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  • Actor Eric Dane has filed a lawsuit against Smashing Pumpkins' frontman and neighbor Billy Corgan, claiming a fallen tree on the rock star's property almost killed his wife.

    In the lawsuit, the former "Grey's Anatomy" actor claims that the fallen tree smashed into his house last year, setting off the sprinkler system and snapping the power lines during a storm. Dane's pregnant wife, actress Rebecca Gayheart, was home alone in the house during the incident and was forced to flee with their 20-month-old daughter.

    The home was flooded and "surrounded by live high voltage wires, and without the benefit of any light whatsoever," Dane claimed in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

    Dane's wife and daughter were able to escape without harm.

    WATCH: Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart Welcome First Baby

    The Danes claim that Corgan was warned his trees were shaky and dangerous. In a statement, Corgan says the warning was "patently untrue."

    "I was horrified when I learned

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  • Woman Goes From Obese to Fitness Competitor


    ABC News' Liz Sintay and Katie Kindelan report:

    Wiltrina Jones struggled with obesity her entire life, surrounded by the sweet treats of her native New Orleans and then working in the food industry while in high school, throughout college and then as an adult.

    At her peak weight, she stopped stepping on the scale because she knew the scale  didn't go above 350 pounds.

    That all changed the day Jones, 43, logged on to a website created for members of her high school to reconnect.  When she saw how her classmates looked, she vowed to change.

    "I had two good friends that were in the band with me, and when I came across their pictures. They were fit and toned," she told "Good Morning America."  "I just stood there looking at their pictures with my mouth open, actually gasping, just looking, wondering."

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    (Photo Courtesy: Wiltrina Jones)"I asked myself, with tears rolling down my eyes, 'How come they look like that and I look like this, and we're the

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  • (Photo Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)For the first time in nearly 35 years, Los Angeles' iconic Hollywood sign is getting a much-needed cleaning and paint job, starting today.

    The Hollywood Sign Trust, which is funding the project with Sherwin-Williams, called the makeover "the most extensive refurbishing effort" since the sign was erected in 1923.

    On its website, the trust said the project would take 8 weeks to 10 weeks and require 275 gallons of paint.

    (Photo Courtesy: the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection)The sign, which read "Hollywoodland" until 1949, was built in 1923. It was demolished in 1978 and three months later, a new billboard was introduced to the public.

    Its most recent repainting occurred seven years ago. The original billboard cost $21,000, according to the trust's website, and was built by Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler. Its original letters stood 43 feet tall and 30 feet wide.

    The Hollywood sign is perched on Santa Monica Mountains' Mount Lee.

    In September, the Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over the sign and other

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  • ABC News' Jake Tapper and Mary Bruce report:

    On the eve of the first presidential debate, the conservative website The Daily Caller Tuesday circulated previously unreported clips of a five-year-old speech in which then-Senator Barack Obama praised his controversial former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and suggested the federal government discriminated against the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

    "I've got to give a special shout-out to my pastor. The guy who puts up with me. Counsels me. Listens to my wife complain about me. He's a friend. And a great leader," the president said of Wright in an address to the Hampton University Annual Ministers' Conference in Hampton, Va., in June 2007 in video posted by The Daily Caller and first aired on Fox News.

    ABC News ran that clip in a March 2008 piece on "World News Tonight with Charles Gibson." At the time, prepared remarks of Obama's speech were released by the campaign and a local newspaper posted a nine-minute edited

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  • Foo Fighters Go on Indefinite Hiatus

    It's official: The Foo Fighters are now on indefinite hiatus.

    In a statement provided to ABC News, frontman Dave Grohl said the band will be taking a break now that they've finished supporting their Grammy-winning album, "Wasting Light."

    "I'm not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again," Grohl said. "It feels strange to say that, but it's a good thing for all of us to go away for a while. It's one of the reasons we're still here. Sometimes it's good to just … put it back in the garage for a while."

    The singer went on to assure fans that they shouldn't worry about the band calling it quits. "I can't give up this band. And I never will. Because it's not just a band to me. It's my life. It's my family. It's my world. [So] no gold watches or vacations just yet."

    Grohl added that he'll be keeping busy during the Foos' hiatus by working on completing his new documentary about Sound City Studios. That's where he and Nirvana recorded the band's iconic 1991 album,

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  • ABC News' Cameron Brock and John Muller report:

    It looks like a scene out of a box-office smash movie.

    But for Jeff Harwell, 30, an animal handler at Arizona's Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Ariz., running at full speed, being chased by a full-grown tiger or waiting for the 450-pound animal to pounce is part of a normal day.

    Every afternoon for 30 minutes, Harwell performs in the "Tiger Splash" arena where he plays, roughhouses and seemingly taunts the park's tigers in a 50-foot swimming pool, all in front of a live audience.

    "We're just playing, having a good time, you know? All I see is her eyes and how intense they are, and trying to figure out what move I'm going to make that will make her spring," Harwell told ABC News.

    The show has been taking place since 1991 with no major injuries. But Harwell realizes how dangerous the job can be.

    "If she wanted to me harm, there's pretty much nothing I could do about it," Harwell said.

    Such a profession begs the

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  • (Kevin Mazur/TCA 2012/WireImage/Getty Images)Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who have been spending more time together since her affair with "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, will be taking their renewed romance on the road this fall, People magazine reported.

    A promotional-tour schedule has been set for their final "Twilight" film, which debuts Nov. 16. A media tour that will visit select U.S. markets is slated for Oct. 14 and 21, according to Deadline.com.

    It remains to be seen whether Pattinson and Stewart will make a joint appearance on the U.S. tour.

    Related: Are 'Twilight' Stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Back Together?

    Pattinson is then scheduled to go to Australia, while Stewart will travel to Japan. They'll reunite the week of Oct. 28 for a media session in Los Angeles.

    Cast members will make appearances on various talk shows the week of Nov. 4, leading up to the world premiere Nov.r 12 of The "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2? in Los Angeles.

    Pattinson

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  • While Lady Gaga has been busy with her Born This Way Ball tour, her name has been splashed all over the headlines, and not for very nice reasons.

    Many stories have focused on her recent weight gain, while still others reported that a New York City official called her a "slut" for a perception that she promotes drug use to young people. Gaga addressed both those topics on stage in Zurich, Switzerland, Saturday night.

    While performing her song "Hair," which is all about individuality, Gaga addressed the crowd about her recent media coverage.

    "They won't kill me. They won't stop me from speaking my mind. I will make music for you for the next 30 years," she said. "Let's celebrate. To 30 more years of them calling me a slut. To 30 more years of them calling me a fat, attention-seeking whore. To 30 more years of people telling me to shut my mouth about equality and gay rights."

    As the audience cheered and applauded, Gaga, 26, completed her speech by saying, "May we cheer and

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  • Bra Expert Linda Becker Says Sizes Are a Scam

    ABC News' Bianna Golodryga, Mary Pflum and Taylor Behrendt report:

    Linda Becker, also known as the "bra lady," says that if your bra is anything like your life, you probably need a little more support than you're getting.

    Becker has dedicated her life to providing support for women across the country who might not know that they are wearing an incorrect bra size.

    "I realized all the companies about 10 years ago changed all the sizes without telling us," Becker told ABC News. "[They] vanity sized it, they wanted you to think your back was smaller and your breasts were bigger."

    In other words, what once was a 36-D is now called a 32-G. So, how can you make sure you get the right fit?

    "They should always be halfway between your elbow and your shoulder, if you look in the mirror and you are lower than that, then your bra is too loose in the back," Becker said.

    She also advises that women be fitted by a professional. Becker says it's also a good idea to replace your bras

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  • Adele Finally Confirms Her James Bond Theme

    (Image Credit: Fred Duval/FilmMagic/Getty Images)
    After nearly a year of speculation, Adele herself has finally confirmed that she has, indeed, recorded the theme song for the new James Bond movie, "Skyfall."

    The singer tweeted a picture of her hand on a piece of paper - the cover for the song's sheet music.

    It reads, "From the motion picture Skyfall, 'Skyfall,' A. Adkins/Paul Epworth." "A. Adkins" is, of course, Adele, and Paul Epworth is her songwriting collaborator, with whom she wrote "Rolling in the Deep."

    "Skyfall" is scheduled to be released Nov. 9.

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