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Southwest Airlines Sued Over Fatal Flight That Shattered Window

6/19/2018 2:29 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nine passengers who survived Southwest flight 1380 -- the one where shrapnel from a failed engine shattered a cabin window -- are suing the airline.

The passengers say they're all suffering severe PTSD after the tragic flight. Some are also coping with physical injuries, though the lawsuit doesn't specify what those are. In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, the passengers say the in-flight emergency forced them to "confront their greatest fear, the overwhelming horror of being trapped in a plane about to crash."

You'll recall, flight 1380 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia back in April ... after the 737's left engine failed and broke apart. The resulting shrapnel destroyed a cabin window, and Jennifer Riordan was partially sucked out of the cabin. She later died from her injuries.

One of the plaintiffs was not onboard the flight, but his wife was. He's suing for loss of consortium.

They're suing Southwest and Boeing, which manufactured the plane. 

Chadwick Boseman Gives MTV Award to Waffle House Hero

6/19/2018 6:46 AM PDT

Chadwick Boseman got an award for playing a super hero on the big screen, but he couldn't accept the award without acknowledging a real-life hero just several feet away from him. Enter James Shaw Jr.

The "Black Panther" star won the Movie award for Best Hero Monday at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards ... and he thanked the fans for making 'BP' a monumental success. But then something incredibly special happened ... so, get ready for goosebumps.

Watch the clip ... Chadwick turned the spotlight -- rightfully so -- on Shaw ... who heroically wrestled an AR-15 from a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee back in April.

Shaw's gotten props from his favorite player, Dwyane Wade, and tons of celebs raised money for him. Now, add Chadwick's special honor in front of a live audience -- super cool.

Wendi McLendon-Covey Shame On Sessions! Concentration Camps Not Different From Border Kids

6/17/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"The Goldbergs" star Wendi McLendon-Covey says there's not much difference between children held at the border and those in concentration camps ... and she's scolding politicians for thinking otherwise. 

We got Wendi at LAX Friday morning, where she shamed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for using the Bible as an excuse for separating kids from their parents who were just gunning for a better life in the U.S.

There have been photos circulating of children allegedly locked up behind fences and in cages, and Wendi says it's like God has indeed left the building.

As for that difference ... Wendi really paints a scary picture. 

Chris Hardwick Shelved by AMC, Dropped from Kaaboo Fest After Ex-GF's Sexual Abuse Claim

6/16/2018 10:20 AM PDT
Breaking News

12:10 PM PT -- AMC Networks says Hardwick's show, "Talking with Chris Hardwick," will not air while it assesses the situation, and he is stepping aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con in San Diego next month.

AMC adds ... "We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously."

Chris Hardwick is losing another gig in the wake of his ex girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, claiming he emotionally and sexually abused her.

The Kaaboo Festival in Del Mar, CA says it's pulled Hardwick out of the lineup for this year. The annual music and comedy event doesn't go down until September, but organizers already made up their mind -- Hardwick will not perform his comedy routine, and a replacement act is TBA. 

As we reported ... Nerdist scrubbed all of Hardwick's content on Friday, hours after Chloe posted an emotionally charged essay with details of the alleged abuse. She claims Hardwick forced her to have sex and made her live under strict rules.

However, Chris denies ever sexually assaulting her, and adds they only broke up because she cheated on him.

Logan Paul & KSI Super Fight News Conference Trash Talkers Nearly Come to Blows!!!

6/16/2018 11:45 AM PDT
Breaking News

Logan Paul and KSI officially went full Mayweather vs. McGregor today in L.A. ... and the bros' brouhaha to promote their upcoming bout got a little physical on stage.

The YouTube superstars took nonstop shots at each other -- mostly verbal -- at a massive news conference outside the L.A. Coliseum at noon Saturday. Their younger brothers, Jake Paul and Deji, opened up the presser ... because they're the undercard for the mega boxing event at Manchester Arena on August 25.

Heavyweight boxer Shannon Briggs was the surprise emcee, as the Pauls flaunted fancy suits and traded insults with KSI and Deji ... who opted for more casual wear.

The most exciting moment came when KSI put on a Logan Paul wig, which Logan yanked off and followed with a push ... which prompted KSI to charge like a bull. Unfortunately ... no punches were thrown.

As we reported ... Logan and KSI gave a preview of their smack talk during a heated exchange at a nightclub this week. Both guys have been busting their asses training for the fight ... and there's talk it could even haul in more viewers than last year's Floyd vs. Conor extravaganza.

Regardless, it's gonna be huge ... and the hype's already ramping up big time.

Donald Trump Kim Jong-un's a Special Guy ... Sure, Maybe He Kills People

6/13/2018 6:26 PM PDT

Donald Trump can't stop complimenting Kim Jong-un ... even when he's confronted with the fact the dude's a murderer.

The Prez continued to heap praise on the North Korean leader Wednesday following their historic summit this week, during an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier ... despite Baier bringing up Kim's history of executing people.

"He's a tough guy," POTUS replied. "When you take over a country, tough country, tough people, and you take it over from your father ... if you could do that at 27 years old, I mean, that's 1 in 10,000 that could do that."

Trump added ... "He's a very smart guy; he's a great negotiator. But I think we understand each other."

Kim Kardashian West Meeting With Alice Marie Johnson Today in Memphis

6/13/2018 8:09 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

12:18 PM PT -- Kim was just greeted at a residence in Memphis by Alice, who gave her a giant hug.

Kim Kardashian West and Alice Marie Johnson are only hours away from meeting face-to-face for the very first time after months of letters and phone calls.

Sources tell us Kim and her attorney, Shawn Holley, are currently on a private plane from L.A. to Memphis. We're told Kim will meet with Alice and her family at what's sure to be an emotional gathering to talk about Kim and Shawn's efforts that eventually got Alice out of prison. 

As we reported -- Kim and her legal team have been in talks for months with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump about Alice's situation. She traveled to the White House last month to meet with President Trump to talk prison reform and Alice's case, and a week later 45 commuted her sentence.

TMZ broke the story, Johnson -- who was sentenced in the '90s to life without parole for her involvement in a drug ring -- wrote Kardashian a heartfelt thank-you letter after learning she was working to set her free late last year. 

We spoke with Alice last week, just a day after her release, who told us she's more than prepared to help Kim with cases just like hers in the future.

Let the planning begin.

Dan Rather Hold Trump's Nobel Prize, for Now ... Kim Jong-un Won Big

6/12/2018 4:11 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dan Rather gives President Trump props for talking peace with North Korea instead of making war ... but adds, so far, Kim Jong-un's the only one who's won anything out of the summit.

The CBS news icon told us Tuesday in NYC, he's hopeful -- but still skeptical -- the summit will be a win for the United States. He says N. Korea's supreme leader's already rung up a big W, while all Trump has up to this point is a great photo op.

As for all that talk about POTUS winning a Nobel Peace Prize? Rather basically says, let's put a pin in that ... for now. 

Judge Judy High Hopes for Trump, Kim Jong-un ... Get On Board, People

6/12/2018 10:43 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Judge Judy is cautiously optimistic after President Trump and Kim Jong-un's historic meeting.

Judy was leaving Avra Beverly Hills Monday night and we got her ruling on what the world was watching all evening -- the historic handshake and summit between the 2 leaders. Her Honor is very optimistic about the future. 

She was clearly moved by what she'd seen to this point, but she also seemed to have a message for any Trump haters who might be hoping the denuclearization talks fail.

Judy wasn't so much talking politics as she was peace.

FOX News' Charles Krauthammer Reveals Terminal Cancer ... Weeks to Live

6/8/2018 9:37 AM PDT
Breaking News

4:33 PM PT-- Rupert Murdoch, the Executive Chairman of FOX News and 21st Century FOX, said in a statement ... “Charles has been a profound source of personal and intellectual inspiration for all of us at Fox News. His always principled stand on the most important issues of our time has been a guiding star in an often turbulent world, a world that has too many superficial thinkers vulnerable to the ebb and flow of fashion, and a world that, unfortunately, has only one Charles Krauthammer. His words, his ideas, his dignity and his integrity will resonate within our society and within me for many, many years to come.” 

Longtime FOX News analyst Charles Krauthammer says he's been diagnosed with terminal cancer and only has a few weeks to live ... but wants everyone to know, "It was a wonderful life."

The 68-year-old political commentator says he's been "uncharacteristically silent these past ten months" after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen.

Doctors initially thought the surgery was successful, but recent tests show the cancer is aggressive and spreading rapidly and he only has weeks to live.

"My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over," Krauthammer wrote in an open letter.

Krauthammer -- who is paralyzed from a diving incident decades ago -- thanked his employers, his colleagues, readers and viewers and left this final thought.

"I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living."

"I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended."

School Shootings Kindergartners Learn 'Lockdown' Rhyme

6/7/2018 3:15 PM PDT

The mother of a 5-year-old girl is outraged by this nursery rhyme she found posted in the school her daughter might attend -- a rhyme that teaches kids how to prepare for a mass shooting.

Georgy Cohen shared this pic of the rhyme, which is going viral. It's intended to be sung to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" but there's nothing cute and innocent about it. With limericks like, "Shut the lights off say no more. Go behind the desk and hide. Wait until it's safe inside" -- Georgy said, "This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be kindergartner's classroom."

However, she made it clear to the Boston Globe ... she's not pissed off at the school. Instead, she was happy the school was taking necessary steps. As she put it, "These are the things they unfortunately have to do. I get it.”

Not everyone agrees, and her post is sparking heated conversations online about the appropriate way to prepare young kids for the worst.

Robbie Williams Flees Burning Hotel in London

6/6/2018 2:40 PM PDT

Robbie Williams ran for his life from a massive fire at one of London's luxury hotels, but it looks like he and his friends were able to escape.

The British pop singer was one of the hundreds of people forced to evacuate Wednesday when the Mandarin Oriental Hotel caught fire. It's unclear what started it at this point, but the blaze inside the 12-story structure was visible for miles.

Robbie and some pals were able to quickly make their way down a fire escape, bolting down several flights. His friend asks if he's alright, and Robbie flashes a thumbs-up sign, indicating he was just fine.

More good news ... local authorities have yet to announce any injuries, so it would seem nobody was hurt in the flames -- which reportedly required more than 20 fire engines and upwards of 100 firefighters to be called to the scene. 

Delta Air Lines Dead Dog's Owner Calls Case 'Suspicious'

6/5/2018 1:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Delta Air Lines refused to hand over the dog that had been dead for hours, according to its owner and now a legal battle's brewing over what the Pomeranian's owner calls the airline's "suspicious" activity.

Michael Dellegrazie, Alejandro's owner, and his lawyer, Evan Oshan, tell us Delta wanted to keep the dog's carcass to do its own necropsy ... while Michael wanted Alejandro returned immediately in order to get his own testing done to determine what happened. 

As we reported, Alejandro died in Detroit last week after traveling in the cargo hold of a flight.

Oshan says he had to get involved and claims the airline was very uncooperative once he arrived in Detroit, and he had to go to cops to force Delta to hand over the dog ... which by law, is Dellegrazie's personal property.

Delta tells us any delay in returning the dog was due to Oshan not meeting in a previously agreed-upon spot. Delta also says it offered to pay to have an independent necropsy performed right after the death, but they were turned down by the owner. 

Oshan says once they finally got Alejandro's body back, they also uncovered a wet, bloody blanket ... with no explanation. Delta allegedly told them the dog had vomited, but the lawyer points out the airline didn't retain any of the vomit to help determine the cause of death.

As we reported, Delta claims it didn't force Alejandro to be stored in cargo -- saying it was his owner's choice -- and the dog died in Detroit in the process of being transferred to a connecting flight.

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