> Male Model Monday: Lucas Cattani Soldati.
> CBS announces a new Star Trek series is in development: “There is no better time to give Star Trek fans a new series than on the heels of the original show’s 50th anniversary celebration.”
> Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black look adorable taking in a football game in London (American football, that is).
> Ohio gets massive bill for fighting same-sex marriage: “Originally, attorneys defending same-sex marriage for Jim Obergefell asked the judge to award them $1.72 million in fees. Today, all parties agreed to a reduced amount: $1.5 million.”
> VW emissions scandal continues to grow: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it is now looking at 3.0-liter V6 diesel engines used mostly in larger, more expensive models like the Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle in addition to engines on Jettas, Passats and other mass-market models whose test-deceiving software were initially targeted by the agency in mid-September.”
> Facebook relaxes ‘real name’ policy following protest by the LGBT community.
> Portrait of SCOTUS HBICs unveiled at Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery: “Museum director Kim Sajet said of the portrait, ‘I imagine this portrait will spark a conversation among young people, particularly young women, about breaking barriers.'”
> Hacktivist group ‘Anonymous’ reveals names of KKK members. Said members quickly deny involvement in the group.
> Wreck of U.S. cargo ship El Faro (which went down in Hurricane Joaquin last month) found off the coast of the Bahamas.
> Adele’s “Hello” becomes first track to score 1 million downloads in 1 week.
> Maggie Smith has never seen Downton Abbey.
> Presumably Paul Hagis does not think highly of Leah Remini and/or her tell-all on Scientology.
> Meanwhile, more details on Tom Cruise from Remini’s new book continue to be divulged.
> Interactive map details the extent of Europe’s refugee crisis.
> Two Vatican insiders, including “the pope’s lobbyist” arrested by Vatican officials for leaking documents. Vatican labels the crime a “grave betrayal”: “The tomes — which reportedly contain fresh revelations about corruption and mismanagement in the Vatican and about challenges to Francis’s push for internal reform — include one by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. Nuzzi’s 2012 book on a ‘Vatileaks’ scandal rocked the papacy of Benedict XVI by detailing behind-the-scenes power struggles revealed in documents stolen by Benedict XVI’s butler. Nuzzi’s new book, according to his Italian publisher, is like a ‘crime novel’ and even quotes from recordings of Francis chastising his ‘top brass.'”
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