With Kate Middleton's anticipated due date approaching, we're diving into all the details of what to look forward to in the royal baby's first year. Taking the monarch's traditions and Prince William's upbringing into account, we've compiled a short guide filled with the fun milestones, special dates, and adorable photo ops we may be seeing in the coming months. As we await the birth of the royal baby, get excited with a glimpse into the future heir's first year!
Miss Utah's awkward answer during last night's Miss USA pageant stole the attention, joining a series of memorable pageant mishaps that have gone viral over the years. Thanks to the contestants' sky-high heels, the quick wardrobe changes, and the high-pressure interview questions, pageant snafus are inevitable — and they're all caught on camera. From embarrassing falls to incoherent interview answers, take a look at some of the most awkward pageant moments of all time!
Today the NSA whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, participated in a reader Q&A with The Guardian, offering details on his incentives, his advice for the government, and his reactions to the public response. Last week, he made headlines when he outed himself for exposing the NSA's top-secret PRISM program, and his story flooded the media as everyone wondered: Who is Edward Snowden?
Today's Q&A forum marks an interesting choice — to answer questions from the public rather than engaging in a standard interview — and over about a four-hour period, Snowden addressed questions posted by commenters and Twitter users who used the hashtag #AskSnowden. Covering everything from Obama's duty to his girlfriend's sudden turn in the spotlight, here are some of the most revealing, compelling quotes from Snowden's responses:
Last night, Miss Connecticut, Erin Brady, was named Miss USA — but thanks to a cringeworthy response, it's Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, who stole the show. During the pageant, judge NeNe Leakes asked Miss Utah about the wage gap between men and women, and the contestant stumbled through an awkward answer, suggesting we "create education better" to solve the problem. To her credit, Miss Utah smiled through the uncomfortable moment and stayed composed, earning applause from the crowd. Take a look at her response.
This week ushered in memorable moments for royals, politicians, artists, and athletes across the globe. The Middleton women took in a tennis match in the midst of royal-baby fever, the Clintons gathered in Chicago for an event, and President Obama spoke out on LGBT rights in Washington DC. Take a look at the week's best pictures from around the world!
As the world experiences royal baby fever, one question seems to top all the rest: what will William and Kate name their firstborn? British bookies have a baby-name spread where plenty of people are betting on potential names, drawing on patterns within the royal family and speculation over which names may be meaningful to the couple. Traditionally, royal children tend to be given classic, historical family names that have been passed down through the monarchy, but will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take a more contemporary approach?
We don't yet know the sex of the baby, but right now, bookies have set the favorite as Kate having a girl. As for potential girl names, the queen's middle name, Alexandra, is currently the top bet, but other family names like Elizabeth and Diana are also favored. On the boy side, people are guessing on names from within the monarchy like George, Philip, and Charles, plus Princess Diana's maiden name, Spencer. What do you think? Add write-ins in the comments!
Today Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen turn 27, making it nearly 26 years since they stepped into the spotlight sharing the role of Michelle Tanner on Full House. Since then, the former child stars have enjoyed steady careers in Hollywood with their fair share of TV shows, home videos, and movies. Over the past few years, the Olsens have spent more time in the fashion world than on screen, but to celebrate their birthday, we're taking a look at some of our favorite GIF-worthy scenes from the famous duo. With moments that span from their sitcom beginnings to their silver-screen days, check out 27 sweet, adorable, and hilarious GIFs of Mary-Kate and Ashley!
In the ultimate oh-no-he-didn't move, a man accidentally sold his wife's $23,000 ring to a stranger during his yard sale — for a whopping $10. Before Eric Cloutier's wife, Racquel, headed to the hospital to deliver her fifth child, she'd stowed her ring in a watch box to keep it away from their younger kids. While she was recovering at the hospital, Eric held a yard sale and sold the watch box to a female customer for $10. The couple hopes the stranger will return Racquel's ring, but so far, no luck. In this interview with ABC News, the wife reacts to the sale. Watch it now.
Update: LA news station KABC reported that the ring has been returned, sharing a sweet interview with the relieved couple.
Between the legal drama surrounding Amanda Bynes and Mara Wilson's recent post about why child stars tend to struggle later in life, there have been several child stars in the news lately. Most recently, Gaby Hoffmann — who starred in '90s hits like Sleepless in Seattle and Now and Then — talked about how important it is for kid stars to take a break, and she's not the first to offer insights on child stardom. A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, and Scarlett Johansson have also shared their experiences growing up in Hollywood, and while some appreciated their career head starts, others have called out its downfalls. See what former child stars have to say about their early years in the spotlight!
Today, Bill and Chelsea Clinton attended a fundraiser in New York City, where the former president was named Father of the Year by the National Father's Day Council. During the event, Chelsea presented her dad with the award, saying, "Every day he's my dad, and I don't need an award to tell me he's the best that I ever could have hoped for." Between his Hollywood connections and his saxophone skills, Clinton has definitely earned his share of cool-dad points over the years — not to mention the inspiring charity efforts he's spearheaded through the Clinton Foundation. In honor of Father's Day, take a look at 10 reasons Chelsea is a lucky daughter, plus a bonus reason why it may sometimes be tough to call the 42nd president "Dad."
With two weddings, a yacht outing, and an adorable baby appearance, it was a busy weekend for the world's royals. In Sweden, Princess Victoria and her daughter, Estelle, celebrated National Day before Victoria's sister, Princess Madeleine, enjoyed a lavish wedding ceremony. Meanwhile, high-profile nuptials in England brought together British royals, and Princess Beatrice spent a day on the water with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. To top it off, we saw photos from Kate Middleton's baby-shopping trip. See all that and more with this royal roundup!
Today, President Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act at the White House with the help of impressive women including female lawmakers, top advisers, and other community leaders. Signed into law by John F. Kennedy in 1963, the act made it illegal for an employer to discriminate against employees based on sex, specifically calling for equal wages among men and women. There's still a disparity between the sexes, though, with women earning about 77 cents for every dollar men earn, and today, Obama said, "It's the 21st century. It's time to close that gap."
It's been an important issue for Obama — the first bill he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which lets the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit reset with each affected paycheck. Speaking to today's mostly female audience, he made his stance clear: "When more women are bringing home the bacon, they shouldn't just be getting a little bit of bacon."
Warm weather, special anniversaries, and exciting sporting events had crowds gathering across the globe this week. In England, people celebrated the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, and in France, veterans reunited to commemorate D-day. Meanwhile, Australians enjoyed a color run, the French Open continued in Paris, and President Obama welcomed special visitors to the White House. See all that and more with the week's best pictures from around the world!
Today's actors have only made it to space on screen, but some stars could actually travel out of this world as early as this year. Justin Bieber is the latest star to book a seat on a Virgin Galactic suborbital flight, joining a string of A-listers set to board the company's spaceships. As the first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic plans to operate several flights aboard spaceships that carry six passengers and two pilots. A seat will cost you more than $200,000. After passengers spend a few days preparing with their crew, they'll bast off from a spaceport in New Mexico for a short flight that includes several minutes of weightlessness.
As of now, the company is still testing, but Virgin Group owner Sir Richard Branson hopes to launch the first full space flight by the end of the year, making space tourism a probable reality. Besides Bieber, see which stars are planning trips.
Yesterday President Obama nominated Samantha Power to replace Susan Rice as the next UN ambassador for the United States. As a leading human rights expert and former White House adviser, Power has been known to spark a bit of controversy — in 2008, she had to resign from Obama's campaign after she called Hillary Clinton a monster. This nomination marks a major opportunity for Power, as the position is currently considered a cabinet-level role, and in the past, it's been held by influential people like Madeleine Albright and George H.W. Bush. If the Senate approves Power's nomination, then she will be a key player in international affairs, so consider this your cheat sheet to learn more about the potential UN ambassador:
Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock soaked up the LA sun in a teal Voda Swim bikini on Monday. During her laid-back beach day, the 27-year-old bridal stylist relaxed on the sand and dove into a little Summer reading with Little Bee by Chris Cleave.
After being sent home by Bachelor Sean Lowe last season, Des — a fan favorite — now holds the roses as a pool of bachelors vie for her heart. Season nine of The Bachelorette premiered on Memorial Day, and based on the first two episodes, the men seem willing to do anything to find love with Des. This week, she and the guys were part of a Soulja Boy rap video, and although the season previews show plenty of drama, she's told fans that she has faith. In her first blog post, Des wrote, "As I stood in front of the Bachelor mansion in my shiny silver dress, I was filled with hope and eagerness to see what kind of men would come strutting out of those limos." Take a look at Desiree's LA beach day, and keep up with her love life by tuning in to our weekly Bachelorette recaps!
Last year, Pippa Middleton added "author" to her résumé with her party-planning book, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities For Families and Friends, and now she's expanding her writing career as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair. While her book focused on crafts, decorating, and cooking tips, her first magazine column is a personal guide to Wimbledon. As a tennis fan, she's regularly seen at high-profile matches, and in the July 2013 issue, Pippa writes about her tennis obsession and her tomboy roots, plus some insights she learned during a Q&A with Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. Soon she'll be taking on another new role as the aunt to one of the most famous babies in the world, so we're excited to see if any royal baby details will make their way into her future columns. What about you — will you be checking out her work?
After two successful decades in Hollywood, Kate Winslet has become one of the top A-list actresses in the industry — and today she surprised her fans by announcing that she's pregnant with her third child! She and Nick Rocknroll were married in New York this past December, and friend Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly walked her down the aisle. We've loved Kate since her Titanic days with Leo. On screen, she's one of the greatest talents in film, and off screen, she's made a point to speak up for herself and speak out against the scrutiny of women's bodies. In honor of Kate's happy news, we're sharing some of her most inspiring quotes on love, life, and confidence — plus all the reasons we love her most.
In a recent episode of Dear Danielle, Danielle Fishel shared these exclusive pictures from her Boy Meets World days. Taken with fellow '90s stars like Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Rider Strong, and Jodie Sweetin, these snapshots capture the decade in all its fashionable glory — think flannels, denim vests, and shirts tied around the waist. For your daily dose of '90s nostalgia, take a look at Danielle's best snapshots from back in the day!
Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of Summer, and people around the world ushered in the new season with festivals, sports, sunsets, and more. Michelle Obama welcomed kids to the White House for pizza, British princesses sported their garden-party best, and New Yorkers enjoyed a rare city sunset known as "Manhattanhenge." See all that and more in the week's best pictures from across the globe!