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Cher to star in new Lifetime movie about Flint, Michigan, water crisis

D Dipasupil/Getty ImagesCher has been an outspoken advocate for the people of Flint, Michigan, during the water crisis they’ve been suffering through since 2014. Now, the famed entertainer is going to executive produce and star in a Lifetime movie about the situation.

Called Flint, the movie is inspired by a Time magazine cover story about three women from Flint who tried to expose the mishandling of the city’s water supply, which lead to the residents unknowingly drinking contaminated water. The women’s actions inspired a national call for safe drinking water. Production on the film begins in April in Toronto. No air date has been announced yet.

In early 2016, Cher teamed up with Icelandic Glacial spring water to donate more than 181,000 bottles of water to the residents of Flint, Michigan.

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Full Record Store Day release list announced; includes vinyl from The Doors, The Turtles, Fleetwood Mac & more

Courtesy of Record Store DayWith Record Store Day taking place Saturday, April 22, the complete official list of special releases has been unveiled. As usual, it’s stacked with exclusive vinyl discs from a wide variety of artists, including veteran acts The Doors, The Turtles, Fleetwood Mac and The Kinks.

The Doors’ Record Store Day offering is Live at The Matrix, an LP that features newly remastered performances from the band’s March 7, 1967, show at the San Francisco club.

The Turtles’ contribution to the campaign is a reissue of the 1970 compilation More Golden Hits pressed on gold vinyl.

Fleetwood Mac’s special release is Altered Mirage, an LP of alternate takes of songs from the band’s 1982 Mirage album that first appeared as part of the deluxe CD reissue, which came out last year.

The Kinks are putting out two releases for Record Store Day, a pair of long-out-of-print French EPs: 1964’s All Day and All of the Night and 1965’s Got Love If You Want It.

Other artists releasing limited-edition vinyl discs for RSD this year include Blondie, David Bowie, The Cars, Johnny Cash, Cheap Trick, David Crosby, Def Leppard, The Easybeats, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Marianne Faithfull, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Johnny Mathis, Paul McCartney, Mungo Jerry, Stevie Nicks, Harry Nilsson, Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, Prince, Procol Harum, Lou Reed, Todd Rundgren, Leon Russell, Santana, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Toto, U2, Neil Young, Yes, and The Zombies.

Visit RecordStoreDay.com for the full list of releases and more.

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Special Graceland fan experience featuring Joe Walsh taking place in May

Courtesy of Runaway ToursLongtime Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh will celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, and his own long and successful career at a special fan experience that will be held May 6 to 8 at the newly renovated Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

The three-day weekend excursion, dubbed “Joe Walsh All Shook Up at Graceland,” will include a private acoustic Storytellers-style performance, a Q&A event, a photo opportunity with the rocker, themed parties, a tour of the Graceland mansion and more.

The vacation package, which is organized by the Runaway Tours company, includes accommodations at the new Guest House at Graceland hotel.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do: Take an evening, invite an audience and just be me,” says Walsh in a statement. “What you can expect is me playing music, answering almost all questions anyone would ask (except the ones that may incriminate me), a big screen power point presentation put together and narrated by me, guitar shop talk, slide guitar 101, true stories of road craziness and a discussion of how to destroy hotel rooms and of course playing more music.”

Adds Joe, “I’m particularly excited to talk about my Elvis experiences — what he meant to me and what I meant to him.”

Visit RunawayTours.com for all the details.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Report: Michael Shannon leads the pack to play Cable in “Deadpool 2”

Getty Images/John Lamparski(LOS ANGELES) — According to the Hollywood Reporter, Man of Steel baddie Michael Shannon, who got an Oscar nomination for his work in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, is the frontrunner to star opposite Ryan Reynolds as the character Cable in 2018’s Deadpool 2.

While Reynolds himself teased during a post-credit scene that the fan-favorite character would appear in the sequel, he didn’t get into specifics.

“Amazing character,” Reynolds-as-Deadpool says. “Bionic arm, time-travel.”

He added, “We have no idea who we’re gonna cast yet. We just need a big guy with a flattop. Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren. Kiera Knightley. She’s got range. Who knows? 

In the comics, Cable was from the future, and was the adult son of the X-Men’s Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, and Madelyne Pryor, a clone of the X-Men’s Jean Grey. He has a cybernetic arm and eye, and is also telepathic and telekinetic.

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Hasta la vista, baby: Insiders say studio’s pulling plug on “Terminator” Series

Paramount Pictures/Melinda Sue Gordon(LOS ANGELES) — Arnold most likely won’t be back. Paramount, which owns the rights to the Terminator series, has reportedly terminated the Schwarzenegger series.

Arnold’s last go-round as the killing machine, Terminator: Genysis, reportedly cost $115 million to make, but earned less than $90 million domestically. Overseas, however, the movie — which also starred Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones — actually did well, bringing its total take to more than $450 million.

However, the New York Daily News reports Paramount execs had an option to bring back Arnold and Emilia, the latter who played savior of humanity’s baby mama Sarah Connor, for another film, but shelved it. 

While another studio could potentially scoop up the rights and have a go at the Terminator franchise, a source tells the paper, “It would need an independent production company to think about making this, and asking Arnie back at age 70 to play that again may be a tough ask.”

Schwarzenegger, who first played the titular killing machine in 1984’s James Cameron original, most recently headlined a low-rated Celebrity Apprentice reboot for NBC, a job that found him in the sights of none other than that show’s former host, President Donald Trump.

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“K. Oh.” “Wheel of Fortune” contestant’s spectacular “Streetcar” stumble

Getty Images/Paul Warner(LOS ANGELES) — A Wheel of Fortune contestant who was one letter away from solving the puzzle during Tuesday’s show added an X-rated twist to the title of a Tennessee Williams classic.

With “A STREETCAR NA_ED DESIRE” on the board, Kevin made an embarrassing — and unfortunately for him, now viral — misstep: he asked for a “k.”

No, the the literary classic is not called “A Streetcar Naked Desire.”

The next contestant, Lisa, guessed “m” for the win.

“And although you got the right answer, I’d rather see Kevin’s play, but that’s just me.” host Pat Sajak quipped to Lisa, laughing.

Kevin still walked away with $1,000 — as well as a lifetime supply of embarrassment.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Stabbing suspect came to New York to ‘target black males,’ say police

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The fatal stabbing of a 66-year-old man in New York City Monday night is being investigated as a bias crime, according to police.

Authorities said they have a 28-year-old suspect from Maryland in custody. They said they believed that the man had traveled to New York City to attack and kill black people.

According to police, the suspect has a deep-seated hatred against black people.

“He came here to target male blacks,” Assistant Chief Bill Aubrey said Wednesday during a news conference. “[He] picked New York because it’s the media capital of the world. … He knew what he was doing coming up here.”

Police identified the suspect as James Harris Jackson. Aubrey said he came from Maryland on Friday via a BoltBus.

Police said he assaulted Timothy Kaufman, 66, a black man. Jackson is white.

Police said the suspect walked into a police substation in Times Square a little after midnight. Two knives were found in his possession, police said. Authorities said he was being questioned.

The victim was stabbed in the chest and back at Ninth Avenue and West 36th Street just before 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Police said that the victim walked more than a block to a police precinct before collapsing. He was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.

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Ex-teacher accused of kidnapping teen believed to have watched TV show about living off the grid: sources

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(NEW YORK) — A former Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student is believed to have watched a TV show about living off the grid before the pair disappeared, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Tad Cummins, 50, is accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Thomas on March 13. As the manhunt intensifies, officials say there have been no credible sightings of the duo. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine told ABC News that if the duo isn’t outside the Southeast, they are likely “off the grid” in a rural area.

Three days before the alleged kidnapping, Cummins did online research about his car “to determine if certain features could be tracked by law enforcement,” the TBI said Tuesday.

He also researched if his SUV was suitable for camping, law enforcement officials said.

Cummins, a married father and grandfather, researched teen marriage online as well, specifically the age of consent, according to law enforcement officials.

The TBI said that Cummins, who was fired one day after the alleged kidnapping, “may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom [the teen] … in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her.”

One of Thomas’ schoolmates had reported seeing Thomas and Cummins kiss in his classroom on Jan. 23, according to a school district investigative report, but Thomas and Cummins denied the claim.

Thomas’ sister told ABC News that the 15-year-old was bullied in school by students and teachers after the reported kiss and told her “I just have to get away, we have to get away.”

“I can’t handle this anymore . .. all the teachers, all the kids constantly saying mean things, I can’t handle it,’” the sister said.

Cummins is wanted on allegations of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. An Amber Alert has been issued for Thomas.

Authorities say Cummins is believed to be armed and that the teen is “in imminent danger.”

Authorities said neither Thomas nor Cummins has been in touch with family members.

Cummins’ wife, Jill, pleaded with her husband Friday to “come home.”

“I had no idea my husband was involved with anything that has led to all this. My heart breaks for the family of Beth Thomas,” she said. “Tad, this is not you. This is not who you are. We can help you get through this. … Your family wants their poppy back. Please do the right thing and turn yourself into the police and bring Beth home.”

In an interview with ABC News Monday, the teen’s father, Anthony Thomas, said he wants his daughter to “please let us know you are all right and please come home to us.”

Thomas family attorney Jason Whatley told ABC News that Cummins was “taking advantage” of his student and “manipulating her into leaving with him.”

“We are very concerned about the control that he has over her,” Whatley said. “We believe that is 100 percent the reason why she is missing at this point. He is the problem, she is not. She’s a child, she’s a victim.”

Cummins is described as 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He may be driving a 2015 silver Nissan Rogue with a Tennessee license plate number 976-ZPT.

Elizabeth Thomas is described as 5-foot-5 and weighs 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing leggings and a flannel shirt.

Authorities are asking that anyone with information call 1-800-TBI-FIND and that anyone who sees a car with a Tennessee license plate 976-ZPT call 911. A $1,000 reward is available for information leading to Cummins’ arrest.

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Feds conducted series of tests to determine credibility of new aviation threat

Purestock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — U.S. authorities became convinced that security measures for certain U.S.-bound flights needed to be boosted only after conducting a series of tests to determine the credibility of new intelligence indicating that ISIS associates were trying to develop explosives-laden electronics that could be smuggled onboard planes, ABC News has learned.

The tests were executed in recent weeks and led authorities to one conclusion: “It can be done,” as one source put it.

The Department of Homeland Security ultimately banned all electronics bigger than a cellphone from the cabins of some direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries.

Sources said that the airports affected by the restrictions were not directly named in the most recent threat intelligence gathered by authorities, but those airports were identified through intelligence analysis paired with other government information.

In an interview with ABC News, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, warned about the “new aviation threat.”

“We know that our adversaries, terrorist groups in the United States and outside the United States, seek to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner. That’s one of their highest value targets. And we’re doing everything we can right now to prevent that from happening,” Swalwell said Tuesday.

Nearly two years ago, ABC News first reported that an internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of major U.S. airports. Undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News reported. The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.

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SPORTS NEWS

Lopez, Ibaka Suspended One Game for Altercation

valio84sl/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka were each suspended one game for their role in a fight between the two teams on Tuesday night, the league
announced Wednesday.

Both players took swings at each other during Toronto’s 122-120 win over Chicago Tuesday night and had to be separated by coaches and officials. Both players were ejected after an official review.

Raptors assistant Jamaal Magliore was fined $15,000 for his role in the scrum.

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WBC: Team USA beats Japan, advances to final against Puerto Rico

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The United States is headed to its very first World Baseball Classic championship game.

Team USA defeated Japan 2-1 on Tuesday to advance to the final. They will now face Puerto Rico, who remains undefeated in the tournament.

The winner-take-all game will take place Wednesday night at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium.

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Scoreboard roundup — 3/21/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia 9, Minnesota 5
Pittsburgh 5, Tampa Bay 4
Houston 2, Miami 1
L.-A. Angels 9, Cincinnati 1
Arizona 4, Kansas City 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas 4, Chi. White Sox 3
Oakland 8, Seattle 5
Toronto 5, Baltimore 2
Boston 4, N.-Y. Yankees 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington 3, Atlanta 1
Milwaukee 5, L.-A. Dodgers 4
San Francisco 5, San Diego 3

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

San Antonio 100, Minnesota 93
Milwaukee 93, Portland 90
L.-A. Clippers 133, L.-A. Lakers 109
OT/Toronto 122, Chicago 120
Brooklyn 98, Detroit 96
Miami 112, Phoenix 97
New Orleans 95, Memphis 82
Golden State 112, Dallas 87

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Ottawa 3, Boston 2
Pittsburgh 3, Buffalo 1
OT/New Jersey 3, N.-Y. Rangers 2
Washington 4, Calgary 2
OT/Detroit 2, Montreal 1
Arizona 5, Tampa Bay 3
Carolina 4, Florida 3
Winnipeg 3, Philadelphia 2
Minnesota 2, San Jose 2
OT/Vancouver 5, Chicago 4
St. Louis 4, Colorado 2

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WORLD NEWS

Video shows suspected London attacker barreling across Westminster Bridge

IakovKalinin/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Dramatic video of Wednesday’s terrorist incident in London shows the suspected attacker barreling across Westminster Bridge in a car.

Surveillance video of the bridge broadcast by the BBC on Wednesday shows the car weaving in and out of traffic as it crosses the bridge. At one point, something or someone can be seen falling into
the River Thames below.

A seriously injured woman was later pulled from the river and received medical treatment, an official with the Port of London Authority told ABC News.

Four people were killed, including a police officer, and at least 40 other people were injured in the attack, near the Houses of Parliament. A man believed to be the attacker was also killed, shot
by police at the scene. Authorities believe the suspect acted alone.

Authorities said they believe the attack was “inspired by international terrorism.”

Britain’s threat level remains at severe after the attack, said U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Video shows suspected London attacker barreling across Westminster Bridge

IakovKalinin/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Dramatic video of Wednesday’s terrorist incident in London shows the suspected attacker barreling across Westminster Bridge in a car.

Surveillance video of the bridge broadcast by the BBC on Wednesday shows the car weaving in and out of traffic as it crosses the bridge. At one point, something or someone can be seen falling into
the River Thames below.

A seriously injured woman was later pulled from the river and received medical treatment, an official with the Port of London Authority told ABC News.

Four people were killed, including a police officer, and at least 40 other people were injured in the attack, near the Houses of Parliament. A man believed to be the attacker was also killed, shot
by police at the scene. Authorities believe the suspect acted alone.

Authorities said they believe the attack was “inspired by international terrorism.”

Britain’s threat level remains at severe after the attack, said U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Donald Trump Jr. criticizes London mayor after terror attack

Moussa81/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump Jr. criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan after a terrorist attack in London today near the Houses of Parliament, referring to remarks Khan made in 2016.

On Twitter, Trump wrote, “You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in a big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan.” Accompanying the tweet was a link to a September story by The
Independent, which reprinted a quote from Khan in The Evening Standard, in which he said the threat of attacks is “part and parcel of living in a big city.” 

Khan made the remarks to The Evening Standard shortly before a meeting with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in September. Days before, a pressure cooker bomb injured dozens of people in New York
City’s Chelsea neighborhood.

“It is a reality, I’m afraid, that London, New York, other major cities around the world have got to be prepared for these sorts of things,” Khan said at the time.

He added, “That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities. It means the security services being ready, but also it means exchanging ideas and best practice.”

In the interview, Khan criticized Trump’s father, then–presidential candidate Donald Trump Sr., for saying within minutes of the explosion that it was time to “get tough.”

“I’m not going to speculate as to who is responsible or how the police in New York should react,” Khan told The Evening Standard. “Speculating when you don’t know the facts is unwise.”

The attack near the Houses of Parliament was described as “inspired by international terrorism” by police. Khan is London’s first Muslim mayor.

Four people were killed and at least 40 more were injured in the attack. The suspect was also killed, shot by police on the scene.

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An aquarium employee created this “wheelchair” for a goldfish suffering from swim bladder disease. Way to go! It reminded us of an older story about a goldfish that got braces!

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