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Idina Menzel Ready for Spotlight at Super Bowl

By Anthony McCartney | Jan 30
Broadway star Idina Menzel says Whitney Houston's rendition of the national anthem is her favorite version, but she's looking to make the song her own this Sunday.

James Franco tries to move beyond 'The Interview'

By Lindsey Bahr | Jan 30
Almost two months after the hack heard 'round the world, James Franco is trying and ready to move past "The Interview."

Rod McKuen, Mega-Selling Poet and Performer, Dies at 81

By Hillel Italie | Jan 30
Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died.

Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty in Gambia Coup Attempt

By Amy Forliti | Jan 30
A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from last month's failed attempt to overthrow the government in the West African nation of Gambia.

Virginia to pay $520K to Lawyers in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Jan 30
Virginia will pay $520,000 to the lawyers for two same-sex couples who successfully challenged the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Alabama Plaintiffs Ask 11th Circuit to Allow Marriage Victory to Take Effect

Jan 30
The couple that toppled Alabama's gay marriage ban is urging an appellate court to let the judge's ruling take effect.

Brazil's Largest City to Pay Trans Youth to Complete Education

Jan 30
Brazil's largest city hopes to encourage transvestites and transsexual youth to return to school and finish their educations by offering them monthly payments.

Ex-Ford Employee Says He Was Fired for Anti-Gay Remarks

Jan 30
A former contractor for Ford Motor Co. has filed a complaint alleging he was fired for criticizing the automaker's efforts to support the gay community.

Boobies and Bombshells: Brazil Takes a Hit on Plastic Surgery

By Adriana Gomez Licon | Jan 30
Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil. The 27-year-old Urach recently went into septic shock and was placed on life support after a botched operation to augment her thighs.

Connecticut Art Dealer Sentenced to 4 Years for Fraud

Jan 30
A Connecticut art dealer convicted in the sale of fraudulent artwork was sentenced Friday to four years and nine months in prison.

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