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While family and friends mourn the tragic death of Jennifer Hudson's mom and brother, who were shot and killed Friday, support for the American Idol singer and Oscar winner continues to pour in - including from Barack Obama.

The U.S. Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate, who shares the same Chicago hometown as Jennifer Hudson, issued this statement on Saturday:

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"Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn about this unimaginable tragedy and we want Jennifer to know that she is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We also pray for the swift and safe return of her young nephew."

Jennifer Hudson sang the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention in August after a personal request from Barack Obama's campaign.

Police issued an Amber Alert for 7-year-old Julian King, who they believe may have been abducted by William Balfour, who is currently the prime suspect in the killings of Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson.

William Balfour is in custody but is not cooperating.

The operating theory among Chicago detectives is the alleged "ongoing domestic dispute" between Balfour and estranged wife Julia Hudson - Jennifer's sister.

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Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin sure chose some pro-America names for her five kids: Track Palin, Trig Palin, Bristol Palin, Willow Palin and Piper Palin. Yes, we're serious about the first two.

Ever wonder what would your name be if Sarah Palin was your mom? Would you be doomed to years of middle school mockery by being named Flower, Twig or Truck?

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Well, according to an online Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator, you can find out! Check out what The Hollywood Gossip would be named, then click to enter your own ...

The Hollywood Gossip likes its current name better than the Sarah Palin-ized version.

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The jury in Jason Wahler's civil trial next month is going to have a lot to go on now - The Hills star's lawyer has given the OK for panelists to hear evidence regarding Wahler's 2006 arrest for assaulting a tow truck driver.

The victim, Dario Stevenson, sued the 21-year-old reality TV star and Kristen DeLuca, his model girlfriend at the time, in August 2007, accusing the pair of roughing him up while he was in the process of impounding another car.


L.A. Superior Court Judge Elizabeth A. Grimes scheduled a Nov. 3 trial.

Jason Wahler - who used to date Lauren Conrad on Laguna Beach and The Hills - declined to challenge a petition by the plaintiff to allow jurors to hear testimony concerning Wahler's behavior when the cops took him into custody.

Grimes prohibited either party from revealing to the panel what Jason Wahler was actually charged with, declaring it inadmissable evidence.

But J-Wahl's behavior during the alleged smackdown is sure to be front and center at the trial, especially considering Stevenson, who's black, has accused the drunken bad boy of lobbing the N-word at the tow truck driver repeatedly.

Stevenson is seeking punitive damages from Wahler for the verbal and physical beatdown. Kristen DeLuca has since settled with the driver out of court.

Wahler, for all his d-bag-like qualities, is still engaged to Katja Decker-Sadowski, who is by all accounts a cute girl. And a fine college tennis player.

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Comedians Amy Poehler and Will Arnett have welcomed their first child, a boy named Archie, on Saturday. The little guy weighed in at 8 lbs., 1 oz.

During the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live last night, Amy Poehler's co-anchor Seth Meyers announced to a cheering crowd:

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"Amy Poehler is not here tonight because she is having a baby."

Poehler revealed in April that she and Arnett were expecting: "I've been very lucky. I’m feeling good, and I’m just overwhelmed with blessings."

While Poehler has been shining on SNL - especially when teaming up with Tina Fey in political sketches - Arnett has some new projects of his own, including starring with Heroes' Kristen Bell in the big-screen comedy When in Rome.

Amy is rumored to be starring in a spin-off of The Office at some point in the near future. And you thought The Office quotes were funny as it is!

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William Balfour, a suspect in the Jennifer Hudson family murders, is in custody. Her mother and brother are dead, and her seven-year-old nephew is missing.

Balfour was once married to J-Hud's sister Julia - the mother of Julian, the boy who is unaccounted for. An AMBER Alert was issued for Julian as of yesterday.

In a cryptic statement, a Chicago PD spokeswoman has said that investigators are talking to "a number of people in custody" but didn't explain further.

At least one of the victims - Jennifer's mom Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson - had defensive wounds, which may suggest domestic violence.

William Balfour was recently paroled after serving seven years in jail.

Here's the interesting thing - according to TMZ, neighbors in the Chicago area who know the family well say a few weeks ago a family member tried stealing a car, which triggered an argument in which the would-be thief vowed revenge.

No one was named specifically in the incident, but William Balfour, who is currently on parole and lists Donerson's address as his, spent nearly seven years in prison for attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Julia's MySpace page recently showed a picture of Jason with a caption that reads, "Jason picking up my ass from work, cause bitch ass William sold my car."

Follow the jump for more on the car theory that police are investigating in connection with the killings, and William Balfour's MySpace page ...

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Tragic celebrity news this morning: Jennifer Hudson's mom and brother were the two victims of a fatal shooting in Chicago, the actress's publicist says.

"We can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation concerning the deaths of Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson," rep Lisa Kasteler said. "No further comment will be made at this difficult time."

The victims were found dead Friday in the South Side home of Donerson. Police say the shooting appeared to be related to a domestic disturbance.

Equally frightening is the fact that Jennifer Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, is missing. An Amber Alert has been issued for him.

A suspect has been apprehended in connection with the murders, but the boy was apparently not with him, as authorities had hoped.

Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, was killed yesterday.

"We are searching for a young boy from that address who is missing," confirmed Chicago police spokesman Officer John Mirabelli.

A man officers were searching for in connection with the shootings, who has been identified as William Balfour, 27, has been taken into custody and is being questioned by authorities. No charges have been filed at this time.

According to the AP, police spokeswoman Monique Bond says police are talking to "a number of people in custody" but she declined to further elaborate.

Hudson, 27, the Oscar-winning actress from Dreamgirls and an American Idol finalist, recently got engaged to boyfriend / reality TV star David Otunga.

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Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are big fans of John McCain and Sarah Palin, but The Hills stars aren't completely in lock step with the GOP ticket.

For one, the gruesome reality TV twosome supports gay marriage.

"I think it's your own choice," Montag said last night at the opening of an art show at the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery in Hollywood. "I think, you know, whoever you decide to marry - boys, girls, whatever you like - it's up to you!"

Never thought we'd say this, but... Amen, Heidi!

Spencer Pratt credited some of Heidi's colleagues with their newfound open-mindedness: "Heidi's hair and makeup people are my favorite people in the world and they happen to be gay. So if they wanna go marry each other, good for them."

For more on Spencer and Heidi's political views - as well as what's going on with Holly Montag (an Obama supporter), Heidi's reconciliation with Lauren Conrad, and the future of her "Heidiwood" fashion line - check out the video below ...

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Dancing With the Stars' Cheryl Burke is a fine-looking woman.

She's also an athletic woman - making her living as a dancer. So you can imagine her reaction to recent critics who claim she's gotten fat.

"I was like, maybe I should just starve myself for four weeks just so people would shut up," she said on Friday's Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"But at the end of the day ... I'm an athlete. I like to eat, I like to work out, and I like to feel healthy, and I feel healthy."

Cheryl Burke is hot. But Earlier this week, Dancing with the Stars Season Six contestant Louis Van Amstel - and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy - both spoke out, negatively, about her weight gain as well as that of newcomer Lacey Schwimmer.

"Criticizing a woman's weight ... is just a wrong statement to make ... for women, and it's dangerous," Cheryl Burke said.

"You don't have to be a size zero to be beautiful," she added. "In the world that I live in right now, you don't have to be skin and bones. You can be healthy and beautiful, and you need to accept that about yourself and feel secure about it."

When Burke admitted that she is a "size four in a dress," DeGeneres praised her: "That is a normal body and that's what most people - if they're lucky - look like. I think most people would probably trade you for that body."

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Welcome, celebrity news fans around the world, to The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest, our Friday tradition. Who won the Caption Contest this week?

Our winner is Leah. Congratulations! Scroll down for the full list of captions we received this week, and best of luck again in this week's Caption Contest.

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That's sweet... Tom and Suri on a walk.

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