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LBN – Special Report – Thursday

*BREAKTHROUGH – ABDESLAM WILL ‘COOPERATE’ WITH FRANCE

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam wants to cooperate with the French authorities, according to his lawyer. It is unclear whether that means he will rat out his ISIS terror-associates. Abdeslam was arrested after a months-long manhunt, and he’ll reportedly be questioned by a Belgian prosecutor Thursday at the facility in Bruges, Belgium, where he is being held. A judge will decide later this week whether he’ll be extradited to France, lawyer Cedric Moisse said. French prosecutors filed a request for his transfer after his arrest. Abdeslam has allegedly admitted to being in Paris on the night of Nov. 13, when 130 were killed in an ISIS terrorist attack. He’s reportedly told officials that he fled to Brussels instead of carrying out a suicide mission that night.

*CLIMATE WATCH – Antarctic Melt May Double Sea-Level Rise

According to new research published Thursday in the journal Nature, ice melting from Antarctica could cause a dangerous rise of as much as 6 feet in global sea levels by 2100, nearly double the amount  scientists had projected if carbon emissions continue to rise unchecked. The additional source of sea-level rise adds to previous estimates of sea level rise normally calculated based on Greenland ice melt and glaciers located elsewhere. A scenario where civilization obtains net-zero or negative carbon emissions by 2100 would stem the rising sea, the study contends.

*WHO READS LBN? Author Lawrence Grobel

*CLUELESS – ISIS Leader’s Ex-Wife: I Had No Idea

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s ex-wife gave an interview to a Swedish newspaper during which she explained that she had no idea that the “normal family man” was also a dangerous terrorist. Iraqi woman Saja al-Dulaimi said, “I married a normal person who was a university lecturer. At the time his name was Hisham Mohammad.” Dulaimi added that the marriage, which is now dissolved, was “shallow.” He “didn’t say much about his background,” she explained. “How he could become emir of the most dangerous terrorist organization in the world is a mystery.” Dulaimi continued, “It was a shock to find out—seven years later—that I’d been married to the most dangerous man in the world.” NBC News reports that it was not able to independently verify the news story’s interview contents.

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*DRIP DRIP – Pentagon Releasing 12 More Gitmo Inmates

In President Obama’s push to close the Guantanamo military detention camp, another dozen detainees will be transferred to at least two countries that have agreed to house them. The relocations will start over the coming days and last over the next few weeks, a U.S. official told a Reuters reporter on Wednesday. Tariq Ba Odah is included in this latest effort to empty the facility. Ba Odah made headlines for a long-term hunger strike; he’s lost about half of his body weight. Last month, Obama presented a plan to close the prison to Congress, and there are 91 prisoners left at the naval base. Most of the inmates have been held without a trial—or even a formal charge—for more than ten years.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The U.S. state/district with the highest concentration of gay couples is Washington, D.C. (1.29%). The lowest concentration of gay couples is found in North and South Dakota (0.22% each).

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” – Albert Schweitzer   www.TheExcelCommunity.com

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Mike Ovitz — the CAA founder who was once the most powerful agent in Hollywood — will finally be questioned under oath on April 14 about the wiretapping of former Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch. “They’ve been avoiding this for many years, but it’s finally going to happen, and it will be videotaped,” Busch, who now works for Deadline Hollywood, told me. The trial is set for June 20, which is exactly 14 years to the day when Busch discovered a dead fish with a red rose in its mouth and a sign reading “stop” on the smashed windshield of her car.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***During Starbucks 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Starbucks chairman and ceo Howard Schultz expanded on a question he posed two years ago: What is the role and responsibility of a for-profit company? Today, Schultz asked partners (employees), shareholders and thousands who watched the live web broadcast: “What is the role and responsibility of all of us, as citizens?” Schultz said he has “struggled for weeks to find the right words to express the pain I feel in my heart about where America is headed and the cloud hanging over the American people.” And he said there are times when he’s had a hard time recognizing “who we are and who we are becoming.”

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Steven Tyler has signed with WME in all areas, Billboard has exclusively learned. He was previously at CAA, while Paradigm continues to represent Aerosmith for touring.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Watching Pamela Anderson‘s sex tape with her ex-husband Tommy Lee, would be torturous forDavid Hasselhoff. “No. No!” shrieked the former “Baywatch” star, 63, on Tuesday’s episode of “Dirty, Sexy, Funny withJenny McCarthy.” “Because I knew her. It was like watching my freaking sister. I knew her! No, I couldn’t. Did you watch it?” McCarthy, who always speaks her mind said she viewed the tape and used it for her pleasure. “Of course, I beat off to it,” McCarthy, 43, confessed. “I loved it.”

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LBN – Special Report – Wednesday

MICHIGAN ‘DECLINED’ FLINT CORROSION PLAN

In the weeks before the city of Flint began getting its water from the Flint River in April 2014, Michigan officials were offered—and passed on—a corrosion-control plan, according to an AP report. “You don’t need to monitor phosphate because you’re not required to add it,” Michigan Department of Environmental Quality representative Mike Prysby is said to have told Mike Glasgow, the city plant’s lab supervisor at the time. Phosphate normally would have been added to prevent corrosion in lead pipes. Glasgow said he was surprised by those instructions, as treating drinking water with anti-corrosive chemicals is standard practice. In an interview with the AP, Glasgow said he later realized that exchange was a fateful moment. “I did have some concerns and misgivings at first,” he later said. “But unfortunately, now that I look back, I relied on engineers and the state regulators to kind of direct the decision. I looked at them as having more knowledge than myself.” Lee-Anne Walters, who has helped bring official attention to the high lead levels after they were discovered at her own home, told reporters that hearing about those instructions made her “nauseous.” She added, “That one meeting was the difference between this city being poisoned and not being poisoned.”

*LBN-DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that in addition to being read in all 50 of the United States, LBN is read in 26 foreign countries daily including: China, India, Brazil, Russia, Japan, Germany, Israel, France, Korea, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Iraq, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, among others

*CNN to Trump: You Act Like a 5-Year-Old

During a CNN town-hall forum Tuesday night, Donald Trumpreiterated the falsehood that Sen. Ted Cruz was responsible for spreading around an image of his wife Melania in a nude pose. “I thought it was a nice picture of Heidi,” Trump said of an image he retweeted clearly meant to make her look unattractive compared to his wife. “Come on,” Anderson Cooperresponded. “I thought it was fine,” Trump insisted. Continuing to deny culpability, he said “I didn’t start it.” Cooper sensibly retorted, “That’s the argument of a 5-year-old.”

*TABLES TURN – Apple Wants FBI to Reveal How It Hacked iPhone

Now that the FBI says it has hacked into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, Apple wants the Bureau to reveal how it did it. According to the Los Angeles Times, the tech giant’s attorneys are researching legal tactics to compel the government to hand over details of its hack—information the company deems important for understanding flaws in their product and for protecting consumer privacy. It remains unclear whether the FBI’s hack would work on other iPhones, and a Times law-enforcement source said its applications are limited.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: To keep our muscles healthy deep into retirement, we may need to start working out more now, according to a new study of world-class octogenarian athletes. The study found substantial differences at a cellular level between the athletes’ muscles and those of less active people.  Muscular health is, of course, essential for successful aging. As young adults, we generally have scads of robust muscle mass. But that situation doesn’t last.

*WHO READS LBN? Model Cameron Russell

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Tina Fey and her “Sisters” co-star John Cena having lunch at the Wayfarer in NYC.   ***LeBron Jamesat Serafina Meatpacking in NYC.   ***Don Cheadle and Nicole Scherzinger at Troy Liquor Bar  in NYC.   ***Dean Winters at Il Mulino Prime. ***David Hasselhoff at Benjamin Steakhouse in NYC with girlfriend Hayley Roberts. ***Miley Cyrusdemanding that DJ Sammy Needlz only play Rihanna and Gwen Stefani at GoldBar.***Adam Sandler at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Bar in NYC.  ***Producer Bruce Nahin having dinner last night at the popular Izzy’s Deli.

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*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Hollywood’s agency wars continue to heat up, after private equity firms — and agent defections rocked the industry. Now WME’s Ari Emanuel andPatrick Whitesell have fired the latest salvo, boasting that rival CAA is “freaking out right now,” in an interview in The Hollywood Reporter. “Since we bought IMG, we signed Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds — and what’s happened to their careers? It’s hard to sit here without being boastful about it,” Whitesell declares in his and Emanuel’s first extensive interview since, as THR’s Matthew Belloni puts it, “WME’s brash $2.4 billion cash purchase of the sports and fashion powerhouse IMG was completed in May 2014.” Gyllenhaal and Reynolds, who revived his career in this year’s smash “Deadpool,” both defected from CAA in recent years.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Princess of Beverly Hillswww.princessofbeverlyhills.com/, the Malitpoo who has taken social media by storm, and owner Stacey Whitmore have struck a deal with Hobby Lobby that puts new Princess products on shelves in all 800 stores. The famous pooch will now be available in a line of children’s toys and gifts thanks to a collaboration with DEMDACO that will introduce every young girl to her new best friend. People worldwide have watched the young, adopted pup grow into an intelligent and talented, fairy-tale living pooch through her social media pages. “We are more than thrilled to partner with the sweet, pink puppy that has taught manners and kindness to children surrounded by a world obsessed with technology and fast-paced lives,” say Hobby Lobby representatives. Now children and tweens across America will be able to share in Princess’ values and globe-trotting journeys with their own Princess plushies, Palace Play Sets, Plush Carriers and more.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Patty Duke, an Oscar-winning actress renowned at midcentury as a child star of stage, film and television, who, amid public struggles with bipolar disorder, went on to cultivate a respected career in adulthood as an actress and mental-health advocate, died on Tuesday at a hospital near her home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She was 69. The cause was complications of a ruptured intestine that Ms. Duke suffered on Thursday, said her husband, Michael Pearce.   ***Lester C. Thurow, a prominent and provocative economist who earned a dedicated following through his long writing and speaking career, and who was known for his prescient warnings about the growing income gap between rich and poor Americans, died on Friday in Westport, Mass. He was 77. His wife, Anna, confirmed his death.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Being back in Iraq after two years’ absence has helped me to put my finger on the central question bedeviling U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East today: What do you do when the necessary is impossible, but the impossible is impossible to ignore — and your key allies are also impossible? Crushing the Islamic State, or ISIS, is necessary for stabilizing Iraq and Syria, but it is impossible as long as Shiites and Sunnis there refuse to truly share power, and yet ignoring the ISIS cancer and its ability to metastasize is impossible as well. See: Belgium.

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LBN – Special Report – Tuesday

OBAMA SUGGESTS MEDIA ENABLES TRUMP

While delivering a keynote address at a journalism awards ceremony Monday evening, President Obama scolded the media for enabling the deeply partisan atmosphere that’s engulfing politics. “It’s worth asking ourselves what each of us—as politicians, as journalists, but most of all as citizens—may have done” to create the situation at hand, he said. “Some may be more to blame than others for the current climate, but all of us are responsible for reversing it.” Though he did not directly name Donald Trump, the president chided political reporters for not doing “more than just handing someone a microphone”—alluding to the GOP frontrunner’s appetite for free media. The job of a reporter, Obama contended, is purely “to probe and to question and to dig deeper,” before noting that financial pressures have changed the industry’s incentives when it comes to story selection and editorial decisions.

*Lovesick Man’s Hijacking Ends Peacefully

A bizarre airline hijacking—in which a man claiming to be armed with an explosive belt this morning seized control of an EgyptAir plane carrying 82 passengers and diverted it to Cyprus so he could deliver a love letter to his estranged wife—is over. Officials said all passengers and crew have safely exited the aircraft and the hijacker has been arrested. When news of the attack first broke, it was widely assumed to be another attack by ISIS fighters. However, it soon emerged that the hijacker had a very personal reason for his dramatic actions: He wanted to get a letter to his Cypriot ex-wife. “It’s all to do with a woman,” said Cyprus’s president, Nikos Anastasiades. An official with Egypt’s ministry of foreign affairs told a reporter, “He’s not a terrorist, he’s an idiot.”

*U.S. Says It Has Unlocked iPhone Without Apple

The Justice Department said on Monday that it had found a way to unlock an iPhone without help from Apple, allowing the agency to withdraw its legal effort to compel the tech company to assist in a mass-shooting investigation. The decision to drop the case — which involved demanding Apple’s help to open an iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, a gunman in the December shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that killed 14 people — ends a legal standoff between the government and the world’s most valuable public company. The case had become increasingly contentious as Apple refused to help the authorities, inciting a debate about whether privacy or security was more important.

*Trump and Clinton Supporters Lead in Enthusiasm Says Media Expert Levine

As the 2016 primaries continue, with neither party’s nominee yet decided, media expert and author Michael Levine(www.MichaelLevineMedia.com) say sharp differences exist in the enthusiasm expressed by supporters of the various candidates. “Among Republicans and Republican leaners, voters who support Donald Trump are the most enthusiastic by far, with a combined 65% describing themselves as extremely or very enthusiastic,” said Levine. These numbers reflect nearly twice the level of fervor expressed by Republicans backing Gov. John Kasich (33%), and well eclipses the enthusiasm from those backing Sen. Ted Cruz (39%) Levine noted.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Chicago has long been troubled by violence, but homicides and shootings have risen sharply this year. Violent crime remains below the levels of two decades ago, and criminologists caution against finding trends in only a few months of data. But City Hall, the police and community leaders are alarmed by the surge: As of Friday, 131 people had been killed here in the first months of 2016, an 84 percent rise in homicides from the same period in 2015. There had been 605 shootings, nearly twice as many as at this point last year.

*Hackers Freeze Out DC Hospital

One of the largest hospital chains in the Washington, D.C. area was shut down by computer malware Monday that prevented medical staff from even looking up phone numbers. The attack on MedStar Health Inc. forced record systems offline, meaning patients could not book appointments and staff members couldn’t even check emails. The attack comes just weeks after a hospital in California was reported to have paid a bitcoin ransom to malicious hackers to regain control of its system. The FBI said it is assessing  whether MedStar is dealing with the same kind of situation. One MedStar employee told a reporter: “We can’t do anything at all. There’s only one system we use, and now it’s just paper.” But company spokeswoman Ann Nickels said patient care was not affected by the attack and that all hospitals were using a paper backup system.

*Emails: NHL Admits Link Between Fighting and Brain Trauma

Newly released emails from 2011 reveal top National Hockey League officials acknowledging a link between fighting and brain trauma, depression, and “personal tragedies.” This despite the league’s official stance that there is no connection between the sport’s violent contact and concussions. The emails were unsealed via a January court order in the class-action lawsuit against the NHL filed by more than two dozen former players. The athletes contend that the NHL failed to “properly educate them about the risks associated with repeated head injuries.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Media experts and close friends Elliot Mintz and Michael Levine having dinner last night at a packed Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood.    ***”Blindspot” actressJaimie Alexander, Jets player Muhammad Wilkerson and celebrity chef Anne Burrell watching the New York Rangers play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Easter Sunday.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***The high life expectancy enjoyed in Japan is largely down to the nation’s healthy diet, according to a new study. The population of the island nation, which has one of the lowest mortality rates in the world, eat diets high in certain carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits as well as fish and meat.  Such foods make for a diet low in saturated fats, processed foods and high in carbohydrates gained from both rice and vegetables.

*THINK FREELY – READ LBN

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Former Kiss guitarist Ace ­Frehleyinvited the band’s lead singer, Paul Stanley, to appear on his upcoming solo album of covers, “Origins, Vol. 1,” despite some bad blood in the past. “I was a little apprehensive. I wasn’t sure what the reaction would be,” Frehley told Page Six. But Stanley “picked up his cell on the first ring . . . He said, ‘Ace Frehley! I’d love to be involved!’” The two then collaborated on a cover of “Fire and Water” by Free.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT:  “… remember one thing only: that it’s you-nobody else-who determines your destiny and decides your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you; nor can you be alive for anybody else.” – E.E. Cummings —–  www.TheExcelCommunity.com

*LBN-MY REVIEW: “I love LBN. It is bad-ass!”—–Zoey W., an LBN reader from Austin, Texas.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager (Radio talk show host and author): I have said from the outset that I would vote for Donald Trump if he were chosen as the Republican nominee. I am contemptuous of much of what he does; I don’t trust what he says, and I have no reason to believe that he actually holds conservative values. But, if Trump becomes the GOP nominee, he will be the only alternative to the left ruining America for another four years. Really, though, their ruining could go on for much longer than four years. With two or three more left-wing Supreme Court justices, the left wouldn’t need to win the presidency or Congress in order to “fundamentally (transform) the United States of America,” as President Barack Obama promised in 2008. With a leftist Supreme Court, the Court will transform America simply by legislating from the bench. Leftist justices seem to regard their role as promoting social justice, not judging according to the rules of justice within the constraints of the Constitution. As far as domestic policy is concerned, the presidency and Congress will become irrelevant with a majority leftist Supreme Court.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***William Shatner is being sued for $170 million by a radio host who claims to be the “Star Trek” legend’s long-lost son. Peter Sloan has boldly gone and filed legal paperwork in Florida demanding Shatner submit to a DNA test and cease claiming he isn’t his father. Sloan, 59, claims his birth mother, late Canadian actress Kathy McNeil, had a brief affair with Captain Kirk in Toronto. She gave him up for adoption at 5 days old.   ***Charlize Theron didn’t fade away from Sean Penn. “When you leave a relationship there has to be some f—ing crazy story or some crazy drama,” the “Mad Max” beauty told WSJ Magazine. “There is a need to sensationalize things.” Theron, 40, who called off her engagement to Penn, 55, last June, revealed she never ghosted the man she once referred to as “the love of my life.” “And the f—ing ghosting thing, like literally, I still don’t even know what it is,” she said. “It’s just its own beast. We were in a relationship and it didn’t work anymore. And we both decided to separate. That’s it.”   ***Bill Clinton is upset his wife’s campaign team doesn’t follow his advice — and because he often can’t even get Hillary on the phone. “Those snotty-nosed kids over there are blowing this thing because nobody is listening to me,” Bill told campaign chairman John Podesta, according to OrbMagazine. The former president has not only clashed over policy with Hillary’s closest adviser, Huma Abedin, he’s also said to be furious he can’t phone his wife without going through Abedin, who carries Hillary’s cellphone and screens all her calls. “When Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Abedin are traveling, they always share a suite, which they lock from the inside to bar the Secret Service,” Orb reports.

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