Kristoff St. John died, best Super Bowl ads and SOTU: Monday’s news

It’s Monday, Short Listers: In today’s news, fans are canceling Liam Neeson, the fate of Paul Manafort is in question and we’re recovering from the Super Bowl (food we ate last night).

But first: Moms-to-be are bringing music to baby’s ears – vaginally. “Babypod” plays music to your unborn baby through a musical tampon. But is it dangerous?

Liam Neeson’s ‘ashamed’ 

Actor Liam Neeson once sought revenge for a loved one’s rape by searching for a black person to kill, the actor said in a shocking interview. “I went up and down areas with a (nightstick), hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that,” Neeson told Britain’s The Independent. He went on to say he hoped some “black bastard” would come out of a pub “so that I could – kill him.” Neeson, now 66, looks back at the incident with shame and regret, but it’s safe to say movie fans are outraged.

A ‘Young and the Restless’ star dies

“Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John has passed away at 52. St. John, who had played the character Neil Winters since 1991 on the long-running CBS soap opera, was pronounced dead Sunday at a California home. He took leave from the show in 2017 for psychiatric treatment after a reported “mental health scare,” according to Entertainment Weekly. That was after the actor’s son died of an apparent suicide in 2014 while in a mental health facility. A cause of death has not yet been released.

We’re not done talking football

You might know the New England Patriots beat the Rams 13-3 on Sunday in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. That means Tom Brady’s now rocking six Super Bowl rings – more than any NFL player in history.

But let’s talk commercials: The night’s real winner was perhaps the NFL. The league’s “The 100-Year Game” commercial placed first in USA TODAY’s Ad Meter, the top Super Bowl ads as ranked by consumers. The NFL’s two-minute spot is packed with football legends including Tom Brady, Jim Brown and Peyton Manning. Can’t keep up with the cameos? Me neither. This frame-by-frame guide helps. 

Want to binge every Super Bowl ad again? We’ve got every commercial in the order it aired.

So that halftime show. Maroon 5 played it way safe, delivering a white-bread performance with zero surprises. Well, almost: A shirtless Adam Levine erupted a second ‘Nipplegate,’ and a SpongeBob SquarePants tribute left many feeling meh. So was it good overall? Twitter didn’t think so.

Real quick 

  • This drug that costs $375,000 was once free, and Bernie Sanders is asking why.
  • The CDC warns that children are brushing with so much toothpaste that it’s unhealthy. 
  • A Southwest flight turned around after a severe pressure issue caused one passenger’s ears to bleed.
  • The State of the Union address from President Donald Trump will finally take place Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST.

Global warming’s coming for food production, scientists say

A whopping two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2100 if global warming continues, scientists say in a new report. That catastrophic melt would disrupt the flow of Asian rivers, a crucial resource for crops for billions in China, India and other countries. Philippus Wester, a scientist behind the report, said global warming is on track “to transform the frigid, glacier-covered mountain peaks … to bare rocks in a little less than a century.”

Did Manafort lie (a lot)? Trump’s ex-campaign chief’s on trial

A federal judge on Monday heard arguments on whether President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief lied repeatedly to investigators in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The hearing for Paul Manafort took place behind closed doors, meaning we don’t have juicy updates (yet), but here’s the latest. In case you forgot: Manafort pleaded guilty in September to two conspiracy charges and faces up to five years in prison for each. The plea agreement was supposed to reduce this sentence in exchange for his cooperation, but prosecutors now contend that he failed to meet the terms. 

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