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Amy Schumer backs Colin Kaepernick, won't appear in Super Bowl ads 

Comedian Amy Schumer is following pop singer Rihanna’s lead in not participating in Super Bowl LIII.

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In a Friday post on Instagram, Schumer said she has decided to turn down any offers to participate in commercials for the Feb. 3 game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The move, she said, was in support of the “take-a-knee” protests by NFL players that was started in 2016 by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, ESPN reported. Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality.

“Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them,” Schumer wrote. “I know opposing the NFL is like opposing the NRA. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? 

Earlier this week, Rihanna turned down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show as a way to support Kaepernick.

In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a politically-themed Bud Light ad, "Raise One to Right Now," during Super Bowl 50, ESPN reported.

In her Instagram post, Schumer said she hoped Maroon 5, set to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII, will reconsider and withdraw.

She also suggested that white NFL players should join black players by taking a knee.

“Why not kneel next to your brothers?” Schumer wrote. “Otherwise, how are you not complicit?” 

>> Rihanna turns down Super Bowl halftime show

Kaepernick was released by the 49ers after the 2016 season and hasn’t played since.

He filed a grievance against the NFL and team owners last year, accusing them of conspiring to keep him from playing in the league.

Nike ad campaign featuring Kaepernick as the face of the athletic retail giant’s “Just Do It” 30th anniversary has sparked debate, controversy and boycotts.

Schumer was arrested Oct. 4 during a protest in Washington against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, CNN reported.

It was not clear if Schumer was approached to appear in an ad to run during Super Bowl LIII, ESPN reported.

UK woman who delayed chemo to give birth dies of cancer

A British woman who delayed chemotherapy so she could save her unborn baby’s life died Sunday after a nearly five-year battle with ovarian cancer, the Daily Mail reported.

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Gemma Nuttall, 29, of Lancashire, was diagnosed with the cancer in 2014, while she was 16 weeks pregnant, People reported, citing a GoFundMe page set up by the woman’s mother, Helen Sproates.

“It is with an utterly broken heart that I have to tell you all that my beautiful warrior lost her battle early this morning,” Sproates wrote on Facebook. “We fought so hard but we just couldn’t do it anymore — I am one very proud but devastated mum right now — Sleep tight Gemma — My world will never be the same again.”

Doctors gave Nuttall the option to terminate the pregnancy to receive chemotherapy for her tumor, but she decided to delay treatment until she gave birth to her daughter, Penelope by emergency C-section in March 2014, The Sun reported.

Penelope is now 4.

After the child was born, Nuttall underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Doctors found cervical cancer and were able to remove the tumor, and Nuttall spent the next two years cancer-free, People reported. But in April 2016 she was diagnosed with cancer of the brain and lung, the magazine reported.

Actress Kate Winslet stepped in, and with the help of “Titanic” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, auctioned three dinners with “Jack and Rose” and raised $1.35 million in early 2018.

Winslet said Nuttall’s death was “tragically sad” and called her “a beacon of strength,” the Daily Mail reported.

“My heart breaks for her mum and daughter,” Winslet told the newspaper.

Cancer-stricken toddler Brody Allen, who got an early Christmas, dies

A 2-year-old Ohio boy suffering from inoperable brain cancer, whose town and family gave him an early Christmas, died Friday morning, the Journal-News reported.

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Brody Allen passed away around 6 a.m. Friday, his father, Todd Allen, posted on Facebook

"This morning at 6 a.m. Brody passed quietly, and peacefully in the arms of his mother Shilo," Allen wrote. "He did not suffer. He was surrounded by his family and I have no doubt many angels. While our sadness is immeasurable and we will miss his smiling beautiful soul, we are also comforted in knowing that today our son has touched the face of God." 

Oncologists in Cincinnati told Brody’s parents in August that the toddler had less than two months to live. Doctors originally believed the boy had an ear infection, but it was something much worse as specialists discovered that Brody was born with an aggressive brain cancer that grew into four untreatable tumors, WCPO reported. 

Allen said his son’s cancer -- embryonal tumor with multilayered rosettes --- is so rare that only 300 other people have been diagnosed with the condition, WCPO reported.

In September, Brody’s family decided to bring the Christmas holidays to him, decorating their home with lights, candy canes and polar bears, the television station reported.

>> Ohio boy with inoperable brain cancer gets early Christmas

Hundreds of people in Brody’s hometown of Colerain Township staged a Christmas parade last month, WCPO reported.

Colerain Township officials on Friday set aside a location for well-wishers to leave memorials, the television station reported. All items left there will be given to the Allen family, police said.

"It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brody Allen," Colerain Township said in a news release. "Brody captured our attention and love over the past few months as he and his family bravely battled the disease that has ultimately taken his life."

Donations can be made to the an official Brody Allen Gofundme pageWCPO reported.

There are 107 days until Super Bowl LIII: Is Atlanta prepared?

There are 107 days left before Mercedes-Benz Stadium hosts Super Bowl LIII, and massive preparations are ongoing in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman of Operations Brett Daniels is one of an army of local leaders who have spent more than two years preparing for the big game, which will be played Feb. 3.

The collaboration is unbelievable," Daniels said. "Every different scenario has been factored in. Everything you can imagine has been thought of."

At a media briefing Friday, Daniels announced specific downtown road closures. 

All of Andrew Young International Boulevard through the Georgia World Congress Center Campus will be closed to traffic for 10 days. 

On Saturday and Super Bowl Sunday, Northside Drive will be shut down between Ivan Allen Jr. and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards. So will MLK and Mitchell streets from Northside Drive to Centennial Olympic Park Drive. 

MARTA trains will run 24/7 from Friday through Sunday. 

Jeffrey Parker, the CEO of MARTA, said the transit system expects some of the highest ridership the city has ever seen. 

“I’m not going to be on who’s going to win the game, but I’ll bet that it’ll be the highest ridership, transit ridership, of any Super Bowl, so we have a lot of work to do," Parker said. "But we’ve also done a lot of work in preparation.”

Jon Barker, the vice president of event operations with the National Football League, said he has high confidence that the city is prepared. 

“Without a doubt, (I have a) high level of confidence, especially with everything we’ve seen here, all the meetings that we’ve had, the years of planning that have gone into this," Barker said. "Yeah, confidence level is extraordinarily high for this Super Bowl.”

Public safety is also obviously a huge concern. 

Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields won't release too many specifics of her department’s public safety plan, but said people can expect a huge police presence on the Georgia World Congress Center Campus and expanding security perimeters as you get close to the Super Bowl itself. 

"We are in a good space," Shields said. "We are on point where we should be and it's good."

Shields said collaboration among the many organizations planning for the Super Bowl is essential. 

"There's a lot of nuances you have to consider and anticipate, which is why it's imperative that we have so many diverse people," Shields said. 

Daniels said there's always the unknown, but they are ready for it. 

“You have to rely on your teammates and know that you can count on them," Daniels said. "And when something does change and you get that curve ball, they're ready for it.”

"We’re ramping up to that place where we’re ready to execute," Shields said. "We want to play our game.”

Harry, Meghan ditch shoes, break royal protocol for beach appearance

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s trip to Australia has been all about the photo op. And today’s visit to a beach is no exception as the royal couple broke protocol and got rid of their shoes to walk in the sand.

And it was Harry who decided to get rid of this shoes and put his feet in the sand, Sky News reported. After he removed his footwear, Meghan followed suit and handed her espadrilles to her prince on Bondi Beach. 

>>Photos: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry tour Australia

They were there to meet a surfing community group called OneWave and participate in “Fluro Friday.”

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“Fluro Friday” is a time when surfers don neon and flowers to discuss mental health issues, BBC reported

Prince Harry has been candid about his struggles with depression after his mother, Princess Diana’s, death more than 20 years ago.

“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” Harry has said, according to The Guardian.

Harry and Meghan took part in an “anti-bad vibe circle,” Insider reported.

One Wave’s founder, Grant Trebilco, suffers from bipolar disorder. 

And it’s a combination of surfing and talking that get him through his mental health issues.

>>Read: Meghan Markle channels Princess Diana in first visit after royal baby announcement

“The things that really saved me was surfing and the other thing was talking about it,” Trebilco told The Guardian. “Two of my closest friends started sharing their stories about depression and I never knew.”

Prince Harry, along with Prince William and Kate Middleton, have started their own foundation, Heads Together, to help people deal with mental health. 

>>Read: Meghan Markle pregnant, expecting first child with Prince Harry

After the morning session on the beach, Harry and Meghan went to Macarthur Girls High School in Parramatta, Australia, to talk to the students about their social justice project and youth empowerment, The Guardian reported.  

After, Harry climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise the flag for the Invictus Games

Harry founded the games for wounded and sick members of the military. The games will run from Oct. 20 through Oct. 27 in Sydney.

Banksy's shredding prank was supposed to totally destroy artwork

The director’s cut did not quite follow the plan.

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The British street artist whose “Girl With Balloon” artwork self-shredded after being sold for $1.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction on Oct. 5, suggested that the painting was supposed to be totally destroyed, and that the machine jammed, the BBC reported. 

As art patrons gasped, Banksy’s work began passing through a shredder hidden in its frame and stopped about halfway through its destructive operation.

In a clip posted to YouTube called “Shred the Love: The Director’s Cut,” a man is shown building the frame and then completely shreds a copy of “Girl With Balloon.” A caption in the video notes that “In rehearsals it worked every time.”

>> Banksy artwork self-destructs

“It does look like paper coming out, but there is a chance it could be a fine linen,” said Danielle Howe, who works at John Jones, a London-based canvas supplier, told The New York Times. “(But) it’s difficult to determine without looking at the work in person.”

Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art in Europe, repeated that the auction house was not privy to Banksy’s stunt, the BBC reported.

“Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren’t,” Banksy said in an Instagram post on Thursday that pointed people to the YouTube video.

In an interview with The Art Newspaper, Branczik said Sotheby’s had asked Pest Control, Banksy’s official authentication body, if the frame could be removed before the auction.

“Pest Control said very clearly: The frame is integral to the artwork,” Branczik told the magazine. "Which it was. Just not in the sort of way that we thought.”

The buyer of the artwork has kept it, the Times reported. It has been renamed “Love Is in the Bin,” after Pest Control issued a new authentication certificate, the newspaper reported.

Canadian Girl Guide, 9, sells out of cookies in front of cannabis store

On the first day of legal sales of cannabis from Canadian retail stores, a 9-year-old Girl Guide saw her chance to cash in. 

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Elina Childs of Edmonton and her father showed up at Nova Cannabis on Wednesday, pulling a wagon full of cookies, CBC reported.

Elina sold all 30 boxes in less than 45 minutes, earning $120.

"It amazed me how quickly they went," Elina’s father, Seann Childs, told CBC. "Even people in cars driving on the avenue there would stop and roll down their window and ask for cookies." 

Elina told CTV News Channel that it was her father’s idea to sell the cookies. Childs said he got the idea after hearing that a Girl Scout in San Diego used a similar marketing ploy in February after recreational marijuana was legalized in California, CBC reported. That girl sold 312 boxes of cookies in a few hours during Super Bowl weekend.

>> California Girl Scout sells 312 boxes of cookies near pot dispensary

Elina has cystic fibrosis and usually cannot be near people who smoke, but Childs saw it as chance for his daughter to benefit from pot smokers.

"We were looking at it as an opportunity to educate her on what marijuana is and the fact that it's legal in Canada now," Childs told CBC. "Everybody we met was incredibly friendly, it was a great atmosphere and there was not a single thing going on in that line that I saw that I would just say, 'Oh, my God, I need to shield your eyes from this.'

"Everybody was respectful, everybody was happy, and she walked away from it as this incredibly positive experience as well as selling out all her Brownie cookies. She can go and be happy that she'd done that and help support the Guides too."

Red Sox top Astros, punch ticket to World Series

David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Boston Red Sox back into another World Series with a 4-1 victory against the defending champion Houston Astros on Thursday night.

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Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer as the Red Sox stunned Justin Verlander and the Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series to win the best-of-seven set 4-1, a perfect 43rd birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. After dropping the opener at home, Boston took four straight -- including three in a row at Minute Maid Park -- to improve to 5-0 on the road in the 2018 playoffs.

Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Red Sox will try to bring Boston its fourth World Series crown in 15 years when they open the World Series on Tuesday night at home in Fenway Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers. The Red Sox were last in the World Series when they won it all in 2013.Los Angeles has a 3-2 lead in the NLCS going into Game 6 on Friday night at Miller Park.

Former pro wrestler 'Dirty' Dick Slater dead at 67

Former professional wrestler Dick Slater, a volatile performer whose nicknames of “Dirty Dick” and “Mr. Unpredictable” were a testament to his reputation, has died, World Wrestling Entertainment said in a statement Thursday. He was 67.

Details of Slater’s death have not been released.

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“I have so many memories of Dickie,” said former pro wrestler Gerald Brisco, who wrestled with and against Slater and is currently a WWE talent scout. “I loved him and we laughed about the many stories we shared through the years.”

One of seven children, Richard Van Slater was born in Albany, New York, on May 19, 1951. He lived in Ravena, New York, before moving to Tampa, Florida, with his mother and stepfather when he was 9. 

Slater began wrestling as an amateur with his Robinson High School classmate and future pro wrestling friend -- and foe -- Mike Graham. He attended the University of Tampa, where he was a teammate of another future wrestling star, Paul Orndorff.

Slater wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance during the 1970s and was a familiar face on the Florida promotion’s weekly television show, “Championship Wrestling From Florida.” 

Slater was known for his rough-and-tumble tactics and was involved in several wrestling feuds when he performed in Florida. The match results could be unpredictable, too. After interfering in a 1974 match at Miami Marine Stadium, Slater was tossed into Biscayne Bay by Dusty Rhodes, according to The Miami News.

Slater’s career accelerated when he became a fixture in the Georgia Championship Wrestling promotion. Wrestling mostly as a “heel,” or villain, Slater’s unorthodox, brawling style made him a box office star.

Slater also wrestled for World Championship Wrestling and traveled to Japan. He wrestled for WWE in 1986-87.

"Slater was a prolific competitor during the 1970s and 1980s in Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, where he teamed with WWE Hall of Famer Bob Orton and had a memorable rivalry with WWE Hall of Famer Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts," WWE said in its statement. "WWE extends its condolences to Slater’s family, friends and fans.”

Despite his gruff exterior, Slater could be a prankster in the locker room, Brisco said.

One incident in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the mid-1980s was typical.

“On our way to the arena, Dick saw a fireworks stand where you could buy big cherry bombs,” Brisco said. “Jack (Brisco’s brother) and I were heels at the time so we were in the same dressing room. 

“Dick got his fireworks out and one was a whirlybird bomb. He lights it and it goes up and I’m next to Dick. When it comes down it went right into my right cheek and sets my new jeans on fire,” Brisco said. “I’m on fire, my pants are on fire. And I still have the burn mark.

“We all laugh but I have no pants and my cheek is burned. But Dick went out and bought me some new Levi’s. He thought it was great. I didn’t.”

Slater’s life outside the ring could also be volatile, as he had several brushes with the law. His most serious offense occurred on Dec. 27, 2003, when he was charged with attempted murder for stabbing his ex-girlfriend, Theresa Marie Halbert, three times with an 8-inch butcher knife, the Tampa Bay Times reported in 2003.

After pleading no contest, Slater was sentenced in June 2004 to a year of house arrest followed by two years of probation, the newspaper reported.

In a 1987 lawsuit, Slater was accused of aggravated battery for allegedly body-slamming Bruce Siira and breaking his knee outside a bar in Lantana, Florida.

In 2012, Slater collaborated with Linton Herbert on his autobiography, “1,000 Lives: Autobiography of Richard Van ‘Dirty Dick’ Slater.

“I’ve lived a thousand lives,” Slater wrote. “Most men can’t say that, but I can because I have lived a thousand lives.”

Hillary Clinton unhurt in Jersey City parking garage crash

Hillary Clinton apparently suffered no injuries when the Secret Service vehicle she was riding in Monday night was involved in a crash, NJ.com reported.

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Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, was traveling to a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez in Jersey City, where she was the featured speaker. The Secret Service vehicle pulled into a parking garage, made a left turn and hit a concrete crossbeam, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

In its accident report, Jersey City police said the driver told them she drove into the garage and said the crossbeam was not marked with its height. All passengers refused medical attention, according to the AP.

The former first lady left the vehicle and walked to the fundraiser.

The Secret Service said no injuries were reported; the Jersey City Police Department is investigating, NJ.com reported.

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