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  • Mission: Impossible 2 star Thandie Newton says she was "never asked" back after 'surreal' Tom Cruise experience

    'It just pushed me into a place of terror and insecurity.'

  • NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace Fires Back at Trump for Smearing Him on Twitter

    Earlier this week, President Donald Trump demanded an apology from Bubba Wallace for supposedly perpetrating what he falsely labeled a hate-crime “hoax” after what looked a lot like a noose was found in the Black NASCAR driver’s garage stall. Wallace responded on social media with a message of positivity and love, but he had a bit more to say when he appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night. Comedian and black-ish star Anthony Anderson, who was filling in as guest host for Kimmel, said, “As a kid growing up, not once did you ever think that you would gain the attention of the president of the United States of America, in a positive or negative way. What are your thoughts on how he’s come after you in the media, in the press and on social media because of what’s transpired so far?” When he first saw Trump’s tweets, Wallace said he thought, “Man, there’s so many more things that are going on in the world that I feel like he should be worried about.” Kayleigh McEnany Invokes Jussie Smollett to Defend Trump’s Bubba Wallace Attack‘Black-ish’ Star Anthony Anderson’s Disturbing History of Sexual-Assault Allegations“To be late to the party is one thing and to be wrong on the factual information is another,” he added. “But all in all, he did get one thing right: the great officials that continue to stand behind me, NASCAR drivers and officials that continue to stand behind me through it all. He got that part right.” Wallace went on to clarify some misconceptions about the noose incident, including the fact that he was not even the one who found it in his garage. It was the president of NASCAR who brought it to his attention. “The first person I thought of when it was brought to my attention, that there was a noose found in my garage, was a crew member who happens to be African-American, on my team,” he said, explaining that it was that crew member who found the noose. “Not once did I report it,” Wallace said. “I didn’t even see the picture of the noose, or the garage pull until Tuesday after the race, after I’m already home, after my second phone call with the FBI. So I did not report it. I just was told about it and next thing you know, one thing led to another.” In his tweet, Trump seemed to suggest that Wallace’s teammates and fellow drivers rallied around him under false pretenses, but both Anderson and Wallace recognized that it was a “powerful” moment whether the noose was deliberately left in his stall or not. “Obviously, you can see the emotion,” he said. “I tried to walk out before that moment. I had just a ton of positive energy. And then that moment there broke me and just totally put me in my feels. And it just showed the power and the unity, the love, compassion, understanding that we all have for one another.” “In that moment there, everybody let their guard down or let themselves be a human being and show their human being side,” he continued. “I thought that was pretty powerful to show the world that our sport can come together, the sport of NASCAR, where a lot of people have their doubts about, that we show this type of unity and love and understanding. And that everybody can do the same thing, so I thought that was so strong and so impactful.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • Woman who talked to unconscious husband for 30 years gets solace from B.C. study

    VANCOUVER - For 30 years, Hilary Jordan talked to her husband about the goings on in their family and the world but she wasn't sure if the police officer injured in a crash could hear anything as he lay unconscious in a hospital bed."I like to believe that he did hear me," she said in an interview this week."I said something to him before he passed, which made him know that it was OK to leave us, and I had never said those words before, so shortly thereafter he did pass. I do believe he could hear."Ian Jordan suffered a head injury when he and another officer were on their way to a call in Victoria in September 1987. He died in April 2018.Now, research from the University of British Columbia suggests people who are unresponsive can hear, even hours before they die.Lead author Elizabeth Blundon, who recently graduated from the university with a PhD in psychology, said the findings may bear out a persistent belief among health-care workers that hearing is the last sense to go in the dying process.The study, published recently in Scientific Reports, was the first to investigate hearing when people are close to death, in one case six hours beforehand, Blundon said.The research involved eight patients at a hospice doing a hearing task when they were still responsive. Five of them repeated the task when they became unconscious.A control group of 17 young, healthy participants also took part in the study, which was completed between 2013 and 2017.Participants wore a cap with 64 electrodes that measured brain waves as they listened to a series of tones grouped in five patterns that would occasionally change.Those in the control group pressed a button when they heard the pattern change while the responsive patients at the hospice were asked to count the number of times the pattern changed.The brain activity of the control group and the responsive hospice patients was very similar to that of the unresponsive patients, Blundon said."It's an encouraging sign that at the very least the brain is reacting and processing at some capacity the auditory information that it's receiving," she said of the glimpse into brain activity that persists in the transition between life and death."But I can't tell anybody if their loved one understands them or knows who's talking to them," Blundon said, adding further research is needed to delve deeper into the mysteries of end-of-life hearing.Previous research into hearing of unresponsive patients has been done in Europe on patients with traumatic brain injury and showed they also respond to sound, said Blundon, who hopes to continue her work at the University of Miami, where she may also look into the effects of music on those near death.Dr. Romayne Gallagher, who recently retired as a palliative care physician at St. John Hospice where part of the study was completed, said she noticed during 30 years in her job that patients would react positively when they heard the voice of a loved one, even on the phone.Families can take some measure of comfort from spending time talking to their loved ones, even when they don't respond, she added."A lot of people are scared of this time and they don't quite know what to do and we often say to them, 'Talk to them, play their favourite music.' Things like that."Jordan said she spent thousands of hours "chit-chatting" with her husband and playing his favourite music from the 1970s and '80s on a boom box she brought to hospital."It just seemed natural, speaking to him," she said, adding he seemed to respond most favourably every time she mentioned their son Mark, who was 16 months old when the crash happened.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 9, 2020.Camille Bains, The Canadian Press

  • China coerces hundreds of Chinese-born critics in U.S. to return home, FBI chief says

    The head of the FBI said on Tuesday Chinese President Xi Jinping was spearheading a program aimed at strong-arming Chinese-born people in the United States deemed as threats to Beijing to return home - even threatening their families. FBI director Christopher Wray, speaking at the Hudson Institute think tank, said hundreds of Chinese in the United States - some of them US citizens- had been targets of the "Fox Hunt" programme. Wray reiterated U.S. charges that China was using espionage, cyber theft, blackmail and other means as part of a strategy to replace the United States as the world's dominant economic and technological power.

  • Naya Rivera Missing After 4-Year-Old Son Found Alone in a Boat on California Lake

    On Wednesday, the Glee star, 33, was reported missing after a trip to Lake Piru in Ventura County, California

  • Mom issues somber warning after terrifying encounter with strangers at Goodwill: 'I was hyperventilating'

    Twitter user alyssangelica__, who is a mom of one, took to Twitter to share her frightening ordeal - and how she escaped unscathed. “Omg so so so glad you’re okay!!” one wrote. “It’s seems like terrible men are up to no good at Goodwill trying to take advantage of girls while shopping.”

  • Actor Depp attacked wife on plane in drunken rage, UK court hears

    Hollywood star Johnny Depp kicked and slapped his ex-wife Amber Heard on a private flight in a drunken rage brought on because he believed she was having an affair with her co-star James Franco, London's High Court heard on Wednesday. Depp, giving evidence in his libel trial against Britain's Sun newspaper over an article describing him as a "wife beater", denied he had attacked Heard, accusing her of being the aggressor whom he tried to placate. During the first two days of what is expected to be a three-week case, the court has heard evidence about Depp's heavy drinking and drug use and about his relationship with Heard whom he married in 2015.