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North Korea Test-Fires Another Ballistic Missile, Fails Again
The test comes a day after Trump told Reuters in an interview that the U.S. and North Korea could be headed toward a "major, major conflict."

Trump to NRA: 'Eight-Year Assault' on Gun Rights Is Over
President Donald Trump promised the NRA gathering in Atlanta that he'd come through for them as they did for him during the 2016 campaign.

Much-Hyped Music Festival Descends Into Total 'Chaos'
"It's every man for himself," one 21-year-old attendee told NBC News.

Infowars Founder Alex Jones Discusses Custody Battle
Jones said media reports claiming he lost custody of his children are "grossly inaccurate."

Pentagon: Friendly Fire May Have Led to Army Ranger Deaths
The U.S. forces were working with Afghan fighters and targeting an ISIS compound and tunnel complex when a firefight broke out Wednesday.

Trump Tries to Deflect Flynn Vetting Questions on Obama
Trump, asked about questions surrounding his ex -national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said "he was already approved by the Obama administration."

100 Days of Trump and the Police
Trump has taken several sweeping steps in the area of criminal justice, a clear effort to fulfill his campaign pledge to restore "law and order."

Judge Lets White Alabama Town Secede From School District
An Alabama federal judge has given a mostly white town the green light to secede from the racially mixed county school district and start its own system.

25 Years After the LA Riots: A Doctor Inspiring America
Dr. Myiesha Taylor had always wanted to pursue a career in medicine, but the loss of her father pushed her to the field of emergency medicine.

Trump Again Calls Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas'
President Donald Trump on Friday told the National Rifle Association's leadership forum that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end." He then returned to one of his most derogatory campaign insults,...

Fitbit Murder Case: Husband Pleads Not Guilty in Wife's Death
Data from the workout tracker poked holes in the suspect's story, documents show.

Girl Injured on Carnival Ride: 'My Scars Don't Define Me'
It's been nearly a year since 12-year-old Elizabeth Gilreath's scalp was ripped from her head when her hair got caught on a carnival ride.

A Good Night's Sleep Could Help You Lose Weight
A former trucker discovers that many of us lack one of the most vital components of a healthy metabolism: sleep.

Finding Signs of Alien Life Might Be Harder Than We Thought. Here's Why
It will be exceedingly complicated to figure out whether there's actually any life or potential for it on such planets, based on new research into our own evolving world.

'We Have to Do Something Now': Lawmakers Push for Weaponized Drones
Weaponized drones represent the future of policing, experts say - and could be a necessary option in moments when innocent lives are at stake.

My 100 Days of Covering President Trump
For the past 100 days, my "office" has been the White House briefing room.

Massive Brawl Engulfs Macedonia's Parliament, 100 Injured
This was not a drunken brawl inside a dive bar, but the chaotic scene inside Macedonia's parliament chamber Thursday night.

Workers at Factory Linked to Ivanka Trump Paid $62 a Week
A report by the Fair Labor Association found two dozen violations at a Chinese factory where Trump's fashion line has been produced.


Entertainment News

KIM KARDASHIAN SAYS ROBBERY MADE HER A BETTER PERSON
Kim Kardashian appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show to discuss her shocking October robbery in Paris and how, in the end, it has changed her for the better.

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CHRIS SOULES' CELL PHONE RECORDS MAY DETERMINE HIS FATE
If Bachelor star Chris Soules, 35, was using his cell phone at the time of his crash, he may face a harsher penalty than the one he is already facing in the fatal car crash he was involved in.

Soules rear-ended a tractor-trailer Monday night and the driver of the truck later died. Pictures taken from his car earlier that evening were posted on social media, prompting law enforcement to investigate whether he was distracted behind the wheel, TMZ reports.

  • If he was driving while using his phone, Soules could be charged with vehicular manslaughter, according to the gossip news site.
  • His phone has been seized and his social media posts, call log and texting history will be reviewed. Since the crash, Soules deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  • Soules reportedly also fled the scene after the crash and open containers of beer were found in his truck, according to TMZ.
  • Meanwhile, Soules has hired lawyer Alfredo Parrish to defend him.

BBC FORCED TO APOLOGIZE AFTER ORLANDO BLOOM UTTERS RACIAL SLUR ON-AIR
Orlando Bloom is getting blowback after repeatedly using a racial slur live on air during a radio interview with BBC 1.

And he’s not the only one. The BBC has issued an apology. A spokespersonsaid toThe Daily Mail in an interview about the controversy: "As with any live broadcast, we take great care to ensure all guests are briefed about their language before going on air. We apologized to listeners afterwards for any offence caused."

  • The slur came up when Bloom was asked whether or not he did his own stunts. "I'm still a pikey from Kent, boy," he said. "I'm still a pikey from Kent. You don't want to get on the wrong side of me, boy."
  • Later, Bloom said he didn’t mean any harm by using the term.
  • "I've come from Kent and I grew up with a lot of, like, freewheeling, cool, interesting characters like that," Bloom said.
  • "I certainly wasn't taking a slant at that at all. I'm very respectful."
  • Bloom was born in Canterbury to a prestigious family and grew up in a sprawling mansion, The Daily Mail points out.

KATE HUDSON GETS MOM GOLDIE HAWN TO EXPLAIN 15-YEAR BREAK FROM HOLLYWOOD
Kate Hudson knows how to get her mom to crack. The actress grilled Goldie Hawn for the May issue of Interview, getting juicy insight on everything from her past as a go-go dancer to her 15-year break from Hollywood.

On the long break between The Banger Sisters in 2002 and her forthcoming Snatched (co-starring Amy Schumer and due out May 11th), Hawn keeps it simple: I believe that life is about doing. It’s about changing. It’s about transitioning. I can’t imagine, as a human being, not being able to grow."

  • The 71-year-old says that turning 50 actually sparked a re-examination of what she wanted to do in life – and it wasn’t just acting.
  • "When I turned 50, I asked some of my girlfriends, all actresses of the same age, 'What are we going to do now?' I wanted to go live somewhere for a while, learn archaeology, or take part in healing the world on some level," Hawn divulges. "I wanted to dig deep and say, 'Who am I now? What do I have to offer? What do I have to learn?'"
  • Hawn also provides insight into her start as a go-go dancer. "When I started go-go dancing on tables for a living, I didn't want to tell my mom or my dad," Hawn says. "I made 25 dollars a night, and I was able to make my rent, with the four girls I lived with. It was a challenge, but I never once said, "One day I'm going to do this and that ..." I never looked at life that way. I just saw where I was and knew that I was going to continue to move on with my career."

SCARLETT JOHANSSON WANTS TO GET DRUNK WITH GRANNY LOOKALIKE
A doppelganger + 50 years! Scarlett Johansson is trying to hook up with a grandmother who bears a striking resemblance to her.

Reddit user Denverjoel posted a shot of his grandmother Geraldine, who used to be almost identical to Johansson in her youth. The resemblance is so uncanny, the shot soon went viral.

  • ScarJo found out and extended a video invitation to Geraldine herself.
  • "I have been inundated with e-mails and messages about how much we look alike, and I had to look at the photo myself. Holy cr-p. I want to meet you in person," she began. "I saw that you were, quote, 'drunk as a skunk' when taking that photo, and I would like to see your drunk face. I want to share a drunk face with you. Let's have a drink, Geraldine."
  • She invited Geraldine to join her at the premiere of her comedy Rough Night, which hits theaters in June.
  • "Be my guest. We're a bunch of partying girls so it's a good running theme, and I'll cover all your hidden costs. I'll see you at the bar. Be there or be square."

CELEBRITY GOSSIP
MICHAEL MANTENUTO COMMITS SUICIDE: Disney’s Michael Mantenuto, known for his role as Jack O’Callahan in the Disney sports film Miracle, has died at age 35 of an apparent suicide. The death was ruled to be the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was found in his car at Saltwater State Park in Washington Monday afternoon.

EMMA WATSON AND BONNIE WRIGHT HAVE HARRY POTTER REUNION: Emma Watson and Bonnie Wright had a Hogwarts moment Wednesday night at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival. Watson’s new film The Circle premiered, as did Watson’s new anthology series, Phone Calls, which she directed. Fans caught them catching up on the red carpet and tweeted out photos. Yep, still all the feels!

RUPAUL MAKES RED CARPET DEBUT WITH HUSBAND: RuPaul was honored with a spot on Time’s Most Influential People of 2017 list and attended the magazine’s annual gala celebrating the issue with his new husband Georges LeBar. The evening out marked the first time they appeared together in public as a married couple. The private couple tied the knot in secret in January, on their 23rd anniversary. RuPaul shared the news in March.

GOTHAM’S JESSICA LUCAS IS ENGAGED TO ALEX JERMASEK: Gotham’s Jessica Lucas, 31, is ready to head down the aisle with Alex Jermasek, a butcher at Curtis Stone’s L.A. restaurant. The duo have been dating for more than four years. Lucas shared the good news on Instagram with a picture of them standing by the water in Florence. She wrote: "Feeling like the luckiest girl in the whole world! Can't wait to spend my life with this man. Love you @alexjermasek."

CHANNING TATUM CELEBRATES 37th BIRTHDAY WITH CAKE & BOWLING: Magic Mike star Channing Tatum celebrated his 37th birthday by going bowling with his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum and their 3-year-old daughter Everly. The World of Dance host posted shots from their evening of sugar-fueled fun on social media. Arguably the cutest shot was a photo of a cake from daughter Evie. Aw!


INDUSTRY NEWS

GAME OF THRONES FANS CAN LEARN DOTHRAKI AT BERKELEY: The fictional language Dothraki on Game of Thrones is the latest made-up lingo to capture fan’s curiosity. UC Berkeley is hoping to capitalize on that with "The Linguistics of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the Art of Language Invention," which will be taught for six weeks over the summer by the language’s creator, David J. Peterson. He also created the show’s High Valyrian language and has worked with Shannara Chronicles and The 100 on developing distinctive finctional languages.

BRAD PITT COURTS DAVID FINCHER FOR WORLD WAR Z SEQUEL: Brad Pitt, Paramount and Skydance have talked David Fincher into helming a follow-up to 2013’s blockbuster World War Z. Pitt will return as star and a producer in the next installment. Filming is set to being in early 2017. This will be Fincher and Pitt’s fourth film together if it’s a go, after Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

JOE JOHNSTON TAPPED TO HELM NEXT NARNIA FILM: The original Jumanji director, Joe Johnston, has been recruited to direct the next Narnia film, dubbed The Silver Chair. The story will focus on events that take place after The Voyage of the Dawn Treader when Prince Caspian becomes King. The franchise was launched in 2005 with The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and continued in 2008 with Prince Caspian and in 2010 with Dawn Treader. No word yet on the cast.

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN CONFIRMS SEQUEL FOR UNBREAKABLE AND SPLIT: M. Night Shyamalan is ready to deliver a sequel to Unbreakable, 17 years after its release. The writer-director announced the news on Twitter after months of teasing. The film will be called Glass and Bruce Willis (David Dunn) and Samuel L. Jackson (Mr. Glass/Elijah Price) will return. The film will drop January 18th, 2019. He explained via Twitter: "It’s taken 17 years but I can finally answer the #1 question I get, 'Are you making a f#&@ing sequel to Unbreakable or what?' My new film is the sequel to #Unbreakable AND #Split. It was always my dream to have both films collide in this third film."

BRAVO UNVEILS UNSCRIPTED SLATE: Bravo Media is pumping up its unscripted roster of shows with 6 new and 18 returning series, including many in the Real Housewives franchise and Vanderpump Rules. Hot on the new list includes Bethenny and Fredrick Property Project, starring Bethenny Frankel and Fredrik Eklund in their new venture as real estate moguls and business partners; Sell It Like Serhant stars Ryan Serhant (Million Dollar Listing New York) helping newbie sales reps; and Relationshep, which follows Charleston’s most eligible and loveable singleton, Shep Rose.

JAMES PATTERSON PLANS TRUE CRIME BOOK ON AARON HERNANDEZ: Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL player and convicted murderer found hanging by a bedsheet in prison last week, will be the subject of an upcoming true crime book by bestselling author James Patterson. Little, Brown and Co. said Patterson’s book, not yet titled, is scheduled for early 2018. Patterson is also putting together a collection of true crime stories in partnership with Investigation Discovery, to come out on the TV network and in print next January. Patterson, one of the world’s most popular and prolific novelists, said in a statement that he was "stunned" by Hernandez’s death and wanted to know "what went wrong." He’s donating a portion of his author proceeds to education and reading initiatives.

KIM ZOLCIAK TO RETURN TO REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA: Kim Zolciak will reportedly return to The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The 38-year-old reality star will appear in the Bravo show’s 10th season in "a smaller role," according to Us Weekly. Sources said Zolciak and Bravo have yet to determine how many episodes the star will appear in. TMZ reported last week that Zolciak is unable to commit to Real Housewives full-time because of her other Bravo series, Don’t Be Tardy. Zolciak starred on the first five seasons of Real Housewives of Atlanta, and appeared as a guest in Season 9. She told People this month her return in Season 10 was dependent on her salary.

EWAN MCGREGOR IN TALKS TO STAR IN DISNEY’S CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: Ewan McGregor is being eyed to star in Disney’s latest live-action film titled Christopher Robin. McGregor is in talks to star as the lead in the film that will follow a grown-up version of the human character from the A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh series. The plot will revolve around Christopher Robin who has lost his imagination and needs the help of Pooh and his friends in order to gain it back.








 

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