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Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood among the big winners at the 2018 CMT Music Awards

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By Music News Group

ABC/Mark LevineBlake Shelton was the big winner at the 2018 CMT Music Awards, airing live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday.

Blake grabbed two awards, including the biggest honor of the night, Video of the Year, for “I’ll Name the Dogs.” For that same video, he also took home Male Video of the Year, remarkably his 10th win in that category.

Carrie Underwood, already the most-awarded act in the history of the CMT Music Awards, continued her amazing streak by picking up her 18th belt buckle for “The Champion,” featuring Ludacris.

Hosts Little Big Town won for Group Video of the Year for “When Someone Stops Loving You” and Dan + Shay nabbed their first Duo Video of the Year award for “Tequila.”

Other first time winners included Carly Pearce for Breakthrough Video of the Year for her haunting breakup ballad, “Every Little Thing.” “To the guy who broke my heart…Thanks!,” she exclaimed as she accepted the belt buckle. Kane Brown walked off with Collaborative Video of the Year, along with Lauren Alaina for “What Ifs.” Kane revealed that it was his first award of any kind. It was Alaina’s second consecutive win for breakthrough video.

The Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line won performance of the year for their CMT Crossroads performance of “Everybody.”

A number of artists used the evening to premiere new music, including Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne combining for “Burning Man”; Florida Georgia Line with “Simple”; and Kelly Clarksoncovering the Guess Who classic “American Woman,” which she recorded for Paramount Network’s new series of the same name. Little Big Town performed “Summer Fever”; Sam Hunt unveiled “Downtown’s Dead”; and Backstreet Boys sang their new one, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

Other performances included Kelsea Ballerini with “I Hate Love Songs”; Carrie Underwood delivering her latest, “Cry Pretty”; and Chris Stapleton with “Millionaire”

The show closed with the supergroup “The Troublemakers” — Darius Rucker, featuring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley performing the raucous new song, “Straight to Hell.”

Here’s the complete winners list:

Video of the Year – Blake Shelton/“I’ll Name The Dogs”

Male Video of the Year – Blake Shelton/“I’ll Name The Dogs”

Female Video of the Year – Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris/“The Champion”

Duo Video of the Year – Dan + Shay/“Tequila”

Group Video of the Year – Little Big Town/“When Someone Stops Loving You”

Breakthrough Video of the Year – Carly Pearce/“Every Little Thing”

Collaborative Video of the Year – Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina/“What Ifs”

CMT Performance of the Year – From CMT Crossroads: Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line/ “Everybody”

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Federal judge rules lawsuit challenging migrant-family separation can proceed, says policy 'shocks the conscience'

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By Brittany Martinez

ABC News (NEW YORK) — A federal judge in California ruled on Wednesday evening that a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s practice of separating immigrant parents from their children can move forward, saying the government’s policy “shocks the conscience.”

Judge Dana M. Sabraw denied the government’s motion to dismiss the case and ruled that the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause gives migrant families on U.S. soil a right to “family integrity or to familial association.”

Sabraw, ruling on just the law and not the facts at this time, wrote that the government’s “conduct, if true, as it is assumed to be on the present motion, is brutal, offensive, and fails to comport with traditional notions of fair play and decency.”

Sabraw added: “At a minimum, the facts alleged are sufficient to show the government conduct at issue ‘shocks the conscience’ and violates Plaintiffs’ constitutional right to family integrity.”

In an ABC News exclusive, Tom Llamas spoke last week to a plaintiff in the case named Jocelyn, a 31-year-old immigrant from Brazil who asked that her last name not be used. She and her 14-year-old son, James, illegally crossed the border near El Paso, Texas, in August to seek asylum.

Within days of their arrival, James was taken to a facility in Chicago under the watch of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, while his mother was held in criminal custody in Texas. Jocelyn said that when officers took her son away, the look on his face said, “Mom, help me.”

“I didn’t know what was going to happen to us,” she said. “I spent the night crying because I wanted James to be protected, and I didn’t know what was going to happen to him.”

James was detained in Chicago for eight months, well after his mother finished serving her 25-day jail sentence for illegally entering the country, a misdemeanor.

On Tuesday, Jocelyn and James finally were reunited.

“It’s a terrible thing, the experience we’ve had,” Jocelyn said.

The judge agreed, writing that Jocelyn’s “allegations sufficiently describe government conduct that arbitrarily tears at the sacred bond between parent and child.”

Sabraw pointed out that Jocelyn and her co-plaintiff, another mother identified as “Ms. L,” are both asylum seekers who claim they came to the U.S. for “shelter from persecution in their home countries.”

“For Plaintiffs, the government actors responsible for the “care and custody” of migrant children have, in fact, become their persecutors,” he wrote.

In her lawsuit, Jocelyn, on behalf of herself and hundreds of others, claims that the government is illegally separating migrant parents and children held in immigration detention without a showing that the parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child. The plaintiffs also claim that prior administrations detained migrant families but did not have a practice of forcibly separating fit parents from their young children.

In court filings, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has argued that separating families in such cases “serve the legitimate purpose of allowing the government to carry out its immigration and criminal enforcement role” and that “plaintiffs have not provided any basis to conclude that there is a due process right to family unity that prohibited the separation.”

“If you don’t want your child separated,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last month, “then don’t bring them across the border illegally. It’s not our fault someone does that.”

A spokesman for the government’s lawyers did not immediately reply to ABC News’ request for comment about Wednesday’s ruling.

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and Jocelyn’s attorney, wrote in a statement: “In the most forceful language, the court rejected the Trump administration’s claim that the Constitution permits it to engage in the inhumane practice of tearing little children away from their parents.”

The judge has yet to rule on the plaintiffs’ request for a nationwide preliminary injunction, which could temporarily halt the government’s practice of separating migrant families, and on the plaintiffs’ motion for class-action certification.

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Samantha Bee in first episode since controversial expletive: "I never intended to hurt anyone"

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TBS(NEW YORK) — Samantha Bee returned to television Wednesday night, just a week after calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c—” on her TBS late-night show Full Frontal.

In the new episode, Bee addressed her controversial remarks at the top of the show.

“It is a word I have used on the show many times, hoping to reclaim it,” she said. “This time I used it as an insult. I crossed the line. I regret it, and I do apologize for that.”

Bee explained that a lot of women have heard the expletive “at the worst times of their lives” and don’t want to reclaim it.

“I don’t want to inflict more pain on them,” she continued. “I want this show to be challenging, and I want it to be honest. I never intended to hurt anyone — except Ted Cruz.”

Bee went on to joke that men were also offended about the use of the word, but that she doesn’t care about offending men. What she does care about is that her word choice took the spotlight away from important news, like migrant children. She offered them an apology, as well.

“I should’ve known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting to them than juvenile immigration policies. I would do anything to help those kids. I hate that this distracted from them; to them, I am also sorry,” she said.

Bee closed out her speech by addressing the idea of civility.

“I’m really sorry that I said that word but you know what, civility is just nice words,” she said. “Maybe we should all worry a little bit more about the niceness of our actions.”

For those still worried about Bee’s foul mouth, she jokingly introduced viewers to her new panel of censors who will edit everything that she says!

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911 calls from Las Vegas shooting reveals chaos, panic that ensued as gunman opened fire

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iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — Las Vegas authorities have released dozens of 911 calls from the Oct. 1 shooting, shedding light on the panic and chaos that ensued at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival as bullets rained down from an unknown gunman 32 stories in the sky above.

In one call between a 911 dispatcher and the fire department, the dispatcher says that there are “possibly 20 subjects down” and that numerous calls were coming in reporting an active shooter.

The dispatcher then says that 33 calls are on hold, and they are getting calls of a man who had been shot with a pellet gun at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

In a later call, Mandalay Bay’s security dispatch says there’s an active shooter in Room 32135, adding that the shooter is inside the room and managers are on the rooms below and above it.

“Pretty much, they can just hear what sounds like semi-automatic rapid fire, and we have an officer that has been hit,” the dispatcher says.

In one call from the scene below, gunshots could be heard in the background as a woman beckons for help to be sent to the Las Vegas strip right across the street from Mandalay Bay. When the dispatcher asks how many people, the caller responds, “thousands.” The woman said that she and others were “on top of the House of Blues” and “trying to stay down.”

Another call detailed that people had been shot and “everyone’s running to get out of here” as terrified concert-goers yell in the background.

One caller detailed that 100 shots had been fired, likening the sounds to a machine gun. Another concert-goer said that about 100 people were continuing to hide in a “beverage container,” although shots hadn’t been heard in about two minutes.

Some callers detailed the conditions of the wounded near them. One woman had been shot in the head, and another detailed another victim that was “bleeding out.” One caller told dispatchers that he had been shot in the leg and was hiding in a business that he busted open a window to get into.

One caller, who said he gave his shirt up to use as a tourniquet, said there were 20 people around him, describing the scene as “pretty bad.”

Authorities also released video taken from a rooftop that shows people tending to victims below.

Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds more injured when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Dierks Bentley does a "Mountain" of work to promote his new album

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Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has a mountain of work to get through before his album The Mountain comes out on Friday.

He’ll follow Wednesday night’s CMT Awards performance of “Burning Man” with Brothers Osborne with a special album release show Thursday night at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

On Sunday, he plays the final show of CMA Fest 2018 at Music City’s Nissan Auditorium, before heading to New York City for NBC’s Today show concert series Tuesday morning. Next Wednesday, he’s set to guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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