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Albums by Clapton, Dylan, Petty’s Mudcrutch All Debut in the Top 10 of “Billboard” 200

Peter Blake/Bushbranch Records/ Surfdog Records; Columbia RecordsWhile contemporary pop stars Drake, Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Rihanna all currently have albums in the upper reaches of the Billboard 200, three famous veteran rock artists — Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty — also have landed in the top 10 of the chart this week.

Clapton’s new solo effort, I Still Do, debuts at #6 with a total of 46,000 equivalent album sales, 44,000 of which were traditional pure album sales. According to Billboard, the record is the guitar great’s 16th to make it into the top 10 of the tally.

Dylan’s latest album, Fallen Angels, bows at #7 with 42,000 equivalent album sales, almost all of came from pure album sales. This marks the famed singer/songwriter’s 22nd top-10 album on the Billboard 200, extending his record for the male artist with the most albums entering the top 10 since 1963. Fallen Angels is Dylan’s second consecutive album to showcase songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra. Last year’s Shadows in the Night also reached #7 on the chart.

Closing out the current Billboard 200’s top 10 is the second album by Tom Petty’s revived pre-Heartbreakers group Mudcrutch, 2, which had 33,000 equivalent album sales, and 32,000 pure album sales. Mudcrutch, which also features Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench, initially broke up in 1975, but reformed in 2007 and put out a self-titled debut the following year that sold 38,000 and peaked at #8 on the chart.

Singer/rapper Drake sits at #1 on the Billboard 200 for the fourth straight week with Views.

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When Bruce Comes to Town: Watch Bono Perform with Springsteen and the E Street Band in Dublin

Danny Clinch; ABC/Adam TaylorBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the second of their two scheduled concerts in Dublin, Ireland, on Sunday, and during the show they welcomed a very special “local boy” — U2‘s Bono — to join them for a song. According to the popular Springsteen fan site, Bono hit the stage at Croke Park late in Springsteen’s set to sing “Because the Night.”

You can check out fan-shot video of the performance on YouTube.

As Rolling Stone points out, Bono previously performed “Because the Night” with Bruce and the E Street Band at a 2003 show in Miami, while Springsteen and the song’s co-writer, Patti Smith, joined all of U2 for a version of the tune at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2009.

It was Bono who inducted the Boss into the Rock Hall back in 1999.

The European leg of Springsteen and the E Street Band’s The River Tour 2016 continues Tuesday in Glasgow, U.K.

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Randy Bachman to Perform at Canadian Benefit Concert for Victims of Fort McMurray Forest Fires

Credit: Callianne BachmanEx-Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman will take care of some charitable business on June 29 when he joins a variety of other Canadian music stars to perform at a benefit concert called Fire Aid for Fort McMurray. The show, which will be held at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada, will raise money to help people and businesses in the city of Fort McMurray and the municipality of Wood Buffalo affected by the devastating forest fires that recently hit the area.

Modern rockers Nickelback will headline the concert, which also will feature performances by Blue Rodeo, folk veteran Ian Tyson and The Sadies, among others. All proceeds raised from the show will be donated to the Fort McMurray United Way for use in support of the city’s rebuilding efforts.

Tickets for Fire Aid for Fort McMurray go on sale Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. MT, and will be available via or by calling 1-855-985-50001-855-985-5000 FREE.

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Johnny Depp “Viciously Attacking” Amber Heard’s Character, Says Legal Team

John Shearer/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Amber Heard’s legal team has fired the latest salvo in the public back-and-forth between her and estranged husband Johnny Depp, from whom she filed for divorce last week and accused of domestic abuse.

In a statement provided to ABC News, Heard’s legal team claims the actress has been subject to “vicious false and malicious allegations that have infected the media,” and “has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny.”

A Los Angeles judge last Friday granted Heard a restraining order against Depp.  A further hearing is scheduled for June 17.

The statement says Heard, after initially declining to do so “in an attempt to protect her privacy and Johnny’s career,” now has given a statement to the LAPD regarding the alleged abuse “to set the record straight as to the true facts.”  It goes on to accuse Depp of “viciously attacking Amber’s character.”

“Amber is simply a victim of domestic violence, and none of her actions are motivated by money,” says the statement. “ Amber is a brave and financially independent woman who is showing the courage of her convictions by doing the right thing against Johnny’s relentless army of lawyers and surrogates.”

Heard, 30, and Depp, 52, were married 15 months. Depp also filed for divorce two days after Heard did. They have no children together.

Depp’s lawyer wrote in court documents obtained by ABC News that Hard is “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse,” and Depp “has every intention of staying away from Amber” as he’s working out of the country. Depp is currently in Europe, performing with his band.

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“Game of Thrones” Recap: “Blood of My Blood”

Image courtesy HBO(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD!) Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones skipped all over the map, and packed a lot of plot into an hour.  Plus: dragons!  Well, one dragon, anyway. Here’s what happened:

Between Vaes Dothrak and Mereen
Dany and Daario are leading her khalasar of Dothraki back to Mereen.  Dany asks Daario how many ships she’ll need to transport all her armies across the sea to Westeros to claim the throne.  At least a thousand, he says, but nobody has that many.  Dany tells Daario to wait for her and rides off.  She returns riding on the back of one of her dragons and rallies the troops, asking them if they’ll stand with her, and “ride the wooden horses across the black salt sea,” to kill her “enemies in their iron suits,” “tear down their stone houses” and give her the kingdom that Khal Drogo promised her.  They enthusiastically agree.

King’s Landing
The High Sparrow allows King Tommen to visit Queen Margaery, who tells him that she’s seen the error of her ways, and has now turned to the gods.  Right before she’s about to make her “walk of atonement” — the naked march through the streets — Jaime, Margaery’s dad and her grandmother show up at the Sept with a huge army and demand that the High Sparrow release both Margaery and her brother Loras. But the Sparrow says that Margaery doesn’t have to make the walk after all, because she’s managed to convert someone: Tommen.  He emerges from the Sept, takes Margaery’s hand, and announces a new alliance between the Crown and the Faith, while Jaime and company watch helplessly.  Jamie is then ordered by Tommen to leave King’s Landing and help evil old Walder Frey take back Riverrun from the Blackfish, Catelyn Stark’s uncle.

Arya is determined to make the most of her second chance as an assassin and poisons Lady Crane’s rum, but after the actress is kind to her, she slaps it out of her hand at the last minute, and reveals to Lady Crane that another actress in the company wants her dead.  The Waif, who is spying on Arya, reports back to Jaqen H’ghar that Arya blew it, and reminds Jaqen that he promised she could kill Arya.  Arya, meanwhile, retrieves her sword from its hiding place and starts sleeping with it.

In the North
After Hodor sacrifices himself to allow Meera and Bran to escape, the two are pursued into the forest by White Walkers, where they are rescued by a mysterious rider.  He’s revealed to be Uncle Benjen, long-lost brother of Bran’s dad, Ned Stark.  Benjen, a member of the Night’s Watch, was rumored to have been lost North of the Wall. He tells Bran and Meera that after being stabbed by a White Walker, the Children of the Forest, who created the Walkers in the first place, healed him.  He tells Bran that since he, Bran, is the new Three-Eyed Raven, he must learn to control his powers so when the Night King comes for him, he’ll be ready.

Horn Hill
En route to Oldtown to enter the Citadel, Sam, Gilly and Little Sam stop at Sam’s ancestral home, Horn Hill, where he’s warmly greeted by his mother and sister, who believe his story that Little Sam is his son.  But his horrible father, Randyll Tarly, degrades Sam in front of his family.  When Gilly defends Sam, she inadvertently lets slip that she comes from North of the Wall, and Lord Tarly, who really, really hates wildlings, gets even angrier.  He says he’ll raise Sam’s “bastard” and that Gilly can stay and work in the kitchens, but orders Sam to leave and never come back.  Sam’s about to, but then decides he’ll take Gilly and the baby with him.  Before he leaves, he steals his father’s precious heirloom sword off the wall.

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“X-Men: Apocalypse” Wins Memorial Day Weekend Box Office

Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse; Marvel Studios/Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK) — X-Men: Apocalypse is now the number-one movie in the country.

The latest sequel in the superhero franchise earned an estimated 80 million dollars over the four-day Memorial Day weekend to debut atop the box office. It’s a steep drop from the $110.6 million the previous film in the series, X-Men: Days of Future Past, made during the same holiday weekend two years ago.

Another sequel, Alice Through The Looking Glass, pulled in 34.17 million dollars over the four-day weekend. It opened nationwide on Friday, the same day Amber Heard was granted a restraining order against Alice Through The Looking Glass star and her estranged husband, Johnny Depp, over abuse allegations.

The previous box office champ, The Angry Birds Movie, fell to third place, with 24.6 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Monday, with estimated ticket sales, according to comScore:

1. X-Men: Apocalypse, $80 million.
2. Alice Through The Looking Glass, $34.17 million.
3. The Angry Birds Movie, $24.6 million.
4. Captain America: Civil War, $19.72 million.
5. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, $11.44 million.
6. The Jungle Book, $9.24 million.
7. The Nice Guys, $8.15 million.
8. Money Monster, $5.55 million.
9. Love & Friendship, $3.12 million.
10. Zootopia, $1.13 million.

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Three Girls Killed, Eight Injured in Car Crash Near Orlando, Florida

iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Three children died and eight others were injured when an SUV carrying 11 people lost control and rolled over several times on a highway, officials told ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. ET on I-95 northbound in Titusville, about 40 miles east of Orlando.

Firefighters and paramedics from numerous agencies responded to the scene, which shut down all northbound lanes in Brevard County for several hours Monday evening.

Authorities said three people under the age of 18 were killed, and six of eight people inside the SUV were taken to the hospital.

Troopers said they also found a child that had been ejected over the barrier. The child had minor injuries.

“You are talking an act of God at this point to find somebody ejected and still alive to where our first responders were able to locate them. It’s a miracle,” said Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Trooper Steven Montiero.

“When you don’t have your seat belt on, it’s a recipe for disaster. If something is going to go wrong, it’s going to go wrong because you are not wearing your seat belt,” Montiero added.

The names of those involved have not been released.

Authorities said a tire malfunction was the cause of the crash.

FHP said the driver won’t be charged, but she could face some traffic citations, according to WFTV.
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Former College Swimmer Drowns During Lifeguard Tryouts

ABC(CAPE COD, Mass.) — A 22-year-old former college swimmer drowned during lifeguard tryouts near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Saturday night, according to authorities.

A graduate of the State University of New York-Cortland, Jack Jakubek was participating in a fitness test for lifeguards at Pilgrim Lake in Orleans, Massachusetts, when he went missing just before 9 a.m., according to the Orleans Fire-Rescue Department. He went under water while trying to swim to a buoy, ABC News Boston affiliate WCVB-TV reported.

Several rescue teams responded to the scene, including a dive team, Massachusetts State Police and the United States Coast Guard. Jakubet was found off shore by divers at 9:23 a.m., and efforts to resuscitate him failed as he was brought back to shore by boat, the fire department said.

Jakubek was pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. The Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office is investigating his death, according to the fire department. He had just graduated from SUNY Cortland two weeks before his death, WCVB reported.

Jakubek was formally the captain of the swim team at SUNY Cortland, WCVB reported. Jakubek’s swim team coach at SUNY Cortland, Brian Tobin, praised his swimming skills and called him a “great teammate” who “everyone could rely on.”

“He was a very good high school swimmer, and over the course of his four years here at Cortland, he continued to improve, progress. He had a tremendous work ethic,” Tobin told WCVB.

After graduation, Jakubek had hoped to return to Cape Cod to work as a lifeguard, as he did last summer, WCVB reported.

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Five People Injured in Memorial Day Shooting in Baltimore

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Memorial Day in Baltimore was marred by a shooting that left five people with apparent gunshot wounds, according to the Baltimore Police Department.

All injuries are non-life threatening, police said.

Four of the victims were male — ages 20, 25, 30, and 59 — while the female is 56.

All of the victims were transported to the hospital.

The motive for shooting remains unknown, as does the identity of the victims or the identity of the shooter or shooters.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.


Scoreboard Roundup — 5/30/16

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


N-Y Mets 1, Chi White Sox 0
Houston 8, Arizona 3
Seattle 9, San Diego 3


Texas 9, Cleveland 2
Toronto 4, N-Y Yankees 2
Kansas City 6, Tampa Bay 2
L.A. Angels 5, Detroit 1  
Boston 7, Baltimore 2
Oakland 3, Minnesota 2


Washington 4, Philadelphia 3
Pittsburgh 10, Miami 0
Atlanta 5, San Francisco 3
St. Louis 6, Milwaukee 0
Cincinnati 11, Colorado 8
Chi Cubs 2, L.A. Dodgers 0


Golden State 96, Oklahoma City 88


Pittsburgh 3, San Jose 2

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Golden State Warriors top Oklahoma City Thunder, Advance to NBA Finals

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Despite scoring only 42 points in the first half — a first half low for a home game this year — the Golden State Warriors exploded in the second half, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.    

The Warriors’ Stephen Curry ended with a game-high 36 points to help his team recover from a 3-1 deficit in the conference finals.
The Warriors will now take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals, beginning on Thursday, June 2 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Martin Truex Jr. Sets Record in Coca-Cola 600 Win

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(CONCORD, N.C.) — Martin Truex Jr. had a record-setting Memorial Day weekend.

He led 392 of 400 laps in the Sprint Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night to cruise to victory. That’s a record number of laps led for that event.

It was Truex’s first win of the season.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the Coca-Cola 600, held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina:

1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Brad Keselowski
6. Kurt Busch
7. Matt Kenseth
8. Chase Elliott
9. Joey Logano
10. Ryan Newman

Here’s an updated look at the standings:

1. Kevin Harvick – 457 points.
2. Kurt Busch – 421 points.
3. Jimmie Johnson – 409 points.
4. Kyle Busch – 405 points.
5. Carl Edwards – 404 points.
6. Brad Keselowski – 404 points.
7. Martin Truex Jr. – 381 points.
8. Chase Elliott – 374 points.
9. Joey Logano – 373 points.
10. Matt Kenseth – 347 points.
11. Denny Hamlin – 345 points.
12. Austin Dillon – 344 points.
13. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 341 points.
14. Jamie McMurray – 318 points.
15. Ryan Blaney – 309 points.
16. Ryan Newman – 309 points.

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Rare Hitler Code Machine Found on eBay for $15

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — A rare teleprinter that German Adolf Hitler used to message his top Nazi officers during World War II was found for sale on eBay.

A volunteer from the National Museum of Computing in the U.K. stumbled on an eBay ad for the device. He recognized it as a rare Lorenz teleprinter, which in this case was used to transmit coded messages.

There were no bidders, so the museum bought it for the roughly $15 that the ad requested.

When volunteers from the museum went to pick it up in Essex, England, they found it in a garden shed filled with other old items, volunteer engineer John Whetter of the computing museum told ABC News.

The teleprinter had belonged to an elderly man who died recently, and neighbors helping to clear out his house found the old device and eventually posted it on eBay, Whetter said.

“I was surprised,” he added. “We were delighted. When we brought it back to the museum and cleaned it up, we could tell that it was a relatively rare item.”

The teleprinter is going to be part of an exhibition of British World War II coding devices that engineers have spent over 20 years trying to rebuild. The exhibition will show devices that British code-breakers used during World War II to penetrate the secret communications of Germany and its allies.

“It’s a tribute to those people who did this work in World War II who never got the credit they deserved,” Whetter said.

A device used by the Nazis – such as the teleprinter discovered on eBay – is an important part of the exhibition as well, Whetter said.

“It shows the other side of the equation,” he said.

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English Channel Feared as Latest Drowning Risk for Migrants

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Migrants could start drowning in the English Channel like thousands have perished in the Mediterranean Sea, authorities fear.

As the weather improves, more migrants may try to cross the Channel in small boats in an attempt to find alternative routes to Europe, a representative from the French authority that is in charge of guarding the body of water told ABC News.

The 350-mile English Channel separates southern England from northern France.

“It is a very dangerous route because there is very important traffic with big commercial boats, ferries and a lot of ships, and the area is not that big,” Ophelia Patry, deputy to the French Maritime Prefect overseeing the English Channel and the North Sea, told ABC News.

“When migrants try to cross the Channel, most of the time it’s during the night and they don’t have any light or way to be identified at sea. The Maritime Prefect is very concerned of the questions of migrants between France and England.”

Patry said it is possible that migrants will die trying to cross the Channel, adding that helicopters and ships are among the means authorities uses to try to identify the boats in order to keep migrants safe.

Her comments follow a recent incident Saturday evening when British authorities found a vessel in the English Channel. A total of 20 people were picked up in a search-and-rescue operation, two of them children, a spokesman the British Home Office told ABC News.

Of the 20, 18 were Albanian migrants. They are being interviewed by Border Force officers, while two British men have been accused of assisting illegal immigration, the spokesman said.

A separate empty vessel was also discovered by British authorities, according to the Home Office, which is investigating whether there is a link between the two boats.

The U.K.’s former Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine, told BBC Radio 4 that there was an “equal chance” of migrants drowning in the Channel as in the Mediterranean unless more resources are allocated

“I am not a nautical person, but I would have thought crossing the Channel – with all the hazards in terms of cross-Channel traffic as well as the weather and the sea conditions – are going to mean there is an equal chance of people losing their lives unless this is stopped,” he said.

No migrants are known to have drowned in the Channel so far, while at least 9,000 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean since 2013, according to the International Organization for Migration.

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Turkish President Warns Muslims Against Use of Birth Control

iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Muslims to reject birth control and have more children in a speech broadcast live on TV Monday, according to the BBC.

He placed responsibility on women, asking “well-educated future mothers” to ignore contraception in an effort to help grow the population.

The majority of Turkish residents are Muslim, and Muslims are the fastest growing religious group in the world, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2015. The Pew Center estimated in the study that Islam will likely overtake Christianity as the world’s most popular religion by 2050.

Turkey’s population has already risen rapidly in recent decades according to the World Bank, climbing from under 30 million in 1960 to roughly 75 million in 2014, increasing by roughly 60 percent. As a point of comparison, Germany’s population, which was close to 72 million in 1960, reached a population of approximately 80 million in 2014, increasing by only 10 percent during the same amount of time.

This is not the first time Erdogan has voiced criticism about the use of contraception. The father of four called it “treason” while speaking at a wedding ceremony in 2014. In that same year, Erdogan said that women were ‘not equal’ to men, and accused feminists of rejecting the idea of motherhood while speaking at the First International Women and Justice Summit in Istanbul.

“Some people can understand this, while others can’t,” he said regarding the virtues of motherhood. “You cannot explain this to feminists because they don’t accept the concept.”

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