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Top 3 Olympic storylines you have to watch

The 2016 Summer Olympics have officially begun, and now, we have about two weeks jam-packed with sports we love to watch and others we don't really understand (like handball and trampoline gymnastics). But it's the competitors who're really fun to root for — and this year, we've got our eyes on quite a few.

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First is American swimmer Ryan Lochte.

The 11-time Olympic medalist is swimming in only two events this year, but we're going to be keeping our eyes peeled for when Lochte's not in the pool — and is instead showing off that strange, new hair color.

Lochte explained the bold change by saying: "Usually I've always done the grills at the Olympics. I left the grills at home. I had to do something different, so why not the hair?"

>> PHOTOS: Rio 2016 Olympics Opening ceremonies

Next, we move on to Oksana Chusovitina, who at 41 years old is the oldest female gymnast to compete at the Olympics.

She first competed in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, making Rio her seventh games, also a record.

>> PHOTOS: Rio 2016 Olympics Day 1

This time around, Chusovitina is competing for her native country of Uzbekistan. She previously represented Germany and the Soviet Union at other Olympic games.

Finally, another set of athletes are quite possibly a first for any Olympic games: identical triplets from Estonia.

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Leila, Liina and Lily Luik will compete in the women's marathon event. Even more impressive: They started running competitively just six years ago.

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Shannen Doherty puts on a brave face in her latest post about her cancer battle

Robert Macias, aka R.M. Drake, who has become famous thanks to his inspirational poems, was the subject of actress Shannen Doherty’s latest Instagram post.

She was fierce, she was strong, she wasn't simple. She was crazy and sometimes she barely slept. She always had something to say. She had flaws and that was ok. And when she was down, she got right back up. She was a beast in her own way, but one idea described her best. She was unstoppable and she took anything she wanted with a smile. R.M. Drake.  #cancersucks #warrior #fightlikeagirl A photo posted by ShannenDoherty (@theshando) on Aug 6, 2016 at 11:05am PDT<script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

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"She was fierce, she was strong, she wasn’t simple. She was crazy and sometimes she barely slept. She always had something to say. She had flaws and that was OK."And when she was down, she got right back up. She was a beast in her own way, but one idea described her best. She was unstoppable and she took anything she wanted with a smile."

Doherty posted Drake’s poem, titled “# 187,” alongside a new photo of her in the midst of her cancer battle.

>> Shannen Doherty says her dog detected her cancer

The day before, Doherty wrote that her time with chemotherapy had gotten difficult and that she appreciated the support of her Instagram fans.

>> When life imitates art: Shannen Doherty relives her '90210' character's cancer scare

“For me, chemo has been terrible and believe me, we have tried almost everything. So days like this have become a bit of the norm,” Doherty wrote.

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“I’m learning that it’s ok to fall into bed and give in to the exhaustion or nausea or aches. I’ve learned a lot of that thru all the beautiful people who have shared their personal stories with me right here on Instagram.”

'Glee' star Lauren Potter gets promise ring from longtime boyfriend

Love is in the air, and Lauren Potter has the smile -- and the ring -- to prove it.

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Potter, who is best known for playing Becky Jackson, one of Sue Sylvester's cheerleaders on "Glee," received a promise ring from her longtime boyfriend, Timothy Spear.

People caught up with Potter's mom, Robin Sinkhorn, who dished on all the details about that romantic day.

"He picked out the ring, made payments on it, and then planned the picnic and the moment to get down on one knee to ask her to promise to be his one-and-only and marry him when they are ready," Sinkhorn told the magazine. "Then they watched the sunset together."

Potter and Spear, both 26, were born with Down syndrome and first met when they were in diapers and participated in the same child development class at Children's Center in Riverside, California. The families have been friends ever since.

"We've kept in touch over the years, but it wasn't until the kids were reunited while they were both living in Laguna Beach," Sinkhorn told People. "When Lauren ended a relationship, Timothy immediately asked her out and they have been together since."

Potter recently appeared in an episode of "Veep" and has worked as an advocate for individuals with special needs. She previously served President Barack Obama's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

'Oh, good God': Megyn Kelly lets her emotions slip about Donald Trump

Upon learning Wednesday night that Donald Trump bragged about providing ramps for people with disabilities at his many commercial properties, which he is required to do or risk breaking the law, Megyn Kelly reacted as many Americans did — in utter disbelief.

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“I spend millions of dollars on ramps, on all sorts of things in buildings,” Trump said.

“In some cases … many cases … things I don’t have to do, but I am a tremendous fan.”

>> Donald Trump may get an intervention from Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani and other supporters

“He doesn’t get any extra credit for that,” Kelly said in disbelief.

Kelly’s main criticism of Trump came from comments he made that reminded viewers of some of his headline-grabbing statements during the campaign.

>> Deja vu? Trump says he's not ready to support Paul Ryan in GOP primary

“What is he doing, re-litigating every controversy from the primary season?” she said.

During the discussion on why he would bring a federally mandated provision into his building contracts, one of Kelly’s guests noted with a smile that “they’re very expensive in his buildings.”

>> Donald Trump accepts Purple Heart from veteran, says he 'always wanted' one

“Oh, good God,” Kelly said, burying her head in her hand.

Kelly wondered why Trump feeds into a media cycle that is starting to play against him.

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“Must he help them? Must he help them so generously every day?” she asked.

When life imitates art: Shannen Doherty relives her '90210' character's cancer scare

Shannen Doherty is fighting for her life in an ongoing battle with breast cancer. Her “Beverly Hills, 90210” character, Brenda Walsh, went through a similar experience 25 years ago.

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Doherty relived the show's 1991 episode, “It’s Only a Test,” in a recent interview with "Entertainment Tonight," talking about the co-stars with whom she keeps in touch since the show ended.

“I remember that episode because it really meant a lot to me,” Doherty said.

In the episode, Brenda does an at-home breast exam and finds a lump in her left breast. She later undergoes a biopsy. While her character receives a clean bill of heath, Doherty herself now faces the worst possible situation.

>> Shannen Doherty's latest health update isn't something fans ever wanted to hear

Doherty told fans earlier this week that the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes. She underwent a single mastectomy in May and is currently working through eight rounds of chemotherapy. Once she finishes the chemo, Doherty will undergo radiation treatments.

“Back then, I was a kid, man — I thought that I was invincible, I thought I was going to live forever,” she said.

>> Actress Shannen Doherty shaves head amidst cancer battle, shares on social media​

Doherty had public fallouts with some of her “90210” castmates, but remains close with Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering.

“I’ve heard from quite a few of my costars,” she said. “They know who they are. I don’t feel l like I need to point them out, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for reaching out to me.”

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The conclusion of Doherty’s interview with "Entertainment Tonight" airs Wednesday.

Jimmy Fallon to host 2017 Golden Globes

Comedian Jimmy Fallon will take over hosting duties for the 47th annual Golden Globes on Jan. 8, 2017. It will be his first time hosting the awards show.

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Robert Grenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, announced Fallon's new gig Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's press tour, Entertainment Weekly reported.

"We've found the best-possible host to make the evening really memorable, and that's Jimmy Fallon," Greenblatt said. "I know he will bring his unique energy and wit to the show. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is thrilled and we're thrilled as well that he wanted to do it this year."

Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, echoed Greenblatt's sentiments in a statement Tuesday.

"Jimmy Fallon is an exceptionally talented and dynamic entertainer and we couldn't be more excited that he'll be hosting the 2017 Golden Globes," Soria said. "His charm, wit and incredible spontaneity will play exceedingly well both to everyone at the show as well as the millions watching at home from around the world."

The host of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" expressed his own excitement at the announcement on social media.

"I'm so excited to be hosting The Golden Globes in January," he wrote before joking, "and I'm really looking forward to spending time with the Hollywood Foreign Press before Donald Trump has them all deported."

Fallon previously hosted the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards. He has presented various categories at the Golden Globes. He most recently appeared alongside actress Melissa McCarthy in 2014 when he presented Michael Douglas with the Golden Globe for Best Performance by An Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

British comedian Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes awards ceremony this year. Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the shows from 2013 to 2015.

Forget JoJo: Have you seen 'The Baby Bachelorette?'

Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher sealed the deal on Monday night's "The Bachelorette" finale, making the difficult decision of choosing between two men whom she claimed to love. 

There could only be one. 

And the 25-year-old Texas real estate developer chose former NFL quarterback Jordan Rodgers.

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<iframe src="//storify.com/cmgnationalnews/the-bachelorette-the-baby-bachelorette/embed?header=none&amp;border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/cmgnationalnews/the-bachelorette-the-baby-bachelorette.js?header=none&amp;border=false"></script>[View the story "The Bachelorette/The Baby Bachelorette" on Storify]The Bachelorette/The Baby BacheloretteStorified by CMGNationalNews· Tue, Aug 02 2016 15:05:31Many viewers voiced dismay, saying JoJo made the wrong choice. This is my #TheBachelorette tweet. I am disappointed in JoJo for her choice, and disappointed in myself for caring this much.DJ DeWittHow I feel about Jordan #TheBachelorette https://t.co/OvnnTgUF2q♡ Kimberly GudieWow Jojo have fun waiting for Jordan to do his hair before you can go anywhere for the rest of ur life #TheBacheloretteCheathamAaron Rodgers at home watching #TheBachelorette like... https://t.co/b0NEfu2Ao9Kaylie ShawI'm just glad JoJo went with her gut and chose the guy she hasn't trusted since day 1. You go JoJo.  #TheBacheloretteSarah Jean SpookHow I feel about #TheBachelorette finale https://t.co/IJnxFrvREcMeaghan MackeySome people said she picked the right guy.YESSSSSSSSSSS JOJO #TeamJordan #BacheloretteFinaleChelsea AllenKnowing Jordan won makes my heart happy😍💕 #BacheloretteFinaleTori SetteYES JOJO YOU CHOSE RIGHT #BacheloretteFinaleMariamWhether you felt cheated and are in need of a happier ending or you're a romantic who enjoys watching others find love, Jimmy Kimmel's "The Baby Bachelorette" is a short G-rated series about little ones finding their soulmates -- or maybe just playmates.The Baby Bachelorette - Episode 1Jimmy Kimmel LiveThe Baby Bachelorette - Episode 2Jimmy Kimmel LiveThe Baby Bachelorette - Episode 3Jimmy Kimmel LiveThe Baby Bachelorette - Episode 4: The Hometown DatesJimmy Kimmel LiveThe Baby Bachelorette - The Boys Tell AllJimmy Kimmel LiveThe Baby Bachelorette - FinaleJimmy Kimmel Live

Shannen Doherty's latest health update isn't something fans ever wanted to hear

Actress Shannen Doherty, best known for her parts in “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Charmed,” has been very open with her fans about her recent diagnosis of breast cancer.

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In a new interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Doherty revealed the harrowing news that her cancer has spread to her lymph nodes and that she is in the midst of chemotherapy and will soon undergo radiation treatment.

“I had breast cancer that spread to the lymph nodes, and from one of my surgeries we discovered that some of the cancer cells might have actually gone out of the lymph nodes. So for that reason, we are doing chemo, and then after chemo, I’ll do radiation,” Doherty said.

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“The unknown is always the scariest part. Is the chemo going to work? Is the radiation going to work?” she continued. “Everything else is manageable. Pain is manageable, you know, living without a breast is manageable. It’s the worry of your future and how your future is going to affect the people that you love.”

Doherty recently showed her fans what it was like to shave her head after her hair began to fall out during chemo. Doherty described this process to ET.

>> Actress Shannen Doherty shaves head amidst cancer battle, shares on social media​

“After my second treatment, my hair was really matted, like in dreadlocks. And I went to try and brush it out, and it just fell out. I just remember holding onto huge clumps of my hair in my hands, and just running to my mom crying, like, ‘My hair, my hair, my hair, my hair,'” she said.

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Step 1 A photo posted by ShannenDoherty (@theshando) on Jul 19, 2016 at 9:07pm PDT

“It was just shedding and it was driving me crazy. It was just clumps, and I was like, ‘Just grab the kitchen scissors.’ … We did stages. We did a pixie. And then we did a Mohawk, which was my favorite look. And then finally, we had to get the shaver thing and just buzz it off.”

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Thank you to these three who helped me thru an impossibly tough day and continue to be there every minute supporting and loving me. @kurtiswarienko was in Mexico working but knew he left me in good hands. @annemkortright @chriscortazzo #mamarosa I love you. #mycrew #thisisasquad A photo posted by ShannenDoherty (@theshando) on Jul 25, 2016 at 10:26am PDT

New stories in noir series take dark paths of imagination

"Mississippi Noir," the latest collection of dark, often unsettling short fiction in the series from Akashic Books, takes readers down twisting roads into the ghoulish backwaters of the Southern mind.

Make that the Mississippi mind. As in the other Akashic noir collections, all the stories in this book unfold in the state or place in the title. In these stories, from Biloxi to Hattiesburg, from Jackson to Oxford, the various crimes of the heart or doomed deeds of fractured households are carried out in real Mississippi locales, at least for the most part.

The Akashic series began with "Brooklyn Noir" in 2004 and in a dozen years has spanned the globe ("Paris Noir," ''Singapore Noir," ''Havana Noir") with more than 70 titles. Each collection is a showcase of sorts, featuring all new works of fiction, many by writers unknown or little known.

The Mississippi collection benefits from having Tom Franklin as its editor. The author of some of the finest novels and stories in the Southern gothic or noir line, including his own book of short stories, "Poachers," Franklin teaches at the University of Mississippi and has brought together a wide range of talent and a variety of voices.

This makes for an uneven collection, and some readers may wonder how one story or another was included at all. As "noir" implies, these stories are not sunny, and they are not for everybody.

They include well-known writers, such as Ace Atkins, who leads off with "Combustible," about a simmering, trash-talking teen girl with trailer-home issues, and Megan Abbott, whose "Oxford Girl" is a timely, dreamlike retelling of a coed in frat hell. Both Atkins and Abbott have been picked for previous Akashic noir collections.

A number of the book's lesser-known writers have published fiction and won honors, such as Mary Miller, whose narrator in "Uphill" is a beautifully drawn woman on the fringes hanging with a man among the outcasts, and John M. Floyd, whose "Pit Stop" is a solid whodunit about a man stalking women on a Mississippi highway after dark.

Two newcomers mentioned by Franklin in his introduction are Jimmy Cajoleas and Dominiqua Dickey. Cajoleas, in "Lord of Madison County," takes the reader through a pot-headed and mayhem-filled joy ride of teenage sex and parental crackup. Dickey, in "God's Gonna Trouble the Water," more slowly tells a tale of race, family and sexual attraction that builds suspense as a storm grows on the horizon.

While the selections may be a mixed bag, overall they are a devilishly wrought introduction to writers with a feel for Mississippi who are pursuing lonely, haunting paths of the imagination.

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