Boeing 777 Missing: stolen passports that were used to board the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared with 239 people on board Saturday less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.
In a sharply worded criticism of shortcomings of national passport controls, the Lyon, France-based international police body said information about the thefts of an Austrian passport in 2012 and an Italian passport last year was entered into its database after they were stolen in Thailand.
Interpol said in a statement it was investigating all other passports used to board Flight MH 370 and was working to determine the “true identities” of the passengers who used the stolen passports.
"I can confirm that we have the visuals of these two people on CCTV," Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference late Sunday, adding that the footage was being examined. "We have intelligence agencies, both local and international, on board."
FilmOn founder Alki David announced during a Beverly Hills press conference on Thursday that DNA testing has proven singer B Howard to be Michael Jackson’s son, with “99.99999 percent” probability. However, the proof’s authenticity is in question, and the generic lab’s logo may have even been lifted from “Terminator Salvation.”
TMZ burst any believers’ bubbles on Friday after obtaining a copy of the document David claimed was issued by a DNA lab in Ireland, creatively called “DNA Lab.” The outlet found no proof such a facility exists.
And the graphic used in the logo is the same design featured in “Terminator Salvation.” The red double helix (left) was worn by Resistance soldiers fighting the Skynet machines in the post-apocalyptic “Terminator” sequel starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington.
“That is an internal document. The logo was made by the DNA agency to make it look pretty. Lab documents are not pretty by nature. That data is bonafide and highly confidential,” a FilmOn spokesman told TheWrap. “TMZ stole private information. Naturally, I am not at all happy about this. FilmOn.com is reserving its rights on this matter”.
Howard — who actually does look and sound a lot like Jackson during his heyday — has already released a statement distancing himself from the DNA test that may or may not be a publicity stunt.
“To my fans, family, and friends, despite recent allegations, I did not authorize the testing of my DNA to be compared to that of the late Michael Jackson nor did I contact TMZ regarding the publication of the story,” Howard said in a statement included in a Thursday press release promoting FilmOn’s announcement.
“This spring, I agreed to be a part of a documentary with FilmOn.TV and was asked to give a sample of my DNA. Even though I agreed to this I never expected it to be used in this manner,” Howard’s statement continues. “To this day, I have never claimed to be Michael Jackson’s son nor do I have any intention of pursuing the family’s estate.”
Howard’s manager has yet to respond to TheWrap’s request for comment, in wake of TMZ identifying the DNA test results as “bogus.”
The 31-year-old singer is said to be the product of an affair between Jackson and singer R&B singer Miki Howard, who had several hits in the ’80s and early ’90s, and appeared with Janet Jackson in the 1993 movie “Poetic Justice.”
David and his partners speculate that Howard’s mother was the subject of Jackson’s 1982 hit, “Billie Jean,” and that he is the child referenced when Jackson sings, “The kid is not my son.”
‘Captain Phillips’ Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Is Broke: Barkhad Abdi is in the running for Oscar gold Sunday, but actual wealth eludes him.
Abdi has been widely praised for his role in “Captain Phillips” as the desperate pirate Muse, and even ad-libbed the film’s signature line: “I’m the captain now.” But a New Yorker story reveals that he is now struggling to support himself.
“When Abdi is in Los Angeles to promote the film, he subsists on a per diem, good at the Beverly Hilton, where the studio likes to put him up. The town car is available only for official publicity events. His clothes are loaners,” reads the article. “Recently Abdi requested that he be allowed to stay at a commuter hotel near LAX to be closer to his friend, a Somali cabdriver from Minneapolis, who shuttles him around for free.”
Also read: ‘Captain Phillips’ Review: Taut Suspense, Iffy Racial Politics, Unfussy Tom Hanks (Video)
Abdi earned $65,000 for his performance in the $55 million film, but that was more than two years ago. And even with an Oscar nomination, there’s no guarantee of his future earning potential as an actor. Abdi already won a BAFTA for best supporting actor, and is now reading scripts in search of his next role.
During a recent study of KFC done at the University of New Hampshire, they found some very upsetting facts. First of all, why did they change their name? Several years ago Kentucky fried chicken became KFC. Does anybody know why? Most thought the real reason was because of the “fried” food issue. But that is not the case. The real reason why they call it KFC is because they cannot use the word chicken anymore. Why? KFC does not use real chickens. They actually use genetically manipulated organisms.
These so-called “chickens” are kept alive by tubes inserted into their bodies to pump blood and nutrients throughout their structure. They have no beaks, no feathers and no feet. They grow with multiple legs and wings on one “chicken”. Their bone structure is dramatically shrunk to get more meat out of them. This is great for KFC because it saves them money for their production costs. There is no more plucking of the feathers or the removal of the beaks and feet. The government required them to change their name and banned them from using the word “chicken”. I find this matter very disturbing. I hope people will start to realize this and let other people know.
NY Knicks PG Raymond Felton Arrested and Charged With 3 Counts of Weapons Possession: Life has gotten much worse for embattled NY Knicks point guard Raymond Felton, whose wife filed for divorce after 19 months of matrimony. Not only does Ariane Raymondo-Felton want her last name back, but she also wants all of Felton’s wealth and assets, including his balls — autographed basketballs, that is.
Felton turned himself in, after police say his wife Ariane Raymondo-Felton—who filed for divorce last week—brought the gun to police and said she found it in her home. New York has very strict laws on unregistered firearms (that’s what earned Plaxico Burress nearly two years in prison) and Felton has been charged with second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, both felonies, and misdemeanor count of fourth-degree possession.
The New York Post (and no one else for now) is reporting that Felton allegedly pointed a gun at a woman, and that a girlfriend may have been involved. We will learn more when Felton makes an expected appearance in court later this morning.
Update: The NY Post says Felton pointed a “bad ass” gun at his wife. “The wife is saying they had four verbal altercations since July last year. On the last one, he pointed a gun at her. It’s an armor-piercing gun, loaded. It’s a bad ass gun,” a law enforcement source told The NY Post.
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton are calling it quits after eight years of marriage. The couple issued a statement on Monday, saying, “We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time.”
The pair met when Thick was 14, and Patton was 16. They married in 2005 and welcomed a son, Julian Fuego, in April 2010. “It was hard when we became parents, because we had to balance our careers with this new person in our lives,” Thicke told People magazine in 2011.
“[Having a baby] changed everything,” he added. “It was tough at first. She was stressed. I took time off. I lost my mojo. After a while, we hit our rhythm and we are more in love and supportive than ever.”
Sources say that work schedules may have been a factor in their separation. “They’re both at the top of their careers right now and they’re never together. She’s filming in Canada and he’s on tour,” says the source.
Thicke, 36, canceled his concert in Atlanta on Friday to fly to Vancouver where Patton, 38, is filming her movie in hopes of saving the marriage. According to sources, after sitting down to discuss their relationship, both left very upset, accepting that their marriage was over. Thicke then canceled his Orlando concert to spend time with their 3-year-old son.
A man who did security work for Chicago rapper Twista was found shot to death and lit on fire in a South Side home Friday. The man was identified as Davy Easterling by the Cook County medical examiner’s office Sunday.
Easterling was found in an apartment about 6 a.m. Friday in the 8300 block of South Baker Avenue. That same day, Twista had put out messages on Twitter and Instagram, saying that Easterling, who acted as a bodyguard for Twista and who he described as “A close friend of mine,” had been missing for three days.
Twista has represented Chicago in his music for two decades and his name is a nod to his ability to rap fast in a clear and concise manner – he previously was known as Tung Twista. On Saturday, Twista sent out “#RIP Davy Easterling aka 6’9 I have lost too many good friends to these streets.” State records indicate Easterling had received a firearms training certificate that would enable him to carry a gun as a security guard.
Police were conducting a homicide investigation. The Fire Department’s Office of Fire Investigations determined that the fire was incendiary —meaning that it was somehow started by a person — said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford on Saturday.
Firefighters were called to the 2½-story building on Baker Avenue around 6 a.m. Friday, Langford said. The man found was dead in the bedroom during a primary search, he said. Smoke detectors were working in the building, Langford said. Bomb and Arson investigators from the Chicago Police Department are continuing to investigate.
TMZ Sports has obtained footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his fiancee (who appears to be out cold) out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino … moments after cops say they attacked each other on the property. The footage was shot on February 15th … right before Rice and his fiancee Janay Palmer were both arrested for assault at the Revel Casino. Cops say they have video which proved both parties attacked each other.
But before the arrest, Ray can be seen trying to lift and move a seemingly unconscious Palmer out of a casino elevator. While Palmer is sprawled out on the ground, a man in a suit — who appears to be talking into a security microphone — approaches the situation and confronts Rice. It’s unclear if the man is security, but it sure seems that way.
Moments later, as Palmer seems to regain consciousness, Rice walks away. Both Rice and Palmer were later arrested and taken to a nearby police station. They’ve since been released. Ray’s attorney Michael Diamondstein tells us … he has not seen the video but is adamant, “Neither Ray nor myself will try this case in the media.”
He adds, “However, the video that’s being posted by TMZ Sports is not the complete event, but is merely the end result of what transpired.” “We’ll assure the public that when this matter is fully tried and completed, you’ll have a better understanding of what happened and we ask the public to reserve making any judgement until all of the facts come out.”
Rapper Ludacris wants to do something so shocking, it will send shock waves through the rap community, he’s fighting for CUSTODY of his kid.
Luda and baby mama Tamika Fuller are duking it out in an Atlanta court over custody and child support. They had a baby girl 2 months ago and Tamika’s been taking care of the kid. The rapper now says in legal docs he’s a “fit and capable parent” and should get full physical custody. He offers up his parental resume, saying he’s always been “an active father” to his 12-year-old girl.
Now the plot thickens. Luda has also asked the judge to force Tamika to pay HIM child support. That’s interesting, because Tamika was asking for $15K a month in child support and Ludacris pleaded poverty, saying Paul Walker’s death derailed “Fast & Furious 7” and his cash flow dried up. The judge awarded her $7K a month. So the question … does Luda really want custody, or is this a way to turn the financial tables?
WOW, the nerve, you first go out and have a baby behind the one your with back and then turn the tables and want the mother to pay child support. You are about to give black men yet another bad name!
Dennis “Spyda” Chism, formally of AND1, is ready to rule the game of street ball once again. This time it will be on his own terms with his own company “Streetball Evolution.” In 2014, Spyda is looking forward to bringing back the entertainment of street ball to the fans with his own team touring…
Spyda will be in Cleveland, MS for the Annual Family Fun Event Easter Weekend Show Down’ at D.M. Smith Middle School on April 19th 2014 - Pre Game Show @6pm Eastside High Alumni vs Shaw High Alumni & The Main Event will start at 7:30pm - Spyda & Friends Vs Fly Zone Ballers!!! Tickets Available Now: Follow Spyda: Twitter: @TheWorldOfSpyda and Instagram @SpydasWorld
WhatsApp’s Founder Goes From Food Stamps to Billionaire: The $19 billion deal to sell WhatsApp Inc. to Facebook Inc. (FB) started at Yahoo! Inc. more than five years ago, when Jan Koum became disillusioned at the way Internet companies were fixated on advertising.
He left Yahoo in 2007 with one of the company’s other engineers, Brian Acton, and started a company by 2009 that shuns advertising altogether. The strategy allowed them to concentrate on creating an easy-to-use messaging product instead of developing new ways to glean customer information for their marketing pitches, Koum said in a 2012 blog post.
“No one wakes up excited to see more advertising, no one goes to sleep thinking about the ads they’ll see tomorrow,” Koum said in the post. A hand-written note on the his desk reads: “No Ads! No Games! No Gimmicks!”
Traffic came to a halt on the Dolphin Expressway in Miami on Thursday night when 37-year-old Pamela Rauseo stopped her SUV, jumped out and cried for help. In her arms was her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz and he wasn’t breathing. Al Diaz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Miami Herald, happened to be driving behind the woman.
“A woman pops out of the car and starts screaming ‘My baby can’t breathe! My baby can’t breathe! Call 911!’ So I got out of my car and ran over to help her,” Diaz told CBSMiami. “As a photojournalist you want to capture these images, but as a human being you want to get help,” he told the New York Daily News. He managed to do both.
As Rauseo performed CPR, Diaz ran through traffic until he found Officer Amauris Bastidas of the Sweetwater Police Department. A bystander, Lucila Godoy, left her 3-year-old son in her own car to offer help. Capt. Anthony Trim and Lt. Alvaro Tonanez with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s hazardous materials unit also joined in the rescue as Diaz snapped these dramatic photos.
Little Sebastian was born prematurely and has respiratory problems, according to the Herald. He’s now in stable condition at a Miami hospital.
Source: The Huffington Post
Tyler Perry Lands His Own Talk Show On OWN Network: It seems that Tyler Perry and his buddy Oprah Winfrey have been keeping a BIG secret. Perry revealed the big news in a Instagram post today. “Look what I’m working on,” he shared along with a photo of himself on the set of “Tyler, The Tyler Perry Show.” “Coming on next Tuesday after ‘The Haves And The Have Nots,’ only on OWN,” he added.
Though it’s not clear if “Tyler: The Tyler Perry Show” will air daily, weekly, monthly or as a one time special, this is likely to be another hit for OWN, which has benefited greatly from Perry and Oprah’s partnership announced in 2012.
Kardashian Kids Collection Clothing Line Launching March 15 at Babies R Us. The Kardashians are launching a new kids clothing line for baby girls. Kardashian Kids Collection will consist of clothing for girls from newborn to 24 months and will be released exclusively at Babies R Us stores nationwide.
“Our grandmother opened a children’s fashion store, and from an early age I adored baby fashion,” Kim said in a statement. “Later when Penelope was born, my sisters and I had so many ideas for how we wanted to dress her, but didn’t always find what we were envisioning. Now, as a mom, I cherish the time my baby and I spend together getting her dressed. The items in this collection are exactly what I have imagined for her.”
According to Kourtney, the kids clothing line has been in the works for some time. “Since becoming a mom, I’ve been so inspired to create Kardashian Kids with perfect prints, heavenly fabrics for a baby’s skin and to bring fashion to the baby world that is affordable.”
Khloe also weighed in, saying, “With our ever-expanding family and our wide circle of friends having children, designing a baby collection was the next natural progression for my sisters and me.” The line is set to launch on March 15.