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Dolly Parton to Participate in a “9 to 5” Reunion at SAG Awards

ABC/Image Group LAAt the CMA Awards last November, Dolly Parton was presented with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award by her 9 to 5 co-star Lily Tomlin.  Now it’s time for Dolly to return the favor.

Dolly will reunite with her other 9 to 5 cohort, Jane Fonda, to give Tomlin the 53rd SAG Life Achievement Award at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

You can watch the stars of the beloved female-centric comedy from 1980 get together again when the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony airs Sunday, January 29, at 8 p.m. ET on both TNT and TBS.

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Founding Greg Kihn Band Bassist Steve Wright Passes Away

Steve Wright, middle, with Greg Kihn Band (Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)Original Greg Kihn Band bassist Steve Wright, who co-wrote the group’s biggest hits and dozens of other tunes, died Monday of a heart attack at a hospital in Sacramento, California.

Greg Kihn announced the sad news in a lengthy message on his official website. Calling Wright his “soul brother and songwriting partner,” Kihn maintained that Steve “was the driving force behind the band and always kept it fresh and new.”

Among the songs Wright co-wrote with Kihn were 1983’s “Jeopardy,” 1981’s “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” and 1985’s “Lucky,” which peaked at #2, #15 and #30, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. He played with the group from 1975 to 1996.

Recalling how “Jeopardy” was written, Kihn noted that he remembered it started with a riff that Wright played him on a Casio keyboard.

“What happened next was magic. I spontaneously started singing ‘our love’s in jeopardy, baby, whoo-who-hoo,'” Geg wrote. “That song wrote itself in about 15 minutes. It was as if the song was floating around in the air and we just snatched it up. Magic! Steve was always sensitive to the magic.”

Kihn also described Wright as “a musician’s musician,” “a natural born songwriter and a creative spark through thick and thin,” and “a monster bass player, the best I ever heard.” In addition, Greg praised Steve’s backing vocals, noting that his “voice complimented mine perfectly and his harmonies were incredible.”

Kihn ended his tribute by saying, “Good-bye Steve, I’ll miss you, my brother. It’s been a hell of a ride. I’ll see you in the next life.  Have fun jamming with all the greats in Heaven.”

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Lionel Richie to Co-Produce Biopic on Legendary Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.

Alan SilfenLionel Richie is adding “movie producer” to his resume.  The singer will be helping to bring the life story of the legendary entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. to the screen.

Lionel was mentored by Davis, a singer, dancer, actor, comedian, musician and impressionist, who died in 1990.  In a statement, Lionel says, “It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend to the screen. I’m so grateful to be working closely with the Davis family on this and couldn’t be happier to be moving forward on this passion project.”

Sammy Davis Jr. was a member of Frank Sinatra‘s “Rat Pack,” and is also remembered for his 1972 hit “The Candy Man.” He overcame racism and discrimination throughout his career, not just for being African-American, but for dating white actress Kim Novak, and subsequently marrying another white actress, May Britt.  Davis also made headlines when he converted to Judaism in 1961.

Another producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, said, “Sammy’s life story is an unparalleled tale of what can be achieved with unbridled perseverance and talent. It is at its essence a uniquely American story of one man’s ability to use his talents to reach the pinnacle of his profession.”

The movie is moving forward following 27 years of disputes over the rights to the late entertainer’s story.  All of his heirs are behind the project.  So far, there’s no start date.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Octavia Spencer Named Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

ABC/Alex Scott(MASSACHUSETTS) — Octavia Spencer will be honored — and roasted — by one of the top Ivy League schools in the nation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Hidden Figures star has been named the Woman of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding student theatrical group. The honor, which is given to performers who have made a notable contribution to entertainment, will be given to the Academy Award-winning actress on January 26 as part of the organization’s first-ever live-streamed ceremony.

Previous recipients of the award have included Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Marion Cotillard, Helen Mirren, Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington.

On February 3 Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds will also be honored by Harvard as the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

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Chris Evans Plots An Escape for Charity

Marvel – 2016(MASSACHUSETTS) — Once again, Avengers series star Chris Evans has become a hero in real life.

To benefit one of his favorite charities, Christopher’s Haven, which provides housing for families whose children are undergoing cancer treatment at MassGeneral Hospital in his native Massachusetts, Evans has launched another Omaze charity experience

A donation of just $10 can earn you 100 chances to join Captain America’s alter-ego in an escape room — a team building experience that has participants hunting for clues to spring themselves from a locked room. As always, various higher donation levels can also secure you goodies like autographs, t-shirts, and the like.

A win also lands you a chance to grab burgers and beer with Evans afterwards.

To promote the campaign, Evans and the company Trapology rigged the Boston comic store Comikaze into an escape room, and pranked a group of unsuspecting customers into playing along.

Feeding them clues via a walkie talkie strapped to a Captain America doll, Evans walked groups of players through a series of puzzles to get them to find a “secret Hyrda base” — then jump scare them in the pitch darkness. 

Omaze has hosted similar one-of-a-kind charity experiences for Evans’ other Marvel movie pals, including Chris Pratt and Robert Downey Jr. Pratt even visited Christopher’s Haven in his Star-Lord costume after losing a Super Bowl bet with Evans.

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“American Crime Story” Planning Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky Storyline

Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — American Crime Story is trying to catch lighting in a bottle again, after its series The People v. O.J. Simpson became a smash with critics, awards voters, and viewers alike.

The affair between former President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky will be the subject of a future season, according to Variety.

Author Jeffrey Toobin, whose book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, provided the storyline for the last season, has teamed up again with FX for the Clinton-Lewinsky season, which will be based on Toobin’s book, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.

The title refers to then-first lady Hillary Clinton’s assurance that linking her husband to the 19-year-old intern was merely part of a “vast, right-wing conspiracy.”

The book centers on Lewinsky’s affair with Bill Clinton while she was a White House intern from 1995-96. Clinton was ultimately impeached on charges of lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstruction of justice.

Two seasons of “American Crime Story” are currently in production. The first, Katrina, which will reportedly air in 2018, explores the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, while Versace delves into the 1997 murder of designer Gianni Versace. There’s no air date for Versace yet.

ABC News reached out to FX to confirm that the Clinton-Lewinsky-themed series is in development, but has not received a response.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Suspected Orlando Cop Killer Curses at Judge in Court

Orlando Police Department(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Suspected cop killer Markeith Loyd — who was caught Tuesday after a nine-day manhunt in Orlando, Florida — cursed at the judge in a profanity-laced first appearance in court Thursday morning.

Loyd, who was wanted for allegedly killing Master Sgt. Debra Clayton of the Orlando Police Department this month, was in court Thursday charged with killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon in December. He told the judge he wants to represent himself in the court proceedings involving Dixon’s alleged murder. Loyd has not yet been charged in connection with Sgt. Clayton’s murder.

Loyd appeared Thursday with a bandage over his left eye, with his hands cuffed and with officers holding each of his arms.

In the murder suspect’s profanity-laced tirade, he said to the judge about Dixon’s murder, “Ya’ll making up s— like I just went in there and shot this girl, endangering my family. … Ya’ll portray this s— to the news people like I just went in there and shot this girl.”

“Ya’ll been making up s— the whole time,” he said.

Loyd claimed he was beaten by police when authorities captured him as he tried to flee a home on Tuesday.

“They done took my eye. Broke my nose, broke my jaw,” Loyd said. “Said I resisted, but I crawled out to the m— f— road. … I didn’t resist s—.”

While leaving the courtroom, Loyd said to Judge Jeanette Dejuras Bigney, “F— you.”

Before Sgt. Clayton, who was also a wife and mother, was shot to death on Jan. 9, Loyd was wanted for the death of his former girlfriend Dixon and her unborn child, officials said. Loyd also allegedly shot and injured the former girlfriend’s brother, officials said.

Charges against Loyd in connection with the Dixon case were read Thursday in court: one count of first-degree murder with a firearm, one count of unlawful killing of an unborn child, one count of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts aggravated assault with a firearm.

The Orlando Police Department said Loyd has not yet been charged for Sgt. Clayton’s murder; the police expects that to happen this week.

Sade Dixon’s mother, Stephanie Dixon-Daniels, said at court Thursday that she never liked Loyd and said he has no respect for law enforcement.

The judge on Thursday set no bond for Loyd’s first three charges and set bond at $1,500 for each of the two aggravated assault charges. The judge said Loyd will have a determination of council hearing in one week. The judge also ordered Loyd not to contact his ex-girlfriend’s family.

When Loyd was caught Tuesday, he was wearing body armor and carrying two handguns, including a Glock that contained a magazine with the capacity for 100 rounds of ammunition, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. Loyd threw the guns to the ground and resisted arrest when police officers tried to detain him, police said.

Loyd suffered minor injuries in the scuffle with police and was kept at the Orlando Regional Medical Center until late Wednesday, police said.

The arresting officer’s use of force will be investigated, per standard procedure, Mina said.

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Court Records: Teen Who Was Kidnapped as a Baby Knew About Abduction

ABC News/Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The South Carolina woman accused of kidnapping a newborn baby from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1998 allegedly admitted to the crime over a year ago, according to court documents obtained by ABC News. Moreover, the stolen child knew she had been abducted, the documents showed.

Gloria Williams, 51, allegedly abducted Alexis Manigo on July 10, 1998, just hours after she was born at a Jacksonville hospital and raised the girl as her own in South Carolina. Williams allegedly posed as a nurse and told the baby’s mother that the newborn had a fever and she needed to take her away, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.

Williams, who has not yet entered a plea, was arrested at her home in Walterboro, South Carolina, on Jan. 13 and charged in the nearly two-decade-old kidnapping case.

According to the affidavit for the woman’s arrest warrant obtained by ABC News, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office received two anonymous tips last year from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The first tip, which authorities received on Aug. 8, stated that Manigo told her friend that she was kidnapped as a baby and is listed as a missing person. The tip also provided authorities with Manigo’s current name, according to the affidavit.

The second tip, which authorities received three months later, stated that Williams confessed to taking Manigo from a hospital in Jacksonville, saying she had renamed the girl and claims her as her daughter. The tip also stated the two were living in Walterboro, according to the affidavit.

Detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said they interviewed two witnesses who confirmed the anonymous tips, according to the affidavit. The first witness provided a sworn statement that approximately a year and a half ago Williams confessed to him that she “stole” a baby from a Jacksonville hospital and that she renamed the baby Alexis Manigo, according to the affidavit.

A second witness provided a sworn statement that approximately a year-and-a-half ago Manigo told her that she had been kidnapped from a hospital in Jacksonville when she was a baby. According to the witness, Manigo said Williams told her she was named Kamiyah Mobley at birth, the affidavit said.

ABC News chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams said it’s unlikely Manigo will be charged in the case if she was in fact aware of her own abduction and chose not to report it to police.

“She’s a victim,” Abrams said on ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday. “She was stolen away from a hospital, she was brought up by the only mother that she knew, so you have to sympathize with her plight.”

Williams was extradited from South Carolina to Florida on Tuesday, according to the Jacksonville sheriff. She returned to Jacksonville for her first court hearing Wednesday morning, where a judge set no bond on the kidnapping charge but set bail at $503,000 on the interference with custody charge, citing the unique circumstances and the gravity of harm alleged by prosecutors.

Williams is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 8.

On Jan. 10, Jacksonville detectives arrived in Walterboro and determined that a birth certificate and social security card for Manigo were fraudulent. The social security number listed with Manigo’s name was issued to a male in Virginia, who died in 1983, according to the affidavit.

DNA testing showed that Manigo, now 18, was not Williams’ biological daughter. Oral swabs recently submitted by Manigo were compared to DNA samples that had been collected and preserved from Manigo’s birth. The result was a positive match, according to the affidavit.

Manigo, who was given the name Kamiyah Mobley at birth, was reunited with her biological mother and father last week. She appears to be a normal 18-year-old in good health, according to the Jacksonville sheriff.

However, in an exclusive interview that aired Wednesday morning on GMA, Manigo said the reunion was bittersweet because the woman she knows as “mom” was taken away from her.

“I understand what she did was wrong, but just don’t lock her up and throw away the key,” Manigo said. “I still think of her as mom, she will always be ‘mom.’”

Manigo identified herself during the interview as “Alexis Manigo,” but she said she is fine with people calling her by her birth name. She said Williams was “a great mother.”

“She made one mistake, but I was loved,” Manigo said. “From that one mistake, I was given the best life.”

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Is Being Treated for Bronchitis

Bob Levey/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF(HOUSTON) — Former first lady Barbara Bush is being treated for bronchitis, family spokesman Jim McGrath told ABC News Thursday.

Barbara Bush, 91, entered Houston Methodist Hospital Wednesday morning as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing. She had not been feeling well for a couple of weeks but is resting comfortably, McGrath said Wednesday.

He confirmed to ABC News Thursday that Barbara Bush was diagnosed with bronchitis.

It’s unclear when the former first lady will be released from the hospital. Physicians want to see how she responds to treatment before sending her home, McGrath said.

Barbara Bush’s husband, former President George H.W. Bush, has been hospitalized at the same medical center since Saturday. He was transferred to the intensive care unit Wednesday for “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia,” McGrath said in a statement.

The 92-year-old former president underwent a procedure “to protect and clear his airway that required sedation,” the statement said. As of Wednesday, George H.W. Bush was stable and resting comfortably at the hospital, where McGrath said he will remain for observation.

Doctors initially believed the 41st president would be allowed to return home later this week after several days of treatment, but his stay has been extended. There is no timetable for his release, according to the family spokesman.

During his final presidential news conference Wednesday afternoon, President Obama said he had been in touch with the family about the Bushes’ conditions.

“They have not only dedicated their lives to this country. They have been a constant source of friendship and support and good counsel for Michelle and me over the years,” Obama told reporters. “They are as fine a couple as we know, and so we want to send our prayers and our love to them. Really good people.”

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SPORTS NEWS

Report: Reds to Trade Dan Straily to Marlins for Prospects

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Dan Straily is reportedly heading to Miami.

ESPN reports the Marlins are acquiring the 28-year-old right hander and giving up three prospects in exchange: minor league outfielder Isaiah White, and pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice. The trade is still subject to physicals.

Last year, Straily had a 14-8 record with a 3.76 ERA and 162 strikeouts.

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Serena Williams Moves on to Third Round of Australian Open

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Serena Williams advanced to the next round of the Australian Open Thursday, beating her opponent in two straight sets.

The No. 2 seed defeated Lucie Safarova in the second round, 6-3, 6-4. Williams, 35, will next face Nicole Gibbs.

Should Williams continue her winning streak and take the title in Melbourne, she will break her tie with Steffi Graf and become the leader in major wins in the Open era with 23 Grand Slam titles.

Williams tied Graf with her 22nd Grand Slam win last year in the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber.

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Djokovic Knocked Out of Australian Open in Second Round

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Novak Djokovic, the No. 2 seed in the world, has been knocked out of the Australian Open.

The defending champion fell to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin — ranked 117th in the world — in the second round: 7-6, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Djokovic, 29, was looking to win a record seventh Australian Open.

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WORLD NEWS

“Shark Tank” Star Enters Politics: ‘People Want Different Kind of Leadership’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Kevin O’Leary, the former reality TV star who rose to fame on ABC’s Shark Tank, explained on Good Morning America Thursday why he has decided to run for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

“You know, I’m not a politician,” O’Leary said. “I don’t owe anybody any favors. I’ve never been involved in politics and if you’re watching what’s happening all around the world, it’s not politics as usual anymore. People want different kind of leadership. They want someone whose actually got a track record in managing something, not just the same old politicians.”

He continued: “I’m facing off against good men and women, but they’re all politicians. And all of a sudden, we’ve got millions of Canadians who got to know me, obviously through television and that’s what’s interesting is you’re starting to see a lot of politicians emerge using the platform of television because really after eight years, people know me quite well on Shark Tank, all around the world frankly, and in Canada as well, but they want something different. I’m that change agent.”

O’Leary announced in a Facebook Live video Wednesday that he would run and now many are comparing the businessman-turned-politician to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Both candidates have a background in business and both have also dabbled in reality TV. In addition, O’Leary is an active Twitter user. The social media platform remains one of Trump’s preferred communication methods.

“Why am I doing this? Well, I look at this country and its bounty and its incredible promise, and all it gave to me as a young Canadian. Remember, I was born from Lebanese and Irish parents, this was the land of opportunity for them, they left their homeland, and they came here to start anew,” he said in the footage. “And that’s the promise of Canada, and it always has been, and somehow we’ve lost that, it’s been squandered.”

O’Leary also tweeted that the “Conservative Party of Canada needs a candidate who can beat Justin Trudeau and bring back jobs to this country.”

Thursday morning, O’Leary said that Canada’s relationship with the U.S. is “about to change” due to Trump’s talked-about policies, which has many Canadians “concerned.”

“It’s going to be an interesting journey, there’s not question about it, but I think Canada is a really great partner of the United States and we’ve got to get back in sync with it,” he explained. “But Donald has made it very clear it’s not going to be business as usual and here it comes. And so, we’re going to see some very interesting times as we will in America. There’s no question about it.”

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B-2 Bombers Strike ISIS Camps in Libya

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III(WASHINGTON) — U.S. officials confirm that two U.S. Air Force stealth B-2 bombers struck multiple ISIS camps in Libya 28 miles south of the city of Sirte Wednesday night. One official called the airstrikes “a huge success,” with more than 80 ISIS fighters killed.

One official told ABC News the airstrikes targeted between 80 and 100 ISIS fighters in multiple camps south of the coastal city of Sirte that had once been an ISIS stronghold in Libya.

Many of the ISIS fighters in the camps had fled Sirte during the successful siege of the city last fall, according to another official.

The airstrikes were authorized by President Obama and were carried out in coordination with Libya’s Government of National Accord, the official added. They are considered to be an extension of Operation Odyssey Lightning, the American airstrike campaign that carried out almost 500 airstrikes against ISIS in Libya last fall.

An assessment of the airstrikes is ongoing, but one counterterrorism official told ABC News the strikes were “a huge success” with “zero survivors” among the more than 80 ISIS fighters at the camps.

The ISIS operation in Libya has been a major concern for U.S. officials who have worried it could become another ISIS safe haven as the group faces growing military pressure in Iraq and Syria. U.S. officials have said the number of ISIS fighters inside Libya likely totals 1,000.

The airstrikes mark the first time B-2 stealth bombers have been used in combat since March 2011, when they were used in the first wave of strikes in Libya during the Gadhafi crisis.

In early December, ISIS was defeated in Sirte by local Libyan militia fighters who had surrounded the city over the summer.

From last August through last December, American manned and unmanned military aircraft conducted 495 airstrikes against the 1,000 ISIS fighters believed to be in the city. The Libyan militias, supporting Libya’s Government of National Accord, were accompanied by American military advisers who coordinated the targeting of those airstrikes.

During the siege, U.S. officials estimated that hundreds of ISIS fighters had fled the Sirte to establish themselves elsewhere in Libya.

In order to carry out the mission, the B-2 bombers flew a long-round trip mission from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

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Rescuers Race to Reach Those Trapped by Avalanche at Italian Hotel

Hemera/Thinkstock(FARINDOLA, Italy) — It’s a race against time in Italy to reach more than 20 people believed to be trapped under rubble and snow after an avalanche buried a mountainside hotel.

The avalanche at Hotel Rigopiano on the Gran Sasso mountain, about 30 miles from the coastal city of Pescara, occurred after a series of earthquakes that shook central Italy on Wednesday.

The snow pushed through the windows of the 4-star hotel, shattering glass, blocking rooms and stopping rescuers from getting inside.

Alpine rescue teams, initially blocked by fallen trees and heavy snow, finally reached the hotel by helicopter and by foot.

At least two survivors were saved but more than 20 people are still believed to be trapped.


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