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Oscar Winner Ernest Borgnine Dead At 95

Ernest Borgnine, the hefty Hollywood actor who went from bad guy roles to Oscar stardom to TV comedy, died today at age 95 in Los Angeles, the APreports. The former Navy serviceman started by playing villains in Hollywood movies, but avoided typecasting by snagging the Oscar-winning lead in Marty in 1955. “The Oscar made me a star, and I’m grateful,” he said. “But I feel had I not won the Oscar I wouldn’t have gotten into the messes I did in my personal life.” Read more…

Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes Start Settlement Talks

The Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes split may not result in a nasty court fight after all. TMZ says lawyers from both sides have begun “calm” settlement talks on custody of Suri and child support, among other things. If all goes well, it would mean that Cruise would not file a divorce case of his own in California. Yesterday, the BBC suggested such a filing was imminent after talking to his lawyer. Read more…

Female Marine Says Women In Infantry Is A Bad Idea

The Marines are moving toward the notion of putting more women in combat roles, and one Marine in particular—a woman—thinks it’s a lousy idea. “As a combat-experienced Marine officer, and a female, I am here to tell you that we are not all created equal,” writes Capt. Katie Petronio in the Marine Corps Gazette. She’s worried that nowhere near enough study has been done on “gender-specific medical issues,” especially on the toll they may take on females in the long run—a view she holds based on “firsthand experience” in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Read more…

Why Ann Curry Really Got The Boot

If you thought things seemed a little, well, cold between Matt Lauer and Ann Curry on her final Today show appearance, there’s good reason for that, a source tells Us Weekly: “Matt Lauer is 100% behind Ann leaving,” the insider claims. There’s not much in the way of explanation given beyond that, though the source noted that during Curry’s last few days, the pair “were really icy to each other, and she refused to speak to him all week.”  Read more …

TomKat Divorce: Pre-Nup Gives Katie Basically Nothing

The latest tidbit to trickle out from the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce: Katie won’t be cashing in by leaving Tom. Their prenup stipulates that she’ll leave the marriage with barely more money than what she brought in, but sources tell TMZ that’s fine because “money is not that important to her. She makes plenty on her own.” Click for more, including how that very prenup could prove the romance was indeed real. Read more…

Supreme Court Upholds ObamaCare

The fate of ObamaCare has been decided—and it’s very, very good news for President Obama and tens of millions of uninsured Americans. The Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act with one Medicaid-related exception. SCOTUSblog reports that Chief Justice John Roberts’ vote “saved” ObamaCare; he sided with the left in upholding the individual mandate as constitutional. As for that exception, “the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read.” Read more …

Why Tom Cruise Puts Bird Poop On His Face

The secret to Tom Cruise’s boyish good looks? Bird poop. The actor indulges in a expensive facials in which nightingale excrement is mixed with rice bran and water, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. “Tom doesn’t go in for Botox or surgery but he does pay close attention to all the new and popular natural treatments,” says a Now magazine source, who adds that “the results have been fantastic.” Read more…

Summer Myths Debunked

There are so many myths about summer safety, it’s a wonder anyone has any fun. Heard that poison ivy is contagious? Not true. Scared of swallowing watermelon seeds? They’ll just pass through you. The Washington Post debunks a host of summer myths:

Mosquitoes love people who taste sweet? Nope—mosquitoes are more into your breath. They pursue the heat, carbon dioxide, and lactic acid in it, says a doctor. But it is true that you shouldn’t scratch your bites; that could cause an infection. Read more …

“Sterilization Team” Cleans Away Madonna’s DNA

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Madonna is so amazing that, she apparently fears, her fans may just want to steal her DNA. So she does what any normal person would do: She has a “sterilization team” charged with wiping down her dressing room after every gig so that no stray hair, skin, or saliva remains. The Mirror gets this fascinating tidbit from a concert promoter in Portugal, where the Material Girl’s tour arrived yesterday; he adds that Madonna’s team also builds the entire dressing area using fake ceilings and walls, to ensure there are no hidden cameras. Read more…

To Spur Creativity, Try A Noisy Café

Forget peace and quiet—a little noise can be your friend when it comes to generating ideas, a study finds. Sure, you don’t want sirens blaring outside your window, but the “ambient noise” of, say, a hopping coffee shop could actually help you work better. It’s distracting, but in a good way: It can prompt “disfluency” in your train of thought that boosts your ability to think abstractly, Time reports. Read more…

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