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Rent Actress Selling Mansion

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 05:50

Vanessa Hudgens is selling her Studio City home. The 5-bedroom, 6-and-a-half-bathroom pad is on the market for $4 million. The actress is rumored to be moving in with boyfriend Austin Butler, as the two reportedly purchased a $5 million Los Feliz mansion.

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Kim’s Somber Selfies

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 05:49

Self-proclaimed selfie queen, Kim Kardashian-West has shared her secret to the perfect selfie. While at Mario Dedivanovic’s Master Class last weekend, she was asked how she has such smooth skin, her reply “don’t smile.” She added that she has given up the grin because she was bullied so much about her puffy cheeks while pregnant.

The mom of three told C Magazine, “Even if I was more confident, I just didn’t feel like being that girl who was going to be smiling for every photo. It changed my mood; it changed who I was; it changed my personality a lot.”

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Day of the Year: February 14

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 05:48

Valentine’s Day
Ferris Wheel Day
Donor Day
Pet Theft Awareness Day
International Book Giving Day
Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

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Mega Millions: 2/14/19

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 05:47

No winner for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions’ drawing. Tomorrow night’s drawing will be for $190 million or a $114.8 million cash payout.

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$100 Million Lawsuit

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 19:31

An app developer is suing Kim Kardashian-West for $100 million for breach of contract.

The suit stems from a 2014 deal, in which he says Kim promised to cut the developer in for 60 percent of a new venture that used her “Kimojis” — the line of animated Kardashian-family emojis and GIFs she slapped her name and brand on. But after Kim accused the new partners of leaking personal information about her, she backed out of the deal.

The suit has been bouncing between lawyers and courts ever since, culminating in an arbitration just last December. Since that didn’t go well for the developer, he’s filing this suit, which Kim’s lawyers call meritless, and think will be promptly dismissed.

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Academy, Interrupted

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:28

The Academy Awards won’t air a few of their awards live as part of its host-less broadcast this year. Best Cinematography, Editing, Makeup & Hairstyling, and Live-Action Shorts will be announced and awarded during commercial breaks. The announcement and speeches will then be aired later in the broadcast, but quickly edited to exclude the long winner reaction and walk up to the stage. It’s all in an attempt to pick up the pace of the show.

Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro weren’t happy about it, at least on Twitter. del Toro said cinematography and editing are the “very heart of our craft” in a Tweet.

But for those diehard cinefiles, they’ll be able to watch the awards in real-time on Oscars social media accounts and on Oscars.com.

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Birthdays: February 13, 2019

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:17

Mena Suvari – actress – 40

Robbie Williams – singer – 45

Kelly Hu – actress, “The Scorpion King” – 51

Peter Gabriel – singer – 69

Stockard Channing – actress, “The West Wing,” “The Good Wife” – 75

Jerry Springer – TV Talkshow host – 75

Peter Tork – guitarist and singer, “The Monkees” – 77

Chuck Yeager – decorated test pilot & P-51 D pilot – 96

BORN ON THIS DATE

Grant Wood – painted “American Gothic” – 1892

Bess Truman – wife of President Harry Truman – 1885

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History: February 13, 2019

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:16

1633
Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to face trial.
He was accused of heresy for arguing that the Earth revolves around the Sun.
He pled guilty in exchange for living under house arrest rather than going to prison.
Galileo spent the rest of his life confined to his villa near Florence.
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1920
The League of Nations recognizes Switzerland as a perpetually neutral state.
Switzerland had been a confederation of German, French, and Italian communities, unit Napoleon Bonaparte unified them.
The Congress of Vienna in 1815 approved Switzerland as a neutral state, and has since then held up to its obligation.
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1945
A British firebombing raid devastates Dresden, Germany.
Dresden was at the core of Germany’s industrial war production. By some estimates, more than 100,000 died in the mayhem.
The saturation bombing strategy was not target-specific; in fact it was designed to inflict harsh civilian casualties. Before the age of the atomic weapon, firebombing was the most deadly and terrible of bombing efforts.
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1984
Konstantin Cherenenko assumes control of the Soviet Communist Party and the Soviet Union.
He would prove to be one of the last hard-line dictators who tried to maintain communism and the fidelity of the Soviet Union. He was succeeded by Mikhail Gorbachev, who ultimately oversaw the dissolution of the Soviet Empire in 1991.
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1991
Sotheby’s auction authenticates a manuscript of Huckleberry Finn that was written in Mark Twain’s own hand.
The manuscript even featured Twain’s own notes and annotations. It was found by a librarian in Los Angeles. She was sorting through old papers in trunks that had been sent to her by her aunt.
In 1995 Random House published an updated version of Huckleberry Finn, with Twain’s notes used as a guide in the re-write.
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2013
The federal government posted a $2.9 billion surplus for the previous month.
With the expiration of a social security tax cut, an additional $9 billion in revenue came in.
The year would end with the first deficit below a trillion since President Obama took office.

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The Hit List: February 13, 2019

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:15
  1. El Chapo — Joaquin Guzman Loera — has been found guilty on 10 counts of drug trafficking charges. The New York Times reports the drug kingpin looked stunned as the verdict was read. He faces life in prison, after evading capture by American and Mexican authorities for years. (Fun fact: “el Chapo” most closely means “shorty” — not the most fearsome monicker).
  2. The Hartford Yard Goats are going peanut free. The AA baseball affiliate of the Rockies is banning Cracker Jack and peanuts at all games, as peanut allergies continue to rise and parents of sensitive kids may fear attending the games and risking an allergic reaction.
  3. Les Moonves is under further scrutiny for selling off CBS stock, well before the news broke of his alleged improper sexual behavior toward staffers. The suit says that by selling off their shares, Moonves and other top execs knew bad news was in the pipeline. The first sales date back to around the time Roger Ailes was dismissed from Fox News.
  4. The hedonistic Burning Man festival is trying to shake its corporate vibe. The modern-day hippie retreat has grown into a destination for Silicon Valley execs and adventurous social media influencers who get paid to snap and share pics at the desert retreat. The festival’s chief executive says it’s changing ticket sales policies to discourage commercial exploitation of the festival.
  5. The TSA is out with its list of weird finds in 2018. Weird not just for the nature of the item, but where they were concealed.
    10. A hatchet emblazoned with a skull.
    9. A harpoon gun.
    8. A 4-piece switchblade set.
    7. A bag of snakes.
    6. A butcher knife hidden in a carseat/baby carrier
    5. A fake bomb with red sticks of clay made to look like dynamite on top of an old clock radio.
    4. Grenades.
    3. A giant set of ribbon-cutting scissors
    2. Mortar round
    1. Freddy Krueger glove
  6. You too can own the world’s most expensive private island. The $460 million, 660-acre island in the United Arab Emirates is for sale and includes hotels and private beaches. The real estate is actually man-made, and composed of a series of four islands.
  7. A dating expert reveals the best evidence yet that we’re more divided politically than ever. Julie Spira tells The Hill that millennials prefer to have a partner who shares their political beliefs than a good roll in the hay. The number of women who preferred shared beliefs over “good sex” doubled from 2016 to 2018.
  8. A photographer for National Geographic has captured photos of a black leopard in Kenya. It’s the first time the rare animal has been captured on camera in over 100 years.
  9. Florence Regional Airport in South Carolina was briefly shut down over the weekend when a half-naked woman sprinted across the runway and disappeared into a nearby tree line. Two flights were cancelled and another in-air was diverted to Charlotte. No word on motive; she was only wearing underwear when police found her.
  10. The rate of married couples living with roommates has doubled since 1995, Trulia estimates. The practice is most prominent on the West Coast, where millennial meccas like Seattle and San Francisco are appealing to young folks but are too expensive to live solo. Those who have embraced the practice say it not only helps them have tony addresses but also tons of disposable income for travel.

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El Chapo Guilty

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:33

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman aka El Chapo has been found guilty on all 10 counts he was facing. The 12-person jury returned the verdict on Tuesday, which wrapped up the 3-month long criminal trial.

The 10 charges: engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs and use of firearms.

The leader of the Sinaloa Cartel  was captured by Mexican government in 2014, escaped in 2015 through a mile-long underground tunnel and got caught again in 2016. He was extradited to the United States in 2017.

The 61-year-old is facing a mandatory life sentence, without parole.

Sentencing is set for June 25.

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Ronnie’s Rehab Stay

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:25

Ronnie Magro-Ortiz has opened up about his recent rehab stay. The “Jersey Shore” star who has had a tumultuous personal life the past year, decided to seek treatment for himself, his daughter and his personal relationships. While it is unclear how long he stayed in treatment, the 33-year-old acknowledged that he is not completely healed and it will be something he struggles with forever.

Ronnie’s on-again, off-again relationship with baby mama Jen Harley played out on the small screen and social media. He hopes by seeking help, he can learn to better co-parent with Jen for the sake of their 10-month-old Ariana Sky.

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Chicago Loves All

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 08:31

Neighbors of Jussie Smollett are skeptical about the racist and homophobic attack on the “Empire” star.

Agin Muhammad, who lives in the same swank high-rise as Jussie, said “I don’t believe it happened the way he said it did. I’ve been in this neighborhood five years. I don’t believe it, not around here…Half the people are gay and the other half are black.”

Another man, who refused to give his name, told the New York Post that “It’s a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around. They have cameras everywhere…Why can’t they find the attack?”

While police have combed through hours of surveillance footage, the incident was not seen on any of it.

It has been two weeks since the assault and no one has been arrested.

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Cardi Says Bye to Insta

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 08:28

Cardi B has deleted her Instagram after posting an expletive-filled video defending her Grammy win. She also posted screen shots of fellow rappers supporting her and daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus saying “Mama” for the first time.

People were unhappy when Cardi took home the award for Best Rap Album for “Invasion of Privacy”; many felt the late Mac Miller should have won.

She officially became the first female rapper to win that category.

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Hey Fans, Here’s My Address

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 08:27

Chris Brown received a visit from police following a call to the LAPD about his well-being, last Friday. The rapper, who has been beefing with Offset via Instagram, posted his home address, laying out a road map straight to him for his 50 million followers.

The cops showed up and talked to Chris’ security who said the rapper was fine. The cops advised the rapper’s team to remove post containing his address and it has since been deleted.

Chris and Off have been feuding since CB posted a meme making fun of 21 Savage’s ICE arrest. Off defended 21 which led to an expletive-laced rant from CB.

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Future Bailed on Pre-Grammy Performance

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 08:25

Future bailed on his performance set for Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys party. The who’s who of Hollywood attend the bash and once it was realized that the rapper’s ex-fiancé and new husband would be in attendance, he hightailed it out of there.

Someone in the rapper’s camp accused the organizers of being “messy” by having Ciara and Russell Wilson there. While another source says the night was simply behind schedule and the rapper was told he’d have to shorten his performance, which he wasn’t down with.

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Aides to Venezuelan Dictator Draft Escape Plans

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:56

Venezuela’s dictator is drawing up contingency plans in case international calls for him to step down and leave the country come to fruition, Bloomberg News reports. Dictator Nicolas Maduro has been declared by most of the free world as an illegitimate ruler including the United States, but he’s publicly dug in and refused to cede power to Juan Guaido—widely recognized as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. But his aides are secretly drafting plans for Maduro to escape to such havens as Cuba, Russia, and Turkey, all of which still recognize the socialist strongman’s grip on power.

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New Poll Shows Uptick in Trump Approval

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:55

A new Rasmussen daily tracking poll found President Trump’s approval rating up a few more ticks among likely voters—52 percent now approve of the president’s job performance, the poll found. That’s his best showing in 23 months. 47 percent disapprove. Monday’s numbers were from polling conducted in the weekdays following Trump’s state of the union address last Tuesday.

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Americans’ Optimism About Personal Finances Near a Record High

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:55

Americans’ optimism about their own personal finances keeps growing. A new Gallup poll released Monday found 69 percent expect their financial situation to improve over the next year, and 50 percent say they’re in better financial shape now than a year ago. That’s a level of optimism not seen in more than 16 years, according to Gallup and near a record high. The all-time high for those expecting their personal situation to improve is just shy of the 71 percent who thought it would get better in the next year, set in 1998.

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Law Firm Suspends Fairfax from Payroll

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:55

The law firm that employs Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has put him on leave pending investigations into growing allegations of sexual assault. Two women have now accused the embattled second in command of the state of inappropriate sexual advances. One says Fairfax lured her into a hotel room at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and raped her, and a second came out on Feb. 8th accusing him of raping her while they were undergrads at Drake University. The law firm says they believe it’s important to respect “all persons making such allegation with respect and sensitivity.”

MEANWHILE, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski claims there’s a racial double standard in the Fairfax case. While bemoaning that there have been no legal proceedings yet—apparently forgetting the precedent virulent Democrats set in the Kavanaugh case—the “Morning Joe” co-host said she’s “worried about it for Democrats” and is concerned about a different reaction to the allegations against Fairfax compared with the allegations Gov. Ralph Northam wore blackface in the 1980s.

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House Dems Show Modicum of Backbone Over Anti-Jew Comments

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:54

House Democrats are denouncing the remarks of one of their own members on pro-Israel group AIPAC. Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has faced sharp criticism for tweeting that the group purchases support for Israel in Congress and for retweeting a slur calling Jews “Hook-nosed.” Upon urging by Jewish Democratic members of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying, “Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception.” It’s unclear as yet whether any real penalties will come, as happened when Republicans rebuked controversial statements by Iowa Rep. Steve King.

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