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  • ABC News' Natasha Singh reports:

    Is the fire dying in one of Hollywood's hottest romances? That's the question that rocked the twittersphere over the weekend after a series of lovelorn tweets from Miley Cyrus, 19, who recently got engaged to actor Liam Hemsworth.

    The tweets began Thursday, with the searching, teasing question, "ever feel like you want just…. something more. not sure what exactly… passion perhaps?"

    The wistful tweets kept coming. "Sometimes i feel like i love everyone more than they love me. hatttte [sic] that feeling," Cyrus mused, followed by: "Thought of the day: maybe it's not that they love you less, they just love you the most they are capable of loving."

    Who was the mysterious "they"? Cyrus' fans and followers were left wondering. Could it be Hemsworth?

    Cyrus and Hemsworth announced their engagement in June, after dating for three years. Now, just three months later, her tweets seemed to suggest the road could already have gotten rocky. In the

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  • Top Romney Staffer Denies Campaign Disarray

    ABC News' David Muir reports:

    A top strategist for Mitt Romney confirmed Sunday night that "speeches go through lots of processes and editing" after Politico first reported there were competing versions of Romney's Tampa, Fla., convention speech. The speech Romney ultimately delivered was criticized for failing to mention Afghanistan.

    Stuart Stevens has been one of Romney's closest advisers and is the person - besides Romney - most responsible for many aspects of the campaign's direction and message.

    Much of Romney's inner circle has been with the former Massachusetts governor for years. Stevens, who has had side trips as an author and auteur, worked for both Bush campaigns and Romney in 2008. He oversees speech-writing and ads for the campaign.

    A detailed report in Politico Sunday also painted Stevens as the subject of frustration among Romney staffers after the candidate failed to receive much of a bounce in polls after his convention. Some conservatives

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  • 'American Idol': Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban to Join Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey on Judging Panel
    "American Idol" will kick off its 12th season with several new faces at the judges' table.

    Rapper Nicki Minaj and country music singer Keith Urban will be joining the judging panel along with singer Mariah Carey and returning judge Randy Jackson, Fox announced in a news release today.

    "I am thrilled about this year's judges' panel! We've got global icon Mariah Carey and IDOL's heart and soul Randy Jackson, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Nicki's an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to IDOL - he's one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him," said Mike Darnell, president of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, in the news release. "With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we've put

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  • Pub Sells Pregnancy Tests to Curb Birth Defects

    Pub Sells Pregnancy Tests to Curb Birth Defects
    By Susan Kreimer

    Before ordering that much-desired mojito or martini, female patrons of a Minnesota pub can check to see if they're pregnant.

    Pub 500 in Mankato, a city south of Minneapolis-St. Paul, has a new test dispenser in the women's restroom. The machine charges $3 per pregnancy test on a credit or debit card.

    Sparing even one unborn child from alcohol-related birth defects or developmental disabilities makes the effort worthwhile, said Tom Frederick, co-owner of the bar.

    "It was another worthy cause," he said when asked about the dispenser. "We're involved in all kinds of things in our local community."

    The machine, installed July 19, is the brainchild of Healthy Brains for Children, a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul that aims to reduce the number of children with learning and behavioral difficulties linked to alcohol exposure in the womb.

    All money collected by the machine goes to the organization. "I don't make a dime on the machine,"

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  • Tiffany Celebrates 175th Anniversary

    ABC News' Danielle Genet reports:

    Diamonds are a girl's best friend and have been for the past 175 years. Today's the 175th anniversary of Tiffany & Co., which opened its doors on Sept. 14, 1837 in New York's lower Manhattan.

    Originally a "stationery and fancy goods store" founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young, its first day sales totaled just $4.98. Today, those who untie their white ribbon off the small Tiffany & Co. signature blue box know a special surprise awaits inside.

    Tiffany, known as the "King of Diamonds," purchased one of the world's largest and finest yellow diamonds which was discovered in the Kimberley diamond mine in South Africa in 1877. The company's icon - the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond - is on display on the Main Floor of Tiffany's Fifth Avenue store. Audrey Hepburn wore the stone in publicity photographs for the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's and is only one of two women to ever wear the stunner. The other person was Mrs. Sheldon

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  • Adrienne Pine Defends Classroom Breastfeeding

    ABC News' Claire Shipman reports:

    A single mother and professor at Washington, D.C.'s American University who sparked controversy after she breastfed her toddler in class says that she wasn't trying to start a revolution, but was trying to manage an untenable situation.

    Adrienne Pine, an assistant anthropology professor at American University, was scheduled to teach her "Sex, Gender and Culture" class on Aug. 25 when her 1-year-old daughter, Lee, woke up with a fever. Her daycare, which doesn't accept sick children, was not an option. Pine was encouraged by a friend to take Lee with her to class and use it as a "teachable moment," Pine did just that.

    "It wasn't the ideal option but the fact is there were no ideal options and it was the best of the options available to me," Pine said.

    As described by Pine herself in a posting on her blog, the baby was "dressed in her comfiest blue onesie, alternately strapped to my back and crawling on the floor by my feet" while Pine

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  • Ohio Man Aids Same Stranger Twice in Eight Years

    ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:

    In a turn of events described as "miraculous," an Ohio man helped the same stranger twice in the span of eight years, most recently in a potentially deadly situation last weekend.

    (ABC News)It was late Saturday night on a country road near Chagrin Falls, about 20 miles east of Cleveland, when Christopher Manacci and his wife were driving home from watching their son's football game for Case Western Reserve University and noticed a van, towing a boat, moving very slowly.

    "I passed him and, for whatever reason, I noticed his front-left tire looked flat," Manacci told ABC News. "I dropped my wife off at home and said, "I'm going to take the guy a can of Fix-a-Flat. It's 11 o'clock at night in a rural setting, so there's not a lot of places to go. There are no tire stores, no anything. When I returned, I pulled behind him about 100 feet away, completely off the road and went up to ask him if he wanted to use the Fix-a-Flat for his tire, which I

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  • Oprah Gives Peek at Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan

    If you look too quickly, you might be tricked into thinking it's a photo from the archives.

    Oprah Winfrey tweeted a photo of herself and "Precious" director Lee Daniels posing with Jane Fonda, who uncannily resembles Nancy Reagan during her White House days. Fonda stars in Daniels upcoming film, "The Butler," based on real-life White House butler Eugene Allen, who served through eight American presidents. Oprah will star as the butler's wife.

    In the photo, the stars are dressed in black-tie attire with '80s hair styles to match.

    British actor and "Harry Potter" star Alan Rickman stands next to Fonda and plays Ronald Reagan in the film.

    Daniels has gathered a cadre of celebrities to star in his latest film, all playing famous political figures. John Cusack will play Richard Nixon, Robin Williams has been cast as Dwight Eisenhower, and Liev Schreiber plays Lyndon B. Johnson.

    Oprah Winfrey on OWN: 'We Have Made the Pivot'

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  • Justin Bieber's New Memoir on Paparazzi, Girlfriend

    Most teens his age are sweating school essays, but pop superstar Justin Bieber has already finished writing his second memoir. The book "Just Getting Started" is due out today.

    "My life has changed so much within the past couple of years, and I wrote it so you could see all the behind-the-scenes in my world," Bieber said in a YouTube message to his fans ahead of the book's release.

    Celebrity website has exclusive excerpts and photos from the book, but don't expect the 18-year-old to dish on everything.

    In a nod to his relationship with fellow singing star Selena Gomez, Bieber writes, "There are just some things I am trying to keep private because I am young and figuring it out. I am learning about trust and the joys and struggles of it. I like being with someone who is smart and who I can have an actual conversation with."

    Bieber also takes aim at overzealous paparazzi, writing, "But it's not OK when they come at me aggressively and don't respect my

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  • (AP Photo)The second season of "The X Factor" on Fox began Wednesday night with the long-awaited debut of its two new judges, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. They joined the returning Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid.

    Before the episode aired, Madonna gave a shout-out to Britney on Facebook, writing, "Britney Spears - wishing you luck tonight on your X-Factor debut!! #GoodLuckBritney."

    There was no sign of a host - a position that remains vacant following the departure of Steve Jones after last season.

    The first stops on The X Factor audition tour were Austin, Texas, and San Francisco. Here are the highlights:

    - Getting things started in Austin was Paige Thomas, a 21-year-old nursing student and mom from San Antonio. Her adorable three-year-old daughter accompanied her to the audition. It didn't take long for her to win over the new judges with her rendition of Mary J. Blige's "I'm Goin' Down."

    Spears declared, "You are so bright and beautiful on stage," and said Thomas was flawless.

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