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October 8, 2018

TAYLOR SWIFT BREAKS POLITICAL SILENCE, BACKS TENNESSEE DEMS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Music superstar Taylor Swift says she’s voting for Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen (BRED’-uh-sen), breaking her long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics. Swift posted on Instagram Sunday evening acknowledging she’s previously shied from voicing her political opinions. But she says several personal and public events over the past two years have prompted her to speak out. Swift has faced criticism for not speaking about political issues despite having a global platform. The pop star — who spent later years in Tennessee — slammed Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her lengthy post, writing the Republican candidate’s voting record “terrifies me.” Swift says she’s voting for Bredesen for Senate and Democrat Jim Cooper for the House. Swift didn’t acknowledge Bredesen’s recent endorsement of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but said people may never find a candidate or party with whom they agree completely on every issue.

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MEGHAN MCCAIN MAKES TEARFUL RETURN TO ‘THE VIEW’

NEW YORK (AP) — Meghan McCain is back on “The View” for the first time since the August death of her father, Sen. John McCain. She made a tearful return Monday, thanking viewers and her colleagues for their support. She said the idealism for America that her father talked about didn’t die with him when the former presidential candidate succumbed to brain cancer Aug. 25. McCain urged viewers not to surrender to the divisiveness that is happening in the country right now. Somewhat uncharacteristically, McCain stayed out of the first “hot topic” discussion on the talk show Monday, which was about the Senate approval of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION STRIKES BACK AT REBELLIOUS STATES

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Miss America Organization is striking back against state pageant groups who revolted against the national leadership in the run-up to this year’s competition. Four states have had their licenses terminated, meaning current leaders must be replaced. They can appeal to a Miss America executive committee. Others have been threatened with probation, and some have been thanked for supporting national leaders including former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. A lawyer for Georgia and West Virginia said those states are among those terminated, and a Pennsylvania official confirms his state was terminated as well. One other state has also been terminated but its leaders have not publicly confirmed receiving notice. State officials say their dissatisfaction stemmed not from swimsuit elimination, but by the way Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper run the organization.

LIL WAYNE CUTS SHOW SHORT AFTER GUNSHOT RUMOR CAUSES PANIC

ATLANTA (AP) — Lil Wayne ended a performance early after rumors of gunshots caused panic at the A3C Festival in Atlanta. Police say the rapper was on stage Sunday when a person in the crowd yelled they heard gunshots. People tried to flee. WXIA-TV reports at least a dozen people were hurt with injuries ranging from sprained ankles to gashes. Police say there’s no evidence any shots were fired. Lil Wayne tweeted that he hoped everyone was safe.

STATUE OF SOUNDGARDEN SINGER CHRIS CORNELL UNVEILED

SEATTLE (AP) — A life-size, bronze statue of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has been unveiled at a Seattle museum. Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell, commissioned the piece and donated it to the Museum of Pop Culture at Seattle Center, which placed it outdoors along a sidewalk. The work, by artist Nick Marra, depicts Cornell in one of his typical poses with his signature boots, dog tag and long hair. Cornell’s 18- and 14-year-old daughters and 12-year-old son unveiled the statue during a ceremony Sunday. Soundgarden members Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd attended, as did Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. Cornell died in May 2017 at 52. His death was ruled a suicide.

FIRST WOMAN DOCTOR WHO WANTS TO BE A ROLE MODEL TO ALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Jodie Whittaker calls being cast as the first woman to portray Doctor Who “a step in the right direction” when it comes to gender equality in Hollywood, but doesn’t feel that she’s broken a glass ceiling because there’s more work to be done. The long-running television series chronicles the adventures of an extraterrestrial time lord who travels to different time periods to help people, without doing anything drastic that may alter the course of history. Whittaker became the 13th to play the eponymous character, and explains why she hopes to be a role model for everyone, regardless of gender. “This is being a role model for anyone, which the Doctor has always been regardless of gender,” Whitaker said.

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