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Small plane crash shuts down major highway near D.C., 4 treated for injuries

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Michael Hannegan Jr.(BOWIE, Md.) — A plane’s pilot and passenger were seen standing in the median of a highway in Bowie, Maryland, on Thursday after surviving a crash shortly before noon.

“I’m blessed that we’re not hurt. I’m still overloaded and we’re still running on adrenaline so we’re doing okay,” pilot Julius Tolson, 58, told ABC News Washington D.C. affiliate WJLA-TV.

As the plane went down, its wing slammed into the roof of a car carrying two other men, who suffered minor injuries, according to Maryland State Police.

“Police were on the scene very quickly,” Tolson said.

“[The two men injured in the car] were taken away pretty quickly and so we’re happy to hear that they weren’t hurt seriously or anything like that,” Michael Garrah, 57, the plane’s passenger, told WJLA.

The pilot and passenger were treated at the scene, and the crash caused lane closures along U.S. Route 50, police said.

Tolson and Garrah told WJLA they were taking off just east of Washington D.C. when they had an instrumentation problem and decided to abort.

Maryland State Police believe the pilot misjudged the landing prior to the crash.

“We could’ve got hit by a tractor trailer…the way that the plane spun,” Garrah said. “I think it absorbed a lot of the energy. So I think we’re obviously really lucky.”

Federal Aviation Administration officials said they were investigating the accident.

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Miranda Lambert "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" with her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour mates

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ABC/Mark LevineMiranda Lambert not only kicks off her all-girl, all-star Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour on Friday — she’s also put together a little something extra for her fans.

On Friday, September 13, she’ll release a new cover of the 1976 pop hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” that also features her tour mates Maren MorrisElle KingAshley McBrydeTenille Townes, and Caylee Hammack.

Earlier this week, all the artists teased the new song on their socials, sharing a twenty-second instrumental clip that shows them in the studio singing the song by Elvin Bishop, which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.  Fun fact: the vocals on the song were provided by Mickey Thomas, who went on to become the lead singer of Jefferson Starship.

Miranda’s tour starts this weekend with two shows at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on Friday and Saturday and continues through November. Check Miranda’s website to see which artists will be on each show.  

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Terrence Howard says he's done with acting after 'Empire' ends

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Chuck Hodes/Fox(LOS ANGELES) — Terrence Howard says he’s ready for something different after his hit FOX series Empire ends.

In an interview with Extra, Howard appeared to announce that he’s retiring from acting.

“I’m done with acting. I’m done pretending,” Howard said, referring to his plans following the upcoming sixth and final season of the series.

As far as what Howard plans to do instead of acting, the star says it’s still being figured out.

“I’m just focusing on bringing truth to the world,” he said, without explaining his “truth.”

Meanwhile, Howard — who’s also starred in notable films like The Best ManThe Butler and Hustle & Flow — says his Empire costars will always have a special place in his heart.

“I love the cast members,” he said. “I will miss them a great deal, and the crew.”

The sixth season of Empire premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 9 p.m ET on FOX.

21st Century Fox, which produces Empire, is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.

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"The Git Up" video premieres Friday, as Blanco Brown reveals the inspiration behind his "joyful" hit

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Edgar Evan Moore IVYou’ve followed the instructions. You’ve done the dance.  But now, the official video for Blanco Brown’s viral hit “The Git Up” premieres Friday at 6 a.m. on MTV, CMT, BET, and on a billboard in New York’s Times Square.  Not bad for a track that Blanco says he created just to make people smile.

“I just feel like my energy on the song was so great and inviting, that it was easy to follow directions from someone with so much joy and positivity,” Blanco tells ABC Radio about “The Git Up” dance.  “The world needs something to smile at and to be joyful about.”

As Blanco explains, “The Git Up” dance incorporates traditional country line dancing steps like the “cowboy boogie” with his own flavor.

“I’d be out here lyin’ if I told you where the ‘whoo hoo hoo’ came from,” he laughs. “I just felt that at that moment. I don’t know what got me to do the heels and the hands at the same time. It just happened!”

He goes on: “I was practicing the steps as I was writing …when I got finished writing…I ended up dancing through the whole song.  And I almost passed out!” 

While the song’s title doesn’t appear in the lyrics, Blanco says “The Git Up” was inspired by his grandmother.

“She’d come in in the morning and look us in the eyes and say, ‘Git up!'” he recalls. “That just meant being productive, one with the world, being vertical and going to find something to do.”

“Now mind you, I was only five, and I had to take all this in,” he laughs. “Thank you, Grandma!” 

Look for Blanco to perform “The Git Up” during Thursday Night Football halftime tonight.

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Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris and more join Sheryl Crow for new "CMT Crossroads"

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CMT Sheryl Crow’s collaborative Threads record is a perfect set up for a new edition of CMT Crossroads, and on September 27, that’s exactly what will happen.

The country-friendly rocker shot the new episode of the CMT series even before Threads came out late last month. Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell join her in her home studio in Music City, while Emmylou Harris’ part was shot at the West Nashville venue Clementine.

Look for Bonnie Raitt, the Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Americana favorite Jason Isbell, and pop band Lucius to perform with Sheryl on the special as well.

CMT Crossroads: Sheryl Crow & Friends premieres September 27 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

You can watch Sheryl and Stapleton performing “Tell Me When It’s Over” on YouTube now.

Here are some of the Threads tracks included on Crossroads:

“Everything Is Broken” featuring Jason Isbell
“Tell Me When It’s Over” featuring Chris Stapleton
“Nobody’s Perfect” featuring Emmylou Harris
“Still the Good Old Days” featuring Joe Walsh
“Don’t” featuring Lucius
“Live Wire” featuring Bonnie Raitt

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