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Residents in New Jersey ordered to shelter in place after fire causes chemical reaction at plant

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — Two workers were injured and nearby residents were temporarily placed under a shelter-in-place order after a fire caused a chemical reaction at the Diamond Chemical Co., according to New Jersey authorities.

Rutherford police announced on Thursday at around 2:30 p.m. that a chemical problem had been reported in East Rutherford.

“Shelter in Place and turn off your air conditioners on the east side of town immediately,” the department wrote in a Facebook post. “A Shelter-in-Place is in effect and the east side of town should turn off air conditioning units as well immediately. East side of town is from Ridge Road to the meadows. This is for residences and businesses..”

Officials said that the fire was caused by machines being unmonitored, according to ABC News station WABC-TV. All of the workers were able to evacuate the plant. The police said that hazmat was checking the air quality and had reported no bad readings.

“Everybody just scrambled out,” worker Jimmy Ellis told WABC-TV. “We saw it. We cut off our machines and we started scrambling out the exits. And then all of the sudden, as we got to the back of the railroad tracks, then the alarm went off.”

A little after 4 p.m., hazmat teams completed additional air quality checks and determined that it was safe to lift the shelter-in-place order, according to Rutherford police.

Residents were told that they could turn their air-conditioning units on again.

The injuries to the workers at the Diamond Chemical Co. were minor, according to ABC News station WABC-TV.

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It's not what you think, but Justin Moore's mother inspired "Why We Drink"

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The Valory Music Co. What could be more country than a drinking song inspired by your mama?

That’s exactly the case with Justin Moore’s new track, “Why We Drink.” But the Arkansas native would be quick to point out the idea came from something his mom said at dinner — not something she did.

“I ordered a drink, and then I ordered three, four more,” Justin tells Access. “And my mom goes, ‘Why do you drink so much?’”

“And I go, ‘Hell, I don’t know why I drink so much!’” he recalls. “I like drinking. If my team wins, I drink to celebrate. If my team loses, I drink ’cause I’m bummed out. If a certain song comes on, I drink.”

“So I had this idea to write a song called ‘Why We Drink,’” he explains. “So, in a roundabout way, my mom gave me the idea.”

“Why We Drink” will be available to stream or download at midnight ET, or you can sample it now via Access.

It’s one of the tracks from Justin’s new album, Late Nights and Longnecks, which comes out July 26. Its lead single, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” is currently in country’s top ten.

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Memory: "CATS" trailer, featuring Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Idris Elba & Taylor Swift, has arrived

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Universal Pictures(LONDON) — “I am a cat now and somehow that was everything.”

That’s what Taylor Swift wrote as a caption as she posted the first official trailer for the new movie CATS on Instagram.  It’s also posted on Twitter and YouTube.  Swift stars in the movie as Bombalurina, but she’s just one of many big names in the A-list cast.

In the lengthy trailer, we also see Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, James Corden and Rebel Wilson all digitally covered in fur, yet still recognizable, dancing and doing cat-like things in London, which seems enormous because everything is seen from a cat’s point of view. 

Jennifer Hudson, as Grizabella, belts out the movie’s best-known number, “Memory.

Based on the wildly popular musical of the same name, CATS follows a group of “Jellicle cats,” who vie to be selected by their leader, Old Deuteronomy, to travel to the “Heaviside layer” to start a new life. 

CATS, directed by Tom Hooper, hits movie theaters December 20.

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Arkansas deputy killed in shooting, suspect dead: Officials

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vmargineanu/iStock(STONE COUNTY, Ark.) — An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was killed Thursday morning in a shooting that left one other person wounded and the suspected killer dead, police said.

Mike Stephens, 56, was identified as the Stone County Sheriff’s deputy that was killed in the incident, Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler said at a press conference. The suspected shooter was also killed in the incident, but it was not immediately clear whether he took his own life or if he was shot by other deputies. He has not been identified.

Stephens was a 20-year veteran of law enforcement and a U.S. Army veteran, Stone County Chief Deputy Sheriff Zach Alexander said at the press conference.

“Every action that he’s ever done, he always would be the first guy in somewhere and last one out,” Alexander said.

Authorities were called to a home in the rural area of Leslie at 8:02 a.m. over a domestic welfare check, Sadler said. Stephens arrived at 8:39 a.m. and encountered a woman who he began talking to before gunfire quickly erupted.

Stephens was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman, who was not identified, was wounded and taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Sadler.

Sadler noted that the amount of time it took Stephens to reach the scene was because of how far away from the home he was when he got the call to respond. He declined to say whether officials had ever been called to the home before.

Earlier Wednesday, the Stone County Office of Emergency Management said in a tweet that the coroner was headed to the scene. Stephens and the suspect’s body were taken to a crime lab to be examined for forensic evidence.

Agents with the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the incident.

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Miranda Lambert's new album is coming like a "Locomotive" and "should be out by fall"

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ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert not only released her new single, “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” on Thursday, she also made good on her promise that a little something extra was coming: She also dropped “Locomotive”, the rock-influenced tune she debuted last month at CMA Fest.

Nearly three years since the release of her last album, Miranda is anxious to put out new music, revealing the full “record should be out by fall.”

“I’m very ready,” she tells Billboard. “Having time off to write was great. I got to live some life for a little bit, which helps, but I’m definitely really excited to have new music to play on the road.”

Miranda says her new single “definitely has the attitude and tone of the record,” which is “a little more upbeat than The Weight of These Wings.”

“My last record went through a lot of the trials and tribulations I had been going through personally, and I feel like I’m kind of over the hump,” she admits.

Miranda went on to reveal she’ll be “putting more songs out as soon as possible,” and the new collection contains a “collaboration with a friend.”

And if you enjoyed the shirtless video the newlywed posted of her husband on Wednesday, Miranda teases she’ll probably share more of the New York City policeman, since she has more to promote.

“I do have a tendency to creep on him when he’s doing house chores shirtless,” she confesses. “I creep on him doing all kind of things: moving, laundry, dishes.”

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