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Catalonia crisis: Spain issues warrant for Puigdemont

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Puigdemont has called for his colleagues to be released A Spanish judge has issued European Arrest Warrants (EAW) for sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his allies who went to Belgium. The five failed to attend a high court hearing in Madrid on Thursday when nine other ex-members of the regional government were taken into custody. One of those detained has been freed on bail of €50,000 (£44,000; $58,000). They all face charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for pursuing Catalan independence. Mr Puigdemont has said he will not return to Spain unless he receives guarantees of a fair trial. Belgium will “study” the warrant, a spokesman for the state prosecutor told AFP news agency Catalonia crisis: What n...

Astros mum about possible White House visit

5:02 PM ET Associated Press HOUSTON — The World Series champion Houston Astros have not made the decision yet on whether they will visit the White House to meet with President Donald Trump if an invitation is extended. “We just won the first world championship in Houston Astros history,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortly before the team left for a celebratory parade through downtown Houston on Friday. “We’re also in one of the most divided countries, polarizing countries in politics. I don’t know that this is the best stage for everybody to declare one way or the other and try to comment on the moment and be too much of a political statement.” World Series MVP George Springer planted the Houston Astros’ championship trophy at the front o...

What you may have missed in the GOP’s new tax bill

The House Republican tax bill is more than 400 pages, with changes to the country’s tax code both big and small, impacting both the wealthy and the poor. On Friday, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, released a so-called “Chairman’s mark,” a substitute amendment, which replaces the bill first introduced Thursday with new text including “technical changes and additional modifications,” according to Brady. It’s this version of legislative text that will be amended beginning Monday. Republicans claim their bill would produce a $1,182 tax cut for a family of four earning the country’s median income. But what else is in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? The proposal would allow religious organizations to make political campaign statements “in the ordinary course of religious services ...

Ball & Boe ‘Together Again’ at UK Album Summit, Camila Cabello Wears Singles Crown

Singers Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have repeated the success of last year’s No. 1 U.K. album Together (Decca/Universal) by entering at the top again with Together Again. On the singles chart, Camila Cabello has her first solo bestseller, as “Havana” (Epic/Syco/Sony), featuring Young Thug, moves up after three weeks at No. 2. Ball and Boe claimed 2016’s bestselling artist album with their first collaboration and are back at No. 1 after holding Welsh rock mainstays Stereophonics to a No. 2 debut with their tenth top 10 album, Scream Above the Sounds (Parlophone/Warner Music). Vocal stylist Gregory Porter has a career-best No. 3 start on the Official Charts Company survey with Nat King Cole and Me (Decca/Universal).  George Michael‘s 1990 chart-topper Listen With...

Coming Around Again Podcast: When Shania Twain’s ‘Come on Over’ Ruled the World

Welcome back to the Coming Around Again podcast, part of the Pop Shop family, where host Andrew Unterberger and a variety of guests discuss notable anniversaries being celebrated in the music world. This week, we’re talking all things Shania Twain and Come on Over. The album, released 20 years ago on Nov. 4, experienced crossover success previously unheard of in the SoundScan era, not only going on to sell over 15 million copies, but spawning six Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hits — including three top 10s — and essentially dominating pop culture through the turn of the millennium. Billboard Associate Editor Taylor Weatherby comes by the pod to discuss her Shania superfandom, recently capped by an excellent interview Taylor did with the singer-songwriter, in which she dove dee...

‘Veronica Mars’ Actor Brad Bufanda Dies by Suicide at 34

The actor was best known for his television work. Brad Bufanda, best known for his work on Veronica Mars, has died, his rep, Kirsten Solem, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 34. Bufanda died by suicide on Wednesday, just after midnight, Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department said. “There was a note,” Winter said.  The rep for the actor said that the family is asking for privacy at this time. “We are completely devastated for he was an extremely talented young actor and wonderful, caring human being,” Solem said. “He was reviving his career having just completed two movies, and we are shocked and saddened by his passing.” Bufanda jumped from a building in the 300 block of Fuller Avenue, Winter said. His body was found by ...

After NYC terror attack, let’s use common sense to protect ourselves from radical Islamic terrorists

Tuesday’s attack by a radical Islamic terrorist that took the lives of eight people and injured a dozen in New York City was a startling wake-up call for many Americans. Such attacks continue across the Atlantic, as well as in Asia and the Middle East, but now this particular brand of violence and murder has once again brought mass casualties to our shores. But let’s be clear: radical Islamic terrorists have been launching attacks here in the United States for years, with the deadliest occurring on Sept. 11, 2001. These attacks are not going to stop unless we first admit that we have been and are under attack and – finally – take strong steps to prevent further attacks. For eight years, the Obama administration refused to even use accurate language and terminology to describe what was occu...

El Chapo suffering hallucinations and paranoia in jail, his lawyers claim

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is reportedly suffering from hallucinations while in jail.  (Reuters ) Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is reportedly suffering from hallucinations, depression and paranoia due to his severe jail conditions, his lawyers claim. The Mexican drug lord has been locked up in New York City’s Metropolitan Correctional Center since January and was reportedly not happy with his conditions. The drug kingpin was being held under “special administrative measures” in the jail, ABC News reported. ‘EL CHAPO’ SEEKING NEW LAWYERS IN US DRUG TRAFFICKING CASE Guzman’s attorneys said as a result of his restrictive conditions, the inmate was suffering physical and mental deterioration. The attorneys have requested El Chapo undergo a psychological evaluatio...