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  1. Caleb Bratayley, teen YouTube star, dies

    Human life is filled with many mundane moments — particularly for children not struggling with poverty, disease or political unrest. Kids play mini-golf. Kids go to gymnastics practice. Kids sit around on Sunday mornings and put butter on their biscuits.

    On the “Bratayley” YouTube channel, there are nearly 100,000 comments in response to the death of young Caleb, right.
  2. Meryl and the T-shirt: PC police run amok

    Meryl Streep has starred in dozens of films. She's been nominated for 19 Academy Awards and won three. She's played strong-willed women such as Karen Silkwood and Margaret Thatcher. And she's been a longtime advocate for women in Hollywood.

    After wearing what became an inflammatory T-shirt, Jamil Smith, a senior editor of the New Republic, wrote: "The presence of the words 'rebel' and 'slave' alone should have had Meryl Streep picking up a history book first.''  [AP]

  3. Check out tbt* pix of Chris Brown, Fetty Wap, Kid Ink at Tampa's Amp!

    Human Interest

    Chris Brown was right. It was a Hell of a Night on his tour stop Sept. 3 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. No amount of rain would change that! Keep up with tbt* papparazzo Luis Santana's concert and party pix in the Tampa Bay area! Follow him on Twitter and catch his live Periscope videos:

  4. 'Star Wars' soup, because of course it is

    Campbell's is releasing limited edition Star Wars chicken noodle soup and SpaghettiOs later this month. That means you can have a bowl of little Yodas, R2-D2s, Stormtroopers and Darth Vaders for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    Campbell's has limited-edition "Star Wars" chicken noodle soup coming up later in September. (Jenn Harris/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
  5. That 'Blurred Lines' dancer is doing just fine, thank you (w/video)


    There are plenty of stars who were music-video vixens before making it big: Alicia Silverstone was Aerosmith's muse in the '90s, and Courteney Cox boogied with Bruce Springsteen pre-Friends. But few have turned as many heads as Emily Ratajkowski, the 24-year-old model who danced topless alongside the clothed …

    Emily Ratajkowski has landed roles in Gone Girl and We Are Your Friends.
  6. Dragon Con brings host of alien, anime characters to Atlanta (w/video)


    ATLANTA — Atlanta's annual Dragon Con science fiction and fantasy convention filled the city's downtown streets with people dressed as zombies, steampunk time travelers, purple-haired anime heroes and aliens by the dozens.

    In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, photo, a woman in a jellyfish costume looks on as sea life swims by above her during a private party held at the Georgia Aquarium as part of Dragon Con in Atlanta. The convention draws fans from around the country to take part in sci-fi and fantasy costume contests, a massive parade through downtown Atlanta and educational seminars about science and costume making. (AP Photo/ Ron Harris) GARH106
  7. The 20 types of celebrities that 'DWTS' demands (w/ video)

    Dancing With the Stars announced the cast for its 21st season on Wednesday morning — and we couldn't help but notice that so far, the names who will reportedly join perfectly fit the profile of the 20 types of celebrities (or "celebrities") you see every season. Here's a breakdown:

    American hero Alek Skarlatos, one of three Americans who took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium, will participate in the dancing competition series "Dancing With the Stars," premiering on Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
  8. Hulk Hogan begs for forgiveness, blames South Tampa 'culture' for racist rant (w/video)


    It was the South Tampa environment he grew up in that made it second nature to use the n-word, Hulk Hogan said Monday in a tearful apology on Good Morning America in which he pleaded for forgiveness for a racist rant that was caught on videotape.

    Terry Bollea stands between attorneys David Houston, left, and Charles Harder after a 2012 press conference addressing the lawsuits he filed against Heather Clem and Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, and Gawker Media. [Eve Edelheit, Times]
  9. Dasani or Aquafina, our love for bottled water is a costly affair


    Once an occasional indulgence, bottled water is becoming America's drink of choice.

    The bottled water industry is expected to surpass soda.
  10. Donald Trump has woman tug his coif to prove 'It's my hair' (w/video)


    GREENVILLE, S.C. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says his trademark hairdo is for real.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a supporter, Mary Margaret Bannister, check to see if his hair is real during his speech to supporters during a rally at the TD Convention Center, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro) SCRS125