Elaine Stritch Curses LIVE On The Today Show!
Elaine Stritch proved once again that you cannot censor a living legend like her! While on the Today show, Elaine was praised for her ability to say whatever she wants, and then she proceeded to say whatever she wanted because she's Elaine Stritch! Elaine dropped a nuclear sized F-bomb while on the air, as she was there to promote her documentary Shoot Me.
Charlie Sheen's Fiancee -- We're Thinkin' Of Having Kids
Brooke Mueller has formed a new alliance in the tangled relationship between Charlie Sheen's wives and his fiance ... and guess who may have more kids. Brooke and Scottine Sheen took Max and Bob to an ice cream joint in Bev Hills Sunday. Scottine dropped a bombshell ... she and Charlie -- who has 5 kids -- are thinking of having babies. As for the new alliance ... if you read between the lines it's pretty apparent ... Brooke is using Scottine as a new ally in her war with Denise Richards. An alternate theory -- Charlie hates Denise and is using Brooke to create a united front against Richards.
South African Anti-apartheid Author Nadine Gordimer Dies, Aged 90
South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, one of the literary world's most powerful voices against apartheid, has died at the age of 90. A statement from the family said Gordimer died peacefully at her Johannesburg home on Sunday evening in the presence of her children, Hugo and Oriane.
Citi Earnings Hit By Long Arm Of The Law
Citigroup reported second-quarter earnings of three cents per share Monday, as it agreed to a massive $7 billion settlement with the Justice Department. Excluding the settlement and other charges, Citi's earnings would have been $1.24 per share. Analysts were expecting $1.05 per share, excluding special charges. Citi shares rose $1.81, or 3.8%, to $48.81 per share in pre-market trading. The company took a charge of $3.8 billion before taxes in the second quarter because of the settlement with the Justice Department for its role in making and packaging toxic mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2007-2009 financial crisis.
Portugal Hopes New Boss At BES Marks Fresh Start For Troubled Bank
Portugal's top bank was under new management on Monday, installing a respected economist as chief executive under pressure from the central bank after worries about the lender's links to the financially troubled Espirito Santo empire had unsettled international markets. An audit of the family-owned holding companies behind Banco Espirito Santo found financial irregularities that raised the prospect of potentially destabilizing losses at the country's largest listed bank. The news last week sent Portugal's debt and stock markets into turmoil that spread to Europe as well as other firms in the Espirito Santo family's sphere.
Church Of England Set To Vote On Women Bishops
The Church of England is set to vote on whether women should be allowed to enter its top ranks as bishops. The Church's national assembly, known as the General Synod, is meeting in York, northern England, where it will debate the issue ahead of a vote Monday. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told BBC he is hopeful the vote will go through, saying "the votes I think are there." The vote comes two years after similar legislation failed to reach a two-thirds majority among the General Synod's lay members, despite approval from bishops and clergy.
U.S. Web Companies Press Demands For Net Neutrality With FCC
Major U.S. web companies on Monday urged regulators to restrict the ability of Internet providers including mobile carriers to strike deals for faster delivery of some web traffic and planned a publicity campaign about the government's proposal. The Internet Association, which represents three dozen web companies such as Google, Netflix and Amazon.com, made their case in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, which plans to establish new so-called "net neutrality" rules. In January, a court ruling struck down the FCC's previous version of such rules. The agency is now collecting public comments on a proposal that would ban ISPs from blocking users' access to websites or applications but allow some "commercially reasonable" deals between content providers and ISPs to prioritize delivery of some traffic.
Kerry, Top Iranian Diplomat To Hold In-depth Talks
Secretary of State John Kerry will hold in-depth discussions Monday with Iran's top diplomat in a bid to advance faltering nuclear negotiations, with a deadline just days away for a comprehensive agreement. The scheduled talks come a day after Kerry and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany failed to reach a breakthrough on uranium enrichment and other issues standing in the way of a deal that would curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the end of nuclear-related sanctions on Tehran.
Shipwrecked Concordia Floated For Tow To Genova
The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated Monday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people. Authorities expressed satisfaction that the operation to float the Concordia from an underwater platform had proceeded without a hitch. Technicians were preparing to shift it some 30 meters and then anchor the massive cruise ship before ending the day's operations.
Google Directors Wanted Page, Brin To Court Facebook Employees
According to newly released documents in a closely watched case alleging big tech companies colluded to suppress wages, Google considered having its cofounders personally recruit Facebook workers and instituted a policy to make counteroffers within an hour to workers offered jobs by Facebook. Google’s concern about Facebook hiring its employees has been a theme in the case, in which 64,000 tech workers accuse Google, Apple , Intel and Adobe of conspiring not to recruit each other’s tech talent. The documents posted Friday dramatize how Facebook, which was never part of the no-recruiting pact, disrupted a chummy network among tech giants.