Texas Gunman Dies After Police Officer And Civilian Bystander Are Shot Dead - At least two other police officers and one civilian also wounded in exchange of fire at house near Texas A&M University. Apparently the guy started shooting when police delivered a notice to his house. [guardian]
Boris Johnson Reveals Ambition To Be Prime Minister - London Mayor Boris Johnson has sensationally revealed his ambitions to be prime minister today – raising the prospect of a battle with former schoolmate David Cameron for the top job. [metro]
DA To Make Path Easy For Entrepreneurs – The DA plans to make it easier for people to start their own businesses to grow employment, its leaders said on Monday. “We believe that South Africa’s failure to grow the economy and create jobs is, in part, a failure to cultivate a nation of entrepreneurs,” Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said in Cape Town. [news24]
Microsoft Declaws Online Advertisers With Do Not Track Option – Microsoft confirmed last week that “Do Not Track,” the system that would let Internet users “opt out” of being tracked online by third-party advertisers, will be the default setting for its upcoming Internet Explorer 10 Web browser. [thedaily]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Protests NBC Reality Series ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ - Nine Nobel Peace Laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have demanded NBC scrub its new reality series “Stars Earn Stripes” because, “war isn’t entertainment.” [washingtonpost]
Hollywood Stars Tells John Travolta: “Come Out!” – People in Hollywood, like Joan Rivers and Carrie Fisher, have been more than happy to sound off on the possibility that the “Saturday Night Fever” actor is gay. But now Rashida Jones, star of “The Office” and the upcoming film “Celeste And Jesse Forever,” is joining the choir of voices who want Travolta to come out. [huffingtonpost]
Vietnam Fines Airline For Dancers In Bikini-Tops – The women, all candidates in a beauty contest, performed a three-minute dance on the August flight. Vietnamese officials have fined a budget airline for having beauty contestants in bikini-tops dance aboard a plane without authorisation, state-run media has reported. [bbc + video]
Online Gaming In SA Booming – Online gaming in South Africa is growing at a tremendous speed, despite various limitations. Internet service provider MWEB has hit three record months of gaming numbers in a row. [news24]
Mad Scramble For Powerball Tickets As Tomorrow’s Jackpot Sits At R2.5 Billion – In US Dollars that comes to $305 million. Which is a lot of money. This is close to double last week’s Euromillions lotto draw. You can buy tickets online for tomorrow’s R2.5 billion lottery [here]
Democrats Are Now Officially Freaking Out About Paul Ryan – In the first official sign that the Democratic Party is starting to worry about Paul Ryan’s selection as vice president, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a fundraising email Monday urging donations in light of the supersized crowds, which reportedly reached as many as 15,000 in North Carolina. [businessinsider]
Google Slices Motorola Staff – Google Inc. said Monday that it will reduce Motorola Mobility’s workforce by about 20% to help streamline the unprofitable wireless-phone maker. The roughly 4,000 job cuts are the first large-scale layoffs in Google’s 13-year history. [wallstreetjournal]
Pope’s Butler To Stand Trial - A Vatican judge on Monday ordered the pope’s butler and a fellow lay employee to stand trial for the alleged pilfering of documents from Pope Benedict XVI’s private apartment, in an embarrassing scandal that exposed power struggles and purported corruption at the Holy See’s highest levels. [nytimes]
Billionaire Soros To Marry For The Third Time – Billionaire investor George Soros had a lot to celebrate on Saturday evening: his 82nd birthday and the engagement to his much younger girlfriend Tamiko Bolton. Soros proposed to Bolton, 40, a few weeks ago during a weekend visit to the Hamptons, a summer beachside colony on Long Island frequented by New York’s wealthy. [msnbc]
Robert Pattinson Breaks Silence – No matter how much it may hurt, this is one vampire unafraid to come out into the light. Robert Pattinson stepped out for the cameras for the first time since the Kristen Stewart cheating scandal, appearing Monday in New York for The Daily Show. [people]
Katy Perry Suffers Wardrobe Malfunction – Exposes Entire Bum - Yesterday as Katy Perry enjoyed a trip to Raging Waters in San Dimas she showed off a little bit too much of her enviable bikini body as she took to a ride in a two-piece. The singer who is known for her love of amusement parks found herself overexposed when her bottoms slipped down as she went down a water slide. [dailymail]
Children’s Fairy Tale Comes to Life as Fox and Boar Help Kangaroos Break Out of Wildlife Park - Officials at a wildlife park near Frankfurt, Germany, are on the lookout for an escaped kangaroo believed to have been assisted in his getaway by a fox and wild boar. Three male kangaroos — Skippy, Jack, and Mick — made their way out of their enclosure through a hole dug by a fox that made its way into the park, no doubt to make mischief. [gawker]
Jonah Hill Embarrassed After Being Caught Photographing Placenta – Knocked Up star Jonah Hill found himself in the middle of a real-life delivery drama in a New York City park this week. The actor was sightseeing with a friend when he stumbled upon a woman in the middle of giving birth. [ninemsn]
Miranda Kerr Strips Off For Harper’s – Australian supermodel and Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr goes nude to model boots and tells us how you could get a body just like hers. [telegraph]
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