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Snake bites Nicki Minaj backup dancer during 'Anaconda' VMA rehearsal

Nicki Minaj’s rehearsal for the MTV Video Music Awards took an unexpected turn Friday night when a massive snake bit one of her backup dancers. 

The 6-foot-long boa constrictor, used as a prop during Minaj’s performance of “Anaconda,” sank its teeth into the inside of a backup dancer’s left arm while it hung around her shoulders, according to MTV News.

The dancer was swiftly treated by an on-site medic and later moved to a local hospital out of “an abundance of caution,” said Chris Velvin, director of production safety for Viacom Media Networks. “It is in no way life-threatening, but scary.” While the snake is nonvenomous, a bite untreated could lead to an infection.

As the incident unfolded onstage, Minaj, 31, asked, “Did she get bit by the snake?” before rushing to the back of the set to check on the dancer. 

Rocky the snake came from trained-animal company Hollywood Animals. A 15-year pro in the business, Rocky has been problem-free when it comes to biting incidents, the critter's...

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Jennifer Lopez tells Chelsea Handler she'd like to remarry

There’s something about Jennifer Lopez’s love life that never gets old. Despite three divorces and three major flings, she seems to be a romantic idealist at heart. And, seriously, it’s super cute.

The “I Luh Ya Papi” singer stopped by Chelsea Handler’s E! talk show “Chelsea Lately” on Thursday to chat about who she’s dated, what kind of men she prefers and what the future holds -- you know, all that good stuff.  

Handler began by asking J.Lo about her romantic game plan, specifically if marriage was on the horizon. “I would get married again,” the 45-year-old singer said. “Why not?”

To recap Lopez’s history: She first married chef Ojani Noa (1997-98), then back-up dancer Cris Judd (2001-03) and later singer Marc Anthony (2004-11), with whom she had twins Emme Maribel and Maximilian Muniz, now 6.

In between marriages, J.Lo notoriously dated music mogul Sean Combs (1999-2001), actor Ben Affleck (2002-04) and dancer Casper Smart (2011-14). She most recently shut down rumors linking her...

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Columbus Short pleads no contest to domestic violence, avoids jail

Former "Scandal" actor Columbus Short pleaded no contest Thursday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge stemming from a February arrest, earning himself a choice between 45 days in jail or 30 days of community labor, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office.

Short chose the labor.

He also faces 36 months of probation, a year's worth of once-a-week domestic violence classes and 22 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, said Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the city attorney's office.

In addition to abiding by an order of protection granted to estranged wife Tanee McCall-Short, the actor can't own a gun for a decade, Wilcox said.

Short had missed two previous court dates; he was arrested when he appeared Thursday in Van Nuys.

In April, the actress filed for divorce and was granted a temporary restraining order. McCall-Short alleged that while he was drunk, her husband had put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her and himself, court documents said.

Short was required to move...

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Stacy Keibler, Jared Pobre welcome baby girl: 'New love of our lives'

Make room in that ring for baby: Stacy Keibler has given birth to a girl. 

The former WWE wrestler and her husband, Jared Pobre, welcomed their baby girl Ava Grace Pobre on Wednesday, Keibler wrote in a blog post titled "Graced."

"Jared and I have been blessed with the new love of our lives. Ava Grace Pobre was born at home on Wednesday, August 20th," she wrote. "We've never experienced a level of joy and happiness like this before! Thank you so much for all of the special wishes and positive energy."

The 34-year-old, whose star rose when she dated Hollywood playboy George Clooney, didn't share any additional birth details.

Keibler wed the O.C. tech entrepreneur in Mexico back in March and just a few weeks later announced that she was expecting.

"More blessings!! We're an elated family-to-be!" the newlyweds said in a statement at the time.

The "Supermarket Superstar" host has been chronicling her pregnancy on her blog and Twitter and has said that embarking on motherhood has been the...

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Miley Cyrus' tour banned in Dominican Republic over all that sex stuff

Miley Cyrus won't be banging around the Dominican Republic any time soon -- at least not on the concert stage.

The "Party in the USA" singer, who's upped the sexually charged ante in her performances in the years since that 2010 tune came out, has been banned by the government commission in charge of public performances in that Caribbean nation.

In her "Bangerz" tour, Cyrus "undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law," the commission said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press

A translation of the Spanish-language statement published by Dominican Today, an English-language website covering Dominican news, went into more detail, reporting that the former "Hannah Montana" actress was accused of "incitement to sex, lesbian sex and use of inappropriate objects in public, acts that offend personal safety and violate the rights of children and adolescents" in her shows, in addition to wearing inappropriate costumes and -- gasp! --...

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Mariah Carey focusing on kids and tour amid split reports, rep says

All those vow renewals might not have worked out: Nick Cannon has confirmed that he and wife Mariah Carey are living separately; however, his wife's camp hasn't directly addressed the split. 

Following Thursday reports that the "America's Got Talent" host, 33, and the Grammy-winning songstress, 44, were splitting up, Cannon confirmed the news, saying their six-year marriage was on the rocks.

"There is trouble in paradise. We have been living in separate houses for a few months," the writer-producer told "The Insider."

TMZ reported that the couple had been living apart in New York since May -- other reports said June -- and that divorce plans were a "done deal." The reports also said the pair was selling off real estate and hammering out a custody arrangement for their 3-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe.

The pop diva's camp wouldn't comment on the singer's alleged marital woes.

"I don't comment on Mariah's personal life but Mariah is focusing on her children and her upcoming tour,"...

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More babies on 'Today': Jenna Wolfe pregnant with baby girl No. 2

It's turning into the "Baby" show! The "Today" show's Jenna Wolfe is having another child.

The morning anchor and correspondent announced Friday that she and partner Stephanie Gosk, a foreign correspondent for NBC News, are expecting their second child in February.

This time around, the couple will be having a baby girl, Wolfe said when she broke the news on the air after a quick segment on creative ways to announce pregnancies. (Hint: Use the "Today" show.)

"Harper is going to be a big sister," Wolfe, 40, said after revealing her ultrasound and a picture of her family. "Stephanie and I are proud to announce we are having another baby girl. I figured I got pregnant, I did it right the first time. I'm just going to do the exact same thing again and we're going to hope for the best." 

The "Today" family is growing quickly and seems to be making it a habit of generating and covering its own news: Co-host Savannah Guthrie welcomed her baby girl, Vale, earlier this month, and correspondent ...

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Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy welcomes son with girlfriend Meagan Camper

Pete Wentz has a new baby son with girlfriend Meagan Camper, his rep confirmed Thursday.

The Fall Out Boy bassist and songwriter's second boy was born Wednesday and is named Saint Laszlo Wentz, according to People, which first reported the news.

Wentz, 35, is also father to Bronx Mowgli Wentz, who's 5 and whose mom is Ashlee Simpson, Pete Wentz's ex-wife. The two divorced in 2011.

"They are thrilled at the addition to the family," the rocker's rep told People, adding that mom and baby are healthy and Bronx is stoked to be a big brother. 

Camper, 25, is a model. She and Wentz started dating in late 2011.

The couple likely didn't know whether it would be a boy or a girl until Saint was born; Wentz said back in May that they would "probably do a surprise on this one."

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Rocker Scott Weiland never arrested; authorities tricked by impostor
Beyonce's marriage to Jay Z is 'perfect,' mom Tina Knowles says

Mother-in-law knows best? Beyonce's mom seems to expect Jay Z will remain her son-in-law for a while: She has declared that things between him and her "Crazy in Love" kid are "perfect."

Tina Knowles was caught Wednesday by a TMZ cameraman who, while she was leaving a lunch date in Beverly Hills, graciously offered her the "opportunity" to set the record straight about Mr. and Mrs. Carter's relationship.

"How nice of you to do that," Knowles snarked. "Wow, really?"

She said she wasn't upset about recent rumors about a looming divorce because she doesn't read the "bull" about her eldest daughter's marriage.

"Everything's perfect," Knowles said. 

However, the same day, Us Weekly was quoting an insider who said Beyonce had "sought Gwyneth Paltrow's advice as she plans her split." Because, of course. Rumor has it the singers will part ways shortly after finishing their "On the Run" tour in Paris on Sept. 13.

That'd be the series of concerts Beyonce has called the "best tour of my life."...

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Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have reportedly split up

Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have reportedly called it quits after more than three years of dating. 

Blame it on Indiana, People says.

That would be where Mellencamp lives, was born and has said he plans to die -- while Ryan, 52, has been a New Yorker since heading out of Hollywood in 2010.

"It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause," a source told the magazine

Mellencamp, 62, told Rolling Stone in December that moving to Manhattan to live with Ryan wasn't going to happen, adding that he was "too sensitive" for that city and its "poor people," "trash" and "suffering."

"I'm not leaving Indiana," the singer said. "I'm going to die here."

The two started dating in late 2010, right before Mellencamp filed for divorce from Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, his wife of 18 years. Ryan and actor Dennis Quaid divorced in 2001 after she had an affair with "Proof of Life" costar Russell Crowe; she later accused her ex of being unfaithful as well and said her fling with Crowe didn't cause...

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Robin Williams was cremated, his ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay

Robin Williams' body was cremated the day after his death earlier this month, with his ashes to be scattered over the San Francisco Bay.

The ashes were to be scattered off the coast of California's Marin County, according to a death certificate obtained by Radar Online. Williams, who was found dead in his home Aug. 11 of what authorities said was an apparent suicide, lived in Tiburon, just north of San Francisco on the Sausalito side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

A private funeral was held last week for his close friends and family, according to People.

Williams' cause of death was listed as "pending investigation," which makes sense as results of toxicology and other tests done during an autopsy are still pending.

The comic and actor will be remembered at the Emmy Awards on Monday in a special tribute presented by Billy Crystal, Williams' friend and Comic Relief cohost. The segment will happen during the In Memoriam portion of the program, according to Show Tracker.

While no official...

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