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Simon Cowell turned down offer to re-join "American Idol"

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By Stephen Iervolino

NBC/Art Streiber(LOS ANGELES) — If you’re wondering if Simon Cowell might return to the American Idol fold for ABC’s reboot of the show, sorry — you won’t be going to Hollywood.

Speaking to his former girlfriend Terri Seymour on Extra, the former America’s Got Talent host said, “I was asked to do it, and the answer is no.”

Simon, who left the show in 2010 but returned briefly for last year’s finale, added, “I have no interest. My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacrest] and Paula [Abdul]. You can’t recreate that.”

Simon also felt that the last time he watched it, “It was not the same show, just the same name. I left for a reason and I never regretted that.”

Rumor has it that Ryan Seacrest, recently named co-host of ABC’s Live with Kelly, is in talks to return to the show, rumored to debut early next year on ABC. Who will judge is anyone’s guess — former contestants Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson have already thrown in their lots with NBC’s The Voice.

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11-year-old Special Olympics player surprised with trip to NBA Draft Lottery

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By Kelly Terez

iStock/Thinkstock(CHANDLER, Ariz.) — Noah Smith may just be 11 years old, but he’s going to the NBA Draft Lottery next week!

Smith, who was born with a hole in his heart, was surprised Friday by Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker with a seat at the exclusive event. The 5th grader at Navarrete Elementary in Chandler, Arizona, loves basketball and plays the sport in the Special Olympics.

Booker has become close with Smith over the past few months and was so taken with his story that he felt the need to invite him along to New York for the big event on Tuesday, a spokesman for the NBA told ABC News.

On Tuesday, Noah and Booker, 20, will spend all day Tuesday in Manhattan playing ball together and checking out Big Apple attractions before they hit the big event that will determine who is the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Booker is no stranger to the lottery. He was the 13th pick just two years ago and averaged just over 22 points per game last year for the Suns.

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Yoakum vs Johnson City @ Nelson Field – Austin – Game 1 | On-Demand

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Recorded on THURSDAY, MAY 11th – 3A Baseball: Yoakum vs Johnson City (best of 3) @ Nelson Field – Austin – Game 1, 7 pm.


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Sacred Heart vs Tomball Rosehill Christian | On-Demand

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Recorded on THURS, MAY 11th – TAPPS Regional Baseball: Sacred Heart vs Tomball Rosehill Christian @ La Grange – 6:30 pm.

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Amtrak engineer in deadly 2015 crash charged with involuntary manslaughter

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By Kelly Terez

Win McNamee/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Criminal charges have been filed against the engineer behind a deadly Amtrak train crash on the Northeast Corridor in Philadelphia two years ago.

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office filed charges against Brandon Bostian, including eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of causing or risking a catastrophe, and numerous counts of reckless endangerment.

Bostian, 34, was engineering the New York-bound Amtrak Train No. 188 on May 12, 2015 when he accelerated while approaching a curve at Frankford Junction in the Port Richmond neighborhood. According to the affidavit from Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office, the train was moving 106 miles per hour, when the speed limit was 50 miles per hour at the curve.

The train derailed and crashed at about 9:20 p.m., killing eight passengers and injuring over 200.

On Tuesday, the city district attorney’s office said no charges would be filed against Bostian because it could not be proven that the engineer acted with “conscious disregard” when he accelerated.

Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Marsha Neifeld ordered Thursday for the engineer to be criminally charged.

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