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Missy Franklin is a new American hero, and now she's reaping the rewards.

A Gold Medal? Sure. Future endorsement deals? Most likely. But the 100-Meter Backstroke champion really hit the jackpot today when she received Twitter props from a handful of celebrities... including Justin Bieber!

  • Justin Bieber in Australia
  • Gold Medalist

"heard @FranklinMissy is a fan of mine. now im a fan of hers too. CONGRATS on winning GOLD! #muchlove," Bieber wrote to the swimmer this morning, which prompted the sort of response you'd expect from a 17-year old:

I just died! Thankyou.

American Idol champion Scotty McCreery also expressed support for Frankilin, Tweeting: "We're rooting for you @franklinmissy! Keep it up! #USA."

Franklin has earned an individual Gold so far and a relay Bronze. She has qualified for five more events and if she advances the finals in each one, she'll become the first female U.S. swimmer to swim in seven event finals in a single Olympics.

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Katie Couric has a new talk show in the works and a new man on her arm.

Sources tell The New York Post that the former CBS News anchor is dating John Molner, head of mergers and acquisitions at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York.

Katie Couric Press Conference Pic

They are reportedly "very happy together" and actually appeared together in public over the weekend at a breast cancer benefit.

“Katie looked better than ever and, clearly in love, did her best to keep her relationship with John low-key," said a witness. "She was careful not to be photographed with him, but they were clearly together. They looked good together and other guests remarked that he seemed a more age-appropriate match.”

Couric has two daughters with late husband Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer in 1998. She split with Brooks Perlin, who is 17 years her junior, for in December, following nearly five years together.

Couric's talk show, Katie, premieres on September 10.

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This week on Bachelor Pad ... a lot of inane things happened.

Our recap could end there and be sufficient, but ABC's guilty pleasure, which premiered in all its glory last week after Emily Maynard picked Jef Holm on The Bachelorette, did offer some memorable moments Monday night.

Who got the boot and who got some tail? Find out below!

Bachelor Pad Photo

Twins Brittany and Erica T., some of the "fans" cast this season, were at each other's throats from the onset, and not in a creepy/hot way. Minus 12.

"You're not a slut, OK? I would never have said that if I was sober," one of the twins offered as an olive branch in the night's best quote. Plus 12.

This week's challenge was to learn and perform a gymnastics routine in front of a panel of judges, in honor of the London Olympics. Ugh. Minus 9.

Judges Ashley Herbert, J.P. Rosenbaum and Olympic gymnast Tasha Schwikert were assigned to score this nonsense. Plus 3 for the Ash sighting.

The ladies group gets a collective Minus 40. Aren't women supposed to be the gender that can dance? Apparently not this collection of them.

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Perhaps they should just ban Twitter use at the Olympics...

First, Greek athlete Voula Papachristou was thrown out of the Games by her native country after posting an inappropriate message about African-Americans.

Then, Michel Morganella was given the boot from the Swiss Soccer team after Tweeting that he wants to punch and burn opponents form South Korea.

Now, British diver Tom Daley is at the center of a social media scandal, though this time the athlete is the victim.

Tom Daley Picture

Some complete moron responded to Daley's fourth-place finish in synchronized diving on Monday by saying the 18-year old let his father down by not earning a spot on the medal stand. 

The Olympian's dad died of brain cancer last year.

A subsequent Tweet from the same user said he was going to "find" Daley and "drown" him in the pool, which caught the attention of local police. They have reportedly arrested a 17-year old "on suspicion of malicious communications" in relation to his Twitter posts.

In England, Tweeting messages believed to be menacing, offensive or indecent can lead to prosecution. That may violate the First Amendment in the U.S., but would anyone really object if some idiot such as this is thrown in jail?

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Katy Perry definitely had some fun in the sun in Miami over the weekend, and you can catch a glimpse of it here, with no makeup or airbrushing!

The 27-year-old showed off her makeup-free face and curvy body in a green two-piece bikini, lounging by the pool with friends and family.

Here's one of many all-natural Katy Perry photos ...

Katy Perry No Makeup Picture

Even pop superstars deserve a little R&R, are we wrong?

Always nice to see Katy Perry with no makeup ... and unlike when she just gets out of bed, she probably wouldn't be upset about these pics - she looks hot!

Perry made the quick trip to South Beach before jetting to Brazil over the weekend for the South American premiere of Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D.

Click to enlarge more bikini pics of Katy Perry here:

  • Katy Perry Unretouched
  • Katy Perry Vacation Pic
  • Katy Perry on Vacation
  • Katy Perry in Bikini
  • Katy Perry Makeup Free

[Photos: Pacific Coast News, Fame/Flynet]

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Pitbull may call himself Mr. Worldwide, but he probably never imagined in a million years that he'd set foot in this remote corner of the planet.

The rapper met with residents at a Walmart in Kodiak, Alaska (pop. 6,310) as part of his new promotional campaign with the big-box retailer.

Earlier this summer, he had agreed to appear at the U.S. Walmart with the most "likes" on Facebook ... which spawned a viral effort to "exile" him.

Upon hearing of the contest, Boston Phoenix writer David Thorpe started a Twitter campaign to get Pitbull as far away from the mainstream as possible.

It worked. Fortunately, he was a good sport and obliged.

Pitbull in Alaska

"Thank U Kodiak ... I am honored, truly," Pitbull Tweeted Monday along with a photo of him posing with the town's youngest resident (above).

The "Give Me Everything" rapper performed at the local Coast Guard base and posed for photos with fans, unwitting winners in this odd twist.

Pit even invited Thorpe to join him in Kodiak, which he did. "Pitbull just shouted me out in front of like... HUNDREDS of people," the writer tweeted.

"'Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.' Sun-tzu ;)" Pit tweeted playfully in response, proving he can very much take a joke.

Walmart, meanwhile, made sure Pitbull left with some Grade A Kodiak swag - free bear repellant and bells to scare them off in the wilderness.

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Earlier this year, in a feature for Interview magazine, Charlize Theron said of her Snow White and the Huntsman costar:

"There’s not an ounce of her anatomy that shows how to half-ass anything.”

Now, however, in light of photos that prove Rupert Sanders is intimately familiar with various ounces of Kristen Stewart's anatomy, sources say Theron is less a fan of her fellow actress.

Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart

“Charlize is absolutely fuming with Kristen for having an affair with Rupert,” an insider tells Radar Online, adding that the South African beauty is "tight" with Sanders' wife, Liberty Ross.

Theron and Stewart reportedly grew so close while filming that the former asked the latter to be her son's godmother. But she had no idea about the bond forming between Kristen and the duo's director at the time.

"[She] feels completely betrayed by the whole incident," the source adds of the Oscar winner. “It’s certainly left Charlize between a rock and a hard place, because she feels great sympathy for Liberty and the kids and yet, she has a sisterly love for Kristin."

The latest reports indicate no such confusion for Robert Pattinson. He has supposedly told Stewart to move out and a truck was spotted outside the couple's home in Los Angeles over the weekend.


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Former Vice President Dick Cheney has some advice for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on choosing his V.P. running mate in August:

Don't pick another Sarah Palin.

In his first interview since receiving a heart transplant in March, Cheney told ABC News that John McCain's decision to pick Palin was "a mistake."

Cheney says he privately offered some advice to Romney and Beth Myers, who is leading Romney's search for a running mate, on the process.

Cheney would not comment on what he told Romney and Myers, but he was typically blunt in his assessment of McCain's decision to pick Palin.

"That one," Cheney said, "I don't think was well handled."

His reasoning is simple but profound: "The test to get on that list has to be, 'Is this person capable of being president of the United States?'"

"I like Governor Palin. I've met her. Know her. She - attractive candidate. But based on her background, she'd only been governor for, what, two years. I don't think she passed that test… of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake."

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Trend-setting collaborators Rihanna and Drake lead the star-studded list of nominees for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, released this morning.

Following a year when both singers pushed boundaries by mixing in even more dance and R&B flavor, the pair lead all nominees with five apiece.

Rihanna, in fact, has two chances to take home the top Video of the Year prize for her solo hit "We Found Love" and her duet with Drake, "Take Care."

Rihanna and Drake Perform

Chris Brown, a name often linked to both Rihanna and Drake for different reasons, also scored a pair of nominations at the annual extravaganza.

Frank Ocean, who came out as bisexual earlier this summer, is up for two awards. 2011's biggest winner, Katy Perry, is second with four nominations.

This year's show will air live on September 6 at 8 p.m. EST from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and feature a host of big-name performances.

Read the full list of 2012 MTV Video Music Awards nominees below:

Video of the Year
Katy Perry, "Wide Awake"
Gotye, "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Rihanna, "We Found Love"
Drake feat. Rihanna, "Take Care"
M.I.A., "Bad Girls"

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The London Olympics are great for so many reasons, most pertaining to the incredible athletic competition among a moving cross-section of humanity.

The deluge of Kate Middleton pictures is also great.

The unofficial face of the host nation is setting even more fashion trends than usual this week. Her latest? A cute, blue Smythe Navy One Button Blazer!

Kate Middleton Blazer

Kate wore the item at the Cross Country Equestrian event - where Prince William's cousin Zara Phillips actually competed for Great Britain - Monday (above).

Kate Middleton fashion followers may recall that she also was seen in this same blazer at Heathrow airport and on her trip to Canada in Summer 2011.

Clearly it works for her ... as if anything doesn't.

Check out a few more images of her looking great in it below, plus some bonus pictures of Kate welcoming the Olympic torch to Buckingham Palace:

  • Kate Middleton's Blue Blazer
  • Kate Middleton at the Olympics
  • Kate Waves
  • Welcoming the Torch


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