THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Some airlines have banned certain MacBook Pro laptops after Apple revealed that a few have batteries that posed a fire risk.
  • A sin tax on red meat? Some Western European countries are considering the idea.
  • CNN's Don Lemon is denying accusations from a former Hamptons bartender who accused the television host of assaulting him at a New York bar last year.
  • With Starbucks announcing that their Pumpkin Spice Latte will return August 27, Dunkin says they'll launch their fall parade of flavors next Wednesday, August 21.
  • Did you know that Debra Messing and Susan Sarandon were feuding? It goes back to the 2016 election when Debra was for Hillary and Susan was for Bernie. When Hillary got the nomination, Sarandon suggested that she would vote for Donald Trump in hopes that his presidency would "bring the revolution immediately." They've been exchanging Twitter barbs ever since.
  • Roc Nation, the entertainment management company founded by rapper and businessman Jay-Z, has partnered with the NFL in an advisory role to help select music for the league's flagship event such as the Super Bowl.
  • Mike Tyson says that he smokes around $40,000 of pot every month.
  • Stacey Abrams, who captured national attention during her unsuccessful run for governor of Georgia in 2018, has decided not to run for president.
  • Students going back to school in Louisiana will be greeted by signs that say, "In God We Trust," as mandated by the state.
  • Jessica Simpson's Instagram account no longer allows comments.
  • A Chinese student is suing Disney alleging double standards because the company bans visitors to its Asian theme parks from taking their own food.
  • Bank of America is raising the chances of a recession in the next 12 months to one in three.
  • 15% of U.S. broadband households have a connected fitness tracker and 11% have a smart watch.
  • Goldsmiths, University of London is banning beef products to become carbon neutral.
  • It's a shame they even have to put out this warning, but the FDA would like you to know that drinking bleach won't cure cancer or autism.
  • A$AP Rocky along with two members of his entourage were found guilty of assault by the Swedish courts on Wednesday. Though convicted, the rapper will not return to jail. They've been given suspended sentences and were ordered to pay damages to the victim.
  • Prince Charles will head to Japan in October to attend of the ceremony of enthronement (similar to a coronation for the British royals) for Emperor Naruhito.
  • Harry Styles turned down the role of Prince Eric in a live-action version of "The Little Mermaid."
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon is testing out their own version of hard seltzer in four states. Meanwhile, they've also launched PBR Hard Coffee, a caffeine-and-booze-infused iced latte.
  • Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, his wife Ciara and rapper Macklemore have all become minority owners of the Seattle Sounders soccer club.

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