Twenty years later, Bill Murray still knows how to make an entrance.
The comedy legend was a guest on David Letterman's very first "Late Show" twenty years ago, and he stops by tonight to celebrate Dave's 20th anniversary at CBS with a healthy dose of pomp and circumstance.
In the advance clip above, Murray rides onstage in a gleaming white town car pushed by manservants and emerges from the backseat dressed in full Liberace regalia, complete with a pompadour wig, a shiny white cape, and plenty of sequins. (Looks like somebody's seen "Behind the Candelabra.")
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Murray hands the fuzzy white dog he's clutching to his driver (not Matt Damon, unfortunately) and saunters over to Dave while soaking up the applause. Bandleader Paul Shaffer even calls out "Bravo!" from the side of the stage.
Dave, without missing a beat, greets Bill with, "I didn't know you had a dog!"
But Bill makes it clear exactly who he got all dressed up for: "I love you, audience, but I don't have time tonight. Because I'm only here for one reason," before coyly pointing in Letterman's direction.
Catch the full interview on tonight's "Late Show," 11:35 PM on CBS.
SEE THE PREVIEW CLIP HERE: http://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/tv-news/bill-murray-channels-liberace-for-letterman-s-20th-anniversary--video--214405468.html
Russia will "over the next few days" be sending an anti-submarine ship and a missile cruiser to the Mediterranean as the West prepares for possible strikes against Syria, the Interfax news agency said on Thursday.
"The well-known situation shaping up in the eastern Mediterranean called for certain corrections to the make-up of the naval forces," a source in the Russian General Staff told Interfax.
"A large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet will join them (the existing naval forces) over the next few days.
Read More: http://news.yahoo.com/russia-sending-warships-mediterranean-report-082257880.html
By Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer
| Summer Living
The scariest things threatening the nation's ocean and lake beaches this summer aren't great white sharks
, stinging jellyfish, or snapping turtles. They are harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites deposited by sewage and stormwater runoff.
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The Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) annual report card on America's beaches,Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches
, was released Wednesday morning. According to the results, based on the most recent findings in 2012, there were more than 20,000 beach closings and advisory days. Eighty percent of those were because of harmful levels of bacteria as opposed to other factors such as dangerous weather conditions.
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"What parents need to know is that it's possible that your kids can get sick by swimming in polluted water," Jon Devine, a senior attorney for the NRDC who has worked on the study for a number of years, tells Yahoo! Shine. "Our new report focuses on the testing done on contaminants at coastal and lakeside beaches that can make people ill."
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According to the report, water pollution can cause serious illnesses such as stomach flu, dysentery, pinkeye, hepatitis, and skin rashes. "For senior citizens, small children, and people with weak immune systems, the results can even be fatal," it warns.
Devine points out that according to current Environmental Protection Agency criteria, it's acceptable for one out of 28 people to get sick from the water at a given beach. "That's one kid per classroom," he says. "We wouldn't consider that OK for food safety standards. Imagine if one kid per class got sick from school cafeteria food?"
The report also provides a guide to America's 200 most popular beaches. It lists their top-rated Superstar beaches, which have exceptionally strong testing and safety practices, as well as Repeat Offenders beaches that often exhibit high bacteria counts.The NRDC's Five-Star BeachesAlabama
Gulf Shores Public Beach (Baldwin County)
Gulf State Park Pavilion (Baldwin County)California
Bolsa Chica Beach (Orange County)
Newport Beach: 38th Street (Orange County)
Newport Beach: 52nd/53rd Street (Orange County)
San Clemente State Beach: Avenida Calafia (Orange County)
San Clemente State Beach: Las Palmeras (Orange County)Delaware
Dewey Beach: Dagsworthy (Sussex County)
Rehoboth Beach (Sussex County)Maryland
Ocean City at Beach 6 (Worcester County)Michigan
Bay City State Recreation Area (Bay County)Minnesota
Park Point Franklin Park/13th Street South Beach Park Point (St. Louis County)
Lafayette Community Club Beach (St. Louis County)New Hampshire
Hampton Beach State Park (Rockingham County)
Wallis Sands Beach (Rockingham County)The NRDC's Repeat OffendersCalifornia
Avalon Beach 100 feet west of the Green Pleasure Pier (Los Angeles County)
Avalon Beach 50 feet east of the Green Pleasure Pier (Los Angeles County)
Avalon Beach 50 feet west of the Green Pleasure Pier (Los Angeles County)
Avalon Beach East of the Casino Arch at the steps (Los Angeles County)
Doheny State Beach, 1000' South Outfall (Orange County)
Doheny State Beach, 2000' South Outfall (Orange County)
Doheny State Beach, 3000' South Outfall (Orange County
Doheny State Beach, North Beach (Orange County)
Doheny State Beach, North of San Juan Creek (Orange County)
Doheny State Beach, Surfzone at Outfall (Orange County)
Poche County Beach (Orange County)Indiana
Lake Jeorse Park Beach I (Lake County)
Lake Jeorse Park Beach II (Lake County)New Jersey
Beachwood Beach (Ocean County)New York
Ontario Beach (Monroe County)Ohio
Lakeshore Park (Ashtabula County)
Euclid State Park (Cuyahoga County)
Villa Angela State Park (Cuyahoga County)
Edson Creek (Erie County)Wisconsin
South Shore Beach (Milwaukee County)The NRDC offers these tips for avoiding contamination and protecting our nation's beaches:
- Before going to the beach, check the NRDC vacation beaches website, the EPA's Beach Advisory and Closing On-Line Notification website, or call your local beach manager.
- Avoid beaches with visible discharge pipes. "The biggest reason that beaches are closed because of contamination is from stormwater runoff," says Devine. "This is the slop from roadways and other hard surfaces. The thing people might not know is that it's by and large not treated. It's put into concrete pipes and sent into our water bodies."
- In urban and suburban areas where there is a higher risk of contaminated runoff, avoid swimming 24 hours after a rainstorm. This is when pollution levels are most elevated. After a heavy rainfall, wait 72 hours.
- Clean up after yourself at the beach. Clean all pet waste and make sure your child wears a swim diaper if her or she isn't toilet trained. Don't leave garbage behind, as it could lure seagulls and other scavenging animals. Wild animal waste is a significant contributor to beach contamination.
- At your own home, direct runoff toward the soil, rather than the street. Sweep your driveway and sidewalk instead of hosing them down, and direct your rain gutters to empty onto soil, gravel, or grass rather than a hard surface.
If you would like to learn more about avoiding contaminated beaches and how to support programs that clean up polluted water, visit the NRDC website
By Claudine Zap | The SideshowIt sounds like something out of a horror movie. But Italian scientists say that the “Gate to Hell” is the real deal—poisonous vapors and all.
The announcement of the finding of the ruins of Pluto’s Gate (Plutonium in Latin) at an archeology conference in Turkey last month, was recently reported by Discovery News. Francesco D'Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy, who has been excavating the ancient Greco-Roman World Heritage Site of Hierapolis for years, led the research team.
D’Andria told Discovery News he used ancient mythology as his guide to locate the legendary portal to the underworld. “We found the Plutonium by reconstructing the route of a thermal spring. Indeed, Pamukkale' springs, which produce the famous white travertine terraces originate from this cave.”
Scribes like Cicero and the Greek geographer Strabo mentioned the gate to hell as located at the ancient site in Turkey, noted Discovery, but nobody had been able to find it until now.
“Pluto’s Gate” has been documented in the Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, which noted in its description of ancient Hierapolis, “Adjoining the temple on the SE is the Plutoneion, which constituted the city's chief claim to fame. It was described by Strabo as an orifice in a ridge of the hillside, in front of which was a fenced enclosure filled with thick mist immediately fatal to any who entered.”
Strabo (64 B.C.- 24 B.C.) wrote, “This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death. I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell.”
The portal to the underworld seems just as bad for your health today. The professor said, “We could see the cave's lethal properties during the excavation. Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon dioxide fumes.”
According to Discovery News, the fumes emanated from a cave below the site, which includes ionic columns with inscriptions to Pluto and Kore, gods of the underworld. Also discovered: the remains of a temple, and a pool and stairs placed above the cave. D'Andria is now working on a digital rendering of the site.
Amazingly, this isn’t the first entry to the underworld in the world. In the Karakum Desert, reports the Daily Mail, a fiery pit that’s been lit up for over 40 years has inspired visitors to Derweze in Turkmenistan—and on the Web. Geologists drilling in the area came across a natural gas cavern. Hoping to burn off the gas, they set it on fire. The flames continued to burn, leading locals to dub the site the “door to hell.”
A meteor the size of a bus exploded in the atmosphere over theRussian Urals
city of Chelyabinsk
Friday, terrifying thousands with blinding light flashes and powerful sonic booms that shattered windows, damaged buildings, and injuries may be heading toward 1,000, mainly due to flying glass and debris.
Thanks to the proliferation of new technologies like CCTV and dashboard cameras in cars, the dazzling meteor shower that hit the far-western Siberian region may be the first event of its kind in history to be filmed from almost every angle.Dozens of videos have cropped up
and other social media, and they offer an astounding glimpse of what happens when a huge hunk of rock, estimated at about 10 tons, plows into the atmosphere at a speed of 30,000 miles per hour. It disintegrated in a series of bright flashes while still several miles above the Earth's surface.
According to eyewitnesses quoted by the Ekho Moskvi
radio station, the event began around 9 a.m. local time, when it was not yet full daylight. The station said that thousands of people rushed into the frigid streets, looking up at the fiery contrails in the sky, with many wondering if it was an air disaster, a missile attack, or the end of the world.
Was it just Mother Nature or a sign from God?
Lightning appeared to strike St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on Monday just hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, according to the BBC. The lightning strike happened around 6 p.m. local time.
Global news agency Agence France-Presse was the first to publish the startling photo of a lightning bolt coming out of the heavens and appearing to strike the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, one of Catholicism's holiest sites.
AFP photographer Filippo Monteforte caught the amazing photograph on Monday evening during a storm. "It was icy cold and the rain was falling in sheets," he told AFP. "When the storm started, I thought that lightning might strike the rod, so I decided it was worth seeing whether – if it DID strike – I could get the shot at exactly the right moment.”
He waited two hours before lightning struck twice and he captured a still image. “The first bolt was huge and lit up the sky, but unfortunately I missed it," he told AFP. "I had better luck the second time, and was able to snap a couple of images of the dome illuminated by the bolt.”
Some questioned the authenticity of Monteforte's photograph.
But Fairfax Media photographer Nick Moir told Australia's The Age via The Sydney Morning Herald that the image looks legitimate. "It's probably not that rare for St Peter's to get hit," he told the publication. "The bolt is hitting a lightning rod to the side of the cross, it seems."
On Monday, Benedict announced he will resign from the papal office on Feb. 28 due to health concerns. He is the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says.
In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August.
The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points — package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet services.
Under the new plan, mail would be delivered to homes and businesses only from Monday through Friday, but would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on Saturdays.
Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages — and it repeatedly but unsuccessfully appealed to Congress to approve the move. Though an independent agency, the service gets no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations but is subject to congressional control.
It was not immediately clear how the service could eliminate Saturday mail without congressional approval.
But the agency clearly thinks it has a majority of the American public on its side regarding the change.
Material prepared for the Wednesday press conference by Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO, says Postal Service market research and other research has indicated that nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs.
"The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America's changing mailing habits," Donahoe said in a statement prepared for the announcement. "We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings."
The Postal Service is making the announcement Wednesday, more than six months before the switch, to give residential and business customers time to plan and adjust, the statement said.
"The American public understands the financial challenges of the Postal Service and supports these steps as a responsible and reasonable approach to improving our financial situation," Donahoe said. "The Postal Service has a responsibility to take the steps necessary to return to long-term financial stability and ensure the continued affordability of the U.S. Mail."
He said the change would mean a combination of employee reassignment and attrition and is expected to achieve cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually when fully implemented.
The agency in November reported an annual loss of a record $15.9 billion for the last budget year and forecast more red ink in 2013, capping a tumultuous year in which it was forced to default on billions in retiree health benefit prepayments to avert bankruptcy.
The financial losses for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 were more than triple the $5.1 billion loss in the previous year. Having reached its borrowing limit, the mail agency is operating with little cash on hand.
The agency's biggest problem — and the majority of the red ink in 2012 — was not due to reduced mail flow but rather to mounting mandatory costs for future retiree health benefits, which made up $11.1 billion of the losses. Without that and other related labor expenses, the mail agency sustained an operating loss of $2.4 billion, lower than the previous year.
The health payments are a requirement imposed by Congress in 2006 that the post office set aside $55 billion in an account to cover future medical costs for retirees. The idea was to put $5.5 billion a year into the account for 10 years. That's $5.5 billion the post office doesn't have.
No other government agency is required to make such a payment for future medical benefits. Postal authorities wanted Congress to address the issue last year, but lawmakers finished their session without getting it done. So officials are moving ahead to accelerate their own plan for cost-cutting.
The Postal Service is in the midst of a major restructuring throughout its retail, delivery and mail processing operations. Since 2006, it has cut annual costs by about $15 billion, reduced the size of its career workforce by 193,000 or by 28 percent, and has consolidated more than 200 mail processing locations, officials say.
They say that while the change in the delivery schedule announced Wednesday is one of the actions needed to restore the financial health of the service, they still urgently need lawmakers to act. Officials say they continue to press for legislation that will give them greater flexibility to control costs and make new revenues.
Sure, we all know who won Super Bowl XLVII. But what you may not know are the answers to some of the questions that cropped up as we watched the Baltimore Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers. Fear not, friends, because unlike the Superdome lights, we've been working all game, and long afterward, to bring you the answers to these, your 2013 Super Bowl Mysteries. 1. Did Beyonce flash the Illuminati sign during her halftime performance? According to legend, the Illuminati are a tiny,
super-secret cabal of influential individuals who have shaped the course of world events. So it makes perfect sense that Beyonce would flash their triangle sign to one of the largest viewing audiences in human history. What better way
to preserve a secret? That's a definite possibility. Also a possibility? That she was showing some love to her husband Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records, which uses the diamond as its symbol. (Here's a bunch of celebs doing the same thing.)
But then again, maybe Roc-A-Fella is in on it too. It's all connected!
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Parents of children killed in the Newtown school shooting called for better enforcement of gun laws and tougher penalties for violators Monday at a hearing that revealed the divide in the gun-control debate, with advocates for gun rights shouting at the father of one 6-year-old victim.
Neil Heslin, whose son Jesse was killed in last month's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, asked people in the room to put themselves in his position as he questioned the need for any civilian to own semiautomatic, military-style weapons.
"It's not a good feeling. Not a good feeling to look at your child laying in a casket or looking at your child with a bullet wound to the forehead. It's a real sad thing," said Heslin, who held up a large framed photograph of himself and his son.
A handful of people at the packed legislative hearing then shouted about their Second Amendment rights when Heslin asked if anyone could provide a reason for a civilian to own an assault-style weapon.
"We're all entitled to our own opinions and I respect their opinions and their thoughts," Heslin said. "But I wish they'd respect mine and give it a little bit of thought."
The hearing by a legislative subcommittee reviewing gun laws offered the first public testimony by family members of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, where a gunman slaughtered 20 first-grade children and six women. Adam Lanza had killed his mother in their home across town and then drove to the school to carry out the shooting before committing suicide. The testimony was expected to continue late into the night.
Members of the Connecticut State Police firearms training unit brought weapons to the hearing to provide state lawmakers with a short tutorial on what's legal and illegal under the state's current assault weapons ban, passed in 1993. The group included an AR-15, the same type of rifle that was used in the Sandy Hook shooting.
Many gun rights advocates, wearing yellow stickers that read: "Another Responsible Gun Owner," were among the estimated 2,000 people at the hearing. Metal detectors were installed at the entrance to the Legislative Office Building, and some people waited as long as two hours to get into the building in Hartford.
Many spoke about the need to protect their rights and their families' safety.
"The Second Amendment does not protect our right to hunt deer," said Andrew Hesse of Middletown. "It protects our right to self-preservation and preservation of our family. The right to bear arms."
Elizabeth Drysdale, a single mother from Waterbury, spoke of three recent incidents that caused her to fear for her safety. She said she should be able to choose the size of magazine and type of firearm to defend herself.
"Don't my children and I deserve your support and consideration to be safe," she asked lawmakers.
Judy Aron of West Hartford said bills such as those requiring gun owners to have liability insurance and ammunition taxes only harm lawful gun owners.
"Every gun owner did not pull the trigger that was pulled by Adam Lanza, she said.
The state's gun manufacturers, meanwhile, urged the subcommittee to not support legislation that could put the state's historic gun manufacturing industry at risk.
Mark Mattioli, whose 6-year-old son James was killed at Sandy Hook, got a standing ovation when he said there are plenty of gun laws but they're not properly enforced. He urged lawmakers to address the culture of violence.
"It's a simple concept. We need civility across our nation," he said. "What we're seeing are symptoms of a bigger problem. This is a symptom. The problem is not gun laws. The problem is a lack of civility."
Two Southbury natives who survived a mass shooting last year at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., urged lawmakers to address online, private guns sales that don't require background checks. Stephen Barton and Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent also want to require background checks for purchases of so-called long guns and not just handguns.
State Rep. Arthur O'Neill, R-Southbury, who has known Rodriguez-Torrent since he was a child, predicted state lawmakers will reach a compromise on guns.
He said lawmakers' minds have changed since the Dec. 14 school massacre.
"Dec. 13 was one way of looking at the world, and Dec. 15 is a different way of looking at the world," he said.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Comedian Katt Williams has been arrested in northern California on a felony warrant related to a police chase.
The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/UNq5QW ) that Williams was arrested Friday night in Dunnigan, about 25 miles north of Sacramento, by Yolo County deputies.
The paper says he was released from the county jail Saturday after posting bail.
The sheriff's department confirmed Williams' arrest late Saturday, but staffers on duty didn't have details. A spokesman for the comedian didn't immediately return a call and email.
The California Highway Patrol says Williams fled officers on a three-wheeled motorcycle on Nov. 25 after being spotted driving on a downtown Sacramento sidewalk.
The CHP said Williams was asked to stop and refused, leading to the pursuit.
The CHP says Williams nearly hit five people during the chase, which police ended for safety reasons.