Daily Archives: January 5, 2013

Congress Passes Sandy Aid Bill

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Congress has approved a $9.7 billion Sandy aid package.

The measure, which passed the House 354-67 and the Senate unanimously, came on Jan. 4 after delays over fiscal cliff bickering, warnings of dwindling federal funds, and controversy over millions of dollars on unrelated projects.

This was the first legislative action of the new Congress, who picked up the package after the previous session on Jan. 1 shelved a vote on a much larger plan.

Lawmakers will also be weighing in on $51 billion additional funds for Sandy aid on Jan. 15.

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris Marry!

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Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris have married!

Hefner, 86, and Harris, 26, were married in front of family and close friends at the Playboy Mansion On Dec. 31.

“Crystal & I married on New Year’s Eve in the Mansion with Keith as my Best Man.  Love that girl!” Hefner tweeted early New Year’s Day.

Harris wore a floor length strapless in soft pink while the groom wore a black tuxedo.

After their wedding, the couple attended the Mansion’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

Guests at the wedding included Joe Don Rooney of the Rascal Flats, 2005 Playmate of the Year Tiffany Fallon, baseball player Evan Longoria, Gene Simmons and wife Shannon Tweed, and Jon Lovitz.

The wedding comes right after a failed engagement in 2011, in which Harris called it off just days before the scheduled ceremony.  The couple then reconciled in June.

This is the third marriage for Hefner and the first for Harris.

Plane Carrying Vittorio Missoni Missing Near Venezuela

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A small plane carrying six people, one of which is fashion director Vittorio Missoni, is missing off the coast of Venezuela.

The search for the missing aircraft, which was started on Jan. 4, has continued into Jan. 5.

Italy’s famed Missoni fashion house released is a statement that Vittori Missoni, son of the house’s founders Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, and his wife were on the plane.

“The small plane they were traveling on has disappeared.  This is all the information currently available,” the company statement said.

Missoni, 58, runs the company with his siblings, Luca and Angela.

Also on the plane were two Italian nationals, identitied as Guido Foresti and Elda Scalveuzi, a pilot and co-pilot.  All four Italians were on vacation at Los Roques, an archipelago and resort.

The plane, which left from Los Roques on the morning of Jan. 4, was bound for the international airport outside Caracas.

Italian authorities are currently in touch with their Venezuelan counterparts as well as the families of those missing.

Kris Humphries Presumed Dad of Kim Kardashian’s Child Under California Law

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Kris Humphries, estranged husband of Kim Kardashian, will be presumed dad of her child under California law.

Kardashian and her boyfriend Kanye West recently announced that they were expecting their first child together.

However, under California’s Family Code law, Humprhies is presumed to be the father of her baby because the two are still legally married.  Kardashian filed for divorce in October 2011 after only 72 days of marriage.

Under the law, a mean is presumed to be the natural father of a child if he is or has been married to the mother.  Also, he is deemed the father if the baby is born during the marriage or within 300 days after death, annulment, declaration of invalidity, divorce or after a judgement separation is entered by the court.

Kansas Sperm Donor Ordered to Pay Child Support

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A man in Kansas has been ordered by a judge to pay child support, despite the fact that he was only a sperm donor.

The man, William Marotta of Topeka, donated sperm in 2009 to a lesbian couple, also in Topeka, after noticing their craigslist advertisement.  He delivered three cupfuls of his sperm, free, to the women, one of whom gave birth to a daughter.

After the parents separated, one of the women stopped working due to illness and applied to the state for help.  The state then contacted Marotta for child support.

Marotta tried to tell Kansas officials that he signed an agreement with the couple beforehand that stated he would assume no financial responsibility for the child, who is now three years old.  However, the Kansas Department for Children and Families said that because a physician did not perform the insemination (which Marotta was not aware of), he was liable for the child.

Under Kansas law, which also doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages, Marotta is the legal father of the child, despite only having met the girl once by chance.

Marotta is expected to pay the girl’s mother $6,000, as of now.

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