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Things U Need 2 Know- Wed 2/13/13

  • Ahmad Rashad and Sale Johnson are ending their marriage after six years.
  • An iWatch? There's a rumor. Move over Dick Tracey.
  • Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are expecting their second child together.
  • Crystal Bowersox has signed on to star in a show about Patsy Cline on Broadway this summer.
  • A photographer with a good lens caught that Adele now has an "A" tattoo near her ear, fueling speculation that it stands for "Angelo," the rumored name of her baby boy.
  • The doctor's prognosis to repair Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn's knee after a major accident at the world championships is considered "optimistic."
  • Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines is going solo with an album co-produced by pal Ben Harper. "Mother" will feature tracks written by Eddie Vedder and Jeff Buckley, while the title track is a cover of a Pink Floyd song.
  • R&B star Toni Braxton is charging her young sons rent to help them learn how to budget for their future.
  • Gas prices have hit historic highs, like you need me to tell you that.
  • Hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System of a Montana TV station and broadcast news of a zombie apocalypse on Monday.
  • Israeli police detained 10 women Monday, including the sister of American comic Sarah Silverman, as they tried to pray at a Jerusalem holy site.
  • The NFL is considering widening the field by 35 feet, saying that it could make the game safer. Would it? Or would it give players more time to pick up speed before the hit?
  • Chanel brand has picked Gisele Bündchen -- Mrs. Tom Brady -- to be the face of their Les Beiges makeup line.
  • "The Walking Dead" returned Sunday night with record numbers for a basic cable show. 12.3 million, the most ever to watch the show, tuned in.
  • John Cho and his wife, already parents of a son, welcomed a baby girl to the family this week.
  • IT'S NOT A HERNIA...IT'S A BABY _ In Jackson, Michigan, Linda Ackley went to the hospital Friday morning thinking she had a hernia. By Friday night, she had given birth to a 10-pound baby. It's an amazing story when you hear about the couple. Linda and Mike are high school sweethearts that have been married 24 years and thought they were unable to have kids. Not only that, Linda contracted a bacterial infection that put her in a week-long coma 2 years ago. Doctors thought she wouldn't pull through.
  • FLORIDIAN ATTACKED A CAR WITH A MACHETE _ Christopher Mordecai walked outside of his Palm Bay, Florida, home to find a strange car in the driveway. Then he saw his wife and another dude inside, went back in to grab a machete, and turned the guy's windows into a shower of glass shards.
  • WATCH THIS _ A baby. A dad. Fart noises. Enough said.
  • NUMBER FOR THE DAY _ 9.2: Days of vacation unused by the average person (American) in 2012.
  • MATT DAMON ANNOUNCES HE'S GOING ON TOILET STRIKE _ Matt Damon held a fake press conference Tuesday to announce he would be going on a toilet strike in support of, a non-profit organization he co-founded that provides aid for developing regions that don't have access to safe drinking water and sanitation.... Damon announces in the tongue-in-cheek video press conference: "In protest of this global tragedy and until this issue is resolved, until everybody has access to clean water and sanitation, I will not go to the bathroom."
  • NAME A ROACH FOR YOUR VALENTINE _ Can't decide on what to get your valentine? The Bronx Zoo has 58,000 Madagascar hissing roaches -- most with no name. For a $10 donation, you can name one for your sweetie and send a truly a certificate of honor.
  • Parents are NOT going to like this.  According to a new study out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, parents aren't really THAT much more sleep deprived than the rest of us.  Every kid under age two only costs you 13 minutes of sleep a night . . . every kid age two to five costs you nine minutes . . . and every kid age six to 18 costs you four minutes.
  • According to a new study, there's no such thing as a BEER BELLY.  If you drink beer in moderation, it's no more likely to give you a big belly than drinking anything else.  In fact, if you drank two bottles of beer instead of two large glasses of wine every night, you could save 160 calories.  But before you get too excited, this study was sponsored by the BEER INDUSTRY.  So take it for what it's worth.
  • Air travel has never been safer.  As of today, your odds of dying in a plane crash are down to one in 45 million.  There were only 23 crashes worldwide last year, and only 475 deaths.  No commercial flight has had a fatal crash in the U.S. in four years, and none of the major carriers has had a major crash since 2001.  Meanwhile, your odds of dying in a car accident are one in 6,500.
  • In 2012, there were 80 shark attacks worldwide . . . 53 of which were in the U.S.  That means TWO-THIRDS of attacks were here.  Also, 53 is the highest number of shark attacks here since 2000.  Fortunately, those 53 attacks only resulted in one death.  There were six deaths in other countries. 
  • After ten days, police finally caught up with cop-killer Christopher Dorner yesterday.  A Fish and Wildlife officer spotted him in Big Bear, California, shots were fired, and Dorner escaped to a cabin.  Then he had another shootout with police, killed a deputy, and eventually the cabin caught fire.  Authorities found a charred body inside . . . but it has yet to be positively identified. 
  • Two girls at a high school near Salt Lake City, Utah didn't have dates to last Saturday's Sweetheart Ball.  So they decided to ask two special-needs guys who hadn't been asked to the semi-formal.  The two couples made a day of their double date, and went bowling and out to dinner before heading to the dance.

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