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Dierks Bentley digs deep on new album "The Mountain"

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By Annie Reuter

ABC/Image Group LAWhile Dierks Bentley is well-known for his party anthems like “Drunk On a Plane,” “Somewhere On a Beach” and “What Was I Thinkin,'” the singer decided to switch and get more introspective on his new album The Mountain.

“I want to take fans to that place where you move beyond fun into that next thing of just feeling so alive,” he tells Billboard. “I can just see people out in the lawn seats listening to something like ‘You Can’t Bring Me Down’ or ‘Living’ and [they feel] joy, like I’m hitting them on a deeper level.”

Dierks tells the publication that these days, he’s focusing on his own musical evolution; for example, the new songs on The Mountain are more about life than about love.

“Back when I was first starting off, love songs helped you get through a heartache,” he says. “Young me back then got beat up by love. I had a girl I was so crazy about, that, when she started seeing somebody else, my hair was coming out in the shower in clumps. I lost all this weight. Then I tried to work out to get over her and I got a hernia.”

But these new songs, he says, are about what’s important to him now: “life and living, being grateful, being present and being conscious of every moment.”

He explains, “On every record I’m trying to dig a layer deeper and be more authentic. I feel like this album is me just having the confidence to sing about where I’m from.”

Dierks’ ninth studio album, The Mountain, is out now.

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Watch now: With baby on board, Aldean says, "That's not the kind of bottles I'm used to seeing on my bus!"

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By Andrea Dresdale

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Jason Aldean‘s sixth-month old son Memphis has been joining him on the road recently, but it’s not exactly been smooth sailing having a baby on board, the Entertainer of the Year reveals.

“He actually went out for the opening weekend of the tour. He did all right,” Jason tells ABC Radio. “He’s still not sleeping through the night at home, so he’s definitely not sleeping through the night on the road. But, he’s doing pretty good.”

“I think it’s going to be fun to watch him out there kind of grow up around all of this stuff…and get to live it a little bit,” Jason adds. “Even though he’s little, I want him to sort of have memories of that stuff. So, we’ll see. I gotta get him sleeping through the night and then we’ll see how it goes. It’s a work in progress, I guess I should say!”

In addition to keeping him awake, the singer admits that baby Memphis’ presence sure has changed things on the ol’ tour bus.

“I was looking around my bus…and there’s baby bottles and formula and diapers. I’m like, ‘Man, that is not the kind of bottles I’m used to seeing on my bus!'” he laughs.

“I mean, my bus life has changed over the years but it’s awesome. I love it.”

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Chicago man who died in 'armed encounter' with police was shot in the back, medical examiner says

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By Lily Lieberman

ABC News(CHICAGO) — The Chicago man whom police killed Wednesday was shot in the back, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.

The shooting had already become the subject of a police oversight agency probe after the death of Maurice Granton during what authorities described as a narcotics investigation on Chicago’s South Side.

Granton, 24, fled on foot, prompting officers to chase him, police said in a statement Thursday.

The officers told Granton to stop but he displayed a weapon, leading to an “armed encounter” between Granton and the officers, according to police.

Police said they recovered a weapon at the scene, but Granton’s family said he didn’t own a weapon.

“How can you be aggressive towards someone when their back is turned?” Granton’s sister, Joanna Varnado, told ABC News Friday. “No matter who it is — the police or a civilian – it’s murder.”

Granton, who had two children, was hanging out with about 20 other people under the train station in the area, Varnado said, adding that people congregate there all the time.

“That wasn’t nothing new,” she said. “When the cops came, everyone ran and, for some reason, they singled him out.”

Varnado said the Chicago Police Department has not contacted her or her family about the shooting, and that they would not allow the family into the hospital emergency room to see Granton.

Police declined to comment to ABC News Friday, but the department has released surveillance video showing what they said is Granton’s sitting down before the shooting and reaching into his pocket for a weapon.

It’s unclear what the person in the video is reaching for.

Varnado, Granton’s sister, said the person could have been reaching for anything.

There is also body camera footage of the incident that the independent Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) is reviewing, but it hasn’t been released yet.

“If y’all are saying this murder is justified, then release the video,” Varnado said. “We want to know what happened.”

The officers involved in the shooting have not been named, but they have been placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days, according to the police statement.

Meanwhile, the police oversight agency is investigating the details of the incident, with COPA Chief Sydney Roberts asking in a statement for “patience from the community as we conduct a full and thorough investigation.”

The family is getting a lawyer and has sought help from community activists.

“We want justice,” Varnado said. “Not just for him but for his kids and we’re going to get it.”

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NYPD officer who tackled James Blake loses 5 vacation days

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By Lily Lieberman

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The NYPD officer who tackled former tennis star James Blake outside a Midtown hotel in September 2015 was docked five vacation days as punishment.

Blake’s lawyer Kevin Marino called it “woefully inadequate.”

“Losing a few vacation days for the use of excessive force, following a history of repeated civilian complaints, is not meaningful discipline,” Marino said, referring to the officer, James Frascatore. “Far from serving as a deterrent, a trivial penalty of this type would seem to be encouraging those inclined toward excessive force to go right on doing it. You could not draw another message from this other than it is not being taken seriously.”

Blake, who is currently in France as part of a broadcast team covering the French Open, sent the following statement:

“The lack of meaningful discipline for the NYPD officer found guilty of using excessive force against me, while I was simply waiting outside of my hotel, is indicative of a broken disciplinary system. Officer Frascatore had a record of misconduct complaints for the abusive treatment of civilians before he body-slammed me,” he said, saying Frascatore had five civilian complaints within seven months in 2013.

“Losing a few vacation days for the use of excessive force, following a history of repeated civilian complaints, is not meaningful discipline,” he added. “It is this continued failure of the NYPD’s disciplinary system that perpetuates police abuses, brutality and misconduct, and leads to the unjust killings of civilians. Until the de Blasio administration addresses the dysfunction in police accountability and transparency, the problems of abusive policing will remain.”

A call to the attorney for Officer James Frascatore was not returned.

The NYPD provided the following statement:

“Following the public disciplinary trial of Police Officer James Frascatore, the Police Commissioner finalized the case, consistent with the findings and recommendations of the Trial’s Commissioner,” the statement read. “The NYPD is precluded from providing disciplinary records because of the strict limitations created by State Civil Rights law 50-a.

“The NYPD and Police Commissioner have continually and forcefully called for changing the State Civil Rights law, which explicitly prohibits the release of disciplinary records of uniform state and city agencies,” the statement continued.

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19-year-old Iowa man killed weeks after being deported to Mexico

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By Lily Lieberman

iStock/Thinkstock(ZACATECAS, Mexic) — It’s hard for his mother to believe that 16 years to the day after she arrived with her firstborn son in the United States, he would be killed in the country they had both left behind.

Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco, 19, was kidnapped and killed May 18 in Zacatecas, Mexico, his mother said. Just weeks before, on April 24, he had been escorted by officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the border at Laredo, Texas, after living in Iowa for nearly his entire life.

“I wanted opportunities for him, for him to study here so that he could be somebody,” she told ABC News in Spanish of her reasons for bringing him to the United States at the age of 3 on May 18, 2002.

Instead, he was buried thousands of miles away by his grandparents. His mother, who requested anonymity for fear that she could be targeted because of her own immigration status, said she was unable to attend his funeral.

Now, she said his three siblings — all U.S. citizens — are left only with their memories of the teenager who wanted to be a mechanic, played soccer with his friends and hoped to raise his 1-year-old son with his girlfriend.

‘This time, no one was able to share’

“He was happy, he was easygoing, he brought a lot of smiles,” his mother said. “I always thought I would see him again, and with this news, there’s so much pain. It’s very difficult. I can’t believe it and I don’t want to accept it.”

A “celebration of life” service was held for Pacheco Sunday at Trinity Las Américas United Methodist Church in Des Moines. Rev. Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz led the service, which was attended by about 20 people, he said, but few were able to speak through their grief.

“People were devastated,” Alfaro-Santiz told ABC News of Pacheco’s widely reported death. “Usually, when we have memorial services — we call them celebrations of life, so people can celebrate the good times and remember the good times they have shared with their loved ones and keep a memory of something they did together — people usually talk and share some things. This time, no one was able to share.”

“They were crying, they were sobbing,” he added. “We have some scripture readings and we usually also have friends and family do the readings, but of the three readings, I ended up doing two because people weren’t able to read.”

‘Voluntary departure’

Pacheco had been in Mexico only three weeks when his mother said he was kidnapped and killed. He grew up in Des Moines with his mother and siblings, and had been granted permission to stay in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), in May 2015, according to ICE.

An Obama-era program, DACA allows some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children — also known as Dreamers — to live and work. The program is in jeopardy as the courts decide whether President Donald Trump’s plans to end it are legal.

In a statement, ICE said Pacheco’s DACA status had been terminated after he was convicted of three misdemeanors. Court records show he was convicted on marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession charges as well as traffic violations.

“Manuel Antonio Cano-Pacheco, 19, from Mexico, was an illegal alien who was returned to Mexico on April 24, 2018, under escort by deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),” Shawn Neudauer, an ICE public affairs officer, said in a statement. “Cano-Pacheco illegally entered the U.S. with his parents on an unknown date. In May 2015, he was granted DACA status and employment authorization. In April 2017, ICE officers arrested Cano-Pacheco at the Polk County (Iowa) Jail following his conviction on a misdemeanor drug charge. About this same time, Cano-Pacheco was also convicted on a separate misdemeanor charge in Polk County.

“ICE issued Cano-Pacheco a notice to appear before a federal immigration judge. Based on his criminal convictions, his DACA status was terminated making him amenable to deportation. After posting an immigration bond, he was released from ICE custody pending an immigration court hearing. While awaiting his immigration hearing, Cano-Pacheco was convicted in Iowa of two more misdemeanors, including for driving under the influence. On April 10, 2018, Cano-Pacheco requested and was granted voluntary departure, ‘under safeguards,’ by a federal immigration judge. He returned to Mexico at the border in Laredo, Texas under ICE escort April 24,” Neudauer said in the statement.

‘He was desperate’

He was detained Sept. 27, 2017, his mother said, and time in the detention center was hard on him, a sentiment echoed by Alfaro-Santiz, the pastor.

“After he was detained in September, the detention conditions were very hard,” Alfaro-Santiz said. “That’s a problem that’s very prevalent, and there is not much light on that. But he was desperate and he ended up signing his paper requesting to be deported in April, even though his mom asked him not to do it because she knew all of the dangers of going back to Mexico, to Zacatecas.”

“I think he didn’t want to be in jail anymore, to be closed off. He was desperate,” his mother said. “But I also think his lawyer told him to sign that.”

Pacheco’s lawyer, Joseph Lopez-Wilson, told ABC News that “Pacheco confirmed in open court that he wanted to leave.”

When Trump announced he planned to end DACA, his mother said, Pacheco was worried, as was she. Her family had told her how Zacatecas in north-central Mexico had grown to be one of the most violent places in the country.

Two municipalities in Zacatecas, including Fresnillo, where Pacheco was living, made it onto the list of the country’s 20 deadliest cities, according to the Citizens’ Council on Public Security and …read more

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