June 9, 2014

It's official: Hunter Gandee is the best big brother in the world. Over the weekend, the 14-year-old walked 40 miles to bring attention to cerebral palsy, all while carrying his little brother, 7-year-old Braden, on his back.

Hunter wanted his peers to get a better understanding of cerebral palsy, which affects Braden's muscle tone, reflexes, and motor coordination, reports The Ann Arbor News. Hunter sold wristbands for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, raising $350, and then planned the walk from Bedford Junior High to the University of Michigan's Bahna Wrestling Center. Both Hunter and Braden are big wrestling fans, and their mom, Danielle, thought it "seemed to be the perfect distance."

The walk was split between two days, with Hunter trekking 25 miles on Saturday and 15 on Sunday. Hunter knew the journey wouldn't be easy — at one point Braden started to get bad chafing on his legs — but the two kept going. They were never alone, accompanied by their parents, siblings, friends, members of the community, and a University of Michigan wrestler. "This is what [Hunter] wanted to do," Danielle said. "I knew he'd do it, and I had faith in him the entire time."

A large crowd was on hand to greet Hunter, Braden, and their entourage once they reached their final destination. "Proud isn't even really a word I could use; it's way beyond that," says Sam Gandee, their father. "To me, it's one of those things that can make a difference in the world... they've reached so many people. It's way more than I have done in my life." --Catherine Garcia

3:00 a.m. ET

While presenting Rihanna with the Video Vanguard Award at Sunday's Video Music Awards, Drake decided it was as good a time as any to profess his undying love for the singer.

"She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old," the 29-year-old said. "She's one of my best friends in the world. All my adult life, I've looked up to her, even though she's younger than me." Rihanna's response? She laughed, then rolled her eyes.

As if the original declaration of love wasn't enough, it appears as though Drake went in for a kiss after Rihanna received her Moonman, but was rebuffed.

Things took a twist, though, when the pair held hands as they walked offstage. There have been rumblings that the two "secretly dated" earlier this year, so now the question is whether or not they'll become the next It Couple. S.O.S. please someone help me understand what exactly is going on with this relationship. Catherine Garcia

2:25 a.m. ET

Hey, remember that time Donald Trump got in a high-profile fight with Pope Francis? Well, it appears that American Catholics might, and while that may not be the root cause of Trump's "massive Catholic problem," as diagnosed by The Washington Post's Aaron Blake, calling a popular pope a stooge for the Mexican government isn't a great first impression to make on a key swing bloc of voters. Blake calls Trump's weakness among Catholics "one of the really undersold story lines of the 2016 election," and has a chart showing how much better Hillary Clinton is faring among Catholics against Trump than President Obama's performed in 2012, when, according to exit polls, he beat Republican Mitt Romney by 2 percentage points among Catholics.

That 21-point swing toward Clinton would be huge, though New York Times poll-cruncher Nate Cohn has some serious problems with mixing opinion polls and exit polls. Even if you look at just the opinion polls, however, Trump appears to have a big problem — Blake cites a new Public Religion Research Institute poll showing Clinton crushing Trump among Catholics, 55 percent to 32 percent, and a Washington Post/ABC News poll from earlier this month that has Clinton ahead among Catholics, 61 percent to 34 percent. A Pew poll from July had Clinton beating Trump among Catholics 56 percent to 39 percent (with a 77/16 split among Hispanic Catholic voters and 46/50 split among white Catholic voters).

This is such a problem for Trump, Blake says, because Catholics make up about 25 percent of the electorate, versus, for example, 28 percent of non-whites, 29 percent of independents, and 10 percent for Latinos. Trump's Latino deficit is worth about 1 point in the general election, but "when talking about Catholics," he explains, "Trump is basically adding 5 to 7 percentage points to Clinton's overall margin. If 25 percent of the electorate is Catholic, Clinton is currently taking 14 to 15 points worth of that chunk, while Trump is taking 8 or 8.5 points. And this is a group, again, that is usually close to tied."

Why Trump is doing so poorly among Catholics is a matter of conjecture — and John Gehring at Religion News Service has some informed speculation — but since the U.S. elects presidents by state electors rather than popular vote, Trump should maybe be most worried about the large Catholic populations in Ohio and Florida. In Florida, though, Trump has one bright ray of hope, according to The Wall Street Journal: A "new influx of white retirees" is helping to offset the state's growing Latino population. Peter Weber

1:57 a.m. ET
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Traffic is now gridlocked and flights delayed following the unfounded report of an active shooter Sunday night at Los Angeles International Airport.

LAX is the third busiest airport in the U.S. and the seventh busiest in the world. An LAPD spokesman said no shots were fired, and it was actually loud noises that triggered panicked 911 calls at around 9 p.m. The airport shut down the upper departure level and lower arrival level of the central terminal, and a ground stop was temporarily initiated. Witnesses told KTLA passengers were sprinting away from the terminals, leaving their bags behind as they ran, and some were trying to hide in luggage chutes. Other passengers stood outside on the tarmac. By 10:30 p.m., some terminals were cleared and passengers were allowed back in to be re-screened.

On Twitter, the airport announced an "individual in [a] Zorro costume has been detained" by airport police for an unknown reason, and NBC Los Angeles says he has already been released. It's not immediately clear how many flights will be impacted, and passengers are being asked to check with their airline for flight status. Traffic is snarled, with side streets around the airport jammed. Two weeks ago, a similar incident took place at New York City's JFK Airport, when several people called police to report hearing gunshots. Those reports were also unfounded, police said. Catherine Garcia

1:04 a.m. ET
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Police in Scotland said two United Airlines pilots were arrested Saturday, suspected of being drunk before they were set to fly 141 passengers to New Jersey.

The pilots, ages 35 and 45, were arrested at Glasgow Airport, and will be arraigned Monday in the Glasgow suburb of Paisley, facing charges connected with Britain's transport safety laws, The Associated Press reports. The pilots were scheduled to fly from Glasgow to Newark, and United Airlines said the flight was delayed 10 hours while they found replacement pilots. United spokeswoman Erin Benson said the pilots have been "removed from service and their flying duties. We are cooperating with the authorities and will conduct our own investigation as well. The safety of our customers and crew is our highest priority."

Last month, two Canadian pilots from Air Transat were arrested at Glasgow Airport and charged with attempting to fly while intoxicated. Catherine Garcia

12:11 a.m. ET

Beyoncé's "Formation" won Video of the Year Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.

Earlier in the evening, she won Best Female Video for "Hold Up" and Breakthrough Long-Form Video for "Lemonade," and she took the stage for an extended performance featuring songs from Lemonade. Beyoncé had a record 11 nominations, and "Formation" also won an editing award, cinematography award, and choreography award. On the red carpet, Beyoncé was joined by Mothers of the Movement, women whose children were killed in gun violence, as well as her daughter, Blue Ivy.

Britney Spears, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj also performed, and Rihanna received the Video Vanguard Award. Other winners include DNCE (Best New Artist); Drake for "Hotline Bling" (Best Hip Hop Video); Calvin Harris for "This is What You Came For," featuring Rihanna (Best Male Video); and Fifth Harmony for "All in My Head," featuring Fetty Wap (Song of Summer). Catherine Garcia

August 28, 2016

Last Week Tonight is on hiatus, but on Sunday, John Oliver showed up on the internet anyway to, he said, "do the most internet thing imaginable, and that is complain about superhero movies." Like every summer, this one had a glut of movies from the same old production companies, often starring the same old superheroes. "Now, each of these movies have their strengths and weaknesses — which will not go into because I would like to feel the touch of another human at least once more before I die — but I do think some audience members are feeling a little fatigued at seeing the same characters over and over again," Oliver said.

But "fear not," he added, "because I have a solution for fans who are looking for something beyond the Marvel and DC universes." Judging by box office receipts, that's not a huge number of fans, but Oliver offered up a new character anyway, and it's one he says he created in fifth grade. "By day, he is mild-mannered fifth grader John Olivier — not relation," Oliver explained, "but from the time school lets out until dinner, he becomes the, let's say, unconventionally handsome hero Johnny Strong." Since you are dying to know all about your new summer blockbuster swoon, Oliver walked us all through the first issue of Johnny Strong and teased the second, and you can watch below. Peter Weber

August 28, 2016

Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that he will make a speech about immigration Wednesday in Arizona.

Last week, he postponed a speech he was planning to make in Colorado on the topic. Early in his campaign, Trump said he would build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country. On Wednesday, he said "there's no amnesty, but we work with them," adding that his policies "could certainly be softening, because we're not looking to hurt people." The next day, he told Anderson Cooper there's "no path to legalization unless they leave the country," and his plan is not "a softening. I've had people say it's a hardening, actually." Catherine Garcia

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