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Chris Janson unveils "Real Friends" cover on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

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Warner Music NashvilleNot only did Chris Janson perform his latest hit, “Good Vibes,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, he also revealed the artwork for his next album.

It was actually Jimmy Kimmel himself who did the honors, as he introduced the Missouri-born hitmaker. On the Real Friends cover, Chris wears a black satin jacket, while sitting in a tricked-out classic car with hand-tooled tan leather seats.  

In addition to singing “Good Vibes” on TV, Chris also performed an album track, “Say About Me.” You can check out both performances on YouTube now.

Real Friends arrives October 18.  

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Three passengers aboard small plane killed in backyard crash outside Philadelphia

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WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) — Three people aboard a small plane were killed when the aircraft crashed in a residential neighborhood outside Philadelphia, according to authorities.

Police in Upper Moreland Township said that at around 6:20 a.m. on Thursday morning they received a 911 call from a resident on Minnie Lane who reported that a small plane had crashed in the backyard.

“(Officers) discovered a single-engine Beechcraft (F33A) Bonanza aircraft had crashed in a wooded area behind the homes here along Minnie Lane,” Upper Moreland Police Chief Mike Murphy said during a news conference.

The plane departed from Northeast Philadelphia Airport at 6:12 a.m. and appeared to be bound for Columbus, Ohio, according to the registered flight plan, police said.

“I heard this loud airplane coming in very, very close,” homeowner John Quatrini told ABC News Philadelphia station WPVI-TV Thursday. “I really thought for a minute it was going to hit our house. It was that close. Thankfully, it didn’t.”

Murphy said officers found three passengers who had been killed in the crash — one man and two women. The man had a pilot’s license.

“We are actively attempting to positively identify all three victims,” Murphy said. “We have tentatively identified two but until we positively identify all three victims and make family notifications, we will not release the names of the victims.”

He said the Federal Aviation Administration had arrived on the scene and the National Transportation Safety Board was on its way to begin its investigation.

“There’s a huge debris field. There are pieces of debris spread out over four backyards and they’re far up into the yards,” Murphy said.

The Montgomery County coroner also was on the scene to recover the passengers’ remains.

No one on the ground was hurt, and while the plane did not hit any homes, there was one shed that sustained some damage.

The FAA has confirmed that there was no indication the plane made a distress call, Murphy said. The tail number of the aircraft was N4082S, according to a news release.

Investigators were going door-to-door on Thursday to see whether any video from home-security cameras had captured the crash.

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'This Is Us' star Milo Ventimiglia on winning Emmys, working with animals, and 'Racing In The Rain'

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© 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. (NEW YORK) — Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, the film The Art of Racing in the Rain stars This Is Us patriarch Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried and an adorable golden retriever named Enzo.

The film has Ventimiglia playing Denny, an aspiring Formula One driver, whose wise, four-legged best friend has his thoughts voiced by Oscar-winner Kevin Costner.

Speaking about hearing Costner’s voice describing Enzo’s thoughts, Milo says, “I didn’t even hear the narration when I was filming it…[But] when I heard it with Kevin’s voice, and it was all put together, I mean…it explodes.”

W.C. Fields said “never work with children or animals,” but Milo had to do both in the film. He says acting opposite Enzo was a bit frustrating, because it’s not like the dog can act back.

“It’s technical,” the actor tells ABC Radio, laughing, “I mean, I don’t get a treat at the end of every take. Nobody’s feeding me like little chicken biscuits! Nobody’s doing that!”

“I’m one of those actors, that…I need scene partners. I need something that I can draw and pull from,” he notes. “Even if a human actor is just reading their lines, but they don’t really believe it, they’re not into the scene…then it makes it that much more difficult for me.”

As for his day job, NBC’s This Is Us has earned Ventimiglia three Emmy nominations but to date, no wins. Is it important for him to reverse that trend at the upcoming Emmy Awards?

“No.” he tells us. “To be recognized by your peers…I’m grateful…If I come home with a trophy? Cool. If I don’t? Cool. I’m still showing up to work the next day… and busting my a**.” 

The Art of Racing in the Rain opens Friday.

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Anguish and anger palpable at first of 31 funerals for victims of El Paso and Dayton massacres

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cmannphoto/iStock(CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico) — Sorrow and outrage overwhelmed mourners gathered in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to welcome home and bid farewell to a beloved school principal who was one of the 22 people killed while shopping at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

The funeral Wednesday for 57-year-old Elsa Mendoza de la Mora was the first for the victims slain in mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, that occurred on consecutive days over the weekend and sent shock waves across the United States and Mexico, prompting new calls for action to stop gun violence.

“Personally, I am very outraged because this is unfair for her and for the other people that died. They did not deserve this,” Alma Vargas Marquez told Telemundo TV network outside the funeral home where her cousin Mendoza de la Mora’s funeral occurred.

Mendoza de la Mora’s body arrived in Ciudad Juarez in a black Cadillac hearse that was escorted by motorcycle police on the 7-mile journey across the southern border from El Paso.

Marquez and other mourners were already gathered outside the funeral home when the hearse pulled up and pallbearers dressed in black suits carried a gray casket bearing the body of Mendoza de la Mora inside.

Another cousin of the slain woman, Ruth Vargas Marquez, said she wishes the deaths of the 31 people killed in both massacres will finally be a “call to consciousness.”

“This is the moment that we leave behind hatred, racism, fear and do things differently and unite,” Ruth Vargas Marquez told Telemundo. “I think the message of Elsa is to keep loving each other and make things different.”

Mendoza de la Mora was a mother of two children and a special education teacher and principal of the Rafael Veloz Elementary School in Ciudad Juarez, relatives said. Her husband, Antonio de la Mora, described her as “the most wonderful of women” in a Facebook post.

She was inside the Walmart shopping when alleged gunman Patrick Crusius, 21, walked through the front door about 10:30 a.m. Saturday firing an AK-47-style rifle, investigators said. Her husband and son were waiting for her in a car in the parking lot when the gunfire erupted, authorities and relatives told reporters.

In addition to the 22 people killed, more than two dozen were injured.

The volunteer group Operation H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Endure), which provides clothing, shoes and even food for the needy in the city, has volunteered to cover the funeral expenses of all the victims in the Walmart shooting.

Following his arrest, Crusius told investigators he was bent on killing as many Mexicans as possible and authorities suspect he is the author of an anti-immigrant screed posted on the controversial online message board 8chan just before the attack.

The mass shooting came a day before nine people were killed when a gunman went on a killing rampage in Dayton, Ohio.

Memorial services for the victims in both shootings area scheduled to continue through the weekend and into next week.

Earlier this week, the youngest victim killed in the El Paso shooting,15-year-old Javier Rodriguez, was mourned by his teachers and classmates at Horizon High School in El Paso.

“Javier was just a young man full of life, running in this same stadium we’re in now,” Juan Martinez, superintendent of the Clint Independent School District, said at the vigil for the Javier held on the football field at the school. “He didn’t deserve to die in a tragedy like this.”

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Increase in Atlantic hurricane activity expected after end of El Nino: NOAA

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MikeMareen/iStock(SILVER SPRING, Md.) — Hurricane activity is expected to increase in the Atlantic due to favorable oceanic and atmospheric patterns now that El Nino has ended in the Pacific, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.

The likelihood of an above-normal hurricane season rose to 45 percent, according to seasonal forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center — just in time for the peak season, typically August through October, to begin.

“El Nino typically suppresses Atlantic hurricane activity but now that it’s gone, we could see a busier season ahead,” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

The most recent outlook for the 2019 hurricane season includes 10 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes, or storm systems that contain wind speeds of 111 mph or greater.

On average, the Atlantic typically produces 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes, according to NOAA. Two storms have been named so far in 2019.


Acting FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor reminded those living in hurricane-prone areas to “be prepared.”

“We urge everyone to learn more about hurricane hazards and prepare now, ahead of time, so that if state and local authorities announce evacuations in advance of a storm, you and your family will have planned where to go and what to do to stay safe,” Gaynor said.

Hurricane season officially ends on Nov. 30.

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