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    Bobby Zarin of 'Real Housewives' dead at 71

    "Real Housewives" producer Andy Cohen tweeted: "I always enjoyed Bobby Zarin and admired his cool presence and steady hand." Bravo, which aired the show, offered condolences. In a statement published on its website, the network told the family that "our hearts are with you all." The Zarins rose to fame after Jill Zarin was cast on the series. She appeared for the first four seasons. "Real Housewives" often highlighted their partnership and loving relationship; they ran a designer fabric store called Zarin Fabrics. Zarin thought he had beaten thyroid cancer in 2009, according to People, but the disease returned four years later and settled in his lungs. "The radioactive iodine usually kills off

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    Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey are off Disney's board

    Two high profile tech executives are leaving Disney's board of directors over potential conflicts of interest. Neither Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg nor Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will be renominated to their positions on Disney's board, according to an SEC filing from Disney. "Given our evolving business and the businesses Ms. Sandberg and Mr. Dorsey are in, it has become increasingly difficult for them to avoid conflicts relating to board matters and they are not standing for re-election" a Disney spokesman said in a statement. Dorsey had been on the board since 2013 and Sandberg has served since 2010. Both Facebook and Twitter have increasingly moved into the entertainment business in recent years.

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    'I became a mother aged 14'

    Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK have halved in the past eight years, but are still among the highest in Europe. New government guidelines are being released to help councils reduce the numbers further. Shannon was 14 and her boyfriend Ethan 17 when she became pregnant with their son, Harvey, who is now two. "Being a parent is one of the loneliest places I've been. You lose a lot of your friends, they don't want to focus on this little baby," she says. "You don't want people to see that you're struggling and get the impression that you're a bad mum because you're struggling. It's one of those things you keep in." She has had negative experiences due to her age, including a nurse who dismissed

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    Mark Wahlberg says he'll donate $1.5 million in Michelle Williams' name

    (CNN)Mark Wahlberg is donating $1.5 million to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in costar Michelle Williams' name. The donation comes in response to criticism over a gender pay gap for reshoots of the movie "All the Money in the World." Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for the reshoots while Williams made just around $1,000, or $80 a day. "Over the last few days my reshoot fee for 'All the Money in the World' has become an important topic of conversation," Wahlberg said in a statement. "I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I'm donating the $1.5M to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams' name." William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, the talent agency that represents both Wahlberg

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    Bill Murray debuts his Steve Bannon on 'SNL'

    Steve Bannon is no longer a grim reaper on "Saturday Night Live." Bill Murray surprised audiences on NBC's variety show on Saturday night debuting in the show's opening sketch as former Trump White House chief strategist, Bannon. Saturday's episode was the first of 2018. In the past, a cast member didn't play Bannon, instead having the political figure played by a grim reaper character with a skull face mask. On Saturday night, during an "Morning Joe" segment, Murray came out in a black hood to big cheers from the audience. "The Bannon magic is still out there," Murray as Bannon said. "Magic. Magic. The king maker! The Bannon dynasty is dawning." Kate McKinnon's Mika Brzezinski asked Bannon what

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    Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

    Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and their fleas were thought to have spread a series of outbreaks in 14th-19th Century Europe. But a team from the universities of Oslo and Ferrara now says the first, the Black Death, can be "largely ascribed to human fleas and body lice". The study, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, uses records of its pattern and scale. The Black Death claimed an estimated 25 million lives, more than a third of Europe's population, between 1347 and 1351. "We have good mortality data from outbreaks in nine cities in Europe," Prof Nils Stenseth, from the University of Oslo, told BBC

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    Judd: I was not frightened of Weinstein

    Actor Ashley Judd has said she believes Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sabotaged her career after she refused his advances. “I was not frightened of Harvey Weinstein and I think that was why he blackballed me,” she told BBC Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur. “I think that is why he blacklisted me and did unfortunately as we know now such a successful job sabotaging my career,” she added. Weinstein has denied these allegations and any accusations of non-consensual sex. (This interview was recorded on Wednesday 10 January 2018) Watch the full interview on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel on Monday 15 January 2018.