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    Michael Moore donates $10,000 to Shakespeare in the Park

    Filmmaker Michael Moore, who is making his Broadway debut this summer in a solo show, says he will donate $10,000 to New York City's Shakespeare in the Park after it lost funding from sponsors due to its controversial "Julius Caesar" production.

    Moore says he's donating the money — his advance pay for the show "The Terms of My Surrender" — to the Public Theater program after corporate sponsors Bank of America and Delta pulled their sponsorship of "Julius Caesar."

    The production, which closed on June 18, portrayed the assassinated title character as a Donald Trump look-alike. Protesters interrupted two live performances and were arrested after storming the stage. Police also are investigating threats made against the wife of the play's director.

    'Big Bang Theory' star home destroyed by California wildfire

    The home of "Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki has been destroyed in a wildfire in California.

    Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the San Luis Obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state's central coast.

    By Tuesday night, a 2.5-square-mile (6.5 sq. kilometer) wildfire in the region was 60 percent contained. Fire officials have only confirmed that the wildfire has destroyed one building and have no details, but the full damage done by wildfires often can't be assessed until they have been mostly contained.

    About 250 residents were ordered from their homes in the area of Santa Margarita after the blaze erupted Monday, but on Tuesday night they were told they could return home.

    Galecki plays Dr. Leonard Hofstadter on the show, one of the most popular on TV. He also was a regular on the sitcom "Roseanne."

    Eminem shows off beard, natural hair color in new photo

    Eminem rarely makes public appearances when he isn’t promoting new music, so it came as a surprise to fans when he appeared in a photo with a beard and his natural brunette hair.

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    Allure magazine reported that the 44 year-old-rapper made an appearance at the red carpet for “The Defiant Ones,” HBO’s four-part documentary on rapper and producer Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine.

    Photos from the event Thursday show Eminem with noticeably brown whiskers on his face and what appears to be dark brown hair.

    The rapper, whose birth name is Marshall Mathers, is notable for having platinum blond-dyed hair and a clean-shaven face.

    He posted a photo to his Instagram page and acknowledged his changed appearance in the caption.

    “Just a couple of guys from Compton and one from Detroit. With a beard,” he wrote under the photo, taken of himself, Dr. Dre and rapper Kendrick Lamar. Both Dre and Lamar are from Compton, California. Eminem is from Detroit.

    Fans and observers expressed their surprise at the look on Twitter, including D12, a hip hop group Eminem is a part of.

    That’s not to say the rapper has never been seen with facial hair before. Some photos online show the rapper with a shadow, but they are few and far in between.

    Eminem recently paid tribute to the late rapper Prodigy on a radio show, according to XXL Magazine. Lamar was also on the show doing a tribute.

    Leslie Jones says Los Angeles Ritz Carlton doesn’t ‘like black people’

    Leslie Jones isn’t happy with the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles, according to her Twitter feed.

    After hosting the BET Awards Sunday, the “Saturday Night Live” cast member and comedian checked into the luxury hotel franchise but was not happy with the service and said so in a tweet to her 600,000 followers Monday.

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    “Wow was such a great night at the BET awards. But then had THE WORST STAY @RitzCarlton DO NOT STAY THERE!! THEY DONT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE!!” she tweeted.

    Jones did not specify what made her stay an unhappy one, but the hotel brand responded to the tweet, writing, “We’re very sorry to hear this. We pride ourselves on providing excellent service to all. Please DM us & we’ll look into this right away.”

    The Hollywood Reporter reached out to the hotel for comment and received the following statement: 

    “Diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of The Ritz-Carlton culture and operations. We remain committed to providing an environment where all feel welcome. While we do not comment publicly about individual guests, we take every guest concern seriously and work quickly to resolve issues.”

    E! News reported that it is not clear if the issue has been privately resolved.

    'John Wick,' 'Dragon Tattoo' star Michael Nyqvist dies at 56

    Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" films and often played villains in Hollywood movies like "John Wick" has died. Nyqvist's representative Jenny Tversky said Tuesday that he died after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 56.

    "It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden's most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family," Tversky said in a statement on behalf of the family.

    Nyqvist is perhaps best known worldwide for originating the role of Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" series opposite Noomi Rapace. Daniel Craig played the role in the American adaptation.

    In Hollywood, Nyqvist played a broad range of memorable roles, including the mob boss who terrorizes Keanu Reeves in "John Wick" and Tom Cruise's foe in "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol."

    "Michael's joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him," read the family's statement. "His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him."

    Nyqvist has a number of films on the slate that are yet to come out, including Terrence Malick's World War II drama "Radegund" and Thomas Vinterberg's "Kursk," about the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster.

    He is survived by his wife Catharina and their children Ellen and Arthur.

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    Narcan may be no match for 2 new fentanyl strains

    Two new strains of fentanyl are so deadly that they may be immune to naloxone, also known as Narcan, the drug used to save those who have overdosed, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday in a news release. 

    >> Watch the news report here

    Acrylfentanyl and tetrahydrofuran fentanyl were not identified by the GBI until March, when the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office submitted the drugs as part of forensic evidence. A month later, officials investigated four overdoses that killed two people in the county. At the time, authorities thought the overdoses were caused by a bad batch of deadly drugs such as heroin or fentanyl.

    >> Mom who lost son to opioid overdose shares heartbreaking photo

    Officials have not said if the two new strains are connected to the overdoses. 

    “It is not known how the human body will react to both drugs since they are not intended for human or veterinary use,” GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. “The drugs can be absorbed through the skin and are considered highly dangerous.”

    >> Police officer overdoses after accidental contact with fentanyl on traffic stop

    One of the drugs – acrylfentanyl – was banned in Georgia in April, she said, and has been on the GBI watch list for months. 

    “It’s a very potent drug and there’s a high potential it has already killed people in Georgia,” Miles told WSB-TV. “There are multiple reports that (the drugs are) showing resistance to naloxone.” 

    >> Mass overdose kills four, a dozen more hospitalized in Georgia

    The new strains come three weeks after four people were killed and dozens suffered from overdoses in a two-day span in Middle Georgia. The chief medical officer at Navicent Health in Macon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a new drug in the area was being sold as Percocet. It’s possible the drug could be homemade. 

    Substitute teacher accused of sex with student

    A 24-year-old former substitute teacher in Monett, Missouri, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

    >> Middle school substitute teacher accused of sexually assaulting student

    According to the Monett Times, Loryn Barclay was arrested Sunday and charged with four counts of sexual contact with a student by a teacher. Barclay started as substitute teacher in fall 2016, and she was hired as a paraprofessional in November. As of April 27, she was relieved of her duties.

    >> Teacher accused of sexual contact with 3 students

    “When we became aware of potential involvement with a student, we followed all procedures by informing the Children’s Division,” Monett superintendent Brad Hanson told The Monett Times. “We had a conversation with her, and she was not employed from then on. We learned about it the day of her exit as an employee. We dealt with it swiftly.”

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    In early May, Barclay allegedly told an officer with the Monett Police Department that she “had an inappropriate relationship” with a student while employed as a substitute teacher. According to the affidavit, she told officer Jay Jastal that she had intercourse with the student twice at his family’s home in Barry County and had oral sex with him in a car at a park in Lawrence County.

    >> Teacher accused of improper relationship with student smiles in mugshot

    The student allegedly admitted to having intercourse and oral sex with the one-time teacher on multiple occasions.

    “The district followed all compliance issues and followed through with everything we needed to do, and now, we’ll let the legal side do its work,” Hanson told the paper.

    >> Teacher allegedly had sex with 4 students, including 2 at same time

    She faces charges in both counties.

    Jastal, who serves as school resource officer, was tipped off about the relationship in April.

    Barclay met a $25,000 bond and was released Sunday night. A hearing is scheduled for July 24.

    Charges in Barry County, where the student’s home is located, were filed on Monday, and a warrant was issued for Barclay with a cash-only bond of $10,000.

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    Dad of toddler who died of overdose laced kid-friendly drinks with drugs, prosecutors say

    After a 15-month-old Oregon girl died of a methadone overdose in December 2013, the child’s father was accused of sometimes spiking "kid-friendly drinks" such as Capri Sun with the narcotic, the Oregonian reported.

    In court on Monday, prosecutors didn't specify whether they believe Darian Lee McWoods, 24, intentionally gave his daughter one of his cocktails or whether the girl consumed the drink without his knowledge before she died. Either way, the amount of methadone in the child’s system could have stopped or slowed her breathing, and McWoods was known to mix the drug into drinks, prosecutors said, according to the Oregonian.

    Prosecutors also said McWoods frequently used a dangerous method to get his daughter to go to sleep: holding her down in her crib until she fell asleep. He also allegedly encouraged the mother of his other children to give them beer or whiskey to help them to go bed.

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    McWoods has been held in jail without bail since he was arrested in connection with the death. Prosecutors have since built a case against the defendant, accusing him of killing his daughter “with extreme indifference to the value of human life.”

    His defense attorney has requested that the judge set a bail amount so that he may be released during his trial, which is set to begin in January. The attorney is arguing that the child’s death could be explained by other factors and that prosecutors made mistakes in their investigation.

    McWoods allegedly told police that his daughter had been fussy on the day of her death, and he put her down for a nap. When he later checked on her, he claims she was wedged between the mattress and the wall and wasn’t breathing. However, the deputy district attorney has said the girl was too old to be at risk of natural suffocation in a bed.

    Read more here.

    Mom says baby overheated as United Airlines plane sat on tarmac for 2 hours

    2017 is not a good year to be an airline company, especially if that company’s name is United Airlines. 

    Passenger and mom Emily France said her baby became overheated recently on a delayed flight as the aircraft waited on the Denver International Airport (DIA) tarmac, reports the Denver Post. The 39-year-old said that passengers waited for more than two hours on the plane despite a heat wave in the area. France recalled “hot air coming from the vents.”

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    “We just sat and sat and sat,” she said. “I hit my call button and said, ‘I think it’s getting dangerously hot back here.'”

    France also said that despite requesting an ambulance, she had to wait for 30 minutes before she was allowed to leave the plane with her son, Owen.

    “They couldn’t evacuate us. It was chaos. I really thought my son was going to die in my arms,” France said as she criticized the airline for not being prepared to handle her situation.

    >> Man forcibly removed from flight after not voluntarily giving up seat

    Owen was treated at a children’s hospital after the incident. Doctors said he suffered from the heat but thankfully remained unaffected by heat-related medical conditions.

    DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery corroborated the call for an ambulance.

    A representative for United emailed the following statement to the Denver Post:

    "Yesterday, a child onboard flight 4644 at Denver International Airport experienced a medical issue while the aircraft was taxiing prior to takeoff. The pilot returned to the gate as our crew called for paramedics to meet the aircraft. Our thoughts are with the child and family, and we have been in contact to offer travel assistance."

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    North Carolina man who plotted ISIS-inspired terror attack sentenced to life in prison

    A judge sentenced a Morganton, North Carolina, man to life in prison Tuesday morning at the federal courthouse in Asheville.

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    Justin Sullivan, who was 19 years old when he was first arrested in 2015, pleaded guilty last November to one count of attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries.

    >> READ: Department of Justice on Justin Sullivan sentencing

    He told the FBI he was a converted Muslim and wanted to kill 1,000 people by using cyanide-laced bullets and vehicles filled with bombs. Sullivan wanted to get an AR-15 from a gun show in Hickory to kill a large number of U.S. citizens, according to court documents.
    But what he didn't know was that he was corresponding with an undercover FBI agent. 

    >> On WSOCTV.com: Morganton teen accused of planning attacks to support ISIS, DOJ says

    During the sentencing, Sullivan told the court that he was not a bad person and that a life sentence was not justified. 
    Prosecutors said in September of 2014, Sullivan converted to Islam, became a violent Islamic extremist and watched ISIS videos, wanting to create his own Islamic state in the United States. 
    "He planned to attack a concert or a club, places that we would call soft targets, places where people would be about enjoying their lives and not expecting acts of violence,” said U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose.
    The judge said that it was an act of terrorism and that Sullivan was cold, calculated and cowardly.
    Sullivan stood up and told the judge it was a lie to describe him as a cold-blooded murderer.

    The 21-year-old is also accused of murdering his neighbor, 74-year-old John Clark, who was found in a shallow grave next to his home after being shot three times in the head in December 2014.

    >> On WSOCTV.com: Teen accused of supporting ISIS, killing neighbor faces death penalty

    The FBI found the rifle used in that shooting while investigating the terrorism case.

    The district attorney plans to seek the death penalty in that case. 

    After his sentencing, Sullivan's father spoke to WSOC-TV.

    "As parents, we're not happy, but as Americans, I accept it,” Rich Sullivan said. “Of course, he is still my son and I still love him."

    Sullivan’s parents also alerted authorities prior to his arrest after a silencer arrived at the family's home. The FBI acted after learning Sullivan was plotting to murder them because they were interfering with his plot to kill others.

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    WSOC reporter Dave Faherty asked Rich Sullivan if he forgives his son.

    “No, I can't,” Rich Sullivan said.

    The focus now turns to Sullivan’s capital murder trial in Burke County for the shooting death of John Clark. FBI agents said they found the murder weapon at Sullivan's home and matched it through ballistics.

    "From what we have learned about Justin Sullivan is that from a very early age, and I'm talking eight or nine years old, he has suffered from real depression and suicidal ideation," said defense attorney Vicki Jayne.

    >> Watch the news conference here