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Death Toll Rises To 25 After Tornado Hits Nashville And Central Tennessee

At least 25 people were killedseveral others injured and tens of thousands of households and businesses left without power when a tornado struck parts of Nashville and central Tennessee early Tuesday, officials said. The deaths occurred in at least four counties, including Davidson, where Nashville is, and Putnam, Benton and Wilson, according to officials. At least 18 of the deaths occurred in Putnam County, officials said Tuesday.  ...Read more

2020 Tokyo Olympics Flame-Lighting Ceremony Will Be Held Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics flame-lighting ceremony is due to go ahead as normal in Greece next week despite concerns over coronavirus. The Greek Olympic committee, known as the HOC, said they are working with health authorities and will “evaluate the situation every two days,” per the Associated Press. The Olympic flame is due to be lit in southern Greece and carried in a relay through the country before being handed over to the organizers of the Tokyo Games. ...Read more

‘Judge Judy’ To End After 25 Seasons; Will Be Replaced By New Show ‘Judy Justice’

Long-time Judge Judy television personality Judy Sheindlin said that her CBS show will be coming to an end after concluding its 2020 to 2021 season, its 25th in total.
“I’ve had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS, and it’s been successful,” she said to the talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. “Next year will be our 25th season, silver anniversary, and CBS sort of felt, I think, they wanted to optimally utilize the repeats of my program. Because now they have 25 years of reruns. So what they decided to do was to sell a couple of years’ worth of reruns.”
Sheindlin mentioned another show in the works, Judy Justice, but did not provide any further details.  Judge Judy remains one of television’s top reality courtroom series, winning three Emmy Awards and leading the ratings. Sheindlin is currently the highest-paid television personality with an annual salary of $47 million.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar Drops Out Of Democratic Race For President

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has dropped out of the race to become the Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 US election. Kobluchar endorsed her rival Joe Biden at a rally in Dallas on Monday night, ahead of the crucial Super Tuesday primary elections. “I cannot think of a better way to end my campaign than joining his,” she told the crowd.  Klobuchar is the latest in a string of dropouts; former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg decided to end his campaign Sunday evening, also endorsing Biden on Monday. And billionaire Tom Steyer dropped out over the weekend after a disappointing showing in the South Carolina Democratic primary. ...Read more

U.S. Death Toll From Coronavirus Rises To 6 In Washington State

Health officials in Washington state announced four additional deaths from the coronavirus on Monday, raising the U.S. death toll to six. A man in his 70s, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s died in King County on Sunday from the virus, which causes a disease called COVID-19. The sixth death was reported in Snohomish County. Information about the patient has not been released. ...Read more

MLB Proposes Rule Changes In Wake of Astros’ Cheating Scandal

In the aftermath of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, Major League Baseball is looking to crack down on cheating. According to Sports Illustrated, the league is working with the players association on a variety of new protocols to prevent future incidents.  MLB has proposed that access to the dugout and clubhouse during games will be limited to players, seven coaches and necessary interpreters and trainers. Front office members would be banned from clubhouses during games. ...Read more

Hilary Duff Asks Disney+ To Move ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Reboot To Hulu

Hilary Duff is asking Disney+ to move the “Lizzie McGuire” reboot to a more appropriate TV home, suitable for a more grown-up version of Lizzie.  In an Instagram post, Duff said the streaming service isn’t the best fit, suggesting Hulu instead. The original series, about a girl whose thoughts are expressed by her animated doppelganger, aired from 2001 to 2004 on the Disney Channel.  ...Read more