06:27 PM EDT 05/25/2013
Originally posted 05/24/2013 07:15PM
Prince William is one proud papa-to-be – and he can't keep it to himself.
"He is looking forward to being a dad. He's very excited about it," says Seyi Obakin, chief executive of the charity Centrepoint, whose aim is to help homeless young people.
Obakin spent a few hours with the prince, 30, when he secretly stopped by Centrepoint's Bruce House in London earlier this week. Prince William – who is a royal patron of the charity – spoke with residents who are learning to be entrepreneurs and other skills so they can be successful in their communities.
"They talked about music, movies, fun things," Obakin tells PEOPLE. "He has a genuine concern for how life is like for them as the country is going through this recession."
Originally posted 05/24/2013 03:15PM
Oklahoma's star contingent is showing its love for the victims of the recent deadly tornado that killed 24 people and injured 240.
Among the many generous showbiz names is Carrie Underwood, who on Thursday announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross from her "Blown Away" tour's concert receipts.
"I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness," Underwood said in a statement. "With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornados."
Originally posted 05/24/2013 08:35AM
To the moon, Leo!
An unnamed bidder at Thursday night's amFAR Cinema Against AIDS Charity auction paid $1.5 million for a trip into outer space with Leonardo DiCaprio during the group's 20th anniversary gala at the Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc.
A few minutes later, after a lot of encouragement from guest emcee Sharon Stone, another couple paid $2.3 for two seats on the same Virgin Galactic voyage. All told, the evening brought in $25 million for the cause, up from $11 million last year.
All three astronauts will spend three days in training with DiCaprio in Texas and then sit next to him when they blast into the stratosphere aboard one of Sir Richard Branson's new fleet of spaceships.
Originally posted 05/23/2013 09:10AM
When Sathwik Karnik of Plainville, Mass., was about 6, his mother began challenging him and his older brother, Karthik, to her own version of hide-and-seek – using an atlas. The boys would comb through the book, trying to be the first to find a city or landmark.
The games paid off when Karthik, now 15, made the finals of the National Geographic Bee in 2011 and 2012. But it was Sathwik who finished the job, calmly answering questions about obscure island chains, bodies of water, global trade and culture.
The result? Sathwik, at 12 years old, won the 25th annual geography bee Wednesday – thanks to the correct answer to the question, "Because Earth bulges at the equator, the point that is farthest from Earth's center is the summit of a peak in Ecuador. Name this peak."
Sathwik nailed it: Chimborazo.
Originally posted 05/23/2013 07:30AM
Earl Morse had no idea that a casual question would end up launching him on a life-changing crusade.
It was December 2004, and the physician assistant was chatting with some World War II veteran patients when the subject turned to the memorial in their honor that had just opened the previous spring in Washington, D.C.
"I said to them, 'Have you been to see your new memorial?' " says Morse, 54, who was working at an outpatient clinic for veterans in Chillicothe, Ohio.
"Sadly, none of them had been," says Morse, who still works as a full-time PA for the VA and lives in Enon, Ohio, "and reality had set in that they were never going to see their memorial because they didn't have the financial means. That broke my heart."
Originally posted 05/22/2013 08:20AM
Oklahoma native Blake Shelton drew on the comfort of his wife Miranda Lambert on The Voice Tuesday night as the couple opened the results show with a touching duet tribute to those affected by Monday's devastating tornadoes.
Shelton, 36, and Lambert, 29, delivered a touching and somber "Over You" as the show called its fans to donate to the Red Cross and its relief efforts for victim families and survivors of the deadly storm, which smashed into Moore, Okla., about 100 miles from the couple's home.
"I think "Over You" was the perfect song for this situation," Shelton said after the show. "The moment was right. I wish things could have been different. I wouldn't have thought about performing a song like that, but it seemed like the right thing to do."
Originally posted 05/22/2013 08:05AM
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink – or flush.
Olivia Wilde, Bono and Richard Branson are the latest stars to sign on in support of Matt Damon's toilet strike to raise awareness about the global water crisis – in a hilarious PSA.
"We won't go to the bathroom until everyone in the world has access to clean water and sanitation," the trio says.
Originally posted 05/16/2013 02:05PM
Darian Craig was just 3 years old when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor that affects mostly infants.
She was given less than a 15 percent chance of surviving.
Darian eventually beat the disease, but spent the next 14 years of her life in and out of emergency rooms battling Behcet's syndrome, a rare disorder that causes blood vessels to become inflamed, and receiving radiation treatments, chemotherapy and undergoing a bone marrow transplant.
Originally posted 05/14/2013 07:30PM
For proof that Angelina Jolie's revelation about her double mastectomy is already giving other women strength, look no further than CNN's Zoraida Sambolin.
The morning-news anchor on Tuesday revealed her own struggle with breast cancer, and her plans for a double mastectomy later this month, after seeing Jolie's brave piece in The New York Times.
"This inspired me to talk," Sambolin, 47, told PEOPLE shortly after making her revelation on the air during CNN's coverage of Jolie's announcement. "When we went into the story, it felt right to share it."
Originally posted 05/11/2013 10:35AM
Missy Franklin is officially the envy of 18-year-olds everywhere!
Prince Harry helped make the Olympic swimming champ's birthday wishes come true by joining in a sing-along at a party in Colorado on Friday.
Standing next to Harry, 28, Franklin flashed her famous smile as party guests serenaded her with "Happy Birthday."
"And the perfect way to end my 18th birthday!? Meeting Prince Harry!" Franklin wrote in a post on her Instagram page. "It was an honor meeting him and I had a blast as always."
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