U.S. Ground Forces Would Shrink By 100,000

U.S. Ground Forces Would Shrink By 100,000: Pentagon leaders outlined a plan Thursday for absorbing $487 billion in defense cuts over the coming decade by shrinking U.S. ground forces, slowing the purchase of a next-generation stealth fighter and retiring older planes and ships.

In a bid to pre-empt election-year Republican criticism, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the plan shifts the Pentagon’s focus from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to future challenges in Asia, the Mideast and in cyberspace. More special operations forces like the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden will be available around the world, he said.

“We believe this is a balanced and complete package,” Panetta told a news conference, with Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at his side.

Some lawmakers were quick to dispute him.

“Taking us back to a pre-9/11 military force structure places our country in grave danger,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee that will hold hearings on the Pentagon budget plan. Continue Reading…

Greg Kelly Son of NYPD Commissioner Accused of Rape

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Greg Kelly Son of NYPD Commissioner Accused of Rape: The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is investigating a rape allegation made against Greg Kelly, the son of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, a law-enforcement official confirmed.

The younger Mr. Kelly, 43 years old, is co-anchor of “Good Day New York” on Fox’s New York affiliate. Andrew Lankler, an attorney for the newsman, said the younger Mr. Kelly “is aware that the New York County District Attorney’s office is conducting an investigation. Mr. Kelly strenuously denies any wrongdoing of any kind and is cooperating fully with the district attorney’s investigation. We know that the district attorney’s investigation will prove Mr. Kelly innocent.”

Fox 5 is owned by News Corp., which also owns The Wall Street Journal.

Paul Browne, a spokesman for the police department, said the allegation came to light after a man approached the police commissioner at an event and told him “your son ruined my girlfriend’s life.” Continue Story…

Demi Moore Hospitalized After Inhaling Whip-its Full Of Nitrous Oxide

Demi Moore Hospitalized After Inhaling Whip-its Full Of Nitrous Oxide: Demi Moore was doing “whip-its” — a type of nitrous oxide inhalant — before she was rushed to the hospital earlier this week, TMZ reported.

The troubled actress became semi-conscious and had symptoms of a seizure after inhaling a dangerous amount of nitrous oxide — a gas typically inhaled by young people looking for a cheap high — a friend told paramedics who attended the scene, the gossip site reported.

The 49 year old was rushed to the hospital from her home in Los Angeles late Monday night, before checking into a treatment facility Tuesday to reportedly seek treatment for substance abuse.

Her rep said that she was seeking “professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health.”

However friends of the star said she went to rehab because she is “emotionally and physically exhausted” over her painful split with Ashton Kutcher, who is “acting like a teenage boy,” the New York Post reported.

One friend told the newspaper that Kutcher, 33, who was spotted partying with Brazilian supermodels Monday at Sao Paulo fashion week, continues to flirt with women while still calling his ex “when he is at a low moment.”

“Demi was talking to Kobe Bryant at a CAA Golden Globes party, and Ashton came over and made a scene,” the source told the newspaper. “He made jealous comments to Kobe, then Ashton went to the bar and was openly flirting with other women.” Continue Reading…

Touch Premiere Review Kiefer Sutherland And The Magic Numbers

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Touch Premiere Review Kiefer Sutherland And The Magic Numbers: The earnest new drama Touch has its heart in the right place and its mind drifting off into unknown areas. Kiefer Sutherland stars as Martin Bohm, a New Yorker whose wife died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and who’s raising his 11 year-old son, Jake (David Mazouz). Jake, who narrated much of the pilot episode on Wednesday night, actually hasn’t spoken since he was born, and cannot stand to be touched. He spends a lot of time working out elaborate series of numbers.

Touch was created by Tim Kring, who also did Heroes, and there’s some of that show’s grand-design ambition here. Jake seems autistic, although Kring and Sutherland have given interviews saying the character is not, but the kid is clearly both immensely gifted and poignantly disabled in his dealings with his immediate surroundings. SPOILER ALERT FOR A FEW PLOT DETAILS FOLLOW.

Danny Glover appeared as an only-apparently odd professor, the actually-wise Arthur Teller, who was there to tell us that some people possess amazing gifts to figure out patterns, and indeed, we saw that Jake’s abilities ended up connecting people, via phone numbers and cell phones and what only seemed like coincidences, to solve a number of folks’ problems and avert at least one very dangerous situation. (When that bomb timer clicked down to “1,” I have to admit I wasn’t exactly sweating with fear — no way was that thing going to explode, right?). Continue Story…

Katy Perry Defends Onstage Kiss

Katy Perry has come under fire for kissing fans on stage during her recent tour.

Katy Perry Defends Onstage Kiss: Katy Perry has told people to “simmer down” over her decision to kiss a fan on stage during her California Dreams tour.

The newly-single songstress has come under fire for puckering up while performing dates in Asia.

Some publications are reporting that Perry has locked lips with two audience members while in Indonesia and the Phillippines.

However, the stunning singer has taken to her Twitter page to defend her playful actions.

“Btw, I have *kissed* 1 boy, picked randomly out of the audience, on the cheek as a part of my show for all 125 tour dates. Simmer down now (sic),” she tweeted.

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Perry recently split from her husband Russell Brand. The British comedian filed papers to end their 14-month marriage at the end of December.

Perry has since continued with her touring schedule, and has been enjoying her time on stage. The 27-year-old beauty took the time out to thanks fans for their continued support on the social networking site.

“Thanks for an AMAZING FINAL CDT date Manila!” she gushed.

“Sorry to keep u waiting earlier… had to solve a security issue, but THE SHOW WENT SPLENDIDLY!