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Guide Who Lured Cecil Says He's Done Nothing Wrong
Theo Bronkhorst, the guide accused of helping American dentist Walter Palmer kill Cecil the lion, said he felt he did nothing wrong.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Circus Tragedy: 2 Dead, 22 Injured in Tent Collapse
Initially, 250 people were trapped under the tent. Fifteen people were injured.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566564977/u/0/f/663303/c/35002/s/48ae2676/sc/3/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img...

MH370 Mystery: 3 Key Questions Experts Want Answered
French investigators in Toulouse are analyzing debris found on Reunion for clues about the fate of MH370. Here's what they're looking for.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Casket Closed: Cops Find Man Alive and Well in Coffin
Police spokesman Bert Rauenbusch told NBC News that the man "was just about to get up, when the officers approached the coffin."<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Pregnant Teen Shot in Head During Road-Rage Incident
A pregnant teen was critically injured after being shot in the head during a road-rage incident near Fresno, California, officials said.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Stricken Boater Treads Water for 4 Hours in Stormy Sea
A 45-year-old man was forced to tread water for four hours after he went overboard during a thunderstorm off the New Jersey coast.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

'Mind of Its Own': 9,000 Battle California Blazes
Two giant C-130 Hercules planes joined more than a dozen other air tankers and helicopters<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566612852/u/0/f/663303/c/35002/s/48b0916b/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm"...

Are Allies Iran, Russia About to Dump Syria's Assad?
Are Russia and Iran set to abandon ally Syrian President Bashar Assad? NBC News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel looks at what may happen.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Public Wi-Fi Users Fail to Take Basic Precautions
More people are accessing the Internet via public Wi-Fi in risky ways that put them in danger of fraud and ID theft, a new report finds.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Pakistan Hangs Killer Who Was 'Tortured' by Cops at 14
Shafqat Hussain's case had sparked international outcry amid claims he was tortured and sentenced to death as a juvenile.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Hunter Charged Over Cecil's Death: I've Done Nothing Wrong
Theo Bronkhorst, the hunter accused of helping American dentist Walter Palmer kill Cecil the lion, said he felt he did nothing wrong.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

'Real Housewives' Star Arrested for Alleged Shoplifting
Kim Richards was stopped outside a San Fernando Valley Target with upwards of $600 worth of items in her cart.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

WATCH: Driver Pulled to Safety From Car Stuck on Tracks
A sheriff's deputy was able to pull a driver from a car moments before it was hit by a train in Northern California, officials said.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Two Shot After J. Cole Concert in New Jersey
Two people were shot outside the PNC Bank Arts Center in Central New Jersey following a hip hop concert Monday night, police said.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Suspect in Killing of Memphis Police Officer Surrenders
Officer Sean Bolton was shot multiple times while conducting a traffic stop in southeast Memphis at about 9:18 p.m. Friday night, police said.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Grim Details Emerge in Phoenix Decapitation
Kenneth Wakefield, the Arizona man accused of decapitating his wife, shrieked when arraigned in court.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566640640/u/0/f/663303/c/35002/s/48ae6b79/sc/3/rc/1/rc.htm"...

Disabled Students Shackled for Misbehaving: Lawsuit
A sheriff's deputy in Kentucky illegally shackled two disabled children, aged 8 and 9, in school after they misbehaved, a lawsuit filed Monday in federal district court claims.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Voter Forum Puts Crowded GOP Field on Display
14 GOP candidates gathered in New Hampshire for a forum that both served as a warmup for the upcoming showdown and a reminder of the clunkiness that comes with such a crowded field of competitors.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Bagged: Airlines Boot Big Game Hunter Shipments
Opponents of big game trophy hunters celebrated on Monday as two major airlines announced a ban on shipments of lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Foundation Pulls Bat Boys After 9-Year-Old's Death
The National Baseball Congress decided against using bat boys for the remainder of their 2015 season following the death of a 9-year-old in Kansas.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...


Entertainment News

WILL SMITH DENIES LATEST DIVORCE RUMOR
Will Smith took to Facebook on Monday (August 3rd) to deny the latest rumor that he and Jada Pinkett Smith are heading for divorce. The story spread after Radar Online cited sources that claimed they were waiting for the right time to announce the split.

An insider told the website, "For Will and Jada, holding it together these past few years has been tough because their marriage has been on life support for a long time. They're exhausted from trying to maintain the facade of a happy union. They've decided to pull the plug in a carefully choreographed manner, and agree announcing their split at the end of the summer is the right move." Another source said, "They tried to fix things with therapy, but it's not happening. They're already moving on with their lives. All that's left is the inking of the divorce papers."

  • Will wrote, "Under normal circumstances, I don't usually respond to foolishness. (Because it's contagious) But, so many people have extended me their "deepest condolences" that I figured - "What the hell... I can be foolish, too!" So, in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness...Jada and I are...NOT GETTING A DIVORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!! : -) I promise you all - if I ever decide to divorce my Queen - I SWEAR I'll tell you myself! #Dumb People Should Have to Wear Scarlet D's"
  • Jada tweeted about the post writing, "My king has spoken."
  • There have been rumors of infidelity for years and some reports that they have had an open marriage.

LENA DUNHAM NEEDED RESCUING DURING CHARITY RACE
Lena Dunham needed a little help while participating in a charity paddle-board race over the weekend. She took part in the Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink event on Saturday (August 1st) where she was rescued by pro surfer Laird Hamilton.

A source told Page Six, "It was a tough paddle...windy and harder than expected. Lena was looking around for help. Laird swam out and dragged her back on course." Lena posted about the ordeal on Instagram writing, "It's hard to tell from this blurry shot, but this is an image of Laird Hamilton coming to save me. He is literally King Triton and as I struggled to complete BCRF's Paddle for Pink (an amazing event to support breast cancer research) he appeared as if from the ocean's depths and guided me to the finish line. I kept screaming "will I make it?!" like we were in a disaster movie. He said "yes, Lena, we will." Ladies, there are still a few heroes we can count on... #ThankYouLaird #paddleforpink #3miles"

  • The event raised $1.6 million for breast cancer research.

DREW BARRYMORE IS FOCUSED ON FAMILY AND FLOWER BEAUTY PRODUCTS
It may be quite a while before the world gets another Drew Barrymore/Adam Sandler collaboration. The 40-year-old revealed to E! News that she has been getting a lot of film offers but has turned them down to focus on her family and her Flower beauty and accessories line.

Drew explained, "Flower has changed my life because it lets me be a mom the way I want to be and I still get to do something meaningful and think about girls and women and empowering messages. I love movies but the hours right now for where my kids are in their life, it's few and far between that I'll work." She added, "Flower beauty is a fulltime job. We do a lot of traveling for it. I do a lot of press. I go to labs all over the country, truly seeking out the most innovative things."


CANDIS CAYNE'S RELATIONSHIP WITH CAITLYN JENNER MAY BE FAKE
The possible relationship between Caitlyn Jenner and Candis Cayne may just be for show. According to Radar Online, both Caitlyn and Candis are fully aware of the press they'd get for making people think they're dating so they are playing it up for the I Am Cait cameras.

A source revealed, "Neither one of them are stupid and they are both veterans in knowing how to remain relevant on television. Candis and Cait are the most talked about transgender women alive right now and it is not just by some random chance that they are both on the TV show. Candis is helping Caitlyn learn what it means to be transgender woman and how to feel comfortable in her femininity. Caitlyn has even called her 'Coach Candis' and the two ladies have a lot of love for each other."

  • Radar previously reported that the trans women being featured on the E! docu-series are being paid to participate.
  • Caitlyn has posted a new entry to her WhoSay blog where she acknowledges still having much to learn about the trans community. She wrote, "To those of you who have asked me for my opinion or expertise, I want to remind you that while I've know that I was trans since I was a small child, learning about the trans community is still very new to me and I don't have all the answers. That said, the one constant I've noticed is how incredibly difficult it is for transgender folks to transition and become their authentic selves and still be healthy and secure -- emotionally, physically, financially...the list goes on and on." She goes on to direct people to the Human Rights Campaign for more information.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP
AMY AND CHUCK SCHUMER ARE TEAMING UP AFTER THEATER SHOOTING: Amy Schumer is teaming up with her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer, to call for tighter gun laws following the recent shooting at a screening of Trainwreck in Louisiana. Amy said during a press conference on Monday (August 3rd,) "I'm not sure why this man chose my movie to end those two lives and injure nine others, but it was very personal for me. We always find out how the shooter got their gun and it's always something that never should have happened in the first place." Senator Schumer also revealed a three-pronged plan to crack down which includes new legislation for the background check system, the Department of Justice writing a reporting comparing states' standards for involuntary mental health commitment, and Congress funding more mental health and substance abuse programs.

VALERIE HARPER REPLACED IN 'NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT': The Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine has called in a replacement for Valerie Harper for the remaining performances of Nice Work If you Can Get It in light of her recent health issues. Brenda Vaccaro will step into the role of Millicent Winter until the show closes on August 15th. Valerie was briefly hospitalized last week and is reportedly "feeling great right now" but will continue to rest and spent time with her family.

CHELSEA HANDLER DEFENDS HERSELF AGAINST EX WHO CALLED HER FAT: Chelsea Handler took to Instagram to defend herself against an ex who tried to put down her appearance. She posted a photo of herself in a bikini and wrote, "You know, I had a boyfriend who told me my boobs were too big and that I was fat. And then, I looked in the mirror." The post has received over 67,000 likes and nearly 2,000 comments.

ZENDAYA EXPLAINS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CULTURAL APPROPRIATION AND APPRECIATION: 18-year-old Disney star Zendaya Coleman appears in the new issue of Nylon where she discusses the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation. She tells the magazine, "You have to be very careful. Some things are really sacred and important to other cultures, so you have to be aware, politically, about those things before you just adopt them. I'm someone who feels uncomfortable with things unless I know about them. I'm not going to try something unless I've taken the time and effort to learn about it. I just think with the Internet and the resources we have, you should do a little research."

KHLOE KARDASHIAN ADDRESSES WEIGHT LOSS: Khloe Kardashian chatted with Australia's Nova FM on Monday (August 3rd) where she discussed her recent weight loss saying, "I was never like 'God, I'm so fat.' But...I'm not the skinniest girl, I don't want to be. I like being fit and curvy, but toned. Looking back, I'm like 'Oh my God my neck.' I didn't have a neck!" Khloe claims that she has 35 pounds.


INDUSTRY NEWS
CATE BLANCHETT TO BE HONORED BY MUSEUM OF MODERN ART: Cate Blanchett will be honored at this year's Museum of Modern Art film benefit. The event will be held on November 17th. The museum chief curator of film said in a statement, "As MoMA's Department of Film marks its 80th anniversary, we're thrilled to honor a woman who embodies the greatest traditions of screen acting, while fiercely embracing innovation and risk. Cate Blanchett has the kind of talent that inspires others to deliver their best work, challenges the field to be more fully engaged with women artists and audiences and propels cinema forward with intelligence and grace." Previous honorees include Alfonso Cuaron, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton and Baz Luhrmann.

RONDA ROUSEY TO STAR IN HER OWN BIOPIC: UFC fighter Ronda Rousey will be starring her own biopic. The film will be based on her autobiography, My Fight/Your Fight. The book will be adapted to the big screen by Mark Bomback who will also be serving as executive producer.

HBO SHELVES 'LEWIS AND CLARK' MINISERIES: HBO has temporarily stopped production on the upcoming miniseries Lewis And Clark starring Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts. The network said in a statement, "We are temporarily pausing production on the HBO miniseries Lewis And Clark. For creative reasons, director John Curran and director of photography Rob Hardy will be leaving the production. We will be bringing on a new director, and we plan to resume filming as soon as possible." The project is based on Stephen E. Ambrose's book, Undaunted Courage. Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt are executive producers.

A 'PEZ' MOVIE IS BEING DEVELOPED: There is an animated movie about Pez candy in the works. Brother in Laws writer, Cameron Fay, has been hired to work on the script for Envision Media Arts. EMA founder Lee Nelson said in a statement, "Pez candy is beloved by children and adults alike. With Cameron Fay we've created a world unique to Pez and a story that will touch the hearts of many."

'MEN AT WORK' STAR JOINS 'EMPIRE' AND 'COLONY': Former Men At Work actor, Adam Busch, has signed on to guest star on season two of Empire and USA's upcoming alien drama Colony. He will be playing a gay photographer on Empire who becomes infatuated with his subject. Adam will be playing a science teacher on Colony who takes issue with the forced-curriculum he is expected to follow. Adam co-starred for three season on TBS' Men At Work and is also known for his role as Warren on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


JOSH HUTCHERSON IS INTERESTED IN DOING MORE 'HUNGER GAMES'
There may not be any more Hunger Games movies in the works but Josh Hutcherson would love to keep playing Peeta Mellark. He recently chatted with Huffington Post where he cleared up his comments at Comic Con that there are more sequels coming.

Josh explained, "Yeah, I mean the truth is I don’t know anything. I would like there to be more because they’re really fun to make, and it’s a fun character, but...afraid that I'm not clear on that one. If it does happen, at the same time it's like, it has to be something that Suzanne Collins really believes in. It has to be something that she creates naturally. It's not just trying to make more movies out of it."

  • The last scheduled Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 2, will be released in November.







 

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