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News: National Stories
  • Shares hit by U.S. unease; ECB supports Italy, Spain

    World stocks racked up more losses on Monday on jitters about the U.S. ratings cut, but signs the European Central Bank was buying Italian and Spanish debt gave some respite to battered markets.

  • Dalai Lama's political successor sworn in

    Lobsang Sangay, a 43-year-old Harvard scholar, took office Monday as head of the Tibetan government in exile, vowing to free his homeland from Chinese "colonialism."

  • U.K. police arrest 100 after riots in British capital

    British police arrested more than 100 people overnight in London after shops were looted and officers attacked in a second night of violence that followed some of the worst disorder seen in the capital for years.

  • Saudi Arabia recalls Syria envoy, Assad further isolated

    Saudi Arabia recalled its envoy to Damascus and the Arab League condemned violence in Syria, leaving President Bashar al-Assad further isolated.

  • China shares tumble, U.S. downgrade accelerates derisking

    Hong Kong and China shares crumbled on Monday morning, pressured by an acceleration of derisking from equity investments following Standard & Poor's downgrade of the long-term credit rating of the United States late on Friday. The Hang Seng Index was down 4.04 per cent at 20,100.2 by the midday trading break, its lowest level in a year, and the Shanghai Composite Index dropped 3.68 per cent.

News: Entertainment

  • Billy Crystal Calls Robin Williams' Emmy Tribute 'Hardest Thing I've Ever Had to Do'
    Billy Crystal recalls what is was like memorializing his dear friend Robin Williams at the 2014 Emmy Awards, telling Matt Lauer on TODAY that it wasn't an easy feat. "He’s my closest friend, and to do it with some humor and only in a short period of time that I had to do it was difficult," the 66-year-old said Tuesday of the tribute. "It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do." PHOTOS: Remembering Robin Williams
  • Sharon Osbourne Calls U2 'Middle Age Political Groupies' with 'Mediocre' Music
    It's safe to say Sharon Osbourne is not happy about the new U2 album being downloaded automatically onto iPhone users' phones. The notoriously outspoken The Talk host took to her Twitter Monday to air her thoughts on the surprising music move, in which instead of giving users the option to download U2's new album for free, Songs of Innocence was just put into everyone's iTunes libraries as an already "purchased" album. Sharon, 61, didn't hold back.
  • John Travolta Addresses Gay Rumors, Pending Lawsuit By an Alleged Former Lover
    In a new interview with The Daily Beast, John Travolta, 60, opens up about rumors that he's gay -- specifically a lawsuit from a man who alleged he was Travolta's former pilot, and that the two were engaged in a relationship that was more than professional. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Douglas Gotterba -- who worked for John Travolta's aircraft company Alto in the '80s -- will get the opportunity to argue in a lawsuit that he holds no confidentiality duties to the Grease actor, and is therefore free to write a book he’s allegedly been planning. "This is every celebrity's Achilles heel. It's just about people wanting money," Travolta says about the lawsuit. "That’s all. It happens on many levels."
  • Kim Kardashian Defends Kanye West After Wheelchair 'Lies'
    Kim Kardashian has her man's back. Her outspoken husband Kanye West made headlines over the weekend when he allegedly asked wheelchair-bound audience members to stand up during his Sydney, Australia show --but his wife took to Instagram on Monday to address these "frustrating" reports. Posting some concert footage, the 33-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star wrote: "What an amazing Australian tour! It's frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media. Kanye never asked anyone in a wheelchair to stand up & the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up & dance UNLESS they were in a wheelchair. #JustWantedEveryoneToHaveAFunNight #TheMediaTwistsThings" Something tells us those hashtags won't be trending.
  • Barbra Streisand Performs a Medley with Jimmy Fallon
    ET's Nancy O'Dell sat down for an extensive interview with Barbra Streisand-- a TV moment you don't want to miss tonight-- but the legend also had a big first on Monday's Tonight Show. For the first time in 50 years, Streisand returned to the late-night program, and gave two amazing performances. Jimmy Fallon didn't take her appearance on the program lightly and dedicated the entire Monday Tonight Show to the legend. Introducing her as "one of the biggest stars in the history of show business," he performed alongside her for an opening number where they sang some of her tracks off her upcoming duets album Partners, out today, Sept. 16. Fallon, of course, used his impressions during the performance, including Elvis Presley ("Love Me Tender"), Blake Shelton ("I'd Want it to be You") and Michael Buble ("It Had to Be You").