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Gay Pride-Bound Gunman Charged With Multiple Felonies D.A. Says He's A 'Danger To Community'

6/14/2016 11:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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2:00 PM PST -- Howell just pled not guilty and the judge set bail at $2 million. His attorney argued the chemicals found in his car are often used by gun enthusiasts during target practice but the D.A. says they were similar to those used in the Oklahoma City bombing. He's scheduled to be back in court later this month. 

12:35 PM PST -- The D.A. just released more details about what was inside Howell's car. Cops found a black hood, taser, handcuffs a buck knife, security badge and a 5-gallon container of gasoline. The combo of dangerous materials is why the D.A. has asked for an increase in bail.

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The man arrested with multiple weapons in his car who planned to hit up L.A.'s gay pride festival was just charged with several felonies.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney charged James Howell Tuesday with possession of an assault weapon, possession of explosives on a public highway and for possessing a high capacity ammo magazine. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for having a loaded firearm in the vehicle. 

The D.A. is asking Howell's bail be set at $2 million as they say he's a danger to the community.

TMZ broke the story, Howell was arrested Sunday in Santa Monica after cops discovered him with 3 assault rifles, ammo and a 5 gallon bucket with chemicals capable of forming an improvised explosive device ... just hours after the massacre in Orlando. 

Draymond Green Declines Invite to Throw 1st Pitch at A's Game

6/13/2016 11:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0613-draymond-green-oakland-as-golden-state-warriors-TMZ-01Draymond Green was asked to throw out the first pitch at Monday's Oakland A's game -- but respectfully declined ... this according to a rep for the A's. 

With the Golden State Warriors star serving a 1 game suspension -- and unable to be in the arena for Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- Green said he would be attending the A's game, located right next to Oracle Arena. 

TMZ Sports spoke with A's Director of Corporate Communications, Catherine Aker, who confirmed Green will be in the stadium ... but doesn't want to make a spectacle. 

"We extended an invitation to Draymond to throw out the first pitch and he declined. He would prefer to keep a low profile while at our game."

Green will reportedly be allowed inside the arena to celebrate with his team if they win -- and it just so happens there is a tunnel which connects the Oakland Coliseum to Oracle Arena.

T.I. Check Out My Casting Call For 100 Strippers!

6/12/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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When T.I. is opening up a new strip club, strippers come out in force ... as in 1,600 strong lining up to prove their worthy of a pole position.

The rapper and his partner, Damon Cobbs, are launching a V Live in Atlanta later this month, so they held a job fair -- of sorts -- a few days ago. Recruiters were looking at several criteria beyond dancing skills.

We're told a well-rounded butt, toned body and tight abs put most candidates over the top, and of course ... great personality was a must.

Check out the army of high-heeled, thong-baring hopefuls who showed up -- and keep in mind only 100 of these ladies were selected. Strippin' ain't easy.

Chris Brown Dirt Bike Bust in Amsterdam But He's Cool with Cops

6/10/2016 1:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Brown was hauled into a police station in Amsterdam for riding a dirt bike without a helmet and tags.

Amsterdam police tell TMZ the singer was pulled over Friday in the Red Light District after cops say they noticed he didn't have a license plate for the bike. That's a big no-no. We're told cops had Chris follow behind them to a station where he paid his fine.

Chris posted a vid while he was inside the station -- 'fessing up, but explaining it wasn't all bad. Actually, compared to his most recent run-in with cops ... he seems downright mellow.

Hmm ... 

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Manhattan Biker Obama's Hired Muscle Jacked My Date!!!

6/10/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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President Obama got in the way of potential true love when the people protecting him opened a can of whoop ass on an unsuspecting NYC bicyclist.

Daniel Provencio tells us he was hot to trot for a blind date -- pumping "Call Me Maybe" through his headphones -- when NYC cops tackled him for riding into a secured area just before the Prez breezed through.

Turns out Daniel was on his way to hook up with a guy he met on an online dating website the night before ... he wouldn't say which.  

Daniel was coy about date specifics, but suffice to say the other guy lost interest because Daniel was hours late after being interrogated by authorities.  

Daniel called the guy when he was released, but, as he puts it, "Manhattan men are huge on punctuality."

Fear not ... lots of fish in the Hudson.

Cam'ron Wipe Your Ass With My Toilet Paper!!!

6/9/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cam'ron wants to be No. 1 when you go No. 2 ... courtesy of his latest venture -- the toilet paper biz!

The rapper tells TMZ he's already dropped $21K for a machine to manufacture the paper, and plans to buy 2 more. When he first announced the idea with DJ Superstar Jay & Gray Rizzy on their SiriusXM show, some people thought it was a joke ... but he's serious. 

How serious? Cam says, "When it's time to take a s***, you don't want no paper cuts in your ass. It's a real problem." He's promising AT LEAST 2 ply comfort.

Cam'ron's brand, Dipset U.S.A., already hawks shower curtains, towels, various toiletries and even Ebola masks. That new nickname ... "Bed Bath and Killa" ... really fits.

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Michael Bay My New Movie Star Is World's Loneliest Dog

6/8/2016 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The world's loneliest dog is getting her big break in Hollywood -- and possibly a new home -- thanks to mega director Michael Bay, who just cast the pooch in 'Transformers 5.';

Freya, a Staffordshire bull terrier who suffers from epilepsy, got on Bay's radar after a report about her being in the same rescue shelter for 6 years with no takers. The shelter estimates she's been passed up 18,000 times!

Freshfields Animal Rescue Center says Bay's camp called and confirmed the director was hell-bent on finding a role for Freya. Bay also promised to adopt her if no one else had by the time filming starts this August in the U.K.

That seems unlikely ... Freshfields says it's gotten at least 100 offers to adopt Freya since she became a celebrity, and has already visited with a potential family.

Someone get that bitch an agent.

Fetty Wap Catch Me If You Can Betcha 800 Horses Ya Can't

6/7/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0606-fetty-wap-flawless-instagramFetty Wap's got so much horsepower in his new whip, buying a parachute to slow it down might not be a bad idea.

The rapper got the hookup Friday with an 800 horsepower 2016 BMW M6. We're told he forked over $160k to Flawless Auto Leasing to have them trick out the ride BIG time. Factory M6s have a piddly 560 horsepower.

The black-on-black, twin-turbo ride features carbon fiber interior and slick tires to prevent annoying spinouts. If he's not careful, Fetty might take off -- we're told this is the lightest M6 on the market.

Radar detector not included.

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'Chewbacca Mom' Still Laughing Hard And Getting PAID!

6/7/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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06060-chewbacca-mom-fans-con-TWITTER-01Candace Payne, best known as "Chewbacca Mom" -- the woman who went record-breakingly viral -- is going into overtime on her 15 minutes, and making good money doing it.

Chewy lovers at Dallas' Fan Expo forked over $20 for a photo and autograph from Candace during her first convention appearance Sunday.

Payne got a prime booth spot too ... right next to Jack Gleeson from "Game of Thrones." We're told her line was "average" compared to other celebs -- with a wait time of about 10 minutes.

Predictably, some Internet haters turned on Candace ... calling her gig "greedy." But it's worth noting, the convention says a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a Texas church.

Gilbert Arenas Sorry I Said 'Eff My Kids' ... But My Ex Set Me Up

6/6/2016 1:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0422_gilbert_arenas_tmz-2Gilbert Arenas says he's sorry he said "f*** my kids" during an argument with his ex -- but says he didn't mean it, and blames Laura Govan for "setting me up."

An audio recording of the conversation was released on "The Breakfast Club" radio show this morning -- and while Gilbert admits it's authentic, he says he did not know he was being recorded. 

"Yes I said it ... NOT in the meaning as a #deadbeatdad BUT the meaning of a man who was frustrated of fighting a evil demon everyday," Arenas said in an Instagram statement. 

"I was letting [Govan] know NOT even the kids will save u. She thinks she can [leverage] me and the kids, she uses the kids to fight her battles."

Gilbert says he believes Govan leaked the tape -- but says he does not plan to take any sort of legal action over it. 

In fact, Gilbert says he will not move to strip Laura of custody because he believes "kids need both parents in they lives." 

He added that he loves all of his kids. 

Bill Clinton In-N-Out Run-In With Chris Brown Baby Mama

6/3/2016 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0603-bill-clinton-nia-guzman-INSTAGRAM-01Bill Clinton's got a knack for ending up next to young, single, attractive women -- and you can add Chris Brown's baby mama, Nia Guzman, to that list.

The photo op went down Friday afternoon at an In-N-Out -- naturally -- in the San Fernando Valley ... where our spies say the ex-Prez rolled in deep ... with a bunch of Secret Service agents.

We're told Nia was waiting for her food order, but when she saw Bill she immediately asked him for a pic -- and he obliged. No small talk between them ... it was more of a stick and move situation, since he took a ton of other pics with patrons.

As for his order -- we're told he got at least 50 burgers and fries. Since Bill's a vegan now -- we're guessing he was feeding Hillary's staff and/or supporters while she stumps for next week's Cali primary. 

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Gigi & Zayn We're Done Too!

6/2/2016 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0602-gigi-zayn-breakup-tmz-02It's officially a Squad-wide epidemic ... Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are breaking up.

They've only been together for about 6 months ... and she's 21, while he's 23 -- so breaking up is kinda what you do. However their split comes right on the heels of Squad leader Taylor Swift's with Calvin Harris.

Makes ya think -- is this coordinated?

Neither is saying why they're calling it quits, but a source close to Gigi tells TMZ the writing was on the wall. We're told the fact she never introduced Zayn to her family is "very telling" ... since normally her mom and dad always meet her BFs.

Karlie Kloss' guy is now on notice. 

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R. Kelly Watch Me Bump N' Grind for $100!

6/1/2016 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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R. Kelly don't need no stinking I.D. to prove his identity ... not when he can simply sing his face off, like he did during a late night food run. 

R was in Jacksonville last week for his Buffet Tour, and while he was grabbing some street meat -- at a Nathan's stand -- some tipsy guy didn't believe he was standing next to the real deal. 

DJ Dr. Doom, of 93.3 The Beat, was hanging with the singer, and bet the guy $100 it really was R. Kelly. Watch and listen to what happened next -- the a cappella version of "Bump N' Grind" left no doubt.

We're told no money exchanged hands in the end, but this is starting to be a thing with R. Kelly.

At least everyone was fully clothed this time. 

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