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Best-selling author John Grisham is under fire today for remarks in which he implied that some child sex offenders face punishments that too harsh.

He's now backtracking as fast as humanly possible.


In a wide-ranging interview on the U.S. judicial system with The Telegraph (UK), Grisham said judges have "gone crazy" over the past 30 years.

By this he means that they're locking up too many people, from white collar criminals to minorities on minor drug charges, and even those who view child porn.

"We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who've never harmed anybody, would never touch a child," he said.

"But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn."

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UK model Josie Cunningham, who is no stranger to controversy, is really stirring it up this week by calling breastfeeding ... well, you gotta read her Tweets.

Cunningham admits having smoked and drank when pregnant to drown her sorrows, and contemplated an abortion in order to go on the show Big Brother.

She also got pregnant by Curtis Davies after dating him for 18 months, only it turned out to not be Davies, but a man impersonating the British football pro.

Yes, that happened apparently. The point is, it's hard for her to outdo her own outrageousness. But she did in attacking breastfeeding. What did she say?

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  • "I wish people would stop asking if I'm breast feeding like Kimberly Walsh. No I'm not! I think the idea is vile and borderline incest!"
  • "People saying its natural.... Maybe it was before powdered milk - in the same way it was 'natural' to walk around naked before clothes ..."
  • "but you would soon kick off if I started walking around naked. It's time to change."

Kimberly Walsh is a singer and actress in the UK and a noted advocate of breastfeeding. Not surprisingly, she faced some serious backlash over this.

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Brittany Maynard is about to embark on her final adventure: To die with dignity.

Maynard, 29, has terminal brain cancer and has made plans to end her own life with the sedative Secobarbitol on November 1 if her suffering does not abate.

Her story has touched millions, and has incurred its share of controversy.

"I don't want to die but I am dying," Brittany Maynard laments to People.

"My [cancer] is going to kill me, and it's a terrible, terrible way to die."

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"So," she says, "to be able to die with my family with me, to have control over my own mind, which I would stand to lose – to go with dignity is less terrifying."

Maynard, her mother, stepfather, Gary Holmes, and husband, Dan Diaz, moved to Portland, Oregon, four months ago so Maynard could do what she feels she must:

Gain access to the west coast state's landmark Death with Dignity Act.

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Amber Joy Vinson has been identified as the second healthcare worker to contract Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from the disease last week.

Like Nina Pham, who is currently being treated for the virus, Vinson is a Dallas-based nurse who was working at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas at the time that Duncan was admitted.

"Like Nina Pham, this is a heroic person - a person who has dedicated her life to helping others," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins at a press conference this morning.

Vinson was reportedly put into quarantine less than 90 minutes after she complained of having a fever.

Officials are reportedly concerned that Vinson may have exposed others to the virus, as she flew from Dallas to Cleveland the day before she was diagnosed.

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Nancy Snyderman of NBC has issued an apology for breaching a voluntary quarantine after recently being exposed to the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.

Snyderman, NBC's medical editor was placed under quarantine after Ashoko Mukpo, a cameraman hired to work with her in Africa, contracted Ebola.

She said in a statement read by anchor Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News:

"While under voluntary quarantine guidelines, which called for our team to avoid public contact for 21 days, members of our group violated those guidelines."

"We understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days [pass]."

Snyderman and two members of her crew were allegedly spotted in public last week while picking up a takeout order, according to a report on Planet Princeton.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced today that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control to help fight the Ebola epidemic that's already claimed thousands of lives in West Africa.

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"The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point," Zuckerberg wrote in a status update this morning. "We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn't spread further and become a long term global health crisis."

"We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome...We are hopeful this will save lives and get this outbreak under control."

Of course, this isn't the first time the 30-year-old media mogul has astonished the world with his generosity. In 2012, Zuckerberg donated $500 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation a charitable organization that serves a wide variety of people in need.

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Breathe easy, world. After six weeks of remaining mysteriously Un-seen, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is officially back in the oppression business. Or so North Korea's state-run media would have us believe.

Kim Jong Un Photo

Kim was reportedly photographed while making several official visits today - conducting "field guidance," and surveying new structures in Wisong and in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang.

So where has the 31-year-old despot been hiding...and why? Was Kim hanging with Dennis Rodman again? Was he busting out scathing online reviews of the new Seth Rogen-James Franco movie?

No, sadly, the answer seems to be far less amusing:

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Nina Pham, the nurse who was treating an Ebola patient only to contract the virus herself, is fighting for her life as the first identified American with the disease.

Treating a highly contagious Ebola patient has to be one of the toughest jobs anyone is tasked with, and now the 26-year-old finds himself in the same position.

While she tries to recover from the deadly strain in the same hospital where she works, details of her life and career are emerging. So who is Nina Pham?

1. She's Vietnamese-American, growing up up Fort Worth, Texas, and attending Texas Christian University in the same city, graduating with a nursing license in 2010.

Just two months ago, she received certification in critical care nursing, which deals specifically with life-threatening problems like the one she's experiencing.

2. She is a very devoted Catholic, always putting the other people's interests ahead of her own, says a friend, who adds that everyone knows her observes this.

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The town of Wasco, California, has apparently been targeted by a mysterious clown. Or clowns. There appear to be several of them, lurking after dark.

These clowns appear to be skilled at social media use, too. They've been popping up on Twitter and Instagram, sharing photos of themselves around town ...

Wasco, California Clown

Instagram and Twitter (bio: "IM [sic] THE REAL DEAL") profiles imply that this is some sort of clown gang. One notes, "I'm not the only one out there."

The clown mostly seems like an elaborate Halloween prank, and residents are treating it as such. Some of them don't appear to be laughing ... but others are.

"Some residents go in cars searching for him. They have flashlights and try to spot him in neighborhoods after he posts to Twitter,” Noah Sanchez said.

At the same time, "It's kind of fun, though, to get us in the Halloween spirit."

Some of their antics go beyond innocent Instagram photos, though.

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Lauren Harrington Cooper's husband says he is sticking by her despite the shocking sex scandal surrounding the married, embattled high school teacher.

In a tell-all 20/20 interview, the teacher at Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth, Pa., spoke about the case which saw her sentenced to 9-23 months in jail.

Lauren Harrington Cooper pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual contact with students and two counts of corrupting minors, allegedly using a sexy pickup line.

"All the candy you need is right here," she told them.

She freely admits now how sick this is, though.

Cooper said, “I’m glad I got caught. I went against what I know is right, and I did wrong. And there is no way to explain that away. I have no defense of myself."

"I was wrong, plain and simple.”

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