By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A powerful trio formed by President Barack Obama, pop star Katy Perry and a survivor took their fight against domestic abuse to the Grammy Awards on Sunday and exhorted artists to use their power to stop violence against women and girls. Obama appeared at music's biggest night via a pre-recorded video stating that nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape and one in four women has experienced domestic violence. "It's not OK and it has to stop," Obama said. "Artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes and getting us talking and thinking about what matters." Obama asked the millions of viewers of the CBS telecast to go to the site ItsOnUs.org to make a pledge to stop violence.
Paparazzi photographers were not responsible for a deadly traffic accident involving Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner, who appeared uninjured in the four-car crash on a California highway this weekend, police said on Sunday. Jenner, who has become the object of intense media attention since reports that he planned to become a woman, was accustomed to attracting photographers, said Sergeant Philip Brooks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department station in Malibu/Lost Hills.
(Reuters) - A federal judge in New Jersey on Sunday called a temporary halt to the pending sale of bankrupt Revel Casino in Atlantic City and scheduled a hearing on Monday on a motion to block some of the terms of the $94.5 million deal. U.S. District Court Judge Jerome B. Simandle ordered an emergency hearing for 3 p.m. in the proposed sale of the property to Florida developer Glen Straub, who could lose his $10 million deposit if the deal does not close by Monday's deadline.
By Irene klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Launch of a SpaceX rocket with a U.S. weather satellite bound for deep space was called off minutes before liftoff on Sunday due to a technical problem, officials said. Launch had been targeted for 6:10 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The next opportunity to launch is 6:07 p.m. EST on Monday, said NASA launch commentator Michael Curie. The rocket carries the Deep Space Climate Observatory, nicknamed DSCOVR, a partnership of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - For decades, Chuck Souder relied on corn and soybeans to keep his 400-acre Iowa farm running, but with corn selling for half its price two years ago and soybeans slumping, Souder has shifted to what he hopes will be a more profitable crop: Pigs. “The question is, will [consumers] switch back from chicken to pork?” CONSTRUCTION CRAZE The hog barn boom in rural America began as meat packers like Tyson Foods Inc , Seaboard Foods, JBS USA [JBS.UL] and Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] pushed farmers to rebuild quickly after the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus killed an estimated 8.5 million piglets in 27 states.
By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two children were among five people killed after a man opened fire in his ex-wife's suburban Atlanta home this weekend, police said on Sunday. The victims in Saturday's shooting were found lying in the street and inside the house near Douglasville, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Atlanta, said Lieutenant Glenn Daniel, a spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The children involved in the shooting came from more than one family, police said. Neighbors told WSB-TV in Atlanta that the shooter fired at his ex-wife, her new boyfriend and the children.
Potential candidates are scrambling to sort through the rosters of campaign veterans in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire and elsewhere in a talent search that reflects the fact that the Republican field for 2016 is the largest in recent memory. "There is a known universe of operatives with many of them headquartered in early primary states," said Republican strategist Kevin Madden, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney in his 2012 presidential campaign. Every ideological slice of the Republican spectrum is represented, from mainstream former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a favorite of the small government Tea Party movement, to libertarian Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a Fox News personality. Others exploring presidential runs include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Texas Governor Rick Perry.