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Papua, New Guinea Hit By 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the middle of Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake struck about 55 miles southwest of Porgera in the Pacific island nation at a depth of about 23 miles, according to the agency. No tsunami watches or warnings were issued from the quake, and there were no immediate reports of injuries.  The Geological Survey website had 19 reports of feeling the quake, including some saying the shaking was violent.   ...Read more

Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler Out Indefinitely After Undergoing Meniscus Surgery

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler has undergone surgery on his injured meniscus, the team announced Sunday. The Timberwolves announced that Butler’s surgery, performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was successful. He has been ruled out indefinitely. Butler was telling close confidants that he was optimistic about his chances to come back before the playoffs begin, should the Timberwolves clinch their first playoff berth in 13 seasons. Butler suffered the noncontact injury in the third quarter of the Timberwolves’ road loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday.   ...Read more

Sweden Take The Gold Over South Korea In Women’s Curling At Olympic Games

The Swedish women won the gold medal in the final match of curling on Sunday, beating South Korea 8-3 in nine ends to leave them with the silver, their first-ever Olympic medal in the sport. Sweden took control of the match by stealing a point in back-to-back ends, even though Korea had the advantage known as the hammer. After Korea took just one point in the sixth, Swedish skip Anna Hasselborg delivered a takeout on her final rock of the seventh to score three points and open a 7-2 lead. The Koreans picked up one point in the eighth, but when they couldn’t keep the Swedes from scoring in the ninth, they conceded.   ...Read more

India’s Bollywood Legend Sridevi Dies At Age 54

Sridevi, one of India’s most famous actresses, has died at age 54. She was known only by a single name, and was described as the first female superstar in the Bollywood industry. Sridevi died on Saturday in Dubai after suffering a heart attack, her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor told the Indian Express. Her most famous roles included playing a reporter in Mr India and in Chandni, when she played a woman choosing between two suitors. Born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, she started in the industry at the age of four and worked throughout her childhood, playing her first adult Bollywood role at the age of 13. She won five Filmfare Awards, and was nominated 10 times in the Indian equivalent to the Oscars. She stopped acting after her second marriage to Boney Kapoor, but made a well-received comeback in 2012 with English Vinglish, about a woman learning English. It is understood she was at a wedding with her husband and daughter at the time of her death. ...Read more

Black Panther Scores $108M In 2nd Record Breaking Weekend

Black Panther is now directly behind 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the second-highest grossing second weekend in box office history. The Marvel movie has now earned $400 million in only 10 days domestically with an additional $304 million internationally. This weekend’s earnings saw only a 46% decline over the opening weekend and has beat out 2015’s Jurassic World and 2012’s The Avengers for the second-highest second weekend, which has exceeded expectations. It currently has an A+ CinemaScore, which is only the second Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to do so, and it has maintained a 97% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.   ...Read more

Indictments Hit Manafort, Gates With Tax And Bank Fraud Charges

Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a new indictment on Thursday against former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and former campaign aide Robert Gates, charging them with new tax and bank fraud crimes and hiking the amount of money they allegedly laundered to more than $30 million. The 32-count indictment was filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia. Manafort and Gates are both accused of tax evasion and not reporting money in foreign accounts, and they are also accused of defrauding banks on paperwork for real-estate loans. While Manafort was originally indicted on charges he laundered $18 million through offshore bank accounts, the new indictment pushes that sum to $30 million. Gates remains accused of laundering $3 million. The charges against Manafort and Gates are related to money from their lobbying work for pro-Russian political figures in Ukraine. ...Read more

CNN Denies Florida School Shooting Survivor’s Claim They Provided Him With Scripted Question

According to one of the survivors of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High, CNN nixed his proposed town hall questions and tried to get him to ask a scripted question instead. Colton Haab, a Junior ROTC student at the school who helped fellow classmates get to safety as the shooting began, says “CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted. I don’t think that it’s going get anything accomplished. It’s not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.” On Thursday morning, CNN denied providing a scripted question to Haab. The network stated it never scripts its town halls and that the teenager’s father instead pulled him from the production.  “We asked him to expand on his original question but the town hall wasn’t the place for a speech at which point his father declined for him to participate,” a source from CNN said. While CNN pushed back on Haab’s claim, they offered him the chance to appear on the network Thursday to discuss his views. ...Read more

Actor Brendan Fraser Says HFPA Ex-President Sexually Assaulted Him

Brendan Fraser is coming forward with allegations of sexual assault by an ex-president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. In a new interview with GQ, Fraser alleges that the HFPA’s Philip Berk assaulted him at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the summer of 2003. Fraser, through his reps, asked the HFPA for an apology, which Berk says he wrote, but added “My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual ‘If I’ve done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologize.’” Berk took a six-month leave of absence from the HFPA in April 2014, following backlash from his memoir, but is still a member. He denied the claim in an e-mail to GQ, saying “Mr. Fraser’s version is a total fabrication.” The HFPA did not respond to Variety’s request for comment. The actor said that the incident made him reclusive and he retreated from public life. He was rarely invited back to the Golden Globes, which the HFPA runs, and he feels as though he was blacklisted as a result. He also believes it’s partly why his career derailed, and said “The phone does stop ringing in your career, and you start asking yourself why. There’s many reasons, but was this one of them? I think it was.”    ...Read more

USA vs. Sweden Set For Men’s Curling Gold-Medal Match At 2018 Winter Olympics

The USA will compete for a men’s curling gold medal for the first time on Saturday. They will take on Sweden in the curling final after both teams won their semi-finals on Thursday at the 2018 Winter Olympics. John Shuster’s team edged past Canada 5-3 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, while Sweden beat Switzerland 9-3.  As the top-ranked team in the world, Sweden will be considered favorites for the gold medal.  They beat the USA 10-4 in the round robin and will hope for a similar result on Saturday, but Shuster’s team should not be discounted after their victory. ...Read more

Tiffany Haddish Set To Host The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

MTV announced Thursday that comedian TIffany Haddish will host this summer’s 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Last year, MTV expanded the ceremony — formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards  — to recognize television and did away with gender-based category divisions.  Haddish, who had a breakout year in 2017, is making her mark on movies and TV.  The actress had a star turn in last year’s hit film “Girls Trip,” as well as previously appearing in the critically acclaimed NBC series “The Carmichael Show.” In addition to the hosting gig, Haddish will be starring opposite Tracy Morgan in the TBS sitcom “The Last OG” and alongside Kevin Hart in Universal’s “Night School.” The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards airs at 9 p.m. Pacific on June 18. Categories and nominees are still TBD. ...Read more