‘American Idol’ Top 9 Go Helter Skelter

It was a very daytrippy Tuesday when “American Idol” held its Lennon/McCartney Night. No, no one performed a song by the Plastic Ono Band or sang the backwards-masked “Tomorrow Never Knows.” That would’ve been cool. But there was a didjeridoo, a bagpipe player, an actual good performance by underdog Tim Urban, a (hopefully pre-screened) heckler […]

Pay Garnishments Rise as Debtors Fall Behind

When the bank sued Leann Weaver for not paying her credit card balance, her reaction was typical for someone in that situation. Personal and financial setbacks weighed her down, and she knew she owed the $2,470. So she never went to court to defend herself. She was startled by what happened next. When she swiped […]

‘Idol’ Castoff Has Critiques For Show’s Judges

Now that Didi Benami knows she won’t be the next “American Idol,” she has some criticism for the judges. “I would say be more consistent just like they told me,” the 23-year-old Benami said. Early in the competition the judges liked her unique singing style, but over time changed their tune. Last week, they panned […]

How To Reduce Your Electricity Bills

There are a bunch of little tricks you can employ to cut back on power consumption at home—which not only has environmental benefits but keeps you from wasting cash too—and it’s highly unlikely you’ll even notice a difference. Between the National Resources Defense Council’s site and powerscorecard.org I found some really good tips. Here’s a […]

UN’s Ban calls Aral Sea ‘shocking disaster’

The drying up of the Aral Sea is one of the planet’s most shocking environmental disasters, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday as he urged Central Asian leaders to step up efforts to solve the problem. Once the world’s fourth-largest lake, the sea has shrunk by 90 percent since the rivers that feed it were […]

Giving Voice to ‘Squeakquel’ Not So Simple

Selling tickets to the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” movies seems to be pretty easy. Their latest offering, “The Squeakquel,” has raked in over $440 million at the worldwide box office. Not bad for a litter of rodents born out of a Christmas novelty song 52 years ago. But providing the voices for the characters is […]

From Poverty to Power

When thinking of the “new breed” of celebrity – from the Kardashians to Paris Hilton to the stars of “The Hills” – fame seems to depend on the fact that they’re already fabulously wealthy. Well, despite these new trends, some of the most famous and wealthy people did not come from rich families – many […]

Things Your Boss Should Never Say to You

So, bosses, are you listening? Here are seven things you, as a boss, should never say to your employees: 1. “I pay your salary. You have to do what I say.” Have you not heard? It’s the 21st century. Threats and power plays just do not cut it anymore (and they were always a terrible […]

“24” Canceled

Jack Bauer’s latest rough day will be his last on TV. FOX drama “24” will conclude with its current eighth season, star Mary Lynn Rajskub Tweeted on Friday, breaking the news. “Just found out we got the word officially,” she Tweeted. “This is 24’s last season.” FOX later confirmed the news, calling it a joint […]