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Of course there was a giant snake to mark Steve Irwin’s posthumous Hollywood star

By Johnny Lieu

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The late Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin spent his life surrounded by wildlife, so it was fitting there was one in attendance for a posthumous honour.

The wildlife expert and TV host received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, attended by his children Bindi and Robert, and his widow Terri.

“Dad is still such an inspiration to not only me, but to so many other people around the world. This tribute just shows how great his work was and that his impression on people will last for generations to come,” Robert said in a speech. …

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Tom Brokaw accused by 2 women of inappropriate behavior

By Keith Wagstaff

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Tom Brokaw, the longtime NBC News anchor, was accused of inappropriate behavior in the 1990s by two female former colleagues, according to a Washington Post report released on Thursday.

One of them, Linda Vester, was a correspondent in her 20s when the alleged incidents happened. She told the Post he made two inappropriate advances on her. Once, Brokaw tried to forcibly kiss her, she said.

“I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago, because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC,” he said in a statement provided by NBC to the Post. “The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda’s allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her, at that time or any other.” …

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John Legend’s texts to Kanye West prove he’s as kind and perfect as we think he is

By Morgan Sung

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Kanye West has had a busy week.

In the past few days, he’s divided Twitter with his “free thinking” support for Donald Trump and other far-right personalities. When he tweeted a photo of his signed Make America Great Again hat, he reportedly lost some significant celebrity followers, including Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and three of his Kardashian/Jenner sister-in-laws.

On Wednesday, John Legend shared his thoughts on the Kanye/Trump drama in a thread of incredibly gracious subtweets. Here’s part of that thread:

He ended it with this: “artists can’t be blind to the truth.” …

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Suspected serial killer caught after relative shares DNA with genealogy websites

By Keith Wagstaff

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Think twice before you send companies your spit.

A suspected serial killer was caught when investigators compared his DNA to samples collected by ancestry websites.

Services like 23andMe and Ancestry have become popular by using DNA from users who want to learn more about their family history. But few people think the DNA samples they send in might be used by law enforcement.

On Tuesday, Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. was caught by police. He’s allegedly the “Golden State Killer,” the perpetrator of 45 rapes and 12 murders throughout the ’70s and ’80s. …

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Amazon plans to give Alexa a ‘memory’

By Karissa Bell

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Amazon has big plans to make Alexa a much more useful assistant.

Among them: The company plans to add a “memory” feature that will allow its assistant to store information on demand.

The upcoming feature will enable Alexa to “store arbitrary information you want and retrieve it later,” according to Amazon. It’s a bit like reminders, but the information can be stored for an indefinite amount of time.

For example, you could ask Alexa to remember family members’ birthdays or where you parked your car.

This type of feature, which the company says will start to roll out “soon,” opens up some interesting possibilities for the future as well. If Alexa can remember random bits of information you tell it, then perhaps one day it could proactively act on the details by setting up reminders or other helpful tasks. …

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