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Virgin Galactic, the rocket ship owned by Richard Branson on which many celebrities had planned to blast off into space, crashed this afternoon in California’s Mojave Desert.

Reports indicate that one co-pilot died in the accident, while others were seriously injured and at least one individual airlifted to a local hospital.

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Reads a statement released by Virgin:

"Virgin Galactic's partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle."

The names of those on board at the time of the accident have not been released.

Branson confirmed the tragedy on Twitter, writing:

"Thoughts with all @virgingalactic & Scaled, thanks for all your messages of support. I'm flying to Mojave immediately to be with the team."

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Starbucks is no stranger to controversy.

Over the past year or so, the beloved coffee chain has outlawed guns inside its store, while also hiring at least one employee who liked including Satantic symbols in his lattes.

Now, the company has come out with its first-ever LGBT-based ad, as two former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants - Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano - appear in a commercial that touts how Starbucks can bring frenemies closer together.

The footage features Adore cutting in line because she’s in a “really big hurry,” only for an argument to then break out with Bianca.

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Eric Frein has been captured by the Pennsylvania State Police following a seven-week manhunt that began after he allegedly ambushed two troopers.

Frein, 31, is accused of killing one police officer and seriously injuring another. He was taken into custody Thursday, state police said, offering no details.

Frein is charged with opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks on September 12, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding another trooper.

Police said they linked him to the ambush after a man walking his dog discovered his partly submerged SUV days later in a swamp a few miles from the scene.

Inside, investigators found shell casings matching those found at barracks as well as Frein's driver's license, camouflage face paint, empty rifle cases and military gear.

Saying Frein was armed and extremely dangerous, officials had closed schools and urged residents to be alert and cautious as they sought to bring him in.

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Move over, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Jay and Kateri Schwandt of Michigan may "only" have 12 kids and counting ... but all 12 of them are sons!

They aren't finding out the sex of the 13th, either!

Jay and Kateri Schwandt, Family

Jay and Kateri are expecting lucky 13 in May, and say they wouldn't be surprised if when that day comes, they welcome yet another boy in the delivery room.

They don't exactly know anything else.

"If we were to have a girl, I think we would go into shock," mom of champions Kateri, 39, said to The Grand Rapids Press. "It would probably be disbelief."

He or she will join Tyler, 22, Zach, 18, Drew, 17, Brandon, 15, Vinny, 11, Tommy, 12, Calvin, 9, Gabe, 7, Wesley, 6, Charlie, 4, Luke, 2, and Tucker, 14 months.

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Tim Cook has announced himself as a proud gay man.

The Apple CEO, who appeared to be accidentally outed by a CNBC anchor in June, has penned a personal essay for Bloomberg Businessweek in which he writes the following:

"Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

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In his column, the Apple, the executive explains that he attempted to maintain "a basic level of privacy." But he’s willing to forego that privacy if his story can help others.

"I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others," Cook writes. "So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy."

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We've reported on plenty of 911 calls over the years, ranging from real celebrity-based emergencies to errant calls that should never, ever have been made.

Well, this interesting and memorable story, which was shared recently during an AskReddit thread that asked 911 operators the one call they remember?

It might take the cake. Or more specifically, the pizza.

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The Reddit user, later revealed as former police dispatcher Keith Weisinger, shared the tale of once getting a late-night call while working the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift.

What he initially thought was a prank call - we've seen many of them - turned out to be a woman who was in great need of assistance but had to speak in code.

What do we mean exactly by that? You'll be surprised.

As written by Weisinger, the call went as follows:

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Well, at least Victoria's Secret didn't list any outfits under a Fat Girls section of its catalog...

But the lingerie company is still in major trouble today after coming out with advertisements that depict models who supposedly possess the “perfect body.”

Granted, the campaign is really in support of an ideal bra “body,” considering how the photo below touts a “perfect comfort demi push-up."

But it's not hard to see how critics could interpret this image as implying that the women featured in it have the ideal figure... and they've let their feelings on that message be felt via social media.

Perfect Body Campaign Photo

“What gives Victoria's Secret the right to say what a "perfect" body is?? Stop body shaming!!” wrote one Twitter user, while a 22-year old named Frances Black has started a petition at Change.org.

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What's worse than being called out by Samuel L. Jackson on air?

Being slammed as a fattie on air by one of your co-workers.

Sam Rubin of KTLA in Los Angeles can now speak from both of these experiences, as he made headlines a few months ago for mixing up Jackson with Laurence Fishburne.

Fast forward to last Friday and Rubin was joking with his fellow anchor during a morning news segment.

"My wife calls and says ‘Since when did you become the fat one on that show?' he said on camera, continuing to talk until a female voice chimed in with:

"He’s always been!"

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Last week, a school shooting in Washington left three dead and five critically wounded.

The shooter - 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg - died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sadly, incidents such as the Marysville High School rampage are all too common in American schools these days, with the most recent taking place at Reynolds High School just four months ago.

Fryberg's attack marks the 11th pre-meditated school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in December of 2012.

It's a story most Americans know all too well at this point, but there are several ways in which the Fryberg tragedy stands out as unique.

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The body of missing Virginia college student Hannah Graham has been discovered and identified, according to breaking news reports. She was only 18.

A landscaper was heading to a job site outside of Charlottesville, Va., actually called the police tip line September 30 when he made a startling discovery.

“There was buzzards on the rooftop, as well as on a tree on the back left corner of the property,” Bobby Pugh said. “Not a normal amount, 20 to 30 at least.”

About an hour later, Pugh made a phone call, as did hundreds if not thousands of others calling in with any shred of intel that could help law enforcement.

Hannah Graham was last seen September 13, on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.

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