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The Pretenders Make a “Holy Commotion” with New Video

Credit: Jill FurmanovskyThe Pretenders have unveiled an official video for “Holy Commotion,” a new song that will be featured on the band’s forthcoming album, Alone. The partly animated clip stars frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and The Black KeysDan Auerbach, who produced and played multiple instruments on the album.

The video, which can be viewed at The Pretenders’ official YouTube channel, was directed and animated by Luca Monterosso Whittmann. It features footage of Hynde and Auerbach at the latter musician’s Nashville studio, along with clips of various instruments and pieces of equipment at the facility, enhanced by a variety of cartoon doodles and lyrical snippets of the song.

Musically, “Holy Commotion” combines a soulful ’60s girl-group sound with some ’80s synth-pop elements.

Alone initially was intended to be the follow-up to Hynde’s 2014 solo debut, Stockholm, but she decided while working on the project that the songs should be released under the Pretenders moniker. The band’s last studio effort, Break Up the Concrete, came out in 2008.

As previously reported, The Pretenders will be supporting Stevie Nicks on the Fleetwood Mac singer’s fall North American solo tour, which kicks off October 25 in Phoenix. The band also has announced a series of headlining dates that will take place on off nights during the Nicks trek. Tickets for the headlining gigs will go on sale to the public this Friday, September 30. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting Wednesday, September 28 at 10 a.m. local time via ThePretenders.com.

Here are all of The Pretenders’ upcoming tour dates; with Stevie Nicks unless otherwise noted:

10/25 — Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Arena
10/27 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
10/29 — Houston, TX, Toyota Center
10/30 — Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
10/31 — Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater*
11/2 — Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
11/4 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
11/6 — Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena
11/7 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
11/10 — Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
11/12 — Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
11/13 — Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center*
11/14 — Washington, DC, Verizon Center
11/15 — Boston, MA, TD Garden
11/17 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater*
11/19 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
11/20 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
11/23 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
11/25 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
11/26 — Akron, OH, EJ Thomas Hall*
11/27 — Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
11/29 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
12/1 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
12/3 — Chicago, IL, United Center
12/5 — Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
12/6 — St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
12/9 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Center
12/11 — Seattle, WA, Key Arena
12/12 — Portland, OR, Roseland*
12/13 — Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
12/14 — San Jose, CA, SAP Center
12/17 — Las Vegas, NV, Park Theatre
12/18 — Inglewood, CA, The Forum

* = headlining show.

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Prince-Themed “Dance On ‘Til Dawn” Dance Parties Happening in October

BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesTickets for the Dance On ‘Til Dawn dance party event — in remembrance of Prince  — are now on sale.  

The three-night affair “celebrating the life, music and legacy of Prince” is being held in conjunction with the sold-out Prince tribute concert taking place on October 13 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.  

As of now, it’s known that a DJ, a live band and special VIP guests will attend. Past touring band members Andre Cymone and Liv Warfield, along with one of Prince’s former protégées, Judith Hill, are scheduled to appear, according to the TwinCities Pioneer Press

Dance On ‘Til Dawn will take place October 12 to 14 at the Muse Event Center in Minneapolis. Tickets are on sale now.

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New Rolling Stones Concert Film “Havana Moon” Coming Out on DVD & Blu-ray in November

Eagle Rock EntertainmentHavana Moon, the new concert film documenting The Rolling Stones‘ historic free show in Havana, Cuba, that took place this past March, debuted recently as a one-night-only screening event in a variety of countries. Now, fans in the U.S. — and elsewhere — will be able to enjoy the movie in the privacy of their own home, when the flick is released in multiple formats and configurations November 11.

Havana Moon will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, as a multiple-disc package featuring either a DVD or Blu-ray along with a two-CD companion album, and as a digital download. In addition, a DVD/three-LP vinyl set will be sold, as will a special Deluxe Edition of the release.

The Rolling Stones’ free Havana show was held this year on Good Friday, March 26, in front of hundreds of thousands of music lovers. Among the many classic songs the British rock legends played were “Brown Sugar,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Paint It Black,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

The movie was shot in high-definition and was directed by Paul Dugdale, the same filmmaker behind the recent documentary The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America.

Here’s the full track list of Havana Moon:

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
“It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)”
“Out of Control”
“Angie”
“Paint It Black”
“Honky Tonk Women”
“You Got the Silver”
“Midnight Rambler”
“Gimme Shelter”
“Sympathy for the Devil”
“Brown Sugar”
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Gigi Hadid Urges Women in Unsafe Situations to ‘Fight Back’

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) — Gigi Hadid has addressed criticism that she was wrong to fight back against a former TV reporter who manhandled her last week.

In an interview with Lena Dunham for her newsletter, Lenny Letter, Hadid said that her reaction was automatic, and that she doesn’t regret attempting to elbow Vitalii Sediuk.

Her first thought at the time, she added, was, “Get me out of this situation.”

“Honestly, I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did. If anything, I want girls to see the video and know that they have the right to fight back, too, if put in a similar situation,” she said. “Practicing self-defense is important so that when you’re in the moment, reacting from muscle memory comes more naturally to you than freezing up. Confidence in your own ability to defend yourself comes with educating yourself about it, and is a massive advantage when in an unsafe situation.”

Last week, Sediuk, who has pulled similar stunts in the past, attempted to grab Hadid outside the Max Mara show at Milan Fashion Week. Hadid, 21, screamed, “Let go of me!” and attempted to run after him, though her bodyguards held her back.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Sediuk confirmed his involvement in the incident and said he did it in “protest,” saying Hadid has “nothing to do with high fashion.”

After the photos and video of the incident went viral, Hadid said her mother, reality TV star Yolanda Foster, praised her for trusting her instincts.

“It sounds cliché to say it, but in the moment, it wasn’t heroic to me. It was just what I had to do. It’s very touching to me that people see it that way,” Hadid continued. “I know people are put in much worse situations every day and don’t have the cameras around that provoke social-media support. I just want to use what happened to me to show that it’s everyone’s right, and it can be empowering, to be able to defend yourself.”

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“Dancing with the Stars” Protesters Charged

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(LOS ANGELES) — Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi, the two men who were arrested after rushing the stage to protest Olympian Ryan Lochte during a live performance of Dancing with the Stars, have been charged. 

According to documents obtained by ABC Radio, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed criminal complaints against Sotoodeh, 59, and Soroudi, 25, charging each man with leaving a spectator area and entering a stage and interfering with a performance — both Los Angeles Municipal Code violations. 

The maximum each could face if convicted is six months in jail and a one thousand dollar fine. 

The pair, who screamed “Liar” and tore open their shirts to reveal the name Lochte with a slash through it, told ABC News after their arrests that their intention was not to hurt Lochte. They said they just believed he embarrassed Americans by exaggerating a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro during the Summer Olympics.

The protesters’ arraignment is set for October 4.

 

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Tom Hanks Photobombs Couple’s Wedding

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Tom Hanks made one couple’s wedding day especially memorable after he crashed their photo shoot in Central Park this weekend.

The bride and groom, Elizabeth and Ryan, were accompanied by New York City-based photographer Meg Miller Saturday when Hanks approached them in the park and posed for pictures.

“Can we get a photo with you?” the stunned bride asked, as Hanks kissed her hand. “By all means,” he said graciously.

“Ryan, you’re a lucky man, Elizabeth: you’ve done well for yourself,” the multiple Academy Award-winner said, noting he’s also an ordained minister, “If the guy cancels, let me know.”

Hanks, who is very active on social media, insisted on taking a selfie for himself — and with the little ring bearer and flower girl. He later posted, “Elizabeth and Ryan! Congrats and blessings! Hanx.”

“The wedding’s over, guys,” one guest laughed.

“We just peaked,” the very blushing bride agreed.

“We were photographing the bride and groom in Central Park and a guy on a jog started to slow down near the couple, he leaned in close as he took off his hat and sunglasses and said, ‘Hi, I am Tom Hanks’ while reaching out to shake the grooms [sic] hand,” photographer Miller wrote in an email to ABC News.

ABC News reached out to Elizabeth and Ryan, but the couple is currently on their honeymoon.

Hanks made headlines last year when he found a Fordham University student’s ID while on another jaunt in Central Park, and managed to use Twitter to find the young woman and get her card back to her.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Charlotte Police Find Suspicious Package at Headquarters

Sean Rayford/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — A suspicious package was found at the headquarters of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Tuesday — days after a black man was killed by police, sparking violent protests.

Police said an employee in the mail room noticed the package and bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in to investigate.

According to Capt. Mike Campagna, the bomb squad removed the package using a robot and was trying to determine if it was dangerous.

No threat accompanied the package, which a city official said contained a light bulb, cellphone and flashlight.

Further information was not immediately available.

Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by police at an apartment complex on Sept. 20.

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Hundreds Evacuated as Loma Fire Tears Through California Mountains

JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) — Evacuations remained underway for hundreds of residents near California’s Santa Cruz Mountains Tuesday as firefighters continued to battle the fast-moving Loma blaze.

The fire, which started Monday around 3 p.m., had scorched at least 2,250 acres and was 10 percent contained, according to the Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit late Tuesday.

Record-breaking, triple-digit heat in addition to California’s drought helped fuel the blaze, driving the flames from just a spark to more than 3 square miles Monday. More than 500 firefighters were working around the clock, with more on the way.

“After dark, as we’re fighting fire in unfamiliar terrain — with obviously dangers of the fire itself and the movement of the fire — it definitely presents a considerable amount of danger to us, you know, besides just that firefighting aspect,” Capt. Christopher Salcido told ABC News affiliate KGO-TV in San Francisco.

Mandatory evacuation orders were announced for Little Uvas and Croy roads, according to KGO-TV. Cal Fire said that 300 structures were threatened. The National Weather Service radar station was forced to shutter after flames started lapping near the building.

One firefighter was reportedly injured and Cal Fire said that two homes had been destroyed.

“I’m a little nervous,” Mary Lindsay told SFGate.com. “I can see all the smoke billowing up from the fire.”

The fire’s cause remained under investigation.

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How Open Carry Laws Played into Charlotte Shooting

Photodisc/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Keith Lamont Scott’s alleged possession of a firearm at the time of his shooting death would not on its own be a reason to forcibly disarm him, according to two legal experts.

Police announced on Saturday that lab analysis had revealed the presence of Scott’s DNA and fingerprints on a loaded handgun recovered from the scene by investigators.

Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney also released body and dashboard camera videos of the fatal police shooting of Scott, answering to demands made by community leaders, protesters and politicians, but it is not entirely clear from those videos, or from the one taken by Scott’s wife, Rakeiya Scott, that the victim had a gun, or that he brandished it in a way that would pose a threat to the officers who approached him.

Police also released evidence of an ankle holster and a marijuana cigarette. Police have alleged that Scott was rolling a marijuana “blunt” in his car.

ABC News spoke to E. Gregory Wallace, a professor at Campbell University School of Law in North Carolina, and Joseph E. Kennedy, a law professor at the University of North Carolina, about the state’s open carry gun laws, and they agreed that short of “brandishing” a gun, the presence of a handgun on Scott would not on its own justify an attempt by officers to disarm him.

States like California and New York ban the practice of carrying handguns in public, and some states allow open carry under a license, but North Carolina is among the 31 states that do not require a license.

There are limitations to the law, however; one’s criminal history, drug use or immigration status can forfeit the right to carry a gun.

Wallace noted that if the police saw the marijuana cigarette in combination with the gun, it might be enough to justify forcibly disarming Scott because of the implication of illegal activity, but police would have needed to have seen both at the same time.

“The mere display of a firearm in the city of Charlotte doesn’t give police cause to detain or disarm a citizen,” Wallace said.

Wallace said that the videos fail to show the encounter that lead to his shooting, leaving many questions about the incident unanswered. He separates the Scott incident into two parts: the decision to disarm Scott, followed by the decision to shoot.

“The video doesn’t cover any time prior to having guns drawn,” he said. “My question is: What was the cause of the initial approach?”

The video released by police shows Scott exiting a white SUV. He backs away from it with his hands at his sides, and doesn’t appear to be acting in a threatening manner.

Officers can be heard shouting, “Drop the gun!” in the video.

Scott was shot multiple times. He can be heard in the video moaning in pain as officers apply handcuffs to him.

Kennedy told ABC News that in North Carolina, someone can legally challenge a police officer’s request to put a gun down.

“Having a gun makes you armed, but it doesn’t necessarily make you dangerous,” he said.

He spoke critically of open carry laws, and said that the laws put both citizens and police officers in an “impossible situation” due to the legal justification for citizens to be armed in public.

He added that without a gun in Scott’s hand, the shooting of him should be considered “grossly negligent” on the part of police.

Wallace added that if it could be determined that Scott had his weapon in his holster at the time of the shooting, it would be a “game changer,” noting that it would not have put the police in enough danger to warrant shooting him.

Ray Dotch, Scott’s brother-in-law, called Monday for the release of the full police video, saying that he hopes Americans will take “an absolute unflinching look” at prejudice and police-involved shootings and that “we as a nation tell the truth about who we are.”

It is unclear whether or not the full video will provide clear evidence of what happened during the initial approach to Scott’s vehicle, or whether or not he had a gun in his hand at the time he was shot by police.

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SPORTS NEWS

Friend of Man Boating with Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Texted Stay ‘Close to Shore’

Joe Caveretta/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(MIAMI) — The friend of a man who died along with Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez, sent a text message warning to “please be careful” and “keep him close to shore,” according to a screenshot posted to social media.

The texts, posted to Instagram by Will Bernal Sunday, offered some potential insight into the circumstances surrounding the deadly crash in which Fernandez, 24, Eduardo Rivero, 25 and Emilio Macias, 27 died. The messages with Bernal telling Rivero to “please be careful” and to “keep him close to shore.”

Fernandez purportedly argued with his girlfriend in the hours before the crash, the Miami Herald reported, but ABC News has not confirmed that information. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which is investigating, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment regarding the allegations that Fernandez had been arguing with his girlfriend.

The boat carrying the men smashed into a jetty on Miami Beach Sunday, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The boat was registered in Fernandez’s name, but it is not clear who was operating the boat at the time of the crash, the FWC said. Speeding is suspected to be a factor, and the investigation is ongoing.

In the texts, Rivero responds, “Trust me it’s not my time yet,” and Bernal texts back, telling Rivero to “keep Jose cool” as well as to turn on the Find My iPhone app.

“It’s on,” Rivero says. He then sends Bernal a map, the posts show.

Bernal wrote in the Instagram caption, posted Sunday, that it was the last conversation he had with Rivero and that he felt “sick” to his “stomach.”

“Everyone is talking about Jose Fernandez, but you died trying to be there for him and be a good friend,” Bernal wrote. “This doesn’t sit with me well.”

Bernal wrote that Rivero had gone “to help” Fernandez when the star pitcher called him. It was not clear with what and Bernal did not immediately comment to ABC News.

“I tried so hard to tell you not to go out on that boat,” Bernal said. “It didn’t feel right and we both knew it.”

The entire Marlins roster wore No. 16 jerseys to honor Fernandez in the game against the Mets Monday night, which was the first game since his death. Infielder Dee Gordon hit a leadoff home run, his first homer of the season, and fought back tears as he jogged toward home plate.

Gordon said after the game that Fernandez should have been “cheering” for him from the dugout. The Marlins won the game 7-3. The two teams will face off again tonight at Marlins Park.

The team canceled its Sunday game against the Atlanta Braves following the news of Fernandez’s death.

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Serena Williams ‘Won’t Be Silent’ on Race-Related Police Incidents

Julian Finney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams took to Facebook Tuesday, writing in a lengthy post that she won’t be silent any longer when it comes to race relations and police-involved incidents in America.

The tennis icon had a moment of reflection while riding in the back of her car, with her 18-year-old nephew driving.

“In the distance I saw [a] cop on the side of the road. I quickly checked to see if [my nephew] was obliging by the speed limit,” she wrote.

But Williams, 35, then wrote she remembered the case of Philando Castile, who was shot after he was pulled over in Minnesota with his girlfriend and child in the car.

The aftermath of the Castile shooting was captured on video, with his girlfriend saying police shot him as he was putting his hands up. The officer who shot him can be heard on the video saying he told Castile “not to reach for it,” referring to his licensed pistol.

“All of this went through my mind in a matter of seconds. I even regretted not driving myself,” she continued. “I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew. He’s so innocent. So were all ‘the others.'”

Williams referenced other police-involved shootings and added, “not ‘everyone’ is bad It is just the ones that are ignorant, afraid, uneducated, and insensitive … Why did I have to think about this in 2016?”

Williams decided to act now and in the future.

“I … wondered than have I spoken up? I had to take a look at me. What about my nephews? What if I have a son and what about my daughters?” she wrote. “As Dr. Martin Luther King said ‘ There comes a time when silence is betrayal’.”

She signed the post, “I Won’t Be Silent.”

After a tumultuous 2016, Williams isn’t the only sports legend to speak up. In July, Michael Jordan broke his silence with a statement to the Undefeated.

“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers,” he said.

“I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent,” he added.

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Men Charged After Protesting Ryan Lochte on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — The two men who interrupted Ryan Lochte’s first appearance on Dancing With the Stars are now facing criminal charges.

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed criminal complaints on Monday against Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi, who rushed the stage of the ABC show earlier this month to protest Lochte’s casting.

They have been charged with two misdemeanors – leaving a spectator area and entering a stage and interfering with a performance – and could face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Their arraignment has been set for Oct. 4.

During the season premiere of Dancing With the Stars, Sotoodeh and Soroudi interrupted the broadcast by stepping onto the dance floor and screaming “liar” at Lochte – a reference to the Olympian’s claim that he was robbed at the Rio Summer Olympics. He later said that he “overexaggerated” the story, and the United States Olympic Committee banned him for 10 months. Sotoodeh and Soroudi were detained by security and arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The next day, they were released on $1,000 bail.

“Everyone deserves a second chance, but we had to say our protest, as well,” Soroudi told ABC News.

As a result of the incident, the show conducted “a full evaluation of security procedures” and planned to make any changes necessary, a representative said at the time. Lochte remains a competitor on the program.

“When I was asked to do the show, the one thing that I kept hearing was that it was like joining a big family. After Monday’s incident, I now know what that means,” he wrote on Instagram at the time of the protest. “I have gotten so much love from everyone on the show, including my partner Cheryl [Burke], my fellow competitors, the producers, the security team and its fans. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the show, and more than ever, I am dedicated to my new family and to working hard to do my best.”

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WORLD NEWS

Former Israeli PM and President Shimon Peres Dead at 93, Reports Say

Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — There are reports from Israel that former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres has died in Tel Aviv two weeks after suffering from a major stroke.

He was Israel’s longest serving politician holding all top posts in government, including twice as prime minister and as the ninth president elected in 2007.

Peres was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin for the Oslo Peace Accords signed in 1993 after the first negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Peres was 93.

In a statement Tuesday night, President Obama called Shimon the “essence of Israel itself.”

“I will always be grateful that I was able to call Shimon my friend,” the president said. “I first visited him in Jerusalem when I was a senator, and when I asked for his advice, he told me that while people often say that the future belongs to the young, it’s the present that really belongs to the young. ‘Leave the future to me,’ he said, ‘I have time.’  And he was right.  Whether it was during our conversations in the Oval Office, walking together through Yad Vashem, or when I presented him with America’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, Shimon always looked to the future.” 

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President Obama Nominates First Cuban Ambassador in More Than 50 Years

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has taken another step forward in the normalizing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba by nominating the first U.S. ambassador to the island nation in over half a century.

The president announced the nomination of Jeffrey DeLaurentis on Tuesday and praised the top U.S. diplomat, who has worked in Havana since 2014, for his leadership.

“Jeff’s leadership has been vital throughout the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, and the appointment of an ambassador is a common sense step forward toward a more normal and productive relationship between our two countries,” President Obama said in a statement.

DeLaurentis’ nomination faces a fight with Congress, however, as Republican opponents of President Obama, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), have criticized renewing relations with Cuba.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), who supports the president’s push for relations with Cuba, said Tuesday he was in favor of the nomination.

“Americans traveling & doing business in #Cuba will be well-served by the prompt confirmation of Jeff DeLaurentis to serve as US ambassador,” he said in a tweet Tuesday.

 

 

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US Providing $364 Million in Additional Humanitarian Aid to Syria

KARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. State Department announced Tuesday the U.S. would provide more aid to Syrian citizens affected by the country’s bloody civil war.

The U.S. will give an additional $364 million in humanitarian assistance to Syria, bringing the total amount of aid provided since the conflict began in the past few years to $5.9 billion.

Anne Richard– the assistant secretary of state for Population, Refugees, and Migration– said Tuesday the aid was “lifesaving.”

“Faced with the unprecedented scale of tragedy and human suffering that Syrians have endured for more than five years and continue to endure today, this announcement reflects the immense generosity of the American people,” she said. “It will support desperately needed food, shelter, safe drinking water, medical care and other urgent help to millions of Syrians and refugee hosting communities.”

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Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day is said to be inspired by Diana Ross. The writer and singer met her while they were both performing on the pop music TV show Hullaballoo in the 60’s. it would be almost 20 years before the song would hit number one in the U.S. read more…

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The American Led Zeppelin is live at the Flickinger Center in Alamogordo Sunday, October 2nd.

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