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Explosive devices addressed to Hillary Clinton, Obama intercepted; CNN evacuated after suspicious package found

first_imgGoogle Maps/ABC News(NEW YORK) — Explosive devices addressed to Hillary Clinton’s home and the house of former President Barack Obama were intercepted, and the Time Warner Center that is home to CNN in New York City was evacuated after a suspicious package was sent there, officials said. Investigators are working to determine whether the two devices addressed to Clinton and Obama are connected to a pipe bomb found earlier this week in the home mailbox of billionaire George Soros in the community near where the Clintons live in Chappaqua, New York, multiple law enforcement officials told ABC News.The preliminary belief is that all three devices are of similar pipe-bomb-style construction.The New York City Police bomb squad was responding to the suspicious package inside the mail room of the Time Warner Center in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle.Police sources told ABC News that the suspicious package appears to be a metal pipe with wires. Floors above and below the mail room are being evacuated.CNN anchor Jim Sciutto was on air at the time of the evacuation, and the channel’s news coverage was switched over to their offices in Washington D.C. Sciutto called in to their broadcast and said that he and hundreds of other CNN employees were standing outside, watching a “very fast-acting, quick response group” of NYPD officers responding to the scene.Responding agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives are also on the scene in Columbus Circle as part of the investigation into the suspicious package sent to CNN. The ATF officials are working alongside the NYPD and other investigators on the scene.The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is also involved in the investigation.The Secret Service stressed that the packages sent to Clinton or Obama did not reach them.“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the Secret Service said in a statement.Bill and Hillary Clinton live in Westchester County north of New York City, and the Obamas in Washington, D.C. President Trump has been briefed on the suspicious packages sent to the Clinton and Obama homes and the White House has now issued a statement forcefully condemning the “attempted violent attacks.”“We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures,” Sarah Sanders says in a statement. “These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also issued a statement forcefully condemning the “attempted violent attacks.”The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., condemned the incidents as well, drawing on his family’s experience being the target of attempted attacks in the past.  “As someone whose family has directly been the victim of these mail threats I condemn whoever did this regardless of party or ideology. This crap has to stop and I hope they end up in jail for a long time,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Eminem Apologizes To Rhianna, Responds To Snoop Dogg On Surprise Album, ‘Music To Be Murdered By – Side B’ [Audio/Video]

first_imgEminem surprised fans on Thursday night with the unexpected release of Music To Be Murdered By – Side B. The record arrives as a companion to his 11th studio album, Music To Be Murdered By, which the hip-hop artist released earlier this year.Perhaps even more surprising, Em issued a rare apology on the album’s 14th track, “Zeus”. Em says during the first verse, “But, me, long as I re-promise to be honest / And wholeheartedly, apologies, Rihanna / For that song that leaked, I’m sorry, Ri / It wasn’t meant to cause you grief. Regardless, it was wrong of me.”Related: Pete Davidson Goes Full “Stan” On Santa For A PS5, Eminem Makes Cameo On ‘SNL’ [Watch]Here, Eminem is referring to a leaked track in 2019 which heard him say, “Of course I side with Chris Brown / I’d beat a b**** down too.” This line made reference to the assault on Rihanna by her boyfriend at the time in 2009. Brown plead guilty and received probation and community service.With one beef squashed, Em couldn’t resist fanning the flames of conflict with another artist. During the last verse of the same song, Marshall Mathers responded to comments made by Snoop Dogg earlier this year.During an interview with Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy on “Breakfast Club”, Snoop credited Eminem’s success to longtime producer and collaborator Dr. Dre. He went further, and told the “Breakfast Club” hosts that Em didn’t make his top 10 list of favorite rappers, putting him behind legends like Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, and others.Snoop Dogg “Breakfast Club” Interview[Video: Southpawer Official]Em responded with, “And, as far as squashin’ beef, I’m used to people knocking me / But, just not in my camp / I’m diplomatic ’cause I’m tryna be / Last thing I need is Snoop doggin’ me / Man, dog, you was like a (yeah) damn god to me / Nah, not really (haha) / I had “dog” backwards.”Surely not the most fiery insult Eminem has ever included in a song.Listen to “Zeus” below and scroll down to listen to the full album via Spotify.Eminem – “Zeus”[Video: EminemMusic]Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By – Side B (Deluxe Edition)[H/T CBS News]last_img read more

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ tops this week’s new movie releases

first_imgUniversal(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide in theaters Friday:* Us — The follow-up to Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning 2017 horror feature Get Out stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a husband and wife who take their two kids to California for a beach vacation and are terrorized by a group of deadly doppelgangers. Elisabeth Moss, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex also star. Rated R.Opening in limited release Friday:* Hotel Mumbai — Lion‘s Dev Patel and Call Me By Your Name‘s Armie Hammer star in this true story about the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India, and the heroic efforts of the hotel staff and guests to protect themselves and their families. Rated R.* Cruel Intentions — The 1999 teen cult classic — starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair — returns to the big-screen for an exclusive one-week engagement in honor of its 20th anniversary, beginning Friday. The film, a modern day take on the 1782 novel Les Liasons Dangereuses, follows a group of wealthy teenagers attending a New York City high school, and their devious social maneuvering. Rated R.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Utah resident Mike Weir excited for Masters but isn’t 100 percent

first_img Bearing down: Jack Nicklaus makes hole-in-one at Par-3 (+video) Mike Weir, Tiger Woods share much in common at The Masters Time to go: Gentle Ben calls it a career at the Masters Related I’m excited for the year’s first major. There is nothing quite like playing The Masters. That drive down Magnolia Lane each year is so special and everything that is done here is first class. They treat the players so well from the moment you arrive. – Mike WeirIf he wasn’t a former champion with a lifetime exemption, Mike Weir wouldn’t be playing in this week’s Masters, which starts Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.Weir, who lives in Sandy, has been struggling this year with a persistent injury to his right elbow, which caused him to miss a lot of time this spring. Before withdrawing from both the Northern Trust and Honda Classic tournaments in February, Weir had made only one cut on the PGA Tour since September.On his blog, Weir wrote about his injury and how it might affect him this week.“I wish I could tell you that I’m 100 percent here, but that’s not the case,’’ he wrote. “My arm that started bothering me in Los Angeles is still tender and that is affecting the amount of work I can put in to prepare for the tournament. It’s just not strong enough to do the things I want to do with it.’’But he also said he’s excited to be at The Masters.“I’m excited for the year’s first major,’’ he said. “There is nothing quite like playing The Masters. That drive down Magnolia Lane each year is so special and everything that is done here is first class. They treat the players so well from the moment you arrive.’’Weir will tee off Thursday at 6:18 a.m. MT in a group that includes Canadian amateur Corey Conners and American Ben Crane. On Friday, the threesome tees off 9:25 a.m. MT.Other Utah golfers who are playing well on the PGA Tour this year — Daniel Summerhays, Tony Finau and Zac Blair — are not eligible to play in The Masters, one of the most exclusive tournaments in the world.Weir is currently ranked 361st in the world. He lost his PGA Tour status after missing the cut in all 14 tournaments he entered in 2012 and only ranking 174th in the FedEx standings in 2013. He made only nine cuts in 25 tournaments last year, but a second-place finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas was enough to regain his full-time status on the PGA Tour.After missing the cut at Augusta the three previous years, Weir played well last year, starting off 73-72, before finishing in a tie for 44th place with a four-day total of 297.last_img read more