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Britney Spears Teases Appearance with “Dirty” James Corden on “Carpool Karaoke”

Sonja Flemming/CBSBritney Spears will be James Corden‘s “Carpool Karaoke” passenger on Thursday’s edition of The Late Late Show, a day before she releases her new album, Glory, but we got a preview of the segment Tuesday. 

The clip starts off with the two singing a little of Britney’s 2003 hit, “Toxic.” After the mother of two reveals that her kids have seen her Las Vegas show, Corden jokes, “I saw my mum in her underwear once when I was like 11” — a reference to Spears’ skimpy outfits. 

“You’re so dirty,” Britney responds, giving Corden a playful smack.

“I’m not dirty,” the host answers, “I can’t shake the image from my brain.”  

Britney is the latest famous passenger to ride shotgun with Corden on “Carpool Karaoke.” First lady Michelle Obama was the most recent, with others including Adele, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey and more.

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Ben Rector’s “Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far” Kicks Off Tonight

Rachel KaplanBen Rector kicks off his latest tour, aptly called “The Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far” tour, tonight in Columbus, OH.  But Ben admits that when the idea of this tour was first brought up, he thought it was a “terrible idea.”

Ben, who describes himself as a “super pessimist,” says when his booking agent told him there was demand for more shows, he thought, “This is a terrible idea. Nobody’s gonna come. I’m not gonna be able to come up with another show. We shouldn’t do this.” 

And when he finally agreed to do the tour, Ben says he stressed out about trying to come up with a good name for it.

“I feel like I sweat all the details all the time,” he tells ABC Radio. “And so I was sitting in front of my computer the day before we needed to figure it out, and I was like…’This is the biggest tour that I’ve done so far, what am I gonna call it?’  And I was like, ‘I’m gonna call it that: the Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far tour.'”

The tour is in support of Ben’s top 10 album Brand New and its title track, which has become his biggest hit ever.  He’s just about managed to convince himself that “The Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far” might be successful, even though Brand New came out a year ago.

“I do feel like it’s kinda late in the cycle, but the shows we’re playing on this tour, we haven’t played those markets in a little over a year,” Ben tells ABC Radio. “And I think the last tour was a good show.  And my hope is that people would wanna see a different version. So I don’t know, we’ll see.”  

The tour is scheduled to wrap October 23 in Minneapolis, MN.

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Sia? Drake? JT?…Who’s Got the MTV VMA Song of the Summer?

ABC/Paul LoboWhile the main list of nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards came out in July, the nominees in one final category have been revealed: Song of the Summer.  The songs nominated include number-one smashes you’re probably sick of by now, as well as tunes that are fairly recent.

The category, presented by Verizon, has been around for three years. This year, the nominees are:

Justin Timberlake: “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
Calvin Harris f/Rihanna: “This Is What You Came For”
Drake f/Kyla & Wizkid: “One Dance”
Chainsmokers f/Halsey: “Closer”
Selena Gomez: “Kill ‘Em with Kindness”
Sia: “Cheap Thrills”
Kent Jones: “Don’t Mind”
Fifth Harmony f/Fetty Wap: “All In My Head (Flex)”
Nick Jonas f/Ty Dolla $ign: “Bacon”
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MO: “Cold Water”

Some of these songs, such as “Cheap Thrills,” “One Dance,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” and “Closer,” were #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.  Fans can vote for their favorite by creating their own custom videos for this year’s nominees on the video social networking app musical.ly.  The winner will be chosen based on the amount of content created around each eligible song, and announced during the MTV VMA pre-show, which airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.

In other VMA news, Nathan Sykes and Flo Rida, along with electronic trio Cash Cash, will all perform at a pre-VMA benefit show to benefit GLAAD, the LBGTQ media advocacy organization.  The show takes place in New York City on Friday.  While the VMAs nearly always feature a pre-telecast benefit show, this is the first time that the network has teamed with GLAAD.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Idris Elba Training to Fight for Real

Araya Diaz/WireImage(LONDON) — Star Trek: Beyond baddie Idris Elba is apparently fulfilling his “lifelong ambition” to be a proficient fighter.

People reports he has partnered again with Discovery for Idris Elba: Fighter, a limited series for which the already imposing actor has been training to be a kickboxer with the intention of “testing himself” against professional fighters. 

Elba has experience kickboxing for fitness, but the show will reportedly take him to various countries — including Cuba, Japan, South Africa, and Thailand — to hone his skills.

The series may premiere in early 2017, but the fighting is about to get underway. The actor just posted a shirtless Instagram of himself, along with the caption, “Cutting weight, two days before first fight, mind in the right place. Fear NO guy.”

Discovery International already airs Elba pushing his limits behind the wheel — and the pilot’s stick — with Idris Elba: No Limits. That series has him tackling disciplines like aerobatic feats, land speed records, and rally racing.

 

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“Law & Order” Veteran Stephen Hill Dead at 94

Photo by James Sorensen/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(MONSEY, NEW YORK) — Steven Hill, who for years played gruff District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law & Order, has died.

The World War II Navy vet-turned character actor, who also appeared on the original Mission: Impossible TV series, was 94.

In a statement obtained by The Hollywood ReporterL&O producer Dick Wolf said, “Steven was not only one of the truly great actors of his generation, he was one of the most intelligent people I have ever met…He will be missed but fortunately he can be seen ubiquitously on Law & Order reruns.”

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Report: Chris Rock’s Divorce Finalized

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Steve Harvey Foundation(NEW JERSEY) — Chris Rock’s 20-year marriage with Malaak Compton is officially over.

According to TMZ, the two appeared before a New Jersey judge Monday to finalize their divorce.

Rock and Compton were married in 1996 and have two daughters together, Zahra, 12, and Lola, 14.

The pair, who separated in 2014, reportedly have a third child originally from South Africa, Ntombi, 8, who was never officially adopted but lived with Rock’s family from the age of six months.

Although Chris has reportedly been in contact with his biological children, he’s maintained that Ntombi is not his child.

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SPORTS NEWS

Texas Rangers Place Outfielder Josh Hamilton on Release Waivers

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DALLAS) — Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has been placed on unconditional release waivers.

Hamilton, 35, only played 50 games for the team in the past two seasons after suffering from knee injuries and undergoing surgery for his left knee in June.

He was placed on the release waivers once he was activated from the 60-day disabled list. The move opens the possibility for him to rejoin the team on a minor league deal in 2017.

“I’m hopeful that if he’s healthy and our roster is in a spot where we’d still like to have him back, we can work it out,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in a conference call according to ESPN. “But that’s still a few steps down the line.

“We’ve talked about it for a period of time, and he understands why we did it.”

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Tim Tebow to Workout Before 20 MLB Teams

Travis Bell / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow’s foray into baseball is about to become more real.

On Aug. 30, he is expected to hold a workout in Los Angeles for Major League Baseball teams, a source tells ESPN. So far, more than 20 clubs have said they will be in attendance, another source says.

Tebow, 29, has been working on his baseball skills in Arizona and Los Angeles for nearly a year, according to ESPN. He hasn’t played the sport full-time since 2005 in Florida, where he was an all-state baseball player in high school.

Tebow was drafted from the University of Florida in 2010 by the Denver Broncos in the first round. He last played for the National Football League in 2012 with the New York Jets. He later trained with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles but was cut from both teams before the regular season began.

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Aly Raisman Courted on Twitter, Agrees to a Date with NFL Player

Alex Livesey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Forget Olympic Village dating apps. Gold medalist Aly Raisman managed to score a date with an NFL star over Twitter.

After a proposition by Oakland Raiders tight end Colton Underwood, Raisman agreed to a double date with fellow Olympian Shawn Johnson and her husband Andrew East, who also plays for the Raiders.

It all began with a video on Yahoo! Sports, during which Underwood tells Raisman that if she’s “ever in San Jose and wants to go on a double-date with me and Andrew and Shawn, let me know.”

Raisman, 22, said later in the video that Underwood, 24, is “very cute” and that she would go on a date with him. The conversation then continued on Twitter.

“@Colt3FIVE thanks for the sweet video…. looking forward to meeting you :)” Raisman tweeted at him. He replied, “Anytime! Looking forward to meeting you too. Safe travels back, see you soon!”

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NATIONAL NEWS

Washington State to Kill Pack of Endangered Gray Wolves

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — Wildlife officials in Washington state have made the decision to kill an entire pack of endangered gray wolves after several attacks on livestock.

This week, ranchers discovered two calf carcasses in addition to an injured calf, leading to the decision to eliminate the pack, KOMO, an ABC television affiliate in Seattle reported.

The wolves, known as the Profanity Peak wolf pack, have killed or injured six cows and are suspected in the deaths of at least five others since mid-July.

On Aug. 5, Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife officials culled two members of the pack, in the hopes of preventing any future livestock deaths.

“At that time, we said we would restart this operation if there was another wolf attack, and now we have three,” Donny Martorello, department wolf policy lead, told KOMO. “The department is committed to wolf recovery, but we also have a shared responsibility to protect livestock from repeated depredation by wolves.”

Jim Unsworth, director of Fish and Wildlife, authorized field staff to remove the remaining members of the pack after the two calves were found, according to KOMO.

The Profanity Peak wolf pack is one of 19 known wolf packs in Washington state, KOMO reported.

The pack had at least 11 members, including six adults and five pups earlier this summer.

In 1978, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service reclassifed the gray wolf as endangered.

In some areas, the wolves have made a strong comeback, prompting calls for them to be delisted, especially as run-ins with human populations have increased.

Since 2008, Washington’s confirmed wolf population has grown from two wolves in one pack to at least 90 wolves and 19 packs by early 2016, wildlife figures show.

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Teen Accused of Rape Gets Probation; Survivor’s Group Says Judge’s Ruling May Deter Other Victims

iStock/Thinkstock(EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass.) — An 18-year-old accused of sexually assaulting two high school classmates is facing two years of probation despite the district attorney’s office’s recommendation of two years in prison.

David Becker, of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, was charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery, according to court documents, after an April 2 incident in which he was accused of digitally penetrating two girls who were sleeping in a bed after a house party. Becker and the alleged victims, who are not being identified, were all seniors.

On Aug. 15, Becker’s case was ordered continued without a finding for two years by Palmer District Court Judge Thomas Estes.

As a part of his probation, Becker must remain drug- and alcohol-free and not contact the victims, the court documents state. He also has to undergo an evaluation for sex offender treatment, according to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office.

In a continuance without a finding, the court agrees to continue a case without a guilty finding for a certain period, as long as the defendant adheres to the terms of his or her probation. If the probation is successfully completed, the case is dismissed. In this case, if Becker completes his probation, he will not have to register as a sex offender, according to the district attorney’s office.

According to police reports, Becker told investigators that when one of the girls “didn’t protest,” he assumed it was “OK.” Becker denied to police having any physical contact with the other alleged victim.

A clerk for Estes’ office told ABC News he could not comment on his decision to continue the case without a finding.

The Hampden District Attorney’s Office recommended two years of prison time for Becker, a recommendation it considered “appropriate and fair, based on the facts and circumstances of the case,” according to a district attorney’s office spokesman.

Scott Berkowitz, the president of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, was disappointed by the decision.

“It’s really discouraging when everyone in the process does their job and … then you see a sentence like this,” he told ABC News Tuesday.

He said the judge’s decision in this case is probably “discouraging for the victims” and likely “deters other people from reporting their crimes” and “putting themselves through this entire criminal justice process” because they will wonder, “Is it worth it?”

Berkowitz said sexual assault should be taken seriously, even with an 18-year-old.

“I don’t think it would ever occur to a judge or lawyer that after someone [was] convicted of a murder, that they [would] just get probation because they deserve a second chance,” he said. “There would be a universal understanding that there are consequences for committing a crime that bad.”

Becker’s defense attorney, Thomas Rooke, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment, but he told The Republican that his client “can now look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender.”

Becker’s case comes just months following the outrage after former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who was found guilty of the assault of an unconscious woman, was given just six months in jail.

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North Carolina Police Kill Deaf Man After Chase

Daniel K. Harris Foundation(RALEIGH, N.C.) — North Carolina police shot and killed a deaf man who was the father of a 3-year-old after a traffic stop following a brief chase, according to authorities.

On Aug. 18, police said they tried to stop a car driven by Daniel Kevin Harris for speeding on I-485.

After a brief pursuit the suspect got out of his vehicle and a confrontation took place with officers, during which a trooper fired a shot, police said.

Harris died at the scene.

“At the request of the Highway Patrol, the State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into the shooting,” the North Carolina Highway Patrol said in a statement. “All questions regarding this investigation should be forwarded to their office.”

The SBI said “details of the encounter are still being investigated” and that the agency is working on getting body and dash-cam footage.

It was not clear if police knew that Harris was deaf at the time of the shooting.

Harris’ brother, Charles, said in a statement posted on Facebook: “my family and I dont understand why it had to happened.”

He said his brother was “really scared” of cops because of publicized police confrontations with unarmed or black people.

“Worst thing is…my brother Daniel is deaf. how he can communicate with polices and able to feel safe and protect himself from polices? My brother is UNARMED and still get shot by police,” Charles Harris wrote in the statement.

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WORLD NEWS

Fatalities, Significant Damage After Strong Quake in Central Italy

USGS(ROME) — A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, with reports of fatalities and significant damage surfacing quickly in its aftermath.

Officials say the towns of Accumoli and Amatrice appear to be the hardest hit by the quake, which struck at 3:36 a.m. local time as most residents slept inside their homes.

At least 21 people have been killed, according to Italy’s ANSA news agency.

Tremors were felt as far away as Rome, more than 100 miles away from the quake’s epicenter.

The mayor of Amatrice told ANSA that a large portion of that town had been destroyed and that residents had been buried under the rubble of collapsed homes and buildings.

The mayor of the nearby town of Accumoli reported one family of four found under debris with no apparent signs of life, as well as one other possible victim.

Fabio Curcio, head of Italy’s Civil Protection Department, called it a “serious earthquake” that resulted in “wounded” and “serious damage,” ANSA reported.

The Civil Protection Department labeled the earthquake as “severe,” as reports of power and communications outages and ruptured gas lines added to the difficulties facing emergency responders.

This tweet from Italy’s fire and rescue service shows an aerial view of the devastation in one of the hardest-hit areas.

 

 

The quake was felt across four regions of central Italy: Lazio, Umbria, Abruzzo and Marche.

The U.S. State Dept. urged Americans in the area to contact their loved ones.

 

 

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed the quake’s location and its magnitude.

USGS

The central Apennine region, a mountainous area of central Italy, has seen several significant temblors in the past, according to the USGS.

In April 2009, 6.3 magnitude quake near the town of L’Aquila killed at least 295, injured over 1,000 and left at least 55,000 homeless.

In September 1997, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in the area killed 11 and injured over 100, destroying approximately 80,000 homes in the Marche and Umbria regions.

On January 13, 1915, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake near Avezzano killed approximately 32,000 people.

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North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile from Submarine, US Officials Say

iStock/Thinkstock(PYONGYANG, North Korea) — U.S. officials confirmed South Korea’s claims Tuesday that North Korea submarine-launched a missile.

U.S. Strategic Command said it was “likely a KN-11 ballistic missile” that was launched off the coast of Sinpo, flying about 300 miles into the Sea of Japan.

The missile launch was determined to not pose a threat to North America, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

“The men and women of USSTRATCOM, NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, and U.S. Pacific Command remain vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and are fully committed to working closely with our Republic of Korea and Japanese allies to maintain security,” U.S. Strategic Command said in a statement.

The missile launch comes two days after the U.S. and South Korea began the allies’ annual joint military exercises.

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Gitmo Detainee Abu Zubaydah Appears in Public, Makes Case for Release

iStock/Thinkstock(GUANTANAMO BAY) — Abu Zubaydah, a high-profile detainee at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, appeared publicly for the first time at a hearing Tuesday that will determine if he is still deemed a threat to the United States or whether he could be eligible for a transfer out of the detention camp. He has not been seen publicly since he was captured in Pakistan by the CIA in March 2002.

Mistakenly believed to have been one of the top officials in al-Qaeda, Zubaydah, 45, whose real name is Zayn al-Ibidin Muhammed Husay, was waterboarded 83 times and endured several other enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA in its secret detention program. It was later determined that U.S. intelligence overstated Zubaydah’s role in al-Qaeda.

Zubaydah was among the CIA detainees transferred to Guantanamo in September 2006 when President George W. Bush ended the CIA’s secret prison network. Zubaydah has never been formally charged with a crime during his 14 years in custody.

He appeared before a periodic review board at Guantanamo that determines whether detainees remain terrorist threats or should be cleared for transfer.

Live video of the hearing was streamed to the Pentagon, where a small group of reporters and representatives from advocacy groups watched the proceedings.

According to one of the reporters who saw the feed, Zubaydah did not speak during the proceedings. Dressed in white, he sported a well-trimmed beard and wire-rimmed glasses. An eye patch he has used to cover the left eye he lost during his 2002 capture was apparently dangling from his neck.

Periodic review board public hearings consist of the reading of statements presented in advance by the government and a detainee’s representatives. The hearings then move into a closed, classified session, during which board members may question the detainee.

A statement from Zubaydah’s representative read, “Although he initially believed that he did not have any chance or hope to be released,” Zubaydah has been willing to participate in the periodic review process. “He has come to believe that he might have a chance to leave Guantanamo through this process.”

He “has no desire or intent to harm the United States or any other country, and he has repeatedly said that the Islamic State is out of control and has gone too far,” it continued.

Zubaydah has expressed a desire to be reunited with his family and is said to have “some seed money that could be used to start a business after he is reintegrated into society and is living a peaceful life.”

A U.S. government statement described Zubaydah as having played “a key role” in al-Qaeda’s communications with supporters and operatives. The White House has claimed he “closely interacted” with al-Qaeda’s second in command at the time, Aby Hafs al-Masri.

The government said that Zubaydah “probably retains an extremist mindset” and that he has not made extremist statements “probably to improve his chances for repatriation.”

In June he was expected to testify at a court proceeding for the 9/11 plotters at Guantanamo, but that testimony was delayed after his military lawyer raised objections about the testimony.

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  1. “Cheap Thrills” by Sia feat. Sean Paul
  2. “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots
  3. “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris Feat. Rihanna
  4. “Send My Love” by Adele
  5. “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chain Smokers feat. Daya

Meet Dorothy, Your Magic1049 Pet of The Week!

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If you already have your red slippers, Dorothy is ready to follow the yellow brick road and give you tons of love along the way!  This oreo colored beauty is dreaming of a forever home with you!  She’s a 6year old female domestic short hair. Won’t you save a life today?  Find Dorothy at The Animal Service Center of The Mesilla Valley, 3551 Bataan Memorial West.  Open Monday through Friday Noon-6pm and Weekends Noon-5pm. read more…

Magic 104.9’s Top Tracks

Magic 104.9’s Top Tracks
  1. “Send My Love” by Adele
  2. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
  3. “Cheap Thrills” by Sia feat. Sean Paul
  4. “Just Like Fire” by PINK
  5. “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots

Meet Morpheus, Magic104.9’s Pet of The Week!

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Meet Morpheus! He’s a 4yr old Pitbull mix. Those sweet eyes are not all this hunk of love has to offer! When he’s not watching his favorite movie “The Matrix”, he’s dreaming of his forever home.

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