OKLAHOMA TORNADO DEATH TOLL REDUCED TO 24, TWISTER WAS AN EF5: The death toll from the powerful tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma, was reduced to 24 yesterday (May 21st), including nine children, from an earlier higher estimate of 51, while
scientists concluded the twister was a rare EF5, the top of the scale used to measure tornado strength. The National Weather Service said the tornado had winds of at least 200 miles per hour, was at least a half-mile wide, and was on the ground for 40 minutes.
Amazing video of the formation of the
attorney, William W. Taylor III, said she'd refuse to testify because of a criminal investigation by the Justice Department, stating that Lerner, quote, "has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation, but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course." Also yesterday, former
going to be looking into it, and I knew that it was being stopped. Sitting there then and sitting here today, I think I made the right decision, which is to let the inspector general get to the bottom of it, chase down all the facts and then make his findings public."
APPEALS COURT: BIN LADEN DEATH PHOTOS CAN REMAIN CLASSIFIED: A federal appeals court ruled unanimously Tuesday (May 21st) that the U.S. government had properly classified as top secret more than 50 images of Osama bin Laden that were taken
after his death, and said the government doesn't need to release them. The conservative nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch had sued for photographs and video from the May 2011 raid in which
JODI ARIAS ASKS JURY TO SPARE HER
not she should be sentenced to death. After her conviction, the 32-year-old Arias said in a TV interview that she preferred a death sentence to life behind bars, but told jurors yesterday that she'd changed her mind after a tearful meeting with family members later that day, realizing that her death would only cause them more pain. She said, "I'm asking you to please, please don't do that to them. I've already hurt them so badly, along with so many other people. I want everyone's healing to begin, and I want everyone's pain to stop."
After her day in court, Arias give a series of surprise jailhouse media interviews, complaining that she didn't receive a fair trial.
tax strategy yesterday (May 21st) before Congress, which included saving billions of dollars in U.S. taxes by using "stateless" Irish subsidiaries, while saying Apple backs corporate tax reform, even though it may end up paying more. His testimony came after a Senate committee found Apple avoided paying $9 billion in
subsidiaries strategy. Cook said that Apple paid nearly $6 billion in taxes last year, and claimed they avoid tax gimmicks, declaring, "We pay all the taxes we owe." But Democratic Senator Carl Levin said Apple used, quote, "the Holy Grail of tax avoidance," creating one Irish unit that paid no income taxes to any national tax authority for the past five
years. Republican Senator John McCain said Apple's strategy reflected a, quote, "flawed" tax system, stating, "For years, Apple has opted to forego fully contributing to the U.S. Treasury and to American society by shifting profits and circumventing
APPLE IS WORLD'S MOST VALUABLE BRAND: Apple has again been ranked as the world's most valuable brand in an annual accounting by BrandZ and Millward Brown Optimor, which calculates and ranks brands based on their global value. The top 10 and their brand value:
REPORT: MORE ADULTS EXERCISING: A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report suggests that more
HARRY POTTER BOOK SELLS FOR $227K: A unique first edition of the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone that was annotated by author J.K. Rowling sold for a record $227,421 at a
draft lottery for the second time in three years last night (May 21st), giving them the Number One pick for the June 27th draft. The Orlando Magic got the Number Two spot, and the Washington Wizards are third. The reminder of the 14 teams go in reverse order of their records.
SPURS BEAT GRIZZLES 93-89 TO TAKE 2-0 WESTERN CONF. LEAD: The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 92-89 in overtime last night (May 21st) in Texas to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA Western Conference finals. The Spurs pulled off the win in overtime after blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter. Game 3 will be played Saturday (May 25th) in
THUNDER'S KEVIN DURANT GIVES $1 MILLION FOR TORNADO AID: Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant pledged $1 million yesterday (May 21st) for tornado relief, wanting to help the town of Moore rebuild after being devastated by Monday's powerful
twister. Durant said, "I call
SuperSonics moved there in 2008. The Thunder also announced a $1 million donation, as did the NBA and players' union.
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with graffiti and mustard. He fled, but police followed on the ground and in a helicopter. A deputy on board the helicopter said he saw Fatzinger enter another home and run out with two bottles of beer. Police were able to corner him with the help of a K-9, but Fatzinger allegedly punched the dog. The suspect has been charged with burglary, grand theft, striking a police dog and resisting arrest. In addition, the owner of the beer also wants to press
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kitchen. When he confronted his partner of 11 years, she downplayed it but the son admitted the whole thing, adding that they even had sex several times. The father called police and the girlfriend was arrested. The 28-year-old woman pleaded guilty to five counts of sex with a minor but told the court she didn't know that 16 was below the legal age of consent. The relationship between the two allegedly began one day when she was discussing driving lessons with the teen. (Daily Mail)
MOWER GANG TO MOW ABANDONED PLAYGROUNDS IN
Mower, Tom Nardone, said the group's first ever Motown Modown will begin this Saturday (May 25th) at O'Shea Playground. The Mower Gang's 20 members currently take turns mowing abandoned parks and playgrounds on Wednesday nights, using their own equipment. Nardone told reporters, "It's cathartic, you know. It's fun because you're out there with your friends, so it's a little like driving go-karts around and it's a little meditative and the impact is really amazing as well. What 20 people with lawn mowers and weed whackers and blowers can do to a park that hasn't been touched in two years is amazing. You can have a
totally usable park in two hours." (
BANK ROBBER FAILS; ROBS DRUGSTORE ACROSS THE STREET INSTEAD: A man in
amount of money. Police are still looking for the robber. (RTTNews)
WOMAN BRAGS ABOUT HITTING CYCLIST ON TWITTER: A woman in
club we are conscious that we share the road with other road users all of whom are expected to adhere to the requirements of the Highway Code. Incidents like this seem to be relatively rare and we are disappointed by the reaction of the individual motorist involved. We hope this raises the awareness of how vulnerable people can be whether that's as a cyclist or pedestrian on our roads. The club and its committee will cooperate fully with police enquires
where necessary and when asked to do so." (Gawker)
GETTING A TRAMP STAMP MIGHT MAKE YOU TRAMPY: A French psychologist finds that women with tramp stamps, or tatoos on their lower back, are perceived as more
promiscuous by men. To find this, the researcher sent a group of female participants wearing temporary tatoos on their lower backs unaccompanied and another group with the same characteristics except the women did not have a lower back tattoo. Researchers found that womens with the tramp stamp were approached by men 24-percent of the time, while those without one were approached 10-percent of the time. Additionally, men approached women with the tattoos eleven minutes faster than their tattoo-free counterparts. The psychologst, Nicolas Gueguen, says perhaps as a result, women with tattoos receive more sexual overtures from men, faster, and have sex at a younger age. (NY Magazine)
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beers include Budweiser, Miller Light, and Coors Light and a study by Restaurant Sciences finds they're all going up in cost due to the popularity of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, in particular, with hipsters. Study writers say, "Traditionally lower-priced beers such as
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reading level to the sophomore year of college reading level. The American Medical Association and a number of
WHY IT MATTERS WHAT FLOOR YOUR APARTMENT IS ON: New research from the
who live on the ground floor were found to have a 22-percent greater chance of dying earlier. To find this, researchers quantified the deaths of over 142-thousand apartment residents in
COFFEE DRINKING LINKED TO REDUCED RISK OF LIVER DISEASE: Researchers from the Mayo Clinic say coffee drinking can now be linked to reduced risk of an autoimmune liver
disease. Study author Dr. Crain Lammert says the disease is primary sclerosing cholangitis (
coffee consumption was associated with reduced risk of
METALLICA’S LARS ULRICH SAYS HE MIGHT DIRECT A MOVIE
directing a movie himself one day.
He replied, "The biggest enemy I have is time. Metallica in its 32nd year is busier and has more projects on the table and takes up more of my time than it ever has. I may do it. I would love to do something. I have actually been offered the chance to both direct and produce as well as write and I've acted in a couple of films so I do what I can."
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COREY TAYLOR ON SLIPKNOT: ‘IT’S STARTING TO FEEL LIKE IT’S TIME’ For
a long time, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor seemed the most hesitant to get back into the studio and make a new album following the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray. But
with three years having passed since Gray's death, and with Taylor making three
albums with Stone Sour since then, the singer told Pulse of Radio that he thinks 2014 will finally be the year of the Knot: "I know everybody is pretty keen on getting together and seeing what happens next year, so I mean, if it takes us a year to write an album, so be it. The main goal is to just get us in the room and just see what happens, you know. If we can get past that first day, I think it'll come together. Now that we're all kind of in better places in our lives and whatnot, it's making it a little easier to be excited about it again. It's
just starting to feel like it's time."
STEVEN SPIELBERG CREATING 'HALO' TV SERIES: Steven Spielberg is teaming up with Microsoft to create a live-action TV series based on the video game Halo. Spielberg released a
statement saying, "The Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at that intersection where technology and myth-making meet to produce something truly groundbreaking."
RICKY GERVAIS SHOW GETS NETFLIX PREMIERE DATE: A new series called Derek starring Ricky Gervais will make its debut stateside via Netflix on September 12th. The show is about a naive man who works in a nursing home. It has already been renewed for second
season over in the
OKLAHOMA TORNADO KILLS 24, DEATH TOLL TO RISE: A huge tornado at least a half-mile wide and with winds up to 200 miles per hour hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma, on
Monday (May 20th), killing at least 24 people as it leveled whole neighborhoods and flattened an elementary school in the Oklahoma City suburb. The death toll is expected to rise, with the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office saying the number of dead could rise to as much as 91. The National Weather Service issued an initial finding that the tornado was an EF-4, the second most-powerful type. Scenes from the aftermath of the afternoon tornado saw rescuers pulling children from the destroyed
Stormchaser video of the
that an upcoming report was likely to say the
rule as we see it that we do not intervene in ongoing investigations." Republicans accused the president of being unaware of important goings-on in the government, but Obama advisers argued the GOP would be a lot more up in arms if the president had been told about the
CONGRESSIONAL PROBE: APPLE AVOIDED PAYING BILLIONS IN TAXES: A Congressional investigation has found that Apple, the nation's biggest and most profitable technology company, avoided paying billions of dollars in taxes both in the
haven't accused Apple of breaking any laws, said Apple shifted at least $74 billion from the reach of the
MORE POOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE SUBURBS: A study out Monday (May 20th) said that more poor people now live in the nation's suburbs than in cities because of affordable housing,
service-sector jobs and the increased use of housing vouchers. The Brookings Institution found that the number of those in poverty living in suburbs shot up 67 percent between 2000 and 2011, a much larger increase than in cities. Suburbs, however, still have a smaller percentage of the poor than cities do. The report says poor people were drawn to the suburbs by more affordable homes and followed jobs that were often low paying. But they also saw manufacturing jobs disappear and housing prices plummet following the Great Recession.
BOEING 787 PLANES BACK IN SERVICE: Boeing 787 planes returned to the air on Monday (May 20th) four months after they were grounded in the wake of incidents of smoldering
batteries on two 787s owned by other airlines prompted. United is the only
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement: "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today. I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my
life and I will always miss him."
Doors drummer John Densmore said in a statement: "There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison's words. Ray, I felt totally in sync with
you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother."
Ray Manzarek was born Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr. on
and L.A. Woman (1971) -- before Jim Morrison's death on July 3rd, 1971 in Paris.
CHESTER BENNINGTON TO DO MORE WITH STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: After Stone Temple Pilots made a surprise appearance at the 2013 KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California on Saturday (May 18th) with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington on lead vocals, the band and Bennington have made it clear that they intend to continue recording and performing together.
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SYSTEM OF A DOWN BASSIST BLAMES SINGER FOR BAND HIATUS: System Of A
Down bassist Shavo Odadjian posted a series of statements at his Facebook page on Monday (May 20th) in which he directly blamed singer Serj Tankian for the band's continued lack of new music, saying that the vocalist was holding the group back. According to Loudwire, Odadjian wrote in a post riddled with spelling errors, "I'll come clean.. Its not us, meaning Daron [Malakian, guitar], John [Dolmayan, drums] or Shavo!! Its Serj, who doesn't want to do a new album . . . now he might hate me for exposing the truth but I had too. Sorry folks!!! We're trying to get a new album out, it's just not passing Serj's RULES!"
Odadjian hinted that he would be happy to work with a new singer, saying, "I'm
ready to release (a new album) with someone who wants to be the singer of System, not someone we have to beg to be a part of System!! So with that in mind, what do you guys (think we) should do? Just remember, he's been holding us back for 7 years so far -- wanna wait another five years? Or shall we release a record without Serj?"
SICK PUPPIES SET RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM; SINGLE OUT NOW: Sick Puppies will release their fourth studio album, called Connect, on July 16th, with the first single, "There's No Going Back," arriving at radio stations and iTunes on Monday (May 20th).
The entire 12-song set is also available for pre-order at iTunes. Connect will follow up 2009's Tri-Polar, which featured the singles "Odd One," "Maybe," "You're Going Down" and
"Riptide," the latter two of which were both Top Five hits on the Active Rock radio chart.
'ANGRY BIRDS' MOVIE GETS A WRITER: Veteran writer Jon Vitti has signed on to write the screenplay for the Angry Birds animated film. Vitti previously wrote for The Simpsons, King of the Hill, The Office, and The Larry Sanders Show.
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20-seconds. Esha Khare is just 18-years-old and her invention was showcased at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this past week. Sources say that Google has already contacted her to discuss her invention, and that she will be attending Harvard in the fall. (Washingont Times)
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have increased in popularity. Roberson says most shelters he builds include air filtration systems, a ventilation system, a toilet system, and blast-proof and fallout-proof casing on the outside. The shelters usually include TVs, high power appliances and rooms to grow plants in. Roberson says, "Budget and imagination are the only limits." (
TORNADOES STRIKE CENTRAL PART OF THE COUNTRY: More than two dozen tornadoes struck in the central park of the
DAYS OF REPAIRS AHEAD AFTER CONNECTICUT COMMUTER TRAIN DERAILMENT: Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said Sunday (May 19th) that it could take up to a week for repairs to be made to the commuter train line that had a derailment on Friday evening, and warned about traffic being a mess in the southwestern part of the state until trains are running again as people try to get to their jobs in New York City. There were
72 people injured Friday, one of whom remained in critical condition Sunday, when a Metro-North Railroad train heading east from
MURDER AS HATE CRIME CHARGE AFTER GAY
bail. Police say that before opening fire on 32-year-old Mark Carson, Morales followed Carson and his companion through the Greenwich Village streets, a historic center of the gay rights movement, asking if they, quote, "want to die here." Morales is then alleged to have yelled anti-gay slurs before shooting
'WALL STREET JOURNAL': YAHOO BOARD APPROVES DEAL TO BUY TUMBLR: The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday (May 19th) that Yahoo's board has approved a deal to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash. The acquisition of the blogging and social networking site
would be the largest deal by president and
the company last July, intent on revitalizing the former Internet leader that's struggled in recent years. The technology blog AllThingsD cited sources as saying Yahoo wants to acquire fast-growing Tumblr because its younger user base would bolster Yahoo's, quote, "cool factor."
LONE WINNER OF RECORD $590.5 MILLION POWERBALL JACKPOT: There was just one winner of Saturday's (May 18th) largest-ever Powerball jackpot of $590.5 million, with the winning ticket bought at a Publix supermarket in the small city of Zephyrhills, Florida, about 30 miles northeast of Tampa. The winning numbers for the record jackpot were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
OBAMA URGES MOREHOUSE COLLEGE GRADS TO HELP OTHERS: President Obama delivered the commencement address Sunday (May 19th) at Morehouse College, an all-male, historically black college in Atlanta, in which he urged the graduates to use their lives and their example to help others, and not just to aspire to wealth and material things. He said, "So yes, go get that law degree. But if you do, ask yourself if the only option is to defend the rich and powerful, or if you can also find time to defend the powerless. Sure, go get your MBA, or start that business, we need black businesses out there. But ask yourself what broader purpose your business might serve, in putting people to work, or transforming a neighborhood." The president also spoke in personal terms, saying his success was due to, quote, "the special obligation I felt, as a black man like you, to help those who need it most, people who didn't have the opportunities that I had -- because there but for the grace of God, go I. I might have been in their shoes. I might have been in prison. I might have been unemployed. I might not have been able to support a family." Obama also spoke about the
importance of family, saying success in every other aspect of life means nothing without it.
FLESH-EATING DISEASE VICTIM GETS PROSTHETIC HANDS: A 25-year-old
positions and have 24 programmable functions. Her father told AP that Aimee got the hands from Touch Bionics in exchange for her serving as an ambassador for the company. He said Aimee is likely to begin looking for a prosthetic leg with a computer-controlled knee joint to allow for more natural movement.
NASA RECORDS BRIGHT EXPLOSION ON THE MOON FROM METEOR: NASA has been monitoring meteor explosions on the surface of the Moon since 2005, and have announced that they observed and recorded an explosion in March that was so bright it would have
been visible from Earth without a telescope. The impact was nearly 10 times as bright as others that had been previously recorded. Scientists estimate the meteor was about the size of a small boulder and released as much energy as five tons of dynamite. Unlike Earth, the Moon has no atmosphere to protect it, so meteoroids don't burn up as they
ROBIN FINCK JOINS NINE INCH NAILS AS NEW BASSIST: Nine Inch Nails have quickly rebounded in the wake of bassist Eric Avery's departure last week. Trent Reznor announced that guitarist Robin Finck, who has played with the band off and on since 1994, is joining their touring lineup effective immediately.
Reznor announced on Tumblr, "The addition of Robin to the mix of players I've assembled makes this band incredibly powerful and versatile. We are deep in the rehearsal process and it feels exciting and great to be back at this."
After just months with the band, Avery announced he was leaving Nine Inch Nails on
Facebook, saying that he was "overwhelmed" at the thought of touring again after having spent a year on the road with Garbage. He wrote, "It's been a tough call and I don't know if it's the right one. I really want to focus on my musical life here in
Midway through the set, Grohl joined the rockers for a rendition of "Bitch." UltimateClassicRock.com reported that "Grohl banged out the guitar parts along with Keith Richards and traded vocals with Mick Jagger."
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Lambesis has been in jail since May 7th, when the 32-year-old was accused of hiring a
hitman to kill his estranged wife. He was arrested after handing the "hitman" -- really an undercover police officer -- $1,000 in cash, along with his wife's address and gate security codes.
UTSanDiego.com reported that during Friday's hearing, attorney Thomas Warwick said that his client had been taking steroids, and the drugs are to blame for his clouded judgement.
we need to get him back."
NEW FOSSIL NAMED AFTER JOHNNY DEPP: Scientists have named a newly discovered fossil after Johnny Depp because of its resemblance to the actor's character Edward Scissorhands. According to David Legg of
Of A Plains Indian when she showed the world that she wasn't wearing any underwear by hiking up her dress to avoid rain puddles and to walk up a set of stairs.
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ABOUT SMELL: The owner of Bacon Bacon in
proper health permits. According to an attorney for the neighbors, the restaurant doesn't have a filtration system to deal with the bacon smell. The attorney also claims the restaurant is dumping bacon grease directly into the sewer system. The attorney added, "My client offered to pay the restaurant owner money to install an air filter. To date, the owner has not accepted that offer." The restaurant owner said, "Two weeks ago, the health department showed up saying we had no permits. So we had a hearing and one person showed up saying they were opposed. They told us we had long enough to resolve these issues." (
FUNERAL HOME OFFERS BICYCLE HEARSE: A funeral home in
STUDENT ACCUSED OF FAKING KIDNAPPING TO AVOID TELLING PARENTS ABOUT FAILING GRADES: A student who was failing his English class at
This means that at least 100-million of Facebook's "montthly active users" are pets, brands, and companies. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg even has a Facebook page for his dog, named Beast. Emarketer also reports that currently half the populations of the
U.S. CITIES WITH THE MOST DOG ATTACKS ON MAIL CARRIERS: The U.S. Postal Service has released the numbes, and it turns out Los Angeles is the U.S. city with the most dog attack on mail carriers in fiscal 2012.
year-round fair weather, like
GOOGLE AUTOCOMPLETE PERPETUATES RACISM? A study by the
categorized the autocomplete options that popped up. The research found high proportions of negative evaluative questions for black people, gay people and males. Autocomplete tended to construct questions about black people that implied they were lazy and criminal, that gay people contract AIDS and are going to hell, and that males are under-achieveing and treat females poorly. Google says the system is entirely automated, and that the search queries that pop up as part of autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of all web users. Researchers with the study commented that "humans may have already shaped the internet in their image, having taught stereotypes to search engines." (Daily Mail)
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SCIENTISTS AGREE ON CLIMATE CHANGE: A survey of thousands of scientific studies from scientific journals has found that 97.1-percent agreed that climate change is caused by human activity. The Australian researchers say they looked at more than four-thousand papers and found that just 0.7-percent disputed the scientific consensus that climate
change is the result of human activity. Survey leader John Cook with the
to undermine the science behind climate change. (UPI)