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No more waves: John Mayer’s next release will be his entire album

Frank OckenfelsJohn Mayer so far has released eight tracks from his new album, The Search for Everything: four in January, and four today.  He billed the EPs as Wave 1 and Wave 2, but it turns out there won’t be a Wave 3.

On Friday, John tweeted, “The Search For Everything album will contain 14 songs. The next drop will be the entire album. Stay tuned…”

In other John news, he’s added dates to his Search for Everything world tour. Originally, his tour was to end in London in May, and then John was going to hit the road with his side band, Dead & Company. But once that’s over, he’ll kick off a new round of U.S. dates July 18 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The tour is mapped out through a September 3 date in Noblesville, Indiana.

The tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, March 4.  All the new dates are posted on John’s website.

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Hear Kelly Clarkson’s soulful new duet with Aloe Blacc from “The Shack”

Atlantic RecordsWe’re still waiting for details and a release date for Kelly Clarkson‘s new album, but right now you can now listen to a brand-new song from her.

Love Goes On,” is a duet between Kelly and Aloe Blacc, and it’s on the soundtrack of the movie The Shack, which will be in theaters March 3. The soundtrack is in stores and online, available for streaming and purchase, today.

The soulful duet features the two singing about suffering a great loss, but then concluding, “There ain’t nothing so broken love can’t heal….nothing’s really gone/we bring the past along/and love goes on.”

Kelly’s one of the few non-country artists on the album, which is described as “music from and inspired by” the movie.  Songs from country stars Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Brett Eldredge and Dan + Shay also are included, as well as tracks by NEEDTOBREATHE and for KING & COUNTRY.

The faith-based film, which arrives in theaters March 3, is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.  It stars Sam Worthington, Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw, who narrates the tale of a man who falls into a deep depression after a family tragedy.  A mysterious letter summons him to an abandoned shack in the wilderness, where he meets three strangers who transform his life forever. 

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Call on Her: Starley books multiple TV appearances, tour with Clean Bandit

Courtesy Louder Than Life/Epic RecordsAustralian singer/songwriter Starley is parlaying the success of her hit single “Call on Me” into some major TV appearances.

First up, she’ll perform on Good Morning America’s post-Oscar show Monday, February 27.  Next comes NBC’s Today show on March 10, and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on April 4.  In between those shows, she’ll make her performance debut March 13 at the South by Southwest Music Conference.

As if that wasn’t enough, Starley will be opening for Clean Bandit on the U.K. trio’s upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off March 31 in Seattle.

Starley, whose birth name is Starley Hope, currently is completing work on her debut album.

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‘Moonlight’ wins best picture Oscar after ‘La La Land’ mistakenly announced

ABC/Eddy Chen(LOS ANGELES) — Moonlight won Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars — but it was La La Land that  was mistakenly first announced as the winner.

Co-presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read La La Land, right after La La Land star Emma Stone won best actress for her role in the modern-day musical.

“I wasn’t trying to be funny,” presenter Warren Beatty later added after the real winner was revealed.  As it happened, Beatty had been given the wrong envelope — the Best Actress envelope — and that’s the one that was read.

After the cast took the stage, a producer for La La Land set things straight, declaring, “Moonlight is the winner … this is not a joke.”

Host Jimmy Kimmel joked and said, “I blame Steve Harvey,” alluding to Harvey’s gaffe announcing the wrong Miss Universe winner a year ago.

After the mistake, the crowd erupted in surprise and applause for Moonlight, as director and writer Barry Jenkins, the cast and crew dashed on stage to accept the win.

“I have to say and it is true, it’s not fake,” Jenkins said. “I’ve been on the road with these guys for so long.”

But in his excitement, he made sure to give the movie that was wrongfully announced its due.

“I love La La Land,” he said. “Thank you to the Academy, it is so humbling to be standing up there. … There was a time that I thought this movie was impossible because I couldn’t bring it to fruition. … Everybody behind me on this stage said, ‘No, that’s not acceptable,’ so I just wanna thank everyone behind me.'”

While it lost Best Picture, La La Land did win six awards overall, including Best Actress for Emma Stone, as well as Best Original Song for “City of Stars,” Best Original Score and Best Director for Damien Chazelle.  Moonlight, meanwhile, also won Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Here are the winners from Sunday night’s 89th annual Academy Awards, broadcast live on ABC:

Best Picture

Best Director
Damien Chazelle  — La La Land

Best Actor
Casey Affleck — Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress
Emma Stone — La La Land

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali — Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis — Fences

Best Cinematography
Linus Sandgren —  La La Land

Best Documentary Feature
O.J.: Made in America

Best Foreign Language Film
The Salesman, Iran, Asghar Farhadi, director

Best Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Colleen Atwood

Best Original Score
La La Land — Justin Hurwitz

Best Original Song
“City of Stars” — La La Land

Best Sound Editing

Best Sound Mixing
Hacksaw Ridge

Best Production Design
La La Land — Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco

Best Animated Feature
Zootopia — Disney

Best Animated Short
Piper — Pixar

Best Film Editing
Hacksaw Ridge — John Gilbert

Best Visual Effects
The Jungle Book

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Suicide Squad

Best Original Screenplay
Manchester by the Sea

Best Adapted Screenplay

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Jimmy Kimmel gets political in his opening Oscars monologue

ABC/Eddy Chen(LOS ANGELES) — In his opening monologue as host of the Academy Awards Sunday night, Jimmy Kimmel didn’t hold back, poking fun at President Donald Trump, close friend and pretend-enemy Matt Damon, and even Denzel Washington.

Kimmel came out and immediately addressed the elephant in the room. He said that many people had told him that the country is so divided right now he should address it. “I can’t do that,” he said.

“There’s only one ‘Braveheart’ in the room,” he said of Oscar-winner Mel Gibson, who is nominated again this year for directing Hacksaw Ridge. “And he’s not going to unite us, either,” Kimmel added as the crowd laughed.

Kimmel got more serious then when he said that if everyone watching right now “took a moment to reach out to one person you disagree with and have a positive, considerate conversation … we could really make America great again.”

But just as quickly, the host’s jokes began rolling again. Kimmel feigned as if he wanted to bury the hatchet with Matt Damon before making fun of the actor’s choice to pass up starring in Manchester by the Sea, only to star in Great Wall, or as he described it, a “Chinese ponytail movie instead and that movie went on to lose $80 million. Smooth move, dumba—.”

“When I first met Matt, I was the fat one,” he also joked.

Kimmel’s first crack on Trump was thanking him because, “remember when last year, the Oscars were considered racist?”

After picking on Oscar nominee Denzel Washington for directing himself in the film Fences, he teased French actress and nominee Isabelle Huppert.

“We didn’t see Elle, but we absolutely loved it,” he said. “I’m glad Homeland Security let you in tonight,” he added, a joke apparently about Trump’s order restricting entry into the U.S. of people from seven Muslim-majority countries, which has been put on hold by the courts.

Finally, Kimmel closed with a riff on Meryl Streep, the actress who’s nominated for her 20th Oscar this year and whom Trump called overrated after she gave a speech at the Golden Globes that criticized the president without naming him.

“One actress has stood the test of time for her many uninspiring and overrated performances,” Kimmel said. “[She’s] phoned it in for more than 50 films. This is Meryl’s 20th Oscar nomination … she wasn’t even in a movie this year, we just wrote her name in out of habit.”

He closed with, “Some of you will [win tonight] and give a speech that the president of the United States will tweet about in all caps.”

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Oscars 2017: Nominees wear blue ribbons in support of ACLU

ABC/Tyler Golden(LOS ANGELES) — If you watched the red carpet coverage of the Oscars Sunday night, one thing you noticed was a lot of celebs were wearing blue lapel ribbons.

As part of a new initiative to support the American Civil Liberties Union, Oscar nominees and other stars were wearing blue ribbons with the organization’s name on them.

Among the stars wearing the ribbons as part of the “Stand With ACLU” campaign were Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mother, as well as Loving star Ruth Negga and others.

The Oscars actually aren’t the first event at which celebs have supported the cause, which was just launched. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Manchester by the Sea star Casey Affleck wore a blue ribbon Saturday night at the Independent Spirit Awards. The outlet adds that in the past three months, the organization’s membership has doubled and it has raised millions in online donations.

In February, the ACLU announced it would create a “rapid response team” to help those deported or kept out of the United States following President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which has since been halted by a federal court judge in Washington state.

As the stars walked the Oscars red carpet, the official ACLU Twitter page shared photos of the celebs wearing the ribbons.

“Who ever thought we’d be fashion icons?” the organization wrote, thanking the celebs for their support.

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Kurt Busch wins his first Daytona 500

Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — It’s safe to say Kurt Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing are very happy after Busch scored his first-ever win at Daytona in a nail-biter on Sunday.

Up until the very last lap, it appeared a victory at the Great American Race would once again elude Busch.  But then his No. 41 Ford Fusion passed Chase Elliot and Kyle Larson on the final lap to cinch his victory, and his 29th win in the Monster Energy Cup Series.

It didn’t hurt that more than a few of Busch’s competitors were eliminated in crashes, including Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and more.

Busch called the race, particularly the end, “one of the smartest chess games” he’d seen on the track, adding, “We got lucky.”

Here are the top-ten standings in the Monster Energy Cup Series following Sunday’s race:

  1. Kurt Busch — 48 points
  2. Ryan Blaney — 44
  3. AJ Allmendinger — 39
  4. Aric Almirola — 33
  5. Paul Menard — 32
  6. Joey Logano — 40
  7. Kasey Kahne — 30
  8. Michael Waltrip — 29
  9. Matt DiBenedetto — 28
  10. Trevor Bayne — 27

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Warriors clinch playoff berth with win over Nets

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) — The Golden State Warriors clinched a playoff berth with a 112-95 victory. The team was without Kevin Durant, who was nursing a hand injury, though he is not expected to miss an extended period of time.

With the win, the Warriors secured their fifth straight playoff berth. The five-year postseason run is the franchise’s second longest stretch. They made the playoffs for six straight seasons from 1946 to 1952.

According to ESPN, the Warriors are the first team to clinch a playoff spot this early on the calendar since the 1985-86 Boston Celtics, who also clinched on February 25th. That Celtics team went on to win the NBA Championship.

Stephen Curry led all scorers in the game with 27 points. Afterwards he told reporters he cherishes their playoff berth because he remembers when the franchise consistently missed the postseason. Curry did not appear in an NBA playoff game until his fourth year in the league.

The team is moving past last year’s NBA Finals loss to the Cavaliers. They set an NBA-record by winning 73 regular season games and held a 3-1 lead in the Finals, but  weren’t able to secure their second championship in as many seasons.

Golden State’s already lost as many regular season games as they did last year, but they hold the NBA’s best record and a comfortable lead in the Western Conference.

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BYU ends Gonzaga’s perfect season with upset win Saturday night

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(SPOKANE, Wash.) — BYU spoiled No. 1 Gonzaga’s perfect season after being the Bulldogs 79-71 Saturday night. The loss snaps Gonzaga’s 29-game winning streak, leaving the team just one win away from an undefeated regular season.

In their regular season home finale, the Bulldogs surrendered a ten point second half lead and lost a chance to become just the fourth team since 1991 to finish the regular season without a loss.

The loss won’t hurt Gonzaga’s pursuit of their first ever Final Four appearance, but it could make their path a little tougher. They could be relegated to a number 2 seed in the tournament after they were locked in as a number one seed when they were undefeated. Even if Gonzaga wins their conference tournament, other teams from larger conferences could be picked for the top four seeds instead.

The Bulldogs will play next in the West Coast Conference Tournament, which begins March 3rd.

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Video captures police-involved shooting in DC that left man dead

Metropolitan Police Department(WASHINGTON) — Police in Washington, D.C., continue to investigate a late-night shooting Thursday involving two officers and a civilian that was captured on video and then posted to social media.

During a news conference Friday, authorities said that around 10:42 p.m. Thursday, two uniformed officers in an unmarked car were responding to earlier reports of gunshots when they approached a man in the capital’s Northeast section.

Police Chief Peter Newsham on Friday identified the man as 47-year-old Timothy Lionel Williams, whom he said ran and then stopped. He and the officers struggled and shots were fired, police said.

All three were hit by gunfire. Williams later died at a hospital; the two officers were hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said. One officer underwent surgery Thursday night. Newsham said one officer already had been released.

Newsham said investigators believe that just one of the officers fired a weapon.

He also said Friday that a semi-automatic handgun that police believed belonged to Williams had been recovered at the scene of the shooting. Newsham could not say where investigators found the gun in proximity to Williams’ body.

It was not clear whether Williams shot either of the officers, police said. However, authorities said there were indications that the weapon had been fired.

Newsham said that both officers were wearing activated body cameras and that he’d reviewed the footage. He said the mayor would review the footage and decide when to release it.

Both officers are on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol. Newsham said they were at least three-year veterans of the force and were part of a crime-suppression team focused on getting illegal firearms off the street in the capital’s Fifth District.

He advised people who’d seen the video posted on Twitter not to jump to conclusions. He said that investigators had spoken with the person who’d taken the video and that the camera person had told police that he’d started recording after much of the incident had occurred.

“Whatever you have seen so far is incomplete so to draw any conclusions about exactly what happened is just — I don’t recommend doing that because I can’t say, from everything I’ve seen and everything that I know, what happened,” he said.

Newsham said that more witnesses are expected to come forward.

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Fire at Florida mosque being investigated as arson, Fla.) — Officials believe an early morning fire at a mosque in Florida was intentionally set, and the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

The Hillsbourgh County Fire Rescue received a call around 2:09 a.m. local time Friday about a fire at the Islamic Society of New Tampa in Thonotosassa. Firefighters put out the blaze and no one was hurt, though the building, commonly referred to as the New Tampa Mosque, suffered some property damage, officials said.

Officials and mosque members said it appears someone tried to break into the building. There are marks on the door, which is locked every night when the mosque closes.

Authorities will review footage from surveillance cameras that are installed throughout the property. The investigation is ongoing.

Officials from CAIR Florida, the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, held a news conference with officials outside the mosque Friday morning. Members of the mosque told reporters they’ve already received incredible support on social media and from the community.

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, an attorney and the communications director for CAIR Florida, called the fire a “hate crime” and an “act of terror.”

“We congratulate the Hillsborough County first responders for their prompt response to this tragic situation. It is worrisome that our community have fallen victim of what appears to be another hate crime,” Ruiz said in a statement Friday. “CAIR-Florida urgently call [sic] all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to be on top of the investigation of what appears to be a heinous act of terror against the Muslim community.”

Due to the ongoing investigation, there will be no Friday prayer at the mosque Friday. All regular prayers will be held in the old mosque building, according to a press release from the Islamic Society of New Tampa.

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Woman pens obituary on behalf of her sassy, 91-year-old grandmother

Courtesy Melissa Falter (POWELL, Ohio) — An Ohio woman has penned an obituary on behalf of her vivacious, 91-year-old grandmother before her death earlier this week.

Melissa Falter, granddaughter of the late Jean Oddi, wrote the humorous tribute that she said captured her grandmother’s sassy personality.

“She’s laughing,” Falter, 45, told ABC News. “She’s probably saying, ‘See I told you I was funny and everybody loved me!’ [I] think a lot of people are craving this great story and here’s this woman who’s 91 years old and got to travel, loved her family and friends and was comfortable in her own skin…she was very positive and I think lately this world has been very negative and divisive and maybe it’s a new thing to have an uplifting mourning period to celebrate her life.”

Oddi was born on Sept. 7, 1925. She was married twice and is survived by one daughter, Casey Clark, one grandchild, Melissa Falter, and two great-grandchildren, Griffin Falter, 16, and Nicholas Falter, 13.

In January, Oddi broke her hip and injured her head from a fall. She was admitted into the hospital on Feb. 13 and was declared unresponsive on Valentine’s Day. Oddi died on Feb. 20, her granddaughter said.

“I will miss just being in the room with her because she changed the room whenever she was in it,” said Falter of Powell, Ohio. “She had an answering’s hysterical. It’s kind of like, ‘Hi, this is Jean, my number is…’ and she starts to give her phone number and says, “Oh, you have my number, oh well, then leave message!’ Just random times of day I would be in the car and I know she’s not going to answer, but I’d listen to her message and I’d laugh.”

“The three of us were almost ridiculously close,” she added of her, her mom and grandma. “There were no topics that we couldn’t discuss. My grandma was my matron of honor when I got married.”

When Oddi, aka “Majean,” took a turn for the worst, Falter decided to write her grandmother’s obituary in “her voice.” Falter took out a full-page column in The Columbus Dispatch, which cost $1,250.

In cheeky language, Oddi’s obituary is written in a first-person narrative, describing who she was as a person and all the things she loved.

“I was a crazy teenager, a loving wife, a hard worker, a loyal friend and a hands-on grandmother,” it said, in part. “I would like to thank my darling daughter Casey, who I adore, who cared for me, shuttled me around to my doctor’s appointments, managed my pills, cleaned up after me and apologized in my wake for far too many years. I wasn’t always nice, but I did, and always will, love you…Don’t cry because I’m gone, instead have a drink and be happy you knew me.”

A representative at Brookdale Senior Living Inc., where Oddi lived, said she will be missed.

“But as advised, the people at Brookdale Trillium Crossing will not be sad about losing her (after all, someone else has to win in cards), but instead we will cheers [sic] to a wonderful life and a vivacious personality,” the company said in a statement. “She left a Jean-sized hole in our hearts.”

Services honoring Jean “Majean” Oddi’s life will take place tomorrow at Brookdale Trillium Crossing Senior Living in Columbus.

Oddi’s favorite food — White Castle, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and pizza — will be served.

As for her obituary, Falter’s happy it made people smile. She said, “I love it all and I love that people think she wrote it. To me, that is a tremendous compliment that [you] hear her in every word. She loved attention and she was the life of the party. The bigger the crowd, the more on she was.”

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Father of dead Navy SEAL refused to meet Trump, calls for investigation

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The father of William “Ryan” Owens, a U.S. Navy SEAL who died in a military raid in Yemen last month, is demanding answers from the Trump administration.

In an interview with the Miami Herald published Sunday, Bill Owens said he refused to see President Trump when he and his daughter Ivanka Trump paid their respects at Dover Air Force Base with the Owens family for the dignified transfer.

“I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him,” Owens said to the Miami Herald.

Chief Special Warfare Operator Ryan Owens was the only U.S. service member to die in a January raid  on an al-Qaeda compound carried out by SEAL Team Six, the elite Navy special operations unit involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Officials told ABC News the raid in southern Yemen targeted three senior leaders with al-Qaeda and was intended to gather intelligence on the terror group.

The Trump administration claimed the raid was a success and hit back against critics like Sen. John McCain, who noted reports that the mission killed a number of civilians along with the Navy SEAL.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer criticized McCain in a press briefing, saying that “anybody who undermines the success of that raid, owes an apology and [does] disservice to the life of Chief Owens.”

Bill Owens told the Miami Herald he wants an investigation into his son’s death.

“Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation,” he said to the Miami Herald.

“I want an investigation. … The government owes my son an investigation.”

U.S. Central Command has confirmed to ABC News that there is a 15-6 investigation underway into Owens’ death “as we routinely do anytime there is a death of our of valued brothers and sisters during operations.” 

A 15-16 is standard for the death of any deployed U.S. military service member and is typically conducted by the unit. A White House official told ABC News an investigation would occur and “it is standard operating procedure to investigate any mission that results in a fatality.”

Central Command has not launched a 15-6 investigation into the mission itself.  It is still conducting a review known as a credibility assessment into civilian casualties.  They’ve acknowledged some civilian deaths from the incident and are determining if there were more. 

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White House spokesperson on call for special prosecutor in Russia probe: We’re not ‘there yet’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) —  A White House spokesperson pushed back on calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s alleged interference in the presidential election, suggesting such talk is premature.

“I don’t think we’re there yet,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House’s deputy principal press secretary, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday. “Typically, you go through a congressional oversight review. We’re doing that. Let’s not go to the very end of the extreme. Let’s let this play out the way it should.

Stephanopoulos asked Huckabee Sanders about a top Republican’s call for an independent investigation of Russia’s alleged meddling in the election.

When Bill Maher on his show Real Time pressed GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of California on whether President Trump’s appointee as attorney general, Jeff Sessions, should investigate reports that members of President Trump’s campaign had contact with Russian officials, Issa agreed an independent prosecutor is needed.

Issa told Maher, “You cannot have somebody — a friend of mine, Jeff Sessions — who was on the campaign and who is an appointee … You’re going to need to use the special prosecutor’s statute and office.”

Attorney General Sessions oversees the FBI and the Justice Department which — separate from any congressional committee reviews — is investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the election and reported contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials

Huckabee Sanders said on ABC’s This Week on Sunday that Congress should complete its review first, which she said she is confident will show that Trump associates had not involvement in Russia’s actions.

“Whatever review that Congress wants to do, I think that’s the first step,” she said. “There are two committees that are currently doing that. We’re extremely confident that, whatever review, they’re all going to come to the same conclusion — that we had no involvement in this.”

Huckabee Sanders also suggested that a Russia probe is not something “that the American people care about.”

“At some point, we get to a place where we’ve got to move on and start focusing on the things that the American people care about, and I don’t think this is it,” she said.

Stephanopoulos also asked Huckabee Sanders why the president decided not to attend this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that he will not be attending the annual dinner of White House journalists which presidents traditionally attend.

“One of the things we say in the South is if a Girl Scout egged your house, would you buy cookies from her? I think that this is a pretty similar scenario,” Huckabee Sanders said.

Huckabee Sanders said, “This wasn’t a president that was elected to spend his time with reporters and celebrities. This is a president who campaigned on speaking directly to Americans, and that’s what he’s going to spend his time doing.”

A day prior to his tweet, Trump doubled down on his attacks on the media at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He repeated his assertions that “fake” news is the “enemy of the people,” specifically hitting the press for using unnamed sources.

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4-year-old Syrian girl reunites with family in US after months apart

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A 4-year-old Syrian girl whose reunion with her family in the United States was delayed by President Donald Trump’s travel ban had a joyful return to her parents on Friday.

Muna Khadra and her family have lived in the United States since 2013. After a family trip to visit relatives in Lebanon in October, Muna was the only one denied entry back into the United States because of an issue with her visa. Her family was forced to leave her behind with her grandmother in Jordan, where she has lived since.

Her father, Abdallh Khadra, was trying to get his daughter back into the United States when the president on Jan. 27 signed an executive order temporarily banning the entry of people from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, where Muna was born. Khadra told ABC News at the time that he was told his daughter is now “ineligible for U.S. entry.”

“This is heartbreaking. We cannot believe this happened,” said Khadra, who fled Syria with his family after speaking out against the government there. He was vetted and cleared for U.S. entry in 2011 on a religious work visa, and later applied for political asylum.

Trump’s executive order has since been put on hold by a federal judge in Seattle.

Muna’s father was finally able to get her on a plane back to the United States after four months of their being apart. The child flew into O’Hare International Airport in Chicago with Khadra’s sister, Hagar Haltam.

Her family drove from their home in Raleigh, North Carolina, to greet Muna with balloons, hugs and tears.

“She’s part of me. She’s part of me,” Khadra told ABC owned-and-operated station WLS on Friday. “You feel a part of you is missing, so how do you live?”

Haltam captured the emotional reunion in a cellphone video, which was provided to ABC News.

In the video, Abdallh runs through the terminal with open arms upon seeing Muna for the first time in months. The little girl, dressed in pink and carrying a Hello Kitty backpack, wraps her arms around her father’s neck as he scoops her up into an embrace and breaks down in tears. Muna’s mother then kneels by her husband’s side and begins to cry as she takes the little girl into her arms.

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

Find Lobo at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla, 3551 Bataan Memorial West. Open Monday through Friday Noon – 6pm and Weekends Noon to 5pm. This gregarious feline knows “man’s best friend”
doesn’t only apply to dogs! Take him home and his affectionate personality will always lift your spirits! He is already vaccinated, chipped, neutered and ready to go today. read more…

Magic104.9’s Top Tracks







  1. “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5
  2. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
  3. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran
  4. “Water Under The Bridge” by Adele
  5. “Closer” by The Chain Smokers feat. Halsey

Magic104.9’s Top Tracks







  1. “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5
  2. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
  3. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran
  4. “Water Under The Bridge” by Adele
  5. “Closer” by The Chain Smokers feat. Halsey

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

Find Bodhi at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla, 3551 Bataan Memorial West. Open Monday through Friday Noon – 6pm and Weekends Noon to 5pm. As handsome as he is clever, Bodhi is sure to leave an impression on you! He has lived at the shelter since July 2016, and he’s ready to leave the kennel and start a new life. He knows there are so many more experiences for him out in the world, and we know you’re just the person for him to have them with! read more…

Your Last Team Standing Winner Is…..Daniel Ramirez!

Congratulations going out to Daniel Ramirez! Our winner for “The Last Team Standing!”  He not only scored a brand new recliner thanks to Ashley Furniture Home Store, but thanks to Hooters of Las Cruces, he’s also taking home $150 in Hooters food for the big game this weekend! Enjoy this Big Game weekend Daniel, you deserve it champ!

Magic104.9’s Top Tracks







  1. “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5
  2. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
  3. “Water Under The Bridge” by Adele
  4. “Closer” by The Chain Smokers feat. Halsey
  5. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran

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