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Keith Urban cues up the Human Jukebox this afternoon on Facebook

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ABC/Mark Levine When Keith Urban calls himself the “the Human Jukebox,” he’s not kidding!

This afternoon, the CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year will be back to take your requests live on Facebook. You’ll need to hurry though: the Aussie superstar plans to go live at 2:15 p.m. ET.

Keith did his first Human Jukebox session on Facebook a couple months ago, playing his new single “We Were,” as well as his hits “You’ll Think of Me,” “Making Memories of Us” and more.

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Family of alleged gunman in El Paso massacre claims he was influenced 'by people we do not know'

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Kameleon007/iStock(DALLAS) — The family of a man who allegedly gunned down 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso and reportedly told investigators he intended to kill as many Mexicans as he could says he was “influenced and informed by people we do not know.”

Patrick Crusius’ relatives released a statement condemning the mass shooting, one of the deadliest in U.S. history, and praising first responders who “intervened to stop the devastation.”

“Patrick’s actions were apparently influenced and informed by people we do not know, and from ideas and beliefs that we do not accept or condone, in any way,” the family said in a statement released Tuesday night. “He was raised in a family that taught love, kindness, respect, and tolerance — rejecting all forms of racism, prejudice hatred, and violence. There will never be a moment for the rest of our lives when we will forget each and every victim of this senseless tragedy.”

One week after his 21st birthday, Crusius allegedly drove more than 650 miles to El Paso from his suburban Dallas home, allegedly bent on targeting Mexicans, authorities said. El Paso is about five miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

The majority of those killed in the rampage were either Mexican nationals or Mexican-Americans. At least two dozen people were injured in the shooting.

The mass shooting came one day before another alleged gunman, identified by police as 24-year-old Connor Betts, killed nine people and wounded dozens more in an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio. The shooting occurred approximately a week after a gunman killed three people, including two children, at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California.

Crusius was arrested shortly after the attack and charged with capital murder. Federal authorities are handling the case as a “domestic terrorism” incident and said they could seek federal hate-crime and weapons charges that carry the death penalty.

Investigators say they suspect Crusius is the same person who authored a rambling screed posted on the controversial online message board 8chan before allegedly launching the rampage, saying the massacre was in response to an “invasion” of Hispanics coming across the southern border and railing against the dangers of mass immigration.

In their statement, Crusius’ family did not address whether he shared similar anti-immigrant sentiments with them.

“Since learning of the events in El Paso this past Saturday morning, we have been and are focused on the lives lost, those struggling in their recovery, and the countless families and friends of those affected by this atrocity,” the family said. “We also know that the destruction Patrick did is not limited to the victims and their families. It touches the entire El Paso and Ciudad Juarez communities, the State of Texas and this country.”

They added, “We appreciate, more than words can express, the dedication of those who intervened to stop this devastation – especially the brave men and women in law enforcement, all the other first responders, and ordinary citizens of who courageously rushed to aid those in danger. We likewise wish to thank the medical community who brought to bear all available resources to aid those in desperate need. The selflessness and devotion to total strangers in the face of indescribable suffering is something that we deeply respect and admire.

“We issue this statement to reflect our family’s position about what has transpired,” the statement continued. “We do not plan to make further public comment, at this time. Our hope and prayer now is that the collective focus will be with those who are attempting to grieve and heal.”

Investigators said Crusius carried out the attack using a 7.62-caliber AK-47 style assault rifle that he legally purchased near his hometown of Allen, Texas.

Law enforcement officials told ABC News the suspect cased the Walmart to size up the clientele before leaving the store and allegedly returning with his gun and launching the deadly rampage.

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Suspected Dayton shooter's family is 'shocked and devastated by' the shooting

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Megan Betts is pictured in an undated handout photo. (Obtained by ABC News)(DAYTON, Ohio) — Families of the victims in the Dayton shooting are grappling with their grief, and the same is true for the Betts family, whose son was the alleged shooter and whose daughter was one of the victims.

The family put out a statement Tuesday night, which was read by the local police chief, saying they are “shocked and devastated by the events of Sunday morning.”

“They offer their most heart-felt prayers and condolences to all the victims, their families and friends,” Bellbrook Ohio police chief Doug Doherty said of the Betts family’s statement.

“They thank the first responders from the Dayton police and fire departments for their quick response to minimize casualties and to all who have provided aid and comfort to the victims. They also thank Chief Doherty and the Bellbrook Police Department for providing a peaceful environment surrounding their home,” he read, referencing himself.

“The Betts Family is cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation into this tragedy. They respect the investigative process being conducted by the Dayton Police Department and the FBI, and will not comment further on this investigation,” he read.

“The Betts family would like to express their enormous gratitude and love for everyone that has reached out and given their support during this awful time. They ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy in order to mourn the loss of their son and daughter and to process the horror of Sunday’s events,” the statement concluded.

Police identified Connor Betts, 24, as the suspected shooter who was killed by responding officers.

In the roughly 30 seconds where Betts opened fire before being shot himself, he fatally shot nine people and injured dozens more.

Among the nine victims was his younger sister Megan Betts, 22.

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Badabing! First-ever SopranosCon coming to New Jersey

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(NEW JERSEY) — A fan expo dedicated to one of the most beloved organized crime dramas of all time has just been announced, and you won’t even have to dig around in New Jersey’s Meadowlands to find it.

“It’s like The Sopranos meets New York Comic Con,” says co-organizer Daniel Trader of SopranosCon, the inaugural gathering.  It’ll take place at the Garden State’s Meadowlands Exposition Center on November 23rd and 24th of this year.
 
Billing itself as “for the fans, by the fans,” SopranosCon will feature a reunion of key cast members, including Vincent Pastore, Tony Sirico, Federico Castelluccio, Vincent Curatola and David Proval, as well as over 30 supporting cast members, with more to be announced, organizers promise.
 
The convention will feature the usual convention Q&As and autograph signings, but will also, according to organizers, “celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series by showcasing Italian culture…with food, drink, music, comedy, and show-related businesses.”  One event co-sponsor is Holsten’s Ice Cream, which was featured on the Emmy-grabbing HBO hit.

The event will also showcase fan art, and sets and exhibits celebrating locations and other touchstones of the show. Tickets are available at SopranosCon.com.

Incidentally, The Many Saints of Newark, the upcoming feature film prequel to the show, is currently in production in and around New York and New Jersey. It stars Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini, as a young version of his father’s character, Tony Soprano.

The 1960s-set film, which also stars Jon Bernthal, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga, is slated for release in September of 2020.

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Make plans with Kip Moore #ThursdayAtMidnight

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ABC/Image Group LA There’s something new on the way from Kip Moore, and even though we don’t know exactly what it is, we do know when it will arrive. Over the past 24 hours, Kip’s posted a series of tweets, all with the hashtag #ThursdayAtMidnight.

In a brief video, the “More Girls Like You” hitmaker also teases he has a “couple announcements coming” and fans can get “early access to some things [he’s] been working on” by signing up for his email list at KipMoore.net.

One of the #ThursdayAtMidnight tweets is accompanied by a picture of a yellow and green retro VW van, tricked out with flowers, the word “PEACE,” and the peace symbol. Another features a photo of a lighted sign that says “CAFÉ.”

We do know that Kip’s already finished recording his next album. Back in May, he tweeted “That’s a wrap. Record #4 is done.” His most recent album, Slowheart, came out in 2017.

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