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‘Flip or Flop’ Star Christina El Moussa Lands New HGTV Solo Series

Flip or Flop star Christina El Moussa revealed on Wednesday that she will star in a new HGTV series. The 34-year-old television personality said on Instagram that she’s “so excited” to star in her own new show, Christina on the Coast. “I’m so excited to announce my new series on HGTV called Christina on the Coast, which will debut in early 2019!” she wrote. “I will be helping homeowners redesign their outdated properties into beautiful spaces! #ChristinaOnTheCoast #HGTV.” HGTV confirmed the news in a press release. The network said Christina on the Coast will consist of eight episodes and follow El Moussa as she expands her design business in Southern California.  El Moussa split from husband and Flip or Flop co-star Tarek El Moussa in December 2016 after seven years of marriage. The pair remained co-stars for the new season of their show that debuted this past May. Tarek El Moussa is also in talks for a new HGTV series. ...Read more

Joe Jackson, Patriarch Of Musical Jackson Family, Dies At 89

Joseph “Joe” Jackson, the patriarch who launched the musical Jackson family dynasty, died Wednesday at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 89. Jackson was the father of and at times manager to pop stars Michael and Janet Jackson, along with the sibling singing group, The Jackson 5. No cause of death has been released, but Jackson had reportedly been in ill health. Jackson married his wife, Katherine, in 1949. They moved into into a home on Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana, the following year, where they welcomed their first of 10 children, Maureen “Rebbie” Jackson.Rebbie was followed by Sigmund “Jackie” Jackson in 1951, Toriano “Tito” Jackson in 1953, Jermaine Jackson in 1954, La Toya Jackson in 1956, Marlon Jackson in 1957, Michael Jackson in 1958, Steven Randall “Randy” Jackson in 1961 and Janet Jackson in 1966. ...Read more

Supreme Court Rules For Anti-Abortion Clinics’ First Amendment Rights

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that California cannot require “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide information about the availability of abortion services elsewhere in the state, a move that rules in favor of anti-abortion clinics that claimed state law violated their First Amendment rights. The case was brought by two “crisis pregnancy centers” and challenged a California law called the “California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency Act”, otherwise known as the FACT Act. The law required the clinics to notify pregnant women seeking services that California provides free or low-cost abortion services and tell the women if staff at the center are licensed healthcare professionals. The clinics argued the California law limited their right to free speech by requiring them to provide information on abortion, which they opposed. ...Read more

Supreme Court Upholds President Trump’s Travel Ban, Rejects Muslim Bias Claim

A divided Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries Tuesday, the conservative majority taking his side in a major ruling supporting his presidential power. One liberal justice said the court was making a historic mistake by refusing to recognize the ban discriminates against Muslims. The 5-4 decision was a big victory for President Trump in the court’s first substantive ruling on one of his administration’s policies. The ruling came on an issue that has been central for President Trump through his presidency. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion for the five conservative justices, including President Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch. Roberts wrote that the travel ban was well within U.S. presidents’ considerable authority over immigration and responsibility for keeping the nation safe. He rejected the challengers’ claim of anti-Muslim bias. ...Read more

Oscars Awards Aims To Boost Diversity With 928 New Member Invitations

The group behind the prestigious Oscars film awards has invited 928 artists and executives to join the Academy Awards body – almost half of whom are women. Of those invited by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, just over a third are from minorities. The move is part of a plan to double the number of women and ethnic minorities in the Academy by 2020. Women on the list include Jada Pinkett Smith, Amy Schumer, Ann Dowd, Christine Baranski, Tiffany Haddish and Sarah Silverman. Listed notable male stars include African-American comedian Dave Chappelle, actor Daniel Kaluuya, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Get Out, and French-American actor Timothée Chalamet, who starred in the film Call Me By Your Name. ...Read more

Actor Terry Crews Brings His Fights Against Sexual Assault To Capitol Hill

Actor Terry Crews recounted his story of sexual assault, as he appeared before a Senate committee hearing to advocate for the “Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.” Crews told lawmakers on Tuesday that even as a former NFL linebacker and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star, “I sit here as an example” of survivors. Crews said, “This happened to me, too.” The “Survivors’ Bill of Rights” would create special protections for sexual assault survivors, including not charging survivors for an examination, preserving rape kits for 20 years or the maximum applicable statute of limitations, and providing survivors with written notification before a rape kit is disposed of. Crews told senators of his assailant that “the assault lasted only minutes, but what he was effectively telling me while he held my genitals in his hand was that he held the power. That he was in control.” Crews says the assault happened during a 2016 party he attended with his wife. “I was sexually assaulted by a successful Hollywood agent,” he said candidly. He previously has identified the perpetrator as Adam Venit, who at the time headed the motion picture department at William Morris Endeavor. ...Read more

Authorities Say Body Found At Home Of NY Giants’ Cornerback Janoris Jenkins

Police are investigating a body found at the New Jersey residence of Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins on Tuesday, law enforcement sources told the NFL Network. Giants sources and other sources who know Jenkins stated that Jenkins currently is in Florida. Police are investigating the death as a possible strangulation/suffocation incident, according to reports. The identity of man who was found hasn’t been released, nor have police identified a suspect. Property records for the home list Jenkins as the owner, according to The Associated Press. The home, located in Fair Lawn, is about 10 miles north of MetLife Stadium. “We are aware of and monitoring the situation,” a Giants spokesperson said, and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said “We are monitoring the matter.”  Jenkins, 29, is entering his seventh NFL season and his third with the Giants. New York opens training camp July 25. ...Read more

Houston Rocket’s James Harden Named 2017-18 NBA MVP

James Harden of the Houston Rockets was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, beating out four-time winner LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA Awards. Harden joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season. He led the league in scoring, 3-pointers and 50-point games with four while helping the Rockets to an NBA-leading 65 wins. Harden, who is from Los Angeles, led his mother on stage before he accepted the trophy from Commissioner Adam Silver. “I’m not going to get emotional,” he said from behind dark sunglasses. “She’s my backbone in good times and bad times.” ...Read more

FDA Approves First Drug Derived From Marijuana Plant

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant, as a treatment for rare forms of epilepsy that primarily afflict children. The drug, called Epidiolex, is an oral solution containing highly purified cannabidiol (CBD), which is one of scores of chemicals in the cannabis sativa plant, commonly known as marijuana. The drug contains only trace amounts of the psychoactive element THC and does not induce euphoria. Epidiolex was approved for patients age 2 and older who suffer from Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes. Both cause uncontrolled daily seizures and put patients at high risk for other physical and intellectual disabilities, injury and early death. The disorders afflict fewer than 45,000 people in the United States, but experts expect Epidiolex to be prescribed for other types of epilepsy as well. The drug is the first treatment approved for Dravet syndrome. The medication, tested in three randomized, placebo-controlled trials with more than 500 patients, was effective in reducing seizures, the FDA said. ...Read more

President Trump Has Harsh Words For Rep. Maxine Waters After Restaurant Controversy Involving Kirstjen Nielsen And Sarah Sanders

On Monday, President Donald Trump called Rep. Maxine Waters “an extraordinarily low IQ person” in response to a weekend speech in which the Los Angeles Democrat urged people opposed to the administration’s policies to confront cabinet members. Monday’s presidential tweet was apparently prompted by comments that Waters made Saturday, alluding to the heckling of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who was dining at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., last Tuesday when she was confronted by protesters, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked last Friday to leave a Lexington, Virginia, restaurant by its owner. Rep. Waters had said: “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” ...Read more