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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill speak out in favor of ‘common sense’ gun control

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 5:08 PM

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have spoken out in favor of gun control in an interview with
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have spoken out in favor of gun control in an interview with "Billboard."(Michael Loccisano/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill see a difference between the promise of the right to bear arms covered in the United States Bill of Rights and the right of citizens to possess military-level assault weapons.

In a new “Billboard” interview conducted just two weeks after the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, McGraw and Hill are emerging as the most famous country stars yet to call for what McGraw calls “common sense” gun control.

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McGraw explains that he is a bird hunter, so he’s not calling for a ban on all guns.

“I love to wing-shoot. However, there is some common sense that’s necessary when it comes to gun control,” McGraw said. “They want to make it about the Second Amendment every time it’s brought up. It’s not about the Second Amendment.”

Hill adds that they knew a lot of people who were on the ground in Las Vegas during the massacre.

“The doctors that (treated) the wounded, they saw wounds like you’d see in war. That’s not right,” she said. “Military weapons should not be in the hands of civilians.”

McGraw and Hill are definitely in the minority when it comes to country stars speaking out in favor of gun control. According to Billboard, country stars tend to be more liberal than their fan base, but keep their opinions to themselves to avoid dividing fans. Hill feels there are plenty of folks who need to take a role in this issue.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility, including the government and the National Rifle Association, to tell the truth,” she said. “We all want a safe country.”

The full interview, in which McGraw and Hill discuss their path to stardom, touring and more, can be read at Billboard.com.

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Charges could be announced in Prince opioid investigation two years after his death

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 11:33 PM

Performer Prince through the years.

Authorities in Carver County, Minnesota, could announce charges Thursday in the investigation into the opioid-related death of legendary entertainer Prince two years after he died, according to news outlets.

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Prince was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen on April 21, 2016, and was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy report by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office was released two months later and called Prince’s death “accidental.” The cause was listed as “fentanyl toxicity,” according to Entertainment Tonight, and the drug was “self-administered.”

According to news reports at the time, prescription drugs were found at the musician’s Paisley Park home and in his possession when he died.

Some of the bottles of prescription painkillers found at Paisley Park were in the name of a longtime friend of Prince and were prescribed by a doctor the “Purple Rain” singer saw before he died.

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It’s unclear if anyone is facing charges at this point.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz is holding a press conference Thursday at 11:30 a.m. to further discuss whether investigators are charging anyone in connection with the musician’s death.

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Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar top nomination list

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 4:27 PM

What You Need To Know: Ed Sheeran

The nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced Tuesday, and Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar lead the nominations with 15 each. In the top artist award category the three are up against Drake, with nine nominations, and Taylor Swift, who snagged five BBMA nods.

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Here’s a list of the nominees in the top categories:

Top Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift

Top New Artist: 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Khalid, Kodak Black

 Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Drake, Sam Hunt, Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Halsey, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group: The Chainsmokers, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Migos, U2

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The Billboard Music Awards air at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, on NBC.

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Longtime NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell has died from Alzheimer’s disease at 84

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:03 PM

National Public Radio's Carl Kasell delivers one of his last newscasts during the ‘Morning Edition’ program at NPR on December 30, 2009 in Washington, DC, after more than 30 years with NPR. He continued to work on the weekend quiz show ‘Wait Wait ... Don’t tell Me!’ until 2014.
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National Public Radio's Carl Kasell delivers one of his last newscasts during the ‘Morning Edition’ program at NPR on December 30, 2009 in Washington, DC, after more than 30 years with NPR. He continued to work on the weekend quiz show ‘Wait Wait ... Don’t tell Me!’ until 2014.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Longtime NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell has died at the age of 84 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, NPR announced Tuesday.

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The unflappable Kasell with his reassuring baritone voice, delivered the news at the top of the hour for both for the network’s flagship news magazines “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” during his long career, before diving into a new role in the late 1990s as the comedic judge and scorekeeper of NPR’s satirical news quiz show “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!

Kasell started with NPR in 1975 as a part-time employee  and contributor for “Weekend All Things Considered,” and four years later announced the news for the first broadcast of “Morning Edition,” a new morning show at the time, according to the network. He went on to become one of NPR’s most recognizable voices.

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The prize for winning on “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” was a custom-made voice recording of Kasell for answering machines or cellphone voice mails, and over the 16 years he was part of the show, he provided more than 2,200 recordings for contestants, according to NPR.

Quiz show co-host Peter Sagal called Kasell a “dear friend” in a Twitter post Tuesday.

“He was, and remains, the heart and soul of our show,” Sagal said. 

Kassel retired from “Morning Edition” in 2009, but continued on “Wait Wait” for another five years.      

Kasell, who was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in 1934, started in radio when he was 16 at a local radio station hosting a music program and continued his career in college at the school radio station at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His broadcasting career spanned more than 50 years in radio.

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He was married for 37 years to Clara de Zorzi, who died in 1997, according to The Washington Post, and married Mary Ann Foster in 2003.

He leaves behind a son from his first marriage and a stepson.

Kasell is also survived by a sister and four grandchildren.

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Actor comedian Harry Anderson of 'Night Court' fame dead at 65

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 7:55 PM

Remembering Harry Anderson

Actor and comedian Harry Anderson, of “Night Court” fame, has died at the age of 65 at his home in Asheville, North Carolina, police confirmed.

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"This morning at 6:41 a.m., the Asheville Police Department responded to the home of actor Harry Anderson, where he was found deceased," the police department’s public affairs officer Christina Hallingse told THR.

"No foul play is suspected."

Anderson, who was also a magician, was probably best known as Judge Harry Stone on the 1980s sitcom "Night Court."

He also appeared on “Cheers,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” among other shows.

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Anderson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1952 and leaves behind two children.

WSOCTV.com contributed to this report.

Actor and magician Harry Anderson performs on ‘Saaturday Night Live’ on October 17, 1981.NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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