Denny Hamlin honors J.D. Gibbs after winning crash-filled Daytona 500
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After taking the checkered flag at Sunday’s Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin’s first thought might have been one of satisfaction in winning the iconic race for the second time in four years, or simply relief at having avoided the late-race crashes that took out much of the field. Instead, Hamlin immediately pointed to a sticker on his No. 11 Toyota that honored the memory of the late J.D. Gibbs.

“This one’s for J.D.,” Hamlin said.

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Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett
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CHICAGO — Chicago police said Sunday they’re still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that “shifted” their investigation of a reported attack on the “Empire” actor.

The trajectory of the investigation “shifted” after detectives questioned two brothers about the attack and released them late Friday without charges, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Saturday. He said police also reached out to Smollett’s attorney to request another interview with him.

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Police kill gunman in workplace shooting that left five others dead
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Five victims of the mass shooting at an Illinois manufacturing business have died, Aurora Chief of Police Kristen Ziman told reporters Friday evening.

The shooter also was killed. He died in a gun battle with officers, the chief said.
Five officers who were wounded by gunfire, Ziman said, and a sixth officer suffered a knee injury.
The shooter was identified by Ziman as Gary Martin, 45, and authorities believe he was an employee at the company where the shooting occurred.

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NBA All-Star Weekend 2019: Watch Skills Challenge, 3-Point, Dunk, every event online, streaming, TV, times, dates, odds
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The NBA trade deadline, and all the excitement that came with it, is now in the rear-view mirror. That doesn’t mean things are slowing down in The Association. We’re moving right along to All-Star Weekend, which begins on Friday, Feb. 15 with the Celebrity Game and Rising Stars Challenge.

From there, we’ll move on to All-Star Saturday Night, which features the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout and Dunk Contest. And finally, on Sunday night,

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Tommy Lee marries social media star Brittany Furlan on Valentine’s Day
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Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and Internet personality Brittany Furlan tied the knot on Valentine’s Day, one year after they announced their engagement.

Lee, 54, shared the news in an Instagram post of two dogs wearing a wedding dress and tux respectively.

“Holy s—balls!!!! We did it!!!! Mr. & Mrs. Lee,” the rock star captioned the post.

BRITTANY FURLAN HASN’T MET FIANCE TOMMY LEE’S EX PAMELA ANDERSON,

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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Are Engaged: See Her Ring
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Light the fireworks! Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are engaged.

The actor popped the question with a romantic proposal on Valentine’s Day. The singer confirmed the news by sharing a picture of the shiny new sparkler on Instagram.

“Full bloom,” she wrote on Friday alongside a snapshot of the couple. The picture also gave fans a close-up of Perry’s ring—which appeared to have a colorful center stone, as well as several surrounding diamonds.

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Chinese communities worldwide usher in Lunar New Year
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Chinese communities on Tuesday began celebrating the Lunar New Year, an occasion for families to get together for intimate dinners and welcome the last of the Chinese zodiac’s signs, the pig.

The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the Chinese calendar, with hundreds of millions of people travelling to celebrate it with their families in what is the world’s largest annual human migration.

In mainland China, authorities were expecting a total of almost three billion trips by car,

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Respawn says it’s ‘putting a lot on the line’ with Apex Legends’ surprise launch
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Titanfall creator Respawn Entertainment became the latest developer to take on Fortnite, with today’s announcement and surprise launch of Apex Legends. It’s a new free-to-play shooter set in the Titanfall universe, and it’s a bold attempt at venturing into the increasingly crowded battle royale space. Perhaps even more interesting than the game itself, though, is Respawn’s release strategy, which amounts to a radical rethinking of how big-budget game studios put out new products.

As a subsidiary of gigantic game publisher Electronic Arts,

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Grammy-winning R&B singer James Ingram dies at 66
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The Recording Academy has confirmed the death of James Ingram, the two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter known for his hits “Just Once” and “I Don’t Have the Heart. USA TODAY

R&B singer James Ingram, the two-time Grammy Award-winner and legendary vocalist known for hit songs “Just Once” and “One Hundred Ways,” has died at age 66.

The Recording Academy confirmed the artist’s death Tuesday, remembering Ingram as a “soulful, chart-topping singer and songwriter.”

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How many homers would Bryce Harper hit at Citizens Bank Park? Let’s take a look
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There’s a world of buzz surrounding the Phillies’ pursuit of Bryce Harper and for good reason. He’s one of the most complete players in the game today. It isn’t difficult to project 500-plus home runs and 2,500 hits from what he’s already done through his 26th birthday.

Even in a “down” season for Harper (a .249 season average, 30 points down from his career average),

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