Alexander Stubb To Become Finland's Next Prime Minister
Finland's ruling conservative party elected EU affairs minister Alexander Stubb as its new leader on Saturday, putting him on track to take over as the country's prime minister after incumbent Jyrki Katainen steps down later this month. Stubb won about 60 percent of delegates' votes at a congress of their centre-right National Coalition party, beating Paula Risikko, the minister for health and social services, in a run-off.
Showtime Renews 'Masters Of Sex,' 'Ray Donovan'
Showtime has announced that Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan will return for new seasons, set to begin production in early 2015. Masters of Sex was nominated for five Emmy Awards this year, and at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys, Allison Janney walked away with a statue for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama. Masters of Sex averages nearly four million viewers across platforms per week, according to the network, while Ray Donovan 's season-to-date is averaging five million weekly viewers across platforms.
Manfred, Torre Take Ice Bucket Challenge For ALS
Major League Baseball officials are not afraid of getting their feet wet for a good cause. Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred, Hall of Famer Joe Torre and more than 160 baseball employees poured ice water over their heads outside the league's Manhattan headquarters Wednesday to raise money for ALS. For every employee involved in the Ice Bucket Challenge, an altruistic stunt gone viral, the league is donating $100 to the ALS Association.
Shakira's Hit Song Ripped Off Dominican Artist: N.Y. Judge
A federal judge has found that a hit 2010 song by Colombian pop star Shakira copied a Dominican songwriter’s work. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in a ruling in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday said Shakira’s Spanish-language single “Loca" infringed on the work of Ramon Arias Vasquez, who wrote “Loca con su Tiguere” in the late 1990s. The ruling is a victory for the plaintiff, Mayimba Music, which holds the rights to Arias's work and which sued Sony Corp of America and several other Sony units in 2012. The judge found only two of them liable, Sony/ATV Latin and Sony/ATV Discos, for distributing Shakira’s song.
President Obama To Address Beheading Of U.S. Journalist James Foley
President Obama is expected to speak about the murder of U.S. journalist James Foley at 12:45 p.m. CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett said , Obama's remarks will mark the first time the president addressed the barbaric murder and are expected to be delivered in the context of the broader Iraq conflict. The savage murder was revealed on Tuesday when Islamic State militants released a video that purported to show the beheading of Foley, an American freelance journalist who had been missing since he was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. The White House said on Wednesday, the U.S. intelligence community analyzed the video and reached the judgment that it was authentic.
Attorney General Arrives In Ferguson
Attorney General Eric Holder landed Wednesday in St. Louis and made his way toward the troubled suburb of Ferguson, where he planned to check in on the federal investigation into the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. The attorney general landed hours after an 11th night of protests against the killing. In a message to the people of Ferguson, published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holder promised a “fair and thorough” federal inquiry.
Futures Little Changed With Fed Minutes On Tap
U.S. stocks inched higher Wednesday after two days of gains, ahead of the release of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting, as investors brushed off bleak earnings forecasts from some retailers like Lowe's and Target. Investors will peruse the Fed minutes, which will be Wednesday, for clues on how soon the central bank plans to hike interest rates.
Anything Could Happen During Beyonce's VMAs Performance This Weekend!
Can you even WAIT for Beyoncé's upcoming VMAs performance this weekend?! People really have NO idea what to expect from Bey's performance. There are SO many possibilities. Will she be up there all by herself?? Or will someone join her on stage?! If so, WHO?! A guest appearance isn't all the BeyHive wants to happen, anything is possible!
Latest Ferguson Protests Are Smaller, More Subdued
Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke. The St. Louis suburb still had plenty of lively protest Tuesday over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. And tensions rose briefly when someone hurled a bottle at officers. But the overall scene was more subdued than the past five nights, with smaller crowds, fewer confrontations and no tear gas. Police said they still made 47 arrests, mainly of people who defied orders to disperse. The slight easing of tensions preceded Attorney General Eric Holder's planned visit to the area on Wednesday. He was expected to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown's death, as well as with community leaders.
Robin Williams To Be Honored By Billy Crystal At The 2014 Emmy Awards
Robin Williams is getting a special tribute at the 2014 Emmy Awards. Williams' longtime friend, former Father's Day co-star and fellow comedian Billy Crystal will lead a tribute to the late actor during this Monday's awards ceremony in L.A. Emmys producer Don Mischer confirmed the news today, saying, "We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable. Billy seemed like the perfect choice." This will be the first time Crystal has spoken at length about Williams' death. Crystal did not release a statement following his passing. He simply took to Twitter several days ago to write, "No words." Williams, 63, was found dead at his home on Aug. 11 after committing suicide.