SENATORS GRILL MILITARY LEADERS OVER SEXUAL ASSAULTS: Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee grilled senior military leaders Tuesday (June 4th) over sexual assaults in the armed forces. But even as Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the heads of the service branches conceded that they'd fallen short in dealing with sexual assaults, they still strongly opposed congressional efforts to strip military commanders of their traditional authority to decide whether to bring charges against people in their units. In arguing for taking away that authority, some of the senators questioned whether the military's mostly male leadership understands the difference between relatively minor sexual offenses and serious crimes. In a attention-grabbing moment, Navy veteran and former Vietnam prisoner of war Senator John McCain said that a woman had come up to him the night before and said he daughter wanted to join the military, but when she asked McCain if he could give his unqualified support to the idea, he said, "I could not." Dempsey warned that removing commanders from the military justice process would undercut their ability to preserve good order and discipline in their units. But Democratic Senator Kirstin Gillibrand of New York said victims of sexual assault are reluctant to report the crimes to their commanders because they fear their allegations will be dismissed and they might face retaliation.
FRANCE, BRITAIN CONFIRM SARIN USED IN SYRIA: Both Britain and France confirmed Tuesday (June 4th) that the nerve gas sarin had been used in Syria's ongoing civil war, with France specifically saying the chemical weapon was used multiple times in a localized way, including at least once by President Bashar al-Assad's regime. The two nations' findings came on the same day that a U.N. team said it had reasonable grounds to suspect small-scale use of chemical weapons in at least four attacks in March and April. Both Assad's regime and the opposition rebels have accused the other side of using chemical weapons. President Obama has warned that use of such weapons would cross a so-called "red line," hinting at military intervention in the Syrian conflict if that happened. However, he has insisted on a high level of proof that can only come from on-site investigations, which are currently being blocked by Assad's regime. Addressing the matter yesterday, even after the French report, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, "We need more information."
INSANITY PLEA ACCEPTED IN AURORA MASSACRE CASE: A judge yesterday (June 4th) accepted James Holmes' plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater massacre, and ordered him to undergo a mental evaluation. The findings of the exam could be a decisive factor in whether Holmes is convicted and sentenced to death, but it will be evidence in the trial, not the final ruling on whether he was legally insane or not at the time of the shootings, which will be determined by jurors. The judge also granted prosecutors access to a notebook that Holmes sent to a psychiatrist shortly before the attack last July, which killed 12 people and wounded 70. It reportedly contains drawings showing violence.
COMPUTER HACKER TESTIFIES IN MANNING'S COURT MARTIAL: Prosecutors called a convicted computer hacker to testify yesterday (June 4th) on the second day of the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning for his leaking of hundreds of thousands of military documents and State Department cables to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Adrian Lamo, who described himself a computer threat analyst and someone who hacks into computer systems, but not for malicious reasons, testified that Manning contacted him in May 2010 though encrypted online chats from his base in Iraq seeking guidance. Lamo said he considered Manning an idealist, and that the then-intelligence analyst said that he felt intense emotional strain from his job with its access to so much classified material. The prosecution has contended Manning was driven by arrogance, but the defense says he was naive and well-intentioned in wanting to show the American public the reality of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Lamo eventually turned in Manning, and has previously said he did so because the leaks put lives at risk and there was too much material released to be vetted to prevent harm.
CHRYSLER REFUSING TO RECALL SOME 2.7 MILLION JEEPS: Chrysler is refusing to recall about 2.7 million Jeeps the government says are at risk of a fuel tank fire in a rear-end collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked Chrysler to voluntarily recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007. But Chrysler refused, saying the vehicles are safe. It's rare for a car company to refuse a recall, and while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can order one, it needs a court order to enforce it.
OKLAHOMA TORNADO WAS EF5, LARGEST EVER RECORDED: The National Weather Service said Tuesday (June 4th) that the Oklahoma tornado that roared through El Reno last Friday near Oklahoma City was an EF5, the highest on the scale, and was 2.6 miles wide, the largest tornado ever recorded. The twister, which had winds of 295 miles per hour, just shy of the strongest winds ever measured, killed 19 people, including three storm chasers. This was the second EF5 tornado to hit the area in less than two weeks, after the Moore twister, a very rare occurrence. Last Friday's tornado had initially been rated as an EF3, but it was upgraded after the agency surveyed the damage.
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GOOGLE GLASS PORN APP BANNED: After a company called MiKandi got media attention for developing the first porn app for Google Glass, Google has apparently banned such applications for the high-tech, Internet-connected glasses. MiKandi CEO Jesse Adams told CNBC that Google changed their policy over the past weekend to ban explicit content. The revised policy states, "We don't allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts or sexually explicit material." The MiKandi app, called "T**s & Glass," lets users view and share pornographic content from a point-of-view angle.
GALLUP MAKING CHANGES AFTER DISMAL 2012 PERFORMANCE: The Gallup polling firm on Tuesday (June 4th) unveiled changes that it's making to its procedures after its dismal performance in polling last year's presidential election. Gallup's final pre-election poll had Republican nominee Mitt Romney beating President Obama 49 percent to 48 percent, while Obama actually won by 51 percent to 47 percent. Gallup's review singled out several areas that contributed to its botched results: likely voter estimates; polling within regions of the country; asking about and weighing race and ethnicity; and how the respondents were contacted, via cell phones versus land lines.
60TH ANNIVERSARY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH'S CORONATION MARKED: The 60th anniversary of the coronation of Britain's Queen Elizabeth the Second was marked Tuesday (June 4th) with a service in Westminster Abbey. The historic church is the same place where the then 27-year-old Elizabeth was coronated in 1953, ascending to the throne after the death of her father, King George the Sixth. Prime Minister David Cameron attended, as did all the senior royals, including Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate, as well as some 2,000 guests. Elizabeth is moving closer to the record reign of Queen Victoria, who died in 1901 after more than 63 years and seven months on the throne.
FORMER MISS AMERICA ERIKA HAROLD RUNNING FOR HOUSE SEAT: Former Miss America Erika Harold, who won the crown in 2003, is running for a U.S. House seat, challenging freshman Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois in the Republican primary. Harold announced her candidacy yesterday (June 4th) with a video on her campaign website. She said, "I've learned that our lives are defined not by the titles we earn but, rather, by the service we render, and at each point in my life, I've sought to serve."
ESPN: BASEBALL WILL SEEK TO SUSPEND SOME 20 PLAYERS, INCLUDING A-ROD, BRAUN: ESPN's Outside the Lines reported Tuesday (June 4th) that Major League Baseball will seek to suspend some 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the center of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, possibly within the next few weeks. If the suspensions are upheld, the doping scandal would be the largest in U.S. sports history. According to the report, Tony Bosch, founder of Biogenesis of America, reached an agreement this week to cooperate with baseball's investigation, giving officials the information they believe they'll need to suspend the players. The report cited a source as saying 100-game suspensions might be sought, which is the penalty for a second doping offense. The argument is that the players' connection to Bosch constitutes one offense, and previous statements to MLB officials denying any such connection or the use of performance-enhancing drugs is another. Major League Baseball has been pursuing the case since Bosch's name was brought to their attention last summer.
COMPANY SELLS BREAST MILK FLAVORED LOLLIPOPS: A company in Austin, Texas named Lollyphile has created breast milk flavored lollipops. According to Lollyphile's website, several mothers shared their breast milk with the company's "flavor specialists" to help the company develop the lollipop. Jason Darling, the owner of Lollyphile said the reason for creating the odd flavored lollipop was because "...my friends were actually producing milk so delicious it could turn a screaming, furious child into a docile, contented one. I knew I had to capture the flavor." (Fox News)
CAT USED TO SMUGGLE CONTRABAND INTO PRISON: Guards for a Russian prison caught a cat that was being used to sneak contraband into the jail. The cat was reportedly caught as it tried to sneak over a prison wall. The guards soon realized that the cat had handsets and chargers taped to its body however it's still not clear how the cat was supposed to drop off the phones. Russian news agency RIA Novosti said cats have been used by inmates at other jails to smuggle drugs. (Ria Novosti)
SYSTEM OF A DOWN CD ‘NOT SOMETHING I CAN DO RIGHT NOW,’ SAYS SERJ TANKIAN: Two weeks after System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian blamed singer Serj Tankian for holding the group back from making new music, Tankian himself has spoken out -- and more or less confirmed what Odadjian said. Asked about the chances of a new System record, Tankian told Artist Direct, "A new record requires three years. It's not something I can do right now. When I can commit to a three-year album cycle, I'll be down to do it." He added, "I can't write a forced record. It's like romancing someone at a time you don't want to be romantic. It's not even a choice."
JUSTIN THEROUX TO STAR IN HBO PILOT: Jennifer Aniston's future hubby Justin Theroux has landed the lead role in a new HBO drama pilot called The Leftovers from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. The project is based on a book by Tom Perrotta and tells the story of the people who were left behind after the Rapture.
WB TO RE-RELEASE 'THE WIZARD OF OZ': Warner Brothers has announced plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard Of Oz by rereleasing the film in IMAX 3D. The cinema classic will return to the big screen for one week starting on September 20th.
NBC'S 'THE MILLION SECOND QUIZ' TO DEBUT IN SEPTEMBER: NBC announced today (June 4th) that the new game show The Million Second Quiz will debut on September 9th. With more than $1 million cash as the grand prize, the live competition show will air each night in the same time slot until September 14th and then pick up again on September 16th until its two-hour September 19th finale.
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT IS PREGNANT: A rep for Jennifer Love Hewitt has released a statement confirming that The Client List actress is pregnant with her first child with co-star Brian Hallisay. The statement reads, "This is a wonderful time and we are looking forward to starting our family together."
AMANDA BYNES OFFERED A JOB AT PLAYBOY RADIO: Playboy contacted Amanda Bynes via Twitter on Monday (June 3rd) hoping to recruit the 27-year-old to co-host their afternoon radio show for a day. Although Amanda did not publicly respond, she retweeted the message to let her followers know that she is pleased with the offer. According to TMZ, the station is reportedly interested in offering Bynes her own show and has formally issued an offer to the former actress for a one-week trial to see how things go.
MICHAEL DOUGLAS CLARIFIES ORAL SEX CANCER COMMENT: A rep for Michael Douglas is attempting to clear up the recently published quotes of the actor saying that his cancer was caused by performing oral sex on a woman. The rep said, "Michael Douglas did not say cunnilingus was the cause of his cancer. It was discussed that oral sex is a suspected cause of certain oral cancers as doctors in the article point out, but he did not say it was the specific cause of his personal cancer."
MOSQUITOS WITH MALARIA LIKE THE STENCH OF HUMAN FEET: A new study finds that the stench of human feet attracts mosquitos infected with malaria. To find this, researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine first established that mosquitos are drawn to human odors such as sweat. They put a group of people in a hot room, and piped their scent into a tube next to another tube which was untainted by human scent. A group of mosquitos were released, and all of them gravitated to the smelly tube. Researchers then discovered that mosquitos with malaria were particularly attracted to a smelly sock. Researchers say this research is important because it may allow them to create traps that only malara infected mosquitos are drawn to. This would reseult in fewer mosquitos becoming resistant to the insecticides used to kill them. (Fox)
STUDY FINDS SUNSCREEN SLOWS SKIN AGING: A new study finds that sunscreen is actually effective at slowing the skin aging process, and may actually reverse it. To find this, researchers compared photaging in 900 men and women from Australia over a four-year period. Photaging is associated with coarser, slack skin with increased signs of sun damage and aging. The adults were divided into two groups: one group was instructed to apply and SPF 15+ sunscreen each day to their head, neck, arms and hands. This group was told to re-apply the sunscreen after heavy sweating, swimming or spending more than a few hours outdoors. The second group was told to apply sunscreen at their discretion. Those who were instructed to apply sunscreen every day were found to be 24-percent less likely to show increased aging than those who were discretionay sunscreen-appliers. (Fox)
READING WORK E-MAILS INCREASES BLOOD PRESSURE: New research finds a connection between e-mail use and stress levels. To find this a British professor from Loughborough University tracked the blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels of 30 staff members who work in a UK government agency. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. Researchers found that 92-percent of participants had elevated blood pressure and heart rates while they checked e-mail and used the phone. Participants were found to become most stressed when they received an e-mail which required an immediate response, was irrelevant, or distracted them from their work, but that receiving an e-mail that contained useful information was not stressful. (Daily Mail)
COMPANIES LOOKING TO HIRE AUTISTIC PEOPLE: Certain companies are now looking to hire people with autism specifically. Recently German computer software giant SAP launched a recruitment drive to attract people with autism to join it as software testers, and a week later the U.S. home financing firm Freddie Mac began seeking autistic people for internships. Both companies say they hope to harness the unique talents of autistic people as well as give them a chance to flourish in a job. Researchers say that those with high-functioning autism may have intense or obsessive focus and untiring attention to detail. Employers are thought to be attracted to those qualities as well as an autistic person's ability to approach an issue in a creative or counterintuitive way. The president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network says the changes are welcome and long overdue for autistic people. (Fox)
FLYING DRONES TO DELIVER PIZZA? Would you want your pizza delivered by a flying robot? Pizza chain Dominos is currently working with a creative agency to test octocopter drones that would deliver pizzas to people's doorsteps. Dubbed the "DomiCopter," the current prototype has the ability to deliver two, large pizzas in about ten minutes within a four mile radius of the store. Right now the DomiCopter has to be piloted from the ground by someone who knows how to fly a drone, but in the future it migth be able to use GPS coordinates to deliver the pies. The creative agency is called T + Biscuits, and its founder Tom Hatton said of the drone, "If anything, it went quicker than a pizza boy." The drone has now been delivered to Domino's UK headquarters for future testing. (Fox)
SUPREME COURT RULES DNA CAN BE TAKEN FROM THOSE ARRESTED: A divided Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday (June 3rd) that police can take a DNA swab sample from anyone they arrest for a serious crime, upholding a practice that's already carried out by more than half the states and the federal government. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy stated, "Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment." In a shake-up of the usual breakout of the court, liberal Justice Stephen Breyer voted with three of the conservative justices and Kennedy, who's seen as a swing vote, and conservative Justice Antonin Scalia joined the three other liberals in dissenting. Scalia read his sharp dissent aloud yesterday in court, stating, "Make no mistake about it: Because of today's decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason."
TRIAL OF MILITARY LEAKER BRADLEY MANNING BEGINS: The military trial began Monday (June 3rd) of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified military documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan war and State Department cables to the anti-secrecy Wikileaks website, which began publishing them in 2010. The 25-year-old Manning has admitted giving the material to Wikileaks, pleading guilty earlier this year to charges that could bring a 20-year sentence. But the military went ahead with a court-martial on more serious charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence. Prosecutor Captain Joe Morrow charged in his opening statements yesterday that the case is, quote, "about what happens when arrogance meets access to sensitive information." But Manning's lawyers argued that he was a, quote, "young, naive but good-intentioned" soldier whose struggle to fit in as a gay man in the military made him feel he, quote, "needed to do something to make a difference in this world." Manning has said he didn't believe the information he leaked would harm the U.S., but in February, he took the stand and read from a statement in which he said he leaked the material to expose the American military's, quote, "bloodlust" and disregard for human life in Iraq and Afghanistan.
SENATOR FRANK LAUTENBERG OF NEW JERSEY DEAD AT 89: Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, the oldest person in the U.S. Senate and the last World War Two veteran to serve there, died yesterday (June 3rd) after suffering complications from viral pneumonia. He was 89. Lautenberg was elected to five Senate terms in two stints, from 1982 to 2000, and then from 2002 until his death. His legislative accomplishments included co-sponsoring the 1989 law that banned smoking on all domestic flights, writing the 1984 law that threatened to withhold federal highway money from states that didn't raise their drinking age to 21, and championing mass transit, including Amtrak.
MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE HELD AT THE WHITE HOUSE: A mental health conference was held at the White House on Monday (June 3rd) which featured remarks from President Obama and two panel discussions with mental health experts, advocates, government officials and celebrity guests. It was designed to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, with Obama saying yesterday, "There should be no shame in discussing or seeking help for treatable illnesses that affect too many people that we love. We've got to get rid of that embarrassment. We've got to get rid of that stigma." Obama announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs will direct 151 of its health care centers to hold mental health summits from next month through mid-September that will focus on support for veterans and their families and increase awareness about available mental health programs. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also announced a new website, mentalhealth.gov, which she described as a "one-stop shop" for mental health support.
SOCIALITE JILL KELLEY SUES FBI OVER PETRAEUS SEX SCANDAL: Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, who became caught up in the David Petraeus sex scandal late last year, is filing suit against the FBI for leaking her name and what she charges was false, defamatory information about her. Kelley had gone to the authorities about what she claimed was cyberstalking and threats, which was what led to the discovery of Petraeus' extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Kelley, who's involved with the military community in Florida, had complained about harassing messages she was getting from Broadwell. Kelley charges that revealing her name and details about the emails she received made her, quote, "an object of ridicule, moral opprobrium, scorn and derision, causing her shame, public notoriety, egregious loss of privacy and security." Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA in November over the affair, while the cyberstalking investigation against Broadwell was dropped the following month.
EX-NAVY SEAL COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER: A former member of the U.S. Navy SEALs who spent 20 years in the elite military group, including in dangerous war zones, has come out as transgender in a new biography, called Warrior Princess. Kristin Beck, who was formerly Chris Beck, knew from early in childhood that he felt like he was a girl, but suppressed that for decades, Beck's co-author, Anne Speckhard, told ABC News. After Beck's retirement in 2011, he decided to start living as a woman, and made the announcement to friends online. Beck is currently on hormone therapy in preparation for sexual reassignment surgery and lives and dresses as a woman. In the preface to Warrior Princess, Beck said she wrote the book, quote, "to reach out to all of the younger generation and encourage you to live your life fully and to treat each other with compassion, be good to each other . . . "
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NBA'S JASON KIDD RETIRING AFTER 19 SEASONS: Veteran NBA point guard Jason Kidd announced his retirement yesterday (June 3rd) after 19 seasons, saying in a statement released by the New York Knicks, "My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years. As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the NBA, I look back fondly at every season and thank each and every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court." During his career, the 40-year-old Kidd won an NBA title with the 2011 Dallas Mavericks and two Olympic gold medals, is second on the career list in assists and steals, and was a 10-time All-Star. Kidd's decision comes as he still has two years and more than $6 million left on the deal he signed with the Knicks last year.
HALL OF FAME QB JIM KELLY BATTLING CANCER: Hall of Fame former quarterback Jim Kelly disclosed on Monday (June 3rd) that he has cancer in his upper jaw bone, a diagnosis that was made two weeks ago. However, the 53-year-old Kelly, who will undergo surgery to remove part of his jaw, said tests have shown the cancer is isolated to his jaw, and the prognosis for recovery is, quote, "very good." He said, "I'm down at the bottom. But I will rise to the top again. I am extremely confident in my road to recovery. I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kellys always do."
NFL HALL-OF-FAMER DEACON JONES DEAD AT 74: Hall of Fame defensive end David "Deacon" Jones, who's credited with coining the word "sack" for how he brought down quarterbacks, died last night (June 3rd) of natural causes at his California home. He was 74. Jones was the leader of the Los Angeles Rams' "Fearsome Foursome" unit from 1961 to 1971, and then played for San Diego for two seasons before finishing his career with the Washington Redskins in 1974. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and made the league's 75th anniversary all-time team.
SCOTT WEILAND COUNTERSUES STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Well, here's a development we never would have expected (yeah, right): singer Scott Weiland has filed a multi-million dollar countersuit against his former band, Stone Temple Pilots, just one week after the group sued him. According to Rolling Stone, Weiland is seeking compensatory damages in excess of $5 million and an additional $2 million for each "willful use" of the Stone Temple Pilots name.
In his suit, which was filed Friday (May 31st), Weiland states, "How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves? You don't, but three of the instrumentalists from the band 'Stone Temple Pilots' tried."
DAVE NAVARRO PAINTS MOTHER’S PORTRAIT WITH OWN BLOOD: Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro recently participated in an art ritual in the California desert, according to Loudwire. Navarro took part in a bloodletting ceremony, with his blood used to paint a portrait of his late mother, Constance Navarro. Dave was bled through a cut on his forehead, with the blood collected in a wine glass to use in the painting. Navarro is no stranger to bizarre practices: he has undergone flesh hook suspension through his back, which he still practices, and also recently went through some scarification.
CHECK IT OUT: See photos of Navarro's ritual and the painting at http://tinyurl.com/mfotfz5
USA DECIDES NOT TO PICK UP 'HAPPY ENDINGS': USA network has decided not to pick up Happy Endings after it was cancelled by ABC back in May. The network is citing budgetary reasons for their decision and Sony TV is now reportedly looking for a non-network home for the comedy such as Amazon or Netflix.
SWORDS FROM 'LORD OF THE RINGS' STOLEN FROM STORAGE FACILITY: A woman was arrested for stealing two swords used in Lord of the Rings from a storage facility in New York. Brenda McKay is facing charges of felony burglary and is currently being held in Dutchess County Jail on $100,000 bail. The swords are estimated to be worth $150,000 each.
LIONSGATE ANNOUNCES 'THE EXPENDABLES 3' RELEASE DATE: Lionsgate has announced that The Expendables 3 will be released on August 15th, 2014. Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage, and Milla Jovovich are all rumored to be part of the third film in the franchise.
JOB RECRUITMENT SITE FOR BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE EXISTS: The dating site that caused a stir called BeautifulPeople.com has got people buzzing again. The website tells Mashable it is creating a recruitment feature for employers who wish to hire "good-looking staff." The free services is said to give individuals and companies access to its 750-thousand member base of "attractive" people. The people on the site are only allowed to remain users if they are voted "attractive" by others on the site. Greg Hodge, managing director of BeautifulPeople.com says, "An honest employer will tell you that it pays to hire good-looking staff. Attractive people tend to make a better first impression on clients, win more business and earn more." (Mashable)
TENS OF THOUSANDS PROTEST IN TURKEY: Tens of thousands of people protested in the streets of Turkey's four biggest cities on Sunday (June 2nd), clashing with riot police using tear gas and water cannons on the third day of the largest anti-government demonstrations in years. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan blamed the main secular opposition party for inciting the crowds, and said the protests were aimed at pulling votes from his ruling political party as elections begin next year. The protests began on Friday when trees were torn down at a park in Istanbul's main Taksim Square under government plans to redevelop the area, but widened into a broader show of defiance against Erdogan's Islamist-rooted political party when police used force to eject the protesters from the park. The main opposition party denied orchestrating the unrest, blaming Erdogan's policies instead. The handling of the protests has drawn rebukes from the U.S., European Union and international rights groups.
THREE STORM CHASERS KILLED BY OKLAHOMA TORNADO: Three veteran storm chasers were killed Friday night (May 31st) when an EF3 tornado with winds of up to 165 miles per hour that they were following turned on them in Oklahoma. Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras, and colleague Carl Young were among 13 people killed by the tornado, which hit Oklahoma City and its suburbs. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said that the three men's deaths are believed to be the first among scientific researchers while chasing tornadoes. Tim and his Twistex chase team produced storm-chasing material for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and for weather researchers at meteorological conferences. The Discovery Channel had featured Tim on it show Storm Chasers until last year. But Tim's brother, Jim Samaras, told AP, "He looked at tornadoes not for the spotlight of TV but for the scientific aspect. At the end of the day, he wanted to save lives and he gave the ultimate sacrifice for that."
CHELSEA CLINTON'S MOTHER-IN-LAW RUNNING FOR OFFICE: An important woman in Chelsea Clinton's life is running for political office again, but this time it's her mother-in-law who's campaigning, not her mother. Clinton's mother-in-law, Marjorie Margolies, is running to recapture the U.S. House seat that she lost almost 20 years ago. The 70-year-old Margolies is running in the crowded Democratic Party primary for Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district, a seat the former news reporter only held for one term, from 1993 to 1995, and then failed to win re-election. She is now the president of Women's Campaign International, and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. Margolies and her ex-husband, Edward Mezvinsky, are the parents of Marc Mezvinsky, who married Clinton in 2010. Edward Mezvinsky went to prison in 2003 for defrauding investors of more than $10 million, and was released in 2008.
WINNER OF $590 MILLION POWERBALL JACKPOT STILL UNKNOWN: The holder of the winning $590 million Powerball ticket that was sold in Zephyrhillis, Florida, two weeks ago is still unknown, and rumors are flying around the small town of some 13,000 about who among them might be the lucky winner. Dave Walters, a longtime reporter at the Zephyrhillis News community newspaper, told AP, "Being in a small town, everybody knows everybody and in some cases, everybody's business. It's hard to keep a secret in this town, but this is one of the biggest mysteries we've had in a long, long time." The winner has 60 days from the date of the May 18th drawing to claim a lump-sum payment, and until mid-November to claim annual cash payments.
RESEARCH FINDS WOMEN DON'T EARN SO MUCH LESS THAN MEN: It's often stated that women continue to earn substantially less than men, somewhere around 23 percent, but the Yahoo! Finance blog The Exchange says news research shows that might not actually be true. Compensation analysts at Payscale found that while overall that size pay gap exists, when Payscale controlled for a range of factors they found that it's far narrower among men and women who have similar levels of experience, work in the same fields and locations, have the same skills and certifications and are otherwise alike in the workplace. Among non-managerial workers, Payscale found no pay gap at all. At more senior levels, women do earn slightly less than men, but the biggest gap was only 8.5 percent. The Exchange says pay experts have pointed out that women tend to earn less in the overall view because they are more likely to work in fields such as health care, education and social work that pay less than male-dominated fields such as vocational trades, engineering and financial services.
PACERS' HIBBERT FINED FOR GAY SLUR, CURSING IN NEWS CONFERENCE: Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was fined $75,000 by the NBA on Sunday (June 2nd) for using a gay slur and cursing during his news conference after Saturday's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. Hibbert also apologized for the comments in a statement issued by the Pacers in which he said he was sorry for his, quote, "insensitive remarks," stating, "They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views." After the Pacers' win over the Miami Heat Saturday, Hibbert ended a response to a question about his defense on Miami's LeBron James with the words, "no homo," a phrase that implies fear of appearing gay. He also called reporters an offensive term.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS EXPLAIN WEILAND LAWSUIT; CHESTER BENNINGTON SPEAKS OUT. Stone Temple Pilots issued a statement late last week explaining why they have launched legal action against their former singer, Scott Weiland. After firing him earlier this year, the band filed a lawsuit claiming that Weiland's erratic performances, late arrivals for shows and struggles with addiction had harmed their career. The group said in the statement, "Our purpose in taking this action is not to hurt Scott. We want to move forward productively, and Scott's choices and actions have prevented us from doing that . . . It was beyond time we made some new music, which was impossible in the dysfunctional environment we were in. We've lived in it long enough and have decided to move forward with STP. We wish Scott well."
CHECK IT OUT: Read STP's entire statement at http://stonetemplepilots.com/news/2013/05/stp-statement/
Watch STP and Chester Bennington perform at the MAP Fund benefit with Slash and Duff McKagan:
AVENGED SEVENFOLD POSTS NEW MUSIC SAMPLE ONLINE: Avenged Sevenfold are going viral with the promotion of the band's upcoming sixth album. Although a first short snippet of music was posted at the group's website earlier this month, a second clip has been made a bit more difficult to find. According to Deathbatnews.com, guitarist Zacky Vengeance left a message online that led to a post on the band's Instagram account, which contained the message, "The true king, Andronikos." More research led to a YouTube account owned by "AllHailAndronikos" where the second album preview clip was found.
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TOOL DRUMMER’S SIDE PROJECT RELEASING DEBUT ALBUM: Tool drummer Danny Carey's side project, called Volto!, will release its debut album Incitare on July 23rd through the Fantasy/Concord Music Group, according to Loudwire. The seeds of the outfit were planted when Carey began jamming at a small jazz club in Los Angeles with Don Henley touring bassist Lance Morrison and Pigmy Love Circus guitarist John "Volto" Ziegler. The threesome eventually decided to write original music together and record it.
CHECK IT OUT: Visit Volto!'s website and download the song "Grip It" for free at http://www.voltoband.com/
METALLICA OFFERS FREE DOWNLOAD OF NATIONAL ANTHEM: Metallica has made available a free download of guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett's performance of the National Anthem last month at a San Francisco Giants home game. The rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was part of "Metallica Night" at AT&T Park, which also featured drummer Lars Ulrich throwing out the first pitch and other activities showcasing the Bay Area-based quartet.
CHECK IT OUT: Download Metallica's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at http://tinyurl.com/kerpzdb
IF YOUR DOG IS 'LEFT-PAWED' IT IS MORE LIKELY TO ATTACK _ Left handed dogs are more likely to be aggressive to strangers than those that are right-pawed. Australian researchers tested a group of dogs to see which paw they preferred to use for basic tasks and then analyzed their behavioral traits. They found while there was no link with levels of excitability or attention seeking, the animals which were 'left-pawed' were much more likely to act aggressively towards people they did not know.
MAN DUCT TAPES PARALYZED WOMAN TO HIS BACK, TAKES HER SURFING _ Pascale Honore enjoyed watching her sons surf the waves near her home in Australia. But she was paralyzed in a car accident 18 years ago, so she thought that she'd never be able to join them. Tyron Swan, a professional diver and friend, however, thought that it could be done. How? By duct-taping Pascale to his back. Check out the video.
JAY LENO WINS HIS FINAL MAY SWEEP RATINGS WAR: If May Sweeps was any indication, Jay Leno will be going out on top when he hands over his show to Jimmy Fallon in February. The host beat out both David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel in the ratings during his last May Sweep as Tonight Show host. Leno bested his rivals in every demographic -- adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49, 25-54, as well as total viewers.
'ALL IN THE FAMILY' STAR JEAN STAPLETON HAS DIED: Jean Stapleton, three-time Emmy winner for playing Edith Bunker on All in the Family, passed away at the age of 90 in New York City on Friday (May 31st.) According to her family, Jean died of natural causes.
CHANNING TATUM AND JENNA DEWAN-TATUM WELCOME CHILD: Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum welcomed their first child into the world on Thursday (May 30th) in London where Channing is filming Jupiter Ascending. The couple has not yet revealed the baby's gender.
MICHAEL DOUGLAS SAYS ORAL SEX CAUSED HIS CANCER: Behind the Candelabra star Michael Douglas has revealed in a new interview with UK's The Guardian that oral sex caused his throat cancer. When asked if he regrets the years he spent drinking and smoking before his diagnosis, the actor responded, "No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV human papillomavirus, which actually comes about from cunnilingus. I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer."
WILL ARNETT OPENS UP ABOUT DIVORCE FROM AMY POEHLER: Will Arnett appears in the new issue of Details magazine where he discusses how he coped with his split from his wife Amy Poehler. The Arrested Development star says, "If going to the gym obsessively for eight, nine months was my way of dealing, then let that be my worst problem. Life is challenging, and I'd say that there's no guidebook -- but there's about a million guidebooks out there. All people have been doing since the dawn of time is trying to figure out how to live this life and be happy. I'm no different."
WOMAN WHO PARKED CAR IN LOT FOR NINE YEARS GETS OUT OF $90K IN FEES: A woman who left her car parked in a lot in Germany for nine years has escaped paying over $90,000 in parking charges. The lot charges a standard $25.96 per day, which -- after nine years -- left the woman with a $90,860 bill. Officials said the woman will only have to pay $9086. A rep for the garage said, "The lady isn't insolvent. She has a job and money." (UPI)
COUPLE HAS THIRD SET OF TWINS: A couple who already has two sets of twins have overcome half-a-million to one odds and given birth to a third set. Karen and Colin Rodger of Renfrewshire, Scotland said that even after their second set of twins, they felt their family did not feel complete. Karen found out that she was pregnant with her third set of twins six weeks into the pregnancy, adding that Colin didn't believe her. She said, "He thought I was joking and immediately wrote back to say 'this is not funny.' I had to explain that it really was true." The two girls -- who are not identical -- were born on Wednesday (May 29th). (The Telegraph)
MAN HOLDS GIRL HOSTAGE TO DEMAND DATE WITH SISTER: A Siberian man who desperately wanted to go on a date with a woman allegedly held her 16-year-old sister hostage to try and get the date. Officials said the man went looking for the woman but when he didn't find her, he used an air gun to threaten the teen and demand that she call her older sister, or he would "blow up the house." Police talked the suspect down and arrested him on charges of abducting a teenager. He faces up to five years in prison. (Daily Record)
WOMAN TELLS POLICE THAT PILL IN POCKET WAS HER NIPPLE: Florida police said that a woman who was hiding a narcotic pill in her chest pocket tried to convince police the noticeable bump was her nipple. 21-year-old Tiana Nicole Calandro was pulled over and police overheard her talking about purchasing narcotics. When a Palm Beach County officer questioned her about a bump in her chest pocket, Calandro told him it was her nipple. The officer wrote in his report, "I advised her I knew what a nipple looked like and that wasn't a nipple." According to the repot, Calandro pulled the pill out and "quickly consumed it." She eventually admitted that it was Dilaudid -- a pain killer. Calandro was jailed on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and tampering with or destroying evidence. (Sun-Sentinel.com)
STUDENT DOESN'T GET JOB BECAUSE HE'S TOO UGLY: A Psychology student in the UK says he was turned down for a job giving boat tours on the River Cam because he was too ugly. 20-year-old Ben Cronin -- a student at Cambridge -- claims he went down with a bunch of friends to see if he could get a job, but was told ''Sorry mate, you have to be good looking to do this job." Cronin said the incident was embarrassing and humiliating. He has reportedly filed a complaint with the boating company but a manager there has denied his claims, adding, "The alleged comment is not something we endorse, as we recruit purely on the basis of work criteria and individual merit." (The Palm Beach Times)
NOAH'S ARK THEME PARK: A team of designers in Hebron, Kentucky are working on plans to build a Noah's ark theme park called "Ark Encounter." The theme park will reportedly include rides like the "Tower of Babel" ride and the "Ten Plagues" ride. The project is currently in the design phase because not enough private donations have come in. The park, which is slated to cost $150 million dollars, was originally planned to open in spring of 2014. (Yahoo News)
TRIP TO MARS COULD CAUSE CANCER FOR ASTRONAUTS? A new study finds astronauts who travel to Mars could be exposed to dangerous levels of radiation during their trip, which could lead to cancer. To find this, researchers monitored how much radiation a piece of science hardware on the Mars rover Curiosity was exposed to over a 253-day journal from Earth to Mars. Scientists Cary Zeitlin who worked on the study said, "In space, it's between a 100 and one-thousand times higher dose rate [of radiation] than on Earth. It's highly uncertain what the health risk is from these exposures." Researchers say the shields created for the space craft were found to not block much of the radiation and would need to be placed more uniformly on a vehicle inhabited by a human. (Fox