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An era has ended, but the drama continues.

Blues legend, B.B. King, real name Riley B. King, died earlier this month at the age of 89. Clark County, Nevada Coroner listed King's cause of death as a series of small strokes caused by type 2 dementia.

King died peacefully in his sleep at his home on May 14, but some of his family members reportedly suspect foul play.

Actor and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Sam Shepard, was recently arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Police were alerted to the actor's alleged drunken driving after restaurant security where Shepard had eaten complained about a possibly intoxicated driver. Security told officers that a man was trying to leave the parking lot, but his emergency brakes were engaged.

Police reportedly caught up to Shepard and pulled him over.

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp may face prison time for violating Australia's animal quarantine law.

Johnny Depp got into hot water earlier this month for bringing his two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into Australia. The actor and flight crew did not declare the puppies to customs or have the required permits.

Authorities found out about the dogs after a local groomer posted about Depp's doggies on social media.

Josh Duggar reportedly admitted to child molestation.

Josh Duggar is the eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting fame. Twelve years ago, he allegedly molested five underage girls. This week he admitted it publicly after allegations of the abuse surfaced.

Many people may be wondering, can Josh face criminal charges now?

The latest in a long line of accusations, lawsuits, denials, and countersuits, former supermodel Janice Dickinson has sued Bill Cosby for defamation. Dickinson claims Cosby's denials of her sexual assault allegations against him injured her reputation and caused her emotional distress.

The comedian/actor has been accused of sexual assault by over 40 women, but never charged criminally. Since the criminal statute of limitations has expired for Dickinson and many other alleged victims, civil lawsuits like this may be their only recourse.

It seems Omarosa didn't really pay attention when she was on The Apprentice.

The reality star and Apprentice alum, Omarosa Manigault sent a cease-and-desist letter to Real Housewives of Melbourne star Pettifleur Berenger. Omarosa claims that Pettifleur's book Switch the Bitch: My Formula to Being the Champion of Your Life, Not the Victim infringes on Omarosa's copyright for The Bitch Switch: Knowing How to Turn It On and Off. Omarosa claims that the titles are too similar.

Omarosa demands that Pettifleur provide a full accounting of her book sales and pull the book from store shelves immediately. If not, Omarosa will sue for $150,000 for each violation of her copyright.

Divorce battles are nasty. However, it seems like celebrity divorces take the nastiness to a whole other level.

Bill O'Reilly and his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, divorced back in 2011. However, their custody battle has dragged out for three long bitter years. Recently specific allegations have surfaced. Allegedly, O'Reilly's daughter witnessed her father dragging McPhilmy down a staircase by the neck. Reports also claim that O'Reilly tried to use his influence with the Nassau County Police Department to investigate McPhilmy and her new beau, a Nassau County Police detective.

Weirdest of all, O'Reilly apparently also tried to get McPhilmy excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Kim Richards, must pay a friend thousands of dollars in compensation for a dog bite.

Early last year, Kim Richard's friend Kay Rozario was visiting at Richards' house. According to Rozario, Richards' dog Kinglsey, without provocation, attacked Rozario. The 80-year-old victim suffered wounds to her left hand and right arm.

Rozario sued for more than a million dollars, claiming that Richards refused to pay her medical bills. A judge has ruled in Rozario's favor but only awarded her $4,083.53 for medical bills and $4,000 for emotional distress and trauma.

The words "John Daly love triangle" may sound like a nightmare you had when you fell asleep watching The Masters. Or like an earnest yet terrible golfer-turned-musician cover band. But the love life of the man with the loudest golf pants in the land may just end up in the highest court in the land.

Daly's former wife is suing his current fiancee for alienation of affection, alleging the woman broke up her marriage to the (in)famous golfer. So how did this marital spat make it all the way to the Supreme Court? Let's take a look.

After all his shenanigans, it's odd to see Justin Bieber getting a good report. The singer has just been given a good probation review, and news sources are calling the report "glowing." We would call it behaving normally, but what do we know.

Bieber is on probation after he plead no contest to misdemeanor vandalism last year. The singer was accused of throwing eggs at a neighbor's home causing thousands of dollars of damage. As part of his plea deal, he was sentenced to pay $80,900 in restitution to his neighbors, do five days of community labor, an anger management program, and two years probation, and to stay away from his neighbors for two years.

Last night's episode was the season finale!

Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Wanna Partner?"

Adam Levine Sugar Bombed

"Your sugar. Yes, please. Won't you come and put it down on me?" Maroon 5's Sugar.

Well, Adam Levine got what he asked for. While signing autographs outside the Jimmy Kimmel Show studios where he had just performed Maroon 5's song Sugar, Levine was attacked with, you guessed it, sugar! Actually, powdered sugar.

The crooner was not happy with the sugar bomb. The attacker was quickly tackled and arrested.

After a weekend partying in Las Vegas, Chris Brown was surprised with his very own Goldilocks moment.

According to reports, the the singer and new father returned home and found a random naked woman sleeping in his bed. The intruder had apparently been there for some time as she had time to spray paint "I love you" on Brown's kitchen counter and "Mrs. Brown" on his silver Rolls Royce and black Range Rover.

The woman was arrested and charged with felony burglary and felony vandalism.

Kylie and Kendall Jenner are following in the entrepreneurial footsteps of their big sisters Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney.

To protect the success of their modeling careers, reality television show Keeping up with Kendall and Kylie, a clothing line for PacSun and a shoe line for Steve Madden, the two younger members of the Kardashian clan have filed to trademark their names.

Can they really do that?

Earlier this year, Bruce Jenner allegedly caused a chain reaction car crash that damaged several cars and killed one woman.

While reports on what happened vary, Jenner, driving on Pacific Coast Highway, allegedly hit the back of a Prius which then hit the Lexus in front of it. The Lexus swerved into oncoming traffic where it hit a Hummer head on. The driver of the Lexus, Kim Howe, was killed. At the time of the accident, there was some suspicion that Jenner may have been texting while driving or speeding. However, he has not been charged with any crime in connection with the accident.

After wallowing in defeat, Alicia is getting back on the horse and taking up the case of an old client.

Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Don't Fail":

Suge Knight will have his day in court.

Infamous music producer, Marion "Suge" Knight is no stranger to the court system. FindLaw has an amazing amount of articles detailing Knight's many illegal escapades. Soon, he'll stand trial once again, this time for murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run. Knight has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

The trial will start July 7, 2015 and is expected to last 16 days.