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  • ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ Brings Familiar Drama

    ABC News' Andrea Canning and Taylor Behrendt report:

    The hit show "Toddlers and Tiaras" took beauty pageants to a whole new level, spotlighting pushy mothers and preschoolers made up to look like showgirls, and the show's new season will deliver more of the same when it airs tonight on TLC.

    The program, which showcases little girls with big hairdos and makeup competing for crowns and cash, has attracted lots of attention and criticism since it first debuted in 2009.

    Little girls are shown in environments of glitz and glamour, and their mothers can be seen making extreme efforts to ensure that their daughters stand out, even if it means putting pint-sized girls in hair extensions, heavy makeup and racy costumes.

    Contestant Paisley Dickey recently channeled Lady Gaga for the Darling Diva's pageant in New York City, but it was another costume that Paisley wore earlier this year that took many people by surprise.

    She appeared in a pageant decked out in a blonde wig, blue mini

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  • Former Miss USA Arrested on Drunk Driving Charges

    Former Miss USA Arrested on Drunk Driving Charges (ABC News)

    Rima Fakih, who earned the title of Miss USA in 2010, is now facing drunk driving charges after being arrested over the weekend in Highland Park, Michigan, according to People.com.

    Fakih at first denied the arrest on her Twitter page. She tweeted on Saturday, “Let’s clear things up now.  I’m NOT in Michigan and I’m NOT in jail! Wrong Fakih.”

    However, on Sunday her attorney Doraid Elder confirmed the arrest, and the post was deleted.

    Elder told People that Fakih’s record “has not a single blemish,” adding that Fakih is “very saddened and very apologetic for the situation that she’s in right now.”

     

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  • More Fireworks on ‘Kourtney & Kim Take N.Y.'

    ABC News’ Andrea Canning reports:

    The fireworks continued between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries on the second episode of “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” on E! Sunday night.

    Once again, the sparks flew over their tenuous living situation, just eight weeks into their new marriage.

    “You want to live in separate cities?” Kim, 31, asks Kris, 26, of his decision to move back home to Minnesota to train for his NBA career.  ”If that’s what you want, fine.   I’ll go pack and we will live in separate cities.”

    “I will Skype you to say bye,” the reality star says as she slams the door on her basketball star husband.

    The show’s viewers know how the story ends, with Kardashian filing for divorce from Humphries just 72 days after tying the knot in a multimillion dollar wedding extravaganza, which also aired on E! as its own reality special.

    Not caught by E!’s cameras but unfolding now before the public’s eye is even more courtroom drama for Kardashian and Humphries.

    Last

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  • Free Botox, Circus Acts Lure Real Estate Buyers

    In this tough real estate market, even in Beverly Hills, Calif., the home of the super-rich, the phrase  “location, location, location” just isn’t enough when it comes to making a sale.

    So real estate agents are pulling out all the stops to sell their multimillion-dollar listings, even including circus performers and giveaways of Botox at their open houses.

    “Part of the rule, these days, is attracting people to the house. .. ,” real estate agent Mike Gardner told “Good Morning America.”

     

    At one recent open house, Botox was one of the draws.

    “We raffled off about $300 worth of Botox, which I think gets you about 23 units, which I hear is enough to get rid of the two elevens on the forehead in front of your eyes,” Gardner said.

    One Tuscan-style palazzo on the market for $8.5 million has it all – including famous neighbors  like Denzel Washington, Sylvester Stallone and Denzel Washington, and several of the richer stars of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

    And in

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  • ABC News’ Andrea Canning reports:

    Dolly Parton cleavage is legendary, and actor Mark Wahlberg became a sex symbol for his rock-hard abs. Now, another set of assets is taking center stage: Pippa Middleton’s rear.

    The famous sister of Britain’s Kate Middleton now has the most talked-about derriere in the world, more talked about than even those famous posteriors of singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, singer/actress Beyonce and reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

    “It’s not about the size, it’s the perk factor. She has that beautiful lift. It just looks so perky, it’s like a little peach,” Lori Bergamotto of Lucky Magazine told “Good Morning America.”

    This peach has become the apple of everyone’s eye. Pippa Middleton’s rear is so popular that people will do virtually anything to get it, including special workouts and cosmetic surgery.

    But if going under the knife isn’t for you, all is not lost. The latest craze in body enhancements is padded underpants, garments that are

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  • Top Cyber Monday Shopping Deals

    ABC News’ Becky Worley reports:

    GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta

    Take 30 percent off on all purchases at these websites by using the code: HUGECYBER at checkout.  Offer is valid online only through 11:59 PM, ET on Cyber Monday, 11/28.

    Abercrombie & Fitch

    Get 40 percent off the entire site (no minimum purchase required) via coupon code: 15440. Works with sale items. All orders qualify for free shipping.

    Levi’s

    Get 25 percent off products site-wide with coupon code: THANKS25. Also works with sale items.

    Kohl’s

    Kohl’s is cutting 20 percent off products site-wide via coupon code: CYBER20. It also works on sale items. All orders qualify for free shipping.

    Amazon

    There’s no deal on their top seller, the Kindle Fire, tablet, but you can get $120 off Kindle DX — the big-screen Kindle reader. If you are buying for an aging parent and you only want a reader, this is THE one: huge screen, big fonts and going for $259, down from $379, only on Cyber Monday.

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  • Sunday night’s premiere episode of “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” on E! was all about the other “K” in the room, Kris Humphries, and his famously short-lived marriage to the show’s namesake, Kim Kardashian.

    Viewers tuning in got a raw and inside glimpse into the now former couple’s doomed union.

    “Kris, you don’t treat people like that.  I don’t care how uncomfortable you are, you don’t treat people like that,” Kardashian, 31, scolds her NBA star husband.

    “You care about that. I don’t give a f–,” Humphries, 26, tells his reality TV star wife when it comes time to cut the cake at her highly publicized “Welcome to New York” party.

    In case anyone had forgotten how it all began, E! opened the episode with news coverage of Kardashian and Humphries’ breakup last month, just 72 days after their multimillion dollar wedding, which the network aired as its own reality special.

    Eight weeks later, the pair has returned from a quick honeymoon in Italy to pack for a move to New York,

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  • Thanksgiving Travel: Severe Weather Dampens Plans

    As millions of people begin their travel plans for the Thanksgiving holiday some of the nation’s largest cities will be pounded with severe weather that could potentially cause major delays on highways and at airports as two major storms hit the Northeast and Northwest.

    Forecasters say some of the worst weather in the country for mid-week  will be on the coasts and could back up some of the busiest airports such as those in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Seattle.

    “The roads and the airports are going to be extremely busy, this is on a per day basis the busiest travel holiday of the year.  42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this weekend,” Troy Green of the American Automobile Association said.

    The National Weather Service reports an active weather pattern for the East Coast, with a front moving through the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic and onto New England.

    “As this system moves toward New England

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  • Miley Cyrus Fights Fat Attacks on Twitter

    By ANDREA CANNING

    Pop superstar Miley Cyrus has shown off her body in music videos and racy photos, but lately, the 18-year-old singer and actress has been on a weight rollercoaster.  Her fuller figure has some critics saying she’s lost control of her body.

    Now the former “Hannah Montana” star is firing back at her critics, on Twitter.

    On Nov. 11 the teen star posted a photo of an emaciated woman alongside a Tweet to her more than three million followers, writing, “By calling girls like me fat, this is what you’re doing to other people.”

    She added, “I love MYSELF & if you could say the same… I don’t wanna be shaped like a girl I LOVE being shaped like a WOMAN & trust me ladies your man won’t mind either.”

    Cyrus also shared a snapshot of blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe with the caption, “Proof that you can be adored by thousands of men even when your thighs touch.”

    Cyrus’s tweets come after a barrage of critical jokes and videos on YouTube with titles like

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  • Mariah Carey Drops the Baby Weight on Jenny Craig

     ABC News’ Suzan Clarke and Natasha Singh report:

    Mariah Carey epitomizes the word “Diva.”

    Worth an estimated $500 million, Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time.

    And she seems to juggle it all – a smashing career, married life and, most recently, motherhood.

    Carey and her husband Nick Cannon welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe in April.

    See photos of Mariah Carey’s twins and her wedding to Nick Cannon.

    But as she went through the pregnancy,  she was shocked by the weight gain.

    “I so tried not to look at my body …,” she said in an interview with “Good Morning America” lifestyle anchor Lara Spencer.

    Carey has also said she refused to allow Cannon to see her naked during the pregnancy.

    And juggling her children while being a superstar left Carey with another challenge: losing the baby weight.

    She initially lost 40 pounds of water weight after she gave birth.

    Then she turned to Jenny Craig — the diet program that has had a number of

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