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Weekend Express with Lynn Berry

Fast-paced look at the day's essential news and buzz-worthy stories

Parenting: No instructions included

It doesn't come with an instruction book or a paycheck. Parenting is the most rewarding and most challenging job on earth.

New York City-based photographer Danielle Guenther decided to put some real-life scenarios into still shots. Guenther, who is also a mother, decided to create the series after a session with a family client. She said it progressed in a way that became an artfully staged and over exaggerated version parenting moments. She also said creating the series gives a little peek into the world of parenting and hopes it makes people smile.

jodi arias

Debating the best strategy

Jodi Arias returns to court Monday for the second week of her sentencing retrial.  A new jury will decide if she lives or dies.  HLN legal analyst Joey Jackson and former prosecutor Loni Coombs break down the best defense and prosecution strategies.  Plus, they’ll preview what to expect in court this week.

Renee Zellweger 'faces' fans

Renee Zellweger 'faces' fans

Renee Zellweger's noticeable new look caused a stir on social media this week. Fans, who both loved and hated it the changes, took to Facebook and Twitter to sound off.

Zellweger denies plastic surgery is a part of her new transformation.  She says a healthier way of living led to her altered appearance.

Reality TV star gains weight to prove a point

Reality TV star gains weight to prove a point

Katie Hopkins is a reality TV star in Great Britain, but she got a lot of attention from all over the world when she said, "I don't believe you can be fat and happy. I think it's just a cop out." She says she'll prove her point by gaining and losing 50 pounds in less than a year. She's already gained the weight, now she's given herself a tight deadline to take it off. Hopkins has plenty of critics, who say she's being insensitive to people who are overweight or who struggle with eating disorders. Hopkins talked with Weekend Express about her experience, and whether or not it's changed her mind.

The Gloss: Pregnant women walk runway at a lingerie fashion show

Newser: Reeva's mom: Pistorius never slept with my girl
Toy Hall of Fame race heating up

Toy Hall of Fame race heating up

The National Toy Hall of Fame is taking votes on the newest inductees and this is a tough race!  There are some timeless favorites, like paper airplanes, and some relative newbies, like American Girl dolls.  The Weekend Express team rummaged through closets and bribed family members to bring some of the nominated toys to our set.  One clarification: the Fisher Price school house isn't nominated, but the Little People who use the school house are.  Either way, you're sure to recognize a few of your favorites among the nominees.  Chris Byrne, from Time To Play magazine, tells us his favorites and has a sneaking feeling about who might win!

Howie Mandel with Theo Von

'Deal With It': Howie Mandel talks Twitter, new show

Howie Mandel is a familiar face to anyone who has watched television over the last 30 years. He's appeared as a doctor on "St. Elsewhere" in the '80s, the host of "Deal or No Deal," and a judge on "America's Got Talent." With all of his successes, one thing hasn't changed. He's a funny, creative guy.

Mandel's latest role is executive producer of the TBS hidden-camera game show, "Deal with It." In each episode, contestants are secretly recruited to pull a ridiculous prank on their companions. They must obey all instructions given through an earpiece from a secret control room. If they pull it off, they can win cash prizes.

What cancer patients really want to hear

What cancer patients really want to hear

When you tell someone you have cancer, you’d be surprised by how some people respond.  Jane Schwartzberg knows first-hand: she’s a two-time breast cancer survivor and she’s heard some really jaw-dropping comments.

She opens up in her new book, “Naked Janes Bares All,” about the one thing you should never say to someone fighting cancer.  She talked with Weekend Express about what to say to families who are fighting cancer together.

IKEA tips first 59 organizes mornings

IKEA tips first 59 organizes mornings

Mornings are hard.  They don't have to be!  A routine that keeps your family on track can work miracles AND get everyone out the door fully-dressed and on time.

IKEA polled more than 1,000 Americans and found that many people don't have a morning routine.  The home furnishing store also found out what drives people nuts and gets them behind in the morning.  IKEA came up with first59, tips and products to help smooth out the morning and get that first hour just right.  IKEA's Deidra Cunningham dropped by Weekend Express to show us the simple solutions that'll help everyone get moving in the right direction.

Kellie Pickler stars in 'Beauty and the Beet'

Kellie Pickler stars in 'Beauty and the Beet'

Country singer Kelly Pickler is starring in the latest Veggie Tales film ‘Beauty and the Beet’.  It was released last week, just in time for the holidays.

Pickler stopped by to talk with us about the movie and why it holds special meaning for her.  Here's our Weekend Express Closeup.

Halloween Candy Taste Test

Halloween Candy Taste Test

You've heard the cautionary tales of people who gave out sub-par candy on Halloween, only to wake up the next morning to a yard full of toilet-papered trees?  Don't let that happen to you!  We assembled a panel of experts with highly refined tastes (kids) to try the newest, gooiest Halloween candy offerings.  Their reactions are brutally and cute-ally honest!

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