Trump and UK Prime Minister May talk Iran, Brexit, trade at joint news conference

WORLD NEWS Trump and UK Prime Minister May talk Iran, Brexit, trade at joint news conference

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) — U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the importance of the U.S.- U.K. “special relationship” in dealing with Iran, but noted “we stand by the nuclear deal” at a joint news conference on Tuesday with President Donald Trump.

“We can also differ sometimes on how to confront the challenges we face,” May said as both leaders noted the importance of their alliance as the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion approached.

“I’ve always talked openly with you, Donald, when we have taken a different approach and you’ve done the same with me,” May said to Trump, also highlighting their differences on dealing with climate change on the second day of his visit.

Trump, who withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal a year ago, said the two nations must keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. “I believe that will happen,” said Trump.

 The president also was optimistic about a trade deal between the two countries in the wake of Brexit, which he said “should happen.”

“We’re going to have a great and comprehensive trade deal,” the president said. Responding to reports that the U.S. wants private American companies to compete with the U.K.’s National Health Service, Trump said, “Look, I think everything with a trade deal is on the table. When you’re dealing on trade everything is on the table. So NHS or anything else. A lot more than that. But everything will be on the table, absolutely.”

May quickly jumped in to say the U.K. would negotiate a trade deal only in the nation’s best interest.

May pointedly noted that she had declined Trump’s advice to sue over Brexit and still had gotten a good result, although her failure to secure a deal with the European Union has led to her being forced out as prime minister. She leaves office on Friday.

“I would have sued and settled,” Trump responded. “She’s probably a better negotiator than I am,” he continued. “I think you deserve a lot of credit,” he said, in contrast to his earlier harsh criticism of how May had handled the issue. He called her “tremendous” as both leaders repeatedly complimented each other in a friendly exchange despite their differences.

 Delving into U.K. domestic politics when asked about his reported phone call with Boris Johnson, a possible successor to May as prime minister, Trump said, “I know Boris, I’ve liked him for a long time, I think he’d do a good job. “

Trump said he hadn’t seen much in the way of protests, including one featuring a giant “Trump baby” balloon. One was led by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, whom Trump said he had turned down when he requested a meeting. Trump said he had seen only a “small” protest,” calling news reports about large protests”fake news.”

He also called London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, with whom he has a running feud, “a negative force, not a positive force” who “hurts the people of this great country.”

 Later Tuesday, at Winfield House, the U.S. ambassador’s residence, Nigel Farage, the leader of the newly formed Brexit Party and one of the chief advocates for Britain leaving the European Union, arrived to meet with Trump.

Before Trump arrived in the U.K., he gave an interview to The Times in which he said Farage should be sent in to negotiate a no deal Brexit.

Farage tweeted later, “Good meeting with President Trump – he really believes in Brexit and is loving his trip to London.”

 On Trump’s threatened tariffs on Mexico, the president pushed back on reports congressional Republicans might try to block them.

“I think, if they do, it’s foolish, Trump said. “Mexico should step up and stop this invasion of our country,” he added, saying he would carry out his threat to impose the tariffs beginning next Monday, June 10.

Trump also said the U.S. and U.K. would continue to share intelligence despite their differences over how to treat the Chinese tech company Huawei, which the U.S. views as a spying threat.

The two leaders came from a meeting earlier at 10 Downing Street where they continued discussions about a post-Brexit trade deal.

First lady Melania Trump looked on from the first row and other Trump family members, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Eric and Lara Trump and Tiffany Trump watched from the second row.

May is set to step down as her party’s leader at the end of this week, and earlier Tuesday President Trump joked about the timing of her departure saying she should “stick around” to make a U.S.-U.K. bilateral trade deal.

“I don’t know exactly what your timing is but stick around let’s do this deal,” Trump said to the outgoing prime minister — seemingly in jest — in remarks before cameras at the beginning of a roundtable with U.S. and U.K. businesses.

The second day of Trump’s state visit was being filled with more official business than ceremony, with his meeting with May and business leaders to discuss trade and other matters.

The president’s visit comes at a particularly awkward moment for May, who announced her resignation last Friday and is set to officially step down as the Conservative Party leader on June 7, just a few days after the president’s visit.

The day began with business. President Trump attended a business breakfast meeting at St. James’s Palace co-hosted by May that brought together major U.S. and U.K. business leaders.

The president expressed confidence that the two allies will ultimately reach a “substantial” and “fair” trade deal.

“I think we’ll have a very very substantial trade deal, it will be a very fair deal,” Trump said. “This is something my folks want to do, your folks want to do, and we’ll get it done.”

In the meeting with U.S. and U.K. businesses, the president praised the strong trade relationship that already exists between the two countries and predicted that there is a “great opportunity to tremendously expand that relationship.”

Trump also praised what he said has been an “outstanding” relationship with May, saying he “very much appreciate[s] the relationship we’ve had.”

Yet, the persistent uncertainty around Brexit loomed at the breakfast. While the president has expressed his hopes for negotiating a bilateral trade agreement with the U.K., the president’s National Security Adviser John Bolton said the U.S. is waiting for the U.K.’s planned exit from the EU to occur first.

“President Trump remains very eager to cut a bilateral trade deal with an independent Britain. It’s what the people voted for in 2016, and when they get out, whether it’s now, April 12 or later, we’ll be standing right there waiting for them,” Bolton said in a recent interview with Reuters.

In the evening, the president and first lady reciprocated the hospitality of their British hosts with a dinner hosted at Winfield House, located in Regency Park. Prince Charles and Camilla attended the dinner in the queen’s place, according to the palace. The president and first lady were formally dressed, the president in a black tie and first lady in a bright red cape-style gown.

The Trumps greeted Prince Charles and the duchess with a smile and handshakes when their car approached and the two couples posed for photos before the cameras. The president appeared to make a little small talk with the prince as they posed.

The president and first lady entertained guests at separate tables with white roses and candles. The president was seated between the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister May, while the first lady was seated next to the Duchess of Cornwall and Mr. May. Guests including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and former Prime Minister Tony Blair dined on a menu that included “heritage tomatoes with fresh burrata,” “grilled fillet of beef,” and summer berries with ice cream.

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Posted On 04 Jun 2019

Shaken and stirred: Crew member suffers “minor injury” after explosion mishap on set of ‘Bond 25’

Entertainment News  Shaken and stirred: Crew member suffers "minor injury" after explosion mishap on set of 'Bond 25'


© Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions(LONDON) — Weeks after James Bond star Daniel Craig injured his ankle on the Jamaica set of Bond 25, there’s now been an explosives mishap.

Production of Bond 25 had relocated to Britain’s Pinewood Studios, and according to the spy film’s official Twitter feed, the accident occurred Tuesday “during the filming of a controlled explosion.”

“[D]amage was caused to the exterior of the 007 Stage,” the tweet explained, noting that while “There were no injuries on set…one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury.”

As reported last month, Craig’s ankle injury was described as not serious, but it required “minor surgery.”

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Posted On 04 Jun 2019

New ‘Umbrella Academy’ comic debuts; production for season two of Netflix series underway

Entertainment News  New 'Umbrella Academy' comic debuts; production for season two of Netflix series underway


Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Musician and comic creator Gerard Way has announced a new issue of his Umbrella Academy comic books, which inspired the Netflix series of the same name.

The new book will be the seventh and final chapter of the Hotel Oblivion series, the third volume in the ongoing Umbrella Academy story. It’ll be released on June 12.

Meanwhile, it appears that production has begun on the second season of the Netflix adaptation, which was officially renewed in April. Actor Aidan Gallagher, who plays the character Number Five on the show, wrote in a recent Instagram post that “Season two starts now!”

Additionally, the Umbrella Academy Instagram posted a new set photo featuring stars Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Robert Sheehan, who play the characters Luther, Diego, Allison and Klaus, respectively.

The Umbrella Academy follows a dysfunctional family of super-heroes who much band together to stop the apocalypse. Way’s comic books first debuted in 2007, while the first season of the Netflix series premiered this past February.

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FDA tests highlight rising concerns about potentially harmful chemicals in food

iStock/Lisovskaya(WASHINGTON) —  Government tests have found high levels of potentially harmful chemicals used in nonstick surfaces and firefighting foams in foods that are produced near contaminated sites, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The latest research, presented at a conference in Helsinki and circulated among advocacy groups, highlights the growing concerns by the government and American consumers about the substances found in groundwater and soil around the country.

The FDA said the study isn’t cause for alarm, but confirmed that food grown near sites contaminated with “PFAS” chemicals, such as airports, military bases and manufacturing facilities, should continue to be monitored because the chemicals can leach into the food through soil or water.

“While FDA testing to date has shown that very few foods contain detectable levels of PFAS, due to potential health concerns related to these chemicals, the FDA is working to better understand the potential dietary exposure to PFAS,” the agency said in a statement released Tuesday.

PFAS chemicals are often referred to as “forever chemicals” because they last a long time in the environment and research in recent years has raised alarms about the potential health impacts. The government is still working on how to respond to the chemicals that have made their way into drinking water, groundwater, and the blood of most Americans.

There are no specific regulations around the amount of PFAS allowed in food, but current guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency say amounts above 70 parts per trillion could pose a risk for human health. Research has connected some types of the chemicals to hormone problems, thyroid disease, and some cancers.

The recent FDA study examined dairy and produce, particularly milk and leafy greens, developed near sites known to be contaminated by PFAS and found several cases in which the chemicals were detected. In one case, milk from a dairy farm near Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico was discarded because the levels of PFAS were so high.

A sample of chocolate cake from a grocery store also found high levels of the chemicals, although the FDA presentation did not identify a potential source of the chemicals. Advocacy groups say it could have come from grease proof paper.

The study results, obtained by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Environmental Working Group, were first reported by the Associated Press.

 EPA has announced an action plan to look into stricter regulations on the amount in drinking water and cleanup standards for groundwater. The agency has also pushed for more research on PFAS after reports that the cows near Cannon Air Force Base had been exposed to the chemicals.

In response, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler called for more research on the level of these chemicals in the food supply, according to a memo from last month obtained by ABC News.

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Serena Williams becomes first athlete in Forbes’ World’s Richest Self-Made Women

Sports News Serena Williams becomes first athlete in Forbes' World's Richest Self-Made Women

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — It’s safe to say that Serena Williams is a major success both on and off the court.

The tennis star, fashion mogul and fierce mama made Forbes’ list of the World’s Richest Self-Made Women this month.

What’s more, Williams is the first athlete to ever be included on that list.

Forbes estimates Williams’ wealth to be $225 million, which the magazine reports she earned mostly off the court. In the past five years, she’s invested in 34 start-ups, with 60% of Williams’ investments going to companies led by women or people of color.

“What better way to preach that message?” Williams said to Forbes, referring to her investment portfolio.

In April, the tennis pro also launched her own brand, Serena Ventures, which helps to fund other start-ups and launch her own companies.

“I want to be a part of it,” Williams told Forbes. “I want to be in the infrastructure. I want to be the brand, instead of just being the face.”

Williams echoed similar sentiments on Tuesday in a new Instagram post showing off her Forbes Special Issue cover.

“Be the brand,” she wrote. “Starting @Serena and @Serena.Ventures are just a few steps. Honored to be the first athlete on @Forbes #SelfMadeWomen list.”

In addition to her recently launched fashion line, Serena, Williams is taking on the jewelry market as well. She plans to launch an S by Serena jewelry line this year and a line of beauty products in 2020.

As far as tennis, Williams told Forbes she’s she still focused and feels she has two or three more years left in the game.

“I am in no rush to get out of this sport,” she said.

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Posted On 04 Jun 2019

“‘Jeopardy!’ James” Holzhauer’s defeat earned quiz show’s highest-ratings in 14 years

Entertainment News  "'Jeopardy!' James" Holzhauer's defeat earned quiz show's highest-ratings in 14 years


Jeopardy! Productions(LOS ANGELES) — When professional gambler James Holzhauer’s 32-game winning streak came to an end last night on Jeopardy!, he logged one final win for the quiz show…in the ratings department.

Citing Nielsen data, Deadline reports that the episode of the show — in which Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher stopped Holzhauer from surpassing Ken Jennings’ all-time winnings record — was the highest-rated Jeopardy! installment in 14 years.

Despite the fact that the climax of the episode leaked online before the show aired, Jeopardy! out-drew Monday night’s second-highest primetime broadcast, ABC’s The Bachelorette, by 153%.

Holzhauer’s entire 33-day run — in which he earned more than $2.4 million — led Jeopardy! to become the #1 show of the night for 29 of those 33 days, according to Deadline.

For the record, Ken Jennings earned a show-best $2,522,700 — but it took him 74 days to do so.  

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“Is that it?!” ‘Rocketman’ producer Matthew Vaughn talks those ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ box office comparisons

Entertainment News  "Is that it?!" 'Rocketman' producer Matthew Vaughn talks those 'Bohemian Rhapsody' box office comparisons


Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) — The Elton John biopic Rocketman is enjoying critical and commercial success, scoring good reviews and opening in third place in U.S. theaters.  While its $25 million opening was very respectable for an R-rated film, it was still far short of November’s $51 million debut of Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic of another ’70’s icon: Freddy Mercury of Queen.

But according to Rocketman‘s co-producer, the comparisons aren’t fair.

Matthew Vaughn explained to ABC Radio, “We made this before Bohemian came out. If someone said to me as we’re making this film, ‘You could do 200 million [dollars] worldwide, I would have said, ‘Take it. Bank it. Amazing.’ If we do 500 million worldwide, if someone said that to me, I would have said, ‘That’s a straight jacket over there. I’m just gonna go and put it on you…'”

He joked, “Now if we did 500 million, people are gonna go: ‘Is that it?! You only did 500! Bohemian did 900!'”

Vaughn explained, “We are R-rated: That might…hurt a bit,” adding, “But at least I think we got our own identity…You know, if we did even 300 [million] worldwide I’d be over the moon.”

Incidentally, after Bohemian director Bryan Singer was dismissed by the studio, the movie was finished by director Dexter Fletcher, who called the shots on Rocketman. The two films are very different, however: Bohemian is more of a straight biopic, while Rocketman tells Elton’s story via visual flights of fancy.

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Posted On 04 Jun 2019

Father calls for U.S. probe of daughter, son-in-law’s mysterious deaths in Fiji

WORLD NEWS Father calls for U.S. probe of daughter, son-in-law's mysterious deaths in Fiji

ABC News(LAS VEGAS) — The father of a Texas woman who died along with her husband from a mysterious illness while on a dream vacation in Fiji says he wants the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct an independent investigation of the deaths to determine if his loved ones perished from an infectious disease.

Michelle and David Paul died last month just days after arriving in Fiji and being afflicted with an illness that caused them to experience vomiting, diarrhea, extreme weakness and eventually led to their demise, Michelle Paul’s father, Mark Calanag of Las Vegas, told ABC News.

Calanag said he has been in contact with the U.S. Embassy in Fiji and learned the autopsies on his daughter and son-in-law have been completed, but he has yet to be informed of the results.

The Fiji Department of Health has agreed to send specimens from the autopsies to the CDC headquarters in Atlanta to analyze, he said.

“I gave them instruction not to do any cremation until I’m satisfied … because I would like the whole world to know if they died of infectious diseases,” Calanag told ABC News. “The CDC can confirm that and tell Americans and other people that these are the issues you’re going to face if you have to travel to Fiji. Be aware.”

He said his daughter and son-in-law were perfectly healthy when they dropped off their 2-year-old son with Calanag and his wife before embarking on their overseas journey.

Calanag said his daughter was a “world traveler,” and wanted to take her husband to Fiji because he hadn’t traveled much.

“They are much in love and they just bought a house in Fort Worth. And they were enjoying it and this tragic thing happened,” Calanag said.

A State Department official confirmed the couple’s deaths in a statement to ABC News on Monday, but could not offer details about how the trip had turned deadly. The department said it is monitoring the on-going local investigation.

A CDC spokeswoman told ABC News on Monday that the agency is helping investigate the deaths.

“Our condolences go out to the family – this is a tragic loss. The Ministry of Health in Fiji has requested CDC assistance and we are working with the government to investigate,” said Kristen Nordlund, a CDC spokeswoman.

Five people who came in contact with Michelle and David Paul in Fiji have been admitted to Nadi Hospital in Nadi, Fiji, for observation, the Fiji Sun newspaper reported on Tuesday. Those under medical observation are two security guards, two medical staffers and a police officer who have shown similar symptoms that the American couple experienced, the Sun reported.

Another ten workers at the property in Fiji’s Denarau Island where Michelle and David Paul were staying, including a duty manager, porters and housekeepers, have been placed on paid leave, the Sun reported, citing an unnamed source. ABC News has yet to confirm the report.

Calanag said Michelle and David Paul traveled to San Francisco on May 19 and spent one night there before going to Los Angeles the following day to catch their flight to Fiji. He said he believes the couple reached the South Pacific archipelago of more than 300 islands on May 21.

He said that soon after they arrived in Fiji, his daughter sent him a message via WhatsApp, complaining of contracting a violent illness.

“They were experiencing vomiting, both of them, and diarrhea,” Calanag said. “And then the last text I got from my daughter was that her hands were numb.”

He said the numbness in his daughter’s hands, according to doctors he has spoken to, suggests that she was severely dehydrated.

He said his brother, who is an Army doctor, reached the couple by phone to find out more information about their health.

Calanag said his daughter died on May 25, and that his son-in-law perished a soon after.

He said he was able to speak to his son-in-law by phone but never got a chance to speak with his daughter before she died.

He said his David Paul was in a separate hospital from his wife. He said his son-in-law was released after being examined and went back to his hotel.

“Then, later on, I don’t know how much time, he was back in the hospital and from there on it became more serious,” Calanag said.

He said doctors had been planning to evacuate him to a medical facility in Australia, but were concerned that he was too weak to make the nearly 3,000-mile trip.

“His condition deteriorated very fast,” Calanag said.

He said the U.S. Embassy in Fiji told him that they will send him the death certificates and autopsy reports on the couple as soon as they receive them.

Calanag said he was also told that in order to fly the bodies back to the United States, his daughter and son-in-laws’ remains would have be shipped in hermetically sealed containers because of the possibility they died from an infectious disease.

“I assume on the death certificates the reason they died is there, but I’m not confident of getting the information only from Fiji,” Calanag said. “I’d really like to have the U.S., especially the CDC to confirm it because they are the experts.”

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Posted On 04 Jun 2019

A movie based on the Magic 8 Ball? All signs point to yes

Entertainment News  A movie based on the Magic 8 Ball? All signs point to yes


Mattel(NEW YORK) — There was a time when people thought you couldn’t turn LEGO into a hit franchise. But now that those toys and The Transformers made billions at the box office, why shouldn’t the Magic 8 Ball have its shot on the big screen?

Mattel Films has just signed with Blumhouse, the horror studio that brought you the Oscar-winning movie Get Out to theaters, to make a movie centered on the mysterious, question-answering plaything.

Jeff Wadlow, who called the shots on Kick-Ass 2 and Truth or Dare, is directing and co-writing.

In a statement, Robbie Brenner of Mattel Films said, “Since the 1950s, Magic 8 Ball has inspired imagination, suspense and intrigue across generations. This iconic toy has a built-in connection with fans and untapped potential for storytelling.”

He added, “There are no partners better suited to tell the Magic 8 Ball story…than Jeff Wadlow and Blumhouse Productions, whose unique approach to the thriller genre has captivated audiences worldwide and has gained widespread accolades.”

As for what the movie’s box office fate will be, as the ball might say: “Ask again later.” After all, for every Bumblebee, there’s a Bratz: The Movie.

Mattel Films is also developing movies based on its ViewMaster toys, as well as its classic Masters of the Universe and American Girl lines.

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Posted On 04 Jun 2019

Jesse Williams to make his Broadway debut in revival of Tony Award-winning show ‘Take Me Out’

Entertainment News  Jesse Williams to make his Broadway debut in revival of Tony Award-winning show 'Take Me Out'


ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) — Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams will officially make his Broadway debut in 2020.

According to, Williams been cast in the upcoming revival of Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out.

The play, which originally ran on Broadway in 2003, follows a mixed-race baseball player, Darren Lemming, who comes out as gay, and then faces backlash from his homophobic team members.

Williams will star as Lemming in the production. Although the play will be his first official Broadway gig, Williams has been featured in revival productions of two off-Broadway shows.

Interestingly, earlier this year, it was rumored that Jussie Smollett had read for the role the role of Lemming, but following his attack scandal, he was taken out of contention.

This is the latest project for Williams, who currently who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey‘s Anatomy. The actor has also appeared in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and The Cabin in the Woods.

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Posted On 04 Jun 2019