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'Aliens,' 'Titanic' star Bill Paxton reportedly dead at 61

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Hollywood star Bill Paxton has died, TMZ reports.

The actor best known from Titanic, Aliens and Apollo 13 was 61. According to Hollywood news site TMZ, Paxton died from complications following a surgery.

Paxton was starring in a CBS series called "Training Day." He was born in Fort Worth Texas, but moved to Los Angeles when he was 18.

"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," the family said in a statement reported by TMZ.

"Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

He leaves behind two children and his wife of 30 years, Louise Newbury.

The actor was born in Fort Worth, Texas in May of 1955. He made his film debut in Roger Corman’s 1975 film “Crazy Mama,” according to IMdB.

He had a small role in the 1981 cult classic “Stripes” and went on over the next three decades to act in such movies as “The Terminator,” “Near Dark,” “Weird Science,” “Tombstone,” and True Lies.”

Transgender boy wins girls state wrestling title in Texas

The Texas high school state girls’ wrestling champion is a boy. The state woould not allow him to compete in the male division because his birth certificate says “female.”

Trinity High school junior Mack Beggs, 17, was born female, but began transitioning to male last year, which includes taking testosterone.

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 The process has impacted his body and strength, but the organization that oversees sports for Texas public schools ordered him to continue wrestling under the gender listed on his birth certificate.

One parent even filed a lawsuit, contending Beggs has an unfair advantage because of it.

Beggs says, if allowed, he would gladly wrestle male opponents.

He defeated Chelsea Sanchez in a 12-2 victory in the 110-pound classification at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state wrestling championships on Saturday in Cypress, Texas. Beggs is the first transgender participant  to win the Class 6A girls' state championship.

Actor Bill Paxton of 'Aliens,' 'Titanic' fame dead at 61

Award-winning actor Bill Paxton of "Aliens" and "Titanic" movie fame, has died from complications from surgery, according to TMZ.

The 61 year old acting veteran has starred in a string of movie hits over his four-decade career, including "Twister," "Hatfield and McCoys," and "Apollo 13."

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He was working on the new CBS series "Training Day," when he died.

"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," the family said in a statement reported by TMZ.

"Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017

uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 26, 2017

ABC confirms actor Bill Paxton has died at 61. Representatives for the family: pic.twitter.com/cjgKtDufDj— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) February 26, 2017

He leaves behind two children and his wife of 30 years Louise Newbury.

The actor was born in Fort Worth, Texas in May of 1955. He made his film debut in Roger Corman’s 1975 film “Crazy Mama,” according to IMDb. He had a small role in the 1981 cult classic “Stripes” and went on over the next three decades to act in such movies as “The Terminator,” “Near Dark,” “Weird Science,” “Tombstone,” and True Lies.”

#RIP Bill Paxton.Posted by TMZ on Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bill Paxton, the veteran actor who starred in Big Love and appeared in films like Aliens, Twister, Titanic and Apollo 13, died Saturday following complications from surgery. He was 61.Posted by Rolling Stone on Sunday, February 26, 2017

One dead, four injured after shooting near music video shoot in Jacksonville

Rescuers and police responded Saturday to a deadly shooting in the area of Moncrief Road and 24th Street.

The reported shooting happened in the same area of a scheduled music video shoot for rappers Boosie Badazz, also known as Lil' Boosie, and Baby Soulja.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Kyree Breyon Corley, who was in his 20s, died at the scene and two people were taken to the hospital. Two more victims drove themselves to the hospital. Officers said they do not know the number of suspects or have any descriptions of suspects.

Family identify man killed during music video filming in Moncrief https://t.co/nYiu2ZLrl4 pic.twitter.com/78DT03kvmr— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) February 26, 2017

Officers said there wasn't a fight and people who were about to start filming heard shots fire in the area. Investigators are still working to determine whether this shooting was part of a drive-by.

The call for help came in around 1 p.m. Saturday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. 

Officers said they are looking for a video taken during the shooting. They said many people had their cell phones out.

VIDEO: "This is like another black person on the street ... [no one] is going to come forward

JSO on scene of "suspicious death" in Moncrief neighborhoodhttps://t.co/aheM2FFAPh pic.twitter.com/i5EfaRw6z8— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) February 25, 2017 JSO is outside Holley's Bar-B-Q on Moncrief regarding a suspicious death. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/xz02OL0lHU— Kevin Clark (@KevinANjax) February 25, 2017 Police investigating "suspicious death" on Moncrief Rd. https://t.co/dKTl6axTcT— Beth Rousseau (@BethANJax) February 25, 2017 JSO is investigating a "suspicious death" near the BBQ spot where rapper #LilBoosie was scheduled to shoot a video today.— Letisha Bereola (@LetishaANjax) February 25, 2017 Woman tells me she was nearby getting hair done. Says a video was to be shot here, but she heard screaming and running. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/KRCmp9alyb— Kevin Clark (@KevinANjax) February 25, 2017 Baby Soulja van also here. I'm told he was supposed to be a part of the video @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/nZqYqyglRy— Kevin Clark (@KevinANjax) February 25, 2017

 

Barbara Pierce Bush to headline Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Texas

Former President George W. Bush’s daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, is headlining a Planned Parenthood fundraiser for a Texas branch of the organization.

Bush is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ annual Fort Worth luncheon on Wednesday, according to the Texas Tribune.

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The event helps raise money for the agency, which provides reproductive and health services, including abortions, for lower income women.

Bush is the co-founder and CEO of Global Health Corps, an organization that seeks to address healthcare inequities around the world.

“We are a leadership development organization focused on health equity. We are building a global community of diverse young leaders changing the face of global health,” the group said in a statement on its website.

Barbara Pierce Bush will be the keynote speaker at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas' annual Fort Worth luncheon this Wednesday.Posted by Texas Tribune on Friday, February 24, 2017

Former President George W. Bush was staunchly opposed to abortion as both president and as Texas governor.

Former first lady Laura Bush has been a supporter of legal abortion in the past.

Trump slams New York Times ad set to air during Academy Awards

A New York Times ad scheduled to run during the Academy Awards on Sunday night already has at least one critic – President Donald Trump.

>> Trump tweets he won't attend White House correspondents' dinner

"For the first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!" Trump tweeted early Sunday about the commercial, the newspaper's first TV spot in seven years. 

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For first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Trump's comment comes days after the Times, CNN and other news organizations said they were denied entry to an off-camera White House "gaggle" with Press Secretary Sean Spicer and one day after Trump announced he won't be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

>> CNN, New York Times barred from White House press briefing

The 30-second commercial, called "The Truth Is Hard," was posted Thursday on YouTube and has been viewed more than 2.6 million times.

>> Watch the ad here

<iframe width="390" height="219" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gY0Fdz350GE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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The Oscars broadcast begins at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ABC.

Zach Braff, 'SNL' fans say Alec Baldwin should play Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner

If you can't get the real president to attend your event, why not get the fake one?

>> Trump tweets he won't attend White House correspondents' dinner

That's what actor Zach Braff and "Saturday Night Live" fans are saying on Twitter after President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he won't be going to the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29.

"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year," Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon. "Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"

>> See the tweet here

I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017

Minutes later, Braff called for actor Alec Baldwin, who plays Trump on "SNL," to stand in for the president.

".@AlecBaldwin time to suit up," he tweeted.

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.@AlecBaldwin time to suit up. https://t.co/DfVnzAYxSG— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 25, 2017

Braff was not alone.

Email from a viewer: "PLEASE, please, have Alec Baldwin invited to the White House Correspondents dinner since Trump is not going..."— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 25, 2017

Yuge opening for Alec Baldwin to get some extra work that evening... https://t.co/cQoERmmLf6— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) February 25, 2017

Oh pleeeeeez Alec Baldwin go as trump at Correspondents Dinner!!!!— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) February 25, 2017

Hey @whca, since @realDonaldTrump has announced that he' not attending, it only makes sense that @AlecBaldwin deliver the keynote. #WHCA— April (@ReignOfApril) February 25, 2017

.@realDonaldTrump I hope they replace you with Alec Baldwin.— Dan Wilbur (@DanWilbur) February 25, 2017

No word yet on whether Baldwin is interested in attending the event, which raises money for college scholarships and usually involves roasts of both the current president and the media.

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According to Poynter, the last time a president missed the dinner was 1981, when then-President Ronald Reagan was recovering from a gunshot wound. But Reagan still called in to the event, addressing guests by phone.

Bill Maher sounds off on media in first show since Milo Yiannopoulos interview

Hours after several media publications were barred from an informal briefing with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, comedian Bill Maher discussed the state of the press on his HBO program.

>> Bill Maher takes credit for Milo Yiannopoulos' downfall

Maher has had his own contentious relationship with the media and was criticized by many outlets for giving a platform to former Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos. On Friday’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher pulled out a recent Fox News survey that showed that more people trusted President Donald Trump, who regularly rails against the media for printing negative stories about him, than the media itself.

>> Leslie Jones on Milo Yiannopoulos: 'I was done the day I blocked him'

“Can you imagine how this must make a reporter feel? To be losing a truthfulness contest to Donald Trump?” Maher joked. “It’s like losing a rap battle to Mitt Romney.”

Maher implored the press to go hard against Trump and to lose some of the lighter stories that receive coverage.

>> Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart amid controversy over pedophilia comments

“You have to win your respect back so Trump can’t say, ‘The people don’t believe you; you’re a joke,’” Maher said.

Maher also criticized members of the press for giving Trump such a platform during the 2016 presidential election.

>> Milo Yiannopoulos book deal canceled following remarks on pedophilia 

“You can be mad at me for 'giving a platform' to Milo, but Donald Trump is the apotheosis of the alt-right, and the media gave him the biggest platform ever,” Maher said. “They covered every rally like we put a game show on the moon. They made him look like he was president before he was.”

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Though he was critical of some coverage, Maher took time to praise several journalists, including Scott Pelley, Chuck Todd and George Stephanopoulos.

Jamie Lynn Spears shares happy update about daughter Maddie's recovery

Good news for the Spears family: Maddie has made a full recovery.

>> Jamie Lynn Spears' daughter leaves hospital after ATV accident

Earlier this month, the 8-year-old daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears was injured in an ATV accident that left her in critical condition for days. But she was eventually released from the hospital and has even returned to school.

Spears, the sister of pop star Britney Spears, took to Twitter on Saturday to share the update, saying, “Blessed to say my daughter has fully recovered & returned to her normal activities. It’s my first day back to work. Love y’all.”

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Blessed to say my daughter has fully recovered & returned to her normal activities It's my first day back to work love y'all#Godisgood pic.twitter.com/FGprExJKnl— Jamie Lynn Spears (@jamielynnspears) February 25, 2017

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After the accident, Maddie was airlifted to the hospital, where she remained unconscious for two days. Not only did she return to school to pass out valentines to her class, but she has also attended her first basketball practice since the incident. Jamie Lynn, husband Jamie Watson and Britney Spears asked fans for their prayers during the difficult time.

Trump, new DNC chair Tom Perez tangle on Twitter

Moments after announcing he wouldn’t attend the 2017 White House Correspondent’s Dinner, President Donald Trump made his first public statement on the election of former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to be the new head of the Democratic National Committee.

>> Trump tweets he won't attend White House correspondents' dinner

Perez was elected Saturday afternoon. He soon named Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, to be the committee’s deputy chair.

“Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!” Trump wrote.

>> See the tweet here

Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017

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Perez quickly shot back.

"Call me Tom. And don't get too happy. @keithellison and I, and Democrats united across the country, will be your worst nightmare," Perez tweeted.

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Call me Tom. And don't get too happy. @keithellison and I, and Democrats united across the country, will be your worst nightmare. https://t.co/fu7WvLofrD— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) February 25, 2017

Early Sunday, Trump weighed in again.

"The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally 'rigged.' Bernie's guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!" Trump tweeted, referring to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

>> See the tweet here

The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally "rigged." Bernie's guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2017

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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