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Things You Need To Know Mon 1/14/13

  • It's official. Despite hauling in $15 million to be a judge on Fox's "The X Factor," Britney Spears is leaving after just one season on the show.
  • PC sales were down this past Christmas season for the first time in five years. Windows 8 didn't excite consumers and they tended to drift toward tablets and smartphones.
  • Linked In has passed the 200 million user milestone.
  • "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson was discovered back in 1989 during a BC Lions football game in Vancouver, when a camera scanning the crowd put her up onto the Jumbotron. Other fans' reaction, plus her lucky choice of a Labatt t-shirt, landed her a gig as a spokesmodel for the beer, and the rest was history.
  • Allyn Rose, who is the reigning Miss District of Columbia, will undergo a double mastectomy as a preventive measure against breast cancer.
  • Michael Jackson's sister Rebbie is in mourning following the death of her husband, Nathaniel Brown, who lost his battle with cancer.
  • Justin Timberlake is saying it's time for him to release some new music and soon. Agreed.
  • Humboldt State University in California has invited Jimmy Kimmel to deliver the school's commencement address after he joked about its marijuana research program.
  • Beck is appearing in new ads for Saint Laurent.
  • Wilko Johnson from "Game of Thrones" has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. About as far from good as you can get.
  • Kate Middleton's first official palace portrait was unveiled at a ceremony on Friday.
  • A tax watchdog group has pointed out that the U.S. Tax code book is ten times the size of the Bible.
  • Sharon Osbourne has called Lady Gaga a bully, after Gaga criticized daughter Kelly.
  • Mike Tyson is going to make a guest appearance on "Law and Order: SVU." No one on the show dares tell him it's not pronounce "Svoo."
  • Meredith Viera is leaving "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" after being its host for 11 seasons.
  • Megan Fox has quit Twitter after only a week.
  • California had a history-making cold snap. [Poor Lindsay Lohan. Do you have any idea how much more difficult it is to shoplift in mittens?]
  • IT'S GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME _ It's the time of the year when neighborhood Girl Scouts come knocking. The boxes have undergone a makeover. The new packaging arrives as the Girl Scouts of America completes its 100th year. +
  • RUNAWAY BOY DRIVES FATHER'S MERCEDES ACROSS EUROPE _ A 13-year-old boy who lives in Italy with his adoptive parents took his father's Mercedes and drove more than 500 miles through Europe in an apparent attempt to reach his birth family in Poland. He set off on Thursday from northern Italy with 200 euros in his pocket and drove the car for almost 24 hours before being stopped by German police. 
  • TEENS SAY APPLE IS DONE _ When you want to know what's cool, you ask a teenager. And teens have decided that Apple is, like, so over. To own an iPhone or iPad ain't cool any more. No, all the cool kids are being seen with a Samsung Galaxy phone in their hand and the Microsoft Surface lap tablet stuck under their arm.
  • THIEVES STEAL KITCHEN SINK _ A woman who does not live in Flint, Michigan, called her son who still lives in the area to check on her vacant house. He found a few things missing, including the kitchen sink.
  • ZERO DARK THIRTY WINS BOX OFFICE _ Zero Dark Thirty beat Gangster Squad at the box office over the weekend after receiving an Oscar nomination for best picture. Kathryn Bigelow's followup to The Hurt Locker banked $24 million.
  • SCIENTOLOGY BOOK HITS THIS WEEK _ Tom Cruise had a bad Sunday. He was on the cover of both the New York Post and the New York Daily News yesterday (Sunday) -- and it's not for his current movie, Jack Reacher. Both papers were covering a new book about Scientology. The book, called Going Clear (by Lawrence Wright) will be published Thursday.
  • A new survey has found that 75% of adults don't wash their hands for long enough this flu season.  You should scrub them for at least 20 seconds . . . most people wash for zero to 15 seconds. 
  • A 61-year-old Spanish teacher in Ohio is suing her school district for discriminating against her disability . . . a FEAR OF CHILDREN.  You heard that right.  She says she's only afraid of younger children, and when the district transferred her from high school to middle school after 35 years of teaching, it triggered her phobia.  She's suing for an undisclosed amount. 
  • Back in 2008, a 20-year-old woman named Kelly Hildebrandt in Florida searched her name in Facebook, and met a 24-year-old guy in Texas ALSO named Kelly Hildebrandt.  Less than a year later, THEY GOT MARRIED.  But it turns out having the same name isn't enough of a foundation for a marriage.  They've announced they're getting divorced.

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