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How a fake news story about Megyn Kelly wound up trending on Facebook

Facebook is having some troubles with its trending news topics — most recently, the top of its trending list featured a headline that doesn't appear to be true. 

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The story was reportedly featured for several hours before being removed. It said Fox News host Megyn Kelly was a "closet liberal" and that she was getting forced off the network by Bill O'Reilly.

Except it doesn't look like that's actually happening. The false story from Ending the Fed links to a story from National Insider Politics, which links to a story from Conservative 101

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That last site references a Vanity Fair piece about a feud between Kelly and O'Reilly — but that piece doesn't say anything about Kelly being a "closet liberal." 

This error comes a few days after Facebook got rid of the editorial team that curates its trending feed and started relying more heavily on an algorithm to detect which stories are trending. 

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The social media giant has been fending off accusations that the editorial staff was either purposefully or accidentally biased against conservative news topics

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So while it might be less likely for a computer program to be politically biased, it appears that its not as good as a real human at filtering out stories that are clearly fake.

Taylor Swift reported for jury duty and took some selfies with fans

Some new pictures of Taylor Swift reporting for jury duty might explain her absence at Sunday night's Video Music Awards.

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Swift was in a Nashville courthouse Monday morning posing with her fellow citizens, who were also reporting for jury duty. And it looks like the pop star's presence really lightened the mood of the civic chore.

Some speculated her skipping the VMAs might have something to do with her rocky VMA history with Kanye West. 

During his moment at this year's VMAs, West alluded to the historic mic grab, as well as their more recent controversy over using her likeness in his music video "Famous."

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The VMAs were held in New York City's Madison Square Garden for the first time in the award show's history. Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a release: "We are excited that MTV will bring the VMAs back to its original home of New York City. From the red carpet to the accolades to the performances — and everything in between — the VMAs are an incredible showcase for so many talented artists. It also goes without saying that hosting the awards in our City means a boost to our small businesses and restaurants and more jobs for the hundreds of crew members who work to bring the show into homes around the world."

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Swift would have been serving on a jury for an aggravated rape and kidnapping case, but she was ultimately dismissed.

When asked what it meant to be creative, Gene Wilder gave an answer for the ages

When actor Gene Wilder was a little boy, his mother had a heart attack, and in a story that Wilder told many times over the years, her attending physician gave him some advice that stuck with him into his later years.

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“Don’t get into an argument with her, because you might kill her,” the doctor told Wilder.

On Monday, Wilder, born Jerome Silberman, passed away at his home in Connecticut.

In 1999, Wilder found himself at a Connecticut Forum titled “The Wonders of Creativity.” Gene recounted the story of the doctor’s advice to an adoring crowd and explained that the doctor said it was good to make her laugh.

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“I had never consciously tried to make anyone laugh in my life,” Wilder said.

But according to Wilder, he knew he may have a knack for comedy the first time his mother “peed her pants.”

Wilder recounted the tale with the faintest smile, and then gave a firm answer to the question of the evening, “How does one define creativity?”

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“It was the beginning of creativity for me,” Wilder said of the moment with his mother.

Another story that Wilder recalled was as a little boy when a teacher told him that his paintings weren’t good enough to be put on a classroom wall. This critique from a grade school teacher stuck with Wilder for many, many years, until he decided to do something about it.

Decades later, Wilder began painting semi-professionally and proved that even if someone tells you cannot do something, that doesn’t mean you should ever stop trying.

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“You think this is a joke. It’s not,” Wilder told the crowd of his reason to paint, to great applause.

Several years later, Wilder would tell Larry King why he preferred painting to show business.

“I love painting. I like the show, but I don’t like the business. And when I go to a restaurant and they’re talking 3.6, 9.8 and how many — what the budget and the — everyone is a writer or a director or an actor or a producer and — it just make me nervous.”

Husband of Heart singer Ann Wilson arrested for assault

Authorities say the husband of Heart lead singer Ann Wilson is being held on investigation of assaulting two relatives during the group's show in suburban Seattle.

The Seattle Times is reporting ( ) that 65-year-old Dean Stuart Wetter appeared in King County District Court on Monday. Bail was set at $10,000.

The paper says that according to court records, the two boys were watching the show from backstage when they left to walk around. They were walking past the tour buses when they saw Ann Wilson's new tour bus and wanted to look inside.

Documents say Wetter started yelling after they left the door open and allegedly punched one of the boys in the back of the head before grabbing him by the throat.

When the other boy stepped in, Wetter allegedly also grabbed his throat.

Wetter is scheduled to appear in court again Wednesday. He married Ann Wilson in 2015.


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Comic performer Gene Wilder kept his serious side off camera

Revered as a comedic and storytelling genius by Hollywood's top entertainers, Gene Wilder was a humble man who downplayed his comic gifts, was a serious director and remained deferential to his longtime collaborator, Mel Brooks.

"I am him in fantasy," Wilder once said of playing the lead in Brooks' films.

After Wilder's death was announced Monday, Brooks called his colleague "one of the truly great talents of our time."

"He blessed every film we did together with his special magic and he blessed my life with his friendship," Brooks said in a statement. "He will be so missed."

Wilder died Sunday night of complications from Alzheimer's disease at age 83. His nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said Wilder was diagnosed with the disease three years ago, but kept the condition private so as not to disappoint fans.

Though Wilder started his acting career on the stage, millions knew him from his work in the movies, especially the ones he made with Brooks, such as "The Producers," ''Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein." The last film — with Wilder playing a California-born descendant of the mad scientist, insisting that his name is pronounced "Frahn-ken-SHTEEN" — was co-written by Brooks and Wilder and earned the pair an Oscar nod for adapted screenplay.

With his unkempt hair and big, buggy eyes, Wilder was a master at playing panicked characters caught up in schemes that only a madman such as Brooks could devise, whether reviving a monster in "Young Frankenstein" or bilking Broadway in "The Producers." Brooks would call him "God's perfect prey, the victim in all of us."

But he also knew how to keep it cool as the boozing gunslinger in "Blazing Saddles" or the charming candy man in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." His craziest role: the therapist having an affair with a sheep in Woody Allen's "Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex."

Wilder was close friends with Richard Pryor and their contrasting personas — Wilder uptight, Pryor loose — were ideal for comedy. They co-starred in four films: "Silver Streak," ''Stir Crazy," ''See No Evil, Hear No Evil" and "Another You."

But Wilder insisted he was not a comedian. He told Robert Osborne in 2013 it was the biggest misconception about him.

"What a comic, what a funny guy, all that stuff! And I'm not. I'm really not. Except in a comedy in films," Wilder said. "But I make my wife laugh once or twice in the house, but nothing special. But when people see me in a movie and it's funny then they stop and say things to me about 'how funny you were.' But I don't think I'm that funny. I think I can be in the movies."

He could be quite serious, said actress Carol Kane, his co-star in 1977's "The World's Greatest Lover."

"I don't think Gene was depressed, but he was very serious and very sensitive and not afraid to expose what many people would call a feminine side, an emotional side," she said Monday.

A Milwaukee native, Wilder was born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933. When he was 6, his mother suffered a heart attack that left her a semi-invalid. He soon began improvising comedy skits to entertain her, the first indication of his future career.

He started taking acting classes at age 12 and continued studying through college. In 1961, Wilder became a member of Lee Strasberg's prestigious Actor's Studio in Manhattan.

That same year, he adopted the stage name Gene Wilder and made both his off-Broadway and Broadway debuts. He won the Clarence Derwent Award, given to promising newcomers, for the Broadway work in Graham Greene's comedy "The Complaisant Lover." A key break came when he co-starred with Anne Bancroft in Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage" in 1963.

A few years later, Brooks cast Wilder in "The Producers," for which Wilder was nominated for a supporting actor Academy Award. Brooks also encouraged Wilder to become a director himself.

"He gave me the chutzpah to stand up on a chair and shout out: 'I don't know what the answer is! Somebody help me,'" Wilder told The Associated Press in a 1977 interview. "And when you can do that, people usually love you for it and rush in to help."

He went on to write several screenplays and direct five films. He married "Saturday Night Live" headliner Gilda Radner in 1984 and they costarred in two of his films: "The Woman in Red" and "Haunted Honeymoon."

"He was compassionate and inspirational and poetic as a director," Kane recalled. "And clearly one of the great clowns — the Chaplin of talkies in some way, I would say."

Wilder's desire to tell his stories well led him to pay special attention to directing himself.

"The tendency for most directors who direct themselves is to spend too little time on themselves, oddly enough. When you can finally say, 'Me, me,' you want to say, 'Oh, that's enough of me,' because it's more fun to direct the other actors than it is to direct yourself," he said in the 1977 AP interview. "When I look at the film with an audience, and I look up at the screen, I say, 'This is what I intended.'"


AP film writers Lindsey Bahr in Los Angeles and Jake Coyle in New York and former AP reporter Larry McShane contributed to this story.

Why Gene Wilder didn't make a movie in his last 25 years

Gene Wilder made more than enough iconic films to cement his legacy. But during the later years of his life, Wilder appeared in almost nothing. His last feature film, "Another You," came out in 1991.

In an interview at New York's 92nd Street Y in 2013, Wilder explained how he became disillusioned with the style of films that became popular in Hollywood.

"But then I didn't want to do the kind of junk that I was seeing," Wilder said during the interview. "I didn't want to do 3-D, for instance. I didn't want to do ones with bombing and loud and swearing."

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The vast majority of Wilder's work happened in the 1970s and 1980s, when he collaborated with comedy legends such as Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor. 

Wilder was nominated for two Oscars: best supporting actor for "The Producers" and best adapted screenplay for "Young Frankenstein."

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Wilder said he would have been happy to do more films like those, but comedy went in a different direction than the one he was comfortable with.

"If something comes along that's really good and I think I would be good for it, I would be happy to do it. But not too many came along," Wilder said.

But just because he was off camera doesn't mean he wasn't busy. After shying away from show business, Wilder wrote six books, including a few novels and a memoir.

Wilder died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. The 83-year-old was surrounded by his family in his Connecticut home. His nephew said he kept the diagnosis a secret because "he simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world."

Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw Drop 'May We All' Music Video

Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw have released a music video for their collaborative song "May We All."

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Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Cam to Unveil 2016 CMA Awards Nominees

Awards show season drawing near. This Wednesday (Aug. 31) three country acts will reveal the final nominees for the 2016 CMA Awards.

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Mel Brooks, other celebrities mourn actor Gene Wilder's death

Celebrities took to social media Monday to remember actor, screenwriter and director Gene Wilder, who passed away Sunday of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

He was 83 years old.

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Wilder and Brooks worked together on the 1974 comedy "Young Frankenstein," which parodied Mary Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein." For their efforts, the pair won the Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay in 1975. The film itself was wildly popular and continues to have a cult following today.

"Gene Wilder – one of the truly great talents of our time," Brooks, 90, wrote on Twitter. "He blessed every film we did with his magic and he blessed me with friendship."

Wilder's nephew told The Associated Press on Monday that his uncle died of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

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He is survived by one daughter and his wife, Karen Webb.

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Sturgill Simpson 'Disgusted' with ACM's Merle Haggard Spirit Award

On Monday singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson took to Facebok to blast the ACMs for creating an award that celebrates Merle Haggard’s legacy. He accused the Academy of Country Music of joining others who have “hitched their wagon to his name.” Continue reading…

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