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The United States has started transporting French soldiers and equipment to Mali as part of its logistical aid to French forces fighting Islamist militants in the north of the country, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. Paris has launched a military campaign against Islamist fighters in Mali at the request of the Malian government, amid fears the vast desert country could become a launchpad for international attacks.

hillary clinton benghazi congress january 2013 news update mrpopcultureSecretary of State Hillary Clinton hit back hard Wednesday at fierce Republican criticisms over the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton, delivering long-awaited congressional testimony, alternately choked up, pounded the table in anger, laughed and offered clinical replies while vowing to do her utmost to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

North Korea said on Thursday it would carry out further rocket launches and a nuclear test that would target the United States, dramatically stepping up its threats against a country it called its "sworn enemy". The announcement by the country's top military body came a day after the U.N. Security Council agreed a U.S.-backed resolution to censure and sanction the country for a rocket launch in December that breached its bans.

Los Angeles police say a fourth-grade teacher in the classroom for nearly 40 years has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing 20 students and one adult. Police said in a statement that Robert Pimentel of Newport Beach, a teacher at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary in the Wilmington area, was arrested Wednesday and was being held on $12 million bail.

 Factory activity grew the most in nearly two years in January and the number of new claims for jobless benefits dropped to a five-year low last week, giving surprisingly strong signals on the  economy’s pulse.

President Barack Obama picks Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough as White House chief of staff, part of a sweeping shake-up at the dawn of the president's second term.

As Illinois becomes the fourth and most populous state to give illegal immigrants permission to drive, nagging concerns remain about whether there are enough safeguards to avoid the identity fraud and other pitfalls other states faced. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed Illinois' measure into law Sunday(Jan 27) in Chicago. Backers, including Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and some of the state's top Republicans, tout it as a public-safety measure. They argue that required facial recognition technology is reliable enough to prevent fraud.

At least 32 people were killed on Saturday when Egyptians rampaged in protest at the sentencing of 21 people to death over a soccer stadium disaster, violence that compounds a political crisis facing Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. The rioting in Port Said, one of the most deadly spasms of violence since Hosni Mubarak's ouster two years ago, followed a day of anti-Mursi demonstrationson Friday, when nine people were killed. The toll over the past two days stands at 41.

Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as "Ban Assault Weapons Now," joined a rally for gun control on Saturday, marching from the Capitol to the Washington Monument. Leading the crowd were marchers with "We Are Sandy Hook" signs, paying tribute to victims of the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Deadly Nightclub Fire - A blaze raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, setting off a stampede that killed 232 people attending a university party, police and firefighters said. It appeared to be the world's deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade. Witnesses said that a flare or firework lit by band members may have started the fire. At least 100 were injured.

 President Barack Obama says gun-control advocates should be better listeners in the debate over firearms in America. In an interview with The New Republic, Obama says he has "a profound respect" for the tradition of hunting that dates back for generations

Authorities are investigating the shooting deaths of five people in a single day of bloodshed in Chicago. Police Officer Daniel O'Brien says Saturday's first killing occurred at around 2:15 a.m. on the city's west side when a gunman opened fire on two men who were sitting in a parked car, killing one and wounding the other. Investigators say a few hours later, someone opened fire on three men near a South Side eatery, killing two of them and wounding the third.

(Jan 28) The Coast Guard says a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed to barge and ship traffic as cleanup crews with booms work to remove an oily sheen near Vicksburg after a barge with 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge last weekend. At least 21 other vessels such as towboats and barges are stalled by the river closing as crews with booms and a skimming device are removing hundreds of gallons of oily water from the river.

More Violence In Egypt -  A man was shot dead on Monday(Jan 28) in a fifth day of violence in Egypt that has killed 50 people and prompted the Islamist president to declare a state of emergency in an attempt to end a wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world's biggest nation. Emergency rule announced by President Mohamed Mursi on Sunday covers the cities of Port Said, Ismailia and Suez. The army has already been deployed in two of those cities and cabinet approved a measure to let soldiers arrest civilians.

Talking points , went out to Republican lawmakers on the Hill as momentum builds for an immigration bill that would legalize most of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants. The memo urges lawmakers to call them "undocumented immigrants" and to avoid terms such as "aliens" or "illegals," which are seen as offensive and dehumanizing. Another phrase to avoid? "Send them all back."

Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl from Chicago, was gunned down on Tuesday, just days after she performed with her school band at President Obama's inauguration. Pendleton — an student, volleyball player, and majorette at King College Prep — was shot at a park just blocks away from her school.

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was back at his longtime home on Wednesday following his pre-dawn release from a federal prison after serving more than five years for corruption. He first reported to a halfway house in Chicago but in a development that took observers by surprise was allowed to go to his spacious home in Kankakee, where he'll be under home confinement for at least several weeks, his attorney Jim Thompson said.

A man believed to be the suspect in a fatal Phoenix office shooting that killed one man and wounded a prominent Phoenix lawyer, has been found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. Arthur Douglas Harmon, 70, was suspected of opening fire in an office building in central Phoenix on Wednesday following a legal mediation meeting, before fleeing in a car.

Child Kidnapping In Alabama - A kindergartner, snatched from the safety of his school bus by a gunman and stashed in an underground bunker – continues into the third day. It’s said the boy needs medication. The abductor boarded a stopped school bus Tuesday and allegedly shot dead the bus driver.


Sports news  - January 22, 2013

The NFL has fined New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 for his slide into Ed Reed in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens.During the final minute of the first half, Brady slid to the ground at the end of a scramble with his legs raised up. He hit Reed, who was not injured, but the slide angered some on the Ravens sideline, but not Reed.

Pro Bowl In Hawaii – NFC – 62… AFC – 35.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Time Warner Cable announced a TV deal that could be worth as much as $8 billion over a 25-year period.The new network, known as SportsNet LA, will debut after the 2013 season. The Dodgers will conclude their current deal with Fox Sports this season.

Snowmobiler Caleb Moore (25) has died, a week after a crash that has  about the X Games. Moore, a freestyle snowmobiler, was attempting a backflip at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, when he couldn't rotate his machine enough to land properly.

NBA legend Dennis Rodman – known in his day to make waves – good and no-so-good -  has written a children’s book, “Dennis The Wild Bull.”


Medical/Health news – January 22, 2013

A new technology eliminates the painful and scary part of getting shots or injections: the hypodermic needle. A laser-based system propels microscopic jets of drugs through the skin, making the injection as painless as a puff of air, according to a new paper published in . Also called a “liquid needle,” the laser injector releases pulses of fluid, each lasting only 250 millionths of a second, through a nozzle slightly larger than the diameter of a human hair.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Roche's Avastin for patients whose colorectal cancer has worsened despite previous treatment with the drug. The new use will allow patients first treated with Avastin plus chemotherapy to be treated again with the biotechnology drug in combination with a different chemotherapy regimen.


Technology news – January 22, 2013

  is back as report from Counterpoint Research show that LG has climbed over  to become the second-largest handset vendor in the United States. 

After two days - ATT U-verse customers report that an outage continues, affecting Florida and at least 14 other states, - and is still not resolved. Data from Scarborough from August 2010 through July 2011 showed the market shares of cable satellite providers as: Comcast, 58 percent; DirectTV, 17 percent; ATT U-verse, 10 percent; and Dish, 6 percent.

google e-mail news january tech history 2013 mrpopculture imageCrime - Need Search Warrant For Google E-Mail - Google spokesman Chris Gaither said flatly this week that  requires “an ECPA search warrant” in order to “compel us to produce content in Gmail.” This is significant because, as Ars writes, law enforcement officials can often access private emails , as with the recent sex scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus ”in which intimate e-mails were revealed despite the lack of any criminal action.”

Tech News Daily has published an article noting that  'In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, who determines exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), decided that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be allowed. But the library provided a 90-day window during which people could still buy a phone and unlock it. That window closes on January 26.' While this doesn't apply to phones purchased before the window closes, this means that after 1/26/13, for any new mobile phone you purchase, you'll have to fulfill your contract, or break the law to unlock it."It will still be perfectly legal to purchase an unlocked phone, which many carriers offer. This change removes the exemption for buying a new phone under contract (and thus, at a discount) and then unlocking it.

Apple said that it will sell a version of its iPad tablet computer with 128 gigabytes of storage, which is twice the capacity of its existing models. Apple, which has sold more than 120 million iPads so far, said that the new iPad will go on sale February 5, in black or white, for a suggested retail price of $799 for the iPad with just Wi-Fi model, and $929 for the version that also has a cellular wireless connection.


steve wozniak movie jobs comment january 2013 tech history movie mrpopcultureApple co-founder Steve Wozniak hasn't seen "jOBS," the biopic of his founding partner that . But in terms of how well the movie tells the story of Apple's heady early days, his review is already in. "It's so awful and atrocious," said Wozniak, who said he got access to a copy of the movie's script. "Unlike the way Steve and I really dealt with each other. "I didn't want to have much to do with that movie."

For the first time, the number of active daily visitors checking Facebook on mobile devices is higher than the number of people checking the social network on the Web. Overall, the company says there are 1.06 billion active Facebook users in the world. Of those, 618 million of them are visiting daily and 157 million are doing it from mobile devices. 

The future of once-mighty Research in Motion rests on its new Blackberry 10 operating system -- a fact RIM played up Wednesday by changing its name to BlackBerry. The surprise move came as the company kicked off a series of around-the-world events unveiling BlackBerry 10, along with the first two devices to run on the new platform.


Fascinating Business news – January 22, 2013

Two New Jersey men sued  this week, claiming the world's biggest fast-food chain has been shorting them by selling "footlong" sandwiches that measure less than 12 inches. The suit, filed Tuesday in Superior Court in Mount Holly, N.J., might be the first legal filing aimed at the Milford, Conn.-based company since a  posted a photo of a "footlong" sub next to a ruler on the company's Facebook page to allege that the sandwich was not as long as advertised.The photo quickly spread across the Internet and the company has since been on the .

Burger King, one of the most popular fast-food chains in Britain, said on Thursday it had stopped using one of the firms caught up in the scandal of supplying grocers with beef that contained horse meat. The British food industry has been rocked by the revelation last week that retailers including market leader Tesco and smaller chains Aldi, Lidl and Iceland had sold beef products that contained horse meat.

two buck chuck wine news january 2013 image mrpopcultureThe popular wine known as "Two-Buck Chuck" will need a new name after the bargain beverage's price was raised. Over the  past decade shoppers at Trader Joe's California stores paid $1.99 for a bottle of Charles Shaw shiraz or cabernet sauvignon. The new $2.49 price tag had shoppers searching for new names. Some customers joked that the brand should now be called "Inflation Chuck" or "Upchuck." Trader Joe's sold about 5 million cases of the wine last year. The maker, Bronco Wine Co., said it was able to keep the price so low because it owns 45,000 acres of vineyard, which insulated it from large fluctuations in grape prices. But bad crops in 2011 and 2012 impacted the price.

PepsiCo Inc. is removing a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drink in response to customer complaints. Molly Carter, a spokeswoman for the company, said that the removal of brominated vegetable oil was in the works over the past year after the company began "hearing rumblings" from consumers about the ingredient. She said it wasn't a reaction to a recent petition on  by a Mississippi teenager. The ingredient is also used in other drinks, including some flavors of Powerade made by rival Coca-Cola Co.

Taco Bell is pulling a TV ad after receiving complaints that it discouraged people from eating vegetables. The ad by the fast-food chain was touting its variety 12-pack of tacos, with a voiceover saying that bringing a vegetable tray to a party is "like punting on fourth and one." It said that people secretly hate guests who bring vegetables to parties.

Barnes & Noble plans to continue to shrink its store base. The head of Barnes & Noble's retail group, Mitchel Klipper, said in an interview published Monday in The Wall Street Journal that the company will have 450 to 500 stores in a decade. That's down from about 689 currently. Klipper said the chain plans to close about 20 stores a year over the period.

General Motors Co is recalling 13,680 cars globally to address potential problems with improperly tightened suspension bolts and faulty airbags, according to the company and documents filed with U.S. safety regulators. Neither issue has resulted in any accidents or injuries.

Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers. "Why is it that Arabs are always shown as either oil-rich sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers?" said Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC.

The U.S. government moved to block the proposed merger of beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev with Mexico's Grupo Modelo on Thursday(Jan 31), with a Justice Department official calling it "a bad deal for American consumers." ABI already owns about half of Modelo, which brews the popular Corona brand.


Fascinating Facts – January 22, 2013

Two former members of the Church of Scientology claimed in a lawsuit that the church and its affiliates deceived members into donating millions of dollars to misrepresented causes.Luis and Maria Garcia of Irvine, Calif., filed the complaint in federal court in Tampa, near the church's national headquarters in Clearwater. The couple claims they were duped into giving more than $420,000 for a building campaign, disaster relief efforts and other Scientology causes, only to find the bulk of the money went to inflate the church coffers and line the pockets of its leader, David Miscavige.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau estimates that 230,000 vehicles were damaged as a result of Sandy. Many of the cars will be taken to facilities to be crushed. However, NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle says that "there will be cases where damaged vehicles are cleaned up, dried out and sold by unscrupulous dealers or individuals who know how to beat the system." Water damage can lead to problems with a vehicle's computer and electrical systems and cause anti-lock brake and airbag systems to malfunction.

Sunday - The price of sending mail with a first-class stamp, the kind of postage most consumers use, goes up by one cent to 46 cents -- a hike the  Postcard postage will also rise one cent to 33 cents.

The southern Russian city where the Red Army decisively turned back Nazi forces in a key World War II battle will once again be known as Stalingrad, at least on the days commemorating the victory. The city was renamed Volgograd in 1961 as part of the Soviet Union's rejection of dictator Joseph Stalin's personality cult. But the name Stalingrad is inseparable with the battle, in which at least 1.25 million people died.


Television news – January 22, 2013

barbara walters falls injures hospitalized january 2013 timeline facts mrpopculture imageNewswoman Barbara Walters has fallen at an inauguration party at an ambassador's home in Washington and has been hospitalized. Walters, 83, fell on a step at the residence of Britain's ambassador to the United States, Peter Westmacott, ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said. The fall left Walters with a cut on her forehead, he said.

Brooke Shields is heading to "Army Wives." Lifetime announced Brooke will join the seventh season of the Lifetime drama, which premieres Sunday, March 10.

The quiet suburban New York village Sleepy Hollow is a hot topic among television creators. The Fox network said it has given the go-ahead to make a pilot episode of the supernatural drama "Sleepy Hollow," based on Washington Irving's much-read short story about a ghostlyHeadless Horseman who rides through the village in search of his head. The show is created by the producers who made the just-ended series "Fringe." A pilot is a prospective first episode of a series being considered. The CW network has its own script about a Sleepy Hollow show that's in development. But the network says no pilot has been ordered.

Fox News Channel is parting ways with former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, ending her three-year tenure as a contributor on the network


Entertainment news – January 22, 2013

Sundance Film Festival – is underway in Utah. Films like Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" and David Gordon Green's "Prince Avalanche" have been hailed as a welcome return to form for their respective directors and the festival seems to be getting its old mojo back as the ballsy guerilla film "Escape From Tomorrow" and Shane Carruth's fascinating "Upstream Color" proudly represent the innovative DIY spirit of truly independent film.

roger moore james bond academy awards 2013 appearance timeline mrpopcultureJames Bond turns 50 on films, so, at the Oscars this year – all six James Bond actors will appear – Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

A bail hearing is scheduled today for Oceanside (CA) resident Peter Robbins — the voice of Charlie Brown in several Peanuts films and television specials — who is charged with threatening his girlfriend and the doctor who performed her breast enhancement surgery. The defendant faces up to nine years in prison if convicted of two counts of stalking and 10 counts of making criminal threats, said Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth McClutchey.  Robbins, 56, was taken into custody the night of Jan. 20, coming back into the United States from Mexico, after authorities learned of a warrant for his arrest. Robbins was the voice of Charley Brown – during the 1960’s – including the famous Christmas episode.


19th Annual SAG Awards – Some Winners:


daniel day lewis sag awards january 2013 events movie news mrpopcultureActor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Supporting actor: Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

Supporting actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"

Cast: "Argo"

Stunt ensemble: "Skyfall"


Actor in a movie or miniseries: Kevin Costner "Hatfields & McCoys"

Actress in a movie or miniseries: Julianne Moore, "Game Change"

Actor in a drama series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

Actress in a drama series: Claire Danes, "Homeland"

Actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Actress in a comedy series: Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Drama series cast: "Downton Abbey"

Comedy series cast: "Modern Family"

Stunt ensemble: "Game of Thrones"

Life Achievement: Dick Van Dyke


Star Hair Falling Out -  showed off an extreme,  at Sunday's SAG Awards, but aesthetics may not have been the only motivation behind her look. In a new interview, the  star reveals she's dyed her hair so many different colors that it's starting to fall out. "I have been every color and now my hair is falling out in clumps," Jones tells the UK's . "I've been blonde, red with extensions ... then blonde, then black, and now blonde again. I'm going to have to shave it off and wear a wig." Jones says dying her hair dark made her feel "invisible," and she prefers to be blonde. "My son recognizes me in photos when I am blonde," she tells the publication. "He says 'Mama."


 is a bride-to-be! The actress announced on Twitter Monday, January 28, that she is engaged to Washington Nationals infielder Cutter Dykstra. She’s best known as Tony’s daughter on, “The Sopranos.”


Music news – January 22, 2013

adele news january 22 2013 music facts oscar bond mrpopculture imageAdele will perform the Oscar-nominated theme song from the latest James Bond movie at the 85th Academy Awards. The singer will perform "Skyfall," written by the singer and Paul Epworth. The Oscar performance will be the first time she will have performed "Skyfall" anywhere live, and will also mark her first U.S. television performance since the Grammys last year.

Tina TIna Is giving back her U.S. citizenship citizenship- has fallen in love with her music manager — and with Switzerland! The singer has been living with German record executive Erwin Bach in a Zurich lake house since the mid-'90s.

MMG boss  was reportedly the victim of a that took place early Monday morning (January 28) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Witnesses said they spotted Ross and a female passenger inside a Rolls Royce that was fired  upon by as-yet-unknown assailants and targeted with nearly two dozen bullets.


Passing - Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of popular The Andrews Sisters singing trio of the 1940s and 1950s, has died in California at the age of 94. The Sister’s sold millions of records – one of the top pop music acts of the era which include their signature song, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” 

justin timberlake news january 22 2013 music facts mrpopculture imageComeback? - Justin Timberlake, making his pop music comeback with a new single and album, will perform at next month's Grammy Awards for the first time in four years.


Top Music Albums/Downloads – January 22, 2013

Long. Live. A$ap – A$ap Rocky

Kidz Bop 23

Perfect Pitch – Soundtrack

Red -  Taylor Swift

Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars

The Lumineers- The Lumineers

phillip phillip billboard 200 january 22 2013 music history news mrpopculture imageLes Miserables: Hightlights From The MotionPicture Soundtrack

The World From The Side of the Moon- Phillip Phillips

Take Me Home – One Direction

Bable – Mumford & Sons

21 – Adele

Unapologetic - Rihanna

Night Visions – Imagine Dragons

The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

NOW 44

Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head – T.I.

Good kid, m.A.A.d cit – Kendrick Lamar

Here’s TO The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line

The Truth About Love – P!nk

Some Nights – fun.


Top Youtube video – January 22, 2013

President Obama Inaug -Bad Lipreading


Top Movies – January 22, 2013

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (1st week $19 million)


Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty


Django Unchained

Movie 43

Gangster Squad

Broken City




Nielsen Top TV Shows – Week Of January 21, 2013






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