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In the wake of reports that bath salts may have played a role in Saturday's Miami zombie apocalypse attack, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to ban the substances.

Federal legislation criminalizing synthetic marijuana and some bath salts passed the Senate today and is now on its way to the House of Representatives.

The law was not passed as a result of the zombie apocalypse, but as part of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act, championed by Sen. Charles Schumer.

Eugene and Poppo

"Let this be a warning to those who make a profit manufacturing and selling killer chemical components to our teens and children," Schumer (D-NY) said.

"This bill closes loopholes that have allowed manufacturers to circumvent local and state bans," he said of the effort to ban "these deadly synthetic drugs."

Last Saturday, Rudy Eugene, 31, was shot dead by local police on the off-ramp of the MacArthur Causeway in Miami. He was eating another man's face.

As a police officer told Eugene to get off Ronald Poppo, he "just stood ... with pieces of flesh in his mouth and he growled," eyewitness Larry Vega said.

An ER doctor at the local Jackson Memorial Hospital told the Herald that Eugene's attack may have been brought on by psychosis caused by bath salts.

The extreme violence, super-human strength and an urge to shed clothes all correspond with reports of bath salt usage around the United States.

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John Edwards was found not guilty on one of six counts in his campaign finance fraud trial today, with the jury hopelessly deadlocked on the remaining charges.

Judge Catherine Eagles declared a mistrial on the five counts for which the jury couldn't reach a verdict. He can therefore be retried, but it's unlikely he will be.

Edwards, a two-time presidential candidate, was accused of soliciting nearly $1 million from donors to cover up his affair and love child with Rielle Hunter.

He was found unanimously not guilty on Count 3 of the six-part indictment.

John Edwards is Pumped!

That count pertained only to whether Edwards illegally received hundreds of thousands of dollars from heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon to cover up the affair.

Just hours ago, the foreman announced that the jury was deadlocked on five of the six counts, but Eagles ordered them to go back to deliberating.

The jury came back less than an hour later and declared itself hung, or deadlocked with no possibility of changing that fact, on the five counts.

Following the verdict, the two-time presidential hopeful hugged attorney Abbe Lowell, his daughter Cate Edwards, 30, and his two elderly parents.

The jury began deliberating May 18 in the case, which took on an air of a steamy soap opera as much as a debate over intricacies of campaign finance law.

The government spent three weeks building its thin case, much of it tethered to the testimony of Andrew Young, once Edwards' most loyal aide.

Edwards' defense - that he lied to keep the affair a secret from his terminally ill wife, not to advance his career - was tough to disprove, however.

He's a miserable human being, but that doesn't mean he acted illegally.

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The next time Kim Kardashian gets wet and wild, will she have Kanye West to dry her off? In a bathroom the couple shares together?!?

Oh, yes, folks, new evidence makes it appear as if Kardashian and West are ready to take their publicity-based relationship to the next level, as each has listed his/her home for sale.

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According to TMZ, which broke this story, both sides of the couple have placed "pocket listings" with Realtors, meaning their expensive Los Angeles pads don't appear in any official real estate documents.

But make no mistake, technicalities aside: the houses are for sale. Kim is asking $5 million for hers.

Kardashian and West took a different kind of big step together last week, posing as a pair on the red carpet. And, let's face it: forget any mansions in Beverly Hills. That is Kim's true home.

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The family of Amy Winehouse is selling the home in London's Camden neighborhood where the singer lived, struggled and ultimately died last summer.

"It is with regret that we have to sell Amy's house in Camden Square," her father, Mitch, tweeted today. "It is empty and costing a fortune to secure it."

The property, where Amy lived until her death at home on July 23, 2011, has become a meeting ground for mourners and fans of the "Rehab" singer.

Amy Winehouse Steps Out

"Amy and I both worked on the house and she loved it so much," her father added. "I hope a lovely family buys it as it is so full of love. Mitch."

The three-bedroom house was originally earmarked as the headquarters for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the charity set up by her parents.

However, family spokesman Chris Goodman said in a statement that the family staying in the house now was neither practical nor appropriate.

"It was not practical to keep it empty while paying the costs of its upkeep," he said, adding that the family was leaving it "with great regret."

Amy's former home - purchased for $2.79 a few years ago - is currently on the market with an asking price of approximately $4.2 million.

What economic downturn? Maybe it has more cachet now ... although you wonder if everything that happened within those walls is net positive.

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Detainees at Guantanamo Bay subjected to Sesame Street music for days on end in efforts to break their will, according to an Al Jazeera documentary.

In the film, called "Songs of War," detainees at the U.S. Naval base have been forced to wear headphones blaring Sesame Street music on repeat.

All in the name of messing with them so badly that they'll talk.

The award-winning Sesame Street composer Christopher Cerf (2:00 mark above) tells Al Jazeera, "My first reaction was 'this just can't possibly be true.'"

"I didn't care for the idea that I was helping break down prisoners, but it was much worse when I heard later that they were actually using the music in Guantanamo for long-term interrogations and obviously to inflict pain on prisoners so they would talk."

Wow. Elmo can get a little annoying after awhile, but really?

Note to CIA operatives: LFO's "Summer Girls" would work a lot better, or anything by that rumored hermaphrodite Lady Gaga. The extremists HATE her.

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Point, Matthew Fox?

The same week this former Lost star faced extreme accusations from former colleague Dominic Monaghan - who Tweeted that Fox often beats women - he received good news in the case of a lawsuit filed against him by Heather Bormann, a female bus driver who alleges Fox punched her in a private area last summer:

It has been dismissed with prejudice, meaning Bormann cannot file again.

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Bormann's attorney, J. Norman Stark, tells TMZ, the actor did not pay his client any kind of settlement. Instead, he actually admits to parting ways with Bormann due to her difficult attitude.

Fox, in response, has dropped his defamation suit against Bormann.

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A federal judge told jurors in the John Edwards trial that they must continue deliberating, just moments after the jury announced a verdict - on one of six counts.

The courtroom was briefly thrown into confusion this afternoon in Greensboro, N.C.

All sides were told a verdict had been reached, but once in court, the jury announced it had only reached a unanimous verdict on Count 3 of the indictment.

On the other five counts, the jury was deadlocked. The Count 3 verdict was not read.

Edwards, J

Edwards' defense team asked the judge to accept the verdict on Count 3 and declare a mistrial on other charges. The judge considered, but denied that motion.

Judge Catherine Eagles told the jury, who has been deliberating in the case since May 18, must continue to work towards a verdict on the other charges.

The trial centers around whether Edwards illegally received over $700,000 in donations to conceal his illicit affair and illegitimate child with Rielle Hunter.

The nearly month-long trial at times sounded more like a steamy soap opera about his life than a trial on the intricacies of campaign finance rules.

Charged with six counts of violating federal campaign laws, Edwards was accused of soliciting money to cover up his affair and advance his election bid.

If convicted, Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison and be fined more than $1 million, although it is unlikely he will face the most severe penalties.

Any lies John told, his lawyers, were to keep the affair a secret from his wife, Elizabeth, who was dying of cancer, not to advance his political career.

In short, being an ass is not illegal.

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Police say a single gunman, Ian Lee Stawicki, shot and killed five people before taking his own life Wednesday. Family members say he suffered a mentally illness.

As Michelle Millman of CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO reports, the tragedy left shocked city residents are on edge, worried about their own safety in light of the events.

The shooting spree began in a cafe late Wednesday morning.

A bearded Ian Lee Stawicki entered a popular cafe, the Cafe Racer. Minutes later, four people were fatally shot, another wounded, as the gunman stood alone.

Police scoured north Seattle, going door-to-door, searching for the killer. The gunman headed downtown, fatally shooting a woman as he carjacked her SUV.

As patrol officers started coming in, the suspect saw that he was about to be captured, raised a firearm to his head and then shot himself in the head.

Considered one of the safest big cities, Wednesday's shootings raise the number of Seattle homicides this year to 21, surpassing the number for all of last year.

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Let there be now be no argument over the classiest man in Hollywood.

A day after one of the more embarrassing interview gaffes to ever air on live television - Kathie Lee Gifford asking Martin Short multiple questions about his wife, despite the fact that she passed away two years ago - the veteran actor has taken the very high road and accepted the talk show host's apology.

"I think that it's live television and people make mistakes and there's no ill will intended," Short said to E! News of the incident. "And I think it's nice to aspire to be that way."

Soon after the interview aired, Gifford took to Twitter and wrote:

"I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I'm so grateful."

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Dancing with the Stars pro turned singer-actress Julianne Hough reveals, in the new issue of Interview magazine, her amazing good looks. And some fun facts about Rock of Ages, including her giving Tom Cruise a lap dance.

In a scene that was cut, tragically.

During the interview, Hough explained that Ryan Seacrest, 37, calls the role “a little sexy,” which prompted the details on the lap dance in question.

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  • Julianne Hough in Interview Magazine

“There was one scene we did that ended up not making it into the film, but it was a really great number - ’Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Hough said.

“It was in the strip club, and I gave Tom a lap dance in the scene.”

So, why exactly was it cut?

“The movie flowed better without it, so I understand, but at the same time, I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. I had to do that, and it’s not even in the movie?”‘

Not that everyone will be disappointed.

“I was in a bra and underwear," she admits, "and was basically giving him a lap dance, so my father will probably like that scene getting cut out.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: There's always deleted scenes on DVD. Fingers crossed.

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