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Conor McGregor surprises Boston firefighters with World Series tickets, whiskey

After raking in around $50 million from his last bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov, notorious MMA fighter Conor McGregor decided to spread the love and this time 10 Boston firefighters lucked out.

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TMZ reported that McGregor wanted "to do something special to show his appreciation for the firefighters" so he took the opportunity after the Red Sox made it to the World Series to gift 10 Game 1 tickets to those who risk their lives every day.

On Friday, McGregor was seen personally delivering the tickets to the Back Bay Fire Station.

If World Series tickets to see the Red Sox play weren't enough, McGregor also gifted firefighters with his own, highly procured Proper No. Twelve whiskey

Before he left, The Notorious made sure to open up a bottle and toast to the Sox winning a title.

According to TMZ, Proper No. Twelve said they're donating $5 to first responders for every case of whiskey they sell, which ends up being up to $1 million each year.

Bruce Dern released from hospital after fall while jogging

Actor Bruce Dern has been released from the hospital after a fall during his daily jog in Los Angeles.

A representative for the 82-year-old Dern says he was released Friday evening following his fall earlier in the day. The Oscar-nominated actor's representative says he is in good spirits.

No further details were released.

Dern starred in the 2013 film "Nebraska" as the character Woodrow T. "Woody" Grant, earning him an Academy Award nomination for best actor. He also played in films "Coming Home," ''The Hateful Eight," ''Black Sunday" and "White Boy Rick."

His representative says Dern just finished filming Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." The actor is currently filming Showtime's upcoming comedy series "Black Monday."

Philadelphia songwriter wins $44M in suit over Usher song

A Philadelphia songwriter who claims he was cut out of profits and credit from song that was recorded by R&B star Usher has been awarded more than $44 million in damages in a suit that targeted the track's other co-writers.

A jury last week awarded the sum to Daniel Marino. His former co-writer William Guice was ordered to pay $6.75 million in compensatory damages, and $20.25 million in punitive damages.

Also last week Destro Music Productions, owned by co-defendant Dante Barton, agreed to pay Marino $17.35 million. That brings his total award to $44.35 million.

The lawsuit stemmed from Marino's work on a song called "Club Girl." Marino says he created most of the song, including its guitar hook, tempo and chord progression.

The song was recorded by Usher in 2004 and renamed "Bad Girl."

Usher wasn't named in the suit.

Prosecutors: Bill Cosby's bid for new trial is 'meritless'

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sex assault case called his bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing "meritless," and asked the judge to deny him a post-trial hearing.

Cosby, 81, has asked for a do-over in the Pennsylvania sex assault case that ended with him being sent to prison last month to serve a three- to 10-year sentence. A jury found he had drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia estate more than a decade ago. The judge declared him a "sexually violent predator" who remains a danger to the community.

Defense lawyers later argued Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill made mistakes during the trial and sentencing that invalidate the conviction and punishment. In a memo filed Friday, District Attorney Kevin Steele said Cosby's objections are "time-worn" and have been rejected by the judge before.

Cosby called the sentence more than twice the minimum suggested in state guidelines, and complained he must admit the crime and undergo sex-offender therapy to have any real chance at parole in three years. Steele, in response, called parole "only a possibility," and said the state parole board board was free to set the rules.

The defense also attacked the validity of a taped phone confrontation between the accuser's mother and Cosby in early 2005. Cosby, in his post-trial motion, said the tape had been doctored. Prosecutors said it has long been clear the mother was struggling with the tape recorder and did not record the entire call.

And the defense said the entertainer's 2015 arrest may have come too late because it's unclear when the encounter took place. But Steele noted that Cosby himself said in a deposition it occurred in 2004 - within the 12-year window to file charges.

Cosby, best known for playing the wise-cracking Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-ranked "Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, is imprisoned at a state prison in Collegeville, about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Trent Reznor 'Couldn't Give Less of a S—' About Rock Hall

Nine Inch Nails frontman isn't bothered by band not making shortlist of Hall of Fame nominees again.

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Laureates in Spanish awards call for action to "save future"

Voicing wake-up calls for new generations to save cinema, oceans and journalism, film director Martin Scorsese and marine biologist Sylvia Earle on Friday were awarded Spain's prestigious Princess of Asturias prizes along a selected group of scientists, mountaineers and intellectuals.

In his acceptance speech in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo, Scorsese said he worried about the low consideration that cinema and arts receive globally, but more specifically in the United States. He also wondered what's stimulating the creativity of young filmmakers.

"Where do they go for that valuable inspiration?" said the director of Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, among other films, from the stage of a historic theater. "Are the values of our world being eroded so we can't be sure if they are being inspired by art and truth, or just for commerce?"

Earle, who became first female chief scientist of the U.S. oceanic exploration agency, said that "blue" protected areas in oceans across the world are "urgently needed" to reverse the "alarming" environmental degradation.

"Actions taken in the next 10 years will determine our future for the next ten thousand years," added the 83 year-old scientist and explorer.

Known as the Nobel Prizes of the Spanish-speaking world, the awards are named after the heir to the Spanish throne, Princess Leonor. Given that the crown princess is 12-years-old, her parents King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are who usually preside over the annual ceremony.

Other laureates this year were the nonprofit Amref Africa group, which uses planes and mobile technology to deliver health care across that vast continent; French crime writer Frederique Audoin-Rouzeau, known for her pen name Fred Vargas; Swedish geneticist Svante Paabo, a pioneer in sequencing DNA from archaeological and paleontological remains; and mountain climbers Reinhold Messner and Krzysztof Wielicki.

Messner, an Italian from South Tyrol, was the first to conquer the world's top 14 summits and took part in the first ascent of Everest without supplementary oxygen. Poland's Wielicki is known for his numerous climbs to Himalayan peaks in severe winter conditions.

Alma Guillermoprieto, an award-winning Mexican investigative reporter, received a long round of applause when, on the verge of tears, she remembered the 45 journalists killed so far this year across the world, including her fellow countryman Javier Valdes, murdered in May in Sinaloa.

"They kill one to intimidate others but, in the long run that leads to at least two more journalists to emerge," the 69-year-old writer said, encouraging young journalists to embrace truth in their profession.

"Without powerful, well-funded journalism that is respected by governments, the modern-day world, the interlinked world, would be impossible."

Harvard University professor and political philosopher Michael J. Sandel, whose work looks at the crossroads between democracy, justice and ethics, stressed the importance of philosophy for "its inescapability and the light it sheds on our everyday lives" and urged people to "ask hard questions about how we should live together."

The awards come with a 50,000-euro ($57,500) prize.

A History of 'Next Led Zeppelin' Bands

There's only one Led Zeppelin, but that hasn't stopped fans from crowning these groups the new kings.

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Britney Spears returns to Vegas with new residency in 2019

Britney Spears will return to Las Vegas with a new residency next year.

MGM Resorts International on Friday said the pop superstar in February will kick off a series of regularly scheduled shows at Park Theater inside the Park MGM casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Spears in a statement says she is happy to be returning to Sin City, which she described as her "second home."

Spears wrapped up a residency at a different Las Vegas venue last year.

Tickets for the "Britney: Domination" show start at $79. They go on sale to the general public Oct. 26. Concerts are scheduled for February, March, May, July and August.

Lady Gaga and Aerosmith also have scheduled residencies at Park Theater.

The witch is back: Bette Midler announces she’s part of ‘Hocus Pocus’ celebration

What’s an anniversary and reunion without the main Sanderson sister? Fans of the film “Hocus Pocus” worry not. It may be 25 years, but the witch is back!

Bette Midler joined her on-screen sisters, Kathy Najimi and Sarah Jessica Parker, on Freeform’s “Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Reunion Bash.”

The show was recorded at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and will air Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on Freeform, Entertainment Tonight reported.

Midler made the announcement in a short video clip for the television channel. 

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Many members of original cast also appear in the show, including Omri Katz, Thora Birch and Vinessa Shaw. It is hosted by Vanessa Hudgens and Jordan Fisher and has performances by Jordin Sparks, Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Photos: ‘Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Reunion Bash’

Stars and fans came together to celebrate the cult classic “Hocus Pocus.”

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