The Upshot
  • French voters headed to the polls to begin the process of picking "le president." France does things a little differently from the United States for its national election.

    For one thing, there are multiple parties, and the winning candidate must hold a majority of votes. Because this time around three candidates split the vote in round one, voters will head back for a second round of voting on May 6.

    The incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy is fighting to hold on for a second five-year term. The conservative will face socialist Francois Hollande, who managed to upset the standing president with a vote of 28.63% to 27.18%--but is still far from a majority needed to declare him the next president.

    A shocker: the strong showing of Marine Le Pen, who heads the anti-immigrant National Front party, which scored a sizable 18% of the vote. The daughter of the party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, she managed to almost double the party's vote since 2007, when the National Front took just 10.4%.

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  • ‘Pregnant man’ Thomas Beatie splits from wife

    Thomas Beatie, who made headlines in 2008 as the only legally recognized man known to have given birth, has separated from his wife of nine years, according to People magazine.

    Beatie, who has had three children with wife Nancy, announced the split during a taping of the CBS syndicated show "The Doctors."

    "Like all marriages, we have our ups and downs, and we're going through a rough patch right now," the 38-year-old Beattie said on the show, which will air May 7. "At the moment, we're separated."

    Beatie also revealed that he's had the final female-to-male gender reassignment surgery.

    Thomas Beatie, his wife Nancy and daughter Susan on Dec. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)

    "Nancy hasn't seen the new me yet," said Beatie, who started the sex-reassignment surgeries in 2002.

    The couple wed in 2003 in Hawaii, and Beatie gave birth to their first child, Susan, in July 2008. Since then, he has given birth to two sons, Austin and Jensen. All three children were conceived through artificial insemination from a sperm donor.

    The entire family, who lives in Bend, Ore., appeared on

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  • "Dog Whisperer" host Cesar Millan might need some consolation from man's best friend after his divorce was finalized.

    TMZ is reporting that the self-taught expert dog trainer must pay his ex-wife, Ilusión, a one-time amount of $400,000, a monthly spousal payment of $23,000, and another $10,000 for monthly child support.

    That may seem like a huge sum for a basic cable reality TV personality, but Millan can afford it.

    The recently filed divorce documents, which were obtained by TMZ, show that Millan makes $170,000 a month — which is over $2 million a year.  Though he is best known for hosting the National Geographic Channel's "Dog Whisperer" for eight seasons — it has millions of viewers and is broadcast to over 80 countries — the 42-year-old has also authored several best-selling books and runs a Dog Psychology Center. The latter, according to the New York Times, is a 43-acre mecca he calls "Disneyland for dogs."

    Cesar Millan and then-wife Ilusión Millan at the Imagen Awards on Aug. 21, 2008 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

    And then there is Cesar Millan Inc., which accounts for all of Millan's

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