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Whitney Houston's One Of the Best: Approaching Anniversary


It has been nearly a year since Whitney Houston passed away, the singer discovered unresponsive in a bath at the Beverly Hilton Hotel the night before the Grammys.

She was 48 when she died - a coroner ruling due to accidental drowning, with heart disease and chronic cocaine abuse listed as contributory factors.

Now, in a new memoir, the singer's mother, Cissy Houston, is opening up about her daughter's tragic death, her struggle with substance abuse and her concerns her 19-year-old granddaughter, Bobbi Kristina, might follow in her footsteps.

Mrs Houston, 79, spoke to People Magazine's Elizabeth McNeil ahead of the publication's release of exclusive excerpts from the matriarch's new memoir, Remembering Whitney.

Questions about what she could have done differently, she reveals, plague her. 

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Hillary Clinton On The Hill Faces Benghazi Questions

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made a much-anticipated appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday, offering testimony on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which she put her focus on the diplomatic security upgrades and other changes she has ordered since the tragedy. In morning testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary Clinton tried to keep her emphasis on how the US can improve diplomatic security in the future, while Republican senators wanted answers on Benghazi – why it was allowed to happen, what the Obama administration knew when, and why administration officials persisted so long in calling the terrorist attack the tragic outcome of a spontaneous demonstration. The result was a sometimes testy, even fiery interchange in which Clinton at one point threw up her hands and questioned the relevance of the Republican hammering on how the administration characterized the attack. At another point Sen.

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DotCom Assures Security

Kim Dotcom

Can the new "Mega" file-sharing service from Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom be trusted to keep users' data secure and hidden from prying eyes?
Twelve months ago, the Department of Justice shut down Megaupload and sought the extradition of key company officials from New Zealand to the United States to stand trial on copyright violation and racketeering charges. But on the anniversary of that takedown, this week Dotcom announced the launch of a new file-sharing site, titled simple "Mega."

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Inauguration Diversity On Front Street

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people came to Washington, Monday, to witness President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

The diversity of the President’s supporters was on display at the Inauguration.  Ramona Natera from Wisconsin is part of Latinas United for Obama that helped secure Hispanic support in the last election.

“Well, it’s a historic moment, right.  And we are expecting great things from Obama as far as immigration reform goes," she said.

Anna Knudson from the state of Washington says a second term for President Obama means that policies important to her and many other women will continue.

“It reaffirms that the American people want Obama to continue his policies, in particular health care and helping people who are less fortunate and who are not in that top one percent," she said.

Mark Keam, a Korean-American and Virginia State delegate, says the connection Asians feel with President Obama is partly personal.

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Kim Dotcom Is Back!

Kim Dotcom

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom is hoping free ice-cream will buy new friends for his latest web venture.

Dotcom is at Giapo Ice Cream on Queen Street this afternoon handing out ice-creams and t-shirts to promote his new Mega file-locker service, which launches on January 20 at a big bash at his Coatesville mansion.

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Houston Effected By Algerian Conflict

One American worker at a natural gas complex in Algeria has been found dead, U.S. officials said Friday as the Obama administration sought to secure the release of Americans still being held by militants on the third day of the hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in the Sahara.

The officials identified the dead American as Frederick Buttaccio, a Katy resident, but said it was unclear how he died. They said U.S. officials recovered Buttaccio's remains on Friday and notified his family. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

A spokesman for the Buttaccio family declined to comment.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) represents Buttacio's neighborhood.

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Banning Assault Weapons Now 'Much More Difficult' Than '94, Aides Say

President Obama's proposed renewal of a ban on assault-style weapons is expected to be based on the legislation approved by Congress in 1994 that expired 10 years later.

But when the first assault weapons ban was approved — outlawing 19 specific weapons — it was a very different time, and Congress was a very different place.

Democrats controlled both the House and Senate, and the nation's crime rate was a major concern. The assault weapons ban was part of an extensive crime bill that included money to hire additional police, build new prisons and fund crime prevention programs.

President Clinton made the bill a top priority of his first term.

"The American people have waited long enough," he said. "We don't need to waste their time with frivolous or political amendments and delay. We don't need to take months on a task that can be done in a couple of weeks."

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Sharon Vining: What is Meat Glue?

Meat Glue

When I was three, I would go to my grandmothers.  As an activity, she would make glue and I would paste things together.  When I got tired of pasting things I would eat the glue.  Remember I was three. Grandmother would scold me, “Don’t eat the glue!”

Fast forward forty years.  The family goes to a steak house and I order a $20 sirloin steak.  I get this large steak.  Unbeknownst to me, this is not one piece of meat.  It’s really five small pieces of meat glued together with transglutaminase (meat glue).  Forty years later I am still eating glue!

Transglutaminase (TG) is a group of enzymes that catalyse the cross-linking of proteins. TG is a naturally occurring substance found in plants, animals and bacteria.  Because of its ability to make food: creamier, firmer, fluffier, retain water and absorb less oil, it is widely used in the food and textile industries.


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