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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW- Thurs 12/5/13

An autopsy shows "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was killed in a car crash by the combined effects of the impact and subsequent fire.

38-year-old Bill Beckwith, one of the three co-hosts on HGTV's "Curb Appeal," has been killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco.

Christian Slater has married his girlfriend of three years, Brittany Lopez, in an impromptu ceremony at the courthouse in Coral Gables, FL.

Billy Joel is going to set up camp at New York's Madison Square Garden and perform concerts monthly there until fans quit coming.

Less than a year after its previous owners decided to drop the print version, the new owners of Newsweek say that it could return as soon as January.

Fox says it has sold all of the commercials for the upcoming Super Bowl broadcast on February 2.

Dennis Rodman is heading back to North Korea.

Scientists at MIT have created the world's HARDEST TONGUE TWISTER, based on the phonic combinations that cause people the most difficulty.  And the result is . . . "Pad kid poured curd pulled cod."  Try saying it 10 times fast.

Marcia Gay Harden has joined the cast of the "50 Shades of Grey" movie as Christian Grey's mother.

Sales of men's personal care products have increased 15% in the last five years. Have you noticed?

Chick-fil-A says it's removing high-fructose corn syrup from its white buns and artificial dyes from its sauces and dressings as part of a push to improve its ingredients.

According to a new survey, the average woman spends 83 HOURS preparing for Christmas.  That includes Christmas shopping, food shopping, organizing parties and family events, cooking, and decorating.  The average man spends 58 hours . . . or a full day less than women.

A guy in Georgia plugged his electric car into an exterior outlet at a middle school while he was waiting for his son.  And police ARRESTED him, even though he only stole about FIVE CENTS worth of power. 

The average price of attending a 4-year public college or university jumped $1,700 between 2008 and 2012.

In Portland, Oregon, an 11-year-old girl was told that it was against the law to be selling mistletoe on a public street. The girl was doing it to raise money for braces. She was then told, "But it is OK to beg people for money." So messed up.

Willie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" is now making his own wine, in Napa, California. "Duck Commander" is being sold in Wal-Mart.

NBC has renewed "The Blacklist" for a second season. Good, we need to find out what's the deal with her husband.

Celebrations by Seattle football fans in last Monday night's NFL game against the New Orleans Saints were so thunderous that they actually registered as minor earthquakes on a nearby seismometer!

After taking off at a brisk pace, there have now been fewer murders this year in Chicago than any year since 1965.

DID YOU GET YOUR BOSS FIRED THIS YEAR? _ As 2012 came to a close a survey was taken: "What promise are you making to yourself in 2013?" Most people said things like find a new job, read more books, or volunteer more. But 2% of respondents said they planned to get their boss fired. 

A CANDY THAT PREVENTS TOOTH DECAY _ Scientists have created candy that is actually good for your teeth. A Berlin-based company (Organobalance) has developed a candy that contains a bacteria (Lactobacillus paracasei) which has been found to reduce cavities in lab rats.

FAST & FURIOUS PAUL WALKER TRIBUTE VIDEO _ The Fast & Furious YouTube page has released a tribute video to Paul Walker. The 40-year-old starred in five of the six Fast & Furious films before his death on November 30. | video

PEOPLE WATCH A LOT OF TV _ While TV viewership has been spread thin across more and more networks -- and now portable devices like tablets -- make not mistake: Americans still watch a LOT of TV. New data shows we're watching more TV than ever. The average person is wasting, er, watching nearly five hours a day.

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