Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 1, 2014
August 1, 2014
Those @$#%* Foreigners:
World leaders and officials from the United Nations are all crossing their fingers as Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour cease fire in their current battle in Gaza. Over 14-hundred Palestinians have been killed in that conflict to far.
And despite that cease fire, Israeli Prime Minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU reiterated his intention to destroy a network of underground tunnels running from Gaza into Israel. (Pacelli)
Remember when everyone was freaking out that teens were leaving Facebook in droves? Not true.
Niche.com decided to test that theory out and found that Facebook was the preferred social networking site of seven thousand graduating seniors. Eighty-seven percent of teens said they used it, and sixty-one said they used it every day. Taking it even further, Forrester Research predicted that twelve- and thirteen-year-olds will continue to use the site, due to greater smartphone usage. (AB)
Back to School:
Offers.com surveyed back to school families and found 37 percent are already shopping for back to school items, with 28 percent saying they'll buy a few things online as well as in-store. Only about one-third say they'll spend over $200 (per child) this year.
"This is the earliest we've seen this kind of across the board launch of the Back to School season," said Offers.com VP HOWARD SCHAFFER tells BizReport. "It's the new age of the savvy shopper. Shopping early and online is the new trend among consumers." (Kaye)
Imagine getting ready to order a Whopper and BRADLEY COOPER looks up to ask if you want fries with that? It actually happened to a few lucky customers at a Burger King last Sunday night! Sources tell the British tabloid the London Sun that the A-lister was preparing for a role in the upcoming comedy "Adam Jones," where the character is dead-set on creating the best restaurant in the business.
Word is the smokin'-hot star trained with real employees, mastered the "art of the flip" and was quite down-to-earth. (Lee)
You may have seen "Sharknado 2: The Next One" Wednesday night --but now you can celebrate by wearing star TARA REID's new perfume --"Shark by Tara."
According to TaraReid.com, the $24.95 bottle "is a light and refreshing perfume perfect for day-to-day wear." It also incorporates a bunch of 'lavender' colored flowers, which is Tara's favorite color, making them "a true fit for Shark by Tara."
A woman who got a nose job from a Chicago surgeon is suing him for allegedly sharing photos of it online.
55-year-old SABRINA KROPP had the procedure back in 2004 and the photos were supposed to be kept confidential. But, Kropp says Dr. ROBERT WALTON posted the before-and-after shots on his website and titled them "cocaine nose." Kropp claims she's suffered "great harm" because of the 68-year-old surgeon's actions.
It's unclear how much money she's seeking in damages, or if Kropp ever even used cocaine. (Still)
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