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'Evil Cult' Kills Woman in China McDonald's

Bystanders failed to intervene

(Newser) - The murder of a woman at a McDonald's in China has shocked the country not just because of the brutal nature of the crime, but because bystanders failed to intervene. The woman was beaten to death with chairs and a metal mop on Wednesday by people later identified as...

Phew! This Mayan Calendar Doesn't Stop at 2012

We've got thousands of years left, according to new discovery

(Newser) - Everybody can calm down now: Looks like the Mayans didn't think the world would end this year after all. Researchers have discovered astronomical calculations on the wall of an ancient Mayan site that suggest "dates thousands of years beyond" 2012, reports National Geographic . The find came at the...

What's Out, What's In in 2012

The 'Washington Post' predicts the whims of the new year

(Newser) - A new year dawns, and the trend-predictors at the Washington Post have fashioned a comprehensive list of what will be in and what will be out in 2012:
  • Out: Ryan Gosling
  • In: Michael Fassbender

World Rings in 2012
 World Rings in 2012 

World Rings in 2012

Many glad to see the back of 2011

(Newser) - Revelers around the world said hello to a new year Sunday starting in Samoa, where a move across the international date line has made the Pacific island nation the first in the world to celebrate. Many were relieved to say goodbye to a year marked by economic turmoil and natural...

2nd Mayan Tablet Linked to 2012 Apocalypse

But some experts say: Don't worry about it

(Newser) - The bad news is that Mayan ruins make not one but two apparent references to a possible apocalypse in 2012 . The good news—maybe—is that Mexican archeologists say not to worry about it. Experts have finally confirmed that a second suspected reference to 2012 was found at the Comalcalco...

Flee 2012 Apocalypse in Porn Studio's Luxe Bunker

Will include bar, performance spaces, and there's space for fans

(Newser) - If you’re paranoid that the Mayans might have been right about the Dec. 21, 2012 apocalypse, then maybe you should start sucking up to the people at Pink Visual. The LA-based porn studio says it’s building a lavish “post-apocalyptic” bunker, complete with fully-stocked bars, performance stages, and...

Latest Addition to GOP 2012: Rick Santorum

Conservative ex-senator will test financial backing

(Newser) - It's official. Sort of. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum announced last night that he's launching an exploratory committee to begin raising funds for a possible run at the presidency. Santorum, popular with social conservatives, revealed the new step on Fox News last night. Earlier in the day the wanna-be candidate,...

Barbour Aide Resigns After Tsunami Quip

Press secretary Dan Turner yucked it up in email

(Newser) - A top aide to wanna-be presidential candidate Haley Barbour has resigned after joking in an email about the Japanese tsunami tragedy. The Mississippi governor's press secretary, Dan Turner, abruptly quit following press reports of the quip. In the message, Turner referred to Otis Redding's song Sittin' on the Dock of ...

CNN, Tea Party Express to Host 2012 Debate

Labor Day event adds to crowded GOP debate schedule

(Newser) - America's most prominent Tea Party political action committee will join forces with CNN to host a debate for Republican presidential hopefuls, Politico reports. The Tea Party Express—notable for helping many 2010 candidates achieve victory over "establishment" Republican candidates, only to suffer defeat against Democrats—will co-host the debate,...

GOP Eyes Newest Stars for 2012 VP Bid

Will Rubio, Kasich or Martinez be on the ticket?

(Newser) - The 2010 election is barely behind us, but people are already talking about the GOP's prospects in 2012. An early favorite for the 2012 ticket is Marco Rubio of Florida, who delivered his party's first post-election weekly address, reports Politico . "People like Marco Rubio and Nikki Haley have regional...

Mayan Calendar Doesn't Actually End in 2012

 Mayan Calendar 
 Doesn't Actually 
 End in 2012 

Mayan Calendar Doesn't Actually End in 2012

Sorry, apocalypse watchers

(Newser) - Good news everyone: the world will (probably) not end in 2012! The millions of people no doubt living in abject fear of the end of the Mayan calendar can breathe a sigh of relief, because the conversion of dates from the Mayan calendar to our calendar could be off by...

Dentist Launches Hillary 2012 TV Campaign

'Where there's a Hil, there's a way'

(Newser) - A Chicago dentist has launched the 2012 presidential campaign a smidge early by running a pro-Hillary ad on television, reports CNN . The 30-second spot, paid for by William DeJean, says Clinton has "more experience working in and with the White House than most living presidents" and is "one...

Sarah Palin Quietly Building 2012 Machine
Sarah Palin Quietly Building 2012 Machine

Sarah Palin Quietly Building 2012 Machine

SarahPAC steps up fundraising, spends dough on infrastructure

(Newser) - SarahPAC, the esteemed hockey mom’s Political Action Committee, is shaping itself into the kind of sophisticated operation a presidential candidate might use, according to Politico . The PAC just had its best fundraising quarter ever, raking in $866,000. It turned around and spent $742,000 of that investing in...

Gingrich: 2012 Bid Looking More Likely
 Gingrich: 2012 
 Bid Looking 
 More Likely 

Gingrich: 2012 Bid Looking More Likely

Newt thinks Barack Obama's sure to lose

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich says there's “more of a possibility now” that he'll run for president in 2012 than there was in 2008, but that he'll only do it if he can “raise the resources to be a serious, major candidate.” He tells Politico he'll make a decision in...

Tampa Snags 2012 Republican Convention

They're hoping for boost in key state

(Newser) - The Republican National Committee will announce Tampa as the site of its 2012 convention, in the hopes of getting a bump in Florida, sources tell Politico . Tampa was one of three finalist cities, along with Phoenix and Salt Lake City. But the immigration controversy surrounding Arizona—and its sweltering August...

Would-Be 2012 Challengers Rush to Web

Republican candidates establish themselves online

(Newser) - Barack Obama ruled the web in 2008, and his prospective 2012 challengers don't want to let it happen again. They're all investing heavily in their online presence, Politico reports. From Newt Gingrich, who's built a sophisticated micro-targeting operation, to Sarah Palin, who's hired a couple of guys who made a...

Huckabee's Fox Gig Perfect for a Presidential Run
Huckabee's Fox Gig Perfect for a Presidential Run
Howard Kurtz

Huckabee's Fox Gig Perfect for a Presidential Run

...If he were running, which he's totally not. Really. Maybe.

(Newser) - Listen to Mike Huckabee unload on Obama ("he's never run even a Sno-Cone stand") on his Fox News show and you'd probably conclude he's running for president in 2012, writes Howard Kurtz. Huckabee insists that he’s unconcerned with his political career, that he’s really not sure...

Huckabee Tied With Obama in 2012 Poll

Fox host polls stronger than any other Republican hopeful

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee would give Barack Obama a run for his money if an election were held today; he’s just 1% behind the commander in chief in a new Public Policy Polling survey. Among the 1,253 surveyed, 46% said they’d back Obama, 45% Huckabee. Despite the heat he...

New Moon Eclipses Blind Side

 New Moon 
 Blind Side 
box office roundup

New Moon Eclipses Blind Side

Football flick tops vampire saga in Thanksgiving receipts

(Newser) - New Moon extended its domination of the the box office over the Thanksgiving weekend, but The Blind Side showed surprising resilience and even outdrew the vampire picture on the holiday. New Moon raked in $42.5 million in 3 days, bringing its 10-day total to $230.7 million. The Blind ...

New Moon Vamps to $141M Haul
 New Moon Vamps to $141M Haul 
box office roundup

New Moon Vamps to $141M Haul

Latest 'Twilight' entry enjoys 3rd-biggest weekend ever

(Newser) - In the third-largest weekend debut ever, The Twilight Saga: New Moon rang up $140.7 million, riding records for a midnight opening and a single day to totals trailing only The Dark Knight and Spider-Man. Audiences were four-fifths female, with the remaining 20% mostly teen boys, USA Today reports. The ...

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