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'The Lion King' roars into theaters Friday

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Disney(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide Friday:

* The Lion King — Jon Favreau, who directed Disney’s hit live-action 2016 adaptation of The Jungle Book, also directed this highly anticipated live-action remake of the 1994 animated Disney classic. Donald Glover plays Simba, a young lion who must step up and take his place as the rightful king of his native land following the murder of his father, Mufasa — voiced by James Earl Jones, reprising his role from the original — at the hands of his uncle, Scar, voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter also star. Rated PG.  Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Opening in limited release Friday:

* David Crosby: Remember My Name — Cameron Crowe’s documentary on the folk-rock legend who co-founded The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Rated R.

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Russell Dickerson loves "Every Little Thing" about being on the Very Hot Summer Tour with BFF Thomas Rhett

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Thomas Rhett is much more than Russell Dickerson‘s boss on the Very Hot Summer Tour: he’s also his best friend.

For the “Yours” hitmaker, that’s a best-case scenario.

“It’s been amazing,” Russell tells ABC Radio. “We’ve hung out, you know, even in the madness of the touring.”

“You know, I finally have people helping me out on the road, so I can hang,” he goes on. “And so it’s just great to be able to hang with such a great friend on the road.”

Russell admits he’s particularly blown away by TR’s new material on his autobiographical Center Point Road album.

“Oh my gosh. That’s the thing about being such good friends with him,” he says. “I’m so proud of him for being one-hundred percent himself, and open and real and vulnerable about, you know, how he was raised, and not trying to follow anything except just being himself.”

No doubt Thomas Rhett is equally impressed by the growth of Russell’s career, as he follows two number-ones with his latest top-twenty hit, “Every Little Thing.”

“It just keeps getting better and better,” Russell reflects. “Because for so long, I had to teach people the songs. You know, like even in ‘Blue Tacoma,’ we started the whole song, I was like, ‘It goes like this. Blue Tacoma, California, whatever.’ And they’re like, ‘Okay!'”

“And then now,” Russell points out, “as soon as we hit the downbeat, it’s just like, you know, they know it. And that’s what I’ve dreamed of more than anything else is being onstage and hearing these big crowds sing my songs that I wrote.”

Friday night, TR, Russell, and Dustin Lynch play Darien Center, New York, before heading for Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday.

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Mother-daughter pair who allegedly cut baby from teen mom's belly facing new charge

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Kuzma/iStock(CHICAGO) — The mother-daughter duo accused of murdering a pregnant teen and cutting the baby from her body are now being charged in the death of the child.

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was 9 months pregnant when she was killed, and the baby was cut from her body and taken to a nearby hospital, where it later died.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and Desiree Figueroa, 26, were already charged with the first-degree murder of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and on Thursday, prosecutors announced that they will be charging the pair with the murder of her baby boy as well, officials confirmed to ABC News.

Clarisa Figueroa allegedly passed the newborn off as her own when she brought the child to a Chicago hospital, authorities said. She is alleged to have gotten in touch with Ochoa-Lopez through Facebook after the teen responded to a post about free baby clothes.

The baby boy, which the family later named Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, was treated in the neonatal intensive care unit at a Chicago area hospital.

The child died in mid-June after more than seven weeks in the hospital.

Clarisa Figueroa’s 40-year-old boyfriend Piotr Bobak has been charged with helping to cover up the alleged crime.

Both women had pleaded not guilty to the murder charge against Ochoa-Lopez, ABC Chicago station WLS-TV reported.

They have not entered pleas on the new murder charges.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed that the new first degree murder charges were approved and both Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa appeared for a bail hearing Thursday and were denied bail.

They are due in court on the new charges on Aug. 6.

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California authorities find nearly 15 tons of illegally-grown marijuana

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Nastasic/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Authorities in Southern California have conducted a massive drug bust that includes 14.9 tons of illegally-grown marijuana in one area.

In addition to the drugs, investigators also found 37 guns, multiple dogs and a honey oil lab at the properties in the Perris area, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The dogs are now safe, authorities said.

Authorities were serving 48 search warrants in the area and have made 27 arrests.

Photos tweeted by the sheriff’s department show plants being pulled from the ground and being placed into vans for transport. 

Other photos show deputies comforting the dogs they found on the properties.

Aerial footage taken by ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV shows workers as they confiscate massive amounts of cannabis plants from the property.

Additional information was not released.

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Boater attacked, possibly by a shark, near Miami Beach

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ABC News(MIAMI) — A boater was attacked and injured, possibly by a shark off the coast of Miami on Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded about 12:40 p.m. to an emergency call from a boater who had been diving in an area about 2 miles off the Haulover inlet just north of Miami Beach, Erika Benitez, a spokeswoman for the agency, said in a video statement.

Benitez said an emergency crew raced to the victim by boat and took the individual to a local hospital.

The condition of the injured person was not immediately clear.

The possible shark attack came just days after two people were injured in what appear to be separate shark attacks at the same beach in Florida.

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