Shock to the system
: It's not spring, but it felt like it across the South last night as storms ripped through the region. Twisters popped up, but most of the damage was caused by a single tornado
. It hit the ground in northern Mississippi and ground up the earth all the way to western Tennessee. That's about 150 miles -- and it may have set a record for the longest track December tornado in the mid-South. At least seven people died.
: Don't like going through the see-under-your-clothes body scanner at the airport? Well, tough. Soon you may have to pass through it
, even if you ask for a pat-down. Why? Because the scanners can better spot weapons. Again, why? Because terrorism.
: Let's Marvin Gaye and get it on. Not so fast, Brazil. There's been a serious uptick in newborn microcephaly there. And until doctors can figure out what the heck is going on, they're asking couples to hit pause on the bebeh-making button
. The disorder causes serious developmental issues. Officials think it's resulting from a virus called Zika, carried by mosquitoes. So add that to the list of annoying reasons all mosquitoes need to go.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD SHOOTING
Disorder in the court
: Staying quiet in court is not Robert Dear's thing. The suspect in last month's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic raised a ruckus during a hearing
yesterday, just like he did a couple of weeks ago. He dogged out his defense team and asked to represent himself. The judge had heard enough and ordered Dear examined at a mental hospital. Surprisingly, Dear plans on putting a muzzle on it there: "I'm not going to say one word."
: Something odd is going on in Beijing, but no one's talking. The British and the American embassies say they've received word of possible threats against Westerners
visiting a popular shopping district around Christmas. Beijing cops have stepped up their presence there, but say it's because so many shoppers will be out and about. It's all very unusual.
A fire at a Saudi Arabian hospital
kills 25 ... Two men are sentenced to death for killing two British backpackers
on a Thai resort ... The trucker who crashed into Tracy Morgan's limo
is indicted ... The families of Sandy Hook victims finalize a $1.5 million settlement
... 15 men in India are charged with murder for lynching a Muslim man
for eating beef
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Quote of the day:
"My friend Ted Cruz has still not pledged to issue exec order declaring Canadian 'bacon' is not real bacon. Makes me suspicious."
-- Rand Paul, taking a good-natured shot at the Canadian-born Cruz during his annual Festivus ribbing
. If this running-for-president thing doesn't work out, he's got a bright future as a roast emcee.
The cat's me-owl
Feeling pretty good that you spotted the panda among the snowmen
? Here's a new stumper -- spot the cat among the owls
(Hint: Look at the noses)
Because what's more punk that compostable coffee bags
Green Day is launching its own coffee
. In case you need something to wake you up (when September ends).
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
If, like Bing Crosby, you're dreaming of a white Christmas, then be like Aerosmith and dream on. If you're in the East, it ain't gonna happen. Blame it on that old faithful, El Nino
Bloodbath and beyond
If a nuclear war were to break out in 1959, the U.S. plan
was to blow East Berlin, Moscow and Beijing to smithereens - civilian deaths be damned. Sure glad we dodged that bullet.
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
This stunning pic of Earth that NASA just released
will have you humming along, "And I think to myself what a wonderful world."
AND FINALLY ...
Here, there and everywhere
Finally, finally, the entire Beatles catalog is now available for streaming across the universe. Happy Crimble indeed!