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Keith Urban and Blake Shelton will celebrate America's birthday on NBC

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By Music News Group

NBC Both Keith Urban and Blake Shelton are set to sing on this year’s annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC.

Kelly Clarkson and Ricky Martin will also perform on the 2-hour show, which will be hosted by American Ninja Warrior‘s Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila.

This will be the 42nd year for the fireworks display over New York City’s East River. You can catch the show at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 4 on NBC, with a one-hour encore at 10 p.m.

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"SNL" cast member Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande hit Disneyland after engagement reports

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By Stephen Iervolino

NBC/Will Heath(LOS ANGELES) — Following news of their apparent engagement yesterday, Ariana Grande and Saturday Night Live‘s Pete Davidson took a late-night trip to Disneyland.

The two were spotted by fans on the Space Mountain ride. Ariana was wearing Minnie Mouse ears as Pete gave her a hand exiting the rollercoaster. Ariana also posted some videos to her Instagram Story of them on the ride.

Ariana also seemingly referenced the engagement on Twitter. A fan wrote, “I hope he knows he is marrying US AS WELL,” to which Ariana replied, “HAHAHAHAHAHH HE’S BEEN BRIEFED.”

Another fan tweeted, “i always will love u more and that’s the indisputable tea for today mrs.davidson.” Ariana wrote back, “crying.”

The couple has yet to officially confirm the engagement but sources say the two are indeed engaged after just a few weeks of dating. They were reportedly telling people the news at Robert Pattinson’s birthday party on Saturday.

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Caller begs 911 dispatcher to send help as boat sinks during storm

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By KT

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office(MARATHON, Fla.) — Six people were rescued Monday morning after the family’s pontoon boat got caught in a storm and began sinking off the coast of Florida.

They were approximately three miles south of the Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon, Florida, when waves from a strong storm began slamming the boat.

One of the passengers called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 11:08 a.m., saying the boat had lost power and the motor wouldn’t run, but that the family was close enough to the bridge to see cars.

Dana Thomas, the woman heard for the majority of the call, sounds more and more distressed as the 13-minute call progresses.

“Our boat is sinking. Please send someone,” Thomas pleads, as the dispatcher passes the information on to responding officers and Coast Guard officials.

The family, from Jacksonville, was unfamiliar with the area and unable to provide an exact location to the dispatcher.

Adam Lindhardt of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News that the passengers were unable to find their flares, but that everyone was wearing a life jacket.

“Please help us! We’re going over,” Thomas told the dispatcher, who was trying to calm her down, saying that help was on the way. “Please help us! Please help us!”

At one point, the passengers spotted a boat moving toward them, which eventually made contact. While the passengers attempted to move onto the new boat, they appeared to be struggling, saying that the boat had floated away after only one passenger made it on.

Eventually Thomas drops off the call, but, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, “a good Samaritan boater and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission assisted in the response” and rescued the family. The passengers were taken to a nearby restaurant.

None of the four adults or two children on board reported serious injuries.

The pontoon boat was recovered by TowBoatUS Marathon owner, Capt. Jared Frank, who told ABC News that it was halfway submerged when he got there and could have sunk if it stayed out there any longer.

Frank also told ABC News that the boat belonged to the family, and that he was able to return it after towing it out of the water.

The family declined to comment to ABC News.

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No sign of immediate threat to kids during Orlando standoff that left 4 children dead: Police

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Volusia County Jail(ORLANDO, Fla.) — During the 21-hour hostage standoff at an Orlando apartment that left four young children shot dead, there was never any indication of an imminent threat to the kids, police said Tuesday.

It’s not clear when the children died during the standoff, which lasted from Sunday night to Monday night, City of Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a news conference Tuesday.

The standoff began after the girlfriend of suspect Gary Lindsey Jr. contacted police to report that he’d battered her, police said. She met officers outside and directed them toward the apartment.

Lindsey, armed with two rifles, two shotguns and a handgun, shot a police officer, critically injuring him, police said.

Lindsey then took four children — ages 1, 6, 10 and 11 — hostage, police said.

As the standoff got underway, negotiators communicated with Lindsey through social media, friends, relatives and over the phone, police said.

Lindsey eventually shot all of the children before turning a gun on himself, police said.

The standoff came to an end Monday night when officers breached several windows and saw what appeared to be a dead child, Mina said. That’s when the police decided to do an explosive breach on the apartment, Mina said.

Officers deployed gas and started clearing the apartment room by room, Mina said. They found two children dead together in one bedroom and two more children dead in another room, and “based on everything I have seen” it was not police bullets that killed the children.

The injured police officer, Kevin Valencia, remained in critical condition Tuesday evening, Mina said.

Two of the children were the suspect’s and two of the children were the girlfriend’s.

Family members of the four children are “in shock,” family friend Walter Benenati told ABC News. “I can’t imagine what they are going through.”

“They are just in utter disbelief of what has occurred. I’m trying to do what I can to help out,” he continued. “I’m doing what I can as a family friend [to raise] money for funeral expenses for the four children … people in this whole community here in Orlando have been touched by this.”

The coroner’s office has not released the children’s identities.

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Tuesday Tropical Update

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Good morning,

Here is an update on the tropical wave we are monitoring over the western Caribbean Sea.

What We Know:

  • Not much change to the forecast since yesterday. As of Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center currently gives the tropical wave a 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation over the next 5 days.
  • Regardless of development, we do expect an increase in moisture, tied to the tropical wave, to move into the region during the upcoming weekend and persist through the early to middle portion of next week.
  • This could potentially bring some beneficial rainfall to portions of South Central Texas over the weekend and into the early to middle portion of next week.
  • Please follow and share only trusted sources, such as forecasts from the experts at the National Hurricane Center (www.hurricanes.gov).

What We Don’t Know:

  • If tropical cyclone development will occur late in the week.
  • It is too soon to determine rainfall amounts for the weekend and early to middle portion of next week.

When We Will Know More:

  • Confidence in rainfall amounts and whether or not tropical development will occur should increase during the middle to later half of the week.
  • Another update will be provided by Wednesday morning.

Additional Information Resources:

 

Sincerely,
Jason Runyen
NWS Austin / San Antonio
Weather Forecast Office
2090 Airport Road
New Braunfels, TX 78130

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