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Royal baby on the way for Great Britian

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Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting a baby, Saint James Palace officials said this morning.

Prince William, future king of England, and Princess Kate announced to the queen and the public that they are expecting their first child, reported the New York Daily News. The pregnancy joy came just 19 months after the two wed in Westminster Abbey.

The duchess was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital today with hyperemesis gravidarum, an uncommon type of morning sickness that requires extra hydration and nutrients, reported ABC News. The couple agreed to announce their pregnancy after the duchess was admitted.

Palace officials said the duchess is 12 weeks pregnant, reported ABC News.

This royal pregnancy could be one for the record books. If the couple has a girl she will be the first royal daughter eligible to inherit the throne in England's history, reported ABC News. A daughter would bump the duke's younger brother, Harry, to forth in line.

Hugh Hefner, the 86-year-old Playboy millionaire, is engaged to 26-year-old model-singer Crystal Harris.

After getting cold feet during their first engagement, Harris called of the first engagement days before the wedding was scheduled to take place, reported the Examiner. But Harris said she is over that now, in an interview with Fox's Ryan Seacrest.

Their first engagement was planned to be a grand event with over 300 hundred guests, reported the New York Daily News. This time around, the nuptials are small with only family and close friends.

Harris will be Hefner's third wife, reported the Examiner. The wedding is scheduled for New Year's Eve.

The "Twilight" franchise went out with a box office bang; it's final installment in the two-part finale raking in an impressive $141.3 million during its opening weekend.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" earned $141.3 million in the U.S. and an additional $199.6 million abroad for a total of $340.9 million, according to studio estimates, reported Fox News. The film now ranks eighth on the list of highest-grossing U.S. premiers, including "New Moon" at number seven and "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" at number nine.

"Breaking Dawn - Part 2" was one of the few successes of the year, reported E!Online News. At fourth largest, it comes just short of The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games.

Of the 10 biggest opening weekends of all-time, the Twilight Saga now owns three spots, the most of any franchise, reported E!Online News.

Vice President Biden to appear on 'Parks and Recreation'

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Joe Biden is going to appear in next week's episode of NBC's Parks and Recreation.

Recently reelected Vice President of the United States Joe Biden will guest-star in the Nov. 15 episode of NBC's widely-popular television series Parks and Recreation, reported CNN News. Biden's cameo role appears at the beginning of the episode.

In July, the show traveled to Washington, D.C. to film its season 5 premiere, reported CNN News. It was then that met with Biden, as well as other Washington politicians, including Senators Barbara Boxer, Olympia Snowe, and John McCain.

The episode filmed scenes around D.C., reported Fox News, and Biden got along well with the cast and even ad-libbed some of his lines for the show, executive Producer Michael Schur said. Biden said he and his family are all fans of the show, Schur said.

Despite Hurricane Sandy, New York City Marathon races on

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While the city of New York is still reeling from flood waters, power outages, and a growing death count, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg repeated Thursday that the New York City Marathon will go on.

A major concern is that the race, which attracts nearly 50,000 runners each year, will take police and other public service workers away from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, reported the New York Times. Many runners and public officials have called for the race to be cancelled or postponed.

"How can a runner, in good conscience, run down the street throwing water all over the street," said Manhattan resident Steven Gold in an article from USA Today. "I'm not saying to cancel, just postpone." Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer also told The Today Show that "the prudent course' would be to postpone the race.

New York Road Runners, which puts on the race, said the race would be used to raise money for the struggling city, reported the New York Times. The organization plans to donate $1 million to relief efforts in the city.

Despite Hurricane Sandy, New York City Marathon races on

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While the city of New York is still reeling from flood waters, power outages, and a growing death count, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg repeated Thursday that the New York City Marathon will go on.

A major concern is that the race, which attracts nearly 50,000 runners each year, will take police and other public service workers away from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, reported the New York Times. Many runners and public officials have called for the race to be cancelled or postponed.

"How can a runner, in good conscience, run down the street throwing water all over the street," said Manhattan resident Steven Gold in an article from USA Today. "I'm not saying to cancel, just postpone." Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer also told The Today Show that "the prudent course' would be to postpone the race.

New York Road Runners, which puts on the race, said the race would be used to raise money for the struggling city, reported the New York Times. The organization plans to donate $1 million to relief efforts in the city.

Hidden gun found inside donated library book in Indiana

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An Indianan library discovered quite the surprise when a gun was found hidden inside a donated book this week.

The gun, a .31-caliber single shot, was stowed away inside a hollowed-out portion of a copy of the the Robert Stone novel "Outerbridge Reach", reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

An employee of the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library in Indiana was sorting through donated books when they came across the handgun, reported the New York Daily News. "Somebody just opened it up and said, 'Oh my,'" said Porter County Public Library assistant director Phyllis Nelson.

Nelson contacted local police who confirmed that the gun, which is being held as evidence, was not stolen, reported the New York Daily News. No record is kept of the many books that are donated to the library each month, so there is no way to know who donated the book or when.

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has announced that he is stepping down from his position as chairman of the Livestrong Foundation after continued allegations that he had used performance-enhancing drugs during his racing career.

Armstrong announced his decision Wednesday, saying that he is resigning so the Livestrong charity group can better focus on its own mission and not the problems of its founder, the Washington Post reported. Armstrong said that he wishes "to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career."

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Friday that it was banning Armstrong for life and stripping him of his Tour de France titles, reported CBS News. The UCI, the cycling world's governing body, may give its response Monday as to whether the cycling champion will be striped of his titles.

Armstrong has already lost several of his sponsors, including Nike and Anheuser-Busch, reported CBS News. The cyclist also lost the support of Trek, the company responsible for building his bicycles.

Google awards $60,000 to teenage hacker

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Google awarded a $60,000 prize to a teenage hacker who revealed a bug in the company's Chrome browser system.

The teen boy, who goes by the hacker name "Pinkie Pie", discovered a flaw in Google's browser Tuesday at a competition, known as "Pwnium", put on by Google in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, reported CNN News. The boy also found a bug in February at the first "Pwnium" competition and again won $60,000 from Google.

Before the first "Pwnium" in February, the boy applied for a job at Google and said in his cover letter that he could hack their Chrome browser, reported Deseret News.

Social media giant Facebook has also started paying hackers who could find bugs in their system, reported Deseret News. They reportedly give $500 to users who can find a bug.

Sexy little geisha lingerie sparks racial backlash

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Victoria's Secret is facing backlash after debuting its recent line of Asian-inspired lingerie, which critics claim stereotypes eastern culture.

The world-popular lingerie store recently released its "Go East" line of lingerie, featuring an outfit entitled "Sexy Little Geisha". According to the Huffington Post, the outfit features an obi belt with matching fan and chopsticks.

Members of the Asian-American community have said the outfit is offensive and have accused the lingerie giant of exploiting sexual stereotypes of Asian women, CNN News reported. According to Racialicious contributor Nina Jacinto, "It's a troubling attempt to sidestep authentic representation and humanization of a culture and opt instead for racialized fetishizing against Asian women."

The Sexy Little Geisha number is no longer available on the Victoria's Secret website, the Huffington Post reported. The company has reportedly removed the item as well as the entire "Go East" collection.

CNN News reported that, in a statement to a reporter from Bust magazine, the company's press office suggested the product had simply sold out.

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