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Federal Court Rules DOMA Is Unconstitutional

A federal law that denies a host of benefits to gay married couples is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled today. The 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, discriminates against gay couples. The court agreed…

Newser / May 31, 2012

Mary-Kate Olsen Is Dating Nicolas Sarkozy’s Half-Brother

Mary-Kate Olsen’s latest companion just so happens to be the half-brother of recently unemployed French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Olivier Sarkozy, 42, is managing director of the Carlyle Group and has been dating 25-year-old Olsen about one month, the New York Post reports. The couple is “head over heels,” apparently, and spent Memorial Day weekend together…

Newser / May 30, 2012

Kim Kardashian To Rihanna: Stay Away From Kanye West

The Kim Kardashian-Kanye West publicity stunt—er, relationship—lives on: A jealous Kim has now banned all other women from hanging around her man. “Kim is incredibly protective of Kanye and doesn’t want any women near him unless she is there—even his friends,” a source tells the Sun. Rihanna, who has joined Kanye and Jay-Z on stage, “wasn’t eve…

Newser / May 29, 2012

Michelle Obama Would Love To Be Beyonce

Who would Michelle Obama be if she could be someone else? Beyoncé. Just one problem: The first lady can’t sing. “Gosh, if I had some gift, I’d be Beyoncé. I’d be some great singer,” she reveals in an interview with People magazine set to hit newsstands today. “The power of music, being able to…

Newser / May 25, 2012

C-Section Births Tied To Obesity

Caesarian sections are on the rise in the United States, but a new study out yesterday indicates that the surgical birth method may have an unexpected consequence. It found that babies born by C-section are twice as likely to be obese by age three, reports the Washington Post. Researchers reviewing the records of 1,255 mothers and…

Newser / May 24, 2012

Track Star Lolo Jones Says Staying A Virgin Is Tougher Than Olympics

HBO’s “Real Sports” puts the focus on US track Olympian Lolo Jones this week, and the teaser it released today is certainly doing the trick of drawing attention. In it, the 29-year-old explains that she intends to remain a virgin until marriage because it’s a “gift I want to give my husband,” notes People. Read more…

Newser / May 23, 2012

Wear This Mask And Control Your Dreams?

Ever wished you could to go bed and dream about exactly what you want? The two 30-year-old inventors behind the Remee sleep mask say you can. Here’s how it supposedly works: The $95 mask contains six red LED lights that are apparently bright enough to grab your brain’s attention while you slumber, yet dim enough…

Newser / May 22, 2012

Will Smith Slaps Kissy Reporter

Don’t get fresh with the former Prince of Bel-Air: Will Smith slapped an overly affectionate Ukrainian reporter who kissed him at the Moscow premiere of Men in Black 3, reports E! Online. Smith took the smooches in good humor when they began, but soon pushed the reporter away. “What the hell is your problem, buddy?” Smith asked…

Newser / May 21, 2012

Yoga’s Mental Benefits? Maybe None.

Bad news for those of you who assumed yoga was curing all that ails you: A new study found no evidence that yoga’s mental effects benefit the body. The good news is that yoga does help to relieve lower back pain, the Wall Street Journal reports. However, stretching was found to be equally as effective…

Newser / May 19, 2012

Charlize Theron Had No Teeth Until Age 11

Charlize Theron, apparently, actually sat down for an interview with British tabloid the Sun, where she dropped this odd tidbit: “I had no teeth until I was 11.”
She explains that, due to a heavy regimen of antibiotics for jaundice as a child, her teeth “rotted” and had to be removed, leaving her with “fangs.&#8221…

Newser / May 18, 2012

Donna Summer Dead At 63

Disco queen Donna Summer died this morning at 63, TMZ reports. Sources say the singer of such classics as “Last Dance” and “Hot Stuff” died in Florida after battling cancer. Read more …

Newser / May 17, 2012

Billy Bob Thornton: How I “Blew” My Marriage to Angelina Jolie

Billy Bob Thornton takes the blame for the failure of his marriage to Angelina Jolie in a new “Nightline” interview. “I blew it because I didn’t think I was good enough for her. She has one way she wanted to live her life and I had another way to live mine and I was just…

Newser / May 16, 2012

2011’s Most Popular Baby Names: Credit Kardashians?

Jacob continues to dominate in the land of boy baby names, taking the No. 1 spot for the 13th year in a row. But there’s a new winner in the female category: After twoyears atop the list, Isabella has now been replaced by Sophia. Isabella was downgraded to second place, followed by Emma (which wa…

Newser / May 14, 2012

6 Spa Treatments For The Freaky Rich

Facials, mani-pedis, and massages are so passé for the insanely rich—or the insane and rich, Cracked reports. Here’s the new normal among bizarre spa treatments:
A plant farm in northern Israel offers the full-body snake massage for $70. Bigger snakes will knead the belly or back while smaller ones wiggle around your face. (Time offer…

Newser / May 13, 2012

Reese Witherspoon’s Dad A Bigamist?

Reese Witherspoon’s mom is suing her husband for bigamy, claiming they are still married and that he may not even remember marrying a second woman in January. Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Witherspoon has been married to John Draper Witherspoon for 42 years, but says they began living separately in 1996 due to his issues with alcohol,…

Newser / May 11, 2012

10 Jobs For The Celebrity-Obsessed

If your goal in life is to work with George Clooney, but you have zero acting ability, consider these 10 career paths. Any one of them could eventually get you in the proximity of a celebrity, LiveScience notes.
Nanny: Someone has to take care of Brangelina’s six kids. Read more …

Newser / May 9, 2012

Revealed: Why Marilyn Monroe Posed Nude

A new memoir reveals that it was simple jealousy of Elizabeth Taylor that spurred Marilyn Monroe to pose nude. Monroe agreed to be naked while exiting a swimming pool during a photo shoot, as long as Taylor did not appear in any magazines running the images, reports Vanity Fair, which is publishing the images in this month&#8217…

Newser / May 6, 2012

Patrick Dempsey Pulls Teen From Flipped Car

Take that, Ryan Gosling. “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey played the hero himself by pulling an injured teen from a flipped car, reports TMZ. The young driver apparently lost control of his Mustang and flipped it multiple times before landing in the actor’s front yard in Malibu. McDreamy rushed out with a crowbar and pried…

Newser / April 30, 2012

The 13 Most Worthless Majors

Hey, college students: If your life plans include getting an actual job, you may want to avoid the stars of the Daily Beast’s “most useless” majors list. Majors are ranked in terms of employment, taking into account unemployment rates among recent and experienced grads, earnings, and likely job growth this decade. The list contains a few…

Newser / April 29, 2012

The Duchess Has Graduated

One year after her marriage to Prince William, the former Kate Middleton has something new to celebrate: Her “induction” is now complete and St. James’ Palace considers her a “fully fledged member” of the British monarchy, a senior royal source tells CNN. She achieved this vaunted status by fulfilling all her objectives of the past year,…

Newser / April 28, 2012

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