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Twinkies Should Return To Shelves By Summer

Looks like Twinkies have a new owner—and if all goes according to plan, the classic snack could be back in stores within months. Hostess has canceled today’s auction for its brands and facilities and will sell them to Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co., investment firms that bid $410 million. As of Monday’s bidding deadline, it was the only qualified offer, the New York Times reports. Now the companies, which the Times describes as having “a shared history of corporate turnarounds,” await court approval; a hearing is due March 19. As for what this turnaround could look like, the would-be owners gave a few hints: Twinkies in more stories, 100-calorie options, and Zach Galifianakis as potential spokesman. Read more …

Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea For James Holmes

After James Holmes’ attorneys said he was not ready to enter a plea this morning, the judge did it for him—not guilty on 166 counts, including the murder of 12 people in an Aurora movie theater last July and attempting to kill 70 others, reports the Denver Post. The move lets Holmes keep the option of changing the plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. Read more…

Why Bill Clinton Wants To Put An End To DOMA

The Supreme Court is preparing to take up the Defense of Marriage Act—and the very president who signed it is urging justices to strike it down. DOMA came at “a very different time” in US history, writes Bill Clinton in a Washington Post editorial. No state recognized same-sex marriage, and just 81 of 535 members of Congress opposed the measure’s passage. Some senators, Clinton notes, saw the law as a way of preventing a more extreme constitutional amendment against gay marriage.

The Supreme Court will examine whether DOMA supports “freedom, equality, and justice above all.” Since signing the measure in 1996, “I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution,” Clinton writes. Read more…

Mom Offers $500 Reward To Anyone Who Finds Her Daughter A Job

A mother in Southern California is on a one-woman mission to get her daughter a job. Linda Smith took to holding up a sign at a busy intersection in Menifee on Friday, offering $500 to anyone who takes her daughter’s resume and gets her employed, reports the Press-Enterprise.

“I’m offering $500 cash the minute she gets hired for $15 an hour or more as an executive assistant or an office job.” Daughter Lisa, 36, has been looking since June and reluctantly embraced the strategy. “After so much trying and trying and trying, I started acquiescing.” Read more …

Model Sues Over “Mad Men”‘s Use Of 50-Year-Old Photo

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Model Sues Over Mad Men's Use of 50-Year-Old Photo

Gita Hall May, a model and actress in the 1950s and 1960s, says “Mad Men” used her image in its title sequence without her permission, and now she’s suing Lionsgate. May, who was known as just Gita Hall when the photograph was taken by Richard Avedon more than 50 years ago, is now 79. She says she only consented to the photo being used in a Revlon ad, and accuses the show of secretly cropping her image from the ad and using it “for commercial purposes,” according to the Hollywood ReporterRead more…

Congress Passes The Violence Against Women Act

House Republicans raised the white flag Thursday on extending domestic violence protections to gays, lesbians and transsexuals after months of resisting an expansion of the Violence Against Women Act.

GOP leaders, who had tried to limit the bill before last November’s election, gave the go-ahead for the House to accept a more ambitious Senate version written mainly by Democrats.

Democrats, with a minority of Republicans, were key to the 286-138 House vote that sent to President Barack Obama a renewal of the 1994 law that has set the standard for how to protect women, and some men, from domestic abuse and prosecute abusers.

t was the third time this year that House Speaker John Boehner has allowed Democrats and moderates in his own party to prevail over the GOP’s much larger conservative wing. As with a Jan. 1 vote to avoid the fiscal cliff and legislation to extend Superstorm Sandy aid, a majority of House Republicans voted against the final anti-violence bill. Read more…

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