Miss Pennsylvania Valerie Gatto revealed on national television that she was "a product of rape," growing up with her mother and grandparents, but never knowing who her biological father was, the New York Daily News reported.
Gatto, 24, told NBC's "Today" show that her mother was 19 when she was attacked by a man brandishing a knife while walking home from work in Pittsburgh. The man dragged her behind a building and raped her.
Gatto, who will compete in tomorrow's Miss USA competition in Baton Rouge, La., said she wants to use the traumatic assault to show other women "how to be proactive, what to do, to be present, to be aware of your surroundings."
* The following bold-faced names apologized for various cases of diarrhea of the mouth: Jonah Hill, for using a homophobic slur while yelling at an aggressive paparazzo; Pharrell Williams, for wearing a Native-American headdress on the cover of Elle; and Justin Bieber, for, again, using the N-word in a video.
* "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts will receive the 2014 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism Oct. 6 in Phoenix from Arizona State University's Cronkite School.
The three-finger salute used as a symbol of resistance in "The Hunger Games" novels and movies now has real life meaning for protesters opposed to a military junta in Thailand.
"Raising three fingers has become a symbol in calling for fundamental political rights," anti-coup activist Sombat Boonngamanong said on his Facebook page.
The City of Fort Lee, the northern New Jersey town that suffered traffic jams when lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed, turned itself into Fort Courage when it named "F Troop" actor Larry Storch mayor for a day.
* Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and "Game of Thrones" actress Gwendoline Christie have joined the cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII."
* Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone will write and direct a film about Edward Snowden, based on the book "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man" by Guardian journo Luke Harding. Another Snowden story is in development at Sony Pictures, director unknown. That project will be based on Glenn Greenwald's "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the U.S. Surveillance State."