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Former employee: Michael Douglas fondled himself
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January 19, 2018 8:17 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who worked for Michael Douglas in the late 1980s says he fondled himself in front of her — an allegation the actor has vigorously denied.

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Fri Jan 19 08:05:02 EST 2018

Kim Kardashian West kicked off the end of the week by taking it all off.

The 37-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star shared a nude photo of herself to Instagram early Friday morning — her famous curves on full display as she laid in bed topless with a bed sheet strategically covering her nether regions.

Shot by fashion photographers Mert and Marcus (Mert Alaş and Marcus Piggott), the post came attached with a cheeky caption: “Night Cap.”

Hours earlier, the KKW beauty mogul wore slightly more clothes in a Thursday evening Instagram shot that showed her reclining on a silver Rolls-Royce wearing white underwear and a white sports bra.

“Good night,” she wrote in the caption of the photo, which was taken by Kardashian Christmas Card photographer Eli Russell Linnetz. 

Of course, it’s been a busy week for Kardashian West.

On Monday, she and husband Kanye West welcomed their third child and second daughter, via a surrogate. The new baby, whose name has yet to be announced, joins siblings Saint, 2, and North, 4½.

A lot went into Kardashian West’s decision to hire a surrogate, as she explained on her website Thursday. And thought she wasn’t carrying her new baby girl, the experience still came with its fair share of obstacles.

“Having a gestational carrier is definitely different, but anyone who says or thinks it’s the easy way out is completely wrong,” she wrote. “People assume it’s better because you don’t have to deal with the physical changes, pain or complications with delivery, but for me it was so hard to not carry my own child, especially after I carried North and Saint.”

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But despite the struggles, Kardashian West is counting her blessings surrounding her new daughter.

“I’m so grateful for modern technology and that this is even possible,” she said. “It’s not for everyone, but I absolutely love my gestational carrier and this was the best experience I’ve ever had. Our gestational carrier gave us the greatest gift one could give.”

“The connection with our baby came instantly and it’s as if she was with us the whole time,” she added. “Having a gestational carrier was so special for us and she made our dreams of expanding our family come true. We are so excited to finally welcome home our baby girl.”

Fri Jan 19 08:00:29 EST 2018

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Fri Jan 19 02:50:34 EST 2018

Authorities say two dogs found in the home where 13 children were allegedly discovered chained and malnourished in Perris, California, are healthy and trained.

While it is alleged that the 13 children of David and Louise Turpin were rarely fed and allowed to shower just once a year, the same cannot be said for the couple’s pet Maltese terriers.

The two female 1-year-old pups – one of whom is named Fluffy – are not only healthy, someone has taken the time to train them.

“The animals, one white and one black, appear healthy and friendly and are leash-trained, according to Christina Avila, a senior animal control officer,” a press release from the City of Perris said.

Authorities released images of the two seemingly well-fed sweater-wearing dogs as the canine siblings are being put up for adoption.

Expecting high interest in the pair – who must be adopted together – the City of Perris will hold a raffle to place the dogs in a new home, according to the release.

The dogs’ previous owners, the Turpins, were arrested after their 17-year-old daughter climbed through one of the windows of their Perris, California, home early on Sunday and called 911 using a disconnected cell phone she had found, authorities have said.

Police allege that thee 13 Turpin children — ranging in ages from 2 to 29 — were found living in squalor, with some “shackled” to furniture. 

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On Thursday, a prosecutor characterized the abuse the married couple allegedly inflicted on their children over a period of at least seven years as torture that included beatings, starvation and strangulation.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin alleges that the Turpins allowed the children to shower no more than once a year and none had “ever” seen a dentist, he said. They last saw a doctor more than four years ago, he said, and were fed very little.

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Hestrin said the children suffered “severe caloric malnourishment.” Supposedly home-schooled, he said the kids “lacked a basic knowledge of life” when they were recovered from the Turpin residence.

The 29-year-old female victim, Hestrin said, weighed 82 lbs. when she was found.

Bizarrely, however, he said David, 57, and 49-year-old Louise allegedly purchased enough food for themselves and would leave some of it, including pies, out on the counter where their children could see — but could not eat it.

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Hestrin said Thursday that the couple now faces 12 counts each of torture as well as seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, six counts of child abuse or neglect and 12 counts of false imprisonment.

David is additionally charged with one count of lewd act on a child under the age of 14 by force, fear or duress.

LONDON (AP) — A British coroner is awaiting the results of tests to determine what killed The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan.

LONDON (AP) — John Barton, co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died. He was 89. The company said on its website Thursday night that Barton had died earlier in the day.

BERLIN (AP) — A new poll suggests the Swiss are willing to continue paying fees for public broadcasting before a referendum being closely watched across Europe.

SAN BARTOLOME DE PINARES, Spain (AP) — Horses burst through the soaring flames of night-time bonfires in a dramatic annual festival in this small Spanish town.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — One of the former stars of the "Jersey Shore" reality TV show is due in federal court in Newark on Friday to plead guilty to cheating on his taxes.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The prolific abstract expressionist Ed Moses, who was one of the founding members of a collective known as the "Cool School" and helped transform Los Angeles from a cultural backwater to a major force in the world of modern art, has died.

"Hamilton" star Daveed Diggs used his own life as inspiration for the film "Blindspotting," which premiered as one of the opening night films of the Sundance Film Festival Thursday to largely positive reactions.

NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Mayle, the British author whose midlife relocation to France inspired his best-selling "A Year in Provence" and other works set in his adopted country, died Thursday at age 78.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonas Kaufmann, the world's most sought-after tenor, hopes his cancellations are in the past. Back in the United States after a four-year absence caused mostly by illness but partly by a desire to spend more time with his children, the 48-year-old German with the clarion voice and heartthrob looks is giving recitals in California and New York this week and returns in April for performances in Boston and New York.

Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford did not shy away from addressing the elephants in the room — Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo — Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival, saying that the fallen executive is not "going to stop the show."

What makes a private sexual encounter newsworthy? A little-known website raised that very question after publishing an unidentified woman's vivid account of comedian Aziz Ansari's sexual advances while the two were on a date.

Umphrey's McGee, "It's Not Us" (Nothing Too Fancy Music) In this era of hyper-specialization, there must be a satellite radio station somewhere playing only pop songs released in 1988 whose titles include four vowels and two consonants, but not "a'' or "r," and were composed in April under a waxing gibbous moon.

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was the biggest-selling album of all time, and it was richly rewarded by the Recording Academy, earning a then-unprecedented eight trophies, including album of the year in 1984.

The Sundance Film Festival has always been a place for boundary-pushing programming, but from the Me Too movement, to diversity and representation in film and even the current presidency, this year the snowy mountain town of Park City, Utah, is primed to be an epicenter of conversation around some of the most burning issues of the day.

The #MeToo movement has been embraced by legions of women as a vital step toward countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct.

The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band, "Chinese Butterfly" (Concord Jazz) Compared to other genres, flexibility of lineups is one of the most fascinating aspects of jazz bands.

PARIS (AP) — The celebrity allure of Paris Fashion Week was at its height Thursday as notables from the worlds of sports, film and fashion attended the swansong show of Louis Vuitton designer Kim Jones.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors preparing for Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges told a judge Thursday that they want to call 19 other accusers to try to show a pattern of "prior bad acts" over five decades.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Paul Rudd, the versatile and forever young actor and screenwriter who stars in "Ant-Man" was named 2018 Man of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals on Thursday.

NEW YORK (AP) — In her first televised interview, Dylan Farrow described in detail Woody Allen's alleged sexual assault of her, and called actors who work in his films "complicit" in perpetuating a "culture of silence."

NEW YORK (AP) — HuffPost is shutting down its contributor platform, which has allowed more than 100,000 people to post opinions on its site since it was introduced in 2005.

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has introduced his American fiancee to a new part of Britain ahead of their planned nuptials in May. On Thursday, the 33-year-old prince took Meghan Markle to Wales, where they delighted crowds outside Cardiff Castle despite arriving an hour late because of train problems as high winds buffeted Britain.

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake says he has made up with Janet Jackson following the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl in 2004.

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is working on a picture book. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced Thursday that Nyong'o's "Sulwe" will come out next January.