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  • Jessica Simpson Reportedly Names Baby

    Jessica Simpson has already demonstrated a penchant for unusual baby names with a special meaning.

    Now, Us Weekly is reporting that the "Fashion Star" mentor may have already picked out a name for her second baby she's expecting with fiance Eric Johnson.

    "[She's] told people she's going to name the baby Ace!" a source was quoted telling the magazine.

    Simpson, 32, is already mom to 10-month-old daughter, Maxwell Drew.

    Prior to Maxwell's birth, Simpson revealed that she had chosen a name that was a tribute to her family and her fiance's.

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    "It's nothing shocking and nothing you'll have to add to the dictionary," Simpson told Elle last year prior to her daughter's birth. "Still, when people hear it they'll know …why."

    Maxwell is Johnson's middle name and his grandmother's surname. Drew is the maiden name of Simpson's mother Tina.

    If Ace is indeed the name Simpson is

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  • Spontaneous Combustion Eyed in Death

    Police are probing the mysterious death of an Oklahoma man from what appears to be spontaneous combustion.

    The charred remains of Danny Vandandt, 65, were found in the kitchen of his bungalow Monday, officials said. But the home itself was unscathed.

    "It's a real mystery," Fort Smith Fire Marshal Ronnie Rogers told ABC affiliate "I really would like to see the coroner's report on this one."

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    Officials said smoke escaping from the windows of the home was the only sign of a fire, and what sparked the flames and fueled the blaze remain a mystery.

    "I've never seen anything like it," Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said, adding that a plastic ice box 3 feet from the body, and the plastic handles of a nearby stove were intact with no signs of melting.

    "Everything fits to a T," Lockhart said of the spontaneous combustion theory. "But it's still a theory. I don't know."

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  • ScarJo Not Engaged, Despite Ring

    Scarlett Johansson is in no hurry to get married - again.

    Despite sporting a ring on her wedding finger, her representative has confirmed to E! Online that Johansson is not engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac.

    Rumors of a possible wedding began circulating when Johansson was spotted wearing what is described as an "exceptionally large and glamorous sparkler" on the third finger of her left hand, while strolling around New York City with boyfriend Dauriac.

    It appears, the pear-cut diamond was worn by the "Hitchcock" star for no special reason at all.

    The couple went public with their relationship last November, only a few weeks after Johansson split with former boyfriend Nate Naylor. Since then, the pair has been photographed several times, sharing romantic moments together in Manhattan.

    Johansson was previously married to actor Ryan Reynolds.

    The 28-year-old actress is currently starring on Broadway in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

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  • Who was customer 379? Starbucks customers 'pay it forward' in Florida for 378 orders
    Who was customer 379? Starbucks customers 'pay it forward' in Florida for 378 orders

    At approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday, a woman in her mid-60s ordered an iced coffee from the drive-thru at a St. Petersburg, Florida, Starbucks and offered to pay for a caramel macchiato ordered by the person behind her. For the next 11 hours, nearly 400 customers followed suit.

  • National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri
    National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri

    By Carey Gillam and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The governor of Missouri ordered the withdrawal on Thursday of National Guard troops from riot-torn Ferguson, where tensions have eased after sometimes violent protests were staged nightly since police killed an unarmed black teenager. Peaceful demonstrations overnight were the calmest street gatherings in the small St. Louis suburb since riots erupted over the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer. The controversial shooting by Officer Darren Wilson prompted angry demonstrations along with looting and random gunfire from largely black crowds. Police have used tear gas and heavy armored vehicles to clear the streets and the Missouri National Guard was called in to help.

  • Lawyer: Utah restaurant had other chemical burn
    Lawyer: Utah restaurant had other chemical burn

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The attorney for a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking tea laced with a chemical cleaning compound at a Utah restaurant said Thursday an employee at the eatery burned herself a month earlier on the same substance.

  • Arkansas college student impaled by flying golf club at fraternity

    By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK (Reuters) - An 18-year-old female Arkansas State University student was in critical condition at a hospital after being impaled in the neck by a golf club that broke apart in an accident at a fraternity, university and hospital officials said on Thursday. Natalie Eaton, a first-year student, was struck at a fraternity cookout on Tuesday when a fellow undergraduate batted a tossed football with a golf club, breaking it and sending the lower portion flying 30 feet (9 meters) and into her neck, the university said. Eaton, of Harrisburg, Arkansas, was treated initially at a local hospital, then flown by helicopter to a trauma center in nearby Memphis, Tennessee, it said. Arkansas State University at Jonesboro is about 135 miles (220 km) east of Little Rock.


    DEAR ABBY: I am being married later this year, and I'm planning my guest list. My cousin "Emily" has five young children who I'm making an exception to invite. She lives across the country, so she's starting to book her plane reservations. Emily just announced that she's being remarried and her fiance has three children he shares joint custody of. Am I obligated to invite three children I have never met? This is causing a lot of grief between me and my fiance because Emily assumes that they are all welcome. Please advise. -- D.C. IN NYC DEAR D.C.: Call Cousin Emily. ...

  • Ban on filling swimming pools hits communities in parched California

    By Aaron Mendelson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California dream of owning a house with a sparkling swimming pool is drying up for would-be swimmers in communities across the state as some local water districts have banned homeowners from filling empty pools in drought-stricken areas.     The restrictions come as California struggles through its third year of a catastrophic drought that has threatened a half-million acres of farmland, dried up reservoirs and shrunk the mountain snowpack that provides drinking water for millions of people.     “What we’re trying to prohibit is someone who makes a decision to empty their pool and then refill it," said Jonathan Volzke, spokesman for the Santa Margarita Water District, which implemented a ban on filling pools this month in several suburbs south of Los Angeles.

  • Ukraine's Poroshenko says will urge rebel withdrawal at meeting with Putin

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to take action for pro-Russian separatists to be withdrawn from Ukraine when the two men meet next week, his website said. Poroshenko is scheduled to see Putin in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Aug. 26 at a meeting that will also include top leaders of the European Union and of the Russian-led Customs Union. Though he did not mention Putin by name, Poroshenko was quoted by his website as saying that the Ukrainian side "would call for the (rebel) fighters to be withdrawn from Ukraine." "I am sure we will succeed in this," he said. Poroshenko's pro-Western leadership accuses Russia of orchestrating separatist rebellions in Ukraine, in which more than 2,000 people have been killed, and of arming the rebels.

  • Kiev says Russian army vehicles seized as aid checks start
    Kiev says Russian army vehicles seized as aid checks start

    Ukraine said Thursday it had captured two armoured vehicles belonging to the Russian military in the war-torn east as checks began on a disputed aid convoy from Moscow parked up at the border. Fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels raged in Ukraine's east as Kiev pressed on with an offensive to rout struggling insurgents ahead of a fresh round of diplomacy that will see the presidents of the two countries meet next week for the first time in months. Some 300 Russian trucks -- that Kiev fears could be used to help the insurgency -- inched closer to crossing the border into rebel-held territory after Ukraine's customs officials said they had started processing the first of the lorries after a week of wrangling.

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