FAA outage grounds all US flights – Mega Millions jackpot $1.35 billion – Eddie Murphy reveals why he made Will Smith joke – Demi Lovato poster banned in UK as offensive to Christians – Prince Harry’s shocking claim
After the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) experienced a computer outage, the agency said it “ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9 AM Eastern time to allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information,” NBC reported. Over 6,000 flights were delayed nationwide, according to the latest data from the flight-tracking site FlightAware. Nearly 250 flights were listed as canceled by 8 AM. The FAA has since lifted the ground stop it issued on Wednesday morning. It marked the first time all US flights were grounded since 9/11 in 2001.
After no winner occurred in Tuesday night’s $1.1 billion drawing of the Mega Millions jackpot, the grand prize has now soared to an estimated $1.35 billion, which is the second-largest in the lottery’s history, officials said, CNN reported. The pot could grow even larger before Friday night’s drawing. If someone wins Friday’s $1.35 billion jackpot, the cash payout would be roughly $707.9 million, and it could alter the notion that Friday the thirteenth is unlucky.
Eddie Murphy brought the Golden Globes crowd to uproarious laughter during his speech while accepting the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” the New York Post reported.
“I’ve been in show business for 46 years and the movie business for 41 years, so this has been a long time in the making,” Murphy said. “I want to let you know there’s a definitive blueprint that you can follow to achieve success, prosperity and peace of mind. It’s very simple.”
“There’s three things: pay your taxes, mind your business and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out your f–king mouth,” Murphy declared.
When Entertainment Tonight asked him why Murphy dropped Will Smith’s name, he explained: “I’ve worked with Jada. I love Will. I love Will, and I love Chris — and it’s all love.”
Britain’s advertising regulator, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has banned a poster promoting Demi Lovato’s most recent album for being “likely to cause serious offence to Christians,” CNN reported. The album entitled “HOLY FVCK” has cover art that shows Lovato sprawled over a crucifix-shaped bed while wearing a leather bondage-style outfit. Under UK laws for non-broadcast advertising, ads must contain a “sense of responsibility” and not contain anything likely to cause widespread or serious offense.
In Prince Harry’s new memoir entitled Spare, the Royal revealed that the title reveals his belief that he was conceived to be a repository for spare parts in case his brother William – the heir apparent to the throne – ever needed new organs, the New York Post reported.
“Two years older than me, Willy was the Heir, whereas I was the Spare,” Harry wrote. “I was the shadow, the support, the Plan B. I was brought into the world in case something happened to Willy.”
“If necessary, a spare part” to him, Harry explains in the memoir. “Kidney, perhaps. Blood transfusion. Speck of bone marrow.”