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Kanye West Sued By Former Child Star Singer

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Ricky Spicer says his voice from 1970 song 'Bound' is heard on West's 'Bound 2' The credits for the new song say the snippet was licensed from two music companies Spicer seeks unspecified damages (CNN) -- The lead singer of a 1970 tune that is sampled on a new Kanye West song has filed suit, alleging the rapper used the snippet without his permission. Ricky Spicer was 12 when he became the lead singer for a group called the Ponderosa Twins Plus One in 1969. A year later, they recorded "Bound," according to the suit. Spicer, now 56, says his voice is heard in West's song "Bound 2" at least four times. "Mr.

Kanye West unveils new song: 'We Should Have Never, Ever Let Michael Jordan Play for the Wizards'

"We have a pretty big family," Kris told People , when asked if Kim will have a small wedding this time around, after her extravagant, televised ceremony with ex Kris Humphries. "I don't think it will be two people in a chapel, if you know what I mean!" The Kardashian matriarch, who said she hopes the couple ties the knot "soon," most likely won't be involved in planning. PHOTOS: Celebrity Weddings "I don't know if they'll let me jump in," she said, "That's two very creative minds getting together and they definitely have their own ideas." Kris also said it's a "dream come true" to have Kim and Kanye (and their baby, North) staying with her while their Los Angeles home is renovated. PHOTOS: The Many Men Of Kim Kardashian "Our house is blissful," she told the mag.

Kanye West's dominant year

CST, December 20, 2013 During his Wednesday night concert at the United Center, Kanye West performed a new song, one that makes it clear he was not happy with the way the Bulls ownership handled the end of Michael Jordan's playing career. In "We Should Have Never, Ever Let Michael Jordan Play for the Wizards," West sings: "If we could have stopped it, we would have stopped it, why did that happen? "Six championships, the best years of our lives, claim NBA gold, every single night, I believed I could fly, and I wanted to be just like Mike, I believed I could fly and I wanted to be just like Mike." Later, West sings: "When a player wants to become an owner, when a player thats done more for the league than the league could have done for him, when a player that made the NBA wants to become an owner of a team he brought so much glory to, a team that has his statue on the front of the ... building, but do you know what the owners of that team told MJ. You're just a player." Click here to see a youtube video of West's performing "We Should Have Never ..." (Warning: video contains offensive language.) Copyright 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

Kanye West?s Nike Sneakers Score A Release Date

We designed the entire womens collection. We designed the entire mens collection.And we designed 20 shoes, said Kanye.We coming in September, and its about to be a paradigm shift. The Bound 2 rapper also addressed his former partners at Nike. Listen at the Nike campus,that methodology, thats not going to work. All of this leveraging and extortion is not going to work now because Im at Adidas, said Kanye. The game is flipped now.

Kris Jenner: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's Wedding Will Be 'Big'

His candid nature is nothing new, but its been out in full force because of his promotion surrounding his new album Yeezus. Every other week it seems like we have a new West bit to report because the Yeezus rapper seems to be doing a promotional tour exclusively to radio stations during various stops on his tour. To put it lightly, West seems hellbent on making art out of the term sound bite. Earlier in the year, during his BBC Radio interview, West went on the record about various issues that had plagued his image, and his many ventures, including his relationship with Nike. At the time West said: I got that opportunity to work with Nike, I went into that emotional space and place in my life and said, What was it about that, what were the cues that I can add when I make the Yeezys? I wasnt the one rapper that had the opportunity to do a shoe with Nike for no reason. It means it has to be another step, it means it has to keep going. Oddly enough two days after Foot Locker made the announcement about Wests Nikes the tweet seems to have been deleted and a new response was posted in regards to the new Nikes: We have been getting a lot of inquiries on the Nike Yeezy 2. We have no info at this time, stay tuned for updates.

Kanye West Says Adidas Collection To Hit Stores Next September

He's the avant-gardist and the Internet commenter rolled into one, visionary, vain, and perpetually aggrieved, a man who'll complain that he should be even more famous than he is in one breath, then complain about everyone else's celebrity-obsessed culture in the next. He comes off as an a******, and not in the cool aloof way that Dylan came off as an asshole once upon a time, where you watch "Don't Look Back" and think, yeah, but he would have been nice to me. I'm not sure there's ever been a star of West's magnitude so lacking in conventional "star power," that magnetizing-yet-distancing distancing quality that cordons off its holders from the vulgarity of common judgment. West isn't lacking in sanity, he's lacking in social graces, and for all his hunger for adulation he's oddly unconcerned with personal appeal.

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Tips: Avoid These Winter Workout Mistakes

But to reap the rewards, you need to be smart. Here are some potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. Dressing too warmly: No one likes to start a workout shivering, but being too hot is just as bad as being too cold especially in the winter. "Most exercisers dress so they are comfortable at the start of their workout when their body has not warmed up yet," says Cassie Dimmick, a certified sports dietitian, running coach, and health and fitness instructor in Springfield, Mo. "Then, near the middle and the end of the workout, they are hot and uncomfortable, often causing them to cut their exercise short." But sticking with your workout might not be in your best interest either. "When you sweat, you're going to risk getting chilled as the sweat evaporates," says Janet Hamilton, a registered clinical exercise physiologist and a certified strength, conditioning and running coach in Stockbridge, Ga.
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Germany Right To Hold Out On Banking Union

By Biography Dec. 22, 2013 4:05 p.m. ET By common consent, last week's eurozone deal to create a banking union was a turkey. Barely anyone has had a good word to say in its defense. Euro-zone leaders insisted that the decision to hand over power to wind up failed banks to an independent eurozone agency with access to a common eurozone fund was a significant pooling of sovereignty. But the critics were adamant: the resolution process was too complex, the fund too small, the...

How Tesla Motors Plans to Supercharge the Autobahns of Germany

Their teams will meet in a pre-World Cup friendly on June 1. Andre Penner/AP FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Germany will play fellow World Cup participant Cameroon in one of its final warmups for the tournament in Brazil. The match is scheduled for June 1 in Moenchengladbach. Germany also plays Poland on May 13 and is looking for an opponent for a June 6 match, one day before departing for Brazil. German Football Federation president Helmut Sandrock says the coaching staff wanted Germany to play against a ''strong African team'' ahead of the tournament.

Germany 2013 in Review: Business Booms, Rupert Murdoch Doubles Down on Sports

this link It began with reports of 200 stolen cars, including 93 high-end BMWs. German press reports note that while car theft is common in the capital, helping police in these cases was the fact that the high-end cars had secretly embedded GPS systems, installed as anti-theft devices and programmed to self-activate if the car shows an unusual driving pattern. Berlin detectives werent surprised when the secret GPS reports indicated the cars had been stolen and taken outside of Germany. Lots of cars get stolen in Germany and then hauled off to points around Eastern Europe. Poland is such a common destination for stolen cars that there are even rhyming poems about it: Heute gestohlen, morgen in Polen (Stolen today, tomorrow in Poland), or the Berliners mocking and oft-repeated notion for a Polish tourism slogan, Come to Poland, your car is already here. Poland, after all, is only 50 miles from Berlin.

Germany suspects its stolen cars traveling to Tajikistan

"So the schools have become a recruitment center, and this really frightens us and is a huge challenge." He and other officials fear the German fighters could eventually pose a security threat to Europe. Germany's Focus magazine reported this month that al-Qaida may be using the fighters' German passports to plan terrorist attacks in Europe. Also, a German security official who spoke to NPR on the condition of not being identified says there's concern about radicalized war veterans coming back to Germany with knowledge of weapons and explosives that could be used to carry out attacks there. Rhein says it's imperative to prevent those who want to fight in Syria from leaving home in the first place. So he's proposed an early detection system that will include telephone hotlines and counseling centers. The Hesse minister says the system which he's trying to get other German states to adopt will be similar to existing German programs that identify right-wing extremists.

'Jihad Tourism': From Germany To The Syrian Battlefield

mobile giant Vodafone completed a $10.4 billion takeover ofleading German cable TV operator Kabel Deutschland, beating out John Malones Liberty Global. The mega-deal sees the British cell phone group betting big that customers will want a one-stop shop for everything from Internet, cable TV, telephony and mobile services. 2014 is likely to show first signs of how the deal is working out. Box Office, Video and Music Sales on the Up Germanys box office remained on course to beat its record gross of 2012 as theatrical revenues hit $680 million in the first half, a 7.5 percent year-over-year gain. Higher ticket charges for 3D screenings played a role, but attendance figures official website were also up slightly. Meanwhile, the German home entertainment market continued to buck the industry's downward trend, with first-half sales hitting a new record of just over $1 billion. And industry analysts at IHS forecast that Germany will for the full year 2013 finally pass the U.K.

Germany, Cameroon to meet in pre-World Cup friendly

Source: Tesla's official Twitter feed. Two big announcements During the event in Germany, Musk made two major announcements. First, recognizing Germans' love to drive their high-end vehicles at top speeds on the autobahn, Tesla will offer customers a free optional high-speed tuning. The tuning, Musk says, enables a better driving experience at top speeds. Second, Tesla will be making a huge investment in its Superchargers in the country. Already breaking ground on six Superchargers at the time of the announcement, Musk says Tesla plans to have about 40-50 Superchargers in the country by the end of 2015, giving 100% of the population of Germany access to a Supercharger station. The company plans to approximately double the number of Supercharges in the country every quarter all the way through the end of 2015.

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Manchester United, Arsenal & Tottenham To Pursue Real Madrid Star

investing Football News 24/7 Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are on alert after discovering that Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria could be available at the end of the season, according to talkSPORT . Reports suggest that the 25-year-old Argentina international plans to assess his future after the 2014 World Cup finals - but, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, will not look to leave the Bernabeu in January. Di Maria, who scored a fabulous solo goal against Valencia at the weekend, has found himself on the Real Madrid bench at times this season following the arrival of 86m Gareth Bale.

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The South American arrived at the Bernabeu from Benfica in 2010 - and has since scored 31 goals in 160 appearances. Arsenal were strongly linked with Di Maria before eventually signing his former Real Madrid teammate Mesut Ozil, while Manchester United were also previously interested in him.

Real Madrid fail with ?7m bid for Manchester United target

The structure they have there is one of the best in the world. There were more than five pitches on the training ground, I was impressed. I have already visited for a lecture with Sir Alex Ferguson. His agent also claimed that talks had begun with the Red Devils over a potential switch to Old Trafford. "Manchester United want him," said his agent, Robson Ferreira. David Moyes has been impressed.

Madrid to tie up Xabi Alonso deal, Barcelona search for a striker: January plans for La Liga's big clubs

Talks are at an advanced stage with both Borussia Monchengladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Napoli's Pepe Reina. Both could conceivably sign and talks remain ongoing, with a decision set to be announced in January. In terms of outgoings, Barca will consider bids for Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, although the former Arsenal man is unlikely to leave until the summer unless a huge offer is tabled. REAL MADRID ( Real Madrid are even less likely to sign in January, but coach Carlo Ancelotti hopes he can persuade midfielder Xabi Alonso, who is out of contract in the summer, to sign a new deal with the capital club. Alonso has spoken with Madrid about the possibility of renewing his contract, but the club are less confident than they were a couple of weeks ago as the player's familly weigh up a change of scenery. However, Xabi and his wife have just had a baby girl and Madrid hope the need for stability will help the 32-year-old decide that staying put is the best option for the Basque and his family. In the meantime, Ancelotti is keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan as a forex possible replacement.

Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso suffers burst eardrum

The club says the injury is the result of a knock received during Sunday's 3-2 win at Valencia. The 32-year-old Alonso was sidelined several months from the end of last season until the start of this campaign with injuries. The Spanish league is on a two-week winter holiday break. Madrid's next match is on Jan. 6 against Celta Vigo. Madrid is in third place, five points behind co-leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Valencia 2 Real Madrid 3

The visitors' lead was canceled out six minutes later when Pablo Piatti headed the home side level after good work down the left by Bernat. Cristiano Ronaldo then headed his 18th La Liga goal of the season to restore his side's advantage, but again Valencia hit back, with Mathieu equalizing with a header from Dani Parejo's corner just after the hour. Just when it looked as though Valencia would frustrate Madrid by holding the Blancos to a draw, Jese popped up with the winner eight minutes from time - his driven effort squirming throughVicente Guaita's hands. Ancelotti was unable to name Gareth Bale in hissquad after the Welshman suffered a calf injury in training in midweek. The Italian was also without the injured Raphael Varane and the suspended Pepe, with Nacho retaining his place from Real's 2-0 Copa del Rey win over Xativa. Estevez made four changes from Valencia's 3-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid with goalkeeper Guaita among those brought in. Sergio Canales had to settle for a place on the bench against his former club.

Valencia 2-3 Real Madrid: Jese earns Blancos vital victory

Ronaldo now has only Santillana on 186 goals, Alfredo Di Stefano on 216 and Raul with 228 goals ahead of him. Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-2 thanks to Ronaldos header, a fine first from Gareth Bales substitute Angel Di Maria and a late winner from 20-year-old Jese Rodriguez. Bale missed his seventh game of the season with a knock on the calf and replacement Di Maria took his chance with a brilliant opener. The Argentine cut between two defenders on the right and sent a left foot rocket past Vicente Guaita after 28 minutes. Fellow Argentine Pablo Piatti equalized six minutes later with a header but Ronaldo put Madrid back in-front from Di Marias free-kick. As well as forex matching Sanchez goal it was the former Manchester United forwards 71st away from home for Madrid equaling Di Stefanos haul on the road. The legendary Argentine took 140 games to reach 71 Ronaldo has reached the landmark in just 76 games.

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Indian It Companies Queue Up For Costa Rica

It also offers ease in travelling with a US national needing no visa." The country offers more than 120 flights globally daily, with great connectivity to the US. Another plus point is that Costa Rica produces more than 45,000 graduates a year, which is expected to increase to 60,000 by 2017. A clear advantage is the multilingual skills, predominantly English and Spanish, are widespread. "Costa Rica is a fast growing BPO destination today due mainly to the region offering a rich pool of highly competitive, multi-skilled, and employable talent with strong domain and language skills and high work ethic," said R Chandrasekaran, executive vice chairman, Cognizant India. The South American nation hosts delivery and support centres in as many as 15 languages which also include German, French, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Finnish, Italian, Russian, Farsi, and Mandarin, among others. To add to its advantages, Costa Rica has the highest English proficiency in Latin America. Originally, it was primarily looked as a call centre destination but with highly skilled workforce available at a cheaper cost, a lot of IT work has been moving in.

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Costa Rica vs. Nicaragua: Ludicrous feud between neighbors continues through 2013

Here are some highlights: Ortega reclaims Guanacaste Fancying himself the El Cid of the 21st century, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega attempts to win back the Costa Rican province of Guanacaste by appealing to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. He insinuates that Costa Rica had merely occupied Guanacaste since 1842 and that the territory truly belongs to Nicaragua. Ticos protest in the streets On this side of the border, Ortegas words are met with anger and patriotism. Not only do Costa Ricans demonstrate across the country, but also President Laura Chinchilla herself joins the patriotic marches in Nicoya. Both governments exchange angry sound bites. Meanwhile, at the border between Costa Rica and Panama Nicaragua, its business as usual; border-hopping tourists unaware of the situation generally have no idea that anythings awry. Costa Rica closes consulate in Managua After angry Nicaraguans block off access to the Costa Rican Consulate, the Costa Rican government shuts it down , citing xenophobia. Governments clash over wetlands dispute Before the two countries have a chance to simmer, they clash again over Isla Portillos, a wetlands area also known as Isla Calero that spans about 1.2 square miles.

Fitch Affirms Banco de Costa Rica's IDR at 'BB+'

The bank's lower margins were pressured further in 2013 by the decreasing trend in the reference interest rate and by the loan growth restriction imposed by the central bank. Fitch's performance outlook for BCR in 2014 contemplates higher loan growth across as well as adjustments in the funding costs that will allow for a wider NIM. As a result profitability will improve but it is likely to remain modest and below international more... peer's. In Fitch's opinion, BCR's loan portfolio is well diversified with a moderate exposure to exchange rate risk. The bank's past due loans-to-total loans ratio remains below the 'bb+' VR rating category median, although with a (visit) negative trend since 2012, and reserve coverage is low compared to the 'bb+' rating category median and unlikely to increase under the current regulatory guidelines. RATING SENSITIVITIES - VR Given BCR's current financial profile, the potential for an upgrade of the bank's VR in the medium term is limited.

Costa Rica Seizes Jet Carrying a Ton of Cocaine

The country's public safety ministry says the small plane was flying from Cali, Colombia, before it made an emergency landing Monday at a private airstrip on the Caribbean coast. The ministry says police detained a Guatemalan man and his adult son with 51 packages holding 44 pounds of cocaine each. The suspects are in the custody of prosecutors in the province of Limon. Authorities say police determined that the jet belongs to the owner of a chain of retail stores in Guatemala and are trying to locate him. Officers also suspect a criminal gang in the area helped the jet carry out the emergency landing.

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