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The Best Fool Interviews of 2010

As the chief instigator on The Motley Fool's wildly popular radio show, Chris Hill has the opportunity to talk with some of the brightest minds in the world of finance and economics. Today, he provides a frank rundown of his six favorite guests (in no particular order) on Motley Fool Money, the one-hour weekly business radio show syndicated to radio stations across America and available on iTunes.

TV Guide Canada to O'Neill: Sorry!

Los Angeles -- TV Guide Canada has retracted a story it ran quoting actor Ed O'Neill as saying Jane Lynch didn't deserve to win her Emmy for Supporting Actress this year.

The media outlet quoted the "Modern Family" patriarch on Dec. 6 as saying about the "Glee" actress: "I love Jane, honestly I do. I'm dying to star in one of Christopher Guest's movies alongside her, but I don't think she should have gotten the Emmy for that part. (Sue Sylvester) is just a one-note character." said TV Guide Canada issued a retraction Thursday after O'Neill insisted that wasn't what he said and emphasized he was simply trying to support the actress who plays his small-screen wife, Sofia Vergara in the sitcom.

Failed base jumper arrested in Moscow

Moscow -- Police in Moscow said they arrested a base jumper who plunged from a 35-story hotel Thursday but was stopped when his parachute became stuck on a billboard.

Oleg Medenko, 32, who claims to have completed more than 40 base jumps from skyscrapers in Moscow, was arrested after becoming stuck on a billboard during his stunt, which began atop the Central Tourist's House, RIA Novosti reported.

"This jump was illegal since it was not approved by the hotel and local authorities or with rescuers," police said.

The jumper was rescued and police said he was arrested and may face a charge of hooliganism.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

What Germans Think About the Euro Crisis

 Yesterday, the financial headlines in Germany were, one after the other:

  • "Bundesbank tops the government's growth forecasts," predicting 3.6% growth in GDP this year, the highest since the reunification of East and West Germany.

Police: Man lost car, made up robbery

Boynton Beach, Fla. -- Police in Florida said a man allegedly invented a story about a carjacking because he couldn't remember where he had parked his car.

Boynton Beach police said they were approached by Craig Alberstat, 46, of Delray Beach, at about 2:20 a.m. Nov. 19 and he told them he had stopped while driving his 2003 Volkswagen Jetta to talk to a "cute girl on the street," the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Thursday.

Police said Alberstat told them he was then approached by four robbers who assaulted him and took the vehicle.

However, investigators said they soon determined Alberstat had invented the tale and he admitted to officers he had forgotten what he did with his car after using Xanax.

Parker responds to Eva Longoria divorce

San Antonio -- San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker has filed his side of the story in his developing divorce case with "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria.

People Magazine said Saturday the divorce petition was filed in Texas by Parker in response to the paperwork Longoria filed earlier in Los Angeles.

Longoria, 35, has accused her 28-year-old husband of infidelity.

People said that according to TMZ, Parker was seeking to relocate to Splitsville due to "discord or conflicts of personality."

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Snake loose in Toronto apartment building

Toronto -- Residents of a Toronto apartment building said they are on the lookout for a 3-foot snake loose in the building.

Notices have been posted on walls and the 20-story building's tenants' association Web site urged residents to be on the lookout for the albino California king snake, which experts said is not poisonous and does not pose a threat to animals larger than rodents, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday.

The snake, which escaped from its owner's apartment, can go up to a week without eating, experts said.

Taye Diggs to produce ABC adoption drama

Hollywood-- Actor Taye Diggs and his team have sold their drama "Match" to ABC, the Hollywood Reporter said in an exclusive story Saturday.

The project revolves around adoptions and a team of Los Angeles lawyers, doctors and caseworkers that works with families.

The Hollywood Reporter said Diggs is one of the producers. Cara Haycak, author of the young-adult novels "Red Palms" and "Living on Impulse," is on the writing team.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

'Jackass' rolls in $50M for No. 1 spot

Los Angeles -- "Jackass 3-D" -- the one where the guys all hurt each other -- raked in a whopping $50 million for the No. 1 spot at the box office during the weekend.

"Red," an action flick starring Bruce Willis and the still gorgeous Helen Mirren, brought in $22.5 million for a distant but respectable No. 2. "The Social Network," the purported story of Facebook with an ensemble cast, brought in $11 million for No. 3.

All studio estimates of gross receipts are via Box Office Mojo.