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Suspicious Letter To President Obama Intercepted

A letter containing a “suspicious substance” was sent to President Obama and intercepted at the White House’s off-site mail center, according to the Secret Service. It arrived yesterday, the same day as a letter addressed to a Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for ricin, CNN reports. A second letter sent to the US Senate ha…

By: Newser / April 17, 2013

And Now We Have Breast Milk Jewelry

Strands from baby’s first haircut. The first tooth. Tiny footprints sunk into clay. Some parents even tuck away the dried stump of the umbilical cord or the stick pregnancy test as a touching memento marking the milestones of their kids. The latest? Breast milk jewelry, on sale at the handmade marketplace Etsy. Few issues polarize…

By: Newser / April 11, 2013

Annette Funicello Dead At 70

Annette Funicello, who shot to fame at age 12 as a Disney Mouseketeer, has died from complications of multiple sclerosis at age 70, her family confirms to Extra. Funicello parlayed her Disney fame into a successful singing and acting career perhaps most noted for her “Beach Party” movies with Frankie Avalon in the 1960s. “You…

By: Newser / April 8, 2013

Facebook Unveils ‘Home’ For Phones

The “Facebook phone” is here and, as expected, it is not a phone built by Facebook. Instead, the company unveiled “Facebook Home,” a download that converts an Android phone into a Facebook-centric device, reports CNET. It will be available on a limited basis April 12 at the Google Play store. That’s the same day HTC is rolling…

By: Newser / April 4, 2013

Michelle Obama: “Barack Is a Sex Symbol”

Michelle Obama was on “Entertainment Tonight” last night—so, needless to say, the interview covered such hard-hitting topics as her husband’s “swag” and her bangs, Mediaite reports. Asked what it’s like to be married to a “sex symbol,” Obama replied of her husband, “He’s got a little swag, you know. That’s OK. I mean, I’m proud of him.

By: Newser / April 3, 2013

Judge Won’t Grant ‘Pregnant Man’ Thomas Beatie A Divorce

Welcome to the world’s most confusing divorce case. A judge in Arizona today declined to grant a divorce to Thomas Beatie, who attained minor celebrity status as the “pregnant man” a few years back and gave birth to three children. Beatie, who was born a woman but identifies as a man, married wife Nancy in Hawaii…

By: Newser / March 30, 2013

Kirsten Dunst Thought That Kissing Brad Pitt Was “Disgusting”

If you’ve spent much of your life jealous of Kirsten Dunst for getting to kiss Brad Pitt in Interview With the Vampire, this may make you feel better: She didn’t actually enjoy it. In a recent interview about her new movie,Upside Down, she revealed to Bullett magazine that she, as an 11-year-old, found the whole thing pretty gross. “He had…

By: Newser / March 29, 2013

‘Double Jeopardy’ Could Block Amanda Knox Extradition

Amanda Knox won’t be going back to Italy for her new murder trial, but if she is found guilty in absentia and appeals fail, she could be facing a mammoth legal battle at home in the US. If Italy seeks her extradition, American courts will have to decide whether the constitutional ban on “double jeopardy”—being tried…

By: Newser / March 27, 2013

Isla Fisher On What It’s Like To Be Married To Sacha Baron Cohen

As you probably suspected, a marriage to Sacha Baron Cohen is not the same as your typical, run-of-the-mill union. “It’s definitely not a normal relationship,” his wife, actress Isla Fisher, tells California Style magazine in an interview picked up by Australia’s News Network. “There have been times in the past with the guerrilla style filmmaking of Borat and Bruno where there were surreal conversations:…

By: Newser / March 26, 2013

Woman Loses Teeth Due To Very Strong Tea

Tea: It’s good for you, but only if you don’t drink too much of it. And by “too much of it,” we mean a pitcher made with 100 to 150 tea bags. That’s how much a Detroit woman drank each day, and doctors eventually realized that her years of back, arm, leg, and hip pai…

By: Newser / March 23, 2013

Voice Of Elmo Sued Over Meth-Fueled Sex Parties

The original ‘voice of Elmo’ accuser, Sheldon Stephens, has now officially sued Kevin Clash, alleging the former Sesame Street puppeteer lured him into a sexual relationship when he was underage. Stephens, who originally recanted his claims of sex abuse only to recant his recant amid reports that Clash had paid him off, says Clash had…

By: Newser / March 20, 2013

Teen Testifies That He Recorded Some Of The Steubenville Rape

A teenager testified in the Steubenville rape trial today that he’d personally witnessed defendant Trent Mays put his fingers inside the victim’s vagina as they drove from one party to another, and even recorded it on his cellphone—though he says he deleted the video the next morning, realizing he’d done “something stupid and wrong.” The…

By: Newser / March 15, 2013

Kris Humphries Had To Re-Shoot Marriage Proposal

Shocker: Some of the stuff you saw on Kim Kardashian’s reality show may not have actually been true to life. Case in point: Court documents obtained by Life & Style reveal that when Kris Humphries proposed to Kim, she made him do it all over again so they could re-shoot the scene; seems she didn’t like her…

By: Newser / March 14, 2013

Twinkies Should Return To Shelves By Summer

Looks like Twinkies have a new owner—and if all goes according to plan, the classic snack could be back in stores within months. Hostess has canceled today’s auction for its brands and facilities and will sell them to Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co., investment firms that bid $410 million. As of Monday’s bidding…

By: Newser / March 13, 2013

Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea For James Holmes

After James Holmes’ attorneys said he was not ready to enter a plea this morning, the judge did it for him—not guilty on 166 counts, including the murder of 12 people in an Aurora movie theater last July and attempting to kill 70 others, reports the Denver Post. The move lets Holmes keep the optio…

By: Newser / March 12, 2013

Why Bill Clinton Wants To Put An End To DOMA

The Supreme Court is preparing to take up the Defense of Marriage Act—and the very president who signed it is urging justices to strike it down. DOMA came at “a very different time” in US history, writes Bill Clinton in a Washington Post editorial. No state recognized same-sex marriage, and just 81 of 535 member…

By: Newser / March 8, 2013

Mom Offers $500 Reward To Anyone Who Finds Her Daughter A Job

A mother in Southern California is on a one-woman mission to get her daughter a job. Linda Smith took to holding up a sign at a busy intersection in Menifee on Friday, offering $500 to anyone who takes her daughter’s resume and gets her employed, reports the Press-Enterprise.

“I’m offering $500 cash the…

By: Newser / March 7, 2013

Model Sues Over “Mad Men”‘s Use Of 50-Year-Old Photo

Gita Hall May, a model and actress in the 1950s and 1960s, says “Mad Men” used her image in its title sequence without her permission, and now she’s suing Lionsgate. May, who was known as just Gita Hall when the photograph was taken by Richard Avedon more than 50 years ago, is now 79. She say…

By: Newser / March 5, 2013

Congress Passes The Violence Against Women Act

House Republicans raised the white flag Thursday on extending domestic violence protections to gays, lesbians and transsexuals after months of resisting an expansion of the Violence Against Women Act.

GOP leaders, who had tried to limit the bill before last November’s election, gave the go-ahead for the House to accept a more ambitiou…

By: Newser / February 28, 2013

Coming Soon: “Downton Abbey”‘s First Black Character

“Downton Abbey” is delving right into 1920s race relations, according to the Sun, and for the first time, the show is casting a black character. In notes to casting agents, producers say Jack Ross will be “a musician at an exclusive club in the ’20s.” Aged 25 to 30, “he’s black and very handsome. A real ma…

By: Newser / February 26, 2013

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