Three Tickets Share Mega Million Prize – What is $640 million divided by three? Mega Millions announced Saturday that 3 winning tickets for Friday’s record-breaking lottery were bought, after a drawing that saw Americans spend nearly $1.5 billion on tickets. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 23, 38 and 46, and the “Mega Ball” was 23. [newyorktimes]
Noxolo Kiviet Video Removed - The video which someone filmed and maintains is of Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet – in a booze-fuelled bar rant – has been removed off YouTube. It is not understood why the creator of the video would be put under so much pressure and threatened to that point, if it wasn’t real? [original]
Ashton Kutcher To Play Steve Jobs – It sounds like an April Fools’ Day prank, and it relates to the man who made “Punk’d” a word, but the Hollywood industry papers Variety and The Hollywood Reporter both insist it is true. Ashton Kutcher is going to play Steve Jobs. [smh]
All On Track For North Korea Missile Launch – New satellite images of a North Korean rocket launch site show a mobile radar trailer and rows of what appear to be empty fuel and oxidizer tanks, evidence of ramped-up preparation for what Washington calls a cover for a long-range missile test. [time]
ANC Respond After Malema’s ‘Dictatorship’ Label – waZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Zweli Mkhize launched a scathing attack on unruly youth in the party on Sunday, calling for an end to the use of derogatory language directed at the ANC and its leadership. [news24]
Lauren Hill Jazz Festival Disappointment - There was no denying that US singer Lauryn Hill was one of the most anticipated performers at this year’s festival, with many expressing disappointment that they would miss out when her inclusion in the programme was announced only after tickets were sold out. [mail&guardian]
Mali Rebels Control Timbuktu As Troops Flee – Tuareg rebels in Mali have seized Timbuktu, the last northern army stronghold, as the leaders of last month’s military coup said they were ready to cede power. A rebel statement said they had “control of the entire region” and had ended Malian “occupation”. [bbc]
Zuckerberg’s China Trip Sparks Facebook Frenzy – The sight of a vacationing Mark Zuckerberg in Shanghai has sparked a frenzy of online speculation over the possibility Facebook might return to China, even though the site remains firmly blocked. [afp]
Perez Not Getting Carried Away With Malaysia F1 Result – Sergio Perez, the Sauber driver challenged Fernando Alonso hard for a race win in Sepang, but lost his chance when he ran wide near the end of the race – handing his Ferrari rival enough of a buffer at the front to hold on until the chequered flag, leaving him with an unexpected 2nd place. [autosport]
‘Hunger Games’ Breaks More Records – Hunger Games towered over new entries Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror in its second weekend, grossing $61.1 million and pushing its domestic cume to $251 million. The Lionsgate pic crossed $250 million in only 10 days — the fastest ever for a nonsequel. [hollyrep]
Celebrity Pranks – April Fools Roundup – Happy April Fools’ Day! Silliness abounds this season: Justin Bieber celebrates the revival of MTV’s “Punk’d” on March 29, gearing up for a new slew of celebrities getting punk’d and pranked, and Madonna actually thinks releasing an album called “MDNA” is cool. [huffers]
Jerry Lee Lewis Marries The Ex-Wife Of His Underage Ex-Wife’s Brother – Right-wingers concerned with the sanctity of marriage should probably shift their focus from the gays to Jerry Lee Lewis, who recently got married for the seventh time. That in and of itself is shocking, but what’s really unsettling is the family connection. [gawker]
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