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Katy Perry Creates Own Record Label, Signs Musician Ferras
"Roar" singer Katy Perry somehow found time before the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour kicks off this week to launch a new record label. Perry unveiled Metamorphosis Music, her joint record label with Capitol Records, on Tuesday. Musician Ferras, who Perry has known since 2007 when both were newly signed artists on Capitol, is the first person to release music through the new label; Ferras' self-titled EP debuted simultaneously with the Metamorphosis Music announcement. A pink-clad Perry and piano-playing Ferras previously performed a duet of his song "Rush" at South by Southwest in 2008.
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Biden Says Use Of Term 'shylock' Was A Poor Choice
Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday his use of the term "shylock," which some consider anti-Semitic, was "a poor choice of words." At a conference marking the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, Biden recalled anecdotes from his son's experience serving in Iraq and meeting members of the military who were in need of legal help because of problems back at home. ADL National Director Abraham Foxman issued a reprimand later Tuesday.
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This Fall's New TV Shows: The Winners And Losers On Social Media
Social media activity and TV ratings have so far only been proven to have casual relationship, which, like a casual romantic relationship, sort of means they sleep together but aren't exclusive. But what role does social activity play in predicting which shows will live long lives, and which are destined for the TV graveyard? The answer will become clearer as TV ratings for returning and new fall shows begin to trickle out, following a slew of premieres next week.
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Chinese Hackers Breach U.S. Military Contractors: Senate Probe
Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly breached the computer systems of U.S. companies, including airlines and technology firms, that are involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, details of which were made public on Wednesday, found that U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was only aware of two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year.
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Beyoncé And Jay Z May Or May Not Be Collaborating On A New Album
Today in Beyoncé and Jay Z rumors: The power couple is planning an album together. DJ Skee , a prominent music producer and DJ, announced on his radio show Dash Radio on Tuesday that Mr. and Mrs. Carter are working on a joint album to be released in late 2014 or early 2015. Skee, who is also chairman of the digital media agency Skeematic, reports hearing the news from unnamed sources.
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Brazil's Silva Hits Back At Rumors, Recalls Hungry Youth
In an emotional new television ad, Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva hit back at rumors that she would do away with popular social welfare programs if elected, citing her own youth growing up poor and hungry in the Amazon rainforest. The ad, which ran late Tuesday, went viral on social media and could swing some momentum back in Silva's favor after recent polls showed her support sagging as she battles to unseat leftist President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil's Oct. 5 election. Silva, an environmentalist running on a pro-market platform, lashed out at what she described as Rousseff's recent negative campaigning and denied that she would halt the popular decade-old "Bolsa Familia" program, which pays a monthly stipend to poor families.
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Top U.S. General Urges Congress To Think Again On Defense Cuts
A top U.S. general said on Wednesday, Congress should look hard at whether to continue automatic budget cuts that weaken the U.S. military at a time when security around the world is deteriorating. The rapid advance of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region has fueled calls by current and former military chiefs and the U.S. defense industry for a rethink of the hundreds of billions of dollars in automatic cuts, known as "sequestration". The Pentagon has been struggling to implement nearly $1 trillion in cuts to projected spending over a decade as required by a 2011 law. The law required $487 billion in direct cuts to defense spread over a decade, plus another $500 billion in automatic, across-the-board reductions that would not take place if Congress negotiated an alternative way to curb spending. Congress failed to reach a deal.
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Jack Huston To Become New Ben Hur
Morgan Freeman is joined by "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston in a remake of Charlton Heston classic "Ben Hur." Huston, who played ex-military sniper and mob hit man Richard Harrow on the HBO series, also had parts in "American Hustle" and Beat poet biopic "Kill Your Darlings.
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Dwyane Wade Drops New $20K Watch
Dwyane Wade's back in the watch game, dropping a brand new $20k timepiece with Hublot, and it's made with real alligator. It's called the Classic Fusion Dwyane Wade -- designed with Miami Heat colors -- and it includes 18 karat gold parts, sapphire and an alligator strap. The watch is Wade's second design with the company -- they released one back in 2011.
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Singer Taylor Swift Leads People Magazine's Best-dressed List
Pop star Taylor Swift, who has adopted a sexier look on red carpets, was named People magazine's best-dressed celebrity of the year on Wednesday. Swift led the annual unranked list of the top 10 best-dressed celebrity style icons that also included Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o, singers Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna and actresses Emma Stone and Emma Watson. Rising starlets Chloe Grace Moretz and "Mad Men" actress Kiernan Shipka tied for a spot on the list, rounding out the 11 honorees.