The Sideshow
  • First lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign released a totally '90s video promoting the White House's forthcoming Easter Egg roll.

    Creators of the video used radical graphics and standard-def 4:3 footage to make the promo look like a '90s sitcom. But instead of "Saved by the Bell" stars Mario Lopez and Tiffani Amber Thiessen, this "show" features Jim Carrey, Bo and Sunny, the "first dogs," Michelle and Barack Obama, Ariana Grande, and, last but never least, Cookie Monster.

    The party will take place April 21 on the White House South Lawn and will be live-streamed for those unable to attend.

    Online reaction to the delightfully cheeseball promo was, to use a phrase appropriate to the era depicted, "hella positive."

     

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  • She Ping covered with a swarm of bees in southwest China (AFP)

    Whatever you do, don't sneeze.

    Beekeeper She Ping of Chongqing, China, managed to stand still while 100 pounds of bees (approximately 460,000 stingers) swarmed and crawled over his body, according to local media reports cited by Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

    And, yes, he did it on purpose. What can we say? The man loves bees.

    The feat was accomplished with queen bees. The queens drew hundreds of thousands of worker bees toward the intrepid She.

    Assistants use burning incense and cigarettes to drive bees away from the face of She Ping. (Reuters/China Daily)

    Helpers used incense and smoke to keep the bees away from the beekeeper's face until he was ready. We're willing to bet She buys his aloe by the gallon.

    Beekeeper She Ping (AFP)

    As for why She subjected himself to hundreds of thousands of swarming bees with the potential to leave marks, it was all done in the name of commerce. He told AFP that although he was "very nervous," he did it to promote his honey.

    "It hurt but I didn't dare to move," She told AFP.  "The main preparation is avoiding taking a shower, especially avoiding using soap because it can excite the

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  • Courage of three cancer-fighting girls captured in photograph

    'Sometimes strength comes in knowing that you are not alone'

    A photograph of three young girls battling different forms of cancer has drawn hundreds of comments and  thousands of likes and shares on Facebook.

    The photo, taken by Lora Scantling, shows 3-year-old Rylie, 6-year-old Rheann and 4-year-old Ainsley sharing a tender moment. They didn't know each other before the photo was taken, but their bond seems timeless.

    Rylie is battling kidney cancer. Rheann has brain cancer. Ainsley is fighting a form of leukemia. The three girls have already come a long way and are sure to continue to fight, knowing they aren't alone.

    "I just wanted something that showed the strength and the bond and that they weren't alone," Scantling told KOCO.com.

    Rheann's mom, Valeria Franklin, told KOCO, "The girls had a lot of fun. ... It was just very moving watching their bond form."

    You can follow Rheann, Ainsley  and Rylie on Facebook.

    Follow Mike Krumboltz on Twitter (@mikekrumboltz).

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  • Student killed in bus crash died saving others from the smoke and flames
    Student killed in bus crash died saving others from the smoke and flames

    Student killed in bus crash died saving others from the smoke and flames

  • Time-Lapse Video Shows Girl Growing Up From a Baby to a Teenager
    Time-Lapse Video Shows Girl Growing Up From a Baby to a Teenager

    Time-lapse videos that involve inanimate objects can pique curiosity. But those clips that involve humans, or rather a single human, always seem to gain a lot of popularity on the Internet.

  • Apple cannot escape U.S. states' e-book antitrust cases: judge

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday lost an attempt to dismiss lawsuits by state attorneys general accusing it of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote's ruling paves the way for attorneys general in 33 states and territories to move forward, along with attorneys for consumers, in pursuing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages at a July 14 trial. Following a non-jury trial, Cote in July found that Apple from 2009 to 2010 conspired with the publishers to raise e-book prices and impede competitors such as Amazon.com Inc. The states had pursued the liability finding alongside the U.S. Justice Department without any objection by Apple and obtained a subsequent injunction against the iPad maker in September that called for the appointment of a compliance monitor. But as the case moved into a damages phase, Apple argued that the states lacked standing to maintain an action for damages, arguing they had not alleged they had suffered any injury.

  • Mom Tells Disabled Daughter Boston Marathon Bombs are Fireworks at Finish Line
    Mom Tells Disabled Daughter Boston Marathon Bombs are Fireworks at Finish Line

    Kristine and Kayla Biagiotti Were Feet From the Finish Line

  • Ukraine launches 'gradual' operation, action limited
    Ukraine launches 'gradual' operation, action limited

    By Gabriela Baczynska and Thomas Grove KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking East, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited. In Kiev, acting President Oleksander Turchinov declared a much-needed victory over pro-Russian rebels by saying the air base had been "liberated." But there was no sign of militants. A senior Ukrainian officer told the unarmed crowd that he had come to direct an "anti-terrorist operation" that Turchinov announced earlier in the day, after more than a week of missed deadlines set by Kiev for armed pro-Moscow activists to end occupations of public buildings in some 10 places in the east. Ukraine's state security service said an "anti-terrorist" operation was also in progress against separatists in the nearby town of Slaviansk but there was no immediate evidence of action.

  • Little-Known Legal Challenge That Could Torpedo Obamacare
    Little-Known Legal Challenge That Could Torpedo Obamacare

    While the Supreme Court considers one challenge to a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal appeals court located just blocks away is contemplating a separate challenge that could have much more dire consequences for the future of the law. “What you’re asking...

  • GM CEO 'agonized' over putting two engineers on paid leave

    By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra said she "agonized" over last week's decision to put two GM engineers on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation into faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. Barra's comments, made to reporters on Tuesday after an industry conference ahead of the New York Auto Show, referred to Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman, two engineers involved in the development of the defective switches, which are being replaced in 2.6 million recalled GM vehicles. GM has not explained why the men were suspended, and the two have not responded to Reuters requests for comment. In the wake of the recall, announced in several waves in February and March, Barra said on Tuesday that GM is creating a new global product integrity organization that will focus on product safety and quality.

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