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Bebe Rexha remembers moment she found out Mariah Carey was a fan

ABC/Paula LoboSince hitting it big, Bebe Rexha has had a lot of “pinch me” moments. But one she’ll always remember is the night she found out Mariah Carey was a fan.

“With ‘Me, Myself & I,’ the one thing that I can never forget is I did a gala and Mariah Carey was there and I was singing ‘Me, Myself & I’ and everybody else was really kind of drunk and she was the only one kind of like singing along with me,” she tells ABC Radio.

Bebe continues, “And at the end she told me that she loved the record and I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s Mariah Carey.’” 

The singer had another memorable career milestone just this week when she was nominated for her first MTV Video Music Award. She received a nod for Best Collaboration for “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line.

In honor of her nomination, Bebe tweeted that she’ll be debuting her “I’m a Mess” music video today.

Voting for the MTV VMAs is open now. The ceremony airs live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Daya says new song “Safe” is more “emotional” than “political”

Clare GillenDaya’s always been about making music with a message, but with her latest single “Safe,” she delves deeper into her emotions than ever before.

The singer just released the music video for the track, which features her sitting in a pink bedroom reflecting back on a more innocent time. The song itself was inspired by the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last October.

“It could be interpreted as a call to action with our government. But, more than anything, I just wanted to embody that emotion,” Daya tells Refinery29 of the song. “It is more of an emotional thing that I think everyone experienced after that day. I don’t want it to turn into this political thing and have there be sides to it. There aren’t any sides to humanity.”

She says that her new music has a more grown-up sound than her previous hits, “Hide Away” and “Sit Still, Look Pretty.”

“I think that this music is definitely more in line with what I had been wanting to make all along,” she says. “I think that ‘Hide Away’ and ‘Sit Still, Look Pretty’ were amazing songs and an amazing part of my career and my growth, but I think that ‘Safe’ feels like a whole other level of authenticity.”

Daya has also launched a #SafeIs campaign on social media, where she’s encouraging fans to share what “safe” means to them.

In an Instagram video, the singer reveals the things that make her feel safe, while also revealing that she has a girlfriend – who makes a cameo appearance in the video.

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Harry Styles helps fan come out to her mom during concert: “I’m very happy for you”

Harley Weir

One teenager has Harry Styles to thank for an unforgettable coming out story. 

The “Kiwi” singer helped a a die-hard fan named Grace come out as bisexual to her mother at his San Jose concert last week. 

“I traveled 2,846 miles to be here tonight thank you for 10 incredible shows,” read one side of the sign that Grace held, while the other side read, “I’m gonna come out to my parents because of you!!!”

The 18-year-old tweeted a picture of the poster, with the words, “I’m not expecting anything but I hope he at least sees it.” And the signer did see it. In fact, he called her out mid-concert. 

In a video Grace posted to her Twitter, Harry can be seen asking Grace what her mother’s name is, and then asks the rest of the audience to quiet down so that he can record a video for her mom in which he screams, “Tina, she’s gay!”

“Tina says she loves ya. Congratulations, I’m very happy for you,” Styles says in the video.

Grace went back to her hotel room and immediately showed her mom the video, according to E! News. She explained that her mom was “overjoyed and says that ‘Yes I do love you and you can be whoever you want to be.'”

In a separate post, Grace explained that she’s been coming out to her friends as bisexual for the past couple of months after feeling “safe and accepted” at Style’s concerts. 

“Your continuous support of the LGBTQ+ has helped me come to love myself and feel safe. Thank you for tonight,” she wrote.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Former DJ Adrian Cronauer, portrayed by Robin Williams in ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’, dead at 79

Getty Images/Bettmann(VIRGINIA) — Adrian Cronauer, the disc jockey whose military stint became the inspiration for Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam, has died at 79 years old.

Jeff Hunt, who hired Cronauer at Roanoke FM station WPVR, confirmed the DJ’s Wednesday passing to the Roanoke Times. Hunt explained Cronauer had been living in a nursing home in Troutville, Virginia.

“Goooooooood morning, Vietnam!” was Cronauer’s signature sign-on for his morning show Dawn Buster, which he hosted from Siagon from 1965 to 1966. Williams portrayal of the real-life DJ earned him an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win. 

According to USA Today, the real Cronauer insisted that the hit 1987 Barry Levinson-directed movie took some real liberties with his life story. In 2008, according to the Military Times, he told a group of veterans that if he’d done half the things Robin Williams did in that movie, “I’d still be in Leavenworth [prison].”

Still, Cronauer was happy with the movie, especially its respectful portrayal of Americans who were sent overseas.  He and Williams became friends after the film was completed, and he was reportedly “gobsmacked” by Williams’ death by suicide in 2014, according to the Military Times.

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Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ gets earlier release date

ABC RadioLOS ANGELES — Sony Pictures has moved Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood up a couple of weeks, from August 9, 2019 to July 26, 2019, according to Variety.

The trade speculates the change was made to avoid controversy over the release coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Charles Manson murders, on which the film is based.

Once again, Oscar winner Tarantino has assembled a galaxy of stars for his latest feature, including his Django Unchained co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, and his Inglorious Basterd lead Brad Pitt, as well as Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino.

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Warner Bros. will screen ‘The Dark Knight’ in IMAX for 10th anniversary engagement

Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — Warner Bothers is marking the 10th anniversary of Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking film, The Dark Knight, by bringing it to four select IMAX locations for an exclusive, one-week engagement, beginning August 24, it was announced Wednesday.

The movie, led by the late Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn as the Joker, opened in the U.S. on July 18, 2008 and made $158.4 million in its debut weekend, on its way to earning $534.8 million stateside and $1 billion globally. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman also starred.

Tickets for the IMAX re-release opening day go on sale this Friday.

Theater locations can be found on IMAX’s website.

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SPORTS NEWS

Danica Patrick, Jim Kelly, Parkland coaches and other empowering moments at the ESPYs

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Racecar driver Danica Patrick became the first female host of the ESPYs Wednesday night. But that achievement wasn’t the only moment that will have people talking tomorrow, later this week — and even for years to come.

The “hero” Parkland coaches, an embattled Hall of Fame football player and 141 sexual abuse survivors all were honored in a very heartfelt, empowering awards show.

Here are the top highlights:

Danica’s big night

“It’s true the ESPYs have never had a host like me before,” she said. “For the last 25 years, the ESPYs have been about celebrating the magic of sports.”

But Patrick didn’t shy away from telling her fair share of jokes, some of which were aimed at sports icons in the room.

She made fun of Cleveland, Odell Beckham Jr.’s hairstyle and more.

“Speaking of other countries, congrats to France on winning the World cup,” she said. “I’d make a joke about the U.S. soccer team, but they didn’t qualify for this monologue.”

The NBA’s elite weren’t safe either, as Patrick joked about King LeBron James himself, going below the belt when she made fun of his losing his hair. She then explained when James hosted in the past, he picked on her, too.

Pat Tillman Award For Service

Funnyman Jon Stewart took the stage to present a very serious award.

Former Marine and college football star Jake Wood, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was honored for organizing veterans and first responders to Haiti to help in 2010 after a severe earthquake rocked the island.

That led to his starting his nonprofit Team Rubicon, which, years later, has thousands of veterans and volunteers around the globe.

The organization doesn’t just save lives in disaster zones, including Houston and Puerto Rico, but it also gives veterans purpose and meaning and saves their lives as well.

“Being able to share our stories and know you’re not alone … we couldn’t do it without each other,” one veteran said during a special clip.

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance goes to Jim Kelly

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who’s battled cancer several times over the past five years, was honored with the award named after the legendary late basketball coach.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as Kelly spoke about his late son, Hunter, and his battle with cancer.

“My faith [is] in the good lord that he has plans for my life,” Kelly said. “My wife, Jill, you are my heart, you are my soul, you are my everything.”

He also inspired the room about “being a difference-maker,” adding: “If you have somebody out there suffering, it doesn’t have to be cancer … the smile on your face, that can be the difference … like Jimmy V said, ‘Don’t ever give up!'”

Stoneman Douglas High School honors coaches

Another somber yet inspiring moment came later in the evening, when the three coaches killed during the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were honored with the Best Coach Award.

Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon all gave their lives to save students earlier this year.

Former high school athletes and students talked about how these coaches “changed lives” and later died saving them.

Student after student talked about the mentors, heroes and friends they knew in these three amazing men.

Abuse survivors stand strong

The big moment of the night came when 141 abuse victims of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar took the stage after sharing their powerful and empowering stories.

After a powerful video detailing the abuse they all suffered, the 141 woman all took the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. It was a moment that likely will be talked about for decades.

“It is a privilege to stand up here with my sister survivors, as we represent hundreds more that are not with us tonight,” said Sarah Klein, who was victimized by Nassar 30 years ago.

Klein called tonight “a portrait of survival, a new vision of courage.”

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More than 140 survivors of sexual abuse honored with Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — More than 140 survivors of abuse at the hands of disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar took the stage and made a statement that could impact countless lives for years at the ESPYs on Wednesday night.

Actress Jennifer Garner introduced the brave women and said, “We’re about to tell you a story that is difficult to hear.”

She spoke about when the dream of being an athlete can turn into a nightmare, but said the story needs to be heard, so “it never happens again.”

Then a powerful video let these young women speak their truth. One after another spoke about what this man did when they were 11, 12, 13 years old.

“It was something that I just dealt with,” one woman said of the unspeakable actions to which Nassar eventually plead guilty.

“The cycle [of abuse] was repeated for generations,” Garner says in the video, but then the women started to come forward, followed by dozens more.

After Nassar was finally arrested, one woman says, crying, “That’s when my life finally started to move again.”

Following the empowering piece, the 141 women at the event all took the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award — a moment that will be talked about for decades.

“It is a privilege to stand up here with my sister survivors, as we represent hundreds more that are not with us tonight,” said Sarah Klein, who was victimized by Nassar 30 years ago.

Klein called tonight “a portrait of survival, a new vision of courage.”

“Speaking up is not easy … it’s grueling and it’s painful, but it is time,” she said. “As a survivor, I am here to say, if we can just give one person the courage to use their voice, this is worth it.”

Another victim added, “You cannot silence the strong forever.”

Then Aly Raisman listed off the the many years that women spoke up about Nassar’s abuse and then were told, “You are wrong.”

“For too long, we were ignored,” she said. “Too often abusers and enablers perpetuate suffering … to all the survivors out there, don’t let anyone rewrite your story. You truth does matter and you are not alone.”

Raisman appeared on “Good Morning America” the morning of the awards show to speak about what this honor means to her and the other survivors.

“Getting that award with this incredible army of survivors is very, I mean, it’s hard to put into words,” she said. “I don’t even know if it’s really sunk in yet.”

“We’ve all been through something really horrible, but we’re all gonna get through it together,” she added. “I think that’s such an empowering feeling — knowing you’re not alone.”

Nassar was sentenced in January to 40 to 175 years in prison for several counts of sexual misconduct. A judge later tacked on an additional 40 to 125 years.

“You are a doctor. You took an oath to do no harm, and you harmed over 256 women, and that is beyond comprehension,” Michigan Judge Janice Cunningham told Nassar at the time of his sentencing in February. “Locking up an individual so they can never harm anyone again and take away their freedom is an appropriate consequence.”

During his sentencing, more than 150 women and girls like Rasman gave statements in court and their accounts of the assaults.

Nassar had to sit there and listen to them all. Their voices were heard.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Steam pipe blast creates huge crater in the middle of New York City

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A New York City neighborhood was rocked Thursday morning when a steam pipe exploded and created a huge crater in a street.

The blast occurred about 6:40 a.m. in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, just blocks from the iconic Flatiron Building, according to the New York City Fire Department.

“It was a loud boom and the building just shook,” Byron Chavers, who works in the area, told ABC station WABC-TV.

Chavers said firefighters evacuated his building and others nearby.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The explosion left a crater in the middle of the busy intersection of Fifth Avenue and 19th Street during the morning commute and prompted police to close off streets in the neighborhood.

The blast sent steam swirling into the air and rattled windows and nerves.

The cause of the subterranean explosion is under investigation.

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Grannies across the U.S. unite to caravan to the southern border to protest

ABC News(McALLEN, Texas) — Nearly 30 grandparents will pack into two 15-seat vans to caravan from New York to the U.S.-Mexico Border at the end of this month to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

The week-long caravan comes after more than 2,000 immigrant children were separated from their families at the southern border, a result of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. Trump has since signed an executive order to end the policy but numerous families remain in detention or separated.

“When the children started being separated from their parents at the border, I just couldn’t believe it. I was horrified,” said Michelle Clifton, a 74-year-old grandmother. “I thought, ‘what am I going to be able to do as an individual to have an impact on this and to bring attention to it?'”

The result: Grannies Respond, also referred to as Abuelas Responden, a group of grandparents and supporters which formed three weeks ago and says its ready to take to the road to protest.

The journey will begin in Beacon, NY on July 30, wend some 2,000 miles southward to the U.S.- Mexico Border, and arrive in McAllen, Texas on Aug. 6. Along the way, the group will stop in seven cities to host rallies, offer a message of compassion and demand the reunification and release of separated families.

“It’s deeper than that,” said Dan Aymar-Blair, creator of Grannies Respond. “Those are just specific demands but this is about respecting human dignity. This is about respecting human life and caring for every member of our society.”

Aymar-Blair says he came up with the idea when he was studying effective methods of protest. He claims that protests similar to a “journey” are “powerful” because they collect build momentum, empathy and people for a cause.

“To me, grannies mean something very, very, strong towards children just in terms of what we grannies and grandpas are,” Claire Nelson, a 66-year-old grandmother said. “[We are ] strong, we’re elderly, we’re wise, we have unconditional love for our children and children of the world. I felt like that we could respond and make a difference in many ways.”

Barry Nelson, 70, wants to set an example for his five grandchildren.

“People are being treated poorly and are being denied entrance into this country,” Barry said. “Even people who are seeking political asylum and that’s just wrong and something we have to change and really work on to call attention to this and to everybody in this country.”

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FBI Director: ‘Russia attempted to interfere in the last election’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(ASPEN, Colo.) — As President Donald Trump continues to “clarify” his views on whether Russia launched an assault on the 2016 presidential election, the FBI director made his own views clear on Wednesday: “Russia attempted to interfere in the last election,” FBI Director Chris Wray stated unequivocally.

Speaking at the annual Aspen Security Forum, Wray also reiterated his belief that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into those Russian efforts, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, is not a “witch hunt,” as Trump has called it so many times.

Asked to respond to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial of interference, as he stood next to Trump at the summit in Helsinki on Monday, Wray simply said Putin has “got his view.”

“I can tell you what my view is,” Wray added. “The intelligence community’s assessment has not changed, my view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere in the last election, and that it continues to engage in malign [activity].”

Wray noted that Russia will identify divisive issues inside America and then use fake news and propaganda to “spin people up on both sides of the issue and then watch us go at each other.”

He said the U.S. intelligence community has not yet seen attempts by Russia to target specific election-related infrastructure in the months before the midterm elections in November, but “it’s a threat that we need to take extremely seriously and need to respond to with fierce determination.”

Nevertheless, Wray pushed back on Trump’s attacks on Mueller’s probe as a “witch hunt.”

“I do not believe Special Counsel Mueller is on a witch hunt,” Wray said, describing Mueller as a “straight shooter” who’s running a “professional” investigation.

Asked whether he ever came close to resigning amid the attacks on the FBI, Wray simply said he knows he’s a low-key guy but “that should not be mistaken for what my spine is made out of.”

That comment drew applause from the crowd at the forum in Aspen, Colorado.

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WORLD NEWS

Thai boy rescued from cave speaks out: ‘Thought about my parents’

ABC News(CHIANG MAI, Thailand) — Chanin “Titan” Vibulrungruang said he was surprised the entire world was waiting to see him.

“Was it a good surprise?” ABC News asked the boy, following his recent extraction from a flooded cave in Thailand along with his soccer teammates and coach.

“A lot of people are supporting and encouraging,” he said.

Titan and his father sat down with ABC News to discuss Titan’s recent experience. He said his coach didn’t carry him out of the cave but that he held onto his back while swimming out.

“At first,” Titan’s father said, “I was really happy and surprised because he is now finally safe.” He said he was at the cave searching for his son “every day since the first day” Titan was missing.

Parents of other missing boys waited together and supported each other, he added.

“Everyone felt less worried after the first five days because all of the staff and volunteers were working really hard to find them,” he said. “Also the staff said they found some evidence leading to the presence of the kids inside the cave, so we felt relieved, unlike the very first days that all the parents were worried.”

Titan said he “thought about my parents” and felt that they “would be waiting in front of the cave.”

Titan has returned home and said he’s feeling healthier. He’s enjoying some of his favorite foods again, including red curry with pork, and spending more time with his family. And he’s going to get to watch some soccer soon.

“I’m excited,” he said, “that they are going to take our team to see the actual teams.”

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French ambassador Gerard Araud slams Trevor Noah for saying ‘Africa won the World Cup’

Mike Smith/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The French ambassador to the U.S. slammed comedian Trevor Noah on Wednesday for saying Africa deserved credit for France’s 2018 World Cup victory due to the large number of black players on the team.

Gerard Araud wrote a strongly worded letter addressed to Noah on Wednesday, accusing the late-night comedian of “legitimizing” racist ideologies and denying the players’ “Frenchness” with his comments about their race and backgrounds.

Noah claimed “Africa won the World Cup” in a segment on The Daily Show on Monday, a day after France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow, a joke that some deemed racist.

“I get it, they have to say it’s the French team,” Noah said Monday. “But look at those guys. You don’t get that tan by hanging out in the south of France, my friends.”

Araud said he was watching “with great attention” on Monday, and that he wasn’t laughing.

“I heard your words about ‘an African victory,’ nothing could be less true. … By calling them an African team, it seems you are denying their Frenchness,” Araud said his letter on Wednesday. “This, even in jest, legitimizes the ideology which claims whiteness as the only definition of being French.”

France took home soccer’s most coveted prize for the second time in the country’s history with a team starring black and Muslim players.

Araud acknowledged that some of the team members’ “parents may have come from another country,” but he said all but two of the 23 players were born in France.

“They were educated in France, they learned to play soccer in France, and they are French citizens,” he said. “They are proud of their country, France.”

Araud also took a jab at America, saying, “Unlike the United States of America, France does not refer to their citizens based on their race, religion or origin.”

The French Embassy in the U.S. released the letter to the public via Twitter on Wednesday at around 5 p.m. eastern, and it wasn’t long before Noah fired back.

“When I’m saying ‘African,’ I’m not saying it to exclude them from their French-ness — I’m saying it to include them in my African-ness. I’m saying, ‘I see you, my French brother of African descent,” Noah in a video posted on Twitter.

The comedian read part of Araud’s letter in a “Behind the Scenes” segment of his show in which he appeared to double down on his original message.

“I will continue to praise them for being African because I believe they are of Africa — their parents are from Africa — and they can be French, because I believe they can both at the same time,” Noah said. “And if French people are saying they can’t be, then I think they have a problem and not me.”

“America’s not a perfect place,” he added, “but what I love about this country is that people can still celebrate their identity in their American-ness.”

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Feds spend nearly $70k at Trump hotel in Scotland

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(TURNBERRY, Scotland) — The U.S. federal government billed taxpayers nearly $70,000 in expenses at the Trump hotel in Turnberry, Scotland, during President Donald Trump’s visit last weekend, federal spending records show.

The expenditures, totaling $69,767, were made by the State Department on behalf of the U.S. Secret Service, tasked to protect the president and his family members during their trips abroad.

“The State Department frequently assists other U.S. agencies, including the Secret Service, with transportation arrangements and in making hotel bookings overseas,” a State Department spokesperson told ABC News. The spokesperson added that the cost for those hotels rooms and additional transportation expenses are reimbursed by the Secret Service.

The revelation of the expenditures at the Turnberry hotel comes on the heels of criticisms against Trump’s touting of the hotel during a recent interview with British tabloid The Sun during his visit, calling the hotel a “magical” place.

“These are taxpayer funds – money from you and I – that Trump is spending to enrich his own business enterprise,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist with watchdog group Public Citizen. “This constitutes self-dealing by Trump plain and simple, and we are paying for it.”

It is unclear whether the Secret Service booked the Turnberry hotel rooms at a regular rate or received a discount.

ABC News reached out to the Trump Organization for response.

The recent Scotland expenditures, labeled “hotel rooms” for “VIP visit,” are the latest U.S. Secret Service charges billed during Trump family members’ visits to Trump properties abroad.

The State Department spent more than $13,000 at just the Turnberry hotel between November 2016 through May 2017, according to additional spending records obtained by government watchdog group Property of the People and shared with ABC News.

The documents also show that the State Department has spent at least $38,500 at the Trump hotel in Vancouver. This includes the roughly $15,000 spent to book rooms at the new Trump hotel for Secret Service agents protecting the Trump family members during its ribbon-cutting ceremony in late February 2017.

The president and his son Eric Trump’s visits to the Trump International Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland, throughout 2017 cost the State Department nearly $28,000 at the hotel for Secret Service expenses.

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