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- 'Sound of Music' alive for 18.5 million viewers
- Ted Cruz Criticized for Praising Nelson Mandela
- Google manager reportedly posts photos of prescription Glass, quickly removes them
Google has been promising to bring support for prescription lenses to Google Glass, but it hasn't given much of an indication of what that'll ultimately look like or when it'll be released. But earlier this week, Google community manager Brian Matiash reportedly posted two photos that appear to be of Google Glass with built-in prescription lenses. The photos were caught by Phandroid, and while they've since been pulled from Matiash's Google+ page, the images' embedded GPS data suggests that they were taken right on Google's campus.
- Elton John challenges Russian gay ban from stage
British pop icon Elton John escaped serious criticism in Russia on Saturday after using a sold-out Moscow concert to challenge a highly contentious law banning the "propaganda of homosexuality" to minors. The 66-year-old singer is the first Western star known for fighting gay prejudice to tour Russia since it adopted in June a measure making it illegal to explain same sex relationships to children. John -- openly gay and in a civil partnership with filmmaker David Furnish since 2005 -- performed in Moscow on Friday and is due to play in the heart of the Muslim region of Tatarstan on Saturday night. He had been urged by some gay rights advocates to cancel the concerts as a form of protest against President Vladimir Putin's 13-year rule.
- 'Cannibal sandwiches' sicken residents in Midwest
Residents in the upper Midwest should ditch their seasonal tradition of eating "cannibal sandwiches" made of raw ground beef, health officials warned, citing multiple outbreaks of foodborne illnesses since the 1970s and cases last year. Gobbling up raw ground beef spread on sandwich bread or crackers with onions and other seasoning led to more than 50 cases of foodborne illness in 1972, 1978 and 1994 in Wisconsin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in a report released this week. Raw beef "cannibal sandwiches" have also been linked to at least four cases, and possibly more than a dozen, of sickness tied to E. Coli bacteria in the central region of Wisconsin over the 2012 winter holiday season, the CDC said.
- This Super-Tiny Home Was Built by the Homeless for the Homeless
When the Occupy movement took hold in 2011, a group of activists in Madison, Wisc., joined the cause, setting up a camp on East Washington Avenue. The camp quickly attracted many of the city’s homeless residents, and as a result, the activists were inspired to do something to help those without permanent homes. Today Occupy Madison is an established nonprofit that’s building affordable, sustainable housing for homeless residents in Wisconsin’s capital. A revolving crew of volunteers provided the labor—including Betty Ybarra.
- Lemurs Snooze in Caves Like Early Humans
Some of Madagascar's ring-tailed lemurs head to bed in caves every night, new research finds. The study is the first evidence of modern wild primates sleeping regularly in caves. Early human remains in South Africa have been found in caves, suggesting that although lemurs and humans aren't particularly closely related as far as primates go, there is something in deep primate history that makes caves appealing — possibly protection from predators, said study researcher Michelle Sauther, an anthropologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder. "We think cave-sleeping is something ring-tailed lemurs have been doing for a long time," Sauther said in a statement.
- Federal judge criticized by Supreme Court Justice fires back
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge this week defended his custom of urging lead law firms in class actions to staff the lawsuits with women and minority lawyers, two weeks after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito took the unusual step of criticizing the practice. The judicial dustup stems from the Supreme Court's decision on November 18 not to review a challenge to a class action settlement that resolved antitrust claims against Sirius XM Radio Inc. Though it declined to hear the case, Alito wrote a six-page statement criticizing the practice of Judge Harold Baer, of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, of encouraging firms that represent plaintiffs in class actions to assign lawyers that reflect the gender and racial makeup of the class. In court orders, Baer has written that the practice is warranted under a federal rule governing the certification of class action lawsuits.