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Emily Maynard Marries Tyler Johnson

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06/07/2014 at 08:00 PM EDT

Emily Maynard Marries Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson, Ricki and Emily Maynard

Courtesy Emily Maynard

Emily Maynard is a bachelorette no more!

The North Carolina single mom wed automotive management consultant Tyler Johnson in a surprise ceremony Saturday night in Sharon, South Carolina.

“God brought us together. He’s given me such peace about everything. I’m so grateful I met him,” the former Bachelorette star, now going by the name Emily Johnson, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

The couple who got engaged in January, invited 200 family and friends to Johnson’s family farm for an engagement party. What the guests didn’t know was that the pair, both 28, had been secretly planning a surprise wedding for the past three months.

Maynard wore comfortable cowboy boots underneath her pale pink Modern Trousseau gown as she walked down a lantern-lit pathway at sunset towards Johnson, who was standing under a white oak tree. Maynard’s daughter Ricki, 8, was her mom’s maid of honor.

“It’s just as much her day as it is mine because it’s a big change for her,” the bride says. “She just adores Tyler and he is so good with her. He loves her as if she was his own daughter. It’s been so great to see their relationship grow.”

Following a honeymoon – “Tyler planned it. He told me we’re going to a beach. We could totally be going to Myrtle Beach for all I know!” she quips – the family of three will move into their new Charlotte home.

“For so long I felt so embarrassed and ashamed about that TV stuff,” says the new Mrs. Johnson, whose televised engagement to Bachelor Brad Womack ended in 2011. A year later, her engagement to Jef Holm on The Bachelorette ended as well.

“The grace that my faith has given me to wipe that all away and not find worth in that and find it through God, Tyler has been a great example of that for me,” she says. “He has truly lived out God’s grace every day.”

Emily Maynard Marries Tyler Johnson
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Barack Obama, Bill Clinton Honor Maya Angelou after Her Death

05/28/2014 at 01:55 PM EDT

Maya Angelou is getting a presidential farewell as the nation’s top leaders honor the beloved poet.

The award-winning writer and activist died Wednesday. She was 86.

President Barack Obama, who awarded Angelou the Medal of Freedom in 2011, noted her many accomplishments and how she inspired his family.

“Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. “With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all God’s children; that w all have something to offer. And while Maya’s day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, ‘flung up to heaven’ – and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring.”

In 1993, Angelou read an original poem at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. He remembered the touching moment, calling the experience “electrifying” in a statement.

“With Maya Angelou’s passing, America has lost a national treasure; and Hillary and I, a beloved friend,” he said. “The poems and stories she wrote and read to us in her commanding voice were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace.”

Barack Obama, Bill Clinton Honor Maya Angelou after Her Death
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Bones May Solve 50-Year-Old Cold Case of Missing Mother Inez Garcia

03/31/2014 at 06:30 PM EDT

Fifty years after the Santa Fe New Mexican published a story about a mom of four who “abruptly dropped out of sight … and has not been seen since,” cold case detectives finally appear to have solved the case.

After a trained cadaver dog alerted police to two spots in the dirt floor of a single-car garage at the house where Inez Garcia, her husband and their four children lived in the 1950s, detectives discovered a handful of bone fragments, some of which were charred.

Although it will take several weeks for the remains to be identified, detectives have good reasons to believe the remains are Garcia’s, and that she was buried there by her now-deceased husband, Juan Andres Jose Garcia.

Police say there was always suspicion that Juan Garcia buried his wife under the garage.

“When Garcia lived in the home, no one was ever allowed to enter that garage, and he spent much of his time inside,” says a police statement issued Friday. “There were also rumors of strange smells coming from the structure and reports of dogs who tried many times to dig their way inside.”

Bones May Solve 50 Year Old Cold Case of Missing Mother Inez Garcia

Juan Andres Jose Garcia

Courtesy Santa Fe Police

When Juan Garcia, who was born in 1912, died in the 1990s, the home was sold and the structure was divided into three apartments. In 1996, police went to the property when the new owners found two bones in the garage, but those turned out to be from a horse and a cow. It’s not clear why police didn’t dig up the garage at the time.

Garcia is now considered a person of interest in a possible homicide according to the Albuquerque Journal.

DNA from the bone fragments, believed to be from a tibia and forearm, will be compared to a DNA swab obtained from one of Garcia’s two surviving daughters, now in her 60s, who lives in northern New Mexico, the Journal reported. The women were 5 years old, and nine months old, when their mother died.

“We’ve kept her up-to-date on how the investigation is going,” police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt told the Journal. “We don’t want to give her a false sense of hope in any way; we just want to be open and active with that.”

Bones May Solve 50 Year Old Cold Case of Missing Mother Inez Garcia
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Louis C.K. May Have Hated On Bradley Cooper, But The Hangover Star Has The Last Laugh

Louis C.K. May Have Hated On Bradley Cooper, But The Hangover Star Has The Last Laugh

We know that comedian Louis C.K. suffered some setbacks as he steered through the gauntlet of show business on his way to stardom. Even though he eventually rose to the top, he doesn’t think that many young hopefuls will have the same success, especially if they think chance encounters will yield their big breaks. However, one actor has managed to defy the Louie star’s logic — the unbelievably gorgeous Bradley Cooper.

In a hilarious mashup video, Louis remarks during an interview that the aspiring actors on Inside The Actors’ Studio aren’t going to get advice from stars like, say, Sean Penn, that will eventually lead to stellar careers. But Bradley did just that, asking Sean about his craft during an episode of the show from back in the day. Guess the joke’s on the comedian in this case!

And to add insult to injury, Louis and Bradley both ended up with roles in American Hustle, with the Pennsylvania native chiding the redheaded funnyman in an awesome scene. It’s easy to see who won that battle!

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