Americans Board Public Transit In Booming Numbers
Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming. Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise, the highest total since 1956, according to ridership data reported by transit systems nationally and released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association. Transit ridership has now fully recovered from a dip caused by the Great Recession. With services restored following economy-driven cutbacks, ridership numbers appear set to continue what had been a steady increase.
Justin Bieber Met With His Probation Officer!
It’s time to get down to business! As part of his punishment for egging his neighbor’s house, Justin Bieber is required to meet with his probation officer, which he dutifully did on Friday. The Biebs and lawyer Shawn Holley talked with the officer for over an hour at the Probation Dept. at the Santa Monica Courthouse.
3 Rockets Hit Israel As Hamas Rejects Gaza Truce
The Israeli military says three rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel despite a proposed extension of a humanitarian truce in the Gaza war. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the group rejected Israel's proposal to extend an original 12-hour lull by four hours, until midnight Saturday. The military says the rockets were fired more than an hour after the period for the initial lull had ended. Meanwhile, the military warned residents of areas where there had been heavy fighting against returning there.
Radcliffe Goes Undercover As Spidey At Comic-Con
That guy in the Spider-Man suit you posed with at Comic-Con? It might have actually been Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe donned a Spidey mask to covertly mingle with fans on the showroom floor at the pop-culture convention. "I did an American accent for the whole time," the British actor said in an interview Friday. Radcliffe posed for plenty of photos with other costumed guests, and even inserted his Spidey-masked face into a poster for "Sharknado 2."
Sandra Bullock Turns 50! See The Star's Best Looks
And now it's time for another A-lister to blow out the candles—we're looking at you, Sandra Bullock ! The Oscar-winner turns 50 today, and we're celebrating by taking a look back at some of her greatest fashion hits. If dressing for success is any indication, then it's no surprise that some of Sandy's best looks come from past Oscar's red carpets. Call it coincidence if you will, but we have a feeling the 2010 Best Actress winner may have dressed to match her shiny new prize with her gorgeous Marchesa gown at the 2010 Academy Awards.
The Touching Moment During Orphan Black's Comic-Con Panel That Made Tatiana Maslany Cry
Last night's annual meeting of the Clone Club (a.k.a. Orphan Black's Comic-Con panel) was, for lack of a better phrase, an emotional f--king rollercoaster. The cast as well as creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson arrived in Room 6A to a standing ovation from their loyal fan base. It started off light heartened enough. They shrugged off Emmy snubs. They joked. They laughed. Then the Q&A portion started.
U.N. Envoy Warns Of Deepening Ethnic Divisions In Myanmar
A senior U.N. official on Saturday warned of a growing polarization between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar and said the living conditions in camps housing displaced Muslims were deplorable. Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, held a news conference at the end of a 10-day visit to the country and called on the government to tackle the recurring issue of inter-communal violence.
Huge Dust Storm Envelops Phoenix Area
Thousands of utility customers in the Phoenix area were without power for up to several hours Friday evening following a massive dust storm, but a temporary "ground stop" for all incoming flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has been lifted. The Salt River Project tweeted that at least 8,800 customers were without power as of 8:08 p.m. local time, the bulk of whom are in the southeast Valley and Apache Junction area. Up to 12,000 were originally without power.
Is Pippa Middleton On Her Way To An Engagement Soon? Sources Say YES!
Exciting news for Kate Middleton 's sister! Apparently, Pippa Middleton is this close to getting a diamond ring from her beau Nico Jackson ! Oooooh! The pair, who were most recently seen at Wimbledon together , have been dating for about two years, but it seems like it's almost time for him to put a ring on it!
Palestinians Visit Ravaged Gaza Areas During Cease-Fire
Israeli officials have reportedly agreed to a four-hour extension of its military's cease-fire with Hamas, after foreign ministers from seven countries, including France and the United States, urged them to consider lengthening the temporary truce. The original agreement began Saturday at 8 a.m., local time, during which displaced Gaza residents trekked back to their homes, many of which have been destroyed by Israeli air and rocket strikes since the conflict began in early July.