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Joe Jackson

Member of the Jackson 1

Caring for Joe

44 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Janet Jackson has put her life on hold to take care of her dad while he recovers from 3 heart attacks, and she's the only member of the brood who made the trek to Brazil.

We're told Janet arrived in Brazil Tuesday to tend to her father, cancelling rehearsals for her upcoming tour. We're told Janet limited the access to ICU, where Joe was hooked up for nearly a week.   

The good news ... Joe's now out of ICU and on the mend. He's eating solid foods and the goal is for him to regain enough strength so he can get on a plane and return to the U.S. for further treatment.

We're told La Toya and Jermaine were talking about flying over, but when Joe's condition improved they decided to wait until he came home.

If all goes well, Joe could return home as early as Monday. 

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Bobbi Kristina Funeral

Invitation Infuriates Brown Family Member

7/31/2015 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bobbi Kristina will be laid to rest Saturday and her funeral already has the Browns and the Houstons fighting ... over money. 

TMZ's obtained the invite ... the guest list is tight and even if you're on the list you have to present a government-issued ID at the door.   

Now the conflict -- the invitation suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to The Marion P. Foundation, a charity run by Bobbi Kristina's aunt Pat Houston, benefiting troubled teens. 

Leolah Brown, BK's other aunt, claims Pat's just lining her personal bank account and she's asking people not to send “ONE RED CENT!” to the charity. Leolah says Pat's "not the sweet quiet person that she's tried so hard to make people believe she was... ." And what's more -- she alleges the late Whitney Houston would agree. 

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Justin Bieber

Crashes Mariah/French Recording Sesh

7/31/2015 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-montana-carey-bieber-instagram-01Justin Bieber made a very spontaneous decision to appear in a Mariah Carey and French Montana song.

We're told Mariah and French were working on a new song Thursday night at a Hollywood recording studio when Bieber just showed up.

Biebs confessed to Mariah he's a huge fan, so she played a portion of the song she and French were recording.

Bieber was so into it, he jumped into a booth and laid down some vocals that'll be featured in the song. 

Kylie Jenner was also there with a few friends, but she won't be on the song ... for obvious reasons.

Dr. Walter Palmer

Surfaces and Contacts U.S. Investigators

7/31/2015 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-walter-palmer-dentistDr. Walter Palmer -- the dentist who gunned down Cecil the Lion -- has resurfaced and contacted authorities after days of hiding ... TMZ has learned. 

Officials for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tell us a rep for Dr. Palmer contacted them late Thursday.

We're told Dr. Palmer is cooperating with the investigation into Cecil's death, which focuses on an international law governing hunters who move their trophies from one country to another. 

Fish and Wildlife have been looking to speak with Dr. Palmer as it conducts its investigation into the killing of Cecil. The U.S. Dept. of Justice is also investigating. 

Zimbabwe officials have already said they want to extradite the dentist to face criminal charges in their country. 

Senator Marco Rubio

We Care More About a Dead Lion than Fetal Murder

7/31/2015 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Senator Marco Rubio is both perplexed and angry that Americans are more outraged over a dead lion than, as he puts it, "human life" being destroyed and then body parts negotiated by Planned Parenthood.

Our photog got the Presidential candidate at Reagan National Airport in D.C., where he felt the dentist should be accountable for any legal violations, but then said it paled in comparison to Planned Parenthood negotiating the sale of fetal parts in a sting video.

Transgender Bodybuilder

Competing As Man or Woman?

'I'm Still Deciding'

7/30/2015 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Janae Marie -- the champion powerlifter who just came out as transgender -- says she's still deciding whether she'll continue to compete as a man or as a woman ... because she's concerned about the backlash.  

Marie -- formerly Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski -- appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" and told us how her life has changed since she went public about her gender identity. 

Janae says she's been "pleasantly surprised" with the support she's received from the elite powerlifting community ... though there has been an equal amount of hate. 

And the hate -- according to Janae -- is strongly influencing her decision about whether or not to compete as a woman moving forward. 

"I'm hesitant because I'm afraid it would do more harm than good. I'm afraid it's a no-win situation because if I win people will say it's not fair, it's cheating and I'm afraid that it would stir up a lot of people protesting against transgender athletes and I would never want to do anything to harm the transgender community."

Check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" weeknights on Reelz.

Travis Tritt

Frantic 911 Call ...

'There's Flames Everywhere!!'

7/30/2015 11:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Travis Tritt can still spark fire with the ladies ... even in the middle of an emergency.

TMZ obtained the 911 call made by Tritt's 16-year-old son, Tristan, during a fire that broke out at the singer's Georgia home on Wednesday. During the call Tristan says, "Travis Tritt's house right now, is on fire." He continues, "There's flames everywhere."

The best part? ... Around the 45 second mark, you can hear the starstruck dispatcher whisper, "It's Travis Tritt's house!" to a co-worker.

TMZ broke the story ... emergency vehicles responded to the Georgia home after a pool house and playground caught fire ... thankfully nobody was injured. 

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

Cecil the Lion

Zimbabwe Conservation Group to Dentist:

Here's the Drill ...

7/30/2015 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-cecil-palmer-ap-facebook-01The dentist who killed Cecil the lion can acquit himself by putting down his bow and arrow and picking up a drill.

An official from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force tells TMZ, as much as they condemn what Dr. Walter Palmer did to their beloved lion, they don't think he deserves the torrent of threats that have come his way.

The org has an idea ... that Dr. Palmer should come back to Zimbabwe and provide free dental services to the poor ... a way of repenting for his bad deed. He says it's like community service.

The official says pointing the finger at Dr. Palmer is misguided, because the problem is much larger, adding, "Cecil would not have enjoyed the threats of violence he's getting right now."

'Basketball Wives' Star

I Suffered

a Miscarriage

7/30/2015 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0730-roman-youngblood-instagram-01"Basketball Wives" star Tami Roman and boyfriend, Reggie Youngblood, have suffered a miscarriage, the couple tells TMZ. 

Roman -- who got her start on MTV's "The Real World: Los Angeles" -- was three months pregnant.

It would have been the third child for the 45-year-old and the first for Youngblood.

A rep for the couple -- who appear on the show "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars" -- tells TMZ they are "mourning their loss with close friends and family. The couple requests prayers and privacy as they get through this difficult time."  

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Gary Sheffield To Dodgers Star

Take a Shower, Bro

... To Avoid Killer Zits

7/30/2015 6:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Baseball great Gary Sheffield says there's one way sidelined Dodgers player could've avoided his mega-zit emergency this week --- TAKE A DAMN SHOWER!!!!  

As we previously reported, Turner was HOSPITALIZED after an ingrown hair got out of control -- got infected -- and forced him to be hospitalized (don't worry, he's ok now). 

So, when we saw Gary out in NYC we had to ask how he could've avoided the whole zit mess -- teenagers, pay attention.

There's more ... Gary also tells us the most GRUESOME injury he ever witnessed on the diamond -- a crazy moment in 1995 that came THIIIIS close to ending the player's career.  

Crazy. 

Kylie Jenner

Getting Legally Wasted On 18th Bday

… In Canada

7/30/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729_kylie_jenner_tmzKylie Jenner's turning 18 on Aug. 10th … but a celebration in the States is problematic, so we've learned she's headed to Canada to get legally wasted!

Kylie’s throwing a rager at Beachclub Montreal. It's Canada’s answer to Ibiza … a mini party island with a beach, pool, A-list DJs and lots of booze. 

Here's the best part ... Kylie's being paid to celebrate her own birthday, and paid well ... we're told between $100k and $200k, just for showing up.

The club's owner, Olivier Primeau, is pulling out all the stops. Kylie will be choppered in, landing on a luxury boat that will dock next to a table stocked with bubbly. She'll also celebrate with a $3k cake.

That's not all that's legal in Canada at 18. Happy birthday ... Tyga.

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Cecil the Lion

Killer Dentist

Gets Police Protection

7/30/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Dr. Walter Palmer has been the target of so many threats since news broke that he killed Cecil ... he needs police protection.

Law enforcement in Eden Prairie, MN tell us ... even though Dr. Palmer hasn't requested it, they will be doing regular checks on his home and neighborhood. The alert level is high enough that police supervisors will be involved in the drive-bys.

It's reached a fever pitch, with PETA calling for a hanging.

It's a tricky situation, because protesters have a right to do their thing. Cops say they're on high alert for people who are determined to cross the line.

Travis Tritt

Georgia Home ... ON FIRE!!!

7/29/2015 3:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Travis Tritt is singing his own song – it's a great day to be alive – because his Powder Springs, Georgia home just went up in flames. 

Firefighters responded to a 911 call from Tritt’s mother-in-law, who returned from the grocery store to an inferno. The crazy thing ... we’re told Tritt was in the main house but had no idea there was a raging fire in his backyard. 

0729-travis-tritt-SUB-TMZ-01The fire engulfed the pool house and playground. We’re told Tritt took a hose and tried holding the flames at bay until firefighters arrived. 

No one was hurt. It looks like it was weather-related .... temps have been in the high 90s. 

Tritt tells TMZ, "I would like to thank everyone for the concern earlier this afternoon."

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