Thursday, March 8, 2018

The DIRT - 3.8.18

DIERKS BENTLEY: Looking for Female Heroes

Dierks Bentley is on the hunt for female heroes to be part of his ACM Awards performance next month.
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He wants fans to submit photos of special women ito be included on a backdrop during his performance of "Woman, Amen."

Images should be taken on a solid, neutral background and must be posted via Twitter or Instagram with the official hashtag #WomanAmenACM by Wednesday, April 4th.

The ACM Awards will air live from Las Vegas on April 15th on CBS.

LUKE BRYAN: Judging on American Idol Is Challenging

Luke Bryan is one of the nicest guys in country music. So sitting in the judge's chair on the American Idol reboot will be a challenge for him. 
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He says, “It’s interesting. It’s a little out of my comfort zone to just pick people apart, but you have to. It’s what you signed up for.”

Luke also says that Lionel Richie is like a father figure on the set and Katy Perry is the lady you go to if you're hungry, because she always has a stash of snacks.

American Idol premieres on Sunday on ABC.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: Country's Top Girl Power Tunes

It's International Women's Day, and our country music family is full of some incredible ladies. Over the years, these gals have released tunes that not only brought them success, but also inspired entire generations. 

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Here are a few of our favorite songs that inspire some major girl-power:

Loretta Lynn - "The Pill"

Martina McBride - "This One's for the Girls"

Shania Twain - "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"

Jo Dee Messina - "Bye Bye"

Jamie O'Neal - "Somebody's Hero"

Dolly Parton - "Dumb Blonde"

Carrie Underwood - "Good Girl"

Faith Hill - "Wild One"

Lauren Alaina - "Road Less Traveled"

Reba McEntire - "I'm a Survivor"

LeAnn Rimes - "One Way Ticket"

Miranda Lambert - "Platinum"

Honorable MentionKeith Urban - "Female"


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WEIRD NEWS: Why Are You Hitting Yourself...With a Car?

A drunk driver in Virginia is facing serious charges for an accident in which he ran over and injured...himself!

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Isaac Bonsu was driving erratically on a road outside Washington, D.C., which drew the attention of a trooper on routine patrol. When the officer signaled for Bonsu to pull over, the 30-year-old initially took off and led him on a short chase before stopping and jumping out the driver's side door -- while drunkenly leaving the vehicle in drive.

Bonsu tried to flee on foot, but when he crossed in front of the car, it rolled forward and hit him, giving deputies a chance to catch and cuff him. He was hit with a laundry list of charges, including DWI, hit and run, driving without a license, driving with an open container and possession of marijuana.

WEIRD NEWS: Gun Necklace Triggers Trouble

British customs officers are sticking to their guns by defending an airport guard who stopped an ex-cop -- and seized a necklace resembling a tiny gun.
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Claire Sharp says she was trying to go through security at Stansted Airport just outside London when the inspector forced her to hand over the charm, which was slightly more than an inch long and attached to a chain around her neck. Sharp, a former special assignment police officer herself, says she was shocked when two officers told her she had to give up the puny pistol because it was "too realistic" and might spark a panic on board.

Sharp told authorities the charm was particularly dear to her because it was a gift from her first husband, who died suddenly back in 2001 when he was just 32 years old. She said, "Last week I flew from Gatwick to Iceland wearing it, with no issue. I'd been to Moscow in November, where they're mad on security, and they had no issue with my necklace."

WEIRD NEWS: Bowlers Leave Car in the Gutter

A pinhead in Missouri received a police citation after he ditched his car in the middle of the road and ran to a bowling tournament. 


Police found the abandoned car stopped in the middle of a major road with no one inside or anywhere near it. They called for a tow truck to remove it and then got to work on tracking down the driver. When police found him, he explained that he was en route to a bowling tournament when the car broke down. He ditched the car and ran to the bowling alley to make it in time.

The driver was issued a ticket for impeding the flow of traffic.

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THE BACHELOR: Arie Proposed to Lauren

The Bachelor season finale came to a fitting conclusion: Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to Lauren Burnham with a 3.5 carat diamond ring. Then host Chris Harrison wished for Arie that this engagement lasted longer than his previous one.

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His jilted fiancée, Becca Kufrin, earned a second chance at love. The studio audience roared with approval as Becca was announced as the next Bachelorette. The crowd was clearly Team Becca and disapproved of the way Arie mistreated her.

Chris Harrison explored the timeline from Arie proposing to Becca in Peru to Lauren accepting him back with open arms and heart. He’d been engaged for only five weeks when Arie DM’d Lauren’s Instagram account on New Year’s Eve. By the first weekend in February, they’d hooked up.

In between, Lauren assured Arie that she wanted him back. It meant he could dump Becca with confidence that a rebound romance awaited. Arie put on an act for the cameras outside Lauren’s home. He didn’t have butterflies. He knew perfectly well Lauren would welcome him back. (Gossip Cop)

There are conflicting reports about how cameras joined Arie for the breakup with Becca. ABC denied forcing it, but former Bachelor Jason Mesnick admitted he refused producer's demands to record him ending an engagement.

ED WESTWICK: Ugly Sex Abuse Allegation

Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick has been hit with an ugly sex-abuse allegation.

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Former stylist Haley Camille Freedman says the British actor held her as a sex slave for a weekend at his L.A.-area home in 2014. She says she was partying with Westwick and friends, got somewhat drunk, and wound up being the last one to leave. They started having consensual sex, but when she refused some kinky requests, Westwick got rough -- spitting on her, slapping her and choking her. Freedman alleges that he again attacked her in the shower. He offered to drive her home, but kept delaying so he could attack her again. Freedman says the ordeal lasted more than 48 hours.

Freedman isn't suing Westwick, but former business partners who blackballed her after she tried to go public with her allegations. Westwick has denied the claims and says he has proof she's lying.

Westwick has also been accused of rape by two other women.

AGT facing legal battle:

America's Got Talent has been hit with a wrongful death suit.

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According to TMZ, Maureen Allen was severely injured after she flipped her motorized wheelchair over cables for the show's taping. After being hospitalized, she suffered a stroke. A number of surgeries followed and several months later she died. The estate believe the show's negligence is to blame for Allen's death.

Happy News For Fixer Upper Stars:

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Fixer Upper stars Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines are expecting a baby boy. Chip broke the news in a video on Wednesday. The couple already have two boys and two girls.

Monday, March 5, 2018


Does Brad Paisley get nervous? You Bet!
“The one moment every night that gets to me is the walk to the stage, It feels like I have done that walk a lot. I’m not tired of it at all, it’s just that somewhere in the back of my mind, there’s always a little bit of the thought, ’Are they going to be tired of me tonight?’ Just a little bit. That’s on my mind.
“But immediately when we start, I realize that these people aren’t tired of me because they haven’t heard me for a year or two,” he said.

Miranda raises some major bucks for pups...

The Mutts Across America recipients are in, and their collective tails are probably wagging today; because Miranda Lambert has just given 50 animal shelters across the country $3,000-$5,000 each.

In total, Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation just granted $189,000. And since starting the program, Lambert and her mom Bev have shared $775,000 with 200 shelters.

“I am amazed and humbled by the great work these shelters do, and so honored to be able to support their critical efforts on behalf of rescue animals,” Lambert said in a press release.

Jake Owen is ready...To Play Ball

While there isn't a change of careers happening for Jake Owen anytime soon, he did share that he was going to be hitting the road this summer for a string of shows at baseball stadiums across the country. 

And he’s calling the run the Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour with special guests Chris Janson and Jordan Davis. He also has a new tune coming to country radio called "I was Jack (You Were Diane). We'll be playing it soon but since I don't like to make you wait.. Check it out below..


Congratulations, Scotty McCreery!!

After a 40 week climb to the top, Scotty McCreery's latest single "Five More Minutes" has found a home as the number one song in all of country music. 

There was a time when even Scotty had doubts that the song would ever leave the writing room. But fast forward to three years later and the song has become the very first number one single for the former American Idol champion. The song is also the first single from "Seasons Change" which has a release date of March 16th.

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A North Carolina woman is jailed on multiple felony charges after she allegedly opened fire in a movie theater during a dispute over assigned seats at a screening of            “Black Panther,” according to police and court records.

Investigators allege that Shameka Latrice Lynch, 30, squabbled with other moviegoers around 11:45 PM Friday at a crowded AMC theater in Greenville. During the dispute over seating arrangements for the Marvel superhero movie, Lynch allegedly pulled out a .32 caliber pistol and discharged the weapon inside the theater.

Lynch, seen above, fired one round into the theater’s ceiling, police allege.

While the shooting resulted in no injuries, Lynch has been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill (prosecutors have identified the victims as two men attending the “Black Panther” showing). Lynch is also facing a third felony count for discharging a weapon in an enclosure to incite fear.

The shooting prompted police to evacuate the entire 12-screen multiplex.

Lynch surrendered to police Saturday evening and was booked into the Pitt County Detention Center, where she is being held on $250,000 bond. Lynch is next due in court on March 14.

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"Harry Potter" actor Jim Tavaré is in intensive care after a head-on car crash that left him with several severe injuries.

The 54-year-old British actor, who played Tom, the owner of the Leaky Cauldron in the “Harry Potter” film series, suffered a broken neck, and also broke 15 ribs, a leg, suffered a punctured lung and fractured his breastbones.

His wife Laura took to Facebook to reveal the news and share a photo of Tavaré, who was severely bruised and lying in a hospital bed, all while giving a thumbs-up.

Angie Everhart has filed for divorce ... 

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Everhart cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for ending her marriage to Carl Ferro. The couple married in 2014.

Sources tell us there is no prenup, so community property laws apply, which provides a 50/50 of assets acquired during the marriage.

Angie, a model who also appeared in numerous TV shows and movies, including "Last Action Hero," also wants spousal support from Ferro, who owns Sunfare, a meal delivery service.

Angie and Carl each have one child from previous relationships but none together.

Bill Cosby's daughter, Ensa, who steadfastly supported her dad through his legal troubles, has died .

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The 44-year-old died Friday night in Massachusetts from renal disease

Ensa was always in her dad's corner, releasing a statement last year, "My father has been publicly lynched in the media and my family, my young daughter, my young niece and nephew have had to stand helplessly by and watch the double standard or pretending to protect the rights of some but ignoring the rights of others."

She went on to say ... "I strongly believe my father is innocent of the crimes alleged against him and I believe that racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal."

The cause of death is unknown, although we're told she had significant medical issues in the past. We're told she had kidney issues and possibly was in line for a transplant.

This is not the first of Cosby's children to die. Ennis Cosby was murdered in 1997 by an 18-year-old in a failed robbery attempt.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

THE DIRT - 1.31

DARIUS RUCKER: Performing Before the Super Bowl


Darius Rucker attended last year's Super Bowl. This year, he'll sing before it.

He'll perform at the NFL Tailgate Party on Sunday. Also on the bill are Sting and Shaggy -- who you might have seen team up at the Grammys.

Portions of the festivities will be broadcast on NBC's pre-game show.


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Grab your tissues, because Luke Combs has released the video for his single "One Number Away," and it's absolutely heartbreaking.


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LANCO's Hallelujah Nights claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart this week, making them the first country band to open at the chart's summit with a debut album since Lady Antebellum in 2008. The milestone feat comes on the heels of the group's single "Greatest Love Story" spending two weeks at No. 1 and their latest release, "Born To Love You," dominating the top of the iTunes Country chart since its release.


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The countdown is on till Maren Morris ties the knot with fiancé Ryan Hurd. On Monday night (1/29), Maren shared a picture of the happy couple raising their glasses along with a message saying, "Two months till we say 'I do.'" While Maren's post didn't reveal the exact date for their upcoming nuptials, we do know a few more details about the big day.

Hurd recently told People that one of the couple's must-haves at their reception will be tequila, with Morris chiming in to say the drink is actually her go-to for calming the nerves and energizing. So, what else will the couple need for their wedding? Maren says, "Excellent fiancé, dog, tacos - yeah, it's gonna be a reflection us and our tastes!"



When Reba hit the red carpet ahead of Sunday night's (1/28) Grammy Awards, she did so with her new boyfriend, Skeeter Lasuzzo, in tow. Reba introduced her new man to the world during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, revealing that the two had already been to three plays together while in New York for the Grammys. Reba said of their relationship, "We like to have fun whether it's the mountains or New York City." In December, Reba documented that shared love for the mountains, posting pictures of them spending time outdoors in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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WEIRD NEWS: Peacocks Can't Fly

A New York woman's attempt to bring her emotional support animal on a cross-country flight didn't quite fly with United Airlines.

The woman, a performance artist who goes by the name Ventiko, tried to board the Newark-to-Los Angeles flight with her emotional support peacock named Dexter. United Airlines says it warned the woman three times that the peacock wouldn't be allowed to board the plane, but she ignored them and came to the airport with the colorful bird perched on her shoulder. She was finally turned away and now Ventiko says Dexter is being driven to California.

WEIRD NEWS: Pizza D'oh!
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A Washington man who didn't have enough dough for a pizza delivery tried to rob the driver, but ended up getting boxed in by a quick-thinking cop who found he'd ordered the same pie from the same cell phone just four days earlier.

A guy who identified himself as "David Adams" rang a Pizza Hut and placed a large order worth more than 80 bucks, but when the driver arrived at his apartment complex, he said he'd meet her in the parking lot, which he did -- pulling out a gun and demanding she hand over the food and the cash she was carrying.

The driver called 911 and reached a dispatcher who thought outside the box and checked with the eatery to see if anyone had used the suspect's phone to order pizza in the past -- finding that he'd done that just four days earlier. Cops were dispatched to his apartment, where they found a group of people smoking weed and eating a few pies, which they insisted had been there long before they showed up for the party.

WEIRD NEWS: Plumbers Crack on Crappy Flight
Vacationers traveling on a flight from Norway to Germany saw their plans go down the tubes due to broken toilets -- even though the plane was packed with nearly 100 plumbers!

The Norwegian Air flight made it almost halfway to Munich, but couldn't go on due to the crappy plumbing. Airline rep Frank Olsen says his staff were unable to intervene and correct the mid-flight problem because it could only be fixed by someone working from the outside. He adds, "There was a good atmosphere in the plane, what with the irony about the broken toilets."

Pilots were able to take off several hours after the emergency landing, so you could say the second time was the Charmin!

WEIRD NEWS: Highway to Hell

You might say that Arizona is hot as hell, but if you're driving along a particular stretch of Interstate 10, you might think you actually are in hell.

A two-mile portion of the highway between Phoenix and Tucson has been adopted by the Satanic Temple of Arizona. So if you happen to be driving on I-10, you might actually see some Satanists with pitchforks cleaning up trash on the side of the road. Members of the temple say they wanted to do something good for their community, so they contacted the Arizona Department of Transportation and asked to adopt a segment of the highway. They paid the fee and now have their own sign on the side of the road.

A founding member of the temple says, "What we are really showing here is that Satanism is a legitimate religion, even though it’s non-theistic. We are showing the people do have a sense of community and they want to get involved."

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Tom Hanks has been cast as Mr. Rogers in an upcoming bio-pic.


The movie, titled You Are My Friend, was inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The plot follows a "cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed."

Production is set to begin in September.

Leslie Jones will return to the Olympics as a contributor for NBC. The SNL cast member covered the Rio summer games in 2016 after enthusiastically tweeted about the events. NBC’s live prime-time coverage of the Winter Olympics begins February 8th.

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Film critic Richard Roeper has been suspended from the Chicago Sun-Times after he allegedly bought fake followers on Twitter. The paper's editor in chief Chris Fusco said, "We're investigating these issues. We will not be publishing any reviews or columns by Rich until this investigation is complete."

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USA Network has renewed Suits for an eighth season after the departure of stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle. Both actors will leave the series at the end of the seventh season.

Meanwhile, Showtime has canceled the Andrew Dice Clay series Dice, and Hulu has canceled the drama series Shut Eye after two seasons.

Zachary Quinto will once again replace Leonard Nimoy. The current Spock has signed on to host a reboot of In Search Of for the History channel. Nimoy hosted the series in the late '70s and early '80s.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The DIRT - 1.30

BRETT ELDREDGE: Gives a "Lyft" to St. Jude
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Brett Eldredge has teamed up with rideshare service Lyft to help raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

St. Jude is now part of Lyft's Round Up and Donate program, in which people who use the service can round up their fare to the next dollar and donate the difference to a charity.

Brett says, “I am so thankful to St. Jude for the opportunity to meet these incredible kids. The courage and zest for life that they have is something that will inspire me forever. Now everyone can help make an impact with Lyft’s Round Up and Donate. I hope that everyone can see how powerful and simple it is to help by donating.”

Lyft's program has raised over $4 million for various charities in its eight months in existence.

Kenny Chesney has added amphitheater dates to his already announced stadium shows on Trip Around the Sun tour.
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He says, “Nothing’s like the energy of a stadium show. But there’s also something about the amphitheaters, where the people are all so close. It’s like being with your friends somewhere back home, singing songs and hanging out, and having the best party of the year."

The tour kicks off with a stadium show in Tampa, Florida on April 21st and wraps up with another big field in Foxboro, Massachusetts on August 25th.

LADY ANTEBELLUM: Hillary Welcomes Twin Girls

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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and her husband Chris Tyrell welcomed twin baby girls yesterday (Monday).

Hillary wrote in an Instagram post, "Our family is thankful and proud to announce the arrival of our precious baby girls. They were born in the early hours of January 29th, 2018 and we can’t wait to share more about them in the days to come. Thank you to everyone who prayed and prayed for these little ladies, and thank you Lord for healthy babies. #twins." The girl join their big sister, four-year-old Eisele.

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WEIRD NEWS: Tat's All, Folks!

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A meat-hating woman in England went bananas when trying to show the world her dietary choice -- by tattooing the word "vegan" on her forehead.

Kate Bullen, who lives in the industrial town of Preston, wanted to spread the word that it's easy eating green, so she had the word inked just above her right eyebrow -- to remind her that she never wanted to go back to munching on her fellow mammals. She says she's gotten a lot of negative feedback over the decision, some from family members who say they're worried she might be harming her chances of getting a job-- although she's been "self-employed" since her late teens.

Her tattoo artist admits she was initially skeptical about doing the inking, but says that Kate "didn't try to convert" her to eating vegan, so she relented and is glad she did.

WEIRD NEWS: Smothered, Covered, Hot and Bothered
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There's apparently one condiment you won't find at a Waffle House restaurant, and thanks to an insane Georgia man, we now know what it is.

43-year-old Willie Edward Drake sat down at the counter of a Waffle House in Macon, Georgia and asked for some barbecue sauce with his meal. An employee informed him that they don't keep barbecue sauce in stock and Drake didn't take the news very well. He completely lost his mind and started yelling obscenities at the staff. At one point hollered, "I’ll go to [effing] jail over some barbecue sauce!" Well, it turns out he was serious.

Employees feared for their safety and called 911. When police arrived, they found Drake being "uncooperative and disorderly." He was arrested for disorderly conduct.

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TAYLOR SWIFT: Who Called Her Lazy?
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Katy Perry ought to be thrilled to learn that music producer Quincy Jones is on her side in the “Bad Blood” feud with Taylor Swift.

Quincy despises Taylor. In an interview with GQ magazine, he accuses her of being lazy in the recording studio. (quote) “The only place you find ‘success’ before ‘work’ is the dictionary, and that’s alphabetical.”

The Grammys have given Quincy 29 awards. The most significant was 35 years ago for Album and Record of the Year for Michael Jackson’s Thriller and “Beat It.”

When asked about Taylor Swift’s songwriting, which some have called the best of the decade, Quincy told GQ, (quote) “Whatever crumbles your cookie. We need more songs, man. [Freaking] songs, not hooks.”

MERYL STREEP: Trademarking Her Name
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There can be only one Meryl Streep -- and the Oscar-winner wants to make that legal.

The 68-year-old has applied to trademark her name. Her filing would give her exclusive rights to the use of her name in the entertainment industry and protect it from unauthorized commercial use.

It wasn't immediately known why Streep filed the trademark application at this point in her career, but many other celebs have tried the same.

Rapper 50 Cent and power couple David and Victoria Beckham successfully trademarked their names, while Kylie Jenner, Blue Ivy and Donald Trump were denied.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Sued by Former Assistant
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Harvey Weinstein is still getting hit with lawsuits.

The mogul is being sued by his former assistant Sandeep Rehal. Among her many claims were that she was harassed, groped and forced to keep a cabinet stocked with his erectile dysfunction shots. She claimed Weinstein made her put a shot in his jacket pocket or a brown paper bag whenever he was supposed to meet a woman at a hotel.

According to the suit, Rehal was "required, as a condition of her employment, to work with Harvey Weinstein when he was naked. On an almost weekly basis, she was required to take dictation of emails from him while he was naked."

Rehal says she also had to clean up semen on Weinstein's office couch and pick up his used condoms.

Weinstein "categorically denies" the claims.

Our Best Friends For A Reason....Actually Several Of Them..

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Our four-legged friends are good for a lot more than cuddling. Research suggests that they can get us moving, improve our immune systems, and work as mental-health boosters. Here are five ways pets make us happier and healthier.

Get The List HERE.