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Fire on Thanksgiving Day leaves 2 dead, 2 critically injured in Bronx, NY

Officials say that an apartment fire in the New York City borough of The Bronx on Thanksgiving day left two people dead and two critically injured. The blaze broke out on the second floor of a five-story building in the Mount Hope neighborhood of the Bronx around 5:30 a.m., killing a 60-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman.

Police told local NY station WABC-TV that the victims were identified as 20-year-old Odalys Aramboles and 60-year-old Perfecto Aramboles. The other two victims, listed in critical condition at area hospitals, were described as a 62-year-old woman and a 63-year-old woman. An NYPD spokesperson said investigators believe all four victims are related.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials say it may have been caused by an electrical fire that started in a hallway closet next to the kitchen.

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President Biden calls for assault weapons ban after latest mass shootings

During a Thanksgiving Day visit to Nantucket, Mass. to meet with local firefighters, President Joe Biden called for stricter gun laws in the wake of deadly mass shootings in Colorado, where a gunmen targeted an LGBTQ night club, and in Virginia, where a Walmart supervisor opened fire in an employee break room.

After Biden thanked first responders, he told reporters he would attempt to pass some form of gun control before a new Congress is seated in January, renewing his attempt to ban assault weapons. Said Biden: “I’m sick and tired of these shootings. We should have much stricter gun laws … Look, the idea that we’re not enforcing red-flag laws, period, just based on knowledge, not on parents saying or a loved one saying you should arrest this person now for his own sake, is ridiculous … The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. It’s just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.”

The shootings in Colorado Springs and Chesapeake are just two of the more than 600 mass shootings so far this year. Other mass shootings occurred throughout the country over the past week; last Sunday, four people in Oklahoma were gunned down at a marijuana farm, an a mother and her three kids were killed in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday.

The president also called-in live to the broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City earlier in the day, saying:  “I want to say thanks to the firefighters, the police officers, the first responders — they never take a break.”  He said he planned to later talk to those serving in the military both here and abroad, adding,”God bless our troops, for real.”

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LA Lakers guard Patrick Beverley suspended three games for shoving incident

The NBA announced on Thursday that Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley has been suspended three games for “forcefully shoving” Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, causing him to fall during L.A.’s game against the Suns on Tuesday. In the league’s statement, the suspension was explained as being “based in part on Beverley’s history of unsportsmanlike acts.” The suspension is without pay and will cost Beverley $268,965 in salary.

Immediately after the incident, which occurred with 3:55 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 115-105 loss in Phoenix, Beverley was assessed a technical foul and ejected for charging into Ayton. Following the game, Beverley said he was “for sure” concerned that the league would discipline him for his actions and added that he would accept the punishment that would be handed out. Said Beverley: “Very unprofessional by myself. Definitely could have reacted in a different way … So, yeah, I’m a big boy. I’ll take my lumps however they come.”

Beverley is averaging 4.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 14 starts for the Lakers. As a result of the suspension, Beverley will miss a pair of road games against the San Antonio Spurs on Fri-Sat, as well as a matchup against the Indiana Pacers on Monday.

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Parents of former Stanford goalie files wrongful death lawsuit against school

The parents of former Stanford soccer star Katie Meyer have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the University, alleging that the 21-year-old goalie was distressed about facing discipline over an incident from August 2021. Meyer died by suicide in late February. She was a part of the 2019 national champion women’s soccer team, and stopped two penalty shots in Stanford’s 5-4 shootout victory over North Carolina after a scoreless draw.

The civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court says that Meyer spilled coffee on a Stanford football player who allegedly had sexually assaulted a soccer teammate. It also said that Meyer received a formal written notice on the evening of Feb. 28 — the same night she died — that charged her with a “Violation of the Fundamental Standard.” The violation put her diploma on hold a few months before she was supposed to graduate.

In the lawsuit, Meyer’s parents argue that the notice came after-hours while Meyer was “alone in her room without any support or resources,” and says that Meyer responded to the email “expressing how ‘shocked and distraught’ she was over being charged and threatened with removal from the university.” Her parents also allege in the lawsuit that Meyer had “an acute stress reaction that impulsively led her” to take her life, and that Meyer told Stanford employees in November 2021 that she had “been scared for months that my clumsiness will ruin my chances of leaving Stanford on a good note.”

Dee Mostofi, Stanford’s assistant vice president of external communications, said a statement on Wednesday that the school “strongly disagreed” with the lawsuit’s claim that Stanford was responsible in Meyer’s death and hadn’t seen the complaint.

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Thomas Rhett earns 20th No. 1 with “Half of Me”

Thomas Rhett has earned his 20th No. 1 single with “Half of Me” featuring Riley Green. Rhett’s latest No. 1 marks a milestone for the country singer, who has now earned 20 No. 1 hits in less than 10 years, beginning in 2013 with “It Goes Like This.”

Rhett shared in a celebratory Instagram post alongside a video called “One Decade, Twenty Number Ones” that features clips of all his chart-toppers to date.: “#HalfOfMe officially makes 20 number ones as an artist in 10 years. This milestone occurring on a week of gratitude couldn’t be more fitting. There’s so much to be thankful for this year. I’m just absolutely humbled and floored. And I have a feeling the next decade is going to be even better.” Rhett also asked fans to share their favorites in the comments, saying “I gotta know… which one has been your favorite?! Tell me ⬇

“Half of Me”, co-written by Rhett, his father Rhett Akins, Josh Thompson, and Will Bundy, is the second single off his latest album, Where We Started. 

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Dierks Bentley and Billy Strings team up for the single ‘High Note’

Dierks Bentley is teaming up with Billy Strings for his newest track, “High Note,” off Bentley’s forthcoming tenth studio album arriving in early 2023.

The bluegrass-inspired collaboration with Strings features the legendary Jerry Douglas on dobro, Sam Bush playing the mandolin and Strings and Bryan Sutton on guitar.

In addition to sharing the new song, Bentley and Strings also released a music video for the tune, which was filmed at The Station Inn. You can take a look at the official music video for “High Note” – here.

WATCH: Dierks Bentley’s “High Note” Featuring Billy Strings

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Take a look at Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in new ‘Babylon’ featurette

Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, the stars of the upcoming film Babylon, appear in a featurette for the movie. Babylon follows multiple characters ‘as they experience the decadence and debauchery of early Hollywood.’

Writer and director Damien Chazelle, Pitt and Robbie star alongside cast members Diego Calva, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, Jean Smart and Tobey Maguire. Says Chazelle:  “Babylon is about a group of people who find themselves in early Hollywood at a time of extreme depravity and debauchery and excess. It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever tried to do.”

Pitt plays Jack Conrad, “the biggest film actor at the top of his game,” while Robbie portrays Nellie LaRoy, “an aspiring actress.” Says Pitt of their characters: “They have an ambition to be part of something bigger than themselves.”

Babylon opens in theaters Dec. 23; take a look at the featurette – here.

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ABC shares details for ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2023′

ABC and dick clark productions announced that “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2023” will return once again to Times Square and has expanded to Disneyland, headlined by 18-time host and executive producer of the show, Ryan Seacrest. Actress and producer Liza Koshy will return as co-host in Times Square alongside Seacrest, and country artist Jessie James Decker will also join the duo in Times Square as the Powerball co-host for her fourth consecutive year.

Disneyland will become home to an additional Rockin’ Eve celebration with veteran hostess Ciara overseeing festivities. The Disneyland segments will be pre-taped prior to the New Year’s holiday. This year’s broadcast event will also kick off Disney 100 Years of Wonder celebration.

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” will air Saturday, Dec. 31, live on ABC, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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ABC shares details for ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2023′

ABC and dick clark productions announced that “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2023” will return once again to Times Square and has expanded to Disneyland, headlined by 18-time host and executive producer of the show, Ryan Seacrest. Actress and producer Liza Koshy will return as co-host in Times Square alongside Seacrest, and country artist Jessie James Decker will also join the duo in Times Square as the Powerball co-host for her fourth consecutive year.

Disneyland will become home to an additional Rockin’ Eve celebration with veteran hostess Ciara overseeing festivities. The Disneyland segments will be pre-taped prior to the New Year’s holiday. This year’s broadcast event will also kick off Disney 100 Years of Wonder celebration.

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” will air Saturday, Dec. 31, live on ABC, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Nikki Sixx and Johnny Depp join together for ‘Crossbone Skully’

Crossbone Skully, the multi-dimensional brainchild of Alice Cooper and Hollywood Vampires member Tommy Henriksen, has debuted its lead single along with an animated short on the way. Cooper, along with Joe Perry, Nikki Sixx, and Johnny Depp will be featured in the animated short of the first single ‘Evil World Machine’, set to premiere on November 26 at the San Diego Fan Expo.

Crossbone Skully is an “avenging superhero”, beginning his journey to rescue humanity on ‘Evil World Machine’. Legendary producer Mutt Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard), came out of retirement to serve as executive producer on the album which was written by Tommy Henriksen and Tommy Denander. Fans will soon get their first look at Crossbone Skully and his world, which inspired its own upcoming graphic novel, ‘Thing #1’.  Henriksens serves as lead vocalist and bassist on the album, with additional voice overs on ‘Thing #1’ by Johnny Depp (The Evil Sorcerer), Cooper (The Bringer of Light), Joe Perry (The Big Bad Bone Crusher), Nikki Sixx (The Crooked Crow), and Kane Roberts (The Alpha Watchman), to name a few in the short, animated film.

Crossbone Skully will also release their debut album in 2023, which delivers a “powerful message in today’s global climate, inviting people of all backgrounds to coexist and break down oppressive barriers”.

You can listen to the lead single, ‘Evil World Machine’, here.

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