Monday, 20 May 2013

Gay Marriage: MPs To Debate Plans Amid Rift


The coalition's controversial gay marriage legislation returns to the Commons later with Tory MPs and activists deeply split over the issue.
The move has been championed by David Cameron but he has faced Conservative opposition at all levels from the grassroots to the Cabinet.
A group of more than 30 current and former local party chairmen warned that the plans would drive Tory voters to the UK Independence Party and make a Conservative election victory in 2015 impossible.
Bob Woollard, chairman of the Conservative Grassroots group which organised the protest letter to the Prime Minister, said: "Same sex marriage is really a tipping point, a bellwether issue if you like - people have just said 'I've had enough, I'm off, I will never vote Conservative again'.
"Scores and scores and scores of people that we have all spoken to, probably hundreds of thousands of people, have said: 'I've had enough, that's it now, we can't cope with this so-called modernisation agenda.
"We are not voting Conservative again until this bill is scrapped, defeated in the House of Lords, kicked into the long grass or until there's a change of leadership'."
But a rival letter, signed by more than 100 Tory activists, called for Conservative MPs to "deal with the Bill then move on together as a party".
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will be debated over two days, with its third reading - the final hurdle in the Commons - on Tuesday.
Tory former minister Tim Loughton will attempt to amend the legislation to allow heterosexuals to have the same right to civil partnerships as gay couples.
He highlighted a ComRes survey of 159 MPs from across the parties which found 73% agreed that civil partnerships should be extended to heterosexuals "in the interests of equality" if gay marriage is legalised.
Mr Loughton said: "Far from being a 'wrecking measure' some of the strongest support for my amendment to extend civil partnerships comes from the biggest supporters of same sex marriage in the Labour and Lib Dem parties.
"If the Government think it is right to extend marriage to everyone then it has to be right to extend civil partnerships to everyone too.
"This can only be good for improving stability for many more of the near three million opposite sex couples who currently choose to cohabit but are in no formally recognised relationship."
But the Conservative Equalities Minister, Helen Grant, said there was "no significant demand from heterosexual couples for this to happen" and called the amendment a "distraction" that would delay the legislation.
She welcomed the free vote for MPs over the Bill, dismissing the grassroots party rebellion.
"None of us would be here without our loyal, hardworking grassroots people in our various constituencies. Of course these issues are a concern but we knew with something as emotive and polarised as gay marriage there would be differences. That's why the PM has given a free vote," she told Sky News.  
Mr Loughton is also supporting amendments which will give registrars the option to opt-out of holding same-sex unions on faith grounds and also protect teachers if they refuse to promote gay marriage.
Labour's equalities team, led by shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper, is set to support Mr Loughton's amendment on heterosexual civil partnerships.
Ms Cooper warned on Sky News' Murnaghan programme that it would be a "real problem" if the legislation "gets lost in the vortex of the Tory infighting".
With free votes for MPs, Mr Loughton's amendment could pass despite the opposition of ministers.
Sky News Deputy Political Editor Joey Jones said the issue of gay marriage was "very uncomfortable" for the Conservative party, which was "divided" over the matter.
"It is difficult because the leadership have set out a line which is in support of gay marriage yet Mr Cameron has some Cabinet colleagues that are voting against or complaining that too much time and energy is being spent on this when they think there are other more important like the economy," he explained.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller has tabled rival amendments to allow a review on extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples, but only five years after gay marriage has been introduced.
It would pave the way for civil partnerships to be extended, or, if demand has plummeted, scrapped altogether.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said it was Lib Dem policy that civil partnerships should be available to heterosexual couples but said he would not back amendments that would derail the Bill.
Speaking at a Nacro event in London, he said: "The bottom line is I will do whatever I judge is best to safeguard the bill and to make sure it doesn't become hijacked by those whose ulterior motive is actually to discredit or to derail the legislation."

He added: "In principle this is something we have long supported but I don't want to lose the wood for the trees. I want this bill to be passed and for the bill to do what it says on the tin which is to provide equal rights to marriage for same sex couples and that will be my overriding objective." A Government source said Mr Loughton's amendment would cost taxpayers £4bn as a result of extra pension liabilities and could delay the introduction of gay marriages by up to two years.
The source added that it "undermines marriage by creating a two-tiered system".
If the Bill clears the Commons it will head to the Lords, where fierce opposition to the proposals is expected.

African coins found in Australia completely ruin ancient history

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Down Under, ancient history is being turned, appropriately enough, upside down. Five copper coins were found by a soldier posted on an island off the country's north in 1944. In 1979, he finally sent them to a museum where it was established that the coins were minted 1,000 years ago, 600 years before a Dutch explorer was the ancient nation's first known visitor. The earth-shattering discovery was somehow forgotten about until Ian McIntosh, an Australian Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, decided to look into it using the soldier's map marked with an "X." The copper coins hail from the Kilwa Sultanate which existed on an island off Tanzania and have been found only twice outside of Africa. [Source]
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RED CARPET: Celebrity style at the British Soap Awards 2013




Celebs including pregnant Lucy-Jo Hudson, Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright, Tina O'Brien, Jennifer Metcalfe, Jacqueline Jossa, Jorgie Porter and everyone's favourite baker Mary Berry, hit the red carpet for the British Soap Awards this weekend.

The Oscars of Brit TV, it was no surprise that the glad rags well and truly came out, with frocks ranging from the daring and dramatic to bright and bold.

So from Tina O'Brien's Lambrini inspired gown (true story) to Jennifer Metcalfe's braless blazer, check out what everyone wore on the British Soap Awards red carpet...



What do you think? Any favourites? Surprises?

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Paul George gets daunting task: Guarding LeBron James


Paul George, the Indiana Pacers' All-Star forward, is facing an unenviable challenge.
George gets to go head-to-head with NBA MVP LeBron James in the Eastern Conference finals, which begin Wednesday (8:30 p.m. TNT) at the Miami Heat's American Airlines Arena.
It is the biggest basketball test — both physical and mental — in 23-year-old George's career. This season, the Pacers were 2-1 against the Heat, and George averaged 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 42.0 minutes a game against Miami.
James and George were on the court together for 116 minutes in those three games. Both played well, and both made scoring difficult for the other.
"He's very athletic, with long arms, and his anticipation is very good," James said before a previous game. "He also has a lot of help behind him, they're the No. 1 defense for a reason. He's a really good defender, one of the best we have in our game."
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That moniker was put to the test in the East semifinals against the New York Knicks. George took on the league's leading scorer in Carmelo Anthony. In the series-clinching Game 6, Anthony had 39 points, but four in the fourth quarter when the Pacers put the game away.
"You've got to know that he's going to make shots, and I know not to get discouraged when he's making shots," George said. "I've just got to make sure they're tough."
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Indiana's two wins vs. the Heat were in January and February, before the Heat went on their dominating run that is still in progress. Miami is 45-3 since losing to the Pacers in Indianapolis on Feb. 1.
Miami won the final matchup 105-91, and George scored 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting.
"Obviously playoff games and regular-season games are different," James said. "You have more time to prepare for guys' pros and cons. I have a lot more time to key in on guys I'm going to be guarding, the sets they like to run and the sets they like to run more in the first quarter than they do in the fourth quarter.
"In the playoffs, you have that much more time to prepare. … For our team, we like that advantage."
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Zach Randolph apologizes to Grizzlies for Game 1 wreck


SAN ANTONIO — The Memphis Grizzlies' goal for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night? No more postgame apologies for Zach Randolph.
Admirable though it may have been for their leading scorer to fall on the sword after his two-point, seven-rebound outing in a 105-83 loss in Game 1 to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday at the AT&T Center, the "Grit and Grind" Grizzlies and not going to propel into the NBA Finals with this sort of look. Randolph has a major problem here, what with this Spurs' storm of big men swirling his way from beginning to end and the ball floating astray like one of those weather balls from the science-fiction thriller Twister whenever it was thrown his way.
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This is a true story about Randolph, though, one that starred Tiago Splitter, Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner and even Boris Diaw as the resident bullies, and it has the Grizzlies forward gritting and grinding his teeth after an ominous sign in the opener.
"That was the best defense I've seen on the big fella in a long time; they did a great job," said the Grizzlies' Mike Conley, who was outplayed in his point guard battle with the Spurs' Tony Parker. "He tried to apologize (in the locker room), and we wouldn't accept that. We said, 'It's not you; it's all of us.' He's just saying that he's going to do better, but we've all got to do better defensively, and offensively we've got to move the ball in order to get other guys open like Zach and play our game."
Parker, who had eight of his 20 points in the first quarter in which San Antonio led by 17 points, said, "Yeah, we tried to make it hard on him (with a) double-team. Obviously, he's their best scorer. He's a beast inside. (But) we know he's not going to play like that every game."
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Randolph, who entered having averaged 19.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in the playoffs, was quick to take blame afterward.
"It's just one of them nights, first game of the series for me," he said. "It was just the rhythm of the game. ... But I've got to be better. Like I told my teammates, I've got to be better for them and we've got to be better as a group."
Randolph, who had scored in single digits just once in the playoffs and nine times in the regular season, became incrementally more important to Memphis' winning formula after the Rudy Gay trade in late January. His ability to manhandle most big men with his old-school, below-the-rim game is a rare trait, one that had been vital to the Grizzlies' success as they downed the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder in the first two rounds and reached the conference finals for the first time in franchise history. He forms a powerful pairing with center Marc Gasol, who offered an underwhelming 15-point, seven-rebound performance while battling all the same bigs.
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But the line between reliance and over-dependence is a thin one for the Grizzlies, who only wish they had the sort of depth that the Spurs put on display as they had five players score in double figures and shot nearly 50% (14-for-29) from the three-point line. It's a serious shifting of the gears in that regard, as the isolation-heavy Thunder were playing without the injured Russell Westbrook and simplified the solutions for the Grizzlies' elite defensive unit.
After surviving a second-round series with the Golden State Warriors in which they were forced to chase a cavalcade of runners and sharpshooters, the Spurs now have an opposite — and welcome — challenge: hone in on Memphis' limited offensive options with the hopes of limiting them en route to a Western Conference championship.
"Zach and Marc are a heck of a combination, probably the best high-low combination in the league," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I thought that we did the best job we could. You can't be perfect at it. They're just too good. But I thought the effort was there for 48 minutes."
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Jets GM John Idzik steps into spotlight


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — When Ruston Webster called old friend John Idzik after Idzik was hired as the New York Jets' general manager Jan. 18, he had two things to say.
"Congratulations," the Tennessee Titans general manager said.
There was a pause.
"Are you sure you want to do this?"
Being an NFL general manager is a dream that personnel men, scouts and salary cap experts around the league share. Molding a team's roster with millions of dollars to burn is quite the gig.
But in Idzik's case, the rush has come with plenty of headaches.
— He signed free agent Mike Goodson to share the starting job at running back. Then he saw Goodson charged with five counts of drug and gun possession Friday. Goodson was a passenger in a car — driven by a man with a previous drug-possession conviction — that was stopped in the left-center lane on Interstate 80 in New Jersey shortly after 3 a.m. ET Friday. Idzik cut two players who were arrested earlier this month and now must decide whether to do the same with Goodson.
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— He cut numerous veterans because of a bloated salary cap he inherited from his predecessor, Mike Tannenbaum.
— He traded one of the best defensive players in the league, sending cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because Revis' contract exorbitant demands didn't fit owner Woody Johnson's view of smart money.
— He cut Tim Tebow, a move that angered the quarterback's fans and highlighted Johnson's major miscalculation of trading for a suspect player who sparked a circus atmosphere.
— He signed quarterback David Garrard to compete with Mark Sanchez, only to see Garrard abruptly retire last week because of recurring knee issues.
— He drafted West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who quickly had to defend himself against charges that he was a diva.
Unlike GMs in smaller markets with fan bases that don't feel as tortured, Idzik hasn't had a grace period from the news media or agitated Jets fans. And don't expect opinionated tweeter Joe Namath to start advocating the patience Johnson preached in a recent interview.
Is Idzik sure he wants to do this? Yeah.
Will being a thoughtful, patient, confident decision-maker, as others view him, help him handle the pressures of this job? Yes.
But does Idzik even know what hit him?
"Not yet, to be honest. Not there yet," he said last week. "We have offseason program, the (organized team activities) coming up, the mandatory minicamp. After you get through mandatory minicamp, then you can kind of look back and say, 'What just happened?' I've been here a little over four months, and it just seems like one continuum."
Numbers guy
Idzik, a wide receiver during his college days at Dartmouth, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in mathematics in 1982.
His father, John Sr., was an assistant coach for four NFL teams, winning Super Bowl V with the Baltimore Colts in the 1970 season. He wrapped up his NFL career with the Jets in 1979.
While serving in various front office roles from 1996 to 2012 during stints with the Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, John Jr. handled contract negotiations.
He previously dabbled in scouting and coached briefly as a graduate assistant at Duke while getting his master's degree in liberal studies, but he mostly is known as a numbers guy — and as a guy who will double- and triple-check those numbers to make sure they're correct.
"John was always that guy that was last to leave the building, burning the midnight oil," said Webster, who worked with Idzik in Tampa and Seattle. "I'd say, 'John, let's get out of here,' and he'd say, 'I have to call guys on the West Coast,' or something like that. Always there late at night, working."
Johnson liked how detailed Idzik's staff was in preparing for the draft. By Johnson's count, there were 5,000 reports compiled and 300 schools scouted. Johnson also noted how Idzik wanted everybody's input and discouraged sitting back.
Reading into Johnson's tone: Idzik's methods are more thorough than Tannenbaum's.
"His demeanor, his preparation, his unflappability, he wants to make decisions on his terms, which he's doing and he's inclusive," added Johnson. "It's true and defines who he is."
Slow and steady
Idzik's pace is often a slower one than others would like, but it leads to confidence in his decisions. To him, they're the right ones because he's made sure they're right.
"He's going to do what's best for the club, period," said Seahawks GM John Schneider, who advocated for Idzik during the Jets' hiring process. "He's not going to get bullied or pushed around, whether it's media influence or whatever."
Perhaps a GM who didn't know Idzik would've bailed when the Revis negotiations sputtered for nearly three months while Idzik waited for the best deal possible.
Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik sat five feet from Idzik when both worked under former Tampa Bay GM Rich McKay. He declined to discuss specifics of the Revis trade negotiations, but Dominik surely knew how deliberate Idzik would be.
What could've been done in February was instead completed at nearly the latest possible point: Revis to the Bucs for a first-round pick this year (No. 13 overall, which Idzik used to select Missouri defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson) and a conditional pick next year.
Just as he did with the release of Tebow, which happened after an exhaustive search uncovered no takers before, during and after the draft, Idzik took his time.
"There's a purpose behind everything he was doing," Dominik said. "John's a very deep thinker. He's trying to play it like chess, like we all do. You can't just live the moment today, you have to look down the road one — two, three years. That's the hardest part of being a GM."
Making connections
While walking the hallway at the NFL's career symposium in Philadelphia this month, a bystander told Idzik he looked taller than the last time he'd seen him.
"So they haven't beaten me down yet, huh?" Idzik replied.
If these last few months haven't done it, maybe it won't happen. Idzik has already improved the communication between the front office and the locker room.
Sanchez might not have liked the drafting of Smith, but he praised Idzik for keeping him in the loop. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie admits he was miffed after Revis was traded but received a call from Idzik shortly thereafter. Idzik told Cromartie he wanted to speak to him face-to-face when he arrived at the facility.
"Not in San Diego!" Cromartie, a former Charger said. "I had (former GM) A.J. Smith, man. He wouldn't listen to what nobody was saying."
And then there's the coach. Idzik inherited Rex Ryan and must decide on his future at some point. For now, the bombastic Ryan believes the methodical Idzik could serve as a counter-balance for him.
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"What'd he go to, Duke? And I didn't," Ryan said with perfect comedic delivery. "Are we good for each other? We'll see. I think so."
Jets brass believes in Idzik's approach as the organization tries to clean up its image after two losing seasons filled with back-page headlines.
"It's been impressive how he's come in, quickly assessed situations and identified strategic ways to address them," team president Neil Glat said. "He's a good guy to work with and has commanded people's respect right away."

Salesforce.com wants to overhaul corporate marketing


Just as Salesforce.com changed how software is sold, it now wants to transform how Corporate America thinks about marketing.

SAN FRANCISCO — Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff built a technology company worth $27 billion on the back of a very simple slogan: "No Software."
Benioff's idea of selling business applications as a pay-as-you-go Internet service — rather than shrink-wrapped bundles with hefty up-front fees — helped Salesforce.com steal business from Microsoft, SAP and Oracle for nearly a decade.
Now the San Francisco-based company is hoping to find more growth in another big idea.
This week, Salesforce.com will release its most recent quarterly results, and Wall Street is expecting revenue growth of 28%, to $888 million. For the full year, the company forecast a revenue target of almost $4 billion, a 27% annual rise.
To get there, the company is espousing a philosophy that could be called, "No Marketing," though that's not a phrase Benioff has used.
Like "No Software," it's a conceit because Salesforce.com does sell software to corporate customers, just as those large businesses still market to their own consumers.
But it's an apt phrase, because just as the company changed how software is sold, it now wants to transform how Corporate America thinks about marketing.
As Benioff said about his customers in a February conference call, "in each and every case they are redefining how they connect their company with their customers."
The idea is to make a company so customer-focused that the traditional boundaries between advertising, marketing and customer service become obsolete.
However you describe it, investors have so far liked the sound of it.
Salesforce.com shares are up more than 30% in the past 12 months and have more than doubled during the last three years, far outpacing the gains of the broader market for tech stocks.
Thanks to that surge, the shares of Salesforce.com — which went public in 2004 just a few months before Google's higher-profile IPO — have now outperformed those of the search giant in the public markets.
The recent bullishness is notable given that Salesforce.com had a net loss of $270 million last fiscal year, or a whopping $1.92 a share, while Google is highly profitable.
Salesforce.com's main focus has been selling products and tools that help businesses keep track of their customers, software known as customer relationship management, or CRM.
Large companies have embraced it, and Salesforce.com reported sales growth of 32% for its fiscal fourth-quarter, ended in January, and 35% for its last full fiscal year.
But as the use of social-media networks such as Twitter and Facebook have exploded, they've given businesses the chance to interact with customers on a much more personal level.
To take advantage of that opportunity, Benioff has moved aggressively to acquire new companies, spending a combined $1 billion to acquire Radian6 in 2011, and Buddy Media in 2012.
The Radian 6 technology can track social-media conversations whether they take place on the public Internet or on the company's own social platform for corporations, called Chatter, which was released in 2010 and now has 1 million developers writing applications for it.
With Buddy Media, Salesforce.com can manage advertising and marketing campaigns run across the biggest social-media networks, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Taken together, the new tools — updated versions of which were integrated into Salesforce.com's Marketing Cloud product just last month — help companies identify new customers before they've purchased something, and serve existing customers even before they ask for something.
For example, if Ford Motor knows that a consumer buys a red Mustang every five years, why spend money trying to market or advertise if the automaker can, instead, send a Facebook message that says, "When do you want us to deliver your new wheels?"
While the idea sounds simple, it requires companies to not only collect but give employees access to huge amounts of customer data online.
The strategy is thus built on top of a broader tech trend, known as "Big Data."
This time around, Salesforce.com's fiercest technology rivals may not be software giants, but a raft of nimble start-ups — as well as Google, which acquired Buddy Media's chief rival, Wildfire, last summer.
Benioff acknowledged as much in February, when he described "this huge amount of work going on between (Silicon Valley) entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in this big data area, and I think that they've changed everything."
He also made clear that the company intends to acquire more companies to take advantage of the trend.
Those acquisitions are needed to boost growth, but charges associated with them have pushed the company into a net loss for two consecutive fiscal years.
Don't expect that to change.
"As long as we're investing for significant growth you should expect operating cash flow to grow a bit more slowly than revenue," Salesforce CFO Graham Smith said in February.
How well the company can manage the growth and profitability of its new businesses will likely determine how long growth investors continue to say "yes" to Salesforce.com shares.
John Shinal has covered tech and financial markets for 15 years at Bloomberg Businessweek, San Francisco Chronicle, Dow Jones MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal Digital Network and others.

Maria Bartiromo: Qualcomm CEO eyes smartphone growth


Mobility is proving to be one of the biggest innovations this country has ever seen. The fact that we can access our data, entertainment, even health care from a mobile phone is changing lives everywhere. With more than 6 billion mobile phones on the planet and population growth jumping in many corners of the world, I caught up with the maker of those fancy chips that go into the phones, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, to find out what's on the horizon for the devices we love, and the downside risks. Our interview follows, edited for clarity and length.
Q: Your company sits at the center of mobility, making chips for all our favorite devices. What's happened to Qualcomm in the last 10 years?
A: What we started to see was that the phone was more than just for communication; it has become used for computing and productivity and entertainment. We started to invest in that vision, putting more capabilities into the phone, whether it's more computing, graphics or sensors, like position-location and cameras. The launch of the iPhone really brought it about, and smartphones have taken off like crazy. All those functions that we put in became important to people.
Q: What are you expecting to happen next?
A: It will continue to grow pretty dramatically, both on the developed market with high-end phones and also in what we call emerging or developing markets, where there's at least as many people using mobile broadband systems. They don't have the traditional fixed internet that many people in the developed world have. They don't have a lot of PCs. The way they will get on the internet and access information is through their smartphones. It's why we expect a 31% increase in revenues and roughly 19% increase in earnings this year.
Q: In less developed and emerging markets, are some people getting a plain phone, and will they eventually ramp up to a smartphone?
A: China is the No. 1 smartphone market in the world. The projections are that emerging markets will be the top three smartphone markets in 2016. That means we have to drive the cost of those phones down. We are starting to see phones come out in the sub-$100 or $150 range right now. The chips embody these new technologies, as well as other things, like new microprocessors and graphics and sensors. In the old days of PCs, people wanted the fastest processor. They asked, "Do I have the best graphics?" People are now buying smartphones that way. They want the latest technology. It's more than just the computer inside. It's also graphics, not just for games but for interfacing with the phone. What kind of camera can go in it? How big is the sensor? How big of a display can it drive?
Q: One of the best indicators for me was when I learned that there were only one 1 billion PCs in the world, and 5 billion mobile phones ...
A: The numbers move fast. Now, there are 6.6 billion mobile connections in the world, of which roughly 2 billion have high-speed internet access. (There's) a lot of potential for ramping up.
Q: Are people buying fewer PCs and buying phones, Instead?
A: We're seeing a slowdown in the PC market. You see that coming out of the mobile space in the form of tablets. Clearly, Apple's been the most successful with the iPad. But there are Android and Windows tablets and all sorts of competition coming. I think what consumers will see is a lot of excitement about different kinds of designs, different ways of interaction with these devices. The thing that we used to think of as a PC really is becoming much more personal, because you carry it around with you.
Q: Having the encyclopedia in your pocket for many people is a huge deal.
A: It's incredible. We don't have bar fights anymore about people arguing some bit of trivia. We just look it up and settle the argument right away.
Once you get used to having access to all that knowledge, you want more. When we had fires in San Diego a couple years ago, it was weird to me that I could look at Google Maps on my phone, but I couldn't see where the fires were. In the future, there'll be drones and all sorts of stuff doing real-time imaging, and we'll actually know that kind of information.
Q: Everyone's talking about the phone wars, the competition between Apple, the BlackBerry and the Galaxy. You don't care who wins because you provide chips for all of them.
A: We do. We have a very broad range of customers. We have 850 designs already out, and another 470 different cellphone models are coming out.
Q: What else is going to change as a result of our smartphones?
A: Smart TVs used to be the idea that you would just run smartphone applications on your TV. But we showed a technology where the TV and my tablet and my friends' tablets and their smartphones could all get together, and we could watch some of the stuff that we have personally. Then we could post other information around the broadcast coming on the big TV that we were watching, and we could personalize what we're all watching together. Sesame Street showed a game where information came from the tablet that the child was playing with onto the TV and interacted back and forth between the big screen and the small screen. That's an entertainment aspect of it.
On health care, there are profound implications. I see this opportunity to have people be connected to their health care providers in a virtual manner, essentially monitoring and getting people to comply with their treatment regimens. All of this can be helped through mobile technology. We're supporting a clinical trial in San Diego right now where there's a researcher who has come up with a device that can get injected into your bloodstream and tell you two weeks ahead of time if you're at risk for a heart attack. Imagine your smartphone rings and alerts you that you need to go to the doctor. It's all sorts of things, from entertainment to profound implications on how we live.
Q: Is it a bigger growth opportunity for the mobile phone or for the tablet? Or is it under the same umbrella?
A: The phone's probably bigger than the tablet, just because it's easier to carry around and it's more of a fashion item. People replace their phones more frequently. But the numbers for tablets could be extremely large, too. There are projections of as much as 24 billion connected devices by 2020.
Q: In terms of prices, does a commodity business always create lower prices over time?
A: At the very low end of the market, we're trying to drive the prices down. We want to expand the access to smartphones to people at the bottom of the economic scale. What we see in the emerging markets is average selling prices are turning up, because people want to buy something that has some differentiation.
Q: What's the best opportunity as you look out five or 10 years?
A: The emerging markets are clearly going to be a big growth story. But the developed markets continue to be strong. It's kind of split 50/50. The interesting thing to look at is, to what extent do the emerging markets' economies improve because their citizens have access to information, education (or) different business opportunities because they have access to the mobile internet? As their economies get better, I think people will buy increasingly fancier devices.
Q: How does the economy feel to you? What are consumers doing?
A: Demand for phones continues to be strong. Anecdotally, talking to developers that I know, for example in San Diego, the housing market seems to be turning pretty well. Those kinds of things seem to be good signs to me.
Q: Are you hiring?
A: We are. We've doubled the size of the company in the last five years. We continue to hire.
Q: Why are so many of your colleagues in business sitting on their cash and not hiring?
A: One of the things that's always bothered me is that we don't have a territorial tax system. People complain, "Oh, companies are making money offshore and not spending it." The reason for that is my customers are offshore. I mean, 95%-plus of Qualcomm's revenue now is generated offshore, because that's where our customers are.
Two-thirds of our employee base is in the United States, so, it's not that we're shipping jobs overseas. Our jobs are predominantly in the United States. But our customers are overseas, and that's why we have a lot of money there. Why should money that we earn there be treated unfairly by double taxation? (That's) the case right now. Folks are not bringing money back and investing it back in the United States because the tax policy is too expensive.
Q: If there were tax changes, would we see some of that money come here?
A: I think the answer is absolutely yes. You would see, given the right tax policies, a lot of money come back to the United States.
Q: You said you will have new chips later in the year. What can we expect?
A: We will have more sensors in them, so when you move your phone around, it can tell where you are. We've gotten a lot of traction on that new technology. Then toward the middle of the year, we will see the next generation of chips come out.
Q: Is there any downside to all of this big data?
A: People obviously worry a lot about privacy and cyber-security. We worry about that, as well. We're building new technologies into the chip sets to provide trusted computing environments, meaning that you know how the software will interact and that it can't do certain things. There will continue to be a cat-and-mouse game between people who are hacking and people who are building the new system. We see that on your PC. Those things will continue to happen. The fortunate thing in the smartphone world is that you have the operator who can sit and watch for some of the potential attacks coming in and protect you a bit. But, hackers are coming after all sorts of computing devices. That's a fact of life that you need to deal with.
Bartiromo is anchor of CNBC's Closing Bell and anchor and managing editor of the nationally syndicated Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo. Follow her on Twitter @mariabartiromo. To see previous columns, go to bartiromo.usatoday.com.

As farmers age, planning for the future of their business grows


The aging farming population is forcing more operators to deal with the complexities of how to pass along the business to the next generation. Advocacy groups are trying to provide training.

WASHINGTON -- When Varel Bailey and his fellow shareholders meet this month, the seven-member family board that includes his three children will focus their attention on one issue: who should benefit from the financial success of the farm.
Bailey's parents first began giving shares annually in the Anita, Iowa, farm in 1966 and continued doling out stock equally to their three children during the next 40 years. While Bailey stayed on the farm and helped increase its value, his sisters left and now at least one of them wants to receive full value for her shares. But Bailey believes she didn't contribute to their appreciation and is entitled to one third of the value of the parents' estate at the time he joined the operation but not a third of its value today.
As the 73-year old crop and livestock operator prepares the 1,200-acre farm for the future, Bailey is working to determine the "fairness factor," as he calls it, to reward his son, Scot, who has worked with him since 1990 while at the same time fairly rewarding his two daughters who left the farm to embark on successful careers outside of rural America. Currently, each of his three children would receive a third of his shares.
"We're working on a deal and saying OK is there a way to calculate our son's contribution to the creation of wealth that his two sisters didn't participate in," said Bailey, who added that keeping most of the stock owned by people working on the farm is important for the long-term viability of the business. "Shares owned by distant relatives with little or no connection to the farm threaten the financial stability."
The "graying tsunami" in rural America means that more farmers are being forced to decide what happens to their farm once they retire or die. If they decide not to sell the business, the farmer must decide how to divide up the operation among the remaining relatives, many of whom are not farmers.
The process is further complicated because most farmers reinvest any profits back into the operation, leaving much of their personal wealth tied up in the business through equipment and increasingly valuable land. If one relative decides they want to sell his or her position, it can be difficult for the primary farm operator whose assets are tied up in the operation to get enough funding to buy them out, potentially threatening the financial health of the business.
As the number of U.S. farmers declines, the age of those still toiling in the field continues to climb. The U.S. Agriculture Department, for example, estimated in its 2007 census that the average age of the principal farm operators, the person in charge of day-to-day operations, was 57 years old compared to 54 a decade earlier. Across the country, about 230 million acres were controlled by a principal operator 65 years or older.
"With the aging of the farm population, and particularly with the rapid appreciation of land values and the assets, there certainly is a need to plan how those assets are going to be transferred and if you want the business to continue," said Ron Durst, a tax specialist at the USDA's Economic Research Service.
Most estate and succession planning is done privately with farmers working closely with accountants, lawyers or other individuals. As a result, there is no available data to show what percentage of farmers have already decided what will happen to their farming operations.
Julia Freedgood, managing director with the American Farmland Trust's Farmland and Communities Initiatives, said the group has focused on estate and farm succession planning for more than 20 years but refocused its efforts last year after finding that farmers were not doing enough to prepare.
Knowing that it can't help all farmers on its own, Freedgood said American Farmland Trust has published training materials and held classes with extension agents, attorneys, accountants and other groups who work closely with the agricultural community to get the word out. The initiatives have proven to be popular. One training program in New York and New England, which is currently underway for advisors that work with land owners and farmers, got requests from people outside of the region, including the Midwest. They were turned away.
"It seems like a lot of people aren't doing it, which is why we hear all these horror stories about families losing their farm because they didn't plan for it," said Freedgood. "As the farming population ages this problem is going to get worse. Even though it's an incredibly valuable asset, people don't just think about it that much."
The reasons some farmers avoid estate planning, experts say, include time, an ever-changing and complicated tax code and the reluctance to think about a future without them in it. Farmers received a small dose of certainty in January when Congress restored the exemption level of the estate tax to $5 million -- it had been in danger of falling to $1 million -- despite increasing the top tax rate to 40 percent from 35 percent. A $1 million threshold would have required a deceased person's estate to pay taxes on any inheritance above that level.
Scott VanderWal, president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau who farms with several family members near Volga, said ownership of land purchased by his grandfather in the 1940s was passed on to his father and uncle. Now, he said the challenge is to fairly distribute the assets to the six family members in his generation, and ultimately to the 19 children in the following generation.
"I think the attitude of the older generation was well, everything will work out, but when it gets to the point where there are so many people involved you have to take a proactive stance and actually do some planning," said VanderWal, who farms about 1,300 acres of land.
VanderWal said his dad and uncle are considering meeting with an estate planner or attorney later this year.
"It's like they say alcoholics need to first admit they have a problem. It's kind of the same way with estate planning. We kind of decide that we need some help and we need to get this done instead of just assuming it will all turn out," he said.
For some farmers, though, it's hard to plan for the future without knowing if the farm will even be there. Dave Miller, 61, a corn and soybean farmer with land in Lucas and Clarke counties in south central Iowa, said before he can do an estate plan he needs to figure out if the operation will continue to operate without him and who will oversee it. A few of his grandchildren have expressed an interest, he said, but it's too soon to know if they will be willing to take over the farm when they get older.
Miller, who sold family land in Indiana before buying his own land with his brother in 2003 as an investment, said he has no emotional ties to the land and is not sure how much longer he wants to continue farming.
"The question is, is there an ongoing business?" said Miller. "At the moment we're still in the early scoping out phase because we haven't identified anybody necessarily to continue the business."

Analysis: Reported Tumblr deal a bold move for Yahoo


SAN FRANCISCO – When Marissa Mayer took the top job at long-suffering Internet giant Yahoo nearly a year ago, most wondered why.
Now, with its apparent $1 billion purchase of Tumblr, the latest of several savvy acquisitions, Mayer has put the yippee back into Yahoo. And investors are loving it.
The company, which has languished in the shadow of Google and Facebook in the Internet pecking order, is relevant once again in Silicon Valley.
Mayer said as much in a brief chat with USA TODAY on Friday night. Yahoo is accumulating "delightful" technology and world class talent, she said, to make it an essential destination for consumers – particularly those who are younger.
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"Yahoo should not be about me, but the value it brings to people's lives," said Mayer, who has shied away from media interviews to concentrate on turning around the Internet icon.
On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo's board of directors approved a $1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr, an image-intensive blog platform popular among a younger audience. The report, citing "people familiar with the matter," said Yahoo would pay cash for the company.
Yahoo has declined to comment on the media reports. But it has a press event scheduled for Monday in New York, where Tumblr is based.
Among other major deals in its history: GeoCities in 1999, for which it paid more than $4 billion. In 2003, the company purchased search advertising firm Overture for $1.63 billion.
In Tumblr, Yahoo picks up the type of cool technology that people once associated with Yahoo, says technology analyst Kevin Lee.
It's the latest – and largest, by far – in a string of recent acquisitions.
Until now, Yahoo's deals have been mostly with smaller startups. In March, it announced it was scooping up social recommendation site Jybe and mobile news reader Summly.
Among its most recent announcements, mobile games developer Loki Studios this month said it would be coming into the Yahoo fold. Yahoo also picked up Astrid, a to-do list and reminder app for iOS and Android.
Among Yahoo's other recent moves:
Updated apps. The company launched Yahoo Mail for iPad and Android tablets, along with a new weather app for iPhones. The mail app for tablets offers a more visual, Flipboard-like take on email. The weather app pairs up Flickr photos of cities you select to monitor. Yahoo says it's like flipping through a stack of postcards to see the weather.
Content. Starting Sept. 1, Yahoo will become the online home for Saturday Night Live clips. The archives from its beginning in 1975 through the current season will be available exclusively on Yahoo.
Yahoo still has the daunting task of competing for mobile ad dollars with Google and Facebook, both of whom have large, loyal customer bases.
In April, the company reported a solid financial quarter: Profit jumped 36% to $390.9 million on revenue of $1.07 billion that was mostly flat. It was the first full quarter of results since Mayer began to implement her plan to improve revenue growth, operating income and cash flow.
Yahoo's stock price has risen 69% under Mayer's leadership. The company's shares fell 6 cents Friday to close at $26.52.

Powerball jackpot winner has Florida city abuzz


It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket sold in a Florida grocery store has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday. (May 1

Even if you didn't nab that grand prize, players should check their tickets to see if they won one of the lesser prizes, which could be as high as $2 million.

The Florida sun was shining a little bit brighter Sunday on an unidentified person who beat odds of 175 million-to-1 on a Powerball ticket worth $590.5 million, the single-largest winning lottery ticket in U.S. history.
The lucky numbers in Saturday night's drawing were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11. A mob of media and the curious amassed Sunday outside the Zephyr Commons Publix supermarket, in the Tampa suburb of Zephyrhills, where the winning ticket was sold.
Inside, a manager said the enthusiasm of the moment was muted, even as rumors swirled that an employee might have won.
"We're kind of excited that someone bought the ticket here, but we still have work to do," said Amanda, a manager who declined to provide her last name.
Joan Albertson, 64, a Zephyrhills resident and retiree, said she had heard the whispers that a Publix employee had not shown up for work Sunday, fueling talk in the city of about 13,000 that the winner worked there.
Albertson, who had purchased five tickets at a gas station across the street from the Publix, said that would be fine with her.
"I can't wait to find out who won," she said. "I am happy for them. We'll keep buying tickets — just because somebody else here wins doesn't mean we can't get lucky, too."
The winner can claim a lump sum of more than $370 million. It's the sixth winning Powerball ticket sold in Florida. The winner must claim the prize at lottery offices in Tallahassee.
"We know nothing yet," said David Bishop, deputy secretary of the Florida Lottery. "We rely on that person coming forward. The winner may not even know they have the winning ticket yet."
The jackpot barely beat out Powerball's previous record jackpot of $587.5 million that drew two winning tickets just last year. The largest U.S. jackpot was $656 million from a Mega Millions drawing in 2012 that also was shared.
Consolation prizes from Saturday's drawing were making people rich, too. Tickets worth $2 million each were sold in New York state and South Carolina. And 33 people in 17 states will pocket a cool $1 million. Six of them were sold in New York state.
Powerball tickets are sold in 43 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Kobe debunks retirement rumors on Twitter


Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports
Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports
Kobe Bryant wants you to know that he is not retiring. After word spread that a major announcement was planned for Sunday evening, rumors flew around Twitter and other social media that he would be retiring.
The truth turned out to be something a little less sensational, but a lot more believable:
Internet rumors get started all the time, and Twitter can make it very easy for misinformation to spread like wildfire. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell what has legs and what doesn’t. But when Kobe himself feels the need to respond to a rumor, you know it’s real:
So, there you have it. Kobe isn’t retiring. Carry on.

'Brady Bunch' reunion brings memories to Kings Island


Barry Williams, also known as Greg Brady, raps to the tune of 'The Real Slim Shady' at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, on May 19, 2013.

Three cast members celebrate the 40th anniversary of when the show shot an episode there.

MASON, Ohio — Everything was fine, really. It was kind of exactly what you would have expected.
Three former Brady Bunch kids — maybe you are never a "former" when it comes to the bunch — were going to Kings Island to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the summer when The Brady Bunch went to Kings Island to shoot an episode in 1973.
Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) were all there to tell some funny stories and show some classic clips. Remember "Mom always said: Don't play ball in the house," "Oh, my nose!" and "Pork chops and apple sauce"?
Donna Delph came from Hebron, Ohio, with her grandson Aiden. She loved the show as a kid, and now he watches it with her on the Hallmark Channel. "This is going to be so exciting," she said as the lights began to dim.
Olsen, now 51, talked about being the mother of a 16-year-old son with a mohawk, and people began to realize that we have all aged together.
Knight, 55, was kind of the bad boy of the gig. He told the crowd that he has few memories of his time as a Brady and that it was fun to be able to recall these events through his fans.
But the show was really Williams'. He came out first and introduced the others. He talked about the clips, and he did a little Johnny Bravo. And in truth, Williams remains quite groovy. His skin is tan, his hair is dark, and his pants still fit just right.
And everybody loved it. At the first of four shows Sunday, there was not an empty seat in the 844-seat venue. People who couldn't get into the first show were given wristbands for the second. There were already enough to fill the place for all four shows.
Kim Williamson drove more than three hours from her home in Huntington, W.Va., to see the Bradys. She held a couple of Brady-centric books, and after the show, she would wait for a chance to meet the three actors and, for $20, pose for a photo with them.
"I think everybody, at some point in their life, wanted to be a Brady," Williamson said, sounding quite reasonable. "Their whole family seemed so perfect. They were so nice. I think it resonates with the child in all of us to want to be Brady."
And things got weird only for a moment when Williams, 58, told the story about how he tried to explain his popularity to his young son a few years ago. The boy didn't seem to understand, so Williams told him he would write him a song to explain why people always want his autograph and hope to get a photo with him. The son does not like dad's music.
And that is when Williams channeled his inner Eminem and began to rap. When the first notes of The Real Slim Shady began to pour out of speakers, nothing seemed real. Then Williams changed the words to "The Real Greg Brady."
And somehow it worked. Pretty much.

Monday forecast: Severe storms continue


More severe weather is expected across the Midwest and Plains Monday. Flooding continues to threaten the Southeast. Here's a look at Monday's forecast across the country.
More severe weather is expected across the Midwest and Plains Monday. Flooding continues to threaten the Southeast. Get all the details in today's national weather forecast.

Toyota plans huge boost in lithium-ion battery output


Toyota is planning a giant increase in production of lithium ion batteries as prepares to use them in its flagship Prius sedan, Reuters reports.
Toyota plans a six-fold boost in it use of the batteries, which are substantially lighter and more powerful than the nickel-metal hydride batteries it uses in the current Prius.
The report comes from Japanese newspaper Nikkei, which, citing unnamed sources, says Toyota and battery partner Panasonic will increase lithium-ion battery output capacity to 200,000 units a year.
Nearly all plug-in vehicles depend on lithium-ion batteries. Nickel metal hydride, which powered the first generation of hybrids, are cheaper, but are clearly on the way out.

Arias returns to court for penalty phase of trial


PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias returns to court Monday for the continuation of the penalty phase of her trial after being convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of her one-time lover as jurors consider a sentence of life in prison or execution.
Last week, jurors heard tearful comments from Travis Alexander's brother and sister as they described how his killing has torn their lives apart.
Monday begins a new phase of the trial as defense attorneys present witnesses to testify on Arias' behalf in hopes of saving her life.
Judge Sherry Stephens instructed jurors they could consider a handful of factors when deciding what sentence to impose, including Arias' lack of a prior criminal record and assertions that she was a good friend, had an abusive childhood and is a talented artist.
In opening statements, prosecutor Juan Martinez told the panel none of those factors should cause the jury to even consider a sentence other than death, given the brutal nature of the killing.
Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi explained to jurors that Arias herself would testify this week.
"When you understand who Ms. Arias is, you will understand that life is the appropriate sentence," Nurmi said.
Arias, 32, acknowledged killing Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home on June 4, 2008. She initially denied any involvement and later blamed the attack on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, Arias said she killed Alexander in self-defense.
The victim suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, had his throat slit from ear to ear and was shot in the forehead. Prosecutors say the attack was fueled by jealous rage after Alexander wanted to end his affair with Arias and prepared to take a trip to Mexico with another woman.
Jurors convicted Arias on May 8 of first-degree murder, with all 12 unanimously agreeing it was premeditated, after about 15 hours of deliberations over four days.
The panel later took less than three hours to determine the killing was especially cruel, meaning the death penalty would be a consideration for sentencing.
The ongoing penalty proceedings will be the final phase of the trial. Jurors are expected to begin deliberating Arias' ultimate fate this week.
Defense attorneys plan to call to testify an ex-boyfriend of Arias and the defendant herself, among others, as they work to convince the jury Arias' life should be spared.
The proceedings will play out like a mini-trial as the prosecutor will be allowed to cross-examine each witness, and both sides will offer closing arguments before the jury begins deliberations.
Under Arizona law, if the jury cannot reach a unanimous decision on sentencing, the panel will be dismissed and jury selection will begin anew. Another panel would then be seated to hear arguments in only the penalty phase to determine a sentence. If the second panel cannot reach a unanimous agreement, the judge will then sentence Arias to either her entire life in prison or life in prison with the possibility of release after 25 years.
The most anticipated part of the penalty phase will be when Arias takes the witness stand, though exactly what she will say remains a mystery. Within minutes of her murder conviction, Arias complicated efforts for her defense when she gave an interview to Fox affiliate KSAZ, saying she preferred death over life in prison.
It wasn't clear whether the prosecutor would use those words against her in court, given some experts say it might not work in his favor aimed at securing a death sentence.
"Jodi Arias has proven herself to be a conniving manipulator so she may be saying something like this to get a reaction from the jury," said San Francisco criminal defense lawyer Michael Cardoza. "She may be hoping the jury says, 'We won't give her what she wants, and if she wants death, we're giving her life.'"
Cardoza noted that in Arias' case, with so much evidence against her, the defense can still claim some level of satisfaction is they can just keep her off death row.
Arizona defense attorney Thomas Gorman, who has handled dozens of death penalty cases, said Martinez may not need to mention Arias' comments in the television interview to jurors given they haven't been sequestered throughout the trial.
"They just can't avoid it," Gorman said. "If they're at a bar or a restaurant, they're going to see and hear things."
Arias also cannot choose the death penalty. It's up to the jury to determine a sentence. And while death penalty appeals are automatic in Arizona, she could choose not to pursue additional appeals if she indeed wanted to die for her crime.
Earlier this week, after Arias' was interviewed post-conviction, her attorneys asked to be allowed to step down from the case, but a judge denied the request. Legal experts say the decision was not a surprising one because the attorneys have a conflict of interest with their own efforts to try and save her life while Arias has said she'd rather die.
The motion to withdraw will have no impact on the penalty phase of the trial given jurors are not privy to the filing.

Police: Man charged in hate crime of slain NYC gay man


NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who police say used homophobic slurs before firing a fatal shot point-blank into a man's face on a crowded Manhattan street appeared in court on Sunday to face a charge of murder as a hate crime.
"It was a quickie. He shot him and he went straight to the ground," a bouncer at a nearby club told the New York Post. "Half his body was lying on the sidewalk and half was on the street."
Elliot Morales, who appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court, was charged with murder and weapons charges, The Wall Street Journal reported. Morales was ordered held without bail pending another court appearance on Thursday. His attorney, Reginald Sharpe, could not be reached for comment.
Authorities said Morales used a silver revolver to kill 32-year-old Mark Carson as he walked with a companion in in lower Manhattan early Saturday morning. Morales, 33, trailed and taunted the men, yelling antigay slurs and asking one of them, "You want to die tonight?," according to the New York Times.
Police found Carson fatally wounded on the pavement. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Beth Israel Hospital. Morales, who was arrested in 1998 for attempted murder, was caught a few streets down by an officer who heard a description on his radio and spotted him, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
In Greenwich Village, a neighborhood long known as a bedrock of the gay rights movement, Kelly called the killing a hate crime. "There were no words that would aggravate the situation, and the victim did not know the perpetrator," he said.
About 15 minutes before the bloodshed, Kelly said the gunman was seen urinating outside an upscale restaurant a few blocks from the Stonewall Inn, the site of 1969 riots that helped give rise to the modern gay-rights movement when patrons at a gay bar reacted to police harassment.
Saturday's shooting is at least the fourth violent attack in two weeks believed to be motivated by anti-gay bias, police told CNN.
According to Kelly, there have been 22 bias-motivated events this year, up "significantly" from 13 this time last year, he added.
The shooting stunned a city where, in many neighborhoods, same-sex couples walk freely holding hands.
Contributing: Associated Press

'Billboard' awards put on one impressive Vegas show


It's performances, not the awards, that get people talking. Who delivered Sunday's best?

Quick, name a Billboard Music Award winner. Yeah, we'd be hard-pressed to do it, too. As with most such shows, it's the performances that get people talking. USA TODAY recaps Sunday night's musical numbers.
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PrinceLet's Go Crazy/FixUrLifeUp
What's better than hearing Prince tossing off hard-rock guitar-funk riffs? Realizing a few seconds in that he's playing a slowed-down, psychedelicized version of his '80s smash Let's Go Crazy. Backed by his three-piece female band, the Afro-wearing Icon Award winner then segued into a newer tune, FixUrLifeUp, that rocked equally as hard.
* * *Nicki Minaj and Lil WayneHigh School
The rapping was mighty impressive, but Minaj's lap dance and Wayne's pointing to her prodigious behind as the number ended didn't make it better.
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David Guetta, Ne-Yo and AkonPlay Hard
The three performers turned the MGM Grand Garden Arena into a giant light show, with Guetta and Akon on separate stages while Ne-Yo worked the crowd. It looked great on TV and probably played even better live.
* * ½
will.i.am and Justin Bieber#thatPOWER
If Mennonites ever remake The Matrix, it might look a lot like this production number, during which one could clearly hear two distinct Bieber vocals.
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Jennifer Lopez and PitbullLive It Up
Lopez scaled the heights for her performance, climbing two tiers of scaffolding while her dancers sprayed fog guns over a bouncing audience.
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Ed SheeranLego House
The British singer/songwriter sounded nervous as he sang a sped-up solo version of his latest hit. He performed on a small stage with reddish lights outlining the rim and the audience waving white lights through the hall. From a distance, it looked like a campfire setting.
* * * *MiguelAdorn
Wearing a white tuxedo, Miguel brought suave sexuality to his number, much of which was performed behind a video screen. When the screen lifted, he leaped over the audience pit, catching one or two members of the crowd as he landed, and finished the song on a second stage.
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Pitbull and Christina AguileraFeel This Moment
Introducing this number, Ke$ha called it an "a-ha moment," and, while Pitbull and Aguilera couldn't step into a comic book like the '80s Norwegian hitmakers, they did the next best thing, bringing on a-ha singer Morten Harket to sing a couple of lines from Take on Me.
* * ½
Justin BieberTake You
Milestone Award winner Bieber took the stage as if emerging from a particularly foggy Disneyland ride called "Bieber Air." The main vocal part was so Auto-Tuned, Bieber clearly wasn't providing it live, but that was OK: His mike almost completely obscured his mouth. The voice that occasionally shouted to the crowd sounded completely different from the singing.
* * * ½
Kacey MusgravesMerry Go 'Round
Kid Rock had the line of the night before he presented the rap-song award, shouting, "Let's give it up for people lip-syncing under pre-recorded music!" He sure wasn't talking about Musgraves. Her small-stage performance of her breakout hit was so charming and intimately human, it seemed out of place in the midst of the spectacle.
* * * ½
Taylor Swift22
Swift began her debut TV performance of 22 backstage, adding dancers and other costumed hangers-on before she came into the arena crowd riding on the back of a bicycle. By the time she got on stage, surrounded by red balloons everywhere, Busby Berkeley would've been proud.
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Macklemore and Ryan LewisThrift Shop
While most of the performances were generated from the MGM, the rap duo made their usual big impression down the street at the Wynn Las Vegas, with Macklemore bounding around the stage in a knee-length military-style coat and loose-fitting black-and-white pants. Shortly after, the duo won the award for top rap song.
* * ½
Chris BrownFine China
Brown's Michael Jackson-influenced dance moves came at the expense of his singing, which was rough enough to make you wonder if he'd blown out his voice or maybe was nursing a cold. The martial-arts moves just about made up for it, though, as did a shredding solo from former Jackson guitarist Orianthi.
* *Icona PopI Love It
The Swedish duo didn't do much with their breakthrough hit, dancing around the stage as geometric patterns flashed behind them, but they looked good in their shiny black outfits.
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The Band PerryBetter Dig Two
The Perrys wore their rock-star aspirations on their sleeves — and their pant legs — in this leather-clad performance. It started with crisscrossed overhead lasers and wound up with each of the three siblings in front of floor toms leading a drum breakdown.
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Selena GomezCome & Get It
Gomez danced and sang amid white strips of fabric draped from the rafters in her Bollywood-inspired production number. If she had done her hair in cinnamon buns, she would've looked like Star Wars' Princess Leia.
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Bruno MarsTreasure
Mars opened the show like the most dazzling Soul Train performance ever, with dozens of mirror balls and his band dressed in matching red suits. With their three-part horn lines and tight choreography, they came off like vintage Earth, Wind & Fire or a '70s Motown group.