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Somehow, despite selling fewer than a million copies of her latest album, Madonna made it to the top of the Forbes 2013 top-earning celebs list. She has her tour to thank: It grossed $305 million. Merchandise sales, her clothing line and fragrance, and investments also helped get her to the No. 1 spot; Forbes estimates… READ MORE »


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A German woman who lost her arm in a shark attack died today, one week after she was bitten while snorkeling off Maui. Jana Lutteropp, 20, who had been on life support, died at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Lutteropp was snorkeling about 100 yards off Palauea Beach in Makena when the shark bit off her… READ MORE »


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A leading porn industry group called for a moratorium on filming, after discovering that one performer has tested positive for HIV. The Free Speech Coalition, an industry group, wouldn’t reveal the infected performer’s identity, but said it was working with Adult Production Health & Safety Services to treat other performers who might have been exposed,… READ MORE »


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Chris Christie may not have done much bill-signing on Friday, but the same can’t be said for today. The AP reports that the governor is set to sign a bill that will prevent licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teens straight. New Jersey will join California as the second state to outlaw “gay conversion therapy.” Christie has already… READ MORE »


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You know the whole hookup culture of casual sex that’s so prevalent on college campuses? Turns out, it’s not so prevalent. Or at least, no more prevalent than in an earlier generation, a new study suggests. The key stat: About one-third of college students have had more than one sexual partner in the last year—the… READ MORE »


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For years, Sanjay Gupta has been among the voices calling medical marijuana illegitimate, even writing a 2009 Time article entitled “Why I Would Vote No on Pot.” “Well, I am here to apologize,” the celebrity doctor writes today at CNN. Gupta has spent a lot of time researching pot for his new documentary “Weed,” and… READ MORE »


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It’s the day of bros bashing bros: President Obama has had a somewhat tortured relationship with Kanye West, at least as reported in the media. He memorably called the rapper a “jackass” in 2009, then later explained that he “liked” the “smart” and “talented” Kanye … though adding “he is a jackass.” Now Kanye’s name… READ MORE »


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Chris Brown has a new album coming out later this month, and he says that might be it for him in the music biz, reports the Huffington Post. “Don’t worry mainstream America,” he tweeted. “After this X album, it’ll probably my last album.” (Note the deft use of the “probably” qualifier while getting in a… READ MORE »


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Ariel Castro has been sentenced to life without parole for kidnapping and other charges related to the three women he held captive in his home for 10 years, the AP reports. Castro spoke at his sentencing hearing today, insisting that “these people are trying to paint me as a monster and I’m not a monster. READ MORE »


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Pope Francis continues to make news by making waves: for assuring the world that atheists can be good people, for blessing leather-clad Harley riders, and, now, for softening the church’s position on gay priests. With the ink barely dry on yet another big news moment (he racked up the No. 2 most-attended papal address on record yesterday), Pope Francis… READ MORE »


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And the offensive behavior continues: As adoring fans surrounded his Toronto hotel yesterday, Justin Bieber decided to grace them with his presence, heading out onto his balcony to snap the view on Instagram. Read more on Newser…READ MORE »


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Ariel Castro will spend the rest of his life in prison. The Cleveland man, accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade, has accepted a plea deal, reports the AP. He will plead guilty and be handed a sentence of life without parole plus 1,000 years in prison. The judge asked… READ MORE »


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Poor Snooki just can’t catch a break. The “Jersey Shore” star is not wanted in Florence, Hoboken, and now you can add one more locale to the list. Dozens of residents of New Jersey’s Berkeley Township took to the council meeting last night to protest Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s plan to shoot reality spin-off “Snooki and JWoww,” starring herself… READ MORE »


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Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas is dead at age 92, reports CNN. The word “trailblazing” is already in heavy use, as here in Politico’s early obituary, given that Thomas achieved so many firsts for female journalists—including becoming the first woman to serve as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association.  Read more on Newser…READ MORE »


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It’s tough to find a story any messier than this: In what it is calling an “exclusive,” The New York Daily News yesterday reported by way of a source that ex-Oasis frontman (and married man) Liam Gallagher fathered a 7-month-old love child with music reporter Liza Ghorbani. According to the article’s time stamp, The New York Post ran a… READ MORE »


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A pregnant New Mexico woman has survived a bolt from the blue to give birth to a bouncing baby girl. Kendra Villanueva and the baby’s father Ian Gordon were watching fireworks with friends on July Fourth when lightning struck both of them in the front yard of an Albuquerque home. Villanueva was just weeks from… READ MORE »


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As Rick Perry was waxing poetic over his political future yesterday, he refused to rule out a 2016 run for the White House, calling it “certainly … an option out there.” Today, Texas’ longest-serving governor said he “will not seek re-election” in 2014, reports the AP, during a gathering of friends and supporters he called to discuss “exciting… READ MORE »


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Two people have died, and 61 were injured in a plane crash at San Francisco airport today. The San Francisco Fire Department told CBS of the fatalities, and says the number of injured is expected to rise. Early reports say the tail of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 borke off as Flight 214 made a hard landing. READ MORE »



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