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Melania Trump will attend White House reception for Gold Star families

First lady Melania Trump will attend a White House reception for Gold Star families Monday night, her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN.

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It will mark the first time the first lady has appeared in public since May 10, when she and President Donald Trump welcomed home three hostages from North Korea, the New York Daily News reported.

Monday night’s event is for families of service members killed during the Iraq war, according to a schedule released by the White House on Sunday night. It will not be open to the media.

>> Reports: Melania Trump will not join president on trips

Melania Trump has skipped several chances to make official appearances and reportedly will not be traveling with the president to Canada for the G7 Summit or the meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong Un.

She recently underwent treatment for a benign kidney condition, the Daily News reported.

Former 'Soap' star Robert Mandan dead at 86

Actor Robert Mandan, who played the womanizing Chester Tate on ABC’s situation comedy “Soap,” has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 86.

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Mandan died April 29 in Los Angeles, the Reporter confirmed.

Mandan was born in Clever, Missouri but grew up in Southern California. He worked in theater before appearing on television soap operas like “Edge of Night,” “The Doctors” and “Edge of Tomorrow.”

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Mandan also appeared on television shows like “Fantasy Island,” “The Love Boat,” “Three’s Company” and “The Facts of Life,” but is remembered for his role as Chester Tate on “Soap” from 1977 to 1981.

Mandan returned to television daytime drama in 1990 on “Santa Barbara” and also appeared on “Days of Our Lives” in 1998.

'Sherlock' actor Benedict Cumberbatch prevents mugging of delivery cyclist

Benedict Cumberbatch plays iconic detective Sherlock Holmes on the television series “Sherlock.” But instead of solving crimes, the actor prevented one near his fictional home of 221B Baker Street, The Sun reported Sunday.

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Cumberbatch, 41, foiled an attempted robbery by fighting off a group of assailants attempting to mug a delivery cyclist, CNN reported.

Cumberbatch and his wife, Sophie Hunter, were riding in an Uber when the actor spotted four muggers attacking a Deliveroo cyclist on Marylebone High Street and jumped out of the vehicle, the Sun reported. According to witnesses, Cumberbatch jumped out of the vehicle, yelled at the attackers and then dragged them off the victim.

Uber driver Manuel Dias told The Sun that “the cyclist was lucky, Benedict’s a superhero.”

Dias, who also got out of the vehicle to help, called the incident surreal.

“Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street," Dias told the Sun. "I had hold of one lad and Benedict another. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave. 

“Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in the cyclist could have been seriously injured.”

Deliveroo thanked Cumberbatch in a tweet Saturday.

"Deliveroo riders are heroes -- their safety is our priority and any violence against them is totally unacceptable," the delivery company said.

Robert Kennedy assassination: Dion's 'Abraham, Martin and John' helped heal a nation in turmoil

Dion DiMucci touched a chord with Americans as they coped with the turbulent summer of 1968. His recording of the Dick Holler-written song, “Abraham, Martin and John,” was a poignant tribute to the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy.

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But Dion almost didn’t record the song, the New York Daily News reported. He questioned whether the lyrics were too raw for a country still reeling from the assassinations of King and Robert Kennedy, and he didn’t like the arrangement.

“My first response was that it was exploiting or trying to cash in on these tragedies,” Dion, 78, told the Daily News. “And I thought it was kind of trite.”

But when he played the demo to his wife, Dion changed his opinion. 

“She said, ‘It sounds like a gospel to me. It’s about a state of love that does exist, and it’s for us to make it real,’” he told the newspaper.

The song was released in August 1968 and by December was No. 4 on the Billboard charts. It sold more than 1 million copies and was covered by artists from Bob Dylan to Whitney Houston, the Daily News reported.

Holler, distressed after hearing of Kennedy’s murder in June 1968, sat at his piano in St. Petersburg, Florida, and recorded a demo.

“It all happened simultaneously, the music and the lyrics,” Holler, 83, told the Daily News. “I just wrote it that fast. And I was a bit astonished by that.

“We returned to the office to get our bearings. And when I left that day, and went home, I had the song.”

Dion was an unlikely singer for the song. Although he was famous for songs like “The Wanderer” and “Runaround Sue,” he was a recovering heroin addict without a record contract and had not scored a big hit since “Ruby Ruby” reached No. 2 in February 1963.

Holler’s biggest success as a songwriter had been the 1966 novelty, “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron,” recorded by the Royal Guardsmen.

After being convinced to sing the song, Dion recorded it in one take.

“They wanted me to (try) another,” Dion told the Daily News. “I said, ‘Listen to it. I got it.’”

The song hit a nerve.

“The country was in a very restless period,” Dion told the Daily News. “That was one of the reasons for the arrangement. I felt it was a handle to some kind of salvation, to link us to a higher reality. To touch our hearts.”

Montel Williams hospitalized after gym incident

Television personality Montel Williams was hospitalized after overdoing it at the gym, his spokesman said in a statement posted on Twitter.

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Jonathan Franks, Williams' spokesman, said that the incident took place Wednesday. Williams, an exercise enthusiast, overdid it while working out at a gym and was admitted to the hospital out of an abundance of caution, Franks said.

Williams is doing well and expects to be discharged soon, Franks said. Williams will share more details about the incident in the coming days, according to the statement.

Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999.

'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller confirms battle with cancer

Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star Abby Lee Miller finished her federal prison sentence, but now she has a much tougher trial ahead.

>> On WPXI.com: 'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller diagnosed with cancer, doctors say

Miller, who was released on Friday from a federal reentry center after serving most of a 366-day sentence for bankruptcy fraud, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last month, according to People magazine, which also reported she needed emergency spinal surgery.

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In an Instagram post this weekend, Miller confirmed that report

“Now I have to handle the aftermath/ treatment/ physical rehabilitation of 10 hour emergency spine surgery to remove a mass from strangling my spinal cord and the horrible severity of what that mass turned out to be!” she wrote.

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Two days later, she posted again, this time appearing in a photo in a hospital room, where she was joined by JoJo Siwa, who appeared on “Dance Moms” with Miller and is now a singer and Nickelodeon star.

“So glad @itsjojosiwa came to visit me today! The whole fam was there to wish me well! Thank you to the Siwa Family for all the beautiful gifts and real popcorn from the movie theater too!” she wrote.

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Siwa posted similar photos the same day, including one of Miller holding an oversized check for $10,000.

“When I went to visit Abby I gave her lots of surprises, But the best surprise there was happened with the help of @imadanceragainstcancer. We gave Abby a donation of $10,000!” Siwa wrote.

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Offset of Migos buys new car for man who 'helped save his life'

He may be a rap superstar whose songs are on top of the charts, but Offset, of the trio Migos, still knows how to walk it like he talks it.

>> Rapper Offset of Migos wrecks car in Atlanta

Offset, whose birth name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus, made one man's day very special by giving him a brand-new car.

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The rapper wrecked his car two weeks ago in Atlanta and was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

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He credits a man named Jamar who was walking nearby for helping save his life during the accident. Offset repaid Jamar by buying him a new Nissan Altima on Wednesday.

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The good Samaritan moment was caught on video.

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Not all heroes wear capes! 

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West  meets with Trump over prison reform

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West met with President Donald Trump Wednesday at the White House for a discussion on sentencing guidelines and prison reform, according to social media posts from both Trump and Kardashian West.

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“Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing,” Trump said in a tweet with a picture of the two in the Oval Office.

Kardashian West responded, also on Twitter, thanking Trump for the meeting. 

“It is our hope that the president will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense,” she said.

“We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she – and so many like her – will get a second chance at life,” Kardashian West said in a second tweet on the issue.

Kardashian West has been campaigning for the release of Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1997 after her conviction on charges related to a cocaine trafficking operation in Memphis, Tennessee, according to news reports.

>> Related: Kanye West at center of uproar after saying 400 years of slavery a 'choice'

Johnson has already spent more than two decades behind bars.

 

 

Actress Brigitte Nielsen, 54, reveals fifth pregnancy in Instagram posts

Danish actress, model and reality TV personality Brigitte Nielsen is reportedly pregnant with her fifth child.

Entertainment Tonight reported that the 54-year-old known for her roles in “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Red Sonja” revealed the news in the form of an Instagram post Sunday. She followed up with another post Wednesday. In each, she wears a white top and cradles what appears to be a sizable bump. 

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“Family getting larger,” Nielsen captioned the Sunday photo post.

“Happy time (heart emoji) positive vibes,” she captioned the follow-up image. Both were also posted on Nielsen’s Twitter page.

Nielsen has been married to Italian TV producer Mattia Dessì since 2006. ET reported that she has four adult sons from previous relationships. Nielsen’s son, Julian Winding, 34, is from her marriage to Kasper Winding, which lasted from 1983 to 1984. She had Killian Marcus Nielsen, 28, from her relationship with Mark Gastineau, and her sons Douglas Aaron Meyer, 25, and Raoul Ayrton Meyer Jr., 23, are from her marriage to Raoul Meyer, which lasted from 1993 to 2005.

Nielsen’s most notable romantic relationships come from her two-year marriage to Sylvester Stallone and her reality TV romance with rapper Flavor Flav after the two met on VH1’s “The Surreal Life.”

Other than posting the photos, Nielsen hasn’t commented on her pregnancy. She only liked a reply to her May 27 post that said, “Congratulations.” She responded to the tweet with a kissing face emoji.

Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra are dating, report says

“Quantico” actress Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas are reportedly a couple.

According to Us Weekly, Jonas, 25, and Chopra, 35, were seen together over Memorial Day weekend, attending the “Beauty and the Beast Live” concert in Los Angeles Friday.

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“They walked in together just before the performance was starting, they looked great together, but no hand-holding or obvious PDA,” an unnamed source said of the couple’s concert date. The source said they left just as the show ended.

On Saturday, another unnamed source told Us Weekly, they couple sat together at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. 

“Priyanka and Nick were talking really closely and were very smiley and very happy,” an onlooker told Us. “They weren’t trying to be private as they were in a pretty public place, but they were talking to people around them, sitting closely and they both just seemed super happy.”

According to BuzzFeed, the two were photographed at some point over the weekend posing on a boat with Wilmer Valderamma, Jack McBrayer and other actors. The photos were reposted by a Priyanka Chopra fan page on Instagram.

Whether Chopra and Jonas are dating or not, the two are definitely friends. They walked the 2017 Met Gala red carpet together as dates. 

“Yeah, we were on the same table and we already know each other,” Choproa said in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel last year, according to Us Weekly. “So he was like ‘Hey, you wanna go together?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, OK, let’s go together.’ It ended up working out.”

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