Lindsay Lohan has her first baby, a son
Lindsay Lohan is the mother of her first child. A rep for the “Parent Trap” star tells The Associated Press Monday that Lohan’s son with husband Bader Shammas is healthy and the family is over the moon in love. Luai is the baby’s named. It means “shield” and “protector” in Arabic. Page Six reports that Lohan had a baby in Dubai, where her financier husband lives. Last year, the couple married. The “Freaky Friday” actor was once regular tabloid fodder but has since kept a lower profile. Recently, Lohan returned to acting. Lohan starred in Netflix’s “Falling for Christmas” last year.
Taylor Swift holds more No. The official record is that Taylor Swift has had more No.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is Taylor Swift’s world, and we’re just living in it. The popstar is officially the only woman in history to have more No. Swift has more No. 1 albums in history than any other woman. Swift’s re-recording of her 2010 album “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” the third in her effort to re-record her first six albums, has officially debuted at No. Billboard 200. She has now topped the charts 12 times, surpassing Barbra Streisand in the category of most chart-topping albums by a female. Drake has 12 as well, putting him just behind Jay-Z with 14 and The Beatles with 19.
Increase in sales of Powerball lottery tickets ahead of estimated $900,000,000 jackpot
ST. JOSEPH. Mo. (AP) — The Powerball jackpot was an estimated $900 million heading into Monday night’s drawing — the third biggest Powerball jackpot on record and the seventh largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history. Debbie Kempf is store director at Cosentino’s Price Chopper in St. Joseph, Missouri. She claims that sales are increasing as the jackpot increases and the buzz grows. Last time someone won a Powerball jackpot, it was on April 19, with a top prize worth nearly $253,000,000. Since then no one has ever won the jackpot in the 37 drawings that followed. In November, the largest Powerball jackpot reached $2.04 billion.
Florida suburb on the lookout for new rabbit owners due to a fluffy invasion of domestic bunnies
WILTON MANORS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida neighborhood is having to deal with a growing group of domestic rabbits on its streets after a breeder illegally let hers loose. A suburban Fort Lauderdale area has seen between 60 to 100 lionheads take up residence. The lionhead rabbits are unsuitable for living outdoors in Florida because of their thick fur and fearless nature. Residents are working to raise the $20,000 – $40,000 necessary to save and bring home these animals. After initially saying that the rabbits had to be destroyed, the city of Wilton-Manors agreed to allow residents some time.
Benjamin Franklin’s early efforts to foil counterfeiters helped establish the US dollar
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Benjamin Franklin, the colonial inventor, publisher, diplomat and U.S. founding father, was so busy that it’s easy to lose track of his accomplishments. Add to that his early work on printing colonial currency which was plagued with constant counterfeiting. Franklin used a variety of techniques to protect his paper currency from counterfeiters. He added watermarks, colored threads and leaves as imprints. A team at the University of Notre Dame used advanced scanning techniques to reveal some of Franklin’s methods — and one more reason his face appears on the $100 bill.
Feds: decline of disappearing whales worse than first thought
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A review of the status of a vanishing species of whale found that the animal’s population is in worse shape than previously thought. North Atlantic Right Whales Number is less than 350 and has been decreasing in population over several years. Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published new data that showed 114 whales had been recorded as dead or seriously injured. The number of whales has increased by 16 since the earlier estimate.
Hall of Famer Johnny Bench apologizes after making antisemitic remarks at a Cincinnati Reds event
CINCINNATI (AP) — Hall of Famer Johnny Bench apologized for an antisemitic comment made at an event to honor former Cincinnati Reds general manager Gabe Paul, who was Jewish, and others. Bench made the remark Saturday at an event attended by Paul’s daughter, Jennie Paul. Paul, who died in 1998, and former Reds pitchers Danny Graves and Bronson Arroyo were being inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. When Jennie Paul joked about the “cheap” contract her dad negotiated with Pete Rose, Bench responded: “He was Jewish.” He issued a statement the next day to apologize and said his comment was insensitive.
‘Heal Me with Your Mouth. The Art of Kissing. A new controversy is sparked by an old book in the Vatican
LA PLATA, Argentina (AP) — Three decades ago, when he was a parish priest in Argentina, the man named by Pope Francis to be the Catholic Church’s guardian of doctrinal orthodoxy wrote a short book about kissing and the sensations it evokes. Now, some conservative sectors in the church are using the reflections in “Heal Me with Your Mouth: The Art of Kissing” to criticize the designation of Victor Manuel Fernández to lead the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith. This body, known as the Holy Office, was responsible for enforcing sexual morality and eradicating heresy. It also banned books deemed sinful and persecuted those who were considered heretics. The book, which was originally published in 1995 but is no longer available in print has become a major point of criticism against his appointment.
Princess Diana’s iconic sheep sweater could fetch at least $50,000 at auction
LONDON (AP) — A red sweater adorned with a flock of sheep worn by the young Princess Diana is expected to sell for more than $50,000 at auction. The playfully patterned wool jumper featuring a single black sheep amid a pattern of white ones headlines Sotheby’s online Fashion Icons sale in September. Lady Diana Spencer, then 19 years old, was photographed wearing the jumper at a June 1981 polo game. This was shortly after she had been engaged to Prince Charles. Some have speculated Diana liked the “black sheep” pattern because she felt like an outsider in the royal family. The sweater’s estimated value is between $50,000 and $80,000. Online bidding starts on Aug. 31. It runs until Sept. 14.
How the ‘Barbie’ soundtrack came together, according to mastermind Mark Ronson
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Finding the sound of “Barbie,” one of 2023’s biggest blockbusters, a film with such a rich visual palette, was no easy task. It all started with a text message. The music supervisor on the project, George Drakoulias, shot producer Mark Ronson a quick, “Barbie?” Ronson read the script and was in. He scored and executive produced the soundtrack. “I’ve never really executive produced something before,” Ronson told the Associated Press. “I love this film. Atlantic Records was a great partner but there were many lessons to be learned on the job. And it’s fun.” With a soundtrack that includes Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Charli XCX, Karol G, HAIM, Tame Impala, Dua Lipa and more — how could it not be?