Florida woman who was arrested for bringing ammo into Turks and Caicos is fined $1,500, given suspended sentence

The fifth Americana arrested and charged with bringing ammunition in their bag to Turks and Caicos Islands avoided jail time and instead was fined $1,500 and given a 23 week suspended sentence on Thursday. Sharitta Grier, a grandmother from Florida, has remained on the islands since her arrest in May.

Grier, who lives in Orlando, was visiting Turks and Caicos with her daughter during a surprise Mother’s Day vacation when during a routine search at the Howard Hamilton International Airport, police said officials found two rounds of ammunition in her carry-on bag as she was trying to go home. After her mid-May arrest, she told CBS News: “they chained me to a chair by my leg. It’s cold, scared, it was awful, it was so awful, I couldn’t sleep. You have good days, bad days — mentally draining, like not knowing what’s going to happen or when it’s going to happen, if a court date’s going to be pushed back. It’s a lot, it’s a lot mentally.”

Grier pleaded guilty to one count of possession of ammunition; she had been released on $15,000 bail following her arrest and ordered to remain in the Caribbean territory until the completion of her case. Following her sentencing, Grier told ABC News that she was “very happy” to be going home, adding: “It’s been a long time coming.” She said she had been optimistic about her case after other Americans who were also arrested over ammunition found in their bags avoided prison time, but had to pay fines before they could return to the U.S.

Grier was the fifth American to be charged under Turks and Caicos’ gun laws in recent months and faced a mandatory 12-year prison sentence unless the court found “exceptional circumstances.”  Three other American tourists who were similarly charged and detained on the islands after inadvertently traveling with ammunition have since been able to return home with the court citing “exceptional circumstances” to avoid the mandatory sentence. Amid pressure from U.S. lawmakers to show the Americans leniency, elected officials on the islands changed the law to give judges more discretion for sentences in firearms cases. Under the amended law, the court has the “widest possible breadth of discretion” and can impose either a fine, custodial sentence or both, the attorney general said in a statement.

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ERNEST announces month-long hiatus to focus on family

ERNEST announced he is taking a month-long hiatus to focus on his family, sharing the news on social media alongside a few photos, writing: “Getting out and playing for you guys every night has been a dream. But running non-stop I’m not gonna lie, it’s taken its toll on me. After getting back from London, it’s really hit me.

He continued: I’m going to be taking about a month off to reset and spend some time at home with my family. My son, Ryman is now at the age where every time I get home, he asks me if Im leaving… and I just can’t stand hearing him ask for daddy thru a phone call any more… I wanna spend quality time at home and pour into that reserve. I’m lucky to have a lot of incredible things coming up, and because of that I want to show up as my best self for my family and for you guys. We will be back on the road soon, and I can’t thank you all enough for the support – y’all be good.”

ERNEST’s wife, Delaney, was among the first to comment on his post, writing “Love you so much”. Fellow artists and fans also flooded the comments section with supportive messages towards the country singer. The short hiatus follows ERNEST’s recent run as support on Brooks & Dunn’s 2024 Reboot Tour and ahead of his fall headlining The Legalize Country Music Road Show, which kicks-off in Vancouver, Canada on September 4th and will make stops in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Fort Worth, Milwaukee, Knoxville, and more. ERNEST will also hit the stage on August 8 at the Voices of American Country Music Festival in Ohio, and has a slew of dates planned at fairs and festivals across the U.S.

ERNEST released his 26-track album NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE earlier this year, which included collaborations with Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson, Morgan Wallen, and Lukas Nelson and serves as a love letter to his hometown of Music City, USA.

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Actress Shelley Duvall dies at age 75

Actress Shelley Duvall has passed away at the age of 75. Duvall’s partner, Dan Gilroy, confirmed that she died in her sleep on July 9 due to complications from diabetes at her home in Blanco, Texas. Gilroy said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly: “Just like the birds she cared for and loved from the time they were babies, I feel her flying free, no suffering, lots of joy. My wonderful life partner of 34 years. So hard to say goodbye. I’m sitting here with her now, dreading the moment they come to take her away.”

Gilroy, who was involved with Duvall since 1989, also shared a statement via The Hollywood Reporter: “My dear, sweet, wonderful life partner and friend left us. Too much suffering lately, now she’s free. Fly away, beautiful Shelley.” Duvall’s official cause of death was not disclosed.

Duvall starred in seven Robert Altman films – including McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Thieves Like Us (1974), Nashville (1975), Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976), and 3 Women (1977). The latter saw Duvall receive the Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actress.

She will be most remembered however for her role Wendy Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980) alongside on-screen husband, Jack Nicholson. Duvall also had roles in 1977’s Annie Hall, 1980’s Popeye and 1998’ Casper Meets Wendy, among others. Duvall later turned her focus toward children’s television and served as the narrator, host, and executive producer of Faerie Tale Theatre from 1982-1987. She would also go on to create and present Tall Tales & Legends, an Emmy-nominated anthology series, as well as Nightmare ClassicsShelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories, and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.

Duvall moved from Hollywood to her native Texas in the mid-1990s, announcing her retirement in 2002 and later revealed struggles with her mental health. However, she recently returned to acting, and appeared in her final on-screen role in the movie The Forest Hills (2023).

Duvall is survived by her partner Gilroy, as well as her brothers Scott, Stewart, and Shane.

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ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ reveals lineup for its Summer Concert Series

ABC’s Good Morning America has revealed the lineup of its 2024 Summer Concert Series, kicking-off on Friday, July 19th and taking place from both GMA’s Times Square Studio, as well as NYC’s Central Park.   The morning program posted on its social media: “Our GMA Summer Concert Series is here! The hottest names in music are taking over Central Park and Times Square 🔥

This year’s lineup of performers across multiple music genres include Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Green Day and reggaeton artist Nicky Jam, in addition to country band Old Dominion, rapper and producer G-Eazy, country breakout star Megan Moroney, and the duo of Sofi Tukker.

Green Day will perform in Central Park on Friday, July 26th, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their breakthrough album Dookie and the 20th anniversary of their iconic smash hit “American Idiot.”

The performances set for Central Park will take place at Rumsey Playfield. For those interested in the shows in the park — which will be free and open to the public — information on how to attend is available on Good Morning America‘s website. The concerts held at the Times Square studio will not have a live audience.

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ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ reveals lineup for its Summer Concert Series

ABC’s Good Morning America has revealed the lineup of its 2024 Summer Concert Series, kicking-off on Friday, July 19th and taking place from both GMA’s Times Square Studio, as well as NYC’s Central Park.   The morning program posted on its social media: “Our GMA Summer Concert Series is here! The hottest names in music are taking over Central Park and Times Square 🔥

This year’s lineup of performers across multiple music genres include Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Green Day and reggaeton artist Nicky Jam, in addition to country band Old Dominion, rapper and producer G-Eazy, country breakout star Megan Moroney, and the duo of Sofi Tukker.

Green Day will perform in Central Park on Friday, July 26th, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their breakthrough album Dookie and the 20th anniversary of their iconic smash hit “American Idiot.”

The performances set for Central Park will take place at Rumsey Playfield. For those interested in the shows in the park — which will be free and open to the public — information on how to attend is available on Good Morning America‘s website. The concerts held at the Times Square studio will not have a live audience.

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Biden administration targets China with new tariffs on steel and aluminum

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from all nations (with certain exceptions for Canada and Mexico) in a bid to keep cheaply produced Chinese metals out of U.S. markets and protect domestic production. The new tariffs will focus on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico, which has become a conduit for many products of Chinese origin as the U.S. has reworked some direct supply chains away from China in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The White House said in a statement that the secretary of commerce has reported that “steel articles are being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United States.” Biden said in a statement: “In my judgment, these measures will provide an effective, long-term alternative means to address any contribution by Mexican aluminum articles imports to the threatened impairment of the national security by restraining aluminum articles imports to the United States from Mexico, limiting transshipment, and discouraging excess aluminum capacity and production.” 

Lael Brainard, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, said that the White House cited national security interests as the basis for these tariffs: “Chinese steel and aluminum entering the U.S. market through Mexico evades tariffs, undermines our investments, and harms American workers in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio.”

Biden said he had decided to impose 25% tariff on steel arriving from Mexico that was not poured in Mexico, Canada or the United States. A 10% tariff will be imposed on aluminum from Mexico if it includes smelting or casting done in China, Russia, Belarus or Iran.  The President added that the United States and Mexico have agreed on a range of measures to allow imports of steel and aluminum that are products of Mexico “to remain stable at historical levels without meaningful increases.” For Russian aluminum, Biden said he determined in February 2023 that “it was necessary and appropriate to impose a 200% ad valorem tariff on aluminum articles where any amount of primary aluminum used in the manufacture of the aluminum articles” is melted or cast in Russia.

The new tariffs are being coordinated with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who released a joint statement Wednesday with President Biden: “To improve transparency of the origins of its imports, Mexico is requiring importers to provide more information about the country of origin of steel products. This action adds to Mexico’s recent tariff increases on steel from non-free trade agreement countries.”

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Case of human ‘bubonic’ plague confirmed by Colorado health officials

Health officials in Colorado are investigating a human case of the bubonic plague confirmed in a person in Pueblo County.

The Department of Public Health and Environment said in a news release that the infection — which occurred in Pueblo County, in the southern part of the state — was first reported Friday based on preliminary test results, while the source of the infection is still being tracked down. Alicia Solis, program manager of the Office of Communicable Disease and Emergency Preparedness at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment, said in a news release announcing the case: “Plague can be treated successfully with antibiotics, but an infected person must be treated promptly to avoid serious complications or death. We advise all individuals to protect themselves and their pets from plague.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, and is described as an infectious disease typically spread by fleas. Once known as “The Black Death” (which killed millions in Europee, the Middle East and northern Africa during the Middle Ages), the plague circulates naturally among wild rodents – and in rare cases infects humans and their pets. The last urban plague epidemic in the United States occurred in Los Angeles from 1924 through 1925, but since then the plague has occurred only as scattered cases in rural areas.  Per the CDC, most human cases in the United States have occurred in outbreaks in California, New Mexico, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma.  In the United States as a whole, an average of seven human plague cases are reported each year.

The CDC noted that “a plague vaccine is no longer available in the United States .. New plague vaccines are in development, but are not expected to be commercially available in the immediate future.” They added that typical symptoms include sudden fever and chills, severe headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and, commonly, swollen lymph nodes with pain, and urged that anyone who develops symptoms of plague should see their doctor immediately.

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Take a listen to Lainey Wilson’s “Out Of Oklahoma” off ‘Twisters: The Album’ soundtrack

Atlantic Records has shared “Out of Oklahoma” by Lainey Wilson, off Twisters: The Album — the star-studded soundtrack to the upcoming film, ‘Twisters’.

Shared Wilson: “I’m beyond thrilled to be part of the Twisters soundtrack with ‘Out of Oklahoma’. This song bridges the tender and emotional love of where we come from and where we’re going. I’m super excited for the film, it’s going to be epic!”

‘Out of Oklahoma’ follows other releases from the Twisters soundtrack from Luke Combs (‘Ain’t No Love in Oklahoma’), Bailey Zimmerman (‘Hell or High Water’), Megan Moroney (‘Never Left Me’), Tucker Wetmore (‘Already Had It’) and Tanner Adell (‘Too Easy’), with other songs from the soundtrack from Tyler Childers, Miranda Lambert, Conner Smith, Jelly Roll, Kane Brown, Sam Barber and more.  Twisters: The Album arrives in stores and at all online retailers on Friday, July 19th in conjunction with the theatrical release of the film. Pre-order ‘Twisters: The Album’here.

The track for ‘Out of Oklahoma’ is accompanied by a music video by Wilson amidst the background of rural, Oklahoma-inspired scenery and imagery.  Take a look at the video for ‘Out of Oklahoma’ – here.

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Brantley Gilbert and Ashley Cooke share video for their collab ‘Over When We’re Sober’

Brantley Gilbert and Ashley Cooke have shared their video for “Over When We’re Sober”, written by Gilbert with Jason DeFord (Jelly Roll), Brock Berryhill and Justin Wilson.

Gilbert said of the duet: “I loved the song from the minute we wrote it. When it came time to find a collaborator, my producer Brock Berryhill suggested Ashley. I was so impressed with her writing and her voice. She’d just released a 24-track album – you don’t see many people doing that these days – and I thought that also speaks to her work ethic. It’s a special song, and I’m so thankful that she agreed to join me on it.”

Cooke added: “When Brantley called me about this song, I listened to the demo and it was an immediate ‘yes.’ I’ve been a fan for truly so long – in fact, my Christmas present from a college boyfriend one year was a road trip to Atlanta just to see BG’s show. It’s such an honor to get to be on a song with someone I’ve admired for so long. Not to mention, one of the realest, funniest, most talented guys I’ve met on this journey so far. So thankful BG wanted me on this one!”

Gilbert has also been writing and recording for his seventh studio album “Over When We’re Sober” over the past two years. Along with the release of “Over When We’re Sober,” Gilbert celebrated two new RIAA certifications from his platinum-certified album Halfway to Heaven — “My Kind Of Crazy” reached platinum-certification, while “Fall Into Me” is now gold-certified. Gilbert is also currently on the road with his Off The Rails Tour .

Take a look at the video for “Over When We’re Sober” – here.

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Olivia Munn and John Mulaney are married after three years together

PEOPLE has exclusively confirmed that actress Olivia Munn, 44, and comedian John Mulaney, 41, were married in a simple, intimate ceremony at a friend’s home in New York state. News of the couple’s marriage also comes just days after Munn celebrated her 44th birthday, with her family by her side.

A source close to Mulaney shared that the couple, who are parents to their 2-year-old son Malcolm Hiệp, tied the knot with only their son and one witness in attendance. TODAY.com later revealed that “Law and Order” alum Sam Waterston officiated the ceremony (Waterston and Munn co-starred in the HBO series “The Newsroom”), and the witness to their marriage was Waterston’s wife.

Mulaney and Munn began dating in May 2021, following Mulaney’s split from his ex-wife, Anna Marie Tendler (Mulaney and Tendler marred in 2014). After news of their romance broke, previous quotes resurfaced from Munn in a 2015 conversation with HuffPost, stating she was a fan of her future husband: “We were at a wedding together and I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, do you and your fiancée want to go have dinner or something and go hang out?’ At first it was cool, and then I kept going up to him at the wedding like, ‘So, you having fun?’ I was just so obsessed with hanging out with and talking with him.”

The news of Munn and Mulaney’s marriage also comes four months after the actress went public with her battle with breast cancer. Munn was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in 2023 after tests revealed she had luminal B — a fast-moving, aggressive cancer — in both breasts. Munn underwent a double mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery last fall, undergoing four surgeries over the span of 10 months, followed by a hysterectomy in April 2024.

During an interview with Vogue in May, Mulaney said of Munn: “Olivia and I have been through a lot of things together in the past couple years. Just side-by-side, supporting each other through anything. And as her guy, I felt both scared and protective. Even with Malcolm in her lap and me there holding her hand, she was going to be physically fighting this disease alone.”

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