It’s Friday! Time for News & Booze…

1. MIDEAST VIOLENCE 

DEATH TOLL CLIMBS: At least 16 people were killed and dozens wounded when a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip was caught in the crossfire between Israel and Hamas. Palestinian officials said Israeli tank shells had hit the school, but the Israeli military said Hamas rockets that fell in the area could have been responsible for the deaths. REUTERS

PERSPECTIVE: German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted an incredible photo he took from aboard the International Space Station showing the conflict in Gaza as he sees it from space. The tweet read: “My saddest photo yet.” SEE PIC

 

2. MALAYSIA FLIGHT MH17  

Monitors at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 said they detected “shrapnel-like” holes on parts of the plane, marking the first official sighting of evidence suggesting the plane was downed by a missile. WALL STREET JOURNAL

 

3. AIR ALGERIE  

An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers disappeared over northern Mali and then crashed, killing all 116 passengers. The wreckage was found in a semidesert area about 60 miles south of Gao, Mali. Local authorities blame the weather. USA TODAY

 

4. BUSINESS  

General Motors says it expects to pay at least $400 million in compensation to victims of the faulty ignition switch tied to 13 deaths. GM’s second-quarter earnings dropped 84% from a year earlier because of huge recall costs and charges for future safety actions. DALLAS NEWS

 

5. TECH 

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent from Apple for what appears to be a smartwatch. There are rumors that Apple will launch the product in the fall., but early 2015 is more likely. Here’s what it could look like: WASHINGTON POST

A smartwatch is for people who want a 1/4 of the functionality of a phone, but all the style of a calculator watch. #Zing

 

6. SPORTS 

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of this season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Rice was arrested at an Atlantic City hotel in February for allegedly striking his then-fiancee. ESPN

 

7. ENTERTAINMENT

The ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer debuted on Thursday’s ‘Today’ show– sort of. Some parts of it (and of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson) were deemed too sexy for television, so NBC showed a cleaned-up version and the rest was released online. WATCH FULL VERSION 

So Jamie Dorman, Dakota Johnson and Right Said Fred are too sexy for…

 

8. COMIC CON 

Comic-Con is in full swing at the San Diego Convention Center. Those with tickets to the sold-out event can catch a 10-foot-tall Transformer, a Lego Spider-Man and a life-sized, road-ready Hot Wheels car inspired by Darth Vader. SEE PICS

Jensen_Karp: Imagine Tinder during Comic Con.

 

9. WEEKEND BOX OFFICE 

Magic in the Moonlight: Opposites attract in Woody Allen‘s new film. Stars Colin

Firth and Emma Stone. REVIEW

Lucy: A woman caught in a dark deal turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Stars Scarlett Johanssen, directed by Luc BessonREVIEW

Hercules: A revisionist take on the classic myth, based on Radical Comics’ “Hercules” by Steve Moore. Stars Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and Ian McShaneREVIEW

 

10. SPOTTED…

…Queen Elizabeth II, photobombing a picture of two members of the Australian women’s hockey team known as Hockeyroos. SEE PHOTO 

You have to give Queen Elizabeth credit: Not every woman can wear a hat. And hardly any can do it all the time.

 

11. OTHER SHTUFF   

For the first time in his 30-year career, “Weird Al” Yankovic is at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. His parody album “Mandatory Fun” sold 104,000 copies in its first week. Here’s “Tacky,” a take on Pharell’s “Happy”: WATCH 

43 Bumper Stickers and a YOLO license plate

(because I’m tacky)

Bring along my coupon book whenever I’m on a date

(because I’m tacky)

 

RETWEET

@chopper4jk: I’m starting to think I buy bananas just to watch them die a slow death in my own home.

 

And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Friday, July 25th, 2014…

 

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