The Rich Are Different
March 10, 2014

In case you needed videotaped proof that drag-racing, egg-throwing, free-peeing Canadian treasure Justin Bieber is a spoiled brat, well, here it is. While sitting for a deposition on Thursday in connection to a battery lawsuit a photographer filed against the musician's bodyguard, Bieber was in full-on bad-boy form, talking back to lawyers, smugly claiming he couldn't recall certain facts, dozing off to sleep, and outright refusing to answer questions about former flame Selena Gomez. The highlight reels below are a pretty fascinating look into Bieber's entitled psyche. --Samantha Rollins

zzzzzzz
2:07 p.m. ET
iStock

Women get more sleep than men do, according to a new report on 941,329 smartphone users across 47 countries.

Despite women enjoying anywhere from four to 34 minutes of extra shut-eye, men wake up happier in all but three of those countries, according to data from Sleep Cycle, a smartphone app that tracks users' sleep cycles. Columbia, Portugal, and Ukraine were the exceptions. The study tracked voluntary participants between ages 18 and 55 over a 10-month period.

Gender aside, which country is the unhappiest rolling out of bed? That'd be Japan. Julie Kliegman

Uh oh
1:34 p.m. ET
Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Who run the world? Sony.

Since and rapper Jay Z launched his premium music streaming service Tidal earlier this year, the company has been plagued by an onslaught of bad press. Now, several of Tidal's co-owners, most notably Jay's wife Beyoncé, might be forced to pull their music from the platform over a streaming rights battle with record label Sony.

According to a Bloomberg Business profile, which elaborates on Tidal's shortcomings, Sony is asking for "large advances" for the rights to stream the catalogs of its artists, which include Beyoncé and other co-owners Daft Punk, Usher, and Alicia Keys. However, the article also notes that Tidal remains well funded, so it's quite possible Jay Z can cough up the asking price.

Aside from initial knee-jerk reactions, which criticized Jay — a multi-million dollar mogul — for complaining about musicians not making enough money, the company continued to suffer the media's wrath and skepticism. Additionally, there were misstatements about a Sprint investment that didn't exist, and the rapper's own attempt to call out Tidal's haters didn't go over swimmingly.

Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj exclusively premiered their new video for song "Feelin' Myself" on Tidal just weeks ago, which surely should have given subscriber numbers a boost. But if Tidal loses the rights to Beyoncé's music and devoted fanbase, I can only imagine Jay Z won't be feeling himself. Stephanie Talmadge

FIFA
1:19 p.m. ET
Harold Cunningham/Getty Images

As expected, FIFA president Sepp Blatter cruised to re-election today, despite allegations that he presided over a culture of corruption that reached the top levels of soccer's global governing organization. Thought to be buoyed by support from African, Asian, and South American countries, Blatter beat his challenger Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan 133 nations to 73 (three ballots were invalid). The vote was held only miles from the Swiss hotel where many of his lieutenants were arrested on corruption charges Wednesday.

"I will accept this responsibility and I want to fix FIFA together with you," Blatter, 79, told the voting body Friday just before he was elected to his fifth term. "I want to do it now and tomorrow and the day after and the weeks and months to come so that at the end of my term of office, I will be able to hand over a solid FIFA, a FIFA that will have emerged from the storm." Julie Kliegman

Only in America
11:53 a.m. ET
iStock

A U.S. Marine is appealing a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse from her desk. Monifa Sterling posted the Old Testament passage "No weapon formed against me shall prosper," which her supervisors deemed to be "contrary to good order and discipline" because the workplace must remain free of "divisive or contentious issues," such as politics and religion. The Week Staff

Cuba Libre
11:29 a.m. ET
iStock

The U.S. formally removed Cuba from the list of states that sponsor terrorism Friday, according to a State Department news release.

The White House first announced this move last month. In a December 2014 step toward normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years, President Barack Obama ordered the department to review the nation's inclusion on the list.

"While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation," department spokesman Jeff Rathke said in the release. Julie Kliegman

won't someone think of the children?
11:14 a.m. ET
Scott Olson/Getty Images

In the summer of 2014, former President Bill Clinton accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Happy Hearts Fund, a charity that builds schools in regions affected by natural disasters. But as the The New York Times reports, the former executive director of Happy Hearts alleges Clinton only agreed to attend the Happy Hearts event after Happy Hearts offered to make a $500,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation:

"The Clinton Foundation had rejected the Happy Hearts Fund invitation more than once, until there was a thinly veiled solicitation and then the offer of an honorarium,” said the former executive director, Sue Veres Royal... "Petra [the founder of Happy Hearts] called me and said we have to include an honorarium for [Clinton] — that they don't look at these things unless money is offered, and it has to be $500,000."

That $500,000 could have funded the construction of 10 preschools by Happy Hearts in Indonesia. A representative of the Clinton Foundation denied fund solicitation and said the $500,000 would be spent on currently undetermined projects in Haiti. Bonnie Kristian

Wow
11:01 a.m. ET

Yesterday, a Quinnipiac University released new presidential poll results, which found that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) currently holds sixth place in the Republican field — but, along with Marco Rubio, performs best against Hillary Clinton in a general election match.

But when that same poll popped up on Fox News, something was missing:

(Rare)

If you guessed that what's missing is Rand Paul and his 7 percent support, you've guessed correctly. This is the second time this month Paul has been absent from a Fox poll report.

For supports of both Rand and his father, Ron Paul, this is nothing new. During the 2008 election cycle, Fox excluded then-Rep. Ron Paul from a presidential debate, even though he polled higher and raised more money than candidates who were invited. And in 2011, Jon Stewart dedicated a segment to discussing how Fox and other channels deliberately ignored Ron Paul's near-tie for the Iowa Straw Poll victory. Bonnie Kristian

See More Speed Reads