Aretha Franklin and Tamron Hall

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is calling on the Motown family to help Flint, Michigan residents during the manmade water crisis.

Flint’s water supply became contaminated with lead and other pollutants when the city switched its drinking water source from Detroit’s water supply to the Flint River.

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Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin fractured his hand punching the team’s equipment manager when a bullying incident escalated out of control.

Griffin, 26, and Matias Testi were dining with Griffin’s teammate, center DeAndre Jordan, 27, and assistant athletic trainer Joe Resendez at Toronto’s Sotto Sotto restaurant on Jan. 23.

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Ethan Couch

Ethan Couch, the “affluenza” teen who killed 4 people while driving drunk in 2013, is on his way back to the U.S. to face the music.

Couch, 18, dropped his extradition appeal on Monday, Mexican officials confirmed. Couch reportedly complained about the Mexican prison conditions following his arrest in Puerta Vallarta last month.

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Rihanna

In other publicity stunt news: Rihanna was supposedly outraged that her album ANTI (pronounced “Auntie”) was “accidentally” leaked online yesterday. The 27-year-old Bajan singer supposedly went ballistic after her boss Jay Z “accidentally” leaked her entire album on his flop Tidal music streaming service Wednesday.

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Kanye West

Musician Kanye West was in an upbeat mood when he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old father-of-2 had just pulled off a major publicity stunt for his new album, Waves, that’s scheduled for release on Feb. 11.

West tricked rapper Wiz Khalifa into joining him in a Twitter beef on Wednesday.

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Zika virus vaccine

President Barack Obama is calling for urgent research into developing a vaccine, testing and treatment for the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

“The president emphasized the need to accelerate research efforts to make available better diagnostic tests, to develop vaccines…, and to ensure that all Americans have information about the Zika virus and steps they can take to better protect themselves from infection,” the White House said in a statement.

But researchers say a Zika vaccine may take a decade to develop.

The Ebola vaccine was available sooner because years of research had already gone into developing an Ebola vaccine.

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Wiz Khalifa Kanye West

When most celebrities bicker back and forth on Twitter.com it hardly rates a mention.

But when Kanye West starts a Twitter war with any rapper, it’s worth grabbing a tub of popcorn and stalking his Twitter timeline.

Kanye and Wiz Khalifa are warring on Twitter.com over a slight misunderstanding. It all started yesterday when Khalifa commented on Kanye changing the name of his hotly anticipated album from Swish to Waves.

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