Score another coup for Barack Obama.

Last night, while the president delivered his confrontational State of the Union address, a special forces SEAL unit parachuted into Somalia to rescue an American woman.

During the fierce gun battle, nine Somali pirates were killed and five captured by the SEALs. The U.S. special forces team was the same SEALs unit that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011.

The elite U.S. special forces team which killed Osama Bin Laden parachuted into Somalia last night and rescued an American woman and a Danish man in a fierce gun battle with the pirates holding them hostage.

Aid workers Jessica Buchanan, 32, of Rosslyn, Virginia, and Poul Hagen Thisted, 60, of Denmark, who were kidnapped last October, are unharmed and at a safe location. Source

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I did not write this Blind Item.

From Gawker.com (via CDaN)

This kinky hip-hop star had quite the party in Sundance. Only this other celeb and a few women were invited and both men got to share. “So, apparently this pretty much A list rapper/R&B singer has a little kink in him. Actually I should say a big kink in him. Now I get why he and this A list female pop star with the bad judgment when it comes to exes hit it off for a few months. They can each out kink the other. Anyway, our male A list rapper picked up a couple of women the other night and shared them with this celebrity who was having trouble on his own. The only condition? Our rapper wanted to not only watch the celebrity with the one woman but then also wanted to swap after an hour. Oh, and this will be revealed.”

Translated

This freaky hip-hop star had quite a party at the Sundance Film Festival last week in Park City, Utah. He invited one other male celeb and a few women, which both men shared. So, apparently this A list rapper/R&B singer has a little freak in him. Now we understand why he and a A-list female pop star, who has bad judgment when it comes to ex-boyfriends, hit it off for a few months. Anyway, the male rapper shared a couple of women with this celebrity who was having trouble scoring on his own. The only condition? The rapper not only wanted to watch the celebrity have sex with one of the women, but he also wanted to swap after an hour. Oh, and this will be revealed.

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Which professional basketball player is allowing his personal problems at home to affect his game on the court?

According to sources close to the player’s camp, the love that the player and his wife once had “has grown cold.” Sources say the wife knows her husband has been cheating on her for years — most recently with a woman identified only as a “female executive”. The wife is described as “stressed and fearful” that a certain blogger will blast the identify of the woman all over the Internet and ruin her carefully cultivated public image of a happy home life with their son. (The other woman’s identity is being withheld because she fears she will lose her job)

“It’s affecting his game. She’s putting pressure on him to act the part of a loving husband — at least publicly — but he resists because he doesn’t want to piss off his other woman,” said the source, who begged for anonymity. “He loves his son very much,” said the source. “Divorce is not an option for him.”

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R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, 32, has been appointed Vice President of A&R at Motown Records, according to published reports. Ne-Yo, born Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr., left Def Jam Records after 6 years and 4 albums.

Ne-Yo will work closely with former LaFace Records intern Ethiopia Habtemariam, who was appointed senior VP of Motown last September. She also holds the title of executive VP/head of urban music for Universal Music Publishing Group.

Ne-Yo said: “I’m honored that I¹ve been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility; terrified because I know that playing this role in the fashion of one of my career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson — these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it.”

Ne-Yo’s album Year of the Gentleman and Young Jeezy’s album, The Recession, were both cited by insiders as part of the reason for the fall out between then Def Jam label head LA Reid and his Executive VP Shakir Stewart.

Both albums, which were A&R’d by Stewart, dropped in September 2008 and failed to go gold by the time Stewart shot himself to death in the bathroom of his Marietta, Ga. home on Nov. 1, 2008.

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Apparently Halle Berry’s nanny doesn’t have good karma because a judge today tossed out her restraining order petition against Gabriel Aubry.

As you know, Alliance Kamdem, 29, took out a police report last week accusing Aubry, 35, of “ongoing” verbal and physical abuse towards her. Kamdem claims Aubry hurled racial epithets at her and shoved her into a door while she was holding Nahla last Wednesday.

In her petition, Kamdem cited another alleged incident in June in which she claims Gabriel violently pushed her out a door.

According to celebrity gossip website, TMZ.com, Kamdem “also said Gabriel didn’t like her from the moment she began her duties as a nanny last June. She claims Gabriel said, “You are a spy,” and “Nahla doesn’t like you, she doesn’t want you here.”

She said that while she was performing her nanny duties on the set of Halle’s movie in Spain, Aubry “would walk over and violently grab/take Nahla away from me.”

But the judge wasn’t convinced. He called Kamdem’s accusations “insufficient and speculative” — and he advised her to take the matter up in family court. The judge rejected her claims probably because what Kamdem was saying didn’t make sense without Aubry’s side of the story.

Kamdem has since quit her position as Halle’s nanny.

The Atlanta Journal reports that the body of a woman found Monday in southeast Atlanta might be Stacey Nicole English, 36, who was reported missing in December 2011.

“The decedent is an adult black female, consistent in age with reported missing person Stacey English,” said chief medical examiner Randy Hanzlick, though it remains unclear whether the body is that of the missing Buckhead woman.

According to the AJC, two men searching for scrap metal stumbled upon the body on Monday in a wooded area less than a mile away from where English’s white Volvo was found abandoned with the engine running.

The body was “in an advanced state of decomposition,” Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos told the AJC.

APD notified English’s family of the discovery. “If this is not her, I have to still be sad because it’s someone else’s child,” said Bernice English Hurks, English’s aunt.

“I can’t base my emotions on what I think,” English Hurks said. The hardest thing now, she said, “is not knowing.”

An autopsy is underway to identify the body and to determine the cause of death.

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TMZ.com reports that Halle Berry, 45, has arrived at court for her showdown with baby daddy Gabe Aubry, 35.

As you know, Halle’s nanny quit last week after Gabe flew into a rage and slammed her against a door — while she was holding Nahla in her arms.

A previous court order stipulated that a nanny must be present at all times while Aubry has custody of Nahla. But Aubry kept Nahla out of school last week without informing the nanny who went to the school to pick her up.

A police report was filed by the nanny accusing Aubry of assault.

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Denise Vasi’s “love interest” on the upcoming season of VH1’s ‘Single Ladies‘ has been revealed — and no, it’s not LisaRaye or Queen Latifah.

From VH1 blog:

We’ve mentioned our fondness for the lovely Denise Vasi, the actress who has joined the cast of Single Ladies for season two, but right now we might be more jealous of her than anything. Vasi posted a few pictures to her Twitter account last night from a dinner where she was joined by her new co-star and on-screen love interest, William Levy. There’s a reason this guy was voted People En Espanol‘s Sexiest Man Alive in 2011. Good Lord. Pretty sure we’ve never seen as good-looking a couple as this. More hotness is below in our gallery, and to catch up on all the latest Vasi/Levy news, follow them on Twitter @denisevasi and @willylevy29.

I guess we can see the direction that ‘Single Ladies‘ is going in, huh?

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Actress Cynthia Nixon, 45, has angered gay rights activists by saying she chooses to be gay. Nixon insists that, for her, being gay is a choice, just like being celibate or bisexual is a choice.

The former ‘Sex and the City‘ star’s choice of words flies in the face of what gay rights advocates want us to believe — that being gay is not a choice.

But Nixon, who has 2 biological children with her old college sweetheart, Daniel Mozes, said “Why can’t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don’t think that they should define the terms of the debate.”

“I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’ And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice,” she said. “I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it’s a choice, then we could opt out. I say it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not.

I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive. I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I’ve been out with.”

According to Radaronline.com, “The Huffington Post reports that America Blog writer John Aravosis is amongst those displeased by Nixon’s “choice” of words.”

“It’s not a ‘choice,’ unless you consider my opting to date a guy with brown hair versus a guy with blonde hair a ‘choice,'” he writes. “It’s only a choice among flavors I already like… every religious right hatemonger is now going to quote this woman every single time they want to deny us our civil rights.”

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British singer Seal is on a cross country promo tour for his new album of 70s Soul classics, Soul 2, which dropped today in the U.S. The album was originally released in November 2011 in Europe.

On Sunday, Seal, 48, and his supermodel wife, Heidi Klum, 38, announced their separation after 7 years of marriage and 4 kids together. Coincidence or publicity stunt for his new album?

Yesterday, Seal was a guest on the ‘Tavis Smiley Show’ on PBS (he also stopped by the Ellen Show). On both shows, Seal talked about his new album, but the questions inevitably turned to the split between he and his wife.

Seal told Tavis that the separation did not make recording his album difficult. “just because you decide to separate… you don’t stop loving each other. You don’t… stop being friends,” said Seal. He added: “What one has to do is remain civil to retain one’s dignity… It’s unfortunately a chapter of life.”

Watch the interview after the break.

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