LBN – Special Report – Monday April 17, 2017

Prince Warrants Found Hidden Pill Stashes

Search warrants for the late musical artist Prince turned up stashes of pills around his home in Minnesota, according to newly released documents. The pills were stored in envelopes and Ziploc bags, TMZ reported on Monday. The documents also reportedly confirm that Prince’s bodyguard went to a pharmacy to fill the prescriptions the day before Prince died due to an overdose of fentanyl. Among the prescriptions filled was the powerful painkiller Percocet. A doctor treating Prince acknowledged that he prescribed oxycodone for Prince the same day he overdosed on an airplane less than a week before his death.

Pence: ‘All Options on the Table’ With North Korea

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned that the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over as he kicked off his 10-day Asia tour. Speaking from a joint U.S.-South Korean base near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea on Monday, Pence said the White House is counting on China to help ease tensions with an increasingly belligerent North Korea. The vice president’s comments came hours after North Korea’s latest missile test failed, exploding only a few seconds after launch on Sunday. Calling the North’s latest test a “provocation,” Pence said it serves as a “reminder” of the dangers facing the region. The U.S. plans to resolve the conflict with North Korea by “peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary,” he told reporters. Pence also praised the “ironclad” alliance the U.S. has with South Korea, saying “all options are on the table” to get North Korea to halt its missile program.

ICE immigration arrests of noncriminals double under Trump:

Immigration arrests rose 32.6 percent in the first weeks of theTrump administration, with newly empowered federal agents intensifying their pursuit of not just undocumented immigrants with criminal records, but also thousands of illegal immigrants who have been otherwise law-abiding. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21,362 immigrants, mostly convicted criminals, from January through mid-March, compared to 16,104 during the same period last year, according to statistics requested by The Washington Post. Arrests of immigrants with no criminal records more than doubled to 5,441, the clearest sign yet thatPresident Trump has ditched his predecessor’s protective stance toward most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Facebook Killer’s Cellphone Pings Detected in Pennsylvania

Pings from a cellphone owned by Cleveland Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens have been detected more than 100 miles east of the city in Erie, Pennsylvania, police officials told CNN Monday morning. Authorities widened their warnings to residents of five states—Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, and New York—as they hunt for the 37-year-old, who shot and killed a random man in Cleveland on Easter Sunday at about 2 p.m. “He is considered armed and dangerous, so we want people to be careful out there,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said. A video uploaded to Facebook shows the death of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. (Facebook later disabled the footage.) Police have released a photo of Stephens’s white Ford Fusion sedan and a temporary license plate. Stephens said in his video that he has killed multiple people. Police, so far, have not found any evidence to support that claim but are searching vacant homes in Cleveland, looking for any additional victims. As of 9 p.m. on Sunday, police had found none. “Right now we’re looking for one suspect in one shooting,” said a law-enforcement source. Stephens’s girlfriend is now in protective custody and is “fully cooperative” in assisting authorities in catching the alleged killer.

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China, Russia Send Ships to Shadow Trump ‘Armada’ in N. Korean Waters

Chinese and Russian spy vessels have been sent to shadow the group of U.S. aircraft carriers that are heading toward North Korean waters, Japanese media outlets reported Monday. The move comes amid escalating tensions surrounding Pyongyang’s nuclear efforts. President Trump has described the vessels as an “armada” and said additional and more powerful submarines are also en route. Japan’s largest daily newspaper reports the ships are “strengthening warning and surveillance activities in the waters and airspace around the area.” Tour companies in China have also halted all work arranging groups to visit North Korea, which was until now a popular travel destination for Chinese tourists.

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Park Geun-hye, Ousted President of South Korea, Is Formally Indicted:

South Korea’s recently impeached and ousted president, Park Geun-hye, was formally indicted on Monday on charges of collecting or demanding $52 million in bribes, becoming the first leader put on criminal trial since the mid-1990s, when two former military-backed presidents were imprisoned for corruption and mutiny. Prosecutors arrested Ms. Park on 13 criminal charges in March. They have questioned her five times in her jail cell outside Seoul. In the indictment on Monday, the number of criminal charges against Ms. Park increased to 18, including bribery, coercion, abuse of office and illegal leaking of government secrets.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***There is an out-of-control epidemic in the United States that costs more and affects more people than any disease Americans currently worry about. It’s called nonadherence to prescribed medications, and it is — potentially, at least — 100 percent preventable by the very individuals it afflicts.The numbers are staggering. “Studies have consistently shown that 20 percent to 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled, and that approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed,” according to a review of research in Annals of Internal Medicine. People who do take prescription medications — whether it’s for a simple infection or a life-threatening condition like heart disease — typically take only about half the prescribed doses. This lack of adherence, the Annals authors wrote, is estimated to cause approximately 125,000 deaths and at least 10 percent of hospitalizations, and to cost the American health care system between $100 billion and $289 billion a year.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***China’s economic data is usually very predictable. But occasionally there are surprises, though so small that by other countries’ standards they would barely be noticed. The country’s economy, the world’s second-largest behind that of the United States, grew 6.9 percent in the first quarter, led by strong expansion at factories, Chinese officials said Monday. The pace was a slight acceleration in the economic tempo here after five consecutive quarters in which China reported growth of either 6.7 percent or 6.8 percent, a remarkable period of stability in the official data.

LBN-NOTICED:   **Just three days after their divorce filing went public, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck put on a united front for Easter. The actors, both 44, attended services together at the Community United Methodist Church of Pacific Palisades on Sunday. The estranged couple beamed at one another and were flanked by their three children, daughters Violet, 11, and Seraphina, 8, and son Samuel, 5.  ***Adam Sandler shared a table with Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber at Craigs in L.A.   ***Larry David and Jane Fonda were at Portia Via in Beverly Hills separately.   ***Kanye West lunched at Cheebo in L.A.   ***Brittney Spears popped by The Six in L.A.   ***Bryan Lourd was at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills.   ***Milo Ventimiglia dined at Catch LA. Luke Haas sat nearby. David Spade was also there. On a different night, Jeremy Piven was in.   ***UTA’s Tracey Jacobs and lawyer Bryan Freedman were at The Grill in Beverly Hills. Lawyer Peter Nichols with Erwin Stoff sat nearby.   ***Rachel McAdams and her sister Kayleen McAdams dined at Odys + Penelope in L.A.

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LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Bruce Langhorne, an intuitive guitarist who played a crucial role in the transition from folk music to folk-rock, notably through his work with Bob Dylan, died on Friday at his home in Venice, Calif. He was 78. A close friend, Cynthia Riddle, said the cause was kidney failure. From his pealing lead guitar on “Maggie’s Farm” to his liquid electric guitar lines on “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” and “She Belongs to Me,” Mr. Langhorne was best known for his playing on Mr. Dylan’s landmark 1965 album, “Bringing It All Back Home.” He also contributed hypnotic countermelodies to tracks like “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”

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LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Dr. Mark Wainberg, a microbiologist who identified a drug that later became critical to treating people infected with H.I.V., and who later became a leading advocate for giving millions of people with H.I.V. and AIDS in Africa greater access to antiretroviral drugs, died on Tuesday after struggling in the waters off Bal Harbour, Fla. He was 71. His son, Zev, said that he and Dr. Wainberg had been swimming in rough surf when Dr. Wainberg appeared to be drowning. His son pulled him to shore and performed CPR before paramedics arrived. He was taken to Aventura Hospital in nearby Aventura, Fla., where he was declared dead, according to the Bal Harbour police.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly.” —— www.TheExcelCommunity.com

LBN-COMMENTARY by Pamela Paul: Here’s a reading challenge: Pick up a book you’re pretty sure you won’t like — the style is wrong, the taste not your own, the author bio unappealing. You might even take it one step further. Pick up a book you think you will hate, of a genre you’ve dismissed since high school, written by an author you’re inclined to avoid. Now read it to the last bitter page. Sound like hell? You’re off to a good start. This is not about reading a book you know is bad, a pleasure in its own right, like an exceptionally dashing villain. It’s about finding a book that affronts you, and staring it down to the last word. At a time when people are siloed into narrow sources of information according to their particular tinted worldview — those they follow on Twitter, the evening shoutfest they choose, AM talk radio or NPR — it’s no surprise most of us also read books we’re inclined to favor. Reading is a pleasure and a time-consuming one. Why bother reading something you dislike?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tom Shales: I had the opportunity, several light years ago, to ask Johnny Carson what he thought ofDavid Letterman, who at that point, early in his career, was widely expected to succeed Carson as host of The Tonight Show on NBC. Johnny looked irked for an instant, then made the gesture for “loony”—one finger doing circles near his head—and said, worriedly yet admiringly, “Lots of ‘stuff’ going on up there,” sounding as if he were Dave’s anxious parent. That’s an oversimplification but a fairly accurate distillation of what author Jason Zinomantakes more than 300 pages to say in Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night, just published by HarperCollins. Impressively, the book seems not one word too long and is probably the finest profile ever written of a TV comic, which is praise not meant to be faint. If you even just liked Dave, and especially if you loved him, you’ll get plenty of bang for your book bucks. You’ll be entertained, enlightened (albeit on a subject now culturally remote) and even alarmed at the extent of Letterman’s chronic self-loathing, if that’s really what it was.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***As opening night nears for Broadway sensation “Hello, Dolly!,” Bette Midler has had a wild week in previews. On Friday night, she had a coughing fit that stopped the show cold. But she ad-libbed her way out of it, as a co-star even brought her a cup of water and a lozenge onstage. She regained her composure and ended the scene by quipping, “Live theater, who can beat it?” before falling to the floor, bringing the house down and getting a standing ovation for her efforts.   ***Tuesday night — the night before the documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” opens the Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall with performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and Earth, Wind & Fire — Davis will host an exclusive dinner at Brooklyn’s River Café. Expected attendees include LA Reid, Lee Daniels, Rob Thomas, Pat Houston, Gayle King, Tamron Hall, Don Lemon, Regis Philbin, Jane Rosenthal and Kathie Lee Gifford.

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