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Potential Prince Heirs Protesting DNA Tests

BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesTwo people claiming to be heirs to Prince‘s estate are protesting being required to take DNA tests.

Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson, who claim they are descendants of Prince’s half-brother Duane Nelson Sr., say the tests are not necessary.  According to USA Today, Brianna says she is the daughter of Duane Nelson Sr. Victoria’s legal guardian, Jeannine Halloran, says Victoria is his granddaughter.

Carver County probate judge Kevin Eide previously ordered that all claimants undergo blood and genetic testing to prove their relationship to Prince. Duane Nelson Sr. passed away in 2011. He was the child of Prince’s father, John Nelson, and his second wife, Vivian.

Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson filed their claims to Prince’s estate at Carver County District Court in Minnesota. They say they have already offered alternative proof of their legal relationship to Prince.

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Elton John Added to Lineup of This Week’s “Red Nose Day Special”

ABC/Randy HolmesElton John is among a newly announced crop of celebs who have signed on to appear on NBC’s The Red Nose Day Special, which airs Thursday on NBC from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. The star-studded charity event helps raise awareness and money for children in need all around the world.

Elton, who is a longtime supporter of the Red Nose Day charity, will perform a special song during the special. Other celebrities who have been added to the bill include country star and The Voice coach Blake Shelton, actors Julia Roberts and Will Ferrell, and basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

They’ll join U2‘s Bono, Jay Leno, Celine Dion and dozens more on the show. The Red Nose Day Special will be hosted by comedian Craig Ferguson.

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Oprah Winfrey Advised Paul McCartney Against Collaborating with Kanye West

PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsOprah Winfrey may be known for her celebrity influence, but she wasn’t quite able to dissuade Paul McCartney from collaborating with Kanye West on the rap star’s song “All Day.” The issue, apparently, was the song’s content.

McCartney explains in a recent interview with John Wilson for BBC Radio 4’s Mastertapes how Winfrey advised him to pass on the popular track.

“I get this track back, a thing called ‘All Day’: he’s taken my melody and he’s made it seriously urban, which is funny because the lyrics use the N-word — a lot!” said McCartney.

“People like Oprah, who’s a little conservative about that stuff, said, ‘You shouldn’t do it, even black people shouldn’t use that word,'” the rock legend continued. “I said, ‘Yeah, but it’s Kanye!’ And he’s talking about an urban generation that uses that word in a completely different way. It’s the context. So I was actually pleased with it.”

In addition to “All Day,” McCartney talks about working with Kanye in the studio and compliments the rapper’s creativity, which according to McCartney, “inspires [him].”

“I love Kanye and he loves me,” McCartney said. “He’s a monster — he’s a crazy guy who comes up with great stuff so he inspires me.”

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Jennifer Aniston’s Mother, Nancy Dow, Has Died

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Aniston is mourning the loss of her mother, Nancy Dow.

The actress told People magazine in a statement that Dow died “after enduring a long illness.” She was 79.

“It is with great sadness that my brother John and I announce the passing of our mother Nancy Dow. She was 79 years old and passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends,” Aniston’s statement read. “We ask that our family’s privacy be respected as we grieve our loss.”

Dow, an actress and model, was married twice — first to Jack Melick, with whom she had a son, and then to Aniston’s father, John Aniston. They divorced when the actress was a child.

Aniston, 47, opened up a bit about her relationship with her mother last year in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Explaining that at one point, Dow “was very critical of me,” Aniston admitted that they did not always enjoy the easiest relationship.

But more recently, she added, “We’re all fine.”

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Report: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Split

Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Art of Elysium(LOS ANGELES) — Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s marriage is reportedly over.

The actress filed for divorce earlier this week, TMZ reports.

Depp, 52, and Heard, 30, first met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2009 and married in February 2015. Almost immediately, the couple was dogged by tabloid rumors that their relationship was on the skids. Heard, however, shot down such reports last December.

“I try not to react to the horrible misrepresentation of our lives,” she told Marie Claire, “but it is strange, and hard.”

Still, there were aspects of the marriage that made her uncomfortable. Last June, Heard admitted to Elle that she was afraid that Depp’s fame would make it tougher for her to lead a private life. Her independence, she said, was important to her.

“I never want for my life to lose the ability to transverse the world, with freedom and ease. The freedom and ease I have worked so hard to acquire for myself,” she said.

Depp and Heard made waves earlier this year with their now-infamous apology video regarding her causing an international incident when they sneaked her tiny Yorkshire Terriers into Australia.

This was the first marriage for both actors, though Depp was previously in a long-term relationship with French actress Vanessa Paradis. They have two children together, Lily-Rose, 16, and Jack, 14.

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Gunshots at T.I. Concert in NYC; One Dead

Grand Hustle/Atlantic(NEW YORK) — A T.I. concert in New York City got violent on Wednesday night.

Four people were shot at the Manhattan venue Irving Plaza, the site of the concert, at 10:15 p.m. local time. T.I. was not performing at the time of the shooting.

One male victim was pronounced dead at Beth Israel hospital. There were three other victims — two male, one female — who were taken to other hospitals; there was no word on their condition as of early Thursday.

No suspects are in custody at this time.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Suspect in Arizona Highway Shootings Identified and Charged

Arizona Department of Public Safety(PHOENIX) — A man who allegedly shot at passing cars while driving the wrong way on a highway — leaving a trail of havoc, including a vehicle that caught fire — was arrested and charged Wednesday, according to police.

The suspect was identified as 36-year-old James David Walker of San Tan Valley in Phoenix, according to Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Damon Cecil. He was booked into a downtown Phoenix jail on charges of aggravated assault, attempted homicide, armed robbery, theft of means of transportation and possession of dangerous drugs, police said. Additional charges are pending.

Multiple police agencies, including DPS and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, responded to reports of someone shooting at passing cars on Highway 87 near Gilbert, Arizona, Tuesday night.

A total of six cars — with 13 people inside — were hit, including a trooper whose vehicle was shot several times. One person was “grazed” by a bullet to the head, but refused medical treatment.

A second person was shot in the leg and drove to a casino for help. That person’s injury is considered to be non-life-threatening. The remaining people were not injured.

Cecil said one of the cars that was shot caught fire because of the gunfire.

The suspect then drove to a convenience store and allegedly carjacked a vehicle. He then fled north on State Route 87.

“This was an active-shooter situation,” Cecil said.

The Mesa Police Department air unit found vehicle the suspect had allegedly stolen and then abandoned in the desert near milepost 201, Cecil said. The suspect was found roughly a quarter-mile away in the fetal position.

Authorities said the suspect was alive when he was captured, but not responsive and not listening to commands. A K-9 was released and bit the suspect, who was eventually taken into custody.

He suffered a minor injury and was taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said.

No officers or troopers were injured.

Cecil said “multiple rifles,” including a semi-automatic AR-15, were found by the suspect’s vehicle, along with ammunition and body armor.

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Study Looks at Veterans Most at Risk for Suicide Attempts

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Suicide remains a substantial problem among veterans with rising rates in the past decade and higher rates than the general population, according to researchers.

A new study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, looks at a large group of veterans and active service members to help determine timing and other factors that put them at higher risk and ways to help combat the problem.

“Deployment context is important in identifying SA [suicide attempt] risk among Army-enlisted soldiers,” the authors wrote in the study. “A life/career history perspective can assist in identifying high-risk segments of a population based on factors such as timing, environmental context and individual characteristics.”

Researchers from several institutions including the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Harvard Medical School, and the University of California-San Diego examined data from 163,178 enlisted soldiers. Of those, 9,650 had attempted suicide during the study period between 2004 to 2009.

The authors found some surprising results including the fact that enlisted soldiers, who had never been deployed, accounted for 61.1 percent of the enlisted soldiers who attempted suicide.

Among these soldiers, the risk for suicide attempt was highest when they reached their second month of service. Those who were deployed were at highest risk six months into deployment. For those who had previously deployed and returned home, five months after getting back home was their highest risk time.

The most likely soldiers to attempt suicide were women, who had received a mental health diagnosis in the past month. Those who screen positive for depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), were also at high risk for a suicide attempt if they had been deployed previously.

Dr. David Rudd, a clinical psychologist focused on veteran issues and the President of the University of Memphis, told ABC News said the findings showed how soldiers often show signs of distress early into their service.

“Individuals who have difficulty have it early in their service,” said Rudd. “It speaks to significant vulnerability when they come into service.”

Rudd said the fact that suicides rates are at high levels even in people who have not seen combat suggests that officials should focus on improving screening measures before service to identify people unable to cope with the stressors of a military job.

“It raises a tougher question,” Rudd said. “Are they really suited for military experience? We need better screening, the question is how do you do it effectively for numbers that large. Clearly self report screening is not doing that effectively.”

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States Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Directive

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Eleven states have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration challenging the government’s directive that allows transgender individuals to use the bathroom that matches their gender identities.

Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia, along with one Texas and one Arizona school district, have signed the 32-page lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a federal court in Dallas, names the Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Education Secretary John King, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other top U.S. officials as defendants. It accuses the Obama administration of violating federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

It also accuses the Obama administration of transforming “workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights.”

On May 13, the Department of Justice and Department of Education released a letter arguing that schools that receive public funding are expected to comply with Title IX, which prohibits “sex discrimination in educational programs and activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance.”

The lawsuit addresses the letter, claiming it foists a “new version of federal law on more than 100,000 elementary and secondary schools that receive federal funding.”

“The new rules, regulations, guidance and interpretations described herein go so far beyond any reasonable reading of the relevant Congressional text such that the new rules, regulations, guidance and interpretations functionally exercise lawmaking power reserved only to Congress,” the lawsuit states.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed via Twitter Wednesday that his state will challenge the White House’s directive.

“Texas will sue to stop Obama’s transgender directive to schools,” the tweet read.

The directive from the U.S. Justice and Education Departments is part of an escalation in legal actions taken after the Justice Department and North Carolina sued one another over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate.

Proponents of Obama’s directive view it as an important step in protecting the civil rights of transgender people, while detractors allege that it harms women and children.

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SPORTS NEWS

Steve Kerr Says Steph Curry’s Struggles Are Not Injury Related

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Golden State Warriors’ coach Seve Kerr insisted once again that Stephen Curry’s two-game slump is not because of Curry’s injured right knee, according to ESPN.

Curry’s recent poor performance is so unexpected that people are speculating whether he is really bothered by the sprained MCL he suffered in Game 4 of the opening-round series against the Houston Rockets.

“Nobody has said anything about Steph being 70 percent to me,” Kerr said referring to a Yahoo! Sports report that quoted a non-Warriors source as saying Curry is playing at 70 percent. “Training staff, relatives, friends, sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking — nobody has told me he’s 70 percent. Evidently they told the media but not me.”

ESPN reports that Kerr acknowledged Curry has not been as “explosive” during the past two games, but he said it’s due to the rigorous series that offers little time for rest and recovery.

“It’s the playoffs, and nobody cares,” Kerr said of Curry’s knee. “Everybody has issues and injuries.”

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Vikings’ Blair Walsh Putting 2015 Field Goal Miss Behind Him

iStock/Thinkstock(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) — After Wednesday’s session of the Minnesots Vikings’ organized team activities, kicker Blair Walsh told reporters that he has moved on from that tough miss that brought the Vikings’ 2015 season to an end.

Walsh was referring to the 27-yard field goal that he missed wide left in the final seconds of the Vikings’ 10-9 wild card loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN.

Walsh told reporters that he is no longer thinking about that miss on a daily basis.

“My common message is, it’s one moment,” Walsh said. “It won’t define me.”

ESPN reports Walsh will play in the first season of the four-year contract extension he signed with Minnesota last summer.

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Bills GM Says He ‘Used Poor Choice of Words’ Regarding Game Safety

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(BUFFALO , N.Y.) — Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley admitted in a statement he issued Wednesday that he “used a poor choice of words” while discussing whether humans’ bodies were made to withstand playing football during a radio interview, ESPN reports.

“Clearly I used a poor choice of words in my comment yesterday [Tuesday] morning,” the statement read. “As a former player who has the utmost respect and love for the game, the point that I was trying to make is that football is a physical game and injuries are a part of it.”

The statement comes after Whaley responded to a question about whether Bills receiver Sammy Watkins is prone to injuries in an interview with Buffalo radio station WGR 550.

“This is the game of football,” Whaley had said. “Injuries are a part of it. It’s a violent game that I personally don’t think humans are supposed to play.”

According to ESPN, Whaley retracted that comment, commending the benefits of playing football and the advances in safety in the league.

“Playing football no doubt is very physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, and that is all part of what makes the game so compelling to play and watch,” he said in the statement. “The game has more protection for players now than ever, thanks largely to the safety advancements and numerous rule changes made by our league and promoted to all levels of football. I believe our game continues to have a bright future and I hope that this statement provides clarity as to the intent of my earlier comment.”

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WORLD NEWS

Three Killed, 50 Injured in Chemical Factory Explosion in India

Zoonar/Thinkstock(DOMBIVLI, India) — Three people were killed and dozens more were injured in an explosion at a chemical factory in India this morning, officials said.

Officials said the blast, which happened around 11:30 a.m. local time in Dombivli — roughly 20 miles outside Mumbai — was so loud that companies nearby felt the vibrations even as residents complained that their window panes were shattered.

Fire crews worked to put out the blaze triggered by the explosion. The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals.

Police said they sealed the area around the company where the blast took place.

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President Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Visit Holy Site After Awkward Encounter

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(ISE, Japan) — President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited one of Japan’s holiest sites Thursday, just a day after their awkward joint-press conference.

The president and prime minister strolled through the Ise-Jingu Shrine before meeting with other G7 leaders. The world leaders used shovels to plant trees on the grounds of the holy site.

It was a stark contrast to the icy reception President Obama received when he landed in Japan Wednesday.

Abe publicly lectured the president over the murder of a 20-year-old Japanese woman in Okinawa allegedly at the hands of a former U.S. Marine.

The president spent the rest of his days in meetings at the G7 summit, where leaders were expected to speak about terrorism, maritime security, and the global economy.

On Friday, Obama will travel to Hiroshima, becoming the first American president to visit the site where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb during World War II.

“Our visit to Hiroshima will honor all of those who were lost in World War II and reaffirm our shared vision of a world without nuclear weapons, as well as highlight the extraordinary alliance that we have been able to forge over these many decades,” the president said Wednesday.

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Migrant Boat Capsizes in Mediterranean, Killing 5

TongRo Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Italian navy was called to rescue 562 migrants after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Wednesday, the BBC reports.

According to the BBC, the trawler reportedly overturned because the people onboard rushed to one side after spotting a rescue ship.

Five of the migrants were found dead.

According to the BBC, Italy’s Bettica patrol boat threw life jackets into the water while rescue boats were sent. That same boat rescued another 108 migrants from a separate incident earlier Wednesday.

The BBC reports about 6,000 migrants trying to reach Europe illegally have been rescued from poorly built rafts in the Mediterranean in just the past few days.

Aid agencies say crossing the sea between Libya and Italy is the main route for migrants to take after a European Union deal with Turkey docked the number of migrants using the Aegean to get to Greece, according to the BBC.

About 700 migrants have died, which is the largest single loss of life in the Medterranean in decades, the BBC reports.

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Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day shares something in common with yesterday’s – that buzzword from the mid seventies – “Boogie” only this time – it was the album that used it. The song itself reflected another craze that was going on at the time. read more…

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