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Mariah Carey Announces New Las Vegas Residency ‘The Butterfly Returns’

Mariah Carey announced on Monday that she would return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a new residency, “The Butterfly Returns,” beginning in July and extending through September. The Colosseum was home to Carey’s previous Vegas show, “Mariah #1 to Infinity,” which lasted from 2015-2017. The announcement comes on the heels of Carey sharing her struggle with bipolar disorder. Carey has also been teasing new music on social media, promising an album release later this year.  Tickets for “The Butterfly Returns” go on sale this Friday. More information can be found on Carey’s website. ...Read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases ‘First Burn’ As Latest “Hamildrop” Offering

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s latest #Hamildrop picks up the pace with “First Burn,” which Manuel confirmed in a tweet is “a first draft” of the Hamilton track “Burn,” is packed with features from Arianna Afsar, Julia Harriman, Lexi Lawson, Rachelle Ann Go and Shoba Narayan. Each of these singers had at one point played the part of Eliza in the show across the U.K. and United States. “It’s different, but it’s a mood” tweeted Miranda about the tune that dropped Monday morning (April 30). “First Burn” is upbeat and rhythmic, with each Eliza adding her unique flair to the three-minute track.  Check out the track in the article below. ...Read more

LeBron James Scores 45 To Lead Cavaliers To 105-101 Victory Over Pacers In Game 7

LeBron James scored 45 points in Game 7 leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-101 win over the Indiana Pacers. The Cavs will open the conference semifinals on Tuesday at Toronto. James played 43 minutes, leaving late in the third quarter to be treated for cramps. Tristan Thompson made a rare start for the Cavs and added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love made four 3-pointers, and George Hill returned after missing three games with back spasms to score 11 in 19 second-half minutes. ...Read more

T-Mobile And Sprint Announce A Plan For Merger

T-Mobile and Sprint announced Sunday (April 29) that they will merge the two wireless companies, bringing the number of major cellphone companies to three. The combined company will be named T-Mobile. In a joint statement, the wireless carries said the combined company will have lower costs and better quality, that could essentially help them compete with AT&T and Verizon. ...Read more

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Says He’ll Give Up Nukes If US Vows Not To Attack

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his South Korean counterpart at their historic summit that he would be willing to give up his nuclear weapons if the U.S. commits to a formal end to the Korean War and a pledge not to attack the North, Seoul officials said Sunday. Kim also vowed during his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday to shut down the North’s nuclear test site in May and disclose the process to experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States, Seoul’s presidential office said. Whether North Korea will ever decide to fully relinquish its nukes as it heads into negotiations with the U.S., Kim’s comments amount to the North’s most specific acknowledgement yet that “denuclearization” would constitute surrendering its weapons. ...Read more

One-Handed UCF Star Shaquem Griffin Drafted By Seattle Seahawks

UCF star Shaquem Griffin was selected with pick No. 141, early in the fifth round, to the Seattle Seahawks – where he will play with his twin brother Shaquill Griffin. Griffin said that he was speechless when he was called by the Seahawks. “I couldn’t breathe,” said Griffin, who played outside linebacker at UCF. “I didn’t know what to say. I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn’t talk.” Griffin had his left hand amputated at age 4 because of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition. A two-year starter at UCF and a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection both seasons, he was the AAC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and was named the defensive MVP of the Peach Bowl, which completed UCF’s 13-0 2017 season. Griffin was a late addition to the list of NFL scouting combine invitees, getting his formal invitation on Jan. 30. ...Read more

Nickelodeon Reveals “Double Dare” Will Return This Summer

Nickelodeon announced that the classic 1980s and ’90s game show Double Dare is set to return to the network this summer with 40 new episodes. Originally running from 1986 to 1993, Double Dare pits two teams of kids against each other in trivia, physical challenges, and the series’ unforgettable obstacle course. It also made use of the network’s signature green slime. Those components and some past contestants will return, though original host Marc Summers will not be back.  It is expected that a new emcee is expected to be named soon. In 1988, the original Double Dare moved to Fox for a season before returning to Nickelodeon. A revival, hosted by Jason Harris and titled Double Dare 2000, aired on the kids’ network from January to November 2000. ...Read more

“Avengers: Infinity War” Has The Biggest Opening Weekend Of All Time At The Box Office

Avengers: Infinity War has made box-office history with a $250 million opening weekend. It’s the biggest opening of all time, smashing the record previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened in 2015 with almost $248 million. Avengers: Infinity Force, the third Avengers movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, earned another $380 million internationally, for a total of $630 million worldwide.  A Quiet Place was a distant second with $10.6 million in its fourth weekend, Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty came in at #3, Rampage was 4th, and Marvel’s Black Panther came in at No. 5, for $688 million total. ...Read more

White House Doctor Ronny Jackson Withdraws As VA Nominee After Controversy

U.S. President Donald Trump’s physician Ronny Jackson on Thursday withdrew from consideration to head the Veterans Affairs department after allegations that he had been lax with prescription drugs and drank alcohol on the job. Jackson, 50, was a surprising pick for the job, and even Trump acknowledged he lacked experience running large organizations. Jackson has denied the allegations as false, but it had prompted the Senate to put a hold on his hearing for the job of leading the federal government’s second largest department. During his campaign, President Trump had pledged to clean up the VA, which oversees healthcare and benefits for about 20 million military veterans. Trump fired his first secretary, David Shulkin, in March after concerns about unauthorized travel expenses. ...Read more

NBA Confirms LeBron James’s Block On Oladipo Was Goaltending

On Thursday, the NBA acknowledged that LeBron James’s crucial block of Victor Oladipo’s layup in the last few seconds of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA playoff win over the Indiana Pacers was illegal goaltending. The NBA said video taken from above the basket “shows that James blocks Oladipo’s shot attempt after it makes contact with the backboard”– which is an illegal block, and had it been called the basket would have given the Pacers a 97-95 lead. Instead, Cleveland gained the ball, called a timeout and inbounded the ball to James, who made the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Cavs up 3-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.  ...Read more