Kanye defends clothing line: "This is my first collection. Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity sh-t. I don't f—k with celebrities. I f—k with the creatives in this room, the amazing people who spend every day of their life trying to make the world a more beautiful place," he said after the debut of his women's-wear line at Paris Fashion week.

The Metropolitan Museum exhibit honors heroic Africans: A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures," commemorates male and female leaders from Africa's overlooked history.

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Perry slips, Cain rises in bid for nomination: A new poll shows Perry and Cain are tied for second in the race to become the next GOP presidential candidate at 16 percent, numbers representing a 13-point drop for Perry and a 12-point rise for Cain since early September. 

Christie won't run for president: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced on Tuesday at a press conference in his home state that he will not run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. "Now is not my time," said Christie in explaining his decision. "New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you're stuck with me."

In other news: Sons of NJ Shooting Victim to Sue Police.