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March 20, 2019

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter made a most triumphant announcement on Wednesday, revealing that they will start filming a third Bill & Ted movie, Bill & Ted Face the Music, this summer.

Reeves and Winter will reprise their roles as Ted Logan and Bill S. Preston Esq., respectively. Entertainment Weekly reports that the movie will follow the best friends as they encounter a "visitor from the future [who] warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe." After Reeves and Winter shared the big news, Orion Pictures announced the release date: Aug. 21, 2020.

Bill & Ted Face the Music is set to be directed by Dean Parisot, with Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, writers who worked on the earlier films, penning the screenplay. Catherine Garcia

February 7, 2019

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed on Thursday that the National Enquirer threatened to publish private photos of him and his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, if he didn't stop an investigation into how the publication was earlier able to obtain intimate text messages and photos between the two.

In a Medium post, Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, shared emails sent from top executives with the National Enquirer's parent company, AMI. AMI is led by David Pecker, a longtime friend of President Trump's who would pay for stories about Trump, then never publish them. Bezos said an AMI representative relayed that Pecker was "apoplectic" about his investigation, and soon after, he was verbally told the Enquirer had nude photos of him, and would release those pictures and texts if the investigation continued.

Bezos then started to receive emails, including one that requested he release a statement saying the company's reporting was not politically motivated. Bezos refused. "Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I've decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten," he said. Read Bezos' post and the emails with AMI at Medium. Catherine Garcia

January 28, 2019

From June 2014 to December 2017, equipment owned by the three largest utilities in California sparked more than 2,000 fires across the state, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric must file annual reports with state regulators, listing any fires that broke out due to their electrical equipment. Most of the fires from June 2014 to December 2017 burned less than 10 acres, with PG&E the worst offender, reporting 1,552 equipment-related fires. The report did not include any of the state's most destructive wildfires, because the companies do not want their equipment linked to devastating blazes before investigations are finished, the Times reports. During this time period, the companies were cited and fined nine times for electrical safety violations.

There are more than 250,000 miles of power lines and 4.2 million utility poles in California, and the utilities are responsible for making sure that trees and vegetation are trimmed so they aren't touching equipment. The California Public Utilities Commission has just 19 employees dedicated to checking on equipment, teaching preventative safety, and conducting investigations. Lawmakers are now trying to come up with a way to improve regulatory oversight and hold the companies accountable for starting fires, with ideas including forming a new state department to enforce safety and investing in new technology so regulators have better access to equipment data. Catherine Garcia

July 5, 2018

The Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3, and since then, it has caused more than 4,000 earthquakes and spewed enough lava to cover 10.2 square miles of land.

On Friday, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey saw another spectacular event — a whirlwind at the volcano's fissure 8, caused by hot gases punching through the cooler air above, creating a vertical column of hot air. The USGS said the lava was strewn about, flying across several meters, and scientists kept a safe distance, using a telephoto lens to capture stunning footage. The whirlwind started and stopped without warning, lasting about 10 minutes.

Kilauea is on the Big Island, and, not surprisingly, the state's most active volcano. Watch the incredible video below. Catherine Garcia

July 2, 2018

Harvey Weinstein was just hit with several new sexual assault charges.

The Manhattan district attorney announced three new counts against the disgraced Hollywood executive Monday, per a press release. Weinstein is now charged with carrying out a first-degree criminal sexual act in 2006, as well as two felony counts of predatory sexual assault. If convicted, each of those latter two felony charges could land Weinstein in jail anywhere from 10 years to life.

These charges add to the first-degree rape, third-degree rape, and first-degree criminal sexual act counts previously levied against Weinstein on May 30. The previous counts stemming from two women's allegations carried a maximum of 25 years in prison, Variety reports. The new charges relate to allegations from a third woman.

Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance told other potential victims "there is still time to pursue justice" as the investigation continues.

Weinstein surrendered to authorities after the first charges were announced, and is now free on $1 million bail. He has pleaded not guilty. Kathryn Krawczyk

June 5, 2018

Someone was arrested and led away from the White House in handcuffs Tuesday — a contractor for the National Security Council who had an outstanding warrant for attempted first-degree murder.

The Secret Service arrested Maryland resident Martese Edwards, 29, outside of the White House, CBS News reports. The Secret Service said in a statement that on Monday, the agency was notified that Edwards was the subject of a warrant issued out of Maryland's Prince George's County, and he was promptly arrested the next day while on his way to work. Catherine Garcia

May 2, 2018

During an interview with Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, Rudy Giuliani said President Trump reimbursed his lawyer, Michael Cohen, the $130,000 he paid adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about an affair she said she had with Trump in 2006.

Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and one of the newest members of Trump's legal team, told the Fox News host that the money was "funneled" through a law firm, and Trump "knew the general arrangement" but not the "specifics." The money was "paid by his lawyer the way I would do it," he continued, "out of his law firm funds or whatever funds, it doesn't matter, and the president reimbursed that over a period of several months."

Hannity said he "distinctly" remembered Cohen saying "he did it on his own," to which Giuliani responded, "He did?" Quickly, Giuliani added, "Look, I don't know, I haven't investigated that, there's no reason to dispute his recollection." Trump has said he knew nothing about Cohen's payment to Daniels. Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell he was rendered "speechless" by Giuliani's admission. Catherine Garcia

April 11, 2018

A Missouri state House committee released a report on Wednesday detailing an extramarital affair Gov. Eric Greitens (R) had with his hairdresser, who testified under oath that he groped her and was violent during sexual encounters, slapping and calling her names.

The panel, which includes five Republicans and two Democrats, said it finds the woman, whose name was not released, to be an "overall credible witness." The woman has accused Greitens of taking a photo of her without consent while she was semi-nude and blindfolded, then threatening to release it if she ever told anyone about their encounter. She also said she felt coerced into performing oral sex on Greitens, and that he slapped her when she told him she had been intimate with her estranged husband. The alleged incidents took place before he was elected in 2016.

In February, a grand jury indicted Greitens on one count of invasion of privacy for allegedly taking and transmitting the picture of the woman, and he goes to trial on May 14. The committee began its investigation on March 1, and the report could be used to set off impeachment proceedings. Greitens turned down an opportunity to testify or provide documents to the panel, and on Wednesday called it a "political witch hunt." He also accused the woman of lying, and said the affair was "a private mistake." Several Democrats have called on him to resign. Catherine Garcia

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