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Ariana Grande unleashes new single and music video, “No Tears Left to Cry”

Republic RecordsAfter a handful of social media teases this week, Ariana Grande dropped her new single, “No Tears Left to Cry” at the stroke of midnight Friday, Eastern time, along with its accompanying music video on YouTube.

The song showcases Ariana’s wide-ranging vocal pipes, starting out with ballad-like vocals before turning into a rap-sung dance number. 

Along with the new tune, Ariana is sporting a new look — super-long blonde hair, as seen in the music video. The futuristic-looking clip finds the singer walking the walls and ceilings in a hallway and also defying gravity along with a number of dancers on the outside of a city building. There’s also an interesting face-swapping scene toward the end.

The song marks Ariana’s first new music release since the horrific bombing that killed 22 concertgoers and injured hundreds more at her Manchester Arena show in England on May 22, 2017.

Two weeks later, on June 4, Ariana organized and headlined the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which featured several A-list music artists and raised roughly $14 million for the victims of the bombing.

“No Tears Left to Cry” is available for download and streaming at all major online outlets.

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Charli XCX hopes to collab with Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello while on tour together

George Pimentel/LP5/Getty Images for TASCharli XCX is about to hit the road as one of the opening acts on Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour; she and Camila Cabello will be warming up the stadium crowds. In addition to all the fun the three will have on stage, Charli tells People she’s hoping they’ll be able to collaborate on new music together as well.

“They’re both such great writers so I’d love to write with them while we’re out on the road,” she says of Taylor and Camila. “That’d be really amazing. I think it’s awesome that it’s going to be an all-girl tour.”

She’s already worked with Camila in the studio multiple times before and said the experience was “really inspiring.”

“Writing with other females who are really prolific writers is always so much fun,” she says. “Everybody has different touch points in their life and [things] they want to write about, but it is nice to share that female perspective when writing.”

While she hasn’t written with Taylor before, the superstar did previously invite Charli to sing onstage with her during her 1989 tour stop in Toronto.  The two performed Charli’s hit “Boom Clap.”

“We had a great time, and I got to go on one of those Britney [Spears] lifts where you stand and [the stage] raises you up,” Charli recalls. “I was like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy!’ She’s always been very kind to me and I’m very excited for the tour.”

The Reputation stadium tour kicks off May 8 in Glendale, Arizona.

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Listen & watch now: Prince estate releases previously unheard “Nothing Compares 2 U” recording, video

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013)Thursday’s announcement that the investigation into Prince‘s death has been closed reminds us of what we’ve lost.  But on the same day, we’re also getting a reminder of what a gifted talent he was, with the release of the original recording of one of his best-known songs.

Prince’s estate has shared a previously unreleased studio version of Prince performing “Nothing Compares 2 U,” recorded in 1984 at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse rehearsal space in Eden Prairie, Minnesota — that’s where Prince and his band rehearsed for the Purple Rain tour, which began that year.  Even better, there’s a video to go with it, featuring previously unseen footage of Prince rehearsing dance steps with The Revolution for the tour.

“Nothing Compares 2 U” of course became a monster hit for Sinead O’Connor in 1990, and Prince himself didn’t begin performing the song live until after that.  You can download or stream his new studio version now at most major digital retailers.  It’s also be available on standard vinyl or picture disc, along with a “Nothing Compares 2 U” tee-shirt, denim jacket or both, at the official Prince HitNRun store.  You’ll be able to buy the standard vinyl version everywhere beginning May 25.

Prince’s estate has also launched a new, interactive website dubbed Prince2Me.  Visitors can choose five words, images or a combination of both to create a message that declares what Prince means to you, though you’ll have to register with the website to share your composition with others.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Tiffany Haddish explains why she wore her Alexander McQueen gown three times in eight months

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — Tiffany Haddish knows how to make the best of a sticky sartorial situation.

The comedian told W magazine that last summer, she agreed to buy some designer clothing to help her career, but she didn’t realize exactly how expensive her new wardrobe would be.

When a stylist brought her several options for the Girls Trip premiere in July, the only dress that fit well was a white number by Alexander McQueen. After Haddish wore it, she realized it cost over $4,000.

“I should’ve known — wasn’t no price tag on that dress. So I wear it for Girls Trip, and then they give me the receipt. When I saw the receipt, I cried,” she said.

“So I’m wearing it multiple f***in’ times. I don’t care what nobody say — that’s a down payment on a car, that’s a medical bill. So, even though everyone says I shouldn’t wear the dress in public again, I’m wearing it.”

True to her word, Haddish gone on to wear the dress to host Saturday Night Live in November and to the Oscars in March.

Haddish also told W that when she was shooting Girls Trip, she was carrying a knockoff Michael Kors bag that her co-star, Jada Pinkett-Smith, chastised her for buying.

“I told [Jada] that my philosophy is, ‘Whatever the bag costs, I should be able to keep that amount of cash in the bag. If it’s a $300 purse, I have to put $300 in cash in that purse,'” she said.

Haddish continued, “When you’re somebody like me, who’s been homeless, clothes are not that important. Clothes are not a roof over my head, food in my stomach, my family’s health — that’s what money is for. But fashion helps get more money. So, we ride.”

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Tyne Daly joining “Murphy Brown” revival

Courtesy of Tyne Daly(LOS ANGELES) — Tyne Daly has joined the cast of CBS’ Murphy Brown revival.

Daly, best known for her role in Cagney & Lacey, will play Phyllis, the sister of late bar owner Phil from the original series.  

Like her brother, Phyllis will be a bartender who’ll act as a “sounding board” for the rest of the cast, which includes original series regulars Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Faith Ford and Joe Regalbuto.

CBS has given the revival — which places the characters in today’s world of cable news, social media and fake news — a 13-episode commitment.

Murphy Brown originally aired from 1988-1998.  During its run, it won 18 Emmys and three Golden Globes.

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“SNL,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Better Call Saul” among Peabody Award winners

Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) — The winners in the Entertainment category of the 77th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards — the Peabody Awards, for short — have been announced.  The prestigious awards honor “the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2017.”

The winners are:

AMC’s Better Call Saul
Netflix’s American Vandal and Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
HBO’s Insecure and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
NBC’s Saturday Night Live
Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

In the Children & Youth category, the winner is A Series of Unfortunate Events, from Netflix.

Winners in all categories — which also include Documentary and News/Radio/Public Service programming — will be celebrated May 19 at a gala in New York City. Daily Show correspondent and newly-minted Peabody winner Hasan Minhaj will host the event.

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SPORTS NEWS

Girl, 6, captured on video scoring puck from NHL player after 2 tries

ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — The moment has been viewed and shared by millions online: NHL player Brett Connolly trying desperately to get a puck behind the glass to 6-year-old Keelan Moxley.

On Sunday, Keelan and her family were rink-side as the Washington Capitals prepared to face the Columbus Blue Jackets for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Twice, Connolly, a forward for the Washington Capitals, attempted to connect with Keelan. And, both times, the puck was caught by a man and delivered to a different child.

But on his third try, Connolly hit the glass, signaling to Keelan that this puck was going to be hers.

This time, she scored!

“I felt so happy. I felt, I felt amazing,” she told ABC News today. “I was just so happy.”

Her family said today that despite what others had said on social media, the people around Keelan at the time were not her family. Keelan’s parents were actually a few rows behind her.

Despite the confusion and momentary disappointment that day, Keelan told ABC that she was super proud of her new prized possession. She’s already taken her puck to show-and-tell at school. She also said that she bore no hard feelings for the children who’d received pucks before her.

“I felt happy for the boys because the boys were, like, happy,” she said.

This weekend, Keelan will have even more to be happy about. The family will be heading back to the rink and this time the Capitals owner says he will give her and her family his front-row seats.

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Yankees players go to bat for bullied fourth-grader after heartbreaking plea

New York Yankees/Twitter(NEW YORK) — Members of the New York Yankees stood up in support of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl on Wednesday after the fourth-grader made a public plea to end bullying.

Cassidy Slater bared her heart to the world in a Facebook video shared on April 4, holding up a series of handwritten signs that explained what she felt like after being bullied for more than three years.

“One day during recess, a group of kids grabbed my purse off a teacher, and spit on it and me,” one sign read. “The group of kids always come up to me during recess, trying to fight me.”

“Kids don’t even want to go near me,” she added.

The video, shared on her mother’s Facebook page, had racked up thousands of shares and reactions as of Wednesday night, when the Yankees responded.

“Hey Cassidy — we saw the video you made and from all of us here at the New York Yankees, we want you to know that you are not alone. We have your back,” the team wrote on Twitter.

The team also shared a nearly two-minute video featuring several players holding handwritten signs.

“We know sharing your story must have been difficult, but you showed courage and strength and inspired us to reach out to you,” the team wrote in the video. “We may be older than you, we may be taller than you, but we want you to know that we look up to you. You are not alone!”

“Count the New York Yankees among your friends! You can sit next to us at lunch anytime.”

Cassidy’s father, James Warner, told ABC News that the video “devastated” him.

“I don’t know how to explain how it made me feel,” he said, adding, “Even talking about it I get choked up.”

Cassidy’s mother, Jenn Slater, reposted the video to her own Facebook page after it was removed from Cassidy’s account because of age restrictions.

“I will be my daughter’s voice. I will share her story and I hope others will share too,” Slater wrote in a post. “Her story reached 22k views before the Scranton School District contacted Facebook and her Facebook got shut down.”

“This isn’t about the shares or views or if it goes viral. It’s about spreading awareness,” she added.

Alexis T. Kirijan, superintendent of the Scranton School District, told ABC News in an email that “the district cannot share student personal information. Please understand you are hearing only one side of this story. The school is and has been working very closely with this young lady and her father.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 4/18/18

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 4, Texas 2
Detroit 6, Baltimore 5
Oakland 12, Chicago White Sox 11, 14 Innings
Toronto 15, Kansas City 5
Minnesota 2, Cleveland 1, 16 Innings
Boston 9, L.A. Angels 0
Houston 7, Seattle 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 10, Colorado 2
Milwaukee 2, Cincinnati 0
N.Y. Mets 11, Washington 5
Atlanta 7, Philadelphia 3
San Francisco 4, Arizona 3, 10 Innings
L.A. Dodgers 13, San Diego 4
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs 2:20 p.m., postponed
 
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Cleveland 100, Indiana 97
Utah 102, Oklahoma City 95
Houston 102, Minnesota 82

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 0
Tampa Bay 3, New Jersey 1
Nashville 3, Colorado 2
San Jose 2, Anaheim 1

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NATIONAL NEWS

‘Poop train’ gone after plaguing Alabama community for 2 months

iStock/Thinkstock(PARRISH, Ala.) — A train full of “sewage sludge” from the New York City area has left a small Alabama town after sitting on the tracks for more than two months.

Residents of Parrish, Alabama, have complained about the smell, an infestation of flies, and concerns about declining property values since the waste has been sitting on the tracks, according to Alabama.com.

The company that delivers the waste to Alabama received a permit from the state in December 2016 to dispose of biosolids, also called “sewer sludge,” from wastewater treatment plants in New York and New Jersey, according to local news reports. Since then, local communities and towns along the route to deliver the waste to the landfill filed complaints and lawsuits to keep the waste and the smell out of their towns, which left the train cars stuck outside Parrish for months while the issue was resolved.

Parrish is about 40 miles northwest of Birmingham and has a population of fewer than 1,000 people.

Parrish Mayor Heather Hall posted on Facebook that the last container was removed from the town on Tuesday afternoon. She wrote that the situation was unprecedented and there was no entity regulating the situation. She added that it took more than two months and state senators getting involved to resolve the issue.

“I will say this over and over… this material does not need to be in a populated area… period. It greatly diminishes the quality of life for those who live anywhere near it,” she wrote in the Facebook post.

New York City has stopped using the facility in Alabama because of local concern, a spokesman for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection told Alabama.com. The department did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Oklahoma wildfire conditions remain critical, flames reaching up to 70 feet

ABC News (NEW YORK) — Western Oklahoma wildfire conditions remain critical, despite unrelenting efforts to contain.

Fire danger remains high to very high, with flames reaching up to 70 feet, the Oklahoma Forestry Services reports. The Rhea Fire in Dewey County continues to be the most active, having burned over 283,000 acres in a week span.

The combination of strong winds and dry vegetation, particularly the eastern red cedar trees, have caused the fires to burn faster than usual, Oklahoma Forestry Services told ABC News. The oil of the cedar trees also increases flammability.

With a lack of rainfall in Oklahoma for over 150 days, dry terrain creates an environment for rapid consumption.

In total, more than 350,000 acres have burned, and though evacuation centers have closed, additional fires remain active in Woodward County, Beaver/Harper County, and Texas County.

The fires continue to be more critical in the western region.

The fires are currently not expected to move as quickly as the wind has gone down and the humidity has increased, Oklahoma Forestry Services said.

A burn ban remains in effect for 36 counties in western-central Oklahoma due to the fire danger. The fires have killed two people thus far, but with the chance of precipitation ahead, firefighters remain hopeful.

Oklahoma Forestry Services encourages the public to assess their property’s vulnerability to approaching wildfires by visiting www.firewiseusa.org.

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Two deputies killed in line of duty in Florida, officials say

iStock/Thinkstock(TRENTON, Fla.) — Two Florida deputies were killed in the line of duty today, according to law enforcement officials.

Two Gilchrist County Sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed at about 3 p.m. while they were at the Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton — located about 50 miles west of Gainesville — Sheriff Bobby Schultz said in a statement.

The suspect walked up to the restaurant and shot both of the deputies through the window, Schultz said. Deputies responding to the scene then found the suspected shooter dead outside of the business, according to the sheriff.

Both deputies died of their injuries, Schultz said.

Investigators have not determined a motive or “indications as to why this tragedy occurred,” according to the sheriff, who was on the scene throughout the afternoon and notified the deputies’ loved ones.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a statement that the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s deputies were “senselessly killed.”

“The daily risk that law enforcement officers take to protect our communities is overwhelming,” Bondi said. “My deepest condolences and prayers are with their families as they mourn the devastating loss of their loved ones. May their families, friends and fellow officers find peace and comfort during this very difficult time.”

The sheriff’s office tweeted that it suffered a “terrible tragedy” and asked residents to avoid the area where the deputies were killed.

Law enforcement officials from neighboring countries, as well as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state attorney’s office are assisting in the ongoing investigation, Schultz said.

Further details were not immediately available.

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WORLD NEWS

What you need to know about Cuba’s new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, as Raul Castro steps down

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(HAVANA) — Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez is the first person outside of the Castro family to rule over Cuba in almost 60 years.

Raul Castro, who succeeded his brother Fidel in 2006, stepped down as president Thursday and gave power to his successor, First Vice President Diaz-Canel.

The Cuban government voted Wednesday to approve Diaz-Canel’s nomination as the candidate to replace the 86-year-old president.

Diaz-Canel addressed the nation with a speech that was broadcast live on television, in which he promised to preserve Cuba’s communist system while gradually introducing reforms.

“The people have given this assembly the mandate to provide continuity to the Cuban Revolution during a crucial, historic moment that will be defined by all that we achieve in the advance of the modernization of our social and economic model,” he said.

Raul Castro will remain head of the ruling Communist Party, maintaining his status for now as the most powerful public figure in Cuba. There was speculation for years that Castro would pick one of his children as his successor. Instead he chose a man who wasn’t even born when his brother started a revolution and took control of Cuba in 1959.  

Diaz-Canel has served as Cuba’s first vice president since 2013. He was born in the central province of Villa Clara in 1960. He climbed his way up the ranks of the ruling Communist Party and gained prominence as party leader in Villa Clara and Hologuin provinces, before becoming higher education minister.  

Diaz-Canel also led the Cuban delegation to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Diaz-Canel has publicly defended bloggers and academics who were critical of the Cuban government, under a system that represses dissent and is intolerant of criticism.

Now, as Cuba’s newest president, the world will be watching his every move to see whether he strays from the path paved by the Castro brothers.

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US has ‘credible evidence’ Russia, Syria sanitizing alleged chemical attack site: State Department

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. said Thursday it has “credible information and intelligence” that shows Russian and Syrian regime officials are denying an investigative team access to the alleged chemical weapons attack sites in Douma, Syria, as they sanitize them and remove incriminating evidence.

The accusation comes as the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW, investigators have still not reached Douma, the city outside the capital Damascus where the attacks reportedly took place. It has been 12 days since the chemical weapons were reportedly used – and nearly one week since President Donald Trump joined France and the United Kingdom in ordering the bombing of the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad for the attacks, which Syria denies carrying out.

“We have credible information that indicates that Russian officials are working with the Syrian regime to deny and delay these inspectors from gaining access to Douma,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Thursday. “We believe it is an effort to conduct their own staged investigations. Russian officials have worked with the Syrian regime, we believe, to sanitize the locations of those suspected attacks and remove incriminating evidence of chemical weapons use.”

In addition to destroying evidence, she said, Russia and Syria are pressuring witnesses to change their stories.

“We have also watched as some people have seemingly been pressured by the government to change their stories about what actually occurred that night,” Nauert added. “We have reports from credible people on the ground who have indicated that they have been pressured by both Russia and Syria to change their stories.”

She couldn’t say whether Russia and Syria had been “successful” in eliminating any trace of sarin or chlorine at the sites, but said it may mean that the OPCW investigation – if its team does get access – will not find any traces of the reported attack.

“It might be, it might be,” she said – but she wouldn’t “weigh into that conversation” any further and get ahead of the investigation: “We will have to wait and see.”

Russian and Syrian responses to the U.S. accusation weren’t immediately available.

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Meghan Markle joins Prince Harry in support of women’s empowerment

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) — Just one month before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to marry, the couple stepped out at a reception to promote women’s empowerment and girls’ education.

Markle, who once served as an advocate for UN Women, joined Harry in meeting with representatives of charities and organizations which support global gender equality.

The reception was held as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which brings together heads of state and delegates from the 53 member nations of the Commonwealth.

At a Commonwealth reception on Wednesday, Harry and Markle spoke with LGBT advocates and ensured them that highlighting gay rights would be included in their charitable work.’

Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, was one of the earliest high-profile people to break down the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDs. Her sons, Harry and Prince William, have followed in her footsteps as staunch advocates of human rights.

Jacob Thomas, from Australia, who won a Queen’s Young Leaders award, recalled speaking with Harry and Markle about gay rights as a human rights issue.

“Prince Harry said that what was so amazing was that 10 or so years ago we wouldn’t have been having this conversation and how incredible it was that we now were,” Thomas told reporters.

It is significant for Markle, someone who has not yet married into the royal family, to be involved in such a high-profile event as the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit.

Today’s event comes just days after Harry was named Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by Queen Elizabeth.

Harry’s work as ambassador will focus on “supporting the aspirations of young people,” according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace.

Harry discussed his new role with excitement in a keynote speech he delivered Monday.

“In my new role, I will work to support the Queen, my father The Prince of Wales, and my brother William, all of whom know that young people are the answer to the challenges of today,” he said. “I am also incredibly grateful that the woman I am about to marry, Meghan, will be joining me in this work, of which she too is hugely excited to take part in.”

Markle as an advocate for women

While making a name for herself as an actress, Markle worked on women’s rights issues with organizations including World Vision, the Myna Mahila Foundation and One Young World, in addition to the United Nations.

On International Women’s Day last year, Markle wrote an essay on period shaming based on her experience visiting India as an ambassador for World Vision, a global Christian humanitarian organization.

Markle has hinted that she has found her match as a feminist with Harry, who is also known for his humanitarian work.

Since moving to London late last year, Markle has spent her time traveling with Harry to different parts of the U.K., learning about the causes closest to him and meeting stakeholders.

She spoke about the #MeToo movement and women’s empowerment in February at a forum for The Royal Foundation, which she will join as a patron once she and Harry wed.

“I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s empowerment. You will hear people saying they are helping women find their voices,” Markle said. “I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices.”

She added, “They need to be empowered to use [their voices] and people need to be urged to listen. Right now with so many campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp there’s no better time to continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people supporting them.”

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  2. “Havana” by Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug
  3. “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons
  4. “Bad At Love” by Halsey
  5. “How Long” by Charlie Puth

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