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  • Beyonce's Entourage on Her Bowl Win

    You'd think Beyonce's choreographer would want to talk all about Sunday night's spectacular Super Bowl halftime show ( which did not cause the power in the Superdome to go out, for the record).

    You'd be wrong. Reached by phone today, Asa Jones, the Delaware choreographer who helped put together B's stunning performance, hung up multiple times and refused to answer questions about how she and Beyonce came up with the act.

    RELATED: Beyonce Electrifies Super Bowl Audience

    Others have embraced the moment. Rubin Singer, who designed outfits for Bey, Michelle Williams, and 120 of the 135 backup dancers released a sketch showing his initial concept for B's leather and lace look. In a press release, Singer said the getup required "no less than five fittings and well over 200-man hours with a team of 14 dedicated to creating the final look."

    Singer, a relatively unknown Russian-born designer, realizes

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  • Beyonce's Entourage Reacts to Her Superbowl Win

    You'd think Beyonce's choreographer would want to talk all about Sunday night's spectacular Super Bowl halftime show (which did not cause the power in the Superdome to go out, for the record).

    You'd be wrong. Reached by phone today, Asa Jones, the Delaware choreographer who helped put together B's stunning performance, hung up multiple times and refused to answer questions about how she and Beyonce came up with the act.

    RELATED: Beyonce Electrifies Super Bowl Audience

    Others have embraced the moment. Rubin Singer, who designed outfits for Bey, Michelle Williams, and 120 backup dancers released a sketch showing his initial concept for B's leather and lace look. In a press release, Singer said the getup required "no less than five fittings and well over 200-man hours with a team of 14 dedicated to creating the final look."

    Singer, a relatively unknown Russian-born designer, realizes this could be his Michelle Obama/Jason Wu moment. "Everyone's expecting

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  • 'Steven Tyler Act' to Protect Celebs

    It's tough being a celebrity. Not only are you invited - constantly - by hotels and resorts to come and stay for free, but you're then given the star treatment, so to speak. But nothing in life is truly free now is it? It seems those same celebrities are being hounded by reporters and photographers on their vacations, particularly those who choose to vacation in Hawaii.

    So rampant is this issue, it seems, that the Hawaii state legislature feels the need to address it. The proposed " Steven Tyler Act" would protect celebrities from such prying eyes, the bill says, by holding a person who "captures or intends to capture, in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person, through any means a visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of another person while that person is engaging in a personal or familial activity with a reasonable expectation of privacy," liable. In other words, they could be sued.

    At present, there is no

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  • Russia may ask rich to help foot bill for Crimea with 'solidarity tax'
    Russia may ask rich to help foot bill for Crimea with 'solidarity tax'

    By Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia could ask its richest citizens to help foot the bill for the annexation of Crimea by paying a "solidarity tax" proposed by a group of lawmakers. Deputies from the State Duma lower house of parliament, which is dominated by backers of President Vladimir Putin, have drawn up a draft law that would increase income tax for people earning more than more than 1 million roubles ($28,700) a month. "The main goal is to support regional budgets and that means also the budget of Russia's new territories," Andrei Krutov, the deputy leading the planned legislation, told Reuters. His reference to the "new territories" made clear that a key intention was to help the government pay for Crimea's absorption into Russia.

  • Putin says will use influence on Ukraine rebels, denounces West
    Putin says will use influence on Ukraine rebels, denounces West

    By Darya Korsunskaya MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would try to ensure Ukrainian separatists cooperate with an investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but said the West must do more to persuade Kiev to end hostilities. Putin came out fighting in his most detailed comments since the plane was brought down on Thursday, dismissing criticism of Russia's role in events in rebel-held east Ukraine and describing the West's position as "strange and unacceptable". Accusing the United States indirectly of pulling the strings in Kiev, trying to bully Russia and meddling in Russia's domestic affairs, the president said in televised remarks: "Such methods will not work on Russia." Reading from notes at the head of a long table flanked by his top government, parliament, security and defense officials, Putin spoke much more forcefully than during brief televised remarks on the plane's downing first released in the early hours of Monday, when he looked tired and less assured than usual.

  • Kerry makes mic gaffe on Gaza
    Kerry makes mic gaffe on Gaza

    US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to criticize Israel in candid remarks caught on an open microphone between television interviews Sunday. Kerry was heard talking about Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza to a State Department official identified as Jonathan Finer just before appearing on the "Fox News Sunday" political talk show. The Palestinian death toll topped 500 on Sunday as Israel pressed a ground offensive into the densely packed Gaza Strip after two weeks of aerial attacks. When confronted over the remarks by Fox host Chris Wallace, Kerry reiterated Israel's right to self-defense.

  • Queen's Gold Cup winner fails drug test
    Queen's Gold Cup winner fails drug test

    A horse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II which won one of England's most prestigious races has failed a drugs test, Buckingham Palace announced Tuesday. Estimate, which lifted the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013 and came second in this year's edition, has tested positive for morphine, a banned substance. A statement issued by the Queen's racing advisor said initial indications were the positive test had resulted from the "consumption of a contaminated feed product". The Queen, renowned for a love and knowledge of horse racing which dates back to the 88-year-old monarch's childhood, cheered on Estimate, saddled by top trainer Michael Stoute, when the now five-year-old filly won at Ascot last year.

  • Ick! World's largest aquatic insect specimen reportedly found in China
    Ick! World's largest aquatic insect specimen reportedly found in China

    What appears to be the world's largest flying aquatic insect was discovered earlier this month in China's Sichuan province, officials there say.

  • I no longer talk to Obama: Turkey's Erdogan
    I no longer talk to Obama: Turkey's Erdogan

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict. Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September. "In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can't get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other," Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV channel late Monday.

  • iPhone 6 preorders already available from 30+ sellers
    iPhone 6 preorders already available from 30+ sellers

    Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 probably won’t launch for about another two months, and all we have to go on right now in terms of what to expect is a series of leaks and unconfirmed reports. That won’t stop more than 30 companies from taking preorders for Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 6, however. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 and next-gen Retina iPad mini rendered by design master The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported that more than two dozen sellers have taken to Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace in an effort to capitalize on the incredible amount of hype surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. The phone is expected to be the first iPhone to feature a significantly larger display; Apple’s iPhone 5 increased the screen size

  • Police union: Video shows woman attacked officer
    Police union: Video shows woman attacked officer

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — More pictures and video have surfaced showing what happened before a city officer punched a woman at the city's gay pride parade and festival last month, which the city's police union contends show the officer was justified.

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