BONO MEETS WITH POPE FRANCIS
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Bono says Pope Francis is “aghast” at the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Bono met privately with Francis yesterday at the Vatican hotel where the pope lives. Bono told him that it looks as if the church is protecting the abusers more than the victims, and he says he could see “the pain in his face.” Bono says he feels Francis was sincere. Bono says they also discussed the world economy, sustainable development and “the wild beast that is capitalism.”
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PRINCE FANS CALL FOR GRAND JURY PROBE INTO HIS DEATH
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A petition signed by more than 6,000 Prince fans asks federal authorities to open a grand jury to investigate his death. One of the petition’s organizers, Nicole Welage, tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune she and other fans pored over the investigative documents and think more answers are needed. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has declined to comment on the petition. Federal, state and county investigators were unable to trace the source of fentanyl, the drug that killed Prince, after a two-year investigation.
KELLY CLARKSON GETS TALK SHOW
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kelly Clarkson will launch a syndicated talk show in fall of 2019. The Hollywood Reporter reports “The Kelly Clarkson Show” will air in eleven major cities on stations owned by NBC. It’s described as a “weekday brunch party” with guests who normally would never meet. Clarkson calls it “pretty much a dream job.”
REBA McENTIRE INDUCTS DUSTIN LYNCH INTO THE GRAND OLE OPRY
NASHVILLE (AP) — Dustin Lynch was already pretty overwhelmed when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday night. He was even more surprised when Reba McEntire came out to do the honors. Lynch says it meant so much to him because “she could have been anywhere in the world...and she chose to be here.” And yep, he cried. Lynch says he’s a “crybaby” and he gets that from his dad. McEntire says he got her crying, too.
CRASH TEST DUMMIES REUNITE
NEW YORK (AP) — Crash Test Dummies are reuniting to mark the 25th anniversary of their album “God Shuffled His Feet.” Rolling Stone magazine reports the original lineup will do a tour beginning Nov. 22 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Singer Brad Roberts says they are “dusting off their old set lists” and they’re very excited about the reunion.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD, IMAGINE DRAGONS WILL PERFORM ON AMAS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Underwood and Imagine Dragons are among the first performers announced for the American Music Awards. Post Malone and Ty Dolla Sign will collaborate on a performance as well. The AMAs will air live from Los Angeles on ABC.
by Margie Szaroleta