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Report: Bass Player & Bob Weir Collaborator Rob Wasserman Dies

Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesGrammy-winning bass player Rob Wasserman, who co-led the band RatDog with Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir, and recorded with rock greats Van Morrison, Lou Reed and Elvis Costello, among others, has died.  He’s believed to have been 63 or 64.

Bob Weir announced the news on Facebook Wednesday.  Just hours after posting that Wasserman had been hospitalized, Weir wrote, “I’m devastated to pass along that Rob Wasserman lost his struggle today, and we have lost a beautiful friend and artist.”

Weir continued, “I can still hear the sound of his bow playing those strings unamplified and pure. It’s one of the most glorious sounds I’ve ever heard, and the music and warmth he gave us will live on in the hearts of everyone he touched.”

Weir also announced the news on his Twitter, declaring, “One of the world’s most beautiful friends and artists has left us. May Rob’s warmth and music live in your hearts as it always has in mine.”

There was no further information about Wasserman’s cause of death.

Wasserman won a Grammy for his track “Brothers,” recorded with jazz singer Bobby McFerrin for Wasserman’s 1988 Duets album.

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Aaron Neville Has a New “Stompin’ Ground”

Credit: Sarah A. FriedmanR&B legend Aaron Neville has premiered a new track called “Stompin’ Ground” from his upcoming studio album, Apache.

The Grammy-winning singer tells Billboard that the horn-laden, head-swinging jam is “all about me growing up in New Orleans and a lot of the people that I ran across in my life.” Among the local musicians Neville name-checks in the tune are Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair and Mac Rebennack — a.k.a. Dr. John. Aaron says that the song is one of several tracks on Apache that were based on poems he’s written.

Apache will be released on July 15. Fans who pre-order the album now will be able to instantly download “Stompin’ Ground,” along with the tracks “I Wanna Love You” and “Be Your Man.”

Meanwhile, Neville will support Apache with a series of U.S. tour dates running from mid-July into December. The trek will include a special show on August 4 at New York City’s famous Apollo Theater that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Neville’s classic tune “Tell It Like It Is.” Here is the full list of concerts:

7/14 — Chicago, IL, City Winery
7/15 — Chicago, IL, City Winery
7/22 — Atlanta, GA, City Winery
7/23 — Atlanta, GA, City Winery
8/4 — New York, NY, Apollo Theater – 75th Birthday Concert Celebrating 50th Anniversary of “Tell It Like It Is”
8/6 — Atlantic City, NJ, Golden Nugget
9/16 — Cincinnati, OH, Live at Ludlow Garage
9/23 — Durham, NC, Baldwin Auditorium  
9/24 — Wilmington, NC, CFCC Fine Arts Center
10/7 — Brownfield, ME, Stone Mountain Arts
10/8 — Lincolnville, ME, Cellardoor Winery
10/22 — Reno, NV, MontBleu Resort & Casino
11/11 — Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre
12/3 — Bossier City, LA, Margaritaville Resort & Casino
12/9 — Baton Rouge, LA, L’Auberge Casino
12/10 — Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Lewis Family Playhouse
12/11 — Orange, CA, Musco Center
12/13 — Redding, CA, Cascade Theatre
12/15 — San Francisco, CA, SFJazz Center
12/16 — San Francisco, CA, SFJazz Center
12/17 — Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center

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Allman Brothers Spinoff Group Les Brers Announces New Summer Tour Dates

Credit: Kirk WestThe recently launched Allman Brothers Band spinoff group Les Brers has announced a new series of tour dates, kicking off with an August 11 appearance at the Allmans-curated Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The group’s itinerary also includes four shows in various New England states in early September.

Les Brers features founding Allman Brothers Band drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, as well as longtime Allmans bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones. The band also includes ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Jack Pierson, frequent ABB guest keyboardist Bruce Katz, journeyman guitarist Pat Bergeson and singer Lamar Williams Jr., whose late father played bass with the Allmans during the 1970s.

Les Brers’ sets are made up mostly of Allman Brothers Band songs, along with some select covers. The group previously has performed at the Wanee Festival in April, as well as at two benefit shows in Macon, Georgia in March, that raised funds for The Allman Brothers Band’s Big House Museum.

Speaking with Billboard in April about the new collective, Trucks said, “Nobody is playing music like this, like the Allman Brothers, and there’s still a lot of fans out there, so that’s what we’re doing with Les Brers. We’re taking this stuff and getting loose with it and improvising and really having a good time.”

Here are all of the current dates on Les Brers’ tour schedule:

8/11 — Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival
9/7 — Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
9/8 — Hampton Beach, NH, Casino Ballroom
9/9 — Boston, MA, House of Blues
9/10 — Rutland, VT, Paramount Theatre

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Watch the First “Sully” Trailer Now: Tom Hanks Lands Plane in the Hudson River

Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks on the set of “Sully”; Steve Sands/GC Images(NEW YORK) — We’ve got our first trailer for Sully.  Tom Hanks stars as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009 after losing both engines, an emergency landing that came to be known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

In the clip, we see Sully dealing with the aftermath of the landing, especially the investigation into whether or not it was necessary.  There’s also plenty of cockpit action with co-star Aaron Eckhart, who plays First Officer Jeffrey Skiles.

In an interview with People Wednesday, Eckhart said he and Hanks practiced the landing on a flight simulator. “We had the transcripts and the radio conversation between Sully and the tower, to hear how calm he was and how precise. It was great filming those scenes and everybody getting out on the wing and seeing Tom take charge,” Eckhart says.  “It was a blast.”

For the movie, director Clint Eastwood had an Airbus A320 disassembled and reassembled in a pool on a movie set. “I’ve been making movies for a long time, but whenever you see a complete plane in a pool right there — it blew us away, everybody was very impressed with that,” Eckhart tells People.

Sully is due in theaters September 9.

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Is a Drew Barrymore Talk Show in the Works?

D Dipasupil/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Actress Drew Barrymore made one of TV’s most notorious appearances as a guest on a talk show — climbing on top of David Letterman’s desk to flash the host in 1995.  Now she may be getting ready to climb behind the desk.

Variety reports the actress and producer is in discussions about a talk show deal with Warner Bros.

Although the company had no official comment for the Variety report, the magazine cites sources as saying conversations have been going on for a while.

Whether or not the talk show materializes, you’ll be able to see Barrymore in the upcoming Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, in which she stars with Timothy Olyphant.

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“Dancing with the Stars” Pros Peta and Maks Confirm They’re Expecting

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) — It’s been rumored for over a month, but now it’s confirmed.  Dancing with the Stars pros Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are expecting their first child. 

“We couldn’t be happier — Baby Chmerkovskiy is coming ” Peta tweeted Wednesday, complete with a picture of Maks planting a kiss on her prominent baby bump.

Chmerkovskiy, 36, and Murgatroyd, 29, learned they were in the family way just a few weeks into season 22 of Dancing with the Stars, they told People. “I was so sick,” confessed Peta, who competed — and eventually won, alongside Nyle DiMarco — while secretly in her first months of pregnancy. 

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Fifteen Marine Drill Instructors Investigated for Hazing and Abuse at SC Boot Camp

Cpl. William Hester(PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.) — Fifteen drill instructors at the Marine boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, are under investigation for possible hazing and abuse as part of a broader review of the behavior of Marine Corps drill instructors, the Marine Corps announced Wednesday.

The review stems from an investigation into the apparent suicide of a Muslim recruit in March.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Marine Training and Education Command (TECOM) said allegations are being investigated against the 15 drill instructors and affiliated leadership to “identify potential violations of Marine Corps orders to include hazing, physical abuse, assault and failure of supervision.”

The Command said the investigations date back to November 2015 and appear isolated to companies within the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island.

The Parris Island recruit depot is the facility that puts Marine recruits who live east of the Mississippi River through the intense rigors of its intense 13-week boot camp. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, trains Marine recruits from states west of the Mississippi.

The investigation into the drill instructor climate at Parris Island is a result of the the initial investigation into the circumstances behind the apparent suicide of 20-year-old Raheel Siddiqui from Taylor, Michigan. He died March 18 after falling three stories from a stairwell in his barracks. Siddiqui had arrived at the Parris Island facility just days earlier.

In April, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell asked the Marine Corps, on behalf of Siddiqui’s family, to ascertain if his Muslim faith and Pakistani heritage may have resulted in hazing that contributed to his death.

“During the course of the Recruit Siddiqui death investigation, facts revealed a drill instructor was improperly placed in charge of recruits while he was subject to an ongoing investigation,” said the Marine statement. “Existing orders, policies and procedures to prevent improper assignments were not followed. Interim corrective actions have already been taken.”

The 15 drill instructors under investigation have been reassigned to duties that do not involve direct access to Marine recruits.

“We take every allegation of misconduct very seriously and will review each investigation carefully,” said Major General James W. Lukeman, TECOM Commanding General.

“MCRD Parris Island and MCRD San Diego are Marine Corps institutions entrusted by the American people to transform the best of our nation’s young men and women into U.S. Marines,” he said. “Every day, approximately 1,000 drill instructors at our recruit depots are doing exactly what they were screened, selected and trained to do in a professional, appropriate manner. The safety of the recruits and the integrity of the Marine Corps recruit training program are among our top priorities and, once the investigations are complete, we will take necessary administrative and judicial action as warranted to ensure proper accountability.”

The TECOM statement said once all the investigations at Parris Island are complete, Lukeman “will determine the appropriate administrative and judicial actions necessary based on the findings.”

The initial investigation into Siddiqui’s death has already resulted in the removal from command of the senior officer in charge of the 3rd Training Battalion.

Three weeks ago, Colonel Paul D. Cucinotta, the unit’s commanding officer, was removed from his leadership position for what Lukeman called “a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to serve in that position.” A Marine statement said Cucinotta’s removal “was based on information made known to Lukeman during the course of an ongoing command investigation related to instances where policies and procedures were not followed.”

Cucinotta’s senior enlisted adviser Sergeant Major Nicholas Deabreu was also removed from his post.

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US Forest Service Officer Fatally Attacked by Grizzly Bear in Montana

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(WEST GLACIER, Mont.) — A law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service was killed in a bear attack Wednesday on U.S. Forest land in Montana, according to officials.

Brad Treat, 38, of West Glacier, Montana, was fatally attacked by the grizzly bear shortly after 2 p.m. on U.S. Forest land in the Halfmoon Lakes area near West Glacier National Park, Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said Wednesday evening.

“Treat was mountain biking on a trail with another male at the time of the attack,” Sheriff Curry said in a statement. “It appears they likely surprised the bear and Treat was taken off his bike by the bear. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The second rider was able to exit the area to summon help and was not injured or involved in the attack.”

Sheriff Curry described Treat “an integral member of our area law enforcement team and a friend to us all.”

The incident is under investigation by the Wildlife Human Attack Response Team of the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks, the U.S Forest Service and the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office.

The area has been closed by the Forest Service for public safety pending completion of the investigation.

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Police Chase Man in Go-Kart Down California Interstate, Calif.) — Motorists on a California freeway witnessed a very bizarre police chase on Sunday — and not surprisingly, it was caught on video.

In the video posted to Twitter by user @Tonka_Boy_Dre, a man is spotted whizzing down Interstate 880 in Oakland, California, in a go-kart while being chased by an unmarked police vehicle.

“Local guys have an annual go kart and dirt bike ride throughout Oakland and sometimes jump on the freeway,” @Tonka_Boy_Dre tweeted.

Apparently, the man’s fellow go-karters escaped the wrath of police. “This particular person on the go-kart was the slowest and the last in the pack,” @Tonka_Boy_Dre further tweeted. “That’s why he was being chased by police.”

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Michael Phelps Qualifies for His Fifth Olympic Team

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Just one day shy of his 31st birthday, Michael Phelps has made history becoming the first male swimmer to qualify for 5 US Olympic Teams.

Phelps earned his ticket to Rio after placing first in the men’s 200M butterfly at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Wednesday night.

“I think that means the most tonight,” Phelps said, pausing to compose himself. “Just being able to finish how I want to is so important to me. Getting on this team is what I wanted to do.”

Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (18), Olympic gold medals in individual events (11), and Olympic medals in individual events for a male (13).

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Report: Talks Between Dwyane Wade, Heat Stall

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat can’t seem to find some common ground.

League sources tell ESPN contract talks between both sides have stalled and the shooting guard is now getting ready to field offers from other teams on Friday, when the NBA free agency period opens.

According to the sources, multiple teams have been alerted that Wade, 34, will be on the market by the week’s end.

Last year, Wade and the Heat went back and forth on his contract before settling on a one-year, $20 million deal. The basketball star had hoped for a smoother process this time around.

“I hope that everything is quiet and works out the way I want it to,” Wade said at the end of this past season, ESPN reports. “But I have no control over that, as much as people might think. It’s a lot of moving parts in free agency. I’m not worried about it.”

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Wimbledon Wardrobe Controversy and an Underdog Win in Opening Round

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — The oldest tennis tournament in the world is known for its strict dress code, but one dress at Wimbledon had some players in search of a wardrobe change.

The NikeCourt Premier Slam Dress was approved by Wimbledon, which requires all players to wear white; however, the sponsored athletes sporting the dress have found it to be too revealing.

The empire-waisted, soft flowing dress spins up when the ladies are playing, showing lots of skin and leaving little to the imagination.

Some upset fans took to Twitter to air their grievances, giving the outfit the nickname “Nike nightie.” One even called the outfit a “giant fail.”

Players are using unique ways to make the dress work.

Britain’s own, Katie Boulter, belted her dress with a white Nike headband in an attempt to hold the fabric in place…

… While Czech Republic player Lucie Hradecka fashioned the dress as a top worn with leggings.

One player standing by the dress is Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. The 2014 Wimbledon singles finalist said “For me, I love it. It’s nice and short so you can move around and be free with your movements.”

Meanwhile, attracting attention for his play on the court and his remarkable story, is British born left-hander Marcus Willis.

Willis defied his 772 world ranking to upset Ricardas Berankis, the world number 54 player from Lithuania, in the opening round.

The 25-year-old was ready to give up on his tennis dream and, having scrambled into pre-qualifying where he was the last man in the draw after a player dropped out, he won three matches to make it to the main qualifying event where he won three more to qualify for the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time.

Willis’ fairy-tale story plays out this afternoon as he takes on the world number 3, Roger Federer, who is eager to play him.

Federer told reporters, “I think it’s a great, great story and I’m very excited to be playing him actually.”

Second-round coverage of the match will be on ESPN at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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250 ISIS Militants Killed in US Airstrikes, Officials Say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  At least 250 ISIS militants were killed Wednesday in a series of US airstrikes in Southern Fallujah, officials said.

Officials also estimate that some 40 vehicles were also destroyed in the attacks.

One of the senior defense officials said “we’re still assessing the strikes and gathering details” but the number of fighters killed is “consistent with our early assessments.”

Earlier today, Col. Chris Garver, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, which is focused on defeating ISIS in the Middle East, said that Fallujah will soon be turned over to a “holding force” because the fight there was less intense than the one in Ramadi.

In Southern Fallujah, the coalition was undertaking clearing operations in preparation for the holding force — consisting of local police and Sunni tribesmen — to take over.

More than 100 airstrikes have been carried out near Fallujah since May 21.

This is a developing story. Please check back in for updates.

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EgyptAir Flight 804 Data Recorder Indicates Smoke in Bathroom, Avionics Bay

iStock/Thinkstock(CAIRO) — Information pulled from EgyptAir Flight 804’s data recorder suggests smoke may have been detected in a lavatory and the avionics bay in the moments before the doomed flight plunged into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, the Egyptian government said Wednesday.

Some of the wreckage, recovered from the front section of the aircraft, showed signs of high temperature damage and soot, the Egyptian Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee reported.

Experts say the smoke alerts indicate that the plane, an Airbus A320 carrying 66 people from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport to Cairo International, likely suffered an electrical fire.

According to Egyptian investigators, preliminary data show that the flight data recorder abruptly cut off at an altitude of 37,000 feet.

Wednesday’s information is consistent with data from the plane’s ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System), leaked to The Aviation Herald late last month.

At the time, an A320 chief avionics mechanic for a major U.S. airline said that the ACARS data suggest that the window heater computer in the avionics compartment may have malfunctioned, which could have eventually led to a total electrical failure on the jet.

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Turkish Cop Who Took Down Istanbul Gunman Hailed a Hero

iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) — A Turkish police officer who faced down and shot a machine gun-wielding terrorist moments before the attacker detonated a suicide bomb at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport was hailed a hero by airline officials.

Chairman of Turkish Airlines Ilker Ayci visited the officer, identified as Yasin Durna, in the hospital today.

“This guy is a hero,” Ayci told members of the press after he visited Durna. “He stood by himself against the machine-gunned terrorist with his gun and took down the terrorist with the first shot.”

Durna was seriously injured in the attack, but he did not sustain any life-threatening injuries, Ayci said. During the gunfight, he didn’t feel the bullets at first, Durna told Ayci. After shooting the terrorist down, Durna didn’t realize the attacker had a suicide-bomb vest until he got closer, Ayci said.

“The terrorist was about to pull the trigger of the bomb at that moment, so he ran away immediately,” Ayci said. “If he didn’t take him down, that could have been very terrible.”

The attack left 42 dead and 238 others injured, according to Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin. It is “highly possible” that the three attackers who carried out the deadly explosions were foreigners, Turkey’s Interior Minister said Wednesday.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Interior Minister said “all findings show it’s ISIS.”

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Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day outdid our feature artist’s breakthrough hit – which became her anthem and it all started because her record producer thought she needed just “one more song”.  read more…

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