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Should Lady Gaga Be Next Year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Performer?

Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesFresh off Coldplay’s rocking Super Bowl halftime performance — with scene-stealing appearances by Beyonce and Bruno Mars — people are already speculating about who should take the stage next year.

Billboard has 17 suggestions, and they want you to vote for your favorite. Taylor Swift, who completely geeked out over this year’s halftime performance, is among the choices.

“Oh my god, it was so good I feel like I dreamed it,” she tweeted following the show Sunday night.

If her 1989 world tour is any indication, she’d no doubt bring some stellar guests on stage with her. But Lady Gaga might also be a worthy choice. The singer kicked off Super Bowl 50 with a pitch-perfect rendition of the national anthem and she’s currently leading the Billboard poll.

Other suggestions include Adele, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Pharrell Williams, WALK THE MOON and Rihanna. Maroon 5 is also on the list. Funny enough, Empire actress Taraji P. Henson actually thought they were this year’s halftime performers. She mistook Coldplay for Maroon 5, but quickly corrected herself on Twitter.

Who’s your pick?

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Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato, John Legend to Salute Lionel Richie on Grammy Telecast

Courtesy The Recording AcademyLionel Richie will be honored on this year’s Grammy telecast by an all-genre assortment of artists:  Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Demi Lovato and country superstar Luke Bryan.

Lionel is this year’s MusiCares Person of the Year; a couple days before the Grammys, he’ll be the guest of honor at an all-star tribute.  The segement on Monday night’s Grammys will be a smaller version of that.  The songs Luke, Demi, Meghan and John will sing will span Lionel’s career, from his time with the Commodores to his huge solo hits.  Lionel himself will also take the stage for a group version of one of his classics.

Luke’s presence in the tribute isn’t unusual, considering that Lionel’s best-selling 2012 album Tuskegee featured him teaming with a slew of major country stars.

This will mark the first time Luke, Demi and Meghan will perform on the Grammy stage.  John already has nine Grammys under his belt and is up for four additional ones this year.

The Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, air Monday night on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Elle King & Co-Writer Had “No Idea” They’d Get Grammy Love for “Ex’s and Oh’s”

Shane McCauley/Courtesy RCA RecordsElle King just got engaged to her boyfriend, but her song that documents her complicated love life — “Ex’s and Oh’s” — has earned her two Grammy nods, including Best Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song.  That song, which is also a platinum top 10 hit, only took about an hour to complete because, as Elle’s co-writer explains, “She was just telling her story.”

Elle co-wrote “Ex’s and Oh’s” with Dave Bassett, who’s written songs for Daughtry, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Shinedown and Rachel Platten.  He tells ABC Radio that they came up with the song the very first day they met. In fact, he already had the title ready to go.

“I started playing a grinding riff, and we started getting some melodies and then we’d stop and start and she’d be telling me about her trip to L.A. and this guy and that guy,” Bassett tells ABC Radio. “And I had this title sitting around called ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’ and I never really knew what it would mean, or what it meant. But it really hit us like, that’s really what this is: ‘This is about all your exes, and how they keep coming back, and this crazy love life that you have.'”

“Ex’s & Oh’s” was released September 2014, but it didn’t become a top ten hit until late last year.  While Elle and Bassett believed in the song, they had no expectation that it would become a hit, let alone a Grammy nominee.

“She was just telling her story,” Bassett explains. “She was just relaying all these different anecdotes of this guy here and that guy there and we just made it rhyme, and it worked, and an hour later we had that song, and it was really fun.”  He adds, “We knew we had something great but it wasn’t until a year, year and a half afterwards that it’s all validated.”

When they did hear that “Ex’s & Oh’s” earned two nominations, Bassett remembers exchanging a few emails with Elle that contained “all kinds of expletives.”

“We’re like, ‘Can you believe that?'” Bassett tells ABC Radio. “You know, we got together for a few hours that day and just had a great time and left and the song we’re proud of…but had no idea that we would ever, ever be talking about a Grammy.”

In the Best Rock Song category, Elle and Bassett are competing against acts like James Bay and Florence + the Machine.  But Bassett thinks they’ve got a shot at bringing a trophy home.

“I think our chances are good,” Bassett says. “There’s amazing competition in all the categories and I’m such a fan of all the other records nominated that I don’t mean to be cliché, but it is — it’s an honor to be in such great company. And, hey, if we win, we win and otherwise, I think we’ve already won. I mean, just to be nominated and recognized for something that we just have fun doing is such a reward.”

Bassett’s only regret is that the other massive hit he co-wrote this year — “Fight Song,” by Rachel Platten — didn’t also get nominated for a Grammy.

“The way that song has reached people is something that I’ve never witnessed before in anything I’ve worked on,” he tells ABC Radio. “Forget the awards, forget the money, forget the charts. To see all these people responding and taking the message to heart and then finding strength in it was something that was so powerful for me, and I know for Rachel.

“I haven’t cried that much since I was a baby just watching all these videos come in of people [using the song as an anthem],” he adds. “And what a reward that is!” 

Tune in to the Grammys on February 15 on CBS to see if Elle’s a winner.

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“Girls” Star Lena Dunham Taking Time Off for “Chronic” Illness

Craig Blankenhorn/HBO(NEW YORK) — The HBO show Girls is back for its fifth season later this month, but its biggest star will not be making press appearances due to a “chronic condition.”

Lena Dunham took to Instagram Monday to write, “I just wanted to let you know that, while I am so excited for Girls to return on Feb 21, I won’t be out and about doing press for the new season. As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women’s reproductive health.”

The writer and creator of the show, 29, added that she’s going through a “rough patch” with the illness and that doctors told her to rest.

“That’s a hard thing to do, but I’m trying, because all I want is to make season 6 of Girls the best one yet,” she said.

According to the Mayo Clinic, endometriosis can result in “severe” pain and fertility problems due to tissue that grows outside the uterus instead of inside, which is normal in most women.

“So many women with this disease literally don’t have the option of time off and I won’t take it for granted,” she added, with the closing, “Back soon.”

Dunham has starred on Girls since she helped create the show in 2012.

Hey Beloved Pals, I just wanted to let you know that, while I am so excited for Girls to return on Feb 21, I won't be out and about doing press for the new season. As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women's reproductive health. I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it's time to rest. That's a hard thing to do, but I'm trying, because all I want is to make season 6 of Girls the best one yet. I'm lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni, Judd and the whole Girls gang. So many women with this disease literally don't have the option of time off and I won't take it for granted. Wishing you all health & happiness, in whatever form suits you. Back soon xxLena

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Sylvester Stallone Says He Considered Boycotting the Oscars

Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in “Creed”; Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — The topic of diversity in Hollywood and within the Academy was addressed by several stars Monday at the Oscar nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills.

Sylvester Stallone, a best supporting actor contender for Creed, made headlines by saying he had been open to the idea of boycotting the upcoming Oscars ceremony, due to the all-white field of acting nominees. He says he left it up to Creed director Ryan Coogler, who is black, to make the call.

Stallone shared, “I said, ‘If you want me to go, I’ll go, if you don’t, I won’t.’ And he goes, ‘No, I want you to go.’ That’s the kind of guy he is. ‘I want you to go and respect us and stand up for the film.’”

The 69-year-old actor said he believes it’s “a matter of time” before more improvements on the diversity issue are made.

“Eventually all talent will rise to the top. It’s just a matter of getting, I guess, a new paradigm, a new way of thinking,” he said.

George Miller, a best director nominee for Mad Max: Fury Road, was asked whether the ongoing diversity conversation will affect the way he makes movies in the future. He replied, “To be honest, I hadn’t thought about it in terms of the next movies I hope to make.”

He added, “I think casting is story-driven, but I think what’s really good about what’s happened, if there’s a positive to come out of it, it’s alerted everybody to the problem.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently voted unanimously to make the voting members “significantly” more diverse, with the goal to double the number of women and diverse members by 2020.

The vote came after stars like Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, and Spike Lee said they will not attend the upcoming Oscars ceremony, airing live on ABC on February 28.

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“The Bachelor” Recap: Shocking Eliminations in the Bahamas

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor picked up where last week’s episode left off: with Ben Higgins having a private chat with Olivia after he received several complaints about her from the other women.

Olivia played the victim, saying she has a target on her back and that her fellow bachelorettes were put off by her aggressiveness in pursuing Ben.

The conversation wasn’t going to have any immediate effects on Olivia’s status on the show, since she earned the previous group date rose. But things would change for her soon enough.

At the rose ceremony, Jennifer was eliminated.

The rest of the episode took place in the Bahamas, where Caila scored the first date. While they went fishing, Leah sobbed at the bachelorettes’ place, wondering why she wasn’t the one who was invited to the date.

Caila confessed to Ben that she wasn’t quite ready to be more vulnerable around him. When asked point-blank if she’s ready to commit to him, she expressed reluctance, saying, “I feel my greatest fear is I can’t totally, completely fall in love with somebody.”

Yet moments later, she said she’s falling in love with Ben because she feels understood. After all the confusion, Ben gave her a rose.

Six women joined Ben on the group date, which involved riding a boat and feeding swimming pigs. Seriously.

Leah continued to doubt her future with Ben, and his attempt to reassure her didn’t help much. She later gave Ben something new to worry about, when she told him that a potential relationship between him and Lauren B. wouldn’t work out because she acts differently when she’s not around him. Ben raised the issue with Lauren B., and she was confused and distraught.

When an emotional Lauren B. told the others what had happened, Leah lied and claimed she wasn’t the one who made the comments to Ben.

Lauren B. wondered whether all of this cost her the group date rose, after Ben presented it to Amanda.

Leah tried to dig Lauren B. into an even deeper hole by visiting Ben and suggesting that Lauren isn’t a genuine person. Her plan backfired, big time; Ben was tired of the Lauren B. talk, and he chose to send Leah home after admitting that something was missing between them.

“Leah, I don’t want to put you through this…I think it’s best for us to kind of say goodbye,” he said.

Olivia was back in the picture for a two-on-one date with Ben and Emily. With only one rose up for grabs, one of these bachelorettes would be eliminated. Ben had private time with each of them on a rainy tropical island.

Right before he awarded the rose, he took Olivia aside and said that while he appreciated how open she was with her feelings, he couldn’t reciprocate. “I think as honest as you’ve been with me about your feelings, I have to be honest with you about mine and tell you that today I can’t give you this rose,” he explained.

Emily happily accepted the rose moments later.

Ben wasn’t feeling up to the cocktail party, so he cancelled it. He jumped straight to another rose ceremony, where he said goodbye to Lauren H.

Next Monday, the remaining six women will visit Ben’s hometown of Warsaw, Indiana.

For more Bachelor fun, tune in to ABC this Sunday night — Valentine’s Day — for the special The Bachelor at 20: A Celebration of Love, which will include footage of Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert’s recent wedding.

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UCLA Gymnast’s Floor Routine Goes Viral with Dab, Nae Nae Moves

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — One gymnast is tumbling into Facebook glory with more than 22 million views on her epic hip-hop-themed floor routine.

Sophina DeJesus, a senior at UCLA, nailed her floor routine versus Utah with moves that would make even Beyoncé proud. She struts, she dabs and she Nae Naes in her shiny silver and blue uniform with matching black and blue ponytail.

She perfectly sticks all her landings, pulls off an unbelievable triple flip into a split and caps it off with a salute like it’s no big deal.

The officials at the meet gave DeJesus a 9.925, helping earn UCLA the overall victory.

The routine has been shared on Facebook by ESPN and gymnastic groups from as far away as Australia.

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Report: Josh Donaldson and Jays Agree to 2-Year, $29M Contract

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(TORONTO) – The Toronto Blue Jays and star third baseman Josh Donaldson have agreed to a two-year, $29 million contract, according to a Sportsnet Canada report released Monday.

The contract deal cancels the salary arbitration hearing for Donaldson that was set for Feb. 15.

The 2015 American League MVP took to Twitter prior to the Sportsnet report: 

The deal has not yet been confirmed by either side.

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Sources: Sacramento Kings to Fire Head Coach George Karl

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO) — With a subpar record more than halfway through the season, the Sacramento Kings feel they need a coaching change — so they’re planning to fire head coach George Karl in the next few days, league sources told ESPN.

The Kings made the decision internally that Karl will be fired after Sacramento’s last game before the All-Star Break Wednesday in Philadelphia, the sources said.

Final details are still being worked out, but NBA sources said former Kings forward Corliss Williamson remains the favorite to become the interim coach.

So far this season, the Kings are 21-31, putting them in 10th place in the Western Conference.

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Cornell Frat President Accused of Attempted Rape Released from Custody, Not Allowed on Campus

Tompkins County Jail(ITHACA, N.Y.) — A Cornell University fraternity president accused of attempted rape and sexual abuse was released from custody Tuesday, but a Cornell representative told ABC News the student is not allowed on campus, where he lives.

Wolfgang Ballinger, 21, a member of Psi Upsilon’s Chi Chapter at Cornell, did not appear in court Tuesday. No evidence was presented. A grand jury is set to decide whether to indict him.

Ballinger was charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse, university police said.

Ballinger has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

He was booked into Tompkins County, New York, Jail on Thursday after a female student reported that she was sexually assaulted at the fraternity house, according to university police. Ballinger has served as president of the chapter, Psi Upsilon Executive Director Thomas Fox told ABC News.

The young woman, who is not being identified, reported the alleged incident to police on Jan. 31, telling authorities she was sexually assaulted in a bedroom at the frat house at about 2 a.m. that day. She helped identify Ballinger as the alleged perpetrator, the Cornell University Police Department said.

At the request of the police through his attorney, Ballinger turned himself in to Cornell University Police investigators Thursday. Ballinger was booked at the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond, Cornell University Police said.

Ballinger’s attorney, James Baker, told ABC News in a statement Saturday that Ballinger did not commit the crimes of which he is accused. “His innocence will be established at the proper time and in the proper place, which is in the courts, not in the media,” Baker said.

Cornell’s Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living said, as of Feb. 1, Psi Upsilon was placed “on interim suspension status as a result of alleged sexual misconduct” at the fraternity house.

“Interim suspension is a pause in the operations of a chapter during which the chapter may not engage in any activities other than operation of its residence,” the statement said.

Psi Upsilon Fraternity’s national organization said Friday that all activity at the Cornell chapter is suspended and the fraternity is cooperating with Cornell University during its investigation. Fraternity staff members are also traveling to Ithaca to help.

“Sexual assault, and any form of sexual harassment, is against our policy and in opposition of the values of Psi Upsilon,” Psi Upsilon’s Executive Director Fox said. “Our chapter is cooperating with Cornell’s investigation into this matter and any members involved will be held accountable. The Chi Chapter at Cornell has a distinguished history with the University and we are committed to continuing to be a benefit to Cornell and the Ithaca Community.”

Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett said in a statement: “I am deeply disturbed by the allegations of sexual assault involving the president of Psi Upsilon. Sexual violence has no place at Cornell, and if these allegations are substantiated, those involved will be held accountable.”

“When we were notified of these allegations on Monday, February 1, Psi Upsilon was immediately placed on interim suspension pending the conclusion of a full investigation,” Garrett said. “Although I applaud the swift actions of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) to mandate additional training for its members, we will be considering what additional steps should be taken to ensure the Greek community at Cornell is living up to our institutional standard of excellence and respect for others.”

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“Serial” Convict Adnan Syed’s Hearing Wraps Up

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Lawyers trying to get a new trial for Adnan Syed, the convicted killer at the center of hit podcast “Serial,” and the state attorneys who are hoping to keep him behind bars are making their closing arguments Tuesday after resting their respective cases in Syed’s bid for a retrial.

Syed’s lawyers — C. Justin Brown and Christopher Nieto — and members of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office will wrap up Tuesday before retired Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Martin P. Welch. Welch is likely to release a written decision at a later time, though he could issue a ruling from the bench Tuesday at the conclusion of the hearing.

Syed was convicted in 2000 of murdering his former girlfriend and Woodlawn High School classmate, Hae Min Lee, who was found strangled to death in Leakin Park in 1999. The prosecution at the time placed Syed at the site where Lee’s body was found, using incoming call location data that AT&T had said at the time was “unreliable” in a written memo that was never presented to the jury.

Syed’s lawyers have argued that the call location data should never have been used against him and that his former lawyer, the late Cristina Gutierrez, failed to properly cross-examine the state’s cellular phone expert during Syed’s 2000 trial.

The state says not so, calling another cellular expert last week during Syed’s post-conviction proceedings who corroborated the expert testimony from 2000. He remained on the stand Monday morning.

Syed’s case was propelled into the limelight in late 2014 after Serial uncovered new evidence that could potentially help provide Syed with an alibi: Asia McClain, another classmate, says she saw Syed at the Woodlawn Public Library at around the same time the state says Syed murdered Lee.

McClain, now married and living in Washington State, was confident on the stand last week, saying she and Syed spoke for 15 to 20 minutes on Jan. 13, 1999. She wrote him two letters while he was in prison, offering to speak up on his behalf but Syed’s lawyer never sought her out for her potential alibi testimony.

Lawyers for Syed say he received ineffective counsel in 2000 and that his constitutional rights were violated. The Maryland Attorney General’s Office says he received a fair trial and says it believes Syed is the real killer.

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Obama Proposes New Cybersecurity Plan

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama announced Tuesday a new Cybersecurity National Action Plan to help combat what the president calls one of the most important challenges the U.S. faces.

The plan calls for more than $19 billion for cybersecurity, with $3.1 billion going toward updating the government’s old computer system.

“The Social Security Administration uses systems and code from the 1960s,” Obama wrote in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. “No successful business could operate this way. Going forward, we will require agencies to increase protections for their most valued information and make it easier for them to update their networks.”

The Obama Administration will additionally create a new federal position called Chief Information Security Officer to control and lead the work changes across the government.

The plan will also require stepped-up efforts to build a group of cyber professionals across the government to “push practices at every level,” strengthen partnerships with the private sector to prevent threats, and empower Americans to protect themselves when they’re using the Internet.

“As long as I’m president, protecting America’s digital infrastructure is going to remain a top national-security priority,” Obama said in the op-ed. “We won’t resolve all these challenges over the coming year, but we’re laying a strong foundation for the future.”

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UN ‘Horror’ Report: Syrian Government Beats Thousands to Death

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Syrian government has beaten or tortured to death thousands of detainees since the beginning of the civil war there, “horrors” only rivaled by the war crimes of some rebel Islamist groups like ISIS on the other side of the fight, a new United Nations report says.

“In the Syrian Arab Republic, massive and systemized violence – including the killing of detainees in official and makeshift detention centres – has taken place out of sight, far from the battlefield,” says a report from the U.N.’s Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, published Monday. “The government has committed crimes against humanity of extermination, murder, rape or other forms of sexual violence, torture, imprisonment, enforced disappearance and other inhuman acts. Based on the same conduct, war crimes have also been committed.”

The report, which the commission says is based on more than 600 interviews as well as “considerable documentary material,” contains some gruesome details of individual cases.

“In early 2014, a detainee at Sednaya prison (Damascus) was killed after guards entered the cell and subjected him to severe beating, including kicking to the head and vital organs. Other prisoners present were ordered to face the wall while the man was heard screaming,” the report says. “The victim was left vomiting blood. A former cellmate explained how the man asked him to tell his wife and family what happened to him.”

The cellmate reportedly said, “He died. We closed his eyes, wrapped him in a military blanket and read the Quran in our hearts.”

Paulo Pinheiro, the commission’s chair, said stories like the cellmate’s were hardly unique.

“Nearly every surviving detainee has emerged from custody having suffered unimaginable abuses,” he said.

The report also named rebel groups, including terrorist designated organizations like ISIS and al Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra, as committing similar atrocities in their own “prisons.”

“Jabhat al-Nusra has set up detention facilities in Idlib [in western Syria] where deaths in detention were documented,” the report says. “The terrorist group also conducted mass executions of captured Government soldiers. Both Jabhat Al-Nusra and some anti-Government armed groups have committed the war crimes of murder, cruel treatment, and torture.”

Likewise, ISIS’ crimes in Iraq and Syria have been well-documented.

Last year, ABC News documented alleged abuses perpetrated by Iraqi government forces and pro-Iraqi government militias in Iraq, the evidence of which was available on social media from fighters boasting about the apparent war crimes.

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Hong Kong ‘Fish Ball Revolution’ Erupts in Violent Crackdown

Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images(HONG KONG) — Violent clashes erupted overnight in Hong Kong after protesters defended unlicensed food vendors, set up for Chinese New Year celebrations, from being shut down by police.

The night market has become popular over the years, with officials usually turning a blind eye. But police decided to issue tickets this year.

Reports of a crackdown against the hawkers who sell fish balls and other local food delicacies quickly spread on social media along with the hashtag #fishballrevolution.

More than 100 individuals are believed to have taken part and police told reporters Tuesday that 54 were arrested “on suspicion of assaulting and obstructing officers, resisting arrest and public disorder,” despite instructions to disperse.

“The government strongly condemns such violent acts,” Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters, adding: “The police will apprehend the mobs and bring them to justice.”

The violence, which took place in a working-class neighborhood called Mong Kong, was the worst that the city had experienced since the wave of pro-democracy protests in 2014 known as the #umbrellarevolution.

The vendors’ cause resonated with pro-democracy activists because of their concerns that local culture is disappearing as China tightens its hold on the semi-autonomous city.

Hong Kong’s “Localist” movement activists, who are calling for more autonomy from Beijing, were among those taking part in the protest. The group said on its official Facebook page that its candidate for local council, Edward Leung Tin-kei, had been arrested.

Police later said they did not expect another riot Tuesday when fireworks have been planned, but they will increase the numbers of officers on patrol as a precautionary measure.

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Two Trains Collide in Germany, Eight Dead, at Least 100 Injured

iStock/Thinkstock(BAD AIBLING, Germany) —Two morning commuter trains have collided in Bad Aibling in southern Germany, killing eight people and injuring more than 100 others, police said.

The train manufacturer, Meridian, released a statement in German, saying two trains collided just after 7 a.m. Tuesday local time.

In a news conference, German Transport minister Alexander Dobrindt told reporters, “it’s a shocking sight how the two trains collided and the one has smashed into the other.”

There is no detail on the condition of the two train operators.

“They must have hit each other at a high speed. On that line 120 kilometers per hour is allowed,” Dobrindt said of a speed equal to about 74 mph.

“The crash happened on a curve so we have to assume the drivers didn’t see each other and didn’t brake.”

He added, “It’s a heavy point in the history of German train travel, one of the worst accidents of the past years.”

“We have an automatic security system that should prevent trains colliding with a forced brake if two trains are on the same rails.”

Bernd Rosenbusch, managing director of the Bavarian Oberland Bahn GmbH, which operates the trains, said “the accident was a huge shock to us. We do everything to help travelers, families and employees,”

Technical director Fabian Amini said, “We were quickly on the scene and were able to get an idea of the serious collision. We thank the emergency services and employees who have provided assistance as quickly.”

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas tweeted, “Quite bad news from #Bad Aibling. Our thoughts are with the victims + injured. Thanks to rescuers.”

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Pair for A Pair

Pair for A Pair

kristenCongratulations to Kristen Whalen the Grand Prize Pair for a Pair winner and runner up winner Jessie Canales! (more photos below) All Qualifiers met Saturday 2/06 at 2pm at Ashley Furniture, 3299 Del Rey Blvd., to compete in a quick game of “Musical Pairs!” The contestants had to match Celebrity/Musician couples  and seat their head shots in a love-seat in a timed event. Some literally dived into action but it was Kristen & Jessie who found themselves in the final showdown and it was less than a second that gave Kristen the edge to win!

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Harlem Globetrotters @ the Pan Am on 2/14

Harlem Globetrotters @ the Pan Am on 2/14

Win tickets with Magic 104.9’s Ballad Battle!! This Valentine’sDay make it special for the whole family by enjoying a fun-filled afternoon with The Original Harlem Globetrotters. Celebrate the Globies 90th anniversary as they embark on their most epic tour in history! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages.

Tickets for their 2 p.m.performance on Sunday, Feb. 14,start at just $27 are on sale at the Pan Am Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, 800-745-3000, and Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at For more ticket information, please call 575-646-1420.

Magic 104.9’s Ballad Battle

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Vote for your favorite love ballads to be entered to win daily prizes plus a Grand Prize. Daily Prizes include tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters on Valentines Day, Gift Certificates to Movado Massage & Salon Spa and more. The Grand Prize is a night stay at The Lodge Resort in Cloudcroft! Vote online below (click “read more”), at live broadcasts, or at our studios at 101 Perkins Drive.  The drawings will happen at 8am and noon every day throughout the promotion. If your name is announced you have 5 minutes to call and claim your prize. When you claim your prize you become eligible to win the Grand Prize.

To enter, please vote for at least 5 songs below…

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Meet Pooch, Magic’s Pet Of the Week!

21065237 - PoochMeet the handsome, sweet, cuddly Pet of the Week, Pooch! Pooch is very active and strong. If you like hiking up Dripping Springs or running down the Telshor Trail, this guy is the one for you. He prefers big yards so he has plenty of room to run around and play! Please come meet him today; he has been at the ASCMV for over nine months!

ASCMV 3551 Bataan Memorial West 575-382-0018 Monday – Friday & Noon to 6pm Saturday/Sunday: Noon to 5pm Be sure to visit the offsite adoption events Saturday at Farmers’ Market, 9:00am to 1pm  & Petco, 11:00am to 3:00pm

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