THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW- Fri 4/4/14

Anderson Cooper is the son of railroad heiress-turned-successful jeans designer Gloria Vanderbilt, who, at 90 years old, is worth a reported $200 million. But Anderson says he's been told he won't see a penny of inheritance.

Singer Chris Brown has been taken by U.S. marshals from the Los Angeles County jail system so he can appear at his assault trial in Washington, DC.

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Microsoft says that the original Start Menu will be back with the next update of Windows 8.

The folks behind the "The Big Bang Theory" have teamed up with Lucasfilm for an upcoming episode that will be pay tribute to Star Wars Day.

U.S. sanctions against Russia could affect a planned Miley Cyrus concert in Finland. Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and other U.S. entertainers have upcoming concerts scheduled at Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland, but that venue is owned in part by three Russian tycoons.

"Friday Night Lights" and "Nashville" star Connie Britton has been named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Program.

Rihanna has turned down starring in a Tyler Perry movie because she thinks his films are for African American has-beens.

Vladimir Putin's 30-year marriage is over, his divorce is now official.

Rough week for Miley Cyrus, whose dog Floyd passed away.

Colin Egglesfield, co-star of "Client List" and "Rizzoli & Isles," landed in an Arizona jail after an incident at a street fair. He's accused of disorderly conduct and criminal damage.

The average U.S. home had 6.5 Internet-connected devices at the end of 2013, up from 5.6 devices in 2012.

The great Doris Day is celebrating her 90th birthday this week.

So, songwriter Linda Perry married Sarah Gilbert on Sunday. Exactly which songs has she written? Well, her big hit was "What's up?" with 4 Non-Blondes, as well as Pink's hit, "Get this Party Started" and Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," among lots of others.

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Lindsay Lohan reportedly had her credit cards denied while shopping in New York City.

A stuffed armadillo that served as an on-stage mascot for Willie Nelson has been returned after being kidnapped from a Las Vegas-area show.

Lorraine Bracco decided to eat better and start working out... and has dropped 35 pounds.

The numbers of refugees that fled Syria and went into Lebanon has now topped the one million mark.

- March is over, but March Madness continues tomorrow (Saturday) with two Final Four games. Top overall seed Florida and seven-seed Connecticut get things started on Saturday at 6:09 p.m. ET. Then two-seed Wisconsin takes on eight-seed Kentucky on the same floor at 8:49 p.m. ET.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GIRL GETS STUCK IN DRAIN TRYING TO FISH PHONE OUT - 16-year-old Ella Birchenough got herself wedged after dropping her phone into a Dover, England, street drain. Kudos to Ella for trying to retrieve it on her own -- she tried to fish it out with her feet after pulling off the drain cover. But soon after shimmying down the hole, Ella found that she couldn't hoist herself out of the watery pit without help. Firefighters were called to free her. Even more embarrassing: she put herself through all this misery for a Blackberry.

According to a new study, left-handed people have BETTER SEX than right-handed people.  86% of left-handed people are extremely satisfied with their sex lives, versus 15% of right-handed people.  The theory is that left-handed people are forced to be more CREATIVE since the world is really created for right-handed people . . . and that creativity translates into sex.

Court officials in New York have to retry 30 cases, because a 43-year-old court reporter stopped typing what the lawyers said . . . and instead typed "I hate my job" over and over again.  It turns out he's a pretty severe alcoholic, and he was fired two years ago.  But they're still dealing with the fallout.

Since that Malaysia Airlines flight still hasn't been found, people's imaginations are running wild.  In a new survey, 12% of people believe the plane was destroyed by terrorists . . . 9% think it landed safely and is in HIDING . . . 5% think it was taken by ALIENS . . . and 3% think a foreign government shot it down. 

DAVID LETTERMAN IS RETIRING- David Letterman has announced his retirement. Letterman made the announcement during the taping of his show Thursday in New York, telling the audience his last show will take place in 2015. 

IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND - Captain America: Winter Soldier. It's got a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.