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    UP Basic Edu Board issued latest recruitment notification " UP Basic Teacher Recruitment 2012 - 2013 " on November 2012 . UP Basic Edu Board recruit  Basic ( Primary ) Teacher Jobs in various govt schools in Uttar Pradesh through this recruitment notification . UP Basic Edu Board fill up 72800 Basic Teacher Posts UP Basic Edu Board publish the Assistant recruitment notification on www.upbasicedu.gov.in . UP Basic Edu Board invites online applications for this recruitment session 2012 - 2013 . Candidates submit their applications via online mode at www.upbasicedu.gov.in . Applicants apply online application form before 31-12-2012 .UP Basic Edu Board Primary Teacher Recruitment 2012 - 2013 notification details are as follows ....

    UP Basic Edu Teacher Recruitment 2012 - 2013
    01     Name of The Post     Basic Edu Teacher
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    03     Age                         21 to 40 Years as on 01-07-2012
    04     Application Fee         Rs 500/-
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    2 California police officers killed while investigating alleged sexual assault

     Two police detectives were shot and killed when they tried to question a man over a report of a sexual assault, and the man later died after a brief chase, authorities said.

    Sgt. Loren Butch Baker, who was married and the father of two daughters, and Detective Elizabeth Butler, who had two sons, were shot and killed Tuesday during an altercation at the home of the man, according to police and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's office.

    They were shot while following up on allegations that 35-year-old barista Jeremy Goulet made inappropriate sexual advances on a co-worker at her home, authorities said. Goulet was arrested Friday, and The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that he was fired the next day.

    Baker, a 28-year veteran of the force, and Butler, a 10-year veteran, had gone to the house where Goulet was living to follow up on the case, authorities said. They were subsequently fired upon and called for backup, and responding officers found Goulet, who died in the gunfire that followed, the sheriff's office said.

    "There aren't words to describe this horrific tragedy," said Police Chief Kevin Vogel. "This is the darkest day in the history of the Santa Cruz police department."

    The shootings prompted the lockdown of two schools and an automatic police call to nearby residents, warning them to stay locked inside. The ordinarily quiet residential neighborhood echoed with a brief barrage of gunfire that killed the suspect about a half hour after the officers were shot.

    Mariah Carey Slip? Star Wears Dangerously Low-Cut Dress

    The nip slip might just be the trickiest wardrobe malfunction to spot. It's swift, it's subtle and there are so many shades of gray involved.

    This brings us to our latest head-scratcher: Mariah Carey's onstage look at the So So Def 20th anniversary concert last Saturday. Did the singer actually have a wardrobe malfunction or is she the victim of unfortunate shadowing?

    The 42-year-old was all smiles as she performed alongside Jermaine Dupri, but nobody seemed to alert her to the fact that her low-cut dress was dropping into dangerous territory. The white bustier number wasn't exactly the most, er, supportive look.

    Since we're having such a hard time pinning this one down, we'll file it in our brains under the same category as Jennifer Lopez's dress from the 2012 Oscars and try to forget the whole thing.

    The Onion Apologizes For Quvenzhané Wallis Oscar Tweet

    In a rare departure from satire, The Onion has issued a sincere apology for a tweet posted on its official Twitter account Sunday night that called 9-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis an offensive slur.

    Steve Hannah, the CEO of Onion, Inc., posted a letter apologizing on the fake news outlet's official Facebook page.

        Dear Readers,

        On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.

    You can read the rest of the apology here.

    The tweet in question, which was posted during the live broadcast of the Academy Awards ceremony, posed the sarcastic question that many felt crossed the line: "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c--t, right? #Oscars2013". (The original tweet did not censor the slur.)

    The tweet was deleted about an hour later after enormous social media backlash.

    Hannah went on to say that The Onion has "instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again," and that the individuals responsible for the tweet have been disciplined accordingly. (The Onion does not publicly credit individual writers for articles or jokes.)

    This public apology is a change from how The Onion typically addresses controversy. The humor outlet rarely "breaks character" in the face of outcry, such as when they ran satirical coverage of a shooter in Washington, D.C. in 2011 that alarmed many residents. At the time, a spokesperson for the company simply said, "This is satire. That's how it works."

    Should The Onion have apologized? Answer in our poll below

    World's tallest hotel opens in Dubai

    The JW Marriott's Marquis Dubai formally opened Feb. 26 after gaining the title of tallest hotel from Guinness World Records. At 355 meters (1,099 feet), the hotel would tower over skylines in most cities. But in Dubai, it sits in the shadow of its more than twice-as-high neighbor, the Burj Khalif, the world's tallest skyscraper at 828 meters (2,717 feet).

    The exterior side entrance of the JW Marriott's Marquis Dubai. (Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai)

    Rock Star Claims Tapeworm Infected Brain

    The lead singer of Australian hard rockers Frenzal Rhomb has revealed he was forced to cancel a recent tour after surgeons discovered a pig tapeworm egg had infected his brain.

    In a tale worthy of the Twilight Zone, Jay Whalley enlightened fans to his recent health crisis, which was four years in the making on the band's Facebook page Tuesday.

    After suffering two seizures after a gig on January 25, the Sydney singer was rushed to hospital where scans showed a 1-centimeter tumor.

    Whalley underwent a three-hour operation on February 14 and, instead of a cancerous tumor, surgeons found a mysterious parasitic infection.

    Further investigation revealed it to be ''basically the egg from a pig tapeworm,'' which the vegetarian rocker may have picked up by accidental contact with an infected person during his Central American travels four years ago.

    ''Once in my stomach they never become tapeworms, but they migrate into the muscle, most of the time causing no problem and you'll never know it's there, the only place you'll have problems is if they make it to your brain or eyes,'' Whalley explained.

    Rare superbug emerging in U.S. elicits advisory warning from CDC

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is alerting clinicians of an emerging untreatable multidrug-resistant organism in the United States.

    There are many forms of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), but of the 37 forms reported in the U.S., 15 have been reported in less than a year.

    The CDC said the increase in CRE means health care providers need to “act aggressively to prevent the emergence and spread of these unusual CRE organisms.”

    Enterobacteriaceae lives in water, soil and the human gut. These “surperbugs” have developed high levels of resistance to antibiotics – even carbapanems. Individuals who usually develop CRE infections are those who are taking antibiotics and getting significant medical treatment for other conditions.

    The majority of CRE were “isolated from patients who received overnight medical treatment outside of the United States,” according to the CDC.

    Health care providers that encounter CRE infections should follow the CDC’s recommendations in the 2012 CRE toolkit.

    Persons who shared a room with a patient who has a CRE infection – and maybe even health care providers who treated the infected patient – should be screened to make sure they have not caught the infection.

    'Gold Trans Am': Ke$ha Wrote Recent Single About Her Vagina With Her Mom

    Ke$ha somehow always finds a way to outdo herself.

    The urine-drinking, cannoli-fellating, beard-licking pop star just took it a step further, speaking to Q Magazine about the inspiration behind one of her latest singles, "Gold Trans Am."

    "It began as a song about my car, which is a gold Trans Am, and it works about 40 percent of the time," Ke$ha told Q Magazine. "I don't have another car because I love that one so much. But then like all great pop, it became a metaphor for something else -- my p---y."

    "My vagina is in tip-top working order," she continued. "Valeted and souped-up and working 100 percent of the time."

    Lest she stop there, Ke$ha went on to explain that she gets help on songs like "Gold Trans Am" from none other than her mom. "We write songs about boys and sex together," she said. “That may not be normal to the average psychiatrist out there but I think it's pretty cool."

    New Cars Increasingly Out of Reach for Many Americans

     Looking to buy a new car, truck or crossover? You may find it more difficult to stretch the household budget than you expected, according to a new study that finds median-income families in only one major U.S. city actually can afford the typical new vehicle.

    Audi cars for sale at a dealership on January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Michael DalderThe typical new vehicle is now more expensive than ever, averaging $30,500 in 2012, according to TrueCar.com data, and heading up again as makers curb the incentives that helped make their products more affordable during the recession when they were desperate for sales.

    According to the 2013 Car Affordability Study by Interest.com, only in Washington could the typical household swing the payments, the median income there running $86,680 a year. At the other extreme, Tampa, Fla., was at the bottom of the 25 large cities included in the study, with a median household income of $43,832.

    The study looked at a variety of household expenses, such as food and housing, and when it comes to purchasing a new vehicle, it considered more than just the basic purchase price, down payment and monthly note, factoring in such essentials as taxes and insurance.

    Bottom line? A buyer in the capital can purchase a car with a sticker price of $31,940, slightly more than the new vehicle average for the 2013 model year and about what it would cost for a mid-range Ford Fusion sedan or a stripped-down BMW X1 crossover. The buyer in Tampa? They'll just barely cover the cost of a basic Kia Rio, with $14,516 to spend.

    "If you live in New York City or San Francisco, you're probably going to have to pay a lot for housing, but you don't have to pay a lot for a car," said Mike Sante, the managing editor of Interest.com, a financial decision-making website.

    Affordability has been a matter of growing concern for the auto industry in recent years as prices have continued to move upward. Even the most basic of today's cars are generally loaded with features that were once found on high-line models a few decades back - if they were available at all - such as air conditioning, power windows, airbags and electronic stability control, as well as digital infotainment systems. They also have to meet ever tougher federal safety, emissions and mileage standards that have added thousands to the typical price tag.

    "The average compact car of today has the features of a midsize model somebody might be trading in - but it may be just as expensive," said David Sargent, director of automotive operations for J.D. Power and Associates.

    That is one reason why many buyers have been downsizing in recent years, said Bill Fay, general manager of Toyota, though he added that "there is still a lot of affordability in the marketplace."

    Perhaps, but industry planners have come to recognize that they are targeting a much smaller segment of the American public than in decades past. That's one reason why most manufacturers are offering more downsized models.

    Anne Hathaway's Prada Oscar Gown Ruffled Feathers At Valentino Photo

    On the Oscars red carpet, Anne Hathaway shared how she had only picked out her dress two hours before.

    She chose the pink Prada for it's "simplicity" and because she found out her original dress choice would be similar to another one worn on the red carpet.

    The problem?

    She had supposedly already committed to wear a Valentino gown, Women's Wear Daily reported.

    The design house had already alerted the media that Hathaway, the favored Oscar winner for supporting actress, would be wearing one of its designs.

    Hathaway has a long-time relationship with the design house and her snub "ruffled some feathers," WWD reported.  The designer even made her a custom gown for her wedding last year.

    Valentino could have also used the exposure -- the only other major celebrity wearing one of its gowns was Jennifer Aniston, who shares a publicist with Hathaway. Aniston's outfit was named on some of the "worst-dressed" lists.

    In a statement, Hathaway apologized for the snafu.

    "Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last-minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honor of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself," Hathaway said, according to WWD. "I deeply regret any disappointment caused.”

    BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing

    Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a "very senior person" at the White House warned him in an email that he would "regret doing this," the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.

    CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined.

    "It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, 'You're going to regret doing something that you believe in,'" Woodward said.

    "I think they're confused," Woodward said of the White House's pushback on his reporting.

    Earlier today on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Woodward ripped into Obama in what has become an ongoing feud between the veteran Washington Post journalist and the White House. Woodward said Obama was showing a "kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time" for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.

    The Defense Department said in early February that it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the looming cuts known as the sequester.

    "Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, 'Oh, by the way, I can't do this because of some budget document?'" Woodward said on MSNBC.

    "Or George W. Bush saying, 'You know, I'm not going to invade Iraq because I can't get the aircraft carriers I need?'" Or even Bill Clinton saying, 'You know, I'm not going to attack Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters,' ... because of some budget document?"

    Mississippi mayoral candidate found dead person taken into custody

    The body of a candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., was found about 15 miles west of town Wednesday, and a person was in custody, sheriff's officials said.

    Authorities had been searching for Marco McMillian, 34, since Tuesday morning, when his sport-utility vehicle was involved in a head-on collision in Coahoma County, the county sheriff's office said in a statement.

    But McMillian wasn't in the vehicle, authorities said. The driver of his vehicle, identified as Lawrence Reed, 22, of Clarksdale, was airlifted to a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., about 60 miles away, NBC station WMC of Memphis reported.

    There was no immediate report on the cause of death, according tothe Coahoma County coroner's office.

    The sheriff's department declined to say whether Reed was the "person of interest" who was taken into custody or whether the action was taken in connection with McMillian's death or as a separate part of the accident investigation. The department said no further information would be immediately provided "due to the fact this is an ongoing investigation."

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    McMillian — who was chief executive of MWM & Associates, a consultant to nonprofit organizations — was widely noted as one of the first openly gay candidates for public office in Mississippi.

    His campaign spokesman, Jarod Keith, told the Clarion-Ledger newspaper of Jackson, Miss., that McMillian's sexuality was never an issue in the campaign.

    The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a national advocate for gay political candidates, tweeted Wednesday:

    "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Marco McMillian, one of the 1st viable openly #LGBT candidates in Mississippi."

    In a statement Wednesday, McMillian's campaign said: "Words cannot describe our grief at the loss of our dear friend, Marco McMillian. The shocking news of Marco's death is beyond difficult for us to process."

    Two of McMillian's opponents — who, like McMillian, are Democrats — said they, too, were shocked and saddened by the development.

    Tina Fey, Oscars Host Next Year? 'No Way'

    On Sunday night's Oscar telecast, William Shatner -- who appeared on the show "from the future" as Captain James T. Kirk to explain how poorly Seth MacFarlane's hosting gig would be received by the media -- asked, "Why couldn't they get Tina and Amy to host?" The Tina and Amy in question here are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who both received rave reviews for their recent efforts hosting the Golden Globes. Fey is currently promoting her new film "Admission" (co-starring Paul Rudd and opening March 22), and we asked her about Shatner's wish and if she had any interest whatsoever in hosting the 2014 Oscars.

    [The full interview with Fey will publish closer to the film's March 22nd release date.]

    Congratulations on William Shatner mentioning your name during the Oscars.
    [Laughs] Thank you. It's an honor to be "Shatnered."

    Admittedly, of all the things I thought I'd see during the Oscars, William Shatner mentioning your name was not one of them.
    No, you didn't write that on a piece of paper and mail it to yourself.


    Is it a possibility that you and Amy Poehler could wind up hosting the Oscars next year? I don't know how that works with NBC, since the Golden Globes were on the same network as both of your shows. Can you two go host the Oscars on ABC if you wanted to?
    No, you can. But I just feel like that gig is so hard. Especially for, like, a woman -- the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone ... no way.

    The reaction to Amy and you hosting the Golden Globes was really great.
    Oh, thank you. We had fun.

    Jennifer Lawrence Forgot To Thank Director David O. Russell & Harvey Weinstein In Oscar Speech

    No one will fault Jennifer Lawrence for forgetting to thank a couple of people when she accepted her Academy Award for Best Actress on Sunday night -- but she missed a couple of big names.

    Lawrence was visibly flummoxed when she fell up the stairs as she went to accept her award, and though she thanked the Academy, her fellow nominees and the film's "producing team -- Bruce [Cohen], Donna [Gigliotti], Jon [Gordon]," as well as co-star Bradley Cooper and her entire cast, the 22-year-old forgot to mention "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell and the film's producer Harvey Weinstein.

    Though Lawrence already jetted off to Hawaii the day after the awards to shoot more scenes for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," she made sure to rectify her oversight by releasing a statement to Entertainment Weekly, thanking the two men who played a huge part in her success with the film:

        In the whirlwind of last night, I was remiss to thank two incredibly important people to this film and in my life.

        David O. Russell: Thank you for the most incredible experience of my life. Thank you for your genius, for your guidance, for teaching me things about myself and nurturing me to be a better actor. You have so much passion and such a bleeding heart, you believe not only in your films but what your films can do for people and that is the most important thing that I have learned from you.

        Harvey Weinstein: You championed this movie and its story from early days. Your passion and unyielding support gave this film the opportunity to thrive and touch so many people.

        Thank you to both. I will never be able to forgive myself for such a brain fart but I hope that you both can. Obviously it was not on purpose, I couldn’t remember what I had already said and my mind went completely blank–your brain does funny things during the most overwhelming moment of your life!

    Missing California Cyclists Found on a Boat in South America

     A young California couple thought to be missing for a month while on a cycling trip through South America has been located on a boat and were surprised to hear of the search for them, according to Peru's tourism minister.

    The couple was found on a slow-moving boat and are expected to arrive at the Ecuador and Peru border Wednesday where they will have access to a phone, according to Miguel Antezana, the communications director of Peru's Foreign Commerce and Tourism Ministry.

    The families and friends of Garrett Hand and Jamie Neal, both 25, had been concerned about the couple who had not been heard from in over a month.

    The couple was found on the Napo River at a place called Angoteros, according to Antezana. There, they spoke to the police and were surprised by all of the questions. They eventually asked what was going on and the police told them that they were considered missing persons.

    The ministry is sending people with video cameras to the location where the boat is going to dock to show that they are alive and well.

    Antezana said that it appears that the couple simply did not want to communicate with their families because they could have done so in Iquitos.

    Earlier today, Hand's mother told "Good Morning America" that they family had checked his bank records and found there was no bank activity since Jan. 25, the same day as the couple's last Facebook post.

    "How is my son traveling without getting any money?" Francine Fitzgerald asked. "How is my son eating?"

    The couple embarked on their journey at the end of November, or early December.

    As the couple cycled through the continent, they frequently posted updates and photos on Facebook, chronicling their journey. They posted photos of camping, the wildlife and the people they met along the way.

    The last post was on Jan. 25 and said, "Finally found Kraft Mac 'n' cheese in South America! Stoked LOL." The couple had not been heard from since, which worried their families and friends.

    "They would post sometimes several times a day, pictures telling us where they were and then we all noticed that his postings stopped," Fitzgerald said on "Good Morning America."

    "Come home," Hand's sister Larkin McGowan pleaded on "GMA." "Your family needs you in California with us."

    The U.S. State Department said that according to their families, Hand and Neal had been traveling from Cusco to Lima, Peru, and were expected to arrive in Lima on Jan. 26.

    Pink Shows Off Muscular Bikini Bod in Miami

    Pink isn’t just proving that her body has bounced back after baby, but that she’s also more ripped than ever before.

    On Monday, the fit and firm songstress frolicked in a mismatched bikini on Miami Beach, where she was joined by her husband, retired motocross racer Carey Hart, and their 21-month-old daughter, Willow.

    But has Pink gone a little too far with the working out as evidenced by the "Sober" singer's over-the-top obliques and super-cut arms? We asked trainer and fitness expert Michelle Betts for her opinion.

    “Honestly, for Pink it really works because she’s – excuse my language – a badass. But I don’t think the average woman needs to be that muscular,” Betts tells omg!.

    As for how difficult it is to get a six-pack like Pink’s, the answer is very. And Betts notes that it’s even harder for women than men.

    “You have to do high-intensity cardio and work out with weights and a six-pack is directly linked to a lower percentage of overall body fat,” she explains. “You have to work really hard and eat a high protein diet. I’m sure she’s working out at least five times a week.”

    During a video interview with Shape.com last year (which she did while shooting photos for her cover spread for the October issue of the mag), the rocker credited sprinting with giving her the best results.

    “I can do cardio, circuits, circuit-training all day long and that’s wonderful, but when my trainer makes me do sprints  … it’s like nothing else,” Pink explained. The 33-year-old also told Shape that since losing 55 pounds after Willow’s birth, she’s now in the best shape of her life.

    “It’s muscle memory,” Betts says. “People who are in good shape before they get pregnant bounce back quicker.”

    Pregame dunk routine might stop

     LeBron James may consider grounding his popular dunking warm-up routine before Miami Heat games if the criticism keeps coming his way.

    The league's reigning three-time MVP said Tuesday he never intended for his acrobatic dunking display in the Heat's layup line to become a potential distraction that apparently has given some critics a chance to slam him.

    James has been executing contest-worthy dunks during warmups, but has been unwilling throughout his career to participate in the league's dunk contest during All-Star Weekend despite pressure from fans and former players.

    "Maybe I should stop because it's making a lot of people mad about what I do," James said after he scored a season-high 40 points and had a career-high 16 assists in Tuesday's double-overtime win against Sacramento. "They're like, 'Well, if you can do it in warmups, why don't you (want to) be in the dunk contest? Stop it.' "

    Videos that fans have taken of James in the layup line have gone viral on the Internet in recent days. One clip taken before Sunday's home game against Cleveland showed James whipping the ball behind his back, then between his legs before he tossed it off the backboard for a dunk over 6-foot-10 teammate Rashard Lewis.

    James was in the act again before Tuesday's game, when he lobbed the ball into the air, caught it off the bounce and shifted the ball between his legs before slamming it through the rim. The Heat have a reputation for late-arriving crowds, but more fans have filled into the arena's lower bowl before games with cell phones or video recorders in hand waiting for James to take the court before games.

    The Heat have started to stream video of James' pregame dunks on the team's official website, and owner Micky Arison has used Twitter to encourage fans to arrive to games early if they want to see the show James puts on.

    James said Tuesday he wasn't aware of how popular the routine has grown, because it's something he's always done. More Heat players have gotten involved, including Chris Andersen, Mike Miller, Ray Allen, Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers, who has been James' stiffest competition of late.

    Sea Lamprey Photo? Scary Creature Pulled From New Jersey River

    When it comes to stocking up on material for nightmares, it's hard to beat this photo of what appears to be a monstrous sea lamprey.

    Reddit user jlitch uploaded the picture in mid-February with the deceptively innocent tagline, "Friend... caught this fishing in NJ."

    According to a set Facebook photos, this eellike creature was caught in the Raritan River, somewhere in northern New Jersey.

    Perhaps most frightening, the rings teeth of displayed in the photo have a very clear purpose: Sea lampreys latch onto their prey, then secrete digestive fluids that slowly eat away and break down the host. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission reports a sea lamprey can be expected to kill upwards of 40 pounds of fish over the course of its life. Survival rates for particular species of host fish can be as low as 15 percent.

    Unfortunately, we can't be completely certain this photo really does depict a sea lamprey. "The photo doesn't allow counting of gill openings (seven per side for sea lampreys), but based on size alone, this does appear to be a sea lamprey,” a New York Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman told Outside Magazine, according to the New York Daily News.

    The species typically grows to 2.5 feet in length, but some sea lampreys have been documented at sizes of up to 3 feet long, reports the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

    Sea lampreys are a native to the Atlantic Ocean and are found along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and the coast of Europe, as well as in the Great Lakes, where it is considered an invasive species.

    American Foods Chockfull of Ingredients Banned in Other Countries

         preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients -- are added to foods in the United States.

        While each of these substances are legal to use in the US, whether or not they are safe for long-term consumption -- by themselves or in combination -- is a different story altogether. Many have been deemed too harmful to use in other countries.

        When you consider that about 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food goes toward processed foods loaded with these additives, it’s no wonder most people are carrying a hefty toxic load that can wreak havoc on their health.

        A list of ingredients that are banned across the globe but still allowed for use in America recently made the news. The list is featured in the new book, Rich Food, Poor Food, authored by nutritionist Mira Calton and her husband Jayson.

        The banned ingredients include various food dyes, the fat substitute Olestra, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate (aka brominanted flour), Azodicarbonamide, BHA, BHT, rBGH, rBST, and arsenic.

        Seeing that the overall health of Americans is so much lower than other industrialized countries, you can’t help but wonder whether toxic ingredients such as these might play a role in our unhealthy conditions.

        Meanwhile, Russia has announced that it plans to extend a ban on U.S. beef, pork and turkey imports coming into effect this month, due to the feed additive ractopamine in the meats. Ractopamine is a growth stimulant banned in several countries, including Russia.

    Processed Foods Depend on Additives

        When foods are processed, not only are valuable nutrients lost and fibers removed, but the textures and natural variation and flavors are also lost. After processing, what's left behind is a bland, uninteresting "pseudo-food" that most people wouldn’t want to eat.

        So at this point, food manufacturers must add back in the nutrients, flavor, color and texture to processed foods in order to make them palatable, and this is why they become loaded with food additives.

        Most commonly, additives are included to slow spoilage, prevent fats and oils from going rancid, prevent fruits from turning brown, fortify or enrich the food with synthetic vitamins and minerals to replace the natural ones that were lost during processing, and improve taste, texture and appearance. When reading product packages, here are some of the most common food additives1 to watch out for:

    RSOS Exam 2013 Time Table/Result Class 10th/12th Secondary/Sr. Secondary (Rajasthan State Open School Jaipur)

    RSOS Exam 2013 : Time Table/Result Class 10th/12th Secondary/Sr. Secondary (Rajasthan State Open School Jaipur) : Rajasthan State Open School Jaipur conducts examinations for Class 10th (Metric/Secondary) & Class 12th (10+2/Senior Secondary) for those who were not able to take the regular education.

    The Board has announced the Time Table/Date Sheet for Examinations to be conducted during the year 2013. Candidates can see the time table at following link : http://rsos.rajasthan.gov.in/

    Result : Once the examination process is over, result will be declared on Rajasthan Open School Jaipur Official website. Result for Class 10th and Class 12th exam 2013 can be seen at following link : http://rsos.rajasthan.gov.in

    Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens Oscars Party Pals

    Say hello to Hollywood’s hottest new BFFs.

    Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens hit up Vanity Fair’s Oscars party together Sunday night at Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, California. Fresh off a European promotional tour for “Spring Breakers,” the two stars have been inseparable lately.

    Gomez, 20, and Hudgens, 24, arrived at the star-studded fete together and posed for pictures on the carpet. Inside the bash, the ladies rarely left each other’s sides and seemed to be enjoying themselves alongside A-listers including Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, and Sandra Bullock.

    Although it was definitely a girl’s night out for Gomez, don’t think that’s because the “Love You Like a Love Song” singer is holding out hope for a reunion with her ex, Justin Bieber.

    Selena and Justin at the Vanity Fair party in 2011 (Michael Buckner/WireImage)“She’s having a blast being single,” a source tells omg!. “She’s been working a lot and is having a lot of fun going out with her friends.”

    It was just two years ago that Gomez and Bieber made their red carpet debut at the same party and there was no shortage of PDA then.

    What do you think now that Hudgens has replaced the Biebs as Gomez’s date? Is Gomez better off without him? Sound off below!

    High school teacher tweets half-naked photos, tells the world she was high while grading

    A 23-year-old math teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado is in a heap of trouble after a local television station publicized the bawdy — but awesome — contents of her Twitter account.

    Carly McKinney’s Twitter page contained half-naked photos and all kinds of chatter about marijuana, including a boast of pot possession on school grounds, reports KUSA-TV.

    “Watching a drug bust go down in the parking lot. It’s funny cuz I have weed in my car in the staff parking lot,” McKinney recounted in one Twitter post.

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    Another tweet reported that McKinney was high while grading her students’ work.

    “Naked. Wet. Stoned,” reported still another one.

    Other tweets on McKinney’s account were also controversial, KUSA reports.

    “Instead of being productive, I’ve been on Twitter…,” the first-year teacher admitted in one message that appears to have been posted during the school day.

    “Just got called Ms. McCutie. Points for being clever, however you are still jailbait,” read another tweet.

        The OnlineSlangDictionary.com defines “crunk” as a blend of “chronic” — a slang term for marijuana — and “drunk,” notes KMGH-TV. Other definitions include “extremely fun” and “angry.”

    McKinney told KUSA she and a friend had created the Twitter account as a parody. She maintains that her partner in tweeting is the one responsible for the offending posts.

    She also maintained that she never brought any illegal drugs to campus.

    Officials with the Cherry Creek School District are on the case, according to the station. They reportedly met with McKinney on Tuesday morning. Since then, she has been placed on administrative leave.

    The school district does train teachers on the use of the Internet and social media, the Denver-area NBC affiliate added. School officials say the basic mantra is: Don’t publish anything on the web that you wouldn’t write on the blackboard in your classroom.

    Long-time escort confirms Senator Bob Menendez paid her for sex

    A professional escort who travels the East Coast seeing clients in cities from Miami to Boston has identified a photo of Senator Bob Menendez as a man who paid her for sex. The woman, in her late 30s, told The Daily Caller prior to seeing Menendez’s photo that she had been paid to provide sexual favors to several U.S. senators, including a New Jersey Democrat and other politicians who are no longer living.

    The escort, who earns money having sex with men in upscale hotel rooms, said during an in-person interview that many of her wealthy and powerful customers use pseudonyms when arranging for her services, and when meeting her in person.

    TheDC showed the woman a photo of Menendez, however, and she identified him as a former client.

    Most of the client base for elite escorts in Washington is among lobbyists, politicians and other attorneys, she said. About 90 percent are involved with government.

    “They’re all attorneys, lobbyists of some sort. They are all — within reason — are lobbyists or attorneys or senators.”

    Menendez, she said, is “quite a hobbyist. He sees a lot of girls and doesn’t seem to have the skills to have a relationship.”

    “Hobbyists,” she explained, are men who “‘hobby’ in seeing many girls, as many as they can,” referring to escorts who offer companionship and sexual favors in exchange for what they euphemistically call financial “donations.”

    The woman granted multiple interviews to The Daily Caller after reading TheDC’s reporting on the fast-evolving Menendez saga. TheDC did not pay for her story, and is withholding her identity, referring to her only as “Beth” — which is not her real name.

    2nd blizzard in less than week slams Plains region

    Blizzard conditions slammed parts of the central Plains Monday, forcing the closure of highways in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and sending public works crews scrambling for salt and sand anew just days after a massive storm blanketed the region with snow.

    National Weather Service officials in Kansas and Oklahoma issued blizzard warnings and watches through late Monday as the storm packing snow and high winds tracked eastward across West Texas toward Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Forecasters also warned of possible tornadoes further southeast.

    Snow covered Amarillo, Texas, where forecasters said up to 18 inches could fall, accompanied by wind gusts up to 65 mph. Paul Braun, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transport, said whiteout conditions and drifting snow had made all roads in the Texas Panhandle impassable. Interstate 40 was closed from Amarillo to the Oklahoma state line.

    "It's just a good day to stay home," Braun said.

    "This is one of the worst ones we've had for a while," he said. "And we kind of know snow up here."

    The weather service issued a blizzard warning for the Oklahoma Panhandle and counties along the Kansas border, warning that travel in the area would be "very dangerous" until Tuesday morning with near zero visibility and drifting snow.

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed all highways in the Panhandle, citing slick roads and limited visibility. Trooper Betsy Randolph said the patrol advised its non-essential personnel to stay home until Wednesday.

    Forecasters said up to 16 inches of snow could accumulate in some areas, with wind gusts reaching up to 55 mph.

    About a dozen flights were canceled at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The Chicago Department of Aviation reported normal operations at Midway and O'Hare — the bellwether air hub of the Midwest.

    Matt Lehenbauer, emergency management director for Woodward County, Okla., told The Associated Press he was expecting whiteout conditions and that although there was plenty of salt and sand on hand to clear roads, delays were still likely.

    "We may not get the roads cleared until midday Tuesday if we get the expected amount of snow and wind. As it's falling, in the blizzard-like conditions, we just won't be able to keep up," Lehenbauer said late Sunday.

    The weather service warned of similar high winds and upward of a foot of snow across south-central Kansas. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback amended a state of emergency declaration to include the new weather.

    "This storm has the potential to be more dangerous than last week's storm," Brownback said late Sunday. The storm late last week dumped more than a foot of snow in some places, closing airports and leading to several deadly traffic accidents.

    Brownback urged motorists to "stay off the road unless it's absolutely critical," adding that drivers who must travel should pack charged cellphones and emergency kits containing food, water, blankets, road flares and shovels.

    "It would have been nice if we'd had a few days to recover, to do some equipment rehab," Joe Pajor, deputy director of public works in Wichita, Kan., told The Wichita Eagle. The city saw its second-highest snowfall Thursday with 14.2 inches.

    The southern Kansas town of Zenda saw 18 inches of snow last week, while 17 inches fell in Hays, Kan., about 13 inches in northeast Missouri and 12 inches in parts of Kansas City.

    Critics: Some of Seth MacFarlane's Oscar jokes 'inappropriate,' 'sexist'

    It seems the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences paid attention to the notoriously edgy Golden Globes this year, opting for a racy opening as delivered -- with plenty of audience laughs -- by Oscar host Seth McFarlane on Sunday night.

    However, not everyone was humored by the ABC-broadcast monologue, which was peppered with such things as cocaine-snorting puppets and racial/domestic violence "jokes."

    "Seth McFarlane spoon fed sexism and likewise innuendo through song, setting a terrible example for young children watching the show," political and entertainment publicist Angie Meyer told FOX411's Pop Tarts column. "His opening monologue was rather inappropriate, providing a poor example of Academy Awards etiquette that's suitable for all audiences."

    McFarlane banted with Hollywood great William Shatner, who appeared as his Star Trek character Captain Kirk on a drop-down monitor and attempted to give advice on how to improve the ceremony, mocking himself, the media and almost every A-lister in Tinseltown.

    Among McFarlane's zingers was a comparison between "Django Unchained" and a Chris Brown/Rihanna "date night," and a pondering whether the always-in-character "Lincoln" star Daniel Day-Lewis would have tried to free Don Cheadle if he had run across him during filming.

    And then there was Shatner -- speaking from the future -- quipping that McFarlane would be a member of the Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus in a few years.

    Ang Lee & Taiwan Director's Oscar Win Sends Waves Of Joy

    A second Academy Award for best director has thrust Taiwan native Ang Lee into the top ranks of world film-makers and made him a national hero on this diplomatically isolated island.

    Lee's victory at Hollywood's annual Oscar extravaganza on Sunday for the fantasy epic "Life of Pi" followed his 2005 directorial win for "Brokeback Mountain." Garnering additional awards for visual effects, cinematography and original score, "Life of Pi" pulled down four Oscars, the most of any film this year.

    News of Lee's triumph electrified Taiwanese, many of whom watched a live TV broadcast of the event. It was not only the surprise nature of the directorial award – "Lincoln" director Steven Spielberg was considered the category's clear frontrunner – but the intense pride they felt at a native son making it big in the world at large.

    Since losing most of its diplomatic allies to China in the 1970s and 1980s – the two sides split amid civil war more than six decades ago – Taiwan has been on the outer fringes of the international community. It is now recognized by only 23 countries – mostly impoverished and devoid of influence – and outside of information technology circles, its global footprint is small.

    Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou saw Lee's triumph as at least a temporary reversal of those fortunes, thanking Lee for "pushing Taiwan toward the world."

    "Taiwanese are proud of you," Ma said in a congratulatory message.

    Making Lee's Oscar win even sweeter was Taiwan's key role in the production of "Life of Pi," which tells the story of a shipwrecked Indian boy sharing his small boat with a ferocious tiger. A majority of the film was shot at a specially constructed water tank in the central city of Taichung, and Taiwanese took many of the most important jobs in seeing the film to completion.

    Taiwanese production team member Mike Yang said Lee had the total devotion of the Taichung crew.

    "If he wanted us to make the wave bigger or the movement of the animated tiger more detailed, we were willing to cooperate, and not because he was Ang Lee but because he commanded�respect," Yang said.

    Born in the southern Taiwanese city of Pingtung in 1954, Lee went to the U.S. in 1979 to study film-making at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He burst into international prominence with "Sense and Sensibility" in 1995, and in 2000 was nominated for best director for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," which won the Oscar for best foreign language film.

    Taiwan's film industry has been in the doldrums for more than two decades. Once seen as a world trendsetter for its subtle presentation of human interactions, it now languishes well behind other Asian cinemas, including those in South Korea and Hong Kong.

    Jennifer Lawrence Best Actress At Academy Awards Announced

    Jennifer Lawrence took home the Oscar for Best Actress at the 2013 Academy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles.

    Lawrence won for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook." Also nominated in the category were Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour"), Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") and Naomi Watts ("The Impossible").

    Many observers believed the Best Actress race was down to Lawrence and Riva going into Sunday, with Chastain a distant third. Lawrence won Best Actress at the Screen Actors' Guild Awards and the Golden Globes, but Riva won at the BAFTAs. Riva, 86, and Wallis, 9, are the oldest and youngest Oscar nominees in the category's history, respectively.

    "You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell," said Lawrence, when accepting the award from Jean Dujardin, who presented.

    Meryl Streep won the 2012 Best Actress award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in "Iron Lady."

    The Oscars are voted on by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which separates the Academy Awards from other award shows, which are either voted on by the press (Critic's Choice Awards, the Golden Globes) or members of a specific profession (Screen Actors Guild Awards, Directors Guild Awards and Writers Guild Awards).

    Seth MacFarlane hosted this year's telecast. James Bond, a "Chicago" reunion, a "Les Miserables" medley, performances by Adele and Barbra Streisand and even Ted were all a part of this year's program and reflected the producers' plan to "trim the fat" from what has been sometimes been criticized as a painfully long and slow ritual.

    Bloomberg's soda ban prohibits 2-liter bottles with your pizza and some nightclub mixers

    Take a big gulp, New York: Hizzoner is about to give you a pop.

    Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 — and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families.

    Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kid’s birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub.

    They’d violate Mayor Bloomberg’s new rules, which prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.

    Bloomberg’s soda smackdown follows his attacks on salt, sugar, trans fat, smoking and even baby formula.
    LESS SODA, MORE DOUGH: If you order a pizza, you cannot get a large bottle of soda delivered with it. Already, Domino’s locations across the city are doing away with 1 and 2 liter bottles of soda, deliveryman Philippe Daniba says. They’ll sell smaller bottles instead — costing you more money and increasing plastic waste.
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    LESS SODA, MORE DOUGH: If you order a pizza, you cannot get a large bottle of soda delivered with it. Already, Domino’s locations across the city are doing away with 1 and 2 liter bottles of soda, deliveryman Philippe Daniba says. They’ll sell smaller bottles instead — costing you more money and increasing plastic waste.

    The city Health Department last week began sending brochures to businesses that would be affected by the latest ban, including restaurants, bars and any “food service” establishment subject to letter grades.

    And merchants were shocked to see the broad sweep of the new rules.

    “It’s not fair. If you’re gonna tell me what to do, it’s no good,” said Steve DiMaggio of Caruso’s in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. “It’s gonna cost a lot more.”

    And consumers, especially families, will soon see how the rules will affect their wallets — forcing them to pay higher unit prices for smaller bottles.

    Typically, a pizzeria charges $3 for a 2-liter bottle of Coke. But under the ban, customers would have to buy six 12-ounce cans at a total cost of $7.50 to get an equivalent amount of soda.

    “I really feel bad for the customers,” said Lupe Balbuena of World Pie in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

    Domino’s on First Avenue and 74th Street on the Upper East Side is doing away with its most popular drink sizes: the 20-ounce and 2-liter bottles.

    “We’re getting in 16-ounce bottles — and that’s all we’re going to sell,” a worker said.

    He said the smaller bottles will generate more revenue for the restaurant but cost consumers more.

    It will also trash more plastic into the environment.

    Deliveryman Philippe Daniba said he had brought countless 2-liter bottles of soda to customers over his 19 years at the restaurant. The ban, he said, “doesn’t make sense.”

    Suspect identified in deadly Vegas Strip shooting

    Police have identified a suspect in an early morning shooting and pileup that killed three people and injured at least six on Las Vegas' famous Strip Thursday, NBC affiliate KSNV reported.

    Police are seeking Ammar Harris, 26, in the shooting and subsequent car crashes that occurred in a section of the Strip that includes Caesars Palace, Bally’s and the Bellagio.

    The shooting came after the occupants of a black Range Rover and a Maserati got into an altercation in the valet area of the Aria hotel and casino, according to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

    “We have numerous witnesses to this,” Las Vegas Police Sgt. John Sheahan said. “But what is the genesis of this? We don’t know yet.”

    The suspect was in the Range Rover, while 27-year-old aspiring rapper Kenny “Clutch” Cherry of Oakland, Calif., was at the wheel of the Maserati.

    According to reports, the Range Rover pulled up and allegedly opened fire into the Maserati near a stoplight in the pre-dawn hours. A passenger was injured by the gunfire and Cherry was killed, causing the car to spin out of control. The careening silver Maserati smashed into a taxicab, trapping the passenger and driver and causing the cab to burst into flames; both occupants were killed, police said.

    In a scene witnesses describe as looking like a Hollywood set, a confrontation between a group of men escalated into a shooting, multiple vehicle pileup, and an exploding taxicab. The incident left three people dead. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports.

    Then, the Maserati smashed into three other cars before coming to a stop.

    The taxi driver was identified as Michael Boldon, 62, of Las Vegas. His passenger was Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, of Maple Valley, Wash. She was a two-time breast cancer survivor. Both died of "multiple blunt force injuries," the coroner's office said.

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Demands Telecommuters Report To The Office

    Marissa Mayer, the relatively new CEO of Yahoo, has decided she wants her employees showing up to the offices beginning in June, not just telecommuting from home all the time, according to All Things D’s Kara Swisher. From an internal memo:

        “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.”

    Swisher also reports, perhaps unsurprisingly, “strong” anger among those affected by the policy, many of whom joined the company in part because of the flexibility that Yahoo previously provided. But don’t just assume that telecommuting, or working remotely, or whatever you want to call it, comes from a place of laziness. A number of studies have proven quite the opposite:

    - A Stanford study, conveniently released on the same day as Yahoo’s memo, reported that call center employees increased their performance by 13 percent when working from home. They also reported “improved work satisfaction and experienced less turnover,” according to the study.

    - A University of Texas at Austin study from late last year found that those people who work from home “add five to seven hours to their workweek compared with those who work exclusively at the office.” Such workhorses, we homeworkers are!

    - A Bureau of Labor Statistics study, also from last year, reported that working remotely “seems to boost productivity, decrease absenteeism” -- that means missing work -- “and increase retention.” It also gives employers more incentive to ask you to work on weekends, the authors say. Boo!!

    - According to some recent research published in the MIT Sloan Management Review, bosses are roughly 9 percent more likely to consider your “dependable” and “reponsible” if you “put in expected face time” Translation: Being at the office can help you get that raise you so desire.

    Secret energy lab spawns million dollar govt employee

    The federal government’s dream of a renewable energy empire hinges on a scrubby outpost here, where scientists and executives doggedly explore a

    National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus

    If you live outside Colorado, you probably haven’t heard of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory – NREL for short. It’s the place where solar panels, windmills and corn are deemed the energy source of the future and companies who support such endeavors are courted.

    It’s also the place where highly paid staff decide how to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars.

    And the public pays those decision-makers well:  NREL’s top executive, Dr. Dan Arvizu, makes close to a million dollars per year. His two top lieutenants rake in more than half a million each and nine others make more than $350,000 a year.

    But what is really going on there? Energy expert Amy Oliver Cooke drove out to the site, which looks something like Nevada’s Area 51 with its remote location and forbidding concrete buildings. NREL had started a construction project and Cooke wanted to see for herself. She didn’t get far: a man in an SUV seemingly appeared out of nowhere, stopped her car, and told her to leave.

    “A beefy looking fellow told me, ‘It’s top secret,’ said Cooke, director of the Energy Policy Center at the Independence Institute think tank. “I said, ‘I’m a taxpayer and I want to see what you’re building’ and he said it was it was ‘top secret so we can bring Americans a better future.’”

    With its bloated budget and overseen by a $533 million a year government-funded management company, Cooke isn’t buying it.

    “NREL has given us two of the most significant boondoggles, one of them being ethanol and the other being (bankrupt) Abound Solar,” she said. “They were part of the team that pushed Abound Solar along. In fact, they wrote in March 2011 on their website how proud they were of their role in abound solar.

    NREL’s taxpayer-funded management company has seen its budget more than double since 2006. That’s when one of its most ardent supporters, Rep. Ed Perlmutter D-Lakewood, was first elected to Congress. The lab sits in the middle of his district.

    But Perlmutter’s ties go beyond merely promoting green legislation and lobbying his colleagues for NREL funds. He has received $12,670 in campaign contributions from executives of NREL and its management company, MRIGlobal, a company that describes itself as “an independent, not-for-profit organization that performs contract research for government and industry.” Perlmuter’s father has served as a trustee for MRI and MRIGlobal during the past decade. Between 2003 and 2005, Perlmutter was also a trustee. These positions were unpaid.

    South Africa's Pistorius goes free on $113,000 bail

    A South African court granted bail on Friday to Oscar Pistorius, charged with the murder of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, after his lawyers successfully argued the "Blade Runner" was too famous to flee justice.

    The decision by Magistrate Desmond Nair drew cheers from the Paralympics star's family and supporters. Pistorius himself was unmoved, in marked contrast to the week-long hearing, when he repeatedly broke down in tears.

    Nair set bail at 1 million rand ($113,000) and postponed the case until June 4. Pistorius would be released only when the court received 100,000 rand in cash, he added.

    Less than an hour later, a silver Land Rover left the court compound, Pistorius visible through the tinted windows sitting in the back seat in the dark suit and tie he wore in court.

    The car then sped off through the streets of the capital, pursued by members of the media on motorcycles, before it entered his uncle Arnold's home in the plush Pretoria suburb of Waterkloof.

    At least five private security guards stood outside the concrete walls, keeping reporters at bay.

    Under the terms of his bail, Pistorius, 26, was also ordered to hand over firearms and his two South African passports, avoid his home and all witnesses, report to a police station twice a week and abstain from drinking alcohol.

    The decision followed a week of dramatic testimony about how the athlete shot dead model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury home near Pretoria in the early hours of February 14.

    Prosecutors said Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he fired four shots into a locked toilet door, hitting his girlfriend cowering on the other side. Steenkamp, 29, suffered gunshot wounds to her head, hip and arm.

    Pistorius said the killing was a tragic mistake, saying he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder - a possibility in crime-ridden South Africa - and opened fire in a blind panic.

    However, in delivering his nearly two-hour bail ruling, Nair said there were a number of "improbabilities" in Pistorius's version of events, read out to the court in an affidavit by his lawyer, Barry Roux.

    "I have difficulty in appreciating why the accused would not seek to ascertain who exactly was in the toilet," Nair said. "I also have difficulty in appreciating why the deceased would not have screamed back from the toilet."

    What the Daytona Nationwide crash looked like from the grandstands

    Here's what the crash involving Kyle Larson and 11 other Nationwide drivers looked like from the grandstands.

    Tyler Andersen, a resident of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., was at the Drive for COPD 300 on Saturday and was filming the final lap when Kyle Larson's car got turned into the catchfence just in front of him and debris from his car flew into the grandstands.

    You can see the panic in the stands in the crash's aftermath and the tire that flew over the catchfence landed just feet from Anderson.

    At least 28 fans were injured in the crash, two critically, which also damaged the catchfence. Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood said that the fence would be repaired in time for Sunday's Daytona 500.
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    Oscars 2013 the 'torture' behind red-carpet glamour

    The Oscars red carpet is often referred to by the celebrity press as the most powerful catwalk in the world. It is the gilded stage for which haute couture dresses are made; bright lights fall on film stars dressed by the world's most accomplished designers in some of the most expensive items of clothing ever made.

    But for many of the nominees, what goes on in the run-up to Oscar Sunday involves weeks of hunger, sacrifice and last-minute liposuction. "It is brutal," British facialist Nichola Joss told the New York Times this week, of the pressure of the high-definition closeup on Hollywood actors. "You can see a hair follicle. You can see a pimple before it is a pimple."

    Hollywood insiders talk of actors who plot their beauty treatments at different points around Los Angeles in a bid to lose photographers between pedicure appointments and derma-filler treatments. Anti-anxiety pills such as Xanax are said to be widely used by nominees.

    "The entire city stops normal activity and the Oscars take over; the atmosphere is surprisingly serious," says gossip columnist Dean Piper, who is in LA to cover the Oscars. "Most of the A-list have been through the St Tropez tanning suite at the Four Seasons by now, so their skin colour can settle for Sunday. But I'm seeing stylists whooshing around town in their Range Rovers, pulling gowns from boutiques where they are being altered, and the nail bars are heaving. The actresses I've seen at 'lunch' are simply pushing leaves around their plate."

    High-definition photography and the prevalence of social media means that actors now face having the minute details of every angle of their body and face appear in hundreds of photos online. As a result, the stakes for red-carpet glamour have never been higher.

    "You know it's the Oscars because suddenly everyone is on the cayenne and lemon juice diet, and talking about appointments with their facialist, podiatrist, personal trainer, stylist, dietitian, hairdresser and teams from the big fashion houses like Valentino or Dior," says one well-known Hollywood stylist.

    Super Bowl XLVII: first shots fired in battle of the ads

    For those who aren't rooting for the San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens – or who aren't named Harbaugh – there is, thankfully, that other competition on Sunday: best Super Bowl commercial.

    In what has now become the industry standard, advertisers no longer wait for game day to release their high-priced hilarity – $3.8m for 30 seconds this year – because there are so many eyeballs to be found online for free. Besides, why hold out for all the Monday morning quarterbacking when you can start the conversation during the 336-hour pre-game show?

    Not that the early release strategy isn't without its pitfalls – one commercial, for Taco Bell, has already been pulled from the broadcast because it offended that key Super Bowl demographic: vegetarians. (Whiny bastards.)

    So grab a six-pack of deer-antler extract, and let's preview a few of the new ads that are sure to be talked about – at least until the Westminster Dog Show.
    Volkswagen – 'Get In. Get Happy'

    Having established something of a Super Bowl dynasty with the little Darth Vader in 2011 and last year's The Bark Side, the expectations are high for Volkswagen. This year, VW has dropped the Star Wars theme and instead sought inspiration from Jamaica. And as I believe Bob Marley once sang, No Wookiee, No Cry.

    In fact, that's the premise behind the ad for the new Beetle, in which a depressed office in Minnesota is told that "everyting will be all right" by a hyper-happy white co-worker who speaks with a heavy Jamaican accent. (And in case the point wasn't clear, Jimmy Cliff's new cover of the Partridge Family theme song, Get Happy, plays in the background.) Some say the ad is racist – "blackface with voices" – but even the Jamaican government said it had no problem with the commercial. In other words, those critics just need to roll a fatty and chill out.
    Coca-Cola – 'The Chase'

    One of the new ways by which advertisers have built pre-game buzz is by releasing a tease of the ad that will run during the Super Bowl. But this year some have gone a step further, by giving the audience a role in the creative process.

    Coca-Cola, for instance, added a Choose Your Own Adventure element to its commercial. In a teaser called The Chase, three teams race across the desert in pursuit of a giant bottle of Coke – the public gets to vote on who gets the prize. The three choices are The Showgirls (think Priscilla Queen of the Desert, but with actual women), The Badlanders (think Mad Max, but without Mad Mel), and The Cowboys (think third place). The winner will be revealed during the game.

    Why wasn’t this a Super Bowl commercial?

     Let’s talk about Leonardo DiCaprio’s commercial for Jim Beam, Asian styles.

    By North American standards, this is pure cheese, right? That’s why it’s only for Japan. So far, at least.

    Leo snaps his fingers and the ice earth explodes. And a sexy look to camera. Followed by a sexy squint:

    “Cool bourbon.”


    “Jim Beam.”

    Is this...Leo parodying Leo?

    Ten, fifteen years ago, before the internet was so pervasive, celebrities could get away with overseas endorsements much easier. Now though, with everything going viral so quickly, in theory, they’re trying to be more careful with self-branding, especially the top stars. You would think. Leo in particular, as we’ve seen from his career management, has demonstrated himself to be quite particular about his image. He didn’t want to be a Tiger Teen Beat pretty boy.

    But a playboy...?

    A playboy maybe he doesn’t mind so much.

    Leo’s playboy is a Man.

    A bourbon drinking man who smokes cigars with his friends, cool under pressure.

    Would he have assessed the consequences of this commercial then, and decided that it would be ok if it were to be viewed in America, because, even though it’s super corny, it still supports the brand message? The brand being I am Leo, playboy. AND he pockets, what?, a couple of million dollars for maybe half a day’s work?

    If you were his advisor, regardless of commission, given these circumstances, would you have approved this job?

    Similarly, with George Clooney’s ad for his tequila company, a joint venture with his best friend Rande Gerber -- click here for a refresher -- he played on an assumption we’ve all had at one time or another: that these guys share... EVERYTHING. So... it’s consistent branding. And ...therefore easier for the consumer to accept?

    How would it go over though if the headlining celebrity playing “swingers” in a commercial was a woman? I’d love to know your thoughts. Send!

    Who Won the ‘Spring Breakers’ Madrid Premiere, For Real

    Turns out the other day it was just a photocall for the Spring Breakers premiere in Madrid but last night was the real premiere. So how should points be awarded? Since I just make up the rules to this imaginary competition which instills

    so much hatred in Ethan Hawke, I’m just giving Vanessa Hudgens half a point. So now it’s .5 for Vanessa Hudgens, 1 for Selena Gomez and 2 for Ashley Benson because she won this time. I think I need to make a prize pack for the winner at the end of this competition. Maybe a bag full of condoms and Windex. That seems pretty standard nowadays.

    At least 28 fans injured as car slams fence in Nationwide race at Daytona

    At least 28 fans were injured after a violent crash at Daytona International Speedway Saturday caused debris from a race car to fly into the grandstands. Fourteen were taken to area hospitals. Two are listed in critical condition. One of those has a life-threatening head injury, the other is a child. Both are stable, according to Byron Cogdell, a spokesman at Halifax Health.

    At least nine ambulances rushed to the rear of the Campbell Grandstand as emergency workers scurried to help fans injured in the rows closest to the track after Kyle Larson's car violently tore through the fence, leaving his engine and tire behind. Other safety workers evacuated the scene of race fans.

    Kyle Larson's car (32) gets airborne during a multi-car wreck at Daytona. (AP)In the front row of the grandstand about 20 feet past where Larson's engine had stuck, emergency responders wearing firesuits and helmets tended to several fans sitting on old metal chairbacks. Stretchers were being rolled in from ambulances arriving behind the grandstands while police and other track security ushered  fans from the scene.

    "We responded appropriately according to our safety protocols and had emergency medical personnel at the incident immediately," track president Joie Chitwood said. "We're in the process of repairs to the facility and will be ready to go racing tomorrow."

    The accident occurred as drivers raced toward the checkered flag of the Drive4COPD 300 in NASCAR's Nationwide Series. Regan Smith was leading the race, but got turned as he approached the finish line. That sparked a multi-car accident that sent Larson's car flying into the air. Tony Stewart won the race, but refused to celebrate in victory lane.

    Fans were both shocked and gawking at the accident scene that happened just minutes before when Larson's car got airborne and hit nose first in the catchfence designed to keep fans safe. His car spun wildly to the infield and came to rest with the nose of the car completely torn off, leaving two major support poles bent and a smoking, flaming mess. Fans, about ten rows up, quickly waved to emergency personnel for assistance after a tire apparently had flown through the metallic netting, landing in Row 9.

    "It was like a war zone there," said fan Terry Huckaby, whose brother Eddie was hit in the leg by a three-foot piece of metal. Terry used his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

    One woman wearing a Jimmie Johnson shirt appeared to have a foot injury as she was wheeled on a gurney to a waiting ambulance. An older man, wearing an oxygen mask while laying on a stretcher, also appeared to have suffered a leg injury. Another gurney transported a man in a neck support wearing a sling over his left arm. All appeared to be conscious.

    "The engine came right through the fence, injuring about six people," said a Daytona International Speedway supervisor, speaking under the condition of anonymity.

    Mindy McCready's Funeral Set For Tuesday In Florida

     Mindy McCready's funeral has been scheduled for Tuesday in her hometown of Fort Myers, Fla.

    The funeral for the late country star will be held at Crossroads Church. A Friday news release says a Nashville memorial organized by friends and the music community is tentatively scheduled for March 6 at Cathedral of the Incarnation.

    McCready committed suicide Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, Ark., days after leaving a court-ordered substance abuse treatment program. The 37-year-old mother of two died from a single gunshot to the head about a month after her longtime boyfriend David Wilson was believed to have killed himself in the same location.

    Jeep replaces Liberty with an angrier, lumpier Cherokee

    Following enthusiast site Jalopnik posting clandestine shots of the 2014 Cherokee, Jeep released official shots of the SUV today, showcasing a style that’s a shocking departure from the square-jawed model of the ‘80s.

    Originally slated for an unveiling at the New York Auto Show this March, the Cherokee will replace the Liberty, reviving a nameplate that’s been out of use for over 12 years. Featuring two-tiered headlights reminiscent of Nissan Juke and a kinked 7-slot grill, the 2014 Cherokee eschews conventional styling in favor of a fascia that looks like a grimacing Decepticon. It’s built on the same underpinnings as the Alfa Romeo Guilietta, and boasts up to a 45 percent improvement in fuel economy over the Liberty (likely with a selection of either a four-cylinder or a V-6 powerplant).

    After the Jeep was revealed online, Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles used Twitter to share a stream of positive reactions; it's certainly the most daring design Jeep has unveiled in decades. But the old Cherokee was beloved by Jeep enthusiasts, and the brand's previous attempts to stretch itself with vehicles such as the Compass and Patriot have fallen short of expectations due in part to their roots in passengers cars. We'll know more about the capabilities of the new SUV in a month, but with a polarizing face like this, the Cherokee will need every technical edge it can get.

    Amber Rose's First Baby Picture Shows Wiz Khalifa Holding Son Sebastian

    Proud parents Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa welcomed son Sebastian Taylor less than 24 hours ago. And the couple have already shared the first photo of their little guy, whom Wiz has affectionately nicknamed "the Bash."

    Early Friday morning, Rose tweeted "Best daddy ever.... Up with the baby so Muva can go back to sleep :-)," along with an adorable Instagram picture of Khalifa holding Sebastian.

    Khalifa later tweeted, "Thanx for all the love guys. Bash took his first poop, had a good meal now he's peacin ✌" (thanks for sharing, Wiz!).

    He also joked, "My wife sed she juss wants a jacc & coke, a cheesesteak, and a ciggarette :-) Thass why im marryin that woman!"

    Rose and Khalifa have been chronicling their pregnancy via social media since they announced they were expecting last September. Though they revealed Sebastian's name only yesterday, they hinted at their baby-name choice during an interview on the radio show "Big Boy's Neighborhood" in January. "It's a total boss name for a boy," Rose said. "It's funny because I came up with the name for our boy and immediately he came up with a rapper [nickname] for him.”

    Former 'Swan' Contestant Says Erin Moran Will Need Major Therapy Before Appearing On 'Celebrity Swan'

    A former contestant from Season 2 of the extreme makeover/beauty pageant hybrid "The Swan" says the reality show ruined her life, and is speaking out about the celebrities who are slated to appear on Fox's two-hour special "Celebrity Swan."

    At 34 years old, Lorrie Arias appeared on "The Swan" in 2004, and underwent more plastic surgery procedures than any other contestant -- going on to get a face lift, nose job, brow lift, upper lip lift with fat transfer, upper/lower eye lift, full body lift, breast implants, tummy tuck and liposuction on her knees -- but did not go on to compete in the beauty pageant component of the show.

    Today, Arias told the New York Post that her surgeries were for nothing, since she's "a 300-pound mess of a person who is afraid to go outside.”

    The former reality show contestant is speaking out about Fox's decision to revive the show, which was once called "the most sadistic reality series of the decade," with a two-hour special that will feature celebrities. The show is currently still casting, but producers allegedly have their sights set on stars like former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and "Happy Days" alumna Erin Moran.

    Arias told RadarOnline, it's not the plastic surgery that's the problem, but the lack of psychological support during and after the series that left her spiraling downward. The former reality show cast member claims producers offered only four 15-minute therapy sessions during the two-and-a-half months of filming, and she couldn't afford therapy when she returned home.

    Arias told the website, she believes Moran -- who is currently broke, homeless and living like a recluse -- will need major therapy before and after the show, calling the former actress "unstable," but thinks former White House intern Monica Lewinksy will be "fine."

    10 Things No One Tells You About Married Sex

    Saying "I Do" can be a libido booster, so he might want even more sex now.

    You've stopped obsessing about how you look, so you're enjoying sex more than ever!

    It's easy to get lazy about taking your birth control-that surprise pregnancy is less of a big deal now.

    You'll do things that you never thought you'd do (hello, sex toys!) to keep things exciting.

    Quickies are the new norm, and you love 'em.

    How many calories does sex burn?

    You have random romps that are so hot it's like the first time all over again (only better).

    You'll dream about sex with old boyfriends once in a while. (Don't worry, it's normal!)

    His obsession with oral sex will never go away, even after you've been married for years.

    At times you'll feel like your husband is cheating on you…with porn.

    None of this sound familiar? For some couples married sex is exactly the same as it was before they were married.

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