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Former 'American Idol' contestant Joanne Borgella dies at 32

Plus size model and former "American Idol" contestant Joanne Borgella passed away Saturday morning. She was 32.In an emotional Facebook post written by her family, fans learned that the talented star died after battling endometrial cancer."To God be the glory! With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne," the family shared.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:31:00 GMT
Hitting the right notes: Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder honors doctor onstage

At Sunday night's Pearl Jam concert at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, fans came to see Eddie Vedder and his band. But Vedder felt that it was another person who deserved the spotlight.Vedder introduced the audience to Dr. Jakub Tolar, a University of Minnesota doctor who leads the university's research into rare genetic disorders, including epidermolysis bullosa.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:03:00 GMT
Marcel the Shell returns, remains adorable in new video from Jenny Slate

He may have been distracted by a grape twice as large as he is, but the extremely adorable Jenny Slate-voiced "Marcel the Shell with Shoes on" has returned to the Internet in an all-new adventure.In the third installment of the "Saturday Night Live" alumna's popular Web series, the tiny cartoon shell throws down some tough truths, even about other tiny creatures.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:29:00 GMT
Owwww! Tamron Hall tears muscle screaming in haunted house

Zombies, homicidal clowns, demented demons and killer doctors wander the halls of the Brighton Asylum Haunted House in New Jersey, giving some thrills to the brave and the not-so-brave during the Halloween season. This weekend, TODAY hosts Tamron Hall, Willie Geist, Al Roker and Natalie Morales rushed through its haunted hallways. Anytime a ghoul leaped out, Hall screamed and jumped.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:13:19 GMT
'Downton Abbey' fifth-season trailer heats up with footage of fire

"Downton Abbey" fans, we've got three months to go before the fifth season U.S. premiere, but already things are heating up.A new trailer shows fire breaking out at Downton, with chaos ensuing.But those aren't the only sparks flying.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:47:56 GMT
Play ball! San Francisco radio station bans Lorde hit 'Royals,' KC plays it hourly

Keep that tiger on a gold leash away from the City by the Bay. Two San Francisco radio stations have announced that they won't play Lorde's hit song "Royals" until the end of the World Series, which of course features their Giants versus the Kansas City Royals.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:36:00 GMT
Pink ladies! Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn color hair for Breast Cancer Awareness

Blondes have more fun with a dash of pink, it appears. Kate Hudson and her mom Goldie Hawn added colorful streaks to their famous hair in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Hudson showed off the results and flashed a peace sign with pink fingernails in a photo on her Instagram account.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:57:00 GMT
Ian McKellen warns students who dont study: 'You shall not pass!'

Lord of the Rings trilogy star Ian McKellen had a familiar message Friday for British students who dont study properly: You shall not pass!About 8 miles south of the English city of Bristol, the two-time Academy Award nominee implored dozens of Chew Valley School students, who gathered by the library window, to prepare for battle.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:08:32 GMT
Dad of 5 Jim Gaffigan: Shellfish are like 'snots in a rock'

Comedian Jim Gaffigan expresses his disdain for seafood as he pops by TODAY to talk about his new book "Food: A Love Story."

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:07:00 GMT
Get ready for an airfare war: Dallas Love Field reopens

Theres plenty for deal-seeking passengers to love about the recent expiration of the Wright Amendment at Dallas Love Field. Enacted in 1980, the federal rule hoped to foster growth at the then-still-new Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport by, among other things, banning long-haul flights from originating at the older and smaller Love Field, just 20 miles away.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:35:00 GMT
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