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Drum Kit Used in Recording of First Beatles Single Being Auctioned on Thursday

Courtesy of Nate D. Sanders AuctionsThe Ludwig drum kit used in the recording of The Beatles‘ first single, “Love Me Do,” in September 1962 is up for bid as part of a memorabilia auction that takes place this Thursday, June 30, at 5 p.m. PT. The kit originally belonged to session drummer Andy White, who was called in by producer George Martin‘s assistant Ron Richards to rerecord the track with the Fab Four while Ringo Starr played tambourine.

The version of “Love Me Do” featuring White, who died in November 2015 at the age of 85, wound up on The Beatles’ debut U.K. album, 1963’s Please Please Me, and also was released as a single in the U.S. in 1964. In addition, White played the kit on a rendition of “P.S. I Love You” that was recorded during the same session.

The drum set features the original bass drum, floor tom, tom-tom and snare, although the drumhead is new. The kit is being sold by current owner Clive Edwards, who studied drumming with a good friend of White’s named Reg Weller. Weller purchased the drums for Edwards. The winning bidder also will receive a letter of authenticity from White’s widow, Thea.

Bidding on the drum set starts at $150,000. The sale is being hosted Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles, and bids also will be accepted online.

Visit NateDSanders.com for more information.

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Stone Aged: Bill Wyman to Mark 80th Birthday with All-Star Concert in London This Fall

Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesIt may be hard to believe, but longtime Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman will celebrate his 80th birthday on October 24. In honor of the milestone, Wyman and his band The Rhythm Kings will headline a special all-star concert on October 28 as part of the 2016 edition of the U.K.’s annual BluesFest London event.

Bill Wyman’s 80th Birthday Gala also will feature Mark Knopfler, Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, Bob Geldof, Imelda May and a number of as-yet-unannounced special guests. The show will be held at the Indigo venue at London’s O2 complex.

Tickets for BluesFest London 2016 go on sale to the general public starting Friday, July 1, at 9a.m. local time. American Express Card members can buy pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, June 28 at 9 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.co.uk/AMEX.

The festival runs from October 28 to October 30, and also will feature Van Morrison with Jeff Beck performing on October 29 at the O2 Arena and Bad Company with ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora playing at the O2 on the 30th.

For more information visit Bluesfest.co.uk.

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Listen to Title Track of Steven Tyler’s Debut Solo Album, “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere,” Now

Dot RecordsOn Friday, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler gave a debut performance of the title track to his forthcoming debut solo album, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere, during an appearance on NBC’s Today show, and now you can check out the studio version of the song.

The funky tune, which salutes a diverse variety of American music genres, can be heard now at RollingStone.com.

“We’re All Somebody from Somewhere” name-checks various of U.S. cities, including Biloxi, New York, New Orleans and Miami, while offering up a sonic gumbo that features banjos, drum loops, a New Orleans brass band and blues guitar riffs. Tyler co-wrote the song with Cadillac Three member Jaren Johnston.

As previously reported, Tyler’s country-flavored We’re All Somebody from Somewhere album was recorded in Nashville and is scheduled to be released on July 15. The title track was released as a digital single on Friday.

The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer kicks off a North American solo trek dubbed the Out on a Limb tour this Saturday, July 2, in Las Vegas. The outing runs through a September 13 show in Toronto.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

“Game of Thrones” Season Finale Scores Record Audience

Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister; image courtesy HBO(NEW YORK) — Game of Thrones aired its sixth-season finale Sunday night to a record show audience.

Some 8.9 million people watched the episode, which featured some of the most ruthless ever dispatching of characters both liked and hated, in a show known for its unsentimental killing off of fan favorites.

That number is the show’s biggest audience ever, according to Variety, which notes last season’s final episode drew 8.1 million viewers, which was then also a record audience.

Indeed, the audience for Game of Thrones has grown steadily in the six years it’s been on the air, beginning with the 2.2 million who watched the series premiere and the three million who watched the first season finale.

When you add in everyone who watched Sunday’s finale on all available platforms, the total audience estimate nearly triples, to 23.3 million, notes Variety.

If you’re not yet a fan, there’s plenty of time to binge-watch the first six seasons.  Game of Thrones season seven – which will either be the show’s final season or the next-to-last one, depending on reports – returns in April, 2017.

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Winona Ryder Calls Johnny Depp Abuse Allegations “Hard to Picture”

Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp in 1990; Barry King/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Winona Ryder, who was engaged to Johnny Depp in the early 1990s, says she finds it hard to imagine the actor as violent and abusive.  In divorce proceedings the actor has been accused of domestic violence by his estranged wife, Amber Heard.

“It’s just hard to picture. The only word I can come up with is unimaginable,” Ryder tells TIME. “You know with certain people you hear something and go, ‘I can see that.’ But this isn’t that.”

Ryder is quick to add that she’s not necessarily doubting Heard’s claims. “It’s like anybody who says anything about it is a victim-blamer,” she said. “I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. I’m not calling anyone a liar. I’m just saying, it’s difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it.”

“He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me,” she said. “I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves.”

But, Ryder added, “All I have to offer is my own experience, which was a very, very long time ago.”

Ryder is starring in the upcoming Netflix thriller Stranger Things, which debuts July 15.

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Chelsea Handler Opens Up About Abortions at Age 16

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the brutally honest way fans have come to expect and admire, Chelsea Handler admitted in an essay for Playboy’s “Freedom Issue” that she had two abortions at the age of 16.

The comedian, now 41, used her own “irresponsible” actions, and the opportunity she had to safely correct them, as the launching point for a fierce defense of a woman’s right to choose.

Handler wrote that as an angsty teen she “wasn’t really playing with a full deck of cards.” With little parental guidance and a boyfriend she admits she probably shouldn’t have been having sex with in the first place, Handler said her first reaction upon finding out that she was pregnant was to keep the baby.

“Of course, the idea that I would have a child and raise it by myself at that age, when I couldn’t even find my way home at night, was ridiculous,” she wrote. Her parents recognized this reality, she said, and took her to Planned Parenthood, where she safely had the child aborted.

But then she got pregnant again.

This time, she was left to collect the $230 needed herself. Once she did, she was once again able to take care of the situation safely.

“I’m grateful that I came to my senses and was able to get an abortion legally without risking my health or bankrupting myself or my family,” she continued.

Using her own experiences as an illustration, Handler argued the importance of upholding Roe v. Wade, though she refuses to accept that the ruling is really in danger.

Pointing to other issues such as gay marriage, the comedian noted that, “Once you go forward in history, you don’t go backward.”

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NATIONAL NEWS

Prosecutors Explain ‘Unusual Set of Circumstances’ in Indiana University Rape Case

Monroe County Jail (BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) — The prosecutors who sought a felony charge against the former Indiana University student accused of two separate incidents of rape said Monday they were “frustrated” that there was not sufficient evidence to prove their case.

John Enochs, 22, was charged in September 2015 with two counts of rape, but those counts were dropped last week when he agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of battery with moderate bodily injury. The charge was initially amended to a “level 6 felony battery,” but the court entered judgment as a “class A misdemeanor,” which it has the discretion to do when a defendant pleads guilty, the prosecutor’s office said.

Enochs was sentenced by the court to one year of probation. He will not go to jail for the misdemeanor.

Enochs was accused of raping a woman he knew in her dorm room in October 2013 the night of a Greek life event, according to an affidavit from police. The second case was from April 2015, when a woman told Indiana University police she was raped at a fraternity party by an unknown man, who was later identified as Enochs, according to the affidavit.

Prosecutors said the case’s two unrelated accusations presented a “very unusual set of circumstances.”

“Although we filed the cases together, they were severed for purposes of trial. We could only do one at a time. The jury in one would not be permitted to know about the other. This was something we anticipated from the outset,” the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Regarding the 2013 case, “the complaining witness had no specific recollection of the events” and “the few witnesses could not recall important details due to the passage of time and the consumption of alcohol,” according to prosecutors. Moreover, “the complaining witness’s decision to prosecute came two years after the event which severely hindered the investigation,” the prosecutors said.

As for the 2015 case, “there is video evidence of activities of the complaining witness, before and after the alleged assault, which does not support the assertion of a forcible rape, which was the charge in this instance,” the prosecutors noted. “There is also DNA evidence that is problematic, and made it impossible for us to prove that the defendant was the cause of her injury.”

Enochs’ attorney Katharine Liell said in a statement that her client “did not rape anyone and he should never have been charged with these offenses.”

“Due to the misconduct of the lead investigator who presented false and misleading evidence in her public probable cause affidavit — and failed to provide the Court with exculpatory evidence — John Enochs was charged with crimes he did not commit. After John Enochs presented evidence to demonstrate his innocence of the sensationalized and false charges, the prosecutor’s office, on their own motion, dismissed both rape charges,” the statement continued.

Indiana University did not comment on the case but said in a statement it “continues to utilize robust processes that are designed to support victims, while at the same time affording due process to those accused of misconduct. In instances where a student is found responsible for committing an act of sexual violence, the penalty is suspension or expulsion.”

“The university’s goals are both to prevent sexual assault whenever possible and to support the victims to the fullest extent possible,” according to the statement.

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Explosion Rocks BP Natural Gas Plant in Mississippi, No Injuries Reported

iStock/Thinkstock(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — An explosion and fire broke out at a BP natural gas plant along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast late Monday night, but police said there were no injuries.

Vibrations from the explosion were felt nearly 10 miles away, according to ABC’s Biloxi affiliate, WLOX.

The plant is located in the city of Pascagoula, about 30 miles east of Biloxi. The facility takes in offshore natural gas and processes it to be shipped via a pipeline.

Jackson County Emergency Services manager Earl Etheridge told ABC News that crews hope to have the fire extinguished by dawn.

Etheridge said the explosion and fire began at approximately 11:30 p.m. He said two employees were on duty at the time, but they were not injured.

Local fire departments responded to the scene, and were working with plant employees to control and extinguish the fire. Emergency crews also blocked off the plant to secure the scene.

Although there were no mandatory evacuation orders, Jackson County Emergency Services initially asked residents who live near the plant to leave their homes as a precaution. Etheridge said residents returned to their homes soon afterwards.

In statement posted on its Facebook page around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the Pascagoula Police Department said, “We would like to let our citizens know that there has been an explosion at the BP Gas Plant, located at 6800 Stennis Blvd. It is contained to the building. We are working with state and local officials regarding this. There will be no evacuations at this time and there are no injuries. We will update you as more details become available.”

BP has yet to comment on the incident.

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10-Year-Old Taken at Gunpoint During Robbery in Dallas

Dallas Police Department(DALLAS) — An Amber Alert has been issued for 10-year-old Nicholas Fierros Jr. after he was kidnapped at gunpoint during a robbery in Dallas Monday afternoon.

The boy was visiting family when 3 men in black clothing broke in and demanded money, the Dallas Police Department said.

The gunmen allegedly restrained a relative while another minor who was hiding called 911, police said.

The suspects then fled with the 10-year-old, police said.

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SPORTS NEWS

Pat Summitt, Legendary Women’s Basketball Coach, Dead at 64

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — Pat Summitt, the legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, has died, the Pat Summitt Foundation announced Tuesday morning on its Twitter account. She was 64.

Summitt stepped down as Tennessee’s coach in 2012, one year after announcing her diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Even after stepping down, Summitt remained involved with the Lady Vols, holding the position of head coach emeritus.

Summitt coached the Lady Vols to eight national championships in her 38 seasons and notched 1,098 career victories, more than any other Division I basketball coach. She was named NCAA coach of the year seven times. She also played for the U.S. Olympic team in 1976, the first year there was an Olympic women’s basketball tournament, and took home a silver medal.

Summitt was widely know for her stare — an icy look she would flash to players after a bad play.

In 2012, Summit was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards.

Summit was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, on June 14, 1952. She grew up on a dairy farm in Henrietta, Tenn., where she planted tobacco and milked cows.

“I look back now and I think that just made me who I am, in terms of my drive and my work ethic,” she said in an interview with ABC News’ Peter Jennings in 2005.

She and her three older brothers learned to play basketball using a hoop her father put up in the hay barn.

“When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don’t take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, ‘No one can outwork you,'” Summitt told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in a 2011 interview.

When she was named head coach of the University of Tennessee women’s team in 1974, Summitt was just 22, barely older than her players. The university had originally offered Summitt an assistant coaching job but promptly promoted her when the team’s head coach announced she was taking a sabbatical.

In those early days under Title IX — the landmark federal law that led schools and colleges to dramatically increase access to sports and other programs for women — women’s basketball games weren’t televised and attendance was poor. The Lady Vols were so strapped for cash that Summitt washed her players’ uniforms at home and drove the team to games.

“I remember nights I was driving the van and I’m about to go to sleep, and I’d just roll down the window and stick my head out,” Summitt told Roberts.

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Danica Patrick, Lesa France Kennedy Among ’30 Most Power Women in Sports’

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — NASCAR might seem like a man’s world, but two NASCAR women have been named among the 30 most powerful women in sports.

Adweek magazine compiled the list which includes Danica Patrick and Lesa France Kennedy, NASCAR vice chairman and CEO of International Speedway Corporation.

France Kennedy is no stranger to such lists.  In 2015 Forbes named her the single most powerful woman in sports.

France Kennedy is a third-generation member of NASCAR’s first family.  Her grandfather, Bill France Sr., co-founded NASCAR in 1948. ICS, of course, owns and/or operates more than a dozen tracks including Daytona International Speedway.  The publicly traded company earned more than $645 million in revenue in 2015.

Patrick, of course, in her fourth season driving the No. 10 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, was the first woman to win the pole position at the Daytona 500.

“Being chosen along with such an incredible group of women is testament to the relevancy and popularity of NASCAR and motorsports,” Kennedy said in a statement provided by NASCAR to NASCAR.com. “I’m particularly pleased to be joined by NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, who is inspiring the next generation of women drivers and competitors. A profound thank you to the Adweek team.”

Tennis star Serena Williams topped the Adweek list. The women will be honored at the Clio Sports gala on July 7 in New York.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 6/27/16

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

INTERLEAGUE

Kansas City 6, St. Louis 2
Oakland 8, San Francisco 3
Colorado 9, Toronto 5
Cleveland 8, Atlanta 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas 9, N.Y. Yankees 6
Tampa Bay 13, Boston 7
Houston 4, Los Angeles, 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington 11, N.-Y. Mets 4
Chi. Cubs 11, Cincinnati 8
Los Angeles 5, Pittsburgh 4
Philadelphia 8, Arizona 0

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WORLD NEWS

UK Prime Minister David Cameron to Meet EU Leaders for 1st Time Since Brexit Vote

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — British Prime Minister David Cameron is to face E.U. leaders in Belgium Tuesday for the first time since the United Kingdom voted Thursday to leave the European Union.

Several E.U. leaders have made it clear that negotiations over a British exit have to wait until the U.K. formally decides to leave the union. The British parliament still has to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which sets out how an E.U. member state can leave the bloc.

“We need to respect British democracy and the decision they made,” Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said in a speech to the European Parliament Tuesday. “I would like our British friends to tell us what they want, so we can get on with it.”

Before today’s meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Berlin Monday that “there will be no formal or informal talks about Britain’s exit” until the British Parliament votes to leave.

French President François Hollande also encouraged the U.K. to make a quick decision.

“Being responsible means not wasting time in engaging with the question of Britain’s departure and setting this new impulse we want to lend the new European Union,” he said.

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The UK Isn’t the First to Leave a European Union

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Great Britain’s vote to exit from the European Union (E.U.) may have come as a shock to politicians and voters and the world, but it’s not the first time a member state has left the group. Greenland was the first and only one until now.

In the early 1970s, an early version of the E.U. was created, called the European Communities. At the time, Greenland was a member of the organization since it was still part of Denmark’s commonwealth called The Danish Realm, which joined the European Communities in 1973.

In 1979, Greenland was granted home rule away from Denmark and in 1982, they held a referendum on their continued membership in the European Community, similar to the British vote held last week.

Though the European Communities were focused on economic policies and was less binding and politically powerful than what became the E.U. of today in 1993, the newly independent Greenland was not convinced they wanted to participate.

The majority voted to end their membership and, after two years of negotiations, they formally left the group in 1985. Greenland became the first and only member state to leave a European collaborative since.

There are a number of obvious differences to note between Greenland and Great Britain’s decisions — the clearest being the size and influence of the two economies.

The United Kingdom is a global superpower with a diverse economy and global financial hub that is intricately involved in the financial funding of E.U. policies, while Greenland’s economy has been largely focused around fishing exports.

Greenland has remained independent from the E.U.

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Iraqi Government Is in Control of Fallujah, Pentagon Says

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The Iraqi government has recaptured the city of Fallujah from ISIS after a five-week campaign, the Pentagon said Monday.

Iraqi security forces have “100 percent control” of Fallujah, located 40 miles west of Baghdad, Pentagon officials said. Fallujah was the first city taken over by ISIS in January 2014.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and the Iraqi people for their progress in freeing the city of Fallujah from the grip of ISIL,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement released today by the Pentagon. ISIS is also known as ISIL.

“The United States military and our coalition partners are proud to have supported the Iraqi Security Forces under the prime minister’s command in this important operation, which is another milestone in our joint efforts to accelerate ISIL’s defeat, and to continue supporting our Iraqi partners moving forward,” Carter added.

Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Monday that Iraqi security forces had “100 percent control” of the city. Davis said that after an initial tough fight into the city, the Iraqi military had was able to gain ground from ISIS after penetrating into the city center.

The offensive into Fallujah had been mounted by Iraq’s elite Counterterrorism Service, the federal police, and provincial police while Shiite militia forces known as Popular Mobilization Forces remained outside the city.

More than 85,000 civilians fled the city as the battle for the heart of the city began two weeks ago. The United Nations has cited what it calls credible reports that some civilians fleeing Fallujah may have faced physical abuse at the hands of Iraqi security forces.

“It is also essential to complete the investigations the government of Iraq has launched to address alleged abuses of civilians,” Carter said.

American officials have not publicly confirmed Iraqi pronouncements that 1,800 to 2,500 ISIS fighters were killed in the operation. U.S. officials had acknowledged that they did not have a clear picture of how many ISIS fighters may have been in Fallujah when Iraq launched its offensive on the city. They offered ranges of hundreds to possibly thousands.

Iraqi officials had prematurely declared victory after Iraqi forces took control of the municipal building located in the heart of the city.

“The operation in Fallujah has been a significant challenge for the ISF and for the coalition,” Carter said. “It will not be the last. Hard fighting remains ahead, as does the vital task of caring for the residents of Fallujah displaced by ISIL’s violence and beginning to rebuild the city so that its people may safely return.”

The Iraqi government decided to mount the offensive on Fallujah to stem the rising number of ISIS bomb attacks in Baghdad that it was believed had originated in Fallujah. Davis acknowledged today that those attacks have continued as Fallujah was under siege for five weeks, which indicates the attacks are coming from elsewhere.

Despite that, Davis said Baghdad is safer as a result of Fallujah having been taken, given the city’s proximity to Baghdad.

The retaking of Fallujah will likely mean that the Iraqi government and military can set their sights on an offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which has been under ISIS control for two years.

The American military training effort in Iraq has been geared towards training the 25,000 Iraqi and Kurdish troops that will likely be needed for an offensive on Mosul. American officials have cautioned that it will be up to the Iraqis to retake Mosul, but that given current logistical shortfalls, an offensive was not likely this year.

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