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Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein Refers Confidential Information About Brett Kavanaugh To FBI

New information is emerging in the confirmation process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court Justice.The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, says she has received “information” about Brett Kavanaugh and has passed it on to the FBI. Feinstein said in a statement Thursday: “I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities,”Feinstein’s statement comes shortly after the Senate Judiciary Committee set a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation for next Thursday. Feinstein has not shared details about the letter beyond her statement Thursday, and no other senators on the Judiciary Committee have been permitted to see it, according to reports. ...Read more

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook May Miss Season Opener Following Knee Surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday and could miss Oklahoma’s season opener against the Golden State Warriors. It will definitely keep Westbrook out of the team’s training camp later this month and it’s likely to sideline him for the entire pre-season schedule. Westbrook felt stiffness in the knee last week and opted for the surgery, described as “maintenance,” as a preemptive measure. This is, however, the fourth surgery Westbrook has had on his right knee. He tore his meniscus in the 2013 postseason and over the next eight months had three surgeries on the knee.  The Thunder have stated he will be re-evaluated in four weeks to determine when he is likely to return.   ...Read more

New York Mets David Wright To End Playing Career After The 2018 Season

David Wright, the Mets’ captain and longest-tenured player, plans to retire after one last game on Sept. 29. During a news conference on Thursday, Wright fought back tears and said that psychologically he is ready to play, but his body is not. After more than two years of injuries, three surgeries and a prolonged rehabilitation, Wright will come off the disabled list and start at third base against the Miami Marlins on Sept. 29, the penultimate game of the season. Wright has not played in a major league game since May 27, 2016. In the more than two years since he was sidelined, he has had surgeries on his shoulder, neck and back, in addition to dealing with an existing chronic back condition called spinal stenosis. Wright was drafted by the Mets in 2001, played in 13 major league seasons for them and played in seven All-Star Games. ...Read more

Warner Brothers Releases Statement On Rumors That Henry Cavill Is Exiting His “Superman” Role

Warner Bros. is addressing recent reports that Henry Cavill will no longer be playing Superman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. had been hoping Cavill would make a cameo in “Shazam!” but those negotiations fell apart due to scheduling conflicts. Now WB studio released a statement following multiple reports citing that the actor is leaving the role following a dispute with his contract negotiations. The statement read as follows: “While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films, we’ve always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged.” Cavill’s manager, Dany Garcia, gave a slightly more hopeful message via Twitter: “Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet. @wbpictures has been and continues to be our partners as they evolve the DC Universe. Cavill debuted as the iconic character in 2013’s “Man of Steel” and he also reprised his role in last year’s “Justice League.”  ...Read more

John Legend Joins ‘The Voice’ As A New Coach For Season 16

John Legend has been named the newest coach of NBC’s The Voice for Season 16 coming in the spring. “I’m thrilled to join the coaches of The Voice” Legend said in a statement. He continued, “I’ve been a guest and mentor on the show multiple times and I’m so excited to discover talented singers and help them make the most of their gift. I hope the world is ready for #TeamJL.”‘ Legend appeared on The Voice in 2016 as a guest performer and as mentioned in his statement, he has also mentored contestants in the past. This time, the musician will take a seat in one of the spinning red chairs alongside returning coaches Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine. The Voice returns for its 15th season Sept. 24; the coaches are Clarkson, Levine, Shelton and Jennifer Hudson. ...Read more

Apple Announces New iPhone XR, New Apple Watch Series 4 And More

Apple Inc. unveiled larger iPhones and watches based on the design of current models on Wednesday, confirming that the company is making only minor changes to its lineup. Apple wants users to upgrade to newer, more expensive devices as a way to boost revenue as global demand for smartphones levels off.  Apple uses the ‘S’ suffix when it upgrades components but leaves the exterior design of a phone the same. This year’s new phones are the XS, with a 5.8-inch (14.7-cm) screen, the larger XS Max, with a 6.5-inch (16.5-cm) screen, and a 6.1-inch iPhone Xr made of aluminum, with an edge-to-edge liquid retina display. Apple also announced the new Apple Watch Series 4 range with edge-to-edge displays which are more than 30 percent bigger than displays on current models. The new watch will also be a health device, able to detect an irregular heartbeat and start an emergency call automatically if it detects a user falling down, potentially appealing to older customers. It said it had approval for the device from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ...Read more

’60 Minutes’ Producer Jeff Fager Leaves CBS Amid Misconduct Allegations

The longtime executive producer of 60 Minutes is leaving CBS amid accusations of inappropriate behavior. The New York Times reports that Jeff Fager was ousted, this just two days after network CEO Leslie Moonves stepped down due to similar claims. Fager was accused of sexual misconduct by six former employees in early August, when The New Yorker reported he allegedly touched women inappropriately at company parties, and other CBS employees claimed that Fager protected those accused of sexual harassment in the workplace. Fager has denied all claims. A memo from CBS News President David Rhodes states that Fager’s departure “is not directly related” to the allegations of sexual misconduct. “However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level,” wrote Rhodes. However in a statement, Fager said the network “terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story. My language was harsh and, despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like. One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did.” CBS stated that Fager’s second-in-command, Bill Owens, will lead 60 Minutes while they search for a new executive producer ...Read more

Buffalo Bills Rookie Josh Allen Named Starting QB Against Chargers

Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott announced Wednesday that rookie quarterback Josh Allen will start Buffalo’s Week 2 home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. Said McDermott, “it’s the right move for our team.” The coach would not discuss whether naming Allen the starter was a permanent decision. Allen, the seventh overall pick, will replace second-year quarterback Nathan Peterman who contributed to Buffalo’s 47-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens last week. Allen will be the second rookie quarterback to start a NFL game this season; third-overall pick Sam Darnold made his debut for the Jets on Monday night. ...Read more

Boston Red Sox Become 1st Team In Majors To Clinch Playoff Spot

The Boston Red Sox became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff berth. Brock Holt pinch hit in the seventh inning and hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night that guaranteed Boston no worse than a wild card berth. With a major league-best 99-46, the Red Sox lead the AL East by nine games with 2½ weeks left. “We’re in great position to win the division and then to accomplish other things,” first-year manager Alex Cora said. “As I told the group, I’m very proud of them.” Boston assured its third straight postseason team, matching the Red Sox teams of 2003-05 and 2007-09. ...Read more

Comedian Norm Macdonald Apologizes For Controversial #MeToo Comments

Norm Macdonald is apologizing for the controversial #MeToo comments he made during an interview. In his chat with The Hollywood Reporter the comedian weighed in on the #MeToo movement and the resulting fallout of sexual misconduct accusations. “I’m happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit,” Macdonald said. “It used to be, “One hundred women can’t be lying.” And then it became, “One woman can’t lie.” And that became, “I believe all women.”  Macdonald also talked about the controversy surrounding his friends Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K. Macdonald saying “there are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’ But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.”  Macdonald tweeted an apology Tuesday, saying “Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years,” Macdonald tweeted. “They both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions. If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry.” ...Read more