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    Propelled by an extra strong Sunday, the opening weekend grosses for 'Crazy Rich Asians' were even higher than expected. The Warner Bros. romantic comedy earned $26.5 million in its first weekend in theaters, and $35.3 million since it hit theaters Wednesday. Second place went to Warner Bros.' shark thriller 'The Meg,' now in its second weekend. The Jason Statham pic chomped up an additional $21.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $83.8 million. Mark Wahlberg's R-rated actioner 'Mile 22' opened in third place with $13.7 million, while 'Mission: Impossible — Fallout' took fourth with $10.8 million. Rounding out the top five was another new offering, 'Alpha,' about a young man and his dog in the ice age. 'Alpha' grossed $10.4 million over the weekend. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore: 1. 'Crazy Rich Asians,' Warner Bros., $26,510,140, 3,384 locations, $7,834 average, $35,276,909, 1 Week. 2. 'The Meg,' Warner Bros., $21,151,012, 4,118 locations, $5,136 average, $83,760,074, 2 Weeks. 3. 'Mile 22,' STX Entertainment, $13,710,825, 3,520 locations, $3,895 average, $13,710,825, 1 Week. 4. 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout,' Paramount, $10,773,347, 3,482 locations, $3,094 average, $181,012,068, 4 Weeks. 5. 'Alpha,' Sony, $10,352,512, 2,719 locations, $3,807 average, $10,352,512, 1 Week. 6. 'Disney's Christopher Robin,' Disney, $8,861,530, 3,602 locations, $2,460 average, $66,878,940, 3 Weeks. 7. 'BlacKkKlansman,' Focus Features, $7,383,195, 1,788 locations, $4,129 average, $23,392,685, 2 Weeks. 8. 'Slender Man,' Sony, $4,801,712, 2,358 locations, $2,036 average, $20,578,291, 2 Weeks. 9. 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,' Sony, $3,768,479, 2,187 locations, $1,723 average, $153,962,179, 6 Weeks. 10. 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,' Universal, $3,405,405, 2,270 locations, $1,500 average, $111,222,895, 5 Weeks. 11. 'The Equalizer 2,' Sony, $2,863,549, 1,888 locations, $1,517 average, $94,782,433, 5 Weeks. 12. 'Ant-Man And The Wasp,' Disney, $2,646,856, 1,520 locations, $1,741 average, $208,392,506, 7 Weeks. 13. 'The Spy Who Dumped Me,' Lionsgate, $2,617,298, 2,409 locations, $1,086 average, $29,998,313, 3 Weeks. 14. 'Incredibles 2,' Disney, $2,302,020, 1,238 locations, $1,859 average, $594,100,868, 10 Weeks. 15. 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,' Universal, $1,157,380, 814 locations, $1,422 average, $411,754,745, 9 Weeks. 16. 'Dog Days,' Mirror/LD Entertainment, $868,664, 2,387 locations, $364 average, $5,929,487, 2 Weeks. 17. 'Geetha Govindam,' Independent Indian, $821,990, 160 locations, $5,137 average, $1,564,311, 1 Week. 18. 'Teen Titans Go! To The Movies,' Warner Bros., $750,127, 590 locations, $1,271 average, $27,301,479, 4 Weeks. 19. 'Eighth Grade,' A24, $735,240, 542 locations, $1,357 average, $11,638,783, 6 Weeks. 20. 'Three Identical Strangers,' Neon Rated, $502,144, 276 locations, $1,819 average, $10,567,548, 8 Weeks. --- Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
  •   Top U.S. ski champion Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan, lost their youngest child, Emeline “Emmy” Grier Miller, in a pool drowning accident in early June. >> Read more trending news  The grief-stricken couple publicly talked about their loss in late July and now Morgan Miller has shared a heartbreaking photo of the last time she held her 19-month-old daughter. Miller is weeping in the photo as she cradles Emmy, who is hooked up to machines with tubes and wires. “I wish I could have one more day to hold you,” Miller wrote. “Your footprint will forever be left on this world,” she said. Emergency crews were called to the Millers’ home in the upscale gated community of Coto de Caza in Orange County, California, on June 9 on reports of a pool drowning. >> Related: Former Olympic skier Bode Miller's 19-month-old daughter drowns in pool Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive the little girl, but she died in the hospital the next day. Emmy was the youngest of the Millers’ four children.
  • A prominent #MeToo activist and Harvey Weinstein accuser recently agreed to pay $380,000 to settle a sexual assault complaint against her, according to a new report. >> Before Alyssa Milano, #MeToo began with activist Tarana Burke 10 years ago The New York Times reported Sunday that actress Asia Argento, who said last year that Weinstein raped her in 1997, settled a claim by former child star Jimmy Bennett, now 22. In a notice of intent to sue that Bennett filed shortly after Argento, 42, went public with her Weinstein allegations in October, Bennett claimed Argento sexually assaulted him in 2013, when he was 17, the Times reported. The alleged incident occurred in a hotel room in California, where the age of consent is 18. >> Who is Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend, Asia Argento? Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said in a statement released Monday to CNN that the reported settlement shows 'a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento.' 'What is perhaps most egregious is the timing,” Brafman said. According to the Times, Bennett’s notice of intent to sue was sent to Argento in November, one month after she went public with her allegations against Weinstein. 'An unidentified party' sent the Times documents related to the case, including a selfie of Bennett and Argento in bed, the newspaper reported, adding that 'three people familiar with the case' had confirmed the documents' authenticity. The complaint said Bennett was traumatized by the incident, which 'hindered [his] work and income and threatened his mental health,' the Times reported. Bennett, who starred in a 2004 movie with Argento and played her character's son, had viewed their bond as a 'mother-son relationship,' the complaint said. >> Read more trending news  The Times also reported that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who met Argento in 2016 and began dating her, helped her 'navigate the matter.' Bourdain committed suicide in June. Bennett declined to comment on the Times' piece, and Argento did not return requests for comment, the newspaper reported.
  • The University of Utah says a tweet from comedian David Cross showing him wearing undergarments sacred to the Mormon faith was 'deeply offensive' but the college won't consider calls for the cancellation of his performance on campus Wednesday. College president Ruth Watkins criticized the tweet in a statement issued Sunday but said it free speech protected by the First Amendment and that the university 'cannot and will not censor content of those coming to campus.' The actor and comic known for his character on TV's 'Arrested Development' series responded to the criticism by tweeting 'Holy 'moly!' My opening 10 minutes are going to be on fire!!!' His representative, Michael O'Brien, did not immediately return an email message Monday seeking comment. Members of the faith wear white, two-piece cotton undergarments daily considered similar to holy vestments in other faiths, like a Catholic nun's habit or a Muslim skullcap. In the photo, Cross is seen wearing the clothing that resembles a T-shirt and shorts outside of a clothing-store dressing room, with a tagline that reads 'Utah! Learn the real truth!' The university is a public college in Salt Lake City, where the faith is based. About two-thirds of Utah's population belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and many University of Utah students are also Mormon. But it's often seen as a secular alternative to the private, church-owned Brigham Young University. Jabs about Mormon undergarments have surfaced before, including during Mormon Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential run. On the internet and in popular culture, some deride the sacred clothing as 'magical Mormon underwear.' The church made a video four years ago dispelling the notion that Latter-day Saints believe temple garments have special protective powers. Rather, the church said they are a reminder of members' commitment to God to live good, honorable lives. The garments aren't meant to be seen, and members are taught not to hang them in public places to dry or display them in view of people 'who do not understand their significance.' Cross previously told The Salt Lake Tribune he is visiting Salt Lake City on his latest tour because he's always had good shows and memorable fans in the city. The university is not sponsoring his show. Watkins said college officials acknowledge the free-speech rights of those who rent its facilities, even if they disagree with them.
  • Cardi B will make her first public appearance as a mom at the MTV Video Music Awards, and it might be worth it: She could be the night's big winner. The rapper is the top contender with 10 nominations. She will open Monday's show, which kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT from Radio City Music Hall in New York. Cardi B, who gave birth to Kulture Kiari Cephus last month, is up for video of the year with 'Finesse,' her collaboration with Bruno Mars. The song's video, inspired by the 1990s sketch comedy series 'In Living Color,' is also nominated for four other honors. For the top prize, Cardi B and Mars will compete with Childish Gambino's 'This Is America,' Drake's 'God's Plan,' Beyonce and Jay-Z's 'Apes--t,' Camila Cabello's 'Havana' and Ariana Grande's 'No Tears Left to Cry.' Most of the top nominees — including Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mars and Gambino — won't attend the VMAs. Grande, who released a new album last week, is set to perform. Other performers include Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes, the Backstreet Boys, Post Malone, Panic! At the Disco, Logic and Ryan Tedder. Jennifer Lopez, who will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement, will also hit the stage. MTV also plans on honoring Aretha Franklin, who died last week from pancreatic cancer at age 76. As for nominees, Beyonce and Jay-Z follow Cardi B with eight bids for 'Apesh--t,' filmed at the Louvre museum in Paris. Gambino's 'This Is America,' which tackles racism and gun violence, earned him seven nominations, while Drake, who gave away $1 million dollars to Miami residents in his 'God's Plan' clip, scored seven nods. Mars, who has six nominations, is up for artist of the year alongside Cardi B, Drake, Post Malone, Cabello and Grande. Taylor Swift was shut out of the major categories but did nab three nominations for technical awards: Her No. 1 hit, 'Look What You Made Me Do,' is up for best art direction, best visual effects and best editing. Cardi B's other nominations include best new artist, best hip-hop video for 'Bartier Cardi' and best Latin video for 'Dinero' with Lopez and DJ Khaled. Others nominated for multiple VMAs include SZA, Ed Sheeran, Janelle Monae, Khalid, Alessia Cara and Dua Lipa. Avicii, who died in April, is nominated for best dance and best visual effects for 'Lonely Together,' which features Rita Ora.
  • American rock band The Eagles now have the best-selling album of all time. Beating out Michael Jackson’s 1982 album “Thriller,” the Recording Industry Association of America told The Associated Press on Monday that The Eagles album “Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975),” was certified 38x platinum. >> Read more trending news  The certification means that sales and streams of the 1976 compilation album have accounted for 38 million copies. “Thriller” is now second place at 33x platinum. The RIAA updated streams and sales for that album last year. “We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It’s been quite a ride,” founding member Don Henley said in a statement. The RIAA started incorporating steaming from digital music services like Spotify and YouTube to certification in 2013. Ten song downloads is equal to one album sale and 1,500 streams of an album is equivalent to an album sale. The Eagles also have the third highest-selling album of all time. The band’s 1977 record “Hotel California” is 26x platinum.
  • MTV is launching its first-ever midterm election drive to encourage young people to register and vote, hoping fans make voting a communal effort with their friends. The youth-centric network will first publicize the effort Monday at its annual Video Music Awards being held at Radio City Music Hall. The effort hearkens back to MTV's 'Choose or Lose' campaign when Bill Clinton was first elected in 1992. The interest in social activism this year among its audience convinced MTV to target the issue in a non-presidential election year, said Chris McCarthy, network president. Voter turnout in those years is typically depressed, particularly among young people. MTV designed its campaign around the concept of shared experiences after noting the importance young people place in them, he said. For example, it is working with the Ford Foundation on a mobile unit where people can register, then check whether their friends are registered and encourage them to do so if they aren't. The network is also looking to host some 1,000 parties of different sizes across the country on election day, including larger ones with the participation of yet-to-be-named musicians. 'Voting is important,' McCarthy said. 'It matters. But voting with a friend matters even more.' MTV isn't the cultural force that it once was. But McCarthy has engineered a turnaround in the network's fortunes this past year, betting on reality shows and familiar brands. The network's audience has also aged somewhat, enough so that 86 percent of its typical viewer at any time is 18 or over, or voting age. MTV is only the latest group to commit to turning out the youth vote in November. Liberal activist and billionaire Tom Steyer has promised to spend at least $31 million on voter organization, believed to be the largest campaign ever targeted to young people. Activists seeking gun control legislation are making similar efforts, buoyed by the work of students following the Parkland school shooting in Florida. HeadCount, another organization that works to register young voters at music festivals and concerts, said Monday that it is approaching 30,000 people registered — already more than it has ever done for a midterm election. HeadCount has been seeking new voters since 2004. MTV isn't saying how much it will spend on its campaign, called '+1thevote' in a reference to the phrase for bringing a guest to a concert. While the other groups are clearly invested in trying to change Republican control of Congress, McCarthy said MTV's effort is non-partisan. Still, it is being launched at a time Democrats seem more active and engaged. MTV says its measure of success will be an increase in the percentage of young people voting. During the 2010 midterm election in President Barack Obama's first term, only 18 percent of people aged 18-to-20 voted, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. 'MTV's mission is to engage and entertain and celebrate the spirit of youth — everything from activism to escapism and all the messy stuff in between,' McCarthy said.
  • Real life is mimicking the shows we have watched for almost 30 years as a real Kwik-E-Mart has opened up shop.  But the convenience store modeled on the one from “The Simpsons” isn’t in Springfield, Ohio, Springfield, Virginia, or any of the dozens of Springfield towns or townships, in the United States.  It’s actually located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, WBTW reported. The Kwik-E-Mart opened last week at Broadway at the Beach. It has tons of Simpsons memorabilia for sale and also has food items inspired by the show like Squishees and Lard Lad Donuts. There’s even Duff on the shelves, but it isn’t beer, but rather non-alcoholic energy drinks, WBTW reported. The store will serve as the end of the line for fans who are leaving the Aztec Theater when it opens later this year.  The theater is also inspired by “The Simpsons” and will feature a Simpsons 4D movie experience, WBTW reported.  >> Read more trending news 
  • The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are back in New York this year to celebrate achievements in music videos. Some of the biggest names in music are nominated, and special honoree Jennifer Lopez will perform for the first time since 2001. Get more information on the show below. >> Read more trending news  What time? Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. What channel? MTV  Who is nominated? Cardi B leads the nominations for the show. The new mother and Billboard chart topper has 10 nods, but close behind are Beyonce and Jay-Z with eight nominations. They are billed as The Carters, from their “Everything Is Love” album. Childish Gambino and Drake have seven nominations each. Jennifer Lopez is the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. A full list of nominees is below: VIDEO OF THE YEARAriana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”The Carters – “APE(expletive)”Childish Gambino – “This Is America”Drake – “God’s Plan” ARTIST OF THE YEARAriana GrandeBruno MarsCamila CabelloCardi BDrakePost Malone SONG OF THE YEARBruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”Drake – “God’s Plan”Dua Lipa – “New Rules”Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar” BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)BazziCardi BChloe x HalleHayley KiyokoLil PumpLil Uzi Vert BEST COLLABORATIONBebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”The Carters – “APE(expletive)”Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEARJuly 2018 – Chloe x HalleJune 2018 – SigridMay 2018 – Lil XanApril 2018 – Hayley KiyokoMarch 2018 – Jessie ReyezFebruary 2018 – Tee GrizzleyJanuary 2018 – Bishop BriggsDecember 2017 – Grace VanderWaalNovember 2017 – Why Don’t WeOctober 2017 – PRETTYMUCHSeptember 2017 – SZAAugust 2017 – Kacy HillJuly 2017 – KhalidJune 2017 – KyleMay 2017 – Noah Cyrus BEST POPAriana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”P!nk – “What About Us”Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” BEST HIP HOPCardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”The Carters – “APE(expletive)”Drake – “God’s Plan”J. Cole – “ATM”Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It”Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li” BEST LATINDaddy Yankee – “Dura”J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente”Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”Maluma – “Felices los 4”Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje” BEST DANCEAvicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me”David Guetta & Sia – “Flames”Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence”Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)” BEST ROCKFall Out Boy – “Champion”Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”Linkin Park – “One More Light”Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water” VIDEO WITH A MESSAGEChildish Gambino – “This Is America”Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated”Drake – ‘God’s Plan”Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYAlessia Cara – “Growing Pains” – Cinematography by Pau CastejónAriana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Cinematography by Scott CunninghamThe Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Cinematography by Benoit DebieChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Cinematography by Larkin SeipleEminem ft. Ed Sheeran – “River” – Cinematography by Frank Mobilio & Patrick MellerShawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Cinematography by Jonathan Sela BEST DIRECTIONThe Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Directed by Ricky SaixChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Directed by Hiro MuraiDrake – “God’s Plan” – Directed by Karena EvansEd Sheeran – “Perfect” – Directed by Jason KoenigJustin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – “Say Something” – Directed by Arturo Perez Jr.Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Directed by Jay Martin BEST ART DIRECTIONThe Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Art Direction by Jan HoulevigueChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Art Direction by Jason KisvardayJ. Cole – “ATM” – Art Direction by Miles MullinJanelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Art Direction by Pepper NguyenSZA – “The Weekend” – Art Direction by SZA and SolangeTaylor Swift – Big Machine Records – Art Direction by Brett Hess BEST VISUAL EFFECTSAriana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Visual Effects by Vidal and Loris Paillier for BufAvicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Visual Effects by KPPEminem ft. Beyoncé – “Walk On Water” – Visual Effects Supervisor Rich Lee for Drive StudiosKendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars” – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF ParisMaroon 5 – “Wait” – Visual Effects by TIMBERTaylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios BEST CHOREOGRAPHYBruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Choreography by Phil Tayag & Bruno MarsCamila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Choreography by Calvit Hodge and Sara BivensThe Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jaquel KnightChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Choreography by Sherrie SilverDua Lipa – “IDGAF” – Choreography by Marion MotinJustin Timberlake – “Filthy” – Choreography by Marty Kudelka, AJ Harpold, Tracy Phillips, and Ivan Koumaev BEST EDITINGBruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”– Editing by Jacquelyn LondonThe Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Editing by Taylor Ward and Sam OstroveChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Editing by Ernie GilbertJanelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Editing by Deji LarayN.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – Editing by Taylor WardTaylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Editing by Chancler Haynes for Cosmo
  • The Eagles' greatest hits album has moonwalked past Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' to become history's best-selling album of all-time. The Recording Industry Association of America told The Associated Press on Monday that the Eagles' album — 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975' — is now certified 38x platinum, which means sales and streams of the album have reached 38 million copies. The album was released in 1976 and pushes Jackson's 'Thriller,' which is 33x platinum, to second place. RIAA also said that the Eagles' 'Hotel California,' released in 1977, is now 26x platinum and makes it the third best-selling album of all-time. The last time RIAA tallied sales for the Eagles' greatest hits album was in 2006, when it said it was 29x platinum. Sales and streams for 'Thriller' were last updated last year. 'We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It's been quite a ride,' Don Henley said in a statement. RIAA's platinum status was once equivalent to selling one million albums or songs, but in 2013 the company began incorporating streaming from YouTube, Spotify and other digital music services to determine certification for albums and songs. Now 1,500 streams of an album is equivalent to an album sale. Also, 10 song downloads = 1 album sale. The Eagles, who formed in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, mastered the mix of rock 'n' roll and country music, and the band's hits — including 'Hotel California' and 'Take It Easy — became part of the soundtrack of that decade. They broke up in 1980, coming back together 14 years later with Henley and Glenn Frey being the only remaining original members. Frey died in 2016, but the Grammy-winning band remains on tour. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2016.

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  • Shanann Watts’ Facebook profile is one filled with love; love for her family and love for her job. >> UPDATE:  Father charged with murder The pregnant Colorado mother of two was found buried in a shallow grave Thursday, not far from where the bodies of her daughters, Bella, 4, and 3-year-old Celeste, were found hidden inside oil tanks on the property of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the oil and gas exploration company for which their father worked, Weld County court records show.  The court records, obtained by 9News in Denver, also indicated that the victims may have been strangled. Their autopsy results had not been released as of Monday morning.  >> Related story: Shanann Watts, 2 daughters likely strangled, records show Christopher Lee Watts, 33, of Frederick, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with physical evidence in the slayings, which investigators believe took place Monday. That was the day that a friend of Shanann Watts’ reported the mother and daughters missing after she went to the family’s home and found no sign of them. Investigators said the victim’s vehicle and purse were at the house, as were medications for the girls.   In her social media posts, Shanann Watts appeared thrilled to be carrying her third child. In a video she posted June 11, she wore a T-shirt that read, “Oops, we did it again,” her way of telling Chris Watts he was again going to be a father.  In the recording, Chris Watts walks into the room and stops, reading the shirt. He laughs. “I like that shirt,” he says. “Really?” “Really,” his wife responds.  “That’s awesome,” he says. After kissing Shanann Watts, he says, “Guess when you want to, it happens.” Shanann Watts also recorded the moment she told her daughters that “Mommy has a baby in her belly.” Both girls cheer and jump up and down with excitement.  Shanann Watts juggled motherhood with her work as a salesperson for Le-Vel, a health and wellness company that sells nutritional products. Though she and her husband filed for bankruptcy protection a few years ago, her work and his job with Anadarko appeared to rejuvenate the couple’s finances.  Her Facebook feed was dedicated to her family and her work, which allowed for much travel.  “We have qualified for so many amazing trips in two years that we never otherwise would have been able to visit,” she wrote in one post.  Shanann Watts’ brother, Frankie Rzucek, wrote on Facebook Friday that his sister, who he looked up to, was the “hardest working person (he’s) ever known.” In an extensive post describing his only sibling, he revealed that she had lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes a person’s body to attack its own organs.  According to WebMD, it also means that any pregnancy is considered high-risk.  “Lupus can complicate pregnancy with an increased risk of miscarriage, premature delivery and preeclampsia, as well as heart problems in the baby,” according to the medical website. “When our family found out she beat all the odds and became pregnant, I can't even explain our excitement,” Rzucek wrote. “Shanann was born to be a mother and help change lives.” He called her a “picture-perfect” mother. “I was blown away when I moved out there and lived with her for a few months after her first-born daughter, Bella (My Bella Bean),” Rzucek wrote. “I was exhausted by just watching my sister. She made being a parent look easy.” Shanann Watts publicly shared many photos of her girls, along with videos. Bella was often the star of the videos, including one in which she sang a song calling her father a hero.  “My Daddy is a hero, he helps me grow up strong,” Bella sings, a shy smile on her face. “He reads me books, he ties my shoes. You’re a hero, through and through. My Daddy, Daddy, I love you.” “I totally just cried!” Shanann Watts wrote in the caption of the video.  In another video, the expectant mother asks Bella how many babies are in her belly.  “Five!” Bella says, grinning. “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” a male voice says from off camera.  “That’s a lot of babies,” Shanann Watts says.  Bella, who would kiss her mother’s pregnant stomach each night, giggles as Shanann Watts tells her that she needs to grow up quickly because she’ll need a lot of help with all those babies.  In a June post showing a scrape on Celeste’s forehead, Shanann Watts calls the 3-year-old “one of the toughest kids (she knows).” She says that Celeste and her energy is the reason she started using Thrive, one of the products she sold for Le-Vel.  “Lawd, this kid gives me mini heart attacks on the regular,” Shanann Watts wrote.  In an interview with 9News in Denver the day before his arrest, Chris Watts also described the couple’s children.  “Celeste, she’s just a bottle of energy,” he said. “I call her ‘Rampage’ because she's got two speeds: go, or she’s sleeping. She’s always the troublemaker, she’s always the one, like, jumping off things. Bella, she’s the more calm, cautious, mothering type, and she’s more like me -- she’s more calm. Celeste has definitely got her mom’s personality, where she’s all gung-ho, ready to go.” See Chris Watts’ entire interview with 9News below. In a Father’s Day post accompanied by a photo collage of the family, Shanann Watts praises her husband. “Chris, we are so incredibly blessed to have you! You do so much every day for us and take such great care of us. You are the reason I was brave enough to agree to number 3! From laundry to kids’ showers! You are incredible, and we are so lucky to have you in our life! Happy Father’s Day!” Rzucek wrote that he let his anger toward Chris Watts get the better of him in a previous post, in which he called his brother-in-law a “heartless psychopath” and said he wanted just 30 seconds alone with him.  He said he would never delete or regret his comments, however.  “He stole my whole world and treated them like they were trash,” Rzucek wrote. “I’ve never been so mad, sad, enraged, hurt, heartbroken, lost and shocked in all my life. So forgive me for how I went about it. My sister and nieces meant the absolute world to me. They made me strive to be an even better man. I wanted them to be proud of their uncle.” Rzucek wrote that he could go on for days with memories of his beloved sister, who recently visited family in North Carolina with Bella and Celeste, but instead said he was proud and honored to receive the love and well-wishes of those who will miss Shanann Watts.  He also asked people to pray for Chris Watts’ family, who is also mourning. “I'm trying really hard not to hate him because that's not how we were raised, but I just can't find it in my heart. I really don’t know what to say,” Rzucek wrote. “I just thank God that I got to spend the last six weeks loving, laughing,and enjoying what precious time I had with my sister and nieces that I loved with every inch of my soul.  “I wish I could go back in time and be there to keep you safe from harm. Sorry Uncle couldn't save you.”
  • A man is facing charges after nearly colliding head-on with a law enforcement officer, before leading police on a chase - all while a young child sat in the car, according to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office. JSO says 20-year old Elijah Malik was observed failing to stop at a posted stop sign at Golfair Blvd.  An officer on the scene initiated a traffic stop, but lost sight of the driver as he turned down a street with no outlet. The driver- Malik- then allegedly sped back in the direction of the officer, nearly colliding head-on with the patrol car and forcing it off the road.  According to the police report, the man was then observed driving through a Walgreens and McDonalds parking lot, nearly colliding with multiple vehicles and pedestrians.  Two officers pursued the vehicle, until JSO says the driver crashed at Rowe Ave. Malik allegedly refused verbal commands by arresting officers and had to be pulled from the vehicle.  The two passengers inside - one of who was a young child - were not injured in the crash.  Malik faces charges of child neglect, reckless driving, attempting to elude a law enforcement officer at high speed and more.
  • A pregnant Colorado woman and her two young daughters may have been strangled, according to court documents filed by the defense team for the husband and father accused of killing his entire family.  >> MORE: Father charged with murder Christopher Lee Watts, 33, of Frederick, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with physical evidence, for allegedly hiding the bodies of his wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and their daughters, Bella Watts, 4, and Celeste Watts, 3. The mother and daughters were reported missing Monday when a friend of Shanann Watts could not reach her.  >> Read more trending news 9News in Denver reported Friday that motions filed by defense attorney James Merson offered a glimpse into some of the details of the slayings. In one motion filed in Weld County, Merson indicated he’d spoken to a DNA expert, Richard Eikelenboom. Eikelenboom told Merson in the filing that “even though the bodies of two of the decedents have been in an oil well filled with crude oil for several days, DNA would still be present,” the news station reported.  Bella and Celeste Watts’ bodies were found hidden inside oil or gas tanks on the property of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., which employed Chris Watts until his arrest. The company said in a statement last week that he was fired Wednesday.  >> Related story: Bodies of 2 missing Colorado girls recovered as father appears in court Eikelenboom wrote in an email to Merson that it was his “expert opinion that DNA evidence would remain on the necks of the decedent children, in spite of the fact that the remains were in oil for four days,” the court records said. “In my opinion, the presence of oil will not destroy the DNA.” The Coloradoan reported that Merson’s motions focused on having the pathologist swab the children’s necks for DNA during their autopsies, which were scheduled for Friday. He also asked in the motion that DNA samples be taken from Shanann Watts hands and fingernails, along with the fingernails of the couple’s children, the newspaper reported.  Merson also requested that Eikelenboom be present during the autopsies.  The Coloradoan reported Sunday that a judge denied Merson’s requests for DNA swabs, saying he would not tell the medical examiner’s office how to do its job. The newspaper also reported that the autopsies were completed Friday, but the cause of the victims’ deaths have not been made public.  Additional court documents obtained Saturday by 9News indicated that Shanann Watts, who was about 15-weeks pregnant when she died, was found buried in a shallow grave near the tanks where her daughters were dumped. Those details were unveiled in a court filing by Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke, who was responding to the motions filed by Merson.  “The body of defendant’s wife was located earlier this morning after being recovered from a shallow grave near an oil tank,” prosecutors wrote in the motion filed late Thursday. “Later this afternoon, law enforcement recovered the bodies of defendant’s two daughters from inside oil tanks located near the grave of their mother. The Weld County coroner has informed the prosecution that time is of the essence in conducting the autopsies, especially for the children given the period of time their bodies were submerged in oil.” >> Related story: Colorado man who pleaded for return of missing wife, daughters arrested in deaths Shanann Watts and her daughters were reported missing last Monday, Aug. 13, when a friend of hers went to the Watts home and they were not there. That friend, Nickole Atkinson, told ABC News that she dropped Shanann off at the Watts home around 2 a.m. that morning, following a business trip.  She was supposed to pick her friend up again later that day, but when she arrived at the house around noon, Shanann and the girls were gone. Police later determined that Shanann Watts’ vehicle and purse were at the house, as were medications for the children.  Atkinson told ABC News that she “didn’t want to think the worst,” but felt that something was amiss because Chris Watts seemed unconcerned that his pregnant wife and young daughters were missing. “He was just sitting there waiting for something to happen; it just didn’t seem right to me,” Atkinson told the news agency.  Chris Watts gave an interview to 9News the day before his arrest. See his entire interview below. Atkinson said she was not shocked when Chris Watts was arrested, but said she did not know of any trouble in the marriage until the day her friend disappeared. She told ABC News that Chris Watts suggested that day that his wife had left him.  “When I called him and asked him where she was, that’s when he told me and I basically told him that that wasn’t my (concern) at that particular moment, because it wasn’t, and that their business was their business, that they would either work it out or they wouldn’t,” Atkinson said.  Chris Watts spoke out the day before his arrest in an interview with 9News, in which he described the situation as “a nightmare that (he) just (couldn’t) wake up from.”  The young father also addressed those who might think he had a hand in his family’s disappearance. “Everybody’s going to have their own opinion on anything like this,” Watts said. “I just want people to know that I want my family back. I want them safe and I want them here. This house is not the same.” Less than 24 hours later, Watts was in custody. A law enforcement source told 9News that Watts confessed to killing his wife and children.  No suspected motive has been made public by investigators. 
  • Pope Francis has written a letter to Catholics condemning sexual abuse by priests. >> On WPXI.com: Report names 300 alleged ‘predator priests’ >> Read more trending news  “Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient,” said the letter, which the Vatican released Monday. “Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.” >> On WPXI.com: Report: Ring of 'predatory priests' shared, photographed victims He added: “We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.” >> Read the full letter here The letter came less than a week after a grand jury report identified more than 300 priests accused of abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania. According to WPXI, a ring of predatory priests with the Pittsburgh Diocese allegedly shared information on victims and exchanged the victims among themselves, as well as made child pornography on Diocesan property. >> On WPXI.com: Cardinal Wuerl moves monthly meeting with council of priests In his letter, Pope Francis said Catholics must “acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by consecrated persons, clerics, and all those entrusted with the mission of watching over and caring for those most vulnerable.” He wrote: “Let us beg forgiveness for our own sins and the sins of others. An awareness of sin helps us to acknowledge the errors, the crimes and the wounds caused in the past and allows us, in the present, to be more open and committed along a journey of renewed conversion.” Read more here.
  •  Last week, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump was revoking the security clearance of former CIA chief John Brennan and was considering revoking several others over national security concerns. One of the other security clearances Trump was said to be considering revoking was that of Bruce Ohr, a Department of Justice employee. >>Trump revokes former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance Who is Ohr and why is he on the president’s list? Here’s a look at how Ohr fits into the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and has drawn Trump’s ire. First, some background. In 2015, the conservative website the Washington Beacon hired a company called Fusion GPS to investigate Trump after he announced he was running for president. Fusion GPS is a commercial research firm started by a group of former Wall Street Journal reporters. Fusion GPS hired former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to do that work, and Steele eventually produced a dossier on Trump. Steele claimed that in addition to salacious situations that Trump had supposedly engaged in, the then-candidate also had ties to various Russian businessmen and officials in the Russian government. Once Trump appeared to be a certainty for the Republican nomination for president, Fusion GPS’ assignment for the Beacon ended, but in April 2016, the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign hired Fusion to continue that investigation into Trump’s dealings. In the summer of 2016, Steele took his dossier to the FBI. The FBI began an investigation into possible Russian meddling in the election on July 31, 2016. How does Ohr figure into the story?  Ohr knew Steele and had discussions with him about the dossier. Ohr discussed what Steele had told him about Trump with people at Fusion GPS, according to The Washington Post. Fusion GPS founder, Glenn Simpson, testified before the House Intelligence Committee in November that both he and Steele had known Ohr previously. Simpson said he knew Ohr through organized crime conferences Ohr held when he was in charge of that unit at the DOJ. Simpson also testified before the House Intelligence Committee, that Steele suggested he speak to Ohr after the “very surprising” victory by Trump. “It was not clear to us whether anyone at a high level of government was aware of the information that Chris had gathered and provided to the FBI,” Simpson told legislators. “Chris suggested I give some information to Bruce, give him the background to all this.” Former FBI agent Peter Strzok testified before Congress that Ohr 'gave the FBI documents, which included material that I believe originated from Mr. Steele.'Strzok was fired from the FBI earlier this month after it was discovered that he exchanged text messages disparaging the president while he was heading up an investigation into Russian meddling in the election. Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS, and was involved in gathering information on Trump. How did Ohr’s name become public? Ohr was named in a memo prepared by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee headed by Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-California). The memo claims that Ohr misled a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court that had been asked to issue a warrant to monitor Carter Page, a Trump campaign operative. He misled them, Republicans say, by not disclosing what he knew about Steele. The Post reported, however, that Ohr “is not thought to have played a direct role in obtaining or renewing the warrant to monitor Page.” “Mr. Ohr is a career employee of the department. He was there when I arrived. To my knowledge, he wasn't working on the Russia matter,” Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein told the House Intelligence Committee in June. “When we learned of the relevant information, we arranged to transfer Mr. Ohr to a different office.” The FBI interviewed Ohr about his interactions with Steele. Those interviews are classified. What did the memo say about Ohr? According to the memo, Ohr and Steele communicated with each other both before and after Steele became an FBI source. Steele told Ohr that he was 'desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.' The memo claimed that while Ohr recorded Steele’s bias toward Trump, that information was “not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications.”  >>What is a FISA warrant? According to the memo, Ohr 'later provided the FBI with all of his wife's opposition research,” which was funded by the DNC and Clinton’s campaign. Ohr also said he and his wife’s relationship with Steele and Fusion were 'inexplicably concealed' from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the memo said. How is his wife Nellie involved? Nellie Ohr a former professor at Vassar College who became an independent research contractor working on projects having to do with Russian technology. Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election. According to Simpson in a court filing last year, Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion on 'research and analysis of Mr. Trump.” What happens next? Ohr, who was demoted from his job after it was discovered that he had communicated with Steele, is set for a closed-door hearing with the House Judiciary Committee on Aug. 28. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, (R-Virginia), chairman of the committee says he wants to talk to Nellie Ohr, as well. 

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