The Social Climber: Tropical Storm Henriette Upgraded to Hurricane, But Still Far From Land

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Tropical Storm Henriette Upgraded to Hurricane

Hurricane Henriette has formed in the Pacific, but those who dread the wicked winds and torrential downpours that come with hurricane season can rest easy for now. The storm is far from land, according to the Associated Press.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm continues to strengthen today and is moving northwest, according to its website.

The Social Climber is counting down the days until Nov. 30, when Hurricane season ends in both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Until then, we'll be trying to stay dry.

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Utah Beauty Queen Kendra McKenzie Gill Busted for Alleged Bomb Throwing

A teen beauty queen's hopes may be dashed after she was accused of throwing homemade bombs in an affluent Utah neighborhood.

Kendra McKenzie Gill, the reigning Miss Riverton and a contestant in the upcoming Miss Utah pageant, was arrested on Saturday alongside three other teens who allegedly made crude bombs by filling plastic water bottles with water, aluminum foil and household chemicals before throwing the devices at homes, police said.

Gill and the Miss Utah pageant declined to comment to ABC News.

Read more on the story here.

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Alex Trebek in Jeopardy: Fans Fire Back After Spelling Flub

Fans of Jeopardy! are crying foul across social media after the show's panel of judges ruled a 12-year-old's spelling flub would cost him $3,000.

Thomas Hurley, 12, of Newtown, Conn., answered the Final Jeopardy question correctly, but happened to spell his response – "Emancipation Proclamation" -- wrong. To add insult to injury, Trebek said Hurley "misspelled it badly."

"It's just upsetting to have lost that way," Hurley told the Danbury News-Times.

The backlash ensued. The show's decision ignited a flurry of angry commentors to take over the Jeopardy! Facebook page, calling out Trebek and the show for mishandling Hurley's blunder.

But the show's producers don't see Hurley's embarrassing on-air moment as anything to be sore over.

"If Jeopardy! were to give credit for an incorrect response, however minor, the show would effectively penalize the other players," the show's producers told ABC News.

No Charges Filed Against Driver During School Bus Fight

The driver behind the wheel of a school bus who did not physically try to break up a fight between a 13-year-old student and three 15-year-olds in Gulfport, Fla., will not face charges.

Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent had questioned whether the Pinellas County School bus driver, 64-year-old John Moody, should have done more than radio for assistance when the brutal beat-down took place July 9, ABC Tampa affiliate WFTS-TV reported.

The driver described himself as "in shock" and "petrified" by the fight that broke out, according to NBC Tampa affiliate WFLA-TV.

While the police department considered charging Moody with child neglect, prosecutors ultimately chose not to press charges, according to WFTS-TV. Moody resigned from his job July 15.

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The Princeton Review Ranks the Top 20 Sober Schools

The 2014 edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best 378 Colleges" is out, and prospective applicants are surely taking note of the book's lists of Top 20 party schools and Top 20 sober schools.

Topping the list of sober schools is Provo, Utah's Brigham Young University, followed by Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., and College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

For places to rage, The Princeton Review recommends the party scenes at the University of Iowa, University of California-Santa Barbara, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Social Climber wonders who The Princeton Review hires to help figure out the rankings.

Amber Alert Issued for Missing Children of Woman Found Dead in Home

An Amber Alert was issued this morning for the two missing children of a woman whose body was found inside a burned home in Boulevard, Calif., near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The scorched home's owner, 40-year-old James DiMaggio, is suspected of killing Christina Anderson, 44, and abducting at least one of her children, according to a San Diego County Sheriff's Department news release.

Authorities found Anderson's body Sunday night, as well as the body of a child in the house's garage, according to ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV. It is unclear whether the body found was either Anderson's 16-year-old daughter Hannah, or her 8-year-old son, Ethan.

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Michelle Kwan Is Back on the Ice, Sort Of

Michelle Kwan can add a new line to her resume – television analyst.

The nine-time U.S. and five-time world champion figure skater has a new gig in the works. Fox Sports 1, a new cable sports channel set to launch this month, has hired her to cover the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the Associated Press reported.

"When they asked, they were really encouraging to me to try it out," said Kwan, who currently works for the State Department as a senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs."They said, 'We are going to be innovative and fun and open to different angles,' which really attracted me. Reporting and story-telling is what they want, so for me it will interesting to kind of let the public know about the stories of athletes, or their perspectives on the Olympics."

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