July 17th is the 198th day of the year. There are 167 days remaining until the end of the year

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Today is National Peach Ice Cream Day and Get to Know Your Customers Day

Warren Buffett broke his own charitable donation record by giving away a whopping $2.8 billion last year. [It would have been an even $3 billion, but he has this absolutely crazy Starbucks habit.]

POLICE SEARCHING FOR DINOSAUR – Police in Raleigh, North Carolina, need help identifying a man and woman seen on surveillance video taking a baby dinosaur replica from a display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. A young couple was in the exhibit when the male jumped the exhibit barrier, picked up the dinosaur replica, climbed out and put it in a large multi-colored purse carried by the female accomplice. The replica is worth about $10,000.

UNDERWEAR THIEF FLEES IN ICE CREAM TRUCK – A South Carolina (Rock Hill) woman is accused of stealing two pairs of underwear from a Dollar General store. Police say the 34-year-old shoplifting suspect put the undergarments in her purse and then walked out of the store without paying. She then fled in an ice cream truck.

Foodbeast claims Lay’s is testing the following potato chip flavors through October: Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Mango Salsa, Wasabi Ginger and Cappuccino.

E! claims Erin Andrews and Maksim Chermkovskiy are both returning to Dancing With the Stars

Eddie Murphy’s rep says Eddie is not expecting a child with girlfriend Paige Butcher claims Shania Twain may do Dancing With the Stars. A source tells the site: “Those at DWTS are very confident that Shania Twain will join the show in its next season. She is very, very, very close to signing on the show.”

CNN claims DirecTV is offering NFL Sunday Ticket on smartphones. Packages start at $200 and are only available in select cities

Coke and Pepsi are the most respected brands in the U.S.  Delta Airlines is the least respected.

A new study has found that being overweight could SAVE YOUR LIFE.  Doctors found overweight and obese people have the highest rates of heart disease . . . but the LOWEST rates of dying from it.  They’re not sure why that is . . . but it IS possible that chubbiness somehow helps you fight a heart attack.

A beer shortage may occur in Germany because thieves recently stole 140,891 six-packs from a warehouse. The thieves broke a gate and walked into an unguarded warehouse where they loaded pallets of beer onto tractor-trailers before driving off. The Wall Street Journal says it would take Germany’s beer drinking population 18 minutes and 22 seconds to consume 300,000 liters of beer

The Lakewood, Washington police recently arrested a toothless 52 year-old man for gumming his roommate’s arm. The man became upset when she declined to clean his ears. The toothless man ripped a door off of its hinges. He was charged with assault and malicious mischief.

Zhang Yen was recently dining at a restaurant in China when he found a dead cockroach in his salad. His server Jin Kuo said it was ‘perfectly normal’ to find a cockroach in a restaurant before swallowing the roach. A grossed-out Yen paid his bill and left.

A guy in Seattle wanted to kill a spider in his house, so he put together a HOMEMADE FLAMETHROWER . . . he held his lighter up to a can of spray paint to blast the spider.  But he wound up setting the entire house on fire and did $60,000 in damage.

A 22-year-old guy from Michigan wanted to get his girlfriend an engagement ring, but couldn’t afford it.  So on Valentine’s Day he went to the bank where she works and ROBBED it.  Surveillance cameras got a decent shot of him, and when his girlfriend saw it she told the cops.  He was just sentenced to six-and-a-half years in federal prison.

A 20-year-old in New Jersey was locked out of his car earlier this week and flagged down some cops to help him get in.  They ran the plates . . . and it turned out he’d STOLEN the car.  So he was arrested. 

TV TONIGHT: LEANN AND EDDIE – This new reality show follows the everyday happenings of singer LeAnn Rimes and her husband actor Eddie Cibrian. (9:30p CT, VH1)


Planes: Fire & Rescue (Rated PG) … Starring: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen. “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

The Purge: Anarchy (Rated R) … Starring: Frank Grillo. The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge in “The Purge: Anarchy.”

Sex Tape (Rated R) … Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel. When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… but as their race to reclaim their video leads to a night they’ll never forget, they’ll find that their video will expose even more than they bargained for.