Blog Posts by Katie Kindelan

  • Reunited Gorilla Brothers Shower Each Other With Love

    Family blood runs deep, even when you're a gorilla, as the joyful reunion of two gorilla brothers at a safari park in London proves true.

    The brothers - Kesho, 13, and younger brother, Alf, 9 - had not seen each other for two years after being separated in 2010 so that Kesho, a silverback gorilla, could be part of a breeding program at the London Zoo, the BBC reports.

    When Kesho proved to be infertile, the brothers were given a second chance to live together.

    PHOTOS: Kesho and Alf's Joyful Reunion

    Both gorillas were sent to the Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, England, to live in the park's new nearly $5 million gorilla enclosure built to house the over-population of males in the breeding program.

    (Courtesy: BNPS)Their reunion, all captured on camera, was one for the family record books. Kesho and Alf put on a display of hugs, shoulder slaps, squeezes and general all-out affection once they saw each other.

    "They were touching each other through the cage that temporarily separated

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  • The Bates Family of 21 Takes on Reality TV

    The Bates family of East Tennessee is a wholesome Christian family like any other, multiplied by 19.

    Parents Gil and Kelly Jo Bates have 19 mouths to feed, 19 sets of laundry to wash and 19 developing brains to educate, but they're not complaining.

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    They aren't complaining.

    "We actually thought that we wouldn't have many children but God just showed us how precious children are," Kelly Jo Bates said today on " Good Morning America," alongside Gil and their 19 children. "The Bible says they [children] are blessed."

    The Bates' larger-than-life family will be the stars of a new reality show, "The United Bates of America," that will premiere Monday, Aug. 13 on TLC.

    But to watch the show, the Bates will have to make an adjustment in their crowded life. They will have to get a television set.

    Kelly Jo Bates gave up her career early on in the couple's marriage to raise their children, which now totals 10 girls and 9 boys ranging in

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  • Teen Driver on Phone Nearly Impaled by Fence Post in Crash

    A Washington state teenager narrowly escaped being impaled by a fence post after he drove down a 20-foot embankment and slammed his car into a fence while either texting or talking on his cell phone.

    Dale McCauley, 18, was driving east on a highway near Aberdeen, Wash., approximately two hours outside of Seattle on Saturday when he suddenly made a dangerous U-turn and began to head west on the highway, Washington State Patrol Trooper Russ Winger told

    Fellow drivers began to call 911 with reports of McCauley's black Dodge SUV swerving dangerously in and out of traffic. They told operators that the teen had a cell phone to his ear and was either texting or talking on it, or both. McCauley then veered completely off the roadway, into a horse pasture and down a 20-foot embankment. The teen's SUV slammed into a fence, with one of the rails from the 15 to 20 sections of the large fence he'd hit going directly into his car, according to Winger.

    "One of the fence

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  • London Mayor Gets Stuck on Zipline During Olympics

    If ziplining ever debuts as an Olympic sport, don't expect to see London Mayor Boris Johnson on the medal stand.

    The eccentric mayor, who has seemingly been everywhere to promote the Olympics now underway in his city, found himself stuck dangling in the air this afternoon after taking the inaugural ride down a zipline set up in Victoria Park to promote the Games.

    Johnson, 48, a member of the country's Conservative party, gamely strapped on a harness and a hard hat and attempted to sail down the 1,050-foot line while also holding two Union Jack flags. Instead of achieving a gold medal-worthy landing, Johnson ground to a halt about 65 feet from the end of the line and was stuck dangling above a crowd full of bemused and bewildered spectators below.

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    "Get me a rope, get me a ladder," Johnson is heard saying in video captured by British news agency ITV. "I think the brakes got stuck."

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  • New York Dog Wedding Set to Break World Record

    It's being billed by as the pet wedding of the century and, if the woman behind it all has her way, it will break the Guinness World Record for the most expensive animal wedding ever.

    The scene is New York City's exclusive Jumeirah Essex House hotel on the edge of Central Park where, tonight, Baby Hope Diamond, the adopted rescue dog of TV personality and animal rights activist Wendy Diamond, will say or, rather, bark, "I do," in a $6,000 custom-made wedding dress as her more than 250 guests enjoy a $5,000 sushi spread, and a $15,000 seven-piece orchestra.

    It's a "fairy-tale" wedding estimated to cost nearly $250,000 and it was all orchestrated after a contest to find a partner for Baby Hope, the dog adopted by Diamond after her beloved Maltese, Lucky, died of cancer last month.

    When Diamond learned that 15-year-old Lucky was near death, she began an online contest to find a new partner for Lucky to join her as the face of Animal Fair, the charity she founded after

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  • Demi Lovato Gets Personal About Being a Role Model

    Demi Lovato is everywhere these days, from the concert stage on her summer tour to the judges' chair next to Britney Spears on "The X-Factor" to magazine covers and tabloid headlines speculating on everything from her love interests to her next album.

    That attention is why the actress and singer-songwriter says she decided to be so open about her battle with eating issues and depression, something other young starlets may have kept hidden.

    "That's what being a role model is about," Lovato, 19, said today on " Good Morning America," before a live performance in New York's Central Park. "It's not about being perfect. It's about speaking about your issues and inspiring others to get help."

    The former Disney Channel star stunned fans and the entertainment community when she cut short her tour with the Jonas Brothers to enter treatment in November 2010. During three months of in-patient treatment away from Hollywood, Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a diagnosis

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  • French Runner Celebrates Race Win by Shoving Mascot

    A French Olympic runner has developed a reputation for the way he marks the end of his races.

    Instead of throwing up his hands in a victory sign or congratulating his fellow competitors on a race well run, Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad has taken to attacking mascots.

    After winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase race at the European Athletic Championships in Helsinki Friday, the Algerian-born runner, 27, went straight from the finish line to a teenage girl dressed as the championship's mascot, "Appy," knocked a gift bag out of her hands and shoved her.

    The entire episode was captured on camera as it unfolded before thousands of shocked fans.

    The girl, 14, suffered no injuries from the attack but Mekhissi-Benabbad might suffer some consequences from his sport.

    "Hopefully, the EAA would deal with the case," championship director Mika Muukka told Karjalainen news of European Athletics Association. "Such behavior is completely unacceptable."

    The track star, who won the silver

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  • Cancer Survivor's Wife Makes Unusual Donation to Conn. Hospital

    A very personal donation left anonymously by the wife of a cancer survivor at a Connecticut hospital has sparked an outpouring from other donors who want to match the woman's priceless contribution.

    The "Pay it Forward" like chain of events began last Wednesday afternoon in the chapel of the St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn. It was there that Margalie Alphonse, an EKG technician at the hospital, found an envelope lying in front of the Virgin Mary statue as she was leaving mass.

    Inside was a donation to the hospital, but not in the form of the typical cash or check. Instead, Alphonse found an engagement ring and a wedding band inside the envelope with a simple note attached to explain exactly what the donor intended.

    "I would like to donate this ring to cancer patients," read the note, signed a "cancer survivor's wife."

    "I see what it is, I felt touched. I said oh my God. I'm gonna try to find the right person to give it to," Alphonse told local ABC

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  • Miss USA Faces More Allegations of Pageant Rigging

    Miss USA 2012 Oliva Culpo may be carrying a cool demeanor beneath her pageant crown but the allegations over whether she won the title fair and square are as heated as ever.

    Less than two weeks after one of the 50 women who lost to Culpo, Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin, resigned her title and charged that the pageant was a "fraud," a second contestant has come forward to back Monnin's claims that the pageant's finalists were selected in advance.

    The contestant, who is remaining anonymous, told that she too heard Miss Florida Karina Brez reveal the list of finalists backstage before the top 15 finalists were announced on stage, the same allegation made by Monnin in a Facebook post the day after the June 3 pageant.

    "I saw Florida backstage and she was very, very flustered and upset…at that point she was able to reveal to me at least four of the five names who went on to be the top girls," the contestant told the website in an exclusive interview. "She couldn't

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  • Truth Behind Kanye West's 'Naked Kim' Tweet Revealed

    It was the tweet that got the Twitter-verse all atwitter this week: A picture of a naked Kim Kardashian look-alike nibbling on fruit from a room service trolley in a fancy hotel room.

    Adding to the intrigue, the photo was allegedly shared by her boyfriend, 35-year-old rapper Kanye West, on his Twitter account before being quickly taken down, sparking rumors it was an accident and had caused friction between the newly enamored couple.

    The only problem? It wasn't Kardashian, 31, in the photo and it had nothing to do with West.

    Like Tina Turner, Robin Williams and Jon Bon Jovi before them - all falsely declared dead via Twitter - the two high-profile stars were just the latest in the long line of celebrities to fall victim to hoaxes on the social messaging tool.

    The picture is actually of porn star Amia Miley who originally tweeted the picture of herself back in 2011 and was just as confused as everyone else when it reappeared online this week.

    "Apparently a naked photo of

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