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Gary Wright Releases Lost 1972 Album Featuring George Harrison, Foreigner’s Mick Jones

PRNewsFoto/UMe“Dream Weaver” singer Gary Wright has just released a lost album titled Ring of Changes that was shelved after he recorded it back in 1972. Wright made the album with his then-band Wonderwheel, which featured future Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, while Gary’s friend George Harrison contributed slide guitar to one of its tracks, “Goodbye Sunday.”

Ring of Changes initially had been intended to be Wright’s third solo effort, after 1970’s Extraction and 1971’s Footprint, but his label A&M Records decided to cancel the project. Gary eventually revisited the recording and finally decided to release it.

“I hadn’t listened to it in 40 years, but when I put it on, I thought to myself, ‘I can’t believe this was never released,'” he explains. “It was more of a rock album than what I had done, but I think it stands up alongside anything that you might hear being played on classic rock radio around the world.”

Gary adds, “I’m proud of it and I’m glad it’s finally coming out so everyone can hear what we did all those years ago.”

Wright come to fame as a founding member of Spooky Tooth before going solo. He became friends with Harrison when their mutual friend Klaus Voormann invited Gary to play keyboards on George’s classic solo album, All Things Must Pass. Wright and Harrison went on to collaborate numerous times.

With regard to George’s contribution to “Goodbye Sunday,” Gary recalls, “We were in the studio and I was showing him the song. He just started playing slide guitar and came up with that line, which I think really worked.”

Ring of Changes is available as a digital download and an import CD.

In other news, Wright has three U.S. concerts scheduled in August:

8/19 — Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
8/20 — Edwardsville, IL, The Wildy Theatre
8/21 — Green Bay, WI, The Meyer Theatre

Here’s the Ring of Changes track list:

“Lovetaker”
“Wild Bird”
“Something for Us All”
“Set on You”
“Ring of Changes”
“Goodbye Sunday”
“For a Woman”
“Workin’ on a River”
“Creation”
“I Know” (bonus track)
“What Can We Do” (bonus track)
“Somebody” (bonus track)

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Official Prince Tribute Concert Slated to Happen in October

Warner Bros. RecordsPrince‘s family has announced that an official tribute concert in the late musician’s honor will happen on October 13. The live event will be held in the singer-songwriter’s hometown of Minneapolis at the U.S. Bank Stadium. Performers for the event have not yet been announced and tickets will be available to purchase in August. 

Prince’s brothers and sisters made a statement after the announcement saying that they “are excited for the opportunity to bring everyone together for the official family celebration of Prince’s life, music and legacy” and “are honored by the artists who will pay tribute and grateful to those that have worked so hard to make this celebration possible.”   

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Si, Si, CCR! Latin Creedence Tribute Album Featuring Billy Gibbons, Los Lobos & Others Arrives Today

Concord PicanteZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys are among the many artists that have contributed to Quiero Creedence, a Latin-inspired Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute album that gets its release today. The record features a variety of top Latin acts paying homage to CCR, whose memorable songs influenced many musicians beyond the borders of the U.S.

Texas native Gibbons, who recently released his Afro-Cuban-inspired debut solo album, Perfectamundo, teamed up with singer La Marisoul from the Los Angeles-based Latin group La Santa Cecilia to record a multilingual version of “Green River” for Quiero Creedence. Los Lobos covered the 1969 CCR album track “Molina,” while Los Lonely Boys delivered a rendition of “Born on the Bayou” for the project.

Other artists who contributed to the album include Juanes, Ozomatli and Carlos Santana‘s son Salvador.

Juan Manuel Caipo, whose band Bang Data recorded a version of “Fortunate Son” for Quiero Creedence, is one of the album’s executive producers and helped organize the project. He recalls that he moved forward with the concept after a friend suggested that he cover a CCR tune.

“It stuck in my head, and then I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to do a tribute album with artists from all over Latin America?'” he explains. “And we started slowly and organically, with every band doing their own take on songs they grew up with.”

Here is the complete track list of Quiero Creedence:

“Corre por la Jungla (Run Through the Jungle)” — Bunbury
“Bootleg” — Los Lobos
“Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (Gracias al Sol)” — Juan Gabriel
“Born on the Bayou” — Los Lonely Boys
“Feelin’ Blue” — A Band of Bitches
“Bad Moon Rising” — Ozomatli
“Who’ll Stop the Rain” — Enjambre
“Long as I Can See the Light” — Andrés Calamaro
“Fortunate Son (Fortunate Hijo)” — Bang Data
“Proud Mary” — El Tri
“Molina” — Salvador Santana featuring Juanes & Asdru Sierra from Ozomatli
“Green River” — Billy Gibbons & La Marisoul from La Santa Cecilia
“Up Around the Bend” — Diamante Eléctrico
“Travelin’ Band (Viajero Band)” — Los Enanitos Verdes

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Meryl Street Thought She’d Age Out of Hollywood

Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesIt’s hard to believe that Meryl Streep, who has received 11 of her 19 Academy Award nominations since she turned 40, ever doubted that she would continue to find roles as she got older.

In an interview with WSJ Magazine following the premier of her latest movie, Florence Foster Jenkins, Streep opened up about the age barriers for women in Hollywood that once seemed more impenetrable than now.

“I remember as I was hovering around 40, I thought each movie would be my last, really,” the highly decorated actress admitted. “And all the evidence of other 40-year-old women at that time — this is 27 years ago — would lead you to believe it was over.”

Streep, now 67, has defied those odds, and, in doing so, has helped to pave the way for many other actresses, though she notes she didn’t purposefully intend to do so. Instead, the work just kept coming.

On a certain level you don’t have any choice — you’re unhappy if you’re not doing it, so you’re compelled in a certain way. And if you’re lucky you can keep working,” she said.

Streep has certainly had that “luck,” but has nonetheless remained incredibly in touch with reality.

“But everybody has troughs and dismal times — every single person,” she added.

Streep also confessed that despite the recent popularity of social media memes featuring the actress, she laughed that she [doesn’t] even know what that [word] means.”

The memes, created by Instagram account Taste of Streep, show the actress posing with, and sometimes in, food.

“People have too much time on their hands,” Streep said of the pictures. “We need to create more jobs!

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The WWII Hero Who Never Fired a Shot: Trailer for “Hacksaw Ridge”

Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — The trailer for Oscar winning director Mel Gibson’s WWII biopic Hacksaw Ridge has just debuted online, and promises a unique look at a unique World War II hero: Desmond Doss.

Like millions of American soldiers, Doss performed astounding feats of courage under fire — but Doss, played by Andrew Garfield — was the only G.I. to do so by refusing to even touch a firearm. 

While Doss believed the war was justified, as a devout Seventh Day Adventist, he was steadfastly against killing. Branded a coward by his fellow soldiers, Doss hit the beaches of Okinawa as a totally unarmed medic, and despite being wounded, ended up evacuating at least 75 of his wounded comrades by lowering them singlehandedly from an enemy-laden cliff. 

Doss became the first of only three conscientious objectors in history to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Hacksaw Ridge, which also stars Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths, will debut at the Venice Film Festival, and open in theaters on Nov.  4. 

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Conservatives Snipe “American Sniper” Bradley Cooper over DNC Appearance

Anthony Harvey/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Political conservatives have raised an outcry online after seeing American Sniper star Bradley Cooper among attendees at the Democratic National Convention in the actor’s hometown of Philadelphia.

Cooper earned critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his turn in the 2014 hit film about Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was killed at a Texas gun range in 2013, allegedly by a former U.S. Marine he was trying to help.

Kyle — who served four tours in Iraq and was considered the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history — has been held up as an icon of conservative ideals.

Fans of Cooper’s portrayal of Kyle took to Twitter to register their extreme displeasure at seeing the 41-year-old actor at the event on Wednesday night.

“Guess I’ve seen my last Bradley Cooper movie,” said one, echoing similar tweets calling for a boycott of the Oscar-nominated actor’s films.

Others on Twitter pointed out that playing a character in a movie didn’t require the actor to actually share the character’s views. 

“People being upset Bradley cooper who played the American Sniper is not a republican [sic] is like me being upset he is not a real space raccoon,” snarked one.

Incidentally, that tweet was retweeted by the writer/director of the movie to which that was referring, Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn. He added, “Admittedly, every time I see Bradley I’m a little upset he’s not a space raccoon. But I deal.”

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NATIONAL NEWS

FBI Investigating Potential Hack of Some Clinton Campaign Computers

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The FBI is investigating a potential hack on at least some of the Clinton campaign’s computer systems.

The investigation comes on the heels of two other FBI investigations into hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic National Convention Committee.

“The FBI is aware of media reporting on cyber intrusions involving multiple political entities, and is working to determine the accuracy, nature and scope of these matters. The cyber threat environment continues to evolve as cyber actors target all sectors and their data,” the FBI said in a statement. “The FBI takes seriously any allegations of intrusions, and we will continue to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace.”

In a statement, the Clinton camp said:

“An analytics data program maintained by the DNC, and used by our campaign and a number of other entities, was accessed as part of the DNC hack. Our campaign computer system has been under review by outside cyber security experts. To date, they have found no evidence that our internal systems have been compromised.”

The Clinton campaign shares some of its proprietary information with the DNC, and that information was compromised, but campaign computers were not hacked, a campaign official told ABC News.

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Ex-Cop Drew Peterson Sentenced to Additional 40 Years for Wife’s Murder

Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Former Illinois cop and convicted killer Drew Peterson was sentenced Friday to an additional 40 years in prison, on top of the 38 year sentence he is currently serving for the murder of his wife.

In May, a jury in Randolph County, Illinois, found Peterson guilty of trying order a hit on a State’s Attorney who helped convict the ex-cop in 2012, ABC’s Chicago station WLS-TV reported.

Back then, Peterson was found guilty of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Savio’s body was found in 2004 in a bathtub, and her death was originally ruled an accident.

Later, when Peterson’s fourth wife went missing in 2007, police reexamined Savio’s death and ruled it a homicide.

The trial — which received widespread national attention — was controversial for its dependence on hearsay evidence, ABC News reported at the time.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Medical Plane Crash Kills at Least 2 in California

Hemera/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The pilot of a medical flight in California declared an emergency due to smoke in the cockpit before the plane crashed in Humboldt County, killing at least two of the four people on board, according to officials.

Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman, said the Piper PA31 was going to make an emergency landing in Crescent City after the pilot complained of smoke in the cockpit around 1 a.m.

A release from REACH Air Medical Services and Cal-Ore Life Flight confirms they lost communication with the aircraft at 1:05 a.m. The flight departed Crescent City Airport at 12:29 a.m. en route to Oakland International Airport with four people on board: the pilot, a transport medic, a flight nurse and a patient.

The plane was missing for more than eight hours Friday before search crews from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office located the crash site in a remote area in Humboldt County.

The conditions of the other two on board the aircraft is unknown.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

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SPORTS NEWS

Dwyane Wade Says the Chicago Bulls are ‘Jimmy Butler’s Team’

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — Despite being one of the most decorated players in the NBA, Dwayne Wade called the Chicago Bulls “Jimmy [Butler’s] team” when he was introduced to the media Friday.

“This is Jimmy’s team,” Wade said of his new teammate. “It won’t be a tug and pull whose team it is.” Wade, 34, who had played for the Miami Heat since 2003, signed a two-year, $47 million deal with the Bulls this month.

“I’ve know him since Marquette,” the 12-time All-Star also said about Butler. “I have tremendous respect for him. This would not have happened if it hadn’t been for Jimmy Butler. That was huge.”

Earlier this month, Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo said the team now had “three alphas” which included himself, Wade, and Butler, but also called the Bulls Butler’s team.

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Report: Marlins to Acquire Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea from Padres

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Miami Marlins have reached an agreement to get right-handed pitchers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea from the San Diego Padres, ESPN reports.

Sources tell ESPN the Marlins will also acquire reliever Tayron Guerrero  in the deal.

In exchange, the Padres will get right-handed pitcher Jarred Cosart, reliever Carter Capps, pitching prospect Luis Castillo and Josh Naylor, Miami’s first-round pick from last year’s draft.

The seven-player deal is contingent on everyone passing a physical exam, according to ESPN.

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US Olympic Women’s Basketball Team Going for Sixth Gold Medal

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team is ready for Rio.

The ladies stopped by ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday as they gear up for the 2016 Summer Games.

“Well luckily, a lot of them had played in previous Olympics and lot of them were together in London so, there’s not a lot that you have to do that’s brand new and they’re all so unselfish and they all want to play together and they all want the same thing, so it makes it easy,” said head coach Geno Auriemma.

The team will be going for their sixth straight gold medal. Players Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings have won gold in Athens, Beijing and London.

“For some of us, it’s our fourth Olympics, some third, second,” Taurasi said. “It’s always a different group so it’s always exciting to see how we’re going to come together, what kind of team it’s going to be and I think we just have a group that’s ready, focused and to go down there and do work.”

Bird said this group is focusing on the journey ahead of them.

“The players that we played with before, they set the tone,” she said. “We’re just kind of following suit and we’re hoping we can show the younger players how to do it and like Di said, everyone team’s different. You know, just cause we won before, doesn’t mean we win again.”

As for the toughest competitor on the court, “If I had to pick one, I’d say Australia,” Taurasi said.

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WORLD NEWS

Missing London Cat Found 8 Years Later in Paris

Courtesy Marna Gilligan(LONDON) — When Marna Gilligan’s cat slipped out of her London home during a New Year’s party eight years ago, she thought she’d never seen her again.

That was until she got a call, saying that her cat, known as Moon Unit, had been found thanks to her microchip. Moon Unit, a domestic short-hair, had traveled all the way to Paris and was rescued by animal shelter Aide et de Défense des Animaux en Détresse.

“I didn’t believe it at all actually,” Gilligan, 39, told ABC News. “It wasn’t until we had exchanged pictures and I saw that distinct marking on her nose that I actually believed it. I was amazed and thrilled and the next week I kept stopping strangers in the street [saying], ‘Can I tell you a story about my cat?'”

Gilligan said she had “no idea” how her cat, whom she rescued as a kitten, got to the City of Love. “All we know is that she didn’t get there legally because her microchip is part of a pet passport [needed to travel between countries,]” she added.

Last weekend, Gilligan and her ex-partner Sean Purdy traveled to Paris to pick up their long-lost cat.

“They handed us Moon Unit, we handed them some flowers and everybody was happy,” Gilligan said.

The pack had to travel by train to get home, where Moon Unit, who was a bit malnourished, is now staying with Purdy.

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Syria’s Nusra Front Cuts Ties with al-Qaeda

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The most powerful rebel group in the Syrian civil war, known until now as the Nusra Front, announced this week that it would cut ties with al-Qaeda, an apparent attempt to re-brand itself and dissuade world powers from attacking it.

The Nusra Front has been designated a foreign terrorist group by the United States and was excluded from previous cease-fire agreements. Its ultimate goal is to take control of the country away from both President Bashar al-Assad and ISIS.

The group’s leader, Abu Mohammad al-Golani, appeared in a video statement Thursday in which he announced the group would now be known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, or “the Front for the Conquest of the Levant.”

The video also depicted a new white flag for the group, replacing a black one similar to those used by al-Qaeda and ISIS.

But Washington does not seem impressed by the group’s sudden independence.

“The United States continues to assess that Nusra Front leaders continue to maintain the intent to conduct eventual attacks in and against the West,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday. “And there continues to be increasing concern about Nusra Fronts’ growing capacity for external operations that could threaten both United States and Europe.”

The State Department said the group is still being judged by its past actions.

“Affiliations may be a factor, but ultimately it’s their actions, ideology and goals that matter the most,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “And that’s how we’re going to judge going forward, as we have in the past … and they are still considered a foreign terrorist organization.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. is desperately trying to organize its military operations with Russia, which continues to conduct some strikes in Syria counter to U.S. interests. Both Russia and the U.S. consider the Nusra Front a fair target, but the Russians also target CIA-backed rebel groups and seem to focus mainly on propping up the Assad regime.

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US Coalition Airstrikes Kill at Least 28 Civilians in Syria, Say Activists

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — U.S.-led airstrikes killed at least 28 civilians, including seven children, in Syria on Thursday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The attack happened in al-Ghandour near Manbij, just one day after the U.S. announced a formal inquiry into airstrikes in the same area that may have led to the single largest loss of civilian life due to coalition airstrikes in Syria.

“The number of human losses in the area is rising dramatically,” Rami Abdulrahman, founder of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told ABC News. “The coalition has to stop targeting neighborhoods with civilians. It is not acceptable that they target areas with civilians even if ISIS fighters are also present.”

The death toll from Thursday’s attack is expected to rise because some civilians are in critical condition, according to the observatory, which says it knows of an additional 13 killed who have yet to be identified.

The U.S. Central Command said in a statement that it initiated an assessment after reports that Thursday’s airstrikes near Manbij may have resulted in civilian casualties.

“We can confirm the Coalition conducted airstrikes in the area in the last 24 hours. As with every report of civilian casualties, we will review any information we have about the incident, including information provided by third parties, such as the proximity of the location to Coalition airstrikes, and any other relevant information presented. If the information supporting the report is determined to be credible, we will then determine the next appropriate step,” the statement released Thursday said.

The U.S. Central Command also announced Thursday that from July 28, 2015, to April 29, 2016, six separate U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq resulted in the death of 14 civilians.

Earlier this month, on July 19, suspected U.S. airstrikes killed scores of civilians in al-Tokhar village near Manbij. According to Airwars, a non-profit project that tracks international airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, between 78 and 203 civilians were reported killed in the strikes — which would make it the single greatest loss of life from a coalition action since it started its war against ISIS two years ago.

“The U.S. rarely concedes any of these mass casualty events, despite often very compelling public evidence,” Chris Woods, director of Airwars, told ABC News.

On Wednesday, Col. Christopher Garver, spokesperson for the coalition against ISIS, named Operation Inherent Resolve, told members of the press that the U.S. has initiated a formal investigation into the July 19 airstrikes after finding the information available about the attack credible enough to warrant such an investigation.

Garver also said that the U.S. is assessing reports that civilians were killed in other U.S. airstrikes on the village of al-Nawaja, east of Manbij, on July 23. In those strikes, 22 civilians were reported killed, according to Airwars.

Since August 2014, between 773 and 1,180 civilians have reportedly been killed by coalition airstrikes in Syria, according to Airwars.

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