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  • Rosie O'Donnell Defends Dylan Farrow on 'The View'

    Rosie O'Donnell returned to "The View," and it was almost like old times.

    Before launching into the show's famous hot topics, O'Donnell joked, "Is Hasselbeck here?"

    She was, of course, referring to former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, with whom O'Donnell repeatedly sparred during her one-year tenure on the show. Hasselbeck left "The View" last year for "Fox & Friends."

    Rosie O'Donnell Will Return to 'The View'

    O'Donnell, 51, hasn't been back since 2007 when she and Hasselbeck had a painful falling-out on camera.

    Known for her strong opinions, O'Donnell kept them somewhat reigned in this time, reassuring "View" co-host and creator Barbara Walters, "Don't worry, I'll be good."

    Indeed, Walters and O'Donnell remained civil, even while disagreeing on Dylan Farrow's renewed claim that she was sexually abused by her adopted father, director Woody Allen.

    "I totally believe her," O'Donnell said without hesitation, noting too that she's a victim of sex abuse and is close friends

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  • Leonard Nimoy Reveals He Has Lung Disease

    Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock on "Star Trek," is warning fans against the dangers of smoking after revealing that he suffers from lung disease.

    "Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you're diagnosed with lung damage it's too late. Grandpa says learn my lesson. Quit now. LLAP," Nimoy, 82, tweeted Thursday, using the acronym for the Vulcan greeting, "Live Long and Prosper," that his character was famous for.

    The grandfather of five first revealed that he has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, in a Jan. 29 post on his Twitter feed.

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    "I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP," Nimoy wrote.

    But the news is making headlines after the actor-director was spotted at an airport in a wheelchair.

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    COPD, the name for a collection of lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and

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  • "Baby Charli" is just 18 months old and still working on his first steps. But the toddler has come a long way, both from his home in Haiti and in his mobility.

    Charli was born without fully developed arms and legs due to a genetic defect. However, he's spent the last few months in the U.S. thanks to the non-profit Angel Mission which brought Charli to the U.S. so that certified prosthetist orthotists can help him get fitted with new arms and legs.

    In the fall he received prosthetic arms allowing him to grab and start to pull himself up.

    Doug Smiley, a certified prosthetist orthotist at Virginia Prosthetics in Roanoke, Va., said that the goal was to get Charli using prosthetics around the age other toddlers are learning to pull themselves up and start to walk.

    "Most children when they're figuring out how to put weight on their legs, it's part of the developmental process," said Smiley. "Eventually just like most kids he's going to learn to fall before he learns to walk. We had to start

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  • Amid all the pomp and heritage represented in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, today will be the controversial Russian pop duo t.A.T.u., whose fake lesbian act propelled them to the top of the dance charts over a decade ago.

    Konstantin Ernst, ceremony's director, confirmed today that they will perform. Russia's Olympic team will also march into the stadium to t.A.T.u.'s 2003 hit "Never Gonna Get Us."

    The group's participation was rumored for weeks after one of the singers posted a message about it on Twitter and then quickly deleted it. The decision to include t.A.T.u. is considered particularly provocative coming amid international outrage about Russia's gay propaganda law.

    The women's lyrics are about women's affections for each other, they are photographed hugging or holding hands, and in a video of their hit are seen kissing.

    The women have stated they are not lesbians and admitted that their act is a marketing gimmick. One is married to a man and the

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  • ABC News' Cecilia Vega and Matt Knox report:

    Coca-Cola drew lots of negative reaction when it aired its multilingual "America the Beautiful" ad during the Super Bowl, but the company is defending its commercial and plans to release an even longer version of it during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games today.

    The world's largest beverage company fired back at critics of the company's take on the patriotic song, performed in English, Hindi, Spanish and four other languages.

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    In a statement released Thursday by a spokesperson for The Coca-Cola Company, they said: "'It's Beautiful' provides a snapshot of the real lives of Americans representing diverse ethnicities, religions, races and families, all found in the United States. All those featured in the ad are Americans and 'America the Beautiful' was sung by bilingual American young women."

    Coca-Cola also released behind-the-scenes video in which the bilingual women talked about

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  • Since Dylan Farrow penned an open letter revealing details of the sexual abuse she claims happened 20 years ago at the hands of her adopted father Woody Allen, relatives on both sides of the complicated family tree have been publicly taking sides.

    Farrow, along with her brothers Moses and Ronan, were at the center of a 1993 custody battle between the famed director and their mother, actress Mia Farrow. The couple ended their 12-year-relationship after Allen began a relationship with Mia Farrow's then 19-year-old daughter Soon-Yi Previn, whom she had adopted with ex-husband, composer Andre Previn.

    Dylan's Brother Moses Says Mia Farrow, Not Woody Allen Was Abusive

    At the time of the breakup, Mia Farrow accused Allen of molesting Dylan. Allen has consistently denied the abuse allegation, maintaining his ex coached their daughter into making the claims, and Connecticut authorities ended their investigation into Allen without filing any charges against the director. Allen then married

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  • From the marquee match-ups to the crazy time difference, we have you covered on everything you need to navigate the 2014 Winter Olympics Games from your couch.

    What to watch for at the opening ceremony:

    The opening ceremony kicks off on Friday, February 7 at Fisht Olympic Stadium. That's when you'll get to see the 230-strong U.S. Olympic team parade through the venue, along with their counterparts from other countries.

    One of the greatest things about the opening ceremony, aside from seeing everyone come together in peace and harmony, of course, is scoping out the fashion.

    The Norwegian curling team has already boldly raised the stakes with their funky and fabulous Sochi 2014 suits. There will likely be some other can't miss fashion moments.

    (Image Credit: Cassie Kovacevich/Loudmouth Golf/AP Photo)

    What's with all the "clusters" in Sochi?

    The coastal cluster is where all of the arena sports, such as ice dancing and hockey will take place. It's also where the winners will receive their medals.

    Less than a 30-minute ride away from the coastal

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  • Latest Sightings: Puppies Take Shelter From Olympics Cull

    Hundreds of stray dogs have already been killed in Sochi, Russia, ahead of the Olympic games, but for those that have survived the cull, their tenacity - not to mention cuteness - have made them unofficial mascots.

    An effort, paid for by a Russian billionaire, is underway to rescue hundreds of animals before an extermination company can shoot them, but the clock is ticking.

    The dogs seem oblivious to their fate, and have showed up throughout the Olympic Village, and even at the event sites.

    We'll be keeping an eye on these canine contenders. To see the video below on a mobile device, click here.

    According to Russian website Sport Express, this stray found its way onto a cross-country training course and barked at athletes. Three officials on the course, however, didn't seem that bothered or that interested in removing the dog.

    A pair of pups that survived the #Sochi dog cull

    - Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanABC) February 6, 2014

    One of the stray

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  • ABC News' David Wright and Rachel Humphries report:

    The world's most exclusive club is opening its doors to the average Joe, or in this case, the average Jimmy.

    For the first time, the nation's oldest and most prestigious dog competition - the Westminster Dog Show - will allow mixed-breed dogs like Adrienne McLean's Jimmy to compete.

    Related: Big change coming to 2014 Westminster Dog Show.

    Jimmy, of Richardson, Texas, has no pedigree. In fact, the 8-year-old red-haired terrier mix - named after a long-legged and formerly red-haired uncle of McLean's - is a rescue dog.

    "He was dumped at a shelter in Wiley, Texas, at about 7 weeks of age because he had ringworm," said McLean, who drove to New York City this week so Jimmy could compete in this weekend's competition.

    Unlike other canine competitors - who look like supermodels, primped and poised and purebed - Jimmy has never had a good hair day.

    "If I brushed him, his hair would be kind of wavy and he would just shake himself," McLean said.

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  • A wedding is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, and it was for one bride but not so much for the groomsman left standing alone behind her.

    (Bridget Rochelle Photography) Macon Barham, 24, of Lynchburg, Va., became the odd man out in the wedding party of college friends Danielle and Steven Turner when one of Danielle's bridesmaids dropped out of the wedding in order to photograph the wedding at no charge.

    "I didn't want to pass that up but it was late notice and I didn't want to ask just anyone to be a bridesmaid," Turner, 25, told

    The result was a mismatch of six groomsmen and only five bridesmaids, which then resulted in some hilarious wedding photos, courtesy of Barham.

    The un-paired groomsman, whom Turner described as "silly 100 percent of the time," stole the spotlight by posing with pouts and frowns in the group photos, in which everyone else was paired off.

    (Bridget Rochelle Photography) "I originally put him in a group of three with another groomsman and bridesmaid and then had to move him because it was

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