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Take It to the “Limits”: Paul Simon to Make First-Ever Appearance on PBS’ “Austin City Limits”

Credit: Myrna SuarezPaul Simon is scheduled to tape his first-ever appearance on the popular PBS live-music series Austin City Limits on Thursday, May 12. The legendary singer/songwriter’s performance for the show will take place after his May 10-11 stand at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas.

Austin City Limits will give some lucky fans the chance to attend the taping for free. Details will be announced at the show’s Facebook page and Twitter feed about one week before the event. No word yet when the episode will premiere.

Simon kicked off a new North American tour with a performance Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He’s promoting his upcoming studio album, Stranger to Stranger, which will be released on June 3. The record, which Paul co-produced with his longtime collaborator Roy Hallee, finds Simon experimenting with an eclectic variety of sounds, including electronic dance music and Flamenco.

Simon recently shared “Cool Papa Bell,” a new song from Stranger to Stranger, on his official SoundCloud page. The song is based on a famous baseball player of the same name who played in the Negro Leagues from the early 1920s until 1950.

As Paul explains in the Stranger to Stranger liner notes, “He was considered one of the fastest men ever to play the game. Legend has it that Bell could turn off a light switch and be in bed before the light went out.”

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Acclaimed Janis Joplin Documentary Premiering on PBS Tonight

Courtesy of Jan Persson/RedfernsThe acclaimed 2015 Janis Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue will get its television premiere tonight, May 3, as part of PBS’ long-running American Masters series. The film takes an intimate look at the legendary blues-rock singer’s turbulent life, her rise to stardom and her tragic death from a heroin overdose at age 27 in October 1970.

Janis: Little Girl Blue delves into the contrast between Joplin’s larger-than-life stage persona and her insecurities and search for acceptance in her private life. The film includes interviews with Joplin’s family members, friends, musical collaborators and famous fans, as well as previously unseen footage and archival clips of Janis’ appearances at such historic events as the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals.

Among the celebrities who appear in the documentary are The Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir, Kris Kristofferson, Melissa Etheridge, Pink, Juliette Lewis, talk-show host Dick Cavett and Joplin’s Big Brother and the Holding Company band mates Peter Albin, Sam Andrew and Dave Getz.

The movie is narrated by indie-rock singer/songwriter Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, who is featured reading passages from Joplin’s personal letters to her family, lovers and friends throughout the flick. The film was directed, written and produced by Amy Berg, whose previous work includes West of Memphis and the Oscar-nominated Deliver Us from Evil.

“The only way to tell Janis’ story was through Janis’ voice,” Berg explains. Her letters show the vulnerable artist, daughter and lover Janis was in her short but impactful life.”

Janis: Little Girl Blue airs at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on PBS. You can check out some clips and an outtake from the film at the American Masters PBS YouTube channel.

The movie also is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blue-ray on Wednesday, May 4.

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Oldchella Lives! McCartney, Rolling Stones, Dylan, The Who & More Unite for Mega Concert in the Desert

Image courtesy GoldenvoiceThe rumors are true: Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young will unite for a three-day concert event in the deserts of Indio, California. The “once-in- a-lifetime” festival, officially dubbed the Desert Trip — we won’t blame you if you call it “Oldchella” — will be held October 7-9.

Dylan and The Stones will play October 7, McCartney and Young will play October 8, and The Who and Waters will close out the festival on October 9. Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 9 at 10 a.m PT via

Desert Trip was organized by Goldenvoice, the same company that produces Coachella. The festival will be also be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, the same venue where Coachella takes place. And yes, due to the company behind it and the nature of the lineup, folks are already referring to the event as Oldchella.

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Cate Blanchett Named UN Goodwill Ambassador

Dan MacMedan/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Cate Blanchett has been named a global goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ refugee agency.

“I am deeply proud to take on this role,” the Oscar winner said in a video interview shared by the UNHCR on Monday. “There has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees and show solidarity.”

The two-time Oscar-winning actress recently returned from a mission to Jordan to meet with Syrian refugee families.

Blanchett will next be seen in the film drama Weightless, due out this year.

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Report: Kerry Washington Is Pregnant with Second Child

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — Is the woman who portrays D.C.’s favorite fixer, fixing to expand her family?

Actress Kerry Washington reportedly is pregnant again.

According to E! News, sources say that the Emmy-nominated actress is expecting her second child with husband, former football player Nnamdi Asomugha.

“The actress’ baby bump was on display when she attended the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., over the weekend,” E! reports.

The couple, who wed in 2013, already has a two-year old daughter, Isabelle Amarachi.

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“Game of Thrones” Star Kit Harington: “Sorry for Lying to Everyone”

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD) Kit Harington lied to fans for months about the fate of his beloved Game of Thrones character, Jon Snow. After last night’s episode — in which Jon was resurrected from the dead — the British actor is finally able to spill details on keeping the massive secret.

In a new Entertainment Weekly cover story due out Friday, Harington wants viewers to know he’s “sorry for lying to everyone.” He adds, “I’m glad that people were upset that he died. I think my biggest fear was that people were not going to care. Or it would just be, ‘Fine, Jon Snow’s dead.’”

Fans will be happy to know that now that Jon’s returned to the land of the living, he’ll have a major role for the rest of the season. “It’s a massive season for Jon,” Harington tells EW. “It’s his biggest season for him so far.”

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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Suspect Hijacks Bus, Striking and Killing Pedestrian in DC

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A suspect hijacked a Washington, D.C., bus Tuesday morning and hit and killed a pedestrian, the D.C. police department said.

The suspect boarded the metro bus around 10:30 a.m., and one stop later, he attacked the driver, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.

The driver and passengers fled, but the suspect then pulled out a weapon, shut the bus door and drove away, Lanier said.

At a gas station lot, the suspect drove over a curb and fatally hit a pedestrian, Lanier said.

The suspect is in custody. Lanier said the entire deadly hijacking lasted less than three minutes.

The bus operator suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to Metro Transit Police. No passengers were injured.

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NTSB Reveals Probable Cause of Fatal Metro Accident, Alarming Operational Errors

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A “disturbing” attitude towards safety contributed to the track fire that killed one passenger and injured 91 more in Washington, D.C.’s metro system in January 2015, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said Tuesday.

Following an electrical arcing incident on the yellow line’s high-voltage third rail, hundreds of riders were trapped underground in a dark, smoky train for nearly an hour, many unable to pry open the doors.

As a voice on the loudspeaker urged passengers to “remain calm,” survivors say many were coughing, choking and crying.

Numerous issues — including an ineffectively deployed ventilation system and poor communication with first responders — intensified the situation, officials from the NTSB explained Tuesday.

A 61-year-old mother died of respiratory failure, and scores more suffered from smoke inhalation, authorities said.

”Safety is still not institutionalized as a core value at WMATA,” Hart said, referring to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The NTSB’s criticism didn’t stop with metro. Officials also lambasted the “uniquely dysfunctional” tri-state oversight committee, and noted that the DC Fire Department and EMS had not practiced a full-scale tunnel evacuation for five years before the fatal accident at L’Enfant Plaza.

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Illinois Mother of Two Critically Injured in Drive-by Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(LAKE DELTON, Wis.) — A mother is in critical condition after a gunman shot her in the neck while she was in her car with her husband and two children in Wisconsin.

Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney called it “a random act.” The gunman, who was later shot by law enforcement, is in police custody.

The shooting happened Sunday afternoon on Interstate 90/94 as the victim, her husband and their two children were driving home to Illinois from the Wisconsin Dells area.

They were passing a Chevrolet Blazer when the Blazer driver rolled down his window and fired three rounds at their car, the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office said.

It was the second round that went into the passenger window and hit the victim’s neck. Meanwhile, the gunman — with his two brothers as passengers — kept driving. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office says another car was also struck by gunfire but the driver wasn’t injured.

Chief Deputy Jeff Spencer told ABC News that the mother, 44, was hospitalized in critical condition. Spencer did not know the ages of the children. The sheriff’s office said the man and the children were not injured. The mother’s identity has not been released by the sheriff’s office.

Witnesses called 911 and officers pursued the gunman’s car, deploying road spikes to stop it. The suspect then got out of the car and walked toward the officers armed with a revolver, the sheriff’s office said. After ignoring commands to stop, the suspect was shot by officers, according to police.

The sheriff’s office says the suspected gunman, a 22-year-old from West Allis, Wisconsin, is also the suspect in a murder at an apartment building in West Allis the morning of the drive-by shooting.

The gunman, whose identity was not released, is being treated at a local hospital and is in the custody of the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

The gunman’s brothers are being held at the Dane County Jail, the sheriff’s office said.

The shooting remains under investigation. Anyone who saw the shooting is asked to call the Dane County tip line at 608-284-6900.

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Bryce Harper Extends Endorsement Deal with Under Armour

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been endorsing Under Armour since April 2011. But now, he has reportedly signed an extension with the company that could possibly be the biggest endorsement deal ever for an MLB player.

Under Armour on Tuesday confirmed that a multi-year extension had been signed but offered no other details. A source told ESPN the deal is for 10 years.

The company is scheduled to start selling Harper’s first signature cleat later this summer.

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Tigers’ Justin Verlander Engaged to Model Kate Upton

Allen Kee / ESPN(NEW YORK) — Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander is engaged to longtime girlfriend Kate Upton.

Upton’s new engagement ring was on display Monday night at the Met Gala in New York. The model revealed to E News! that she is set to wed Verlander. She said a wedding date has not yet been set.

“I’m really excited. He asked me right before the season started so we’ve been keeping it on the down low for quite a while,” she told E! News. “So I’m excited to finally be able to share it with the world!”

Verlander, 33, and Upton, 23, first met in 2012. Last year, Verlander told Forbes that his relationship with Upton was more “normal” than some may imagine.

“Kate’s there a lot for me,” he told Forbes. “And we’re just normal people. You know, normal relationship — believe it or not.”

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Olympic Gold Medalist Gets Apology from TSA for ‘Humiliating’ Airport Screening

File Photo Courtesy of Transportation Security Administration(NEW YORK) — Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen received an apology from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after she says she was “humiliated” during a full-body search this weekend.

Van Dyken-Rouen, who became paralyzed from the waist down after a 2014 ATV crash, is wheelchair-bound and cannot go through a metal detector. She said she was rudely groped and “humiliated” during a full-body search at Denver International Airport.

“They go around your breast. They basically go under your butt. They touch things that are not appropriate and it’s really embarrassing,” Van Dyken-Rouen told ABC News.

Van Dyken-Rouen said she told the TSA agent who checked her that her wheelchair, hands and feet are normally checked for explosives. She said the agent then called for a supervisor who performed a full-body search, checking her breasts and other private parts in full view of other travelers.

“He said literally, ‘Every other airport is wrong and any other time you’ve flown through Denver and they did not do that, it’s wrong. I’m right,’” Van Dyken-Rouen said of the TSA agent.

Van Dyken-Rouen took to Instagram on Sunday to detail the incident, writing, “With the positive in my journey, there is also negative. Need to make changes for all in [wheelchairs].”

TSA issued a statement Monday apologizing for the incident.

“TSA works closely with the disability community to develop screening procedures that integrate the unique needs of those with disabilities or medical issues into the process. TSA reviews passenger complaints, and in this case determined that our officers did not follow correct screening protocols when Ms. Amy Van Dyken came through the security checkpoint at Denver International Airport (DEN) this weekend. TSA’s federal security director has reached out to Ms. Van Dyken. The officers involved are undergoing retraining, and TSA Denver is providing refresher training to all of its officers as well,” the statement read.

Van Dyken-Rouen said she accepts the TSA’s apology, as long as all disabled fliers get more respect.

“It’s really said,” she said. “I just want to be able to help other people who don’t have a voice, just fair treatment for everybody.”

Van Dyken-Rouen, a former Olympic swimmer who has won six gold medals, severed her spinal cord in June 2014 when the ATV she was driving hit a curb and sent her flying over an embankment in Arizona.

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Attacks on Hospitals Are ‘War Crimes,’ UN Chief Says

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Deliberate attacks on hospitals amount to “war crimes,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Tuesday just hours after a hospital was targeted in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

“Let us be clear: Intentional and direct attacks on hospitals are war crimes. Denying people access to essential health care is a serious violation of international humanitarian law,” Ban said in a speech to the UN Security Council in New York. “When so-called surgical strikes end up hitting surgical wards, something is deeply wrong.”

The Security Council unanimously adopted a new resolution demanding that all parties in conflicts protect medical staff and facilities.

The resolution follows last Wednesday’s bombing of an important hospital in Aleppo that killed more than 50 people including children and the only pediatrician in the area. A maternity hospital was also struck by rocket fire Tuesday, killing at least four people in the city. More than 250 civilians have been killed over the past 12 days.

“Even wars have limits, because wars without limits are wars without ends,” Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, told the Security Council Tuesday. “Health care personnel and facilities are the outer frontier of these limits.”

More than 730 medical workers have been killed since Syria’s civil war began five years ago and there have been more than 360 attacks on some 250 medical facilities in the country, according to Physicians for Human Rights, a nonprofit that uses forensic science, clinical medicine, and public health research to document human rights abuses.

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US Defense Secretary Ash Carter Says Russia is ‘Nuclear Saber-Rattling’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(STUTTGART, Germany) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter blasted Russia on Tuesday for its aggressive tactics and “saber-rattling.”

At a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany to install a new commander of U.S. forces in Europe, Carter crticized Moscow for aggression in Europe, saying they were “going backward in time.”

He said the U.S. did not want to make Russia an enemy: “But make no mistake: We will defend our allies, the rules-based international order, and the positive future it affords us.”

He promised to continue a military build-up on NATO’s eastern flank as a deterrent against war.

“The 20th century NATO playbook that helped create a Europe whole, free, and at peace was effective in its time,” he said. “But it’s not a perfect batch for the 21st century challenges we face and that’s why under [Air Force] Gen. [Philip] Breedlove’s leadership, NATO forces have been writing a new playbook. They’ve been innovating to counter new challenges like cyber and hybrid warfare, integrating conventional and nuclear deterrents, and adjusting our posture and presence so that we can be more agile in responding to new threats.”

At the ceremony to replace Gen. Breedlove with Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti as head of U.S. European Command and the top NATO commander in Europe, Carter also said he was particularly troubled by what he called Russia’s “nuclear saber-rattling.”

“Moscow’s nuclear saber-rattling raises troubling questions about Russia’s leaders’ commitment to strategic stability, their respect for norms against the use of nuclear weapons, and whether they respect the profound caution that nuclear-age leaders showed with regard to brandishing nuclear weapons,” he said.

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Water Scarcity Can Lower GDP by 6% in Some Regions, Report Warns

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Lack of water is not only a health issue for many regions of the world, it can have a huge economic impact, even lowering GDP by as much as 6 percent, according to a report issued Tuesday by the World Bank.

Factors like growing populations and climate change could reduce water availability in cities by as much as two-thirds by 2050, compared to 2015 levels, according to the report. Even rising incomes will cause further strain by creating a surge in water demand.

The effects will be far-reaching, even in regions in Central Africa and East Asia where it’s now abundant, unless governments respond. Countries like China and India could be among the nations that have a 6 percent drop in GDP by 2050 without efficient water policies, the report states. The impact is greatest in places where water’s already in short supply, such as the Middle East and the Sahel region in Africa, which includes countries already suffering from the effects of drought or war, such as Mali and Sudan.

The report, “High and Dry: Climate Change, Water and the Economy,” explains that economic growth can be hampered by water-related losses in agriculture, health, income and property. In the next three decades, the global food system will require between 40 to 50 percent more water while municipal and industrial water demand will increase by 50 to 70 percent, according to a 2009 Water Resources Group report by the World Bank and business partners like McKinsey and Company and the Coca Cola Company.

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The World Bank researchers used economic modeling to find that bad water-management policies can exacerbate the effects of climate change, while better managing resources can neutralize them.

Among the policies that could offer solutions are advancing technologies to increase water supply, such as waste-water recycling and desalination. The most widely used method to increase water supply is water storage through dams, the report states. Better planning and incentives, such as water permit allocation, giving users the right to “sell” or “rent” water, is another idea, the report states.

Unfortunately, the poor will disproportionately feel the effects of water mismanagement, the report states. About 800 million people, or nearly 78 percent of the world’s poor, live in rural areas and rely on agriculture, livestock and fishing. More vulnerable communities are “likely to rely on rain-fed agriculture to feed their families, live on the most marginal lands which are more prone to floods, and are most at risk from contaminated water and inadequate sanitation,” the report states.

The report warns that water insecurity could multiply the risk of conflict, as droughts can cause a surge in food prices and exacerbate migration and already dangerous situations.

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