Tommy Ramone, the last original member from influential band, has died aged 62.
The band, founded in New York in 1974, had a major influence on punk rock. Tommy Ramone was the last surviving member of its original lineup. He had reportedly been undergoing treatment for cancer.
State of the Union 2014
President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address tonight at 6:00 p.m. PST, in an attempt to once again rally the nation around his second term agenda, and break through Washington’s partisan gridlock.
But given the political climate, and the upcoming elections, Obama faces an uphill battle, no matter how lofty his rhetoric may be.
We’ll be posting intermittent updates here, but you can watch Obama’s speech, and keep tabs on the nation’s reactions, on Politics Now.
Or, for the historically minded, take a stroll through the most important moments of previous State of the Union addresses.
Calling for a “year of action,” President Obama asked for Democrats and Republicans to work together to aid an improving economy and continue gains made on energy reform.
But if not, Obama has pledged to employ executive actions to push as much of his agenda through as he can.
Obama hopes to capitalize on the division to push other populist elements of what he has labeled his economic inequality agenda. He plans to push Congress to expand unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless and tout new commitments from chief executives of corporations who’d agreed not discriminate against applicants because of extended stretches out of work.
The president intends to speed up implementation of the ConnectEd program, his plan to connect all schools to the digital universe. Aides did not detail how the government would pay for this.
Obama also will create a new “starter savings account” to help people who don’t have 401(k) plans or pensions to save for retirement. An economic advisor said this would involve a new U.S. Treasury product eventually available for purchase on the private market.
Other initiatives would require approval from Congress, if they’re to take effect.
Photos: Kristoffer Tripplaar / Getty Images, Los Angeles Times, Charles Dharapak / Los Angeles Times
I can neither confirm or deny this as I didn’t watch the SOTU…I had THUGS lie to me for over 30 years.
U.S. South gridlocked after rare winter storm hits region
NBC News: A winter storm wreaked havoc on transportation in the U.S. South on Tuesday, canceling more than 3,000 flights and creating 8-hour gridlocks on highways.
Georgia was among the states hit worst by the storm, with state patrol reporting 940 traffic accidents and 104 injuries due to snow and ice. In Atlanta, traffic officers helped deliver a baby inside a car on Interstate-285.
With commuters being encouraged to remain off the roads, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced troopers were being sent to schools Tuesday night where students have remained stranded.
Follow updates about the storm at Breaking News: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/winter-storm-to-hit-us-south-jan-28-29-2014/
Photo: A truck goes off the road into the median while trying to avoid another wrecked truck as snow begins to accumulate on I-65 on Tuesday, Jan. 28. in Clanton, Ala. (Butch Dill / AP)
Vladimir Putin has said that gay people will be not be subjected to harassment at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as long as they stay away from children. Read more
Photograph: Sasha Mordovets/Getty
OOOOKKKK…I think Vald has lost something in the translation of gay and pedophile!
Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is so big it contains a jungle and a river, and has space for a 40-storey building. Click here for more photos
Photographs: Ran Deboodt
Happy New Year’s Eve — and New Year’s Day! Here’s to 2014.
Wish you all the best my FB friends…
TheNextWeb: The service is currently suffering issues that are affecting streaming for users in the US and Latin America.
The company took to Twitter Thursday to confirm it is working to fix the problems, which appear to have started around 7pm PST.
UPDATE: Netflix later tweeted that the service issue has been repaired.
(Photo via Zillow)
A staircase with spooks, a bathroom that goes Boo!, and sparkling finished hardwood floors – this Pennsylvania house has it all, almost.
In the listing for his 1901 Victorian house at 1217 Marion St., Dunmore, Pa., Greg Leeson is asking for $144,000, but he adds that the house is “slightly haunted, nothing serious, though.”
Bumps in the night?
The latest cartoon from Matt Wuerker. Check out more here.
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