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last week, leaving it without power or working toilets for days in the
finally made it to
AILING PRESIDENT CHAVEZ MAKES SURPRISE RETURN TO VENEZUELA: President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return to
undergoing cancer surgery and more than two months of treatment afterward in
Venezuela has been secretive about Chavez' condition as well as about what type
of cancer he's been battling, revealing only that it's in the pelvic region.
CBS NEWS: NEWTOWN'S LANZA WANTED TO TOP NORWEGIAN KILLER'S DEATH TOLL: Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man who carried out the Newtown massacre in December, killing 20 first-graders and six adults at an elementary school as well as his mother before taking his own life, wanted to kill more people than the 77 murdered by a Norwegian man in 2011, CBS News reported Monday (February 18th), citing unnamed law enforcement
sources. However, a spokesman for the
inaccurate speculation. The CBS report said that Lanza saw himself in direct competition with Anders Behring Breivik, who carried out his politically-motivated bombing and shooting attack in
what was described as "the easiest target," with the, quote, "largest cluster of people." The report says Lanza was also motivated by violent video games and had spent many hours playing them and working on his computer shooting skills in his basement gaming room.
RUSSIANS HOPING TO FIND METEORITE FRAGMENTS TO SELL: The meteorite that exploded over Russia's Ural mountains on Friday morning (February 15th), causing a shockwave that injured about 1,200 people, from shattered glass and debris, and caused some $33 million in damage, has now led to a rush of people trying to find fragments of the meteorite that they hope could sell for thousands of dollars. Groups of people have started
digging through the snow and ice around the city of
already found 53 small fragments around
atmosphere and weighed about 10,000 tons, and
Her family said she was an unintended target. Hours earlier, McFarlane's 14-year-old sister, Destini Warren, stood behind the president as he spoke at
shooting death of
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RUBIO'S PAC RAISES $100K FROM SPEECH'S WATER BOTTLE MOMENT: Senator Marco Rubio's political action committee, Reclaim America, has raised more than $100,000 via a fundraising pitch linked to the Florida Republican's awkward water bottle moment as he delivered the GOP's response to the State of the Union address. Rubio quickly tried to make light of the moment after the speech, tweeting a picture of the water bottle he grabbed for and sipped while maintaining eye contact with the camera, and saying the next day on
away white water bottles with the name "Rubio" in red lettering for a minimum donation of $25. The pitch read, "Send the liberal detractors a message that not only does Marco Rubio inspire you...he hydrates you too."
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BURGER KING'S TWITTER ACCOUNT HACKED TO
caption, "Just got sold to McDonald's because the whopper flopped..." Some messages were also tweeted and retweeted, including ones that used profanity, racial slurs and drug use references, before Burger King was able to get Twitter to freeze the account about an hour later. McDonald's quickly said they weren't responsible, tweeting, "We empathize with our @BurgerKing counterparts. Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking."
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TEXAS WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO TWO SETS OF IDENTICAL TWINS: A 36-year-old woman gave birth on Valentine's Day to two sets of identical twins, a Houston hospital announced on Monday (February 18th), saying the four boys were delivered via Cesarean section at 31 weeks. Tressa Montalvo and her husband, Manuel, already have a two-year-old son named
MAKER'S MARK REVERSES ITSELF, SAYS
than doubled in the past seven years.
THREE DAYS GRACE ADDING TO TOUR WITH NEW SINGER: Three Days Grace has extended its current touring schedule to include a new round of headlining dates in April and May, according to Loudwire. The band, which is currently on the road with Shinedown, will kick off the new run on April 17th in
May 17th finale in
At the moment, Three Days Grace features My Darkest Days frontman Matt Walst
on vocals instead of founding singer Adam Gontier, who left the group in December. It is not yet known whether Walst, the brother of Three Days Grace bassist Brad Walst, will join the band permanently and how that could affect My Darkest Days.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH AIMING FOR SUMMER WITH NEW ALBUM: Five Finger Death Punch is aiming for a summer 2013 release for its fourth studio album, which the band is in the process of recording now. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory has posted a series of photos from the sessions online at Instagram, with his captions mentioning a summer arrival for the disc and teasing an album title. The group is recording at the Hideout in its hometown of
spend some time. But all the material, yeah, we have a lot of stuff."
CHECK IT OUT: See one of Bathory's in-studio shots at http://instagram.com/p/Vw8HhbzDks/
DEVICE DID NOT MEAN THE END FOR DISTURBED: Disturbed frontman David
Draiman posted a statement online over the weekend reassuring fans that his new band Device did not mean the end of Disturbed. Draiman wrote, "Disturbed is still on hiatus. A hiatus is an extended break, not 'breakup.' We have fought long and hard together, all of us, to make Disturbed what it has become, and are not just walking away from it . . . The existence of Device does not in any way shape or form mean the end of Disturbed. They are two completely separate entities, and I hold them both in the highest regard." Device's first single is due out this week, with its debut disc arriving on April 9th. (Blabbermouth)
NEW METALLICA VIDEO: As part of the promotion for their new line of Vans shoes, the members of Metallica have each shot a video where they meet up with Vans-backed athletes.
Following clips of bassist Robert Trujillo meeting skater Tony Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett hanging out with pro surfer Nathan Fletcher, the latest video shows frontman James Hetfield showing pro skateboarder Steve Caballero his vintage car collection and giving him a tour of Metallica's
CHECK IT OUT: Watch James Hetfield give Steve Caballero a look at his cars and a tour of Metallica HQ:
ROBERT PLANT HINTS AT 2014 LED ZEPPELIN REUNION: Robert Plant hinted that 2014 might see another revival of Led Zeppelin. During his recent appearance
the finger at Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones for holding up ongoing Zep plans. Plant defended himself against fans believing that he's the sole holdout for new Zeppelin music and road dates, saying, "Y'know, the two other guys are Capricorns and they keep schtum. They don't say a word. But they are quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. . . and I'm not the bad guy."
When reminded that the fans long believed him to be the "bad guy," Plant said, "Well then, you need to see the Capricorns -- 'cause, I've got nothing to do in 2014."
Iommi's submitted question was, "When are we going to get to work on that album of
riffs together? You know what I'm talking about..." May replied, "Yes, I do know what he's talking about and I'm very, very keen. The record he's talking about was supposed to be a secret but I guess he's blown it now!"