Ariana Grande Reveals She’s ‘Very Sick’ & ‘In So Much Pain’ On Tour As She Updates Fans

Ariana is currently on the road for her ‘Sweetener/Thank U Next’ tour and has several dates to go before wrapping in Los Angeles on Dec. 22.

Oh no! Ariana Grande, 26, revealed she hasn’t been feeling well in a length Instagram post on Saturday, Nov. 16. “Hi my loves so I’m still very sick,” she began the post, shared to her Instagram story, adding that she’s been sick for over three weeks. “I’ve been sick since the last London show. I don’t know how it’s possible but my throat and head are still in so much pain. I sound okay I’m just in a lot of pain and it’s difficult to breathe during the show. I just really don’t know what’s happening with my body right now and need to figure it out.”

The “7 Rings” singer has been on the road for the second leg of her sold out Sweetener/Thank U, Next since Nov. 9, after wrapping the European portion in London on Oct. 16. “I just finished my show in Charlottesville and I’ve been sick since the last show in London,” she continued in another video posted to her story. “I’ve been coughing and had this like crazy sinus infection thing that has not gone away for a really long time. I haven’t been able to really get better and tonight during the show tonight my head was really splitting and heavy and my glands really hurt and I’m trying to figure out what’s going on.”

The singer also added that she may possibly have to cancel shows as a result of her condition. “Please take this as a gentle heads up. I don’t want anyone to feel blindsided tomorrow if god forbid I can’t make the show happen,” alluding to her upcoming performance in Lexington, Kentucky. “I’m going to cherish these memories with you guys because they’re really beautiful and that’s why I’m really mad I can’t get better because I really don’t want to cancel anything because I’m really cherishing all these last moments together. I love you.”

Ariana is also nominated at the upcoming American Music Awards taking place Nov. 24 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles in several categories, including Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year, and Favorite Music Video for “7 Rings”!

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Lisa Vanderpump Gives Fans an Answer About a TomTom Spin-Off Show

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Lisa Vanderpump is setting the record straight.

On Saturday, Bravo fans’ hearts exploded when the reality TV personality appeared at BravoCon in New York City. While at the star-studded convention, the 59-year-old restaurateur showed up and showed out for the special occasion—she even received a standing ovation during her Vanderpump Rules panel.

During the panel, fans were treated to the season 8 trailer, which teased drama, drama, drama. However, many couldn’t help but wonder if a TomTom spin-off was in the works, considering the teaser set up a lot of stuff between Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz, who co-own the West Hollywood restaurant and bar with Lisa and her husband Ken Todd.

However, the 59-year-old Bravolebrity is putting those rumors to rest. 

“No, I don’t think so,” the reality TV personality told E! News, when asked if she was thinking about doing a TomTom spin-off. “Nobody’s told me and I’d probably know first.”

She added, “There’s new people on this season, of course, but that’s not a TomTom spin-off. Vanderpump is almost about me and my businesses.”

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While fans of the two Toms might be heartbroken over the news, Lisa reassured us that this season of Vanderpump Rules will be more than exciting.

“I think the most important thing is you want the authenticity. And I felt that we had that and I felt that, you know, we’ve got a lot of people, I have 400 people work for me,” she shared. “I have a lot of people who don’t want to be on the show and a lot of people that do, but you can’t just pop in and start filming, you have to kind of be connected.”

She added, “They filmed some of their own, they have their own thing going on, but you’re going to enjoy it. It’s always good to have some new blood.”

In fact, fans of the series will get to see more of Lisa, since she announced her departure from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills earlier this year. She explained that filming for Pump Rules is “vastly different” from the other Bravo show.

And while the British star admitted she ran into former BFF Kylie Richards a “couple of times,” she still feels that getting off of RHOBH was a “well-needed break.”

Right now, she’s focused on growing her many businesses, and enjoys seeing the Vanderpump Rules cast grow as well.

“To see one getting a book deal, to see another having written a book and it goes to New York Times best-seller, to see Lala Kent find the man of her dreams, and she’s sober. I mean, that’s what you always want to see for the people that work for you,” she shared. ” To live in front of the cameras is challenging. It’s not an easy thing to do. So the fact that they can be brave enough to really show how they truly feel on camera, I think is pretty demanding.”

“I’m proud of all of them for getting through it, for struggling and coming out the other side properly,” she said. “I’m proud of all of them.”

(E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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World War 3: Henry Kissinger warns of ‘catastrophic’ conflict between China and US

Henry Kissinger said the “future of the world” depended on the US and China resolving their differences. He warned competition between the world’s two largest economies was “permanent” and that they had to “get used to” the “rivalry” or risk disastrous consequences.

Mr Kissinger was the diplomatic driving force behind then US President Richard Nixon’s groundbreaking visit to China in 1972.

Known in Beijing as “an old friend of the Chinese people”, he also met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and senior cabinet officials ahead of the G20 meeting between President Donald Trump and Mr Xi last year.

Speaking in New York on Thursday, the 96-year-old veteran said the relationship between the US and China began as a strategic one under mutual pressure from the Soviet Union.

He told his audience: “There were differences at the beginning of the relationship.

“Nevertheless, we’ve learned to live with each other for many decades.”

Mr Kissinger argued that there were fundamental differences between the American and Chinese way of negotiations, so the US needed to change their mindset with a rising China.

“It is no longer possible to think that one side can dominate the other.

“So those countries that used to be exceptional and used to be unique, have to get used to the fact that they have a rival.

He added: “Competition is permanent.”

The former US secretary of state said conflicts were “inevitable” given the history between the superpowers, however failure to mend relations would be extremely dangerous.

He said: “There may not be a complete agreement.

“What is imperative is that both countries understand that a permanent conflict between them cannot be won.

“There will be a catastrophic outcome if it leads to permanent conflict.”

The result would be “worse than the world wars that ruined European civilisation”, he warned.

“We are in a difficult period now.

“I am confident the leaders on both sides will realise the future of the world depends on the two sides working out solutions and managing the inevitable difficulties.

Mr Kissinger’s comments came as trade war talks between Washington and Beijing rumble on.

Tensions have been simmering for some time, but boiled over when President Trump hiked tariffs and trade barriers after the US grew restless over unfair trade methods from Beijing.

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Washington complaints included theft of trade secrets, theft of intellectual property and forced transfer of US technology to China.

The subsequent economic impact on both has been huge, particularly on China as it looks to propel itself into dominance.

President Xi blamed Mr Trump for political hostility that has gripped the two countries.

He said: “Protectionist and bullying counter-currents bring shocks to international trade, adding to downward pressure on the world economy.”

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Prince Andrew claims he has ‘no recollection’ of meeting Jeffrey Epstein accuser

Britain’s Prince Andrew said in comments broadcast on Friday that he had no recollection of ever meeting an American woman who alleges she was forced to have sex with him when she was underage.

Andrew also told BBC television that he had “let the side down” by staying with U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein after Epstein’s conviction for paying a teenage girl for sex.

One of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, has said she was forced to have sex with Andrew in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island between 1999 and 2002, when she says Epstein kept her as a “sex slave.”

In an excerpt of an interview given by Andrew to the BBC’s Newsnight program, the prince was asked about the accusation by Giuffre that she had sex with him in a house in London.

“I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever,” said Andrew, the 59-year-old second son of Queen Elizabeth.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Turns “Boring” Impeachment Hearings Into Soap Opera Starring Jon Hamm

For anyone who thought this week’s House impeachment hearings were “boring” — as some Republicans complained — Saturday Night Live offered a solution. Up the “pizzazz” by turning the proceedings into a soap opera.

After a week-long break, the NBC sketch comedy series returned, and enlisted Mad Men alum Jon Hamm as Ambassador Bill Taylor to help serialize the hearings.

Borrowing from daytime drama Days of Our Lives’ catchphrase “like sands through the hourglass,” SNL recast all of the key players in the real hearings. Hamm was joined by Kate McKinnon, who reprised her portrayal of  President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

“Mercury’s in retrograde, so my powers are at an all-time high,” McKinnon joked.

Alex Moffatt played Adam Schiff, while Mikey Day served as “cross-examiner with a mysterious brain injury” Jim Jordan.

“Let the record show the president is intimidating the witness,” said Moffat’s Schiff in response to the president Tweeting in the middle of the hearing.

Harry Styles served as host and musical guest. The former One Direction group member is no stranger to the NBC sketch comedy series. He previously appeared on the show as a musical guest in 2017, and as a member of One Direction in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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Canadiens respond to Ovechkin hit with scoring flurry

WASHINGTON – Shea Weber scored to extend his points streak to five games, Carey Price made 25 saves and the Montreal Canadiens responded to a big hit by Alex Ovechkin on Jonathan Drouin, beating the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Friday night.

Phillip Danault, Weber, Jordan Weal and Nick Suzuki scored after Ovechkin flattened Drouin with an open ice hit that knocked him out for the rest of the second period. Drouin returned for the third.

Ovechkin’s shoulder-to-shoulder blow on Drouin was the first big highlight of the night after a ho-hum first period. Ovechkin appeared to leave his feet to deliver the blow, and Drouin was slow to get up before skating to the bench and going down the tunnel.

Four goals in 11 minutes after the hit provided enough support for Price, who beat the Capitals for just the eighth time in 27 career games. Price’s biggest save came a few shifts after Drouin’s injury when he denied Jonas Siegenthaler and was bailed out by defenceman Brett Kulak blocking the rebound, and he made a series of crucial stops in the final minutes.

Ovechkin scored on the power play in the third period, his 14th of the season, and Evgeny Kuznetsov added a breakaway goal with 4:22 left to make things interesting. Tomas Tatar sealed it with an empty-netter.

BLUE JACKETS 3, BLUES 2, OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Zach Werenski scored 3:34 into overtime to lift Columbus past St. Louis.

With the Blue Jackets on a 4-on-3 power play, Werenski buried a shot from the right circle. He has scored in three straight games.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for Columbus early in the third period to tie it at 2. Vladislav Gavrikov got his first NHL goal and Joonas Korpisalo made 25 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Mackenzie McEachern and Brayden Schenn scored for the Stanley Cup champion Blues, who lost a second consecutive game in overtime. Jake Allen, starting ahead of Jordan Binnington on the first night of a back-to-back, had 36 saves.

BRUINS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2

TORONTO (AP) — Brad Marchand scored two third-period goals to help Boston beat Toronto.

Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist, Zdeno Chara added a goal, and Tuukka Rask made 29 saves. The Bruins snapped a 0-2-2 skid.

Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen scored for Toronto, and Frederik Andersen made 30 saves. The Maple Leafs have dropped four straight games, the last three in regulation.

DEVILS 2, PENGUINS 1

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mackenzie Blackwood made 38 saves and Travis Zajac and Blake Coleman scored in New Jersey’s victory over Pittsburgh.

Jack Johnson scored for Penguins and Matt Murray made 19 saves.

It was Pittsburgh’s first game without star centre Sidney Crosby. He’s expected to miss at least six weeks following surgery for a core muscle injury.

SENATORS 2, FLYERS 1

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Filip Chlapik scored in the second period, Anders Nilsson made 26 saves and Ottawa killed off a late four-minute power play to beat Philadelphia.

Ottawa’s Colin White took a double minor for high-sticking Claude Giroux with just over four minutes remaining. The Flyers pulled Carter Hart for a two-man advantage, but were unable to score.

Tyler Ennis also scored for Ottawa. Tyler Pitlick scored for Philadelphia.

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Chile police stopped rescue workers helping dying protester: human rights watchdog

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile’s independent human rights watchdog said on Saturday it would file a formal complaint for murder against police officers who allegedly prevented paramedics from attending a heart attack victim amid a protest Friday.

Security forces firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons made it impossible for rescue workers to properly treat the victim, Chile’s publicly-funded National Institute for Human Rights said.

Twenty-nine year old Abel Acuna died shortly after at a nearby Santiago hospital.

Both the ambulance and a rescue worker were hit by projectiles as they attempted to help Acuna, the institute said.

The case joins more than 1,000 others currently under investigation by public prosecutors. Accusations of abuses by security forces ranging from torture to sexual violence have multiplied during weeks of anti-government unrest.

The protests in Chile began over a hike in metro fares but quickly spun out of control, often devolving into riots, looting and arson that have left more than 20 dead and thousands injured.

Sergio Micco, director of the human rights agency, called the incident “extremely serious,” adding that this was the sixth case since protests began of police hampering the work of rescuers.

“This is not an isolated incident,” Micco said.

Chile’s police force could not be immediately reached for comment. They have previously said they are following protocols and are properly trained for riot control.

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Opinion: NFL owners can’t hide from the truth anymore after Colin Kaepernick shows he’s ready to play

It’s on the NFL’s owners now.

It’s always been on them, the conscious decision to keep Colin Kaepernick out of the NFL. Now, though, their cover is gone. The excuses that Kaepernick isn’t really interested in playing anymore or that his skills have diminished during his three years in exile, those were exposed for the lies that they always were over a 45-minute span Saturday at a high school in suburban Atlanta.

The next time a starting quarterback goes down, or Mitchell Trubisky has another dreadful game, that team’s owner now has to either give Kaepernick a legitimate shot or admit that he values hate and ignorance over winning.

“We all know why I came out here and showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide,” Kaepernick said after his first workout in three years. “So we’re waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all them to stop running.

“Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people.”

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, effectively blackballed as punishment for his protests against police brutality toward people of color and social inequality. Whether it was a formal agreement among the owners or simply understood, anyone who has any sense – or has looked at some rosters – knows that Kaepernick has been deliberately barred from the NFL.

Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Nick Foles all have missed significant time this season, and Matthew Stafford is likely to. Did Kaepernick get a call from any of their teams? No. Chicago, Washington, Miami and the New York Jets all have garbage pits at quarterback, with Trubisky’s struggles effectively squandering an opportunity for its Super Bowl-caliber defense. Did any even bring Kaepernick in for a look? Nope.

Colin Kaepernick looks to make a pass during a private NFL workout. (Photo: Carmen Mandato, Getty Images)

Over the last three years, Nathan Peterman, Derek Anderson, Chad Henne, Brandon Weeden – all have gotten jobs while Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl in his second season and is still tied for the second-lowest interception percentage, did not.

“I’ve been ready for three years,” Kaepernick said. “I’ve been denied for three years.”

No doubt some NFL owners harbor a grudge against Kaepernick because he’s had the audacity to criticize this country for its most endemic and enduring flaw: racism. This a group that is almost exclusively white and almost exclusively male, and when you are used to the kind of privilege they are, treating everyone equally feels as if you are losing something.

For most, though, shunning Kaepernick is about fear.

The narrative around Kaepernick’s protests was misconstrued long ago – it’s not about the flag or the anthem or the military or the police or any other smokescreen – and owners are terrified of the segment of people in this country who bought into it. They are petrified that President Donald Trump will turn his itchy Twitter finger in the NFL’s direction again, using Kaepernick as a way to stoke (more) hatred among his base.

They are terrified that TV ratings will drop, or that fans will stay home if someone signs Kaepernick. Never mind that Eric Reid and Kenny Stills have continued their protests, and the NFL is thriving. Or that the younger and more diverse demographic – you know, the one the NFL needs if it wants to reach Goodell’s goal of $25 billion in revenue by 2027 – supports Kaepernick. What? You thought Nike gave him that fat contract out of the goodness of its heart?

Aside from the fact that Kaepernick can still play, and that he thoroughly played the NFL, the biggest takeaway from Saturday might have been the folks who gathered outside the Atlanta Falcons facility. And the ones who rushed to Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, Georgia, as soon as they found out Kaepernick had ditched the NFL-organized workout and would instead hold one of his own.

Sure, there were some who were there to protest Kaepernick. But there were more who were there to show support. Just as there has been a largely overlooked group that has boycotted the NFL because Kaepernick has been excluded.

“To all the people that came out here today to support, I appreciate y’all, I love y’all,” Kaepernick said. “To the people that aren’t here, I’m thinking of you, I appreciate your support from wherever you are.”  

History will be the ultimate judge of Kaepernick, the NFL and its owners, and it's clear who the winner will be. The hate, bigotry and fear that have kept Kaepernick out of the NFL are dying, and he made the excuses the owners have been hiding behind look more and more laughable with every throw Saturday.

"The ball’s in their court," Kaepernick said. "We’re ready to go." 

Ignorance and fear have cost Kaepernick three seasons of his career. How many more losses will that cost NFL owners? 

Follow USA TODAY Sports columnist Nancy Armour on Twitter @nrarmour. 

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Meth-fueled break-and-enter ends with stolen truck smashed in ditch near St. Francois Xavier

An apparent meth-fueled break-in at a St. Francois Xavier home has ended in arrest for a man and woman after family caught the pair in the act and gave chase.

RCMP were called to a break and enter at the home on Hwy 26 around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police say the homeowners, who were out of the country, were alerted to the break-in through their alarm systems. They called nearby family members and police.

Those family members arrived to find two suspects leaving the home with stolen items.

The pair took off in a truck with the homeowners’ relatives on their tail.

When police caught up with the vehicles on Hwy. 26 they say the suspects tried to get away by veering off into a farmer’s field, but instead blew a tire and crashed into an embankment.

The suspects took off on foot but were quickly caught by police.

Police say a substance believed to be meth was found in the suspects’ truck, which had been stolen from the RM of Springfield.

A 19-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, both from Winnipeg, are facing a list of charges including break and enter, flight from police, and possession of stolen property.

The Independent Investigations Unit has been notified and are investigating because both suspects were injured in the crash.

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Matthews and the Maple Leafs visit the Penguins

Toronto Maple Leafs (9-8-4, fourth in the Atlantic Division) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (10-7-2, fifth in the Metropolitan Division)

Pittsburgh; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Auston Matthews and Toronto take on Pittsburgh. He’s sixth in the in the league with 27 points, scoring 14 goals and recording 13 assists.

The Penguins are 3-5-1 in conference play. Pittsburgh has given up five power-play goals, killing 88.6% of opponent opportunities.

The Maple Leafs are 5-6-4 in Eastern Conference play. Toronto has scored 12 power-play goals, converting on 17.1% of chances.

The teams face off Saturday for the first time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jared McCann leads the Penguins with a plus-12 in 17 games played this season. Bryan Rust has totalled five goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.

Matthews leads the Maple Leafs with 14 goals and has recorded 27 points. William Nylander has totalled five goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Toronto.

LAST 10 GAMES: Maple Leafs: 4-4-2, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.6 assists, four penalties and eight penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .909 save percentage.

Penguins: 4-4-2, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.5 assists, 2.7 penalties and 5.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .914 save percentage.

Penguins Injuries: Sidney Crosby: out (lower body), Kris Letang: out (lower body).

Maple Leafs Injuries: Alexander Kerfoot: out indefinitely (dental), Trevor Moore: out (shoulder).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.


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