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According to the New York Times, ISIS, the militant Islamic group responsible for killing American journalist James Foley, demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom before the beheading, which they filmed. Although the group’s spokesperson claimed the video of Foley’s death was retaliation for American airstrikes, leaders were seemingly willing to let the kidnapped reporter go peacefully in exchange for $100 million and a prisoner swap. Read more here…[Gawker]

The father of the Texas teen whose “Affluenza” diagnosis kept him from serving time in prison after a drunk driving accident was reportedly arrested for impersonating a police officer, according to the Dallas News. Fred Couch was arrested early Tuesday morning in connection with a July incident in which North Richland Hills officers found him at the scene of a disturbance late at night. Couch was allegedly claiming to be a police officer from a nearby small town. For more details on the incidentclick here… [Gawker]

Jennifer Hudson’s half-brother Stephen Angelo Simpson was arrested earlier this week for allegedly stabbing his estranged wife’s boyfriend multiple times. The incident occurred at Simpson’s wife’s apartment in Van Buren County, Michigan. Simpson is said to have forced his way into the apartment and began stabbing the man, whose name is Charlie, in the face, chest and arms. Neighbors eventually stepped in, separating the two men and rushing the victim to a local hospital. He received more than 30 stitches, but is expected to recover. Get the rest of the scoop here…[Gossip Cop]

More than a week after Robin Williams’ tragic death, details have emerged about the actor’s funeral. According to TMZ, Williams was cremated just one day after committing suicide. His ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay, according to the official death certificate. The document, which was issued in Marin County, does not list a cause of death and instead says, “pending investigation.” The site reports that the coroner is still waiting on toxicology test results, which will reveal whether or not the 65-year-old had any chemicals in his body at the time of death. Those results will be available in the coming weeks. [TMZ]

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