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Listen now: Carly Rae Jepsen debuts uplifting track, “Cut to the Feeling”

604/School Boy/Interscope Records Carly Rae Jepsen is taking the leap with her new single, “Cut to the Feeling.” The track, out today, is featured in the upcoming animated movie, Leap!

Set to an uplifting beat, the lyrics tell the story of a euphoric love. “I wanna cut through the clouds/Break the ceiling/I wanna dance on the roof/You and me alone/I wanna cut to the feeling,” Jepsen sings on the triumphant chorus.

Carly Rae initially wrote the track during recording sessions for her 2015 album Emotion, but it didn’t make the album.

Leap!, which comes out August 30, follows an 11-year-old orphan named Felicie in Paris who dreams of becoming a dancer. Carly Rae voices the character Odette, a former prima ballerina who gives Felicie advice.  

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Is Mariah Carey launching her own beauty company?

ABC/Randy HolmesLast year, Mariah Carey launched a makeup collection with MAC. Now, she might be launching a beauty company all her own.

According to New York Post’s Page Six, the singer and her manager, Stella Bulochnikov, are planning to open a Beverly Hills-based business that will feature their own brand of makeup, skin care and fragrances.

“They plan on opening a brick-and-mortar store in Beverly Hills and have been secretly looking at a number of retail spaces with a plan to unveil it this holiday season or next year by the latest,” a source says.

Last holiday season saw the release of Mariah’s MAC collection of shimmery neutrals, including lipsticks, blush, highlighter and eye shadow palettes.

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Listen now: Halsey and Lauren Jauregui sing about same-sex love on “Strangers”

Astralwerks RecordsHalsey and Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui have joined forces on a new LGBT love song, “Strangers.”

The ‘80s-inspired duet, which will be featured on Halsey’s upcoming album, is about a same-sex romance.

“I just love that Lauren and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBT community,” Halsey says in a statement. “’Strangers’ is just a love song that happens to use same-sex pronouns.”

They two sing on the chorus, “We’re not lovers/We’re just strangers/With the same damn hungry/To be touched, to be loved, to feel anything at all.”

Both Halsey and Lauren identify as bisexual.

Halsey sophomore’s album, hopeless fountain kingdom, comes out June 2.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Members of Metallica, Audioslave, Linkin Park & more mourn Chris Cornell at Los Angeles funeral

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Singer and musician Chris Cornell was laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles today, and many members of the rock community joined the musician’s widow, Vicky, to mourn and pay their respects to the late Soundgarden frontman.

Fellow musicians who attended the ceremony, according to KABC TV Los Angeles, included Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Dave Navarro, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, singer/producer Pharrell Williams, and Tom Morello, Cornell’s Audioslave band mate.  Also attending were actors Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, James Franco and Josh Brolin, plus Lisa Marie Presley and others.

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington performed “Hallelujah” during the service.

Following the service, Cornell’s gravesite — he was buried next to his friend, Johnny Ramone — was opened to the public.  One fan, Melody Andrade, compared Cornell’s passing to the loss of Elvis Presley and John Lennon, declaring it was “one of the saddest days of my life.”

Cornell died last week at age 52, officially of suicide by hanging, though his family has suggested that prescription anti-anxiety medication may have contributed to his death. He’s survived by his widow, Vicky, and three children.

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Blood, Sex and…Immigration? Cast of Starz’ “American Gods” says show entertains and informs

Starz – 2017(NEW YORK) — If you like stylish, surreal sci-fi/fantasy shows like Legion and Preacher, Starz’ critically-acclaimed new series American Gods is right up your alley.

Based on the 2001 award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman, the show’s concept is that “old gods” — brought to America hundreds of years ago by immigrants — are being replaced by new gods, who reflect American obsessions with things like technology and media. 

An ex-con, Shadow Moon, played by Ricky Whittle, is hired by Mr. Wednesday, an old god played by Ian McShane, to help him save the old gods from extinction.

While the show is fantasy, Whittle points out it tackles real-life issues.

“We touch upon these very important themes…immigration, racism, sexism, women’s rights, homophobia,” he tells ABC Radio “I’m learning so much from these stories, as well as being entertained by them.”

A number of characters in the show are black or Middle Eastern.  Orlando Jones, who plays the African god Anansi, is pleased that none of it is stunt casting.

“Diversity is when…the culture is a part of the character,” Jones tell ABC Radio. “As opposed to a add-on to a character that, frankly, had nothing about it that was really diverse at all, other than the person that you cast.  So this is exciting, because…it raises the level of diversity in a really compelling and important way.”

Even if you haven’t seen American Gods, you may have heard about a very explicit scene in which African sex goddess Bilquis, played by Yetide [yeh-TEE-day] Badaki, literally absorbs her partner during sex.  Badaki, a huge fantasy fan, loves that she gets to transform into the opposite of who she really is.

“it was interesting because it was this journey from my geek to finding an inner goddess,” she laughs. “And if I can do it, anybody can.”

The latest episode of American Gods airs this Sunday night on Starz.

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Alamo Drafthouse shakes things up with “women-only” “Wonder Woman” screenings

© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC(TEXAS) — The boutique theater chain Alamo Drafthouse’s flagship Austin location caused a stir when it announced it’ll host a women-only screening of Wonder Woman next week.

The film, directed by Patty Jenkins, stars Gal Gadot as the iconic superhero. It opens June 2nd.

“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz,” read a release. “And when we say ‘People Who Identify As Women Only,’ we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female.”

Ticket demand was so high, the theater added a second women-only screening. That’s when the theater was bombarded with complaints on social media, saying the women-only screenings weren’t fair.

Alamo Drafthouse defended the decision on Facebook, writing, “Very sorry if you feel excluded. We thought it might be kinda fun — for one screening — to celebrate a character who’s meant a great deal to women for close to eight decades. Again, truly, truly, truly, truly sorry that we’ve offended you. These screenings are just a way to celebrate the character and how important she’s been to women over the last eight decades.”

In response to the backlash, Morgan Hendrix, creative manager for the theater, told ABC News, “Providing an experience where women truly reign supreme has incurred the wrath of trolls [and] only serves to deepen our belief that we’re doing something right.”

She continued, “As a result, we will be expanding this program across the country and inviting women everywhere to join us as we celebrate this iconic superheroine in our theaters,” locations for which include cities like New York and Denver.

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SPORTS NEWS

NBA, NHL finals will feature defending champions

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The NBA and NHL finals were set Thursday night after the defending champions from both leagues advanced to the championship round.

The Cleveland Cavaliers continued to dominate the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, beating them 135-102 to take the series in five games.

Cavs forward LeBron James led the team with 35 points, surpassing Michael Jordan as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer in the playoffs.

“For my name to come up in a discussion with the greatest basketball player of all-time is like, wow,” James told reporters after the game. “I did pretty much everything that MJ did when I was a kid. I didn’t go bald like Mike but I’m getting there.”

Cleveland will now face off against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third year in a row. The Cavs will look to defend their title starting June 1 in Oakland, California.

In the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins bested the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Thursday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to take the series.

The Penguins will now try to become back-to-back champions when they go up against the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Finals. Game 1 is set for May 29 in Pittsburgh.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/25/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Seattle 4, Washington 2
Cincinnati at Cleveland, postponed

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 4, L.A. Angels 0
Boston 6, Texas 2
Houston 7, Detroit 6
Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 9, Atlanta 4
Philadelphia 2, Colorado 1, 11 Innings
Chicago Cubs 5, San Francisco 1
San Diego 4, N.Y. Mets 3
Arizona 4, Milwaukee 0
L.A. Dodgers 7, St. Louis 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Cleveland 135, Boston 102

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
2OT/Pittsburgh 3, Ottawa 2

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Chicago Bears sign Victor Cruz to one-year deal

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — Wide receiver Victor Cruz signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Thursday, officially ending his tenure with the New York Giants.

“I’m excited,” Cruz said on ESPN Radio’s Waddle and Silvy. “I’m excited to come and have a fresh start and a new home and a new place.”

Cruz called his Giants career “amazing,” but said that he thinks he still has “a lot left in the tank.”

He also said that his decision to join the Bears was based in part on his ability to have an impact on the team. “I just wanted to hear that I can have an opportunity to play,” the 30-year-old said. “To come and be a direct impact to a football team. And Chicago showed me a lot of love.”

The Bears lost receiver Alshon Jeffrey this offseason via free agency. Cruz will compete with injury-plagued 2015 draft pick Kevin White and undrafted breakout Cam Meredith.

“I looked at that receiver room and I saw a lot of young guys and a lot of talent in there as well,” Cruz said. “A lot of guys that can benefit from just having someone like me in the room, to pick my brain and for me to tell them how I think we can get better.”

Cruz was undrafted out of the University of Massachusetts in 2010. He caught 303 passes for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns with the Giants. But he missed much of the last three seasons due to knee injuries and the breakout of Sterling Shepard.

NATIONAL NEWS

2-year-old girl, 16-month-old boy found dead in hot car in Texas

iStock/Thinkstock(WEATHERFORD, Texas) — Two children in Texas have died after they were locked in a hot car Friday as temperatures soared to 96 degrees, according to police.

A 16-month-old boy and a 2-year-old girl were killed, police said. Their identities were not released.

Deputies from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office were called to a home west of Lake Weatherford shortly after 4 p.m., police said.

The children’s mother told police that they “took off.” After searching for them on the property, she found them inside a small four-door vehicle, where they had somehow locked themselves inside, police said.

The mother then broke one of the windows and found the children unresponsive, police said. They were pronounced dead at 4:33 p.m.

In a statement, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler called the case especially heartbreaking and said that it is still in the early stages of the investigation.

No further details were immediately available.

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What lies ahead for Trump’s travel ban as the DOJ pursues Supreme Court review

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump’s continued attempts to limit travel and immigration from some Middle East and African countries was dealt its latest setback Thursday when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier, temporary block of his executive order on the matter.

In the aftermath, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to “seek review of this case in the United States Supreme Court,” where a final decision could be offered and precedent potentially set for similar matters.

The Fourth Circuit heard the case on the executive order en banc, with all of the circuit’s judges, a rare step reserved for cases determined to be of exceptional importance. Typically, a case before the court of appeals is heard by three judges and can be reheard by those judges or en banc after the initial decision is handed down.

Because the case was already argued before the circuit’s full slate of judges, the next step for the Justice Department would be to petition the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari, the official request for the country’s highest court to hear the case. The Supreme Court receives thousands of briefs each year and typically grants certiorari — accepting the case — to fewer than 100. At least four Supreme Court justices must approve the petition for certiorari to be granted.

A separate case on the executive order is currently under deliberation by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Should the panel of judges in that case decide for the government, signifying disagreement between circuits, it is more likely that the Supreme Court would be willing to hear the case quickly to settle the lower courts’ diverging opinions.

Should the case be accepted by the Supreme Court, the nine justice panel will have the opportunity to study the decisions from, and information provided to, the lower courts. They can also review amicus curiae briefs submitted by outside parties with an interest in the case before hearing oral arguments and questioning each side.

Not only can the justices then affirm or overturn the lower court’s decision, they also have the ability to send the case back to the circuit for review with additional information, evidence or context.

All the while, the decision of the lower court will continue to stand while the Justice Department continues to pursue the case.

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FBI joins investigation into Delray Beach woman who disappeared at sea

U.S. Coast Guard(CAY SAL, Bahamas) — The FBI has joined the investigation into the case of a South Florida woman who went missing at sea while sailing with her husband.

Isabella Hellmann was last seen by her husband, Lewis Bennett, while they were at sea on the night of May 14, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock confirmed to ABC News on Friday that the Bureau is now investigating Hellmann’s disappearance, but declined to provide further information.

According to ABC affiliate WPBF-TV, Bennett said he and Hellman were aboard his 37-foot catamaran near the Bahamas when he went to bed around 8 p.m. Eastern time. He said his wife, who was wearing a life vest at the time, agreed to take watch above deck, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Eric Woodall told WPBF-TV.

Bennett said he later awoke to something hitting the boat and felt that it was starting to sink, WPBF-TV reported. He couldn’t find his wife, so he jumped onto a life raft and sent out a distress call, he told the Coast Guard. Bennett was found on the life raft the following day.

After days of scouring the waters off the Bahamas, the Coast Guard called off the search for the missing woman late last week, according to WPBF-TV.

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WORLD NEWS

Pentagon to conduct first-ever ICBM intercept test

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency will conduct its first-ever intercept test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) next week, a nod to the growing threat from North Korea.

The test, scheduled for Tuesday, will involve launching an ICBM-class target from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and a ground-based interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

If successful, the “kill vehicle” or intercept will collide with the ICBM test target mid-course over the Pacific Ocean. This is different than the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system located in South Korea which would intercept the kill vehicle at a lower altitude in the missile’s terminal stage.

This will be the 18th test of the ground-based interceptor. The last one, in June 2014, was the first success since 2008. The system is nine for 17 since 1999 with other types of target missiles. An ICBM target has never been tested before.

There are 32 ground-based interceptors at Fort Greely, Alaska and four at Vandenberg.

The Missile Defense Agency said in its FY2018 Budget Overview that it would deploy eight additional ground-based interceptors in Alaska by the end of 2017, for a total of 44 overall “to improve protection against North Korean and potential Iranian ICBM threats as they emerge.”

The U.S. tests its ICBMs about twice every year. Earlier this month, Air Force Global Strike Command test launched an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM equipped with a single test reentry vehicle from Vandenberg. The reentry vehicle landed 4,200 miles away to the Kwajalein Atoll.

“These test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent,” the Air Force Global Strike Command said in a statement.

North Korea has spent the last decade working to develop an ICBM capable of reaching the continental United States. Though the country has conducted eight missiles tests thus far in 2017, none have proven to be an ICBM.

The last test North Korea conducted on May 21 was the successful launch of a KN-15 medium range ballistic missile that traveled just over 300 miles into the Sea of Japan.

But one week earlier, North Korea tested a KN-17 medium range ballistic missile, the first successful launch of its kind for the nation.

The Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada told reporters that the missile reached an unprecedented altitude of 1,245 miles. Experts claim the missile would have flown a much greater distance if launched on a maximum trajectory, perhaps reaching military bases in Guam.

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Chinese jets come within several hundred feet of US plane over South China Sea

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Meranda Keller/Released(NEW YORK) — Two Chinese J-10 fighter jets came within several hundred feet of a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion over the South China Sea on Thursday local time, U.S. officials said.

The fighters flew 200 yards in front of the P-3 maritime surveillance aircraft with an altitude separation of 100 feet, an encounter the commander of the U.S. aircraft determined as “unsafe and unprofessional,” U.S. officials said.

According to a U.S. official, the Chinese jets were weaving ahead of the American plane, an action that concerned the U.S. pilot.

The activity occurred 150 miles southeast of Hainan Island in the northern part of the South China Sea.

A U.S. official said the U.S. plans to address the incident with China through diplomatic and military channels.

This encounter appears to have occurred the same day that the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Dewey sailed within 12 miles of Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, conducting a Freedom of Navigation Operation by the artificial island claimed by China.

The U.S. military conducts Freedom of Navigation Operations worldwide to challenge what the U.S. sees as excessive maritime claims and to ensure free and open waterways under international law.

The Dewey’s trip was the first such operation near a South China Sea island claimed by China since October and the first under the Trump administration.

Mischief Reef is one of the manmade islands that China has built up in the Spratly Islands chain and turned into airstrips and facilities that could be used by China’s military.

Last week, the Chinese conducted a barrel roll over a U.S. Air Force WC-135 radiation “sniffer” aircraft, known as Constant Phoenix, flying in international airspace in the Yellow Sea west of the Korean peninsula.

That incident was also characterized as “unprofessional,” a U.S. official said.

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US service member killed in accident in Syria

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. service member was killed in a vehicle accident in northern Syria on Friday, according to a statement from the anti-ISIS coaliton.

“A U.S. service member died of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover in northern Syria, May 26, 2017,” said a statement from Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the formal name for the military coalition helping to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

“Further information will be released as appropriate,” the statement added, saying it is the coalition’s “policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.”

The United States has slightly more than 900 military personnel in Syria to advise and assist Kurdish and Arab rebel forces fighting ISIS.

Two other American service members have died in Syria since U.S. troops arrived there in early 2016.

Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, 42, was killed by an improvised explosive device in northern Syria on Nov. 24, 2016.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin L. Bieren, 25, died from suspected natural causes while deployed to northern Syria on March 28.

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Meet Brody, Your Magic104.9 Pet of The Week!

 Find Brody at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, 3551 Bataan Memorial West. Open Monday through Friday Noon – 6pm and Weekends Noon to 5pm.  This active fellow is looking for his forever home. Brody is a very sweet guy ready for some adventures. So, if you walk, run, hike, and go on nature adventure than Brody is your man. Brody has been at our shelter since September, 2016.

 

 

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  1. “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur
  2. “Something Just Like This” by The Chain Smokers & Coldplay
  3. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran
  4. “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
  5. “Cold” by Maroon 5 & Future

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  1. “Shape Of Your” by Ed Sheeran
  2. “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur
  3. “Something Just Like This” by The Chain Smokers and Coldplay
  4. “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
  5. “Cold” by Maroon 5 feat. Future

Meet Lola, Your Magic104.9 Pet of The Week!

Find Lola at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, 3551 Bataan Memorial West. Open Monday through Friday Noon – 6pm and Weekends Noon to 5pm.  This sweet brindle beauty is Lola. A fun, rambunctious, loving, energetic girl, who is looking for a family that is willing to play with her, take her on hikes and adventures.  Lola has been with ASCMV since August, 2015. Are you the lucky family willing to give this beauty a chance? read more…

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  1. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran
  2. “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
  3. “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur
  4. “Mercy” by Shawn Mendes
  5. “Something Just Like This” by The Chain Smokers & Coldplay

Bunny Bound to Break World Record Dies on United Airlines Flight

Bunny Bound to Break World Record Dies on United Airlines Flight

First we have the doctor that got dragged off the plane and now this? Not the bunny! Three-foot Simon, destined to be the world’s biggest bunny, died in the cargo section of a Boeing 767 after flying out of Heathrow to a new celebrity owner in the US.

It was said that the rabbit had a vet check up 3 hours before the flight and he was in top shape according to the veterinarian. Simon was flying to meet his new celebrity owner at O’Hare International Airport and is said to be very upset about the situation. No comment from United Airlines representatives on the bunny incident nor no word on who the rabbit celeb buyer is. .

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  1. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran
  2. “Mercy” by Shawn Mendes
  3. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn feat. Taylor Swift
  4. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
  5. “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga

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