BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 2 January, 2015

Friday

2 January, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1193 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Tom Danehy: Tom wishes you a happy New Year, but also tells you about his favorite things of 2014 (Tucson Weekly)
Please let me make this clear: These are my favorites from the past year. It's not a "Best of" compilation. If it were and I went along with all of the "experts," I'd have to lavish praise on a movie called "Boyhood" (which I have no desire to see) and a new album by Lana Del Ray, who is probably my least-favorite singer of all time.


America's Worst Charities (Tampa Bay Times)
THE WORST CHARITIES, RANKED BY MONEY BLOWN ON SOLICITING COSTS.


Andrew Tobias: TONS Of Hope For The New Year!
I'd be first to agree the middle class has been ill served and our political process subverted - you know which party I mainly blame - but there is so much hope!


Kimberly Yam: Prankster Gives Homeless Man $100, Secretly Follows Him And Learns He Buys Food For Others (Huffington Post)
The homeless man is seen on camera buying food and giving it to strangers in the park. The sight turns Lin's perception of homelessness on its head.


Rowan Jacobsen: The Top-Secret Food That Will Change the Way You Eat (Outside)
More protein than beef. More omegas than salmon. Tons of calcium, antioxidants, and vitamin B. In their secret R&D lab, the scientists at Beyond Meat concocted a plant-protein-based performance burger that delivers the juicy flavor and texture of the real thing with none of the dietary and environmental downsides.


Charles Taylor: "Y tu mam tambin: Dirty Happy Things" (Criterion)
Watching Alfonso Cuarn's Y tu mama? tambin (2001) is something like how it must have been to read Henry Miller in the thirties-the shock and the exhilaration, and the turn-on. And not just the turn-on of sex but also of watching an artist work without a net, and of feeling yourself alive.


David Cronenberg: The Beetle and the Fly (Paris Review)
I woke up one morning recently to discover that I was a seventy-year-old man. Is this different from what happens to Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis? He wakes up to find that he's become a near-human-sized beetle (probably of the scarab family, if his household's charwoman is to be believed), and not a particularly robust specimen at that. Our reactions, mine and Gregor's, are very similar.


Pedro Almodvar: The Birth of Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Criterion)
The first lines of Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! were written while I was shooting my previous film, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.


Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars (YouTube)



David Bruce's Amazon Author Page

David Bruce's Smashwords Page

David Bruce's Blog

David Bruce's Lulu Storefront

David Bruce's Apple iBookstore

David Bruce has approximately 50 Kindle books on Amazon.com.


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Trivia Question of the Day


On what TV series would you find dirty old man Tyrone F. Horneigh chasing spinster Gladys Ormphby?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Trivia Question from Yesterday


In Chinese, this trio is known as Sange Chu Pjing, literally "Three Smelly Shoemakers". In Japanese they are known as San Baka Taisho meaning "Three Idiot Generals". In Spanish they are known as Los tres chiflados or, roughly, "The Three Crackpots".
By what name are they known in English?



      The 3 Stooges                                                      Source


The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy act of the mid-20th century (1930-1975) best known for their numerous short subject films, still syndicated to television. Their hallmark was physical farce and slapstick. In films, the Stooges were commonly known by their first names: "Moe, Larry, and Curly" or "Moe, Larry, and Shemp", among other lineups depending on the films; there were six active stooges, five of whom performed in the shorts. Moe and Larry were always present until the very last years of the ensemble's forty-plus-year run.

In most other languages, the Three Stooges are known by their English name. In Chinese, however, the trio is known as Ssnge Chu Pjing. Sange Chu Pjing, literally "Three Smelly Shoemakers", which derives from a saying in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms: "Three smelly shoemakers (are enough to) overcome one Zhuge Liang [a hero of the story]", i.e. three inferior people can overpower a superior person when they combine their strength.

In Japanese they are known as San Baka Taisho meaning "Three Idiot Generals" or "Three Baka Generals". In Spanish they are known as Los tres chiflados or, roughly, "The Three Crackpots". In French and German usage, the name of the trio is partially translated as Les Trois Stooges (though the French version of the movie adaptation used a fully translated name, "Les Trois Corniauds") and Die drei Stooges respectively.        Source








Randall was first, and correct, with:
   From the few ragged remnants of high-school Spanish lying about the cob-webbed corners of my old brain my guess is


  Originally, they were a vaudeville act known as Ted Healy and His Stooges,
  and the lineup was Shemp Howard, Larry Fine, and Moe Howard


  They made one film together


  ...and then in 1932, Shemp split "to become famous" and was replaced by his little brother Jerome.


  ...better known as Curly
  Not long after, the boys split from Ted Healy and went off on their own as


  They were known for their brawling physical slapstick and were, IMHO, hilarious


  Accordion to Wiki, they made around 190 "shorts" and five feature films

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  In 1946, Curly suffered from a really bad stroke and his older brother, Shemp, was brought back...

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  When Shemp died in 1955 the studio tried to replace him but it just wasn't the same...


  Those other guys tried, but they never really got the magic back.
  Hell, they never really got the magic back after Curly "left".


  Everybody loved Curly, man...


  Moe, Larry, and Curly...
  THOSE were the REAL





mj wrote:
   While only appearing three at a time
  There were actually 5 (6?) performers who performed as the Three
  Stooges. That would be the original Stooges (not to be confused with the
  punk band).




Alan J said:
   The Three Stooges



Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The Three Stooges



Charlie replied:
   The Three Stooges.
  I used to love them as a kid.




Adam answered:
   The Three Stooges.



Marian wrote:
   Happy New Year!! Today's answer is The Three Stooges.



Ed Krebs ( The Thalia Street Gallery ) said:
   (In Spanish they are known as Los tres chiflados or, roughly, "The Three Crackpots".)
  Limbaugh, Hannity, and O'Reilly.




Deborah replied:
   Taking a WAG here - The Three Wise Men.
  The wicked violent incessant wind that blew unrelentingly for 2 days has finally abated, to be replaced with freezing temperatures over the next couple of nights. Welcome, Winter.
  Peace and prosperity to you, Marty, and all the E! readers in 2015.




zorch answered:
   They're the Three Stooges.



Lois Of Oregon responded:
   In Chinese, this trio is known as Sange Chu Pjing,
  three smelly shoe makers? OhohohohIknow! That's GOTTA be
  Snap, Crackle and Pop! Explains why Rice Krispie sales are
  soft in China. Ha ha, just kidding. It's everybody's
  favorite American role models, Larry Moe and Curly.



  P.S.: Ah, Dale, you ALWAYS make me laugh! I shall forever
  treasure that image of Keanu with his high beams on! Thank
  you, my friend, and may gawd bless us, everyone.




DJ Useo answered:
   I call them "The 3 Stooges".
  For years, we had to watch edited versions of their short films.
  Nowadays, you can generally find them uncut, & all the funnier for it.




MAM   wrote:
   The Three Stooges, Larry, Moe and Curly ~ The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy act ofthe mid-20th century best known for their numerous short subject films, still syndicated to television. Their hallmark was physical farce and slapstick.




Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
  



Joe S     took the day off.
  



Sally's got some great news.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  

  January 2 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 2 | Famous Birthdays



  


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Middle Class Political Economist




Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Huge Trove Of Shipwrecks Reveals Secret History Of Shipbuilding



Breaking: EU to Make English Its Official Language



Brooklyn's Soap-Mixing, Music-Making Japanese Rastafarians - NBC News.com



Beyond 2015: Can World's Most Endangered Wildlife Survive? - NBC News.com



Newborn killer whale offers hope for imperiled pod - CBS News



Hogmanay



A Cure For The Common Hangover, Found On The Stove : NPR




Thanks, Michelle!


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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'


"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



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from Marc Perkel

BartCop

Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to active@bartcop.com.

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on bartcop.com

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
( mailman.bartcop.com/listinfo/bartnews )


Marc Perkel


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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


HOW STUPID CAN A REPUG GET?

THE TROGLODYTES ATTACK!

BIOPIRACY. MONSANTO SUCKS!

'#OverIt2014?

"FROGGY WENT A COURTING"

TRUTH IS NOT THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF CAPITALISM.


WHEN JESUS LOST HIS GUN.

BONUS CLICK: WHEN JESUS LOST HIS GUN.






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music



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Ark Of Darkness

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Still sunny, still cold (for these parts).



Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Undercover Boss', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 11/26/14) are Jake Gyllenhaal, Dr. John P. Holdren, and Nico & Vinz.
On a RERUN Craig - the very last show with Craig - (from 10/23/14) is Shailene Woodley.



NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'Grimm', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 11/21/14) are Julianne Moore, Michael Cera, and Kid Rock.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 12/8/14) are Martin Freeman, Eliza Coupe, the Eeries, and Bob Mould.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/8/14) are Kurt Sutter, Shannon and the Clams, and Tiffany Haddish.



ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Last Man Standing', followed by a RERUN 'Cristela', then a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 12/17/14) are Michael Keaton, Megyn Kelly, and George Ezra.



The CW offers a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', followed by another RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.



Faux has a RERUN 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by another RERUN 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a RERUN 'Glee'.



MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.



A&E has all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.



AMC offers all 'The Walking Dead' all night.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [6:30AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:30AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Planet Earth: Incredible Families
 [9:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 1 - From Pole To Pole
 [10:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 2 - Mountains
 [11:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 3 - Fresh Water
 [12:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 4 - Caves
 [1:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 5 - Deserts
 [2:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 6 - Ice Worlds
 [3:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 7 - Great Plains
 [4:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 8 - Jungles
 [5:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 9 - Shallow Seas
 [6:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 10 - Seasonal Forests
 [7:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 11 - Ocean Deep
 [8:00PM]    Planet Earth: Extreme Predators
 [9:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 1 - From Pole To Pole
 [10:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 2 - Mountains
 [11:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 3 - Fresh Water
 [12:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 4 - Caves
 [1:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 5 - Deserts
 [2:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 6 - Ice Worlds
 [3:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 7 - Great Plains
 [4:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 8 - Jungles
 [5:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 9 - Shallow Seas    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', 'Vanderpump Rules', another 'Vanderpump Rules', and 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce'.



Comedy Central has the movie 'You Don't Mess With The Zoltan', followed by the movie 'Billy Madison', then the movie 'Jackass 3.5'.



FX has the movie 'Eagle Eye', followed by the movie 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'.



History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.



IFC  -   
 [12:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-TRAILBLAZERS
 [12:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-LATE IN LIFE DRUG USE
 [1:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-3D PRINTER
 [1:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-GETTING AWAY
 [2:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-FARM
 [2:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-A SONG FOR PORTLAND
 [3:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-AIMEE
 [3:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-MAYOR IS MISSING
 [4:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-BLUNDERBUSS
 [4:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-BASEBALL
 [5:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-MIXOLOGIST
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-ONE MOORE EPISODE
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ANDY SAMBERG WEARS A PLAID SHIRT AND GLASSES
 [6:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-AZIZ ANSARI WEARS A CHARCOAL BLAZER
 [7:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ANNA KENDRICK WEARS A PATTERNED BLOUSE & BURGUNDY PANTS
 [7:30AM]    LETHAL WEAPON
 [10:00AM]    LETHAL WEAPON 2
 [12:30PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 3
 [3:15PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 4
 [6:00PM]    THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
 [9:00PM]    THE PUNISHER
 [11:45PM]    THE MATRIX RELOADED
 [2:45AM]    THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-AZIZ ANSARI    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & The Social Network
 [6:15AM]    Legal Eagles
 [8:45AM]    Big Night
 [11:15AM]    Bull Durham
 [1:30PM]    Air Force One
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Confession
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Wages of Love
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Panic
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Fools for Love
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Trade This
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Black, White and Blue
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Mega
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Surrender Dorothy
 [12:00AM]    The Edge
 [2:30AM]    The Edge
 [5:00AM]    Loredana, Esq.-You Make Me Want to Do Crime    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has 'Z Nation', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown!', then the movie 'xXx'.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      We're Rich Again (1934)
 [7:15 AM]      Big Hearted Herbert (1934)
 [8:30 AM]      The Winning Ticket (1935)
 [9:45 AM]      The Irish In Us (1935)
 [11:15 AM]      Mama Steps Out (1937)
 [12:30 PM]      Hideaway (1937)
 [1:45 PM]      The Beloved Brat (1938)
 [3:00 PM]      Joy of Living (1938)
 [4:45 PM]      Penrod's Double Trouble (1938)
 [6:00 PM]      Daughters Courageous (1939)
 [8:00 PM]      The Odd Couple (1968)
 [10:00 PM]      The Out-of-Towners (1970)
 [12:00 AM]      Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
 [2:00 AM]      Bells Are Ringing (1960)
 [4:15 AM]      4 For Texas (1963)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Saturday   -  01/03/15

TCM:
 [6:30 AM]      Hollywood Canteen (1944)
 [9:00 AM]      Anne Of Green Gables (1934)
 [10:30 AM]      Carry on, Constable (1961)
 [12:00 PM]      Courage Of Lassie (1946)
 [2:00 PM]      A River Runs Through It (1992)
 [4:15 PM]      Cat Ballou (1965)
 [6:00 PM]      The Time Machine (1960)
 [8:00 PM]      Bus Stop (1956)
 [10:00 PM]      Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 [12:00 AM]      Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962)
 [2:00 AM]      Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)
 [3:30 AM]      Escape From New York (1981)
 [5:15 AM]      The House in the Middle (1954)
 [5:15 AM]      Tear Gas In Law Enforcement (1962)     (ALL TIMES EST)



TNT has a FRESH 'Wake Up Call'.




Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

MOVIES! TV Network

Me-TV

RTV - The Retro Television Network

This TV


Al Jazeera






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Singer Billy Idol performs before the start of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Nationals Park in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Capitals beat the Backhawks, 3-2.
Photo by Susan Walsh

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Tipped Blogger

Gilda Reed

The campaign manager of a Democrat who challenged U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana tipped off a blogger that the Republican lawmaker had spoken to a white supremacist group in 2002.

However, Democrat Gilda Reed did not expose the meeting during the 2008 special election for the House seat because she believed it would not sway the district's conservative electorate.

She lost to Scalise by more than 50 points.

Reed's son and 2008 campaign manager, Robert Reed, alerted left-leaning blogger, Lamar White Jr., who broke the story that has caused turmoil for Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gilda Reed

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Gary "Sushi" Marion sits in a giant replica of a red high heel shoe over Duval Street, at the Bourbon Street Pub in Key West, Florida December 31, 2014. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West New Year's Eve tradition and is one of four of the subtropical island's warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's ball drop marking the beginning of 2015.
Photo by Andy Newman

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Expresses An Opinion

Paul McCartney

Bad news for people hoping a college course can turn them into the next Bob Dylan -- it's not going to happen. At least, according to Paul McCartney.

In a recent Q&A with fans, a student studying for an MA in popular music in Liverpool asked Macca what he thought about college courses focusing on the Beatles as a means of learning pop music. The usually cheery Beatle wasn't too keen on it.

"For me it's ridiculous, and yet very flattering," McCartney wrote in response. "Ridiculous because we never studied anything, we just loved our popular music: Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, etc. And it wasn't a case of 'studying' it. I think for us, we'd have felt it would have ruined it to study it."

The former Beatle and Wings man made it clear that he's not against learning about popular music -- simply that he doesn't think you can learn to make great music from a college course.

Paul McCartney

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Egypt Grants Retrial

Al-Jazeera

An Egyptian appeals court on Thursday ordered the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists - including a Canadian - held for over a year on terror-related charges, a ruling their lawyers hoped would help resolve a case that brought a storm of international criticism on Egypt's government.

The three will remain behind bars at least until the new trial begins. But their lawyers expressed cautious optimism that a quick retrial will lead to their eventual exoneration.

Thursday's ruling by the Court of Cassation, rights advocates said, exposed the highly politicized nature of their initial conviction and heavy sentences of up to 10 years in prison in a trial that they dismissed as a sham with no evidence.

The journalists, Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy, Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohammed, have argued they were targeted because of the Egyptian government's political fight with Qatar, the Gulf nation that finances the Al-Jazeera news network.

The two countries have been at odds over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egyptian authorities have cracked down on ferociously since the July 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Al-Jazeera

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The Princess Cruises float "50 Years Of Inspiring Travel," with the original cast of the TV series "The Love Boat," headed by Gavin MacLeod in captains's uniform in the bow, moves down Colorado Boulevard in the 126th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
Photo by Ringo H.W. Chiu

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Plans To Improve

SCOTUS

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts (R-Biased) said on Wednesday the Supreme Court is launching a new case-filing system that will enable the public for the first time to view all court papers on the court's own website.

The high court has been accused by critics of being behind the times and clinging to internal workings that are too secretive. But Roberts said in his annual report on the U.S. judicial system that America's courts must be cautious when considering technological advances.

Roberts wrote in the report that, perhaps as soon as 2016, "all filings at the court ... will be available to the legal community and the public without cost on the court's website."

Currently, only a small proportion of Supreme Court documents, including its rulings, are available on its public website. Other documents, including all the briefs filed by litigants, are available online only through third-party legal research sites and a news website that covers the court called SCOTUSblog.

SCOTUS

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Wake-up Call


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Beheadings Up

Saudi Arabia

Saudi authorities beheaded a Pakistani man on Wednesday convicted of smuggling "large quantities" of heroin, the kingdom's state news agency reported, bringing the number of publicly announced executions to its highest level in at least five years.

An Associated Press tally of announcements from the official Saudi Press Agency shows 83 people have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia in 2014, including Wednesday's execution. Most were executed for drug smuggling.

Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world. The group lists 79 executions in Saudi Arabia in 2013 and 2012, and 82 in 2011 and 2010. The London-based rights group says at least 69 people were executed in 2009.

The countries that carried out the most executions on record last year were Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the U.S., according to Amnesty International. Last year's figures do not include the thousands of people put to death in China, where such information is a state secret.

Saudi Arabia

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A Kathakali dancer attends the 31st Cochin Carnival at Fort Kochi in the southern Indian city of Kochi January 1, 2015. The Carnival is held annually to welcome the start of the New Year.
Photo by Sivaram V

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International Criminal Court

Rome Statute

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 20 international agreements on Wednesday, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a day after a bid for independence by 2017 failed at the United Nations Security Council.

The move, which angered Israel and the United States, paves the way for the court to take jurisdiction over crimes committed in Palestinian lands and investigate the conduct of Israeli and Palestinian leaders over more than a decade of bloody conflict.

Under the ICC rules, Palestinian membership would allow the Hague-based court to exercise jurisdiction over war crimes committed by anyone on Palestinian territory, without a referral from the U.N. Security Council. Israel is not a party to the Rome statute but its citizens could be tried for actions taken on Palestinian land.

According to the Rome Statute, the Palestinians would become a party to the court on the first day of the month that follows a 60-day waiting period after depositing signed and ratified documents of accession with the United Nations in New York.

Rome Statute

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Members of the Aqua String Band perform during the 115th annual Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, Thursday Jan. 1, 2015.
Photo by Joseph Kaczmarek

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Vintage Car Part

Arthur Lampitt

Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm.

Dr. Timothy Lang removed the lever Wednesday during a 45-minute operation. Lampitt, now 75, is recovering at home.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the accident broke Lampitt's hip, drawing attention away from the arm, which healed.

A decade or so ago, his arm set off a metal detector at a courthouse. An X-ray showed a slender object the length of a pencil, but since it caused no pain or hardship, Lampitt was told to let it be.

Arthur Lampitt

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Chinese artist Kong Ning wearing a costume symbolizing a butterfly, which is decorated with 365 masks on its wings to represent the number of days in a year, reacts as she is stopped by an official from a management office of Badaling section of the Great Wall during her performance art on the outskirts of Beijing January 1, 2015. Kong, whose works include themes related to China's air pollution problem, named her new performance art "Hua Die" (transforming into a butterfly) and performed it on the first day of the new year as she hopes that China has clean air for this year.
Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon

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Fewest Newborn Babies On Record

Japan

Japan's estimated number of newborn babies last year fell to 1.001 million, the lowest figure on record, further contributing to the ageing and shrinking of the country's population, official data showed Thursday.

The number marked an all-time low for the fourth straight year, the health, labour and welfare ministry said, while the estimated number of people who died in 2014 totalled 1.269 million, rising for the fifth straight year.

The number of newborn babies could fall below one million in revised data that will be released later because of an anticipated margin of error of 1,000, local reports said.

Japan's ageing population is a headache for policymakers who are faced with trying to ensure an ever-dwindling pool of workers can pay for the growing number of pensioners.

The proportion of people aged 65 or over is forecast to reach nearly 40 percent of the population in 2060, the government has warned.

Japan

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Demonstrators representing a variety of causes and issues fall in after the last official unit in the 126th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
Photo by Ringo H.W. Chiu

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In Memory

Melvin Jackson

Blues musician Melvin Jackson, who performed for years with legends B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland, has died. He was 79.

Jackson died Tuesday evening at a hospice facility in Las Vegas after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, said his niece, Valerie Jordan. The trumpeter and saxophone player started performing as a child with his father, who was also a musician.

Drummer Tony Coleman, who worked with Jackson for years as a member of King's band, says Jackson was a consummate professional and an excellent musician. Jackson performed with Bland and King for decades travelling to more than 90 countries and only quit performing this September. He was versatile and his music had a good blues feel, Coleman said.

Jackson was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1935 but had lived in Las Vegas for years, his niece said.

He is survived by three daughters.

Melvin Jackson

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