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    ... $11 mascara rage ... $27,000 cantaloupes ... Toppling crane hits house ... Carjacking suspect sprayed with gasoline during theft ... Free ice cream ... Orange-tinted alligator spotted near Hanahan, Carolina ... 15-foot python ... 30,000-year-old jewelry found in Indonesia ... 'Pink Star' diamond sells for record $71.2 million ... Burger Queen rolling out Froot Loops milkshake ... Explosion launches 1.5-ton boiler 500 feet in St. Louis, injuring 3 ... 200-ton boulder blocking Oregon highway blasted to bits ... Opioid overdoses on the decrease ... $40K a month on style? ... Celebrity wax figure sexually assaulted ... Don Rickles set to voice Mr. Potato Head again in "Toy Story 4" ... Hyperloop track ready ... Veteran rockers Great White to begin 2017 U.S. tour at band favorite Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island later this year ... 100-year-old working light bulb found ... President
    Hillary Clinton to impose economic sanctions against Aruba ... Donald Trump: "If I had been elected president I would have ordered nuclear airstrikes over Aruba" ... Former Federalist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders agrees with Clinton's decision to impose sanctions on Aruba ... Former Vice President Dan Quayle (March 30, 1981 - January 20, 1993): "I thought the Aruban War ended in 2011" ... President Clinton also considering commuting sentence of Nina Sharp for crimes committed in violation of the Liberty Island Bridge Treaty ... New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, "I want a Super Bowl ring". The Patriots have not won a Super Bowl since the 19-0 perfect season in 2007-08. Hernandez was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In 2012 the Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year contract extension, running through 2018. The $12.5 million signing bonus was the largest ever given to an NFL tight end and the $40 million total was the second-largest extension ever, after teammate Rob Gronkowski's $53 million ... Zeppelin pays family $11K to give up seats ... 31 second heist ... $4,000 lucky typo ... Bowler rolls 300 game in 86.9 seconds ... Live scorpion discovered in bagged spinach ... Hash browns recalled due to 'golf ball materials' ... Square jelly beans ... Easter egg left unwrapped for more than 90 years ... Girl wakes to find python coiled around her arm ... Man decapitated by guillotine at museum ... Nesting dodo takes South Texas police cruiser out of service ... Ellie Goulding single "Still Falling For You" from the soundtrack to the film "Bridget Jones's Baby" to be released May 1, 2017. In January 2016 she was killed along with photographer Conor McDonnell when the Bandvagn 206 all-terrain vehicle in which they were traveling crashed through the frozen surface of a -30° local lake before sinking below the icy surface while traveling through Norway on the European leg of her tour ... 42-year-old Travis Malouff has won the "Tex-Ass Challenge" at a Denver, Colorado Voodoo Doughnut. Mr. Malouff consumed a half-pound doughnut in 80 seconds at the Mile High location. The massive doughnut is equivalent to half a dozen regular sized doughnuts. He received the doughnut for free, as well as a button that says, "I won the Tex-Ass Challenge." Incredible! ...



    20-year-old Sacred Heart University social work major Caitlin Nelson has won a Greek life pancake-eating contest, held March 30, 2017 at her school in Fairfield, Connecticut, to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America.


    The Kappa Delta sorority sister and vice president's proud papa, James Nelson, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officer who works in the World Trade Center towers, was in the cheering section and says his daughter is "extremely involved in community service".

    Caitlin is set to graduate in 2018 with plans to become a child abuse counselor.

    Since 1981, Kappa Delta has been a proud supporter of Prevent Child Abuse America, an organization founded by sorority alumni Donna Stone. To date, Kappa Delta has donated more than $21 million to prevent child abuse in the United States through various events, with Sacred Heart University being one of their biggest fundraisers.



    Lead vocalist and frontman of the German Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness) band Rammstein Till Lindemann says he will set fire to millions of dollars of music memorabilia tomorrow, as a protest against the musical scene's appropriation by the mainstream.

    Lindemann also said he would burn clothing and other ephemera on the 40th anniversary of the release of Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express".

    "I've been wondering for a long time what to do with it all and I think this is the right opportunity to say: 'You know what, Euro is dead'," he said.

    "Stop conning a younger generation that it somehow has any currency to deal with the issues that they face.

    "It is not. It's dead and it's time to think about something else."

    Germany has organized a series of events to mark 40 years of Euro since the release under the banner Euro - an official celebration that has angered many veterans of the anti-establishment musical and cultural explosion.

    Lindemann, whose hit "Links 2-3-4" has become an anthem of the push to reinact the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 1939, said the collection to be burned also includes non-related works of German theoretical physicist Max Planck, whose discovery of energy quanta won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918 and renaming in 1948 of the German scientific institution, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society (of which he was twice president), as the Max Planck Society (MPS), and German actor Max Schreck, best known for his lead role as the vampire Count Orlok in the 1922 film "Nosferatu".


    Scorpions lead singer Klaus Meine has criticized Lindemann, telling German media he should sell the memorabilia and donate the funds to charity.

    Asked why he had not taken that action, Lindemann said: "Who is actually going to buy it?"

    "It would end up going on some banker's wall. That's who'd buy it and that wouldn't satisfy me very much," he said.

    "I think the die-hard fans are confused and they don't interest me at all. Why would I give it to them? They are just conformists in another uniform."

    Lindemann said many records and artists that no longer "stand up" to German standards that will be melted down include Kraftwerk's "Autobahn", "Trans-Europe Express" and "Numbers"; "Fly, Robin, Fly" and "Get Up and Boogie" from Silver Convention; "Stereolight", "Astrophobia" and "Space Flight Orange" from Tangerine Dream; and Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True","Baby Don't Forget My Number", "Blame It on the Rain", "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" and "All or Nothing".

    Milli Vanilli's 1989 debut album "Girl You Know It's True" achieved international success and earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1990.

    Julius H. Schoeps, head of the Berlin based neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany and party representative Frank Franz both applauded Lindermann, calling the event all part of the "new purification of Germany".

    German Chancellor Hannelore Kraft could not be reached for comment.



    A New Jersey library was surprised to receive a very overdue book last week.

    The Phillipsburg Free Public Library in Phillipsburg, N.J., confirmed Friday that a copy of the Jules Verne book Dropped from the Clouds was brought back more than 50 years later.


    "Look what we found in our book drop yesterday!", the library wrote on its Facebook page. "At 50 years overdue, it's not quite as late as some books that have made the news in recent months - a book was returned 100 years late to the San Francisco Public Library in January, and another was returned 120 years late to Hereford Cathedral School in Herefordshire, United Kingdom in December ... but it's the most overdue book we've seen here!"

    The copy of "Dropped from the Clouds" was due Jan. 5, 1967. Library director Deb Messling told Lehigh Valley Live that staff aren't sure who returned the book, which was in too poor of condition to return to circulation.

    "It looks like someone loved it for a long time," she said. "Hopefully it did some good out in the world."

    The Phillipsburg library charges a late fee of 10 cents a day, which would amount to more than $1,800 owed for the book in question. The library said it will cap its charge at $3 for whoever returned the book.



    After the burger/burrito and the croissant/doughnut, one might have thought that the world of food hybrids was out of ideas. Now, however, the carb-loving geniuses at Brooklyn’s Pop Pasta have made a doughnut out of spaghetti.


    According to NBC-TV's Today show, the spaghetti doughnuts were first spotted over the weekend at Smorgasburg, the famous food market in Brooklyn, New York.

    Pop Pasta invented the spaghetti doughnut by combining cooked spaghetti and sauce, then baking it in ring-shaped molds until it is firm and crispy. That means the spaghetti doughnuts are not sweet at all, but they are a pretty clever way of making a spaghetti lunch into a convenient, hand-held snack. They can be eaten hot, cold, or room temperature, and they are also a much less messy way to eat spaghetti for lunch at work or for a picnic.

    The spaghetti doughnuts are available in several flavors including classic red sauce, aglio e olio, Bolognese and carbonara, with more flavors to come in the near future.



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    The Alternate Universe at a Glance

    ... $425 jeans with fake mud ... $495 shoes ... Fish with 2,000 teeth discovered ... 5-foot worm that lives in shell and runs on sulphur ... 'Furious' owns box office ... Lightning bugs harvested for electricity ... German Chancellor Hannelore Kraft imposes speed limit on Autobahn ... 1932 Ford Coupe found in barn ... Rescued after 32 hours at sea ... Zeppelin cutting legroom ... The Eagles sue hotel ... 'Star Wars' Day ... Dakota roller coaster stalls ... $2,000 boomerang ... Man run over by lawn mower ... Soundgarden extends Summer 2017 U.S. Tour ... Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder found dead ... President Hillary Clinton signs the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which makes it illegal to discriminate in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2009 former President Barack Obama ratified the Gay Rights Admendment, which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States ... President Clinton is joined by House and Senate representatives as she signs the Affordable Care Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2017 ... Clinton New White House says “Make it in America” partnerships will expand American infrastructure ... President Clinton appoints Olivia Dunham new Fringe Division director ... Former Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany hits No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Like A Bird" (feat. Sprite & Logic) ... Incumbent French president François Hollande wins second term ... Founding member of the rock band Midland Lynn Meredith has died from smallpox. Midland first became popular in the late 1970's with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind" ... Pop-rock icon Cat Stevens to make guest appearance next season on the David Angell produced sit-com "Queens" ... "Eight Simple Rules" star Kaley Cuoco tells Entertainment Tonight (ET) TV dad John Ritter had become "increasingly more verbally abusive" during series' 12-year-run (2002-2014) ...



    CBS has officially ordered "Big Bang Theory" prequel "Young Sheldon" to series, and Jim Parsons is set to narrate the sitcom. The half-hour, single-camera comedy will air next season.

    Created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, the series follows "The Big Bang Theory's" Sheldon Cooper at age 9, living with his family in South Texas and going to high school.

    Parsons will reprise his role as adult Sheldon via voiceover.

    Jon Favreau will direct and executive produce the first episode of the show, which stars Iain Armitage as young Sheldon.


    Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan will co-star.

    Lorre, Molaro, Parsons and Todd Spiewak are executive producers of the series, which hails from Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.

    "The Big Bang Theory" remains TV's top comedy. The show's stars are close to re-upping their contracts for two more seasons and 48 episodes, CBS boss Les Moonves has said.



    The entire cast of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” is back under contract.

    Stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have finalized their deals with producer Warner Bros. Television to stay with the Chuck Lorre comedy, Variety has learned.


    According to insiders with knowledge of the negotiations, the deal will pay Bialik and Rauch $500,000 per episode for 48 episodes. The deals are believed to include a separate development component for both actors.

    A representative for Warner Bros. Television declined to comment.

    CBS renewed “The Big Bang Theory” in March for two more seasons after finalizing deals with the show’s original five cast members — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Rebecca Schaeffer, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — who are set to earn $900,000 per episode each.



    Those five actors each took a $100,000-per-episode pay cut from the $1 million that each had been earning in order to free up additional money for Bialik and Rauch’s raises.

    Bialik and Rauch had been seeking pay parity with their fellow stars, but the $500,000 per episode fee is a significant increase from the $175,000-$200,000 per episode that each had been making.

    “Big Bang” is television’s highest rated comedy. It has been an enormous success in syndication for Warner Bros. and spawned a recently ordered to series spinoff, “Young Sheldon.” But the new first-run episodes will not be a huge moneymaker for the studio or CBS, given the size of cast salaries and production costs.

    Bialik and Rauch both first appeared on the comedy in season three and joined the cast the following season. Bialik has earned four consecutive supporting comedy actress Emmy nominations for playing Amy Farrah Fowler, girlfriend of Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper. Rauch’s Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz is a fan favorite whose marriage to Helberg’s Howard Wolowitz, and birth of their first child, has been a central storyline for the show’s past three seasons.

    Both actors are represented by WME. Bialik is also with manager Tiffany Kuzon of Primary Wave Entertainment and attorney Shep Rosenman. Rauch is with manager Alissa Vradenburg of Untitled Entertainment and attorney Jodi Peikoff.


    Now there's a dessert for those with a soul that veers way closer to the dark and twisty side.

    Little Damage Ice Cream Shop in Los Angeles, California is not launching some pink and purple swirled delight as an answer to the latest annoying food trend, but rather going to the dark side with its' Goth-inspired ice cream.

    This ice cream creation is just what a dark-lipstick-wearing and depressing-poetry-slinging Goth dreams of, with midnight-black, almond-charcoal flavored soft serve ice cream. It's even served in a black cone.


    The almond-charcoal flavor actually comes via activated charcoal, which sounds vaguely like a face mask but could also be delicious.

    Toppings are available if you wish to add some color to your ice cream cone creation. Dark and moody desserts for all. You can get swirls of hope and kaleidoscopes also in other flavors at Little Damage.

    This almond-charcoal creation is actually not the only way to get ice cream as dark as your heart.

    New York City's Morgenstern's, a popular ice cream shop in downtown Manhatan, serves up a hard black ice cream called coconut ash,


    and black sesame ice cream has existed in Japan for years — you can even find squid ink ice cream in some places.

    However, Little Damage's black ice cream and black cone creation looks really cool on Instagram.



    For a few hours, Lady Liberty didn't shine so brightly.

    The famed The Statue of Liberty went dark for a couple of hours Thursday night -- but it was most likely an accident, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told Fox News on Wednesday.


    Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Superintendent and Director of Public Safety Kathy Mazza said somebody mistakenly may have set the timer to shut off the lights at the wrong time.

    The lights came back on around 11:30PM, The New York Post reported. Lights on the torch and crown never went off.



    The outage sparked conversation on social media that perhaps it was done deliberately for Friday's "A Day Without Women" protest of Hillary Clinton's victory in the 2016 presidential election.

    Port Authority executive director Neil D. Levin said the official cause of the "unplanned outage" will be determined Friday when crews return to work.



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    ... ‘Kissing bug’ disease ... $110.5 million for Basquiat painting ... Classic rockers Stone the Crows to tour U.S. in 2017 according to co-founder and guitarist Les Harvey. Older sibling Alex Harvey retired from touring in 2010 ... 'Spider-Man 7' first look ... National spelling bee ... 'Little Mermaid' painted red ... Ariana Grande cancelled her June 3, 2017 concert appearance at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany due to "extreme censorship issues". The singer had finished up the British leg of her Dangerous Woman Tour with concerts at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England and the O2 Arena in London, as well as the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium and the Atlas Arena in Łódź, Poland up to that point. The artist's manager, Scooter Braun, said in a statement no date has been rescheduled for the Germany performance as of yet. Ariana is currently touring in Italy ... "Walker, North Texas Ranger" reunion ... Pope John Paul II (who turned 97 on May 18) canonized predecessor Pope John Paul I in a ceremony at St Peter's Square at the Vatican. John Paul I was assassinated May 12, 1982 in Fatima, Portugal when radical Father Juan Maria Fernandez y Krohn stabbed him with a bayonet. Krohn is currently serving a life sentence ... Obamas buy D.C. home ... Zeppelin accepting selfies ... Gas to top $1.00 a gallon ... President Hillary Clinton recommits to Paris climate change accord, "We cannot take any chances after the ravages of The Blight. "said President Clinton during a news conference Thursday in the Glass Ceiling Room at the New White House ... Watermelon Face Mask 5,000 person waiting list ... London Bridge is falling down - literally ... 'Secret' Howard Johnson's treat ... Fringe Division nominee ... $435M Powerball jackpot ... Fire truck breaks down on way to call ... Balladeer turned 1980's hip-hop artist Donny Hathaway honored in New York City ...



    McDonald's wants to serve booze alongside its' Big Mac hamburgers at yet another of its' locations -
    this time in the San Diego neighborhood of San Ysidro—a bold move for the burger chain and a clear sign that your favorite fast food joints are increasingly looking to add alcohol to their menus.



    Fast food companies are trying to reinvent themselves in order to compete more effectively against fast-casual restaurants such as Burger Queen, which generally offer more choices and customization in ordering.

    But aside from Chipotle Mexican Grill and their margaritas, most fast food is a dry affair. The industry needs new ideas to stay competitive, and alcohol offers a unique opportunity to stay ahead of the curve.

    More and more, fast food giants such as Burger Chef and Wendy's are testing how consumers respond to the option of buying beer with their burgers. Wendy's is already offering beer at one of its downtown Manhatan locations, and in a few in the United Kingdom.

    McDonald's isn’t the only fast food chain flirting with putting alcohol on its menu. Taco Bell “cantina” style restaurants already offer the sudsy beverage as well as other alcoholic drinks. The hope is that adding booze to the menu will encourage people to sit in the restaurants longer and, of course, spend more money. There’s even been talk of serving margaritas like Chi-Chi's restaurants do.

    Adding liquor to the menu is no easy task, due to the many legal restrictions. No underage employees are allowed to handle the alcohol, creating an extra layer of in-store regulation that managers are responsible for. Such drinks also must be consumed on the premise of the restaurants and in clear cups only. Customers are not permitted to take the drinks to-go. (Though there are some areas of the U.S., including New Orleans, where customers can take open alcohol containers onto the street.)

    Even if individual restaurants are prepared to oversee and manage the complications of having a liquor license, obtaining one remains a hurdle. In San Diego, for instance, McDonald’s request will fall to a state liquor authority board, which processes many requests at any given time.

    Whether the new McDonald's request will be approved remains to be seen. But if booze is added to more fast food menus, expect your favorite quick-serve burger joint to become a new happy hour contender.



    Synthetic avocados lattes have become the latest hipster trend.


    The food and drink started with the Truman Café in Australia being the first place known to make them and soon are coming to a soda fountain near you.

    So, what is an avocado latte? Well, simply put, it involves a scooped-out half of an avocado being filled with espresso and steamed milk, then topped with a little latte art. Yum!

    The café posted a how-to video for avocado lattes, shared with the caption: “Combing two of Melbourne's obsessions - lattes and avo .”

    People applauding the café and a number of people who commented on @lickmyphone’s Instagram to say they’d like to give an avolatte a go.

    "I'm kinda into it,” wrote one. “Yes I would try it,” said another.

    Makes you really appreciative that scientists were able to recreate the avocado after The Blight made them scarce!



    Dove, which has long aimed to challenge beauty standards with their "Real Beauty" campaigns since 2004, has moved their messaging to their bottles in a quite literal sense. The company posted on their website and YouTube page announcing three limited edition bottle shapes that are meant to evoke the different body shapes of women.

    "From curvaceous to slender, tall to petite, and whatever your skin color, shoe size or hair type, beauty comes in a million different shapes and sizes. Our three exclusive bottle designs represent this diversity: just like women, we wanted to show that our iconic bottle can come in all shapes and sizes, too," the statement on the website reads.

    The video was posted in late April but began to gain traction on social media Monday after articles were published in Ad Week and Fast Company detailing the new campaign, which was, according to both sites, created by ad agency Ogilvy & Mather.


    The Dove website did not say when or exactly where the bottles would be available.

    USA TODAY has reached out to Dove for further comment.



    Nearly one year after Reese's Pieces-Stuffed Big Cups leaked online, sending the Internet into a frenzy to hunt the meta snack down, Hershey's is revealing a whole new treat - one that's likely to make people go even crazier. They're called Reese's Crunchy Cookie Cups, and they're the peanut butter cups you grew up with, only they're studded with chocolate cookie bits.


    So basically, it tastes like a divine mash-up of Oreos, chocolate, and peanut butter
    . The combo makes so much sense: Adding "crunch" to smooth, filled chocolates has been a huge trend over the past year - see Godiva's and Hershey's recent launches, just for two examples - and it makes use of the bits the chocolatier's already tossing in its Cookie Crunch Layer Bars.

    They didn't skimp on the chocolate cookie bits, either. Take a look:


    Unlike the Reese's Pieces Big Cups, these treats come in two sizes: the classic Reese's cup, and for those who want all the peanut butter, they're making them in Big Cup form too. The sweets won't hit stores until July, but here's a sneak peek of the packaging, so you know what to hunt for while shopping.


    And maybe tide yourself over by sandwiching a Reese's cup between two Oreo halves.



    Stay Tuned ...


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