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Prince William and Kate Middleton are Expecting a Baby


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby:

St James’s Palace announced the news after the duchess was admitted to hospital on Monday afternoon with acute morning sickness.

In a statement, a spokesman said: “Their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.

“The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII hospital in central London with hyperemesis gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her royal highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.”

Man Burns Down Buckingham Palace: VIDEO


From the "everybody needs a hobby department" comes this clip of 63-year-old Edward Heath talking about and then torching the 96 ft wide scale model of Buckingham Palace that he spent five months building. Thousands gathered to watch it burn over the weekend.

Heath says there is no political motive behind his pyromania. He just likes bonfires.


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News: Hillary's Future, Orlando Cruz, Demi, HK

1NewsIcon Does Homeland dumb down the CIA?

Orlando-cruz-330x350 1NewsIcon Orlando Cruz, the first openly gay professional boxer, spoke with Germany's Der Spiegel about coming to terms with his homosexuality: "For a long time I didn't want to accept that I was gay. Better said: I couldn't accept it because I was too afraid. Homosexuals were discriminated against in Puerto Rico back then, sometimes even killed. I had a friend named José, but we called him Linoshka because he was a transvestite. He was stabbed to death in the street at the age of 19 by a homophobe because he had taken part in a gay-pride parade."

1NewsIcon The website All Out is becoming an increasingly powerful voice in Africa's nascent gay rights movement: "The All Out website describes its objectives as 'building a truly global community able to respond to moments of crisis and opportunity, to advance the lives and freedoms of LGBT people everywhere' and credits 'the unprecedented possibilities for global people power that new social media technologies allow'."

1NewsIcon Justin Welby, the former oil executive Queen Elizabeth named to be the new Archbishop of Canterbury, is more open-minded on gay and lesbian inclusion than his predecessor, the at-times obstructive Rowan Williams. Though he doesn't support marriage equality, Welby said, "I am always averse to the language of exclusion... Above all in the church we need to create safe spaces for these issues to be discussed honestly and in love."

1NewsIcon Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel lent a hand for the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

1NewsIcon The royals came out for Britain's Remembrance Day.

RomneySale21NewsIcon Forget that 60% off Romney merchandise sale, Dulles Airport is practically giving it away for 75%. It's only going to go up in terms of camp value.

1NewsIcon Rent at the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

1NewsIcon Scenes from Hong Kong Pride 2012.

1NewsIcon Counterfeits are so gauche: "A new type of thread woven into patterns invisible to the naked eye could put an end to fake designer clothes - and dull outfits... To extend the method to other valuables, Christian Müller at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, made a semi-transparent thread from polyethylene and a polymer used in clothes dye. This thread has unique optical properties that allow only certain polarizations to pass through."

1NewsIcon Ezra Klein reflects at The Washington Post: "Step back and take an accounting of these last few years: The United States of America, a land where slaves were kept 150 years ago and bathrooms were segregated as recently as 50 years ago, elected and reelected our first black president. We passed and ratified a universal health-care system. We saw the first female Speaker of the House, the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, and the first openly gay member of the Senate."

Hilllz1NewsIcon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells the New York Times' Gail Collins that she looks forward to some well-earned R&R once she leaves the State Department. "I just want to sleep and exercise and travel for fun. And relax. It sounds so ordinary, but I haven’t done it for 20 years. I would like to see whether I can get untired. I work out and stuff, but I don’t do it enough and I don’t do it hard enough because I can’t expend that much energy on it," said the Democrat.

1NewsIcon 50 Ways to celebrate timeless Demi Moore's 50th birthday. Idea 29: "Indulge in late night pottery sessions."

1NewsIcon The Kardashians are terrifyingly popular in the UK.

1NewsIcon Finally, here's video of Anne Hathaway reprising her Katie Holmes impression.

NEWS: Putin Fibs; Politicians Love L. Ron; William Saletan Solves The World


Towleroad-roadicon Vladimir Putin admits he's a bit of a fibber:

Russian President Vladimir Putin told a Russian journalist that many of his most picturesque media appearances — shooting a tranquilizer dart into a tiger who appeared about to pounce; tagging a wounded snow leopard; and, just this week, wearing a feathery white suit to pilot a glider to guide a group of cranes south for the winter — were staged.

Towleroad-roadicon Politicians cozy up to Scientology:

Three U.S. congressmen and a top-level government official attended the opening of the Church of Scientology’s National Office in Washington, D.C., Thursday ... [Republican Congressman Dan Burton and Democratic Congressman Danny Davis] lauded the church’s efforts in pushing Congress to pass legislation targeted toward child medication and the criminal justice system. [Liz Gibson, Senior Program Manager at the Federal Emergency Management Agency] praised the disaster relief the Church of Scientology has provided in times of crisis.

Fire Towleroad-roadicon Chicago CIA sting nets an 18-year-old, first-time jihadi.

Towleroad-roadicon Bill Saletan gives angry zealots a good talking-to.

Towleroad-roadicon US pulls personnel from Tunisia and Yemen.

Towleroad-roadicon The Obama administration expects this nonsense could go on for a while:

“The reality is the Middle East is going to be turbulent for the foreseeable future and beyond that,” said Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former State Department official in the Bush administration. “It’s going to present the United States with any number of difficult choices. It’s also going to be frustrating, because in most instances our interests are likely to be greater than our influence.”

Towleroad-roadicon Don Philip really was "bullied" into coming out on the X Factor.

Towleroad-roadicon Royal boobies make the rounds.

Towleroad-roadicon Nathan Schaefer is named executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda; elucidates first priority:

“We must pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act,” or GENDA, he said in a video message posted on the Pride Agenda’s website at the time his appointment was announced on September 15. “That’s our next victory.” He noted that polls have shown that more than three-quarters of New Yorkers support the principles underlying GENDA.

... Schaefer most recently served as the director of public policy at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the city’s oldest and largest AIDS services and advocacy group. He also worked in Washington for the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth, and Families, a group established in 1994 that does both advocacy and partnership-building work.

Towleroad-roadicon With an album coming out next week, Aimee Mann talks about the state of the arts.

Buckingham Palace Has Prince Harry's Back: It's Nobody's Business


Prince Harry's wild weekend in Vegas continues to make ripples.

People reports:

Prince Harry has been lying low ever since nude photos, taken during his weekend of debauchery in Las Vegas, hit the Internet last week.  But according to the Palace, the Party Prince, 27, has nothing to be ashamed of.

"He didn't do anything unlawful," a Palace source tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "What he did was entirely his own business."

Meanwhile, additional reports are surfacing:

A U.S. website on Tuesday reported that cocaine was present in Prince Harry's Wynn Las Vegas suite and that a video is being shopped of the widening royal-gone-wild scandal. The report comes two days after a source was quoted in this column as saying "something pretty gigantic" was about to emerge in the aftermath of Prince Harry's naked "strip billiards" photos 11 days ago.

David Hockney Produces His First Royal Portrait


British artist David Hockney has painted his first portrait of the Queen, the UK's Daily Mail tabloid reports:

"The last time he was asked to paint the Queen, David Hockney politely declined on the grounds that he was too busy painting her country. But the Jubilee river pageant has prompted the 74-year-old to change his mind and create his first picture of the Monarch. A printed copy of his riverscape – produced using an iPad as he watched the flotilla on television – will be given by the artist to the Queen to add to the Royal Collection, which has portraits dating back to the 16th Century."


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