Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 9, 2015
January 9, 2015
The President at play:
PRESIDENT OBAMA is due today to roll out a proposal for a free college education --with a few strings attached. The president will propose making two years of community college free for students, with some sort of work required in return from any student participating.
So far, that plan doesn't have an official price tag, but if all 50 states participate, the proposal could benefit 9 million students each year and save students an average of $3,800 in tuition. The president --alongside VP JOE BIDEN-- will tout his proposal dubbed "America's College Promise" during a visit to Pellissippi Community College in Knoxville, TN, later today. (Pacelli)
January is reportedly the biggest month of the year for divorces --in which US divorces increase by about 33 percent over any other month. The belief is that couples wait until after the holidays to break up, and file right after New Year's.
Losers in Lockup:
A 69-year-old Detroit man says he was kidnapped and robbed by his teenage girlfriend.
Police say 17-year-old DESTINY MARIE GERWATOWSKI hatched the plot with two male friends. The trio allegedly snatched the elderly man's wallet, which only contained $90-dollars. Then, they threw him in the trunk of his own car and started backing down the driveway. Luckily, he managed to free himself and escape before the car got up to speed. He phoned police and the trio was arrested. They could each face life in prison for the attack. (Still)
A man in Singapore is the proud owner of the world's most pampered rodent.
JAIEDEN ACE SHEN says ENOKI the hamster won't go to sleep without being tucked into bed. Shen created a dollhouse-style home for the pet, along with a tiny bed complete with sheets and blankets. A video of a hamster being tucked in is going viral. Shen explains, "A little massage always does the trick in quickly sending her off to slumberland!" (Still)
Men who post dozens of selfies on social media might be narcissists. A new study out of Ohio State University found that men who posted more photos online scored higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy. Narcissists typically believe they're smarter, more attractive and better than other people, but often have some underlying insecurity. Psychopathy involves a lack of empathy and regard for others, along with impulsive behavior.
U.S. News & World Report says men who spend more time editing their selfies before posting them also scored higher in "self-objectification," where a person's appearance becomes key to how they value themselves. The researchers says initial findings on narcissism, selfes and women are yielding similar results. (Bartha)
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