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Texan files $1 billion class-action lawsuit after receiving $9,000 electric bill

RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/iStockBy MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC News (HARRIS COUNTY, Texas) — A $1 billion class-action lawsuit has been filed against Texas wholesale electricity retailer Griddy Energy for allegedly charging exorbitant prices during last week’s historic storm that left millions powerless in the freezing cold. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Chambers County resident Lisa Khoury in Harris County on Monday, who …

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Dan Reynolds & Aja Volkman donate home to LGBTQ+ youth charity organization

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicDan Reynolds and Aja Volkman are donating the Imagine Dragons frontman’s Las Vegas childhood home to Encircle, a charity organization that “provides community resource houses to LGBTQ+ youth and their families.” The donation comes as a part of Encircle’s newly launched $8 Million, 8 Houses campaign, which aims to raise money to build eight new homes in four different states. …

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Dave Grohl to direct TV adaptation of mom’s ‘From Cradle to Stage’ book for Paramount+

ABCDave Grohl is directing a TV adaptation of From Cradle to Stage, the book written by his mom, Virginia Hanlon Grohl. The six-part, unscripted series — which will premiere on the Paramount+ streaming service — is described as a “dynamic personal exploration of the special relationship between successful musicians and their moms.” “Each episode features a famous performer and their …

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Former USA gymnastics coach John Geddert dead after trafficking, assault charges filed

MattGush/iStockBy MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Former USA gymnastics coach John Geddert, who led the 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team to win gold, died by suicide Thursday after charges of human trafficking and sexual assault were announced against him. Attorney Chris Bergstrom’s office, which represents Geddert, and the Michigan attorney general’s office confirmed his death to ABC News. …

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Lady Gaga’s dad says the family is “sick over” robbery of Gaga’s dogs

Gaga with Koji; MPI67/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)Lady Gaga’s father Joe Germanotta says the entire family is “just sick over” the terrible incident Wednesday night in which Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot and two of her three French bulldogs were stolen. Fischer is expected to recover; Gaga is now offering a $500,000 reward for the return of Koji and Gustavo, no …

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Milli Vanilli biopic dropped by film company, controversial director Brett Ratner may be the reason why

Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty ImagesA biopic on controversial lip-syncing ’90s duo Milli Vanilli is still moving ahead, but the film company involved in its production has removed itself from the project — possibly due to its controversial director. Variety reports that Millennium Media, the independent film company that brought you The Expendables, Olympus Has Fallen and The Hitman’s …

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Chloe x Halle drop futuristic video for “Ungodly Hour”

Freeform/Art StreiberChloe x Halle premiered the music video for their single, “Ungodly Hour” Wednesday night during The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The futuristic visual finds the Bailey sisters dressed as robots in blue latex jumpsuits serving us some sexy, sensual choreography. The scene then jumps to the girls lying in a shallow pool of water while wearing bedazzled nude bodysuits. “When you decide you like yourself / When …

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California becomes first state to surpass 50,000 COVID-19 deaths

CasPhotography/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News (NEW YORK) — California became the first state to report 50,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The state’s death toll now stands at 50,994. The grim milestone occurred after 806 additional deaths were reported in Los Angeles County on Wednesday, due to a backlog from the holidays, with …

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Viola Davis talks Chadwick Boseman, playing Michelle Obama

ABC Viola Davis recently sat down with Entertainment Tonight to discuss her recent turn in the Netflix film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and her upcoming role as former first lady Michelle Obama in Showtime’s anthology series The First Lady, including words of praise for her Ma Rainy co-star Chaddwick Boseman. “A lot of times when Black actors are nominated for any award or get any accolades or get a spotlight, it …

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Trump’s tax returns given to Manhattan prosecutors

DNY59/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has taken possession of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, a spokesman for the office told ABC News. The documents were turned over Monday by the former president’s accountants at Mazars USA. The Trump tax documents run into the millions of pages, a source told ABC News. …

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Street ad teases apparent new St. Vincent album, ‘Daddy’s Home’

ABC AudioA street advertisement appears to have revealed the title and release date of the next St. Vincent album. According to the poster, which was spotted by fans and posted on Reddit, the follow-up to 2017’s MASSEDUCTION is titled Daddy’s Home, and will arrive May 14. St. Vincent mastermind Annie Clark hasn’t commented directly on the ad, but she did …

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Dave Grohl to direct TV adaptation of mom’s ‘From Cradle to Stage’ book for Paramount+

ABCDave Grohl is directing a TV adaptation of From Cradle to Stage, the book written by his mom, Virginia Hanlon Grohl. The six-part, unscripted series — which will premiere on the Paramount+ streaming service — is described as a “dynamic personal exploration of the special relationship between successful musicians and their moms.” “Each episode features a famous performer and their …

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Jonas Brothers are not splitting up: “We all have a ton of exciting stuff coming”

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicShortly after Nick Jonas announced he was kickstarting his solo career again, fans of the Jonas Brothers believed that meant the beloved band was heading for another hiatus. Well, Kevin, Nick and Joe Jonas have something to say about that: They have something special up their sleeve and fans will know what it is real soon. This week marked the two-year anniversary of the “Sucker” hitmakers announcement …

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Report: J.J. Watt has received offers from multiple teams

Allen Kee / ESPN ImagesBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News (NEW YORK) — It’s been nearly two weeks since the Houston Texans released J.J. Watt and already, the defensive end has reportedly received offers from multiple teams. Citing league sources, ESPN reports that the biggest deal is believed to be worth between $15 million and $16 million. Among the teams interested …

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Stormy weather pattern on the way for the West and the South

ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The beautiful and tranquil weather around the country is over on Thursday as several storms systems are expected to move from West to East with heavy rain, strong to severe thunderstorms, heavy snow and damaging winds. In the West, a snowstorm hit Colorado overnight with Denver getting 6 to 12 inches …

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Post Malone releases “Only Wanna Be With You” ahead of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary

Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach GroupThis Saturday marks Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, aptly titled Pokémon Day.  To help celebrate the momentous occasion, Post Malone has released a brand new single Thursday that puts a spin on a classic Hootie and the Blowfish hit. Posty, who is a long-time Pokéfan, released “Only Wanna Be with You (Pokémon 25 Version)” which pays tribute to the 1995 hit while infusing …

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Shaq names his ideal ‘Big 3,’ talks new ad, NBA predictions

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN ImagesBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Any former teammate of Shaquille O’Neal would likely tell you that having him on the court was the sports equivalent of a great insurance policy. The NBA Hall of Famer told ABC News’ Good Morning America that “trust and credibility were very important” throughout his 19-year NBA career, …

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‘COVID’s so wicked’: Families confront losing multiple loved ones

HRAUN/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — COVID-19 has killed more than 500,000 people in the United States — an unimaginable toll that has had ripple effects across the country. But some families have endured that loss multiple times over, with the virus taking parents, children and siblings, often in quick succession. The deaths have come across the U.S., …

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More Americans identify as LGBT than ever before: Poll

nktwentythree/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A new poll has found that more adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender than ever before. According to a Gallup poll released Wednesday, 5.6% of United States adults identify as LGBT. That’s up from 4.5%, based on the company’s 2017 data. In 2012, when Gallup began tracking the measure, that …

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David Coverdale says tracks on Whitesnake’s ‘The Blues Album’ compilation have a “consistent sonic identity”

RhinoThis past week, Whitesnake released a new compilation called The Blues Album, the third and final installment of the band’s “Red, White and Blues” trilogy of themed retrospective albums. The 14-track collection features remixed and remastered versions of blues-rock-flavored songs from Whitesnake’s back catalog spanning from 1984 through 2011, as well as one tune from frontman David Coverdale‘s 2000 solo …

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/24/21

iStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events: NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONCleveland 112, Houston 96Atlanta 127, Boston 112Golden State 111, Indiana 107Oklahoma City 102, San Antonio 99New Orleans 128, Detroit 118Chicago 133, Minnesota 126 (OT)Miami 116, Toronto 108Charlotte 124, Phoenix 121Utah 114, LA Lakers 89 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUETampa Bay 3, Carolina 0Dallas 3, Florida 0Toronto 2, …

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Neighbor gives up COVID-19 vaccine appointment to stranger in need

ABCBy HALEY YAMADA and ERIC NOLL, ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) — As many struggle to get a vaccine appointment, two neighbors who met online found a way to help each other. Grandmother Emily Johnson of Austin, Texas, was in need of open-heart surgery, but her doctor said she had to have one vaccination before the operation. After spending hours on the …

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California commits $1.4 million to combat ‘horrific’ attacks on Asian Americans

ABCBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California committed $1.4 million toward helping Asian Americans report hate incidents and tracking the attacks after a slew of cases — including the murder of an 84-year-old man — has rocked the nation in recent weeks. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the larger AB85 pandemic budget bill, which includes $1.4 million earmarked for researchers …

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Garth’s taking care of Trisha as she battles COVID-19

Rick Diamond/Getty Images Trisha Yearwood has tested positive for COVID-19, though her husband Garth Brooks remains clear. The two had been quarantining together at home in Nashville after a member of their team tested positive for coronavirus, though last week’s severe winter weather in Tennessee delayed their tests until a week after their potential exposure.  “The Queen and I have now tested twice,” Garth …

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Kelly Clarkson gets advice on divorce from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden

White House/Chandler WestKelly Clarkson is getting some advice on life after divorce from none other than First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. In a preview clip ahead of her appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show Thursday, FLOTUS discussed her own experience with finding love again after her first marriage ended — she married President Joe Biden in 1977 — and gave …

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Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne to announce ACM Awards nominees on Friday

Academy of Country Music The Academy of Country Music will unveil the nominees for the 2021 ACM Awards on Friday.  Kelsea Ballerini and Brothers Osborne will announce the nominees in the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, Duo of the Year and Single of the Year on CBS This Morning at …

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No charges anticipated in Tiger Woods car crash

Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesBy EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News (LOS ANGELES) — No charges are anticipated against Tiger Woods after he was seriously injured in a rollover vehicle crash in Southern California, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. “This is purely an accident,” Villanueva said Wednesday via Facebook live, adding that there was no evidence of impairment. …

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Reading & Leeds Festival set to go ahead for 2021

Rob Ball/Getty ImagesOrganizers of the U.K.’s Reading & Leeds Festival have announced that the event is planned to go on as scheduled this August. The news comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this week shared a plan to begin ending lockdown restrictions in the U.K. amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Following the government’s recent announcement, we can’t wait to get …

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Biden to make 25 million masks available at community health centers, food banks

Official White House Photo by Adam SchultzBy MOLLY NAGLE, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 response team announced Wednesday it would make 25 million masks available to Americans at community health centers and food banks. “We will deliver more than 25 million masks across the country. These masks will be available in more than 1300 community health centers, …

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Matt Stell launching Everywhere But Home Tour on Friday

Dustin Haney Matt Stell is heading back out on tour.  The “Everywhere But On” singer turned to Twitter on Wednesday to share that he is hitting the road with Teddy Robb and Chris Bandi on his headlining Everywhere But Home Tour.  The 15-date run kicks off on Friday at The Stockyard in Holiday, Florida and continues through May 7 where it wraps in Jackson, Tennessee. Along the way, …

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