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Texas Governor Rick Perry Won’t Seek Reelection In 2014

As Rick Perry was waxing poetic over his political future yesterday, he refused to rule out a 2016 run for the White House, calling it “certainly … an option out there.” Today, Texas’ longest-serving governor said he “will not seek re-election” in 2014, reports the AP, during a gathering of friends and supporters he called to discuss “exciting future plans.” Read more on Newser…

Report: At Least 2 Dead In San Francisco Plane Crash

Report: At Least 2 Dead In San Francisco Plane Crash

Two people have died, and 61 were injured in a plane crash at San Francisco airport today. The San Francisco Fire Department told CBS of the fatalities, and says the number of injured is expected to rise. Early reports say the tail of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 borke off as Flight 214 made a hard landing. “The plane started coming in at an odd angle, there was a huge bang and you could see the cloud of huge black smoke,” says a witness. Video of the plane on YouTube shows the plane upright, with black smoke billowing out, and evacuation slides down. Read more on Newser… [Photo via @EuniceBirdRah]

Royal Baby’s Cash Value: $376M

Kate Middleton

You can’t put a price on the birth of a child—unless you’re the British economy, and the child is an heir to the throne. The royal baby, due in July, will bring some $376 million into Britain’s retail coffers, according to a Center for Retail Research report. That’s thanks to all the baby-related stuff hitting the shops, from “Pitter Patter” nail polish to royal baby showers for non-royal moms. Meanwhile, the Middleton family company, Party Pieces, is selling a new baby range. Read more on Newser…

Does Tom Cruise Want Katie Holmes Back?

"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" U.S. Premiere - Outside Arrivals

It’s been a year since Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise, and apparently Cruise is feeling sentimental. A source tells UK magazine Look the actor sent Holmes an “emotional letter” looking to, at the very least, be friends again, Australia’s News Network reports. “It’s like he’s finally recognized that Katie will always be the love of his life,” the source says. Even so, “It won’t have been an over the top letter—it has been a year and I’m sure Tom will have been aware that Katie wouldn’t be interested in running straight back into his arms.” Read more on Newser…

Paula Deen Loses 5-Book Deal

Paula Deen Dropped By Target

Just when you thought there were no more blows left to be dealt to Paula Deen comes this pretty painful one: NBC News reports that company No. 11 is severing ties. Random House imprint Ballantine Books won’t go ahead with a planned printing of her new cookbook. Adding to the ouch: The cookbook in question is Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up—that’s right, the one that shot to No. 1 on Amazon thanks to an avalanche of pre-orders in the wake of her n-word scandal. It was set to come out in October as the first book in a five-book deal, and Deen’s agent says the whole deal is kaput. Read more on Newser…

Target And Novo Nordisk Drop Paula Deen

Paula Deen Dropped By Target

As Paula Deen was dropped by seemingly every company she’s ever been associated with, Novo Nordisk continued to say it would stand by her—but even that relationship appears to have frayed. The diabetes drug maker that partnered with Deen as she announced she had the disease today announced it is suspending the relationship “for now.” A rep tells Eater there is the “option” to resume the partnership in the future, “but it’s too early to say” whether that would happen. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Target also says it’s severing its relationship with Deen. It’ll “phase out” her cooking merchandise and won’t be ordering more, a rep tells TMZ. Read more on Newser…

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