REID predicts the Tea party will fade
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is dismissing the tea party as short-lived, saying it will "disappear" once the economy gets better. The Nevada Democrat prevailed in November in a tough re-election race against tea party-backed candidate Sharron Angle. In an interview with NBC's Meet the Press set to air today, Reid said the tea party will no longer exist when the economy improves — and he says the economy is getting better every day.
TV network won't show bullfighting
Spain's leading broadcaster says it will no longer show the country's centuries-old tradition of bullfighting in order to protect children from viewing violence. RTVE lists its new ban on transmitting bullfighting programs under a chapter called "Violence with animals" in its latest stylebook and says it "will not broadcast bullfighting." One of the reasons given by RTVE — Spain's state network — is that bullfights "generally coincide with hours protected or specially protected for young viewers."
Clinton rejects change for births
In a bid to forestall a backlash from congressional conservatives, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has ordered the State Department to amend a bureaucratic change that would have replaced the terms "mother" and "father" with the gender-neutral term "parent" in reports of overseas births. Gay and lesbian groups had hailed the initial change, which was announced with little fanfare in late December. But conservative groups criticized it as an attack on traditional marriage and family values.
Islamists outlaw handshakes, chats
Somalis say Islamist insurgents have banned unrelated men and women from shaking hands, speaking or walking together. Residents of the southern Somali town of Jowhar said Saturday that the al-Shabab insurgents threatened to whip, imprison or execute anyone found breaking the recent edicts.
Slain journalist was castrated
Celebrity Portuguese TV journalist Carlos Castro, 65, was found castrated and bludgeoned to death in a New York hotel, and his companion, male model Renato Seabra, 20, of Portugal, was in police custody Saturday.
Flooding leaves 100,000 homeless
Brazilian authorities said Saturday that the number of people left homeless by flooding has risen to about 100,000 in four southeastern states. Officials said Minas Gerais state has been hit the hardest, with 16 deaths there as of Friday. Eleven deaths were reported in Sao Paulo state, where 57 cities are in a state of emergency.