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  • Closeup of Michelle Obama's New Look

    As Washington prepares for Inauguration Day, first lady Michelle Obama revealed her new do: bangs.

    The new haircut was tweeted out from her newly minted official Twitter account, @Flotus.

    "Michelle Obama is such a trendsetter in the fashion industry because she manages to be both aspirational and inspirational," said Lori Bergamotto, contributing style editor at Lucky magazine. "She wears high-end designers but, on the flip side, she also wears things that we can all go out and buy them from J-Crew to things at department stores."

    Cameras caught more of her new look Thursday night as she entered Washington's Cafe Milano to celebrate her 49th birthday with the president and close friends.

    So who's behind the new look?

    Johnny Wright.

    He's been styling the first lady's tresses since right before they moved into the White House. While he won't reveal Obama's salon secrets, he did offer this take on a previous Obama first-term trim.

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  • Ballet Star Attacked With Acid

    MOSCOW - The artistic director of the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet was the victim of a vicious acid attack in central Moscow that may stem from rifts within the dance company.

    Russian news reports say Sergei Filin was walking home on Thursday night when a masked assailant threw acid on his face and ran off.

    Filin, 43, is said to be in stable condition, but the attack left him with third degree burns across his face. Doctors are scrambling to save his eyesight. He is schedule to undergo surgery today and is expected to be flown to Belgium for further treatment. Russian news reports say he will require plastic surgery and that recovery could take months.

    Filin was a star ballet dancer with the Bolshoi company before becoming artistic director in 2011. Investigators have suggested that internal theater politics may be behind the attack. In a statement, the Bolshoi Theater said he had been the subject of an intimidation campaign in recent months.

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  • Virginia Lawmaker Brandishes AK-47

    A Virginia state lawmaker brandished an AK-47 on the floor of the state House of Delegates Thursday.

    Virginia Del. Joe Morrissey, a Democrat hailing from the Richmond area, showed off the weapon while pushing for tighter gun-control laws, The Washington Examiner reported.

    "A lot of people don't know that in many locations in the commonwealth, you can take this gun, you can walk in the middle of Main Street loaded and not be in violation of the law," Morrissey said on the floor, according to the Examiner, assuring other lawmakers that the gun was not loaded.

    A subcommittee voted Thursday night to kill a bill Morrissey introduced that would have tightened gun controls in the state, The Roanoke Times reported. That bill would have banned the sale of so-called assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

    Morrissey notified police and made sure the gun was not loaded, the lawmaker told ABC News in a phone interviwe.

    The point of the

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