Ariana Grande Sues Retailer “Forever 21” For $10 Million

Ariana Grande has filed a lawsuit against retail chain Forever 21, claiming that the company used the singer’s “name, image, likeness, and music to promote their brands and products” without her permission. The suit claims that the chain attempted to partner with the pop star in “early 2019” but Grande declined “due to Forever 21’s unwillingness to pay the fair market value for a celebrity of Ms. Grande’s stature.”  The suit also claims that Forever 21 went on to use imagery from Grande’s album and song “Thank U Next,” including visuals from her video for “7 Rings,” in order to “create the false perception of her endorsement.”

The complaint features numerous images from Forever 21’s Instagram page alongside similar stills from Grande’s videos, and alleges that the brand stole Grande’s likeness and launched “a misleading campaign across its website and social media platforms primarily in January and February 2019.” 

Grande is seeking $10 million in damages.

Ariana Grande sues Forever 21 over ads featuring ‘look-alike model’

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Connecticut Police Arrest Estranged Husband On New Charges In Case Of Missing Wife

Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos, was arrested by Connecticut State Police Wednesday afternoon, state police said. Source close to the investigation say that Fortis Dulos is facing an additional tampering with evidence charge. Fotis was picked up at his Farmington, CT home around 2:30 p.m., a source said. 

Jennifer Dulos has been missing since May 24. She was in the midst of a divorce and custody battle with Fotis at the time of her disappearance.  The search for Jennifer has spanned the state of Connecticut and authorities have spent days sifting through trash at a facility Hartford after bags containing Dulos’ blood were found. Law enforcement officials said surveillance video captured two people resembling her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, throwing out bags that ended up in the trash plant.  Fotis and Troconis were both charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence. They have both pleaded not guilty.

Court documents in the case say investigators who responded to the missing person report in May found blood splatter and evidence of cleanup attempts at Jennifer’s New Canaan home. Jennifer and Fotis’ five children have been staying with Jennifer’s mother.

Jennifer Dulos’ estranged husband arrested for second time in connection to wife’s disappearance

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Call For Snap Election Rejected By U.K. Lawmakers

U.K. lawmakers rejected a motion by Boris Johnson for a snap election on Wednesday, voting down the motion by a decisive margin. 

Johnson called for an election to take place in mid-October soon after the House of Commons approved a bill earlier Wednesday to prevent the U.K. from leaving the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal in place. Those supporting the no-deal measure include members of Johnson’s own party, who broke from the party line Tuesday to back the bill and were subsequently forced out of the bloc.

The motion for a new election needed the support of two-thirds of Parliament but fell short by 136 votes. Members of the opposition Labour Party abstained from the vote.

U.K. lawmakers reject snap election, dealing another blow to PM Boris Johnson

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Serena Williams Defeats Wang Qiang To Reach US Open Semifinals

Serena Williams easily advanced to the semifinals of the US Open with a dominating victory over Wang Qiang.

Williams, the No. 8 seed, defeated No. 18 seed Qiang, a two-time winner on the WTA Tour, 6-1, 6-0 in just 44 minutes for her 100th career singles win in the season’s last Grand Slam tournament. 

Williams advances to play Elina Svitlonia, the fifth-seeded Ukranian who knocked off No. 16 seed Johanna Konta of Great Britan.  She is pursuing the Grand Slam singles titles record. She has won 23 majors, six at the Open, which she last won in 2014. Margaret Court holds the all-time mark with 24. Williams last won a Slam at the 2017 Australian Open. 

Serena Williams cruises into semifinals of U.S. Open with her 100th career win in the event

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Ezekiel Elliott And The Dallas Cowboys Reach Record $90M Deal

The Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott have reached a long-term contract extension with a 6-year, $90 million deal – including a record-setting $50 million in guaranteed money.

The deal will put Elliott as the highest running back salary in NFL history.

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys agree to $90 million deal that ends holdout

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Renée Zellweger Opens Up About Depression After Retreating From Hollywood

Renée Zellweger made headlines for retreating from the Hollywood spotlight from 2010 until 2016, when she returned to the big screen to reprise her celebrated Bridget Jones role in “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”  Now Zellweger is speaking candidly about her hiatus from Hollywood.

In a profile published in New York Magazine’s Vulture, Zellweger discusses how she had experienced burnout and depression because of her busy career in the early 2000s. “I wasn’t healthy. I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was the last thing on my list of priorities,” she said, describing that during her period away from acting, she began seeing a therapist for the first time.

Zellweger will next appear in the fall release of “Judy,” in which she plays the legendary Judy Garland during the tumultuous final months of the star’s life, 

You can read the full Vulture profile of Zellweger at the link here.

Renée Zellweger Says Depression Led to Her Retreat from Acting: ‘I Wasn’t Taking Care of Myself’

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Justin Bieber Shares Candid Instagram Post About Past Struggles

Justin concluded the post by encouraging his followers to “keep fighting” even when the “odds are against you.”  Bieber married Hailey Baldwin in September 2018 and previously detailed his past struggles during a joint interview with the model published on Vogue’s website in February. 

Justin Bieber admits to “heavy drug use,” opens up about struggles with fame and relationships

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Hurricane Dorian: Storm Picks Up Speed As It Heads Towards U.S.

Hurricane Dorian continues to weaken but is growing larger, and is starting to pick up speed as a strong Category 2 storm. It continues its northwestward turn toward Florida before its anticipated shift along the Florida coast and, eventually, northeast toward the Carolinas.  Bands of heavy rain and storm surge have formed across central and southern Florida. 

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dorian was running parallel with Florida’s east coast and moving northwest at 6 mph. It is a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds at 110 mph with higher gusts, down from 130 mph Monday night. It was located about 105 miles east of Vero Beach and about 125 miles east, southeast of Cape Canaveral. Hurricane-force winds extend 60 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds 175 miles from the center.

Forecasters say Dorian should to pick up forward motion as it moves just off the Georgia and Carolina coasts Thursday and Friday.

Hurricane Dorian picks up speed, lashes Florida with powerful winds

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Walmart To Limit Gun And Ammo Sales In Wake Of Recent Mass Shootings

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon announced on Tuesday that it will stop selling certain types of ammunition that can be used in assault-style rifles and handguns. The announcement comes less than one month after a gunman killed 22 people and wounded dozens of others in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas

Walmart is often described as one of the world’s largest gun and ammunition retailers; in it’s announcement, they said the retailer will also start asking customers in so-called ‘open-carry’ states – where openly carrying a firearm is permitted – to not carry firearms inside the companies’ stores there.

Walmart changes gun policies after shootings

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NFL To Stream Highlights Via TikTok App

On Tuesday, the NFL signed a multi-year partnership with video app TikTok to stream match highlights and behind-the-scenes footages as part of its strategy to boost online presence. Recently the NFL has been signing partnerships worth millions of dollars, with companies including Amazon.com and Twitter to stream content. TikTok allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, and hit the 500 million mark in monthly active users globally, according to a report in July. The platform is a hit among teenagers and post-millennials, a key target audience of sports content.

The National Basketball Association signed a similar partnership with TikTok in November and now has over 5 million followers on the platform.

NFL to stream match highlights via TikTok

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