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Ariana Grande reportedly dating ‘SNL’ comedian Pete Davidson

Ariana Grande has been “casually dating” Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” since splitting amicably with rapper Mac Miller, according to a report from Entertainment Tonight.

According to an unnamed source, ET reported that Grande and Davidson, both 24, were seen sitting together at an “SNL” after-party on May 13 after Melissa McCarthy’s hosting stint.

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“It just started and is casual,” an unnamed source told E! News.

The reported new couple comes after Grande and Davidson recently ended previous relationships.

Grande’s split from Mac Miller was confirmed May 10, although People reported that they broke up in April. Miller, 26, was reportedly arrested on DUI charges May 17 after authorities said he crashed his 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon into a pole and left the accident with two passengers.

Davidson confirmed he was no longer with his longtime girlfriend Cazzie David on May 17, saying, “We’re not together anymore.” 

Neither Grande nor Davidson have commented on reports that they’re dating.

Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

Pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s "LOVE" series, has died at his island home off the coast of Maine. He was 89.

Indiana died on Saturday from respiratory failure at his Victorian home in a converted Odd Fellows hall, a fraternal order lodge, where he had lived for years on Vinalhaven Island, said James Brannan, his attorney.

Friends had expressed concern for his well-being because the reclusive artist had not been heard from for some time. A lawsuit filed in New York City the day before his death suggested he was purposefully isolated by his caretakers.

Brannan declined to comment on the situation.

The artist's "LOVE" sculpture, in which the "L'' and a leaning "O'' sit atop the "V'' and the "E," is instantly recognizable worldwide. But he has created other works as well, including a "HOPE" design, similar to "LOVE," in honor of former President Barack Obama.

In his later years, he was known for living an increasingly reclusive life 15 miles (24 kilometers) off the mainland on Vinalhaven, where he moved in 1978.

Kathleen Rogers, a friend and former publicist, told The Associated Press that she was so concerned she contacted the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to investigate six to eight weeks ago.

Through tears, she said did not want Indiana to be remembered for shutting out friends and closing his studio.

"He was a better guy than he's been portrayed as being. He was reclusive, cantankerous and sometimes difficult. But he was a very loyal, loving man. He was the architect of love," she said.

A DHHS spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

As the story goes, Indiana, an Indiana native, settled in Maine after getting fed up with the art scene in New York.

But he told The Associated Press in 2009 that he moved to his house — which a benefactor bought for him — when he needed a place to go after his lease ran out on his five-story studio and gallery in the Bowery section of New York City.

His desire for solitude was legendary.

He once stood up President Barack Obama at the White House. Another time he made a crew from NBC's "Today" show wait three days on the island before he would let them interview him. In 2014, he disappointed dozens of fans by failing to make an appearance outside his home for an event dubbed International HOPE Day, which was inspired by his creativity. Events were held in several locations around the world.

Miss Nebraska wins Miss USA competition

Miss Nebraska has been named Miss USA.

Sarah Rose Summers beat out 50 other women from all the states and the District of Columbia.

At the start of the two-hour broadcast, the field was immediately narrowed down to 15 contestants according to how they performed during preliminary rounds held in the days before Monday's broadcast.

Then the field was narrowed down during the evening gown, swimsuit and interview portions of the competition.

Summers takes over from Kara McCullough, who won the competition last year when it was held in Las Vegas.

Summers now goes on to represent the U.S. in the Miss Universe competition.

Thousands of Vegas casino workers to vote on citywide strike

Tens of thousands of casino workers in Las Vegas whose contracts expire next week were preparing to vote on whether to authorize a strike, a move that could leave more than 30 properties without unionized housekeepers, bartenders, servers and other key employees.

A majority of yes votes Tuesday would not immediately affect the casinos but would give the union's negotiators a huge bargaining chip by allowing them to call for a strike at any time starting June 1.

Here are some key things to know about the vote:

WHO IS VOTING?

Bartenders, housekeepers, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks and other kitchen workers employed at 34 properties are eligible.

The Culinary Union expects between 20,000 and 25,000 members to vote Tuesday at a university arena. The voting will take place in two sessions, allowing workers with different shifts to cast a ballot.

WHERE DO THEY WORK?

They work at properties on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas, including Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Stratosphere, Treasure Island, The D, Downtown Grand and El Cortez.

MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment operate more than half of the properties that would be affected by a strike.

WHY ARE THEY VOTING?

The contracts of 50,000 unionized workers expire at midnight May 31, and the casinos and union have not reached meaningful agreements since negotiations for five-year contracts began in February.

"On May 22, thousands of union members will show casino employers that workers are going to fight for security and that they are not going to be left behind as companies are making record profits and getting windfall tax breaks," Geoconda Argüello-Kline, union secretary-treasurer, said in a statement earlier this month.

WHAT DO THE WORKERS WANT?

Argüello-Kline previously told The Associated Press that the union planned to negotiate with companies to protect existing benefits, increase wages, protect job security against the increasing adoption of technology at hotel-casinos, and strengthen language against sexual harassment.

The union has asked casino operators to give every housekeeper a "panic button," a wireless device that can alert managers if they are in a threatening situation.

WHERE DO THE COMPANIES STAND?

MGM Resorts and Caesars have said they would work with the union to equip housekeepers at their Las Vegas casino-resorts with panic buttons.

Both companies previously said they are confident they will be able to reach mutually beneficial agreements with the union.

HAS THIS HAPPENED BEFORE?

Yes. The last citywide strike vote took place in 2002, when the overwhelming majority of 25,000 workers authorized the action. But workers never walked out of their jobs because casino operators and the union reached agreements.

The last time casino workers across Las Vegas went on a strike was in 1984, and it lasted 67 days. Union members lost an estimated $75 million in wages and benefits, while the city lost a similar amount in tourism revenue. Millions more were lost in gambling income.

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Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNO .

Box Office Top 20: 'Deadpool 2' dethrones 'Infinity War'

The release of "Deadpool 2" this weekend ended "Avengers: Infinity War's" three week stronghold on the top spot at the box office. 20th Century Fox's "Deadpool 2" grossed $125.5 million in its first weekend in theaters, slightly less than the first film's record-breaking $132.4 million launch.

But it effectively bumped "Avengers: Infinity War" to second place with $29.5 million. The superhero blockbuster has now netted over $595.8 million domestically. In third place was Paramount's "Book Club," starring Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen, which opened to $13.6 million.

The Melissa McCarthy comedy "Life of the Party" took fourth place with $7.6 million, while the Gabrielle Union thriller "Breaking In" landed in fifth with $6.8 million.

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. "Deadpool 2," 20th Century Fox, $125,507,153, 4,349 locations, $28,859 average, $125,507,153, 1 Week.

2. "Avengers: Infinity War," Disney, $29,452,903, 4,002 locations, $7,360 average, $595,813,862, 4 Weeks.

3. "Book Club," Paramount, $13,582,231, 2,781 locations, $4,884 average, $13,582,231, 1 Week.

4. "Life Of The Party," Warner Bros., $7,603,850, 3,656 locations, $2,080 average, $30,915,357, 2 Weeks.

5. "Breaking In," Universal, $6,826,385, 2,537 locations, $2,691 average, $29,106,095, 2 Weeks.

6. "Show Dogs," Open Road, $6,023,972, 3,212 locations, $1,875 average, $6,023,972, 1 Week.

7. "Overboard," Lionsgate, $4,625,858, 1,820 locations, $2,542 average, $36,874,428, 3 Weeks.

8. "A Quiet Place," Paramount, $3,944,442, 2,327 locations, $1,695 average, $176,080,755, 7 Weeks.

9. "Rampage," Warner Bros., $1,577,260, 1,466 locations, $1,076 average, $92,500,589, 6 Weeks.

10. "I Feel Pretty," STX Entertainment, $1,265,813, 1,505 locations, $841 average, $46,604,270, 5 Weeks.

11. "RBG," Magnolia Pictures, $1,252,920, 378 locations, $3,315 average, $3,853,686, 3 Weeks.

12. "Super Troopers 2," 20th Century Fox, $1,216,470, 478 locations, $2,545 average, $29,028,826, 5 Weeks.

13. "Black Panther," Disney, $860,442, 935 locations, $920 average, $697,822,227, 14 Weeks.

14. "Tully," Focus Features, $560,020, 670 locations, $836 average, $8,430,545, 3 Weeks.

15. "Raazi," Zee Studios International, $551,201, 123 locations, $4,481 average, $1,846,376, 2 Weeks.

16. "Disobedience," Bleecker Street, $521,915, 247 locations, $2,113 average, $1,901,655, 4 Weeks.

17. "Pope Francis - A Man Of His Word," Focus Features, $507,870, 346 locations, $1,468 average, $507,870, 1 Week.

18. "Blockers," Universal, $462,580, 439 locations, $1,054 average, $59,038,055, 7 Weeks.

19. "Ready Player One," Warner Bros., $365,484, 388 locations, $942 average, $135,292,094, 8 Weeks.

20. "Isle Of Dogs," Fox Searchlight, $344,866, 288 locations, $1,197 average, $30,743,143, 9 Weeks.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

Despite Spotify change, R. Kelly's streams still intact

Streaming numbers for R. Kelly have remained intact a week after Spotify announced it had removed the R&B singer's music from its playlists, citing its new policy on hate content and hateful conduct.

Spotify made the bold declaration on May 10, but R. Kelly's streaming numbers are relatively the same with some small growth: Before the announcement, he averaged 6,584,000 weekly streams for the year. But from May 10 to May 16 he garnered 6,676,000 streams for the week, according to Nielsen Music.

R. Kelly's streams have grown steadily in the last two years: His music averaged 4,709,000 weekly streams in 2016 and 5,666,000 weekly streams in 2017. So far for 2018, he is averaging 6,674,000 weekly streams. While R. Kelly's streaming has grown, his numbers are small in comparison to Drake, 2017's most streamed artist: He averaged 112,735,000 weekly streams last year.

Nielsen Music's numbers are based on audio streams from Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and other music platforms.

The embattled entertainer has been accused of sexual abuse of women though he faces no criminal charges. Spotify removed his music from their promoted playlists and algorithms following a campaign from #MuteRKelly and others to sanction R. Kelly. News outlets have reported that Apple and Pandora are also not promoting the singer's music, though both companies haven't officially made announcements like Spotify.

Shaunna Thomas, the co-founder and executive director of the women's advocacy group UltraViolet, said the point is not to stop people from listening to his music, but for companies to stop promoting him.

"Frankly it's not important in this context whether people are listening to his music or not, what's important is that Spotify is holding itself to the standard that they themselves established and they live up to it," Thomas said in an interview Monday.

Thomas wrote a letter to Spotify last week, commending the company for its new policy but also demanded that Spotify remove Chris Brown, Eminem, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others from its playlists.

"This is really just about stepping into the role of champion, stepping into the role of setting the higher standard that I think they've put themselves on the track to do, and hopefully they'll do the right thing," Thomas said.

The Time's Up campaign took aim at R. Kelly late last month over allegations that he has sexually abused women. The organization urged further investigation into the singer's behavior, which has come under closer scrutiny over the last year in wake of the #MeToo movement, as women have come forward to accuse him of everything from sexual coercion to physical abuse.

Kelly has denied such charges.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-producer was acquitted in 2008 of child pornography after a video circulated appearing to show him having sex with a teenage girl. Despite that, he continued to score hits and sell out arenas.

His career is not as white-hot as it once was: It's been five years since any of his songs have charted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: His last hit there was his guest appearance on Lady Gaga's "Do What U Want," which peaked at No. 13 in 2013; his last leading hit was in 2007 with "Same Girl," which reached No. 20 and co-starred Usher.

Thomas said though R. Kelly's streaming numbers haven't changed much, it's still too early to say that his music won't be affected by the campaigns against him.

"To argue that these numbers reflect the common consensus about whether people want to be paying for his music and helping him profit off the type of music he creates and the type of person he is, I think it's very early in the game to suggest that," she said.

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A look at R. Kelly's most streamed songs in the last month, according to Nielsen Music (information based on streaming from April 17, 2018 through May 17, 2018).

1."Ignition" — 6,568,000

2."If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" — 2,423,000

3."Bump N' Grind" — 2,271,000

4."Same Girl — 1,100,000

5."Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" — 1,099,000

6."I Believe I Can Fly" — 901,000

7."It Seems Like You're Ready" — 874,000

8."Step In the Name of Love" — 737,000

9."Cookie" — 655,000

10."When a Women's Fed Up" — 642,000

11."I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)" — 565,000

12."The World's Greatest" — 531,000

13."Feelin' On Yo Booty" — 524,000

14."Fiesta" — 484,000

15. "Step In My Room" — 482,000

A watchdog group asks Netflix to pull '13 Reasons Why'

A media watchdog group is calling on Netflix to pull its "13 Reasons Why" series because of potentially harmful content.

The Parents Television Council describes the second season of the series as "a ticking time bomb to teens and children." It wants both seasons yanked.

A request for comment from Netflix wasn't immediately returned Monday.

The first season of "13 Reasons Why" included a graphic depiction of a teen's suicide. The second season includes a story line about a student's thwarted plans to shoot up a school dance.

The conservative council claims 1.4 million members and is dedicated to curbing sex, violence and profanity on TV and in other media. In the past, it has opposed shows such as "Glee," ''The Mick," ''Scream Queens" and "The Real O'Neals."

Miss USA 2018: What time, what channel, ways to watch

The 2018 Miss USA competition is being held in Shreveport, Louisiana, on the 20th anniversary of the pageant’s first appearance in the city. 

The annual beauty pageant seeks to crown the woman who will become the American entrant in the Miss Universe pageant. It will be held at George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum.

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Here’s what to know about the 2018 competition.

When: May 21 at 8 p.m. EDT.

What channel: Fox

Who is hosting: Vanessa Lachey and Nick Lachey

How to watch: The pageant can be watched live on Fox on TV or online if you have a cable subscription.

Obamas sign multiyear deal with Netflix to make movies, TV shows

Former President Barack Obama has signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce films and television shows on the streaming service with former first lady Michelle Obama.

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According to Netflix, the Obamas’ agreement includes scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and features produced by Higher Ground Productions.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.

>> Related: Here are all the movies, TV shows coming to Netflix in May

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” the former president said in a statement. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

>> Related: Here are all the movies, TV shows leaving Netflix in May

The New York Times first reported in March that the Obamas were in negotiations with Netflix to produce shows, and learned that they don’t intend to use the platform to address President Donald Trump or conservatives.

Instead, Netflix said the plan is to highlight themes the president pursued during his terms in office.

>> Related: Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama trace families to same Georgia town

“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, told the Times.

We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities,” he said.

Obama has also recently appeared on David Letterman’s Netflix interview series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

$22 MILLION HEADED FOR LONG ISLAND BRIDGE REPAIRS AND TRAFFIC CAMERAS

Major Renovations are on the way to Four Bridges in Nassau and Suffolk County – Including more than 50 new Traffic Cameras. New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas today announced that work has begun on three transportation infrastructure projects on Long Island, totaling $22.6 million in repairs and technology improvements.

Main Projects Include:
  • A $9.5 million project to rehabilitate and repair three bridges in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
  • A $7.4 million project to replace the bridge deck on North Ocean Avenue (Suffolk County Route 83) over the Long Island Expressway in the town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County.
  • A $5.7 million project to install 50 new traffic cameras on state highways throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.
3 Bridges Undergo $9.5 Million In Repairs:
  • State Route 107 over Sea Cliff Ave in the city of Glen Cove, Nassau County.
  • State Route 110 over State Route 109 in the town of Babylon, Suffolk County.
  • Northern State Parkway over Round Swamp Road in the town of Huntington, Suffolk County.

Work that will most affect travel lanes will be scheduled during off-peak daytime and nighttime hours. All work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.

North Ocean Avenue Bridge:

A new concrete deck will be installed on the North Ocean Avenue bridge over the LIE. North Ocean Avenue to remain open to traffic at all times. Work is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019.

In 2018, 20 New Traffic Cameras:

· State Route 878 (Nassau Expressway) in the town of Hempstead, Nassau County; · State Route 25A (Northern Boulevard) in the towns of North Hempstead, Nassau County, and Huntington, Suffolk County; · State Route 110 (Walt Whitman Road) in the town of Huntington; · State Route 231 (Deer Park Avenue) in the town of Huntington.

In 2019, 30 New Cameras:

· State Route 27 (Sunrise Highway) in the towns of Babylon, Islip, Brookhaven, and Southampton, all in Suffolk County · Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway in the towns of Brookhaven and Riverhead, both in Suffolk County; · State Route 27A (Montauk Highway) in the town of Islip.

 

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