Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Dec 8, 2014
December 8, 2014
Your tax dollars at work:
New rules from the Federal Bureau of Prisons will prohibit smoking among federal inmates. With just a few exceptions, the smoking ban in federal prisons will target more than 212-thousand inmates who will be disciplined if they are caught with cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or any other tobacco products.
The bureau has been cutting back on smoking at federal facilities in recent years. It originally proposed the smoking ban in 2006. (Pacelli)
Looking for a holiday gift for that bacon aficianado?
J&D's Foods now has Bacon Scented Pillowcases. The company says the pillowcases smell like cured meat for "happier dreams of breakfasts past, rolling around in a pile of bacon or placing the winning hog at the 4-H contest."
The pillowcases are made using state-of-the-art printing technology used by NASA which allows the scent of Bacon to be embedded in the ink on the pillowcases.
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Not everything is paradise for SEAN PENN and CHARLIZE THERON. According to Star magazine, the couple had dinner with JENNIFER ANISTON and it did NOT go well. While Sean and Jen were reminising about old times, Charlize got ticked about being left out and stormed out to the patio to talk on her phone. After the check was paid, Sean and Charlize left without looking or speaking to each other.
Phone starter: Have you ever felt like the third wheel? How do you deal, especially at your significant other's Christmas party! (Myers)
Last night, the Discovery network broadcast "Eaten Alive," a "documentary" which featured a 17-foot-long anaconda eating PAUL ROSOLIE alive --although Paul was dressed in a special suit which allowed him to pass through the anaconda's digestive system.
The Hollywood Reporter says this is the latest stunt to try and get TV viewers who are enticed by "Shark Week" and stunts like NIK WALLENDA's wire-walking.
The "message" that you were supposed to get from the special was that anacondas like the one in the special are an endangered species, thanks to the Amazon rain forest's threatened habitat.
SAM SMITH, BEYONCE and PHARRELL WILLIAMS are the front-runners for the Grammy Awards. The nominations were rolled out little by little all day Friday, and each of those artists got six nods. Beyonce now has more Grammy nominations than any female artist in history.
There's always one surprise every year, and this time it's BECK. He's been very quiet over the last few years, but the Recording Academy still loves him. Beck is up for four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for "Morning Phase."
U2's "gifting" of its new album, "Songs Of Innocence" didn't impress the Academy voters. The band is up for just one award, Best Rock Album, not Best Album. U2's record label rushed out a vinyl edition of the album in order to qualify for a Grammy nod. The free iTunes dump didn't count. But, U2 has more nominations than any other artists in the history of the Grammys.
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on February 8th. CBS will carry the big event, live. You can see the nominees in all 87 categories at grammy.com.
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