CIA, lawmakers disagree
Lawmakers are accusing the CIA of misleading the makers of the Osama bin Laden raid film, Zero Dark Thirty, by telling them that harsh interrogation methods helped track down the terrorist mastermind. The film shows waterboarding and similar techniques as important to finding bin Laden in Pakistan, where he was killed by Navy SEALs. A three-year Senate investigation showed that such methods produced no useful intelligence. The CIA’s acting director, Michael Morell, recently contradicted that, saying harsh techniques did produce some tips that led to bin Laden.
Protesters hinder judges
Thousands of protesters in the capital, Tegucigalpa, are blocking Supreme Court judges from entering the court’s building, saying they want to “clean up Honduras’ justice system.” Protest organizer Marco Antonio Bhaday said they want all 15 Supreme Court judges to be removed from their posts. The Congress last month voted to dismiss four of the justices after they rejected a plan by President Porfirio Lobo to reform the corrupt national police. The judges have appealed the decision. Bhaday said the judges are preventing justice from being delivered in the Central American country. He is president of the Employers Federation.
Adele still tops charts
Turns out Adele ruled last year, too — and set a record while she was at it. The British singer’s 21 was the highest-selling album for the second consecutive year, according to last year’s sales figures released by Nielsen SoundScan on Thursday. That is a first in the SoundScan era. Adele sold 4.4 million copies of the album last year after selling 5.8 million in 2011. She crossed the 10 million threshold in November and was only rivaled by Taylor Swift, whose Red was second on the list with 3.1 million albums sold. Swift led a record five country artists into the top 10 last year. Gotye scored the year’s top-selling song with Somebody That I Used To Know, featuring Kimbra. The song was downloaded a record 6.8 million times.