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Report: Joan Rivers doctor took selfie, began biopsy, source says

Joan Rivers' personal ear-nose-throat doctor took a selfie while the comic was under sedation and began an unplanned biopsy on her vocal cords before the 81-year-old went into cardiac arrest, CNN reported Tuesday.

A staff member at the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic was the one who told investigators about the picture-taking, according to a source CNN described as close to the death investigation. The physician has not been identified.

The ENT doctor's alleged presence in the operating room was first reported last week by the New York Daily News, with sources telling the New York Times that he wasn't authorized to be there.

The "spur-of-the-moment" biopsy caused Rivers' vocal cords to seize up in what's called a laryngospasm, the Daily News source said.

The clinic had countered the biopsy allegation last Wednesday, saying in a statement that a "biopsy of vocal cords has never been performed at Yorkville Endoscopy," adding that although "monitored" or "light to moderate" sedation occurred...

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Leonardo DiCaprio gets a climate-change gig with the U.N.

Leonardo DiCaprio will be the face of the United Nations' effort to raise awareness of its climate change efforts. 

The "Wolf of Wall Street" star was bestowed the rather weighty-sounding title of "Messenger of Peace" on Tuesday, courtesy of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"Honored to accept at this key moment for #Climate2014," DiCaprio tweeted, alluding to the U.N. Climate Summit set for Sept. 23 in New York, where he's been invited to speak.

"I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history -- it is a moment for action," he said in a longer statement given to the United Nations. "How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet."

In addition to his reputation as a guy who loves dating models, DiCaprio is known as an environmentalist and activist.

"Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message," the secretary-general said ...

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Kim Kardashian defends Kanye West in wheelchair kerfuffle

The story about Kanye West stopping his concert until a person in a wheelchair and another with a prosthetic leg stood up has been twisted by the media, Kim Kardashian says.

"What an amazing Australian tour! Its frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media," the reality star said Monday on Instagram before landing Tuesday morning at LAX with her daughter and husband.

West, of course, had walked a mile -- or at least the length of a stage -- in Joe Biden's shoes during one of his weekend concerts in Sydney, Australia, where he announced he was stopping the show until everybody in the audience was standing up. Unfortunately, the "Yeezus" rapper was a stickler for detail and waited -- and waited -- because he really wanted everyone to stand up.

"I can't do this song, I can't do the rest of this show until everybody stands up," he said. "Unless you got a handicapped pass with special parking ..."

At one point, he asked the crowd if they wanted any holdouts to...

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Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are parents to a baby girl, reports say

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes -- who never confirmed they were expecting a baby -- are reportedly new parents.

A baby girl was born to the costars of "The Place Beyond the Pines" on Friday, sources told Us Weekly on Tuesday. No details, including the baby's name, were immediately available.

People magazine said it had confirmed the birth as well.

News that Gosling and Mendes had a baby on the way broke early in July, with OK magazine declaring her to be seven months' pregnant and other publications chiming in afterward with their own sources confirming the story.

The couple, who've been living in his Studio City home, adjusted their lifestyles immediately after learning she was pregnant, People reported in mid-July.

Mendes "barely left the house" in recent months, a source told the magazine at the time. "Ryan has been taking care of her, picking up food and running errands. He has been very supportive about keeping things a secret," the source said. 

Mendes appeared at a New York & Co....

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Rosie O'Donnell says weight loss came with 'emotional turbulence'

Rosie O'Donnell, who took her dramatic weight loss mainstream Monday with the premiere of a revamped "The View," had a confession to make after the show: Being thinner isn't all daisies and unicorns.

"The fact that I look so different has been difficult and unexpected," O'Donnell told ABC News. "Everyone assumes that obese people would just be jumping for joy that they were healthier and thinner and able to fit into store-bought sizes, we don't have to go to the plus store.

"But it's also filled with a lot of emotional turbulence you wouldn't expect."

The comic and talk-show host had gastric-sleeve surgery after she struggled to drop from her 230-pound starting weight by dieting following an August 2012 heart attack. The procedure left her stomach 20% of its original size.

In April, the 5-foot-7 O'Donnell posted before and after photos on Twitter, showing she'd achieved that doctor-advised weight loss.

"Almost 50 lbs off - I can see it," she wrote at the time. 

Now, she told ABC News,...

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Samira Wiley's 'OITNB' writer girlfriend files for divorce from husband

An "Orange Is the New Black" writer who was actress Samira Wiley's Emmy Awards date back in August has reportedly filed for divorce from the guy she married just months before joining the staff of the women's prison show. 

Lauren Morelli and Steve Basilone, also a TV writer, have filed for divorce jointly, according to TMZ, which obtained documents it said illustrated an amicable split. Makes sense that it's not ugly: Morelli has referred publicly to her estranged husband as "the person I loved most in the world."

But while the divorce filing is new, most of this saga has been out there for months.

Morelli went public with her sexuality in a May essay for Identities.mic that was written about six months after she and Basilone -- who'd been together for six years before tying the knot -- decided to end their marriage.

The writer had gone to New York with "OINTB" in 2012, only five months after getting married, only to realize she wasn't straight after all. In the first season of the...

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Lindsay Lohan's Whitney Houston body-bag comment fails a reality check

Lindsay Lohan was indeed working at the Los Angeles County morgue around the time Whitney Houston died, but a recent comment from the actress about rolling up the singer's body bag as part of community service appears to be, at best, an exaggeration.

Lohan, who's in London rehearsing for her stage debut in "Speed-the-Plow," recently told Britain's Telegraph a little bit about doing time at the morgue.

Her entire community-service assignment was screwed up and "inappropriate," she said in an article published Saturday, "because a lot of other people were meant to do it, and they were like: 'No, they can't handle it. Lohan can.'

"It’s different for me than it would be for other people -- like, no one would really have to work at the morgue in L.A. and roll a body bag for Whitney Houston."

Houston died Feb. 11, 2012, which was in fact during the time Lohan was wrapping up the end of her court-ordered shifts. An autopsy was conducted the next day, a Sunday, and the body was released to a...

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Lauren Conrad marries William Tell; bridesmaids wear her designs

Lauren Conrad and William Tell are now husband and wife following their Saturday wedding near the California coast.

"What a perfect way to start our lives together; surrounded by the people we love most," the two said in a statement to Us Weekly, which was first with the news.

The former reality-TV star -- who parlayed time on "The Hills" and "Laguna Beach" into the foundation of her own lifestyle brand -- got engaged last October to Tell, 34, who earned his law degree from USC in May.

The bridesmaids, not suprisingly, wore dresses picked from a line designed by Conrad, choosing between shades of nude and rose for a ceremony that appears to have been held at a winery in Santa Ynez. (The Knot has an exhaustive roundup of wedding clues gleaned from social media posts from family and friends of the couple.)

"I am very excited to share with you guys that William and I got engaged over the weekend. I am beyond thrilled!" the 28-year-old fashionista wrote on her blog at the time, promising...

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Miss America 2015 is Kira Kazantsev, who channeled Anna Kendrick

The Miss America pageant certainly loves New York: For the third year in a row, the crown went to the contestant from that state in a night that included cup-tapping, ventriloquism and a flash of white panties for those who were watching very, very closely.

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev took the Miss America 2015 tiara on Sunday night from last year's winner, Nina Davuluri, the first Indian American to hold the title. 

The first runner-up at the Atlantic City, N.J., event was Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett, with Miss Arkansas Ashton Jo Campbell, Miss Florida Victoria Cowen and Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn rounding out the judges' top five in descending order. Miss North Dakota Jacky Arness was voted Miss Congeniality by her peers.

Kazantsev was notable for her unusual display of talent, in which she sat down on the stage in a bright blue jumpsuit and sang Pharrell's "Happy," accompanying herself by tapping and flipping a red plastic cup, a la Anna Kendrick's character in the...

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Nicki Minaj says her high school won't let her come back to visit

Nicki Minaj won't be heading back to high school any time soon.

The musical phenomenon's offer to speak to those following in her footsteps got a "no thank you" from the principal at her New York alma mater, the singer said Thursday.

“That school changed my life and I wanted to pay it forward to the students there now,” the 31-year-old tweeted. “I was really looking forward to it.”

In response to a fan, she said -- sarcastically or sincerely? -- she guessed she wasn't good enough.

“It was the first time I felt like I really fit in,” Minaj told Teen Vogue in May 2013. “Everyone was creative. For once, I didn’t feel like there was something weird about me.”

Graduates of the well-known performing-arts institution, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, include Jennifer Aniston, Adrian Grenier and Liza Minnelli. 

So why the cold shoulder this time? Perhaps the rapper’s booty-baring, selfie-taking, costume-wearing self was too much to handle?

Though Minaj tweeted that she'd been given no reason...

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Kendall Jenner's adventures during New York Fashion Week: a roundup

Kendall Jenner has made quite the splash as a New York Fashion Week model, strutting her stuff down the spring 2015 runways of big-name fashion houses and closing out her run Thursday at Marc Jacobs' ready-to-wear show.

The 5-foot, 10-inch brunet beauty, whose agency now refers to her simply as "Kendall," worked the Marc Jacobs runway makeup-free with a shaggy black wig. The rest of the show's models, including Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss and Adriana Lima, had essentially the same look.

As for the clothes, designer Jacobs presented a fresh take on the military uniform, remixing the traditional garb with exaggerated pockets, large bronze buttons and shiny silk fabrics. When Kendall's turn came, she showed off a long-sleeved minidress with velvety sandals.  

The 18-year-old had her New York Fashion Week debut Sunday at the Diane Von Furstenberg show in a black-and-white gingham dress cinched at the waist with a black ribbon.

“You are kindof fabulous @kendalljenner !! I see you walking for...

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One doctor is out at Manhattan clinic that treated Joan Rivers

Two weeks after Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a routine throat procedure, the medical office involved was one doctor down.

Dr. Lawrence Cohen is no longer medical director at Yorkville Endoscopy in New York City, nor does he perform procedures there anymore, a spokeswoman for the clinic told the Associated Press on Friday.

No details regarding his departure were given, but TMZ reported that he stepped down after the clinic's board of directors, which sources said did not blame him for the comic's death, requested he do so.

Cohen, a gastroenterologist who also teaches at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, has a resume packed with achievements and accolades, according to a biography on the clinic's website, which still had him listed as being on staff Friday afternoon. State records show him as a co-owner of the outpatient clinic, the AP said.

A source told the New York Times on Thursday that Cohen brought an ear-nose-throat doctor who was not authorized to work at the clinic...

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