LBN – Special Report – Tuesday, May 22nd, 2017

*Report: Flynn Will Invoke Fifth Amendment, Refuse to Comply With Subpoena
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will refuse to comply with a subpoena and invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination on Monday, according to a report by the Associated Press. The subpoena seeking documents was issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding an investigation into Russian meddling—and President Trump’spotential role in that interference. The AP report is based on an unnamed source with direct knowledge of the matter. Flynn previously sought immunity from “unfair prosecution” by offering to cooperate with the committee.
*N. Korea: Latest Missile Launch Proves They Can Hit U.S. Bases

North Korea says its latest missile launch proves it is ready to deploy—and mass produce—a new medium-range missile that can reach U.S. military bases and Japan. The Sunday launch of the solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile allegedly confirmed the weapon’s combat readiness and will provide an “answer” to President Trump’s policies, according to North Korean state media. The Korea Central News Agency said the test confirmed technical aspects of the weapon, which flew about 310 miles and reached about 350 miles up into the air before it fell back into the Pacific Ocean. Pyongyang state media said more are on the way.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The first ever data on gender reassignment surgeries in the United States shows demand is skyrocketing. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons found a nearly 20 percent increase in vaginoplasties, phalloplasties, top surgery and contouring operations in just the first year of reporting. In 2016, more than 3,200 surgeries were performed to help transgender patients feel more like themselves.

*Billy Bush: Trump Tape Was ‘an Instant Shock’

Seven months after the release of the Access Hollywood tape that showed now-President Donald Trumpbragging about being able to get away with sexually assaulting women, disgraced former Today Show co-host Billy Bush has broken his silence about the bus ride that cost him his career—and almost lost Trump the White House. “I could not put two thoughts together,” Bush said, adding that he “didn’t have the strength of character” to change the subject with Trump, who he called “a provocateur… Shocking statements flow like wine from him. And he likes to captivate an audience.” Bush denied that he and Trump have a personal relationship, or that he had bragged about the tape’s existence during NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.

*DID YOU KNOW? 

Did you know that producers of 84 of the top 100 radio talk shows in America read LBN daily?
*Ford Ousts CEO in Management Shakeup

Ford Motor Co. is reportedly firing CEO Mark Fields in a major shakeup of the Michigan-based company’s management. The move comes as the auto maker seeks to expand its venture into self-driving cars and ride-sharing services to keep up with competitors. Citing officials close to the situation, The New York Times reported late Sunday that Jim Hackett will take Fields’ place at the helm of the company. Hackett, who joined the company last year as the head of its “smart mobility” segment, now oversees a Ford subsidiary that specializes in autonomous vehicles. Fields’ ouster comes after he was repeatedly criticized for not doing enough to develop future technologies in the auto industry, while at the same time failing to boost Ford’s core car production business. During his three years leading the company, Ford’s share price dropped 40 percent. As the company struggles to keep a foothold in a market that is quickly gravitating toward innovative technologies, Ford has promised to have an autonomous vehicle up and running by 2021. General Motors and Google have already begun testing their self-driving vehicles, while Tesla is due to release its own mass-market electric car later this year.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Welcome to Hollywood—well, sorta. Newlyweds Pippa Middleton and James Matthews were spotted at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday evening, less than 24 hours after the couple tied the knot at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, England, just miles away from where the bride was raised. Pippa, in a Kate Spade jacket, was spotted chatting with fellow travelers as she made her way through customs at LAX. L.A. wasn’t the couple’s final destination. “They were happy but tired,” an onlooker tells E! News, “and people around them were definitely staring and wondering if it was really Pippa.”   ***Scarlett Johansson’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” was such a hit, she ended up making out with “Weekend Update” co-host Colin Jost at the afterparty, multiple sources exclusively confirmed. ScarJo had appeared in the cold open for Saturday’s “SNL” season finale, hosted by Dwayne Johnson, in which she played Ivanka Trump. After the show, the actress, who is currently going through a divorce, hit it off with handsome comedian Jost at the boozy afterparty held at the ice rink at Rockefeller Center in NYC, which raged into the early hours of Sunday morning.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Why do children wake up early when they are young but want to stay in bed till noon as teenagers? Experts say it’s biology. Adolescents’ bodies want to stay up late and sleep late, putting them out of sync with what their school schedules demand of them. So kids have trouble waking up, and they often find themselves feeling drowsy in morning algebra class. But that chronic sleepiness can affect their health and well-being, their behavior, and even their safety; it becomes genuinely dangerous when sleepy teenagers get behind the wheel. At a recent conference on adolescent sleep, health and school start times, at which I gave a brief keynote, several experts made compelling arguments supporting the idea that middle and high school start times should shift to 8:30 a.m. or later, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  ***Hospitals around the country are scrambling to stockpile vials of a critical drug — even postponing operations or putting off chemotherapy treatments — because the country’s only two suppliers have run out. The medicine? Sodium bicarbonate solution. Yes, baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate is the simplest of drugs — its base ingredient, after all, is found in most kitchen cabinets — but it is vitally important for all kinds of patients whose blood has become too acidic. It is found on emergency crash carts and is used in open-heart surgery and as an antidote to certain poisons. Patients whose organs are failing are given the drug, and it is used in some types of chemotherapy. A little sodium bicarbonate can even take the sting out of getting stitches.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: After eight years of steady growth, the main economic concern in Utah and a growing number of other states is no longer a lack of jobs, but a lack of workers. The unemployment rate here fell to 3.1 percent in March, among the lowest figures in the nation. Nearly a third of the 388 metropolitan areas tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics have an unemployment rate below 4 percent, well below the level that economists consider “full employment,” the normal churn of people quitting to find new jobs. The rate in some cities, like Ames, Iowa, and Boulder, Colo., is even lower, at 2 percent.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Cher stunned fans at the Billboard Music Awards by performing in a raunchy silver stage costume which left little to the imagination. The pop veteran, 71, wore nipple pasties under a barely-there diamante dress for her turn on stage at the prize-giving Sunday night. Cher wowed the crowd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as she performed her hit track “Believe” in the skimpy outfit.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: Megyn Kelly will make her NBC debut on June 4, with her news magazine show, “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly,” sources confirmed.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: How Do You Spend Your Time? Such as the ants, we too can be industrious, but for the wrong reasons. To reach our dreams, we must be efficient with our time in addition to being mindful of the time that belongs to those who surround us. Find out what is really occupying your time, so you too can begin your path alongside the great ones.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – www.MichaelLevineMedia): Connections between the right and left sides of the brain are faster in left-handed people. This means information is transferred faster, making left-handers more efficient in dealing with multiple stimuli and using both sides of the brain more easily.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by SCOTT WEATHERS, SOPHIE HERMANNS and MARK BITTMAN: This week, the World Health Organization — which works globally to improve human health — will meet in Geneva to select a new director general. We have a mission for that leader: take on factory farms, a major threat to health and the environment. Starting just after World War II, animal production in the United States became increasingly industrialized. Factory-like farms radically increased the number of cows, chickens and pigs they could raise and slaughter with economic efficiency. This is one reason meat consumption rose sharply in the United States after the war. So, too, worldwide, meat production has tripled over the last four decades and increased 20 percent in just the last 10 years, according to research by the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research group. This sweeping change in meat production and consumption has had grave consequences for our health and environment, and these problems will grow only worse if current trends continue.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***A London waitress got the boot after her bosses found her naked in Orlando Bloom‘s hotel room after a steamy night with the star, according to a report. Viviana Ross, 21, was pouring drinks for the 40-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” star — who was in London to promote his new film “Unlocked”— when she hit it off with him, sources say.

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