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January 1, 2019

BRIAN MAY DEBUTS SONG IN HONOR OF NASA’S NEW HORIZONS

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has survived humanity’s most distant exploration of another world. Ten hours after the middle-of-the-night encounter 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away, flight controllers in Laurel, Maryland, received word from the spacecraft late Tuesday morning. Cheers erupted at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, home to Mission Control. New Horizons zoomed past the small celestial object known as Ultima Thule (THOO’-lee) 3 ½ years after its spectacular brush with Pluto. Queen guitarist Brian May, who also happens to be an astrophysicist, joined the team at Johns Hopkins for a midnight premiere of the song he wrote for the big event.

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045674-r-417:36-(Sound of song called “New Horizons” written by Queen guitarist Brian May, in honor of the project he participated in, in his work as an astrophysicist. (Song includes the voice of the late physicist Steven Hawking))-”(music fades)”-The Latest: NASA spacecraft dashes by world beyond Pluto (1 Jan 2019)

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045675-a-207:36-(Brian May, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist who participated in the New Horizons project, and wrote a song to commemorate the historic space project)-“happened in history”-The Latest: NASA spacecraft dashes by world beyond Pluto (1 Jan 2019)

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ROSE PARADE FLOAT BREAKS DOWN

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California, hit a snag today when a float had a minor fire. The Chinese American Heritage Foundation float was near the end of the parade when it broke down, forcing a delay in the parade. Marching bands and equestrian units could move around it, but bigger floats could not. A tow truck pulled the float a short distance. By then, national coverage of the parade had ended, a finale involving pop singer Anne-Marie was over and spectators started to leave. Among the other celebrities in the parade were RJ Mitte (MIT’-ee), Carson Kressley, Kool and the Gang, Portugal. The Man, and grand marshal Chaka Khan.

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045745-v-282:00-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Singer Chaka Khan kicks off 130th annual Rose Parade (1 Jan 2019)

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HELLO, 2019: REVELRY AND REFLECTION GREET NEW YEAR

NEW YORK (AP) — A drenching rain couldn’t keep crowds from packing Times Square for the traditional crystal ball drop and a string of star performances. Christina Aguilera pumped up the crowd, performing in a snow-white dress and coat while partygoers danced in their rain ponchos. Bebe Rexha sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” just before the midnight ball drop. The celebration took place under tight security. Partygoers were checked for weapons and then herded into pens, ringed by metal barricades, where they waited for the stroke of midnight. But the weather forced police to scrap plans to fly a drone to help keep watch over the crowd. Revelers paid up to $10 for plastic ponchos trying to stay dry. Umbrellas were banned for security reasons.

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045699-w-341:04-(Matt Small, AP correspondent, with sound of Pope Francis, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump)-“I’m Matt Small”-Hello, 2019: Revelry and reflection greet new year (1 Jan 2019)

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045668-r-292:80-(Sound of “Auld Lang Syne” being played to usher in the new year in New York’s Times Square.)-”(music fades)”-The Latest: Wet throngs welcome 2019 in Times Square (1 Jan 2019)

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045670-r-252:48-(Sound of the song “New York, New York” being played at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, after midnight.)-”(music fades)”-The Latest: Wet throngs welcome 2019 in Times Square (1 Jan 2019)

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045667-r-246:48-(Sound of revellers counting down to midnight and the start of the new year in New York’s Times Square.)-”(music fades)”-The Latest: Wet throngs welcome 2019 in Times Square (1 Jan 2019)

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045628-r-249:12-(Sound of heavy rain falling, then music playing, as revellers in New York City celebrate on New Year’s Eve)-”(music fades)”-Rainy New Year’s Eve celebration in New York (31 Dec 2018)

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RICKY MARTIN AND HUSBAND WELCOME BABY GIRL

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ricky Martin is starting the new year with a new bundle of joy. The Grammy-nominated singer announced the arrival of his daughter with an Instagram post showing off the infant’s tiny hands. Martin says the girl is named Lucia. Martin’s post didn’t include any additional details, other than that the baby girl is healthy. Martin’s post says his family, which includes husband Jwan Yosef and 10-year-old twin sons, have “fallen in love with Lucia.” The “Living La Vida Loca” singer garnered an Emmy nomination earlier this year for his supporting role in the FX series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

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