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“Watchmen” series officially coming to HBO in 2019

“Watchmen” series officially coming to HBO in 2019

HBO/Van Redin (Regina King)Watchmen has officially been ordered to series at HBO, Variety reports. The Damon Lindelof series, based on the classic DC graphic novel about superheroes who are treated as outlaws, is set to debut in 2019.  Until now, the show had just been in its pilot stage. HBO says the new series “embraces…

Renée Zellweger to star in new Netflix show, “What/If”

Renée Zellweger to star in new Netflix show, “What/If”

JB Lacroix/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Renée Zellweger is heading to Netflix. The actress will be starring a new drama series called What/If, set to debut on the streaming site in 2019. The show, described as a “social thriller,” is about newlyweds in a financial bind, who find themselves tempted into a lucrative but ethically…

Music News

Aretha Franklin’s funeral scheduled for August 31 in Detroit

Aretha Franklin’s funeral scheduled for August 31 in Detroit

Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesThe funeral for The Queen of Soul will be held in her hometown of Detroit on August 31. Aretha Franklin’s publicist announced Friday that the music legend’s homegoing service, which is limited to friends and family, will take place at the Greater Grace Temple in the Motor City. However, there will be public…

Watch now: Sting and Shaggy release animated video for “Just One Lifetime”

Watch now: Sting and Shaggy release animated video for “Just One Lifetime”

ABC/Paula LoboAn album, a tour, a gig in the Hamptons, and now…a cartoon. That’s the ever-unfolding story of collaborators Sting and Shaggy, who turned their musical bromance into the joint album 44/876, released in April. The animated video is for “Just One Lifetime,” a groovy reggae tune. The clip features cartoon versions of Sting and Shaggy dancing on a…

Lay Down Santa: Eric Clapton to release Christmas album in October

Lay Down Santa: Eric Clapton to release Christmas album in October

Gus Stewart/RedfernsJust call him Slowhand Santa: Eric Clapton is set to release Christmas album. Billboard reports Happy Xmas will arrive October 12, and will feature classic holiday songs as reworked by the legendary guitarist.  Happy Xmas will also contain an original Clapton Christmas tune called “For Love On Christmas Day.” Clapton tells Billboard, “I had in my head that these holiday songs could…

Chain of sales: Aretha Franklin music downloads soar following her death

Chain of sales: Aretha Franklin music downloads soar following her death

Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesSales of Aretha Franklin’s back catalog have spiked nearly 1600% following her death Thursday at age 76, Billboard reports.   On Thursday alone, sales of Franklin’s albums and digital song downloads rose from 8,000 the previous day to a whopping 134,000. Digital song downloads accounted for 89% of sales, with 115,000 songs. Physical album sales totaled…

National News

Federal officials reiterate drone threat in intel bulletin

Federal officials reiterate drone threat in intel bulletin

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Federal officials this week warned police around the country that drones are posing an ever-growing threat to safety and security.Citing the Aug. 4 attack during an appearance of Venezuela’s president, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism Center issued an intelligence bulletin with the starkest of warnings: “An attack could be…

Baltimore police make arrest in connection with death of 7-year-old by stray bullet

Baltimore police make arrest in connection with death of 7-year-old by stray bullet

ABC News(BALTIMORE, Md.) — Authorities in Baltimore have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of a 7-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet while sitting in the backseat of a car.On the afternoon of July 5, second-grader Taylor Hayes was taken to the a local hospital after she was shot in…

18-year-old who pushed friend off bridge charged with reckless endangerment

18-year-old who pushed friend off bridge charged with reckless endangerment

ABC News(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — The 18-year-old who pushed her teenage friend off a 60-foot bridge in Washington state, leaving her with multiple injuries, has been charged with one count of reckless endangerment.Prosecutors filed the charge Friday, with a declaration of probable cause from the arresting officer stated, “it is clear that Taylor Smith engaged in…

Woman survives brutal hit-and-run at same spot where husband was murdered 17 years ago

Woman survives brutal hit-and-run at same spot where husband was murdered 17 years ago

WFAA(MESQUITE, Texas) — A woman who barely survived a terrifying hit-and-run at a Texas gas station she owns has spoken out for the first time, saying that she suffers from intolerable pain but is glad to be alive.”I don’t know what miracle saved me,” gas station owner Alka Patel told ABC News affiliate WFAA.With multiplying…

Health News

Mysterious smell plaguing California residents and sparking finger-pointing

Mysterious smell plaguing California residents and sparking finger-pointing

iStock/Thinkstock(ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.) — Residents of several Orange County, California cities are complaining about a strange, mysterious odor in the air — and local municipal agencies seem to be pointing fingers at each other as to the cause of the bad smell.The odor is affecting cities like Orange, Anaheim Hills, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and…

First-generation students discuss overcoming ‘impostor syndrome’

First-generation students discuss overcoming ‘impostor syndrome’

Jared Jaramillo(NEW YORK) — When Jared Jaramillo arrived at his East Coast college, the Utah native and first-generation college student felt like he’d entered an “alien world.”While the 19-year-old excelled at math and science in high school and was admitted to Tufts University’s prestigious mechanical engineering program, Jaramillo said that as soon as classes began…

Smelling things that aren’t there could be a sign: Study

Smelling things that aren’t there could be a sign: Study

iStock/ThinkstockBY: DR. RYAN GUINNESS (NEW YORK) — Imagine smelling something that isn’t there. Now imagine if these smells were always around, persisting through everyday life without any apparent reason.These “phantom odors” occur when someone smells something, but there is nothing in the environment that corresponds to the often unpleasant odors. Though it may seem like…

FDA approves first generic EpiPen

FDA approves first generic EpiPen

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr auto injector for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions.The approval is part of the FDA’s “longstanding commitment” to providing access to low-cost generic alternatives, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.”This approval…