Backstreet Boys surprise Down syndrome group with a meet-and-greet before Louisville concert

(CNN)When a group of special-needs adults in Louisville, Kentucky, made a video of themselves lip-syncing to a Backstreet Boys song, they expected friends and family would love it. But the response they got was larger than life. And that’s when things really got exciting. The Backstreet Boys, who are currently on their “DNA World Tour,” called Down Syndrome of Louisville to ask if the lip-sync stars would like to attend their show on Friday at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. They even offered to meet them ahead of the concert. “There were screams, one of them actually fell on the floor,” Julie Torzewski, the group’s executive director, told CNN. “They’re uninhibited in their emotions, this is what makes them so …

7 takeaways from the third Democratic presidential debate

Houston, Texas (CNN)Pete Buttigieg called it “unwatchable.” Amy Klobuchar warned that “a house divided cannot stand.” Julin Castro said what was unfolding on stage was “called an election.” “This is why presidential debates are becoming unwatchable. Because this reminds everybody of what they cannot stand about Washington. Scoring points against each other, poking at each other, and telling each other that, ‘My plan, your plan,’” he said. That’s when Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary and the chief instigator Thursday night, interjected. “Yeah, that’s called the Democratic Primary Election, Pete. That’s called an election. That’s an election. You know?” he said. “This is what we’re here for. It’s an election.” Here are seven takeaways from the third Democratic …

Top MEP ‘willing to revisit NI-only backstop’

The parliament is not directly negotiating with the UK, but will vote on any final Brexit deal. UK officials have been in Brussels for meetings this week with Mr Barnier’s team. Image copyright Dan Kitwood/getty images Image caption DUP leaders met Mr Johnson on Tuesday as pressure grows on Downing Street to reach a deal with the EU There had been speculation in recent days that the UK was considering returning to the idea of a Northern Ireland-only backstop, which had originally been proposed by the EU in the early stages of the negotiations in 2017. The DUP had insisted it and No 10 would not back such a proposal as it would not have “unionist consent”. After talks with …

Someone Is Attacking Jehovah’s Witnesses Halls Outside The Seattle Area

There have been seven separate attacks on the worship buildings, traditionally called Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Seattle. No one has been hurt in these incidents, but officials are concerned.  A video from The Olympian shows the aftermath of an arson attack at the Lacey Kingdom Hall in December.  The FBI announced Friday that it was adding $25,000 to the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible. Combined with other sources, the total reward for information is currently $61,000.  “We believe that the suspect or suspects has or have a grievance related to the Jehovah’s Witness community, or about another issue they think is important,” the ATF said in its statement …

GOP State Lawmaker Claims Call For End Of Higher Education Was ‘Hyperbole’

State Sen. Kerry Roberts deemed colleges and universities a “abortions in Tennessee, which would outlaw the procedure from the moment a woman knows she is pregnant. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing he attended in August in which a woman testified against the measure. Becoming visibly angered, Roberts then began shouting into the microphone, declaring it was time to do away with colleges and universities. Though Roberts did not identify the woman he was describing, it appears to have been Cherisse Scott, CEO and founder of SisterReach, a pro-choice nonprofit organization based in Memphis. During the hearing, Scott The source of Scott’s views, Roberts suggested, was higher education. However, on Monday, he downplayed his tirade, arguing that it was meant to be taken …

Must-see moments from ABC’s Democratic debate

(CNN)All of the top 2020 contenders were on the same stage for the first time during ABC’s Democratic presidential debate in Houston. Did the discourse get as heated as the Texas weather? Watch below to find out. The early portion of the debate was dominated by healthcare talk. Former HUD secretary Julian Castro launched an early attack on former Vice President Joe Biden’s memory, drawing gasps from the crowd. Biden, Sanders and Warren clash over health care Anticipation was high for the three leading Democratic candidates in the polls to share one stage together. Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren didn’t disappoint as they sparred over “Medicare for All.” O’Rourke takes fiery stance on guns Buttigieg: …

Sam Bee Rips Rudy Giulianis Fascist Fever Dream Tribute On 9/11

Samantha Bee ended Wednesday’s broadcast of “Full Frontal” with a swipe at Donald Trump’s attorney marked the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. posted (among a series of tweets) part of a commercial for clothing company Grunt Style which showed a riot police officer about to beat up protestors. “GOD BLESS AMERICA!” Giuliani captioned the clip. Bee described the video, above, as a “fascist fever dream.” Check out the video here: RELATED… Trump Sparks Anger With 'Never Forget' 9/11 Tweet Schwarzenegger Breaks Down His Beef With Trump, And It's Actually About Love Don Lemon Reveals The Trump Rule He Lives By At Home REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us tell more of the stories that …

Scaramucci Grilled On What Prompted His Massive Fallout With Former Pal Trump

Anthony Scaramucci has recently flip-flopped from staunch CNN morning show host Alisyn Camerota wants to know why. admitted he was “wrong” about Trump, and the two have been exchanging barbs for weeks. “Man, when you fall off the Trump train, you fall off the Trump train,” Camerota interrupted. “It’s as though you’ve just taken off blinders that you would say that you had for all these years, and I’m just curious.” “It’s not under my skin. Honestly, it’s not,” Scaramucci shot back, saying that he “accepted responsibility” for allowing the “gaslighting to affect me,” and he referenced a Washington Post opinion article he penned last month in which he detailed his errors in judgment about the president. He called on “responsible” …

Former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles suffers broken collarbone in Jaguars debut, out indefinitely

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles, right, sitting on the bench after his injury Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) “It was unfortunate,” Marrone said after the loss. “You’d really like to see how the game would’ve worked itself out with Nick.” Foles suffered the injury on a play that saw Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones drive the QB into the ground as Foles released the ball on a 35-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark. Foles left the field right away and received X-rays before returning in a sling. “This one’s worse than 2014, but I’m optimistic it will heal quicker,” Foles said at a postgame news conference in Jacksonville. ROB GRONKOWSKI INCLUDED IN CRYPTIC VIDEO WITH CAPTION ‘NEWS WILL DROP TOMORROW NIGHT’ One silver …

Ministers reverse May-era foreign student rules

They must be studying at an institution with a track record in upholding immigration checks. Under the proposals, there is no restriction on the kinds of jobs students would have to seek and no cap on numbers. “If one needed evidence of a new approach to immigration within government, today’s announcement allowing all foreign students to stay for two years after graduation is just that,” the BBC’s home editor Mark Easton said. “Where Theresa May introduced what she called a hostile environment around migration rules, with an ambition to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, Boris Johnson has promised to scrap that target and encourage the “brightest and best” to come and live and work in ‘global Britain’.” …

Playwright Peter Nichols dies aged 92

A new production of the play is about to open in London starring Toby Stephens, Patricia Hodge and Claire Skinner. The musical comedy Privates on Parade was inspired by Nichols’ own experiences in the real-life Combined Services Entertainment, which provided live entertainment to the British armed forces. It was adapted for the big screen in 1982, starring John Cleese, and was revived in 2012 as the opening production of the first season from the Michael Grandage Company at the Noël Coward Theatre in London, with Simon Russell Beale in the lead. Related Topics Theatre Original Article : HERE ;

Wife’s lover’s DNA ‘found in murdered man’s car’

Mrs Taylor, of Charlton Road, Charlton, is accused of encouraging Mr Cannon, of Pirton Road, Hitchin, to set light to Mr Taylor’s car on 26 May 2018 when it was parked outside his home in Harkness Hall, in Gosmore near Hitchin. St Albans Crown Court heard a white towel doused with liquid was wrapped around the steering wheel and an end placed into a green petrol-type can. DNA samples from a partially burned white towel and a blue and white checked shirt recovered from the scene matched that of Mr Cannon. Image copyright South Beds News Agency Image caption Police officers searched a farm belonging to Mrs Taylor

Plant-based diets ‘linked to higher stroke risk’

Half of participants, recruited between 1993 and 2001, were meat-eaters, just over 16,000 vegetarian or vegan, with 7,500 who described themselves as pescetarian (fish-eating). They were asked about their diets, when they joined the study and again in 2010. Medical history, smoking and physical activity were taken into account, Altogether, there were 2,820 cases of coronary heart disease (CHD) and 1.072 cases of stroke – including 300 haemorrhagic strokes, which happen when a weakened blood vessel bursts and bleeds into the brain. The pescetarians were found to have a 13% lower risk of CHD than the meat-eaters, while the vegetarians and vegans had a 22% lower risk. But those on plant-based diets had a 20% higher risk of stroke. The …

PM to ‘test law to limit’ to avoid Brexit delay

Brexit’s big week: Five things that happened this weekend Amber Rudd quits cabinet blaming Brexit inaction Mr Raab called the legislation “lousy” and said it “weakened” the government’s negotiating position in Brussels. “That legislation is lousy, it envisages multiple delays, it would effectively force us to accept conditions from the EU however vindictive, punitive and harsh they may be,” he told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme. He added: “We will adhere to the law but we will also – because this is such a bad piece of legislation – want to test to the limit what it actually lawfully requires.” He insisted testing the law’s limits is “the responsible thing to do” and accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn …