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Landon Donovan's support for Mexico sparks pitched battle off the pitch

Landon Donovan’s support for Mexico at the World Cup has sparked a pitched battle between the most recognizable name in American soccer and his peers, ESPN reported Sunday.

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Donovan has been part of an advertising campaign for Wells Fargo to support Mexico, which opened its World Cup play in Russia with a stunning 1-0 victory against defending champion Germany on Sunday. Critics of the promotion have criticized Landon, calling his cheerleading inappropriate.

Donovan posted a photo on Twitter on Saturday holding a scarf that read “My other team is Mexico.”

Donovan played this spring for León, which is part of Mexico’s Primera Division. Still, some questioned Donovan’s motives.

“Watering it down for beer/banks won’t enrich the rivalry,” ESPN announcer Sebastian Salazar tweeted.

Carlos Bocanegra, the former captain of the U.S. national team, tweeted “Really?” 

Donovan tweeted back that Bocanegra should “remember where you came from.”

“Look around our country, are you happy with how we are treating Mexicans?” Donovan answered. “Open your mind, stand for something and remember where you came from.”

Donovan’s former teammate, Herculez Gomez, an ESPN analyst, criticized that exchange, ESPN reported, tweeting that it was “an incredibly terrible take.”

Seth MacFarlane criticizes Fox, network anchor Tucker Carlson

Comedian Seth MacFarlane tweeted that comments made by Fox News host Tucker Carlson made him “embarrassed” to work for the network, The Hill reported Sunday.

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MacFarlane’s science fiction comedy-drama series “The Orville,” is broadcast on Fox. He also created the long-running “Family Guy” animated show that is aired by the network. On Saturday, MacFarlane took issue with Carlson’s comments that urged viewers not to trust news reports from “big stations.”

“If you're looking to understand what's actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they're telling you on the big news stations,” Carlson said in his Friday night telecast.

MacFarlane was responding to CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter, who called Carlson’s comments “sad” on Twitter.

“In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News,” MacFarlane tweeted. “It’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company.”

'All hell broke loose' during New Jersey arts festival shooting, witnesses say

Witnesses said “all hell broke loose” early Sunday morning during a shooting at a New Jersey arts festival that resulted in the death of one of the suspects and injuries to 22 people.

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“I saw two punches and then heard several gunshots,” Trenton resident Franco Roberts told The Trentonian

Roberts said he arrived with his girlfriend at the annual Art All Night festival around 2:30 a.m. He told The Trentonian that he had a bad feeling because there was no music playing. The festival had three stages set up for the 12th annual event and 60 bands were scheduled to play during the 24-hour event.

>> New Jersey arts festival shooting: Suspect dead, 22 hurt, police say

“There’s usually a lot of noise and a lot of music but there was none of that,” Roberts said. “Someone told us they were shutting down the whole building. Then we turned around and saw people squaring up to fight.”Gunshots rang out moments later, Roberts told the newspaper.

Trenton resident Angelo Nicolo told WPVI said he saw one person who was shot in the leg.

“All of a sudden, my brother goes to me, 'You hear that gunfire?' I go, 'It sounds like fireworks.' He said, 'No, that's gunfire.'” Nicolo told the television station. “Next thing you know, we turn around and everybody's running down the street. All hell broke loose.”

>> What is the Art All Night festival in Trenton?

Nicolo said he saw police officers tend to one of the wounded men.

"I saw two police officers escort a guy that got shot in the leg; they bandaged him up and whisked him away before the ambulance came here. It was pretty gnarly," Nicolo told WPVI.

Irving Higginbotham told WPVI that he was shot four times. 

"Everybody was having a nice time. The next thing you know, there were gunshots, got shot in the leg, fell on the ground, and that was it," Higginbotham told the television station.

“It was like. “Pow, pow, pow,’ and then I was laying on the ground,” Higginbothan told NJ.com.

Maurice Lennon told NJ.com that he was taking a look at the artwork when he heard gunfire.

“We heard the first shots ring out inside the art gallery,” Lennon said in a telephone interview with NJ.com. “The first shot, then the second shot before it resonated that ‘Wow, that’s gunfire.’ You saw the doors bust open, everyone started running out and panicking. 

“I ended up getting tripped and (I) fell and I ended up crawling.”

Edward Forchion told NJ.com he heard 26 shots that began inside a building and then continued outside. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer that “Everybody froze like deers in headlights. Then everyone started moving.”

"I'm still in shock, all that happened all around me," Forchion, 54, who took videos as the shootings occurred, told NJ.com. "There were people that fell and people stepped over them, people that ran into cars, people were scrambling.”

Some witnesses said the vibe was different at this year’s festival. Janel Frink told the Inquirer that she arrived at the event at 12:30 a.m. Sunday but decided to leave when she saw “12 to 16 teenagers running around,” along with several police and ambulances.

“I could tell something was brewing,” said Frink, 40, of Hamilton Township.

“The vibe was different last night,” Jim Doria told the Inquirer. “It was crowded. I saw a mini-altercation break out at one point.”

Doria, his wife and daughter brought three bunches of flowers to the shooting site early Sunday afternoon, the Inquirer reported.

Officials said off- and on-duty police in the area fired their service weapons as the suspects, who fled the building, were firing their weapons, NJ.com reported. Officials said the believed the deceased suspect was shot by a policeman.

Flash flooding washes out roads, opens 60 sinkholes in upper Michigan

Heavy rainstorms across the upper peninsula of Michigan washed out several roads and created more than 60 sinkholes, MLive reported Sunday.

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Several roads were washed out in Houghton and Hancock, and the National Weather Service in Marquette declared a flash flood emergency for central and southern Houghton County.

"This is a particularly dangerous situation,” the weather service said on a Facebook post. "Law enforcement reports that many area roads are impassable and are covered by debris. Residents have been asked to stay off the roadways until the water subsides and the debris has been cleared.”

The upper peninsula area has received up to 6 inches of rain since midnight, the National Weather Service said. One observer in Quincy Hill, recorded 6.72 inches of rain since midnight, WLUC reported.

Country singer Scotty McCreery marries longtime girlfriend

Country music star Scotty McGreery married his longtime girlfriend, Gabi Dugal, in the North Carolina mountains on Saturday, People reported.

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McCreery, who was the 2011 winner of “American Idol,” wed near Grandfather Mountain, WRAL reported.

Dugal is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and works as a pediatric nurse at Duke University Hospital, WRAL reported.

“We’ve been dating six years and have known each other our whole lives,” McCreery told People. “That kind of story doesn’t happen too often nowadays.

“I support her dreams and she supports mine.”

The couple met as kindergarten students in Garner, North Carolina, WRAL reported.

The couple, both 24, made Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” their first dance, People reported.

Celebrate Father's Day with these 10 so-bad-they're-good dad jokes

Happy Father's Day!

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Twitter users around the world are using the hashtags #DadJokes and #FunnyThingsDadsSay to celebrate their dads with baffling wisecracks and head-scratching words of wisdom.

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Check out 10 of the best-worst jokes below:

1. "I've always had an irrational fear of speed bumps. But don't worry, I'm slowly getting over it." – @DaddingAround

2. "Why did the coffee go to the police? It got mugged." – @NPR

3. "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure." – @chrismakespuns

4. "Was going to go to the new restaurant in space. Heard their food is great, but there is no atmosphere." – @MatBest11x

5. "Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted." – @Fawcett_Matt

6. "If a short person waves at you, is it a microwave?" – @First_Jimothy

7. "I knew a guy who was addicted to drinking brake fluid. He said he could stop anytime." – @HouseofBoodles

8. "How do you find Will Smith in the snow? Look for the fresh prints!!!!" – @ProducerEddie

9. "That cow is amazing. ... She's outstanding in her field." – @GuyMcPerson309

10. "You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose." – @Johnsense38

What is the Art All Night festival in Trenton?

The Art All Night festival in Trenton, New Jersey, where one suspect was killed and 20 people were injured early Sunday, has been a gathering place for artists for 12 years.

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The festival, which began at 3 p.m. Saturday and was originally scheduled to end Sunday at 3 p.m., can attract up to 30,000 people annually, The Trentonian reported. The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday, police said.

“We’re deeply shocked. We’re deeply saddened,” Art All Night posted on Facebook, noting that the remainder of the event had been canceled.

Joseph Kuzemka, the director for the festival, said Friday that he expected more than 1,500 artists to show their work. Most event-goers attend the event between 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday, the Trentonian reported.

>> New Jersey arts festival shooting: Suspect dead, 20 hurt

In addition to the art, there are glassblowing, woodworking and blacksmithing exhibits. 

More than 60 musical acts appeared on three stages, WPVI reported.

The festival had been scheduled to show 279 films from more than a dozen countries. The festival’s video team showcased their movie, “Trenton Against Humanity.”

A flea market had been scheduled for 8 a.m. Sunday.

23-foot python swallows woman whole, reports say

A 54-year-old Indonesian woman is dead after villagers say a 23-foot python swallowed her whole.

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According to The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, Wa Tiba of Muna Island disappeared Thursday after leaving her village, Persiapan Lawela, to tend to her garden. The next day, searchers discovered a "snake with a bloated belly" and some of Tiba's things near the garden, said the village's chief, known by the single name Faris, the AP reported.

Faris said villagers killed the python and cut it open, the AP reported. They then "found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes," Faris said.

Graphic photos and videos posted online appeared to show the woman's body being extracted from the dead python.

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This isn't the first time a python has swallowed a person in Indonesia, where such snakes are common, AFP reported. A farmer died under similar circumstances in March 2017 on the island of Sulawesi, according to the news service.

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New Jersey arts festival shooting: Suspect dead, 22 hurt, police say

One suspect is dead and 22 people were hurt early Sunday after gunfire rang out at an arts festival in Trenton, New Jersey, authorities said.

According to The Associated Press, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said two suspects began firing their weapons at the Art All Night festival about 3 a.m. EDT Sunday. Authorities said four of the victims were injured critically, and 16 of the victims suffered gunshot wounds, the AP reported.

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Onofri said one suspect, identified only as a 33-year-old man, has died. Police have apprehended the second suspect, WNBC reported.

UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 2:59 p.m.: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy spoke at the Galilee Baptist Church in Trenton. “Art All Night is a time when we call come together. We cannot let gun violence tear us apart,” he said. “These are not inappropriate times to talk about gun policy. These are the most important times to talk about gun policy.”

UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 2:40 p.m.: The Trentonian reported that “law enforcement sources” believed a fight that sparked the shooting was the result of an ongoing conflict between two rival groups. A social media post 15 hours before the shooting suggested that there would be gunfire at the event. A Facebook post by Danielle Grady pleaded for people to “Please, please, do not got to Art All Night! They will be shooting it up!” 

The post has since been taken down, but the Trentonian ran a screen shot of the Facebook post.

UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m.  EDT:Officials said 22 people were injured during the incident, 17 by gunfire. Of the four people injured critically, one was a 13-year-old boy who was in “extreme critical condition,” police said.

UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 9:25 a.m. EDT: What Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said the festival does not appear to have been the target of the shooting, NJ.com reported.

"All indications are that this was a dispute between individuals that occurred at Art All Night," Onofri said.

UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 9:08 a.m. EDT: At a news conference Sunday morning, Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson called the shooting “truly a tragedy” for the city. 

“All shootings, whether large or small, are a crisis. It’s a fact that our cities, as well as our suburbs, throughout America are experiencing an increase in public shootings and public unrest,” Jackson said. “This isn’t some random act of violence; this is a public health issue. We are working cooperatively and collaboratively to end this violence in the city of Trenton.”

UPDATE: June 17, 2018, 8:53 a.m. EDT: Art festival officials announced on Facebook “with great regret” that the remainder of the festival had been canceled.

“We’re still processing much of this and we don’t have many answers at this time,” officials wrote in the Facebook post.

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Chris Hardwick's AMC talk show on hiatus following sexual, emotional abuse allegations

AMC announced it won't air Chris Hardwick's talk show after an ex-girlfriend wrote a blog post that appeared to accuse the TV host – without naming him – of emotional and sexual abuse.

In a statement Saturday, the network added that the "Talking With Chris Hardwick" host will not moderate panels for AMC and BBC America at San Diego Comic-Con.

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"We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years," the statement said. "We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, 'Talking With Chris Hardwick' will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month."

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Hardwick also hosts "The Wall" on NBC, which issued a statement saying it was "continuing to assess the situation" and would "take appropriate action based on the outcome," USA Today reported.

The news came after Chloe Dykstra, an actress and model who used to date Hardwick, wrote a blog post for Medium accusing an ex-boyfriend of emotionally and sexually abusive behavior. Although she did not use the ex-boyfriend's name, descriptions of the man's career and age appeared to match Hardwick, The Associated Press reported.

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According to Deadline, Hardwick issued the following statement Friday:

"These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond," the statement read. "I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post. Our three year relationship was not perfect – we were ultimately not a good match and argued – even shouted at each other – but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her."

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The statement continued: "When we were living together, I found out that Chloe had cheated on me, and I ended the relationship. For several weeks after we broke up, she asked to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, 'build a life' with me and told me that I was 'the one,' but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful. I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. l was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women."

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The website Nerdist, which Hardwick founded but is now owned by Legendary Entertainment, posted Friday that the behavior Dykstra described "is contrary to everything we stand for and believe in."

Legendary added: "Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017. He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks. The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation."

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