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  • Tim Tebow was a no-show at the Time 100 gala in New York on Tuesday night, much to the disappointment of Stephen Colbert, a fellow honoree on the magazine's annual list of the 100 "Most Influential People in the World."

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    Jesus would've showed up, Colbert said, because "Jesus loves Louis C.K."

    The Secret Service was there, however, monitoring guests with metal detectors before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a keynote address. Clinton name-checked Tebow and Jeremy Lin during a speech in which she hinted she was looking forward to not being Secretary of State.

    "Eventually I can put my feet up and enjoy being a citizen again," Clinton said.

    She also feigned disappointment over another no-show--North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    "I was hoping to meet Kim Jong," Clinton joked, "to see what he's all about."

    Before dinner, the former first lady spoke briefly with Amy Poehler, who impersonated Clinton on "Saturday Night Live." What did they talk about?

    "I talked to her about motherhood," Poehler told Yahoo News. "She's such a cool mom."

    Poehler, Louis C.K. and Aubrey Plaza traveled in a pack together during the cocktail hour, as did Claire Danes and Tilda Swinton--a pairing seemingly conjured by hair.

    Colbert praised Clinton during his speech, calling her a feminist icon alongside Sara Blakely, the inventor of "Spanx," and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. (After an off-color joke about celibacy aimed at Dolan, Colbert quipped, "See you at mass on Sunday, sir?")

    "My fellow influencers, we are better than other people," Colbert said. "It is such a relief to be away from the riff-raff who couldn't make the Time 100 list--like the Pope and Oprah."

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  • James Murdoch gesturing as he leaves his father Rupert's residence in central London. (AP/File)

    James Murdoch testified for a third time in the U.K. phone-hacking investigation on Tuesday, telling the Leveson Inquiry in London that he did not know the phone hacking at News of the World was widespread while he was in charge of News International, News Corp.'s British publishing arm.

    And as he had done in previous appearances before the committee, Murdoch distanced himself from the scandal, saying the responsibilities were "very much in the hands of the editor."

    "I was not told sufficient information to go and turn over a whole bunch of stones that I was told had already been turned over," Murdoch told the special committee. "I don't think that, short of knowing they weren't giving me the full picture, I would've been able to know that at the time."

    Murdoch suggested that those under him did not tell him about phone hacking out of fear for their colleagues' jobs.

    "I think that must be it, that I would say, 'Cut out the cancer,' and there was some desire to not do that," he said.

    Murdoch also testified about his family's chummy longtime relationship with British Prime Minister David Cameron, confirming he had at least 10 meetings with Cameron dating back to 2009.

    At one such meeting, hosted by ex-News International chief Rebekah Brooks in 2010, Murdoch said he discussed News Corp.'s proposed takeover of British broadcaster BSkyB.

    "There was no discussion with Mr. Cameron other than to reiterate what we'd said publicly," Murdoch said. "I imagine I expressed a hope that things would be dealt with in a way that was appropriate and judicial. He reiterated what he'd said publicly. It was a tiny side conversation at a dinner where other people were there. It wasn't really a discussion."

    But Murdoch dismissed the notion that the meetings were unethical.

    "I don't know what all of the other meetings that the PM and these people take in general," Murdoch said. "It's true to say politicians and people around the political class are very eager to get their point across, they do talk to the press. As a business person I don't think I've personally experienced that, I haven't actually spent that much time with politicians personally."

    James' father, Rupert Murdoch, will attend the inquiry on Wednesday--his first appearance in front of the committee since last summer, when he testified alongside his son.

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  • A "Daily Show" segment that criticized Fox News for ignoring the GOP's "war on women" while highlighting the left's "war on Christmas" has drawn the ire of the Catholic League.

    "What can women do to generate the same sense of outrage from Fox?" Stewart asked on Monday's episode. "Maybe women could protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions with vagina mangers."

    Cue onscreen photo-illustration of a "vagina manger," and a pair of statements from Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

    This unprecedented vulgar assault on Christians cannot stand. If Jon Stewart doesn't apologize, we will mount a boycott of his show's advertisers. And we will enlist our allies in the Protestant, Jewish, Mormon and Muslim communities...

    ...The cover-up is revealing. This episode of "The Daily Show" was done to protest Fox's alleged indifference to the "war on women," and in doing so Stewart not only made a vulgar attack on Christians, he objectified women.

    We are asking Stewart to apologize. If he does not, we will mobilize Protestants, Jews, Mormons and Muslims to join us in a boycott of his sponsors. Moreover, we will not stop with a boycott; there are other things that can be done to register our outrage. We are prepared to spend the money it takes to make this a nationwide issue, and we are prepared to stay the course.

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  • 2 planes with more crash victims to leave Ukraine
    2 planes with more crash victims to leave Ukraine

    KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of containers holding remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash were loaded aboard two military transports to go to the Netherlands Thursday on the second day of the airlift, while Australia's government dispatched 50 police officers to London to prepare to join a proposed U.N. team to secure the crash site.

  • Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager
    Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager

    Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw and the case was referred to the city's JJ Hospital, where they found he was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma, head of dentistry Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar told AFP. The youngster's father, Suresh Gavai, said that the family had been worried that Ashik's swelling was a cancerous growth. "I was worried that it may turn out to be cancer so I brought him to Mumbai," Gavai told the Mumbai Mirror newspaper. "I think it could be a world record," she said.

  • Dow poised to drop 3,000 points
    Dow poised to drop 3,000 points

    Komal Sri-Kumar on why the markets may be poised for a dip

  • Israeli Airline With Missile Defenses Goes to Israel When US Carriers Won’t
    Israeli Airline With Missile Defenses Goes to Israel When US Carriers Won’t

    El Al One of Only Civilian Carriers With On-Board Missile Defense Systems

  • Starbucks seeks to expand in cafe-clogged Vietnam
    Starbucks seeks to expand in cafe-clogged Vietnam

    By Martin Petty HANOI (Reuters) - With more coffee shops per square mile than probably anywhere on earth, opening a cafe in Vietnam's capital could be a bit of a gamble. This week, U.S. coffee chain Starbucks is opening three of them. Vietnam's entrenched coffee culture means Starbucks is delving deeper into what could be one of its most challenging markets yet. The brew is sold cheaply in the simple cafes that line almost every city street, or in the more sophisticated outlets run by local chains Trung Nguyen and Highland Coffee, in which the Philippines' Jollibee Foods Corp has a stake.

  • British MP sorry over Gaza 'fire a rocket' tweet
    British MP sorry over Gaza 'fire a rocket' tweet

    A British lawmaker apologised Wednesday after tweeting that he would likely fire rockets into Israel if he lived in the Gaza Strip. "The big question is -- if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? -- probably yes," Liberal Democrat member of parliament David Ward said on Twitter. The Board of Deputies of British Jews called on Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, to suspend Ward once again from the junior party in Britain's governing coalition.

  • Pit Bull Took Care of Chihuahua While Living on the Streets, Now They're Both Looking for a Home
    Pit Bull Took Care of Chihuahua While Living on the Streets, Now They're Both Looking for a Home

    Joanie and Chachi are hoping for happy days — together. Joanie, a pit bull mix, was found last week in Savannah, Georgia, carrying Chachi, a Chihuahua mix, in her mouth. Chachi suffers from an eye infection; Jonie even licks Chachi's eye lovingly from time to time. Unfortunately, veterinarian staff at Metro Animal Control have been unable to cure the infection, but officers are hoping the pooch pals can get adopted together — since no one has come forward to claim either dog. There's already a lot of interest from around the world.

  • Rachel McAdams Was 'In Awe' Of Lindsay's 'Mean Girls' Talent
    Rachel McAdams Was 'In Awe' Of Lindsay's 'Mean Girls' Talent

    Rachel McAdams has opened up about what it was like to work with Lindsay Lohan in 2004's "Mean Girls," and the actress said her experience with LiLo was positive. "If anything, I was in awe of her talent," Rachel, who played head Mean Girl Regina George in the hilarious movie, told Allure magazine in their August issue. Rachel said she was surprised to hear that Lindsay was intimidated by her at the time. "It’s just funny to hear that because you never know what people are thinking," Rachel told the mag.

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