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U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley Tells U.N. That Russia Was Responsible For Chemical Attack

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States believes Russia is responsible for a chemical attack in Britain on a former Russia double agent and his daughter, and the U.N. Security Council should take action. “The United States believes that Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent,” Haley said before the UN Security Council on Wednesday.  “The United States stands in absolutely solidarity with Great Britain.”  The former agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter were found collapsed on a bench in southern England on March 4. They were poisoned with Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent, that was smeared on his car door.  The UK has already responded to the incident. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats, who she said were Russian spies. May also said the UK would freeze the assets of Russians living in the UK under suspicion of undermining British interests. ...Read more

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Actress Sarah Drew To Co-Lead ‘Cagney & Lacey’ Reboot

Less than a week after the announcement that Grey’s Anatomy cast member Sarah Drew will be exiting the series at the end of the current 14th season, she has been hired as Cagney in CBS’ Cagney & Lacey reboot. Blindspot alum Michelle Hurd has been cast as Lacey. The new Cagney & Lacey will follow the two female police detectives and friends who keep the streets of Los Angeles safe. Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless played the title characters in the original Cagney & Lacey, which ran on CBS for seven seasons. The series won two best drama Emmys and six lead actress in a drama series trophies — four for Daly and two for Gless. There was strong reaction from Grey’s Anatomy fans last week when news broke the news that longtime cast members Drew and Jessica Capshaw would not return next season. Drew had been on Grey’s for nine seasons. Meanwhile, Michelle Hurd co-starred on Season 2 of NBC’s Blindspot and recently recurred on Lethal Weapon and Hawaii Five-0.  ...Read more

Claire Foy Was Paid Less Than Co-Star Matt Smith For Netflix’s “The Crown'”

Executive producers of the Netflix series “The Crown” confirmed that series star Claire Foy was paid less than co-star Matt Smith. Reports had surfaced that Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II, earned less than Smith, who portrays Prince Philip.  Producers said the inequity was influenced by Smith’s experience as an actor. The 35-year-old star joined The Crown after starring as the 11th Doctor in three seasons of the BBC series Doctor Who.  However they did promise that “going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” according to executive producer Suzanne Mackie. It was first reported by Variety that Foy made $40,000 per episode. The 33-year-old actress played Queen Elizabeth in the first two seasons, but will be replaced by Olivia Colman in Season 3 as the show’s timeline progresses. Foy was a relative unknown prior to The Crown and won a Golden Globe for her performance in Season 1. She was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Season 1. ...Read more

Miami Marlins Third Baseman Martin Prado To Open Season On DL

Marlins third baseman Martin Prado has suffered a setback in his recovery from right knee surgery and will open the 2018 season on the disabled list. Manager Don Mattingly stated that Prado wasn’t expected to be ready for Opening Day, but the team had initially hoped he could join them by an April 9 home series against the Mets. The latest news on his knee, however, will push Prado’s return date further back. Hamstring and knee injuries limited Prado to 37 games last year, and he has yet to play in spring training.  In his place, the Marlins will turn to one of their top organizational prospects, Brian Anderson, to man the hot corner early in the year. Prado is still owed a total of $28.5MM over the next two seasons. ...Read more

Floyd Mayweather To Begin Training With UFC Champ Tyron Woodley For MMA Debut

Floyd Mayweather is serious about making the move into MMA. The retired boxer confirmed that he plans to start training with UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley soon. “We talked a couple of times, so we’re going to start working out real soon,” Mayweather said, adding that it’s going to be “a little difficult” to adjust his game and that he may require several months of training. Mayweather is an unbeaten five-weight world champion boxer. His 10th round knockout win over Conor McGregor in 2017 preserved his professional boxing record of 50 victories from 50 bouts. However, the 41-year-old will said he knows fully well how “difficult” the transition to MMA will be.   ...Read more

Dog Dies On United Flight After Flight Attendant Allegedly Told Passenger To Put Pet Carrier In Overhead Bin

The seven-year-old daughter of the woman whose French bulldog died after being told to put his carrier in overhead bin by a United Airlines flight attendant is speaking out. Sophia Ceballos, speaking on behalf of her mother, Catalina Robledo, said  “while we were flying, the dog started barking and barking and there was no flight attendants coming. We couldn’t stand up because there was a lot of turbulence so we weren’t allowed to.” Ceballos said that attempts to inform the flight attendant of the situation during the four-hour flight from Houston to New York was unsuccessful. Ceballos also said the United employee lied about what happened during the flight. United Airlines spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin gave the following statement: “This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin. We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again.”  The cause of death is not yet known, but, while the overhead compartments are not airtight, lack of oxygen may have been a factor. ...Read more

Students Demand Action On Gun Violence With Nationwide Walkout

One month after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, survivors joined tens of thousands of students across the U.S. by walking out of school on Wednesday morning. The mass protests were held at 10 a.m. local time in each time zone and lasted 17 minutes, one for each of the Parkland victims. Organizers said the purpose was to highlight “Congress’ inaction against the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.” An estimated 185,000 people in 50 states were expected to join the walkout, with around 3,100 schools planning to participate. At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, the walkout lasted 30 minutes — 17 minutes for the Parkland victims, and 13 for each victim of the massacre at the high school in 1999. During the half-hour of silence, students released red, white or blue balloons, one at a time, in memory of those killed.  In Parkland, crowds that had gathered cheered as students exited the high school and gathered in the center of the football field. ...Read more

Disney Shares Progress Video Of Their “Star Wars” Attraction

There is still quite a wait before the “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World are set to debut, but fans are getting a sneak peak via the official video released by Disney Parks. The attractions at both parks are expected to open sometime in 2019.  As seen in the video, a large portion of the attraction’s exterior structures have been created. Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm has opened up incredible opportunities, like Galaxy’s Edge and the upcoming immersive hotel. Disney Parks website made the following statement regarding the new hotel, “The immersive experience offered at this hotel will stand out among all of our resorts around the globe. As you can see, families visiting this resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space! The resort will also be seamlessly connected to the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a complete Star Wars experience.”   ...Read more

Madonna To Direct Ballerina Michaela DePrince Biopic “Taking Flight”

Madonna is set to direct the new Michaela DePrince biopic ‘Taking Flight’. The 59-year-old superstar is teaming with MGM Studios for the upcoming biopic, which has reportedly been in development since 2015. The movie will be based on the 23-year-old ballerina’s memoir ‘Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina,’ which follows DePrince’s life as an orphan and her journey to being a world-renowned dancer. Madonna said: “Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity. We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honor to bring her story to life.” MGM production president Jonathan Glickman said: “We could not be more thrilled that Madonna will bring this remarkable story to the big screen. “ ...Read more