UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi scores another perfect 10 floor routine

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Polhansen/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — The beloved and smiley UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi is back at it again!

The 21-year-old UCLA senior scored another perfect 10 score for her floor routine during a Sunday meet at the University of Oklahoma.

In January, Ohashi’s first perfect 10 floor routine went mega-viral, garnering over 40 million views on Twitter.

Her routine during Sunday’s meet featured some of the same clips of music, including songs by Earth, Wind and Fire and the Jackson 5.

Sunday’s performance even caught the eye of legendary basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who tweeted that it was “one of the most exciting and electric floor performances that I’ve seen in college gymnastics!”

 Ohashi’s joy and love of the sport feels palpable as she smiles nearly the entire time she spins, jumps and dances on the mats.

It took Ohashi a while to rekindle her love for gymnastics after her career was stunted by an injury that forced her to step back from the elite circuit competitive gymnastics approximately five years ago, she told “GMA” in January.

Ohashi said she also faced intense body shaming since the age of 14, “In the gym, outside of the gym, on the internet.”

In addition to the support of her coach at UCLA, Valorie Kondos Field, Ohashi has learned to use poetry to help her cope.

“But here today I stand with a love that penetrates deeper than any wedding band,” Ohashi said on “GMA” in January, reading from a poem she titled “Self-Hatred Goodbyes.” “Because I am my own size and no words or judgmental stares will make me compromise.”

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Posted On 04 Mar 2019

Purdue Pharma says in court documents the Massachusetts attorney general is using their company as a scapegoat in the opioid epidemic

WoodysPhotos/iStock(BOSTON) — The lawsuit against Purdue Pharma filed by the attorney general in Massachusetts amounts to “oversimplified scapegoating” unsupported by the law, the company said in a new court filing.

In a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, the Sackler family — owners of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin — accused Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey of making “sensational and inflammatory allegations” against the drug company, but insists the allegations are not legally viable.

The Commonwealth originally filed their lawsuit against Purdue Pharma in June last year and after the company filed their motion to dismiss, an amended complaint was refiled. “But the additional 200 plus pages in the Amended Complaint have done nothing to address the legal insufficiencies in the Commonwealth’s consumer protection and public nuisance claims against Purdue,” the company wrote in their, now second, motion to dismiss.

Purdue Pharma said the lawsuit pushes “a misleading narrative by grossly mischaracterizing Purdue internal business documents and emails,” particularly from Dr. Richard Sackler, the son of the company’s founder, about opiod-related deaths.

The drug company is seeking to dismiss the Commonwealth’s lawsuit on numerous grounds, including that the company did not break any laws with their FDA-approved marketing and warning labels, as well as their insufficient proof that they are solely liable for the entire opioid epidemic in the Commonwealth. Purdue Pharma also cited that part of the Commonwealth’s allegations should be dismissed because of statute of limitations.

“Our office plans to oppose Purdue’s motion,” a spokeswoman for the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey told ABC News on Monday.

More than 11,000 people in Massachusetts died from opioid-related overdoses in the past decade and over 100,000 people survived overdoses that were not fatal. Nonetheless, the lawsuit against Purdue Pharma blames them and other drug companies for the opioid crisis. Nationally, opioid-related overdoses killed 72,000 people in 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

According to Purdue Pharma’s motion to dismiss filed on Friday, experts at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found “[n]o single substance or health care practice is solely responsible for the current opioid crisis. Rather, it’s a complex issue with a number of contributing factors. The Department of Health further found that the epidemic of overdose deaths in Massachusetts is primarily attributable to abuse of heroin and illicit fentanyl, and not lawful prescription [of] opioid pain medicines.”

Consistent with those findings, “the Commonwealth’s most recently released data on opioid-related overdose deaths shows that in 2018, 89 percent of those tested had a positive screen result for fentanyl (primarily illicitly produced and sold, not prescription fentanyl) and heroin was also present in 34 percent of the cases,” according to the company’s motion.

The Sackler family argues in court documents that OxyContin is only prescribed to less than two percent of the country and is a “tiny fraction of a fraction of all opioids (licit and illicit) used and abused in the Commonwealth and elsewhere. Purdue Pharma also owns two other FDA-approved chronic pain relief medications — Butrans, and Hysingla — not mentioned as a factor in the opioid crisis.

Despite these conclusions by the Department of Health, the Commonwealth’s amended lawsuit “does an about face and seeks to hold Purdue responsible for the opioid abuse crisis in Massachusetts” and “ignores this crucial context — that the opioid abuse crisis is a complex, multifactorial societal issue — and instead sets forth a misleading narrative in an attempt to litigate this case in the court of public opinion,” the motion read.

The Massachusetts lawsuit said Purdue Pharma sought a “blizzard of prescriptions” for OxyContin to boost profits and “deceived doctors and patients.” The drug company argues that they are allowed to market its opioid medications consistent with FDA-approved labeling and are allowed to employ sales representatives to visit doctors and provide them with information as a standard industry practice.

In 2001, according to Purdue Pharma’s motion, the FDA modified the OxyContin labeling and required Purdue to disclose in its FDA-approved labeling: “Opioids also have grave risks, the most well-known of which include addiction, overdose, and even death.”

Purdue said it continues to comply with FDA requirements, listing all of these risks in the current OxyContin package insert. The Commonwealth does not allege to the contrary, the company charges.

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“My heart is broken”: Friends, famous fans remember Luke Perry

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ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — News of the death of Luke Perry, who played Dylan McKay on the classic 1990s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210, was just minutes old when fans, both famous and not, took to social media to mourn him.

Perry, who was 52, died Monday, after suffering what was called a “major stroke” on Thursday.

Production on Riverdale, the CW show on which he currently starred, has shut down in the wake of the news, Variety reports. In a statement from the show’s producers and the network, Perry was remembered as “everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all. A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness.” 

Here are just some of the reactions being posted to social media from former co-workers and other Hollywood colleagues:

Ian Ziering, 90210 co-star: “Dearest Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.”

Gabrielle Cateris, 90210 co-star: I am absolutely heartbroken. Luke was a tremendous force in the lives of so many. He was a very sensitive soul who was kind, generous and he fought for the underdog. He was a strong voice and an advocate who will be so missed by all who knew him. He has left his mark – never to be forgotten. My heart goes out to his family, friends and fans around the globe.”

Molly Ringwald, Riverdale co-star: “My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry.  Sending all my love to your family.”

Ringwald also added in a statement, “I can’t even begin to express the shock and sorrow I feel by the untimely death of my friend Luke Perry. He was one of the kindest, caring souls I’ve ever worked with.  An incredible committed and proud father to his kids and a constant loyal friend to those he loved. I consider myself so lucky to have counted myself among them. With the many other people who adored him, his loss will be felt for a long long time.  I miss him terribly.

Charlie Sheen: “L.P. you made every situation better, my man. your elegance your wit your charm and your giant heart, inspired and enchanted so many of us, on countless occasions, with brilliant aplomb. R.I.P good sir. i am truly honored to have known you all of these years.”

The Riverdale writers room posted: “Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale”

Joss Whedon, the Avengers director who directed Perry in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, one of his first movie roles, wrote: “The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted Buffy to be. I asked if he’d ever seen Near Dark and he gave me a look of HOW DARE YOU SIR and I knew we’d get along. Funny, committed, and always gracious. He shouldn’t be gone.”

The Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik noted, “RIP Luke Perry,” with a broken heart emoji.

Piers Morgan: “RIP Luke Perry, at just 52 years of age, following a massive stroke.
What sad, shocking news.”

Frozen‘s Josh Gad: “Heartbreaking. Absolutely heartbreaking. RIP #LukePerry”

Olivia Munn: “Rest in love, Luke Perry.”

Oscar winner Patricia Arquette: “Luke Perry – Irreplaceable beautiful and kind human being, incredible friend, generous actor and adoring father to Jack and Sophie and loving partner to Madison we are all heartbroken. You are the love and you are the light.”

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Posted On 04 Mar 2019

Islamic State use of human shields slows final assault on ISIS-held town in Syria

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AbdukadirSavas/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The final assault on the last Islamic State enclave in Syria slowed down after the discovery that ISIS was using civilians as human shields.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Mustafa Bali acknowledged the operational slowdown in a tweet, but reaffirmed that “the battle to retake the last ISIS holdout is going to be over soon.”

On Saturday, President Donald Trump reflected U.S. optimism that the ISIS-held town of Baghouz would be retaken quickly telling the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) that by “today or tomorrow, we will have 100 percent of the caliphate defeated.”

The SDF resumed the offensive on Baghouz Friday after they had paused for more than a week after an estimated 10,000 civilians and ISIS families fled the town. The SDF screened the civilians as they left Baghouz to ensure that there were no ISIS fighters fleeing with them. The number of civilians in the town was a surprise to the Kurdish fighters and U.S. military officials.

The move was in line with a previous Kurdish decision to slow down the offensive after they were surprised by the large number of civilians in the ISIS-held town. American officials praised the SDF for being deliberate in its offensive to ensure there were no civilian casualties.

Two weeks ago, the Trump administration authorized “roughly 400” U.S. troops should remain in Syria. In December, the White House announced that all 2,000 U.S. troops were to leave Syria.

The force of about 400 will serve as part of an observer force, composed of troops from the U.S. and other partner nations to provide stability in Syria. They will primarily assist with stabilization efforts after an ISIS defeat and also as a check on any Turkish aggression against Syrian Kurds.

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Posted On 04 Mar 2019

Vatican to open WWII archives of Pope Pius XII

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Stefano Montesi – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis’ decision to open the secret archives of one of his predecessors means scholars will soon have new insights into a question that has vexed the Roman Catholic Church since World War II: What role did the Vatican play in the Holocaust?

The Vatican maintained a policy of neutrality during World War II, and never denounced fascism. Jewish groups have long accused the church or turning a blind eye to atrocities committed against Jews by Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.

The Vatican insists Pius XII, who served as pope from 1939 until his death in 1958, worked quietly behind the scenes to protect Jews and did not speak out because of concern that doing so might make matters worse.

“The Church is not afraid of history,” Pope Francis said this week, in announcing his decision to make the entire secret archives of Pius’s papacy available to researchers beginning March 2, 2020.

Pope Francis said he made the decision “with a serene and confident soul, certain that serious and objective historical research will be able to evaluate it in its proper light.”

The American Jewish Committee welcomed the move.

“For more than 30 years, the AJC has called for the full opening the Holy See’s Secret Archives from the period of World War II,” said Rabbi David Rosen, the group’s International Director of Interreligious Affairs, in an official statement.

A spokesperson for Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, issued a statement as well. “For years, Yad Vashem has called for the opening of these archives, which will enable objective and open research as well as comprehensive discourse on issues related to the conduct of the Vatican in particular, and the Catholic church in general, during the Holocaust,” the statement reads. “Yad Vashem expects that researchers will be granted full access to all documents stored in the archives.”

The Vatican typically waits 70 years after the end of a pontificate before opening the archives to researchers, but critics pressured the church to open the Pius XII archives sooner while many Holocaust survivors are still alive.

During the 1960’s, Pope Paul VI ordered Vatican researchers to look in the secret archives for evidence to rebut a growing public perception that Pius XII failed to stand up to Hitler. That material, collated between 1965 and 1981, has already been published on the Vatican website.

In 2008 at a mass marking the 50th year since Pius’ death, Pope Benedict XVI defended his predecessor, saying he worked “secretly and silently to avoid the worst and save the greatest number of Jews possible.”

But the lingering questions over the church’s response to Nazism have become a stumbling block in the cause for sainthood for Pope Pius XII. The Church officially declared Pius “venerable” in 2009, but three of his successors — Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, and John Paul II — have all been declared saints before him.

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Posted On 04 Mar 2019

Amanda Bynes’ camp confirms she’s in rehab; pushes back against “inaccurate” information

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Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Representatives for Amanda Bynes have confirmed to ABC News that the actress is currently receiving treatment for both drug addiction and mental health issues, after suffering a relapse. 

The troubled actress, who had been trying to relaunch her once-thriving Hollywood career, reportedly suffered a setback in January, and has been seeking treatment ever since.

“She’s still struggling,” a source noted.

The gossip site TMZ noted last week that Bynes had suffered a “stress-induced relapse,” but Bynes’ camp called that “inaccurate.”

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Posted On 04 Mar 2019

Wendy Williams addresses marital issues during long-awaited return to television: “I’m still wearing my ring”

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ABC(NEW YORK) — Wendy Williams made her official return back to television on Monday, and not surprisingly, had plenty to say about her hiatus.

After a standing ovation from the audience, Williams said she was “doing better now,” and went on to explain why she needed to extend her two week Christmas vacation after she “started to feel thyroid issues.”

“I’m the kind of patient, if I cough, I’m thinking, I’m dying … I can’t even tell you how many doctors I have,” she joked. “And I’m happy to tell you that I am doing swell.”

During her speech she also apologized to her Wendy viewers. “I’m sorry it took me 40, almost 50 days,” she said. “I’m sorry … but I have to say it’s not going to happen anymore.”

It was during her Hot Topics segment that Williams finally seemed to address the rumors that her marriage to her husband Kevin Hunter was on the rocks because of his ongoing infidelity and abuse.

“I want to shout-out to my husband. I’m still wearing my ring,” she said. “Believe me you, when you’ve been with somebody for twenty-eight years, married for twenty-five years… We know each other. He’s my best friend, he’s my lover. He’s all this and he’s all that. I know what you’ve been seeing, and I know what the streets been talking about.”

She continued, Marriages have ebbs and flows, marriage isn’t easy. And don’t ask me about mine until you see this gone, she added, gesturing to her wedding ring. And it ain’t going anywhere, not in this lifetime.

As previously reported, Williams revealed in January that that she decided to delay her return to her show due to a fractured shoulder and, “complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment.”

Since then, the show has been airing repeats, as well as original episodes with a variety of guest hosts.

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Posted On 04 Mar 2019

Wendy Williams addresses martial issues during long-awaited return to television: “I’m still wearing my ring”

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ABC(NEW YORK) — Wendy Williams made her official return back to television on Monday, and not surprisingly, had plenty to say about her hiatus.

After a standing ovation from the audience, Williams said she was “doing better now,” and went on to explain why she needed to extend her two week Christmas vacation after she “started to feel thyroid issues.”

“I’m the kind of patient, if I cough, I’m thinking, I’m dying … I can’t even tell you how many doctors I have,” she joked. “And I’m happy to tell you that I am doing swell.”

During her speech she also apologized to her Wendy viewers. “I’m sorry it took me 40, almost 50 days,” she said. “I’m sorry … but I have to say it’s not going to happen anymore.”

It was during her Hot Topics segment that Williams finally seemed to address the rumors that her marriage to her husband Kevin Hunter was on the rocks because of his ongoing infidelity and abuse.

“I want to shout-out to my husband. I’m still wearing my ring,” she said. “Believe me you, when you’ve been with somebody for twenty-eight years, married for twenty-five years… We know each other. He’s my best friend, he’s my lover. He’s all this and he’s all that. I know what you’ve been seeing, and I know what the streets been talking about.”

She continued, Marriages have ebbs and flows, marriage isn’t easy. And don’t ask me about mine until you see this gone, she added, gesturing to her wedding ring. And it ain’t going anywhere, not in this lifetime.

As previously reported, Williams revealed in January that that she decided to delay her return to her show due to a fractured shoulder and, “complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment.”

Since then, the show has been airing repeats, as well as original episodes with a variety of guest hosts.

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Posted On 04 Mar 2019

UK government pledges ‘action’ after two teenagers stabbed to death in one weekend

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Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) — The U.K. government has said it is “taking action on many fronts” to tackle knife crime after two teenagers were stabbed to death in separate incidents in England this weekend.

Yousef Ghaleb Makki, 17, was violently killed in the village of Hale Barns, near Manchester, England, on Saturday evening, the Metropolitan Police confirmed to ABC News.

This attack followed the death of another teenager, 17-year-old musician Jodie Chesney, in London on Friday night. Chesney was stabbed in the back while playing music in a park in East London with friends, the Metropolitan Police told ABC News.

The government minister in charge of policing, Sajid Javid, said on Twitter that the “senseless violence” had to stop as the U.K. struggles to get to grips with youth knife crime.

“Young people are being murdered across the count[r]y & it can’t go on,” he posted. “We’re taking action on many fronts & I’ll be meeting police chiefs this week to hear what more can be done. Vital we unite to stop this senseless violence.”

A documentary airing in the U.K. on Monday night will claim that knife crimes committed by under-18s have risen by 77 percent in the last two years, according to the Guardian.

Eva Hamilton, founder and chief executive of Key4Life, an organization involved in rehabilitating young gang members, told ABC News the reasons why knife attacks are increasing in the U.K. are complex.

One of those reasons, she suggested, was tied in with ideas of masculinity.

“I think the issue is giving young men a sense of belonging at an early age,” Hamilton said.

The rising knife crime rate in the U.K. has become an intense topic of national debate in recent months. According to the latest government figures in 2018, there were 285 “knife and sharp instrument” homicides in the year ending March 2018 — the highest since records began in 1946.

London has been at the heart of much of the attention on the increase in knife crime in the U.K. The increase drew headlines in February 2018, a month in which London had a higher murder rate than the city of New York, according to the BBC.

The opposition Labour Party has repeatedly criticized the government for funding cuts to the police even as the number of killings reached 132 in London in 2018, according to BBC figures, which was the capital’s deadliest year in nearly a decade.

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday there was no link between police cuts and knife crime, according to the Guardian.

Javid will be meeting police chiefs later this week to “hear what more can be done,” he announced on Twitter.

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Posted On 04 Mar 2019

Egyptian photojournalist released after 5 years in prison

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KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO, Egypt) — Well-known photojournalist Mohamed Abu Zeid was released from prison in Egypt on Monday after more than five years of detention. Abu Zeid, widely known under the name Shawkan, was arrested in August 2013 while taking pictures of the forceful dispersal of a sit-in protest by supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.

Along with hundreds of others, Shawkan faced charges that included vandalism and belonging to an outlawed group. He remained in pre-trial detention for five years, until he was sentenced to five years in prison last September.

“We are relieved to hear that Shawkan is finally free after spending over five years in jail and call on authorities to end their shameful treatment of this photojournalist by removing any conditions to his release,” the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, Sherif Mansour, said.

ABC News was unable to reach Shawkan for comment.

Shawkan’s release is conditioned on probation that would require him to spend the hours of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day at a police station for the next five years. His lawyers plan to appeal for the probation to be lifted, according to CPJ.

Photos shared on Twitter following his release show Shawkan smiling at his family home in Giza.

In one photo he poses with his now-famous gesture of mimicking holding a camera in his empty hands, in reference to a photo of him that went viral, where he stood behind bars pretending to take pictures.

Shawkan is a recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize.

The government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has been accused of cracking down on journalists and barring freedom of speech.

There are more than 30 Egyptian journalists detained in the country, according to a January report by Reporters Without Borders, a NGO that advocates on issues relating to freedom of information and freedom of the press.

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Posted On 04 Mar 2019