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Stone Aged: Bill Wyman to Mark 80th Birthday with All-Star Concert in London This Fall

Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesIt may be hard to believe, but longtime Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman will celebrate his 80th birthday on October 24. In honor of the milestone, Wyman and his band The Rhythm Kings will headline a special all-star concert on October 28 as part of the 2016 edition of the U.K.’s annual BluesFest London event.

Bill Wyman’s 80th Birthday Gala also will feature Mark Knopfler, Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, Bob Geldof, Imelda May and a number of as-yet-unannounced special guests. The show will be held at the Indigo venue at London’s O2 complex.

Tickets for BluesFest London 2016 go on sale to the general public starting Friday, July 1, at 9a.m. local time. American Express Card members can buy pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, June 28 at 9 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.co.uk/AMEX.

The festival runs from October 28 to October 30, and also will feature Van Morrison with Jeff Beck performing on October 29 at the O2 Arena and Bad Company with ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora playing at the O2 on the 30th.

For more information visit Bluesfest.co.uk.

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Listen to Title Track of Steven Tyler’s Debut Solo Album, “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere,” Now

Dot RecordsOn Friday, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler gave a debut performance of the title track to his forthcoming debut solo album, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere, during an appearance on NBC’s Today show, and now you can check out the studio version of the song.

The funky tune, which salutes a diverse variety of American music genres, can be heard now at RollingStone.com.

“We’re All Somebody from Somewhere” name-checks various of U.S. cities, including Biloxi, New York, New Orleans and Miami, while offering up a sonic gumbo that features banjos, drum loops, a New Orleans brass band and blues guitar riffs. Tyler co-wrote the song with Cadillac Three member Jaren Johnston.

As previously reported, Tyler’s country-flavored We’re All Somebody from Somewhere album was recorded in Nashville and is scheduled to be released on July 15. The title track was released as a digital single on Friday.

The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer kicks off a North American solo trek dubbed the Out on a Limb tour this Saturday, July 2, in Las Vegas. The outing runs through a September 13 show in Toronto.

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Billy Joel Joins Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Breast Cancer Awareness Motorcycle Ride

Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel joined his pal, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on Monday for a breast cancer awareness motorcycle ride, Newsday reports.

The singer and the politician teamed up in Joel’s hometown area of Long Island, New York, beginning the ride at Sunken Meadow State Park. Billy participated in the first leg of the event, which ended at Citi Field in Queens. The full ride continues through New York City and concludes upstate in New Paltz.

It’s all part of Cuomo’s new “Get Screened, No Excuses” campaign, which aims to eliminate the obstacles women face that can prevent them from getting cancer screenings. The governor’s domestic partner, Sandra Lee, is a breast cancer survivor.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

“The Bachelorette” Recap: JoJo Surprises the Men in a Shocking Rose Ceremony

ABC/Veronica Gambini(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette, the competition between the men heated up, and the rose ceremony ended in a shocking twist.

JoJo Fletcher and the eight remaining men moved on to the beauty and history of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.

Wells, who revealed to the other guys that he hadn’t kissed JoJo yet, was put on the spot when she invited him on a one-on-one date. The two took a romantic stroll through the city and participated in a performance art piece called “Fuerza Bruta,” which finally set up the magic moment. Afterwards however, JoJo informed Wells that she “didn’t feel 100 percent” with him,” adding, “I don’t know if you are the person I will spend the rest of my life with.” She told him she couldn’t give him the rose and he went home.

Next, JoJo escorted Luke, Robby, Jordan, James Taylor and Alex for a group date in the La Boca neighborhood of the capital. The guys got involved in a soccer game with some of the locals, who challenged them to a penalty kick-off. The reward: a kiss from JoJo.  James managed to sneak one past the goalie, but it was Luke who stole her heart when they shared a passionate kiss afterwards. JoJo revealed to the camera that they had an “emotional connection.”

Next, James Taylor used his alone time with JoJo to throw some shade at Jordan, calling him “entitled” and “snotty.” Jordan denied the claims when confronted about them by JoJo. Afterwards, tempers flared between Jordan and James Taylor in front of the other guys. Ultimately, Luke got the date rose.

The two-on-one date went to Derek and Chase. Noting “It takes two to tango,” JoJo invited the guys to take part in a three-person tango. Afterwards, Derek told JoJo he was falling for her, and then the two made out. During an alone moment with Chase, JoJo doubted how strong his feelings for her actually were. He ultimately gave her the “validation” she needed, which was that he had growing feelings for her, and they too ended up making out. In the end, a stunned Derek — who thought he had the rose in the bag — was sent packing. Chase got the date rose, and he and JoJo danced as South American superstar Soledad Pastorutti serenaded them.

At the rose ceremony, JoJo gave out two of the three remaining roses to Jordan and Robby, but suddenly left the room. She told host Chris Harrison that should couldn’t give the last rose to either Alex or James Taylor. JoJo returned with two roses on her tray, and gave them to both guys, explaining that she couldn’t say goodbye to any of the guys.

The Bachelorette continues Monday night on ABC.

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Happy 90th Birthday, Mel Brooks!

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The man who played the 2,000 Year-Old Man has gotten one year closer: comedy legend Mel Brooks is 90 today. 

Born Melvin James Kaminsky in Brooklyn, NY, Brooks started as a writer on Your Show of Shows. Brooks and another comedy icon, Carl Reiner first met in 1950. They delighted audiences and inspired a generation of comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and others with the improvised sketch about a really old man who has seen it all, as well as other now-famous bits.

The pair remain close to this day.

Brooks directed some of the most beloved comedies of all time, with three ranked on the American Film Institute Top 100 Comedies of All Time: 1968’s The Producers and 1974’s Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles.

Brooks’ specialty became the spoof, not only the Emmy-winning James Bond send-up Get Smart! on TV, but also on the big screen with the 1977 Alfred Hitchcock spoof High Anxiety, 1987 Star Wars parody Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.  

Brooks credited his second wife, the late Anne Bancroft, for inspiring him to bring both The Producers and Young Frankenstein to Broadway.

The Producers became a 12-Tony-winning hit with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick playing the respective roles originated by Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. The musical, which ran for more than 2,500 performances on Broadway, came full-circle when it was turned into a movie musical with Lane and Broderick in 2005.

A musical adaptation of Young Frankenstein didn’t fare as well; it closed after 484 shows. 

Incidentally, Brooks is one of history’s rare EGOTs: that is, a winner of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar — for the screenplay to The Producers — and a Tony.

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Well, That Was a Surprise: “Game of Thrones” Star Spills About Her Character’s Sudden Death

Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell/image courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD!)  So many characters died during Sunday night’s Game of Thrones season-six finale, but perhaps one of the most unexpected was when Cersei Lannister blew up the temple of the High Sparrow, killing not only the religious leader, but also Queen Margaery Tyrell, the king’s wife, and her brother, Ser Loras.

Natalie Dormer, the actress who plays Tyrell, tells Entertainment Weekly she learned of her character’s death even before producers intended.  

“I pre-empted the phone call because in true Natalie Dormer style, I tried to fit a million projects into a single year. I requested [while making season five that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] release me from working on the show earlier than usual so I could do another project, and they ended up phoning me — and that was ‘The Call,'” she told the magazine.

She also said her character’s death shouldn’t be a surprise to Game of Thrones fans.

“Every year something comes from the left field that no one could have predicted. It’s great they can still shock people six years on. I watch as an audience member as well, you get side-swiped,” she said

Dormer’s last day on set included a visit from Weiss and Benioff.

“Dan and David made sure they were there at the very end. It seemed very fitting Margaery’s last day is shooting a scene with the Queen of Thorns. They gave me a big hug and made a fuss out of me. It was lovely,” she said.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Explosion Rocks BP Natural Gas Plant in Mississippi, No Injuries Reported

iStock/Thinkstock(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — An explosion and fire broke out at a BP natural gas plant along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast late Monday night, but police said there were no injuries.

Vibrations from the explosion were felt nearly 10 miles away, according to ABC’s Biloxi affiliate, WLOX.

The plant is located in the city of Pascagoula, about 30 miles east of Biloxi. The facility takes in offshore natural gas and processes it to be shipped via a pipeline.

Jackson County Emergency Services manager Earl Etheridge told ABC News that crews hope to have the fire extinguished by dawn.

Etheridge said the explosion and fire began at approximately 11:30 p.m. He said two employees were on duty at the time, but they were not injured.

Local fire departments responded to the scene, and were working with plant employees to control and extinguish the fire. Emergency crews also blocked off the plant to secure the scene.

Although there were no mandatory evacuation orders, Jackson County Emergency Services initially asked residents who live near the plant to leave their homes as a precaution. Etheridge said residents returned to their homes soon afterwards.

In statement posted on its Facebook page around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the Pascagoula Police Department said, “We would like to let our citizens know that there has been an explosion at the BP Gas Plant, located at 6800 Stennis Blvd. It is contained to the building. We are working with state and local officials regarding this. There will be no evacuations at this time and there are no injuries. We will update you as more details become available.”

BP has yet to comment on the incident.

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10-Year-Old Taken at Gunpoint During Robbery in Dallas

Dallas Police Department(DALLAS) — An Amber Alert has been issued for 10-year-old Nicholas Fierros Jr. after he was kidnapped at gunpoint during a robbery in Dallas Monday afternoon.

The boy was visiting family when 3 men in black clothing broke in and demanded money, the Dallas Police Department said.

The gunmen allegedly restrained a relative while another minor who was hiding called 911, police said.

The suspects then fled with the 10-year-old, police said.

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Two Dead in Shooting in Oregon; Suspect at Large

iStock/Thinkstock(SALEM, Ore.) — A suspect is in custody after 2 people were killed and 2 others were injured in a shooting in Marion County, Oregon, about 70 miles south of Portland, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Law enforcement launched a manhunt for the suspect after the shooting, and the sheriff’s office later announced that a suspect was stopped by Oregon State Police east of Portland.

Additional details were not immediately available.

This story is developing. Check back for more updates.

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SPORTS NEWS

Pat Summitt, Legendary Women’s Basketball Coach, Dead at 64

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — Pat Summitt, the legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, has died, the Pat Summitt Foundation announced Tuesday morning on its Twitter account. She was 64.

Summitt stepped down as Tennessee’s coach in 2012, one year after announcing her diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Even after stepping down, Summitt remained involved with the Lady Vols, holding the position of head coach emeritus.

Summitt coached the Lady Vols to eight national championships in her 38 seasons and notched 1,098 career victories, more than any other Division I basketball coach. She was named NCAA coach of the year seven times. She also played for the U.S. Olympic team in 1976, the first year there was an Olympic women’s basketball tournament, and took home a silver medal.

Summitt was widely know for her stare — an icy look she would flash to players after a bad play.

In 2012, Summit was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards.

Summit was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, on June 14, 1952. She grew up on a dairy farm in Henrietta, Tenn., where she planted tobacco and milked cows.

“I look back now and I think that just made me who I am, in terms of my drive and my work ethic,” she said in an interview with ABC News’ Peter Jennings in 2005.

She and her three older brothers learned to play basketball using a hoop her father put up in the hay barn.

“When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don’t take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, ‘No one can outwork you,'” Summitt told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in a 2011 interview.

When she was named head coach of the University of Tennessee women’s team in 1974, Summitt was just 22, barely older than her players. The university had originally offered Summitt an assistant coaching job but promptly promoted her when the team’s head coach announced she was taking a sabbatical.

In those early days under Title IX — the landmark federal law that led schools and colleges to dramatically increase access to sports and other programs for women — women’s basketball games weren’t televised and attendance was poor. The Lady Vols were so strapped for cash that Summitt washed her players’ uniforms at home and drove the team to games.

“I remember nights I was driving the van and I’m about to go to sleep, and I’d just roll down the window and stick my head out,” Summitt told Roberts.

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England Manager Resigns After Defeat by Iceland in Upset at Euro 2016

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — After one of the biggest upsets in sports history, England manager Roy Hodgson has resigned.

Iceland, a country of 330,000 people, beat England, a traditional power of world soccer, at the 2016 European Championship soccer tournament for a final score of 2-1 on Monday.

Hodgson called the loss “unacceptable” and said according to ESPN it was “time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry group.”

The 68-year-old manager also said assistants Ray Lewington and Gary Neville would be leaving with him.

Hodgson had won three of 11 games in major tournament finals.

This latest loss also adds to the suffering for England after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union in the ‘Brexit’ referendum on Thursday.

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Eric Lindros Leads Class of 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees

iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 inductees, and Eric Lindros finally made the cut.

The announcement Monday revealed that players Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon, and the late Pat Quinn in the builders category would be inducted after a vote from the selection committee in Toronto.

Lindros, who had been eligible for induction for the past six years, was a superstar for the Philadelphia Flyers. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s MVP for the regular season in 1994-1995 and suffered a number of injures including multiple concussions.

“The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four hockey legends as Honoured Members,” Hockey Hall of Fame chairman John Davidson said in a statement. “Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.”

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WORLD NEWS

The UK Isn’t the First to Leave a European Union

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Great Britain’s vote to exit from the European Union (E.U.) may have come as a shock to politicians and voters and the world, but it’s not the first time a member state has left the group. Greenland was the first and only one until now.

In the early 1970s, an early version of the E.U. was created, called the European Communities. At the time, Greenland was a member of the organization since it was still part of Denmark’s commonwealth called The Danish Realm, which joined the European Communities in 1973.

In 1979, Greenland was granted home rule away from Denmark and in 1982, they held a referendum on their continued membership in the European Community, similar to the British vote held last week.

Though the European Communities were focused on economic policies and was less binding and politically powerful than what became the E.U. of today in 1993, the newly independent Greenland was not convinced they wanted to participate.

The majority voted to end their membership and, after two years of negotiations, they formally left the group in 1985. Greenland became the first and only member state to leave a European collaborative since.

There are a number of obvious differences to note between Greenland and Great Britain’s decisions — the clearest being the size and influence of the two economies.

The United Kingdom is a global superpower with a diverse economy and global financial hub that is intricately involved in the financial funding of E.U. policies, while Greenland’s economy has been largely focused around fishing exports.

Greenland has remained independent from the E.U.

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Iraqi Government Is in Control of Fallujah, Pentagon Says

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The Iraqi government has recaptured the city of Fallujah from ISIS after a five-week campaign, the Pentagon said Monday.

Iraqi security forces have “100 percent control” of Fallujah, located 40 miles west of Baghdad, Pentagon officials said. Fallujah was the first city taken over by ISIS in January 2014.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and the Iraqi people for their progress in freeing the city of Fallujah from the grip of ISIL,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement released today by the Pentagon. ISIS is also known as ISIL.

“The United States military and our coalition partners are proud to have supported the Iraqi Security Forces under the prime minister’s command in this important operation, which is another milestone in our joint efforts to accelerate ISIL’s defeat, and to continue supporting our Iraqi partners moving forward,” Carter added.

Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Monday that Iraqi security forces had “100 percent control” of the city. Davis said that after an initial tough fight into the city, the Iraqi military had was able to gain ground from ISIS after penetrating into the city center.

The offensive into Fallujah had been mounted by Iraq’s elite Counterterrorism Service, the federal police, and provincial police while Shiite militia forces known as Popular Mobilization Forces remained outside the city.

More than 85,000 civilians fled the city as the battle for the heart of the city began two weeks ago. The United Nations has cited what it calls credible reports that some civilians fleeing Fallujah may have faced physical abuse at the hands of Iraqi security forces.

“It is also essential to complete the investigations the government of Iraq has launched to address alleged abuses of civilians,” Carter said.

American officials have not publicly confirmed Iraqi pronouncements that 1,800 to 2,500 ISIS fighters were killed in the operation. U.S. officials had acknowledged that they did not have a clear picture of how many ISIS fighters may have been in Fallujah when Iraq launched its offensive on the city. They offered ranges of hundreds to possibly thousands.

Iraqi officials had prematurely declared victory after Iraqi forces took control of the municipal building located in the heart of the city.

“The operation in Fallujah has been a significant challenge for the ISF and for the coalition,” Carter said. “It will not be the last. Hard fighting remains ahead, as does the vital task of caring for the residents of Fallujah displaced by ISIL’s violence and beginning to rebuild the city so that its people may safely return.”

The Iraqi government decided to mount the offensive on Fallujah to stem the rising number of ISIS bomb attacks in Baghdad that it was believed had originated in Fallujah. Davis acknowledged today that those attacks have continued as Fallujah was under siege for five weeks, which indicates the attacks are coming from elsewhere.

Despite that, Davis said Baghdad is safer as a result of Fallujah having been taken, given the city’s proximity to Baghdad.

The retaking of Fallujah will likely mean that the Iraqi government and military can set their sights on an offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which has been under ISIS control for two years.

The American military training effort in Iraq has been geared towards training the 25,000 Iraqi and Kurdish troops that will likely be needed for an offensive on Mosul. American officials have cautioned that it will be up to the Iraqis to retake Mosul, but that given current logistical shortfalls, an offensive was not likely this year.

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Chilean Ex–Military Officer Living in US Found Liable for Folk Singer’s Torture, Murder

iStock/Thinkstock(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — A former Chilean military officer recently discovered living in Florida has been found responsible for the torture and murder of famed Chilean folk singer Victor Jara more than 40 years ago.

Pedro Barrientos Nunez stood accused of personally killing Jara in a game of Russian roulette in a Santiago soccer stadium in the immediate aftermath of the coup that began the rule of infamous Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in September 1973.

A civil lawsuit filed by Jara’s family against Barrientos in 2013 says Jara was one of thousands of civilians rounded up and thrown in the stadium, where he was held for three days, during which he composed a poem about the “horror [he was] living.” Then, one day “soldiers under Lt. Barriento’s command blindfolded, handcuffed, interrogated, brutally beat and otherwise tortured” him, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit said that Barrientos oversaw the torture and then put a revolver with a single bullet to Jara’s head, pulling the trigger until the weapon fired, killing Jara.

After executing Jara, Barrientos purportedly ordered his men to riddle Jara’s body with bullets.

The lawsuit said Barrientos was one of a handful of Chilean military commanders in charge of the detention of approximately 5,000 civilians in the stadium, many of whom were tortured and killed.

“They — ‘they’ being the leaders of the coup — rounded up a number of people, including intellectuals, political opponents and social icons, and Victor Jara was one of those,” said C. Dixon Osburn, the executive director of the Center for Justice and Accountability, whose attorneys are representing the Jara family in the case. “[He was] an iconic folk singer who sang about social injustice in Chile, and that was very threatening to Gen. Pinochet … [the stadium] was a place where people were tortured and a place where their loved ones never saw them again.”

Barrientos told The Daytona Beach News-Journal on Friday that he had no choice but to take Pinochet’s side in the coup and that he was nowhere near the stadium at the time of Jara’s death.

“I did not know who Victor Jara was until details of his death were made public,” Barrientos said.

Barrientos has been in the U.S. since 1989 and is now an American citizen, according to local reports and the family’s lawsuit. But it wasn’t widely known that he was living in the U.S. until a Chilean news program tracked him to a suburb of Orlando, Florida, in 2012. The family members filed their lawsuit the next year.

On Monday, a Florida jury sided with the Jara family and ordered Barrientos to pay $28 million in damages, according to the Center for Justice and Accountability.

Joan Jara, the singer’s 88-year-old widow, attended the Florida trial and said afterward, “It has been a long journey seeking justice for Victor’s death.”

“His songs continue to be sung today and inspire both artists and those who seek social justice,” she said in a press release from the CJA. “Today there is some justice for Victor’s death and for the thousands of families in Chile who have sought truth. I hope the verdict today continues the healing.”

Barrientos has been indicted for Victor Jara’s murder in Chile, and in January, Chile’s Supreme Court reportedly approved a judge’s request that the country move to extradite him from the U.S.

The U.S. and Chile have an extradition treaty, but earlier this month officials at the U.S. Justice and State departments declined to comment on any potential extradition for Barrientos.

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This is Washington State University Provost Dan Bernardo who’s raising money for a new research facility to study bees. We give him a “hive five” for his efforts.

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