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Co-Pilot, Not Captain, Was Flying AirAsia Jet in Crash
The first officer, not the captain was flying AirAsia Flight 8501 at the time that it crashed into the ocean, killing all 162 people on board.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

LAPD Slammed for Event With Ex-Mexican Mafia Hitman
The LAPD escorted Rene Enriquez - who is serving to 20-to-life sentences for murder - to give a speech to local police chiefs and business leaders.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Ex-Mexican Mafia Hitman Gets LAPD Escort to Speech
The LAPD escorted Rene Enriquez - who is serving to 20-to-life sentences for murder - to give a speech to local police chiefs and business leaders.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

LAPD Escorts Imprisoned Ex-Mexican Mafia Killer to Speech
The LAPD escorted Rene Enriquez - who is serving to 20-to-life sentences for murder, to give a speech to local police chiefs and business leaders.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Sorority Sisters Asked to Skip UVA Frat Parties for 'Safety'
A backlash is brewing on the campus of the University of Virginia, where women have been asked to skip frat parties for their "safety and well-being."<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

San Francisco Cops Find Body Parts in Suitcase
San Francisco police say a suitcase found in the South of Market area Wednesday contained dismembered body parts.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

Pizzeria Tip Leads to Standoff, More Pizza, Arrest
Police in Irving, Texas, said a man ordered a second pizza during a four-hour standoff that resulted from his first attempt to order a pizza.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

One Sydney Hostage Was Killed by Police Bullets
One of the two hostages who died in the siege of a Sydney, Australia, chocolate cafe was killed by police bullets, coroner's officials confirmed.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

'Toxic Aerosol': California Calls Vaping a Public Health Risk
California health officials issued a public health advisory Wednesday, urging the state's residents to avoid or stop using e-cigarettes.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

NFL Vets Who Played as Kids Have Worse Memory Issues
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New Audio Sets Deadline for Prisoner Handover to ISIS
A would-be suicide bomber is to be delivered to the Turkish border by sunset Thursday or a Jordanian pilot will be executed by ISIS.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Five Things You Need To Know About Measles
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Beijing Mayor: Smog Makes Our City 'Unlivable'
Tourism in Beijing is down 10 percent as the city struggles to establish clean air standards.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

'We're Back': Nantucket Cleans Up After Triple Whammy Storm
Utility crews expected by midnight to restore power to a little more than 3,000 customers on Nantucket after the entire island went dark Tuesday.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Twitter Terror: 20 Threats Against Planes in 4 Days
Since Saturday at least 18 bomb threats have been tweeted against U.S. planes, and authorities say other threats were made but were not publicized.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

14 Hours of Hell: How This Town Is Cleaning Up
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Alabama Judge's Gay Marriage Letter Draws Ethics Complaint
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Christmas Tree May Have Fueled Deadly Mansion Fire
A Christmas tree that had been cut down more than 60 days earlier fueled a massive fire that killed six family members, officials said Wednesday.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Ex-Los Alamos Scientist Gets 5 Years in Nuclear Bomb Plot
A former scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory was sentenced for scheming to sell plans for nuclear bombs to the government of Hugo Chavez.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

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Drew Barrymore's absentee parents inspired her to be a better mother to her kids. The Blended star appears in the February issue of More magazine where she reveals how her rough childhood helped her in the long run.

She explains, "I didn't really have parents, you know? And therefore the kind of parent I will be is a good, present parent. In a way, maybe that was a detriment to my youth, but it'll be the biggest asset to my adulthood."

  • Drew is mom to two-year-old Olive and nine-month-old Frankie.
  • She is estranged from her mother, Jaid Barrymore, and her father John passed away in 2004 from cancer.

Kim Kardashian addressed Bruce Jenner's changing appearance by not saying much at all. The reality star sat down for an interview with Entertainment Tonight where she expressed her unwavering support for her former stepfather.

Kim said, "I will say that I think Bruce should tell his story his way...I think everyone goes through things in life and I think that story and what Bruce is going through, I think he'll share whenever the time is right." She continued, "I think Bruce is very happy, the happiest I've ever seen him...He's our dad so we support him no matter what, and I think when the time is right, he'll talk about whatever he wants to talk about. I guess I'll kind of let everyone be curious and I feel like that's his journey to talk about."

  • Kris Jenner previously discussed her ex's changes on the Today show back in October saying, "It's silly. They've been saying that since the '70s."
  • There are unconfirmed rumors that Bruce plans to open up in the new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Shonda Rhimes is keeping the Shondaland train moving forward with a new drama for the fall TV season. According to Variety, ABC has ordered a pilot for her show called The Catch.

The show follows a female forensic accountant who exposes people committing fraud. She is also engaged to a man who is conning her but her lies are starting to collide with his. No casting decisions have been announced yet. Shonda will serve as executive producer for the pilot which is being written by Jennifer Schuur who previously worked on Hannibal and the CW's short-lived Hellcats.

  • Shonda currently has three other shows on ABC -- Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder.
  • How To Get Away With Murder is the highest-rated new show of the year.

Pamela Anderson rose to fame as a blonde bombshell on Baywatch but she claims she never thought she had the looks to model. The 47-year-old appears in the new issue of Parade talking about her new contract with an agency and embracing her age.

Pamela tells the magazine, "I've just signed with Next Modeling agency for commercials and appearances. That is funny. I've never felt pretty enough to be a model. I think I've provoked feelings with how I look. But not as a beauty, but as a mischievous little rascal!" She goes on to discuss the aging process saying, "I don't really feel like I want to chase youth. I want to get old. I want to experience all the seasons of my life. I just don't want to be afraid of it. And I think in this industry you're surrounded by a lot of fear of getting older and fear of your looks leaving you. And I thought well, I'm lucky then because I never really felt that great looking. I felt like I had fun. I felt like I could be sexy. I could be provocative and I could use my image to get attention for things that I cared about."

  • Despite only recently scoring a modeling contract, Pam has been on the cover of Playboy more than any other woman.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY SAYS HER NAME WAS A MISTAKE: Keira Knightley has revealed that her name was actually a spelling error made by her mother. She explains in the new issue of Elle, "I was meant to be named ‘Kiera', after a Russian ice skater who was on the TV one day. My dad fancied her and nicked her name for me. But it was my mum who went to register my birth, and she accidentally spelled 'ei' instead of 'ie' because my mum's crap at spelling. Apparently, when she came back, he said: 'WHAT THE F***? You've spelt her name wrong!' What were they going to do, though? Once it's on the piece of paper, it's on the piece of paper. And that's me. A spelling error."

LINDSAY LOHAN HITS UP CLUBS IN PARIS: Lindsay Lohan is scheduled to appear in court today to discuss her community service but that didn't stop her from partying it up in Paris lately. The star was spotted hitting up the Paris club, Le Titty Twister, until early on Sunday (January 25th) morning. A source told People, "She came in with two friends around 3 in the morning and stayed until around 5, 5:30. She danced and amused herself a lot." It was recently revealed that Lindsay contracted a rare virus called chikungunya on a trip to Bora Bora.

EDDIE REDMAYNE'S WIFE KEEPS HIM HUMBLED: Eddie Redmayne may be dominating award season for his role in The Theory of Everything but his new wife is helping him stay grounded. He recently told E! News, "There was a moment yesterday where I was in rehearsal and my wife was calling me because our dishwasher broke down. So in the process of trying to focus on my craft, I was dealing with the blocked pipes." Eddie married Hannah Bagshawe back in December.

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR WANTS TO END BEAUTY PAGEANTS: Sarah Michelle Gellar was apparently not a big fan of this year's Miss Universe pageant. The actress, who has recently been tweeting about her experience filming an installment of Princess Rap Battles, wrote on Monday (January 26th,) "On the subject of "Princesses", can we finally end beauty pageants? Cruelty to humans? Let's never forget "The Iraq" #MissUniverse." Regardless of Sarah's opinion, Colombia's Paulina Vega beat out 80 other countries for the title at Sunday's pageant in Miami.

CARA DELEVINGNE CAUSES BACKLASH OVER LION CUB PHOTOS: Cara Delevingne has caused a bit of a stir for doing a photo shoot for watch brand Tag Heuer while holding a lion cub. Wildlife expert Dr Neil D'Cruze said in a statement, "Lion cubs are not photo props. Their health and well-being should not be compromised. They belong in the wild, not draped over a celebrity just to sell a designer watch. Our concern is that such high profile adverts will legitimize these cruel encounters with wild animals. I am sure that both advertisers and consumers alike would think twice about the commercial use of wild animals if they were aware of the suffering involved behind the scenes." The charity World Animal Protection also complained about the shoot saying, "The images support an industry that relies on animal cruelty."

CAST REVEALED FOR FEMALE 'GHOSTBUSTERS': Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig along with current cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are reportedly working on a deal to star with Melissa McCarthy in the new Ghostbusters. The movie is expected to shoot this summer. Paul Feig will direct.

CHRIS PRATT BEING EYED FOR 'INDIANA JONES': Disney is hoping to nab Chris Pratt to star in a new Indiana Jones movie. According to Deadline, there is no deal currently in place but the studio has him at the top of their list to replace Harrison Ford. Disney bought the rights to the franchise from Paramount back in 2013.

'LET IT GO' SONGWRITERS ARE WORKING ON AN OSCARS SONG: Neil Patrick Harris revealed on Twitter on Tuesday (January 27th) that "Let It Go" writers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are penning a new song for him to sing during the opening of the Oscars. The couple said in a statement, "We love the Oscars and have always been huge Neil Patrick Harris fans, so when he asked us to write him a song for this year's show we said, 'Yes!' before he could finish the sentence -- it's possible he may have been asking us for something else. We are having so much fun collaborating and have even enjoyed weaving our experience as Oscar nominees into the song." The ceremony will be held on February 22nd.

LIAM HEMSWORTH WANTED FOR 'INDEPENDENCE DAY' SEQUEL: The Wrap is reporting that Liam Hemsworth has been offered the lead role in the sequel to the 1996 alien film Independence Day which originally starred Will Smith. The new movie is been called ID Forever. It is also rumored that Michael B. Jordan will be part of the project.

'RAY DONOVAN' BRINGS IN KATIE HOLMES: Katie Holmes has landed a guest-starring role on Showtime's Ray Donovan. She will be playing a shrewd and chic businesswoman named Paige -- daughter of Ian McShane's character Andrew Finney who hires Ray. The third season of the show will premiere this summer.

Rebel Wilson has no problem poking fun at her weight as a joke. The actress known for playing "Fat Amy" in Pitch Perfect recently discussed her decision to take on the role with Australia's Daily Life and revealed why she thinks bigger girls do better at comedy in general.

The 28-year-old said, "I took something that was seen as a disadvantage -- no one thinks, if you're fat, that you're going to be an actress and everyone's going to love you -- and turned it into a positive. One time I got X-rayed by a chiropractor and he goes, 'You know, you don't actually have a big build. It's like, 'You're just fat!'" Rebel added, "I do have these dreams, like, 'What if I just went to a health farm and lost 50 kilos? What would happen? Would it affect my career?' But then I think, that's never going to happen."

  • She also explained why she thinks bigger girls are better at comedy saying, "I don't know why. Maybe because people find it easier to laugh. It's very hard to laugh at someone who's very attractive, I think. And normally those people don't have a great personality anyway."
  • Rebel was briefly under contract as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig and lost 30 lbs but quit because movie commitments prevented her from changing her physical appearance.


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