October 4th, 2013
04:37 PM ET

Letterman, CBS sign 'Late Show' through 2015

David Letterman will remain on late-night TV at least through 2015, CBS announced Friday.

Letterman characteristically cracked wise about his new deal with CBS President and CEO Les Moonves.

"Les and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground," Letterman said in a CBS news release.

Letterman debuted his late-night show on NBC on February 1, 1982, making comical top 10 lists and "stupid pet tricks" part of pop culture.

He moved to CBS and "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Aug 30, 1993.

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Body of Sopranos star awaits autopsy
June 20th, 2013
08:21 AM ET

Body of Sopranos star awaits autopsy

James Gandolfini probably died of a heart attack, according to the head of a Rome hospital's emergency department where the actor was taken.

The body of the actor was transferred to a hospital morgue in Rome early Thursday, where it awaited an autopsy.

By law, medical examiners in Italy are required to carry out the postmortem 24 hours after the body's arrival in the morgue, a hospital spokesman said.

Before Italian authorities can release his remains for transport back to the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Rome must issue a death certificate.

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Drugs probed in Kris Kross rapper's death
Kris Kross' Chris Kelly, left, and Chris Smith reunited in February for a 20th anniversary concert for So So Def Records.
May 1st, 2013
10:26 PM ET

Drugs probed in Kris Kross rapper's death

[Updated at 1:42 p.m. ET Thursday] Atlanta-area authorities are investigating Wednesday's death of Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, as a possible drug overdose, Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester said Thursday morning.

Kelly, 34, died Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital after he was found unresponsive at his home, police said.

After paramedics took him to the hospital, a woman who identified herself as Kelly's friend told an investigator that Kelly had taken a mixture of heroin and cocaine Tuesday night, and that she had brought Kelly home "to recover from his drug use," according to a police report

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April 2nd, 2013
01:10 AM ET

Leno, Fallon make light of rivalry

NBC talk show hosts Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon made light of their perceived rivalry in a duet the pair sang together at the start of Fallon's "Late Night" to cap April Fool's Day.

The duo belted out a song to the tune of "Tonight" from the Broadway musical "West Side Story."

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Oprah Winfrey to deliver Harvard address
March 4th, 2013
09:01 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey to deliver Harvard address

Oprah Winfrey will deliver the commencement address at Harvard University's 362nd graduation ceremony on May 30, the university said Monday.

"Oprah's journey from her grandmother's Mississippi farm to becoming one of the world's most admired women is one of the great American success stories," Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement posted to the Harvard Gazette website Monday.

"She has used her extraordinary influence and reach as a force for good in the world, with a constant focus on the importance of educational opportunity and the virtues of serving others."

Winfrey will speak at the school's "Afternoon Exercises," which also serves as the Harvard Alumni Association's annual meeting, the school said.

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March 4th, 2013
04:13 AM ET

Kellie Pickler's drummer seriously injured

A drummer for country music star Kellie Pickler was seriously injured in a massive crash on Interstate 65 in Kentucky, officials said.

Gregg Lohman, 36, was airlifted from the crash site Saturday with head and neck injuries, Master Trooper Norman Chaffins of Kentucky State Police told CNN affiliate WAVE. Lohman was in critical but stable condition Sunday at a Louisville hospital.

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Jackson son debuts as entertainment reporter
February 19th, 2013
03:49 AM ET

Jackson son debuts as entertainment reporter

As an heir to the King of Pop, Prince Michael Jackson should not have to work, but at age 16, he has taken a gig as a reporter for "Entertainment Tonight."

After receiving an on-camera coaching session on journalism techniques from ET's Brooke Anderson, Jackson recorded his first interview. The topic: an upcoming remake of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

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Frank Ocean says he'll 'choose sanity,' won't press charges in Chris Brown fight
February 3rd, 2013
12:01 AM ET

Frank Ocean says he'll 'choose sanity,' won't press charges in Chris Brown fight

Frank Ocean says he'll "choose sanity" and let his fight with Chris Brown go.

"No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit," Ocean said on his Tumblr pageSaturday night.

"As a child, I thought if someone jumped me it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man," the post said.

"But as a man i am not a killer. I'm an artist and a modern person. I'll choose sanity."

Authorities are investigating the January 27 brawl, in which Brown is accused of punching an unnamed victim on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement the following day.

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January 29th, 2013
10:40 PM ET

Rep: Ashley Judd, Franchitti to divorce

Actress Ashley Judd and champion race car driver Dario Franchitti are divorcing after 11 years of marriage, a representative for the actress said Tuesday.

Judd and Franchitti were married in his home country of Scotland in December 2001.

Judd is best known for her roles in the films "Double Jeopardy" and "High Crimes." Franchitti won his third Indy 500 in May.

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Miss New York crowned Miss America
Mallory Hytes Hagan of New York was crowned Miss America 2013.
January 13th, 2013
01:42 AM ET

Miss New York crowned Miss America

Mallory Hytes Hagan of New York was selected as Miss American on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Hagan, a student at The Fashion institute of Technology, won a $50,000 scholarship. In the talent portion of the contest, she performed a tap dance.

Ali Rogers of South Carolina was selected first runner-up.

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Twitterverse explodes: Kim Kardashian is pregnant!
Rapper Kayne West announced Kim Kardashian's pregnancy during a concert Sunday in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
December 31st, 2012
11:28 AM ET

Twitterverse explodes: Kim Kardashian is pregnant!

[Update at 11:27 a.m.] Kim Kardashian formally announced the news herself in a post on her website Monday: "It’s true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby. We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us. Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family. Happy New Year!!! Xo"

The Twitterverse exploded early this morning after everyone’s favorite bad boy rapper Kanye West announced that his girlfriend – the famous-for-being-famous Kim Kardashian  – was pregnant.

A spokesman for Kardashian then confirmed the news to CNN, but provided no other detail other than to say that West announced it at a show Sunday in Atlantic City in New Jersey.

The two have been dating for about eight months and have denied pregnancy rumors in the past.

Kardashian, for her part, is still legally married to Kris Humphries  – although she filed for divorce from the NBA player 72 days after tying the knot in October 2011.

Soon after this morning's announcement, Kardashian family members took to Twitter to share the news with the world.

Khloe and Kourtney are Kardashian's sisters, and Kris Jenner is the new grandma-to-be.

Within minutes, the hashtag #Kimye took off on Twitter - as did the inevitable ribbing.

Some poked fun at West's healthy ego, saying Kanye will name his baby "Kanye" - or perhaps "Babye."

Others alluded to West's infamous interruption of singer Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards speech in 2009 when he grabbed her microphone and let loose an outburst on behalf of singer Beyonce Knowles who had lost out in the Best Female Video category to Swift.

"Taylor, I'm really happy for you, and I'm gonna let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time," West said that night.

Judging from the tweets this morning, that incident is still fresh on many minds.

December 12th, 2012
09:15 PM ET

Springsteen, Bon Jovi, other stars raise $$$ for Sandy relief

New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen kicked off Wednesday night's star-studded Madison Square Garden concert that raised money for those enduring misery after Superstorm Sandy.

Springsteen's set included "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "Born to Run."

Proceeds from "12-12-12" benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is assisting storm victims in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Alicia Keys, launching into a customized version of "No One," told a cheering crowd, "This is our city. This is everybody's city. The resilience of this city is incredible."

Early performers include the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder, joined by comedians Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Billy Crystal. The Who's set included "Who Are You" and "Pinball Wizard." Images of storm damage were shown on a large screen.

"This recovery is not going to be quick," Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd during his set. "We need your support."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently said the latest estimates of Sandy-related storm costs in his state were $36.8 billion, while New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters the total cost in his state was $41 billion.

Concert organizers said the event was accessible to 2 billion people worldwide, through television and Web sites. "We are having high donation volume on the web," they said on the concert's Twitter page late Wednesday.

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San Francisco Giants celebrate World Series victory with a parade today
The San Francisco Giants celebrate after the team beat the Detroit Tigers in 10 innings to win the World Series Sunday.
October 31st, 2012
01:32 AM ET

San Francisco Giants celebrate World Series victory with a parade today

The Giants will be riding high in ticker tape today, when San Francisco welcomes home the 2012 World Series winners.  The team's colors are orange and black, so it's fitting that it is Halloween.

Festivities kick off at 11 a.m.  The parade will begin on Market Street and stretch to the Civic Center Plaza.

For the second time in three years, the Giants claimed Major League Baseball's top prize.

Completing their sweep of the Tigers took extra innings, but the Giants prevailed 4-3 Sunday night.

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October 24th, 2012
03:58 AM ET

A UN twist to ‘Gangnam Style’

Showing a side of his personality rarely seen in public, the United Nations Secretary-General tried to match “Gangnam Style” moves with the master of cheesy dancing.

Two of the world’s most recognizable South Koreans stood side-by-side. One wore spectacles, a U.N. lapel and a pressed black suit. The other stood in a black checkered jacket and his signature loose bow tie. And both raised their arms - locked and ready to bounce on imaginary horses in “Gangnam Style” fashion.

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'The Princess Bride': Anything but 'mostly dead' in the hearts of viewers
October 4th, 2012
09:34 PM ET

'The Princess Bride': Anything but 'mostly dead' in the hearts of viewers

Twenty-five years after its release, the CNN community still feels ‘twue wuv’ for classic fairytale film, “The Princess Bride.”

The cast reunited for the silver anniversary at The New York Film Festival on Tuesday at Lincoln Center, where they showed a special screening, shared stories - and even talked sequel possibilities.

We shared the reunion story with you and had some fun reminiscing about Westley’s quest to uphold a promise to his one true love, Princess Buttercup; Inigo Montoya’s quest to exact revenge on Count Rugen; Miracle Max’s quest to destroy Prince Humperdink and all of the other fantastical journeys that took place in the Brideverse.

In turn, you shared your stories about how the film affected your lives, your families and your own quests for true love. The responses (edited for clarity and brevity) were practically inconceivable!

Your quests for true love

MarylandBill  I used that movie to screen potential girlfriends.  If a girl didn't like that movie, I knew there really was no chance for us.  My wife liked it :).

MelDoug I'm using the same method.

A family thing 

Shawn Adams I love this movie!!!  Introduced my daughter to it when she was only 5, to this day (she is 13 now), we still quote this movie often.  Just last night, I had to kill an especially large wolf spider.  I stomped it, and she asked is it dead?  And without thinking about it, I said "mostly dead" ... lol

A modern classic

ordinaryguy75 What a special movie ... so heart-warming, funny and innocent. I hope kids for generations to come continue to watch this as my generation watched "The Wizard of Oz" when we were little.

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Chris Brown renews 'friendship' with Rihanna
October 4th, 2012
03:14 PM ET

Chris Brown renews 'friendship' with Rihanna

Chris Brown acknowledged Thursday he has renewed his "friendship" with Rihanna, the woman he was convicted of beating on the eve of the Grammys in February 2009.

Brown, 23, has two more years of probation to serve for his felony assault conviction, although the judge lifted the "stay away" order that kept him from his victim last year.

The singer sent an unsolicited statement to CNN announcing he was breaking up with Karrueche Tran, the 24-year-old model he began dating a year after he was arrested for the felony assault.

"I have decided to be single to focus on my career," Brown said. "I love Karrueche very much but I don't want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna. I'd rather be single allowing us to both be happy in our lives."

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Paris Hilton defends 'gay guys' comment
September 20th, 2012
02:16 PM ET

Paris Hilton defends 'gay guys' comment

Paris Hilton's comments about gay men who use a cell phone app for sexual hook ups were expressions of concern about the dangers of unprotected sex, not homophobic slurs, her publicist said Thursday.

The Hollywood socialite said, "Gay guys are the horniest people in the world," called them "disgusting" and suggested "most of them probably have AIDS" in the short conversation secretly recorded by a New York cab driver two weeks ago, according to RadarOnline.

The online celebrity gossip site did not identify the driver or reveal how much, if anything, was paid for the recording published Thursday.

Hilton's publicist, in a statement sent to CNN Thursday, confirmed the recording was authentic, but said, "It was not her intent to make any derogatory comments about all gays."

"Paris Hilton is a huge supporter of the gay community and would never purposefully make any negative statements about anyone's sexual orientation," the statement said.

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Lindsay Lohan charged with leaving accident scene
September 19th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Lindsay Lohan charged with leaving accident scene

Lindsay Lohan was arrested early Wednesday morning in New York, accused of leaving the scene of an accident, police said.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department told CNN the actress was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and taken to New York’s 10th Precinct police station, where she was processed and released on her own recognizance. CNN has reached out to Lohan's rep for comment. FULL POST

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July 26th, 2012
12:53 PM ET

Prince Jackson blasts aunts, uncles over grandmother's treatment

Michael Jackson's oldest son blasted his famous aunts and uncles on Twitter on Thursday for taking his grandmother away and keeping her out of touch for 10 days.

"I'm really angry and hurt," Prince Jackson tweeted.

His tweets came just hours after Katherine Jackson returned to the Calabasas, California, home where she has been raising Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and Prince Michael II, 10, who's also known as Blanket.

A judge suspended Katherine Jackson as their guardian Wednesday because of her absence, which her own lawyers suggested might have been against her will. TJ Jackson, the 34-year-old son of Tito Jackson, was named temporary guardian.

"Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realized how misguided and how badly she was lied to." Prince Jackson tweeted.

Janet, Jermaine, Randy and Rebbie Jackson teamed up to take their 82-year-old mother to a spa near Tucson, Arizona, on July 15, later saying it was under a doctor's orders.

The three children, who have been in their grandmother's custody since their father's sudden death three years ago, became upset after several days of not hearing from her. Critical tweets have flowed from sister Paris for days, but her older brother is now being heard.

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My interview with Ernest
Hollywood legend Ernest Borgnine made a big impression on a young reporter.
July 9th, 2012
02:55 AM ET

My interview with Ernest

Editor's note: Leslie Tripp is an assignment editor for the CNN National Desk.

Many people in their mid-30s and younger heard about the death of actor Ernest Borgnine and it didn't mean much. But I felt a particular sadness because I have interviewed Borgnine, and I actually made him cry.

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