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TV actor Dustin Diamond convicted of misdemeanors in stabbing

A Wisconsin jury has convicted TV actor Dustin Diamond of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but cleared the former “Saved by the Bell” actor of the most serious felony charge.

The jury's verdict Friday came just hours after the 38-year-old actor testified that he never intended to stab anyone in the fight last Christmas Day.

Diamond said he was trying to scare bar patrons in Port Washington after his girlfriend was punched in the face.

He had pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of recklessly endangering public safety, plus two misdemeanors — carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

Conviction on all three counts carried a potential sentence of up to 11 years in prison.

Diamond played the character Screech on the popular 1990s show.

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Jessica Alba gets Honest Co. into billion-dollar club

Jessica Alba's Honest Co. has reportedly joined the billion-dollar club, according to estimates from Forbes magazine.

The "Sin City" star's empire of nontoxic products has landed her on the cover and in a feature for the magazine's inaugural issue of America's Richest Self-Made Women.

Alba didn't make the list of the elite 50 women enumerated by the mag. But she did fall just $50 million shy of those tied in the No. 49 spot: Beyoncé Knowles and Judge Judy Sheindlin, whose net worths are estimated to be $250 million.

TV mogul Oprah Winfrey and pop icon Madonna also the financial mag's list.  

The 34-year-old Alba stands out among her celebrity peers because she's the only one who made her fortune (an estimated $200 million) outside of her core industry. She's been focused more on entrepreneurship than making films, though she will appear in the "Entourage" movie in June.

Alba is said to own between 15% and 20% of the billion-dollar-valued company, which she runs with co-founders Christopher...

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Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner step out together amid divorce rumors

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner stepped out together on Thursday, and while that may not call for shining the Bat-Signal, it's significant now because reports of a looming breakup have been swirling around the couple.

RadarOnline and several tabloids reported this week that the "Batman v Superman" star and "Alias" alum have been spending a lot of time apart and are likely headed for divorce.

The rumors, seemingly based on much observational speculation about their work schedules, have not been confirmed and reps for both actors did not immediately respond to The Times' requests for comment. But Gawker started a divorce countdown anyway.

Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, who are coming up on their 10-year anniversary on June 29, have been busy filming -- he's been wrapped up with the trappings of his high-profile role as the Caped Crusader and she's been shuttling back and forth to Montreal for the comedy "Nine Lives." That's aside from several occasions the two have been seen apart -- him gambling...

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'Cruel Intentions' reunion: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair re-create that kiss
Demi Lovato launches mental health campaign, talks 'positive outlook'

Demi Lovato helped launch a mental health campaign on Thursday and is asserting that mental illness is "not something anyone should be ashamed of."

The "Give Your Heart a Break" singer recently signed on to be the face of Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, an initiative from the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other mental-health advocacy groups, and is opening up about her history with bipolar disorder and addiction.

"I didn't understand why I was going through what I was when I was dealing with all of this, and I realized I could share my story and help others," Lovato told the Associated Press. "If that's my purpose for being on Earth, than that's what I want to do. There's so much more to life than just singing."

She noted that she was "very, very depressed" when she was growing up despite living out her dream. And she couldn't pinpoint what had been upsetting her.

The Disney Channel alum's family staged an intervention and Lovato checked herself into rehab in late 2010...

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'Bachelor' couple Chris Soules, Whitney Bischoff call off engagement

It's another "Bachelor" breakup: Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff have called off their six-month engagement. 

The reality stars called it quits two months after their much-hyped Season 19 proposal aired on ABC.

The matchmaking series' creator Mike Fleiss first broke the news on Twitter on Thursday. 

"Sad news to report: @souleschris and @whitbisch are no longer engaged..." he wrote.

The former couple then followed up by releasing a joint statement to Us Weekly and People that said they ended their engagement "mutually and amicably."

"They part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will continue to be supportive friends. They wish to thank everyone who has supported them through this journey," the statement said.

Soules, 33, who earned the nickname "Prince Farming" on the show, and his remote Iowa farm life were showcased on the latest season. Bischoff, a fertility nurse from Chicago, was among the few women who were willing to take on the rural lifestyle and settle...

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