El Chapo Trial Delayed By “Anxious” & “Upset” Juror Who Brought Doctor’s Note to Help Get Her Off the Case

El Chapo’s long-awaited trial kicked off Tuesday (Nov. 13) in federal district court in New York, but it was briefly delayed due to an “anxious and upset” juror who brought a doctor’s note to court in an effort to help get her removed from the case.

The woman, identified only as juror No. 1, came to court with a doctor’s note saying she couldn’t serve on the trial, which could last up to three to four months, the judge said.

“I got a handwritten letter which details medical issues that have been brought about by her selection,” Brooklyn federal Judge Brian Cogan told lawyers. “This person has been anxious and upset since selection … If I were to ask further questions, it will result in a breakdown and crying.”

Juror No. 1 reportedly burst into tears last Wednesday (Nov. 7) after finding out she was among the seven women and five men selected as jurors in the trial for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman—the notorious leader of the dangerous Sinaloa drug cartel.

At the time, Judge Cogan refused to let her off, saying he didn’t see any “real hardship there.” He added, “My concern is that if one gets off with a few tears, we’re going to have a trail of tears.”

Well, thanks to juror No. 1’s well-timed doctor’s note, she was dismissed from the case. Instead of replacing her with one of the six alternates, lawyers on both sides agreed to select a fresh juror, which they did Tuesday morning.

Coincidentally (or not), a second juror later complained that he would lose out on income if he continued to serve, even though he’s unemployed. Like juror No. 1, the man was eventually dismissed from the case as well. Several others have expressed fear about serving on the jury.

For what it’s worth, El Chapo has promised not to kill anyone (including jurors) from the federal trial, his lawyer said earlier this year.

61-year-old Guzman, dressed in a blue suit and tie, reportedly waved to his beauty queen wife, Emma Aispuro, who smiled back in the heavily secured courtroom. He shook hands with each of his attorneys and also gave a slight wave to the judge before taking his seat.

In opening statements before jurors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels described Guzman as a man who went from small-town drug dealer to a kingpin capable of turning $10 million cocaine deals.

Fels accused Guzman of having an army of hundreds of men with assault rifles in Mexico and alleged that Guzman himself had a monogrammed diamond-encrusted handgun and a gold-plated rifle. “Guzman himself pulled the trigger and ordered the disposal of bodies,” Fels said. “Money. Drugs. Murder. … That is what this case is about.”

Guzman’s defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said Guzman spent significant time behind bars in Mexican prisons, and the flow of drugs into the United States never slowed down. “Yet, he’s blamed for being the leader. The truth is, he was the leader of nothing,” Lichtman said.

Guzman’s multiple escapes from Mexican prisons further fueled the myth that he was a dangerous drug cartel boss, Lichtman said. “A conviction of Guzman is the biggest prize the prosecution could have dreamed of,” he told the jurors. “They claim he is the biggest drug dealer in the world. It’s false.”

Guzman, who has been held in solitary confinement since his extradition to the United States early last year, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he collected a multi-billion-dollar fortune smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs in a vast supply chain that reached well north of the Mexican-United States border.

If convicted, El Chapo could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Sources: NY Post, CNN, AP

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Top 10 College Football Playoff Rankings Remain Unchanged for First Time in History: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame & Michigan Still Top 4!

After a winning week in college football, the Top 10 CFP (College Football Playoff) Rankings remained unchanged in Tuesday’s release of the third list. This is the first time in the history of the rankings that has happened.

Alabama (10-0), Clemson (10-0), Notre Dame (10-0) and Michigan (9-1) kept their spots in the top four, with Georgia (9-1) and Oklahoma (9-1) keeping their positions on the list as well at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Alabama is the #1 team in the country for the 15th time in 28 rankings, and they, along with Clemson (#2) and Notre Dame (#3), remain undefeated.

“These are complete teams,” committee chair Rob Mullens said when asked about the gap between Alabama and Clemson. “We spent a lot of time talking about it. They are both top-10 offenses, top-10 defenses, but at this point, everyone has Alabama one, Clemson two.”

LSU (#7), Washington State (#8), West Virginia (#9) and Ohio State (#10) stayed the course as well, rounding out the top 10.

More via ESPN:

There was shuffle beyond the top 10, with some losses dropping a few teams and knocking out others altogether.

But first, those that gained. Undefeated UCF climbed up one spot to No. 11, as did Syracuse to No. 13. Penn State climbed six spots, up to No. 14, after a 22-10 win over Wisconsin.

UCF’s No. 11 ranking is the highest for a Group of Five team in the CFP’s history.

“You can’t avoid the fact that strength of schedule is an issue when compared to the other teams,” Mullens said of UCF.

Iowa State also climbed six spots to No. 16 after its fifth straight win. Texas is No. 15 this week, up three spots.

But Washington was the biggest climber, coming in at No. 18 — up from No. 25 last week.

Some teams dropped after performances last week: Kentucky slipped from No. 11 to No. 17 after falling to unranked Tennessee, and Florida slipped two spots to No. 15 after a close win against South Carolina. Boston College is No. 20, three spots down from last week, following a 27-7 home loss to Clemson. Another SEC team slipped five spots: Mississippi State, down to No. 21 from No. 16 after a 24-0 shutout loss to the Crimson Tide on Saturday.

Utah is back in the rankings at No. 19 while Northwestern made its CFP debut this season as No. 22.

Michigan State, NC State, Fresno State and Auburn fell out of the rankings altogether.

There was movement among Group of Five teams this week, with Boise State debuting at No. 25 after defeating Fresno State. The Mountain West conference also has representative Utah State at No. 23. And Cincinnati came in at No. 24 this week.

At this point, you’re probably wondering what the College Football Playoffs schedule could potentially look like.

While nothing has been confirmed—as there are still two weeks left in the season and even though the top 6 teams are VERY good, college football is extremely unpredictable—here’s what the bracket would look like today (via ESPN):

And, unless something changes, this will be the schedule:

Saturday, December 29th

Noon ET: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 12 Syracuse vs. No. 9 West Virginia (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta)

4 p.m. ET: College Football Playoff semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 1 Alabama (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas)

8 p.m. ET: College Football Playoff semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Clemson (Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida)

Tuesday, January 1st

1 p.m. ET: PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: No. 11 UCF vs. No. 7 LSU (State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona)

5 p.m. ET: Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual: No. 8 Washington State vs. No. 10 Ohio State (Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California)

8:45 p.m. ET: Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 Georgia (Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans)

The 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game will be held on Monday, January 7th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Potential CFP Championship game match-ups include: Alabama vs. Clemson, Alabama vs. Notre Dame, Michigan vs. Clemson or Michigan vs. Notre Dame.

Who do you think will be playing in the National Championship?

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Warriors Suspend Draymond Green Without Pay After Fight With Kevin Durant

Draymond Green will sit out tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks because the Golden State Warriors has suspended him without pay following his heated verbal exchange with teammate Kevin Durant during and after yesterday’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Warriors said in a press release that Green’s conduct was “detrimental to the team,” which is why he is being suspended without pay.

According to ESPN reporter Bobby Marks, the one-game team suspension will cost Green $120,480.

Via Sports Illustrated:

The exchange started after Green collected a rebound with six seconds left and instead of passing to Durant, who was calling for the ball, turned the ball over with the game on the line. The Warriors eventually lost the game 121–116 in overtime, their second defeat in the last three games.

Green reportedly called Durant “a b*tch” repeatedly after Durant called him out on the decision. Green also reportedly challenged Durant about the two-time Finals MVP’s impending free agency.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com, the shouting match in the locker room after the game was “one of the most intense” scenes of this current era of Warriors basketball. The altercation did not get physical, but Green’s vigorous defense of himself helped increase the volume in the room.

Yahoo Sports insider Chris Haynes reported that the Warriors felt Green “cut too deep in his disagreement with Durant,” leading to his suspension.

Here’s a video clip showing the entire heated on-court verbal exchange between Durant and Green:

Golden State (11-3) will play against the Hawks (3-10) at 10:30 p.m. ET at home in Oakland.

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Jaden Smith: “Tyler the Creator is My Motherf**king Boyfriend!” (VIDEO)

While performing at the Camp Flog Gnaw music festival in Los Angeles Sunday night (Nov. 11), Jaden Smith made a rather interesting announcement.

Speaking to the crowd, Jaden said that Tyler the Creator is his “boyfriend.”

“I just wanna say Tyler the Creator is the best friend in the world and I love him so f***ing much,” Smith said into the microphone. “And I wanna tell you guys something. I wanna tell you … Tyler doesn’t wanna say, but Tyler’s my motherf***ing boyfriend! And he’s been my motherf***ing boyfriend my whole f***ing life!”

Smith added, “Tyler the Creator is my f***ing boyfriend! It’s true!” He concluded: “Tyler the Creator is my f***ing boyfriend. OK? You take anything away from this f***ing show, that’s what you need to take away.”

Fans managed to capture Jaden’s speech on film, and in one video, the camera pants to Tyler, who wagged his finder, looked at the crowd and shook his head “no” while laughing.

Following the performance, Jaden wrote on Twitter: “Yup @tylerthecreator I Told Everyone You Can’t Deny It Now.”

After seeing Jaden’s message, Tyler replied: “hahaha you a crazy n***a man.”

While Tyler’s reaction seems to suggest Smith was joking, it isn’t clear whether Smith was up to his usual crazy antics or genuinely announcing a romantic relationship.

Neither Smith nor Tyler have explicitly labeled their own sexualities, with Smith being known for embracing gender-fluid fashion and Tyler calling himself gay and alluding to “coming out of the closet” on Twitter on multiple occasions.

Tyler seemed to have confirmed his queerness on his 2017 album “Flower Boy.”

On “I Ain’t Got Time!” he rapped: “Next line will have ’em like ‘whoa’ / I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.” And the whole second verse of “Garden Shed” addresses him basically hiding in the closet.

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Juelz Santana Reveals the Truth About His “Missing Teeth” in Dipset Video

Juelz Santana made headlines over the weekend and became the butt of many jokes after a screengrab from Dispet’s “Sauce Boyz” video seemingly showed him with a row of missing top front teeth.

Twitter, of course, responded with a bunch of jokes, memes and questions:

The internet’s biggest troll, 50 Cent, even got in on the fun:

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This isn’t the first time Juelz’s teeth (or lack of teeth) have been a topic of discussion either.

Last year, Dispet appeared on TRL with DC Young Fly, and viewers were concerned about the “Mic Check” rapper’s grill—most notably, his bottom teeth were gone, and you could clearly see it.

Well, after getting roasted for appearing to not have any top teeth in Dipset’s new “Sauce Boyz” video, Juelz Santana is finally setting the record straight.

He took to the ‘gram to post a selfie of him showing off his pearly white smile:

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The photo’s original caption (according to The Shade Room) said “Good Photoshop But, Next…” but he later updated it to “Next…”

Whether he has veneers, implants or dentures remains to be seen… but Juelz wants everyone to know that he does have “teeth.”

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Marvel Co-Creator Stan Lee Dead at 95

Stan Lee, the man who co-created Marvel Comics, has died. His daughter confirmed the news to TMZ. He was 95 years old.

“My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man,” Lee’s daughter told TMZ.

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According to the gossip site, an ambulance rushed to Lee’s home in Hollywood Hills early Monday morning (Nov. 12) and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he later died.

Lee’s cause of death has not yet been revealed, but we do know he has suffered a number of illnesses over the past year or so, including pneumonia.

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby started Marvel in 1961 with the Fantastic Four, and Lee went on to create Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and The Avengers.

Stan was also known for making cameo appearances in all of the Marvel movies.

It’s reported that Lee and Marvel had a rocky relationship after the company started re-making the comics/cartoons into big Hollywood blockbusters. He sued the company in 2002 for royalties he said the company owed him for the first “Spider-Man” movie. He settled the case three years later for $10 million.

Lee is survived by his daughter, Joan Celia aka “J.C.” His wife of 69 years, also named Joan, died of complications from a stroke in 2017. She too was 95 years old when she passed away.

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Facebook Goes Down for Billions of Users Worldwide

UPDATE (1:30 PM EST): Facebook is back! Now world order can be restored.


It’s not just you. Users worldwide are reporting that Facebook is currently down for everyone. The reason is not yet known, but we just checked for ourselves, and Facebook is down for us as well.

Going to “Facebook.com” from an internet browser returns the following message: “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”

Using the Facebook app on smartphones and tablets isn’t working either. You may be able to view Facebook with the app, but refreshing is impossible and the posts on there are from hours ago. In fact, if you try to view Facebook via the “Most Recent” news feed, you are met with a message that reads “Something went wrong.”

Messengers, Facebook’s popular messing app, however, is still fully functional.

Facebook has not shared what went wrong with the site and they have not provided any updates as to when the service will be restored.

Keep checking here for updates.

Originally Published: 1:18 PM EST

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Police Respond to Active Shooter Reports at North Carolina High School

Police in Pender County, North Carolina are responding to reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School Friday morning (Nov. 9).

According to Captain James Rowell with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, it is still an active shooter scene. Rowell said there are no reported injuries as of 7 a.m. EST, WECT reports.

Topsail High School is located on Saint Johns Church Road in Hampstead, North Carolina, just north of Wilmington.

According to the school’s website, Topsail High School has a population of about 1,400 details.

No other details about the active shooter reports are available at this time.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates…

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XXXTentacion Releases Posthumous Single “Bad!” (NEW MUSIC)

Before XXXTentacion was fatally shot back in June, the rapper was reportedly working on two albums, one called Skins and the other called Bad Vibes Forever.

Though we haven’t received an official release date for either album, insiders have confirmed a number of posthumous records were due to come out soon.

“We actually have nine more songs with X that are coming out,” producer Mally Mall revealed on ‘The Cruz Show’ last month. “It’s crazy, man. The kid was so talented. X was so talented that he would sound like three different artists on one song. It’s crazy. It’s sad because he predicted his death at 17. He thought he was gonna die.”

Friday morning (Nov. 9) at midnight, XXX’s team released a new single called “Bad!”

The track, produced by Keeley and John Cunningham, is said to be the first single from X’s first posthumous album Skins, which is due out before the end of the year.

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Although an official release date for Skins has not been confirmed, it’s been reported that the album will drop on December 7th.

Like most of X’s recent singles, “BAD!”—clocking in at under two minutes—is an extremely short song, but it gets its message across.

Via HotNewHipHop:

X plays on the confidence of a gorgeous woman, reaffirming her knowledge that she’s beyond fine. The instrumental would sound perfect at a strip club, and X’s syrupy vocals melt over the hypnotic drums.

LISTEN TO “BAD!” BELOW:

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Da Baby Says Gunman Approached Him While Shopping With His Daughter & Son at Walmart, He Shot the Man in Self-Defense

Earlier this week, Da Baby reportedly shot and killed a man at a Walmart in Huntersville, North Carolina (outside of Charlotte).

He was taken into police custody and released within 24 hours with no charges. At the time, rumors suggested that the Charlotte, N.C. rapper acted out of self-defense in the shooting, and now Da Baby is speaking out about the incident via social media.

In a series of videos posted on Instagram Live, Da Baby confirmed that he was involved in the deadly Walmart shooting, which police said stemmed from a fight between “several individuals in the store.”

Da Baby said that he was shopping with his family (his 1-year-old daughter, 5-year-old son and baby mama) when he was approached by two men. At least one of the men had a gun, and he said security footage will back up his side of the story.

Without explicitly stating that he shot at the man, Da Baby explained exactly what went down at the Walmart and said that that the “gunshots” that customers in the store heard is what actually saved him and his family from being shot.

“If them gunshots ain’t go off, n***a, my f***in’ daughter could’ve got hit, son could’ve got hit, me,” he says in video recorded form his bed. He said his lawyers had advised him not to speak about the incident, but he doesn’t care. “F*** all that,” he said. “Two n****s walk down on you and your whole mothaf***in’ family, threatening y’all, whip out on y’all, n***a, let me see what y’all gon’ do. You feel me?”

Initial reports stated that Da Baby was shopping in the produce section when the shooting happened, however, the rapper says that wasn’t true. He was actually at Walmart to buy winter clothes for his daughter.

“I wasn’t in no mothaf***in’ produce section, I wasn’t grocery shopping, I was buying my baby some more winter clothes, n***a, it’s cold outside, n***a,” he said. “These n****s see me buying baby clothes and these n****s wanna come and show me how tough they is and sh**. Come on, my n***a, quit playing … I really don’t give a f*** how y’all feel, a n***a tried to take my life in front of my 1-year-old daughter.”

He went on to say to “let that man family [the victim] grieve in peace and leave my family alone because I’m dying about mine, right there on the spot.”

The man who was shot and killed in the altercation was identified as 19-year-old Jalyn Domonique Craig. After the shooting, investigators said that a suspect was being questioned, along with “several people” who were arrested at the store “due to an altercation.”

According to Fox 46 Charlotte, police haven’t filed any charges related to the shooting. An officer told the news station that police were aware of Da Baby’s social media videos, but won’t release the names of those interviewed about the altercation unless charges are filed against them.

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