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4 indicted in Florida shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion

A Florida grand jury has indicted four men on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges in the shooting death of emerging rap star XXXTentacion.

Broward County panel formally charged Dedrick Williams, 22; Michael Boatwright, 22; Trayvon Newsome, 20; and Robert Allen, 22, on Wednesday, court records showed.

According to a warrant filed in Boatwright's case, the car driven by XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was blocked by a dark-colored SUV as it was exiting the Riva Motor Sports motorcycle shop last month. Two masked men got out of the SUV with a gun intending to rob XXXTentacion, who had a Louis Vitton bag containing $50,000 in cash, police said.

A struggled ensued and the 20-year-old rapper was shot multiple times by one or more gunman, who took the bag and fled, authorities said. The indictment names Boatwright as the person who fatally shot XXXTentacion.

Williams was arrested two days after the shooting, and Boatwright was arrested earlier this month on an unrelated drug charge. Authorities continue to search for Allen and Newsome.

At least one of the suspects, Williams, was seen in the store on surveillance cameras while XXXTentacion was shopping, court records show. A store clerk said Williams purchased a black neoprene mask and that he recognized Williams as a repeat customer, according to the warrant.

Williams later told police he was with others at the motorcycle shop but did not know in advance they intended to rob the rapper, according to records. Authorities say Williams drove the SUV.

"Williams stated that he wanted to tell the truth ... Williams stated he was fearful of being labeled a snitch when he went to prison," the warrant says.

Later, police said Williams' girlfriend told them he had told her he was involved but that it was Boatwright and Newsome who carried out the actual robbery and slaying. Police also found cellphone data on Boatwright's phone indicating it was near the motorcycle shop at the time of the killing, according to authorities.

Other evidence includes cellphone video and photos with three of the suspects holding large amounts of $100 bills, police said.

XXXTentacion, who sported dreadlocks and facial tattoos and who pronounced his name "Ex ex ex ten-ta-see-YAWN," was a platinum-selling rising star who tackled issues including prejudice and depression in his songs. He also drew criticism over bad behavior and multiple arrests, including charges that he severely beat and abused his girlfriend.

Messages sent to attorneys for Boatwright and Williams weren't immediately returned. It wasn't immediately known if the other two had attorneys.

Twisted Sister Meets The Police

In a hilarious display of lip syncing love of Twisted Sister these police officers show just how they wanna rock. – Fingers

 

Disney announces new Star Wars 'Clone Wars' episodes

Disney says it will release new episodes of the Star Wars animated series "The Clone Wars" on its upcoming streaming platform.

The 12-episode run was announced Thursday during a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego. In an announcement, Disney says the show will continue the story lines of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker before he turns into Darth Vader, and the young Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano.

The show is set between two of "Star Wars" prequel films: "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith."

The original "Clone Wars" series ran for six seasons, and Tano's character has appeared in "Rebels," another animated series set in the Star Wars universe.

No release date for the show has been announced. Disney plans to unveil their streaming service in 2019.

Attacking 'hysterical' media a go-to segment at Fox

What do the phrases "blind hatred," ''frothing," ''hysteria," ''meltdown," ''freak-out" and "derangement" have in common? They've all been used by Fox News Channel personalities this week to describe media coverage of President Donald Trump's Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Both Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham denounced the media at the top of their programs Wednesday. Ingraham instructed viewers on the "Anatomy of a Freak Out" and Hannity offered a history lesson with clips that dated back to election night 2016. Tucker Carlson and the "Fox & Friends" crew also joined in.

"The media has spun around like whirling dervishes," Ingraham said. "They're giddy with excitement. Never has so much been made of so little."

Attacking the media is hardly a new strategy for politicians like Trump, who popularized the term "fake news," or at Fox. The segments illustrate how Fox's opinion leaders circle the wagons when their heroes are questioned. What's interesting is the pushbacks came on a week when others at Fox News joined with those critical of the president.

Hannity is the acknowledged master of the anti-media strategy. A headline behind him Wednesday read "Shocking: Media attempts to undermine legitimately elected president of the United States."

"They move from crisis to crisis — hysteria, hysteria, hysteria," said Hannity, the top-rated personality in cable news.

A day earlier, he told viewers: "You have just witnessed the single worst 24 hours in the history of your mainstream media. And according to the abusively biased press, well, the sky is literally falling. The world as you know it is now over, and the president that you and the American people duly elected is a traitor, in the pocket of Vladimir Putin and Russia. If all this hysteria seems patently absurd to you, well, that's because it is."

The "destroy-Trump media" is a regular Hannity talking point. The liberal watchdog Media Matters for America noted that Hannity made reference to the media 393 times, in 93 percent of his opening monologues, between May 15 and Sept. 1, 2017.

During her show Wednesday, Ingraham mentioned Trump's "self-inflicted wound" of answering "no" to a reporter who asked whether Russia was still targeting the U.S. for election meddling. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said the president was indicating that he wasn't answering questions — even though Trump subsequently went on to address Russia.

"The rabid media, Democrats, the neo-cons, the never-Trumpers, they hope to turn that little nick into a mortal blow," Ingraham said. "And now, they're just making no sense at all."

Another Fox prime-time host, Tucker Carlson, hosted a professor who likened the reaction against Trump to "mob violence."

During his campaign and since, Trump has been able to galvanize voters who consider the media part of the establishment that they resent, said Jeff McCall, a communications professor at DePauw University.

"For the people who don't like the media to start with, they were glad to see that," McCall said. "And these are the people who are in the audience watching Fox in prime time."

Fox's ratings indicate they know what works with their audience, he said.

The anti-media segments were often accompanied by video clips of other news organizations. Particular favorites this week were CNN's Anderson Cooper saying Trump's performance at his news conference with Putin was "disgraceful," and CNN's John King calling it the "surrender summit."

Not included were clips from Fox News or its sister Fox Business Network, where several personalities criticized Trump in the hours after the summit. Neil Cavuto said Trump's performance was "disgusting." Bret Baier called it "almost surreal." To Trish Regan, it was "clearly not his best performance."

Seven hours before Ingraham acknowledged Trump's "self-inflicted wound" on Wednesday, Fox's Shepard Smith made the incident the lead of his news show. "The truth is recorded," Smith said. "Why he says one thing and the White House attempts to change it, we don't know."

Brian Kilmeade of "Fox & Friends" suggested Tuesday that Trump should pay attention to his critics, while co-host Steve Doocy called the president's performance "puzzling." That seemed forgotten a day later, when the morning show aired a package of critical clips under the headline "Media Blasts Trump's Approach."

Fox did not make an executive available to talk about its shows. A spokeswoman noted that the media is an important part of the story and that some of the statements others made on the air are worthy of debate. Despite being clearly opinionated, Ingraham and Hannity included guests that were critical of the president, spokeswoman Carly Shanahan said.

Fox also draws distinctions between its journalists and commentators. One of its most respected journalists, Chris Wallace, drew widespread praise for his tough interview with Putin this week. Interviews of Trump by Hannity and Carlson were seen much less favorably.

The president tweeted Thursday about coverage of the summit, claiming the "fake news media" badly wants to see a major confrontation between the U.S. and Russia. The media "hate the fact that I'll probably have a good relationship with Putin," Trump tweeted.

Fox's White House correspondent John Roberts noted via Twitter that Trump had doubled down on his "fake news media, enemy of the people mantra" for reporting that his meeting with Putin was widely panned by fellow Republicans.

"That makes me an enemy of the state," Roberts wrote.

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News Researcher Rhonda Shafner contributed from New York.

Comic-Con fans go wild meeting first female 'Doctor Who'

Some 6,500 Comic-Con attendees cheered on the 13th "Doctor Who" Jodie Whittaker Thursday in San Diego in her first public appearance since getting the coveted role.

Whittaker is the first woman to play the role, which has also been occupied recently by Peter Capaldi and Matt Smith.

The English actress described the Comic-Con experiences as "loud" and "amazing" and says she has felt "lots of support."

Whittaker said it was "incredibly emotional" when her casting was announced a year ago. A viral video of a little girl responding to the news reminded her that she didn't have a TV role model who looked like her when she was young, she said.

She said she knew that being the first female Doctor would have extra responsibility thrown in, but that she and her co-stars are standing on the shoulders of the 12 previous Doctors.

"Hopefully we make them all proud," Whitaker said.

New showrunner Chris Chibnall told The Associated Press that switching up the Doctor's gender was the "easiest decision ever.

"The world was ready, the show was ready, the audience was ready, and the BBC were totally behind it from the start and then it was the question of finding the right person for the role and we had a great list of people and we got the best person for the part," Chibnall said. "I think audiences are really going to fall in love with her this year."

Many fans in the convention center's Hall H waited in line overnight to get a spot in the panel. Some also wore their best Doctor Who costumes — men and women alike.

Little was revealed about the upcoming season of the highly secretive show, but the producers stressed that this new season will be accessible to all, fans and newcomers alike. In other words, don't get scared off if you don't know TARDIS from a Sonic Screwdriver.

"It's a new volume in the story, it's a new book of the tale of 'Doctor Who'," said executive producer Matt Strevens. "If you've never seen the show before it is the perfect time to start because you've got a brand new doctor. She's figuring out who she is."

The new season will debut on BBC America in the fall.

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AP Entertainment Reporter Nicole Evatt contributed from San Diego.

Comic-Con programming kicks off with 'The Predator'

Actors Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn and Keegan-Michael Key have gotten the first day of programming at San Diego Comic-Con off to a lively start Thursday morning with an intense look at "The Predator" sequel.

Speaking to some 6,500 audience members in the convention's biggest programming room, Hall H, director and co-writer Shane Black describes his film as the "dirty half-dozen" and "leaner and meaner" than the original from 1987.

Black also acted in the first film and isn't the only legacy involved in the new installment. Gary Busey's son Jake Busey also appears in the film. Busey notes that at 46, he is the same age his father was when he was in "Predator 2."

20th Century Fox is releasing "The Predator" in theaters nationwide on Sept. 14.

Sales jump for book by former US ambassador to Russia

A memoir by the former U.S. ambassador whom Russian officials have said they want to interview is in the top 10 on Amazon.com.

Michael McFaul's "From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia" was No. 6 as of midday Thursday. The book was published in May.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes in exchange for Russia's help investigating 12 Russians indicted by the U.S. in the 2016 election probe. President Donald Trump initially called the offer "incredible," but on Thursday the White House said he "disagrees" with it.

Russian officials have singled out McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012-14, and fellow Kremlin critic Bill Browder.

Airman who inspired 'Good Morning, Vietnam' film has died

Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film "Good Morning, Vietnam," has died. He was 79.

Mary Muse, the wife of his stepson Michael Muse, said Thursday that Cronauer died Wednesday from an age-related illness. He had lived in Troutville, Virginia, and died at a local nursing home, she said.

During his service as a U.S. Air Force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, "Goooooood morning, Vietnam!"

Williams made the refrain famous in the 1987 film, loosely based on Cronauer's time in Saigon.

The film was a departure from other Vietnam war movies that focused on bloody realism, such as the Academy Award-winning "Platoon." Instead, it was about irreverent youth in the 1960s fighting the military establishment.

"We were the only game in town, and you had to play by our rules," Cronauer told The Associated Press in 1987. "But I wanted to serve the listeners."

The military wanted conservative programming. American youths, however, were "not into drab, sterile announcements" with middle-of-the-road music, Cronauer said, and the battle over the airwaves was joined.

In the film, Williams quickly drops Perry Como and Lawrence Welk from his 6 a.m. playlist in favor of the Dave Clark Five.

Cronauer said he loved the movie but much of it was Hollywood make-believe. Robin Williams' portrayal as a fast- talking, nonconformist, yuk-it-up disc jockey sometimes gave people the wrong impression of the man who inspired the film.

"Yes, I did try to make it sound more like a stateside station," he told The AP in 1989. "Yes, I did have problems with news censorship. Yes, I was in a restaurant shortly before the Viet Cong hit it. And yes, I did start each program by yelling, 'Good Morning, Vietnam!'"

The rest is what he delicately called "good script crafting."

When the film was released, the presidential campaign of Democrat Jesse Jackson called asking if Cronauer would help out. The conversation died quickly after Cronauer asked the caller if she realized he was a Republican.

In 1992, George H. W. Bush's re-election campaign taped a TV ad slamming Bill Clinton's draft record. In the ad, Cronauer accused Clinton of lying.

"In many ways, I'm a very conservative guy," he said. "A lifelong, card-carrying Republican can't be that much of an anti-establishment type."

Cronauer was from Pittsburgh, the son of a steelworker and a schoolteacher. After the military, he worked in radio, television and advertising.

In 1979, Cronauer saw the film "Apocalypse Now" with his friend Ben Moses, who also served in Vietnam and worked at the Saigon radio station.

"We said that's not our story of Vietnam," Moses recalled Thursday. "And we made a deal over a beer that we were going to have a movie called 'Good Morning, Vietnam.'"

It wasn't easy. Hollywood producers were incensed at the idea of a comedy about Vietnam, said Moses, who co-produced the film.

"I said 'It's not a comedy — it's the sugar on top of the medicine," Moses said.

Writer Mitch Markowitz made the film funny, and director Barry Levinson added the tragic-comedy aspect, Moses said. Williams' performance was nominated for an Oscar.

Moses said the film was a pivotal moment in changing the way Americans thought about the Vietnamese and the war.

Muse, the wife of Cronauer's stepson, said the movie "helped open dialogue and discussion that had long been avoided."

"He loved the servicemen and servicewomen all over the world and always made time to personally engage with them," she said.

She added that he was "a loving and devoted husband to his late wife Jeane (as well as a) father, grandfather and great-grandfather."

Cronauer attended the University of Pennsylvania's law school and went into the legal profession, working in communications law and later handling prisoner-of-war issues for the Pentagon.

"I always was a bit of an iconoclast, as Robin (Williams) was in the film," Cronauer told the AP in 1999. "But I was not anti-military, or anti-establishment. I was anti-stupidity. And you certainly do run into a lot of stupidity in the military."

Former Chicago Drummer Tris Imboden Lists 'Relaxed and Elegant' Malibu Mobile Home for $3.5 Million

After leaving band earlier this year, drummer puts glamorous mobile home on that market.

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'Brady Bunch' house for sale for nearly $1.9M

The home featured in the opening and closing scenes of "The Brady Bunch" is for sale for $1.885 million.

Records show George and Violet McCallister bought the two-bedroom, three-bathroom split-level home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1973 for $61,000.

Real estate agent Ernie Carswell tells the Los Angeles Times the house has been updated and upgraded, but the interior layout does not resemble what was featured on the show, which ran from 1969 to 1974. Interior scenes were shot in a studio.

Carswell says a rock-wall fireplace, wood-paneled walls and floral wallpaper are vintage touches of what homes looked like in the 1970s.

The agent says the home attracts 30 to 50 visitors a day.

The owners died, and their children are selling the property.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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