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Soldier Makes Surprise Return Home to Meet Baby Daughter [Video]

Here's a story for Veterans Day that will give you all the feels.

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The Jojo Show: The LaughFest 2015 Lineup [Audio]

Joanne Roehm from LaughFest joined the Jojo Show Tuesday to talk about the some of the acts that will populate the Laughfest stages in March and how to get tickets. 

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Laughfest 2015 to Feature George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Patton Oswalt – Will Celebrate #FiveYearsOfSmiles

Today, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, Gilda’s LaughFest, announced the first round of talent and shows for the festival’s fifth year which will be held March 5 to 15, 2015. The announcement included performers that are new to the festival, as well as some past favorites returning to take part in the festival’s fifth year.

The headliners announced Tuesday include: George Lopez, Patton Oswalt, Wanda Sykes and LaughFest veterans Bo Burnham, YouTube star and singer/songwriter comedian; Pete Holmes, who will be perform two shows and record a live podcast; and Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Ticket packages for the festival will go on sale Friday, November 14.

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Courtesy of The Calhoun County Sheriff
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John Balyo Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Young Boy

The former host of a Grand Rapids Christian radio show was sentenced Monday in Calhoun County Circuit Court for sexually assaulting a young boy.

John Balyo was sentenced to 25 to 50 years behind bars for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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Matt Damon Confirms Return to ‘Bourne’ Franchise, New Film Arrives in 2016

As we reported back in September, Universal has been planning a new 'Bourne' film with Paul Greengrass returning to the director's chair and Matt Damon returning to the role of Jason Bourne. The thing is, we hadn't heard anything official from Damon himself ... until now. The actor finally broke his silence in a recent interview to confirm his return to the 'Bourne' franchise.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Big Hero 6′ Have a Showdown

The showdown between 'Interstellar' and 'Big Hero 6' has got to be one of the most interesting things to happen to the box office in 2014. After all, it would be tough to find two movies that are simultaneously so different and so alike. Both are pro-science adventures that are all about using your intelligence to save your friends and family. However, one is an animated, family friendly release from Disney and the other is a three-hour epic from the ever-serious Christopher Nolan. In other words, they represent opposite ends of the blockbuster spectrum.

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Grand Rapids’ TV Station Ran The Most Political Ads In The Country [Video]

I'm sure all of you are sick of the barrage of political ads leading up to the midterm elections last week. But if you seem extra fatigued by the constant negative campaign commercials, there's a reason. Grand Rapids' WZZM-13 ran the most ads of any station in the country in the last days of the election.

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McDonald’s Explains How McRib Is Made [Video[

What does the fox say? What are the details of Ryan Seacrest's deal with the devil? How is the McDonald's McRib made? There are just some questions that can never be answered. Until now.

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Freddy Krueger Is Responsible for Mark Hamill’s Casting in ‘Star Wars’

It's hard to imagine Luke Skywalker being played by anyone but Mark Hamill in the original 'Star Wars' trilogy, but it very well could have happened. And according to 'Nightmare on Elm Street' icon Robert Englund, better known to audiences as Freddy Krueger, it might not have happened at all had he not once told a teenage boy about the part after coming home from a failed 'Star Wars' audition himself.

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‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Talks About His New Role

At last week's big Marvel event, there were lots of things to be excited about, but the two biggest revelations were undoubtedly 'Captain Marvel' and 'Black Panther,' with the studio giving us a solo female superhero film and a film featuring a black superhero -- the latter to be played by Chadwick Boseman, who will hit the screen in 'Captain America: Civil War.' Boseman has been laying low since, but now he's making the rounds and speaking out about his recent casting. And although it's still years away, he promises that we haven't seen anything like what Marvel has in store with 'Black Panther.'

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Jimmy Fallon is Somehow Better at Throwing Footballs Than Matthew McConaughey

Is there anything Matthew McConaughey can't do? Or, more precisely, is there anything that he can't do excellently? Turns out, the Oscar winner just might have a weak spot, and although it's not a big one, it's one that 'Tonight Show' host Jimmy Fallon gleefully exploited for his own edification on last night's show.

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Watch Adult Swim’s Insane ‘Too Many Cooks’ Parody

It's Friday, and we're all about ready to check out at this point, but there's nothing quite like a fresh cup of insanity to start off your day, or in the case of some Adult Swim viewers, keep you awake for days to come. Find out for yourself with the new 'Too Many Cooks' video making the rounds, a clever riff on the golden-age sitcom, with nothing amiss about it at all! Or is there? No, there isn't. But maybe there is!

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