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has drawn headlines, controversy and jokes alike ever since his 15-minute conversation with his pastor in which he called his own show "filth" and told viewers to stop watching went viral this week. Everyone including commenters on YouTube, the ladies of "The View" and even his own mom has wondered aloud what happened to the 19-year-old star to prompt his tirade, during which he also called the show "very inappropriate" and talked about how his religious awakening has changed his attitude. Also at issue is what it means for his future in Hollywood, let alone the $350,000 salary he reportedly makes per episode on the hit CBS show.
A 16-month-old Georgia boy was thrown three feet into the air after a customer at his father's jewelry store plowed her car through the shop's front windows.
The accident happened Saturday as the toddler, Gray Harkleroad, was with his father, Marion, at the family's store, Harkleroad Diamonds & Fine Jewelry, in Savannah.
Surveillance video from inside the family-owned store of 26 years captured the moment Gray, who was born premature at just two pounds, ran into his dad's office. Just seconds later, he was thrown into the air by the car, which had plowed through the store's front entrance and two jewelry showcases before coming to a stop in Harkleroad's office.
"I saw him kind of buckle back and he flew backwards airborne," Harkleroad, who was sitting at his desk at the time and suffered bruises, cuts and numbness from being hit by the flying debris, told ABC News.
Also in the store at the time was Harkleroad's older son Caleb, who came to the rescue of his younger brother.
A pair of Florida boaters are alive today after clinging to parts of a cooler for nearly seven hours when their fishing boat capsized off the coast of Miami. George Verdecia, 29, and his older brother, who was not named, left for a fishing trip late Monday night but only made it about three miles off the shores of Key Biscayne, Fla., before their 12-foot vessel capsized at around 2:30 a.m., according to Coast Guard authorities.
Choppy water and high waves swamped the boat and caused it to capsize, Lt. Commander Joseph Abeyta, commanding officer of the Miami Beach Coast Guard station, told ABCNews.com.
The brothers had lifejackets on board, but had them stored beneath the boat's seats. When the boat capsized, the only thing that popped to the surface was a cooler. Verdecia grabbed the lid while his brother grabbed the cooler's base, according to Abeyta, and both held on, unable to fight the strong current. The two floated all night long and drifted apart.
When 10-year-old Noah Ricafrente and his 8-year-old brother, Elijah, got tickets to the Eastern Carolina University football game with the rest of their Pop Warner football team, it was a big deal.
When the two brothers from Cherry Point, N.C., got to go onto the field during halftime for a contest to try out their football skills, it was an even bigger deal.
When their father, Josh Ricafrente, a gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, walked out onto the stadium's football field, it was the surprise of their lives.
Ricafrente, a 12-year service veteran, had been deployed in Afghanistan for the past five months, missing his sons' entire football season playing for the local Craven Bearcats. When he heard from his wife, Jenie, that his sons would be going to Eastern Carolina's Nov. 3 game with their team, he got an idea.
"I was talking to my wife and said it'd be cool if I could surprise the kids at the ECU game," Ricafrente told ABCNews.com today.
In a small-world connection, one of the boys' Pop Warner coaches knew someone at the university and, just like that, Ricafrente's dream turned into reality.
Shena Hardin, 32, received her sentence Monday in a Cleveland Municipal Court where she pleaded no contest to the charges of not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation on a street or highway.
Judge Pinkey S. Carr ordered Hardin to stand at the intersection of E. 38th Street and Payne Avenue next Tuesday and Wednesday mornings wearing a sign that says "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus," court records show.
The sign, according to the judge's orders, must be written on 22 x 22 white poster board with the text written in all capital letters in black marker. Hardin must wear the sign from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. both days.
Cleveland Metropolitan School District bus driver Uriah Herron captured the video of Hardin driving on the sidewalk last September so that she wouldn't have to stop to wait for the children in the school bus to load and unload, according to local ABC affiliate NewsNet5.
While Halloween will be a bit delayed, understated or both for humans on the East Coast this year, no one told the region's sea life that the holiday won't go on after superstorm Sandy.
Take the Massachusetts fisherman who found a Halloween treat in his lobster trap that proved to be no trick.
The treat was a lobster caught last week by Dana Duhaime that was not the usual color of lobster-red but orange and black, with the two colors perfectly split down the lobster's back.
Adding to the Halloween allure, Duhaime is a lobsterman from Salem, Mass., a town replete with a bewitching history of its own.
Duhaime found the 1-pound, female lobster, which he named "Pinchy" after the famous "Simpsons" TV lobster, in one of his traps in Bakers Channel and gave his discovery to the team at Boston's New England Aquarium.
Now we know one thing the most decorated athlete in Olympic history can take off his possible career list, professional crowd surfer.
Phelps, the owner of 22 Olympic swimming medals, did not hesitate to dive into a crowd while partying at the XS nightclub in Las Vegas last week.
The only problem? The crowd did hesitate to hold him up.
Video of the crowd surfing fail was captured early last Tuesday morning by fellow clubgoer Kylene Jennings, of Fairfax, Va., and posted on the website PapUrazzi.com.
Jennings told ABCNews.com Phelps' fellow partiers just couldn't quite hold up the 6-foot-4-inch, 185-pound legend as he gamely jumped in a life raft with the club's DJ, Steve Aoki.
"The way people were holding it they just weren't holding Phelps enough and he fell pretty quickly," she said. "It just didn't work out. His side of the raft just wasn't supported."
The website he created as a social network for college students is now the site of a brewing battle between two centenarians over who can lay claim to being the oldest among Facebook's more than 1 billion monthly users.
Logged on in one corner is Florence Detlor, the 101-year-old Californian who, in August, was designated Facebook's oldest user by Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Detlor traveled to the social network's Palo Alto campus for a personal tour.
The 11-member Oracle racing crew, along with additional sailors on board for the training, were sailing the $8-10 million ship, an AC72, around 3 p.m., PDT Tuesday when strong winds caused the craft's bow to heave and slam sideways into the bay just off the shore, a team spokesperson told ABCNews.com today.
In an incident description on the team's website, tactician Tom Slingsby said the wind was blowing at about 25 knots and as the crew was turning the boat away from the wind it went over.
"When the nose went down, the wing hit and a few guys went in the water," Slingsby said in the release. "We were unsure if the wing would snap, so we all climbed off the boat."
While the entire crew all made it back to shore aboard support boats, the AC72, designed to "fly on water," was pulled out further into the sea.
Solenne San Jose, from Pessac in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France, got a bill for 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros, or $15,179,617,380,129,834 to be exact.
"There were so many zeros I couldn't even work out how much it was," San Jose told French news service Sud Ouest, according to the BBC. "[I] almost had a heart attack."
Adding to San Jose's stress was the fact that the phone company, Bouygues Telecom, initially stood by their billing. Instead of offering to cancel the bill, the company said it could not stop their computer-generated payment system from automatically withdrawing the amount from her bank account.
When San Jose persisted further in her own defense, Bouygues Telecom then agreed to set up a payment installment plan to help San Jose, a former teacher, pay off the amount , according to the BBC.
After further protest from San Jose, the company ultimately acknowledged they had, in fact, mistakenly added a few zeros to her bill and she, in fact, only owed 117.21 euros, or $151.
The company blamed the exorbitantly high bill on a printing error.