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Residente leads Latin Grammys nominations with 9 nods

Puerto Rican rapper Residente is the leading nominee for this year's Latin Grammys, with nine nods that include record, song and album of the year.

The Latin Recording Academy announced its nominees Tuesday morning. Colombian sensation Maluma has the second most nominations this year with seven, while Shakira's comeback garnered six.

The announcement of this year's nominations was delayed by nearly a week due to last week's devastating earthquake in Mexico and hurricanes Irma and Maria that have devastated the Caribbean.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's megahit "Despacito," which has more than 3.8 billion YouTube views, received four nominations including for song and record of the year.

The Latin Grammys will air live on Univision on Nov. 16 from Las Vegas.

Idina Menzel marries one-time 'Rent' co-star Aaron Lohr

"Frozen" star Idina Menzel has married actor Aaron Lohr.

Menzel posted wedding pictures to her Facebook page on Monday, writing: "Wanted to let you know... married the love of my life Aaron Lohr this weekend at our home. Dad & son walked me down the aisle. It was magical."

The 46-year-old Menzel and Lohr, who's 41, appeared in the 2005 film adaptation of the musical "Rent." They also share a Disney background. Menzel provides the voice for Queen Elsa and her "Let It Go" anthem in "Frozen." Lohr appeared in Disney's Mighty Ducks movies and the company's 1992 adaptation of Broadway's "Newsies."

This is the second marriage for Menzel, who shares a son with ex-husband Taye Diggs.

B.o.B. starts GoFundMe page to prove the Earth is flat

B.o.B. – or “Flat Earth Bob” as he calls himself in a new YouTube video – is determined to prove that the Earth is flat.

The Atlanta rapper has started a GoFundMe page called “Show BoB the Curve” to raise $200,000 to launch multiple satellites into space. According to the page, he will keep people updated with “step-by-step documentation of the process.”

At press time, the crowdfunding page had raised $225 from 18 people over a three-day period.

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In January 2016, B.o.B. posted a series of tweets to share his arguments that the Earth is flat. His comments drew the attention of scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who teasingly tweeted, “being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music.”

Actor Tony Booth, father-in-law of Tony Blair, dies at 85

Tony Booth, a British actor and the father-in-law of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, has died. He was 85.

Booth's family says he died late Monday. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease and heart problems.

Booth had his most enduring role as the left-wing son-in-law of a bigoted father in the sitcom "Till Death Us Do Part." The show ran for a decade from 1965 and inspired the American series "All in the Family."

Booth gained a second bout of fame when Blair, husband of his daughter Cherie, became prime minister in 1997.

Booth joined the left-of-center Labour Party as a teenager and often disagreed publicly with Blair, the architect of the party's move to the center as "New Labour."

He accused his son-in-law of stuffing the House of Lords with "Tony's Cronies" and criticized Blair's government for being "prepared to throw away billions" on the Iraq war rather than spending the money on retirees.

Booth, who was married four times, is survived by wife Steph Booth and children including Cherie Blair, a prominent lawyer.

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This story has been corrected to show that Booth played a son-in-law, not son, on 'Till Death Us Do Part.'

Robert Plant releases new track, announces 2018 tour

Robert Plant is going on tour in North America next year to support his upcoming album, "Carry Fire."

The former Led Zeppelin frontman announced Tuesday that his 2018 tour will begin Feb. 9 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He'll also visit New York, Boston, Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles, among other cities. More dates will be announced later. Plant will be joined on the tour by his backing band, the Sensational Space Shifters.

Plant has also released another track from "Carry Fire" Tuesday, a cover of Ersel Hickey's "Bluebirds Over the Mountain."

The album is set to hit music stores and begin streaming on Oct. 13.

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This story has been updated to correct the name of Plant's band. The name of the band is the Sensational Space Shifters, not the Sensational Shape Shifters.

Syrian children in Lebanon find music school away from home

Hassan Youssef was 10 years old when a local Syrian composer discovered his talent: a deep powerful voice that was particularly resonant for traditional songs. But Syria's civil war forced Youssef's family to leave their home in a Damascus suburb and seek refuge in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

So when Action for Hope Music School announced it was seeking talented children among the refugee community in Lebanon to train, Hassan Youssef's family were the first to encourage him to enroll.

A year and half later, Youssef is one of 24 children who have graduated from the training program.

Youssef is among nearly 3 million children displaced by the war.

LeBron James again calls Trump a 'bum,' salutes NFL national anthem protests

Basketball star LeBron James doubled down on his criticism of President Donald Trump in a press conference with reporters in Cleveland on Monday after Trump criticized James’s friend and on-court rival, Stephen Curry.

>> Live updates: Trump slams NFL players for national anthem protests, athletes react

“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James wrote in a weekend tweet.

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Given the chance to soften his statements, James, once again, called Trump a bum.

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“He is a bum,” James told reporters during the Cleveland Cavaliers’s media day. “He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country. He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president.”

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During his conversation Monday with reporters, James praised the NFL players who chose to silently protest before Sunday’s game. At one point, he chastised Trump by saying that he for “damn sure” didn’t run the country.

“The people run this country, not one individual, and damn sure not him,” James said.

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Liz Dawn, former 'Coronation Street' actress, dies aged 77

Liz Dawn, the actress who played tart-tongued Vera Duckworth in the British soap opera "Coronation Street" for more than 30 years, has died, her family said Tuesday. She was 77.

Dawn's family said in a statement that the actress died "peacefully in her sleep" Monday night.

"Coronation Street" has charted the goings-on in the fictional northern England community of Weatherfield since 1960 with a blend of dramatic story-lines and down-to-earth humor.

Born Sylvia Butterfield, Dawn was a nightclub singer before beginning an acting career with television commercials and guest appearances.

She appeared on the show from 1974 to 2008, as Vera, wife and verbal sparring partner to work-shy, pigeon-fancying Jack Duckworth. Their rocky but enduring relationship was at the show's emotional heart.

Dawn was diagnosed with emphysema in the early 2000s, and Vera was written out of the show in 2008, dying in her sleep. Bill Tarmey, who played Jack, died in 2012.

"Coronation Street" executive producer Kieran Roberts said "Dawn was a true 'Coronation Street' legend, a brilliant actor and a wonderful person."

"Coronation Street" has fans around the globe — including rapper Snoop Dogg, who recorded a message to mark its 50th anniversary in 2010.

Dawn is survived by her husband Don Ibbetson, four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Tom Brady calls Trump's comments on national anthem protests 'divisive'

President Donald Trump has not been shy about pushing back on NFL players protesting the national anthem. As a result, the sports world has been set on fire with various players, coaches, front offices and even full leagues responding in kind. On Monday morning, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady followed suit.

>> Live updates: Trump slams NFL players for national anthem protests, athletes react

In response to Trump, with whom Brady is famously friendly, the legendary signal-caller took a stance in an interview with WEEI (via ESPN.com):

>> PHOTOS: NFL takes a stand on football Sunday

“I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive.

“I just want to support my teammates. I’m never one that says, ‘Oh, that’s wrong or that’s right.’ But I do believe in what I believe in, and I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me and that’s how I try to live every day.

“I’ve been blessed to be in a locker room with guys from all over the United States over the course of my career. Some of my great friends are from Florida, Virginia, New York, Montana, Colorado, Texas. I think one thing about football is that it brings so many guys together, guys that you would never have the opportunity to be around, whether it was in college and all the way into the pros. We’re all different. We’re all unique. That’s what makes us all so special.”

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Brady did not blast Trump in the same way that many have, but he was plain in his comments about disagreeing and referring to Trump’s sentiments as “divisive.”

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Pharrell Williams takes a knee in solidarity with NFL national anthem protests

Rapper and singer Pharrell Williams took a knee on Sunday night during a charity concert in Charlottesville, Virginia, to show his support for NFL players who knelt during the national anthem to bring attention to racial injustice.

>> Live updates: Trump slams players, NFL responds by taking a knee

Dave Matthews’ Concert for Charlottesville: An Evening of Music and Unity was held on Sunday night in the wake of the clashes last month after a rally by white nationalists.

>> PHOTOS: NFL takes a stand on football Sunday

“If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that’s what this flag is for,” Williams told the crowd, according to Billboard.

The concert was held on the campus at the University of Virginia and was free to members of the Charlottesville and university communities. Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton and Ariana Grande were among the performers.

>> On Rare.us: Jennifer Lopez will donate $1 million to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

Williams joined Stevie Wonder in showing his solidarity with the protest after Wonder started his show in New York City by taking a knee.

>> Stevie Wonder takes 'both knees' after Trump slams NFL stars' national anthem protests

“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America,” Wonder said, according to People. “Not just one knee, but I’m taking both knees. Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, leaders of our world and our globe. Amen.”

>> See the clip here

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Many celebrities, including “Will and Grace” star Megan MullallyDiddy and the members of the band Pearl Jam joined the protest on social media, writing, “#TakeAKnee.”

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee call for hurricane relief aid for Puerto Rico 

The entire U.S. territory of Puerto Rico remains without power after Hurricane Maria led to heavy destruction across the island Sept. 20. In the wake of the damage, three musicians with Puerto Rican heritage are calling for others to donate to relief efforts.

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Puerto Rican singer rapper Daddy Yankee appeared on CNN Monday morning to talk about the devastation on the island where he still lives and was born and raised.

“A lot of people don’t know I’m from Puerto Rico,” he said. “I have my family there, I have my wife, my daughter, and I live there still ... and we really need your help.”

The musician, whose birth name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, said people on the island continue to struggle and called for the government to step in to help.

“A lot of people don't know Puerto Ricans are American citizens ... we need the federal money for the citizens and for the government to help the locals.

“I know a lot of people are struggling. There’s no communication, no power on the island, the hospitals are not working,” he said. “We need the government to be more proactive.”

For his part, Yankee has donated $100,000 to Feed America and another $100,000 to the Red Cross. He said he has $1 million he plans to donate to various areas as the island begins to recover. Yankee has also asked that his fans donate insect repellent, water and batteries. He plans to personally take the items to the island. 

On Sunday, Jennifer Lopez announced during a joint news conference with New York Gov. Chris Cuomo that she was making a $1 million donation from the proceeds from her Las Vegas residency show to aid the island.

“Given the loss and devastation we need to pay attention and to urgently support the Caribbean with donations and contributions,” Lopez said at the news conference. She went on to say her boyfriend and former New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez would be working to get support as well.

“Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are using all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean,” she said.

Related: Jennifer Lopez donating $1M to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lopez and her ex-husband, musician Marc Anthony, will also work to get aid to as many in the Caribbean and Mexico as possible, reaching out to more than 30 artists and athletes.

In a tweet Monday, Anthony had more pointed words than Rodríguez as President Donald Trump continues to speak out against NFL protests.

“Mr. President shut the (expletive) up about NFL. Do something about our people in need in Puerto Rico,” he tweeted. “We are American citizens too,” he tweeted. 

On Sunday, Anthony, like Lopez, delivered a video message saying help is on the way to Puerto Rico and encouraging those affected to “stay strong.”

Lopez and Anthony have asked the public to donate to United for Puerto Rico, an initiative from Beatriz Rosselló, the first lady of Puerto Rico.

Related video: Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall In Puerto Rico

Jordin Sparks sings national anthem with ‘Proverbs 31:8-9’ written on her hand in subtle message 

The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals were not the only ones in University of Phoenix Stadium expressing support of protests across the NFL.

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Jordin Sparks, who performed the national anthem at the game Monday at Glendale, Arizona, has a subtle but still direct message for those in the league who have been protesting for social and racial equality.

KNXV reported that the singer, who is the daughter of former NFL player Phillippi Sparks, had “Prov. 31:8-9” written on the back of her left hand. It was noticeable has she used that hand to hold the microphone as she sang the anthem.

Related: Cowboys, coach Jason Garrett, owner Jerry Jones take a knee before national anthem in Phoenix

According to the New International Version of the Bible, the verses say, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Before Sparks sang the anthem, the Dallas Cowboys -- along with head coach Jason Garrett and team owner Jerry Jones -- kneeled as they linked hands.

Both the Cowboys and Cardinals linked hands and stood as Sparks sang.

Watch a video of Sparks singing the anthem below:

Related video: Dallas Cowboys Take Knee Before National Anthem

Cardi B makes history as ‘Bodak Yellow’ reaches No. 1 on Hot 100 chart

Rapper Cardi B, formerly of “Love & Hip Hop” fame, has made history Monday with her single “Bodak Yellow.”

The musician’s hit has made her the first female rapper in nearly 19 years to have the No. 1 record on the Billboard Hot 100 chart without any guest features. The song has dethroned Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” Rolling Stone reported.

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Billboard reported that the song rose from No. 2 to No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 7.

Cardi’s record is the first since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” debuted at the top of the November 1998 chart.

The publication reported that Cardi is the fifth female rapper overall to top the chart. Others include Lil Kim, who went No. 1 on “Lady Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, Mya and Pink in 2001; Shawanna in 2003 with her feature on Ludacris’ song “Stand Up”, and Iggy Azalea’s 2014 No. 1 with “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX.

“I just want to say thank you everybody. Thank you for making this happen,” the rapper said in an Instagram video. “Thank you guys so much for everything!” 

Cardi also thanked other artists who have supported her.

Despite rumors of a feud between the two, fellow female MC Nicki Minaj congratulated Cardi on Twitter.

“Congratulations to a fellow NEW YAWKA on a RECORD BREAKING achievement. Bardi, this is the only thing that matters!!! Enjoy it,” she tweeted.

Lil Kim and Missy Ellitot were among other rappers to send their congrats to Cardi:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. quotes JFK in response to NASCAR’s ‘take a knee’ stance

Despite many of NASCAR’s team owners and executives saying they disprove of anthem protests, one of the sport’s most prominent and popular drivers is supporting the right to protest.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted in support with athletes who, by kneeling, sitting or in another form, have protested during the national anthem before games in support of social and racial equality.

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“All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK,” he tweeted Monday.

Earnhardt’s tweet came after President Donald Trump tweeted praise for there being no protests during the national anthem at the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday.

The Associated Press reported that a number of NASCAR’s team owners and leaders spoke out against protesting.

“Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period,” Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty said. “What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.”

Petty responded, “You’re right,” when asked if a team member protesting would get them fired.

Richard Childress, who was a long time team owner for Eardnhardt, said protesting isn’t respectful. 

“It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.”

“(A)nybody that works for me should respect the country we live in,” Childress said. “So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”

NASCAR itself issued a statement Monday about the protests, saying, “Sports are a unifying influence in our society, bringing people of differing backgrounds and beliefs together. Our respect for the national anthem has always been a hallmark of our pre-race events. Thanks to the sacrifices of many, we live in a country of unparalleled freedoms and countless liberties, including the right to peacefully express one’s opinion.”

Luke Bryan announced as second judge on ABC’s ‘American Idol’ reboot

Country singer Luke Bryan is joining ABC’s reboot of “American Idol,” according to Variety.

The trade publication reported that the country singer joins Katy Perry, who is making $25 million as a judge. She was announced as part of the show in May.

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Musicians Charlie Puth, Keith Urban -- who previously judged on Fox’s original version of the show --  and Lionel Richie were also reportedly in the running for a role as a judge, but none are likely.

Perry’s $25 million contract has reportedly taken up a significant amount of the shows budget, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

TMZ reported that Richie’s team wanted $10 million for the musician, but it was double what “Idol” wanted to pay.

ABC declined to comment. Representatives for Bryan have not commented.

“American Idol” is set to premiere in March. Auditions begin next week.

Box office top 20: 'Kingsman' crowned No. 1

"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" came in a little shy of expectations but still managed to move New Line's horror hit "It" off the top spot at the North American box office.

Fox's spy comedy sequel to 2015's "Kingsman" debuted with $39 million, according to final figures Monday. The film cost $104 million to make, but improved little on the original's $36 million opening two years ago.

After two weeks atop the box office, New Line's "It" slid to second with $29.8 million in its third weekend of release.

Ticket sales were disappointing for Warner Bros.' "The Lego Ninjago Movie," which opened with $20.4 million. The release was the second "Lego Movie" spinoff of the year, following "The Lego Batman Movie," possibly hurting the performance of "Ninjago."

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore.

1. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," 20th Century Fox, $39,023,010, 4,003 locations, $9,748 average, $39,023,010, 1 Week.

2. "It," Warner Bros., $29,757,494, 4,007 locations, $7,426 average, $266,096,375, 3 Weeks.

3. "The Lego Ninjago Movie," Warner Bros., $20,433,071, 4,047 locations, $5,049 average, $20,433,071, 1 Week.

4. "American Assassin," Lionsgate, $6,255,617, 3,154 locations, $1,983 average, $26,185,076, 2 Weeks.

5. "mother!" Paramount, $3,290,780, 2,368 locations, $1,390 average, $13,459,798, 2 Weeks.

6. "Home Again," Open Road, $3,232,156, 2,685 locations, $1,204 average, $22,267,987, 3 Weeks.

7. "Friend Request," Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, $2,002,863, 2,573 locations, $778 average, $2,002,863, 1 Week.

8. "Stronger," Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, $1,611,899, 574 locations, $2,808 average, $1,611,899, 1 Week.

9. "The Hitman's Bodyguard," Lionsgate, $1,608,722, 2,037 locations, $790 average, $73,356,701, 6 Weeks.

10. "Wind River," The Weinstein Company, $1,257,881, 1,431 locations, $879 average, $31,645,630, 8 Weeks.

11. "Spider-Man: Homecoming," Sony, $1,063,712, 1,006 locations, $1,057 average, $331,857,374, 12 Weeks.

12. "Leap!" The Weinstein Company, $959,668, 1,301 locations, $738 average, $20,262,222, 5 Weeks.

13. "Brad's Status," Annapurna Pictures , $953,193, 453 locations, $2,104 average, $1,066,530, 2 Weeks.

14. "Annabelle: Creation," Warner Bros., $727,734, 682 locations, $1,067 average, $101,104,430, 7 Weeks.

15. "Dunkirk," Warner Bros., $582,713, 678 locations, $859 average, $186,292,020, 10 Weeks.

16. "Battle Of The Sexes," Fox Searchlight, $515,450, 21 locations, $24,545 average, $515,450, 1 Week.

17. "Despicable Me 3," Universal, $505,200, 539 locations, $937 average, $261,809,115, 13 Weeks.

18. "The Emoji Movie," Sony, $417,727, 573 locations, $729 average, $84,568,848, 9 Weeks.

19. "Nikka Zaildar 2," Grand Showbiz Media & Entertainment, $385,484, 42 locations, $9,178 average, $385,484, 1 Week.

20. "Wonder Woman," Warner Bros., $338,279, 355 locations, $953 average, $411,990,490, 17 Weeks.

AP FACT CHECK: Football ratings are down; reason unclear

Most television shows would love to have the "bad ratings!" that President Donald Trump tweeted the NFL is suffering from. But he's generally right that the TV audience size for professional football is off this year.

The president tweeted over the weekend: "NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love country. League should back U.S."

THE FACTS: Sunday afternoon NFL games averaged 16.04 million viewers for the first two weeks of this season, down 11 percent from the 18.1 million people who watched during the same period last year, the Nielsen company said. There was little change for NBC's first two Sunday night games: 22.2 million this year, down slightly from 22.9 million in 2016. For the first three "Monday Night Football" games shown on ESPN, viewership slipped 5 percent from the 11.79 million last year to 11.23 million this year, Nielsen said.

Average attendance at regular season NFL games last year was the highest since 2007, when the NFL set an all-time record in attendance. The NFL says ticket sales are "on par" with last year.

WHAT IT MEANS: In a world where TV viewing is increasingly fragmented and more people are watching on devices or saving programs until later, the majority of TV shows have smaller ratings than the year before. Still, pro football games remain among the most-watched things on television.

The president may have his theories, but explaining why ratings are down isn't simple. Maybe the games aren't as good, with less attractive matchups and blowout scores. Maybe more people are enjoying good late summer weather and are staying outside more this year. Maybe more people are concerned about concussions. Or the games are getting slower with replays.

The president suggests that the national anthem protests pioneered by Colin Kaepernick has played a role in declining ratings.

Generally, TV networks don't even bother showing the national anthem when it is played before the game. That wasn't the case this past Sunday, as the growing protest of players to President Trump's tweets made the anthem newsworthy. Yet CBS said the overnight ratings from big cities for this past weekend's games, while generally less reliable than the measurement taken over the whole country, were up 4 percent over last year. Did MORE people tune in because of the protests?

For football fans, though, chances are they were attracted by better games. CBS' lineup Sunday included the Green Bay Packers' overtime win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fox sets Jan. 27 airdate for live 'Rent' broadcast

Fox is setting a January airdate for its live production of "Rent," the award-winning Broadway musical.

Based on the Puccini opera "La Boheme," ''Rent" follows the lives of struggling artists in New York City's East Village. It's by the late writer and composer Jonathan Larson.

The production is part of broadcast TV's ongoing fascination with musicals, which includes December's "A Christmas Story Live!" also on Fox. Next year brings NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live!"

Fox said Monday that "Rent" will air Jan. 27, with casting details to be announced.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle together at official event

Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle have made their first official public appearance as a couple.

The prince and Markle held hands Monday as they walked toward Toronto's city hall and attended a wheelchair tennis event at Harry's Invictus Games for wounded veterans.

Both were dressed casually, the prince sporting jeans with a black polo shirt while his girlfriend wore a white button-down shirt with blue jeans ripped at the knee.

Markle, a Toronto-based actor, appeared at the games' opening ceremony this weekend, cheering from the stands while Harry sat four rows and a section away beside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. first lady Melania Trump.

The couple has been photographed together in the past but this is the first time they have appeared together at an official event. The two sat together and took in a match of the wheelchair tennis between Australia and New Zealand at the small venue. Both wore dark sunglasses on an uncommonly hot sunny day for Toronto in late September.

They stayed for a half hour and shook hands with the athletes and Invictus volunteers. They left together hand in hand.

Markle, 36, recently told Vanity Fair they're in love. Harry, 33, has been dating Markle since last year. He confirmed the relationship in November when he complained about intrusive press coverage.

The Vanity Fair interview prompted British bet-maker Betfair to offer 6-to-4 odds that the couple is engaged by the end of 2017 and 3-to-1 odds that they marry in 2018.

Best known as paralegal Rachel Zane in the US Network legal drama, "Suits," Markle has appeared on "General Hospital," ''CSI: Miami," ''Without A Trace" and "Castle." She also is a campaigner for gender equality.

The Invictus Games are the creation of Harry, who got the inspiration to help wounded and sick military personnel and their families after his two tours of duty in Afghanistan. This is the third Invictus Games. About 550 competitors from 17 countries are slated to compete in 12 sports over the next week.

Could flood-ravaged Houston become jackpot spot for HGTV?

The thousands of flood-damaged homes across southeast Texas could bring a boom to at least one Lone Star industry.

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Some real estate investors are counseling buyers to purchase homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey, pay for the repairs and then resell them, according to Reuters.

These property “flippers,” as they’re known in the industry, expect to take advantage of a tight housing market, especially in Houston, to reap a potentially substantial profit, Reuters reported.

Ray Sasser, a real estate investor and advisor, followed a similar plan advisors are currently reemploying to attract the home front venturers when Tropical Storm Allison struck Houston in 2001.

He bought several homes -- some for as low as 30 percent of their market value -- selling many of them a year later at full market price.

RELATED: Houston suburb tops best value neighborhoods list

At a recent Houston real estate seminar, Sasser revealed his plan to purchase 50 flooded homes for pennies on the dollar, invest 15 to 20 percent for repairs, aiming to then turn them back onto the market in a short time.

With an estimated 268,000 homes suffering some damage due to the floods, what was a tragedy for a significant number of Houstonian homeowners may be a lucrative opportunity for eager flippers.

Many homeowners may consider walking away from their damaged homes with whatever cash they can get, so flippers can buy properties at near-record-low levels.

Meanwhile, the tight nationwide housing market, combined with Houston’s diverse economy and growing population, are creating ideal conditions for flippers to find buyers.

As new homes go up on the old sites, flippers may also be looking at quick sales for prices at or near full market value.

RELATED: Some Houston neighborhoods better for investment return than others

For homeowners looking to sell their damaged homes, the Better Business Bureau posted some advice on how to avoid scams on its website, including the following:

  • Checking if the company has a local office
  • Meeting in person at the buyer’s office to learn about their processes
  • Avoiding paying any “application fees” or “processing fees”
  • Contacting the buyer’s lender to see if they have the funds to complete the purchase
  • Examining the contract to ensure that the seller is no longer obligated to make mortgage payments

Read more at Reuters.

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