Olympics-Russian Winter Games Kick Off With A Glitch And Goodwill
The 2014 Winter Games got off to a shaky start on Friday when one of the five Olympic rings failed to open at the start of the opening ceremony, meaning the symbol could not be illuminated with fireworks as planned. In what appeared to be a technical glitch, five giant snowflake-shaped structures suspended from the roof of the 40,000-capacity Fisht Stadium in Sochi failed to unfurl into a circle, and the sequence had to be abandoned.
Pizza Hut Is Bringing A Giant Pizza Thrower To Comic-Con (No, Really)
It’s the eternal question for movies and other brands seeking to make an impression at San Diego Comic-Con: What can we do to get noticed? In the past, answers to that question have included “covering an entire hotel in a banner” and “constructing a massive temporary structure to convince people that they want to see Ender’s Game .” This year, however, Pizza Hut and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might have found the ideal solution.
No Place To Hide: Palestinians Run For Cover In Gaza
The United Nations said on Tuesday that civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel's military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price. Jens Laerke, spokesman of the U.N. Office for Humanitarian Assistance, told a news briefing in Geneva "There is literally no safe place for civilians." Laerke added that more than 500 people have been killed in the coastal enclave which has an estimated 4,500 people per square kilometer.
Shia LaBeouf Is Taking His Alcohol Treatment & Sobriety Seriously All Thanks To Brad Pitt!
Shia LaBeouf has been determined to make a change in his life, starting with his alcohol problem. The movie star has been dedicated to changing his life by implementing a healthy lifestyle by exercising and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to get better and it's all because of Brad Pitt . That's right, his Fury co-star is the reason why he decided to get better. Sources are saying Shia is taking his alcohol treatment program very seriously and the thought of embarrassing himself in front of his co-star during their press tour is scaring him sober!
Zoe Saldana's Guardians Of The Galaxy Problem
At last night's Hollywood premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana opened up about the troublesome makeup she had to wear for the flick that got on almost everything she owned including her husband. Saldana said, "I don't think my husband was happy about getting hugged every evening and getting a lot of his clothing stained. Like every time he'd see me wearing a small dress, he was like, ‘Oh my god, she's going to stain the leather in my Audi.' Mugsy , my dog, she was just over it."
GAO Sting Finds It Easy To Fake It, Get Obamacare Premiums
The Government Accountability Office said Tuesday, eleven out of 12 fake applications for government-subsidized health insurance got through a verification process and the bogus beneficiaries are still covered. The GAO launched the sting to check to see how well the Obamacare process checks for counterfeit applications. The results were messy, GAO’s Seto Bagdoyan says in testimony prepared for a hearing Wednesday of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee. Bagdoyan, who directs GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, said in testimony obtained by NBC News, “The federal marketplace approved coverage for 11 of our 12 fictitious applicants who initially applied online, or by telephone."
Sherri Shepherd Maintains Physical Custody Of 9-Year-Old Son, Tweets "Keep The Prayers Coming"
Sherri Shepherd has walked away the victor in the latest legal battle with her ex-husband Jeff Tarpley. A judge ruled on Monday that the talk show host would maintain primary physical custody of her 9-year-old son, Jeffrey. Tarpley had filed for temporary physical custody on April 2, claiming that Shepherd was neglecting their son by making "poor parenting choices and [refusing] to provide for our child's immediate needs." He added that her grueling work schedule was the main reason why Shepherd allegedly neglected their child, adding that her "career is seven days per week non-stop."
Senate, House On Collision Course On Border Money
Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money. The developments pointed to a hardening stalemate over the crisis in South Texas with lawmakers preparing to leave Washington for their annual summer recess at the end of next week.
American Apparel Hopes To Decide Charney's Fate By Mid-August
According to a source familiar with the situation, American Apparel Inc's founder should know in the next few weeks whether he may return as an employee of the company. The saga that began on June 18 when the retailer suspended its chief executive Dov Charney is drawing to a close, as FTI Consulting has nearly wrapped up its investigation into Charney's conduct. The board ousted Charney from the company for allegedly misusing corporate funds and helping to spread nude photos of a former employee on the Internet. The source said, "The company, Standard General and Dov are all eager to get Dov's situation resolved by the middle of August, if not sooner."
U.S. House Passes Satellite TV Law Reauthorization Bill
House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to reauthorize a law allowing satellite providers such as Dish Network Corp and DirecTV to bring in TV signals from other markets when subscribers cannot pick up local stations. The legislation to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, or STELA, for another five years passed by a voice vote. The Senate is expected to vote on its version of a bill, to be reconciled with the House legislation, later this year.