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Rosie O’Donnell Loses Almost 50 Lbs.

04/17/2014 at 06:30 PM EDT

Rosie O’Donnell is looking slimmer and younger these days and she’s sharing her weight loss journey with fans.

O’Donnell Tweeted side-by-side before and after photos of herself, revealing the almost 50 lbs. she’s lost since last year, and the difference is remarkable.

“Almost 50 lbs. off – I can see it now,” she wrote in the caption.

The actress and comedian, 52, had gastric sleeve surgery in July 2013, and has slowly been losing weight ever since.

“I did it to save my life,” said O’Donnell, who suffered a life-threatening heart attack in 2012.

After the health scare, O’Donnell, who was 230 lbs., started a doctor-ordered exercise and diet plan – daily walks and reduced red meat, carbohydrates and sugar in her diet – but the pounds did not come off.

“She tried to lose weight on her own but it wasn’t working,” her spokesperson Cindi Berger told PEOPLE in February.

“It was a life saving surgery,” Berger said. “But it’s only a tool, not a cure.”

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Has Died

04/17/2014 at 04:30 PM EDT

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87.

Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

His flamboyant and melancholy fictional works – among them Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Autumn of the Patriarch – outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible. The epic 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.

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One Hundred Years of Solitude

His stories made him literature’s best-known practitioner of magical realism, the fictional blending of the everyday with fantastical elements such as a boy born with a pig’s tail and a man trailed by a swarm of yellow butterflies.

His death was confirmed by two people close to the family who spoke on condition of anonymity out of respect for the family’s privacy.

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Man Named Edward Cocaine Arrested for Drug Possession in Florida

04/17/2014 at 04:05 PM EDT

Appearing in court to face a drug charge is no laughing matter – unless your name is Edward Cocaine.

A Florida judge could not suppress his giggles when a bailiff announced Cocaine’s name in bond court Wednesday, reports Fort Lauderdale’s Sun Sentinel newspaper. Cocaine was arrested Tuesday for drug possession. (For Xanax, not your first guess.)

“You know, I’d thought I’d seen it all,” Judge John “Jay” Hurley said with a laugh after initially expressing disbelief at the defendant’s name.

He then grilled Cocaine about the unusual moniker.

“How many times have the police told you to step out of the car during your life?” Hurley asked.

“Just about every time I get pulled over,” Cocaine admitted with a chuckle after proving his legal last name as it appears on his driver’s license.

“My great-grandparents came over here from Greece and they changed it. That was like in the 1920s,” Cocaine explained.

“I’m still trying to absorb this,” Hurley said before taking it easy on him.

He was released on his own recognizance.

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Missing Boy, 3, Found in Bowling Alley Toy Claw Machine

04/16/2014 at 05:40 PM EDT

A 3-year-old Nebraska boy who disappeared from his apartment turned up at a bowling alley across the street happily playing with stuffed animals inside a claw machine.

“I really don’t think he noticed any of us outside the machine because he was just picking up stuffed animals and putting them down where they come out of,” Rachell Hildreth, a bartender at Madsen’s Bowling Alley and Billiards in Lincoln, Neb., tells KLKN-TV.

The boy went missing on Monday night, apparently slipping out of an unlocked door while his mother was in the bathroom, according to police.

When officers got to the apartment they were told that a boy matching the child’s description was spotted at the street in the bowling alley across Dudley Street.

The boy apparently got in through the prize hole, the machine’s owner, Jim Lakey, tells KLKN.

“You have to weave your way in and out, so he had to work pretty hard to get in there,” he says. “It’s kind of a rarity.”

Lakey opened the machine with his key and got the boy out safely. News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

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