New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said in a press conference that he ”didn’t alter the ball in any way” and knows nothing about whether his team cheated during the AFC championship game. The Patriots are accused of deflating footballs so they were easier to throw and catch in the slick weather conditions. Check out the response on social media: LA TIMES
@jimmykimmel: “I wish people would stop talking about my balls and instead focus on my beautiful face” – Tom Brady
2. WINTER STORM IOLA
Winter Storm Iola is predicted to pound the East Coast from Washington DC to Boston tonight and tomorrow with rain, snow and tropical storm-force winds. Another storm Sunday night could bring more accumulating snow to the same areas. WEATHER.COM
Even more importantly, who chose the name?
3. WORLD Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died Thursday at age 90. Under Abdullah’s leadership, the country helped the U.S. battle al Qaeda. Analysts expect the new king, his half-brother Salman, will keep a similar policy when it comes to oil supply. CNN
New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver surrendered to the FBI on corruption charges. He’s accused of taking kickbacks from real-estate developers and being paid for referrals to a personal-injury law firm. WALL ST JOURNAL
“Traffic accident? Injured on the job? Blown up in a meth lab? Better call Shel!”
California health officials are warning people to stay away from Disneyland unless they’re vaccinated for measles. At least 70 people in six states and in Mexico have been infected— including five park employees. It comes as more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their kids. NBC NEWS
“I cannot go to school today,” said little Peggy Ann McKay. “I have the measles and the mumps, A gash, a rash and purple bumps.”
Starbucks is expanding its program that lets customers order ahead on their smart phones and move to the front of the line when they pick up their drink. It should be available nationwide by the end of the year. CNBC
How about a program that lets us cut the BATHROOM line at Starbucks?
BMW and Volkswagen announced they are teaming up to create nearly 100 electric vehicle charging stations along heavily traveled roads on the East and West Coasts. PC MAG
Do all those Prius-driving celebrities know BMW makes an electric car?
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will sit out thisyear’s NHL All-Star Game. The team says Crosby has been dealing with a lower-body injury and needs a week to heal. USA TODAY
We weren’t aware penguins HAD lower bodies.
An MRI revealed Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder in Wednesday night’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. He could miss weeks or months. After the injury, he attempted to play left-handed. CBS SPORTS
We once called in sick because we sprained a thumb opening a beer.
DreamWorks Animation is reducing the number of films it produces each year, closing its Redwood City studio and cutting 500 jobs as it tries to improve its profitability. Known for animated movies such as “Shrek” and “Kung Fu Panda,” the studio plans to produce one original film and one sequel each year. BOSTON HERALD
“Well, I have to save my ass.”
10. WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
THE BOY NEXT DOOR: Thriller. Stars Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth, John Corbett. Newly separated high-school teacher Claire Peterson is seduced by her son’s teenage friend, but when she tries to end the relationship he turns violent. REVIEW
MORTDECAI: Comedy. Stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Paul Bettany. A shady art dealer, an American heiress and a revolutionary search for a stolen Goya painting rumored to lead to a bank account filled with Nazi gold. REVIEW
STRANGE MAGIC: Animated. Stars Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph. A spin on A Midsummer Night’s Dream as goblins, elves, fairies and imps battle over a powerful potion. REVIEW
11. OTHER SHTUFF
Yelp analyzed the restaurant reviews on its site and came up with the 100 best places to eat across the country in 2015, based on customer feedback. SEE LIST
@kellyoxford: I like how glasses suggest intelligence instead of broken eyes.
And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Friday, January 23, 2015…