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Friday, December 16th, 2011
 
Etta James best known for her rendition of the ballad "At Last" is terminally ill her doctor told TMZ today He asked fans to pray for the 73-year-old singer who has been suffering from leukemia and dementiaJames was hospitalized in May with a blood infection Earlier this year TMZ reported...
 
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    You can add one more thing to the list that apparently kids shouldn't do: Tebowing. Four students at Riverhead High in Long Island, N.Y., were suspended after Tebowing in the hall. Jordan Fulcoly, Wayne Drexel and brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll were given one-day suspensions for their homage to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. The school suspended them because other students joined them, clogging the hallways. Hopefully they don't get good grades or eat all their vegetables, or they may be suspended for that too, I'm guessing. "The administration told us that our Tebowing was blocking the halls and could potentially cause a riot, because they were growing in number an...
 
 
wsj.com - 12/16/2011 8:14pm
The agency sued several former executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, alleging they misrepresented exposure to subprime loans. Fannie and Freddie agreed to cooperate without admitting or denying wrongdoing.
 
Barry Bonds, baseball's home run king, was sentenced Friday to two years' probation with home confinement, plus a $4,000 fine, for giving evasive testimony to a federal grand jury eight years ago during an investigation of doping in sports. Bonds, 47, was charged with several counts of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying during the grand jury's probe of the Burlingame, Calif.-based Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO,...
 
 
wsj.com - 12/16/2011 6:54am
For over 40 years, he's been the go-to composer for swelling orchestral compositions. Now, younger and edgier musicians are changing the score.
 
The Beijing city government published rules requiring users of popular microblogging services in China to register their real names with service operators, in the government's strongest official measure to control the fast-growing industry.
 
 
Six former top executives of housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were accused of securities fraud Friday by federal regulators for allegedly misleading investors about the size of the companies' risky subprime mortgage holdings. Among those in the SEC's civil action were former Fannie Mae Chief Executive Daniel H. Mudd and former Freddie Mac Chief Executive and Chairman Richard F. Syron. They are two of the highest-ranking f...
 
 
Zynga bombed on its first day of trading, closing down 5% in a signal that the appetite for new issues of fast-growing technology companies may be waning.
 
A judge sentenced Barry Bonds, baseball's home-run king, to probation and home confinement for obstructing justice during a probe into sales of steroids to athletes. The sentence was stayed pending appeal.
 
 
Rapper Slim Dunkin was fatally shot Friday night, Channel 2 Action News reported .
 
A 19-year-old South Fulton man died from gunshot wounds to the back after an alleged altercation Wednesday night with a Union City police officer, the Fulton County Medical Examiner said Friday.
 
 
Christopher Hitchens, the author and essayist who saw great success with his controversial 2007 book "God Is Not Great," died Thursday in Houston, where he'd been undergoing treatment for esophogeal cancer. He was 62. Hitchens' "polemical writings on religion, politics, war and other provocations established him as one of his generation's most robust public intellectuals," writes Elaine Woo in The Times' obituary. Erudition, a ro...
 
Lines to get into Disney parks often stretch half way across the esplanade before turnstiles open. Later, it can take three hours to get on a popular ride. Even bathroom waits can last 15 minutes. And Disney parks sometimes have to shut the gates....
 
 
California employers added 6,600 new jobs in November, driving the monthly unemployment rate down to 11.3%, its lowest level since the depths of the recession in June 2009.
 
Mike Milbury, former Islanders coach and general manager, has been charged with assaulting a 12-year-old Pee Wee hockey player in Brookline.
 
 
Our critics have had their say about their year-end favorites including the 50 Best Singles of 2011 and now it's your turn Our Weekend Rock question for you is What is the best song of 2011? You can vote here in the comments on facebookcom/rollingstone or on Twitter using the #weekendrock...
 
Two cars collided and one flipped over.
 
 
If someone in your family is feeling optimistic about the geographically challenged Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team right now, maybe you want to buy them this: Today only, the Angels are selling their MLB jerseys online for $29.99,...
 
 
Work was continuing today to demolish the Paramount Boulevard bridge over the 60 Freeway, but  complications discovered late Thursday mean that the highway, closed since Wednesday noon, may not reopen by this afternoon's rush hour, as state transportation officials had initially thought. KTLA was reporting that the roadway is now scheduled to reopen Saturday at the earliest. Area commutes, meanwhile, are expected to be further hampered by hig...
 
Lakers star Kobe Bryant's wife, Vanessa, filed for divorce in an Orange County court Friday, citing ?irreconcilable differences.? According to Orange County Superior Court records, a petition to dissolve the couple?s marriage was filed by...
 
 
The final Ranger rolled off the line a bit later than expected to a crowd of workers.
 
Kreayshawn’s first full-length album due out in 2012 will feature Jean Baptiste and Boys Noize as producers the Los Angeles-based rapper tells Rolling Stone Baptiste co-wrote Chris Brown’s woozy anthem "Look at Me Now" and has also written or produced for the Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna Boys Noize a German...
 
 
Hollywood actor Christian Bale's encounter this week with thugs surrounding the home of a prominent Chinese human-rights activist illustrate the pitfalls that accompany the promise of China's fast-growing movie scene.
 
wsj.com - 12/16/2011 5:10am
Milk, bananas, sugar, Gucci handbag: That's a possible, albeit unlikely, shopping list for visitors to 7-Eleven stores in Korea over the upcoming New Year Holiday.
 
 
Caltrans officials said Friday that only one side of a bridge damaged in a tanker fire on the 60 Freeway in Montebello would have to be demolished and the entire freeway could be reopened by midday Saturday. The development was good news for frustrated commuters after the freeway was closed Wednesday when a tanker carrying 8,800 gallons of gasoline exploded under the Paramount Boulevard overpass. Demolition work on the bridge was delayed Thursday...
 
A memoir by Gil Scott-Heron the influential soul-jazz and spoken-word songwriter who recorded "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" will be published on Martin Luther King Jr Day in January 2012 The timing and title for the book The Last Holiday refer to Scott-Heron's involvement with the civil rights struggle...
 
 
California employers added a modest 6,600 new jobs in November, driving the monthly unemployment rate down to 11.3%, its lowest level since the depths of the recession in June 2009
 
 More than 3,000 Southern California customers were without power Friday after a short-lived but strong thunderstorm hit the region and residents braced for a day of high winds. Southern California Edison estimated that 3,196 customers did not have electricity early Friday morning, mainly in the San Gabriel Valley. At the height of the storm more than 20,000 lost power, said Vanessa McGrady, a spokeswoman for the utility. A high-wind warning issu...
 
 
Click to listen to Becky and John's 'I'll Be There If You Ever Want' Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond and actor John C Reilly who perform as Becky and John have released their latest single "I'll Be There If You Ever Want" on Jack White's Third Man Records Becky says that she...
 
Vladimir Putin offered to ease the Kremlin's grip on Russian politics a bit in response to the big antigovernment protests, but he refused opponents' calls to annul last week's disputed parliamentary elections.
 
 
Two Leavenworth brothers were fatally shot about 6 p.m. Friday outside a barbershop near Metropolitan Avenue and Broadway in Leavenworth, police said.
 
Nearly 500 may lose their union representation after council OKs stricter recertification threshold.
 
 
Britney Spears is engaged to marry her boyfriend Jason Trawick According to Us Weekly's sources Trawick proposed to the pop star last night on his 40th birthday "This is something they've both wanted for a long time" the source told Us "It's a way to cement their family They're both extremely...
 
China Vice President Xi Jinping, the man expected to take over as China's top leader next year, will face one of the first serious tests of his diplomatic acumen next week when he visits Vietnam.
 
 
Roger Waters has spent the last year traveling the world on his Wall tour all the while marveling at the massive protest movements popping up all over the planet With 2011 winding down we checked in with the former Pink Floyd to hear his hopes and fears about the future...
 
The mother of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man whom Fullerton police officers allegedly killed, has sued the Orange County district attorney for records detailing her son's violent death. Cathy Thomas sued after Dist. Atty. Tony Ruckaukas' office said releasing the records could compromise the criminal prosecution of Officer Manuel Ramos on charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli on charges of involu...
 
 
Indonesians take their ghosts very seriously, so when Sunarya encountered one of country's dreaded crawling nurse ghosts in his lobby he did what any good security guard would do: He kicked her in the face.
 
After months of rumors the Beach Boys have finally announced details of their 50th anniversary reunion tour Brian Wilson Mike Love Al Jardine Bruce Johnston and David Marks will all participate and 50 dates are planned with the tour kickoff at New Orleans Jazz Fest in late April "This anniversary...