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Louis Tomlinson gets moody in video for “Two of Us”

Huse MonfaradiLouis Tomlinson has dealt with his fair share of tragedy and loss, but the former One Direction singer is focusing his energy into creative efforts which not only help him deal with his own pain, but inspire others, too.

Louis has released a new music video for his song “Two of Us,” which is inspired by the loss of his mother, Johannah Deakin, who died in 2016 at the age of 43 from leukemia.

An official release for the video states, “The deeply personal single, released in March, is his response to the passing of his mother in December 2016.”

In the moody black and white video, Louis, who also lost his 18-year-old sister Félicité earlier this year, sings about calling his mother just to hear her voice again, though he knows she won’t pick up.

“You’ll never know how much I miss you, the day that they took you, I wish it was me instead,” he continues. “But diamonds, they don’t turn to dust or fade away.”

In the chorus, Louis sings that he’ll live one life for the “two of us.”

This is technically the second version of the video. A few weeks ago, Louis shared a video which used “Two of Us” as the soundtrack for the singer’s quest to help Richard, an 83-year-old widower, check items off his bucket list. Richard and his wife Pat were married for decades; two years ago, she died of Alzheimer’s disease.

In the video, you see Tomlinson and Richard support each other while flying a helicopter, racing cars and going on a roller coaster together. It all ends with Richard taking the stage and singing in front of thousands of Tomlinson’s fans.

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Kelly Clarkson slams “fake news” reports about her diet: “I ain’t got time 4 all that”

Carter SmithKelly Clarkson doesn’t have time for people pretending to be her on social media, and she really doesn’t have time for people who are spreading rumors about her weight loss.

When a fan tweeted about a fake Twitter account set up under Kelly’s name, Kelly retweeted it and wrote, “This is fake news & not me. What is wrong with people? I mean, I’m way too busy to be sitting around creating fake accounts.”

She added, “I mean, people if you’re that bored go ahead & do the world a service and maybe read a book & better yourself rather than be weird & lie to people.”

Then, sensing she was on a roll, Kelly decided to scold people who have reportedly been gossiping about her weight loss.

“Other fake news that’s going around about me is that I’ve been taking weird pills 4 weight loss or doing weird fad diets. All of this is not true,” she wrote. “I ain’t got time 4 all that. I eat the same stuff I always have. It’s all just made w/different flours/sugars/ingredients.”

Kelly added the hashtag “#DrGundry,” referring to Dr. Steven Gundry‘s book The Plant Paradox. Last year, she said she’d changed her diet using Gundry’s approach to deal with a thyroid problem and an autoimmune disease. 

According to Kelly, Gundry’s diet emphasizes organic non-GMO foods and limits foods that are high in lectins, a type of protein. She says as a result, she no longer has to take medication for her conditions.

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“The Voice” adds Halsey, Khalid, OneRepublic and Hootie & the Blowfish to Tuesday finale

2018 NBCUniversal Media, LLCAs if the prospect of performances by The Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift weren’t enough to get you to tune into The Voice finale, more stars have been added to the bill.

The show’s official Twitter account has announced that in addition to those two acts, BTS, OneRepublic, Halsey, and Khalid will be performing on the finale on Tuesday night.  Not only that, but ’90s superstars Hootie & the Blowfish will be rocking the crowd. 

That’s not as random as it sounds: The band has a big tour lined up this summer to mark the 25th anniversary of their best-selling debut, Cracked Rear View.  They also plan to release a new album later this year.  They’ll perform “Let Her Cry” from the album on the show.

BTS will sing “Boy With Luv” — presumably with Halsey, since she’ll be there too — and Halsey will give her new single “Nightmare” its TV debut. OneRepublic will perform their new single “Rescue Me,” which Khalid will sing his hit “Talk.” The Jonas Brothers will sing “Cool,” while Taylor and Brendon Urie will perform “ME!”

The Voice finale airs Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

‘Game of Thrones’ finale “will be talked about for a very long time,” says “EW” reporter who was on set

HBO/Helen Sloan(LOS ANGELES) — Who will sit on the Iron Throne?  We’ll find out Sunday night at 9 p.m. as HBO’s Game of Thrones airs its final episode. After last week’s shocking turn of events, it’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen, but Entertainment Weekly‘s James Hibberd, who got a sneak preview, says it’s going to be memorable.

“I was on set 13 months ago and I think I know how it ends,” Hibberd tells ABC Radio. “I don’t know for sure…but I can say the final episode deals with the aftermath of Dany’s devastating attack on King’s Landing and how that impacts all the characters.”

“Plot-wise, I can’t really say much more than that,” he notes. “But I do think it’s an episode that fans won’t wanna miss and will be talked about for a very long time.”

Hibberd says the ending won’t be like The Sopranos finale, which baffled and enraged fans, but it won’t please everyone.

“I think it’s going to be a bit more of a traditional, satisfying ending in a lot of respects,” he says, adding, “I don’t expect the divided reactions to end with the finale.”

As for the legacy of Game of Thrones, Hibberd believes that the show made TV networks realize that series in genres previously deemed “too geeky or too niche” — like adult fantasy — could actually work.  In addition, he says the Emmy-winning series changed TV with its scope and its bravery.

“It certainly blew apart the notion that TV shows have to have a limit to their scale of production,” he explains.

“And I think its bold storytelling moves…make difficult for a standard TV drama nowadays to do the usual TV thing of telling basically the same story week after week without any consequence…to the characters.”

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Going out with a ‘Big Bang’: Series finale scores 18 million viewers

Michael Yarish/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — Last night’s series finale of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory drew 18 million viewers — the show’s highest numbers since 2015, Variety reports.

The two-part episode — which saw Jim Parson’s Dr. Sheldon Cooper and his onscreen wife, Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, played by Miyim Bialik, share the Nobel Prize for physics — won Thursday night’s highest-rated show.

The show’s spin-off, Young Sheldon, which aired after The Big Bang Theory finale, drew a strong 13 million viewers, and those fans who stuck around were rewarded with a touching coda.

On Young Sheldon, we saw a lonesome young Sheldon, tearfully regretting his lack of friends — only to have the camera cut to the bedrooms of children who were revealed to be the younger versions of his future Big Bang BFF’s Penny, Howard, Raj, Bernadette and Leonard, and his future wife, Amy.

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Will Smith, Queen Latifah to produce hip hop ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for Netflix

Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Will Smith and Queen Latifah are heading back to their musical roots with their latest project.

Netflix has announced that Smith and Latifah are teaming up to produce a contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet, in the form of a hip-hop musical.

The new iteration is said to follow a young Brooklyn waitress and an aspiring musician from a wealthy family, whose “unconventional romance forces them to confront their life choices.”

The feature film will be written and directed by Solvan “Slick” Naim, an Algerian-American writer, rapper and actor from Brooklyn. Naim has directed episodes of shows like Netflix’s The Get Down and the John Singleton FX drama, Snowfall.

Latifah will produce through Flavor Unit Entertainment, and Smith through his Overbrook Entertainment.

This is the latest project for Latifah, who earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2002’s Chicago and recently appeared in Lee Daniels’ musical drama Star. Meanwhile, Smith will next be seen in Disney’s Aladdin, which hits theaters on May 24.

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SPORTS NEWS

Another horse dies at Santa Anita racetrack, marking 24 in six months

Mario Tama/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Another horse has died at Santa Anita Park in California, the race track said Saturday, marking the 24th thoroughbred fatality in the last six months.

A horse also died Friday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, on the eve of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Santa Anita and Pimlico are both owned by the Canadian-based Stronach Group.

“Commander Coil, a three-year-old gelding, sustained a fatal shoulder injury while galloping during training on the morning of May 17th. Equine shoulder injuries are rare, especially for a horse that is galloping as opposed to breezing or racing. A comprehensive evaluation will be completed to understand what might have caused this uncommon injury,” a spokesperson for Santa Anita said in a statement to ABC News.

Despite the rash of horse deaths since December, the death at Santa Anita marks the first one in six weeks.

“Since reforms were introduced on March 15, there have been over 80,000 gallops during training with no fatalities,” Santa Anita Park’s statement said.

Clifford Sise, a veteran horse trainer for 47 years who is currently working with 15 horses between San Luis Rey Training Center in San Diego and Santa Anita, called the death “a misfortune.”

“It’s very rare to break a shoulder,” Sise, who was at Santa Anita for horse races on Friday and Saturday, told ABC News. “When a horse isn’t doing anything the brain says, ‘Let’s decalcify these bones.’ When you’re back into training, then the body says, ‘Ok, we need calcium,’ and the bones get stronger and stronger. So he’s been long enough to get over that part.

“Maybe the horse just went to bucking or took a bad step and broke its shoulder,” Sise said. “A break in galloping is pretty serious. Nobody’s fault. Nothing to blame. Track’s been good up here. We’ve been over two months and that’s our first breakdown. That’s been pretty good.”

The spate of horse deaths at Santa Anita earlier this year prompted several investigations, including a task force convened by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the California Horse Racing Board.

In response to news about the L.A. prosecutors’ investigation, Santa Anita said in a statement that the park “is and will continue to fully cooperate with the District Attorney’s investigation. The Stronach Group is fully committed to modernizing our sport in a way that prioritizes the welfare and safety of horses above all. We will work with anyone — including the District Attorney’s office — that shares our commitment to this cause.”

Sise attributed the cluster of thoroughbred deaths to inclement weather. Southern California had an unusual amount of rain this past season after many years of drought or near drought, which would have impacted the quality of the track the horses can run on safely.

“Every time it rains you seal the tracks as hard as it can get. So the water runs off of it,” Sise said. “It would stop raining only three days, where you can really work on it. You need at least seven, eight days to dry out. To go to the bottom of it and the cushion and work on it. It was nobody’s fault.”

Across the country in Maryland, the horse died after racing.

“Congrats Gal suffered sudden death after the eighth race today,” the Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico, said in a statement to The New York Times. “The incident occurred after the wire. Commission veterinarians attended to the horse immediately. Our thoughts go out to all of the owners, trainers and connections of Congrats Gal.”

Stronach did not immediately respond to a request from ABC News for comment. It did not give Congrats Gal’s cause of death.

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NBA star suspended two years for violating Anti-Drug Program

(NEW YORK) — Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans has been suspended for two seasons by the NBA due to a violation of the league’s Anti-Drug Program.

The league announced the news on Friday afternoon.

Evans will have to sit out two seasons, after which he can apply for reinstatement with the league. The player’s association must also approve the reinstatement.

“The Indiana Pacers were informed Friday by the NBA that Tyreke Evans has been dismissed from the league for a violation of the league’s anti-drug policy,” the Pacers said in a statement. “We take these matters seriously and will reach out to Tyreke to offer our support.”

The league and the NBAPA are prohibited from publicly disclosing what caused Evans to be suspended. A player can be disqualified for failing a test for a drug of abuse or being convicted or pleading guilty to possessing or distributing drugs.

O.J. Mayo and Chris “Birdman” Andersen are two of the most recent notable players suspended under the same rule.

The 29-year-old is a former first-round pick of the Sacramento Kings and was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2010.

Evans played 69 games for the Pacers this season and averaged 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He started 18 games.

The past season was his first with Indiana and his scoring total was the lowest of his 10-year career. He showed signs of being a star in the league as a rookie, when he started 72 games and averaged 20.1 points, 5.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.

But that scoring average ended up being the highest of his career. He declined in points per game in each of his first five seasons in the NBA.

After four seasons in Sacramento, he bounced around from the New Orleans Pelicans, back to the Kings, then on to the Memphis Grizzlies and Pacers.

Indiana was bounced in the first round of the playoffs by Boston. He averaged 15.3 points per game in four games.

His deal with the Pacers was for one season and $12.4 million, making him a free agent once the league season ends.

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Kerr says Durant’s injury ‘more serious than we thought’

Anthony Causi / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — It doesn’t appear Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, who’s been sidelined with a strained right calf since Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals, will be joining his team on the court anytime soon.

On Thursday, following Golden State’s 114-111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the injury was “more serious than we thought” and it’s not yet clear when Durant will be back on the court.

“Hopefully he continues to progress, and he has made progress but it’s a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning,” Kerr told ESPN. “So we’ll see where it all goes, but he’s in there all day long getting treatment. He’s done a great job of committing himself to that process.”

[H]opefully he’ll be back at some point, but we’ll just wait and see,” he added.

Durant, 30, is expected to be re-evaluated next week.

Game 3 between the Warriors and Trail Blazers will be played Saturday in Portland, Oregon.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Investigators say university ignored nearly 2 decades of ‘shocking and painful’ sex abuse allegations

iStock/DenisTangneyJr(COLUMBUS, OH) — An investigation has determined that Ohio State University officials ignored nearly two decades of accusations of sexual abuse against a long-time university doctor, according to an independent report released Friday by the university.

Dr. Richard Strauss, an Ohio State team doctor and sports medicine researcher, is accused of sexually abusing at least 177 men over an 18-year period from 1979 to 1997, nearly his entire time at Ohio State, according to the report.

Strauss killed himself in 2005 at age 67, seven years after retiring from the university.

The accusations of abuse involved athletes from at least 16 sports including wrestling, hockey and swimming, and included Strauss’ work at the student health center and an off-campus clinic that he founded late in his tenure, according to the report.

“As early as 1979, personnel in the University’s Sports Medicine program and Athletics Department were aware that Strauss was conducting genital examinations on male athletes that were unusually prolonged,” the report said. “Despite the persistence, seriousness, and regularity of such complaints, no meaningful action was taken by the University until January 1996.”

Other complaints against Strauss allege that he fondled male students to the point of sexual arousal and showered alongside male students at the campus athletics facility.

The university removed Strauss as a school physician in 1996 after a flurry of student complaints, and reported his actions to the State Medical Board of Ohio. However the school allowed Strauss to retain his tenured faculty position while he operated an off-campus clinic, where the report says he continued to abuse students.

The university also failed to report Strauss’ conduct to law enforcement, and allowed Strauss to voluntarily retire in 1998 with emeritus status, the report said.

In 2018 school officials retained the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP to conduct an independent investigation that ultimately involved interviews with more than 200 former students and university staff, including more than 100 former students who reported firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct committed by Strauss.

Strauss’ accusers allege that more than 20 school officials and staff members were aware of complaints against Strauss during his employment with the university.

“The findings are shocking and painful to comprehend,” Ohio State President Michael Drake said Friday in a letter to students and faculty. “Our institution’s fundamental failure at the time to prevent this abuse was unacceptable.”

Drake said the university has implemented a series of safeguards against sexual misconduct in the 20 years since Strauss retired and the school is covering the cost of professionally certified counseling for those who were affected by Strauss.

The school has also begun the process of revoking the faculty emeritus status that Straus received in 1998, Drake said.

The release of the report on Friday comes a day after lawyers for victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar said they were seeking additional reparations from Michigan State University in compensation for Nassar’s sexual abuse of hundreds of girls and women while he worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics.

Like Strauss, Nassar stands accused of abusing scores of athletes during his time at a major university. Michigan State recently agreed to a $500 million settlement with his accusers and Nassar is serving life in prison for his actions.

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Local officials in Florida complaining about DHS plans to transfer detained migrants from Texas

Mani Albrecht/U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Getty Image(MIAMI) — Citing a massive influx of refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border, federal officials said Friday they are looking at moving migrant families to other cities across the nation to process and release them.

The extraordinary move has prompted serious concerns in local communities like South Florida, where officials there say they don’t have the ability to handle hundreds of migrants at a time. An official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection told reporters on Friday that there are no plans currently to fly migrants to Florida, but it was one of many locations identified as a possible location where migrant families could be processed if needed.

“This is an emergency,” the official said. “The entire system is overwhelmed, and we are simply trying to safely get them out of our custody as quickly as possible

Local officials in Florida were shocked this week when federal authorities informed them of plans to bring hundreds of undocumented migrants from the border to southern parts of the state. As many as a thousand migrants a month would be transported and split between Palm Beach and Broward County, Florida, in the coming weeks.

The move is in response to overwhelmed border operations, as groups of a hundred or more refugees are arriving at one time. Under U.S. and international law, the migrants have the right to claim asylum and plead their case to a judge. But the immigration courts are overwhelmed, and officials say they are struggling just to process so many people at a time.

Some 109,000 undocumented migrants were stopped at the border in April alone.

The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Last week, the Washington Post reported authorities would start transporting migrants between border stations in Texas by plane from areas overwhelmed by migrant crossings. The latest plans for Florida are the first indication that Customs and Border Protections will start transporting migrants to areas outside border states.

After hearing the news, officials in Broward County began working quickly to alert local nonprofits, shelters and businesses about the new arrivals.

“This is a humanitarian crisis,” Broward Mayor Mark Bogen said in a statement Friday. “We will do everything possible to help these people. If the President will not provide us with financial assistance to house and feed these people, he will be creating a homeless encampment.”

The migrants would be processed at local CBP offices in Broward and Palm Beach counties before they’re released. But a Broward County official said local authorities weren’t told why their community was selected to receive the migrants.

“It took everyone by surprise,” said Kimberly Maroe, the county’s public information manager.

CBP does have migrant processing facilities in Southern Florida, typically used for those who arrive by boat. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said the county has plans for handling mass migration, but they’re designed to direct migrants towards CBP for processing, not the other way around.

“We spent a lot of time making sure people don’t come in to South Florida illegally,” Bradshaw told reporters Thursday. “Well, guess what? The federal government now is bringing people that have come into the country illegally to us that have come over out in El Paso. And I don’t think it’s right.”

Sen. Marco Rubio sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security with several questions about the agency’s plans for transporting migrants to the state. The list of basic question like, “Does the Department intend to transport migrants currently in custody at the southern border to states that do not share a land border with Mexico?” and “If so, why?” appear to indicate that Homeland Security officials have not offered details on the transport plans to the Senator’s office.

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NYPD officer charged in alleged murder-for-hire plot against her ex-husband: Sources

iStock/Graffizone(NEW YORK) — A New York Police Department officer allegedly paid her boyfriend $7,000 to help her hire a hit man to murder her ex-husband and his young daughter, according to court records.

But the boyfriend turned out to be cooperating with authorities, and following a dramatic law enforcement hoax in which the cop was shown a picture on Friday morning of her ex-husband appearing to be dead in his car, she allegedly began discussing her alibi with the boyfriend in case she was questioned, according to court records.

The boyfriend was wearing a recording device, according to authorities, and captured the entire conversation on tape.

That’s when agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the NYPD moved in and arrested her.

Officer Valerie Cincinelli, 34, of Oceanside in Nassau County on Long Island, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and held without bail following a hearing late Friday afternoon.

Cincinelli, who has been on the job since 2007, worked out of the NYPD’s 106th Precinct in Queens. However, she has been on modified assignment since 2017 because of prior domestic incidents involving the boyfriend and the ex-husband, the sources said.

Cincinelli first approached the boyfriend about having her ex-husband murdered in February, and continued discussions with him in person and on the phone, according to court records.

The boyfriend told her he knew someone who would commit the murder for $7,000, which he would convert into gold coins to pay off the hit man. Cincinelli allegedly withdrew the $7,000 in cash from a Long Island bank in February, court records show. The murders were supposed to take place last weekend, officials said in court records.

The ex-husband was to be murdered near his office on Long Island, and Cincinelli and the boyfriend allegedly discussed how the killing “would not look suspicious because the murder would take place in ‘the hood’ or ‘the ghetto,'” according to court records.

At one point, according to court records, Cincinelli seemed to become anxious about why the child had not yet been killed. After the boyfriend allegedly informed her that the hit man had located the child in New Jersey, Cincinelli allegedly asked him “why wasn’t it done,” to which he is said to have replied that the hit man would not commit the murder near the child’s school.

“OK, so she leaves school, you said he knows exactly where she lives, right?” Cincinelli is alleged to have asked him. “So what’s the problem?”

At another point she allegedly told the boyfriend to tell the hit man “run her the [expletive] over, how about that.”

On Friday morning around 10 a.m., police arrived at Cincinelli’s home to notify her that her ex-husband had been murdered — but it was all part of an FBI ruse.

“Then, almost immediately after the Detective left the home, Cincinelli began to discuss…her alibi — specifically what she would tell the police if she were to be questioned about the death,” prosecutors wrote in a detention memo filed on Friday.

Then, at 10:48 a.m, according to court records, an FBI agent posing as the hit man texted a picture of the ex-husband, appearing to be dead in his car, to the boyfriend. Along with the picture, the agent texted a demand for another $3,000 in order to carry the murder of the boyfriend’s minor daughter, identified in court papers as “Jane Doe.”

“In response, Cincinelli instructed the [confidential informant] to delete the text messages and photographs, citing her fear that law enforcement could subpoena the phone,” prosecutors wrote.

The identity of the boyfriend was not disclosed in court papers, and it remains unclear how he first came into contact with the NYPD as an informant.

The target of the alleged attack — Isaiah Carvalho Jr., according to his attorney Matt Weiss — only learned of the purported plot on Friday.

“He found out today, just like everybody else,” Weiss told ABC News.

Weiss said that his client is grateful to law enforcement officials and that “all things considered, he sounds OK.”

Carvalho Jr. sued her for divorce in Nassau County, according to court records cited by the New York Post, and a trial was set to begin next month.

Weiss issued a statement late on Friday saying his client is “still in shock.”

“At the outset, Mr. Carvalho would like to thank law enforcement for all of their diligent efforts,” Weiss said in the statement. “Mr. Carvalho is still in shock and is attempting to process the events, which have transpired over the past 24 hours. At this time, Mr. Carvalho and his family would appreciate the press honoring their privacy.”

It was not immediately clear whether Cincinelli had retained a defense attorney. She was represented by an attorney from Nassau County’s Legal Aid Society, but attempts to reach the attorney were not immediately successful. The New York Police Benevolent Association, which represents NYPD officers, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

Cincinelli’s father told ABC News that his daughter was being set up by the boyfriend, whom he declined to identify.

In a telephone interview as he drove north from Virginia to New York City to try and assist his incarcerated daughter, Louis Cincinelli said the boyfriend had once accused her of pulling a gun on him and threatening his life, only to allegedly recant that accusation in criminal court in New York

“I don’t know what happened but I do know my daughter and i knew this was not true when I first heard it. She was going out with some wacko pathological liar who had her locked up once before, saying that she pulled a gun on him and threatened to kill him, but then he went to court and said in open court, he recanted it and said he had made it up. Now, a year later, she throws this bum out again and two weeks later this happens.”

“But she’s the biggest idiot for being with him,” he continued. “I don’t know. I don’t understand these kids. But I know my daughter. She wouldn’t do this. She’s a domestic violence officer, and she knows that that’s not the way to handle something like this, to knock somebody off.”

According to the NYPD, Cincinelli had been on modified duty since 2017 and was working in a unit that monitored video surveillance cameras at city housing projects.

“I guarantee you,” the distraught father continued, “the bottom line is going to be that it turns out she didn’t do this.”

The FBI and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau brought the case against Cincinelli.

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WORLD NEWS

Notre Dame proposals envision ‘green’ roof, glass spire, beam of light

Chesnot/Getty Images(PARIS) — Two days after fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral, swallowing both the wooden roof and the spire, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced an international competition of architecture to decide whether to rebuild under the same conditions or endow it with a new spire “adapted to the techniques and issues of our time.”

Ever since, architects, landscape artists and graphic designers from France and beyond have answered the call, imagining the Notre Dame of tomorrow.

The proposal from landscape artist and architect Clément Willemin features a garden roof with walking paths around wild-looking bushes, plants and flowers. It received immediate reactions and has been viewed online 7 million times, receiving 70,000 likes.

But others’ views have been mixed.

“Some people insult me, others tell me, ‘I pray for you,’” Willemin says.

He doubts that his project will be picked, saying “my point was more to feed the debate than anything.”

Brazilian architect Alexandre Fantozzi told ABC News he was celebrating Easter with his family when he thought of a roof and spire totally covered with stained glass windows — “the biggest Gothic feature,” Fantozzi said.

Graphic designer Anthony Séjourné told ABC News he wanted to contrast the heaviness of the original spire, which crumbled to the ground in the fire, with a projecting beam of light that would pierce the clouds, thus keeping the original spiritual symbol of wanting to get to the heavens.

Parisian architect Alexandre Chassang told ABC News he imagines a glass shard-looking spire.

For NAB design founder Nicolas Abdelkader, Notre Dame’s reconstruction is an opportunity to tackle social and environmental issues, “values dear to the Church and presumably to the French state,” he told ABC News.

He makes the roof a greenhouse dedicated to training the unemployed in urban agriculture, horticulture and permaculture, and makes the spire into a giant hive for the bees miraculously saved during the fire.

“We could produce the famous ‘nectar of the gods’ in the heart of the new spire,” Abdelkader said.

While the projects are creating buzz on social media, some reactions are downright brutal. The architects said they received dozens of insulting emails and abusive comments following the publication of their project.

Just like late I.M. Pei’s pyramid of the Louvre 30 years ago, the discussion over Notre Dame’s reconstruction is triggering passions, dividing France in two camps: the debate between modern and old.

According to a recent poll, 55% of French people dislike the idea of an international competition because they want the spire to be rebuilt “as it was.” Conservative congressman Nicolas Dupont-Aignan even issued a petition urging to “build identically” and “not disfigure Notre-Dame.”

When Denis Laming first saw the flames atop Notre Dame from his apartment window, he told ABC News that he knew that the roof was lost and that a quarrel between conservatives and modernists would ensue. The architect famous for the French theme park Futuroscope then imagined a roof identical from the outside, but with a sliding mechanism that reveals glass windows to reconcile the nostalgics with the modernists.

Laming’s project was awarded Thursday with a UNESCO label for best reconstruction project on Notre Dame.

For now, no announcement on the international competition rules and starting date has been set, but Laming says that his Cathedral of Light design is being “presented to the relevant institutions.”

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Russian ‘The Voice Kids’ finale to be redone after bots rig final result

Channel One(MOSCOW) — The final result of Russia’s version of the popular TV singing talent show, “The Voice Kids,” has been cancelled after it was found that thousands of automated calls and text messages were used to rig voting in favor of its 10-year-old winner.

Moscow-based cybersecurity firm IB-Group was brought in to examine the results after complaints were raised over the victory of Mikella Abramova, the daughter of well-known Russian popstar Alsou and millionaire Yan Abramov.

Abramova won the show’s final, broadcasted on April 26, with 56.5% of a phone-in vote. Large numbers of viewers, however, immediately began complaining online and the state Channel 1, which airs the show, noted there had been “anomalies” in the voting. So, it hired IB-Group to investigate.

On Thursday, IB-Group’s researchers said that, after analyzing the voting data, there had been “massive automated sending of SMS messages in favour of one participant.”

Sequential phone numbers were used to make more than 30,000 automated calls into the show’s voting line for the contestant, IB Group wrote in a statement on its website. Another 300 telephone numbers were used to send 8,000 text messages, the statement said, noting that the automated calls and messages were made by so-called ‘bots’ — software programs that can be directed to repeat tasks over and over.

The findings prompted Channel 1 to announce that it was annulling the results, saying the investigation had confirmed there was “an outside influence” that had affected the outcome.

In a statement on its website, the channel said it would now organize a new “special show” in which all the contestants would compete again on May 24. It emphasized that IB-Group’s investigation was only intended to confirm that there had been manipulation, not to assign blame.

“We believe that children should not bear responsibility for actions not undertaken by them,” the statement read.

IB-Group, which is one of Russia’s most prominent cybersecurity firms and has partnered with Interpol, said that its analysis was preliminary and that it would complete its full investigation by the end of the month. Channel 1 said it would be taking measures to protect its voting system in the future and that these would be announced before the next season of the show, which will be its seventh.

The revelation has prompted anger in Russia, with some viewers and Russian news outlets laying suspicion on Abramova’s parents despite there being no evidence so far regarding who was behind the vote fraud. Alsou is a popular music star in Russia and performed for the country in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000, where she placed second. Abramov, meanwhile, is a businessman whose holdings include a loans company and some factories, one of which is an arms manufacturing plant, according to the Russian newspaper Vedomosti.

After the announcement, one of the show’s hosts Dmitry Nagiev said that it was now important to protect the children taking part.

“Let’s not forget that it is only a jolly game of ‘who sings best,'” he told the state-funded Russian broadcaster RT. “And as soon as adults interfere with their screwed-up attempts to tinker with it, the game takes on not very pretty forms.”

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Taiwan becomes first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage

Carl Court/Getty Images(HONG KONG) — Lawmakers in Taiwan voted in favor of a bill legalizing same-marriage Friday, making the self-governing island the first Asian country to do so.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators, gay rights supporters and dissenting protesters packed the streets outside the parliament building in Taipei in the rainy morning hours, awaiting the crucial vote.

Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled in 2017 that same-sex couples had the right to marry and gave the government a two-year deadline to amend the constitution with a new law to guarantee it.

The momentum suffered a setback this past November when 67 percent of Taiwanese voters rejected the notion that Taiwan’s civil code “should be used guarantee the rights of same-sex couples to get married,” reflecting the conservative traditional values still entrenched in Taiwan despite its reputation for being progressive on gay rights.

Opponents of same-sex marriage began to push back and dulled the political will of some lawmakers over fears of repercussions in the general election next year.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who faces a tough re-election fight, continued to press forward on same-sex marriage, which she publicly supported during her 2016 campaign.

The legislature ultimately voted 66-27 overwhelmingly in favor of an article that would allow same-sex couples to register their marriage with government agencies, enshrining it into law.

“On May 17th, 2019 in #Taiwan, #LoveWon,” Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted after the vote. “We took a big step towards true equality, and made Taiwan a better country.”

Media executive and LGBTQ activist Jay Lin told ABC News that he was “so happy to be living in Taiwan and witnessing this day.”

Lin had briefly joined his fellow activists in front of the legislature building before heading to work.

“I was nervously checking the phone during a lunch meeting with clients who came from abroad and erupted into jubilation after they left and I saw the results,” he said.

Lin went straight back to the office and began celebrating with his colleagues, many of whom have also worked on the same-sex marriage fight for the past three years.

“We just broke out into spontaneous celebration, drinking and hugging,” said Lin.

The Taiwan vote comes as LGBTQ rights in other parts of Asia have come under attack in countries like Brunei and Indonesia.

The law that was passed was weaker than some activists groups had hoped for; there were limitations on adoption rights and restrictions on Taiwanese citizens marrying foreigners from other countries where same-sex marriages are not legal.

The new law will take effect next Friday.

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