The Social Climber: Maria Conchita Alonso Defends GOP Support, Victoria Azarenka Advances at Australian Open

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Maria Conchita Alonso Says GOP Support Cost Her Role
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PHOTO: Maria Conchita Alonso attends Museo Jumex opening after party, Nov. 16, 2013, in Mexico City.
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Maria Conchita Alonso says she resigned from a Spanish language production of "The Vagina Monologues" after an ad she taped for a Tea Party gubernatorial candidate sparked outrage. She said she had received threats to burn down the theater or interrupt the play.

In an appearance on Fox News, the actress said on Monday that she decided to step down from the role to deflect the controversy.

She also wished the team at San Francisco's Brava Theater well as they prepare to open for a Feb. 14-16 run.

"I hope this brings a lot of people to the show, because it's a fun show," Alonso said.

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Victoria Azarenka Wants Some Bling
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PHOTO: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns the ball to Sloane Stephens of US during their womens singles match on day eight of the Australian Open, Jan. 20, 2014, in Melbourne.
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Yes, Victoria Azarenka would like to take home that glitzy Australian Open trophy, but she has some other bling in mind too.

After securing her spot in the quarter-finals on Monday, the Belarusian, who is dating LMFAO frontman Redfoo, talked about her future at a post-match press conference.

Azarenka said she wouldn't mind settling down and wanted a "a big, big bling" ring on her finger, according to the Associated Press.

"It better be bigger than Caro's," she joked, referring to Danish player Caroline Wozniacki's eight-carat stunner.

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Ke$ha's Mom Talks About Pop Star's Struggle
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PHOTO: Ke$ha arrives at the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Nov. 23, 2013, in Los Angeles.
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Ke$ha's mom says she feared for her daughter's life.

Pebe Sebert – mother of the pop singer who checked herself into rehab two weeks ago for an eating disorder – told People magazine she "watched my beautiful, self-confident, brilliant daughter be berated and ridiculed for her looks and weight to the point that she almost died."

On Jan. 3, Ke$ha, 26, released a statement on why she would be going to rehab for 30 days.

"I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I've found it hard to practice," she said in her statement, adding that she hopes she will "to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am."

Sebert also checked into rehab one week later for "post-traumatic stress disorder, at Kesha's urging."

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Winter Weather Brings Slew of Closings
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PHOTO: A resident cleans inches of new-fallen snow from his driveway in St. Cloud, Minn., Jan. 18, 2014.
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For much of the country, it's expected to feel like a true, blue January this week, as arctic air pushes down from Canada, bringing snow to the East Coast from Virginia to Maine, but not before dumping on much of the upper Midwest.

That means closings or early dismissals and -- sigh -- the inevitable travel delays.

Check Flight Aware here to see if your flight has been grounded.

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The Internet Can't Stop Talking About Richard Sherman
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PHOTO: Cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks reacts on the sideline late in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2014 NFC Championship, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle.
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Richard Sherman, we're still talking about you and your epic sideline rant over the weekend.

The Internet can't seem to get enough of the Seahawks star and neither can we.

In case you missed it, check out our list of Sherman and other "sore winners" here.

He's in good company.

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