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Wall Street's Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 600 points on Friday amid global coronavirus fears as the death toll jumped to 213 cases in China and nearly 10,000 infections in 18 countries.

The S&P 500 was down 58 points (-1.77%) as stocks tumbled at the close of trading on Friday. Panicked investors dumped shares as the virus outbreak threatened China's economy. China is the world's 2nd largest economy.

Currently there are 6 confirmed coronavirus cases and 168 cases under investigation in the United States. "We are facing an unprecedented health threat," said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

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The new coronavirus is a SARS-type virus that causes inflammation and swelling in the tiny air sacs in the lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe. The cause of death is multiple internal organ failure.

The White House issued a federal mandatory quarantine of 14 days for 195 American evacuees from China. They are currently being held under quarantine at a military base in California after arriving on a chartered plane from Wuhan this week.

The White House also declared the coronavirus outbreak as public health emergency in the US.

President Trump issued an executive order that will block all foreign nationals from entering the US, except for the immediate family of US citizens or permanent residents. The travel ban will begin at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.

All flights returning to the US from anywhere in China will be routed through seven airports, including JFK in NY, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Rapper Mase aired out his former boss, Sean "Puffy" Combs, calling the 50-year-old music mogul a hypocrite over his allegedly unfair business practices.

Mase, whose real name is Mason Betha, called out Combs after the mogul rejected his offer of $2 million for his music publishing.

Mase was one of the biggest artists on Comb's Bad Boy Records label. Among their hit songs was "Been Around the World."

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Mase, 44, responded to Combs receiving the Recording Academy's Salute to Industry Icons award at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. He was annoyed when Combs vowed to give control back to artists.

The "Harlem World" rapper posted a photo of Meek Mill along with a tweet referencing "young Black kids in slave contracts in the music business."

"I heard your #Grammy speech about how u are now for the artist and about how the artist must take back control. So I will be the first to take that initiative," Mase wrote in a lengthy open letter to Puffy on Friday.

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"Your past business practices knowingly has continued purposely starved your artist and been extremely unfair to the very same artist that helped u obtain that Icon Award on the iconic Badboy label. For example, u still got my publishing from 24 years ago in which u gave me $20k. Which makes me never want to work w/ u as any artist wouldn’t after u know someone is robbing you & tarnishing your name when u don’t want to comply w/ his horrendous business model."

Mase went on to describe offering Combs $2 million for his publishing, but Combs rejected his offer.

"To add insult, u keep screaming black excellence and love but I know love isn’t free. So I offered u 2m in cash just a few days ago to sell me back my publishing(as his biggest artist alive) that always show u respect for u giving me an opportunity at 19 yrs old. Your response was if I can match what the EUROPEAN GUY OFFER him that would be the only way I can get it back. Or else I can wait until I'm 50 years old and it will revert back to me from when I was 19 years old. You bought it for about 20k & I offered you 2m in cash. This is not black excellence at all. When our own race is enslaving us. If it’s about us owning, it can’t be about us owning each other. No More Hiding Behind "Love". U CHANGED? GIVE THE ARTIST BACK THEIR $$$. So they can take care of their families."

 

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@diddy I heard your #Grammy speech about how u are now for the artist and about how the artist must take back control. So I will be the first to take that initiative. Also, before we ask of other ethnicities to do us right we should do us as black people better. Especially the creators. I heard u loud and clear when u said that u are now for the artist and to that my response is if u want to see change you can make a change today by starting with yourself. Your past business practices knowingly has continued purposely starved your artist and been extremely unfair to the very same artist that helped u obtain that Icon Award on the iconic Badboy label. For example, u still got my publishing from 24 years ago in which u gave me $20k. Which makes me never want to work w/ u as any artist wouldn’t after u know someone is robbing you & tarnishing your name when u don’t want to comply w/ his horrendous business model. However, people would always ask what’s up w/ Mase? So I would be forced to still perform to not look crazy when I was getting peanuts and the robbery would continue. So many great moments and people lives in music were lost. But again, I rode with u in the face of death without flinching & u still wouldn’t do right. I never said anything because I wanted to wait until I was financially great so I can ensured that I was addressing this from a pure place and not out of spite. To add insult, u keep screaming black excellence and love but I know love isn’t free. So I offered u 2m in cash just a few days ago to sell me back my publishing(as his biggest artist alive) that always show u respect for u giving me an opportunity at 19 yrs old. Your response was if I can match what the EUROPEAN GUY OFFER him that would be the only way I can get it back. Or else I can wait until I’m 50 years old and it will revert back to me from when I was 19 years old. You bought it for about 20k & I offered you 2m in cash. This is not black excellence at all. When our own race is enslaving us. If it’s about us owning, it can’t be about us owning each other. No More Hiding Behind “Love”. U CHANGED? GIVE THE ARTIST BACK THEIR $$$. So they can take care of their families

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Rapper Offset was caught on video throwing punches after his wife Cardi B was accidentally sprayed with champagne during a night out at a strip club in Miami.

The incident happened on Thursday night at the Booby Trap strip club to kick off the big Super Bowl weekend.

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According to TMZ, the Migos rapper, 28, and Cardi, 27, were standing on stage around 3 a.m. when someone in the crowd started spraying champagne in the air.

When some of the champagne splashed on Cardi, Offset jumped off stage and into the crowd where he started throwing punches.

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Witnesses say he didn't care who he hit - men, women, transsexuals - it didn't matter to him. Meanwhile, Cardi, who recently had some work done on her face, was unbothered by the melee. She stood onstage and watched as club security broke up the fight.

In an unrelated incident, Offset was detained by police at The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles when someone reported a man with a gun in the parking deck.

Offset, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, was one of two men detained by police because they fit the general description of a Black man with a gun. TMZ reports the rapper was not a arrested.

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Rapper Pastor Troy is not backing down from comments he made about fellow rapper Lil Nas X, 20.

Troy, who is best known for his 2002 album Universal Soldier, took to social media to express his opinion about the LGBT agenda after Lil Nas X wore a hot pink S&M-inspired Versace outfit complete with pink dog collars to the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

"Welp, Guess I won't be winning a GRAMMY if this what I gotta wear," Troy wrote. He then shared a bonding moment with his 14-year-old son at an Applebee's restaurant.

"They love to push this shit on Our Kids!! The other day @applebees had some punks kissing and laughing eating mozzarella sticks. First Thing My 14 yr old Son said was, 'F*** Applebee's' And it Brought Joy to My Heart!! He sees it... their agenda to take the masculinity from Men, Black Men Especially. Some may say, 'He Making Money!!' Rupaul do too, but I ain't bumping his CD!!! Integrity is Priceless. Y'all Better open that 3rd Eye and let your sons Know What is Real... Or They Ass Gone Be Headed Down That Old Town Road Foreal!!~P.T."

Lil Nas X responded to Troy's comment, tweeting "damn I look good in that pic on god."

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Following the inevitable backlash on social media, Troy took to Instagram and wrote in a since-deleted post:

"It worked! It worked perfectly! Cause now all these f****ts on my page and they wanna fight me. See that's that male aggression coming back out! It's in ya, ya just gotta let it hang out! You feel me!? Now you wanna fight! That's what I'm taking about! Be a man! It's a war going on. Y'all better get to fightin', Amen."
 


 

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The Iowa Attorney General's Office is convinced that a man convicted of multiple sex crimes against children is no longer a public menace because he identifies a woman.

The Storm Lake Times reported that Joseph Smith, a 23-year-old convicted child molester was released from prison after undergoing gender reassignment surgery while behind bars.

Smith was imprisoned in 2014 after molesting a fellow high school student and molesting an estimated 15 children ranging in age from 15 to 1.

Smith received treatment for gender reassignment over the past two years at Newton Correctional Prison. In October 2017 he began using female pronouns and calling himself Josie.

Attorney General spokesmen Lynn Hicks suggested that Smith was no longer dangerous because he is taking female sex hormones.

Hicks told DISRN.com that "an offender's hormone levels are an important part of substantiating an offender's likelihood of recidivism."

"We don't believe we have evidence sufficient to prove Josie Smith has a significant chance of reoffending," Hicks said.

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Pop singer Taylor Swift, who won 10 Grammy Awards in the past, skipped this year's live telecast from the Staples Center because The Recording Academy wouldn't guarantee she'd win Song of the Year.

A source told Page Six: "Her team called and wanted to be assured that she would win the Grammy. And while it wasn't an explicit demand, they certainly were fishing to find out if Taylor was a winner."

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"It was understood in the conversation that if she's not winning she's not coming to the Grammys," the insider said.

Another source added: "It's widely known in the industry that [Taylor's team] called to find out if she was getting a Grammy, they wouldn't tell her, so she didn't go. It's not uncommon [for an artist] to want to know. And everyone knows Taylor loves to win, win, win."

A rep for Taylor told Page Six, "I am on the record: these statements by anonymous, unidentified 'sources' are absolutely 100 percent false and laughable. She just didn't go to the Grammy's. You guys need to calm down."

Insiders say the Academy wanted to fill inclusivity quotas after being accused of racism and exclusivity in the past.

One-hit wonder Lil Nas X, who is openly homosexual, took home two Grammy Awards for his gimmicky rap single "Old Town Road."

18-year-old mumble singer Billie Ellish, who is rumored to be bisexual, won 5 Grammy Awards, including the coveted Song of the Year.

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China admits it was slow to react to the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The death toll has climbed to at least 213 amid claims that officials are hiding the true death toll by cremating bodies.

Crematorium employees are working overtime as it was revealed that bodies are being sent from hospitals without recording the actual numbers of dead in the official record.

More than 50 million people have been quarantined in and around Wuhan, where the first case of the virus was reported. The virus has spread around the world with nearly 10,000 people infected.

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The first cases were confirmed in Britain and six confirmed cases in the United States includes the first person-to-person transmission in Chicago.

President Trump announced the U.S. is ready to cope with the killer virus. But CDC officials worry that the official figures are "way too low."

The confirmed cases of infection exceeds 8,096 cases from SARS, a similar virus outbreak that killed 774 people in more than two dozen countries in 2002-03.

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Island Express Helicopters, the charter company that employed Kobe Bryant's pilot, has grounded its fleet of choppers as the FAA reports pilot Ara Zobayan was not cleared to fly in dense fog conditions.

Zobayan, 50, piloted the chopper that was chartered to carry Kobe, 41, his daughter Gianna, 13, and six other passengers from Newport Beach to Camarillo.

The tower lost contact with Zobayan about 2 minutes after warning him that he was too low to be tracked on radar.

The chopper descended rapidly and flew at top speed into a hillside near Calabasas. The crash left debris scattered over 500 feet.

The company which owns six Sikorsky S-76B choppers grounded its fleet as the investigation into Sunday's tragic crash continues.

Zobayan, who was licensed to fly under instrument rules, didn't have the legal authority to fly in fog because the company didn't have necessary certification.

Pilot Kurt Deetz, who previously ferried Kobe to destinations in the same helicopter, said Zobayan wasn't as experienced flying under instruments only.

Deetz said the pilot likely didn't have experience flying with instruments only because of the company's operating limitations.

"There is only one way you can be in the clouds, on an I.F.R. (instrument flight rules) flight plan or by accident," Deetz said.

Air traffic controllers at Burbank Airport had given Zobayan special visual flight rules clearance to fly with lower visibility due to the foggy conditions. The visibility that day was 3-5 miles - enough distance to see obstacles in front of his windscreen.

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The Sikorsky S-76B is the largest and most luxurious helicopter. It is favored by celebrities and wealthy executive clients because of the roomy cabin. The same chopper with a different tail number was previously owned by the state of Illinois (pictured).

Island Express specialized in short hops from Long Beach, California to Catalina Island. A one-way ticket for a 15 minute trip to Catalina Island cost anywhere from $75 to $150 per passenger.

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Lil Wayne's daughter Reginae Carter is officially a fashionista! The 21-year-old singer/actress has been tapped as the face of Rihanna's Savage X Fenty lingerie collection.

Reginae, whose mother is TV personality and author Antonia 'Toya' Johnson, announced on Thursday that she will join former Fifth Harmony star Normani, and models Joan Smalls and Paloma Elsesser, as brand ambassadors for Rihanna's line.

"This just the intro, let me not get ahead of myself," Reginae captioned an Instagram snap of herself posing in a light pink lace teddy.

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Reginae recently moved on from her on-again, off-again boyfriend, rapper YFN Lucci, after numerous reports of cheating on her.
 

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The eldest of Weezy's four kids and his only daughter, Reginae previously starred in two VH1 television shows — T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle and Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta.

Rihanna, 31, recently collaborated with designer Adam Selman for a limited Valentine's Day Savage x Fenty collection, which she described as, "fun, playful, (and) sexy."

The Barbados native split from her long distance lover Hassan Jameel. Reports confirmed the semi-retired singer dumped the Saudi billionaire earlier this month after almost three years of long distance dating.

The "Work" singer has been spotted hanging out with effeminate rapper A$AP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, 31.

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Kobe Bryant's cause of death was revealed by the Los Angeles coroner's office on Wednesday night.

Bryant, 41, his daughter, Gianna Bryant, 13, and seven others died in a suspicious helicopter crash on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The coroner said all of the victims died from "blunt trauma" in a high impact crash. The manner of death was listed as an "accident."

All 9 bodies were identified through DNA and fingerprints, the coroner's office confirmed.

"Through the use of DNA and fingerprints, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner has identified all nine of the victims who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday," the statement said.

"On Tuesday body examinations were performed on all nine decedents. Their causes of death were certified as blunt trauma. The manner of death was certified as accident."

The other victims were identified as John Altobelli, 56, Alyssa Alobelli, 14, Keri Altobelli, 46, Sarah Chester, 45, Payton Chester, 13, Christina Mauser, 38, and the pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.

The coroner's report was released hours after Kobe's widow, Vanessa Bryant, 37, posted an emotional statement on Instagram.com.

"There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have then in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I'm not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it's impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way."

 

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ??

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A Delta employee who shot and killed a female co-worker near Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport killed another woman on the same night, police say.

According to WSB-TV, Raeshaun Antonie Jones fatally shot 30-year-old Alexis Nicole Lee Reed in the employee parking lot near Hartsfield-Jackson Internal Airport on Sunday night.

Reed, a below-wing employee, had just finished her shift at the airport when she was ambushed by Jones who lay in wait for her in the parking lot.

Reed attempted to flee when she spotted Jones but she was shot three times, according to WSB-TV. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

According to a police report obtained by PEOPLE, College Park police say Jones was a suspect in a separate homicide of a female in Clayton County the same night.

Police found the body of Tyneishia Shelby, 33, at a hotel in Stockbridge, a city southeast of the airport. She was fatally shot, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Jones fatally shot himself when police attempted to stop a car in which he was a passenger in Lovejoy, according to the AJC.

The motive for the killings is unknown but police say Jones knew both women.

"This act of violence was not a random act, but all indications are they were specific in nature," College Park Police and Clayton County Police said in a report obtained by the AJC.

Reed's mother Shaunda Shepherd told the AJC that her daughter, who grew up in California, "was a very sweet, hard-working woman of Delta for 10 years. She lived a very simple life and loved life and family."

Shelby was described as "very loving, bright, caring" on a GoFundMe page launched to help pay for funeral expenses.

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An obese woman was saved by two strangers after falling through the ice in a lake says she is being fat shame after a video of her rescue went viral.

The video was uploaded to Facebook by the Macomb County Sheriff's Office. The incident happened on Jan. 27 at 3:20 p.m. Korisa Miller lost her footing and slipped off the dock into the freezing water.

Two fisherman saw her in the water calling for help, but they struggled to lift her out of the water.

Miller took to social media to complain about the comments under the video on Facebook. She wrote that some viewers should be "ashamed" of themselves for mocking her weight.

Some Facebook users mocked her because the men couldn't lift her into the boat because she is too heavy. They also criticized her for ice fishing with no clothes on.

"I know better than to go on the ice when it is not fully frozen over I am not stupid," Miller said. "I did have clothes on. I had a hoodie and a large winter coat on. When they tried pulling me up, my hoodie and coat was choking me so they had to rip it off of me. I did not go fishing in a tank top."
 

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Ari Shaffir's comedy career is circling the drain amid fierce public backlash to his comments about NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Shaffir's talent agent dropped him, and a NY comedy club cancelled an upcoming show after the comedian made light of Kobe's death.

When the news broke that the former Lakers star died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Shaffir joked that Kobe died "23 years too late."

Shaffir said Kobe should have died 23 years earlier, a crude reference to the NBA star's scandalous rape case in Colorado in 2003.

After the initial backlash, that included death threats, Shaffir claimed his Twitter account was hacked. When that excuse didn't work, he said he was only joking.

"Every time a beloved celerity dies I post some horrible shit about them. I've been doing it for years now,” he wrote. "I like destroying gods. And right when a famous person dies they're at their most worshipped. So as a response to all the outpouring of sympathy on social media, I post something vile. It's just a joke. I don't really hate any of the people."

He explained that he wasn't aware Kobe's daughter, Gianna, 13, was also on the helicopter when it crashed into a hillside in dense fog. Shaffir said he was just "looking to post some inappropriate jokes” to boost his follow count.

Explaining that he hated the Lakers because they would always "torch" his beloved Charlotte Hornets, Shaffir said he realized his post was inappropriate and he apologized.

"I'm not actually celebrating his death. I'm not actually celebrating any of their deaths. That's just an act."

 

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A New York man who chained his car doors shut and burned his 3-year-old daughter alive inside the car has died from burn injuries eight months later.

Martin Periera waged a bitter custody battle with Cherone Coleman over their daughter, Zoey Pereira. The custody case ended in tragedy on a cold night in May 2019.

Moments before the tragedy, Pereira told Coleman: "You'll never see your daughter again.”

On May 5, Pereira, 39, placed Zoey in her car seat in the back of his 2008 Audi A6 and drove to an intersection in the Springfield Gardens neighborhood of Queens, NY.

Pereira chained the rear doors shut and poured gasoline inside the car. He ignited the gasoline and fled the car. A propane tank in the trunk and 2 gas containers fed the flames.

Little Zoey was burned alive in the back seat of the car. Periera, a construction worker, unwittingly set himself on fire.

He jumped into a nearby pond to put out the flames on his clothes. When paramedics found him hiding behind a tree not far from the burning car, he was stripped down to his underwear and suffering from second- and third-degree burns to 70 percent of his body, according to the NY Post.

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Meghan Markle is known for being difficult to work with. Soon after she married Prince Harry in London, some of the Royal Family's longtime staffers departed the Palace in droves.

Now comes word that Meghan, 38, is "actively looking for a manager or agent" for "future projects."

A source tells Us Weekly that the former Suits actress is considering returning to Hollywood after giving up her C-list career to marry Harry in 2018.

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Meghan, who is currently living with Harry and their son Archie Harrison in Canada, convinced Harry to "step back" from their royal duties to jumpstart her acting career and "work to become financially independent."

"It can be a manager or an agent, but she's reaching out to people to find someone represent her for future professional projects."

But gossipmongers wonder what happened to Meghan's old agent? She reportedly had a team of agents and publicists? Did they all quit?

Though Netflix expressed interest in Meghan, other studios don't share their excitement. They say Meghan's acting skills are mediocre at best.

American media mogul Oprah Winfrey also declined to work with Meghan, presumably out of respect for Queen Elizabeth. Meghan reportedly took the rejection hard. She gave her first exclusive interview to Ellen Degeneres as a snub to Oprah.

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A friend told DailyMail.com that Meghan informed her close friends quitting the royal family is the best thing that could ever happen to Prince Harry. The friend said "it was her love for him that made this possible."

"She said that like her, his spirit was being crushed and she simply couldn't stand to see him suffer anymore," the friend added.

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Ciara Wilson is pregnant with her third child. The part-time singer and Seattle homemaker, 34, took to Instagram to share the happy news on Thursday, Jan. 30.

She simply captioned the shot, "Number 3," tagging her Seattle Seahawks quarterback husband Russell Wilson as the photographer.

She shared a snap of her standing atop a rock formation on the beach, showing off her blossoming baby bump in a red bikini.

The child is the third for Ciara and the second for Russell, 31. They share 2-year-old daughter, Sienna Princess.

Ciara also has a son, five-year-old Future Zahir, with her ex-fiancé, rapper Future Hendrix.

Ciara and Russell began dating in early 2015 and wed the following year.
 

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Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant shared her grief and heartache in an emotional statement published on Instagram.com.

The post accompanied a family portrait showing the 41-year-old Lakers legend smiling with Vanessa and their four daughters - 13-year-old Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, who died with her father in a helicopter crash on Sunday; 17-year-old Natalia, Bianka, 2, and infant Capri.

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"My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who've shown support and love during this horrific time," the statement read.

"Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe -- the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna -- a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.

"There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have then in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I'm not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it's impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way."

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Vanessa's heartfelt message was posted Wednesday on Vanessa's Instagram account, which was recently made public for the first time since the crash.

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The grieving widow changed her Instagram.com profile photo to this image of Kobe and his Gianna embracing during the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto.

Vanessa shared a link to the foundation she set up, the Mamba Sports Foundation, for public donations "to help support the other families affected by this tragedy.

Also killed in the crash were college baseball coach John Altobelli, 56; his wife, Keri; and their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, who played on the same basketball team with Gianna. Another young basketball player, Payton Chester, was also killed along with her mother, Sarah Chester; and Christina Maurer, a girls basketball coach at Harbor Day School, a private elementary school.

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Kobe and Vanessa, 37, met on the set of a music video when she was 16. He was already an NBA superstar when they met. He caused such a commotion when he picked her up from high school that the administration banned him from the school campus. They married when he was 22 and she was 18 in 2001.

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Their eldest daughter Natalia, pictured left, was born 2 years later. Vanessa suffered a miscarriage in 2005, and Kobe blamed himself. Vanessa never got over the shame of his arrest for raping a Colorado woman in 2003.

The Bryants were overjoyed when Gianna (right) came along a year later. Kobe and Gigi became inseparable and she shared his passion for basketball.

The Lakers organization issued a statement on Twitter.com:

"We are devastated and have been forever changed by the sudden loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. We send our love to Vanessa, the Bryant family, and to the families of the other passengers.

"Words cannot express what Kobe means to the Los Angeles Lakers, our fans, and our city. More than a basketball player, he was a beloved father, husband, and teammate. Their love and light will remain in our hearts forever."

The Lakers organization also asked the public to donate to the foundation. Kobe fans criticized the organization for soliciting funds from grieving fans.

"Why is a billion dollar foundation asking the public for monies? Why not fund it yourself?" wrote one social media user. Others opined that Kobe was worth hundreds of millions of dollars when he died. His sponsor, Nike, and the Lakers are billion dollar corporations.

The request for public donations comes at a time when NBA fans - many of whom are not millionaires - are still reeling from the news of Kobe's death.
 

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ??

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Pastor Troy has something to say about the ongoing Hollywood liberals campaign to emasculate Black men by promoting homosexual males like Lil Nas X.

Troy, who is best known for his 2002 album Universal Soldier, took to social media to express his opinion about the agenda after Lil Nas X wore a hot pink Versace outfit to the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Nas X won 2 Grammys for his 2019 hit "Old Town Road."

"Welp, Guess I won't be winning a GRAMMY if this what I gotta wear," Troy wrote. He then shared a bonding moment with his 14-year-old son at an Applebee's restaurant.

"They love to push this shit on Our Kids!! The other day @applebees had some punks kissing and laughing eating mozzarella sticks. First Thing My 14 yr old Son said was, 'F*** Applebee's' And it Brought Joy to My Heart!! He sees it... their agenda to take the masculinity from Men, Black Men Especially. Some may say, 'He Making Money!!' Rupaul do too, but I ain't bumping his CD!!! Integrity is Priceless. Y'all Better open that 3rd Eye and let your sons Know What is Real... Or They Ass Gone Be Headed Down That Old Town Road Foreal!!~P.T."

Lil Nas X responded to Troy's comment, tweeting "damn I look good in that pic on god."

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Aaron Hernandez's fiancée spoke publicly for the first time since a documentary floated the theory that Hernandez committed murder to conceal his undercover bisexual lifestyle.

In an interview with Good Morning America that aired on Wednesday morning, Shayanna Jenkins said she was not aware that Hernandez was bisexual. She said she "would not have loved him differently" if he had opened up to her about his desire for men.

"Although I have a child with Aaron, I still can't tell you how he was feeling inside," she said. "No one can."

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The former New England Patriots wide receiver was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2015 for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, 27, in 2013.

The three-part Netflix series "Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez," aired in the U.S. on Jan. 15. The documentary theorized that Hernandez killed his friend because he feared Lloyd was gossiping about his bisexuality.

Hernandez killed himself in his Massachusetts prison cell in 2017.
 

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If you thought Beyonce's new Ivy Park looked familiar, you were right. Popeyes Fried Chicken called out Beyonce for ripping off their employee uniforms for her new Ivy Park line x Adidas line.

Beyonce's clothing line sold out quickly online and from the only store in the U.S. that carried the line.

The semi-retired singer also sent gift boxes of her clothes to her mom, Tina Larson, right, and celebrity friends such as Kelly Rowland, left, Angela Bassett and Ellen Degeneres.

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Popeyes took issue with the mother of three for using their company colors and uniforms as inspiration for her sold out clothing line.

Now that Bey's line has sold out, Popeyes is offering stylish pieces from their own employee uniform line for sale to the public.

"Love that look? It's our uniform. Has been for a while. And now you can buy it."

On Popeyes Instagram account, the company wrote: "Nothing new here. Just the uniforms we wear every day. Now available for everyone. Link in bio."
 

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A Pensacola man was arrested after he brutally beat his minor child with a belt for making bad grades, according to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

Darryl McRae, 33, was charged with child cruelty and child abuse. He is being held without bond in the Escambia County Jail.

The incident came to light after the boy approached a school resource officer and said his father gave him a "whoopin'" on Sunday because of his grades.

The resource officer observed bruises and welts all over the child's back and leg. A school counselor contacted the police and DCF took the boy into custody.

According to a police report obtained by WEAR TV, the boy said McRae struck him 15 times with a belt. McRae reportedly beat the boy multiple times in the past with a belt, and other objects.

McRae's arrest sends a message to other parents that beating children with belts, extension cords, and similar objects is against the law and punishable by prison time.

The law understands that raising children is hard work and takes a lot of patience and self-discipline. But child abuse will not be tolerated.

Parents are urged to take parenting classes to teach them more effective ways to discipline children and to manage their own emotions and anger.

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A Florida pastor sparked outrage when he claimed the deadly Wuhan coronavirus was sent by God to punish unbelievers and parents who transgender their minor children.

The death toll in China jumped to 132 with more than 6,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in 18 countries.

Pastor Rick Wiles founded the non-denominational Flowing Streams Church and he is the creator of the TruNews streaming channel, Newsweek reports.

According to Right Wing Watch, Wiles made the controversial comments during a podcast on January 27.

"Look at the scriptural rebellion that is in this country, the hatred of God," Wiles said. "Just vile, disgusting people in this country now, transgendering little children, perverting them. Look at the rapes, and the sexual immorality, and the filth on our TVs and our movies."

Wiles continued: "Folks, the Death Angel may be moving right now across the planet. This is the time to get right with God."

Wiles previously called former President Obama a "demon from Hell" and he warned that "there's gonna be violence" if President Donald Trump is removed from office.

The United States chartered a jet to fly 201 Americans from Wuhan to America. The plane landed in California on Wednesday after an emotional stopover in Alaska.

The passengers and crew were screened multiple times for symptoms of the virus during the flight, during the stopover in Anchorage, and when they landed at the March Air Reserve Base in California.

The passengers will be held in quarantine at the base for at least 72 hours before they are allowed to leave.

The flight was chartered by the U.S. State Department. More flights will return to Wuhan to transport up to 1,000 Americans from the coronavirus epicenter.

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Rihanna is reportedly dating effeminate rapper A$AP Rocky. Their relationship was confirmed less than 3 weeks after her split from long distance beau Hassan Jameel.

Reports confirmed the semi-retired singer dumped the Saudi billionaire earlier this month after almost three years of long distance dating.

The "Work" singer has been spotted hanging out with Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers.

The same day the singer's split was announced, she and the "Fashion Killa" rapper were spotted enjoying an evening out together in New York. Britain's The Sun newspaper reported that Rihanna and Rocky returned to a hotel suite and spent the night together,

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The Metrosexual rapper reportedly enjoys trying on dresses and lingerie from Rihanna’s clothing lime. "They're really enjoying each other's company," a source told the publication.

"It's really casual between them and she's not thinking about whether there's a future with Rocky. She's a newly-single girl having fun."

Relationship rumors first swirled around the stars back in 2013, but Rocky reportedly dismissed speculation the rumors, telling Distractify, "I don't even look at her like that. She's sexy, but I'm good."

A$AP recently leaked a sex tape that went viral on social media. Social media users mocked the rapper's short, lazy strokes, and they were unimpressed with his bedroom skills.

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Rihanna has a history of failed relationships with men and women. She is known for her poor choices in emotionally unavailable people.

Celebrities who have hitched rides on Rihanna's caboose in the past include Chris Brown, Drake, Travis Scott, Future Hendrix, Lewis Hamilton, Karim Benzema, Melissa Forde and La La.
 

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Ellen Pompeo lashed out at editors of gossip website TMZ for their coverage of the helicopter crash that killed Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant.

Pompeo slammed the gossip blog for breaking the news of Bryant's death before it was officially confirmed and before his wife, Vanessa Lane Bryant, was informed.

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Pompeo took to Twitter on Tuesday to voice her concerns about the publication's approach to reporting.

The 50-year-old Grey's Anatomy star addressed TMZ and its founder, Harvey Levin, suggesting the police leaks information to TMZ.

"I wonder why police departments give @HarveyLevinTMZ all this sensitive info? I wonder why @HarveyLevinTMZ puts out photos of women who have been attacked or assaulted... Who were victims? Exploiting women who have been abused… why is this guy still in business at all?"

She continued: "So many questions I have ...if we are not tolerating abuse anymore, shouldn't we be calling this out? Exploiting women who have been abused, exploiting the brutal sudden death of peoples loved ones is certainly emotional abuse. I call times up on his behavior."

Pompeo urged fans to be "furious about the history of this media outlet regarding women", insisting: "It's not news it's exploitation."

Neither TMZ or Levin has yet to respond to the allegations, according to WENN.com.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dropped a bombshell on Tuesday as the Senate impeachment trial enters the next phase.

McConnell told fellow senators he does not have enough votes to block new witnesses after Trump's high-powered defense team made their closing arguments on Tuesday.

In the next phase of the impeachment trial on Wednesday, senators will submit written questions. The questions phase can last 2 days.

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McConnell, pictured right with Trump, previously said Trump's Senate impeachment trial would end with a quick acquittal this Friday. But now it seems the Democrats will get their wish to call witnesses to give sworn testimony against Trump.

Democrats need four Republicans to vote with them to subpoena witnesses such as former White House aide John Bolton, whose new book supposedly contains evidence that would undermine Trump's defense that he didn't withhold military aid to Ukraine.

Three Republican senators, including Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, have indicated they will cross the aisle to call witnesses.

The Republicans will most certainly call Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden to testify about the work he performed for Ukraine's energy company Burisma in exchange for $3 million.

But some senators don't believe a call for witnesses will happen.

"I believe that on Friday, when we get to a decision whether we're gonna have witnesses, we're not gonna do it," said Florida Senator Rick Scott on Tuesday.

"I don't believe we're gonna have any witnesses. I think we're gonna listen to the questions, we'll see, uh, and after what happens with that, I believe we'll see no witness."

President Trump was impeached in December for abuse of power for allegedly withholding $391 million in military aid to Ukraine.

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CNN anchor Don Lemon came under fire on Tuesday for laughing hysterically when one of his guests insulted 65 million Trump supporters.

Frequent guest Rick Wilson ridiculed Trump supporters during a segment that aired on Saturday. Wilson spoke in a comically bad Southern drawl as he called Trump supporters "rubes" - implying that all Southerners are dumb country bumpkins.

But since so few viewers watch CNN, the incident didn't garner much attention until President Trump tweeted about it on Tuesday.

"Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!)" Trump tweeted along with a link to a Daily Caller post that included a video clip of Lemon's hysterics.

The backlash was unlike any Lemon has ever seen or heard before. That's why Lemon apologized with his tail between his legs during a segment on Tuesday night.

According to Lemon, he was not laughing at half the country (which he complains is already divided). Lemon claims he was laughing at the "joke" told by Wilson.

The openly homosexual news anchor insisted that he doesn't "belittle" people for "who they are", "what they believe" or "where they're from."

One social media user joked that CNN reminded Lemon that his ratings are already dreadful. After all, CNN does have bills to pay - and many of their advertisers are Trump supporters.

"One final note that I have for you because this is personally important to me to address this," Lemon said with a somber expression on his face.

"Ask anyone who knows me, they'll tell you, I don't believe in belittling people. Belittling anyone for who they are, what they believe or where they're from. During an interview on Saturday night, one of my guests said something that made me laugh. And while in the moment I found the joke humorous, and I didn't catch everything that was said. Just to make this perfectly clear - I was laughing at the joke and not at any group of people."

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A suspect who stole $500,000 worth of jewelry from Allen Iverson's backpack at a Philadelphia hotel has surrendered to police.

The incident happened on Monday around 10:30 a.m. at the Sofitel Hotel located on S. 17th Street, WPVI reported.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect enter the hotel lobby and snatch Iverson's backpack containing $500,000 worth of the former NBA star's jewelry. Iverson, 44, was not present at the time the jewelry was stolen.

FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser reports that the 21-year-old college student turned himself in after his photo was aired on news stations and went viral on social media on Monday.

Police did not release the suspect's name nor did they say whether all of the jewelry was recovered.

Iverson is known for his expensive custom jewelry collection.

The 11-time NBA All-Star was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick in 1996. He played 10 seasons for the 76ers before being traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2006.

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A 9-year-old Florida boy will be charged with allegedly stabbing his 5-year-old sister while telling her, "Die, die."

The boy was playing in his bedroom with his sister Monday afternoon at the Berkeley Pointe apartments in Ocala, Florida.

Their mom stepped outside to check the mail and to get some candy from a neighbor for the children.

When she retuned, the mother found her son stabbing his sister repeatedly with a kitchen knife, FOX 35 reported.

The mother grabbed the knife away from the boy, who fled into a maintenance shed. The girl was alert and responsive after the attack. She was transported to a children's hospital.

The boy told police his sister "had entered his head two days earlier" and wouldn't leave, according to an arrest report obtained by FOX 35.

He told police he got a knife from the kitchen, grabbed his sister by the neck while she was bent over and began stabbing her, FOX 35 reported. "Die, die," the boy told the little girl.

The boy allegedly said he stabbed his sister because "he wanted to be able to go outside" and play.

The boy is being held in a secured juvenile detention facility while awaiting a psychological evaluation ordered by a Marion County circuit court judge. He will be charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to news reports.

A public defender has been appointed to represent the child.

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A Chicago woman who fatally shot a retired state trooper and wounded two others at a cigar bar had written "I hate you ... hope you two die!" on a wall of her home.

51-year-old Lisa McMullan shot and killed retired state trooper Gregory Rieves, 51, before turning the gun on herself. The incident happened inside a media room at the Humidor Cigar Lounge in Lisle, Illinois about 10:13 p.m. Friday.

Another retired state trooper and an off-duty trooper were also shot. They are in stable condition at a local hospital, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Police executed a search warrant on McMullan's Chicago condo, Lisle police said Monday. McMullan had scrawled on a wall of her condo in black marker: "I hate you ... hope you two die!"

The message contained Rieves' name and the name of another man. Police believe McMullan targeted Rieves and the other man. The second man was not at the cigar lounge at the time of the shooting.

In a press release, Lisle police said they contacted the other man but they were withholding his name. He is not a police officer. "It's just someone she knew."

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting. Police say both Rieves and McMullan were regular patrons at the cigar lounge.

It was originally reported that the two attended high school together in Maywood, Illinois, but police said they have learned McMullan attended high school in Chicago.
 

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A reporter shared a funny incident that took place at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday. Apparently a female celebrity's dress was so hideous that someone made a loud comment about it.

According to Blind Gossip, a famous actress clapped back when a rude guest made a comment about her ill-fitting dress.

"Our reporter was getting ready to interview the celebrity. Her husband was a few feet away talking to someone else. It was so noisy that you really couldn't hear jack unless you were close to someone and even then you practically had to shout.

"We were about to do the countdown wen we heard this woman nearby commenting on celebrity's outfit. She obviously didn't like the dress. She was yelling to the person next to her. 'Oh my god! Look at that! What the hell is se wearing? It's hideous! It doesn't make any sense!"

It was noisy, but apparently not noisy enough. The celebrity heard her and turned around to address the woman directly.

"I know, it's gorgeous, isn't it? Who designed YOUR outfit?"

That shut the woman up. The celebrity began the interview as if nothing happened.

Can you guess the name of the female celebrity?
 

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