THREE WOMEN MISSING FOR A DECADE FOUND ALIVE, ARRESTS MADE: Three women who went missing separately about a decade ago when they were in their teens or early 20s were found alive Monday (May 6th) in Cleveland and three men were arrested. A neighbor said he heard screams and ran to the house where he found one of the women, Amanda
Berry, and lent her his cell phone to call 911.
who'd taken her was out of the house and pleaded for police to come get and her, saying, "I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years." Also found in the home were Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
saying they were brothers, and among them reportedly was a 52-year-old
SENATE PASSES MEASURE THAT WOULD LET STATES TAX ONLINE SALES: The Senate passed legislation Monday (May 6th) in a bipartisan 69-27 vote that would let states charge sales tax on online sales, taking away the tax-free advantage online retailers have over
brick-and-mortar stores. However, the legislation will have a tougher go of it in the Republican-majority House, where some conservatives view it as a tax increase that they'll oppose. President Obama supports the measure. Under current law, states can only require retailers to collect sales tax if the store has a physical presence in the state.
CASEY ANTHONY JUDGE SAYS SHOCKED BY ACQUITTAL: The judge who presided over Casey Anthony's murder trial two years said in an interview with NBC's Today show yesterday (May 6th) that he'd been shocked by her acquittal on charges of killing her
two-year-old daughter, Caylee. Judge Belvin Perry said he thought there was enough evidence for a first-degree murder conviction even though much of the evidence was circumstantial, and said that when he saw the jury's verdict, he read it twice to be sure, saying he felt, quote, "surprise, shock, disbelief." Perry also said he saw two sides to Anthony, the one she showed to jurors of a wrongfully accused mother grieving for her child and the
other that the jury didn't see who was controlling and not afraid to shout and curse at her attorneys, as she did when they talked to her about a possible plea deal. Still,
rest of her life."
CICADAS ABOUT TO MAKE 17-YEAR RETURN: Cicadas that have been growing underground since 1996 are about to make their once-every-17-years return along much of the East Coast of the
professor Chris Simon explained, "When there's a lot of them together, it's like this hovering noise. It sounds exactly like flying saucers from a 1950s movie." People in the affected areas will see and hear the cicadas, but the insects don't sting or bite and aren't harmful to crops. After mating takes place, the females lay their eggs on twigs, which will hatch later in the
season. When that happens, the nymphs drop to the ground and burrow underground
to restart the 17-year cycle, next to be seen as full-grown cicadas in 2030.
GERMAN POLICE ARREST 93-YEAR-OLD ALLEGED FORMER AUSCHWITZ GUARD: German police yesterday (May 6th) arrested a 93-year-old suspected former guard at the Auschwitz death camp, who the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center said is Hans Lipschis, fourth on their list of most wanted Nazi criminals. Police said they had, quote, "strong
suspicion" that the man arrested had worked at the camp during World War Two from 1941 until its liberation in 1945. Lipschis claimed in a German newspaper interview last month that he'd been a cook in the camp and had left it to fight on the Eastern Front.
COULD YOUR FIRST NAME AFFECT YOUR SALARY?: Could the length of your first name actually affect the salary you're paid? Online job-matching site The Ladders recently looked at the information from its database of over six million professionals and found that people with
first names longer than five letters lose out on about $3,600 in salary each year -- and that's per letter over five. They also compared people who used nicknames instead of their full names and found that only one name out of 24 pairings -- Larry instead of
BILL CLINTON TRIED TO BROKER LED ZEPPELIN REUNION: It's been revealed that Led Zeppelin turned down President Bill Clinton's request to reunite at last year's
that put the superstar fundraiser together.
Robin Hood Foundation's executive director David Saltzman said during the report that
'COPS' IS MOVING TO SPIKE TV: After 25 years, Cops is moving from
MARGARET 'MARGE' GROENING DIES: The woman that inspired the character of Marge Simpson on The Simpsons, Margaret "Marge" Groening, died in her sleep on April 22nd in
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WOMAN CAUGHT HAVING SEX IN CLUB: A 26-year-old woman who was caught having sex in the bathroom at a club in Fort Walton Beach, Florida was arrested after she attacked police officers as she was being escorted out. As Alicia Fawn Chessher was getting escorted out of the Block nightclub, she allegedly punched a club worker and hit a responding
officer in the chest. Police had to pepper-spray Chessher to subdue her and get her into the patrol car. According to reports, her speech was slurred and she appeared to be highly intoxicated. Chessher was charged with disorderly intoxication, battery on a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest with violence. (NWFdailynews.com)
LICKING YOUR CHILD'S PACIFIER
say they found a connection between parents licking kids' pacifiers and kids having lower risks of allergy-related conditions such as asthma. Researchers say this may happen because the action introduces harmless bacteria into the baby's body, which in turn will strengthen the baby's immune system. (Newser)
HOW MUCH STUFF YOUR BODY MAKES IN
oxidative stress" via an accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in their hair follicles, which causes the follicles to bleach themselves from the inside out. Their research was published in the FASEB Journal, where researchers from
is when areas of skin lose pigmentation. (Yahoo)
YOUTUBE TO START CHARGING: YouTube is reportedly going to start charging as soon as this week. The video site says when the change takes effect as many as 50 YouTube channels may be subscription only, and could cost upwards of $1.99 for an individual one-month
channel subscription. (Daily Beast)
YOUNG ATHLETES OFTEN PLAY WITH CONCUSSION SYMPTOMS: A survey of high school football players finds that young athletes often play with concussion symptoms despite the well known risk of doing so. Medical Xpress surveyed 120 football players, 30 of who reported having suffered a concussion. Ninety-percent said they recognized the risk of
serious injury of returning to play too quickly after a concussion, yet 53-percent said they would "always or sometimes continue to play with a headache sustained from an injury," and just 54-percent said they would always or sometimes report symptoms of a concussion to their coach. Doctors from Cincinnati Children's
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DOG OWNERS HAVE THE SAME BACTERIA ON THEM AS THEIR PETS: Researchers say they've found that if you're a dog owner and married, you're more likely to have the same bacteria on your skin as your dog than you are to have the same bacteria on you as your
partner. To find this, researcher Rob Knight from the
from all participants and dogs then analyzed the samples to see how much they overlapped. They found that human owners typically had more microbes in common with the pets than other members of their family. Knight says this is because dog owners play and cuddle with their pets, which leads to the transmission of microbes. Knight added, "Most of the dogs' mircrobes will be more beneficial than harmful." (Daily Mail)
BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECTS HAD PLANNED JULY 4TH ATTACK: The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had originally planned to carry out their attack on the Fourth of July, according to media reports Thursday (May 2nd), which said the brothers moved up the date because they finished building their pressure cooker bombs earlier than they'd anticipated. The Boston Globe reported on its website that 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured by police four days after the bombing, hours after his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a police shootout, told investigators they'd discussed blowing up the bombs at Boston's July 4th celebration on the Charles River Esplanade.
BANGLADESH BUILDING COLLAPSE DEATH TOLL OVER 500: The death toll from the collapse of a garment factory building last week in Bangladesh has now topped 500. Police officials said that after pulling more bodies from the wreckage Friday (May 3rd), the number of confirmed deaths has gone up to 501. Warnings were given a day before the collapse when huge cracks appeared in the structure, but the building owner reportedly told tenants it was safe, and the factory workers were instructed to continue their jobs. Police have arrested the building owner, as well as four owners of three factories.
MARYLAND REPEALS DEATH PENALTY: Maryland's Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley signed legislation on Thursday (May 2nd) repealing the state's death penalty, after it was approved by lawmakers. A statement from O'Malley's office, who'd made the repeal a priority, said, "Maryland has effectively eliminated a policy that is proven not to work. Evidence shows that the death penalty is not a deterrent, it cannot be administered without racial bias, and it costs three times as much as life in prison without parole." Maryland is the 18th state to give up the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated it in 1976, six of them in the past six years.
RHODE ISLAND BECOMES 10TH STATE TO ALLOW GAY MARRIAGE: Rhode Island became the 10th U.S. state to allow gay marriage yesterday (May 2nd) when Independent Governor Lincoln Chafee signed a measure passed by the state legislature, including a 56-15 vote earlier in the day in the House. The new law goes into effect on August 1st.
FIRST WOMAN NAMED ONE OF FBI'S MOST WANTED: The FBI announced Thursday (May 2nd) that it had named Joanne Chesimard as the first woman on its list of Ten Most Wanted Terrorists, 40 years to the day after she killed a New Jersey state trooper. The reward for her capture and return was also doubled yesterday to $2 million. Chesimard, a member of the Black Liberation Army who's now living in Cuba as Assata Shakur, was convicted in 1977 of murder in trooper Werner Foerster's 1973 death. Foerster and his partner had stopped a car carrying Chesimard and two others on the New Jersey Turnpike for a broken tail light. When the troopers approached the car, a gunfight began and both were injured. Chesimard then took Foerster's gun and shot him twice in the head as he lay on the ground. Chesimard escaped from prison in November 1979 and spent the next few years living in safe houses, before surfacing in Cuba in 1984.
SUICIDE RATE SURGES AMONG MIDDLE-AGED: The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans -- those 35 to 64 years old -- jumped a surprising 28 percent between 1999 and 2010, according to a report out yesterday (May 2nd) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The trend was most pronounced among white men and women in that age group, whose suicide rate surged 40 percent. The rates in younger and older people held steady, and there was little change among middle-aged blacks, Hispanics and most other racial and ethnic groups. Theories for the increase include: the Great Recession caused more emotional trauma in whites, who tend not to have the same kind of church support and extended families as blacks and Hispanics; white baby boomers have always had higher rates of depression and suicide, and that has held true as they've hit middle age; the growing sale and abuse of prescription painkillers, which can provide either the method or mentality for suicide, or both.
EMERITUS POPE BENEDICT BACK AT THE VATICAN: Emeritus Pope Benedict the 16th returned to the Vatican Thursday (May 2nd) for the first time since he stepped down from the papacy at the end of February. Benedict will now be living in new quarters in a converted monastery behind St. Peter's Basilica, marking the start of an unprecedented era of a retired pope and a current pontiff both living in the Vatican. Since his resignation, the 86-year-old Benedict has been living at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome. He chose to leave the Vatican after his resignation to physically remove himself from the process of electing his successor and from Pope Francis' first weeks as pontiff.
REPORT: MANY CAUSES FOR BEE DISAPPEARANCE: A new federal report blames a combination of factors for the dramatic disappearance of U.S. honeybees since 2006, with the multiple causes making it harder to do something about the problem, which is called "colony collapse disorder." The report from the Agriculture Department and the Environmental Protection Agency says the intertwined causes include a parasitic mite -- which is the biggest single culprit -- as well as several viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition, genetics, habitat loss and pesticides. The problem has also hit bee colonies in Europe. Honeybees, which pollinate more than 90 crops, are crucial to the U.S. food supply.
FINAL PIECES OF SPIRE LIFTED TO TOP OF WORLD TRADE CENTER: The final two sections of the spire that will sit on top of the new One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan were lifted to the top of the building Thursday (May 2nd). Construction workers cheered as a crane lifted the U.S. flag-covered spire to a temporary platform at the top of the building, from which it will later be installed. The 408-foot spire will serve as a broadcast antenna and provide public transmission services for TV and radio broadcast channels that were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks along with the Twin Towers. Once completed, One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the Western hemisphere and the third tallest in the world. It's scheduled to be opened next year.
INTERNATIONAL CLITORIS AWARENESS WEEK IS NEXT WEEK: An organization devoted to helping victims of female genital mutilation is launching the first ever "International Clitoris Awareness Week" next week from May 6th to May 12th. A spokeswoman for Las Vega-based Clitoraid said, "For this week, we don't want to focus on genital mutilation." The spokeswoman added, "The clitoris doesn't have a reproductive function so it can be minimized. It's up to eight inches long -- same as a penis -- but it's inside... We found that whenever something has an 'awareness day,' it makes it more comfortable to talk about." To create interest, Clitoraid members plan to dress up in vagina costumes and hand out fliers on the Las Vegas Strip. (Huffington Post)
KORN BEGINS RECORDING NEW ALBUM WITH ORIGINAL GUITARIST: Korn has begun work on its 11th studio album and first with founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch back in the fold since 2003's Take A Look In The Mirror. Welch told Rolling Stone, "We knew we would have a blast playing together, because we love each other so much, but we really wanted to make sure the music felt right before we committed to making a whole album together. But since we got in the studio, everything just started pouring out, now I can't wait until our fans hear this stuff!"
PEARL JAM, FOO FIGHTERS, SOUNDGARDEN, MORE JOIN TICKET INITIATIVE: Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Black Sabbath and Gotye are among the dozens of acts joining the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, a new program launched on Thursday (May 2nd) which is designed to incentive social activism with concert tickets. According to Billboard.com, fans can now register at Globalcitizen.org/tickets, where by taking a variety of social actions, ranging from signing petitions to calling their representatives, they can earn points to win free concert tickets.
CHECK IT OUT: Learn more or find out how to get involved at http://www.globalcitizen.org/tickets
EX-GUNS N’ ROSES DRUMMER BACK IN REHAB: Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler has checked into an undisclosed rehab center, forcing his band Adler to postpone its summer tour. According to Blabbermouth, the band issued a statement saying, "We are truly sorry to all of the fans and promoters who were looking forward to seeing us on the road, but right now Steven's health is the most important thing. We hope to make it up to everyone when Steven recovers." The dates are being rescheduled to the fall.
Adler was a cast member on the second season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew and also appeared in the first season of its spin-off series Sober House. Adler was then forced to enter real rehab centers by a judge after getting arrested for DUI. He later appeared on season five of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.
SLAYER GUITARIST JEFF HANNEMAN DEAD AT 49:Slayer announced on Thursday (May 2nd) that founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away at around 11:00 a.m. that day at the age of 49 near his Southern California home. A statement from the band said, "Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed."
Hanneman had actually not been playing with the band for more than two years since he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite in his backyard in January 2011. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman's arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points.
STEVE CARELL WILL DEFINITELY NOT BE ON 'THE OFFICE' FINALE: Greg Daniels, creator of The Office, has confirmed once and for all that Steve Carell will not be making a cameo on the May 16th finale of the hit NBC show. He told reporters via Reuters, "I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the 'Goodbye, Michael' episode was his goodbye and he didn't want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved."
MILA KUNIS IS FHM'S SEXIEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD: FHM magazine has given Mila Kunis the top spot on their 2013 100 Sexiest Women in the World list. This is the first time in four years that the winner was not British.
KIDS BROUGHT UP BY TWO PARENTS MAY HAVE MORE BRAIN CELLS: Canadian researchers say babies with two parents tend to have more stability and receive more attention which gives them an advantage. Researchers from Calgary University in Canada say they found this by studying mice they divided into two groups: one-parent and two-parent groups. They then measured the brain development of the offspring of each group from birth though adulthood. They found that adult mice with the highest number of brain cells were those brought up by two parents. Researchers say that although the experiment was conducted on mice, many of the same principles of how early life events can influence growing up are relevant to humans, too. (Daily Mail)
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SCIENTISTS FIND THE BRAIN REGION THAT CONTROLS AGING: Scientists say they have figured out which specific part of the brain may control the aging process. Researchers say they believe the process happens in the hypothalamus. Senior author of the aging study, Professor Dongsheng Cai, says the hypothalamus is known to play fundamental roles in growth, development, reproduction and metabolism in the body. Cai says in the latest experiement, his team found that in mice, activating a certain protein complex pathway in the hypthalamus significantly accelerated the aging process, while blocking the pathway slowed aging and increased longevity by about 20-percent. Cai says this research could lead to treatments that will increase lifespan and treat age-related diseases. (Daily Mail)
WHY WE GET WIDE-EYED WHEN WE'RE SCARED: Researchers say we become wide-eyed when we're scared for a few different reasons. The study was published in the journal Psychological Science, and researchers say they found that the faces a person makes when they are fearful benefits both the person who makes the expression and the person who observes it. Researcher Daniel Lee explains that making wide-eyes gives the person a wider visual field which helps them locate potential threats, but also sends a message to observers that they should begin looking for potential threats as well. Lee says in their experiments they found that the wide-eyed experssion allowed participants to see visual patterns farther out of their peripheral vision that those who only made disgusted expressions, and that wide eyes allowed observers to more easily tell where the eyes were looking. (Daily Mail)
PEOPLE ARE GETTING MORE COMFORTABLE WITH SMART OBJECTS: Researchers say that with the prevalence of smartphones and computers, people are becoming more comfortable around smart technology, and therefore may be more inclined to accept more "smart" objects in their homes and workplaces. To find this, researchers videotaped study participants reacting to a "smart" tissue box that would say, "Bless you" if a participant sneezed and then say "Here, take a tissue. Take care!" Researchers say that people seemed to strongly respond to the voice of the object, but when the voice came from a human-like robot people thought it was creepy. Researchers say they conducted the study to find what the best way would be for objects to communicate with humans, as the next phase of objects will be talking and interacting with humans. (UPI)
STUDY FINDS TOXIC MATERIALS IN SOME LIPSTICKS: Researchers say a preliminary study indicates that some lipsticks and glosses contain heavy metals. To find this, researchers looked at eight lipsticks and 24-lip glosses bought at drug stores, department stores and chain specialty stores. Researchers say they tested each product for nine heavy metals and found that all of the metals were present in most of the products. Study author Katherine Hammond says explains that the products did not necessarily contains high levels of the metals, but that "low levels of metals may not create a risk, but as the exposure increases, the damage can increase." Hammond says overexposure to each heavy metal carries health risks. Researchers noted that this was a prelimiary study, and people should not panic or abandon lipstick, but that the issue is not trivial and should be addressed in future studies. (Huffington Post)
CELL PHONE THEFTS ON THE RISE: Law enforcement officials say the thefts of cellphones are on the rise, and carriers aren't helping. Officals from Washington, D. C. say that in 2012, a record 1,829 cell phones were stolen. Law enforcement officials claim the carriers benefit, as when a phone gets stolen, the owner usually has no choice but to replace it. Carriers object to the crticism, saying they have worked with police to create a database in which stolen phones can be reported and deactivated. (UPI)
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NASA: SEND A MESSAGE TO MARS: NASA says it is inviting the public to submit names and personal messages to be used on a DVD that will be carried on a spacecraft that will be studying the Martian upper atmosphere. Members of the public can submit their names online and NASA officials say the DVD will carry every name submitted to the red planet. This is being done as part of the mission's Going to Mars Campaign, run by the University of Coloradio at Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. Organizers say the hope is that the Going to Mars Campaign will offer people the chance to make a personal connection to space. (UPI)
OBAMA: MAYBE MILITARY ACTION IF STRONG SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS EVIDENCE: President Obama signaled in a White House press conference Tuesday (April 30th) that he'd consider taking military action against Syria if, quote, "hard, effective evidence" is found to back up intelligence that President Bashar al-Assad's government used chemical weapons in the nation's civil war. Among the potential options if Syria has crossed what Obama has labeled a "red line" are providing weapons and ammunition to the Syrian rebels. Plans are also being drafted to potentially establish a no-fly zone over Syria, similar to what was done in Libya, and for targeted missile strikes, AP reported, citing officials familiar with the planning. Obama has so far resisted calls to expand U.S. assistance beyond the nonlethal aid already being provided to the rebels.
RICIN LINKED TO OBAMA POISONED LETTERS SUSPECT: A court document made public yesterday (April 30th) said that the poison ricin had been found in the former martial arts studio of a Mississippi man suspected of sending tainted letters to President Obama, GOP Senator Roger Wicker, and a Mississippi state judge. Ricin was also discovered on a dust mask and other items that 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke threw in the trash. Dutschke additionally used the Internet to buy castor beans, from which ricin is made, according to the affidavit, which also outlines other evidence against him. Dutschke was arrested over the weekend and is being held without bond pending a preliminary hearing. Law enforcement began looking at Dutschke after charges were dropped against an Elvis impersonator who has feuded with Dutschke in the past and who told police that the current suspect may have tried to frame him.
ZIMMERMAN NOT SEEKING 'STAND YOUR GROUND' HEARING: George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, told a judge Tuesday (April 30th) that he agrees with his defense attorneys' decision not to seek an immunity hearing under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law. Under such a hearing, a judge would have decided whether or not Zimmerman is free from legal guilt for the shooting under his contention that he acted in self-defense. Since there won't be hearing, the case will proceed to second-degree murder trial against Zimmerman in June. Martin was fatally shot by Zimmerman in February 2012 during a confrontation inside a Florida gated community.
AGE TO BUY 'MORNING-AFTER PILL' LOWERED TO 15: The Food and Drug Administration yesterday (April 30th) lowered the age limit to buy the Plan B morning-after pill without a prescription to 15 from 17, and will now allow it to be sold over the counter with proof of age required. Currently, Plan B and other generic morning-after pills are sold from behind pharmacy counters. The FDA's action, which applies only to Plan B and not the generics, came after a federal judge ordered an end to the age and over-the-counter sales restrictions by next Monday, however the federal agency said its decision was independent of the court case. The pills contain higher doses of regular contraceptives and, if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, can cut the chances of pregnancy by up to 89 percent by preventing ovulation or fertilization of an egg. If a woman is already pregnant, the morning-after pill has no effect.
POLL: 42 PERCENT DON'T KNOW 'OBAMACARE' IS THE LAW: A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll out yesterday (April 30th) found that a surprising 42 percent of Americans aren't aware that the Affordable Care Act -- which is now widely known as "Obamacare -- is the law. The 42 percent included 12 percent who thought the health care reform law was repealed by Congress and seven percent who believed it had been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The biggest proportion, 23 percent, either said they simply didn't know about the law's status or refused to answer.
FIRST LADY, JILL BIDEN URGE MORE HIRING OF VETERANS: First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, wrote an op-ed that appeared on Fortune.com yesterday (April 30th) urging American businesses to hire more military veterans. The two women, who've made veterans and their families one of their central policy initiatives, wrote, "We're making real progress. We're encouraged that the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans dropped by 2.2 percent in 2012. But it is still too high; because as long as any veteran or military spouse who needs a job is unable to find one, then we still have work to do." U.S. businesses have hired 290,000 veterans or military spouses in the past year-and-half, nearly tripling a 2013 goal, however the unemployment rate for all veterans was still at 7 percent in 2012, and at 9.9 percent for post-9/11 veterans.
AMANDA KNOX TALKS ABOUT ORDEAL BEING CONVICTED OF MURDER IN ITALY: Amanda Knox spoke to ABC's Diane Sawyer last night (April 30th) about her ordeal of being convicted in Italy of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007, a verdict that was overturned in 2011 after she spent four years in prison, only to have the Italian courts recently order that she be retried. Knox, who's written a book telling her story called Waiting to Be Heard, told Sawyer, "I want the truth to come out. I want misunderstandings to be looked at. I would like to be re-considered as a person." Knox says she's not the same person she was before, saying that when she returned home after her time in jail, quote, "My family was expecting the old Amanda who was -- she makes goofy faces -- which was the old Amanda back. And I'm not quite as chirpy anymore." After the murder, Knox said, "It never occurred to me that I would ever be considered a suspect. Ever." Knox says that during her interrogation, in which she falsely implicated her boss, police yelled at her, threatened her with 30 years in prison, cuffed the back of her head, and told her she had amnesia. She told Sawyer, "I was demolished in that interrogation." Speaking of her conviction and being sentenced to 26 years in prison, Knox said, "I felt assassinated as if I were being sealed in a tomb. And the tomb was my life, it wasn't prison."
BREAST IMPLANTS MAY MAKE CANCER HARDER TO FIND: A new analysis found that breast implants may make it harder to detect breast cancer at an early stage, with a study of women with breast cancer finding that those with implants tended to be diagnosed at a later stage than women without them. The implants themselves aren't thought to increase the risk of cancer, but the concern is they may impair the ability to look at breast tissue with mammograms. The research found that women with implants were 26 percent more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, however the finding is preliminary and more research is needed.
FIRST LEGAL ONLINE POKER SITE STARTS OPERATING IN NEVADA: Nevada yesterday (April 30th) became the first state where residents can legally play poker online for money, when Station Casinos started operating UltimatePoker.com. The business is allowed after Nevada legalized online poker in February. New Jersey and Delaware have also legalized online gambling. UlimatePoker.com is set up to have players compete in nightly games with a prize pool of $1,000 and two $10,000 Sunday games. Players must be at least 21 years old and residents of Nevada.
SOUNDGARDEN PBS CONCERT TO GET JULY PREMIERE: Soundgarden's upcoming appearance on the PBS concert program Live From The Artist's Den will premiere in July, according to Loudwire. Although an exact broadcast date has not been set, a teaser for the show's sixth season indicates that a slew of new concerts from Soundgarden, Mumford & Sons, the Killers and others will all make their debut that month. A crew from the Emmy-nominated series filmed Soundgarden's February 17th concert at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, the last gig of a three-night stand there, with that night's set featuring 28 songs from all eras of the band's career.
NEW PEARL JAM ALBUM ‘ALMOST DONE,’ SAYS GUITARIST: Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard has some good news for the group's fans: the 10th studio album from the band is nearing completion. Speaking with GuerillaCandy.com, Gossard reported, "It's almost done and as far as what it sounds like, it sounds like Pearl Jam. You're going to hear some rock songs and you're going to hear some quiet songs and you'll hear some song in between. That's all I can really say about it because we aren't talking about it yet, so it doesn't make much sense for me to say anything."
CHECK IT OUT: Gossard has been releasing tracks from Moonlander one at a time, with the title cut and "I Need Something Different" first out the door. Here's the latest one, "Both Live":
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TNT RENEWS 'DALLAS': TNT has announced plans to bring back Dallas for a third season. The network has not announced the fates of Southland or freshman series Monday Mornings but Deadline is reporting that things are not looking good for either show.
'DOWNTON ABBEY' CLOTHING LINE COMING SOON: Carnival Films, the production company behind Downton Abbey, has announced plans to launch a clothing line inspired by the popular show. Gareth Neame, the company's managing director, told CNBC, "It's a very slow burn the moment you get into retail, it's extremely cautious, it has to test the established brand...No one wants to launch products if the show's going to be a flop."
CAFFEINE-INFUSED LINGERIE CAN BLAST FAT? A French lingerie designer claims he spent 10 years researching underwear that can sculpt and refine the body using caffeine and a few other ingredients. Simone Perele's new lingerie line, "Top Model," is infused with caffeine, vitamin E, Retinol, ceramides, fatty acids and aloe vera. Perele said the line is "the first lace and Lycra beauty microfiber collection that sculpts and refines your body while gradually working towards reducing the appearance of cellulite." According to previous studies, the effects of caffeine on cellulite are inconsistent. (CNET)
URINE-HOARDER FOUND IN CONNECTICUT: Authorities in Connecticut said that last week they found a home that contained 300 one-gallon jugs that were filled with urine. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection condemned the home following the discovery. The owner, whose name hasn't been released, may even face charges. A spokesman for the Department said, "From our conversation, it seemed that he was responsible for putting the containers there. It's most unusual. Our crews have been out over the years, and they are having a hard time recalling something like this." (Huffington Post)
"FIDELITY DRUG" EXISTS: Researchers in Japan claim they have discovered a drug that would stop a man from cheating. The antibiotic called minocycline was tested on men split into two groups. One group took minocycline for four days and the seond group was given a placebo. Both groups were then shown pictures of eight attractive women and asked to rate how trustworthy and attractive they thought the women were. The results showed that men who took the placebo showed increased trusting behavior the more attractive he found a woman, while those who took the minocycline did not show a connection between a female's percieved attractiveness and perceived trustworthiness. Minocycline is currently used to treat acne, MRSA, Lyme disease, and has recently been shown to help reduce symptoms associated with schizophrenia and depression. (Daily Mail)
YOUNG PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM "QUARTER LIFE CRISIS": Experts say it's becoming common for 20-something to experience a "quarter life crisis." Experts say the feeling usually occurs after college, when the young person enters the "real world," and suddenly feels trapped and future-less. Psychiatrists think this feeling might be linked to a pressure to succeed that has been present since childhood. Psychiatrist Drew Ramsey explains, "The most painful part of the 20s is you feel like you really have to know, and you don't. You'll go through life like the rest of us doing the best you can and it all gets figured out pretty well." (CBS NY)
BEER CUP CAN CONNECT TO FACEBOOK: Beer drinking and social networking have now been linked. Budweiser recently unveiled the "Buddy Cup," which is a pint glass with a built-in chip that connects to Facebook. When two people drinking from "Buddy Cups" clink their glasses, the chips automatically connects them via Facebook. The cup is receiving mixed reactions, with most people saying they think it's a bad idea, and that their drinking escapades should be kept separate from Facebook. (Fox News)
EARLY EARTH MAY HAVE SMELLED LIKE ROTTEN EGGS: New research finds that Earth may have been a smelly place long ago. The research was pulished in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and scientists say they've found evidence that certain microbes were eating other microbes as long as 3.5-billion years ago on Earth. Researchers explain that this process would create a scent of hydrogen sulfide, or the smell of rotten eggs. Another study claims early Earth may have been purple due to ancient micorbes that may have shone a puplish color. (Yahoo)
COMPANY CLAIMS TO HAVE MADE A SHIRT THAT WON'T SMELL AFTER 100 DAYS OF WEAR: A clothing company says it's created a soft shirt that doesn't need to be ironed and won't smell after being worn for 100 days without being washed. The company is called Wool&Prince and was started a few months ago in Portland, Oregon. Creators say the shirt is made from special wool from Australian sheep, and put through a special process to make it soft, wrinkle-resistant and odor-free. The company currently has a Kickstarter campaign and is trying to raise money to place an order for the shirts with a factory. (Mashable