American Idol Recap: Weird, Good and Great Abound in Austin, San Francisco Auditions (1/16/14)

Day two of American Idol’s broadcast had auditions happening in Austin and San Francisco. Tonight’s show yielded a number of very interesting singers, including the son of a runner-up back in Season 1. Here’s a recap of the show. Jesse Roach captured the first golden ticket for tonight; kudos to an encouraging mom who wanted her out of the garage and into Hollywood. Jesse’s rock vibe resonated with the judges and got affirmation that she can be a rock artist with soul (plus the raspiness that doesn’t distract Harry). Joining Jesse are Steven Curd, Anna Melvin and Ryan Clark. School…

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Mad Money Recap: Major Retail Shifts; LifeLock Amidst Prevalent Identity Theft Cases (01/16/14)

Is a stock market weak when the retail sector is down? It is, because retail matters. Mad Money with Jim Cramer highlights a crushed retail sector following disappointing earnings reports. Two of the biggest anti-climactic stocks (after the holidays) are from retail giants Best Buy and GameStop, both down by 30% and 20% respectively. This only indicates one thing: the retail sector is rebooting and investors need to acknowledge this change. Cramer sees two issues in this sector’s decline. First, the series of analysts’ upgrades that fueled big rallies in the past have plateaued; specifically, the absence of good news…

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Judge Judy: $1,500 for Share of 4 Months’ Rent (1/16/14)

Judge Judy Sheindlin awards $1,500 for 4 months’ rent and $750 for half a month’s rent to 2 parties. Nicole sues former roommate Shaun Scranton for credit card charges and living expenses. Shaun already receives rent subsidy in the form of federal student loans. And: Nadia sues diabetic Jacqueline for rent. Judge Judy tells Jacqueline that since she couldn’t work, she should have gotten Section 8 housing. Nicole Synesiou sues former roommate and friend Shaun, of LA,  for living expenses. The judge tells her that if she wanted to help people, she should make a donation, not move in with…

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Dr. Oz: Diabetes-Induced Insomnia (1/16/14)

Today, The Dr. Oz Show tells us that if you feel cold and everyone else is hot, you could have hypothyroidism. Put a pencil on the corner of your eye. If your eyebrow does not extend beyond your eye, you could have hypothyroidism. And: If you can’t sleep from running off to the bathroom 3 or 4 times a night, you could have diabetes. And: try curcumin for the winter blues. Curcumin are nearly as effective as anti-depressants. Insomnia Today’s episode is chock-full of advice on common conditions. Dr. Oz gives a “wake up call” to insomniacs. We see a video…

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Dr. Phil Helps Stabbed, Neglected Woman (1/16/14)

Dr. Phil gets help for Shannon, whose family did not go to the hospital after she was stabbed 9 times. Shannon’s mom Dian didn’t fly to her because of her heart. And: 24-year-old Jason works for his mom’s boyfriend and plays video games all weekend. A member of Dr. Phil‘s advisory board advises him to get a driver’s license. Stabbed 2 years ago, Shannon’s then-boyfriend stabbed her in the face, hands and foot 9 times. Shannon’s mom Dian and siblings did not visit Shannon, 24, at the hospital. Shannon says that it killed her that Dian did not take off work….

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