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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW- Thurs 5/09/13

Special-effects master Ray Harryhausen has died, He was 92. He gave us the original "Clash of the Titans" as well as "Jason and the Argonauts" and was the first to showcase stop-motion animation.

Jeanne Cooper, the soap opera star who played grande dame Katherine Chancellor for nearly four decades on "The Young and the Restless," has died. She was 84.

It's now official: Carrie Underwood will step in for Faith Hill to sing "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," to kick off "Sunday Night Football."

Readers Digest did a poll, asking their readers to name the most trusted people in the U.S... and, at #1, Tom Hanks. He was followed by Sandra Bullock (2), Denzel Washington (3), Meryl Streep (4) and Maya Angelou (5). By the way, the least trusted: Kristen Stewart.

Tim Lambesis, lead singer of the Grammy-nominated, Christian heavy metal band As I Lay Dying, has been arrested for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife.

Madonna sold an abstract painting by French artist Fernand Leger for $7.16 million on Tuesday to raise funds for girls' education projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Dr. Phil is suing the website Gawker for airing footage of his show before it aired, which he feels hurt the ratings of that episode.

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn went to the big Met Gala in New York City and Tiger got a little over-served. Witnesses say Lindsey had to help him to the door.

During Justin Bieber's stay in Dubai, he's already had his picture taken by traffic cameras six times while speeding in his $400,000 white Lamborghini Aventador. He's going to have some hefty fines to pay.

Kim Kardashian's ex-boyfriend, Reggie Bush, became a parent Tuesday along with his fiancee, Lilit Avagyan. They welcomed a baby girl into the world.

Mariah Carey is said to be "this close" to walking off "American Idol" because of her feud with Nicki Minaj.

19-year-old Patrick Schwarzenegger was kicked out of a nightclub on Saturday after he threw ice at the DJ and threatened to "beat the f$@k" out of him.

After coaching the team for 26, Manchester United's Alex Ferguson, has announced he's retiring after this season.

A 12-week-old puppy in Kansas City survived four weeks trapped in an impounded Buick, living off leftover McDonald's food. [The rescued pup is receiving lots of love and cholesterol medicine.]

CHICAGO HIRES HUNGRY GOATS FOR LAWNCARE _ Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is bringing in a herd of 25 goats to act as ultra-green lawnmowers. The live mowers will help trim back unruly brush and vegetation in hard to reach and rocky areas of the airport.

ROADKILL: THE WAY TO TELL SOMEONE YOU MISS THEM _ A Florida (DeLand) man stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend left a dead opossum on the woman's doorstep. The dead marsupial is one of several calling cards the guy has left for his ex.

PRODUCTION ON JURASSIC PARK 4 ON HOLD _ Production on the latest Jurassic Park sequel has been put on hold to allow the director (Colin Trevorrow) more time to prepare for the shoot. Filming on the fourth dinosaur epic was due to begin in the coming weeks, and the project was scheduled to hit movie theaters in June, 2014.

SOLD OUT: CHEESE AND ONION CHOCOLATE BARS _ If you thought mom might enjoy a cheese and onion chocolate bar on Mother's Day, you're out of luck. The limited-edition chocolate bars are all sold out. Irish food company Tayto has created the cheese and onion flavored chocolate bar, and the company has already sold out of the first 100,000.

APP SENDS YOU A TWEET WHENEVER YOUR KID PEES IN HIS DIAPER _ Too busy to do the occasional diaper check to see if your little tot has peed? Then Huggies' TweetPee is for you. A little sensor affixes to your baby's diaper, syncs with an app and tweets at you whenever it detects pee (in the form of a higher humidity level). Evidently the app also keeps track of the number of diapers you go through, and alerts you when you're running low.

According to a new study, every time a coworker comes up and distracts you, you immediately become 20% DUMBER.  And you stay that way as long as you're distracted.  The average office worker only gets 11 minutes of work between interruptions . . . and it can take almost half an hour to fully focus again.

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