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Suspect arrested in killings of 2 Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Authorities confirmed on Tuesday that a man suspected of killing at least two Muslim men in New Mexico has been arrested.  The suspect, 51-year-old Muhammad Syed, was taken into custody after a tipster contacted authorities.

Albuquerque Police Deputy Commander Kyle Hartsock told reporters that Syed is accused of the July 26 and Aug. 1 murders of Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, respectively. Syed is also a suspect in the Aug. 5 killing of Naeem Hussain, 25, and the Nov. 7 slaying of Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, but authorities are still investigating those cases.  Albuquerque police declined to elaborate on a potential motive, however in a news release the department said the victims knew Syed “to some extent and an interpersonal conflict” may have led to the shootings.

The first murder happened on Nov. 7, when the body of Mohammad Ahmadi was found in a parking lot behind the halal meat business he ran with his brother. The two other homicides were the killing of Pakistani immigrant Aftab Hussein and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain near the University of New Mexico, authorities said.

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Hostage standoff at Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Florida leaves three dead in murder-suicide

A hostage situation at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Florida ended with three people dead in an apparent murder-suicide.  Police responded to a report that a person was shot at Bridge the Gap, a non-profit organization, on Monday at approximately 7:00 p.m. in Edgewater, Florida. Bridge the Gap was hosting a Narcotics Anonymous meeting at the time.

According to the Edgewater Police Department, Quinton Hunter, the suspect, entered the building after the meeting started and shot Ian Greenfield at close proximity, “mortally wounding him.”  Police shared in a statement: “At this time we believe Quinton Hunter was angry over a relationship Greenfield had with Hunter’s former girlfriend, Erica Hoffman, the second victim in this case.”

20 people were in attendance at the NA meeting, and were able to flee the building safely.  Police said Hunter prevented Hoffman from leaving, turning the incident into a hostage situation. The Southeast Volusia Regional SWAT Team and Southeast Volusia Negotiations Team responded to the scene and attempted to contact Hunter to negotiate a resolution. Upon entering the building, SWAT discovered the bodies of Greenfield, Hoffman, and Hunter.

The Edgewater Police Department are continuing to investigate the incident along with the State Attorney Homicide Investigations Unit.

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Serena Williams shares plans to retire from tennis after 2022 U.S. Open

23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams says she plans to retire from tennis sometime after competing in the 2022 U.S. Open.

In an interview for Vogue, Williams said: “I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me.” 

Williams added that if she has to choose between tennis and her family, at this point in her life she’s choosing her family:  “Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think it’s fair. If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family. Maybe I’d be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity.”  Williams hinted that the 2022 U.S. Open will be her last tournament.

Williams’ 23 Grand Slam titles includes three wins at the French Open, six wins at the U.S. Open, and seven wins at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Her last Grand Slam win came at the 2017 Australian Open, when she was eight weeks pregnant with her daughter Olympia. Since having her daughter, Williams has competed in four Grand Slam finals (2018 Wimbledon, 2018 U.S. Open, 2019 Wimbledon, 2019 U.S. Open), but has lost all four times. She is just one Grand Slam win short of Margaret Court‘s record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

Williams said in her Vogue article:  “There are people who say I’m not the GOAT because I didn’t pass Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles, which she achieved before the ‘open era’ that began in 1968. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want that record. Obviously I do. But day to day, I’m really not thinking about her.”

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Former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch arrested on DUI charge in Las Vegas

Former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested and charged with driving under the influence by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday morning at 7:25 a.m. PT.

Per TMZ Sports:  Lynch was allegedly driving into roadside curbs before police stopped him. Officers spoke to Lynch and believed he was under the influence, leading to the booking at Las Vegas City Jail. Lynch had his blood drawn and did not submit to a breathalyzer.

The 36-year-old Lynch played in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders from 2007-15 and again from 2017-19.  Lynch was a two-time NFC champion who played for the 2013 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, leading the team with 1,573 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns.

Lynch is also a five-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro who earned six 1,000-yard seasons, including four straight with Seattle from 2011-14. He scored 106 career touchdowns (94 regular season, 12 playoffs), including an NFL-high 17 regular-season scores in 2017.

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Breland teams up with Lady A for the collaboration “Told You I Could Drink”

Breland is teasing his debut album Cross Country by dropping the track “Told You I Could Drink” featuring Lady A. Co-written by Breland, Lady A’s Charles Kelley, and Zachary Manno, the song is available now across all digital and streaming platforms.  Take a listen: here.

Said Breland: “Lady A is one of the groups that introduced me to country music, so when I finally got in studio with Charles Kelley, I already had a Lady A collab in mind.  The two of us performed ‘Told You I Could Drink’ at Breland & Friends at the Ryman in March, and the response we got from the audience was what convinced us to cut the song and put it on my album. I’m so excited for the world to hear what we made.”

Breland shared the trackless for the 14-song project on social media, featuring collaborations with Ingrid Andress, Mickey Guyton, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban.  The artist is also hitting the road this summer with Fitz & The Tantrums and Andy Grammer on The Wrong Party Tour.

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Mitchell Tenpenny reveals track list from upcoming album

Mitchell Tenpenny has revealed the track listing for his upcoming album, This Is The Heavy, due out Sept. 16. Tenpenny co-wrote every song on the project, as well as co-producing with Jordan M. Schmidt.   You can pre-save the album – here.

The album includes his hit single, “Truth About You,” that debuted on TikTok and instantly became the highest streaming debut of his career with 2.5 million streams in the first three days, now tallying over 125 million on-demand streams. A new song from the album, “Always Something With You,” is also out now.

Mitchell Tenpenny reveals ‘This is The Heavy’ track listing

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Ellen Pompeo will reduce role to star in upcoming Hulu series

Actress Ellen Pompeo will be reducing her starring role on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy in order to star in an upcoming limited series for Hulu. Pompeo, who stars as Dr. Meredith Grey, will only appear in eight episodes of Season 19 of Grey’s Anatomy, which recently began production. Pompeo will still provide the narration in every episode, and continue to serve as executive producer.

Pompeo will be taking on an undisclosed streaming role, joining an as-of-yet untitled limited series for Hulu. According to Variety, the eight-episode series will follow the true story of Natalia Grace, a Ukrainian scam artist with dwarfism who was adopted by an Indiana couple after pretending to be an eight-year-old girl. The battle between the girl and her adoptive parents will venture across tabloids and courtrooms, and eventually affect their entire marriage. Pompeo will star in the show in addition to executive producing.

Pompeo has portrayed Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy since the series’ premiere in 2005, making her one of the highest-earning television actresses – she earned an estimated $19 million in 2020.

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Anne Heche in coma in ‘extreme critical condition’ following car crash

Anne Heche is in a coma following her car crash in Los Angeles over the weekend. The actress’ rep said “At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

Heche crashed her blue Mini Cooper car into a home, with video footage showing the vehicle speeding down the street before crashing. According to the LAPD, the vehicle became engulfed in flames, and Heche was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment by an ambulance. The Los Angeles Fire Department said that the vehicle struck and came to rest within the 738-square foot two-story home, causing structural damage and igniting a massive fire.

The incident remains under investigation, and reports say that the Los Angeles Police Department had received a warrant to test Heche’ blood to determine whether she was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the accident. Officers believe Heche may have been intoxicated when she plowed her vehicle into the home: “The info we received this morning was a warrant that was obtained the same day as the traffic collision, which was August 5. The warrant was to draw blood, and an investigation is ongoing pending the blood test results. If found intoxicated, [Heche] could be charged with misdemeanor DUI hit and run. No arrests have been made so far.”

Heche’s ex James Tupper, who shares 12-year-old son Atlas with Heche, shared a throwback photo of his ex and their son on Instagram, which he captioned, “Thoughts and prayers for this lovely woman, actress and mother tonight anneheche 💔 we love you.”

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Nicki Minaj to receive Video Vanguard Award and perform at 2022 MTV VMAs

MTV announced that Nicki Minaj will make history this month as she is announced to be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, which is set to take place on August 28. The Queen of Rap has been nominated for 17 VMAs and won five in her career. Minaj now joins the prestigious list of previous Vanguard Award artists, which includes Madonna, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, and Missy Elliott.

Minaj also announced that she will be performing at the 2022 MTV VMAs. She tweeted: “I’m receiving the Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 #VMAs! You don’t want to miss my performance – Sunday August 28 at 8p on @MTV Aaaahhhhh”.  She later tweeted:“Keep #VMAs and #VMA in your tweet & tell me what song I HAVE to perform on 8/28… (don’t include #SuperFreakyGirl) GO!!!!!!!”

Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events, Paramount and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+ said: “Nicki has broken barriers for women in hip-hop with her versatility and creative artistry. She has shifted the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style and continuing to be unapologetically ‘Nicki’.”

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Anthrax pulls out for second show in Texas ‘due to a medical concern’

Anthrax has pulled out of another Texas show, this time in Austin, TX on Tuesday night at Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre “due to a medical concern.”  The thrash legends had also canceled Monday night’s show in Dallas for the same reason; supporting acts Hatebreed and Black Label Society took the stage to perform despite Anthrax’s absence.  The two shows are part of Anthrax’s ongoing 40th Anniversary Tour.

Said Anthrax in a statement: “Charlie, Scott, Frank, Joey and Jon are really sorry to let their fans in Austin know that due to a medical concern, Anthrax has to cancel its show tonight at Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre. Black Label Society and Hatebreed are still performing tonight, so the band hopes you’ll come out and rock with them. Refunds are available until the venue box office closes at 9 PM tonight, or at point of purchase. Everyone in the band looks forward to seeing their Austin fans soon!”

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