THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW- Mon 10/21/13

Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips has died. He was 90.

A New Hampshire waitress who picked up the lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers affected by the federal government's shutdown has been repaid. Ellen DeGeneres gave her money along with a $10,000 check and a big screen TV.

NBC has canceled "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family."

Salsa sales now double those of ketchup in the U.S.

If you're wondering how electric cars are catching on, they amount to half of one percent of all car sales.

J.C. Penney is joining the rest of the stores planning to be open at 8pm on Thanksgiving.

Gwyneth Paltrow is said to be not happy with Vanity Fair, as the magazine prepares to run a story on her... and touching on her relationship with billionaire Jeff Soffer, who is married to Elle Macpherson.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have reportedly tied the knot in a small courtroom ceremony. the actors have been engaged since 2010 and they finally made their romance official last Thursday, according to TMZ.com.

The man who shot and paralyzed Larry Flynt 35 years ago is scheduled to be executed in Missouri on November 20.

A California fire department is in trouble for using an emergency alert system to advertise a pancake breakfast.

Kim Kardashian posted a racy swimsuit picture Wednesday on Instagram flaunting her post-baby body in the snap, showing off a good deal of skin for her cellphone camera along with her humongous rear end, or so it appeared.

CBS has renewed its three remaining new comedies for full seasons. Nine additional episodes of "Mom," "The Millers" and "The Crazy Ones" have been ordered.

Some disgruntled Cleveland Browns fans have posted the quarterback position on Craigslist.

Character actor Ed Lauter died Wednesday of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure. He was 74. He was best known as the brutal prison guard who was Burt Reynolds' nemesis in the 1974 comedy-drama "The Longest Yard."

Paul Hogan and his wife of 23 years, Linda, have filed for divorce.

Kendra Wilkinson is pregnant with her second child.

There's already something to look forward to in 2014 -- the Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup.

A new study claims that the more sleep you get, the more your brain gets scrubbed clean. It tends to rejuvenate itself when its allowed to rest.

LUNCH AT THE DRIVE-THRU + CLEAN WINDOWS _  QSR Magazine is a trade publication for the fast food industry. It put together a list of 100 ways restaurants can improve their drive-thru experience. Some of the ideas include installing a trashcan with an extended chute next to the drive-thru lane and letting the kitchen eavesdrop on orders so the cooking crew can hear orders and speed things up.... But how about this idea from QSR: Clean the windshields of waiting cars. How would you like to go through the drive-thru and come out the other side with clean windows

CORDLESS SNOW BLOWERS ARE HERE _ You love your cordless drill, cordless vacuum and cordless weed trimmer. You might even own one of those battery-powered cordless lawnmowers. If so, then you'll be looking forward to the first snowfall of the season. A snow blower company called Snow Joe is now making a cordless, battery-powered snow blower that will run for up to 40 minutes. 

MAN KNITS WHILE RUNNING MARATHON _ One runner competing in Saturday's Kansas City Marathon has a unique story to tell and a possible Guinness World Record to back it up. David Babcock said he broke the record Saturday for knitting the longest scarf while running a marathon. The old record? 6 feet, 9 inches. Babcock shattered it. His scarf? 12 feet and 1-3/4 inches. Babcock said he mixes his two hobbies to combat boredom.

YOU WATCH 146+ HOURS OF TV A MONTH _ Americans spend 146 hours and 20 minutes a month parked in front of TVs. And and almost half of all consumers (48%) now watch videos on the Internet. Typical Internet viewership is 4 hours and 26 minutes per month, up 15 percent from a year ago.

There's a new map online that shows the weird things each country leads the world in.  Russia leads the world in raspberries and nuclear warheads . . .  Cameroon leads the world in killer lakes . . . and the U.S. leads the world in Nobel laureates AND people getting killed by lawnmowers. 

There's a guy in Arizona who's doing an Oktoberfest diet, where he has nothing but SAUSAGE and BEER for the entire month of October.  He takes in about 2,100 calories in beer and sausages every day . . . and he hopes he'll drop about 14 POUNDS.

Back in June, cops in New York busted a 25-year-old man with some crystallized blue rocks . . . possibly similar to the BLUE METH from "Breaking Bad".  He was strip searched and arrested . . . but the blue rocks turned out to be JOLLY RANCHERS.  So the charges were dropped, but now he's suing.

Last week, three guys were leading a Boy Scout troop through a state park in Utah, and filmed themselves knocking over a 20 million-year-old rock formation.  They could be facing felony charges, and it turns out the guy who knocked it over just filed a lawsuit saying a car accident had left him disabled.

GRAVITY HANGS ON TO NO. 1 _ Topping the box office for the third straight week, the space adventure Gravity continues to be the box-office hit of the fall. The film earned $31 million over the weekend and has now made more than $170 million in three weeks.Tom Hanks' Somali pirate docudrama Captain Phillips held second place for a second week.