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“Game Of Thrones” Season 8 Teaser Confirms It’s Final Season Will Premiere April 2019

On Twitter, HBO released a teaser for the final season of Game of Thrones, formally announcing that it will premiere in April 2019. The teaser was released with the text “Every battle. Every betrayal. Every risk. Every fight. Every sacrifice. Every death. All #ForTheThrone.” The trailer ends with the reveal that April of 2019 will be the debut of the eight — and final — season of the show, which first premiered in 2011.  ...Read more

Sandra Bullock Donates $100,000 To Help Save Animals From California Fires

Actress Sandra Bullock has made a $100,000 donation to The Humane Society of Ventura County, which is helping the animals affected by the wildfires in Southern California. The organization wrote on Facebook: “Our efforts for rescuing and caring for evacuated animals from the Hill and Woolsey fires had caught her attention and her team reached out to the shelter to show their supporT. Sandra Bullock and her family have reached out to other nonprofit organizations both during this incident and in the past. However, this time she wanted to contribute to those on the frontline rescuing animals in peril and hope others will choose to do the same.” The group said the donation will help provide care for animals such as horses, bulls and donkeys, amongst others, to be safely evacuated from the fires.  ...Read more

Washington Capitals’ Forward Tom Wilson Has Suspension Reduced To 14 Games

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson had his 20-game suspension reduced to 14 games by neutral arbitrator Shyam Das, making Wilson eligible to play in Washington’s game on Tuesday vs. the Minnesota Wild. Wilson was banned by the NHL Department of Player Safety for a hit to the head on St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist during a preseason game played on Sept. 30. It was his fourth suspension since September 2017, thus deeming him a repeat offender under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. This is the second time recently that Das has overruled an NHL suspension, having dropped Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson’s 27-game suspension, handed out for an offseason domestic assault incident, to 18 games on Oct. 12.  ...Read more

MLB Investigating Discrimination Claims Against Seattle Mariners

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday it plans to investigate claims of racial discrimination against the Seattle Mariners, made on Monday by a former employee. The league said in a statement that the “MLB is aware of the allegations made by a former employee of the Seattle Mariners regarding the conduct of Club employees. Consistent with our policies, we are investigating the allegations.” The Mariners former director of high performance, Lorena Martin, accused the organization of discrimination and derogatory remarks in an Instagram post Monday. She singled out general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player development Andy McKay, saying the trio called Latin American players “LAZY, DUMB, and STUPID, especially the DOMINICANS.” Martin also accused the team of “firing innocent trainers for trying to do the right thing and because of their color/race.” ...Read more

Opening Statements At Trial Of Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Delayed After Juror Dismissal

Opening statements were delayed Tuesday in the high-profile trial of alleged Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman when a juror had to be excused for an unknown reason shortly before opening statements were set to begin. Guzman, 61, has escaped Mexican jails twice, so Intense security is now in place around the federal courthouse in Brooklyn. “El Chapo” is expected to be kept in Brooklyn during the week, and will be escorted by a highly secure motorcade each time he arrive and departs from court. He has pleaded not guilty to 17 charges, including drug smuggling, money laundering and conspiring to murder. In addition, jurors will receive special security, and will also be transported to and from the courthouse by armed federal marshals. The trial is expected to last about four months. If convicted, Guzman could spend the rest of his life behind bars, and he is currently being held in solitary confinement. ...Read more

California Woolsey Wildfire Still Spreading Through Los Angeles Area, Expected They Could Burn For Up To Another Week

Officials said Monday that the Woolsey Fire continues to rage across Southern California, and may still be going a week from now. The deadly blaze has consumed 91,572 acres since it started Thursday in Simi Valley, near the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, according to L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby. While reports said the fire was 20 percent contained by midday Monday, fire officials said full containment was still awhile away. “As far as 100-percent containment, we’ll be out here for the next week or two trying to mop this fire up,” Osby told reporters. It is estimated that 370 structures have been destroyed in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, more than double what had been estimated this past weekend. ...Read more

Satellite Images Reveal Hidden North Korean Missile Bases

According to U.S. officials briefed on recent intelligence, North Korea is continuing work on its ballistic missile program. This confirms a private report Monday detailing recent improvements made at undeclared military sites. According to one U.S. official, “North Korea has continued its ballistic missile program at a number of bases but it’s significant that they have not tested one in nearly a year; we need to give the diplomats time and space to work.” Reports released Monday said researchers had identified 13 of an estimated 20 undeclared North Korean missile bases, and included a detailed analysis of one facility, the Sakkanmol Missile Operating Base, about 50 miles north of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. ...Read more

Los Angeles Rams Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp Out For Season With Torn ACL

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp suffered a non-contact knee injury in Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, and now the team has confirmed that Kupp indeed has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season. Kupp suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the game and was helped off the field by the Rams’ training staff, without returning. Kupp also suffered a concussion during the first meeting with Seattle in Week 5 and then was carted off with a knee injury against the Broncos the following week. He leads the Rams with six TD receptions and is third on the team in catches (40) and receiving yards (566). In Kupp’s absence, Todd Gurley will be in the backfield with their two leading receivers, Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks.  ...Read more