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Tourist deaths in Dominican Republic were due to natural causes: FBI

Nathaniel Holmes/Facebook(LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic) -- Toxicology tests done by the FBI have confirmed that three American tourists found dead this spring in the Dominican Republic died of natural causes, the U.S. State Department said.

The results were consistent with the findings of local authorities, according to a statement from the Stat...

Author: Michael Dobuski
Posted: 10/19/2019

Egypt unveils 3,000-year-old wooden coffins in Luxor

Hatem Maher/ABC News(LUXOR, Egypt) -- Egypt unveiled 30 ancient wooden coffins on Saturday that were discovered in the southern city of Luxor, in what the country's antiquities ministry described as one of the largest discoveries in years.

The announcement was made in a makeshift tent just opposite to the famed Temple of Hatshepsut, which is situ...

Author: Michael Dobuski
Posted: 10/19/2019

UK Parliament votes to force Brexit extension in setback for Boris Johnson

iStock/Vladislav Zolotov(LONDON) -- U.K. lawmakers voted on Saturday to undermine a deal reached between Boris Johnson and the European Union, casting doubt on the prime minister's ability to meet an Oct. 31 Brexit deadline.

Johnson announced Thursday that he had reached a deal with European leaders for the U.K. to leave the EU, but the agreement...

Author: Michael Dobuski
Posted: 10/19/2019

Mexican authorities release 'El Chapo's' son as violence breaks out during attempted arrest

hudiemm/iStock(MEXICO CITY) -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended local authorities' decision to call off a deadly raid in Sinaloa Cartel territory and release Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's fugitive son, saying one criminal wasn't worth risking the lives of others in the area.

"They made decisions that I support, that I endorse...

Author: Leighton Schneider
Posted: 10/18/2019

Ancient city uncovered in Cambodia

DannyIacob/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers have uncovered an ancient city in Cambodia that was one of the first capitals in the Khmer Empire.

The sprawling city of Mahendraparvata, which has long been rumored to exist, was identified on the Phnom Kulen plateau using airborne laser scanning that had a "unique ability to 'see through' vegetation an...

Author: Leighton Schneider
Posted: 10/18/2019

Astronauts to make history with first-ever all-female spacewalk

NASA(NEW YORK) -- Two female astronauts have accomplished something no women have done before.

U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station Friday morning, the first time in history that two women have done a spacewalk together.

Koch and Meir were expected to spend more than five hours outside the...

Author: JTP
Posted: 10/18/2019

Trump admin resumes some aid to Central America in exchange for asylum cooperation

Bobtokyoharris/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration will resume some foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that was previously withheld, as officials worked to secure agreements to send U.S. asylum seekers back to those Central American countries, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

“I look forward to the con...

Author: Leighton Schneider
Posted: 10/18/2019

'Pause' in fighting in Syria between Turkish and Kurdish forces appears to be in jeopardy

omersukrugoksu/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Turkey's agreement with the United States to "pause" fighting in Syria appears to have been breached within hours of Vice President Mike Pence's announcement as eyewitnesses report violence is still ongoing.

Turkish artillery continued shelling Ras al-Ayn, a Syrian city on the Turkish border that had been facing...

Author: CJC
Posted: 10/18/2019

Duchess Meghan describes 'really challenging' time as new royal, mom in spotlight

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has faced intense public scrutiny ever since her relationship with Prince Harry began.

The duchess, 38, is speaking out now for the first time about what the experience has been like for her behind the headlines.

"Especially as a woman it's really -- it's a lot," Meghan told ITV News at Ten anchor To...

Author: JTP
Posted: 10/18/2019

Family found mysteriously living in secret room for 9 years

Ismailciydem/iStock(RUINERWOLD, Netherlands) -- After a family of seven was found to be living mysteriously, and with no one’s knowledge, in a farmhouse on the outskirts of a small Dutch town, a court ordered on Thursday that an 8th person, the farmhouse's tenant, be detained for two weeks.

The family had apparently been living in a small room in...

Author: Louis Milman
Posted: 10/17/2019

Russia says US diplomats approached missile test site, location of radioactive blast

ronniechua/iStock(MOSCOW) -- Russia's foreign ministry on Thursday said three American diplomats who were briefly detained in northern Russia had approached a closed military test site where a radioactive blast occurred in August.

The U.S. diplomats were reported on Wednesday to have been stopped and removed from a train travelling between the cl...

Author: Louis Milman
Posted: 10/17/2019

Banksy has a new online shop that will vet potential buyers through a professional comedian

filadendron/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Banksy has opened a new online store but in order to make a purchase, customers must first explain why art matters.

Gross Domestic Product, the "homewares brand from Banksy," laid out a registration system on the shop's site, explaining that people can pick only a single item and must answer a question to be consid...

Author: Louis Milman
Posted: 10/17/2019

Jane Fonda arrested again at another U.S. Capitol climate protest

iStock/rarrarorro(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda, 81, was arrested by police with a group of about a dozen protesters Friday after being warned repeatedly to leave the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Inspired by young climate activists like 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, Fonda recently told ABC News that every Friday while she's in the nation's capital, she'll attend "Fire Drill Friday," a weekly event featuring scientists, celebrities and activists addressing the various facets and impacts of climate change.

Fonda, who has a long career in activism, told ABC News in an earlier interview about her planned effort, "11 o'clock every Friday morning come get arrested with me, or choose not to -- it doesn't matter."

The actress reportedly decided to leave her home and move to Washington for four months, because she wanted to "make a commitment to" the issue of climate change.

"Fire Drill Friday" is a reference to Thunberg saying during a speech at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January, "I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is."

In an interview with ABC News Deputy Political director MaryAlice Parks for an episode of of ABC News Live's The Briefing Room, Fonda said that it's the kids who are leading the charge when it comes to fighting climate change.

"And so, grandmas unite," she said. "I want to stand with them and raise up...their message. This is serious...this is a crisis unlike anything that has ever faced humankind."

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Author: Stephen Iervolino
Posted: 10/18/2019

"None of my kids want to be actors," says 'Maleficent' mom Angelina Jolie

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- While there are enough of them to make their own ensemble movie cast, don't expect to see Angelina Jolie's kids on the big screen.

The Oscar-winner and Maleficent series star explains to People that Maddox, 18, Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 11, have no plans to join the family business.

In fact, they turned down her offer to have them appear in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Jolie tells the magazine, revealing, "I tried. Nobody was interested!"

Although Vivienne played young Aurora in the 2014 original, she wasn't ready for her close-up this time around.

"None of my kids want to be actors," Jolie says. "[They’re into] business, humanitarian affairs, things like that."

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, is now in theaters from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Author: Stephen Iervolino
Posted: 10/18/2019

'Patsy & Loretta' star Megan Hilty says Lifetime film celebrates "true female friendship"

Jake Giles Netter(NEW YORK) -- In the new Lifetime movie Patsy & Loretta premiering this weekend, Broadway darlings Megan Hilty and Jessie Mueller star as two of country music’s most beloved stars: Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.

Instead of being rivals, the two singers formed a close bond as they took on the male-dominated music industry of the 1960s together, until Patsy’s tragic death in a 1963 plane crash at age 30.  

Hilty, who plays Patsy, says it was “daunting” stepping into such an iconic singer’s shoes, but she was drawn to the film’s portrayal of female friendship.

“It’s written beautifully and it's about two female friends in a positive way,” she tells ABC Audio.

She adds, “You know, so many people like to make movies and TV shows about women who are in fierce competition and tearing each other apart any chance they get. And I really desperately wanted to be a part of something that celebrated what true female friendship looks like.”

Hilty, who rose to fame in the Broadway show Wicked and starred on the TV show Smash, and Mueller, a Tony award-winner for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, also perform the songs for the movie’s soundtrack.  Hilty takes on Patsy’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Come on In (And Make Yourself at Home),” among others.

The soundtrack comes out Saturday, the same day Patsy & Loretta premieres on Lifetime at 8 p.m. ET.

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Author: Music News Group
Posted: 10/18/2019

Uzo Aduba is a "force of nature" in real life, and in 'Miss Virginia', says Matthew Modine

Vertical Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Most people became familiar with Uzo Aduba when she snagged her first-ever Emmy for her first nomination for the Netflix show Orange is the New Black back in 2014.

The actress ended up winning three Emmys playing Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in the prison drama -- with her first two of those wins coming back-to-back.

Now she's starring in Miss Virginia, a based-on-real life film about Virginia Walden Ford, an impoverished single mother who fought Washington D.C. politicians -- and the city's rough streets -- to better the life of her 15-year-old son and underprivileged kids like him. 

Matthew Modine plays a congressman who finds in the formidable woman the fire for fighting the system that he once had. "You know, he's somebody who...sort of felt gave up in the 80s," he tells ABC Audio of his character. "You know, he was a politician who wanted to change the world, and then he realizes that politics are so corrupted. And then he meets this this force of nature."

Incidentally, "force of nature" was just how he described Uzo. "It was such a pleasure to work with her and to meet her. I saw the movie the other day and I don't know whether the performances are coming for female actresses this year, but I think that the race just started for best actress with Uzo's performance."

He adds, "You know, it's a very difficult role to play because of all the things that it is. And she does it with charm and elan and a kind of elegance that that is wonderful. It's just refreshing to see."

Miss Virginia is both in theaters and available on video on demand today.


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Author: Stephen Iervolino
Posted: 10/18/2019

Kylie Jenner's daughter Stormi isn't a fan of her mom's singing

David Livingston/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Unlike the Internet and Ariana Grande, Kylie Jenner's daughter Stormi doesn't think much of her mother's singing.

On Thursday, Kylie shared a video on Instagram of one-year-old Stormi laughing and dancing to a remix of the 22-year-old makeup mogul singing "Rise and Shine," the song she used to wake up her daughter in an earlier clip that went viral.

"You like it? asks Kylie, to which Stormi replies, "Daddy sing?"

"No baby, that's mommy singing," answers Kylie in return, but Stormi repeatedly demands to hear her father, rapper Travis Scott instead, becoming more insistent each time.

“Oh, you want daddy’s singing? I’m not good enough?” asks a disappointed Jenner.

The three-word song, posted as part of a video tour of her Kylie Cosmetics office on YouTube last week, spawned intense online response from fans and went viral, eventually drawing a plea from from Grande to let her sample the song.

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Author: Music News Group
Posted: 10/18/2019

Alec Baldwin says people convicted in college admissions scandal shouldn't go to jail

ABC(New York) -- With actress Felicity Huffman in the middle of serving a 14-day prison sentence for her part in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, buddy Alec Baldwin turned to Twitter to vent his frustrations about it.

"I don’t think anyone involved in the college fraud cases should go to prison.  That includes past cases as well," he tweeted on Wednesday. 

As for what he believes is an appropriate punishment, Baldwin offered, "Community service, fines, yes. But prison time, no. My heart goes out to Felicity, Bill Macy and their family."

When a Twitter user called Baldwin's opinion "tone deaf," the 30 Rock star followed up, "Community service is better. The demonization of wealth in this country is mind blowing."

He then griped, "A country built on both freedoms and commerce. Now, all success is scrutinized. Merely to succeed, especially financially, invites scrutiny, judgment, abuse."

Unfortunately for Baldwin, his followers aren't sparing any sympathy for his friend and vehemently disagree with his point of view.

The Varsity Blues scandal is one of the largest college cheating scams ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.  About 50 people, including Huffman, are accused of buying their children's way into college.

Huffman was convicted of paying $15,000 to have a third party rig her daughter’s SAT score and sentenced to 14 days in prison.  She was also fined $40,000 and must complete 250 hours of community service.

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Author: Music News Group
Posted: 10/18/2019

Priyanka Chopra Jonas to voice Queen Elsa in Hindi version of 'Frozen II'

ABC Radio/Steve Iervolino(NEW YORK) -- Queen Elsa and Princess Anna will be voiced by real life family members in the Hindi version of Frozen II.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas revealed on her Instagram Friday that she and her cousin, Parineeti Chopra, will voice the iconic sister-duo in the Hindi dub of Frozen II.  

"Mimi and Tisha are now Elsa and Anna! #ChopraSisters are finally coming together for Disney’s Frozen 2." Chopra Jonas gushes. "Can’t wait for you guys to see us… I mean HEAR us bring these amazing, strong characters to life in Hindi."

With the new announcement, it means Disney has successfully added another Jonas family member to its official club.  Priyanka's husband, Nick Jonas, starred in the Jonas Brothers' Disney TV series Jonas from 2009 to 2010.  He also starred in the Disney TV movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam alongside Demi Lovato.

Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell voice Elsa and Anna, respectively, in the English version.   Frozen II arrives in theaters worldwide on November 22.

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Author: Music News Group
Posted: 10/18/2019

Angelina Jolie thinks 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' is a feast for the eyes and the soul

Walt Disney Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil should make the most money this weekend at the box office.  The sequel to 2014's Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elle Fanning is looking at an opening around $45-50 million, but Jolie says she's more interested in seeing people leave the the theater with smiles on their faces.

"You want people to be entertained," she tells ABC News.  "You want them to see something they weren't expecting and you want them to laugh a bit and you want them to be surprised a bit and you want them to just have fun."

Jolie also hopes the film will change the way people see themselves and the world around them.

"I would hope little kids -- or anyone who sees this -- and thinks, 'well, maybe, maybe I need to be more my true self.  Maybe I need to open up to my true nature and whether or not people around me accept it or feel comfortable with it is not'is not a burden I should carry,'" she explains. 

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is now showing in theaters.

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Author: Music News Group
Posted: 10/18/2019

Clueless getting a gritty Gen-Z reboot as a mystery drama series

Archive Photos / Stringer/ Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The cult classic movie Clueless is coming back as a TV series -- with an insane twist.  First and foremost, the lighthearted spirit of the original 1995 film will be completely washed away and adopt a darker vibe.

Deadline reports that Will & Grace writers Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey penned the script, which has multiple streaming services, such as the CW, reportedly frothing at the mouth.  The reimagined series will reportedly combine the elements of RiverdaleMean Girls, and a Lizzo music video.

The reboot series will take viewers on "a baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latte and Adderall-fueled" ride through a high school where "queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong No. 2 Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans."

The mystery drama series is currently in the works at CBS TV Studios, who own the rights of the original film and the 1996 television spinoff series.

As expected, fans of the original movie are already giving the news a hard "as if!"

This isn't the first Clueless reboot news to come out recently.  Last year, it was revealed that a new Clueless movie was in the works from Girls Trip producer Tracy Oliver and Marquita Robinson, a writer on the Netflix comedy GLOW.

It is unknown if the two projects are related.

Clueless, the 1995 movie, starred Alicia SilverstonePaul RuddBreckin MeyerJeremy SistoStacey DashBrittany Murphy and Dan Hedaya.

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Author: Music News Group
Posted: 10/18/2019

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' and 'Zombieland: Double Tap' among this week's new releases

Walt Disney Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide on Friday:

* Maleficent: Mistress of Evil -- The sequel to the 2014's Maleficent picks up several years after the first film chronicled the events that drove the notorious Disney villain to curse a baby Princess Aurora.  It follows the complex relationship between the two as they form new alliances and face new adversaries.  Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning return as Maleficent and Aurora, respectively.  Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville also return to their previous roles.  Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein and Michelle Pfeiffer join the cast as new characters.  Rated PG.

* Zombieland: Double Tap -- The sequel to the surprise 2009 horror zombie apocalypse comedy finds original cast members Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone, who played four strangers that meet on the road during a post-apocalyptic zombie outbreak, contending with newer, more evolved zombies, as well as new human survivors, as they deal with their own shaky relationships.  Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia and Roasario Dawson, Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch join the cast for the sequel.  Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Jojo Rabbit -- Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi [TIE-ka Wah-TEET-ee] wrote and directed this satire, set in World War II Germany.  It follows the titular character, a young German boy in Adolph Hitler's army, played by newcomer Roman Griffin Davis, whose mother, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.  Aided only by his imaginary friend, in the form of an idiotic version of Hitler, played by Waititi, Jojo must confront his ideology.  Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen and Sam Rockwell also star.  Rated PG-13.

* The Lighthouse -- Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star in this black & white horror film about two keepers of a remote lighthouse who begin to lose their sanity and become threatened by their worst nightmares.  Rated R.

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Author: Music News Group
Posted: 10/18/2019

In an ecologically-minded tweet, Ryan Reynolds confirms he and wife Blake Lively had a third girl

ABC, ABC/Lou Rocco(VANCOUVER, B.C.) -- In a tweet touting the importance of voting for green climate policy in his native Canada's elections on Monday, Ryan Reynolds buried some other big news by confirming he and wife Blake Lively have a third girl.

Prior to this, the couple only confirmed that they'd had a third child on October 4. Deadpool star Reynolds, 42, and actress Lively, 32, are also parents to daughters James, 4½, and Inez, 2½.

"I love B.C.," tweeted Reynolds, captioning a photo of he and Lively in a forest, with the actor holding the new baby in a chest carrier between them. The baby's face was hidden by a superimposed smiley face, however.

"I want my daughters to experience the same natural playground I grew up in," Reynolds posted.

"On Oct. 21, the candidate you vote for will SHAPE CLIMATE POLICY. I'm proud of the climate progress made the last 4 years." Click for voting info," the actor said, before adding the hashtag #Capilano, referring to their picturesque pic's apparent setting.

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Author: Stephen Iervolino
Posted: 10/17/2019

Co-star Matthew Modine says he's never seen a phenomenon like the record-breaking 'Stranger Things'

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- In a tweet on Wednesday, Netflix claimed that 64 million households viewed the third season of Stranger Things in its first four weeks on the streaming service, its best numbers to date.

Unlike Nielsen viewer numbers, Netflix's audience measurements and their methods aren't available for independent verification, but that being said, the show is unquestionably a phenomenon -- one that took co-star Matthew Modine by surprise, he tells ABC Audio.

The actor played Dr. Brenner, otherwise known as Papa, who performed horrific experiments on Millie Bobby Brown's "11" -- and who apparently met his end at the claws of another horrible creation.

"I was in Italy and and that's where I started to experience with people, you know, Italians yelling at me, 'Papa!' And I thought, 'How did they know my son and my daughter call me Papa?' Because we were there when that when the first season one broke. And it was -- I'd never experienced anything like that, and I mean, I've got a career that spans almost 40 years." 

Stranger Things, which is set in the 80s, follows a group of kids -- played by Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and  Brown -- who encounter supernatural events in their seemingly ordinary town of Hawkins, Indiana.

Modine says of the young cast, "I only I can compare it to...The Beatles or something, you know, that wherever they go, there are screaming rabid fans...that come to see them." 

Netflix has announced that the hit series has been renewed for a fourth season.

Modine will be seen next in the based-on-real-life drama Miss Virginia, starring Orange Is the New Black Emmy-winner Uzo Aduba, coming to theaters and video-on-demand services Friday.

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Author: Stephen Iervolino
Posted: 10/17/2019

As panic buttons become more common, some hotel workers say they are still waiting

monkeybusinessimages/iStock(BOSTON) -- Fatoumata Bah has worked in the hotel industry since 2001, when she immigrated to the country from Senegal. But she has not received a paycheck since early September when she and 75 colleagues walked off their jobs at a hotel in Boston and began a month-long strike.

Top on the list of their demands: panic buttons.

“One time a guy who was there with his wife grabbed my hand while she stepped out of the room and offered me $5 to fool around and dance,” said Bah.“I just told him that it’s not allowed, that I was just there to do my job. He asked me to not tell his wife.”

On another occasion, Bah had a dispute with a guest and called her manager, who told her to stay in the room and wait for security. But no one ever came.

In both cases, Bah said a panic button -- a GPS-enabled device that can alert security -- would have been helpful.

“They do not care about us,” Bah said. “We need the panic buttons to feel safe. I have two kids and I need to be safe at work.”

Yasmine Mustafa, CEO of ROAR for Good, the technology company that developed the GPS device for hotel workers, was inspired to create the button after her own experience with sexual assault in the hotel industry.

According to Mustafa, about 5,000 sexual harassment complains have been under-reported over the last decade in the hospitality industry.

She said that 85% of housekeepers are women, "usually low-income women of color and immigrants,” and that 70% speak English as a second language.

"The likelihood of harassment increases based on their immigration status and they are less likely to report to avoid conflict or trouble," Mustafa said.

Many cities including Chicago, New York City and Washington D.C. already require panic buttons for hotel employees. In June, New Jersey became the first state to mandate the devices, giving protection from sexual harassment to thousands of hotel workers.

A year ago, the American Hotel & Lodging Association announced the 5-Star Promise campaign to encourage hotels to increase sexual assault training and introduce safety devices for their employees.

“As an industry of people taking care of people, we have always been deeply committed to safety and security for our employees and guests. We have a responsibility to ensure they feel safe and secure,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA.

But hotel employees and their unions say that the progress has been too slow, leaving employees like Bah feeling vulnerable.

“The panic buttons are a relatively low cost to the employers to be able to provide extremely important protection for workers in an industry where sexual harassment and sexual violence is all too prevalent,” said Carlos Aramayo, the secretary-treasurer of Unite Here Local 26, which represents Bah and her colleagues.

The Battery Wharf Hotel, where Bah works, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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Author: Leighton Schneider
Posted: 10/19/2019

Boeing pilots messaged about 737 Max issues years before 2 crashes killed 346

Robert Michaud/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Internal messages between two Boeing pilots appear to show the company knew about problems with an automated system in the 737 Max aircraft in 2016, two years before two separate crashes involving the Max killed 346 people.

In a document obtained by ABC News, Boeing's chief technical pilot, Mark Forkner, told a colleague that the plane's MCAS system was "running rampant in the sim on me." Forkner said in the messages that in the simulation the MCAS was "trimming itself craxy," likely meaning "crazy," and that it was "egregious." News of the internal messages was reported earlier by The New York Times.

The maneuvering characteristics augmentation system, or MCAS, is an automated flight control system designed to change the angle of an airplane to prevent a stall. Faulty MCAS systems are believed to have caused the Lion Air crash in Indonesia, which killed 189 last October, and the Ethiopian Air disaster in March that killed 157.

After those incidents, the aircraft was grounded pending additional safety certifications.

The FAA obtained the messages last night in a document from Boeing, and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson sent a letter to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg requesting an immediate explanation. Dickson also requested an explanation about the delay in disclosing the document to the FAA because it was his understanding that "Boeing discovered the document in its files months ago."

In a statement, the FAA said that the agency finds the document's contents disturbing and that regulators are "disappointed that Boeing did not bring this document to our attention immediately upon its discovery."

Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chair of the House Transportation committee, said in a statement that the conversation between Boeing employees is "shocking, but disturbingly consistent with what we've seen so far in our ongoing investigation of the 737 Max, especially with regard to production pressures and a lack of candor with regulators and customers."

Muilenburg is scheduled to appear before Congress later this month.

"Over the past several months, Boeing has been voluntarily cooperating with the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s investigation into the 737 Max," the company said in a statement on Friday. "As part of that cooperation, today we brought to the Committee’s attention a document containing statements by a former Boeing employee. We will continue to cooperate with the Committee as it continues its investigation. And we will continue to follow the direction of the FAA and other global regulators, as we work to safely return the 737 Max to service."

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Author: Leighton Schneider
Posted: 10/19/2019

Oracle Co-CEO Mark Hurd dies at 62

wellesenterprises/iStock(NEW YORK) --  Mark Hurd, a tech industry tycoon and the co-CEO of Oracle, died on Friday, according to co-founder Larry Ellison. Hurd was 62.

"It is with a profound sense of sadness and loss that I tell everyone here at Oracle that Mark Hurd passed away early this morning," Ellison wrote in a statement posted to Hurd's website. "Mark was my close and irreplaceable friend, and trusted colleague."

The company "has lost a brilliant and beloved leader who personally touched the lives of so many of us during his decade at Oracle," the statement added.  

Ellison noted that while some will miss his mentorship, "I will miss his kindness and sense of humor."

Hurd is survived by his wife, Paula, and two daughters "who were the joy of his life," Ellison said.

"I know that many of us are inconsolable right now, but we are left with memories and a sense of gratitude ... that we had the opportunity to get know Mark, the opportunity to work with him ... and become his friend," Ellison said.

News of Hurd's death comes a little over a month after Oracle announced in a statement that he was taking a leave of absence for health reasons, without providing details.

"Though we all worked hard together to close the first quarter, I've decided that I need to spend time focused on my health," Hurd wrote in a letter to colleagues on Sept. 11. "I love Oracle and wish you all success during my absence."

Hurd joined Oracle as president in 2010 and was named co-CEO four years later. He has been credited with leading Oracle's push toward investing in cloud computing.

He is an alumnus of Baylor University, which he attended on a tennis scholarship, according to his personal website. Until his death, he remained involved in the university's initiatives.

Prior to joining Oracle, Hurd worked at Hewlett-Packard, where he was CEO and president from 2005 to 2010.

Hurd resigned from HP in August 2010 following allegations of sexual harassment from a female contractor. His severance package of $12.2 million drew criticism at the time.

"I realized there were instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP," Hurd said in a statement when he resigned.

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Author: Leighton Schneider
Posted: 10/18/2019

Johnson & Johnson recalls some baby powder after asbestos found

Wachiwit/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Johnson & Johnson is voluntarily recalling around 33,000 bottles of baby powder after traces of asbestos were found, the company announced Friday.

The contamination was found in a single bottle of Johnson's baby powder purchased from an online retailer, prompting the lot, or around 33,000 bottles, to be recalled, the company said.

The amount of asbestos found was considered a "sub-trace level" (no greater than 0.00002 percent), but the company issued the recall "out of an abundance of caution."

Johnson & Johnson says it is working with the Food and Drug Administration to investigate how the bottle became contaminated.

Two previous tests, one as recently as last month, found no asbestos, the company said.

Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a rare but fatal cancer that targets the lining of the lungs.

Anyone who purchased a bottle of Johnson's Baby Powder Lot #22318RB is advised to not use the product.

For refund information, contact the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Care Center online or by calling (866) 565-2229.

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Author: CJC
Posted: 10/18/2019

Qantas flight from NY to Sydney will mark world's longest nonstop flight

Kristian1108/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The world's longest nonstop flight will take to the skies Friday night.

The flight, operated by Qantas, is scheduled to leave from New York at 9 p.m. on Friday and arrive in Sydney, Australia shortly after 7 a.m. on Sunday, making the trip a total of 20 hours.

The Australian carrier has dubbed the test flight "Project Sunrise," and plans to gather information from the marathon journey.

Qantas says researchers will be both on board the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and on the ground examining how passengers and crew members handle the long flight.

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Author: JTP
Posted: 10/18/2019

Retiring pilot, on his last flight, gives his wings to toddler

Sarah Tamar Klitenick(NEW YORK) -- It was a milestone day for both: a pilot on his last flight of an almost 35-year career -- and a 2-year-old on his first international flight.

It ended with them both in the cockpit where retiring American Airlines Captain Joe Weis gave his pilot's wings pin to 2-year-old Ki Klitenick during Weis' final flight from Madrid to Miami.

In a video, Weis pins on Ki the "real wings" -- the ones he earned over the last 34 years.

An airline pilot's final flight can be emotional. There's usually a water salute -- an honoring ceremony in aviation where arcs of water are sprayed over an aircraft. The captain's family typically rides along for the final flight. It turned out that Ki and his parents were sitting next to Captain Weis's family on the journey home, his wife Wendy and nephew.

"Wendy had called me from her seat and told me about [Ki's mother] Sarah and it being his first international trip. There was a bit of a connection," Weis told ABC News' Good Morning America.

Captain Weis came to visit the family during the flight, but Ki was sleeping. He told Klitenick to bring Ki to the cockpit when the plane landed if they had the time. They did, and that's when Ki got Weis' wings.

Weis told GMA that his wife is a former flight attendant and when she retired a captain gave her his wings.

"That meant a lot to her," he said. "I always had that in the back of my mind."

Ki's mother praised Weis' thoughtfulness.

"It's amazing that on a day all about him, he found a way to pass something so special on to someone else," she said.

"I think of all the flights he's flown, all the ways he has brought people together all over the world. It was so emotional," said Klitenick.

As for Weis, he splits his time between Florida and Kentucky and plans to keep on traveling, but now by RV.

While it was Ki's first international trip, it surely won't be his last. His mom told GMA the 2-year-old was a natural traveler, hardly bothered by the time change and was greeting people in Spain with "hola!" all the while.

And from now on whenever he flies, his mom said he'll always have a treasure to bring along: Captain Joe Weis' wings.

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Author: JTP
Posted: 10/18/2019

The FCC approved the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. Now what?

TennesseePhotographer/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Communications Commission may have voted to approve a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, and the Justice Department also appears on board, but the telecommunication leviathans still must persuade a coalition of state attorneys general.

The FCC voted along party lines, 3-2, on Wednesday to approve a merger between two of the nation's largest wireless carriers, the agency confirmed to ABC News, just months after they got clearance from the Department of Justice. The DOJ approved the merger with conditions, including that the companies divest from Sprint's prepaid businesses such as Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

Last month, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro became the latest state attorney general to join a lawsuit challenging the merger, joining a coalition that includes the attorneys general from New York, California and more than a dozen other states.

The states' lawsuit to block the merger was filed June 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, according to the New York attorney general's office. A court date is set for Dec. 9.

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who voted against the FCC approval of the merger, said, "Consumers deserve better from the Washington authorities charged with reviewing this transaction."

"We've all seen what happens when markets become more concentrated after a merger like this one," Rosenworcel said in a statement after the vote. "In the airline industry, it brought us baggage fees and smaller seats. In the pharmaceutical industry, it led to a handful of drug companies raising the prices of lifesaving medications. There's no reason to think this time will be different."

"Overwhelming evidence," she added, "demonstrates that the T-Mobile-Sprint merger will reduce competition, raise prices, lower quality, and slow innovation."

Rosenworcel also referenced the upcoming onset of the next generation of wireless networks, 5G.

"With 5G on the horizon, our dependence on wireless connectivity is bound to grow," she said. "It's not the time to count on ineffective deployment commitments, higher prices and less vigorous competition to help the benefit of this new technology reach us all."

Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, who also voted against the merger, said in a separate statement that "you don't need to be an expert to know that going from four wireless carriers to three will hurt competition."

"This merger takes a bad situation and makes it worse," he added. "Higher prices and fewer options across the country will inevitably result. Quite simply, the effects of this ill-conceived merger will hit low-income and rural communities hardest of all."

Starks said that the deal approved Wednesday "has changed significantly from the one that was originally proposed -- twice," noting that not enough time for public comment was allotted to address these changes.

"While I hope for the sake of consumers that I am wrong, I fear that we will one day look back at this decision and recognize it as a moment that forever changed the U.S. wireless industry, and not for the better," he said.

In August, however, FCC chairman Ajit Pai formally endorsed the merger, expressing his recommendation for approval saying that it would advance 5G deployment across the U.S.

"After one of the most exhaustive merger reviews in Commission history, the evidence conclusively demonstrates that this transaction will bring fast 5G wireless service to many more Americans and help close the digital divide in rural areas," Pai said in a statement.

Pai also argued that "the merger will promote robust competition in mobile broadband, put critical mid-band spectrum to use, and bring new competition to the fixed broadband market."    

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Author: Louis Milman
Posted: 10/17/2019

Juul suspends sale of sweet flavors amid mysterious vaping deaths, criticism over teen use

Tomsmith585/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Juul is suspending sales of its fruit flavors, including mango, creme and cucumber, while the Food and Drug Administration reviews the products, the company announced Thursday.

In the meantime, the company will only sell tobacco, menthol and mint flavors.

In a statement, Juul's new CEO K.C. Crosthwaite said that the company's products are intended for adult customers.

"We must reset the vapor category by earning the trust of society and working cooperatively with regulators, policymakers, and stakeholders to combat underage use while providing an alternative to adult smokers," K.C. Crosthwaite, Juul's new CEO, said in a statement.

Critics disagreed with the company's decision to keep flavors other than tobacco available to the public.

"Juul's announcement today that it is leaving mint and menthol flavors on the market shows that it hasn't changed one bit under its new leadership and isn't serious about preventing youth use," Matthew Myers, president, of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said in a statement.

The company has come under fire while the FDA and Centers for Disease Control investigate an outbreak of lung injuries and deaths linked to vaping, which has sickened more than 1,479 Americans. In addition to the injuries, 33 people have died.

As part of its ongoing investigation, the agency is expanding laboratory testing to include blood, fluid and urine tests, as well as lung biopsies from patients.

Health officials last week started referring to the lung injuries by the acronym EVALI, which is short for "E-cigarettes or Vaping product use Associated Lung Injury."

While the cause of vaping injuries hasn't been determined, and no single product has been linked to the lung injuries or deaths, the majority of people affected vaped products containing THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Nicotine has not been eliminated as a possible culprit in the outbreak, because some of those sickened reported using only nicotine devices.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Author: CJC
Posted: 10/17/2019

An early warning for earthquakes? There's an app for that.

iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- Earthquakes have proven extremely hard to predict, but a new warning system in California may still help save lives the next time a big one strikes.

The Governor's Office of Emergency Services said on Wednesday, the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake that devastated the Bay Area that it's rolling out a Shake Alert system, which will deliver warnings through an app and through the same system used for Amber Alerts.

Residents will have between three and 10 seconds of lead time, which doesn't sound like much, but it's enough time for a doctor to remove a scalpel during surgery or to duck under a doorway.

"Think about it: We have a warning for hurricanes, tornadoes, other situations like cold-weather storms," Ray Riordan, the emergency management director for the San Jose office of Emergency Management, told ABC San Francisco station KGO-AM. "Now we have a warning system for an earthquake."

"We think we're at a place where it's not perfect, but we can keep people safe, and that's our ultimate threshold," he added.

The earthquake app, developed at the University of California, Berkeley is available for both iOS and Android platforms.

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Author: Dana Schaeffer
Posted: 10/17/2019

Iconic women's lifestyle magazine 'Family Circle' to shut down

carloscastilla/iStock(NEW YORK) -- After nearly 90 years in operation, the iconic women's lifestyle magazine Family Circle will shut down after its December issue, its publisher Meredith Corporation announced.

A newsstand staple since it was founded in 1932, Family Circle was acquired by Meredith in 2005. It currently has 4 million subscribers, according to Meredith.

Doug Olson, the president of Meredith magazines, said the company was able to "find new roles for some on the Family Circle team." Meredith's women's magazines catalog includes Better Homes & Gardens, Magnolia Journal, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living and Southern Living.

“When we acquired the Time Inc. portfolio of media brands in January 2018, we doubled our presence in the women’s lifestyle category,” Olson said in a statement Wednesday.

“Our portfolio philosophy continues to emphasize investing in brands that are market leaders and/or possess the highest growth potential. Sometimes, that means making hard decisions," he added. "Fortunately, we have been able to find new roles for some of the Family Circle team, and I would like to thank the entire group for its hard work and wish those employees affected the best in future endeavors.”

News of Family Circle shuttering comes a day after Meredith announced it was launching a new magazine with Property Brothers stars Drew and Jonathan Scott that will hit newsstands in January 2020.

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Posted: 10/17/2019

Caboodles then and now: How the beauty kit started with Vanna White

Caboodles(NEW YORK) -- Caboodles were popular beauty organization cases from the '80s and '90s. As soon as Caboodles hit the scene, women and girls became obsessed.

For a generation of women, the Caboodle was the must-have organizer to tote and store makeup. However, some may not know the unique backstory of how the product came to be -- a story that involves Wheel of Fortune co-host Vanna White.

When a photo of White using a Plano fishing tackle box to stow and organize her makeup surfaced in 1987, it sparked an innovative idea at Plano.

"The folks at Plano saw this and thought, 'Wow we can pivot from a very masculine, outdoorsy company into the beauty space'," director of marketing and brand management at Caboodles, Khadeja Salley, told ABC News' Good Morning America.

From there, the first On-The-Go Girl Caboodle kit was born. The irony is that White said she had no idea that she, in fact, was the muse behind it all.

"I did not know I was the one who started the Caboodle," White told Good Morning America. "I didn't know how, but I'm glad."

"I feel very good about being the inspiration behind the Caboodle because many years before that I went fishing with my dad every weekend, and of course he had a tackle box," says White.

While White had seen tackle boxes since she was an 8-year-old girl out fishing with her father, she said she first saw it being used by her makeup artist and was inspired to get her own.

"I am such an organized person and it was the perfect box to organize all of my makeup," she said.

"I did not turn [my father’s] tackle box into it because it kind of smelled like fish -- no -- I got a new one," White added.

Caboodles now

Caboodles offers a wide variety of everything from classic cases to bags and totes. There are also five different categories of products from which to choose: travel, cosmetics, nails, jewelry and hair tools.

In 2018, Caboodles approached communications and events teams DKC as well as HangarFour, to help with a brand refresh. The company was looking to create an updated logo and brand aesthetic while staying true to its retro roots.

That same year, Caboodles also tapped Olympic gymnast Simone Biles to be the face of their active line, which includes items such as a sports cosmetics bag.

In September, the brand collaborated with another iconic brand, Mattel's Barbie.

Tapping into the nostalgia trend, Barbie-inspired Caboodles are an ode to an earlier version from the early '90s.

"Through our partnership with Caboodles, we are thrilled to bring back a fan favorite item reminiscent of those early days of a girl trying on new roles and imagining the possibilities of what she can become, yet still practical and appealing for women of today," Mattel's vice president of global strategy and consumer products, Diane Reichenberger, said in a statement.

Caboodles hopes the brand will still resonate with a new generation of women. They remain great options for anyone looking to organize their favorite beauty products or for those looking for retro collectibles.

"[Caboodles] take you back to a time that is colorful and carefree, and that's exactly what we're all about," Salley said.

For White, all these years later, the Caboodle will always remind her of her dad’s fishing box.

"I always called it a tackle box," she said.

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Author: JTP
Posted: 10/17/2019

Here's your chance to stay in Barbie's Malibu Dreamhouse

Airbnb(MALIBU, Calif.) -- It's the grown-up, real-life fantasy vacation of every child who ever owned a Barbie Dreamhouse.

Located in the heart of Malibu, California, with panoramic Pacific Ocean views and beach-y decor, there is now a larger-than-life recreation of your childhood dream home -- and it's available on Airbnb.

Those looking to fulfill their dream can book the home on Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. PDT for one guest and up to three friends for a two-night stay. The one-time reservation will take place from Sunday, Oct. 27 to Tuesday, Oct. 29 and is available for only $60 a night (plus taxes and fees) to commemorate the Barbie brand’s 60th anniversary.

The home includes a hobby room and personal cinema, infinity pool and outdoor meditation zone.

Airbnb has arranged for several experiences during the stay, including visits from Ibtihaj Muhammad, a world-class fencing champion with her own Barbie Shero doll for one-on-one fencing lessons, and pilot and aerospace engineer Jill Meyers, for a behind-the-scenes tour of Columbia Memorial Space Center.

Hairstylist to the stars Jen Atkin will stop by for makeovers and renowned local chef Gina Clarke-Helm will provide a cooking lesson in Barbie’s spacious kitchen.

In honor of the Barbie brand’s 60th anniversary, Airbnb will make a donation to the Barbie Dream Gap Project GoFundMe initiative, which "aims to help level the playing field for young women so they can follow their dreams," the company said.

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Author: JTP
Posted: 10/17/2019

NBA commissioner says league 'willing' to take losses in China to stand for 'American values'

Rich Arden / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league has suffered "substantial" losses in China as a result of the firestorm that followed a since-deleted tweet by the Houston Rockets general manager supporting the Hong Kong protests.

"The losses have already been substantial," Silver said in an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts at the TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursday, adding that, "I’m not even sure where we’ll go from here."

“The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic," he added in his first stateside interview since the NBA became embroiled in controversy in China.

Silver maintained, however, that the league is "not only willing" but "we are" taking these financial losses in China to stand for "American values" such as freedom of expression -- and that they did not bow to Chinese pressure to fire the manager.

"The values of the NBA, these American values, we are an American business, travel with us wherever we go, and one of those values is free expression," he said.

On Oct. 4, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong -- setting off a series of consequences that illuminated the political challenges U.S. companies can face as they navigate doing business in China's growing, lucrative market.

While the tweet was quickly deleted, China's state-run broadcasting network ordered a blackout of NBA coverage. China's internet giant Tencent, which inked a five-year, $1.5 billion deal in August to stream NBA games, also announced that they would not play Rockets games.

Morey has since apologized. The Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said that Morey does not speak for them. Rockets players James Harden and Russell Westbrook apologized at a news conference, with Harden adding, "We love China, we love playing there."

NBA star player LeBron James also weighed in, telling reporters that he thought Morey “wasn't educated on the situation at hand” and that "so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually” by his tweet.

After his comments were met with criticism, James later tweeted: "Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk about that.”

Prior to Morey's tweet, the Rockets were one of the most beloved teams in China, and where retired Chinese basketball star Yao Ming played in the states.

In the aftermath of his tweet, however, a series of NBA events in China -- including charity events -- were abruptly canceled, and video on social media emerged of NBA posters being ripped off the side of buildings.

The financial fallout has also been swift and dramatic, but Silver said Thursday that the NBA is willingly taking those losses.

Silver said the NBA was pressured to fire Morey, but they chose to take a stand.

"We were being asked to fire him by the Chinese government, by parties we dealt within government and business," Silver said. "We said there is no chance that’s happening; there’s no chance we’ll even discipline him."

Still, Silver said that "our games are not back on the air in China as we speak. We'll see what happens next."

"I understand that there is a point of view from some that we shouldn’t be in business at all in China, and I’d say from an intellectual standpoint that’s fair, not getting into whether the tweet and the response to it," he said.

"At some point, look to the American government, we are in the middle of negotiating a trade agreement," he added. "Many multinational corporations obviously trade extensively with China."

Silver said that for years he has believed, however, that sports have been a way to "bring people together, often in a way that governments don't."

He added that he has been traveling to China for NBA events for years and he hopes to keep finding "a commonality" with the Chinese people.

"When you build that commonality over time, it potentially leads to shared understanding, empathy, begins dialogues .... often things that aren’t happening at high levels among official government operatives or diplomats," Silver said.

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Author: CJC
Posted: 10/18/2019

Report: Patrick Mahomes to have MRI following patella dislocation

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DENVER) -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes left in the middle of Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos with what appears to be a dislocated kneecap.

Citing a source, ESPN reports the 24-year-old suffered a right patellar dislocation during the second quarter of the game. Mahomes walked off the field with the help of trainers and was ruled out from returning to the game.

The quarterback is expected to undergo an MRI to see if he sustained any ligament damage, ESPN reports.

Despite Mahomes' exit in the first half, the Chiefs went on to win the game 30-6.

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Author: JTP
Posted: 10/18/2019

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/17/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

Houston 8, NY Yankees 3

Miami 107, Orlando 98
Chicago 111, Atlanta 93
Milwaukee 118, Minnesota 96  
Denver 110, Portland 104
Dallas 102, LA Clippers 87


Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3 - SO
Montreal 4, Minnesota 0
New Jersey 5, NY Rangers 2
Vancouver 4, St. Louis 3
NY Islanders 3 Winnipeg 1
Calgary 5, Detroit 1
Arizona 5, Nashville 2
Vegas 3, Ottawa 2
Buffalo 3, LA Kings 0


Kansas City 30, Denver 6

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Author: JTP
Posted: 10/18/2019

Zion Williamson to sit out final preseason game with sore right knee

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- First overall draft pick Zion Williamson will sit out the New Orleans Pelicans' final preseason game with a sore right knee, the team announced Thursday.

New Orleans is in New York City to take on the Knicks on Friday. Williamson did not travel with the team, and will undergo further testing. There was no immediate timetable for his return.

In four preseason games, Williamson has averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 27.3 minutes.

The 19-year-old missed most of the Las Vegas Summer League after suffering a bruise of his other knee. He had not missed any time during training camp.

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Author: Louis Milman
Posted: 10/17/2019

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says league facing 'substantial' financial losses in China

Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged on Thursday the "fairly dramatic" financial consequences the league is facing in the wake of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"The losses have already been substantial," Silver said, speaking at the Time 100 Summit. The remarks were Silver's first since returning from China where he and a pair of teams were on a preseason exhibition tour.

"Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak," Silver explained, "and we'll see what happens next."

"I don't know where we go from here," Silver added. "The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic."

Silver was criticized last week for an initial statement that used the word "regrettable," apparently about Morey's tweet. He explained that the word regrettable actually referred to the reaction of the Chinese government and people to that tweet, not the tweet itself.

After the tweet on October 4, China's state television cancelled plans to broadcast the league's pair of exhibition games last week. Several companies and state-run offices have since cut ties with the league.

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Author: Louis Milman
Posted: 10/17/2019

Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal agree to two-year contract extension

taka4332/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Wizards have agreed to a two-year contract extension with All-Star guard Bradley Beal, the team announced Thursday.

Beal was already owed $58 million over the next two seasons. He will make $72 million over the span of the extension, which goes into effect for the 2021-2022 season.

Beal could then be eligible for a five-year extension worth $266 million -- which would be the largest contract in NBA history.

The deal comes as rumors that teams could seek to acquire Beal in a trade this season. The additional commitment could serve to dilute the trade market for contenders seeking additional talent.

Beal is coming off of his best statistical season, scoring 25.6 points, dishing 5.5 assists and grabbing 5 rebounds per game.

The Wizards also have $171 million committed to injured point guard John Wall over the next four years.

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Author: Louis Milman
Posted: 10/17/2019

49ers have the NFL’s first-ever support dog

Instagram/the49ersfrenchie(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Football fans of all sides are rooting for the latest addition to the San Francisco 49ers.

Zoe, the 1-year-old French bulldog puppy, is the NFL’s first-ever emotional support dog.

The dog provides comfort and support to help people with their mental health struggles, including depression, panic attacks and bipolar disorder, according to the U.S. Dog Registry.

Zoe can help players overcome their pregame anxieties or post-game depression. She can even accompany the team on airplanes during trips.

The 49ers' director of player engagement, Austin Moss, and his assistant, Shelby Soltau, adopted the dog, who has almost 6,000 followers on Instagram.

In her posts, Zoe loves cuddling up to football players many times her size, like quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey and defensive end Solomon Thomas.

She even steals a smooch from defensive end Nick Bosa in one picture.

According to the 49ers, Zoe is currently seeking official training to become a therapy dog.

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Author: JTP
Posted: 10/17/2019

Andrew Wiggins: 'There's not 100 players better than me'

AndrewSoundarajan/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Former first overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins was left off of's annual list of the top 100 players in the NBA, an exclusion he disagrees with.

"I don't really look at that too much," Wiggins said Thursday, adding "there's not 100 players better than me, so it doesn't matter what people think."

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion," Wiggins said. "My job is to come out here and hoop, and that's what I'm going to do."

The 24-year-old is in his sixth season in the NBA. Experts have considered him something of an underperformer, especially after signing a $147.7 million contract extension in 2017.

Wiggins averaged 18.1 points and 4.8 rebounds last season, and shot the lowest percentage of his career from the field.

He pointed to the trade demand of former teammate Jimmy Butler and the firing of former coach Tom Thibodeau as getting last season off to a tough start for him. But now, Wiggins says, "I would say I enjoy it more than I did last year."

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Author: Louis Milman
Posted: 10/17/2019

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/16/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

Detroit 116, Charlotte 110
San Antonio 128, Houston 114
Atlanta 100, New York 96
Memphis 124, Oklahoma City 119
Portland 126, Utah 118
Sacramento 124, Melbourne 110
L.A. Lakers 126, Golden State 93

Columbus 3, Dallas 2
Pittsburgh 3, Colorado 2 -- OT
Washington 4, Toronto 3
Edmonton 6, Philadelphia 3
Anaheim 5, Buffalo 2
San Jose 5, Carolina 2

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Author: JTP
Posted: 10/17/2019

Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett says fan punched him in the face after taking picture

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett said a fan punched him in the face on Wednesday.

In a pair of tweets, the former first overall draft pick said that the person hopped out of their car to take a picture with him. Garrett says he lowered his window, only for the person to give him a "pillow tap."

Garrett joked on twitter that if the fan had "put your legs into it might have actually made me flinch."

The Browns issued a statement saying the team was aware of the incident, and that "the appropriate law enforcement authorities have been notified."

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Author: Louis Milman
Posted: 10/16/2019

27-year-old New York City mom dies after going into hospital to have cyst removed

peterspiro/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A young New York City mother died at a local hospital after going in for what was meant to be a simple procedure, according to her family and their attorney.

Rosemary Abreu, 27, went to Lincoln Hospital, in the Bronx,...

Author: Leighton Schneider
Posted: 10/19/2019

A healthy diet might help college-age adults manage depression

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study has found that a 3-week dietary intervention, including cutting down on processed foods, could decrease symptoms of depression in younger adults.

The research suggests that for younger adults – including b...

Author: Michael Dobuski
Posted: 10/19/2019

On 1st National Period Day, youth group shines spotlight on 'tampon tax'

Chistina Garcia(NEW YORK) -- "Menstrual hygiene is a right, not a privilege."

That's the message that youth activists hope to take nationwide for the first National Period Day, Oct. 19, as they campaign to end the tax on menstrual hygiene products....

Author: Michael Dobuski
Posted: 10/19/2019

Boston hospital's mock safe-injection site: 'This is a medical procedure'

Massachusetts General Hospital(BOSTON) -- Friday marked the final day of a mock safe-injection site in Boston designed to familiarize the public with what a potential facility might look like.

"We want to demystify safe-injection sites and give the...

Author: Leighton Schneider
Posted: 10/18/2019

Congresswoman called 'period lady' wants all women to have access to period products

Office of Congresswoman Grace Meng(NEW YORK) -- A New York congresswoman known as the "period lady” for her work on ending period poverty has proven critical in enacting changes so that girls in schools and women in prisons and homeless shelters c...

Author: JTP
Posted: 10/18/2019

Teen girl with rare illness wears gastrostomy tube to compete in world cycling championships

Alicia Jordan(NEW YORK) -- Hannah Jordan is a cycling champion who will compete this weekend in the 2019 Hillclimb Worlds in California on a demanding course that rises more than 2,500 feet in elevation.

But the 18-year-old will race the course wit...

Author: JTP
Posted: 10/18/2019

Mom of 6 says ‘hardest thing’ about breast cancer diagnosis was telling kids: ‘I could see the fear in their eyes’

(ABC/Nicolette Cain) Breast cancer patient Sarah Weimer opens up about her breast cancer journey on "The View" on Oct. 17, 2019, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.(NEW YORK) -- For Sarah Weimer, a 36-year-old mother who was diagnosed with breast c...

Author: Louis Milman
Posted: 10/17/2019

Strokes are becoming more common in younger adults and PTSD may be a cause

utah778/iStock(NEW YORK) -- By Dr. Saumya Bhutani

The incidence of stroke, a major cause of disability and death, is on the rise in young and middle-aged adults. A new study suggests that PTSD may be a contributing factor.

"There is now a large amou...

Author: Louis Milman
Posted: 10/17/2019

My son died from positional asphyxia in a car seat. Here's what parents need to know.

Ryne Jungling(MANDAN, N.D.) -- It was a normal Thursday morning in January for new mom Rachel Jungling as she took her infant twins to day care.

Both Rachel and her husband, Ryne Jungling, headed to work, and Rachel was on drop-off duty for Anders ...

Author: CJC
Posted: 10/17/2019

Doctor uses TikTok to warn kids about vaping -- and they're listening

Paolo_Toffanin/iStock(NEW YORK) -- When 29-year-old Dr. Rose Marie Leslie, a second-year family resident at the University of Minnesota Medical School, first found out about TikTok, she did what every other millennial did and downloaded the app to...

Author: JTP
Posted: 10/17/2019

Woman wins lawsuit after being fired while struggling with postpartum depression

Courtesy Maria Alves(NEW YORK) -- Maria Alves thought the crippling anxiety and worry she said she felt after the birth of her son three years ago were simply “baby blues” that would go away.

When the feelings continued weeks post-delivery and got ...

Author: JTP
Posted: 10/17/2019

University of New Mexico handing out coasters that test for date rape drugs

(Courtesy University of New Mexico) The University of New Mexico is handing out coasters that will test for drugs.(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Students at the University of New Mexico can now pick up coasters that will alert them if any drugs are in the...

Author: Louis Milman
Posted: 10/16/2019
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