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Royal wedding: Will guest list include Laura Lopes, Fergie?

The countdown to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is on and as the couple prepare for their “I do’s,” royals fans are questioning who might be on the guest list.

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Some may be surprised to hear that the royal family is much bigger than just Queen Elizabeth II’s direct line, which includes her four children, eight grandchildren and soon-to-be seven great-grandchildren. There are even more cousins and distant relatives who maintain royal status and will likely get a seat at Markle and Harry’s nuptials, but what about Harry’s stepsister, Laura Lopes?

Lopes is the forgotten daughter of Prince Harry and Prince William’s stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and her ex-husband Andrew Bowles Parker.

But it seems that she prefers life outside of the royal spotlight. According to The Mirror, Lopes wed husband Harry Lopes in front of at least 400 guests in 2006, and William and Duchess Catherine were among the distinguished guests. Her daughter Eliza, now 10, later served as a flower girl at William and Catherine’s 2011 wedding. Apart from those occasions, Lopes hasn’t been in the public eye.

It sounds like Lopes might merit an invitation to Harry and Markle’s wedding in May without question but Harry did invite one guest that may be rocking the royal family.

The Daily Mail reports that Harry made waves in the family when he insisted on inviting estranged aunt Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York to his upcoming wedding.

“Harry has nailed his colors to the mast on this,” a royal aide said, according to the publication. “He wants his aunt there — and she will be.”

He reportedly made the decision as to avoid causing Ferguson anymore grief.

“Invitations for Harry and Meghan’s wedding are expected to go out the first week of March. Despite reports to the contrary, Sarah Ferguson will be receiving one and attending,” a source told Us Weekly. “Harry has always intended to invite Sarah to the wedding. He is very close to Eugenie and Beatrice, and their mother is just as much family as their father. Harry and Meghan have total control over who goes to the wedding and there was never an issue at the Palace about Sarah being invited. No pushback from anyone.”

If the rumor is true, Ferguson will have two royal weddings to look forward to this year, as her daughter, Princess Eugenie announced she will marry fiance Jack Brooksbank in October.

Scrambled order: Norwegian Olympic chefs order 1,500 eggs, get 15,000 

This sounds like one scrambled situation. Or, more pointedly, Google Translate is not always what it is cracked up to be.

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Chefs for the Norwegian Olympic team ordered 1,500 eggs but wound up with 15,000 instead, The Washington Post reported. The cooks used Google Translate to fill out the ingredient request list, but a translating glitch caused the order to be multiplied tenfold, the Post reported.

Chef Stale Johansen told the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that there was “no end to the delivery” and called the order “absolutely unbelievable,” The Guardian reported.

Every one of Norway’s 109 athletes would have to eat more than seven eggs a day during the Olympics to use up the inflated supply, the Post reported.

The answer for the less than exact number could be South Korea’s complex counting system, where changing one syllable could be the difference between what the Norwegian chefs thought they ordered and what they got, The Guardian reported.

At a news conference, Tore Ovrebo, the head of the Norwegian team, said the whole thing was “no big deal.”

"It was an extra zero on the orders," he said.

Johansen said his team enjoys eating fresh salmon and tacos. Rather than poach all the eggs for themselves, the chef said the 13,500 extras were returned to the grocers, the Post reported.

Death toll stands at 8, dozens still missing after 6.4 magnitude earthquake jolts Taiwan

At least eight people were killed and hundreds of others injured Tuesday night after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s Hualien County, damaging roads and leaving buildings tilted or destroyed.

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Outbreak of norovirus causes quarantine of 1,200 Olympic security guards

Officials in South Korea quarantined 1,200 security guards after 41 of them at the Winter Olympic facilities at Pyeongchang had symptoms similar to the norovirus, CNN reported.

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South Korea deployed 900 military personnel after the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee (POCOG) quarantined the security guards. The POCOG said the guards suffered sudden outbreaks of diarrhea and vomited Sunday and were taken to the hospital, CNN reported. An investigation suggested the symptoms could have come from ground water being used in the food and beverages at the facilities, ESPN reported.

"The military personnel ... will be responsible for security checks of the 20 venues as they take up jobs such as security searches, previously done by civilian safety personnel, until the patients' condition is normalized," according to a statement from the POCOG.

All of the civilian guards are in stable condition, according to the statement.

Competitions at the Winter Olympics begin Feb. 8 and will continue through the closing ceremonies on Feb. 25.

Man braves ice, walks across large frozen Siberian lake

It’s a large lake. No, not large, it’s a colossal lake that holds almost a quarter of the world’s fresh surface water.

Lake Baikal is also frozen over, giving those living and visiting the outer areas of Russia the opportunity to take part in outdoor activities like skating, RT reported.

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But while it’s an enormous lake, 400 miles long, it’s also one of the world’s oldest, dating back to about 25 million years ago, and one that is also crystal clear where, when fully frozen, skaters can look down to the bottom and see the stones and rocks that make up the lake bed, according to RT.

Jack Sheremetoff, who operates tours of the lake, recently put one foot in front of the other and walked across the glass-like surface. He posted the video to his Facebook page where it has gotten more than 14,000 views.

For more on visiting Lake Baikal, click here.

'Severe pain' prompts Lady Gaga to cancel final four tour dates

Citing “severe pain,” Lady Gaga canceled the remaining dates of her Joanne World Tour, Live Nation announced Saturday.

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Gaga went on Twitter to apologize to her fans, issuing a statement that she was so devastated, she “didn’t know how to describe it.”

“All I know is that if I don't do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music,” she said.

Live Nation noted on its website that the final 10 dates of her tour were canceled because of the pain she was experiencing. She was “suffering from severe pain that has materially impacted her ability to perform live,” the statement read.

Gaga has spoken about her problems with fibromyalgia, a chronic musculoskeletal disease, CNN reported.

“I promise I will be back in your city, but for now, I need to put myself and my well-being first. I love you, forever,” Gaga said on Twitter.

Plane carrying dozens of plumbers aborts flight because of toilet problems

How many plumbers does it take to fix a faulty toilet on an airplane? 

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None. They were all drained.

A Norwegian Air shuttle flight from Oslo to Munich was forced to turn around Saturday morning because of toilet problems, The Washington Post reported. On board were more than 80 plumbing industry workers traveling to a trade event.

The ironic circumstances led to howls of laughter among the passengers.

“Seldom has there been more laughter in an airplane ... when the reason given is ‘toilet problems,’” Frank Olsen, chief executive of the Rorkjop plumbing company told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

According to the flight data website Flightradar24, the southbound flight was heading toward Germany across the Skagerrak Strait. But 15 minutes after takeoff, the plane banked east and returned to Oslo.

The dozens of plumbers on board were unable to help out, Olsen said.

“We’d have gladly fixed the toilets, but it must unfortunately be done from the outside, and we didn’t want to take a chance on sending out a plumber at 10,000 meters altitude,” Olsen told Dagbladet, a Norwegian tabloid.

Olsen said his workers could resist toilet humor, even after their flight was rescheduled later in the day, the Post reported.

“Even the flight attendant came and told me that she have never done a U-turn with that many passengers smiling on board,” he told the Post. “We are still smiling.”

Terri Irwin reveals she has not been on a date since Steve Irwin died

Terri Irwin said she hasn’t been on a date since the death of her husband, Steve Irwin.

The widow of “The Crocodile Hunter” opened up to People about moving on from Steve and her lack of desire to date after losing him.

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“I think it’s wonderful when people who have lost someone find love again, but I’m not personally looking, and I haven’t been on a date in 27 years,” she told the publication. “In fact, it’s been so long, I’ve had a couple of lovely women ask me out because they figured that’s the case. But I’m content. I have two beautiful kids, a really full plate. I’ve already had my happily ever after.”

It was previously rumored that Terri was dating Australian actor Russell Crowe, but the Australia Zoo, where the Irwins live, denied the claims, saying, “All of these reports are completely false. Terri and Russell are not dating and are certainly not planning a wedding.”

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Steve Irwin died in 2006 when he was struck in the heart by a stingray while filming a wildlife show. The couple had been together for 14 years before his death. His family, Terri and their two children, Bindi, 19, and Robert, 14, cope with his death by spending quality time together each night.

“We’d each say our favorite part of the day, what we were most looking forward to tomorrow and a good deed we did that day,” she said. “You can’t focus on yourself. You need to focus on what you’re doing for others and then you can start to heal.”

>> On Rare.us: Family photos Bindi Irwin shared on brother Robert’s birthday show how much he’s grown over the years

The family still live at the Australia Zoo and are focused on maintaining Steve’s legacy of wildlife conservation.

“Steve was someone who was larger than life and really did live life to the fullest,” she said. “Even though he died at 44, years of age he lived such a full life and that’s what I want to do and share.”

The family will be returning to Animal Planet with a new series this fall that will follow their day-to-day lives at the Australia Zoo and their work with their nonprofit organization, Wildlife Warriors

“We do want to carry on in Dad’s footsteps, and make sure everything he worked so hard for continues on,” daughter Bindi said on a January broadcast of “Today.”

Super blue blood moon eclipse: Watch NASA video of the rare lunar event

The super blue blood moon total lunar eclipse, a highly anticipated, rare celestial event more than 150 years in the making, could be seen overhead early Wednesday.

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The full moon passed through the Earth’s shadow to create a total lunar eclipse. The moon appeared reddish, hence the name “blood moon.” Totality, when the moon was entirely inside the Earth’s dark umbral shadow, lasted about 1 1/4 hours.

NASA officials shared a live stream of the event Wednesday on NASA-TV.

Wednesday's full moon was also the third in a series of three straight full moon supermoons – that is, super-close full moons. It was the first of two blue moons in 2018. 

It marked the first blue moon total eclipse in America since March 31, 1866.

– WHIO.com and AJC.com contributed to this report.

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