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October 17, 2012


The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man in New York on Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he thought was a thousand-pound bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan.



The man, Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, was arrested after he bought and attempted to use explosives that were "rendered inoperable" by agents working undercover for the bureau's New York Field Office's Joint Terrorism Task Force, the FBI said, adding that the public was never in danger.

Nafis, who had been living in Queens, faces charges of "attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda," the FBI said. He was scheduled to make an initial court appearance in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint filed on Wednesday in the Eastern District of New York, Nafis traveled to the United States in January 2012 "for the purpose of conducting a terrorist attack on U.S. soil."

Working alone, Nafis attempted to recruit individuals to form a terrorist cell inside the United States, according to the complaint. He "actively sought out al Qaeda contacts within the United States to assist him in carrying out an attack." One of those inviduals was an FBI source, the bureau said, and an investigation was launched by both the FBI and NYPD.

The complaint alleges that Nafis initially considered several targets for his attack, including "a high-ranking U.S. official and the New York Stock Exchange" before settling on the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan's financial district.

The FBI said it confiscated a note Nafis wrote saying he wanted to "destroy America" and referred to "our beloved Sheikh Osama bin Laden."

Early Wednesday, Nafis and an undercover agent "assembled what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb" inside a van, and then drove to the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

Nafis and the undercover agent parked the van next to the New York Federal Reserve Bank, exited the van, and walked to a nearby hotel. There, Nafis recorded a video statement to the American public that he intended to release in connection with the attack. During this video statement, Nafis stated, "We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom." Nafis then repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, attempted to detonate the bomb, which had been assembled using the inert explosives provided by the undercover agent. JTTF agents arrested Nafis immediately after he attempted to detonate the bomb. Throughout the morning, federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, working with the JTTF, closely monitored the movements of Nafis as he attempted to implement the attack, including assuring that the van was not stopped by NYPD counterterrorism units active in lower Manhattan.



Here's a separate statement from New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly:
Al Qaeda operatives and those they have inspired have tried time and again to make New York City their killing field. We are up to 15 plots and counting since 9/11, with the Federal Reserve now added to a list of iconic targets that previously included the Brooklyn Bridge, the New York Stock Exchange and Citicorp Center. After 11 years without a successful attack, it's understandable if the public becomes complacent. But that's a luxury law enforcement can't afford. Vigilance is our watchword now and into the foreseeable future. That's why we have over 1,000 NYPD officers assigned to counterterrorism duties every day and why we built the domain awareness system. I want to commend the NYPD detectives and FBI agents of the Joint Terrorism Task Force for the work they did in the case.

If convicted, Nafis faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

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January 9, 2013

The fire began at about 11:00 local time

An oil depot in the port area of the Nigerian city of Lagos has been hit by a major explosion and fire.

The blast, which shook buildings in the Apapa area, happened during a transfer of fuel, the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said.

Firefighters have been at the scene and four people were wounded in the blast, AFP news agency reports.

Many tankers dock at jetties in the port in Lagos to load and unload petroleum products.

Willem Auret, who witnessed the blast from a ship on its way to Snake Island in Apapa, said he saw a tanker barge catch fire at about 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT).

"The fire started slowly and then expanded into chaos, exploding more than once," he told the BBC.

"After the initial explosion, which I caught on camera, there was a secondary explosion," he said.

It took about an hour and a half for the port authorities to arrive on the scene, he said.

"First one tugboat arrived... then several others joined it in an attempt to extinguish the fire. They seem to have the fire under control now."

Nema's Akande Iyiola told the BBC that the oil depot at Tin Can Island port where the explosion occurred was owned by the petroleum company MRS Oil.

"I felt the explosion from where we are," Charles Osagie, who works at an import-and-export office in the district, told AFP.

Nigeria is one of the world's biggest oil producers, but imports refined petrol.

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April 3, 2013


Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson's $40 billion lawsuit trial against AEG Live kicked off with jury selection on Tuesday in L.A. Superior Court, with no members of the Jackson family present during the routine first day of proceedings.

The family is suing the concert promoter for negligence in the improper supervision of Dr. Conrad Murray over the health of Michael Jackson during preparation for his "This Is It" tour prior to the singer's death in 2009.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, two groups of 35 prospective jurors had been taken in and each asked to answer a 24-page questionnaire of around 120-questions to determine their knowledge and bias surrounding the case.

Once the selective jury pool is whittled down to 100, those folks will be asked to return to court on April 10 so lawyers on both sides can continue with the final jury selection. Jury selection is expected to take a lengthy amount of time, due to widespread media reporting and strong opinions surrounding the late King of Pop.

"omg! Insider" was inside the courtroom today and snapped these photos of the prospective juror questionnaire. As you can see from this example of just a few of the questions being asked, the line of questioning is quite extensive.

So, what else do you need to know regarding this huge development in the ongoing saga of Michael Jackson's death? Let omg! break it down for you!

Wasn't there already a huge Michael Jackson trial?

Yes. That was the criminal trial of Dr. Conrad Murray in 2011, in which he was sentenced to four years in jail for involuntary manslaughter.



So, how's this trial different?
This trial is a civil lawsuit. It was filed by Katherine Jackson in 2010 against AEG Live, and was initially more broad but eventually trimmed down to a single allegation of negligence … albeit, for a very large sum of money.

What’s the most important news coming from the trial right now?
Well, there are two major battles playing out regarding the role of the media in this trial. Judge Yvette Palazuelos denied a request from CNN to broadcast the trial. However, lawyers for NBC and CNN requested a reconsideration, which was taken into submission today. "They want to control the way the information is given out, and that doesn't serve the justice system," attorney Kelli Sager said on behalf of the networks. "It's like the man who kills his parents and then asks for mercy because he's now an orphan."

The defendants, AEG Live, have also asked the judge to consider a gag order, disallowing lawyers for both sides from speaking with the media during the trial.

Will Michael Jackson’s kids take the stand?
That's one of the big questions. Prince Michael, Paris, and Blanket are older (and more articulate) now than they were a few years ago and the defense is concerned that the children may be used on the stand to gain an unfair sympathy factor from jurors.

What about Dr. Conrad Murray?
Might we hear from him?

Dr. Murray called into CNN to speak with Anderson Cooper Tuesday night for his first television interview since his conviction. Murray said he hasn't been subpoenaed to testify in the trial yet, but if he is called, he will plead the fifth so as not to incriminate himself.

Which other celebs might be forced to testify?
Reportedly, Prince, Quincy Jones, and Spike Lee could all be asked to take the stand.
$40 billion?! That seems like a lot!

Yup! It sure is. It's a tactic both for attention and for the plaintiff to negotiate down from. Katherine is asking for all of the money that Michael would have hypothetically earned over the course of the rest of his lifetime. That's enough to fix up Neverland and then some!

How long could this trial last?
Two to three months, which means you won't be hearing the end of this anytime soon. Get ready to settle in for the long haul this spring.

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August 11, 2014


(CNN) -- Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams apparently took his own life at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement officials said. Williams was 63.

"He has been battling severe depression of late," his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."
Coroner investigators suspect "the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia," according to a statement from the Marin County, California, Sheriff's Office.

Williams married graphic designer Susan Schneider in Napa Valley, California, ceremony in October 2011. Schneider sent a written statement to CNN through the representative.

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.

"On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."
Word of Williams' death stunned the entertainment community and beyond Monday.

President Barack Obama's statement sent from the White House summed it up:

"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien -- but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most -- from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets."

Comedian Steve Martin tweeted, "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."

Former CNN host Larry King said he would remember Williams as "a genuine caring guy. Not just a funny man, but a guy who cared about people."

Marin County deputies responded to an emergency call from Williams' home in unincorporated Tiburon, California, at 11:55 a.m., reporting "a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing," the release from the sheriff said.



Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m., it said.
Williams was last seen alive at his home, where he lives with his wife, at about 10 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff's statement said.

"An investigation into the cause, manner and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff's Office," the sheriff's statement said.

"Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made."

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, the sheriff said.

Williams made at least two trips to rehab for drug treatment, including a visit this summer, and he underwent heart surgery in 2009.

Williams, born in Chicago on July 21, 1951, studied theater at Juilliard School before taking his stand up act to nightclubs. He was cast as Mork, an alien visitor to Earth, for a 1974 episode of television's "Happy Days."

"Happy Days" star Henry Winkler said it was "unimaginable that this is the reality today, that this incredible human being, incredible, delicate, funny, dramatic human being is gone."

Winkler said he "realized I was in the presence of greatness" at Williams' first rehearsal as Mork.

"I just realized my only job is to keep a straight face," said Winkler, who played "The Fonz." "And it was impossible. Because no matter what you said to him, no matter what line you gave to him, he took it in, processed it, and then it flew out of his mouth, never the same way twice. And it was incredibly funny every time."

The role led to the spin-off show "Mork & Mindy," which showcased Williams' usual comic improvisation talents.
He proved his dramatic acting skills in "Good Will Hunting," a 1997 film that earned him a best supporting actor Oscar.

His memorable movies over the past three decades includes "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Dead Poets Society," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "The Birdcage." The list is much longer.

Williams credited the influence of Jonathan Winters' comic irreverence and quirky characters as a great influence on his comedy. The connection between the two was completed when Winters was cast as Williams' son on "Mork & Mindy."
When Winters died in 2013, Williams said he was "my idol, then he was my mentor and amazing friend." He tweeted that Winters was his "Comedy Buddha."

"Mork & Mindy" co-star Pam Dawber simply said "I am completely and totally devastated. What more can be said?"
WIlliams and Dawber reunited on TV earlier this year on an episode of the CBS comedy "The Crazy Ones."
Williams' fans can look forward to four more movie appearances coming to theaters, including another installment in the "Night at the Museum" franchise.

The film, set for a December release, has Williams reprising the Teddy Roosevelt role he delivered in the first two comedies.

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September 22, 2012
The IRS can impose a number of penalties and interest charges. It can even throw you in jail if you don't file your tax returns. It doesn't matter if you are a big Hollywood star or a country singer, you can get in trouble with the IRS. Here are five celebrities who found themselves on the wrong end of a tax audit.

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson's long history with the IRS began in 1984 when the agency chose to review his tax returns back to 1972. The extensive audit stretched out for years and the IRS presented him with a bill for more than $6 million in underpaid taxes. He also owed over $10 million in interest and penalties. Nelson's accounting firm had filed for the singer every year, but it had claimed tax shelters that the IRS disallowed. The IRS seized most of Nelson's assets and sold them at auction. Most were purchased by friends and supporters who gave them back to the singer. The settlement was negotiated down further and Nelson ended up paying it off. He later sued Price Waterhouse, now PricewaterhouseCoopers, and settled with the accounting firm for an undisclosed amount.

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes is currently contemplating his actions behind bars. Snipes was charged with felony tax evasion for not filing returns or reporting over $14 million in income earned between 1999 and 2001. He was also charged with filing false information to receive tax refunds. Snipes was connected to a group that contends that federal taxation is illegal and unconstitutional. Although Snipes was acquitted of the felony charges, he was convicted on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns. He was sentenced to three years in jail.

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz, the American photographer famous for capturing celebrity moments, found herself in front of cameras in 2009 when she was at risk of losing all of her assets, including the rights to her photographs, because she could not repay a loan. Part of the need for the loan was a debt to the IRS of $1.4 million plus interest and penalties for not reporting income earned between 2004 and 2007. Leibovitz also struggled to pay the estate taxes on her home and other properties. Leibovitz has since restructured the loan and is no longer at risk of losing her assets.

Sophia Loren

Snipes is not the only celebrity to have to cool his heels in prison. In 1982, Italian actress Sophia Loren was ordered to jail for 30 days for underreporting income in 1970 to the tune of 5 million lira (about $20,000 USD in 1970). She served 17 days of the sentence before being released under a court order. She has had no public tax troubles since that time.

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill, who has won eight Grammy awards in her career, is one of the most recent celebrities to face tax problems. She was charged with three counts of failure to file tax returns because she did not file between 2005 and 2007. She currently owes the IRS $1.5 million plus penalties and interest. Hill faces a maximum one-year sentence on each count and will be sentenced this November. According to Hill, she willingly did not file after she left the music industry so she could protect her children. Hill has said that she will elaborate on her reasoning further at her sentencing hearing.

The Bottom Line:
Income taxes are a reality for everyone, including the rich and famous. The IRS, and other tax authorities, can send tax evaders to jail on top of assessing penalties and interest on unpaid taxes. No one escapes the tax man, especially not those who are always in the spotlight.

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July 13, 2013

Remmele Mazyck, Sept. 29, 2009 photo

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas Lottery security official pleaded guilty Friday to a long-running scheme in which he's accused of stealing and cashing nearly a half-million dollars' worth of scratch-off tickets.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said the theft by Remmele Mazyck, 34, started in 2009 when the lottery launched. It wasn't discovered until October 2012, when a clerk at a Jonesboro retailer raised questions about lottery tickets Mazyck tried to cash that were registered to a store no longer in business.

Mazyck, whose title was deputy security director, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges Friday in federal court. He will be sentenced later.

The lottery said Mazyck cashed 22,710 tickets worth about $478,000. Mazyck's lawyer, John Wesley Hall Jr., disputed that amount.

"The total amount of the scheme is $477,893. He reserves the right to litigate whether or not or what the actual loss ... is for the (Arkansas Lottery) Commission," Hall said.

Woosley questioned Mazyck on Oct. 26, and fired him three weeks later.

"His reaction was calm, denial," Woosley said.

Mazyck, who earned $76,500 last year, followed original lottery director Ernie Passailaigue from South Carolina to help launch the lottery. Woosley said he contacted the current South Carolina lottery director, who told him there was no indication that Mazyck was tied to any theft during his tenure.


Arkansas Scholarship Lottery director Bishop Woosley speaks at a news conference in Little Rock, Ark …
"It took a lot of time," Woosley said, noting that weak internal procedures allowed the theft to continue for three years.


He said the lottery is reviewing its security procedures and added that he was prohibited from publicly discussing the theft because authorities were investigating.

Losses by lottery players are used to fund college scholarships. Woosley said the lottery is insured and the ticket theft won't affect scholarships.

Woosley said he's concerned that lottery players question the integrity of the games but said they have not been compromised.

"This is a simple theft of lottery tickets," he said.

The maximum penalty for wire fraud is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Money laundering carries up to 10 years in prison and also a $250,000 fine.

Hall said Mazyck, who was present at a Friday plea hearing, was released on his own recognizance. Hall said his client has moved back to South Carolina.

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January 1, 2015

Data via eMarketer, 4/2014.

Accountability is a good thing. Here are my predictions for 2014 and how they played out. Last year I called for: 1) continued progress for the U.S. economy, 2) acceleration of healthcare reform, 3) beginning of similar reform in higher ed, 4) big data impacting many sectors, 5) tech/media/fashion converging, and 6) robotics becoming pervasive. Looking back, I would say that the economic forecast was right on; healthcare reform went slower than I expected because of the botched federal exchange roll-out; higher ed reform is accelerating; big data is having various impacts [but that was a softball prediction]; slow roll-out of smart watches is beginning a tech/media/fashon convergence; and robotics became pervasive in interesting ways.

We poll the NAV partners annually about the new, new things of the year past. My partners chose remarkably compelling flying drones such as the DJI Phantom II [a type of robot]; self-driving features in cars foreshadowing robotic cars; Uber becoming a juggernaut and a verb (e.g., “we going to Uber-ize primary care”); the first-generation smart watches; and the new crop of phablets (iPhone 6/+, Note 4), which take smart phones across a threshold, making them a truly useful connected computer in the pocket.

What will be the key turning-points in 2015? Here are seven to watch for:

1. Mobile computing will be the dominant platform, and desktop machines will become legacy technology. This is already true for the leaders, e.g., Facebook and Apple, with Google GOOGL -0.85% close behind. Mobile as a medium is already eclipsing many traditional media (see chart above). In 2015 phablets will make this a turning point. They make the mobile web truly usable by combining the web capabilities of a tablet with the connectivity and app capabilities of a smart phone, all in one pocket-able device. And phablets will quickly be ubiquitous.

2. Consumers and businesses will choose their cloud partners. The cloud is an ecosystem with many interlinked parts, e.g., consumers use the cloud for back-up, file sharing, messaging, file and settings sync across devices, and audio and video conferencing. The cloud is built into mobile and desktop operating systems. The major vendors (Google, Microsoft MSFT -1.23%, Apple AAPL -1.95%) are building out complete cloud offerings. As they do so consumers will choose a primary vendor: interoperability benefits and pricing incentives will make this unavoidable. Businesses may stay longer with best-of-breed cloud services for different needs, but consolidation incentives will affect business too. So 2015 will be the year of the land-rush in the clouds [apologies for the mixed metaphor]. It’s no surprise that you see an ad for IBM’s cloud every time you turn around in an airport.

3. Equity markets will level off, leaving investors hungry for alpha. Equities have had a great run since 2009, but equity valuations are now high by historical standards. The price war between the OPEC and Texas will halt earnings growth for energy companies, a key stock market sector. And investor enthusiasm will be dampened by risk factors that are building up globally: Ebola; civil wars in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine; perpetual chaos in Afghanistan; muscle-flexing by increasingly-powerful China or increasingly-belligerent Russia; the Greek-fired return of Euro-jitters; and sumo wrestling between a Republican Congress and Democratic White House. Valuations for venture exits will level off too, as shown by the New Relic, HortonWorks, and ZenDesk IPOs, which occurred at or below the price of preceding private rounds. This will put the brakes on the late-stage and secondary gravy train in venture capital. Investors will need to reassess their venture capital allocations; hopefully some of them will find the longer-term play in early stage VC to be a good source of hard-to-find alpha.

4. Robots will be accepted as part of life. Much of Christmas was picked and packed by Amazon’s Kiva robots. Many cars will self-park or station-keep in traffic today, and perhaps you passed Google robotic car in California recently and did not even notice. Part of the movie you watched over Christmas may have been shot with a drone, and soon your roofer may use a drone to examine that chimney cap that keeps leaking.

5. Healthcare cost control will accelerate, mostly driven by the government at this stage. Providers are showing they are “coin-operated”, responding to incentives and penalties for control of readmission and the total cost of an episode of care. Start-ups, e.g. Careport, are creating tools to help manage care transitions and the liability associated with discharged patients. How much this will affect total healthcare cost remains uncertain, however.

6. We will see how fast medical customers (fka “patients”) learn to behave like consumers. A wide variety of tools for medical customers have been introduced, e.g., ZocDoc for scheduling appointments, GoodRx for deals on prescriptions, GrandRounds for second opinions, or HealthSherpa for buying insurance on Healthcare.gov. None have hit a home run yet. Early signs suggest that changing medical customer behavior is difficult (probably because of the complexity of the healthcare system and the risk to well-being that people see in doing things differently), and the most successful companies are those that sell to sophisticated corporate buyers, like CastLight.

7. The doctor/medical customer relationship will be re-booted. Demand for primary care doctors is rising as more Americans gain insurance coverage and plan sponsors come to believe that intensive primary care pays dividends in better health and lower total costs. Supply of primary care MDs is tight and slow to change. A variety of new options are emerging: concierge practices (e.g., OneMedical) for those who can afford them; physician-extenders (NPs and PAs); consultations via phone, email, etc. that are enabled by new payment schemes such as direct primary care; urgent care and drug store clinics for routine medicine; tele-doc services like MDLive for first-line care, and re-birth of employer on-site clinics. In 2015 we will begin to see what works and what the medical customer chooses.

2015 looks to be a great year to be an entrepreneur or an investor, in many fields. Please send me your comments and thoughts on where the turning points will be.

By: Todd Hixon Forbes Contributor

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June 13, 2012
Homeless man allowed to keep $77,000 he stumbled upon
By Jason Sickles | The Sideshow – 3 hrs ago

A homeless man is $77,000 richer after being awarded the cash and gold coins he stumbled upon in a Texas park earlier this year.

Timothy Yost, 46, reportedly discovered the loot in January while going to wash his feet in the Colorado River. According to the Austin American-Statesman, Yost told police he kicked a bag he'd spotted and it jingled. Inside was a mound of wet cash and South African coins.

A bank teller called police after he tried to swap the damp dough for fresh bills. Yost showed officers where he made the discovery, but the city of Bastrop kept the money so police could investigate whether a crime had occurred and try to find the owner.

"Under common law in Texas, typically if it is buried and we are not able to find the rightful owner for the funds within the prescribed time period, then the finder of the funds can petition to be awarded those funds," Bastrop Police Chief Michael Blake told Austin's Your News Now.

On Tuesday night, the City Council voted unanimously to give the bounty back to Yost.
"It is a great day for Bastrop; it is a great day for Mr. Yost," his attorney, Aleta Peacock, told the American-Statesman.

Yost was not present. The newspaper reports he's since been jailed for public intoxication and criminal trespass.
But he told Austin's Fox 7 last month that his first purchase would be a car.
"I've been walking for so long," he said.

Here's hoping he makes bail and is behind the wheel of a new ride soon.

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November 18, 2012

Snoop at a FIFA 13 launch party with his best friends in that moment.

Inspired by the Celtic Champions League group-stage upset against Barcelona that made Rod Stewart cry, Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion) has decided that he wants to invest in the Scottish champions. Even though he didn't really watch the match.

Said Snoop to the Daily Record:

"I got a lot of interest in soccer. It's not a new thing for hip-hop stars to invest in sports teams, but it is a new thing for hip-hop stars to invest in soccer teams.

"I didn't catch the whole Barcelona game, but I watched the highlights. I know Barcelona are a big deal, and it shows Celtic are a big deal as well.

"I see how passionate Celtic fans are about their team, and I could see myself making an investment if any of the board wanted to sell.

"I haven't really thought how much. I don't need to run a soccer club but enough of a percentage to get me on the board so I can be heard.

"I want to bring a bit of Snoop to things.

But before you start thinking Snoop is rushing into this decision, know that he was pictured wearing a Celtic shirt in 2005, and he's already asked his friend David Beckham about the club, who confirmed that "teams don't come much bigger," according to Snoop. The rapper-turned-reggae act then added that one of his first orders of business as a member of the Celtic board would be to sign Beckham "for a season," but he knows that will be difficult since the L.A. Galaxy midfielder is happy in Los Angeles with his family.

And just to prove that he knows the club and has an eye for talent, Snoop added that Georgios Samaras -- yes, Georgios Samaras -- is his favorite player.

"I like Samaras a lot. He looks like a proper athlete and is a pretty dangerous player. If we are to go far in Europe, he needs to play well."


Here's Georgios Samaras looking taken aback by that statement...

To his credit, Snoop has become a fan of the sport in recent years and he's played a few games of FIFA 13. For his last European tour, he did a series of promotional YouTube videos wearing the shirts of clubs in various cities he stopped in, so he knows that pandering to football fans can be fruitful. But the prospect, no matter how slim, of Snoop and Rod Stewart sharing a tearful embrace at Celtic's next historic win is an exciting one.

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February 6, 2013


(CNN) -- The sports insurance company that paid Lance Armstrong more than $10 million in bonuses plans to file a lawsuit to recover its money, an attorney for SCA Promotions told CNN on Wednesday.

Jeffrey Tillotson said SCA has already asked the disgraced former cycling champ for the money back.

An attorney for Armstrong said the claim has no merit.

"We made our demand for the return of the money we paid him for winning the Tour de France races where the titles were stripped," Tillotson told CNN's Ashleigh Banfield. "Mr. Armstrong and his legal team have not complied with that demand."

Tillotson said the suit, which has not been filed yet, will ask for the return of $12 million in bonus money paid for wins from 2002 to 2005 and for millions in legal costs and interest.

Armstrong sued SCA after it delayed his 2005 bonus payment and raised questions about allegations involving his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong testified under oath in that case that he had never doped. SCA settled with Armstrong a year later.

"But both he and his lawyers almost taunted us and said if we are ever stripped of those titles, we will give you the money back," Tillotson said Wednesday. "We will simply ask him to finally live up to his word and give that money back."

Armstrong's attorney Mark Fabiani argues the insurance company has no right to the money because of the 2006 settlement agreement, which reads in part, "no party may challenge, appeal or attempt to set aside the arbitration award."

Fabiani says, "It is clear as day the insurance company has zero right to reopen the matter."
Tillotson said that Armstrong lied throughout his testimony, not just about whether he had blood doped or taken steroids.

"He lied about virtually everything. And we are going to ask the arbitration panel that heard that testimony to punish him and hold him accountable for it," the attorney said.

A year ago, federal prosecutors told Armstrong that the two-year investigation into his use of performance enhancing drugs was over. No charges would be filed.

"We made a decision on that case a little over a year ago. Obviously, we've been well aware of the statements that have been made by Mr. Armstrong in other media reports. That has not changed my view at this time," United States Attorney Andre Birotte said this week.

Now it appears that federal investigators may not be ready to give up just yet.

Citing high-level sources, ABC News reported that agents are looking into charges of obstruction, intimidation and witness tampering.

A spokesperson for the Food and Drug Administration, which has been investigating Armstrong, tells CNN it's "an ongoing matter."

Armstrong first admitted the use of performance enhancing drugs and blood doping during a January television interview with Oprah Winfrey, ending years of denial that he cheated during the prime years of his cycling career.

He was stripped of his Tour de France titles by international cycling's governing body in October after a damning report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency accused him and his team of "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program" in cycling history.

Since Lance Armstrong's interview with Winfrey, the disgraced cyclist has disappeared from public view. Once prolific on Twitter, he hasn't tweeted in nearly a month, and his profile page now ends with these words of wisdom: "Met patience in 1996 but only now am I getting to know and appreciate her."

CNN's Ed Lavandera reported from Dallas. Steve Almasy reported and wrote this story in Atlanta. CNN's Jason Morris also contributed to this story.