Watch to the end to get a peek at Vision+ READ ARTICLE
We’re under two months away from the Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s May 1 premiere, and Marvel has a load of new material in its latest trailer.
In the promo released today, fans get their first peek at new superhero Vision, who appears at the very end of the trailer. The superhero will be played by Paul Bettany, who also voices Tony Stark’s electronic servant Jarvis in the Iron Man films.
And while we all knew Ultron wanted to destroy all of mankind, we now know that his plan is to “tear them apart, from the inside.” It looks like Ultron just might succeed. Okay, maybe not succeed, but at one point the Hulk and Iron Man will try to rip each other to shreds.
But it’s not all bitter blood within the Avengers clan: Black Widow and Bruce Banner get pretty cozy in one shot.
Snow, ice, and rain are set to hit parts of the Midwest, South, and East Coast this week. But the winter storm also signals, hopefully, the end of a record-breaking winter.
Watch #KnowRightNow to see what kind of weather you can expect this week, and read more here.
Prosecutors cannot disprove that the officer who shot Michael Brown "feared for his safety”+ READ ARTICLE
The Department of Justice has cleared Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., of committing civil rights violations in the August confrontation that sparked sometimes violent local and national protests.
A separate report from the Justice Department did find, however, that the Ferguson Police Department was in frequent violation of several provisions of the Constitution.
The report, one of two released on Wednesday, broadly corroborates Wilson’s account of what happened in the St. Louis suburb on Aug.9. The officer said he spotted Brown and a friend walking in the middle of the street. Wilson told prosecutors and investigators he suspected the pair in the theft of cigarillos from a nearby convenience store, and called for backup before pulling to a stop near them.
The officer and some witnesses said Brown reached into Wilson’s police car to punch and grab him. Even though other witnesses stated that Wilson had reached out of his vehicle to grab Brown by the neck, prosecutors said their accounts were “inconsistent with physical and forensic evidence.”
Wilson said he took out his weapon while still in his vehicle and shot Brown in the hand as the teenager attempted to gain control of the gun. The report found “no credible evidence to disprove Wilson’s account” of what happened inside the vehicle.
Brown then ran away and Wilson gave chase, the report said. Autopsy results found that Brown had not been shot in the back as he was running away, as some witnesses reported. Instead, the report found, Brown was approaching Wilson in a manner that “appeared to pose a physical threat” when he was shot. The shooting death led to weeks of often-violent protests in the city.
Witnesses said that “Wilson fired at Brown in what appeared to be self-defense and stopped firing once Brown fell to the ground.” Though a number of witnesses claimed Brown held his hands up in a surrender position before Wilson fired, the report found that they were not credible.
“Some of those accounts are inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence; some of those accounts are materially inconsistent with that witnesses’ own prior statements with no explanation,” the Wilson report concluded. A state grand jury declined to indict Wilson in November; he resigned from the Ferguson Police Department that same month.
A separate Justice Department investigation opened after Brown’s shooting has found routine patterns and practices of racism in Ferguson, including the excessive use of force and unjustified arrests.
“Our investigation showed that Ferguson police officers routinely violate the Fourth Amendment in stopping people without reasonable suspicion, arresting them without probable cause, and using unreasonable force against them,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement accompanying the release of the reports. “Now that our investigation has reached its conclusion, it is time for Ferguson’s leaders to take immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action.”
Brown’s parents said they were “saddened” by the decision to clear Wilson, but said they were encouraged by the DOJ’s findings about the Ferguson police. “It is our hope that through this action, true change will come not only in Ferguson, but around the country,” Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr. said in a statement. “If that change happens, our son’s death will not have been in vain.”
An earlier federal ruling overturned the gay marriage ban in Alabama+ READ ARTICLE
The Alabama Supreme Court ordered state judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying that the state’s bans on gay marriage is legal under state law, despite a federal court ruling to the contrary.
Watch Know Right Now to find out more, and read more here.
Mutants meet twee.+ READ ARTICLE
Have you ever found yourself wondering what it would look like if the X-Men trained at Royal Tenenbaum’s Harlem mansion? Or if Max Fischer was expelled from Rushmore and enrolled in Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters? Have you secretly hoped that Wes Anderson would take the reins of The Avengers franchise? Then this video is for you.
Patrick Willems just debuted a new fan film on his YouTube channel, and it attempts to answer the burning question on every Grand Budapest Hotel fan’s lips: What would it be like if Wes Anderson directed an X-Men movie? (That’s the question, because we already know what it would look like if Anderson directed Star Wars.)
The result is a very symmetrical, red-and-gold-filled film that plunks the Marvel mutants into a world of privileged prodigies with poor social skills. In short, it’s pretty great, if a little rough around the edges.
(h/t Bleeding Cool)
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Benjamin Netanyahu is "the leader they wished they had"+ READ ARTICLE
Jon Stewart poked fun at congressional Republicans’ very warm welcome of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, comparing it to a certain lewd sex act.
Netanyahu was speaking against the emerging nuclear deal President Obama is pursuing with Iran. Cheers from the majority-Republican Congress were so loud that they actually caused problems for C-SPAN’s sound equipment.
“It was the State of the Union address Republicans wanted, delivered by the leader they wished they had,” Stewart joked on The Daily Show.
Watch the full clip below:
Storm will move from Kentucky to New York City+ READ ARTICLE
Around 47 million Americans were under a severe weather watch Wednesday as a winter storm threatened to pelt Kentucky, the Ohio Valley and southern Plains with ice and record-setting snow before moving toward New York City and Washington, D.C.
Heavy rain was forecast to freeze as what is expected to be the last major system of the winter moved toward the East Coast after pounding the Rockies and northern Texas on Tuesday.
In Kentucky, rain heavy enough to cause flooding was expected to turn into snowfall of up to 10 inches late Wednesday — five times the average March snow for Louisville and just short of the all-time March record of 12 inches…
TBS has released a preview of the late-night host's special from Cuba+ READ ARTICLE
Conan O’Brien’s much-hyped visit to Cuba airs on Wednesday at 11 p.m., and TBS has released a sneak peek.
In the clip, the TV funnyman dances with locals, sings karaoke, visits shops and chats with the “Cuban Andy.”
O’Brien visited the country in mid-February, becoming the first late-night host in more than 50 years to film a show in the country. The last time an American late-show visited Cuba was in 1959, when the Tonight Show‘s Jack Paar interviewed Fidel Castro.