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Graham Nash Hosting Rock Documentary Marathon on the HDNet Movies Channel in July

Credit: Amy GranthamGraham Nash will serve as host of a special multi-day rock-themed movie marathon on the HDNet Movies channel that will kick off on Saturday, July 9, and run through Sunday, July 17.

Graham Nash Presents 9 Days of Rock Docs” will feature the folk-rock legend sharing stories about and insights into the various artists featured in each film, including Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Prince, Rush and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The marathon will include 13 documentaries, several of which will be getting their TV premieres. Among them are The Allman Brothers Band: After the Crash, which focuses on the group’s career after the death of founding lead guitarist Duane Allman; Rush: The Rise of Kings, about the Canadian prog-rock trio’s path to stardom; Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review, which delves into the first decade of the guitar legend’s solo career; Van Morrison: Another Glorious Decade, a documentary about the lauded Northern Irish artist’s music from 1977 to 1987; and Bob Dylan: In & Out of the Folk Revival, which takes a look at the influential singer/songwriter’s emergence as a folk icon.

“Graham Nash Presents 9 Days of Rock Docs” will feature two films screened during primetime each night from July 9 through July 16, and culminating with an all-day nine movie marathon on July 17.

In conjunction with the film series, HDNet Movies has launched an online contest offering fans the opportunity to win an electric guitar autographed by Nash. To enter, visit HDNetMovies.com and choose an image of one of the rock documentaries being shown on the channel to make as your Facebook cover photo.

HDNet Movies is the sister channel of AXS TV.

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Paul Simon Says He’s Mulling Retirement

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of FamePaul Simon is one of the most prolific songwriters and performers of his generation and at 74 he’s still making new music. His most recent album, Stranger to Stranger, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 earlier this month, the highest debut of any solo album of his career.  But, Simon tells The New York Times, he may be “coming towards the end.”

“Showbiz doesn’t hold any interest for me,” Simon tells the paper. “None.”

Simon is gearing for the final shows of his current North American tour in Queens, New York, this week, where his career with Simon & Garfunkel began.

“It’s an act of courage to let go,” Simon says. “I am going to see what happens if I let go.  Then I’m going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did?”

Simon explained that he struggles to write songs but suddenly finds himself thunderstruck by breakthroughs.  “I was 21, maybe 22, when I wrote ‘The Sound of Silence,’ which seems to me like quite a big jump from where I was before that,” he says. “I thought the same thing when I wrote ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ — whoa, that song is better than what I’ve been doing.”

But he says the moments that lead to those breakthroughs don’t happen very often.

So will he actually retire after his European tour this fall?  He’s not saying definitively yes or no, but, he tells the Times, “I don’t have any fear of it.”

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“Mustang Sally” Songwriter Mack Rice Dead at 82

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesMack Rice, the songwriter behind Wilson Pickett‘s “Mustang Sally” and the Staple Singers‘ “Respect Yourself,” died Monday at 82.

The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Rice had been a member of the vocal group The Falcons with Pickett in the early 1960s. He originally recorded “Mustang Sally” himself in 1965 — after changing the name of the song from “Mustang Mama” at the urging of Aretha Franklin, according to the Free Press. Rice’s version made #15 on the R&B chart, but the next year Pickett took his cover of the tune to #6 on the R&B chart and #23 pop, making it an R&B standard.

Rice co-wrote “Respect Yourself” for the Staples in 1971.

Born Bonny Rice in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1933, Rice was briefly mentored by Ike Turner, the Free Press reports.

A memorial service for Rice will be held July 7 at Detroit’s New Bethel Baptist Church, where Franklin’s late father, C.L. Franklin, was the longtime pastor.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

What’s the Number-One Most Popular Song Played at Weddings?

RCA Records(NEW YORK) — No wedding reception is complete without a spin of Kool & the Gang’s classic “Celebration,” right? Not according to a new survey of wedding DJs conducted by Billboard magazine, which puts that song right at the bottom of the most popular tunes played at weddings across the country.

Billboard asked wedding DJs in 13 different cities, including Las Vegas, New York, L.A. and Washington, D.C., for their lists of their most frequently played songs.  The publication then compiled a list of the 100 most popular tunes.  Surprisingly, “Celebration” is #100.  What’s #1?  “Uptown Funk,” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

The list includes nearly every musical genre, from classic rock, to country, to pop, to new wave, to Latin, to hip-hop.  The top 10 is a cross-section of eras and styles, and includes some surprisingly recent tunes in addition to “Uptown Funk.”   

Here’s the top 10:

10. Isley Brothers — “Shout Part 1,” a.k.a. “That song from Animal House”
9. Michael Jackson — “Don’t Stop til You Get Enough”
8. Journey — Don’t Stop Believin'”
7. Usher, Lil Jon & Ludacris — “Yeah”
6. Earth, Wind & Fire — “September”
5. Whitney Houston — I Wanna Dance with Somebody”
4. Justin Timberlake — “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
3. WALK THE MOON — “Shut Up and Dance”
2. Taylor Swift — “Shake It Off”
1. Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk”

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“Game of Thrones” Showrunners Reveal There Will Be Two More Seasons

L-R: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen/Image courtesy of HBO(LOS ANGELES) — Game of Thrones showrunners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff tell Deadline they have a series ending planned.

“We’ve been talking about the ending, from the beginning,” Benioff says. “It’s a strange phenomenon, we’re in this territory where you are walking on your own and can’t rely on the written material anymore,” because the show has now surpassed the books in content.

Thrones creator George R. R. Martin is still working on the next book.

Weiss said the goal is to have fans “leave while all the people watching this show are really into it. Get out at a high point and not have it be, ‘Well, thank God that’s over.'”

Benioff added, “It’s two more seasons we’re talking about.” “From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70 to 75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now,” he added.

“We’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it,” Benioff continues. “hose last images from the show that aired [Sunday] night showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is King of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now.”

There are reports the two seasons will be shorter, with as few as 13 episodes total between them.

For the pair, the most important thing is that it’s one story, not an ongoing show. “We wanted to something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story,” Benioff said.

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Elvis Presley Guitarist Scotty Moore Dies at 84

Robert Knight Archive/Redferns(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — Guitar legend Scotty Moore, who accompanied Elvis Presley on his original Sun and early RCA recordings, helping to lay the foundation for rock guitar, died Tuesday at 84, reports Memphis’ Commercial Appeal.

Moore, who combined jazz and country influences into his distinctive style, played guitar on many of Elvis’ early hits, including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Jailhouse Rock.”  He reunited with Presley in 1968 for the TV special Elvis, which launched the King’s late-career comeback. 

Moore was named to Rolling Stone‘s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the “Sideman” category in 2000, and in 2002 received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gibson guitar company.

Moore was elected to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame last November.  Although he was too sick to attend the ceremony, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards accepted the award on his behalf.  “I started out on an acoustic guitar, then I heard Scotty Moore and I went electric,” Richards said at the ceremony, according to the Commercial Appeal. “That was the kick-off for me and a lot of guys.”

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NATIONAL NEWS

NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Prepares for First Trip to Space

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins will be the next American to travel out of this world when she launches one week from Wednesday on her first mission to the International Space Station.

On July 6th, Rubins and her two crew mates, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia and astronaut Takuya Onishi of Japan, will blast off from Kazakhstan inside a Soyuz rocket to join the rest of their Expedition 48 colleagues at the space station.

“Funny enough, my scientific and personal goals are almost identical. I am looking forward to every second, hour and day of observing how life operates in free-fall and watching our planet below,” Rubins told ABC News in an email from Kazakhstan.

Rubins was selected in 2009 for the 20th NASA astronaut class after helping develop the first smallpox infection model for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The self-described “former virus hunter” holds a doctorate in cancer biology from Stanford University.

Once at the space station, she will be conducting research in biological and human studies, including how human bone mass and cardiovascular systems are affected in microgravity.

“I think it’s going to be amazing to see how the world of microbiology, molecular and cellular biology and human physiology is massively changed by microgravity. This is the only laboratory we have as humans to study gravity as a variable,” she told ABC News. “There’s a world of insights to be gained into human health and disease by understanding how gravity and space radiation influence biology.”

Rubins will be the first female astronaut from the U.S. to go to space in three years and the 59th woman in space. During a NASA crew preview she gave a word of advice to future scientists.

“If you find something that you’re excited about and you’re interested in, my advice to young women and young men would be do what you’re really interested in and what drives and motivates you,” she said.

Rubins was born in Farmington, Connecticut in 1978 and raised in Napa Valley, California. She and her husband Michael Magnani live in Houston, outside of the Johnson Space Center.

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Woman Shot at Denver Office Building Was Targeted, Police Say

Denver Police(DENVER) — A woman shot several times at an office building in downtown Denver Tuesday was targeted, the Denver police said.

She was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

The suspect died at the scene, apparently from a self-inflicted wound, police said.

No one else was shot in the incident, police said.

This story is developing. Check back for more updates.

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Three Crew Members Missing After Texas Freight Train Crash, Authorities Say

iStock/Thinkstock(PANHANDLE, Texas) — Texas authorities said Tuesday that three train workers remained missing as emergency crews continued to fight a fire caused by an explosive train crash in Texas this morning.

Joe Faust, a spokesman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, said that two of its mixed-freight trains were involved in the accident at 8:40 a.m. in Panhandle, Texas.

“BNSF has confirmed that the lead locomotives on two intermodal trains collided near Panhandle, TX, this morning, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at approximately 8:40 a.m. CT. Four BNSF employees were involved in the incident. Local first responders and BNSF personnel were deployed to the scene. By 9:02 a.m., one employee was transported to a local hospital and is being treated. Rescue efforts are underway at the scene with respect to the three other railroad employees involved in the incident,” Faust said in a statement.

Images from the scene showed derailed box cars on fire and piled atop each other. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team of six to investigate.

Faust said that each train had two crew members — an engineer and conductor — on board.

The Department of Public Safety Amarillo said it was not known whether the three missing crew members were still alive. Authorities said due to fire conditions at the crash site, it would take time before emergency crews could reach the compartments where the members were working.

Sgt. Dan Buesing of the Department of Public Safety said that the freight cars were not carrying hazardous materials but that authorities could not verify the contents of the cars.

ABC affiliate KVII-TV said the city of Panhandle had asked residents to reduce their water usage so that firefighters could effectively fight the blaze.

Evacuations that had been put in place for the east side of Panhandle because of shifting winds were lifted. One area highway remained shut down near the area of the fire.

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SPORTS NEWS

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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Scoreboard Roundup — 6/28/16

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

INTERLEAGUE

Detroit 7, Miami 5
Cleveland 5, Atlanta 3
St. Louis 8, Kansas City 4
Toronto 14, Colorado 9
Seattle 5, Pittsburgh 2
Baltimore 11, San Diego 7
Oakland 13, San Francisco 11

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas 7, N.-Y. Yankees 1
Boston 8, Tampa Bay 2
Minnesota 4, Chi. White Sox 0
Houston 7, Anaheim 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington 5, N.-Y. Mets 0
Chi. Cubs 7, Cincinnati 2/15 innings
Los Angeles 6, Milwaukee 5
Philadelphia 4, Arizona 3

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New Sprint Cup Eligibility Procedures Announced

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — NASCAR has announced new procedures for Sprint Cup Series race eligibility, and new starting guidelines for Chase for the Sprint Cup races.

In the first new procedure, current-year owner point will be used instead of practice speeds for determining race eligibility and starting positions if conditions prevent qualifying from taking place. That procedure will be in effect starting Saturday at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, and will remain in effect for the rest of the season.

Beginning next season, after the first race, practice speeds will be used to determine race eligibility for Open teams.

The second new procedure will give Open teams a better chance to compete for the Chase championship.  It will give Open teams that earn a berth in the Chase provisional starting positions for every Chase race.

“These changes provide a more even competition field for both Charter and Open teams, rewarding strong performances over the course of a season,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president, racing operations, in a statement. “Earning a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is extremely difficult and requires consistent elite performance. Those teams should be guaranteed an opportunity to race for the title, and this ensures that will be the case.”

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WORLD NEWS

Brexit Turmoil Grips UK Amid Leadership Squabbles

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — British politicians experienced a weekly address in Parliament like no other, with a prime minister who is stepping down and an opposition leader whose own party is trying to force him out.

A majority of Labour Party members of Parliament (MPs) have backed a motion of no-confidence in their leader Jeremy Corbyn, but he is refusing to step down.

“For heaven’s sake, man, go!” Prime Minister David Cameron said addressing the House of Commons.

Nominations for the Conservative Party leadership open Wednesday, with Boris Johnson and Theresa May expected to throw their hats in, as well as Stephen Crabb, Nicky Morgan and Jeremy Hunt.

“I was given lots of advice on becoming prime minister, one of them was not to go to a party with Silvio Berlusconi and that’s one bit of advice I took and stuck to,” Cameron joked.

MPs who campaigned for Brexit were booed in Parliament as one of their representatives tried to address the floor.

“We on the Leave side should recognize that although we won, it was a narrow mandate with plenty of decent, patriotic people voting for Remain,” Douglas Carswell, a member of the U.K. Independence Party representing Clacton, managed to say after Speaker John Bercow intervened.

“The honourable gentleman will be heard and it’s about us and this place that he will be heard,” Bercow hammered.

Meanwhile, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon held a series of meetings in Brussels to lobby for Scotland to remain in the European Union.

Speaking ahead of a meeting with Sturgeon, Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, said he would “listen” to her case.

“I will listen carefully to what the first minister will tell me, but we don’t have the intention — neither [European Council President] Donald [Tusk] nor myself — to interfere in the British process. That is not our duty and not my job,” Juncker said.

Juncker also made clear that there can be “no single market a la carte” for the U.K. and that anyone wanting access to the EU’s internal market had to adhere to strict criteria “without exception.”

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US Officials Say Russian Warship Intentionally Interfered with Navy Operations

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Darby C. Dillon/Released(NEW YORK) — The U.S. has accused Russia of intentionally interfering with its Navy operations.

New video released by Russia shows the moment that a Russian frigate and the U.S. Navy’s USS Gravely crossed paths in the eastern Mediterranean two weeks ago.

Russia’s defense ministry claimed the U.S. ship made a “dangerous approach” on its warship, saying it “grossly breached” international maritime laws. The ministry said the U.S. sailors were “allowing themselves to forget about the fundamental principles of safe sailing” and didn’t think about the potential consequences of their dangerous maneuver.

But U.S. officials told a very different version of events and they said the video is a clever piece of editing by the Russians.

U.S. officials stated that the USS Gravely was escorting the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman on June 17 when a Russian frigate approached it in an “unsafe and unprofessional” manner.

The officials said that when the incident began, the frigate was two nautical miles from the American destroyer and flying the international signal flags that indicate a ship is restricted in its ability to maneuver. But then, according to the officials, the Russian frigate contacted the U.S. destroyer by radio, repeatedly asking it to maintain a safe distance while at the same time allegedly maneuvering to get closer to the USS Gravely.

One official said the Russian ship would follow in and out of the American ship’s wake. As the destroyer changed course and speed, so did the Russian ship, which the officials said indicates that it was able to maneuver, counter to the signals the Russian ship was flying. They accused the Russian ship of intentionally displaying a false international signal.

Officials said that their assessment is that the Russian ship was trying to intentionally interfere with the aircraft carrier’s operations.

“We are following up on this incident through appropriate military discussion channels with the Russians,” Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Defense Department spokesperson, told ABC News in a statement Tuesday.

This is far from the first time the U.S. and Russians have butted heads over military encounters.

In April, the Pentagon accused Russian aircraft of engaging in “unsafe and unprofessional” behavior on three separate occasions.

In one instance, a Russian fighter jet performed a barrel roll within 25 feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea. In another, a Russian jet buzzed a similar U.S. plane within 50 feet.

The first incident that month lasted over two days, with two Russian SU-25 fighter jets buzzing the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook more than 30 times.

Photo stills and video of the encounters released by U.S. European Command showed how low the Russian fighters were flying, with one pass coming within 30 feet of the destroyer.

After that encounter, a U.S. official told ABC News on April 13 that a further assessment was underway that could lead to a complaint filed by the Pentagon with the Russians.

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Hubble Space Telescope Catches a Glimpse of ‘Fireworks’ in Nearby Galaxy

NASA/ESA/D. Elmegreen(NEW YORK) — The Hubble Space Telescope captured a celestial fireworks show in a miniature galaxy, coming just in time for the Fourth of July.

The galaxy, named Kiso 5639, is located 82 million light-years away from Earth. A photo released by NASA shows just how busy the “tadpole” galaxy is as a firestorm of newborn stars blaze out of one end of the galaxy, lighting up the cosmos.

Astronomers believe the spectacular light show may be caused by “intergalactic gas raining on one end of the galaxy as it drifts through space,” according to a NASA statement.

“Galaxies rotate, and as Kiso 5639 continues to spin, another part of the galaxy may receive an infusion of new gas from this filament, instigating another round of star birth,” Debra Elmegreen, a researcher from Vassar College, said in a NASA statement.

The photo comes as NASA announced this month it was extending Hubble’s mission through 2021.

Hubble’s incredible reach — made possible by the fact that its sight was not impaired by the distortions created by the Earth’s atmosphere — has allowed astronomers to get closer looks at space phenomena like never before, watching stars and planets as they form, examining exoplanets and capturing the power of cosmic impacts.

Since its launch in 1990, Hubble has made more than 1.2 million observations and its findings have been published in more than 12,800 scientific papers, according to NASA data released last year, making it one of the most successful scientific instruments ever built.

Whizzing around Earth at 17,000 mph, Hubble has racked up more than 3 billion miles in flight, according to NASA.

Its incredible resolution has allowed the telescope to look at areas as far as 13.4 billion light years away from Earth — in essence, peering back into a time when our universe first emerged from the Big Bang. The telescope is so precise that it is equivalent to someone shining a laser beam on a dime from 200 miles away, according to NASA.

Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, is set to launch in 2018.

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