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Sheila E. Unaware of Prince’s Drug Use

Jesse Grant/WireImageSheila E. addressed Prince‘s drug use, as well as her relationship with her late, longtime friend and former fiancé, in a revealing interview on Monday’s season-five premiere of the online show Larry King Now, according to People magazine.

The 58-year-old singer and drummer noted she was unaware of Prince’s use of painkillers, insisting she’d “never even seen him take an aspirin or a Tylenol,” but wouldn’t be surprised if he suffered from chronic pain, given his high-energy live shows.

“Just think about it,” she explained. “If you look at him jumping from one riser to another, like this, in those heels. I don’t know how he did it. And then in the splits and turning…”

The “Glamorous Life” singer first met Prince at a concert in Oakland in 1978 and they began collaborating together shortly thereafter. Eventually, she says it took a toll on their relationship.

“We were working together 24/7: We were always together, and it was a good and a bad thing,” she recalls. “I think after a while, I started to feel like musically where he was going, I didn’t want to be anymore.”

Although they parted ways for a time both personally and creatively in the late 1980s, they reconnected and were close until he died.

She also believes there are “hundreds” of unreleased songs that will probably never see the light of day. “I know [from] about three or four years of recording with him at one point, there’s hundreds of songs that I recorded with him that I have not heard yet,” she recalls. “And I know that in the vault, there’s a lot of music.”

Prince died of an accidental overdose of the prescription painkiller fentanyl April 21 at the age of 57.

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The Who’s Pete Townshend Teams with Fender to Help Design Custom Stratocaster

© George ChinThe Who‘s Pete Townshend has played, and smashed, a variety of electric guitars over the years, but since 1989 one of his favorite go-to instrument has been a customized red Fender Stratocaster based on a signature Eric Clapton model. Now, a limited-edition version of Townshend’s Stratocaster has been created by the Fender Custom Shop in collaboration with Pete himself.

Townshend’s custom Strat differs from Clapton’s in that features a piezo pickup, which allows the player to switch the guitar to a more acoustic sound. Pete’s tribute model also boasts a fourth control knob for mixing the electric and acoustic signals.

In a new YouTube video promoting his custom guitar, Townshend says he’s been enamored with Stratocasters since his childhood because he was a fan of the famed U.K. instrumental group The Shadows, and that was the type of guitar they played.

“I just remember thinking it’s a perfectly proportioned, beautifully balanced design in every respect,” Pete says of the Stratocaster. “And then when you pick one up to hold it, you know that thing about it being contoured to the body…it really is.”

Speaking about the added pickup, he points out, “I wanted to play acoustic guitar but sometimes I wanted to strap on a Fender Stratocaster so that the Who fans would think that I was playing electric guitar when I actually was still playing acoustic.”

Townshend also notes that when he mixes the piezo pickup sound with the other pickups, “you get this singing, you get extra harmonics so I can have kind of a dirty Pete Townshend kind of sound…but with this kind of zing in it.”

Only 75 custom Townshend Stratocasters are being produced, and the guitars will ship to select instrument dealers starting in September or October. You can find out more about the limited-edition guitar at

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David Bowie’s Stage Production “Lazarus” to Open at London Theater in October

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Tribeca Film FestivalLazarus, the stage production co-written by the late David Bowie and Once playwright Enda Walsh that debuted off-Broadway last November, will premiere at London’s Kings Cross Theatre on October 25. The project was inspired by the 1963 Walter Tevis novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, and focuses on the character Thomas Newton, whom Bowie famously portrayed in the 1976 film version of the book.

Dexter and Six Feet Under actor Michael C. Hall, who starred in the New York City production, will reprise his role for the London version of the play. The show features a variety of classic Bowie tunes as well as the song “Lazarus,” which appeared on Bowie’s 2016 studio album, Blackstar.

Ivo van Hove, who directed the play’s off-Broadway run, also will direct the London production. Performances of Lazarus are scheduled through January 22, 2017.

You can purchase tickets for the London show now at

As Rolling Stone points out, Bowie’s last public appearance was at Lazarus‘ November 18, 2015, off-Broadway opening. The sold-out production ran until January 20 of this year, 10 days after David died.

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“The Bachelorette” Recap: JoJo Picks Her Final Two

L-R: Robby & Jordan; ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — JoJo Fletcher now has her choice of two men following Monday night’s episode of The Bachelorette.

The lucky finalists are Jordan and Robby. Luke and Chase were both eliminated, with Chase’s goodbye being particularly tense.

The episode began where last week’s left off: with an emotional JoJo wondering what she was going to do after Luke surprised her by pulling her aside right before the rose ceremony to tell her he loves her.

JoJo collected herself just enough to hand out roses to Jordan, Robby and Chase, leaving a stunned Luke to take the walk to the limo.

JoJo explained to him that while their relationship had gotten better over time, she hadn’t been sure where she stood with him. Luke lamented that they’ll never know what they could have had.

JoJo sobbed as she said goodbye to him. “I’m gonna miss you,” she told him.

“I miss you already,” Luke replied.

After that difficult goodbye, JoJo left for Thailand, where she had one-on-one dates with the three remaining bachelors. First up was Robby, with whom she perused a floating market and shared kisses in the rain.

The topic of Robby’s ex-girlfriend, and the rumor that he broke up with her so he could be on the show, came up again. He showed JoJo a note his dad gave him, in which he encouraged him to forget the negativity and stick to his plan. He told JoJo to keep the note in case she ever has doubts about his feelings for her.

In turn, JoJo extended Robby an invite to the fantasy suite, which he readily accepted.

For her second date, JoJo was joined by Jordan for a hiking adventure, during which they reached a temple inside a cave where kissing is not permitted.

JoJo pressed Jordan on their possible future together. After a back-and-forth that questioned his commitment to her, he assured her that he wants to be with her. He told her that he’s a “better person” because of her.

That was the right answer, because it got him an invite to the fantasy suite.

JoJo’s final date had her and Chase taking a boat ride to a secluded beach.

After their beach visit, and while Chase was out of the picture, Robby visited JoJo to reiterate his feelings for her.

Over dinner, Chase accepted an invite to the fantasy suite — but he didn’t get to spend the night with her. Later on, when he told JoJo he loves her, JoJo wasn’t feeling the same way. “I’m having an overwhelming feeling of doubt,” she told the camera.

She stepped out for a moment to collect her thoughts, then returned. “I don’t know if I’m in the same place as you,” she admitted.

Chase let loose, saying he put it all on the line and that he regretted saying he loves her. “You never gave it a chance,” he added.

He tried to walk out on her, but JoJo wanted to continue the conversation. “None of this makes sense,” he said, and once again he took off.

In the car ride he compared receiving a fantasy suite invite and then having it taken away to being kicked in the you-know-where.

He must have taken a U-turn, because he interrupted the ensuing rose ceremony — not to beg for a second chance, but to tell JoJo he’s not mad at her.

However, he concluded, “I do think you’re wrong…my heart is still open for you.”

Privately, JoJo cried and admitted she still has feelings for Chase. Nevertheless, she resumed the rose ceremony and gave roses to Jordan and Robby, saying she was excited to introduce them to her family.

On Tuesday night, ABC will air the “Men Tell All” special. We’ll learn JoJo’s choice next Monday night on the season finale of The Bachelorette.

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Ozzy Osbourne Says Marriage to Sharon Is “Back on Track Again”

Tibrina Hobson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Ozzy Osbourne said his very public split from wife Sharon Osbourne earlier this year was just a “bump in the road” and the two are now “back on track again.”

“Oh, she’s back on track again,” the Black Sabbath frontman, 67, said in an interview that aired Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America. “You just, you make mistakes, and you learn by your mistakes, I think.”

After tabloid reports of turbulence in their 33-year marriage, Sharon announced on CBS’ The Talk in May that she had kicked her husband out of their home.

“I’m 63 years of age and I can’t keep living like this,” she said on the show, which she co-hosts. “I don’t know where I’m going, who I’m going with. And I just need time to think.”

Now, two months later, Ozzy, who has three children with Sharon, put a different perspective on their marital troubles.

“No, it’s just a bump in the road,” he said. “Some days it’s good, some days it’s terrible, some days you just drift apart for a while. But you get back on the horse, you know.”

Osbourne’s son, Jack, who is married with two children of his own, defended the fact that marriage is not always perfect.

“As a married person myself, you know, marriage is not like, ‘Hey, we’re married. All is good,'” Jack told GMA. “I mean, it’s just life.”

The Osbourne father and son are hitting the road together for their new, offbeat travelogue reality series,Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour, which airs Sundays on the History Channel.

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Kristen Bell: Fame, Family, and Her “Tiny” Wedding

ABC/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — She might not be the “biggest fish” in Hollywood, but that’s just fine with Kristen Bell. “Those big fish sometimes have a hard time,” the Bad Moms star told CBS Sunday Morning. “I can still go to the grocery store.”

Bell’s focus remains her family not fame, the Frozen voiceover actress noted, sharing for the very first time pictures of her “tiny” wedding to actor Dax Shepard.

While some stars are more famous for their multimillion dollar weddings that are expensive as their marriages are short, Bell and her hubby had a simple, no-frills courthouse wedding in 2013 that remains one of the highlights of Bell’s life. 

“We got married in a tiny room in the Beverly Hills courthouse, and it was still one of the best days of my life,” Bell explained, showing the couple’s attire was equally understated: Shepard is wearing a black tuxedo with bow tie and Bell has on a simple black top and pants with a statement necklace.

Bell got emotional while talking about her actor husband and the father of their two young daughters.

“He’s a wonderful father,” she said, tearing up.

“He knows the value of things. He was an addict for many, many years and he pulled himself out of it, and he’s been sober for 11 or 12 years now,” Bell added. “And he knows how many times he’s messed up and how many times he’s been really closing to losing everything.”

Bell also knows the value of family. The Bad Moms star, who has appeared with her husband in ads for Samsung Electronics and will star alongside him in a movie next year, doesn’t take what she has for granted.

“I always think, if I’m on my deathbed, what am I gonna be thinking about? And it won’t be some random movie I participated in, or some TV show. It will be my family,” Bell said.


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Truck Overturns, Spills 10,000 lbs of Salmon Onto Alaska Highway

Juneau Police Department(JUNEAU, Alaska) — A truck carrying a load of seafood overturned and spilled salmon across a busy highway in Juneau, Alaska, according to police.

“Egan Drive blocked by about 10,000 pounds of Chum Salmon,” Juneau police said in a Facebook post Monday evening.

“The cleanup effort is still underway. The scene smells a bit fishy,” the statement quipped.

Police said the inbound traffic on the highway was completely blocked while outbound traffic was down to one lane.

The spill caused traffic to back up for about 90 minutes, according to officials.

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Protesters in Philadelphia Voice Anger With Hillary Clinton and the DNC

PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Protests against the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton continued for a second straight day Monday through scorching temperatures on the streets of Philadelphia, as an atmosphere of division cast a shadow over the Democratic National Convention’s opening night.

The protests stemmed from a number of different groups, including marijuana legalization activists, immigration rights activists, socialists, Green Party supporters, and Black Lives Matter activists, who were unified in their opposition to Clinton and the DNC.

The demonstrations, which have generally been larger than those that took place in Cleveland during the RNC, have followed in the wake of what has been a tumultuous week for Democrats highlighted by an email leak which appeared to show efforts by the party to impede the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, and the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the party.

The protests have resulted in multiple people being detained, police said. No one has been arrested.

Some marchers carried banners that read “Hillary for Prison,” and signs with pictures of Trump and Clinton that read “Either Way, Wall Street Wins.” A group of protesters carried a giant float shaped like a joint, urging government to “end the racist drug war.”

Demonstrators targeted delegates walking on the other side of a dividing line to enter the Wells Fargo arena, and one observer described the mood as “furious.”

In interviews, protesters expressed anger and frustration about the management of the Democratic Party, and about the nomination of Clinton.

“A lot of people feel like their banging their heads against a wall,” a protester wearing a Bernie sticker on his shirt told ABC News in reference to attempts to reform the Democratic Party. “Money corrupts politics.”

“I understand the sentiment never Trump, but there are a lot of people here who are never Hillary,” he added.

He called the alleged efforts of the DNC to stop Sanders “collusion” and “sad to see.”

One woman told ABC News she would be voting for Sanders “regardless” of whether his name was on the ballot.

A man in a Bernie shirt told ABC News that he would be voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

“That’s too bad,” he said, regarding Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton.

The atmosphere of division was felt both inside and outside the Wells Fargo arena. During the invocation, hosted by interim chair Marcia Fudge, boos echoed through the hall, and chants of “Bernie” followed the mention of Clinton’s name.

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Firefighters Among Families to Lose Homes in Massive LA-Area Blaze

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Men who have dedicated their lives to fighting fires are among those who lost their homes in a massive Los Angeles-area wildfire that has burned more than 33,000 acres, according to authorities.

Firefighters have been working to battle the Sand Fire near Santa Clarita for days. The blaze is at 10 percent containment, officials said Monday.

Several thousand homes threatened by the Sand Fire were saved by firefighters, but the blaze has destroyed about 18 structures — including five homes belonging to fire personnel and forest employees, authorities said.

Firefighters Ramon Chavez and James Robledo and their families are among them.

“We just want to make sure our kids are fine and they’re impacted as little as possible,” Chavez told ABC News.

His wife, Bonnie Chavez, was in San Diego when the family evacuated, but Ramon Chavez called her to see what she wanted him to take — she requested her wedding dress. “For maybe, one day, my daughters,” she said.

The Chavez family also lost a home to fire in 2009.

Ramon Chavez said they’re not only thankful for the support they’re receiving, but “we also want to provide that support.”

“Knowing how important the support from family and friends is, that’s something that we know goes a long way with the healing process and the rebuilding process,” he said.

While they’re living in a hotel with nowhere to return home to, Tanya Robledo said their children are strong and realize the families are safe, which is more important than material things.

“We’re rebuilding together as a family. It’s not just one unit or two, it’s all of us together,” she said.

“With what we lost, we came together as a family,” James Robledo said. “Anytime somebody loses something, we try to pull together.”

“It’s devastating,” he added. “Material things we can replace. But family you can’t.”

Firefighter Sergio Toscano, a Marine veteran who works with the U.S. Forest Service, also lost his home in the Sand Fire, according to ABC’s Los Angeles station KABC. He’s since been assigned to help battle the blaze.

Their families are part of a fundraising page to help rebuild.

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Richard Childress Racing Announces New Crew Chief for Paul Menard

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — Paul Menard is getting a new crew chief.

Richard Childress Racing announced Monday that Danny Stockman will serve as the crew chief for Menard’s No. 27 Menards Chevrolet SS team, beginning with this Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Stockman, who replaces Justin Alexander, is a former champion in both the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. He worked with Menard in the XFINITY Series the past two years.

Menard is currently 23rd in the Cup standings after qualifying for the Chase last year.

RCR also announced that its NASCAR XFINITY Series Director, Gil Martin, will serve as interim crew chief for its XFINITY Series No. 2 Rheem/Menards team.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/25/16

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


Chi White Sox 5, Chi Cubs 4
Baltimore 3, Colorado 2, 10 Innings
Toronto 4, San Diego 2


Detroit 4, Boston 2
Texas 7, Oakland 6
N-Y Yankees 2, Houston 1
L.A. Angels 6, Kansas City 2


Cincinnati 7, San Francisco 5  
St. Louis at N-Y Mets (postponed, rain)
Philadelphia 4, Miami 0
Milwaukee 7, Arizona 2

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Head of Australian Team Says Olympic Village in Rio ‘Not Safe or Ready’

iStock/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Less than two weeks before this summer’s Olympic Games are supposed to kick off in Rio de Janeiro, the head of the Australian team announced that the conditions at the Olympic village were not livable for their athletes.

“Due to a variety of problems in the Village, including gas, electricity and plumbing I have decided that no Australian Team member will move into our allocated building,” Australian Team Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said in a statement.

“Problems include blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean,” Chiller added.

She also said that in some areas, water has leaked through the ceiling, “resulting in large puddles on the floor around cabling and wiring.”

Chiller said they did a stress test, turning on multiple taps and flushing toilets simultaneously across several floors. She said the test failed, “water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was ‘shorting’ in the electrical wiring.”

She said her group has been living in nearby hotels, “because the Village is simply not safe or ready.”

The Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, responded to Australian’s claims, reportedly saying to local media, “I almost feel like putting a kangaroo to jump up and down in front of their building,” to make them feel at “home.”

In response to the kangaroo comment, the communications director for the Australian Olympic Committee, Mike Tancred, told Brazilian daily newspaper Folha, “We do not need kangaroos, we need plumbers.”

The International Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 officially responded to Australian team’s claims in a statement saying that “it became clear that as the rooms started to be used in all of the buildings some of the rooms required extra work.”

They added that crews will be working “24 hours a day until the issues are resolved,” but that it might take a few days.

“Athletes that are arriving in the Village and whose accommodation is not finished will be placed in the best available accommodation in other buildings. We will be working hard to ensure that the on-going works do not disturb their preparations for the Games –- preparations that will be taking place in fully checked top quality training venues. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause and we greatly appreciate the understanding of the National Olympic Committees at this time,” their statement went on to say.

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Woman Killed by Tiger After Exiting Her Vehicle at Beijing Animal Park

iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — One woman died and another was severely injured after a tiger attacked them when they exited their vehicle while at the Beijing Badaling Wildlife World this weekend, according to Yanqing County government.

The incident, caught in part on surveillance video, took place on Saturday at an outdoor, drive-through animal park in China, where visitors can drive around in their cars and view exotic animals as if on a safari. The tragedy occurred when one woman exited her vehicle while in the Siberian tiger enclosure part of the animal park.

Surveillance footage shows a woman exiting the passenger side of the vehicle, walking over to the driver’s side, and then standing outside of the vehicle while she seems to speak with someone inside the car. Suddenly a tiger pounces on her, dragging the woman away from the vehicle and off camera.

Two more people then jump out of the car, running after the woman and tiger, disappearing off camera.

The woman who died was a 57-year-old mother who was trying to save her daughter from the tiger, according to the South China Morning Post. The daughter, in her 30s, who is reportedly the one seen being dragged away by the tiger in the surveillance video, was severely injured, the paper reported.

Badaling Wildlife World was immediately closed following the incident, and an investigation is underway, according to the Yanqing County government’s official blog.

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Prince Harry ‘Regrets’ Not Speaking About Princess Diana’s Death

Matt Dunham – WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) — Prince Harry said he regrets not discussing the death of his mother, Diana, the Princess of Wales, earlier in his life.

“You know, I really regret not ever talking about it,” Harry, 31, told soccer player Rio Ferdinand at a barbecue he hosted at Kensington Palace for his “Heads Together” mental health initiative.

Prince Harry was just 12 years old in 1997 when he lost his mom, who died in a tragic car accident at the age of 36. Diana also left behind Harry’s older brother Prince William, who was 15 at the time.

Ferdinand lost his wife to cancer last year and spoke to Harry about the challenges of her death and how it might affect his kids.

“He’s gone through different stages in his life that my kids are going to be going towards,” Ferdinand said of Prince Harry. “So to get some of his experiences is very rewarding for me and very educational in many ways.”

Harry admitted it was only in the last three years that he has been comfortable opening up about his mother’s death. He told the BBC Monday that it is critical for people to discuss life’s challenges to help them get past life’s adversities.

“It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness,” Harry said. “Weakness is having a problem and not recognizing it and not solving that problem.”

Harry’s comments came on the same day the fifth-in-line to the British throne released a new video for “Heads Together,” the mental health campaign he formed and spearheads with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The campaign brings leading mental health charities together to tackle often unspoken and taboo subjects that people are afraid to discuss, and encourages people to speak up about mental health.

Harry reminded people that anyone can suffer from mental health issues, even sports stars and members of the royal family.

“It is very easy for someone to look at someone like Rio Ferdinand and say, ‘You get paid all the money in the world, you are a successful footballer, you have fast cars,'” Harry told the BBC. “But at the end of the day his wife was snatched from him at an early stage of his life with her. So of course he is going to suffer, it doesn’t matter if he has an amazing job.”

Harry’s charitable focus over the next year centers on mental health awareness as well as raising awareness for HIV/AIDS, a cause also championed by his mother.

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Massive ‘Man Engine’ Puppet Embarks on Tour of Southwest England

Matt Cardy/Getty Images(TAVISTOCK, England) — A massive mechanical puppet called the “Man Engine” was unveiled Monday at Tavistock, England where he will begin his tour of the Southwest part of the country to celebrate the area’s mining history.

The “Man Engine” is the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain, according to the website of Balweyth Corninsh Mining, which built the giant “metal Cornish miner” that it describes as “part man, part machine.”

The project celebrates the 10th anniversary of the recognition of the Cornish mining landscape as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Man Engine will embark on a 130-mile pilgrimage over the the next two weeks and visit the areas of all 10 Cornish mining World Heritage sites, which include “engine houses, miners’ cottages, grand gardens and miles of labyrinthine underground tunnels.”

The puppet crawls at 4.5 meter high (nearly 15 feet) but “transforms” to stand at over 10 meters (nearly 33 feet) high, according to its website.

Social media posts show crowds gathering to witness the Man Engine as it made the first few stops of its journey.

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