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Pick Me Up of the Day

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Leonardo Corredor as featured on Homotography.

Fleetwood Mac
"Everywhere"

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Jakes Shears for the Advocate

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In conjunction with this weeks release of their third album, Night Work, Scissor Sisters' lead singer Jake Shears graces the cover of the August issue of The Advocate.

More photos and the complete issue will be available July 12 at Advocate.com.

Barbara Eden’s Jeannie memoir will appear next year

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For the five seasons that she starred on the classic television comedy I Dream of Jeannie, Barbara Eden could conjure up anything from valuable artwork to an elephant with a nod and a blink.
So why did it take her four decades since the series ended its run to write a memoir about her life and career?

“Quite frankly, it scared the Dickens out of me,” Ms. Eden said in a telephone interview. “I was quite frightened of doing this. I’ve been asked several times, and it’s daunting to talk about yourself. It gets to the soft spots inside you.”

Yesterday, the Crown Archetype imprint of Random House’s Crown Publishing division said that it would release a memoir by Ms. Eden, called “Jeannie Out of the Bottle,” in the spring of 2011.

As its title implies, the book will have its share to say about I Dream of Jeannie, on which Ms. Eden played the mystically empowered title character from 1965 to 1970. “She’ll have a big voice in this story,” Ms. Eden said, “but a lot went on before Jeannie.”

More on …

Elizabeth Edwards: John ‘no longer the person I married’

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Gulf beaches hit as distant hurricane pushes oil

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The AP reports: Rough seas generated by Hurricane Alex pushed more oil from the massive spill onto Gulf coast beaches as cleanup vessels were sidelined by the far-away storm's ripple effects.

The hurricane was churning coastal waters across the oil-affected region on the Gulf of Mexico. Waves as high as 6 feet and winds over 25 mph were forecast through Thursday just off shore from the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

In Louisiana, the storm pushed an oil patch toward Grand Isle and uninhabited Elmer's Island, dumping tar balls as big as apples on the beach.

"The sad thing is that it's been about three weeks since we had any big oil come in here," marine science technician Michael Malone said. "With this weather,we lost all the progress we made."

The loss of skimmers, combined with gusts driving water into the coast, left beaches especially vulnerable. In Alabama, the normally white sand was streaked with long lines of oil. One swath…

Larry King to step down after 25 years

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CNN reports: Larry King, the iconic TV interviewer, will step aside from hosting his prime time CNN show later this year, he said yesterday.
King, 76, made the announcement with a short posting to his Twitter account, citing his desire to spend more time with his wife and young children.

"I want to share some personal news with you. 25 years ago, I sat across this table from New York Governor Mario Cuomo for the first broadcast of Larry King Live. Now, decades later, I talked to the guys here at CNN and I told them I would like to end Larry King Live, the nightly show, this fall and CNN has graciously accepted, giving me more time for my wife and I to get to the kids' little league games," King wrote.

"I'm incredibly proud that we recently made the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest running show with the same host in the same time slot. With this chapter closing I'm looking forward to the future and what my next chapter will bring, but for no…

Video shows dying dolphins, sperm whale amid oil slick

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Rubén Cortada as featured on Socialite Life.

Epic trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Apple sells 1.7 million iPhone 4s in first three days

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Apple Inc. said yesterday that it sold more than 1.7 million of its new iPhones in its first three days, shattering the previous record for sales of the popular smart phone.

Sales of the iPhone 4 beat demand for last year's iPhone 3GS, which sold 1 million in the same time period.

"This is the most successful product launch in Apple's history," Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a statement. "Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply."

Many stores ran out of the phone when it went on sale last Thursday, as hundreds of thousands of people across the country waited in long lines that have become a tradition for Apple fanboys.

The record sales came despite controversy over the device, which boasts the newest update to Apple's operating system — iOS 4 — and the iPhone 4-to-iPhone 4 video chatting feature, FaceTime.

The new device has also debuted in France, Japan, Germany and Britain and is scheduled to b…

Scissor Sisters news with Kelly Osborne and Amanda Lepore

Their third album, Night Work, is released today. Find it here.

Jackson glove sells for $190,000

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The BBC reports: A crystal-studded glove belonging to the late pop star Michael Jackson has sold at a US auction for $190,000.

The glove, worn during the Jacksons' 1984 Victory tour, was among over 200 items on offer, which sold for just under $1m in total.

The sale took place at Julien's Auctions at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas at the weekend.

Some items fetched more than 10 times their estimated value.

"It just shows you Michael Jackson is the most sought after and most collectible celebrity of all time. It was just phenomenal," Darren Julien, who ran the auction, told the Las Vegas Review Journal.

"People flew in from Asia, Russia, all over. Now that he's gone, we now realise the true legend we lost," he added.

The value of Jackson memorabilia appears to be rising. The first of his gloves to go on auction after his death went for $49,000, back in September 2009.

X-rays of Marilyn Monroe sold for $45,000

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It’s not as iconic as the photo of a Marilyn Monroe standing in a white dress over a sewer grate – but it fetched quite a price.

Adding to strange celebrity medical memorabilia, three X-rays of the actress were sold at a Las Vegas, Nevada, auction this weekend for $45,000.

Her chest X-ray was sold for $25,000. Her side view X-ray for $10,000 and another X-ray for $10,000.

The value of the chest X-ray taken two weeks after her divorce from baseball great Joe DiMaggio was originally estimated to be between $800 and $1,200. The X-rays were taken at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital from her doctor’s visit in November 1954, according to Julien's Auctions.

(Via CNN)

Steve Carell confirms he is leaving The Office

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The BBC reports: Actor Steve Carell has confirmed he will leave The Office at the end of its 2010-2011 season.

"Yes, it will be my last," he told US magazine at the Los Angeles premiere of his new animated film Despicable Me.

"It's the last on my contract, and I want to honour my contract," the 47-year-old is quoted as saying.

NBC has yet to comment on his departure but is reportedly considering whether to continue the show without him.

Carell has starred in The Office since NBC launched its version of the "mockumentary" comedy series in 2005. He won a Golden Globe for his work in the show in 2006 and was nominated for an Emmy four years running.

Carell said he expected to be "very nostalgic" towards the end of his tenure, saying his colleagues were "some of my best friends in the world."

Twilight boys for GQ

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Why doesn’t Twilight have a Team Bella?

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Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic explores the lack of interest in Bella Swan: If you know even a little bit about Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, you have probably heard there's a Team Edward (fans who want heroine Bella Swan and undead Edward paired off in blood-slurping bliss) and a Team Jacob (those who favor Bella hooking up with Jacob, the werewolf).

But there doesn't appear to be much call for a Team Bella.

Fandom, it seems, is more about hoping the guy gets the girl and less about what the girl wants.

"Bella exists almost solely as an author insert or reader proxy to enjoy the relationships with these two guys, whichever one you like better, in a story that is really geared toward wish fulfillment,” said Cleolinda Jones, a 31-year-old Twilight fan from Birmingham, Ala.

Now that may be because it's nearly impossible to tell who Bella herself wants at any given moment — or it might just be because Bella is annoying. Many who have been sucked into the books freely admit…

Kagan pledges impartiality, restraint on Supreme Court

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The Washington Post reports: Elena Kagan will face her first questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, after telling lawmakers that she would bring a "modest" approach to the Supreme Court and show great deference to the other, elected branches of government.

After hours of opening statements from senators and Kagan herself yesterday, the confirmation hearing for President Obama's nominee to become the 112th justice of the nation's highest court is to reconvene today at 9 a.m.

Monday's statements were dominated by a broad ideological clash between Democrats and Republicans on the panel -- over judicial restraint and the proper reach of government.

Speaking in slow and deliberate tones, Kagan told the committee that her experience as a legislative aide, a White House adviser and most recently solicitor general had underscored for her the importance of a judicial branch that knows its bounds.

"The Supreme Court is a wondrous institution. But …

Gay teens talk their truth

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Tony Barnett as featured on Queerty.

Scissor Sisters & Kylie Minogue
"Any Which Way"

The Funnies

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New York church maintains Gay Pride presence, but with blank banner

Jackson sells 35 million albums since death

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Yesterday marked the 1 year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. Since then, Jackson has sold an estimated 35 million albums worldwide, according to Billboard — an unprecedented response to a musician's passing.

"Last year, when we saw the instant response from consumers wanting to purchase Jackson's albums, there was nothing to compare it to," Keith Caulfield, Billboard Senior Chart Manager and Analyst, told AccessHollywood.com. "Certainly since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991."

While a shocking number of beloved musicians have suffered untimely deaths over the last two decades — Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, Jeff Buckley, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Aaliyah, TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Elliott Smith, to name a few — none have resonated with audiences quite like the King of Pop's. According to Billboard, in the U.S. alone, he sold 9 million albums over the last 12 months, with another 800,000 for sales of his releases wit…

Storm threatens oil spill cleanup

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Don't hold iPhone 4 that way, Apple says

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The LA Times reports:A day after users discovered that cradling Apple Inc.'s new iPhone in your hand may interfere with its antenna and cause it to lose its signal, the company has suggested a solution: Don't hold it that way.

Apple said that some loss of signal from gripping a handset is "a fact of life for every wireless phone," and that if it happens on the new iPhone, users should "avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band."

Or if you prefer, the company suggested, "simply use one of many available cases."

Apple redesigned the phone so the steel frame around the handset doubles as its antenna. The left side of the frame is used to broadcast a cellular signal; the right side is for other bands, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

As a result, people who tend to hold their phone in the left hand may be plagued by the signal problems more than those who hold the phone in their right hand.

RIP Sen. Robert Byrd

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The NY Daily News reports: The nation's longest-serving senator has died. Sen. Robert Byrd, the controversial 92-year-old from West Virginia, passed away earlier this morning.

The politician, who had served more than 50 years in Congress, had been suffering failing health for years and died at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va, according to a spokesman for the family.

Byrd, a Democrat, was admitted to the hospital on Sunday, his condiction considered "seriously ill."

In November, Byrd broke the record for congressional service that had been set by Democrat Carl Hayden of Arizona, who served in the House and Senate from 1912 to 1969. He was the Senate's majority leader for six of those years and was third in the line of succession to the presidency, behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

A former member of the Ku Klux Klan, he was known to recite poetry, quote the Bible, discuss the Constitutional Convention and detail the Peloponnesian Wars — and frequently did in Senate debates…

Weekend box office

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Weekend Top Five:

#1 Toy Story 3 ($59M)
#2 Grown Ups ($41M)
#3 Knight and Day ($20.5M)
#4 The Karate Kid ($15.4M)
#5 The A-Team ($6M)

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Sean Bilsoki as featured on Queerty.

Superman comic goes digital for Apple devices

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ArtsBeat reports: DC Comics, the home of Superman, has announced two digital publishing and distribution initiatives. The company has teamed up with comiXology to produce a DC Comics App and store for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.

Digital versions of DC Comics will also be available on the Sony PlayStation Network and the Comics by comiXology app and Web site. The PlayStation platform opens with more than 80 comics and will add more than 50 issues per month, while comiXology begins with more than 100 titles and will add another 100 per month.
Both platforms share a tiered pricing structure of 99 cents to $2.99 per issue. Newsarama.com has a list of the issues currently available, including two free comics that tell the origin stories of Superman and Batman.
Despite industry concerns that digital comics could cannibalize sales of their print counterparts, DC will offer new issues of Justice League: Generation Lost, a biweekly series, at the same time (and at the same price) th…

Federal jury decides in favor of Scouts

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A federal jury yesterday decided that Philadelphia violated the Boy Scouts' First Amendment rights by using the organization's anti-gay policy as a reason to evict them from their city-owned offices near Logan Square.

"We can't be kicked out of the building or evicted and we don't have to pay any rent," Scouts' attorney William M. McSwain said after the unanimous verdict by a jury of six women and two men.

Scouts lawyers expect U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter to issue a permanent injunction that bars the Scouts' eviction because of their policy - set by the national organization - that homosexuals cannot be scouts or troop leaders.

That's not necessarily the end of the dispute, however.

The jury's answers to the 11 questions on the verdict sheet were "inconsistent," City Solicitor Shelley Smith said, and when verdict sheets have inconsistent answers, the potential exists that the verdict is flawed. We will be exploring our options.…

Taylor Lautner & Robert Pattinson for EW

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Draw you own conclusions.

Juanes
"Yerbatero"

Apple's iPhone 4 hits stores today

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After lining up for hours, or sometimes days, Apple fanatics this morning started to get their hands on the iPhone 4, the latest gizmo in that company's line of trend-setting smartphones.

The iPhone 4 went on sale at 7 a.m. local time today in U.S. stores, and at 8 a.m. local time in France, Germany, Japan and the UK.

At a flagship Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York, more than 600 people had lined up to get a device that some were calling the "Jesus Phone," according to CNNMoney.

Gizmodo, a technology blog, pointed its readers to an iPhone app -- called Line Snob -- that helps iPhone line junkies know how long they will be waiting. Of course, as one commenter pointed out, you would need an old version of the iPhone to be able to use that app.

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the new phone this month, he said the iPhone 4 is "the biggest leap we've taken since the original iPhone," which debuted in 2007.

The phone will cost $199 for a 16-gigabyte version a…

Teen books with gay themes take off

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Here's an interesting little story. Interesting not only because it's about kids reading-- a novelty in and of itself these days. But rather because it's about the recent "explosion" of gay novels in bookstores. At his Kentucky elementary school, kids taunted Brent on the playground about being gay, whatever that was. By eighth grade, he realized what they meant and came out to a friend — and vice versa.

She was an avid writer, he a voracious reader. They headed to their school library in search of stories that spoke to their lives: gay, gay in the South, gay and fearing stereotypes like "disgusting" and "worthless."

"There were tons of books about gangs and drugs and teen pregnancy and there were no LGBT books. I asked the librarian about it and she was like, 'This is middle school. I can only have appropriate books here,'" said Brent, now 15 and heading into his sophomore year of senior high.So they went to their public libra…

American Apparel faces fresh crisis

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For clothing maker American Apparel, allegations that the company makes staffing decisions based on appearance may turn out to be the least of its concerns.

The company, known for its signature T-shirts, sexualized ads and controversial chief executive, recently reported that its quarterly operating loss had more than quadrupled from a year earlier, and warned that it risks defaulting on a credit agreement. The news sent its stock price, already trading in the low single digits, tumbling.

American Apparel is now scrambling to work out a deal with a major lender, Lion Capital, which also owns an approximately 18 percent stake in the company. The company has warned that by the end of June it likely won’t be able to meet the debt-to-earnings ratio that is required under its agreement with Lion Capital.

Even if the clothing company is able to resolve that crisis, production problems at its factories, which are contributing to its poor financial results, could take months to work out, the com…

Remembering Farrah Fawcett one year later

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Miles of oil washing up in Florida panhandle

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The Miami Herald reports: The worst blow yet to the Florida coastline from the growing oil spill struck yesterday in an eight-mile line of thick, sticky goo that stained the pristine sands of this Panhandle community.

Workers spent the day raking up the chocolate-brown oil mats and tar patches that washed ashore, and the state ordered road graders to lift the gunk from the once-white beaches.

Some local leaders complained it was too little, too late.

"It's pitiful,'' said Buck Lee, executive director of the Santa Rosa County Island Authority. "It took us four hours to clean up 50 to 60 feet of beach and I don't see this stopping for a while.''

He urged Gov. Charlie Crist, who toured the area by helicopter yesterday, to demand that the Coast Guard's unified command center in Mobile, Ala., dispatch front-end loaders and heavy-duty equipment to scoop up the tar mats before the brown goo sinks into the sand.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection S…

Cap back after robot nudge stalls oil collection

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The AP reports: A cap is back in place on BP's broken oil well after a deep-sea blunder forced crews to temporarily remove what has been the most effective method so far for containing some of the massive Gulf of Mexico spill.

Engineers using remote-controlled submarines repositioned the cap late yesterday after it had been off for much of the day. It had captured 700,000 gallons of oil in 24 hours before one of the robots bumped into it late in the morning.

Bob Dudley, BP's new point man for the oil response, said crews had done the right thing to remove the cap because fluid seemed to be leaking and could have been a safety hazard.

The logistics coordinator onboard the ship that has been siphoning the oil told The Associated Press that the system was working again but it would take a little time before for the system to "get ramped back up." He asked not to be identified by name because he was not authorized to provide the information.

"It's a setback, and now…

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Bryce Thompson as featured on Major Models.

Obama remarks at White House LGBT Pride Reception

Nicholas Hoult for Tom Ford Eyewear

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Very Hitchcock, Mr. Ford.

Iconic WWII sailor-kissing nurse dies

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AOL News reports: Edith Shain, the nurse captured in the iconic 1945 photo of her kissing a U.S. sailor in New York's Times Square at the end of World War II has died at age 91, her family said.

The photo shows Shain, dressed in her white nurse's uniform, being dipped and kissed by a jubilant U.S. sailor as V-J Day celebrations roar around them. The image by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt became one of the most famous photos of the WWII era, and was published in Life magazine.

But the young nurse's identity was a mystery until the 1970s, when Shain wrote the photographer and said she was the nurse in the photo, taken on Aug. 14, 1945, while she was working at the Doctor's Hospital in New York City. The sailor's identity is still unknown.

Shain died Sunday at her Los Angeles home, her family announced yesterday on her website. She was a registered nurse, kindergarten teacher and public access cable television producer who became famous late in life once her identity …

Talks to reduce whale hunting collapse

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The New York Times reports: Talks aimed at reducing whaling by Japan, Norway and Iceland broke down today, effectively leaving management of the stock in the hands of the hunters.

Anthony Liverpool, the acting chairman of the International Whaling Commission, told delegates meeting in Agadir, Morocco, that “fundamental positions remained very much apart,” The Associated Press reported.

Delegates of the commission’s 88 member governments had been discussing whether to maintain a 24-year-old moratorium on commercial whaling. A 10-year compromise plan proposed by the United States and other antiwhaling nations would have allowed the three countries to resume commercial whaling, but at significantly lower levels and under tight monitoring.

Whaling in Antarctic waters, where Japan hunts hundreds of whales each year, would have been sharply curtailed. But that became the major sticking point in the talks. Delegates said that Japan and antiwhaling nations could not reach agreement on the size o…

McDonald's faces lawsuit over Happy Meals

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LAT reports: Weeks after a Silicon Valley county became the first in the nation to ban toys from McDonald's Happy Meals and other food promotions aimed at children, a public health watchdog group called on the fast food giant to remove the playthings from all its meal packages.

Citing toys aimed at promoting the latest "Shrek" movie, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said that the plastic promotions lure children into McDonald's restaurants where they are then likely to order food that is too high in calories, fat and salt.

The organization on Tuesday served the fast food giant with a letter expressing its intent to sue if toys are not removed. The letter is legally required in several states, including California, before lawsuits can be brought under consumer protection statutes.

"McDonald's is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children," Stephen Gardner, litigation director for the advocacy group said in a statement. "M…

Obama seeks new drill ban as oil still spews

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Reuters reports: The White House is set to step up its legal battle to keep deepwater drilling on hold in the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

A U.S. judge yesterday overturned a six-month ban on drilling in water deeper than 500 feet (152 metres) after an appeal by drillers who stand to lose business.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will offer testimony later today on why the government will appeal that ruling and seek to renew the ban.

The ban was imposed after a well operated by British oil company BP exploded on April 20 and began spewing crude into the sea.

"We see clear evidence every day, as oil spills from BP's well, of the need for a pause on deepwater drilling," Salazar said in a statement.

Salazar will testify to a Senate subcommittee today, along with Michael Bromwich, the new head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy, which under its previous name the Minerals and Management Service was blamed for failing to police the energy indust…

Pick Me Up of the Day

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DW Chase as featured on DNA.

The Funnies

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Lady Gaga on Rolling Stone

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Scissor Sisters on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

Ansel Adams photograph sets auction record

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A sale of photographs by Ansel Adams and Lucas Samaras has set records at a New York auction for the artists.

The records came yesterday on the first of a two-day Sotheby's auction from the Polaroid corporate collection. Some 800 more photographs were being offered today.

Monday's sale total was $7.1 million, exceeding the top $4.5 million estimate.

Adams' "Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park" (pictured above) sold for $722,000. The auctioneer said that shattered his 2006 auction record of $609,600 for "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico," from 1941.

A Samaras work, "Ultra-Large (Hands)," went for $194,500. The previous record for the artist was $132,000 for "Transformation: Eyeglasses" set in 1989.

(Via AP)

Obama White House moves slow on gay rights

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The AP reports:
President Barack Obama is chipping away at his long list of promises to gay voters but has yet to win the enthusiastic backing of the reliably Democratic voting bloc.

The Obama White House has accomplished more than any other on gay rights, yet has drawn sharp criticism from an unexpected constituency: the same gay activists who backed the president's election campaign. Instead of the sweeping change gays and lesbians had sought, a piece-by-piece approach has been the administration's favored strategy, drawing neither serious fire from conservatives nor lavish praise from activists.

Obama today planned to tick through some of the accomplishments at a meeting with grass-roots gay activists at the White House. His administration plans to announce tomorrow that the Labor Department would order businesses to extend unpaid leave for gay workers to care for newborns or loved ones.

The move, coming less than five months before November's congressional elections, seems…

Apple announces 3 million iPads sold in first 80 days

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Apple revealed today that its new multitouch iPad sold 3 million units in the product's first 80 days of availability, with the most recent million sold in just three weeks.

"People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives," Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said. "We're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month."

Apple also said that developers have created more than 11,000 new applications for the iPad that take advantage of its multitouch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. In addition, it will run almost all of the more than 225,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for an iPhone or iPod touch.

Apple sold its first million iPads in less than a month, reaching that milestone in 28 days. The 2 million sales point was later reached in less than two months.

The numbers show that the pace of sales for the…

BP: 25,830 barrels of oil captured or burned Monday

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BP said today that its oil-capture systems at the gushing leak in the Gulf of Mexico collected or burned off 25,830 barrels of oil on Monday, the highest amount yet.

The British energy giant is using two systems to capture some of the oil spewing into the ocean from the deep-sea offshore well that ruptured on April 20 and caused a huge spill.

The two systems on Monday were 2,170 barrels away from their combined 28,000 barrels per day capacity, according to BP figures. The most they had collected or burned off before Monday was 25,290 barrels on June 17, according to BP figures.

An undetermined amount of crude continues to gush into the sea despite BP's two collection systems. The U.S. government estimates that up to 60,000 barrels of oil are gushing from the ruptured well per day.

The containment cap system, which was installed on June 3, collected 15,560 barrels on Monday, while a second system, which started up on June 16, burned off 10,270 barrels, BP said on its website on Tuesday…

Review: Toy Story 3

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[Editor's note] Toy Story 3 is everything a die hard fan wanted it to be and then some. From the old wagon toy chest to the final shot of clouds in the sky that resembled the cloud wallpaper in Andy's first room, the film builds a future on the past we all shared.

As the final installment, this film picks up 11 years after Toy Story 2 with Andy packing up his room and moving away to college. In the packing process, he's made to confront the last remnants of his childhood-- namely, Woody and the gang. Having no real need for them anymore but hesitant to get rid of them altogether, he decides to put them in a trash bag and store them in the attic. In a freak film-plot fluke, the toys are confused for garbage and put outside for pickup. From that point on, Woody (who was not put away) embarks on an epic rescue mission to save his friends from garbage trucks, crazed toddler's at a daycare, maniacal toys, and a trip to the city dump.
Yet for all its thrilling action and edge…

Pick Me Up of the Day

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US Soccer Team player
Carlos Bocanegra as featured on Interview.

Adam Lambert's shaves his head

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Gates: Veto possible of military gay ban bill

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AP reports: Defense Secretary Robert Gates says President Barack Obama could end up vetoing legislation that would lift the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Obama supports repealing the law, and the White House has pushed for quicker congressional action than the Pentagon has favored. Gates also supports repeal.

But Gates tells Fox News Sunday that Obama probably still would veto an upcoming spending bill that includes the repeal — if the bill also contains money for defense projects he says are wasteful.

Gates wants to get rid of an aircraft engine and additional transport aircraft that some lawmakers want to keep. They generally represent areas with defense contractors that would stand to lose business from the cuts.

BP says it's spent $2 billion so far on oil spill

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BP has spent $2 billion in two months of fighting its Gulf of Mexico oil spill and compensating victims, with no end in sight to the disaster or the price tag.

The British oil giant released it's latest tally of response costs today, including $105 million paid out so far to 32,000 claimants. The figure does not include a $20 billion fund that BP PLC last week agreed to set up to continue compensating Gulf residents and businesses. There are also scores of lawsuits piling up against BP for the April 20 rig explosion that killed 11 workers and ensuing oil spill that has yet to be capped.

Also today, the man President Barack Obama picked to run the $20 billion damage fund said many people are in "desperate financial straits" and need immediate relief.

"Do not underestimate the emotionalism and the frustration and the anger of people in the Gulf uncertain of their financial future," Kenneth Feinberg told interviewers. "It's very pronounced. I witnessed it fi…

Weekend box office

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Weekend Top Five:

#1 Toy Story 3 ($109M)
#2 The Karate Kid ($29M)
#3 The A-Team ($13.8M)
#4 Get Him to the Greek ($6.12M)
#5 Shrek Forever After ($5.52M)

We're back

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Apologies for the lull in service last week. We got rocked by an epic stomach virus that took us out of commission for days. We're back now!

Betty White on the passing of Rue McClanahan

Adam Lambert
"If I Had You"

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Pick Me Up of the Day

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Cássio Reis as featured on Cisoto Fotos.