latimes.com – David G. Savage – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke his decade-long silence Monday and asked several questions during an oral argument about whether people should lose their right to carry a gun because of a domestic violence conviction. Thomas took the side of a Maine man who lost his right to own a gun after he pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge and paid a $200 fine. Speaking near the end of an hour-long argument, Thomas pressed a government lawyer to cite another example of where the law permanently “suspends” a citizen’s constitutional right based on a misdemeanor conviction. He was referring to the 2nd Amendment right to have a gun. No one would lose their 1st Amendment to right to speak or publish a book because of a misdemeanor conviction, he said.
washingtonpost.com – By Jose A. DelReal – FORT WORTH, Tex. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday received the high-profile endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a stunning blow to the four remaining Republican White House hopefuls who are urgently hoping to stymie the billionaire’s path to the nomination. “I’ve gotten to know all the people on that stage, and there is no one who is better prepared to provide America with the strong leadership that it needs, both at home and around the world, than Donald Trump,” Christie said during a press conference with Trump here in Fort Worth.
mirror.co.uk – By Jessica Haworth – A fast food lover has traveled the globe in search of the weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful dishes McDonald’s has to offer. James McGowan is the face behind a popular food blog, Traveling McD’s. He reviews the different variations in the restaurants across the globe and ranks them on taste, look and overall satisfaction.
James, a software developer from Canada, has eaten at McDonald’s in 53 different countries – and hopes to try even more. Among the delicacies James picked up was the McChocolate Potato from Japan – in other words, chocolate covered chips. The odd combination was on sale in Sapparo, where the white chocolate and dark chocolate topping was a popular choice.
latimes.com – By Ben Poston – Actor Jonathan Goldsmith is known to millions as “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” but the bearded pitchman for Dos Equis beer has been given a very different label by his former manager: “The Least Honorable Man in the Entertainment Business.” In papers filed recently in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Goldsmith fired back at his former advisors, calling one agent in particular “a failed C-list actor who appears in ‘D’ movies” and “a failed personal manager.” The name-calling stems from a breach of contract lawsuit filed against Goldsmith by the Gold Levin Talent agency in October.
chicagotribune.com – By John O’Brien – On this frigid morning, in an unheated brick garage at 2122 N. Clark St., seven men were lined up against a whitewashed wall and pumped with 90 bullets from submachine guns, shotguns and a revolver. It was the most infamous of all gangland slayings in America, and it savagely achieved its purpose–the elimination of the last challenge to Al Capone for the mantle of crime boss in Chicago. By 1929, Capone’s only real threat was George “Bugs” Moran, who headed his own gang and what was left of Dion O’Banion’s band of bootleggers. Moran had long despised Capone, mockingly referring to him as “The Beast.”
latimes.com – By Joel Rubin, Cindy Chang and Harriet Ryan – In the jail abuse scandal that has roiled the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and resulted in the convictions of more than a dozen officials, one question has remained open: How high did the corruption go? Retired Sheriff Lee Baca admitted in federal court Wednesday that it went all the way to the top.
Baca, who left office two years ago, pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents and federal prosecutors investigating the beatings of inmates and visitors at the nation’s largest jail system. As part of a surprise plea deal with the U.S. attorney’s office, Baca acknowledged for the first time taking an active role in trying to stymie the federal probe, even allowing a team of deputies to confront one FBI agent at her home.
latimes.com – By Ben Poston – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti summoned his inner crooner and released a music video Thursday to warn drivers of an impending 40-hour traffic headache — the #101SlowJam. Flanked by the Theodore Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, Garcetti sings a tune reminiscent of the “Slow Jam the News” segment on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” “See we’re bringing down the 6th Street Bridge, making way for something new and the demolition will cause delays,” Garcetti says in the video. “But sometimes, just sometimes, you have to get your hands dirty to build something beautiful.”
motherjones.com – By Kevin Drum – This is such an awesome bit of whining from Donald Trump that I felt I had to share it. I think we need a new word for this. Trump+whining = Twining. Or Trump + griping = Triping. Or something. Maybe figure out a way to add the concept that he’s actually a winner even when he’s objectively a failure. That might take some kind of German construction, though.
mirror.co.uk – By Jon Livesey – An engineer who claims to have built a robot with women’s private parts is seeking someone to have sex with it in what might be the most bizarre advert ever. What’s more, the man says his offer comes with one creepy condition – whoever has sex with his machine has to let him watch them doing the deed. Describing his AI (Artificial Intelligence) robot, he says it features “a vagina”.
He explains that he can’t have sex with it because, as its creator, he’s “like its dad”.
The ad, titled “Come f*** my robot”, was posted on Craigslist by somebody in Malibu, an upmarket coastal city in Los Angeles, California, yesterday.
It says: “Hi, I am an engineer who has built an AI with a vagina. I need someone to come f*** my robot and let me watch.
“I can’t f*** it because I’m like its dad.”
bostonglobe.com – By Travis Andersen – Maybe they wilted under postseason pressure. The referees who worked the NFL playoff game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday at Gillette Stadium forgot to bring a few tools of their trade, namely, the footballs used during kicks and the gauges that measure air pressure in the balls, State Police said.
David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said the mistake came to light at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, when league officials contacted the Hyatt at Logan International Airport, where the officiating crew had stayed, and alerted the hotel that the items were left behind.
A Hyatt employee recovered the footballs and gauges, and a worker and State Police Detective Lieutenant Thomas Coffey drove the items to Gillette, where they arrived about an hour before the 4:35 p.m. kickoff, Procopio said.