Assailants connected with Islamic state launched grenades and guns assaults in the Indonesian capital killing at least two civilians and bringing “the radical group’s violence to the world’s most populous Muslim country for the first time.” Five attackers were killed and 20 people were wounded as it unfolded near a Starbucks cafe and Sarinah’s, Jakarta’s oldest department store. Jakarta’s police chief noted that “ISIS is behind this attack definitely,” using a common acronym for Islamic State, and he named an Indonesian militant called Bahrun Naim as the man responsible for plotting it.
The city which is currently dealing with a water crisis that has found abnormally high levels of lead in the water supply, now has about 87 reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease since 2014 with 10 of those being fatal, that may or may not be related to the water crisis. Legionnaires’ is a bacterial infection that can be deadly for between 5-30% of its victims. Yesterday the city’s Governor enlisted the services of the National Guard to distribute clean water and filters as well as requesting help from FEMA. The city’s switch in water supply has been blamed for discolored and strange-smelling water and elevated lead levels in children’s blood. Read more
Tonight will be the first Republican debate of 2016, the sixth of the primary campaign, and the next to last before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1 and stakes are higher for some of the candidates. Taking place in Charleston, South Carolina the main stage will have only seven candidates; Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul, who is skipping it, have been downgraded and will join Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum in the undercard debate. As of late candidate Trump has somewhat intensified his scrutiny of candidate Cruz’s Canadian birth and eligibility to be POTUS. Speaking of Cruz, it’s being reported that he didn’t disclose to federal election officials a pair of loans, worth a total of between $500,001 and $1 million, he took from Wall Street banks Citigroup Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc, when he first ran for the Senate in 2012, an omission that could violate campaign rules, oops. The debate will air on the Fox Business Network starting at 6pm followed by main stage frontrunners Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
The three winning tickets for the record $1.6 billion powerball were sold in Tennessee, Florida and California with one ticket being sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, east LA receiving a $1-million bonus. The identities of the winners were not yet known; the winning numbers were 08 27 34 04 19 and Powerball 10…Seven people have been detained in conncection to the blast in Istanbul that killed 10 people by … JP Morgan’s fourth quarter profits rose 10% though modest is a win for the banking giant seeing that 2015 saw a weakness in its global trading business; Much of the improvement in profit came from continuing cuts to the bank’s expenses and work force…Al Jazeera America, the American division of the Al Jazeera Media Network cable news outlet owned by Qatar-based Al Jazeera will shutdown by April 30 and as many as 700 staff members” could lose their jobs less than three years after its launch.
Actor Alan Rickman, who’s portrayed characters in films such as Die Hard, Robin Hood: Price of Thieves but probably know famously as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series has died of cancer at the age of 69…The Academy award nominations will be announced this morning…Sugar bear from the TLC show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” admitted that he cheated on “Mama June” June Shannon with both men and women.
The 2016 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers announced that model Karlie Kloss will join the roster of fashion experts including Glenda Bailey, Harper’s Bazaar US editor-in-chief; Buro24/7 founder Miroslava Duma; Peter Philips, creative and image director of Christian Dior make-up; and creative consultant Katherine Ross, as a judge…The only US stops for Annie Liebovitz’s 10 city WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition tour will be San Francisco and New York City with dates to be announced later; the first stop is London through February 7…The Consumer Calendar is term you will be hearing more of as it pertains to the non-traditional fashion companies adjusting their products and release…Last night in Los Angeles, Jessica Alba, Liz Goldwyn, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ,Natasha Lyonne attended the Rose and Galvan For Opening Ceremony dinner hosted by Swarovski…Love, Courtney By Nasty Gal celebrated the collaboration with a launch party last night at Nasty Gal in LA.
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