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World Cup 2026: United States, Canada And Mexico Win FIFA Vote

A combined bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada won the hosting rights for soccer’s 2026 World Cup on Wednesday, bringing the tournament to North America for the first time since 1994. The North American bid defeated its only challenger, Morocco, by a vote of 134-65. It will be the first time the World Cup is hosted by three countries, but a vast majority of the tournament will be on United States soil. Of the 80 matches, 10 will be held in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the United States — including the final, at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.  The last time the men’s World Cup was in North America was when the United States hosted in 1994. It was held in Mexico in 1970 and 1986, and Canada has never hosted. ...Read more

Avengers: Infinity War Crosses $2 Billion At The Box Office Worldwide

Avengers: Infinity War has officially crossed $2 billion at the global box office, becoming only the fourth film in history to do so. Disney announced Tuesday that Infinity War reached the milestone in its 48th day of release, with a domestic total of $656.1 million and an international total of $1.35 billion. The Marvel tentpole now stands as the fourth highest-grossing film of all time. Infinity War has been breaking records since it hit theaters on April 27; it earned the biggest domestic opening weekend of all time with $257.7 million, and also became the fastest film ever to hit $1 billion worldwide, doing so in only 11 days. Infinity War now stands as Marvel’s highest-grossing film ever. The as-yet-untitled Avengers 4 is scheduled to hit theaters May 3, 2019. ...Read more

Ariana Grande And SNL’s Pete Davidson Are Engaged

Ariana Grande and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson are reportedly engaged after dating for only a few weeks, according to multiple outlets. Grande posted a cryptic tweet shortly after the news broke. “I love u sm [so much] ok bye,” she wrote, including multiple emojis of a monkey covering its eyes. The two, who both split with their respective partners in early May, made their relationship official last month. They’ve been posting on each other’s social media since then. “It’s a recent engagement. They’re just two people who found love quickly and make each other happy all the time,” a source close to the couple said. “They both started talking about it this past weekend. It’s nothing they’ve been hiding.” Grande’s and Davidson’s representatives have not commented or confirmed the news. ...Read more

Gunman Kills 4 Child Hostages And Himself After Florida Standoff

After a standoff of more than 21 hours, officers entered an apartment where a felon with a gun had barricaded himself with four children and found them all dead, a police chief said. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a news conference just before midnight Monday that Gary Wayne Lindsey, 35, was found dead in a closet when officers entered the apartment around 9 p.m. The children with Lindsey ranged in age from 1 to 11. Two of them were Lindsey’s and two were his girlfriend’s, officers said. A police spokeswoman said Tuesday that the medical examiner, as part of an investigation, would determine when the children were killed.  Court records show Lindsey had an extensive criminal history involving arson, battery and theft. He was on probation for several charges including arson. ...Read more

FBI Agent Whose Gun Went Off While Dancing In Nightclub Taken Into Custody

An off-duty FBI agent who accidentally fired a gun that dropped out of its holster while he was doing a back-flip at a nightclub was booked into custody on Tuesday. Chase Bishop, 29, was being held in a detention center in downtown Denver. He faces charges for second-degree assault but he has not been formally charged. Denver police have said Bishop was dancing at a nightclub in the early hours of June 2 when the gun fell from his waistband holster and hit the floor. When he went to grab it, the gun went off and wounded a man who was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in good condition. Bishop is not assigned to the Denver office but works out of Washington, D.C. ...Read more

Broncos LB Shane Ray To Have Wrist Surgery; Expected To Be Out 2-3 Months

Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray is reportedly set to undergo wrist surgery later this week in Houston. It would be the three-year veteran’s fourth operation on his wrist. Ray initially injured his left wrist during training camp last year and did not take the field until Week 8 after requiring multiple procedures. It was reported earlier this month that the 25-year-old linebacker sat out part of organized team activities due to discomfort in the wrist. The 6’3″, 245-pound linebacker had just one sack and 16 combined tackles in eight games last year. While no exact timetable has been announced, but Ray is expected to miss the remainder of the offseason as well as possibly the start of the regular season. ...Read more

Olympic Skier Bode Miller Mourning Death Of 19-Month-Old Daughter Who Drowned In Pool

Bode Miller’s 19-month-old daughter, Emeline Miller, drowned in a swimming pool at an Orange County, Calif., home over the weekend. The Associated Press reported that paramedics unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate the child before rushing her to a Southern California hospital, where she was pronounced dead on Sunday. The drowning incident reportedly occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night at a home in Coto de Caza.  Miller, 40, confirmed the news reports on Monday night with an Instagram post.  Emeline was Miller’s fourth child — his second with wife Morgan Miller, a pro beach volleyball player and model who he married in 2012. The child’s death is currently under investigation by the Orange County sheriff’s department.  ...Read more

‘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