Thousands sign U.S. petition to deport Piers Morgan over gun comments

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – More than 48,000 people have signed a petition that they posted on the White House website demanding that British CNN talk show host Piers Morgan be deported over comments he made on air about gun control.

Bethlehem holds Christmas Mass

Thousands gather in Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations, culminating in Midnight Mass at the site where it is believed Jesus Christ was born.

New Jersey pension fund sues NYSE Euronext on ICE deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A pension fund that holds shares of NYSE Euronext has sued the exchange operator over its proposed $8.2 billion sale to IntercontinentalExchange Inc , saying the deal undervalues the company’s stock.

Gift Guide: Dyson DC44 Animal Wireless Vacuum Cleaner


Short Version

The DC44 from Dyson is truly an Animal. It’s as good as it gets in the land of vacuum cleaners, with a wireless base, multiple lightweight attachments, and a sleek design. Sure, it’s on the expensive end of the spectrum, but when storing and using your vacuum cleaner is this easy, you realize it’s well worth it.

Plus, it does a damn good job of keeping the house clean.

Long Version


  • Dual-power mode
  • Cordless
  • 5 lbs
  • Motorized cleaner head
  • .09 gallon bin capacity
  • Includes combination tools, crevice tools in the box


The DC44 is…

… the best vacuum I’ve ever used. Setting aside the fact that it’s cordless, light, and sleek, the DC44 actually works better than any other vacuum I’ve come into contact with. My apartment is noticeably cleaner after using it, and the act of vacuuming is noticeably easier when it’s with the Animal. I never once have to go over the same surface twice, and getting the white shag rug or the white upholstered headboard clean with the extra tools is quick and painless.

On top of that, the Animal is cordless, which means no more tripping over or wrangling wires, and it Dyson’s patented mobility technology, relying on a centralized sphere to help maneuver into tough corners and crevices.

It’s incredibly light, and does its job so quickly that it’s tough to get tired before you’re finished. This, of course, depends on the size of your home, but in either case it’s likely an upgrade from almost any other product in the weight department.

One slight downside may be battery power. According to Dyson, the Animal only provides 20 minutes of continuous use in regular mode. I found that to be very modest. I used an initially fully-charged Animal on three separate occasions, all for longer than ten minutes each, and only had to charge it after that third time.

The Animal comes with dual power modes, meaning you can use it for 20 minutes regularly or for “8 minutes on Boost mode.” Boost mode is intended to pull up the really tough stuff, which it does well, but it does drain power much faster. I got about 13 minutes out of Boost mode.

(Editors’ Note: I mixed up products in the video above, and accidentally said the Animal has a six-hour battery life. My mistake. My apologies.)

Buy the DC44 for…

… both the clean freak and the slob. A vacuum isn’t the sexiest gift, but this is just about the sexiest vacuum in the world, and the only I’d deem acceptable as a Christmas gift. However, if you so choose to give the gift of cordless clean, don’t bother worrying about that recipient’s disposition toward a clean home.

My girlfriend requires a spic and span living environment, whereas I’m far more laid back in that department. Of course, she enjoys a quick lap around the apartment with the Animal, cordless and free. But I was surprised to find that I didn’t mind vacuuming at all with the DC44. It’s even quiet enough to leave on the news or the music.


… some of the best gifts are the things we need, not the toys we want: a coffee maker, a new washing machine, luggage, or a vacuum cleaner. If you’ve seen a loved one struggle with their out-dated vacuum cleaner, the Dyson DC44 is a truly thoughtful gift.

It will pay off in the long-run, when daily cleanings prove to be much more efficient. But it’s also shiny and new, and a fun thing to open up on Christmas morning.

Start of “Santa Claus rally” dampened by “cliff’ worries

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks edged lower on Monday as caution over the potential for volatility driven by worries about the U.S. “fiscal cliff” dampened enthusiasm at the start of a seasonally strong period for equities.

Steve Jobs’ Yacht Released After Security Deposit Posted

Last Friday, we noted that the Jobs family’s new yacht had been impounded by Dutch authorities as a result of a dispute over the design fee to be paid to famed French designer Philippe Starck. Starck had claimed that he was due to be paid €9 million for designing the yacht, while the Jobs family said that the agreed rate was 6% of the €105 million construction cost for the yacht, or roughly €3 million less than Starck claimed he was owed.

AFP now reports that the yacht has been freed after the Jobs family posted a security deposit to a bank account.

“The Venus is no longer impounded, we have found a solution,” Gerard Moussault, a Hague-based lawyer for the Jobs estate, told AFP.

“A security deposit was paid into a bank account, but I cannot say for how much,” Moussault said after French designer Starck last week asked Amsterdam bailiffs to seize the sleek 70-metre (230-foot) yacht.

The yacht remains in harbor in Amsterdam due to bad weather, and the report notes that the yacht is scheduled to be transported by ship to the United States to be turned over to the Jobs family at an unspecified date.