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NFL: Tyreek Hill avoids suspension, allowed to return to Kansas City Chiefs after abuse investigation

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Peter Aiken/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — An NFL player who was the subject of a domestic violence investigation involving his young son will not be suspended, the league announced Friday.

Tyreek Hill, a Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver, was cleared by the National Football League to attend training camp next week.

The investigation stemmed from the release of a video in which Hill’s fiancé accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son.

The NFL released a statement confirming it will not be suspending Hill after conducting “a comprehensive investigation.” Authorities conducted a separate investigation, too.

“Local law enforcement authorities have publicly advised that the available evidence does not permit them to determine who caused the child’s injuries,” the statement reads.

“Similarly, based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy. Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City’s training camp and participate in all club activities,” the statement continues.

The NFL is keeping the case open, however.

“If further information becomes available through law enforcement, the pending court proceeding, or other sources, we will promptly consider it and take all appropriate steps at that time,” the statement reads.

This was not the first time that Hill, 25, has faced accusations of abuse or assault. He pleaded guilty of battery in connection to a case involving his fiancée, Crystal Espinal, in 2014 when he was a student at Oklahoma State University.

He was sentenced to three years probation and anger management classes for that battery case, ESPN reported.

On Friday, after the NFL released its statement in connection to the investigation involving Hill’s son, the star receiver posted a statement on Twitter, writing that “the last few months have been very difficult for me, especially as a father.”

“The false allegations that were originally reported in March were highly publicized and involved the care of my son. I am grateful for so many things and grateful for so many people who have supported me during this challenging time. I fully respect and accept the NFL’s decision,” Hill wrote in his statement posted to Twitter.

He went on to thank his coaches, teammates and fans before addressing his children.

“To my children, my beautiful children: I love you all dearly and I promise you all that I will continue to strive to be the best father, the best friend, the best role model, and the best mentor that I can be,” he wrote.

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Holy S**t! Watch the potty-mouthed Comic-Con feature for R-rated sequel 'Terminator: Dark Fate'

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Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Paramount Pictures and director Tim Miller want to make one thing clear to Terminator fans: Like its direct predecessors The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the upcoming film Terminator: Dark Fate is R-rated.

Want proof? Just watch the film’s behind-the-scenes featurette that was recently revealed at San Diego Comic-Con.

The sneak peek has interviews with Miller, returning star Linda Hamilton as well as producer and francise creator James Cameron, and no one is censoring themselves.

Miller is a notorious potty mouth — he directed Deadpool, in all the comic character’s F-bombing glory, after all — but in the featurette, Hamilton describes the new movie’s action by saying some bad words repeatedly.

What is printable is that the film is “grim, gritty, it’s fast, it’s…a white knuckle ride,” Cameron teases. 

Hamilton adds, “The action is just 10 times bigger” than any other film in the series.

“It’s f****** insane,” Miller says plainly.

The movie ignores the events that took place in the Terminator movies Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and the infamous Genisys, and instead picks up decades after the events of 1991’s T2, one of those rare movie sequels that many fans feel surpassed its original.

Dark Fate also stars Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran Gabriel Luna as a next-generation killing machine, plus Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger, as an aging T-800 Terminator unit.

The movie opens November 1.

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Survey says: Jon Pardi and Lauren Alaina play "Celebrity Family Feud" on Sunday

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ABC/Byron CohenJon Pardi and Lauren Alaina are teaming up to play ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud this Sunday.

The two country stars will try to guess what the “survey says” as they square off against actress Brooklyn Decker and tennis player Andy Roddick on the popular game show, hosted by comedian Steve Harvey.

Jon and Lauren compete to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The non-profit founded by Hollywood legend Danny Thomas works to end childhood cancer, and is completely free, with no family ever getting a bill.

You can tune in to watch Celebrity Family Feud Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Olympic skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir face off during the other half of the show.

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These 5 statistics show why we're experiencing historically hot weather

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yokeetod/iStock(NEW YORK) — You’re not imagining it: This summer has been a really hot one.

Last month was the hottest June ever, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — and it was the overall hottest first half of the year in South America, Mexico, New Zealand, Madagascar and other parts of southern Africa.

As millions of people prepare to face scorching temperatures across the U.S. this weekend, scientists are warning that unless major changes are made, we’d better brace for more heat moving forward.

“The bottom line is the Earth is one degree Celsius or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer today than the pre-industrial time period,” said Brenda Ekwurzel, Director of Climate Science at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “What that means is that what used to be a rare hot day or high temp record is now the new normal for our summers.”

“What’s worse is we are getting into rare heat temperatures for locations that would not have been possible if it were not for human-induced climate charge,” she said.

Scientists have long stressed that the reason for the uptick in the global temperature stems from human activity, particularly the burning of fossil fuels, which drives up the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, leading to the increased temperatures.

These key statistics illustrate why we’re in a period of record heat:

  • June 2019 set a new record for hottest June ever. According to NOAA, the temperature across land and oceans was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. That’s a big deal because the previous record came in June 2016 and this year’s temperature was 0.04 degrees Fahrenheit above that figure.
  • June marked the 414th consecutive month where temperatures were recorded as being above the 20th century average for that given month, according to NOAA. That’s a trend spanning more than 34 years.
  • Nine of the 10 warmest Junes on record have occurred since 2010, per NOAA.
  • Global sea level has risen about 7 to 8 inches since 1900, and nearly half of that increase — 3 inches — has occurred since 1993, according to the latest climate assessment, published last year by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
  • Heatwaves happen more frequently since the 1960s and extreme cold temperatures or cold waves happen less frequently, according to the climate assessment.

The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a report about the future of dangerously hot days, with a tool that allows users to type in their city and see how many times in the last century they experienced extremely hot days, along with how many of those days they can expect in the middle of this century, from 2036 to 2065, and in the late century, from 2070 to 2099, if current trends continued.

In New York City, for instance, on average there were only two days of 100+ degree temperatures per year between 1971 and 2000 — but the tool shows that by mid-century, if trends continue, there will be an average of 20 such days per year and by late century there will be 42.

Even more dramatically, in Houston, Texas, on average there were 10 days of 105+ degree temperatures per year up until the year 2000 — but by mid-century, the tool predicts that if trends continue there will be an average of 69 such days per year, and by late century there will be 108.

“The hot places are getting hotter and places that weren’t as hot are reaching thresholds that are dangerous for human health,” Ekwurzel said.

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"Make a Little" one: Midland's Mark Wystrach and his fiancee are expecting

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ABC/Image Group LA Midland’s Mark Wystrach will soon be a daddy. His fiancée, Ty Haney, announced the news Friday on Instagram.

“Baby on board or too many donuts?” she captioned a mirror selfie showing off her baby bump.

“Lil cowgirl on the way,” she added.

Mark and Ty got engaged in late May, after meeting on a blind date. They celebrated their one-year anniversary together back in April.

Today, Midland also released the new music video for “Put the Hurt on Me,” a new track from their Let It Roll album, which drops August 23.

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