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Melanie Griffith And Antonio Banderas Call It A Wrap After 18 Years Of Marriage

Melanie Griffith, 56, and Antonio Banderas, 53, are getting a divorce after 18 years of marriage. They share a child together, Stella Banderas, who is now 17 years old. Reports say that the couple had relationship issues for a long …

Burt’s Bees Co-Founder Ousted After Affair With Employee

The public always thought that Burt Shavitz of Burt’s Bees left his own company in order to live a private life in Maine. Shavitz is the subject of the upcoming documentary Burt’s Bees and he revealed the real story behind …

Gustnado: What is It? Should You Be Worried?

“Gustnado”, or “gust-front tornado,” is a low-level rotating cloud that is short-lived. It can sometimes form within a severe thunderstorm. Reports say that the average gustnado lasts just seconds to a few minutes. According to the National Weather Service, gustnadoes …

Derecho Threat: Severe Storm Pummels Midwest

A derecho is often classified as a type of extreme weather phenomenon, which refers to an inland-type of hurricane accompanied by heavy thunderstorms. Derechos are capable of inflicting extensive damage to wide areas. According to the Storm Prediction Center, derechos …

Justin Bieber Caught Telling Yet Another N-Word Joke

Justin Bieber seems to be making headlines for the wrong reasons…again. Another video of Bieber has surfaced, and this time, he is shown singing a parody of his own song entitled “One Less Lonely Girl.” In the video, Bieber sang …

Susan Spencer-Wendel, Best-Selling Author, Dies At 47

Susan Spencer-Wendel, writer of the best-selling book Until I Say Goodbye, died on Wednesday in her home. She was 47 years old. Spencer-Wendel was suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease – a neurodegenerative disease. The symptoms for the disease include muscle …

Is Simona Halep’s Breast Surgery Boosting Her Tennis Career?

Simona Halep’s breast surgery may just have saved her tennis career. The 22-year-old Romanian tennis pro has propelled herself to the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time in her career, and many are thinking that her breast …

Madeleine McCann: Search For Missing Girl Reopens In Portugal

The search for Madeleine McCann is reopened once again. About 30 searchers will be digging in the area where the girl disappeared seven years ago. British police will be spearheading the search for the girl, who was only a few weeks …

Iraq F-16 Takes Flight For The First Time

On May 2, the first Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 52 jet for the Iraqi Air Force made its first flight from the company’s facility located in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2011, Iraq confirmed the purchase of 18 F-16s, and reports …

New York City Teachers Approve Nine-Year Labor Contract

New York City teachers have voted and approved a nine-year labor contract on Tuesday. The contract states that teachers will be given back pay, and their salaries will be increased by 18 percent. However, questions regarding their health benefits are …

Baseball-Size Hail Batters Northeast Nebraska

Severe thunderstorms swept through Nebraska and produced baseball-size hail that surprised many residents. According to the National Weather Service, northern and eastern Nebraska, northeast Missouri, and western and southern Iowa are at risk for severe weather conditions. Additionally, there will …

Paris Hilton Phone Hacker Pleads Guilty To String Of Cyber Crimes

Cameron Lacroix, also known as “cam0,” “leetjones,” or “Freak,” is once again in trouble with the authorities. In 2005, Lacroix hacked Paris Hilton’s cellphone and leaked incriminating photos of the socialite. Now, Lacroix is facing new charges as he allegedly …

David Brockie: Autopsy Results Show The Gwar Frontman Died Of A Heroin Overdose

Gwar frontman David Brockie, also known by his stage name Oderus Urungus, died in his home on March 23. He was 50 years old. On Tuesday, officials from the medical examiner’s office released a statement that Brockie’s cause of death …

San Francisco Sickout: Delays Continue For A Second Day

And the San Francisco sickout continues… San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency workers called in sick for the second day in a row on Tuesday, resulting in hour-long delays all over the Muni system. The Muni system has 600 vehicles in …

Bowe Bergdahl: Was It A Mistake To Free Him?

Obama is facing backlash for his decision to free Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five top Taliban leaders from Guantanamo. The initial reaction was relief, but now many are questioning the President’s decision. Bergdahl had …

Tim Tebow, Former NFL Quarterback, Wants To Make A Comeback

Tim Tebow is still holding on to his NFL dream. The former NFL quarterback has been hired by ESPN to serve as an analyst on the SEC Network, which starts in August. Last pre-season, Tebow was dropped from the roster …

Letizia Ortiz, Future Queen Of Spain, Most Fashionable Royal?

Letizia Ortiz is about to give Kate Middleton a run for her money. From her humble beginnings as a news reporter, to being the news itself, Ortiz, the Princess of Asturias, will be the Spain’s first Spanish-born queen since 1879. …

CFDA Awards: Rihanna Shows Up Nearly Naked

Rihanna attracted the attention of many at the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards with her nearly naked ensemble. The awards event was held at the Alice Tully Hall in New York City, and several celebrities were in attendance …

Andy Murray Moves To Last Eight In French Open

On Saturday evening, Andy Murray’s match with No. 28 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber was suspended in the fourth set due to lack of light, and resumed on Sunday morning. Murray secured a victory after playing for a grueling four hours and seven minutes. …

Joel Osteen Doesn’t Want Anti-Gay Stance To Define His Ministry

Pastor Joel Osteen is open about his disapproval of gay marriage, but he does not want his opinion to define his whole ministry. During a talk with Osteen and his wife Victoria, HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill asked him if …

Samantha Stosur Defeated By Maria Sharapova At French Open

Samantha Stosur let an amazing opportunity slip through her hands after being defeated by Maria Sharapova during the French Open. Stosur had a one-set lead over Sharapova, but ended up losing nine straight games. The Australian tennis player posed a …

Jay Z Ridiculed By Dame Dash Over Elevator Fight

Since Jay Z’s incident with Solange Knowles after the Met Gala, rumors have been spreading about what sparked Knowles’ outrage. The reasons are unclear to the public, but everyone seems to have their own opinion on what really happened. One …

Levi Johnston, Ex of Bristol Palin, Expecting Third Child

And here comes baby number three! Levi Johnston, infamous for impregnating Sarah Palin’s teenage daughter back in 2008, is expecting his third child. The baby is his second with 21-year old wife Sunny Oglesby-Johnston, whom he has been married to …

Jacques Cousteau’s Grandson Attempts ‘Mission 31′

Fabien Cousteau, grandson of explorer and oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, is following his grandfather’s footsteps. Cousteau will be diving to a laboratory at the Aquarius Reef Base and will be spending 31 days living underwater. He will be making a documentary …