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  • Puff the Beloved Sea Lion Dies Unexpectedly at New York Zoo

    Puff the Beloved Sea Lion Dies Unexpectedly at New York Zoo
    Animal lovers are gathering at an upstate New York zoo to mourn the loss of a beloved sea lion who died Thursday while receiving medical treatment.

    Puff, a 6-year-old male sea lion at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, N.Y., was under anesthesia Thursday receiving treatment for bloody nasal discharge. The 490-pound sea lion had been receiving treatment for several months but did not recover from Thursday's examination.

    "The necropsy confirmed an invasive necrotizing sinusitis, the exact cause of which will be determined in six to eight weeks by subsequent bacterial and fungal cultures and histopathology," Dr. Jeff Wyatt, the Zoo's Director of Animal Health & Conservation said in a statement. "This unusual infectious sinus condition is localized and poses no threat to the health of the Zoo's other sea lions."

    Sea lions normally live to be at least 15 to 20 years old.

    Puff was born at Sea World in Orlando, Fla., in 2006. He came to Rochester in May 2007 and became a part

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  • Fox: 'American Idol' Is Doing 'Extremely Well' Despite Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Feud

    Fox: 'American Idol' Is Doing 'Extremely Well' Despite Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Feud
    While "American Idol" judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have been splashed across the headlines this week after Minaj was caught on tape throwing a curse-filled rant at Carey, producers for the show say that everything is going "extremely well" among the judges.

    "This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we've ever had," the "American Idol" producers said in a statement to Friday. "We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can't imagine a better group to find the next AMERICAN IDOL. Despite all the accusations and media speculation - much of which is inaccurate - production is going extremely well today and the judges are focused on finding the best talent here in Baton Rouge."

    On "The View" Thursday, Barbara Walters revealed more details about the feud between Carey and Minaj, in an off-camera interview before the show.

    Carey, 42, claimed to Walters that multiple people heard

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  • Chris Brown Splits From Girlfriend, Cites Rihanna 'Friendship'

    Chris Brown has officially broken up with his model girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, according to his rep.

    "I have decided to be single to focus on my career. I love Karrueche very much but I don't want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna. I'd rather be single allowing us to both be happy in our lives," Brown said in a statement via his publicist.

    Brown and his ex-girlfriend Rihanna were reportedly spotted together at the Jay-Z concert in Brooklyn Wednesday. One concert goer posted a photo to Instagram of the pair reportedly sitting next to each other at the show, with Brown's arm draped around Rihanna's chair. The pair was also spotted at New York City hang out Griffin, where a source told E! News the singers were dancing and getting close.

    Tran tweeted Wednesday, "Bye baby."

    "There's a difference between a man and a boy," she tweeted one day earlier.

    Brown and Tran started dating in February. The R&B star is still on probation from beating Rihanna in

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  • Married Music Star Jason Aldean Apologizes for Acting 'Inappropriately' With Another Woman

    (ABC News)Jason Aldean apologized to his fans Sunday after TMZ posted photos of the married country crooner getting very cozy with another woman, “American Idol” season 11 contestant Brittany Kerr, in Las Vegas.

    "I wanted to talk to you directly, so you were hearing the truth from me and not just reading allegations made about my personal life on gossip websites," Aldean wrote on his Facebook page Sunday.

    "The truth is that I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar," Aldean wrote. "I left alone, caught the bus to our next show, and that's the end of the story. I ultimately ended up embarrassing my family and myself. I'm not perfect, and I'm sorry for disappointing you guys. I really appreciate being able to work through this privately with my family and for all your continued support."

    Aldean, 35, and Jessica Ussery were high school sweethearts and married in 2001. They have two daughters, Keeley, 9, and Kendyl, 5.

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  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy Not Leaving 'Dancing With the Stars,' Bergeron Says

    (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)Backstage at the Emmys, best reality TV host winner Tom Bergeron denied the reports that professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy is leaving "Dancing With the Stars."

    "He said that it was taken out of context," Bergeron said. "At the end of his contract, which runs through two more seasons, he's thinking of pursuing acting. … He's going to be with us beyond this season."

    The New York Post reported Sept. 21 that Chmerkovskiy was leaving after his contract expires at the end of 2013.

    "What else do I have to do there after 15 seasons? It makes total sense," Chmerkovskiy told the newspaper. "The audience can't expect for me to want to stick around, and the producers can't expect me to want to stick around."

    Chmerkovskiy said he wants to pursue an acting career and a possible reality show with his brother and fellow dancer, Val.

    Chmerkovskiy has appeared on the Ukrainian version of 'The Bachelor' and currently hosts a Ukrainian game show called "The Cube." He also has

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  • Paris Hilton Apologies for Gay Slur

    Paris Hilton issued an apology Thursday after audio of her making derogatory comments about gay people was posted online.

    In the recording, Hilton is heard saying gay people are "disgusting" and "most of them probably have AIDS."

    "Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know," the socialite said in an apology to GLAAD Thursday. "It is so wrong when people bully or put down others for being gay. No one should have to go through that."

    "As anyone close to me knows, I always have been and always will be a huge supporter of the gay community. I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families with the comments heard this morning," Hilton said. "I was having this private conversation with a friend of mine who is gay and our conversation was in no way towards the entire gay community. It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word."

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  • Editors Slapped With Suit After Fashion Week Cat Fight

    Publicist Lynn Tesoro is shown at Cedar Lake Studio during Fashion Week in New York, Feb. 14, 2010.It all started as a fight for the front row at a Zac Posen Fashion Week runway show, but now the spat between a public relations executive and a French magazine editor is headed to court.

    Public relations exec Lynn Tesoro filed a summons with notice Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court against Marie-José Susskind-Jalou, the president of Jalou publishing house, and her daughters, Jalouse magazine editor Jennifer Eymere and L'Officiel magazine editor Vanessa Bellugeon, according to Women's Wear Daily. Tesoro was allegedly slapped in the face during an altercation with the three women at the Zac Posen fashion show Sept. 9. The PR exec is seeking at least $1 million in damages for "assault, battery, emotional distress, slander and/or libel."

    The reported slap happened just 30 minutes prior to the start of Posen's show on Sunday. Fire marshals removed 60 seats from the show's front row, causing Tesoro and her PR team to scramble to find seats for guests, including

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  • Jessica Simpson: My 'Body Is Not Bouncing Back Like a Supermodel'

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    Jessica Simpson, the latest face of Weight Watchers, is opening up about her pregnancy pounds and how she's fighting to take them off.

    During pregnancy, Simpson told USA Today, she was "constantly hungry" and had a "big appetite." Her go-to indulgence was macaroni and cheese.

    "I let myself indulge in everything I wanted because it was the first time I was ever pregnant, and I wanted to enjoy it," the singer turned fashion designer said. "I wanted to be happy and eat what I wanted."

    But since giving birth to her daughter, Maxwell Drew, May 1, the weight hasn't come off as quickly as she would have liked.

    "I didn't realize it (the weight) didn't all come off with the baby," Simpson said.

    The singer shocked fans when she posed nude, and pregnant, on the cover of Elle magazine in April. The 5-foot-4 star weighed 170 pounds at the time, she told USA Today.

    Simpson will unveil her weight loss on the Sept. 10 premiere of Katie Couric's new talk show, "Katie." She'll also

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  • Chris Brown, Drake Sued for $16 Million Over Club Brawl

    (ABC News)Chris Brown and Drake have been slapped with a $16 million lawsuit following their alleged brawl at New York City nightclub W.i.P on June 14.

    In a lawsuit filed today in Manhattan Supreme Court, Entertainment Enterprises, which runs W.I.P. and the adjoining club, Greenhouse, claimed the stars were responsible for the fight that broke out at the nightclub. The lawsuit alleged the "violent brawl" "destroyed" the Greenhouse name, which the lawsuit called "valuable property." Entertainment Enterprises is seeking $16 million in damages for "gross negligence," "ultrahazardous activity" and "intentional illegal acts."

    The fight started because Brown and Drake "each shared a grudge against the other arising out of their romantic relationships with the same woman," the lawsuit said. The "same woman" is reportedly singer Rihanna, Brown's ex-girlfriend and Drake's one-time fling.

    Both Brown and Drake brought entourages into the club, and although the nightclub ensured they

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  • Taylor Swift Reportedly Buys Home Near Kennedys

    (Paul Adao/INFphoto.com)Taylor Swift has, according to People magazine, has purchased a house in Hyannis Port, Mass., across the street from reputed boyfriend Conor Kennedy's grandmother Ethel Kennedy.

    A real estate agent in the area confirmed to People that Swift bought the house last week, paying a reported $4.9 million for the 13-room home overlooking Nantucket Sound. The house was originally listed at $14 million and had been on the market for two to four years.

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    Swift is said to be "swept off her feet" by Kennedy. The singer was photographed wearing a retro bikini and hanging out at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port over the weekend. Swift played volleyball with her new beau and his famous family, according to People. The couple was also spotted in Nashville just last week.

    But playing with the Kennedys isn't the only thing Swift has been up to lately. The singer announced Monday that her new album, "Red," hits stores Oct. 22. She also

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