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Kylie Jenner is new Instagram queen

LOS ANGELES

Kylie Jenner is the new queen of Instagram.

The reality star’s baby-name announcement became the most popular post on the social media site Wednesday, surpassing Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement of 2017.

Jenner shared a photo Tuesday of her new daughter’s tiny hand captioned with the baby’s name, Stormi Webster. The post had collected 13.7 million “likes” by Wednesday afternoon, compared with 11.2 million for Beyonce’s pregnancy photo.

Born on Feb. 1, Stormi is the first child for Jenner and her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott.

The 20-year-old Jenner is the youngest sibling in the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

She kept largely out of public view during her pregnancy. In a social media post earlier this week, she said pregnancy was “the most beautiful, empowering and life-changing experience” and that she will “miss it.”

‘Justified,’ ‘Home Improvement’ actor Mickey Jones dies

LOS ANGELES

Mickey Jones, a veteran character actor who played Rodney “Hot Rod” Dunham on “Justified” and construction worker Pete on the 1990s sitcom “Home Improvement,” has died. He was 76.

Jones died early Wednesday of the effects of a long illness, said his publicist, Cherry Hepburn. The illness and where he died were not immediately disclosed.

A native of Houston, Texas, Jones worked steadily in TV from the 1970s, with appearances on shows including “Baywatch” and “T.J. Hooker” and, more recently, “Growing Up Fisher” with J.K. Simmons and “Newsreaders” with Kumail Nanjiani.

On the big screen, Jones was seen in “Sling Blade,” “Tin Cup” and “Starman.”

His “Home Improvement” role harkened back to his roots in entertainment: Pete was part of a company band, using an ad hoc drum set made up of empty plastic fuel cans and with screwdrivers as sticks.

Jones, however, was a real-deal musician. In the 1960s and ’70s, he was a drummer with Trini Lopez, Bob Dylan, Johnny Rivers and The First Edition with Kenny Rogers.

Associated Press

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