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Lennon, McCartney back together? Well sort of

Lennon and McCartney have teamed up again. But it wasn’t some long-lost recording of John Lennon fronted by Paul McCartney years later. 

It was actually the sons of the two music legends.

Sean Ono Lennon and James McCartney recently spent time together and took a selfie that could, at a quick glance, be taken for an image of their two fathers from years ago.

Lennon posted the photo to Instagram this week.

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Both are following in the footsteps of their fathers, having become musicians themselves, CNN reported.

Ono Lennon is the son of the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono. McCartney is the son of Paul McCartney and the late Linda McCartney. 

Some of the younger Lennon’s followers are hoping there is more than a photo opportunity, asking them to do a musical project together, CBS News reported.

Lennon also recently posed with a photo with the late George Harrison’s son Dhani, CBS News reported

Police: Credible bomb threat led Rascal Flatts to end Indianapolis concert early

Fans at a Rascal Flatts show Thursday were disappointed after the concert ended abruptly due to security concerns.

The Associated Press reported that the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said a credible bomb threat led to a quick evacuation of Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, a 24,000-capacity venue.

Fans tweeted about confusion about the abrupt end to the show. Some video included a musician at a piano playing a song before he quickly left the stage.

Hours later, Rascal Flatts posted a statement about the incident on Facebook Friday morning.

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“Indianapolis - Due to a security concern at the show last night, standard procedures were quickly executed and everyone was able to safely leave the building,” the band, which includes, Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox, and Jay DeMarcus, said in a statement. “The safety of our fans, band and crew is always the top priority for us, so we are so thankful for everyone who jumped into action and for your understanding. We will be back soon!”

Attendee Britni Sherlock told The Indianapolis Star there was an announcement over the intercom system that said the show was over. 

“Everyone booed. We continued to wait in the pavilion, and that’s when security came up to everyone and told us to leave,” she said. “I asked what was going on and he replied, ‘We were told to evacuate the pavilion immediately.’”

The show ended before the band could come out for an encore performance.

“(Rascal Flatts) had just finished their song ‘Banjo’ and did the what-was-thought-to-be-false 'Good night' before the encore,” concertgoer Andy VonDielingen told IndyStar. “Their piano player started to play and then just stopped and left. A few minutes later lights come on and security is pulling some guy looking to be in his 20s out of the pit. ... Everyone is standing around, looking at each other and wondering what is going on.”

WRTV reported that staff with concert promoter and venue operator Live Nation informed the Sheriff’s Office of a safety issue before the end of the show. 

“Last night a safety concern presented itself during the Rascal Flatts’ concert in Noblesville,” Live Nation said in a statement Friday, according to WXIN. “Venue staff and local officials followed standard protocols to ensure the safety of guests, the artist and staff. Law enforcement agencies are investigating the matter.”

No arrests have been made related to the threat.

Harvard students launching cafe to help homeless teens discover their potential

Can a cup of coffee and a donut change a life? Two rising sophomores at Harvard University think it can. 

Tony Shu and Connor Schoen are getting ready to open Breaktime, a coffee shop with a mission. 

"Breaktime is a social enterprise that creates cafes to provide stable employment, vocational training and career advising to young adults experiencing homelessness," Schoen said.

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The two are currently converting an 800 square foot site at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge into a coffee shop that will employ homeless teens.

A volunteer experience at a homeless shelter sparked the idea for Breaktime. They heard many stories from clients about how hard it was to gain employment because of the stigma of homelessness.

"We hope to show other employers that this is a population that has a lot of talent and a lot of potential. They just need some support," said Shu.

Getting that first job opportunity can be life-changing according to Katherine James of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, an organization that helps homeless youth. She said developing some consistency on the job for a homeless youth can show future employers a person is reliable and has developed marketable skills.

Breaktime will be a streamlined operation, reselling baked goods to reduce fixed costs and licensing requirements. "Our biggest goal is to create a template model that can be used in other cities, other places," said Schoen.

The date for opening Breaktime is late October or early November and the students are still raising funds.

She learned it on YouTube: 10-year-old girl helps aunt who unexpectedly gives birth at home

Remembering what she had watched on YouTube helped a 10-year-old deliver her aunt’s baby in the bathroom of a home in Virginia. 

Chloe Carrion’s aunt passed out after giving birth, but what was happening didn’t phase the young girl who was home alone with her relative, WRC reported. She called 911 as she took care of the newborn, remembering what she saw being done on YouTube.

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Chloe cut the umbilical cord, with the help of 911 operators walking her through the steps, and swaddled the baby while waiting for emergency responders to get to the home, WJLA reported.

“I watch YouTube videos about people playing with dolls and I see them care for the babies, so I used stuff I knew from the videos,” Chloe told WRC.

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The baby boy was a surprise to family members because Dominique Spann, Chloe’s aunt, kept it a secret. She didn’t realize she was in labor when she started having stomach pains on Monday. 

“She didn’t tell anybody,” Chloe’s mother, April West, told WRC. “I thought that was her regular stomach.”

West got home just before first responders arrived. 

“Chloe was just standing at the front door with the baby swaddled, and she was rocking him back and forth,” West told WJLA.

Spann was so thankful for what Chloe did, she let her niece name her newborn son. Chloe decided to call him Isaac.

’No Erasin’: Steve Perry releases first new song in 20 years, album to be released in October

Steve Perry fans have waited decades for new material from the former Journey lead singer. They’ve finally gotten their wish as he released the video for “No Erasin” on YouTube late Tuesday night.

The song begins with the lyric, “I know it’s been a long time coming.”

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He also announced that his latest album, titled “Traces,” will be released on Oct. 5, Billboard reported.

Perry explained that his retreat from music due to the fact that, “My love for music had suddenly left me.”

“I knew that simply stopping was what I had to do. If music was ever to return to my heart, then and only then I would figure out what to do,” Perry told his fans via his website.

“If not... so be it, for I had already lived the dream of dreams,” Perry continued. 

Perry said he started working on “Traces” three years after his partner, Kellie Nash, died from breast cancer. 

The album will have nine original songs, along with a cover of “I Need You,” which was written and performed by The Beatles, Rolling Stone reported.

Perry’s previously released song was 1998’s “I Stand Alone,” for the film “Quest for Camelot,” Billboard reported.

He did attend Journey’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, but didn’t perform. His last show with Journey was in February 1987, Perry said on his website.

Bruno Mars announces Ciara, Boyz II Men, more for 24K Magic Tour 

Bruno Mars has announced four acts that will replace Cardi B on his 24K Magic World Tour Finale.

People reported that the singer revealed that Ciara, Boyz II Men, Charlie Wilson and Ella Mai will be joining him on tour in an Instagram post Wednesday.

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The official announcement includes a video of Mars playing around with Photoshop to create a poster for the tour, mostly introducing each artist by singing a line of their songs.

Cardi B announced in July that she would not be joining Mars as planned on the last leg of his tour, saying she underestimated leaving her newborn daughter, Kulture Kiari, while she is on the road.

“I thought that after giving birth to my daughter that 6 weeks would be enough for me to recover mentally and physically. I also thought that I'd be able to bring her with me on tour, but I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing,” Cardi B said in a July 26 tweet

“Not only am I just not ready physically, I’m not ready to leave my baby behind since the doctors explained it's not healthy for her to be on the road,” she said. “Thank you Bruno for being so supportive and understanding.”

“Most important thing is you and your family's health. I know the fans will understand,” he tweeted in a statement to Cardi B. “I also know we'll share the stage when the time is right. We love you Cardi and we will play Bodak Yellow every night in your honor. Please give your baby girl a hug from me and a hug on behalf of everyone on The 24k Magic Tour.”


Viva Las Aerosmith! Steven Tyler announces band’s Vegas residency

Aerosmith is setting up shop in Sin City. Steven Tyler and the rest of the legendary band announced that they’re setting up residency on the Las Vegas Strip next year.

Shows begin at the Park Theater at Park MGM on April 6, 2019, Variety reported.

Sales for “Deuces Are Wild” concerts will open to the Aerosmith fan club “Aero Force One” starting Thursday. 

Presales for Citi credit card members will open Aug. 20. General sales start Aug. 24 and tickets run from $75 to $750, USA Today reported.Concert dates:

April 2019: 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26

June 2019: 19, ,22, 24, 27, 29

July 2019:  2, 4, 7, 9

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The residency is being promoted by Live Nation and MGM Resorts International. 

It promises “never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions,” producer Giles Martin told Variety.

Aerosmith is working with THX and L-Acoustics for “the world’s first THX-certified live performance,” Variety reported.

The Park Theater is the same location where Lady Gaga will have her residency starting in December, USA Today reported.

Teacher battling cancer runs out of sick days, coworkers donate the rest

A Florida teacher has a battle ahead of him. Robert Goodman was diagnosed with colon cancer. He has had to go through surgery and chemotherapy.

The treatments used up all of Goodman’s sick days, and he thought he would need at least 20 more to complete his chemotherapy.

The Palm Beach Gardens Community High School history teacher reached out on Facebook, asking for help. 

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Other teachers, staff and administrators who all pay into the Florida retirement system gave not only 20 sick days, but 75 days to help Goodman take the sick time he needs, CNN reported.

“Educators all over the country were reaching out to me to donate their sick days, even professors over at Florida Atlantic University,” Goodman told CNN. “I felt guilty because I knew there were people who had it much worse than me.”

But it wasn’t only the other staff members who answered Goodman’s call. 

“Students sharing stories of how I’ve positively influenced them was a good reminder of why I chose to teach and why I can’t wait to get back,” Goodman told CNN.

Lindsey Buckingham, formerly of Fleetwood Mac, announces solo tour

After his unceremonious exit from Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham is moving on with a planned solo tour.

The North American tour starts Oct. 7 in Portland, Oregon. Tickets go on sale Aug. 18. Rolling Stone reported that some presales will be available.

Related: Fleetwood Mac replaces Lindsey Buckingham with Neil Finn, Mike Campbell ahead of farewell tour

Every ticket purchase includes a CD or digital copy of Buckingham’s upcoming “Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham.” The three-disc set -- as well as a single-disc compilation -- will be released Oct. 5 in CD and digital form. On Nov. 23, Buckingham will release a six-LP vinyl. 

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The collection features live and alternate versions of songs from Buckingham’s solo albums, including “Law and Order,” “Go Insane” and “Gift of Screws,” as well as work from his recent collaboration with former bandmate Christine McVie. 

Buckingham’s movie music contributions, such as “Holiday Road” and “Time Bomb Town,” are also included.

Related: Fleetwood Mac announces tour dates, discusses Lindsey Buckingham departure 

The dates for Buckingham’s tour are below. The Wilmington, North Carolina, and New London, Connecticut, shows are not part of the “Anthology” ticket bundle promotion. More information is at Buckingham’s website.

Oct. 7: Revolution Hall in Portland, OregonOct. 9: Palace of Fine Arts in San FranciscoOct. 12: Orpheum Theatre in Los AngelesOct. 13: Spreckels Theatre in San DiegoOct. 15: Boulder Theater in Boulder, ColoradoOct. 17: Athenaeum Theater in ChicagoOct. 18: Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall, PennsylvaniaOct. 19: Warner Theater in WashingtonOct. 21: Knight Theater in Charlotte, North CarolinaOct. 22: The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North CarolinaOct. 24: Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City, GeorgiaOct. 26: Capitol Theater in Clearwater, FloridaOct. 27: Knight Concert Hall in MiamiOct. 28: King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, FloridaNov. 5: Paramount Theater in Austin, TexasNov 6: Majestic Theater in DallasNov. 8: Brady Theater in Tulsa, OklahomaNov. 9: Riverwind Casino in Norman, OklahomaNov. 10: Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts in Salina, KansasNov. 12: Lyric Fine Arts Theatre in Birmingham, AlabamaNov. 13: Walker Theatre in Chattanooga, TennesseeNov. 14: Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TennesseeNov. 16: Centre in the Square in Kitchener, OntarioNov. 17: Michigan Theater - Ann Arbor, MichiganNov. 26: Palace Theatre in North Canton, OhioNov. 27: Riviera Theatre in New Tonowanda, New YorkNov. 29: Garde Arts Center in New London, ConnecticutNov. 30: Appell Center for the Performing Arts in York, PennsylvaniaDec. 1: Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, New JerseyDec. 4: Town Hall in New YorkDec. 5: The Wilbur Theatre in BostonDec. 6: Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill, New YorkDec. 8: Capitol Center in Concord, New HampshireDec. 9: Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Beyonce dedicates Detroit OTR II show to Aretha Franklin

When Beyonce hit the stage in Detroit for her “On the Run II” joint tour with her husband, Jay Z, she made sure to acknowledge the Queen of Soul.

Aretha Franklin, who was born in Memphis but raised in the Motor City, is reportedly in poor health

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Detroit Free Press reported that after the opening song, Beyonce told the crowed of 40,000 people, “This show is dedicated Aretha Franklin. We love you and thank you.”

She then thanked the 76-year-old musician for her “beautiful music.”

Before the Carters took the stage at Ford Field, DJ Khaled, who is opening some dates of the tour, led a sing-along of Franklin’s 1967 song “Respect,” according to People.

Jury says former NASCAR driver Greg Biffle intruded on ex-wife's privacy

Jurors reached a verdict Monday in the civil court case involving former NASCAR driver Greg Biffle. 

According to the jury, Greg Biffle did invade the privacy of his ex-wife, Nicole Biffle.

Nicole Biffle and her mother sued him, claiming Greg Biffle had hidden cameras installed in bedrooms and bathrooms of their mansion, recorded them and showed that video to other people.

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There were 12 days of testimony in the case, including expert witnesses discussing the cameras.

Greg Biffle took the stand in court and denied doing anything inappropriate. He said that his wife had known the cameras were there.

The jury said Greg Biffle did “intrude offensively upon the privacy” of his ex-wife with the positioning of hidden cameras in their home.

Jurors awarded $1 in damages Monday. The plaintiff was seeking $9 million.

Jurors decided the cameras did not cause emotional distress. 

Both sides claimed victory after the ruling.

“What the jury said sends a loud message that they don’t believe there was wrongdoing,” Greg Biffle told WSOC.

Amy Simpson, the attorney for Nicole Biffle, said it proves Greg Biffle was in the wrong.

A hearing to consider punitive damages is scheduled for next Monday.

Teacher donates kidney to student

A Paulding County teacher is giving the gift of life to one of his students. Kaden Koebcke, 12, has needed a new kidney for most of his life.

Tuesday, Kaden underwent a transplant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. The donor is William Wilkinson – Kaden’s 6th grade technology teacher at Grace Christian Academy in Powder Springs. 

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“There are no words to even begin to describe how this making me feel for Will to give this amazing gift to my son,” said Cami Koebcke, Kaden’s mother in a phone interview from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “There is no greater gift.” 

Last year, Kaden’s family started a Facebook page, Kaden's Kidney Search, to find a living donor. Several people got tested. 

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In May, the Koebcke family learned from Kaden’s doctor a match had been made.

At the end of the school year, Wilkinson, who has a son the same age as Kaden is friends with the Koebcke family, stopped by their house. 

Cami Koebcke remembered Wilkinson asking, ‘Would you like to know who the donor is?’ 

Of course, the family wanted to know, but strict privacy rules generally prevent hospitals from sharing personal information about donors, at least initially. Over time, donors and recipients can typically connect if both donor and recipient provide consent. 

So the family responded by saying yes they wanted to know, thinking the donor could be anywhere - perhaps someone in their neighborhood or someone on the other side of the country. 

Well, it’s me, said Wilkinson. 

“We were all so shocked. We almost fell to the floor,” said Cami Koebcke. 

Koebcke was diagnosed with a kidney disease when he was two-years-old. At age 5, he underwent a transplant, receiving a kidney from his father. But it wasn’t successful, and the new kidney had to be removed within days of the transplant. 

For several years, Kaden underwent undergo dialysis at home, but as his condition grew more serious over the last couple years, he has required dialysis three times a week at a clinic. 

Both surgeries were scheduled for this morning. Wilkinson, who is undergoing the surgery at a nearby hospital, will likely be off work for about six weeks. 

Meanwhile, Kaden will likely spend the next 4 to 6 weeks at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Gabrielle Union reveals adenomyosis diagnosis, discusses fertility struggles

Gabrielle Union has revealed a diagnosis that has affected her fertility.

Essence reported that the actress, book author, wife and stepmother spoke candidly about being diagnosed with adenomyosis at the BlogHer conference in New York City.

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“Towards the end of my fertility journey, I finally got some answers, because everyone said, ‘You’re a career woman, you’ve prioritized your career, you waited too long and now you’re just too old to have a kid — and that’s on you for wanting a career,’” she said. “The reality is, I actually have adenomyosis.”

According to the Seckin Endometriosis Center in New York, adenomyosis is a form of endometriosis that causes the tissue that forms the lining of the uterus grow into the uterus muscle, damaging the uterus wall.

“The gag is I had it in my early 20s, and instead of someone diagnosing me, they were like, ‘Oh, you have periods that last nine or 10 days and you’re bleeding through overnight pads? Not a mere inconvenience, perhaps there’s something more there,’” Union said.

Related: Gabrielle Union reveals she had ‘8 or 9 miscarriages’ in new book

The 45-year-old, who has been married to NBA player Dwyane Wade since 2014, said although her symptoms were clear, doctors kept giving her ineffective solutions.

“Every doctor I saw was like, ‘Let me put you on birth control,’” Union said. “Note: If you are on birth control for anything other than birth control, to address or treat any sort of period issue, you are not actually treating or addressing a period or reproductive issue. You are masking it. The pill can mask all kinds of things. It is amazing at preventing pregnancy; not so great with addressing adenomyosis.”

Union has been open about her challenges to conceive in the past. She wrote in her book “We’re Going to Need More Wine” that she had “eight or nine miscarriages.” She discussed her experience with in vitro fertilization on “The Dr. Oz Show” in July.

“For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant,” she said. “I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle or coming out of an IVF cycle.”

Union offered support to others at the New York conference, saying, “Just know if you are out there having fertility issues — you are not alone.”

After 7 long years, lost cat comes home

A long-lost cat has finally come home on Cape Cod. 

Tigger escaped through an open door seven years ago and his owner, Rebecca Collins West, thought she would never see him again. 

But thanks to a microchip, the MSPCA on Cape Cod was able to return him home when he was dropped on July 31 by an animal control officer

According to MSPCA Cape Cod’s Facebook post, Tigger was brought in and scanned for a microchip. When they discovered his owner, they were able to ring Collins West immediatley. 

She picked up Tigger within hours of the phone call

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Firefighters dig trapped tortoise out from hole

A group of California firefighters are heroes to a slow-moving victim that found itself in a precarious position. 

Bentley, a 25-year-old sulcata tortoise, had become trapped in a hole in Kern County, California, KABC reported

His owner called for help when Bentley couldn’t emerge from the ground. That’s when firefighters from the Rosamond and Mojave station jumped into action, cutting roots and digging away the dirt that was blocking Bentley from freedom, KABC reported

Once they cleared a path, Bentley was able to crawl out of his confinement on his own after being stuck there for four days without food and water, KABC reported.

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Bride, still in wedding gown, rescued from car’s sunroof during flooding

A fairytale wedding has a fairytale rescue, but it wasn’t a prince on a white steed who came to the rescue of a bride. Instead it was police and a Humvee that fulfilled the heroic prince role. 

A bride and her groom became trapped when flood waters rose around their car in Bogota, New Jersey, The North Jersey Record reported.

Police were able to get to the couple using a Humvee. The bride climbed out of the sunroof of her car, holding her dress away from the flood waters, and into the awaiting rescue vehicle. 

And while a wedding day is usually the bride’s day, they couldn’t forget the groom, too, who also got out of the waterlogged car and into the rescue vehicle. 

“They’re in pretty decent spirits considering everything that happened,” Sgt. Geoffrey Cole told the Record

He said the area is prone to flooding because of a brook 50 feet from the road.

Police said in the department’s now-viral Facebook post, “Obviously their day has not gone as planned, so let’s congratulate them on their wedding and give them best wishes for a lifetime of love and adventure, starting now!”

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Trump denies using racial slur during 'Celebrity Apprentice'

President Donald Trump slammed former White House aide and “Apprentice” alum Omarosa Manigault Newman on Monday after she released audio clips that she claims were recorded during interactions with President Donald Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 9:55 p.m. EDT Aug. 13: According to the Associated Press, Trump said he received a phone call from Mark Burnett, the producer of “The Apprentice” assuring him that no tapes exist of him using the N-word, as former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman claims.

Manigault Newman writes in her new memoir that she’d heard such tapes existed. She now says she listened to one after the book closed.

Update 10:25 a.m. EDT Aug. 13: Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to blame the media for his attacks on Manigault Newman, writing that “the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible.”

Manigault Newman served as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison until January, when reports surfaced that she was "physically dragged" from the White House. Secret Service officials later denied Manigault Newman was physically removed from the premises. 

>> Omarosa’s book promises 'jaw-dropping' account on White House from Trump insider

She was one of Trump's most prominent African-American supporters. The president thanked her in February during an event for African-American History Month, saying that she was "very special."

"I want to thank my television star over here," Trump said at the Feb. 1 event, referencing Manigault Newman's time on his reality show competition, "The Apprentice."

Update 10 a.m. EDT Aug. 13: Trump slammed “Wacky Omarosa” Monday morning after the former White House aide released audio clips of calls she said were made with Trump and Kelly.

>> Omarosa tell-all on Trump White House called 'Unhinged' to be released in August 

“Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time,” the president said Monday in a tweet. “She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart. I would rarely see her but heard really bad things.”

Update 7:28 a.m. EDT Aug. 13: “Apprentice” alum Omarosa Manigault Newman has released an audio clip that she says was taken during a phone call with President Donald Trump the day after she was fired from her White House job in December.

According to NBC News, the recording seems to indicate that Trump did not know White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had fired Newman the day before.

>> Omarosa says she wouldn’t vote for Trump again ‘in a million years’

“Omarosa, what’s going on? I just saw on the news that you’re thinking about leaving. What happened?” a man, purportedly Trump, says in the clip.

He later adds: “Nobody even told me about it. You know they run a big operation, but I didn’t know it. I didn’t know that. [Expletive] it. I don’t love you leaving at all.”

>> Listen to the clip here (WARNING: Audio includes profanity.)

Original report: "Apprentice" alum Omarosa Manigault Newman claims that she taped the moment she was fired from her job as an adviser to President Donald Trump – and released the audio to NBC's "Meet the Press."

>> Listen to the audio here

On Sunday, the news show aired the clips, which Newman said were taken in the White House Situation Room as Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her in December.

"It's come to my attention over the last few months that there's been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues," a man, purportedly Kelly, can be heard saying in the recording.

>> Omarosa on Trump White House: ‘It’s gonna not be OK’

He later adds: "I think it's important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure ... you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation, and then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation."

Newman told "Meet the Press" that she believed the latter was a threat.

"He goes on to say that 'things can get ugly for you,'" said Newman, whose book, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House," hits stores Tuesday. "The chief of staff of the United States, under the direction of the president of the United States, threatening me on damage to my reputation and things getting ugly for me – that's downright criminal."

>> Watch the clip here

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement Sunday night condemning Newman's actions.

"The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room shows a blatant disregard for our national security – and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee," Sanders said.

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CNN reported that electronic devices such as cellphones are not allowed in the Situation Room.

White House officials are exploring "legal options" to prevent Newman from sharing more audio, ABC News reported Sunday evening.

The Associated Press contributed to these reports

Kevin Hart surprises 18 students with HBCU scholarships

Kevin Hart surprised 18 students with a scholarship aimed at supporting historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, and the students who attend them.

The honor is part of a $600,000 scholarship program from the United Negro College Fund launched in partnership with Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity and the Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, public charter schools. The scholarship was announced Aug. 7.

The award is based on students’ academic and personal achievements.

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“Research shows that HBCUs matter, and that HBCU students are having a positive college experience, but they also have an unmet financial need,” United Negro College Fund CEO and president Michael L. Lomax said in a statement. “Together, Kevin and KIPP have made an investment that will have a significant impact. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Related: Listen to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s ‘HBCU Journeys’ podcast

The students receiving the Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship graduated from KIPP public charter schools in West Helena, Arkansas, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. They are attending Spelman College, Xavier University, Florida Memorial University, Morehouse College, Bethune-Cookman University, Fisk University, Tuskegee University, Lincoln University, Clark Atlanta University, Philander Smith College and Dillard University.

Hart held a surprise event for the winners in Los Angeles on Monday and took a photo with them, posting it to Instagram and giving a special shout out to students from his hometown of Philadelphia.

“Education and knowledge are powerful,” Hart said in a statement. “I just wanted to do my part in providing opportunities for our future leaders, especially from my Philly hometown, and show support for HBCUs. This is just the beginning; trust me when I tell you there are a lot more kids who want to go to college who don’t have the money to make it happen.”

This is Hart’s second time making a donation to the United Negro College Fund. In 2015, the comedian gave UNCF $100,000 to support four students’ college educations.

Aretha Franklin 'gravely ill': reports

The "Queen of Soul," legendary singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin, is gravely ill, according to multiple reports.

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Family members confirmed the news Monday to WDIV-TV after a report from entertainment site Showbiz411 claimed Franklin, 76, was being surrounded by friends and family in Detroit.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio host and friend of Franklin’s, said Monday that Franklin has been in hospice care for a week, according to The Detroit News.

Celebrities, friends and fans took to social media with well-wishes for Franklin:

Franklin had announced plans to retire from touring in February 2017 to focus on her family and a few select projects, the News reported.

"I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now,” Franklin told WDIV in 2017. “I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn't be good either.”

Franklin has canceled several concerts this year due to health issues, Fox13Memphis reported. According to The Associated Press, “she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up.”

She performed  in her hometown of Detroit in June 2017, the Detroit Free Press reported. She ended the concert with an appeal for those in the crown to, “Please keep me in your prayers,” according to the newspaper.

>> Photos: Aretha Franklin through the years

She last performed in November at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation gala in New York City, the News reported.

Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. Her family moved to Detroit when she was young, according to Fox13Memphis.

Franklin started singing when she was young, with encouragement from her mother, Barbara, and her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin. She started out singing gospel but launched a career in secular music after she turned 18. She rose to fame after signing in 1967 with Atlantic Records.

Franklin’s career, spanning six decades, has spawned hits including “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Chain of Fools.” She’s considered one of the best-selling artists of all time, selling more than 75 million albums worldwide.

Franklin was inducted in 1987 to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She’s earned 18 Grammy Awards and a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work. In 2005, then-President George W. Bush described Franklin as “a woman of achievement, deep character and a loving heart.”

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Cause of death for Charlotte Rae, of ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ ‘Facts Of Life,’ revealed

The cause of death for actress Charlotte Rae, who died last week at age 92, has been revealed.

According to a death certificate for Rae obtained by TMZ, the woman who is best known for playing Mrs. Garrett on sitcoms “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life” died of cardiac arrest.

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Other contributing factors are listed as metabolic acidosis -- a condition in which too much acid collects in the body -- and carcinoma of the right parotid gland, or salivary gland.

Related: Charlotte Rae, ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ ‘Facts of Life’ house mother, dead at 92

Rae was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2017. She died in her home in Los Angeles, and former co-stars mourned her loss on social media.

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