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Morning News – Will Health Care Bill Pass The Senate?

no-one-in-america-should-go-without-healthcareAfter the health care reform bill passed the House this weekend, the big question on the table is whether or not the health care bill will pass the Senate.

It’s not clear if it will pass. There are a lot of Democrats who won’t vote yes, or maybe they will. Who knows. (Reuters)

Hurricane Ida is on its way. Ida? Really? That’s the best name they could come up with? Scientists should let comic book writers name the hurricanes. They might come up with something cooler. Hurricane Destructo. No, that sounds like a pro wrestler. Anyone have a better name than “Ida”? (USA Today)

Big recall on Nokia AC adapters. “The plastic covers of the affected chargers could come loose and separate, exposing the charger’s internal components and potentially posing an electrical shock hazard if certain internal components are touched while the charger is plugged into a live socket,” the company said in a statement, according to PC Magazine.

Cat flu, anyone? A cat — yes, a cat — tested positive for H1N1. How would you get to the point where you test a cat for swine flu? (WSET ABC 13)

The transit strike in Philadephia is over. But the Eagles lost to the Cowboys, so odds are people in Philly are still angry. Heck, they’re probably still angry about the Phillies losing to the Yankees. (AP, Fort Worth Star Telegram, AHN)

And now, your weekend movie box office.

The weird-looking Jim Carrey version of “A Christmas Carol” made Scrooge even richer with a $31,000,000 opening weekend. “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” fell to number 2 with $14,000,000 ($57,855,000 cume, which is pretty good for a movie that is mostly rehearsal footage). “The Men Who Stare at Goats” came in third with $13,309,000, proving that nobody cares about George Clooney anymore. (Note: actually, it proves nothing.) “The Fourth Kind”, which makes me want to see “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” again, took in $12,521,000, and “Paranormal Activity” crept closer to the $100 million mark with $8,600,000 ($97,430,000 cume — remember, the budget was $15,000).

Other movie news: “Precious” took in just $1.8 million this weekend. But that was in 18 theaters. That means the per theater average was $100,000, way more than any other film. (I can do that math in my head.) That was good for the 12th highest per theater average EVER, according to the Boston Globe. So it did well despite the fact that Mariah Carey is in it.

Here’s the trailer. It’s not a comedy.

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