Hello and welcome to Naked News everyone, I'm Peyton Priestly. We're starting things off with an ironic twist in US politics! Angie Heyward's in the Naked Newsroom with the story. Quite the interesting twist for new Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, isn't it Angie!
That's actually putting it lightly Peyton. The Texas senator has been one of the country's most outspoken opponents of Obamacare, which makes this development that much harder to believe!
Welcome to the Naked Newsroom. In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said he was signing up for Obamacare! Cruz admitted he and his family would be joining the federal exchange created through the Affordable Care Act - the law he has so staunchly opposed. Until now, Cruz had access to health benefits through his wife's plan at Goldman Sachs. But she's taken leave to join him on the campaign trail, and by law, members of Congress are required to obtain health care coverage through the online marketplace in DC.
In Washington, a new bill to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level has been introduced in the House. The bipartisan effort will likely have a hard time gaining traction on Capitol Hill, but it's clear that the public is behind it. According to a recent poll, 86-percent of Americans say medical marijuana should be available.
And a controversial new bill is set to take hold in Indiana this week. Governor Mike Pence is expected to sign a new "religious freedom" law. Supporters of the law say it will keep the government from forcing business owners - such as bakeries and florists who don't want to provide services to gay couples - from acting in ways that are contrary to their religious beliefs. Gay rights advocates call the law an outright recipe for discrimination and persecution. Hundreds of demonstrators have flooded the streets of Indianapolis in recent weeks to voice their frustration. Last year, Arizona vetoed a similar bill after coming under intense pressure from leading US companies including Apple and American Airlines. I'm Angie Heyward. Don't go away.
I'm Natasha Olenski and THIS, is your NAKED SPORTS REPORT!
Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather is among the world's highest-paid athletes. But even by his ridiculous standards, the amount of money he's about to make fighting Manny Pacquiao is OBSCENE! Early reports are that Floyd's purse for his May 2nd fight will be 180 MILLION dollars!! The boxers agreed to a 60-40 split, meaning Manny would make more than a hundred million too. Win or lose, it's an INSANE amount of money for a single night's work!
Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is eyeing a gig in the US! Sports Illustrated reports Ronaldo wants to play in the MLS when his contract with European juggernaut Real Madrid runs out in 2018. He'll be 33 years old then, which is a year older than David Beckham was when he landed in Los Angeles. Rumor has it he'll want to play in a major market like New York, Miami, or LA.
Former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar is calling it quits on a career in the Octagon! The 37-year old has renewed his contract with the WWE, officially closing the door on a return to mixed martial arts. With Lesnar's last WWE contract expiring at the end of the month, rumors were flying that he'd make a long-awaited return to the UFC. Brock says he just wasn't into it.
The NFL's Cleveland Browns on HBO's Hard Knocks? Yes please! The Browns are reportedly the top choice for the critically-adored football series, but they want NOTHING to do with it! The team is understandably worried about the impact the extra attention would have on young quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel's hard-partying ways have landed him in rehab, which he's scheduled to finish in late April. While the NFL prefers that teams do the series voluntarily, the Browns COULD be forced to give access to HBO's camera crew. We'll just have to wait and see!
The first weekend of March Madness provided plenty of excitement for hoops fans, but it also had TV network execs jumping for joy! CBS says the third-round coverage on Saturday shattered audience records, which were up a full 14-percent from last year! The numbers were up across all media platforms, and should only improve during the Sweet Sixteen, which tips off on Thursday!
Now let's cap things off with your must-see moments of the week!
Carey Price doesn't even have to see the puck to stop it these days! And that's why he's the front runner for NHL MVP honors! I'm Natasha Olenski. See you NEXT TIME for more Naked Sports!
Okay, we're back and in just a few minutes we'll be joining Madison for HER update on the latest in tech. She'll be telling us about how luxury watch maker Tag Heuer is ready to launch it's own smartwatch! But up next, we're saying hello to Kat Curtis who's going to tell us, what's Trending Now online.
Let me ask you something, Peyton: are you a fan of Jurassic Park?
Oh c'mon who ISN'T? I can't WAIT to see Jurassic World in theaters this summer!
That's what I figured. But believe it or not I may have found something even BETTER! Trending now on Facebook: Jurassic Park, the Lego version! A father-daughter team have posted a short remake of the original Jurassic Park movie. They combined the colorful plastic blocks with stop-motion technology to re-enact all the classic scenes! Prepare to be amazed. That's what happens when an animation director gets access to one hundred thousand dollars worth of Lego!
Pop star Ariana Grande doesn't do a lot of public speaking. In fact her appearance this week on Jimmy Fallon was the first time she'd EVER been on a talk show! She was super nervous, but managed to win the crowd over with this amazing impression of Celine Dion. Tres magnifique Ariana! The appearance helped boost her cred online in a BIG way with close to ten million views on YouTube!
Here's proof that making Vine videos CAN make you sorta famous! At one point this week, you may have noticed that the second most popular trending topic WORLDWIDE on twitter was a hashtag called "Happy19thBirthdayJackJohnson". Which begs the question: who the hell is Jack Johnson?! My research tells me he's one half of a pop duo known as "Jack and Jack" who've gained millions of followers on Vine. Think a skinnier, less talented Justin Bieber and you've pretty much got it. Wait did I just sort of compliment Justin Bieber? Let's move on.
It seems like everyone's got a gluten allergy these days. And while many out there have legitimate conditions, don't you ever get the feeling some people are FAKING it? Being gluten intolerant has its benefits, and this hilarious video from comedian JP Sears tells you everything you need to know to become gluten intolerant. Easy to see why the vid's gotten MILLIONS of hits on YouTube! JP is one of the funniest new faces on the 'net!
And what better way to finish up than with our favorite hottie from Reddit's Gonewild page! A user named MrsMourinho was the sexy standout of the week! The name of this photo collection is "Titles are hard and so are you". Well, uh, no comment there. Admittedly, she may suck at coming up with titles but she makes up for it with a plethora of seductive poses. I'm Katherine Curtis, and that's what's trending now!
The markets are buzzing with word that Kraft Foods is in play. 3G Capital, a private equity firm from Brazil is said to be looking to gobble up Kraft Foods Group, with a 40 billion dollar offer. 3G Capital made a similar move by acquiring HJ Heinz in 2013, and this investment would effectively merge the two food companies. 3G has a reputation for buying big consumer companies and then aggressively slashing costs. The company has the backing of Berkshire Hathaway, which is owned by investment guru Warren Buffett. If the deal goes through, the firms will pour another 10 billion into the newly merged food company.
Scientists in Central Australia have uncovered what's believed to be the world's largest asteroid impact zone. The gigantic meteorite split into two pieces as it plummeted to Earth, causing a 250 mile-wide crater. Scientists also say that they're almost certain that a a large numbers of species would have been wiped out from the impact. The reason it's only being discovered NOW is because it's located more than a mile under the Earth's surface. Geothermal researchers came across the scars while drilling, down under. They estimate the asteroid hit between 300 and 600 million years ago.
And NASA is celebrating a rather peculiar milestone on the Red Planet! This week the Mars rover "Opportunity" surpassed the 26.2 mile mark. That makes it the first time any human enterprise has exceeded the distance of a marathon on another planet! It only took 11 years and 2 months to get there! "Opportunity" is nicknamed the little rover that could. It landed on Mars in January 2004 for what was supposed to be a three month prime mission. More than a decade later it's still chugging along! For Naked News, I'm Angie Heyward!
Thanks Angie! We've got Eila and the peanuts on the way shortly in the Boob Tube. But first it's time for a trip to the cutting edge! Guest anchor Madison is standing by with the very latest in Tech!
The FAA has given the green-light for Amazon to begin testing its "Prime Air" drone service. Flights will be conducted over private rural land in Washington state. Amazon has hired drone operators with private pilot licenses, and the FAA mandates that the robotic aircraft should be flown no higher than 400 feet. It's only a matter of time before they're being used for deliveries.
Google has just one-upped Facebook in the race for the ultimate face-detection technology! Google claims its new "FaceNet" software has an algorithm that can detect the right person 99.96 percent of the time. That's a two-percent improvement over Facebook's own "DeepFace" program, which has a 97 percent accuracy rate. Both companies plan on integrating the technology into their web platforms. So, why does any of this matter? The software is viewed as the future of tagging photos and searching for people online, and could revolutionize the way companies gather data about social trends on the web.
Look out Apple - Tag Heuer is ready to launch its own smartwatch! The Swiss watchmaker has joined forces with Intel and Google to create a high-tech luxury timepiece that will rival the Apple Watch. Tag Heuer is keeping tight lipped about its plans for the new gadget because they don't want the competition to know what they're up to. For now all we know is that it's expected to hit store shelves by the end of the year.
That's not the only competition coming Apple's way. A new smartwatch from Pebble just shattered records on Kickstarter. The Pebble Time smartwatch raised more than a million dollars in UNDER an hour! Suffice it to say no product has ever hit the million dollar mark on the fundraising site that quickly. The Pebble Time has a color screen, battery life for seven days, and is water resistant. It's already raised tens of millions of dollars and has become the best-funded Kickstarter project of all time! Pebble plans to start shipping the watches in July.
And Blackberry is hoping that its new high-end smartphone will appeal to a more refined consumer base. The Blackberry P9983 is designed by Porsche, and features hand-wrapped leather and glass-like keys, along with a special BBM prefix that will let everyone know you're kind of a big deal. The price tag for these phones? Two thousand dollars! Sure it looks pretty cool, but the guts of the phone are no better than Blackberry's cheaper models. It's a lot of money to spend on a device that has a puny 3.1 inch screen. Sounds to me like Blackberry's targeting people with more money than common sense! With the latest in Tech, I'm Madison.
I'm Eila Adams. Lend me your ears AND eyes because it’s time for the Boob Tube! I watch TV, make snarky comments, and get paid. Living the dream! OR maybe it’s a nightmare because the Peanut Gallery is here again. Let’s begin!
James Corden has taken over the Late Late Show from Craig Ferguson, and has some pretty big shoes to fill. Fortunately, with his very first episode, he got a BIG scoop from Mila Kunis on her life with Ashton Kutcher... with an assist from Tom Hanks. Congratulations, you two! One question remains though… who the hell is James Corden? Good luck buddy.
Over on HBO, John Oliver continued his unique brand of hilarious outrage, this time taking on municipal law enforcement, in particular traffic tickets and license suspensions. He did so with the perfect analogy. Hey, what’s with all the Brits showing up on talk shows over here? Oh, we’ll take your Olivers and your Cordens, but if you try sending Russell Brand back we’re gonna have a problem.
How about a good ol’ fashioned AMERICAN talk show host? Well, how’s THIS for American: Jimmy Kimmel … In Texas… talking to Willie Nelson… smoking pot in the most patriotic place imaginable. By the way, Mr. President, marijuana’s legal in Washington DC now. If Congress starts stressing you out, you know… just sayin’.
And finally, “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham stepped away from her own show in order to guest-star on ABC’s “Scandal”. And if you think her Girls character Hannah has it rough, wait until you see THIS. Poor Lena. She didn't deserve that. The person who gave her that godawful WIG did! Yuck! That’s the Boob Tube, I’m Eila Adams!
Peyton Priestly and Katherine Curtis discuss some of today's news stories, including the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana at the federal level, Ted Cruz signing up for Obamacare, and Indiana's proposed "religious freedom" law that opponents say would legalize discrimination. Plus, the results of yesterday's poll question.
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