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Bob Dylan's first new song in 8 years is ... a 17-minute ballad about JFK's assassination?

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Well, this certainly wasn't on our 2020 bingo cards.On Friday, Bob Dylan surprise-released his first original music since 2012's "Tempest": a rambling, 17-minute ballad titled "Murder Most Foul." The grim but soulful track painstakingly recounts the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, describing in detail Kennedy's presidential motorcade through Dallas when he was shot in the head and neck. "Riding in the backseat next to my wife
Heading straight on in to the afterlife
I'm leaning to the left; got my head in her lap
Hold on, I've been led into some kind of a trap." He then throws out dozens of references to pop culture and famous figures including Marilyn Monroe, Etta James, "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Gone with the Wind" and the Beatles. ("Hush, little child. You'll understand. The Beatles are comin'; they're gonna hold your hand.") Although it's unclear when the folk icon wrote…

ESPN broadcaster Doris Burke tests positive for coronavirus

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ESPN broadcaster Doris Burke has tested positive for COVID-19.She revealed the news to her colleague Adrian Wojnarowksi on his podcast.Burke told Wojnarowski that she started feeling symptoms on March 11, the day she worked the Denver Nuggets-Dallas Mavericks game on the final night of NBA play before the league suspended games.'I'm doing well'"I'm doing well," Burke told Wojnarowski. "I'm doing quite well now, to be perfectly honest with you." Burke felt 'extraordinary fatigue'Burke recalled when she first felt symptomatic during a lunch meeting prior to the Nuggets-Mavericks game."I remember sitting at lunch with my broadcast crew for that evening," Burke said. " ... I looked at my colleagues ... and said 'I am so tired right now. My head is pounding.'"[ Coronavirus: How the sports world is responding to the pandemic ]Burke told Wojnarowski that "extraordinary fatigue" was the primary symptom that p…

'Wheel of Fortune' fans shocked by blazing quick puzzle solve: 'Is this sorcery?'

Wheel of Fortune contestant Mark Franco was in a winning mood Thursday night. The avid outdoorsman from Brentwood, Calif., impressed everyone with a very quick puzzle solve.Early on in the game, Mark found himself apologizing for winning a puzzle which a previous contestant had missed on a technicality. Host Pat Sajak told him, "That's all right, never apologize for winning."Maybe Mark had something to prove to Pat or the audience, but soon after that he nailed a Triple Toss Up puzzle. At almost the same time that the first letter popped up on the board, Mark hit his buzzer.The puzzle read "_  ' _ - _ _ _ _ _ G - _ - _ _ _ _". And within a second of it appearing Mark answered, "I'M HAVING A BALL."Mark surprised both Pat and fans at home. Many viewers took to Twitter to voice their shock and dismay. While Mark had a good game, it wasn't good enough to advance to the bonus round. But he did end up taking home a $7,000 trip to London, and $2,0…

This calculator tells you exactly how big your coronavirus stimulus check could be

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Twenty/20 The $2 trillion stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was passed by the House on Friday and signed by President Donald Trump.The plan includes a one-time direct payment to Americans, which Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said should arrive within three weeks. Individuals will receive up to $1,200, married couples will get up to $2,400 and $500 will be added for every child. There are income restrictions: If you earn more than $75,000 as an individual or $150,000 as a couple, the total amount you're eligible to receive starts to decrease. If you earn $99,000 or more as an individual or $198,000 as a couple, you aren't eligible to receive a stimulus check.To help you figure out how much money you'll likely receive, Grow, a personal finance website published by CNBC and Acorns, created a calculator that factors in your filing status, annual income and the number of kids you have. HOW MUCH COULD YOU GET IN YOUR STIMULUS CHECK?Your payment will be based on…

Thomas Massie, House’s ‘Mr. No,’ Tries to Force Vote on Coronavirus Aid Bill

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The Kentucky libertarian's tactics failed, but not before forcing lawmakers back to the Capitol for passage of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, infuriating them and President Trump. Representative Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky, has often been the only lawmaker to oppose otherwise broadly supported measures.Credit...Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times By Catie Edmondson March 27, 2020

Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T mourn 45-year-old 'SVU' crew member dead from coronavirus complications

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Josh Wallwork, a crew member on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has died from coronavirus-related complications. He worked in the costume and wardrobe department. Wallwork was 45.The news was shared Thursday by Wallwork's friend and then by SVU showrunner, Warren Leight. Wallwork had worked on the long-running crime drama since 2018. Leight tweeted, "We are heartbroken." Star Mariska Hargitay was quick to react on social media, writing, "I don't think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. He brought love and kindness everywhere he went." Ice-T, who worked daily with Wallwork, added, "Pay attention people." Norberto Barba, who has directed recent episodes of SVU, called Wallwork a "warm spirit." Prior to joining SVU, Wallwork worked in the costume department on television shows BullMadam Secretary and The Get Down. SVU, which films in New York City, is one of the many productions that was ordered to shut down by NBCUniversal ami…

Courteney Cox says she doesn't even remember being on 'Friends'

(CNN)The one where Courteney Cox forgets she was even on "Friends." The actress appeared via video on Jimmy Kimmel, where she revealed she really doesn't remember much about playing the tightly wound chef Monica Geller. "I don't remember even being on the show, I have such a bad memory," she laughed, adding, "I remember obviously loving everybody there and having fun and I remember certain times of my life. I was there, but I don't remember episodes." Cox said she has started binge watching the show, which she purchased on Amazon Prime. " allowfullscreen> She aparticipated in a YouTube Quarantine Minilogue trivia game, with all the questions based around her character on "Friends." Cox lost to Kimmel's cousin (5-0). She didn't know who Monica's first kiss was with, when Monica learned to tell time (13), and who peed on her leg in "The One With The Jellyfish." Cox asked viewers to donate to Meals On Wheels at t…