Grapevine: 'The Protester' Named 'Person of the Year'

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Year of the Protest

Time Magazine has revealed its "Person of the Year" and technically it's not just one person. It chose "The Protester" due to the revolutions in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Dissent eventually spread to Europe and then the U.S. in the form of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Time editors chose the person or thing they believe most influenced culture and the news in the past year for better or for worse. Last year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was picked.

Wild Card

Do you stress over what to include in your yearly Christmas cards? After seeing what the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico sent you might not be so worried.

Jorge Santini and his family posed in photos with animals, and one picture in particular featured a leopard mauling a gazelle.

The mayor says he used the Christmas cards to promote the San Juan Wildlife Museums.

Others believe he is sending a message to challengers in next year's election.

Flight Upgrade

Anyone who flies knows passengers cannot use electronic devices during take-off or landing in commercial airplanes, in fact the flight attendant remind me the flight here to Iowa.

But now, some pilots can use the devices.

Media reports say the FAA will allow American Airlines pilots to use iPads instead of paper flight manuals in the cockpits beginning Friday.

The FAA says it conducted rigorous testing to make sure the iPads will not interfere with the airplane's electronic controls.

It will not allow passengers to use them, saying the potential for dozens or hundreds of devices operating at once could cause interference.

American Airlines says it might save as much as 500,000 gallons of fuel per year because pilots will not have to carry around the manuals, which apparently weigh up to 40 pounds each.

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