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Ex-NFL kicker Jay Feely apologizes for 'joke' prom date gun photo 

Former NFL kicker Jay Feely said he was trying to be funny when he posed in a Twitter photo standing between his daughter and her prom date holding a pistol, but in the wake of the Parkland shootings in February, social media posters did not appreciate the joke, WFLA reported.

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Feely, who played in the NFL from 2001 to 2014 and is an analyst for CBS Sports, apologized Sunday. 

In the photo, Feely has his left arm around his daughter and a pistol in his right hand at his side. Next to Feely is his daughter’s prom date, who is smirking. 

"Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom," Feely wrote, using the hashtag "#BadBoys."

The reaction from some on social media was swift and critical.

“Oh yay -- American dads have kicked off the season of 'let’s pretend I’m going to shoot my daughter’s date for impugning her chastity' pics," tweeted Shannon Watts, who is the founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action.

“The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago,” author Geraldine DeRuiter posted on Twitter. “But sure, let's make jokes about murdering high schoolers.”

The backlash was vocal enough for Feely to issue an apology Sunday on Twitter.

“The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking," he wrote. "I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue."

Some Twitter users defended Feely’s post, noting that he was referencing the movie “Bad Boys 2.”

“He’s referencing a scene in the movie #BadBoys2,” Twitter user Mike McLeod wrote. “The kid knows it’s a joke -- it’s not pointed at anyone and barely in the picture. I’m sure there’s a picture with his daughter and just the date also. This isn’t anything to blow out of proportion.

Stormy Daniels' attorney talks about 'locked and loaded' DVD, Sean Hannity

The attorney for Stormy Daniels reiterated that a DVD of evidence of the adult film actress’ affair with President Donald Trump is “locked and loaded,” Newsweek reported. 

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Michael Avenatti appeared on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” and in the online-only Overtime segment, the attorney was grilled about the DVD, which he teased with a photograph in a tweet last month.

Maher asked whether Avenatti would ever “release the contents of the warning-shot disc of evidence you tweeted about.”

“Possibly. It depends how the case progresses,” Avenatti said.

Maher tried to get specific, asking “What’s on it?”

“Well, we took that picture and we tweeted it out and it was exactly that -- it was a warning shot to Michael Cohen and the president that if they tried to claim that my client was a liar after ‘60 Minutes’ there was gonna be consequences, and it worked, and it worked perfectly because we heard nothing from them,” Avenatti said.

Avenatti also was asked about Cohen’s legal relationship with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

“Here’s what I think: I think that when the documents actually come out, and there are documents -- there’s no question in my mind, there are documents with Sean Hannity’s name on them -- the extent of that relationship, when it finally surfaces, I think will be very embarrassing to Sean Hannity,” Avenatti said.

Hannity has claimed that Cohen merely advised him on a real estate query. 

Avenatti described Cohen as a “zero,” Newsweek reported

“I think that Michael Cohen knows where almost all the bodies are buried, and I think that he’s going to sing like a canary,” Avenatti said. “I know he’s going to fold, because here’s the problem, when you have a fixer, you need two things at least: You need a guy who is tough, and you need a guy that is smart. This guy is neither tough nor smart. I think he’s a zero.”

'Smallville' actress Allison Mack indicted for alleged role in sex trafficking case

Actress Allison Mack, who starred as Chloe Sullivan in the television series “Smallville,” was indicted Friday on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy, the Justice Department said in a statement.

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Mack, 35, who starred in the series from 2001 to 2011, allegedly was involved with an organization called Nxivm that claimed to be a female mentorship but instead was a scheme in which some recruits “were exploited both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit," U.S attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in the statement.

Nxivm's founder, Keith Raniere, known as Vanguard, was also indicted Friday, CNN reported.

According to court filings, Mack directly or implicitly required her slaves, identified as Jane Does 1 and 2, to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In exchange, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere. 

“Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere,” Donoghue said. “The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit.”

Raniere, 57, was arrested in March in Mexico by federal officials on sex-trafficking charges, The New York Times reported.

Mack was arraigned Friday afternoon and a plea of not guilty was entered on her behalf, the Times reported. She was held without bail, with a bail hearing set for Monday.

In addition to her role on “Smallville,” Mack was featured in the movies “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves” in 1997 and “The Ant Bully” in 2006.

Eva Longoria gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actress Eva Longoria said the unveiling of her star Monday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was the culmination of a dream that began 20 years ago.

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"I feel like I'm still a little girl from Corpus Christi, Texas who had a big dream -- and big hair," Longoria told KABC. "And I want to say as a woman and as a Latina I represent a lot of communities, and I want to tell all those communities that this isn't my star, this is our star."

Longoria, who is pregnant, was joined by several friends at the unveiling of the star, including “Desperate Housewives” co-stars Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross. Huffman called Longoria “extraordinary.”

“Not because she's raised over $40 million for charity, not because she's an actress, a director, a producer, a philanthropist, a restaurateur, a filmmaker, a documentarian,” Huffman told KABC. “No. But because she is kind and because she is hopeful. She is kind to everyone and she is hopeful for the world.

Some viewers irked when ‘Jeopardy!’ is preempted to announce Barbara Bush’s death

And the Final Jeopardy answer is …

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Viewers in the Eastern time zone watching “Jeopardy! 2018 College Championship” semifinals Tuesday had to go to Google and Twitter to find out, as the syndicated program was interrupted by CBS, ABC and NBC to report the death of former first lady Barbara Bush.

Some viewers of the quiz show were not amused.

>> Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at 92

“@CBS really interrupted Jeopardy with breaking news that Barbara Bush died? Y’all couldn't have waited 5 min when it was over?” one woman tweeted

“Hey I know Barbara Bush was a former First Lady but you COULDN’T WAIT UNTIL THE END OF #Jeopardy NBC?!” Joe D tweeted.

“Thanks for preempting @Jeopardy there @ABC you going to show it again?” another viewer tweeted

The category for Final Jeopardy was Russian culture, and the question was “This work was over 50 years old & excerpts had been popularized when it had its first full U.S. performance on Christmas Eve 1944.”

>> Condolences pouring in for Barbara Bush

That was the topic confronting contestants Hannah Sage, a sophomore from at the University of Central Florida from Sarasota, Florida; Eric Thorpe, a senior at Dartmouth College from Laguna Niguel, California; and Thatcher Chonka, a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma from Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

The correct response was “What is the Nutcracker?”

All three contestants had the correct answer, but Sage won when she bid $10,201 to edge Chonka by $1, collecting $28,401. Chonka had $28,400, whole Thorpe was third with $20,400.

Sage will compete in Thursday’s final.

Here is the final recap of the episode:

Photos: See the athletes competing in next season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Who will be competing during “Dancing with the Stars” all-athlete season? Take a look.

Who was Omar Sharif? Google honors 'Lawrence of Arabia' actor

In honor of what would have been famed Egyptian actor Omar Sharif’s 86th birthdayGoogle featured a dashing illustration of “The Noble” on its home page.

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On this day in 1932, Sharif was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt, to a Lebanese family of Melkite Catholic descent.

It wasn’t until 1955, when he converted to Islam, that he changed his name to Omar Sharif, a surname that translates to “noble” or “nobleman” in Arabic. 

Before becoming an Egyptian and Hollywood actor and playing the iconic role of Arab warrior Sherif Ali in the 1962 epic “Lawrence of Arabia,” Sharif worked for his father’s lumber company. 

According to Al Jazeera, Sharif also attended Cairo University and graduated with a degree in mathematics and physics. He left the family lumber business to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

He married Egyptian actress Faten Hamama in 1955, soon after converting to Islam, but the pair divorced in 1974.

After being nominated for an Oscar for his role in the Hollywood hit “Lawrence of Arabia,” Sharif went on to gain international fame, scoring roles as a king of Armenia in “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (1964), a Mongol leader in “Genghis Khan” (1965) and a Russian doctor in “Doctor Zhivago” (1965) among others.

He also earned two Golden Globes and a UNESCO Einstein medal, an acknowledgement of his contributions to cultural diversity, Google wrote in its doodle blog.

At one point, Sharif even ranked among the world's top contract bridge players and co-wrote a syndicated column on the game for the Chicago Tribune.

But according to Al Jazeera, “international recognition came at a hefty personal price.” In an interview with The Associated Press in 2003, he said the global fame “separated me from my wife, from my family ... We didn't see each other any more and that was it, the end of our wedding. I might have been happier having stayed an Egyptian film star."

Sharif, 83, died of a heart attack in Cairo, Egypt, on July 10, 2015. His ex-wife, Hamama, had died six months earlier.

More at google.com/doodles.

Contestant loses $7,100 in embarrassing 'Wheel of Fortune' gaffe 

You’ve got to pronounce it properly to win.

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A “Wheel of Fortune” contestant named Jonny lost a shot at $7,100 and a trip to Spain because he mispronounced a word, WGN reported.

Jonny correctly guessed the final letters in a puzzle that read “Flamenco Dance Lessons.” All he had to do was say the phrase that pays.

But Jonny said, “Flamingo Dance Lessons,” which meant that host Pat Sajak had to hit the buzzer and tell the disbelieving man that his answer was incorrect, WGN reported.

Sajak then handed the question off to another contestant, Ashley, who read the phrase correctly and won the prize, WGN reported.

Jonny was just having a bad day.

Earlier in the game, he landed on the $2,500 space and was two letters from solving the puzzle: “Dog and Pony Show Me the Money.” The only letters missing were “g” and “p.”

Jonny guessed “c.”

Ronda Rousey wins WWE debut at WrestleMania 34

Ronda Rousey, performing in front of the largest crowd of her professional career, made a smooth transition from mixed martial arts to professional wrestling Sunday, winning in her debut match at WrestleMania 34.

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Rousey teamed with Kurt Angle to defeat Paul “Triple H” Levesque and Stephanie McMahon as 78,133 fans at the Superdome roared their approval, ESPN reported.

“That's, like, the biggest stadium I've ever performed in front of,” Rousey said. “It's, like, the size of four fights."

Rousey signed a contract with the WWE two months ago and went from bouts in the octagon to the scripted matches of pro wrestling.

The Superdome crowd yelled her name from the start of the match, and then broke into “This is awesome” chants as the bout reached its climax, ESPN reported.

"I underestimated how kind the WWE universe would be," Rousey said in an interview with ESPN. "I thought any outsiders would be shunned. I was expecting to get shunned and to have to battle to be accepted. I worked my ass off to pay respect to what's so important to them, and hopefully they saw that tonight."

UFC president Dana White, who watched from ringside, told ESPN that he was happy for Rousey, saying she acted as a pioneer for women in mixed-martial arts,

"She accomplished everything she could at UFC," White said. "She has a title defense record that still isn't broken

“She has always loved professional wrestling, and now she gets to have a blast being a part of it. She will be great at anything she sets her mind to doing. I thought she was incredible tonight.”

In the main event, Brock Lesnar defended his WWE Universal Championship title by pinning Roman Reigns. AJ Styles pinned Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE Championship, while Nia Jax pinned Alexa Bliss to take the Raw Women’s Championship. The Undertaker pinned John Cena, while the Bludgeon Brothers beat The New Day and The Usos to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Charlotte Flair retained her SmackDown Women’s Championship by defeating Asuka via submission.

In the inaugural WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal, Naomi eliminated Bailey for the victory.

The event was the biggest payday in Superdome history, the Times-Picayune reported.

According to the WWE, this year’s event grossed $14.1 million, topping the Superdome’s previous record of $10.9 million set by WrestleMania 30 in 2014.

'The Wire's' David Simon developing series set during Spanish Civil War

David Simon, creator of “The Wire,” is developing a miniseries set during the Spanish Civil War, Variety reported.

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“A Dry Run” will be a dramatic series that follows members of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion, a unit that came to Spain from the United States to fight against fascism during the Spanish Civil War. That conflict has been seen as a dry run for Adolf Hitler’s Nazi armies, who participated in the conflict and gained experience that would prove valuable during World War II.

Simon, whose current show “The Deuce” is on HBO, is collaborating with Mediapro, a multimedia communications group in Spain, Variety reported.

Initially, creators envision the show as a six-hour miniseries, but that could change, Mediapro founder Jaume Roures told Variety.

“A Dry Run” offers a “compelling and tragic narrative,” Simon told Variety, adding that the “Spanish struggle against fascism and the misuse of capitalism as a bulwark to totalitarianism” represent “the preeminent political narrative of the 20th century.”

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