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Fox News contributor accuses network host of rape in latest sexual misconduct allegations

Fox News has been rocked by another sexual misconduct allegation. Conservative political commentator and a once-frequent face on the Fox News Channel, Scottie Nell Hughes, has sued the network, alleging she was raped by Fox News personality and host of “Making Money” Charles Payne.

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Hughes filed a lawsuit against the network Monday, also contending she was blacklisted after making the allegations several years ago, according to The New York Times

Fox suspended Payne in July while the network investigated Hughes’ initial claims. He later returned after Fox News completed its internal investigation.

Hughes told the Times what happened and why she filed suit.

“In July of 2013, I was raped by Charles Payne,” she said. “In July of 2017, I was raped again by Fox News. Since then, I have been living an absolute hell.”

>> Related: Gretchen Carlson receiving $20 million to settle Ailes suit; Greta Van Susteren leaving Fox News

Hughes contends she participated in a coerced sexual relationship with Payne in exchange for an increase in paid television appearances. Later, she said, she was blacklisted from other jobs and was told it was because of an “affair” she had had “with someone at Fox.”

Hughes’ filed suit against 21st Century Fox, Fox News Channel and Charles Payne.

Payne denied the allegations again on Monday.

Fox issued a statement calling the lawsuit the “latest publicity stunt” by Hughes’ lawyer. The network also said the suit is “shameful” and has “absolutely no merit.” 

>> Related: Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson sues Roger Ailes for sexual harassment

A number of former female Fox News employees have come forward over the past several years and accused network executives and anchors of sexual harassment. The network has settled out of court in several cases.

Prince Charles may not live in Buckingham Palace when he is king, report says

A report in The Sunday Times suggests that Prince Charles may not be as fond of Buckingham Palace as his mother is. According to reports, Charles would use the palace as “monarchy HQ” for official business, and allow for it to be open to visitors and tourists for longer than the current three months during the summer.

>> Meghan Markle likely to attend Prince Harry's Invictus Games amid engagement rumors, report says

The Times stated that Charles “doesn’t see [Buckingham Palace] as a ­viable future home or a house that’s fit for purpose in the modern world. He feels its upkeep, both from a cost and environmental perspective, is not sustainable.” The newspaper also claimed that Prince William agrees with his father that the palace is too big and costly for family life.

>> On Prince Charles sympathizes with grandson Prince George’s back-to-school nerves

“What’s to say Buckingham Palace can’t be opened to the public for at least six months, while keeping the state rooms pristine for use during big occasions?” noted one source. “That would be a modern approach and he’ll be thinking along those lines.”

>> PHOTOS: Prince Harry through the years

Another insider added, “It makes perfect sense commercially to offset the costs of running such a big place by extending availability to the ticket-buying public.”

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Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, currently reside at Clarence House, which is across Green Park from Buckingham Palace.

Kevin Durant tweet calls out former coach, teammates, prompting theories of fake account

Kevin Durant is probably the most active NBA superstar on Twitter, and he regularly interacts with fans (and haters) on social media. But it appears as if being an avid tweeter might have backfired on him.

>> On Kevin Durant responds to former ESPN reporter after White House criticism on Twitter

Someone tweeted at Durant and asked him to give a legitimate reason for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder outside of winning a championship. Durant's official account responded, but many social media users believe that he intended to respond from another account to defend himself and not his own. His tweet called out his former teammates, organization and coach Billy Donovan.

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Fans theorized that Durant has multiple accounts, and he forgot to switch them before responding, which led to this encounter via @harrisonmc15:

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“He didn’t like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan,” read Durant's tweets, which have since been deleted. “His roster wasn’t that good, it was just him and Russ.

“Imagine taking Russ off that team, see how bad they were. KD can’t win a championship with those cats.”

Other fans also weighed in

Read more here.

(h/t CBS Sports)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: A relationship timeline

For over a year, Prince Harry has reportedly been dating “Suits” actress Meghan Markle. Rumors of an impending engagement continue to build for the two since reports first emerged in October that they were dating.

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Here is a timeline of the couple’s relationship:

July 2016

Markle would later reveal in an October 2017 interview Vanity Fair that she and Harry met in London in July 2016.

Nov. 8, 2016

Kensington Palace confirms Harry is dating Markle by issuing a statement calling for an end to sexist and racist harassment of Markle on social media. Markle is referred to as Harry’s girlfriend in the Nov. 8 statement from his communications secretary.

“His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public—the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments,” part of the statement said. 

The statement went on to say Harry is worried about Markle’s safety and is “deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.”

Nov. 26, 2016

Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William, issues a statement of his own supporting Harry and Markle.

“The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him,” William said in a statement to The Daily Telegraph.

Dec. 14, 2016

The first photos emerge of Harry and Markle as a couple, according to a claim from British tabloid The Sun. Wearing winter coats and beanies, the couple was reportedly going to the Gielud Theatre in London. The day before, the tabloid said the two picked out a Christmas tree together. 

Jan. 15, 2017

The Sun reports that Markle has met Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte.

“It went really well and Meghan was very excited about meeting her,” an unnamed friend told the paper.

Feb. 2, 2017

The Sun once again publishes photos of the couple together, this time after a dinner date at Soho House in London. An unnamed person who saw the two told the tabloid the couple “tried to keep as low-key as possible.”

March 3, 2017

Harry and Markle were photographed in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for the wedding of one of Harry’s college friends, Tom “Skippy” Inskip.  The Telegraph reported that the two were affectionate during the three-day wedding event.

May 20, 2017

Markle accompanies Harry to Pippa Middleton’s wedding reception, according to UsWeekly. Earlier that month, on May 7, People reports that the two were photographed kissing in the Coworth Park Polo Club parking lot in Ascot, England. Markle had been cheering Harry on during a charity polo match with William.

August 2017

Markle and Harry are photographed at a Botswana airport in Africa for Markle’s 36th birthday. E! News reported they stayed with close friends of Harry, who met Markle for the first time. 

Sept. 5, 2017

Markle speaks publicly for the first time about her relationship with Harry in an interview with Vanity Fair. She expressed the support she has from her boyfriend after the media attention since they began dating.

“(T)he only thing that changed was people’s perception,” she told the publication. “Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”

“We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”

Sept. 13, 2017

UsWeekly reports that Merkle has met Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, Sept. 3.

“It went well. It’ll no doubt be the first of many encounters,” an unnamed source told the magazine.

The report comes as engagement rumors continue. UsWeekly claims Harry has already created an engagement ring.

How to watch 2017’s Emmy-winning shows

The big question after watching the Emmys every year is, “How can I watch all of these award-winning TV shows?” Here is your answer, in no particular order.

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The stunning FX freshman comedy picked up two of three awards for which it was nominated. Not only did Donald Glover walk away with the lead actor in a comedy trophy, he became the first African-American human being to win Outstanding Director of a Comedy Series. The first season is currently streaming on Hulu


“Atlanta” lost out to “Veep” for Best Comedy, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus took a record sixth Emmy for playing the same character in her role as Selina Meyer on “Veep.” You can see the show’s entire run on HBOGo.

Related: Photos: 2017 Emmy Awards show

“Master of None” 

Writer and actress Lena Waithe also made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing. She co-wrote the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None” with series co-creator and star, Aziz Ansari. The show can be watched on Netflix, where it is an original show for the streaming service.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” 

Hulu’s adaptation of the iconic dystopian novel took both Outstanding Drama, supporting actress in a drama for the terrifying Ann Dowd and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for Elizabeth Moss, the first time this has happened for a streaming series. Watch it on Hulu.

“The Night Of” 

The series is a haunting crime story; Rez Ahmed won for actor in a limited series. Watch on HBOGo.

“This is Us” 

The great Sterling K. Brown took home Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for his role as the adopted son of a complicated couple on the sleeper hit show. The entire first season can be seen on

Related: 2017 Emmy Awards: ‘The Handmaids Tale,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Veep’ take top prizes; complete winner list

“Big Little Lies” 

The Oustanding Limited Series winner is a canny adaptation of a complex novel. Nicole Kidman won for actress in a limited series or movie, while Laura Dern won best supporting actress and Alexander Skarsgard won for best supporting actor in a limited series or movie. Watch on HBOGo.

“This Week with John Oliver” 

Variety Talk Series winner “This Week with John Oliver” is now required viewing like “The Daily Show” once was. It is on HBOGo.

Alec Baldwin needles Trump after winning an Emmy for playing him 

After years of appearing on the big and small screen, Alec Baldwin’s best-known role might now be his portrayal of President Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” and when Baldwin took home an Emmy for it Sunday night, he couldn’t resist rubbing it in.

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Baldwin was handed the award and stepped to the microphone, saying, “I suppose I should say, at long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy.”

The president has never won an Emmy, but was nominated eight times for “The Apprentice,” and tweeted that the Emmys were rigged after one of his many losses.

Baldwin then told the audience that he and his wife have had three children over three years but didn’t have a fourth last year during the “SNL” season.

“I wonder if there’s a correlation there,” Baldwin said. “All you men out there, you put that orange wig on, it’s birth control. Trust me.”

Not everyone found great humor in the moment. Some protested on Twitter that NBC, which also airs “The Apprentice,” provided Trump a platform as host of a November 2015 “SNL” episode when he was a presidential candidate, only to later turn against him.

>> Related: 2017 Emmy Awards: ‘The Handmaids Tale,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ VEEP’ take top prizes; complete winner list

That was the second time Trump hosted “SNL” — the first being in 2004 — and in 2015, he wasn’t exactly willing to poke fun at himself, according to former “SNL” cast member Jon Rudnitsky. He told People magazine that Trump didn’t like sketches that weren’t Trump-friendly.

“He had trouble with the sketches, and if a sketch wasn’t complimentary about him — mainly physically — he wasn’t into it,” Rudnitsky told People. “He’d go, ‘It’s cute, but no — next.'”

“He was just onto the next if it wasn’t about how great he was. I’m totally serious. I mean, there were some really funny sketches that he just didn’t get. His sense of humor is definitely skewed.”

>> Related: Photos: 2017 Emmy Awards Show

Sterling K. Brown made Emmy history but his acceptance speech was cut off

Sterling K. Brown made history at the Emmys Sunday as the first black man in nearly 20 years to win for best lead actor, but it was partially overshadowed by loud music, a cut mic and dimmed lights.

Taking home the award for his role as Randall Patterson in NBC’s “This Is Us,” Brown was in the middle of thanking his co-stars and acknowledging the historical moment when, halfway through, music loudly played as he was speaking.

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“When I think about it, Walter White held this joint. Dick Whitman held this joint. And 19 years ago, Detective Frank Pembleton held this joint,” Brown said, referring to actors Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm and Andre Braugher, who all  previously won the award. “I just want to say, Mr. Braugher, whether it’s at Stanford University or on this Emmys stage, it is my supreme honor to follow in your footsteps.”

“I wanna thank my cast. Milo, Mandy, Justin, Chrissy, you are the best white TV family that a brother has ever had, better than the white folks who raised Webster,” Brown added, to the amusement of the audience.

Related: 2017 Emmy Awards: ‘The Handmaids Tale,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Veep’ take top prizes; complete winner list

Then, music began to play.

“You can play, you can play. Nobody got that loud music,” Brown joked, contunuing his speech. “Our writers, I love you. You are our life’s blood. Our producers and directors, I love you.”

CBS’ live telecast then cut to a pull away camera shot from the stage.

Multiple winners had been played off by music throughout the show, but the audio for Brown’s seemed to be louder than others. The audio from the microphone was cut and the lights were dimmed as Brown attempted to complete his speech. 

Some Twitter users pointed out that, moments ago, winner Nicole Kidman was allotted considerable time to make her acceptance speech.

Variety reported that Brown was able to finish his speech backstage in the Emmys press room, where he thanked his wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe, their two sons and the crew of  “This Is Us.” Watch the video below.

Related video: 2017 Emmys - Top Award Winners

Linkin Park announces show honoring Chester Bennington

Linkin Park is celebrating its late band member Chester Bennington with a performance in Los Angeles.

The band announced Monday that a one-night-only celebration will be held at the Hollywood Bowl Oct. 27, Billboard reported.

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Bennington died of a suicide by hanging July 20 at age 41. 

“The band will be joined by a number of other artists, for an unforgettable night of music to honor the man that touched the lives of so many around the world,” a news release about the event said.

The band initially announced the performance as a “special event” when it was teased Aug. 22 on its Twitter page.

Other artists have not yet been announced. Last month, JAY-Z performed a tribute to Bennington, with whom he worked on a collaborative album with Linkin Park. The tribute performance was recorded by fans watching the rapper perform in Chelmsford, England, in August.

On Saturday, Bennington’s widow, Talinda Bennington, shared a video of the singer recorded days before his death. The clip showed the musician laughing and joking with his family.

“This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death,” she said in the post. “He loved us SO much & we loved him.”

Why did Nicole Kidman only mention two of her four kids in her Emmys acceptance speech?

Nicole Kidman has caused a stir on social media for omitting her two adopted children with ex-husband Tom Cruise during her Emmy acceptance speech.

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Kidman won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in “Big Little Lies,” and the Australian actress tearfully thanked her husband -- fellow Australian Keith Urban -- and their two daughters, Sunday, 9, and Faith, 6.

“I am also a mother and a wife, I have two little daughters, Sunday, and Faith,” Kidman, 50. “This is yours. I want my little girls to have this on their shelf and to look at it and go, ‘Every time my mommy didn’t put me to bed, it’s because of this. I got something!’”

But people were shocked that the Oscar winner didn’t mention her two oldest children, Isabella, 24 and Connor, 22.

Business Insider pointed to a passage in Leah Remini’s candid book, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” in which Remini, a former Scientologist who was once friends with Kidman’s ex-husband Tom Cruise, was riding in a car with Isabella and Connor after Cruise’s 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes. Remini asked the children if they’d seen their mother recently, to which Isabella replied, “Our mom is a (expletive) SP.” 

In Scientology-lingo, an “SP” is a “suppressive person,” who does not support Scientology and who the church demands followers distance themselves from.

Dogs rescue missing woman with dementia

It began as a normal walk for Belle and Crew Saturday, until a man came out and asked owner Mark White if he had seen his 64-year-old wife, who suffers from dementia and was missing, according to WXYZ.

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White said he would look for her.

It didn’t take long until the dogs sensed something in a wooded area and started pulling White that way.

"Sure enough, there was someone sitting in the woods," White told WXYZ. "We waited for cars to pass, and I walked across and said hello."

They walked the woman home just before dark. Investigators were still taking a report, police chief Ron Moore told WXYZ.

The man and police thanked White.

White is rewarding Belle and Crew with treats.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Kate Walsh faced real-life medical battle with brain tumor

“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” star Kate Walsh is very familiar with playing a doctor on TV, but nothing could have prepared her for the moment she learned she had a brain tumor.

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Walsh opened up about the diagnosis in a new interview with Cosmopolitan, explaining that she was diagnosed with a benign meningioma the size of a lemon in 2015. She had the tumor removed that year, but said the diagnosis was a “wake up call.”

She said earlier that year that she felt exhausted all the time, but chalked it up to her busy schedule as an actress.

“I had been working insane hours, maybe 80 hours a week, and also working out really hard, so I wasn’t surprised,” she said. 

“I figured, okay, I’ll change up my workout routine, I’ll go back to mellow stuff like hiking.”

She eventually started noticing other symptoms, like swerving into the right lane while driving and issues with cognition. She went to a neurologist on an“instinct,” she said, and a MRI revealed she had a tumor on the left side of her frontal lobe.

>> Related: Maria Menounos leaving ‘E! News’ after brain tumor diagnosis

“The words ‘brain tumor’ were never in my zeitgeist,” Walsh said. “I went in for the MRI, and you know it’s serious when they don’t even wait. They’re like, ‘Hey, the radiologist wants to see you,’ and she starts to say, ‘Well, it looks like you have a very sizable brain tumor,’ and I just left my body.”

She underwent surgery three days after the MRI, and doctors were able to remove the mass.

Walsh took a nine-month break from acting before working on projects including “13 Reasons Why” and “Girls Trip.” Now, she makes sure to take care of herself.

>> Related: Last video of Chester Bennington before his suicide shows the many faces of depression

“We should go get a checkup the same way we go to the gym, just preventatively, instead of waiting for something to go wrong,” she said.

Meghan Markle likely to attend Prince Harry's Invictus Games amid engagement rumors, report says

Prince Harry will be kicking off his annual Invictus Games this month, and girlfriend Meghan Markle will likely be there to show her support, People reports.

>> PHOTOS: Prince Harry through the years

The Games will take place in Markle’s adopted hometown of Toronto next week, and she’s expected to be there in an unofficial capacity, possibly cheering from the sidelines as she did for one of Prince Harry’s recent polo matches, People reported. If she attends, the event will mark the second time the couple has appeared in public together.

>> On Meghan Markle opens up for the first time about being 'in love' with Prince Harry

The news comes after reports that Prince Harry and Markle reportedly vacationed together in Africa last month and took a short trip to Queen Elizabeth’s Scottish highlands estate for the royal’s birthday. Royal fans are now wondering whether the actress met the queen, an important step toward a royal engagement. 

>> On As their vacation nears its end, Prince Harry has a romantic surprise for Meghan Markle

Prince Harry created the Paralympic-style Invictus Games aimed at giving wounded service members around the world the opportunity to compete in a variety physical activities. The first Games took place in London in 2014, followed by the 2016 event in Orlando. Next year’s event is set to occur in Sydney, Australia.

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Chester Bennington's widow shares video of singer that shows the many faces of depression

To portray the many faces of depression, Talinda Bennington — the widow of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington — shared a video on Twitter showing her husband playing a game with his children hours before his death.

The 41-year-old singer died of suicide in July.

>> On Chester Bennington is all smiles in a heartbreaking family photo taken before his death

In the video, Chester eats a “rotten eggs”-flavored jelly bean, which he immediately spits out. He chuckles as he tries to get the gross taste out of his mouth, much to the amusement of those around him.

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"This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death," Talinda Bennington tweeted. "He loved us SO much & we loved him."

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Since her husband’s death, Talinda Bennington has been actively updating her social media feed with messages of support for those who struggle with mental illness, often adding the hashtag #MakeChesterProud. 

2017 Emmy Awards: Donald Glover wins 2 Emmys for 'Atlanta,' makes history

Donald Glover took home two Emmys on Sunday night: one for best comedic actor and one for directing in a comedic series for his FX series, “Atlanta.”

>> PHOTOS: 2017 Emmy Awards red carpet

The latter Emmy was groundbreaking: He is the first black director to ever win in that category.

>> PHOTOS: 2017 Emmy Awards show

The episode he directed that won the Emmy featured Paper Boi on a Charlie Rose-type talk show. It was a "show within a show" with fake ads inserted, as well.

Glover, at the dais after winning best comedic actor, joked that President Donald Trump should take credit in his win for helping make black people “No. 1 on the most oppressed list.”

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The last black actor to win an Emmy in that category was Robert Guillaume in 1985 for “Benson.”

>> 2017 Emmy Awards: ‘The Handmaids Tale,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Veep’ take top prizes; complete winner list

The second season of “Atlanta” is in pre-production and should return in 2018. It debuted last year. The reason there are no new episodes in 2017 is Glover’s busy schedule, which includes starring in the “Star Wars” Han Solo project.

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“Atlanta” did not win best comedic series. That went to HBO’s “Veep” for the third year in a row. And Glover lost in writing to Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe for Netflix’s “Master of None.”

>> Stephen Colbert invited a special guest to the Emmys stage

Also, Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” also shot in Atlanta, didn’t win best drama. Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale” took home the prize in a competitive field that also included Netflix’s “The Crown” and HBO’s “Westworld.”

Stephen Colbert invited a special guest to the Emmys stage

Emmy Awards host Stephen Colbert delivered jabs to President Donald Trump in his opening monologue of this year’s award show.

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The host taunted the president many times, reminding the audience of several tweets he made about previous Emmy award shows. Colbert also joked with previous show host Seth Myers regarding a tweet Trump sent accusing Myers of having “marbles in his mouth.”

But, Colbert wasn’t done yet. The funnyman continued to rag on Trump by sharing footage of Trump saying he should have won the award during the campaign.

“Unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the the winner of the popular vote,” Colbert joked.

He went on, “What really matters to Donald Trump is the ratings. You have to have the numbers. I certainly hope we achieve that tonight, but at this point, we have no way of knowing.”

That’s when former Press Secretary Sean Spicer (not Melissa McCarthy) wheeled a podium onstage, in a parody of himself.

“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the world,” Spicer said, making fun of his own comments following the 2017 inauguration.

“Wow, that really soothes my fragile ego,” Colbert said. “I can understand why you would want one of these guys around.”

2017 Emmy Awards:  ‘The Handmaids Tale,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Veep’ take top prizes; complete winner list

Television celebrates its best and brightest stars and shows during the Emmy Awards Sunday.

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Here is a list of winners for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

Pro wrestling commentator Bobby ‘The Brain’ dead at 73

He called himself “The Brain” and his enemies called him “The Weasel.” Regardless of the name attached to him, Bobby Heenan was a force in professional wrestling as a manager and commentator.

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Heenan died Sunday at the age of 73, according to a tweet from wrestling announcer Jim Ross.

Former wrestling broadcaster "Mean" Gene Okerlund posted on Facebook that Heenan's daughter, Jess, had confirmed his death.

Heenan was renowned for his talking ability -- and talking agility -- on the microphone as a manager and announcer, The Sporting News reported.

He managed dozens of wrestlers over a career that spanned more than four decades, including Andre the Giant, Nick Bockwinkel, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Harley Race, Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, King Kong Bundy and others.

Heenan had been battling throat cancer since the early 2000s, Metro US reported. He went through several surgeries to repair his jaw, but he eventually had difficulty speaking due to tongue cancer treatments and the jaw was removed, according to Bleacher Report.

Heenan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.

Heenan was known as one of the greatest “heel” managers in pro wrestling, bending the rules to help his wrestler and eliciting “heat” from the crowd with his microphone tirades. He began his career in the 1960s and was managed in the AWA before moving to the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) during the 1980s. 

Heenan’s star appeal transcended wrestling. He partnered with Andre the Giant in WrestleMania III, but he also traveled on the talk show circuit and even had a memorable appearance on Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare,” losing to his longtime commentating partner and television foil, Gorilla Monsoon.

Monsoon “fired” Heenan during the Dec. 6, 1993, edition of “Raw,” according to Bleacher Report. He worked as a color commentator with the WCW from January 1994 until November 2000, according to Bleacher Report.

Raymond Louis Heenan was born Nov. 1, 1943, in Chicago. His first break in pro wrestling came in 1965, when he worked as a manager and wrestler known as “Pretty Boy” Bobby Heenan. He competed in the World Wrestling Association until 1974, and then spent a decade with the American Wrestling Association. He joined the WWF in 1984 and made his biggest impact with his bombastic commentary and acerbic wit.

Several wrestlers and writers paid tribute to Heenan on Twitter:

Lucky duck: Muscovy mom rides out Hurricane Irma atop eggs

Those ducklings had better be grateful. 

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One Muscovy mother reportedly sat through the entire wrath of Hurricane Irma not budging an inch atop her 13 eggs.

Joy Anne Trent, of Plant City, Florida, posted a photo of the worn-out-and-weathered bird on Tuesday to Facebook. As of Sunday afternoon, it had already been shared over 43,000 times. 

Florida dog lost for 19 months shows up in New York after Hurricane Irma

Most people in South Florida spent Tuesday cleaning up after Hurricane Irma. Many had no power and were sweaty, tired and dirty. For most, it was a pretty lousy day.

Not for 18-year-old Richard Moneck. He had a great day.

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He got a call that his dog, missing for nearly a year and a half, almost as long as he’d owned her, had been found. The animal had been linked back to him by a microchip.

But Relay wasn’t found around the corner from the Monecks’ suburban home.

“They said ‘Freeport, New York,’” Richard said Saturday night. “I said, ‘I hope she didn’t take a bus.’”

How the lovable, now 3½-year-old German shepherd/Jack Russell terrier mix wound up in the Long Island town, just a few miles from Queens and 1,200 miles from her home, might never be known.

Richard and his parents don’t care that much. They’re just looking forward to getting the dog back.

>> More Irma coverage from WFTVAction News Jax and the Palm Beach Post

“I was ecstatic,” Richard said. “I never thought I’d see the dog again.”

Bobbi Giordano, who runs the Bobbi and the Strays shelter in Freeport, said she’s reunited pets with owners many times. But not like this.

“Wasn’t it a miracle?” she said Saturday night from Long Island. “We’ve been crying all day.”

Richard’s father, Rick Moneck, said that in early 2014, the teen had spotted the dog at a nearby warehouse and “fell in love.” The proprietor said the animal, believed to be about 6 months old, had shown up two weeks earlier.

The Monecks checked every pound and animal shelter for two weeks. No one claimed her. So the Monecks adopted her. And called her Relay.

“Richard and her were inseparable,” Rick Moneck said. “Richard would sleep with the dog.”

Young Richard is now a plumber’s apprentice. Then, though just 16, he already had a lawn-mowing business and a power-washing gig, and he paid out of his own pocket for a microchip.

On Feb. 1, 2016, Rick had moved some concrete blocks around in his backyard, and that inadvertently left an opening for Relay to get out. The Monecks spent six hours searching. Richard made up fliers. At a nearby service station, the owner said that, yes, he’d seen a dog that looked like this. He looked at his security video. There was Relay, appearing to get into a van.

Two weeks went by. Nothing. Six months went by. Nothing. Hope waned.

Rick recalled that “I said, ‘Richard, I think you’re going to find your dog. I don’t know if it’s going to be alive.’”

What made Rick so confident was that microchip.

But, Rick said, “A year and three-quarters goes by. And nothing.”

Then came Irma. On Sept. 9, the storm’s outer bands pounded Palm Beach County. The Monecks lost power. Things were stressful. When the phone rang, Richard thought it was one of the many storm-related scams. It wasn’t.

Giordano said a girl had brought Relay to her shelter. The girl claimed she’d found it on the streets and had brought into in her apartment for a few days until her landlord gave her an ultimatum. Giordano didn’t bother to challenge the story. She just took Relay.

“It’s a very nice dog. Very nice dog,” Giordano said. “Lots of kisses. And likes chicken.”

Giordano found the microchip. And called the microchip service center. Which called the Monecks in Florida. Who called Giordano. The Monecks and Giordano were able to trade photos, Rick Moneck recalled. He said there was no question. It was Relay.

“It’s a shock. It really was,” Giordano said.”How the heck did it travel this far?”

Dianne Sauve, who runs Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, said Saturday night via email that she hadn’t heard of the story until just then but that “it certainly proves the power of a microchip.”

Giordano said she won’t put dogs on planes, for various reasons. So getting Relay back to South Florida has become a complication.

But Relay is getting some help. A woman in New York saw her story in Long Island’s Newsday newspaper. Her sister in Palm Beach County is a friend of the Monecks.

“She said, ‘That’s Rick and Dawn — that’s their dog!’” Rick Moneck said.

Now the families are trying to work out a way for someone to drive Relay back to Florida for a reunion long in coming.

“We are all so excited about getting this dog back, I can’t tell you,” Rick said. And Giordano said, “I’m so happy to send the dog home.”

Hulk Hogan calls Hurricane Irma victims complaining about no power, water 'crybabies'

In two since-deleted tweets, Hulk Hogan called Hurricane Irma survivors who are complaining about the loss of water and power “crybabies."

>> Hurricane Irma damage: What to do during, after a power outage

On Thursday, the professional wrestling star wrote: “No water, no power, crybabies, everyone’s complaining, these people have no clue how bad it could be. Praying for those that got hit hard, lost homes, lives, businesses, lost everything, thank you God for helping those with divine highly blessings, God speed only love.”

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Hogan rode out the storm at his home in Clearwater, Florida — a city on the west coast of the state. His tweets sparked a firestorm on social media, with many criticizing Hogan. While still a larger-than-life celebrity in the professional wrestling circuit, the star returned to fame a few years ago when he effectively put gossip and news website Gawker out of business.

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The tweets have been taken down but were captured by The Washington Post before they were deleted. Hogan has not returned requests for comment on the statements.

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Hogan also noted on Twitter that he spent Friday with linemen restoring power to Orlando, which was ravaged by Irma.

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