Prosecutors drop charges against Jussie Smollett despite believing actor did it

ABC News(CHICAGO) — In a stunning move, prosecutors in Chicago dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on Tuesday despite acknowleging Smollet fabricated a street attack on himself in an attempt to get a pay raise.“We stand behind the investigation and the facts revealed,” said Joe Magats, the first assistant state attorney in Illinois,…read more »

‘This is not my son’: Mother of man accused of killing Wisconsin prosecutor tells police, document says

Courtesy DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office(BEAVER DAMN, Wisc.) — A Wisconsin man, who allegedly shot his ex-wife multiple times just feet from their young daughter, had no history of violence, his mother told police.Ulisses W. Medina Espinosa was charged on Tuesday with one count of first-degree intentional homicide, under the elements of domestic abuse, after…read more »

Prize-winning show dog found after vanishing at Atlanta airport for 3 days

Obtained by ABC News(ATLANTA) — The prize-winning show dog that disappeared in one of the world’s busiest airports for three days after being checked in for a flight has been found.Gale, a pure-bred American Staffordshire terrier whose owners live in Amsterdam, has been found and reunited with her family, the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport announced…read more »

‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett charges dropped; Chicago mayor and top cop furious, calling it a ‘whitewash of justice’

ABC News(CHICAGO) — In a stunning move, prosecutors in Chicago dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, a month after he was hit with felony counts stemming from what police said was a staged street attack on himself in an attempt to get a pay raise.The unanticipated development shocked Chicago, and prompted…read more »

This record’s for you: Luke Combs makes history with “Beautiful Crazy”

ABC/Randy HolmesLuke Combs has set another “Crazy” record: He’s now the the first artist to top five Billboard country charts simultaneously for multiple weeks. His latest single “Beautiful Crazy” lands him in the top slot on the Country Airplay, Hot Country Songs, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales charts, while his smash debut album This One’s For You sits…read more »

Brad Paisley to headline Key West Songwriters Festival

ABC/Image Group LAThe lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Key West Songwriters Festival, and it features one of the biggest names in country music: Brad Paisley is set to perform on Saturday, May 11 on Key West’s famed Duval Street, in a free block-party-style show. The festival also features performances by both up-and-coming and veteran songwriters.…read more »

From “God’s Country” to Tokyo, Japan, Devin Dawson is everywhere these days

ABC/Image Group LADevin Dawson not only co-wrote Blake Shelton’s new single, “God’s Country,” you’ll also hear him singing on the new track. The “Dark Horse” hitmaker co-wrote the tune with Michael Hardy and Jordan Schmidt. You’ll be able to hear the lead release from Blake’s next album this Friday. Meanwhile, Devin also lends his vocals to “Matthew’s Daughter,” a new song from…read more »

“Texas queen[s]” Kelly Clarkson and Maren Morris share the love on their socials

Columbia NashvilleKelly Clarkson is showing Maren Morris some love on social media. “Alright Maren Morris with your new album! Damn! Lovin it!” the original American Idol tweeted. “#RSVP is my new slow jam, don’t worry about it,” she added, referring to the sultry song of that name on Maren’s album Girl. She added, “Y’all need to check her new album out…read more »