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FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum, the second installment in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s scary anthology series, has been ramping up its promotion in the past few weeks with various creepy teasers making the rounds. Now, EW can bring you four EXCLUSIVE new pieces of key art from the wild new season, set within an insane asylum. Click through to see all four images and get ready to shudder. And stay tuned to EW.com all this week for MAJOR AHS: Asylum exclusives.



People put a positive spin on the idea of mob mentality with flash mobs, happy groups that came together in a public place to surprise crowds with choreographed dance moves and songs. Then came cash mobs, when well-intentioned consumers boosted sales at a local store by buying up whatever was in stock. Now the flash mob has taken a sinister turn: A Chicago store owner says his shop is the latest to be robbed by a flash mob, when a group of young adults showed up all at once and stole more than $3,000 worth of merchandise.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, at around 6:40 p.m. on Saturday about 20 people entered the Mildblend Supply Co., a clothing store in a trendy part of Chicago, and started scooping up $200-a-pair jeans — and then walked out of the store without paying for them.

“I see a group of kids. They’re coming in the store in a marching way, like a team,” the store’s owner, Luke Cho, told the newspaper. “After the 15th or 16th teenager was inside I knew something bad was happening.”

The surveillance video, which Cho posted on YouTube, shows a flood of young adults entering the nearly empty store at about 6:40 p.m. Some mill around, looking at displays, but many make a beeline to the back of the store, where piles of jeans sit on out on tables.

They just look like regular shoppers — until you notice that several of them are slipping off their backpacks and stuffing clothing into them.

“We were extremely vulnerable and caught completely off guard,” Cho said. “There wasn’t a whole lot we could do other than lock the door and hope the police showed up right away.”

The crowd was too much for the four employees who were on duty that evening.

“They completely overwhelmed us. I went to lock the door and there were a dozen more waiting to come in,” Cho told NBC 5.

“They basically pushed us aside,” he added. “We were standing by the door. My staff got cuts and bruises and banged around until [the thieves] unlocked the door and got out.”

It took police more than 30 minutes to respond to 911 calls from the store, thanks to a local street fair that had closed some of the roads in the area; the outdoor fair also made it easier for the mob robbers to hide. No one has been arrested in the incident so far.

The last few months have seen a rash in flash mob robberies. In April, 20 or more people took $20,000 worth of clothing from the G-Star Raw store in Washington, D.C., police there reported, and in May, dozens of teens descended on a 7-Eleven store in Baltimore for free Slurpees and helped themselves to other merchandise as well. Several stores in Portland, Oregon — including a Chevron station store and high-end retailer Nordstroms — were flash-robbed in April as well.



For years, experts have been trying to figure out the so-called French paradox. Why, if the French eat such rich food, do they tend to stay lean, while the waistlines of us diet-conscious Americans are growing faster than Justin Beiber’s savings account?

Well, in France, they eat a wide variety of foods—fats and carbs, yes, but also plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lots of lean meat. But when French food makes its way to America, things tend to go haywire. Le French bread? Pure carbs. Le French toast? Pure carbs with lots of sugar and grease. Le French dressing? Pure fat, mixed with water and magically tinted the color of Tang.

And the worst offender of all: Les French fries.

We’ve become so addicted to the crispy, salty, tender treats that nearly half of all potatoes harvested in the country wind up in the deep fryer. (And we eat an average of 130 pounds of taters, per person, every year.) But not every fry is created equal. While no one will ever accuse les frites of being a health food, there are some you can enjoy with relative impunity—and others that deserve an all-out French Resistance. Take a look at the best and worst French fries in America, compliments of the forthcoming Eat This, Not That! 2013: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution.


Five Guys Fries (Large)
1,474 calories
71 g fat (14 g saturated)
213 mg sodium

Five Guys lands on this list for no other reason than its egregious portion size. In terms of calories, it would take more than six small orders of McDonalds’ fries to equal one large order from Five Guys. It’s great that the chain fills its fryers with pure peanut oil, but until it offers reasonable portions, Five Guys will remain firmly entrenched on this side of the list.


 Cheesecake Factory Sweet Potato Fries
960 calories
3 g saturated fat
1,521 mg sodium

Think you’re saving yourself some calories by opting for sweet potatoes over standard spuds? You’re not. A side of these fries will you run you 400 calories more than their regular counterpart. In keeping with the chain’s gargantuan portions (hey, it didn’t finish first on our Worst Restaurants in America list without reason), this side dish contains nearly as many carbohydrates as 1.5 cans of Pringles.


Chili’s Texas Cheese Fries with Chili and Ranch
2,120 calories
144 g fat (69 g saturated)
5,920 mg sodium

Not surprisingly, the namesake of these fries, Texas, is among the top five most obese states in the nation. (Similarly, if you should happen to come across Mississippi or West Virginia Fries, those should be avoided as well.) Essentially a plate of nachos that replaces chips with fries, this appetizer is far and away the most damaging on Chili’s menu. It would take 22 of the chain’s deep-fried mozzarella sticks to match the calories on one plate, and the sodium toll will likely leave you bloated with water retention.

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TGI Friday’s Parmesan Steak Fries
660 calories
49 g fat (10 g saturated)
630 mg sodium

Steak fries tend to fall on the healthier side of the french fry spectrum. The thicker cut allows for a higher ratio of spud to oil. But not at Friday’s. Here, ordering steak fries over standard fries will more than double your fat intake—in fact, two-thirds of these calories are supplied by pure fat. That’s how each hulking order manages to pack in more calories than an entire meal ought to.


Jack in the Box Seasoned Curly Fries (small)
280 calories
16 g fat (1 g saturated)
614 mg sodium

Its menu once clotted with trans fats, Jack in the Box has made a concerted effort in recent years to cut down on dangerous oils. What remains is a dramatically improved side dish lineup, including your best option for a novelty fry. Just be sure to stick to a small order—each portion upsize tacks on an additional 150 calories.


TGI Friday’s Seasoned Fries
290 calories
23 g fat (4.5 g saturated)
650 mg sodium

TGI Friday’s, the titleholder for Worst Steak Fries, nearly redeems itself with this classic version, the most reasonable you’re likely to find at a casual dining chain. Be careful though: These might be surprisingly benign, but few of Friday’s entrées follow suit. Choose your meal wisely—I recommend the Petite Sirloin—or you’ll more than recover the calories you saved on these damage-free fries.

POUND-PACKING PATTIES: A decent side dish doesn’t grant you free reign when it comes to your entrée. Not even the most reasonable side of fries can make up for the dietary damage wrought by the 11 Worst Burgers in America.


McDonald’s French Fries (small)
230 calories
11 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
160 mg sodium

Not only are these fries “world famous,” but they’re also surprisingly harmless in small amounts. Downgrade from a large order to a small twice a week, and you’ll drop 8 pounds within a year. I wouldn’t recommend making them a regular part of your diet, but when a craving strikes, hit the golden arches and you’ll emerge from the drive-thru relatively unscathed.

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cuba-gooding-arrest-pics-mugshot-jr-gi.jpgNew Orleans police have issued an arrest warrant for actor Cuba Gooding Jr. for allegedly shoving a female bartender early Tuesday (July 31) morning, reports TMZ.

The scuffle went down at The Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street around 3 a.m. Gooding, who was out with a group of friends, reportedly got upset when some other bar patrons recognized him and started taking photos. The bartender approached and asked the “Jerry Maguire” actor to calm down, according to E! News, but instead he supposedly pushed the woman against a wall.

Another bar employee then called 911, and the female bartender claims the actor then pushed her again before leaving. A rep for Gooding had no comment.

The actor is currently in New Orleans filming “The Butler,” co-starring Oprah Winfrey and Lenny Kravitz.






People who suffer from a medical disorder that causes chronic pain are buying marijuana on the street for relief, a new study has revealed.
The study, led by Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, a rheumatologist at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, appears in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

It shows that 13% cent of patients living with fibromyalgia (FM) use cannabinoids for relief from symptoms such as widespread pain, fatigue, and insomnia, and 10% buy cannabis illegally for these reasons. It says these people tend to have poorer mental health, and are often on additional prescribed medications that could result in negative drug interactions. Cannabinoids are a type of chemical in marijuana that causes drug-like effects all through the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system.

“Fibromyalgia affects up to three per cent of the population and is more common in women,” says Dr. Fitzcharles, who is also a professor of medicine at McGill University. “Unfortunately, FM pharmacologic treatments for pain have modest results, prompting some patients to self-medicate with more non-traditional therapies, such as marijuana.”

Dr. Fitzcharles says she and her colleagues assessed cannabinoid use in 457 FM patients being treated at the MUHC Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit. They determined that 13% of participants used cannabinoids to help manage pain, fatigue, and insomnia, and 10% cent bought cannabis illegally.



It is a difficult task to tick off the Brits, but Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for President, managed to accomplish just that. He earned the title, “Mitt the Twit,” after a series of gaffes. The title was given to Mitt Romney by the London tabloid, The Sun.

It started when Mitt Romney questioned whether the London Olympics would be successful, something that should have been reserved for a private discussion with friends in confidence. Instead, Mitt Romney not only said it publicly, he said it in the middle of London just prior to the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The Republican candidate, who organized the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, also questioned whether the British people will “come together and celebrate” the Olympics.

Romney also told a television interviewer, Brian Williams anchor of NBC News, “It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting.”

There was further embarrassment when he said he had looked out of “the backside of Number 10” to see the beach volleyball court.

What is particularly galling to the Brits, is that this is the third Olympics for London since the start of the modern games. Once earlier in 1908, and again in 1948, that celebrated the ally victory in Europe after World War II. The 1948 games were significant since they were the first games in 12 years since the disastrous games in 1936 in Munich in which Adolf Hitler wanted to showcase Nazism.

London Mayor Boris Johnson called Mitt Romney out by name saying “a guy named Mitt Romney” in front of tens of thousands of people at an Olympic rally Thursday.

Johnson, speaking at a cauldron-lighting ceremony at Hyde Park, hit back at the GOP presidential candidate for his suggestion that London might not be prepared to hold the games.

“There are some people who are coming from around the world who don’t yet know about all the preparations we’ve done to get London ready in the last seven years,” Johnson said. “I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. He wants to know whether we’re ready.

“Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes, we are!” Johnson says, exhorting the crowd to cheer.

Prime Minister David Cameron responded to Mitt Romney by making his ‘middle of nowhere” comment about Romney and his Olympic experience. Cameron who said it was easier to hold an Olympics in the “middle of nowhere,” a reference to Salt Lake City.

It was Mitt Romney’s hope to come to London to remind folks about his role in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. That hope seems to have been shattered and counter-productive.

There’s more as The Sun tabloid newspaper wasn’t the only newspaper offended by Mitt Romney. A Romney adviser told The Daily Telegraph that he would abandon Mr. Obama’s “Left-wing” coolness towards London.


In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.


“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”

“Romneyshambles” is how the Independent headlined their newspaper. BBC and Sky News called Romney’s comments “just daft.”

Whether Mitt Romney recovers from these gaffes, will depend on how he performs on the remaining part of his global trip, with stops in Poland and Israel. Romney will be under intense scrutiny in Isreal because of the sensitivity of the relationship there. Romney will have to be careful, but if he is overly careful, he could be viewed as timid. That means he will look weak, something a President of the United States cannot afford when it comes to foreign policy.