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Air Canada Plane Skids Off Runway, 25 Injured
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Kentucky Survives Scare From Notre Dame in Thriller
Kentucky held off Notre Dame 68-66 in a thriller to remain unbeaten and head to the Final Four.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

Spring Break Horror: 7 People Shot at Florida House Party
Police arrested a suspect after seven people were shot at a Florida house party early Saturday morning, local officials said.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

Rubio Eyes April 13 to Announce Presidential Bid
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Indiana Gov. Backs Clarifying 'Religious Freedom' Law
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Captain of Doomed Germanwings Plane Identified
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Germanwings Co-Pilot Talked of His Plans for Future
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Follow NCAA Live: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 3 Notre Dame
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Teen Stabs Mother to Death in Philadelphia, Police Say
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'Sopranos' Star Drea De Matteo Loses Home in NYC Blast
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Gunmen Kill 39 During Nigerian Elections
The poll is seen as the first election in which an opposition candidate has a serious chance of unseating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Gunmen Kill 39 During Nigerian Elections
The poll is seen as the first election in which an opposition candidate has a serious chance of unseating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Heavy Fighting Reported As Iraqi Forces Attack Tikrit
An Iraqi military official said Iraqi ground troops were attacking the city from four directions, while U.S. aircraft said it conducted airstrikes.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Search Efforts Continue for 2 Missing in NYC Blast
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Global Icons Go Dark for Earth Hour
Lights went out in cities around the world for Earth Hour to raise awareness of environmental issues.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

Crash Victim's Dad to Airlines: Look After Pilots' Welfare
The father of one of the victims of this week's plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Russians and NASA Discuss Building a New Space Station
Reports from Russia suggest that Moscow's space officials are talking with their NASA counterparts about building a new space station after 2024.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Train Crashes Into Two Cars in Los Angeles, Injuring 21
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Congress is poised when it comes back on April 14 to pass legislation imposing additional sanctions on Iran if a deal is not reached.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

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Entertainment News

Downton Abbey is officially saying goodbye after six seasons. Masterpiece and PBS announced the news on Thursday (March 26th) after months of rumors and comments from the cast.

Executive producer Gareth Neame said in a statement, "Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up." He told reporters after the announcement, "I think our feeling is that it's good to quite while you're ahead. We feel the show is in incredibly strong shape...the show is so popular globally, but the danger with this sort of thing is to let them go on forever. The danger is if you run to seven, eight, nine, 10 years, it's very addictive to want to do that. But I think it's more important to us to make a perfectly formed show, in our opinion, that we bring to an end when they think the timing is right and that people will love and remember that show for many, many years to come and not feel that there was any sort of drop off -- we outstayed our welcome."

  • Gareth also revealed that they are discussing the idea of bringing the Crawley family to the big screen.
  • PBS president Paula Kerger also releases a statement which read, "PBS and our member stations have been so proud to be the home of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece in the United States. We, like the fans, simply cannot wait to see what will happen to the Crawley family and their beloved staff as this incredible series culminates in Season 6. The series has enjoyed such success over the past five seasons and we'll certainly be working alongside Carnival, Masterpiece and PBS member stations to make Season 6 the biggest yet. Until then, Sunday nights on PBS continue to offer fans a full slate of must view British and, soon, American historical drama."
  • The show has earned three Golden Globes and 11 Emmys since it premiered in 2011.

Jon Hamm made his first public appearance following his stint in rehab at a Mad Men event sponsored by AMC where he broke his silence about his treatment.

The 44-year-old told Australia's TV Week, "Life throws a lot at you sometimes, and you have to deal with it as much as you can. I've been very fortunate that throughout the most recent 24-hour period, I've had a lot of family and friends support me. I've said in varying ways that acting can be a difficult endeavor, certainly not as difficult as the recent example I used of being a baby heart surgeon. It does present its own challenges...and so does life." Jon added, "I understand it constitutes news these days, but it's between me and my family and not something for public consumption."

  • Jon also addressed whether his issues with alcohol have anything to do with playing booze-loving Don Draper saying, "Obviously there can be a lot of discussion about how much of this is related to that, and honestly I don't have much to say about that either."
  • Jon spent 30 days at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. at the end of February.

Apparently going into labor couldn't even keep Kerry Washington away from social media. The Scandal star reveals in the new issue of's The EDIT that she actually live-tweeted an episode of the show as she waited for her baby girl to arrive.

Kerry tells the magazine, "Every Thursday within three weeks of my daughter Isabelle's due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the episodes and what I would want to say. I tweeted in the very early stages of my labor. I figured that if I went completely silent on social media, then people would know I was in the hospital!"

  • She also discusses Shonda Rhimes' vision for the character of Olivia Pope saying, "She never wrote Olivia Pope to be a role model; she wrote her to be a human being, and part of what people identify with so much is that she is conflicted. In some ways, she's so aspirational -- you want to walk like her, dress like her, command attention like her and control a situation like her. In other ways, she's a warning of what not to be. Not to say that I have it all together, but I think I have a little bit more awareness about my behavior patterns and I do the work it takes to get out of them."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus admits that it hasn't been easy aging in the spotlight. She appears in the spring/summer issue of NewBeauty magazine discussing getting old in entertainment industry.

The 54-year-old reveals, "You've seen me age. I've been in showbiz for so long. From the first time people saw me on Saturday Night Live until's no secret that I've gotten older. I've gotten older in front of you and that is odd -- it is still so strange to me that everyone has seen me age on a public stage. It's totally changing and difficult." Julia goes on to reveal how she maintains her appearance saying, "I have a lot of guilty pleasures -- wine and chocolate, in particular -- but when I cut them out completely, I get into a lot of trouble. My mantra is moderation. One thing I learned in the past 15 years, is if you aren't sure about how you look, take a picture of yourself. Sometimes looking at yourself in the mirror is not a true evaluation; sometimes, you need that distance of the camera. I know that sounds crazy, but I think it's true."

KATE HUDSON WILL KEEP MAKING WINE WITH MATT BELLAMY: Kate Hudson is staying in the wine business with ex-fiancé Matt Bellamy despite their breakup last year. She discussed their business venture, Hudson Bellamy Wines, with Wine Enthusiast magazine saying, "We're family for the rest of our lives, we have a beautiful baby and we love making wine. We'll continue doing it." Kate added, "What's very different from making movies is that everything in wine is connected to nature. Your grapes can only be as good as your year. That is one of the things that make it very special and incredibly unique. You are at the mercy of your crop, and I love that." The former couple started the company back in 2011.

BEN STILLER NEVER SQUASHED HIS BEEF WITH JOAN RIVERS BEFORE HER DEATH: Ben Stiller and Joan Rivers never made peace before her death last summer. Joan bashed him in her 2010 documentary by calling him an "arrogant, lucky guy." Ben discussed their beef in a radio interview on Thursday (March 26th) saying, "She had a thing about it. She didn't like me. She was great. I feel bad that we never got to work that out. It is sad. My parents were really friends with her and spent a lot of time and worked together with her, and she had an amazing career."

KIM KARDASHIAN GOES BACK TO BRUNETTE: Kim Kardashian appears to have gotten rid of her blonde hair. She was spotted out and about with North West on Thursday (March 26th) rocking the darker locks again. Kim dyed her hair during Paris Fashion Week earlier this month and was accused of ripping off a popular Serbian singer's style with the look.

SHAILENE WOODLEY EATS INSECTS: Shailene Woodley has previously sung the praises of eating clay and bone broth soup but she also enjoys insects every once in a while. She reveals in the new issue of Nylon magazine, "I've eaten ants and that was great. And June bugs, that was great. I think the future of food is in insects, so we'll see what happens." Shailene also urges people to be more environmentally conscious saying, "Everyone could and should do a lot for the planet. I think you should find one small thing that works for you and dedicate and commit to that one thing every single day. When you leave the house just unplug your toaster, coffee machine, your TV, which doesn’t need to be on all day. Don't ask for a straw in a restaurant. Make it a goal not to drink out of plastic as much as possible. Turn the shower off when you're washing your body and don't waste the water. There are a lot of small things out there, you just find the one that works for you."

GILLIAN ANDERSON IS OPEN TO ANOTHER GAY RELATIONSHIP: X-Files star Gillian Anderson is ready to find love again and doesn't mind if it's with a man of a woman. She revealed to UK's Telegraph, " To me a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrelevant." Gillian continued, "I'm so lucky to have such great work. I've got a fantastic life, I have a wonderful relationship with my kids, and there's nothing lacking, but I'm leaning towards the idea that it's time for somebody to be brave enough to ask me out."

'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' TAPS TARAJI P. HENSON TO HOST: Taraji P. Henson has been announced as an upcoming host of Saturday Night Live. The Empire star will be featured on the show on April 11th with Mumford & Sons as the musical guest. The episode will mark Taraji's first time hosting. It was also announced that Michael Keaton will host on April 4th with Carly Rae Jepsen.

WENDY WILLIAMS LANDS NEW SHOW: Wendy Williams has landed a new show on the Investigation Discovery network called Death by Gossip with Wendy Williams. The show will explore crimes that were fueled by gossip, rumors, and sordid half-truths. It is expected to premiere later this year.

HISTORY CHANNEL RENEWS 'VIKINGS': The History Channel wants more Vikings. The network has renewed the drama series for a fourth season. Production is expected to begin in Ireland in the spring. The third season finale will be airing on April 23rd. The network said in a statement, "Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television. We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more."

WHO IS REPLACING ROSIE O'DONNELL ON 'THE VIEW'?: Producers for The View have reportedly narrowed down their search for someone to replace Rosie O'Donnell. A source told Radar Online, "They really like Raven-Symone. And comedian Mario Cantone could get a recurring contract." The insider continued, "They will have a more in-depth selection process than last time. The panel that debuts in the fall will be the panel for the year."

'BARBERSHOP 3' IN THE WORKS: New Line is teaming up with MGM to release a third Barbershop film. According to Deadline, the studios are ironing out details for Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer to bring back their characters from the first two films. They are also reportedly in talks with Queen Latifah and Nicki Minaj to round out the cast. Malcolm D. Lee will direct.

Michael Lohan isn't happy about the allegations that his ex-wife, Dina Lohan, made against him on Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker. Lindsay Lohan's dad chatted with Radar Online to address some of the claims made on the show.

He told the website, "I'm really scratching my head at Patti's comment that Dina needs to break the cycle of being with losers when it takes a real loser to make that kind of a comment. Wasn't she a call girl/madam?" Michael continued, "As a matter of fact, I went to jail for criminal contempt for not telling on people and then for going to see Lindsay when she was sick without my probation officer's permission. So, tell me, is that a loser or a man with integrity? For starters, out of 19 years of marriage, I was in jail for 4 years -- that's documented."

  • The 54-year-old also said of his ex, "Dina describes her perfect match as 'successful, ambitious, funny and a guy who loves his family' -- so I guess she's looking for someone like me. The only difference is she'll never find another me or father to our wonderful children. Try again Patti, you aren't finding any match with this one."


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