Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 22, 2014
January 22, 2014
Reporting this morning from a hotel room in Philadelphia... the city of brotherly love!
Bid'ness is Bid'ness:
Candy Crush --the annoyingly addictive game bent on going public-- just successfully trademarked the word "candy" for video games and clothing.
Developers of other games using the word "candy" say Apple has sent out notices asking them to prove they're not infringing on Candy Crush or remove their games from the App Store.
Editor's note: I'm sure the makers of Candy Land will be quite pleased. (Maiman)
Sucks to be you:
KIM KARDASHIAN and KANYE WEST will not be tying the knot in MARIE ANTOINETTE's old digs. RadarOnline.com reports the attention-loving duo really wanted to marry at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, but officials denied their request on the grounds that it would be "intrusive" for visitors and staff. (Lee)
That 18-year-old kid KANYE WEST allegedly beat up last week at a chiropractor's office in Los Angeles wants a lot of money to settle the case. TMZ says lawyers for the kid contacted the rapper's people and asked for a few hundred thousand dollars to make the whole go away. Now, even though eyewitnesses claimed Kanye hit the kid repeatedly, the 18-year-old didn't have any visible injuries. Still, Kanye will probably pay the kid off, because he doesn't need another violence charge on his rap sheet. (Marino)
Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places:
$10-thousand dollars worth of Viagra has been stolen from British military reserves.
Government figures show their stockpile of anti-impotence pills has been rapidly diminishing since 2007. Defense minister ANDREW MURRISON is determined to put a stop to the theft. He says the focus of his department is "the improved protection of assets through increased target hardening."
The Ministry of Defense was also quick to point out that Viagra is used for conditions such as low blood pressure and altitude sickness --not just impotence. (Still)
Will the upcoming Sochi Olympics feature a Jamaican bobsled team? It looks like it.
With Jamaica reportedly qualifying for the two-man competition for the first time since 2002, the team needed $80-thousand dollars to get to the Games.
So they opened up a crowdfunding site to raise money for their trip, and as of this morning, have raised $129,889.17 for the team.
CHRIS STOKES, general secretary of the Jamaican Bobsled Federation, told ESPN the team, which trained in Evanston, WY, wasn't quite running on the shoestring budget as seen in the movie "Cool Runnings" --"We have many outstanding obligations, and we have to pay three more weeks of training. We've had very lonely days when we struggled to make ends meet by borrowing equipment. Our guys haven't had the proper jackets."
Now, it looks like they'll be able to head to Russia.
Tampering with Mother Nature:
Bumblebees might be getting smaller.
For years, scientists have warned us about shrinking bumblebee populations. But, a new study suggests the surviving bees are actually getting physically smaller because of exposure to pesticides. To make things worse, experts say smaller bees are less effective at gathering nectar and distributing pollen. The British study tracked the growth of bumblebee colonies over a four-month period. (Still)
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