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Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — At age 59, Kelsey Grammer is a father again.

The actor and his wife, Kayte Grammer, 33, welcomed son Gabriel on July 22 at 8:28 a.m.

The baby weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces, ABC News has confirmed through Kelsey Grammer’s rep.

“We are blessed and excited to have this lovely young man join our family — he is magnificent!” Grammer said in a statement. “Our son will be called Gabriel as there is a tradition in our family of going by our middle names.”

Gabriel’s full name is Kelsey Gabriel Elias Grammer. His famous father’s full name is Allen Kelsey Grammer.

Grammer and his wife, who married in 2011, are already parents to daughter Faith, 2.

Grammer was previously married to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer. The pair had two children together, both born to a surrogate mother.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A criminal law professor at Florida State University gunned down at his home was shot in the side of the head at relatively close range, ABC News has exclusively learned.

Professor Dan Markel, 41, was fatally shot Saturday in the Betton Hills section of Tallahassee, Florida, a neighborhood marked by Spanish moss and ranch-style homes.

Investigators believe Markel knew his killer and may have literally opened his door to his own death.

“He was the intended target in this situation,” Tallahassee Police Department Officer David Northway said.

Police have released pixelated pictures of a silver Toyota Prius which they say was seen in the area on the day of the crime. A police tip line has netted 50 calls so far.

One potentially big clue is that there was no sign of forced entry into the house.

“There’s not enough information to suggest that this is a contract murder. It certainly could be,” said ABC News consultant Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent. “The most likely theory is that it it’s somebody that he knows.”

With no suspects named, police are being careful not to reveal certain evidence.

“We must make sure that we are keeping the integrity of this case so we can bring it to prosecution,” Northway said.

Markel’s death has rattled the college town. The Harvard grad had been published in the New York Times and served as a legal scholar, with a focus on criminal law.

Markel left behind two boys, as well as his ex-wife, fellow FSU professor Wendi Jill Adelson. Adelson’s attorney says her client is devastated and scared because she doesn’t know who did this or why. Documents obtained by ABC News show the two finalized their divorce a year ago, but had still been in a battle over access to their sons.

Tallahassee police say they’ve questioned Adelson, but have not named her or anyone else a suspect.

“We are speaking to everybody who has an affiliation with Mr. Markel,” Northway said.

ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams said police have made a point to say that Markel was targeted in order to assure people that they don’t need to worry about the shooter striking again.

Cases of this nature usually get solved, Abrams said.

“The tougher cases are when they don’t really have any idea what happened. But here, I think, they’ll have clues that will lead them back to the person who did this,” he said.
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Focus Features/Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) — The first official trailer for the highly-anticipated film Fifty Shades of Grey was released on Thursday.

The trailer follows Dakota Johnson, portraying college student Anastasia Steele, as she interviews billionaire Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan. If you’ve read E.L. James’ erotic novel, on which the film is based, you’ll recognize many scenes from the book.

The trailer then fast-forwards, showing Anastasia and Christian’s whirlwind romance as they fly in helicopters, attend fancy dinners and make out in elevators — not to mention blindfolding one another while they’re doing you know what.

“I’m incapable of leaving you alone,” Christian tells Anastasia in the trailer.

“Then don’t,” she replies.

Grey then unlocks a door to show Anastasia his so-called Red Room of Pain.

The trailer also features a slowed-down version of Beyonce’s 2003 hit, “Crazy in Love.”

Fifty Shades of Grey
steams up theaters Feb. 13, 2015.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Should lethal injection be replaced by firing squad? One federal judge thinks so.

Before Joseph Wood’s controversial execution Wednesday in Arizona, one federal judge reviewing the case earlier in the week opined that states should consider abandoning lethal injection executions in favor of a return to “more primitive” and “foolproof” methods such as the firing squad.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote an opinion Monday expressing his belief that Arizona would ultimately prevail in its attempt to execute Wood, who was convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend and her father in 1989.

But using drugs to carry out executions is a “misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful,” Kozinski said.

His words seem almost eerily prescient after conflicting reports emerged regarding whether Woods died peacefully, as one witness said, or gasping for air as another witness suggested. His execution took nearly two hours.

In the provocative opinion, Kozinski, who was appointed by Ronald Reagan, wrote that executions aren’t peaceful. “They are brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tried to do can mask that reality,” he said.

Kozinski, 64, allowed that the electric chair, hanging and the gas chamber are subject to occasional mishaps but that a firing squad would be the “most promising” method. “Eight or ten large-caliber rifle bullets fired at close range can inflict massive damage, causing instant death every time,” he wrote.

“Sure, firing squads can be messy,” he writes, “but if we are willing to carry out executions, we should not shield ourselves from the reality that we are shedding human blood. If we, as a society, cannot stomach the splatter from an execution carried out by firing squad, then we shouldn’t be carrying out executions at all.”

Only two states — Oklahoma and Utah — would consider the firing squad under certain circumstances, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, an organization opposed to the death penalty. Utah performed the three most recent executions by firing squad in the United States, with Ronnie Lee Gardner the latest in 2010.

Utah no longer offers the firing squad as an option, but allows it only for those inmates who chose the method prior to its elimination in 2009. Oklahoma only offers the firing squad if lethal injection and electrocution are found unconstitutional.

Lethal injection is now the primary method of execution.

Kozinski’s opinion seemed designed to ignite a broader conversation regarding the efficacy of current protocols and procedures. He pointed to California’s difficulty, “or perhaps unwillingness,” to come up with an execution protocol. “Old age, not execution, is the most serious risk factor for inmates at the San Quentin death row,” he wrote.

Indeed, a California District Court judge ruled earlier this month that the state’s administration of the death penalty is unconstitutional in part because of the long delays in its implementation. Since 1978, 300 inmates have been placed on death row and only 13 have been executed.

Kozinski reiterated his belief that Arizona should prevail in the Woods case but that a lethal injection system was “inherently flawed and ultimately doomed to failure.”

If the state wishes to continue carrying out executions, he said, “it would be better to own up that using drugs is a mistake and come up with something that will work, instead.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(HALF MOON BAY, Calif.) — A California man’s death after being trapped inside a collapsed sand tunnel is drawing attention to sand safety as America’s summer tourism season swings into full gear.

Adam Pye, 26, died Monday at Francis State Beach. He dug a 10-foot-deep hole and climbed into it, when the tunnel collapsed.

“The girls came out of their tunnel, his tunnel caved in and they turned around and said, “where’s Adam, where’s Adam?’” said Kevin Pye, the victim’s father.

Dozens of beach-goers frantically used their hands, buckets, anything they could, trying to get to Pye.

But it was too late.

The death was especially difficult for Pye’s relatives given his recent college graduation.

“He graduated to say, ‘Mom, finally, now I have some time, I can rest,’” said his mother, Debra Pye.

Similar situations have been reported on American beaches in previous years. In 2011, it took firefighters 27 minutes to rescue Matt Mina, then 17, in Huntington Beach, California, after the walls of a sand tunnel collapsed on him.

“I went to sleep. I thought I was gonna die,” Mina said later.

A 12-year-old New Jersey boy died in 2012 after becoming trapped in a tunnel he dug with his brother.

Sand’s crumbling, shifting nature contributes to the hazards of cave-ins. Victims such as Pye have been covered in seconds, the sand making it difficult to breathe.

Safety experts say beach-goers should keep two things in mind when digging a hole at the beach — to keep the hole about knee-deep at most and to cover the hole before you leave the beach.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims fell last week, decreasing by 19,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending July 19, the number of people filing for benefits dropped to 284,000 — the lowest level for initial claims since February 18, 2006. The previous week, claims stood at a revised level of 303,000.

The Labor Department said there were no “special factors” impacting this week’s figures.

The four-week moving average fell to its lowest level in nearly seven years, decreasing by 17,000 to 2,542,250.

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Cliff Lipson/CBS(LONDON) — Adele’s son is only two years old, but he’s already well on his way to being rich like his mom. The BBC reports that lawyers for the boy, referred to as Angelo Adkins, despite Adele never publicly revealing his name, have accepted a five-figure sum in damages to settle a case over paparazzi photos.

Adele, who was born Adele Adkins, and her partner Simon Konecki, Angelo’s father, sued a photo agency for taking photos of Angelo’s “milestone moments” between June and November of 2013, and then selling them to the British press.

A lawyer for Adele told a High Court in London that she doesn’t want her son to be thought of as “public property,” and added, “It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family’s wishes.”

Added the lawyer, “These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements. They represent a clear infringement of our client’s right to privacy.”

The photo agency agreed to pay damages and legal costs, and has also agreed not to re-use the photos.

Adele’s lawyer said that the singer and Konecki would “continue to do all they can to protect Angelo’s rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary.” The lawyer noted that Adele helped fund a similar campaign in California to create stricter laws regarding the photographing of children of celebrities.

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Ursula Coyote/AMC(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — Better Call Saul has yet to air, but the Breaking Bad spin-off already has a leg up on viral marketing thanks to an attention-getting new billboard in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

An eagle-eyed Instagram user first pointed out the billboard, which features a photo of the fictional lawyer and the name he used before becoming sleazy Saul Goodman: James M. McGill. The sign also includes a phone number that leads to an active line.

“Hello, you’ve reached the law office of James M. McGill esquire, a lawyer you can trust,” says a voice that sounds like star Bob Odenkirk. “Kindly leave your information at the tone and Mr. McGill will phone you promptly.”

The billboard is apparently being used in an episode of the AMC series, which recently started shooting in Albuquerque and is set to air in early 2015. The spin-off is set to pick up before the events of Breaking Bad.

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Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NORMAL, Ill.) — Many adults who can recall their first time having sex probably would just as soon like to forget it. However, things have changed over time, and it seems that the younger generations have fonder memories about losing their virginity than the older crowd.

Illinois State University researchers conducted a survey of 5,000 people over a 23-year period about their first time, which stretched back to 1980.

Based on their results, the experience of losing one’s virginity improved over the years for both sexes. That is, men experience less performance anxiety now while women feel less guilt about having sex for the first time.

As for what’s different, the researchers speculated that losing one’s virginity has become less of a rite of passage for males, while first-timers seem more likely to be in a relationship longer before they “do it,” thus increasing the intimacy that women value more than men.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — Comic-Con International: San Diego officially starts Thursday, and among the almost 130 thousand attendees packing the San Diego Convention Center are stars of the big and small screen — and more costumed fans than you can shake a lightsaber, magic wand or sonic screwdriver at.

Former WWE champ Dave Bautista, one of the stars of the upcoming Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, has been coming for the past four years. He tells ABC News Radio, “It’s such a geekfest man, it’s incredible, like the energy there. People are so excited and it’s all just kind of for their love of comics and sci-fi and geekdom and…it’s awesome.”

Bautista knows a thing or two about costuming, seeing as he had to be made up head-to-toe in grey body makeup and tattoos to play the towering Marvel hero Drax. He tells ABC News Radio that even he is floored by the costumers on hand at the event. “I think just all the cosplay, seeing all the costumes and stuff, just crazy,” Bautista said. “I mean people spend their whole year planning it, and it’s very obvious when you see some of the costumes, they’re just insane.”

However, that costuming could be a little intense for some of the younger attendees — a lesson Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ming-Na Wen told ABC News Radio she learned last year. “There were a lot more zombies than I anticipated,” she laughed, “and it scared the crap out of my seven-year-old. I was like, ‘No this isn’t the normal Comic-Con, I don’t think.’”

The annual event is expected to break news not only in the world of Marvel, but also for upcoming movies like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and TV shows from The Simpsons to True Blood to The Walking Dead and everything in between. Also on hand will be countless celebrities, and the cutting edge of gadgets, collectibles and video games.

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