Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president, stated: "In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man."
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Hard Rock Cafe Seattle Unveils Hendrix Memorabilia Collection
Hard Rock International is honored to launch the brand’s Jimi Hendrix Signature Series: Edition 29 merchandise in Jimi Hendrix’s hometown of Seattle. On Thursday, February 9, 2012, Hard Rock Cafe Seattle will celebrate the program launch by unveiling a special memorabilia collection dedicated to the hometown legend.
Pieces on display as part of the limited-run exhibition include:
• Jimi Hendrix Designed Fender Stratocaster - A Fender Stratocaster featuring a visual representation of the music legend’s most recognizable songs on a guitar image designed collaboratively in 1970 by Hendrix and artist Alan Aldridge, creator of Hard Rock Cafe’s iconic logo. The piece serves as the design inspiration for Hard Rock’s Jimi Hendrix Signature Series: Edition 29 T-shirt.
• Jimi Hendrix Boots - A pair of boots worn by Jimi Hendrix circa 1967-69 during performances at the Salvation Club in New York.
• Jimi Hendrix Custom Gibson Flying-V - A custom Gibson Flying V that was commissioned by Jimi Hendrix in 1969. Hendrix reportedly referred to this guitar as the “Flying Angel”, but to most guitar aficionados, it’s forever identified as the “Red House” guitar. It’s one of three Flying Vs Hendrix owned.
• Experience Contract - A five page contact for the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Bill Graham regarding performances at The Fillmore and Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in 1968.
• Jimi Hendrix Song Writers Contract - A contract between RSVP Music and “Jimmy” Hendrix for the song “No Such Animal,” dated June 21, 1966, prior to Hendrix changing the spelling of his first name.
The special collection complements additional pieces currently on display at Hard Rock Cafe Seattle.
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updated 9:49 AM EST, Wed February 22, 2012
Marie Colvin of London's Sunday Times and French journalist Remi Olchik were killed Wednesday amid shelling from Syrian government forces in Homs. FULL STORY
5 killed as protests over Quran burning rage in Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Violent protests left at least five dead and others wounded Wednesday as demonstrations over Quran burning intensified in Afghanistan.
Police killed four people and wounded 10 others during protests in Parwan province, said Abdul Wassi Sayedkhili, a provincial council official. Health officials said a fifth person died and 10 others wounded in eastern Nangarhar province.
updated 8:17 AM EST, Tue February 21, 2012
Finance ministers from 17 nations seal a deal that gives the country funding it needs to avoid a potential default next month. FULL STORY
Coalition: Quran burning at Afghan base "a mistake"
Afghan demonstrators outside Bagram airbase during a protest against the burning of Islamic books on February 21, 2012.
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Some Qurans and other Islamic religious materials gathered for disposal from a detention facility at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan were improperly burned, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force said Tuesday.
"This was not a decision that was made because they were religious materials," Gen. John Allen said. "It was not a decision that was made with respect to the faith of Islam. It was a mistake. It was an error. The moment we found out about it, we immediately stopped and we intervened."
updated 10:23 AM EST, Mon February 20, 2012
CNN's Arwa Damon and her crew find desperate, fearful Syrians struggling to stay alive in a bunker in Homs. WATCH | AN 'ORPHAN REVOLUTION' | HOMS A 'BLEEDING WOUND' | OFFICIALS ASSASSINATED | CNN INSIDE SYRIA
4 killed in pair of avalanches
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STEVENS PASS— Three people are dead and after an avalanche at Stevens Pass. In a separate incident, a snowboarder has died after triggering an avalanche at Alpental.
The Stevens Pass avalanche occurred near Milepost 60 on Tunnel Creek Canyon Road. Two people were initially reported dead, and a third victim was reported shortly thereafter. It was also first reported that eight people were missing but everyone has now been located.
Israel has made it clear it is thinking about attacking Tehran's nuclear infrastructure. Iran has warned it may block the strait used by oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. FULL STORY
updated 11:01 AM EST, Sun February 19, 2012
"Is today Sunday? Wednesday? Saturday? I honestly don't know all days have become same here in Homs- they begin and end with shelling Syria" one tweet reads. FULL STORY
Farewell to Whitney Houston
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Houston's hearse leave the Whigham Funeral Home with a photo of the legendary singer posted in the window.
Are you afraid of Iran yet? Shrill warnings of war or imminent apocalypse over Iran's nuclear program have never been so strident, or so ominous.
A window is closing fast, the narrative goes, to prevent a fanatical and suicidal religious regime from acquiring the ultimate tools of Armageddon: nuclear weapons. Within months, some politicians claim, either Israel, the United States, or both may have no choice but to attack Iran to remove this "existential threat" to the Jewish state.
The world is facing another Hitler, declares Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and this moment of decision is akin to the eve of World War II. Iran is a threat to Israel and "a real danger to humanity as a whole," warns Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Whitney Houston's family will be comforted by friends, celebrities and fellow church members in what's being called a "home going" service, where they will celebrate her life and legacy. FULL STORY
Shelling continues in Syria as protesters hit the streets
'Dire conditions' in Syria
Homs, Syria (CNN) -- Shelling continued in the besieged Syrian city of Homs early Friday and demonstrators hit the streets, a day after the United Nations General Assembly passed a non-binding resolution condemning the brutal government crackdown on anti-government protesters.
The shelling in the flashpoint city marks the 14th consecutive day of constant bombardment as Syrian forces targeted stronghold neighborhoods of Baba Amr, Inshaat and Khailidya.
CNN journalists in the country witnessed the devastation in places such as Homs .
Homs snipers prevent travel in city http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/17/world/meast/syria-unrest/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Thu February 16, 2012
Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter dies
An 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove award winner, Carter played 19 seasons.
Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, whose single for the New York Mets
in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died Thursday. He was 57.
Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May, two weeks after finishing his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
''I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 p.m.,'' Carter's daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote on the family website. ''This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know.''
updated 7:01 AM EST, Thu February 16, 2012
(CNN) -- Pop superstar Whitney Houston was seen ordering and consuming considerable quantities of alcohol at The Beverly Hilton two mornings last week, said a source briefed on her behavior and activity in the days before her death Saturday.
The source told CNN's Don Lemon that Houston ordered the drinks before 10 a.m. last Wednesday and Thursday from the bars in the lobby and pool area.
Guests both days overheard Houston loudly complaining about her drinks, accusing bartenders of "watering down" or "putting too much ice" in them, the source said Wednesday.
Houston's funeral will be broadcast Saturday
The symbolic resolution calls on Syria to end human rights violations and attacks against civilians immediately. FULL STORY
Iran claims two steps to nuclear self-sufficiency
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran claimed Wednesday that it has taken two major steps toward mastering the production of nuclear fuel, a defiant move in response to increasingly tough Western sanctions over its controversial nuclear program. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad oversaw the insertion of the first Iranian domestically-made fuel rod into a research reactor in northern Tehran, the country's official IRNA news agency reported.
Opposition: Syrian war planes blow up oil pipeline in Homs
updated 7:41 AM EST, Tue February 14, 2012
A hearse carrying the body of Whitney Houston arrived just before midnight at a N.J. funeral home. FULL STORY