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If you’re a “Dear Abby” fan, some sad news. “Dear Abby” columnist Pauline Phillips died yesterday in Minneapolis. She gave over 90 million people newspaper readers advice on everything from Civil Rights to dating.  Pauline Phillips has been battling Alzheimer’s disease for years. It was the disease that stopped her from being able to write. She was 94.
On to a little happier news, John Mayer is back in action, KINDA! He has been forced to silence with no singing for ten months now, even though it seems like a lot longer… all because of vocal-cord problems and having to get nodules removed. BUT, John Mayer returned to the stage yesterday and performed at a benefit concert in Montana. Even though he’s back singing though, he is far from 100 percent. He says, "I don't have a ton of range ... I'm a 70-year-old version of myself… It's like a painter with just reds and purples." A full recovery will still take months. Maybe Katy Perry is helping him along to a speedy recovery!
And Betty White just turned 91… so how did she celebrate? She got a very special gift… the Lifetime Program, a company that she is a spokesperson for, adopted a red-tailed boa from the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in her name! The snake, a friend of hers! His name is Jacob and the met on the set of “I’m Still Hot,” her viral music video hahha!  "Jacob the boa constrictor is good as gold and cuddles in my arms," how cute! And Betty White has a simple wish for her birthday this year. She's asking fans to donate to the Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit committed to animal health science. Her goal is to raise $10,000!
Can Simon Cowell go two for two? He signed One Direction and they literally shot to fame in seconds! And now, Simon Cowell has signed this year’s X-Factor contestants Fifth Harmony as well! The two bands have a LOT in common. Both groups auditioned as five people before Simon Cowell made them groups. Both placed third in their seasons, and now they both have Simon Cowell mentoring them. Could they hit the big-time fame that One Direction has? I’m sure Simon Cowell is hoping so! Their debut album will be executive produced by Julian Bunetta, whose credits include One Direction, Boys II Men and Leona Lewis.
Sharon Osbourne, the fire starter! That’s right, she fell asleep the other day in her home before blowing out a candle and set her home on fire! Law enforcement responded at around 5 in the morning and thankfully they got there before the fire caused a lot of damage. The best part, they apparently schooled Sharon Osbourne on fire safety tips! I don’t know, I’m sure it went a little something like this… DON’T FALL ASLEEP WITH A CANDLE BURNING!
And everyone wants Britney Spears! Looks like three Las Vegas properties are trying to snag her as their headliner. It’s rumored that Britney Spears is in serious talks with one of the Caesars properties to perform multiple nights a week on a regular basis, as well as make appearances at many clubs and pool events. Some people are going as far as reporting that Britney signed a $200 million dollar, two year deal with Caesars! That’s been reported to be false but the sad part, she could be making $100 million for two years. JUST TO SING AND PARTY!
Well, looks like pulling out all the tricks didn’t work! After shamelessly plugging Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, PLUS Nicki and Mariah FIGHTING LIKE CATS AND DOGS, looks like American Idol is continuing to struggle! It’s ratings took a serious drop on the season premiere, clocking in at a whopping 19 percent lower than last season and 17.8 million viewers watching. What’s partly to blame? EVERYONE is saying Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey fighting turned fans off. People are debating if it is all fake and it’s making the judges not “likeable.” On a bright note, even though viewership is way down, American Idol still helped Fox win the night across all key demos.
And Jennifer Aniston has always been known for her great skin and skin regimens. So now, she has the support to back it up! Jennifer is the new fave of Aveeno’s skin care! Her work for the brand is just getting under way and she is by far the most famous person the brand has hat yet. She would make me want to buy their product!
The drama continues! Kim Kardashian is ready to give her ex-husband but by law her still LEGAL husband Kris Humphries an annulment on the grounds that their marriage was indeed FAKE! BUT, her momager Kris Jenner is saying NO NO NO, it will DAMANGE your brand! The reason why Kim wants to do it? To move on with her life and to not still be married to him when she gives birth to Kanye West’s baby! Plus, the last thing she wants to do is testify in trial! Not only is Kris Jenner worried about Kim’s brand if she does it, but she’s also worried about their empire and how the network E! would react who aired the wedding! Current boyfriend Kanye West doesn’t care because he thinks its time for Kim to pull away from reality tv anyway. For ONCE, I think we can see Kim’s side!

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People : Betty WhiteBotanical GardensBritney SpearsJennifer AnistonJohn MayerJulian BunettaKanye WestKeith UrbanKim KardashianKris HumphriesKris JennerLeona LewisMariah CareyMenNicki MinajPauline PhillipsSharon OsbourneSimon Cowell

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01/17/2013 9:38PM
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01/19/2013 3:40PM
Betty White is 91!
Congratulations to Betty on this milestone! As for Nicky Minaj & Mariah Carey, I hope the fighting comes to an end very soon...for their sakes. Penny Tucker
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