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Rihanna Debuts “Star Trek”-Inspired Dior Sunglasses

Getty Images via ABCRihanna continues to expand her fashion empire with her latest creation, Christian Dior sunglasses.

As her third version of Puma creepers arrive in stores Thursday, the Dior brand ambassador unveiled her new venture, futuristic shades, on Instagram.

“I’ve always been obsessed with his eyewear, and when I got to Dior and saw all the materials I could play with, it all just came together,” Rihanna said in a statement to Women’s Wear Daily.

“I spent a day at Dior with their eyewear design team,” she adds. “I started by looking through all the archives to see what they’ve done in the past, then got acquainted with all the new materials. I literally sat there and drew and drew until I was happy with the design, and the team illustrated it for me right then and there.”

Rihanna says after that, it was only “a matter of weeks” before the first prototype was a reality.

The “Rihanna” sunglasses feature a metallic frame inspired by the vision-enhancing appliance worn by Levar Burton’s Geordi La Forge character in Star Trek: The Next Generation. La Forge was blind, and required the special eyepiece to see. The singular style will be available in several colors, including silver, pink, blue, green and red.

The sunglasses will go on sale at Dior stores in early June. Prices start at $840, going up to $1,950 for the 24-karat gold-plated frames.

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Jennifer Lopez Says She Helped “Break the Mold” for Curvy Women in Film

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCEarlier this week, Jennifer Lopez released a limited edition T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “Lucky to have these curves.” And indeed she knows how lucky she is. In The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, J. Lo discusses her famous figure and how it wasn’t always so famous.

“In traditional movies, that wasn’t the figure unless you were playing, like, the femme fatale or the bombshell or something like that,” she says. “You couldn’t be the serious lead. We kind of broke that mold.”

Still, there were times when being the lead role in a movie didn’t exactly work out. Gigli, for instance, was an infamous failure — but Jennifer says she never took it that hard.

“I never thought of it as, ‘Oh, this is terrible! My career’s over!’ I just never thought that,” she says. “I just knew that that movie didn’t work and that’s all it was, or that relationship didn’t work and that’s all it was. It wasn’t going to end me, personally or professionally.”

She adds that even when she got married and had kids and her career slowed down a bit, she always knew she’d bounce back. “I realized, ‘Yeah, you’re gonna be even better than you were before. Watch,’” she says. “Those are the kind of talks that I had with myself.”

Now, though, she acknowledges that fame bothers her more as she gets older. “When you’re young it’s like a shock at first, and you kind of have anxiety about it, but then you get used to that life and it just becomes your normal life,” she says. “And now? I think when I had kids and stuff, I was like — I wanted a little more freedom to go outside and not have them have to deal with that part of it.”

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Taylor Swift’s Fan-Made Book Gets a Fan-Made Cover

ABC/Fred LeeTaylor Swift’s fan-curated book now has a fan-made cover. The book jacket for Taylor Swift: This Is Our Song features a winning design from Shanna Canarini, a 23-year-old graduate of the American Academy of Art.

Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the red cover, which has Taylor’s name spelled out using different words and imagery from different stages in her life and career.

The book is being put together by Swifties in collaboration with Simon & Schuster. It will be released on October 25, to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Taylor’s first album. Her self-titled debut was released October 24, 2006.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Gunshots at T.I. Concert in NYC; One Dead

Grand Hustle/Atlantic(NEW YORK) — A T.I. concert in New York City got violent on Wednesday night.

Four people were shot at the Manhattan venue Irving Plaza, the site of the concert, at 10:15 p.m. local time. T.I. was not performing at the time of the shooting.

One male victim was pronounced dead at Beth Israel hospital. There were three other victims — two male, one female — who were taken to other hospitals; there was no word on their condition as of early Thursday.

No suspects are in custody at this time.

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Gillian Anderson Tweets: “It’s Bond. Jane Bond.”

Frank Ockenfels/FOX(NEW YORK) — X-Files star Gillian Anderson sent fans into a tizzy, after she retweeted a poster of her standing in the rifled barrel backdrop made famous at the start of every James Bond film.

“It’s Bond. Jane Bond,” she captioned the post, which was retweeted nearly 13 thousand times, and liked more than 25 thousand since Saturday. “Thanks for all the votes! (And sorry, don’t know who made poster but I love it!),” Anderson wrote, adding, “#NextBond.”

Incidentally, it’s not known who will replace Daniel Craig as 007, if and when he hangs up his holster, though Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy, and Idris Elba have been rumored replacements.

Still, Anderson’s post has inspired a thousands-strong online petition and a hashtag #GillianForBond.

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Laverne Cox on North Carolina Bathroom Legislation: “The Public’s Not Falling for It”

Eric Charbonneau/Netflix(NEW YORK) — Laverne Cox, the groundbreaking transgender star of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, gets emotional when discussing the controversy swirling around North Carolina these days.

In the wake of bathroom legislation that critics have deemed anti-LGBT, recordings artists including Maroon 5, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam are boycotting the state. That’s music to the ears of Cox.

“I’ve never seen so many artists, so many artists on a federal level come have our backs,” the actress says.

Cox says she thinks the laws are just scapegoating trans people during an election year.

“[W]hat’s amazing is that the public’s not falling for it, all the artists who are boycotting North Carolina aren’t falling for it, and we’re going to have equality and justice for trans people in the United States,” she says.

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SPORTS NEWS

Steve Kerr Says Steph Curry’s Struggles Are Not Injury Related

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Golden State Warriors’ coach Seve Kerr insisted once again that Stephen Curry’s two-game slump is not because of Curry’s injured right knee, according to ESPN.

Curry’s recent poor performance is so unexpected that people are speculating whether he is really bothered by the sprained MCL he suffered in Game 4 of the opening-round series against the Houston Rockets.

“Nobody has said anything about Steph being 70 percent to me,” Kerr said referring to a Yahoo! Sports report that quoted a non-Warriors source as saying Curry is playing at 70 percent. “Training staff, relatives, friends, sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking — nobody has told me he’s 70 percent. Evidently they told the media but not me.”

ESPN reports that Kerr acknowledged Curry has not been as “explosive” during the past two games, but he said it’s due to the rigorous series that offers little time for rest and recovery.

“It’s the playoffs, and nobody cares,” Kerr said of Curry’s knee. “Everybody has issues and injuries.”

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Vikings’ Blair Walsh Putting 2015 Field Goal Miss Behind Him

iStock/Thinkstock(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) — After Wednesday’s session of the Minnesots Vikings’ organized team activities, kicker Blair Walsh told reporters that he has moved on from that tough miss that brought the Vikings’ 2015 season to an end.

Walsh was referring to the 27-yard field goal that he missed wide left in the final seconds of the Vikings’ 10-9 wild card loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN.

Walsh told reporters that he is no longer thinking about that miss on a daily basis.

“My common message is, it’s one moment,” Walsh said. “It won’t define me.”

ESPN reports Walsh will play in the first season of the four-year contract extension he signed with Minnesota last summer.

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Bills GM Says He ‘Used Poor Choice of Words’ Regarding Game Safety

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(BUFFALO , N.Y.) — Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley admitted in a statement he issued Wednesday that he “used a poor choice of words” while discussing whether humans’ bodies were made to withstand playing football during a radio interview, ESPN reports.

“Clearly I used a poor choice of words in my comment yesterday [Tuesday] morning,” the statement read. “As a former player who has the utmost respect and love for the game, the point that I was trying to make is that football is a physical game and injuries are a part of it.”

The statement comes after Whaley responded to a question about whether Bills receiver Sammy Watkins is prone to injuries in an interview with Buffalo radio station WGR 550.

“This is the game of football,” Whaley had said. “Injuries are a part of it. It’s a violent game that I personally don’t think humans are supposed to play.”

According to ESPN, Whaley retracted that comment, commending the benefits of playing football and the advances in safety in the league.

“Playing football no doubt is very physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, and that is all part of what makes the game so compelling to play and watch,” he said in the statement. “The game has more protection for players now than ever, thanks largely to the safety advancements and numerous rule changes made by our league and promoted to all levels of football. I believe our game continues to have a bright future and I hope that this statement provides clarity as to the intent of my earlier comment.”

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NATIONAL NEWS

Suspect in Arizona Highway Shootings Identified and Charged

Arizona Department of Public Safety(PHOENIX) — A man who allegedly shot at passing cars while driving the wrong way on a highway — leaving a trail of havoc, including a vehicle that caught fire — was arrested and charged Wednesday, according to police.

The suspect was identified as 36-year-old James David Walker of San Tan Valley in Phoenix, according to Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Damon Cecil. He was booked into a downtown Phoenix jail on charges of aggravated assault, attempted homicide, armed robbery, theft of means of transportation and possession of dangerous drugs, police said. Additional charges are pending.

Multiple police agencies, including DPS and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, responded to reports of someone shooting at passing cars on Highway 87 near Gilbert, Arizona, Tuesday night.

A total of six cars — with 13 people inside — were hit, including a trooper whose vehicle was shot several times. One person was “grazed” by a bullet to the head, but refused medical treatment.

A second person was shot in the leg and drove to a casino for help. That person’s injury is considered to be non-life-threatening. The remaining people were not injured.

Cecil said one of the cars that was shot caught fire because of the gunfire.

The suspect then drove to a convenience store and allegedly carjacked a vehicle. He then fled north on State Route 87.

“This was an active-shooter situation,” Cecil said.

The Mesa Police Department air unit found vehicle the suspect had allegedly stolen and then abandoned in the desert near milepost 201, Cecil said. The suspect was found roughly a quarter-mile away in the fetal position.

Authorities said the suspect was alive when he was captured, but not responsive and not listening to commands. A K-9 was released and bit the suspect, who was eventually taken into custody.

He suffered a minor injury and was taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said.

No officers or troopers were injured.

Cecil said “multiple rifles,” including a semi-automatic AR-15, were found by the suspect’s vehicle, along with ammunition and body armor.

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Study Looks at Veterans Most at Risk for Suicide Attempts

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Suicide remains a substantial problem among veterans with rising rates in the past decade and higher rates than the general population, according to researchers.

A new study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, looks at a large group of veterans and active service members to help determine timing and other factors that put them at higher risk and ways to help combat the problem.

“Deployment context is important in identifying SA [suicide attempt] risk among Army-enlisted soldiers,” the authors wrote in the study. “A life/career history perspective can assist in identifying high-risk segments of a population based on factors such as timing, environmental context and individual characteristics.”

Researchers from several institutions including the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Harvard Medical School, and the University of California-San Diego examined data from 163,178 enlisted soldiers. Of those, 9,650 had attempted suicide during the study period between 2004 to 2009.

The authors found some surprising results including the fact that enlisted soldiers, who had never been deployed, accounted for 61.1 percent of the enlisted soldiers who attempted suicide.

Among these soldiers, the risk for suicide attempt was highest when they reached their second month of service. Those who were deployed were at highest risk six months into deployment. For those who had previously deployed and returned home, five months after getting back home was their highest risk time.

The most likely soldiers to attempt suicide were women, who had received a mental health diagnosis in the past month. Those who screen positive for depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), were also at high risk for a suicide attempt if they had been deployed previously.

Dr. David Rudd, a clinical psychologist focused on veteran issues and the President of the University of Memphis, told ABC News said the findings showed how soldiers often show signs of distress early into their service.

“Individuals who have difficulty have it early in their service,” said Rudd. “It speaks to significant vulnerability when they come into service.”

Rudd said the fact that suicides rates are at high levels even in people who have not seen combat suggests that officials should focus on improving screening measures before service to identify people unable to cope with the stressors of a military job.

“It raises a tougher question,” Rudd said. “Are they really suited for military experience? We need better screening, the question is how do you do it effectively for numbers that large. Clearly self report screening is not doing that effectively.”

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States Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Directive

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Eleven states have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration challenging the government’s directive that allows transgender individuals to use the bathroom that matches their gender identities.

Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia, along with one Texas and one Arizona school district, have signed the 32-page lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a federal court in Dallas, names the Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Education Secretary John King, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other top U.S. officials as defendants. It accuses the Obama administration of violating federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

It also accuses the Obama administration of transforming “workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights.”

On May 13, the Department of Justice and Department of Education released a letter arguing that schools that receive public funding are expected to comply with Title IX, which prohibits “sex discrimination in educational programs and activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance.”

The lawsuit addresses the letter, claiming it foists a “new version of federal law on more than 100,000 elementary and secondary schools that receive federal funding.”

“The new rules, regulations, guidance and interpretations described herein go so far beyond any reasonable reading of the relevant Congressional text such that the new rules, regulations, guidance and interpretations functionally exercise lawmaking power reserved only to Congress,” the lawsuit states.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed via Twitter Wednesday that his state will challenge the White House’s directive.

“Texas will sue to stop Obama’s transgender directive to schools,” the tweet read.

The directive from the U.S. Justice and Education Departments is part of an escalation in legal actions taken after the Justice Department and North Carolina sued one another over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate.

Proponents of Obama’s directive view it as an important step in protecting the civil rights of transgender people, while detractors allege that it harms women and children.

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WORLD NEWS

Migrant Boat Capsizes in Mediterranean, Killing 5

TongRo Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Italian navy was called to rescue 562 migrants after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Wednesday, the BBC reports.

According to the BBC, the trawler reportedly overturned because the people onboard rushed to one side after spotting a rescue ship.

Five of the migrants were found dead.

According to the BBC, Italy’s Bettica patrol boat threw life jackets into the water while rescue boats were sent. That same boat rescued another 108 migrants from a separate incident earlier Wednesday.

The BBC reports about 6,000 migrants trying to reach Europe illegally have been rescued from poorly built rafts in the Mediterranean in just the past few days.

Aid agencies say crossing the sea between Libya and Italy is the main route for migrants to take after a European Union deal with Turkey docked the number of migrants using the Aegean to get to Greece, according to the BBC.

About 700 migrants have died, which is the largest single loss of life in the Medterranean in decades, the BBC reports.

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Solar Impulse Pilot Shares Most Sublime Moment of Journey So Far

Christophe Chammartin/ SI2 via Getty Images(LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa.) — Solar Impulse, the lightweight solar-powered airplane being flown by two pilots on a journey around the world, hit a milestone Wednesday afternoon after successfully crossing the United States.

Swiss adventurers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg take turns flying the one-seater airplane, which is solely powered by the sun’s energy. Piccard spoke to ABC News from the cockpit Wednesday as he made the 400-mile journey from Dayton, Ohio, to Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, where he said he expects to land around 9 p.m. ET.

“When I heard the air traffic controller from New York, I thought, ‘Wow, we have crossed the United States. We are arriving now on the East Coast, coming from Hawaii through San Francisco, Phoenix, Tulsa, Dayton,'” he told ABC News. “That is so great. We are very happy.”

The final American leg will include Borschberg flying from Pennsylvania and past the Statue of Liberty before landing in New York ahead of a grueling transatlantic flight. Compared to what is ahead, Piccard said today’s flight “is not very technical because it is short.”

“I took off in the night at 4 in the morning to avoid the bad weather coming through Dayton,” he said. “I will arrive a little bit too early over Lehigh Valley and I will start now holding. That means to wait for several hours until the wind decreases and then I will land after 9 p.m. tonight.”

Solar Impulse is able to fly day and night because of the solar energy is stored in batteries on the aircraft. The duo expect to complete their around-the-world journey this summer in Abu Dhabi. While the project is designed to raise awareness about clean energy, it’s also provided some memorable personal moments.

“As the promoter of the message of Solar Impulse, it was the most fantastic moment for me when I could speak live to the General Assembly of the United Nations from the cockpit of Solar Impulse and speak about clean technologies. That was fantastic for me,” Piccard said.

As an explorer, Piccard said his most memorable moment thus far was when he was crossing the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and San Francisco.

“I was in the middle of the ocean, in the middle of the night, alone in the plane and I was just really happy because this is the world I love,” he said. “This is the world of exploration. You get out of your comfort zone, you explore the unknown. You are pushing the limits and you discover what you have inside of yourself.”

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NASA: Mystery of Massive Black Holes May be Answered

NASA/CXC/STScI(NEW YORK) — Scientists may have unraveled the mystery of what creates supermassive black holes.

Giant black holes are at the heart of almost every large galaxy and are so large some are billions of times the mass of the sun. They were formed around 13 billion years ago, less than one billion years after the formation of the universe, according to NASA.

Using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, scientists determined a collapsing cloud of gas may have been the catalyst for forming supermassive black holes, creating black hole seeds. As a result, the black holes were able to skip the intermediate steps in the growth process.

If the new research holds up, it would provide the clearest explanation yet as to how black holes may have come into existence and another possible mechanism for how the mysterious celestial objects came to be. Other theories for growth include smaller black holes merging and pulling in gas from surrounding objects.

Fabio Pacucci, a researcher from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa Italy, led the study. Pacucci said his team was able to use long-exposure images from the space observatories to pinpoint the locations of two probable black hole seeds estimated to have formed within the first billion years following the Big Bang.

The research suggests supermassive black holes were simply born big and grew at a normal rate as opposed to another theory that black holes start small and quickly expand.

“Our discovery, if confirmed, explains how these monster black holes were born,” Pacucci, a said in a statement. “We found evidence that supermassive black hole seeds can form directly from the collapse of a giant gas cloud, skipping any intermediate steps.”

While the development is exciting, the researchers need more time to validate their findings and will now focus on getting more data on the two black hole seeds and hope to pinpoint more black holes that may be the result of a direct collapse.

“Black hole seeds are extremely hard to find and confirming their detection is very difficult,” Andrea Grazian, a co-author of the paper said in the same statement. “However, we think our research has uncovered the two best candidates to date.”

The complete findings of the study will be published in an upcoming issue of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Britney Spears Medley at 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Millennium Award Winner Britney Spears kicked off the Billboard Music Awards with a 7 song medley. It Began with Work Bitch then she tore away her red dress to show off that amazing body in a Vegas Style red bikini for Womanizer. Th medley also included I Love Rock & Roll (where she straddled a rockin guitar), Breathe On Me, I’m a Slave For You, Touch of My Hand and finally Toxic. 

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