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Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson will join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on season 15 of "The Voice"

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Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Kelly Clarkson, currently in her debut season as a coach on The Voice, will return for season 15 in the fall, NBC announced on Thursday, and she’ll be squaring off against three-time Grammy-winner and season 13 coach Jennifer Hudson, who’ll reclaim her red chair from current coach Alicia Keys.

As always, Blake Shelton and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine will also be back in their chairs, mentoring a new batch of artists, all competing for the title of “The Voice.”

Hudson also broke the news Thursday night in a video posted on her Twitter page, declaring, “This is gonna be a show, so y’all might wanna get ready, ’cause [we’re] coming.”

“Look for me back on The Voice with my girl Kelly…this fall” she added.

“They each have a unique understanding of what it’s like to be in the artists’ shoes,” says Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, in a press release. “Bringing these two voices together with Blake and Adam for season 15 is sure to make this one of our best seasons yet!”

In the meantime, season 14 of The Voice resumes with the top 8 performing on Monday, while Clarkson is set to host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards May 20 on NBC.

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Sex abuse victims of former Olympic doctor say they want famed gymnastics coach prosecuted

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — Five sexual assault victims of former U.S. Olympic doctor Larry Nassar demanded Thursday that the Texas Attorney General prosecute legendary gymnastics coach Marta Karolyi for not reporting Nassar when she was first told of his deviant behavior.

The victims cited Karolyi’s 2017 deposition in a California lawsuit against her and her husband, Bela Karolyi, in which she said she was informed in June 2015 by Steve Penny, former president of USA Gymnastics, that Nassar was suspected of molesting athletes but failed to report him to law enforcement.

The Karolyis ran the Karolyi Ranch gymnastics training facility in Huntsville, Texas, where many elite gymnasts, including gold medal winners Aly Raisman and Simone Biles, say they were assaulted by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.

Autumn Blainey, 16, said she was subjected to numerous assaults by Nassar in the year after Marta Karolyi, 75, was told of complaints about the doctor’s questionable conduct.

“I think that it is incredibly unfair that Marta didn’t do her job and protect me because I probably wouldn’t be standing here if she would have,” Autumn said at a news conference outside the Texas Attorney General’s Office in Austin. “I think it’s awful that I couldn’t trust adults that were supposed to protect me throughout this process and Larry would have probably never touched me if the adults did their jobs.”

The victims spoke out a day after Marta Karolyi’s attorney, Gary Jewell, issued a statement saying his client “misunderstood the question and misspoke” during her deposition. Jewell said Penny didn’t inform his client of Nassar’s behavior until 2016 and that she was only told that concerns were raised over his treatments.

Jewell said Karolyi had “no knowledge of allegations of sexual misconduct by Larry Nassar until the summer of 2016” after an investigation of molestation allegations against him was well underway of in Michigan.

Attorney John Manly, who represents 180 Nassar victims, scoffed at Jewell’s statement, saying Marta Karolyi was given the opportunity to correct numerous misstatements in her deposition but did not change the date of when she was informed of Nassar behavior.

“She signed the deposition under penalty of perjury leaving unchanged that she first knew in June 2015,” Manly said at the news conference. “But let me tell you what Mr. Jewell’s statement is: Mr. Jewell’s statement is a desperate attempt to explain that he got caught, Mrs. Karolyi got caught in a big fat lie.”

Jewell did not respond to requests from ABC News for comment on Thursday.

Manly said there are 320 Nassar victims “who cry out today” for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to prosecute one of Nassar key alleged enablers, Marta Karolyi.

“Your job sir is justice, your job sir is to find the truth,” Manly said of Paxton. “And if 300-plus girls being molested doesn’t justify an investigation to find the truth and to find out what happened then for God sake what does?”

In a statement released shortly after the news conference, Paxton’s office said such an investigation would be “outside our jurisdiction.” But the Attorney General added that his office would “gladly and immediately assist with this investigation and prosecution” if asked to do so by the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

According to the attorney general’s website, local district attorneys have original jurisdiction over criminal prosecution and the AG has “no role or oversight” regarding those decisions. The office normally files civil or criminal suits “upon referral by other state agencies,” the website says.

Marc Rylander, a spokesman for Paxton, said the Texas Rangers, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, and the Walker County District Attorney’s Office are already conducting an investigation of Karolyi.

He said the Attorney General is confident that a “complete and thorough investigation” is being conducted and “will achieve justice for the victims of these alleged crimes.”

Nassar, who was also the long-time sports medicine doctor at Michigan State University, was sentenced in January to 40 to 175 years in prison, for molesting numerous female athletes in Ingham County, Michigan. During his sentencing hearing, more than 150 victims asked a judge to give Nassar the maximum sentence.

In February, the disgraced physician was sentenced to another 40 to 125 years in prison on multiple counts of sexual assault that occurred in neighboring Eaton County, Michigan.

The Michigan Attorney General continues to investigate the Nassar case after numerous victims said they complained to officials of Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and US Olympic Committee but nothing was ever done.

In March, Nassar’s boss at MSU, William Strampel, 70, was arrested on felony charges of harassing four female MSU students.

Michelle Simpson Tuegel, a Texas lawyer who represents several Nassar victims, said the victims will not go away until the Texas Attorney General opens an investigation of both Marta and Bela Karolyi.

“Had Mrs. Karolyi actually done what Texas law requires her to do, some of these women, including the brave 16-year-old Autumn standing here … wouldn’t be here. They would not have had to suffer like they suffered,” Tuegel said.

Another Nassar victim, Lindsey Lemke, a 22-year-old student at Michigan State University, said she too was molested by Nassar after Marta Karolyi was informed of complaints about him.

“An investigation must be done to be able to find out who knew what, when they knew it and they need to be held accountable,” Lemke said.

Jamie Dantzscher, 36, part of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team that won the bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, said she was molested by Nassar numerous times while training at the Karolyi Ranch and elsewhere.

“I can’t understand why this is not taken seriously in Texas right now,” Dantzscher said at the news conference. “How many little girls and young women does it take to take sexual abuse seriously?”

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White Yale student calls police on napping black schoolmate, college vows to become 'truly inclusive'

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Michael Marsland/Yale University(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — Yale University needs more work to become “truly inclusive,” a dean at the Ivy League school said after a white student there called police on a black classmate who had fallen asleep in their dormitory’s common area.

“Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place,” Lynn Cooley, the dean of Yale’s graduate school of arts and sciences, said in an email to students Tuesday.

The graduate student, Lolade Siyonbola, sparked outrage about racial profiling Monday after she posted a video of her extended interaction with campus police officers and the white student who called them.

“I deserve to be here. I pay tuition like everybody else,” Siyonbola, a 34-year-old graduate student in African studies, said after police asked her for identification. “I’m not going to justify my existence here.

“I really don’t know if there’s a justification for you actually being in the building,” she said to the officers, after confirming her enrollment.

Siyonbola even unlocked her dorm-room door in front of the officers to show she lived there after they insisted on seeing her ID.

“We’re in a Yale building and we need to make sure that you belong here,” one officer said in the video.

The officers said the encounter lasted longer than expected because her name appears differently in the school’s database.

In a statement to ABC News, Yale said it allows students to have their preferred name on their ID cards, which can differ from official records.

The school is also reviewing the telephone call to campus police and their response. Police “are trained on unconscious bias, de-escalation techniques, and problem solving, and seek to treat each individual with respect,” according to the statement.

Siyonbola, who was questioned for nearly 20 minutes, said she had fallen asleep while working on a paper in a common room of her dorm. She told police that the female student who reported her suffered from mental illness and had called police on another student in the past.

Another black graduate student told ABC affiliate WTNH that the same woman called police on him about a month ago.

Reneson Jean-Louis told police the woman said to him at the time, “‘You’re making me uncomfortable. I don’t feel safe around you. You’re an intruder. You need to leave, you need to get out.’

“This is, again, a blatant case of racial profiling that needs to be addressed at Yale, university-wide,” he added.

Dean Cooley said in her email that she’s “committed to redoubling our efforts to build a supportive community in which all graduate students are empowered in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals within a welcoming environment.”

In an email to students, Kim Goff-Crews, vice president for student Life, said officers “subsequently admonished the complaining student that the other student had every right to be present.”

Yale still has “so much more to do,” Goff-Crews said, adding that students can expect to see listening sessions scheduled “in the coming days and months.”

The incident is the latest in a string of recent high-profile encounters involving black people who have been wrongfully reported.

Earlier this week, a group of black Airbnb renters in Southern California said they planned to sue the Rialto Police Department over how it responded to a 911 caller reporting a burglary at their rental location. A similar situation unfolded in downtown Philadelphia last month involving two black men at a Starbucks where a manager reported them because they’d hadn’t purchased anything.

Siyonbola didn’t immediately respond to social media requests for additional comment, but she wrote about the incident on her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon:

“Grateful for all the love, kind words and prayers, your support has been overwhelming. Black Yale community is beyond incredible and is taking good care of me. I know this incident is a drop in the bucket of trauma Black folk have endured since Day 1 America, and you all have stories. Share below if you feel led.”

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TTR Weather Outlook

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Fair weather and above normal temperatures are expected across south central Texas for the remainder of the week into the weekend. As Gulf moisture returns to Central Texas the humidity will rise late in the week ahead of the next storm system which could bring us a slight chance of showers and storms to portions of south central Texas Sunday through Tuesday.

Today: Partly cloudy until late afternoon then clearing. Patchy fog early in the morning. Highs in the upper 80s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 80s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs around 90. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night Through Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. Highs around 90.

Thanks for listening to Texas Thunder Radio.

Wubba Lubba Dub Dub! "Rick and Morty" coming back with 70 episode deal

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By Stephen Iervolino

Adult Swim(LOS ANGELES) — The acclaimed animated show Rick and Morty is coming back — in a big way.

For the uninitiated, the boundary-pushing show follows a brilliant-but-flawed scientist named Rick, who drags his awkward teen grandson Morty on adventures across space and time. It’s sort of like Back to the Future, if Doc Brown was an angry, alcoholic sociopath.

Contract negotiations seemed to put put a 4th season in jeopardy, leaving fans jonesing. But on Thursday, co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland announced that a deal had been struck with Cartoon Network — and 70 new episodes of the show are on their way.

They did so as only they would: with an Instagram that revealed both men were showering together.

Roseanne star Sarah Chalke plays Rick’s daughter — and Morty’s mom — Beth. Her character welcomes her dad back into the home after a two-decade absence, and puts up with all manner of potentially world ending scenarios just to try to keep her dysfunctional family together.

Chalke tells ABC Radio that like any other fan, she can’t get enough of the show. “It’s so cool to get the new scripts…no matter what you’re thinking in your head when you read it, like there’s a sentient cloud fart alien being and these, you know, wild intergalactic adventures…you can’t imagine how the animators are going to do it. And that’s been one of the coolest parts, is to see what they create from what’s on the page.”

Alas, there was no time frame given as to when the new episodes will kick off.

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