who'd pulled him off a school bus last Tuesday after killing the driver and taken him into the tornado-shelter-style bunker. Dykes had been communicating ever since with authorities through a ventilation pipe into the shelter. The boy was reunited with his mother and appears to be okay. Dykes was a menacing figure in the area, known for his anti-government rants, for once beating a dog to death with a lead pipe, and for patrolling his property with a gun, ready to shoot trespassers.
OBAMA PROMOTES GUN PROPOSAL IN MINNEAPOLIS: President Obama promoted his proposals to reduce gun violence Monday (February 4th) in
SENATOR MENENDEZ CALLS PROSTITUTION ALLEGATIONS 'SMEARS': Senator Robert Menendez said Monday (February 4th) that the allegations that he had sex with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic are false "smears," making his first public remarks since the allegations started spreading last Wednesday after surfacing on a conservative website. His voice rising in anger, the New Jersey Democrat said, "It's amazing to me that anonymous, nameless, faceless individuals on a website can drive that type of story into the mainstream. But that's what they've done successfully. Now nobody can find them, no one ever met them, no one can talk to them, but that's where we're at. The bottom line is all of those smears are absolutely false." The Daily Caller website reported in early November that Menendez had used a business jet owned by ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen, his biggest political donor last year, to fly to the Dominican Republican to have sex with prostitutes. None of the allegations have been substantiated. The FBI did conduct a search of Melgen's
quote, "came to my attention."
VETERAN ACCUSED OF KILLING EX-SEAL SNIPER HAD BEEN IN MENTAL HOSPITAL: Police records show that the 25-year-old Iraq War veteran who's charged with killing former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and another man Saturday (February 2nd) at a Texas gun range had been taken to a mental hospital twice in the past five months for threatening to kill his family and himself, and told authorities he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Local TV station WFAA also reported that the arrest warrant affidavit for Marine veteran Eddie Ray Routh said that he told his sister and brother-in-law after the shootings that he, quote, "traded his soul for a new truck." Police said Routh was driving the 38-year-old Kyle's truck at the time of his arrest. Routh is facing murder charges for the deaths of Kyle, author of the best-selling book American Sniper and the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, and his friend 35-year-old Chad Littlefield. He is being held on suicide watch.
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after becoming ill. Raul is decentralizing the state-dominated economy, allowing more private initiative in agriculture and retail services and has lifted many restrictions on personal freedoms, such as travel and buying and selling homes and cars.
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BILL CLINTON TALKS VIAGRA IN EX-NYC MAYOR KOCH'S EULOGY: Former President Bill Clinton was among those offering a eulogy on Monday (February 4th) at the funeral of iconic former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, who died Friday at age 88.
over the years. In one slightly surreal moment, considering that it was
respiratory diseases. Go after the virility argument."
logging too much time watching TV to lower sperm counts. The study found that among a group of nearly 200 healthy, 18- to 22-year-old men, those who watched the most TV, 20 or more hours a week, had sperm counts that were 44 percent lower than those who didn't watch television. The researchers said that men who watch a lot of TV may have a more sedentary lifestyle, which in turn may affect sperm count. Backing up that speculation, the men in the study who exercised the most, 15 hours a week or more, had sperm counts that were higher than those of guys who exercised less than five hours a week.
LATE SENATOR STROM THURMOND'S BI-RACIAL DAUGHTER DEAD AT 87: Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who revealed nearly 10 years ago that she was the biracial daughter of former segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond of
girl who worked as a maid in Thurmond's parents' home when the future senator was 22. She became a teacher, working in
SUPERDOME OFFICIALS HAD WORRIED ABOUT POWER OUTAGE; CAUSE STILL UNCLEAR: The cause of the 34-minute Super Bowl power outage is still being investigated, but AP reports that public records released Monday (February 4th) show that Superdome officials were worried about a possible power outage several months ago. An October 15th memo from the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, which oversees the Superdome, said tests on the electrical feeders showed they had, quote, "some decay and a chance of failure." Additionally, power company Entergy New Orleans and the Superdome's engineering staff had concerns about the reliability of the service from Entergy's connection point to the stadium. Upgrades were done in December to the equipment connecting the stadium to Entergy, but an attorney for the board that oversees the Superdome said the outage didn't seem to be related to that.
Some things have been ruled out as the cause of the power outage, one of them Beyonce's
half-time performance, since she had her own generator, and the other too high
of a demand for power, since meters showed the stadium was drawing no more electricity than it does during a typical New Orleans Saints game. What is known is that the problem is believed to have happened around the spot where a line that feeds power from Entergy connects with the Superdome's electrical system, however it will likely take days to figure out exactly what happened.
HUNDREDS OF SOCCER MATCHES FIXED IN GLOBAL BETTING SCAM: Police said Monday (February 4th) that hundreds of soccer matches have been fixed in a global betting scam run from
syndicates and organized crime has long been seen as a threat to the game, which is the most popular sport in the world.
NEWS ATTACK! _ The NFL hasn't decided whether or not there will be a Super Bowl Halftime Show next year because for the first time the game will be played in a cold climate --
VOLBEAT UNVEILS ALBUM RELEASE DATE, NEW GUITARIST:
member Rob Caggiano, who has also acted as a producer on the new disc. Caggiano, who played with Anthrax from 2001 to 2005 and again from 2007 until last month, replaces guitarist Thomas Bredahl, who was given his walking papers in November 2011.
Frontman Michael Poulsen said, "The band is very proud and happy to announce that (Caggiano) will also be the new guitar player in Volbeat. The collaboration with Rob in the studio was so inspiring and in good spirit that we the decided to keep him. Basically we went
into the studio as a three piece and came out as a whole band!"
MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN: NO TOOL ALBUM THIS YEAR. You can stop holding your breath now: singer Maynard James Keenan has said that Tool will not be releasing a new album in 2013. According to Loudwire, Keenan told
prospects for the band's first new CD in seven years, "No new disc. Not this year . . . I have not written any songs. So no, there is nothing."
Keenan told us a while back that he's always hesitant to talk about a new album until
it's actually going forward: "We normally don't say anything about anything until it's actually happening, because there's a lot of people online that apparently can't read very well. I
put an April Fool's notice up there for the album release, and it was 2011, I said, 'New Tool album, such-and-such a date, 2009, and everybody ran around like, 'Oh, really, the new Tool --?' God, you guys are dumb. I swear to God. You've got to read."
Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was in a
came in contact with him." The trial is expected to last until the end of the week. If convicted, Blythe could face a long-term jail sentence. (Blabbermouth)
A new trailer has surfaced for The Lords Of Salem, the fifth live-action feature film
written and directed by Rob Zombie. The movie follows a radio station DJ in Salem, Massachusetts -- played by Sheri Moon Zombie, Rob's wife -- who accidentally awakens a 300-year-old coven of witches who seek revenge on the town. The movie's release date has been moved forward one week from April 26th to April 19th. (Slashfilm)
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majority of their operation. The $1.8 million furnace concerts the company's spent grain into steam. The company is expecting to offset the brewery's annual energy costs by 70 percent when the furnace is fully operational -- sometime in the next month. Company officials joke that they are making "beer-powered beer." (
YOUR SICK COWORKERS' GERMS
According to scientists at the
unavoidable. Their research shows that half of the most commonly touched surfaces in the office - like the coffee pot handle, tabletops, doorknobs and phones - can become infected with a sick person's germs before lunchtime. The study was conducted by placing a droplet of water laced with fake cold, flu and stomach flu viruses on one of the 80 office workers involved with the test. Four hours later, more than half of the office surfaces had traces of the fake viruses and by the end of the day 70% of the tested surfaces had traces of the
fake stomach flu viruses. Researchers said that the risk of getting sick from one of these fake viruses was between 40 and 90 percent. A second study showed that in an environment where free tissues, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes were offered to employees ,the risk of becoming infected with one of the fake viruses went down to 10 perfect. (Huffington Post)
fruits, vegetables and whole grains but less milk than the non-vegetarians. In addition to a lower risk of both fatal and non-fatal heart disease, they also had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, lower BMIs and fewer cases of diabetes. (The
WATCHING PORN BOOSTS SUPPORT FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Exposure to
pornography can make heterosexual men more accepting of same-sex marriage. A study co-authored by researchers at
that pornography caused straight men to become more open-minded to non-traditional sexual situations like gay sex. This resulted in heterosexual men - particularly less educated ones - to become more supportive of same-sex marriage. (
CHILDHOOD TANTRUMS CAN INDICATE FUTURE HEART PROBLEMS: Adults,
particularly women, are more likely to have heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular disease if they were prone to emotional distress as children. A study conducted at
TODAY IS NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY: IHOP will be giving away free pancakes in
Honor of National Pancake Day today. IHOP began celebrating National Pancake Day in 2006 in order to raise money for charity. This year, IHOP hopes to raise $3 million for the Children's Miracle Network by offering free short stacks to customers. (
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pieces of fish, will use the same Alaska Pollock used in the fast-food chain's
Filet-O-Fish. (Fox News)
7 UNEXPECTED HEALTH BENEFITS YOU
1. It helps you breathe easier. Sex is reputedly a natural
antihistamine, helping to combat hay fever and asthma symptoms.
2. You'll look younger. A good sex life is a key to youthful looks,
according to a study of 3,500 people age 18 to 102 conducted by the Royal
Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland. Researchers attributed this to reductions in
stress, greater contentment and better sleep, all of which are also associated
with sexual activity.
3. It can help your body fight disease. Engaging in sex once or twice a
week produces 30 percent higher levels of immunoglobulin A, which boosts your
body's immune system. Scientists have also found that having an active sex life
may even lower your risk of developing cancer, heart disease and stroke. On top
of all that, it's a remedy for colds and flu.
4. It burns calories. Like any exercise, sexual intercourse burns fat
and calories - about 96 calories in 20 minutes for a 150-lb. person. That means
it'll burn off the calories from that extra glass of wine at dinner (which may
have been what put you in the mood in the first place!).
5. It reduces pain. Studies show that vaginal stimulation results in
increased pain tolerance, and pleasurable self-stimulation of the clitoris also
has an analgesic effect. Researchers report that this type of stimulation can
ease the pain of menstrual cramps, arthritis, migraine and other conditions.
6. It helps you live longer - if you do it often enough.
A Welsh longitudinal study examined the relationship between mortality and
frequency of sexual activity. Researchers found that the risk of dying in any
one year was 50 percent lower among men who had sex twice or more a week than
among men who had sex less than once a month. Even when controlling for such
factors as age, social class and smoking status, the study concluded that the
more sex, the better.
7. It promotes a feeling of well-bein of well-being. Sexual activity
fosters everything from sexual and reproductive health to happiness. And one
that surges in oxytocin and endorphins (which have an apparent sedative effect)
occurred as a result of orgasm, explaining why sex often leads to falling
WHY CAN'T WE SHAKE MEMORIES FROM HIGH SCHOOL?: New research by developmental psychologists shows that the reason memories of school stay disproportionately strong is all down to chemical changes in the brain during adolescence. This phenomenon, called "the reminiscence bump" may be caused by the rapid changes in the
prefrontal cortex during the teen years. This part of the brain is what allows
us to reason and control impulses and as it develops, so does a person's sense
of self. Laurence Steinberg, a leading researcher on adolescence explains,
"When your identity is in transition, you store memories more vividly than
you do in times of stability." (Daily Mail)