Saturday, 19 May 2012

Lady Gaga, Charlize Theron And 9 More Worst-Dressed Celebrities This Week (PHOTOS)

Every week there's someone who's both a winner and a loser, and this time it'sCharlize Theron, who committed the cardinal sin of letting a dress "wear" her. But on the other side of the style tracks, she wore a sheer dress beautifully.
And we normally ignore Lady Gaga for these lists because she defies best and worst categorizations...she's literally something else. But this week we just couldn't resist the cut-out number that screamed "prom gone wrong."
Emma Thompson had something of a wardrobe malfunction, and if you haven't met the nearly-naked Micaela Schaefer this week, you should.
Click through our other picks for this week's worst-dressed and then soothe your eyes with the best-dressed list.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder, Marries Longtime Girlfriend Priscilla Chan

By MARCUS WOHLSEN 05/19/12 11:01 PM ET AP

Mark Zuckerberg Married
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg updated his status to "married" on Saturday.
Zuckerberg and 27-year-old Priscilla Chan tied the knot at a small ceremony at his Palo Alto, Calif., home, capping a busy week for the couple, according to a guest authorized to speak for the couple. The person spoke only on the condition of anonymity.
Zuckerberg took his company public in one of the most anticipated stock offerings in Wall Street history Friday. And Chan graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, on Monday, the same day Zuckerberg turned 28, the person said.
The couple met at Harvard and have been together for more than nine years, the person said.
Zuckerberg designed the ring featuring "a very simple ruby," according to the person.
The ceremony took place in Zuckerberg's backyard before fewer than 100 guests, including Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.
The guests all thought they were coming to celebrate Chan's graduation but were told after they arrived that the event was in fact a wedding.
"Everybody was shocked," the guest said.

Chen Guangcheng, Chinese Activist Who Escaped House Arrest, Arrives In U.S.

Chen Guangcheng
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Blind Chinese activist who escaped house arrest arrives in US after negotiated departure.

NAACP Endorses Gay Marriage (UPDATE)

Less than two weeks after President Barack Obama announced his public support forgay marriage, a prominent African-American civil rights organization is following suit.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's board of directors voted to endorse gay marriage on Saturday, according to a tweet from NAACP officerMaxim Thorne.
Maxim Thorne
The NAACP Board of Directors has just endorsed marriage equality unequivocally. Only two opposed! An historic moment.
Metro Weekly procured the full resolution from the 64-member unit, which is highlighted by an affirmation of the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause:
"The NAACP Constitution affirmatively states our objective to ensure the 'political, education, social and economic equality' of all people. Therefore, the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens. We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment."

Cameron Todd Willingham Exoneration Was Written But Never Filed By Texas Judge

Cameron Todd Wilingham
A Texas judge who reviewed the controversial 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham planned to posthumously exonerate the father who was put to death for killing his three daughters in a house fire.
Scientific experts who debunked the arson evidence used against Willingham at his 1992 trial and a jailhouse witness who recanted his shaky testimony convinced District Court Judge Charlie Baird in 2010 that "Texas wrongfully convicted" him. But Baird's order clearing Willingham's name never became official, because a higher court halted the posthumous inquiry while it considered whether the judge had authority to examine the capital case.
While waiting for permission to finish the case from the Third Court of Appeals, Baird put together the document that "orders the exoneration of Cameron Todd Willingham for murdering his three daughters," because of "overwhelming, credible and reliable evidence" presented during a one-day hearing in Austin in October 2010.
"You can't do anything for Willingham except clear his name," Baird told The Huffington Post. "When they tried Willingham, I'm convinced that everyone worked in good faith. The problem is that up until the execution, everything had changed so dramatically that you realized the science relied upon at trial was not reliable enough to take a man's life."

Wall Street Reform: Obama Pushes Reforms After JPMorgan's $2 Billion Loss

Wall Street Reform Obama
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the big trading loss at JPMorgan Chase shows the need for Congress to finally put in place banking rules he signed into law two years ago. He also is calling on lawmakers to stop trying to weaken the regulations.
The $2 billion loss has renewed calls by Democratic lawmakers for tougher rules on major financial institutions.
"Without Wall Street reform, we could have found ourselves with the taxpayers once again on the hook for Wall Street's mistakes," Obama said in his weekly media address Saturday. He added: "We've got to finish the job of implementing this reform and putting these rules in place."
Obama promoted rules that would require big banks or financial institutions to have more cash on hand to cover losses and that would take away big bonuses and paydays from failed CEOs.

Meet The 10 Billionaires Of The Facebook IPO

Meet The 10 Billionaires Of The Facebook IPO

Alyson Shontell

Facebook made a lot of people millionaires but it made 10 people billionaires.

The stock opened today at $38 per share.

Using that price, Bloomberg calculated the net worth of Facebook's richest employees and investors. They're now worth ten or eleven figures.

Afghan Army General: Corruption Sometimes Makes It Impossible To Do Our Job

Afghanistan Army Corruption
An Afghan Army soldier patrols Afghanistan's Logar Province. Major General Afzal Aman has said government corruption could make some operations impossible.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Close ties between Afghan Taliban or criminal elements and officials highly placed in the government threaten to prevent the Afghan National Army from fulfilling its security responsibilities when it fully takes over control of the country, a top Afghan general told The Huffington Post.
Major General Afzal Aman, the chief of staff for operations at the Ministry of Defense, said in an interview on Thursday that Afghan security forces are sometimes forced to halt missions when the target turns out to have influential contacts in the Afghan government.