FBI PUTS 150 IN CUSTODY IN SEX TRAFFICKING SWEEP: 150 people across the United States were arrested by the FBI over the weekend on charges of holding children against their will for prostitution. FBI officials called the three-day sweep the largest-ever operation against child sex-trafficking. The arrests were made in 76 cities, with all suspects expected to face state and federal charges related to sex crimes and human trafficking. FBI agents and local police recovered 105 children during the operation at truck stops, motels, casinos and other places where officials said they were forced to work as prostitutes.
8 ARRESTED AFTER U.S. SURFING OPEN ENDS WITH RIOT: An unruly mob swept through the downtown area of California's Huntington Beach following the town's U.S. Open of Surfing on Sunday night (July 28th), fighting, looting a bicycle shop, clashing with police and trashing property before authorities broke up the disturbance and made eight arrests. Several officers and people received minor injuries. The weeklong surfing competition drew thousands of people to the Orange County city that bills itself as "Surf City USA."
SWISS TRAINS COLLIDE, INJURING 35: Two trains in Switzerland collided head-on Monday evening (July 29th), injuring about 35 people. The driver of one of the trains was still unaccounted for and thought to be inside the wreckage. Police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel said that the trains were traveling at slower speeds, adding that "the situation could have been much more catastrophic." He also said it was too early to ascertain the cause of the crash. The accident comes a week after one of the worst train crashes in decades killed 79 people in Spain.
TALIBAN FREES HUNDREDS OF PRISONERS: Taliban fighters disguised as police and armed with bombs and grenades broke 250 prisoners out of a Pakistan jail in a brazen overnight operation that raised serious questions over the new government's ability to combat militancy. Explosions and machine gunfire rattling the city of Dera Ismail Khan near Pakistan's lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
MONOGAMY MAY HAVE EVOLVED TO PROTECT CHILDREN: A new study has concluded that monogamy may have evolved among humans and other mammals because it protected infants from being killed by rival males. Scientists at University College London suggest that in addition to providing more effective infant care, monogamy developed so that a rival male would not kill a newly born infant in order to return a female to a fertile state so that he could impregnate her with his own child. Infanticide is very high among some primate species, including chimpanzees and gorillas, possibly for that reason, but the new study shows that the risk of that happening led to monogamous relationships among primates and, eventually, humans.
HOUSE MADE OF BEER CANS NOW A LANDMARK: A house covered completely in flattened beer cans remains both an art object and a landmark in Houston. John Milkosovich began papering the walls of his house with crushed beer cans in the early '70s, when aluminum siding was all the rage, using as many as 50,000 cans that he had piled up by drinking a six-pack daily over the span of 20 years. Milkosovich passed away in the mid-'80s, but his wife lived in the house until her death in the mid-'90s and the house was purchased 10 years ago by local nonprofit Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, who restored it and opened it to the public. Ruben Guevara, head of restoration and preservation of the so-called Beer Can House, said that Milksovich "had no idea what was the fascination about what he was doing."
RESIDENTS OF NORTH DAKOTA ARE TOP BEER CONSUMERS: While we're on the subject of beer, the top five states for beer consumption per capita are North Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to a survey released by the Beer Institute, a trade organization. North Dakota drank about 45.8 gallons of beer per resident 21 and older last year. The figures do not include anyone under the age of 21. The states that consume the least suds per capita are Utah, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Kentucky, with Utah residents drinking about 20.2 gallons of beer on average last year. Most of the beer across the board -- 72 percent, in fact, -- was consumed by men.
FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHER'S BODY RECOVERED: The body of former major league pitcher Frank Castillo was recovered on Monday after he apparently drowned in Bartlett Lake northeast of Phoenix. The 44-year-old Castillo, who family members and friends said wasn't a good swimmer, jumped off a pontoon boat Sunday afternoon for a swim and didn't resurface. Castillo had an 82-104 record in 13 major league seasons, pitching for the Chicago Cubs, Colorado, Detroit, Toronto, Boston and Florida before retiring in 2005.
A-ROD COULD FACE LIFETIME BAN: Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez could face a lifetime ban from playing if he doesn't take a deal that would suspend him for the rest of 2013 and all of 2014. Rodriguez is widely expected to be implicated in the scandal surrounding Biogenesis, the South Florida anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to him and other players.
THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL MAY DIFFER IN MEN AND WOMEN: A new study finds that gender may influence which emotions drive heavy drinkers to drink, and how they feel the next day. To find this, researchers from the University of Vermont had a group of nearly 250 participants who were flagged by their doctors as having a possible drinking problem go through an alcohol treatment program. Following the treatment, participants were then called every day for six months and asked about their moods, stress level, and drinking habits. Researchers found that anger drove men to drink, and a man who felt angry the next day was more likely to drink than a man who did not feel as angry. Researchers say they also found that people reported less happiness as they use more alcohol, and that this effect was seen in both men and women, but was particularly strong in women. Researchers hope the findings will be useful in helping a person who might have a drinking problem. (Fox)
OPTIMISTS ARE MORE RESILIENT TO STRESS: New research finds that optimists are more resilient to stress than other personality types. To find this, researchers from Concordia University presented participants with a half a glass of water. Participants were then asked how they viewed the glass. Researchers found that those who viewed the glass as "half full" had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than their pessimist coubnterparts. Additionally, the optimists held steady levels of cortisol even after a tough day, while the pessimists' corisol levels shot up each time they faces a stressful situation. Researchers explain that this happens because optimists usually believe they're going to overcome stressors and are therefore more likely to seek out solutions, while pessimists tend to expect the worst and avoid challenging situations which adds more stress. (Men's Health)
HAVING NATURAL TEETH LINKED TO BRAIN POWER: New research finds that people with fewer natural teeth performed worse on mental exercises than those with all of their teeth. The study was published in the European Journal of Oral Sciences, and researchers found that with men of all ages, having more natural teeth meant they would perform better on mental exercises. Men's Health dentistry advisor, Dr. Mark Wolff, said the results may indicate that, "People who have more teeth are probably more health-conscious and take better care of themselves, as well as their teeth." (Men's Health)
TO MAKE A BETTER BARGAIN, COMPLIMENT THE SELLER: New research finds that flattering the seller of an item might get you a better bargain on it. To find this, researchers assigned a group of participants the role of a buyer or a seller and then presented them with a coffee mug. Sellers were told they could keep the mug or sell it, and buyers were asked to evaluate the mug. Bother sellers and buyers were shown several words on a computer screen-- all of the words fell into three categories: threatening, neutral or non-words. They found that sellers responded to threat-related words much more quickly than buyers, and made them drive up the price of their item. Researchers say they were able to neutralize this effect in buyers when they flattered them. One researcher explains, "Buyers may want to affirm sellers to make them feel less threatened by the loss of a possession and therefore willing to set lower prices." (Daily Mail)
JONATHAN DAVIS DISCUSSES KORN’S NEW ALBUM: Korn's 11th album The Paradign Shift is out on Oct 1st. With a single nearly ready to drop in two weeks, singer Jonathan Davis told Pulse fo Radio what the experience was like having Brian "Head" Welch back in the studio, making this record extra special.
"Untouchables used to be my favorite, but this one's mine now. You know, it's just all those years of work and being able to be in a band this long with the guys. And having Head back bringing, you know, that ole chemistry back with him with Munky James Shaffer on the rock side and I was on the electronic side. It was good having the compromise on both sides. It was just good for the creative process, I think."
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METALLCA MOVIE SOUNDTRACK SET FOR SEPTEMBER RELEASE: The soundtrack to the upcoming 3D motion picture, Metallica Through The Never, will be released on September 24th. The two-disc project, which will be released on the band's own Blackened Recordings, will highlight last year's shows at Rexall Place in Edmonton and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the band filmed all performance footage featured in the film.
The Metallica Through The Never soundtrack is already available for digital pre-order.
Fans will also have access to a special vinyl edition of the soundtrack later this the fall.
Lars Ulrich said, "Let's hear it for the old school soundtrack! Not only are we beyond psyched about our movie coming your way shortly, but the fact that we get to share the music directly in all these formats is way f*****' cool."
Here is the track listing for Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture)"
1. THE ECSTASY OF GOLD
2. CREEPING DEATH
3. FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
5. RIDE THE LIGHTNING
7. THE MEMORY REMAINS
8. WHEREVER I MAY ROAM
10. ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
1. MASTER OF PUPPETS
3. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS
4. ENTER SANDMAN
5. HIT THE LIGHTS
Metallica Through the Never will be in IMAX 3D theaters on September 27th and in theaters everywhere on October 4th.
LINDSAY LOHAN TO GUEST HOST 'CHELSEA LATELY': Lindsay Lohan's road to career redemption will continue with a guest hosting gig on Chelsea Lately on August 5th. E! promises that Lilo will interact with Chelsea's sidekick Chuy, run the roundtable discussion, and interview the celebrity guests.
EVAN RACHEL WOOD GIVES BIRTH: Thirteen star Evan Rachel Wood and her husband Jamie Bell welcomed a baby boy on Monday (July 29th.) This is the first child for the couple who were married in October of 2012. A rep for the actress confirmed that "Parents and baby are doing well."
ALLEGED NAKED PHOTO OF JOSH HUTCHERSON LEAKS ONLINE: A naked photo allegedly of Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson leaked online on Monday (July 29th) supposedly taken off of an online dating site where he was using the name "Connor." Connor reportedly sent photos and videos of him pleasuring himself believed to have been taken sometime around 2010-2011. See the NSFW picture here: http://bit.ly/17NTKhs
LEA MICHELE BREAKS HER SILENCE ON CORY MONTEITH'S DEATH: Lea Michele returned to Twitter for the first time since Cory Monteith's death to post a photo of the couple during a happy day together and to thank her fans once again for their support. Lea wrote, "Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart." Take a look at the photo: http://bit.ly/13hnaoo