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NSA Dealt Blow by Court Ruling Judge: Collection of phone records likely to be unconstitutional

Snowden Approves Edward Snowden, whose leaks unmasked secret NSA programs, praised the ruling in a statement to journalist Glenn Greenwald. “I acted on my belief that the NSA’s mass surveillance programs would not withstand a constitutional challenge,” he said. “Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate Americans’ rights. It is the first of many,” he added. ( T WP)

Washington In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records is likely to violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. The program probably isn’t effective in fighting terrorism, either, the judge said in a lengthy opinion filled with blistering criticism. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction against the government’s collecting of the phone records of two men who had challenged it and said any such records for the men should be destroyed. But he put enforcement of that decision on hold pending a near-certain government appeal, which may well end up at the Supreme Court. The injunction applies only to the two individual plaintiffs, but the ruling is likely to open the door to much broader challenges to the “metadata” collection and storage. The plaintiffs are Larry Klayman, a conservative lawyer, and Charles Strange, who is the father of a cryptologist technician who was killed in Afghanistan when his heli-

copter was shot down in 2011. The son worked for the NSA and support personnel for Navy SEAL Team 6. Leon ruled that the two men “have a substantial likelihood of showing” that their privacy interests outweigh the government’s interest in collecting the data “and therefore the NSA’s bulk collection program is indeed an unreasonable search under the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.” “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen,” Leon wrote. In addition to civil liberties critics, big communications companies are unhappy with the NSA program, concerned about a loss of business from major clients who are worried about government snooping. President Barack Obama will meet today

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68-page, heavily footnoted opinion, Leon concluded that the government didn’t cite a single instance in which the program “actually stopped an imminent terrorist attack.” T he gover nment a lso has argued that the U.S. District Court lacks jurisdiction to intervene. Andrew Ames, a spokesman for the Department of Justice, said Monday that the government is reviewing the opinion. “We believe the program is constitutional as previous judges have found,” he said. Stephen Vladeck, a national security law expert at the American University law school, said Leon is the first judge to say he has serious constitutional concerns about the program. “This is the opening salvo in a very long story, but it’s important symbolically in dispelling the invincibility of the metadata program,” he said. Vladeck said 15 judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court have examined Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the provision under which the data collection takes place, without finding constitutional problems. “There’s a disconnect between the 15 judges on the FISA court who seem to think it’s a no-brainer that Section 215 is constitutional, and Judge Leon, who seems to think otherwise.”


Senator’s Fired Chief of Staff on House Release The fired chief of staff for Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander will live with his parents in Maryland and be electronically monitored Loskarn while he awaits prosecution on charges of possession and attempted distribution of child pornography. A federal judge ordered Ryan Loskarn to be confined to his parents’ house without access to the Internet after a hearing Monday. (AP) CHICAGO

Gay Marriage Expedited For Critically Ill in Illinois Gay couples who want to wed in Illinois because one partner has a life-threatening illness could do so as of this week, rather than when the state’s same-sex law takes effect in June, after a judge broadened the medical exception statewide. (AP)


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Stores’ Shoplifting Measures Under Fire New York Outside the view of paying customers, people accused of shoplifting at the huge Macy’s flagship store are escorted by security guards to cells in “Room 140,” where they can be held for hours, asked to sign an admission of guilt and pay hundreds in fines, sometimes without any conclusive proof they stole anything. As shoppers jam stores ahead of the holidays, claims of racial profiling at department stores in New York have helped expose the wide latitude that laws in at least 27 states give retailers to hold and fine shoplifting suspects, even if a person hasn’t yet technically stolen anything or is wrongly accused or criminal charges are dropped. “You must remember, these people are not police officers; they are store employees,” said Faruk Usar, the attorney for a Turkish woman who sued Macy’s. “When they are detained, they are not yet even in a real jail.” Indust r y w ide, more t ha n

$12 billion is lost to shoplifting each year. The laws, which vary on strictness and fine amounts, allow stores to try to recoup some losses. Some customers say stores have harassed them into signing admissions of guilt in order to turn a profit — not just recoup a loss. Retailers don’t divulge how much money they recoup but use it in part to offset security costs, said Barbara Staib, spokeswoman for the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. The total is a fraction of what they lose, she said. But at least nine customers at the Macy’s store immortalized in “Miracle on 34th Street” say in lawsuits that the retailer is abusing the law, wrongly targeting minorities and holding customers for hours. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating the claims. Last week, New York state stores agreed to post a customer “bill of rights” on their websites explicitly prohibiting profiling and unreasonable searches. COLLEEN LONG (AP)

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Kerry Pledges More Aid to Southeast Asia U.S. Secretar y of State John Kerry offered harsh words for China and new maritime security assistance for SouthKerry east Asia on Monday to bolster countries facing growing Chinese assertiveness in a region where the two world powers are jockeying for influence. Kerry pledged $32.5 million, including up to $18 million for Vietnam, and expressed concern for “coercive and aggressive tactics to advance territorial claims” in the South China Sea. (AP) BAGHDAD

70 Killed in Latest Wave Of Attacks Across Iraq A double car bombing and a shooting killed 34 Shiite Muslims on pilgrimage in Iraq on Monday, the deadliest in a wave of attacks across the country that left at least 70 dead. It was the bloodiest day of violence in nearly two months. (AP)

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Hyderabad, India The chauffeur’s boss was out of town, so the driver called a friend and said, “Let’s have some fun” — which police say meant finding a woman to rape. Hopping into a luxury car, the two soon spotted their victim — a young software engineer leaving a shopping mall. They lured her into the car by making it appear to be a taxi, police said, took her to a remote spot and raped her with such ferocity that she bled for hours. Much has changed in India since the December night last year when another young woman was brutally gang-raped, in New Delhi, and later died — a case that shocked the country and sparked protests over sexual violence. Parliament passed stricter laws on rape and sexual harassment. Police have become more sympathetic to women. Help lines have been flooded with calls.


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Students rally in India on Monday, a year after the fatal gang rape of a young woman.

But rapes by gangs of young men have continued with a disturbing frequency, even though the four men convicted in the Delhi case were sentenced to death. Experts say there still is a widespread sense of impunity among aggressors. Although India passed tighter sexual-assault laws this year, prosecutions remain slow. The government created fast-track courts in New Delhi to deal with such cases,

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Hundreds of students, activists and other residents in New Delhi on Monday retraced the route that a young paramedical student took home from a movie a year ago when she was fatally gang-raped by six men on a moving bus, an incident that fueled a national outcry against sexual assaults. “We are here to map her route. We are reclaiming our right to these streets,” said Divya Pant, a 21-year-old banking student wearing a T-shirt that said “Speak Up.” (AP)

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Mandela Interpreter Linked to ’03 Killings Sources say bogus signer was mentally unfit to stand trial Johannesburg The bogus sign-language interpreter at last week’s Nelson Mandela memorial service was among a group of people who accosted two men found with a stolen television and burned them to death by setting fire to tires placed around their necks, one of the interpreter’s cousins and three of his friends said Monday. But Thamsanqa Jantjie never went to trial for the 2003 killings when other suspects did in 2006 because authorities determined he was not mentally fit to stand trial, said the four. Their account of the killings matched a description of the crime and the outcome for Jantjie that he described in an interview published Sunday by the Sunday Times newspaper of Johannesburg. “It was a community thing, what

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Homeless Teens Out in the Cold Advocates say D.C. is turning its back on the vulnerable group Washington For three years now, Dan Davis, an outreach worker for the only teen homeless shelter in town, has loaded up a mini van with granola bars, water bottles and instant noodle soup and headed out most every night searching for what he calls an invisible population. He wants to make sure that even if these teens don’t have a safe place to stay, they’ll at least have something to eat. It’s never easy to get adolescents to admit they’re homeless, let alone to accept help, he said. But now, Davis’ mission has become even more urgent. In recent weeks, the Interagen-

cy Council on Homelessness voted down an amendment promoted by advocates to grant homeless teens ages 12 to 17 a legal right to shelter on nights when the temperature drops below freezing. City law, for years, has extended the right to shelter to adults and families to keep people from freezing to death during hypothermia season — a law that is rare in the country. When shelters are full, as they are now, overflow spaces open up in churches and rec centers, or the city pays for motel rooms. But leaders maintain that parents and city agencies such as Child and Family Services — not city shelters — should be responsible for homeless teens. Until last January, the nonprofit teen shelter at Sasha Bruce, funded by the city, the federal government and private donations, was able to handle the flow of runaway teens

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who came to the shelter for a few days while social workers worked to reunify them with families. But when the city cut their funding by $500,000 and the number of available shelter beds dropped from 16 to five, they couldn’t keep up with demand. Sasha Bruce executive director Deborah Shore estimates they turned away as many as 150 teens


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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed millions in new spending for mental health, education and other priorities Monday in a twoyear, $95.9 billion state budget. The spending blueprint McDonnell outlined in a speech to the General Assembly’s two money committees is nearly $10 billion larger than the biennial budget that expires July 1. Most of the increase is attributed to projected general fund revenue growth. The Republican governor’s proposed budget — his last before leaving office in January — includes no increases in taxes or fees. McDonnell’s predecessor, Democrat Tim

Kaine, proposed a $2 billion state income tax increase on his way out the door four years ago. “I did not leave the same Christmas gift for my successor that Gov. Kaine left for me,” McDonnell said. Instead, McDonnell is handing Democratic Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe and the legislature a budget that he said takes a cautious approach because of the uncertainty surrounding how Washington’s fiscal policies will affect Virginia and its large number of federal employees. The budget also earmarks $303 million for the state’s “rainy day” fund, bringing the state government’s savings account to more than $1 billion for the first time since fiscal year 2008. L ARRY O’DELL (AP)


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Police: Man Set Self on Fire, in Critical Condition A man set himself on fire behind the Westgate Plaza Shopping Center in Manassas, Va., on Monday morning, according to Prince William County police. The man, who is from the Manassas area, suffered “severe, self-inflicted” wounds, said police. He was taken by helicopter to a burn center and remains in critical condition. (TWP) WASHINGTON

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s plan to replace the trash and recycling cans for about 75,000 households in 2014 is in limbo following D.C. Council objections to the $9 million money-shifting maneuver Gray proposed to pay for it. (TWP)

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After all of that handwashing, the FDA casts doubt on antibacterial soaps Washington After more than 40 years of study, the federal government said Monday it has no evidence that the antibacterial chemicals used in countless common soaps help prevent the spread of germs, and it is reviewing research suggesting they may pose health risks. Regulators at the Food and Drug Administration said they are revisiting the safety of chemicals such as triclosan in light of recent studies that suggest the substances can interfere with hormone levels and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. The government’s preliminary ruling lends new support to outside researchers who have long argued that the chemicals are, at best, ineffective and, at worst, a threat to public health. “The FDA is finally making a judgment call here and asking industry to show us that these products are better than soap and water,” said Stuart Levy of Tufts University School of Medicine. “The data don’t substantiate that.” Under a proposed rule released Monday, the agency will require man-

Backstory The FDA’s proposal comes more than 40 years after the agency began evaluating triclosan, triclocarban and similar ingredients in antibacterial soaps. Ultimately, the government only agreed to publish its findings after a three-year legal battle with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group that accused the FDA of delaying action on potentially dangerous chemicals.

75% The estimated amount of antibacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold in the U.S. that contain triclosan. More than 93 percent of bar soaps also contain triclocarban or triclosan, according to the FDA.

$368.8M The maximum amount that an FDA analysis estimates it will cost companies to comply with the new regulations, which would require reformulating some products and removing marketing claims from others. The low end of the cost for companies was $112.2 million. (AP)

Even More Wisdom In Doubt Two major studies found popping multivitamins didn’t protect men’s brains from aging or help heart attack survivors. They tested if multivitamins go that extra step and found they don’t. “Evidence is sufficient to advise against routine supplementation,” said a sharply worded editorial that accompanied Monday’s findings in the Annals of Internal Medicine. But others say the jury’s still out. Dr. Howard Sesso, of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, helped lead a multivitamin study that has had mixed results — suggesting small benefits for some conditions but not others. (AP)

ufacturers to prove that antibacterial soaps and body washes are safe and more effective than plain soap and water. Products that are not shown to be safe and effective by late 2016 would have to be reformulated, relabeled or removed from the market. The FDA’s concerns do not extend to hand sanitizers, most of which use alcohol rather than antibacterial chemicals. A spokesman for the cleaning product industry said the FDA already has “a wealth of data” showing the benefits of its products. “We are perplexed that the agency would suggest there is no evidence that antibacterial soaps are beneficial,” said Brian Sansoni, a spokesman for the American Cleaning Institute, a soap and cleaning product trade organization. The FDA said it will accept data for one year before beginning to finalize the rule. While it only applies to personal hygiene products, it has implications for a broader $1 billion industry that includes thousands of antibacterial products, including kitchen knives, toys, pacifiers and toothpaste. Over the past 20 years, companies have added triclosan and other cleaners to thousands of household products, touting their germ-killing benefits. The FDA was tasked with confirming those benefits in 1972, as part of a law designed to set guidelines for doz-

ens of common antibacterial cleaners. But the guidelines got bogged down in years of regulatory delays and missed deadlines. The agency published a preliminary draft of its findings in 1978, but never finalized the results until Monday. Most of the research surrounding triclosan’s safety involves laboratory animals, including studies in rats that showed changes in testosterone, estrogen and thyroid hormones. Some scientists worry that such changes in humans could raise the risk of infertility, early puberty and even cancer. FDA scientists stressed Monday that such studies are not necessarily applicable to humans, but the agency is reviewing their implications. Dr. Sandra Kweder, deputy director of the Office of New Drugs in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, noted that the government is already studying whether daily skin exposure to hormone-altering chemicals could lead to cancer. Other experts are concerned that routine use of antibacterial chemicals, like triclosan, contributes to a surge in drug-resistant germs, or superbugs, that render antibiotics ineffective. In March 2010, the European Union banned the chemical from all products that come into contact with food, such as containers and silverware. MAT THEW PERRONE (AP)

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Sports Shanahan: No Plans To Resign Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says he has no plans to resign. Shanahan said Monday it’s “accurate” that he doesn’t plan to quit after what will be his third losing season in four years. He reiterated, however, that his fate won’t be determined until he and owner Dan Snyder talk about the direction each wants the team to take.

“The better players you have, the more competition you have, you get better as a football team.” — COACH MIK E SH A N A H A N , WHO SAID ROBERT GRIFFIN III WILL BE THE STARTING QB NEXT YEAR BUT EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPETITION

The Redskins are 3-11 and have lost six straight. Shanahan has one year remaining on his five-year, $35 million contract. The coach also says there’s no quarterback controversy, despite Kirk Cousins’ strong performance in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta. Robert Griffin III is sitting for the rest of the season. “Robert is clearly our starting quarterback,” Shanahan said. “Let’s not get carried away with one game.” (AP)

TV Lineup COLLEGE HOOPS (7 P.M., CBSSN) Led by sophomore guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (16.6 points per game), Georgetown is on a five-game winning streak heading into tonight’s game against Elon at Verizon Center.



Coach Mike Shanahan and the Redskins (3-11) have the second-worst record in the NFL and have lost six straight games, including falling to the Falcons on Sunday.

Bad Work Environment It seems the Washington Redskins have a triangle of trouble. Quarterback Robert Griffin III supposedly can’t work with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who reportedly doesn’t want to work anymore for his father and head coach Mike Shanahan, who benched the passer. No wonder the team is flaming out with six straight losses and is heading toward a 3-13 season. The Redskins By Rick aren’t just a Snider passing team, they’re passiveaggressive. There are more leaks springing from Redskins Park than the Nixon White House. It’s bad enough the Redskins have fumbled away another season, but the staff have been epic failures as leaders. And owner Dan Snyder is trying to figure out how to fire them without paying a $13 million severance.

Nearly every day members of the Redskins’ front office are using national reporters to paint their side of the story about this season — probably the Redskins’ worst since 1994. And that shows exactly why Mike Shanahan needs to leave after the season. Wielding absolute power has corrupted Shanahan and his staff absolutely. Now they’re turning on one another in the final days. This is not how a professional organization is run. It’s how a clown car in a circus operates. And this isn’t picking on Snyder, whose sin seems to be favoring his franchise quarterback. Oh my, the horror. Griffin’s struggles this

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season aren’t the only reason the Redskins stink. It’s because the team melted down in every fashion, and the coaching staff couldn’t fix it. The players were the ones who turned the ball over seven times in Sunday’s 27-26 loss to Atlanta, but the coaches were at fault for too often having the wrong schemes and personnel in place. Special teams being a disaster every week is on the coaches not finding the right players to embrace playing on that unit. If starters are needed, so be it.

There are more leaks springing from Redskins Park than the Nixon White House.

If the offensive line can’t protect the passer, coaches need to make the hard choice and play reserves. As for the decision to go for a two-point conversion at the end of Sunday’s game, the coaches pushed too hard. The Redskins’ defense had just stoned the Falcons for several series and had the momentum. Everyone always wants to go for the win with a last-second two-pointer, but the smart move would have been to take the game into overtime. But then, Shanahan has treated the final three weeks as disposable so why not risk the outcome on a play that has a 44 percent success rate? Who cares if they lose another game? Obviously not the coach, who doesn’t figure to return. It’s time to end the drama. Come Bloody Monday, the Shanahan era should be history. Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter @Snide_Remarks

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Simple Answer to Green’s Woes Defenseman looking to bounce back from recent rough stretch

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Mistakes are magnified for a player with as much responsibility as Mike Green. And the Capitals defenseman has had it rough the past three games, beginning with his careerhigh 18 penalty minutes in the first period against Tampa Bay on Dec. 10 that allowed the Lightning to take an early 2-0 lead. In games against the Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers this past weekend, Green’s turnovers in the defensive zone led directly to two more goals against. To the coaching staff, however, Green’s issues are correctable. “The really great players and great people, they overcome that stuff,” assistant coach Calle Johans-



Capitals defenseman Mike Green has just two goals in 30 games played this year.

son said. “It’s easy to dwell on it, but that’s what we’re here for: to help him get over it. And he has to get over it. I think he’ll be fine.” It may come down to Green simplifying his game, coach Adam

Oates says. That might not be as easy as it sounds, Oates admits, considering Green’s game-breaking ability. “Sometimes, the simple play is right there, and a guy who’s

regarded as [an] offensive weapon maybe looks for something better,” Oates said. “It’s our job as coaches to remind him that [the simple] play is actually the one we want. “I think what happens is if he tries to do something too spectacular, if it doesn’t work out, he’s out of position. If you do the simple play, if it doesn’t work, you’re in a better position to recover.” Green recognizes that playing a more straightforward game predicated on making easy plays will ultimately lead to both individual and teamwide success. “The game’s played a simple way,” Green said. “W hen it’s properly executed simply, it usually works in your favor.” ADAM VINGAN (FOR E XPRESS)

A Playoff Payoff for Incognito? NFL A CRYING SHAME

Bryant Left to Tears Dez Bryant says he left the field with time remaining in Dallas’ loss to the Packers on Sunday because he “couldn’t watch Green Bay kneel that ball down” and that he cried when he got to the locker room. The Dallas receiver also had a wellpublicized sideline rant in another deflating defeat at Detroit this season. (AP)

The postseason could pay off for suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito. Incognito will remain on the NFL’s suspended list with pay for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins declined to comment on Incognito’s status. The person said Incognito would be in line for a playoff share.

College Basketball AP Top 25 Poll Arizona remains the runaway No. 1 after winning a close game at Michigan on Saturday. The Wildcats (11-0), who won 72-70, received all but two of the first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday. Syracuse (10-0) got the other two No. 1 votes and remains second in the poll, with the top eight teams holding the same spot from last week. (AP)

Incognito’s agent didn’t respond to requests for comment. The guard is in the final year of a contract with a base salary of $3.5 million, or $220,588 per game. Incognito was suspended Nov. 3 in the wake of the team’s bullying scandal. He filed a grievance Nov. 14 against the Dolphins seeking to rejoin the team, but later withdrew it. Tackle Jonathan Martin left the Dolphins on Oct. 28 and alleged he was harassed daily by teammates, including Incognito. NFL special investigator Ted Wells has inter-

1. Arizona (63) 2. Syracuse (2) 3. Ohio St. 4. Wisconsin 5. Michigan St. 6. Louisville 7. Oklahoma St.

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viewed Incognito, Martin, other players and coaches and will file a report. The Dolphins (8-6), who beat AFC East leader New England on Sunday, are 5-2 since Martin left the team and 4-2 without Incognito. They’ll earn a wild-card playoff berth if they sweep their final two games. Following the latest win, quarterback Ryan Tannehill praised the team’s resilience. “We are fighters,” he said. “We’ve been through a lot. Guys are tough and are able to handle anything that happens on the field.” STEVEN WINE (AP)

T8. Duke T8. Villanova 10. UConn 11. Wichita St. 12. Baylor 13. Oregon 14. North Carolina

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Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has missed the past four games.

Reed Still Suffering Headaches Redskins Rookie tight end Jordan Reed continued to suffer from a headache Monday, nearly a month after suffering a concussion, according to Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. “We brought him in on Saturday and he still had a headache [and] had one today as well,” Shanahan said Monday at Redskins Park. “So we’ll take a look at him each day. He’ll go through the protocol for a concussion and hopefully one day he’ll wake up and say, ‘Hey, I feel good. I’m ready to go.’ ” Reed has missed the Redskins’ past four games since suffering a concussion during a Nov. 17 loss at Philadelphia. Reed remains subject to the NFL’s procedures for treating players who suffer concussions and must be cleared by an independent neurologist to practice and play. Shanahan said Monday that Reed has been evaluated by specialists. MARK MASKE (THE WASHINGTON POST )

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22. UMass 23. Missouri 24. San Diego St. 25. Iowa First-place votes in parentheses.

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Guinea Pig | With the Band See your weekly Gold’s Gym ad in today’s Fit section

Not everyone wants to obsessively monitor performance with the watches below. The Nike+ FuelBand SE ($149) — the second edition of the bracelet that urges you to meet a daily numeric activity goal — has cool new features. You can measure a discrete workout rather than just the whole day, and the word “WON” flashes when hourly goals are met. But a promised ability to accurately weigh yoga fell short: A tough 75-minute class rated the same as a stroll.

‘New Records: Fastest Mile! Longest Run!’

GPS Watch Test

That’s a message of encouragement I got after a recent jog — not from an upbeat personal trainer but from a band on my wrist. Who needs a personal cheerleader when you can turn to a new generation of GPS watches? The latest models do a lot more than just communicate with satellites to report your mileage and pace. They’re also chockablock with features that provide stats you might never have thought about, including how many times your feet strike the ground during a jog and how many hours you’ll need to recover after an intense workout. Let’s run through the options. MARC SILVER (FOR E XPRESS); PHOTO BY JASON HORNICK (FOR E XPRESS)



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Adidas miCoach Smart Watch

The device that promises the most is the Adidas miCoach Smart Watch ($400). It stores and plays music (via Bluetooth), passes on coaching tips, counts your every step, and, positioned snugly by the wristbone, tracks heartbeats without a chest strap. (Although it can exaggerate: When it told me my heart had passed 160 beats per minute, my hand-to-wrist pulse check came up with 130-something.) You can download strength plans with demos and instruction. Plus, the green digits on the face look pretty sharp. But setting up the watch was more challenging than a marathon. It took me four days to succeed. Entering info on the screen can be, as an Adidas rep admitted, “cumbersome for some.” Once you pass those hurdles, the watch is easy to use — but is not glitch-free. And you must recharge it every night. The battery, which allows for three to 4½ hours of exercise monitoring, runs out of juice in about 24 hours.

Instant feedback on a run is “hugely helpful” for a goal-oriented exerciser, says Amanda Visek, professor of sports psychology at George Washington University. But data can be distracting. “Runners in general overtrain,” says Joel Martin, assistant professor of kinesiology at George Mason University. He worries that GPS-watch wearers may focus on their pace instead of what their bodies are telling them. Visek agrees: If only a watch would buzz when your IT bands are tight.


Garmin Forerunner 620

A runner interested in self-improvement will be unable to resist the Garmin Forerunner 620 ($400). “It’s like wearing a coach on your wrist,” says Dean Silkstone, manager of the Georgetown Running Company. It delivers constant input on your minute-by-minute pace so you can speed up (or slow down if you’re overdoing it). And it comes with a heart-rate strap to affix below the breastbone. (Like the Adidas monitor, it ran 10 to 30 beats fast.) The watch offers a full 10 hours of tracking before a recharge is needed. So it beats the Adidas by more than a few miles. But the Garmin can be a little too meddlesome. It’ll predict recovery time based on comparisons of your heart rate from the current and previous workouts. After a 6-mile jog, I was a bit surprised to hear I’d need 72 hours rest before another strenuous run. Even my mother isn’t that overprotective.

3 TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch At half the price, TomTom’s Multi-Sport GPS Watch ($200) proves that good things can come in less expensive (yet smartly designed) packages. This first watch from the Amsterdam-based maker of GPS devices covers running, cycling (calculations, based on wheel size, include mph) and swimming (it’s waterproof to 165 feet deep). A manual is barely necessary. Just push a button to toggle among screens, set goals or put your exercise session on pause. Battery life is like the Garmin’s: 10 hours of monitoring from one charge. The best feature is out of sight. Anyone who’s owned a GPS watch knows the frustration of standing outside and waiting for the satellites to locate you. (I always want to shout, “I’m right here!”) Hooked into Russian satellites as well as the U.S. satellites that other watches rely on, the TomTom typically finds a runner more quickly than other brands — a welcome feat on a winter morning.

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That’s No Guy — That’s My Brother


A good friend of mine started dating my brother four months ago, and now all she ever does is complain about him. It has been awkward for me on all kinds of levels. I have no control over his behavior and I don’t want to be responsible for it. She says I’m the only one she can talk to about this and we always used to talk about guys, so she should be more able to talk to me about it, not less. DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT

On Their Marry Way? My boyfriend and I have been together almost seven years, living together for three. It seems we are at the point of either deciding to get married and start a family or deciding to move on, but I honestly still don’t know. I can’t imagine my life without him, but I do have concerns about him, mostly around financial irresponsibility and occasional selfishness that I think might get in the way of him being a good father. STILL UNDECIDED It’s one thing to be a reckless spender who recognizes how his behavior can hurt a partnership and is trying to make changes. It’s another to be one who shrugs and brandishes his new iPad/iPhone/ iWhoknowswhat whilst giving a one-finger salute. Same for his selfishness: Does he see how that might have to be

adjusted when there’s a screaming newborn? Or is his bubble impenetrable and he couldn’t care less? We can’t — and shouldn’t try to — fundamentally change who our partners are. But the best partnerships involve life goals that are similar enough that the partners themselves actually want to work together toward reaching them.

I see both sides here — she wants the friendship she’s always had with you, and you have the justifiable “ick” factor when it’s your brother she’s talking about. There are no easy solutions, but if she’s totally unhappy with him after only a few months, why are they still dating? Perhaps she’s editing what she tells you, overfocusing on the negative because she thinks you can help, or omitting the good stuff (see ick factor, above). But regardless of the guy, if a friend was always complaining about a new relationship, you’d presumably tell her, “I’m wondering if you’re having second thoughts about whether you should be together?” Your ulterior motives aside, it seems helpful to get her to think about that.

By Dr. Andrea Bonior

Send your questions to Dr. Andrea Bonior at baggage@read Andrea is a local clinical psychologist and author of the book “The Friendship Fix” ( Complete gym list available at

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A Really Wild Ride Don your most reflective gear — and maybe a string of Christmas lights — and pedal over to BicycleSpace (1019 Seventh St. NW; at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for the Holiday Safari Ride. Participants in the free outing will head to the National Zoo, dismount to check out the Zoo Lights display and then return to the shop for cocoa and other treats. Pack a present ($10 or less) for the white elephant gift exchange.

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fit phys ed

A Race Against Nature Getting dropped off on a glacier and having to dash through the snow toward sled dogs sounds like a rough way to start a morning. But Sean Burch, one of 12 contestants on the National Geographic Channel’s “Ultimate Survival Alaska,” lives for this kind of stuff. (Even when it nearly kills him.) The 42-year-old endurance athlete has won the North Pole Marathon, once held the world record for the fastest ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro and has jumped rope at 26,181 feet. Burch first caught the adventure bug as a kid. He grew up in Fairfax and would regularly trek into D.C. to visit National Geographic headquarters. The exhibits taught him “what it is to be an explorer,” Burch says. So when he was invited to appear on the second season of the show, which premiered at 9 p.m. Sunday, Burch instantly said yes. Burch had been to Alaska only once before, and he doesn’t usually work with others (“I do things solo and go as fast as I can,” he says).

Contestants on the National Geographic Channel’s “Ultimate Survival Alaska” face an arctic adventure.

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In ‘Ultimate Survival Alaska,’ a D.C.-area adventurer tackles mountains and rapids

When Sean Burch isn’t on an expedition, he’s at home in Northern Virginia.

That guaranteed he’d be out of his element during the three-month race. It’s a team competition, and most of the contestants are Alaskans with extensive experience in the terrain. The only thing he could do to prepare? Exercise. Burch’s 2008 book “Hyperfitness” lays out the total-body routine that he’s used to make it through all of his previ-

ous expeditions. It’s a mix of running, strength training, balance work, bear crawls and hundreds of other functional movements. And it’s the routine he turned to again before flying north. “You always have to keep your body guessing,” he says. “You don’t know what you’ll come across.” In just the first episode, the four teams were hiking, sled-dog racing

Put the ‘Sweat’ In Ugly Sweater Maybe the real reason Rudolph was banned from all of the reindeer games was that he wasn’t dressed appropriately. A bright red nose might help you get into the Christmas spirit, but only a busy pattern on a chintzy knit will help you go

your fashion choices with runners of all ages and abilities. There will be glow necklaces to help make sure the sweaters are seen even in the dark. And once you make it back to the bar after the 3-mile run, there will be raffle prizes, free food and general merriment.

down in history at these holiday fitness happenings.

The Ugly Sweater Run

Shirlington Running Club Meetup and Ugly Sweater Holiday Party


These fitness events call for your most hideous holiday gear

and paddling packrafts through treacherous waters. “There were a couple instances I could have drowned,” says Burch, who didn’t dwell on those terrifying moments. “If you think you won’t get through this, you might not survive.” Instead, he thrilled at the chance to explore spots that are just dots on a map to most people: “There are so many parts we went to that no one’s been to before, I guarantee it.”

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Head straight over to the pool tables for check-in, and bond over

Ugly Sweater runners displayed their Christmas worst last year in Denver.

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Like Santa Claus, this untimed 5K has been coming to towns all over. But this year marks its Washington-area debut. Participants get a knit hat, a fake mustache and — at the finish line — two Sam

For outdoor adventure near D.C., Sean Burch recommends hiking in Rock Creek Park, paddling on the Potomac and climbing in Carderock. “Try something that’s safe but you thought, ‘I couldn’t do that,’ ” he says. V.H.

Although the pace of the missions was exhausting, Burch didn’t want the journey to end. When he’s back home in Virginia, it’s hard to find people who understand what he does and why, he says. Among this group of competitors, he fit in. “When we finished up, within a day, I wanted to go back out,” Burch says. His hope is that anyone who watches the show feels that same pull into the wilderness. “You’re sitting on the couch,” Burch says. “But you could do this.” VICK Y HALLET T (E XPRESS)

Adams beers. Kids 8 and younger are free (or they can snag a hat and ’stache for $10). Run organizers ask everyone to bring a new toy to place under the inflatable Christmas tree to benefit Toys for Tots.

Vida Fitness Ugly Sweater Contest Through Dec. 24;

Your great-aunt’s horrid taste in Christmas gifts could help you win three months of gym membership. Vida Fitness, which has five locations in D.C., is soliciting ugly sweater photos through Twitter and Instagram. Just add #VIDAfitnessDC or #VIDAugly to enter. VICK Y HALLET T (E XPRESS)

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wellness fit

Just a Minute To Win This SparkPeople creates a nationwide contest to promote wellness

Own Devices SparkPeople has just introduced a waterproof activity tracker ($60, The device counts steps, calories and time spent exercising — and syncs wirelessly to a computer, so users can easily plug their info into the daily check-in.

So SparkAmerica (sparkamerica .com) was launched this fall. The pared-down spinoff asks users to go through a 60-second daily checkin — you input your exercise, a few nutritional details, your mood, etc. It all translates into SparkPoints that can be applied to the running tally for your city, your company, your sports team or almost any other group. Many companies hold exercise contests. “But no one has done all of the offices at once,” says Downie, who predicts that this nationwide approach can be a game changer. By battling alongside co-workers, individuals aren’t just improv-

discover some great causes.


the Season of Giving Come share what inspires you to give during the holidays.

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ing their personal standing on the array of leaderboards on the site. They’re helping their office, and that helps their city, and that has the potential to make healthy behavior a point of civic pride, Downie says. There are no actual prizes involved, which means D.C. — currently ranked 26th out of 155 cities — isn’t missing out. But that could change as SparkAmerica establishes partnerships. “Imagine a national high school competition, sponsored with scholarship money,” Downie says. To raise the project’s visibility, SparkPeople has turned to its members, who are now prompted to fill out the 60-second check-in when they log in to the main site, too. Rebecca Rose, 29, says the change has given her even more of a reason to connect with SparkPeople, which she credits for helping her lose (and keep off) 60 pounds. The Arlington resident appreciates the numeric approach — “numbers don’t lie,” she says. After realizing that she was in 11th place in the D.C. rankings, Rose set a new goal: “I’m going to break into the top 10 and be No. 1.” VICK Y HALLET T (E XPRESS)

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Chris Downie thinks he has the solution to America’s obesity crisis: a little healthy competition. As the founder of SparkPeople — an online wellness community — Downie has spent the past decade figuring out what motivates better behavior. The website has attracted millions of visitors with exercise demos, low-cal recipes, stress reduction tips and the support of the network of users. The goal is to get these folks to “spread the spark” to their friends. But some people aren’t receptive, Downie says, because they’re either overwhelmed by all of the content or they’re not officially on a diet. 


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She’s a Royal Treat At 17, New Zealand’s Lorde is ruling the world of pop with her moody, mature songs Music

Things change. Music helps us accept this. David Bowie suggests we “turn and face the strain” (or “strange” — your call). Axl Rose is that too-blunt friend: “Nothin’ lasts forever.” This is my last Sound Bets column; it’s time for me to write about music another way. So much has changed in the time I’ve written this column. Tupac played Coachella via CGI hologram. Beyonce broke the digital music By Shauna distribution model Miller (whatever that is now) by dropping an album and suite of videos all at once, totally unannounced. Lou Reed will never sing again. Here in D.C., Wale slowed down an old go-go song, and now the hometown genre’s repped at the top of the charts. Coup Sauvage & The Snips made anti-gentrification soul the city’s newest protest music. Funk preacher and brainiac auteur Ian Svenonius found himself back in a punk band with Chain and the Gang, close to where he started when Dischord was the sound of the city. We live in interesting musical times, locally and otherwise. It’s been a pleasure listening with you. Go to more shows. Buy new music. Steal your mom’s old records. It’s not a scene if no one’s making it.

Lorde may never be a royal, but these days, she’s living like one. The 17-year-old singer, anointed pop’s newest princess thanks to her astute hit song “Royals,” is surrounded by the materialistic things she rails against in her No. 1 smash. She gets catered to, has drivers and could get “crazy bottle service” if she so desired. “The irony is not lost on me,” she said. Yet just because she’s surrounded by excess doesn’t mean she’s interested in it. “Every time I go out, it’s with my mom and my band and my manager and all these adults who are looking over me pretty much, so it’s pretty tame, to be honest,” she said. It will be hard for Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, to keep living such a low-key life if her stratospheric trajectory continues. In just a few months, she’s gone from being a New Zealand teen with an EP and a big SoundCloud following to a four-time Grammy nominee (including nods for record and song of the year) with critical raves. “Royals,” which has sold close to 4 million units, was at the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for nine weeks, and Rolling Stone voted the song the second-best single of the year. Lorde was named Spotify’s most viral new artist, and

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Show Alert Lorde will play D.C.’s Echostage on March 7. Tickets ($65) go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Visit echostage .com and for more information.

NPR recently compared her to Nirvana — pretty heady for someone who’s still in high school. Lorde’s debut, “Pure Heroine,” focuses on teen life: relationship dramas, school, parties and suburban living. But it comes off as much more. With the help of collaborator Joel Little, Lorde fashioned a moody, lyrically rich, surprisingly mature album. “When … you listen to these lyrics, you go, ‘Wow, how do you know?’ She wrote these songs when she was 15,” said Jason Flom, head of Lava Records, which signed her to a major label contract. “She’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of artist.” Lorde, who says she started writing music when she was 12, downplays the hype (she calls “Royals” an “obvious” song). “I’ve always written and read,” she said. “And it’s a really good outlet for me to be able to say whatever I’m thinking and whatever it is that I’m trying to process. And … with the Internet, you know, you can be making beats out of your bedroom and be a superstar.” In a music world where most female pop stars seem to be competing for who can wear the least, Lorde rocks understated, almost modest attire; the wildest thing about her is her shock of flowing auburn hair. But she’s not in this for the fame. “My kind of interest in making music was born out of this desire to hear something that I hadn’t yet heard,” she said. “I wanted to make something that I thought was fresh and felt kind of new.” NEKESA MUMBI MOODY (AP)

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entertainment lookout explore different cultures of Na’vi — the indigenous inhabitants of Pandora — as well as the cultures of other creatures that dwell there. “It’s been inaccurately said that the second film takes place under-


‘The Biggest Loser’ (NBC) In this episode, the teams break up, and the players begin competing as individuals, which means some changes in training assignments for Bob, below, Jillian and Dolvett. At weigh-in, two contestants celebrate reaching the “Onederland” milestone — getting below 200 pounds — before a double elimination.




The “Avatar” world of Jake, voiced by Sam Worthington, and Neytiri, voiced by Zoe Saldana, will expand in three sequels to the film.

Pandora’s Box Office James Cameron will make three sequels to 2009’s ‘Avatar’ Film

imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora,” he said. “At first, I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. … The Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it.” Cameron said the films will

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‘NCIS’ (CBS) When dozens of children from military families are stricken with a mysterious illness, Gibbs and his colleagues try to pinpoint the cause. Abby and Jimmy work with the Naval Medical Research Center on finding a cure for the ailing kids before the holidays.


Director James Cameron announced Monday that he will be filming three “Avatar” sequels in New Zealand to create a family epic in the

mold of “The Godfather” that will introduce viewers to new cultures and go underwater on his fictional moon, Pandora. Cameron said he plans to release the first in 2016, seven years after the release of the award-winning “Avatar,” which has become the highest-grossing film with a boxoffice take of nearly $2.8 billion. “It’s going to be a lot of new

water,” he said. “There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films.” Water is enormously difficult to re-create on a computer, something he’s discussed with Joe Letteri, visual effects supervisor at Weta Digital, which worked on the first film. “I said, ‘Joe, you know, there’s a lot of water,’ ” Cameron said. “And he … said, ‘Bring it on. We’re ready.’ ” Cameron said the new films will go beyond the story’s main character, Jake Sully. “We spread it around quite a bit more as we go forward,” he said. “It’s really the story of his family, the family that he creates on Pandora. So, think of it as a family saga, like ‘The Godfather.’ ” NICK PERRY (AP)

Weinstein deal could mean much-loved films reappear on TV Film & Television Harvey and Bob Weinstein are reuniting with the film company they founded, with plans to capitalize on their old movie library. The Weinstein Co. announced Monday that it will produce and distribute films and TV shows based on Miramax’s library of hundreds of titles. The Weinsteins plan to

develop TV series based on the films “Good Will Hunting” and “Flirting With Disaster” and are exploring sequels or shows based on the cult comedy “Swingers” and the Oscarwinning “Shakespeare in Love.” The Weinsteins founded Miramax in 1979, naming it after their parents, Max and Miriam. They built it into a huge success, churning out many of the hits of 1990s independent cinema (“Pulp Fiction”) and a number of award winners (“Chicago”). Miramax was acquired by the Walt Disney Co. in 1993. The Wein-


Miramax Is Back in the Family

Under a new Miramax deal, 1997’s “Good Will Hunting” could become a TV show.

steins left in 2005 to form the Weinstein Co. They have long sought to regain control of the Miramax library that made them famous. “To have the Miramax banner fly once again is a dream come true for all of us,” the brothers said in a statement. The Weinstein Co. and Miramax will remain separate companies. But for the Weinsteins, this is a family reunion. Even their mother was quoted in Monday’s announcement, thanking those involved “for bringing Miramax actively back into my life.” JAKE COYLE (AP)

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‘The Voice’ (NBC) It’s down to the wire in this singing competition, in which music-industry insiders chose the contestants they wanted to mentor based strictly on how they sang. Tonight, one of those contestants is crowned the winner of the competition and receives a cash prize and a record deal. Carson Daly, above, hosts.

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‘Shahs of Sunset’ (BRAVO) Asa takes GG to a tai chi session to help her deal with her anger. Mike goes engagement ring shopping and becomes frustrated that he can’t afford to buy Jessica the ring he thinks she deserves. Reza and Adam plan a housewarming party. (TRIBUNE MEDIA)

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“Nearly two-thirds of restaurant workers who handle raw beef aren’t washing their hands afterward.” — DANA LIEBELSON AT MOTHERJONES .COM reveals one of eight stomach-

turning facts found by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While many of the revelations had to do with safe — or, rather, unsafe — meat handling, others exposed disturbing trends about food workers coming into work sick. Bon appetit?

“That’s the perfect photo — one of the handsomest men alive alongside one of the cutest baby animals ever.” — COMMENTER MENSAN98TH AT DCIST.COM reacts to news

that actor Hugh Jackman, most known for playing Wolverine in the “X-Men” movies, got to see the National Zoo’s baby giant panda cub Bao Bao during a visit over the weekend.

“Richard Brody must watch movies through his butt.” — COMMENTER DAN COOPER AT FACEBOOK .COM suggests how a film critic for

The New Yorker came up with his picks for top and, er, bottom movies of 2013. Included in his “Best of” list is the near-universally panned “The Canyons,” starring Lindsay Lohan. Meanwhile, in his “Worst of” category sits “Gravity,” a film that was near-universally lauded. What do you think of these picks? Let us know by tweeting @WaPoExpress.

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“Its dimensions are similar to that of a small human’s: the bottle weighs about 100 pounds and is over four feet tall.” — HILLARY DIXLER AT EATER.COM

describes the world’s largest bottle of rosé Champagne, which was uncorked this weekend in Las Vegas. The 8-gallon bottle of Armand de Brignac Rosé Midas (not pictured) costs $275,000. According to Dixler, the price is so high because of limited production, as well as labor: Only eight people worked on the bottle, and everything was done by hand.

“I want a puppy. Well, really I want a baby, but a dog will do for now.” — BLOGGER KAT AT UNEMPLOYED KAT.COM contemplates whether

to add a pet to her household. The blogger, who’s in her mid-20s, asked several people in her life for advice, including her roommate, boyfriend, sister and dad, most of whom said go for it. She concludes, “I’m probably gonna get this puppy.”

Healthy Female Volunteers Needed Stress and Anxiety Research Study The National Institute of Mental Health is conducting a clinical research study with an experimental drug to determine if this drug may reduce stress and anxiety. The effects of the drug will be compared to an approved anti-anxiety drug and to a placebo, an inactive pill. You may be eligible if you are: • A healthy woman between 21-50 years of age • Willing to follow certain diet restrictions • Willing to use birth control

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’re probably going to have to add something to your already full schedule, which will require you to multitask all day long. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Communication from someone far from home may have you wondering if you’ve made the right choices lately. You need more evidence. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You can use every bit of time available to you, but take care that you don’t stretch yourself too thin or risk burnout. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You’ll uncover certain key indicators that will give you precisely the perspective you’ve been looking for of late. ARIES (March 21-April 19) Now is the time for you to dedicate some time and energy to another’s efforts. Your own projects are going well; he or she needs a boost.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22) You’ll want to choose just the right mode of transportation today. Remember, getting there quickly isn’t the only consideration.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You’ll be starting a new project very soon, and you’ll want to be fully prepared. You have time to learn the backstory. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You’ll feel as though you have made very little headway, but by the end of the day, you may actually be a little ahead of schedule.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You can enjoy things more if you try to look at them from the inside out. You must get more involved on a personal level. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You can frolic with the best of them, but take care you aren’t unconsciously slipping further and further from what makes you you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Something you keep forgetting is going to figure quite prominently today — and finally, perhaps, you won’t need any more reminders. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Seek and ye shall find — if not today, then tomorrow or the next day. But it all depends, of course, on putting in a good effort today.



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‘It’s OK. I’ll Just Fill This Oscar-Shaped Void in My Heart With Another Swimsuit Model’ Leonardo DiCaprio refuses to speculate on his Oscar odds this year, despite buzz around his performance in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” reported U.K.’s The Sun. “I realized long ago you can’t control what people think is worthy of an award. That’s so beyond your control,” he said. DiCaprio has been nominated three times in the past but has never won. (EXPRESS)

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Michaele Salahi, former star of the short-lived “Real Housewives of Washington, D.C.” and alleged White House party crasher, married Journey lead guitarist Neal Schon on Sunday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Celebrity attendees included Sammy Hagar, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and reality TV villain Omarosa Manigault. (EXPRESS)

Is this Dylan or Cole? We can’t tell, what with all those clothes in the way.



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Their eternal bond was forged through marginal fame and monochrome duds.

On Saturday, Miley Cyrus tweeted a photo of herself with “Merry Christmas” heart graphics covering her otherwise bare chest, reported Rolling Stone. The goal was to raise awareness about the fact that public decency laws are not applied equally to men and women, Cyrus said. “It’s not about getting your t-----s out. It’s about equality,” she tweeted. (EXPRESS)


Twinhood’s Downside Former Disney star Dylan Sprouse, 21, admitted to taking the naked selfies that hit the Internet on Sunday, Us Weekly reported. “Whoops, guess I’m not 14 and fat anymore,” he tweeted after two photos — one showing him in sheer boxer shorts, the other showing him completely naked and cupping his private parts — went viral. Cole Sprouse, the actor’s identical twin brother and former co-star, tweeted, “Cold in the bathroom huh?” (E XPRESS)

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