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Chuck Norris endorses Newt Gingrich for President

Chuck Norris endorses Newt Gingrich for President

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Chuck Norris endorsed Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich seen here speaking during a campaign stop at Salem High School on January 06, 2012.

Chuck Norris can cut a hot knife with butter; he can do a wheelie on a unicycle; and when he plays Pac Man the ghosts stay in the box, the web memes say.

But can the action star's endorsement make Newt Gingrich the next President of the United States? 

Friday, on the conservative website World Net Daily, Norris wrote that he and his wife "believe Newt’s experience, leadership, knowledge, wisdom, faith and even humility to learn from his failures (personal and public) can return America to her glory days."

The CBS television star even used a phrase from fellow CBS heavyweight "Survivor" to back the former Speaker of the House. "[Gingrich] is the best man left on the battlefield who is able to outwit, outplay and outlast [President Barack] Obama and his campaign machine," Norris wrote.

Before Gingrich and wife Callista start measuring the curtains they should take pause because even though Internet mythology has it that Chuck Norris once killed 37 terrorists with 2 bullets (and one was just a warning shot), he doesn't have the best accuracy in identifying GOP nominees.


Kobe Bryant will fork over about $75 million and all three Newport Beach mansions in divorce

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant

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Kobe and Vanessa Bryant attend the skills competition at the NBA's All-Star Saturday Night in Dallas in February, 2011.

Kobe Bryant is not like most men.

When most men get divorced they lose the house to the ex-wife and drive away in the station wagon.

Kobe Bryant is losing the house, the other house, and the third house. Yes, all three Newport Beach mansions will go to the Laker guard's soon-to-be ex-wife.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that property records at the Orange County Clerk-Recorders Office in Santa Ana indicate that the homes have been recently transfered to Vanessa Bryant.

The three OC properties are worth a total of $18.8 million. But before you shed a tear for #24, Kobe made about $35 million in 2011 according to Sports Illustrated.

The couple, who have been together for 10 years, have yet to officially divorce, but the Times speculates Kobe is worth about $150 million, thus will be ordered to fork over approximately $75 million since the pair never signed a pre-nuptial agreement.


Dr. Seuss' 'Oh, The Places You'll Go' revealed as 2013 Rose Parade theme


Today is your day!

The theme was announced

for the next Rose Parade!



"Oh, the Places You'll Go!," the inspirational book by former La Jolla resident Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, has been chosen as the theme for next year's Rose Parade, 2013 Tournament of Roses President Sally Bixby announced yesterday on Facebook.


come to Pasadena

by car or by ferry.

And do not forget a rhyming dictionary.

You're off to Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your parade is waiting.

So...get on your way!


Lady products recalled: FDA finds Staphylococcus, benzocaine, unsubstantiated claims

Two highly questionable feminine products are being recalled by a Los Angeles-based company following the Federal Drug Administration discovery of Staphylococcus bacteria and other pathogens in one product, and the anesthetic benzocaine, in the other.

The products are sold to herbal stores, beauty shops and drug stores by an Alhambra-based company called USA Far Ocean Group Inc. (U.S.A. Far Ocean), that promotes the product with disturbing questions like, "Are you deeply concerned about female diseases?" and "Do you want to get rid of them forever and regain your charm?"

The products, sold also in stores, online and via mail order, are packaged individually as "Vagifresh Ball" and "Vagifresh Gel," and packaged together as "Female One." 

FDA lab analysis found that the Vagifresh Gel contained benzocaine, a local anesthetic commonly used as a topical pain reliever, while analysis of the Vagifresh Ball found bacteria including Staphylococcus lentus, S. sciuri, Bacillus Lantus, Alloiococcus otitis, Aerococcus viridans, Aeromonas salmonicid, Gemella spp, Leuconostoc spp.


Make no bones about it, cadaver dog helps investigators (with video)

Indiana Bones

Renee Grand Pre

Earlier today we ran a feature on Indiana Bones, the cadaver dog who gave investigators a hand on the severed limbs case in the Hollywood Hills.

Here is some video with Indy and her handler and coroner's investigator Renee Grand Pre. Videographer John Vande Wege takes us to Indy when she was on the job and training as a 4-year old:

And since a lot of great stuff often gets left on the chopping block, here's a tidbit from the notebook:

Indy might be a local celeb now, but she's also witnessed real star power.

In 2005, Indy and Grand Pre took a flight to Tennessee to train at its infamous "Body Farm," which holds the nation’s only and largest catalogue of human remains for study. Indy stretched out on the floor in coach, but up front was Lassie, primly in a first-class seat with her handler beside her.