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New Roy Orbison album to feature late singer’s original vocals paired with new orchestral parts

Legacy Recordings/Roy’s Boys LLCA new Roy Orbison album combining archival vocal performances from the late rock legend with newly recorded orchestral accompaniment will be released on November 3.

A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra features 15 tracks, including newly created versions of classics songs spanning from Orbison’s early-’60s heyday through his late-’80s comeback.

A Love So Beautiful will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally, and was produced by Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, the same team behind two recent Elvis Presley albums that followed the same concept. Among the many memorable tunes on the record are “In Dreams,” “Crying,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “It’s Over,” “Dream Baby,” “Only the Lonely,” “I Drove All Night” and “You Got It.”

On select tracks, Orbison’s three sons — Alex, Wesley and Roy Jr. — contribute additional instrumental backing, while, amazingly, his 10-month-old grandson Roy Orbison III is featured on tambourine and guitar on the new rendition of “Oh, Pretty Woman.” The orchestra was recorded at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.

“If ever there were a singer whose body of work benefits from a collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic it would be Roy Orbison,” says Orbison youngest son, Alex. “During the course of his career and after his passing it was constantly noted that his transcendent vocal ability made him something of an anomaly in the world of pop and rock and that, in another life, he would have taken the classical music/opera world by storm.”

“Soon, we’ll all be able to experience that ‘life’ with the release of this project,” he adds.

Here’s the full track list of A Love So Beautiful:

“In Dreams”
“I’m Hurtin'”
“Oh, Pretty Woman”*
“It’s Over”
“Dream Baby”+
“Blue Angel”
“Love Hurts”
“Mean Woman Blues”+
“Only the Lonely”
“Running Scared”
“I Drove All Night”**
“You Got It”
“A Love So Beautiful”**

* = featuring Alex Orbison on drums; Wesley & Roy Jr. on guitars; Roy III on guitar, tambourine
+ = featuring Alex Orbison on drums; Roy Orbison Jr. on guitar
** = featuring Alex Orbison on drums.

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Watch Todd Rundgren and Daryl Hall perform their new duet…live from Daryl’s House

Courtesy of Todd RundgrenA video featuring Todd Rundgren and Daryl Hall performing their new collaborative duet, “Chance for Us,” has debuted at Cleopatra Records’ official YouTube channel.

The catchy synth-driven tune is among the many star-studded collaborations that appear on Rundgren’s latest studio album, White Knight, which was released earlier this month.

The clip was shot at Daryl’s House, the music venue that Hall owns in Pawling, New York.  It features Rundgren and Hall joined by Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes, sax player Bobby Strickland and several members of Todd’s touring band, including drummer Prairie Prince, bassist Kasim Sulton and guitarist Jesse Gress.

Rundgren recently told ABC Radio that he and Hall co-wrote “Chance for Us” by taking a music track he had and putting it together with “a song idea that [Daryl] had been unable to finish.”

Todd, who produced Hall & Oates’ third album War Babies, added, “It’s kind of like, almost, a Daryl’s House moment in that the song could almost be mistaken for something out of the ’70s or ’80s.”

Todd currently is finishing up a spring U.S. trek, the White Knight ChivalRock Tour, which winds down June 10 in Syracuse, New York. He’ll follow that by hitting the road this August with Yes and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy on the Yestival tour. Rundgren also is a member of Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band, which will be touring the States in October and November.

Here are the remaining dates on Todd’s White Knight ChivalRock trek:

5/25 — Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
5/27 — St. Petersburg, FL, The Mahaffey Theater
5/28 — Orlando, FL, Plaza Live  
5/30 — Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
5/31 — Knoxville, TN, U.S. Cellular Theater at The Bijou
6/3 — San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater
6/4 — Houston, TX, House Of Blues
6/6 — South Bend, IN, Morris Performing Arts Center
6/8 — Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
6/10 — Syracuse, NY, Onondaga Community College Campus – Syracuse Jazz Fest

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Heart’s Ann Wilson, Jefferson Airplane’s Jorma Kaukonen added to lineup of 2017 Lockn’ Festival

Jess Griffin; Scotty HallAs the 2017 Lockn’ Music Festival approaches, more special performances have been announced for the jam-heavy extravaganza. Among the latest additions to the fest, which runs from August 24 to August 27, will be a guest appearances by Heart‘s Ann Wilson and founding Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen.

Wilson will join Gov’t Mule at the Warren Haynes-fronted group’s performance on August 25, while Kaukonen will hit the stage with Moonalice, a band featuring longtime Jefferson Starship bassist Pete Sears, on August 27. In addition, founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir, who already was scheduled to perform with Dead bassist Phil Lesh and his Terrapin Family Band on August 25, also will team up with roots-rockers The Avett Brothers on August 27.

The festival also is offering several special performances for those who purchase “Super VIP” passes. These include Weir and Lesh playing an hour-long set as a duo on August 25, and Kaukonen performing solo on August 27.

The Lockn’ Festival’s previously announced lineup includes an August 26 performance by John Fogerty, and, on August 27, a set by Lesh’s Phil Lesh & Friends collective and a collaboration billed as that will feature Lesh playing with veteran jam band moe.

The Lockn’ Music Festival takes place at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia. To check out full details about the event, visit

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Jamie Foxx’s new game show, “Beat Shazam,” premieres tonight

ABC Radio(NEW YORK) — How good are your song recognition skills? Jamie Foxx wants to find out. He’s hosting the new game show, Beat Shazam, which premieres tonight on Fox.

The show pits contestants against the song recognition app, Shazam, to see who can identify a tune the fastest. Contestants have the chance to win up to one million dollars. 

“What was interesting about all of the contestants, nobody was playing for themselves,” Jamie tells ABC Radio. “’I’m playing for my mom, she lost her house in a fire.’ ‘I’m playing for a friend of mine who doesn’t have medical benefits.’ And you know what the common theme was? Student loans.”

Jamie admits some of the contestants’ stories actually brought him to tears. But it wasn’t all heavy — Jamie’s hosting style made sure of that. In addition to bringing out celebrity guests includingMariah Carey and Snoop Dogg, Jamie says he was determined to make the set as dynamic and spontaneous as possible.”

“At one point they were like, ‘Well, we need you here, we need you there, you need to stand right here,’” he recalls. “I said I’m not going to do that. I’m gonna be all over the set.”

Beat Shazam premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Javier Bardem went from makeup chair to monster in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

© 2016 Walt Disney Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — On Thursday’s Good Morning America, Oscar-winner Javier Bardem opened up about playing Captain Jack Sparrow’s nemesis in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Dead Men Tell No Tales.

He revealed that time spent in the makeup chair helped him physically and psychologically find his inner bad guy.

Bardem plays Captain Salazar, a former Spanish Navy officer who was turned into a ghost and is now out for revenge against Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp.  To play Salazar, he spent “three hours, every day,” in the makeup chair, he said.

“You go through every state of mind, you start to be very patient at the beginning, and then you lose it,” Bardem said of those three hours. “At the end of the day you’re like, ‘Take me out of here!'”

Bardem added that the secret of playing a good villain in movies is “having the good material.”

“At the end of the day what you’re trying to do is to create a human being behind a monster, and that’s the most important thing,” he says, noting that behind the villain, there’s “revenge…rage and also…pain.”

Bardem said his wife, Penelope Cruz, who appeared in a previous Pirates film, offered him some advice about accepting the role.  He said she told him, “You’re going to have a lot of fun and you’re going to forget your lines when you work with Johnny, because you’re going to see how he becomes…the iconic Jack Sparrow in front of your eyes.”

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, from ABC News’ parent company Disney, hits theaters nationwide tomorrow.

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“Dirty Dancing” Reboot: So what happened to Johnny and Baby?

ABC – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — ABC’s Dirty Dancing reboot aired on Wednesday night — 30 years after the classic film, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as Johnny Castle and Francis “Baby” Houseman had its premiere — and answered the question, “What ever happened to Johnny and Baby?”

It turns out the relationship between the couple — played this time by Little Miss Sunshine‘s Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes — was only a summer fling.

The remake begins with a grown up Baby entering a movie theater showing Dirty Dancing. We then flash back to 1963, when she and her affluent family spend their summer vacation at a resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains, where she meets and falls in love with Castle, the resident dance instructor.

We return to the present day and the theater — now empty — where the two former lovers unexpectedly run into each other. We learn that Johnny — now a successful dancer — choreographed Dirty Dancing, which was inspired by a book Baby wrote about their summer together. 

“Never thought I’d have a career on Broadway until I met you,” says Johnny. “You were so fearless. You made me feel like I could do anything.”

“That summer changed everything for me,” she replies. “I stopped being the baby.”

The two are then interrupted by Baby’s young daughter, followed by her husband. After an awkward introduction, the two are left alone. “Keep dancing,” Johnny tells her as they part ways. 

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Wisconsin woman leaps on her car to stop carjacker at gas station

WISN(NEW YORK) — A Wisconsin woman was pumping gas this week when a thief jumped into the driver’s seat of her car and she leapt onto the hood of the car to stop him, in a shocking moment caught on video.

Melissa Smith, 28, of Milwaukee, said at least four other cars were at the gas station alongside her as she pumped gas Tuesday afternoon.

When she got out of her car to remove the gas pump, she said she left the keys in the ignition.

She then “turned around and realized someone was in my car.”

“I had a ‘this is not happening today’ moment,” she recalled to ABC News, and “ran around my car and then decided to hop on.”

Smith said she grabbed the windshield wiper and screamed at the thief.

But the carjacker started and stopped the car, apparently trying to throw her off the hood, she said.

Timothy Gauerke, a public information officer with the Milwaukee Police Department, said the suspect drove the victim’s car while the victim was on the hood. The suspect eventually stopped the car and fled after stealing the victim’s purse, Gauerke said. The video shows the suspect jumping into the backseat of another car. Gauerke said multiple suspects were involved in the attempt to steal the victim’s car and that police are still looking for them.

Smith said, “I’m glad he didn’t go and move into the street with me on the car, but when he finally got out of my car, he left it in drive and let it roll into traffic, where I had to hop into my moving vehicle to stop it.”

Smith said she suffered bruises but no serious injuries.

Looking back, she said, “I definitely should not have jumped on my car and risked my life, but that was not what I was thinking at that moment.”

She said she’s learned to “be more aware of your surroundings no matter where you are.”

“And take your keys with you and lock your car doors when you get gas!” she said. “I will never not do that.”

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Gianforte unlikely to face discipline if elected, ethics expert says

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The alleged body slam of a Guardian reporter by a GOP candidate for Congress in Montana created a national firestorm and prompted a misdemeanor assault charge as well as condemnations from press advocacy groups.

But if Greg Gianforte prevails in the Big Sky State’s special election Thursday night, would he face any consequences as a member of Congress?

The short answer is probably not, since Gianforte’s troubles occurred before he would be sworn in as a U.S. representative. The House Ethics Committee has jurisdiction over current members of the House, but not necessarily congressional candidates.

Rob Walker, a former staff director at both the House and Senate ethics committees, says he believes Congress would likely find that since Gianforte’s alleged offense was widely publicized and occurred before the election, the committee would not pursue an investigation.

“If elected, I don’t think [Gianforte] would be subject to investigation or discipline based on this conduct,” Walker told ABC News. “If he wins in spite of this, the voters have spoken.”

While Walker acknowledges there is no specific rule to prohibit the ethics committee from opening a probe, the rules do allow for some flexibility to examine a congressional candidate’s behavior that was initially unknown but later revealed.

That sort of investigation into a member’s actions preceding his or her tenure in Congress are generally to safeguard against revelations of inappropriate actions in the course of seeking office — such as campaign fraud. Even if Gianforte is convicted of misdemeanor assault, such an offense probably would not prompt an investigation, according to Walker.

“There is nothing specific that says they couldn’t reach back,” Walker, who currently works as counsel at Wiley Rein LLP, said. “What’s the new news if he’s convicted? The conduct occurred beforehand. The consequence [of a conviction] shouldn’t give the committee additional grounds for taking up this matter.”

House rules state that the ethics committee may examine whether a member of Congress violated “any law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct applicable to the conduct of such Member” in the performance or the discharge of his or her responsibilities.

While an investigation is unlikely, if the ethics committee ultimately determines Gianforte violated House rules, he could face a range of disciplinary actions from the House, including a letter of reproval, a formal letter of reprimand, censure or even expulsion. He could also face a fine.

Gianforte is hoping to replace former Rep. Ryan Zinke, who resigned from Congress to accept an appointment as Secretary of the Interior.

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Man finds 2.78-carat diamond at Arkansas state park

Arkansas State Parks(NEW YORK) — One man found the perfect last minute Mother’s Day gift for his wife when he spotted a small rock that turned out to be a diamond.

“When I told her I was going to find her a diamond for Mother’s Day I didn’t know I would actually find one,” Wendell Fox told ABC News about his find at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, on May 13. “I sort of pre-committed so I had to follow through,” he said.

Fox, 70, and his wife Jennifer, 68, live in Joliet, Montana, most of the year, but as Arkansas natives, the pair knew the storied history behind the state park. “The diamond mine is part of Arkansas history and it’s the only one in the U.S.” he explained, unaware that the park had been a hot bed for other diamond-seekers in recent months.

 Fox said he and his wife were walking around the grounds for about an hour and a half “looking for a glimmer” when he noticed the gem.

“I was surface looking, walking very slowly and looking very slowly and I saw it,” Fox said. “I got down for a closer inspection because I wasn’t quite sure what to look for, but as soon as I saw it I thought, ‘that’s probably a diamond.'”

Fox showed the peanut-sized stone to his wife who told him to take it to the Diamond Discovery Center. When Fox pulled it from his pocket to show the employees, “one of the ladies sort of gasped and I just saw this big smile,” he said.

The staff confirmed that Fox discovered a 2.78-carat champagne colored diamond, the second-largest one registered at the park this year.

 Earlier in May Victoria Brodski of Tulsa, Oklahoma, found a 2.65-carat brown gem that she dubbed the Michelangelo Diamond. On March 11, Centerton, Arkansas, resident Kalel Langford found a 7.44-carat brown gem that he named Superman’s Diamond.

Fox named his gem “Way Out Yonder” as a tribute to their home in Montana. The gemstone will be made into a pendant for his wife, Jennifer.

“We still can’t believe that we found it. It was just by the grace of God and love,” Fox said.

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Chicago Bears sign Victor Cruz to one-year deal

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — Wide receiver Victor Cruz signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Thursday, officially ending his tenure with the New York Giants.

“I’m excited,” Cruz said on ESPN Radio’s Waddle and Silvy. “I’m excited to come and have a fresh start and a new home and a new place.”

Cruz called his Giants career “amazing,” but said that he thinks he still has “a lot left in the tank.”

He also said that his decision to join the Bears was based in part on his ability to have an impact on the team. “I just wanted to hear that I can have an opportunity to play,” the 30-year-old said. “To come and be a direct impact to a football team. And Chicago showed me a lot of love.”

The Bears lost receiver Alshon Jeffrey this offseason via free agency. Cruz will compete with injury-plagued 2015 draft pick Kevin White and undrafted breakout Cam Meredith.

“I looked at that receiver room and I saw a lot of young guys and a lot of talent in there as well,” Cruz said. “A lot of guys that can benefit from just having someone like me in the room, to pick my brain and for me to tell them how I think we can get better.”

Cruz was undrafted out of the University of Massachusetts in 2010. He caught 303 passes for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns with the Giants. But he missed much of the last three seasons due to knee injuries and the breakout of Sterling Shepard.

Scoreboard roundup — 5/24/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Toronto 8, Milwaukee 4
Oakland 4, Miami 1
Arizona 8, Chi. White Sox 6
Cincinnati 4, Cleveland 3
Washington 5, Seattle 1


Minnesota 4, Baltimore 3
N.Y. Yankees 3, Kansas City 0
Tampa Bay 5, L.A. Angels 2
Boston 9, Texas 4
Detroit 6, Houston 3


Colorado 7, Philadelphia 2
San Diego 6, N.Y. Mets 5
Pittsburgh 12, Atlanta 5, 10 Innings
Chi. Cubs 5, San Francisco 4
St. Louis 6, L.A. Dodgers 1

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Miami Heat, Chris Bosh working on deal allowing both sides to move on

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Chris Bosh’s tenure in Miami could be coming to an end. 

The 33-year-old big man hasn’t played since February 2016 due to repeated issues with blood clots. Sources tell ESPN that Bosh, the Miami Heat, and the NBA Players’ Association have tentatively agreed to a deal allowing both sides to move on.

Bosh has remained on the Heat roster as he recovers from the clots.

While he is guaranteed more than $50 million over the next two seasons, much of the money the Heat owe Bosh is covered by insurance. The agreement is expected to remove Bosh’s salary from the team’s salary cap figures.

One complication in coming to an agreement has been the state of the league’s collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA takes effect in July and has new policies regarding player health. Those policies are in part based on Bosh’s situation.

Bosh has said repeatedly that he hopes to find a way to receive treatment and return to the court. Miami’s doctors refused to clear him to play last fall.

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Trump and Macron cap first meeting with lengthy handshake

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — For over five seconds, the presidents of two of the world’s most powerful countries gripped and shook each other’s hands with an amount of force uncommon for the ritual — an action some are interpreting to be symbolic of their budding relationship’s dynamic.

U.S. President Donald Trump and newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron met for the first time as they convened at a NATO summit in Belgium, and, as is tradition in the Western world, shook hands at the conclusion of remarks in front of reporters.

The shake lasted over 5.2 seconds and included an unsuccessful attempt by Trump at one point to release himself from his counterpart’s grasp.

Trump’s hesitancy to engage in such a lengthy series of ups and downs may stem from his aversion to the gesture. He has previously commented that he is “not a big fan of the handshake,” though has regularly and publicly participated in them since launching his bid for the presidency almost two years ago.

“I think it’s barbaric,” said Trump on “Later Today” in 1999. “I mean, they have medical reports all the time. Shaking hands, you catch colds, you catch the flu, you catch this. You catch all sorts of things. Who knows what you don’t catch?”

During a January press conference prior to his inauguration in which he refuted unsubstantiated claims about his conduct during a trip to Russia included in an intelligence dossier that had been leaked to the public, Trump again shared his position.

“I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way,” said Trump.

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Hugs, tears and applause when proud British Muslim meets Manchester mayor

ABC News(MANCHESTER, England) — Hashim Norat stood at the back of the crowd. Tears stained his cheeks from beneath his sunglasses. He and his wife had taken a 90-minute detour from their 25th wedding anniversary to stop today at St. Anne’s Square in Manchester, England, where a makeshift memorial has sprung up, festooned with hundreds of wreaths and candles for the victims of Monday night’s bombing at the Manchester Arena.

He wore shorts to “fit in, to look like a tourist” he told ABC News, expecting vitriol from hundreds gathered there to mourn because the suspected suicide bomber “thinks he did this in my religion.” And said he wouldn’t have blamed them.

 The bombing sank him into depression earlier this week, he said. But Manchester Mayor Andy Burham’s message of inclusiveness on Tuesday lifted him from the depths.

“I have a lot of faith in humanity … I love people,” he told ABC News. “This is not in my name, this is not in my religion’s name,” he repeated. He is a Muslim, and he is British, and he is deeply proud of being both.

 Twenty-two people were killed in Monday night’s suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena, including a female police officer and an 8-year-old girl. Salman Abedi, 22, the suspected suicide bomber, who had previously worshiped at a mosque, died at the scene of the attack. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Standing stunned at St. Anne’s Square, Norat couldn’t have known that Burham was solemnly addressing the press just feet away. ABC News told the mayor about Norat, and he hustled over.

Again, Norat teared up. He said he’d repeatedly watched a clip of the mayor calling for unity in a time of division. “That video alone gave us the courage to get up and say, ‘No, we’re gonna fight this,'” Norat told the mayor. “No individual is gonna ruin that.”

 Norat called the United Kingdom an amazing country, telling the mayor, “My father came here in 1965. He’s an imam, 88 years old. Six children. We own properties, we work hard, we pay taxes, we employ people, we run a charity.”

“We love people,” he told the mayor. “This is Islam. Not what that person did … 22 beautiful lives lost.”

Norat said Burnham’s words “gave the country hope.” A crowd had begun to gather around the two. First quick-moving photographers, snapping away. Then, people who moments before had been laying wreaths.

“My father always says, ‘A sentence can make a difference, positively and very negatively.’ … That positivity is going to go around the world.”

 “Don’t hate us. Love us, we are one,” Norat said. At that, the mayor, his arm still around Norat’s shoulder, responded, “We couldn’t be more proud of you being part of us.”

And suddenly, unexpected applause and cheers erupted. Total strangers started lining up to shake the men’s hands, to embrace them as they had embraced each other and this reeling community.

“Together … we will tackle those who are extremists and don’t represent anybody,” Burnham added.

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US airstrike in Mosul caused explosion that killed more than 100 Iraqi civilians

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSUL, Iraq) — A U.S. military investigation has found that 105 civilians were killed in west Mosul in March after a coalition airstrike caused a secondary explosion that was fatal.

Investigators said they believe that ISIS deliberately planted two snipers on the structure’s rooftop and rigged the house with explosives to draw a coalition airstrike that would kill the civilians sheltering inside. Neither Iraqi nor coalition forces knew that civilians were inside the home prior to the coalition airstrike.

“This investigation determined that ISIS intentionally staged explosives in a home it knew to be occupied by more than 100 civilians and used this structure as a fighting position to engage Counter Terrorism forces (CTS)” said Brigadier General Matthew Isler, at a Pentagon briefing.

“They put a lot of work into this setup,” Isler, who lead the U.S. military’s investigation into the deadly airstrike, added.

A secondary explosion triggered by the U.S. airstrike killed 101 civilians inside the home and four others in a neighboring structure. An additional 36 civilians are still missing and may have escaped the airstrike

ISIS had discovered the large number of civilians gathered at the two story home in the Al-Jadidah district in west Mosul, according to Isler. After they “interacted” with the civilians, he continued, ISIS rigged the back of the house with explosives and positioned two snipers to draw fire on the house.

Elite CTS forces had taken ISIS sniper fire from the house for days and observed it for two days before they called in an airstrike to eliminate the two ISIS snipers.

While there had been overhead drone surveillance of the neighborhood before the Iraqi troops moved, bad weather prevented overhead surveillance on March 15 and 16.

On March 17, a U.S. aircraft dropped a GBU-38 precision bomb carrying 192 pounds of explosive power that was intended to eliminate the two snipers on the rooftop. That amount of explosives was not enough to bring down the structure, but it triggered a secondary blast from the explosives planted by ISIS.

Though the airstrike had gone through the coalition’s vigorous vetting to ensure there were no coalition casualties, Isler said, “Neither Coalition nor CTS forces knew that civilians were sheltered in the bottom floors of the structure.”

“Post blast analysis conducted by Coalition Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams’ detected explosive residues that are common to ISIS explosives, but are not consistent with the explosive content of the GBU-38,” said Isler. “ISIS-emplaced explosive material conservatively contained more than four times the net explosive weight of the GBU-38.”

Isler emphasized that the coalition takes responsibility for the airstrike.

In the wake of the incident, the coalition has already adapted new drone tactics to identify civilians being used by ISIS as human shields.

The coalition is reviewing a recommendation by investigators to establish a dedicated team that would work with Iraqi Civil Defense Force to help assess allegations of civilian casualties.

“The creation of this team will help speed-up the assessment process, provide for increased accountability for strikes that may result in civilian casualties, and help capture lessons learned so we can continue to improve our targeting procedures to defeat ISIS, while preserving civilian life and infrastructure to the maximum extent possible,” said Isler.

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Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day became the first major hit for a group that would prove funk had a place on the mainstream chart; and its writer was inspired by looking up at the starry sky above during a nighttime stroll. read more…

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