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  • Reaction to Bill Cosby's conviction on charges of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era: 'Cosby is guilty. I'm sorry if you loved a lie. His victims can now exhale. Thank you judge and jury. Thank you society for waking up.' — Rose McGowan, via Twitter 'Unbelievably amazing news!!!!!' — Mira Sorvino, via Twitter. 'More importantly, I haven't forgotten about the many women you assaulted and silenced with your power. Good riddance!!!' — Larry Wilmore via Twitter. 'Bill Cosby going down epic. Finally a conviction. Finally justice.' — Tina Brown, via Twitter. 'In a fitting end to Sexual Assault Awareness month, Bill Cosby was found guilty today. Thinking of all the women he traumatized over the past 50 years. As a survivor myself, I know that pain never fully goes away. But I hope that his victims finally feel some semblance of peace.' — Padma Lakshmi, via Twitter. 'The state of America is this — Even with dozens of accusers we were all afraid Bill Cosby would walk.' — Patricia Arquette, via Twitter. 'Hallelujah. It's about damn time. #FinallyHimToo And I hope Stormy wins and all the other women break those NDA's so all of these (expletives) fall down.' — Writer Terry McMillan, via Twitter. '#BillCosby guilty & facing spending the rest of his natural life behind bars — that is IF convictions can withstand certain appeal based on trial judge's allowance of five additional alleged victims testimony to buttress the complaining witness.' — Geraldo Rivera, via Twitter.
  • In an interview with Rolling Stone published Thursday, Grammy-nominated singer Janelle Monae addressed her sexuality, a subject that’s long been speculated under the limelight. >> Read more trending news  Monae spoke to the magazine about being in relationships with men and women and said that while she initially identified as bisexual, after learning about pansexuality, she realized she identifies with it as well. “Being a queer black woman in America -- someone who has been in relationships with both men and women -- I consider myself to be a free (expletives),” she said.  “Later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.” Compared with being bisexual, which means someone is attracted to more than one gender, being pansexual “means being attracted to all gender identities, or attracted to people regardless of gender,” according to LGBTQ organization GLAAD. Related: What is the difference between transgender and transsexual? Other celebrities that have spoken out about being pansexual include Miley Cyrus, Laci Green, Angel Haze and Jazz Jennings. “I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you,” she told Rolling Stone. Related: Janelle Monae returns with ‘Dirty Computer’ album, two new videos Monae also spoke about her long-awaited third solo album “Dirty Computer,” saying,  “A lot of this album is a reaction to the sting of what it means to hear people in my family say, ‘All gay people are going to hell.’” The singer now says she serves “the God of Love.” “Through my experiences, I hope people are seen and heard,” she said. “I may make some mistakes. I may have to learn on the go, but I’m open to this journey.” “Dirty Computer” will be released Friday.
  • The family of Swedish dance musician Avicii has issued a second statement after his death. Variety reported that the statement on the artist, who was found dead in Muscatat, Oman, at age 28 April 20, seems to imply that Avicii died by suicide. “A rep did not immediately reply to Variety’s request for clarification,” Variety reported. “However the statement’s original wording in Swedish makes the implication more overt, one Swedish-speaking source says.” >> Read more trending news  The statement is the second issued by the family in three days. The first statement was issued Monday. Avicii’s real name was Tim Bergling. “Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” the statement said. “An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most -- music. “He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace. Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight. Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive. We love you.” Related: DJ Avicii’s family issues statement on his death, thanks supporters The Associated Press reported Sunday that two autopsies on Bergling showed nothing suspicious in his death. The report cited Sweden’s public broadcaster STV, which cited information from an anonymous police source in Oman. The musician was best known for his single “Wake Me Up.”
  • NBC says that Michael Che and Colin Jost of 'Saturday Night Live' will co-host this year's Emmy Awards. Che and Jost anchor the 'Weekend Update' segment of 'Saturday Night Live' and are head writers on the long-running sketch show. The Emmy ceremony rotates from the major broadcast networks, allowing them to use the host's job to highlight a show or performers. 'SNL' has enjoyed a ratings resurgence with its sharp-edged jabs at President Donald Trump and his administration. Alumni of the late-night show have hosted the Emmys, including Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers. But the last current 'SNL' cast member to serve as host was Eddie Murphy in 1983. The 70th prime-time Emmy Awards will air Sept. 17.
  • President Donald Trump has found something to like about CNN, and it's Anderson Cooper. The president has been a relentless media critic during his time in office, particularly of CNN. But he said in an interview with 'Fox & Friends' on Thursday that he watched Cooper host a town hall meeting with former FBI Director James Comey the night before. Trump said Cooper was surprisingly tough and did a good job. Cooper declined comment on Thursday. The president did complain about other CNN shows that featured commentators lined up against him, leading Fox's Brian Kilmeade to suggest he watch less.

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  • An 17-year-old faces a vehicular homicide charges nearly a month after police said she crashed a car, killing her classmate on senior skip day.  Prosecutors said Cristina Pavon-Baker was driving at 106 mph when she crashed a Mini Cooper into a tree and killed 18-year-old passenger Makayla Penn, Channel 2 Action News reported.  The March 26 crash occurred on I-75 North at the Jonesboro Road exit in Clayton County. The vehicle, “traveling at a high rate of speed,” failed to navigate the turn on the exit ramp, went airborne, overturned several times and ended up hitting a tree, uprooting it in a wooded area, the GSP said at the time of the crash. Pavon-Baker was cut out of the car and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for her injuries.  Prosecutors said Pavon-Baker was on Snapchat before the crash.  The two girls attended Community Christian School and were participating in senior skip day at the time of the crash.  The judge gave Pavon-Baker a $31,000 bond and ordered her to surrender her passport, Channel 2 reported. She was also ordered to not drive and to stay off of Snapchat. 
  • Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his name from consideration, multiple news outlets are reporting. >> MORE COVERAGE: Embattled VA nominee Ronny Jackson accused of drunken driving, drug use | Jamie Dupree: Trump pick to head VA in trouble as Senators postpone hearing | Senate postpones hearing for Trump VA pick Ronny Jackson amid 'serious allegations' | More trending news 
  • Several fired and still working bus drivers gathered in front of Dekalb County School headquarters on Thursday to discuss their demands for a better work environment. Five of the eight divers who were let go one week ago, were back at the district’s offices demanding their jobs back. The press conference was held a half-hour before Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green was to meet with a hand-full of current drivers. Also in attendance, parents, grandparents and current drivers who were there in support of fired drivers like Melanie. “I stand here with the support of hundreds of drivers, parents, students and community members, and I say without hesitation, give us our jobs back.” Said Melanie.
  • The digital assistant Alexa isn’t just for adults. It’s now also for children, since the company has just announced the release of a kids’ version of the gadget.  » RELATED: Amazon is working on its first home robot, report says It’s called the Echo Dot Kids Edition, and it plays music and answers questions for little ones aged 5 to 12. The device also comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited, which offers kid-friendly books and radio stations.  “Parents can have peace of mind knowing their kids are getting age-appropriate content, while they listen to music, ask questions, enjoy Audible books, use Alexa skills, and more. We can’t wait for parents and kids to try this out,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president at Amazon Devices and Services, in a press release. >> Read more trending news  The smart speakers come with colorful cases that are available in blue, red or green, and parents can employ parental controls with the device. Not only can moms and dads set time limits for use, they can also disable the ability to purchase items from the internet. Songs with inappropriate lyrics are automatically blocked.  The voice experience is also tailored for kids. It offers the Magic Word feature, which encourages kiddos to use words like “please,” and children can ask Alexa questions about science, math, spelling, definition and even knock-knock jokes. The Echo Dot Kids Edition is retailed at $79.99 and can be pre-ordered now. Shipping will begin on May 9. » RELATED: Amazon in 2018: 6 things you should know about the e-commerce giant
  • State officials have released the last meal for convicted murderer Robert Earl Butts, Jr., who is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection. Butts was sentenced to death in 1998 for the murder of Donovan Corey Parks. The execution is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 3 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. Butts requested a last meal of bacon cheeseburger with American and cheddar cheese, ribeye steak, six chicken tenders, seasoned French fries, cheesecake and strawberry lemonade.    There have been 70 men and one woman executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.  TRENDING STORIES: Woman kills husband's mistress then turns gun on herself in 'calculated, planned attack': Police GBI investigating second scene in officer-involved in Villa Rica Teen was driving 106 mph when she crashed, killed best friend, prosecutors say If executed, Butts will be the 49th inmate put to death by lethal injection. There are presently 53 men under death sentence in Georgia.   Lawyers: Inmate set for execution should be resentenced A man set for execution next month should be resentenced because he wouldn't get the death penalty if he were sentenced today, his lawyers argued in a court filing. Butts Jr., 40, is scheduled to die on May 3 at the state prison in Jackson. Butts and 41-year-old Marion Wilson Jr. were convicted and sentenced to death in the March 1996 slaying of Donovan Corey Parks in central Georgia. The state and federal constitutions prohibit 'cruel and unusual' punishment, and the state prohibition on such punishment depends on the 'evolving standards of decency of the people of Georgia,' Butts' lawyers wrote in a filing seeking a new sentence in Baldwin County Superior Court, where he was originally sentenced. The murder for which Butts and Wilson were sentenced had a single victim and one aggravating factor, a circumstance that increases the severity of a crime and increases the possible sentence. According to sentencing data obtained and analyzed by Butts' lawyers, no one has been sentenced to death for a murder with one victim and one aggravating factor in over a decade. 'In other words, the people of Georgia no longer consider single-decedent, single-aggravator murder to be among the 'worst of the worst' offenses for which the death penalty must be reserved,' Butts' lawyers wrote. For that reason, they argue, he should be resentenced. The Georgia attorney general's office on Wednesday declined to comment on Butts' lawyers request to halt his scheduled execution and to hold a new sentencing trial. Butts' lawyers analyzed 246 cases in which the state filed a notice to seek the death penalty and a sentence was imposed from 2006 to 2017. During that time, of the 166 cases with a single victim, only seven, or 4.2 percent, resulted in a death sentence. And in the 21 cases with one aggravating factor, only one, or 4.8 percent, resulted in a death sentence. Under the state and federal constitutions, 'cruel and unusual' punishments 'include a sentence that is arbitrarily or rarely imposed,' Butts' lawyers wrote. The fact that no one in Georgia has been sentenced to death for a single victim, single aggravator murder in 10 years 'raises a threshold inference that Butts' death sentence is grossly disproportionate,' they argue. Attorneys for Butts have also argued repeatedly that his trial lawyers were ineffective and failed to thoroughly investigate his case or to present mitigating evidence, including a childhood characterized by abuse and neglect that could have spared him the death penalty. State and federal courts have rejected his appeals. His lawyers argued in a federal court filing earlier this month that a Georgia Supreme Court opinion published in January opens the door for a federal judge to consider his claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. The state rejected that argument in a filing Wednesday. Butts and Wilson asked Parks for a ride outside a Walmart store in Milledgeville, about 93 miles (150 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta. After they'd gone a short distance they ordered him to stop the car, dragged him out and killed him with a single shot to the back of his head, prosecutors said. They tried unsuccessfully to sell Parks' car and ended up driving it to a remote part of Macon and setting fire to it. Appeals in Wilson's case are still pending. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report
  • Two men are facing charges after Alpharetta police say they caught them drag racing right in front of an officer on a busy road. Dash cam video from the officer on patrol on April 6 near Webb Bridge and Morris roads captured the men fly past the officer at a stoplight. 'When the light turned green he noticed two vehicles that were two car lengths ahead of him took off at a very high rate of speed,” Officer Howard Miller said. TRENDING STORIES: 50+ horses missing across southeast after vet student ‘adopts’ them Investigators: Teacher accused of sex with student also had heroin in school Is legal pot a good thing? We travel to Colorado to get the real story Video shows Officer Dustin Bak go after the cars. “Clocked both cars going about 91 miles an hour on Webb Bridge road, which is a 40 mph zone,” Miller said. The exclusive dash cam video and what the men told the officer they were doing at the time, on Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m.