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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW- Wed 6/26/13

Detectives in California questioned former NBA player Scottie Pippen Monday as part of an investigation into an assault at a Malibu restaurant over the weekend.

CBS' adaptation of Stephen King's "Under the Dome" got off to strong start on Monday, premiering to a 3.2 rating with 13.1 million total viewers.

Will Smith has been ruled out of starring in the planned "Independence Day" sequel because he is "too expensive."

Prices at Starbucks went up yesterday for the first time in five years.

Jon Gosselin says that he has no money and is now living in the woods.

Eva Longoria's "Devious Maids" got a lot of hype, but not much in ratings. 2 million tuned in to the series' premiere on Sunday.

Rough Kenny Chesney concert in Pittsburgh over the weekend. 49 people were arrested, stadium trashed.

The empire continues to collapse. Now Smithfield Foods has dropped Paula Deen as a spokesperson.

The average age men get married in the U.S., 29 for men. Women, 27. The longer a woman waits to get married, her chances of getting divorced decrease.

Jodie Sweetin made it a year... but now has filed for a legal separation from her third husband.

A sequel for Brad Pitt's "World War Z" is already in the works.

A 24-year-old woman is accusing Chris Brown of knocking her to the ground after his show last Saturday night.

Walt Disney Studios where "The Mickey Mouse Club" was filmed is now officially the Annette Funicello Stage, named after the late Mouseketeer.

Earth Wind and Fire were supposed to have a new album last fall, but they just weren't happy with how it turned out. Now, after months of tweaking, it's set for release September 10th.

Meanwhile, Mariah Carey was supposed to release a new album next month, but has put it off indefinitely.

Heidi Klum is in the process of having her Seal tattoo removed.

Henry Cavill is the new Superman, a role he finally landed. He auditioned for the James Bond role that Daniel Craig landed, and also the role of Edward Cullen in "Twilight" and Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" -- both of which went to Robert Pattinson.

A new study by Bankrate.com finds that 76% of Americans do not have enough money set aside to survive a six-month emergency such as a job loss. [They found that most Americans' idea of being preparing to be without a job for six months involves having a stack of DVDs and a list of pizza delivery phone numbers.]

MOM AND DAUGHTER GIVE BIRTH 24 HOURS APART - A mother and daughter gave birth a day apart in the U.K., making the mom a grandmother and a mother all at the same time -- and the daughter a mother and a big sister. At 43, Andrea Rafferty had a baby -- and then her 19-year-old daughter, Amber, had her own child a day later.

UNDER THE DOME RATINGS ARE BIG - Under the Dome was a hit for CBS Monday night. The new short-term series, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, delivered big ratings for the network. In total live viewers, Under the Dome pulled in 13.1 million.

Your frequent nightmares could be a side effect of your prescription medication. And the list of such meds is long, including certain antidepressants, antibiotics, beta blockers, blood-pressure medications, meds for lowering cholesterol and drugs for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Eating more fruits and vegetables can help you quit smoking. University of Buffalo researchers surveyed 1,000 smokers and then followed them for 14 months. At the end of the period, those who consumed the most fruit and vegetables were three times more likely to be tobacco free for at least 30 days compared to those who ate the least.

Time to invest in simple white t-shirts.  A new study found that when men wear plain white t-shirts, women think their shoulders look broader, their waists look smaller . . . and they're instantly 12% MORE ATTRACTIVE.  The study also found the LEAST attractive thing men can wear is something that draws attention to their stomach . . . even if they're in good shape.

According to a new study, the most persuasive word you can use is . . . "yeah."  If you pitch your idea by saying "yeah" to someone else's idea first, there's a better chance they'll go along with what you're pitching. 

Remember back in the '90s when people thought Beanie Babies were a GOOD INVESTMENT?  A website just compared their estimated prices from a 1998 price guide with their prices on eBay today.  And it's ROUGH.  One example:  A tiger that was supposed to be worth $1,000 is selling for $9.95.

In a bunch of other countries, the weekend ISN'T Saturday and Sunday.  Who knew?  In a lot of Islamic countries, the weekend is either Thursday and Friday, or Friday and Saturday.  In Brunei, the weekend is Friday and Sunday . . . but people work Saturdays.  And in countries like India, Nepal, and Iran, the weekend is only officially one day.

A woman near Atlanta tried to get her license renewed recently, and found out she was accidentally listed as a MAN on her birth certificate.  So state officials told her to get a notarized doctor's note PROVING she's a woman.  Instead, she told the local news about it, and the state eventually verified her sex by checking her SON'S birth certificate, where she's listed as the mother

According to a new study, yogurt tastes better from a plastic spoon.  Now you know. 

A woman in Arizona called 911 about a fight in her backyard . . . between a snake and a squirrel? 

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