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Ashleigh Banfield I Feared Losing My Job Over Calling Out Aziz's Accuser

1/16/2018 1:05 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ashleigh Banfield's got people on her side, and she's doubling down against Aziz Ansari's accuser ... saying she believes the woman experienced "bad sex" -- not sexual misconduct -- and needed to put on her "big girl pants."

The HLN anchor tells "TMZ Live" ... she was trembling before going on the air to take a stance for what she felt was right, because she's received major professional blowback for speaking her mind in the past. 

Fortunately for Ashleigh, she says she's received "almost universal support" in this instance -- including from her employer -- for calling out the anonymous accuser.

As we reported ... Banfield said the accuser's claims were "appalling" and sullied the #MeToo movement. Ashleigh tells us the accuser endangered the progress women have made by blowing a bad date story out of proportion ... so she had to speak out against it.

Donald Trump & Stormy Daniels Trump Chased Her in His Undies ... Stormy's Friend Claims

1/16/2018 9:34 AM PST

Porn star Stormy Daniels told a close friend Donald Trump was in chase mode -- in his underwear -- when they partied together in 2006 ... at least that's what the friend claimed Tuesday morning.

Alana Evans, also an adult film star, was on "Megyn Kelly TODAY" when she described a phone call with Stormy back in 2006. She says Stormy said, "picture this, Donald Trump chasing me around the bedroom in his tighty-whities."

Megyn's audience erupted in laughter, and so did Alana who said the conversation is not the kinda thing you EVER forget. 

There are reports Trump's camp paid Stormy $130k to keep quiet about the tryst. The White House has dismissed the claims about Stormy as "old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”

Ashleigh Banfield Aziz's Accuser is 'Appalling' She Just Had a Bad Date

1/16/2018 7:21 AM PST

HLN anchor Ashleigh Banfield skewered the woman who publicly attacked Aziz Ansari, saying that she has sullied the #MeToo movement and her remedy was simply to get up and leave his apartment.

Ashleigh called the anonymous accuser's attack "appalling," mocking her comment that the date was the worst night of her life. The anchor said her sexual encounter with Aziz was not sexual assault or harassment ... it was simply an unpleasant date.

Ashleigh goes on to say she had the option to walk out the door rather than continue to engage in sexual contact with him. What's worse, Ashleigh says the woman is gunning to ruin Aziz's life over a bad date.

Missile Alert Japan Pulls a Hawaii ... False Alarm Over North Korea

1/16/2018 7:17 AM PST
Breaking News

The good news is Japan is NOT paying close attention to Hawaii anymore.

The country's public broadcaster, NHK, fired off an alert Tuesday warning a North Korean missile was incoming, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

The warning went out to everyone who had the NHK app, and read: "North Korea likely to have launched missile. The government alert: evacuate inside the building or underground." It took about 5 minutes before NHK sent out a follow-up to say it was a false alarm. 

Unlike the blunder in Hawaii, Japanese residents have reason to be on edge -- last year North Korea fired 2 missiles over the country.

Hawaii Missile Alert Duck & Cover is Best Advice ... But, Location is Everything

1/15/2018 1:07 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Hawaiian missile alert instruction to take cover wherever possible isn't an antiquated tip -- it's still the safest response in a real nuke scenario.

As we reported ... Hawaiians got a horrifically false alert Saturday telling them to "seek immediate shelter" due to an incoming missile.

We spoke to Suzet McKinney -- a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (basically, a nuclear security expert) -- and she defended the advice.

According to McKinney, getting underneath or inside anything that can immediately protect you from loose shrapnel could save your life. Retired Navy Seal Don Mann backs that up and adds, a basement is ideal ... but duck and cover is better than nothing.

Here's the catch ... if you're right next to the blast site, you're kinda toast no matter what you do. So, cross your fingers if this ever really happens.

Hawaii's Missile Alert Human Error During Test Run Caused False Alarm

1/13/2018 3:29 PM PST
Breaking News

The morning panic caused in Hawaii when an emergency alert about an incoming ballistic missile was sent to residents' cellphones was the result of a wrong button being pushed ... according to the administrator of the state's emergency management team.

Vern Miyagi just revealed the chain of events that led to the false alarm at 8:07 AM in Hawaii, telling people to seek immediate shelter and "This is not a drill."

Miyagi says there was an employee shift change on his team, and during this time a series of tests were run on the emergency alert system ... but a button was accidentally pressed that triggered the real deal.

He says they were notified of the mistake shortly after and cancelled further messages from going out, but it took several minutes for a message to be sent notifying residents of the error. Miyagi apologized for the confusion and vowed to take steps to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Earlier Saturday, Hawaii Governor David Ige confirmed their was never an actual missile threat and the false alarm was not the work of hackers or a foreign government. He also apologized.

As we reported ... the emergency warning was dispatched to phones Saturday morning, causing mass chaos and fear during these tense times with North Korea.

Oprah Meets Search & Rescue Dogs Helping Find Missing in Montecito

1/13/2018 12:06 PM PST

Oprah met with some of the heroes going out and searching for the missing in her community after devastating mudslides this week ... including a few 4-legged ones.

O posted a vid talking to search and rescue workers in Montecito Saturday, which included some awesome dogs ... especially her new pal, Mondo.

She wrote, "People not the only heroes in our little community. Met some 4 legged ones too. Searches continuing today."

The rescue worker also gives Oprah a lesson in how the canines operate and how they differ.

As we reported ... Oprah's community's been ravaged by the mudslides -- including the home of her neighbor, Jeff Bridges.

At least 18 people have died and 6 are still missing.

Hawaii Gets Horrifying Wake-up Call ... Missile Threat False Alarm!!!

1/13/2018 10:49 AM PST
Breaking News

Someone or something messed up BIG TIME and sent an emergency alert to phones of Hawaii residents saying there was a ballistic missile threat inbound, but fortunately ... it was a major false alarm.

A little after 8AM in Hawaii, people's phones starting going off with the alert, and this is what they saw:

Yikes. Despite saying "This is not a drill," Hawaii emergency officials have confirmed there is no missile threat and the alert was sent as a mistake.

A follow-up message was sent to Hawaii residents -- albeit 40 minutes later -- to let them know the message was a false alarm.

Bella Thorne Tone Deaf In Wake of Montecito Mudslides

1/11/2018 2:57 PM PST

Bella Thorne may get the award for the most self-absorbed celebrity after going off that the mudslides inconvenienced her because the debris is blocking her from attending her boyfriend's concert.

Thorne tweeted, then deleted this:

Rob Lowe, who lives in the area, found out about Thorne's tweet and responded, "This attitude is why people hate celebrities/Hollywood. Bella, I'm sorry you were inconvenienced.  We will try to move out our dead quicker."

But that wasn't the end of it. Thorne, who lives in L.A. where the news about the mudslides was nonstop, incredibly responded, "F*** just caught up on some news had no idea why the 101 was shut down...get home to your family safe." 

Women's March Pussyhats Move Over, Douche ... Pussy Power Getting New Scent

1/11/2018 3:34 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The scent of a woman will be pussy if a budding entrepreneur can nail down a trademark for her new line of fragrances inspired by the enduring symbol of the Women's March ... the pussyhat.

Fran Moss filed docs with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in hopes of flooding the market with fragrance-emitting wicks, sachets, pet sprays, body sprays and perfumes -- all with the pussy label.

According to the docs, Fran's toying with product names like pussy juice, pussy power, pussy now, and pussy positive. She also wants her trademark to include the "pussy power color" pink, and the pussyhat ears.

Good luck, Fran -- and if you're looking for a spokeswoman ... 

Oprah Captures Crushing Mudslide Damage ... Around Montecito Home

1/10/2018 10:58 AM PST

Oprah's potential presidential hopes are taking an immediate backseat to Mother Nature -- 'cause her and her neighbors' homes have been rocked by mudslides in Montecito.

O posted video of property damage around what appears to be her main house in Santa Barbara County after torrential rainfall caused flash flooding and deadly mudslides in the area. She's also got a separate horse farm nearby.

You can see mud getting as high as her knees here in what used to be the pristine grounds surrounding her property. She says her neighbors got the worst of it.

Oprah isn't the only star to be affected by the mudslides -- which have killed at least 15 people in Southern California so far. Rob Lowe tweeted about the natural disaster, as did Ellen DeGeneres and Bella and Gigi Hadid.

My beautiful home town of Montecito.... Where my roots were placed, where my mother raised me and my family. Completely under water. I really can't believe it. I am praying and thinking so much for our friends in the hospital and their families that are still missing. For our horses, dogs, cats-all animals- that gave us happiness, who are now searching for a dry place to lay their heads.. our elementary school... The freeway to drive to school and where @mini_jk_imbig and I would walk after school.. under water. My heart is broken.... I remember when something similar happened in La Conchita about 12 years ago, so close to us and how much it took to rebuild... I can't imagine how Montecito feels now. I am so sorry. As always- Please send websites for donations. I'm ready to help. Thank you to the rescue, fire fighters and security teams in SB for staying strong and your hard work to pull out anybody and anything in sight. My love is with you so deeply SB.

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As we reported ... rumors have been swirling this week that Oprah might be considering a presidential bid for 2020. She's clearly not thinking about that right now, though.

Trump Tower Fire!!!

1/8/2018 5:03 AM PST
Breaking News

6:05 AM PT -- The fire is extinguished, and firefighters say 2 civilians were injured -- one potentially life-threatening -- as well as one firefighter.

Trump Tower provided an eerie canvas for a photographer who snapped this pic as an area of the building burned.

A fire erupted Monday just after 7 AM ET and obviously NYC fire crews rushed to the scene. Especially because of the building owner, law enforcement had a large and quick reaction.

The fire started on the roof and we're told it was some kind of electrical malfunction. There were no evacuations and no injuries. The fire was quickly extinguished.

Trump and his family were not home at the time the blaze broke out.

Alex Trebek Recovering from Brain Surgery ... Taking 'Jeopardy!' Leave

1/4/2018 4:47 PM PST
Breaking News

Alex Trebek is taking a break from game show duties to recover from surgery he needed after taking a nasty fall a couple months ago.

The "Jeopardy!" host revealed Thursday he's out on medical leave to recover from a subdural hematoma suffered during the fall. Sounds very serious, but Alex downplayed it, calling it "a slight medical problem."

Trebek says docs discovered blood clots on his brain, but he's already undergone surgery and "the prognosis is excellent." He assures fans he'll be back soon.

Great news. We need Alex back to school folks on Coolio song titles.

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