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Tom Smothers, one-half of The Smothers Brothers comedy duo, dies at age 86

Tom Smothers, the older half of the legendary comedy duo The Smothers Brothers, died on Tuesday at the age of 86. According to a statement from the National Comedy Center, Smothers died “following a recent battle with cancer.”

A statement from Tom Smothers’ younger brother and professional partner, Dick Smothers, read that Tom passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Rosa, Calif., with his family at his side. Dick, 84, said in a statement: “Tom was not only the loving older brother that everyone would want in their life, he was a one-of-a-kind creative partner. I am forever grateful to have spent a lifetime together with him, on and off stage, for over 60 years. Our relationship was like a good marriage – the longer we were together, the more we loved and respected one another. We were truly blessed.”  The folk-singing brothers became household names on their CBS variety show “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” which ran from 1967 to 1969. Tom played guitar and Dick played stand-up bass as part of the act.

Journey Gunderson, executive director of the National Comedy Center, said in a statement: “Tom was not only an extraordinary comedic talent, who, together with his brother Dick, became the most enduring comedy duo in history, entertaining the world for over six decades — but was a true champion for freedom of speech, harnessing the power of comedy to push boundaries and our political consciousness. Tom was a true pioneer who changed the face of television and transformed our culture with The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, which satirized politics, combated racism, protested the Vietnam War, and led the way for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘The Daily Show,’ today’s network late night shows, and so much more.  We were proud to bring Tom and Dick out of retirement and reunite them on stage in 2019 to celebrate their legendary careers, and we are honored to preserve Tom’s remarkable work and legacy here at the National Comedy Center for generations to come.”

Tom is survived by his children, Bo and Riley Rose Smothers, grandson Phoenix, Marcy Carriker Smothers, sister-in-law Marie Smothers, and several nephews and a niece. He is predeceased by his son Tom and sister Sherry Smothers. Dick and his wife, Marie, have requested memorial donations honoring Tom to be made to the National Comedy Center.  A private memorial service for family and friends is set to take place sometime in 2024.

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Bryan Tanaka confirms split from Mariah Carey after 7 years together

Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka have ended their relationship after seven years together.

Tanaka, 40, confirmed his split from Carey, 54, in a statement on social media: “With mixed emotions, I share this personal update regarding my amicable separation from Mariah Carey after seven extraordinary years together. Our decision to embark on different paths is mutual, and as we navigate these separate journeys, we do so with profound respect and an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the invaluable time we’ve shared. The memories we’ve created and the artistic collaborations are etched in my heart forever. Mariah’s dedication to her family and her commitment to her craft have inspired us during our shared journey. I want to express my love and appreciation for Mariah and her incredible children, whose warmth and kindness have enriched my life in ways words cannot express. I eagerly anticipate continuing my journey, knowing my passion for inspiration, dance, and the creative arts will resonate in the unfolding chapters.” Carey shares twins Monroe and Moroccan, 12, with ex-husband Nick Cannon.

Carey and Tanaka were first linked in 2016; rumors they had split began this month after Tanaka did not join Carey on her Merry Christmas One and All! tour, as he had done in the past.

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FBI investigating threats against Colorado Supreme Court after ban of Trump from state ballots

The FBI and police in Colorado are investigating threats against that state’s Supreme Court after they ruled that they will block Donald Trump from appearing on the primary ballot in March.

The ruling has led to an increase in threats made against the justices, with the Denver Police Department increasing patrols around the homes of Colorado supreme court justices.  The judges’ personal information has been shared on some far-right social media platforms, as well as the platform Truth Social, the site started by Donald Trump, and X, (formerly known as Twitter).

The justices have reported a number of threats since the decision came down more than a week ago, which included users calling for the justices to be killed and describing how to do it.ore frequently on social media.  Vikki Migoya, an FBI spokesperson, said in a statement: “The FBI is aware of the situation and working with local law enforcement. We will vigorously pursue investigations of any threat or use of violence committed by someone who uses extremist views to justify their actions regardless of motivation.”

Trump’s eligibility to appear on the ballot has been challenged in several states under Section Three of the 14th Amendment, including Minnesota, Michigan and New Hampshire. New Hampshire is one of four early-voting states in the primary election.

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Apple pulls sale of newer Apple Watches after White House declines to veto ban

The White House declined to veto a ban on some Apple Watch imports, upholding the ruling won by a health company that accused Apple of patent infringement for copying its technology.  The Office of US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in a statement: “After careful consultations, Ambassador [Katherine] Tai decided not to reverse the ITC’s determination and the ITC’s decision became final on Dec. 26, 2023”

As a result, Apple can no longer sell the Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 in the U.S. Apple pulled both devices from its website on December 21st and from its store shelves after December 24th.

The International Trade Commission sided with the health technology company Masimo Corp. in October, who alleged that some features on the Apple Watch Series 6 smartphone were their tech originally. Masimo said Apple had hired away some of its key employees and stole trade secrets connected wot its light-based technology for calculating blood-oxygen levels, which also appeared on the Apple Watch smartphone. The tech company filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission in 2021.

Apple said it would start phasing out sales of Apple Watch models after it failed to win a delay of the ban from the ITC last wee, and ended sales of its Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 on Thursday — pulled items from physical retail stores by Saturday.

In a statement published by Reuters, an Apple spokesperson confirmed it will appeal the ITC decision: “We strongly disagree with the USITC decision and resulting exclusion order, and are taking all measures to return Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 to customers in the U.S. as soon as possible.”

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Nate Smith earns his 2nd No. 1 single with “World On Fire”

Nate Smith has earned his second No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2023 with “World On Fire,” following his No. 1 debut “Whiskey On You.”

Smith shared with Billboard: “If you would’ve told me back in 2018, that December of 2023, I’d be celebrating not my first, but my second number one at country radio, I certainly wouldn’t have believed it. In December of 2018, I was absolutely devastated from the very fact that my hometown of Paradise, California had just been destroyed by a fire. I had nothing left to my name. My friends and family came around me and helped push me forward. I want to say thank you to my passionate fans–it’s all about you, country radio for still giving this random dude from the foothills of California a shot, my world-class management and Sony Music Nashville/RCA Nashville team, my incredible publisher, and Lindsay Rimes, Taylor Phillips and Ashley Gorley for writing it with me! This accomplishment goes to show that anything is truly possible. If you’re out there wishing you could go and chase your dreams, just go! Quit wasting time! Get you a few champions who will carry you all the way, and there won’t be anything stopping you!”

“World On Fire” is one of 26 tracks off Nate Smith (Deluxe), which dropped on April 28. The project marked the largest album debut from a new artist this year as well as the largest full-length album debut from a new artist since 2020, hitting No. 6 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and No. 30 overall on the Billboard Top 200.

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‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest’ reveals star-studded list of performers

ABC and Dick Clark Productions have announced the star-studded lineup for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.” with 19-time host Ryan Seacrest and his new co-host, Rita Ora leading the festivities from New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Television personality Jeannie Mai will host from Los Angeles, while TV presenter Dayanara Torres will co-host the celebration from Puerto Rico.

Megan Thee Stallion will perform from the Planet Fitness stage, while country superstar Jelly Roll will perform a medley of his hit songs live from Times Square, joined by singer and songwriter, Jessie Murph.  In addition, singer/actress Sabrina Carpenter will perform her hit singles “Nonsense” and “Feather.”

Meanwhile, Post Malone will perform from the Fontainebleau hotel in Las Vegas, with reggaeton artist Ivy Queen performing in Puerto Rico, as well as an appearance from K-pop group NewJeans from South Korea.

Previously announced performers from Los Angeles include Aqua, Doechii, Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Janelle Monáe, Loud Luxury x Two Friends with Bebe Rexha, Ludacris, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Paul Russell, Reneé Rapp with Coco Jones and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

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

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Anthony Anderson to host primetime Emmy Awards on Fox

Actor/comedian Anthony Anderson will host the delayed 75th Emmy Awards. The awards ceremony was delayed from its usual September ceremony date due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes,

In a statement, Anderson said: “With our industry’s recent challenges behind us, we can get back to what we love — dressing up and honoring ourselves. And there’s no better celebratory moment to bring the creative community together than the milestone 75th Emmy Awards. When Fox asked me to host this historic telecast, I was over the moon that Taylor Swift was unavailable, and now I can’t wait to be part of the biggest night in television.”

Allison Wallach, President of Unscripted Programming at Fox Entertainment, said: “After Anthony hosted our upcoming show, We Are Family, we knew he’d be a natural fit for a star-studded, anticipatory night like the Emmys. Anthony’s known for his humor, heart and spontaneity, so he’s sure to give audiences in the theater and at home a night they’ll never forget.”

Academy chairman Frank Scherma expressed: “Anthony is a multi-talented performer and a great friend to the Television Academy. We are thrilled that he is hosting what promises to be a rich celebration of the year’s outstanding television, as well as 75 years of Emmys excellence!”

The three-hour ceremony, taking place from the Peacock Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, will be broadcast live on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 15h, 2023 (8-11 PM EST on Fox and will be available the next day on Hulu).

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Ryan Gosling drops ‘Ken the EP’ featuring ‘Barbie’ remixes

Ryan Gosling – who famously portrayed Ken in the Barbie movie – has released a new EP. Going teamed up with music producer Mark Ronson on Ken the EP, a mini album featuring three remixes of the Barbie song “I’m Just Ken.”

Ken the EP features the holiday remix “I’m Just Ken – Merry Kristmas Barbie,” an acoustic version “I’m Just Ken – In My Feelings Acoustic” and the dance remix “I’m Just Ken – Purple Disco Machine Remix.”

Ronson posted on Instagram that he was “starstruck” when he first met Gosling in 2022 to record the original version of “I’m Just Ken” – “Not only did he bring a broken falsetto, a hefty growl, & everything in between, he brought the emotional resonance of a great actor who’d been living in a role for the past 6 months…after that, we didn’t see each other again for 18 months but of course, I was excited to see the world fall in love with his performance & know to some small degree, our song was a part of it”

Ronson, who also produced the Barbie: The Album soundtrack, also released a music video with Gosling for the holiday version of ‘I’m Just Ken.”  Check it out: here.

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Spirit Airlines apologizes after unaccompanied 6-year-old boy is placed on wrong flight

Spirit Airlines has apologized after it mistakenly put an unaccompanied child on the wrong flight. The child was supposed to fly from Philadelphia International Airport to Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers on Thursday – the height of the holiday season travel rush.  However according to the airline, the minor was “incorrectly boarded” on a flight to Orlando.

Spirit said in a statement: “The child was always under the care and supervision of a Spirit Team Member, and as soon as we discovered the error, we took immediate steps to communicate with the family and reconnect them. We take the safety and responsibility of transporting all of our Guests seriously and are conducting an internal investigation. We apologize to the family for this experience.” Spirit did not provide any information about the child or explain how the mistake happened.

Fort Myers local TV station WINK-TV identified the child as a 6-year-old first-time flyer who was supposed to visit his grandmother.  The boy’s grandma, Maria Ramos, told the station: “I ran inside the plane to the flight attendant and I asked her, ‘Where’s my grandson? He was handed over to you at Philadelphia?’ She said, ‘No, I had no kids with me.’”   Ramos’ grandchild later called her and said he had landed — 160 miles away.

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1 dead, 3 injured in shooting at Colorado Springs mall on Christmas Eve

One person was killed and three others were wounded during a Christmas Eve shooting at a mall in Colorado Springs, CO. According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, the shooting at the Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs happened after a fight broke out between two groups.

Colorado Springs Police responded to a call at the Citadel Mall after gunfire broke out in a fight between the two groups just after 4:30 p.m. One man was found dead in the mall, and two other men “suffering from at least one gunshot wound each” were taken to local hospitals in serious condition, police said in a post on X. Two more males were shot, and a female suffered minor injuries not directly related from a shooting.

According to department spokesman Ira Cronin, Colorado Springs Police detained multiple people in connection with the incident. The mall closed following the incident and is expected to remain closed until Tuesday.

The CSPD is asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the non-emergency line at 719-444-7000. Tips can be shared anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7867.

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