Kinder Surprise Eggs, the Italian-made, toy-filled chocolate Easter candy that was banned in the United States since it was first produced in the 1970s, has suddenly been legalized -- or, at least, an American version has. ABC News reports that New Jersey sweets entrepreneur Kevin Glass received FDA ... More >>
A fire was reported at 3:04 a.m. this morning on the grounds of Alice Waters' Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse. No one has been injured, but the restaurant's front dining area sustained serious damages. "At this point, it appears to be an exterior fire that worked its way to the interior," Fire De ... More >>
We've always been suckers for the final scene of It's a Wonderful Life. No matter how many times we see it, we tear up at the sight of George Bailey's friends coming to his aid in his time of need, proving to him that he really is the richest man in town. Over the last couple of days, we watched so ... More >>
The news comes to us from ABC News, who reports that some restaurants in Vermont are adding mandatory tips because of cheap foreigners. The policy has some people accusing the restaurants of discrimination, but owners are maintaining that the policy is necessary.
Last week's terrible incident in Aurora, Colorado in which 70 people were shot, 12 fatally, at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises made many of us think about how awful these episodes of senseless violence are, how precious and fragile life is, and that we should stay close and be good to ou ... More >>
A mass shooting took place at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado last night. Aurora is a suburb of Denver, a short distance from the suburb Columbine, where 13 people were killed in a mass shooting in 1999. Although initial stories reported 14 dead, WNYC's The Takeawa ... More >>
When we said Anthony Bourdain was everywhere, we didn't really think he'd actually be on everywhere. Last time we reported that he's switching from the Travel Channel to CNN. Today, we bring word that he will be hosting a cooking reality show on ABC with Nigella Lawson. ABC recently put up a castin ... More >>
ABC News got its hands on a juicy story out of Idaho about a possible Big Foot sighting caught on tape. There is one minor problem, though: Big Foot isn't real. Like, not even a little bit.The story currently is the second featured story on ABC's New York affiliate's "news" website (right after Mike ... More >>
Anna Chapman, the failed/sexy Russian spy, almost seduced a member of Barack Obama's cabinet! So says the Post, the Daily News, Huffpo, and almost every other media outlet covering the recent news. But breaking developments suggest that this might not be true.
Have you heard of "Blowfish"? It is not a fish. Nor is it something that you buy on the streets from a shady-looking guy whispering your fake name. It is a tablet that will be available over the counter in New York City drugstores come January. (Apparently it's already in Ricky's -- we're inv ... More >>
In Occupy Wall Street news today, food vendors have returned to their Wall Street locations now that police have removed some of the barricades. [DNAinfo] When Le Cirque opened recently in New Delhi, they did so with some menu modifications. (Spoiler alert: Indians prefer Italian to French.) ... More >>
Your sunrises and sunsets, today through Tuesday.It's that time of year again, the time that we are plunged into terrible darkness by 4 in the afternoon and the hours wile on, interminable and chilly, like vampire hands. Or, whatever, it's the end of daylight savings! No biggie! And apparentl ... More >>
Today White House press secretary Jay Carney announced that President Obama will endorse the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and would grant all lawfully married couples, including same-sex couples, federal marriage benefits and protections. Carney s ... More >>
Sarah Palin's top-secret bus tour will include a stop in New York City tonight, where she'll visit her friend and fellow Republican/reality TV-star Donald Trump at his apartment in Trump Tower before heading out for dinner with the onetime possible rumored presidential contender. Ah, to be a ... More >>
Ethics are a fascinating thing. While it was okay for ABC News to pay $10,000 for a story -- or, more specifically, to pay $10,000 as a licensing fee for photos given part-and-parcel with an "exclusive" Good Morning America interview with Kerry Campbell, or "Botox Mom" -- it is not okay to pa ... More >>
After much fanfare, controversy, and analysis, it's come to this: ABC has pulled Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution from its line-up due to low ratings. Adding insult to injury, the network is replacing the show with Dancing With the Stars recaps. As Huntington, West Virginia could have told us, ... More >>
Having already chewed up and spit out Greg Grossman, the media has started in on a second course of the little Andrews sisters.
via ABCA tour bus traveling from Connecticut to Chinatown this morning was hit by a truck on a Bronx highway and overturned, killing 13 passengers and critically injuring six others. There were 31 people on board in all. The bus was apparently clipped by a tractor trailer from behind, causing it to ... More >>
Gwyneth Paltrow took an abrupt left turn in career emphasis when she made Country Strong and sang on Glee plus three awards shows, doing everything from slinking on a piano and crooning to a feathery Cee Lo Green and the Muppets, to standing upright at the Oscars and doing her best Carrie U ... More >>
Parts of New Jersey were left without power this afternoon due to an equipment failure at PSE&G's Bayway switching station in Elizabeth. ABC News reported about 20,000 customers lost power, and that terminals A, B and C were without power at Newark Liberty International Airport. The control t ... More >>
zimbio.comFamous people get hungry too Because no trip to New York City is complete without a celebrity spotting, ABC News has compiled a list of places where the stars like to hang out and dine. You can be just like famous people! Except they won't have to endure long waits and reservatio ... More >>
It's the end of an era. The Hotel Chelsea, which opened in 1884 -- where Sid Vicious may or may not have killed Nancy Spungen, Andy Warhol directed Chelsea Girls, and the names of residents frequently read like a who's who of '60s counterculture -- is now up for sale, reports the Wall Street ... More >>
ABC News' Jake Tapper is reporting that White House chief of staff Rahm "Special (Linguistic) Olympian" Emanuel is likely to leave his esteemed position as Barack Obama's chief-of-staff by the end of the week to explore a run as the mayor of Chicago, where his experience as a verbal gymnast m ... More >>
Welcome back; we hope your long weekends were swell! • President Obama has unveiled a $50 billion public-works plan to revive the economy, and is asking Congress to pass tax breaks that would let businesses write off 100 percent of their new capital investments through 2011. [WSJ, AP]
The Randolph at Broome has started serving hot and cold coffee cocktails from 8 a.m. on, such as the World's Best Dad, incorporating Laird's Applejack and sweet vermouth, and the Slow Trip to New Orleans, made with Bulleit bourbon, Plymouth sloe gin, and coffee. [Diner's Journal] Tokaj, Hun ... More >>
via ABC NewsThe NYC Department of Education is considering imposing rules against sexting and cyberbullying, the Daily News has reported. The trend is already so rampant that it might rival controlling the Gulf oil spill in terms of difficulty -- but it seems the DOE will give it a try if the ... More >>
Okay, so it's the 3rd "real person" from Twitter, but still: ABC News White House correspondent Jake "The Octagon" Tapper celebrating talking to the public, putting "real person" in scare-quotes, even having this be a notable occasion -- a reporter! Talking to real people! -- and also having ... More >>
The FBI is warning of a possible new terror tactic: per ABC News, a "battle of suspicious bags" is being encouraged on a jihadist website. The bags, while suspicious, might actually be filled with harmless items like water bottles, or socks -- not with bombs.
If you're just sitting at home tonight between 8 and 10 p.m., you're going to want to tune in to the Championship Finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, live on ABC. Why? Because it will be...awkward. Cringe-inducing. Stressful! And awesome. Remember when you wore a retainer, waged an o ... More >>
The Times Square Alliance is seeking proposals from local businesses to operate concession stands in the pedestrian plazas located on Broadway between 42d and 47th Streets. [NY Times] The National Milk Producers Federation is lobbying the FDA to require that plant-based beverages, like soy m ... More >>
Santa Clara County, south of San Francisco, has decided to ban Happy Meal and other promotional toys that often accompany kids' meals at fast-food chains. [NY Times] The recipe-testing battle between Food52.com and Cook's Illustrated continues, and the results will be posted on Slate. [ABC N ... More >>
Mets fans are getting even more reasons to hang out in the Citi Field food court this season. Crab cake sandwiches from Catch of the Day, Disco fries from Box Frites, and strawberry shakes from Shake Shack are among new menu items. And a McFadden's Pub will open at street level. [NY Times] B ... More >>
A caption is unnecessary. ABC News is displaying still more previously unreleased photos of 9/11. Slideshow of all of the new ones (so far) is here. As if New Yorkers would ever forget. Still ...
The latest food recall comes from National Steak and Poultry in Oklahoma, which is recalling some 248,000 pounds of beef that might be contaminated with a strain of E. coli. The meat could be linked to illnesses in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota, and Washington. [ABC News] Wh ... More >>
Michael may be on vacation, but he wasn't too busy to give ABC News a soundbite for their breathless story on Adam Lambert's "racy" AMA performance. Go here to see what words of Musto wisdom were included in the story. (And just ignore the helmet-haired morons who pop up automatically in the ... More >>
Tina Fey (pictured) reveals that she "couldn't give it away" -- meaning her virginity -- when she was a young lass, prompting respected journalistic organization ABC News to run a slide show of "Stars' Sexperiences." You would imagine these Sexperiences would be calculated to include simila ... More >>
Here's your friend and mine telling the good people of ABC News all about Girls. They pronounced it right, Tom, and for today that's enough.
ABC News has uncovered these upsetting pix of Michael Jackson's legs at a rare moment when they weren't moonwalking. What the shots uncover is a bunch of discoloration and needle marks suggesting IV usage. And these were from 2002! Discuss.
Get out your tinfoil! ABC today reports a heretofore secret meeting of "America's Richest Givers", including Mayor Bloomberg, Oprah, David Rockefeller, George Soros, Ted Turner, and other illuminati, were invited by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to a "window-lined private room" -- as opposed to one ... More >>
Just a note here to point out that the Tom Robbins Voice story that tied former New Jersey Senator Bob Toricelli to the New York pension scandal went up Tuesday night, not Thursday as the Times has it today. Thanks also to the New Jersey Star-Ledger for picking up the story, and Crain's New York Bus ... More >>
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