Blog Posts by Alyssa Newcomb

  • Canadian dentist Sandy Crocker is hoping fate, and a little help from the media, will help him find the dream girl he met in Ireland last summer.

    Crocker has given himself one month to find the woman he briefly spoke with in a cafe in the Irish countryside.

    The only problem? He doesn't know her name or where she is from. Crocker's description of her isn't exactly helpful, either.

    She's about 5-foot-6 and has reddish brown hair and freckles, common features in the Emerald Isle.

    The lovesick 34-year-old insisted he doesn't fall in love easily, but said there was something captivating about this mystery woman.

    "[She]was one of those people that I felt just wore their inside on the outside. When you looked at them you instantaneously knew that they were a good person without question," he told "Good Morning America" this morning.

    That two minute encounter stuck with him all year and was enough to get the Canadian to travel 4,000 miles in his quest for love.

    "It is

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  • Seal Accuses Ex Heidi Klum of 'Fornicating With the Help'

    Photo by: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Heidi Klum and Seal seemed to be a match made in heaven, so when the couple announced they were splitting up in January, many were left shocked and wondering what went wrong.

    On Friday, seven months after what seemed like an amicable split, Seal let loose, accusing his supermodel ex of cheating.

    ""I preferred Heidi would have showed a little bit more class and at least waited until we separated first before deciding to fornicate with the help," Seal told TMZ in a video.

    Friends say since the split, Klum and her bodyguard of four years, Martin Kirsten, have become "very close," TMZ reported.

    Klum denied Seal's charge through her representative, saying, "It is sad that Seal has to resort to false accusations."

    The "Project Runway" host and Kirsten were spotted in New York a few weeks ago and on the beach in Sardinia with her children.

    "I guess you now all have the answer that you've been looking for for the past seven months," Seal said.

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  • Wynonna Judd's Husband in Serious Motorcycle Accident

    Wynonna Judd's husband, who is also her drummer, has been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in South Dakota.

    Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser and Judd went for a ride on separate bikes in Deadwood, S.D., on Friday before a scheduled concert, which Judd cancelled after the accident.

    Moser collided with an oncoming vehicle and was taken to a local hospital where he is being treated for "serious but non-life threatening injuries," Judd's representatives said in a statement.

    Moser received citations for crossing the center line and not having a license to operate a motorcycle, The Associated Press reported.

    The country star announced today she will postpone concerts scheduled in Canada next week in order to be with her husband.

    "The outpouring of prayer and support from friends, family and fans has been a blessing to both Cactus and I. Cactus is a champion. I love him deeply and I will not leave his side," Judd said in a statement.

    The couple were married in a sunset

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  • 'Real World' Star Joey Kovar Found Dead

    An autopsy is being performed today on the body of Joey Kovar, a "Real World" alum who spoke openly about his past battles with addiction.

    The 29-year-old "The Real World: Hollywood" alum was found bleeding from the ears and nose in an apartment on Friday morning, TMZ reported.

    Kovar was pronounced dead at the scene by Chicago Ridge, Ill., police and firefighters.

    Authorities said in a statement there were no signs of foul play, however the department plans to investigate.

    During his time on "The Real World," Kovar left the show mid-season to attend a 30-day program to address his alcohol abuse.

    He returned to the "Real World" house following treatment.

    The aspiring actor and musician also appeared on "Celebrity Rehab" to treat his addictions to cocaine and ecstasy.

    "RIP Joey Kovar my heart breaks. My love and prayers go out to your family," cast mate Mackenzie Phillips tweeted.

    The Kovar family told the Chicago Tribune they don't believe Joey died of

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  • Chicago Teacher Accused of Beating Dog to Death Held on $200K Bail

    (ABC News)A Chicago elementary school teacher was ordered held on $200,000 bail today after he admitted to police that he punched his rescue dog to death.

    Derek Fierro, 25, told officers the dog had eaten "every piece of paper in the house" and had defecated on itself.

    "The man became angry when the dog continuously struggled as he tried to place the animal in the bathtub to wash it. That is when he beat the dog to death with his fists," the arrest report said.

    Fierro called Chicago police on Friday at 3 a.m., crying and saying he did not know why he had beaten the dog, according to the police report,

    When officers arrived at his Chicago apartment building, Fierro gave them his car keys and permission to open the trunk of his car, where they found the body of a "yellow male dog," the report said.

    He was taken into custody and is charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to an animal.

    Fierro is a fourth grade teacher at Eugene Field Elementary School in

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  • Less than one day after he escaped the chaos and carnage of the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting, lifelong Batman fan Justin Davis was back at the movies with a sense of purpose.

    Davis, 16, was accompanied by his brother and a friend to a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at a different Colorado movie theater.

    "I just want to finish it, and for all those men, women and children that didn't get to finish it, I want to finish it for them," he said.

    Shortly after midnight on Friday, a shooter opened fire in a packed theater in Aurora, killing 12 people and injuring 58 in the nation's largest mass shooting.

    New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles are among the major cities where police departments are ramping up security at theaters in response to Friday's shooting.

    "We are doing that to address the potential of a copycat event," said New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

    No significant drop in attendance has been reported around the country, although some

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  • Boss Gives Employees $7,500 for Vacations

    Bart Lorang may be the best boss ever.

    The CEO of Denver-based internet start-up FullContact API said in a market that is competitive for top talent, he wants to keep his employees happy and refreshed.

    The flip-flop wearing founder offers his employees $7,500 for what he calls "paid, paid vacation," however there are rules.

    "One, you actually have to take a vacation to get the money," Lorang said. "Two, you have to disconnect from work, so that means no calls, no emails, no tweets, no work of any kind."

    Even Lorang admitted he has trouble following his rules.

    "I suck at it," he said.

    A picture of the CEO and his fiancee Sarah at Egypt's great pyramids captured Lorang checking his email.

    Not surprisingly, employees said they loved having the company pick up the tab for their vacations.

    "It's a real break for your brain," said Robbie Jack, a FullContact API employee. "You come back refreshed and reinvigorated and more excited about the stuff you were working on

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  • Scott Peterson: Does He Have a Chance for an Appeal?

    Eight years after Scott Peterson was sentenced to death for murdering his wife and unborn son, his lawyers have filed an appeal alleging the convicted killer did not receive a fair trial, however experts believe Peterson's appeal is a long shot.

    "If you look at the case as a whole, I just don't see any glaring holes…that are sufficient enough to cause a new trial," said Brad Garrett, a former FBI profiler and ABC News analyst.

    Peterson was convicted of suffocating his pregnant wife, Laci, on Christmas Eve in 2002 and dumping her body in the San Francisco Bay. In the 423-page document, Peterson's lawyers claim the media frenzy surrounding his trial, along with a lack of direct evidence of the crime, didn't allow him a fair trial.

    Peterson's 2004 trial was moved from Modesto, Calif., to San Mateo, however lawyers claim the 88-mile move wasn't enough.

    Peterson has denied responsibility from day one and insisted he had been on a fishing trip when his pregnant wife

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  • Justin Bieber: Back On The Market?

    Justin Bieber: Back On The Market? (ABC News)The teen dream relationship of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez has reportedly been on-again, off-again in recent months.

    But the throngs of teenage girls -the ones who call themselves Beliebers - shouldn't get too excited about a single Beebs just yet.

    Bieber and Gomez were seen Thursday night holding hands on a romantic dinner date in Los Angeles, TMZ reported.

    When photographers asked Bieber whether the two were back on, the singer replied, "What does it look like?"

    The PDA came just one week after Gomez "was crying about Justin and was upset" at Ashley Tisdale's birthday bash, a source told People Magazine.

    Representatives for Bieber and Gomez did not respond to ABCNews.com's request for comment.

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  • Lost at Sea: Two Boaters Rescued After 9 Days on Raft

    Lost at Sea: Two Boaters Rescued After 9 Days on RaftTwo men spent more than a week adrift in the Gulf of Mexico, surviving on a small raft and rations after their barge sank during Tropical Storm Debby.

    Gerald Chessher, 57, and Vance Bryan, 48, were moving cargo on a barge from Captiva Island in Florida to Cancun when they got caught in the storm.

    "The rain was so tremendous. It was like a zillion marbles," Chessher said in an exclusive interview on "Good Morning America."

    As waves crashed against their boat, it became clear the duo had a problem.

    " We've lost power, our filters are clogged, our engines are running at less than half throttle and we have to abandon our load and find help because we are headed for the center of the Gulf of Mexico," Bryan said.

    The men evacuated to a raft, where they would spend the next nine days being "tossed around like rag dolls" while the U.S. Coast Guard searched for them.

    When rescuers found their capsized barge Thursday, they feared the worst. Chessher's mother began to plan

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