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Mariah Carey Will Receive The “Giving Me Life Achievement Award” at the First Annual Bravo Awards

ABC/Randy HolmesBravo to Mariah Carey! The sultry songbird will be the first recipient of the “Giving Me Life Achievement Award” at Watch What Happens Live Presents: The Bravos

The awards show will be presented by Watch What Happens Live talk show host Andy Cohen and will premiere for the first time on the Bravo cable network on July 20. Other awards to be presented throughout the night include “Biggest Hustle Moment,” “Jumpsuit Achievement,” “The Sorry Not Sorry Award” and “The Queen of Shade.”

Superfans of Watch What Happens Live and Mariah Carey can tune in to witness all of the possible hilarious and jaw-dropping award speeches on Wednesday, July 20, at 10:00 p.m. ET.

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Adele Gets Ready for Glastonbury — with Four Suitcases of Makeup?

Simon EmmettAdele is set to take the stage at England’s legendary Glastonbury festival tonight. While the festival is known for being muddy, the singer will be keeping things glam thanks to thorough preparations from her beauty squad.

Her makeup artist, Michael Ashton, posted a photo on Instagram Friday of four huge suitcases in the back of a van. “Just a few essentials packed for Glastonbury,” he captioned it.

We doubt the bags are all filled with Adele’s makeup, but anything’s possible.

Adele is headlining the festival for the first time in her career. She’ll be performing on the famed Pyramid Stage tonight.

According to U.K.’s The Mirror, her partner Simon Konecki was already walking the Glastonbury grounds Thursday. “It was amusing to see fans walking past him singing Adele’s ‘Hello’,” one witness says. “He was beaming.”

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Mike Posner Inspires Young Dancer to “Be As You Are” in New Video

Don Le StudioMike Posner heads back to his hometown of Detroit in the video for the remix of his inspiring new song, “Be As You Are.”

In the clip, shot like a mini-film, Mike plays the mentor of a young boy training to be a boxer. But he finds out what the boy really wants is to be a dancer. In the end, the kid — played by Will Simmons — shows off some of his dance moves inside the ring.

Mike tells Billboard the song is “among the most honest songs I have written,” adding, “I was just trying to tell the truth.”

The single follows his hit song, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

“The Omen” Turns 40 Today

20th Century Fox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — You have been warned: It’s the 40th anniversary of The Omen today.

The classic horror film, starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and Harvey Stephens, tells the tale of a U.S. ambassador who adopts a newborn child after his wife suffers a stillbirth, only to discover that it may be the Antichrist.

The Richard Donner-directed flick made more than 60 million dollars at the box office following its release on June 25, 1976, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. It earned two Oscar nominations, winning for best original score.

The Omen spawned a few sequels, plus a remake in 2006 and the recently cancelled A&E series Damien.

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Sylvester Stallone Sued Over Reality TV Show

L-R: “Strong” exec. prod. David Broome, host Gabrielle Reece, exec. prod. Sylvester Stallone; Trae Patton/NBCUniversal(NEW YORK) — Sylvester Stallone is being accused of throwing a sucker punch to a personal trainer who’s suing the Rocky star for allegedly ripping off his idea for a reality TV show.

Rob Fletcher claims Stallone, 69, lifted the idea for a show he pitched called America’s Next Great Trainer, and used it for the NBC series he executive produced earlier this year called Strong, Westchester, NY’s The Journal News reports.  The show’s first season concluded June 2.

Fletcher describes his show as a competition that would partner six to 10 contestants with personal trainers. The teams would compete in a variety of categories, and one would be eliminated each week. He claims he enlisted California celebrity trainer Todd Durkin as the show’s front man and got him to sign a confidentiality agreement in 2014.

“Think of it as American Idol for fitness trainers,” Fletcher told the newspaper in 2015.

That same year, he says learned through through a fellow trainer that Stallone’s show had been green-lighted. Fletcher soon discovered the show would feature 10 female contestants paired up with trainers — one of whom was Durkin.

NBC, Durkin and Strong producer David Broome were also mentioned in the lawsuit, but as of early Thursday, only Durkin and NBC reportedly had been served with legal papers.

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Vivica A. Fox Says She’s “Thrilled” and No Longer “Stripping for Tips” in “Independence Day” Sequel

Vivica A. Fox in “Independence Day: Resurgence”; Claudette Barius/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.(NEW YORK) — It’s been 20 years since the original film debuted, but Vivica A. Fox is still excited when talking about her role in Independence Day: Resurgence.

“I was thrilled. I felt like that same young girl who twenty years ago got that call that I was going to be in one of the biggest summer blockbuster movies — those same feelings came flooding back again,” Fox tells ABC Radio.

The movie, the sequel to 1996’s Independence Day, features a few returning cast members, with a few additions and minus Will Smith. Their goal — to once again save Earth from invading aliens. Fox admits she was disappointed after hearing Smith wasn’t taking part in the long-awaited film.

“There has been talks about doing the sequel for the last five years. The fans have literally been requesting this sequel for 15 years. So for five years you hear it’s going to happen, it’s gonna happen, it’s not going to happen, it’s going to happen, it’s not going to happen and then I heard it’s gonna happen and then I heard ‘oh my gosh’ I don’t think Will Smith is going to do it. And I was like, sorry, selfish actor, damn, there goes my story line,” the actress tells ABC Radio.

But even without Smith, Fox says she’s happy with the result and her role as Jasmine Dubrow-Hiller, mother to Dylan Hiller, who was only a boy in the original movie.  Now, he’s a fighter pilot.

“Dylan has now grown up and so have I,” says Fox. “My character is no longer working the pole, which is a beautiful thing. She’s going to be a hospital administrator, so she’s not stripping for tips. OK, so you guys will be happy to hear that. So she’s a hospital administrator and she’s in there saving lives, and doing good things.” 

Independence Day: Resurgence is in theaters now. 

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SPORTS NEWS

PGA Tour Cancels Greenbrier Classic Due to West Virginia Flooding

iStock/Thinkstock(WHITE SUPHUR SPRINGS, W.V.) — Devastating West Virginia flooding has forced the PGA Tour to cancel the Greenbrier Classic.

“We are heartbroken by the devastation that the residents of West Virginia are experiencing at this time and the reports of lives lost due to the terrible flooding,” said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in a statement. “Cancelling  The Greenbrier Classic is certainly the most prudent course of action as our foremost concern is the well-being of those who are having to live through this tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

At least 24 people have died because of the severe flooding in West Virginia.

The Greenbrier Classic was scheduled for July 7-10 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Officials said the course, the Old White TPC, “suffered extensive damage from the flooding and is beyond reasonable repair to conduct the tournament.”

 

 

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Jose Reyes Returns to Mets, Signing Minor League Contract

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Shortstop Jose Reyes signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets Saturday after becoming a free agent earlier in the day, according to ESPN.

Reyes was originally signed by the Mets in 1999 when he was a teenager out of the Dominicatn Republic.

According to ESPN, Reyes was a member of the Mets organization for 12 years and won the National League batting title in 2011. He then left the Mets for a 6-year, $106 million contract with the Miami Marlins.

After being suspended by the MLB for violating its domestic abuse policy, Reyes appeared in nine games with Triple-A Aluquerque, and last week, the Rockies designated him for assignment, ESPN reports.

The Mets announced Saturday that Reyes will report to Class A Brooklyn and is expected to play Sunday.

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Stuntwoman Talks Latest Addition to Extreme Sports: Flyboarding

PowerFly/ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — Flyboarding, when a rider zips around on a hoverboard propelled by water, is the very latest in extreme sports with a twist of sci-fi.

And stuntwoman Gemma Weston, a 29-year-old from New Zealand, is the number one female professional flyer in the world.

“Being able to fly is to push the boundaries of what is possible … you do literally feel like you are flying and you feel a little bit like a superhero,” she told Nightline.

The hoverboard and its rider “fly” into the air by the force of water pumped through a hose by a jet ski engine. Flyboarding was only invented in 2011 by professional French jet skier Frank Zapata, but once she saw it, Weston couldn’t resist.

Her intrinsic thrill-seeking spirit led her to a career as a stuntwoman. She has appeared in The Hobbit trilogy, Spartacus and Pete’s Dragon.

Weston can perform twists, dives and backflips as she zips over the open water. She entered the 2015 World Cup in Dubai as an unknown, and she crushed it, taking first place.

“My best trick I would say is one that I am not sure many people can do,” she said. “It’s basically a kind of side flip. I kind of go down and compress my body to the side and let my knees rise up over my body and kind of rotate so it’s kind of a forward moving side flip.”

After her World Cup win, she had two goals: winning big again this year and bringing Flyboarding to the masses.

Weston and her brother Beau Weston, also a Flyboarder, train in Melbourne, Florida, with Mark Baxter’s Powerfly Team.

“Gemma, she is something,” Baxter said. “She has a very natural talent for Flyboarding. When she came, it was actually a year ago, and here she is, the world champion.”

Baxter says the equipment is evolving as quickly as the sport. Already the best Flyboarders can control both board and jet ski at the same time by remote control, and Zapata is now developing a new futuristic-looking hoverboard that could remove the hose and jet ski attachment.

The Westons are one of the only brother-sister duos competing in extreme sports today, and the two competed at the 2016 Flyboarding European Championship in France earlier this month. Beau placed sixth, but his sister Gemma again placed first.

“New Zealanders are called ‘kiwis’ because that is our national bird, but it’s a flightless bird, so they can’t fly, but we’re proving Kiwis can fly,” Gemma Weston said.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Homeless Grumpy Cat Adopted by Home Inspector

Paul Tateosian(BRADENTON, Fla.) — When Paul Tateosian and Jason Burnside showed up to an empty house in Bradenton, Florida, for a home inspection, the last thing they expected to find was somebody still living there. But that’s exactly what happened when Tateosian, a real estate agent assistant, stumbled upon a little orange furball with a particularly grumpy face.

“I was walking around the around looking at the roof and when I got around to the back and this little guy was just sitting there,” Tateosian told ABC News of the extremely thin, matted Persian kitten he immediately nicknamed Garfield. “His face, he just looked so upset, like he was so bent out of shape. I just went up to him and I bent down and even though he looked really upset, he was really happy to see us.”

“He looked pretty hungry so I cut him a mango from a mango tree next door. But he hated it,” he said.

Burnside, a home inspector, had been inside examining the house with the future buyers as Tateosian and Garfield were outside making fast friends. Once he walked back out though, he, too, was immediately drawn to the affectionate kitten and knew he needed to help.

Burnside believes the cat was left behind by the previous renters, but hasn’t yet taken it to the vet to check for a chip.

Although extremely grumpy-looking, the kitten couldn’t have been friendlier with the two men.

“I set the backseat down in the truck and set a towel down and she just went to sleep,” Burnside explained. “I got her home and my girlfriend and her friend, who works at a vet’s office in town, helped clean her up because her tail was all matted. Her tail was so mangled she couldn’t even pick it up. We got her in the house and wrapped her in a towel and shaved her tail and cut all the nastiness away from her, and she was just happy as can be. It took her about a day to start eating again.”

Burnside’s mother just recently lost her pet cat, so she is now thrilled to be adopting Garfield, who is now named Girdy because they’ve discovered she’s actually a female.

“She has an appointment at the vet’s office the beginning of next week to get all checked out to make sure she’s good to go,” said Burnside. “We got her all cleaned up and taken care of. She’s in good hands now.”

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Man Raises $103K for Teen Who Offered to Help Carry Groceries

Matthew Michael White(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — A Memphis teenager asked a stranger at the grocery store to buy him and his mother some food in exchange for carrying the man’s groceries to his car, and what happened next will tug at your heartstrings.

An unlikely bond formed between the pair, and within two weeks, the stranger helped raise more than $103,000 to support the teen and his mother, who is disabled. Friday, that stranger, Matt White, told ABC News that he helped the teen, Chauncy Black, and his mother move into a new house with the money they raised.

“When Chauncy approached me, it just tugged at my heart,” White said. “Here comes Chauncy, just trying to get food for him and his Mom off of the grace of other people. When I looked at him and saw what he was doing and what he was asking for, I said he was my hero.”

So White set up a GoFundMe page for the teen and his mother. It’s touched the hearts of many, garnering over 8,900 shares and raising more than $103,000 in less than two weeks.

“Chauncy lives in Memphis with his disabled mother,” White explains on the crowdfunding site. “He is a straight A student who is doing his best to make it in a world with no money and very few resources. He wants to work and help his mother financially.”

White’s original Facebook post sharing the story also has more than 10,000 likes.

“Chauncy came up to me at the Kroger here in Memphis, and he had taken a bus in from South Memphis just hoping that someone would buy him some food,” White told ABC News.

White said Chauncy asked him for donuts, but White knew that the teen needed more food than that, “So we just went aisle by aisle and he told me his story, about him and his Mom, and we just went through the store and got him his necessities, about a week’s worth of groceries.

“He missed the bus, so I drove him back to his house and I saw what he and his mom lived in, and just how much the groceries meant to them. Then I went home and posted on Facebook.”

White said he just shared the story with his friends, and had no idea his and Chauncy’s story would go viral.

White told ABC News how inspired and encouraged he is by the outpouring of love from his community, and that he wants to encourage others to “look for Chauncys out there, look for them and their stories.”

“I live to fulfill God’s heart and God has a heart for the fatherless and for the needy,” White said. “The focus of this is not me and what I did, because I really didn’t do anything. I just captured a story and put it online but our community, Memphis, picked up this family and put them on a platform.”

Chauncy Black told ABC News that his favorite subject in school is math and that when he grows up he wants to be a business owner.

He is currently in 10th grade and plans to launch a lawnmowing business over the summer while he is out of school to support him and his mother.

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Illinois Man Has Won the Lottery Twice Using Same Numbers

Illinois Lottery(MATTESON, Ill.) — A man named Gambles has won the lottery for a second time using the same five numbers he plays every week.

Larry Gambles, of Matteson, Illinois, has been buying seven lottery tickets — one for every day of the week — for the last 15 years, he told ABC News. On June 7, the 65-year-old won more than $1 million dollars playing the Lucky Day Lotto, and nine years ago, he won $50,000 when it was still called the Little Lotto, he said.

Every day, Gambles plays the numbers 01 – 06 – 12 – 14 – 25, which represent the jersey number of one of his football heroes, his jersey numbers from when he played football and basketball in high school, and the number he wore while in a fraternity at the University of Illinois.

“I always play the same numbers,” Gables said. “I never change it.”

The retired school administrator, who worked for Chicago Public Schools, said once a week he buys seven lottery tickets for the week from a gas station on his way home “in case there’s a snowstorm” or something that prevents him from getting there, he said. (In Illinois, you can buy tickets for the Lucky Day Lotto up to 25 days in advance.) The highlight of Gambles’ day is when he comes home from his daily workout to look up the winning numbers, which he does in a print newspaper delivered to his home every morning.

Gambles said he feels “extremely lucky” to have won the lottery a second time, but doesn’t believe it has anything to do with his last name.

“I equate gambling with dice, cards and casinos,” he said. “To me, lottery is just luck.”

Gambles, who was born and raised in Illinois, plans to set up annuities for his 34-year-old daughter and 3-year-old granddaughter once he receives the check. After that, he has no major plans for his winnings, other than sharing his good fortune with family and friends, he said.

He will keep on playing the lottery every day, using the same numbers.

“I will continue until I can’t play anymore,” he said. “I feel very fortunate, and I feel blessed, and I’m very grateful.”

The gas station that sold the winning ticket will receive a $10,500 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, according to the Illinois Lottery. More than 36,000 people won prizes ranging from $1 to $200 in the June 7 drawing.

Gambles’ advice to fellow lottery players: “Pick your favorite numbers and stick with them. It worked for me!”

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WORLD NEWS

Two Terror Suspects Arrested After Planning Euro 2016 Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS) — Anti-terror raids in Belgium had police arrest two men who were planning to attack a Euro 2016 match.

Belgian Police took in the two men for questioning after overnight raids in Verviers and Tournai. They were later arrested and charged for “participation to the activities of a terrorist group,” according to the Belgium Federal Prosecutor’s Office.

ABC News confirmed with Belgian Police that the two men were targeting the Hungary-Belgium Euro 2016 match scheduled for Sunday at 9 p.m. local time.

The two men were charged as perpetrator or co-perpetrator, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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More Than 2 Million Sign Petition Calling for Second ‘Brexit’ Vote

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — More than 2 million Britons and U.K. residents have signed a petition calling for a redo of the European Union referendum, just days after the United Kingdom voted to leave the bloc.

The petition, which was posted before Thursday’s vote, said the government should hold another referendum on E.U. membership if the votes for the “Leave” or “Remain” side are less than 60 percent in a turnout of fewer than 75 percent of eligible voters.

The referendum Thursday saw a turnout of 72 percent of eligible voters, with 52 percent — or more than 17 million people — backing a British exit, or “Brexit,” and 48 percent voting to remain an E.U. member state.

The financial markets quickly reacted lower to the results and the U.S. stock markets closed at three month lows on Friday.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced his resignation Friday after leading the failed “Remain” campaign, had said there wouldn’t be a second vote. But since the unprecedented outcome, the petition, which only British citizens or U.K. residents can sign, has garnered 2,149,429 signatures by 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Parliament must consider a debate on any petition posted on its website that garners more than 100,000 signatures. The government has to respond to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures.

The petition’s website showed a map indicating that most signatures were from people based in areas where support for the “Remain” side was strongest, including London.

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Navy Officer Who Commanded Sailors Detained by Iran Relieved of Duty

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Navy has relieved from duty another commanding officer that oversaw the 10 sailors who, this past January, were detained by Iran for 15 hours after the two boats they were aboard strayed into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.

Captain Kyle S. Moses, who commanded the Bahrain-based Task Force 56, was relieved of his duties Friday by Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).

“Capt. Moses was relieved due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” reads a Navy statement. “He has been temporarily reassigned to the NAVCENT staff.”

The two Riverine boats seized on Jan. 12 by Iranian vessels near Farsi Island had been operating as part of Task Force 56, which is responsible for expeditionary vessels operating in the Middle East. Riverine boats are designed to operate in harbor waters and shallow water areas.

The two Riverine boats were traveling from Kuwait to Bahrain when faulty navigational gear led them to stray into Iranian territorial waters near Farsi Island.

The Navy said Donegan took the action after a final review of the investigation into the circumstances that led to the sailors’ detention.

“Several weeks ago, I had initially taken what I felt was appropriate administrative and corrective action involving Capt. Moses based on the preliminary results of the investigation, which I began immediately after we recovered our Sailors,” said Donegan in the Navy statement. “However, after thoroughly examining the findings of the final, comprehensive investigation, I determined that this additional action was necessary.”

Moses is the second officer to be relieved of command following the incident. In mid May, Commander Eric Rasch was relieved of his command of the San Diego-based Riverine Squadron that oversaw the training and equipping of the detained sailors prior to their deployment to the Persian Gulf. A Navy statement at the time said “Rasch was relieved due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.”

Defense officials say Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, plans to release the findings of the completed investigation next Thursday at a Pentagon news conference.

Additional personnel involved in the incident could face possible administrative action for the navigational mistakes that led to the incident as well as their behavior throughout the incident, according to defense officials.

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Magic’s Top Tracks

Magic’s Top Tracks
#1 Justin Timnberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling”
#2 P!nk “Just Like Fire”
#3 DNCE “Cake By the Ocean”
#4 Lukas Graham “7 Years”
#5 Justin Bieber “Love Yourself”

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Magic’s Top Tracks

Magic’s Top Tracks
#1 “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
#2 “Cake By the Ocean” by DNCE
#3 “Just Like Fire” by P!nk
#4 “7 Years” by Lukas Graham
#5 “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber

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