Taylor Swift is getting ready to take a website called Celebrity Jihad to court. Swift claims that she was wrongly identified in a "leaked" nude photo scandal. According to TMZ, Taylor is threatening to sue. The photo features a topless woman who looks like Swift under the headline, "Taylor Swift Topless Private Pic Leaked?" Swift's lawyers are upset and sent a letter to the site demanding to take down the post immediately. The site is reportedly considering it's options.
Jason Aldean got a chance to meet a 90's show icon. Mr. Belding, aka Dennis Haskins, of Saved By the Bell showed up at Jason's concert in Los Angeles on Thursday (October 27). Aldean tweeted, "Mr Belding was at my show tonite in L.A. Pretty cool!"
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill already have a busy 2012 ahead of them. The couple told theSydney Morning Herald that the plan on releasing new music within the year. Tim has been battling his record company to release new music since his last album in 2009. Him and the record label are heading to court in November. Hill has admitted that she also has plans for a more soulful album.
She said, "I'm a lover of soul music. I was brought up in the church and that was the first music I ever heard and ever performed. I've tried to infuse that into my albums over the years but I haven't been able to do that until this one. I feel like I've dug a little deeper than previously. I fought for that space within myself and I found it."
McGraw and Hill are heading to Australia in March for a joint tour. The Tim McGraw/Faith Hill 2012 Australian Tour kicks off officially at the Burswood Dome in Perth on March 14.
Tim's new movie, Dirty Girl, is in theaters now. The film also stars Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich and William H. Macy.
Faith Hill has been added to the lineup of performers on the 45th annual CMA Awards. She will return to give her first performance at the CMA's in five years, and will debut the new single from her new album, due out early next year.
The CMA Awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 9th at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum,Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban, plus Brad and Carrie in their first live televised-performance of their chart-topping song "Remind Me."
Tickets for the 45th annual CMA Awards are on sale and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com
Faith has won three CMA Awards, including Female Vocalist (2000), Music Video (1998 for "This Kiss"), and Vocal Event of the Year (1997 for "It's Your Love" with husband Tim McGraw).
Her last performance on the CMA Awards was in 2006.
Her last appearance at the event was in 2009, when she co-presented the Entertainer of the Year Award with Tim.
Justin Moore might hate Halloween, but he knows that even the best dad's suck it up for their little girls. Justin told us that even though he isn't too fond of Halloween, his little girl, Ella, is planning on going out dressed as a cat.
"I hope I'm hidden in my bus somewhere. I hate Halloween. No, I think I will be at home, honestly. Maybe I'll like it a little bit better this year since Ella's old enough to maybe trick or treat a little bit, but I've just never liked Halloween. I can't stand it. I know I'm odd, but it's like the one holiday that I just don't know why, but I never got into it. As a kid I never dressed up. I never wanted my face painted or nothing. I was a strange kid. I was a stranger kid than I am adult, if you can imagine that."
Montgomery Gentry is celebrating the release of it's latest album and told us about how they plan on celebrating Halloween.
Troy Gentry said, "Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to participate in. I've got the old standard -- Batman. I'll be Batman again this year. Everybody knows me as a big, big Batman fan, so I've got two parties to go to this year -- one of the them I'll definitely be Batman, and then I don't know. I'm trying to think of something else to do differently for the other party and thus far is some sort of scary, eery clown cause I know how many people hate clowns."
Eddie Montgomery said, " I have a buddy of mine that they've had a Halloween party ever since high school. I'm single and another buddy of mine's single so we're thinking about going as Dumb and Dumber (Troy laughs) so (Eddie laughs) that's what we figure we might do. We figured, 'Well, what the hell!' We'll try it and see. We can probably pull it off. I know I can, so they're gonna be like, 'Oh yeah, that works!' (laughs)."
Montgomery Gentry's new CD, called Rebels On The Run, is the duo's seventh studio album, but their first for Nashville indie label, Average Joe's Entertainment. The album also marks Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry's first time to work with Jason Aldean's producer, Michael Knox, in what Troy describes as a return to their early MG days.
Montgomery Gentry's current single, "Where I Come From," is a Top 35 hit on the country charts.
Montgomery Gentry's very first single was "Hillbilly Shoes" back in 1999. The song climbed to Number 15 on the Billboard country chart.
Their debut album, Tattoos & Scars, was also released in 1999 and sold more than a million copies.
Luke Bryan has taught his kids a thing or two about Halloween. Luke told us that when he takes his two young sons trick-or-treating -- he learns all about the type of people his neighbors are.
He said, "We're looking forward to trick-or-treating, and doing it in our neighborhood. You can find out a lot about your neighbors by what kind of candy they put out. So, well, like full bars of Snickers bars, that's what, and Reese's cups, (but) the old chocolate popcorn ball of stuff, that's no good either, like Dots - you get Dots one time of year and they pull your teeth."
Luke released his new Tailgates & Tanlines album in August.
It has already been certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies.
Luke, whose single "I Don't Want This Night to End" is quickly climbing the country charts, is in the midst of his first headlining tour for CMT. The trek, which also features Josh Thompson and Lee Brice, is scheduled to wrap November 19th in Monroe, Louisiana.
Luke is set to perform live on the CMA Awards on November 9th in Nashville, where he is nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year. The show airs live on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Q. What was the name of Dolly Parton's first gold record in 1977? A. Here You Come Again
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TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 9:30AM (ET) Kellie Pickler
THE COLLECTION: KEITH URBAN/GAC 3:00PM (ET)
DAY JOBS/GAC 7:00PM (ET) Darryl Worley, David Nail, Aaron Tippin
The 3-D, animated feature Puss in Boots, a spinoff from the Shrek movies, opened in first place at the weekend box office, while last week's top film, Paranormal Activity 3, fell to second place. Antonio Banderas provides the voice of the feline title character who teams up with Humpty Dumpty to steal a goose that lays golden eggs. Also lending their voices are Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris.
Debuting at Number Three was the sci-fi thriller In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. The film takes place in a future world where the wealthy can buy immortality, while the poor desperately try to buy time to live past 25. Cillian Murphy and Olivia Wilde co-star.
Opening in fifth place was the Johnny Depp drama The Rum Diary, about a journalist working in 1950s Puerto Rico, that's based on a semi-autobiographical novel by the late Hunter S. Thompson. Also starring are Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins and Giovanni Ribisi.
Halloween came early for the stars, many of whom dressed up for weekend parties. Heidi Klum threw her annual Halloween party in Las Vegas, this year going as -- a skinless corpse.
The supermodel/mom entered the bash passed out on a gurney, escorted by two bloody doctors. She said of her grand entrance, "This is my thirteenth Halloween party this year and I wanted something different. I was thinking how it would look if I had all my skin ripped off, and so. . . voila!"
To pull off the look, Heidi wore a bodysuit designed and hand painted by the same man who creates the wings for Victoria's Secret shows.
Other notable costumes?
Nicole Richie went as Jennifer Lopez to Kate Hudson's Pacific Palisades bash, wearing JLo's "iconic pink sweatsuit, oversized gold aviators, huge hoop earrings, accessorized with a Louis Vuitton bag; she wore her hair up in a bun and even made sure her skin matched Lopez's gorgeous golden glow."
Kim Kardashian dressed as the comic character of "Poison Ivy."
Sofia Vergara dressed up as an "Angry Bird."
Lea Michele wore a "Swan Queen" outfit from the film Black Swan.
Snooki hosted a Halloween bash at the Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas dressed as a sexy cat.
WORLD SERIES GAME 7 GETS HUGE RATINGS: 25.4 million people watched game 7 of the World Series on Friday night -- making it the most-watched matchup since 2004, when the Red Sox won their first title in 86 years. EW.com reported that it was also the most-watched Friday night program of any kind on any network since the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games on NBC.
'FULL HOUSE' COSTARS REUNITE FOR WEB SERIES: Former Full House co-stars Jodie Sweetinand Dave Coulier are reuniting for a new Internet sitcom. Starpulse.com reported that the two actors will star in the web series "Can't Get Arrested," in which they'll play a "version of themselves" and work together to "rekindle their careers by using any means necessary to attract media attention and get back in the spotlight." Fellow Full House alum Candace Cameron and Saved By the Bell'sDennis Haskinswill reportedly make guest appearances.
ELLEN AND PORTIA OPENING VEGAN RESTAURANT: Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia De Rossiare opening a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that singer Chrissie Hynde and The Hangover II producer Steve Bing have invested in the couple's eatery. Celebrity chef Tal Ronnen has been tapped for the health-conscious restaurant, which will open in the San Fernando Valley.
SUSAN SARANDON'S DAUGHTER GETS MARRIED: Susan Sarandon's daughter, Eva Amurri tied the knot with soccer commentator Kyle Martino on Saturday (October 29th) in Charleston, South Carolina.People magazine reported that the nuptials were hosted by Sarandon, and her ex, Tim Robbins, who helped raise Eva during his 21-year relationship with Susan. The ceremony was officiated by Sister Helen Prejean, about whom Sarandon's film Dead Man Walking was based. Amurri, 26, and Martino, 30 got engaged last December.
TORI SPELLING HOSPITALIZED: Tori Spelling was rushed to the hospital on Sunday after complaining about headaches for the past week. RadarOnline.com reported that Tori's husband Dean McDermott took her to the Tarzana Medical Center where she was photographed in a wheelchair, looking "tired and weak." On Saturday Tori tweeted, "Anyone else get horrendous migraines right after giving birth? Is it hormones? I've had one for a week now. Nothing is working." Spelling gave birth to their third child, Hattie Margaret, on October 10th.
MELISSA JOAN HART SUED: Melissa Joan Hart's former manager has sued the actress, claiming she committed fraud and breach of contract. In the lawsuit, Kieran Maguire alleges that Melissa promised to pay him ten percent of her earnings from acting -- including a run on Dancing With the Stars, and her role on the ABC Family sitcom, Melissa & Joey. She supposedly kept her end of the bargain for five years, but stopped payments "once her popularity was brought back from obscurity." Hart fired Maguire in 2011, but he says that she is still obligated to pay him.
'JON AND KATE' EDITOR ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN: A TV editor who once worked on Jon and Kate Plus 8 has been arrested on child porn-related charges. William Blankinship, 56, was busted on October 21st and charged with 10 counts of sex exploit of a minor, meaning he possessed photos and/or video of a minor engaged in sexual activity. Figure 8 films -- the company for which he worked and subsequently edited the TLC show -- has since fired him. They released a statement about his connection to the Gosselins, saying that "At no time was this man ever in the field or in direct contact with any of the talent for any of our productions."
HILARY SWANK REPORTEDLY FIRES STAFF IN WAKE OF PARTY DISASTER: Hilary Swank is reportedly firing the people responsible for her controversial appearance at a concert for Ramzan Kadyrov earlier this month. TMZ.com reported that in the wake of the backlash, Swank fired her manager Jason Weinberg two of her agents at CAA, Amie Yavor and Josh Lieberman. Kadyrov is accused of being a murdering warlord and there's even an entire section on his Wikipedia page devoted entirely to his alleged human rights abuses.
COPS CALLED OVER DREW BARRYMORE PARTY: Drew Barrymore's neighbors reportedly called the cops over the weekend because the actress was having a loud party. TMZ.com reported that Barrymore quickly rectified the situation and there were no more complaints from then on out.
BLAKE INTRODUCES RYAN TO THE FAM? Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds might be getting serious. PerezHilton.com reported that Blake recently introduced Ryan to her sister Robyn. However, some friends are concerned that they're moving too quickly. An insider said, "Ryan and Blake put Sandra and Leo behind them so quickly and haven't looked back. But for the most part, people are rooting for them. They seem perfect for each other."
Eva Longoria is slamming the media after they wrongly claimed that she was dating L.A. Lakers forward Matt Barnes.
The New York Post reported that the Desperate Housewives star seemed "very flirty" and had "a spark" with Barnes while they were out in NYC last week. Even though the piece included a clarification from Longoria's rep that the two were "just friends," the actress was still mad.
She wrote on her WhoSay page, "First Jessica Simpson, now this. Once again, press gets it wrong, Matt barnes and I are not dating! We are doing a charity event together for Padres and Athletes vs Cancer."
Longoria is currently dating Penelope Cruz's younger brother Eduardo. She divorced NBA starTony Parker in 2010.
A photographer has filed a battery report against Demi Moore, claiming that the actress struck him as he tried to take her picture on Friday (October 28th).
The man claims that Demi lost her temper when he approached her for a picture. He toldX17Online.com, "Demi was crazy; she was totally losing it. I was just standing on the sidewalk, trying to get a few shots of her and she was going completely mad. She tried to jump on me and swipe my camera."
TMZ noted that the photographer displayed no visible injuries and "judging from the photos of the incident, it appears the pap was way too close and in her face." It's unclear where she allegedly struck him.
The West Hollywood Sheriff's Department will reportedly be given the complaint to investigate.
Kris Humphries has been scammed. Kim Kardashian's new husband lost hundreds of thousands of dollars after investing money with shady businessman Andrey C. Hicks -- who was a guest at the couple's August wedding.
Hicks was recently arrested for allegedly running a $1.7 million investment scam. TMZ.com reported that Kris personally gave Hicks money to invest in a bogus, billion-dollar hedge fun.
A rep for Kris confirmed, "Kris Humphries is the victim of an investment fraud. He is working with law enforcement authorities and will not have any further comment until the matter is resolved."
Hicks was arrested last Friday (October 28th) and could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
SNOW STORM LEAVES MILLIONS WITHOUT POWER: An unusually early Northeast winter snow storm over the weekend dropped up to 30 inches of heavy snow in some areas and left millions without power. By late Sunday (October 30th), the number of outages had dipped to below three million and was continuing to fall, but officials in some states were warning that it could be days before all power was fully restored. Hundreds of schools had to close today (October 31st), and while a Halloween day off may seem like a dream come true for kids, some communities have also had to cancel planned trick-or-treating because of the snowfall. The storm also brought new stories of passengers who were forced to sit on airport tarmacs for hours because of weather-related delays. Passengers on at least three JetBlue planes and one American Airlines plane say they sat on the tarmac for seven hours or more at Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Connecticut, after being diverted on Saturday from New York-area airports. When they were finally let off, they had to spend the night sleeping in the airport. Federal regulations put into place last year fine airlines for holding flights on the tarmac for more than three hours.
OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTERS ARRESTED IN TEXAS, OREGON: Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested over the weekend in Oregon and Texas. In Portland, protesters have been allowed to sleep in two parks in business areas despite policies outlawing camping, but the mayor warned last week that he wouldn't allow any more parks to be taken over. About 30 people were arrested after hundreds gathered late Saturday in another park and defied a midnight curfew. Meanwhile, in Austin, 39 people were arrested Sunday as police enforced a new rule banning food tables in the City Hall plaza where protesters have camped out. However, in Tennessee, a local official in Nashville refused to sign off on arrest warrants after Governor Bill Haslam sent state troopers to remove protesters late last week for violating a park curfew. Night Court Magistrate Tom Nelson said state officials had no authority to set the curfew.
CAIN DENIES SEXUAL HARASSMENT REPORT: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain'scampaign yesterday (October 30th) denied allegations in a Politico report that he was twice accused of sexual harassment by female employees while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Politico said the two women signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them five-figure financial settlements to leave and barred them from discussing their departures. Campaign spokesman J.D. Gordon said in a written statement to AP that the allegations weren't true, stating, "Inside-the-Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain. Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cain's tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts." Cain is facing tougher scrutiny after rising to the top of many national polls in the race for the GOP nomination.
YOUTUBE LAUNCHING 100-PLUS NEW ENTERTAINMENT CHANNELS: YouTube announced an original programming entertainment venture on Friday (October 28th) in which it'll be debuting more than 100 new video channels in partnership with a range of content creators. Those partners will include: celebrities, such as Madonna, Shaquille O'Neal, Amy Poehler, Ashton Kutcher, Deepak Chopra andSofia Vergara; Hollywood production companies; and media groups, such as Thomson Reuters and online magazine Slate; and even the WWE. According to YouTube, the channels will provide 25 hours of original content daily, including regularly-scheduled online series. The channels will begin launching this month, but most will debut next year.
PROMINENT GLOBAL WARMING SKEPTIC NOW A BELIEVER: A prominent physicist who's been a skeptic of global warming is now a believer in climate change, after spending two years studying the issue and examining skeptics' chief criticisms, and will present his results at a New Mexico conference today (October 31st) and recently writing about them in the Wall Street Journal. Richard Muller, who works at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, found that th Earth is 1.6 degrees warmer than in the 1950s, matching what's been found by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Muller's findings came despite that fact that 25 percent of the $600,000 he used to do the research came from the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of skeptic groups. The vast majority of climate scientists say global warming is real and man-made, caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil.
STEVE JOBS' SISTER REVEALS HIS FINAL WORDS: Novelist and University of California professor Mona Simpson, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' biological sister, revealed her late brother's final words in an October 16th eulogy that was published yesterday (October 30th) in the New York Times. Simpson described Jobs' last moments before he died of pancreatic cancer earlier this month at age 56, saying, "Before embarking, he'd looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life's partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. Steve's final words were, 'Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.'" Simpson first learned about her biological brother, who'd been given up for adoption, when she was 25 and the two met, eventually developing a relationship that continued to his death.
SEVEN BILLIONTH HUMAN ON EARTH TO BE BORN TODAY: The baby that will put the world's population over seven billion is expected to be born sometime today (October 31st), according to the United Nations Population Fund, and is most likely to be a boy born in India or China. But as the global population passes the milestone, experts are saying that the world is actually undergoing a major demographic shift towards slower population growth for the first time ever. While this trend has been seen for a while in industrialized Western and east Asian nations, it's now also appearing elsewhere, including Brazil, China and the Middle East. Among the reasons for this demographic shift over the past few decades, Texas A&M University sociology and demographics professor Dudley Poston cites: improved methods of birth control and greater opportunities for women; urbanization reducing the need for large families; and China's aggressive enforcement of its "one child" policy. For that reason, Poston says that while it took 12 years to reach today's seven billion population mark from when we passed six million in 1999, it'll take a longer 14 years to reach eight billion and then 18 years after that to reach nine billion.
BERLIN RESTAURANT SERVING STONE AGE FOOD: A restaurant in Berlin, Germany, called Sauvage caters to people who want to eat the way our Stone Age ancestors did, serving only food that was available more than two million years ago, Britain's Daily Mail reports. That means no cheese or sugar and only gluten-free bread or desserts, with the menu featuring only organic, unprocessed fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and herbs. Sauvage -- which means "savage" or "wild" in French -- claims to be first restaurant of its kind in Europe.
ST. LOUIS HOLDS PARADE FOR WORLD CHAMPION CARDINALS: The world champion St. Louis Cardinals were heralded with a parade in downtown St. Louis and a celebration at Busch Stadium yesterday (October 30th), two days after they won the World Series over the Texas Rangers with a 6-2 Game 7 victory. Several hundred thousand people turned out for the festivities, and gave especially loud cheers for Albert Pujols, who fans are hoping will come back next season, as well as Lance Berkman,Yadier Molina, Chris Carpenter and hometown boy David Freese, the postseason hero who was named MVP in both the National League Championship Series and the World Series. Manager Tony La Russa led the parade on top of a beer wagon pulled by the Budweiser Clydesdales, followed by the players in pickup trucks in the red-and-white Cardinals colors. [Look in "Last Night's TV Audio" for sound from Friday's Game 7 and afterward.]
NFL SCORES -- WEEK 8: Here are the results of this weekend's National Football League Games (Home teams are listed in italics):
Tennessee Titans 27, Indianapolis Colts 10
St. Louis Rams 31, New Orleans Saints 21
New York Giants 20, Miami Dolphins 17
Minnesota Vikings 24, Carolina Panthers 21
Baltimore Ravens 30, Arizona Cardinals 27
Houston Texans 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 14
Buffalo Bills 23, Washington Redskins 0
Detroit Lions 45, Denver Broncos 10
Pittsburgh Steelers 25, New England Patriots 17
San Francisco 49ers 20, Cleveland Browns 10
Cincinnati Bengals 34, Seattle Seahawks 12
Philadelphia Eagles 34, Dallas Cowboys 7
Tonight's Monday Night Football game on ESPN:
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (8:30 p.m. ET)
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS - The engagement party for Lisa's daughter is the social event of the season.
BORED TO DEATH - Jonathan spends time with Emily; George faces restaurant competition; Ray finds himself drawn to an older woman.
ENLIGHTENED - Amy convinces Levi to go on a river rafting excursion.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Neil Patrick Harris, Bethenny Frankel THE VIEW - Halloween Show
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Jesse Eisenberg, Puscifer THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Justin Bieber, Lloyd JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Paul Reubens, Bruno Tonioli, Megadeth THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Zooey Deschanel, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Linsey Buckingham LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat) THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Mindy Kaling THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Neil MacGregor CONAN - Jimmy Fallon, Reggie Watts
$1 MILLION HUMAN SLINKY COSTUME MOST EXPENSIVE ON EARTH? For those looking to get an early start on costume shopping for next year, someone on EBay is selling a human slinky costume for $1 million. The listing says 10% of the cost would go to the American Cancer Society. (Daily Mail)
MAN MISTAKES MOON FOR UFO, CALLS POLICE: A U.K. man called police to report an unidentified flying object only to come to the conclusion that he was looking at the moon. The caller tells the dispatcher, "It's not an emergency per se, but there's something flying over our house. Um, It's coming towards me now, there's all this light blazing. I don't know what the hell it is!" The caller sounds sincere and even scared. He ended up calling back when he realized what the object was. He said, "You're not going to believe this, But it's the moon." The police department posted the call on YouTube and -- perhaps suspecting it was a prank -- called it an "inappropriate Halloween Call." (Telegraph)
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JAIL TURNED INTO HAUNTED HOUSE: A small jail in Los Angeles County is sending its 16 inmates to another jail for Halloween so it can operate as a haunted house. Deputy Frank Barragan told reporters that they'll open Norwalk Station up to the public, where parents and children will see ghosts, vampires and goblins. He added, "It's going to be dark, very dark." Nearby Lakewood Station has a similar event and sends its inmates away as well. (Huffington Post)
BORROWED CAR SOLD ONLINE: California police are searching for a man who borrowed a car then sold it on Craigslist. Officials say Laurel Rudolph reported her vehicle stolen after she loaned it to a friend named Jeff Keller, who didn't bring it back when she was expecting him. Police found the car when the woman who bought it on Craigslist tried to register it at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The seller was identified as the same man but may have been operating under a false name. (UPI)
MOST POPULAR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR WOMEN THIS YEAR (TresSugar.com)
No. 1 Black Swan: Natalie Portman's award-winning psychological thriller has influenced all kinds of things this past year, from a hilarious Saturday Night Live skit to a Black Swan-inspired wedding. And with the flick's dramatic makeup and ballet costumes it's no surprise it's the top female costume and No. 2 overall most-searched Halloween costume this year (after Angry Birds).
No. 2 Playboy Bunny: Even though The Playboy Club didn't last very long, thanks to the show's good and bad publicity, Hef's Playboy bunnies and clubs have been been news fodder of late. Whether women go as the '60s bunnies or the modern ones won't really matter, since not much has changed!
No. 3 Nicki Minaj: If you've moved on from that other outrageously dressed singer Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj may be your best option. She, too, dons colorful wigs, face-covering accessories, and underwear as clothes. Just watch out for nip slips!
No. 4 Smurfette: Thanks to The Smurfs movie with Katy Perry as the voice of Smurfette, this blue cartoon character is a costume trend for both girls and women this year. But before you buy that sexy Smurfette costume, here's some background on the controversial origins of Smurfette.
No. 5 Pan Am: Another new retro show is inspiring women this Halloween: Pan Am. This drama harkens back to the days of glamorous flight attendants, who were sexy without the fishnets and push-up bras.
EAT CANDY . . . QUICKER? Many dentists have given up trying to put their patients off going trick or treating. Instead they are taking the unusual move of advising eating as many sweets as quickly as possible. They are saying that gorging on sweet food is much better for your teeth than eating little bits for weeks. As Christopher Wanjek, author of Bad Medicine, writes: 'Slowly snacking on Halloween candy every few hours, day after day, keeps your teeth bathed in enamel-corroding acid, the byproduct of bacteria feeding on sugar and other carbohydrates in your mouth. He explains on LiveScience.com that as far as oral hygiene goes, it is better to eat five chocolate bars at once than to eat one every few hours. (LiveScience.com)
WHAT HER HALLOWEEN COSTUME SAYS ABOUT HER (AskMen.com)
The Halloween slut: Any Y-chromosome-bearing individual shouldn't need help spotting the Halloween slut, but on the off chance some of you don't get out much, just look for a short skirt and thigh-high stockings. Don't even contemplate the potential for something meaningful with this one; however, if your intention is just a one-nighter, she's the perfect gal for you. Odds are, she's looking for the same thing. The odds are so good, in fact, you might not even need to buy her breakfast come November 1.
The Disney character: To fit in this category, this princess must be the nonslutty variety -- a Disney character. This girl is sure to be sweet, but possibly a little shy. Don't count on her making the first move, even if you are doing your best imitation of a firefighter calendar cover. You'll do better if you attempt to sweep her off her feet. After all, she may be looking for her happily ever after and you could be her Prince Charming.
The zombie: Any woman in a gory costume is qualified to fit into this category. Don't overlook her. This girl has real potential. She's clearly confident and fun (she went ahead and uglied herself up for the party, all in the name of getting in to the spirit of things). Don't automatically assume she's a tomboy either. If she did all that and still looks pretty damn good, then you can bet she looks smokin' in her everyday clothing.
The group match: This girl is easy to spot because you'll swear you saw her before. You did, sort of. You'll see about 10 of her wearing the same costume. Girls dressed alike are going to be insecure (she wasn't brave enough to flaunt something on her own) and consequently very friend-dependent. Once you go for one of the girls in this group, you're pretty much sworn off to the rest of them (they will stick together). Choose wisely. And, once you choose, be ready, because you'll have to pass approval from her posse first. This girl could be a one-night stand or relationship material (she's unpredictable, it could go either way, but she'll need direction from her gal pals before you get very far). All this adds up to one thing -- she might be way more trouble than she's worth.
The couple match: She's taken. Move on. Feel free to throw a look of pity in the direction of the poor whipped guy she roped into donning whatever ridiculous costume matches hers.
The clever costume: If you find yourself chuckling when you see her costume, she's definitely in this category. Witty banter will abound with this one, but know there might be a degree of smugness and arrogance behind her clever retorts (and costume). Putting that much effort into a Halloween costume comes with a certain degree of obsessiveness. She has all the makings of a control freak. Proceed with caution.
HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TIPS (Women's Health)
Divide and conquer: Often, nutrition information for candy is based on more than one mini-sized bag. For example, one serving of peanut M&Ms contains 180 calories and 9 grams of fat, and one serving of Skittles contains 160 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. But, these numbers are based on TWO bags.
When you have treats, stick to one bag, even though the serving size may be two bags. Then, cut the nutrition information in half on the label to calculate how much you are consuming.
Craving minty? Treat yourself. Besides the fresh-breath advantage, mint candies are usually low-calorie and may chill you out: Studies have shown that just smelling peppermint reduces anxiety and fatigue. If you are craving minty candy, we recommend York Peppermint Patties. Aside from freshening your breath, they're lower in calories and fat than most candy.
Portion Control Issues? One trick to keep from going overboard on bite size goodies: Choose hard candies, which you can't possibly polish off as quickly as a bag of sour gummy bears. We recommend Jolly Ranchers or lollipops, which take much longer to eat than other types of candy so the calories last longer. For example, Tootsie-Pop miniatures have 50 calories -- but there are three lollipops in each serving.
Another option for satisfying a sweet tooth is Jelly Belly Sport Beans, which are fortified with electrolytes and carbohydrates for energy.
HALLOWEEN TRIVIA AND FUN FACTS (Halloween-Website.com)
Halloween Holiday Trivia
Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
Jack o' Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
Black cats were once believed to be witch's familiars who protected their powers.
Monster Trivia & Folklore
Signs of a werewolf are a unibrow, hair palms, tattoos, and a long middle finger.
Vampires are mythical beings who defy death by sucking the blood of humans.
In 1962, the Count Dracula Society was founded.
To this day, there are vampire clubs and societies with people claiming to be real vampires.
There really are so-called vampire bats, but they're not from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America and feed on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.
Many people still believe that gargoyles were created by medieval architects and stone carvers to ward off evil spirits.
Halloween Movie Details
"Halloween" was made in only 21 days in 1978 on a very limited budget.
The movie was shot in the Spring and used fake autumn leaves.
The character Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis was named after John Carpenter's first girlfriend.
While the setting for the story is in Illinois, the vehicles have California license plates.
Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Holloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago.
Twice as many children are killed in U.S. pedestrian accidents on Halloween compared to other days of the year, researchers say. Amy Teddy, injury prevention program manager at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, said children need proper safety instruction before they go trick-or-treating. Parents should remind children of the rules of the road, emphasizing that drivers may not be able to spot them after dark.
Madoff's Wife, Son Say Knew Nothing About Massive Ponzi Scheme
Bernie Madoff's wife and son said in a 60 Minutes interview last night -- their first to be broadcast -- that they knew nothing about Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme, for which he's serving a 150-year prison sentence. Madoff's son, Andrew, said the family was shocked when he confessed to them in December 2008, and that his mother didn't even know what a Ponzi scheme was. Andrew explained, "She didn't even understand that. I think it was me who answered and said that, 'It means that it's all fake.' [His father] followed that up and said, 'Yes, I've been lying to all of you -- all of these years. I've been lying to everybody. I've been lying to myself.'" Andrew and his brother Mark, who worked at their father's firm, turned him in after that and Mark hanged himself last year on the second anniversary of his father's arrest. Andrew said, "What he did to me, to my brother, and to my family is unforgivable. What he did to thousands of other people, destroyed their lives -- I'll never understand it. And I'll never forgive him for it."Ruth Madoff, who said she never suspected anything, barely spoke with her sons for two years after the arrest because, according to Andrew, they couldn't understand her decision to stand by their father's side. However, she cut off contact with her husband after their son's suicide. The interview was done in conjunction with the release of a new book by Andrew and Ruth Madoff, called Truth and Consequences, that was arranged by Andrew's fiancee. The Madoffs say they're not profiting from the book because all proceeds are going to the fiancee.
Are You Paranoid About Your Kids Eating Trick-or-Treat Candy?
The urban legend about kids being given Halloween trick-or-treat candy tainted with poison or dangerous objects goes back decades, with actual cases being extremely rare. But the fear lives on, leading some medical facilities to offer candy x-raying on Halloween. Reuters reports that the Virginia medical clinic Patient First, for example, has been offering the service for 10 years, and will be doing it again for free at 37 of its centers in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. However, a representative told the news agency that, to their knowledge, they'd never found any tainted candy. The rumor debunking site Snopes.com breaks down the tainted candy fears and says that while they weren't able to track down any cases of candy poisoning, there have been some rare incidents of pins and razor blades being found in candy. However, almost all them involved kids or teens pranking their siblings, parents, friends or even the community based on the well-known tainted candy fears.
What's In Your McRib?
McRib devotees have been thrilled by McDonald's recent announcement that the hard-to-find specialty sandwich will be available at all stores across the country until November 14th. But before biting into one of the sandwiches of pork, onions and pickles slathered in barbecue sauce, you might want to know what's actually in it -- or maybe you don't. The Week magazine rounded up some reports on the McRib's contents, which found that while the meat is in fact made of pork, it's actually mostly pig innards like tripe, heart and stomach, which are cooked and blended with salt and water before being shaped into the patties. Additionally, not only the patty, but even the bun, are packed with chemicals, and the McRib comes in at a not very figure- or heart-friendly 500 calories with 26 grams of fat and 980 milligrams of sodium.
Lionel Richie is going to debut songs from his country duets album, Tuskegee, on the 45th Annual CMA Awards to be aired live on November 9. Lionel Richie will perform select duets with Little Big Town, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts.
Richie said, "As my songwriting progressed, I realized that my songs perfectly translated to the country genre. I was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. I am a country boy and proud of it. To do this project just felt natural. Growing up with country, R&B, gospel, and classical music from my grandmother and pop, Tuskegee was the perfect melting pot for my influences as a writer and the title, Tuskegee, is a validation of my growing up there - the place I call home."
Lionel Richie's Tuskegee Track-Listing:
You Are with Blake Shelton
Say You, Say Me with Jason Aldean
Stuck On You with Darius Rucker
Deep River Woman with Little Big Town
My Love with Kenny Chesney
Dancing On The Ceiling with Rascal Flatts
Hello with Jennifer Nettles
Sail On with Tim McGraw
Endless Love with Shania Twain
Just For You with Billy Currington
Lady with Kenny Rogers
Easy with WillieNelson
All Night Long with Jimmy Buffett
Julianne Hough's debut album was released in May 2008 followed by a Christmas collection later that year -- but Julianne hasn't released anything since then. However, Hough insists that her next record has been completed for some time. She told Country Music Is Love about her current fustration.
She said, "It's done. It's been a while since it's been done, and so I'm like, 'Well, I kind of want to rewrite some new things.' I would rather just release it online and let fans hear the music that I already have, that I can't publish - - but my label would get really mad."
Julianne's sophmore album is reportedly titled, Wildfire.
One song called, "I'll Be the DJ," was reportedly co-written with Carrie Underwood.
Meanwhile, Julianne told Glamour magazine that she used to be just one of the boys growing up. She said, "I was into climbing trees and playing sports as a kid, so I liked to be in the boys' club. But at the same time, I liked to wear makeup and dresses and hang out in my pink Barbie car."CHECK IT OUT
Darius Rucker fans know that Rucker is a huge football fan and what he does to make sure he gets to watch every single game certainly proves his fanhood. Darius told us that he has several TVs in his man cave and the televisions actually spread throughout the entire house. Talk about being ready for some football!
Darius said, "For me, my man cave is all about sports. I got six TVs in there. I've got a 65 [inch], and on top of that, I have two 48s and then under that, I've got two 36s, I think, and then I've got another 65 [inch] on another wall. Football Sunday and Saturday is pretty huge for me. I watch every game [laughs] I'm a TV guy. I love TV! I mean I've got a TV in pretty much every room. I mean, my wife's not a TV person. Thank God she let me actually put a TV in all the rooms I want. I think I got 12 or 13 TVs in my house."
He's climbing the country charts with "I Got Nothin'."
Darius joins Lady Antebellum on the second leg of their Own the Night 2012 World Tour, kicking off January 27th in Tulsa, Oklahoma and running through June 2012. Fans can purchase tickets to the first dates on sale beginning October 28th.
Dierks Bentley knows that family is one of the most important things in life -- so it's no wonder when holidays come around, his daughter is the one calling shots. Dierks told us about what his daughter has decided the entire family will go as for Halloween.
He said, "Evie's got, uh, yeah, she's already got her Halloween costume picked out. She's decided what everyone's gonna be this year in our family. So, she's gonna be The Little Mermaid, and then her younger sister's gonna be a crab. I think his name is Sebastian. I don't know The Little Mermaid that well, but she's decided Jordan's gonna be the crab. And she wants me to be Swiper, who's a character from a TV show called Dora, The Explorer. So, I don't think they make mid-30-year-old male Swiper costumes, so if any fans want to submit one, or if you see me in Joanne's fabric store putting together like a superhero kind of costume, that's because I love my daughter and that's who she wants me to be. She's in charge. I think she has Cassie going as Dora. So, maybe there's something secretive thing going on between Dora and Swiper that we don't know about."
Dierks has already scored a Number One hit with "Am I The Only One," the first single from his soon-to-be-released Home CD.
"Home" is the latest single off Dierks' sixth studio album, also called Home, which is scheduled for release in early 2012.
Dierks Bentley's new single "Home" has been hand-picked by the Arizona Centennial Commission to serve as its official song for the state's 100 year celebration. The Arizona native will also return to his home state next February to join the festivities as the Honorary Chairman of the Arizona Centennial Motorcycle Ride.
His last studio album, Up On The Ridge, was released in 2010 and was a bluegrass-inspired project.
Lonestar has reunited with it's original lead singer, Richie McDonald and will tour. They will also record a new album in 2012 to mark their 20th anniversary. McDonald left the band in 2007 for a solo career. Lonestar toured and released their 10th album in 2010, Party Heard Around The World, with lead vocalist Cody Collins. Lonestar is excited to celebrate their anniversary and record a new album.
Richie said, "Well, five years has come and gone since I left Lonestar. We've all tried other avenues and the fact remains that some things were just meant to be. With the Lonestar 20 year reunion approaching, Dean, Michael, Keech and I got together and have decided we have some unfinished business to take care of. I miss those crazy nights running around on stage making music with my band of brothers. Looking forward to a new chapter in the book of Lonestar and reliving some old memories and also making some new ones for the fans that have been loyal to us through thick and thin."
The first concert dates for the band's original members will take place overseas. More dates are reportedly going to be added.
Tour dates: (subject to change)
2/26 London, England Wembley Arena
2/29 Belfast, Ireland Odyssey Arena
3/2 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion
3/4 Mannheim, Germany SAP Arena
THE BAND PERRY TO PERFORM: The Band Perry will perform during MTV's O Music Awards 2. The show honors all genres involved in the digital music culture. The show will air on Monday, October 31 on the award show's official website. Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Dolly Parton are all nominated in different categories.
TOBY KEITH MISSES HANK WILLIAMS JR ON MNF: Toby Keith has reportedly said he'd consider taking over Hank Williams Jr.'s role on Monday Night Football -- but only if ESPN came to him with a very very good idea. However, in an interview with a Buffalo, NY radio station Keith gave no impression that either side were planning on fulfilling the deal. However, he did admit that he missed Hank. He said, "Take it for what it is, or take it for what it ain't. We do have freedom of speech but sometimes it comes with consequences. I miss hearing that song. It's been part of that for so long, you know."
MARTINA MCBRIDE PERFORMS ON DWTS: Martina McBride performed her current single, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" on ABC's Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday (October 25).
BRUCE WILLIS'S WIFE IS PREGNANT: Bruce Willis is going to be a father again. The 56-year-old actor -- who has three daughters with ex-wife Demi Moore -- is expecting another child with his wifeEmma Heming, 33. A rep for the couple said that Emma is due early next year. The rep added that the couple is "overjoyed with this news and they look forward to welcoming this newest addition into their family."
ASHLEY OLSEN AND JASON SUDEIKIS? Ashley Olsen is reportedly dating Jason Sudeikis. TheNew York Daily News reported that the two had their arms around one another at a recent party, where they got "cozy" and "snuggled" in a back booth.
JAMES VAN DER BEEK'S WIFE PREGNANT: James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly are expecting their second child. The former Dawson's Creek star tweeted earlier this week, "Just when we thought we couldn't feel any more blessed, it seems the universe has plans to give our daughter a sibling." Kimberly gave birth to daughter Olivia last year.
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT SHOWS OFF NEW BOYFRIEND: Jennifer Love Hewitt has a new boyfriend. The actress debuted beau Jarod Einsohn on the red carpet earlier this week at the premiere ofLike Crazy in Hollywood. Us Weekly reported that Hewitt started seeing the Eagle Eye actor in mid-August. She has a string of failed romances with the likes of Alex Beh, Jamie Kennedy, John Mayer, Carson Daly and Ross McCall.
'X FACTOR' RATINGS GO UP: The ratings for X Factor are finally on the upswing. EW.com reported thatX Factor's first live show delivered the highest rating since its premiere -- 11.4 million viewers and a 4.3 rating among adults 18-49. That marked a 10 percent increase from the week before.
AARON SORKIN WRITING STEVE JOBS MOVIE? Aaron Sorkin is reportedly in talks to develop aSteve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson's new book. PerezHilton.com reported that Sony is moving forward with a Jobs film and Sorkin is their first choice to write the script.
'GLEE' REPLACES WORLD SERIES: Wednesday night's Fox lineup was filled with Glee after the World Series game was postponed because of rain. Yesterday afternoon, MLB officials made the call to pull the game and Fox announced they'd air Glee encores instead.
EDDIE MURPHY TALKS 'SNL' FEUD, RETURNING TO COMEDY
Eddie Murphy is on the cover of the November 2011 issue of Rolling Stone. The comedy legend has opened about a couple of things -- including returning to comedy and his feud with SNL. On the feud, he said, "They were sh*tty to me on Saturday Night Live a couple of times after I'd left the show. They said some sh*tty things. There was that David Spade sketch [when Spade showed a picture of Murphy around the time of Vampire In Brooklyn and said, 'Look, children, a falling star']. I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore. What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot.. I felt sh*tty about it for years, but now, I don't have none of that."
On returning to stand-up comedy, he said, "If I ever get back onstage, I'm going to have a really great show for you all. An hour and a half of stand-up and about 40 minutes of my sh*tty band... But I haven't done it since I was 27, so why f*ck with it? But that's just weighing both sides. It comes up too much for me to not do it again. It's like, when it hits me, I'll do it, eventually."
The issue hits stands on October 28th.
Eddie Murphy's movie Tower Heist hits theatres on November 4th.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is continuing to make enemies on Dancing With the Stars. After two days of sparring with the judges over their critiques, Maks took aim at fellow pro Derek Hough, who had been defending Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli to the media.
When asked about Derek's comments on Good Morning America, Maks replied, "Derek Hough has been very supportive of his personal career on the show. When you say judges have been generous, with all due respect, if I had Nicole Scherzinger followed by Jennifer Grey followed by Ricki Lake, I probably would not be very upset with the judges either."
He warned fans of the show that they shouldn't be holding out for an apology from him.
He explained, "I had a long conversation with my dad and I don't regret anything. That's why I think I'm misunderstood in this situation. Everyone is waiting for me to bow my head and plead for forgiveness. I have nothing to apologize for. I'm in the business because I love it. I can't really lose with remarks like this."
SOURCE: KIM KARDASHIAN AND KRIS HUMPHRIES DONT GET ALONG
Rumors of trouble in the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries marriage just won't go away. Us Weeklyreported that the newlyweds "are not getting along at all."
A source told the magazine that "Kris is not drinking the Kardashian Kool-Aid, and it's causing major problems."
Kim is reportedly angry that Kris is being lazy while he's unemployed, thanks to the NBA lockout. An insider revealed, "They had it out! She told him he need s to do something productive. . . He needs to get off his ass, like, yesterday."
Other sources point to their seemingly tense appearance on Dancing With the Stars as proof of their problems.
Two months after their wedding, a source said that, "On some levels, she feels like she made a mistake."
OBAMA ANNOUNCES PLAN TO HIT THOSE WITH STUDENT LOAN DEBT:President Obamayesterday (October 26th) unveiled a plan to help young people with student loan debt, accelerating a measure passed by Congress that reduces the maximum required payment on student loans from 15 percent of discretionary income annually to 10 percent. Obama will put it into effect in 2012, instead of 2014. In addition, the remaining debt would be forgiven after 20 years, instead of 25. He'll also allow those with a loan from the Federal Family Education Loan Program and a direct loan from the government to consolidate them with an interest rate of up to a half percentage point less than before. Speaking at the University of Colorado Denver, Obama said the plan will help not just student loan borrowers, but the nation, because graduates will have more money to spend on things like buying homes.
OAKLAND POLICE PLEDGE PROBE AFTER PROTESTER CLASHES THAT LEFT VET IN CRITICAL CONDITION: Oakland, California, Police Chief Howard Jordan on Wednesday (October 26th) promised a vigorous investigation into clashes Tuesday night between police and Occupy Wall Street protesters that left a 24-year-old former U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran in critical condition with a fractured skull. The demonstrators were trying to move back into a plaza they'd been kicked out of earlier in the day when Scott Olson was injured as police in riot gear threw tear gas. It's believed he was struck in the head by a tear gas canister. Mayor Jean Quan said action had to be taken Tuesday when a small number of protesters threw rocks, paint and bottles at the police. Meanwhile, protesters were allowed back into the plaza yesterday, but weren't allowed to stay the night. As late night arrived, the protesters filed out and began marching down nearby streets, with no sign of any clashes with police.
GADHAFI'S SON REPORTEDLY WANTS TO SURRENDER: Libya's ruling National Transitional Council said Wednesday (October 26th) that Moammar Gadhafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, wants to surrender to the International Criminal Court, worried about meeting the same fate as his father, who died after being captured by revolutionary forces last week. The ICC has indicted the 39-year-old Saif al-Islam -- the only one of Gadhafi's eight children who's still on the run -- for war crimes for his role in using force to try to put down the Libyan uprising that began earlier this year. Saif al-Islam, who's believed to be hiding in Libya's southern desert, had been widely seen as Gadhafi's heir apparent.
EX-GOLDMAN SACHS BOARD MEMBERS PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO INSIDER TRADING: Rajat Gupta, a former board member of Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble, pleaded not guilty Wednesday (October 26th) to federal insider trading charges. He's accused of acting as, quote, "the illegal eyes and ears in the boardroom" for his friend, billionaire hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam, who was sentenced earlier this month to 11 years in prison in the biggest insider trading case in history. Gupta's attorney called the charges "totally baseless."
REPORT: RICHEST AMERICANS' INCOME SOARED IN PAST THREE DECADES: The richest one percent of Americans have seen their after-tax incomes soar over the past three decades, while the middle class and poorest have seen far lower advances, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. After-tax income for the top one percent was up 275 percent, almost tripling, from 1979 to 2007, which for people in the middle of the economic scale it only increased by 40 percent, and the poorest saw just an 18 percent boost. CBO Director Doug Elmendorf said in a blog post, "The distribution of after-tax income in the United States was substantially more unequal in 2007 than in 1979." Among the report's other findings were that the top 20 percent earned 53 percent of the nation's after-tax income in 2007, compared to 43 percent in 1979, and the top one percent had a 17 percent share of all income, more than doubled from eight percent in 1979.
RUTH MADOFF SAYS SHE AND HUSBAND BERNIE TRIED TO KILL THEMSELVES:Ruth Madoffsays in an interview airing on CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday (October 30th) that she and her husband,Bernie Madoff, tried to kill themselves together after the scandal broke of the massive Ponzi scheme Mr. Madoff had been running. Ruth Madoff explains, "I don't know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening. We had terrible phone calls, hate mail, just beyond anything and I said, 'I just can't go on anymore.'" Madoff says it was Christmas Even when she and her husband took a bunch of pills, but they didn't work and they woke up the next day, saying now, "It was very impulsive and I am glad we woke up." Bernie Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence for his crimes at a North Carolina federal prison.
PROJECT TO EXAMINE COMPLETE DNA OF 100 PEOPLE OVER 100 YEARS OLD: A project announced Wednesday (October 26th) will examine the complete DNA of 100 people over 100 years old to look for genetic clues to how they lived so long. That information could one day help develop medicines to help others stay healthier longer. Scientists involved in the project say it could turn up genetic features that protect against different diseases or slow the aging process in general, as well as those that provide a protective effect for centenarians who haven't had ideal lifestyles, such as being overweight, smoking or not getting exercise.
MAN THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN KILLED BY GACY FOUND ALIVE: A 53-year-old man whose brother and sister had feared he'd been murdered by serial killer John Wayne Gacy in the 1970s has been discovered alive and well and living in Florida for decades. Sheriff's detectives in Cook County, Illinois, had recently gotten exhumation orders for the eight of Gacy's 33 victims who were never identified and took DNA samples from the remains. They then reached out to the public, asking families with a missing relative who they think might have been a Gacy victim to submit to DNA testing to see if a match could be made. Tim Lovell and Theresa Hasselberg were planning to do that, having not seen their brother, Harold Wayne Lovell, since he left their family's home in Chicago in 1977. But before they could, they found a recent police booking photo online of their brother from Florida, where he'd been arrested on a marijuana charge. They contacted him, and all three were reunited earlier this week for the first time in 34 years. He says he left home when he did because he wasn't getting along with his mother and stepfather.
FIRST LADY PUTTING OUT COOKBOOK WITH GARDENING TIPS: First Lady Michelle Obama will be putting out a cookbook next April, called American Grown, that combines vegetable growing tips along with recipes inspired by the White House garden she began. Publisher Random House says the book will also include personal anecdotes and photos of the Obamas, and that its aim is to show how, quote, "increased access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve health of families and communities across America." All profits from the book will be donated to charity.
WORLD SERIES GAME 6 POSTPONED TO TONIGHT: Game 6 of the World Series, which was supposed to be played last night (October 26th), was postponed until tonight because of a forecast for rain in St. Louis. The Texas Rangers, who lead 3 games to 2, will be hoping to win the championship tonight, while the St. Louis Cardinals will be trying to force a deciding Game 7, which would be played Friday.
NBA OWNERS AND PLAYERS MEET FOR MORE THAN 15 HOURS: NBA owners and players met for more than 15 hours yesterday (October 26th), reportedly making some progress on the salary cap system, according to AP, one of the two main issues dividing them, along with the division of revenues. It was the first time the two sides were meeting since three days of federally-mediated talks broke down last Thursday (October 20th). The first two weeks of the NBA season already have been canceled, and it's likely that more games will be scrapped.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Spirits of the dead invade Mystic Falls during preparations for a traditional celebration; Alaric finds a long hidden clue.
THE SECRET CIRCLE - Hoping to have some fun, Faye talks Cassie into throwing a big Halloween party; Adam and Diana get into an argument.
IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA - The gang plays the most twisted board game ever; Dee and Dennis face Mac, Charlie and Frank.
THE LEAGUE - Kevin struggles with getting older; Pete learns a new sexual position.
JERSEY SHORE - The cast reminisces about its time in Italy. (Reunion Recut.)
BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD - (premiere) The guys try to join the vampire craze at school to score chicks.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Justin Timberlake, Coldplay THE VIEW - Kadee Strickland, the latest Dancing with the Stars castoff
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Johnny Depp, Foster the People THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Chelsea Handler, Drew Manning, the Original 7ven JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Justin Timberlake, Rebecca Romijn, the Fray THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Kunal Mayyar LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Eva Longoria, Kal Penn, GWAR LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Cee-Lo Green, Reggie Watts, Delta Spirit THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Judge Andrew Napolitano THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Toby Keith CONAN - Hugh Laurie, Kari Byron, T.J. Miller
COUPLE FILES FOR 'OCCUPY WALL STREET' TRADEMARK: Robert and Diane Maresca of New York state want to trademark the phrase "Occupy Wall Street." According to reports, the couple paid close to $1,000 on October 18th for the trademark filing. Robert said the idea is "something of a gamble," but that if they didn't buy it and use it someone else would. They plan to produce Occupy Wall Street bumper stickers, shirts and other goods. (UPI)
VIRGINIA DOG WALKER FOUND NOT GUILTY IN POOP SCOOP TRIAL: A 46-year-old woman who was charged with violating a pooper scooper law in Northern Virginia has been found not guilty. Kimberly Zakrzewski, who walked her friend's dog Baxter, was accused of not picking up after the animal by a neighbor. The neighbor told reporters, "She was letting the dog poop on purpose because she knew it annoyed us. This individual has no respect or regard for anyone else and views herself as above the law." Zakrzewski said she is innocent and claimed that she always carries plastic bags for waste. Baxter's owner testified that the dog poop photographed for evidence was too big to be Baxter's. The jury took just 20 minutes to decide on Zakrzewski's innocence. After she was cleared, she told reporters, "This case wasn't about whether I picked up after Baxter. It was about two women who wanted to harass me." (Washington Post)
GIANT LEGO MAN WASHES ASHORE? A giant, eight-foot-tall, 100-pound Lego man made of fiberglass has been found on the beach in Sarasota, Florida's Siesta Key. The front of the Lego man's "shirt" says: "NO REAL THAN YOU ARE" and the back reads "EGO LEONARD" and a number eight. Some locals thought the Lego man was part of a publicity stunt by the new Legoland theme park in nearby Winter Haven but a rep from the park issued a statement saying, "This activity is in no way sponsored or endorsed by The LEGO Group or Merlin Entertainments, who run LEGOLAND attractions. Hope you've given Mr. LEGO Imposter his one phone call and an attorney!" The Lego man is most likely the work of an artist who goes by the name Ego Leonard. His website reads, "My name is Ego Leonard and according to you I come from the virtual world. A world that for me represents happiness, solidarity, all green and blossoming, with no rules or limitations." (Huffington Post)
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Watch this video of another Lego man washing ashore in the Netherlands in 2007:
MISSING AIRPORT CAT FOUND: The cat that went missing about seven weeks ago at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City has been found in the airport's customs room. Airline workers lost Jack the cat on August 25th when his owner was about to board a flight from New York to California. The cat has been taken to a local veterinarian and is said to be doing fine. Just last week the airport held a "Jack the Cat Awareness Day," to encourage airport employees to look for the missing cat. (Daily Mail)
TATTOOED BARBIE CAUSES CONTROVERSY: A new Barbie doll with extensive tattoos and pink hair may be sold out but some are asking if the doll is appropriate for young girls. Some parents say the new "Tokidoki Tatoo" Barbie is teaching children to want tattoos at a young age while others say the doll is just reflecting the trends that Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry show off. The limited edition doll has a $50 price tag. Mattel has attempted to give the iconic doll tattoos in the past. In 2009 the company made Totally Stylin' Tattoos Barbie but had to pull them from shelves when parents complained and ten years prior Butterfly Art Barbie -- also sporting tattoos -- received similar complaints. (Reuters)
24% OF PEOPLE KEEP FINANCIAL PROBLEMS SECRET FROM PARTNERS: The National Foundation for Credit Counseling's new online poll found that 24% of the poll respondents said they "would not tell their spouse if they were experiencing financial difficulties." Respondents are keeping mum over money for three reasons: 9% said they don't want to worry their partner, 7% said they don't want to damage their relationship, and 8% said, "with a certain circular logic," their spouse had no idea about their debt in the first place. (YourTango.com)
WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT FOR THE HOLIDAYS? START NOW: Six weeks is the perfect timeframe to realistically lose about 14 pounds. Anyone wanting to drop a dress size in time for the holidays better get going because October 25th was the perfect day to start dieting. With six weeks to go before the grueling round of office parties typically kick off, nutritionists insist starting a diet now leaves enough time to shed the pounds sensibly and with a realistic chance of slimming, toning-up or dropping some weight. New research commissioned by Atkins reveals that more than half (53.7%) of women go on a diet before Christmas, rising to almost two thirds (63%) of those aged between 25 and 34. (Daily Mail)
ONLY 1 IN 10 GUYS HAVE A FAVORITE SIDE OF THE BED: According to this research, only one in 10 guys cares which side he sleeps on. Inherently, men are conditioned to be the protectors in the relationship, and in being geared to this way of thinking, they're more likely to let women have their way when it comes to choosing sides, according to psychologist Donna Dawson. Dawson, who conducted the research, also points out that the side a woman chooses has a lot to do with her instincts, and that women choose different sides for a variety of reasons. Those who choose the side closest to the door may do so as for easy escape, or to be able to easily tend to a situation outside of the room, i.e. a crying baby. Women who opt for the inside spot, away from the door, may have a need to be as far away from danger as possible. (YourTango.com)
WOMEN WHO KEEP MAIDEN NAMES GET TAKEN MORE SERIOUSLY: According to a recent Dutch study, women who keep their maiden name after they get married are more likely to make more money because they are considered to be more job-focused and professional. Professors at the University of Tilburg looked at the data of 2,400 married women. Three-quarters had taken their husband's name, 7% had hyphenated last names and the rest kept their maiden names. According to their findings, women who kept their names had higher average education levels, fewer children they worked more and had higher salaries. (Grindstone.com)
STEREOTYPES ABOUT POWERFUL WOMEN (Forbes)
No. 1: Ice Queen: Halley Bock, CEO of leadership and development training company Fierce, notes that the ruthless "ice queen" stereotype is rampant. Cultural depictions, like frigid magazine editor Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada (and her real-world counterpart Anna Wintour of Vogue) and back-stabbing boss Patty Hewes on Damages, paint successful women as unsympathetic power-mongers. It is, of course, a Catch-22. "A woman who shows emotion in the workplace is often cast as too fragile or unstable to lead," Bock said. "A woman who shows no emotion and keeps it hyper-professional is icy and unfeminine. For many women, it can be a no-win situation."
No. 2: Single and Lonely: Harvard lecturer Olivia Fox Cabane notes that the strong perception that powerful women are intimidating to men and will need to sacrifice their personal lives may stop women from going after power. Even those women who aren't interested in marrying, face harsh judgments. Men get to be "bachelors" while women are reduced to "spinsters" and "old-maids." In fact, when Janet Napolitano was nominated Secretary of Homeland Security, critics said her being single would allow her to "spend more time on the job."
No. 3: Tough: The first female Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson is anything but stereotypical. She had a hard-charging career as an investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal and edited her way to the top of the Times masthead. She's also a true-blood New Yorker and is writing a book about puppies. Despite her complexities, she must contend with being called "tough" and "brusque," making the "she's-tough stereotype" her least favorite. Said Abramson: "As an investigative reporter, I had tough standards and a formidable way of framing and reporting stories, but I don't think of myself as a tough person."
No. 4: Weak: Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla, the country's first female leader, told me that successful women face typecasting largely because society is still adjusting to women's recent decision-making power. Chinchilla believes the most pervasive stereotype is that women are "weak," a perception that may stem from women's greater desire to build a consensus. "We understand success not as the result of just one person but as the result of a team," she said. "[It's a] different way of dealing with power [that] is misunderstood as a kind of weakness."
No. 5: Masculine: The notion that powerful women must be, lead and look like a man really aggravates Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund. In a video interview with FORBES she said -- pumping her fist -- she hates the idea that "you have to look like a businessman." She admitted she sometimes feels the pressure to look the "right" way, but tries to resist not being "overly businesslike."