An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the island struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid, just seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line. Officials said it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to more than 1.4 million customers as outrage grew across the island about the state of Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority. It is the second major outage in less than a week, with the previous one affecting some 840,000 customers. Several large power outages have hit Puerto Rico in recent months, but Wednesday was the first time since the Category 4 storm struck on Sept. 20 that the U.S. territory has experienced a full island-wide blackout. Officials reported no cancellations or delays at major airports due to the use of generators. They said restoring power to hospitals, airports, banking centers and water pumping systems was the priority, following that would be businesses and then homes.
Professional wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino died Wednesday at the age of 82. Sammartino died peacefully with his wife and two kids by his side after dealing with health problems for the past several months. Sammartino, named The Italian Superman, caught the attention of Vince McMahon Sr. and became a professional wrestler after setting a world record in 1959 by bench-pressing 565 pounds. He became the second-ever WWE Champion in 1963 when he defeated Buddy Rogers in 48 seconds. Sammartino held onto the WWE Championship for eight years, a record that still stands today. He lost his championship to Ivan Koloff in 1971 but won it back in 1973 to become the first-ever two-time WWE Champion. The second title reign lasted more than three years. Sammartino sold out Madison Square Garden in New York 187 times, and became a color commentator for WWE in the 1980s. He was inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame in 2013.
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The Raptors, Celtics and Pelicans all won in their respective series, and are all in command with 2-0 leads. The Raptors won against the Wizards 130-119 to take a 2-0 series lead for the first time in franchise history. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 37 points. In their second game, the Celtics followed suit, beating the Bucks 120-106 to go up 2-0 in their series. In the Pelicans shocked the Blazers 111-102 to steal yet another win on the road to take their own 2-0 lead in the series. As things head back to New Orleans for Games 3 and 4, the Pelicans hope to sweep the Blazers.
The Southwest Airlines pilot who made an emergency landing Tuesday after the jet blew an engine and lost a window at 32,000 feet was one of the first female pilots to fly with the U.S. Navy. Tammie Jo Shults, 56, was calm as she navigated the damaged Dallas-bound jet, Flight 1380, to an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The twin-engine Boeing 737 that left New York’s LaGuardia Airport had 143 customers and five crew on board. One passenger died and 7 others were injured. Jennifer Riordan, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was identified as the woman who died. Riordan was the mother of two and a Wells Fargo bank executive. Shults took the plane into a rapid descent as passengers employed oxygen masks and braced for impact. The veteran pilot managed to safely land the plane at Philadelphia International at 11:30 a.m.
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Just days after releasing her single “Cry Pretty,” country star Carrie Underwood has revealed that her album of the same name is set for release in the fall. The album’s title track was released on April 11th. Underwood, a seven-time Grammy winner, is co-producing the album. On Wednesday, the singer unveiled an album trailer that gave a behind-the-scenes look at her work in the studio. “Cry Pretty,” which will be Underwood’s first album since 2015’s “Storyteller.” “At this point in my career, I feel stronger and more creative than ever. I think you can hear that in this new album,” said Underwood of the upcoming LP. “It’s emotional, it’s soulful, it’s real, and we also have some fun on there too.” “Cry Pretty” will be out September 14.
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The Country Music Association has announced the return of the popular free nightly concerts during CMA Fest at the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage located in downtown Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 9. The festivities will kick off June 7 with a lineup featuring Chase Bryant, Craig Campbell, Lindsay Ell, Everette, Chase Rice, Runaway June, and Granger Smith. Lee Brice will headline at Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater on Friday, June 8, and the lineup will also includes Clare Dunn, Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae, and Drake White and The Big Fire. Saturday, June 9 fans will enjoy Cole Swindell joined by Cale Dodds, Morgan Evans, Michael Ray, and Tegan Marie.
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Homeland actress Claire Danes and husband Hugh Dancy are expecting their second child. Danes revealed the news during an interview with Howard Stern “I am pregnant. I’m seriously preggo … I’m deep into my second trimester.” When asked if the pregnancy was a surprise or planned, Danes replied that she and Dancy were trying to get pregnant. “Yeah, this was planned,” she said. “We’ve been wanting another kid for a while, and it happened.” Despite revealing this personal news, Danes says she is keeping the baby’s sex a secret. Danes and Dancy, 42, met while filming the 2007 movie Evening in Rhode Island and became engaged in 2009; the two were married later that same year. Their son, Cyrus, who is now 5, was born in December 2012.
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A Colorado man who was wearing a mask and had a knife in his car when he was arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Taylor Swift was released from custody on Tuesday while police continued their investigation. Julius Sandrock, 38, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stalking after officers went to the home. Swift, who lives in New York, wasn’t at the home, police said. Sandrock was freed from jail on Tuesday morning, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website. Meanwhile, police obtained a temporary restraining order preventing Sandrock from possessing guns.
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Beyonce’s performance at last weekend’s Coachella have broken a live stream record. Boasting a 75% increase in viewership over last year’s top act, Lady Gaga, Bey’s Saturday performance drew 458k simultaneous viewers on YouTube, which is the most ever for a single Coachella performance since they started streaming the festival 8 years ago. The opening weekend for Coachelle, which also included The Weeknd, Eminem and Migos, generated 43.1 million live stream views in 232 countries. That makes it the most-viewed live music festival ever on YouTube.
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