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John Legend dismisses robbery reports, but driver is charged with grand larceny

ABC/Eddy ChenDespite reportsJohn Legend claims he was not the victim of a robbery on Thursday at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The New York Daily News had reported that John’s bag was stolen by a livery cab driver hustling for a ride. The “In America” singer dismissed the robbery claims in several tweets, explaining what really happened with his luggage. 

“We use a trusted car service and they did not rob me. Our Delta greeter made a mistake and left a bag on the cart,” he wrote. “The bag was taken because it was left unattended. The airport police caught the person who took it (on video) and retrieved my bag.”  

But that doesn’t mean that a crime wasn’t committed. ABC News has learned that a livery driver took the bag off the carousel, and John then reported it missing.  The driver was identified on surveillance video and asked to come back to the airport for an interview. 

The driver, Agustin Hilario, brought the bag with him when he returned to the airport, and said he took it by mistake.  He was placed into custody and charged with grand larceny.

John praised the airport’s security and police with a picture of Get Out character Rod Williams, who’s portrayed in the Jordan Peele hit horror flick as a T.S.A. officer. 

“One could say it’s been handled,” he declared.  

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Iggy Azalea releases twerk-tastic video for “Mo Bounce”

ABC/Fred LeeNew music, same signature move. Iggy Azalea takes her twerking skills to a whole new level in the new video for “Mo Bounce.”

The Australian rapper jiggles her assets to the bumping electronic beat all throughout the sexy visual, which is set in Hong Kong.  Iggy and her dancers eventually end up in a glow-in-the-dark twerk-fest, as she raps, “Mo bounce in the motherf****** house.”

“Mo Bounce” is Iggy’s new single from her forthcoming album Digital Distortion, set to be released sometime this summer. The album’s release was pushed back from last year.

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John Mayer wants marriage and kids: “I’m running late for my life”

Frank OckenfelsThis October, John Mayer will be 40, and the reformed womanizer says all he wants now is to settle down, get married and be a dad.

“That’s the final frontier, man,” the currently single star tells the New York Times“I wish there was somebody to throw me the 40th. I want the baby with the protective earphones,” he says. 

He’s referring to to the fact that many pop star moms and dads bring their young children to their concerts, but make them wear ear protection.

The Times notes that John has also been living in a hotel, “for fear of establishing another bachelor pad.”

“I want to say, ‘We’ll take it,’” he says, referring to buying a house with his future spouse. “I’m right on time for my career, and I’m running late for my life.”

However, John admits that being known as a player may harm his chances for domestic bliss.

“I’ve inherited a younger man’s reputation,” he complains.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Bill Murray cheers on Xavier basketball team’s upset win over Arizona

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Bill Murray was seen cheering on No. 11-seed Xavier University in the team’s victory over No. 2-seed University of Arizona in Thursday’s NCAA tournament matchup.

Murray’s son Luke Murray is in his second year as an assistant coach for Xavier’s basketball team.

When the team pulled off the shocking 73-71 win over Arizona, Murray went crazy in the stands, high-fiving those around him and rubbing the head of Sister Rose Ann Fleming, the now-famous 77-year-old nun who makes sure all of Xavier’s student-athletes meet the school’s academic standards.

Murray, 66, hasn’t missed a single tournament game, which has some suggesting he could be behind the team’s winning streak.

“Tons of credit to Bill Murray,” Entourage actor Jerry Ferrara tweeted after the win.

Murray is having a stellar sports year. Not only is his son’s team on a roll, but last year, his favorite major league baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, clinched the World Series title for the first time in 108 years.

You can bet the actor will be in the stands when Xavier takes on No. 1-seed Gonzaga on Saturday for a chance to go to the Final Four.

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Michael Pena lays his “CHIPS” on the table, hides “Ant-Man 2” cards

GMA After Hours(NEW YORK) — Michael Pena played a policeman in the acclaimed drama End of Watch, and plays motorcycle cop in the film reboot of the ’70s TV series CHiPs — but he’s possibly more famous for stealing scenes as a petty thief in Marvel’s Ant-Man.  

GMA After Hours host Lynda Lopez caught up with the versatile star, and he talked — or didn’t — about the superhero sequel.

As for the ’70s cop show he’s rebooting opposite co-star and director Dax Shepard, Pena admitted he was a fan of the original series, but added, “I think my mom was a bigger fan! It came on Saturdays and she would like get ready…she would make dinner early. It was almost like she was going out on a date with [CHiPs star] Erik Estrada.”

As for Ant-Man 2 — officially titled Ant-Man and The Wasp — Pena said, “They just pitched me the entire story last week,” adding with a smile, “and I can’t say anything about it.”

Lopez protested, and the actor offered: “Paul Rudd is in it…I’m in it…That’s it.”

CHIPS, which also stars Shepard’s wife Kristen Bell, opens Friday.

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Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds memorial service set for Saturday

Getty Images/Ethan Miller(LOS ANGELES) — On Saturday, the public gets a chance to say a final farewell to Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, who died one day apart late in December.

The memorial will be held at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Cemetery Hollywood Hills at 1 p.m. ET. Fans can attend on a first come, first served basis, and when the hall fills up, they’ll be able to stand outside and watch the service on screens.

Can’t make it to California? The whole thing will be live-streamed on DebbieReynolds.com.

Debbie’s son Todd told Variety not long ago, “The public is invited because that’s how my mother would want it. She was very connected to her fans and felt they were a part of her.

Fisher also said that a video of a song that James Blunt wrote as a tribute to Carrie will be released on the day of the memorial. James and Carrie were good friends; before he found fame with his hit “You’re Beautiful,” he actually lived with her. In fact, he wrote “You’re Beautiful” in her bathroom.

“It might rip your heart out,” Todd Fisher said of the song.

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SPORTS NEWS

Bill Murray cheers on Xavier basketball team’s upset win over Arizona

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Bill Murray was seen cheering on No. 11-seed Xavier University in the team’s victory over No. 2-seed University of Arizona in Thursday’s NCAA tournament matchup.

Murray’s son Luke Murray is in his second year as an assistant coach for Xavier’s basketball team.

When the team pulled off the shocking 73-71 win over Arizona, Murray went crazy in the stands, high-fiving those around him and rubbing the head of Sister Rose Ann Fleming, the now-famous 77-year-old nun who makes sure all of Xavier’s student-athletes meet the school’s academic standards.

Murray, 66, hasn’t missed a single tournament game, which has some suggesting he could be behind the team’s winning streak.

“Tons of credit to Bill Murray,” Entourage actor Jerry Ferrara tweeted after the win.

Murray is having a stellar sports year. Not only is his son’s team on a roll, but last year, his favorite major league baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, clinched the World Series title for the first time in 108 years.

You can bet the actor will be in the stands when Xavier takes on No. 1-seed Gonzaga on Saturday for a chance to go to the Final Four.

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Pat Kelsey backs out of UMass contract, returns to Winthrop

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Pat Kelsey has backed out of his contract to coach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, just two days after signing the deal.

“For personal reasons, I have asked the University of Massachusetts to allow me to be released from the offer I accepted to be the head men’s basketball coach,” Kelsey said in a statement Thursday. “To be clear, this decision is entirely personal and in no way an assessment of the commitment UMass made to me personally or to the resources available at UMass to have a nationally-recognized program.”

“I apologize to Chancellor [Kumble] Subbaswamy, Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford, members of the basketball program and the UMass community who embraced my appointment this week and made me feel welcome since arriving on campus yesterday,” he added.

Kelsey, 41, announced later Thursday that he will instead head back to Winthrop University, where he has been the head coach since 2012.

“I realized that at this point in my career Winthrop and Rock Hill is the best place for my family and me,” he said in a news release.

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Xavier scores huge ‘Sweet 16’ upset

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Three of Thursday night’s Sweet 16 games came down to the final shot, but it was 11th seeded Xavier’s David and Goliath upset over no. 2 seed University of Arizona that had people talking Friday morning. The Muskateers beat the Wildcats 73-71.

Meanwhile, Oregon topped Michigan to advance to the Elite 8 along with Kansas and Gonzaga.

Xavier will face no. 1 Gonzaga in the Elite 8 on Saturday.


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NATIONAL NEWS

Double-amputee military veteran graduates from police academy

ABC News(YAPHANK, N.Y.) — Officer Matias Ferreira is celebrating a dream come true.

After 29 weeks of training, the 28-year-old resident of Wantagh, New York, graduated Friday from the Suffolk County Police Academy as its first fully active-duty double-amputee police officer. The academy said it believed that Ferreira was also the first in the U.S. as well.

“It’s pretty incredible,” Ferreira told ABC News after the graduation ceremony. “I’m truly honored to be part of the department. When I first got on, I didn’t know how good I would do — maybe having some self-doubts in the beginning — but I had a very supportive staff, very supportive recruit class. Everybody kept pushing me through.”

He credited his wife, Tiffany; his daughter, Tianna; and family and friends with helping him reach the finish line. He finished as the class president as well as the class speaker.

“The hand we’re dealt in life, we just have to take it, adapt and overcome.”

“It’s really hard to fail at something when somebody’s pushing you the whole way. … They won’t let you quit so you can’t quit on yourself,” he said.

Ferreira was born in Uruguay and moved to the U.S. when he was 6 years old. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and then joined the Marines. In 2011, however, while serving in Afghanistan, he stepped on an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs below the knees.

After rehabilitation, Ferreira joined an all-amputee softball team that plays across the U.S.

He said that he was eager to hit the streets as a police officer and see what the future holds for him and his family.

“The hand we’re dealt in life, we just have to take it, adapt and overcome so that’s what I figured I would do,” he said. “Once you lose a limb, you think that your life is going to completely change. … It’s really up to you. You know, the technology that’s coming out and with a good attitude — you combine those two — you can do whatever you want.”

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North Carolina wife searches for wedding dress husband accidentally donated

Courtesy of Amanda Williams(BAHAMA, N.C.) — Natalie Gelbert was devastated to learn that her husband, Chad Gelbert, accidentally donated her wedding dress when he dropped off his daughter’s old baby clothes.

“I have a 7-year-old stepdaughter, and we were packing up all her baby stuff,” Natalie, 25, of Bahama, North Carolina, told ABC News.

“My dress was in the storage room. He put it in a bag for me to take to the cleaners to preserve it. But then he packed the car with the Goodwill stuff and went to drop it off, and everything was in the same-looking bag, and [he] didn’t realize he was dropping off my wedding dress.”

Chad took the clothes to Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) Donation Center, which has no affiliation with Goodwill Industries, in Durham on March 4. But Natalie didn’t realize it was missing until March 20 when she was about to take her dress, which she wore to the couple’s 2015 wedding, for cleaning.

“I was going out to eat near where the dress-preservation place was on the other side of town, and I went to look for it and didn’t see it,” she recalled. “And that’s when my husband’s face turned completely pale, and he ran down to the car to check and realized what he had done.”

Needless to say, Chad was in the doghouse for awhile.

“I didn’t speak to him for a day, but I forgave him,” said Natalie. “It’s OK. It was a complete accident. But that was my initial reaction because that’s my wedding dress.”

As soon as the two realized the mistake, they raced to the donation center to see if the dress was still there. Sadly, it was not.

“I went there after work and I talked to the manager who said there was an employee that confirmed a dress with my description being sold,” Natalie said. “They said she remembered my dress, and they think it had been sold for $20 or $25 on discount because it was dirty on the bottom.”

Natalie was in shock at first. But she quickly decided to take charge of the situation, turning to social media for help locating the dress’ buyer. Since her Facebook post on March 21, it has had more than 30,000 shares and the story has made international headlines.

The story’s going viral has yet to help produce any serious leads on who bought the dress, but people have come forward offering to help.

“I’ve had three ladies tell me they would be willing to donate their wedding dresses to the person that has mine in exchange for mine” getting returned, Natalie said. “I had a lady write me yesterday and tell me she’d be willing to buy that person the same exact dress, brand new from David’s Bridal, for the return of mine.”

“The dress is dirty. It hurricaned on my wedding,” Natalie added. “But I didn’t care. I still went outside and the bottom got a little dirty. There is lipstick still on the side of it. I wore it and danced in it. Nothing will replace that being the dress I wore on my wedding day.”

Natalie is still hopeful the person who bought her dress will come forward, especially since she’s sweetening the deal.

“Even before these rewards [offering a new dress] came up, I had already made the decision that if someone were to come forward, if they were really a bride that found an awesome deal at Goodwill, I’d let them go ahead and wear the dress and then give it back to it to me,” she said. “At this point, with people having rewards and stuff, I think people would want a new dress. I’m just hoping it’s not someone trying to sell my dress.”

A spokesperson for GCF told ABC News, “If we find the missing wedding dress we will get in touch directly with the responsible party. It’s our policy to always return an item that was inadvertently donated, if we still have it.”

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Cops scale back manpower in unsolved Indiana double murder

Handout via WLFI(DELPHI, Ind.) — Authorities searching for the killer of two Indiana teen girls are “scaling back” manpower in the over month-long investigation, but stress that they aren’t giving up and the case isn’t going cold.

Each day there have been as many as 40 to 50 officers, and sometimes up to 100 officers, working to solve the double murder of Abby Williams, 13, and Libby German, 14, in the more than five weeks since the teens were found dead, said Sgt. Kim Riley of Indiana State Police.

But now, the number of officers working each day will drop to about 20 to 30, Riley told ABC News.
Police explained that the steady stream of tips coming in has become more manageable. For the most part, tips have slowed down recently to about 100 to 125 per day, Riley said, which has allowed police to get caught up.

Now, the Delphi police and the Indiana State Police’s Lafayette office are aiming to have not as many outside agencies helping day to day, Riley said.

The FBI is pulling out some of its resources, Riley said, and some state police officers who came from outside the Lafayette area will return to their own communities. Riley said the operation to scale back has been going on for the past week or week and a half.

While police have received a total of about 15,000 to 16,000 tips, no arrests have been made since the girls’ murders shook the rural small town of Delphi, Indiana, in February. The eighth-graders disappeared Feb. 13 while on a hiking trail near their hometown and their bodies were found nearby the next day.

As police hunt for the killer, the only clues that have been released to the public are this photo of a man who police say is the prime suspect in the investigation and a chilling recording found on Libby’s phone with just three audible words: “down the hill.”

While Riley said they are “scaling back” manpower, he stressed that authorities are “not giving up” on the case.

“It doesn’t take as many officers to do the work,” Riley said. “We are not giving up on this case whatsoever, it’s just that we are utilizing manpower a little bit better than we had before.”

Riley added, “We’re still committed to this. Just because we’re scaling back doesn’t mean we’re not committed to finding the perpetrator.”

State police explained in a statement Friday that “investigators who may return to their ‘home base’ will still be within a phone call’s reach and could potentially return to this assignment. … Those investigators are simply returning to their respective areas to follow up on investigations which have been temporarily delayed” since the Delphi case began.

State police stressed that “this does not mean the investigation is going ‘cold.’ To the contrary, each investigator remains strongly committed to reaching resolution.”

Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby agreed, telling ABC News Friday the case is not going cold.
Leazenby said in a statement, “We stress this investigation is ongoing and is not without resolve as we will find those responsible and reach proper closure for Abby and Libby and their families.”

State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said in a statement, “We remain committed to this investigation and the Carroll County and Delphi community until ‘this evil’ is eradicated.”

People can provide information by calling the tip line at (844) 459-5786. Information can be reported anonymously. Tips can also be emailed to abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com.

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WORLD NEWS

Prince William, Duchess Kate announce school choice for Prince George

Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) — Prince William and Duchess Kate will send their oldest child, Prince George, to Thomas’s Battersea School, a private school in Battersea, South London, in September.

Kensington Palace announced the school choice in a statement Froday saying, “Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education.”

Speculation over where George, who will turn 4 in July, would attend had focused on Wetherby School, a school located near Kensington Palace that William and Prince Harry attended before they went to Eton.

William, 34, and Kate, 35, though chose Thomas’, a coeducation school with tuition of $22,000 per year. The school has approximately 500 students and is located in a middle-class area of London.

Thomas’ Battersea includes children from a variety of backgrounds whom George will one day lead when he is king. Parents of current students were briefed ahead of the announcement Friday.

The school’s headmaster, Ben Thomas, also issued a statement welcoming George to Thomas’s.

“We are honoured and delighted that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen Thomas’s Battersea for Prince George,” the statement read. “We greatly look forward to welcoming him and all of our new pupils to the school in September.”

William and Kate, also the parents of Princess Charlotte, who will turn 2 in May, have made a very measured and considered approach to George’s education. The Cambridges have not been afraid to depart from tradition and chart their own path for what they think will best protect their children.

George has been attending Westacre, a local Montessori school near the family’s country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, a few days per week since January 2016.

William and Kate plan to move their full-time residence to Kensington Palace in the fall as George begins school.

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Parliament member who aided London terror attack victim shakes hands with armed officer

Jack Taylor/Getty Images(LONDON) — A member of British Parliament hailed as a hero after he aided a victim of the London terror attack was photographed shaking hands with an armed officer as he walked into the Houses of Parliament two days after the attack.

As Tobias Ellwood, who also serves as a foreign office minister, came to work Friday, he walked by a pile of flowers laid in honor of the four people, including police officer Keith Palmer, who died in the Wednesday afternoon terror attack.

When the attack unfolded Wednesday near London’s Westminster Bridge, Ellwood, 50, was photographed with a bloody face after he attempted to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to Palmer, who was stabbed, the BBC reported.

Photos show Ellwood crouched over the victim as first responders surrounded them.

Palmer, a husband and father who had served for 15 years with the Metropolitan Police Service, did not survive.

Wednesday’s attack began when a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on Westminster Bridge.

The car then crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament, and a man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was standing guard.

The suspect, who authorities believe acted alone, was then shot and killed by police, according to the Metropolitan Police Service.

Four people died in the attack, and at least 28 others were injured.

Wednesday’s attack, which occurred on the one-year anniversary of attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people and wounded hundreds, recalled the vehicle attacks last year in Berlin and Nice, France.

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Police release photo of London terror attack suspect

Metropolitan Police(LONDON) — Police Friday released a photograph of the British national believed to be behind this week’s deadly terror attack in London.

The suspect, Khalid Masood, was shot and killed by police after his Wednesday afternoon attack that killed four people, including a police officer, and injured at least 28 others.

The Metropolitan Police said Masood “has previously gone by the names of Adrian Elms and Adrian Russell Ajao. He may also be known by a number of other names.”

The investigation focuses on determinding Masood’s motivation, preparation and associates, Metropolitan Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley said Friday. Police are working to find out if Masood “acted totally alone inspired by terrorist propaganda” or “if others have encouraged, supported or directed him,” Rowley said.

There is no evidence of further threats connected to the attack, Rowley said, adding that anyone with information about Masood is asked to come forward, Rowley said.

Six of the people who were arrested as part of the investigation were released from police custody on Friday, Metropolitan Police said in a press release. Four people remain in custody after they were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, police said.

Wednesday’s attack began when a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on Westminster Bridge.

The car then crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament, and a man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was standing guard.

London police said that among those injured, two remain in critical condition in hospitals, one of them with life-threatening injuries.

In addition, two police officers injured in the attack remain in the hospital with serious injuries.

On Thursday night, London Mayor Sadiq Khan led a candlelight vigil in Trafalgar Square for the victims.

“We come together as Londoners tonight to remember those who have lost their lives and all those affected by the horrific attack yesterday,” Khan said in a speech at the vigil. “When Londoners face adversity we always pull together … Our response to this attack on our city, to this attack on our way of life, to this attack on our shared values, shows the world what it means to be a Londoner.”

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  2. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn feat. Taylor Swift
  3. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
  4. “This Town” by Niall Horan
  5. “Water Under The Bridge” by Adele

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  2. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
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  4. “Water Under The Bridge” by Adele
  5. “This Town” by Niall Horan

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