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Manhattan grand jury indicts former President Donald Trump

A Manhattan grand jury voted Thursday to indict Donald Trump — the first time a former U.S. president has faced criminal charges. The historic indictment comes in a case centered on $130,000 in payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the closing days of the 2016 presidential campaign. Daniels claimed she slept with the married Trump in 2006, a claim he has denied. Trump had classified his reimbursement of the payout as a legal expense.
A spokesperson for the Manhattan DA’s office confirmed the indictment in a statement Thursday night:
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a [state] Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected.” (Supreme Court is the name of New York state’s highest trial court.)”

The indictment is likely to remain sealed until Trump makes an appearance in court, which could happen early next week. District Attorney Alvin Bragg confirmed in a statement that he is coordinating with Trump’s attorney for his surrender to the DA’s office. Bragg has been investigating the former president for alleged fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Trump, currently a candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, will still be eligible to run for president. The former president said in a statement on Truth Social following news of Thursday’s indictment:   “This is political persecution and election interference at the highest level in history. From the time I came down the golden escalator at Trump Tower, and even before I was sworn in as your president of the United States, the radical left Democrats — the enemy of the hard-working men and women of this country — have been engaged in a witch hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again movement.”

Trump followed the statement with a separate post decrying his treatment by “thugs and radical left monsters,” saying, “THIS IS AN ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY THE LIKES OF WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE.”

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9 army soldiers killed in Kentucky after two helicopters crash during training mission

Officials confirmed that nine army soldiers were killed after two HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with the 101st Airborne Division crashed late Wednesday in southwestern Kentucky. There were no survivors. Officials at nearby Fort Campbell said Thursday that the two helicopters (which were medical evacuation aircrafts) crashed around 10 p.m. in Trigg County near the Tennessee border.  The base said in a statement on Facebook that they were taking part “in a routine training mission when the incident occurred.”

Brig. Gen. John Lubas, deputy commander of the 101st Airborne Division, said during a Thursday morning news conference at Fort Campbell that it’s believed the crash happened while they were flying and not during a medical evacuation drill. The HH-60 Black Hawk is the medical evacuation variant of the helicopter, which can transport a fully equipped 11-person infantry squad. One aircraft had five and the other had four people aboard, which Lubas said is typical and includes the pilot, co-pilot, crew chief and “medics or other personnel.”

The aircraft went down in an open field across from a residential area, so no additional casualties or injuries were reported, he said. According to 101st Airborne Division spokesman Staff Sgt. Joshua Tverberg, the Black Hawks that crashed were two of four total helicopters taking part in the training exercise. One helicopter had stopped to refuel, and another was ahead of the two that went down.

  • Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday that he was “saddened by this tragic loss” and was working with the Army to “make sure our troops and their families receive the care that they need in the wake of this accident …My heart goes out to the families of these servicemembers and to the members of the 101st Airborne Division who bravely and proudly serve our country each and every day.”
  • Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said during the news conference: “We’re going to do what we always do. We’re going to wrap our arms around these families, and we’re going to be there with them, not just for the days but the weeks and months and years to come.”
  • Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth said Thursday that it was “a heavy day for the Army … Thank you for your comments and thoughts and prayers for the families of our soldiers who were killed in the crash. Our hearts go out to them.” 
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a statement on Twitter: “I am devastated to learn about the Army helicopter accident over Kentucky involving our brave 101st Airborne. My team is in contact with the Army and authorities on the ground. Please pray for our service members and their families as we learn more.”

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U.S. journalist arrested in Russia on espionage charges

Russian authorities arrested an American journalist for The Wall Street Journal on Thursday on espionage charges. The Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement reported by state media that journalist Evan Gershkovich was detained in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg on suspicion of “espionage in the interests of the American government.” He was later taken to the Lefortovo court in Moscow and formally arrested.  The FSB accused Gershkovich of collecting “information constituting a state secret about the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex.”  An official Telegram channel of the capital’s courts said they quickly ordered Gershkovich’s initial detention until May 29.

Kremlin spokesman Dimtry Peskov said at a news briefing “we are not talking about suspicions, but about the fact that he was detained red-handed,” and added that the arrest was up to the FSB. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova noted that Gershkovich had accreditation from the Russian Foreign Ministry to work as a journalist, but was using his journalistic credentials as a cover for “activities that have nothing to do with journalism.”

The 31-year-old Gershkovich, who covers Russia, Ukraine and the former Soviet Union for the WSJ, is the first journalist from an American outlet to be arrested on espionage charges in Russia since the Cold War. According to his author page on The Wall Street Journal’s website, he was previously a reporter for Agence France-Presse and the Moscow Times, and a news assistant at The New York Times. His most recent article was published Tuesday and co-bylined, with the headline: “Russia’s Economy Is Starting to Come Undone.” Gershkovich speaks Russian, and his parents are originally from the former Soviet Union (they now live in the U.S.)

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NY Mets puts righty Justin Verlander on injured list, missing start of 2023 season

Mere hours before their season opener against the Miami Marlins on Thursday, the New York Mets announced that right-hander Justin Verlander was being put onto the injured list with a “low grade teres major strain” in his side. The team said Verlander will continue throwing at moderate intensity and will re-evaluated after undergoing more scans in a week. In his absence, right-hander Tylor Megill will take Verlander’s spot in the rotation.

The 40-year-old Verlander said Thursday: “Looking back, it’s something that was lingering. I thought it was something I was working through. In my bullpen yesterday, I still felt a teeny bit of something.” Verlander added that his velocity had been down in his last spring training start, and he wanted to be extra cautious at the beginning of the season: “The fact that I’m going to be able to continue to throw is showing how minor of an injury it is,” adding that he would be pitching if this were the playoffs, “but it just makes too much sense to not push it right now … It’s not something to mess around with. In my mind, it’s being prudent, being smart and getting it looked at.”

Verlander, coming off his third career Cy Young award, signed a two-year, $86.6 million deal with the Mets this winter.

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NY Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits home run in Opening Day win against the Giants

NY Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who led MLB with 62 home runs in 2022, earned MLB’s first home run of the 2023 season on Thursday. In the first inning on Opening Day, the reigning American League MVP saw a 93 mph sinker from San Francisco Giants ace Logan Webb and smashed it some 422 feet over the Yankee Stadium left center field fence for his first home run of the year, and his first one as Yankees captain. The Yankees went on to defeat the Giants 5-0. Yankee pitcher Gerrit Cole also had an impressive debut on his fourth Opening Day start in pinstripes, striking out 11 Giants through six innings to set a franchise record previously held by Tim Leary in 1991 (9 strikeouts).

Before taking the field Thursday, Judge had joked about the Giants-Yankees Opening Day matchup for the first time ever, putting him up against the team that he rooted for growing up in Northern California and also pursued him in free agency. Said Judge with a smile: “I don’t know who at MLB did that to me, but it’s great. Logan Webb’s a great pitcher, he’s had a couple great years, and looking forward to many more out of him. But it’s going to be a fun afternoon, that’s for sure, getting a chance to play the team I watched a lot as a kid.” Judge had considered joining the Giants in the offseason before signing a nine-year, $360 million deal to remain with the Yankees. Said Judge: “It was kind of a dream come true getting a chance to speak with them and get an opportunity to go there. But in the end, it just worked out for me to come back to the Yankees, and I’m happy with my decision.

Judge was voted AL MVP last season, finishing first in home runs (62) and RBIs (131) and second in batting average (.311), recording an inordinate 1.111 OPS and breaking Roger Maris’ 61-year-old AL home run mark.

The Yankees will host the Giants in the second game of the series at 4:05 p.m. EDT Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

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Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain and more added to 2023 CMT Music Awards

The 2023 CMT Music Awards has shared the addition of Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morissette, and Shania Twain to the star-studded lineup of performers.

Gwen Stefani will make her CMT debut with two-time nominee Carly Pearce, delivering a live rendition of what CMT describes as a “world premiere collaboration.” The performance will mark the pair’s first-ever on-stage collaboration.

Morissette’s appearance on the awards show stage will be her CMT Music Awards debut. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the CMT Next Women Of Country franchise, Morissette will take the stage alongside Next Women of Country alumni Ingrid Andress, Lainey Wilson, Madeline Edwards and Morgan Wade, plus Austin native Jackie Venson on guitar for a performance of her 1995 iconic female empowerment anthem, “You Oughta Know.”

Twain, who is the best-selling female artist of all time, will be presented with the third-ever CMT Equal Play Award. This award “recognizes an artist who is a visible and vocal advocate for elevating diverse and underrepresented voices in country music.” Previous recipients of the “CMT Equal Play Award” include Jennifer Nettles and Linda Martell.

The 2023 CMT Music Awards are set to air on Sunday night (April 2) from Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. The ceremony will air on CBS beginning at 8PM ET, and will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

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Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton to host 58th Annual ACM Awards

Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton have been announced as co-hosts of the 58th annual Academy of Country Music Awards (“ACM Awards”). Parton is returning as host after co-hosting the show last year with Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen, while Brooks will be making his hosting debut.

Parton said in a statement: “I am thrilled to return to host the ACM Awards, this time with my friend Garth. While I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with him throughout the years, I can’t believe we’ve never had the chance to work together. In addition to getting to see all this great new talent in country music, I am excited to have the chance to premiere the lead single from my upcoming rock album on the show!” Brooks, who will kick off his Las Vegas residency shortly after the ACM Awards, added that “anyone with Dolly Parton makes a fantastic couple.”

Academy of Country Music CEO and ACM Awards executive producer Damon Whiteside said in a statement: ““We couldn’t be more excited to bring this legendary pair together for the first time ever as ‘Country Music’s Party of the Year’ heads to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters. From exclusive superstar performances to unexpected collaborations to the industry’s most exciting emerging talent, fans are in for an unforgettable night that can only be seen on the ACM Awards stage!”

The 58th ACM Awards will take place at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT.

Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks hosting 58th ACM Awards

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‘The Walking Dead: Dead City’ spinoff series to premiere June 18 on AMC

AMC announced that ‘The Walking Dead’ spinoff ‘Dead City,’ with Lauren Cohan reprising her role as Maggie and Jeffrey Dean Morgan returning as Negan, is set to premiere on June 18.

The network said in a synopsis that the drama will see the two former enemies “traveling into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, long ago cut off from the mainland. The crumbling city is filled with the dead and denizens who have made New York City their own world full of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror.”

A brief teaser clip sees Maggie enlisting Negan’s help to rescue her son Hershel, who has been kidnapped. As fans vividly recall, Negan infamously killed Maggie’s husband Glenn (Steven Yeun) when Maggie was pregnant with Hershel.

The Walking Dead wrapped its 11-season run in November. Take a look at the teaser trailer for ‘The Walking Dead: Dead City’ – here.

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Jessica Chastain to star in Apple limited series ‘The Savant’

Jessica Chastain will star in the eight-episode limited series at Apple, titled “The Savant.”

The series is inspired by a true story published in Cosmopolitan in August 2019. While the exact plot details for the series are being kept under wraps, the Cosmopolitan article tells the story of a real woman who has come to be known as “the Savant” as she infiltrates hate groups online to help stop large-scale public attacks.

Chastain will executive produce in addition to starring in the series.  “The Savant” marks the latest TV role for Chastain, who most recently appeared in the limited series “George and Tammy” opposite Michael Shannon, portraying George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Chastain won the Academy Award for best actress for her work in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” in 2022, and has earned nomination two other times — for “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Help.”

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Coi Leray teams with Busta Rhymes for new ‘Players’ remix

Coi Leray is sharing another remixed version of her smash hit “Players” courtesy of legendary rapper Busta Rhymes.  The latest version of “Players” arrives on the heels of the “Players (David Guetta Remix),” “Players (DJ Smallz 732 Jersey Club Remix)” and “Players (DJ Saige Remix).”

“Players” continues to dominate the charts, and this past week it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs Chart, after it remained at No. 1 on the Rhythmic Radio Chart for the second consecutive week, as well as climbed into the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100.

To date, Leray has amassed six billion streams and counting with 300 million on “Players,” inspiring 2.75 million TikTok creates with 10 billion-plus views. The song also soared to No. 1 on TikTok and IG Reels,, and spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Rap Song Sales Chart, and three weeks at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales Chart.

Take a listen to Coi’s ‘Players (DJ Saige Remix)‘ ft. Busta Rhymes – here.

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