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Iraqi Death Scene Update

Marines Burned Bodies Exploding from Heat

7/28/2015 6:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728_GRAPHIC_images_marines_burning_launchThe American soldiers who were photographed last year burning the bodies of Iraqi insurgents now say they were just following orders after the bodies started "literally exploding" in the streets.

The photos first obtained by TMZ show a horrific death scene ... U.S. troops dousing and burning corpses in Fallujah back in 2004. Our story triggered a military investigation, but our sources say no disciplinary action was taken.

Portions of the investigative file have now been made public, and one Marine told investigators the temp in Iraq at the time was a scorching 135 degrees and the carcasses were exploding in the streets from the heat. They decided the only course of action was to burn the bodies.

The Marine said that the troops could “literally taste the corpses” because the smell was so awful, and it lowered morale.

There were other reasons too. Starving wild dogs often attacked troops as they fed on the dead.

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Terrence Howard

Sued by Ex-Wife

For Alleged Vicious Beating

7/28/2015 5:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-terrence-howard-michelle-ghent-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01Terrence Howard's ex-wife isn't done with him quite yet. She just filed a lawsuit, claiming he beat her within an inch of her life.

Michelle Ghent claims she and Terrence were at a rental house in Costa Rica in 2013 when they began arguing and he grabbed her by the neck, pushed her against the bathroom wall and began strangling her. She says he threatened to kill her and then mule kicked her.

Ghent filed the lawsuit just 1 day before the statute of limitations ran.  

Terrence has said it was mutual combat, claiming Ghent pepper spayed him during the fight.

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Indiana Mayor

I'm Cool With 2 Chainz ...

He Doesn't Attract Bad People Like Chief Keef

7/28/2015 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728_Mayor-Tom_2chainz_twitterThe Indiana mayor who shut down Chief Keef's concert over the weekend went and mugged for the camera with rapper 2 Chainz ... because he says Chainz is all about having a good time while Keef attracts a bad element.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott tells us he pulled the plug on Keef's non-live, hologram performance Saturday night because of Keef's "anti-cop, pro-gang" lyrics.

As for why McDermott took a pic 2 days later with 2 Chainz ... he says the rapper's lyrics are innocuous and the crowds are more chill. Perhaps McDermott hasn't heard the song, "We Own It," in which 2C raps ...

We got big guns, been graduated from knives
It's the day in the life and I'm ready to ride

Might be time to update that playlist.


'Bachelorette' Runner-Up Nick Viall

Blows His Loser Cover ...

Before Show Finale

7/28/2015 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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'Bachelorette' runner-up Nick Viall ruined the big finale -- making it clear he wasn't picked -- because he was openly and notoriously cavorting with a hot girl who was NOT the bachelorette.

Viall was hanging poolside Sunday afternoon at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, clearly not caring that everyone around him could easily guess he was not bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe's choice. It's all the more interesting because most people assumed he was gonna win during Monday's show.

We're told Nick is saying the chick in the pool is just a friend from home.  

He clearly has a type ... she looks just like Kaitlyn, but we're not calling her a consolation prize.

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Bobbi Kristina

Way Cleared for Burial

Coroner Releases Body

7/28/2015 12:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0201-bobbi-kristina-4The Fulton County Medical Examiner has released Bobbi Kristina's body and it is currently at a funeral home in preparation for burial next to her mom.

The body was released Tuesday at around noon, a day after an autopsy was performed. The Medical Examiner has all the information he needs to determine the official cause of death, although it appears from the preliminary results there were no signs of foul play.

The service is set for Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, GA.

Bobbi Kristina will be buried next to Whitney Houston at Fairview Cemetery in New Jersey on Monday.

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NFL

Tom Brady Destroyed Cell Phone

... Suspension Upheld

7/28/2015 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-tom-brady-NFL-GETTY-01Tom Brady told the NFL he could not submit his cell phone as evidence in the Deflategate investigation because he destroyed it ... this according to the NFL.  

Click here... it's not over yet

Orlando & Draya

Judge 86's Restraining Order

In Dom. Violence Case

7/28/2015 10:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Another crazy twist in the Orlando Scandrick and Draya Michele love saga -- with a judge TOSSING the restraining order against her ... after the NFL star failed to show up to today's court hearing. 

It's a BIG deal -- considering Scandrick claimed his ex-fiancee physically abused him on several occasions ... blasting him with pepper spray and even threatening to pour bleach in his eyes. 

Click here... it's not over yet
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Blake to Miranda

Your Crap's On the Porch

7/28/2015 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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11:00 AM PT -- Sources connected with the former couple say Blake had no beef.  The stuff on the porch are things Miranda didn't want anymore and she said give it to charity or whoever Blake wanted.

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Blake Shelton is ridding himself of all things Miranda ... because he's removed all her junk from his Oklahoma home.

Sources connected to Miranda confirm it is indeed her stuff that now sits on the front porch of Blake's Oklahoma ranch.

It looks like every other garage sale in America, but some of those boots are worth real money.

One source says Blake has been gone since he filed for divorce last week, and when a ranch hand told him Miranda hadn't removed her stuff, he ordered his staff to pack up her belongings and have it taken away in a U-Haul. 

As we previously reported, Miranda's moving to Nashville and Blake will stay on the ranch.

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Lou Ferrigno

'I Love Donald Trump'

7/28/2015 9:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Lou Ferrigno is a huge Donald Trump fan and wants him in the Oval Office, because he's the man who can keep our country safe. 

Lou was at LAX Monday when our photog sheepishly asked about Trump, clearly thinking Lou -- a die-hard conservative -- would favor another candidate.   

Lou clearly holds no grudges ... Donald fired him from 'Celebrity Apprentice.'

In other news...

Blake & Miranda's Divorce
Is ILLEGAL!?!

Uh oh, more drama is coming to the surface in Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's divorce.

SEE MORE »

Liam Neeson

Healthy As a Horse

... Despite Sickly Photo

7/28/2015 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-liam-neeson-getty-01Liam Neeson had fans worried when he was spotted over the weekend looking frail and gaunt ... but his rep says the "Taken" star is in good health. 

The rep says the 63-year-old actor is "healthy as ever," despite his ghostly appearance in the pic. The rep adds Neeson changed his diet and started doing more exercise about a year ago and credits that for the weight loss. 

Plus, the rep says ... it's just an unflattering pic. 

Apparently one of Neeson's "particular skills" ... is not always taking a great photo. 

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In other news...

Is Kylie Jenner Engaged?!

Hear why signs are pointing to YES.

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Bobbi Kristina

History of Falling Asleep Wasted in Bathtubs

7/28/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0727-nick-gordon-bobbi-kristina-getty-instagram-3Bobbi Kristina got extremely drunk the night before her mom died, fell asleep in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and flooded the room ... and it could be critical evidence in the homicide investigation.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Bobbi was partying with Whitney Houston at the Beverly Hilton bar and got drunk and unruly. Bobbi Kristina went up to her room, drew a bath and fell asleep in the tub ... intoxicated. By the time she woke up there was water everywhere.  

Sources tell TMZ, attorney Jose Baez, who reps Bobbi's BF Nick Gordon, knows about the incident and will use it to convince prosecutors Nick did nothing wrong ... that she simply took too many drugs and did the same thing she did at the hotel with fatal results.

We've also learned the night Whitney Houston was found dead in her tub, Bobbi Kristina was rushed to the hospital for acute alcohol poisoning. Whitney's PR team said it was for exhaustion, but law enforcement tells us it was excessive alcohol consumption.

It's relevant especially in light of the Medical Examiner's preliminary autopsy report, which reveals no obvious evidence of foul play.  

  
In other news...

Kanye West Throws Fit On Stage

Kanye West was set to perform at the Pan Am closing ceremony, but in typical Kanye fashion, he quickly ended his show with quite an exit.

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Tyrese

White Radio is Racist

They Won't Play My Song!

7/28/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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White radio will ONLY play R&B/Soul if it's performed by white guys ... so claims the black guy who has the #1 R&B/Soul album ... Tyrese.

Tyrese does not mince words ... he says he can't get white radio DJ's to play his single "Shame" to save his life ... it's only played on black stations.  

He then ups the ante, claiming white radio would love "Shame" if it was performed by Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith or Robin Thicke.  

Tyrese grouses, urban stations play white artists with no problem ... it's just not a 2-way street.

He's pissed, but he's also #1 ...


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Hemsworth Brothers

Chris vs. Luke vs. Liam

Who’d You Rather?

7/28/2015 8:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0728-hemsworth-brothers-getty-01Q: What’s blue-eyed, hot and Australian?

A: A Hemsworth brother.

Chris (31), Luke (33) and Liam (25) were brothers in arms at the premiere of "Vacation" ... and it's clear good genes run deep in this family … really deep.  

Question is … who do you want in your outback?

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