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  • ABC News' Linsey Davis and Amanda Keegan report:

    French beauty Constance Jablonski has become one of the hottest faces on fashion magazine covers and catwalks around the world, but she got slapped with a huge lawsuit when she left her modeling agency to work with its rival.

    The lawsuit claims Jablonski was a virtual unknown until Marilyn Model Management plucked her from obscurity and made her a star in less than three years. Marilyn has filed a lawsuit seeking $3.3 million, claiming the model thanked them by leaving for another firm, DNA Models.

    "The modeling agency is supremely cut-throat," said fashion designer Nick Verros. "If a model signs a contract with a beauty industry company, this could mean a big cut for the agent."

    Jablonski began her career with Marilyn in 2008. The agency takes credit for making the 21-year-old the face of Estee Lauder, tripling her earnings from 2009 to 2012, making her worth reportedly more than $3 million.

    Marilyn is also suing the

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  • January 16, 2013

    Church of Scientology International Statement Concerning Lawrence Wright's book

    British and Canadian publishers chose not to print Mr. Wright's book, which speaks volumes about their confidence in its facts and allegations. Mr. Wright ignored the real story of Scientology in favor of stale allegations and ever-changing bizarre tales invented by a handful of confessed liars consumed with their media smear campaign. Mr. Wright could have chosen to write a serious, objective and fair book on Scientology and its Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, that also would document the religion's growth worldwide as well as its involvement in such causes as human rights and the fight against drug abuse. Instead, Mr. Wright took the easy path and produced what amounts to a work of fiction filled with errors. This could have been avoided if instead of asking us six times about the brand of cigarettes L. Ron Hubbard smoked, he took us up on our offers made in 15 separate letters to

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  • McDonough Likely Next Chief of Staff

    Deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough is the likely choice to be President Obama's next chief of staff, replacing Jack Lew, who has been nominated to be Treasury secretary.

    White House officials say the president has made no final decision, but sources say they expect McDonough will be chosen. The other candidate under consideration has been Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice President Biden, as ABC News reported last week.

    McDonough has been a top Obama foreign policy adviser since the early days of his 2008 presidential campaign. He is one of those seen in the White House photo watching the Osama bin Laden raid unfold from the situation room with the president and his senior national security advisers.

    For those counting, McDonough would be the Obama's fifth chief of staff, or an assistant to the president. The others: Rahm Emanuel, Bill Daly, Pete Rouse (interim) and Jack Lew.

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  • Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings
    Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings

    By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback. Starting this September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume mailings at five-year intervals to workers who have not signed up to view their statements online, an agency spokesman told Reuters. The statements will be sent to workers at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60, he said, adding the agency would continue to promote use of the online statements. The SSA stopped mailing most paper statements in 2011 in response to budget pressures, and saved the SSA $70 million annually - about 50 cents per mailed statement.

  • Iran slams U.S. justice verdict on Manhattan skyscraper

    Iran on Saturday criticized a U.S. government move to seize a Manhattan skyscraper owned largely by a foundation that promotes its language and Islamic culture, saying this violated the right to religious freedom in the United States. According to a court document filed in New York on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to distribute proceeds from the sale of the Fifth Avenue high-rise to families affected by alleged Iranian-aided attacks, including the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. The settlement marks the latest turn in a long-running battle over the 36-storey building owned chiefly by Alavi Foundation, a non-profit Persian and Islamic cultural center. Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said the decision "lacks legal justification and negates America's commitment to protecting its citizens' religious freedom." "Confiscation of the properties of an independent charity organization raises doubt about the credibility of U.S. justice," she was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

  • Ukraine Suspends 'Anti-Terrorist Operation'

    Statement Cites Easter and Geneva Agreement as Reason

  • Easter morning delivery for space station
    Easter morning delivery for space station

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.

  • Inside ‘The Bunker’ Security Command for Boston Marathon
    Inside ‘The Bunker’ Security Command for Boston Marathon

    Windowless, Cold War-Era Underground Facility Will Be Security Hub for Monday’s Marathon

  • Ukrainian PM: We Can’t Stop Russia Alone
    Ukrainian PM: We Can’t Stop Russia Alone

    As pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored the provisions of a cease-fire agreement requiring them to abandon their occupation of government buildings on Sunday, the country’s acting prime minister appeared in a taped television interview and admitted that the country’s military and security apparatus could not defend the country against a Russian incursion. “How can you stop the…Russian Federation, which spent billions of dollars to modernize their military?” Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk asked host David Gregory on NBC’s Meet the Press.  He contrasted the state of Russia’s military – some 40,000 members of which are currently massed along Russia’s border with Ukraine – with the depleted state of his own country’s. Yatsenyuk blamed the corrupt government of Russia-aligned former President Viktor Yanukovych for allowing the Ukrainian military and security services to decline. “In the last four years, the former president, together with the Russian supporters…dismantled Ukrainian military and security forces,” Yatsenyuk said.

  • Canadians rally to legalize marijuana
    Canadians rally to legalize marijuana

    Several thousand people came out in Canada's biggest cities to call for the legalization of marijuana -- a yearly protest that happens internationally on April 20. The demonstrations -- dubbed the "420" rallies after the date, 4/20 in North American style, and the code-term popularly used to refer to pot consumption -- took place in Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. In each city, including the capital, Ottawa, where protesters gathered on the lawn near the parliament building, music groups played for the crowds. In Montreal, a strong police presence surrounded the demonstrators, while in Ottawa and Vancouver, a pizza chain offered a free slice to any participant in the rally celebrating a drug known to prompt the munchies.

  • Miss America: Don't suspend teen over prom invite
    Miss America: Don't suspend teen over prom invite

    YORK, Pa. (AP) — Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.

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