- You may not have realized it, but synthetic marijuana is being sold in gas stations and convenience stores. Under the names K-2 and Spice, this synthetic drug aims at being a legal way to get a herbal high. Many states have banned the drugs though because they are made from dangerous chemical concoctions, reports the Christian Science Monitor.
- Levon Helm, the legendary drummer and singer for The Band and celebrated solo-artist is in the final stages of losing his decades long battle with throat cancer, according to a very sad message posted on Helm's website http://www.levonhelm.com/ by his daughter and wife on Tuesday afternoon. Here are five great YouTube videos of Levon Helm doing what he did best, along with just a few from the outpouring of messages posted on Twitter in support of Levon Helm and his family.
- The 2012 WNBA Draft, which saw 36 of the best female NCAA basketball players selected to join the 12 talented teams in the WNBA, had only a few surprises. With Baylor's Brittney Griner out of the picture, Stanford's 6'2 forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike was selected with the No. 1 overall pick -- the first Cardinal player to do so in school history.
- As natural gas and oil extraction expands across the United States thanks to hydraulic fracturing and advances in horizontal drilling, almost half of the country's legislatures either have enacted or have pending legislation that regulates the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing.
- Dole Food Co. issued a recall on 756 cases of bagged salad, which could possibly be contaminated with salmonella, the company said on Saturday. The recall includes bagged Seven Lettuces salads distributed in 15 states.
- A controversial bill that permits the teaching of creationism alongside evolution was allowed to pass on Wednesday in Tennessee.
- Soon Tennessee classrooms will be able to debate the merits of creationism and evolution side-by-side, after Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday refused to sign a controversial proposal dubbed the Monkey Bill, but allowed it to become law anyway.
- John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats proved you can win with a group of top freshmen, now the question is can they repeat the feat?
Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup: Full List of Bands, Headliners Announced for Three-Day Chicago Music FestivalThe full list of bands, including headliners The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys and Florence and the Machine on the lineup, were announced on Wednesday for Lollapalooza 2012, a three-day music festival held in Chicago, Illinois.
- Iran's Intelligence Ministry said on Thursday that it has uncovered a large and sophisticated Israeli-backed terrorists network that was planning attacks inside Iran.
- Partially Africanized bees have been found in Tennessee, according to genetic test results released there last week.
- The White House has been silent ahead of the 2012 election on an executive order proposed last year that would require federal contractors to publicly disclose their political contributions.
- The growing consensus among Republican National Committee superdelegates is that Romney will be the party's presidential nominee.
- Alcoa Inc., the U.S. aluminum giant, said Thursday it will reduce its annual total alumina production capacity by 2 percent this year, aimed at matching output with its plans to reduce smelter capacity amid global oversupply that has hurt prices.
- The NFL has released its preseason schedule for those games that will be nationally televised in 2012.
- Be assured that if a town near you had anything at all to do with the RMS Titanic, its passengers, or its crew, it will celebrate the 100th anniversary this April in a big way.
Ashley Judd To Be 2012 Democratic Convention Delegate: 10 Other Politically Active Celebrities [PHOTOS]Actress Ashley Judd was picked as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this summer, bringing some star power to the political event.
- Verizon Communications Inc, the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest and most reliable 3G network provider, is now aiming to offer an integrated video service for its wireless customers, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company has also announced to expand its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to more than 25 towns in Middle Tennessee outside of Nashville within next few weeks.
- The NFL released the order of picks for the 2012 NFL Draft, which is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated in recent history.