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See Kardashian, Jenner Kids in Halloween Costumes: Stormi, True and More

Does it get any cuter than this? The Kardashian and Jenner clan always pull out all the stops while dressing up their kids for Halloween.

Kylie Jenner started spooky season off strong in October 2019 when she posted a series of pictures of her daughter, Stormi, recreating her 2019 Met Gala look a few days ahead of Halloween. “My baby!” the Kylie Cosmetics creator wrote on Instagram at the time. “I can’t handle this!”

Not only did little one look just like her mom in a sparkly dress, complete with purple puffy sleeves and a silver purse, but she wore a wig as well. While Stormi looked serious in the first photos Jenner uploaded, she eventually gave the reality star a smile.

“She the real boss,” Corey Gamble, commented, while Sofia Richie wrote, “OMG I can’t deal.”

Khloé Kardashian waited to reveal her daughter True’s costumes until later that same month. “SwanLake with TuTu,” the Revenge Body host captioned her first round of photos of the toddler. “Halloween look 1. You know I have many more to share.”

Hours later, the Strong Looks Better Naked author shared a series of shots of her daughter dressed as a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character, writing, “Oompa loompa doompety da. If you’re not greedy, you will go far. You will live in happiness too. Like the Oompa Loompa Doompety do. Doompety do.”

True’s dad, Tristan Thompson, commented on the post: “My little Oompa Loompa.”

Kardashian is no stranger to dreaming up multiple outfits to put her little one in. For True’s first Halloween, she was a unicorn, a panda, a pig, a sheep, a tiger and a flamingo. The Good American cocreator matched her daughter in many of the looks. “She’s too cute to spook!!” Kardashian wrote on Instagram at the time. “(Don’t judge me, I have more costumes to post lol. … I swear she loves dressing up).”

Keep scrolling to see pictures of the next generation of Kardashians in amazing costumes.

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Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe Reunite to Celebrate Son's 17th Birthday

Family reunion! Reese Witherspoon and her ex-husband, Ryan Phillippe, reunited to celebrate their son Deacon‘s 17th birthday with an intimate family party.

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The I Know What You Did Last Summer star, 46, shared a video of the bash via his Instagram Story on Friday, October 23. In the clip, Witherspoon, 44, brings out a cake to Deacon in the backyard while the group sings “Happy Birthday.” Phillippe isn’t seen in the video but appears to be filming the scene.

Earlier that day, the Legally Blonde star paid a sweet tribute to her son via Instagram.

“Happy Birthday to my wonderful son @deaconphillippe! ” Witherspoon captioned a photo of Deacon. “💫 My bright light/ hardworking / fun-loving / music making / deeply kind son, who always finds the good in everyone and everything. What a pleasure to watch you grow into an amazing young man who is always curious and endlessly creative. Can’t wait to celebrate! I love you so much 🥰🎈#17 .”

Phillippe also honored Deacon by posting multiple photos of his son via his Instagram Story. “Happy birthday to my extraordinary [sun emoji],” the 54 star wrote.

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The actor met Witherspoon in 1997 and they became engaged one year later. The Cruel Intentions costars tied the knot in Charlestown, South Carolina, in 1999. The Sweet Home Alabama star filed for divorce from Phillippe in 2006. They are also the parents of daughter, Ava, 21.

Witherspoon told ITV’s Lorraine show in 2017 that she “would never change anything” about her life but noted getting married and having kids young was difficult.

“I got married when I was 23 and I had two kids by the time I was 27,” the Oscar winner said at the time. “I don’t know, sometimes it’s good to know yourself [first].”

Although their romantic relationship ended, the duo have worked together to amicably raise their kids. Phillippe told HuffPost Live in 2014 that he was“proud” of his coparenting relationship with Witherspoon.

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“It’s a feeling out process,” he said at the time. “I think we’ve gotten to a really great place. It’s going well, and she’s happy and remarried, and our kids are incredible. I’m proud of the way we’ve handled it and who our little people are.”

Witherspoon married Jim Toth in 2011 and gave birth to their son, Tennessee, one year later. Phillippe, for his part, dated actress Abbie Cornish from 2007 to 2010. Later that year, he dated actress Alexis Knapp, but the pair split after a few months. Phillippe and Knapp, 31, share 9-year-old daughter Kai.

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I'm Over 40 — and Pregnant! See Which Stars Welcomed Babies Later in Life

Oh, baby! While some celebrities get started growing their families early on, these stars waited to have children until later in life.

Alanis Morissette, for example, announced in March 2019 that she is expecting her third child at age 44. The “Ironic” singer, who married rapper Mario “Souleye” Treadway in 2010, posted a baby bump pic to social media with the caption, “So much NEWness.”

In the reveal, the Grammy winner sang into a microphone with headphones on while showing off her budding belly in a tight turtleneck.

Morissette and Treadway welcomed their son, Ever, in 2010, but their daughter, Onyx, was born in 2016 when the singer-songwriter was 41.

She celebrated the pregnancy with a nude underwater maternity shoot. “‘You have to be extra gentle around ladies because they are the most helpful people in the world ’cause they make persons,’” Morissette captioned the pic, quoting her son. In the stunning photo, the singer floated naked in a pool, her bump on full display.

She is far from the only celebrity to rock a baby belly later in life. Brigitte Nielsen was 54 when she announced in May 2018 that she and her husband, Mattia Dessi, had a baby on the way.

“Family getting larger,” the Red Sonja actress captioned two photos cradling her stomach.

The Playboy model opened up about the IVF process to Page Six after welcoming her daughter, Frida. “I was always like, ‘I want to do it until there are no more embryos left,’” she said. “Somebody has to win the lottery.”

Before this pregnancy, she welcomed four sons, Julian, Killian, Douglas, and Raoul, from previous relationships.

Other celebrity moms, including Alyssa Milano, Janet Jackson and Christie Brinkley, have also carried children when they were over 40. Take a look at the gallery below to see their baby bumps!

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The Next Generation! Nicki Minaj and Drake's Sons Will Have Playdates 'Soon'

BFFs! Nicki Minaj wants her baby boy to hang out with Drake’s 3-year-old son, Adonis.

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The Queen Radio host, 37, rapped about the little ones’ future bond in her Friday, October 16, “Whole Lotta Choppas (Remix)” with Sada Baby, which Minaj recorded while nine months pregnant. “To be honest, I hope one day, we do a playdate with Adonis,” the new mom said in a verse.

The Degrassi alum, 33, posted the song to his Instagram Story on Friday, writing, “Play dates soon come @nickiminaj.”

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The “God’s Plan” rapper confirmed in June 2018 that he had become a father, eight months after Sophie Brussaux gave birth to Adonis. “Yesterday morning was crazy / I had to come to terms with the fact that it’s not a maybe / That s–t is in stone, sealed and signed / She not my lover like Billie Jean, but the kid is mine,” the Canadian star revealed in “March 14” at the time. “[My mom], Sandi [Graham], used to tell me all it takes is one time, and all it took was one time / S–t, we only met two times, two times.”

As for Minaj, news broke in September that she and husband Kenneth Petty had welcomed their first child. The Grammy nominee confirmed the news on Thursday, October 15, and revealed the infant’s sex.

“Thank you to Queen B[eyoncé], Kim [Kardashian] & [Kanye West], Riccardo Tisci, Winnie [Harlow], Karol [G] & everyone who sent well wishes during this time,” the “Bang Bang” rapper captioned an Instagram slideshow of cards from her famous friends. “It meant the world to me. I am so grateful and in love with my son. Madly in love. My favorite liddo [sic] boy in the whole wide world.”

Minaj hinted in May that she was expecting when she tweeted, “Lmao. No throwing up. But nausea and peeing nonstop. Omg what do u think this means guys???? Lmaooooooooooo.”

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Two months later, the then-pregnant star debuted her baby bump. “#Preggers,” she wrote via Instagram in July. “Love. Marriage. Baby carriage. Overflowing with excitement & gratitude. Thank you all for the well wishes.”

A source exclusively told Us Weekly at the time that the former American Idol judge was “over the moon,” adding, “She has wanted to become a mother for a long, long time, and now her dream is finally coming true! She feels so blessed to be pregnant and can’t wait to meet her mini-me.”

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Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Are Doing ‘Amazingly’ at Coparenting Stormi

The perfect team! Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are still killing it at raising their daughter, Stormi, together after their split.

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“Kylie and Travis are coparenting amazingly right now and love spending time together with Stormi and making her happy,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “Travis is a hands-on, super engaged dad and always wants to make Stormi smile. She is such a happy child.”

Though Jenner, 23, and Scott, 29, have been on and off as a couple since their breakup last year, the insider adds that “there is still love there on both sides and it shows when they are together.”

The Kylie Cosmetics mogul and “Sicko Mode” rapper were first linked in 2017 following her split from Tyga. The duo then welcomed their 2-year-old daughter in February 2018.

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Us confirmed in October 2019 that the pair had called it quits after more than two years of dating. A source told Us this past July that Jenner and Scott are “not putting pressure” on reconciling.

“Kylie is at a place in her life where she’s having fun and is not worried about what her future romantic relationship with Travis looks like,” the insider revealed. “They love spending time together and parenting Stormi.”

Coparenting Stormi has been the exes’ top priority following their split. Earlier this month, Scott opened up about how he is shaping their little one into being a strong woman.

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“I feel like it’s way more important now to protect our young Black daughters, women,” the “Goosebumps” rapper, 29, said WAV RADIO With Chase B on October 7. “Making sure they have the knowledge of just how to carry yourself, how to move in this world, how to be strong, how to not even be scared to take that risk on any idea.”

Scott wants for Stormi to have “pure vision” in the future and to know that “anything a man can do … a woman can do.”

Though the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star is “definitely” interested in expanding her brood someday, an insider revealed to Us last month that she’s “just not sure” if it will be with Scott. That being said, the youngest KarJenner sibling is in no rush to get started on baby No. 2.

“I don’t want another baby right now. I want seven kids down the line, but not right now,” she said during an Instagram Live in April. “Pregnancy is just not a joke. It’s a serious thing and it’s hard. I’m not ready for that just yet.”

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'Small Household Gatherings' Are Spreading COVID-19—Here's What That Term Means, and How to Socialize Safely

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With the holidays fast approaching, party season is just around the corner. But as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise across the US, the director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just warned about a worrisome source of infection spread: small gatherings, especially in household settings.

"In the public square, we're seeing a higher degree of vigilance and mitigation steps in many jurisdictions," Robert Redfield, MD, said during a call with the nation's governors on Tuesday, per CNN, describing small household gatherings as "the increasing threat."

"Particularly with Thanksgiving coming up, we think it's really important to stress the vigilance of these continued mitigation steps in the household setting," Dr. Redfield said during the call.

What is a small gathering, exactly?

Though Dr. Redfield specifically warned against small gatherings, the CDC hasn't put a specific number to "small." Nor has it put a limit on, or recommended, a set number of guests for gatherings that would be considered safe or low-risk. However, the CDC recently issued guidance to help keep people safe while socializing during the holidays, and the advice applies to casual meetups of any kind at any time of the year.

The CDC’s guidelines on socializing during Covid

Before you host or attend a gathering, it's important to assess the risks. First of all, indoor gatherings generally pose more risk than outdoor ones. And indoor gatherings with poor ventilation—such as a space with no windows, or closed doors—put you at a higher risk than those with good ventilation.

Shunling Tsang, MD, MPH, medical director for ambulatory quality and vice chair of the department of family medicine at Riverside University Health System in California, advises avoiding indoor gatherings altogether. "If there is a need for a small gathering, it should be held outdoors with social distancing, [and] strict adherence to mask wearing and to local and state public health guidelines," Dr. Tsang tells Health. "Indoor gatherings can pose additional challenges with air circulation and ability to socially distance, so it is best to avoid these altogether if possible."

Also crucial is the duration of the gathering. Basically, the more time you spend with other people, the greater the risk of contracting COVID-19. So shorter gatherings, like inviting a few friends over for cover or a drink, are optimal over longer ones, such as dinner parties.

The CDC also warns that gatherings with people traveling from different places are riskier than those with people who live in the same area. The levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the location of the gathering matter as well. "If you live in an area with a high level of community transmission (looking at the county's case rate and positivity rate), there is a higher risk of COVID-19 spread during gatherings," Dr. Tsang notes.

Another important consideration is how guests have behaved before getting together. Have they been adhering to social distancing guidelines? Have they been wearing masks in public places and washing their hands regularly? If you don't think they have—or they come out and tell you they don't usually mask up—it's probably best that you don't get close.

These infection-preventing behaviors (mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing—you know the score by now) should also be observed during the gathering itself to help reduce the spread of infection, says the CDC.

Who should avoid small gatherings altogether?

If any guests are sick or known to have active COVID-19 infection, attending group gatherings shouldn't even be an option, Dr. Tsang says. Those individuals should be in quarantine or isolation.

The CDC also advises against hosting or attending any in-person gatherings if you or anyone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and hasn't met the criteria for when it is safe to be around others. Here's a refresher: It's been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, you've had 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

You should also stay away from gatherings if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are waiting for coronavirus test results, may have been exposed to someone with the virus in the last 14 days, or are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (for example, you are immunosuppressed or in another high-risk group).

What kind of gatherings are the safest?

Nobody wants to cut themselves off from their friends and family any more than they have to. So what's the answer? While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise throughout the country, Dr. Tsang explains that the ideal scenario is a virtual gathering—such as over Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangout—even if you don't have any symptoms.

"A virtual gathering will provide the safest option for everyone involved," she says.

The information in this story is accurate as of press time. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it's possible that some data have changed since publication. While Health is trying to keep our stories as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations for their own communities by using the CDC, WHO, and their local public health department as resources.

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A Court Just Ruled That Playing 'Baby Shark' Over and Over Is a Form of Torture—Here's Why


If you have kids or spend plenty of time around children, you know that listening to “Baby Shark” on repeat can be agonizing. But now, a court has ruled that it’s actually a form of torture.

Two former employees at the Oklahoma County jail and their supervisor were charged with misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a prisoner and conspiracy this week after forcing inmates to listen to “Baby Shark” on loop “at loud volumes for extended periods of time,” per The Oklahoman. Investigators found that the employees forced at least four inmates to stand, secured to a wall and with their hands cuffed behind them, for hours and listen to the song.

Plenty of people on Twitter said they can relate to the song’s torturous qualities.

“As a preschool teacher I can definitely confirm that song is torture,” one wrote. “Friends still mention to me when my son played baby shark 10x in a row at a holiday party. It was pretty bad. This is torture,” another said. “So baby shark, while being unofficially used as a torture device for years now, has now officially been used as a torture device,” someone else tweeted.

Of course, the whole thing about “Baby Shark” is that it’s an earworm, aka a catchy song that keeps repeating in your head, even after it’s done playing. Here’s what you need to know about earworms in general, plus what, exactly, makes “Baby Shark” so annoying.

Why are earworms so catchy?

Believe it or not, earworms have been studied pretty extensively. (And for what it’s worth, they’re known as “involuntary musical imagery” to academics.)

One study published in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts found that earworms usually have the same characteristics in common: They have an upbeat tempo, they have pitch patterns that are similar to other popular songs, and they have big leaps in notes, going up and down. 

The study also broke down some of the most popular earworms, according to the 3,000 people the researchers surveyed.

Surprisingly, “Baby Shark,” which came out in 2016, didn’t make the cut.

Another study, published in the British Journal of Psychology, found that earworms aren’t usually considered “problematic” by people who are dealing with them, but that people who consider music to be important to them tend to struggle with earworms for longer periods of time and have more difficulty controlling them than people who don’t care as much about music.

“People report frequently singing along with the tune in their head so, in those cases, it is fairly obvious why the tune persists even if the reason why it popped into mind in the first place might be a little more obscure,” study co-author Philip Beaman, PhD, a professor of experimental psychology at the University of Reading, tells Health.

And yet another study published in the journal Psychology of Music analyzed 333 reports and found memory triggers—seeing or hearing something that reminds you of an earworm—can start the tune on loop in your brain.

So what makes  “Baby Shark” so agonizing, it’s like torture?

There are actually a lot of reasons for this, clinical psychologist John Mayer, PhD, author of Family Fit: Find Your Balance in Life, tells Health. “The music can be hard on the ears,” he says. “Certain pitches hit the auditory receptors in ways that are physiologically painful. These are high-pitched tones and screechy elongated sounds, like nails across a blackboard.” Mayer says these can “elicit a painful reaction in the brain.”

The lyrics also come into play. “When you combine nonsensical words, insulting words, and demeaning words with bad music, you have the perfect storm for a horrible song,” Mayer says.

Overfamiliarity can make a song annoying, too, Beaman adds. “Baby Shark” is “simple enough to be catchy, and has had massive airplay,” he says. If you tend to have a strong musical memory for things you find slightly annoying at first, the additional features of “Baby Shark” can make it especially difficult to take on repeat. As a result, he says, people can have “good grounds for being annoyed” by the song.

Finally, there can be a group mentality at play. “There are songs we are predisposed to like or dislike…because it is considered OK or not by a peer group,” Beaman says. So hearing other adults say that they find “Baby Shark” annoying can also make you more likely to think the same.

FWIW: Beaman’s research has found that trying to block out an earworm isn’t all that effective at getting it out of your head. What can help, though, is accepting that it’s stuck in your head, and then trying to think of something else—just hopefully, not another earworm.

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