Pay Attention to Justin Bieber, Trans Fat Ban Gets Microwave Popcorn Fans' Attention

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Justin Bieber is Busy Making Headlines in Brazil
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PHOTO: Canadas pop star Justin Bieber performs in concert during his Believe world tour in Asuncion, Paraguay on Nov. 6, 2013.
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Oh Justin Bieber, what has gotten into you?

The "Boyfriend" singer's antics are causing quite a stir in the Southern Hemisphere after he allegedlyspray painted graffiti on a former hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Associated Press reported.

Biebs' behaviors even went viral after footage of the 19-year-old singer sleeping on a couch beside his hat hasmade it onto YouTube.

What's more? A mystery woman earned her 15 seconds of fame by appearing on camera, blowing Bieber a kiss goodbye. Swoon!

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Fear Not, Microwave Popcorn Fans
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PHOTO: A freshly popped bag of microwave popcorn sits on a table March 12, 2004 in New York City.
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With the possibility of a FDA proposal to ban trans fats in the air, the one question everyone is wondering is what is going to happen to microwave popcorn.

Luckily, popular popcorn maker Orville Redenbacher is one step ahead of the curve, Reuters reported. The brand, a division of ConAgra Foods Inc., spent six years changing its recipe to kick the additive to the curb.

"We've mastered it, and I'm not going to tell you how we did it," Pamela Newell, a senior director of product development at ConAgra, told Reuters.

Not surprisingly, it took "a lot of money," Newell said.

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Anthony Weiner Reemerges After Mayoral Race
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PHOTO: New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner meets with people on a street corner In Harlem in this September 10, 2013 file photo taken in New York City.
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The New York City mayoral election is over, which means Anthony Weiner must have thought it was a perfect time to reemerge into public consciousness.

Weiner went on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday night, Variety reported, and the host opened the show with a plea to the public to stop pushing politicians out of the public arena because of their sexual habits.

"It wasn't that awful, what you did," Maher said of Weiner.

Paging Sydney Leathers.

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Home Depot Issues Apology for Offensive Tweet
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PHOTO: Home Depot apologized for a racist tweet it posted to its account on Nov. 7, 2013.
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Home Depot is issuing a major mea culpa after its ad agency sent out a racist tweet from the home improvement retailer's corporate account.

"We have zero tolerance for anything so stupid and offensive. Deeply sorry. We terminated agency and individual who posted it," the company tweeted on Thursday.

"The outside agency that created the tweet and The Home Depot associate who posted it have been terminated," Home Depot's director of corporate communications, Stephen Holmes, told ABCNews.com. "We're also closely reviewing our social media procedures to determine how this could have happened, and how to ensure it never happens again."

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Is the Mormon Church Taking Over Florida?
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PHOTO: Coastal marsh along Apalachicola Bay, Barrier island, St George island State Park, Florida.
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The Mormon church is breaking new ground in Florida and may soon become the largest private landowner in the Sunshine State, Reuters reported.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is acquiring nearly 400,000 acres in the Panhandle's region, according to Reuters.

While the land is mostly timberland, the plan is "to maintain timber and agricultural uses of the lands," according to St. Joe Company, a Florida real estate firm.

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