Here are seven stories from the "Nightly News" team that caught our attention as we get ready for tonight's broadcast.
1. Keith Richards: Rocker, Grandfather and Now ... Children’s Book Author
The legendary Rolling Stone collaborated with his 28-year-old daughter on the book which is titled “Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar.” Richards, who has just become a grandfather for the fifth time, dedicated this book to his own grandfather saying, “The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents, is unique and should be treasured … May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me.”
2. Explosion Levels Two Buildings In New York City
A huge blast rattled New York's Harlem neighborhood this morning, killing at least two people and injuring 22. Two five-story buildings collapsed in the explosion, and first responders are digging through the rubble for victims. Shortly beforehand, utility company Con Edison received a report about a strong gas odor.
3. Weather Whiplash: From 80 Degrees to Snow
Kansas City, Mo., may have enjoyed balmy 80 degree weather on Tuesday but it didn’t last for long. In the time span of just seven hours, a strong cold front had moved in, bringing thunderstorms, hail, and, eventually, snow. By 10 p.m., temperatures had plummeted to 34 degrees. But those in town for the Big 12 Championship shouldn’t worry: warmer weather is on the way.
4. Hasbro Wants You to Pick New Scrabble Words
Scrabble has not updated its dictionary in nearly a decade, leaving words like “selfie” and “photobomb” in the dust. We’ve all faced the frustration of not being able to play the latest jargon. Remember how President George W. Bush threw down “dignitude” in a 2000 “Saturday Night Live” skit? Now Hasbro, the game’s owner, has decided to let fans pick a new word that will be playable in both the online and board versions. Old rules still apply, though, and technically “selfie” is an acronym and banned from play.
5. Happy 25th Birthday, World Wide Web!
As the Internet turns 25, it’s clear consumer brands weren't always as tech savvy as they are today. Take a look at the original sites of some household names, including McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. The primitive websites are akin to the Stone Age of the Internet, but don’t judge them too harshly. After all, it was the 90s.
6. How to Make a Queen’s Guard Grin
Coaxing a smile out of a Queen’s Guard is no easy feat -- but for one man, a few jokes did the trick. In an undated YouTube video, the prankster, who is referred to as Yankel, claimed he and the London guard had known each other for “30 years” and went to school together in Kensington. While standing next to the guard, Yankel ribs him about his childhood. “His mother always picked him up from school -- he was just that type of guy -- until he was 20.” The guard loses his composure and cracks a smile, causing Yankel and his buddies (who were filming the whole thing), to squeal in triumph.
7. White House Still Giddy About 'Between Two Ferns'
The President’s appearance on Zach Galifianakis’ "Between Two Ferns" show on FunnyorDie.com went viral Tuesday and seems to have done exactly what the White House had intended. A White House spokesperson, Tara McGuiness, tweeted that FunnyorDie.com was the No. 1 source of referrals to HealthCare.gov on Tuesday.
First published March 12 2014, 10:16 AM