The Social Climber: Joey Chestnut Eats 69 Hot Dogs

PHOTO: A U.S. soldier holds an American flag as he and others attend a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. base in Bagram, Afghanistan on July 4, 2013.
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Happy 4th of July!

Today is the 4th of July, so go forth to eat hot dogs, watch baseball, go to a parade, take in a movie and watch fireworks. Don't forget to hydrate. It's hot out.

PHOTO: Joey Chestnut wins the Nathans Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest with a total of 69 hot dogs and buns at Coney Island, July 4, 2013, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
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Joey Chestnut Wins 2013 Hot Dog Eating Contest – Again

If you've eaten four hot dogs today and think you're stuffed...well, you've got nothing on Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas.

Both were re-crowned the reigning champs of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest today.

Chestnut earned his seventh straight title in the men's race by scarfing 69 hot dogs and setting a new world record. He ate 18 more hot dogs than his nearest competitor.

In the women's race, Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., picked up her third consecutive title. The "Black Widow" as she is known ate 36 and three-quarters hot dogs and buns to win the women's competition.

Bon appetit.

PHOTO: Art from Jay-Zs new album, Magna Carta... Holy Grail, was on display at the Salisbury Cathedral in the United Kingdom.
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Jay-Z's "Magna Carta" Beside the Real Magna Carta

Jay-Z, who is not known for his subtlety, debuted the cover for his 12th studio album "Magna Carta Holy Grail" at the UK's Salisbury Cathedral. The cathedral houses one of the four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta documents.

The ancient document became the basis for British law after King John II was forced into signing it.

The album cover is on display in the cathedral through the month of July, according to Jay-Z's website.

The album was made available to Samsung users at 12:01 am ET today and will be released globally on July 9.

PHOTO: Peter Sarsgaard and Amanda Seyfried star in "Lovelace."
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Amanda Seyfried Plays Porn Legend in "Lovelace" Trailer

Amanda Seyfried has come a long way from her "Mean Girls" and "Mamma Mia!" days.

The "Les Miserables" actress stars as porn star Linda Lovelace in the upcoming movie "Lovelace" whose trailer has just been released.

Lovelace was the star of 1972 mega-hit "Deep Throat," a movie that ruffled more than a few feathers and launched Lovelace's career. The movie, based on a true story, follows her from small-town girl to celebrity to activist.

The movie features a star-studded supporting cast including Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Brody and James Franco as Hugh Hefner.

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Wait…What's Going on in Egypt?

Are you feeling self-conscious about not knowing exactly what on Earth is happening in Egypt? Well, you've come to the right place. Here it is in a nutshell:

There was coup. President Mohammed Morsi was ousted from power by the military. Egypt's chief justice, Adly Mansour, was sworn in as interim president. The military placed Morsi under house arrest. Morsi denounced the military's decision and called the action a "full coup."

Mansour will serve until new elections are held. No date has been given on the elections.

Cairo has basically turned into two deeply divided factions and there are fears it could turn violent. Americans in Egypt have been urged to get out.

Now you know.

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Toledo Sinkhole

Try complaining about bad traffic after reading this.

A woman in Toledo, Ohio, was driving down a road when a sinkhole swallowed her car and briefly trapped her, according to the Associated Press. Amazingly, the woman, Pamela Knox, was able to use a ladder to climb out the hole and appeared unharmed.

The hole is estimated to be at least 10 feet deep and authorities believe a water main break beneath the road may be the culprit, according to the AP. A crane was used to pull the car from the hole.

PHOTO: Singer Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross hold hands as they leave the Sunset Marquis Hotel, July 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Ashlee Simpson Steps Out With Evan Ross

Big news...sort of famous people who are related to more famous people may be dating.

Ashlee Simpson, younger sister of Jessica Simpson, has been spotted holding hands with music icon Diana Ross' son Evan.

And it must be serious because they went out twice in 24 hours. Simpson, 28, and Ross, 24, first hung out Monday night at the Roosevelt Hotel, staying until 1:30 a.m. At the end of their night, Ross led way out of the hotel's club Teddy's, guiding her with his right hand, while casually enjoying a smoke in his left.

We'll keep you posted on whether this turns out to be "Endless Love." (That's a Diana Ross song, guys.)

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