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- Major US Winter Storm Spotted from Space
Unlike the balmy, decidedly un-December like weather that has enveloped parts of the eastern United States, the West and Midwest have gotten a harsh blast of winter thanks to a powerful storm that blanketed a large swath of the country. The storm has dumped large amounts of snow and sent bone-chilling winds rushing across affected areas. Big Hole National Park, in Montana, reported a temperature of minus 31.9 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 35.5 degrees Celsius) this morning (Dec. 5), and the National Weather Service reported snowfalls in the area from an inch to more than a foot. Snow currently covers most of the Northern Plains, and is expected to continue through today, with the system gradually moving eastward and bringing snow and a mix of snow, ice and rain to areas from the Ohio Valley up to Albany, N.Y., according to Accuweather.
- Kanye, Go Away
The rapper Kanye West is known as one of the Western world's largest egotists, which is really saying something in the boastful world of rap. In a radio interview with MTV personality Sway Calloway in New York City, he came to President Barack Obama's defense, asserting, "Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people. The Daily Beast published an article titled "In Defense of Kanye West," with the subheading "Saying Kanye West Is 'crazy' or 'childish' or 'out of control' follows the socially sanctioned belittlement and demonization of black men." In this piece, Rawiya Kameir completely sidestepped the Jewish-connections remark and stuck to the racism charge.
- New Type of Boredom Discovered, and It's Rampant
"Of particular concern is the relative frequency of apathetic boredom observed in the present research," lead psychologist Thomas Goetz of the University of Konstanz in Germany and his colleagues wrote. Among high-school students studied, they found, apathetic boredom made up 36 percent of their boredom experiences.
- Transgender cop in Conn. files complaint
A transgender police officer in Connecticut has filed a complaint with a state agency alleging her supervisors created a hostile work environment because of her gender identity. Francesca Quaranta said ...
- Billionaire U.S. candy heiress pleads guilty in fatal crash
By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire candy heiress Jacqueline Badger Mars, who owns a third of the Mars Inc candy company, pleaded guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor reckless driving charges stemming from a fatal accident in Virginia. Loudoun County General District Court Judge Deborah Welsh ordered Mars, 74, to pay a $2,500 fine and suspended her license for six months, according to online court records. Mars was driving a Porsche SUV on October 4 when it crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a minivan in Aldie, Virginia, according to the Sheriff's Office in Loudoun County, on the outskirts of Washington. A minivan passenger, Irene Ellisor, 86, died at the scene.
- The Good and the Bad of 'The Sound of Music Live'
Well, no one fell down during last night's live broadcast of The Sound of Music Live—unless you count that tumble Rolf and Liesl took during "Sixteen Going on Seventeen"—but it's hard to say the production was perfect. The screen lit up when Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, and Christian Borle were on. McDonald was tender and soulful, even opposite Carrie Underwood at her most wooden. Special props go to Ariane Rinehart, who was lovely as Liesl.
- Stevie Nicks Dishes On American Horror Story: Coven Appearance
- Analysis: Boeing bidders dangle goodies to win 777X jetliner
By Alwyn Scott and Harriet McLeod NEW YORK/CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - South Carolina will clinch a long-awaited land sale next week that should help Boeing Co expand aircraft production. Perhaps more importantly, the $13.8 million deal may help South Carolina win assembly work for Boeing's next big jet. The acreage near Boeing's assembly line in North Charleston is just one of a tantalizing collection of goodies that states across the country are dangling to try to lure the lucrative new jet program, known as the 777X, that promises thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic benefit to the winning state. Boeing has requested proposals for the jetliner program from more than a dozen states after the unionized machinists in Washington state last month roundly rejected a labor contract that would have guaranteed the plane was built there.