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Readers Gasp Over Swallowed-by-Hippo Story

Hippo Tale Elicits Reader Gasps, Danielynn Birkhead Brings Smiles

Originally posted 05/11/2013 08:00AM

Model-in-the-making Danielynn Birkhead, the late Anna Nicole Smith's 6½-year-old daughter, prompted an outpouring of oohs and ahs this week when she dressed up like a favorite Disney heroine for the Kentucky Derby, while the gasps were strictly reserved for the amazing tale of the man who served as a hippo's dinner – and then survived to tell his tale.

Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions from readers over this past week – the news that made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, awestruck, even angry.

In the meantime, don't forget to keep clicking on the emoticons at the bottom of every story – your way of telling us exactly what you think.

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Wow, Hear What Nick Lachey Says About Jessica SImpson's Dad | Nick Lachey

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Nick Lachey Hasn't Talked to Ex-Wife Jessica Simpson in Six Years

Originally posted 05/08/2013 11:45AM

It seems like decades ago that Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson were the first couple of reality TV – but on Tuesday's Watch What Happens Live, host Andy Cohen couldn't seem to forget!

When Lachey, 39, and the rest of 98 Degrees visited Cohen's talk show, the singer's ex-wife and her family were hot topics.

During "Plead the Fifth," a question-and-answer game Cohen plays with celebrity guests, who can stay silent rather than answer an uncomfortable question, the subject of Simpson's father, Joe, came up.

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Jessica Simpson's Parents Are Officially Divorced | Jessica Simpson, Joe Simpson

Joe and Tina Simpson's Divorce Is Finalized

Originally posted 04/25/2013 01:30PM

Joe and Tina Simpson's 34-year marriage is officially over.

A source confirms to PEOPLE that Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson's parents' divorce has been finalized. Tina, 53, filed for divorce in October and cited "discord or conflict of personalities" in court papers.

"It's an amicable split and there is no third party involved. Any other related allegations are completely false," a family rep told PEOPLE last fall amid rumors that Joe, 55, had come out to his family.

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Ashlee Simpson Flaunts Her Hot Bikini Body in Hawaii | Ashlee Simpson

Ashlee Simpson Flaunts Her Hot Bikini Body in Hawaii

Originally posted 12/30/2012 11:30AM

Ashlee Simpson is sending 2012 off with a bang!

The 28-year-old showed off her svelte figure in a tiny bikini as she splashed along the shores of Oahu, Hawaii on Saturday.

The singer and son Bronx (with Pete Wentz) joined pregnant big sister Jessica, her fiancé Eric Johnson and 7-month-old niece Maxwell Drew for a Hawaiian holiday.

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Joe Simpson Sentenced to Probation for DUI

Joe Simpson Sentenced to Probation for DUI

Originally posted 11/16/2012 10:15PM

Joe Simpson has pleaded no contest in his drunken driving case and will serve three years of probation and attend an alcohol-education class.

The father of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson entered the plea to one misdemeanor count through his attorney on Tuesday, according to court papers released Friday. A second count was dismissed.

Simpson, 54, was pulled over at about 10 p.m. one night last August on Ventura Boulevard in the Sherman Oaks area of L.A. He spent the night in jail after his arrest.

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How Jessica Simpson Is Coping with Her Parents' Split

Jessica Simpson Saddened by Her Parents' Split: Source

Originally posted 10/27/2012 08:00AM

Her parents may be getting a divorce after 34 years of marriage, but Jessica Simpson is coping with the situation well, according to a source.

"She's going on with everything," the source tells PEOPLE. "She's sad, but she's okay."

In fact, Simpson, 32, who is now a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers, has been going along with her routine, which lately has included returning as a mentor on the NBC show Fashion Star, planning a Halloween party for her 5-month-old daughter Maxwell and friends, and making regular trips to the gym to work out with her trainer, Harley Pasternak.

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Joe and Tina Simpson Make Statement Regarding Divorce Rumors | Jessica Simpson, Joe Simpson

UpdatePosted 10/24/2012 04:00PM

Joe and Tina Simpson File for Divorce While Rumors Circulate

Originally posted 10/24/2012 12:25PM

Jessica Simpson's parents Tina and Joe Simpson have filed for divorce, a rep for the family tells PEOPLE. But that is where the headline-worthy news about the Simpson clan ends, says the rep.

Their statement to PEOPLE Wednesday came the same day that buzz built around a story in the National Enquirer reporting that Joe had come out to his family.

"It is an amicable split and there is no third party involved," says the rep. "Any other related allegations are completely false. The family appreciates your respect for their privacy at this time."

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Joe Simpson Pleads Not Guilty to DUI

Joe Simpson Pleads Not Guilty to DUI

Originally posted 09/14/2012 10:00AM

Joe Simpson will fight the charges that he allegedly drove drunk last month in Los Angeles.

Simpson, 54, the father of Jessica and Ashlee, pleaded not guilty in an L.A. courtroom on Thursday, TMZ.com reports.

He is charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. If convicted, he could face six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and 36 months of probation.

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Joe Simpson Faces More Jail Time After DUI Charge

Joe Simpson Charged with DUI

Originally posted 08/15/2012 03:30PM

Joe Simpson was charged on Tuesday with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence.

The 54-year-old father of Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson was arrested on Aug. 4 after he was pulled over at approximately 10 p.m. on Ventura Boulevard in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles.

"He had had a couple of glasses of wine at dinner with his wife. They were driving home and he went through a check point a few blocks from the restaurant," a source close to Joe Simpson tells PEOPLE.

"He took a breathalyzer voluntarily thinking nothing of it. He was surprised to know that he was over the limit. He learned a very important lesson from it all."

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Jessica Simpson's Father Arrested for DUI: Report

Joe Simpson Arrested for DUI: Report

Originally posted 08/10/2012 10:55AM

Jessica and Ashlee Simpson's father, Joe Simpson, was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated and spent the night behind bars last weekend.

Simpson, 54, was pulled over at approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday while driving on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, Calif., authorities tell TMZ.

After he was stopped, police, reportedly acting on the suspicion that the 54-year-old might have been drunk, handcuffed and took Simpson into custody.

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