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Michael Phelps, Final Five gymnasts to present at MTV VMAs

Recent Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and the Final Five are heading to the MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV said Thursday that Phelps, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian will present awards at Sunday's show in New York City.

Jimmy Fallon, Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Puff Daddy will also present awards, while attendees at Madison Square Garden will include Kanye West, Bryson Tiller, 2 Chainz, DNCE, Desiigner and Troye Sivan.

Britney Spears, Rihanna, Future, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas and the Chainsmokers will perform during the live show.

Beyonce is the leading nominee with 11, followed by Adele with eight nominations. Adele won't attend the show; a representative for Beyonce didn't immediately say if the singer would attend.

Beyonce, Adele, West, Justin Bieber and Drake will compete for video of the year.



Miranda Lambert to Meet Soldier Whose Concert Sign Made Her Cry

Miranda Lambert will meet the soldier whose heartfelt sign made her break down in tears last Friday night (Aug. 19) in Hartford, Conn.

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Leslie Jones attacked online again after photos, personal information leak

Leslie Jones is the center of internet harassment -- again. 

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The 48-year-old "Saturday Night Live" comedian and "Ghostbusters" actress was targeted Wednesday when her personal website,, was hacked.

Personal information, including images of her driver's license and passport and sexually explicit photographs of Jones, appeared on the site. A video of Harambe, the gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo earlier this summer, appeared at the top of the site. Jones has been compared to the animal multiple times by internet trolls.

After the information appeared on the site Wednesday, Twitter users took to the social media platform to voice negative opinions of the photos.

The site was later deactivated.

Jones was previously the a target of online harassment in July when a series of racist and misogynistic attacks bombarded her Twitter account. The attacks prompted Jones to temporarily leave the platform.

"I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the (comments) I got today...wrong," Jones tweeted in July before her brief absence from social media. She returned days later after receiving public support and encouragement from other celebrities and fans.

Jones' harassment began after her appearance in this year's women-led "Ghostbusters" remake.

During the Rio Olympics, for which NBC flew Jones to Brazil, the comedian defended gymnast Gabby Douglas, who was criticized for her hair and not placing her hand over her heart during the American national anthem, among other things. 

ICE, Homeland Security investigate Leslie Jones website hack

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security investigators said Thursday they are investigating the hack of Leslie Jones' website that revealed several private details of the actress-comedian's life.

ICE said Thursday that its New York office is investigating the hack that exposed the driver's license, passport and intimate photos of the "Saturday Night Live" star, along with hateful and racist images.

ICE Public Affairs Officer Rachael Yong Yow said the agency does not release information related to active investigations. Jones' website was taken offline after the hack was exposed Wednesday.

The "Ghostbusters" actress was also targeted on Twitter last month with a barrage of racial slurs and obscene photos. She called on the social networking service to do more to curb harassment, and Twitter banned several users as a result.

In recent years, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and Kate Upton have been among Hollywood actresses who've had stolen nude images of themselves posted online.

No charges have been filed against those who hacked and posted images of Lawrence, Upton and numerous other celebrities in a massive dump of intimate images of celebrities in August 2014.

Two men were recently convicted after federal prosecutors charged them with hacking into the accounts of several celebrities and stealing images and other personal information. However, neither of the men, Andrew Helton of Astoria, Oregon, or Ryan Collins of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, are suspected of posting the stolen images online.

Helton was sentenced to six months in federal prison in July, half of the sentence prosecutors had sought. Helton pleaded guilty to stealing 161 nude or explicit photos from 13 people, including unidentified celebrities, and said his arrest forced him to confront his mental health issues. He is due to report to prison in October.

Collins' sentencing date has not been set.

Johansson, Kunis and Aguilera were hacked by a Florida man, Christopher Chaney, who used publicly available information to obtain access to the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry. Chaney was sentenced to 10 years and remains in a low-security federal prison in Mississippi.

"I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed," Johansson said in a tearful videotaped statement played in court before Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in December 2012.

Private information and images of celebrities are frequent targets for hackers. In 2012 a site posted credit reports, Social Security numbers and other financial info on celebrities, including Jay Z and his wife Beyonce, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher and many others.

Miranda Lambert, Chris Young and More Added to 2016 ACM Honors Lineup

A number of artists have been added to the 2016 ACM Honors lineup, both as performers and presenters.

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Herb Alpert endows LA City College music education

Herb Alpert's foundation has given $10.1 million to endow music education at Los Angeles City College.

The gift announced Thursday will provide all music majors tuition-free attendance, additional private lessons and further financial aid.

The musician says in a statement that LACC has helped many low-income students who have financial challenges.

Forty percent of music students within the nine-college Los Angeles Community College District study at LACC.

Alpert and his wife Lani make annual contributions to the arts and other causes through the foundation.

12-Year-Old Grace VanderWaal Stuns With Original Folky Tune on 'America's Got Talent'

Is Grace VanderWaal the Taylor Swift? America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell thinks so, and the original song she performed on the show on Aug. 23 doesn’t argue.

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Auction house to sell composite skeleton of a dodo bird

The dodo bird is extinct — but one collector can now have their own dodo skeleton.

Summers Place Auctions is selling what it describes as a rare composite skeleton of a dodo bird, a creature once found on the island of Mauritius. It comes from a collector who compiled the bones from private collections and auctions in the 1970s and '80s.

Although individual bones of the flightless bird come up for sale occasionally, Summers Place director Rupert van der Werff says this is the first time a nearly complete skeleton has come up for sale since the early 20th century.

There's no guide price for the skeleton.

Sailors hunted the dodo into extinction in the 17th century, and the bird has come to symbolize man's harsh impact on the natural world.

Soldier Whose Sign Made Miranda Lambert Cry Will Get to Meet Her

Jeff Tudisca, the soldier whose sign made Miranda Lambert cry at a recent concert, will be meeting the singer at an upcoming show.

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3 finalists announced for Thurber Prize for American Humor

Authors Jason Gay, Harrison Scott Key and Mary Norris have been named finalists for the 2016 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Gay was cited for "Little Victories," his book about family and fatherhood; Key was noted for his memoir about his father, "The World's Largest Man;" and Norris, a longtime editor at the New Yorker magazine, was nominated for her book "Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen."

The winner, who will receive a $5,000 prize, will be announced Sept. 26.

The Ohio-based award, established in 1996, is named for the late humorist James Thurber. It has been won by Jon Stewart, David Sedaris and Julie Schumacher. This year's judges are John Kenney, Celia Rivenbark and Bruce Tracy.



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