Analysis: Oscar’s best-picture nominees – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Oscar nominations announced Thursday underscore a particularly strong year for Hollywood. USA TODAY’s Scott Bowles examines the nine nominees for best picture and the challenges they face in…

Broncos’ John Elway expects Peyton Manning back in 2014 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As a quarterback, John Elway enjoyed nothing more than the NFL playoffs. But now that he’s running the Denver Broncos, postseason has become a miserable experience.…

Congress plays safe, won’t pit Rahul against Narendra Modi – Indian Express

Indian ExpressMeanwhile commenting on the development, the 43-year-old Gandhi scion stated that he would abide by the party’s decision. (Reuters). Summary. Senior Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said all members…

Two brothers sought in connection with slaying – Houston Chronicle

Two brothers sought in connection with slayingHouston ChronicleA day after a suspect in the slaying of a missing man was found hanged in Texas City, two other suspects in the…

Facebook gets a ‘trending topics’ box – just what its cluttered pages need – Register

RegisterFacebook is rolling out a new “service” in the form of a Trending box in the top righthand corner of user’s home page, which highlights topics that have recently proved…

Wildfire destroys homes near Los Angeles, three arrested – Reuters

ReutersThe wind-whipped blaze erupted before dawn in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.…

Heat fans embarrassed at Wizards game, shown on arena’s Bandwagon Cam – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsOut-of-towners, if not accepted, are generally tolerated in Washington. But at D.C.’s Verizon Center, visitors are singled out and humiliated on the arena’s jumbotron. In a bit…

Tech stocks: Intel drops after earnings report – USA TODAY

USA TODAYChip maker Intel said Thursday that fourth-quarter net income rose 6% as higher sales of other products offset flat demand for its personal computer chips. By about 5 p.m.…

Fashion design senior wins $30K Geoffrey Beene scholarship – Cornell Chronicle

Cornell ChronicleAlix Cantor ’14, Emily Fipphen ’14, FSAD assistant professor Tasha Lewis, Justine Lee ’14, Carley Campbell ’14 and Marianne Dorado ’14 gather at the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund awards…

John Kerry urges Syria opposition to attend talks – BBC News

BBC NewsUS Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Syria’s opposition to join next week’s peace talks. The main political opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, meets in Istanbul on…

‘Gilligan’s Island’ star Russell Johnson dies – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWe all knew him as simply the Professor. Russell Johnson, the actor known as the quirky, smart Gilligan’s Island character, Professor Roy Hinkley, has died at age 89. ABC…

Redford not upset over Oscar snub, focused on Sundance – USA TODAY

USA TODAYPARK CITY, Utah — Robert Redford is far more excited about the beginning of the 30th Sundance Film Festival than concerned about his Oscar snub for All Is Lost.…

UN warns against delayed action on global warming – Washington Post

Washington PostUNITED NATIONS — U.N. experts are warning that the level of global warming gases is rising rapidly, and delaying action will reduce options for dealing with the worst impacts…

49ers vs. Seahawks Predictions: How Seattle Will End San Francisco’s Run – Bleacher Report

Bleacher ReportThe Seattle Seahawks will play host to the San Francisco 49ers in what has become the best rivalry in the NFL. After both teams battled it out and split…

Cheapest Super Bowl Tickets Available With Level of Patience – Bloomberg

Cheapest Super Bowl Tickets Available With Level of PatienceBloombergThe biggest bargains on Super Bowl tickets go to those willing to run out the clock. Since 2010, the average ticket resale…

Weekend: Los Angeles Art Show – NBC Southern California

NBC Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles Art Show: It’s hard to throw a paintbrush during the month of January and not hit some outsized visual arts event. (Plus, we’d kindly ask you…

Valerie Trierweiler ‘took one pill too many after Hollande told her of affair’ – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukFrancois Hollande wanted to break up with ValĂ©rie Trierweiler at the weekend but had to ditch the idea after she “took one pill too many” and was taken to hospital,…

Oden, Heat ready for next step in comeback plan – Newsday

NewsdayMIAMI – (AP) — Many details about how Greg Oden has been rehabilitating his body in an effort to resuscitate his career with the Miami Heat remain a mystery, even…

Academy Awards 2014 nominations: Bruce Dern, Barkhad Abdi, Jennifer … – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsThe talent from in front and behind the camera who were fortunate enough to notch an Academy Award nomination Thursday morning scrambled to give reactions worthy of…

‘Titanic,’ ‘Noises Off,’ Stoppard due in New York – USA TODAY

USA TODAYAs the film world (and pretty much everyone else) was focused on Oscar nominations Wednesday, a few high-profile productions were announced for Broadway and off-Broadway. A revival of the…

‘How I Met Your Mother’ creators apologize for ‘racism’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYIn television, it’s never good to end a successful sitcom series with people shouting “Racism!” at you on Twitter. That’s the situation faced by CBS’s How I Met Your…

Lebanon May Become ‘Center’ of Arab World’s Sectarian Wars – TIME

TIMEFrom left: Judges Walid Akoum, Janet Nosworthy, David Re, Micheline Braidy and Nicola Lettier preside over the first hearing in the in absentia trial of four people accused of murdering…

Duck down! ‘Duck Dynasty’ returns to lower ratings after controversy – Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment WeeklyThough Duck Dynasty was expected by some to return to its biggest ratings yet after its huge controversy last month, the Louisiana-based reality show returned to lower viewership than…

Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular lands at Liberty State Park – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com

The Star-Ledger – NJ.comThe NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee will herald Super Bowl week on Jan. 27 with a music and fireworks show in Jersey City. Goo Goo Dolls and…

Super Bowl 2014: What’s Peyton Manning’s ‘Omaha!’ call? Giants fans are … – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com

The Star-Ledger – NJ.comAsking a quarterback to explain his cadence is probably pointless — why would a QB give away the biggest secrets of his calls at the line to…

Facebook hijacks Trending feature from rival Twitter – Computerworld

ComputerworldComputerworld – Taking another page from social rival Twitter, Facebook is launching a new Trending feature that will show users the most popular topics being discussed on the social network.…

UN rights committee grills Vatican over its handling of child sex abuse – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and MailThe dressing down came in the unlikeliest of places, a stuffy United Nations conference room before an obscure human rights committee. After decades of fending off accusations…

Major League Baseball Adopts Expanded Replay Review – New York Times

New York TimesManagers will not be able to challenge the so-called neighborhood play at second base. Bill Kostroun/Associated Press. PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Major League Baseball will greatly expand replay…

Tom Brady returns to Patriots practice Thursday – USA TODAY

USA TODAYFOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady is back at practice with the New England Patriots. New England’s quarterback returned after missing one day because of illness. The Patriots are…

What Would Jesus Tip? $3000 Gratuity Left For San Francisco Waitress – CBS Local

CBS LocalSAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – A mysterious trend where diners leave generous gratuities with the saying “Tips for Jesus” has happened again in San Francisco. This time, a man…

LGBT-themed movies to keep an eye on at Sundance – Baltimore Sun

Baltimore SunThe Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City, Utah, Jan. 16, which means a handful of LGBT-related movies will be making their premieres. Whether these flicks get picked…

Jonah Hill happy to start a ‘debate’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYUnlike the glib scammer he plays in The Wolf of Wall Street, Jonah Hill was at a loss for words Thursday morning. “I’m just in shock. I was not…

Oakland A’s and catcher John Jaso agree to one-year deal – San Jose Mercury News

Oakland A’s and catcher John Jaso agree to one-year dealSan Jose Mercury NewsOAKLAND — Catcher John Jaso, who lost the last two months of the 2013 season to concussion problems,…

It’s official: London is the most popular destination for tourists in the world – Evening Standard

Evening StandardMayor Boris Johnson said: “These incredible figures prove that London is without doubt the greatest city on the planet. With so many fascinating museums, the best theatre scene in…

‘Hustle,’ ’12 Years’ are among top Oscar nominees – CNN

CNN(CNN) — Two stories of America — one about its sometimes perverse capacity for reinvention, the other about the most tragic period in the country’s history — were among the…