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Country music star Loretta Lynn, 85, suffered a stroke Thursday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, and has been hospitalized, according to a statement on her website.

"She is currently under medical care and is responsive and expected to make a full recovery," the statement says.

Lynn has postponed two of her four upcoming shows, one in South Carolina on Saturday night, and one in Pennsylvania on May 12, according to a schedule on the website.

Lynn has been performing professionally since the 1950s. She's been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards and won four: three competitive and one honorary. In 1988, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Some of her hit songs include "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Fist City" and "You're Lookin' at Country."

She wrote an autobiography titled "Coal Miner's Daughter" that was published in 1976 and a hit movie of the same name was released in 1980.

 

 

If you are a free sandwich, Liam Neeson will look for you, he will find you and he will eat you.

The actor who is famous for a "very particular set of skills" put them to work recently after a restaurant in New Westminster, Canada, displayed a sandwich board sign reading "Liam Neeson eats here for free."

The Big Star Sandwich Company in British Columbia had heard the 64-year-old actor was in town filming "Hard Powder," a movie about a snowplow driver looking to avenge his son's death at the hands of drug dealers.

The sandwich solicitation worked and a few hours later the star showed up, reportedly asking in his famous gruff voice, "Where's my sandwich?"

Alex Johrden, spokesman for the eatery, told the CBC the actor posed for a few photos and took his food to go. One of the photos was posted on the Big Star Sandwich Company's Instagram page on Wednesday and has since amassed more than 3,500 likes.

Johrden said they are hopeful the star will return to try a new sandwich they have named for him.

"That's because it has a lot of beef, a one-two punch of bacon and hickory sticks and spice that will get revenge on you tomorrow," Johrden said.

 

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has decisively won the French presidential election, projected results say.

Mr Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen by about 65% to 35% to become, at 39, the country's youngest president, the results show.

If confirmed, he will also become the first president from outside the two traditional main parties since the modern republic's foundation in 1958.

A bitterly fought election concluded on Sunday amid massive security.

Mr Macron's supporters have gathered to celebrate in central Paris.

Mr Macron told Agence France-Presse that a "new chapter of hope and confidence was opening".

The Macron team said that the new president had had a "cordial" telephone conversation with Ms Le Pen.

In a speech she thanked the 11 million people who had voted for her. She said the election had shown a division between "patriots and globalists" and called for the emergence of a new political force.

President François Hollande congratulated Mr Macron and said the result showed the French people wanted to unite around the "values of the republic".

The BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris says this is the most remarkable success story of how a man who three years ago was utterly unknown to the French public, through sheer self-belief, energy - and connections - forged a political movement that has trounced all the established French political parties.

Does Sharon Osbourne only have weeks to live? That's what National Enquirer has reported. According to the publication, "The Talk" co-host is "on her last legs" and "fighting for life." Her "friends fear" she has only "weeks to live." 

 

The gossip magazine mentions Sharon's "risky procedure" as evidence, and asserts the 64-year-old music manager appeared "frail" when she was spotted with a cane at Elton John's star-studded birthday bash back in March. The publication then quotes Sharon as saying that her back is "killing me." 

 

It goes on citing an insider who predicts, "This could be the end of Sharon." The magazine doesn't give further explanation on why the said back injury would mean Sharon has "weeks to live," nor does it acknowledge that using a cane is part of her recovery process. 

 

But fans don't have to worry as the story about Sharon only having "weeks to live" turns out to be untrue. A rep for the wife of Ozzy Osbourne has shut down the National Enquirer report by telling Gossip Cop that it's indeed a lie. The site also notes Sharon's not looking "frail," pointing out that she looked just fine when she was at the Daytime Emmys a few days ago. 

 

Behind the big hair, big acclaim and even bigger personality — nobody knows Dolly like Dolly.

 

Dolly Parton’s rags-to-riches story and complicated past are the focus of a new book, Dolly on Dolly, Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton. The book is not authorized or endorsed by Parton herself, but rather is a collection of interviews published over five decades of the 71-year-old country legend’s career and compiled by editor Randy L. Schmidt.

 

Here are some of the most surprising revelations detailed in the project:

 

Her dog Popeye stopped her from committing suicide

In the early 1980s, Parton contemplated suicide after having an “affair of the heart” that ended in heartbreak. As a result, she struggled with her weight, suffered from serious health issues and had to cancel a tour due to death threats — all while trying to get over the “nightmare” that was working with Burt Reynolds on the 1982 film, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

 

Parton says she was sitting in her bedroom one day when she eyed her handgun for a long time, before finally picking it up. At that moment, she says, her dog Popeye came running up the stairs.

 

“The tap-tap-tap of his paws jolted me back to reality [and] I suddenly froze,” Parton said in an interview. “I put the gun down. Then I prayed. I kinda believe Popeye was a spiritual messenger from God.”

 

She called peeing the bed a “pleasure” growing up

Parton has long been open about growing up poor in her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee, but the book goes into further detail about how desperate the times were for her family.

 

In the summer, the kids would bathe in the river and then in the winter, they would bathe themselves with a pan of water. Parton was the first born of 12 kids, and she would have to bathe every night because three to four kids slept in a bed at a time and someone would ultimately pee the bed.

 

“That was the only warm thing we knew in the wintertime. That was our most pleasure to get peed on,” she described.

 

 

 

She has always had an open mind about sex

Though Parton won’t reveal the age when she lost her virginity, she admitted that she grew up fast and learned about sex from her older cousins and uncles.

 

“I always had an open mind about sex,” she said. “We all did. It was not a vulgar thing.”

 

She once threatened to shoot a man

At the age of 21, Parton and her friend were walking to a theater in Manhattan when men approached them thinking they were hookers.

 

As a man started grabbing Parton and offered her money, she pulled out a pistol and promised that if he touched her again, that she’d shoot him.

 

“I would have shot his feet off or shot at the ground,” she said. “That cooled the man’s jets and he took off.”

 

 

 

She thinks of her trademark appearance as a “gimmick”

Parton is known for her signature style, but she calls it all a “gimmick.”

 

” I’ve never thought of myself as being a sex symbol and I don’t want to have to be a beautiful woman, like Raquel Welch,” she said.

 

As far as surgery goes, Parton said that her breasts are real although she has had them lifted. She admits, though, to nips and tucks, liposuction and collagen injections.

 

“It costs a lot of money to look this cheap,” she famously said.

Prince Philip is to retire from all public royal duties at the age of 95 and the Queen who has given him her 'full support' to step down, it was revealed today.

The 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh's well-earned retirement was announced at a top secret emergency meeting called by Buckingham Palace today.

It caused fevered speculation around the world about the future and health of the Queen and her husband - but it has emerged that Philip has decided to end his royal duties.`

 

The Queen will continue her public duties as she has always vowed to serve her country for as long as she lives.

Even at the age of 95 Philip has put the younger generation of royals to shame and undertook 219 official engagements in the UK last year, which was more than Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry put together.

In a statement Buckingham palace said this morning: 'His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen.

'Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen. Thereafter, The Duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.

'The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements.

'Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family.'  

 

he Mail revealed last night that Her Majesty's most senior aides called her entire household from across Britain to London for a 10am summit ahead of a royal announcement.

But royal sources said that internet rumours about the Queen's or the Duke of Edinburgh's health faltering are 'wide of the mark' and the couple are 'fine'. 

As speculation swirled yesterday the spokesman refused to say what the meeting is about but added: 'There's no cause for alarm' and the Royal Standard remains at full mast over Buckingham Palace today, meaning there has been no death in the royal family.

The Queen met Theresa May in London yesterday to dissolve Parliament for the General Election and Prince Philip opened a new stand at Lords cricket ground and both looked in rude health. Both have royal engagements in the capital later.

Servants from royal residences across the country were ordered to London and addressed by the Lord Chamberlain, the most senior officer of the Royal Household, as well as Her Majesty's right-hand man, Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt.

 

Even her longest serving staff were left in the dark about why the meeting was being called but multiple sources said it was 'highly unusual'. 

'Everyone is on tenterhooks,' said one source last night.

'Although meetings involving the entire royal household are occasionally called, the way this has been done at the eleventh hour is highly unusual and suggests that there is something major to be disseminated.

'But at the moment, only those closest to her genuinely know what on earth this is all about.'

The Queen's loyal former press secretary Dickie Arbiter said it was unlikely to do with the royal couple's health.

He tweeted: 'It could well be about the Buckingham Palace refurbishment' adding that the meeting was 'nothing unusual'.

Staff from royal residences such as Windsor Castle and Sandringham have been asked to come in, as well as those from further afield as Balmoral in Scotland, suggesting that that any announcement will affect them all.  

 

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are reportedly back together. Rumor has it, the "All I Want for Christmas Is You" hitmaker is currently dating the former "America's Got Talent" host and they are ready to remarry. 

According to sources, Mariah and Nick were spotted chatting together over dessert at West Hollywood's Au Fudge on Saturday, April 22. "They were laughing and joking around," a source tells Life & Style, "They arrived separately, but wound up leaving together." 

The couple is giving their romance a second chance after Mariah dumped her toyboy Bryan Tanaka. While Mariah was engaged to James Packer prior to her relationship with Bryan, she always comes back to Nick. 

"They feel like they belong together," the source continues, "Mariah wants to get married again, and thinks Nick is the one." 

Mariah and Nick have been committed to co-parenting despite their divorce. "We really do feel we are soulmates," the "We Belong Together" hitmaker previously said of her relationship with her ex-husband. "I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me. I was always so career-oriented. I would hope and pray for my friends to find love, but I never did that for myself. And then? Everything just fell into place!" 

 

Now that she’s given birth to a beautiful baby boy, Janet Jackson has every intention of being a working mom — she announced in a Twitter video posted May 1 that she’ll resume the tour she put on hiatus a year ago.

In “a special message,” Janet sadly confirmed that she is in the thick of divorce proceedings with Wissam Al Mana, but said her separation’s silver lining is that she’ll resume the Unbreakable Tour on September 7. Jackson originally put the tour on hold in April 2016 in an effort to start a family.

“I just wanna keep it real with you guys for a second: yes, I separated from my husband, we are in court and the rest is in god’s hands,” she said. “Now for that something else: I’m continuing my tour as promised. I’m so excited, you guys. So excited.”

Jackson said the series of shows will now be called the State of the World tour, though performances will not be as politically charged as the name might suggest.

“It’s not about politics, it’s about people, the world, relationships and just love,” she said. “I wanna thank you guys for your patience, for all of your support throughout the years, thank you so much.”

And no, she can’t get enough of her beautiful son.

“I thank God for him, you guys,” she said. “He’s so healthy, so beautiful, so sweet, so loving, such a happy baby.”

 

Roston Chase's second Test hundred and fine support from captain Jason Holder in a record unbroken partnership lifted the West Indies to 286 for six at stumps on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan at Kensington Oval in on Sunday.

 

Called upon to repair yet another debacle at the top of the order after Holder chose to bat first, Chase's unbeaten 131 was characterised by calm assurance and elegant strokeplay after he came to the crease at 37 for three.

 

Even if he lived a bit dangerously, the skipper also played positively and will resume on the second day alongside Chase on 58, their partnership so far worth 132 runs and establishing a new record for the seventh wicket in Tests for the West Indies against Pakistan.

Chase has so far faced 207 deliveries in five hours at the crease, stroking 17 fours while Holder's innings has occupied 125 deliveries over three-and-a-half hours with eight fours decorating his knock.

On a surface offering very little assistance to the faster bowlers, the Caribbean team still managed to slip to 154 for six in mid-afternoon and at that stage it looked as if the tourists would have been well into their reply by the end of the day.

Opening bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas claimed a wicket apiece in each of the first two sessions while Shadab Khan, selected for a Test debut in support of senior leg-spinner Yasir Shah, earned his first success in the shape of Shane Dowrich after Shah had accounted for Shai Hope.

Amir was the first to strike for Pakistan at the start of the day against a batting line-up surprisingly unchanged from the seven-wicket defeat in Jamaica.

Kraigg Brathwaite enjoyed a moment of good fortune when he was dropped at short extra-cover off Amir.

However the lapse did not prove costly for the visitors as Amir took the outside edge of the opener's bat in the same over to give a straightforward catch to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Shimron Hetmyer, one of two batting debutants from a week earlier, faced just three deliveries before driving loosely at Abbas for Azhar Ali to take a sharp catch head-high at third slip.

Hope's struggle for runs continued when he was caught at the wicket off Shah, the leg-spinner extracting sharp turn off the first-day pitch and appearing to justify Pakistan's decision to give a debut to Shadab at the expense of their fastest bowler, Wahab Riaz.

Kieran Powell, who batted through the morning session, departed on the resumption after lunch.

An lbw appeal off Amir with the batsman on 38 was ruled not out by on-field official Richard Kettleborough only to be overturned on review of the television replays.

Vishaul Singh's miserable start to his Test career continued with a low catch to Younis Khan at second slip off Abbas and Younis' secure pair of hands were again in evidence when Dowrich, on 29, pushed at a full length delivery from Shadab and the veteran made no mistake.

The National Disaster Management Agency is monitoring an increase in activities taking place at Kick 'em Jenny, the region's only submarine volcano located between Grenada and the Grenadine island of Carriacou.In a release early Sunday, the disaster agency said it has been advised of the increase in activity by the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

 

“The UWI/SRC recorded a high amplitude signal, lasting about 25 seconds, on one of the Grenada stations. The signal was also recorded on a station in Montserrat. This signal follows an increase in the number of background events associated with the Kick-'em-Jenny volcano,” said the release which confirmed that persons in the St Patrick's area have reported feeling tremors.”

 

As a result, the alert level is now on yellow and sea users and ships have been warned to stay away from vicinity of the submarine volcano.

 

“In light of the ongoing we are advising all sea users that the 5km (3.1 miles) exclusion zone of Kick 'em Jenny be strictly observed. The SRC has advised that heightened alert is necessary for the exclusion zone,” the release added.

 

A yellow alert means the volcano is restless; seismicity and/or fumarolic activity are above the historical level or other unusual activity has been observed or can be expected without warning.

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