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‘Days of Our Lives’ actor Joseph Mascolo dead at 87

Joseph Mascolo, the actor who famously played "Days of Our Lives" villain Stefano DiMera since 1982, died at 87, Variety reported. He had Alzheimer's disease.

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"It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and beloved member of the 'Days of our Lives' family, Joseph Mascolo," "Days of Our Lives" executive producer Ken Corday said in a statement to Soap Opera Digest. "The smile on Joe's face is something we'd all come to find comfort in, and he will be sorely missed. His larger than life presence, kind heart, and unwavering positivity has impacted us all for decades, and will live on in the memories of his many fans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time."

Mascolo was born March 13, 1929 in West Hartford, Connecticut. He attended the University of Miami and initially wanted to become a classical musician until a drama professor suggested theater after hearing his voice. He made his film debut in 1970's "Diary of a Mad Housewife."

Mascolo's portrayal as the iconic "Days" villain earned him the title of the best all-time villain from Soap Opera Digest. After numerous fake deaths since the character's debut, Stefano DiMera died in 2016.

Mascolo is survived by his widow, Patricia Schultz-Mascolo. He was married to Rose Maimone from 1953 until her death in 1986.

In a statement, Schultz-Mascolo said, "Joseph was a big 'ol bear with a puppy dog heart. I'm so blessed to have had these many years with him. I will miss him every day."

He is also survived by his son, Peter, step-daughter Laura, his sister Marie and her husband Ronald LaVoie; and five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to Dolly Parton telethon for Tennessee fire victims

Taylor Swift has joined the Academy of Country Music in donating to help the victims of the east Tennessee fires.

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Swift donated $100,000 to Dolly Parton’s “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund," The Tennessean reported. The telethon will air on Tuesday. The ACM also donated $100,000 to bring the total to $200,000 to kick off the telethon.

The fires took 14 lives and destroyed millions of dollars of property.

Kenny Chesney, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, has teamed up with the Country Music Association to donate $500,000. A portion of that donation will also go to Parton’s My People Fund.

Tuesday’s show will feature a lineup of country music legends including Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton and others.

Checks can be mailed to the Dollywood Foundation, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. Donations can be made online at

Actor Judge Reinhold 'embarrassed' about arrest at Texas airport

Actor Judge Reinhold, who has starred in movies like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Beverly Hills Cop" and "The Santa Clause," was arrested at Dallas Love Field Airport after a confrontation with the Transportation Security Administration, The Associated Press reported.

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The AP reported that Reinhold, 59, would not let agents inspect his backpack, which had DVDs and CDs inside, after it set off an alarm.

Steve Stodghill, Reinhold's attorney, told the Dallas Morning News Thursday his client didn't understand why he was stopped when he passed through the scanner without setting off any alarms.

Reuters reported that Reinhold was arrested after not letting agents pat him down.

Authorities said Reinhold was told he could be patted down in a private room, but he continued to be belligerent and police were called.

"I took issue with the procedure," Reinhold told WFAA when he was released from jail Friday. "It was a battle of wills where I decided not to do the procedure and they called the officer. I know better than to be angry."

Reinhold agreed when a reporter asked if he was taking a stand with something he didn't agree with, but he said it "didn't get me anywhere."

"I've been a friend of law enforcement for 30 years since 'Beverly Hills Cop,'" he said. "On both sides, I've received friendship and I've given friendship, and I'm just embarrassed."

Reinhold apologized, and said that he was initially frustrated with TSA, but took it out on a Dallas police officer.

"I feel badly about that," he said.

'Today' co-host Savannah Guthrie welcomes baby boy

Savannah Guthrie, co-host the "Today" show, welcomed a new son into the world Thursday morning, at 8:59 a.m., the show announced on social media.

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The infant, named Charles Max Feldman, weighed 9 lbs, 8 oz. He will join his sister, Vale Guthrie Feldman.

Welcome to the world, Charles Max Feldman! Baby Charley was born at 8:59 am on Thursday, weighing 9 lbs, 8 oz. Congrats to Savannah, Mike, and Vale! A photo posted by TODAY (@todayshow) on Dec 9, 2016 at 4:02am PST <script async defer src="//"></script>

Guthrie spoke about her pregnancy earlier this year, telling The Hollywood Reporter that it felt like "the greatest embrace from God" because she was able to get pregnant at 42 years old.

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"I didn't have my act together," she told the entertainment site. "I was doing the best I could in my personal life, and my professional life was going better. So you know, you just keep doing the thing that works."

Baby Charley is just the cutest! We can't wait to meet him! (Photo via @savannahguthrie) A photo posted by TODAY (@todayshow) on Dec 9, 2016 at 4:40am PST <script async defer src="//"></script>

Guthrie has spent the last many years pursuing her career

"I think that's why I feel such an acute level of gratitude about getting to have a baby," she said through tears. "Because I know how late it is in the game, you know? I'm a person of faith. It feels like the greatest embrace from God that I can imagine, to get to have a baby. And to get to have a second is just beyond."

John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, shares heartbreaking message, photo on anniversary of assassination

On the anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination, people around the world are remembering the icon.

One of the most heartbreaking tributes comes from his widow, Yoko Ono.

As she has done in years past, Ono used the anniversary of his death to speak out against gun violence in America.

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“Over 1,200,000 people have been killed by guns in the U.S.A. since John Lennon was shot and killed on Dec. 8, 1980,” reads a message on a photo she tweeted.

In the tweet, Oko wrote, “Together let’s bring back America the green land of Peace. The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 36yrs we still miss him.”

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