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- Obamas, Bushes, Hillary Clinton on Air Force One Create Unique Sleeping Arrangements
- 'Jupiter Ascending' Trailer: The Wachowskis Put Channing Tatum in Eyeliner
For their follow up to the convoluted Cloud Atlas, the Wachowski siblings have once again done something bold: they've made Channing Tatum look sort of ugly. In the first trailer for their Jupiter Ascending—which, frankly, doesn't look any less confusing than their previous work—the hero played by Tatum appears with a yellowish goatee and heavy eyeliner. Sean Bean is also in this, but probably not for the length of the entire movie. (Sorry, Sean.) Eddie Redmayne wears some sort of fancy collar thing. The plot has something to do with his involvement with Mila Kunis, who is important in some way or another, aside from the fact that she's Mila Kunis and looks great here. Seriously though, her character's name is Jupiter and though she has a lowly job scrubbing toilets "her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos." Tatum plays Caine, a "genetically engineered ex-military hunter."
- Yelling, threatening parents harm teens' mental health
By Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Threatening or screaming at teenagers may put them at higher risk for depression and disruptive behaviors such as rule-breaking, a new study suggests. "The take home point is that the verbal behaviors matter," Annette Mahoney, who worked on the study, said. She's a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. "It can be easy to overlook that, but our study shows that the verbal hostility is really relevant, particularly for mothers who scream and hit, and for fathers who do either one," Mahoney told Reuters Health.
- Obama's gestures during Mandela memorial scrutinized
- 'Starship View' of Earth and Moon Captured by NASA Jupiter Probe (Video)
NASA's Juno spacecraft captured an amazing "starship-like view" of Earth and the moon as it made a speedy flyby past our planet on its way to Jupiter in October. "If Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise said, 'Take us home, Scotty,' this is what the crew would see," Scott Bolton, the principal investigator for Juno at the Southwest Research Institute, said in a statement from NASA. NASA unveiled the video of Earth and the moon by Juno Tuesday (Dec. 10) during the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. Earth and the moon first came into Juno's view when the spacecraft was about 600,000 miles (966,000 kilometers) away, NASA officials said.
- Reagan Was Right on South Africa
Normal and friendly relations cannot exist between the United States and South Africa until it becomes a dead policy. So said Ronald Reagan in his 1986 message to Congress vetoing the "sweeping and punitive sanctions" Congress was seeking to impose. Reagan equated the sanctions to "declaring economic warfare on the people of South Africa." His Treasury Secretary James Baker said Sunday that Reagan likely regretted this veto.
- Qaeda kidnappers silence journalist survivors of Syria bombs
From Baba Amr to Aleppo, they braved countless army bombardments to tell the world about the suffering of Syrians, but two Spanish journalists have fallen prey to another danger: Al-Qaeda kidnappers. Reporter Javier Espinosa and photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova have been held since September 16 by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), according to a statement released Tuesday by the Spanish journalists' families. "Embedded" with rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, the journalists had been working in battered Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria on their last trip. Espinosa has ventured into rebel areas of Syria a dozen times since the anti-Assad revolt broke out in 2011.
- CIA papers show Panetta spilled bin Laden secrets
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly declassified documents show that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to "Zero Dark Thirty" scriptwriter Mark Boal, who was allowed to attend Panetta's speech at CIA headquarters marking the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.