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    Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have been pitted against each other as pop rivals for the better part of the year. As dueling singles, albums, music videos and press opportunities have found critics and fans questioning which singer is the reigning princess of pop, Perry is speaking out to quash the rivalry image that exists between the two.

    “Gaga and I like to publicly dismiss it because it’s not healthy," Perry told Entertainment Weekly. "You want to feel music. You want it to resonate and relate to you. You can’t look at it like a competition because you ruin the reason why you love music. But I think that sometimes our fan groups are so big and strong, they use it as ammunition.”

    That "ammunition" first kicked into high gear when Gaga's "Applause" and Perry's "Roar" -- the lead singles from their respective albums, which arrive just a few weeks apart from each other -- leaked at the same time. Since then, it's been a tit-for-tat between the singers' fans. It's a bit easier for Perry to denounce any form of a "competition," as forecasts for the sales of the two singles indicated that Perry would come out on top by a wide margin. Indeed, "Roar" sold 557,000 digital copies, while "Applause" saw 218,000 downloads.

    In a year that's seen Joan Rivers, Sinead O'Connor, Cher and others speak out against Miley Cyrus' pop-culture reign, the conversation about fostering female rivalries in the media has escalated.

    "I just think it's very unfair of anyone to pit another woman against another woman, especially in the space of music, when we're all just trying to be taken seriously at all as females," Gaga told Andy Cohen in September during an appearance on "Watch What Happens Live."

    Now, as Gaga's "ARTPOP" makes its long-awaited debut on Nov. 11, the album will inevitably face comparisons with Perry's "Prism," which came out Oct. 18. "Prism" debuted at No. 1 with 286,000 copies sold. The next needless contest between the two women will center on which of them can produce the more impressive first-week sales. Perry topped Cyrus as the highest-selling debut of the year by a female artist. Can Gaga now top Perry? It's all in the "competition."

    Burns explores Roosevelt legacy in new documentary

    Filmmaker Ken Burns said Saturday that he wants to tell the story of three of the most famous Roosevelts, their strengths and weaknesses, in an upcoming documentary on one of America's most famous political families.

    He previewed part of the 14-hour series that will air next year during a reunion of the extended Roosevelt family at the former polio clinic in rural Georgia that President Franklin Roosevelt purchased after coming to seek a cure for his crippled legs. Roosevelt built a home here known as the Little White House, where he died in 1945.

    Burns' film explores the political and family ties between President Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor. The filmmaker acclaimed for documentaries on the Civil War, baseball and World War II said he aimed for an honest portrayal of political figures who were sometimes reduced to caricatures.

    Contrasting American ideals of heroism with those of the heroes of ancient Greece, Burns remarked that the Greeks "saw heroes as having very obvious strength but also very obvious and sometimes equal weaknesses."

    "Achilles had his heel," Burns said. "And so I think for us, it's always been what kind of American history do you show? One that's sort of treacly and superficial or one that gets deeper?"

    Defining a common legacy between the three figures is tricky since their lives span from 1858 to 1962. The political populism of Theodore Roosevelt — for example, his anti-monopoly stances and efforts to improve food safety and regulation — arguably found a new expression in the New Deal politics championed by Franklin Roosevelt to alleviate the suffering inflicted by the Great Depression.

    The film follows Eleanor Roosevelt as she emerged from her role as first lady after Roosevelt's death and successfully worked to adopt a United Nations declaration of human rights. She was the niece of Theodore Roosevelt and a distant relation to Franklin Roosevelt.

    All three Roosevelts backed an expanded role for the central government, an unresolved issue in American politics. Congressional Republicans recently shut down much of the U.S. government in a failed attempt to derail big changes to the health insurance market made by a Democratic president.

    "We have a federal government that is big because of Franklin Roosevelt," Burns said in an interview. "And lots of people think that's a good thing. And a lot of people think that's a bad thing. And a lot of people, most people, don't understand it."

    The film shows flaws. Theodore Roosevelt encouraged a rebellion in Panama so the United States could secure the land needed for the Panama Canal. It discusses Franklin Roosevelt's infidelity and the emotional abuse inflicted by Eleanor Roosevelt's mother and an absent, alcoholic father.

    Evidence of the history depicted in the film can be found on the surrounding campus. Roosevelt's residence still has the bed where he died and a door has scratch marks believed to be from his dog. Burns saw the fast-driving 1938 Ford that allowed Roosevelt to escape his watchful bodyguards.

    "He would ride along the countryside, toot his horn, say, 'I want to talk to you,'" said Marion Dunn, 90, who met Roosevelt while working at the rehabilitation center. "He was a real people person - he didn't talk up or down to anyone."

    Tweed Roosevelt, the great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, said he was supportive of Burns' work but could not judge the documentary since he had not seen all of it. While the Roosevelts have been extensively chronicled, it's uncommon to consider the joint legacy of all three in a single work.

    "The attitudes of Franklin and Eleanor (weren't) all that different from T.R.'s view about the 'common man' and the difficult situations they face," Tweed Roosevelt said. "Today that's certainly in my opinion a very important issue, but it seems to be somewhat ignored. Here we are in an era of increasing distance between the rich and the poor getting very much back to how it was in T.R.'s time."

    Police Presence Boosted After Deadly L.A. Airport Shooting

    Local police will increase their presence at U.S. airports and the Transportation Security Administration will evaluate its procedures after a gunman killed an agency officer at Los Angeles International Airport.

    The agency will discuss airport security issues “writ large” with Congress, including whether to arm officers, TSA Administrator John Pistole said at a press conference in Los Angeles yesterday.

    “Obviously this gives us great concern,” said Pistole, who met with the family of Officer Gerardo Hernandez, 39, the first TSA employee killed in the line of duty, and other victims of the Nov. 1 shootings. “We will look at what our policies and procedures are and what provides the best possible security.”

    The suspect, Paul Ciancia, 23, was accused of killing a federal officer on duty and of using a firearm to perform an act of violence at an international airport, according to a criminal complaint filed yesterday in Los Angeles federal court. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

    Ciancia is hospitalized and unresponsive so police haven’t been able to interview him, David L. Bowdich, the FBI special agent in charge, said at the press conference yesterday. It’s unclear when he will make his first court appearance.

    Ciancia, of Los Angeles, singled out TSA employees and said in a handwritten note that he wanted “to instill fear in their traitorous minds,” Bowdich said.

    Pistole didn’t give an opinion about arming his officers while differentiating between the missions of airport police and his employees, whose principal job is to make sure explosives don’t get onto flights.
    Flights Disrupted

    The shootings halted flights in and out of the Los Angeles airport, the fifth-busiest in the U.S. by domestic passengers, stranding thousands and delaying flights across the U.S. The biggest carriers are United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL:US)’s United Airlines, AMR Corp. (AAMRQ:US)’s American Airlines, Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV:US) and Delta Air Lines Inc.

    As many as 866 flights, including 40 yesterday, were canceled, delayed or rerouted.

    Enhanced security at Los Angeles will remain for the foreseeable future, said Patrick Gannon, the airport police chief, who didn’t give details. Passengers should feel safe with the additional resources, Gannon said.

    “We’ll keep it going as long as we think it’s necessary,” Gannon said. “We will continue a very high profile.”

    Airports and the TSA customarily decline to discuss details of security procedures and personnel use beyond acknowledging visible safeguards such as checkpoints. That was the case again yesterday with the city of Chicago, which runs O’Hare International, the second-busiest U.S. airport.

    Pakistan accuses US of nixing Taliban talks

    The Pakistani interior minister on Saturday accused the US of "scuttling" efforts towards peace talks with the Taliban by killing the militants' leader in a drone strike. Chaudhry Nisar said "every aspect" of Pakistan's cooperation with Washington would be reviewed following Friday's drone attack that killed Hakimullah Mehsud in the country's tribal northwest. Pakistan also summoned the US ambassador on Saturday to protest over two recent drone attacks, the foreign ministry said.

    Conflicting reports emerged on Saturday over the selection of Hakimullah Mehsud's successor. Local media reported that Khan Said Sajna , a battle-hardened terrorist with years of fighting experience in Afghanistan, was named chief after a Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan meeting. However, a late-night PTI report said the outfit had put on hold a decision to make Sajna its new chief as several commanders opposed the move.

    Instead, Shehryar Mehsud has been named caretaker chief and its Shura or council will meet again in the next few days to decide on a new leader, Taliban sources said.

    Sajna comes from South Waziristan and belongs to Shabikhel sub-tribe of Mehsud clan. He was Mehsud's key aide and is said to have been behind many deadly attacks across Pakistan, including a jailbreak and an attack on the Karachi naval base.

    The other contender for the top job in the group was Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of Taliban in Swat, whose fighters shot Malala Yousafzai. Meanwhile, Taliban fighters secretly buried Mehsud, who was in his mid-30 s and carried a $5 million bounty on his head, under cover of darkness amid fears that his funeral might be attacked. Mehsud's vehicle was hit while he was returning from a meeting of Taliban leaders. A Taliban leader said his body was "damaged but recognizable".

    The slain Taliban chief's deputy was killed in a drone attack in May while his top aide was captured in Afghanistan last month. Mehsud's two predecessors were killed in similar attacks.

    Fears of Taliban backlash has mounted in Pakistan after Mehsud's aide vowed to avenge his killing. "Our revenge will be more deadly and unprecedented," said Taliban commander Abu Omar. He blamed the Pakistan government for endorsing the drone strikes and added they know their "enemy very well".

    The government sounded highest alert across Pakistan , fearing attacks as uncertainty prevailed over its move to engage with the Taliban, who have often fiercely retaliated to the killings of their leaders and targeted public places, military installations. Peshawar, which has taken the brunt of the Taliban attacks , wore a deserted look on Saturday as security forces had put up blockades across the city to prevent possible strikes.

    Ranveer Singh borrows Moves from Govinda

    For the shoot of a song from his upcoming movie, Ranveer Singh seemed to require some inspiration. So, the actor, by his own admission, imitated some of Govinda’s signature steps to pep up his dance moves in the song, Ishqyaun dhishqyaun.

    “I grew up watching Hindi movies in the ’90s. Govinda was the best dancer then. I used to dance to his songs,” says Ranveer. While rehearsing for the song, Ranveer even managed to make his director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, laugh — who is otherwise known to be strict on the sets. He apparently kept making funny faces throughout the shoot.

    After a spree of Navratri songs – 'Nagada Sang Dhol' and 'Lahu Muh Lag Gaya', the makers of 'Ram-Leela' released a non festive song from the film – 'Ishqyaun Dhishqyaun'.

    'Ram-Leela' lead actors Deepika Paukone and Ranveer Singh are seen having some fun Govinda-style.

    The song is in stark contrast to what we have been seeing in 'Ram-Leela'.

    Unlike its predecessors 'Ishqyaun Dhishqyaun' is neither traditional nor set in a grandeur back drop. It rather shows, Ram and Leela declaring the nature of the violent romance suiting the tag line of the film 'This time Love is at War'.

    Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has given a break to the traditional Gujarati dances garba and dandiya and has focused on the Bollywood dance style.

    In The Indian Express music review, Sankhayan Ghosh said that 'Ishqyaun dhishqyaun suffers from 'unimaginative arrangement'.

    The vocals for the song are given by Udit Narayan's son Aditya, who also sang Ranveer Singh's introductory song 'Tattad Tattad'.

    The music for the film is given by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the lyrics are penned by Siddharth-Garima.

    'Ram-Leela' also stars Richa Chadda, Supriya Pathak, Gulshan Devaiah, Abhimanyu Shekhar Singh, Shweta Salve, Barkha Bisht Sengupta and Sharad Kelkar.

    The film is slated to release on November 15.

    Piers Morgan To Ann Coulter 'Could You Ever Imagine Dating Bill Maher?'

    It's not every day that someone can make Ann Coulter look really, really uncomfortable.

    But Piers Morgan did just that when he pried into her personal life on "Piers Morgan Live." The CNN host got right to it on Thursday when he asked the conservative political commenter who she would and would not date. Judging by Coulter's reaction, we'd say she definitely wasn't expecting it.

    "Could you ever imagine dating Bill Maher?"

    Coulter, laughing and looking around the room, appeared extremely awkward.

    "I'm serious," Morgan said.

    "If you were interviewing Margaret Thatcher, would you ask her that," Coulter snapped back. "No, I think not."

    Morgan tried again.

    "Would you ever date a liberal?"

    Then Coulter got really uncomfortable.

    "I am not discussing who I would date!"

    Watch the video for the full clip.

    This Taboo-Busting Ad Is Reinventing 'Happily Ever After' In India

    Widowed and divorced women have historically been shunned in areas of India. So imagine the nation's surprise when jeweler Tanishq celebrated a second marriage in its new ad.

    The spot (watch above) features a beautiful bride having a playful moment with her daughter after bridesmaids help her adjust her jewelry. At the ceremony, we see the hunky groom struck with love for both his new wife and stepdaughter.

    The little girl feels excluded during the actual marriage rites, however, so stepdad invites her to join them. She later asks if she can call him "Daddy."

    AdWeek reports that India has been "mesmerized" by the ad. The trade outlet called the commercial "revolutionary" and "crazy bold."

    Tanishq is possibly the first to introduce remarriage in Indian advertising, India business outlet Livemint wrote.

    "[Viewers] may not be going through the same thing in their life, but the ad makes a bold, progressive, statement and people like to be associated with brands that make such statements," Arun Iyer, national creative director of the ad agency Lowe Lintas, told Livemint.

    YouTube watchers applauded the ad for breaking taboos and for using a model with a darker skin tone than is customary in commercials there.

    Third Grade Teachers Direct Recruitment Examination 2013 Answer Key & Grievance Submission

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    Security Agent Is Killed at Los Angeles Airport

    A 23-year-old man wielding an assault rifle and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition shot and killed a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning, sending travelers fleeing in panic and paralyzing one of the world’s busiest airports for hours.

     Two other people, one of them a security agent, were shot and at least four others were injured in the melee.

    The gunman entered Terminal 3 just before 9:3o a.m., pulled a weapon from a bag and began firing as he forced his way through a security checkpoint, officials said. Airport police officers chased him through the bustling terminal as he continued to fire, before shooting him near a departure gate and arresting him.

    The T.S.A. agent who was killed was the first to die in the line of duty since the agency was created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said.

    Thousands of travelers throughout the airport were evacuated and flights were grounded for hours, with some incoming flights diverted to nearby airports and others held on the tarmac while the shooting unfolded. Passengers spent hours in waiting areas, parking lots and nearby hotels as they waited for flights to resume. Air traffic across the country was stalled in a ripple effect from the shutdown.

    Federal officials identified the gunman as Paul Ciancia of Los Angeles, who had previously lived in New Jersey. A senior federal official said that he had a note with “antigovernment and anti-T.S.A. ramblings.” Mr. Ciancia was being treated at a Los Angeles hospital, officials said.

    Former classmates at the Salesianum School, a private boys’ school in Wilmington, Del., said Mr. Ciancia was a quiet student. He played the tuba in the school band for all four years he attended, 2004 to 2008, said Jesse Sooy, 23.

    “He was a really quiet kid,” Mr. Sooy said, describing a slight young man, no taller than 5-foot-7, with dark brown hair, who rarely spoke unless spoken to. “His dream was to work in his dad’s collision company,” Mr. Sooy said, naming it as Salem County Collision, an auto repair shop in Pennsville, N.J. “I was so shocked that he was even at LAX.”

    In Pennsville, neighbors of the Ciancia family described them as hard-working people who had lived in the community for at least 20 years and kept to themselves.

    “Paul, the father, has been a well-respected businessman here for many years, and has always taken care of people well,” said Gary Hankins, who lives across the wooded street in the suburban South Jersey community of about 14,000.

    Rich Garry, 68, of Fullerton, Calif., said he had been at Terminal 3 on Friday morning headed for a flight to New York to visit family members. He said that a security officer had just checked his boarding pass and that he was waiting in line at the security checkpoint when he heard two shots.

    “I heard a ‘pop-pop’ and I looked down a floor below, and the T.S.A. guy was on the floor,” he said. “He had been shot.”

    Mr. Garry said he believed it was the same security officer who had inspected his boarding pass.

    As the gunman moved through the terminal, Mr. Garry said, “he was very calm. When he got to the top of the stairs where the security checkpoints are, he looked around. If he would have come up the ramp, he would have had a field day with all the people lying on the ground, like me.”

    Mr. Garry said he and several others crawled to a nearby elevator and went to the ground floor. Once there, he saw police officers for the first time, and told them to go to the second floor.

    Modi to meet Patna blasts victims, 2002 riots survivors say he has ignored them

    As Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi reaches out to console victims of the October 27 Patna blasts, survivors of the 2002 Gujarat riots ask why he hasn't met them even once since 2002. Noor Bano Saiyed, 45, and her family survived the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre.

    Since then they have lived at Citizen Nagar - a riot rehabilitation colony constructed by an NGO. Not once in the past decade has Modi visited the locality. She wonders whether she even is a resident of Gujarat. Bano said "He has not come to meet us in the past 12 years. Are we not citizens of this state?" Another riot survivor Zakir Hussain said, "Modi did not come to meet us or ask us our condition even once. The Muslim committee gave us these homes.

    " Modi to meet Patna blasts victims, 2002 riots survivors say he has ignored them Gujarat police slams Bihar counterpart over In his campaign speeches Modi has pitched the Gujarat model and boasts of inclusive development. But the Citizen Nagar rehabilitation colony tells a different story. Citizen Nagar is located just beside Ahmedabad's largest garbage dump.. There's dirt and filth everywhere and residents don't have basic facilities - like roads, sanitation or even a school.

    Shahjehan Bano Shaikh, a Citizen Nagar resident, said, "These are the worst conditions possible. No roads, gutter or school here. Children have to travel 6 kms to school. others don't go to school at all." While six people were killed and 83 others injured in seven bomb blasts in Patna on Sunday, in Gujarat 59 Hindu karsewaks returning from Ayodhya is Uttar Pradesh from Sabarmati Express were killed when their bogie was set on fire near Gujarat's Godhra station which was followed by massive riots across the state in which hundreds of Muslims were massacred.

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