Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence agree to $105 million deal

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images(DALLAS) —  The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a five-year extension with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

The deal will be worth $105 million dollars, with $65 million guaranteed, a source tells ESPN.

The $65 million guaranteed will be the fourth most given to a defensive player in NFL history, behind Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald and Von Miller.

Lawrence played on the franchise tag last season, with the team hoping he could repeat his Pro-Bowl level play in 2017. 

He finished with 10.5 sacks and was named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year, even though he played the year with a torn labrum.

The 26-year old became the first Cowboy to post double-digit sacks in consecutive seasons since DeMarcus Ware in 2011-2012.

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Posted On 05 Apr 2019

“This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz to sing at Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards

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Maarten de Boer/NBC(LAS VEGAS) — This Is Us star Chrissy Metz will take the stage with country stars Carrie Underwood, Maddie & Tae, Lauren Alaina and Mickey Guyton at Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

 

Although the actress has shown off her pipes as Kate Pearson on the top-rated NBC drama, she’ll be making her live TV singing debut opposite the country stars, performing the song “I’m Standing With You,” from her new movie Breakthrough.

 

In the film, which is based on a true story, Metz plays a mother whose faith is never shaken, even after her young son falls through ice.  He makes a miraculous recovery long after others lose hope.

 

The artists who will accompany Chrissy during the performance are all featured on Breakthrough‘s soundtrack as well. 

The ACM Awards, hosted by country legend Reba McEntire, air live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

This Is Us airs Tuesday night on NBC.

Posted On 05 Apr 2019

Fisher-Price issues warning about Rock ‘N Play sleeper after 10 infants die

CPSC(NEW YORK) — Parents who put their infants to sleep in the Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play inclined sleeper are being warned about the product after 10 children have died in it since 2015.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued recommendations on Friday telling parents to stop using the product after their child as soon as they “exhibit rollover capabilities” or once they turn 3 months old, the age at which they begin to exhibit these capabilities.

The 10 infant deaths occurred after the infants rolled from their backs onto their stomachs or sides, according to a press release, and each was 3 months old or older.

“Fisher-Price warns consumers to stop using the product when infants can roll over, but the reported deaths show that some consumers are still using the product when infants are capable of rolling and without using the three point harness restraint,” the press release said.

“CPSC and Fisher-Price remind consumers to create a safe sleep environment for infants, whether using a crib, bassinet, play yard, or inclined sleeper,” the press release continued. “Never add blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, or other items to the environment and always place infants to sleep on their backs.”

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Send in the clones: CinemaCon gets first look at Will Smith’s younger self in ‘Gemini Man’

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LAS VEGAS) — Will Smith plays his own worst enemy – literally – in the upcoming new film, Gemini Man.

Variety reports attendees at CinemaCon, a movie theater industry trade show in Las Vegas, got their first look at the Ang Lee-directed film. Smith plays a down-and-out hitman who faces off against a younger, cloned version of himself.

The film relies on complex visual effects to create the younger clone.

“I’m 50 years old now, and I don’t know that I would have had the experience to play a 23-year-old me [earlier in my career],” Smith said in a pre-taped message at the event.

According to Variety, the rough-cut trailer didn’t reveal much of the plot, but the CGI effects impressed the crowd, making Smith’s younger clone look exactly how he did back in his Fresh Prince of Bel-Airdays.

Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong co-star in the film.  A full trailer is expected this summer; the film is set to hit theaters in October.

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UC Davis Medical Center warns 200 people of possible measles exposure

iStock/Hailshadow(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) —  A California hospital sent a warning to 200 people who may have been exposed to measles in the waiting room of its emergency department.

A patient who was diagnosed with measles was treated at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California, on March 17, according to a statement from Dean A. Blumberg, the chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Blumberg said the hospital “took appropriate precautions in the areas the patient had visited” and that the patient was the only measles case the hospital had.

“In an abundance of caution, we’ve notified the 200 or so patients who we know may have been in the vicinity” of the patient, Blumberg said, adding that no other measles cases have emerged so far.

The letter warned the 200 people that they or a family member may have been exposed to measles while in the waiting room on March 17. It said they would “need to notify [their] primary health care provider(s) and [their] child’s provider(s) of this possible exposure to discuss [their] possible risk of infection, vaccination history, and other questions [they] may have.”

The patient diagnosed with measles was an unvaccinated child from Calaveras County, California, who developed the disease after returning from international travel, according to the Calaveras Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes measles as a disease that lives in the nose and throat and spread by coughing or sneezing. Measles can live in the air for two hours after someone with the disease coughs or sneezes. Outbreaks of the disease often begin when people become infected outside of the U.S. and then return but it is also easily spread in areas with people who haven’t received the MMR vaccine.

The disease generally appears seven to 14 days after someone is infected, according to the CDC, with symptoms including high fever, cough, runny nose, red and watery eyes and rash with red spots. The CDC recommends two doses of the MMR vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 months and then another dose between 4 to 6 years old. Adults who haven’t been vaccinated should also speak to their doctor about getting the MMR vaccine.

According to the CDC, there have been 387 measles cases confirmed across 15 U.S. states from Jan. 1 to March 28, 2019, surpassing the number of cases in the U.S. for all of 2018. According to the CDC, 387 cases is also the second highest number of measles cases to be confirmed in the U.S. since 2000, when the disease was considered eliminated.

The CDC has identified six ongoing measles outbreaks throughout the U.S., including in Washington, New York, and California.

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Kate Hudson reveals how new clothing line, Happy x Nature, was inspired by her own closet

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Want to dress like Kate Hudson and be environmentally conscious, too? You’re in luck.

The actress has just launched a ready-to-wear, eco-friendly clothing line called Happy x Nature (pr: Happy by Nature). All of the pieces were inspired her own bohemian aesthetic, with lots of denim, flowy dresses and soft tees and tanks.

Hudson, who also founded the athletic wear line Fabletics, says she collaborated with a designer and they did a deep dive into her entire fashion history, paparazzi pics and all.

“The brand DNA was really about my closet,” she says. “It has to feel authentic to me because it’s my line. And it was actually kind of odd for me because [the designer] brought in all these phases of my entire fashion life that I’d never seen…I was like, ‘This is crazy!’”

Not only did her personal style come in handy for inspo, so did her acting background.

“You go so deep on a character that we did the same thing with the clothes,” she says. “…The way we started was, she’s a California girl, she’s road tripping through the desert and everything for us is gonna be inspired by nature, which is why we called it Happy x Nature.” 

The line, which is affordably priced from $48 to $148, is available on happyxnature.com and in select New York & Company stores.

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Posted On 05 Apr 2019

Sports writer Rick Reilly says Trump cheats but doesn’t see it as cheating

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Leon Neal/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  Many U.S. presidents have enjoyed playing golf, but as acclaimed sports writer Rick Reilly puts it in his new book, “No president has been as up to his clavicles in golf as Donald Trump.”

“Trump doesn’t just play courses; he builds them, buys them, owns them, operates them, sues over them, lies about them, bullies with them, and brags about them,” Reilly writes in his new book, “Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump.”

Reilly said he played golf with Trump at one of his courses in preparation for a book Reilly published in 2004. As the pair spent the day together, Trump introduced Reilly as the publisher and owner of Sports Illustrated, despite the fact that he was neither, Reilly told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein on the Powerhouse Politics podcast. Reilly started his sports writing career in 1979 and wrote for Sports Illustrated from 1985 to 2007, according to his website. He is also a member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

And Trump is not the only president Reilly has played with. In 1995, he writes, he played with former President Bill Clinton.

“He cheated in a kind of a different way. He would take — they came to call them Billigans,” Reilly told Karl and Klein. “And Clinton carried 24 clubs in his bag which is also cheating.”

“But the difference is he wasn’t trying to win. He wasn’t trying to make you worse,” Reilly added.

Despite questioning the fairness of the president’s methods, Reilly does not believe that Trump is a bad golfer

“He is a good golfer, there’s no reason to lie,” said Reilly, who finds Trump’s reported 2.8 handicap questionable, to say the least.

“I thought he was a 9 or 10,” Reilly told Klein and Karl. “He ain’t no three … If he’s a three, then the Queen is a pole vaulter. Cause there’s no way.”

Reilly’s book alleges all manner of cheating, from fudging scorecards to kicking golf balls back onto the fairway. In fact, Reilly claims, the caddies at one golf club witnessed Trump kick the ball so much that they came up with a nickname for him: “Pele.”

I think Donald, in his heart of hearts, believes that you’re gonna cheat him, too. So if it’s the same, if everybody’s cheating, he doesn’t see it as really cheating,” Reilly writes.

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Two civilians killed in Somali airstrike, US military review finds

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Staff Sgt. Arielle Vasquez/U.S. Air Force(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. Africa Command (Africom) review of drone strikes in Somalia targeting al Shabaab militants has found that two civilians were killed last year, marking the first time that the U.S. military has acknowledged that civilian deaths have resulted from its airstrikes in the strategic country located on the Horn of Africa.

The review was prompted by a recent Amnesty International report that found 14 civilians were killed in five airstrikes in Somalia last year, but the two civilian deaths reported by Africom were not from the airstrikes investigated by Amnesty.

“During a commander-directed review of airstrikes conducted in Somalia since 2017, U.S. Africa Command learned an April 1, 2018 airstrike killed two civilians,” said an Africom statement.

“The commander, U.S. Africa Command directed the review due to a recent increase in airstrikes and continued interest by Amnesty International and Congress on civilian casualties,” the statement continued.

The two civilians killed in the airstrike were a woman and a child said a U.S. official.

The United States has been conducting drone strikes in Somalia since 2011, but the pace has increased significantly in recent years partly due to the authorization of offensive airstrike against al Shabaab that was approved by President Trump in March, 2017. Previously only “self-defense” airstrikes could be used if U.S. military advisers and the Somali troops they were working came under attack by al-Shabaab forces.

So far this year there have been 28 airstrikes in Somalia, a pace that would overtake the previous high of 47 in 2018.

“Credibility, transparency, and accountability are fundamental to military operations,” said U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, the commander of U.S. Africa Command. “It is critically important that people understand we adhere to exacting standards and when we fall short, we acknowledge shortcomings and take appropriate action.”

The review found that two civilians were killed in the April 1, 2018 airstrike near El Burr, Somalia that killed four al Shabaab militants. The initial assessment of that airstrike also found “credible evidence” that two civilians were killed, but Africom said that finding “was not properly reported to U.S. Africa Command headquarters.”

“Because of the reporting error, U.S. Africa Command was not informed of the assessment’s conclusion-and subsequently the information was not reported to external authorities, such as the host nation and Congress,” said the statement. Nor was it included in Africom’s press release about the airstrike that was issued on April 2, 2018.

Africom said that it believed the reporting error was “an isolated occurrence” and is being addressed.

Gen. Waldhauser ordered the review after Amnesty International issued a report entitled “The Hidden US War in Somalia” that was the culmination of a nine-month investigation of five U.S. airstrikes. Amnesty International said its investigation found that the airstrikes had resulted in 14 civilian deaths and injuries to eight others.

“AFRICOM’s acknowledgment of civilian casualties is an important step forward from their previous denials of any civilian deaths or injuries from US air strikes in Somalia,” said Daphne Eviatar, the director of Security With Human Rights at Amnesty International.

“But this is only a first step. We still need new investigation procedures and all cases of civilian casualties we have documented re-investigated,” she said.

Africom is continuing to review previous airstrike casualty assessments said a spokesperson for the military command.

“Airstrike assessments are a critical and continuous component of operations,” said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Gregg Olson, U.S. Africa Command director of operations. “Trust and credibility are central to our operations. If an innocent loss of life occurs, we are committed to being transparent and learning from this regrettable incident to prevent future occurrences.”

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Watch Now: Hanna B. is in control as the latest ‘Bachelorette’

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ABC/Josh Vertucci(LOS ANGELES) — A new Bachelorette promo features Hannah Brown in all her glory, saying, “Don’t tell me what to do!”

The clip aired Friday morning on GMA and features the 2018 Miss Alabama USA in a jumpsuit, stripping off her beauty queen sash and crown, as empowering music plays.

Brown, 24, was announced last month as the new Bachelorette.  She competed on the most recent season of The Bachelor but was sent home by Colton Underwood in week seven.

On the “Women Tell All” episode of The Bachelor, Brown spoke about her split with Underwood and where they are now.  “I don’t understand it and it made me mad. But I think that you had every right to do this the way that you feel was necessary,” she told him.

As for her own approach to being The Bachelorette, Hanna told ABC’s Abbie Boudreau, “I think love is supposed to be fun. So I want to have fun and go on adventures.” 

Now it’s her turn to have her pick.

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Jussie Smollett lawyer: Chicago’s threat to sue actor for reimbursement is “unconstitutional”

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(CHICAGO) — On Thursday, the city Chicago threatened to file a civil lawsuit to force Jussie Smollett to repay the money police spent investigating his alleged attack.  Now, the Empire actor’s lawyer is calling the threat “unconstitutional.”

 

In a letter to the City of Chicago Department of Law obtained by ABC News,, Smollett’s attorney Mark Geragos writes, “Your unprecedented attempt to file a civil lawsuit against Mr. Smollett charging him…for ‘repayment of investigation costs’ is unconstitutional.”

He adds, “Your letter constitutes part of a course of conduct intended to harass and irreparably injure Mr. Smollett…[he] will not be intimated into paying the demanded sum.” 

That sum, by the way, is $130,000.

Noting that all criminal charges against the actor have been dismissed and the record sealed, the letter notes, “Your claim that Mr. Smollett filed a false police report and orchestrated his own attack is false and defamatory.”

“Any further prosecution of Mr. Smollett for making allegedly false statements about the January 29, 2019 attack would violate the federal and state ban against double jeopardy,” Geragos concludes.

Smollett claimed he was attacked by two men who beat him and put a noose around his neck while shouting racist epithets.  Police said they had evidence that Smollett himself staged the attack, but prosecutors dropped the charges in exchange for Smollett forfeiting 10% of his bond and repaying the $130,000.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for the City of Chicago Department of Law, said in a statement, “Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019.”

The statement added, “The Law Department will file the suit in the near future…[and] will pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance.”

21st Century Fox – which produces Empire – is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.

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Posted On 05 Apr 2019