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Lee Daniels says he’s not here to “judge” Jussie Smollett: “I can only support him and give him compassion”

Lee Daniels says he’s not here to “judge” Jussie Smollett: “I can only support him and give him compassion”

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) — Empire creator Lee Daniels says he’s standing behind Jussie Smollett, who’s still under immense scrutiny following the controversy over what police called a hate crime hoax. In an interview with Extra, Daniels says that Jussie’s Empire family is working to process the scandal, which rocked not just the nation, but the…

Study says watching ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Ant-Man’ can reduce phobias of insects

Study says watching ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Ant-Man’ can reduce phobias of insects

“Ant-Man and The Wasp” – 2018 Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) — If you can’t stand the sight of creepy-crawlies, this could be a job for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. That’s at least what scientists at Bar-Ilan and Ariel Universities in Israel have discovered. Specifically, they discovered that exposing the arachnophobic, and myrmecophobic — the latter, people…

Music News

Paul McCartney to release expanded “Explorer’s Edition” of latest album, “Egypt Station,” in May

Paul McCartney to release expanded “Explorer’s Edition” of latest album, “Egypt Station,” in May

Capitol Records/UMePaul McCartney will treat fans to an expanded version of his chart-topping 2018 studio album, Egypt Station.  Dubbed the “Explorer’s Edition,” it’ll arrive in stores on May 17. The deluxe release will feature the original Egypt Station album and a bonus disc offering extra studio recordings, including an extended version of “Who Cares” and…

ABBA celebrating 40th anniversary of the “Voulez-Vous” album with special releases

ABBA celebrating 40th anniversary of the “Voulez-Vous” album with special releases

Polar Music/UMe ABBA will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their hit 1979 album, Voulez-Vous, with a series of special releases June 14, including a two-LP vinyl version of the album and a box set featuring various singles issued during that era. The two-LP set will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and will feature remastered audio…

R.E.M. reissuing “In Time” best-of collection on vinyl

R.E.M. reissuing “In Time” best-of collection on vinyl

Craft Recordings R.E.M.’s 2003 best-of collection In Time will be reissued on vinyl on June 14. The 18-track compilation spans R.E.M.’s career from 1988’s Green to 2001’s Reveal, and includes hits like “Losing My Religion,” “Orange Crush,” “Stand,” “Everybody Hurts,” “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” and “Man on the Moon.” It also features two tracks that were…

National News

Missing 5-year-old AJ Freund believed to be found dead in shallow grave, parents arrested

Missing 5-year-old AJ Freund believed to be found dead in shallow grave, parents arrested

Fedorovekb/iStock(CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.) — Missing 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund is believed to be found dead, nearly one week after he vanished from his Crystal Lake, Illinois, home, police said Wednesday.Both of AJ’s parents gave information that led to a body believed to be the little boy. The body was buried in a shallow grave, wrapped…

California bans racial discrimination against employees with natural hairstyles

California bans racial discrimination against employees with natural hairstyles

iStock(LOS ANGELES) — California has joined other states in ending racial discrimination against people with natural hairstyles such as braids, twists and afros.On Monday, the Senate passed the CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair), which will ban discrimination against employees based off their hairstyle.The bill was initially passed by Los…

Flash flooding, severe storms threaten Texas, Gulf Coast

Flash flooding, severe storms threaten Texas, Gulf Coast

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A slow-moving storm system drenched Texas overnight with some areas getting as much as a half a foot of rain and causing flooding, stranded cars and water rescues.Also, this storm system produced damaging winds of close to 70 mph from Abilene to Fort Worth, and tennis ball-sized hail in western Texas…

California driver mows down eight pedestrians in ‘possibly intentional’ crash

California driver mows down eight pedestrians in ‘possibly intentional’ crash

iStock(SUNNYVALE, Calif.) — A driver in California sped through an intersection and plowed into a group of pedestrians on Tuesday night, injuring at least eight people, including a 13-year-old.The crash took place at about 6:30 p.m. in Sunnyvale, a suburb of San Jose, and about 45 minutes south of San Francisco.A Sunnyvale police spokesperson said,…

Health News

WHO: Children under 5 should get no more than 1 hour a day of screen time

WHO: Children under 5 should get no more than 1 hour a day of screen time

iStock(NEW YORK) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on the importance of physical activity and adequate sleep for young children, which includes recommendations on how little screen time they should get.One of the most striking suggestions that a WHO panel of experts suggested is that children under the age of 5…

Walgreens raises minimum age to buy tobacco to 21

Walgreens raises minimum age to buy tobacco to 21

Wolterk/iStock(NEW YORK) — Walgreens has risen the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 years old after it received criticism from the FDA earlier this year for selling tobacco products to minors.The policy will be implemented chain-wide starting Sept. 1, the drug store company announced Tuesday in a press release, calling the change “the most…

‘Fertility warriors’: How one family’s IVF journey led to embryo adoption

‘Fertility warriors’: How one family’s IVF journey led to embryo adoption

The dKol la femme Project(NEW YORK) — Nearly one out of every eight couples in the U.S. are affected by infertility. For National Infertility Awareness Week, “GMA” is spotlighting infertility stories to help demystify and destigmatize all paths to parenthood.Kerri Morgan, 35, and her husband Chris Morgan, 38, always knew they wanted to have a…

The ABCs of infertility: Here’s how people are getting pregnant in 2019

The ABCs of infertility: Here’s how people are getting pregnant in 2019

PhonlamaiPhoto/iStock(NEW YORK) — In the 40 years since the world’s first “test tube baby” was born, in vitro fertilization, or IVF, has become a household word.But IVF is now also no longer the only option for people who want to bring a baby into the world.From gestational surrogacy to embryo adoption, the number of ways…