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  • Prior to Monday’s premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” Season 24, former figure skater and “DWTS” champion Kristi Yamaguchi took to Twitter to wish fellow former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan good luck in the worst way possible. >> Read more trending news Hours before Kerrigan took the stage, Yamaguchi tweeted, “So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan ! Can’t wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg!” Yes, that’s right. She told Kerrigan, victim of the famous 1994 attack, in which she was assaulted with a police-style baton to the knee, to “break a leg.” Just before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit that year, a man, who had been paid by Kerrigan rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, struck her on the right knee, injuring her leg. While it wasn’t broken, Kerrigan did suffer cuts, bruises and swelling and walked with a limp. Twitter responded with generally surprised reactions. Of course, Yamaguchi was just employing a common -- if ill-fitting, considering Kerrigan’s history -- phrase, but that didn’t stop the internet from freaking out over it. Yamaguchi has not clarified her comment, nor has she deleted the tweet.
  • An aging mobster who beat a charge that he took part in a legendary heist retold in the hit film 'Goodfellas' was accused Wednesday in a less noteworthy crime — getting a group of gangsters, including John 'Dapper Don' Gotti's namesake grandson, to torch a car that cut him off in traffic. Vincent Asaro, an 82-year-old third-generation member of the secretive Bonanno crime family, was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to the 2012 arson in federal court in Brooklyn. Also pleading not guilty to the same arson and an unrelated bank robbery was John J. Gotti, the 23-year-old grandson of the late Gambino crime family boss John Gotti. The defendants 'are charged with committing an assortment of violent crimes — arson to exact punishment for a perceived slight and robberies to unjustly enrich themselves,' acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde said in a statement announcing the arrests. Outside court, Asaro's lawyer questioned the timing and the point of the government's decision to again go after her client, who was leading a quiet life until FBI agents came to his door Wednesday. 'I think he's frustrated,' said the attorney, Elizabeth Macedonio. The new case was a harsh reversal of fortunes for Asaro, who was last seen at the same courthouse raising his arms and shouting 'Free!' after a jury found him not guilty of charges he orchestrated the Lufthansa robbery with James 'Jimmy the Gent' Burke, the late Lucchese crime family associate who inspired Robert De Niro's role in the film. At the time, the heist was called one of the largest cash thefts in American history, with gunmen looting about $5 million in untraceable U.S. currency that was being returned to the United States from Germany, along with about $1 million in jewelry, from the airline's cargo terminal. Asaro later survived a bloodbath portrayed in 'Goodfellas,' with De Niro's character going ballistic over fellow mobsters' purchases of flashy cars and furs and, fearing they would attract law enforcement attention, having them whacked. Prosecutors — relying on the testimony of turncoat mobsters that the defense labeled as opportunistic liars — claimed Asaro collected at least $500,000 from the score but had a gambling problem and squandered it away at the racetrack. Prosecutors now say that three years before his arrest in the Lufthansa case, Asaro ordered the arson to avenge getting cut off by another motorist in the Howard Beach section of Queens. He provided the home address of the driver to a Bonanno associate, who recruited Gotti and another man to douse the motorist's car with gasoline and torch it, court papers said. The arsonists fled in a Jaguar sedan driven by Gotti that briefly led a police car on a high-speed chase before officers 'terminated the pursuit for safety reasons due to Gotti's reckless driving,' prosecutors said. Earlier this month, Gotti was sentenced to eight years in state prison after pleading guilty to selling oxycodone pills. His grandfather died in prison in 2002. If convicted on the federal charges, Asaro and Gotti face terms of up to 20 years.
  • CBS led with 70 nominations overall while its daytime drama 'The Young and the Restless' led with 25 nods when nominations were announced Wednesday for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy awards. TV's remaining trio of soap operas, 'General Hospital' (23 nominations), 'The Bold and the Beautiful' (23 nominations) and 'Days of Our Lives' (22 nominations) were the other series with the most potential trophies. 'The Young and the Restless' joined CBS' 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' NBC's 'Days of Our Lives' and ABC's 'General Hospital' among nominees for best soap opera. Best actress nominees for daytime drama were Nancy Lee Grahn and Laura Wright of 'General Hospital,' Gina Tognoni and Jess Walton of 'The Young and the Restless,' and Heather Tom of 'The Bold and the Beautiful.' Best-actor nominees for a soap were Peter Bergman and Kristoff St. John of 'The Young and the Restless,' Scott Clifton of 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' and Billy Flynn and Vincent Irizarry of 'Days of Our Lives.' Nominees for supporting actress are Anna Maria Horsford of 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' Stacy Haiduk and Kelly Sullivan of 'The Young and the Restless,' Finola Hughes of 'General Hospital' and Kate Mansi of 'Days of Our Lives.' Supporting actor nominees are Chad Duell and Jeffrey Vincent Parise of 'General Hospital,' John Aniston and James Reynolds of 'Days of Our Lives' and Steve Burton of 'The Young and the Restless.' Nominees for best game show were 'Celebrity Name Game' (syndicated), 'Family Feud' (syndicated), 'Jeopardy!' (syndicated), 'Let's Make a Deal' (CBS) and 'The Price is Right' (CBS). Nominees for best informative talk show were 'The Chew' (ABC), 'The Dr. Oz Show' (syndicated), 'Steve Harvey' (syndicated), 'Larry King Now' (Ora TV) and 'The Kitchen' (Food Network). Nominees for best entertainment talk show were 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (syndicated), 'The Talk' (CBS), 'The View' (ABC), 'Maury' (NBC) and 'Live with Kelly' (syndicated). The awards ceremony will air April 30 from Pasadena, California.
  • The songwriters behind TLC's 1999 megahit 'No Scrubs' are now listed as co-writers of Ed Sheeran's No. 1 hit 'Shape of You.' On the website for performance rights organization ASCAP, Kandi Burruss, Tameka Cottle aka Tiny and Kevin Briggs have been added as co-writers of 'Shape of You,' co-written by Sheeran, Steve Mac and John McDaid. 'Shape of You' is currently on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Representatives for Sheeran and ASCAP didn't immediately respond to emails from The Associated Press seeking comment. Burruss and Tiny were members of the R&B girl group Xscape. Burruss, also a reality star on Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,' posted about the news Sunday on her Instagram page. 'To be a part of such a great song is a blessing,' Tiny, in an email to The Associated Press, said of being added to the 'Shape of You' songwriters. Last year The Chainsmokers' ubiquitous No. 1 hit, the Grammy-nominated 'Closer,' extended writing to two members of The Fray because of similarities to the band's 2005 hit, 'Over My Head (Cable Car).' In 2015, a jury awarded Marvin Gaye's children $7.4 million after finding Robin Thicke and Pharrell's 'Blurred Lines' copied their father's hit 'Got to Give It Up.' A judge later cut the verdict to $5.3 million. That was the same year Sam Smith gave Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne writing credit on his Grammy-winning hit 'Stay With Me' after some said it sounded like Petty's 1989 song, 'I Won't Back Down,' and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, for their worldwide, Grammy-winning 'Uptown Funk,' extended credit to the five writers of Gap Band's 1979 hit 'Oops Upside Your Head.' 'Shape of You' has spent almost two months at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The song set the record for the most one-day streams on Spotify with 10,123,630 streams. 'No Scrubs' had a big pop culture moment in the late '90s. It also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned a Grammy for TLC. _____ AP Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. in Atlanta contributed to this report.
  • The late Minnesota author Vince Flynn's counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is coming to the big screen in September. CBS Films and Lionsgate announced Wednesday that 'American Assassin,' based on Flynn's best-seller, will hit theaters Sept. 15 nationwide and in North America. 'American Assassin' stars Dylan O'Brien as Rapp and Michael Keaton as his mentor, Stan Hurley. Sanaa Lathan plays Deputy CIA Director Irene Kennedy, who pairs Rapp and Hurley on an investigation into attacks on military and civilian targets. That leads to Rapp and Hurley teaming up with a Turkish agent to prevent a world war from erupting in the Middle East. Michael Cuesta (the film 'Kill the Messenger' and Showtime series 'Homeland') directs. Flynn wrote a series of thrillers featuring Rapp. Flynn died in 2013 after battling prostate cancer.

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  • An Atlanta middle school student was taken to the hospital Wednesday after ingesting a “controlled substance,” according to school officials. The Young Middle School student was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green said. The call came in about 2:50 p.m., officials said.  The APS Police Department is investigating the incident, Green said.  Other students were evaluated to see if they ingested the substance, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Parents of affected students were notified immediately, APS spokeswoman Pat St. Claire said. All parents are expected to get a robocall.  In other news:
  • Tasharina Fluker and her daughter had just gotten to their Lithonia townhome Wednesday morning from celebrating the mother’s birthday. No less than an hour after they arrived, police say Fluker’s boyfriend, Michael Thornton, shot and killed her and daughter Janazia Miles.  A family member found one of them in the middle of the doorway and Miles’ 8-month-old son unharmed, Channel 2 Action News reported. It is not known how the relative entered the home.  Police were called to the scene about 3 a.m. after getting a person-down call on the 2000 block of Parkway Trail. The women were found with “no signs of life,” DeKalb police Lt. Rod Bryant said.  Thornton was later found at another location, police said. They have not described his relationship to the women, but neighbors said Thornton and Fluker were in a relationship and lived at the home. Neighbor Trocon Talhouk told Channel 2 he heard the couple arguing in the middle of the night.  “He kept saying: ‘All I want to do is get in the house,’” Talhouk said. “And then, shortly after that, I heard a car speed off and (the) next thing you know fire trucks and police cars were pulling up.”  It wasn’t the first time neighbors had heard domestic incidents at the home, Talhouk said.  “According to neighbors, (the two) fight all the time and he’s always beating (her),” he told Channel 2.  Fluker also leaves behind two sons — one in middle school and another who attends Grambling State University on a football scholarship he earned while playing for Miller Grove High School, the station reported. Police have not released other details.  In other news:
  • The grandmother of a Gwinnett County toddler who died after being hit by a car in front of her house was arrested in connection with the incident, police said Wednesday. Gilma J. Ordonez-Guevara, 44, of Lawrenceville, is charged with vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and not having a license, Cpl. Michele Pihera said. Ordonez-Guevara was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on Tuesday, Pihera said. She also is on an immigration hold by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, according to jail records. Ordonez-Guevara, who lives in the same Lawrenceville neighborhood as the toddler, initially denied being involved, police said. However, after investigators searched her SUV, evidence conflicted with her previous statements. Based on the second interview, police learned she hit the toddler, 23-month-old Valeria Leiba, as she was backing out of the driveway in the 1000 block of Memory Lane. Ordonez-Guevara did not know the child was behind her SUV, according to police. After the incident, Ordonez-Guevara carried her granddaughter inside the child’s home, got back in her SUV and drove to her own house. She left her SUV in the driveway and walked back to her granddaughter’s home. RELATED: Gwinnett toddler dies after being hit by car “There are not enough words to help bring solace to the victim’s family during such a tragic loss,” Pihera said. “We want the family to know that many people in Gwinnett and the surrounding communities are thinking of them during this difficult time.” In other news:
  • U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch vowed to uphold the law if confirmed to the nation’s highest court, not tipping his hand as he sidestepped controversial political subjects, as Gorsuch directly pushed back against President Donald Trump’s criticism of federal judges. “When anyone criticizes the honesty or integrity, the motives of a federal judge, I find that disheartening; I find that demoralizing,” Gorsuch said in response to questions from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). “Anyone including the President of the United States?” Blumenthal pressed. “Anyone is anyone,” Gorsuch replied. In a day of testimony that stretched for almost twelve hours, Gorsuch parried most questions from Democrats, who tried in vain to get him to reveal his views on issues like abortion, and items that might come before the Supreme Court, like President Trump’s travel ban. Gorsuch repeatedly refused to take the bait. “I can’t get involved in politics, and I think it would be very imprudent of judges to start commenting on political disputes,” Gorsuch said. Under questioning from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Gorsuch was asked what he had discussed with President Trump on the issue of abortion. “In that interview did he ever ask you to overrule Roe v Wade?” Graham asked. “No, Senator,” Gorsuch replied, adding that if the President had asked that question, “I would have walked out the door.” Gorsuch was pressed about the President in a number of different ways, telling Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that, “nobody is above the law in this country, and that includes the President of the United States.” With Republicans strongly in support of Gorsuch, there was already maneuvering behind the scenes over the expected floor fight in the Senate, as Democrats have made clear they think the GOP should be forced to get 60 votes for his nomination. That has prompted GOP leaders to criticize the threat of a filibuster. “If there aren’t 60 votes for a nominee like Neil Gorsuch it’s appropriate to ask the question is there any nominee any Republican president could make that Democrats would approve,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Gorsuch’s lengthy day of testimony ended on a light note, as Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) suggested to Gorsuch that he have a cocktail before bed. “Just don’t drink vodka,” Kennedy said to chuckles from the audience. Kennedy then drew even more laughter by adding in one more surprise. “You never been to Russia, have you?” “I’ve never been to Russia,” a smiling Gorsuch said.