THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW- 01/06/14

Phil Everly, of The Everly Brothers, died Friday in Burbank after a long battle against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74. The duo's hits included "Wake Up Little Susie," "When Will I Be Loved," "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Cathy's Clown" and "Let It Be Me."

Pop star Ke$ha has checked into a 30-day treatment facility for an eating disorder.

A video uploaded by Jennifer Hudson shows the "Dreamgirls" actress' assistant flipping out after learning that the star bought a house for him as a Christmas gift.

31-year-old Lacey Chabert ("Mean Girls," "Party of Five") rang in the new year by getting married.

88-year-old Angela Lansbury is being made a Dame of the British Empire.

Last Thursday, David Waddell used the Klingon language to write his letter of resignation from the Indian Trail Town Council in North Carolina. Mayor Michael Alvarez is calling the letter unprofessional.

A coroner's report says the Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker may have been going 100 mph or more before it crashed.

Duck Dynasty is coming out with their own line of guns.

Just five weeks until pitchers and catchers report.

Tom Arnold has dropped 88 pounds since the arrival of his son last April.

More than a third of U.S. women who are online use Pinterest, compared with 8% of men.

BlackBerry is accusing a company backed by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest of patent infringement. The suit targets an iPhone keyboard made by Typo Products, a Los Angeles startup co-founded by Seacrest and entrepreneur Laurence Hallier.

Just 18% of Americans polled said they believed the Redskins football team should change its name.

Seattle is still trying to figure out what their giant tunnel-digging machine ran into, that stopped it cold.

A city in Sweden is trying to get the ice cream trucks to switch from playing jingles to texting customers when they're approaching.

The Bates Motel will return to A&E in March.

The Florida man who won a contest to watch the series finale of "Breaking Bad" with the cast was arrested this week on drug charges during a raid on his home.

Former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken is considering a run for congress.

England's Prince William will attend Cambridge this spring for a course in agricultural management, but his critics say that he shouldn't be allowed to attend the prestigious university because his grades were too low.

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MAN LOST 37 POUNDS EATING NOTHING BUT MCDONALD's _ If your new year's resolution is the lose weight but you're finding it hard to give up your love of junk food, you're in luck. Iowa science teacher John Cisna ate nothing but McDonald's for three months -- and lost 37 pounds. His cholesterol level also dropped significantly. Cisna enlisted his students to help him plan out a 2,000-calorie daily diet plan consisting only of food sold by the fast food giant. He also walked 45 minutes a day.

iPHONE 6 WITH BIGGER SCREEN RUMORED FOR MAY 2014 _ A source claims Apple will likely launch the next iPhone in May and it will sport a larger screen.

CAFFEINATED SHAVING CREAM _ If you're a guy in need of a morning kick and coffee isn't your thing, Stan Andes has come up with a caffeinated shaving cream to give you an energy boost. Ades worked together with a chemist to infuse caffeine in his shaving cream, which is absorbed into the skin when in use. He has also stated that caffeine will help "reduce redness and keep the skin feeling healthy." The energy boost also comes five minutes after the product is applied. 

CARJACKER HELPS DIG OUT CAR BEFORE STEALING IT _ In New York City, Genero Placenia needed a ride over the weekend and apparently decided it would be easier to steal a car. But, darn-it, they were all covered in snow. So Placenia found a 19-year-old trying to dig out his car from the snow on a street in Queens. He decided to help the man. Once the car was freed, Placenia asked for a ride. After the ride, he pulled a gun on the driver and took his phone, $60, and the car. Placenia and the car were found a short time later.

According to a new study that looked at negative comments on Twitter, today is the most depressing day of the YEAR . . . because everyone goes back to work, it's cold, and we're sick of dealing with our New Year's resolutions.

A woman in Indiana just posted on Craigslist, trying to track down the stranger she kissed on New Year's Eve.  And apparently while they were kissing, the guy PEED HIMSELF, the woman pushed him, and he ran off.  Now she regrets it, and wrote, quote, "You peed on me but it's okay!  I just want to know who you are."  There's no word if she's gotten a response. 

In Iowa, a science teacher just ran an experiment where he ate ONLY McDonald's for 90 days . . . but made sure to keep it to 2,000 calories a day.  And in the end . . . he lost 37 pounds, AND his cholesterol dropped.

FROZEN ICES THE COMPETITION _ Frozen is showing no signs of cooling down at the box office. The Disney animated film, featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, iced the competition and earned $20.7 million the first weekend of 2014. Since its release on November 22, Frozen has grossed nearly $640 million worldwide.