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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra confirm engagement on Instagram: “Taken…with all my heart and soul”

Prodip Guha/Hindustan Times via Getty ImagesNick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are finally Instagram official: The couple confirmed their engagement with a posting on the Quantico star’s social media.

“The only way to do this… with Family and God. Thank you all for your wishes and blessings,” Chopra wrote, captioning a photo of herself and Nick.  She’s wearing a traditional Indian outfit, but is sporting a large diamond ring on her finger.  The couple is shown standing in front of a hedge decorated with the intertwined initials “N” and “P.”

She also posted a photo of herself looking adoringly into Nick’s eyes, with her ring prominently displayed. “Taken.. With all my heart and soul,” reads the caption.  Nick posted the same photo with the caption, “Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love.”

People magazine reports that the couple celebrated their engagement with a party in Mumbai, India, attended by both their families.  Chopra shared a gallery of photos from the party, known as a roka ceremony, including a photo of Nick’s parents posing with Priyanka’s mom and brother.

In one photo, which People says was taken during a Hindu prayer ceremony known as a “pruja,” both Nick and Priyanka are shown wearing traditional Indian garb.

A friend of Priyanka’s, Anusha Dandekar, posted a photo of herself posing with couple.  She wrote, “I always knew one thing was certain, she deserved true love. Then her Prince came along for real… not to rescue her because god knows she does that all on her own and HOW! But someone to love her the way she loves, laugh with her endlessly, keep it [100] & live the happily ever after that everyone who wants to love and be loved deserve.”

She added, “I am beyond happy for you @priyankachopra @nickjonas you make love look so easy, beautiful & special… Congratulations.”

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MTV VMA exec. producers are disappointed that Taylor Swift was snubbed this year

Mert & MarcusDuring last year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift premiered her instantly-iconic video for “Look What You Made Me Do.”  But when the nominations for this year’s VMAs came out, “Look What You Made Me Do” was nowhere to be found in any of the top categories — its only nominations are in the technical categories, like best editing. 

Now, the guys behind the show admit they’re just as surprised as the fans are that Taylor didn’t have a better showing this year.

The show’s executive producers, Jesse Ignjatovic and Bruce Gillmer, tell Entertainment Tonight that “it is somewhat surprising” that Taylor didn’t get a nod for Video of the Year or Best Pop Video.  Gillmer adds, “We love Taylor…we have strong relationships with her and her camp.”

Ignjatovic says, “It was an amazing video, so I wish she had nominations and I wish she was [at the show] because I’m a huge fan. She’s such an integral part of the VMAs and MTV, so I wish.”

Gillmer said the awards are “voted on by a wide range of people,” so the nominations can be unpredictable.

It’s not know if Taylor will attend Monday night’s ceremony.  Her friend and Reputation tour opening act, Camila Cabello, is up for a slew of awards, so perhaps they’ll attend together. Meanwhile, you’ll see performances from Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Ryan Tedder and Jennifer Lopez, among others.

The MTV VMAs air Monday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT, live from Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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Just Dance: Lady Gaga celebrates 10-year anniversary of debut album this weekend

Streamline/Kon Live/Cherrytree/InterscopeAugust 19, 2008 was the day the world got its first full-length look at Lady Gaga, as her debut album, The Fame, arrived.  Gaga is marking that milestone with special merch for her fans, as well as a “digital time capsule” and a 10th anniversary limited version of the album.

The Fame spun off the hit singles “Just Dance,” “Paparazzi,” “Poker Face” and “LoveGame,” won Gaga a Grammy and has sold close to five million copies.  The reissue, The Fame Monster, which came out in November of that year, featured eight new songs, including “Bad Romance,” “Telephone,” and “Alejandro.”

The $50 limited edition version of the album comes on a USB that’s shaped like a cartoon image of Gaga, packaged in a collectible display box. It features the original album The Fame and three bonus tracks, as well as The Fame Monster, both digital booklets, eight music videos and an early electronic press kit shot just as Gaga was beginning her rise to stardom.  It’s now available for pre-order on Gaga’s website.

In addition, you can get The Fame and The Fame Monster on vinyl, as well as a number of t-shirts with The Fame artwork, Gaga’s former “electric bolt” logo, and images of her iconic sunglasses from the album cover.

As for the “digital time capsule,” it’s a collection of videos, images and quotes from Gaga around the time that The Fame and The Fame Monster were released.  One sample quote: “I would not be able to breathe if I couldn’t make art.”

Gaga is expected to release the soundtrack of her movie A Star Is Born in the coming months; the film itself arrives in theaters in October.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ pays off with $34 million five-day opening

Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Crazy Rich Asians, which officially opened on Wednesday, had a crazy good weekend, topping the box office with an estimated $34 million over the five-day period, with just under $24.2 million of that earned over the weekend.

The film — the first Asian-American-led studio release since 1993’s Joy Luck Club — not only set a record for a movie featuring an all-Asian-American cast, but became the first romantic comedy to top the $20 million mark since Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck in 2015.  It stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, Kris Aquino, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh, among others.

The Meg dropped to second place in its second week, grabbing an estimated $21.15 million and bringing its total stateside to $83.7 million. Internationally, the sci-fi horror flick added an estimated $67 million, bringing its worldwide total to just over $314 million.

In third place was Mile 22, the Mark Wahlberg-led action thriller, which also opened this weekend, falling short of expectations with an estimated $13.6 million.

The weekend’s final new release, Alpha, finished dead-even with Mission: Impossible — Fallout. Both films earned an estimated $10.5 million, for a fourth-place finish.

The Wife — starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater — opened in limited release and had the best per-screen average of the weekend, earning $27,000 per location for a total of $110,000.

On the other end of spectrum, Billionaire Boys Club, starring Kevin Spacey, posted one of the most dismal openings ever, failing to bring in $500 from eight theaters. That averages less than $53 per location for the three-day weekend.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Crazy Rich Asians, $25.2 million
2. The Meg, $21.15 million
3. Mile 22, $13.6 million
4. Alpha, $10.5 million (tie)
4. Mission: Impossible — Fallout, $10.5 million (tie)
6. Christopher Robin, $8.86 million
7. BlacKkKlansman, $7 million
8. Slender Man, $4.965 million
9. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, $3.67 million
10. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, $3.385 million

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“Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra confirms engagement to pop star Nick Jonas

Prodip Guha/Hindustan Times via Getty Images(MUMBAI) — Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and pop star Nick Jonas are finally Instagram official: The couple confirmed their rumored engagement with a posting on Chopra’s social media.

“The only way to do this… with Family and God. Thank you all for your wishes and blessings,” Chopra, 36, wrote, captioning a photo of herself and Nick, 25.  She’s wearing a traditional Indian outfit, but is sporting a large diamond ring on her finger.  The couple is shown standing in front of a hedge decorated with the intertwined initials “N” and “P.”

She also posted a photo of herself looking adoringly into Jonas’ eyes, with her ring prominently displayed. “Taken.. With all my heart and soul,” reads the caption.  The singer posted the same photo with the caption, “Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love.”

People magazine reports that the couple celebrated their engagement with a party in Mumbai, India, attended by both their families.  Chopra shared a gallery of photos from the party, known as a roka ceremony, including a photo of Jonas’ parents posing with Chopra’s mom and brother.

In one photo, which People says was taken during a Hindu prayer ceremony known as a “pruja,” the couple is shown wearing traditional Indian garb.

A friend of Priyanka’s, Anusha Dandekar, posted a photo of herself posing with couple.  She wrote, “I always knew one thing was certain, she deserved true love. Then her Prince came along for real… not to rescue her because god knows she does that all on her own and HOW! But someone to love her the way she loves, laugh with her endlessly, keep it [100] & live the happily ever after that everyone who wants to love and be loved deserve.”

She added, “I am beyond happy for you @priyankachopra @nickjonas you make love look so easy, beautiful & special… Congratulations.”

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“Watchmen” series officially coming to HBO in 2019

HBO/Van Redin (Regina King)Watchmen has officially been ordered to series at HBO, Variety reports.

The Damon Lindelof series, based on the classic DC graphic novel about superheroes who are treated as outlaws, is set to debut in 2019.  Until now, the show had just been in its pilot stage.

HBO says the new series “embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.”

The large cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, and Louis Gossett Jr. Lindelof and King previously worked with HBO on the series The Leftovers.

Watchmen will become the cable network’s first-ever superhero series.

In 2009, the graphic novel was turned into a movie starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, and Patrick Wilson.

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SPORTS NEWS

Scoreboard Roundup 8/20/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:

  INTERLEAGUE
 Final  L-A Dodgers  12  Seattle   1
   ——
   AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  N-Y Yankees    10  Toronto       2
 Final  Tampa Bay       2  Boston        0
 Final  Cleveland       8  Baltimore     0
 Final  Minnesota       5  Detroit       4
 Final  Chi White Sox   7  Kansas City   6
 Final  Texas           4  L-A Angels    2
 Final  Houston         9  Oakland       4
   ——
   NATIONAL LEAGUE
 Final  Cincinnati  11  San Francisco   4
 Final  Pittsburgh   2  Chi Cubs        1, 11 Innings
 Final  Colorado     4  Atlanta         2
 Final  Miami       12  Washington      1
 Final  Milwaukee    2  St. Louis       1
 Final  Arizona      4  San Diego       3
 Final  N-Y Mets     8  Philadelphia    2
   ——
   WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Connecticut   89  L.A. Sparks   86
 Final  Atlanta       93  Las Vegas     78
 Final  Phoenix       96  N-Y Liberty   85
 Final  Indiana       97  Chicago       92
 Final  Seattle       84  Dallas        68
 Final  Minnesota     88  Washington    83
   ——
   MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Final  Atlanta    3  Columbus    1

Nun does ball trick, throws ‘perfect pitch’ before Chicago White Sox game

ABC News (CHICAGO) — Sister Mary Jo Sobieck isn’t on the Chicago White Sox roster, but it sure looks like they could use her.

The nun at Marian Catholic High School took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch ahead of the team’s game Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.

Sobieck, who was celebrating her school’s “Night with the White Sox” at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field, confidently strolled to the mound wearing a traditional habit and donning a white Marian Catholic High School jersey.

Sobieck, wearing No. 60, was so confident in her skills that she gave the fans and players a treat — by doing an arm-bounce trick before the pitch.

And that’s when the righty hurler fired off a perfect strike to the plate.

“That was awesome,” White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, who was on the receiving end of the strike, told MLB.com after the game. “She had a whole routine. She had it planned out. I was just lucky to be back there. She threw a perfect pitch.”

The White Sox tweeted: “One of the most impressive first pitches of all time.”

After leaving the mound and shaking Giolito’s hand, Sobieck took in the cheers and pointed to the stands.

Her performance left people wondering whether she had previous experience with the sport.

“She was pretty good, actually,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria told MLB.com. “I’m like, ‘Wait a minute.’ He (Giolito) threw it back to her and she fielded it barehanded.

Sobie comes from a large athletic family, according to an article published in 2008 by The Times of Northwest Indiana. She played both volleyball and softball while attending The College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota after her graduation from Cathedral High School in 1987.

The White Sox — who played the rest of the game without Sobieck — lost to the Royals, 3-1.

After the game, Renteria joked about adding the nun to the team.

“I was like, ‘OK, she looks like she can play a little bit,’ so we started talking to her,” he said. “”I think she said, ‘I played center and short.’

“I said to her, ‘Can you play for us?'” he continued. “She said, ‘Sure.'”

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Scoreboard roundup — 8/18/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Seattle 5, L.A. Dodgers 4, 10 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 11, Toronto 6
Oakland 7, Houston 1
Baltimore 4, Cleveland 2
Kansas City 3, Chicago White Sox 1
Boston 5, Tampa Bay 2
Detroit 7, Minnesota 5
L.A. Angels 11, Texas 7

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 3, Philadelphia 1
Miami 7, Washington 5, 10 Innings
Pittsburgh 3, Chicago Cubs 1
Colorado 5, Atlanta 3, 10 Innings
Cincinnati 7, San Francisco 1
St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 2
San Diego 7, Arizona 6

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Chicago 115, Indiana 106

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON
Jacksonville 14, Minnesota 10
L.A. Rams 19, Oakland 15
Cincinnati 21, Dallas 13
Tampa Bay 30, Tennessee 14
Houston 16, San Francisco 13
Chicago 24, Denver 23
L.A. Chargers 24, Seattle 14

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Seattle 5, Los Angeles 0

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NATIONAL NEWS

Memorial service for singer Aretha Franklin held in Detroit

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(DETROIT) — A memorial service honoring the late Aretha Franklin was held in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday.

The “Queen of Soul” died on Aug. 16 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Outside the New Bethel Baptist Church, where the service was held, some signed boards at a memorial paying tribute to the singer.

Those inside the church listened to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, as he spoke about Franklin’s life and her dedication to music.

The New Bethel Baptist Church was where Franklin’s late father, Rev. C.L. Franklin was a minister and where Franklin began to let the world hear her sing.

A mural of Franklin was painted on a wall down the street from the church.

Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be held Aug 31.

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Sacramento police vehicle crashes into 16-year-old fleeing from bike violation

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO) — A teenager who was stopped by Sacramento police for not having a light on his bicycle ended up being hit by a cop car going 27 mph in dramatic video released by the department on Friday.

The incident, which has already prompted the department to promise to improve its training, is earning more criticism for a department under fire for the shooting death of Stephon Clark earlier this year.

The collision happened on July 22 when the 16-year-old was pulled over by an officer while riding his bike because he did not have a light on it. It happened at about 10 p.m. in the city’s Del Paso Heights neighborhood in northeast Sacramento.

The video showed the officer engaging in conversation with the teen before he took off running. The officer who was speaking to the cyclist chased him on foot, according to police, while a second police SUV was called to assist in the pursuit.

In the video, the officer driving the SUV was seen turning left suddenly — as the teen is running down the sidewalk — and slamming into him at 27 mph, according to the preliminary information on the dash cam released by the Sacramento Police Department. The video showed the teen being tossed into the air by the impact.

The police officer immediately exited the vehicle and handcuffed the teenager, who can be heard swearing and then shouting repeatedly, “I’m sorry.”

The suspect suffered only minor injuries in the collision.

“Clearly, this collision could have been tragic,” Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said in a statement. “I am grateful the young man was not more seriously injured and that no one else was injured. Our training is designed to prevent this sort of thing from happening. We are going to make sure our training — and the officer’s adherence to that training — is as solid as it can be.”

The police department blamed the accident on understeer, using a diagram to show how the vehicle did not turn as the officer intended and instead slammed into the fleeing teenager.

“This is something that, you know what I mean, shouldn’t have took place,” Lavar Washington, a family member of the injured teenager who also witnessed the collision, told Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV.

It took 10 minutes for the ambulance to arrive to treat him, with Sacramento Police Department Detective James Allen saying, “There was a short delay in the response in the medical aid due to the officers having to facilitate the safe ingress of medical personnel and the egress with the suspect. This delay was due to officers having to maintain scene security due to a large crowd that had gathered.”

Bystanders in the neighborhood can almost immediately be seen and heard shouting at the officers and yelling, “Why did you hit him?” In body camera footage, someone can be heard shouting, “Now I see why y’all get killed.”

The teenager was given a citation for resisting arrest once released from the hospital two hours after the accident, police said.

“Ultimately, the investigation has shown that the collision was unintended,” Allen said in video released by the department. “Due to the speed that the turn was initiated at, the officer lost control of the patrol vehicle and began to understeer. The officer did not regain control of the vehicle until moments before, or at the time the patrol vehicle came to a stop after the collision had already occurred.”

Police relations with the community in Sacramento are especially poor after the police shooting of Clark, who was killed on March 18 in his grandmother’s backyard after police said they believed his cellphone was a gun. The death triggered widespread protests in the city and even the delay of a Sacramento Kings NBA game after protesters blocked entrances. Protesters also gathered 100,000 signatures, which they submitted to the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office calling for the officers to be criminally charged.

The Sacramento County coroner’s office determined Clark was struck seven times, while a private autopsy requested by the family said he was struck eight times.

The two police officers have not been charged and returned to work on April 20.

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Flooding threatens Midwest, South through beginning of work week

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Strong summer storms caused 14 people to be injured at a Backstreet Boys concert in Oklahoma on Saturday night, and now another system developing in the same region is set to threaten the South and Midwest over the next two days.

A new set of storm systems is beginning to take shape in the central U.S., which will bring possible flash flooding to parts of the Midwest and South through Monday.

Heavy rain and strong thunderstorms have developed from Texas to Kansas on Sunday morning. Scattered strong storms have also developed in parts of the Northern Plains.

By late Sunday, strong thunderstorms will develop in parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas, where gusty winds and torrential downpours will be the main threat.

Of particular concern will be slow-moving, heavy rain targeting eastern Nebraska, Iowa and southern Minnesota.

A more-pronounced storm system will develop in the heartland overnight Sunday into Monday. The greatest threat will be heavy torrential rain, which could cause flash flooding in parts of the upper Midwest, including Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and parts of Illinois.

There could be 4 to 6 inches of rainfall locally through Tuesday in parts of the heartland — especially Iowa. This could cause flash flooding in the region.

Strong thunderstorms across the Gulf Coast and parts of the upper Midwest could bring 2 to 3 inches of rain through Tuesday as well. Localized flash flooding is a concern in these areas.

Flooding in the Carolinas

After consecutive days of strong to severe storms, much of the Northeast will see drier conditions on Sunday. Only a couple of showers will remain in some coastal areas.

As the latest system pulls away from the shoreline, storms will fire up across a slow-moving cold front in parts of Virginia and the Carolinas on Sunday. The chance for trailing thunderstorms in North Carolina and Virginia late Sunday into early Monday could cause localized flash flooding in this region.

Hurricane churning in Pacific

Hurricane Lane is a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph on Sunday morning. This dangerous hurricane is 970 miles from Hilo, Hawaii, and moving west at around 16 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend 25 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds extend 105 miles from the center.

The hurricane will slow down in forward speed in the coming days and begin to lose some of its intensity. It will likely become a Category 1 storm by Tuesday.

The storm is expected to move in a generally westward direction through Wednesday, likely passing south of the Hawaiian islands.

However, some uncertainty exists during the second half of this upcoming week. The forecast cone accounts for some of this uncertainty on Wednesday, as the storm begins to track a little more in a west-northwest direction. Therefore, the exact track of Lane and its proximity to Hawaii will determine if local impacts will become a concern later this week.

At this time, it is too early to determine if Hurricane Lane will have any impact on Hawaii. However, per the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, those in Hawaii should monitor the hurricane over the coming days because the cone error is large in the fourth- or fifth-day range.

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WORLD NEWS

Bolton: Election meddling by China, North Korea, Iran a concern

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — National Security Adviser John Bolton said Russia is only one of four countries that could potentially try to interfere in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.

In an exclusive interview Sunday morning, Bolton told ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and This Week Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz that the U.S. is also concerned about possible election meddling by China, North Korea and Iran.

“I can say definitively that it’s a sufficient national security concern about Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling and North Korean meddling that we’re taking steps to try to prevent it, so it’s all four of those countries, really,” Bolton said.

Raddatz pressed, “But have you seen anything in the past specifically to China?”

Bolton said he wasn’t going to discuss “what I’ve seen or haven’t seen.” He added, “But I’m telling you, looking at the 2018 election, those are the four countries that we’re most concerned about.”

On Saturday, President Trump suggested in a tweet that investigators should expand the scope of election meddling beyond Russia, writing, “All of the fools that are so focused on looking only at Russia should start also looking in another direction, China.”

Raddatz spoke with Bolton in Jerusalem at the King David Hotel on the first leg of his foreign trip. He is also set to meet with his Russian counterpart next week in Geneva, a follow-up to the July 16 summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

President Trump came under harsh and widespread criticism for a comment at a news conference with Putin in Helsinki when he appeared to accept the Russian leader’s denial of meddling in U.S. elections despite American intelligence agencies’ having concluded the opposite.

“I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said. “I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

He added, “So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

Trump has also said previously that “it could be other people also” besides Russia behind the U.S. election meddling in 2016.

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Ahead of cross-border family reunion, South Koreans express anticipation

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) — Kim Kwang Ho left his hometown in North Hamgyong Province, now North Korean territory, when he was in middle school, leaving his mother and younger brother behind. He left without a single photo, believing he would be back within 10 days, when the danger of war dissipated. Those 10 days turned into 68 years.

Kim, who is now 80, still has clear memories of his hometown, recalling the apricot trees that grew in his backyard. But he said he cannot recall the faces of his mother or little brother. Nevertheless, his longing for his family always stayed with him: “When I hear the word ‘mother,’ I just cannot help but cry.”

On Monday, Kim and others chosen by lottery will finally rejoin family members from the North they haven’t seen in decades. The winners of that lottery — held between the North and South as part of cooling tensions between both sides — passed a screening to become the final 89 South Koreans to meet their families in the North for three consecutive days. And conversely, starting Friday, 83 North Koreans will get three days to meet with their separated families who are living in South Korea.

Lee Su Nam was astounded when the Red Cross delivered the message that he will be meeting his older brother. He is now 77 years old and had only faint hope that his brother — 10 years older than Lee — would still be alive in the North. Lee’s family lived in South Korea for generations. One morning, his older brother was taken away by the North Korean military, and Lee has never forgotten that day.

“For me, it was just my older brother that I lost, but for him it was the whole family, hometown, friends, school. … I can’t imagine how hard his life must have been,” Lee told ABC News, as he clutched old photos of his big brother, which Lee had kept all these years.

So far, 132,603 people have registered with the Red Cross for cross-border family reunions. Fifty-seven percent of them are now dead. And among the 56,862 seniors who are still waiting for a reunion, 63 percent of them are over 80.

“There are still over 50,000 people who haven’t seen their loved ones yet,” 92-year-old Yoon Heung Kyu said. He left his home in North Korea several years before the Korean War broke out. Although his roots were in the North, he had to fight along with South’s army.

“This meetup is a good thing, and we should do it,” he said. “But instead of going to Mount Kumkang, they could build a fort at Panmunjom and let people see their loved ones much more freely.”

Jeong Hak Soon, 81, is meeting her older brother’s wife and son on Monday at the reunion area. To her dismay, her much-missed brother was no longer alive to give her a pat on her head once again. She choked back tears talking about how her warm-hearted older brother was taken by the North Korean military. Her family evacuated their home in the North, not knowing they would never have their real home back.

“He would have returned to an empty house,” Jeong said of her brother. “I wonder how he managed to live on his own in that big empty house. My heart breaks every time I think of it.”

Jeong holds hope that inter-Korean relations will improve amid the currently thawing atmosphere.

“I sincerely hope for unification,” Jeong said. “I really wish I could meet them, visit their place, bring them here and feed them some good food.”

The official reunions between families in the two Koreas began in 2000. So far, 4,120 families were given the chance to meet their family members still in the North through 20 reunion events that took place at Mount Kumgang in North Korea. The last reunion of separated families took place in 2015.

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Spanish police nab South Florida supermarket mogul wanted in 2011 alleged slaying of wife’s lover

Google Maps(MADRID) — A former co-owner of a grocery chain in South Florida who police say is the alleged mastermind behind the slaying of his wife’s secret lover has been arrested in Spain this week after seven years on the run, authorities said.

The Miami-Dade Police Department, which is investigating the case, received a call from Spanish authorities on Tuesday that they had detained Manuel Marin, 64, after making contact with him and realizing that he was wanted in the United States for second-degree murder, among other charges. Marin is awaiting extradition to the United States, Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told ABC News.

The Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office confirmed in a statement to ABC News on Friday that Marin “is in custody” and that “extradition is proceeding.”

Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that Marin was arrested at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid after police officers there observed him acting nervously. Spanish police did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

The U.S. Department of State said it does not comment on pending extradition requests.

Marin is one of four suspects in the grisly murder of 43-year-old Camilo Salazar, who was having an affair with Marin’s wife, police said. Salazar was found dead on a dirt road in northwest Miami-Dade in June 2011, a day after he went missing, according to police. He had been beaten, his hands were bound, his throat was slit and his groin was burned, police said.

Investigators determined that Marin, a part-owner of Presidente Supermarkets at the time, found out about their relationship and confronted the two. Then, he allegedly enlisted the help of two mixed-martial arts fighters and a boxing promoter to kidnap and murder Salazar, according to police.

Just days after the killing, Marin packed his bags, took his passport and fled the country for Spain, according to police. He left his business behind in the hands of his son, who still runs several Presidente Supermarkets in South Florida, police said. On its website, the Hispanic grocery chain claims it is one of the fastest-growing in the United States.

The company did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Friday.

Marin’s wife has not spoken publicly about the affair.

Over the years, police were able to locate the other three suspects: former mixed martial artists Alexis Vila Perdomo and Ariel Gandulla, as well as fight trainer and promoter Roberto Isaac. Vila Perdomo and Isaac were arrested in April and have pleaded not guilty, while Gandulla remains at large and is living openly in Vancouver, according to police.

Perdomo, 47, and Isaac, 62, have trial dates scheduled for Oct. 22. They are being held without bond in the meantime, according to court records.

Miami-Dade police have filed an arrest warrant for Gandulla, 50, and are working with Canadian authorities, Zabaleta said.

“We know exactly where he is,” Zabaleta said of the ex-MMA fighter. “We also knew that Marin was in Spain.”

All four suspects face charges of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with Salazar’s death.

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