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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW- Thurs 4/4/13

  • Jane Nebel Henson -- who was married to the late Muppets creator Jim Henson -- died Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. She was 79.
  • Because "Game of Thrones" had such good numbers on Sunday, HBO says there will be a 4th season.
  • "Finding Dory" -- the sequel to "Finding Nemo" -- will hit theaters in November of 2015.
  • They're still not allowed to drive, but now women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to ride bikes... when accompanied by a man and only if the women are completely covered.
  • The former voice of Elmo is now being accused of abuse by a fifth man.
  • Wynonna Judd was booted off "Dancing with the Stars" thIs week.
  • First, a contestant on the French version of "Survivor" died last week. This week, the game show's on-site doctor committed suicide.
  • A new study says that eating fish could slash an older person's risk of dying prematurely by more than a quarter, and their risk of dying from heart disease by more than a third.
  • Roger Ebert says he's cutting back on work because of a recurrence of cancer.
  • Amy Poehler and comedian Nick Kroll have been spotted out on the town together.
  • Courtney Love stars in a commercial for an e-cigarette, called "Njoy." She drops an f-bomb while she's there.
  • The Associated Press says it will no longer use the term "illegal immigrant" in any of their news stories.
  • CONSUMERS PAID $32 BILLION IN OVERDRAFT FEES LAST YEAR _ If you've ever wondered how some banks can offer lots of freebies, let me share the secret: overdraft fees. Last year consumers paid a whopping $32 billion in overdraft fees, a $400 million jump from 2011.
  • IF YOU COULD DO COLLEGE OVER AGAIN _ Nearly half of adults in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll wished they would have made more of an effort in college. 40% wish they would have done more networking. 45% of parents said that if their child was offered a dream job while in college, they'd advise finishing school first.
  • Authorities in Virginia have arrested a former volunteer firefighter for setting nearly 80 fires. Friends and neighbors say that they are shocked. [They say he was such a normal guy, well, except for that spare bedroom where he kept that weird collection of oven mitts.]
  • MAN FOUND DANCING NAKED IN STRANGER'S HOME _ Cops in El Paso, Texas, arrested a man who was allegedly found dancing nude in a stranger's home. When officers arrived at the home they found Hector Sanchez lying nude on a bed. He was drunk.
  • JAY LENO OUT AS TONIGHT SHOW HOST, JIMMY FALLON IN _ NBC has finally announced what we already knew: Jay Leno is out as host of The Tonight Show. Fallon closed a new deal with NBC Wednesday morning.
  • DO YOU KNOW HOW TO CHANGE A TIRE? _ A survey conducted by tire company Continental shows one in three women don't know how to change a flat tire. And 4% of women don't know where the spare tire is located.
  • According to a new survey, 69% of women have had a photo ruined because they were having a bad hair day.  And women begin planning their hair an average of EIGHT DAYS before a big event where photos will be taken.  But two out of five WOULDN'T tell a friend if their hair looked bad before photos were taken at an important event.
  • A McDonald's in Massachusetts just put up an ad for cashiers . . . and they're requiring applicants to have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE.  That's right:  In this job market, McDonald's can be so picky with its hiring that they want COLLEGE GRADUATES working their registers for minimum wage.  This isn't necessarily a corporate-wide mandate . . . but it's a SCARY sign of the times.
  • We've seen sandwiches that use DONUTS AS BUNS before . . . but not from a national chain.  Dunkin' Donuts is testing a new breakfast sandwich that's bacon and eggs on a GLAZED DONUT.  It's only at some stores in Massachusetts for now . . . there's no word on if or when it could go nationwide.
  • Remember the Carnival cruise ship that broke down in February and trapped 4,200 people at sea with their own feces?  It's been docked in Alabama for service since then, but yesterday, it BROKE FREE during high winds.  And two men who were working nearby ended up IN THE WATER because of it.  One was rescued a few hours later, but the other guy is still missing. 
  • On April Fools' Day, a 52-year-old woman in Tennessee called her sister and said, quote, "I shot my husband" . . . then asked for help burying the body.  The sister didn't know it was a prank.  She told another family member, who called 911.  Police IMMEDIATELY swarmed the woman's house and arrested her . . . until her husband got home from work and proved it was a prank.  No charges were filed.
  • This might be the April Fools' Day prank this year that went the WORST.  On the 1st, an 18-year-old woman in Oklahoma pranked her boyfriend by telling him she was PREGNANT.  When he reacted BADLY, she got mad . . . and STABBED HIM in the NECK.  He survived, but needed several stitches.  She was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.
  • Since Pizza Hut was founded in Wichita, they're going to give all Wichita State students a free pizza if they win the NCAA tournament.
  • A woman in Florida was busted for illegal painkillers . . . that she got by forging prescriptions for her dead dog.
  • ON DVD THIS WEEK _ Released April 2

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