News: Emmy Nominations, Bane, Tech Gene, Fred Willard

RomneyAsBane 1NewsIcon Chuck Dixon, one of the creators of Batman villain Bane, insists the phonetic resemblance to Mitt Romney's former employer, Bain Capital, is purely coincidental. "Bane was created by me and Graham Nolan, and we are lifelong conservatives and as far from leftwing mouthpieces as you are likely to find in comics," he said. Dixon does say, however, that Bane is a bit like the Occupy Wall Street protesters and that "if there ever was a Bruce Wayne running for the White House it would have to be Romney."

1NewsIcon The Dark Knight Rises star Morgan Freeman gave a pro-Obama super PAC $1 million last month.

1NewsIcon Pro-equality group Mainers United for Marriage say "350 members of the clergy representing 20 different denominations in 158 Maine towns are supporting the referendum to allow same-sex weddings in Maine."

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the LGBT group Minnesota United for All Families has raised a total of about $5.4 million to fight an amendment banning marriage equality there. Their opponents at the right wing Minnesota for Marriage have taken in only about $1.5 million.

1NewsIcon The New York Times admits a lapse in an article on a building up for historic landmark status. "A post last week about 186 Spring Street — a 19th-century row house near Thompson Street that seems destined to be demolished or (far less likely) made a landmark — all but stated flat out that nothing of consequence had occurred there until it was bought by a Beastie Boy in 2000.  In fact, 186 Spring Street had a brief turn as a center of gay political activism in the decade following the Stonewall uprising…"

DowagerCountess1NewsIcon Mad Men and American Horror Story tied for the most Emmy nominations – 17 each – during today's announcement of the award show's finalists. Modern Family received 14 nods, including "best supporting actor" for all of its adult men. Downton Abbey received nine nominations, including "best supporting actress" for Maggie Smith, who really should win for just "Best."

1NewsIcon Congratulations to Dan Savage on his Emmy nomination for the It Gets Better campaign! The category? "Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program."

1NewsIcon Ann Romney to ABC News' Robin Roberts: "We've given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life."

1NewsIcon There's a gene for that: "…Researchers took DNA samples from the participants and analysed a gene, DBH, that regulates how much of the neurotransmitter dopamine is made in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region that controls decision making. Participants with a form of the gene that made more dopamine were faster at making decisions without the computer's aid, and were more likely to cross-check what it said with their own information."

1NewsIcon The owners of a bed and breakfast that turned away a gay couple must pay them $4,500 for discrimination, said the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal.

Exoplanet1NewsIcon NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found a new exoplanet two-thirds to size of Earth. It is called UCF-1.01 and is 33 light years away.

1NewsIcon Washington State is the first place where citizens can use Facebook to register to vote, and a whole lot more: "Besides registering to vote on Facebook, Washington residents will be able to update personal information, access customized voter guides with candidate info and ballot measures, as well as access replacement ballot

1NewsIcon Why not speculate about whether or not Kate Middleton is pregnant? What else are you going to do all afternoon?

1NewsIcon Get it, gurl: Modern Family star Sofia Vergara earned an estimated $19 million last year, mostly thanks to her Pepsi and Covergirl endorsement deals.

1NewsIcon Frequent Christopher Guest collaborator and legendary improv actor Fred Willard was arrested for lewd behavior at an adult movie theater. What else does one do at such a place?

GingrichSnooki1NewsIcon When Newt and Callista Gingrich chilled with Snooki.

1NewsIcon Washington State Republican Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna disagrees with the Boy Scouts' decision to uphold a ban on gay members and troop leaders.

1NewsIcon The Wire, Lego style.

1NewsIcon Tonight on ABC's Nightline: "I am gay, I am Mormon, I am married to a woman. I am happy every single day. My life is filled with joy. I have wonderful sex life. All of these things are true whether your mind allows you to believe them or not."