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In The News –

Al Qaeda-linked terrorists in Africa today posted gruesome pictures of a man they said was a French commando killed in a failed operation to rescue a French intelligence agent overnight Friday. The pictures, released via Twitter by the Somalia-based terror group al-Shabaab, show a white male in a dark blue shirt and camouflage pants surrounded by military gear and weapons. The shirt is covered in blood and the man appears to be dead. 

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is preparing to step down from his post at the end of March. The resignation of Salazar, who is Latino, comes as the White House faces criticism for President Barack Obama's four consecutive appointments of white men to top posts: John Kerry for secretary of state, Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense, John Brennan for CIA director and Jack Lew for treasury secretary.

A gunman firing into a vehicle killed two people and wounded a juvenile Tuesday as they sat in the parking lot of an eastern Kentucky community college. The campus was locked down for more than an hour while police searched the two buildings of Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Ky., to ensure there was no further danger before allowing students to leave.

A middle-school science teacher fired after students learned she had appeared in pornographic movies had hoped not just to get her job back, but to set a precedent for people looking to escape an embarrassing personal history. "Although her pornography career has concluded, the ongoing availability of her pornographic materials on the Internet will continue to impede her from being an effective teacher and respected colleague," Cabos-Owen said in the 46-page decision by the Commission on Professional Competence.

afghan war 2013 january update news facts history mrpopculture imageSix militants in suicide vests attacked the Afghan intelligence headquarters in Kabul on Wednesday(Jan 16) detonating a car bomb at the gates of the compound in a co-ordinated assault that killed one person and wounded dozens, officials said.

U.S. Navy  Minesweeper Runs Aground In Philippines -  USS Guardian (MCM-5)  has ran aground on the Tubataha Reef  while transiting in the Sulu Sea. The reef is located almost 400 miles south of the Philippine capital of Manila. With a crew of 81, no injuries were reported. 

Algerian special forces have freed 650 hostages from Islamist militants who seized a gas complex deep in the desert, Algerian state media said Friday.

Of those taken hostage Wednesday, 573 were Algerians, according to the state-run Algerian Press Service news agency. It said "over half" of the 132 foreign workers held in the hostage crisis have been freed, according to a provisional count. 

Officials said no injuries were reported after two commercial jets collided near the gates at Miami International Airport Thursday night. The Miami Herald reported that one plane had a damaged wingtip and the other sustained damage on the tail section. The collision reportedly occurred between Concourses J and H as an incoming Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus 340 with 240 passengers aboard struck an Air France 777-300 plane preparing to leave for Paris with 350 passengers on board.

ray nagin indicted january 2013 news update facts mrpopculture imageFormer New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges are the outgrowth of a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.

The Republican-controlled House will vote next week to permit the government to borrow more money to meet its obligations, a move aimed at heading off a market-rattling confrontation with President Barack Obama over the so-called debt limit.

A 15-year-old boy remained in custody Sunday night as detectives tried to piece together what led to the shooting of five people, including three young children, who were found dead in a New Mexico home.

The teenager was arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings, which happened Saturday night at the home in a rural area southwest of downtown Albuquerque, said Lt. Sid Covington, a Bernalillo County sheriff's spokesman.

Britain's Prince Harry has acknowledged that he killed Taliban insurgents on his latest  as a crew member of an Apache attack helicopter. Harry has been serving for four months as a co-pilot gunner (CPG) in southern Helmand province -- considered a Taliban heartland -- and flew on scores of missions with the trigger to rockets, missiles and a 30mm cannon at his fingertips.

Ohio – Because of snow -  Authorities say about 50 vehicles were involved in a pile-up on southbound I-75 between Middletown and Monroe at about noon. One death with many juires were reported.

Second Inaugural - President Barack Obama delivered a defense of the nation's safety net programs, and vowed to expand gay rights and tackle the problem of climate change in his second inaugural address Monday afternoon. In the same section of the speech, the president made oblique references to gun violence, equal pay for women and immigration reform. He called for "all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown" to be kept safe from harm.

 President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Monday marked the first time a president used the occasion to praise progress on gay rights, an indication of shifting public attitudes on the issue.


Fascinating Business news – January 15, 2013

wal mart hiring veterans january 2013 news update facts mrpopculture image Wal-Mart Stores Inc , the world's largest retailer, said it plans to hire more than 100,000 veterans in the United States over the next five yearsMost of the veterans will be placed in the company's stores and clubs, and some will be employed in distribution centers. The retailer will start issuing job offers to veterans from Memorial Day in May. The offers will be given to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first twelve months off active duty.

 Toyota has once again dethroned General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker. The Japanese company sold 9.7 million cars and trucks worldwide in 2012, although it's still counting. GM sold 9.29 million.

Dish Network Corp. says it will close 300 more Blockbuster stores across the country, affecting 3,000 employees. The closures will mean only 500 locations will remain in the U.S.


Fascinating Facts – January 15, 2013

New Skin Care Line Contains cannabis/THC -  Appothecanna is taking advantage of, the newly-enacted law that legalizes recreational marijuana use in Colorado. Some varieties of the company's creams, lip balm and body sprays contain cannabis flower oil, which had been illegal due to its high concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC - pot's psychoactive ingredient. Look for the product line soon.

Medical/Health Fascinating Fact - A new government study is calling popular  "a rising public health problem" that is sending more and more people to the emergency rooms.

The study, from a survey of U.S. hospitals by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, said that the number of emergency-room visits linked to energy drinks had doubled in four years - from 10,000 in 2007 to 20,000 in 2011. And of those 20,000 ER visits in 2011, 42 percent had mixed the energy drink with another stimulant such as Adderal or Ritalin or with alcohol. Fifty-eight percent had consumed just the drink.

A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten. Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days but was reduced to two. Attorney Robin Ficker says Mount Carmel Area School District officials labeled the girl a "terrorist threat" for the bubble gun remark, made Jan. 10 as both girls waited for a school bus.

At the Barrett-Jackson auction in Phoenix, Rick Champagne paid $4.6 million for the original Batmobile from the Batman TV series in the 1960s. He purchased the car from its original maker – George Barris. 


Sports news – January 15, 2013

Baseball's opening-day payrolls will exceed $3 billion for the first time this season, jumping more than 7 percent from last season and redistributing the windfall from landmark local television deals across the sport.

College Basketball - Louisville Cardinals won't be the last team to be No. 1 this season. The Cardinals took advantage of losses by Duke and Michigan to move up two spots to No. 1 on Monday in The Associated Press' Top 25 poll.

49ers michael cabtree sports news january 2013 update mrpopcultureSan Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is under investigation , the San Francisco Chronicle reports.  Crabtree has not been arrested and the team has confirmed that he accompanied the 49ers on their Friday flight to Atlanta in advance of Sunday afternoon's NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Football Playoffs – Coming from behind 16-0 in the second quarter – The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Altanta Falcons 28-24.

The Baltimore Ravens defeat the New England Patriots – 28-13. Both playoff games – the visiting teams win!

Brothers John and Jim Harbaugh will be battling it out in the SuperBowl - John with the Ravens and Jim with the 49ers - the first time brothers have competed in the big game.  It's first brother vs. brother coaching matchup in Super Bowl history.

Sports Passings -  Earl Weaver -  Former manager of the Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals' great pitcher Stan Musial...

The Hockey Season Will Resume – as the NHL and players come to an agreement!


Technology news – January 15, 2013

Atari files for bankruptcy protection – but will stay in business. Atari was founded in 1972 andi scored hits with groundbreaking gaming consoles and classic titles like "Pong," "Centipede" and "Asteroid," but later lost its dominance to rivals like Nintendo. The brand has bounced around through several different owners.

The world's largest chipmaker reported a quarterly profit on Thursday that fell 27% from year-ago results, dragged down by slumping PC chip sales. Intel sold 6% fewer PC chips in the fourth quarter -- its biggest business, and one that accounts for nearly two-thirds of its overall revenue


Television news – January 15, 2013

mariah carey american idol judge news january 2013 tv history fox mrpopculture photo“American Idol” returns for a new season and, like its off-season competitor, “The Voice” – now utilizes three celebrity judges -  Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Back when “Idol” debuted in 2002 – its three judges had little following - Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul – who was kind of – a showbiz “has-been” at that time.

Oops – American Idol Season Return Ratings Down - "American Idol" returned Wednesday night, and Fast National returns give the veteran singing competition's twelfth season premiere 17.81 million viewers and a 6.0 rating among adults 18-49 -- losses of 19 percent from last January's debut.  

Among total viewers, the veteran Fox series took a bigger hit than it did between the last two seasons when it dropped 17 percent, but among adults 18-49, the dip wasn't as big as last season's (25 percent). The 2012 Idol opener brought 21.9 million viewers and a 7.4 rating.

Pop singer Jessica Simpson is set to star in a television pilot in development for NBC that is loosely based on her life. The comedy could be Simpson's first step back into a major acting role in more than five years. The former teen pop star is best known for her reality TV shows, including MTV's "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," which followed Simpson and her first husband and fellow pop singer Nick Lachey. She also served as a mentor on NBC's "Fashion Star."

Biker Lance Armstrong conducts a two-show interview with Oprah Winfrey on her OWN channel.

Passing — Robert Chew, who played Proposition Joe on the HBO series "The Wire," has died. He was 52. His sister, Clarice Chew, said he suffered a heart attack and died at his Baltimore home.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor. Rice, who served as secretary of state during President George W. Bush's second term, made her debut on "Face the Nation" Sunday and will be included in inauguration coverage on Monday.


Entertainment news – January 15, 2013

lindsey lohan pleads not guilty january 2013 celebrity news history mrpopculture photo Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty to three charges related to a June traffic accident that led a judge to revoke the troubled actress' probation last month. Lohan, 26, who did not attend the hearing, was arraigned on misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing police when she said she was not behind the wheel of her sports car, which smashed into a truck in Santa Monica, California.

British pop star Elton John says he has become a father for the second time after the birth via a surrogate mother of Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John. His partner is David Furnish. “Both of us have longed to have children, but the reality that we now have two sons is almost unbelievable," said the couple, who entered a civil partnership in 2005.

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, sister of Comedy Central television star Stephen Colbert, will run for South Carolina's vacant Congressional seat. The state will hold a special election on May 7 to fill the seat left vacant by Tim Scott, a first-term Republican who was appointed to the U.S. Senate this month. Scott replaced Republican Senator Jim DeMint, who resigned in December to head the conservative think-tank, The Heritage Foundation.

The Weinstein Co. has asked a toy maker to discontinue a line of "Django Unchained" action figures after receiving complaints that they were offensive. The studio said Friday that such collectibles have been created for all of director Quentin Tarantino's films, including "Inglourious Basterds," and that they were meant for people 17 and older, the audience for the film.


Music news – January 15, 2013

She has a label deal -  has officially signed with Republic Nashville, her major label prize for winning season 3 of NBC's hit "The Voice.”

kelly clarkson news music january 2013 facts trivia timeline mrpopcultureThe Big Event this week is the Obama Inauguration of which – plenty of music stars will be at hand. Kelly Clarkson, a multiple nominee at next month's Grammy Awards will be there as well as Beyonce, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher and Brad Paisley.

With Beyonce set to do the halftime show -  is adding her voice to the Super Bowl show. The Grammy-winning R&B singer has been lined up to perform the national anthem before the NFL championship game on Feb 3.

Looks like Nicki Minaj – has made a splash as judge during her first week on “American Idol.” Blunt is the word – and either you like her or you don’t.

Rihanna's collection for British brand River Island is slated for its debut next month during London Fashion Week. The 24-year-old's first collection of clothing and accessories will be shown Feb. 16. Items will be available in River Island stores in Great Britain, and in the United States and Japan at Opening Ceremony starting on March 5.

Leave To Bieber -

Bieber Moons - Following a rough spell for the pop superstar (he and girlfriend Selena Gomez recently split, then there was the alleged pot-smoking photo scandal, followed by the paparazzo killed while trying to shoot picture's of the singer's car), Justin posted a photo of himself mooning the camera to his Instagram account on Saturday.

The picture was quickly deleted, but not before it hit 86,000 likes - you can 


Top Concert Draws Last Week:

The Rolling Stones

Robbie Williams


jennifer lopez top music concert draw january 2013 facts mrpopculture imageJennifer Lopez


Elton John

The Killers

Andrea Bocelli


Top Pop Hit Music Singles/Downloads – January 15, 2013

Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fea. Wanz

Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars

I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift

Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Diamonds – Rihanna

Scram & Shout  will.i.am & Britney Spears

nicki minaj 2013 justin bieber billboard hot 100 music history mrpopculture imageBeauty And A Beat – Justin Bieber fea. Nicki Minaj

Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia fea. John Martin

Home – Phillip Phillips

I Cry – Flo Rida

Try – P!nk

Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys fea. Nick Minaj

One More Night – Maroon 5

Some Nights – fun.

Die Young – Ke$ha

It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

Don’t Stop The Party – Pitbull fea. TJR

F**kin Problems – A$AP Rocky fea. Drake, 2 Chaniz & Kendrick Lamar

Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris fea. Florence Welch

The A Team – Ed Sheeran

Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson

Swimming Pools (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar

Gangnam Style - PSY


Top Video Games – January 15, 2013

Call of Duty: Clack Ops II (X360, PS3)

Anarchy Reigns (X360, PS3)

Halo 4 (X360)

Just Dance 4 (Wii)

NBA wK13 (X360)

Kinect Adventures (X360)

For Cry 3 (X360)

Assassin’s Creed III (X360)

Wii Sports


Top Movies – January 15, 2013

Mama (1st week - $33 million)

Zero Dark Thirty

Silver Linings Playbook

Gangster Squad

A Haunted House

Broken City

Les Miserables

Django Unchained

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Last Stand

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