Israeli Soldiers Killed, ISIS Prisoner Swap & Peanut Allergy Cure

1. ISRAEL 

A Hezbollah missile attack killed nine people– including two Israeli soldiers– in the Golan Heights. The attack happened at Har Dov, near the intersection of the Lebanon-Syria border and the Golan Heights. LINK
2. DIPLOMATIC FAUX PAS Some are criticizing Michelle Obama for not covering her head during the First Couple’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, where it is forbidden for Saudi women to appear bareheaded in public. TELEGRAPH

 

3. TWITTER BOMB THREATS 

At least 50 twitter posts have threatened that bombs are on American aircraft– and some of the threats claim to come from ISIS. Flights have been delayed, searched, diverted and, in some cases, cancelled. USA TODAY

 

4. ISIS PRISONER SWAP 

In a new video, a Japanese hostage of ISIS appears to arrange a prisoner swap in which he would be released in exchange for a convicted terrorist held by Jordan -– or a Jordanian pilot held by ISIS will be killed. ABC NEWS

 

5. HEALTH 

Researchers say they are close to finding a cure for people with severe peanut allergies. A group of children were given peanut protein and a probiotic; the treatment helped 80 percent of the kids. TIME

Random question of the day: Why didn’t anyone have peanut allergies when we were kids? Now… they’re everywhere! 

 

6. BUSINESS

After months of declining sales, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson is retiring. He’ll be replaced by chief brand officer Steve Easterbrook. McDonald’s stock jumped nearly 3% in after-hours trading after the announcement. USA TODAY

We’re putting our money in McDowell’s. 

 

7. TECH

Facebook is launching the Super Bowl Experience page. Users can see their friends’ game-related posts, and follow real-time scores and posts from NFL teams. Facebook wants to take over from Twitter as the go-to social media site for the event. THE VERGE

Also, it’s too hard to fit ‘Gronkowski’ or ‘Hoomanawanui’ in a tweet.

 

8. SPORTS 

Los Angeles Lakers star shooting guard Kobe Bryant is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on a torn rotator cuff on Wednesday. BLEACHER REPORT

 

9. SUPER BOWL SNAFU  

Website company GoDaddy has pulled its planned Super Bowl commercial after an outcry from animal lovers. The ad features a lost puppy who finds its way home– only to discover that its owner has sold him on a website created with GoDaddy. WATCH IT

That’s sadder than the old Hallmark commercials.

 

10. TV TIME

David Letterman has invited former late-night rival Jay Leno to appear on the ‘Late Show’ before Letterman retires in May. The two have feuded for years, but Leno recently said he’d be open to appearing on the show. SLATE

We thought if we ever saw these two guys on a show together again they’d be fighting in a steel cage. In fact, may we suggest that? 

 

11. OTHER SHTUFF   

Researchers did a study to figure out which sex position is most likely to cause penile fracture. The answer: the woman on top in a “cowgirl” position. AOL 

We’ve heard of “breaking balls,” but “penile fracturing”? 

 

RETWEET

@KenJennings: The camera adds 10 pounds but a barbershop smock and fluorescent light is more like 25.

 

And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Thursday, January 29, 2015…

 

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