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Two weeks into the US government’s partial shutdown, new funding is being provided to some services to reopen closed programs, while other agencies that were at first spared now face closure. The Obama administration said last week that states could pay for national park operations. Arizona, Colorado, New York, North Dakota and Utah have accepted the offer. Even...

Banksy, the British street artist and prankster, is on the loose in New York City. But what do you make of it when this international phenomenon lands in your average Queens neighborhood? Banksy has spent the last week around the city posting stencil prints with bold messages — his once unique, now ubiquitous style. This morning, Gothamist reported that the artist’s...

At a stately White House ceremony on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will extol former Army Capt. William Swenson’s courage and award him the country’s highest military decoration. But beyond the pageantry is a convoluted tale not told in the official Army narrative detailing Swenson’s heroics when he and his troops were ambushed in Afghanistan more than...

The Honda Gresini rider posted a best time of one minute 22.225 seconds, over half a second quicker than his time in the opening practice session, in which the Italian also went quickest. The second session was run in warmer and less windy conditions than the opener, which was marred by five separate accidents involving some of the sports biggest names. Valentino Rossi,...

Suffice to say, by bartenders I am thinking neither of college students filling pitchers — and occasionally themselves — from a leaky keg, nor of hostesses tipping Suntory Royal into a bleary-eyed salaryman’s glass with their left hand while otherwise engaging their right. No, the bartenders we need consider here are inheritors of a noble tradition to whose...

After he’s cleared of sexual harassment at the end of the classic Simpsons episode, Homer Badman, Homer J. Simpson turns to his wife, and gleefully announces, “Marge, my friend, I haven’t learned a thing.” Michael Bay is Homer Simpson. Not superficially, of course – he has a gorgeous head of lovely, flowing hair, and he’s not yellow. But when it comes to avoiding...

Looking to do some well-deserved pregnancy pampering, Jessica Alba hit up a Beverly Hills nail salon earlier today (July 6). The 30-year-old momma-to-be showed off her bountiful baby belly in a super-form fitting white shirt and long, flowing green skirt. During an interview for Latina magazine’s first ever family issue (August 2011), Jessica opened up...

Still trying to bounce back from a bout of bronchitis, Taylor Swift was forced to cancel more concerts. The “Enchanted” singer had to cancel her first concert ever last Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky and now her doctors are saying she still won’t be well enough to perform next weekend’s shows. A distraught Taylor said, “It breaks my heart to miss...

Kendall Jenner is a California girl through and through. The teen reality star celebrated the 4th of July by hitting the beach for some summer fun! The 15-year-old tweeted: “happy 4th of Julyyyy! … BBQ today!” So where were the other Jenner/Kardashian girls over the holiday weekend? Kylie Jenner was reportedly on another part of the beach enjoying the day, while...

In the last year, Kim Kardashian has worn a lot hats: She’s been a pin-up, a vixen, a family member, Cleopatra and nude. The point is, she’s versatile and magazines love her. In her most recent cover story, Kardashian sits down with Cosmopolitan to go over what fills many, many magazine profiles–her appearance. She also talks about being a celebrity,...