America's Top Colleges 2011 on Shine. 7,500 earthquakes shake resolve in NZealand city. Around-the-World Brief: 'Potter' Obliterates Foreign Record. By Ray SubersJuly 19, 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 outpaced even the most generous prognostications this weekend, setting a new weekend record with an incredible $314 million at the foreign box office.
That's 20 percent up on the previous record-holder, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and 32 percent up on Half-Blood Prince's series record. Including its stunning domestic take, Deathly Hallows Part 2 also eclipsed Half-Blood Prince to set the worldwide opening weekend record with an astronomical $483.2 million. That improved to $542.2 million through Monday ($18 million domestic plus $41 million overseas), and the movie set a new record by passing the half-billion dollar mark in just six days. Not surprisingly, Potter's top territory was its native United Kingdom. "Harry Potter is truly a cultural phenomenon the world over," said Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, Warner Bros. president of international distribution, in a press release.
Weekend Report: 'Harry' Makes History. Google+ Reverses Social-Network Curse, Challenges Facebook. Vatican opens archives for unprecedented exhibit. VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican will display 100 select documents from its Secret Archives at an unprecedented exhibit next year that includes previously unpublished papers from its World War II papacy.
"Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed" opens in February at Rome's Capitoline Museums and marks the first time such precious documents, manuscripts and parchments have been allowed out of the Vatican vaults for view by the general public. The occasion is the archive's 400th anniversary. On view will be the acts of Galileo's trial for heresy as well as the letter from members of the British Parliament asking Pope Clement XII to annul the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon — one of the key events that led to England's break with the Roman Catholic Church. 'Billions worth' of treasure found in Indian temple.
'Cars 2' keeps Pixar in driver's seat with $68M (AP) Gallery: Shocking scenes from the Vancouver Game 7 riots - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog. Inside Rogers Arena on Wednesday night, there was champagne in the Boston Bruins' dressing room and sullen faces for everyone wearing a Vancouver Canucks sweater after the home team's Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Final.
In downtown Vancouver, it was anarchy. Seventeen years after another Game 7 riot in the city, what began as a few random fires and incidents of vandalism by spectators became utter chaos, with looters stealing from local stores and police trying to clear the streets. From QMI: Between 130 and 140 people were sent to hospital, including three people with stab wounds and two suffering trauma, while a number of others were treated in the courtyard of a downtown hospital for the effects of tear gas.Most people were treated for tear gas and pepper spray effects, lacerations, facial trauma, substance abuse and head injuries, Alyssa Polinsky, spokeswoman for B.C.
Mavs beat the Heat to win NBA championship. Apparent Immunity Gene ‘Cures’ Bay Area Man Of AIDS. CBS SF Bay (con't) Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSSanFrancisco.com/ACA Health News & Information: CBSSanFrancisco.com/Health SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — A 45-year-old man now living in the Bay Area may be the first person ever cured of the deadly disease AIDS, the result of the discovery of an apparent HIV immunity gene. Timothy Ray Brown tested positive for HIV back in 1995, but has now entered scientific journals as the first man in world history to have that HIV virus completely eliminated from his body in what doctors call a “functional cure.” Brown was living in Berlin, Germany back in 2007, dealing with HIV and leukemia, when scientists there gave him a bone marrow stem cell transplant that had astounding results. 150,000 in Arkansas apply for scholarship aid. WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk. Cell phone use 'possibly carcinogenic' NEW: Experts say there are ways to minimize cell phone radiation It's in the same "hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroformUntil now, WHO has said no adverse health effects have been establishedThe cell phone industry maintains that there is no conclusive evidence of danger (CNN) -- Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization.
The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform. Before its announcement Tuesday, WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established. A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the United States, made the decision after reviewing peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety.
Record-setting performances highlight a bizarre week on Mt. Everest. When Doomsday Isn't, Believers Struggle to Cope. Mexican authorities find 513 illegal immigrants in 2 tractor-trailers. By the CNN Wire Staff.
Djokovic switched to gluten-free diet, now he's unstoppable on court. Curious about what's fuelling Novak Djokovic's rocket ride to the verge of the top ranking in men's tennis?
Well, it's not pasta. At least not the standard kind. Líderes: Articles: Octavio Viramontes - $15,000 winner of the NCLR-Best Buy Emerging Latino Leaders Scholarship. I was raised in an underprivileged town called Jalpa, Zacatecas, México. My dad, through a related program as the Bracero program, came to the United States to arduously work in order to provide for my family. My family consists of one older brother, one younger brother, a twin, and my dear beloved parents. My environment didn’t present social, academic or career opportunities; however my brothers and I are blessed with priceless morals and values. Due to economic causes, my dad brought my entire family to find the “American Dream.” Delano High senior earns prestigious $100,000 scholarship - Bakersfield.com. Troy Polamalu gets his college degree - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog.
Superman Renounces His U.S. Citizenship in 900th Issue of Action Comics - FoxNews.com. Superman is no longer an American.
In Action Comics’ new record-breaking 900th issue, the iconic super hero renounces his U.S citizenship following a clash with the federal government. Www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/birth-certificate-long-form.pdf. Sony issues warning after PlayStation Network attack - Video Games Blog Plugged In. Cnbc.com Six days after a security breach of its PlayStation Network, Sony said Tuesday that the incursion was much worse than expected and hackers had obtained personal information on 70 million subscribers.
The company, in a blog entry posted Tuesday afternoon, added it is still unsure if the intruder also obtained credit card data for members who have that on file with the service, which provides online functionality for the PlayStation 3. "Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID," wrote Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications for Sony Computer Entertainment America.
Top Selling Video Games. Kate Middleton Surpasses Lady Di as the Most-Mentioned Royal in the Media. There are still eight days before Kate Middleton officially joins the royal family, but the princess bride is already becoming more popular than her famous crowned kin -- even the late Princess Diana. Airbus A380 Jumbo Jet Clips Tail Of Another Plane While Taxiing At JFK Airport NO SOUND. First Orbit - the movie. Princeton FML. What the fuck has Obama done so far? University - Revealing the benefits of Colombian drug legalization. University - Princeton makes offers to 8.39 percent of applicants in record admission cycle. Posted March 30, 2011; 12:00 p.m. by Emily Aronson Princeton University has offered admission to 2,282 students, or 8.39 percent of the record 27,189 applicants for the class of 2015 in what may be the most selective admission process in the University's history.
This compares with Princeton's final admission rates of 8.8 percent for the class of 2014 and 10.1 percent for the class of 2013. The applicant pool has increased 98.5 percent over the past seven years, with Princeton's strong academic programs and financial aid policies continuing to appeal to prospective students from around the United States and the world. Harvard physicist puts fires out with electrified wand, hopes to share on HarvardConnection. Two crazy weeks produce a Final Four full of surprises - The Dagger - NCAAB Blog. Japan earthquake: For one quake survivor, self-help in the face of seeming helplessness. Indices. How-to-jailbreak-and-unlock-your-iphone: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance. This elite group of tech moguls, hedge-funders, athletes and entertainers are hovering under billionaire status with a strong chance of breaking into the Forbes 400 ranks this decade.
WikiLeaks Archive — Cables Uncloak U.S. Diplomacy. International - the global coalition against corruption. With governments committing huge sums to tackle the world's most pressing problems, from the instability of financial markets to climate change and poverty, corruption remains an obstacle to achieving much needed progress. The 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index shows that nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index score below five, on a scale from 10 (highly clean) to 0 (highly corrupt).
These results indicate a serious corruption problem. To address these challenges, governments need to integrate anti-corruption measures in all spheres, from their responses to the financial crisis and climate change to commitments by the international community to eradicate poverty. Transparency International advocates stricter implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, the only global initiative that provides a framework for putting an end to corruption.