Monday December 22, 2014
Welcome to Naked News everyone! Happy to have you with us. Our coverage today starts in the naked newsroom where North Korea has ramped up its rhetoric against the US over the controversial Sony film "The Interview".
In a new statement published by North Korea's state media, authorities have threatened to blow up the White House, claiming they've found clear evidence that the American government was behind the making of "The Interview". Officials in Pyongyang say Washington engineered the movie as a propaganda tool against them. The film ends with the gruesome death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
In the statement, North Korea refers to the US as a "cesspool of terrorism", and says it is targeting the citadels of US imperialists, including the White House and the Pentagon. Oddly enough, the secretive country's government still claims it had nothing to do with the hacking attacks against Sony.
In other news, the US Treasury has essentially ended the Troubled Asset Relief Program, better known as TARP, which began in 2008 to bail out banks and car companies during the economic collapse. The Treasury sold off its remaining shares in Ally Financial, bringing its total profits to 15.3 billion dollars. The TARP program saw the government pour more than 426 billion into banks and the Big Three automakers to keep them from going under. It was a policy that outraged the public and essentially sparked the rise of the Tea Party movement. The TARP program was started in the final months of George W Bush's presidency, and is now being hailed as a victory by President Obama and his team.
And speaking of car companies, Chrysler, has now expanded its recall of cars and trucks fitted with faulty Takata airbags. The recall now totals 3.3 million vehicles worldwide - 2.9 million of which are in the US. Ten other major car companies are also recalling vehicles that were fitted with the Takata airbags, which can explode and send shrapnel at the driver and passengers. That's your first look at today's Naked News, don't go away!
Welcome to Sports everyone. The Cowboys EMPHATICALLY ended their four-year playoff drought on Sunday, BLASTING the Indianapolis Colts 42 to 7 to secure the spot. The win eliminated the Philadelphia Eagles AND ensured that the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks would return to the postseason.
The Green Bay Packers also locked up a playoff spot by defeating Tampa Bay 20 to 3. The Pack will battle Detroit for the NFC North title – and a possible first-round bye - next week. Also on the line next week is the NFC South title – one of Carolina or Atlanta will make the playoffs despite a sub-500 record.
In the AFC, another storied franchise will return to the postseason after a brief absence. The Pittsburgh Steelers got by the Kansas City Chiefs 20 to 12 and will see playoff action after missing out the past two seasons. The New England Patriots earned a first-round bye, by narrowly edging the New York Jets 17 to 16. And it's pretty simple for the San Diego Chargers: beat the Chiefs next week, and they're playoff-bound. If they lose, it could open the door for KC, Baltimore or Houston to sneak in.
Jameis Winston has earned another MAJOR victory – but not on the football field, this one was in court! The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner was cleared of wrongdoing in a Code of Conduct hearing with Florida State University. Winston was deemed not responsible of violating school rules in connection with an alleged case sexual assault from 2012. Winston can now focus on FSU's date with the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
Kyrie Irving has been named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. Irving led Team USA to the gold medal in the FIBA World Cup back in September. He scored 26 points in that game and was a perfect six for six from 3-point land. Irving started all nine games for the Americans and was named tournament MVP.
And Real Madrid has added another trophy to their impressive 2014 haul. The Spanish giants captured the Club World Cup on Saturday by defeating South American champions San Lorenzo two to nothing. Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale provided the goal scoring.
It's the FOURTH trophy for Real this year – they also won the Champions League, Copa del Rey and European Super Cup. That's the final whistle for Sports, friends!
In Foodie news, a new restaurant in Abu Dhabi is delivering diners' meals by ROLLERCOASTER. ROGO restaurant contains thirty sets of tracks that bring the food directly from the kitchen via twists, spirals, and yes, even loop-de-loops. Customers place their orders on touchscreens at their seats, and just wait for the food - in individual sealed pots, of course - to make their way down the twisty track. Waiters are soooo passe.
If you go to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's restaurant, be sure to check out their WATER menu. The FORTY-FIVE PAGE list categorizes waters by country of origin, and details the dissolved minerals in each one. The restaurant even has a "water sommelier" who will recommend different water pairings for diners' meals.
After FORTY years, Burger King is bringing back the Yumbo. Don't remember it? The Yumbo was on the menu from 1968 to 1974, and consists of black forest ham and American cheese with lettuce and mayo on a toasted hoagie. B-K claims people have been asking about the Yumbo for years, prompting them to bring it back. No word on if it's going to be a permanent addition.
General Mills has ALSO resurrected an old favorite! French Toast Crunch cereal will be rolling out to stores over the next few weeks. The toast-shaped, syrup-and-cinnamon flavored bites of deliciousness have been discontinued since 2006, leaving fans trying to get by with the vastly inferior CINNAMON Toast Crunch. The revived French Toast Crunch has more whole grains and less sugar than the original, but General Mills says it looks and tastes the same.
Finally, Alimento restaurant in Los Angeles has added a SECOND gratuity line to their bills, so diners can tip kitchen staff. California law bans restaurants from sharing server tips with the kitchen, so waiters take home considerably more than the people who actually MAKE the food. It's too early to tell whether guests will give an EXTRA tip for the kitchen staff, but it'll be interesting to see how it works out! That's it for your Naked Foodie!
Welcome back to the newsroom. New figures show that the average price of gasoline in the US has fallen to its lowest point in five-and-a-half years! According to the latest Lundberg survey, consumers are paying 2 dollars and 47 cents per gallon for regular-grade gas. That's down 25 cents from the last survey just two weeks ago! Gas has dropped a dollar-25 per gallon since hitting a peak in May of this year. That's thanks mainly to falling crude oil prices, which could dip even lower and knock a few more cents off the price at the pump.
While we're on the subject of oil, Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister says they will NOT cut oil production, even if other non-OPEC nations choose to do so. The oil market is currently suffering through its biggest slump in years. The comments were made at a conference in Abu Dhabi. Over the past few weeks Saudi Arabia has repeatedly said it would not slow its output, preferring to let the market stabilize on its own.
And here's some not-so-great holiday news: influenza season is in full swing! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that twenty nine states are experiencing widespread flu activity. Part of the reason is that this year's flu vaccine doesn't protect from the H-3-N-2 strain that's infecting many people. Only about HALF of the flu samples tested are close to those prevented by this year's shot. But the CDC says you should STILL get vaccinated, as some protection is better than none.
Birdman, boyhood, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Nightcrawler, and Whiplash are all movies you might have seen this year that made the AFI year-end list. You definitely haven't seen the OTHER four films, because they haven't been released yet! American Sniper, Unbroken, Selma, and Into The Woods are all opening on Christmas Day. The most notable snub has to be Ben Affleck thriller Gone Girl, which many expect to get serious consideration come Oscar-time.
Speaking of snubs, "The Big Lebowski" is on the short list of greatest films that never got an Oscar nomination. But it looks like the Dude is getting the last laugh, as the movie has just been added to The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress! Each year the committee picks out 25 films that celebrate a crucial element of American creativity, culture, and history. Other classics such as "Rosemary's Baby" and "Saving Private Ryan" also made the cut. But we think Lebowski's addition will really help tie the room together.
Here's a movie about a cause we can get behind. Free The Nipple is based on a real-life story of a group of New York female activists challenging the law by going topless in public! The movement got a big boost when Miley Cyrus tweeted a photo of herself holding a fake nipple with the hashtag FreeTheNipple. Here's a look at the trailer.
You go girls! Free The Nipple is in theaters now!
Listen up Star Wars fans: a new character name has just been revealed from the JJ Abrams-directed Episode 7! The new character is "Captain Phasma", and the rumors are swirling around his or her identity. Many believe Phasma will be played by Gwendoline Christie from Game Of Thrones. Phasma is thought to be an Imperial Officer chasing Finn, aka "the black Stormtrooper" - across the universe. We'll let you know as soon as we hear more!
Now let's take a look at, The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt! This one's based on a true story about French tightrope walker Philippe Petit, who accomplished the seemingly impossible in the 1970's by walking between the World Trade Center buildings!
The story was already featured in the gripping 2008 documentary "Man On Wire". Robert Zemeckis - the director behind Castaway, Forrest Gump, and Back to the Future - is giving it the blockbuster treatment. Looks promising! The Walk is expected to hit theaters in October 2015!
Hoping for a shot at Ferrari's latest supercar? – Sorry – it's by invitation ONLY! The Italian automaker has already pre-sold six of the Sergio to diehard – and RICH – Ferrari fans. They're only making six, so if you didn't get an invite, you're probably out of luck. Ferrari caps production to ensure demand always exceeds supply. The six Sergios will be delivered in 2015.
Speaking of sold-out Ferraris – the new FXX K isn't even STREET legal! The one THOUSAND thirty-five horsepower beast also comes with a three MILLION dollar price tag. And since you can't put a license plate on this bad boy, owners have to take part in Ferrari's “Client-Test Driver” program. Basically they keep it for you and bring it to races and events when you want to play with it.
Here's a luxury car you can at least take on the road. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 is all about self-indulgence. The stretched sedan comes with hot-stone massaging leather recliners and an air filtration system that infuses the interior with Maybach's signature fragrance. It also claims to be the world's QUIETEST car – but in case you want to crank up the tunes, the S600 has a top-of-the-line Burmester audio system. It hits showrooms next year.
James Bond's new ride has arrived! The Aston Martin DB-10 will appear in next year's movie “Spectre”. Only TEN will be built and ALL will be used in the filming of the movie - so they WON'T be commercially available. It's become commonplace for Aston Martin to build copies of Bond's car as backups – or in case they get destroyed while in filming, which happens quite often. Seems a shame to waste such a beautiful machine!
Bond villains won't be outdone, however – at least, not in the car department. This is the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar. The Jag won't be making it to production. BUT according to several reports, it will be driven by Spectre's main bad guy – which appears to be Christoph Waltz. Now that we know WHAT they'll be driving, I'm looking forward to an EPIC car chase scene!
On looks alone, I think the Bond baddie has the advantage. That is one HOT car, and as Jaguar says, "it's good to be bad"! Well everyone, we've got just one more day before we head into our holiday programming and let me tell you, it's AMAZING.
In addition to our traditional Christmas and New Years shows, we've prepared some special programs in between to get you through the season. We've even added SATURDAY shows while we're away because there's so much great stuff for you.
So all in all, you've got a whole lot to look forward to! Thanks for tuning in and we'll see you back here tomorrow. Take care.
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