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Hurricane Irene Leaves Floods and Mayhem in Its Wake Along East Coast [VIDEO]

Before weakening to a tropical storm, the first hurricane of the season hit the Eastern seaboard with torrential rains, strong winds and floods.

Hurricane Irene made landfall on Saturday in North Carolina, moved northward along the coast then slammed into Little Egg Inlet, N.J., as a Category 1 storm. Despite predictions, Irene then lost steam as it lumbered toward New England.

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2011 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet

The stars turned out on the red carpet — or should we say black carpet? — for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Celebs included Justin Bieber, who rocked a pair of scholarly specs, and Jessie J, who rocked a pair of bedazzled crutches and a cast (the singer sprained her foot at a recent live show).

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 29 – John McCain, Lea Michele and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

John McCain
Age: 75
Occupation: Politician
Known For: Being a Vietnam prisoner of war, serving as an Arizona senator since 1986, and a failed 2008 presidential bid

Lea Michele
Age: 25
Occupation: Actress and Singer
Known For: Broadway roles in ‘Ragtime,’ ‘Les Misérables,’ and ‘Spring Awakening,’ and her portrayal of Rachel Berry on the TV musical juggernaut known as ‘Glee’

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This Day in History for August 29 – Hurricane Katrina Strikes and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1831 – Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction (More info)

1898 – The Goodyear tire company is founded (More info)

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Weekend Box Office: ‘The Help’ Retains the Top Spot

In a weekend that saw many East Coast theaters closed because of Hurricane Irene, ‘The Help’ remained atop the box office for the second week in a row.

The film, based on the best-selling book of the same name, has now earned a total of $96.6 million.

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Illinois’ Elmhurst College Questions Potential Students About Their Sexuality

“Would you consider yourself a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community?”

That’s what Elmhurst College recently asked prospective students on its application form. The private liberal arts school in suburban Chicago, which is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, is believed to be the first college in the US to ask the question.

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Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Flickr
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Which States Have the Highest Marriage and Divorce Rates?

The 2009 Census reveals that while couples in western and southern states marry more often, they also divorce at a higher rate than those in other areas of the US.

Andrew Cherlin, a professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University, said, “Surprisingly, the south and west, which we think of as more socially conservative, have higher rates of divorce than does the supposedly liberal east. The reason is that young adults in the south and west tend to have less education and marry earlier, both of which lead to a higher risk of divorce.”

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Finally! Passport Reveals True Spelling of Muammar ‘Gathafi’s’ Last Name

The spelling of Muammar Gaddafi’s last name has long been a mystery, with different news organizations employing different standards, such as Gaddafi, Kadafi, Qaddafi and Kaddafi. In fact, a 2009 ABC news story found a whopping 112 different ways one could spell the despot’s name.

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This Day in History for August 28 – Gorbachev Resigns and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1867 – During World War II, the United States takes possession of the then-unoccupied Midway Atoll (More info)

1963 – At the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech (More info)

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Jason Merritt / Kevin Winter, Getty Images
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Celebrity Birthdays for August 28 – Shania Twain, Jack Black and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Shania Twain
Age: 46
Occupation: Singer and Songwriter
Known For: Country/pop crossover hits such as ‘You’re Still the One,’ ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much,’ and ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!,’ five Grammy awards, her divorce from music producer Mutt Lange after he had an affair with her best friend, and her recent karmic-justice marriage to that former friend’s ex-husband

Jack Black
Age: 42
Occupation: Actor, Comedian, and Musician
Known For: Roles in films such as ‘High Fidelity’ and ‘The School of Rock,’ and being half of the musical comedy duo known as Tenacious D

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