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“Despacito” dominates “Billboard” Hot 100 chart for 11th week

Universal Music Latino / Raymond Braun / SchoolBoy / Def Jam / UMLE / Republic Records“Despacito” is still going strong. The Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit, featuring Justin Bieber, is number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for an 11th week.

The song becomes part of a small group of just 23 songs that have topped the chart for at least 11 weeks, and is the second-longest-leading single since Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” reigned for 12 weeks from January through April.

“Despacito” also topped the Digital Song Sales chart for a 12th week, with 118,000 downloads sold in the week ending July 20. It has sold more than 100,000 downloads in each of the last 11 weeks, making it the longest streak of 100,000+ downloads since Adele’s “Hello.”

Elsewhere on the Hot 100 chart, DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, comes in at number two, and Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” rises to number three.  

Charlie Puth’s “Attention” cracks the top 10, making it Charlie’s third top-10 single. 

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Justin Bieber cancels rest of Purpose World Tour “due to unforeseen circumstances”

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber is scrapping the rest of his Purpose World Tour dates.

The singer’s rep confirms in a statement, “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts.”

The statement goes on to say, “Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run.”

It continues, “However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.”

The tour kicked off March 9 in Seattle and had 15 shows left, including stadium dates in Texas, Colorado and New Jersey, and a handful of international stops in Japan, Singapore and the Philippines.

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Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez enjoy sweet birthday celebrations

Image Group LA/ABCIt was a weekend of birthday celebrations for both Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez.

Selena turned 25 on Saturday and celebrated with a low-key gathering with friends. She posted some photos on Instagram of her sitting on a kitchen counter in front of two mint-green frosted cakes with the candles lit. She’s surrounded by green and white balloons.

“Thank you for all of my bday love,” Selena wrote. “I couldn’t be more blessed. A lot of you don’t realize how much you mean to me. I. Love. You. –think 25 is going to be epic.”

Selena’s boyfriend, The Weeknd, missed the celebration Saturday because he was headlining Lollapalooza Paris. But he flew back to the U.S. to spend the day with Selena on Sunday. According to E! News, the two were spotted having a lunch date in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez turns 48 today. E! News reports her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, threw a surprise party for her in Miami on Saturday. They also celebrated Alex’s birthday — he turns 42 Thursday.

A-Rod posted a photo of the two all dressed up on Instagram, captioning it, “Happy Birthday to Us!!!”

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Laurence Fishburne cast in Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

ABC/Bob D’Amico(SAN DIEGO) — The Marvel Universe has tapped Laurence Fishburne for a supersized role in their upcoming superhero film.

At San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, Marvel announced Fishburne is joining the cast of Ant-Man and the Wasp as Dr. Bill Foster. Foster, also known as Black Goliath, is a brilliant scientist who has the ability to grow in size.

Incidentally, Fishburne is one of the rare actors to jump from the DC cinematic universe to Marvel’s — he starred as Daily Planet boss Perry White in Man of Steel, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The actor will work alongside Michael Douglas’ character of Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym, the originator of the size-shifting tech that Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang steals/inherits in 2015’s Ant-Man.

Also announced for the film was Michelle Pfeiffer, who will play Janet van Dyne, the superhero wife of Hank and the mother of Hope, played by Evangeline Lilly. In the comics version, Janet was noted as the original Wasp and the first wife of the original Ant-Man. She was also said to be the chairman of The Avengers.

As previously reported, rapper T.I. will be returning to the sequel as Dave, an associate of Paul Rudd’s reformed cat burglar-turned superhero, as will scene-stealer Michael Pena as the motor-mouthed Luis.

Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters July 2018, from Marvel Studios, which like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Paula Patton says her new ABC drama “Somewhere Between” is quite a “ride”

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — In the new ABC limited-run drama Somewhere Between, Paula Patton plays a journalist and mom whose young daughter is murdered. However, the grieving mother is given a second chance when she’s catapulted back in time seven days prior, giving her a chance to save her daughter’s life and solve the crime before it happens. 

Patton, the ex-wife of singer Ryan Thicke and the mother of their son Julian, says she didn’t know much about the project before she read it, but what was at stake for the character was an immediate hook. 

“That’s what’s great about this show is that…it starts with this idea of — just the highest stakes, which is your child, right? But then it goes on this ride that’s actually meant to be entertaining, meant to be fun. I mean there’s a murder mystery, there’s quite a bit of action. It’s an entertaining ride with this high stakes idea behind it.”

There are plenty of twists and turns along the way, Patton says. “She’s on this race, this race against time, to change her fate, her daughter’s fate. And then who she becomes because of that, you know? It’s that idea, when you’re back’s against the wall, what happens? Who do become? And she becomes quite a beast to contend with.”

Patton gives props to the writers, “They surprised me every time I read a new episode.” 

Somewhere Between debuts Monday night at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.


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Hilary Duff’s L.A. home burglarized while she and son vacationed in Canada

ABC Radio(NEW YORK) — Hilary Duff got quite a scare last week when she returned home from a vacation with her son and discovered that her Los Angeles home had been burglarized.

“This is a scary and upsetting situation for anyone to go through, but Hilary is thankful that her family, her staff, her home and her pets are all safe,” Duff’s rep tells Entertainment Tonight. “That said, she has a significant security team in place that will work with the authorities on this incident and handle security measures moving forward.”

The thief or thieves made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of jewelry, a source tells TMZ, which first broke the story.

The Younger star was vacationing in Canada with her five-year-old son, Luca, at the time of the robbery.

As of now there are no suspects, according to ET.

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Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman saves man with Heimlich maneuver

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — NFL linebacker Jerrell Freeman had no idea he was about to be a hero in an Austin, Texas airport just days before Chicago Bears training camp.

Eating in the airport on Sunday, Freeman spotted another man, Marcus Ryan, shoot up out of his chair at the Salt Lick Taco Bar.

It looked “like he had forgotten something,” Freeman told the Chicago Tribune, adding that Ryan seemed “frantic.”

Ryan was choking. An older woman approached Ryan and tried to perform the Heimlich maneuver, but was unsuccessful. Then Freeman stepped in.

I “tried to squeeze the life out of him” Freeman says. He pushed in, then up. Still choking, Freeman tried again. His second attempt was a success.

Once Ryan was no longer choking, the two posed for a photo, which Freeman later tweeted:

Freeman told the Chicago Tribune it was his first time performing the maneuver.

Afterwards, Ryan went back to finish his meal, and Freeman joked, “I guess that was some good brisket. You can’t get between a man and his brisket.”

Freeman was in the airport before reporting to Bears training camp on Wednesday. The former Indianapolis Colt is entering his sixth year in the NFL, and his second in Chicago.

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Clint Dempsey ties U.S. men’s goal-scoring record

Ben Soloman/ESPN Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Clint Dempsey reached another U.S. Soccer milestone right where it all began.

In his home state of Texas, with 27 family and friends in attendance, Dempsey delivered a goal in the 72nd minute in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal against Costa Rica on Saturday. The goal, No. 57 for his U.S. Men’s National Team career, tied Landon Donovan’s US national team goal-scoring record.

Afterwards, Dempsey said, “I couldn’t have pictured a better scenario, coming off the bench and getting a goal and assist, and helping the team get to the final. That’s a dream come true.”

The U.S. beat Costa Rica 2-0 to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. They will face Jamaica on Wednesday.

Dempsey’s storied career began in Texas, journeying through the MLS and English Premier League. However, his pursuit of Donovan’s record was stalled when he was diagnosed with a heart ailment in 2016, which nearly ended his career.

The Texas-native will continue playing as the US team pursues a spot in the 2018 World Cup. Should they qualify, it would mark Dempsey’s fourth career World Cup appearance.

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Jordan Spieth wins British Open for third major title

Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images(SOUTHPORT, England) — Another Major victory for American Jordan Spieth. The 23-year-old defeated countryman Matt Kuchar by three strokes, shooting a 12-under par to win the 146th British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Spieth said he had flashes of the 2016 Masters in his head when he started the front-nine with four bogeys, which put him and Kuchar neck-and-neck heading into the 13th hole of the day. On 13, Spieth hooked his tee shot to the right. The ball ended up being behind a hill that made it impossible to play, so Spieth decided to lose a stroke, and drop the ball in a place where he would be able to have a line of sight to the hole. Nearly a half hour later, Spieth mustered a bogey on the hole and fell behind Kuchar by a stroke.

Given the circumstances, a bogey seemed fortunate for Spieth, and it ended up being a huge momentum shift for him. From the 14th to the 17th holes, Spieth birdied, eagled, and birdied twice before tapping in a par on 18 for the victory.

Spieth is now just a P.G.A. Championship away from completing a career Grand Slam, a feat only accomplished by five other golfers: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Spieth is now the second male golfer to win three majors before his 24th birthday, joining Nicklaus, who won 18 majors.

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Last killer whale calf born at SeaWorld dies in San Antonio

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) — A 3-month-old killer whale calf named Kyara died in captivity at SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas on Monday, the park said in a statement.

Kyara was being treated for an infection, likely pneumonia, that SeaWorld’s veterinary and animal care staff was “aggressively treating,” according to the statement.

“Kyara had a tremendous impact on each of her care staff, not to mention all of the guests that had the chance to see her,” Julie, one of the park’s orca trainers, said in the statement. “From late nights to early morning, rain or shine, we dedicate our lives to these animals, and this loss will be felt throughout the entire SeaWorld family.”

Kyara was the last killer whale to be born in captivity at SeaWorld’s parks after the company announced it would end its breeding program last year.

According to the park, the whale’s illness was not caused by being in captivity.

The whale’s official cause of death has not yet been determined pending a full post-mortem examination.

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18-year-old arrested after allegedly livestreaming deadly car crash

Merced County Sheriff Office(STOCKTON, Calif.) — A California teenager is accused of driving under the influence and causing a deadly car crash while livestreaming on social media.

The driver, Obdulia Sanchez, 18, of Stockton, California, crashed on July 21 in Los Banos, California, about 80 miles southeast of San Jose, the California Highway Patrol said. The crash happened when the car went through a barbed wire fence and overturned in a field, ejecting the two passengers, the highway patrol said.

The passengers were both 14 years old and were not wearing seat belts; one was killed and the other suffered a major injury, the highway patrol said.

ABC-owned station KFSN-TV in Fresno reported that Sanchez was livestreaming video on Instagram when the crash occurred. Video before the crash shows her singing and dancing along to music as she drives.

In live video following the crash, Sanchez references the victim as her sister.

“I f—— killed my sister,” Sanchez says in the video, according to KFSN-TV. “I know I’m going to jail for life. … I don’t f—— care at all.”

Chuck Mosley, commander of the highway patrol in Los Banos, confirmed the authenticity of the video obtained by KFSN-TV and told ABC News, “We do know she was livestreaming via social media at the time of the collision.”

The highway patrol said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Sanchez was arrested and booked at the Merced County Jail, charged with DUI alcohol/drugs causing bodily injury and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She is being held on a $300,000 bond. It was not immediately clear if Sanchez had an attorney.

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CIA and FBI documents on investigation into Kennedy assassination are released — More than 3,800 records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy have been released this week by the National Archives.

Most of the documents were previously released with parts redacted, and 441 have never been released before. Of those that were previously redacted, some have now had the redactions removed.

Among the materials, which include CIA and FBI records, are transcripts and 17 recordings of interviews with Yuri Nosenko, a former KGB agent who defected in 1964 and claimed he was in charge of the KGB file on Lee Harvey Oswald when Oswald was in the Soviet Union.

The list of documents released Monday also includes some referring to the investigation into Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968, five years after President Kennedy was killed.

The National Archives has been working toward releasing documents related to Kennedy’s death since 1992 when a law was passed to preserve the approximately 5 million pages of records surrounding the investigation.

Most of the millions of pages have already been released or made available to the public. Those released today had previously been withheld in part or in full. Several more batches of records are to be released this fall.

The materials released Monday can be viewed on the National Archives website

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Cabinet votes to remove metal detectors from holy site in Jerusalem

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Israel will remove metal detectors at the entrance of a holy site in Jerusalem.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet made the decision, saying they would instead use less obtrusive surveillance at the Temple Mount, according to the BBC.

The metal detectors were installed after two Israeli policemen were killed on July 14 at the holy site. Authorities said they were needed because the attackers smuggled the weapons, BBC reports.

The decision angered Muslims, who refer to the holy site as Haram al-Sharif, and provoked protests.

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Dozens of American faculty members at North Korea university face diplomatic limbo

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) — As the last foreign faculty members remaining at North Korea’s only private university leave the country this week, it remained unclear whether they will be able to return this fall — thanks to the Trump administration’s plans to bar Americans from traveling to the reclusive country.

The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, whose faculty includes 60 to 80 foreigners throughout the academic year — half of whom are Americans — would likely have to suspend operations if it did not receive an exemption from the forthcoming restriction, according to Colin McCulloch, the institution’s director of external relations.

“If we didn’t get an exception, we would basically have to stop our work,” McCulloch, who has taught business, economics and English at the school since it first opened to North Korean students in 2010, told ABC News. “That’s how serious it would be. Because we would not be able to provide enough personnel.”

The U.S. State Department said Friday it would soon bar Americans from using their passports to travel to, through or in North Korea, and would issue waivers for citizens only for “certain limited humanitarian or other purposes.” The move comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang and following the death last month of an American college student days after North Korea released him from detention.

North Korea is known to be holding at least three Americans, two of whom had worked with PUST and were detained this spring.

Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name, Kim Sang-duk, taught accounting at the university before he was detained at an airport in April and charged with unspecified hostile criminal acts, and Kim Hak-song was held in May after spending several weeks doing “agricultural development work with PUST’s experimental farm,” the university said at the time. He was also charged with unspecified “hostile acts.”

The university has said it understood the arrests to not be linked to the school’s work.

When PUST is fully staffed during the academic year, around 50 American faculty members and their family members live on the Pyongyang campus, out of over 100 foreigners total, McCulloch, the spokesman, said. They make up a significant percentage of the Americans who reside in North Korea.

McCulloch said he hopes members of the school’s leadership, many of whom are Americans, will be able to obtain an exemption for the U.S. faculty ahead of the fall semester, due to begin at the start of September. He said they had dealt similarly with sanctions in the past.

The State Department said the restriction would apply 30 days after it officially filed notice of it sometime this week. A senior official said anyone could apply for a waiver, but the department has not responded to questions about whether PUST faculty members would be eligible for them.

It is unclear if Americans with dual citizenship will be permitted to use their other passports to travel to North Korea, although McCulloch said only a few American faculty members were dual nationals.

Wesley Brewer, an American who has taught computer science at PUST since 2010 and now serves as the institution’s vice president of research, said that the arrests shook the university community and affected him deeply. He told ABC News now looked like a good time for him to take a long-planned sabbatical.

“Being an American there, you feel like you’re standing right in between the two countries and maybe preventing some kind of moving forward, in terms of diplomatically,” Brewer said.

Brewer splits his time between Seoul and Pyongyang and spoke from Jackson, Mississippi, where he was visiting a church that supports his work. “I just felt like with the heightened tensions, it seemed it would be wiser to step back and let things settle down before re-engaging,” he said.

Most of PUST’s faculty members, who do not receive salaries, are devout Christians who see the school as a way to engage in charity work and build bridges between North Korea and the outside world, according to several faculty members. Most come from the United States, Canada and Europe, and a majority of the Americans who have taught there are Christians who are ethnically Korean and have been supported by churches in the United States, they said.

Directly preaching to or attempting to proselytize North Koreans is prohibited, although the foreigners are allowed to observe their faith in private, they said.

Donations from churches and individuals in South Korea and the Korean diaspora fund the school’s approximately $2 million annual operating budget, according to McCulloch.

In addition to English classes, PUST offers its students — 650 during the last semester — courses in business, engineering, medicine, dentistry, life sciences and agriculture, among other subjects. Foreigners provide almost all instruction, which must gain prior approval from North Korean authorities, McCulloch said.

Richard Roberts, a Nobel laureate who visited the university and two others in North Korea in spring 2016, said the PUST instructors he met sounded as if they had traveled extensively within the country. He said he was surprised by how much the students knew of their fields despite their lack of direct access to the internet.

“The students, I thought, were actually quite good,” Roberts told ABC News. “They were fairly well educated. They knew much more about modern science and what was going on in the rest of the world than I had first anticipated.”

McCulloch said he was not aware of the arrests affecting faculty recruitment but that general “geopolitical noise” had already made an impact.

That tension had not reached the campus yet this spring, though, at least not in faculty-student discussions, according to a Dominik Naeher, a German Ph.D. candidate who taught econometrics at PUST for several months this year. “With the students, there was no effect whatsoever,” Naeher, who lives in Frankfurt, told ABC News. “We didn’t talk about it.”

“But of course,” Naeher added, “among us foreigners, we were talking about it — about the news — and hoping that war wouldn’t break out.”

Naeher lived in Pyongyang with his wife and 1-year-old son. Despite the worries, he said he would return as soon as possible.

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Chinese fighter jets intercept US Navy reconnaissance plane over East China Sea

Power Sport Images/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane operating in international airspace during a routine mission over the East China Sea was intercepted by two Chinese J-10 fighter jets on Sunday, the Pentagon confirmed.

One of the J-10s flew underneath the U.S. EP-3 aircraft at a high rate of speed, slowed, and then pulled up, forcing the U.S. plane to “take evasive action to prevent the possibility of collision,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said.

A U.S. official said the Chinese jet’s actions were described as “unsafe.”

Davis said Sunday’s interaction, which happened late morning local time, was “uncharacteristic” of typical Chinese military behavior.

“There are intercepts that occur in international airspace regularly, and the vast majority of them are conducted in a safe manner,” he said. “This was the exception, not the norm.”

Davis said the J-10s and EP-3 were flying “wing to wing” as well, but didn’t know if they did so before or after the intercept.

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Meet Quinn, Your Magic104.9 Pet of The Week!

Find Quinn at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, 3551 Bataan Memorial West. Open Monday through Friday Noon – 6pm and Weekends Noon to 5pm. Quinn is a 2 ½ year old high spirited foxhound mix. She is full of so much happiness and joy that you can’t help but smile big. She really likes to give hugs and will rest her head in your lap for scratches. She is ready to be the next member of your family. Stop by ASCMV to meet her today! read more…

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  1. “Believer” by Imagine Dragons
  2. “Something Just Like This” by The Chain Smokers & Coldplay
  3. “Stay” by Zedd & Alessia Cara
  4. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran
  5. “It Ain’t Me” by Kygo & Selena Gomez

Meet Sir Skittles McGriddle, Your Magic104.9 Pet of The Week!

Find Sir Skittles McGriddle at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, 3551 Bataan Memorial West. Open Monday through Friday Noon – 6pm and Weekends Noon to 5pm.  Sir Skittles McGriddle is a three year-old handsome young tabby. This big ‘ol cuddle bug is calm, mellow and ready to take a nap on your lap.  He has an active streak too, and is ready for play any time! Come to ASCMV to meet him! read more…

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  1. “Believer” by Imagine Dragons
  2. “Something Just Like This” by The Chain Smokers & Coldplay
  3. “Stay” by Zedd & Alessia Cara
  4. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran
  5. “Castle On The Hill” by Ed Sheeran

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