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Heidi Klum And Seal’s Divorce Gets Ugly

Heidi Klum’s divorce from Seal seemed so very drama-free … at first. Now things are getting ugly, according to a report in Star magazine. First, Seal contested Heidi twice—first he fought her request for primary physical custody of their kids (he wants equal time), then he said she was wrong when she claimed no joint…

By: Newser / August 29, 2012

Doritos Taco Is Taco Bell’s Biggest Hit Ever

You may have scoffed when Taco Bell unveiled its Doritos Locos Taco—a taco wrapped in a Nacho Cheese Doritos-flavored shell—but the masses apparently love it, because it’s become Taco Bell’s most successful launch ever. More than 200 million have been sold since March, leading to a much-needed boost in revenue for the fast food chain.

By: Newser / August 28, 2012

How Maude Apatow Became A Twitter Celebrity By 14

Maude Apatow is just 14 years old, and though she’s appeared in some of her dad Judd’s movies, she’s not exactly a child star. She’s more focused on starting high school than starting a career—”It’ll be OK,” she predicts in a New York Times profile. “Hopefully.” But Maude’s observations on life as an adolescent speak to many,…

By: Newser / August 27, 2012

Full-Frontal Nudity On TV Up 6,300 Percent

TV has gotten a whole lot racier, according to a report by the Parents Television Council. It found that instances of full-frontal nudity jumped 6,300% last year, from just one instance in the 2010-2011 television season to 64 last year. “Full nudity” also ratcheted up 407%, to 76 instances from 15. The council reviewed programming…

By: Newser / August 25, 2012

Lance Armstrong To Be Stripped Of Tour De France Titles

The US Anti-Doping Agency has announced it will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him from the sport for life for doping. The announcement comes after Armstrong dropped further challenges to USADA accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the premier bike race from 1999 to 2005, report…

By: Newser / August 24, 2012

Coroner Alters Natalie Wood’s Death Certificate

Natalie Wood’s death certificate now gives the cause of death as “drowning and other undetermined factors” instead of merely “drowning,” according to a copy obtained by the AP. The amended document now also states that it is “not clearly established” how the actress ended up in waters off Southern California after a night on a boat…

By: Newser / August 22, 2012

Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Skip “Twilight” Events

It’s too painful for them to be together, so Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have bailed on four remaining official Twilight conventions. The massive fan confabs are a major way for the stars to promote theirTwilight films. Fans were hoping at least one of the two would turn up at the conventions, to be held in the next…

By: Newser / August 20, 2012

Sorry, Guys, Girls Can Write for Tech Blogs, Too

Molly Oswaks is one of two female writers at the tech blog Gizmodo, and you’ll get a pretty good sense of how that goes over among male commenters with her post headlined, “Your Nasty, Nerdy Sexism Isn’t Cute.” Based on the feedback she’s gotten, Oswaks is compelled to break the news that technology is not…

By: Newser / August 18, 2012

Katie Holmes Spends $14K On … Lingerie

Katie Holmes is indulging in some hardcore retail therapy following her split from Tom Cruise—and the “closet’s worth” of new clothes she has reportedly purchased includes $14,200 worth of lingerie, Australia’s News Network reports by way of the National Enquirer. “She also bought 15 pairs of pricey Christian Louboutin shoes and went on a tear at Barneys New…

By: Newser / August 17, 2012

Ron Paul Supporter Hawking RomneyRyan.com

Surf over to RomneyRyan.com, and you’ll pretty quickly realize that it’s not a Romney campaign site. It features a link to Romney’s tax returns, a link to a list of his top contributors, and the message, “This site, much like Mitt Romney himself, is for sale to the highest bidder.” That last bit is the…

By: Newser / August 16, 2012

How Justin Theroux Asked Jennifer Aniston To Marry Him

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux took a private jet to New York City for his birthday celebration, and sat side-by-side at Manhattan’s Blue Hill restaurant looking “like a long-term couple in love,” a source tells People. Then Theroux—who had been “dying” to propose—whipped out an eight-carat diamond ring, reports the Daily Mail. “It’s a huge emerald-cut diamond. It’…

By: Newser / August 15, 2012

George Zimmerman Nearly Broke, Wants Floridians To Foot His Bill

George Zimmerman is almost out of money—so his lawyer is about to ask the public to foot the bill for his trial. “He really has to live as a hermit, unfortunately,” says lawyer Mark O’Mara. “He’s not doing well. He’s getting by.” His legal defense fund is down to $50,000, he has $20,000 in unpaid bills, and…

By: Newser / August 14, 2012

Ayn Rand Wouldn’t Love Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan adores Atlas Shrugged author Ayn Rand, calling her “the reason I got involved in public service.” But the feeling wouldn’t be mutual, writes Conor Friedersdorf in the Atlantic. First off, the very idea of “public service” is pretty un-Randian: She calls the notion of the “public interest” inherently unfair. And taking a look…

By: Newser / August 13, 2012

Stomach Sleepers Have Sexier Dreams

Snoozing on your stomach may increase dreams about sex, says a new study. Hong Kong researchers surveyed 670 students, collecting data about sleep postures and dream content and found that stomach sleepers reported more erotic dreams than anyone else. They also described more feelings of “persecution,” “being tied up,” and “being locked up,” reports the…

By: Newser / August 12, 2012

Humorist David Rakoff Dead At 47

David Rakoff, longtime contributor to This American Life, essayist adored for his cynical point of view, and beloved voice for the gay and Jewish communities, died of cancer yesterday at 47, reports the Huffington Post. Some tributes:

Margalit Fox, New York Times: Rakoff was a “was a social anthropologist of postmodern life” who…

By: Newser / August 10, 2012

Louisiana School Says They’ll Stop Kicking Out Pregnant Girls

A Louisiana school that has received some pretty outraged press in recent days over its unusual pregnancy policy—students who were suspected of being pregnant were forced to take a pregnancy test, and those who refused or were, indeed, with child were kicked out—is changing said policy. Pregnant students will no longer have to be home-schooled,…

By: Newser / August 9, 2012

Randy Travis Nude When Arrested For DWI, Threatened To Shoot Cops

Country crooner Randy Travis is having a bad year: He was arrested last night on suspicion of drunk driving, and it’s his second arrest since February (when he was busted for allegedly getting drunk in front of a Baptist church after a fight with his girlfriend). This time around, Travis was busted in Texas after…

By: Newser / August 8, 2012

Gay? Check The Pupils

Scientists have a new way of investigating a subject’s sexuality: It’s all in the eyes, they say. Instead of using invasive methods—such as a band around the penis—to determine sexual response, researchers at Cornell simply measured the dilation of subjects’ pupils in response to erotic videos, using an infrared lens. The scientists say it could…

By: Newser / August 7, 2012

Robert Pattinson Accuses Kristen Stewart Of Having 2nd Affair

he Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart saga just gets messier, at least by Radar’s reporting. The gossip site now says that Pattinson, who reportedly fled to Reese Witherspoon’s side after news of Stewart’s dalliance broke, is accusing Stewart of having an affair with the man she fled to: Giovanni Agnelli. She has apparently been staying at the producer’s home (he worked…

By: Newser / August 6, 2012

Suri Heading to New $40K “World” School

Suri Cruise isn’t going to be a Catholic school girl after all. She’s about to book it to a new institution of learning, the for-profit $40,000-a-year Avenues World School that overlooks the High Line park in Chelsea, just blocks from Suri and Katie Holmes’ Manhattan home. The ultra-tony 215,000-square-foot school opens this fall for the first time. It’s going…

By: Newser / August 5, 2012

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