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    मलेशिया में पाइरेटेड डीवीडी के कारोबार का भंडाफोड़ करने के लिए कुत्तों की मदद ली जा रही है। इसके लिए दो कुत्तों को विशेष प्रशिक्षण दिया जा रहा है। ये कुत्ते डीवीडी में इस्तेमाल होने वाले रसायन की गंध को पहचान कर उसका सुराग निकालेंगे।
    एक अधिकारी ने बताया कि लैब्राडोर प्रजाति के पैडी और मैन्नी नाम के ये कुत्ते फरवरी में यहां पहुंचेंगे। उनका प्रशिक्षण लगभग पूरा हो चुका है। इनमें एक सफेद और दूसरा काले रंग का है।
    मलेशिया में यह प्रयोग पहले भी किया जा चुका है। इससे पहले लकी और फ्लो नाम के कुत्तों ने पाइरेटेड डीवीडी का धंधा करने वाले बदमाशों को पकड़वाने में मदद की थी। उन्होंने अपनी सूझबूझ से करीब 16 लाख पाइरेटेड डीवीडी, अन्य आप्टिकल डिस्क और उपकरण पकड़वाए थे। इनकी कीमत करीब 60 लाख डालर आंकी गई थी।
    एक अधिकारी ने बताया कि कुत्ते ओरिजनल और पाइरेटेड सीडी में अंतर नहीं बता सकते, पर प्रशिक्षण के बाद इतने चालाक हो जाते हैं कि गोपनीय अड्डों का पता निकाल सकें।
    मोशन पिक्चर एसोसिएशन आफ अमेरिका के मुताबिक उसके एक सदस्य स्टूडियो को 2005 में सिर्फ अमेरिका में पाइरेसी के चलते 6.1 अरब डालर का नुकसान उठाना पड़ा था। पाइरेटेड डीवीडी से हर साल अंतरराष्ट्रीय सिनेमा उद्योग को करोड़ों डालर का घाटा होता है।

    Bhoja Airlines Crashes Near Islamabad

    Pakistan blocked the head of an airline whose jet crashed near the capital from leaving the country as it began an investigation Saturday into the country's second major air disaster in less then two years. The Bhoja Air passenger jet crashed Friday as it tried to land in a thunderstorm at Islamabad's main airport, killing all 127 people on board. The small domestic airline, which resumed operations in March after an 11-year pause, has said the weather was the cause. Speaking at the scene of the crash, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Saturday that Farooq Bhoja, head of Bhoja Air, had been put on the "exit control list," meaning he can't leave Pakistan. Such a ban is often put on someone suspected or implicated in a criminal case. Malik said, "It is being said that the aircraft was pretty old, so it has been ordered to investigate thoroughly the air worthiness of the Bhoja Air aircraft." "The causes will be investigated, whether it was any fault in the aircraft, it was lightning, the bad weather or any other factor that caused the loss of precious lives," he said. The plane's flight data recording systems, key to any investigation, have been recovered. Given the violent storm lashing Islamabad during the accident, some experts have speculated that "wind shear," sudden changes in wind that can lift or smash an aircraft into the ground during landing, may have been a factor. It may even have been a dangerous localized form of the phenomena, called a microburst. That can cause planes to lose airspeed suddenly or lift abruptly if a headwind suddenly changes to a tail wind during takeoff or landing. Soldiers and emergency workers at first light began the grim task of looking for bodies and body parts among the debris from the Boeing 737-200, which was spread out over a one-kilometer (mile) stretch of wheat farms around five kilometers (three miles) from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport. The plane was on a flight from the southern city of Karachi to Islamabad when it crashed at dusk. One soldier had a plastic bag over his hand and was picking up small bits of flesh. Another was using a stick to get at remains in a tree. The smell of decomposing bodies was beginning to fill the air. "We are collecting these so that the souls are not desecrated," one of them said. The officers were also picking up personal effects of the passengers, making piles of documents, bank cards, gold and bangles. The last major plane crash in the country — and Pakistan's worst — occurred in July 2010 when an Airbus A321 aircraft operated by domestic carrier Airblue crashed into the hills overlooking Islamabad, killing all 152 people aboard. A government investigation blamed the pilot for veering off course amid stormy weather. Bhoja Air started domestic operations in Pakistan in 1993 and eventually expanded to international flights to the United Arab Emirates in 1998. The company suspended operations in 2001 due to financial difficulties but resumed them in 2012. Nasim Ahmed, a respected former crash investigator, said it appeared at this stage that the age and air worthiness of the plane were unlikely causes. He said that a combination of factors during the most crucial stage of the flight, the landing, was probably to blame, possibly the weather or some form of unexpected incident that caused the pilot to lose vital awareness of the plane's location. According to the Web site www.airfleets.net, the Bhoja jet was 32 years old and first saw service with British Airways in South Africa. Thirty-two years is not especially old for an aircraft, and age by itself is rarely an important factor in crashes. Ahmed said the accident highlighted weaknesses in Pakistan's aviation industry, which he said couldn't be separated from management problems in the Civil Aviation Authority, poor government oversight and corruption and nepotism in the state-owned Pakistan International Airlines

    5 1/2 Myths About Female Sexuality

    I've been a sex educator since -- well, for a long time. And I am still crazed by the quantity of misinformation available to all of us at any given time. These myths are difficult to debunk; they have a long history and thousands of urban legends to back them up. But it doesn't mean they are correct. Far from it. So while there are plenty of myths about sex and sexuality, far more than the ones I have expanded on here, these are the ones I've chosen to tackle at this moment. If you caught me on another day, maybe I'd present an entirely new list.

    Most women have orgasms from sexual (vaginal) intercourse.

    Wouldn't we all love for this one to be true? Many experts and studies have found that about 70% of women do not have orgasms from (heterosexual vaginal) intercourse alone (without external clitoral stimulation). This clearly contradicts all the sex scenes we watch on television or in movies where it appears that everyone can climax on demand. (Which is really a shame because that would be nice.) So if you have been wondering what's wrong with you... well, absolutely nothing at all. We are not built the same as men, but the lens through which we talk about sex (or see it) is often male. Many of us wind up feeling badly if our experiences don't match our expectations -- or we start to question the prowess of our partner (but that's another blog post altogether). And don't get me started on pornography -- it can certainly be entertaining, but hardly represents reality. That aside, yes, there are some women who suffer from medical conditions that make orgasm (and even intercourse) difficult or impossible. However, the majority of women are not experiencing sexual dysfunction; we just haven't been given great sex education.

    Oral (or anal) sex doesn't count as sex.

    I always find it interesting that we seem to have a hierarchy of sex behaviors. Consider the rationalization: I can have oral or anal sex but it's not really sex so I don't have to count it as having a sex partner. Or I can do this and still be considered a virgin. Or... you get the point. And to complicate matters, depending on who you ask, that hierarchy may change. So here are a few thoughts: All forms of sex are sex. They are all intimate personal behaviors with the capacity for great pleasure and if practiced without protection, the potential for certain negative outcomes, too. Did I convince you? If not, try this: Sex is not just for straight people, which is basically what we're saying when we suggest that vaginal intercourse is the only true form of sex.

    You would know if your partner has a sexually transmitted infection.

    In my eleventh grade health class, our teacher showed us photos of penises and vulvas (notice I did not say vagina?) ravaged by sexually transmitted infections. My health class probably wasn't unique. Lots of us were shown these photos as a means of curbing our sexual behavior. Did it work? Nope. It actually backfired. I remember my fellow students squirming in their seats. "That's disgusting!" they screamed as they looked at images of cauliflower-like warts and oozing blisters. While on the surface it may sound like a great way to scare us out of any or all sexual activity, it didn't (shocking, I know). What it actually did was incorrectly teach us that sexually transmitted infections have visible (and quite grotesque) symptoms. (They don't, most of the time.) The fact is, you cannot tell if a partner has a sexually transmitted infection just by looking at their genitals. The only way to know for certain is for you and your partners to get tested.

    Son Leaves Mom Insane Letter About Loud Alarm Clock, Lack Of Sleep

    Apparently someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

    In a detailed letter to his mother, one son plots the epic demise of his mom's "damnable" alarm clock.

    The somewhat poetic author notes that if the "hellish cries of such a horrible instrument" continue to wake him up, he "will have no hesitation in wrapping it soundly in a plastic bag before dashing it into numerous pieces upon the driveway."

    The rant continues for several paragraphs, before the author closes in a softer tone, reminding his mother that her banana bread is fantastic.

    Nevertheless, plenty of commenters on Reddit felt the son needed a lesson in good manners. And while mom's response remains unknown, it remains to be seen whether she'll be as frustrated as Tommy Jordan, the dad who shot his daughter's laptop after she posted a Facebook message complaining about her parents.

    What do you think of this son's letter? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

    'Hot Problems' Music Video Explores Unbearable Hotness Of Being

    Music critics were not kind to teenager Rebecca Black last year when the music video for her song "Friday" garnered millions of hits on YouTube: Rolling Stone ridiculed the video's "sub-par production values, grating hooks and extraordinarily stupid lyrics," while a host of others questioned whether the tune was possibly "the worst pop song of all time."

    But possibly the harshest criticism Black has received to date may be this week's comparisons to Double Take, a teen pop duo whose music video "Hot Problems" has been viewed more than one million time on YouTube.

    In the video, the teens ride around town in the back of a limo while lamenting the trials and tribulations of being too attractive for their own good.

    "Hot girls we have problems too," the plaintive duo sings in monotone. "We're just like you. Except we're hot."

    So far, the video has received nearly 35,000 "dislikes" on YouTube.

    The production company that made the video, Old Baily Productions, was quick to note in the description that they were not responsible for the song, saying "We produced the video as a favor for a younger sibling of one of our friends."

    But perhaps the duo should be commended for drawing attention to the devastating condition of hotness, which was highlighted earlier this year in a widely criticized column from the Daily Mail. In the editorial "Why Women Hate Me For Being Beautiful," columnist Samantha Brick explained that her enviable appearance put her at a disadvantage in society because women felt threatened by her, while men viewed her as a sex object.

    "While I’m no Elle Macpherson, I’m tall, slim, blonde and, so I’m often told, a good-looking woman," Brick wrote. "I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty — the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks."

    While Brick's comments drew criticism from all corners of the Internet, at least one study lends some validity to Brick's claims.

    Board of Intermediate inter 1st Year Results Announced

    The results of first year Intermediate examinations (General and Vocational courses) will be released on Friday at 10 am at the BIE office in Nampally.
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    Robert De Niro, Judd Apatow Discuss 100 Years Of Universal At The Tribeca Film Festival

    At the end of April, Universal Studios celebrates its 100th anniversary. To mark the milestone, the studio has a heavy presence at the eleventh annual Tribeca Film Festival. Its upcoming comedy, "The Five-Year Engagement," opened Tribeca on Wednesday night, and on Thursday, the fest hosted Judd Apatow and Robert De Niro for an hour-long discussion about their contributions to the studio.

    De Niro has made twelve films for Universal throughout his lauded career, including "Meet the Parents," "Cape Fear," "The Deer Hunter," "Casino" and "Midnight Run." All four of Apatow's directorial efforts ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," "Funny People" and the upcoming "This is 40") were released by Universal, as was the Apatow-produced comedy "Bridesmaids." (He also produced "Five-Year.") As Universal president and CEO Ron Meyer said at the beginning of the presentation, the two men are "an integral part of [the] organization."

    Despite a shaky start -- mostly owing to the fact that moderator Mike Fleming asked a torrent of questions about De Niro's work in "The Deer Hunter," his first Universal feature, that the actor didn't seem all that interested in answering -- Apatow and De Niro had a good rapport during the panel, discussing everything from personal failures to the future of digital filmmaking. (Meryl Streep, who made "Out of Africa" and "Mamma Mia" for Universal was scheduled to attend, but had to bow out due to an illness in her family.)

    ABC's 'The Bachelor' Expected To Face Racial Discrimination Suit

    ABC’s reality dating game show series, which includes “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” is expected to face a class-action lawsuit this week for racial discrimination due to its failure of featuring minority contestants on the show.

    According to TMZ, attorneys for Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson will file the complaint in federal court on Wednesday morning against ABC production companies Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions and “Bachelor” executive producer Mike Fleiss.

    Sources tell the site that both plaintiffs attended a Nashville audition at a local hotel claiming that a producer questioned their attendance before leaving the two out of the normal audition process. Both believe their race led to the producer’s decision to not contact them following the audition.

    The show’s lack of diversity over the course of 23 seasons has raised a few questions in recent years as to why there has never been a non-white bachelor. Last year show creator, Fleiss told Entertainment Weekly that he and his production team are always looking to cast for ethnic diversity, “it’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.”

    Warren Buffett tells investors he has cancer

    Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor known as much for his folksy wisdom as his investing prowess, announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

    In a letter to shareholders, Buffett, 81, said that he had been diagnosed with stage I prostate cancer.

    “The good news is that I've been told by my doctors that my condition is not remotely life-threatening or even debilitating in any meaningful way,” Buffett said in the letter.

    Buffett said that he will begin a two-month treatment of daily radiation in mid-July. He said his travel will be restricted during that time but it will not otherwise change his daily routine.
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    In his typical conversational style, Buffett said that he feels great.

    “I will let shareholders know immediately should my health situation change. Eventually, of course, it will; but I believe that day is a long way off,” he said.

    Prostate cancer is common among older men, but usually isn’t life-threatening. In 2011, 240,890 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, and 33,720 men died of it.

    Speculation has long swirled around who would take over for Buffett should he no longer be able to run Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett said in February that he had chosen someone to succeed him as chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, but he did not name that person.

    Buffett told CNBC Tuesday his succession plan had not changed with the diagnosis.

    Buffett has been in the news lately because of his call for the rich to pay more taxes. The so-called Buffett rule, which was rejected by the Senate Monday, came after he wrote an editorial in the New York Times asking lawmakers to stop coddling the rich.

    India's Surprise Rate cut is First in 3 Years

    India's central bank cut its key interest rate by a bigger-than-expected half percentage point Tuesday, the first cut in three years, and warned that stalled reforms are diminishing the growth potential of Asia's third-biggest economy.

    The Reserve Bank of India cut its short term lending rate -- the repo rate -- to 8.0 percent from 8.5 percent. Many economists had expected a quarter point cut.

    The bank said it decided to cut the rate because economic growth has slowed to below what it believes is its long-term trend rate, which in turn is contributing to a moderation in core inflation.

    The last interest rate cut was in April 2009. Between March 2010 and October 2011, the bank waged a lonely battle against inflation, raising interest rates by 3.75 points in 13 consecutive rate hikes.

    The central bank cautioned that the scope for further rate cuts is limited, because inflation risks remain and growth has not slowed dramatically below what may be a new and lower normal for India, which once aspired to double-digit economic growth.

    The bank said India's "trend" rate of growth, or the amount the economy can expand without stoking inflation, had declined from its pre-financial crisis peak of around 8.5 percent to about 7.5 percent. The bank blamed supply bottlenecks, especially in infrastructure, energy, minerals and labor, for the economy's diminished potential, and said unblocking such constraints was "an imperative."

    The RBI expects India's economic growth to pick up to 7.3 percent in the current fiscal year from 7.0 percent for the fiscal year ended March 2012. It predicted that inflation, which was 6.9 percent in March, would moderate to 6.5 percent by next March.

    The RBI's policy document can be read as a tissue of complaint against New Delhi, shot through with reminders about the limitations of monetary policy to bring about economic change.

    "Monetary easing by the RBI is a necessary condition but may not be a sufficient condition for investment sentiment to revive," RBI governor Divvuri Subbarao said.

    The bank alternated between admonishing and pleading with New Delhi, offering India's government a long wish list. Stop borrowing so much and crowding out private players from debt markets. Cut subsidy spending. Control the budget deficit. Do more to fix demand imbalances in India's food supply, particularly for protein-rich foods such as pulses, meat, eggs and milk, which have seen double digit price rises.

    Angie Harmon We Have Missed You (ANGIE HARMON COVERED NEKKID)

    If Angie Harmon isn't the female cop busting you in your fantasies, then you've not been watching television the past decade.

    America's hottest female cop slash district attorney slash bad-ass investigator in a tight top is back in action on the set of Rizzoli and Isles and reminding me why twice a fortnight I imagine her slapping the cuffs on me, taking me to some out of the way location, and doing bad things to me to make me confess my crimes (which, of course, are all crimes related to thoughts of Angie Harmon, so the irony becomes rather intense). I think it's the kick-ass boobtastic or the look of a hard working, hard-loving woman, either way, I'm ready to spill the beans

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    Democrat strategist Bob Beckel dropped the F-bomb live on the “Hannity” program on Fox News Monday night.

    “You say that Head Start is a failure, you don’t know what the f— you’re talking about,” Beckel barked as the show returned from a commercial break.

    Beckel had apparently been arguing off-air with guests including tea-party activist Jennifer Stefano of Americans for Prosperity and radio host Neal Boortz on the show’s Great American Panel segment when the program suddenly came back to catch the obscenity live on the air.

    “Whoa! Bleep!” exclaimed host Sean Hannity when the F-word was launched. “What are you doing?”

    “Failure,” said Stefano.

    “I just can’t stand right-wingers. They’ve just got their mouths running all the time,” Beckel explained.

    When Hannity requested that Beckel apologize, Beckel responded, “I don’t apologize.”

    “Yes you do. You just cursed on the air,” said Hannity.

    “I’m not gonna apologize,” an adamant Beckel affirmed.

    “All right, I apologize for you,” said Hannity, who finally was able to make Beckel understand the obscene comment had been broadcast live.

    “I try to put signs up and help you,” Hannity told Beckel.

    Beckel finally said, “I’m sorry about using that foul word, yes. But the intent about it is still there.”

    “And you should run your show a little better,” he continued, “instead of having me get caught like that.”

    Compulsive Eating At Work: How To Stop Eating At Your Desk

    I am a first-year associate at a large law firm in New York. By all accounts I am Going Places and will Be Something someday, but for now it's a lot of "skill building" like managing nitty-gritty tasks and doing document review ... I can manage my eating pretty well during the day, but at night I return home unsatisfied, and a binge results. I... see the direct connection between this emptiness and my eating habits. And I do just need to stare my frustration with my job and my career in the face instead of distracting myself from it with food. I just don't know how.

    -Letter quoted in "Women, Food and God" by Geneen Roth

    When I interviewed Geneen Roth a few weeks ago, I planned to quote her in a quick news item on a new study out of Finland showing that women experiencing burnout at work are more prone to compulsive eating and less likely to overcome it. Simple enough. Yet I put off writing it up. I knew the reason: research all the way from Scandanavia hit too close to home.

    Published in the April 2012 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study looked at the relationship between work burnout and emotional eating -- eating when you feel bad -- or "uncontrolled eating," eating where a person feels unable to stop. The researchers defined burnout as a combination of exhaustion, cynicism, the feeling that your work is meaningless, "lost occupational self-respect caused by chronic work stress," according to the study.

    Of the 230 women who participated, those with burnout were more likely to be struggling with emotional and uncontrolled eating, Reuters reported. The women who weren't burned out were able to reduce their uncontrolled eating over time. The women who were burned out weren't.

    The findings immediately reminded me of the passage above from Geneen Roth's "Women, Food and God" and the reaction I had when I encountered it for the first time.

    I know Roth's work because it's been so useful to me in my own struggles to do something very simple: eat when I'm hungry, stop when I'm full. I used to berate myself for not being able to follow those simple instructions until I realized that while not every woman can relate to my bout with anorexia, the near constant thinking about food and weight is the norm for many.

    In the quest to resolve my own standoff with food, news reports on the latest research around food and eating usually aren't that helpful. They are often clinical, reporting the science, with perhaps some obvious advice tacked on the end - if I read one more time that smaller, more frequent meals is the answer to years of struggling with food, I'm not sure what I'll do - and sometimes they are even shaming. (This one on a study of women's "sneaky" secret eating habits -- conducted by that lauded research institution, the American Pistachio Growers, no less -- is a beaut.)

    Roth's work, on the other hand, has helped (and, incidentally, made me quit dogging self-help as a genre). She literally wrote the book on emotional eating -- nine actually. She has unlocked why and how women turn to food to cope with their emotions, specifically their romantic relationships ("When Food Is Love"), their spiritual lives ("Women, Food and God"), and their financial lives ("Lost and Found"). She hasn't, however, written about work.

    Titanic photo shows evidence of human remains

    A newly released photo from the North Atlantic site of the shipwrecked RMS Titanic shows evidence of human remains, federal officials are saying.

    In observance of the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking, a 2004 image was reissued to the public in an uncropped version, which shows a coat and boots buried in the mud at the site two-and-a-half miles below the ocean's surface, where the legendary passenger liner now lies.

    Word of the new photo caused Yahoo! searches to surge on "titanic remains," "real titanic pictures underwater," and "titanic may hold passengers."

    Dr. James P. Delgado, the director of the Maritime Heritage Museum at the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration told Yahoo News over the phone that the way the boots are placed together makes a "compelling case" that they belonged to a body.

    The scientist, who was responsible for mapping the shipwreck during a 2010 expedition for NOAA, says that the image was rereleased in its full form (it was originally published to show only one boot) to serve as a reminder that the ship is an "underwater resting place" and needs to be better protected and respected.

    The newly published image was first reported by the New York Times—which also noted that not all Titanic experts agree there are bodies at the site of the wreckage, first discovered in 1985. James Cameron, who directed the movie "Titanic," and has explored the site multiple times, said he's never seen human remains: "We've seen shoes. We've seen pairs of shoes, which would strongly suggest there was a body there at one point. But we've never seen any human remains."

    Delgado said that the issue is more one of "semantics." The researcher said of Cameron, "He's seen the pairs of shoes and clothing that's down there, and so when he sees that, perhaps he's not seeing what we see as archeologists." He added, "When I see shoes together I see someone who came to rest." Delgado added that when Titanic finder Robert Ballard first showed the photo in 2004, "the room went silent." He said the explorers who looked at it could tell it had once been a lost soul from the ship.

    A bill introduced by Sen. John Kerry would amend the Titanic Maritime Memorial Act of 1986 to protect the wreck from salvage and intrusive research. But since the ocean liner sank in international waters after hitting an iceberg on April 14, 1912, there are limits to what the U.S. can d

    Blake Griffin is ‘definitely sick of taking hard hits’

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is a terrible free throw shooter, and an unrefined post player. The All-Star is also an explosive scorer and leaper that can still manage to throw in a two-handed dunk even with your burliest big man hugging his hips, on his way to over 20 points per game. The combination of these factors creates a whole hunk of hard fouls, as Griffin flings himself at the rim. And, because defenders are told to do everything they can to prevent Blake from earning endless and-one whistles, the man gets hit. Hard. And he's having a hard time dealing with it.

    On the heels of Derrick Rose complaining about the same treatment on Monday, Griffin honestly answered a question about the hard licks to the Orange County Register, via SLAM:

    "I'm definitely sick of taking hard hits," Griffin said after the Clippers' shootaround Monday. "…There's a point, I can't remember what game it was, in my mind where I thought this is kind of ridiculous. I'm sick of it, but it's going to keep on happening. It's affected me this year a lot, especially with the referees," he said. "I'm just getting frustrated and getting myself in trouble with officials."

    As the OCR's Dan Woike points out, Griffin has been called for 11 technical fouls this season (one was later rescinded), and he's in danger of being suspended for a game if he earns three more. And while we can't imagine what it's like to take the pounding that Griffin does, nearly nightly, you've likely seen him play quite a bit this year on national TV. He's earned those technicals. He's probably earned far more.

    This is, unfortunately, a function of Griffin's game at this point. While there have been a few cheap shots here and there (most notably Jason Smith's take down of BG from earlier this month), his still-developing (it is developing … right?) post game forces him into the sorts of finishes that lend themselves to hard wrap-ups. It isn't fair to write that Griffin tries to dunk everything, because he still tosses up plenty of outside jumpers and attempts to work spin moves in the post, but he does dash to the rim a whole lot.

    And when you're shooting 52 percent from the free throw line, and opponents have six fouls a piece to pass around? You're going to get fouled. And when you're beastly-strong, and able to score despite typical fouling contact? You're going to get fouled hard.

    Mind you, Griffin is just fine for being honest about being "sick" about these fouls. And because of the style of play we detailed above, it is "kind of ridiculous" for Blake to be taking more of these type of hits this year than just about any player (Dwight Howard, who has sort of taken it easy on both ends in 2011-12, slid down the list this season), even if he does appear to whine and moan about non calls more than just about any player we've seen this season.

    Sledge Hammer, Porn Star, Dies After Being Tasered By Police

    Sometimes strength can be a weakness. That may have been the case for porn star Marland Anderson, known by many as Sledge Hammer, who was tased to the point of cardiac arrest by police. According to Anderson's friend, the police may have been intimated by his size and resorted to using a taser instead of other means to subdue him.

    Anderson died Friday, five days after police took him to a hospital for attempting suicide, the Los Angeles Times reports. The incident began on April 8 when the police responded to a report of an attempted suicide in the Reseda area. When they arrived, Anderson's girlfriend told the officers that Anderson had tried to hurt himself with a knife, and she had struggled with him for it.

    He was then restrained to a gurney and, on the way to the hospital, broke the gurney free from a floor lock and broke a handcuff. At this point, police used a taser to restrain Anderson.

    AVN quotes adult film director Stoney Curtis, who described the struggle:

    When the cops arrived, Anderson's height (6-foot-4) and bulk intimidated them, and rather than try to subdue him with the manpower available, they began shooting him with their Tasers—"excessively," according to Curtis—to the point where he suffered a heart attack and for all intents and purposes died for 10 minutes until the EMTs were able to restart his heart.

    Alabama’s championship trophy falls down, goes boom

    There are now a million pieces of Alabama's national championship trophy to go around.

    During the weekend's A-Day festivities, a parent of a current player tripped on a rug that was under the display case and the Waterford Crystal football crashed to the ground shattering into a million little pieces.

    The trophy, which was handmade in Ireland and worth $30,000, was in the Mal Moore Athletic Facility where Nick Saban's office is located.

    (Photo courtesy of Alex Scarborough via Twitter)Associate Athletics Director for Football Communications Jeff Purinton told AL.com the school is in the process of getting the football replaced.

    That undisclosed parent shouldn't feel too bad, this isn't the first time the crystal football has been broken. In 2008, then-recruit Orson Charles broke Florida's national championship trophy while admiring it.

    And in 2006, Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan allowed the crystal basketball to slip off his fingertips and onto the stage during the team's Midnight Madness event. Luckily, that was a joke. A cruel, cruel joke.

    Tribeca Film Festival: Women Play Starring Role

    If there's a keynote performance at the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival, it may well be Abbie Cornish's riveting portrayal of a Texas single mother who, desperate for money to regain custody of her son, haphazardly smuggles Mexican immigrants across the border.

    Such leading roles don't frequently come around for women, but this year's Tribeca boasts a boatload of them. In David Riker's "The Girl," which will make its world premiere in competition at the festival, Cornish's fraught, sweaty performance of a mother on the brink bears two more pervasive themes at the 2012 Tribeca: financial straits and overlapping worlds.

    "It totally rebirthed me as an actor," says Cornish, the Aussie actress of "Bright Star" and "Limitless." "It felt like it was the first time again. In making the film, I felt like it was the best I had ever been as an actor in all regards – as an actor, as a collaborator, as a human being."

    The New York festival, founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, opens Wednesday with the flashy premiere of the comedy "The Five-Year Engagement," starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. Tribeca is punctuated by such popcorn-friendly tent-pole events, including the closing night superhero bonanza, "The Avengers," and numerous outdoor screenings.

    The slate, numbering 90 movies this year, is typically among the most varied (and hardest to define) of the large international festivals. This year's selections were programmed by a somewhat new team that includes veterans of Sundance and Cannes.

    "These are stories that start off on familiar turf – on territory and genres that I feel like I know where this is going – and take turns and go in directions that I totally didn't anticipate," says Geoff Gilmore, the chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises, who programmed the Sundance Film Festival for years. "And they end up feeling fresh."

    Hillary Clinton Drinks Beer, Dances, Meets First Lady Of Colombia

    Hillary Clinton is riding a brand new image wave lately. It started with that epic photo of the secretary of state wearing sunglasses while looking at her Blackberry, which quickly turned into the "Texts from Hillary" meme (approved by Clinton herself.)

    And we're sure these photos from Hills' fun night out in Colombia this weekend will only win her a few more admirers. Clinton was in the country with President Obama -- on the same Summit of the Americas visit that launched the Secret Service prostitution scandal -- and let loose on Sunday night at the Cafe Havana, dancing and drinking from what looks like a bottle of Aguila beer. The New York Post claims the group ordered a "dozen beers, two glasses of whiskey and bottles of water."

    The outing reportedly began after midnight because Clinton was at an official dinner until late, after which she headed to the nightspot to celebrate with some of her female aides.

    Earlier in the day, Secretary Clinton met with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez, wearing a very chic all-black outfit and a trendy sparkly bib necklace (with nary a scrunchie in sight).

    Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre Reportedly Want To Take Dead Rapper On The Road

    Tupac may be coming to a city near you. In a move that's unlikely to put rumors the late rapper is still alive to rest, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre are considering taking the hologram that performed at Coachella on tour, WSJ reports.

    The two rap heavyweights were pleased with the hologram's performance Sunday, as the rebirth of one of the most beloved rappers of all time became the most buzzed about incident of the entire weekend.

    The Wall Street Journal article also notes that the projection of Pac isn't a true hologram, as its a 2D image. Digital Domain, the company behind the performance, also did the Oscar-winning visuals in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." For the Coachella performance, they used a technique originated in 1862, in which an image is bounced off of the ground onto an invisible screen.

    On Sunday, Tupac really appeared to be on the stage, rapping along to "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted" and "Hail Mary" and name checking Coachella while hyping up the audience. When Snoop Dogg appeared on stage beside the rapper, the Tupac image would turn to him and gesture in his direction.

    Judging from the comments section on our post on the performance, many viewers were blown away by the realistic nature of Pac's mannerisms. One common criticism, however, was that the projection was about as tall as Snoop Dogg, when Tupac was much shorter than Snoop in real life.

    New HBO Show And Lena Dunham Face Backlash On Racism And More

    HBO's hotly anticipated comedy "Girls" premiered last night to 872,000 viewers. The Lena Dunham-created, Judd Apatow-produced series presents itself as a window into a generation. But not everyone is liking the view.

    Though "Girls" (Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO) received rave reviews from multiple places (Emily Nussbaum touted the show as revolutionairy in a New York mag cover story and HuffPost TV's Maureen Ryan said it was "bold" and fresh"), morning-after reviews seem less enamored.

    "Girls feels less like a commentary on this generation and more like an indictment on it," John Kubicek wrote for BuddyTV.com. "These characters have been raised believing that they're special and that they can do anything they want. The problem is that none of them seem to want to do anything. There's nothing particularly special about Hannah's life, no reason that her memoirs would be remotely interesting."

    Many writers found the characters unsympathetic, mostly on account of their privilege. (Dunham is photographer Laurie Simmons' daughter and plays the daughter of two professors on the show. Brian Willliams' daughter Allison plays Dunham's roommate).

    "Laurie Simmons' daughter's best friend is Brian Williams' daughter. She is uptight, pretty, straight-laced, and has a boyfriend who's just too nice and loving. She wears a retainer when she sleeps, symbolically," John Cook wrote on Gawker. "Laurie Simmons' daughter says Brian Williams' daughter's boyfriend 'has a vagina,' a notion that isn't at all hackneyed and retrograde when it's uttered by a self-aware 24-year-old girl who has tattoos of illustrations from children's books all over her body."

    Besides taking issue with the cupcake Dunham's character takes in the bath with her, Jenna Wortham wrote for Hairpin: "My chief beef is not simply that the girls in 'Girls' are white ... The problem with 'Girls' is that while the show reaches -- and succeeds, in many ways -- to show female characters that are not caricatures, it feels alienating, a party of four engineered to appeal to a very specific subset of the television viewing audience, when the show has the potential to be so much bigger than that. And that is a huge fucking disappointment."

    Keane, 'Disconnected' Music Video: Band Releases '70s Horror Movie-Inspired Video

    Keane's new video for their latest single "Disconnected" looks like it could have been a deleted scene from 1979's "Amityville Horror."

    Inspired by '70s horror classics, the video was filmed in an actual haunted house in Barcelona, Spain.

    The visuals for "Disconnected," the second single off the British band's latest album Strangeland, were co-directed by Spanish directors Juan Antonio Bayona and Sergio G Sanchez. Baynoa and Sanchez both worked together on 2007 horror movie "The Orphanage."

    Fans of Keane may notice that the band's new material is geared heavily toward the pop-rock sound of their last album Perfect Symmetry, but the band has said that there will be elements from their first two studio albums on Strangeland.

    "Sonically, I think it's probably close to Under The Iron Sea," bandmate Tim Rice-Oxley said during a 50 Fan Questions video segment. "I think there are elements of all three albums as you'd expect, but I think Under The Iron Sea had a very good balance of that really strong, emotional core but also some amazing soundscape and a lot of energy peeks and also some really intimate moments like 'Hamburg Song' and 'Try Again.'"

    Keane also cited The Vaccines and their debut album as an inspiration for Strangeland, which eventually led them to work with The Vaccines producer Dan Grech.

    We're Living In Kraftwerk's World, Finally

    Are we living in the future that Kraftwerk once imagined?

    It's become something of a cliché to say so, now that the German pioneers of electronic music have been inducted into the art-world canon thanks to an eight-date engagement at the Museum of Modern Art that wraps up Tuesday.

    But what do we really mean when we say that Kraftwerk predicted our present?

    Certainly, today's music owes a debt to the music Kraftwerk -- and Kraftwerk alone -- was making back in the 1970s and early '80s. It's compulsory to mention that hip-hop founding father Afrika Bambaataa sampled Kraftwerk in his early track "Planet Rock," but Kraftwerk's influence can be heard everywhere from Coachella's Sahara tent, where the festival's biggest house and dubstep DJ's perform, to Top 40 radio, where Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry can be heard crooning over synthetic bloops and blips.

    (I can remember hearing Fatboy Slim's subtly sampled "Praise You" not long after it came out -- sometime in 1998 -- and thinking, "My God, everything has changed. No one will ever settle for music made without digital trickery again." Of course, I was wrong -- but not entirely. And even though that was 14 years ago, it was also almost a quarter century after Kraftwerk released its groundbreaking album, Autobahn.)

    Kraftwerk's Rolf Hütter is too smart to claim credit for inventing electronic music. "We're the antenna catching information, the transmitter giving information, back and forth," he told The New York Times in a recent interview. But Kraftwerk gets credit for being first. At a time when music's biggest names were rocking arenas, igniting disco infernos, hopping the soul train or leaving the lite on, Hütter and his bandmates (he's the only original member left) were trying to sound like computers.

    What made them do that?

    For one thing, they needed a differentiator -- what used to be called gimmick. No one else was making pop music that sounded like it originated on a mainframe. But it's also true that, for Germans in the 1970s, looking forward was probably a lot more fun than looking back. If the past was defined by political catastrophe, and the present by tension and division, perhaps the future would be better. And if it wasn't going to be better -- was, in fact, going to be even worse -- who better to warn of the dangers than four Germans whose society had been through the fires of hell?

    Tupac Hologram Cost Around $100,000 to $400,000, Dr. Dre Given “Blank Check” For Project

    The Twittersphere was a-buzz about the polarizing, digital resurrection of rapper Tupac Shakur during Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre's headlining set at the Coachella Music Festival Sunday night. According to MTV News, the stunningly detailed hologram of the rapper (who died in 1996) could have cost from $100,000 to over $400,000 to create!

    [Related: Coachella 2012 Sunday: Hologram Tupac, Flesh & Blood Rihanna]

    While the actual specifics of how the hologram works are under wraps until after the festival closes, in an interview with Dr. Dre last week on Los Angeles radio station Power 106 revealed that Coachella organizers had given the rapper a "blank check" to do whatever he wanted for his weekend sets. Before the festival, there were initial rumors of a hologram homage to rapper, and frequent Dre and Snoop collaborator, Nate Dogg, who passed away last May due to complications from multiple strokes. With a second set coming up the second weekend of Coachella, chances are a hologram Nate Dogg may be the surprise guest joining the set, perhaps even along with hologram Tupac!

    San Diego company AV Concepts, whose work includes Brad Pitt's reverse aging in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," the youthful Jeff Bridges in "TRON: Legacy," and the holographic Gorillaz performance for the 2005 Grammys, was hired on to create the Tupac hologram. AV Concepts president Nick Smith said of the technology, "You can take their likenesses and voice and ... take people that haven't done concerts before or perform music they haven't sung and digitally recreate it."

    With this technology in existence, there is a massive catalog of deceased or audience-fearing artists that have the possibility of performing live. Thus with the under-million price tag, Smith described the process as being "affordable" since it does away with the cost of transporting artists and the ability to "put [artists] in every venue in the country." While this may seem strange and almost disrespectful to some to bring back the dead in such a way, Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur was "positively thrilled" with hologram Tupac's performance, according to TMZ

    Nicole Kidman: ‘I Don’t Mind Being Naked’

    Not many actresses willingly flaunt their bodies in their 40s, let alone after they've had a baby, but Nicole Kidman, 44, not only doesn't mind showing off her physique, she admits to even enjoying it. In an interview with W, the star of the upcoming HBO biopic "Hemingway & Gellhorn" opens up about going nude for movies, her most memorable sex scenes, and what brought her closer with her husband, country singer Keith Urban. When asked about her propensity for filming scenes in the buff, Kidman — who has taken it all off for "Fur" and "Eyes Wide Shut" — admitted, "I don't mind being naked. Maybe as I get older, and now having had a baby, it might be different, but I enjoy not letting my issues get in the way of a performance. Once I start putting all my little insecurities in my mind, I'm not actually acting. Then it's about me — and it should never be about me. It should be about the character."

    Due to some of the sexually-charged scenes in her films, Kidman's family doesn't get to see everything she does. Her mother Janelle, who she describes as "tough on me," is a fan of "The Hours," for which Kidman won an Academy Award, and the musical "Moulin Rouge," but she was not a fan of "Fur," the 2006 biopic about "photographer of freaks" Diane Arbus. In it, Kidman actually shaves Robert Downey Jr.'s character, a man who suffers from hypertrichosis and is covered head to toe in hair — and then has sex with him. "I am the only person who has ever gotten to shave Robert Downey Jr. naked. Nobody else can say that — not even his wife!"

    More photos of Nicole and Clive in W

    Sex happens to be the theme in Kidman's latest project, which co-stars Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway to her journalist Martha Gellhorn, the writer's mistress-turned-wife. In the HBO film, the two spend years reporting from war-torn countries, while also maintaining their intense passion for each other. "The sex was very important in that relationship because that's the way she cuts Hemingway off," Kidman explains to W.

    94-year-old Billionaire Marries for Fifth Time. To Be Old, Rich and in Love

    If you had almost five billion dollars, what would you do? For Karl Wlaschek, the answer is marry a lot.

    Forbes is reporting via Vienna News that Austrian retail tycoon Wlaschek will wed for the fifth time at the ripe old age of 94. His bride-to-be, girlfriend Friederike 'Ricki' Schenk, won't reveal her age, but is likely a good three decades behind her groom. That means Wlaschek, a self-made mogul, has defied stereotypes by proposing to a woman who's closer to his age than the average Hef-to-twin-sisters ratio.

    Read: the female self-made billionaire everyone's talking about

    Still, the billionaire with the prolific marriage history is a plot-line we've seen over and over again. Revlon honcho Ron Perelman wed number five two years ago, shortly after the ink dried on his brutal divorce from actress Ellen Barkin. Larry Ellison and T. Boone Pickens are up to number four and the night is still young.

    Five-timer Wlaschek earned his $4.7 billion dollar bank account by founding Billa, a European supermarket chain. He's since become one of the biggest real estate magnates in Austria. He announced his engagement at one of his own properties, a sprawling five star hotel in his native country, where he once played as a struggling young jazz pianist, back when the musical genre was in its infancy.

    Video: Salma Hayek on being married to a billionaire

    The groom met his future bride at a Vienna event a few years back, and soon realized somewhat touchingly or morbidly depending on your vantage point, that they'd both lost their last spouses on the very same day.

    The couple's wedding is set to take place in a few days, according to Forbes (although some German gossip pages are saying the big day already happened this past Saturday).

    The self-made Wlaschek already has four kids but still wants "another five or six children, at the very least." His bride laughed that comment off, saying "I am not so young any more."

    6 Worst Home Fixes for the Money

    It's the magic phrase uttered by almost anyone who's ever considered the cost of home remodeling: "We'll get it back when we sell."

    Unless you keep those projects practical, though, you might just be kidding yourself.

    For example:

    Steel front door: Good.
    Master suite addition costing more than the average American home: Bad.

    Every year, Remodeling magazine looks at the hottest home upgrades and renovations and calculates just how much owners get back with they sell.

    [Related: 10 home maintenance tips for spring]

    Upkeep is more popular than upgrades these days, says Sal Alfano, editorial director for Remodeling. These are the projects that often recoup the biggest slice of expenses at resale. But prices and returns do vary regionally, he says.

    Ever wonder what brings the lowest return when you plant that "for sale" sign? Think high-dollar, high-end and highly personalized add-ons that make you drool. Like a totally tricked-out garage built from the ground up. Or a super luxe master suite addition. Or the home office redo designed just for you.

    Here are the six improvements that, in their 2010 report, ranked dead last nationally when it comes to getting those renovation dollars back at resale.

    Home office remodel

    Want to get an idea what today's office-away-from-the-office looks like? Walk into Starbucks.

    These days, a home office consists of a multiple-choice combination of wireless laptops, smartphones, PDAs and touch-screen tablets. And that worker bee might be toiling anywhere from a home patio or a favorite restaurant to a park bench.

    The standard home office renovation, meanwhile -- complete with plenty of built-in storage and high-tech wiring -- is this year's biggest loser in the resale value sweepstakes. Nationally, homeowners spent an average of $28,888 and can expect to recoup about 45.8 percent at resale, according to the report.

    Return on investment doesn't reflect your enjoyment of the space, Alfano says.

    He offers two tips for home-office remodelers when they sell. First, opt for something that can be easily converted back into a bedroom or den for (or by) the next buyer.

    Second, when you're selling, call it a study, den or hobby room. "There's lots of call for multipurpose space. Don't lock yourself into that one use," Alfano says. Don't use words that invoke images of actual work. Or the office.

    Anders Breivik to Norway court: I killed 77 people but am not guilty

    Anti-Islam militant Anders Behring Breivik admitted he had killed 77 people in a massacre last July, but said he was pleading not guilty to the criminal charges against him on the first day of his trial in Norway Monday, The Associated Press reported.

    As he arrived in court - the early part of the session was broadcast on television - Breivik gave a salute, raising his arm with his first clenched.
    He said that he did not "acknowledge the authority of the court."

    "I do not recognize the Norwegian courts. You have received your mandate from political parties which support multiculturalism. I do not acknowledge the authority of the court," Breivik said.

    He was asked to confirm details such as his date of birth and the judge then asked if he was unemployed.

    "That is not correct. I am a writer and I work from prison," Breivik said.

    A prosecutor then began reading the list of all 77 victims, describing how each was killed.

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    Breivik appeared impassive as the list was read and appeared to smile when the court was shown a picture of his avatar from the internet game, World of Warcraft, Sky News reported.

    Google fined $25,000 for street data collection

    Google Inc faces a $25,000 fine for impeding a U.S. investigation into the Web search leader's data collection for its Street View project, which allows users to see street level images when they map a location.

    The Federal Communications Commission said the company had collected personal information without permission, and cited evidence that Google had "deliberately" refused to cooperate with the agency.

    "Google refused to identify any employees or produce any e-mails. The company could not supply compliant declarations without identifying employees it preferred not to identify," according to an FCC order dated April 13.

    "Misconduct of this nature threatens to compromise the commission's ability to effectively investigate possible violations of the Communications Act and the commission's rules."

    Google could not be reached for comment.

    Between May 2007 and May 2010, Google collected data from wifi networks throughout the United States and throughout the world as part of the Street View project, which gives users of Google Map and Google Earth the ability to view street level images of structures and land adjacent to roads and highways.

    However, Google collected passwords, Internet usage history and other highly sensitive personal data that was not needed for its location database project, the FCC said.

    Bobby V directs jab at Kevin Youkilis

    Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine in a television interview on Sunday questioned the commitment of third baseman Kevin Youkilis, a comment that could potentially strain his relationship with the three-time All-Star.

    "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason,'' said Valentine, speaking in the dugout before Sunday's game and shown on WHDH-TV's SportsXTra. "But [on Saturday] it seemed, you know, he's seeing the ball well, got those two walks, got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he'll move on from there."

    Youkilis is coming off a season cut short when he underwent surgery for a sports hernia and also dealt with a lower back strain and hip bursitis, the injuries limiting him to 112 games. He did not hit well in spring training, batting just .195 with only one extra-base hit, but that was also the case last spring, when he was coming off surgery for a torn thumb muscle and had an even lower batting average, .175.

    He went hitless in eight at-bats in his first two games of 2012 and was sat in favor of Nick Punto, who had three hits, in the team's third game. He was restored to the lineup the next day in Toronto and took another 0 for 4, but the next night had two hits, and in the team's last five games is batting 6 for 18 (.333).

    In Sunday's 6-4 win over Tampa Bay, Youkilis singled and walked in three official trips, raising his average to .200. Through the team's first nine games last season, Youkilis was batting just .148 (4 for 27), and finished the month of April batting just .218. But over a 60-game span that took him to mid-July, Youkilis put a line of .313/.408/.518/.925, raising his overall average to a season-high .288.

    But injuries then took their toll, and Youkilis lost 30 points on his average by the end of the season, finishing at a career-low .258.

    No one, however, had ever raised publicly any questions about Youkilis' commitment to the game. If anything, Youkilis has heard in the past that he was too intense, or played when he probably shouldn't have because he was hurt. Valentine, two weeks into his first regular season as Sox manager, is the first to say he didn't think Youkilis was as "physically or emotionally into the game" as in the past. It is not yet known whether he told the player that directly before making the comment publicly.

    Nokia Belle FP1 Task Manager and Other Goodies Ported To Nokia N8

    Last week, we reported that Nokia has started rolling out the Nokia Belle FP1 update for three of its handsets, the Nokia 603, 700 and 701. The FP1 update will not be rolled out to the first generation of Symbian^3 handsets, including the N8 because of their slower processor and low RAM.

    However, one of the developers over at DailyMobile forums has managed to port all the new goodies in Belle FP1 to the Nokia N8. This includes a new music player, the new web browser, the new widgets and the new task manager. The custom firmware also includes other goodies like improved image and video quality, more free RAM and overall faster performance.

    N8 owners can get all these new Belle FP1 and other features on their phone by flashing the Nokia N8 Pro Edition v8 CFW from Taylor. Keep in mind that flashing this CFW file will void the warranty of your N8, so please proceed with caution. Head over to this thread on DailyMobile forums for the download link and further discussions.

    Coachella Music Festival 2012 Photos

    Artists, celebrities, and tens of thousands of fans come from across the globe to attend the ultimate music crash course that is the Coachella Music Festival. Check out photos from this year’s massive, double weekend event to see the bands that played and the who’s who of concertgoers. Be sure to check back often for updates as the sonic insanity progresses!
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    10 Despicable Doughnuts

    Believe it or not, a cruller or Long John may be a better choice for an occasional breakfast indulgence than one of their circular cousins, the bagel. Doughnuts tend to pack fewer calories and fat than bagels simply because they’re smaller and less dense. But of course, this isn’t always the case. Some rings are nothing more than a fried vehicle to carry chocolate, sprinkles, cream, and calorie-laden nuts. (Clean up your eating habits with this guide to inner and outer beauty.) To make sure this treat doesn’t deliver permanent damage to your gut, we dug around and found some of the worst rings around. Read on to discover more about these 10 disgusting doughnuts.

    MLB honors Jackie Robinson with ballpark tributes

    LaTroy Hawkins has heard the stories from his 87-year-old grandfather, about his days of picking cotton in Mississippi, about the times when there were no black players in big league baseball.

    And about what it meant when Jackie Robinson broke the game's color barrier.

    "Without Jackie, I wouldn't be in front of you," the Los Angeles Angels pitcher told several dozen kids at a Bronx ballfield Sunday. "Jackie's role in my life has been tremendous."

    From Dodger Stadium to Fenway Park, there were ceremonies as Major League Baseball honored Robinson and his legacy. Video tributes and on-field celebrations at every ballpark included his family, his former teammates, players from the Negro Leagues and NBA great Bill Russell.

    Players, managers, coaches and umpires all wore No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day to remember the 65th anniversary of the day the future Hall of Famer first took the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Markers on each base noted the occasion.

    "I'm very happy the players feel that connected," said his daughter, Sharon Robinson. "Back in 1997, players were saying, `Jackie who?' So we've come a long way."

    Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, Hawkins and several former players joined Sharon Robinson at a youth clinic in a park where the old Yankee Stadium stood. Smiling boys and girls from the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program in Harlem eagerly showed off their gloves and jerseys for two-time All-Star Harold Reynolds.

    There was a pregame tribute at the new Yankee Stadium on Sunday night featuring Rachel Robinson, Jackie's wife, and Sharon before the Angels played New York. Yankees stars Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano -- who is named for the baseball pioneer -- hugged the Robinsons as they gathered with three Tuskegee Airmen behind home plate.
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    Cheney: Obama "Has Been An Unmitigated Disaster To The Country"

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney walked onstage without any assistance and spoke for an hour and 15 minutes without seeming to tire in his first public engagement since he underwent a heart transplant three weeks ago.

    "He has been an unmitigated disaster to the country," Cheney said of President Barack Obama.

    "I can't think of a time when I felt it was more important for us to defeat an incumbent president today with respect to Barack Obama. I think he has been an unmitigated disaster to the country," Cheney said at the Wyoming Republican Party state convention in Cheyenne on Saturday.

    "I think to be in a position where he gets four more years in the White House to continue the policies he has, both with respect to the economy, and tax policy, and defense and some other areas would be a huge, huge disappointment," the former Vice President said.

    Infosys May Spend $500M on Europe Deal

    which sits on the largest cash pile among India’s computer-services providers, is prepared to spend as much as $500 million on a single acquisition in a European market.

    Infosys may make another attempt to acquire a company of that size after it walked away from a plan to buy U.K.-based Axon Group Plc for 407 million pounds ($645 million) in 2008, Chandrashekar Kakal, the company’s global head of business IT services, said in a telephone interview.

    “We do have cash, but we are looking for a company which adds to our capability and becomes complementary to our growth rather than becoming a laggard,” he said.

    Infosys’s war chest of about $4 billion is more than twice the size that of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS) Indian software companies, after a decade of growth fuelled by the outsourcing of jobs from the U.S., are turning to acquisitions to expand into Europe, now the second-largest source of their revenues. Making purchases in Europe may help Bangalore-based Infosys achieve a target of getting 40 percent of its sales from the region, up from about 22 percent.

    In 2008, Infosys decided against further pursuing a plan to buy Axon after its bid was trumped by New Delhi-based HCL Technologies Ltd. In 2006, Infosys spent $115 million to purchase Citigroup Inc.’s stake in Progeon Ltd., a back-office service provider controlled by Infosys.
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    The company may also make a number of smaller purchases worth about $30 million to $50 million each, Kakal said in the interview on April 13, adding that such companies would be easier to integrate. He declined to identify potential targets or specify sectors where acquisitions may be made.

    Infosys, which designs and builds software programs and provides back-office support to clients including U.K. phone company BT Group Plc (BT/) and oil company BP Plc, was founded by seven engineers in 1981 with $250 they borrowed from their wives.

    Kakal, who joined the company in 1999, oversees Infosys’s development, maintenance, testing and infrastructure management services with about 60,000 employees, according to the company’s website.

    Yankees fans boo Tim Tebow

    Tim Tebow has work to do if he's going to win over New York sports fans.

    The new backup quarterback for the Jets was booed at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night when he was shown on the giant video board -- even though he was wearing a Yankees cap.

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    Sitting in the third row next to the Los Angeles Angels dugout, Tebow cracked a smile and acknowledged the camera. There was a smattering of cheers, but most of the initial reactions were boos.

    Tebow was acquired by the New York Jets from Denver in a much-hyped trade last month. He is expected to back up starter Mark Sanchez, even though Tebow rallied the Broncos to the NFL playoffs last season and became a polarizing sensation in the process.

    Sitting next to Tebow was Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, also booed when he was shown on the scoreboard earlier in the game. But those boos quickly turned to cheers when Wade held up his Yankees cap.

    Knicks rookie guard Iman Shumpert was also in attendance. Shumpert was the first of the three players shown on the big screen, receiving a nice round of applause.

    Wade and the Heat beat the New York Knicks 93-85 Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

    Tebow and Wade were gone by the seventh.

    The Yankees did not meet with Tebow.

    "I didn't get a chance to see him," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after his team's 11-5 victory. "I would have loved to get a chance to see him and talk to him. I'm sure he'll be back at some point. Obviously he's going to be around a lot more now. But I'd love to visit with him at some point."

    He added: "He's one big quarterback. I see him in the stands, he doesn't look like a quarterback."

    Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher has met Tebow before and, after being asked several questions about the quarterback, joked that he thought he'd be talking more about baseball than Tebow.

    "There are a lot of fancy people that come to these games man," Swisher said when asked about noticing the reaction for Tebow. "Welcome to New York, Tim."

    All Major League Baseball players and coaches wore number 42 on Sunday in honor of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947.

    "It was an honor to be at Yankee Stadium tonight on Jackie Robinson Day...65 yrs ago he broke down barriers...," Wade tweeted Sunday night.

    Indian Actress Lara Dutta Happy Birthday

    The legendary icon Helen Keller once quoted, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart".

    The aforementioned statement holds immense meaning to today's birthday girl Lara Dutta, who is a real life definition of not just beauty, but also grace and poise! After winning the much coveted Miss Universe crown, Lara took the proverbial plunge in Bollywood with her debut film 'Andaaz', which also won her awards and accolades for her role.

    After that, as they say, there was just no looking back for this beauty on a duty! This gorgeous chic also happens to be possibly the only Miss Universe contestant to have secured the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest, as her interview saw a majority of the judges giving her the maximum 9.99 mark!

    Kabul attacks: Indians safe, embassy issued advisory a month back

    The Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday that all Indian nationals in Afghanistan are safe and the Indian embassy in Kabul was not targeted.

    Speaking to The Indian Express, Indian diplomats said the Indian embassy in Kabul had issued a security advisory about a month back. The advisory warned of the possibility of attacks by “anti-government elements”, saying they may choose “vehicle-borne IEDs, body-borne IEDs followed by armed raids/ killing attacks targeting government interests, security establishments and innocent public in general”.

    With India playing a developmental role in Afghanistan, about 3,000 Indians are reported to be living and working there.

    The Indian ambassador, Gautam Mukhopadhyay, briefed External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and New Delhi is monitoring the situation carefully, said officials.

    In July 2008, the Indian embassy in Kabul was targeted by a suicide car bomb, which killed 58 people. In October 2009, the Indian embassy was again attacked by a car bomb, killing at least 17.SOURCE

    Afghan-led forces beat back brazen Taliban attacks

    A brazen, 18-hour Taliban attack on the Afghan capital ended early Monday when insurgents who had holed up overnight in two buildings were overcome by heavy gunfire from Afghan-led forces and pre-dawn air assaults from US-led coalition helicopters.

    Kabul residents awoke Monday to a second day of loud explosions and the crackle of gunfire. As darkness turned to dawn, Afghan-led forces fired one rocket-propelled grenade after another into a building in the center of the city where insurgents began their attack Sunday.

    Fighting there and at the Afghan parliament building on the southwest side of the city ended just before 8 am.

    Authorities said one police officer and at least 17 militants were killed in the multi-pronged attacks in Kabul and three eastern cities. The violence showed the Taliban and their allies are far from beaten and underscored the security challenge facing government forces as US and NATO forces draw down. The majority of international combat troops are scheduled to leave by the end of 2014.

    The Taliban began their near-simultaneous assaults on embassies, government buildings and NATO bases at 1.30 pm on Sunday, saying it was their response to NATO officials' recent claims that the insurgency was weak.

    Cuba issue deals blow to US stature at 'Summit of the Americas'

    Unprecedented Latin American opposition to U.S. sanctions on communist Cuba left President Barack Obama isolated at the Summit of the Americas on Sunday and illustrated Washington's waning influence in the region.

    In contrast to the rock-star status he enjoyed at the 2009 summit in Trinidad and Tobago shortly after taking office, Obama has had a bruising time at the two-day meeting in Colombia of some 30 heads of state from across the Americas.

    Eleven Secret Service agents and five military personnel were caught in an embarrassing prostitution scandal, Brazil and others have bashed Obama over U.S. monetary policy, and he has been on the defensive over calls to legalize drugs.
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    Thanks to the U.S. and Canadian line on Cuba, the heads of state were unable to produce a final declaration as the summit fizzled out on Sunday.

    "There was no declaration because there was no consensus," said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who hosted the summit.

    "That is not a failure, on the contrary," he said, trying to spin the outcome and frank exchange of different views as a sign of strength.

    At a press conference with Santos, Obama responded to a question about Cuba by saying that while his administration has eased travel by Cuban Americans to Cuba, the Cuban government had not taken steps toward democracy and "has not yet observed basic human rights."

    The prostitution saga, above all, was a major blow to the prestige of Obama's Secret Service bodyguards and turned into the unexpected talk of the town in the historic city of Cartagena.

    An Open Letter To Those Not Employed At Instagram

    Alexander Haislip is a marketing executive with cloud-based server automation startup ScaleXtreme and the author of Essentials of Venture Capital. Follow him on Twitter @ahaislip.

    Dear Non-Instagramers,

    Sorry that you didn’t get bought out for $1 billion last week. That’s got to be a bummer. Kevin Systrom just made enough money to buy a boat big enough to make Larry Ellison jealous and you’re still living in a studio apartment.

    Instagram is a one-off. A fluke. An anecdote that many entrepreneurs will mistake for data. Please don’t be one of them.

    This happens about every half a decade. The first mover in a space gets taken out in record time with a ridiculous valuation and the founders look like epic geniuses. Do you remember YouTube? Sure you do. But what about Revver, Metacafe, Guba and Veoh? I didn’t think so.

    I know you’re smart and could probably program Instagram yourself in less than a week. Because let’s face it, how hard could it be? It’s just a few filters put onto the iPhone’s camera with some sharing features skinned to appeal to hipsters. There’s just not that much technology involved. Instagram’s competitive advantage comes from being first.

    First is important. It’s important in defining functionality, setting expectations and capturing mindshare. It’s important to corporate buyers. Now that Facebook has already made its acquisition it’s unlikely that your consumer tech product, if it’s in any way close to Instagram, will also be bought. It’s a classic winner-take-all scenario. Google doesn’t know what to do with the products it has. Yahoo just purged another 2,000 people. News Corp? Barry Diller? AOL? Please.

    And that’s assuming that there even is a market for your consumer technology startup’s product or service. Let’s suppose that you do get Instagram-level breakout and collect 30 million users. That’s great, but only if you (or your potential acquirers) see a viable path to monetize those users. Users aren’t customers. The people who are pissed that Facebook now owns Instagram ultimately have one major concern: that Facebook will find a creepy way to make money off the service.

    That’s the thing about consumer technology: it’s easy to rip off, hard to sell to strategic acquirers and monetization is often a mystery.

    Heat beat Knicks 93-85, clinch Southeast Division

    The Miami Heat finally came to Madison Square Garden, a sea of orange surrounding them in what looked like a playoff game.

    Maybe that's all it took to bring out their best on the road.

    LeBron James had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 28 points and nine boards, and the Heat overcame Carmelo Anthony's 42 points to beat the New York Knicks 93-85 on Sunday to clinch the Southeast Division title.

    Originally scheduled to be here in November, the Heat's lone regular-season game in New York came with the compressed regular season coming to a close — and with a chance they'll be back again soon.

    "This is obviously a lot of our favorite places to play, but I think it came at a good time for us," Wade said. "We were struggling, as in to play a complete game on the road, and what better place to come in and focus then here, where this team has been playing well and can embarrass you if you don't play your game. So understanding that this could obviously be a first-round matchup as well, I thought today we came in, we didn't play amazing, but played good enough to win the game. We did a lot of good things, so it was a good time for it."

    Chris Bosh finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who pulled away in the fourth quarter of a possible playoff preview. Miami is second in the Eastern Conference and the Knicks came into the game tied for seventh, although they fell back behind Philadelphia after the loss.

    Anthony had only two baskets in the fourth quarter, perhaps tired from playing 43 minutes and with James switching over to defend him after Anthony had overwhelmed Shane Battier. New York had its nine-game home winning streak snapped.

    Anthony had the Knicks hoping he could pull out another game against a power team after scoring a season-high 43 last Sunday in overtime against Chicago. His tip-in gave New York a two-point lead with 9½ minutes left, but by the time he had his other field goal on a 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining, Miami had opened an 11-point cushion.

    "It was all a blur. I don't even know what happened. It just happened so fast. They made some tough shots down the stretch the last couple of minutes of the game, the last six minutes of the game," Anthony said. "We couldn't make shots. We had some good looks. Couldn't make them. Didn't make them."

    A rare tragedy at sea hits SF's sailing community

    A century-old tradition, the Full Crew Farallones Race has never been for the faint of heart: Winds averaging 10 to 20 knots and churning 14-foot Pacific Ocean swells are among the rough conditions typically braved by yachts and their crews during the daylong regatta, a spring favorite of skilled sailors.

    But on Saturday, powerful waves and a disastrous series of events brought rare tragedy to the august race and the San Francisco Bay area's large sailing community.

    One crew member died and four others remained missing at sea Sunday after two strong waves swept them from their boat near the rocky Farallon Islands, the halfway point of the 54-mile race that began at daybreak in San Francisco and had 49 entrants.

    It was the first known fatality in the 143-year history of the San Francisco Yacht Club, which managed the race for the Offshore Yacht Racing Association and where the yacht involved in the accident, the 38-foot Low Speed Chase, was based, club director Ed Lynch said.

    "The race community is a very tight-knit group of people, and obviously this tragedy has reached far and wide around the world," Lynch said. "It's an event that will give everybody pause."

    Low Speed Chase's owner and captain, 41-year-old James Bradford of Chicago, was among the three survivors whom the U.S. Coast Guard, assisted by National Guard helicopters, pulled from one of the islands about 300 feet from their damaged vessel, Lynch said.

    Bradford and another crew member were briefly treated at a hospital, while the third survivor was admitted overnight with a broken leg and contusions, he said.

    The seven men and one woman on board ranged in age from their 20s to their 40s, according to Lynch. He said the San Mateo County Coroner's Office has identified the crew member whose dead body was pulled from the water as Marc Kasanin, 46, of Belvedere, Calif.

    The crew members who are still missing are: Alan Cahill, of Tiburon, Calif.; Jordan Fromm, of San Rafael, Calif.; Elmer Morrissey, who is from Ireland; and Alexis Busch, of Larkspur, Calif., who was the only woman aboard the Low Speed Chase, Lynch said.

    Lynch said the yacht club, which is located just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco in Belvedere, has 1,400 members and is a place where "lawyers, carpenters and doctors can all have a beer together and talk about their love of sailing." But Saturday's race was likely to attract the most dedicated recreational sailors, he said.

    Brian Stann knocks out Alessio Sakara, then stops fight without help from referee

    UFC middleweight Brian Stann is a fighter, a Marine, and recently, a commentator for Fox. He's used to wearing many hats, so it's no surprise that during his UFC on Fuel 2 win over Alessio Sakara, he was both fighter and referee.

    Stann knocked Sakara down with a bevy of knees in the first round. While in Sakara's guard, Stann knocked his opponent out with short elbows. When he saw Sakara was clearly out, he pulled back, waving to referee Marc Goddard that Sakara was knocked out.

    Though MMA rules indicate Stann would not have been wrong to continue the bout until Goddard stepped in, he didn't want to inflict any more damage on Sakara.

    Immediately after the bout, UFC president Dana White tweeted, "Brian Stann is one of the classiest people on Earth!" Light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, a training partner of Stann's, called the win "very classy" and "good for the sport."

    Stann is already known as one of MMA's good guys. He started fighting after a decorated career with the Marines. He founded Hire Heroes, a not-for-profit whose aim is to help veterans transition to civilian jobs. Just before he was scheduled to leave his Atlanta home to train for the Sakara fight in New Mexico, his brother-in-law died. Instead of leaving his grieving wife, Stann trained at home and communicated with his coaches through videos.

    As Ben Fowlkes from MMA Fighting wrote, he's such a good guy, you almost want to hate him. Except, he's also the kind of good guy who will stop a fight when he sees his opponent has been knocked out.

    Photographer captures suffering, endurance in 'murder capital of the world'

    Julian Cardona is a photojournalist who works in the "murder capital of the world" -- Juarez, Mexico.

    He takes pictures of bodies and survivors, migrants and countrymen, violence and vigils.

    The 51-year-old photographer puts his life on the line for such photography because he wants the world to know of a patch of earth that many American journalists -- even those in Mexico, too -- fear to tread and often avoid.

    That's because the violence by Mexican cartels and other criminals who control swaths of the borderlands have secured a reputation for ferocious violence and carnage, including to those who dare to chronicle the death toll.

    To capture the human suffering and endurance, often in the powerful imagery of black-and-white photographs, Cardona doesn't venture out alone anymore. He partners with other photographers -- who had been competitors under less dark times -- because they believe there's greater safety in numbers.
    A woman walks past grafitti-covered houses in an abandoned neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez.
    A woman walks past grafitti-covered houses in an abandoned neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez.

    "When you work as a local journalist, it's more frequent that you (are) facing more risks," he said in an interview at California State University, Northridge, where he spoke to students about cartel violence and where his photos are on display this month.

    Cardona has observed how the Mexican side of the border has been a landscape of change, beginning with the North American Free Trade Agreement in the early 1990s to the massive movement of Mexicans to the United States and elsewhere.

    Many parts of Juarez are now a "ghost town," he says.

    Last year, Juarez recorded 1,933 violent deaths, according to the Chihuahua state attorney's office. That figure is considered exorbitant, especially when compared with the 209 homicides in New York City last year, even though that U.S. city's population is six times greater than Juarez's.

    Even so, that figure represented a 38% decline in violent deaths from the year before, when the city counted 3,117 killings. The number of violent deaths was 2,643 in 2009 and 1,607 in 2008. A mere 300 killings were reported in 2007.

    Juarez also is known for its high "femicide" rate, the unsolved murders of hundreds of girls and women.

    "During my childhood, Juarez was a very calm place, very secure place," Cardona told CNN.

    "It's changed to be very insecure and has become for four years the most violent city on the earth," he added.

    'Titanic' Passes $2 Billion Mark In Lifetime Ticket Sales: 'Titanic 3D' Release In China

    James Cameron has shored up his position as king of the worldwide box office.

    Cameron's 1997 blockbuster "Titanic" sailed beyond the $2 billion mark in lifetime ticket sales, thanks to a 3-D re-release of the film that was timed to the centennial of the ship's sinking.

    Only one other movie has topped $2 billion, and it's also Cameron's. His 2009 sci-fi smash "Avatar" earned $2.8 billion worldwide.

    The "Titanic" reissue took in about $100 million this weekend – $11.6 million domestically and a whopping $88.2 million in 69 overseas markets. That included a $58 million debut in China and put the re-release total worldwide at $190.8 million.

    Added to the film's $1.84 billion haul in its original release, "Titanic" now stands at $2.03 billion worldwide.

    8 Careers That Pay Less Than You Think

    Just because a job seems glamorous, requires a lot of education, is stressful or dangerous, it doesn't mean that you'll necessarily be earning the big bucks by pursing a career in one of these fields. Some jobs seem like they should pay a lot more than they actually do. If you're the type to be more motivated by the paycheck than by the work itself, these are a few career choices that you might want to steer clear of.

    Emergency Medical Technician
    You trust these professionals with your life. They're the people who step in to help those who are sick, injured or in danger, at times even placing themselves in precarious situations in the process. However, you might be surprised to learn that emergency medical technicians (or EMTs) aren't earning the big bucks. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average income for this occupation is only about $27,000 per year. Considering that this position requires workers to obtain post-secondary education, be on call, work shift work and deal with a huge amount of stress, this wage seems incredibly low.

    Event Coordinator
    Planning a big event takes a lot of work. Event coordinators take the stress out of event planning for others, thereby taking on all the stresses of organizing vendors, dealing with the hiccups, and ensuring that guests enjoy the event. Ensuring that every wedding, party or conference runs smoothly takes a lot of skill on the part of event planners or coordinators. They need to be organized, professional and able to juggle multiple tasks all at once. How much does this stressful position pay? Only about $36,000 per year.

    Probation Officer
    Dealing with those who are on probation or parole may not seem like a particularly glamorous position, but there's no doubt it's a stressful one. This job can be particularly rewarding, especially in the fact that you're helping to keep reformed criminals engaged and on track by helping to support their rehabilitation, assisting them with finding jobs and homes once they're released. On the other side of the coin, people in this field also have to deal with a great deal of disappointment and stress, since many former cons have a tendency to reoffend. CNN Money reports that this challenging job comes with an annual salary of about $38,400.

    Family Therapist
    Seeing how important family wellness is, it's surprising to find that those who are responsible for ensuring our family relationships function properly are only be paid about $45,000 per year. Therapists typically require quite a bit of education in order to practice, so this position comes with a fairly low rate of pay considering that some therapists might be repaying student loans. Therapists also have a tendency to experience burnout, since they are often responsible for seeing a number of clients each day, while helping these families to sort through some of the most stressful of situations.

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Are Engaged

    It's official - after seven years as a couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are engaged.

    Pitt's manager confirmed the news to The Associated Press in an email Friday.

    Cynthia Pett-Dante said that there isn't a wedding date "at this time." She also said that the engagement "is a promise for the future."

    Earlier Friday, jeweler Robert Procop told the Hollywood Reporter he designed an engagement ring for the Oscar-winning actress.

    "I can confirm that, yes, Robert Procop did indeed design an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie, designed in collaboration with Brad Pitt," a rep for Procop said.

    "Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a yearlong collaboration. He wanted every aspect of it to be perfect, so I was able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suite Angelina's hand," the statement continued. "Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution. The side diamonds are specially cut to encircle her finger. Each diamond is of the highest gem quality."

    Jolie was photographed with a ring on her engagement finger Wednesday night while attending a private viewing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Chinese Galleries, THR notes.

    The actress collaborated with Procop last year on her "Style of Jolie" jewelry line, which benefited charity.

    Pitt, 48, and Jolie, 36, have been together since 2005, and have three adopted children and three biological children. Pett-Dante also said that "their kids are very happy."

    Earlier this year, Pitt told CBS News' "Sunday Morning" that the couple has been "getting a lot of pressure from the kids" to get married.

    "It means something to them," he said during the interview, adding, "We will [wed] someday, we will. 'That's a great idea! Get mommy a ring!' Okay, I will, I will."

    Tom Petty guitars stolen in California

    Five guitars belonging to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been stolen from a Southern California soundstage where the band has been rehearsing for an upcoming tour.

    Culver City Police Sgt. Dan Sukal says the theft at The Culver Studios was reported Thursday.

    On its website, the band offered a "no questions asked" $7,500 reward for information leading to the return of the instruments.

    The stolen guitars include Petty's blond 1967 12-string Rickenbacker and his Gibson SGTVJunior, Mike Campbell's blue Dusenberg, Ron Blair's Fender Broadcaster and Scott Thurston's 1967 Epiphone Sheridan.

    The band is known for a string of hit singles such as "American Girl", "Don't Do Me Like That," and "Breakdown." Their tour kicks off on April 18 in Broomfield, Colo.

    The Culver Studios is a sprawling complex of 16 soundstages west of downtown Los Angeles.

    Katy Perry 'Tired of Being Famous': Who Should Stop Complaining About Fame?

    Katy Perry has had a charmed life. Not only is the 27-year-old rich, beautiful and talented with a body to die for, her "Teenage Dream" album matched Michael Jackson's Hot 100 record for the most #1 songs off a single album. Nevertheless, she's kinda sick of being famous.

    Asked by Teen Vogue if she ever sees herself "getting tired of being famous," Katy responds, "I'm tired of being famous already! But I'm not tired of creating. Fame is, I think, just a disgusting by-product of what I do. It's quite a delicate creature -- it's a wild animal of sorts. It can love you, and then it can attack you. I still want to be as approachable and relatable as possible -- when I meet fans and they're crying, I'll say, 'Calm down, there's nothing to cry about.'"

    "Disgusting," eh? Well, in other parts of the interview, Katy seems refreshingly down to earth. "I don't need to grind it into anyone's head that I'm popular. If you like my music, great, and if you don't, whatever. I'm going to keep making it either way," she says.

    And her success comes with hard work, which she wants to reveal in her upcoming movie. "I think sometimes [people] look at me and wonder, How is it possible that she continues to have this kind of success? Why are the stars so aligned for her? But, while that is a factor, it's not the whole story. I also work my tail off!"

    Secret Service hooker flap over $47 (or just 83,475 naughty lil’ pesos)

    A Secret Service agent shamed the United States after a wild night of babes and booze that ended in an argument with a Colombian hooker over as little as $47.

    One of 11 elite agents assigned to ensure President Obama’s protection at a summit meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, was busted after his lady of the evening refused to leave his hotel room in the morning without her fee.

    That woman was one of 11 hookers hired by the agents — and the only one who hadn’t left Cartagena’s swank Hotel Caribe, where White House staffers, members of the press and dignitaries are staying during the Summit of the Americas meeting, sources said.
    SECURITY SCANDAL: President Obama checks out singer Shakira yesterday in Colombia.
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    SECURITY SCANDAL: President Obama checks out singer Shakira yesterday in Colombia.
    President Obama's Secret Service team was reeling from a prostitution scandal.
    President Obama's Secret Service team was reeling from a prostitution scandal.

    The confrontation occurred early last week, said Rep. Pete King, a Long Island Republican who was briefed on the incident yesterday.

    One of the agents sent home after agency bosses in DC learned what was going on was “in a supervisory role,” said King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

    A hotel employee told The Associated Press that agents arrived at the beachfront hotel a week ago and drank heavily during their stay.

    Prostitution is legal in much of Colombia inside “tolerance zones” controlled by police. The going rate for hookers in Cartagena is around $47, according to Colombian TV.

    The trouble began for the Secret Service after the agents’ night of carousing, when a hotel employee noticed a hooker’s ID was still at the front desk at 7 a.m., in violation of hotel policy on overnight guests, King said.

    The manager went to the agent’s room where the woman had spent the night and saw the two inside arguing, King said.

    “She said the agent owed her money,” King said. “He said he didn’t have to pay her.”

    He eventually forked over the money and the situation was resolved. But the cops were called and they filed a report, which was sent to the US Embassy.

    The probe widened yesterday to include five members of the US military who were allegedly involved in the same incident, officials said.

    The service members, with the Southern Command, are still in Colombia “because of the expertise and the knowledge that these guys have,” a military spokesman told CBS News.

    A statement released by the Southern Command said the service members “violated the curfew . . . and may have been involved in inappropriate conduct.”

    An expert on the Secret Service yesterday said that, although the agents involved in the scandal were not breaking Colombian law, most of them are married and could have been exposed to blackmail.

    “It could have resulted in a potential assassination attempt on the president,” said Ronald Kessler, author of “In the President’s Secret Service.”

    “It the biggest scandal in the history of the Secret Service and the most basic breach of security,” the author said.

    Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said that Obama’s security was not compromised because of the incident.

    “This entire matter has been turned over to our Office of Professional Responsibility, which serves as the agency’s internal- affairs component,” he said.

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