Nelson Mandela doing 'very well'


(CNN) – Nelson Mandela, the global icon and former South African leader, is doing "very, very well" and continues to be treated at a Pretoria hospital, officials said Monday.

The 94-year-old got a "good night's rest," according to a statement on the government's website.

Doctors are going to perform more tests on Mandela, said Defense Minister Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nquakula, who spoke to journalists outside 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria.


Christie defends Obama praise on ‘Daily Show’

Chris Christie's praise of President Barack Obama following this fall's devastating storm doesn't mean the acerbic New Jerseyite has changed his ways – it just means Obama got it right.

So said Christie in an interview on "The Daily Show" Thursday, in which the Garden State governor said his past criticism of the president wasn't necessarily at odds with his newfound appreciation for Obama's leadership.


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Cory Booker spending week on food stamps

CoreyBooker-600Hoping to break any stigmas of government assistance, Newark Mayor Cory Booker will live on food stamps this week – a challenge that first began as a Twitter conversation.

The Democratic mayor will operate on a food stamp budget of about $30 a week ($4.32 per day), roughly the same amount provided to people in New Jersey who take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


New world’s ‘richest black woman’

richestbw-600Talk show maven, Oprah Winfrey, who long reigned supreme as the world's richest black woman, has been kicked down a notch by new kid on the block, Folorunsho Alakija, according to Ventures Africa, an African business magazine and news service.

The newest top-ranking black female billionaire hails from Nigeria: Alakija is a clothing designer and oil tycoon who is worth somewhere in the $3.3 billion range and beats Oprah's piggy bank savings by $500 million. At last count, Oprah's media dynasty hovered in the neighborhood of about $2.7 billion, according to Forbes Magazine.


Photo appears to show Zimmerman bleeding after Trayvon’s killing

georgezimmerman-600A photo posted online Monday shows George Zimmerman with blood on his nose and lips. His attorneys say it was taken the night unarmed teen Trayvon Martin was killed in Sanford, Fla.

Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense. Martin's attorneys say he was shot and killed "in cold blood."


Comedian Katt Williams slaps Target employee

kattwilliams-600Most people go to Target to shop, and yes, during the experience may possibly get so flustered that they develop a snappy attitude with the employees. Over the weekend, comedian Katt Williams took things to another level.

Williams – most known for his role in "Friday" and the standup acts "The Pimp Chronicles 1 & 2" – slapped a cashier at the checkout line. He became enraged during a routine visit to the retailers.


In wake of tragedy shootings, Kansas City Chiefs prevail

With the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, casting a pall over Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, the Chiefs played thir best game of the year, defeating the Carolina Panthers 27-21.

On Saturday morning, according to the Daily News, the troubled linebacker reportedly shot Perkins at their home in front of his mother, who was visiting from Long Island, N.Y., to see their 3-month-old daughter, Zoey Michelle. He then drove to the Chiefs'Arrowhead stadium, where he took his own life as his coach watched helplessly.


Kid Rock: Obama and I have ‘no hard feelings’

Kid Rock-Defense-600Washington – Musician Kid Rock, who was a celebrity surrogate for Mitt Romney, said President Barack Obama wasted no time in jokingly acknowledging their campaign rivalry Sunday.

"It was nice. I saw the president tonight. He said, 'I'm still here.' I said, 'No hard feelings,'" Rock said, laughing.


8 healthy ways to boost energy

As our energy levels decrease because of our overstressed lifestyles, many people look for a quick fix to combat fatigue.

Energy drinks mask the symptoms of fatigue and dehydrate the body. The majority of energy drinks contain excess sugar, high levels of caffeine and other stimulants.


Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress

In a letter that was obtained by Real Times Media, amidst legal problems and health concerns Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. sends a statement to the Speaker of the House announcing his resignation effective today (Nov. 21).


Income inequality grows in U.S.

The threat of an impending fiscal cliff has sparked intense conversations about whether upper income citizens are paying their fair share of taxes. But equally important – and perhaps more important in the long term – is the issue of income inequality.

A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute, two Washington-based think tanks, documents the growing gap between rich and poor as well as the rich and middle-class families. That pattern holds true both nationally and at the state level.


Obama open to fiscal deal with GOP

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened the door to compromise regarding the impending fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts.

In his first full-blown news conference at the White House since March 6, the president said he was encouraged by recent comments from members of the Republican Party surrounding the need for more revenue from the wealthiest Americans as part of a plan to reduce the deficit.