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Jessica Alba's Bizarre Birthing Ritual

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© WENN.comJessica Alba has been taking lots of classes since falling pregnant including cooking classes where she is pictured here

Jessica Alba has revealed she is getting ready for the birth of her second baby by using hypnobirthing practices. The A-lister said that while every woman experiences pregnancy differently she highly recommends this new birthing craze sweeping over Hollywood.

"It just makes you chill," said Jess on hypnobirthing, the form of hypnotherapy that's used to calm mums mid-delivery. Jessica has been studying the art in the run-up to her second birth. "I was freaked out going into it my first time," admitted Jess. "Like what if I panic? What if I just freak out and I don't know what to do?"

We suspect second time around any birth will be easier. Jessica already has one child, three-year-old Honour Marie, with husband Cash Warren.


Flashback Bullies Win (Mostly)

What do Calvin & Hobbes author Bill Watterson, country singer Merle Haggard, and Gulf coast fisherman Mike Frenette have in common with my hapless next-door neighbor on Nantucket? They've all stood face-to-face with the bully culture of money in America, and felt the hand of power at their throats.

Merle Haggard, like so many musicians, signed brutal, confiscatory contracts with record labels just to get his music heard. He had no choice: they controlled the business and with that power came the opportunity, even the imperative, to exploit him. Musical artists who made millions for their labels died in poverty because of this rapacious disregard for their rights and disrespect for their talents. It's still happening - only the rise of the internet threatens this hegemony in any long-term way: hence the Verizon/Google deal, and other scams, to control the freedom of the net and turns its immense potential for freedom of expression into profit. You can feel the fuming rage of the stymied power-brokers in the proposals they write and the bills they draft in Congress: how dare some nobody just post a video on YouTube and think millions of people will watch without having to pay for the privilege! The thought that some cocky little John Doe with a cellphone camera can post a picture that contradicts the news stories and the media narrative about some crucial event must make their blood boil. I remember when the video of Stephen Colbert's Press Corps dinner speech was posted, amid the media spin that he had bombed: ten million hits on the video later, that particular lie was just another Colbert punch-line.


US: Two Longview Parents Accused in Bizarre Child Endangerment Case

Police say the Longview couple accused of endangering their 14-month-old baby were so high they were hallucinating. CBS 19's Abby Broyles details the latest on the investigation.

When police arrived at the 200 block of Clay Street Monday night, they say the homeowner, 34-year-old Jason Beasley, was hallucinating on drugs and chasing after imaginary people with a knife and a pistol.

"Mr. Beasley was very paranoid, very upset, and very agitated," Longview Police Dept. spokesperson Kristie Brian said.

Police immediately called child protective services when they found a baby lying in a crib inside the house. Neighbors had called police after Beasley told them that someone killed the mother of his child, Misty Rhodes. She wasn't dead. Rhodes was nearly unconscious inside the home.

"Police were able to wake her up there at the scene, but she was just very disoriented and hard to wake up. She didn't know what was going on," Officer Brian said. "Due to some things she told police, she was also arrested for endangering a child."

Arrow Down

15 Minutes of Shame: Mom who said she gave her 8-year-old daughter Botox admits it was all a hoax

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Get ready for another wave of outrage: Kerry Campbell, the 34-year-old part-time aethestician who told the world that she gave her 8-year-old daughter Botox injections and body waxing in order to help her do better in kiddie beauty pageants, now says that it was all a hoax.

"The truth is that I have never given my daughter Botox, not allowed her to get any type of waxing, nor is she a beauty pageant contestant," the mom - whose real name is Sheena Upton - admitted in a statement.

Upton says that she accepted $200 "to play the role of Kerry Campbell" for an interview that appeared in the British tabloid The Sun on March 23. After appearing on ABC's Good Morning America and Inside Edition last week, San Francisco Human Services Agency launched an investigation and her daughter, Britney, was removed from her home by Child Protective Services. Upton issued her statement, which is dated May 18th, in order to regain custody of her daughter.

In the written statement, which was obtained by TMZ and can be seen here at left (click for the PDF), Upton says that The Sun provided her with "instructions and a script to follow for a recorded interview." She agreed to later interviews with Good Morning America and Inside Edition in exchange for "a large fee for both," rumored to be upwards of $10,000. A source at ABC News told TMZ: "There is no truth to the story about compensation, but they did pay a broker no more than $10,000 to license photos."

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US: Key Witness Paints DiMasi as Cash-Driven Conspirator

Joseph Lally
© Boston GlobeJoseph Lally was a codefendant in the case, but agreed to testify in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Joseph P. Lally Jr. testified in federal court yesterday that he wanted to clear his conscience by telling of the bribery scheme he orchestrated with Salvatore F. DiMasi when DiMasi was speaker of the Massachusetts House and with DiMasi's two associates to help a Burlington software company win state contracts.

"The truth is, I entered into a conspiracy with these three defendants to commit a crime,'' Lally, a 50-year-old former salesman and vice president of Cognos, told jurors in US District Court in Boston.


US: Fishermen Receive Apology, Almost $650,000 in Returned Fines From Feds

Acknowledging that some federal fish police "overstepped the bounds of propriety and fairness", US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is returning almost $650,000 in fines to 11 fishermen or businesses, the majority in the Northeast.

The unusual move - and apology - comes after years of accusations by fishermen of excessive fines and intimidation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's office of Law Enforcement. Locke had appointed a special investigator last year to investigate 30 cases that a federal Inspector General's office report said appeared problematic.

Heart - Black

US: Mother is Charged in Death of Boy Found on Maine Road

Maine boy found dead
© Bob Whitaker/Lowell Sun/APState Police took custody of the woman's vehicle. A vehicle matching that description had been seen near where the boy's body was found.
A Texas woman taken into custody earlier Wednesday in Chelmsford was arrested late Wednesday night on charges that she suffocated her 6-year-old son. The arrest came four days after the child was found dead on a Maine back road in an episode that shocked the region.

Julianne McCrery, 42, of Irving, was charged late Wednesday night with second-degree murder in the death of her son, Camden Pierce Hughes, New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney said in a statement.


US: Discovery of human bones raises questions about "cold case"

Human bones were recently discovered inside a building set to be torn down in Dow City, Iowa. That's raised a lot of questions. Whose bones are they? How did they get there? And, are they connected to a 14-year-old Crawford County "cold case".


US: $45,000 Cash Discovery Leads to a Lesson in Honesty for New Bountiful Homeowners

Josh Ferrin cash
© Deseret NewsLincoln and his father, Josh Ferrin, who recently closed on a new home, unloads bags of money and ammo boxes to turn over to Dennis and Kay Bangerter, sons of the former owner.
He hit the mother lode, but not once did Josh Ferrin even think of laying claim on the more than $45,000 cash that he found in his garage.

In fact, he gave it all back.

"You can't make plans for money like this that's found in a situation like this," Ferrin said. "It just doesn't feel right to do anything but give it back."

Bizarro Earth

Iranian FM says Bushehr nuclear plant is operational

© Stringer Iran / Reuters
Nuclear power plant has reached critical mass, will be powered up within weeks, Salehi says, echoing statements of senior Russian diplomat.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that the Bushehr power plant is operational, Press TV reported on Wednesday.

"As we have previously announced, Bushehr power plant has reached the criticality stage, meaning it has been successfully launched," Salehi reportedly said.