December 17th is the 351st day of the year. There are 14 days remaining until the end of the year
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There are 12 48 minutes remaining until the first showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Micon in CF (7pm)
Today is National Maple Syrup Day
Advance ticket sales for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” have already crossed a historic $100 million in North America
A new book, titled “The Extremely Unofficial and Highly Unauthorized Star Wars Kama Sutra,” has hit store shelves. It features adult love-making suggestions, inspired by the Star Wars universe
The American Film Institute has already selected “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”as one of the best films of the year
The entire cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” traveled to the London premiere of the film in a plane painted to look like R2-D2
There’s a 46-year-old guy in Wales who says he’s been trying to find love, but it’s hard . . . because he dresses up as a JEDI every day, and considers it his religion.
A new study found that doctors are more likely to detect bowel cancer if they do colonoscopies while listening to the music from “Star Wars”.
A new survey found the three states where Americans would MOST want to live are Florida, California, and Hawaii. The states where people want to live the least are California, New York, and Alaska. Yes, California is THAT polarizing.
Netflix posted instructions on how to make socks with sensors in them, so if you fall asleep watching something, they automatically pause it. They don’t look all that easy to make though.
APP WILL PAY YOU TO GO ON A WALK – There’s an app that will pay you to go on a walk. Bitwalking tracks steps — just like a standard fitness tracker or pedometer. As your steps rack up, so does your money. The smartphone app keeps a counter of currency along with distance traveled so users can see cents stacking up through the day. It takes 10,000 steps to generate one BW$ — which is equal to $1.
BUSINESS OWNER SHAMES PANHANDLERS WITH OWN SIGN – Two panhandlers at a busy intersection in Muscatine, Iowa, had a sign claiming they were “broke and hungry.” But when a nearby business owner offered them a job to make some cash, they declined — so he wrote a sign of his own. It said: “Offered these guys a job. They said no. Don’t give money.” He stood next to the panhandlers holding it.
JAPANESE WOMEN LOSE FIGHT TO KEEP LAST NAME AFTER MARRIAGE – A 19th-century law forcing married couples to share the same surname has been upheld by Japan’s Supreme Court. The top court’s Grand Bench — its highest ruling body — said the law did not violate the constitution.
DWAYNE JOHNSON AND GIRLFRIEND WELCOME BABY GIRL _ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his girlfriend Lauren Hashian have welcomed their baby girl. Hashian gave birth to their daughter on Wednesday.
THRILLER BECOMES FIRST 30-TIMES MULTI-PLATINUM ALBUM – Michael Jackson’s Thriller has become the first album to be certified 30-times multi-platinum in U.S. sales, topping more than 30 million sales in America.
Google has published its list of the top-trending searches of 2015. They include Ronda Rousey, Jurrasic World, Paris, and Caitlyn Jenner. The most popular name searched was Lamar Odom
Ford has announced that self-driving cars will be tested this year. The cars are expected to be on California roads in 2016.
Larry Wilmore will host the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
LL Cool J will be the host of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 15th, 2016
The Zomba Prison Band, a musical group made up of inmates from a Malawi prison, has secured the country’s first Grammy nomination
A teaser trailer has been released for “Knight Rider Heroes,” a revival of the “Knight Rider” TV show from the 80’s. David Hasselhoff is promoting the clip on his website
Vin Diesel says new UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor MIGHT make an appearance in the next “xXx” movie, called “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.” Diesel previously worked with Ronda Rousey in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise.
Donald Trump’s daughter Tiffany is dating a Democrat, who likes Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump tells Breitbart News that he doesn’t want Jeb Bush’s endorsement if he becomes the Republican nominee for president. “I really don’t want Jeb’s endorsement, because he is a low energy person and he does not represent strength, power and stamina, which are qualities our country desperately needs.”
Hillary Clinton is proposing a new tax increase on the richest Americans.
Dr. Ben Carson has been revealed as the presidential candidate, who was heard coughing loudly throughout this week’s Republican debate. Carson’s communications director Doug Watts says: “We all caught something a month ago, and he, like me, keeps a bagging cough for weeks.”
This week’s second CNN Republican debate attracted 18 million viewers, making it the third most watched debate ever
Actor James Woods says he is “happy to be alive,” after crashing on an icy highway in Colorado earlier this week
TV TONIGHT: BARBARA WALTERS’ MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE- In this 90-minute special, Barbara Walters interviews some of the year’s top newsmakers, including Bradley Cooper, Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan, Ronda Rousey, Bernie Sanders, Misty Copeland, and Donna Karan. (8:30p CT, ABC)