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Kensington Palace Release Statement Requesting ‘Understanding And Respect’ Regarding Meghan Markle’s Father, Thomas Markle

Kensington Palace released a statement following a report that Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, would not be attending her upcoming royal wedding on Monday. Markle and Prince Harry are due to wed at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel on Saturday, May 19. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” the Kensington Palace statement reads. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.” Markle’s father was expected to walk his daughter down the aisle during the Saturday ceremony. He is divorced from Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, who also is planning on traveling with her daughter to the wedding. Both of Markel’s parents were expected to meet the Queen and the rest of the royal family prior to their wedding day. ...Read more

Margot Kidder, ‘Superman’ Actress, Dead At 69

Margot Kidder, who found fame as Lois Lane in the 1978 film “Superman,” died Sunday at her home in Montana. She was 69 years old. According to her manager, the actress died peacefully in her sleep. Kidder starred opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman in the original film as well as the three sequels. Born in the Northwest Territories of Canada, she made her professional acting debut on the TV series “Wojeck” in 1969. After moving to Los Angeles she took roles on TV shows including “McQueen” and “Mod Squad.” Kidder also starred in “The Amityville Horror” in 1979 and worked steadily in television and on stage. Kidder was married three times, and after facing thousands of dollars in medical bills, she found herself homeless in 1996 as she struggled with bipolar disorder. Kidder eventually got back on her feet and went on to become a mental health advocate. No cause of death has been disclosed. ...Read more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Sports Betting Law

The Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibits sports gambling Monday in a landmark decision that gives states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. The Supreme Court ruled in New Jersey, opening the doors for states to introduce legislation for legalized sports betting. The court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. The court ruled in favor of New Jersey and against the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, capping a nearly six-year legal battle and overturning a federal statute that the sports leagues had adamantly stood by for more than 20 years. ...Read more

Redskins’ DeAngelo Hall Retires After 14 Seasons

Veteran defensive back DeAngelo Hall is officially retiring from the NFL. The three-time pro bowler played 14 seasons in the NFL, 10 of those with the Washington Redskins, making him the longest-tenured player on the team. Hall, 34, was drafted by the Falcons in 2004 and then played for the Raiders before moving on to Washington, where he started in every game between 2010 and 2013. He recorded 43 interceptions during his career, including four in one game against the Bears in 2010. ...Read more

Supreme Court Ruling Makes Sports Betting A Possibility Nationwide

The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. The justices voted 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that forbade state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.  Many states hope their cut of legalized sports gambling could help solve budget problems, and stock prices for casino operators and equipment makers surged after the ruling was announced. ...Read more

Over 50 Killed In Gaza As US Embassy Opens In Jerusalem

Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a move that has fueled Palestinian anger and drawn foreign criticism for undermining peace efforts. Palestinian Health Ministry officials said 52 protesters were killed and more than 2,200 injured either by live gunfire, tear gas or other means. The Israeli military said it was responding to violence from the protesters to defend Israel’s border.   ...Read more

Avengers: Infinity War Becomes Fifth Biggest International Release Of All Time

Avengers: Infinity War opened in China this weekend, and with that release the film currently stands as the fifth biggest international release of all time. Disney said Sunday that the Marvel superhero film is estimated to now be up to $1.6 billion in sales following a $200 million opening weekend in China. In the US, the film has earned another $61.8 million in its third weekend in theaters. Infinity War has passed 2012’s The Avengers, Furious 7, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie brings together the stars of nearly every Marvel movie released over the past 10 years, including Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and many others against mad titan Thanos. While Infinity War and Black Panther were hugely successful, Marvel movies aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Marvel Studios is gearing up for its summer release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, the Brie Larson-starring Captain Marvel coming in March 2019 and Avengers 4 set for May 2019. ...Read more

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Saved By NBC

One day after the show was canceled by Fox, NBC has rescued the popular sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The series received a 13-episode sixth season order from NBC. “Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. He added: “We’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up.” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was canceled along with two other comedies — “The Mick” and ‘”The Last Man on Earth” — as Fox made room on its schedule for a crop of new shows. The news of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” resurrection marks the second major network shuffle of the day, as earlier on Friday, Fox announced it was reviving Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing,” one year after the show was canceled by ABC. ...Read more

3 Americans Freed By North Korea Released From Hospital, Reunited With Families

The Pentagon says three Americans released by North Korea have left a Washington-area hospital and have reunited with their families. North Korea released the men last week while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Pyongyang to help set up next month’s summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The men received a hero’s welcome from Mr. Trump when they arrived back in the U.S. early Thursday and were then taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. There the Americans had “decompression time” where doctors helped them establish a routine, make sure they rest and eat well. Pentagon spokeswoman, Maj. Carla M. Gleason says they now “have been reunited with their families. Their time together has been an incredibly joyous occasion. They ask for privacy as they transition home.” ...Read more

Huge Fissure Opens On Hawaiian Volcano As More Eruptions Expected

A new fissure opened early Sunday on Hawaii’s Big Island, splattering lava tens of feet into the air and forcing more residents to evacuate. The fissure is several hundred yards long and is the 17th crack in the ground to open on the island in the week since the Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3. Nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated since the volcano erupted May 3, sending lava flowing into communities and threatening a nearby geothermal plant. The Department of Public Works and Police said the new fissure opened on Hale Kamahina Loop Road and is emitting steam and lava. ...Read more