KTTH Morning Update – May 19, 2014

By Neal McNamara | May 19, 2014

Suit Says Led Zeppelin Stole Stairway to Heaven: The band Spirit is preparing to sue Led Zeppelin because they say the British hard rockers stole parts of the song “Taurus” and used them in “Stairway to Heaven.” Spirit wants to block the release of an upcoming reissue of Led Zeppelin IV, which features “Stairway.” Led Zeppelin has been sued before for stealing songs like “Dazed and Confused” and “The Lemon Song,” which were originally written and performed by black American blues musicians.  You can listen to the song “Taurus” in the video above.

Gay Judge to Rule on Gay Marriage in Oregon: At noon on Monday, an openly gay federal judge will release an opinion that will determine whether gays can marry in Oregon. Oregon’s voters approved a same-sex marriage ban several years ago, but four gay couples sued to overturn the ban. President Barack Obama appointed the openly gay judge, Michael McShane, in 2012 after his reelection.

Hitting Chinese Hackers: The U.S. government has indicted five Chinese military officials on charges that they hacked into the computers of U.S. businesses and stole trade secrets.  The Justice Department has identified their targets as “state-sponsored,” and said that the hackers were employed by the Chinese government while they stole secrets from U.S. businesses.

Very Bad Poll for Dems: A Politico poll asking likely voters who they would vote for – Democrat or Republican – if Election Day were today overwhelmingly chose Republican. According to the poll, 41 percent said they would vote GOP, while just 34 percent would vote Democrat. But, 25 percent were undecided. And, the poll found Obama’s job approval rating at an awful 40 percent.

9/11 Museum Includes Gift Shop: Some are outraged over a “crass” gift shop attached to the 9/11 memorial and museum, which was recently completed on the site in lower Manhattan where the Twin Towers once stood. The gift shop sells items like Pandora bracelets, FDNY-branded dog clothing, silk scarves, and other boutique items. The operators of the memorial claim they need the gift shop to generate extra revenue to keep the site open.

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