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Thursday, January 31, 2013

KFLAG COUNRY MUSIC UPDATE

Gary Allan's ninth studio album, Set You Free, tops both the country and pop album charts this. Fans scooped up more than 106,000 albums its debut week. This marks Gary's first Number One Billboard Top 200 debut and third chart-topping debut on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.
Simultaneously, the first single from Set You Free, "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)," reached Number One on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts this week.
Gary titled the album Set You Free because he says it best sums up where he is today. He tells us: "To me that's like encompassing of kind of where I'm at right now. The feel of the album, if you look at the titles, it's actually a break up from beginning to end. It kicks off with 'Tough Goodbye' and it ends with 'Good as New,' kind of all the phases that you go through to heal . . . So (with) Set You Free, I just felt like that was the essence of everything that I was doing. Even when we did the pictures, it kind of seemed to have that feel and it seemed like a no-brainer."
Set You Free is Gary's first studio album in three years.
FAST FACTS
  • "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" is Gary's fifth Number One hit.
Blake Shelton is going to make one of Army vet Brendan Marrocco's wishes come true. The wounded warrior recently became the first person to undergo a double-arm transplant, and he said he wanted his first handshake to be with Blake.
Brendan shared his story with a Kentucky TV station, including that handshake tidbit, and it made its way back to Blake via a tweet from one of Brendan's friends who linked to the story. Blake responded tweeting back, "Wow.. Speechless. I will make this happen!!"
Blake then posted a message directly to the soldier writing, "Hey Brendan @BMarr86.... I can't WAIT to shake the hand of an American Hero/Stud... You my brother."
Brendan responded, "Holy mother of God!! I can't wait. I'm a huge fan and really looking forward to it. Thank you."
Brendan's double-arm transplant comes four years after he became the first serviceman to survive a quadruple amputation when his armored vehicle was bombed in Iraq.
Luke Bryan will release the fifth in his Spring Break-themed series of albums on March 5th. The new edition, called Spring Break . . . Here To Party, will contians two original songs and several others pulled from Luke's previous EPs.
Luke tells us the Spring Break projects are created for a very specific demographic: ["We kind of write 'em with college kids and Spring Break and that whole party theme in mind. I think it's fun to put out songs that, you know, just to get some new music out there for fans and more opportunities for them to have different types of music from me."

Luke will take a short break from his headlining Dirt Road Diaries tour to promote the new album with two concerts at Spinnaker's Beach Club in Panama City. The shows are set for March 12th and 13th.
Last year, over 40,000 fans flocked to the beach each day to see Luke perform.
Spring breaking fans can also enjoy a Dirt Road Diaries tour show on March 14 at the Amphitheatre at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Here's the track list for Spring Break . . . Here To Party:
1. Suntan City
2. Just A Sip
3. Buzzkill
4. If You Ain't Here To Party
5. Little Bit Later On
6. In Love With The Girl
7. Shore Thing
8. Sorority Girl
9. Shake The Sand
10. Love In A College Town
11. Wild Weekend
12. Cold Beer Drinker
13. Spring Break-Up
14. Take My Drunk A** Home

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Kacey Musgraves is heading out on the road with Little Big Town on the band's Tornado tour, which kicks off tonight (Thursday, January 31st) in Murray, Kentucky. The Texas native tells us that while it'll take some getting used to, she's ready for her first major tour. "It's been really fun, and it's all come together so fast, unbelievably fast, because this is pretty new to me. I mean, I've definitely been an artist for a long time and playing out and stuff, but touring on a national scale is something that is new to me, especially with a set band that's yours. I mean, I come from the school of playing acoustic, which I really love. So, this is a different kind of format, and it's really cool. We're going to have some cool aesthetic aspects to the shows too, playing off the Same Trailer, Different Park album title. I just love kitchy-ness. I'm gonna say there might be some Astroturf involved, some pink flamingos. So, there's gonna be some fun parts of that too, and getting comfortable and getting all the pieces together. It's been fun, but it's happening fast, but it's only going to get better as the more shows that we play."
Kacey has a Top 15 hit with her debut single, "Merry Go Round."
Her debut album, Same Trailer, Different Park, will arrive in stores on March 19th.
Greg Bates will definitely be tuning in to the Super Bowl on Sunday (February 3rd). The singer is a self-professed football fanatic, and while his favorite team, the Tennessee Titans, had a rough season, he's still chosen a team to root for this weekend.
Greg tells us: "I'm always psyched and excited for this time of year. The Super Bowl and the playoffs and everything. You know if I had to make a prediction I think the 49ers just look great this year. They've got a young quarterback that is just killing it right now. So if I had to pick a winner, I'd say the 49ers this year. They always say that there's 2 seasons; there's football season and waiting on football season. So I think we're all getting to that point where we're excited but we know the end is coming soon and it's gonna be a long off-season for a lot of football fans, for sure."
The Super Bowl will air on CBS beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Carrie Underwood is teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity.com to offer fans some of the best seats in the house on her Blown Away tour while also benefiting the Academy of Country Music's ACM Lifting Lives and Carrie's own charitable C.A.T.S. Foundation. To access those tickets, log onto TicketsforCharity.com/ACMLiftingLives. Currently, fans can get exclusive tickets, including seats in the first 10 rows to see Carrie and "Eat & Greet" VIP Packages for Zac Brown Band.

Carrie joins artists like Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Zac Brown Band in taking part in this program that gives fans access to great seats in sold-out sections for concerts nationwide. Fans pay the same or better price they will find elsewhere, however the difference is that their purchase through Tickets-for-Charity.com supports causes important to artists and fans rather than ticket resellers.

The C.A.T.S. Foundation (Checotah Animal, Town, and School Foundation) is dedicated to helping a variety of causes making a positive impact in Carrie's hometown area of Checotah, Oklahoma.

Carrie resumes her Blown Away tour with special guest Hunter Hayes on February 13th in Colorado.
FAST FACTS
  • Carrie will perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Friday (February 1st).
  • Her latest single, "Two Black Cadillacs," is a Top 10 hit and climbing on the country charts.

Emmylou Harris has officially been charged with hit-and-run by the Los Angeles District Attorney. The singer allegedly crashed her rental car into the back of another car on a freeway in L.A. last October and then left the scene.
TMZ reports the misdemeanor charge was brought against Emmylou on Wednesday (January 30th).
Her attorney has already entered a "not guilty" plea.
The other driver filed a police report claiming that Emmylou took off, while Emmylou's spokesperson previously said that it was a "minor traffic accident," and that she "unintentionally rubbed bumpers with another vehicle." The singer reportedly didn't realize she had actually made contact with the other car.
Emmylou faces up to six months in jail if convicted on the hit-and-run charge.


COUNTRY TRIVIA
Q. What is the name of Alan Jackson's first country Number One song in Billboard?
A. 1991's "I'd Love You All Over Again"
ON THE TUBE
DAY JOBS/GAC 2:00PM (ET)
Colt Ford, Hunter Hayes, Karen Fairchild

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS


  • Portia De Rossi (actress, Arrested Development's Lindsay, wife of Ellen De Generes) (40)
  • Justin Timberlake (pop star) (32)
  • Kerry Washington (actress, Ray, The Last King of Scotland, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four, Lakeview Terrace, Django Unchained) (36)
  • Minnie Driver (actress, Grosse Pointe Blank, Good Will Hunting, Hope Springs, The Phantom Of The Opera) (43)
  • Nolan Ryan (Baseball Hall Of Fame pitcher, the all-time strikeout leader) (66)
  • Kelly Lynch (actress, Drugstore Cowboy, Bright Lights Big City) (54)
  • Philip Glass (composer) (76)
  • John Lydon (frontman of the Sex Pistols; also known as Johnny Rotten) (57)
  • Anthony LaPaglia (actor, Without A Trace) (54)
  • KC (Harry Wayne Casey) (of KC & the Sunshine Band, "Boogie Shoes") (62)
  • Carol Channing (actress) (92)
  • Phil Manzanera (guitarist, Roxy Music) (62)
  • Bobby Moynihan (actor, Saturday Night Live, The Invention of Lying, When in Rome) (36)
  • Marcus Mumford (singer, Mumford & Sons, husband of actress Carey Mulligan) (26)

INDUSTRY NEWS


REBEL WILSON LAUNCHES CLOTHING LINE: Pitch Perfect actress Rebel Wilson has launched a clothing line for plus-sized girls sizes 12 through 18 called Fat Mandi. Currently there are only two shirts available but the star tweeted, "The shirts are just a little experiment - I had a dream I created them, and so I felt like I had to do it!! Thanks everyone for checking it!"
'NEW GIRL' IS TUESDAY'S BIGGEST COMEDY: Fox's New Girl scored its highest ratings in three months on Tuesday night (January 29th.) The episode had 4.7 million viewers which crushed all seven other sitcoms that aired in nine time slots in the same night.
'THE TALK' RENEWED FOR ANOTHER SEASON: CBS has announced that their morning chat show The Talk has been renewed for the 2013-2014 season. The renewal is not much of a surprise since the show's ratings have been up 11% this year.
MAYIM BIALIK WRITING A COOKBOOK: The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik is writing a cookbook full of vegan recipes. She hopes the book will help other adapt more easily to a life without animal products.
SONY MOVES RELEASE DATE FOR 'EVIL DEAD': Sony Pictures has changed the release date of their Evil Dead reboot to April 5th. The film will now be in direct competition with Universal's release of the 3D version of Jurassic Park.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP


JAMES FRANCO DISSES NEW SPIDERMAN FRANCHISE: James Franco, who played Harry Osborn/Green Goblin in the original Spiderman trilogy, is not so into the fact that the story has been rebooted. He told MTV, "Eh, I mean, they could have strayed a little bit more from the original. It's like, 'Why?' Well, I guess they made a lot of money. Congrats. But good for them...Sam and I moved on, we made Oz."
PRINCE CHARLES TAKES PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Prince Charles and Camilla celebrated the 150th anniversary of the London Underground by riding on it for the first time ever. The royal and his wife rode for one stop on the Metropolitan Line from Farringdon to King's Cross.
'GOMER PYLE' MARRIES LONGTIME PARTNER: Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle on television from 1964 to 1969, married his partner of nearly 40 years Stan Cadwallader on January 15th. He told reporters, "I'm 82 and he's in his 60s, and so we've been together for 38 years and I'm not ashamed of people knowing."
RON JEREMY IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT L.A. HOSPITAL: Ron Jeremy's manager Mike Esterman revealed to TMZ that the 59-year-old porn star drove himself to Cedar-Sinai hospital on Tuesday (January 29th) after experiencing severe chest pains. Doctors discovered that Jeremy had a heart aneurysm and he is now in ICU be prepped for surgery.
DEMI MOORE MISSED OUT ON 'A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN' ROLE: Director Penny Marshall revealed that Demi Moore was initially the frontrunner for Geena Davis' role in her film A League Of Their Own. By the time they were ready to offer the role however, Demi revealed that she was pregnant and Marshall felt she would not be able to get through the athletic scenes in the film.

KIM AND KANYE WANT PRIVACY FOR THEIR BABY


Kim Kardashian stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live with her sister Kourtney to promote the new season of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and of course much of the conversation focused on baby talk. The 32-year-old expectant mother revealed that she and Kanye West don't plan to show the baby on any of her reality programs.
According to Kim, she and her baby daddy want to let their child decide when he or she is old enough whether they want to be part of the shows. She explained, "From the start, as of now, that's just a personal choice that Kanye and I have made. We're going to try to keep it as private as possible." Kim referenced Kourtney's struggle making the choice to put her children Mason and Penelope on television but ultimately decided it was best to have them with their mother even during filming.
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IS MTV CANCELING 'TEEN MOM 2'?


The attention-seeking antics of Jenelle Evans may cause MTV to pull the plug on Teen Mom 2. The controversial cast member has been making news in the past few months for behaving in a way that some feel are desperate attempts to stay famous.
Sources close to the show are telling the NY Post that producers feel Jenelle has become a liability. Since November, Evans has become pregnant again, gotten married, lost her baby, and publicly demanded a divorce. Most recently, the 21-year-old partied at a bar with her ex-fiance hours after giving her Twitter followers a live play-by-play of her miscarriage. The show is supposed to act as a cautionary tale for young women but seems to have turned into a sideshow documenting the troubled life of a young mother.

  • Jenelle has been arrested seven times and gone to rehab twice since first appearing on MTV.
  • At present time, there has been no official cancellation from the network but a fourth season of the show has already been filmed and is supposed to air on MTV sometime this year.
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LAMAR ODOM'S EX SAYS SHE DOESN'T KNOW IF KHLOE IS MATERNAL


Lamar Odom's ex Liza Morales has opened up about Khloe Kardashian's skills as a step-parent. In an interview with The New York Daily News, Liza -- star of Starter Wives Confidential said, "I don't know if she's good maternally, I don't know. As long as my kids are good, I'm good. As long as my kids are taken care of and I haven't heard anything negative, then I'm good."
When asked about her striking resemblance to Khloe she said, "I'm 100 percent Puerto Rican, and I was here first. I was here first, so she has a resemblance to me. I don't see it. We both have dark hair. We both have a cherub face. I don't think we look alike, but I have heard it. Imitation is a form of flattery!"

  • Liza also spoke about Lamar leaving her after their third child Jayden died of sudden infant death syndrome in 2006 when he was only 6 months old. She said that Lamar wouldn't open after the loss. She told the newspaper, "Who abandons their lady?"
  • Starter Wives Confidential airs Tuesdays on TLC at 9pm.
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MEGAN FOX HAS FOUND HER SOUL MATE


Megan Fox started dating her husband Brian Austin Green when she was 18 and eight years later she is as in love as ever. The 26-year-old Transformers actress admitted to Marie Claire UK that marriage isn't easy but that she does not regret committing at such a young age.
Megan told the magazine, "I believe he's my soul mate. But that doesn't mean it doesn't take work, because we are very, very different." Fox also made it known that she does not consider acting her job anymore. As soon as she became a mother, her son Noah and her family became her main priority.

  • Megan and Brian were married in 2010. She gave birth to their son Noah Shannon Green in September of 2012.
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'AMERICAN IDOL': SAN ANTONIO AUDITIONS


Last night (January 30th) on American Idol, the auditions moved to San Antonio, Texas, with a second stop in Long Beach, California.
The show featured brothers Derek and David Bagerott, who performed together on stage and accused the judges of being "very negative" when they didn't receive positive comments. Judge Randy Jackson said, "If you guys ever make it, you're gonna have to really re-adjust your attitude. Terrible attitudes." They did not advance. Sixteen-year-old student Stephanie Sanson screamed Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain," and broke a part of the set before leaving the audition. "Nicki would've sent her to Hollywood," said judge Keith Urban.
Student Jesaiah Baer began performing "Settle Down" by Kimbra, only to be interrupted when a fire alarm was set off and everyone was told to vacate the Queen Mary. When everyone returned, she was given a second chance and performed her song. Judge Nicki Minaj said, "The voice was really defined. It was very shocking for me." Baer received her pass to Hollywood.
The final performance was by 21-year-old Matheus Fernandes from Atlanta, Georgia, who sang Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come." Though he has a small build, Randy told him, "To me you're 10 feet tall right now." He received a unanimous "yes" from the judges.
In total, 50 Idol contestants advanced to Hollywood.

THE EXTRAVAGANT LIFE OF SCOTT DISICK



Kourtney Kardashian's baby daddy Scott Disick is not shy about flaunting his wealth and the lavish lifestyle he leads. The 29-year-old took Haute Living magazine through a typical day in his life and how he makes important decisions like which uber-expensive watch to wear.
According to the magazine, Disick wakes up at around 10 a.m. and begins his day by showering, shaving, and moisturizing with a face cream that retails at $150 an ounce. He then chooses an outfit. usually a suit, before coming to what he says is the biggest choice of the day -- a watch. He chooses between watches that cost upwards of $1 million. His final choice is deciding which of his luxury brand cars to take to the office where he usually strolls in at about 1 p.m.
  • Scott didn't specify exactly what he does for a living but said, "I have done a lot of private label manufacturing in the nutrition biz and have raised money for startup companies. I tend to invest money into nightlife businesses the friends of mine that are involved in nightclubs and whatnot."
  • Disick also explained that he spends his down time researching other luxurious items like cars, watches, private planes, and boats.
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HEADLINE NEWS

GIFFORDS URGES GUN VIOLENCE ACTION AT SENATE HEARING: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded in a January 2011 assassination attempt, made a surprise appearance at a Senate hearing Wednesday (January 30th) on gun violence. Giffords, who still has difficulty speaking, delivered a brief, 80-word plea for action, telling lawmakers the nation is counting on them after stating, "Too many children are dying. Too many children." Also speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee was Giffords' husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who emphasized that both he and his wife are gun owners as he stated, "We're simply two reasonable Americans who realize we have a problem with gun violence and we need Congress to act." But National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, who also spoke at the hearing, not only rejected Democratic proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, but also spoke against requiring universal background checks for all gun purchases -- which the NRA once supported -- saying it wouldn't be effective in stopping criminals from getting guns, and accused the Obama administration of not enforcing the gun laws currently on the books. Republicans blamed the nation's gun violence on a lack of civility, violent video games, and insufficient attention to people with mental problems, while Democrats countered that a need to improve gun restrictions as well was obvious. Senator Charles Schumer of New York said not including gun limits in the debate, quote, "is like not including cigarettes when discussing lung cancer."
ALABAMA GUNMAN REMAINS IN BUNKER WITH 5-YEAR-OLD HOSTAGE: An Alabama gunman remains holed up in a bunker with a 5-year-old hostage in a standoff with police that began Tuesday afternoon (January 29th) when he boarded a stopped school bus filled with children, killed the driver when he refused to hand over a five-year-old child, and dragged the boy off the bus and into his bunker. The boy is not related to the gunman. SWAT teams were positioned around the man's rural property Wednesday as police negotiators tried to get the boy released from the bunker, which resembles a tornado shelter. The 65-year-old gunman, identified by neighbors in Midland City as Jimmy Lee Dykes, is a retired truck driver known as a menacing figure in the area, who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a shotgun. He'd been scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to answer charges that he shot at his neighbors last month in a dispute over a speed bump.
ISRAEL LAUNCHES AIR STRIKE IN SYRIA: Israel launched a rare airstrike in civil war-torn Syria overnight Tuesday, U.S. officials said Wednesday (January 30th), targeting a truck convoy believed to be carrying sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles headed for Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. AP cited regional officials as saying that the Russian-made missiles, if acquired by Hezbollah, would be, quote, "game-changing," enabling the militants to shoot down Israeli jets, helicopters and surveillance drones. The Syrian military denied the existence of any such shipment, claiming a scientific research facility was hit by the strike. The Israeli military declined to comment. The strike was Israel's first in Syria since September 2007, when warplanes destroyed a site that was believed to be a nuclear reactor.
U.S. HAS UNEXPECTED QUARTERLY REVERSAL IN GROWTH: The Commerce Department yesterday (January 30th) reported an unexpected reversal in economic growth, saying the nation's gross domestic product fell at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter after 13 straight quarters of growth. However, economists said the surprise reversal looks to have been caused by one-time factors, rather than being an indication of a coming recession. There was a sharp reduction in defense spending -- the largest quarterly decline in 40 years -- as well as a reduction in private-sector inventory buildup, which was enough to drag overall GDP down for the quarter, even as residential construction improved and consumer spending continued to rise.
SENATOR MENENDEZ DENIES PROSTITUTION ACCUSATION: Senator Robert Menendez' office yesterday (January 30th) denied allegations that he had sex with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. The New Jersey Democrat's office also said that he reimbursed a prominent Florida political donor $58,500 for the cost of two of three trips he took on the donor's plane to the Dominican Republic in 2010. Those trips were categorized as personal. The third trip, which was for campaign fundraising, was reported to the Federal Election Commission. The FBI searched the Florida office of the donor, eye doctor Salomon Melgen, Tuesday and Wednesday, but it was unclear if the raid was related to Menendez. The conservative website The Daily Caller reported early last November that Menendez traveled on Melgen's plane to the doctor's native Dominican Republic to have sex with prostitutes. The website contended that two women in the Caribbean nation, where prostitution is legal, said Menendez paid them for sex earlier in 2012. But Menendez's office said that any such accusations, quote, "are manufactured by a politically motivated right-wing blog and are false."

  • Menendez became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, succeeding John Kerry, who's leaving to be secretary of state.
ONE KILLED WHEN GUNMAN OPENS FIRE IN ARIZONA OFFICE BUILDING: A 48-year-old man was killed and two other people were wounded yesterday (January 30th) when a gunman opened fire in a Phoenix, Arizona, office building after a legal mediation meeting and then escaped. Police were looking for 70-year-old suspect Arthur Douglas Harmon, who also fired at a witness who pursued him as he fled in a rental car. A prominent Phoenix lawyer, Mark Hummels, was wounded and was reported to be in critical condition. A 32-year-old woman was being treated for a non-life-threatening injury. Police said two men may have been Harmon's intended victims, while the woman wasn't believed to have been intentionally targeted. The New York Times reported that the mediation session was over a lawsuit Harmon had filed against a call center based in Scottsdale.
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WALMART LIMITS AMMUNITION SALES AFTER DEMAND SURGE: Walmart has started to limit sales of ammunition to three boxes per customer per day amid a surge in demand. A spokesperson told Reuters yesterday (January 30th), "In order to take care of as many customers as possible, starting Thursday, January 24th, all ammunition sales were limited to three boxes per customer, per day as supply is limited at this time." Wal-Mart, the largest gun seller in the U.S., says that it works to strike the right balance between serving hunters and sportsmen and ensuring that it sells firearms responsibly. Sales of guns and ammunition have risen across the country since the Newtown school massacre on December 14th and subsequent discussions and proposals about reducing gun violence. Data released Monday (January 28th) by the FBI showed that nine of the top 10 days for background checks for firearms purchases from November 1998 to January 27, 2013, took place since the Newtown massacre.
BLACKBERRY INTRODUCES NEW SMARTPHONES: Research In Motion yesterday (January 30th) announced that it had renamed itself BlackBerry, after its signature product, as it unveiled its long-delayed new smartphones that it hopes will boost the company's fading fortunes. However, it disappointed investors by saying sales in the U.S. of the BlackBerry 10 devices won't start until March. The launch of the smartphones was initially planned for last year, but it was pushed back twice as RIM struggled to perfect a new operating system. RIM, which was founded in 1985, introduced its first BlackBerry in 1999, and the company quickly cornered the market. But it failed to keep up as competition arose, and is now far behind, with its market share in the low single digits. The new BlackBerry 10s have fast browsers, new features, smart cameras and a large application library, and will compete with Apple's iPhone and devices using Google's Android technology. The BlackBerry Z10 will be the first to hit the market, with a country-by-country rollout that starts in Britain today.
CHICAGO TEEN WHO PERFORMED AT OBAMA'S INAUGURATION KILLED: A 15-year-old girl who just performed at President Obama's inauguration with her high school band last week was shot to death in Chicago on Tuesday (January 29th). According to The Chicago Tribune, Hadiya Pendleton and 12 other teens were taking shelter from the rain under a canopy at a park when a man jumped over a fence, ran up to them and opened fire, before fleeing in a car. Pendleton died at a local hospital soon after. Police say that Pendleton wasn't in a gang and was likely not intentionally targeted. Several teens who were with her at the time were believed to be gang members. According to CBS Chicago, Pendleton was an honor student, majorette and volleyball player at King College Prep High School. A spokesperson for Obama said in a statement that the teen's death was a, quote, "terrible tragedy," saying, "The president and first lady's thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hadiya Pendleton."
MASSACHUSETTS GOV. CHOOSES EX-CHIEF OF STAFF TO FILL KERRY'S SEAT: Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick yesterday (January 30th) picked his former chief of staff, William "Mo" Cowan, to fill Democrat John Kerry's open Senate seat until a special election in June. Kerry is leaving the Senate to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and was confirmed for the job on Tuesday. With the appointment of Cowan, who also served as Patrick's chief legal counsel, the Senate now has two black senators serving at the same time for the first time in history. Cowan joins South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott, who was appointed by that state's governor, Republican Nikki Haley, to replace former GOP Senator Jim DeMint, who left earlier this month to head up the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank. Among the potential candidates for the June special election on the Democratic side are Reps. Ed Markey, Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano. For the Republicans, the most high-profile candidate is former Senator Scott Brown, who won the late Ted Kennedy's open seat in 2010, but was defeated when he ran for re-election last November by Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
SEX REALLY DOESN'T BURN A LOT OF CALORIES: We've all heard the supposed fact that sex burns a lot of calories, but it turns out that, like many things that sound too good to be true, it's just a myth. Researchers found that the only study that scientifically measured this found that sex lasted six minutes on average and burned just 21 calories for a man. The 1984 study didn't measure how many calories women burned during the act.
LABRADOR RETRIEVER IS STILL AMERICA'S TOP DOG: The American Kennel Club's annual ranking of the most popular dog breeds out Wednesday (January 30th) found that the Labrador retriever continued to be the nation's top dog for the 22nd year in a row. The overall results showed that bulldogs and large dogs are moving up in the rankings, while once-popular smaller breeds like the Yorkshire terrier and the miniature poodle are losing ground.
  1. Labrador retriever
  2. German shepherd
  3. Golden retriever
  4. Beagle
  5. Bulldog
  6. Yorkshire terrier
  7. Boxer
  8. Poodle
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Dachshund
SPORTS: RAY LEWIS ADDRESSES 'DEER ANTLER SPRAY' ALLEGATIONS FOR SECOND DAY: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis spent another day Wednesday (January 30th) ahead of the Super Bowl addressing questions about a Sports Illustrated report a day earlier that he'd used something called "deer-antler spray," which reportedly contains a naturally-occurring banned product connected to human growth hormone, to speed up his recovery from an injury earlier this season. Lewis told reporters yesterday, "It's so funny of a story, because I never, ever took what he says or whatever I was supposed to do," calling the whole episode a "joke" and a "trick of the devil." When a reporter said he seemed angry, Lewis answered, "Me? Never angry. I'm too blessed to be stressed. Nah. You're not angry. You can use a different word. You can use the word 'agitated,' because I'm here to win the Super Bowl. I'm not here to entertain somebody that does not affect that one way or another."
  • The 37-year-old Lewis is ending his 17-year career after the Super Bowl, and it's assumed he will make it ino the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
DR. PHIL: TE'O HOAXER WAS IN LOVE WITH PLAYER, WHO DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT SCHEME: Dr. Phil McGraw previewed his interview with Manti Te'o "fake girlfriend" hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo yesterday (January 30th) on NBC's Today show, saying that the 22-year-old California man told him that he wound up falling, quote, "deeply, romantically" in love with the Notre Dame player, who wasn't involved in the scheme and didn't know the person he thought was a girl was actually Tuiasosopo. McGraw's interview with Tuiasosopo, who created the fictional woman Te'o knew as "Lennay Kekua," will air in two parts on his show starting today. Te'o has claimed innocence in the hoax, saying that even though he never met Kekua in person, that their relationship was serious and he believed that she had died of leukemia in September on the same day as his grandmother. Tuiasosopo backed up what Te'o said, and insisted that the very female-sounding voice Te'o heard on the phone as Kekua was really his. McGraw said he asked Tuiasosopo if he is gay, stating, "He said, 'Well, when you put it that way, yes.' Then he caught himself and said, 'I am confused.'"
49ERS' CHRIS CULLIVER MAKES ANTI-GAY COMMENTS: In yet another distraction ahead of this Sunday's Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is drawing criticism for anti-gay comments. In an interview with shock radio deejay Artie Lange on media day Tuesday (January 29th) about gay players in football that Lange aired that night, the 24-year-old Culliver said, "I don't do the gay guys, man. I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah . . . can't be . . . in the locker room, man." When asked by Lange whether gay players would need to keep it a secret, Culliver answered, "Yeah, come out 10 years later after that." The 49ers released a statement Wednesday that said, "The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community."
SANDY HOOK CHORUS TO SING AT SUPER BOWL: The chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, will sing "America the Beautiful" as part of the pre-game show before the Super Bowl on Sunday (February 3rd). The chorus features 26 children from Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed in the December 14th massacre.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)

ON THE TUBE


CBS

  • THE BIG BANG THEORY - Sheldon faces a crisis of confidence when he is forced to work with his nemesis, Barry Kripke.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN - Alan is faced with relationship trouble when he does not give Lyndsey a key to the beach house.
  • PERSON OF INTEREST - Reese is captured by a former acquaintance planning a massive act of cyber-warfare.
  • ELEMENTARY - During his suspension from the NYPD, Sherlock investigates a hit and run accident involving a conspiracy theorist.
NBC
  • 30 ROCK - (one hour series finale) As Jack takes stock of his life, Liz struggles with her new role as a stay at home mom.
  • THE OFFICE - David Wallace asks Dwight to find a new part time salesman who will fill in for Jim.
  • THE OFFICE - Nellie and Dwight spring into action when Pam needs help finding the vandal who defaced her mural.
  • DO NO HARM - (series premiere) Renowned neurosugeon Dr. Jason Cole fights to control his vengeful alternate personality, Ian Price.
FOX
  • AMERICAN IDOL - Auditions continue.
  • GLEE - The glee club arranges a calendar shoot to raise money.
ABC
  • SHARK TANK (repeat)
  • GREY'S ANATOMY - Derek and April fight to find a solution for the hospital.
  • SCANDAL - Olivia unravels as her colleagues learn the truth about the rigged election.
CW
  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Klaus turns to Stefan for help; Elena reveals her plan to Stefan.
  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Vincent is torn between his memories of Alex and his feelings for Cat.
FX
  • ANGER MANAGEMENT - Charlie's dad falls in with a bad crowd.
  • ARCHER - Archer's fear of cyborgs hits home when Krieger offers to make robotic legs for Gillette.
  • LEGIT - Jim and Steve create a fale online dating profile to help Billy meet girls.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Ryan Seacrest
THE VIEW - Tim Allen, guest co-host KaDee Strickland
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Quvenzhane Wallis, Benh Zeitlin, Lisa Loeb
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Jennifer Lawrence, Katie Couric, Tegan and Sara
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Rashida Jones, Julie Gonzalo
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Channing Tatum, Al Roker, Tim Ferriss, Graham Parker
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Dominic Monaghan, C.O.G., Regina Spektor
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Jason Bateman
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Matthew Guerrieri
CONAN - "Occupy Conan"

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

BRITISH NURSING HOME HIRED PROSTITUTES FOR RESIDENTS? A nursing home in Eastbourne, England has been accused of scheduling frequent visits between elderly residents and sex workers. Chasely nursing home's manager, Sue Wyatt, said they had a "third party consultant" who booked sex workers to help residents with their "needs." An ex-manager, Helena Barrow, said, "If you have a resident who is groping staff, one way of resolving that problem is to get a sex worker in who is trained to deal with that situation. The fact is sex workers are allowed by law to sexually enable people but care workers are not." The East Sussex County Council released the following statement in relation to the report: "We will examine our concerns through the Pan-Sussex Multi-Agency Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Adults at risk. This has the potential to place vulnerable East Sussex residents at risk of exploitation and abuse." (The Sun)

5-YEAR-OLD THREATENED WITH SUSPENSION OVER LEGO GUN: A 5-year-old boy in Hyannis, Massachusetts was reportedly threatened with suspension for making a gun out of Legos during an after school program. Sheila Cruz said she got a warning letter from Hyannis West Elementary school saying that her son had been using toys inappropriately. She said, "I was given a book and they told me he's going to be suspended if he does it again and to sign here. I just couldn't believe it. He's 5-years-old." She said she told the principle that the suspension threat was a little extreme. She explained, "I said listen, he's a 5-year-old, I think maybe a redirection would be more appropriate. I understand what's going on with this whole thing in schools and everything else but couldn't they have given him a warning?'" (CBS)
BABY PERFUME! Dolce & Gabbana have announced a new perfume that is meant to enhance the natural scent of a baby. The scent -- which reportedly smells like citrus, honey and melon -- retails for $44. One perfume designer, Frederick Bouchardy, tells the blog Fashionista, "It's not just about a scent for a baby, but it's also a scent for an adult that's meant to be evocative of the scent of baby. I think it's supposed to be a shared experience -- mom and child are meant to smell the same." (Huffington Post)
POLICE QUESTION 7-YEAR-OLD ABOUT STOLEN $5 FOR 10 HOURS: A 7-year-old boy in New York who had been accused of taking $5 from a fellow student was pulled out of school, interrogated by police for more than 10 hours and charged with robbery. Frances Mendez said her son Wilson Reyes was handcuffed and questioned at school for four hours before heading to the police station for another six hours of questioning. Mendez explained, "My son was crying, 'Mommy, it wasn't me! Mommy, it wasn't me!' I never imagined the cops could do that to a child. We're traumatized. Imagine how I felt seeing my son in handcuffs! It was horrible. I couldn't believe what I was seeing." According to reports, police were acting on a report claiming $5 fell on the ground in front of the boy and his two friends and that one of them took it. The $250 million lawsuit that has been filed against the city and the NYPD also states that another student admitted to the theft. The family's lawyer said, "It's unfathomable, what the police did. The whole thing sounds so stupid. They were interrogating him like he was a hardened criminal. If you have a child, a nephew, can you even imagine this happening to them?" The city reportedly dropped the robbery charge in December. (New York Post)
MAN BREAKS OUT OF JAIL, STOPS FOR A BEER, HEADS BACK TO JAIL: Authorities in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania said a man who escaped from his holding cell stopped at a bar, told a bar-goer that he just broke out of jail then asked for a beer. Police said 40-year-old Timothy Bonner had just been un-cuffed and placed in a jail cell when he knocked the door off of its hinges and ran away. Minutes later, he stopped at Richy's Bar and admitted to breaking out and asked for a beer. The customer said he did buy him a beer but the police showed up before Bonner could drink it. (AP)
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER TWEETS NSFW PICS & TALKS MARIJUANA ONLINE: A 23-year-old 10th grade math teacher in Aurora, Colorado was placed on paid leave on Tuesday (January 29th) after she posted semi-nude photos of herself on Twitter and bragged about smoking marijuana. Overland High School teacher Carly McKinney was posting the info onto the Twitter account @Crunk_Bear, which she claims was just a joke account and that one of her friends had been posting jokes that she didn't even know about. The account has been suspended but as we all know these things never disappear from the Internet. The photos she posted are still being passed around, including ones of her topless and smoking pot. A school district spokesperson said, "There are things that are troubling to us . . . However, what we need to do is to talk with her to review our district policy and then determine what our next step will be." Check out some of her tweets below:

  • @Crunk_Bear: "Just got called Ms. McCutie. Points for being clever, however you are still jailbait."
  • @Crunk_Bear: "Naked. Wet. Stoned"
  • @Crunk_Bear: "Watching a drug bust go down in the parking lot. It's funny cuz I have weed in my car in the staff parking lot."
The NSFW (but censored) pics here: http://on.today.com/11c2hum

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW


STUDY SAYS COUPLES WHO SHARE CHORES HAVE LESS SEX: New research finds that U.S. couples who split household chores tend to have less sex. Sociologists at the University of Washington reviewed data on how U.S. couples tackle housework and found that couples who reported the husband did not perform stereotypically female tasks, such as cooking or scrubbing the floors, had 1.6-times more sex per month than couples in which husbands shared housework. Additionally, researchers found that in households where husbands contributed to house work, but stuck to stereotypically male tasks, such as car maintenance and yard work, had sex 0.7-times more sex than those where the wife did all the "male work." This means husbands who do no traditionally female tasks have sex the most: 4.85-times a month, and couples in which the husband does all of traditionally female tasks have sex the least: 3.3-times a month. (Time)
10 COOL KITCHEN FINDS UNDER $20: http://tinyurl.com/af8zd56
WHAT MEN'S DANCE MOVES COMMUNICATE: A new study finds that a man's dance moves can attract women and also signal to other men whether he may be a potential love rival. Researchers from the University of Northumbria used 3D motion-capture technology and biochemical analysis to find the extent to which a man's dancing gives clues about his physical strength and fitness. For the study, researchers tested the body strength of a group of 30-men, and then had them dance to a basic drum rhythm. 3D cameras captured the dancing, which was used to turn the men into digital characters, masking their appearances. Women and men were then asked to rate the virtual dancers on their dancing and physical qualities. Results show that both sexes found an association between a man's hand-grip strength and his dance moves. The study was published in the American Journal of Human Biology. (Daily Mail)
THOUGHTFUL GIFTS FOR YOUR SWEETHEART THAT WON'T BREAK THE BANK (YourTango):

1) Liquor or wine with a personalized label. Look online for sites offering design-your-own labels for bottles, and make a big splash with a gift of an affordable beverage (alcoholic or not) in a beautiful bottle of your choosing. The label can include a favorite picture of the two of you together, from right there at, "chateau our house."
2) Framed pictures for the office. For cubicle and office-dwellers, a few personalized mementos help make the work environment warmer. Find a picture your spouse especially loves and have some prints made for a nice frame you've chosen. Or make it more special with a his-and-hers matching pair, so you always have the same view at the office.
3) Equipment for hobbies. If you're married to an avid gardener, put together a basket of nice work gloves, a trowel and seeds they like. If your spouse is a beer lover, many online stores offer complete homebrew beginner's kits. For the culinary enthusiast, a cooking class might be an affordable entry into a new style of cuisine.
4) Plant a tree. This is a great way to say that you're in it for the long haul with your spouse. A well-placed tree can not only be a symbol of your enduring love, but as it grows, it can provide shade in the summer and reduce your cooling bills. A fruit or nut tree can provide annual harvests for years to come for couples looking for really local food, and in the fall, nothing beats a pile of leaves for the kids to jump around in (and gives you a chance to parentally explain that raking builds character!)
5) Plan an adventure. Whether your budget allows extravagant gifts or encourages something more low-key, you can still make great memories. Pack a picnic basket with food, drink and romantic notes or poems and hike with your spouse to a scenic spot. Or take a day trip nearby spots like a river or lake. Look for affordable canoe rentals and spend the day on the water, with a leisurely romantic picnic on some "unexplored" beach or island. You may be able to find some great ideas by visiting www.greatdatedeals.com
STUDY FINDS A LITTLE BIT OF CHOCOLATE GOES A LONG WAY: New research finds that a couple of bites of chocolate can be as satisfying as eating a whole bar. Researchers from Cornell University divided participants into two groups and gave one group about 3.5 ounces of chocolate, seven-ounces of apple pie and about three-ounces of potato chips, all together equivalent to 1,370 calories. The other group got a half-ounce of chocolate, 1.5 ounces of pie and 1.5 ounces of potato chips, all together equivalent to 195 calories. The group was asked to rate their hunger and craving levels before and then 15-minutes after the food was presented. Scientists found that those who received larger portions did not feel fuller or more satisfied than the group with smaller portions. (Daily Mail)
KISSING DOS AND DON'TS (Yahoo):
1) DO open your eyes...just for a second.
2) DON'T forget to use your hands.
3) DO stop talking.
4) DON'T freak yourself out.
5) DO find your signature kiss.
6) DO remember mints.
7) DON'T criticize a guy in the middle of a kiss.
8) DO use soft, affectionate touches.
9) DO kiss like you mean it.
10) DO try a tender lip bite.
11) DON'T lock your lips.
12) DO mix it up.
13) DON'T let your teeth crash the party.
14) DO grab his hair.
15) DO explore with your lips.
10 GEEKY VALENTINE'S DAY CARDS: http://tinyurl.com/abrs7ae
DATING ADVICE FROM YOUR DOG (YourTango):
1) Dogs live in the moment and enjoy the one they're with. Are you stuck in the past?
2) Dogs don't have an ego, so they don't sweat the small stuff. Instead, let it roll right off their backs. Do you dwell?
3) Dogs are great listeners. Are you attentive?
4) Dogs are loyal;. Do you have a wandering eye?
5) Dogs are always affectionate. When was the last time you acted lovingly?
6) Dogs appreciate the little things in life. Are you grateful?
7) Dogs are always happy to see you, and after a hard day at work, they are always there with a hug and a smile. Are you warm and welcoming?
8) Dogs have a playful spirit and good sense of humor. Are you carefree?
9) Dogs don't care what you look like or what kind of car you drive. Are you superficial?
10) Dogs love unconditionally. Do you?
MEN ARE USUALLY TALLER THAN THEIR WIVES STUDY SAYS: A survey of British couples found, not surprisingly, that the man was taller than the woman 92.5-percent of the time. The study found that women don't seem to like their men to be too tall - in only one in seven cases was the man 10 inches or more taller than the woman. Researchers from the UK and the Netherlands collaborated on the study, and found that averge height men tend to father more children than taller men. For the study, researchers used data on about 12,000 couples in the UK. (Daily Mail)
??? TRIVIA ???
What is the name of the famous comet that can be seen every 75 or 76 years?
A: Halley's Comet.
Source: National Geographic
What is the name of the well-known meteor shower that occurs in early August each year?
A: The Perseids meteor shower
Source: National Geographic

WATER COOLER TALK

Jamaica Supports Controversial Pre-Super Bowl Ad
Jamaica has come out in support of an online, pre-game Super Bowl ad for Volkswagen that's taken some flak for showing a white office worker from the Midwest feigning a Jamaican accent to show a cheerful, upbeat outlook. Some critics have charged that the ad, which debuted Monday (January 28th), is offensive and culturally insensitive, portraying it as referencing segregation-era "blackface" depictions of white people posing as happy-go-lucky blacks. But in Jamaica, which is predominantly black, but also has white, Asian, Middle Eastern and mixed-race minorities, they've been puzzled by the reaction. The Jamaican government has endorsed the commercial, which shows the office worker trying to cheer up his colleagues, including by paraphrasing Bob Marley lyrics by saying, "No worries, mon. Everyting will be all right." Jamaica's tourism minister called the ad, quote, "a very creative commercial which truly taps into the tremendous appeal that brand Jamaica and its hospitable people have globally." Volkswagen has no plans to pull the spot.

Clinic That Gave Vitamins Instead of the Pill Won't Have to Pay to Raise Child
A state appeals court in Wisconsin ruled Wednesday (January 30th) that a clinic that mistakenly gave a woman pre-natal vitamins instead of birth control pills doesn't have to pay to raise the child she unintentionally conceived. However, the court said the clinic can be sued for other financial damages, such as pain and suffering during and after the pregnancy, loss of future earning capacity and postpartum depression. The appeals court cited a previous Wisconsin case in saying that a parent must have undergone an unsuccessful sterilization before a claim can be made for costs of raising a child from an unwanted pregnancy. The court said claims of temporary contraception failing or getting wrong pills are too open to potential fraud of parents try to collect huge awards.

'Boyfriend Trainer' Game App Criticized for Promoting Violence
A new game app called Boyfriend Trainer that lets players slap, electrocute or mace a virtual boyfriend for transgressions like looking at another girl, leaving his shirt on the floor, or drinking his girlfriend's drink is being slammed for promoting violence. Critics say that if the app, which is available in both Apple's App Store and in the Android market, showed similar violence against a virtual girlfriend there would be an outcry. The description of the game -- which is rated for players age 4 and up -- reads: "Crack that whip and teach your guy a thing or two about being the Perfect Boyfriend! When scolding doesn't work, just zap him, whack him and train him to be your ideal man!" The app was developed by Mumbai-based Games2Win.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Florida Georgia Line members Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley celebrated their career-first Number One hit, "Cruise," with a party at the Country Music Association in Nashville yesterday (Tuesday, January 29th). Tyler and Brian co-wrote the song, which is the debut single from their new Here's To The Good Times CD.
Brian tells us that seeing their names at the top of the charts was a surreal experience for the duo. "Throughout its time on the charts we were watching it and getting updates weekly, and it's just a dream come true. Tyler and I, we got this thing going, we met and got it kicked off writing songs, so I think any songwriter's goal and dream is to be at the top of the charts, and I've been to many Number One parties and kind of see how it goes down. It's like, 'Man, it'd be really cool to be up there one day.' (We) got the official email I think through the label and everybody was just like a big celebration and (we) got some phone calls from everybody too, so . . . I mean, it's just an unreal feeling to say that it's history for two weeks in a row, three weeks in a row we had the Number One song in the country, so it's very cool. It's humbling."
Florida Georgia Line are climbing the charts with their new single, "Get Your Shine On."
They recently shot the video in Cancun, Mexico.
Catch the duo out on the road with Luke Bryan on his Dirt Road Diaries tour. Their next stop is in Uniondale, New York on February 7th.
FAST FACTS
  • Tyler and Brian met while they were students at Nashville's Belmont University.
  • Their Here's To The Good Times album was released in December.
Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks came together last night (Tuesday, January 29th) in Los Angeles to tape an episode of CMT Crossroads. We won't know the details behind their musical collaborations until Crossroads airs later this year, but Hillary Scott gives all the credit to Stevie, with whom the trio chatted by phone several weeks ago.
Hillary tells us: "We had a conference call with her, and I was floating afterwards. I mean, this woman is amazing. She was so kind, so excited, and the way that this all came about is going to be in the show, because it's a really cool story that we're gonna sit down and let her tell how it all came about. Because it wasn't her management calling our management or CMT trying to call each of us, because they had the idea. This was her idea, and the way it came about was very organic and beautiful and I'm gonna let her tell that story, so you'll have to watch it to hear the story, but it was her idea."
In the meantime, the members of Lady A are enjoying their highest debut of a single with "Downtown" this week.
It's the debut single from the trio's upcoming album.
It will be available on iTunes on February 5th.
FAST FACTS
  • Lady A's last studio album, Own The Night, was released in 2011.
Mindy McCready is under a cloud of suspicion for the recent death of her boyfriend, David Wilson, however Mindy says she had no involvement and doesn't know how he died. During an interview she did with the Today show yesterday (Tuesday, January 29th) morning, Mindy said that while she and David had been fighting the day he died, she did not kill him. She also denies reports that he had been having an affair.
Mindy revealed that she found David shot on the porch of their Arkansas home on January 13th. She said she immediately called 911.
David was the father of Mindy's nine-month-old son Zayne. He was also helping her raise her older son Zander.
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Blake Shelton and Ray Price have settled their differences and Blake has apologized for his offensive comments, referring to the older generation of country entertainers as "old farts." Now the promoter of Ray's upcoming show has offered The Voice star an opportunity to really bury the hatchet and open for the legendary Opry star.
The show is on June 8th at the Americana Theatre in Branson, Missouri.
Bob Cannella, owner of Up Close Concerts, said, "We have always been fans of Blake Shelton and know this will be a good opportunity for him to show the appreciation he has expressed for those who came before him in the music business. We pay our performers based on their experience in the business and track record of hit songs with staying power through many generations. So, we are able to offer Blake a guaranteed payment of $350, plus catering (six inch turkey sub - no cheese) and complimentary black coffee."
There's also one more stipulation -- "We ask that Mr. Shelton limit his set to no more than 30 minutes."
No word so far from Blake on whether he'll take the offer.
In the meantime, Blake is nearing the top of the charts with "Sure Be Cool If You Did."
Taylor Swift wrapped up her stay in Paris, France on Monday (January 28th) night with a private performance aboard a boat on the Seine River. Taylor was joined by her friend, actress Hailee Steinfeld, on the Yachts de Paris Mirage cruise, where she reportedly showed off her skills on a red guitar.
Yesterday morning (Tuesday, January 29th), Taylor tweeted, "Thank you to all the fans in France and Spain for making this trip so lovely. Headed back to (America) now!"
In other Taylor news, her new Keds commercial has been released. The ad was shot in Nashville, and inspires girls to be "brave."
The Zac Brown Band is set to perform the Daytona 500 kickoff concert next month. The group will take the stage on February 24th at NASCAR's season-opening race in Daytona, Florida. The mini-concert will take place before the race, while two of the band's songs will air live.
Zac told the AP, "It was always the big sporting event. Anytime there was major championships or major races, they were usually on TV. They were usually a part of what was going on when we were all hanging out together."
The Zac Brown Band is nominated for Country Album for Uncaged at the Grammy Awards on February 10th. The show will air live from Los Angeles on CBS.
FAST FACTS
  • Zac Brown Band won Best New Artist at the Grammys in 2010.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013


COUNTRY TRIVIA
Q. At which college did Florida Georgia Line members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard meet?
A. Belmont University in Nashville
ON THE TUBE
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO/NBC 11:35PM (ET)
Holly Williams

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS


  • Wilmer Valderrama (actor, That '70s Show's Fez) (33)
  • Christian Bale (actor, Batman Begins, Empire Of The Sun, American Psycho, Laurel Canyon, The Dark Knight) (39)
  • Phil Collins (singer and drummer, Genesis) (62)
  • Marty Balin (lead singer, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) (71)
  • Steve Augeri (former lead singer, Journey) (54)
  • Charles S. Dutton (actor, Crocodile Dundee II, Q&A, A Time To Kill, Gothika) (62)
  • Dick Cheney (Former Vice President) (72)
  • Vanessa Redgrave (actress, Mission: Impossible, Deep Impact, Girl, Interrupted, Howard's End, Julia, Mary Queen Of Scots) (76)
  • Gene Hackman (actor, The French Connection I and II, The Firm, Get Shorty, The Birdcage, The Royal Tenenbaums, Runaway Jury) (83)
  • Jody Watley (R&B singer and member of Shalamar) (54)

INDUSTRY NEWS


AMY POEHLER SIGNS A BOOK DEAL: Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler is working on a book being published in 2014 by It Books. According to the publisher, "The book is an illustrated, non-linear diary full of humor and honesty and brimming with true stories, fictional anecdotes and life lessons, the book will be a unique and engaging experience from one of today's most talented and beloved stars"
'30 ROCK' BECOMING AN ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Ben & Jerry's has announced plans to commemorate the departing sitcom 30 Rock with an ice cream flavor inspired by the show. The flavor was originally slated to hit stores in the spring but has been moved up to coincide with the show's series finale which airs this week.
'MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE' STARS REUNITING: Bryan Cranston is reuniting with his Malcolm in the Middle co-star Jane Kaczmarek on Breaking Bad. Jane tweeted, "Yes, it's true... I will indeed be on Breaking Bad. Can't wait for you all to see it. Congrats to Bryan Cranston for his win (at the Screen Actors Guild Awards)"
BIG ANG TO MAKE BROADWAY DEBUT: Mob Wives' Big Ang revealed to Wendy Williams that she is prepping for her theater debut in My Big, Gay Italian Wedding. She told Wendy, "It's my friend Anthony's play and I am very big with the gays. I love them, they love me and I'm Italian, gotta be in it. I'm going to be the caterer."
NBC ORDERS SEQUEL TO 'ALICE IN WONDERLAND': NBC has given the green light to the drama pilot Wonderland. The show is set in a modern-day Wonderland and centers on Alice and a new character named Clara.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP


LINDSAY LOHAN IS TOO SICK TO ATTEND COURT HEARING: Lindsay Lohan's new lawyer Mark Heller submitted a doctor's note to an L.A. court saying that Lindsay was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection on Saturday (January 26th) and will not be able to appear before the judge on January 30th. Strangely enough, Lindsay was photographed smoking cigarettes during an all-day shopping spree in New York on the same day she was supposedly diagnosed.
JASON LONDON ARRESTED IN ARIZONA: Dazed and Confused actor Jason London was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday morning after being beaten to a pulp outside of a bar where allegedly assaulted a bouncer. On his way to the station, Jason reportedly cursed out the officers and pooped his pants out of revenge.
'JACKASS' STAR'S MUSIC VIDEO REMOVED FROM YOUTUBE: Jackass star Bam Margera has been attempting to launch a rap career but his latest music video has been censored by YouTube and removed from the site. The video apparently contains incredibly graphic images of naked people including shots of Margera trying to hydrate himself by drinking his own urine.
CRISS ANGEL OFFERING REWARD FOR STOLEN DOG: Magician Criss Angel is offering a reward of $5,000 for the return of his stolen Yorkshire Terrier. The dog was stolen from a Las Vegas pet store along with three other pups.
JIM CARREY AND STEVEN TYLER'S PDA: Jim Carrey and Steven Tyler had a bit of fun with the paparazzi as they were leaving Madeo restaurant in West Hollywood on Saturday (January 26th.) Carrey and the Aerosmith front man walked hand in hand past the awaiting photographers seemingly poking fun at the tabloids that will eventually run the photos and ignite rumors.

SCANDALOUS ITEMS FOUND IN FORMER 'PENTHOUSE' FOUNDER'S STORAGE UNIT


Hedge funder Jeremy Frommer hit the jackpot when he decided to buy up some unclaimed storage lockers in Englewood, New Jersey. Frommer ended up with a treasure trove of scandalous celebrity artifacts in the unit that belonged to the late Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione.
According Page Six, the space housed unpublished nude photos of Madonna, Lauren Hutton, and a young Arnold Schwarzenegger allegedly engaged in a sex act. Jeremy also found correspondence between Guccione and people like Dick Cheney, the Unabomber, and a woman who claimed to be Fidel Castro's lover. There were also personal files detailing the publisher's decision to print the nude photos of Vanessa Williams which ended up costing her the Miss America crown.

  • Frommer has started to buy up more of Guccione's estate and has partnered with producer Rick Schwartz in order to preserve the deceased publisher's legacy and launch a potential exhibition.
  • Guccione died in 2010.
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DID LINDSAY LOHAN AND PAULY D HAVE A FLING?





Lindsay Lohan may have a thing for DJs. Aside from her ex Samantha Ronson, Snooki revealed to Celebuzz that Lilo and DJ Pauly D made out at a club a while back.
The fling allegedly went down when the Jersey Shore cast took a trip to California to promote the debut season of their show. Snooki told the site, "It was the first time we were in L.A., and I feel like she was flirting with Pauly -- and I feel like they made out. But that was like three years ago."
Snooki also defended the Mean Girls star against all of the anti-Lindsay backlash in the media saying, "Personally, I love Lindsay. I think she's a fun girl and she just made a few mistakes, and people think she's the devil for it. That's life. Nobody's perfect...It doesn't mean she's a bad person. I think she's awesome. And she used to be a great actress -- hopefully one day she can get it back."
  • Splash News caught up with Pauly D in Australia to ask him about the claim to which he responded, "Not my type."

JENNIFER LAWRENCE EMBARRASSED BY PARENTS AT SAG AWARDS


Jennifer Lawrence's parents may have embarrassed their daughter at Sunday's (January 27th) SAG Awards but how could they not be gleaming with excitement over all the acclaim that their little girl has been getting? Gary and Karen Lawrence described just how ecstatic and emotional they were when talking to Entertainment Tonight backstage after their daughter's big win.
Jennifer's father said, "I feel like I've got the Secretariat in the Derby."
Mama Lawrence tearfully told ET, "I'm so proud 'cause she's remained who she is throughout this whole process and it hasn't changed her. That's what I'm proud of. I don't care if she wins or loses necessarily, but because she won and she's stayed strong and true to herself, that's what makes me proud."
The 22-year-old actress covered her face and seemed slightly mortified. She said, "Mom, stop crying! God, this is embarrassing."
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DAKOTA FANNING REFUSED TO SKINNY DIP WITH CO-STARS


Twilight actress Dakota Fanning admits that she was not adventurous enough to skinny dip with her Night Moves co-stars Peter Sarsgaard and Jesse Eisenberg. 18-year-old Fanning described the event to Glamour magazine saying she was just too embarrassed to do anything but watch.
The trio went to check out Oregon's famous hot springs while taking a break from filming and an employee informed them that clothing was optional after 8pm. Dakota explained, "So we went in there, and everyone was so comfortable being naked. They were so free. I just sat there and begged to go back to the hotel... It was really fun. I just wanted to have a bathing suit on." The young actress acknowledges that she is a reserved person but sometimes she wishes she could be more like her sister Elle who "just lives life like no one is watching her."

  • Night Moves arrives in theaters in September 2013.
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IS 'STORAGE WARS' RIGGED?


Network execs at A&E have filed an official response to David Hester's lawsuit from December which accuses the show Storage Wars of being fake. The network is arguing that Hester is just bitter and trying to paint himself as a whistleblower after failing to renegotiate his contract.
A&E stands by the authenticity of the show despite Hester's claims that he was fired as a cast member for confronting producers for planting memorabilia, scripting interviews with the cast, and using footage of storage facilities when no auctions were taking place. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the court documents filed by the network last week accuse David of attempting to distract from the real issues such as his "improper use of AETN's trademarks."

  • The network is also arguing that Hester participated in the very acts that he claims to be "fraudulent" and "illegal."
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HEADLINE NEWS

OBAMA OUTLINES IMMIGRATION REFORM PROPOSALS: President Obama yesterday (January 29th) outlined his proposals for immigration reform, as he praised a bipartisan Senate plan announced a day earlier that's similar, but left key details unresolved. Both proposals contain a path to citizenship for people now in the country illegally, call for tighter security at the borders, crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants, and streamline the legal immigration system. Even as he praised the Senate proposal, however, Obama warned that the debate would be difficult, and pledged to send his own legislation to Capitol Hill if lawmakers don't act quickly. One of the key differences between the two plans is that the senators' proposal would make a path to citizenship contingent on first securing the borders and improving the tracking of people in the U.S. on visas, while Obama's doesn't. Another is that, unlike the senators' plan, Obama's would allow same-sex partners to seek visas under the same rules that govern other family immigration.
BRAZIL NIGHTCLUB FIRE STARTED BY FLARE BAND KNEW NOT FOR INDOOR USE: A Brazilian police inspector leading the investigation into the nightclub fire early Sunday in which 234 people were killed said at a news conference Tuesday (January 29th) that the band whose pyrotechnics display is believed to have started the fire by igniting flammable insulating foam on the ceiling knowingly used flares meant for outdoor use because they were cheaper. Inspector Marcelo Arigony, whose cousin died in the fire, said the outdoor flares cost just $1.25 each, while an indoor flare cost $35. Conditions in the Kiss nightclub contributed to the high death toll, including a malfunctioning fire extinguisher, the lack of either an alarm or a sprinkler system, being packed over capacity with people, and the availability of only one working exit.

  • More than 120 people remain hospitalized, with dozens in critical condition.
  • Prosecutors have said manslaughter charges could be filed.
JUDGE OKAYS $4 BILLION CRIMINAL SETTLEMENT IN BP GULF OIL SPILL: A federal judge on Tuesday (January 29th) agreed to let British oil company BP plead guilty to manslaughter for the deaths of 11 rig workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent weeks-long oil spill from the broken well in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as to lying to Congress about the size of the spill, and pay a record $4 billion in penalties. While that decision closes the criminal case, the federal government still has civil claims against BP, and the company could have to pay billions more for environmental damage from the spill. A series of investigations have blamed the disaster on time-saving, cost-cutting decisions by BP and its partners on the offshore well.
  • Most of the families of the rig workers who were killed or injured already have settled their claims against BP through a separate process.
  • BP has also separately agreed to an estimated $7.8 billion settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses who claim the spill cost them money.
SENATE APPROVES KERRY AS SECRETARY OF STATE: The Senate approved John Kerry, one of their own, yesterday (January 29th) to be President Obama's new secretary of state on a 94-3 vote, replacing Hillary Clinton, whose last day will be Friday. Those voting against Kerry, the Democratic senior senator from Massachusetts, were Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas and James Inhofe of Oklahoma. The vote came five days after Kerry's hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a panel he'd chaired for the past four years. The 69-year-old Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, served in the Senate for 28 years, and was the Democrats' presidential nominee in 2004. He's expected to be sworn in this week.
CALIFORNIA MAN ACCUSED OF FATALLY SHOOTING UROLOGIST IN EXAM ROOM: A 75-year-old California man who's accused of fatally shooting a urologist in his exam room on Monday (January 28th) suffered from prostate problems and was angry about his incontinence after a recent surgery, AP cited neighbors as saying Tuesday. Stanwood Fred Elkus was jailed on $1 million bail after police say he shot 52-year-old Dr. Ronald Franklin Gilbert multiple times at a medical office in Newport Beach. Police wouldn't say if Gilbert was Elkus' doctor.
MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING IMMIGRANT WHO MISTAKENLY PULLED INTO HIS GEORGIA DRIVEWAY: A 69-year-old Georgia man is facing murder charges after he allegedly shot and killed a 22-year-old Cuban immigrant who mistakenly pulled into his driveway because of incorrect GPS directions. Passengers in Rodrigo Abad Diaz' car say they were on their way to pick up a friend to go ice skating around 10 p.m. when their GPS led them to the wrong address. As they waited in the driveway, Phillip Walker Sailors came out with a gun. He fired one shot in the air, and then another that fatally struck Diaz in the head as he was trying to back out of the driveway. Sailors' lawyer says his client feared for his life, believing the people in the car intended to stage a home invasion.
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SOLDIER WHO LOST ALL FOUR LIMBS HAS SUCCESSFUL DOUBLE ARM TRANSPLANT: A 26-year-old retired U.S. Army sergeant who lost all four of his limbs in 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq left Johns Hopkins Hospital on Tuesday (January 29th), six weeks after undergoing a successful rare double arm transplant at the Baltimore medical center. Sergeant Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who is the first U.S. solider in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to survive losing both arms and legs, said at a news conference, "I feel like I'm getting a second chance to start over. I'm just looking forward to everything I would have wanted to do over the last four years." He told reporters, "I hated having no arms. I was alright with having no legs." Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee, who headed the transplant team, said that although the surgery was successful, it will be a few years before Marrocco's nerves regenerate and he regains significant use of his arms. But Marrocco, who wheeled himself into the news conference despite saying his right arm and both hands have little or no feeling or movement, was in good spirits, saying, "We'll get there."
POLL: TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICANS SUPPORT WOMEN IN COMBAT: A poll conducted after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted a longtime ban on women serving in front-line combat units last Thursday (January 24th) found that two-thirds of Americans support the decision. Sixty-six percent of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Washington Post said they back letting women serve in ground units that engage in close combat, while 26 percent were opposed. Pew said that's little changed from a Washington Post/ABC News survey two years ago. Nearly half, 49 percent, said allowing women to serve in combat roles will not make much difference to military effectiveness, while among those who said it will have an impact, 29 percent said it will improve effectiveness and 15 percent said it will make it worse.
APPLE TRADEMARKS DESIGN OF ITS STORES: Apple has trademarked the minimalist design and layout of its stores, with the description of the trademarks granted including, quote, "a clear glass storefront surrounded by a paneled facade" and an "oblong table with stools . . . set below video screens flush mounted on the back wall." The company had originally filed its request for this type of trademark protection on the interiors of its stores -- known as "trade dress" -- in May 2010, and it was just granted on January 22nd. In 2003, Apple was granted a design patent on the floating glass staircases featured in many of its retail stores.
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LEAFY GREENS ARE TOP SOURCE OF FOOD POISONING: A comprehensive new study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that leafy greens like lettuce and spinach are the surprise top source of food poisoning in the U.S. Approximately 48 million Americans get sick from food poisoning each year -- roughly one in six of us -- and 3,000 of those people die. About one in five of the illnesses are linked to leafy green vegetables, more than any other type of food, and nearly half were attributed to produce in general, adding in fruits and other vegetables. However, the CDC emphasized that the report shouldn't be seen as discouraging people from eating fruits and vegetables, instead they repeated the frequent advice to wash those foods or cook them thoroughly before eating.
VIRGINIA MAY DROP LAW BANNING UNMARRIED COUPLES FROM LIVING TOGETHER: It may be hard to believe, but there are still a few states where the laws on the books make it illegal for couples to live together without getting married. However, one of them, Virginia, may soon be changing that, as state officials are considering a bill that would rescind the law. The Washington Post reports that Virginia's law, which dates to the 1800s, states that it's illegal for, quote, "any persons, not married to each other, [to] lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together," although it hasn't been enforced for decades.
  • Florida, Michigan and Mississippi are the other states with laws banning cohabitation.
SPORTS:
RAY LEWIS FACES QUESTIONS ON DEER-ANTLER SPRAY REPORT: Instead of talking about the Super Bowl on media day Tuesday (January 29th), Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis instead found himself facing questions about a Sports Illustrated report that he used something called deer-antler spray to help speed up his recovery from a torn right triceps he suffered in October. The company which sells the product, Sports with Alternatives to Steroids, reportedly said it contains a banned performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone. The Sports Illustrated story also contended that Lewis has been associated with the company for a couple of years. The 37-year-old Lewis, who has announced that he'll retire after the Super Bowl, declined to directly address the charge in any detail Tuesday. He said, "I've been in this business 17 years, and nobody has ever got up with me every morning and trained with me. Every test I've ever took in the NFL -- there's never been a question of if I ever even thought about using anything. So to even entertain stupidity like that..."
NEW DOPING ACCUSATIONS AGAINST A-ROD: Alex Rodriguez is in the middle of a doping investigation once again, after a Florida newspaper reported Tuesday (January 29th) that the New York Yankees third-baseman and baseball's highest-paid star was among several players listed in the records of a Florida clinic that the paper said sold performance-enhancing drugs. The Miami New Times said that A-Rod bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances from 2009 to 2012 from Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Cables run by Anthony Bosch. The newspaper said it had records detailing purchases by Rodriguez, as well as Melky Cabrera, who's now with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Oakland A's Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz of the Texans Rangers, the Washington Nationals' Gio Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal of the San Diego Padres.
Rodriguez, who is out for at least the first half of the season with a hip injury, denied the charges, with a publicist releasing a statement that said, "The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true. He was not Mr. Bosch's patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story -- at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez -- are not legitimate." Major League Baseball said they are investigating. After denying doping for years, A-Rod admitted in 2009 that he had used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003, after a Sports Illustrated report said he'd tested positive for two steroids in MLB's 2003 anonymous survey while with the Texas Rangers. He denied any doping after 2003.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)

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CBS

  • SUPER BOWL'S GREATEST COMMERCIALS 2013 - Viewers determine the best ads that have aired during the Super Bowls; hosted by Boomer Esiason and Aisha Tyler.
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NBC
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  • GUYS WITH KIDS - Overwhelmed by pressure at work and at home, Marny lies to Gary in hope of securing some time alone.
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - The detectives go under cover to arrest a man who brutally attacks other men.
  • CHICAGO FIRE - A man dies in a fire set by a troubled teenager; Shay and Dawson wind up in a bad situation.
FOX
  • AMERICAN IDOL - Auditions continue.
ABC
  • THE MIDDLE (repeat)
  • THE NEIGHBORS - The Weavers and Bird-Kersees are confronted with class and race issues as they compete for membership in an exclusive new country club.
  • MODERN FAMILY (repeat)
  • SUBURGATORY - When Yakult feels depress, Dallas asks Yoni for help.
  • NASHVILLE (repeat)
CW
  • ARROW - When Thea gets caught using a drug called vertigo, Oliver decides to find the dealer.
  • SUPERNATURAL - A man claiming to be Henry Winchester appears in Sam and Dean's hotel room and demands to know where John Winchester is.
FX
  • THE AMERICANS - (series premiere) Married KGB spies pose as Americans in Washington, D.C. after Ronald Reagan is elected president.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicholas Hoult
THE VIEW - Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Ted Allen, Andrea Bocelli & David Foster, guest co-host KaDee Strickland
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Jason Bateman, Alison Brie, Shovels & Rope
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Aubrey Plaza, Holly Williams
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Nicholas Hoult, Antibalas
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Dominic Monaghan, Ellie Kemper
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Jude Law, Mike Tyson, Joshua Topolsky, Bad Religion, Michael Bolton
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Guillermo del Toro, "Sweetwater", Shiny Toy Guns
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Al Gore
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Bill Gates
CONAN - Adam Scott, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Ben Folds Five

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DRUNK MAN THOUGHT WIFE WAS BEING HELD HOSTAGE IN HOTEL ROOM: A highly intoxicated man in Boaz, Alabama who thought his wife was being held hostage at the Boaz Inn went on a rampage to try and save her. Police arrested 38-year-old Anthony Dale Williams on Saturday (January 26th) after he threw a brick and a garbage can through one of the rooms' windows to save his wife. According to authorities, his wife had been at home the entire time. (chicago.barstoolsports.com)
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MOMS USED KIDS TO STEAL FROM WALMART: Two women in Jonesboro, Georgia were arrested after they used a child car seat to steal from Walmart. Police said 23-year-old Krista Green and 24-year-old Latari Thomas hid the stolen merchandize in their kids' car seat. Captain James Callaway told reporters, "(They) concealed approximately 119 separate items valued at over $670. They concealed these items, which is disturbing to us as a police department, under their children's car carrier." Thomas' two young children, ages three and one, were also along for the shoplifting spree. Police saw the whole thing on the store's surveillance system and now the two women face felony shoplifting charges. They were also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. (WSBTV.com)
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COUPLE RESCUE BABY DEER; FACE CHARGES: A couple in Connersville, Indiana who rescued an injured fawn said they could face jail time for the good deed. Jeff and Jennifer Counceller said they brought the injured baby deer -- dubbed Little Orphan Dani -- home and treated her wounds, then nursed her back to health for nearly two years. One day someone from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources came by and told them the state wanted to euthanize the deer because she was a threat to humans. Councellor explained, "I was devastated. I spent a year and several months nursing her into adulthood, getting to the point where she was able to go out on her own." The day Dani was scheduled to be euthanized she escaped from the Counceller home. The couple could face misdemeanor charges for unlawful possession of a deer which might mean jail time and/or fines up to $2,000. The Councellors maintain that they did the right thing, no matter what the law states. (UPI)
BUS DRIVER ACCIDENTALLY SHOWS HARD CORE PORN TO PASSENGERS: Warning: NSFW content ahead! http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=815_1359410417
WOMAN FINED FOR DROPPING SALT PACKET: A 24-year-ol woman in Wales said she was fined $538 for dropping a small packet of salt while eating lunch in a parking lot. Laura Howells was eating her KFC takeout when a council officer issued a $101 ticket. She explained, "I felt sick when I found out how much it cost me -- it was only a salt sachet. I was eating lunch in the car and must have dropped it by accident. I am not the type of person who ever litters." She tried fighting it in court but ended up with a larger fine of $538 after being tried under the Environmental Protection Act. (The Sun)

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