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Hanukkah begins tonight. It's considered a minor Jewish holiday internationally, but a pair of Cincinnati rabbis developed and publicized a new celebration for children at Hanukkah in the second half of the 1800s.
The Los Angeles police union is asking the city to stop hiring new officers and to fill in gaps by paying existing officers for overtime, according to the Los Angeles Times. Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa say that's a bad idea.
You may remember "We Are The World," the charity single recorded by a cadre of '80s superstars back in 1985, raising money for African aid. Produced by the legendary Quincy Jones and written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, "We Are The World" raised over $63 million.
Sesame Street is launching an Internet campaign on Facebook to get Cookie Monster chosen to host "Saturday Night Live." The campaign already has over 56,000 Facebook fans and almost 290,000 views on YouTube.
Amateur rapper Cadamole (featuring Jenna Sullivan doing the auto-tuned hook) has produced a tribute to something near and dear to our hearts: NPR, of course. Yes, there is a National Public Radio rap, "Good Radiation"; check it out below.
New photos are out showing some of the first real glimpses of what's going to be in the new Spider-Man musical, "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark." The production has met with a series of roadblocks, has been repeatedly delayed, and almost didn't happen, but it looks like it's finally going to open in January.
As a vocal music/a cappella fan, I've enjoyed the recent boom in the genre's popularity thanks to groups using online video sites to get their music out. These groups have also received some high profile advocacy recently through shows like NBC's The Sing-Off and musician Ben Folds, who put out an album last year with college a cappella groups covering his songs.
Girl Talk, best known for taking sampling to another level while flipping the bird to copyright concerns, has a new album out called "All Day" which you can download for free. While he offered his last album, "Feed the Animals," as a pay-what-you-want affair, the new one isn't even asking that much.
Kanye West famously said "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a charity television special in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, responding to perceived failures in the government response to the disaster.
Former President George W. Bush spoke with NBC's Matt Lauer in an interview that aired on NBC last night. It's Bush's first one-on-one TV interview since leaving office.
On last night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Jimmy Kimmel presented the idea of National Unfriend Day. He said that he thinks Facebook is cheapening the concept of friendship. "A friend is someone you have a special relationship with.
After refusing to concede last night, Carly Fiorina conceded today in her bid for Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat. Boxer declared victory on election night, despite Fiorina's initial refusal to concede.
Fresh off his big win last night, Governor-Elect Jerry Brown promised Wednesday morning to immediately get to work on solving California's budget problems.
At least, that's what it looks like from this photo from the official White House Flickr account. Here he is talking with Speaker-Elect Republican John Boehner:
Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer will retain her position as California's junior senator. Democrat Jerry Brown is projected to defeat Republican Meg Whitman to be the new governor of California.