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Steven Tyler announces illness, Aerosmith cancels tour dates

Steven Tyler is sick and Aerosmith is cancelling a few tour dates, according to a tweet published by the singer's official Twitter account. 

"Unfortunately, due to unexpected medical issues, lead singer, Steven Tyler, is seeking immediate care and has been advised by his doctors that he cannot travel or perform at this time," the news release reads. 

Tyler turned 69 years old in March.

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The band has cancelled tour dates in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico through October 7. 

"Please not to worry ... I am not in life threatening condition," Tyler is quoted as saying in the news release. 

Groom ditches bride during photo shoot, but it was to save the life of a young boy

A groom left his bride alone on her wedding day, but before the internet gets into an uproar over it, it was for a good reason. He was saving the life of a boy who fell into the water.

Darren Hatt is a photographer who was taking photos of a bride at Victoria Park in Kitchener, Canada, CTV reported.

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He said that the bride, Brittany Ross Cook, yelled to her husband when she saw what was going on, and before the photographer realized what happened, groom Clayton Cook was already soaked, pulling the boy from the water.

The unidentified boy was reunited with his sister shortly after the ordeal, CTV reported.

Hatt posted the photos of the dripping-wet groom on his Facebook page, telling Clayton Cook, “Well Done sir!”

Kylie Jenner still hasn't confirmed pregnancy, but report says sex of baby is known

News of Kylie Jenner’s rumored pregnancy rocked the entertainment world last week, and now, rumor has it that the reality star is about to welcome another girl into the famous family.

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Jenner is reportedly expecting her first child with boyfriend Travis Scott, and TMZ reports the couple will welcome a baby girl. 

Citing unnamed “sources directly connected with the couple” and “family sources,” the report says Scott has been privately telling friends about the baby and its sex, and the tabloid reports that Jenner is about five months along.

Jenner’s half-sister, Kim Kardashian West, and her husband, Kanye West, are expecting their third child, a girl, via surrogate in January.

Related: Rumored mom-to-be Kylie Jenner shares first pictures since pregnancy gossip intensified

As previously reported by Rare.us, sources say the pair are shelling out quite a sum for the surrogacy: “The couple have reportedly agreed to pay $45,000 in 10 installments of $4,500, according to a previous TMZ report. They have also agreed to pay $5,000 per additional child in the case of multiples. The couple has already paid a $68,850 deposit to the agency.”

If the rumored timelines are true, Jenner’s baby would be due around the same time.

Chip, Joanna Gaines announce last season of 'Fixer Upper'

The hit HGTV series “Fixer Upper” will end after season five.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines made the announcement that they will put an end to their show on their official blog on Tuesday.

“It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of ‘Fixer Upper’ will be our last,” they wrote. “While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with. Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen. How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place.

“This has been an amazing adventure! We have poured our blood, sweat and tears into this show ... This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment. Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses.”

The news comes as a shock to fans who have been following the couple’s renovation show for the last few years.

“Fixer Upper” premiered in May 2013 and became the highest-rated series for the network. The success has led to other adventures for the couple, including their retail compound Magnolia Market, New York Times bestselling books and an upcoming restaurant. 

“We want to take this time to really say thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for letting our family to become part of your family,” Chip said. “Thank you, we can’t wait to see what’s next!”

Season 5 of “Fixer Upper” will premiere in November.

RELATED: Chip, Joanna Gaines team up with Target to release home-decor line

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Jordin Sparks sings national anthem with ‘Proverbs 31:8-9’ written on her hand in subtle message 

The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals were not the only ones in University of Phoenix Stadium expressing support of protests across the NFL.

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Jordin Sparks, who performed the national anthem at the game Monday at Glendale, Arizona, has a subtle but still direct message for those in the league who have been protesting for social and racial equality.

KNXV reported that the singer, who is the daughter of former NFL player Phillippi Sparks, had “Prov. 31:8-9” written on the back of her left hand. It was noticeable has she used that hand to hold the microphone as she sang the anthem.

Related: Cowboys, coach Jason Garrett, owner Jerry Jones take a knee before national anthem in Phoenix

According to the New International Version of the Bible, the verses say, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Before Sparks sang the anthem, the Dallas Cowboys -- along with head coach Jason Garrett and team owner Jerry Jones -- kneeled as they linked hands.

Both the Cowboys and Cardinals linked hands and stood as Sparks sang.

Watch a video of Sparks singing the anthem below:

Related video: Dallas Cowboys Take Knee Before National Anthem

Woman's explicitly detailed grocery list leaves little room for error for husband

Twitter user Era Golwalkar gained attention online this week when a grocery list she made for her husband went viral. 

Golwalkar’s list had very explicit instructions, leaving her husband little room to mess up the shopping.

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“This is the task I gave to my hubby last weekend! Even (you) guys (should) follow this list for happy customers,” Golwalkar wrote on Twitter.

List items such as potatoes and onions came with illustrations from Golwalkar so her husband knew exactly what she was looking for. She even specified colors (red and yellow tomatoes, no green potatoes) and condition (round onions, tomatoes with no holes or cracks. She also included traditional Indian food items such as methi and mirchi, which were also listed with doodles and details.

The Times of India noted that the list “acts as a ‘legally binding agreement’ in case there is a conflict later between the couple due to any discrepancy between what was conveyed and what was bought.”

“We implore women to be this particular in preparing the grocery lists as not only will it avoid any unambiguity arising out of their husbands’ lack of discretion or general awareness, but it will also not give him any chance to make frivolous claims later such as, ‘You didn’t mention the quantity/color/weight,’ (or) ‘This wasn’t available and you didn’t mention any substitute,’” Times reporter Vikram Bhalla cheekily wrote.

Golwalkar later provided an “answer key,” as demanded by apparent fans, with explanations of directions and preferences on the list.

In the guide, she explained that it was important her husband purchase red tomatoes, which are ready to use, and yellow ones, which last longer. Drawings of onions with and without growths distinguish which are ripe and which are not. She continued the key explaining the best conditions for usable methi, mirchi and bhindhi, an okra used in Indian cooking.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Student finds loophole in professor’s exam instructions, becomes internet hero

A Maryland college student has become an unwitting internet hero after he found a loophole in his professor’s exam instructions that allowed him to bring a note card the size of a human being to class.

Reb Beatty, an assistant professor at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, wrote on Facebook last week that, each year, he allows his accounting students to bring a 3x5 note card filled with notes to class for their first exam. Unfortunately, Beatty was not specific enough about those dimensions.

One student, Elijah Bowen, showed up for the test with a note card measuring 3x5 feet. A photo taken by Beatty shows Bowen’s note card, filled with pages’ worth of both typed and neatly handwritten notes. 

“As precise as I am, apparently I never specified inches, and therefore, yes, it was allowed,” Beatty wrote. “Well played, and lesson learned for me.”

Beatty’s post received more than 33,000 reactions and, as of Tuesday morning, had been shared close to 30,000 times. 

A few days after he initially posted the photo, the professor clarified some issues, particularly whether his method should be considered cheating. 

“Using a 3x5 inch (or foot) card/poster in an accounting course is just as much -- if not more -- a preparatory tool than a test aid,” Beatty wrote on Facebook. “The approach is that the process itself will force the student to organize his/her thoughts, put material into terminology that he/she understands, et cetera. It is NOT cheating, or going easy on students, or however you want to reference it. An accounting exam, designed effectively, requires application of concepts and proficiency in the material, not just regurgitating facts.”

Many of Beatty’s Facebook commenters praised Bowen’s initiative, with at least one person saying that he was “going places” in life. 

“Love this! And the explanations from the teacher,” another woman wrote. “As an educator, and the wife of an accounting student, I agree that organization & meticulous review of concepts prepares students for application. THAT is real life.” 

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Bowen also reiterated some of Beatty’s points in an interview with the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, saying that he “figured it would be a win-win either way” because preparing the giant note card would be a good way to study for the exam.   

“I had to refer to the card only a couple of times,” Bowen said. “It was very big. It was more comical than anything.”

The freshman told the Gazette that he wasn’t sure if Beatty would allow the giant note card, so he had a backup 3x5 inch index card, just in case. What he did know, he said, is that he was right about the professor not specifying the exact dimensions of what was allowed. 

He credited Beatty with teaching him to notice tiny details such as that one. 

“The professor is always telling us not to miss details or specifics, since that will throw off entire calculations,” Bowen told the newspaper

He said he just applied that principle to Beatty’s syllabus and notes. 

Beatty allowed the giant note card, but made Bowen sit in the back row so other students could not see his notes, the Gazette reported. Bowen told the newspaper that he passed the test with either a low A or a high B. 

The professor told Buzzfeed News that he’s since updated his syllabus and course instructions with the correct size of the note card allowed during the exam. 

B.o.B. starts GoFundMe page to prove the Earth is flat

B.o.B. – or “Flat Earth Bob” as he calls himself in a new YouTube video – is determined to prove that the Earth is flat.

The Atlanta rapper has started a GoFundMe page called “Show BoB the Curve” to raise $200,000 to launch multiple satellites into space. According to the page, he will keep people updated with “step-by-step documentation of the process.”

At press time, the crowdfunding page had raised $225 from 18 people over a three-day period.

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In January 2016, B.o.B. posted a series of tweets to share his arguments that the Earth is flat. His comments drew the attention of scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who teasingly tweeted, “being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music.”

Socks for all: Girl collects thousands of socks for young hospital patients like her

Emma Becker, 12, has been battling cancer for four years. She has been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes tumors to form on nerve endings. Emma has also has them on her optic nerves and brain stem.

She has been undergoing chemotherapy for two years because those tumors are cancerous and she was starting to lose her vision, according to her mother.

Emma is not alone in her fight against cancer and to help brighten the days the other young patients at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, she’s gathering socks -- colorful, silly socks -- to bring a smile to her friends’s faces, ABC News reported.

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Emma used Facebook to help collect more than 2,300 pairs of crazy socks in honor of her birthday, Inside Edition reported.

The fun socks take the place of the drab hospital-issued socks patents normally receive at the hospital.

“It’s something fun they can look down at, and smile,” Rebecca Donkor, Emma’s mother, told ABC News.

This isn’t the first collection Emma has spearheaded. She has also collected 10,000 cans of Play-Doh, and will hold another collection next year, held toy drives and manned a lemonade stand to buy $300 in iTunes cards.

And she’s not stopping at socks.

Her next collection for fellow patients: Halloween costumes.

For more on Emma’s sock collection, click here.

LeBron James again calls Trump a 'bum,' salutes NFL national anthem protests

Basketball star LeBron James doubled down on his criticism of President Donald Trump in a press conference with reporters in Cleveland on Monday after Trump criticized James’s friend and on-court rival, Stephen Curry.

>> Live updates: Trump slams NFL players for national anthem protests, athletes react

“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James wrote in a weekend tweet.

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Given the chance to soften his statements, James, once again, called Trump a bum.

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“He is a bum,” James told reporters during the Cleveland Cavaliers’s media day. “He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country. He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president.”

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During his conversation Monday with reporters, James praised the NFL players who chose to silently protest before Sunday’s game. At one point, he chastised Trump by saying that he for “damn sure” didn’t run the country.

“The people run this country, not one individual, and damn sure not him,” James said.

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Tom Brady calls Trump's comments on national anthem protests 'divisive'

President Donald Trump has not been shy about pushing back on NFL players protesting the national anthem. As a result, the sports world has been set on fire with various players, coaches, front offices and even full leagues responding in kind. On Monday morning, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady followed suit.

>> Live updates: Trump slams NFL players for national anthem protests, athletes react

In response to Trump, with whom Brady is famously friendly, the legendary signal-caller took a stance in an interview with WEEI (via ESPN.com):

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“I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive.

“I just want to support my teammates. I’m never one that says, ‘Oh, that’s wrong or that’s right.’ But I do believe in what I believe in, and I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me and that’s how I try to live every day.

“I’ve been blessed to be in a locker room with guys from all over the United States over the course of my career. Some of my great friends are from Florida, Virginia, New York, Montana, Colorado, Texas. I think one thing about football is that it brings so many guys together, guys that you would never have the opportunity to be around, whether it was in college and all the way into the pros. We’re all different. We’re all unique. That’s what makes us all so special.”

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Brady did not blast Trump in the same way that many have, but he was plain in his comments about disagreeing and referring to Trump’s sentiments as “divisive.”

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Pharrell Williams takes a knee in solidarity with NFL national anthem protests

Rapper and singer Pharrell Williams took a knee on Sunday night during a charity concert in Charlottesville, Virginia, to show his support for NFL players who knelt during the national anthem to bring attention to racial injustice.

>> Live updates: Trump slams players, NFL responds by taking a knee

Dave Matthews’ Concert for Charlottesville: An Evening of Music and Unity was held on Sunday night in the wake of the clashes last month after a rally by white nationalists.

>> PHOTOS: NFL takes a stand on football Sunday

“If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that’s what this flag is for,” Williams told the crowd, according to Billboard.

The concert was held on the campus at the University of Virginia and was free to members of the Charlottesville and university communities. Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton and Ariana Grande were among the performers.

>> On Rare.us: Jennifer Lopez will donate $1 million to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

Williams joined Stevie Wonder in showing his solidarity with the protest after Wonder started his show in New York City by taking a knee.

>> Stevie Wonder takes 'both knees' after Trump slams NFL stars' national anthem protests

“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America,” Wonder said, according to People. “Not just one knee, but I’m taking both knees. Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, leaders of our world and our globe. Amen.”

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Many celebrities, including “Will and Grace” star Megan MullallyDiddy and the members of the band Pearl Jam joined the protest on social media, writing, “#TakeAKnee.”

Hot dog vendor gets $87K from donors after police confiscated his money

A hot dog vendor who went viral after a police officer confiscated his money is one step closer to achieving his dream, thanks to thousands of strangers.

>> Video showing campus police officer seizing cash from man's wallet causes outrage

A video of Juan “Beto” Macias went viral earlier this month after he received a citation for selling food outside a Golden Bears football game in Berkeley, California, KTVU reports. A UC Berkeley police officer also confiscated $60 from his wallet, which prompted strangers to set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help Macias.

>> On HotTopics.TV: Strangers donate $350,000 to 89-year-old man selling ice cream to make ends meet 

Supporters presented Macias with a check for $87,921 Saturday, donated by more than 5,000 strangers around the country. The East Bay Express reports that he plans to use the money for a food truck, legal fees and other living expenses.

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KTVU reports that three other vendors were also given warnings for the same offense, but none received citations. The University of California Police Department has opened an investigation into the incident, according to KSWB.

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Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee call for hurricane relief aid for Puerto Rico 

The entire U.S. territory of Puerto Rico remains without power after Hurricane Maria led to heavy destruction across the island Sept. 20. In the wake of the damage, three musicians with Puerto Rican heritage are calling for others to donate to relief efforts.

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Puerto Rican singer rapper Daddy Yankee appeared on CNN Monday morning to talk about the devastation on the island where he still lives and was born and raised.

“A lot of people don’t know I’m from Puerto Rico,” he said. “I have my family there, I have my wife, my daughter, and I live there still ... and we really need your help.”

The musician, whose birth name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, said people on the island continue to struggle and called for the government to step in to help.

“A lot of people don't know Puerto Ricans are American citizens ... we need the federal money for the citizens and for the government to help the locals.

“I know a lot of people are struggling. There’s no communication, no power on the island, the hospitals are not working,” he said. “We need the government to be more proactive.”

For his part, Yankee has donated $100,000 to Feed America and another $100,000 to the Red Cross. He said he has $1 million he plans to donate to various areas as the island begins to recover. Yankee has also asked that his fans donate insect repellent, water and batteries. He plans to personally take the items to the island. 

On Sunday, Jennifer Lopez announced during a joint news conference with New York Gov. Chris Cuomo that she was making a $1 million donation from the proceeds from her Las Vegas residency show to aid the island.

“Given the loss and devastation we need to pay attention and to urgently support the Caribbean with donations and contributions,” Lopez said at the news conference. She went on to say her boyfriend and former New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez would be working to get support as well.

“Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are using all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean,” she said.

Related: Jennifer Lopez donating $1M to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lopez and her ex-husband, musician Marc Anthony, will also work to get aid to as many in the Caribbean and Mexico as possible, reaching out to more than 30 artists and athletes.

In a tweet Monday, Anthony had more pointed words than Rodríguez as President Donald Trump continues to speak out against NFL protests.

“Mr. President shut the (expletive) up about NFL. Do something about our people in need in Puerto Rico,” he tweeted. “We are American citizens too,” he tweeted. 

On Sunday, Anthony, like Lopez, delivered a video message saying help is on the way to Puerto Rico and encouraging those affected to “stay strong.”

Lopez and Anthony have asked the public to donate to United for Puerto Rico, an initiative from Beatriz Rosselló, the first lady of Puerto Rico.

Related video: Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall In Puerto Rico

Cowboys, coach Jason Garrett, owner Jerry Jones take a knee before national anthem in Phoenix

The Dallas Cowboys took a knee before Monday night’s game -- all of them, including owner Jerry Jones -- as a show of support for those protesting police brutality and racial inequality across the United States. 

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Before playing the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the Cowboys locked arms and took a knee, head coach Jason Garrett and team owner Jerry Jones included. 

Sports Illustrated reported that the Cardinals players locked arms with members of the military during the anthem.

Jones has applauded the Cowboys in the past for not protesting the flag.

“I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have," Jones said on a Dallas sports radio show in August. “I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way, so I like the way the Cowboys do it.”

Related: Live updates: Trump slams NFL players for national anthem protests, athletes react

The joint effort took place before the anthem was performed by Jordin Sparks. The players and personnel were audibly booed as they kneeled.

Earlier Monday, 105.3 The Fan reported that the Cowboys planned to make a “statement of unity” before the game.

During the anthem, players on both sides were seen standing and locking arms.

Cardi B makes history as ‘Bodak Yellow’ reaches No. 1 on Hot 100 chart

Rapper Cardi B, formerly of “Love & Hip Hop” fame, has made history Monday with her single “Bodak Yellow.”

The musician’s hit has made her the first female rapper in nearly 19 years to have the No. 1 record on the Billboard Hot 100 chart without any guest features. The song has dethroned Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” Rolling Stone reported.

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Billboard reported that the song rose from No. 2 to No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 7.

Cardi’s record is the first since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” debuted at the top of the November 1998 chart.

The publication reported that Cardi is the fifth female rapper overall to top the chart. Others include Lil Kim, who went No. 1 on “Lady Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, Mya and Pink in 2001; Shawanna in 2003 with her feature on Ludacris’ song “Stand Up”, and Iggy Azalea’s 2014 No. 1 with “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX.

“I just want to say thank you everybody. Thank you for making this happen,” the rapper said in an Instagram video. “Thank you guys so much for everything!” 

Cardi also thanked other artists who have supported her.

Despite rumors of a feud between the two, fellow female MC Nicki Minaj congratulated Cardi on Twitter.

“Congratulations to a fellow NEW YAWKA on a RECORD BREAKING achievement. Bardi, this is the only thing that matters!!! Enjoy it,” she tweeted.

Lil Kim and Missy Ellitot were among other rappers to send their congrats to Cardi:

NASA facility named after ‘Hidden Figures’ heroine, human computer Katherine Johnson

NASA has named a new research facility after pioneer Katherine Johnson, the trailblazing 99-year-old human computer whose incredible work as a NASA mathematician inspired the book and movie, “Hidden Figures.”

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The $23-million Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility, or CRF, is located at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and spans 37,000 square feet of server rooms and data centers.

There, scientists will have access to some of NASA’s most powerful computers as well as an office area in which researchers can do their work, NASA said on its website.

“You have been a trailblazer,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said to Johnson during the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. “When I think of Virginia and the history of what we’ve gone through … you’re at the top of that list.”

Johnson, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, spent much of her career at Langley, calculating trajectories for America’s first spaceflights. She worked at the center from 1953 until she retired in 1986.

At the ceremony, after a speech from keynote speaker Margot Lee Shetterly, the “Hidden Figures” author who brought the work of Johnson and fellow human computers Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan into the spotlight, Johnson received four standing ovations and humbly said she had just been doing her job.

“I like the stars, and the stories we were telling, and it was a joy to contribute to the literature that was going to come out,” she said. “But little did I think it would go this far.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. quotes JFK in response to NASCAR’s ‘take a knee’ stance

Despite many of NASCAR’s team owners and executives saying they disprove of anthem protests, one of the sport’s most prominent and popular drivers is supporting the right to protest.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted in support with athletes who, by kneeling, sitting or in another form, have protested during the national anthem before games in support of social and racial equality.

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“All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK,” he tweeted Monday.

Earnhardt’s tweet came after President Donald Trump tweeted praise for there being no protests during the national anthem at the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday.

The Associated Press reported that a number of NASCAR’s team owners and leaders spoke out against protesting.

“Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period,” Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty said. “What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”

Petty responded, “You’re right,” when asked if a team member protesting would get them fired.

Richard Childress, who was a long time team owner for Eardnhardt, said protesting isn’t respectful. 

“It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.”

“(A)nybody that works for me should respect the country we live in,” Childress said. “So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”

NASCAR itself issued a statement Monday about the protests, saying, “Sports are a unifying influence in our society, bringing people of differing backgrounds and beliefs together. Our respect for the national anthem has always been a hallmark of our pre-race events. Thanks to the sacrifices of many, we live in a country of unparalleled freedoms and countless liberties, including the right to peacefully express one’s opinion.”

Luke Bryan announced as second judge on ABC’s ‘American Idol’ reboot

Country singer Luke Bryan is joining ABC’s reboot of “American Idol,” according to Variety.

The trade publication reported that the country singer joins Katy Perry, who is making $25 million as a judge. She was announced as part of the show in May.

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Musicians Charlie Puth, Keith Urban -- who previously judged on Fox’s original version of the show --  and Lionel Richie were also reportedly in the running for a role as a judge, but none are likely.

Perry’s $25 million contract has reportedly taken up a significant amount of the shows budget, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

TMZ reported that Richie’s team wanted $10 million for the musician, but it was double what “Idol” wanted to pay.

ABC declined to comment. Representatives for Bryan have not commented.

“American Idol” is set to premiere in March. Auditions begin next week.

Girl gets pet hamster after her letter to Petco ends up at power company Pepco

It’s not often you get your pet from an electric company, but that was the case for an 8-year-old girl in Washington, D.C.

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Serenity Williams wrote a letter, meant to be sent to Petco, asking for a pet hamster, but an accident landed it in front of a customer care worker for the electric power company PepcoWJLA reported.

According to WTTG, Serenity addressed her letter to “Petco” but accidentally used the Pepco headquarters address.

This is what Serenity wrote:

“Dear Petco pets, 

I'm Serenity. I'm 8 years old. I live in Washington D.C. I'm going to 2nd grade. May I please have a hamester because I never had a pet. I (love) hamesters because they eat carrots, and grass. I will take good care of it because I'll let it eat. I will make sure I clean the cage. If I (receive) a hamster, I will do better in school, make more friends, and become responsible."

Cornell Reddon, with fellow customer care worker Clay Anderson, called Serenity’s mother to make sure it was OK if he bought the girl a hamster. When she said yes, he went to Petco and bought the animal, WJLA reported.

Serenity was presented with her new pet on Friday, and she decided to name the hamster “Brick.”

Pepco also provided Serenity with a hamster cage and supplies.

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