Going it alone on immigration

President Obama says  he will go ahead alone with changes to the immigration system.  This announcement is a response to Speaker John Boehner telling him that the House will not vote on the overhaul this year. Obama says: America cannot wait forever for them to act. He also says he’s launching a new effort to: […]

The Ellen Degeneres Show

Michaels appears as a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show.  During the interview, the two discuss how Michaels was overweight as a child and how that influenced her training style.  Michaels also demonstrates some martial arts inspired moves with Ellen to help work off the post-holiday pounds.

Returns to Ellen

Michaels appears on Ellen to discuss motherhood, The Biggest Loser, and her new book, Slim For Life.  She also participates in a skit with actor Sean Hayes.

Killer Buns & Thighs

Michaels releases Killer Buns & Thighs, a fitness DVD aimed at slimming and toning your lower body.  The DVD contains three workouts which progress in difficulty and range from 40 to 45 minutes in length respectively.  Each workout includes a brief warm-up and cool-down.

Banish Fat and Boost Metabolism

Michaels releases Banish Fat and Boost Metabolism, a fitness DVD featuring dynamic cardio intended to increase fat loss.  The 40-minute workout includes seven, 6-minute circuits which include a combination of strength, core, and cardio moves. No weights or equipment are needed for this video, just a mat and room to move.

Retires from public life

The actor announces his retirement from public life in a post on Twitter.  No further comment is made as to what this retirement will entail. In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life. — Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 10, 2014

Plagiarism apology

LaBeouf issues a string of apologies to Clowes for the admitted plagiarism. The apologetic tweets begin sincere with: Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration. I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make […]

Howard Cantour.com

Howard Cantour.com, a short film directed by LaBeouf, premiers at the Cannes Film Festival.  The 12-minute short stars Jim Gaffigan as Howard Cantour, an internet film critic who runs a movie review website with his carefully cultivated and critical eye. It’s really an honor to be presenting my directorial debut to this crowd. It’s really […]

Demi Lovato born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Demetria Devonne Lovato is born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Patrick Martin Lovato, an engineer and musician, and Dianna Lee Hart, a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Lovato’s parents divorce right after her second birthday. Lovato has one full older sister Dallas Lovato, one younger maternal half sister Madison De La Garza and one paternal half […]

Not mentally ill

A psychiatric assessment finds Pistorious was not mentally incapacitated when his girlfriend was shot and killed in their home in February, 2013.  The report by a panel of  independent doctors states: Mr Pistorius was capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act. Had he been found to be mentally incapacitated at the time of the incident […]

Declares Islamic state

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria declare that they have set up a caliphate spanning large areas of the two countries.  In recently released audio and written announcements, a person claiming to be the groups official spokesman called on all Muslims to swear allegiance to the caliphate, which means Islamic state.  The group says […]



Amazon opens its online retail website to third party merchants for a small fee. The company adds 500,000 new products to its inventory (about four times the offerings of the average Kmart). Bezos: Sixteen months ago, we were a place we could come to find books. Tomorrow, we will be a place to find anything, […]

Lauren Conrad born in Laguna Beach, California

Lauren Katherine Conrad is born in Laguna Beach, California to architects Kathy Conrad and Jim Conrad. Conrad has one younger sister Brenna Conrad and one younger brother Brandon Conrad. Conrad began her interest in fashion throughout her childhood. Conrad’s father says that Conrad wasn’t the best student, but that he could see that she had […]

‘Iraqi leaders must talk’

During the weekly mass at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis asks the Iraqi leaders to use dialogue to avoid any further warfare in the region. The news from Iraq is unfortunately very saddening. I join the bishops from that country in calling on the rulers to preserve national unity and avoid war through dialogue.  I […]

OWN Launch

Opera launches new television network, Oprah Winfrey Network or OWN. I wanted to take the ideals of great television that we’ve established on the Oprah show and bring them to you through a variety of new shows 24/7. Every minute of this network has been hand-selected by me for you, the viewers.

Plagiarism accusation

Clowes accuses LaBeouf of illegally borrowing from his 2007 comic, Justin M. Damiano.  The plagiarism went unnoticed until LaBeouf’s short film, Howard Cantour.com, debuted online.  Fantagraphics Books Inc., Clowes publisher, calls the film “a complete rip-off,” and that the novelist was never approached by LaBeouf to authorize an adaptation.  In an interview with Buzzfeed, Clowes says: […]

Google Domains

Google announces the launch of Google Domains, a by invitation only service that will help small business find, register and manage their domain names.  The service is now in the beta testing phase.   This new venture puts Google in competition with companies they have partnered with in the past, the largest being GoDaddy.com.  The […]

Drops ‘Mein Kampf’

Amazon drops Mein Kampf from its German online retail website. The English translation of Adolf Hitler’s memoir, replete with denunciation of Jews, was a top second bestseller in Germany which prompted The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles to file a legal complaint in August against Amazon. A company spokesman: We’re not shipping it into Germany. It’s still […]

Time: Person of the Year


Time Magazine names Bezos Person of the Year. At 35 years old, Bezos is the the fourth youngest recipient of the honor. He is preceded by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 who was 25; Queen Elizabeth II, who was 26 in 1952; and Martin Luther King Jr., who was 34 when he was selected in 1963. Bezos: This […]

Allows corporate contraceptive religious objection

The court rules 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby to allow corporations to hold religious objections and opt out of the new health law requirement that say they must cover contraceptives for women. Contraception is among a range of preventive services that must be provided at no extra charge under the health care law that President Barack Obama […]

Wonderland cover, interview


Minaj appears on the cover of Wonderland Magazine, with an article inside were Minaj discusses her role as a woman in the industry, her career and album. Yeah, I’m definitely a control freak. Absolutely! You gotta take control of your career and your image who else should take control of it, right?

Expands beyond books

Amazon buys Junglee Corporation and Planet All. The combined purchases will allow the online bookseller to go beyond books and compact discs to sell computer hardware and apparel on its retail website. Bezos: We’re at an inflection point where we are now looking at a broader range of products. Amazon has 3.1 million customers and […]

North American tour

Minaj starts the first day of her North American Pink Friday tour by performing a 90 minute set in Chicago IL, at the Chicago Center.

IPO filing

Amazon files with security regulators to sell 2.5 million shares in its first public offering, according to the Security and Exchange Commission. The company expects to sell shares at $13 each, which values the company at $299 million.

Pink Friday


Minaj releases her debut album Pink Friday. The album includes collaborations with Drake, Eminem, Kanye West, Rihanna, Natasha Bedingfield and Will.i.am.  Roman is a weird little alter ego who is very flamboyant and doesn’t give a damn. You know when I’m doing really weird voices, growling, being real crazy, and talking like Anna Nicole Smith? That’s Roman.

Android Auto

Google announces Android Auto, which is a platform that integrates Android phones into the driving experience. Users can use voice commands to get directions, play music, set reminders, and call contacts while driving. The platform is expected be available at the end of 2014.


Amazon.com, Inc. is an American company founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994. The company sells books, hardware, groceries, apparel, and millions of other products, as well as online services such as instant video, streaming music, and its own branded entertainment on its retail websites. Amazon has both a United States and international arm, and is […]

Prime Air

In an interview with 60 minutes host Charlie Rose Bezos reveals that the company has begun development on a drone delivery service to be called Amazon Prime Air: It won’t work for everything. We’re not going to deliver kayaks or table saws this way. When launched, customers will be able to order selected products and […]

California legalizes alternative currency

Jerry Brown, the governor of California, passes a bill that reverses the state’s ban on alternative currencies. This includes rewards programs like Amazon Coins as well as crptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin. The bill reads: This bill makes clarifying changes to current law to ensure that various forms of alternative currency such as digital currency, […]

Iwata re-elected president

Shareholders vote for Satoru Iwata to remain Nintendo’s president at the 74th Annual Shareholder’s Meeting. He is not able to attend due to a recent surgery: I understand that I have to prioritise my medical treatment and to recover as soon as possible so that I will again be able to do my best to […]

Executives visit Cuba

It is reported by Cuban news site 14ymedio that Google executives including Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visit Cuba to “to promote the virtues of a free and open Internet” in the country. Only 2.6 million out of 11.2 million people in Cuba have Internet access, and it is censored in the country.

Psychological study

Facebook conducts a psychological study of 600,000 users, who are not informed about the test. It tests whether positive or negative posts by people’s friends affect their own emotional response to a topic. The paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that it does have an effect: When positive expressions […]

Praises Pope Francis

Elton John shows his support to Pope Francis in an interview with Sky News: He’s excited me so much by his humanity and taking everything down to the humility of faith…it’s all basically about love and taking everybody in inclusiveness.

‘Communists have stolen our flag’

Pope Francis responds to allegations that he sounds like a Leninist because he criticizes capitalism: I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the center of the Gospel. Communists say that all this is communism. Sure, twenty centuries later. So when they speak, one […]

Pleads not guilty

Harris pleads not guilty to felony murder and cruelty to children charges. He is held without bond at the Cobb County Jail. A bond hearing is set for July 15.

Son dies in hot car

Cooper Harris

According to police, Harris stops for breakfast at a fast-food restaurant and afterward straps his 22-month-old son, Cooper,  into a rear-facing child restraint seat on his SUV’s back seat. He drives the Home Depot corporate office where he works as a web designer. Instead of taking his son to on-site day-care, as he would usually do, he […]

Calls in to funeral, wife defends

Harris calls in to his son’s funeral in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, from Cobb County Jail, and speaks to the entire auditorium on speakerphone. Thank you for everything you’ve done for my boy. Good life. (Inaudible) No words to say. Just horrible. (Inaudible) I’m just sorry I can’t be there. He also tells everyone he loves them and starts crying again. Leanna […]

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

In this pastiche of James Bond films directed by Jay Roach, Myers stars as Austin Powers and as his arch-villain, Dr. Evil. Myers also wrote the script for the film in about three weeks after spouting the hero’s trademark catchphrases to his wife. Myers says Roach encouraged the cast to go off-script: “About 30 to […]


LaJoie announces in a memo that he is retiring as CTO effective December 31st: As many of you know, I have been planning for quite some time to retire at the end of this year, after 21 years with TWC and following my 60th birthday. Recent events have made this decision more complicated, but after careful […]

Criminal Hearts

Ferrell appears in this film as a newscaster alongside Kevin Dillon and Don Stroud. Directed by Dave Payne.

Picks ex P&G head to lead VA

Obama plans to nominate former Proctor & Gamble executive, Robert McDonald,  as the next Veterans Affairs secretary.  McDonald’s nomination is being praised by his peers in the private sector and military.  Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders said in a statement that he is looking forward to meeting with McDonald next week to get […]


LaBeouf co-stars in the fantasy-horror film, Constantine, a movie based on Vertigo Comic’s Hellblazer comic book.  The film portrays John Constantine, a cynic with the ability to communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true form, who hopes to win favor back into Heaven.  LaBeouf plays Chas Kramer, the quirky sidekick to Constantine who hopes […]

LaBeouf, Brezner break-up

LaBeouf and Brezner end their 3 year relationship due to difficulties resulting from the actor’s growing career. My focus became so work-related that I couldn’t devote any time to a relationship. It was unfair to her.

Races in Los Angeles Marathon

The actor places #5825 out of nearly 25,000 runners at the Los Angeles Marathon.  He ran for veterans on behalf of U.S. VETS, a non-profit provider of services for veterans facing challenges during their transition to civilian life.  LaBeouf finished the 26.2 mile-trek from the Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier in 4 hours […]

Hosts SNL

LaBeouf hosts Saturday Night Live, sharing the stage with Andy Samburg, Amy Poehler, and Avril Lavigne among others.

Netherlands come back, beat Mexico

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scores an injury-time penalty to give the Netherlands a 2-1 win over Mexico and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. It is awarded after Rafael Marquez brings down Arjen Robben in the area. Giovani Dos Santos gives the Mexicans the lead in the 48th minute, but Wesley Sneijder equalizes for the Dutch in the 88th minute. Says […]

$2 billion request for illegals

The White House will ask Congress for $2 billion to help cut back the number of unaccompanied illegal minors entering the US from Central America.  The emergency legislation will help to improve security, allow for more immigration judges and assist in expedited removal of those who enter the country illegally. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the southwest […]

Russian fighter jets arrive

Five Russian Sukhoi fighter jets arrive in Iraq, the first of 25 planes to be delivered to Iraq under an agreement between the two countries.  When attempts to get fighter jets from the US failed, the country turned to Russia and Belarus for help. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki believes militant advances could have been stopped if […]

Rebels free four

Pro-Russian insurgents release a second team of  members from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) who were being held captive since the end of May.  The release happened after a EU summit on June 27, 2014.  The first OSCE  team was released earlier last week.  The observers were released and met by […]