It’s OK—crawl out of your hidey hole and face the sun because Literally, Darling‘s news posts are back, albeit slightly delayed. We didn’t mean to scare you. We’re only human, for which we apologize profusely. Let us make it up to you the only way we know how: By serving up some headlines from around the world for you to feast your brain upon.
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died at age 46. Hoffman died Feb. 2, reportedly from a drug overdose.
Farm bill passes Congress. The bill’s been debated for almost two years now, but a bipartisan vote has finally sent it through Congress to the President’s desk. It saves $16.6 billion over 10 years, but makes cuts to food stamps.
Facebook turns 10, makes us all feel really old. There are now over 1.2 billion Facebook users worldwide.
Super Bowl XLVIII was a slaughter. The Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos with an endgame score of 43–8. People frustrated by the one-sidedness of the game got some relief with this heartwarming puppy/Clydesdale commercial.
Sandra Fluke is running for Congress. In 2012, Republican Congressmen refused to let Fluke, a women’s rights activist and attorney, testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the health benefits of including contraception on medical insurance plans. As a result, Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut.” Now Fluke is back and determined to make a change in Congress; this week she filed to run for the House seat of California’s 33rd district.
Bill Gates is stepping down as Microsoft’s Chairman of the Board, will continue as technology adviser to new CEO Satya Nadella. The change comes at a crucial juncture for electronic technology companies, as cloud storage and mobile technology (phones, tablets, etc) become more popular than ever before.
Hassan Rouhani announces universal healthcare for Iran. During an interview, the Iranian president announced that coverage will first be given to the uninsured. His official Twitter used the hashtag #RouhaniCare, playing on #ObamaCare. With dibs called on that nickname, it’s anyone’s guess what the opposition will use to mockingly refer to the initiative.
Deadline passes for Syrian chemical weapon handover. February 5th stood as the deadline for Syria’s government to give all declared chemical agents to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Even with the mission stalling, the OPCW Director believes it possible to meet the late June deadline for the destruction of Syria’s chemical materials.
US Ambassador to Russia stepping down. Michael McFaul, who spent two years as the ambassador to Moscow, will leave his post after the Olympics. He cited the need to be with his family, who are currently living in California.