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Robert Plant Joins US Tour that Seeks to Raise Awareness of Refugee Crisis

Credit: Ed MilesLed Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has announced that he will take part in the upcoming Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees tour, an 11-city U.S. fall trek that will help raise awareness about the worldwide refugee crisis. Plant will appear at the final seven shows of the tour, which kicks off October 6 in Boulder, Colorado, and runs through an October 21 performance in Washington, D.C.

Performing at all of the Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees shows will be Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and The Milk Carton Kids. Griffin and Miller collaborated with Plant on his 2010 solo album Band of Joy, and also toured with him in support of that record.

In a message on his official website, Plant explains that he decided to take a break from recording a new album with his current group The Sensational Space Shifters “to be a part of this very important and worthwhile cause.”

He adds, “When I watch the news and see people from these places being displaced by hatred and ignorance, I know that these people are just like you and me. All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated…I hope that my voice, along with my friends, helps bend the arc of the universe a little more toward the loving and helps with the work of getting the basic essentials of life to those who are without.”

The rock legend also points out that he only be singing two or three songs at each of the concerts at which he appears.

The Lampedusa: Concert for Refugees tour is named after an Italian island that serves as a waypoint for refugees seeking asylum in Europe. Visit for more information.

Here is the full list of dates for the trek:

10/6 — Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
10/8 — Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
10/9 — Lincoln, NE, Rococo Theater
10/11 — St. Louis, MO, Sheldon Concert Hall
10/12 — Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater*
10/13 — Chicago, IL, Vic Theater*
10/14 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall*
10/16 — Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center*
10/18 — New York, NY, The Town Hall*
10/19 — Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater*
10/21 — Washington, D.C., Lisner Auditorium*

* = with Robert Plant.

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Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Motown RecordsOne of Stevie Wonder‘s most celebrated albums, Songs in the Key of Life, turns 40 years old on Wednesday. 

The 18th album from the decorated artist was released by Motown Records in 1976 and features some of Wonder’s most memorable tracks, including “I Wish,” “Isn’t She Lovely” and “Sir Duke.”    

In October 1976, Songs in the Key of Life shot to number one on the Billboard 200 and spent a total of 82 weeks on the chart. 

The album won two Grammy Awards in 1977 — one for Album of the Year and another for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Songs in the Key of Life was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2005. In 2014 and 2015, Wonder showcased the album during a popular North American tour.   

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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

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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“The Voice”: A Contestant from Last Season Returns

Nolan Neal returns to “The Voice”; Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The Voice aired more blind auditions Tuesday night, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys battling one another for artists.

The show was capped with the triumphant return of a hopeful from last season who had his pick of the four coaches.

Here’s what happened during the two-hour episode:

Aaron Gibson, 25, of Atlanta, got things started with a slowed-down version of “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M., who hail from another city in Georgia: Athens. Blake, Miley and Alicia all turned around. Blake, as usual, touted his track record on the show, and at one point took out a megahorn to playfully poke fun at Miley. Alicia noted how “soulful” Aaron’s voice is, while Miley mentioned that, like Aaron, her vocals are “gravelly.” Miley won Aaron’s services.

Simone Gundy convinced Adam and Miley to press their buttons with “I (Who Have Nothing),” made famous by the likes of Ben E. King and Shirley Bassey. She’s with Team Adam now.

Josh Gallagher of Nashville took the stage with “Stay a Little Longer” by the Brothers Osborne. He had his choice of either Blake or Alicia. When Blake and Adam engaged in their usual bickering, Josh joked, “Y’all are so cute together.” Blake promoted his experience in Nashville. Not surprisingly, Josh picked Blake.

It was another battle between Blake and Alicia over Gabriel Violett — who appeared in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening — following his take on Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better.” Alicia said Gabriel evoked a feeling as if being “wrapped in the arms.” Blake admitted that he and Gabriel may not be the best fit stylistically, but argued that he recognized the singer’s passion. Gabriel joined Team Alicia.

Alicia also picked up Michael Sanchez after he sang Bill Withers’ “Use Me.”

Darby Walker put her own spin on the Ben E. King classic “Stand By Me,” which had Miley singing along. All of the coaches except for Adam made a bid for Darby. “I want you on my team so bad,” Miley said, adding that they have similar vocal styles. To prove her point, Miley duetted with Darby on Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”  Not to be outdone, Alicia walked onto the stage to sing her hit, “No One,” with Darby. Darby selected Miley as her coach.

If Darby’s segment seemed familiar to you, it’s because it was previously featured in the preview episode that aired after NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics closing ceremony in August.

Austin Allsup is the son of musician Tommy Allsup, who in 1959 nearly flew on the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson that crashed, killing all three. Austin performed “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones. Austin bonded with Blake over the fact that he and his now-coach played a show together back in 2005.

Khaliya Kimberlie, 16, took on Kelsea Ballerini’s “Dibs.” Miley issued an extended plea, leading Blake to joke that the show should be renamed “Miley’s Voice.” Khaliya was added to Team Miley.

Cooper Bascom gave what he described as a “Mumford and Sons” vibe to The Pretenders’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” He was unable to land a spot on one of the four teams.

Halle Tomlinson, 18, is a former star of the Barney & Friends children’s series and an instructor at a School of Rock. She sang “New York State of Mind,” then had her choice of either Adam or Alicia. Alicia was happy to hear a song about her native New York, adding that it was effortless on Halle’s part. Adam said there are things she can work on, but she has a lot of potential. Halle is now a member of Team Alicia.

The episode concluded with Nolan Neal, who auditioned last season but was passed over by the coaches at the time. Song choice was the issue back then, but he redeemed himself this time around with his take onElton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” All four coaches turned around for him. Blake recognized Nolan, but it seemed Adam needed to have his memory jogged. The Maroon 5 frontman argued that Nolan should join him because he gave him advice during Nolan’s previous audition. Alicia referred to Nolan as a “classic all-timer.” Nolan joined Team Adam.

The blind auditions will wrap up next Monday and Tuesday night on NBC.

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“Dancing with the Stars”: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Booted from the Ballroom

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — Former Texas Governor Rick Perry was sent packing from Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night after just three weeks of competition.

During his time on the show, the 66-year-old former longtime governor, who twice unsuccessfully sought the Republican Party’s nomination for president, turned in ebullient routines that pleased the audience but which judges found lacking in polish, artistry and technical ability.

After he learned his fate Perry hugged his pro partner, Emma Slater, then said he participated on the show to highlight veterans’ issues, and invited viewers to find a veterans cause to support.

“My daughter’s getting married October 15th and I can promise you I will look good on the dance floor for her,” Perry said, referring to the instruction he had received on the show.

Perry was among six celebrities who found themselves in jeopardy Monday night after a first-ever face-off episode that had the contenders and their pro partners dancing against each other in sets of two, with each contestant in the matchup performing the same style of dance to different songs.

The winners of the individual matchups earned immunity from elimination. The politician ended up in jeopardy after losing his paso doble battle with rapper Vanilla Ice.

Backstage after getting the boot, Perry was asked by ABC Radio if him being voted off early meant bad things for the Republican nominee in the presidential race.

Perry said, “I think you might be making a little bit of a stretch connecting those two. Donald Trump will be elected president on his skill of talking about how to get this country back on track economically, militarily and security-wise. It ain’t got a thing to do with my dancing.”

Slater told ABC Radio that perhaps Perry’s fans were preoccupied Monday night. 

“Had it maybe not been a political debate on that same night, there would have been more, you know, people wanting to see Rick in the show, watching at that time.”

Tuesday night’s show featured a replay of each of Monday’s night’s routines, plus live performances from Florida Georgia Line and Fitz and The Tantrums. With regular co-host Erin Andrews absent from the show due to a death in her boyfriend’s family, pro dancer and two-time Dancing mirror ball champion Kym Johnson Herjavec filled in as co-host alongside Tom Bergeron. 

Eleven couples return to compete Monday on ABC.

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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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NYC Bombing Suspect’s Mother, Brother Detained in Afghanistan, Father Says

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The father of New York and New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami told ABC News that his wife and one of his other sons have been detained in Afghanistan, after being pulled off a flight in Dubai and questioned for 16 hours by authorities there.

In his first in-depth broadcast interview, Mohammad Rahami said his wife, Najiba, and son, Qassim, were trying to return to the U.S. when they were held in the United Arab Emirates and eventually sent to Kabul.

“Why send my son back to Afghanistan? He is a U.S. citizen. You have any questions? Bring him home, [don’t] send him to a different country,” Mohammad Rahami said of Qassim.

The elder Rahami denied that anyone in his family, including Qassim, had anything to do with Ahmad’s alleged bombings in New York and New Jersey on Sept. 17 that injured 29 people.

Mohammad Rahami, whose family is originally from Afghanistan but lived in New Jersey, said that he hadn’t spoken with Ahmad since a falling out in May. But he knew that in the months before the attack, his son had become secretive, changed the lock on his bedroom door and became extremely angry when a young relative once tried to enter without permission.

Ahmad’s wife left the U.S. in June — for dental work in Afghanistan, according to Mohammad — and that’s when a criminal complaint says Ahmad began buying bomb components. Mohammad said that also appears to be when Ahmad started to grow out his beard.

“He did everything by himself. He buy everything by himself — order, online, he did [it] by himself,” Mohammad said.

After the bombing, Mohammad said it was the FBI that told him his son was the suspect.

Though Mohammad said he was “shocked” at the news, he also responded by telling agents, “This is [a] stupid son.”

In light of the bombing, Mohammad described Ahmad as “not a human being… not a Muslim.”

“If you’re Muslim, you respect your father. If you’re Muslim, you respect religion. If you’re Muslim, you respect your country,” Mohammad said.

Mohammad said that as far back as 2011 he was concerned his son may have fallen in with the “wrong kind of people” during a trip to Pakistan. Mohammad said his brother, who lived in Pakistan, warned him about suspicious characters Ahmad may have been in contact with, but neither Mohammad nor his brother knew exactly who the people were.

When Ahmad was back in the U.S. the next year, Mohammad said he caught him watching disturbing jihadist videos online. Mohammad kicked him out over it.

“I said, ‘Listen, if you watch this video in my home, please leave my house,'” Mohammad said.

A U.S. official previously told ABC News that Ahmad returned to Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2013 and stayed for nearly a year before coming back to the U.S. in 2014.

It was after his return in 2014 that Mohammad called the FBI on his son after a domestic dispute. Mohammad said he told federal agents they needed to “watch this guy” and that Ahmad was “not a normal person.”

The FBI said last week they looked into Ahmad at the time and found no terror ties. Law enforcement officials also alleged that Mohammad had called the FBI back and recanted some of his statements about Ahmad.

In the interview with ABC News Tuesday, Mohammad said that’s not true and that he never recanted.

“No. It’s 100 percent wrong,” Mohammad said. “They [did] not do their job.”

Mohammad said FBI agents were the ones to tell him that Ahmad was not a terrorist in 2014. “I said, ‘Thank you, God, that’s very good,'” Mohammad said.

Coincidentally, Mohammad said the FBI agent with whom he interacted in 2014 was present when Ahmad was shot and captured last week.

Just hours before Mohammad’s interview with ABC News Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey responded to a question in a Senate committee hearing about Mohammad allegedly telling the FBI that Ahmad was a “terrorist” by saying that those “facts are wrong about what [Ahmad’s] father told the FBI.”

“But there as well, we will go back and scrub our prior contact with that matter very, very carefully,” Comey said.

Comey said it did not appear that the suspect had acted as part of a terror cell. Federal agents said, however, they’re looking closely at some of the radical social media posts shared by one of Ahmad’s sisters who lives in Pakistan. Mohammad was surprised when he saw what was on a Facebook page that appeared to belong to his daughter and said he did not believe it could be hers because she’s “a really good person.”

“No, no. She’s never part of that thing,” Mohammad said.

The bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami, 28, is still being treated in a hospital in New Jersey for serious gunshot wounds he purportedly sustained in a shootout with police.

Mohammad told ABC News he spoke with Ahmad’s doctor Monday, who told him Ahmad was suffering from some infections. Mohammad said he was not told if his son was expected to survive.

Ahmad has been charged with a litany of crimes related to the bombing — in which 29 people were injured — and the police shootout. When asked about the possibility that his son could spend the rest of his life in prison, should he pull through, Mohammad said that it is all in Allah’s hands.

“He needs a trial, that’s what he wanted,” Mohammad Rahami said. “I told him, ‘If you do wrong, you’re going to receive bad [things].’ He didn’t listen to me.”

Mohammad also told ABC News he wanted to apologize to the victims of his son’s purported bombing.

“I say to everybody, ‘I’m sorry, forgive me,'” he said. “I don’t have any connection [to the bombing] but I still say, ‘I’m sorry.'”

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Hundreds Evacuated as Loma Fire Tears Through California Mountains

iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — Heat and dry conditions are stoking a fast-moving wildfire in California that has burned more than 2,000 acres in just over a day, at times sending flames shooting 100 feet up into the air.

Evacuations remained underway for hundreds of residents near California’s Santa Cruz Mountains Tuesday as firefighters continued to battle the blaze.

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

At least one home has been destroyed and another damaged, in addition to at least six smaller structures.

“We grabbed a few days’ worth of clothes and that’s all we’ve got,” resident Mike Cecere said.

Record-breaking, triple-digit heat in addition to California’s drought helped fuel the blaze, driving it from just a spark to more than 3.5 square miles of scorched land in barely more than 24 hours. More than 500 firefighters were working around the clock to contain it.

“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 ABC7 News in San Francisco.

Cal Fire said that 300 structures were threatened, and announced mandatory evacuations for several nearby communities. 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 one home had been destroyed in addition to a structure.

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

The fire’s cause remained under investigation.

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Black Man Shot and Killed By Police in California, Sparking Protests

iStock/Thinkstock(EL CAJON, Calif.) — Police in El Cajon, California shot and killed an unidentified black man Tuesday afternoon, sparking protests.

Police said they received a call from the man’s sister saying he was “not acting like himself,” walking in traffic and endangering himself and motorists.

Two officers approached the man and instructed him to take his hand out of his pants pocket, police said.

The man did not respond to the instructions and at one point “rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance,” police said.

At that point, one officer discharged a taser while the other officer shot the man several times with his firearm. The man was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A witness to the shooting provided a cellphone video that police say supports their version of events. The video has not yet been released.

El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis vowed a thorough investigation.

“This will be transparent,” he said. “This will be looked at by multiple sets of eyes, and not just ours.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Make an Appearance at This Weekend’s Race

Hemera/Thinkstock(DOVER, Del.) — Dale Earnhardt Jr., who’s missed NASCAR action over the past couple of months due to a concussion, will make an appearance at this weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway, though he won’t be behind the wheel of his No. 88 car.

Earnhardt Jr. says he will sit in the No. 88 pit box and observe the Sprint Cup Series’ Citizen Soldier 400 as Jeff Gordon again fills in for him.

“It’s going to be kind of different, tough, maybe not a ton of fun,” Earnhardt Jr. said on The Dale Jr. Download podcast this week, according to “It’s a bit weird to be not in the car but at the track when you’re a driver. You don’t know what to do with yourself. But I’m going to try to support the guys and maybe learn a thing or two.”

Earnhardt Jr. also discussed his progress in recovering from the concussion. It’s believed he suffered the concussion during a crash at Michigan International Speedway in June.

“[I]t’s getting better,” he said. “My doctors talk about getting me back to where I can be a normal person, and then there’s getting me back to being a race car driver. I’m almost back…to being a normal, functioning person with no issues. To become that guy I need to be inside the car, we really have to train my senses to be perfect.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 9/27/16

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


Texas 6, Milwaukee 4


L.A. Angels 8, Oakland 1
N-Y Yankees 6, Boston 4
Toronto 5, Baltimore 1
Detroit 12, Cleveland 0
Kansas City 4, Minnesota 3, 11 Innings
Houston 8, Seattle 4
Chi White Sox 13, Tampa Bay 6


Atlanta 7, Philadelphia 6  
San Diego 7, L.A. Dodgers 1
San Francisco 12, Colorado 3  
Washington 4, Arizona 2
Chi Cubs 6, Pittsburgh 4
N-Y Mets 12, Miami 1
St. Louis 12, Cincinnati 5

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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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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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