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Big Brother star Nikki Grahame dies aged 38

Big Brother star Nikki Grahame dies aged 38

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Getty ImagesFormer Big Brother star Nikki Grahame has died at the age of 38.The TV personality had checked into a private hospital last month with an eating disorder.In a statement to the BBC, Grahame's manager confirmed "with immeasurable sadness" that Grahame died on Friday morning."Please respect the privacy of Nikki's friends and family at this tragic and difficult time," he added.Former Big Brother presenter Davina McCall led the tributes, tweeting: "I am so desperately sad to hear about Nikki Grahame. My thoughts are with her friends and family xx she really was the funniest, most bubbly sweetest girl."If you are affected by the issues in this story, help and support is available via the BBC Action Line and the charity Beat Eating Disorders.Grahame, originally from Northwood in north...
Nikki McKibbin, a former ‘American Idol’ finalist, dies at 42

Nikki McKibbin, a former ‘American Idol’ finalist, dies at 42

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Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Nikki McKibbin, a former contestant of American Idol, has died, her husband announced. She was 42. McKibbin suffered an aneurysm on Wednesday but was taken off life support early Sunday, her husband, Craig Sadler announced on Facebook. Advertisement She was being kept on life support to make it possible for her organs to be donated, he said. "Even at the end she is still giving," he wrote. McKibbin finished third in the iconic TV show's inaugural 2002 season. Sadler said his wife "practically worshiped" the musician Stevie Nicks and that the song "Landslide" was to be played for her before she was to be taken off of life support at 3 a.m. on Sunday. "Nikki McKibbin was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing," American Idol said via Twitt...
Famous birthdays for Nov. 9: Analeigh Tipton, Nikki Blonsky

Famous birthdays for Nov. 9: Analeigh Tipton, Nikki Blonsky

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Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include: -- Russian author Ivan Turgenev in 1818 -- Actor Marie Dressler in 1868 -- Actor Hedy Lamarr in 1914 -- Sargent Shriver, first director of the Peace Corps, in 1915 -- Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew in 1918 -- Actor Dorothy Dandridge in 1922 -- Astronomer Carl Sagan in 1934 -- Baseball Hall of Fame member Whitey Herzog in 1931 (age 87) -- Baseball Hall of Fame member Bob Gibson in 1935 (age 83) -- Folk singer Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) in 1936 File Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI -- Rock and Roll Hall of fame member Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), in 1941 -- Actor Robert Dav...
US is 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley

US is 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley

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The U.S. announced that overnight airstrikes succeeded in dealing a severe blow against the Syrian government's capacity to use chemical weapons. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley also warned Saturday that the U.S. is "locked and loaded" in case Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons again. "Last night, we successfully hit the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons enterprise, and because of these actions, we are confident that we have crippled Syria’s chemical weapons program," Haley said at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. "I spoke to the president this morning and he said that if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded." She added, "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line." T...
Protesters disrupt Nikki Haley's South Sudan camp visit

Protesters disrupt Nikki Haley's South Sudan camp visit

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A visit by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to a U.N. camp in South Sudan today was cut short after hundreds of people protesting South Sudan's president descended on the event she was attending, according to a spokesman for the US mission to the United Nations. Haley was meeting with civilians impacted by the South Sudan conflict when a group of several hundred people demonstrating against President Salva Kiir approached the event, the spokesman said. Haley's security team determined it was not safe and escorted her away, “cutting the event short by a few minutes,” the spokesman said. The demonstrators were pro-American and supported Haley, according to the spokesman. “The situation just got a little out of hand and our security colleagues decided it was better...