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Facebook Ads Apologize for Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook’s CEO apologized for the Cambridge Analytica scandal with ads in multiple U.S. and British newspapers Sunday, saying the social media platform doesn’t deserve to hold personal information if it can’t protect it. The ad, signed by Mark Zuckerberg, said a quiz app built by a Cambridge University researcher leaked Facebook data of millions of people four years ago. “This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time. We’re now taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” the ads said. Facebook’s privacy practices have come under fire after Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm affiliated with President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, got data inappropriately. The firm is alleged to have created psychological profiles to influence how people vote or even think about politics and society. Facebook’s stock value has dropped more than $70 billion since the revelations were first published. ...Read more

Giants’ Southpaw Madison Bumgarner Has Surgery On Left Hand

The San Francisco Giants announced on Saturday that pitcher Madison Bumgarner had surgery Saturday to have three pins inserted into his fifth metacarpal (pinkie) The Giants have not yet given an estimate for Bumgarner’s return, but sources say he is expected to be out six to eight weeks. Bumgarner suffered the injury on his pitching hand after being hit by a line drive in Friday’s spring training game against the Kansas City Royals. Bumgarner was the 2014 World Series MVP, but missed nearly three months last season after a dirt bike accident April 20 in Colorado. After 6 seasons in a row with double-digit wins, more than 200 innings and 30-plus starts, Bumgarner went 4-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 17 starts last season and threw just 111 innings. ...Read more

NFL Star Michael Bennett Indicted On Charge Of Injury To Elderly At Super Bowl

NFL defensive end Michael Bennett was indicted Friday in Houston on a charge of injury to the elderly in connection with an incident that occurred when he was a spectator at the 2017 Super Bowl. The Harris County district attorney’s office said Bennett rushed the field when the game ended to congratulate his brother Martellus Bennett, who played for the winning New England Patriots.  Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference that Bennett was told to use a different field entrance, but he pushed through the security detail, which included a 66-year-old paraplegic woman in a wheelchair. The woman suffered a sprained shoulder in the February 5, 2017, incident, Acevedo said.  Bennett’s legal team does not have a comment at this time.  Harris County said the felony charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. ...Read more

Tiffany Haddish Joins ‘The Lego Movie Sequel’ Cast

Tiffany Haddish will be joining Chris Pratt’s Emmet Brickowski and Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle in 2019’s The LEGO Movie Sequel. Haddish will be voicing an important new character in the Mike Mitchell directed sequel. The writer/director duo behind the original, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, has written the first draft of a sequel script that was recently re-written by BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg. They will remain on board as producers. Haddish will be hosting the 2018 MTV Awards next, before starring in “Night School” alongside Kevin Hart. The LEGO Movie Sequel will be released on February 8th, 2019. ...Read more

‘Chicago Fire’ Star DuShon Monique Brown Dies At 49

Chicago Fire actress DuShon Monique Brown, who played a secretary in the NBC show “Chicago Fire,”  has died at the age of 49. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed Brown’s Friday death at Franciscan St. James Health Olympia Fields, however the cause was not disclosed.  Brown was a veteran of Chicago theater. She worked as a crisis counselor at a Chicago high school and led its drama program before winning the role of Connie on “Chicago Fire”. Brown also had a recurring role as nurse Kattie Welch in “Prison Break” and one-time guest spots on “Empire” and “Shameless.”  “Chicago Fire” executive producer Dick Wolf said the show’s family is “devastated to lose one of its own.” ...Read more

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ First Album To Pass 2 Million In Sales Since 2015

Taylor Swift has sold more than 2 million copies of “Reputation” — making it the first album to accomplish that feat since Adele’s “25” in 2015, according to Nielsen Music numbers via Billboard. All six of Swift’s previous albums, “1989,” “Red,” “Speak Now,” “Fearless,” and “Taylor Swift” also surpassed the 2 million mark. Swift recently debuted her latest music video for “Delicate.” She’ll hit the road for her “Reputation” tour beginning on May 8. ...Read more

Celine Dion Cancels Las Vegas Concerts To Undergo Surgery

Superstar Celine Dion has canceled a stretch of concerts in Las Vegas as she undergoes surgery for an ear condition. Dion, who turns 50 later this month, said she has been suffering from Patulous Eustachian tube, when a middle opening in the ear is abnormally open, affecting hearing. The singer said that her medication was no longer succeeding in treating the condition, requiring her to undergo a “minimally invasive surgical procedure.” She canceled shows set from March 27 to April 18 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Dion, who last performed at the casino in January, will resume her performances on May 22.  ...Read more

New York Giants Trade Jason Pierre-Paul To The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New York Giants on Thursday announced that they have traded long-time defensive end and two-time Pro Bowler Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The move sends JPP along with a fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for a third-round pick and fourth-round selection. Pierre-Paul earned two Pro Bowl appearances in his eight seasons with the team. His best performance came back in 2011 when the South Florida product recorded 16.5 sacks en route to earning All-Pro honors. The move saves New York north of $12 million against this year’s cap.  ...Read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Leaves Manchester United To Sign With LA Galaxy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed his move from Manchester United to MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy, signing a contract through until the end of the 2019 season.  Sources had suggested Ibrahimovic’s time at Old Trafford was coming to an end, and Sports Illustrated confirmed that he has followed in the footsteps of former Premier League stars David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole by signing for the Galaxy. Ibrahimovic has not featured for the Red Devils since he was substituted in the Boxing Day draw against Burnley, with Jose Mourinho subsequently granting him permission to leave. ...Read more