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6.4-Magnitude Quake Hits Taiwan, at Least Seven Dead
A powerful earthquake struck in southern Taiwan Saturday, toppling buildings and leaving several people dead and hundreds more injured.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

One of Hawaii's 'Most Wanted' Killed in Police Shooting
Ronald Barawis, identified as one of Hawaii's "most wanted" fugitives, was shot and killed by police early Friday.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Woody Harrelson Applies to Open Pot Dispensary in Hawaii
Actor and marijuana advocate Woody Harrelson was one of nearly 60 applicants to apply to open one of Hawaii's first medical marijuana dispensaries.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Rubio: Election Is About Future, Not 'Resume Competition'
Rubio shrugged off questions about his perceived lack of accomplishments, and said that the election is "about what happens next for America."<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Two Small Planes Collide, Crash Into Ocean Near L.A.
Crew converged on the spot off the San Pedro coast, near the Los Angeles Harbor, to search for any possible survivors and the plane wreckage<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Adelson-Owned Las Vegas Newspaper Endorses Rubio
The Las Vegas Review-Journal endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination, saying their reasons for the endorsement are "many."<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Deadly NYC Crane Collapse Underlines Dangers
The deadly crane collapse in New York City on Friday was just the latest in a series of accidents.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247390615511/u/0/f/663303/c/35002/s/4d64b3a3/sc/13/rc/1/rc.htm"...

CDC Urges Travelers to Use Condoms to Avoid Zika
Men who have traveled to Zika-affected zones should use a condom if they want to be absolutely sure they don't infect sex partners, federal healt<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th Man on Moon, Dies
The Apollo 14 astronaut was 85. His passing coincides with the 45th anniversary of the mission, from Jan. 31-Feb. 9, 1971.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Witness Would Have Been 'Gamechanger' for 'Serial' Star
Maryland prosecutors during his 2000 trial said Syed strangled his ex-girlfriend after she began dating someone new, and dumped her body in a park.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

'Affluenza' Teen Ethan Couch Moved to Adult Jail
Couch, now 18, killed four in a drunken-driving crash but was spared jail after his lawyers said he was so spoiled he couldn't tell right from wrong.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Is This the Most Expensive Car Ever Auctioned?
A 1957 Ferrari just became the most expensive car ever sold at auction. Or maybe, it's the second most expensive.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Crime-Spree Suspect Killed by Cops Used Girlfriend as Shield
Fitzgerald and his girlfriend, Brittany Nicole Harper, had a $10,000 bounty on their heads for a Bonnie-and-Clyde-style crime spree.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Doctor Sentenced to 30-to-Life For Overdose Deaths
Hsui-Ying "Lisa" Tseng was convicted of second-degree murder for three overdose deaths related to prescriptions she wrote.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Twitter Shut Down 125K Accounts Related to Terrorism
In a tweet from the company's "@Policy" team, the social media company said it has stepped up its fight against violent extremism online.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Why Some Sanders Backers Are Banned From Tinder
Stumping for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Tinder is getting some women banned from the online dating app.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Why This Group of Students Can't Get State Financial Aid
Michigan residents who graduated from high school 10 or more years ago can't get state tuition assistance at public colleges and universities.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

New Hampshire SoS Predicts Record Turnout
Secretary of State Bill Gardner predicts that there will be a total of about 550,000 votes cast on Tuesday - more than the 529,000 cast in 2008.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a...

Man Crashes Drone Into Empire State Building
The drone struck the 40th floor of the iconic building.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247390601289/u/0/f/663303/c/35002/s/4d669471/sc/21/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img...

Winter Storm Dumps Snow on Northeast, Snarls Traffic
A winter storm snarled the morning commute for millions from the Mid-Atlantic to New England Friday.<br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247390525393/u/0/f/663303/c/35002/s/4d624c7e/sc/13/rc/1/rc.htm"...


Entertainment News


CHRIS ROCK SAYS BLACK WOMEN HAVE IT THE WORST IN HOLLYWOOD
Chris Rock says in the new issue of Essence magazine that black women have it the worst in Hollywood when it comes to decent roles and decent pay.

He tells the magazine, "Black women get paid less than everybody in Hollywood. Everybody's talking about Jennifer Lawrence. Talk to Gabrielle Union. If you want to hear stories, talk to Nia Long. Talk to Kerry Washington. They would love to get to Jennifer Lawrence's place, or just be treated with the same amount of respect. Black women are the least represented on-screen. They just are. You can go see a lot of movies and there's not one black woman in there with, like, a real part. It's a real, real, real problem."

  • Chris also explains, "I've never done a movie, any movie, the silliest movie, where someone, some studio person hasn't gone, 'Does the girl have to be Black?' It happens every time."

HELEN MIRREN DEFENDS ACADEMY OVER OSCAR DIVERSITY BACKLASH
Helen Mirren does not believe that the Academy should be blamed for the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominees.

She appeared on England's Channel 4 News earlier this week where she was asked if she felt the Oscars were behind the times for failing to have black nominees for two years in a row. Helen responded, "I think it's unfair to attack the academy. It just so happened it went that way. Idris Elba absolutely would have been nominated for an Oscar but not enough people saw -- or wanted to see -- a film about child soldiers." The Oscar winner added, "I'm saying that the issue we need to be looking at is what happens before the film gets to the Oscars. What kind of films are made, and the way in which they're cast, and the scripts...so it's those things that are much more influential ultimately than who stands there with an Oscar."


'AMERICAN IDOL' HOLLYWOOD WEEK CONTINUES
Last night (February 4th) on American Idol, the final Top 24 were revealed.

The remaining vocalists who survived the cut included 21 year old student Stephany Negrete who was the first to walk for her final judgment. She performed Alicia Keys "Girl On Fire" for her Dolby Theater final performance. 23 yr old musician Mackenzie Bourg also made it through after performing "Can't Help Falling in Love With You".

16 year old student Lee Jean performed Ed Sheeran's "Make It Rain" for his final performance. "Telling the crowd to be quiet two times? No. I mean, you can maybe get away with the cuteness one time, but if they want to clap, let them clap" said Judge Jennifer Lopez who refered to Lee trying to have the crowd quiet down during his performance. Also heading to the next round is 15 year old student Gianna Isabella who performed Brenda K Starr's "I Still Believe". "I can only imagine if it was my daughter up there singing one of my songs, I would, I could lose it right now" said Judge Jennifer about Gianna singing her mothers song.

Other contestants advancing to the Top 24 include Trent Harmon, Jordan Sasser, Kory Wheeler, CJ Johnson, Adam Lasher, Sonika Vaid, and La'Porsha Renae.

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SOFIA VERGARA WANTS ANOTHER CHILD
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello are thinking about expanding their family.

The Modern Family star appears in the new issue of NET-A-PORTER.com's The EDIT where she discusses having another child saying, "I became a mother very young -- at 20 -- so I feel like I've been a mother my whole life, but I love that. Now that I'm 43 and my son is 23, it's funny to see some of my girlfriends raising young kids. In the US, women postpone motherhood, but in Latin America most of my friends have kids my son's age." Sofia adds, "I wouldn't mind another child. My husband is younger than me and he wants kids so we're trying to figure out what we're going to do. The idea of doing it all again doesn't scare me but, hey, it's not like it's going to happen naturally, is it?"

  • Sofia has been involved in a legal battle with her ex-fiancé, Nick Loeb, over embryos they froze in the hopes of one day having a child together. Nick is trying to gain custody of the embryos so that he may one day use them to have a child of his own through a surrogate.

DREW BARRYMORE IS OVER TRYING TO BE HOT
Drew Barrymore is no longer trying to keep up with being hot in Hollywood. She appears in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar where she explains why being "hot" is more than just about looks and who she thinks is totally killing it right now.

The 40-year-old mother of two says, "I think it's a huge mistake to think you have to burn bright for your whole life. You cannot sustain it. It's exhausting, and it's not very realistic. I don't think I'm hot right now necessarily, because I have all my irons in a bunch of different fires. I'm writing. I'm doing makeup. I'm doing design. I'm expanding Flower into different categories." Drew also explains, "Hot is a state of mind. It's an energy. You're hot when you're motivated. It means you want it and you're going after it. Hot isn't about being on the A list of having a hot body. It's literally people who are on fire. Like Lena Dunham is on fire. Amy Schumer. Louis C.K. I think their brands of comedy and observational life stuff are some of the coolest I've seen in so many years."


CELEBRITY GOSSIP
MORE ROMANCE RUMORS FOR ORLANDO BLOOM AND KATY PERRY: The romance rumors between Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry are resurfacing after they attended a birthday party together on Wednesday (February 3rd.) According to People, Orlando and Katy dined with a large group which included Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. The party was for producer Aleen Keshishian at the Sunset Tower Hotel.

ANNE HATHAWAY BUYS NEW NYC PENTHOUSE: Anne Hathaway has a posh new pad to enjoy the remainder of her pregnancy. Page Six is reporting that she and hubby Adam Shulman have purchased a new $2.55 million penthouse in New York City's Upper West Side neighborhood. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home also has a wood-burning fireplace and a terrace. Anne also owns a home in L.A.

JESSICA ALBA SAYS SHE ACTED MASCULINE MOST OF HER LIFE: Jessica Alba appears in the March issue of Cosmopolitan magazine where she admits that she has acted masculine for most of her life. She explains, "Most of my life, I identified more with my masculine side. I was kind of aggressive and super masculine in my early 20s -- even into my mid-20s. I got boobs when I was young...and I was like, 'What do I do?'" Jessica continues, "I was always feeling angry, like an impostor. I learned how to be cool with the feminine later in life. I'm in a man's world in business. But I know what women want -- men don't...Whenever male colleagues question me in meetings, I'm like, 'Go home and ask your wife. This is a pointless conversation. Go home and talk to her.' When we were talking about package designs, I was like, 'Are you really giving me notes on packaging for feminine care? I literally can't with you.'"

SARAH JESSICA PARKER DEFENDS 'SEX AND THE CITY': Sarah Jessica Parker has been forced to defend the ending of Sex and the City after creator Darren Star expressed his opinion that he would have liked to make Carrie Bradshaw realize she doesn't need a man or marriage to be happy. Sarah responded to Yahoo! Style saying, "As I recall, the way Carrie and Big married was something she wanted rather than a feeling that life was slipping away and she best settle quickly. I don't think of it as someone diminishing herself by letting a man marry her -- it always felt that she had arrived at that on her own." She added, "The beauty is we can all have lots and lots of opinions about lots of choices Carrie made that we object to or that we stand by. If that's Darren's feeling, I think it's interesting!"

ALISON BRIE AND DAVE FRANCO ARE TAKING THEIR TIME TO PLAN THE WEDDING: Alison Brie and Dave Franco are not in any rush to plan their wedding since getting engaged last year. Alison told E! News, "I think we're both just sort of in an intense thing. We're so busy. We're very mellow about the whole thing. We're like it's gonna happen we'll figure it out." They got engaged last August after three years of dating.


INDUSTRY NEWS
SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR IS OPEN TO APPEARING ON 'CRUEL INTENTIONS' REBOOT: Sarah Michelle Gellar is totally supportive of ABC's upcoming TV reboot of Cruel Intentions which will pick up 15 years after the movie left off. She told Us Weekly, "I think it's awesome. I think there are so many great stories to tell. Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin did a great job with the Cruel Intentions musical -- it was phenomenal. Roger Kumble -- who wrote and directed the film -- is at the helm, and anything Roger does is great. And they are great characters, so why shouldn't their story be told?" When asked about reprising her role as Kathryn from 1999 film, Sarah said, "I don't know. Never say never."

MATT LEBLANC JOINS 'TOP GEAR': Matt LeBlanc has signed to co-host BBC's Top Gear. He is the first non-British host in the show's 39-year history. The former Friends star said in a statement, "As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I'm honored and excited to be a part of this iconic show's new chapter. What a thrill!"

'X-MEN' TV SERIES ROUNDS OUT CAST: The upcoming X-Men TV series called Legion has found its stars. Aubrey Plaza, Dan Stevens, and Jean Smart have signed on to star in the pilot from Fargo's Noah Hawley. The pilot introduces us to David Haller -- a man who has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years because of schizophrenia who discovers the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. In the comics, the character is actually the son of Charles Xavier and Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Haller.

USA RENEWS 'COLONY': USA's Colony has been renewed for a second season. The series from Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal has been averaging 3.4 million viewers since its premiere. The network said in a statement, "Carlton and Ryan have successfully delivered a story that tests the strengths and weaknesses of a society in duress, and the bonds of a family divided. Colony's performance across all platforms has been impressive, and we can't wait to see where the story takes us."

'THE WALKING DEAD' ADDS ALICIA WITT: Alicia Witt has been added to the cast of The Walking Dead. Her role has not been revealed. She will also be appearing on an upcoming episode of ABC's Nashville as a country music star named Autumn who has paid her dues.


WENDY WILLIAMS TARGETED IN KANYE WEST DISS TRACK
Kanye West has recorded a diss track against Wendy Williams as revenge against all of the recent stuff she has been saying about him on her show. Wendy recently insinuated that Kim Kardashian is Kanye's beard and also said, "I think that Kim likes the allusion of having a husband and children. And Kanye likes her because he likes a nice Barbie Doll."

According to The Daily Mail, Kanye's new track is a remix of Aerosmith's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)." It includes the lyrics, "You obsessed with me/Keep testing me/You may be wearing dresses, but you a man like me/Got bigger hands than me/Let me see, your birther please/A dude in a wig that really wanna be me!"

  • A source told the website, "Kanye played the record for some of the artists he has been collaborating with in the studio and everyone was going crazy. It was really on the level of Nas' "Ether" diss record to Jay-Z."
  • Another insider claims that Kim convinced Kanye to shelve the track because of how it might be perceived. The source explained, "Kim was concerned that Caitlyn would be offended by the record -- it would appear as though Kanye was in some way attacking that movement instead of just targeting Wendy. She didn't want Kanye to be labelled trans-phobic."
  • TV insiders claim that Wendy's comments about A-list black celebrities have kept many of them from appearing on her show.




 

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