Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's home caught fire early Thursday morning, after they forgot to put out candles before they went to bed.

Right -- Heather Graham did the same thing earlier this week. It's become totally trendy.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Beverly Hill Police responded to the Osbourne home around 4:45 a.m. Thursday in response to a fire, arriving before significant damage was done.

Firefighters put out whatever was burning and gave Sharon Osbourne a good talking-to about falling asleep with candles burning. Which she repeated to TMZ.

"Please everybody always check all the candles lit in the house before going to bed," Osbourne said. "I didn't, and at 5 a.m. this morning I was met with five gorgeous men from the Beverly Hills Department as they put out the fire in my house."

It's a decent guess Ozzy slept through the whole thing.

MANTI TE'O GOES VIRAL: People are sick ... and kind of funny.

There are a lot of people out there having some fun with the story about Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o, whose inspiring story of playing in Notre Dame's big game against Michigan State last fall despite losing his grandmother and girlfriend within hours of each other, was revealed Wednesday to be false.

And, of course, Twitter is involved.

As the story went, Te'o, supposedly inspired by the girlfriend telling him to go out and play and not worry about her, made a season-high 12 tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in a 20-3 victory against the Spartans. His inspired play became a stirring story line for the Fighting Irish as they made a run to the national championship game and as Te'o emerged as a Heisman Trophy hopeful.,


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Te'o's grandmother really did die. However his "girlfriend," identified as Stanford University student Lennay Kekua, never existed.

After the story was debunked, Notre Dame said Wednesday that Te'o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose ''death'' from leukemia was allegedly faked by perpetrators of an elaborate hoax.

Now the whole country seems to be weighing on whether Te'o was duped -- he supposedly met the girl online months earlier and got to know her without ever actually meeting her -- or whether he was in on the story, to make his season look that much more heroic.

And the public -- being sensitive types -- is all over the topic. On Twitter, there's already an account encouraging users to contribute songs for Te'o and his fake girlfriend, at #mantiteoplaylist. Among the suggestions:

"Best I Never Had," by Beyoncé

"I Just Haven't Met You Yet," by Michael Buble.

"Here Without You," from 3 Doors Down

"Imaginary Lover," by Atlanta Rhythm Section

"Just My Imagination," from the Temptations.

"With or Without You," by U2.

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," by Taylor Swift.

"Invisible Touch," by Genesis.

"I'm Still Living With Your Ghost," by Everclear.

"Who Are You When I'm Not Looking," by Blake Shelton.

And the list goes on ... .

BRITNEY IS BIG IN VEGAS: There is a war going on among three Las Vegas hotels to land Britney Spears as their headliner.

Spears was in serious negotiations last week with Caesars to perform several nights a week on a regular basis, as well as make regular appearances at clubs and pool events, according to TMZ. No word on whether crazy-behavior is part of the deal.

Now, says TMZ, two other casinos have since entered the bidding. It's likely one of them isn't named Simon Cowell Industries.

There was a story circulating that Spears already signed a $200 million, two-year deal with Caesars, which TMZ says is bogus. But it looks like the terms mentioned in that story might not be far off. Supposedly, the base agreement is $100 million annually. It's what Celine Dion made and, let's face it, Britney Spears is way more fun than Celine Dion.

SELENA GOMEZ IS MOVING ON: Selena Gomez is apparently moving on from Justin Bieber.

Gomez was reportedly spotted holding hands with Luke Bracey, a 23-year-old Australian actor and Gomez's "Monte Carlo" co-star, at the CAA Golden Globes after-party, according to Us Weekly. The two were getting "super close" at the Sunday night event.

This is highly irregular. Celebrities in their 20s where alcohol is present, getting cozy with one another?

At one point during the party, Gomez was reportedly overheard telling Bracey about her New Year's fight with Justin Bieber, according to Us Weekly, saying, "It was awful. We were fighting."

The two met on the set of the 2011 film, in which he played Leighton Meester's love interest.

But Bracey isn't the only handsome twentysomething Gomez has been seen with lately. No sir.

On Sunday, Gomez also partied with "Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson, according to Celebuzz. They hit the Weinstein Co. Golden Globes after-party and, later that night, were reportedly seen leaving the Beverly Hilton Hotel arm-in-arm.

One report claimed Gomez and Hutcherson hooked up, but a source told GossipCop that rumor is "completely false."

Uh-huh.

BARNEY FINALLY DROVE SOMEONE CRAZY: The son of the woman who created Barney the Dinosaur has been arrested for trying to kill someone.

Patrick Leach -- the 27-year-old son of Barney creator Sheryl Leach -- was arrested in Agoura Hills in Southern California for allegedly shooting a 49-year-old man in the chest on Jan. 9, says TMZ, citing TheAcorn.com.

Police said they have recovered evidence that connects Leach to the shooting and are still trying to determine the motive.

Have they ruled out the victim singing the Barney song? I'm sure it's not the first time doing that got someone shot.

According to The Acorn, the victim was treated at UCLA and is expected to recover from his wounds.

EDWARD FURLONG LOSES ANOTHER JOB: Edward Furlong just got fired from another film as a result of his reported domestic violence problems.

Furlong -- John Connor in "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" -- was arrested Sunday for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, the third time he's been accused of domestic violence in only three months. Furlong has already pleaded guilty, according to TMZ, but is still in jail.

The producers behind Furlong's latest job -- a romantic comedy called "Other Plans" -- have apparently had enough, firing off a letter to Furlong's people Wednesday saying Furlong's contract was terminated.

I guess domestic abuse doesn't mix with romantic comedies.

According to TMZ, the letter states "Given Edwards current status as being in jail awaiting arraignment on two charges of criminal domestic violence ... we are no longer able to engage his services for the film as per our agreement."

Producer Joe Eckardt told TMZ the movie's already "suffered way too long waiting for (Furlong) to be clear of his legal issues ... It's time to move on now and make our film without him."

They were waiting for him? This is Edward Furlong we're talking about, right? Not Matthew McConaughey?

Sources close to the production said they were in talks with Jason Mewes -- aka Jay from "Jay and Silent Bob" -- to replace Furlong, but Mewes decided to pass on the project.

It's the second film Furlong has been fired from due to his ongoing domestic violence problems with his girlfriend. In November, Furlong was fired from a movie called "Misled" after he was arrested at LAX.

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JANUARY 18 IN HISTORY

Friday is Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2013. There are 347 days left in the year.

1778: English navigator Captain James Cook reached the present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he named the "Sandwich Islands."

1862: The tenth president of the United States, John Tyler, died in Richmond, Va., at age 71, shortly before he could take his seat as an elected member of the Confederate Congress.

1911: The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brought his Curtiss biplane in for a safe landing on the deck of the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor.

1919: The Paris Peace Conference, held to negotiate peace treaties ending World War I, opened in Versailles, France.

1943: During World War II, Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto launched their initial armed resistance against Nazi troops, who eventually succeeded in crushing the rebellion. The Soviets announced they'd broken through the long Nazi siege of Leningrad (it was another year before the siege was fully lifted). In the U.S., a ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread -- aimed at reducing bakeries' demand for metal replacement parts -- went into effect.

1949: Charles Ponzi, engineer of one of the most spectacular mass swindles in history, died destitute at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at age 66.

1957: A trio of B-52's completed the first non-stop, round-the-world flight by jet planes, landing at March Air Force Base in California after more than 45 hours aloft.

1967: Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the "Boston Strangler," was convicted in Cambridge, Mass., of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses. (Sentenced to life, DeSalvo was killed in prison in 1973.)

1988: A China Southwest Airlines Ilyushin 18 crashed while on approach to Chongqing Airport, killing all 108 people on board.

1993: The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.

2003: Top U.N. officials warned Iraq it was running out of time to cooperate and avoid war. Protesters nationwide and overseas demonstrated in opposition to possible war in Iraq. Michelle Kwan won her sixth straight U.S. Figure Skating Championships title and seventh overall; Michael Weiss won his third U.S. men's title at the competition in Dallas.

2008: With recession fears rising and the stock market tumbling, President George W. Bush called for up to $150 billion in tax relief for consumers and business, saying there was no time to waste. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon designated George Clooney a U.N. "messenger of peace" to promote the world body's activities.

2012: President Barack Obama rejected a Canadian company's plan to build a U.S.-spanning, 1,700-mile pipeline to carry oil across six U.S. states to Texas refineries. Wikipedia and other websites went dark in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted movies and TV programs.

BIRTHDAYS

Actor Kevin Costner (58), comedian Dave Attell (48), actor Jesse L. Martin (44), rapper DJ Quik (43), rock singer Jonathan Davis (Korn) (42), NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous (40), actor Jason Segel (33), actress Samantha Mumba (30), country singer Kristy Lee Cook (TV: "American Idol") (29).

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