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RNC Washington headquarters evacuated, locked down after blood vials addressed to Donald Trump are found

The Republican National Committee’s Washington headquarters was briefly evacuated and locked down on Wednesday as police investigated a package containing two vials of blood that had been delivered and addressed to former President Donald Trump.

A hazardous materials unit with the U.S. Capitol Police traveled to the site after a suspicious package was found; police say the package contained two vials of blood, with sources telling CNN that it also contained two ice packs and a Korean Bible. According to Fox 5 DC, officials believe the ice packs inside the package were leaking. It was unclear if anyone came into contact with the blood and to whom it belonged, but police said that no injuries were reported in connection with the incident. It remains under further investigation.

U.S. Capitol Police spokesperson Brianna Burch said the suspicious package was cleared Wednesday morning just before 10 a.m.  Capitol Police also said on X, “This morning, we responded to the 300 block of First Street, SE, for the report of a suspicious package. The package was cleared by our Hazardous Incident Response Division. It contained two vials of blood. The source of the package & its contents will be further investigated.”

The RNC confirmed the lockdown was cleared and staff had resumed normal duties. RNC Chairman Michael Whatley said in a statement, “Today, vials of blood were sent to RNC Headquarters in DC. We are thankful to law enforcement, who responded quickly and ensured everyone’s safety.” 

Wednesday’s situation comes less than two months from the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, where Trump is slated to become the party’s official 2024 nominee. Trump’s handpicked leadership recently took over the RNC; which includes his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump as the party’s national vice chair, and former North Carolina GOP Chairman Michael Whatley as RNC chairman. Trump campaign senior adviser, Chris LaCivita, has taken over as the RNC chief of staff.

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Former employee arrested in shooting at company that killed 2, injured 3 in Chester, PA

Authorities in Pennsylvania said that a disgruntled employee opened fire at a linen company near Philadelphia on Wednesday, killing two coworkers and injuring three others.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said that the shooting took place at about 8:30 a.m, when the suspect, an employee at Delaware County Lenin in Chester, PA (about 18 miles south of Philadelphia) allegedly walked into the facility with a handgun and opened fire without warning. Police said the suspect left the building after the shooting but authorities stopped a vehicle that matched its description in Trainer, Pa., near the facility later that morning. The suspect, who has not been publicly named, was taken into custody.

DA Stollsteimer said the workers had shortly arrived to work when the shooting happened, and that two of the workers died at the scene of the shooting that happened outside of the building, as well as inside. Stollsteimer said: “This is a story that plays out too often across the United States of America. [The shooting is] an absolute tragedy.” Stollsteimer said according to its initial investigation, no one could point to an immediate motive for the shooting or anticipated the possibility of the incident.

Chester Mayor Stefan Roots said: “It speaks to guns in America. Violence is always unpredictable. We don’t know what conditions people are under, in a city that’s impoverished like ours … We can’t have guns in the hands of the wrong people. There had to be some type of mental health issue that would have an employee walk into his workplace on a day of work and take out his anger in such a violent way — to not just the boss, but his coworkers, who he probably worked side-by-side with for years.”

Chester Police Commissioner Steven Gretsky said during a news conference that one of three people hospitalized in the shooting was listed in critical condition.

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Luke Bryan to revive the ‘Farm Tour’ this September

Luke Bryan revealed that he will revive his Farm Tour in September, posting on social media: “Time to get your boots and those farmer’s tans ready y’all: our 15th #FarmTour will be hitting the fields this fall. I’m excited to bring out @connersmithmusic, @tuckerwetmore, @thepeachpickers with @RodneyClawson, and @DJRock while we party and honor the American Farmer #HeresToTheFarmer #FarmTour2024 presented by @bayerus”

This year’s tour marks Bryan’s 15th Farm Tour, which is held at rural venues and supports American farming communities. As of 2023, Bryan has awarded 83 scholarships to students from farming families who are attending the local college or university near tour stops. Conner Smith, Tucker Wetmore, the Peach Pickers with Rodney Clawson and DJ Rock will join the tour as special guests, which kicks-off on Sept. 21 at Huggins Store in Marshville, N.C.

Bryan is also presently in the midst of his Mind of a Country Boy tour, which he kicked-off in April; that tour resumes June 13 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Tickets for the Farm Tour are on sale now via the link: here.

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Chris Janson adds dates on his ‘Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get’ Tour

Chris Janson has added summer dates for “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get: On Tour 2024,” which kicked-off earlier this month. Per MusicRow, the trek will visit Bakersfield, Albuquerque, Buffalo, Oshkosh and more through Aug. 30. Said Janson: “I can’t wait to get this show on the road. Seeing the fans and playing live is my favorite thing to do. Expect nothing but hits, positivity, and a lot of energy on the Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get Tour!!! Love y’all and can’t wait to see you in a town near you!” 

Fans can also catch Janson on the road throughout the year as he joins fellow country star Cody Johnson for select dates, and he’ll also be hitting the stage with his friend and CMT Crossroad’s partner Bret Michaels on his upcoming Pardi-Gras 2024, kicking off on July 12th. Janson also recently released the music video for his current single, “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Tickets for Janson’s Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get: On Tour 2024 are available now. For more information, click here.

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Avril Lavigne to release ‘Greatest Hits’ album on June 21st

Avril Lavigne will release a greatest hits album on June 21, with the 39-year-old singer-songwriter sharing the news amid the kick-off of her ‘Greatest Hits’ tour. Lavigne wrote on Instagram: “Can’t do a greatest hits tour without a greatest hits album!!! Dropping June 21st 🩷💚🧡🖤 Pre-Order link in bio.”

Greatest Hits will feature the singles “Sk8er Boi,” “Complicated,” “I’m a Mess” featuring Yungblud, “Head Above Water” and 16 other tracks, with the project available on 12-inch vinyl, CD, and digital formats. The album will be available in 12-inch black vinyl and a Target-exclusive 12-inch vinyl neon green pressing. The album packaging includes new photos and a personal note to fans from Lavigne.

The Avril Lavigne: The Greatest Hits Tour kicked-off on May 22nd in Vancouver, British Columbia at Rogers Arena, and will make stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Toronto, Charlotte, Nashville, Chicago, and more before wrapping up on Wednesday, September 18th in Calgary. All Time Low and Simple Plan will join Avril on select dates throughout the tour as special guests and direct support, with Royal & the Serpent and Girlfriends joining select dates as opening acts.  For tickets, head here.

To pre-order Avril Lavigne: The Greatest Hits, head here.

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BTS’s RM drops ‘Come Back to Me’, shares tracklist for solo album, ‘Right Place, Wrong Person’

BTS member RM will release his sophomore solo album, titled ‘Right Place, Wrong Person’ on May 24th via BigHit Music. The news was revealed via an announcement from the global fandom platform Weverse and BTS’ official social media channels, BigHit Music. The label shared: “Right Place, Wrong Person embodies facets of RM as a solo artist, distinct from albums released under BTS, would appreciate the attention and support from many for this album that delves into RM’s authentic essence.”

RM said in a statement: “Working on this album set something off in me. I actually started working on new materials one or two weeks before releasing this album. Putting Indigo together was hard work, so I wanted to take some time off after releasing it. But once I released it, I found new inspirations and felt the desire to work on new music. I realized that I’m really not the type to take breaks.”

In addition, the K-pop star dropped the first single from the album, titled “Come Back to Me”, along with the official music video. The single is described as “‘an indie-pop genre song that explores thoughts about right and wrong, the main theme of the album, Right Place, Wrong Person.”   The music video is directed, produced and written by Lee Sung-jin, the Korean American director of the popular Netflix series, Beef.   You cam check out the video for “Come Back to Me” – here.

RM also just shared the tracklist for “Right Place, Wrong Person”, unveiling a puzzle for fans to solve. The finished puzzle depicts the album’s 11 tracks, including the single “Come Back to Me.”

 

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Rudy Giuliani and other Trump allies plead ‘not guilty’ to felony charges in Arizona election interference case

Former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was among the 11 allies of former President Trump who pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in Arizona to nine felony charges related to their involvement in a plan to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state. The 11 people arraigned Tuesday were among 18 people charged last month by a state grand jury over the plan. They include Giuliani and so-called “fake electors” who signed documents claiming to be Arizona’s Electoral College electors.

The ten others, who also pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, forgery and fraud charges related to the case, include former Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward and her husband Michael Ward; state legislator Anthony Kern; Robert Montgomery, the former head of the Cochise County GOP; Republican Party activists Samuel Moorhead, Nancy Cottle and Loraine Pellegrino; Greg Safsten, the former Arizona GOP executive director; former Trump attorney Christina Bobb; and Tyler Bowyer, the Republican National Committee’s Arizona committeeman and the chief operating officer of the Trump-aligned Turning Point Action.

Giuliani, Bowyer, Cottle, Montgomery, Pellegrino and Bobb appeared virtually for the arraignment that was held in a Phoenix courtroom. Giuliani and Kelli Ward’s trials are scheduled for Oct. 17, about 3 weeks before the U.S. election. Giuliani said during his remote appearance that he did not have an attorney at this time, but when asked by the court whether he needed counsel appointed for the arraignment, he said: “No, no, I think I am capable of handling it myself.” Arizona authorities had tried unsuccessfully over several weeks to serve Giuliani notice of the indictment against him, but he was finally served as he was walking to a car after his 80th birthday celebration in Palm Beach, Florida last Friday.

Several of those charged in the Arizona case have also been arraigned on similar charges in Georgia, where prosecutors also allege that Trump allies tried to overturn the election there.

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Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough files lawsuit to protect Graceland after it is sent to foreclosure

Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, actress Riley Keough, is fighting the court-approved sale of Graceland, the late singer’s compound in Memphis, Tennessee.

Keough, identified in the court filing as Danielle Riley Keough, filed a claim in Tennessee civil court that alleges the creditor behind the foreclosure claim used forged signatures. According to an apparent foreclosure notice, Graceland had been set to be auctioned off at the Shelby County courthouse in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday this week, however court documents show that a Memphis judge blocked the sale after Keough sought a temporary restraining order and filed a lawsuit.

The foreclosure allegedly occurred after Elvis’ daughter, the late Lisa Marie Presley, used Graceland as collateral to secure a $3.8 million loan from a company called Naussany Investments and Private Lending in 2018, but she failed to pay it off before she died last year.  Keough was granted virtual control of Graceland Mansion and much of Elvis’ estate after her mother, Lisa Marie Presley, died.  She alleges in the suit that the creditor’s paperwork on a $3.8 million loan to Graceland trustees, with a deed of trust on the compound pledged as collateral, is fraudulent. Keough claims in the lawsuit that Naussany Investments “appears to be a false entity created for the purpose” of defrauding her family. The lawsuit also says Keough’s mother “never borrowed money” from the company, or gave them a deed of trust to Graceland, and further alleges that documents claiming otherwise “are forgeries.” The suit alleges the foreclosure sale would thus be “non-judicial” and based on lien paperwork that violates Tennessee law.

In a statement, Elvis Presley Enterprises, the entity that runs Graceland and the assets of the Elvis Presley Trust, suggested the sale is a scheme: “Elvis Presley Enterprises can confirm that these claims are fraudulent. There is no foreclosure sale. Simply put, the counter lawsuit has been filed is to stop the fraud.”  According to CBS affiliate in Memphis WREG, an attorney for Keough says a temporary restraining order was granted Monday. A judge will consider Keough’s court filing in a hearing on Wednesday.

Built in 1939, Graceland Mansion was purchased by Elvis in 1957, where he lived until his death in 1977.  Five years later it was opened to the public as a music history theme park, where it currently attracts roughly 600,000 visitors a year, according to the venue.  Graceland was named to the American National Register of Historic Places in 1991; it is also the final resting place for Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie.

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Keith Urban teams up with Lainey Wilson for the song ‘GO HOME W U’

Keith Urban and Lainey Wilson have teamed up for the new track “GO HOME W U”, the third song released from Urban’s forthcoming album due out this fall. “GO HOME W U” follows the release of Urban’s current single “Messed Up As Me” as well as the song “Straight Line,” released earlier this year.

Urban said that the song was originally “not meant to be a duet,” adding: “I wrote “GO HOME W U” in 2020 with BRELAND, Sam (Sumser) and Sean (Small). We had a blast writing it. It started out as a late-night drum loop, I grabbed a bass guitar and started playing a simple recurring bass line. Before we knew it, we were writing a chorus that could be sung by any drunk person in any bar anywhere in the world ..A friend of mine suggested the idea of making the song a duet and I immediately thought of Lainey. Besides the fact that I love her voice, she’s got the swagger and attitude that fit so well with the song.”

Wilson adds: “Keith has been someone in the industry I’ve taken notes from for a while now. From watching him at CMA Fest every year growing up to hearing the way he treats people up and down music row, he has taught me a lot. He’s a genuine supporter of mine and I am honored I get to continue to learn from one of the best. Getting to do a song with Keith is a notch on my belt I am very proud of.”

Listen to “GO HOME W U”: here.

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Jordan Davis earns 7th No. 1 on country airplay with ‘Tucson Too Late’

Jordan Davis hit No. 1 on the country airplay chart this week with his single, “Tucson Too Late,” marking the singer/songwriter’s seventh career No. 1 at country radio    The song is co-written by Davis along with his songwriting team of Jacob Davis, Matt Jenkins, and Josh Jenkins, who are also behind Davis’ award-winning hit, “Buy Dirt.”

“Tucson Too Late” marks the fourth consecutive No.1 off Davis’ platinum-selling album, Bluebird Days, joining the hit songs “Buy Dirt,” “What My World Spins Around,” and “Next Thing You Know.”  Davis said of the milestone: “Thank you to everyone at country radio, my team, and thank you to the songwriters. I will never take for granted the support you’ve all shown over and over again, especially across this latest album. The risks it’s allowed me to take in my writing and music, and the creative space that freedom has kept me in, is invaluable, and I cannot thank you all enough. Simply put, you all have changed my life, and I can’t wait to share more music with everyone soon.”

Davis is currently on the U.S. leg of his Damn Good Time Tour, and is also on the road in support of Luke Combs for select stadium dates this summer.

Take a look at the video for ‘Tucson Too Late’ – here.

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