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Kentucky Derby Thoroughbred Owes It All To Tiger Woods' #1 Mistress

5/6/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0505-suddenbreakingnews-getty-tmz-01Tiger Woods could be a player in this year's Kentucky Derby if a horse named Suddenbreakingnews manages to win, place or show.

Experts say the 3-year-old thoroughbred has an outside shot at taking it all on Saturday -- and if he does, get ready to hear the name Rachel Uchitel, repeatedly. Turns out a mare named Uchitel birthed Suddenbreakingnews.

Sbn is currently at 20-1 odds -- kinda middle of the pack -- to win, and has already overcome 2 big hurdles ... his balls. Or lack thereof.

Kitty Taylor -- who brokered the $72,000 sale of Suddenbreakingnews -- says the horse is a gelding ... meaning his testicles were removed, since they never dropped. We're told it's really rare for a gelding to make it as far as the Derby.

Taylor adds, "Perhaps Tiger should have been gelded at some point."

We know where Elin Nordegren's NOT putting her money. 

Prince DEA Investigating Drugs Front and Center

5/4/2016 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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502-prince-getty-03The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration is now involved in the death investigation of Prince, and our law enforcement sources say drugs are the focal point of the criminal probe.

Our sources say the DEA and the Minnesota Attorney General are looking into the various prescriptions that were written for Prince, and the focus is opiates. Prince had a life-threatening Percocet addiction and authorities believe opiates will likely be either the sole or at least a significant factor in his death.

Our sources say the investigation is sweeping ... doctors and pharmacies involved in prescribing and filling meds for Prince are targeted, but possible enablers are also in the crosshairs.

Our sources now say the toxicology report may still be weeks away, although it was initially set to be released 2 weeks after the autopsy.  

We know at least one doctor was a friend of the singer, but we're told the investigation is much broader. 

50 Cent Autistic Airport Worker Lawyers Up Wants $1 Mil For Bullying

5/3/2016 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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50 Cent has new legal trouble after taunting a 19-year-old man who turned out to be autistic -- TMZ has learned his family is strongly considering a lawsuit.

Andrew Farrell was just doing his job as a janitor at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport when 50 Cent appeared to randomly single him out on video ... accusing him of being high at work. Fiddy posted the video on Twitter.

Ken Kramer, Andrew's stepdad, tells us Andrew suffers from autism and Asperger's syndrome. He also has a hearing condition which forces him to wear a hearing aid.

Ken says Andrew has never smoked or had a sip of alcohol in his life. He says Andrew has severe social anxiety, and that's why he ignored 50 -- he also doesn't know who the rapper is.

Ken says the family has lawyered up, and the only thing stopping them from suing immediately is concern about stiff attorney fees. He says they'd be willing to forget the whole thing, IF 50 Cent donates $1 million to Andrew's GoFundMe page, and makes a face-to-face apology.

They might want to research 50's finances. 

Dennis Rodman Thanked By Ex-N. Korean Prisoner ... Your Rant Helped Save Me

5/2/2016 10:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The U.S. citizen who was held captive in North Korea for 735 days is THANKING Dennis Rodman for helping him get free ... saying The Worm was "the catalyst for my release."

It's shocking considering Rodman famously went on CNN and BACKED UP the case to keep Kenneth Bae in prison -- despite the fact Dennis (or anyone else for that matter) knew why Bae was being held in the first place. 

Still, Bae -- who was released in 2014 -- broke his silence about his captivity to CNN ... and said he couldn't be more grateful to Rodman. 

"If I meet him someday, I just want to say thank you for what he has done." 

Bae said Rodman brought international attention to his plight -- which put pressure on North Korea to set him free. 

Bae also said Rodman called his family after the famous rant and apologized. He considered it a "sincere apology."

Rodman's rep, Darren Prince, tells TMZ Sports ... "Dennis is extremely happy that something so positive came out of his trips to Korea and was very appreciate that Kenneth Bae thanked him today."

"He's hoping his 4 historic trips to North Korea eventually opens doors for peace and happiness for all."

Blac Chyna and Tyga Selling Everything But Kitchen Sink!

4/29/2016 6:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0429_tyga_estate_sale_launchBlac Chyna and Tyga are putting their past on the market ... holding a 3-day estate sale, and from the looks of it everything must go.

It's not your average garage sale ... prices on items range from $500 to $1,200, including a Ms. Pac-Man arcade game, a crystal chandelier, and a marble table. There's also a bunch of Tyga's Last Kings merch, but that's not cheap either. An Egyptian statue will run ya $500.

Check out these pics of what's available, and keep in mind estate sale prices usually get slashed each day -- so, Sunday Funday for bargain hunters.

Michael Strahan Blindsided by Ripa Taking Divorce Cheap Shot

4/29/2016 9:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The gloves are off ... and Michael Strahan got that message loud and clear when Kelly Ripa dropped an unscripted jab at him over divorce, TMZ has learned. 

Sources connected to production tell us Ripa's intro to a segment about divorced couples was a total shock to Strahan. If you missed it -- Kelly innocently turned to her co-host and said, "So, you've gotten divorced ..."

We're told the look of shock on his face was 100% authentic.

Of course, both Kelly and Michael knew they were doing the segment, but we're told he had NO IDEA she was going to raise his divorce as part of it. If it looks like a cheap shot, that's exactly how Michael and others on set took it ... according to our sources.

Strahan played it off on the air this time, but these last 2 weeks -- before he jumps to 'GMA' full-time -- are gonna get interesting. 

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Prince Came So Close to Becoming the Purple Piano Man

4/29/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42616-prince-piano-gettyThe customized piano Prince played at his final public performance was thiiis close to getting him to do something he almost NEVER did ... sign a big time endorsement deal.

Yamaha exec, Chris Gero, tells TMZ the company started negotiations with Prince's reps 4 months ago. The plan was for Yamaha to provide instruments and round-the-clock service for the remainder of Prince's "Piano & A Microphone" tour.

Yamaha sent Prince a $200,000 purple grand piano a few days before he died in hopes of closing the deal -- and it seemed to be working. Prince excitedly tweeted about it, and had it onstage with him when he played briefly during his Paisley Park dance party on the Saturday before his death.

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Gero says all signs were pointing to them closing the deal when Prince died.

As for what happens to the piano? Yamaha owns it -- since the deal was never inked -- and it's still at Paisley Park. Gero says they've already been contacted by several museums -- including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- looking to lock down Prince memorabilia.

Adrien Broner Snapchat Tour ... Of INSANE New Crib

4/28/2016 12:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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If you thought a little thing like JAIL was gonna stop Adrien Broner from bragging ... you're wrong ... 'cause the "look at me" king has something brand new to show off ... a sick Atlanta mansion.

Broner's people tell TMZ Sports this ain't a rental -- Broner BOUGHT the $6 MILLION pad himself. 

The boxer unveiled the digs to the world on his Snapchat ... showing off his foyer (with a grand staircase), outdoor dining area, office, kitchen and of course, the saltwater pool.

Beating people up ... it pays off. 

Don Cheadle & GF Our Remodeled Eco-Friendly Crib ... Yours For $2.45M!

4/28/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427_don_cheadle_house_launchDon Cheadle's longtime girlfriend got her hands dirty with the couple's home and the result is a modern beach pad they're hawking for $2.45 million.

Bridgid Coulter -- an actress-turned-designer -- did more than a simple flip on their bungalow in Venice, CA. For starters, she raised the ceilings, and added a second level. The crib has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 360-degree views from its rooftop deck.

If the environment is your thing -- it has hydronic radiant heating under the floors, and remote venting clerestory windows (really fancy skylights). Plus, the yards are filled with local, drought-tolerant plants.

#NoThirstTrap

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Kesha Finally, New Music Dropping ... With Sony's Approval

4/27/2016 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kesha's taking the judge's advice and getting back to recording music after losing her fight to get free from Sony.

She and Zedd are releasing the single "True Colors" on Friday. It's the song they did when Kesha surprised everyone at Coachella a couple weeks ago.

Officially, it's a Zedd track featuring Kesha. He's signed to Interscope, and sources connected with the deal tell us Sony and Dr. Luke's company, Kemosabe Records, signed off on Kesha doing the project. 

This will be the first new recording from Kesha since the judge shut down her attempt to get out of her Sony deal.

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Apple Body Found at HQ

4/27/2016 9:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar11:42 PM PST -- A Sheriff spokesperson says the person found dead was a Hispanic male who worked at Apple ... there was no one else involved. It's still unclear why officers said there was a female with a head wound in the dispatch audio.update_grey_gray_barA body was found this morning on the campus of Apple's headquarters.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputies are on the campus in Cupertino, CA. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the call came in to dispatch at 8:38 AM as a "possible suicide."

According to the sheriff's dispatch call there was a female employee involved in an argument on the campus, and had sustained a head wound -- possibly from a gun -- before Apple security escorted her out of the building.

As deputies were responding, they were unclear if there were multiple people involved. At one point cops describe a body being found in a conference room, and say that person had a gun.

It's increasingly looking like there were 2 people involved since the fatality was reportedly a Hispanic male ... and we know the person with the head wound was a woman. 

Apple's stock plummeted overnight, more than 7% -- crushing the company's value by more than $40 billion.

Story developing ... 

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Ex-U.S. Olympian Paralyzed In Training Incident Lolo Jones Leads Fundraising Campaign

4/26/2016 12:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0426-jamie-nieto-GETTY-02A former U.S. Olympic star was partially paralyzed in a training incident over the weekend ... and now his friend Lolo Jones is spearheading a fundraising campaign to help pay for his medical bills. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Jamie Nieto -- a high jumper who finished 4th at the 2004 Games and 6th in 2012 -- was injured during a backflip training exercise while working with Olympic hopefuls at Azusa Pacific University in California on April 23rd. 

Nieto's manager, Paul Doyle, tells us the 39-year-old landed on his head -- and the injury was so bad, a helicopter was called to the scene to transport him to USC Medical Center. 

"We were very close to losing him at one stage," Doyle says ... "but thankfully, the MRI came back with no broken neck and the spinal cord remained intact."

"He’s slowly getting better. He’s starting to get feeling in his hands and legs ... doctors are optimistic."

But Nieto has another huge problem -- Doyle says Nieto had financial issues before the incident and had cancelled his health insurance to save money. Bottom line ... he's in trouble. 

Enter Lolo Jones ... who trained with Nieto for years and became close with the track star. Now she wants to help raise funds to cover some of the medical costs. 

In fact, Jones launched a fundraising page and made a video saying Nieto "has always been a light for me even when I've had some of my toughest moments."

"I just beg of you to please help donate to him now so that we can help him get back on his feet and he can soar to great heights once again."

So far, Jones has raised about $9,000 and counting. 

Paris Hilton Transcontinental Distance Caused Breakup with Swiss BF

4/26/2016 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0426-paris-hilton-tom-gross-tmz-instagram-01Paris Hilton struggled with life in the luxurious Swiss Alps, and that's the main factor in her breakup with boyfriend Thomas Gross.

Sources close to Paris tell TMZ she and the Swiss multimillionaire called things off over a month ago. The main problem is they both have their own empires running in different countries. Thomas' work is in Switzerland, while Paris' fashion and DJ work has her between L.A. and Ibiza.

Paris was also unhappy being away from her sister and mom. We're told although she had carte blanche to Gross' private jet and first class commercial flights ... the 12-hour flight between L.A. and Switzerland proved too much over time.

Paris made the round trip several times a month, staying in Cali for a few days each time.

Another factor -- we're told she really missed her dogs, which remained in L.A. during the year she and Thomas dated. 

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