Kid Cudi releases surprise album, 'Satellite Flight'

Offering just a few hours' notice, Kid Cudi surprised fans by issuing a new album at midnight.
Late Monday, the alt-rapper began dropping hints via Twitter that his latest, “Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon,” would soon arrive.
Keeping with his trippy, outer-space motifs, Cudi told his followers (or “fellow galaxy travelers”) that “Tickets to Copernicus Landing will be available for purchase via iTunes in the next 2 hours.” “Copernicus Landing,” is one of the 10 tracks featured on the new album.
“Time to make the world stand still,” the rapper tweeted before issuing a one-hour warning and finally calling his travelers to “board” with a link to purchase the album on iTunes.
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Sound familiar? Cudi joins a growing list of artists tightening the gap between pre-album hype and release.
Jay Z used a commercial during the NBA finals last year to give fans a two-week notice that he was dropping “Magna Carta Holy Grail” for free via Samsung smartphones. Kanye West tweeted a cryptic date for what turned out to be “Yeezus.” The oft-polarizing rapper then drummed up a ton of pre-album hype.
And barely two weeks will pass between the time Pharrell casually announced his first record in nearly eight years and when fans will be able to purchase it.
Cudi’s move also calls to mind BeyoncĂ©’s game-changing stunt when she stealthily unleashed a 14-track/17-video opus at the tail end of 2013.
But unlike Bey, Cudi didn’t keep fans completely in the dark about his project.
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The rapper had been prepping the album since wrapping a tour in support of last year’s “Indicud.” While touring, he announced that “Satellite Flight” would be an EP prelude to the forthcoming third installment of his “Man on the Moon” series.
By late January, the EP had morphed into a full-length album, and Cudi announced it would be released in February (“thats what u get for being so patient w me. Ur gonna love it,” he tweeted last month).
“Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon” is currently available only through digital retailers and for the next week can be purchased only in its entirety.
A physical copy is expected to contain extra tracks. No release date for the physical copy has been announced, but Cudi pointed out that “Satellite Flight’s” release date was originally listed on iTunes as April 29, "but that's a glitch. Or is it," he tweeted with a wink.,0,6617044.story#axzz2uPKJgG6p

20 years later, Intersport still cashing in on Nancy Kerrigan clip

Charlie Besser is still getting more than he bargained for from Jan. 6, 1994.

That was the day a production team for his Chicago-based sports and entertainment company, Intersport, was tagging along with figure skating gold medal hopeful Nancy Kerrigan during a practice session at Detroit's Cobo Arena to gather some extra footage for a TV special it was putting together for ABC Sports.

What it got would immediately become one of the most infamous images in Olympic history.

Intersport's cameraman was the only one rolling when Ms. Kerrigan was suddenly attacked by a man wielding a police baton, capturing the moments of the skater on the ground and receiving medical attention.

The exclusive video's value was obvious, and Mr. Besser acted swiftly.

He told the producers to embed the Intersport logo on the clip. Then he picked up the phone, triggering what would become a bidding war for the five to 10 minutes of footage.

After calling outlets like Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight to establish a fair asking price, Mr. Besser chose to give first rights to ABC News for about 60 percent of the value of other bids, since the assignment had come from ABC in the first place.

But that was only the start of what has become a continuing source of revenue for the company. It is still getting requests to license the footage 20 years later.

"When Tonya Harding gets married, we get calls. When Nancy Kerrigan gets married, we get calls. When somebody has a baby or gets divorced in that group, we get calls," said Mr. Besser, who founded Intersport in 1985. "It's kind of crazy, but it just keeps going."

Intersport has netted seven figures in revenue over the years from licensing the video clip hundreds of times on TV and the Web.

More than a dozen requests rolled in over the months leading up to the current Olympic Games in Sochi. ESPN and NBC Sports both licensed the footage for recent documentaries on the incident.

Fees vary, depending on how an outlet wants to use the video, but typically start at between $10,000 and $15,000 per use, or $250 per second, for using it over a one-year period.


That's a relative drop in the bucket for a company whose annual revenue is north of $100 million, but Intersport has vigilantly protected the video, as social media has expanded.

"It is constant checking and supervision," said Mr. Besser, adding that Intersport has had to make some calls to unlicensed users but has never sued anybody over it. "Everybody knows who owns it now, so there are very few excuses."

Today, Intersport is known primarily for staging and selling sponsorships for sporting events like the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby, and the State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships during the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Most recently, it added the Hockey City Classic, an outdoor college hockey event that debuted at Soldier Field last year and that the company intends to bring back to Chicago in 2015.

Those large events, combined with nearly 1,500 smaller ones each year, make up about half of its business. The company also runs a sports sponsorship consulting service and a growing online entertainment news hub,

But two decades after the fact, the Kerrigan video still shows up on the Intersport ledger, and the company continues to be crafty in making sure user licenses expire short of key anniversary dates, a move to keep fresh requests coming in.

All currently active licenses, for example, expire before the 25th anniversary of the incident, when Mr. Besser says Intersport will "do the ultimate digging back into the story" through a documentary "and then put it to rest forever."

Or maybe, he says with a smile, just until the next round of requests start pouring in at the 30-year mark.

Neo Samsung Galaxy Y ( GT - S5312 ) , Galaxy Variants Cheapest

Samsung would be a great name many reasons to choose a device made ​​by Korean vendors use this as a phone . Realizing this , Samsung also seems to try to provide a lot of enhancements for all levels of user segments .
The newest Handphone Samsung smartphones even bring to class beginner who just wants to try the Android system with a relatively very affordable price for a branded Android smartphone via Y Neo also known as Pocket Neo in several other countries . Then how is it worth to be owned cell phone ?
Small , chubby and plastic makes the phone look like a toy cell phone , kid , though of course not .
Looks red thread on Neo Y design that connects to the design of the Galaxy series later present as S4 , S4 Mini , Mega Core and others . Only the home button on the side of the face appear larger due to the effect of the proportion between the size of the keys and the body of the phone ..
Flanking the home button , there are 2 buttons are capacitive menu and back in the bottom of the screen . While the power / lock and volume control located on the side bersebrangan , right and left edges of the phone body .
MicroUSB port that serves as a gateway connecting the charger and the data kebel toward computers were placed in the lower side audio port jacks inhabit the upper side . thats it and this is harga handphone samsung

Flappy Bird Online: Free Games Make Favorite Even Harder

Flappy Bird Online proves it is impossible to kill a good game, even if the creator decides to remove the game from app stores to help gamers stop playing the game.

Even though the Flappy Bird game is gone, there are at least three different Flappy Bird online games that let users play Flappy Bird without paying for one of the now removed Flappy Bird iPhones on eBay.  It’s possible to still play Flappy Bird online on an iPhone or Android, but there are also several options that are only available to play on a computer as a Flappy Bird Flash game.

Watch the Flappy Bird Online Video below to see these three options in action, including Flappy Bird flash and Flappy Bird impossible.

Unlike the regular game there are no Flappy Bird online cheats or hacks. Quite the opposite, there is actually a mode to make Flappy Bird harder.

Flappy Bird Online for iPhone or Android

We shared a Flappy Bird online game yesterday that allows gamers to play Flappy Bird on the iPhone or Android with an HTML5 app that runs on pretty much any device. This is the best option for playing Flappy Bird online on an iPhone, iPad or Android device without the app installed. Short of finding a Flappy Bird hack that lets them install the game on an jailbroken iPhone, this is the best way to play on an iOS device. Android users can also get in on the fun, but they can also search for a FlappyBird.apk to install it outside of the Google Play store.

Flappy Bird Flash – As Close as it Gets

Flappy Bird Flash is as close as it gets the experience of Flappy Bird. This free Flappy Bird flash game is available on Kongregate with a very similar gameplay and portrait orientation screen that looks like an iPhone. Because this is Flash based you cannot play it on the iPhone or iPad. Instead the best way to play Flappy Bird Flash is to use a computer where you control the bird with mouse clicks or presses of the space bar. A laptop touchpad makes it about the same as playing on a screen. The bird in many versions falls at a weird rate, but Flappy Bird Flash is spot on in timing and difficulty.

Flappy Bird Online – Harder Edition

If Flappy Bird on iPhone or Android is too easy for your skilled taps, check out the Flappy Bird Online offering from Plonga which offers an Impossible version that makes Flappy Bird even harder with a faster pace, smaller openings and enhanced gravity. Somehow this harder Flappy Bird game is more addictive than the original.!vm9kS

Bruce Jenner ‘Finding Himself’ Amid Sex Change Surgery Reports

Ever since news broke that Bruce Jenner sought plastic surgery to shave down his Adam’s apple, rumors have been swirling that he is gearing up for a sex change. However, sources tell EXCLUSIVELY that Bruce wants people to ‘mind their own business!’
Bruce Jenner, 62, stepped out on Feb. 10 with a noticeably smoother neck following the laryngeal shave he underwent because he “didn’t like its appearance,” according to While we can’t account for or confirm the reason for Bruce’s noticeably more feminized appearance — including what looks like hair plugs to go along with a new ombre ‘do — can EXCLUSIVELY report that Bruce wants people to “mind their own business” on the subject of his rumored sex change.

Bruce Jenner Wants People To ‘Mind Their Own Business’ Amid Rumors Of A Sex Change

On a recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Bruce and Kris Jenner told their children they were separating — and they took it about as well as you might imagine. Now, ever since the split, Bruce has been facing some major issues.

“[Bruce is] going through a tough time, with the divorce and everything else,” a source tells exclusively.

That’s an understatement! However, the source added that some of this might be for the better — since he’s had some time to himself, Bruce is finally taking the opportunity to figure out who he really is.

“For sure [Bruce] is finding himself right now,” the source continues. ”That’s all he has to say when he’s asked.”

Bruce Jenner Is ‘Finding Himself’
We can totally understand Bruce wanting people to “mind their own business” — these reports, combined with his more feminized appearance, must be so confusing for his ten — yes, TEN, count ‘em — children! However, the evidence has become pretty compelling, and we’re sure that his family would want him to live his best and most honest life.

What do you think about Bruce “finding himself,” HollywoodLifers? Is Bruce looking to become a woman? Do you think that the Kardashians would want him to be honest and directly admit — or deny — these claims? Be sure to vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Famed former child actress Shirley Temple dies

(CNN) -- Shirley Temple Black, who rose to fame as arguably the most popular child star in Hollywood history, died late Monday night, her publicist said.
She was 85.
Temple Black, who also enjoyed a long career as a diplomat, died of natural causes at her Woodside, California, home. She was surrounded by family and caregivers, a statement from Cheryl Kagan said.
She began acting at age 3 and became a massive box-office draw before turning 10, commanding a then-unheard of salary of $50,000 per movie.
Her first film of notice was in 1932 when she played in "War Babies," part of the "Baby Burlesks" series of short films.

For about 18 years, she sang, tap-danced and acted her way into the hearts of millions. Her corkscrew curls were popular with little girls from the 1930s through the 1970s.
Early years
Her star shone brightest as a toddler, and 20th Century Fox cranked out a series of feature films with the adorable, talented little girl. Her hits included "Little Miss Marker" (1934), "Curly Top" (1935) and "The Littlest Rebel" (1935).
At the box office, she beat out the great adult stars of her day, such as Clark Gable and Bing Crosby. Her popularity spawned a large array of merchandizing items, such as dolls, hats and dresses.
She was the top box-office star four years in a row, from 1935 to 1938. Her career was at its peak as the country was suffering the effects of the Great Depression, and her films offered uplifting moments.
But as she got older, the pace of movies slowed, and by 1939, her popularity was fading. She and 20th Century Fox terminated her contract early in 1940, just before she reached her teenage years.

U.S. diplomat
She retired from filmmaking at 22 and married Charles Black, changing her last name from Temple to Temple Black.
But she did not fade from the public eye.
She embarked on a new career as a foreign diplomat: She served in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations from 1969 to 1974 was U.S. ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976, and U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who appointed her to the Czechoslovakia post, said Tuesday that he and his wife "mourn the loss of an American icon."
"She captured the affections of millions around the world by her endearing performances on the silver screen as a young girl, but I also admired Shirley for her selfless service to our country later in her life," Bush said in a statement released by his spokesman. "In both roles, she truly lifted people up and earned not only a place in our hearts -- but also our enduring respect.
"Barbara and I send our condolences to Shirley's family and countless fans around the world."
A statement from Temple Black's family members said they "salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife of fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black."
Enduring icon
She remained a cultural icon for decades after stepping down from the silver screen.
In 1958, she made a comeback as an entertainer, this time on television, in an hourlong show, "Shirley Temple's Storybook."
She later received two lifetime achievement awards for her performing career.
In 1972, Temple Black successfully battled breast cancer.

White’s Run Ends With a Thud Instead of a Gold

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Shaun White stood at the top of the halfpipe, the last contestant of the competition, needing a near-perfect run to capture his third consecutive gold medal at the Winter Olympics. He has built an empire on such moments.

It felt too perfect, too scripted, even by the standards of storytelling that White has inspired. The crowd hushed in anticipation of another command performance.

White sped down the hill and crested the leading edge of the massive halfpipe and began what was sure to be a monumental run. And that is when it happened — a hard landing here, a gasp-inducing bobble there, the dominance of the world’s greatest halfpipe snowboarder slipping away with each diagonal weave downhill.

White ended up in fourth, a placing probably higher than he deserved, ceding the Olympic throne to someone else for the first time since 2002.

“For me to be remembered in the sport, I don’t think tonight makes or breaks my career,” White said. “I’ve been snowboarding for so long, and I love it so much, that I’m happy to take this for what it is and move on and continue to ride.”

It was Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland — I-Pod to his friends — who won the gold medal by doing a trick and a run that White and the others could not match.

“It really felt like there was no fighting at all,” Podladtchikov said. “It felt like it was all meant to be. It’s really weird.”

More than anything, the night felt like the edge of a new era. Ayumu Hirano, a 15-year-old from Japan, won the silver medal, and his countryman Taku Hiraoka won bronze. For the first time since the halfpipe was added to the Olympics in 1998, there were no Americans on the podium.

Four Americans were in the 40-man field, and three of them advanced to the 12-man final. But Greg Bretz and Danny Davis, two of the snowboarders who had previously beaten White in a halfpipe competition, each fell on both of their runs. Davis finished 10th, Bretz 12th.

“I hate not landing two runs,” Davis said. “Especially in this event, with such a big crowd and the amount of media here. But, back to normal life, man.”

Davis called White’s fourth-place score “a gift” from judges, and said the result was good for the sport.

“The world knows now that there’s other snowboarders beside Shaun,” Davis said. “It’s great, man. There’s a bunch of good riders in our sport, and they deserve some credit, too.”

Podladtchikov, who grew up in Davos but competed for Russia at the 2006 Turin Games, can sometimes match White’s acrobatics. His Yolo (“You Only Live Once”) flip, 1,440 degrees of rotation that includes two aerial somersaults, was a rare trick that White did not master first.

Podladtchikov landed it perfectly, anchoring a run that was awarded 94.75 points out of 100. The cheering crowd waved Swiss and Russian flags. Podladtchikov moved to Switzerland from Russia when he was 8, and the merging of time and place hit hard.

“I love to be here,” he said. “I love to speak Russian. It’s my mother language, and it reminds me of so many things.”

Six riders had a chance to beat Podladtchikov’s score. Davis was one of them. A near-perfect first run was upended by a stumble in the flat portion of the pipe between the 22-foot walls, a choppy and sugary gutter of uneven snow and ice. (Davis blamed it on a “snow snake.”) His second run was doomed from the start, out of balance until he crashed while landing a trick.

Suspense built with each rider. Hiraoka elevated into second place. The 5-foot-3, 110-pound Hirano is the rare competitor who can launch himself out of the pipe and reach the heights of White, as if filled with helium. His score, 93.5, put him in second place. There was only one competitor left.

White came to Sochi hoping to win two gold medals, having spent a year preparing for the debut of slopestyle, an event he dominated on the snowboarding circuit a decade ago. But after a couple of days of training on the slopestyle course last week, amid concerns over the size and shapes of the jumps, he pulled out to focus on the halfpipe.

The American Sage Kotsenburg won the event.

“The slopestyle course had some issues, and I just felt like my best bet was to focus on the halfpipe,” White said Tuesday. “Then the halfpipe had some issues.”

The night before the competition, some athletes suggested that the event be postponed because of poor conditions and a lack of practice time. Crews worked overnight honing the shape of the pipe, which tilted downhill for about 250 yards. In the hour before the competition, workers sprinkled salt on its surface to get it to melt slightly and refreeze, and they sprayed it with water from large hoses. The result was not perfection but adequacy.

A few, like Davis, took pratfalls in the gutter of the pipe. Others flew above its walls and crashed hard on the deck. Qualifications weeded the unlikely podium crashers out of the contest. A temperature close to freezing during the prime-time finals helped keep the pipe intact.

Afterward, riders were reluctant to place blame on the pipe.

“Everybody had the same pipe to deal with,” Davis said.

White looked down at the pipe through his dark goggles. He had mastered the Yolo flip, and sometimes performed it better than Podladtchikov. With the gold medal on the line, he launched himself into it on the opposite side from where Podladtchikov performed his.

The image was not mirror. White’s board hit the lip of the pipe, bending but not breaking. He somehow stayed on his feet and sped across the pipe for his next trick. By then, his chance at winning a third gold medal was gone.

“I went for big tricks that only Iouri and myself are doing,” White said. “I could have played it safe, I guess, and tried to get in a decent score, but I really wanted to win. We came here on a mission, and it just wasn’t my night, which is really tough to say. It’s a big night.”

Julia Roberts' half-sister Nancy Motes dead of apparent drug OD

Julia Roberts and Eric Roberts' younger half-sister, Nancy Motes, was found dead Sunday in Los Angeles of an apparent drug overdose, according to a statement released Monday by the family.
"The family is both shocked and devastated" by 37-year-old Motes' death, they said in the statement, obtained by People. There is no official report yet from the coroner's office.
Roberts, 46, nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for "August: Osage County," bowed out of Monday's Academy Awards nominees luncheon to be with family, her representative told E! News.
In an August 2013 interview with the New York Daily News, Motes, who once weighed nearly 300 pounds, claimed to be "incredibly hurt and very sad" over "not-so-nice" comments Julia Roberts allegedly made to her over the years about her weight. Motes got gastric bypass surgery in 2010 and brought her weight down by almost half. At the time of the interview, she described her relationship with her famous half-sister as "a work in progress."
"It’s not going to be fixed overnight, nor do I think it’s going to be fixed at this point by me just getting skinny," Motes told the paper. At the same time, she said, “I love Julia absolutely, and I have no doubt she loves me.”
Motes, who had worked as a production assistant on "Glee," intended to marry fiancee John Dilbeck, a film and TV locations manager, in May, the Daily News said.,0,1264515.story#axzz2t0O4aguJ

Dumb Starbucks doesn't amuse health department

LOS ANGELES — No joke: Comedy Central comic Nathan Fielder is the guy with the smart idea to open a quickie pop-up parody of Starbucks called Dumb Starbucks.

Fielder, who stars in a Comedy Central series called Nathan For You, spoke to a swarm of journalists late Monday afternoon in front of the Dumb Starbucks storefront.

He played it straight as a small businessman trying to keep his shop open before finally admitting that he opened up Dumb Starbucks to shoot segments for his reality show.

Was Comedy Central aware of what he was doing when he had Los Angeles and the Internet aflutter for four days of wall-to-wall coverage of his shop?

"They weren't," he said. "But they are now."

Going into actor-mode, he claimed he was going to open a second Dumb Starbucks in Brooklyn next week and that he hoped to keep the Los Feliz location "open forever."

The press conference came to an abrupt stop when he said the local health department had just arrived and told them to stop serving coffee. The Los Angeles Health Department proceeded to close the Dumb Starbucks for operating without a permit.

"We've been wondering what this was about for four days," said Los Angeles resident Rebecca Metz. "I wish it was a political statement or a kooky artist, but it's a really smart marketing stunt."

For days, this local replica of the iconic coffee chain has been swarmed with customers.

Earlier Monday, about 300 people were standing outside the store, braving two and a half hour wait times to get in for their free cup of coffee and pastries.

Two baristas were struggling to keep up with the demand—accepting payment only via "donation," in a tip jar.

Folks on line felt they were onto something historic.

STORY: Starbucks responds to Dumb Starbucks in L.A.

"We just wanted to get a really good Instagram" shot, said Blair Romer, who is moving to Chicago Tuesday. "It's what everyone's been doing, so we wanted to check it out." She knew she'd be on the line for two hours-plus and plotted out her smartphone shot: "Me holding the Dumb Starbucks cup, saying, `Look where I am."

Christine Conin, on vacation from Boston, came out to see what all the chatter was about. "It's been fun," she says. "You don't get anything free in Boston."

Price sheets listing "Dumb Lattes" and such lined the walls, along with coffee mugs that would be for sale if this Dumb Starbucks was accepting payment. There's no free wireless Internet and few places to sit.

With the "Dumb Starbucks" branded coffee cups going for as much as $50 on eBay, customers were grabbing anything they could, including an official FAQ sheet.

On the FAQ, Dumb Starbucks claimed what it is doing is legal "under parody law," and that with the word "dumb" it is technically "making fun" of the company, and thus allowed to use the trademark under fair use, just like other parodies of music videos.

Dumb Starbucks says it is a real business, a fully functioning coffee shop appearing as an art gallery. And it claims it doesn't think Starbucks is dumb. "We love Starbucks and look up to them as role models. Unfortunately, the only way to use their intellectual property under fair use is if we are making fun of them. So the `dumb' comes out necessity, not enmity."

Real Starbucks says it is evaluating how to proceed.

"While we appreciate the humor, they cannot use our name, which is a protected trademark."

Marcus Smart suspended 3 games

Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart has been suspended for three games for shoving a Texas Tech fan in the final seconds of Saturday's game, Cowboys coach Travis Ford announced Sunday.

Smart tried to block Jaye Crockett's dunk attempt from behind with 6.2 seconds to go but stumbled out of bounds behind the basket. As he was being helped up, he exchanged words with a fan in the front row before lunging for the fan and pushing him with two hands. The fan, wearing a black Texas Tech shirt, stumbled backward but did not fall.

Smart then walked away, pointing back in the fan's direction. Officials assessed a technical foul but did not eject him, and he remained on the bench until the final buzzer.

"Mr. Smart's actions were a clear violation of the Big 12 Conference's Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Policy," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. "Such behavior has no place in athletics, and will not be tolerated. I appreciate the efforts of Oklahoma State University athletics director Mike Holder in addressing this matter, and believe this is an appropriate response to an inappropriate action."

Oklahoma State travels to play Texas on Tuesday, then faces Oklahoma at home on Saturday before a road game at Baylor on Feb. 17. Following Smart's suspension, the Cowboys' next game is at home against Texas Tech.

Smart expressed remorse in a brief statement at a news conference Sunday evening.

"I want to apologize to the fan, whose name is Jeff Orr. I want to apologize to him. I want to apologize to my teammates, to my coaching staff, Coach Ford, my family, Oklahoma State University. This is not how I [conduct] myself, this is not how this program is ran. This is not how I was raised. I let my emotions get the best of me.

"Just can't let that happen again. This is a lesson I'll have to learn from. The consequences that are coming with it, I'm taking full responsibility. No finger pointing. This is all upon me.

"I just want to really apologize to those that are very important to me. I feel like I let my teammates down. These guys mean a lot to me. Not to be able to be out there with them, it hits me in my heart. I have a lot of people that look up to me, a lot of little kids, so once again, I truly apologize. This is not me. I really do apologize for it. Like I said, I take full responsibility and the consequences that come with it."

Ford said Smart made a mistake but the guard still has his "unwavering support."

"Undoubtedly, last night was not one of his finer moments," Ford said. "But Marcus Smart has had many great moments as a person, as a player. And I know Marcus Smart's heart. I know how he's hurting. I know how regretful he is right now.

"Marcus made a big mistake last night, he knows that," he added. "We talked about it extensively. He knows we don't condone things of that matter. He has owned up to it. ... Marcus is a young man that has been in the public eye for quite a bit. And I think we'd all agree for the highest percentage of the time, he's conducted himself as a tremendous young man. But he made a mistake that he's going to pay for."

"We are not endorsing that gesture from the Texas A&M game," Beal said. "It just did not rise up to be any kind of issue."

Davis wrote on Twitter that he remembered Orr but disagreed with Smart's actions.

Brennan: Gracie Gold already dreaming of another Olympic medal

SOCHI, Russia — Midnight was about to strike in Sochi when Gracie Gold became an individual figure skater once again. She and her seven U.S. teammates had won their Olympic bronze medals in the inaugural team event, and while they still had a Monday medal ceremony to attend, when they stepped off the dias at a late-night Sunday news conference they were, for all intents and purposes, becoming their old, singular selves once again.

Gold, the 18-year-old reigning U.S. women's national champion, was leaving the team event not as a changed skater — the team competition wasn't that long — but certainly as a more confident and comfortable one.

Given the task of skating one of three long programs for the United States on the final night of the team competition — hitting clean-up, so to speak — she nailed one of the most technically demanding programs in her sport, setting herself up for at least a chance for a medal, another medal, actually, in the women's competition next week.

She's in a loaded field, with reigning gold medalist Yuna Kim and defending silver medalist Mao Asada, along with 15-year-old Russian sensation Julia Lipnitskaia, former world champion Carolina Kostner and her American teammate Ashley Wagner, among others. Gold could skate extremely well and still not win a medal. The same goes for Wagner. The two did quite well at last year's world championships and finished fifth and sixth, Wagner, then Gold.

But skating is a slippery sport, and if a couple of the bigger names falter, and Gold takes advantage, she might well look back on what happened Sunday as one of the reasons why.

You could say that Gold has been waiting for this moment since she announced herself to a skating nation at last year's U.S. nationals in Omaha, finishing second to Wagner but stealing the show. Sunday night at the Iceberg Skating Palace, she introduced herself to the skating world when she received the highest international long program score of her career, 129.38 points, to finish second in that portion of the team event to Lipnitskaia and clinch the bronze medal for the United States.

"I would say that's everybody's dream," Gold said afterward. "I was doing the program I was trained to do, and I'm thinking, 'I'm looking at the Olympic rings and Sochi.' It has been the best year of my life, hands down."

Gold took the ice with certainty and poise in her six-minute warmup, and nothing changed when she skated for real. She landed seven clean triples, was as polished and lyrical as she's ever been, and finished with the satisfied look of an athlete who expected a performance just that solid, and delivered it.

Snow’s here, but rain and warmer weather coming

More snow than we’ve seen in a long time hit the Seattle area overnight, making fun for some, but some dicey driving for others.

The National Weather Service was even surprised by the amount of snowfall. Meteorologist Josh Smith said they predicted up to an inch of snow, but many parts of Seattle had about three inches.

“It was definitely more than we expected,” he said.

Weather models didn’t predict how big the low pressure system was off shore, making it a tough event to forecast, he said.

Temperatures are expected to rise, with no fear of icy roads tonight.

Then we’re in for rain over the next few days.

Everyone is talking about the snow, however. Accumulations ranged from a couple of inches to 3.5 inches in South King County. Almost three inches fell at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, breaking the previous daily record of less than a half inch of snow. Parts of Thurston County had 5.4 inches of snow.

The State Patrol reported 150 accidents in King County since the snow began falling and it was even worse in Thurston and Pierce counties, where some 200 accidents were reported.

A collision on State Route 9 in Lake Stevens left a 69-year-old man dead, according to the State Patrol. Trooper Mark Francis said weather and speed appear to be factors in the accident.

Most highways and major arterials are bare and wet, but side streets and roads less traveled are still snow and ice-covered. Caution is advised.

Snoqualmie Pass is covered in snow and ice and chains are required unless you have all-wheel drive.

There’s a 70 percent chance of rain tonight, according to the Weather Service forecast.

Then we return to more typical Seattle weather.

Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow, with temperatures possibly reaching the upper 40s. Rain is likely Tuesday, with a high near 48. More rain on Wednesday (60 percent) and a high near 48.

Olga Graf celebrates speedskating bronze by showing serious skin

A triumphant celebration of a speedskating bronze turned a bit risque on Sunday. From the Associated Press:

    The race went perfectly for Olga Graf.

    The celebration nearly turned embarrassing.

    Graf gave the host nation a reason to cheer Sunday, winning Russia’s first medal when she took a surprising bronze in the women’s 3,000 meters. …

    When Graf’s time flashed on the scoreboard — 4 minutes, 3.47 seconds was a personal best — the crowd at Adler Arena erupted in cheers. She whooped it up on her warm-down lap, then unzipped her skin-tight suit right down to the belly button.

    She was wearing nothing underneath.

    “I totally forgot,” Graf said sheepishly through a translator. “We have very good suits and they are very tight. … You just want to breathe and you want to take off your suit.”

    When she realized her faux pas, Graf quickly zipped the suit back up with a mortified smile.

    “Only afterward,” she said, “did I realize that maybe this video will appear on YouTube. But I don’t think it will be so bad.”


Despite the almost-striptease, the speedskater still received praise for bringing home the host country’s first medal.

“You brought an unforgettable moment of triumph and utter joy to millions of fans by taking the first medal for our team,” Putin wrote.

Allison Baver, Silje Norendal, Lolo Jones and more: The sexiest stars of the Sochi Winter Olympics

With things hotting up on the slopes in Russia, it might just get a little hotter off piste judging by these smokin' competitors

Things are certainly hotting up on the slopes of Sochi.

Honours are being dished out, records are being broken and Team GB have claimed their first medal on snow in history thanks to Jenny Jones.

But judging by these sexy snaps of some of the competitors it seems things could be hotting up off piste too.

Norwegian slopestyle snowboarder Silje Norendal is sure to get pulses racing, while US speed skater Allison Baver will attract attention off the ice as well.

Lolo Jones, of the USA, is a summer Olympian in the sprint hurdles and a winter Olympian in the bobsled, while home favourite Anna Sidorova could make a name for herself the world over in the curling.

Shia LaBeouf sports paper bag on head at film premiere

Shia LaBeouf's recent string of bizarre behavior only got stranger on Sunday when he wore a paper bag on his head at the premiere of his film Nymphomaniac, Volume 1 during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival.

The tuxedo-clad actor posed for photos as he peeked through two eye cutouts in the paper bag, on which the words "I am not famous anymore" were written. It's the same sentence he's been repeatedly been tweeting since Jan. 13.

Earlier on Sunday, LaBeouf stormed out of a press conference for the film after answering just one question, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And what an answer it was: when asked about his many sex scenes in the Lars von Trier film, he responded, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much."

His fellow panelists -- including stars Christian Slater, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgard, Uma Thurman and producer Louise Vesth -- reportedly looked stunned for a moment before lightly applauding while LaBeouf made a quick exit.

Slater tried to diffuse the situation in his next answer, saying, "Obviously, the script is packed with a lot of sardines ... one sardine after another."

In town to promote the film, LaBeouf's troubles began Saturday night when he lunged after three young men who tried to take his photo at the Ritz Carlton lounge. The 27-year-old actor's friends quickly intervened to calm him down.

The "seagulls" line is a quote from French soccer legend Eric Cantona, who is featured in Ken Loach's Looking for Eric.

In January, LaBeouf took to Twitter to declare he was "retiring from all public life." That came on the heels of a controversy that was ignited in December when it was revealed that his critically praised short film was lifted from artist Dan Clowes' graphic story Justin M. Damiano.

Winter Olympics 2014: Jamie Anderson completes U.S. sweep of slopestyle

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Jamie Anderson stood atop the podium and lifted her arms in triumph, her long and sometimes draining quest for Olympic glory finally complete.

The American star ran into some unusual friends at the top.

Anderson gave the United States a gold-medal sweep in the first Olympic slopestyle snowboarding competition on Sunday at the Sochi Olympics, while Jenny Jones took bronze to win Britain's first medal in any snow sport.

Anderson soared to victory in a near flawless run in the women's final on Sunday, a day after Sage Kotsenburg captured the men's gold medal. The 23-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., did it, as is her fashion, when the moment absolutely required it.

Down to one last trip through the treacherous Rosa Khutor Extreme Park course, Anderson took a deep breath, enjoyed a brief moment of "Zen" and showcased the skills that have made her the greatest slopestyle snowboarder of her generation.

"I was really just trying to stay calm and kind of reserve my energy," Anderson said. "It was a lot of stress up there and even though it's just another competition, the stage and the outreach that this event connects to is out of control."

Anderson looked at ease as she made history. While some of her competitors struggled to find enough air time to provide the series of spins and grabs necessary to impress the judges, Anderson floated through the gray conditions.

"Jamie's an awesome competitor," American teammate Karly Shorr said. "She does whatever she has to win. She never cracks under pressure. She uses it. She lands."

Enni Rukajarvi of Finland took silver and Jones, a 33-year-old former maid at a ski resort, delivered a long-awaited medal for Britain. Alain Baxter appeared to give the country its first medal on snow when he finished third in the slalom at Salt Lake City in 2002, but his bronze was stripped for doping.

Jones grew up in southwest England, where her first lessons were on dry ground. The nation of rolling hills doesn't have rocky peaks meant for shredding, but Britain has begun producing world class snowboarders. Jones' friends and teammates Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan both made the men's slopestyle final.

"I know we don't have any mountains," Jones said. "But I think there's a growing number of snowboarders from England."

Still, it's Anderson who is the closest thing to a household name for a sport still trying to emerge from the shadow of the halfpipe.

Anderson had expressed concern about the difficulty of the course during training, particularly after a jarring crash in practice on Wednesday left her with an aching back.

She watched was competitor after competitor struggled to navigate the series of rails and jumps that Finland snowboarder Peetu Piiroinen feared was too big for women.

At times, it looked like it.

Sarka Pancochova of the Czech Republic cracked her helmet during a frightening crash on her second trip down the mountain. She lay motionless on the snow for over a minute before recovering to stand up and make it to the bottom.

Moments after Pancochova's scare, Rukajarvi bumped Jones out of the top spot with a 92.50, her highest of the competition.

And for a few minutes, it looked like it may be good enough. Olympic halfpipe gold medalist Torah Bright - competing in the first of three snowboarding events in Sochi - couldn't catch her. Neither could Switzerland's Elena Koenz or Shorr.

Ultimately, it came down to Anderson, just the way she prefers it.

She came into the games as a heavy favorite but found herself up against it after a so-so first run. Taking a deep breath and trying to drink in the moment, she delivered with a combination of athleticism and grace no one can match.

Anderson made the "safe" sign after landing her final jump and flipped her right mitten in the air before exchanging hugs with Rukajarvi, Jones and Switzerland's Sina Candrian. It was a moment symbolic of the camaraderie enjoyed by a group of snowboarders who consider themselves friends just traveling the globe trying to put on a show.

"I think most of us have been thinking about this for a few years," Anderson said. "To just have that moment come so quick and really knowing this is your moment, you just want to shine and do your best and show the world what a fun sport snowboarding is."

WATCH: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were as incredible as ever on Sunday’s “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles.”

The surviving Beatles members, who reunited at the Grammys last month, jammed out to “With A Little Help From My Friends” and ”Hey Jude.”

The special event marked 50 years since the band’s first U.S. performance, which aired on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show” on February 9, 1964.

Popular game Flappy Bird flies no more

(Reuters) - The developer of Flappy Bird, the former most popular free mobile game on the Apple Inc App Store and Google Inc's Android Play store, took the game down at midnight on Sunday as he announced he would do 22 hours earlier.

The game is no longer available to download for either Apple or Google users, but its fans still can have fun with the bird if they already downloaded the game to their devices.

Nguyen Ha Dong, a Hanoi-based game developer, announced the grounding of the addictive game in a Tweet at 1900 GMT on Saturday in which he also apologized to Flappy Bird players.

"Twenty-two hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down," Dong said, adding "it is not anything related to legal issues.

"I cannot take this anymore," he wrote.

His Tweet attracted more than 136,000 Retweets as of 0430 GMT on Monday.

Flappy Bird caused a sensation after rising from obscurity to become one of the most downloaded mobile games on both Apple and Google's online stores.

Users have to steer a bird between green pipes. The Android version has been downloaded up to 50 million times and attracted more than half a million reviews.

Many people have been questioning Dong on Twitter about his decision to take down the game as only a day earlier he had been talking about developing the game for Microsoft's Windows phones.

Dong could not be reached for comment. He turned his telephone off after cancelling an interview with Reuters on Thursday and not finalizing arrangements for one on Friday.

Unlike other successful game makers like Rovio Entertainment, which produced the hugely popular Angry Birds game and has hundreds of programmers, Dong made Flappy Bird by himself in a few nights, he said on Twitter earlier.

The game, which he said was inspired by Nintendo's Mario Bros, has been earning on average $50,000 a day from advertising, Dong said in a media interview.

Two friends of Dong said Nintendo had sent him a warning letter, but the Japanese game maker said it was not considering a lawsuit.

"It sounds very much like a rumor and if it is, we certainly can't comment on that," Nintendo's media representative told Reuters on Friday.

One gaming company manager said Dong's decision to take down the game was wise.

"Dong is taking one step back to avoid legal risk because it's too difficult to deal with legal issues himself if it happens," said Duy Doan, a senior manager at VTC Online, one of Vietnam's leading game companies.

Dong said earlier that he was not looking for any investors and would not sell the game. One expert said investors would not be interested.

"Flappy Bird is not to the taste of many game investors because it's just hit-based which will bring very uncertain cash flow and no recurring," said Nguyen Hieu Linh, investment manager at the Japanese CyberAgent Ventures Inc.

"I doubt he needs to fund raise as he's already earned a certain amount of money and he doesn't need more help to make this kind of mini game," Linh added.

Dumb Starbucks - coffee shop opens in Los Feliz

Los Feliz was buzzing Sunday afternoon as crowds of people lined up for hours to grab a cup of coffee from, uh, “Dumb Starbucks.”

The mock store, which quietly opened Friday, is nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location, with tumblers for sale and trendy CDs, including "Dumb Jazz Standards," displayed on the counter.

But the similarities end there. Drinks here are served in green and white “Dumb Starbucks coffee” cups, while pastries are pulled from display cases straight from their Vons’ packaging.

The menu features “Dumb Iced Coffee,” “Dumb Frappuccinos,” and a seasonal “Wuppy Duppy Latte.”

But only iced coffees and lattes were available -- for free, to promote the new business, an upbeat barista told customers after apologizing for the wait.

“They’re definitely not serving at Starbucks pace,”  customer Jeffrey Eyster, 43, joked after waiting about an hour in line.

As word of the shop spread on social media, curious customers came to snap selfies in front of the sign or photos of the line wrapped around the small strip mall. Those who cut to avoid a nearly two-hour wait were promptly shamed out of line.

Rumors about the store’s origin percolated through the crowd -- a marketing ploy, a pop-up art installation, perhaps reality TV?

“It’s a ballsy move on their part,” said Ilya Khramtsou, 24. “It feels like they’re sticking it to the company. Everybody drinks Starbucks coffee, like zombies.”

“She drinks it every day,” he said, laughing as he motioned to his girlfriend Alisa Bazhenova, 24.

The couple stopped by to snap a quick photo, but decided not to stay once they saw the wait.

“I hope it’s an art thing vs. a business thing,” Eyster said. “I’d love to see a whole chain of dumb McDonald’s and dumb Cheesecake Factories.”

People can go to any mall anywhere and have the same experience at each of these chains, Eyster said.

Starbucks is aware of the parody and is “looking into it,” said Megan Adams, a spokeswoman for the company. She declined to say whether legal action would be pursued or if this has happened before.

An email sent to Dumb Starbucks was not immediately returned.

A list of frequently asked questions pegs the legality of the mock store to “parody art.”

“Although we are a fully functioning coffee shop, for legal reasons Dumb Starbucks needs to be categorized as a work of parody art. So, in the eyes of the law, our ‘coffee shop’ is actually an art gallery and the ‘coffee' you’re buying is considered the art. But that’s for our lawyers to worry about. All you need to do is enjoy our delicious coffee!”

Those who did wait in line said they came for the novelty of the shop, assuming it would be shut down before the weekend was over.

“It’s a very L.A. thing,” said Connor Sweeney, 24. “We’ll see how long it lasts, that’s why I’m here today.”

He said he hoped it’s a joke, rather than some kind of advertising ploy.,0,3751296.story#ixzz2suYZdNkY