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Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation launches new campaign in honor of World Kindness Day

ABC/Fred LeeLady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation is launching a new kindness campaign to coincide with World Kindness Day today.

In partnership with Zappos and SoulCycle, the foundation has announced the #MultiplyYourGood Challenge, which invites individuals to volunteer or donate to a nonprofit in their community this holiday season. For every act of kindness performed by December 21, the Born This Way Foundation will “multiply” it by performing a good deed for one of their nonprofit partners.

Participants can share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #MultiplyYourGood and submit their good deeds on the Born This Way website.

For every act of good submitted, you’ll be entered to win a trip to Las Vegas to see Lady Gaga’s new residency, as well as take part in a service event alongside the Born This Way Foundation team.

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Liam Hemsworth shares photo of his and Miley Cyrus’ burned home; couple donates $500K to fire relief

John Shearer/Getty ImagesA day after Miley Cyrus revealed the Malibu home she shared with fiancé Liam Hemsworth had burned to the ground in the Woolsey fire, Hemsworth shared a photo of the what was left of the house.

There were only charred remnants left, but four stone letters that spelled out “LOVE” remained in intact.

“It’s been a heartbreaking few days,” the Aussie actor wrote on Twitter. “This is what’s left of my house. Love. Many people in Malibu and surrounding areas in California have lost their homes also and my heart goes out to everyone who was affected by these fires.”

A rep for Miley tells Billboard the couple is donating $500,000 to the Malibu Foundation through Miley’s Happy Hippie charity.

“These funds will be used for those in financial need, emergency relief assistance, community rebuilding, wildfire prevention and climate change resilience,” the rep says.

Miley previously wrote on Twitter that her home “no longer stands” but she was grateful to make it out safely with Liam and her animals.

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Listen now: Alessia Cara basks in her sadness on new track, “Not Today”

Def Jam RecordingsAlessia Cara is singing about sadness in her new song, “Not Today.”

On the introspective track, Alessia recognizes that one day she’ll be happy again, but is OK with being in her feelings for a bit.

“Someday I won’t be afraid of my head/Someday I won’t be chained to be bed/Someday I’ll forget the day he left/But surely not today,” she sings.

“Not Today” is the latest release off Alessia’s upcoming album, The Pains of Growing, following “Growing Pains” and “Trust My Lonely.” The album comes out November 30.

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper looking ahead to potential Oscar performance of “Shallow”

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are already brainstorming ideas for a potential performance of “Shallow” at next year’s Oscars.

In a new interview with Variety, the pop superstar said she’s “one hundred percent” on board to sing the A Star Is Born duet with Cooper at the ceremony, should it be nominated for best original song.

Co-star and director Cooper adds, “We talked about that actually, because I’m such a maniac. I started texting [Gaga] the whole pitch of how we should do it. So we’ll see. There might be a cool, unorthodox way we could perform it.”

A nomination for “Shallow” seems likely as it continues to climb the charts. Gaga says she believes the song is resonating with people because it’s about a dialogue between a man and a woman.

“To me, that conversation is what makes the song successful and beautiful and why people cry when they hear it,” she says. “It’s because that man and woman connect, and they are listening to each other.”

The official video of Gaga and Cooper’s performance of “Shallow” has earned over 101.4 million views on YouTube in just over six weeks.

At this point, it’s seeming as if it’s not a question of if A Star Is Born will score any Oscar nominations, but how many.  Oscar buzz began the moment the movie debuted at the Venice Film Festival August 31 to near universal acclaim. 

Released nationally October 5, A Star Is Born debuted in second place.  In the six weeks since it’s earned $178.1 million domestically and just under $324 million worldwide.

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Snoop Dogg gets his Walk of Fame star Monday

Eric Ray Davidson/TBS(LOS ANGELES) — Snoop Dogg gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this Monday, November 19.

The 47-year-old rapper, actor, philanthropist, producer, game show host and stoner icon — born Calvin Broadus Jr. — will receive the 2,651st star, located right in front of where they record ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!  Kimmel himself will join Dr. Dre and Quincy Jones in honoring Snoop at the ceremony.

The honor coincides with the 25th anniversary of Snoop’s debut album, Doggystyle, in November of 1993. 

You can watch the ceremony stream live at  You can also catch Snoop every week hosting TBS’ Joker’s Wild game show, and with his buddy Martha Stewart on VH1’s Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, now in its second season.

Snoop also stars opposite Matthew McConaughey and Martin Lawrence in the movie The Beach Bum, due out in March 2019.

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Viola Davis talks new film, ‘Widows,’ and her 8-year-old daughter’s wisdom

Merrick Morton/Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK)– In her latest film, Widows, Oscar-winner Viola Davis plays a fierce widow whose husband and others are  killed during an attempted robbery.  Her character then recruits the other widows to pull off a heist her late husband was planning.

“The heist is just a metaphor for women saying, ‘You know what? My life isn’t working for me. I got to pay my bills, so I’m going to make it work,” Davis told Tuesday’s Good Morning America

“That’s what women have to do,” Davis continued.  “You have a lot of single mothers out there, you have to pay the bills, dealing with no health insurance; they have to get it done. And this movie, you’ll see. It’s for the girls.”

Davis’s own girl — eight-year-old daughter Genesis — once gave her mom some sage advice about life, after hearing her on the phone with her manager.

“[We were] haggling over something and she said, ‘Mommy, put the phone down. I got to tell you, don’t let anybody put their life into your life. If they put their life into your life, you have to tell them to get out because they don’t have the pass-code,'” Davis said.

“I put the phone down and I said, ‘Genesis, say that again so I can write it down.’ She teaches me a lot.”

Davis also shared her go-to mantras with GMA

“‘The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are,'” she said.  And another: “You don’t have to hustle for your worth. You don’t have to barter for it. ‘You’re just born worthy. “

Davis said she wants some of these inspirational words to apply to her daughter as well:  “I want her to know that exactly who she is, is enough.”

Widows is out this Friday.

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Former Browns coach Jackson to assist Bengals’ coach Lewis on defensive duties

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN(CINCINNATI) — The third time might be the charm for former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson. For the third time, Jackson is returning to Cincinnati, where he’ll be special assistant to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, ESPN reports.

Lewis said Tuesday in a statement that he has “a great comfort level with Hue,” and suggested Jackson could most assist him on game days, specifically with opponent analysis and defense. The Bengals have just fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin after the team’s recent 51-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

For his part, Jackson said he is “pleased” to be onboard with the Bengals, and “[looks] forward to doing my part to help it finish strong this season.”

But some believe the Bengals’ decision to acquire Jackson is no coincidence, with the Bengals and Browns scheduled to face off twice in the remainder of the season.  They’ll play Nov. 25 in Cincinnati and on Dec. 23 in Cleveland.

ESPN highlights tweets by Browns cornerback Damarious Randall Tuesday.

“In other words Hue we play the [Browns] twice tell us what you know,” Randall tweeted.

On Monday, Lewis responded to questions about his plans for defensive plays going forward, saying, “I’ve got a plan,” according to ESPN. Regarding plans for Jackson to join the Bengals, Lewis simply replied, “Watch and see.”

The Bengals have not revealed details about the length or terms of Jackson’s contract.
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Report: Carmelo Anthony’s reps exploring where he may go next

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(HOUSTON) — Carmelo Anthony’s representatives are said to be exploring where the power forward may wind up next since his time with the Houston Rockets appears to be coming to an end.

League sources told ESPN Anthony’s representatives gathered information on Monday from various NBA front offices.

The sources said, unless something changes, Houston is moving toward waiving the 10-time All-Star soon.

Anthony, 34, joined the Rockets this past summer. He played 10 games with Houston this season before the team moved off of him.

Anthony will not play in Tuesday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets. This will mark the third straight game that he will remain away from the team due to what the Rockets say is an illness.

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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani named AL Rookie of the Year

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star Shohei Ohtani was named the American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday, snatching 25 of 30 first place votes.

New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar earned the other five votes, finishing in second place.

Ohtani, 24, is the third Angels player to earn the award, joining Tim Salmon (1993) and Mike Trout (2012), and the fourth Japanese-born player to receive the title in the majors, following Hideo Nomo (1995), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001).

As a designated hitter in 82 games, Ohtani had a batting average of .285 in his rookie season, with 22 home runs, 61 RBI and 59 runs scored. He bested all rookies in the American League in on-base percentage (.361) and slugging percentage (.564).

Starting as a pitcher in 10 games, Ohtani went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts over 51.2 innings pitched.

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Man who lost home in California wildfire rescues mule found in swimming pool

Courtesy Jeff Hill (BUTTE COUNTY, Calif.) — A Northern California man who lost his home to the Camp Fire helped rescue a mule he found stuck in a swimming pool, surrounded by the remnants of homes that burned down in the blaze.

Jeff Hill, 29, told ABC News that he returned to Butte County, the community where wildfires destroyed more than 7,000 structures, on Sunday to check on a friend’s father who had not evacuated. When he got there, he found that the home was one of the few spared by the Camp Fire.

“We expected to find the remains of his dad,” Hill said. “The house was still standing, and his dad made it out alive.”

As Hill and a friend walked up to the home, they noticed a mule pacing back and forth. They went over to the animal to see if it was OK and make sure it hadn’t been burned when they saw another mule lying in the pool in the backyard.

The mule, who was trapped in the pool cover, looked as if she had given up and “had the look of defeat in her eyes,” Hill said.

“There’s no telling how long she was there but she was shivering uncontrollably and ultimately lost her fight,” he wrote on Facebook. “She was all caught up in the pool cover but her being suspended by it prevented her from drowning.”

When Hill and his friend, fellow Butte County resident Geoff Shelden, cut the straps of the pool cover, the mule was so exhausted that she went under water. The two men then floated her to the shallow end of the pool so she could stand up, put a chain around her neck and walked her up the stairs, Hill said.

The mule shook off the water, stood “shoulder-to-shoulder” with her rescuers and appeared to thank them.

“She came up and put her head in between us, let us love on her a little bit as a thank you,” Hill said.

The mule then turned to walk away, but shot one last glance toward them.

“As she was walking away, she looked back at us one more time,” Hill said. “I felt it was reassurance, saying, ‘I’m OK,’ and ‘Thank you.'”

The Butte County community has rallied together in the wake of the devastation wrought by the Camp Fire, Hill said.

Hill’s childhood home in Paradise, California, was completely wiped out by the inferno. He had lived there a total of about 20 years, having moved back a couple of years ago after his parents renovated it.

The home’s central fireplace is the only structure still standing, before and after photos show.

Hill was at work at the Paradise Irrigation District on Thursday when the fire began.

“I saw the huge plume of smoke. We were all looking at it,” he said. “We were thinking, ‘Oh gosh. That’s really close to us.'”

Hill said the sky got “darker and darker” as the fire neared and smoke filled the sky. Once alerts detailing the rapid spread of the fire began going out, he rushed home to grab as many possessions as he could.

When he got home, he saw field behind his home was on fire. It took just 10 minutes for the embers to reach his yard, he said.

Hill, a father to two sons, ages 2 and 4, with another child on the way, grabbed many of his children’s mementos, his Rottweiler-Labrador retriever named Tara and got out.

“The only thing that was on my mind was kids,” he said. “Anything that I can grab kid-related, anything that could never be replaced.”

As Hill was driving away, he saw his front yard catch fire, he said.

Hill’s law enforcement friends told him later that his house was destroyed.

“The entire town of Paradise is virtually gone,” said Hill, who has lived there his whole life. “The infrastructure is completely lost.”

He said he felt “numb” when he returned to his home on Saturday to find nothing there.

“I wanted to cry,” he said. “There’s just so much going on and so much devastation that I just kind of stood there in silence and just kind of stared for a while.”

However, his entire family made it out safe, although they now have “nothing” in the aftermath of the fire, he said.

Hill, who is currently staying with his father in Chico, about 15 miles west of Paradise, has created a GoFundMe campaign called “Family home lost to Camp Fire.”

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Deadly Camp Fire leaves entire Paradise town council homeless

iStock/Thinkstock(PARADISE, Calif.) — When the sky turned pitch black and the electricity went out, Melissa Schuster got into her car with her 89-year-old mother, her husband who was recovering from surgery, and her two cats and fled their home in Paradise, Calif., thinking they would eventually return.

“People think of fires as moving along the ground and catching this tree and that tree, and then that house or whatever,” Schuster, a Paradise town council member, said in an interview on ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast. “That isn’t what happened here. This was a firestorm. So the wind was picking up large pieces of debris and starting fires all over town wherever it happened to land.”

Schuster had evacuated her home during the Humboldt fire that swept through Butte County in 2008, destroying 87 homes and burning 23,344 acres. But after three days, most residents of Paradise were back in their houses.

This time it was different. The firestorm that struck the Sierra foothills community on Thursday destroyed nearly the entire town, including Schuster’s home. She said it gave Paradise the dubious distinction of being the only place in America where the entire town council is currently homeless.

“Our entire five-member council is homeless,” Schuster said. “All of our houses have been destroyed.”

She described a harrowing escape on the two-lane road leading out of the burning town, which quickly became clogged with cars.

While stuck in the traffic jam, Schuster said she “put on my council hat” and began trying to direct vehicles.

“I tried to get them to do contraflow, with both lanes going out of town,” she said.

Then she got a call from her son, saying his wife and children were stuck in another traffic jam and that their car was on fire.

“Of course, for my husband and I, the thought of losing our daughter-in-law and grandchildren hit us very very hard,” she said.

She said that after six agonizing hours, they received word that their daughter-in-law and grandchildren had made it out of harm’s way.

Schuster said that while she and most residents of Paradise are looking at a long recovery, the immediate danger is far from over.

“The entire community of Paradise is a toxic wasteland right now,” she said, holding back tears. “In addition to that, and this is the hardest part for me to even talk about, the number of fatalities is [among] things that we don’t know at this moment and that’s something that has to be determined before people can move back in.”

On Monday night, Butte County Sheriff’s Officials announced that 13 additional bodies were discovered in the Camp Fire zone, including 10 in Paradise, bringing the total number of people killed by the blaze to 42 and making it the deadliest wildland inferno in the state’s history.

“We have crews, we have teams — you know, coroner teams — that have to go house to house and vehicle to vehicle,” Schuster said. “There are 6,400 homes that were burnt. That’s a lot of homes they have to go through to ensure that there are no human remains there, not to mention the hundreds of vehicles that are burned out and just strewn all over the roads. And beyond that, it’s just dangerous. It’s toxic and it’s dangerous.”

Asked if Paradise will be rebuilt, Schuster emphatically said, “Yes! Yes, yes, yes!”

“We are in this horrible, horrible tragedy. We will come out of this horrible tragedy … together,” Schuster said. “We will rebuild our homes, we will rebuild our town stronger, better, safer and more beautiful than ever. We will do that. Paradise: together, strong.”

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Car crashes into Social Security building in New Jersey, at least 2 seriously hurt

iStock/Thinkstock(EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J.) — A car crashed into a Social Security building in New Jersey Tuesday morning, seriously injuring two people, according to local police.

The accident in Egg Harbor Township, near Atlantic City, appeared to be accidental, the Egg Harbor Township Police Department said.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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Even if we did hack the DNC, they can’t sue us: Russia

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Russian government recently argued that even if it were true that its cyber spies were responsible for the hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, U.S. law should protect Russia from a civil suit filed by the DNC. The hypothetical argument appears to be the closest Moscow has come to acknowledging its interference in the 2016 presidential U.S. election, as alleged by the U.S. intelligence community.

In a “statement of immunity” sent from the Russian Ministry of Justice on Nov. 6 to the State Department and a federal court in New York, Russia does not admit to the hacking operation. But it says that “assuming the plaintiff’s allegations are true” that operatives from Russia’s military intelligence agency infiltrated DNC networks, stole a trove of emails and leaked them online, it should be considered a “military” action and therefore should be shielded by the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, a 1976 law that provides some legal protections against lawsuits for foreign governments’ actions inside the U.S.

“Any alleged ‘military attack’ is a quintessential sovereign act that does not fall within any exception to the FSIA or the customary international law or foreign sovereign immunity,” the statement says. “The Russian Federation’s sovereign immunity with respect to claims based upon such allegations is absolute.”

Russia said the “fulfillment of ‘military orders’ is a textbook example of a discretionary function” and added that if the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act did not apply to Russia in this case, it would open the U.S. up to a host of lawsuits for what it said were America’s “frequent acts of cyber intrusion and political interference” abroad.

“Moreover, these are State-to-State matters,” the statement said. “[T]he U.S. District Court should reject the DNC’s efforts to distort the meaning of the existing FSIA exceptions and to involve the U.S. District Court in this political and diplomatic issue.”

In January 2017, the U.S. intelligence community published a report that said it assessed “with high confidence” that Russia’s military intelligence agency, known as the General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU, was behind the DNC hack and the effort to leak the contents of thousands of emails from top DNC officials online through the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks and another site called DCLeaks during the 2016 presidential race. CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm that investigated the hack for the DNC, said it discovered two hacking teams with links to Russia prowling the DNC systems – one believed to be from the GRU and the other from Russia’s civilian intelligence agency known as the FSB.

In July 2016 DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would resign after leaked emails appeared to show party officials attempting to help then-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton during the primary races against fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders.

In April 2018, the DNC sued the Russian government, the GRU, Russian nationals, WikiLeaks, the Trump campaign and several individuals linked to Donald Trump for what the DNC alleged was a wide-ranging “Russia-Trump conspiracy.” President Donald Trump is not a named defendant in the civil suit, and the president has vehemently denied allegations of pre-election collusion with Russia.

In an amended complaint filed in October, the DNC argued that Russia should not be protected by the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act because, in part, the hacking operation involved “commercial activities” that are not protected by the law. In the ongoing suit, the DNC is seeking unspecified damages and an official declaration from the court confirming the broader alleged conspiracy, according to court documents.

At the time of the DNC’s initial filing, Brad Parscale, Trump campaign manager for the upcoming 2020 race, described the legal action as a “sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional, and nearly insolvent Democratic Party.”

The Russian government has long denied the allegations of pre-election hacking or collusion. In June 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Russian state was not responsible for any cyber intrusions, but he couldn’t speak for whatever “patriotic” hackers were up to.

GRU operatives are also facing criminal legal action from special counsel Robert Mueller, who in June accused a dozen of them in the purported hacking conspiracy. Neither the alleged operatives nor the Russian government have formally responded to those charges in court, stalling the case.

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UK police arrest ‘Ross from Friends’ look-alike

Blackpool Police(LONDON) — The “Ross Gellar look-alike” wanted by a regional English police force has been found after a weeks-long search.

“Do you recognize this man?” Blackpool Police asked in a Twitter post, appealing to the public to help identify a man caught on CCTV camera and wanted in connection with a suspected robbery.

Many remarked on the suspect’s uncanny resemblance to the character Ross Gellar from Friends, played by American actor David Schwimmer.

The tweet garnered so much attention that Schwimmer himself responded, clearly under pressure to provide an alibi to prove he wasn’t behind the Blackpool burglary.

“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me,” he tweeted, with a video of him hurriedly sneaking in a bodega in New York with a case of beer. “As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation. #itwasntme”

The London Metropolitan Police arrested a 36-year-old man in Southall on suspicion of theft of a coat, cellphone and wallet at a restaurant in Blackpool on Sept. 20.

The image of the suspect was taken later at a shop where he was buying a case of beer.

“Thank you for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer!” tweeted Lancashire Police on Tuesday morning.

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Trial of ‘El Chapo’ begins in federal court

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — His nickname may be shorty but the list of crimes attributed to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman — including drug trafficking, murder and torture — is lengthy and spelled out in a 17-count indictment that forms the backbone of a trial that starts Tuesday in a Brooklyn, New York federal court with opening statements.

“Despite all the hoopla and the folklore about El Chapo, this Robin Hood mystique, he is a vicious criminal,” said James Hunt, who just retired as the special agent-in-charge of the New York office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Federal prosecutors have said they can link Guzman himself to nearly three dozen murders. The DEA believes the death count from the Sinaloa cartel he allegedly controlled is far higher.

“Him personally, yes in the dozens,” Hunt said. “His organization, in the thousands. Thousands dead. Either murdered or dying from drug overdoses.”

According to the indictment, El Chapo shipped “multi-ton quantities” of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States. Along the way he allegedly amassed a $14 billion fortune he protected “through a network of corrupt police and political contacts” and by employing “hitmen who carried out hundreds of acts of violence including murders, assaults, kidnappings, assassinations and acts of torture.”

Guzman was extradited to the Eastern District of New York almost two years ago from Mexico, where he had twice escaped from prison. The Brooklyn federal courthouse has been turned into a fortress. Jurors are being kept anonymous. Witnesses, including some of Guzman’s former henchmen, are being kept under federal protection.

After nearly two years in solitary confinement, Guzman had sought permission to embrace his wife in court. The judge denied the request citing the necessity of strict security measures.

“This is someone who is responsible for thousands of Americans being dead,” Hunt said. “Those people can never see their loved ones again never mind hug them. Don’t feel sorry for him.”

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