President Barack Obama caught grief the last time he wore blue jeans in public, but Japan's first lady has won an award for it. Miyuki Hatoyama, 66, won the annual prize given to celebrities who look best in denim, along with four Japanese musicians and a Taiwanese actor. The wife of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was cited for "wearing jeans gracefully, with a bit of a revolutionary touch," according to the Japan Jeans Association. "I have long wished to win the prize, as I'm a big fan of jeans," she said. Hatoyama has previously made headlines by saying that she met actor Tom Cruise in a previous life and that her soul has traveled to Venus on a UFO.
- The luggage of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was recovered. It had been stolen during a visit to San Francisco. For Johnson's trouble, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom also sent Johnson a basket containing two tickets to a 49ers game, a two-night stay at the Fairmont Hotel, a baseball signed by Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum and a necktie created by Wilkes Bashford, the Sacramento Bee reported. "We want to encourage Mayor Johnson to come back and visit San Francisco soon," Newsom said.
- A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley's head when he joined the Army in 1958 sold for $15,000 at a Chicago auction house on Sunday.
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Way out there, 32 more planets found
Astronomers are finding planets by the dozen. A team of European astronomers announced Monday that it found 32 new "exoplanets" orbiting distant stars. Scientists using the European Southern Observatory telescope didn't find any quite the size of Earth or any that seemed habitable. But their announcement increased the number of planets discovered outside the solar system to more than 400. Six of the newly found planets are merely several times bigger than Earth; most planets are far bigger. Two of the newly discovered planets are about five times the size of Earth and one was up to five times larger than Jupiter. Astronomer Stephane Udry of the University of Geneva said the results support the theory that planet formation is common, especially around the most common types of stars. "I'm pretty confident that there are Earth-like planets everywhere," Udry said. "Nature doesn't like a vacuum. If there is space to put a planet there, there will be a planet there." Astronomers said it is especially exciting that about 40 percent of sun-like stars have planets that are closer to being Earth-sized than the much-larger Jupiter. Times wires
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"Olympia Snowe's vote was hailed as a victory for bipartisanship. So now you only need one Republican to be bipartisan? Those are pretty low standards. That's like saying you're bilingual if you say 'hola' to the nanny."
Seth Meyers, Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live, on Snowe's committee vote siding with Democrats on health care.