Teacher dies at Cubs game

Teacher dies at Cubs game, A 28-year-old teacher has died after choking on a hot dog while attending a Chicago Cubs game Sunday.

Officials tell WLS-TV in Chicago that Maureen Oleskiewicz of Orland Park was sitting in the bleachers Sunday around 12:55 p.m. when she began choking.

Ballpark staff and onsite EMTs responded and transported her to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she died.

"The Chicago Cubs are saddened to hear news of the untimely death of Maureen Oleskiewicz. We express our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. We will continue to keep her family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," a Cubs news release said.

Incarnation Catholic Church in Palos Heights is hosting a prayer service Thursday at 7 p.m. in honor of Oleskiewicz, according to a statement posted on School District 128 website.

"There is no magic wand to fix what we cannot comprehend," District 128 Supt. Kathleen Casey wrote in a letter to parents. "Maureen had a positive impact on countless students, parents and & colleagues. Her vibrant, positive outlook on life and her joyful nature will be missed more than words can convey."

Teacher dies at Cubs game: Teacher dies After Choking on a Hot Dog

Teacher dies at Cubs game After Choking on a Hot Dog. Maureen Oleskiewicz was where she loved to be the most Sunday afternoon -- at Wrigley Field. The 28-year-old teacher was there watching her beloved team, the Chicago Cubs, warm up before their game with her brother, Martin Oleskiewicz. One minute she was laughing and cheering, and the next she fell over.

According to the Chicago Tribune, she showed no signs of distress before then. "She just went down," Martin told the paper. At first he thought it was a joke, but he quickly realized the situation was anything but humorous. After emergency personnel attempted to resuscitate her, she was rushed to the hospital. Tuesday she was pronounced dead, and the shocking cause of her death was revealed. Cafemom reports

She apparently had choked on one of the most quintessential baseball snacks -- a hot dog. Her brother had no idea what was happening at the time and said she didn't grab her throat or do anything to signal there was a problem. She just went down.

It's horrifying to think that her life was ended, in a split second, just like that. Her family is understandably shattered and in disbelief, as is the school community at which she taught.

If there is a bright side to this sad story, it's that at least she was doing what she loved when died, and that her organs have been donated to help others -- per her wish -- including a 14-year-old who received her heart.

I worry a fair amount about my kids choking on various foods, especially hot dogs, but I seldom think about it happening to my husband or me. While I don't believe this story should stop anyone from ordering a hot dog at a game, it should make us all a little more careful ... and a little more cognizant of how short life really can be.

Jerry 'The King' Lawler cleared to Get back on ring after heart attack on 'WWE Raw'

Less than a year after he collapsed on live TV, suffering from a heart attack, legendary professional wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler has been cleared to return to the ring. Lawler hasn't wrestled a match since his heart attack, but that's about to change.

The 63-year-old Lawler is set to have his return match May 25 at a small show in Florida. He's scheduled to team with another WWE Hall of Fame wrestler, 72-year-old Dory Funk Jr., the Miami Herald reports. Funk considers it a privilege to be part of Lawler's return.

Lawler collapsed during an episode of "WWE Raw" on September 10, 2012. He was commentating on a match after facing a wrestler named CM Punk. His commentary partner, Michael Cole, was tasked with keeping the show on track while updating the viewing audience on Lawler's condition. Jerry returned to "Raw" two months later, resuming his role as commentator.

Jerry 'The King' Lawler cleared to wrestle again after suffering heart attack - Jacksonville Top News

Several months after having suffered a near fatal heart attack on the Sept. 10th edition of RAW, Jerry Lawler has been cleared by doctors to return to the ring, the Miami Herald reported May 7. Jerry 'The King' Lawler, who is a part-time pro-wrestler and does full-time commentary for WWE's Monday Night Raw, suffered a heart attack while on-air in Montreal, Canada. He was pronounced clinically dead for 20 minutes before being resuscitated.

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Distress Call From Besieged Envoy Recounted to Congress

The No. 2 U.S. diplomat in Libya was watching television at home in Tripoli the night of Sept. 11 when he missed a call from his boss, Ambassador Chris Stevens.

“Greg, we’re under attack!” Stevens said from the U.S. mission in Benghazi, when his deputy, Gregory Hicks, called back. Then their connection was cut off.

Soon after, Stevens was trapped in smoke from a fire set by militants inside the mission and went missing. Hicks began a frantic, all-night effort to mobilize a rescue, speaking by phone with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before learning from Libya’s prime minister that Stevens was dead.

That account of the Benghazi attack emerged from a House hearing yesterday on the Obama administration’s handling of an incident that remains a political flash point in Washington eight months after the killings of Stevens and three other Americans.

While the hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yielded little new information on the attack, the almost six-hour session underscored how the Benghazi affair has opened a partisan divide.

Republicans, claiming a cover-up, said they’re determined to continue their probe into whether President Barack Obama’s administration failed to provide adequate security in Benghazi and misled the public about the nature of the attack.

The committee chairman, Republican Representative Darrell Issa of California, said yesterday’s testimony “undermines the Obama administration’s assertion that there are no more questions left to answer about Benghazi.”
‘Press Spectacle’

The panel’s top Democrat, Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, said the hearing “was another sorry example of Republicans promising explosive new facts but delivering only a press spectacle.”

For all the partisan sniping, the hearing -- with Hicks as its star witness -- provided some new details on how officials responded on the night of the attack and in its immediate aftermath.

Clinton, who stepped down in January after four years as secretary of state, called Hicks at 2 a.m. Tripoli time, or about four hours after the attack began, to discuss evacuation plans and the search for Stevens, who couldn’t be located, Hicks said.

An hour later, Hicks said, the Libyan prime minister called him to say Stevens was dead.

“I think it is the saddest phone call I have ever had in my life,” Hicks told the committee.
Fearing Attack

Fearing an attack on the Tripoli embassy would follow, Hicks said he began planning for its evacuation after helping to assemble a response team to go to Benghazi. His staff began destroying equipment for classified communications, even smashing hard drives with an ax, he said.

Several phone calls made by unknown people on a phone used by Stevens offered Hicks and his staff the chance to come retrieve the ambassador at a hospital controlled by militants, Hicks said.

“We suspected that we were being baited into a trap, and so we did not want to go send our people into an ambush,” Hicks said. The staff were sent instead to a Central Intelligence Agency annex in Benghazi that later came under mortar attack.

Besides Stevens, the Americans killed in the attack were Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information officer, and Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty, two former Navy SEALs working as security personnel.
Star Witness

Hicks told the committee that his plea for troops to help defend the besieged Benghazi mission was rejected and that he knew all along that terrorists were behind the attacks.

Hicks said he tried in vain to get fighter jets to fly over Benghazi in an effort to scare off the attackers. He also said four U.S. special-forces personnel were ordered not to board a Libyan military transport plane that flew to Benghazi from Tripoli in the hours after the attack.

“We wanted to send further reinforcements to Benghazi,” Hicks said. “People in Benghazi had been fighting all night. They were tired. They were exhausted. We wanted to make sure the airport was secure for their withdrawal.”

Pentagon spokesman George Little said yesterday the four-man unit was ordered to remain in Tripoli because the mission in Benghazi had already shifted to evacuation.

“We continue to believe that there was nothing this team could have done to assist during the second attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11,” Little told reporters at the Pentagon. “The team remained in Tripoli and performed admirably.”
Lingering Questions

The hearing shed little light on two questions that continue to shadow the Obama administration: why more military assets weren’t stationed close to Libya before the attack, given all the intelligence about terrorist threats in the area, and why the administration was slow to correct its initial explanation of the attack as a spontaneous protest that grew out of an anti-Islamic video aired on the Internet.

Hicks and two other State Department witnesses were unable to offer answers to those questions.

Issa of California said yesterday that leaders of a review board appointed by Clinton -- Thomas Pickering, a former undersecretary of state, and retired Admiral Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- refused to testify before the panel and that the Obama administration hasn’t cooperated.

Pickering disputed that, saying in an interview on MSNBC yesterday: “I’m willing to testify. I made that clear yesterday. The White House, I understand, made that clear to Mr. Issa. He declined.”
Rice Description

Hicks said in his testimony that he was stunned when Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, described the attack on national television days afterward as growing out of a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islamic video that sparked demonstrations in Egypt and elsewhere.

“My jaw dropped and I was embarrassed,” Hicks said, adding later, “The YouTube video was a non-event in Libya.”

The administration later corrected the “talking points” that Rice had used, acknowledging that there was no demonstration and that militant groups staged the assault.

Hicks told the committee that after he raised questions about Rice’s televised statements about the attack, he got the sense from his superiors at the State Department that he “needed to stop the line of questioning.”
Board Findings

Eric Nordstrom, who served as the regional security officer at the Tripoli embassy last year, said in written testimony that the Accountability Review Board appointed by Clinton chose to “ignore the role senior department leadership played before, during and after” the attack.

The review board never formally interviewed Clinton, although State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said yesterday that the panel did speak with Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy.

The panel found that the State Department showed “a lack of proactive leadership and management ability,” although no government employees were found to have violated their duties. One resigned and three were relieved of certain duties. None was fired.

Nordstrom told a congressional committee in October that he was turned down by the department when he requested extension of a 16-member security support team that was scheduled to leave Tripoli in August. Clinton has testified she never was informed of the request.

Republican committee members mostly stopped short of attacking Clinton directly yesterday, though Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah accused her of trying to shift the blame for lax diplomatic security.

Still, the continuing Republican-led investigation into Benghazi has political overtones for Clinton, a leading prospect for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
‘Cover-Up’

Some Republicans say that Obama’s administration willfully misrepresented the events in Benghazi in order to preserve his national security credentials, burnished by the 2011 capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, in the closing months of last year’s presidential campaign.

“I’ve known it was a cover-up for a long time,” Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, his party’s 2008 presidential nominee, said in an interview yesterday. “The narrative of the presidential campaign was that Osama bin Laden was dead, al-Qaeda was ‘on the run,’ decimated, and this act obviously was only from a spontaneous demonstration.”

Even before Republicans mentioned her name, Democrats rushed to Clinton’s defense during yesterday’s hearing, suggesting she was being unfairly targeted.

“I find it truly disturbing and very unfortunate that when Americans come under attack, the first thing some did in this country was attack Americans, attack the military, attack the president, attack the State Department, attack the former senator from the great state of New York, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” said Representative Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat.

Jodi Arias guilty: Haven't been following the Jodi Arias trial?

Jodi Arias guilty - The media circus that is Jodi Arias' murder trial is in its final stretch, as the jury began deliberations Friday following closing arguments. The jury, which has been in court since January, will resume deliberations Monday.

It's been an R-rated story, to say the least, with an abundance of testimony about grisly violence and, from Arias, details about a kinky sex life she says she shared with Alexander. CNN reports

The case has captured massive if not total interest among Americans. While one part of the country watches CNN's sister network HLN for every twist in the trial, or drives hours to get one of the courtroom's limited lottery seats (yes, they're doled out via lottery), another segment of the nation asks, "Jodi who?"

For those of you in the latter category, here are some things you should know as the trial comes to a close:

Travis Alexander

Lost in the salacious details of the "Jodi Arias trial" is the victim, Travis Alexander, 30, who was brutally killed in his Mesa, Arizona, home in June 2008.

Faith was an integral part of Alexander's life. The professed son of methamphetamine addicts, Alexander was raised in Riverside, California, with three brothers and four sisters. His grandmother introduced him to Mormonism as a child.

After he graduated from high school he went on a two-year mission in Denver. He later moved to Mesa because of the strong Mormon community and became a motivational speaker and businessman. He also authored a book titled, "Raising You."

Arias was living in Yreka, California, when she met Alexander at a business convention in Las Vegas in September 2006. That November, he baptized Arias into the Mormon faith, a ceremony Arias said was followed by anal sex.

Arias became his girlfriend two months later, she testified. They broke up in the summer of 2007, and Alexander began dating other women.

There were claims that Arias would stalk him, peering in his windows at times. Still, he and Arias continued to hang out on several occasions until -- disenchanted Arias says -- she moved back to Northern California. They continued to communicate.

The prosecution's case

Alexander's naked body was found crammed in a stand-up shower after he missed two appointments, prompting friends to go to his house. He had been stabbed 27 times in the back and torso and shot in the head. His throat was slit from ear to ear.


Arias initially told an investigator, "I heard a lot of rumors, and that there was a lot of blood." She later claimed she killed him, albeit in self-defense.

Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Juan Martinez has accused Arias of playing the victim when, in fact, he alleges she staged the crime scene to make it look like self-defense and has actively sought to profit from the media attention.

Prior to Alexander's killing, Martinez said, Arias stole her grandparents' .25-caliber pistol, rented a car in Redding, California, turned off her cell phone and brought along cans of gas so there would be no record that she was in Arizona.

"The only reason to keep this whole thing a secret, which is what she tried to do, is because she was going to kill him, and she's making preparations," the prosecutor said.

Finally, according to Martinez's closing argument, after she killed Alexander, she hooked up with an out-of-state romantic interest so she would have an alibi.

"She continues on to Utah into his waiting arms. Gosh, you can almost hear the violins making their sound as she goes up to him, gives him that first kiss. Isn't that romantic?" Martinez said.

Arias' defense

Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott has said Arias was the victim of a controlling, psychologically abusive relationship and that Alexander considered Arias "his dirty little secret."

Before Arias killed her ex in self-defense, Willmott claimed, she was subjected to rough vaginal sex. After she dropped Alexander's new camera, he became violent, the defense said, and had Arias not defended herself, investigators would've found Arias, not Alexander, dead in the bathroom.

Arguing the prosecution's position that Arias was obsessed with Alexander and stalking him, another defense attorney, Kirk Nurmi, has said it didn't add up because Arias was active on a Mormon dating site.

"Jodi ... wasn't so locked in on Travis that she wasn't looking for other men," Nurmi said.

As for the allegation that Arias attempted to surreptitiously slip in and out of Arizona without a trace, Nurmi pointed out that Arias went to the Redding, California, airport to rent her car for the trip.

"An airport with security cameras and security all around," the defense attorney said, "not some rental car agency on the outskirts of town -- an airport. That doesn't make any sense if you're on a covert mission."

Nurmi also questioned the merit of the prosecution's gas can argument, saying Arias could have avoided a paper trail simply by paying with cash. She didn't need cans, he said.

Did Arias change her story? Sure, Nurmi said, but that's not what she's standing trial for.

"If Jodi Arias were accused of the crime of lying, I could not stand before you and say she's not guilty of that crime, but nowhere in your jury instructions are you asked to convict Jodi Arias of lying," Nurmi said.

Fascination

If you didn't realize before, you probably see now why the case has drawn a cult following of sorts. It's rife with sex, lies and digital images, many of them naughty, and the dueling attorneys are lively -- nay, bombastic -- in their arguments.

Arias herself has been tweeting from jail -- through a proxy, of course -- criticizing HLN and Martinez, and directing followers to a website that sells art on her behalf.

For some media outlets, the case is gold.

HLN has created a show, "After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial," which invites an in-studio and at-home audience to grade the day's arguments. Its website is flush with every facet of the case, including a photo gallery containing 180 evidence photos.

The Huffington Post has similar coverage, and CNN affiliates KPHO and KNXV in Phoenix have special trial pages on their websites.

Before you lob cries of a sensationalist media profiting off a gruesome death, realize that people are clamoring for the coverage. HLN has enjoyed a ratings boost since the trial began, and people drive hours to see the trial for themselves.

Spectators began lining up Friday at 1 a.m. -- more than six hours before the courthouse opened -- to get a seat, according to KPHO.

Until April 25, the public was given access on a first-come-first-served basis, but the judge changed it to a lottery system for closing arguments, the station reported.

Everardo McFarlane of Phoenix was none too happy with the change, as he was first in line Friday but didn't make the cut.

"I just hope justice is served and that at least we get our $1.6 million worth with a conviction," McFarlane told KPHO, referring to the ever-increasing taxpayer expense on the trial.

R.D. Williams of Amarillo, Texas, didn't have the luxury of a short drive across town.

"It's 10 hours nonstop, two times to fuel up. I didn't bring no extra gas cans," Williams said, making a joke about a key argument in the case.

Potential outcomes

What could happen to Arias is anyone's guess.

If the jury's hung, she could face a retrial.

The prosecution, naturally, would like to see a first-degree murder conviction, as its case has revolved around Arias premeditating the killing. If convicted on this charge, Arias will face a mini-trial of sorts to determine if she killed Alexander cruelly and knew he would suffer.

A first-degree murder conviction could mean execution unless a jury grants her leniency, in which case she would get life in prison and may not be eligible for parole for at least 25 years.

If the prosecution can't prove premeditation, Arias could still be convicted of second-degree murder, commanding 10 to 22 years in prison. The jury can also decide that Arias killed Alexander recklessly or that he attacked her. She'd then be convicted of manslaughter. Lastly, the jury could find her not guilty or determine that she acted in self-defense and that her actions were reasonable. Either way, she'd then be free to pursue her dream of becoming a professional photographer, and the media circus could move to another town.

Widow of Boston bomb suspect hires criminal lawyer

Widow of Boston bomb suspect hires criminal lawyer. The widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has hired a prominent criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases as she continues to face questions from federal authorities.

Katherine Russell added New York lawyer Joshua Dratel to her legal team, her attorney Amato DeLuca said Wednesday. Dratel has represented a number of terrorism suspects in federal courts and military commissions, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee David Hicks, who attended an al-Qaida-linked training camp in Afghanistan.

‘‘Mr. Dratel’s unique, specialized experience will help insure that Katie can assist in the ongoing investigation in the most constructive way possible,’’ DeLuca said in a written statement.

He said Russell, who has not been charged with any crime, will continue to meet with investigators as ‘‘part of a series of meetings over many hours where she has answered questions.’’

Providence-based DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum have been representing Russell, who is from Rhode Island. They specialize in civil cases such as personal injury law.

An FBI spokeswoman wouldn’t comment when asked Wednesday whether Russell is cooperating.

DeLuca has said Russell had no reason to suspect her husband and his younger brother in the deadly April 15 bombing.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechens from southern Russia, are accused of planting two shrapnel-packed pressure cooker bombs near the marathon’s finish line, killing three people and injuring about 260. Tamerlan was killed in a getaway attempt after a gunbattle with police. Dzhokhar was captured hiding in a tarp-covered boat outside a house in a Boston suburb and was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Their mother has said the allegations against them are lies.

Russell, 24, married Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2010, and they had been living in Cambridge, Mass., with their 2-year-old daughter when the bombing happened. Russell has been staying in her family’s home in North Kingstown, just south of Providence, since her husband and brother-in-law were identified as suspects in the case. Hicks, an Australian, spent more than five years at Guantanamo. He pleaded guilty in March 2007 and served a nine-month sentence in Australia.

Jerry 'The King' Lawler cleared

Jerry 'The King' Lawler cleared in the history of pro wrestling, there have been countless moments when scripted action became tragic reality. Sid Vicious broke his leg during a match. Droz was paralyzed on a botched powerbomb. And some wrestlers like Owen Hart paid the ultimate price and died in the ring. For a brief moment on the September 10, 2012 edition of WWE Raw, it looked like another wrestling tragedy was unfolding.

62-year-old WWE Hall of Famer Jerry 'The King' Lawler had just competed in a rare match and returned to his usual position next to Michael Cole at the WWE announce table. I was watching live and having seen virtually every episode of WWE Raw for 20 years, I immediately sensed that something was wrong. I tweeted, "What just happened on Raw? I think something happened to Lawler. He stopped talking and isn't at the table."

What happened was that Jerry Lawler suffered a massive heart attack and was actually clinically dead for several minutes. The fact that WWE doctors resuscitated Lawler and that he did not suffer brain damage is a true miracle. I still remember Michael Cole imploring WWE fans that Lawler's heart attack was not part of Raw's entertainment. After Eric Bischoff once infamously had Ric Flair fake a heart attack in the ring, you never know.

Over the years, countless pro wrestlers have failed to heed these wake up calls and foolishly returned to the ring after similar brushes with death. In most cases though, these wrestlers were not independently wealthy and without the qualifications to work other jobs, they had little choice if they wanted food on the table. But Jerry Lawler has a nice, well-paid job calling the action every week on WWE Raw and once a month at WWE pay-per-views.

That's why I was stunned when I heard the news that Lawler's doctors cleared him to return to the ring and that he intends to wrestle again. I fully understand that I have never wrestled in front of tens of thousands of people and I have never experienced what this adrenaline rush must feel like. But sometimes discretion is the better part of valor, even for a ring veteran like Lawler.

On May 25, Jerry Lawler, who is now 63, will team up with 72-year-old Dory Funk Jr. in a tag team match for the !Bang! wrestling promotion. Funk routinely wrestlers with the men he's training at his local school and promotion, so this is not as crazy as it sounds. And Funk is not coming off a heart attack and near death experience. I sincerely hope Funk does all the work in this match and Lawler simply gets tagged in to drop an elbow and get the pin.

As a wrestling fan for well over 30 years, I've basically seen it all in this business. Unfortunately, I've also seen a lot of things I wish I hadn't. In this case, I hope and pray that Jerry Lawler knows what he's doing and that he will be calling the action in the WWE for many years to come.

Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.

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Biggest Loser divorce: Couple split two months before their first baby is due

Biggest Loser couple announce they're getting a divorce... two months BEFORE their first baby is due. What appeared to be a fairytale love story is over as a reality show couple are splitting before the birth of their first child. Biggest Loser couple Sam Poueu, 28, and Stephanie Anderson, 33, who met during 2010's season, got married in April 2012. But now, barely a year later, seven-month-pregnant Anderson released a statement announcing their split.

People reported 'It is with great sadness that my marriage to Sam Poueu is ending,' Anderson said. 'Thank you in advance for respecting our privacy during this difficult time.' Over: After just 13 months of marriage and two months before they are due to welcome their first child, Biggest Loser couple Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson announced they're getting divorced  After collectively losing 241 pounds in body weight on The Biggest Loser, Sam and Stephanie Anderson seemed to be on their way to a long and happy life together. Sam managed to lose 136 pounds after taking part in the show, and ended weighing 236 pounds, two pounds less than his target. Meanwhile Stephanie dropped over 100 pounds. By episode three of the show they were dating and Sam proposed on the show. They married in the same San Francisco Catholic Church where her parents had wed 39 years earlier.

The wedding came 8 months after Sam almost died after falling 54 feet from a fire escape.Happier times: The couple, seen here in 2010, was dating by the third episode of the show and Sam proposed to Stephanie on air. They wed in the same church as her parents. The couple lost 241lbs between the two of them - but nonetheless Stephanie was thrilled to see her bump grow with their first child. However Stephanie helped nurse her man back to health, and after they were married for nine months they announced this past January that they would welcome their first child in July.

Personal trainer Sam told US Weekly: 'Just from the experience of her being my caretaker post-accident, it was a dead giveaway that she'd be a fantastic mother. 'That was an early sign for me that our child is going to have the best mother ever.' Sam woke up in hospital with a punctured lung, severed kidney, shattered pelvis, fractured tibia, and traumatic brain injury after his accident in September 2011.

Pound cake to beefcake: Sam became a personal trainer after losing 136lbs of his flab on the popular TV show. But he said their good news has put all of their bad memories in the past. He said: 'Given everything we both have been through this past year, this [pregnancy] eclipsed everything. 'It put everything back into perspective. I felt like this was one of the many reasons God kept me alive during the five-story fall, so I could be the father of my wife's baby.'

And his wife revealed he is now returning in kinds some of the care he received from her during his recovery. Stephanie, 33, said: 'Sam has been wonderful. He rubs my feet! She also said he took great care of her early on in her pregnancy when she was "too exhausted to do anything.' Popular: Samantha was on of the most beloved contestants on the ninth series of Biggest Loser.The account executive added that now she is 'feeling really good. I'm starting to feel changes in my body, and I'm excited to see the full out belly!'

The duo had planned to find out the baby's gender in February. Stephanie said: 'It is such a joy and a testament to what we've been through that we've been able to go through some of the hardest chapters in our lives and start this new chapter with such positivity. It's exciting.

'It means the world to both of us. We met to fall in love and start this family.'

Jodi Arias guilty: Arizona jury finds Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder

Jodi Arias guilty was founded by An Arizona jury on Wednesday of first-degree murder in the death of her ex-boyfriend in a capital trial that riveted America for months with graphic sexual evidence and bizarre testimony.

Arias, who could face the death penalty as her case goes into the penalty phase of the trial on Thursday, has admitted to shooting 30-year-old Travis Alexander, whose body was found in the shower of his Phoenix valley home in June 2008. He had been shot in the face, stabbed 27 times and his throat had been slashed.

Arias, 32, had tried unsuccessfully to convince the jury that she acted in self-defense after Alexander attacked her because she had dropped his camera while taking photos of him in the shower.

She teared up as the jury's decision was read, while a crowd of hundreds erupted into cheers outside the court. Jurors could have convicted Arias of a lesser crime such as second-degree murder or manslaughter, but instead found her guilty of the most serious charge possible.

"Five long years ... of lying, manipulating. Now the citizens of Arizona have spoken," Dave Hall, a friend of Alexander, told reporters as he left the court. He said a death sentence would be appropriate.

"If what she did to Travis does not justify the death penalty in America today, then what do we have one for?"

The trial, which was punctuated by graphic testimony and evidence including a sex tape, captivated a nation enthralled by the story of an attractive and soft-spoken young woman charged with such a brutal crime.

The case, which began in early January and was streamed live on the Internet, drew parallels with the similarly high-profile Florida murder trial of Casey Anthony, another young woman charged with an unthinkable crime. She was ultimately acquitted in 2011 in the death of her toddler daughter, Caylee.

In the Arizona case, jurors heard how the petite, dark-haired Arias met and began dating Alexander, a businessman and motivational speaker, in 2006. During 18 days of often salacious testimony, Arias said she and Alexander continued to have sex despite their break-up from a relationship marked by emotional and physical abuse.

Arias said Alexander had made her feel "like a prostitute" and that he kicked and attempted to choke her, although she admitted never reporting the alleged abuse to the police, seeking medical treatment or documenting it in her journal.

DESCRIBED AS MANIPULATIVE

Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi argued that Arias had snapped in the "sudden heat of passion" in the moments between a final photograph she took showing Alexander alive and taking a shower and a subsequent picture showing him covered in his own blood.

But prosecutor Juan Martinez painted a different picture of Arias, portraying her as manipulative and prone to jealousy in previous relationships, and said she had meticulously planned to kill Alexander.

"Nothing indicates that this is anything less than a slaughter," he told jurors in his summing up on Friday, asking them to return a verdict of felony first-degree murder.

An attorney for Alexander's siblings, Jason Beckstead, said the family was pleased with the verdict and that his law firm planned to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Arias "in the very near future." He would not stipulate damages sought.

At the sentencing trial beginning on Thursday, the prosecution will present evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that aggravating factors exist that call for the death penalty. The defense can also present rebuttal evidence.

Jurors will then determine if the aggravating circumstances were proved to exist beyond a reasonable doubt.

In making his case for premeditated murder, Martinez had accused Arias of bringing the pistol used in the killing, which has not been recovered, with her from California. He said she also rented a car, removed its license plate and bought gasoline cans and fuel to conceal her journey to the Phoenix suburbs to kill Alexander.

Martinez said Arias lied after the killing to deflect any suspicion that she had been involved in his death, leaving a voicemail on Alexander's cellphone, sending irises to his grandmother and telling detectives she was not at the crime scene before changing her story.

The jury, which reached a verdict on its third full day of deliberations, had grilled her on her claims that her mind went blank after she shot Alexander, and wanted to know why she had not called emergency responders - questions she struggled to answer.

The defense called a psychologist who testified that Arias' memory lapses stemmed from post-traumatic stress as a result of Alexander's alleged abuse and the killing itself - claims disputed by prosecutors.

In closing arguments, Martinez told the jury Alexander had sent an instant message weeks before his death saying he was "extremely afraid" of Arias because of her "stalking behavior."

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Megan Fox trampoline: Jumping seems too much Fun for the Star Megan Fox

Depending on your thoughts concerning Michael Bay, Megan Fox, trampolines, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, your feelings about this story could vary. However, there’s no denying this fact, Megan Fox will be jumping on a trampoline during some portion of Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action/CGI film. From the photos below, we can discern a few things. First, Megan Fox will most certainly be playing April O’Neill, the Channel 6 reporter of TMNT fame. Also, Will Arnett’s role will be a cameraman, and has the potential to play a shady character in the TMNT series. Perfect for Will Arnett.

The use of Megan Fox in TMNT sparked interest among the industry and those who keep up with movie news, due to the falling out between her and Michael Bay during the Transformers series. Apparently, the scars have mended, as the two are back together with trampoline jumping action!

She seems to be Enjoying the trampoline. Webpronews reports

'Biggest Loser' divorce: Couple split two months before their first baby is due.

Biggest Loser couple announce they're getting a divorce... two months BEFORE their first baby is due. What appeared to be a fairytale love story is over as a reality show couple are splitting before the birth of their first child. Biggest Loser couple Sam Poueu, 28, and Stephanie Anderson, 33, who met during 2010's season, got married in April 2012. But now, barely a year later, seven-month-pregnant Anderson released a statement announcing their split.

'It is with great sadness that my marriage to Sam Poueu is ending,' Anderson said. 'Thank you in advance for respecting our privacy during this difficult time.' Over: After just 13 months of marriage and two months before they are due to welcome their first child, Biggest Loser couple Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson announced they're getting divorced  After collectively losing 241 pounds in body weight on The Biggest Loser, Sam and Stephanie Anderson seemed to be on their way to a long and happy life together. Sam managed to lose 136 pounds after taking part in the show, and ended weighing 236 pounds, two pounds less than his target. Meanwhile Stephanie dropped over 100 pounds. By episode three of the show they were dating and Sam proposed on the show. They married in the same San Francisco Catholic Church where her parents had wed 39 years earlier.

The wedding came 8 months after Sam almost died after falling 54 feet from a fire escape.Happier times: The couple, seen here in 2010, was dating by the third episode of the show and Sam proposed to Stephanie on air. They wed in the same church as her parents. The couple lost 241lbs between the two of them - but nonetheless Stephanie was thrilled to see her bump grow with their first child. However Stephanie helped nurse her man back to health, and after they were married for nine months they announced this past January that they would welcome their first child in July.

Personal trainer Sam told US Weekly: 'Just from the experience of her being my caretaker post-accident, it was a dead giveaway that she'd be a fantastic mother. 'That was an early sign for me that our child is going to have the best mother ever.' Sam woke up in hospital with a punctured lung, severed kidney, shattered pelvis, fractured tibia, and traumatic brain injury after his accident in September 2011.

Pound cake to beefcake: Sam became a personal trainer after losing 136lbs of his flab on the popular TV show. But he said their good news has put all of their bad memories in the past. He said: 'Given everything we both have been through this past year, this [pregnancy] eclipsed everything. 'It put everything back into perspective. I felt like this was one of the many reasons God kept me alive during the five-story fall, so I could be the father of my wife's baby.'

And his wife revealed he is now returning in kinds some of the care he received from her during his recovery. Stephanie, 33, said: 'Sam has been wonderful. He rubs my feet! She also said he took great care of her early on in her pregnancy when she was "too exhausted to do anything.' Popular: Samantha was on of the most beloved contestants on the ninth series of Biggest Loser.The account executive added that now she is 'feeling really good. I'm starting to feel changes in my body, and I'm excited to see the full out belly!'

The duo had planned to find out the baby's gender in February. Stephanie said: 'It is such a joy and a testament to what we've been through that we've been able to go through some of the hardest chapters in our lives and start this new chapter with such positivity. It's exciting.

'It means the world to both of us. We met to fall in love and start this family.'

Biggest Loser divorce: Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson split up with a childen on the way

Fans of "The Biggest Loser" loved watching Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson fall in love. She stuck by him through his terrible accident and now the two are expecting a baby. On May 8, People reported that they are getting a divorce and calling it quits.

The baby is going to born in just two months. Stephanie spoke out and said: "It is with great sadness that my marriage to Sam Poueu is ending. Thank you in advance for respecting our privacy during this difficult time." This is the couple's first child together.

They have been married just one year. Sam and Stephanie got married in April of 2012. Now they are getting a divorce, but no official papers have been filed at this time.

Back in 2011, Sam fell off of a roof and suffered a terrible time. Stephanie was by his side and the two seemed impossible to break. It is shocking that this couple from "The Biggest Loser" is splitting.

Biggest Loser divorce: Couple Divorce with Baby on the Way

Biggest Loser divorce Couple Sam Poueu & Stephanie Anderson Split Up. Nobody is winning in this situation. Biggest Loser stars Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson have separated – two months before their first child is due. "It is with great sadness that my marriage to Sam Poueu is ending," Anderson tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "Thank you in advance for respecting our privacy during this difficult time."

The two, who met on the hit NBC show's season 9 and wed in April 2012, are in the process of divorcing – but no papers have been filed yet. Get more stories on your favorite celebrities by subscribing now.

Poueu, 28, proposed to Anderson, 33, during a special episode of the Biggest Loser in 2010. Before their wedding, he suffered serious injuries after a fall from the roof of a four story building in 2011 and spent nine months in recovery. Shortly after, he admitted to Anderson that "he wanted to have children and grow old with me," she said at the time.

The couple announced in January that they were expecting; they'll welcome a baby boy in July.

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Taco Bell $1 menu

Taco Bell $1 menu is the latest menu plan "Why Pay More" Here's Taco Bell's Brand New 'Low End' Men. Taco Bell is planning to expand it's "low-end" value options by implementing a new "$1 Cravings" Menu, which will replace the food company's current "Why Pay More" menu.

According to ABC News, Taco Bell will test the new options in Kansas City, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif., before expanding nationally.

Brian Niccol, Taco Bell's chief marketing and innovation officer, told Ad Age last week that the company's "Why Pay More" offerings aren't priced low enough to meet the customers wants and needs.

"Why Pay More's" items were "originally priced at 79 cents, 89 cents and 99 cents, though those prices have largely increased to well north of a dollar over time," Ad Age's Maureen Morrison explained.

The new Cravings includes a beefy cheesy burrito, shredded chicken mini quesadilla and something called a beef crunchito.

Jeanne Cooper dies: The Restless dies at 84

Jeanne Cooper star of CBS the Young and the Restless dies at 84. American actress Jeanne Cooper, who starred on the daytime television soap opera "The Young and the Restless" for four decades, died on Wednesday, her son, actor Corbin Bernsen, said. Cooper was 84.

"My mother passed away this morning just a short time ago, peaceful with my sister by her side, in her sleep," Bernsen said in a post on Facebook.

Bernsen had been updating the status of Cooper's health on Facebook and Twitter over the past few weeks. Neither the cause of Cooper's death nor what she had been suffering from has been disclosed.

Cooper joined the cast of CBS network's "The Young and the Restless," in its first season in 1973, and portrayed the boozy and wealthy Katherine Chancellor. She was still a cast member at the time of her death although her character recently underwent surgery for a brain tumor.

Known as the "The Duchess" and the "Grand Dame of Genoa City," the Chancellor character is credited with giving the series a dash of controversy during its beginnings and becoming an iconic figure in U.S. television soap opera genre.

Cooper's cast mates took to Twitter to remember an enduring star of U.S. daytime television.

"A very sad day for all of us," co-star Jessica Collins posted on Twitter.

"Heaven just gained one feisty angel," said Melissa Claire Egan, another actress on the series.

Cooper, a daytime Emmy winner, also brought her personal life onto the show in 1984 when footage of her real-life facelift was used to depict her character undergoing the same procedure.

Cooper was born in Taft, California, in 1928 and began her professional screen acting career in the 1953 film "The Redhead from Wyoming."

She also appeared on several television shows in the 1950s and 1960s, including "The Twilight Zone" and "Perry Mason," before joining "The Young and the Restless."

Cooper had three children, Caren, Collin and Corbin, who currently stars on the comedy-drama series "Psych" on the USA Network.

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Kardashian bikini bump: Kim display baby bump during vacation

Kim Kardashian bump display during the vacation. Kim Kardashian showing off her adorable bikini baby bump while on vacation. On May 8, Extra TV posted a picture of her with the baby bump showing in a tiny purple bikini. What do you think of the look?

This picture is on the cover of US Weekly and Kim is showing it all off. She has on a bikini with her baby bump showing and she doesn't look fat at all. The cover mocks the fact that people are daring to call her fat when all that she is doing is carrying a beautiful baby in her belly.

One source says that Kim Kardashian is still working hard with a trainer. She is now seven months pregnant with Kayne West's baby and still looks great. She is doing all that she needs to do so that she can take care of the baby and look great while doing it.

Kim has a lot more confidence with her baby bump now and isn't afraid to flaunt it in a bikini. What do you think of Kim Kardashian's bikini bump? Sound off in the comments.

Kardashian bikini bump

Kardashian bikini bump at seven months pregnant, Kim Kardashian is proudly strutting her stuff in a bikini

During a trip to Greece last month, Kardashian showed off her growing baby bump in an eggplant-colored string bikini, according to Us Weekly. The trip was part of a family vacation being taped for her reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

The photo comes after weeks of the 32-year-old reality star being criticized for her baby body. "There are maybe two or three covers just this week that say I am 200 pounds," she told Extra in March. "I'm like, 'You are 60 pounds off here.'... It wouldn't even bother me if I gained all the weight. And I have the biggest sweet tooth and I love junk food. Being pregnant, I don't like any of it."

Last month, feminist Gloria Steinem defended Kardashian saying, "If our bodies are treated as ornaments instead of instruments ... it's an effort to distract us. So don't be distracted. Why bother getting caught up in that?"

Kardashian, who most recently showed off her figure at the Met Gala, is due this summer.

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High school 'hotness tournament'

May does not only mean the end of a school year for students at a Washington high school. It also means May Madness, a competition that pits female students against each other in a bracket to determine who is the "hottest." The so-called "hotness tournament" has become a tradition at Issaquah High School in Issaquah, Wash., according to Seattle's KING-TV. Over the past five years, boys have been encouraged to vote online for who they think are the best-looking girls in their class. Girls are encouraged to "look their finest" during the voting period. The creators of May Madness -- which is allegedly set up similarly to college basketball's March Madness -- are anonymous, according to The Seattle Times. Last year, the contest's Facebook page had a direct link to voting, but this year it does not. School administrators have been unable to determine who is behind it.

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Natalie Maines divorce: Divorce From Country Spawns Solo Album

Natalie Maines divorce is one of the Dixie Chicks has struck out on her own and released a solo album. Natalie Maines this week released Mother, a rock album that breaks from the Dixie Chicks’ country music past. Maines told CBS in an interview this week that the album has a “harder-edge rock feel” than what the Dixie Chicks were playing. Maines told CBS that it would be hard for her to return to country music after fans lashed out in 2003 when she spoke out against the U.S. invasion of Iraq. “It’s definitely difficult for me to go back to country music,” said Maines. “So, yes, I’m sure that 10 years ago did have an effect on where I’m at right now and the fact that I’m doing this solo album.” The Dixie Chicks have not released an album since 2006′s Taking the Long Way. Maines stated that she has not seen her former bandmates in around one year. Maines also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday to promote the Album. She and Ben Harper performed her first single from the album, titled “Without You.” Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Maines is also promoting her album through her various social media channels. She is currently answering questions from fans via her Twitter account using the hashtag #chatwithnat.

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Natalie Maines divorce: Dixie Chicks singer Refuse the break-up circulating story

Natalie Maines divorce from the Dixie Chicks has been exaggerated. According to an interview the singer did with The Hollywood Reporter on May 8, she is not finished with the band that made her famous, despite her new solo album about to hit.

"I am open to playing live shows," Maines said. "I remember Glenn Frey told me once that he wished the Eagles had never officially broken up. He looks back at that as kind of a silly thing to do… I don’t see any purpose in that. To me, we’re the Dixie Chicks. We’ll always be the Dixie Chicks."

As for the old Natalie Maines divorce rumors from her actor husband Adrian Pasdar, those were false as well. She mentioned Pasdar in the interview, talking about his job as an actor taking him all over the world, and how they are working hard on raising their kids. That is where the influence came for her new album "Mother."

She said that the title, named after a song on the album, was about how she loves the sacrifices she makes as a mother, even when it takes her away from the world of music that made her famous. She mentioned that she put a lot of herself into that song and made it as personal as she could.

She also said that she has no idea what the future will hold, whether it is a solo career as Natalie Maines, or maybe more Dixie Chicks music, but she said that it would be silly to even predict the future.

With the Natalie Maines divorce rumors, both from the Dixie Chicks and her own husband, shot down, it is time to get back to the music once again.

Natalie Maines divorce

Natalie Maines divorce for seven years, Natalie Maines has gone almost completely off the radar with her husband, actor Adrian Pasdar, and their two sons, Slade, 12, and Beckett, 8. "It was a lot of self-realization going on. And therapy. And exercise. Then just all the regular gardening and house chores," says the Dixie Chick-turned-solo artist.This week, she completes her transition from country music expat to acoustic rocker with the release of Mother, out Tuesday. "To me, my roots are rock," she says. The new album "wasn't trying to be anything. It was just being probably the most honest of me, musically."

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