Nov 20

2017 American Music Awards winners list

Dick Clark ProductionsArtist of the Year
Bruno Mars

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
Lady Gaga

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
Bruno Mars

Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
Imagine Dragons

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
Bruno Mars — “24K Magic

Favorite Song – Pop/Rock
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber — “Despacito”

New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile
Niall Horan

Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber — “Despacito”

Tour of the Year

Coldplay

Video of the Year
Bruno Mars — “That’s What I Like”

Favorite Male Artist – Country
Keith Urban

Favorite Female Artist – Country
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Duo or Group – Country
Little Big Town

Favorite Album – Country
Keith Urban — Ripcord

Favorite Song – Country
Keith Urban — “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
Drake

Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Kendrick Lamar — DAMN.

Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne — “I’m the One”

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
Beyoncé

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars — 24K Magic

Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars — “That’s What I Like”

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Linkin Park

Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Shawn Mendes

Favorite Artist – Latin
Shakira

Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Lauren Daigle

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
The Chainsmokers

Top Soundtrack
Moana

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Nov 20

Harry Styles & Miguel to perform on CBS’ “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show;” reports of bans “not accurate,” says VS exec

Jamie-James MedinaAfter a week of rumors, the executive producer of the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show special has finally confirmed this year’s performers.

Ed Razek tells People magazine that Harry Styles, Miguel, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. and Chinese artist Jane Zhang are part of this year’s lineup for the special, which will tape Monday in Shanghai, China.

This past week, it was rumored that Katy Perry was denied a visa to enter the country because she’d once worn a dress decorated with sunflowers, which are a symbol of an anti-China movement. It was also reported that Gigi Hadid was denied a visa because of a social media post that China felt was derogatory.  But according to Razek, those reports are not true.

“The news reports I’ve been reading from the U.S. here in Shanghai regarding this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show are not an accurate reflection of what I’m seeing and experiencing on site,” he says.

“This will, without question, be the biggest fashion event in history and our most ambitious show by far,” he adds, noting, “The Chinese have been wonderful and enthusiastic hosts and partners.”

The show will also feature 55 models, including Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima, Alessandro Ambrosio, Bella Hadid, Candice Swanepoel, Martha Hunt and many more.

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs Tuesday, November 28, at 10 p.m. on CBS.

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Nov 19

LaVar Ball downplays Trump’s role in getting his son released in China, prompting response from WH social media director

Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — President Donald Trump’s social media director responded to comments by LaVar Ball which downplayed the president’s role in getting his son and two other UCLA basketball players released after they were detained in China for questioning following shoplifting allegations.

Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, tweeted Saturday that Lavar Ball “knows if it weren’t for President @realDonaldTrump his son would be in China for a long, long time.”

Scavino was apparently responding to LaVar Ball’s comments to ESPN that downplayed his son’s shoplifting incident in China and Trump’s involvement in getting his son and two other UCLA players back to the United States earlier this week.

“Who?” Ball told ESPN, when asked about Trump’s involvement in the matter. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who had been detained in China, landed in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening and addressed the media on Wednesday before being indefinitely suspended by the team.

LiAngelo Ball said at that time that he “didn’t exercise my best judgment,” adding, “I’ve learned my lesson.”

The freshman player also thanked Trump and the U.S. government for helping and said he takes “full responsibility” for his actions.

Trump, who returned late Tuesday from a trip through Asia, said he had raised the issue of the three players with President Xi Jinping of China during a visit to Beijing last week.

The players had been questioned last week about allegedly stealing from three high-end stores, including sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins had been staying before leaving for Shanghai to face Georgia Tech on Friday.

They were released on bail early Nov. 8 and had been staying at a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou prior to flying home.

“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine,” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, ‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.’ I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that’s a different thing.”

“Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long,” LaVar Ball said. “That’s not me. I handle what’s going on and then we go from there.”

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Nov 19

Serena Williams explains inspiration behind ‘French ball’-themed wedding to Alexis Ohanian

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS) — Breathtaking photos and details are finally leaking out about Serena Williams’ celebrity-filled wedding to Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.

The bride wore a custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ball gown down the aisle Thursday, according to Vogue magazine.

Williams, 36, and Ohanian, 34, exchanged vows inside the Big Easy’s Contemporary Arts Center. The couple chose French ball-themed nuptials with influence from “Beauty and the Beast.” And apparently the groom chose New Orleans as the locale for the couple’s highly-anticipated wedding.

“Alexis really wanted to do New Orleans,” Williams told the fashion magazine. “It’s his favorite city besides Brooklyn. It’s got a heavy European influence; it’s fun and has amazing food. He just loves the vibe.”

Guests included A-listers such as Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, La La Anthony, Eva Longoria and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

And the wedding date, Nov. 16, was also very special to the groom — it was his late mother’s birthday.

“Obviously, we wish that she could be here for this, but choosing her birthday as our wedding date was a nice way of making sure she’s still involved and made us feel more connected to her on our day,” the tennis star explained.

During the wedding reception, which featured a performance by R&B group New Edition, Williams changed into a Versace gown. And during the after-party, an entirely separate affair, she changed yet again to a shorter dress and tennis shoes — of course! It was easier for the bride to enjoy a carousel that guests, including Beyonce, could ride.

The newlyweds became engaged last December with Ohanian announcing the news on Facebook.

Four months later, Williams revealed they were expecting their first child, a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., whom they welcomed in September.

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Nov 19

Satellite calls from missing Argentine sub logged, giving hope for rescue effort

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — Seven satellite calls have been logged that Argentine officials believe are being pinged from the submarine ARA San Juan, which has been missing since Wednesday when communications broke down, giving hope that the crew can still be saved.

Argentine Defense Minister Oscar Aguad tweeted out the news Saturday night, confirming that the 44 crew members may be able to be saved after “7 signals from satellite calls that would have been from the San Juan submarine.”

“We are working arduously to locate it and we are transmitting our hopes to the families of the 44 crew members: that they may soon have them in their homes,” he wrote.

The Argentine Armada, the country’s navy, confirmed the news that the calls “would have indicated that the crew is trying to reestablish contact,” their official Twitter post reads.

It goes on to say that “we are working to determine its precise location.”

The calls, according to a subsequent tweet, lasted from “4 to 36 seconds” at various times but unfortunately “they did not establish contact.”

By Sunday, the pursuit to pinpoint the pings will be bolstered by the might of the U.S. Navy and Air Force, which are deploying more resources into the massive rescue mission already underway to locate the missing submarine, Pentagon officials told ABC News.

On Saturday, the Undersea Rescue Comand, or URC, shipped out two “independent rescue assets” from San Diego en route to the Southern Atlantic, where the Argentine Navy lost communications with one of its submarines. They are expected to arrive on Sunday, officials said.

The highly trained American sailors will employ advanced technology on the Submarine Rescue Chamber, or SRC, which has already been in touch with the family members of the 44 on board, and will utilize an underwater system called Remotely Operated Vehicle, or ROV. It can climb down to depths of 850-feet and pull to safety “up to six persons at a time,” the Pentagon officials said.

The sailors will also be relying on Pressurized Rescue Module, or PRM, which can rescue “up to 16 personnel at a time … by sealing over the submarine’s hatch allowing sailors to safely transfer to the recuse chamber,” according to officials.

The American reinforcements will join the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft and a NASA P-3 research aircraft that have been assisting the ongoing search for the ARA San Juan, a German-built TR 1700 class diesel-electric submarine.

Before vanishing on Wednesday, the vessel was on a routine trip from a base in Ushia, on the southern tip of the continent, to its home base of Mar del Plata.

The submarine’s last-known position in the area of operations was near the San Jorge Gulf, about 240 nautical miles from the country’s southern shore.

When the submarine lost touch with its navy, a fire reportedly knocked out the submarine’s communications systems.

No SOS warning was received at any time, the Navy said.

The ARA San Juan debuted in 1983 and is one of only three in the Argentine Navy’s fleet.

It hadn’t experienced any problems until two years ago, when it was sent to port to be repaired, the Navy said.

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Nov 19

New photo released to mark 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip

Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) — Buckingham Palace has released a new photograph to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70th wedding anniversary to Prince Philip on November 20.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were photographed by Matt Hollyoak in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in early November.

 

To mark The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th Wedding Anniversary, new photographic portraits have been released worldwide. pic.twitter.com/Jl6elndhFe

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 18, 2017

 

The couple will mark their platinum wedding anniversary privately with their children and grandchildren on Monday for a special toast and dinner celebration at Windsor Castle. The guest list includes Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Princess Kate and Prince Harry.

In 2015, Queen Elizabeth became the country’s longest reigning monarch, surpassing Queen Victoria, and in February 2016 she became the first monarch to celebrate her sapphire jubilee, commemorating 65 years on the throne.

Prince Philip retired from public duties earlier this year, but is still seen at the queen’s side, and he joined her just last week as the nation paid respect to military heroes for Remembrance Sunday activities.

Queen Elizabeth paid tribute to her husband on her golden wedding anniversary, celebrating 50 years together.

“He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know,” she said.

At 1 p.m. on Monday the bells at Westminster Abbey, where the couple were wed, will toll to mark the milestone.

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Nov 19

Thousands march in Zimbabwe against President Robert Mugabe

Jack Taylor/Stringer/Getty(HARARE, Zimbabwe) — Thousands of Zimbabweans marched through the capital on Saturday demanding that President Robert Mugabe step down, days after the military placed the longtime ruler under house arrest.

Euphoric crowds gathered near the State House where Zimbabweans cheered, danced, waved flags and hugged soldiers who were stationed outside the government building in Harare. Some marchers carried posters and signs, including ones that said, “Enough is enough Mugabe must go” and “Mugabe out.”

It was the first public demonstration since Zimbabwe’s military apparently took charge earlier in the week, and one that would have been perhaps unthinkable just months ago.

The first signs of a military takeover emerged Tuesday as armored vehicles were deployed near the capital, one week after Mugabe fired his deputy and longtime ally, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and accused him of scheming to take power, including through witchcraft.

An established Zimbabwean journalist who spoke to ABC News on condition of anonymity said members of the military marched inside the state broadcaster’s headquarters on Tuesday and told employees there to not be afraid, that “we are here to protect you” and that they should continue their work as usual.

The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe issued an advisory Tuesday night, urging all employees to stay home the following day and warning American citizens in the southern African nation to shelter in place “as a result of the ongoing political uncertainty.”

Zimbabwe’s army addressed the country on state-run media Wednesday morning, vehemently denying speculation this was a coup d’etat and assuring citizens the president and his family are “safe and sound.”

“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country, in order to bring them to justice. As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy,” Major General S.B. Moyo, spokesman for the Zimbabwe Defense Forces, said in a statement on the state broadcaster.

“To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government. What the Zimbabwe Defense Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country, which if not addressed may result in a violent conflict,” he added.

Moyo urged other security services to “cooperate” with the army “for the good of the country,” and warned that “any provocation will be met with an appropriate response.”

As the political turmoil continued to unfold, it remained unclear whether Mugabe was still in power.

The president of neighboring South Africa, Jacob Zuma, said he spoke with Mugabe on Wednesday morning, who told him he was “confined to his home but said that he was fine.” Zuma sent “special envoys” to meet with Mugabe and the Zimbabwean army “in light of the unfolding situation,” according to a press release from the South African presidency.

The whereabouts of Mugabe’s wife were still unknown; though journalists in Harare told ABC News she’s believed to be with her husband under house arrest at the presidential palace.

It’s uncharted waters for Zimbabweans. Mugabe, 93, has led the country since its independence in 1980. He is the world’s oldest head of state. In December last year, Zimbabwe’s ruling party ZANU-PF confirmed Mugabe as its sole candidate for the 2018 election, despite concerns over his age and health.

Mugabe is still revered by some Zimbabweans as a freedom fighter who helped liberate the former British colony Rhodesia from white minority rule. But many have come to view him as an avaricious autocrat who has plundered the country’s resources,

Zimbabweans have seen the economy expand and contract under Mugabe’s reign. In recent years, the economy has suffered from rampant corruption, mounting debt, food shortages, a collapsed currency and a deteriorating investment climate.

The United States in 2003 imposed targeted sanctions, a travel ban and an asset freeze against Mugabe and his close associates, citing the Zimbabwean government’s human rights abuses as well as evidence of rigged elections.

Nevertheless, Mugabe so far has showed no signs of relinquishing his iron grip on power. He appeared in public Friday for the first time since the apparent military takeover to preside over a university graduation ceremony in Harare.

The decadeslong ruler is said to be asking for more time amid talks with regional leaders, The Associated Press reported.

Zimbabwe’s former war veterans minister, Tshinga Dube, told The Associated Press on Saturday that the ruling party will recall Mugabe “as early as tomorrow.”

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Nov 19

US warship collides with Japanese tug boat, latest mishap for the Navy’s 7th Fleet

iStock/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — A U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tug boat in Japan’s Sagami Bay on Saturday, marking the fifth time this year that a ship in the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash.

The Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise. The U.S. guided-missile destroyer sustained minimal damage, and there were no reported injuries on either vessel, according to a press release from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet.

The USS Benfold, which is awaiting a full damage assessment, remains at sea under its own power. The incident will be investigated, the 7th Fleet said.

Here’s a look at previous crashes involving U.S. Navy warships in 2017, including two deadly collisions that left 17 sailors dead:

Jan. 31: The USS Antietam runs aground off coast of Japan

The USS Antietam ran aground off the coast of Japan on January 31, damaging its propellers and spilling oil into the water.

The guided-missile destroyer grounded near the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, after anchoring out in high winds, the Navy Times reported.

The crew noticed the ship was dragging its anchor before getting it back underway, according to the Navy Times, adding that the crew then felt the ship shudder and lose pitch control of its propellers.

About 1,100 gallons of oil were dumped into the Tokyo Bay, the Navy Times reported. No one was injured.

A Navy investigation revealed that the former Capt. Joseph Carrian of the USS Antietam was “ultimately responsible” for the ship’s running aground, causing an estimated $4.2 million in damage, according to Stars and Stripes.

May 9: The USS Lake Champlain collides with South Korean fishing boat

The USS Lake Champlain, also a guided-missile cruiser, collided with a South Korean fishing boat in the Sea of Japan May 9.

No one was injured in the incident.

The warship tried to alert the fishing boat before the collision but it was too late.

June 17: The USS Fitzgerald collides with a Philippine container ship

Seven U.S. sailors were killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with Philippine-flagged container ship in the middle of the night off the coast of Yokosuuka, Japan, June 17.

The destroyer was operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka when it collided with the ACX Crystal.

The Fitzgerald sustained damage on its starboard side and experienced flooding in some spaces as a result of the collision, according to the Navy.

 All seven sailors who died were initially missing after the collision and found in the flooded quarters after the destroyer returned to port, a Navy official told ABC News. Those quarters flooded within 90 seconds of the collision.

The area is often busy with sea traffic, with as many as 400 ships passing through it every day, according to Japan’s coast guard.

The Navy last week relieved the USS Fitzgerald’s commanding officer, executive officer and senior enlisted sailor for alleged mistakes that led to the deadly crash.

Aug. 21: The USS John S. McCain collides with a merchant ship

Ten U.S. sailors were killed when the USS John S. McCain, named after the father and grandfather of Vietnam war hero Sen. John S. McCain III, R-Ariz., collided with commercial vessel Alnic MC in waters east of Singapore on Aug. 21, according to the Navy.

The collision occurred east of the Strait of Malacca around 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time. The guided-missile destroyer was on its way for a routine port visit in Singapore, the Navy said in a statement.

“It was one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world,” said Steve Ganyard, an ABC News contributor, retired Marine colonel and a former deputy assistant secretary of state.

“One-third of all maritime shipping goes through here,” Ganyard said. “So there were probably extenuating circumstances but no doubt, as we saw in the Fitzgerald, there was probably human error involved, as well.”

The warship suffered significant damage to the hull, causing flooding in nearby departments, including the crew berthing, machinery and communications rooms, the Navy said.

“This leaves a real gap in the Pacific fleet’s capabilities at a time when tensions with North Korea are high,” Ganyard said.

All 10 sailors who died were initially missing and their remains were later found inside sealed compartments of the warship’s damaged hull. Another five sailors sustained non-life-threatening injuries, the Navy said.

The crew consisted of 23 officers, 24 petty officers and 291 sailors, according to the Navy’s website. Its home port is in Yokosuka, Japan.

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Nov 19

Gunman sought after Pennsylvania police officer killed in traffic stop

iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Police have found a vehicle they believe was involved in the killing of a Pennsylvania cop during a traffic stop, officials said Saturday.

“We were able to find and seize the vehicle that we believe to be involved in this incident,” New Kensington Police Chief James Klein said. “The investigation into the vehicle’s full involvement and the occupants that were in the vehicle is ongoing at this time.”

The discovery came after an announcement that the reward offered for information leading to an arrest of the gunman rose to $40,000 on Saturday, as an intense manhunt continued.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. ET Friday in New Kensington, about 18 miles from Pittsburgh. Officer Brian Shaw was shot after a traffic stop led to him pursuing someone on foot, according to authorities.

Police later found an unoccupied Jeep Grand Cherokee not far from the scene that was wanted in connection with the shooting.

Shaw was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, authorities said. The 25-year-old officer had been with the New Kensington Police Department for less than a year.

Shaw’s body was transported to a funeral home in Lower Burrell on Saturday afternoon after an autopsy was conducted.

“I can tell you standing there listening to the officers share stories about how he was vibrant, how he brought smiles and entertainment and wit and humor into their lives, he was obviously a very special person just by listening to how they talked about him,” Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Steven Limani said at a press conference Saturday.

Limani would not discuss other details of the case, including the reason for the traffic stop, saying it could compromise the ongoing investigation. Police have not yet released a description of the suspect they are searching for.

Several law enforcement agencies are involved in the ongoing search for the suspect. Westmoreland County detectives are leading the investigation and the FBI is assisting.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) initially offered a $30,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. On Saturday, the ATF increased its offer from $5,000 to $10,000 and the U.S. Marshals Service offered an additional $5,000, bringing the total reward to $40,000, authorities said.

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Nov 19

At least 27 injured, others unaccounted for after massive fire at senior living center

iStock/Thinkstock(WEST CHESTER, Pa.) — More than two dozen people were injured while others remain unaccounted for after a massive fire engulfed a senior living facility west of Philadelphia on Thursday night, authorities said.

The five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, about 35 miles from Philadelphia, began just before 11 p.m. ET Thursday, authorities said. It burned for hours before firefighters brought it under control early Friday.

Hundreds of first responders scrambled to rescue the elderly residents from the burning building, evacuating them on beds and in wheelchairs.

Approximately 27 people were hospitalized for injuries related to the blaze, West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn said at a press conference Friday afternoon. All of them are expected to survive, Bohn added.

The police chief estimated that 160 people, including residents and staff, were evacuated from the flaming center. The blaze was contained Friday afternoon but continued to burn.

Authorities were unclear on the exact amount of people unaccounted for and whether that number includes residents or staff.

“As you can imagine it was a little chaotic during the evacuation. There were some folks who were evacuated to West Chester University, some folks went home with family, so we’re still trying to account for everybody,” Donald Robinson, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Center for Explosives Training and Research, said at the press conference Friday afternoon.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, and the ATF was on scene Friday.

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