Almost two years after the comedic power couple announced their separation, Will Arnett has officially filed for divorce from Amy Poehler.
The couple worked on several projects together after marrying in August 2003, but separated in September 2012. We’re still not over it.
(LINCOLN, Neb.) — A Nebraska school principal has apologized for sending students home with a flier that advises those who are bullied to not tattle on their tormentors.
The Lincoln Journal Star says (http://bit.ly/1j6Abov ) some parents of fifth-graders at Zeman Elementary complained and posted angry comments on Facebook.
Zeman principal Donna Williams apologized directly to the families on Wednesday, and the district posted the apology on its Facebook page.
Among other things, the flier says telling on the bully makes the bully want to retaliate. And the flier asks, “Would we keep our friends if we tattled on them?”
District student services director Russ Uhing says the LPS philosophy is: Ask the bully to stop. Walk away. If the bullying continues, tell a parent or teacher.
(EVERETT, Wash.) — Authorities have identified three more bodies pulled from the debris of the mudslide that swept through the Washington town of Oso last month, leaving four names left on the list of the missing.
The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said Thursday it has now identified all 39 victims it has received.
The latest are 4-year-old Wyatt M. Ruthven of Arlington, 64-year-old Sandra K. Miller of Everett, and 52-year-old Ronald P. Dequilettes of Arlington. All died of multiple blunt force injuries.
The March 22 slide buried dozens of homes in the community 55 miles northeast of Seattle. Steady rain Thursday is complicating the search and recovery effort, and officials worry about rising water from the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.
(DOVER, Del.) — Vice President Joe Biden’s eldest son, Beau Biden, says he won’t seek re-election as Delaware attorney general this year but plans to run for governor in 2016.
Biden, who underwent surgery at a Texas cancer center last year, announced his intentions in a statement issued Thursday.
The 45-year-old Biden had said previously that he would seek a third term as attorney general.
Biden, who suffered a mild stroke in 2010, was hospitalized last August after becoming weak and disoriented during an Indiana vacation.
He was later flown to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, where doctors removed what was described as a small lesion.
Biden has refused to discuss his latest health scare, but the Texas center’s head of neuro-oncology gave him “a clean bill of health” in November.
Twitter rolled out a new form of ads Thursday that include a “download” button that takes users directly to an app’s download page.
The ads, which had previously been reported to be in the works after Twitter acquired ad exchange MoPub, first began popping up for some users earlier this month. However, Twitter now says the ads will be introduced on a wider basis.
Facebook — one of Twitter’s main competitors — earlier introduced a similar feature that’s been highly successful, Recode reports.
Here’s what the new ads look like:
Getting fired probably doesn’t sting as much when you’re getting paid $58 million to walk out the door. Just ask Henrique de Castro, Yahoo’s former chief operating officer, who got a cushy severance package after a 15-month stint at the company. de Castro received $1.14 million in salary and bonuses, as well as a whopping $56.8 million worth of Yahoo stock that was part of the “make-whole” clause in his contract that guaranteed him considerable pay in the event he was terminated.
de Castro, who was personally poached from Google by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, was sent packing in January. “Ultimately, Henrique was not a fit and that’s a very regrettable conclusion,” Mayer told analysts after she fired him. (She has yet to replace him.) But de Castro’s compensation for 2013 far eclipsed that of Mayer, who made $24.9 million in salary and stock.
The eye-popping size of de Castro’s severance package is due to the fact that Yahoo’s stock price more than doubled during his short time at the company. Yahoo has benefited considerably in recent years from its 24 percent stake in the rapidly growing Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is planning a mega-IPO in the U.S. later this year. Yahoo’s initial Alibaba investment, made in 2005, predates both de Castro’s and Mayer’s time at the company.
Last night, Fashion Police host Joan Rivers revealed on Watch What Happens Live that Gwyneth Paltrow is the celebrity who’s given her the harshest feedback regarding her E! show.
“The worst criticism was — ugh — Gwyneth Paltrow,” Rivers said while making a face.
And of course, in true Joan Rivers fashion, the jokes were enough to make even Andy Cohen hide his face.
Watch the video above to see what went down.
Stocks edged lower on Thursday as investors digested a crop of disappointing earnings by Google, IBM and UnitedHealth. It’s the first time this week that the major stock indexes headed lower immediately after the start of trading.
KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell four points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,858 in the first 30 minutes of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average gained shed 33 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,392. The Nasdaq composite slid eight points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,078. U.S. markets will be closed for Good Friday.
EARNINGS, THE GOOD: General Electric described the economic situation as “positive” and said its industrial division was doing well. PepsiCo reported higher income as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world. GE gained 46 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $26.59, while PepsiCo added 28 cents to $85.05.
Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley each reported higher income than financial analysts had forecast. Goldman rose $2.07, or 1.3 percent, to $159.29. Morgan Stanley added $1.05, or 3.3 percent, to $30.95.
EARNINGS, THE NOT SO GOOD: Google and IBM each fell 4 percent after reporting results late Thursday that disappointed investors. Google lost $19.84 to $537.05 and IBM fell $7.20 to $189.20. Mattel fell 66 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $37.21 after the toy maker said weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected loss in the first three months of the year.
UnitedHealth Group shed $3.86, or 4.9 percent, to $74.33. The leading health insurance provider said its income slid 8 percent in the first quarter as fees and funding cuts from the health care overhaul dented the company’s performance.
THE ECONOMY: The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to 304,000. That was less than analysts were expecting and a sign that layoffs aren’t increasing rapidly. The number of weekly claims continues to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.
BOND TRADING: Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.66 percent after reaching 2.63 percent late Wednesday.
Well, great news everyone. More than 20 years later, Mrs. Doubtfire — the most hilarious and creepy comedy of the 90s — might be getting a sequel.
Fox 2000 is reportedly developing the film, with Chris Columbus returning as the director and Elf writer David Berenbaum handling the script, according to the Hollywood Reporter. And, of course, Robin Williams would star as the ineffable Euphegenia Doubtfire.
A sequel has been rumored in the past, so we don’t know for sure if it will ultimately make it all the way to the big screen this time around. But once Berenbaum was tapped as the scribe earlier this year, the project gained new momentum, according to the Hollywood Reporter. All we know is: if it really happens, we’ll celebrate like this.
Either way, it doesn’t look like Mara Wilson, who played Robin Williams’ youngest daughter, will be in it. She announced on Twitter that she’s simply not interested in being a part of it, but we think it’s really because she’s mad at someone for eating her begonias. That, or she is still recovering after being the victim of a run-by fruiting.
When I was a kid, my dad would let me stay up and watch “Cheers” each week. Granted it’s not the most “kid friendly” show, but I could’ve cared less. I was getting to stay up past my bedtime!MoreBarbara Brown Taylor: In Praise of DarknessBarbara Brown Taylor Faces the DarknessMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostThree Sisters Over 100 Years Old Share Their Secrets to a Long Life People
My parents divorced when I was 3, and from about 3rd grade on, my big brother and I, grew up with our dad. That’s right…3 bachelors. And what better way to establish top notch parenting skills than to immediately let this 3rd grader start staying up past 9pm central time to watch “Cheers!” You must remember, the Disney channel didn’t really exist yet, so it was up to Sam Malone, Cliff Clavin and Norm to give this kid a few life lessons.Popular Among Subscribers The Rise of Fake Pot Subscribe Common Core Sparks Parent RevoltBarbara Brown Taylor Faces the Darkness
Ahhh Norm. I LOVED Norm. Forget ever understanding any of the jokes. All I knew was, every week, Norm would walk through that door and the whole place would yell “NORM.” Heck I was yelling it too!
For a kid feeling like I was being tossed around between parents, the idea of a place where you were accepted day in and day out resonated deeply within me! Even the theme song to “Cheers” was practically a church hymn because it stirred me so much. “Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name. And they’re always glad you came!” Man I would belt that at the top of my lungs the same way I am right now as I write this. Dang that’s a great song!
I’m 41 now. I’m married to the most amazing woman and have 5 kids. And I’m just now understanding my connection to that show. I’ve spent my whole life looking for grace. REAL grace. Not religion, but grace. There’s a difference ya know. I found “religion” at 13. I bought in hook, line and sinker. Grace? I discovered grace about 2 years ago. It has changed me to the core, and I ain’t going back.
Religion says “Give 110%.”
Grace says “Rest in the finished work of the Cross.”
Religion says “Don’t disappoint God.”
Grace says “God has been pleased with you since the day you called His name!”
Religion says “Being good is a start.”
Grace says “Christ on the cross is enough.”
Religion says “Get it right!”
Grace says “I’ll be there when you get it wrong!”
Religion says “We’re bad people trying to be good…you sin, you’re out”
Grace says “We’re Holy, righteous and redeemed. So when you do sin, it’s ok.”
Religion says “Your heart cannot be trusted.”
Grace says “You have the heart and mind of Christ
Religion says “Try harder.”
Grace says “Rest.”
Religion says “Please God.”
Grace says “Trust God.”
Religion says “Give more.”
Grace says “Give up.”
I did everything religion told me to do for a long time only to end up frustrated, beat down and jaded. I couldn’t keep up. No matter how hard I tried, it was never enough. So I decided to quit. And I did.
Then the craziest thing happened. Grace appeared. No, I take that back…I stopped long enough to see grace. I believe my life has been covered by grace since I trusted in Christ at age 13. I just had to turn 40 to notice.
Let me put it this way, if you were drowning, you wouldn’t really be in a place to lend a hand as far as being rescued. You’d be at the mercy of the lifeguard. Once pulled out, you may be a little out of it, not sure where you are, but safe nonetheless.
Then it sinks in. You start to realize someone just saved your life! How could you ever repay this person for saving you? You don’t have to be reminded to be grateful…you are freaking ALIVE! You have a new lease on life! From that point on, nothing will ever be the same.
I was rescued at 13. I realized it at 40. For me, life has just begun! I no longer have to be reminded to be grateful because I am freaking ALIVE! When I walked out on religion, I walked into a place where, as if I were Norm himself, grace screamed,”BARRRRRRRT!!! IT’S ABOUT STINKING TIME!”
Bart Millard is the lead singer of the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling band MercyMe, who just released their eighth studio project, “Welcome to the New,” which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Listen to “Greater,” which appears on MercyMe’s latest album, below.
“Darkness” is shorthand for anything that scares me — that I want no part of — either because I am sure that I do not have the resources to survive it or because I do not want to find out. The absence of God is in there, along with the fear of dementia and the loss of those nearest and dearest to me. So is the melting of polar ice caps, the suffering of children, and the nagging question of what it will feel like to die. If I had my way, I would eliminate everything from chronic back pain to the fear of the devil from my life and the lives of those I love — if I could just find the right night-lights to leave on.MoreDear Religion, I Quit You!Barbara Brown Taylor Faces the DarknessMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostThree Sisters Over 100 Years Old Share Their Secrets to a Long Life People
At least I think I would. The problem is this: when, despite all my best efforts, the lights have gone off in my life (literally or figuratively, take your pick), plunging me into the kind of darkness that turns my knees to water, nonetheless I have not died. The monsters have not dragged me out of bed and taken me back to their lair. The witches have not turned me into a bat. Instead, I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.Popular Among Subscribers The Rise of Fake Pot Subscribe Common Core Sparks Parent RevoltBarbara Brown Taylor Faces the Darkness
The problem is that there are so few people who can teach me about that. Most of the books on the New York Times “How-To” bestseller list are about how to avoid various kinds of darkness. If you want to learn how to be happy and stay that way, how to win out over your adversaries at work, or how to avoid aging by eating the right foods, there is a book for you. If you are not a reader, you can always find someone on the radio, the television, or the web who will tell you about the latest strategy for staying out of your dark places, or at least distract you from them for a while. Most of us own so many electronic gadgets that there is always a light box within reach when any kind of darkness begins to descend on us. Why watch the sun go down when you could watch the news instead? Why lie awake at night when a couple of rounds of Moonlight Mahjong could put you back to sleep?
I wish I could turn to the church for help, but so many congregations are preoccupied with keeping the lights on right now that the last thing they want to talk about is how to befriend the dark. Plus, Christianity has never had anything nice to say about darkness. From earliest times, Christians have used “darkness” as a synonym for sin, ignorance, spiritual blindness, and death. Visit almost any church and you can still hear it used that way today: Deliver us, O Lord, from the powers of darkness. Shine into our hearts the brightness of your Holy Spirit, and protect us from all perils and dangers of the night.
Since I live on a farm where the lights can go out for days at a time, this language works at a practical level. When it is twenty degrees outside at midnight and tree branches heavy with ice are crashing to the ground around your house, it makes all kinds of sense to pray for protection from the dangers of the night. When coyotes show up in the yard after dark, eyeing your crippled old retriever as potential fast food, the perils of the night are more than theoretical. So I can understand how people who lived before the advent of electricity — who sometimes spent fourteen hours in the dark without the benefit of so much as a flashlight — might have become sensitive to the powers of darkness, asking God for deliverance in the form of bright morning light.
At the theological level, however, this language creates all sorts of problems. It divides every day in two, pitting the light part against the dark part. It tucks all the sinister stuff into the dark part, identifying God with the sunny part and leaving you to deal with the rest on your own time. It implies things about dark-skinned people and sight-impaired people that are not true. Worst of all, it offers people of faith a giant closet in which they can store everything that threatens or frightens them without thinking too much about those things. It rewards them for their unconsciousness, offering spiritual justification for turning away from those things, for “God is light and in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
To embrace that teaching and others like it at face value can result in a kind of spirituality that deals with darkness by denying its existence or at least depriving it of any meaningful attention. I call it “full solar spirituality,” since it focuses on staying in the light of God around the clock, both absorbing and reflecting the sunny side of faith. You can usually recognize a full solar church by its emphasis on the benefits of faith, which include a sure sense of God’s presence, certainty of belief, divine guidance in all things, and reliable answers to prayer. Members strive to be positive in attitude, firm in conviction, helpful in relationship, and unwavering in faith. This sounds like heaven on earth. Who would not like to dwell in God’s light 24/7?
If you have ever belonged to such a community, however, you may have discovered that the trouble starts when darkness falls on your life, which can happen in any number of unsurprising ways: you lose your job, your marriage falls apart, your child acts out in some attention-getting way, you pray hard for something that does not happen, you begin to doubt some of the things you have been taught about what the Bible says. The first time you speak of these things in a full solar church, you can usually get a hearing. Continue to speak of them and you may be reminded that God will not let you be tested beyond your strength. All that is required of you is to have faith. If you still do not get the message, sooner or later it will be made explicit for you: the darkness is your own fault, because you do not have enough faith.
Having been on the receiving end of this verdict more than once, I do not think it is as mean as it sounds. The people who said it seemed genuinely to care about me. They had honestly offered me the best they had. Since their sunny spirituality had not given them many skills for operating in the dark, I had simply exhausted their resources. They could not enter the dark without putting their own faith at risk, so they did the best they could. They stood where I could still hear them and begged me to come back into the light.
If I could have, I would have. There are days when I would give anything to share their vision of the world and their ability to navigate it safely, but my spiritual gifts do not seem to include the gift of solar spirituality. Instead, I have been given the gift of lunar spirituality, in which the divine light available to me waxes and wanes with the season. When I go out on my porch at night, the moon never looks the same way twice. Some nights it is as round and bright as a headlight; other nights it is thinner than the sickle hanging in my garage. Some nights it is high in the sky, and other nights low over the mountains. Some nights it is altogether gone, leaving a vast web of stars that are brighter in its absence. All in all, the moon is a truer mirror for my soul than the sun that looks the same way every day.
Barbara Brown Taylor is the author of “Learning to Walk in the Dark” (HarperOne), from which this piece is excerpted. Read TIME’s interview with Taylor here, or in our April 28 issue.
(DALLAS) — Twin boys who were born conjoined have been released from the Dallas hospital that’s been their home since birth.
Owen and Emmett Ezell were joined at the abdomen and shared a liver and intestines when born. They were separated at Medical City Children’s Hospital last August.
Mother Jenni Ezell says the now-9-month-old twins can sit up and that they try to coo over the trachea tubes that help them breathe. They are fed through tubes in their abdomens.
At a Wednesday news conference, she described them as “very interactive, very social little boys” who “flash smiles and wave” at visitors.
Neonatologist Dr. Clair Schwendeman says he is optimistic for the still “fragile” boys.
The twins will spend the next month in an inpatient rehabilitation center before being allowed home.
We don’t know what Victoria Beckham really really wants for her 40th birthday, but because you can never have too much of a good thing, take a minute now to catch up on what the girl power pioneers have been up to since they zig-a-zig-ah‘d their way to global stardom. After stomping onto the scene with towering platform shoes in the late 1990s, the women behind the best-selling female pop group of all time have gone to become mothers, writers, designers, television personalities and solo pop stars in their own right. Girl power, indeed.
(NEW YORK) — A recently exonerated man who spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a killing that happened while he was at Disney World is getting help from dozens of well-wishers who have contributed to an online fund for him.
About 70 people had given a total of more than $3,500 to the campaign for Jonathan Fleming as of Thursday.
Fleming was freed last week after a judge dismissed the 1989 case, with the assent of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson’s office.
The 51-year-old Fleming had said from the start that he couldn’t have shot Darryl “Black” Rush in Brooklyn on Aug. 15, 1989, because Fleming was on a family trip to Disney World at the time. Although Fleming had plane tickets, videos and other records of the vacation, prosecutors at the time suggested he could have returned briefly to New York for the shooting, and a woman testified that she had seen him do it.
She recanted soon after his conviction, but he lost appeals. Brooklyn prosecutors agreed last year to review the case and found documents in authorities’ files that backed Fleming’s Florida alibi. Meanwhile, his defense team located witnesses who implicated someone else.
Finance executive Alex Sutaru was struck by news accounts of Fleming’s exoneration and his hopes of pursuing higher education.
“I decided, ‘OK, I’m going to do something about this,’” said Sutaru, 32.
So he set up the campaign through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, after contacting Fleming’s lawyers, Anthony Mayol and Taylor Koss, to make sure it would be all right. They’re not directly involved in the effort but are welcoming it.
Fleming plans to pursue wrongful-conviction lawsuits against the city and state, Koss said.
(BEIJING) — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities.
Lincoln is a late comer to China’s luxury car market, but Robert Parker, president of Lincoln China, said the brand is being introduced here after thorough research.
At Lincoln dealerships, Chinese customers will be greeted with a waterfall, considered auspicious, and their new Lincoln car will have a custom fragrance pleasing to Chinese noses, Parker said.
“The Chinese do not like the new car smell, so we change the smell,” he said.
Lincoln cars sold in China also will have padded backseats because of China’s higher expectations for backseat comfort, he said.
In the past year, China’s government has renewed a perennial crackdown on corruption and ostentatious spending by officials, which has crimped spending on luxury goods.
Parker said he believes there is strong interest in Lincoln among Chinese luxury car consumers and that the company aims to open 60 dealerships in 50 Chinese cities and offer five models by 2016.
John Zeng, an analyst at LMC Automotive, said Lincoln will face an uphill battle in a crowded Chinese luxury car market dominated by European brands.
“Compared with German brands, they have a long way to catch up,” Zeng said. “So for a brand like Lincoln, they need very competitive models to succeed in this market.”