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Rip Torn in US court on burglary charges –
Rip Torn appeared in a Connecticut court on Monday, facing burglary and firearms charges after police allegedly found the actor intoxicated and armed inside a local bank. Police said the 78-year-old actor was arrested on Friday night after authorities allegedly found him inside the Litchfield Bancorp in Salisbury with a loaded revolver. The “Men in Black” actor was held in lieu of $100,000 (£63,000) bond. [Daily Telegraph]
AC/DC win first Grammy of career –
The band won the best hard rock performance statuette for the song War Machine, beating the previous winners Metallica and Linkin Park as well as Nickelback and Alice in Chains. Beyoncé took an early lead in the Grammys, winning four trophies during a non-televised ceremony in Los Angeles.
The Black Eyed Peas were right behind her with three awards, including best pop vocal album in the pre-telecast announcement of 100 of the 109 Grammy categories. Taylor Swift, the runner-up for the most Grammy nominations with eight, won her first trophy of the night, best female country vocal for White Horse. She also won best country song for White Horse with the songwriter Liz Rose. Lady Gaga was also among the double-winners, along with the rock group Kings of Leon, the rappers Jay-Z and Eminem, and Maxwell. See List of the Day [Daily Telegraph]
Cat predicts 50 deaths in RI nursing home
A cat with an uncanny ability to detect when nursing home patients are about to die has proven itself in around 50 cases by curling up with them in their final hours, according to a new book. Dr David Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor at Brown University, said that five years of records showed Oscar rarely erring, sometimes proving medical staff at the New England nursing home wrong in their predictions over which patients were close to death. When nurses once placed the cat on the bed of a patient they thought close to death, Oscar “charged out” and went to sit beside someone in another room. The cat’s judgement was better than that of the nurses: the second patient died that evening, while the first lived for two more days. [Daily Telegraph]
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List of the day –
2010 Grammy Award winners –
Record of the Year: “Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon
Album of the Year: “Fearless,” Taylor Swift
Song of the Year: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On it),” Beyonce Knowles
New Artist: Zac Brown Band
Pop Vocal Album: “The E.N.D.”, The Black Eyed Peas
Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Halo,” Beyonce Knowles
Male Pop Vocal Performance: “Make It Mine,” Jason Mraz
Rock Album: “21st Century Breakdown,” Green Day
Rock Song: “Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon
R&B Album: “BLACKsummers’night, “Maxwell
R&B Song: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” Beyonce Knowles
Rap Album: “Relapse,” Eminem
Rap Song: “Run This Town,” Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Run This Town,” Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West
Country Album: “Fearless,” Taylor Swift
Female Country Vocal Performance: “White Horse,” Taylor Swift
Male Country Vocal Performance: “Sweet Thing,” Keith Urban,
Latin Pop Album: “Sin Frenos,” La Quinta Estacion
Contemporary Jazz Album: “75,” Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate
Classical Album: “Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio from Symphony No. 10”
Traditional Gospel Album: “Oh Happy Day,” various artists
Dance Recording: “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
Electronic Dance Album: “The Fame,” Lady Gaga
Alternative Music Album: “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,” Phoenix
Best Rock Instrumental Performance: “A Day In The Life,” Jeff Beck
Best Metal Performance: “Dissident Aggressor,” Judas Priest
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: “Ellipse,” Imogen Heap
Spoken Word Album: “Always Looking Up,” Michael J. Fox
Comedy Album: “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” Stephen Colbert
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: “Slumdog Millionaire,” Various Artists, A.R. Rahman, producer.
Traditional World Music Album: “Douga Mansa,” Mamadou Diabate.
Contemporary World Music Album: “Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3 – Africa Sessions,” Bela Fleck.
Reggae Album: “Mind Control – Acoustic,” Stephen Marley.
Tropical Latin Album: “Ciclos,” Luis Enrique.
Latin Pop Album: “Sin Frenos,” La Quinta Estacion.
Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album: “Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo,” Calle 13.
Regional Mexican Album: “Necesito De Ti,” Vicente Fernandez.
Tejano Album: “Borders Y Bailes,” Los Texmaniacs.
Norteno Album: “Tu Noche Con…Los Tigres Del Norte,” Los Tigres Del Norte.
Banda Album: “Tu Esclavo Y Amo,” Lupillo Rivera.
Other News Stories –
- US President Barack Obama will propose a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2011 that foresees the deficit hitting a record$1.6 trillion in the current fiscal year but falling to about $700 billion by 2013. (WSJ)
- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presses China to back Iran sanctions for its nuclear program. (WSJ)
- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Cyprus to begin talks aimed at reuniting the country. (The Hindu) (Deutsche Welle) (UN News Centre)
- Nigerian militant group the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta denies it attacked oil pipelines in the south of the country, after Shell closes three oil flow stations. (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
- Envoys of the Dalai Lama return from Beijing after the ninth round of negotiations. (Times of India) (Xinhua) (RIA Novosti)
- A female suicide bomber kills 41 people and injures a further 106 in an attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (Al Jazeera) (The Daily Telegraph)
- Nine people are killed in a bus rampage in Tianjin, northern China. (BBC) (China Daily) (Taiwan News)
- 52nd Grammy Awards:
- Pop singer Beyoncé Knowles wins the most awards at the 52nd Grammy Awards, winning six of her ten nominationsincluding Song of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)“, and becoming the first woman to win six awards in the same night. (BBC) (The Times of India) (Chicago Tribune)
- Rock band AC/DC win their first ever Grammy Award. (The Daily Telegraph)
- Seven performers, including Michael Jackson, Bobby Darin and Loretta Lynn, are awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards. (All About Jazz)
- Chinese state media voices its disapproval after the Obama administration unveils its first arms package for Taiwan, a move that prompted China to threaten sanctions on the firms involved. (Reuters) (BBC)
- Anti-government protests take place in cities across Russia, with 100 protesters detained at rallies in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. (BBC) (The Moscow Times) (Sify)
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