White House reporter Helen Thomas, who covered every President from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama, has died, CNN reports. She was 92.
The trailblazing journalist died in her Washington apartment Saturday morning after a long illness, according to The Gridiron Club and Foundation, a journalistic organization for which Thomas once served as president.
Born in Winchester, Ky., she joined United Press in 1943 and began covering president-elect Kennedy in 1960. She became the official UPI White House correspondent in January 1961. She was known for sitting in an assigned seat on the front row in the briefing room, asking tough, pointed questions and always ending every press conference by saying, "Thank you, Mr. President."
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters
Elisabeth Hasselbeck has officially said her farewell to The View.
On Wednesday morning, Hasselbeck — who walked on stage arm-and-arm with Barbara Walters — confirmed it was her final day on the ABC daytime program and that she'd be joining the couch on Fox and Friends in September.
On Tuesday, Amanda Bynes will be in court to face charges in her bong-throwing arrest from May. It's a far cry from where the former Nickelodeon star was just six years ago, when her career seemed full of promise after charming turns in She's the Man, Hairspray and Sydney White.
But in recent years — or more specifically, in the past 12 months — the 27-year-old's behavior has gone from odd to bizarre to downright alarming at times between her legal woes, strange appearances and crazy tweets. Here's a timeline:
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kristen Bell, Kevin Bacon
The U.S. Supreme Court issued two landmark rulings related to the issue of same-sex marriage Wednesday. First, the court ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional — paving the way for legally married same-sex couples to receive the same federal benefits as straight married couples. Second, the Court dismissed an appeal against California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state — meaning that same-sex marriage can resume in California.
Celebrities took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the rulings. Here are some of their reactions:
Supreme Court Gay Marriage
The Supreme Court has ruled that a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, The New York Times reports.
In a 5-4 vote Wednesday morning, the court struck down a portion of the 1996 law that previously denied federal benefits to married same-sex couples. "The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity," Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote. "By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than other, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment."
An actress who had minor roles on The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead was arrested Friday in connection with allegedly sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg last month, CNN reports.
Fox News radio host Andrea Tantaros asked her listeners for a favor on Thursday: punch people who voted for Barack Obama in the face.
Kevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec
Man, Shark Tank is so good — it stinks to see it leave for summer vacay. Fortunately, the ABC reality show about aspiring entrepreneurs will air two episodes back-to-back beginning at 8/7c on Friday, during which Mark Cuban will have a big confrontation with fellow Shark Kevin O'Leary.
Dennis Rodman to the rescue! The Worm told TMZ that he's heading back to North Korea to do what — at least in his mind — President Barack Obama can't.
Conan O'Brien spoke at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday, but most of his barbs were directed at the media and television networks, rather than at President Barack Obama.
The dinner also included a sketch courtesy of House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, who parodied his Netflix series with a spoof dubbed "House of Nerds," which included appearances by John McCain and several White House journalists. Check it out below: