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May 12, 2014

Let's hear the wedding bells! In honor of Mitchell and Cameron's upcoming wedding on its hit show, Modern Family, ABC is covering the cost of all marriage licenses purchased at the New York City courthouse today.

Sitcom stars Eric Stonestreet (who plays Cameron) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (the man behind Mitchell) went on Good Morning America this morning to announce the endeavor. Mitchell and Cameron's wedding has been in the works ever since the couple's dual proposal from the season premiere back in September, and the nuptials will be the centerpiece of this season's final two episodes.

The GMA segment also included a wedding-cake decorating competition between Ferguson and Stonestreet, judged by none other than Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro. We won't spoil the outcome, but you can watch the whole segment here. Kimberly Alters

2:26 p.m. ET

Nobody exactly enjoys jury duty, but fulfilling one's civic duty is certainly a little better when you're doing it with Taylor Swift:

The Nashville-based singer reported to the courthouse Monday morning after conspicuously missing Sunday night's VMAs — although her early morning role call in Tennessee likely played a major part in her absence.

The photos aren't even illegal since they were taken while the jurors were waiting in the jury assembly room. Selfie away, everyone! Jeva Lange

1:47 p.m. ET
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The numbers of tourists heading to Spain, Portugal, and other sunny European nations have increased up to 30 per­cent this year compared with 2015, CNN reports. Experts say travelers are eager to avoid destinations seen as potential terrorist targets. France, the world's top destination for international travelers, has seen visitor spending falling for the last year, perhaps due to the rash of terrorist attacks it experienced in recent months. Egypt has experienced a nearly 50 per­cent drop in visitors this year. The Week Staff

12:28 p.m. ET
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Donald Trump on Monday commended Huma Abedin for choosing to leave her husband, former New York congressman Anthony Weiner. And given Abedin is a top aide to Hillary Clinton, Trump also used the opportunity to slam a longtime enemy.

"Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him," Trump said in his statement. He then added: "I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information. Who knows what he learned and who he told? It's just another example of Hillary Clinton’s bad judgment. It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this."

Trump has in the past called Weiner a "pervert sleaze," a "perv," and the "greatest sleazebag of our time" on Twitter and in speeches. Weiner "will send anything that he has out over Twitter, or any other form of getting it out," Trump has warned in the past.

Weiner responded to the insults before, calling Trump "F---face Von Clownstick" on his now-deleted Twitter. Jeva Lange

12:08 p.m. ET
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The 2016 U.S. Open begins Monday with Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic as top seeds going into the tournament.

With 12 Grand Slam titles already under his belt, Djokovic has had a bit of a rough summer, losing in the third round of Wimbledon and the first round in the Rio Olympics. He'll be challenged by Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, and Juan Martin del Porto in Queens.

The women's competition will also be tight, with the unseeded Monica Puig — who won gold at the Rio Olympics — poised to make a run. Venus Williams, a two-time champion and the No. 6 seed, could also break into the finals. Still, FiveThirtyEight gives Serena Williams with a 55 percent chance of winning the tournament, which would be her 23rd Grand Slam victory and make her the winningest Grand Slam player in Open-era history. (The record is currently held by Steffi Graf, who won 22 Grand Slam titles.)

For more U.S. Open predictions, read The New York Times' dark-horse picks or brush up on the major storylines of the tournament at Sports Illustrated. Jeva Lange

12:04 p.m. ET

At the MTV VMAs on Sunday night, Beyoncé performed a lengthy, show-stopping medley of songs from her hit visual album, Lemonade. But somewhere between coordinating adorable mother-daughter outfits and unabashedly laying out the raw emotions of marital infidelity, the songstress also found time to thoroughly make Chance the Rapper's day:

Amazing moment between #Beyonce and #ChanceTheRapper backstage at the #VMAS

A video posted by BG The King (@byrongraffiti) on

As BuzzFeed notes, this wasn't the first time the Chicago-born rapper met Beyoncé. And even if it's worse than looking crazy, I have to admit: I'm pretty jealous of Chance the Rapper right now. Kimberly Alters

11:41 a.m. ET
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More than 20,000 donors have contributed almost $350,000 to a Donald Trump super PAC that has spent $0 on Donald Trump, Politico reports. The PAC, operated by 25-year-old Ian Hawes, offers an opportunity to win "Dinner with Donald Trump" but the fine print clarifies that despite appearances, the website isn't run by the Trump campaign and the dinner is actually the PAC buying two tickets "at a Sponsor-selected fundraising evening event held with Donald Trump and other attendees." Donors are encouraged to spend money to increase their chances of winning, but the fine print again says "contributing will not improve chances of winning."

Hawes took advantage of a vacuum left by a skeletal Trump operation that had failed to activate supporters online and protect its digital turf; Hawes noted he bought Facebook ads and solicited money via email before Trump ever did, and created the dinner contest first.

He noted Trump's campaign has never contacted them to request they stop using his name, even though the campaign did so to the FEC last fall about some other groups. The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment for this story. [Politico]

Most of the money from donors went to CartSoft LLC, an online payment platform founded and owned by Hawes, which received about $133,000 from the arrangement. Hawes didn't say what his personal cut of that pot was, but added, "I don't want to say the number is zero because that's not true."

"This is robbery," Indiana donor Mary Pat Kulina told Politico upon hearing her donation of $265 did not go directly to the Trump campaign. "I want my money back and I want them to add up what they stole from people and give it to Donald Trump." Read the full report — including how to get your money back if you donated — at Politico. Jeva Lange

11:30 a.m. ET
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Huma Abedin announced her separation from husband and former New York congressman Anthony Weiner on Monday, following a report by the New York Post that Weiner sent sexual texts and photos to another woman. "After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband," Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, said in a statement. "Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life."

Weiner resigned from the House of Representatives in 2011 after accidentally posting sexual images to Twitter and admitting to sending sexual texts and images to "about six women." He later lost the 2013 New York City mayoral race after another woman claimed he'd sent her explicit photos. He has been married to Abedin since 2010, and together they have a 4-year-old son. Jeva Lange

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