THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Bed, Bath and Beyond will be closing 40 stores this year.
  • Meanwhile, Papyrus will be closing 254 stores over the next 4 to 6 weeks.
  • And Macy's will be closing 30 stores in 19 states by mid-April.
  • Meghan Markle's dad is going for the dramatic and says that Harry and Meghan probably won't see him again "until I'm lowered in the ground."
  • Carrie Underwood says her trainer makes her sing on a treadmill to make sure she doesn't get winded while performing on stage.
  • Monty Python has lost a member of their troupe. Terry Jones died Tuesday night after a long battle with dementia. He was 77.
  • Seattle will become the first city in the U.S. where you'll be able to vote with your Smartphone.
  • More problems for the Miami Herald, which gave 70 employees the ax.
  • Derek Jeter and Larry Walker have both been voted into baseball's Hall of Fame. Jeter was one vote shy of being unanimous. Walker is just the second Canadian-born player to be elected to the hall.
  • DeLoreans will be back! There are plans to start building the DMC-12's again, the ones with the side-wing doors.
  • RuPaul is going to host "Saturday Night Live" for the first time on February 8, with musical guest Justin Bieber.
  • Just keeping you in the loop, but apparently Simon Cowell walked out of an audition for "Britain's Got Talent" after a would-be contestant displayed his talent -- painting pictures with his penis. He sells his paintings for upwards of $300, which includes shipping and a "how it was made" video, available in PG and R versions.
  • Parks Associates' latest research shows 10% of U.S. broadband households report extreme energy-saving measures, by installing solar panels.
  • First Australia had the fires, then heavy rains. Now, there's a burst of activity from the deadly funnel-web spiders, who were revived by the massive rains. Really glad to be living where we do, huh?
  • A new survey says that 40% of Americans don't have $1,000 in the event of an emergency.
  • Union membership has dropped to a record low 10.3%.
  • K-Pop megaband BTS has announced they're going on a world tour, "Map of the Soul," starting in April.
  • Egil "Bud" Krogh, one of President Nixon's "plumbers" during the Watergate Scandal, died last Friday night. He was 80.
  • In Scotland, a man was wondering why everyone quit calling him. Then, one day, while wandering near a cemetery, he saw a headstone -- with his name on it. It turns out, it was on a headstone he had bought long ago with his ex-wife and it already had his name on it. People that knew him saw it and assumed he was gone.
  • Britt Ekland says her ex-boyfriend Rod Stewart used to wear her panties when he performed.

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