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Prince Estate releases original version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U,’ unseen rehearsal footage

The original version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” is now available for fan consumption.

The song, which was a successful single Sinéad O’Connor released in 1990, was recorded by Prince in 1984 at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his longtime engineer, Susan Rogers.

Prince composed, arranged and performed the ballad in its entirety, with the aid of backing vocals from Susannah Melvoin and Paul “St. Paul” Peterson. Eric Leeds plays sax on the original track as well.

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The song is being released to digital retailers and as 7-inch vinyl singles in picture disc and standard black vinyl formats through the Prince Estate and Warner Bros. Records.

From April 19 to April 25, the estate is also bringing back the online pop-up store PrinceHitNRun.com, where the picture disc and other limited edition Prince merchandise will be sold. The black vinyl version will be released to physical retailers on May 25.

The track is accompanied by a video featuring Prince & The Revolution rehearsing their choreography in the same warehouse in the summer of 1984.

Prince fans can also check out the new Prince Estate website, where fans can share their love of the iconic artist, who died on April 21, 2016.

Listen to Prince’s original version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” in the video above or at one of the steaming services at this link.

No criminal charges filed in Prince's 2016 overdose death, prosecutor says

Authorities have declined to press criminal charges against anyone in the 2016 overdose death of musical icon Prince, saying Thursday that investigators were unable to determine where the artist got the fentanyl that killed him.

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Cops save suicidal teen, tell her 'nothing’s that bad'

Police officers in Columbus could be considered heroes after they rushed to save a teen from jumping off a bridge. 

The rescue happened on March 20, but the video of the rescue was released this week.

The body camera video shows Kenneth Kropp and Anthony Sebastiano grabbing the girl by the arms before two other officers help pull her over the railing to the safe side of the bridge, WSYX reported.

Once she is on the ground, they try talking to her and comfort her. 

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You can hear them tell the unidentified teen to calm down and that she's going to be alright, before reminding her that "nothing's that bad.

Kropp told WSYX that he takes calls personally. 

“When I’m heading to a run, regardless what it is, I always think ‘that’s my brother, my sister, my family’ -- it’s somebody and absolutely I imagined, ‘What if it was my child?’”

Police posted the video to the department’s Facebook page, saying that her family arrived before medics did and she was taken to a local hospital. 

They also posted a phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255 for free, confidential support for people in distress.

‘Scandal’ finale: What time, what channel, what happens to Olivia

Mellie’s in the White House. Rowan is talking to his dinosaur. Cyrus, who has killed his way to the vice presidency, is perched like a vulture waiting to take a seat behind a desk in the Oval Office.

Jake has just lost his mind.

If the names are not familiar to you, we’re guessing being a gladiator is not on your bucket list.

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The ABC series “Scandal” comes to an end Thursday after seven years of chronicling the rise and fall of Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington). Pope is a “fixer” in Washington, D.C., jumping in to make “awkward situations” come out right – or go away, as the case may be.

Shondra Rhimes created the show that quickly became a hit, and viewers were often surprised at the twists and turns the series took – from killing off favorite characters to revealing a black-ops group that runs the government.

In last week’s episode, Oliva is set up for a final reckoning as she is called to testify about her deeds and misdeeds of the past years. From a trailer released by ABC, it appears she will have some company in the end, as most all of the show’s major characters are seated at a table in front of a group of congressmen ready to talk.

“She started out as the character that we knew who very much believed in this power and how important this particular kind of power was, and molding it and being a part of it,” Rhimes told Variety. “We watched her, like everybody else, become completely corrupted by it and make all the same mistakes that everybody else makes to get what she wants from it. Then we watched her hopefully fight her way back from it.” 

Or, as Olivia put it: “This is bigger than us,” Olivia said. “This is about the country. This is about patriotism: the end of politics, the beginning of leadership. It all has to come down, no matter the cost . . . We are not the heroes of this story. We are the villains. This is your chance to be a hero. This is positive change.”

Rhimes, when asked about any “cultural risks involved with a black female antihero,” told The New York Times, “I’m smiling because I wasn’t thinking of her that way. For me, writing Olivia Pope as the lead meant she got to be the lead and the lead is everything. She’s the love interest, she’s mean, she’s kind, she’s flawed, she’s brilliant at her job. She makes mistakes. Equality is getting to be as screwed up and as messed up as all of the other leads on television.”

Will the Olivia get her comeuppance, or come out on the other side unscathed? You’ll have to tune in.

“Scandal” finale

What time: The episode airs at 10 p.m. ET

What channel: “Scandal” airs on ABC.

Waffle House is selling beer for first time ever

It's as much a part of Georgia as a peach, a peanut or even Coke. It's Waffle House.

The first Waffle House opened in Avondale Estates in 1955, the company is headquartered in Norcross and there are about 400 Waffle House restaurants in the state. Some highway exits even have two Waffle Houses.

But there was a first for Waffle House on Monday night. The second location at SunTrust Park opened. And when it did, it became the first Waffle House to sell beer.

That's right, in addition to some hashbrowns, patrons can order up a cold adult beverage.

That's actually all the restaurant sells; hashbrowns and drinks. There's the cheesesteak melt hashbrown bowl, grilled chicken melt hashbrown bowl, a regular order of hashbrowns along with water, sodas and beer.

Miller Light and Coors Light are the beers the Waffle House offers. There is another Waffle House location in SunTrust Park that features a larger menu.

Wash that next order of smothered and covered hashbrowns down with a frosty brew on an upcoming trip to see the Atlanta Braves play.

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Beyoncé Mass to be held at San Francisco cathedral

A San Francisco church will hold a Mass devoted to the music and accomplishments of Beyoncé.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Grace Cathedral Church’s The Vine will host the event.

“Come to The Vine SF to sing your Beyoncé favorites and discover how her art opens a window into the lives of the marginalized and forgotten — particularly black females,”  the Grace Cathedral event page reads.

The Vine a service offered by the Episcopal cathedral that has contemporary worship and progressive theology. It meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the cathedral.

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“In this year where there’s been so much conversation about the role of women and communities of color, we felt a need to lift up the voices that the church has traditionally suppressed,” Rev. Jude Harmon, The Vine’s founding pastor, told the Chronicle. “The beauty of Beyoncé’s music is she explores those themes in an idiom that is accessible to everyone. We can use it as a conversation starter. That’s what it’s designed to be.”

Related: PHOTOS: Beyonce through the years

The Beyoncé Mass was planned before the singer’s history-making set Saturday at Coachella in Indio, California, Harmon said. The mass is part of a three-part series hosted by The Vine called “Speaking Truth: The Power of Story in Community.” It will have music and scripture readings by women of color, and a sermon by Rev. Yolanda Norton. Norton is an assistant professor of the Old Testament at the San Francisco Theological Seminary and teaches a class called “Beyoncé and the Bible,” the Chronicle reported.

Related: Photos: Beyonce performs at Coachella

“I know there are people who will say using Beyoncé is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church,” Harmon said. “But Jesus used very provocative images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions. He regularly provoked. We’re following in the way of Jesus.”

The Beyoncé Mass will be April 25. More information can be found at the Grace Cathedral website.

'National School Walkout’: Everything you need to know about Friday’s event

Thousands of students across the country are set to walk out of class on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

More than 2,500 groups have signed up for the “National School Walkout,” a student-led protest aimed at bolstering the discussion about gun-control measures.

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Lane Murdock, a high school sophomore who started a Change.org petition suggesting the walkout, said keeping the momentum of the national “March for Our Lives” movement strong was important to her and that, “Our generation is demanding change and won't be ignored or swept under the rug." 

March for Our Lives grew out of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people died in the Feb. 14 shooting.

Murdock told National Public Radio that the protest is “not conservative or liberal. It is just about making sure our children don't get harmed in school and we don't live in a community and in a country that has institutionalized fear. I think we're all sick of it. That's why we're doing this."

Murdock goes to a Connecticut high school about 20 minutes away from where Sandy Hook Elementary School once stood. The Newtown, Connecticut, school was the site of a mass shooting in 2012 where 26 people – mostly 6- and 7-year-old children – were killed.

Here’s what you need to know about Friday’s National School Walkout.

When is the National School Walkout?

The walkout is set for Friday and starts at 10 a.m.

What is the walkout about?

Students are protesting “congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence,” according to the National School Walkout website. They are asking lawmakers to support:

  • Legislation to strengthen background checks.
  • Legislation to allow family members to request the issuance of a gun violence prevention warrant for those they fear may pose a danger to themselves or others. 
  • Bans on bump stocks.
  • Raising minimum age to 21 to buy an assault rifle like the AR-15.

What will happen?

Students across the country will walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. local time and pause for 13 seconds of silence – one second for everyone killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.

After that, organizers are encouraging students not to go back to school, but to stay out the entire day. They are telling students to hold rallies and letter-writing campaigns or other activities around the day.

How do you participate?

Since organizers are suggesting that students walkout of school for the day, the event is geared more toward high school students. More than 2,500 schools in the United States have registered their intention to participate in the walkout. Not all groups registered are high schools. 

Organizers have compiled a guide with suggestions for activities and a link to resources including legal rights and safety tips.

Whole Foods ends loyalty program, promises ‘new perks’

Whole Foods has made a major announcement: The company is ending its Rewards Pilot Program and digital coupons.

The change comes to customers on May 2.

The company made the announcement this week. All rewards must be redeemed and digital coupons used by May 1 or be lost. Any other benefits, including unused rewards, will not roll over to other accounts, Whole Foods said in its online announcement.

The change also affects the Whole Body Benefits and 365 Rewards programs that are offered in stores, the “Today“ show reported.

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Amazon bought the grocery store chain in 2017 and announced then that “Amazon Prime will become Whole Food Market’s customer rewards program, providing Prime members with special savings and other in-store benefits,” “Today” reported.

Whole Foods has recently offered discounts for Prime members, used Prime Now for grocery delivery and given 5 percent cash back to customers who use an Amazon Prime Rewards credit card, The Verge reported.

Cruiser camera catches house explosion in Texas

A police cruiser camera caught footage of a house explosion in Texas after the driver of a car lost control and hit the house and struck a gas line on April 7.

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The newly released dash-cam footage from the Hurst Police Department captured the exact moment when the house burst into flames, sending police officers scrambling for their lives.

Officer Travis Hiser was walking toward the scene of the crash when the house exploded. The blast injured three people, one critically. Alejandro Enriquez-Castro, 35, of Hurst, the driver of the car, was arrested and charged with not having a driver’s license, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Hiser was treated at a local hospital and released, and another officer escaped with minor injuries, the Morning News reported.

A mother, father and their adult son were inside the home at the time of the crash and explosion. Officers could hear screaming in the house and breached a back door to rescue the family from the wreckage, according to the Hurst Police Department.

The woman was found severely injured and buried in rubble. The son was treated and released from the hospital, while both the mother and father are being treated for serious burn injuries, according to police.

"It happened so quick, and so fluid, and so fast," Corporal Ryan Tooker told KXAS. "It was more of just react, it was more of life-saving, than it was train on tactics or things of that nature." 

"There was definitely some divine intervention that was reaching down and slowing those vehicles down from making scene and then taking a finger and pushing me away from the house and the path that I went,” Hiser told KXAS. “Otherwise, I would have been up on the wall and it would have exploded completely into my face.”

Tortoise covered with paint, concrete discovered in Florida

A gopher tortoise covered with red spray paint and concrete was discovered near Montverde, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Wednesday in a Facebook post.

A pair of good Samaritans spotted the tortoise, which had concrete on its shell and limbs, in the middle of County Road 455 and took it to a wildlife rehabilitation center, officials said.

"It is both illegal and very harmful to the health of a gopher tortoise to apply man-made substances, such as paint or concrete, to any part of their body or shell," the post said.

Gopher tortoises are protected because they're considered a threatened species in Florida.

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"Removing paint and concrete from gopher tortoises without harming it is a challenging process that causes the animal stress," the post said. "Applying substances like paint on tortoises can inhibit their ability to absorb vitamins from the sun’s UV rays through their shells, has the potential to cause respiratory problems and can lead to harmful chemicals being absorbed into their bloodstream."

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Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call FWC at 888-404-3922 or email the agency at tip@myfwc.com.

Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.

Click here to read more information about gopher tortoises.

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