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Suspect who shot three Houston police officers is taken into custody after standoff

Houston police took a man suspected of shooting three officers into custody, after an hours-long standoff ended Thursday evening.  Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner confirmed that the suspect, who police have not identified, came out at 7:45 p.m. CT with his hands raised and surrendered.  Houston police tweeted that the officers who were shot are being treated at Memorial Hermann Hospital, and all are in stable condition.

After fleeing the shooting scene in a Mercedes he carjacked, the suspect barricaded himself in a home for hours. Chief Finner said: “Officers surrounded that house. The suspect fired multiple times. Thank God he did not strike any of the officers. Officers returned fire. Again, we don’t know if that suspect is injured.” Finner said at a later press conference that authorities believe the man lived at the house and he fired multiple times at a SWAT team.

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Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley planning insanity defense

The Michigan school shooting suspect who is accused of killing four people in a shooting at Oxford High School last November is planning on using an insanity defense at trial. The defense attorneys for the alleged shooter, Ethan Crumbley, filed a notice on Thursday saying that they plan to “assert the defense of insanity at the time of the alleged offense.”  Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor David Williams released  a statement that Crumbley would be evaluated by a doctor from the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, saying:  “As expected, Ethan Crumbley’s attorney has requested an evaluation of his criminal responsibility. This is standard procedure.” At Crumbley’s arraignment last month, the judge entered a plea of not guilty at the request of Crumbley’s attorney.

Crumbley faces 24 charges, in connection with the shooting at Oxford High School, including one count of terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder. Crumbley was 15-years-old at the time of the shooting, and is being charged as an adult.  Additionally, Crumbley’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, were arrested days after the shooting and charged with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors allege that the parents disregarded signs their son was a threat, and gave him easy access to the gun used in the shooting. At a hearing earlier this month, prosecutor Mark Keast alleged Crumbley’s parents were negligent in addressing issues with their son, who allegedly texted his mother while his parents were not home, saying he saw demons or ghosts, or that he believed someone was inside the house. Crumbley’s parents have pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say that teachers at the high school had reported concerning behavior from Crumbley. Hours before the killings, Crumbley was found with a drawing that essentially depicted a shooting.  The teen’s notebooks also included concerning content including entries about how he wanted to shoot guns, shoot up a school and other dark thoughts. Crumbley searched online for information about guns and school shootings so much that he started to get spam advertisements regarding guns and mental health, the prosecutor said.

Four students — Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17 — were killed at Oxford High School, located 40 miles north of downtown Detroit. Another six students and one teacher were wounded in the attack, making it the deadliest school shooting since 2018 in the United States.

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Keith Urban adds five new Las Vegas residency dates this spring

Taking place ahead of his previously-announced Las Vegas shows over Memorial Day weekend, Keith Urban has added five new dates to his Keith Urban Live — Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.  The new dates are March 25, 26 and 30 and April 1 and 2 — members of Urban’s official fan club currently have access to a special presale; general tickets go on sale on Monday, January 31 at 10AM PT.

Urban has performed various dates at the Colosseum since late 2019 as an extension of his Graffiti U Tour. Urban went on to play four residency dates in Vegas in January 2020 before announcing 12 more dates scheduled for later on that year.  After even more dates in 2021, Urban will continue his Vegas run with a new rum of shows in the spring of 2022.

After wrapping up the spring Vegas residency, Urban will hit the road for his The Speed of Now headlining tour, kicking-off on June 17 in West Palm Beach, Florida – through early November.

For more information, visit Keith Urban’s official website.

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Dustin Lynch announces fifth studio album, ‘Blue In The Sky’ arriving February 11th

Dustin Lynch announced he will release his fifth studio album, Blue In The Sky, on Feb. 11. The 12-track collection includes five songs Lynch co-wrote, and features a handful of collaborations with artists such as Riley Green and Chris Lane, as well as MacKenzie Porter who teamed up with Lynch for their No. 1 hit “Thinking ‘Bout You.”  Blue In The Sky is the follow-up to Lynch’s Tullahoma, which included the hits “Ridin’ Roads” and “Good Girl,” and “Momma’s House.”

Lynch has already released five tracks off the LP, including “Thinking ‘Bout You (feat. MacKenzie Porter),” “Tequila On A Boat (feat. Chris Lane),” “Huntin’ Land (feat. Riley Green),” “Pasadena,” and “Not Every Cowboy.”

You can pre-order Blue In The Skyhere.

Dustin Lynch Announces Release Date for 5th Studio Album, ‘Blue in the Sky’

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‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Season 3 cast is revealed

CBS has announced the new cast for season 3 of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition.

The cast includes: Former NBA star Lamar Odom, TV personality Teddi Mellencamp, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, style guru Carson Kressley, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey, Olympian ice-skater Mirai Nagasu, singer/influencer Todrick Hall, *NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick, Diff’rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges, Saturday Night Live alumnus Chris Kattan and UFC fighter Miesha “Cupcake” Tate.

Host Julie Chen Moonves teased the cast reveal in a video posted to CBS’ Twitter account: “@CBSBigBrother fans you’ve been patient. We hear you, we see you and we want to reward you with some clues on who the #BBCeleb Houseguests will be,” the tweet read. “Listen along and make your guesses. The reveal will be here sooner than you think.”

Season 3 of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition comes after the show’s nearly three-year hiatus. having previously aired in 2018 and 2019. Tony-winning actress Marissa Jaret Winokur won season 1 and four-time Grammy nominee Tamar Braxton won season 2.

Season 3 of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition premieres on Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PST on CBS.  According to CBS, the winter edition will air “multiple nights each week throughout February,” following the typical Big Brother format, but will only last just one month, with the finale date set for Feb. 23.  Viewers will be able to watch the 24/7 live feeds of the celebrity cast on Paramount+, where the upcoming winter edition will also be available to stream live and on-demand.

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Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s Jennie Nguyen responds to her termination for past controversial social media posts

Bravo fired cast member Jennie Nguyen from The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City on Tuesday, after a series of racially insensitive posts from her deactivated Facebook page resurfaced. In an Instagram post, the channel announced that it would stop filming with Nguyen, 44, and apologized to fans for not taking action sooner.

Now Nguyen is commenting on the matter, speaking at length on Instagram Live and admitting that the controversial posts—many of which were critical of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd —were “very insensitive”. However she backed her decision to “support my political stance.”  Said Nguyen: “I take full responsibility and accountability for what was posted. I know my viewpoint during that time in 2020 was emotional, and it brings back a lot of memories during that time when we went through such a tragic, terrible year.”  Jennie said she’s very proud to be a Republican:  “I am proud to be able to say I have the freedom of speech to choose and to have an opinion. I respect your opinion. I respect your political stance. We are different, but we need to respect each other and we need to understand that we live in this country where we have the freedom to speak online.”

Jennie’s RHOSLC co-stars have yet to publicly react to her firing, but most of the cast members issued previous statements condemning Jennie’s posts when they first resurfaced.  Co-star Jen Shah wrote on social media: “Since my RHOSLC cast member has admitted that she made those horrible comments and posts, I must now stand up, on behalf of my husband and sons who are African American, to say that I am deeply offended by the racially insensitive posts and comments.”

Season 2 of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is currently airing on Sundays.

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire at end of term

Justice Stephen Breyer will step down from the Supreme Court at the end of the current term. Breyer is one of the three remaining liberal justices, and his decision to retire after more than 27 years will allow President Biden to appoint a successor who could maintain the current 6-3 split between conservative and liberal justices. CNN reports that Breyer does not plan to leave until a new nominee is confirmed to the nine-member court.

Breyer, at 83, is the court’s eldest member. He was appointed by former President Bill Clinton and joined the court in 1994. Prior to that he served on the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for from 1980 to 1994, the last four years of which he was chief judge. He was nominated to the appellate court by former President Jimmy Carter. Prior to his judicial career, Breyer served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg and as a special assistant to the attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. During his career he also worked on the Warren Commission and the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.

Liberal activists have urged Breyer to retire while Democrats hold both the White House and the Senate; an appointment by Biden could keep Breyer’s seat on the liberal side of the court for years or decades to come. President Biden declined to comment, saying that he will leave it to Breyer to formally announce his retirement. White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted saying, “It has always been the decision of any Supreme Court Justice if and when they decide to retire, and how they want to announce it, and that remains the case today.”

During his 2020 campaign, Biden pledged to select a Black woman to be his first nominee to the Supreme Court should there be an opening. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Biden plans to stick to that promise: “The president has stated and reiterated his commitment to nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court and certainly stands by that. For today, again, I’m just not going to be able to say anything about any specifics, until, of course, Justice Breyer makes any announcement, should he decide to make an announcement.”  Among likely contenders are U.S. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a former Breyer law clerk; and Leondra Kruger, a justice on California’s Supreme Court.

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One body found, 38 missing amid Coast Guard search after boat capsizes off Florida

One body has been recovered as a search continued Wednesday for 38 other passengers on a boat that capsized in the northern Straits of Florida.  The boat, carrying 40 people, left the Bahamas in a suspected human smuggling attempt, the U.S. Coast Guard said.  Officials say that a man was found clinging to the overturned hull of the boat Tuesday morning.

During a news conference Wednesday morning, a U.S. Coast Guard official said search and rescue crews are in a race against time to find any survivors. Capt. Jo-Ann F. Burdian said that finding the other migrants alive is their highest priority: “It is dire. The longer they remain in the water … exposed to the marine environment … with every moment that passes, it becomes much more dire and more unlikely that survivors will be found.” 

The 25-foot capsized boat was discovered around 8 a.m. on Tuesday roughly 40 miles east of Florida’s Fort Pierce Inlet. A commercial tug-in barge operator radioed in that one survivor was found clinging to the hull of the overturned vessel.   The man said he was part of a group of 40 people who left the island of Bimini in the Bahamas on Saturday evening in what the maritime security agency suspects was a human smuggling operation The man said they capsized shortly thereafter, and none of them were wearing life jackets.

The survivor was brought to a hospital for symptoms of dehydration and sun exposure. Capt. Burdian wouldn’t provide more details about him, saying he’s now in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security. Burdian said searchers saw indications of more victims, but no more bodies yet. “The aircraft have reported items in the debris field that’s consistent with a number of people being on the vessel,” she said.

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Jason Aldean releases the video for his new single ‘Trouble With a Heartbreak’

Jason Aldean has dropped his latest single, “Trouble With A Heartbreak” along with an accompanying music video, which is described as ‘an ode to hardworking cowboys everywhere.’  The song comes from the second installment of Aldean’s 10th studio album “Macon, Georgia”, which will drop on April 22nd.

Aldean had this to say, “The cool thing about putting out two parts of this record is having fans hear all the different influences I grew up on This song hit me right when I heard it and reminded me of those bitter R&B breakup songs that take me back to riding through the backroads of Georgia.”

The video was shot in December during Aldean’s sold-out, three-night run at The Park Theater.  Take a look at the video for “Trouble With A Heartbreak” – here.

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Luke Bryan shares the emotional music video for “Up”

Luke Bryan’s has shared the emotional video for his latest single, “Up.” The three-minute clip finds Bryan sitting in an old barn watching personal home videos as well as scenes that appear within his five-part docuseries, Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary.

Throughout the clip, fans witness Bryan’s reactions to the footage as director Shaun Silva captures him watching the docuseries for the first time.  Bryan re-lives the memories documented throughout his life, from his childhood to raising children of his own.  Up appears on the deluxe edition of the superstar’s Born Here Live Here Die Here album, and is co-written by Jeremy Bussey, Taylor Phillips and Bobby Pinson,

Take a look at the video for Up here.

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