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Koko, The Gorilla Who Knew Sign Language, Dies At 46

Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died. The Gorilla Foundation said the 46-year-old western lowland gorilla died in her sleep at the foundation’s preserve in Northern California’s Santa Cruz Mountains on Tuesday.  Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo, and Francine Patterson began teaching the gorilla sign language as part of a Stanford University project in 1974. The foundation said “Koko’s capacity for language and empathy opened the minds and hearts of millions.” Koko appeared in many documentaries and twice in National Geographic magazine. The gorilla’s 1978 cover featured a photo that the animal had taken of herself in a mirror. The foundation said it will honor Koko’s legacy with a sign language application featuring Koko for the benefit of gorillas and children, as well as other projects. ...Read more

First Lady Melania Trump Visits Immigrant Children At Texas Detention Center

Melania Trump visited two Texas facilities yesterday, which are housing some of the more than 2,300 migrant children sent by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally. The first lady visited the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, Texas on Thursday.  This comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating families. However, his policy of criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers remains.  ...Read more

Ex-Archbishop Of Washington, D.C. Suspended From Ministry After Sex Abuse Claims

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former head of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry by the Vatican following a “credible and substantiated” allegation of sexual abuse involving a teenager from nearly 50 years ago. Roman Catholic Church officials in New Jersey revealed that McCarrick, 87, also had been accused of sexual misconduct by adults three times in the past, and two of those accusations resulted in secret settlements. In a written statement, McCarrick said he was “shocked” when he learned of the allegation involving a minor some months ago and supported a thorough investigation by the police and the Archdiocese of New York, where he was working as a priest when the abuse allegedly occurred. McCarrick said, “While I have absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse, and believe in my innocence, I am sorry for the pain the person who brought the charges has gone through, as well as for the scandal such charges cause our people.”  ...Read more

President Trump Signs Executive Order To Keep Families Together At Border

Under growing pressure to act unilaterally to address the immigration crisis, on Wednesday President Donald Trump signed an executive order that he said would keep immigrant families at the border together. Trump said he didn’t like the sight of families being separated, but said the “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting everyone who tries to cross the border illegally would continue. “It’s about keeping families together,” Trump said, “while ensuring we have a powerful, very strong border.” I think the word ‘compassion’ comes into it,” he said. “My wife feels strongly about it. I feel strongly about it. Anybody with a heart would feel this way,” he added. Vice President Mike Pence added that they are calling upon Congress to change the laws. Trump adds that the word “compassion” comes into it. Trump has been trying to win over congressional support on immigration amid a crisis along the border involving the separation of immigrant children from their families. ...Read more

Hornets Agree To Trade Dwight Howard To Nets For Timofey Mozgov

The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, two future second-round draft picks and cash. Howard is an eight-time All-Star and former No. 1 overall pick, and is about to join his fourth team in three years. The Nets will receive Charlotte’s 45th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and its 2021 second-round pick. Howard has $23.8 million remaining on a contract that expires after the 2018-19 season. Howard averaged16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds for Charlotte during the 2017-18 season while playing in 81 of the team’s 82 games.  ...Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo On Pace To Break World Cup Scoring Record As He Scores 4th Goal

Cristiano Ronaldo kept himself on track to break the World Cup’s most “impossible” record with a goal that helped take Portugal to a 1-0 victory over Morocco on Wednesday. Ronaldo powered the ball into the net for his fourth goal of the tournament. His scoring so far has put him on course to rival the single-World Cup record of France’s Just Fontaine, who scored 13 times during the 1958 tournament, the most any player has ever managed during a single tournament. Fontaine’s mark is thought likely never to be broken, given the lower rate of scoring in modern World Cups compared to those in the past.  However, Ronaldo, 33, is guaranteed to play in five more matches if Portugal makes it through to the semifinal stage; and if he were able to maintain his current rate of two goals per game, he would finish the tournament with 14. ...Read more

Michael B. Jordan And Sylvester Stallone Return In First “Creed II” Trailer

In the first trailer for Creed II, Michael B. Jordan returns as Adonis Creed, whose latest opponent is a blast from the past and will be familiar to fans of the “Rocky” franhise. Creed is set to take on Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who killed Creed’s father during a match in Rocky IV. Stallone, who won a Golden Globe for Creed and wrote Creed II, is back for his eighth go-around as Balboa, while Tessa Thompson returns as Creed’s love interest Bianca. Wood Harris and Phylicia Rashad also star. Creed II opens in theaters on Nov. 21. Watch the Creed II trailer below. ...Read more

Eva Longoria And Husband Jose Bastón Welcome First Child Together

“Desperate Housewives” alum Eva Longoria is a mom. The actress, 43, welcomed her first child, a boy, with husband José “Pepe” Bastón, 50, on Tuesday. She shared a photo of baby Santiago Enrique Bastón saying “we are so grateful for this beautiful blessing.” Bastón runs Televisa, the largest media company in Latin America, and has three children from from a previous marriage. Longoria took her fans along with her as she documented her pregnancy on social media.  ...Read more

Months After Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Kevin Spacey Will Return To Theaters In “Billionaire Boys Club”

Kevin Spacey will make his return to the big screen months after facing several sexual misconduct accusations. The actor will appear in Billionaire Boys Club, appearing with his Baby Driver costar Ansel Elgort. The movie was shot over a year before allegations against him came to light, and will be released in theaters August 17. Production company Vertical Entertainment said in a statement: “We hope these distressing allegations pertaining to one person’s behavior — that were not publicly known when the film was made almost 2.5 years ago — do not tarnish the release. We don’t condone sexual harassment on any level and we fully support victims of it. At the same time, this is neither an easy nor insensitive decision to release this film in theaters, but we believe in giving the cast, as well as hundreds of crew members who worked hard on the film, the chance to see their final product reach audiences.” Allegations against Spacey were first brought forward in October by actor Anthony Rapp, who alleged the actor had previously made inappropriate sexual advances toward him when he was just 14-years-old. ...Read more