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‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Neal E. Boyd Dead At 42

“America’s Got Talent” 2008 winner Neal E. Boyd has passed away at the age of 42. Boyd died from heart failure at his mother’s home in Missouri on Sunday. According to multiple reports, Boyd’s mother found him unresponsive and called for help. He was pronounced dead after EMS arrived. No autopsy was done, according to the county coroner. The opera singer suffered from a health condition related to his heart. He also suffered from liver disease and kidney failure.  Boyd developed a passion for opera music when he was in middle school. In 2009, after coming out on top on America’s Got Talent, Boyd released his debut album, “My American Dream.” The album debuted at number three on the Top Classical Albums chart. ...Read more

Jackson Odell, Actor On ‘The Goldbergs,’ Is Found Dead At Age 20

Jackson Odell, an actor and aspiring singer best known for appearing in the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs,” died Friday at age 20. The coroner’s office said that the actor was found unresponsive on Friday in his room at a sober-living facility in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he had been living. He had failed to attend a meeting that day. “The Odell family has lost our beloved son and brother,” Mr. Odell’s family said in a statement posted to his website. “He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul. He had so much more to share.” Mr. Odell appeared as Ari Caldwell in several seasons of “The Goldbergs,” about a family in the 1980s, as well as on episodes of “Arrested Development” and “Modern Family.” An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death, a spokesman for the coroner’s office said.  ...Read more

New York Mets Release Veteran First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez

The New York Mets have released veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The Mets made the announcement of Gonzalez’s release after a 2-0 win against the New York Yankees Sunday at Citi Field in Queens. Gonzalez, 36, hit .237 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 54 games this season for the Mets. He signed with the team in January as a free agent. The 15-year veteran owns a career .287 batting average. He has 317 career home runs. Gonzalez has played with the Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, before joining the Mets this offseason. ...Read more

Detroit Pistons Hire Dwayne Casey As New Head Coach

The Detroit Pistons have hired ex-Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey as their new head coach. According to ESPN, Casey was signed to a 5-year-old deal on Monday. Casey has been the head coach of the Toronto Raptors for the last seven seasons, leading them to a winning record every year since 2013. They have also made the playoffs in that same time period, making it to the conference semi finals for the past three seasons. Prior to joining the Raptors, Casey twice coached alongside Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts. The Pistons will be looking to comback from a 39-43 record in 2017-18. Detroit’s awful season resulted in the dismissal of coach Stan Van Gundy after four seasons with the Pistons. ...Read more

U.S. Sanctions Russians Over Military And Intelligence Hacking

The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on three Russian individuals and five companies on Monday, saying they had worked with Moscow’s military and intelligence services on ways to conduct cyber attacks against the United States and its allies. The designation blocks all property of those targeted that is subject to U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits American citizens from engaging in transactions with them. In a statement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said “The United States is engaged in an ongoing effort to counter malicious actors working at the behest of the Russian Federation and its military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.” ...Read more

Supreme Court Sides With Ohio’s Voter-Purge Law

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Ohio’s law for removing voters from registration rolls does not violate federal laws to protect people who simply choose not to vote. In a 5-4 opinion that split the conservative and liberal justices ans written by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.,  the court rejected arguments in a case from Ohio that the practice violates a federal law intended to increase the ranks of registered voters. A handful of other states also use voters’ inactivity to trigger a process that could lead to their removal from the voting rolls. Justice Alito said for the court that Ohio is complying with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. He was joined by his four conservative colleagues. The four liberal justices dissented. ...Read more

Wildfire In Colorado Forces More Evacuations As It Doubles In Size

A growing wildfire in southwestern Colorado forced more people from their homes Sunday as crews tried to slow the blaze being fed by hot, dry and windy conditions. Authorities ordered the residents of 675 homes to evacuate after the fire burning north of Durango nearly doubled in size overnight, to 26 square miles. Residents of 2,156 homes have been ordered to evacuate as of Sunday afternoon. The cause of the blaze, which is being called the 416 Fire, which started in the San Juan National Forest, has not been determined. ...Read more

President Trump And Kim Jong Un Arrive in Singapore For Historic Summit Meeting

President Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for his historic on-again-off-again meeting with the North Korea leader, Kim Jong-un. The meeting will be the first ever between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader. Just over two weeks ago, it seemed that the summit meeting was not going to happen. But on Sunday, Mr. Trump arrived just after 8:20 p.m. local time at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore aboard Air Force One, a few hours after Mr. Kim landed at Changi Airport on a commercial Air China plane.  ...Read more

Actor Vince Vaughn Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI In California

Vince Vaughn was arrested early on Sunday in the Los Angeles area for allegedly drunk driving and resisting arrest. The 48-year-old was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint just after 1 a.m. and taken into custody by Manhattan Beach police, reports say. He was booked into jail around 4 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence and for resisting, delaying or obstructing officers, according to police officials. An unidentified male passengers was also arrested on charges of obstructing officers and public intoxication. Vaughn’s bail was set at $5,000. Both he and his passenger were later released from custody. The actor’s mug shot was later released. ...Read more

“Ocean’s 8” Tops The Box Office Making $41.5M On It’s Opening Weekend

Despite lackluster reviews, “Ocean’s 8,” the female-fronted reboot of the franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5 million at the box office, taking the weekend’s top spot from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Made for approximately $70 million, “Ocean’s 8”, featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, set an opening-weekend best for the franchise. The three previous “Ocean’s” films — starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon, based on the 1960 original “Ocean’s 11,” with Frank Sinatra — all debuted with between $36-39 million in the last decade.   ...Read more