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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW- Thurs 6/13/13

Mumford & Sons canceled three concerts this week after bass player Ted Dwane needed emergency surgery to treat a blood clot discovered near his brain.

Chevy has done some price cutting on their Volt, to try and inspire you to buy one.

After three years, ESPN is shutting down its 3DTV network. The Disney-owned network will cease distribution of ESPN 3D "by year-end due to low adoption of 3D services to the home."

Dean McDermott got another tattoo to show his love to his wife of 7 years and the mother of his four children... "in a very intimate spot."

The Beatles song "Octopus Garden" is going to be turned into a children's book.

Back in the day, the official name of the Tonight show was "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." When Jay took over, it went to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Beginning next February when Jimmy Fallon takes over, it'll go back to starring -- "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

Because of declining support from donors, the PBS Newshour is facing layoffs for the first time in two decades. Offices in Denver and San Francisco will close and everyone let go.

Jennifer Aniston is still engaged to Justin Theroux, but with their busy schedules, friends say talk of an actual wedding seems to have disappeared.

A curvy Canadian model is claiming she's been Kanye West's side girl while Kim Kardashian is carrying his baby.

That movie about Steve Jobs with Ashton Kutcher has been given a release date -- it'll hit theaters August 16.

According to a new study, 95% of the population doesn't wash its hands properly after using the toilet. [Oh, please, oh please, don't let this include my dentist.]

The U.S. made it clear that its cyber division repeatedly hacks al-Qaeda's online magazine. [For example, directions on bomb making were replaced by healthy but fast and easy Gwyneth Paltrow recipes.]

HASHTAGS GET THE FACEBOOK ROLL-OUT _ Hashtags were rumored to be coming to Facebook earlier this year, but the site officially announced Wednesday that it has added support for the popular Twitter and Instagram staple. Now whenever a Facebook user puts a hashtag in their status update or comment, it connects it to others talking about the same thing.

DADS, FEEL YOUR BABIES KICKING WITH PREGNANCY BELT _ Here's the perfect Father's Day gift for dads-to-be in Buenos Aires: a "pregnancy belt" that lets expectant fathers feel their babies kicking in real time. The belt, developed by Huggies Argentina, looks like a typical fake pregnancy belly -- but it replicates a baby's kicks from mom's belly to dad's belly. The belt is synched with an accompanying belt worn by the mother. Check out the short video.

"THE ROCK" MEETS WITH PRISON INMATES _ Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posted a photo of himself talking to a group of inmates at a prison Wednesday. Johnson has taken his hard-earned experiences as a teenager and put them to good use by addressing men who find themselves on the wrong side of the law. He captioned the pic, "I was arrested multiple x's as a teen (fighting/stupid sh-t) Said if I can make it, so can you."

If you want to remember where you put your car keys -- as well as what you had for lunch yesterday, the name of that new guy at work and the date of your next dentist appointment -- start clenching your hands. Clenching your right hand may help create a stronger memory of an event or action, and clenching your left hand may help you recall the memory later

New research reveals that you will actually burn 20% more fat if you wait to chow down until after you get up and out. The reason: A pre-gym breakfast releases insulin, which makes it more difficult for your body to break down flab while you exercise.

 According to a new survey, one in four bosses have an employee they wish would LEAVE the company.  And the best ways to encourage someone to quit are to give them a formal warning . . . point out their shortcomings often . . . reduce their responsibilities . . . and hire their eventual replacement. 

This is one of those "let's put terrorism in perspective" statistics.  So far this year, terrorists have killed four Americans . . . the four deaths from the Boston Marathon attacks.  Meanwhile, TODDLERS have killed 11 Americans this year in accidental shootings.

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