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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 Backstreets.com, 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 Ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-50001-855-985-5000 FREE.

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Watch The Beach Boys on PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert Special Tonight

Credit: Udo SpreitzenbarthWho better to honor American tradition on Memorial Day than America’s band? The Beach Boys are among the artists that will be performing at the 27th annual National Memorial Day Concert, which takes place tonight on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Joining the legendary California group at the event will be country star Trace Adkins, opera great Renee Fleming, current and final American Idol winner Trent Harmon and singer/actress Katherine McPhee, who is a one-time Idol runner-up.

The concert, which honors military members and their families, airs live on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and also will be shown on the American Forces Network. The special will be co-hosted for the 11th year by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Original “Roots” Star LeVar Burton Says Miniseries Needed to Be Updated

Jemal Countess/Getty Images for HISTORY(NEW YORK) — The new version of  Roots is set to premiere tonight at 9:00 and will air over four consecutive nights on History Channel, A & E and Lifetime.  LeVar Burton — who starred in the 1977 landmark ABC miniseries — is an executive producer on the new series — even though he confesses he was skeptical about the remake at first.

“I did not know that we needed,” he tells ABC Radio, until Mark Wolper, the new series’ producer and son of the man who produced the original, tried to show the old series to his children.

“They watched it but they said, ‘You know what dad, it’s dated and it’s old and the makeup is terrible,’ and they were right,” Burton says. “And they said, ‘You know it’s kind of like your generation’s music.  I get why it’s important and important to you but it really doesn’t speak to me.'”

Burton became a household name with his starring role as Kunta Kinte in the original miniseries, based on Alex Haley’s novel about a family’s journey from Africa to American slavery.

The new version features a star-studded cast, including Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin.  Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, T.I., Mekhi Phifer and Emayatzy Corinealdi will also appear, as will British newcomers Rege-Jean Page and Malachi Kirby.

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Original “Roots” Star Leslie Uggams Has Mixed Emotions About Reboot

Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Leslie Uggams became a household named when she starred as Kizzy Kinte Reynolds in the landmark ABC miniseries Roots in 1977.

With the new version of Alex Haley’s novelized story of a family’s journey from Africa to American slavery set to premiere tonight, the showbiz legend weighed in on the reboot.

“I have mixed emotions because Kizzy is such a part of me. So you’re very protective and that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done again,” Uggams tells ABC Radio.

In the new series, Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose, whom Uggams calls “a fabulous actress,” takes on the tough role of Kunta Kinte’s daughter, who faces her own set of brutal atrocities in America.

To this day, people still call Uggams Kizzy, which she doesn’t mind.

“Not at all. I mean that’s one of my pride and joy roles of all time,” Uggams says. “It was a privilege to play such a strong woman.”

Uggams is looking forward to watching the new version, which is co-executive produced by original Roots star Levar Burton.

“I’m sure it’s going to be wonderful so you’ll have two versions,” Uggams says, adding, “I’m sure they are to have some wonderful actors and actresses but we are the senior ones.”

Roots is set to premiere tonight at 9:00 ET and will air over four consecutive nights on History Channel, A & E and Lifetime.

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Jennifer Lopez Says She Helped “Break the Mold” for Curvy Women in Film

Denise Truscello/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Earlier this week, Jennifer Lopez released a limited edition T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “Lucky to have these curves.” And indeed she knows how lucky she is. In The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, J. Lo discusses her famous figure and how it wasn’t always so famous.

“In traditional movies, that wasn’t the figure unless you were playing, like, the femme fatale or the bombshell or something like that,” she says. “You couldn’t be the serious lead. We kind of broke that mold.”

Still, there were times when being the lead role in a movie didn’t exactly work out. Gigli, for instance, was an infamous failure — but Jennifer says she never took it that hard.

“I never thought of it as, ‘Oh, this is terrible! My career’s over!’ I just never thought that,” she says. “I just knew that that movie didn’t work and that’s all it was, or that relationship didn’t work and that’s all it was. It wasn’t going to end me, personally or professionally.”

She adds that even when she got married and had kids and her career slowed down a bit, she always knew she’d bounce back. “I realized, ‘Yeah, you’re gonna be even better than you were before. Watch,’” she says. “Those are the kind of talks that I had with myself.”

Now, though, she acknowledges that fame bothers her more as she gets older. “When you’re young it’s like a shock at first, and you kind of have anxiety about it, but then you get used to that life and it just becomes your normal life,” she says. “And now? I think when I had kids and stuff, I was like — I wanted a little more freedom to go outside and not have them have to deal with that part of it.”

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NATIONAL NEWS

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.

Vandals Set Off Illegal Fireworks, Setting Home Ablaze in Maryland

Photodisc/Thinkstock(RIVERDALE, Md.) — Vandals were caught on camera setting off fireworks on the front porch of a home in Riverdale, Maryland, setting it partially ablaze, the homeowner and the local fire department said.

The homeowner, Lavonia, who asked that her last name not be used for privacy reasons, told ABC News that the incident took place at 2 a.m. on Saturday, and they still do not know who set the fireworks off, or why. At least two men, who were shirtless, can be seen in the video lighting the fireworks before running away.

“We heard a very loud explosion,” Lavonia told ABC News. “I ran towards the front of the house and saw a lot of smoke. I figured where there is smoke there is fire. When I opened the front door it was just blazing.”

Lavonia said that the family just remodeled their home three years ago, and the damages from the fire on her home are severe.

Lavonia said she called 911 but that she and her family were mostly able to put the fire out themselves.

“When the fire department got here they said they couldn’t touch it,” Lavonia added. “They had to call the bomb squad.”

Beth Reed, a neighbor and the vice president of the local community association told ABC News that she lives a block away and heard the blast.

“It sounded like a car exploded,” Reed said. “We can’t figure out why it was that house. Nothing like this has happened before.”

“We have a very strong community and we look out for each other.” Reed told ABC News. “The community association is standing with the homeowners, whatever they need.”

The Prince George’s County Fire Department said they are not releasing the size or type of the fireworks involved, and that all fireworks are illegal in Prince George’s County.

“This is an example of the powerful destruction caused by fireworks. This is the main reason we have outlawed all fireworks in our County,” Mark Brady, a spokesperson for the Prince George’s County Fire Department told ABC News Monday. They are still seeking information on the suspects.

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SPORTS NEWS

Huskies Receiver Isaiah Renfro Quits Football to Get Help

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(PULLMAN, Wash.) — Washington Huskies receiver Isaiah Renfro officially announced that he will take a break from football to care for his depression and anxiety, ESPN reports.

Coach Chris Peterson said that Renfro, a sophomore, didn’t participate in the team’s spring camp because of “personal issues.”

In a lengthy statement on Twitter, Renfro explained that he was undergoing treatment at a hospital “in a special program for people like me, that taught me how to cope with my problems and what to do when I hit my lowest of lows.”

Renfro also thanked his doctors and close friends for helping him get “out of a dark place before it was too late.”

Renfro said he would no longer attend the university as a student, according to ESPN.

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Three Soccer Share Secret to Social Media Success

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Soccer stars David Villa, Maurice Edu and Charlie Davies appeared on Good Morning America Monday morning share the secrets to achieving their large social media followings.

Edu has played 46 games for the U.S. National Team, Davies is the leading scorer for the New England Revolution and Villa is Spain’s all-time leading scorer.

All three now play with for Major League Soccer teams and also have huge followings on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Edu is known for posting photos of the 400 sneakers in his shoe collection.

“The beauty of Instagram and social media is you get to just be yourself, be authentic,” Edu said on GMA. “Me, I’ve grown up always liking sneakers and so naturally I post sneakers and other fashionable stuff like that.”

Villa has more Twitter followers than NBA star Stephen Curry.

“It’s great for me to meet the fans,” he said of his social media activity.

Davies is a new father known for sharing photos of his twin boys, Rhys Arthur and Dakota Charles, who were born on St. Patrick’s Day this year. The twins have been taken care of at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston ever since but Davies shared today that they are “almost ready to come home.”

The doctosr and nurses at Brigham and Women’s have done a fantastic job of raising our babies since they were premature and getting them to health,” he said.

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Warriors’ Remaining Game 7 Tickets Sell Out in Five Minutes

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Monday night’s Western Conference championship between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors has has the second-highest list prices for NBA Game 7 in the past five years at $960 per ticket, according to ticketing search engine TiqIQ.

ESPN reports that the only other Game 7 to top Monday night’s matchup in Oakland was the NBA Finals Game 7 in 2013 between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. Tickets for that game costed a whopping $1,346 each.

The few remaining tickets for Monday night’s game went on sale by the Warriors Sunday night, with prices between $230 and $2,150. ESPN reports those tickets sold out in less than five minutes.

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WORLD NEWS

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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