THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW- 6/21/13

The National Enquirer claims to have acquired a video of a deposition in which Paula Deen admits to using the N-word and making racist and anti-semitic jokes. She denied later making the jokes.

An Iraqi expatriate woman has brought a lawsuit against G. W. Bush et al. for the war against Iraq.

According to a Family Circle poll, 53% choose the ice cream sandwich as their favorite summertime treat.

At age 41, Manny Ramirez wants to take another swing at the major leagues. He just finished a half-season commitment with a Chinese league. Now he's available for anyone to pick up.

Kid Rock has been comparing Justin Bieber to Vanilla Ice and says "it's going to be a very long ride down."

Cher's appearance Monday night on "The Voice" marked her first performance on TV in over a decade.

A new study claims that 70% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug.

FX has acquired "Man of Steel," "Fast & Furious 6" and "Star Trek" for broadcast in 2015.

When Prince William and Kate become parents next month, the birth announcement will be made traditionally and using today's technology. Staffers will post a bulletin signed by the medical team on a wooden easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, while at the same time an announcement will go out digitally.

A home that was once part of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is up for sale. Yours for a cool $25 million. Oh and it needs work.

The new Brad Pitt movie, "World War Z" is based on book written by Max Brooks. Yes, son of Mel.

James Gandolfini was on a father-son trip with his teenage son, Michael, when he had the massive heart attack and died. The boy's mother, James' first wife, immediately flew to Italy to be with her son. James and Michael were big hockey fans and often went to L.A. Kings games together.

If you're keeping track, Rihanna is now YouTube's most viewed artist.

In Denver, a man used 8,000 colored Post-It notes to write "I love you" and "Will you marry me?" on a wall in his girlfriend's home.

The 44-year-old daughter of Joe Torre saved the life of a baby boy Wednesday morning, catching him when he fell from the fire escape of a Brooklyn building.

WELCOME TO SUMMER! _ Today (Friday) is the first day of Summer.

Based upon data from the FBI, the annual list of the most dangerous cities in America has been compiled with Flint, Michigan at number one. [It's the deadliest city not because of violent crime but because in Flint, you can still by those giant-size sodas.]

WE PREFER CELEB INFO OVER POLITICS _ When it comes to choosing what stories we like to click on when browsing news websites, research (University of Bristol) shows people love to find out about the latest exploits of their favorite celebrities or read up on the latest fashions.  They are not so enthusiastic when it comes to reading about politics or the economy.

CARJACKING ATTEMPT FOILED BY STICK SHIFT _ A Florida teen ended his own attempt to steal a car at gunpoint when he realized he didn't know how to drive a vehicle with standard transmission. The victim identified the 19-year-old in a photo lineup and was picked up by police.

BRAVO RE-AIRING JAMES GANDOLFINI'S INSIDE THE ACTOR'S STUDIO _ Bravo is going back into its vault to honor James Gandolfini, who died at 51-years-old on Wednesday of a likely heart attack. The cable network will re-broadcast The Sopranos actor's 2004 appearance on Inside the Actor's Studio on Sunday.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. TO RETURN AS IRON MAN _ Marvel announced Thursday it had signed Robert Downey Jr. to play Iron Man in the next two Avengers films.

Forget about smoking and secondhand smoke . . . now you have to worry about THIRDHAND SMOKE.  That's the smoke that clings to surfaces in your home and car.  And if you're exposed to enough thirdhand smoke it can DAMAGE YOUR DNA . . . which can cause health problems for you and possibly your future children.

This is one of the better birthday party ideas we've heard in a while:  For his son's 13th birthday, a dad in Jacksonville, Florida took him and his friends to a movie theater.  But instead of seeing a movie, the kids got to play video games on the big screen.  Apparently, it only costs $300 to rent out a theater and play. 

NEW ON DVD _ Released June 18

Jack the Giant Slayer

Movie 43

The Last Exorcism Part II

Stephen King's The Stand

Call the Midwife: Season Two

Workaholics: Season Three

Body of Proof: The Complete Third Season