What are people reading right now? Catch up on today’s top news —
1. Oprah Winfrey believes so much in the power of Weight Watchers she bought 10% of the company. Weight Watchers has been slumping in recent years as dieting has gone digital. Shares of Weight Watchers (WTW) were surging as high as 85% (!!!) Monday.
2. Eddie Murphy graciously accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday. What we’re talking about today? His epic burn of Bill Cosby, who received the prize in 2009. (Skip ahead to 2:22 in the video below.)
Eddie Murphy jokes about Bill Cosby and does his famous impersonation of the troubled star during his acceptance speech for the Mark Twain Prize. Comedy stars including Tracy Morgan, Kathy Griffin and Trevor Noah joined the celebration.
3. Be kind to your seatmates, please. It sounds like a fracas in the air started aboard a San Francisco-bound Southwest flight Sunday after, according to some reports, one passenger reclined her seat, possibly provoking the passenger behind her. The altercation prompted to pilot to turn that plane around — and turn things over to the FBI.
4. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to take urgent action to end the “senseless” violence in Israel and the West Bank. How bad is it? About 40 Palestinians and nine Israelis have died in the month-long surge in violence. Swipe through the gallery below for a glimpse inside the turmoil.
5. We don’t have much new to tell you about Lamar Odom’s condition today, other than he remains hospitalized after collapsing last weekend at a Nevada brothel. We did hear from sister-in-law Kim Kardashian today, as she becomes the latest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family to offer up support.
6. The Indianapolis Colts squandered a well-played first half and lost – again – to the New England Patriots 34-27 in Sunday night’s anticipated rematch of January’s AFC championship game rout. Colts Chuck Pagano took responsibility for the punt formation gone oh-so-wrong. In honor of Super Bowl 50, here are 50 things we learned in Week 5 of the NFL.
8. A zombie conference got tragically real over the weekend when a man was fatally shot at ZombiCon in Fort Meyers, Fla. A manhunt for the shooter or shooters continued on Monday. Here’s more about the victim, who almost didn’t even go.
9. The groom abruptly called off their wedding. Sad. But fear not, because some lemonade comes from this lemon of a tale. The bride’s family – who already paid a $35,000 deposit – decided to open the wedding’s banquet hall to homeless people on Saturday in Sacramento. Cue the feels.
10. Shopping for an old computer? OK, probably not. Anyway, this Apple 1 computer from 1976 could fetch as much as $800,000 when it hits the auction block, says Christie’s. It’s one of the earliest Apple computers ever built. While we’re reminiscing, swipe through the blast-from-the-past gallery below.
11. Vice President Joe Biden. So much we could say here, but while we wait for news — or not — let’s take a look at the money. Hundreds of wealthy Democrats who raised money for Obama haven’t yet joined the top fundraising ranks of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Some of Biden’s supporters feel that, because of that, there remains a path for his late entry into the race. Dig in here. Test your campaign finance knowledge with our quiz.
12. Are you ready for some Star Wars? The latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut at halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night Football (8:15 ET/5:15 PT) tonight. We’re a little excited.
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