AVENGED SEVENFOLD STREAMING NEW ALBUM IN FULL AT iTUNES: Avenged Sevenfold's new album, Hail To The King, is now streaming online at iTunes in full, a week ahead of its release next Tuesday (August 27th). Singer M. Shadows wrote at the band's Facebook page, "We have been waiting to show you all our brand new album Hail To The King for far too long. It took us nine months of writing, recording and preparation so that we could put out an album we are all proud of from start to finish. Well I'm excited to announce that the wait is over. We have teamed up with our friends at iTunes to start streaming the full album right now until it's released on August 27. The stream is high quality and you can listen to the whole album as many times as you'd like. So plug in your best set of headphones and turn it up to 10."

 

NINE INCH NAILS UNVEILS NEW SONG: Nine Inch Nails has unveiled yet another new song from its upcoming eighth album, Hesitation Marks. The track, called "Everything," is said to be poppier than usual for the pioneering electronic/industrial act. It follows first single "Came Back Haunted" as well as the live and digital debuts of "Find My Way" and "Copy Of A." Hesitation Marks is due out September 3rd. Meanwhile, the band has also posted a slew of photos from rehearsals for its upcoming tour at Tumblr. You can check them out at http://tinyurl.com/kzxv2v2 and listen to "Everything" at http://tinyurl.com/l8xhk24 (Rolling Stone/Loudwire)

 

RARELY-SEEN NIRVANA VIDEO RELEASED: A rarely-seen director's cut of the Nirvana video for "Heart Shaped Box" has surfaced online. The clip will be contained on the 20th anniversary reissue of the band's final studio album, In Utero, due out on September 24th, Most of the changes in the Anton Corbijn-directed video take place during the third verse, with greater emphasis on an obese woman in a bodysuit and the creepy little girl in the white robe. (EW.com)

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the director's cut of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" video:

 

U.S. CONSIDERING WHETHER TO CUT OFF AID TO EGYPT: Top Obama administration officials met yesterday (August 20th) to review the possibility of cutting off America's $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt -- most of it going to the military -- in the wake of the military's deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The administration is caught between wanting to continue the aid to maintain ties with Egypt's government and keep our influence in the region, with interests such as cooperation on fighting terrorism, passage for U.S. warships though the Suez Canal and the 1979 Egypt-Israeli peace treaty at stake. However, the administration also doesn't want to appear to be condoning the crackdown. Undermining the threat of cutting off aid, however, are the pledges from wealthy Arab states like Saudi Arabia to provide money to Egypt's new military-backed leadership.

TEENS CHARGED FOR MUDER COMMITTED OUT OF BOREDOM: Three Oklahoma teenagers have been charged in the killing of a 22-year-old Australian college baseball player attending school in the U.S., a murder one of the teens said they carried out for fun because they were bored. Prosecutor Jason Hicks said the teens chose Christopher Lane at random after they saw him jogging down the street, shooting him once in the back of the head. Hicks charged 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna and 15-year-old James Francis Edwards, Jr. with first-degree murder and they will be tried as adults. Seventeen-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. Hicks said Luna was sitting in the back seat of a car being driver by Jones, with Edwards in the passenger seat, when he pulled the trigger. Former Australia deputy prime minister Tim Fischer asked Australians to avoid the U.S. as a way to force action from Congress on gun control, saying, "Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice."

GEORGIA 20-YEAR-OLD CHARGED IN SCHOOL SHOOTING: A 20-year-old Georgia man entered an Decatur elementary school Tuesday (August 20th) with an assault rifle and other weapons and exchanged gunfire with police before surrendering. No one was injured. Police had no motive for the assault on the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy by the suspect, Michael Brandon Hill, who police believe may have gotten into the school, which buzzes visitors in, by slipping in behind someone else. Although he lives about three miles away, Hill, who held one or two employees hostage for a brief time, has no clear connection to the school. He is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

STATE DEPT. OFFICIALS CLEARED IN BENGHAZI CASE: Officials announced yesterday (August 20th) that four State Department officials have been cleared of security failures that led to last year's attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. The State Department said that a review found there was no breach of duty by the officials, who held senior positions at the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Bureau of Near East Affairs and have been on paid administrative leave. They will be reassigned to new jobs, and the State Department isn't investigating any other employees. A review out last December by the independent Benghazi Accountability Review Board singled out the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Bureau of Near East Affairs for lacking cooperation and being confused over protection at the Benghazi diplomatic post.

PROSECUTION RESTS IN FORT HOOD ATTACK TRIAL: Military prosecutors rested their case after 11 days Tuesday (August 20th) against Major Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people during a November 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, and wounding more than 30. Hasan, who is representing himself, could began his case today, but it's unclear whether he will do anything to mount a defense. So far, he has questioned only three witnesses and raised few objections, and the attorneys assigned to assist him have contended Hasan wants to be convicted and executed so he can be an Islamist martyr. Hasan was left paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair after being shot by officers responding to the attack.

SENTENCING HEARING BEGINS FOR BALES, WHO MASSACRED 16 AFGHAN CIVILIANS: The sentencing hearing began yesterday (August 20th) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, who killed 16 Afghan civilians during pre-dawn raids on two village in March 2012. An Afghan farmer who was shot during the massacre was among those who testified, speaking through an interpreter as he cursed Bales and spoke about that night and the injuries he suffered. Seven Afghans in all testified, four who were injured and three who were relatives of the dead or wounded. Prosecutor Lieutenant Colonel Jay Morse told the six jurors that the 39-year-old Bales felt, quote, "inadequate as a soldier and as a man" when he carried out the attack, at a time when he was under heavy personal, professional and financial stress, and that he'd also spoke about wanting revenge after a fellow soldier had lost his leg a week earlier when he stepped on a roadside bomb. The jury must decide whether to sentence Bales, who pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, to life in prison with the possibility of parole or without it.

MANNING'S SENTENCE TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY: The military judge presiding over Private Bradley Manning's court martial will hand down his sentence today (August 21st), saying Tuesday, "At 10 a.m. tomorrow I will announce the sentence." Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks in 2010, while he was an intelligence analyst in Iraq. Prosecutors have asked for at least a 60-year prison term, while the defense has suggested that Manning be given no more than 25 years. Manning was found guilty last month of most of the charges against him, including six counts of espionage, but was acquitted of the most serious count of aiding the enemy.

BEST-SELLING CRIME NOVELIST ELMORE LEONARD DEAD AT 87: Crime novelist Elmore Leonard, whose books have been best-sellers since the 1980s, some of which have been turned into successful movies, died Tuesday morning (August 20th) from complications of a stroke. He was 87. Leonard wrote more than 40 novels in his career, which began with him writing Westerns in the 1950s and '60s, including 3:10 to Yuma, and then turned to crime stories after the Western genre died. His biggest success and critical acclaim didn't came until after he turned 60, including being awarded an honorary National Board Award last year. Some of Leonard's novels were turned into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown, which was based on his book, Rum Punch.

TESLA'S MODEL S GETS BEST CRASH RESULTS EVER: Crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that not only is the electric Chevy Volt environmentally correct, it can run circles around other cars on safety. The car got five stars in the NHTSA crash tests, a number most new cars and trucks get in frontal crash protection. However ,the Volt got five stars in all the tests, including front, side impact, pole and rollover prevention. And when the frontal, side and rollover test scores were combined, they were higher than those of any car ever crashed before by the NHTSA. Tesla chairman and co-founder Elon Musk wasn't surprised by the results, which he says reflects the company's strategy that as a startup selling electric cars, it's couldn't afford to get worse results. Musk told Yahoo! Autos that safety, quote, "was our Number One priority."

BEST-SELLING CRIME NOVELIST ELMORE LEONARD DEAD AT 87: Crime novelist Elmore Leonard, whose books have been best-sellers since the 1980s, some of which have been turned into successful movies, died Tuesday morning (August 20th) from complications of a stroke. He was 87. Leonard wrote more than 40 novels in his career, which began with him writing Westerns in the 1950s and '60s, including 3:10 to Yuma, and then turned to crime stories after the Western genre died. His biggest success and critical acclaim didn't came until after he turned 60, including being awarded an honorary National Board Award last year. Some of Leonard's novels were turned into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown, which was based on his book, Rum Punch.

TESLA'S MODEL S GETS BEST CRASH RESULTS EVER: Crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that not only is the electric Chevy Volt environmentally correct, it can run circles around other cars on safety. The car got five stars in the NHTSA crash tests, a number most new cars and trucks get in frontal crash protection. However ,the Volt got five stars in all the tests, including front, side impact, pole and rollover prevention. And when the frontal, side and rollover test scores were combined, they were higher than those of any car ever crashed before by the NHTSA. Tesla chairman and co-founder Elon Musk wasn't surprised by the results, which he says reflects the company's strategy that as a startup selling electric cars, it's couldn't afford to get worse results. Musk told Yahoo! Autos that safety, quote, "was our Number One priority."

DOUBLE STUF OREOS FOUND TO NOT REALLY HAVE DOUBLE THE CRÈME FILLING: http://tinyurl.com/kuqeyfu