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Christina Applegate loses both breasts
Celebrity gossip, famous birthdays and other tidbits, compiled from Seattle Times news services.
"Samantha Who?" star Christina Applegate, 36, said Tuesday on "Good Morning America" that she had a double mastectomy three weeks ago, since she has the breast cancer gene BRCA1 and her mother had recurring breast cancer. She will have reconstructive surgery during the next eight months, she said.
Wahlberg, wife divorcing
Actor-singer-producer Donnie Wahlberg and his wife, Kim Fey, filed for divorce Aug. 13 in Los Angeles and Ventura County, Calif., People magazine reports.
Dozens of people lined the Milwaukee River in Milwaukee on Tuesday to cheer the unveiling of a bronze statue of "The Fonz," including Henry Winkler, who portrayed the ultracool Arthur Fonzarelli in "Happy Days," the series that ran from 1974 to 1984.
Vietnam frees rocker
Authorities freed British glam rocker Gary Glitter from prison in southern Vietnam on Tuesday. Glitter, 64, left Vietnam on a flight to Bangkok where he was detained by officials. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was convicted in March 2006 of committing "obscene acts with children." He served two years and nine months of a three-year sentence, reduced for good behavior.
Pugnacious python shot
A Michigan State Police trooper fatally shot a nearly 7-foot-long Burmese python that slithered onto a road and lunged at a passing pickup truck in Port Sheldon Township, Mich. Brian Ahlin called 911 Monday after the snake tried to attack his truck and continued to even after he repeatedly ran over the reptile.
Man sues over tapeworm
Anthony Franz, who contends he got a 9-foot tapeworm after eating undercooked fish, sued Shaw's Crab House in Chicago. In the suit filed Monday, Franz said he ordered salmon salad for lunch in 2006 and fell ill. He later passed the giant parasite, which a pathologist determined came from undercooked fish. The lawsuit seeks $100,000 from Shaw's and its parent company, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. Carrol Symank, vice president of food safety for Lettuce Entertain You, said the tapeworm didn't come from Shaw's.
LeRoi Moore, 46, sax player for the Dave Matthews Band, died Tuesday at a Los Angeles hospital of injuries from an all-terrain-vehicle accident in June.
Maudie White Hopkins, 93, who grew up during the Depression in the hardscrabble Ozarks and married a Confederate army veteran 67 years her senior, died Sunday at a hospital in Helena-West Helena, Ark.
Today in History
1866: President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over, months after fighting had stopped.
1955: Hundreds of people were killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria.
1964: President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure.
1977: The U.S. launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.
1986: Postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill shot 14 fellow workers to death at a post office in Edmond, Okla., before killing himself.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, 73. Broadcast journalist Connie Chung, 62. . Rock singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), 60. Actress Joan Allen, 52.
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