Blog Posts by ABC News

  • ABC News’ Lauren Effron and Victoria Thompson:

    Taylor Swift is music's golden goddess, selling out arenas in minutes and driving fans to near hysteria over her smash-hit singles, including her latest, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the singer's first single off her upcoming album, "Red."

    ABC News caught up with the six-time Grammy winner - Swift is the youngest winner of the music industry's highest honor, the Grammy award for Album of the Year - on a blistering hot August day in Nashville at her cover shoot for Glamour magazine - her third - which will be featured in the magazine's November issue, out on newsstands nationwide on Oct. 9. The styling of the shoot was what Swift called a '40s meets '70s vibe, and was set on an old train.

    "I love these shoots, cover shoots, because I really just let them do what they want," the 22-year-old singer told "Nightline" anchor Cynthia McFadden in an exclusive interview. "I used to be particular about things. I used to ask,

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  • Lindsay Lohan Allegedly Assaulted at NYC Hotel

    ABC News Reports:

    Actress Lindsay Lohan was allegedly assaulted early this morning by a man she had invited back to her room at a posh New York City hotel, police said.

    The 26-year-old actress told police she met Christian LaBella, 25, at celeb hot spot 1 Oak and invited him, along with three of her friends, back to her room at the W Hotel in Union Square early Sunday morning.

    Once in the room, Lohan told police she found pictures of herself on LaBella's phone and confronted him. LaBella allegedly threw her on a bed when she did not hand over his phone, leaving her with scratches, police said.

    According to police, Lohan then ran out and down several flights of stairs where she was again confronted by LaBella, who she said tried to choke her from behind.

    At this point, she told police, she pulled the hotel fire alarm disabling the elevators and summoning police to the scene, police said.

    Anticipating LaBella was in the stairwells, officers covered all of the

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  • Anne Hathaway Marries Adam Shulman

    ABC News' Alyssa Newcomb and Luchina Fisher report:

    Oscar-nominated actress Anne Hathaway has tied the knot with actor-jewelry designer Adam Shulman.

    More than 100 guests watched Hathaway and her beau of four years exchange vows at a private estate in scenic Big Sur, Calif., on Saturday night, People Magazine reported.

    The actress wore a gown by her close friend, Valentino Garavani, who earlier this month revealed he would be designing a dress for the actress' nuptials.

    The 29-year-old actress and Shulman announced their engagement last November.

    Hathaway began dating the "mellow" Shulman, 31, following the messy end of her four-year romance with Italian entrepreneur Raffaello Follieri in 2008. Follieri pleaded guilty in September 2008 to swindling investors out of millions in an elaborate con in which he posed as a real estate consultant for the Vatican.

    Understandably, Hathaway eased into her next relationship.

    "We hit it off immediately, but it took us a pretty

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  • Renoir Flea Market Find May Belong to Museum

    ABC News' Katie Kindelan and Suzan Clarke report:

    A one-of-a-kind flea market find of a Renoir painting by a Virginia woman may turn into a courtroom battle after it was discovered the painting may have been stolen from an art museum decades ago.

    The painting, a river Seine scene titled "Paysage Bords de Seine," was scheduled to be auctioned on Saturday but that has been put on hold after a reporter for The Washington Post uncovered documents from the Baltimore Museum of Art showing that the painting was stolen from the museum in 1951.

    READ MORE: Flea Market Art Buy Turns Up Famous Renoir Painting

    Instead of calling the auction, where the painting was expected to command at least $75,000, officials from the Alexandria, Va.-based Potomack Company auction house and the museum called the FBI, which has opened an investigation into the theft.

    "Potomack is relieved this came to light in a timely manner as we do not want to sell any item without clear title," Elizabeth

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  • Is There a Gene for Motherhood?

    ABC News' Juju Chang and Mary Pflum report:

    Rory Delaney is a three-year-old who has not been out of diapers that long, but she already knows something about changing them.

    Her sister, Saorise, is a five-year-old kindergarten student who already knows what she wants to be when she grows up, a mom.

    Now, researchers at Rockefeller University say the inclination that both Rory and Saorise feel at such a young age to nurture and feed their baby dolls and play with items like strollers could be something they were born with, and something that will definitely impact their futures.

    In a study with mice, the researchers determined that a single gene exists that could be responsible for motivating mothers to protect, feed and raise their young.

    The study's findings mean there could be a valid explanation as to why some women seem born to be maternal figures, while others come across as detached or cold or even completely not interested when it comes to children.

    Some are calling the

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  • Reese Witherspoon Welcomes Third Child

    (AP)Reese Witherspoon welcomed her third child on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

    "Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed Tennessee James into their family today," her rep told People magazine. "Both mom and baby are healthy and the entire family is thrilled."

    Newborn Tennessee is 36-year-old Reese's first child with husband Jim Toth. The baby boy will join older siblings, Ava, 12, and Deacon, 8, from a previous marriage with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe. The two, who share custody of their kids, split in 2006 after seven years of marriage.

    Witherspoon's pregnancy wasn't without some challenges: she was rushed to the hospital twice in August.

    Toth, 41, who's a Hollywood agent, wed Witherspoon in March 2011 after a year of dating.

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  • Sofia Vergara's Emmy Dress Mishap Explained

    It was the bombshell rip seen round the world. The split went right down the back of actress Sofia Vergara's sequined Zuhair Murad gown just moments before her sitcom, "Modern Family," won its third Emmy for best comedy series Sunday night. 

    Then the split went viral, thanks to the actress herself. 

    READ MORE: Is 'Modern Family' Cast Really One Big Happy Family?

    Vergara, 40, not only tweeted a photo of herself being sewn back into the dress, she also tweeted a picture of the damage, exposing a clear view of her rear end, along with the caption, "Yes!!!! This happened 20 min before we won!!!! Jajajajja. I luv my life!!!!"

    WATCH: Backstage With 'Modern Family' at the Emmys

    The gag seemed like something straight out of "Modern Family," not something that would happen to the show's most glamorous star on TV's biggest night.

    PHOTOS: The Good, Bad and Ugly Fashions at the Emmys

    So how did the wardrobe malfunction happen? Vergara appeared on " Good Morning

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  • Tycoon Offers $65M to Man Who Woos Gay Daughter

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    ABC News' Karson Yiu reports:

    Cecil Chao Sze-tung is Hong Kong's perennial playboy. Call him the city's Hugh Hefner, minus the pajamas and add a pair of shades.

    Never married, real estate and shipping tycoon Chao, 76, has been a staple of the Hong Kong tabloid and social rags since the 1970s. For over 40 years he's proudly paraded what seems to be an endless supply of female arm candy in front of the flashing bulbs.

    Tales of his romantic dalliances are tabloid staples. He once boasted about having slept with over 10,000 women. Just last year the septuagenarian Chinese Casanova, as to prove his virility has not been dashed by time, posed in a magazine photo spread surrounded by young bikini-clad models.

    He has fathered three children from three different women.

    He has thumbed his nose at the institution of marriage. Until this week.

    Chao's respect for a traditional marriage was prompted by his daughter Gigi, 33, being quoted recently in the Beijing press saying she

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  • (Image Credit: Rahmatullah Alizad/AFP/Getty Images)
    ABC News' Aleem Agha reports:

    KABUL, Afghanistan - A newborn girl left abandoned on the side of the road in southern Afghanistan has been adopted by a childless Afghan couple.

    "We have named her Arya [which means happiness], and we will take care of her forever," the adoptive father, Mohammad Zahir, a 29-year-old shopkeeper from Ghazni, Afghanistan, said Thursday. "She has completely changed our lives. We are so happy. The whole family has been supportive of our decision."

    Zahir has been married for four years, but he and his wife have been unsuccessful in their attempts to have children.

    After a visit to a Ghazni hospital, however, he and his wife have their family.

    "A man, Mohammad Zahir, contacted us and asked if his family could take care of the baby," Baz Mohammad Himat, director of health in Ghazni, said. "They promised to take care of her for the rest of their lives.

    "This family was on a waiting list with this hospital for any unwanted baby."


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  • "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart may have reconciled following their public split after Stewart admitted she cheated on him with the married director of one of her recent films.

    Pattinson and Stewart - who play lovers in the hugely successful "Twilight" series of films based on the bestselling books by Stephenie Meyer - have reconciled and are living together again, Us Weekly magazine reported, citing an unnamed source.

    "Rob really does love her," Us Weekly's Jennifer Peros told "Good Morning America."  "He wants to give her a second chance."

    The article, which will hit newsstands on Friday, adds, however, that things aren't back to where the used to be. The source claims Pattinson "is extra-sensitive right now. He's insecure."

    E! Online and People magazine have also reported that the two have been spending time together.  The pair have not been seen together since they split in June, and neither has responded to the new reports of a

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