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Aaron Hernandez Guilty

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A jury has found Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

On Wednesday, Judge E. Susan Garsh sentenced Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end, to life without the possibility of parole for killing Lloyd on June 17, 2013. The sentence was mandatory.

The jury found that the ex-NFL player merited the conviction by “reason of extreme atrocity or cruelty.”

The jury also convicted Hernandez on weapons and ammunition possession charges.

Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, wept openly in court after hearing the verdict.

In a statement read after the judge handed down the conviction, Ursula Ward, Lloyd’s mother, called her son the “backbone” of her family.

“My heart stopped beating [when he died],” Ward said. “I wanted to go into the hole [with Odin].”

Deliberations stretched out seven days before jurors in Bristol County Superior Court announced their decision on Wednesday morning. Testimony in the trial lasted about two months and was at times interrupted by severe weather.

Hernandez’s defense admitted that he witnessed the shooting of Lloyd but argued that he has no reason to throw his career away by killing someone. The prosecution was never able to establish Hernandez’s motive, according to WCVB.

“Did he make all the right decisions? No,” his lawyer, James Sultan said during closing arguments. “He was a 23-year-old kid who witnessed something, a shocking killing, committed by someone he knew. He didn’t know what to do, so he just put one foot in front of the other.”

Hernandez’s alleged accomplices, Ernest Wallace Jr. and Carlos Ortiz, will be tried separately.

Hernandez also faces murder charges in the 2012 shooting of two Cape Verdean immigrants in Boston.

 
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North West Gets Baptized In Jerusalem

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Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West visited a centuries-old Armenian church in Jerusalem on Monday for the baptism of their daughter, North West.

The Kardashians fended off swooning fans as they entered the Saint James Cathedral in Jerusalem’s Old City. Kardashian, appearing overwhelmed, clutched the tiny girl as she was escorted by West, her sister Khloe and hooded clergymen

“Stop,” Kim Kardashian shouted to the crowd. “Stop! It’s not safe for the baby,” her sister added.

Archbishop Aris Shirvanian, an Armenian church official, said the family had arrived for a baptism ceremony.

“Kim Kardashian’s daughter will be baptized and become a Christian officially and a member of the Armenian church,” Shirvanian said, slightly perplexed by all the commotion. “All I know is that she’s a famous personality. I don’t know her in person. In any case she is welcome with her family.”

There were no details on the ceremony, and the family left the church without speaking to reporters.

The members of reality TV’s first family arrived in a private jet at Israel’s international airport on Monday for what was described as a private two-day visit.

All were captured on camera disembarking their plane and the images featured prominently on Israeli websites. They were quickly whisked away in a dark black SUV to a hotel in Jerusalem. Paparazzi did their best to keep up with their movements.

The celebrities arrived from a high-profile visit to Armenia, where the Kardashian family traces its roots.

They are expected to shoot some footage for their reality show in Jerusalem before moving on to Jordan.

 
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On The Set Of Instamom With Tia Mowry

Check out this Sister Sister reunion…

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Apple CEO To Donate Entire Fortune To Charity

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Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple announced in an interview with Fortune magazine that he has big plans for his vast wealth: It’s all going to philanthropy, he revealed. Cook, who’s currently worth around $112 million, and holds restricted stock that could be worth up to $665 million said he’s already been making donations quietly, but he’s also looking forward to taking a deeper approach to the whole endeavor. He could possibly start something a lot like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which manages the philanthropic efforts of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Cook also plans to cover his nephew’s college education, like the rich uncle that he is. Cook’s open approach to philanthropy differs some from his predecessor Steve Jobs. Jobs was often criticized for not donating as much as people felt that he should. After Job’s death though it was revealed that he actually donated tens of millions of dollars to charity, it was just anonymously. It’s good to see these business titans be truly interested in “giving back”.

 
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Co-Pilot Intentionally Crashed Germanwings Flight 9525

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The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 purposely crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, officials said

“We at Lufthansa are speechless that this aircraft has been deliberately crashed by the co-pilot,” said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said the co-pilot, 28-year-old German national Andreas Lubitz, apparently “wanted to destroy the aircraft.”

It’s unknown whether Lubitz planned his actions, Robin said. But he “took advantage” of a moment in which the pilot left the cockpit and “activated the descent,” which can only be done deliberately.

New details released Thursday appeared to support the startling revelation that someone set the plane on a crash course.

Transponder data shows that the autopilot was reprogrammed during the flight by someone inside the cockpit to change the plane’s altitude from 38,000 feet to 100 feet, according to Flightradar24, a website that tracks aviation data.

The plane’s cockpit audio recorder captured horrific sounds. The captain, somehow locked out of the cockpit, can be heard banging on the door, Robin said.

And screaming can be heard on the audio recording for the final few minutes of the flight.

Death was instantaneous for those on board when the plane plunged into the mountains, Robin said.

German authorities also say “that we have to assume” that Flight 9525 “was deliberately activated for a crash,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “This is hard to comprehend for most people. Nobody can imagine this.”

The French government has asked the FBI to help investigate the crash, a law enforcement official said.

A search is underway for the plane’s second “black box,” the flight data recorder, which could shed more light on the plane’s final minutes.

 
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Plane Crashes In French Alps, Survivors Unlikely

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A German commercial jet for Germanwings Airlines, a subsidiary of Lufthansa carrying 150 people aboard into a sudden, steep and horrifying eight-minute descent Tuesday before slamming into the rugged terrain of the French Alps, authorities said.

French President Francois Hollande said there aren’t likely to be any survivors.

“It’s a tragedy on our soil,” he said. “I want to express all my solidarity to the families of the victims of this air accident. This is a bereavement, a tragedy.”

One of the black boxes have been found by the hundreds of search and rescue personnel that were dispatched to the area. The first responders were let down from helicopter cables into the crash zone.

“We saw an aircraft that had literally been ripped apart, the bodies are in a state of destruction, there is not one intact piece of wing or fuselage,” Bruce Robin, prosecutor for the city of Marseille, told Reuters news service after flying over the area.

Germanwings Flight 9525 departed Barcelona, Spain, for a two-hour flight to Duesseldorf​ at 10:01 a.m. local time — more than 20 minutes late. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the Airbus A320 at 10:53 a.m., airline CEO Thomas Winkelmann said.

A distress signal was issued after air traffic control lost contact with the plane and recognized the steep descent.

Winkelmann said 144 passengers — including two babies — and six crewmembers were aboard. Sixteen students and two teachers returning from an exchange program in Spain also were on board, Germany’s DPA news agency reported.

Winkelmann said the sudden descent lasted about eight minutes and that air-traffic controllers lost contact with the jet at about 6,000 feet. He added that the pilot had more than 10 years’ experience, and that the plane was inspected last summer.

“All employees of Germanwings and Lufthansa are deeply saddened,” Winkelmann said. “Their thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew.”

Our prayers go out to all the families as well that are involved in this tragic event.

 
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Bobbi Kristina Brown Moved To Rehab

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Bobbi Kristina Brown has been moved to a rehabilitation facility from the Georgia hospital where she has been getting treatment for nearly two months, a source close to the family told NBC News on Friday.

The source said that Brown had left Emory University Hospital and was at an Atlanta rehabilitation facility nearby. The source did not disclose what rehabilitation facility she was transferred to or when she had been moved. The source said Brown’s condition remained the same.

The 21-year-old daughter of the late pop icon Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home on Jan. 31. Brown was originally brought to North Fulton Hospital and then moved to Emory. Very little has been shared about her condition or treatment other than that she had been placed in a medically induced coma and later, a tracheostomy tube was inserted into her throat.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation, but detectives initially said they didn’t suspect foul play. Brown’s partner, Nick Gordon, has been fighting to visit her in the hospital, but Bobby Brown said he won’t let Gordon see her until he explains what happened on Jan 31.

 
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Christopher Brian Collection Fall 2015

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I’m proud to announce Christopher Brian Collection Fall 2015 is coming soon!!!! Check out the website here and watch us on E!

 
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Karrueche Tran Talks With Iyanla Vanzant About Chris Brown

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Things have been messy between singer Chris Brown and his now ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran, and it looks to be about to get messier.

Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN, posted a teaser Tuesday for Tran’s interview with Iyanla Vanzant. The inspirational speaker and host of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” fires off at Tran: “He betrayed you. He lied to you. He did it all publicly,” before asking, “How did you find out that he had a baby by another woman?”

Brown has been the subject of rumors that he fathered a daughter with another woman while in a relationship with Tran. He has neither confirmed nor denied the stories, but the story heated up when Tran tweeted on March 4, “Listen. One can only take so much. The best of luck to Chris and his family. No baby drama for me.”

The tweet was later deleted.

Brown and Tran have had an on-again, off-again relationship for years. In 2012, Brown posted a video on Twitter questioning whether it was possible to be in love with two people. At the time, the singer had broken up with Tran after once again growing close to singer Rihanna, whom he assaulted while they were dating in 2009.

“I love Karrueche very much but I don’t want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna,” Brown said in the video. “I’d rather be single allowing us to both be happy in our lives.”

Brown and Rihanna eventually reunited but then broke up again, and he and Tran, who bills herself as a model and entrepreneur, resumed seeing each other.

On Wednesday, Brown commented from his Instagram account on a racy photo Tran posted of herself in a swimsuit while on vacation. The singer advised her to “Continue to be a lady beautiful.”

Vanzant’s interview with Tran airs at 8 p.m. ET March 28.

 
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Madonna Admits To Secret Relationship With Tupac

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After over twenty years of guessing, Madonna confirmed she dated Tupac Shakur prior to him dying.

The 56-year-old talked about her brief relationship with the rapper, who tragically died in 1996, while on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show.

Back in the ’90s while doing an appearance on David Letterman, she revealed her relationship with Tupac.

Stern asked her if she liked Letterman because back in the 90s all of her interviews appeared hostile.

Madonna said she was usually flirting with the late night host except for one appearance in 1994 where she was a bit vulgar in her language. ‘I was mad at [David Letterman] when I said the F-word a lot,’ she explained. ‘I was in a weird mood that day. I was dating Tupac Shakur at the time and the thing is he got me all riled up about life in general.’ She went on to add, ‘So when I went on the show I was feeling very gangsta.’

Madonna was long believed to have dated the iconic rapper in 1994 but she never spoke publicly about the relationship. Coincidentally, just prior to his death, Tupac referred to Madonna as ‘real nice’ and someone who ‘helped me a lot’.

A book by Lucy O’Brien, Like An Icon (2007), claims that the Material Girl not only dated the rapper but wanted a baby with him. Madonna has never responded to the claim but has since gone on to become the mother to four children.

That seems like one relationship that must have been very interesting…

 
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