Obama reveals thinking

behind fashion choices

For Michelle Obama, choosing what designer to wear while she was in the White House involved many factors, from diversity to whether they were a nice person.

Obama talked about the decisions behind the outfits that made headlines during her time as first lady during a conversation with another fashion trendsetter, Sarah Jessica Parker, who was the moderator for the Wednesday night event in New York for Obama's "Becoming" book tour.

Obama said she knew her clothes would be dissected so she figured she should use the opportunity to make a statement about diversity and also lift up young, unknown designers.

She also said personal energy of a designer mattered.

Actress discusses

harassment settlement

Eliza Dushku says she struggled with her decision to keep quiet about the sexual harassment she says she endured from actor Michael Weatherly on the set of the CBS show "Bull."

The actress agreed to stay silent as part of a $9.5 million settlement reached with CBS. But Dushku says she took solace in a requirement she imposed on the company: that CBS designate someone trained in sexual harassment compliance to monitor Weatherly and the show in general.

Dushku spoke out for the first time about the settlement in an essay in The Boston Globe published Wednesday.

 

'Jersey Shore' star's ex

charged with extortion 

A former boyfriend of a "Jersey Shore" cast member is accused of seeking $25,000 for not divulging secrets to the media.

Toms River, N.J., police on Wednesday charged Thomas Lippolis with third-degree extortion.

Police say Lippolis had dated cast member Jenni "JWoww" Farley for close to a year 10 years ago. Police say Farley's publicist had received a call from Lippolis demanding money in exchange for his silence.