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PHOTOS: Americans Honor Troops On Memorial Day Weekend…
Jennifer Granholm: Caring For Vets Shouldn’t Be Partisan Issue… Robert Reich: Thoughts On National Defense… Bonnie St. John: An Inconvenient Truth… Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Expanding Opportunities For Heroes At Home… Create A Memorial Day Tribute Video… Gallery: Honoring Fallen Heroes
‘Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able To Get Married’
Michelle ‘Feels The Same Way’… Bush Official: ‘Reminds Us That Marriage And Equality Are Universal Values’… Trend In Polls Is Clear…
Why He Announced Now… Romney Reiterates Opposition…
‘The President Of The United States, Now In The 21st Century’
As a new documentary makes clear, social attitudes on pot are half-baked and even dangerous
A still from “California 90420”
How do you safely launch thousands of new aircraft into already crowded skies? The safety concerns of domestic UAVs
The famous Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Ky., hosts one of the biggest horse races in the world.
Hearthrob Zac Eftron waved to hundreds of screaming fans at the US premiere of The Lucky One and said he found bulking up for the role a challenge.
Geraldo Rivera: ‘TV’s Best, Most Formidable Investigative Reporter Ever’.. Joe Scarborough: ‘He Never Gave Comfort To The Powerful’.. Ann Curry: ‘Tough Questions Are Being Asked In Heaven Today’
Despite the smooth, confident exteriors of our Mad Men, we know that they’re falling apart on the inside. The Modernist promise of Mies‘ structures cannot last for ever, progress cannot be sustained, power is not eternal. But the illusion of it is still sexy, the longing still holds sway. Our man may be falling, but we’re with him all the way.
Whitney Houston died in accidental drowning – coroner
Whitney Houston’s death was caused by accidental drowning, but drug abuse and heart disease were also factors, a coroner has ruled.
Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey said drug tests indicated the 48-year-old US singer was a chronic cocaine user.
The announcement ends weeks of speculation over the cause of Houston’s death.
She was found submerged in the bath of her Los Angeles hotel room on the eve of the Grammy Awards on 11 February.
In a statement, the LA County Coroner’s office described Houston’s manner of death as an “accident”, adding that “no trauma or foul play is suspected”.
The cause was cited as drowning and “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”.
Other drugs found in her blood included marijuana, as well as an anti-anxiety drug, a muscle relaxant and an allergy medication.
But these were not factors in her death, the coroner’s statement said.
Patricia Houston, the singer’s sister-in-law and manager, told the Associated Press news agency: “We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure.”
The pop star was laid to rest at a cemetery in her home state of New Jersey after a funeral that was attended by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and Mary J Blige.
The singer, who was one of the world’s best selling artists from the mid-1980s to late 1990s, had a long battle with drug addiction.
Now that the unemployment rate has improved several months in a row, Mitt Romney has had to shift his message on the economy, while Rick Santorum has stopped talking about it at all.
President Barack Obama has described the situation in Syria as “heartbreaking”, but said that unilateral US military intervention there would be a mistake. In his first news conference of 2012, Mr Obama warned his critics not to forget the cost of war.
Adele Scores Clean Sweep, Goes 6 For 6 At The Grammys… Sings Soulful Hit ‘Rolling In The Deep’… Wows In Dress
CELEBS REMEMBER WHITNEY HOUSTON…
Jennifer Hudson’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Tribute… Late Etta James Honored… PHOTOS: Music’s Biggest Night… Jay-Z, Kanye Win Honor, Fail To Show Up… Rihanna vs. Chris Brown: Who Was Better?… Stars Tweet The Show… Scarface-Inspired Dress… Red Carpet Fashion
$26 BILLION DEAL: Biggest Financial Crisis Payout To Date… Second-Largest Settlement Ever… Some Mortgage Debt To Be Forgiven… New Guidelines… BUT: No Full Investigation Of Fraud… Just $2,000 For Those Who Lost Homes… 12 Reasons To Hate It… The Settlement By The Numbers
The 18th Screen Actors Guild awards – one of the key film award ceremonies in the run-up to next month’s Oscars – took place at the Shrine Exposition Centre in Los Angeles on Sunday.
70TH BIRTHDAY FOR ALI In this file photo, Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie shakes hands with guests after a welcoming ceremony for the Ryder Cup golf tournament in Louisville, Ky. The three-time heavyweight boxing champion will celebrate a milestone birthday Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, when he turns 70. Ali will be surrounded by friends who are gathering Saturday evening, Jan. 14, 2012, for a birthday party at the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville.
Muhammad Ali Gears Up For Milestone Birthday Celebration
Alison Walker watches over Chris Burden’s large-scale kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II, during the media preview at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The sculpture, modelled after a fast-paced futuristic city with 1,100 miniature cars running through an elaborate system of roadway tracks at a scale speed of about 240mph, is meant to evoke the energy of a city.
Arnold and Maria Reconciliation Watch Is On
Most Expensive Book in the World; In Defense of Celebrity Memoirs
Today in publishing and literature: The bidding for a rare copy of John James Audubon’s Birds of North America is expected to top $10 million.
Minimum Wage Raise Coming To Eight States After New Year
Credit Card Spending Increased Over Holidays
The main flight deck of space shuttle Atlantis in the Orbiter Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. Members of the media got close views of the orbiter, which is being prepared for permanent display.
Intensity Grips Primary, But All Rides Must Come To An End
Bachmann Coins New Term.. Contender ‘Consistent’ Since Changing ‘His Mind’
Old Controversy Revived.. Candidate To Pull Off ‘Ahh, Screw It’ Surprise?
Christopher Hitchens—the incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant—died today at the age of 62. Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the spring of 2010, just after the publication of his memoir, Hitch-22, and began chemotherapy soon after. His matchless prose has appeared in Vanity Fair since 1992, when he was named contributing editor.
“Cancer victimhood contains a permanent temptation to be self-centered and even solipsistic,” Hitchens wrote nearly a year ago in Vanity Fair, but his own final labors were anything but: in the last 12 months, he produced for this magazine a piece on U.S.-Pakistani relations in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, a portrait of Joan Didion, an essay on the Private Eye retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a prediction about the future of democracy in Egypt, a meditation on the legacy of progressivism in Wisconsin, and a series of frank, graceful, and exquisitely written essays in which he chronicled the physical and spiritual effects of his disease. At the end, Hitchens was more engaged, relentless, hilarious, observant, and intelligent than just about everyone else—just as he had been for the last four decades.
“My chief consolation in this year of living dyingly has been the presence of friends,” he wrote in the June 2011 issue. He died in their presence, too, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. May his 62 years of living, well, so livingly console the many of us who will miss him dearly.
“Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls.”
Marines lowered the American flag in Baghdad today, symbolically marking the end of the United State’s military intervention in Iraq.
Occupy Long Beach
Dec. 12, 2011
Long Beach, California