NORTH KOREA FOR HACK: On Friday, President Obama signed an executive order imposing sanctions on 10 named North Korean officials in retaliation for the Sony Pictures hacks. The sanctions affect three North Korean entities, including an intelligence agency and an arms dealer, and 10 officials. (Those sanctioned are no longer allowed to use the U.S. financial system and all Americans are prohibited from doing business with them.) The sanctions come despite mounting evidence that the regime may not have been solely responsible for the cyberattack. White House officials admit there is no evidence linking the sanctioned officials to the Sony hack, but said they were central in a number of provocative actions against the United States. “It’s a first step,” one official said. “The administration felt that it had to do something to stay on point. This is certainly not the end for them.” Aides say that analysts who doubt North Korea’s involvement in the Sony hack do not have access to the evidence that caused Obama to move forward with the sanctions—though the aides themselves are barred from discussing the evidence because of its classified nature. Later on Friday, U.S. officials told The Daily Beast that, for years, the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies have been tracking the hackers they believe are responsible. Still-classified evidence was gathered that helps tie the hackers to the recent attack on Sony, according to current and former officials.

FEDS STILL THINK POT IS DANGEROUS: President Obama may have signed legislation two weeks ago banning federal interference with state medical marijuana laws, but the U.S. attorney’s office, on behalf of President Obama’s Justice Department, still thinks pot is a dangerous drug with no medical value. In a court filing on Wednesday, the U.S. attorney’s office opposed a challenge to a federal law that classifies marijuana as a Schedule One drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no safe medical use. There is “some dispute among doctors as to whether marijuana is medicine,” but there is evidence supporting the government’s conclusion that “this psychoactive, addictive drug is not accepted as safe for medical use at this time, even with medical supervision,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Broderick wrote.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The average women in a modern industrialized society menstruates 450 times in her life. Conversely, prehistoric women menstruated only 50 times—and today, women in agrarian regions menstruate about 150 times in a lifetime.

U.S. EMBASSY BOMBING SUSPECT DIES: Alleged al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Liby, who was snatched outside his Tripoli home by US commandos in October 2013, died Friday night in a New York hospital of complications from a Hepatitis C infection he contracted while imprisoned in Iran. Al-Liby—his real name is Nazih Abdul Hamed al Ruqai—was accused of playing a role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224. His family insists he was innocent and that he split from al Qaeda years before the bombings took place. They blame the US for his death but medical experts say being able to take advantage of US health care probably prolonged his life.

WHO READ THE LBN E-LERT? Vice-President Joe Biden along with with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


NYPD CHIEF: DON’T TURN BACKS ON MAYOR: After hundreds of police officers turned their back on New York City mayor Bill de Blasio at slain officer Rafael Ramos’s funeral last week, New York Police Commissioner Willian Bratton has asked officers to maintain a level of respect at officer Wenjian Liu’s funeral on Sunday. “I remind you that when you don the uniform of this department, you are bound by the tradition, honor and decency that go with it,” Bratton wrote in a memo sent to officers on Friday. Thousands are expected to attend Liu’s funeral.

NO MURDER CHARGE IN JAMES S. BRADY DEATH: On Friday, federal prosecutors said they will not charge John W. Hinckley Jr. with murder in the death of James S. Brady, a former Reagan press secretary who was shot in Hinckley’s 1981 attempt on Reagan’s life. A medical examiner found that Brady’s death in August was caused by the old gunshot wounds. “The decision was made following a review of applicable law, the history of the case, and the circumstances of Mr. Brady’s death, including recently finalized autopsy findings,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a statement.

*LBN-NOTICED: ***Julia Stiles on the L train at 3 a.m. New Year’s morning smooching “an unidentified male”.  ***Vera Wang ringing in the New Year at chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador Room in Ian Schrager’s Miami Beach Edition hotel .    ***Nicole Murphy, ex of Eddie Murphy and Michael Strahan, partying at Surrender in Las Vegas as Lil Jon spun records .   ***Percy Harvin sitting at the bar at Bocca di Bacco Chelsea in NYC.   ***Tina Fey at DreamDry on West 57th in NYC, where “no one realized it was her until her blowout was done” .

DEDUCTIBLE BOOM MAKES MANY SKIP DOCTOR: The exploding price of health-insurance deductibles are forcing many middle-class Americans to avoid going to the doctor as if they didn’t have health insurance. A survey from the Commonwealth Fund found that four in 10 working-age adults skipped some kind of care because of the cost. The size of the average deductible has more than doubled in the past eight years, from $584 to $1,217 for individual coverage (and that’s on top of co-pays, co-insurance, and the costs of prescriptions and procedures). The percentage of workers with annual deductibles rose from 55 percent eight years ago to 80% today.

UNIQUELY, LBN: Radio talk show host Dennis Prager, an LBN E-Lert reader from Los Angeles, California.


LBN-SEE IT: Michael Moorcock once wrote, “I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I’d rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas.”



LBN-R.I.P.: ***Donna Douglas who played the animal loving Elly Mae Clampett on the 1960s sitcom TV show “The Beverly Hillbillies” has died at age 81.She passed away at her home after a battle with pancreatic cancer in Pride, Louisiana with family by her side.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Here is Amos Oz on writing a novel: “It is like reconstructing the whole of Paris from Lego bricks. It’s about three-quarters-of-a-million small decisions. It’s not about who will live and who will die and who will go to bed with whom. Those are the easy ones. It’s about choosing adjectives and adverbs and punctuation. These are molecular decisions that you have to take and nobody will appreciate, for the same reason that nobody ever pays attention to a single note in a symphony in a concert hall, except when the note is false. So you have to work very hard in order for your readers not to note a single false note. That is the business of three-quarters-of-a-million decisions.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author): Words form only 7% of our communication with anyone, including spouses. Tone of voice accounts for 38% and body language is responsible for 55% of the messages spouses receive from each other.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Shane Harris: The FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies for years have been tracking the hackers who they believe to be behind the cyber attack on Sony, according to current and former American officials. And during that long pursuit, U.S. agencies accumulated still-classified information that helps tie the hackers to the recent Sony intrusion. The Obama administration announced a round of sanctions against North Korea Friday, and explicitly said the measures were in retaliation for the “destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Angelina Jolie: I would love to think of myself as the classic mom at home. I’m one of those people that I’ll learn some random, exotic meal from… I can do a really interesting Afghan dish with eggplant, but I don’t know how to make basic spaghetti. I’m just that person.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Grammy Award-winning “Same Love” rapper Macklemore’s going to be a dad. Sources say that his fiancée, Tricia Davis, is pregnant with the couple’s first child.    ***The promoters of Bill Cosby’s three shows in Canada next week say the comedian’s representatives informed them he has “every intent” to do them and they are legally obligated to put them on. Chicago-based Innovation Arts & Entertainment said in a statement Friday that they understand the decision is unpopular but that both they and the venues are legally obligated to proceed and that “we would face crippling legal obstacles for violation.”   ***Terrence Howard and his third wife, Miranda, are growing their family. The couple are expecting their first child together, which will be Howard’s fourth.   ***Robin Thicke spent the early part of New Year’s Eve with his new girlfriend, April Love Geary, but she couldn’t ring in 2015 at a Las Vegas club with him because she isn’t yet 21.

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Friday • January 2, 2015

BIOLOGICAL BAD LUCK BLAMED IN TWO-THIRDS OF CANCER CASES


Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer incidence of various types can be blamed on random mutations and not heredity or risky habits like smoking.

The researchers said on Thursday random DNA mutations accumulating in various parts of the body during ordinary cell division are the prime culprits behind many cancer types.

They looked at 31 cancer types and found that 22 of them, including leukemia and pancreatic, bone, testicular, ovarian and brain cancer, could be explained largely by these random mutations – essentially biological bad luck.

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Friday • January 2, 2015

CLUSTER OF CONCERNS VIE FOR TOP U.S. PROBLEM IN 2014: In 2014, four issues generated enough public concern over enough months for at least 10% of Americans, on average, to identify each of them as the nation’s most important problem. Complaints about government leadership — including President Barack Obama, the Republicans in Congress and general political conflict — led the list, at 18%. This was closely followed by mentions of the economy in general (17%), unemployment or jobs (15%) and healthcare (10%).

EBOLA DOCTORS ARE DIVIDED ON IV THERAPY IN AFRICA: Medical experts seeking to stem the Ebola epidemic are sharply divided over whether most patients in West Africa should, or can, be given intravenous hydration, a therapy that is standard in developed countries. Some argue that more aggressive treatment with IV fluids is medically possible and a moral obligation. But others counsel caution, saying that pushing too hard would put overworked doctors and nurses in danger and that the treatment, if given carelessly, could even kill patients. The debate comes at a crucial time in the outbreak. New infections are flattening out in most places, better-equipped field hospitals are opening, and more trained professionals are arriving, opening up the possibility of saving many lives in Africa, rather than a few patients flown to intensive care units thousands of miles away.

BONO MAY NEVER PLAY GUITAR AGAIN: Due to a freak bike accident in New York in November, U2’s Bono now says he may never be able to play guitar again. The frontman broke his arm in six places, fractured his eye socket, hand, and shoulder blade in the accident. He said he is still unable to physically move around. “Recovery has been more difficult than I thought. As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this,” Bono said in a blog post on the band’s website. He describes the results of the crash as, “a massive injury I can’t blame on anyone but myself, mainly because I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go.”

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that this LBN E-Lert is read daily in 26 foreign countries from China to India from England to Mexico from Brazil to Germany from Korea to Australia from Canada to Iraq?

NEW YORK EX-GOVERNOR MARIO CUOMO DIES: Mario Cuomo, three-term governor of New York and a star of Democratic politics during the Reagan era, died Thursday at age 82. Cuomo died of natural causes six hours after his son, Andrew, was sworn in for a second term as governor of New York. Cuomo was first elected governor in 1983 and immediately rose to national prominence by fighting Ronald Reagan and the conservative revolution. In 1984, Cuomo addressed the Democratic National Convention and said Reagan was blind to much of the nation’s suffering. In 1992, Cuomo left his plane idling on the runway as he decided against running for president. Before losing a fourth bid for governor, Cuomo guided the state through two recessions and vastly expanded its penal system.

HARRY REID SUFFERS EXERCISE ACCIDENT: After a piece of exercise equipment he was using in his home broke, Senator Harry Reid fell and broke multiple bones in his ribs and face. According to a release from his office, he was treated Thursday night at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. “Senator Reid will return to Washington this weekend and be in the office Tuesday as the Senate prepares to reconvene. His doctors expect a full recovery,” the statement said.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Ralph Lauren (right) and his wife Ricky Lauren along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


ONE IN 8 GERMANS WOULD JOIN ANTI-MUSLIM MARCHES: POLL: One German in eight would join an anti-Muslim march if a rapidly-growing protest movement organized one in their home towns, according to an opinion poll published on Thursday. The survey highlighted growing support in Germany, as in other European Union countries including Britain and Sweden, for parties and movements tapping into voter fears that mainstream politicians are too soft on immigration.

OSU, OREGON FACE OFF FOR NATIONAL TITLE: Ohio State University will face Oregon in the first-ever College Football Championship, after unseating top-ranked Alabama in the semifinal at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Thursday. The No. 4 Buckeyes clinched a 42-35 win off running back Ezekiel Elliott’s 85-yard touchdown with less than four minutes left in the game. The No. 2-ranked Oregon Ducks’ high-powered offense blew past the reigning champion Florida State at the Rose Bowl earlier on Thursday, with 35 unanswered points in the second half. The Buckeyes and the Ducks will meet in Arlington, Texas, at the home of the Dallas Cowboys for the first-of-its-kind College Football Championship Game on Jan. 12.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***In a devastating act of betrayal, a new tell-all is claiming to expose the secrets of media mogul Oprah Winfrey’s mysterious relationship with longtime fiancé Stedman Graham. And the turncoat author is Stedman’s own niece , according to sources. Courtney Shelton – the 36-year-old daughter of Stedman’s sister Anita – is shopping the book to literary agents in a bid to get it on to bookshelves, a publishing source revealed.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Carson Daly taking his family to Junior’s Times Square in NYC  for a pre-New Year’s Eve bite.   ***Former New York Mets pitchers Al Leiter and John Franco outside the W South Beach chatting and miming their pitching motions to each other.    ***LL Cool J and “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Brad Garrett dining separately at Carmine’s in the Theater District.   ***“American Horror Story” star Taissa Farmiga working out with trainer Sulyn Silbar at Body + Mind NYC.    ***Media expert and author Michael Levine having dinner on New Year’s Eve at a packed Mr. Chow’s in Malibu.

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“Amazing satellite and aerial images from Google Earth, and the funniest sightings on Google Maps Street View. Why bother seeing the world for real?”

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Human Heart

1.     The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime.

2.     Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day.

3.     A kitchen faucet would need to be turned on all the way for at least 45 years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime.

4.     The volume of blood pumped by the heart can vary over a wide range, from five to 30 liters per minute.

5.     Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back.

6.     Because the heart has its own electrical impulse, it can continue to beat even when separated from the body, as long as it has an adequate supply of oxygen.

7.     The fetal heart rate is approximately twice as fast as an adult’s, at about 150 beats per minute. By the time a fetus is 12 weeks old, its heart pumps an amazing 60 pints of blood a day.

8.     The heart pumps blood to almost all of the body’s 75 trillion cells. Only the corneas receive no blood supply.

9.     During an average lifetime, the heart will pump nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood—enough to fill 200 train tank cars.

10.  Five percent of blood supplies the heart, 15-20% goes to the brain and central nervous system, and 22% goes to the kidneys.

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LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The “Trial of the Century” Begins (1935)

Bruno Hauptmann, a German immigrant to the US, was convicted and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the young son of famed pilot Charles Lindbergh. Hauptmann had been found with part of the ransom money, but the case against him has since come under scrutiny. It has been alleged that some of the evidence used to convict him was planted and that false testimony was given at the trial.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Bob Hall, a key showman for the Harlem Globetrotters, basketball’s barnstorming comedy troupe, from the late 1940s until the mid-1970s, died on Dec. 24 near his home in Detroit. He was 87. His wife, Kittie Barksdale-Hall, said the cause was complications of cancer.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: If I were a political novelist, I’d try to write a novel about Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel. The story would be partly Nixonian. Netanyahu is surpassingly brilliant, as even his opponents here concede. He knows the minute guts of Israeli politics and has read deeply into big history and grand strategy. He is also said to be suspicious, solitary and insular. It is hard to stay on good terms with him, whether you are on his staff, or his nation’s closest ally.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: In 2014, soaring inequality in advanced nations finally received the attention it deserved, as Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” became a surprise (and deserving) best seller. The usual suspects are still in well-paid denial, but, to everyone else, it is now obvious that income and wealth are more concentrated at the very top than they have been since the Gilded Age — and the trend shows no sign of letting up. But that’s a story about developments within nations, and, therefore, incomplete. You really want to supplement Piketty-style analysis with a global view, and when you do, I’d argue, you get a better sense of the good, the bad and the potentially very ugly of the world we live in.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: On the first day of the new year, as on the last day of the old year, I slip outside at dusk and try to run away from my problems. There is no better way to make sense of the daily clutter of inchoate thoughts than bouncing along a trail, immortality in every stride. Of course, everything hurts — joints, calf muscles, a toe that refuses to warm. When someone with more spring to the step passes by, I feel a pang of loss: I’ll never be that fast again. And then, loathing at having that thought. It’s a bad day when the most creative thing you do is come up with an unoriginal form of self-pity.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David N. Cicilline and Scott Rigell: Over the last decade, Congress’s approval ratings have gone from bad to worse to outright terrible, dropping from about 40 percent at the end of 2004 to a meager 15 percent today, according to Gallup. The American people are frustrated with the gridlock and hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington, but a large part of the problem is the perception that lawmakers believe the rules don’t apply to them. And it’s not just a matter of perception: Since 2008, the number of disciplinary actions taken by the House Ethics Committee against members of Congress has quadrupled.

LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are getting marriage counseling from an unlikely source – three-time divorcée Jane Fonda. The talk show host, 56, met Oscar winner Jane, 77, at a fundraiser five years ago, and the two have been close ever since, sources said. “Jane has been counseling Ellen and Portia,” an insider said. “She’s become their unofficial therapist. Ellen and Portia get Jane on a conference call and they talk for hours!” ***Tom Selleck is reportedly livid over plans to make a star-studded “Magnum P.I.” movie – without him. The “Blue Bloods” star, 69, was desperate to portray the 1980s TV detective that made him a superstar on the small screen, a close source said.   ***Consciously uncoupled Gwyneth Paltrow called herself “misunderstood” in a recent interview — and dropped an ­F-bomb while describing her relationship with rock star Chris Martin. “We’ve worked really f- -king hard to get to [this] point,” she said of rebuilding a relationship with the Coldplay frontman and father of her two children.   ***“Empire” director Lee Daniels held court backstage at Pitbull’s “New Year’s Revolution” party at the Thompson Miami Beach with series star Taraji P. Henson. Daniels, who’s recently shed some pounds, was overheard being asked by a guest how he lost weight. “He said he only eats carrots,” a spy said.   ***Arnold Schwarzenegger approves of his model son, Patrick, dating wild pop star Miley Cyrus — despite the concerns of his ex-wife, Maria Shriver — and the former Governator even partied with the young pair on New Year’s Eve, along with Arnold’s new flame Heather Milligan.

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Thursday • January 1, 2015

LBN-FIFTY SHADES OF LIFE:


9 BODIES FOUND IN AIRASIA WRECKAGE: Two more bodies were pulled from the wreckage of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea by rescue teams on Thursday. The total number of recovered victims is now nine, and no survivors have been found. The search operation has faced bad weather since the plane disappeared on Sunday with 162 people on board. There has been one funeral held so far, for a flight attendant.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Japan has 10% of the world’s active volcanoes.

KIM JONG UN: I’M OPEN TO S. KOREA TALKS: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is open to a summit with South Korea. “If the atmosphere and environment is there, there is no reason not to hold a high-level summit (with South Korea),” he said in his New Year’s address to the nation. On Monday, South Korea proposed reopening stalled talks between the two enemy nations to discuss issues, such as reunions for families separated during the Korean War.

EGYPT ORDERS AL JAZEERA RETRIAL: The three al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt will be getting a new trial after the country’s top court heard their appeal on Thursday. Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been locked up for more than a year and are serving sentences of seven to 10 years. The prosecutors have acknowledged there were major issues in the original verdict, according to the journalists’ lawyers, and a new trial will begin within the month.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound.

29 AIR STRIKES HIT ISIS: Twenty-nine air strikes rained down on Syria and Iraq on New Year’s Eve during a bombing campaign by the United States and its allies. The Combined Joint Task Force hit 17 ISIS locations in Syria, including near al Raqqah and Kobani, and 12 in Iraq on positions around Mosul and Sinjar.

STOCK MARKETS HIT HIGH IN 2014 AS BULL RUN ENDURED: An accelerating United States economy trumped problems overseas to lift the stock market to new highs in 2014. Despite losses for the day in light pre-holiday trading, the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index closed on Wednesday with a gain of 11.39 percent for 2014 — 13.68 percent when reinvested dividends are included. It was the third consecutive year that the market benchmark has risen by more than 10 percent.  Other market measures also ended the year on a strong note. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 7.52 percent for 2014, while the Nasdaq composite index ended up 13.4 percent.

JEB BUSH RESIGNS FROM ALL BOARDS: With one year to go, the Bush dynasty is gearing up for the next presidential election. On New Year’s Eve, Jeb Bush resigned from all corporate and nonprofit board memberships and is reviewing other businesses in which he’s a partner or owner. This includes his consulting firm and a business advisory group that invests in energy. According to the former Florida governor’s aides, Bush wants to dedicate himself to politics over business.

FBI HEAD TO ATTEND SLAIN COP’S FUNERAL: The White House announced that FBI Director James Comey will attend the funeral of one of the two NYPD officers who was killed in cold blood earlier this month. Officer Wenjian Liu will be buried on Sunday in Brooklyn. The other officer who was killed, Rafael Ramos, was laid to rest last Saturday. Vice President Joe Biden attended his funeral. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced plans to rename streets near the officers’ homes after them.

SCOTUS TO MAKE DOCS ACCESSIBLE ONLINE: The Supreme Court has decided to welcome the 21st Century and make briefs and other filings accessible online “as soon as 2016,” according to Chief Justice John Roberts. Print copies of such documents are currently available to the public, but the highest court in the land will aim to make them available electronically, wrote Roberts in his “2014 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary.” However, Roberts was also defensive in the report of the Supreme Court’s seemingly more antiquated traditions, such as barring televised recording of sessions. “Like other centuries-old institutions, courts may have practices that seem archaic and inefficient — and some are,” he wrote. “But others rest on traditions that embody intangible wisdom.”

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DEPICTION OF LYNDON B. JOHNSON IN ‘SELMA’ RAISES HACKLES: The new film “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay, has won rave reviews and awards buzz for its depiction of the tense maneuvering surrounding the protests in that small town in March 1965, as Dr. King (played by David Oyelowo) contended with racist authorities in Alabama as well as factions inside the civil rights movement. But it has also drawn some sharp criticism for its depiction of Johnson as a laggard on black voting rights who opposed the marches and even unleashed the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an effort to stop Dr. King’s campaign.

NYC MURDERS FALL TO LOWEST ON RECORD: Murders in New York fell to the lowest level on record in 2014. The city recorded 321 murders, dramatically lower than the peak of 2,245 recorded in 1990. (The NYPD began keeping reliable numbers in 1963.) When murders fell to 1,177 in 1995, then-and-current police commissioner Bill Bratton threw a parade for officers. However, things are far tenser in 2014. Despite the success in keeping New York safer, the mayor and the NYPD have locked horns since two officers were murdered in cold blood this month. Cops have virtually stopped issuing summons or parking tickets to protest the death of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call to change policing policies.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Edward Herrmann, a stalwart American actor of patrician bearing and earnest elocutionary style who became familiar across a spectrum of popular entertainment, from movies and television shows to plays, audiobooks and advertisements, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 71. The cause was brain cancer, his son, Rory, said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: The most significant animal welfare law in recent history — California’s Prop 2 — takes effect today. The measure, which passed by a landslide vote in 2008, requires egg and some meat producers to confine their animals in far more humane conditions than they did before. No longer will baby calves (veal) or gestational pigs be kept in crates so small they cannot turn around and, perhaps more significantly, egg-laying hens may not be held in “battery” cages that prevent them from spreading their wings.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ron Haskins: Hardly anyone knows it, but since its earliest days the Obama administration has been pursuing the most important initiative in the history of federal attempts to use evidence to improve social programs. Despite decades of efforts and trillions of dollars in spending, rigorous evaluations typically find that around 75 percent of programs or practices that are intended to help people do better at school or at work have little or no effect. Studies of the early childhood education program Head Start and the substance-abuse prevention program D.A.R.E. show that even when there are benefits, they are often modest and not enduring.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill O’Reilly: Since it’s time for New Year’s predictions, here’s one that is pretty much a sure bet: Fox News will dominate the cable ratings in 2015, just as it has for the past thirteen years. CNN will be a distant second, with MSNBC dragging up the rear, playing the role of the Washington Generals to FNC’s Harlem Globetrotters. Fox News may be the biggest media success story since the broadcast networks were formed in the 1950s. FNC crushes its competitors and is consistently near the top among all cable programs, not just news shows. Simply put, FNC is on fire, even after all these years. That raises two obvious questions. Why the big success? And why do so many media types and leftists (pardon the redundancy) absolutely loathe Fox?

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Billionaire Paul Allen moved his annual New Year’s Eve yacht party from St. Barts to Sydney, Australia, this year, because he felt “Russians have taken over” the ritzy island, sources said. The Microsoft mogul’s $250 million, 414-foot megayacht, Octopus, was seen docking at Sydney’s Point Piper to get a prime view of a New Year’s Eve fireworks display. In previous years, Allen’s Octopus party in St. Barts was known as the island’s best, but its supremacy was challenged by Russian Roman Abramovich.   ***Don’t mess with “Zoey 101.” Jamie Lynn Spears stopped a fight at a Pita Pit by pulling out a knife, TMZ reports. The 23-year-old was out for a late-night pita wrap in Hammond, Louisiana, on Saturday when a brawl broke out at the chain restaurant. Police officers said that her friend was hit with a bottle.

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Thursday • January 1, 2015

SONY HACKERS THREATEN NEWS ORGANIZATION: An unnamed U.S. news media organization has been threatened by the Sony hackers, according to an FBI bulletin obtained by The Intercept. The bulletin states that threats over the release of the film The Interview “have extended to USPER2—a news media organization—and may extend to other such organizations in the near future.” The bulletin also noted a recent posting by the Guardians of Peace on Pastebin (a Web tool for anonymous postings) that mocked the FBI’s investigation. Recent reports have expressed skepticism that the Sony hack was done by North Korea alone. The FBI has publicly said Pyongyang is “centrally responsible.”

FIVE GUANTÁNAMO PRISONERS ARE RELEASED TO KAZAKHSTAN: The United States transferred five detainees from the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to Kazakhstan, the Defense Department announced late Tuesday. It was the last in a flurry of year-end moves as President Obama sought to fulfill his promise to close the American-run prison. The five former detainees — three Yemenis and two Tunisians — are “free men” for all intents and purposes after the transfer, a senior official in the Obama administration said. Officials declined to disclose the security assurances reached between the United States and Kazakhstan or detail how the men would be prevented from returning to battlefields in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

CANCER DIP SPARES 1.5M AMERICANS: A report released Tuesday found that a 22 percent decrease in cancer death rates during the past 20 years has saved the lives of more than 1.5 million Americans, according to the American Cancer Society. The annual report pointed to a decline in U.S. smoking habits, more cancer-prevention awareness, cancer treatment improvements, and advances in early detection practices as the factors behind the death rate drop. The American Cancer Society looked at cancer diagnoses, mortality and survival data to find that the pace of cancer deaths is decreasing in every state, with Northeastern states marking the biggest decrease of 25 to 30 percent. “The continuing drops we’re seeing in cancer mortality are reason to celebrate, but not to stop,” said John R. Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Eighty percent of Soviet males born in 1923 didn’t survive WWII.

SOUTH KOREAN TEACHER MADE $8M: Talk about a putting your money where your mouth is. South Korea has long had a reputation for emphasizing education, and now it’s been reported that one of its top-ranked math teachers, Cha Kil Yong, made $8 million last year. Cha teaches students for the college entrance exam in mathematics at an online “hagwon,” or cram school. As a result of its emphasis on education, South Korea is consistently placed high on rankings worldwide for reading, math, and science. However, it also ranks the worst when it comes to student happiness and has one of the highest suicide rates in the developed world.

DUBAI BECOMES WORLD’S BUSIEST AIRPORT: Dubai International Airport has left London Heathrow in its vapor trail to become the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic. As of Dec. 22, the airport has had 68.9 million passengers pass through this year, compared with Heathrow’s 67.8 million, and is expected to pass the 70 million mark by day’s end. Dubai also set a record for its busiest week ever between Dec. 18 and 24, when a total of 638,317 passengers were processed.

LBN-INTESTIGATES: J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, is the first person to become a billionaire (U.S. dollars) by writing books.

CHINESE COURT ORDERS 6 COMPANIES TO PAY $26 MILLION FOR POLLUTING: A court in eastern China has ordered six companies to pay fines totaling about $26 million for discharging waste acid into two waterways, according to the court’s microblog account. The fine, 160 million renminbi, is the biggest of any Chinese environmental pollution case and seems to signal that officials are trying to crack down on companies that have steadily degraded much of China’s land, water and air.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Roberto Clemente Dies in Plane Crash (1972)

Right fielder Roberto Clemente played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning the National League MVP award in 1966, as well as 12 Gold Glove Awards throughout his career. In 1973, he became the first Latin-American player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Clemente, who was dedicated to charity work, was traveling to Nicaragua to deliver aid to earthquake victims when his plane crashed off the coast of Puerto Rico.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Simon Wiesenthal (1908) One of just a few hundred Galician Jews to have survived the Nazi death machine that was Hitler’s Final Solution, Wiesenthal devoted his remaining years to tracking down fugitive Nazi war criminals and bringing them to justice. “Many times I was thinking,” he told his biographer, “that everything in life has a price, so to stay alive must also have a price. And my price was always that, if I lived, I must be deputy for many people who are not alive.”

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Luise Rainer, who left Nazi Germany for Hollywood and soared to fame in the 1930s as the first star to win back-to-back Oscars, then quit films at the peak of her career for occasional stage work and roles as a wife, mother and mountain climber, died on Tuesday at her home in London. She was 104. Her daughter, Francesca Knittel Bowyer, said the cause was pneumonia.   ***Paul C. Sprenger, a Washington lawyer who represented female iron miners in Minnesota in the nation’s first class-action lawsuit focused on sexual harassment — at the time an emerging legal concept — died on Monday while on vacation in Curaçao. He was 74. His wife and law partner, Jane Lang, said the cause was apparently a heart attack he had while snorkeling.   ***Christine Cavanaugh, a prolific voice actress whose characters included the titular character of “Babe,” has died. She was 51. Cavanaugh’s sister Deionn Masock confirmed Tuesday that Cavanaugh died Dec. 22 at her home in Utah.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Anna Clark: One of the members of our improv workshop, a baby-faced man in his 30s, made up a rule: The last person to arrive has to do a cartwheel. A shaggy-haired man with creaky knees manages a groaning little hop, while another wheels like a shot of light. In this fluorescent-lit classroom at the Macomb Correctional Facility in Michigan, it’s the willingness to take a risk that counts. For three years, my friend Matt Erickson and I have led the improv theater workshop, sponsored by the University of Michigan’s Prison Creative Arts Project, at this medium-security state prison 30 miles outside Detroit. Improv is about freedom, and so there is a built-in challenge — and deep irony — in attempting to practice it in a prison.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: You trudge into Gaza from a high-tech Israeli facility through a caged walkway that brings you, after about 15 minutes, to a ramshackle Palestinian border post; and then, formalities completed, on you go, through dust and the reek of sewage, past the crumpled buildings and the donkey carts, to arrive at last in the middle of nowhere. Gaza is nowhere. Very few people go in or out of the 140-square-mile enclave. Most people want to forget about it. The border with Egypt was closed in October. A handful of travelers negotiate the labyrinth of inspections at the Israeli border and proceed into the Jewish state.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dave Barry: Millions of Americans suddenly decided to make videos of themselves having ice water poured on their heads. Remember? There were rumors that this had something to do with charity, but for most of us, the connection was never clear. All we knew was that, for a while there, every time we turned on the TV, there was a local newscaster or Gwyneth Paltrow or Kermit the Frog or some random individual soaking wet and shivering. This mysterious phenomenon ended as suddenly as it started, but not before uncounted trillions of American brain cells died of frostbite.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: The lone wolf is the new nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.  The real terrorists are rational. Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, had been functioning as an Army doctor for years. Psychotics cannot carry that off. Hasan even had a business card listing his occupation as SoA (Soldier of Allah). He then went out and, shouting “Allahu Akbar,” shot dead 13 people, 12 of them fellow soldiers. To this day, Hasan speaks coherently and proudly of the massacre. That’s terrorism.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Top televangelist Joel Osteen is caught up in a financial scandal that could destroy his $50 million empire.  New York attorney Richard Garbarini claimed he’s blowing the whistle on the 51-year-old nicknamed “The Smiling Preacher.” Garbarini – who previously helped a band win a judgment from Osteen and his Lakewood Church for stealing their music – is calling for an investigation, charging that Osteen uses his charity to promote his for-profit books. While the Houston-based ministry is listed as a non-profit, Garbarini said: “He’s leveraging the church as a money-making vehicle! The church pays (to air) his sermons, which are just de facto infomercials to promote his books.   ***Demi and daughter Rumer Willis at loggerheads over ex-hubby says an insider. Mom Demi Moore is at war with her oldest daughter Rumer over the 26-year-old’s friendship with ex-husband Ashton Kutcher. “Demi feels she’s been stabbed in the back by her own daughter!” an insider said.   ***The diva of “Dynasty” is now a dame. Joan Collins, who played scheming, shoulder pad-wearing Alexis Carrington in the hit 1980s TV show, was made the female equivalent of a knight in Queen Elizabeth II‘s annual New Year’s honors list.   ***Lindsay Lohan is a real trouper. The troubled actress, 28, was diagnosed with the Chikungunya virus during her French Polynesian holiday. According to the World Health Organization, Chikungunya is transmitted through mosquito bites and causes fever and severe joint pain, among other unpleasant symptoms. There is no cure; treatment primarily focuses on relieving symptoms.

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Tuesday • December 30, 2014

40+ BODIES FROM AIR ASIA FOUND AT SEA: Authorities found a number of bodies floating in the Java Sea on Tuesday, just six miles from where AirAsia’s Flight 8501 disappeared three days earlier, according to National Search and Rescue Director SB Supriyadi. Indonesian navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir told Agence France-Presse that 40 bodies had been recovered and that the number was growing. AirAsia also confirmed that debris discovered in the Karimata Strait is from the plane. Search and rescue teams discovered the bodies after several pieces of red, white, and black debris were spotted off the coast of Borneo island. AirAsia CEO Tony Fenandes tweeted, “My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501. On behalf of AirAsia my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”

COPS KILLED BY GUNS JUMPED 56%: There was a 56 percent increase in the number of U.S. law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2014, according to an annual report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. This year, 50 officers were killed by guns, compared to 32 in 2013. Fifteen deaths were due to ambush assaults, the highest figure since 1995. In total, 126 federal, local, and tribunal officers were killed in the line of duty, a 24 percent increase from 2013.

FBI BRIEFED ON ALTERNATE SONY HACK THEORY: FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator another example of the continuing whodunit blame game around the devastating attack. Even the unprecedented decision to release details of an ongoing FBI investigation and President Barack Obama publicly blaming the hermit authoritarian regime hasn’t quieted a chorus of well-qualified skeptics who say the evidence just doesn’t add up.

EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT? 96% OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT FAMILIES WITH DEPORTATION ORDERS ‘CAN’T BE FOUND’: Thousands of illegal immigrants who spilled into border states earlier this year have “disappeared” from government tracking, according to a recent investigation by a Houston TV station. 96 percent of the more than 4,100 families released on recognizance and ordered deported did not show up to court. The wave of unaccompanied children and women illegally crossing into the United States between July and October was so large that Border Patrol had to release thousands on their own recognizance due to lack of detention space. Now, many of those ordered to be deported “can’t be found,” says investigative reporter Robert Arnold.

HACKERS CAN NOW FAKE FINDERPRINTS: Hackers can now effectively fake people’s fingerprints with the help of just a few photographs. Jan Kissler, the hacker known as Starbug, demonstrated how to mimic fingerprints of German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen at a hacker conference. Using software called VeriFinger and high-definition photos—including some released by the minister’s office—Kissler created fakes of von der Leyen’s fingerprints. “After this talk, politicians will presumably wear gloves when talking in public,” Kissler joked. In all seriousness, the easy ability to mimic people’s fingerprints raises new concerns about the vulnerability of  security systems, even ones that are protected by seemingly unique human markers.


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PUTIN CRITIC GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE: A Moscow court handed down a suspended sentence to one of Vladimir Putin’s most vociferous critics, but saved a harsher punishment for his brother. Aleksei A. Navalny was spared jail time for criminal fraud charges, which Kremlin critics say were concocted to attack Navalny for leading mass protests against Putin three years ago. The decision not to jail Navalny is widely seen as a way to sideline him and stifle dissent in Russia. At the same time, Navalny’s brother, Oleg, who is seen as a political pawn, received a three-and-a-half year jail sentence that became effective immediately. “Aren’t you ashamed? Why are you jailing him? To punish me more?” Navalny shouted at Judge Yelena Korobchenko as his brother was jailed.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Approximately 67 million people worldwide are affected by autism.

GOVERNMENT LOS $9.26B ON AUTO BAILOUT: Six years after the U.S. government rescued the auto industry from bankruptcy, the Department of Treasury is $9.26 billion short, according to accounting figures released Monday. The Treasury said it recovered $70.43 billion of the $79.69 billion it gave General Motors Corp., Chrysler LLC, as well as auto lending firms Ally Financial Inc. and Chrysler Financial. The government closed the books on the program on Dec. 19, following the Treasury’s sale of its remaining 11.4 percent stake in the Detroit-based Ally, formerly known as GMAC. The bailout program began in December 2008 under President George W. Bush with $25 billion in aid, followed by an additional $55 billion under President Obama. The government was repaid through dividends, interest payments, partial loan payments, and stock sales

REP. MICHAEL GRIMM WILL RESIGN: Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) will resign from Congress next Monday, following his guilty plea last week to a felony tax-evasion charge. The Staten Island representative had said he wouldn’t step down from his post, but apparently has changed his mind after talking to House Speaker John Boehner, according to sources. There will be a special election to fill his seat.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jonah Hill celebrated a belated 31st birthday dinner at Tavern on the Green in NYC Saturday with his girlfriend, Brooke Glazer, and three friends.   ***Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin having an intimate dinner at John McDonald’s newly opened Bowery Meat Company in NYC on Saturday night .   ***Diane Keaton (in boots) at a performance of “Kinky Boots” at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.   ***Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy having nachos and guacamole at La Fondita in Amagansett.   ***Ralph Fiennes looking dapper while sipping cocktails at Mercer Kitchen in NYC on Christmas night.   ***Dr. Jon Perlman having salad for lunch yesterday at the popular Nosh in Beverly Hills.   ***Heidi Klum taking tennis lessons in St. Barts .

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***After 20 years with CNN, veteran national correspondent Susan Candiotti is departing the network.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Formed (1922) Traditionally considered the successor state of the Russian Empire, the USSR was established in 1922 and unified the Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian, and Transcaucasian Soviet republics under one government. The largest country in the world, the USSR occupied a seventh of the land surface on Earth. It became a superpower that rivaled the US in domination of global affairs until its collapse and dissolution in 1991.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***In an interview with CBS This Morning in early-December, Michael Stipe proclaimed, “I think I’ll sing again.” Stipe had only made a few appearances behind the microphone since R.E.M. disbanded in 2011, but at Patti Smith’s concert at New York’s Webster Hall Monday night, Stipe served as the surprise opening act, delivering his first substantial performance in nearly four years and making his debut as a solo artist.   ***The longtime live-in girlfriend of Allen Klein, the late Beatles and Rolling Stones manager, has lost her battle to keep $1 million in artwork that she says were gifts from him. Iris Keitel had tried to gain access to Klein’s gift tax receipts to prove he had a “practice of making substantial gifts” to others before he died in 2009.

LBN-R.I.P.: Timothy J. Dowd, the New York City police detective who led the manhunt that finally ensnared David Berkowitz, the serial killer who called himself the Son of Sam and whose yearlong shooting spree and evasion of the police spread fear across the five boroughs, died on Friday in Millbrook, N.Y. He was 99. His daughter, Melissa Dowd Begg, confirmed his death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The most powerful woman in the world may also be the most effective leader in the world. We kick off the second volley of the year’s best magazine essays by giving a Sidney Award to George Packer’s “The Quiet German,” a superb profile of Angela Merkel, which appeared in The New Yorker. (For Part 1 of the Sidney Awards, click here.) Packer traces the psychological development of this slow, steady, but relentless political operator. As a girl, Packer writes, “Angela was physically clumsy — she later called herself ‘a little movement idiot.’ At the age of five, she could barely walk downhill without falling. ‘What a normal person knows automatically I had to first figure out mentally, followed by exhausting exercise,’ she has said.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: KFC in Japan will continue its tradition of offering customers a Christmas dinner, which includes chicken, wine, cake, and champagne. For no extra charge, you can tell the cashier how you didn’t see your life ending up like this.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Pals fear heavy Chevy Chase is eating himself to death. Chevy Chase’s layered look can’t hide the fact that he’s piling the pounds back on! The “Saturday Night Live” legend, 71, was reportedly rushed to the hospital with heart attack symptoms after his weight had ballooned to nearly 300 pounds. The 6-foot-4 funnyman then dropped more than 40 pounds over a few months. ***A pregnant Jessica Biel is concerned that hubby Justin Timberlake has been spending too much time with his No. 1 fan girl, Taylor Swift. Jessica is not happy that JT’s been partying with Taylor in New York while she’s been in L.A. and Cincinnati, Ohio, working on her movie “The Blunderer,” according to pals. “Jessica doesn’t like it,” said a source. “She doesn’t think it looks good and she’s not happy about it.”   ***Chris Rock’s divorce from his wife of 19 years, Malaak Compton-Rock, is already getting contentious. Sources said Malaak is attempting to file for sole custody of their two children, Lola Simone, 12, and Zahra Savannah, 10, and prevent Chris from seeing them. Chris, who filed papers in New Jersey last Tuesday, is seeking shared legal and physical custody. “He lives for his children,” a source told us. “They come first. When he was doing a publicity tour for ‘Top Five,’ he made it clear it had to be scheduled around being able to take his daughters to school and pick them up.”   ***The world’s hottest couple, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, are engaged. “True Blood” star Manganiello popped the question to the sultry actress at Christmas while on vacation in Hawaii, sources tell us.



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Monday • December 29, 2014

AIRASIA JET: OBJECTS SPOTTED DURING HUNT: Indonesian officials said Monday that an Australian aircraft spotted suspicious objects in the sea near Nangka Island, about 700 miles from the location where an AirAsia jet went missing Sunday. Jakarta’s air force base commander, Rear Marshal Dwi Putranto, said that an Australian Orion aircraft detected objects about 100 miles southwest of Pangkalan Bun. “However, we cannot be sure whether it was part of the missing AirAsia plane,” Putranto said. “We are now moving in that direction, which is in cloudy conditions.” Flight QZ8501 went missing during a flight from Indonesia’s Surabaya city to Singapore, carrying 155 passengers including 16 children and seven crewmembers. The plane lost contact with air-traffic control over the Java Sea just after the pilot requested a change of flight plan because of poor weather conditions.

IN BATTLE TO DEFANG ISIS, U.S. TARGETS ITS PSYCHOLOGY: Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, sought help this summer in solving an urgent problem for the American military: What makes the Islamic State so dangerous? Trying to decipher this complex enemy — a hybrid terrorist organization and a conventional army — is such a conundrum that General Nagata assembled an unofficial brain trust outside the traditional realms of expertise within the Pentagon, State Department and intelligence agencies, in search of fresh ideas and inspiration. Business professors, for example, are examining the Islamic State’s marketing and branding strategies. “We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it,” he said, according to the confidential minutes of a conference call he held with the experts. “We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”

S. KOREA OFFICIALS FACE NUT RAGE FIRING: Four South Korean officials will be punished for their involvement in the probe of a Korea Air Lines executive who forced a plane to return over a bag of macadamia nuts this month. The transport ministry did not specify the exact punishment in its Monday announcement, but the officials could be fired or face salary cuts. Former Korean Air executive Cho Hyun Ah, the daughter of the airline’s chairman, infamously forced a plane to return to the gate in New York after her nuts were served in a bag and not on a plate. Now, the four officials may lose their jobs for leaking information about the government probe into the incident and failing to interview first-class passengers who said Cho assaulted and threatened the chief flight attendant. One of the officials was already arrested Friday for divulging information to a current executive. A Seoul court is expected to decide on Tuesday whether Cho herself will be arrested.

GOOGLE’S GMAIL BLOCKED IN CHINA: Google mail service Gmail has reportedly been blocked by China’s Great Firewall following months of disruption, an anti-censorship group said Monday. GreatFire.org said many Gmail users were cut off in China on Friday and services were still down Monday. “We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end,” a Google spokesman in Singapore said in an email. Google’s Transparency Report, which displays Google’s real-time traffic, revealed a sharp decrease in traffic in China on Friday. While Google users have experienced disruption since June, Gmail users could still access emails downloaded via protocols such as IMAP, SMTP, and POP3. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she was unaware of any block of Gmail services, noting that the government was supportive of foreign investors and businesses.

N.Y. JETS FIRE REX RYAN AND GM JOHN IDZIK: New York Jets owner Woody Johnson’s patience has reached its limit. He fired both Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik after the team finished the 2014 season with a paltry 4-12 record, its worst since 2007. Ryan served as the coach of the Jets for six years, leading the team to AFC championship games in his first two years, though he missed the playoffs for the last four seasons. Ryan was a fan favorite, but Idzik was not well-liked and earned significant criticism for trading away Darelle Revis. Johnson confirmed that both Ryan and Idzik had been fired and that he had hired former NFL General Managers Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf to help him reboot the team.

ARGENTINA’S PRESIDENT ADOPTS JEWISH BOY: In one of the world’s more awesome traditions, Argentine President Christina Fernández de Kirchner adopted a young Jewish boy as her godson to prevent him from turning into a werewolf. You read that right. Fernández met with Yair Tawil and his family last week to observe the more than 100-year-old Argentinian tradition. According to legend, the seventh son born to a family turns into a ferocious “el lobison,” or a werewolf, revealing his true nature on the first Friday after his 13th birthday. To quell the fear, Argentina first began the adoption method to ward off wolf-like tendencies in 1907. It is now customary for the seventh sons and daughters to be adopted by the president and also receive a gold medal and full educational scholarship. But werewolf prevention is the least unusual component of the story, as Tawil is the first Jewish boy to be adopted—the custom only applied to Catholic children until 2009.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that this LBN E-Lert is read in 26 foreign countries daily including: China, India, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Israel, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Iraq, France, Mexico, Korea, Spain, Greece, England, Sweden, among others.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: During his second run for presidency, Teddy Roosevelt was shot by a would-be assassin while giving a speech in Milwaukee. He continued to deliver his speech with the bullet in his chest.

KONG-SIZED KELLY NIXES FAT FARM: Kelly Clarkson sings Taylor Swift’s hit single “Shake It Off” in concert – and that’s the message the plumped-up “American Idol” winner has for haters!  “Kelly’s been attacked on social media with cruel comments about her weight. She’s even had fans ask her if she’s expecting again!” a source said. The “Miss Independent” singer, 32, gave birth to her first child with hubby Brandon Blackstock in June. At 5-foot-4, she weighs about 190 pounds, sources said, but she didn’t try to hide her not-so-svelte figure at the American Country Countdown Awards on Dec. 15. “Kelly holds her head up high!” a close friend dished. “She reads some of the comments people make on social media, and yes, it hurts her. But she isn’t going to change who she is just to please them. “Kelly says she’s a full-figured woman, not a stick figure, and people can stick their catty comments where the sun don’t shine!”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The team behind Bill Cosby’s longtime strategy has included John P. Schmitt, a lawyer from the New York law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler; Norman Brokaw, Mr. Cosby’s longtime agent at the William Morris Agency until late 2012; and Norman’s son David Brokaw, who has been Mr. Cosby’s publicist for 40 years. In addition, at several critical moments over the past few decades, Mr. Cosby has called on Martin D. Singer, an $850-an-hour lawyer with a reputation for playing rough on behalf of clients like Charlie Sheen and Arnold Schwarzenegger when they found themselves embroiled in controversy.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Marketing guru Rich Silverberg along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***“The Interview” generated roughly $15 million in online sales and rentals during its first four days of availability, Sony Pictures said on Sunday. Sony did not say how much of that total represented $6 digital rentals versus $15 sales. The studio said there were about two million transactions over all.

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LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The God-fearing “Duck Dynasty” clan’s darkest secrets are exposed in a searing new tell-all that may rock the rafters of the reality TV stars. Abortion, infidelity and embezzlement are a few of the hush-hush secrets revealed in the book, “A New Season: A Robertson Family Love Story of Brokenness and Redemption,” written by the Ducks’ beardless brother, Al Robertson and his wife, Lisa.

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LBN-NOTICED: ***Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin stayed consciously coupled on Friday afternoon, when they were spotted shopping in the Hamptons for children’s goods, while Chris treated Gwyneth to a massage. A source saw the couple stopping into Naturopathica health spa in East Hampton, where a witness said Martin “paid for her spa treatment and left for an hour until Paltrow, clad in sweats and Ugg boots, finished her massage.”

LBN-R.I.P.: The American pianist Claude Frank, widely admired for his insightful, sensitive performances of the solo and chamber works of the Germanic masters, and an influential teacher to generations of pianists, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan, three days after turning 89. The cause was complications of dementia, said his daughter, Pamela Frank, a violinist and his only immediate survivor.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Suppose that for some reason you decided to start hitting yourself in the head, repeatedly, with a baseball bat. You’d feel pretty bad. Correspondingly, you’d probably feel a lot better if and when you finally stopped. What would that improvement in your condition tell you? It certainly wouldn’t imply that hitting yourself in the head was a good idea. It would, however, be an indication that the pain you were experiencing wasn’t a reflection of anything fundamentally wrong with your health. Your head wasn’t hurting because you were sick; it was hurting because you kept hitting it with that baseball bat.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I promise the world that ten minutes with me would vitiate the most honorable gentlemen. (Note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t represent the opinions of LBN or its staff) — ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Net execs warn VIEW combatants to cool it – OR ELSE! Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg may both be headed for the unemployment line if “The View” combatants don’t cool it. ABC’s top brass have had enough of the co-hosts feuding and have told the dyspeptic duo they’ll both be axed if they don’t fix their on-camera antics and backstage bickering. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin stayed consciously coupled on Friday afternoon, when they were spotted shopping in the Hamptons for children’s goods, while Chris treated Gwyneth to a massage.   ***Congratulations to Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, who welcomed their second child, a son named Genesis Ali on Saturday.   ***Chris Rock is divorcing his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, after 19 years of marriage. The comedian — who has repeatedly poked fun at marriage in his stand-up routines — has hired power divorce attorney Robert S. Cohen, who confirmed in a statement, “Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak.

LBN-ETC: The week between Christmas and New Year’s is the ideal time for this. Try to slow things down. Take some time to think about goals and dreams for the year 2015. Use this as a time to recharge your batteries—not just by watching TV the entire time—but to seriously, and with excitement, think about a handful of changes or additions you want for your life in the new year. Sign up to receive best new success newsletter available. It’s is sent only twice a month and is free. Sign up before the new year – www.TheExcelReport.com

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Sunday • December 28, 2014

COLORADO HIGH – WEED USE EXPLODES! – 1 IN 8 OVER AGE 12:

As marijuana legalization took hold in Colorado, the estimated percentage of regular cannabis users in the state jumped to the second-highest level in the country, according to new federal data.

When asked, roughly one out of every eight Colorado residents over the age of 12 reported using marijuana in the previous month. Only Rhode Island topped Colorado in the percentage of residents who reported using marijuana as frequently.

The results come from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and represent the average of estimates gathered in 2012 and 2013.

LBN-ETC: Legacy building keeps us focused on the long-term and gives us values that we can judge our actions by. When we are acting based on selfishness, personal expediency and the like, we are “small picture.” When we are building a life that will give for many years, we are “big picture.” Ask yourself, How does this action affect my overall goals? How will this affect people in the years to come? To learn more, sign up for the Free Excel Report newsletter (only twice a month). — www.TheExcelReport.com.

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Sunday • December 28, 2014

AIR ASIA FLIGHT VANISHES WITH 162 ABOARD: An AirAsia plane carrying 162 people on board went missing Sunday during a flight from Indonesia’s Surabaya city to Singapore. The budget carrier’s Flight QZ8501 is carrying 155 passengers including 16 children, and seven crew members. The plane lost contact with air traffic control over the Java Sea shortly after the pilot requested a change of flight plan because of bad weather. Authorities in Malaysia and Singapore temporarily suspended search and rescue operations due to darkness and bad weather. However, rescue attempts are set to resume Monday morning local time, according to Indonesian authorities. Teams had started searching the sea and mountainous areas in the region hours after the plane vanished Sunday morning local time. Worried relatives gathered in both Surabaya and Singapore, anxious for any news of loved ones or the whereabouts of the aircraft. The scenes evoked memories of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished without a trace while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing nine months ago, and has yet to be found.

HAMAS BARS KIDS FROM TRIP TO ISRAEL: Hamas blocked a bus filled with children who were supposed to visit Israel from leaving Gaza on Sunday. The week-long trip for 37 children, most of whom had lost a parent in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, was meant to foster peaceful relations. It was supposed to include a trip to a zoo, visits to Jewish and Arab communities, and a meeting with Palestianian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. Hamas spokesman Eyad Bozum said the trip was blocked to “to protect the culture of our children and our people.” Bozum vowed that Hamas would make sure a goodwill trip like this one “will never happen again.” Yoel Marshak, one of the trip organizers, said he received written approval for the trip from Hamas three weeks before it was set to start. “These children will one day be the leaders of Gaza and they would have remembered this trip and known that we can live in peace, side by side,” said Marshak.

AMENDS! WOULD-BE POPE KILLER REVISITS VATICAN: The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded former John Paul II in 1981 traveled to St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday to lay white flowers at the tomb of the former pope. The visit from Mehmet Ali Agca came as a surprise, according to a Vatican spokesman. It is believed to be his first time in the Vatican since the assassination attempt.

CRITICAL DECISIONS AFTER 9/11 LED TO SLOW, STEADY DECLINE IN QUALITY FOR SECRET SERVICE: The Secret Service began struggling to carry out its most basic duties after Congress and the George W. Bush administration expanded the elite law enforcement agency’s mission in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. According to government documents and interviews with dozens of current and former officials, the recent string of security lapses at the White House resulted from a combination of tight budgets, bureaucratic battles and rapidly growing demands on the agency that have persisted through the Bush and Obama administrations in the 13 years since the attacks. At the same time, the Secret Service was hit by a wave of early retirements that eliminated a generation of experienced staff members and left the agency in a weakened state just as its duties were growing.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Mothers who have autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease have up to three times a greater risk for having a child with autism.

COP SUSPENDED FOR TRASHING BROWN TRIBUTE: A spokesman for the Ferguson police has been suspended without pay for making disparaging remarks about a local Michael Brown memorial. Officer Timothy Zoll called the memorial a “pile of trash” in a Washington Post article. The piece, which was about damage to the memorial, quoted Zoll as saying: “I don’t know that a crime has occurred. But a pile of trash in the middle of the street? The Washington Post is making a call over this?” Zoll initially claimed he had been misquoted. However, police announced on Saturday that Zoll was “confronted with the results” of an internal probe and “admitted to department investigators” he had made the comment and “misled” authorities. In addition to the unpaid leave, Ferguson police are beginning disciplinary hearings against Zoll.

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SOMALI ISLAMIST LEADER SURRENDERS: One of the United States’ most wanted, a Somali Islamist leader with a $3 million bounty on his head, has reportedly surrendered, according to government sources and local media. Zahariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi is one of seven al Shabaab leaders for whom the U.S. offered $33 million in 2012 for information leading to their capture. The group’s main leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was assassinated by a U.S. drone strike in September.

AMAZON OFFERS ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BOOKS. AUTHORS TURN UP NOSES: Authors are upset with Amazon. Again. For much of the last year, mainstream novelists were furious that Amazon was discouraging the sale of some titles in its confrontation with the publisher Hachette over e-books. Now self-published writers, who owe much of their audience to the retailer’s publishing platform, are unhappy. One problem is too much competition. But a new complaint is about Kindle Unlimited, a new Amazon subscription service that offers access to 700,000 books — both self-published and traditionally published — for $9.99 a month. It may bring in readers, but the writers say they earn less. And in interviews and online forums, they have voiced their complaints.

LBN-NOTICED: ***“CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose has sat down with high-profile politicians, foreign dignitaries and A-list celebs for exclusive, intimate interviews. But the subject of his most recent one-on-one meeting almost stood him up. Rose dined at Harry Cipriani at The Sherry-Netherland hotel in NYC with a mystery woman on Christmas night. “He was with an attractive brunette,” a source told us. “But he waited an hour for her to show up.”   ***New York Knicks star J.R. Smith dining at Red Stixs on East 49th Street in NYC, later posting on Instagram, “My new favorite restaurant in NYC”.   ***Amy Adams taking her ­4-year-old daughter to see “Cinderella” on Broadway in NYC.   ***Usher at a lengthy lunch meeting at Freds at Barneys in NYC, while seated at the next table were taxi king Evgeny Freidman and wife Sandra.    ***New York Gov. Cuomo (with his daughters), Andy Cohen and Alexa Ray Joel at Billy Joel’s Christmas-themed Madison Square Garden show in NYC.   ***Popular Rant columnist Ericka T. Bass having Christmas dinner at Pink’s hot dogs on LaBrea at around mid-night.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Pharrell Williams has reunited with his fellow N.E.R.D. members Chad Hugo and Shay Haley for “Squeeze Me,” the Neptunes offshoot’s first new song in four years. The bouncy track will feature on the upcoming soundtrack for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. While the trio briefly reunited in concert in November, “Squeeze Me” marks N.E.R.D.’s first recording together since they released their fourth LP Nothing in 2010.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Woodrow Wilson (1856)

Wilson served as US president from 1913 to 1921, a period that spanned the country’s involvement in World War I. Following the war, Wilson hoped to achieve world peace through his “Fourteen Points,” but his progressive vision suffered numerous setbacks, and he ended his term incapacitated by a stroke. While trying to implement his plan at the Paris Peace Conference, he became the first US president to travel to Europe while in office.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon and research professor whose accidental discovery made him the father of the modern dental implant, died on Dec. 20 in Gothenburg, Sweden, his hometown. He was 85. The cause was a heart attack, his wife, Barbro Branemark, said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Fallon: During a recent Q & A with children, first lady Michelle Obama said that what she wants for Christmas is to sleep in late. Which is why this year Biden promised not to jump on her bed when it’s time to open presents.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I used to smoke weed every day and it made me lazy and stupid. Period.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter announced the end of their 13-year relationship last week, but sources say that they’ve actually been living separate lives for more than a year and that both have had other lovers. Burton, director of the new movie “Big Eyes,” and British actress Bonham Carter confirmed through a spokesman last Tuesday that they had “separated amicably” earlier this year and “have continued to be friends and co-parent their ­children.”   ***It’s not only Gwyneth Paltrow who can pull off the perfect “conscious uncoupling.” David Duchovny and Téa Leoni may have finalized their divorce this year, but they were still spotted heading on a plane together with their kids bound for Turks and Caicos for the holidays.

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Saturday • December 27, 2014

THOUSANDS ATTEND SLAIN NYPD COP’S BURIAL: Thousands of mourners and uniformed police officers gathered Saturday morning around the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens for the funeral of one of the two NYPD officers shot to death one week ago. Officer Rafael Ramos’s funeral is expected to begin at 10 a.m.; Vice President Joe Biden and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio are scheduled to deliver remarks.

N. KOREA BLAMES U.S. FOR INTERNET OUTAGE: On Saturday, in the wake of Sony’s decision to release The Interview after all, North Korea accused the U.S. of shutting down the country’s Internet service and compared President Barack Obama to a “monkey.” The National Defence Commission, North Korea’s ruling body, held Obama responsible for the release of the movie in a statement. “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” a spokesman for the commission said in the statement. Main Internet sites in North Korea suffered intermittent outages this week, including one nine-hour long blackout, before being largely restored to normal on Tuesday.

LAW BRINGS WELFARE DRUG-TESTING TO MI: On Friday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law the creation of a drug-testing program for adult welfare recipients or applicants suspected of drug use. The Republican-backed proposal will create a one-year pilot program to be implemented in three counties. Refusal to take the test will result in six months of ineligibility for benefits; testing positive results in referrals to treatment programs. “We want to remove the barriers that are keeping people from getting good jobs, supporting their families and living independently,” Snyder said in a press release. “This pilot program is intended to help ensure recipients get the wrap-around services they need to overcome drug addiction and lead successful lives. We’ll then have opportunity to assess effectiveness and outcomes.” Opponents of the law have said that similar programs in other states haven’t saved taxpayer money. The ACLU points out that the bill is aimed at a group that doesn’t use drugs at a rate significantly higher than the general population.

LBN READER QUESTION? Should there be drug testing for people receiving welfare? Send your vote to: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN Reader Question) in the subject line.

PUTIN NAMES NATO AS TOP THREAT TO RUSSIA: According to a new military doctrine signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, NATO is the nation’s No. 1 military threat. The doctrine raises the possibility of using conventional weapons to counter aggression from other countries that “threatens the very existence” of Russia. It also says the country could use nuclear weapons in retaliation against nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction. Also, for the first time, the doctrine says Russia may use precision weapons “as part of strategic deterrent measures,” though it did not specify how or when the country could resort to such measures.

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CATHOLIC PRIEST FOUND SHOT IN MEXICO: 39-year-old Mexican Catholic priest Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta, who had been missing since Sunday, was found dead in an alley with a gunshot wound to the head, according to CNN. Church officials believe the murder took place Monday, though his body was found on Christmas. No motive is known for his death. “This is another priest added to those who have died for their love of Christ,” Bishop Maximino Martinez Miranda said in a statement. “Enough already of so much pain, of so many murders. Enough already of so much crime. Enough extortions.”

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A LEADER OF SHABAB SURRENDERS: A leader of the Islamist extremist group Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, has surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday. The militant, Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, surrendered to the Somali police in the Gedo region, said the intelligence officer, who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.

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AS MEDICAID ROLLS SWELL, CUTS IN PAYMENTS TO DOCTORS THREATEN ACCESS TO CARE: Just as millions of people are gaining insurance through Medicaid, the program is poised to make deep cuts in payments to many doctors, prompting some physicians and consumer advocates to warn that the reductions could make it more difficult for Medicaid patients to obtain care. The Affordable Care Act provided a big increase in Medicaid payments for primary care in 2013 and 2014. But the increase expires on Thursday — just weeks after the Obama administration told the Supreme Court that doctors and other providers had no legal right to challenge the adequacy of payments they received from Medicaid. The impact will vary by state, but a study by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan research organization, estimates that doctors who have been receiving the enhanced payments will see their fees for primary care cut by 43 percent, on average.

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‘EXODUS’ BANNED IN EGYPT: Ridley Scott’s version of the Biblical story of Moses, Exodus: Gods and Kings, has reportedly been banned in Egypt because of ‘historical inaccuracies.’ Abdul Sattar Fathi, head of the Egyptian state censorship board, cited “mistakes” such as the movie’s portrayal of Moses as a general, not a prophet, and its claim that Jews built the pyramids. “Furthermore, it shows ancient Egyptians as a mob group persecuting peaceful Jews. Our board has refused this out of respect for Egyptians’ feelings,” Fathi said.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Snoop Dogg got in the Christmas spirit by wearing a festive ensemble while visiting Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., with his family. The rapper was pictured in a Santa Claus hat, oversize Mickey Mouse gloves and a flashy, British Union Jack jumpsuit — but with no smokes in his hand — during the visit Thursday. His wife, Shante, wore Minnie Mouse ears.   ***Nicole Miller and Vera Wang holiday shopping at Lisa Jackson’s new store LJ Cross on Madison Avenue in NYC. Wang took home diamond crosses and rose gold hearts, cashmere robes, blankets and straw hats.   ***Fox News host Dr. Keith Ablow having breakfast with 5WPR CEO Ronn Torossian at the Lambs Club on West 44th in NYC.   ***Bill Irwin, Matt Lauer and Tony Goldwyn all seeing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” on Christmas Eve, while Taye Diggs saw the show Monday in NYC.    ***Producer and personal manager Larry Thompson having drinks before Christmas at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.   ***Veteran personal manager Alan Siegal having dinner at the new Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills.

PILOTS EXPOSED TO INCREASED SKIN CANCER RISK: Piloting a prop plane at 30,000 feet for an hour exposes pilots to as much ultraviolet radiation as 20 minutes in a tanning bed, according to a new study. A dermatologic research team at Mount Zion Cancer Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco, reports that the incidence of melanoma among pilots and their crews is about twice that of the general population. As part of the study, the researchers tested an airplane windshield and found that it only protected against UV-B radiation, not UV-A radiation, which penetrates skin more deeply.

LBN-R.I.P.: James B. Edwards, a dentist turned Republican politician whose victory in the 1974 race for governor of South Carolina helped move the Statehouse away from longstanding Democratic control, and who went on to serve as President Ronald Reagan’s first energy secretary, died on Friday. He was 87.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Ethan Hawke: Speaking of weird New York moments like Wally Shawn, I was waiting in line to pee at Shakespeare in the Park and was standing behind Bill Clinton—which was already weird, waiting in line to pee behind Bill Clinton. So, we go to the urinals and he leans over to me and whispers, “I loved Gattaca.” How crazy is that!?

LBN-COMMENTARY By Fred B. Campbell Jr.: Four years ago, the Federal Trade Commission announced, with fanfare, a plan to let American consumers decide whether to let companies track their online browsing and buying habits. The plan would let users opt out of the collection of data about their habits through a setting in their web browsers, without having to decide on a site-by-site basis. The idea, known as “Do Not Track,” and modeled on the popular “Do Not Call” rule that protects consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls, is simple. But the details are anything but.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: I’ve resisted writing about Berlin’s Hotel Savoy because I don’t want to ruin it, but I figure that if it’s resisted modernizing conformity this long it can probably withstand anything. Let me just say how wonderful it is to walk into the fug of cigar smoke in the hotel lobby. Proust’s madeleine has nothing on that time-canceling waft of tobacco. Out of the mists of time, emerging through the inhaled smoke, looms another age of laissez-faire before anyone ever dreamed of saying “Stay safe” — most awful of salutations — and anyone discovered special dietary requirements; a time when kids roamed free and did not even know what a helmet was.

LBN-COMMENTARY by P. J. O’Rourke: I asked for world peace, religious tolerance and an end to poverty. I really did. But they turn out to be more complicated than I thought. Darn it, Santa didn’t bring me what I wanted this year. Again. What I wanted was, of course, what all right-minded people say they want—in public—when they are questioned about the perfect holiday gifts. World peace, religious tolerance, and an end to global poverty, hunger, and disease. Did I find any of these under the tree?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Philip K. Howard: In January 2014, a lifelong District of Columbia parks employee, Medric Mills, collapsed while walking with his grown daughter. They were across the street from a fire station, close enough for his daughter to yell for help. Mills was lying on the sidewalk, dying, right in front of people trained to save him. But they refused to cross the street to help because, they told bystanders, the rules required them instead to call 911. By the time the ambulance arrived, over 10 minutes later, it was too late—Mills died soon after arriving at the hospital. This is how many public safety officers are trained nowadays. In 2011, firemen in Alameda County refused to rescue a suicidal man who had swum out to sea because they hadn’t yet been re-certified for “land-based water rescues.” Therefore, they explained to passers-by, it would be illegal for them to try to save the man’s life. Later that day, when the fire chief was asked by a reporter what he would have done if it had been a drowning child, he said, “Well, if I was off duty I would know what I would do, but I think you’re asking me my on-duty response and I would have to stay within our policies and procedures because that’s what’s required by our department to do.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Desperate to right a sinking ship, “Today” show producers hope to pair Diane Sawyer with Matt Lauer. NBC brass think the former “Good Morning America” host would give the show’s slumping ratings a boost, insiders said. And sources said that Diane, 69, is rethinking retirement. “Diane would jump at the chance,” a network insider said.   ***Saved By The Bell actor Dustin Diamond was thrown in a Wisconsin jail early Friday for possession of a switchblade knife, first degree recklessly endangering safety and carrying a concealed weapon.The 1990s sitcom star faces an Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, judge Friday afternoon, according to a Port Washington, Wisconsin, police spokeswoman.

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Saturday • December 27, 2014

NORTH KOREA CALLS OBAMA “A MONKEY” IN LATEST HACKING SALVO:


North Korea called President Barack Obama “a monkey” and blamed the US on Saturday for shutting down its internet services amid the hacking row over The Interview.

North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong-un. After Sony Pictures initially called off the release in a decision criticized by Obama, the movie has opened this week.

On Saturday, the North’s powerful National Defense Commission, the country’s top governing body led by Kim, said that Obama was behind the release of The Interview. It described the movie as illegal, dishonest and reactionary.

“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” an unidentified spokesman at the commission’s policy department said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

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LBN-ETC: Hot Selling New Inspirational Book called “Buttered Popcorn For Your Soul” by Actor/Producer Hans Hernke. Available Now on Amazon.com and Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/Buttered-Popcorn-For-Your-Soul/dp/149483183X The perfect bedside, office, or coffee table book for a daily dose of inspiration, humor, and truth from the biggest and hottest names in Hollywood today!

LBN-ETC: Nearly half a million readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries read the LBN E-LERT and many shop at The City Farm.com. The City farm offers a variety of city chic and country comfort products for your home, your pets and yourself. A one-stop shop for all your gift-giving needs this holiday season! Enjoy 15% OFF your first order, exclusively for LBN readers with code LBN15. Check us out & start shopping:  http://thecityfarm.com/

LBN-ETC: For men who want more respect from their wives — Read this book. For women who want their men to start acting like the man of the house –  Give him this book. Translated into 24 languages, it’s saving relationships around the world. It’s the wisdom that fathers used to teach their sons — wisdom that wasn’t taught to this generation of men. Buy Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants: Timeless wisdom on being a man — paperback or ebook from Amazon and bookstores. Have questions? Want to do a media interview or invite the author to speak? Contact ElliottRKatz@aol.com

LBN-ETC: Finally, No Gold Stars tells the true story of the integration of Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s alma mater and its heroes, the young black students and their teacher, Barry Koplen, the lone white person at Sterling Jr.-Sr. High School in Greenville, SC. Based on Koplen’s memoir, this unique account is filled with adventure, innovation, and frightening encounters with Greenville’s turbulent past. According to Rev, Jackson, “I have nothing but praise for No Gold Stars, for its courageous retelling of a civil rights story that has gone untold for too long.” No Gold Stars is available in Kindle and paperback from Amazon.

LBN-ETC: The most important innovation in coffee since the invention of decaf. After years of R&D, proof of concept, scientific documentation and market testing, our new revolutionary, healthy, heartburn-free, unadulterated, coffee, is niched  (towards over 63% of coffee drinkers) is now ready for marketing and distribution.  We have large roasting capabilities and unique positioning. We’re seeking two investors and/or partners with key relationships in the coffee business. Spend 30 days with us and build and secure your future. Please call Michael at (800) 853-7777

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Friday • December 26, 2014

84% FEEL LBN IS INDEPENDENT – TOUGH ON BOTH SIDES!: A huge majority of LBN E-Lert readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries believe LBN is delivering news and information to its 500,000 readers a day in a way “that is independent, taking no particular side.” 10% of the remaining readers felt LBN was more “Liberal” and 6% felt it was more “Conservative”. How do YOU feel? Send your comment to us directly. E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “LBN Reader Poll” in your subject line).

THE ISLAMIC STATE IS FAILING AT BEING A STATE: The Islamic State’s vaunted exercise in state-building appears to be crumbling as living conditions deteriorate across the territories under its control, exposing the shortcomings of a group that devotes most of its energies to fighting battles and enforcing strict rules. Services are collapsing, prices are soaring, and medicines are scarce in towns and cities across the “caliphate” proclaimed in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State, residents say, belying the group’s boasts that it is delivering a model form of governance for Muslims. Slick Islamic State videos depicting functioning government offices and the distribution of aid do not match the reality of growing deprivation and disorganized, erratic leadership, the residents say. A trumpeted Islamic State currency has not materialized, nor have the passports the group promised. Schools barely function, doctors are few, and disease is on the rise.

HACKERS CRASH XBOX, PLAYSTATION NETWORKS: It’s been a rough month for Sony. Hackers claimed responsibility for crashing PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox networks over Christmas, asking for retweets in exchange for ending the problem. The group Lizard Squad took to Twitter to announce it was behind the connection failure, adding that it used distributed denial-of-service attacks to flood the networks with traffic and bring down the services. Lizard Squad said it would end the attack if users retweeted its statements. Xbox Live posted a message Thursday evening announcing it resolved the issue, but many PlayStation users continued to experience problems. Lizard Squad took credit for separate attacks on each network earlier this month.

RUSSIA SIDES WITH KIM ON ‘THE INTERVIEW’: Russia said it sympathizes with North Korea in its outrage over The Interview. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Pyongyang’s anger was “quite understandable” because “the concept of the movie is so aggressive and scandalous.” Lukashevich also criticized U.S. threats of retaliation for the Sony hack as “counterproductive and dangerous.” Russia’s relationship with North Korea weakened after the Soviet Union collapsed, but it has improved through Vladimir Putin’s efforts. The Interview has been screening online since Wednesday and hit theaters Christmas Day.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Actress Julia Stiles along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


UKRAINE PEACE TALKS CALLED OFF: Peace talks between Ukraine’s government and pro-Russian rebels that were supposed to take place Friday in Minsk, Belarus, have been called off. No reason has yet been given. The talks also included Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The topics that had been up for discussion included heavy weaponry, prisoner exchanges, and Ukraine’s economic blockade of rebel-held areas. The collapse of the proposed talks comes after reports that the ceasefire and peace deal framework negotiated in Minsk in September have not been fully observed.

PAKISTAN SCHOOL ATTACK MASTERMIND KILLED: The suspected planner of the recent attack on a school in Pakistan has been killed by security forces, Pakistani officials said Friday. The man known as Saddam was killed in an hour-long shootout during a raid in the Khyber tribal region. Six of his accomplices were injured and arrested. Saddam and his group were believed to be behind the Dec. 16 attack on a school in which 148 people, mostly children, were killed.

IRAN EXPANDS ‘SMART’ INTERNET CENSORSHIP: Iran is to expand what it calls “smart filtering” of the Internet, a policy of censoring undesirable content on websites without banning them completely, as it used to, the government said on Friday. The Islamic Republic has some of the strictest controls on Internet access in the world, but its blocks on U.S.-based social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are routinely bypassed by tech-savvy Iranians using virtual private networks (VPNs). Under the new scheme, Tehran could lift its blanket ban on those sites and, instead, filter their content.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: After a brief lull, the surge of undocumented families passing through a temporary shelter set up by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas seems to be rising again. The spotlight may have turned away, but if the sense of crisis is gone, the people have not stopped coming.  “The numbers increased a lot this past month, almost to 100 every day [last week],” said Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. “We have seen some that have already been caught and tried again. They have hope that they have a chance at a better life here.”

CALIFORNIA WARNS OF CARAMEL APPLE DANGER: Another deadly outbreak across California and nine other states has caused health authorities in the state to warn citizens against eating pre-packaged caramel apples. So far Listeria has been tied to three deaths, and more than two dozen hospitalizations. The grocery chain Safeway has already pulled caramel apples from its shelves after an 81-year-old woman died after eating them.

SOME TOP OFFICIALS KNEW OF V.A. WOES, BEFORE THE SCANDAL: Long before revelations in the spring that the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix had manipulated waiting lists to hide that veterans were facing long delays to see doctors, senior department officials in Washington had been made aware of serious problems at the hospital, according to filings before a federal administrative board. The documents in the case of the Phoenix hospital director Sharon Helman, who had been contesting her Nov. 24 firing, provided new details of how much officials knew about the medical center, including patient backlogs, shortages of medical personnel and clinic space, and long waiting lists.

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MOSQUE LIT ON FIRE IN SWEDEN: As a debate in Sweden rages over asylum seekers from the Middle East, an arsonist set fire to a mosque on Christmas Day. The fire took place in the town of Eskilstuna while 15 to 20 people were inside the mosque at midday prayers. “A witness saw somebody throw an object through the window of the building, which serves as a mosque, after which a violent fire began,” a police spokesman said. At least five people were taken to hospitals for injuries. Eskilstuna has a large immigrant population and has seen clashes involving neo-Nazi groups that oppose Sweden’s immigration policy.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: When Jeb Bush completed two terms as governor of Florida in 2007, he reported his net worth at $1.3 million, about $700,000 less than when he took office. Today, nearly eight years later, he is a wealthier man. He has plunged into business and entrepreneurial ventures involving consulting, the paid lecture circuit and energy development. He has developed real estate, advised international investment banks and joined high-paying corporate boards.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT’S TAX EFFECTS NOW LOOM FOR FILERS: If you decided to skip health insurance this year, consider this: Unless you can prove you have a valid excuse, you will be liable for a penalty during the coming tax season — and the time to start making your case is now. That’s not all. People who bought subsidized insurance through one of the marketplaces may have new tax forms to complete, while paying the penalty itself may demand some serious number-crunching. The Internal Revenue Service is gearing up to answer questions, but it warns that only half of the callers may get through — and those who succeed may have to wait a half-hour or more.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The life expectancy for ancient Greek women was 36, and the average for males was 45. Of the children born, only half survived infancy.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Our annual celebration of the best magazine essays of the year begins with a Sidney Award for Ta-Nehisi Coates’s blockbuster, “The Case for Reparations” in The Atlantic. “America begins in black plunder and white democracy,” Coates writes. He then describes the many ways African-Americans have been handicapped, from residential practices to just plain thievery. The essay has incredible propulsive force. Coates then unleashes his proposal: “Reparations — by which I mean the full acceptance of our collective biography and its consequences — is the price we must pay to see ourselves squarely. The recovering alcoholic may well have to live with his illness for the rest of his life. But at least he is not living a drunken lie. Reparations beckon us to reject the intoxication of hubris and see America as it is — the work of fallible humans.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Chrystia Freehand: AS the United States gears up for a political brawl over immigration next year, one of the concerns shaping the debate will be the fear that English-speaking Americans will be culturally and linguistically overwhelmed by newcomers, many of them Spanish-speaking. An example of what is in store was the autumn cyberspat between the Telemundo anchor and MSNBC host José Díaz-Balart and the talk radio host Laura Ingraham, who was annoyed because Mr. Díaz-Balart had pronounced a Hispanic name with the correct accent and conducted a bilingual interview in too “herky-jerky” a manner.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill O’Reilly: It’s certainly true that black Americans have a tougher row to hoe than most of us. So do Mexicans, Muslims, Filipinos, and just about every other identifiable minority. They are often pre-judged by people – not on the content of their character, but on the color of their skin or the shape of their garments. That is not the fault of the nation as a whole; it is a failing of ignorant individuals. And those being misjudged have a choice: Try to overlook the slights, or declare yourself a victim. For far too many, the latter is the preferred choice. There is a simple message that bears repeating, even if it does little to change the sclerotic thinking of the perpetually angry. Success in America is achievable to anyone who adheres to a few basic rules: Finish high school, don’t have babies until you’re married, avoid drugs, don’t break the law, present yourself respectfully. While those guidelines are blindingly obvious to most of us, they are unquestionably tougher for kids growing up in chaotic, fatherless homes.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Medley: TV sports analysts showing why they get the big bucks: “You have to be able to throw the ball accurately to be successful, at least in this league.” Fox analyst John Lynch. Lynch learned to say the obvious at Stanford. Rich Gannon, CBS analyst, “He hurt his left shoulder way above his ear.” CBS analyst Deion Sanders, “…a guy that can matriculate the ball downfield.” Ray Lewis, ESPN analyst after three years of “education” at University of Maryland, “What he done with Giovani Bernard and what he done with those two backs controlled the game”.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***“Stay away from that woman!” That’s what a furious Angelina Jolie told hubby Brad Pitt about sexy “Diamonds” singer Rihanna after he recently gushed over the pop sexpot, sources said. “Angie wasn’t a happy camper when Brad introduced Rihanna at her charity event,” said a source close to the actress. “She knows Rihanna’s had a serious crush on her husband for some time now.”

LBN-ETC: Partner wanted to participate in National launch of a disruptive technology. Pre-marketing complete, FDA registered, very high acceptance rate, opinion makers will assist in peer promotions. Product has been described as “market leader” “has significant market potential” “never seen anything like it” Ready for national launch with $2 Million of working capital. Extremely high margins and worldwide patents opens up potential licensing or additional joint venture subsidiaries. Inquiries invited from qualified sophisticated investors only. This is not a solicitation of securities, Non Disclosure will need to be executed. Email your name and contact info and best time to call to hiyiel@mts.net

LBN-ETC: Hot Selling New Inspirational Book called “Buttered Popcorn For Your Soul” by Actor/Producer Hans Hernke. Available Now on Amazon.com and Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/Buttered-Popcorn-For-Your-Soul/dp/149483183X The perfect bedside, office, or coffee table book for a daily dose of inspiration, humor, and truth from the biggest and hottest names in Hollywood today!

LBN-ETC: Nearly half a million readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries read the LBN E-LERT and many shop at The City Farm.com. The City farm offers a variety of city chic and country comfort products for your home, your pets and yourself. A one-stop shop for all your gift-giving needs this holiday season! Enjoy 15% OFF your first order, exclusively for LBN readers with code LBN15. Check us out & start shopping:  http://thecityfarm.com/

LBN-ETC: For men who want more respect from their wives — Read this book. For women who want their men to start acting like the man of the house –  Give him this book. Translated into 24 languages, it’s saving relationships around the world. It’s the wisdom that fathers used to teach their sons — wisdom that wasn’t taught to this generation of men. Buy Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants: Timeless wisdom on being a man — paperback or ebook from Amazon and bookstores. Have questions? Want to do a media interview or invite the author to speak? Contact ElliottRKatz@aol.com

LBN-ETC: Finally, No Gold Stars tells the true story of the integration of Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s alma mater and its heroes, the young black students and their teacher, Barry Koplen, the lone white person at Sterling Jr.-Sr. High School in Greenville, SC. Based on Koplen’s memoir, this unique account is filled with adventure, innovation, and frightening encounters with Greenville’s turbulent past. According to Rev, Jackson, “I have nothing but praise for No Gold Stars, for its courageous retelling of a civil rights story that has gone untold for too long.” No Gold Stars is available in Kindle and paperback from Amazon.

LBN-ETC: The most important innovation in coffee since the invention of decaf. After years of R&D, proof of concept, scientific documentation and market testing, our new revolutionary, healthy, heartburn-free, unadulterated, coffee, is niched  (towards over 63% of coffee drinkers) is now ready for marketing and distribution.  We have large roasting capabilities and unique positioning. We’re seeking two investors and/or partners with key relationships in the coffee business. Spend 30 days with us and build and secure your future. Please call Michael at (800) 853-7777

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Thursday • December 25, 2014

POPE SLAMS ISIS IN CHRISTMAS MESSAGE: Pope Francis denounced the violent attacks committed by ISIS. “I ask him, the savior of the world, to look upon our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria, who for too long now have suffered the effects of ongoing conflict, and who, together with those belonging to other ethnic and religious groups, are suffering a brutal persecution,” he said in Christmas Eve, which brought tens of thousands of people to St. Peter’s Square. The Pope used the annual Christmas mass to tackle global violence, condemning the recent attacks at a Peshawar school in Pakistan and Nigeria where “too many people are being held hostage or massacred.” On Christmas Eve, the Pope phoned Iraqi refugees and compared them to Jesus.

OIL’s SWIFT FALL RAISES FORTUNES OF U.S. ABROAD: A plunge in oil prices has sent tremors through the global political and economic order, setting off an abrupt shift in fortunes that has bolstered the interests of the United States and pushed several big oil-exporting nations — particularly those hostile to the West, like Russia, Iran and Venezuela — to the brink of financial crisis. The nearly 50 percent decline in oil prices since June has had the most conspicuous impact on the Russian economy and President Vladimir V. Putin. The former finance minister Aleksei L. Kudrin, a longtime friend of Mr. Putin’s, warned this week of a “full-blown economic crisis” and called for better relations with Europe and the United States.But the ripple effects are spreading much more broadly than that. The price plunge may also influence Iran’s deliberations over whether to agree to a deal on its nuclear program with the West; force the oil-rich nations of the Middle East to reassess their role in managing global supply; and give a boost to the economies of the biggest oil-consuming nations, notably the United States and China

CDC: POTENTIAL EBOLA EXPOSURE IN LAB: CDC officials revealed Wednesday that a dozen scientists may have been exposed to Ebola in a lab at its Atlanta complex. The potential exposure occurred on Monday when scientists accidentally put samples of the virus in a place where it was transferred to a second lab for processing. The worker who processed it and about a dozen other scientists who entered that lab are being monitored for Ebola symptoms for the next 21 days. The incident caps off a year that has seen a number of CDC errors that have put workers at risk, including one accident that potentially exposed dozens of workers to Anthrax.

PUTIN CANCELS NEW YEAR’S FOR MINISTERS: Vladimir Putin has canceled New Year’s holidays for government ministers in light of the country’s economic crisis. Usually, ministers take off from January 1 through January 12, which is when Russians celebrate the New Year. “For the government, for your agencies we cannot afford this long holiday, at least this year – you know what I mean,” Putin told the ministers at a televised session. Putin also blamed rising vodka prices for the country’s economic problems, rather than address the Western sanctions punishing Russia for its actions in Ukraine. While the ruble rallied slightly this week, Russia is still predicted to hit a recession in 2015.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Author and writer Hara Estroff Marano along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


PAKISTAN ANNOUNCES MILITARY COURTS: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced plans to establish military courts to try terrorism-related cases on Thursday, following the Taliban attack on a military school that left at least 148 people dead, including 132 children. Sharif met with political leaders, intelligence chiefs and Pakistan’s army on Wednesday to outline a national plan on terrorism, which includes creating the courts for a two-year period, implementing a new counterterrorism force and prohibiting banned militant groups from operating under new names. Pakistan has stepped up its campaign against terrorism after the Taliban attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar on Dec. 16.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Georgette Mosbacher at the Lypsinka drag show in t he East Village in NYC, where both the legendary performer and the legendary socialite and GOP kingmaker were seen doing big glasses, flame-red hair, big hats and major glamour.   ***One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson mobbed by fans at Old Homestead Steakhouse in the Meatpacking District in NYC as he celebrated his 23rd birthday by devouring a 2-inch thick porterhouse.   ***Sting and wife Trudie Styler celebrating with the cast and crew of “The Last Ship” at Gallaghers in NYC.

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POT SHOT: PRO-MARIJUNA GROUP MOCKS MAUREEN DOWD WITH CHRISTMAS CARD: New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd will never forget her bad experience with a marijuana candy bar this year – and the eight-hour “hallucinatory state” it put her in – at least in part because the pot advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project won’t let her. Earlier this year, the organization used a Dowd look-alike in billboards showing a redhead in a state of distress with the slogan: “Don’t let a candy bar ruin your vacation. With edibles, start low and go slow.” Now the Project has repurposed the image for its Christmas card.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Vampires

1.     Many scholars argue the word “vampire” is either from the Hungarian vampir or from the Turkish upior, upper, upyr meaning “witch.” Other scholars argue the term derived from the Greek word “to drink” or from the Greek nosophoros meaning “plague carrier.” It may also derive from the Serbian Bamiiup or the Serbo-Crotian pirati. There are many terms for “vampire” found across cultures, suggesting that vampires are embedded in human consciousness.

2.     A group a vampires has variously been called a clutch, brood, coven, pack, or a clan.

3.     Probably the most famous vampire of all time, Count Dracula, quoted Deuteronomy 12:23: “The blood is the life.”

4.     The Muppet vampire, Count von Count from Sesame Street, is based on actual vampire myth. One way to supposedly deter a vampire is to throw seeds (usually mustard) outside a door or place fishing net outside a window. Vampires are compelled to count the seeds or the holes in the net, delaying them until the sun comes up.

5.     Prehistoric stone monuments called “dolmens” have been found over the graves of the dead in northwest Europe. Anthropologists speculate they have been placed over graves to keep vampires from rising.6.     A rare disease called porphyria (also called the “vampire” or “Dracula” disease) causes vampire-like symptoms, such as an extreme sensitivity to sunlight and sometimes hairiness. In extreme cases, teeth might be stained reddish brown, and eventually the patient may go mad.

7.     Documented medical disorders that people accused of being a vampire may have suffered from include haematodipsia, which is a sexual thirst for blood, and hemeralopia or day blindness. Anemia (“bloodlessness”) was often mistaken for a symptom of a vampire attack.

One of the most famous “true vampires” was Countess Elizabeth Bathory (1560-1614) who was accused of biting the flesh of girls while torturing them and bathing in their blood to retain her youthful beauty. She was by all accounts a very attractive woman.9.     Vampire legends may have been based on Vlad of Walachia, also known as Vlad the Impaler (c. 1431-1476). He had a habit of nailing hats to people’s heads, skinning them alive, and impaling them on upright stakes. He also liked to dip bread into the blood of his enemies and eat it. His name, Vlad, means son of the dragon or Dracula, who has been identified as the historical Dracula. Though Vlad the Impaler was murdered in 1476, his tomb is reported empty.

10.  One of the earliest accounts of vampires is found in an ancient Sumerian and Babylonian myth dating to 4,000 B.C. which describes ekimmu or edimmu (one who is snatched away). The ekimmu is a type of uruku or utukku (a spirit or demon) who was not buried properly and has returned as a vengeful spirit to suck the life out of the living.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***On Tuesday night at Kate Mantilini, they’ll be mixing their signature cocktails and serving their heaping helpings of meat loaf, chicken potpie, mac and cheese and dry-aged prime steaks for the final time, as the popular Woodland Hills restaurant is closing. CEO Adam Lewis had been trying to negotiate a less expensive lease with landlord Douglas Emmett because sales had softened, but he was unsuccessful, Romero said. The restaurant on Owensmouth Avenue at Oxnard Street opened in September 2003. “They were very saddened by what happened,” he said of the Lewis family’s decision to shut down the venue known for its extensive menu.This is the second setback for Lewis this year.  In June, Lewis and his brother David, the executive chef, closed the iconic Beverly Hills location on Wilshire Boulevard after 27 years because a new lease deal there could not be reached. That eatery was popular with Oscar voters because it was two blocks from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

HowStuffWorks: How Christmas Works

“For hundreds of millions of people around the world, Christmas is the biggest holiday of the year. Have you ever wondered where traditions like Santa Claus come from? Find out at this How Stuff Works site.”

UNIQUELY, LBN: Juan G., an LBN E-Lert reader from San Juan, Puerto Rico.



LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Bittman: I’ve spent much of my life trying to ignore Christmas. As a secular Jew, an atheist and a progressive, my reasons are common. It’s a commercial, obnoxious, even dreaded holiday. But it’s not changing anytime soon and we should make the best of it. (Hanukkah, I might note, is no better, although it gives us an excuse to eat latkes.) Nothing is as simple, though, as it seems when you’re young, when my dislike of Christmas was more intense. In fact this is a good week. The winter solstice, by definition the gloomiest day of the year, represents optimism: The days do nothing but get longer and brighter from now on. Sweet-smelling trees can turn a cramped apartment into something exotic. And then there’s the dream of peace.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Olivia Judson: Mistletoe. The word conjures winter holidays, office parties, stolen kisses, romance. But appreciation of the plant is no modern thing. Kissing under the mistletoe has been happening for at least 200 years. And some 2,000 years ago, the druids in what is now Britain venerated the plant when it grew on an oak. When they found it, they dressed in white, harvested it with a golden sickle, and sacrificed two white bulls. Or so says that great Roman, Pliny the Elder, in his “Natural History.” The druids — Pliny continues — believed that mistletoe could make barren animals fecund, and that it was an antidote to all poisons.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: There is so much to despise about the Christmas season I almost don’t know where to start. O.K., I know….how about the putrid, revolving Christmas music – playing over loudspeakers, in stores, restaurants, bars, and on the streets from late September until “Auld Lang Syne” takes over. The mere thought of hearing Jingle Bells in a shopping mall makes me want to vomit a photo of Santa Claus. (Note: The opinions of Ericka T. Bass are those of her and her alone and don’t represent the opinions of LBN or its staff) — ***Shout back directly at Ericka T.  – E-mail: LBNElert@TimeWire.net (Please put “Ericka T. Bass” in the subject line).

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jessica Simpson swings like a pendulum do  - and HOW – say sources! Jessica has made hubby Eric Johnson a very happy man this holiday season – by installing an X-rated swing in their bedroom. A source said that he 34-year-old mom-of-two stunned Eric, 35, with an unforgettable gift. “He got the surprise of his life when he came home and there she was, swinging back and forth, in a tiny negligee and no underwear,” said the source. “She had it mounted over the bed!   ***Healing after a breakup can take time. For Antonio Banderas, it only took a few months to move on from his 18-year marriage to Melanie Griffith. On Dec. 17, Banderas, 54, shared a romantic beach stroll with his much younger girlfriend, Nicole Kimpel, a Dutch investment consultant, in Marbella, Spain. The two have been romantically linked since this summer. In June, Griffith and Banderas jointly announced their decision to divorce.   ***Congratulations to fashion icon Ralph Lauren and wife Ricky, who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by family in Mexico.   ***Jennifer Lawrence embraced the true spirit of Christmas when she headed home to Louisville, Kentucky, for the holidays. The Hunger Games star, 24, made dozens of sick children smile when she paid them a visit at the Kosair Children’s Hospital on Christmas Eve.

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LBN-ETC: The Outer Limits Of Inner Truth (www.outerlimitsradio.com) radio show offers a unique insight into their guests. The program focuses on respected spiritual teachers (& interesting people both alive & dead) and features a “Forensic Soul Analysis” by four experts. They include: Psychic Mediums & Past Life Readers Kerrie O’Connor, Laura Lynn, Lisa Caza, and Astrologer Constance Stellas. Previous shows have included Forensic Soul Analysis on: Howard Stern, NHL Legend Mark Messier, Mick Foley, Theresa Caputo and others.  “The Outer Limits of Inner Truth” can be heard on KKRP 1610 AM, iTunes, and Blogtalkradio. See a promo for the show here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcI1pk8dl9s

LBN-ETC: Israelis, this one’s for you! Before Ariel Sharon ate himself into a coma, he identified your Messiah by name, in red ink Hebrew script, on Israeli government letterhead. His clarion call is reproduced on the cover of “The Lives of Elijah Brooks”, Amazon.com, et al. Remain silent and perish. Or awaken to your responsibility, and live, ye nation of Cohens. If the next holocaust is allowed to coalesce, it will be biblical in scale, and global in extent. Doing nothing is not an option. Tell Bibi, I’m waiting for his reply. Sincerely, Elijah. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNBPtuJfqVg

LBN-ETC: Love to give it a try…Are you a trend setter? A foodie? A little of both? Want to show your friends how food-hip you are? Then you need to check out Phil’s Food Reviews! Phil Lempert has been checking out the latest foods for thirty years on the TODAY Show, The View, Oprah, Dr. Oz, Home & Family to name just a few. Each day Phil posts a new review along with nutritionals and product info. Check out today’s food review HERE and see the secret source that food buyers and supermarket execs have been using for years. Visit SupermarketGuru.com for all the latest food trends.

LBN-ETC: Grow your business! Small business owners are now growing thanks to access of a new app called Rain. Previously this technology was only available to Starbucks, now Rain is opening it up to local business owners. “We believe that local businesses are the key to building strong local communities, we did not think it was fair to keep them from the secret weapons that were being used by the fortune 500 companies..That’s why we released Rain to all business owners.” – Skyler Sutton, RAIN founder. Visit www.RainLocal.com or search “Local advertising” in the app store.

LBN-ETC: She looks like Doris Day, sounds like Doris Day and acts like Doris Day. That’s KRISTI KING in her tribute show “QUE SERA!” telling the life stories and singing the greatest hits of the beloved actress-singer. “Brings back great memories, thoroughly entertaining, the kind of show you’d expect to see in Las Vegas.” “Combining stories, songs, and her spot-on look, Kristi brings the legend to life. A fun trip down memory lane.” “The best show we’ve ever had!” “Que Sera!” is available for booking. See QueSeraTheMusical.com. Call 425-653-3036. A portion of ticket sales goes to DDAF (Doris Day Animal Foundation)

LBN-ETC: If you grew up listening to a great Top 40 radio station, check out the new internet radio station, www.fantasy-radio.com Every hour, Fantasy Radio transforms into a different legendary Top 40 Powerhouse of the Past, from cities all across America. Each hour we salute a different station and different city. It’s radio, the way it used to be. The best music variety you can’t find anywhere else with a music mix of the 70s, 80s, 90s and NOW. Listen live online or on your smartphone. Free iDevice app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fantasy-radio/id924957603?mt=8 Free Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.web.radios Join the fantasy https://www.facebook.com/FantasyRadioOnline

LBN-ETC: Are your departed loved ones trying to visit you during the holidays, but you don’t realize it? Learn documented evidence that your deceased loved ones are alive and well and trying to let you know that—especially during special family times.  You may perceive them during lucid dreams, via your five senses or more ethereal ones, or by unexplainable events.  Learn more in the Soul Proof book and documentary film by Dr. Mark Pitstick with foreword by Dr. Bernie Siegel and contributions by Drs. Wayne Dyer, Raymond Moody and others.  Get free articles, special report, newsletters, and radio shows at www.soulproof.com

LBN-ETC: High trust = higher profits! Low trust is a killer of long-term profitability and business success. In fact, many consider it the global issue of the decade, impacting the bottom line in every personal and business relationship. Trust Across America-Trust Around the World helps leaders and organizations build trust.  The business case has been made, and we provide cost-effective and complimentary resources to get you to your high-trust, high-profit goal in 2015. Visit us at www.trustacrossamerica.com

LBN-ETC: Check out this new inspirational book for the Holidays!! “Buttered Popcorn For Your Soul” by Actor/Producer Hans Hernke. Available Now on Amazon.com and Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/Buttered-Popcorn-For-Your-Soul/dp/149483183X The perfect bedside, office, or coffee table book for a daily dose of inspiration, humor, and truth from the biggest and hottest names in Hollywood today!

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Wednesday • December 24, 2014

SONY TO PUT ‘THE INTERVIEW’ ON YOUTUBE: Just a day after certain theaters announced they would be playing The Interview this Christmas, YouTube has tentatively agreed to put the film up as a rental option. As of Wednesday, a total of about 300 theaters nationwide, in nearly every state, will show the comedy on Christmas Day. However, none of them belong to any of the major chains that pulled out after threats by hackers.

ISIS DOWNS U.S.-COALITION JET: ISIS militants have shot down a fighter jet belonging to the U.S.-led coalition and captured its pilot, a monitoring group reported Wednesday. The militants reportedly brought down the jet near Raqqa in northern Syria using an antiaircraft missile. On social media, ISIS supporters claim the captured pilot is from Jordan and posted images of a man in a white T-shirt surrounded by gunmen. The government of Jordan has confirmed that the pilot is one of its own.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? 14 members of the Carnegie Hall staff along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: The silver Taurus semiautomatic handgun used to kill two police officers in New York City began its journey into the hands of the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a felon with a history of mental illness, at a pawnshop here bristling with guns for sale. It was at Arrowhead Pawn Shop, a sprawling store tucked into a shopping center along a busy commercial corridor in this city of 4,700 people just south of Atlanta, that the gun was last purchased in a legally traceable transaction in 1996, according to a police official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation. An Asian man purchased the gun, according to the official, but that buyer told investigators this week that he gave the weapon to a cousin. Federal investigators are now trying to determine what happened to the gun after that.

BLACK TEEN SHOT BY COP IN ST. LOUIS CO.: A black teenager was shot and killed by a Berkeley, Missouri, police officer on Tuesday afternoon, just a few miles from Ferguson, where Michael Brown was killed. According to police, the teenager pulled and pointed a gun at the officer. Police have confirmed the individual as 18-year-old son Antonio Martin. Martin was at a gas station with his girlfriend. Authorities said that an officer responding to a larceny call got out of his vehicle and approached them, at which point the teen pulled out a 9mm handgun. “Fearing for his life, the Berkeley officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him,” a release from the Berkeley police said. The girlfriend reportedly fled the scene. The officer was not wearing a body or dash camera at the time, and has been placed on administrative leave. The police say that surveillance video corroborates the officer’s story.

ALAN GROSS GETS $3.2M FROM U.S.: After being freed from five years in a Cuban prison, U.S. Agency for International Development contractor Alan Gross has received a $3.2 million payment from the U.S. government as part of a settlement with his employer. Gross was working in Cuba for a company called Development Alternatives Inc., and was trying to expand Internet access in Cuba’s Jewish community when he was jailed in 2009. The payment is a settlement for a claim filed by DAI against USAID for $7 million for incurred expenses related to the arrest and incarceration of Gross.

LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:


GEORGE H.W. BUSH RUSHED TO HOSPITAL: Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to Houston’s Methodist Hospital by ambulance on Tuesday evening after experiencing shortness of breath. The Bush patriarch, who is 90 and wheelchair-bound, will be held for observation “as a precaution,” according to a statement from his office.

UBER CEO INDICTED IN SOUTH KOREA: Another week goes by, and more bad news for Uber. CEO Travis Kalanick has been indicted in South Korea on charges of operating an illegal taxi service. The charges leave him facing an $18,000 fine or possibly two years in prison. South Korea is just the latest in the long list of locations, from the U.S. to Europe to South America, that have fought Uber.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The former Navy SEAL who ignited a controversy when he publicly claimed credit for killing Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly leaking official secrets. When reached for comment, Ed Buice, an NCIS public affairs officer, confirmed “The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is in receipt of an allegation that Mr. O’Neill may have revealed classified information to persons not authorized to receive such information. In response, NCIS has initiated an investigation to determine the merit of the allegations.

F.D.A. EASING BAN ON GAYS, TO LET SOME GIVE BLOOD: The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a major stride toward ending what many had seen as a national policy of discrimination. However, the agency will continue to ban men who have had sex with a man in the last year, saying the barrier is necessary to keep the blood supply safe, a move that frustrated rights groups that were pushing for the ban to be removed entirely.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Dame Maggie Smith and Deirdre Lovejoy of “The Wire” having lunch together with two other women at Tavern on the Green in NYC on Tuesday. Deirdre was in all-black and wore riding boots, while Dame Maggie looked very Christmasy in a red sweater, and posed for a picture in front of Tavern’s courtyard Christmas tree.    ***Sen. Cory Booker and Gayle King dining at Lyfe Kitchen in NYC.      ***Ethan Hawke having lunch at new Meatpacking marketplace Gansevoort Market in NYC on Monday with a friend and a few children.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***For the fifth installment of Kiss‘ annual Kiss Kruise, the hard rock legends will perform their classic 1975 live LP, Alive!, in its entirety. According to the event’s website, the band will play the album during the Kiss Kruise V indoor show, which will take fans back to “the golden age when Kiss rose to prominence, taking the world by storm.” The 2015 festival will once again be held aboard the Norwegian Pearl, which sails from Miami to Jamaica October 30th to November 3rd.

PET PIERCINGS, TATTOOS BANNED IN NEW YORK: The state of New York has passed a law targeting the controversial practices of pet tattooing and piercing that will leave offenders with up to $250 in fines and up to 15 days imprisonment. Although the bill was introduced in 2011—after an online entrepreneur began selling “gothic kittens” with piercings down their spines—it gained traction this year when a Brooklyn man publicized tattooing his pit bull while it was anaesthetized for spleen surgery. The law applies to all types of pets and goes into effect in 2015

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Brandon Stoddard, a television executive at ABC who shepherded the production of multipart dramas like “Roots” and “The Winds of War” that helped popularize the mini-series, died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 77. The cause was cancer, his sister Cecily Stoddard Stranahan said.   ***Bob Lanier, a former Democratic mayor of Houston who was first elected in 1991 on a promise to reduce the city’s crime rate, which proceeded to plunge in his first term, died on Saturday at his home in Houston. He was 89. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed his death.

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

HowStuffWorks: How Christmas Works

“For hundreds of millions of people around the world, Christmas is the biggest holiday of the year. Have you ever wondered where traditions like Santa Claus come from? Find out at this How Stuff Works site.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: I sat down with Tzipi Livni, Israel’s lead negotiator with the Palestinians during months of talks that collapsed last April, to get a sense of how she viewed that failure and to take Israel’s pulse in the run-up to the March election. She wanted to make one thing clear on the difference between her and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party: “Written on my wall is: Jewish Democratic State, two states for two peoples,” she said. “Written on Likud’s wall is: Jewish State, Greater Israel.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: More than we may realize, the world has been riding a lucky streak since the global financial meltdown in 2008. How so? The years between 2008 and late 2013 were — relatively speaking — a rather benign period of big power politics and geopolitics. This allowed the major economic powers — the United States, the European Union, China, India, Russia, Brazil and Japan — to focus almost exclusively on economic rehabilitation. But now there are strong indications that our vacation from geo-instability is over. The last time the world witnessed such a steep and sustained drop in oil prices — from 1986 to 1999 — it had some profound political consequences for oil-dependent states and those who depended on their largess. The Soviet empire collapsed; Iran elected a reformist president; Iraq invaded Kuwait; and Yasir Arafat, having lost his Soviet backer and Arab bankers, recognized Israel — to name but a few. Admittedly, other factors were involved in all these events. But, in each case, steep drops in direct or indirect oil revenues played a big role.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***After falling off the wagon with a thud, Johnny Depp is trying to kick booze with an at-home rehab program, sources say. It’s understood Depp, 51, started treatment when family members and fiancée Amber Heard demanded he get help after his boozy speech at the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 14. The rehab stint forced Depp to miss the New York City premiere of his new film, “Into the Woods,” on Dec. 8, according to a top Hollywood insider. Clint Eastwood has a new movie and newly dried ink on his divorce papers.   ***The “American Sniper” director’s divorce from Dina Eastwood was finalized Monday in Monterey, Calif. following the pair’s June 2012 decision to split up. The Eastwoods were married for 18 years and share an 18-year-old daughter named Morgan. This was his second marriage.

LBN-ETC: The Outer Limits Of Inner Truth (www.outerlimitsradio.com) radio show offers a unique insight into their guests. The program focuses on respected spiritual teachers (& interesting people both alive & dead) and features a “Forensic Soul Analysis” by four experts. They include: Psychic Mediums & Past Life Readers Kerrie O’Connor, Laura Lynn, Lisa Caza, and Astrologer Constance Stellas. Previous shows have included Forensic Soul Analysis on: Howard Stern, NHL Legend Mark Messier, Mick Foley, Theresa Caputo and others.  “The Outer Limits of Inner Truth” can be heard on KKRP 1610 AM, iTunes, and Blogtalkradio. See a promo for the show here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcI1pk8dl9s

LBN-ETC: Israelis, this one’s for you! Before Ariel Sharon ate himself into a coma, he identified your Messiah by name, in red ink Hebrew script, on Israeli government letterhead. His clarion call is reproduced on the cover of “The Lives of Elijah Brooks”, Amazon.com, et al. Remain silent and perish. Or awaken to your responsibility, and live, ye nation of Cohens. If the next holocaust is allowed to coalesce, it will be biblical in scale, and global in extent. Doing nothing is not an option. Tell Bibi, I’m waiting for his reply. Sincerely, Elijah. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNBPtuJfqVg

LBN-ETC: Love to give it a try…Are you a trend setter? A foodie? A little of both? Want to show your friends how food-hip you are? Then you need to check out Phil’s Food Reviews! Phil Lempert has been checking out the latest foods for thirty years on the TODAY Show, The View, Oprah, Dr. Oz, Home & Family to name just a few. Each day Phil posts a new review along with nutritionals and product info. Check out today’s food review HERE and see the secret source that food buyers and supermarket execs have been using for years. Visit SupermarketGuru.com for all the latest food trends.

LBN-ETC: Grow your business! Small business owners are now growing thanks to access of a new app called Rain. Previously this technology was only available to Starbucks, now Rain is opening it up to local business owners. “We believe that local businesses are the key to building strong local communities, we did not think it was fair to keep them from the secret weapons that were being used by the fortune 500 companies..That’s why we released Rain to all business owners.” – Skyler Sutton, RAIN founder. Visit www.RainLocal.com or search “Local advertising” in the app store.

LBN-ETC: She looks like Doris Day, sounds like Doris Day and acts like Doris Day. That’s KRISTI KING in her tribute show “QUE SERA!” telling the life stories and singing the greatest hits of the beloved actress-singer. “Brings back great memories, thoroughly entertaining, the kind of show you’d expect to see in Las Vegas.” “Combining stories, songs, and her spot-on look, Kristi brings the legend to life. A fun trip down memory lane.” “The best show we’ve ever had!” “Que Sera!” is available for booking. See QueSeraTheMusical.com. Call 425-653-3036. A portion of ticket sales goes to DDAF (Doris Day Animal Foundation)

LBN-ETC: If you grew up listening to a great Top 40 radio station, check out the new internet radio station, www.fantasy-radio.com Every hour, Fantasy Radio transforms into a different legendary Top 40 Powerhouse of the Past, from cities all across America. Each hour we salute a different station and different city. It’s radio, the way it used to be. The best music variety you can’t find anywhere else with a music mix of the 70s, 80s, 90s and NOW. Listen live online or on your smartphone. Free iDevice app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fantasy-radio/id924957603?mt=8 Free Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.web.radios Join the fantasy https://www.facebook.com/FantasyRadioOnline

LBN-ETC: Are your departed loved ones trying to visit you during the holidays, but you don’t realize it? Learn documented evidence that your deceased loved ones are alive and well and trying to let you know that—especially during special family times.  You may perceive them during lucid dreams, via your five senses or more ethereal ones, or by unexplainable events.  Learn more in the Soul Proof book and documentary film by Dr. Mark Pitstick with foreword by Dr. Bernie Siegel and contributions by Drs. Wayne Dyer, Raymond Moody and others.  Get free articles, special report, newsletters, and radio shows at www.soulproof.com

LBN-ETC: High trust = higher profits! Low trust is a killer of long-term profitability and business success. In fact, many consider it the global issue of the decade, impacting the bottom line in every personal and business relationship. Trust Across America-Trust Around the World helps leaders and organizations build trust.  The business case has been made, and we provide cost-effective and complimentary resources to get you to your high-trust, high-profit goal in 2015. Visit us at www.trustacrossamerica.com

LBN-ETC: Check out this new inspirational book for the Holidays!! “Buttered Popcorn For Your Soul” by Actor/Producer Hans Hernke. Available Now on Amazon.com and Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/Buttered-Popcorn-For-Your-Soul/dp/149483183X The perfect bedside, office, or coffee table book for a daily dose of inspiration, humor, and truth from the biggest and hottest names in Hollywood today!

LBN E-Lert Edited By Donna Viloria

LBN E-Lert Disclaimer: 1.) The LBN E-Lert accepts no liability for the content of this email, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. The LBN E-Lert is not associated with any commercial or political organization and is transmitted via the web for the sole benefit of its subscribers. 2.) Unfortunately, computer viruses can be transmitted via email. The recipient should check this mail and any attachments for the presence of viruses.

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Tuesday • December 23, 2014

BIGGEST GDP GROWTH IN MORE THAN A DECADE: The U.S. economy is showing significant signs of a rebound Tuesday. The Commerce Department revised its figures for third-quarter growth, showing gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 5.0 percent. Previous Commerce estimates had pegged growth at just 3.9 percent. The number marks the strongest pace of U.S. economic growth since the third quarter of 2003. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also traded above 18000 for the first time on Tuesday.

CHINA DENIES CUTTING N. KOREA’S INTERNET: China’s foreign ministry denounced any suggestion that it was involved in North Korea’s Internet shutdown on Monday. Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said reports that China cut North Korea’s Internet were “irresponsible.” The country experienced a massive Internet outage for more than nine hours on Monday. China is North Korea’s only Internet link to the rest of the world. Prior to the Internet outage, President Obama threatened “measured retaliation” against North Korea for the Sony hacking, which the U.S. has blamed on the Hermit Kingdom. Hua also called on the U.S. and North Korea to discuss the Sony hacking. “We have noted recent U.S. remarks and comments from North Korea. We believe that the United States and North Korea should communicate about this,” she said.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: One survey reports that 33% of dog owners admit they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on answering machines while they are away.

TALIBAN PUSH INTO AFGHAN DISTRICTS THAT U.S. HAD SECURED: In a large swath of the Taliban heartland in southern Afghanistan, government centers are facing a long-dormant concern this winter: Four years after the American troop surge helped make such places relatively secure, they are back under threat from the insurgents. The fighting in Helmand Province in the south has been particularly deadly, with over 1,300 security force members killed between June and November. And the insurgents’ siege of several key districts has continued long after the traditional end of the fighting season.

BAGGAGE HANDLER ACCUSED OF GUN RUNNING: A Delta ramp agent was arrested on the suspicion of helping to smuggle firearms onto passenger planes. Federal authorities arrested Eugene Harvey, 31, in New York City for trafficking firearms, violating airport security, and helping others to do so. According to an affidavit filed December 19, Harvey conspired with former Delta worker Mark Quentin Henry to smuggle guns that had been purchased in Atlanta and were set to be sold in New York City. Harvey helped Henry while assigned to the baggage transfer room at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Henry was caught by authorities on December 10 with 18 handguns in his backpack after flying from Atlanta to New York City. According to the affidavit, Henry smuggled 129 gun and rifles through airport security multiple times from May to December. Henry had been fired by Delta, but for abusing its buddy pass system.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Doctors joke that if you’re going to have a heart attack, the safest place would be at a big national gathering of heart specialists. But a new study suggests some older hospitalized heart patients may fare better when these doctors aren’t around. Survival chances were better for cardiac arrest patients and for the sickest heart failure patients if they were treated at teaching hospitals during the two biggest national cardiology meetings, compared with those treated during weeks before and after the meetings. Also, some of the sickest heart attack patients got fewer invasive procedures during meeting days, versus those treated at other times — but that didn’t hurt their odds of surviving, the nine-year study found.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Internet phenomenon Anastasia Ashley along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The computer breach at JPMorgan Chase this summer — the largest intrusion of an American bank to date — might have been thwarted if the bank had installed a simple security fix to an overlooked server in its vast network, said people who have been briefed on internal and outside investigations into the attack. Big corporations like JPMorgan spend millions — $250 million in the bank’s case — on computer security every year to guard against increasingly sophisticated attacks like the one on Sony Pictures. But the weak spot at JPMorgan appears to have been a very basic one, the people said. They did not want to be identified publicly because the investigation into the attack is incomplete.

MAN BEHIND FRENCHMAN BEHEADING IS KILLED: The head of the Algerian Islamic terrorist group that beheaded a French hiker has been killed, Algeria’s ministry of defense announced Tuesday. Gouri Abdelmale, the leader of Jund al Khilafa, was killed by Algerian special forces in an ambush near Boumerde, which is about 30 miles east of Algiers. French hiker Hervé Gourdel was captured and beheaded in late September by Jund al Khilafa, a group that has sworn allegiance to ISIS. Abdelmale is a former regional head of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. “This is a blow to Islamic State in Algeria—the small group has only been in existence for a couple of months,” said Algerian security analyst Anis Rahmani.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: William Hitler, a nephew of Adolf Hitler, was in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He changed his name after the war.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Heading into the new year, The Huffington Post is planning to stop using Associated Press stories while increasing its reporter headcount, gearing up for a relaunch and rolling out more international editions. “At the end of our contract in 2015, we will be ending our relationship with AP and building our own news service in-house,” Huffington Post co-founder and editor in chief Arianna Huffington told staff on Monday in a year-end memo. “At the same time we will be doubling down on original reporting and bringing together a new investigative team.”

AUSTRALIA PM: NEW TERROR ATTACK ‘LIKELY’: A week after two hostages were killed in a Sydney café, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned that it was likely his country would face another terrorist attack. In the wake of the siege, there is a “heightened level of terror chatter,” Abbott said. He has resisted officially raising the country’s terror-warning level, but encouraged citizens to be “alert and aware.” Since the attack, it has been revealed that Australia’s national-security hotline received an anonymous call regarding gunman Man Haron Monis’ extremist behavior. New South Wales Labor leader John Robertson also resigned after it was discovered he signed off on a letter of request for Monis during a dispute with his then-wife in 2011

LBN-NOTICED: ***Rudy Giuliani says his relationship with his golf-pro son Andrew is stronger than ever after they were spotted catching up over dinner Friday night. The former mayor dined with wife Judith and Andrew, 28, at Fresco by Scotto in NYC.   ***Larry David alone at the bar at the Regency Hotel in NYC on Park Avenue Monday, reading the op-ed section of a Sunday newspaper.   ***Katie Holmes and daughter Suri, 8, taking a break from their shopping spree by having lunch at LA’s Westfield Topanga Mall Cheesecake Factory.   ***Bethenny Frankel’s ex Jason Hoppy, with daughter Bryn, looking star struck as Martha Stewart shopped at the Eloise store in the Plaza Hotel in NYC.   ***Bette Midler in the audience of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”   ***Documentary director Peter Hankoff having dinner last night at Natalee Thai in Beverly Hills.   ***Author Rachel Hope having drinks yesterday at the Four Seasons lobby lounge in Beverly Hills.   ***Kim Kardashian, husband Kanye West and baby North were spotted dining at Cipriani in Soho in NYC on Sunday night. The couple, who have recently sparked rumors by spending time apart, were spotted having an intimate dinner.

LBN-MEET: Actress Lily James


LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***The public will finally get to see “The Search for Michael Rockefeller” Feb. 1 when Netflix releases the documentary on one of the most compelling unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. The film confirms what The New York Post reported in 1968: Cannibals devoured the son of New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. In 2007, filmmaker Fraser C. Heston (son of Charlton) discovered a lost cache of 16mm film shot by Milt Machlin, the editor of Argosy magazine who coined the phrases “Bermuda Triangle” and “the Abominable Snowman.” The footage was taken during Machlin’s expedition to New Guinea in 1969 in search of the lost scion, inspired by an eyewitness report that Michael Rockefeller was alive and being held against his will by Stone Age savages.   ***Sony’s The Interview may be getting its day in theaters after all.  The Plaza Theater in Atlanta and The Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas/Fort Worth have both stated that they will be screening the Seth Rogen and James Franco title on Christmas Day. Sony is telling theaters that it will also offer the movie simultaneously on VOD, a knowledgeable source tells The Hollywood Reporter. It is not clear what platform the studio will use to offer the movie as video on demand. That move is likely to further alienate the larger chains that insist that when movies are released theatrically there shouldn’t be simultaneous VOD releases.

AMERICANS SUPPORT OPENING TO CUBA, NOTES MEDIA EXPERT: According to media expert and author Michael Levine, a majority of Americans support opening diplomatic ties with Cuba. “Sixty-four percent support re-establishing ties with Cuba” said Levine. “What is most interesting is that all the data show the usual sharp political divides, with Democrats supporting the move more strongly and Republicans divided” continued Levine.

ROOKIE SEASON OVER FOR JOHNNY MANZIEL: Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will be sidelined for Sunday’s Week 17 game, which means his rookie season has come to a close. Browns Coach Mike Pettine announced Monday that Manziel suffered a “significant” hamstring injury in their 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers, and the first-round draft pick will be out for next week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Brian Hoyer took over for Manziel just before halftime against the Panthers, but the quarterback was battling a shoulder injury. It’s not clear if Hoyer will also sit out Week 17, but if he does Connor Shaw will step in to make it the fifth consecutive year the Browns will start a third-string quarterback in the last game of the season.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: George Washington Resigns as Commander-in-Chief (1783)

After demonstrating exemplary leadership as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, George Washington resigned his commission and retired to Mount Vernon, Virginia. By resigning his military post, Washington established the important precedent that civilian-elected officials possess ultimate authority over the armed forces. After a brief retirement, he was elected the country’s first president.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Larry Smith, a record producer who in the early and mid-1980s helped give hip-hop arena ambitions through his work with the pioneering group Run-DMC, died on Friday in Flushing, Queens. He was 63. His death was confirmed by his son, Lawrence Jr., who said his father had been in poor health since suffering a stroke in 2007 that left him partly paralyzed and unable to speak.

LBN-COMMENTARY by By Andrew Rosenthal: There are so many reasons to mark the passing of the great Joe Cocker – as many songs as he wrote, recorded and performed in his remarkable concerts. For me, Cocker was also the only performer who successfully covered and even improved on The Beatles. Every obituary will mention his recording of “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and if you haven’t seen it yet, you should watch this hilariously subtitled version of him singing that song at Woodstock.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Nocera: Six years ago, the price of oil went on an incredible roller-coaster ride. In January 2008, oil hovered around $90 a barrel. By July, it had reached $147 a barrel. By the end of the year, it had plunged to under $35 a barrel. Saudi Arabia, and the other members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, hate that kind of volatility. When prices are too high, OPEC’s customers, the petroleum importing countries, suffer economically, which means they cut back on energy use and search for alternatives to oil. But if prices go too low, many exporting countries face enormous financial problems because their economies depend on oil staying in the $100 to $130 range, according to 2015 projections

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dave Vescio (Actor): There’s no such thing as bragging. You’re either lying or telling the truth.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: With Hanukkah coming to an end, Christmas days away, and people taking time off work, we are in a season of quickened faith. When you watch people exercise that faith, whether lighting candles or attending Midnight Mass, the first thing you see is how surprising it is. You’d think faith would be a simple holding of belief, or a confidence in things unseen, but, in real life, faith is unpredictable and ever-changing. It begins, for many people, with an elusive experience of wonder and mystery. The best modern book on belief is “My Bright Abyss” by my Yale colleague, Christian Wiman. In it, he writes, “When I hear people say they have no religious impulse whatsoever … I always want to respond: Really? You have never felt overwhelmed by, and in some way inadequate to, an experience in your life, have never felt something in yourself staking a claim beyond yourself, some wordless mystery straining through word to reach you? Never?

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have mastered the concept of consciously uncoupling while still looking like a couple.The pair continued their amicable post-split relationship by stepping out together for a family outing on Sunday with their kids Apple, 10, and Moses, 8, indulging in an afternoon of pampering at Tribeca’s i-Plaza Nail & Spa, including massages.   ***Astronaut Buzz Aldrin may be 84, but he’s still in the market for love. The astronaut, who divorced Lois Driggs Cannon in 2013 after 23 years and began dating 30-years-younger Michelle Sucillon, says he is still searching for a soul mate, albeit a good looking one. “I’m on the scout for cute-looking ladies,” he tells GQ.   ***Amy Adams’ “Today” show interview was abruptly canceled after she refused to answer questions about the Sony hacking scandal. The actress was embroiled in the Sony scare when it was revealed she was paid less than her “American Hustle” co-stars, including Bradley Cooper.

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Monday • December 22, 2014

PENTAGON BLOCKS GRAPHIC ABUSE IMAGES: The Pentagon is refusing to release a trove of graphic photos showing U.S. troops abusing detainees, arguing that doing so would play into ISIS’s hands.It’s a bit of a counterintuitive argument, because the photos were all taken from investigations into detainee abuse during the early days of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars—long before ISIS existed. Nevertheless, Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris told a federal court in a declassified declaration filed late Friday, that all 2,100-plus photos should be kept from public view. While the photos show American forces simulating anal rape and holding guns to detainees’ heads—the kind of images that have, unfortunately, leaked from war zones before—Harris maintained that the release of these particular photos could endanger the lives of Americans. Moreover, they could give ISIS a propaganda win. The Islamist group “has a particular interest in using imagery associated with U.S. detention practices as part of its recruiting practices,” Harris wrote. For example, ISIS dressed several of the Westerners it publicly executed in orange jumpsuits, “a symbol commonly associated with the detainees based at Guantanamo Bay.” Harris’ propaganda argument is also a bit counterintuitive. Under a law enacted in the early days of the Obama administration, the photos are allowed to stay hidden only if the secretary of defense certifies that they could risk American lives. The law doesn’t say anything about their photos’ propaganda value.  The ACLU—whose 2004 lawsuit sparked the original dispute over the photos—is expected to respond to the Pentagon’s brief by mid-January. Judge Alvin Hellerstein could rule as early as Jan. 20 whether to release the entire trove.

N. KOREA TO DITCH UN HUMAN-RIGHTS SUMMIT: North Korea is refusing to participate in a historic UN meeting on the country’s abysmal human-rights record. The UN Security Council is set to discuss Pyongyang’s alleged crimes against humanity for the first time. However, North Korea is skipping out because of renewed international scrutiny brought by the Sony Pictures hack, which the country has been accused of orchestrating. The hack is also set to be discussed at Monday’s meeting. Though China is almost certain to veto any measures by the UN, the mere hint that Kim Jong Un might be responsible for human-rights violations outrages North Korean officials. North Korea already threatened the U.S. for any potential government punishments over the Sony hack.

CHILLING! WHAT NYPD KILLER SAID JUST BEFORE AMBUSH: Just before 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached a squad car and fatally shot two officers in Brooklyn, he turned to people on the street, asked them to follow him on Instagram and said, “Watch what I’m going to do,” police said Sunday. The Brooklyn-born killer had a long criminal record that included at least 19 arrests in Georgia and Ohio as well as two years in prison for gun possession, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. The gunman also had a history of mental instability, which included an attempt to hang himself a year ago. Brinsley’s mother said she believed he may have been on medication at some point, but it remains unclear if he had mental illness. Authorities said Brinsley also spoke out against police and the government online, expressing “self-despair and anger at himself and where his life was,” Boyce added. He also traveled frequently between the South and New York, where he had a child in Brooklyn. Investigators are still trying to determine whether Brinsley participated in any protests over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, whose names he mentioned in his online threat just before the shooting. Brinsley went on a shooting rampage Saturday, wounding his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore before killing Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. He then fled to a subway and committed suicide.

POPE IN BLISTERING CRITIQUE OF VATICAN BUREAUCRATS: Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from “spiritual Alzheimer’s” that has made them forget they’re supposed to be joyful men of God. Francis’ Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the Holy See was no joyful exchange of holiday good wishes. Rather, it was a sobering catalog of 15 sins of the Curia that Francis said he hoped would be atoned for and cured in the New Year. He had some zingers: How the “terrorism of gossip” can “kill the reputation of our colleagues and brothers in cold blood.” How cliques can “enslave their members and become a cancer that threatens the harmony of the body” and eventually kill it by “friendly fire.” About how those living hypocritical double lives are “typical of mediocre and progressive spiritual emptiness that no academic degree can fill.”

ORANGUTAN IN ARGENTINA GRANTED RIGHTS: A court in Argentina has ruled that an orangutan held at the Buenos Aires Zoo may enjoy some of the same legal rights as humans. Lawyers for Argentina’s Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights appealed to free Sandra the orangutan by arguing she was a “non-human person,” and therefore was being illegally detained. The decision came down to whether Sandra was considered property or a “person.” “This opens the way not only for other great apes, but also for other sentient beings which are unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in zoos, circuses, water parks, and scientific laboratories,” said Paul Buompadre, a lawyer for the group. If there is no appeal against the decision, Sandra will be transferred to a sanctuary in Brazil.

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JACKIE CHAN’S SON TO FACE TRIAL IN CHINA: China indicted Jaycee Chan, the actor son of Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, on drug charges Monday. He could face as much as three years in prison if convicted of sheltering others to use drugs. Chan and Taiwanese movie star Ko Kai were arrested in Chan’s Beijing apartment in August. Police said both tested positive for marijuana and 100 grams of the drug was confiscated. While Ko was released after 14 days, Chan has continued to be detained. The arrest was part of the Chinese government’s larger summer crackdown on young celebrities who used drugs or solicited prostitutes. Jackie Chan was actually named an anti-drug ambassador by the government in 2009. “As a public figure, I’m very ashamed. As a father, I’m heartbroken,” he wrote following his son’s arrest.

LBN-NOTICED: ***David Geffen and Dasha Zhukova lunching together at Kappo Masa in NYC.   ***Kenneth Cole and Jon Bon Jovi with their wives at Gallaghers Steakhouse in Midtown in NYC.   ***Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden table-hopping at Sam Smith’s Jingle Ball after-party at the Spotted Pig in NYC.   ***Glamour’s Cindi Leive and Connie Anne Phillips hosting their holiday party at Indochine in NYC.   ***Euan and Lucy Sykes Rellie hosting a trunk show for Ivory Row at Omar’s La Ranita in NYC.   ***Big Sean at the Vashtie x G-Shock party at Gansevoort at Park.

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MARY TYLER MOORE’S XMAS HEARTBREAKER: Beloved TV icon Mary Tyler Moore is “breaking the hearts” of her closest family and friends as she says her farewells during what may be her last holiday season. Behind the closed doors of the sprawling Connecticut manse she shares with her devoted hubby, Dr. Robert Levine, the ailing star, 77, has gathered her kith and TV kin. “No one can leave without being in tears. Mary, herself, seems to know this is her final Christmas. But she’s trying hard to make the holiday joyful,” an insider said.The well-wishers include Valerie Harper, who played her best pal on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and former co-stars Georgia Engel, Cloris Leachman and Betty White.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***J.Crew’s creative director Jenna Lyons is facing internal calls to cut back on her own self-promotion after the brand suffered a massive slowdown in its women’s business. Sources say Six that — after a dismal earnings report that saw the company go from a net income of $35.4 million to a reported loss of $607.8 million in just a year — style icon Lyons is being ordered by her bosses to focus more on the business and less on her own brand.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***After Mike Myers directed a successful doc on Alice Cooper’s manager Shep Gordon — whom Myers called “the most famous person you’ve never heard of” — ­another film about an industry legend is in the works. An in-the-works movie on Jerry Greenberg — who at 32 became the young­est president of a major label, Atlantic Records, in 1974 — is being shopped to cable and TV outlets. Appearing in the film will be former Elvis Presley promoter Jerry Weintraub, Foreigner rocker Lou Gramm and Michael Jackson collaborator Rodney Jerkins.   ***Michael Feinstein paid homage to Elaine Stritch when he opened a two-week run at Birdland by playing to a packed house backed by a 17-piece big band. “She was such a wonderful, good friend,” he said of the American Theater Hall of Famer. “Especially if you sent her a limo and paid for hair and makeup.”

FSU QB CLEARED ON SEXUAL-ASSAULT CHARGES: Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared on four conduct-code violations Sunday after a retired judge concluded there was not enough evidence to support a two-year-old sexual-assault allegation lodged against the Heisman Trophy winner. Retired Florida State Supreme Court Chief Justice Major Harding wrote that neither of the accounts provided—by Winston and the woman who accused him of sexual assault in December 2012—was “substantially stronger” than the another, according to a letter obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. “I cannot find with any confidence that the events as set forth by [Winston and the woman] or a particular combination thereof is more probably than not as required to find you responsible for a violation of the code,” Harding wrote. Winston will not face any discipline and is cleared to play in the Rose Bowl against Oregon. No charges were filed against Winston after the initial criminal investigation by the State Attorney’s Office in 2013.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: I am not sorry Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the operational mastermind of 9/11, was waterboarded 183 times. KSM also murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl in 2002. He boasted about it: “I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew,” he said after his capture.  I am sorry KSM remains alive nearly 12 years after his capture. He has been let off far too lightly. As for his waterboarding, it never would have happened if he had been truthful with his captors. It stopped as soon as he became cooperative. As far as I’m concerned, he waterboarded himself.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Bob Greene: If, around the United States this month, conversations at some holiday-meal tables seem a bit tentative and stilted, it may be because we’re a little out of practice. Among the most significant societal surveys released during the past year was one commissioned by the consumer-research firm NPD Group. Americans, according to the survey, now eat more than half of their meals alone. Table talk can be pretty scant when you’re the only person at the table. There are several reasons for the growth in solo meals. (And even that word—“meals”—seems more suited for old-fashioned repasts rich with convivial chatter; the survey, perhaps sagely, chooses to refer to mealtimes as “eating and beverage occasions.”) People are busy and don’t have time to lean back at meals and shoot the breeze; people are routinely away from home for meals; for the first time since such numbers were measured, more than 50% of Americans who are 16 or older are single.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I have new, weird girl-friend. She is a divorced mother of four and now my lesbian gal-pal. Of all her idiosyncrasies, I find her tendency to dance while cooking the most charming.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Even Sofia Vergara worries about her looks. The bombshell actress admits in New Beauty’s January issue to fretting about her beauty. “I don’t want to age!” says Vergara, 42. “If you said applying cement around my eyes would stop wrinkles, I would do it.”

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LBN-ETC: Burt Prelutsky used to write for “MASH,” “Newhart” and “Diagnosis Murder.”  Over the past 10 years. he’s written six books and 1,500 articles from a funny conservative perspective.  (And, no, “funny conservative” is not an oxymoron.) Visit BurtPrelutsky.com, order his books, tune in to his webcast on K4HD.com on Wednesdays at noon, PST, and discover what you’ve been missing. He’s the fellow who suggested that the last time anyone had seen the likes of Barbara Boxer, Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, in one place was when the curtain went up on “Macbeth” and the ladies were discovered hunkered around a cauldron.

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LBN-ETC: HOLIDAY SALE: Limited Edition STAR WARS Lithographs – George Lucas owns the originals; now you can gift your favorite Star Wars fan with these exclusive Artist Proofs from #1 Star Wars Artist Dave Dorman’s private collection. These Limited Edition Star Wars Artist Proofs are archival quality lithographs – on sale now at http://www.davedorman.com/2014swprintsforsale.shtml. Each lithograph is hand-signed by Dorman and includes a pencil sketch of a Star Wars character. Shipping is FREE worldwide. Priced from $75 to $125 – guaranteed delivery by Christmas for all orders by Dec. 19th. Sale goes through December 31st. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Paypal accepted.

LBN-ETC: CHILDREN’S BOOK, PUP’S DINER, TEACHES CHILDREN IMPORTANCE OF EQUALITY, DIVERSITY, ACCEPTANCE AND ANTI-BULLYING: First-time picture book author, Kat Spofford, has made her book, Pup’s Diner, available for purchase in paperback or digital format on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble (for ages 4-10), also at a discounted rate on Ingram Content.  The colorful story, places emphasis on diversity and treating others as equal, is told through the reluctance of main character, Pup, not allowing strange animals into his diner.  It takes a feline character to help Pup understand the error in his discrimination. (www.katspofford.com)

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Monday • December 22, 2014

SINGER JOE COCKER DIES AT 70:

Joe Cocker, the British rock artist best known for his cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends” and the 1982 smash “Up Where We Belong,” has passed away at the age of 70. Cocker’s agent Barrie Marshall confirmed the death to the BBC, calling Cocker “simply unique” and saying “it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts. Born in 1944 in Sheffield, Cocker performed at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and scored 19 charting hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including familiar recordings like 1968’s “With a Little Help From My Friends,” which later became the theme song for the hit 1980s TV show The Wonder Years.

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Sunday • December 21, 2014

SONY LAWYER: ‘THE INTERVIEW’ WILL SCREEN: After receiving flak from as high up as the president for pulling The Interview, Sony is now saying it will publicly release the film. “Sony only delayed this,” said Sony’s attorney David Boies on NBC’s Meet The Press. He clarified that last week’s announcement was only meant to signal a delay on The Interview’s planned Christmas Day release. “Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed.” He did qualify that neither he nor Sony executives knew exactly how to proceed with the release. “How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet, but it’s going to be distributed,” he said. In addition to criticizing Sony’s decision to halt the release of The Interview, Obama said he was considering adding North Korea back onto the government’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.

CHINESE ANNOYANCE WITH NORTH KOREA BUBBLES TO THE SURFACE: When a retired Chinese general with impeccable Communist Party credentials recently wrote a scathing account of North Korea as a recalcitrant ally headed for collapse and unworthy of support, he exposed a roiling debate in China about how to deal with the country’s young leader, Kim Jong-un. For decades China has stood by North Korea, and though at times the relationship has soured, it has rarely reached such a low point, Chinese analysts say. The fact that the commentary by Lt. Gen. Wang Hongguang, a former deputy commander of an important military region, was published in a state-run newspaper this month and then posted on an official People’s Liberation Army website attested to how much the relationship had deteriorated, the analysts say.“China has cleaned up the D.P.R.K.’s mess too many times,” General Wang wrote in The Global Times, using the initials of North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “But it doesn’t have to do that in the future.”

NYPD KILLER SHOT GIRLFRIEND HOURS BEFORE: The man who ambushed two NYPD officers and killed them execution-style shot his girlfriend hours before his Brooklyn attack, officials said. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, shot and wounded his girlfriend in Maryland around 5:45 a.m. before heading to Brooklyn. Baltimore police tried to warn NYPD about Brinsley before the attack, but the alert they faxed apparently arrived too late, according to officials. Brinsley posted anti-police message on social media platforms prior to the brutal attack. “I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs,” he posted on Instagram, while also mentioning Eric Garner and Michael Brown. He also posted, “I Always Wanted To Be Known For Doing Something Right” he posted on Facebook. President Obama denounced the ambush. Late Saturday night, Obama condemned the “murder of two police officers in New York City.” Acknowledging the anti-cop sentiments following the grand jury decisions not to indict the cops who killed Brown or Garner, Obama praised police, saying they “deserve our respect and gratitude every single day.” Michael Brown’s family also denounced the ambush. “We must work together to bring peace to our communities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers’ families during this incredibly difficult time,” the family said in a statement.

PROTESTS SHUT DOWN MALL OF AMERICA: Protesters demonstrating against the recent decisions not to indict the cops who killed Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson took over the Mall of American on Saturday. According to Reuters, over 1,500 protesters shut down the suburban Minneapolis mall, one of the largest in the U.S., the weekend before Christmas. Protesters chanted “While you’re on your shopping spree, black people cannot breathe,” and they staged “die-ins” in front of stores. Demonstrators filled the mall shortly before 2 p.m., and the mall stated that it had resumed normal functioning by 5 p.m. Cops arrested 25 people by Saturday night. The Mall of America slammed the protests. “It’s clear from their actions that these political activists were more concerned about making a political statement and creating a media event than they were about the safety of others,” said Mall of America officials. The protests occurred the same day two NYPD cops were shot dead in alleged retaliation for the Garner and Brown deaths.

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U.S. ASKS CHINA TO HELP REIN IN KOREAN HACKERS: The Obama administration has sought China’s help in recent days in blocking North Korea’s ability to launch cyberattacks, the first steps toward the “proportional response” President Obama vowed to make the North pay for the assault on Sony Pictures — and as part of a campaign to issue a broader warning against future hacking, according to senior administration officials. “What we are looking for is a blocking action, something that would cripple their efforts to carry out attacks,” one official said. So far, the Chinese have not responded. Their cooperation would be critical, since virtually all of North Korea’s telecommunications run through Chinese-operated networks.

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CASTRO: CUBA’S COMMUNISM WON’T CHANGE: In an address on Saturday to a meeting of the National Assembly, Cuban President Raul Castro said that despite the country’s recent detente with the United States, its communist system will not change. “We must not expect that in order for relations with the United States to improve, Cuba will abandon the ideas that it has struggled for,” he said. U.S. President Barack Obama has previously said that the deal between the U.S. and Cuba is designed in part to encourage reform in Cuba’s one-party system.

VIDEO OF BOKO HARAM SLAUGHTERS RELEASED: Boko Haram released a video late Saturday of one of its gruesome attacks on civilians. In the video, people appear to be lined along the floors of a school dormitory as the Islamic extremists denounce the civilians as “infidels” and declare “Western education is sinful.” The video was released two days after Boko Haram terrorists reportedly rounded up elderly people in the village of Gwoza and shot them in two schools. “We have made sure the floor of this hall is turned red with blood,” the attack group’s leader says in the video. “From now, killing, slaughtering, destructions and bombing will be our religious duty anywhere we invade.” Since Boko Haram began terrorizing Nigeria, the Islamic extremists have killed thousands and displaced 1.6 million people.

EGYPT’S PRESIDENT REPLACES INTELLIGENCE CHIEF: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has removed an influential mentor as chief of general intelligence, Egyptian state media reported on Sunday, citing health concerns but raising speculation about a government shake-up. The president named Khaled Fawzy, a top deputy in the intelligence service, as acting chief, succeeding Mr. Sisi’s friend and mentor, Gen. Mohamed Farid el-Tohamy.

WORLD’S TOP OIL PRODUCER SAYS IT WILL RIDE OUT PRICE SLUMP: The world’s top petroleum exporter, Saudi Arabia, said on Sunday that it would not cut output to prop up oil markets even if non-OPEC nations did so, in one of the toughest signals yet that it planned to ride out the market’s biggest slump in years. Referring to countries outside of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Ali Al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister told reporters: “If they want to cut production they are welcome: We are not going to cut, certainly Saudi Arabia is not going to cut.” He added he was “100 percent not pleased” with prices but they would improve, although it was unclear when

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NEW RAY RICE VIDEO SHOWS COUPLE IN CUFFS: A new, 45-minute long surveillance tape video obtained by ABC News shows former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his now-wife Janay Palmer in the minutes after he punched her in an Atlantic City elevator in February. Palmer (her last name now is Rice) is shown distraught and unwilling to talk to Rice. He attempts approaching her immediately after the incident but she pushes him away, backed up by hotel security. Palmer then goes through what ABC calls an “emotional evolution”: “Almost immediately after the assault, she appears angry. Soon after, Palmer begins to cry. And by the time she and Rice are both escorted into an elevator—handcuffed—she appears to kiss and nuzzle the one-time NFL star.”

CHICAGO MAYOR’S SON ROBBED ON WAY HOME: Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 17-year-old son, Zach, was robbed near the family’s home on Friday night. The teen was talking on his cell phone when two men came from behind. One “placed his arm around the victim’s neck in a rear chokehold,” according to a police report, and the other punched Emanuel with a fist and knocked him to the ground. Before running away, the thieves took Emanuel’s cell phone, forced him to enter his security code, and patted him down, asking, “What else you got?” Emanuel was treated for cuts and bruises by a personal doctor at his home.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Jerry Seinfeld and Tony Bennett in the audience of “It’s Only a Play”.   ***NBA Commissioner Adam Silver lunching with interim LA Clippers CEO Dick Parsons and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon at Fresco by Scotto in NYC near Gov. Chris Christie and wife Mary Pat.   ***Diane von Furstenberg hosting her holiday party at Cherry at the Dream Downtown.   ***Shirley MacLaine and Andrew Stein at Sardi’s in NYC.   ***Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell lunching at Circo in NYC.   ***Ice-T and Coco arriving at Space Ibiza in a Rolls-Royce.   ***New York Giants football team owner, Steve Tisch having lunch at e. baldi in Beverly Hills.   ***Legendary music manager John Hartman having dinner at The Nosh in Beverly Hills.   ***Motivational speaker Lisa Haisha having lunch at the Beverly Glenn Deli with her daughter Ava.   ***Film producer Mark Joseph having lunch at The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Pregnancy

1.     Each year in the United States, there are approximately six million pregnancies. This means that at any one time, about 4% of women in the U.S. are pregnant.

2.     Only 25% of couples actively trying to conceive will experience pregnancy within the woman?s first cycle. However, 90% of couples will achieve pregnancy within the first 12 months of actively trying.

3.     Approximately 10% of pregnancies will end in miscarriage. Many miscarriages often occur before a woman even knows she is pregnant.

4.     Each year, 1.2 million women in the U.S. choose to end their pregnancies through early termination.

5.     About 3% of all pregnant women will give birth to twins. This rate is an increase of nearly 60% since the early 1980s. However, 17% of pregnant women over 45 will give birth to twins.

6.     Nigeria has the highest twinning rate in the world at around 4.5%. Some experts attribute this number to the large consumption of yams in Nigeria.

7.     Just under 500,000 babies are born each year in the U.S. to teenage mothers.

8.     After delivery, approximately 13% of U.S. women are diagnosed with post-partum depression.

9.     The average size of a full-term baby in the U.S. is 8 pounds. This is an increase from an average size of 6 pounds 30 years ago.

10.  The largest baby ever born weighed in at over 23 pounds but died just 11 hours after his birth in 1879. The largest surviving baby was born in October 2009 in Sumatra, Indonesia and weighed an astounding 19.2 pounds at birth.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The charity IBD Support Foundation will host a major fund-raising dinner on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 honor Ron Magnin, co-owner of the popular Nosh restaurant in Beverly Hills.

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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Mr. Rock Scully organized tours for the Grateful Dead, negotiated the group’s first record contracts and successfully demanded that promoters of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair pay the group up front. In 1968, he used a bread truck to smuggle the band onto a Columbia University campus that had been shut down by student strikers. The next year, he may have arranged for Hells Angels to provide what turned out to be grossly inadequate security at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival, where a man was stabbed to death as the Rolling Stones played. Mr. Scully died at a hospital in Monterey, Calif., on Tuesday. He was 73. His brother, Dicken, said the cause was lung cancer.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition, said his spokesman, Bob Gunnell.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Pan Am Flight 103 Is Bombed (1988)

The terrorist bomb that brought down New York-bound Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killed all 259 people on board and 11 others on the ground. After a three-year investigation, US and UK authorities announced indictments against two Libyan officials in connection with the bombing. Libya finally turned over the suspects in 1999. After a nine-month trial, one of them, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Tom Brokaw had some good news to share on Sunday morning, telling his NBC News colleagues that his multiple myeloma is in remission. “The cancer is in remission and I will shortly go on a drug maintenance regimen to keep it there,” Brokaw wrote in a note to his “NBC family.”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: Uneasiness inhabits Israel, a shadow beneath the polished surface. In a violent Middle Eastern neighborhood of fracturing states, that is perhaps inevitable, but Israelis are questioning their nation and its future with a particular insistence. As the campaign for March elections begins, this disquiet looks like the precursor of political change. The status quo, with its bloody and inconclusive interludes, has become less bearable. More of the same has a name: Benjamin Netanyahu, now in his third term as prime minister. The alternative, although less clear, is no longer unthinkable.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: There’s a square in the upper right-hand corner of your computer keyboard that probably looks more banged up than it did a week or two ago. It’s the one marked “delete.” I’ll bet that you’ve been giving it a workout lately, pressing it hard and often, moving relentlessly backward over your emails, fretting and fussing and killing off nearly as many words as you birth. Are they open to misinterpretation? Is their tone too mischievous or meanspirited? Delete, delete, delete. Better safe than Sony’d.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: In March, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, Mike Rogers, was asked on “Fox News Sunday” how he thought President Obama was handling relations with Russia versus how President Vladimir Putin had been handling relations with the United States. Rogers responded: “Well, I think Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles. And I don’t think it’s even close.” Hmmm. Marbles. That’s an interesting metaphor. Actually, it turns out that Obama was the one playing chess and Putin was the one playing marbles, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say today that Putin’s lost most of his — in both senses of the word.

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Saturday • December 20, 2014

N. KOREA OFFERS JOINT INQUIRY INTO HACKS: A day after the Federal Bureau of Investigation claimed that North Korea is behind the Sony hacks, an unidentified official from the country’s foreign ministry released a statement offering to help the United States—or else. “As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident,” the statement says. “We have a way to prove that we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture, as what the CIA does.” The nameless official also added, “The U.S. should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation and presses for what it called countermeasures while finding fault with.”

SONY CEO WANTS TO SHOW ‘THE INTERVIEW’: In response to President Obama’s remark that Sony “made a mistake” in pulling The Interview from theaters, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton told CNN on Friday that “we have not caved. We have not given in. We have persevered and we have not backed down.” He explained that the studio “had no alternative” but to cancel The Interview’s planned Dec. 25 theatrical release because “movie theaters came to us one by one and announced that they would not carry the movie.” He added that the hack is the “worst cyberattack in American history,” but insisted that Sony “would still like the public to see this movie. Absolutely.” Later on Friday afternoon, Lynton told NPR’s All Things Considered that Sony would like to make The Interview available digitally, but “we need partners.” He said he has spoken with Seth Rogen and they “were in this decision together.” He added that Sony was actually “extremely well-prepared for conventional cyberattacks—most companies would have had the same vulnerabilities.”

SCOTUS OKS GAY MARRIAGE IN FLORIDA: With a one-paragraph order on Friday night, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block same-sex marriages in Florida, allowing the marriages to begin after January 5. Florida’s ban on gay marriage was previously ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, but that ruling was placed on hold until after pending appeals. “This is a thrilling day for all Florida families,” American Civil Liberties of Florida attorney Daniel Tilley said in a statement. “As we explained to the court, every day that the ban remains in place, couples are suffering real harms. We are grateful that the court recognized that, and that as a result, those days are finally coming to an end.”

US SENDS 4 AFGHANS BACK HOME FROM GUANTANAMO: The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Obama administration officials said they worked quickly to fulfil the request from Ghani, in office just three months, to return the four, who had been cleared for transfer as a kind of reconciliation and mark of improved U.S.-Afghan relations. There is no requirement that the Afghan government further detain the men, identified as Mohammed Zahir, Shawali Khan, Abdul Ghani and Khi Ali Gul.

WHO READS THE LBN E-LERT? Guitar legend Carlos Santana, along with nearly half a million other readers in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries and 11 separate time-zones.

FBI MISHANDLED EVIDENCE ALL OVER AMERICA: An internal investigation at the Federal Bureau of Investigation has found that the agency mishandled, mislabeled, and lost evidence in every region of the country. The agency is also storing more weapons, two tons more drugs, and less money and valuables than its records indicate. The report was based on a review of more than 41,000 pieces of evidence in FBI offices and could affect future criminal investigations, since lawyers are able to get evidence thrown out of court because of record-keeping discrepancies. Most of the mistakes appear to come from the FBI’s transition to a computer system called Sentinel. But some of the errors include disappearing evidence, which is more serious. “A majority of the errors identified were due in large part to human error, attributable to a lack of training and program management oversight,” auditors wrote in the report.

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CHARLES MANSON SON SLAMS GOLD DIGGER BRIDE: Convicted killer Charles Manson’s would-be bride is a gold digger, his son claims. Matthew Roberts said that his father’s would-be bride, 26-year-old  Afton Burton, is only pursuing the 80-year-old for his savings. “For me, the whole thing is about money for her,” he told UK MailOnline. “I absolutely believe that, there’s no doubt in my mind.’ The murderer and Burton have been OK’d for a marriage license and have 90 days — until approximately Feb. 4, 2015 — to tie the knot until it expires. Burton, who regularly visits Manson in the Kings County, Calif. he’s held in, and runs websites proclaiming his innocence, was seen brandishing a ring recently, spurring speculation the two had indeed wed. Roberts, 47,  (whose mother was raped by Manson during a 1967 orgy) sent a stern message to his father’s  paramour Burton. “I am warning her, if she has married my dad — who is the most hated man in America — she needs to realize she will become the most hated woman in America.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Over the past 25 years, the total immigrant population has increased and spread across the country. In 1990, the foreign-born population was 19.7 million or 7.9 percent of the U.S. total, with nearly 3 out of 4 immigrants (73 percent) living in either California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, or Texas. By 2010, approximately 40 million immigrants made up 13 percent of the overall population, and the proportion of immigrants residing in the six leading states dropped to 65 percent. Over that same time, other states including Nevada, North Carolina, and Washington experienced large growth in their foreign-born populations.

MICHAEL PHELPS PLEADS GUILTY TO DUI: Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps avoided jail Friday by pleading guilty to drunken driving charges in Baltimore. The 29-year-old gold medalist still faces 18 months of supervised probation but plans to compete again after his six-month suspension from USA Swimming ends in April. “The last three months of my life have been some of the hardest times I’ve ever gone through,” Phelps said from the courthouse steps. “Some of the biggest learning experiences that I’ve ever had, finding out a lot about myself. For this day, I’m happy to be moving forward, and I’ll continue to grow from this. I’ll continue on my path of recovery. The next couple years are going to be very challenging, and I’m very pleased and very happy that I have great support around me.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

KURDS TAKE MT. SINJAR FROM ISIS: A two-day offensive involving 8,000 Kurdish pesh merga fighters has succeeded in recapturing a significant amount of territory from ISIS, breaking its hold on land between the autonomous Kurdish region and the Syrian border. It also managed to break the siege of Mount Sinjar where thousands of Yazidis were trapped and facing death this summer. A statement from the Kurdistan Regional Security Council called the battle “the single biggest military offensive against ISIS, and the most successful.” It was backed up by 53 airstrikes from the American-led coalition.

TEENS FLEE FACEBOOK SAYS HOLLYWOOD MEDIA EXPERT: According to Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine, the percentage of American teenagers on Facebook continued to drop in the past year. “The number of active users age 13 to 17 fell from 94 percent in 2013 to 88 percent this year. In 2012, the figure was 95 percent” noted Levine. In the same report, Twitter and other messaging apps like Snapchat and Kik increased their usage among teenagers. Levine says that “one of the biggest reasons teens cited for leaving was trust issues regarding the social network. Just 9 percent said they viewed it as “safe” or “trustworthy.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***A Liberace hologram is set to tour the world with a debut performance scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, though no dates have been announced yet.   ***Larry Smith, producer of some of the most cherished hip-hop records of the Eighties, including Run-D.M.C.’s first two albums, died Thursday at the age of 63. Radio host Combat Jack broke the news on Twitter, writing: “Just spoke to his family. RIP Larry Smith, the original King of Beats who passed away last night.”   ***Paul McCartney revealed that he recently tried writing a song about the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson and Staten Island in an interview with The Associated Press. While the former Beatle admitted his initial attempts proved fruitless, he hasn’t given up on the song.

MISS WORLD PAGEANT AXES SWIMSUIT SEGMENT: As part of an effort to make Miss World “more of an ambassador, not a beauty queen,” the competition will eliminate the pageant’s swimsuit competition. “The organization has decided to take itself out of the swimsuit world because it isn’t the path they’re trying to take,” Chris Wilmer, national director of Miss World America/Miss United States organization told ABC News. “It’s not just a beauty contest, it’s ‘beauty with a purpose.’ There didn’t seem to be a purpose to have the swimsuit.” In lieu of the bikini portion, the competition will focus on contestants’ dedication to charity work. “It’s more about the outreach and what a woman could do with a title like Miss World,” Wilmer said.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH: British Medical Journal, which on Wednesday published a study analyzing Dr. Oz’s claims along with those made on another medical talk show. What they found wasn’t reassuring. The researchers, led by Christina Korownyk of the University of Alberta, charged medical research either didn’t substantiate — or flat out contradicted — more than half of Oz’s recommendations. “Recommendations made on medical talk shows often lack adequate information on specific benefits or the magnitude of the effects of these benefits,” the article said. “… The public should be skeptical about recommendations made on medical talk shows.”

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Samuel Mudd (1833)

Mudd was the physician who set the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, just hours after Booth fled the crime scene. A Confederate sympathizer, Mudd was accused of aiding Booth’s escape and tried along with Booth’s other accomplices. Throughout, Mudd maintained that he had not recognized the disguised Booth, an acquaintance of his, and had been unaware of the assassination, but he was nonetheless convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Film producer Mark Joseph is writing a new book called “Rock Gets Religion: The Battle for the Soul of the Devil’s Music due out in the Spring of 2015.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Mandy Rice-Davies, a former nightclub dancer and model who achieved notoriety in 1963 in one of Britain‘s most spectacular Cold War sex scandals, died on Thursday. She was 70. Her publicist said in a statement confirming the death that Ms. Rice-Davies had endured a “short battle with cancer.” The statement did not say where she died.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Timothy Egan: There may not be a lightness to his step, a lilt in his voice or a bit of jauntiness returned to his manner. The office ages everyone prematurely, and makes spontaneity all but impossible. But President Obama is acting like a man who’s been given the political equivalent of a testosterone boost. Perhaps the best thing to happen to him was the crushing blow his party took in the midterm elections. Come January, Republicans will have their largest House majority in 84 years — since Herbert Hoover was president. Granted, no politician wants to join Hoover and history in the same sentence. But Obama is not cowering or conceding. He’s been liberated by defeat, becoming the president that many of his supporters hoped he would be.

LBN-COMMENTARY By Flemming Rose: Sony’s decision to pull “The Interview” — an enormous act of self-censorship under threat of violence — somehow comes as no great surprise to me. It is the culmination of an insidious trend of self-censorship in the face of intimidation that has plagued Western culture for more than a decade. Nine years ago, as culture editor of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, I commissioned cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to start a debate about how we talk about Islam. In commissioning the cartoons, my newspaper was reacting to a pattern of self-censorship among publishers, writers, museums, theaters and performers. Institutions like the Tate museum in London and the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden, had called off shows or removed artwork from exhibits. Illustrators in Denmark were even afraid to make drawings for a children’s book on Muhammad.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Konrad Trope (Attorney): Folks, remember the kid in Colorado who shot up a movie theater? How would you feel if your son or daughter or spouse or significant other was injured or killed in a theater complex where the Interview was being shown? Then you would all be screaming that Sony put profits ahead of public safety. The theaters are not set up for any kind of patron security screening. I think Sony made the right decision and Obama should focus on solving the problem of cyberattacks. I assure you, Mr. Obama can watch any movie he wants.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: Bald men make me want to puke.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Seth Rogen is said to be angry and disappointed that Sony has mothballed “The Interview,” but he will not sue the studio for the millions of dollars he has lost as the writer, director, and producer of the comedy about an assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Rogen remained silent Friday on the devastating hacking assault on Sony, but an insider categorically denied Rogen would sue.   ***Stephen Collins says he doesn’t fit the “clinical or dictionary definition” of the term pedophile. Clearly troubled by the onset of questions about his sexual misconduct with underage girls decades ago, Collins painfully answered inquiries posed by Katie Couric in a new clip from their interview set to air on “20/20″ on Friday night.

LBN-ETC: J. Neil Schulman on Russia Today says: “Sony Pictures has succumbed to terrorists”: J. Neil Schulman Writer and Director of Alongside Night appeared on Russia Today (RT.com) discussing Sony Studios pulling the Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview” from distribution because of terrorist threats linked to North Korea. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liuqigsS0mY&feature=em-share_video_user

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Friday • December 19, 2014

FBI: NORTH KOREA HACKED SONY VIA CHINA: U.S. officials tell Reuters that the FBI will announce today that North Korea was responsible for hacking Sony Pictures and did so through Chinese computer networks. The FBI’s statement will come before President Obama’s previously scheduled press conference at 1:30 p.m. EST. The news comes two days after Sony pulled The Interview and several movie theaters refused to show it out of alleged fear for public safety when the hackers promised 9/11-style attacks. In addition, Paramount refused to allow screenings of Team America in its place.

CLOONEY CALLS HOLLYWOOD COWARDS ON HACK: George Clooney lambasted the press for its coverage of the Sony hack and criticized Hollywood Thursday, adding that industry leaders “ran for the hills” rather than sign his petition to stand behind the embattled studio. Clooney circulated a petition last week to support Sony Pictures in not succumbing to hacker threats, but no one signed out of fear, he said. In an interview with Deadline.com, Clooney said media “played the fiddle while Rome burned,” hedging over North Korea’s involvement. “With just a little bit of work, you could have found out that it wasn’t just probably North Korea; it was North Korea,” he said. Clooney also criticized the press for focusing on emails rather than the implications the hack could have on the future. “Here, we’re talking about an actual country deciding what content we’re going to have,” he said. “We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f*cking people.

UK: WOMEN SOLDIERS SHOULD FIGHT: British Defense Minister Michael Fallon announced on Friday that he is supportive of the idea of women serving in combat roles after a review of the current ban determined the change would not damage troop cohesion. “Roles in our armed forces should be determined by ability not gender,” Fallon said. “I hope that, following further work on our training regimes and equipment, we can open up combat roles to women in 2016.” Currently, women cannot join the infantry or armored corps. However, before a ban would be lifted, the ministry says it needs to look into the impact on women’s health and “further research into the physiological demands placed on those in close combat roles.”

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NEBRASKA, OKLAHOMA SUE COLORADO OVER POT: Two neighboring states, Nebraska and Oklahoma, have asked the Supreme Court to strike down Colorado’s law legalizing marijuana. According to the two states, “the State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system. Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff States’ own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems.” In response, the attorney general for Colorado, John Suthers, declared the lawsuit is “without merit” and that “it appears the plaintiffs’ primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado.”

REVENGE – PAKISTAN KILLS 67 TALIBAN: In response to nationwide cries for retribution after the Pakistani Taliban killed 148 people in a school massacre, Pakistan killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region. In addition, a Pakistani prosecutor announced that the government would try to cancel the bail granted to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The Army also signed death warrants for six “hard core terrorists.”

WORLD’S DEEPEST FISH FOUND: Unmanned landers deployed in the Mariana Trench have set a new record by discovering the world’s deepest fish. The creature was found at a depth of 26,772 feet beneath the surface, beating a previous record by 1,600 feet. The fish is believed to be a type of snailfish. “We think it is a snailfish, but it’s so weird-looking; it’s up in the air in terms of what it is.” said one of the lead scientists, Dr. Alan Jamieson. “It is unbelievably fragile, and when it swims, it looks like it has wet tissue paper floating behind it. And it has a weird snout—it looks like a cartoon dog snout.

CHINA DEMOTES 1,000 SENIOR OFFICIALS: As part of an effort to crack down on graft, the Chinese government has demoted 1,000 senior officials whose families live abroad and refused to return to China. The officials were part of a group of 3,200 so-called naked officials (the term used for those whose families are overseas) that China announced it had discovered on Monday. According to the government, these individuals are at a high risk for embezzlement. According to the government, from 1978 to 2003, at least 4,000 corrupt officials fled the country taking at least $50 billion with them.

U.S. NOW PROTECTS TRANSGENDER WORKERS: According to a memo released Thursday by Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department will now interpret federal law to prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people. The Justice Department will be able to bring legal claims on behalf of people who say they have been discriminated against because of their sex identity. The federal government will also no longer be able to take the position that the sex discrimination-banning Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not explicitly protect against workplace discrimination based on gender status.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Ralph Fiennes and Willem Dafoe lunching at Cafe Gitane at the Jane Hotel in NYC, where Selena Gomez and Lena Dunham dined separately.   ***Alessandro Nivola rushing from his show “The Elephant Man” to a wrap party for wife Emily Mortimer’s HBO series “Doll & Em” at the Leonora   ***Bruce Willis at Blue Fin in Times Square in NYC.   ***Jessica Alba at Antonioni’s in NYC.   ***Michael Caine at Cibo Wine Bar in South Beach . . .Bill and Hillary Clinton chatting with Ralph and Ricky Lauren at Andrea Bocelli’s MSG show .    ***Producer Lawrence Bender at the Soho House in West Hollywood last week.   ***Dr. Robert Kotler having dinner at the new Palm in Beverly Hills last week.    ***Comedian / author Adam Chrisiting having dinner at the popular Luna Park restaurant in Hollywood.   ***Prominent California Dentist Dr. Leslie Bonar having dinner at the popular Chaya Venice restaurant on Main Street in Venice.   ***Manager Chuck Biner having lunch last week with actor Steve Guttenberg at the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Hollywood media expert and author Michael Levine participating in the on-going “I Can’t Breath” digital protest. The words memorialize the final words of New York City man Eric Garner, who died in July after a police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. A video recording of the incident showed Garner repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe.”


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is a deadbeat as well as a perv, according to a California legal complaint against him. Epstein allegedly owes $103,500 — presumably chump change for the “billionaire” — to crisis p.r. firm Sitrick & Co., which the ex-con hired after a wave of bad press in 2011 stemming from his rekindled friendship with Prince Andrew.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Regular doses of ibuprofen could allow people to live up to 12 years longer. In tests, the drug appears to hold back the ageing process as well as helping fight disease. Ibuprofen, which is used every day at home by people to treat inflammation, pain and fever, may be the key to developing a long sought after anti-ageing drug.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: The most extensive screen tests in the history of motion pictures were held for the role of Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. MGM shot 149,000 feet of black-and-white test film and another 13,000 feet of color film with 60 actresses.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Linda Deutsch, the trial reporter for Associated Press who got her start in the courthouse as a fill-in covering the Charles Manson family in 1969, will retire on Monday. She plans to write a memoir, AP just announced in a story out of the Los Angeles bureau. Deutsch, 71, will have spent 48 years with the wire service, after beginning as the only woman in the LA office.

BOSTON’S RAJON RONDO TRADED TO DALLAS: Rajon Rondo will soon bid farewell to Boston, as the Celtics finalize a deal to trade the All-Star point guard to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jammer Nelson and a future first- and second-round draft pick. The deal is on course to be completed Thursday night. Rondo, who is now in the final year of his contract, had a 2014-15 salary set at $12.9 million.

RATING PLAN FOR COLLEGES IS UNVEILED BY THE U.S.: In a report due out on Friday, the Obama administration will offer its first public glimpse of a planned system for rating how well colleges perform, saying it plans to group schools into just three broad categories — good, bad and somewhere between. In detailing what elements the system is likely to contain, the Department of Education also revealed how dauntingly complex the project has been, and how it continues to be hampered by the limitations of the data available.

LBN-R.I.P.: ***Ernie Terrell, who briefly shared the heavyweight championship with the fighter then widely known as Cassius Clay and who later, after refusing to acknowledge that Clay had taken the Muslim name Muhammad Ali, was battered by him in a 15-round grudge match, died on Tuesday in Chicago. He was 75. His sister Love Mickens confirmed the death. She said he had dementia.   ***Virna Lisi, who first captivated Italian moviegoers with her smoldering eyes, sulky smile and stunning beauty before sweeping into Hollywood in the 1960s to star opposite such leading men as Frank Sinatra and Tony Curtis, died on Wednesday. She was 78. Ms. Lisi had recently been told that she had an incurable illness, her family said in a statement to the Italian news media. The statement did not indicate where she died.   ***Dr. Lee W. Wattenberg, a medical researcher who helped jump-start the field of cancer prevention, finding weapons in the food people eat — including chemical compounds in broccoli, cabbage, coffee and garlic — died on Dec. 9 in Minneapolis. He was 92. The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease, his daughter Elizabeth Wattenberg said.   ***Harold Schulweis, the rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino for nearly 45 years, was “regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation,” the Jewish Journal says today. “Schulweis recognized the power of congregations to shape the lives of a generation of Jews isolated from community and alienated from their traditions. In 1970, he took the pulpit of VBS in the burgeoning San Fernando Valley. Under his leadership, the synagogue grew to become the largest Conservative congregation in the Western United States.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: If you’re the type who finds macho posturing impressive, Vladimir Putin is your kind of guy. Sure enough, many American conservatives seem to have an embarrassing crush on the swaggering strongman. “That is what you call a leader,” enthused Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, after Mr. Putin invaded Ukraine without debate or deliberation. But Mr. Putin never had the resources to back his swagger. Russia has an economy roughly the same size as Brazil’s. And, as we’re now seeing, it’s highly vulnerable to financial crisis — a vulnerability that has a lot to do with the nature of the Putin regime.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Over the past decades, the case for enhancing union power has grown both stronger and weaker. On the one hand, as wages have stagnated while profits have soared, it does seem that there is something out of whack in the balance of power between labor and capital. Workers need some new way to collectively bargain for more money. On the other hand, unions, and especially public-sector unions, have done a lot over the past decades to rigidify workplaces, especially government. Teachers’ unions have become the single biggest impediment to school reform. Police unions have become an impediment to police reform.

LBN-RANT by Ericka T. Bass: I saw this ugly episode on Fairfax Ave. last night in the midst for this disgusting Christmas season. When solicited for a donation by a homeless dude, a penurious man with big eyes  began to extend a nickel, but, thinking twice, withdrew it. I gave the guy a quarter, which he refuse saying he wouldn’t accept anything lower than a dollar.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Angelina Jolie could once again land in a mental hospital in the wake of the hacking scandal that’s hit Hollywood, say friends, according to sources. Angie “has gone berserk,” sources said, after a leaked email revealed producer Scott Rudin blasted her as “a minimally talented spoiled brat” with a “rampaging spoiled ego.” In the email, Rudin was trying to pressure Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal into shelving a proposed “Cleopatra” film starring the 39-year-old actress.   ***Sarah Silverman has signed on to star on a comedy with HBO, an individual with knowledge of the deal said. The untitled project focuses on the comedienne portraying an honest woman dealing with a midlife crisis.

LBN-ETC: Israelis, this one’s for you! Before Ariel Sharon ate himself into a coma, he identified your Messiah by name, in red ink Hebrew script, on Israeli government letterhead. His clarion call is reproduced on the cover of “The Lives of Elijah Brooks”, Amazon.com, et al. Remain silent and perish. Or awaken to your responsibility, and live, ye nation of Cohens. If the next holocaust is allowed to coalesce, it will be biblical in scale, and global in extent. Doing nothing is not an option. Tell Bibi, I’m waiting for his reply. Sincerely, Elijah. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNBPtuJfqVg

LBN-ETC: The Outer Limits Of Inner Truth (www.outerlimitsradio.com) radio show offers a unique insight into their guests. The program focuses on respected spiritual teachers (& interesting people both alive & dead) and features a “Forensic Soul Analysis” by four experts. They include: Psychic Mediums & Past Life Readers Kerrie O’Connor, Laura Lynn, Lisa Caza, and Astrologer Constance Stellas. Previous shows have included Forensic Soul Analysis on: Howard Stern, NHL Legend Mark Messier, Mick Foley, Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo and others. “The Outer Limits of Inner Truth” can be heard on KKRP 1610 AM, iTunes, and Blogtalkradio.

LBN-ETC: Are you a trend setter? A foodie? A little of both? Want to show your friends how food-hip you are? Then you need to check out Phil’s Food Reviews! Phil Lempert has been checking out the latest foods for thirty years on the TODAY Show, The View, Oprah, Dr. Oz, Home & Family to name just a few. Each day Phil posts a new review along with nutritionals and product info. Check out today’s food review HERE and see the secret source that food buyers and supermarket execs have been using for years. Visit SupermarketGuru.com for all the latest food trends.

LBN-ETC: Grow your business! Small business owners are now growing thanks to access of a new app called Rain. Previously this technology was only available to Starbucks, now Rain is opening it up to local business owners. “We believe that local businesses are the key to building strong local communities, we did not think it was fair to keep them from the secret weapons that were being used by the fortune 500 companies..That’s why we released Rain to all business owners.” – Skyler Sutton, RAIN founder. Visit www.RainLocal.com or search “Local advertising” in the app store.

LBN-ETC: She looks like Doris Day, sounds like Doris Day and acts like Doris Day. That’s KRISTI KING in her tribute show “QUE SERA!” telling the life stories and singing the greatest hits of the beloved actress-singer. “Brings back great memories, thoroughly entertaining, the kind of show you’d expect to see in Las Vegas.” “Combining stories, songs, and her spot-on look, Kristi brings the legend to life. A fun trip down memory lane.” “The best show we’ve ever had!” “Que Sera!” is available for booking. See QueSeraTheMusical.com. Call 425-653-3036. A portion of ticket sales goes to DDAF (Doris Day Animal Foundation)

LBN-ETC: If you grew up listening to a great Top 40 radio station, check out the new internet radio station, www.fantasy-radio.com Every hour, Fantasy Radio transforms into a different legendary Top 40 Powerhouse of the Past, from cities all across America. Each hour we salute a different station and different city. It’s radio, the way it used to be. The best music variety you can’t find anywhere else with a music mix of the 70s, 80s, 90s and NOW.Listen live online or on your smartphone. Free iDevice app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fantasy-radio/id924957603?mt=8 Free Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.web.radios Join the fantasy https://www.facebook.com/FantasyRadioOnline

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Thursday • December 18, 2014

JOURNEY TO RECONCILIATION VISITED WORLDS OF PRESIDENTS, POPES AND SPIES: The deal that freed an American jailed in Cuba and ended 53 years of diplomatic estrangement between the United States and Cuba was blessed at the highest levels of the Holy See but cut in the shadowy netherworld of espionage. A personal appeal from Pope Francis, American officials said, was critical in persuading Cuba’s president, Raúl Castro, to agree to a prisoner swap and the freeing of the American aid worker Alan P. Gross. The pope, officials said, acted as a “guarantor” that both sides would live up to the terms of a deal reached in secret. The most tangible breakthrough, however, came almost a year into the talks, when the United States, at loggerheads with Cuba, proposed to swap three Cuban agents jailed in the United States for a Cuban working for American intelligence who had been held in a jail in Cuba for nearly 20 years.

AIR POLLUTION LINKED TO AUTISM: According to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health, women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to give birth to a child with autism. Researchers focused on 1,767 children born from 1990 to 2002, including 245 diagnosed with autism. “One of the unique aspects of the study we did is that it provides an even stronger piece of evidence for there being a causal effect,” said Marc Weisskopf, an associate professor of environmental and occupational epidemiology at Harvard who was an author for the study. “It’s really the pollution doing it.”

U.S. FINDS NORTH KOREA BEHIND SONY HACK: The U.S. government has determined that North Korea was “centrally involved” in the cyberattack on Sony Pictures. U.S. investigators penetrated North Korean computer networks to trace the source of the hacking. According to investigators, the primary suspects are members of a North Korean cybersecurity unit called Bureau 121. However, it has not been ruled out that it is an insider at Sony with a grudge that cooperated with an outside group like the North Koreans. The White House is debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of launching a cyberterrorism campaign against Sony. According to The New York Times, the NSA tried four years ago to infiltrate the country’s elite cyberteam to monitor malware, but the system is not foolproof as a lot of the hacking is done from China. This time, the hacking was done from server centers across the globe, but one, in Bolivia, was the same used in the attack on South Korea.

ISLAMIC STATE PENAL CODE PROMISES CRUCIFIXION, LASHING FOR UNBELIEVERS: The Islamic State (IS) has published its own penal code, which harshly penalizes actions such as sodomy and blasphemy with punishments including execution, crucifixion, lashing, and the severing of limbs, among other penalties. IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) issued the detailed document as a “warning and a reminder to people living under its rule” that any behavior not in accordance with strict Islamic law will be cruelly punished, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which translated a copy of the penal code posted at a radical online depot known as the Jihadi Media Platform. Radical militants associated with IS emphasized that they have a “commitment” to enforce the brutal doctrine “vigilantly,” according to MEMRI.

DEATH PENALTY HITS 20-YEAR LOW: A total of 35 death-row inmates were executed in the U.S. in 2014, the lowest number since 1994. Meanwhile, death sentences hit a 40-year low, to about 72, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The decrease in executions is partly because of lethal-injection drug shortages and legal fights over botched procedures. As far as death sentences, the center’s Executive Director Richard Dieter said he believes that, “The realization that mistakes have been made, that innocent people are still being freed, has made juries hesitant. They are willing to convict but not sentence to death. There is a demand for perfect proof, and so prosecutors are taking more plea bargains.”

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PALESTINIANS: ISRAELI WITHDRAWAL BY 2017: An Arab-backed draft resolution on ending Israel’s occupation of lands captured in 1967 was submitted to the UN Security Council on Wednesday, setting a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli security forces by the end of 2017. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said the draft, sponsored by Jordan on behalf of Palestine, does not oppose further negotiations over the issue. The resolution calls for reaching a peace agreement within a year that “fulfills the vision of two independent democratic and prosperous states.” The U.S., which has previously vetoed measures targeting Israel, has declined to comment on whether it will use its veto power on the latest resolution.

MORE! BOKO HARAM TAKES 185 WOMEN, CHILDREN: According to officials in Nigeria, Boko Haram have kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people during a raid this week. “They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs,” a local government official said. The militants hit the village of Gumsuri, and shot the men before seizing the women and children. The delayed news about the attack was due to disabled telecommunications towers.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Beverly Hill Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman celebrated his birthday last night with his family at the new Ocean Prime restaurant in Beverly Hills.   ***Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell seeing their “American Hustle” colleague Bradley Cooper in “The Elephant Man” .   ***Ed Burns and Christy Turlington Burns having dinner at the new Financial District eatery Da Claudio on Ann Street in NYC.   ***Sting with ’80s supergroup Duran Duran at Victor’s Café in Midtown in NYC.   ***Colin Quinn performing his show “Up Close & Personal” at the Liberty Theater. Jessie J bowling at Lucky Strike in NYC.   ***Eric Ripert “rushing through the JetBlue terminal” at JFK  in NYC.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Kissing

1.     “Kiss” is from the Old English cyssan from the proto-Germanic kussijanan or kuss, which is probably based on the sound kissing can make.

2.     A woman in China partially lost her hearing after her boyfriend reportedly ruptured her eardrum with a passionate kiss. Apparently, the kiss reduced the pressure in the mouth, pulled the eardrum out, and caused the breakdown of the ear.

3.     The science of kissing is called philematology.

4.     The insulting slang “kiss my ass” dates back at least to 1705.

5.     Lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers. Not even genitals have as much sensitivity as lips.

6.     Approximately two-thirds of people tip their head to the right when they kiss. Some scholars speculate this preference starts in the womb.

7.     On July 5-6, 2005 a couple in London locked lips for 31 hours, 30 minutes, and 30 seconds, making it the longest kiss ever recorded.

8.     The most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, also known as the kissing muscle, which allows the lips to “pucker.”

9.     French kissing involves all 34 muscles in the face. A pucker kiss involves only two.

10.  The lips of both men and women resemble the lips of the vagina.

11.  The term “French kiss” came into the English language around 1923 as a slur on the French culture which was thought to be overly concerned with sex. In France, it’s called a tongue kiss or soul kiss because if done right, it feels as if two souls are merging. In fact, several ancient cultures thought that mouth-to-mouth kissing mingled two lovers’ souls.

12.  The Four Vedic Sanskrit texts (1500 B.C.) contain the first mention of a kiss in writing.

13.  The Romans created three categories of kissing: (1) Osculum, a kiss on the cheek, (2) Basium, a kiss on the lips, and (3) Savolium, a deep kiss.

14.  Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute. A Hershey’s kiss contains 26 calories, which takes five minutes of walking–or about four minutes of kissing–to burn off.

15.  It is possible for a woman to reach an orgasm through kissing.

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CAPTAIN DARYL DRAGON HEALTH WORSENS: Nearly a year after Toni Tennille filed for divorce from Daryl Dragon, her ailing and ex-hubby is entering a nursing home, sources say. The 72-year-old musician – famed for wearing a captain’s hat – has failed to bounce back from the devastating split, and his health has deteriorated. A close source said: “It’s a horrible holiday- time tragedy. Toni and their musical partnership was everything to him. Daryl’s sadly spiraled down and is headed for a nursing home.” After Toni, 74, socked him with divorce papers to end their 39-year marriage last Jan. 16, a devastated Daryl said: “The divorce scares the crap out of me … but I still love Toni. This divorce was Toni’s idea and I don’t understand it.”

UNIQUELY, LBN: Lacey L., an LBN E-Lert reader from Alberta, Canada.


MLB: IT’S STILL ILLEGAL TO SCOUT IN CUBA: Wednesday’s landmark announcement that President Obama plans to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba sparked new speculation as to how soon Major League Baseball could begin signing players from the island’s isolated talent pool. Within hours, MLB quickly sent a directive to all 30 teams that it remains illegal to scout or sign players in Cuba due to the formal economic embargo, which is still in place. Obama will have to seek approval from Congress before lifting the embargo, and with Republicans in full control beginning in January, that may be unlikely.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Nutcracker Premieres (1892)

Now a beloved Christmastime classic, The Nutcracker ballet premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, to fairly negative reviews. Even Tchaikovsky himself, the composer responsible for the score, found the ballet lacking. Despite its initial failure, the ballet about a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and battles the evil Mouse King has since become a holiday favorite.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Steven Spielberg (1946)

Spielberg is a three-time Academy Award-winning director and one of the most commercially successful filmmakers in the history of US cinema. He began his career directing for television, but his major success came when he began directing movies. His 1975 film, Jaws, became one of the highest-grossing movies ever and made him a household name. Spielberg later surpassed this record with the films E.T. and Jurassic Park

LBN-R.I.P.: Richard C. Hottelet, who covered the D-Day invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge for CBS and became the last survivor of the “Murrow Boys,” the network’s pioneering World War II radio newsmen who worked under Edward R. Murrow, died on Wednesday at his home in Wilton, Conn. He was 97. His granddaughter, Maria Hottelet Foley, confirmed the death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nicholas Kristof: Is there any element of American foreign policy that has failed more abjectly than our embargo of Cuba? When I hear hawks denouncing President Obama for resolving to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease the embargo, I don’t understand the logic. Is their argument that our policy didn’t work for the first half-century but maybe will work after 100 years? We probably helped keep the Castro regime in power by giving it a scapegoat for its economic and political failures. Look around the world, and the hard-line antique regimes that have survived — Cuba and North Korea — are those that have been isolated and sanctioned. Why do we think that isolating a regime is punishing it, rather than protecting it?

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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Big-screen bombshell Cameron Diaz and rocker Benji Madden are engaged. The two only began dating in May, but they’re “planning their wedding for early in the new year,” a source said. “They’ve been telling close friends in recent weeks about their plans, but it’s very hush-hush.”   ***Kirstie Alley has dropped 
20 pounds. “Kirstie is slimming down to better her odds of being healthy,” an insider said. Sources had revealed that the “Fat Actress,” 63, was scared her party-hearty lifestyle was coming back to haunt her – and terrified that years of smoking cigarettes and cocaine use may spark the deadly cancer.   ***”Mom” star Allison Janney is hiding a secret heartbreak – her beloved younger brother Henry “Hal” Janney killed himself. Hal, 49, a programmer, struggled with drug addiction and depression before he took his own life in 2011. “It hit Allison very hard,” said a source.   ***It’s a role-reversal that only Hollywood could come up with. In “The Interview” Seth Rogen and James Franco play unlikely assassins; now they’ve become even more unlikely targets. And Confidenti@l has learned that the actors have each been given a “giant” round-the-clock bodyguard to deal with the threat. “They’re usually not at all the type to have security,” said an insider, “James is the kind of guy who takes the subway all the time.” The source joked that the “Spiderman” star’s beefy new companion is “double (Franco’s) size.”   ***Elton John and his longtime partner, David Furnish, will tie the knot this weekend. The lovebirds, who have been in a civil partnership since 2005, will exchange vows in England, their reps confirm to Us Weekly.   ***Michael Egan — who accused a group of Hollywood moguls of molesting him as a minor, then withdrew the complaint — is in more legal hot water. The troubled former child actor has been indicted on securities and wire fraud charges in a federal case filed in North Carolina on Tuesday.   ***A further leaked email thread between Sony Pictures co-chairperson Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin reveals Rudin once again harshly criticising Angelina Jolie. In the exchange, published by Gawker, Rudin describes the actress as “seriously out of her mind” as tension mounts over Jolie’s planned film Cleopatra, for which Eric Roth produced a script.

LBN-ETC: Israelis, this one’s for you! Before Ariel Sharon ate himself into a coma, he identified your Messiah by name, in red ink Hebrew script, on Israeli government letterhead. His clarion call is reproduced on the cover of “The Lives of Elijah Brooks”, Amazon.com, et al. Remain silent and perish. Or awaken to your responsibility, and live, ye nation of Cohens. If the next holocaust is allowed to coalesce, it will be biblical in scale, and global in extent. Doing nothing is not an option. Tell Bibi, I’m waiting for his reply. Sincerely, Elijah. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNBPtuJfqVg

LBN-ETC: The Outer Limits Of Inner Truth (www.outerlimitsradio.com) radio show offers a unique insight into their guests. The program focuses on respected spiritual teachers (& interesting people both alive & dead) and features a “Forensic Soul Analysis” by four experts. They include: Psychic Mediums & Past Life Readers Kerrie O’Connor, Laura Lynn, Lisa Caza, and Astrologer Constance Stellas. Previous shows have included Forensic Soul Analysis on: Howard Stern, NHL Legend Mark Messier, Mick Foley, Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo and others. “The Outer Limits of Inner Truth” can be heard on KKRP 1610 AM, iTunes, and Blogtalkradio.

LBN-ETC: Are you a trend setter? A foodie? A little of both? Want to show your friends how food-hip you are? Then you need to check out Phil’s Food Reviews! Phil Lempert has been checking out the latest foods for thirty years on the TODAY Show, The View, Oprah, Dr. Oz, Home & Family to name just a few. Each day Phil posts a new review along with nutritionals and product info. Check out today’s food review HERE and see the secret source that food buyers and supermarket execs have been using for years. Visit SupermarketGuru.com for all the latest food trends.

LBN-ETC: Grow your business! Small business owners are now growing thanks to access of a new app called Rain. Previously this technology was only available to Starbucks, now Rain is opening it up to local business owners. “We believe that local businesses are the key to building strong local communities, we did not think it was fair to keep them from the secret weapons that were being used by the fortune 500 companies..That’s why we released Rain to all business owners.” – Skyler Sutton, RAIN founder. Visit www.RainLocal.com or search “Local advertising” in the app store.

LBN-ETC: She looks like Doris Day, sounds like Doris Day and acts like Doris Day. That’s KRISTI KING in her tribute show “QUE SERA!” telling the life stories and singing the greatest hits of the beloved actress-singer. “Brings back great memories, thoroughly entertaining, the kind of show you’d expect to see in Las Vegas.” “Combining stories, songs, and her spot-on look, Kristi brings the legend to life. A fun trip down memory lane.” “The best show we’ve ever had!” “Que Sera!” is available for booking. See QueSeraTheMusical.com. Call 425-653-3036. A portion of ticket sales goes to DDAF (Doris Day Animal Foundation)

LBN-ETC: If you grew up listening to a great Top 40 radio station, check out the new internet radio station, www.fantasy-radio.com Every hour, Fantasy Radio transforms into a different legendary Top 40 Powerhouse of the Past, from cities all across America. Each hour we salute a different station and different city. It’s radio, the way it used to be. The best music variety you can’t find anywhere else with a music mix of the 70s, 80s, 90s and NOW.Listen live online or on your smartphone. Free iDevice app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fantasy-radio/id924957603?mt=8 Free Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.web.radios Join the fantasy https://www.facebook.com/FantasyRadioOnline

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Wednesday • December 17, 2014

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Wednesday • December 17, 2014

U.S. TO OPEN EMBASSY IN CUBA: The Associated Press reports American officials say the United States will normalize full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana, ending a half-century standoff that began at the height of the Cold War. “We are charting a new course toward Cuba,” a senior administration official told CNN. “The President understood the time was right to attempt a new approach, both because of the beginnings of changes in Cuba and because of the impediment this was causing for our regional policy.” The news follows Cuba’s release of U.S. citizen Alan Gross from prison Wednesday after five years in captivity. The U.S. released three alleged Cuban spies in return. The exchange is a result of a year of secret talks between the U.S. and Cuba. Raul Castro and President Obama will both speak, separately, around noon Eastern time. ABC News reports the White House indicates Obama and Castro are prepared to talk about everything from lifting travel restrictions to ending the U.S. embargo of Cuba that began under Dwight D. Eisenhower.

FIRST THEATER PULLS ‘THE INTERVIEW’: Carmike Cinemas, one of the largest theater operators in the country, will not be showing Sony’s The Interview following Tuesday’s threat of 9/11-like attacks from the hackers known as the Guardians of Peace. The Georgia-based Carmike, which operates 278 theaters and 2,917 screens in 41 states, is the first chain to pull the controversial comedy. The announcement comes after Sony said it plans to move forward with the Dec. 25 release of The Interview, but the studio supports theater owners who choose not to screen the movie. The Daily Beast recently unearthed emails that indicate people at the State Department reviewed and approved the film’s controversial ending involving Kim Jong-Un. Earlier Tuesday, the Guardians of Peace also released a cache of data files, including around 8,000 emails belonging to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.

TOP SENATE DEMOCRAT BLASTS CUBA DEAL: Robert Menendez, chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is furious about the president’s deal with Cuba. The Democratic senator from New Jersey said the prisoner swap was a terrible mistake. “President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government,” he said. He complained that it was wrong to trade Alan Gross, an American civilian who had committed no crime, for three Cuban spies although other reports suggested that an unnamed U.S. intelligence operative had also been freed.  Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, said the rapprochement was “absurd.” He told Fox News: “Barack Obama is the worst negotiator we’ve had as president since at least Jimmy Carter.”

LAPD ORDERS 7,000 BODY CAMERAS: On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the planned rollout of 7,000 body cameras for LAPD officers. “The trust between a community and its police department can be eroded in a single moment,” Garcetti said. “This is built on transparency.” The move comes after the conflicting accounts from the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, in which an officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen, and the nationwide protests that resulted. The president of the police commission, Steve Soboroff, had been raising private funds for body cameras for the past few months. “There are more and more advantages of having cameras than we’ve ever thought,” Soboroff said. “It’s music to the ears of the LAPD and law enforcement and the community.”

REALLY? EU COURT: HAMAS NOT TERRORIST GROUP: A top court in the European Union ruled that Hamas be removed from a terrorist organization list on Wednesday. The judges said their decision was based “not on acts examined,” but “factual imputations derived from the press and the Internet.” In its charter, Hamas explicitly states it is committed to the destruction of Israel. The Islamic extremist group is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and Israel among others, and it is known for actively encouraging violence. “It was just last month that you had the vicious, brutal attack at the Har Nof synagogue [in Jerusalem] that received wall-to-wall condemnation around the world,” an Israeli diplomatic official told The Jerusalem Post. “Hamas openly celebrated the atrocity and called for more such attacks. Hamas has proven that it remains a hard-core terrorist organization.” The court ruling came hours before the European Parliament is set to vote on Palestinian statehood and a Jordanian-backed draft for Palestinian statehood is expected to be submitted before the UN.

‘7TH HEAVEN’ STAR: I MOLESTED GIRLS: Stephen Collins admitted he sexually abused three girls in a confessional statement given to People magazine. He describes his relations with three victims from 1973 through 1994. “Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since,” he writes. He also state he has “not had an impulse to act out in any such way” in the last two decades. Earlier this year, TMZ published audio of the formerly beloved 7th Heaven dad discussing his sexual abuse of a female minor during a secretly recording therapy session with then-wife Faye Grant.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: Foreplay

1.     Any act that creates and enhances sexual desire in a sexual partner—including kissing, touching, embracing, talking, and teasing—may constitute foreplay. Its definition is flexible and depends on individual sexual preferences and beliefs.

2.     A recent Australian study found that most women are more aroused by the idea of foreplay than sex itself.

3.     According to Shape magazine, women want foreplay to last 19 minutes. While men actually devote about 11 minutes to foreplay, they estimate it at 13 minutes.

4.     The U.S. has more laws regulating sexual behavior than all the European countries combined.

5.     Sex toys are banned in some states, such as Alabama. Flirting is banned in San Antonio, Texas. Oral sex is banned in Indiana. And sleeping naked is illegal in Minnesota.

6.     “Fundawear” is a type of eclectically engineered underwear with tiny electromagnetic vibrators that produce a momentary sensation when someone’s partner touches a smartphone key. The wearer feels a light vibration or gentle frisson, depending on whether his or her partner has touched or swiped the screen.

7.     Foreplay can make sex more comfortable. When a woman becomes aroused, the muscles actually pull the uterus up a bit, which makes more room in the vagina in a process called “vaginal tenting.”

8.     There is an ultrasensitive border around the lips called the buccal nerve. Often overlooked, this area is extremely sensitive to touch. Clinical sexologists note this is a particularly erogenous area for foreplay in both men and women.

9.     While the entire area between the jawline and shoulders is an erogenous zone, the small indention where the neck connects with the collarbone is particularly sensitive for foreplay.

10.  Physicians note that touching the side of the torso from the bottom of the rib cage to the hips stimulates a powerful nerve that reflexively causes the pelvic floor muscles to contract in both men and women—which, in turn, helps increase arousal.

11.  One of the most powerful nerves in the body is at the top of the inner thigh where the ilioinguinal nerve lies. Because it is incredibly sensitive, touching it during foreplay indirectly stimulates the genitals.

12.  When a male giraffe wants to mate, he will duck his neck all the way down and pat the female on her rear. This will induce the female to urinate. When she urinates, the male will then drink a mouthful to determine if she is ready to mate.

13.  Flatworms are hermaphrodites, which means they can both impregnate and be impregnated. Because the role of the female requires developing the eggs and raising the young, which is more work, flatworms fight for the right to be the male. After this type of “penis fencing,” the winner gets to choose the gender.

14.  To attract a female during mating season, a male porcupine will stand on his hind legs and spray her with a gush of urine from several feet away.

15.  Food can act as foreplay. While there aren’t double-blind studies proving aphrodisiac properties exist in food, sexologists suggest feeding your partner traditional aphrodisiacs such as chocolate, chili peppers, asparagus, avocados, and oysters.

16.  The 2004 movie Foreplay is a porn film without sex. Four characters are trapped in a world of erotic encounters, without intercourse.

17.  A study in the Journal of Sex Research found that 100% of women and 95% of men polled consider touching as the number one way they know their partner wants to have sex.

18.  In a survey of 40,000 men, 90% of the respondents said the thing they found the sexiest was when a woman takes sexual initiative. Almost 75% agreed that a woman is most unattractive when she woman wears heavy makeup.

19.  Foreplay is not just about bodies. A person can create a more sensual experience by arranging a home or an apartment with sensual colors, flowers, candles, and music.

20.  During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church in the treatise De secretis mulierum (Women’s Secrets) gives a detailed account of foreplay. It includes making sure the bowels and bladder are empty and “fondling the woman’s lower parts in order to raise the female’s body heat to the correct temperature.” When the wife began to “speak as if she were babbling,” the husband should know to make his move.

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DISPENSARY REMOVES POT-SMOKING SANTA PAINTING AFTER COMPLAINTS: A medical-marijuana dispensary has removed a depiction of a pot-smoking Santa Claus after receiving hundreds of complaints. The holiday decorations in the 1400 block of S. Gaffey Street were painted on the windows of the Harbor House of Dank in San Pedro last week. The portrayal also included a picture of a snowman holding a prescription bottle. The depictions, however, drew hundreds of complaints on Facebook and other websites. By Tuesday afternoon, all the paintings had been removed.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Acclaimed author Lawrence Grobel discussed his new life in self-publishing at the “City Talk” conversation series last night at the popular Luna Park restaurant.   ***Actor Parker Stevenson enjoying the sunset on Venice Beach boardwalk recently.   ***Up and coming actor Jay Jee having drinks at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica.    *** Recent tablemates at the new Palm: Brian Grazer with Ron HowardBod Daley with Ted SarandosBryan Lourd with Brad GreySherry Lansingwith Diane Keaton, and Skip Bronson with Paul AnkaLeslie Mooves, CAA’s Joel Lubin and UTA’s Tracey Jacobs also each have been in.   ***Bryan Singer joined his pregnant baby mama Michelle Clunie at Boa in L.A.    ***Michael Keaton shared the room with Daphne Zuniga at South Beverly Grill in  Beverly Hills.   ***Sam Smith ate on the patio at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood  the day before the American Music Awards. Manager Michael Baum was in at another time.   ***Diane LaneBrett RatnerJim Berkus and Richard Lovett have each dropped by Mr Chow in Beverly Hills of late.   ***Gluten-free Emmy Rossum had the tempeh wrap at M Café’s Brentwood utpost.   ***All in at once at Miss Lily’s in New York: Robert PattinsonAlfonse CuaronSalman RishdieTerry George and Padma Lakshmi.   ***Arianna Huffington dined at the new Upland on the same day as producer Desiree Gruber.   ***Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson hit Maze by Gordon Ramsay.

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