At least 17 people were killed when a teen opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. At least 15 others were wounded, five of whom suffering life-threatening injuries Wednesday night, hospital officials said. Authorities said the suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, concealed himself in the crowd fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was arrested in nearby Coral Springs. Broward County schools said Cruz had recently been expelled from Douglas for disciplinary reasons and was enrolled elsewhere in the district. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Cruz was believed to have been armed with a AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle and multiple magazines. The gunfire began outside the school and continued inside, where 12 of the victims were killed, Israel said. All of those victims have been identified, he said, but no identities will be made public until the families of all of those affected have been notified.
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Shaun White cemented his status in the sport of snowboarding with a third Olympic halfpipe gold medal and a 100th overall at a Winter Games for Team USA. The 31-year-old pulled off an epic final run to add to his legacy following golds in Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010. White scored a remarkable 98.50 out of 100 to lead after qualifying, and maintained his momentum with a top score of 94.25 in the opening round of Wednesday’s final. The US team now trails only Norway (118 going into PyeongChang 2018) in the total of Winter Olympics gold medals.
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Bulls Point Guard Kris Dunn will play for the first time since his nasty fall against Golden St. almost a month ago. Dunn sustained a concussion and damage to his front teeth when he landed face first on the court after losing his balance on a slam dunk. Bulls Head Coach Fred Hoiberg said Dunn will start and play about 20 minutes as the Bulls host the Raptors in their last game pre All-Star Break. Dunn says his conditioning still needs a lot of work, he graded it a C-Minus.
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Girls creator and actress Lena Dunham has revealed that, following a brutal years-long battle with endometriosis, she underwent a total hysterectomy in 2017. Dunham shared the revelation in a personal essay, titled “The Painful Truth,” from the upcoming March issue of Vogue. Excerpts reveal that Dunham’s decision to have her cervix and uterus removed came after “years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits” failed to alleviate her chronic pain. In the essay, Dunham also discusses her hopes to someday start a family, suggesting that adoption or using a surrogate is her plan. In April 2017, Dunham underwent surgery to remove her ovaries from her rectal wall. On May 1, while attending the Met Gala in NYC, Dunham was rushed to a hospital after suffering complications caused by the condition.
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A former “Charles in Charge” actor says Scott Baio assaulted and “mentally tortured” him during their time together on the show in the 1980s. Alexander Polinsky made the allegations Wednesday in Los Angeles during a news conference. Polinsky says Baio exposed himself, talked about gay sex acts with the young actor and once threw a hot cup of tea in his face. Another former “Charles in Charge” co-star, Nicole Eggert, came forward last month with claims that Baio sexually assaulted her when she was a minor while they worked together on the hit show. Baio called those allegations false, saying he and Eggert were involved in a consensual relationship when she was of legal age. Brian Glicklich, Baio’s spokespman, said the new claims would be addressed at a news conference.
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The Academy of Country Music has announced the lineup for some of its Party for a Cause events. Thomas Rhett, Lee Brice, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally and Lori McKenna will perform as part of the ACM Stories, Songs & Stars event on April 13 at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The ACM Awards will air live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET. on CBS. Portions of event proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives. Tickets are on sale now at: www.partyforacause.com/pfac2018
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Steve Moakler has announced the schedule for his 2018 Born Ready tour, supporting his upcoming album of the same name. The tour will launch on March 22 in Lancaster, Pa. Corey Kent White will be joining Moakler on tour as a special guest for most of the dates. While he may still be a newcomer as a performer, Moakler has long been part of the Nashville country songwriting scene. Best known for penning songs for stars such as Jake Owen, Eric Church, Kellie Pickler and Dierks Bentley, Moakler released his fourth studio album, Steel Town, in March of 2017 and will drop Born Ready later in 2018.
Rumors are circulating that rapper Cardi B is pregnant, ever since reports state that members of her entourage were telling others why she didn’t want to be partying when she was performing at an event during Super Bowl weekend. The 25-year-old rapper, who is engaged to fellow rapper Offset, performed at several events in Minneapolis during Super Bowl weekend. After Cardi performed, she apparently didn’t want to return to her own VIP room because alcohol was there. Her representative then told the employee that Cardi B is three to four months pregnant. Pregnancy rumors first surfaced a week or two ago, which Cardi B immediately shot down. Cardi and Offset appear to be going strong, despite reports over New Year’s that the engagement was off following rumors he cheated on her. However rap’s royal pair were most recently seen Sunday night at Prabal Gurung’s fall 2018 show as part of New York Fashion Week.
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After teasing a new collaboration over the past few days, Khalid and Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei dropped their Valentine’s Day single “Love Lies” on Wednesday. The song features Khalid’s distinct voice complimenting Normani’s smooth vocals over a simple guitar riff and slow pop beat. “Love Lies” is Normani’s first solo track apart from Fifth Harmony. It will be featured on the soundtrack for the movie Love, Simon, which hits theaters this spring. Check out the track below.
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Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer for President Trump, told the New York Times he personally paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 of his own money after she claimed to have had an affair with Trump. In a subsequent statement, Cohen suggested that the money was not an admission that Daniels’s claims were true. Cohen’s payment to Daniels was first reported by the Wall Street Journal last month. The newspaper said Daniels “privately alleged” her rendezvous with Trump took place at a celebrity golf tournament where they met in 2006, and reported that Cohen gave Daniels the six-figure sum as part of a nondisclosure agreement that barred her from discussing her alleged dalliance with Trump. “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
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