Paula Deen says that the former general manager of her restaurant who's suing for sexual harassment tried to extort her by demanding a seven figure sum.

If she failed to put up, Deen says she was told she'd face "ruin."

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Carrie Underwood, the beautiful pride of Checotah, Okla., and one of the most successful American Idol contestants in history, hits the age of 29 today.

Her four studio albums have sold more than 15 million copies in the U.S., already placing Underwood among country's all-time greats before the age of 30.

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Seminal hip hop star Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Biggie, a.k.a. Big Poppa, a.k.a. Christopher Wallace, was slain 15 years ago this weekend.

His murder, by drive-by shooting, remains unsolved.

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Ray J still keeps a photo of Whitney Houston in his phone. He says the image is helping him cope these days.

"It's just such a tough time for me," during the Brotherhood Crusade/Mothers in Action press conference yesterday. "I've been through a lot in these past few weeks. I'm able to look at life in a whole different way. I always look at my phone because I got a picture of somebody I really love and it helps me through the day."

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