John Lennon’s long lost Gibson guitar up for sale

A rare, once-lost 1962 guitar belonging to former Beatles member John Lennon will go up for auction this year and could break a record, Julien’s Auctions said on Thursday.

The jumbo J-160E Gibson Acoustic guitar, purchased by Lennon in Liverpool, is expected to fetch between $600,000 and $800,000 when it goes on sale on Nov. 6 at an auction of rock’n’roll memorabilia in Beverly Hills.

Darren Julien, owner of Julien’s Auctions, called the guitar “one of biggest finds in music history,” and said its sale could top the $965,000 auction record set in 2013 for an electric guitar owned by Bob Dylan.

“John Lennon items don’t come up very often because a lot of people keep them. This was one of his favorite guitars, he talked about wishing he still had it,” Julien said.

Lennon died on Dec. 8, 1980, after he was shot by a fan in New York City.

His Gibson guitar went missing in 1963 during the Beatles’ Finsbury Park Christmas Show, and turned up 50 years later, after it was purchased by a man named John McCaw in a U.S. second-hand goods shop.

Its authenticity was verified by Andy Babiuk, who has written about musical equipment used by the Beatles, by matching the guitar’s serial number, wood grain and scratches to photographs and videos of Lennon playing the instrument.

Babiuk said Lennon used the guitar to record the Beatles hit single “Love Me Do,” and played it in live shows and writing sessions.

TLC’s Duggar daughters say forgive brother for molestation

Two of the daughters in TLC’s reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” told Fox News on Friday that they had forgiven their brother Josh Duggar for molesting them in the past, but said they felt ‘revictimized’ in recent weeks by the media outlets that have dredged up the juvenile offenses.

Jill Dillard, 24, and Jessa Seewald, 22, told “The Kelly File” host Megyn Kelly that they weren’t initially aware of inappropriate advances around 12 years ago from their then-teenaged brother.

They said they only found out about the molestation, which took place while they were asleep, when he told their parents.

“He was very sly, the girls didn’t catch on,” said Seewald, who was aged around 9 at the time.

“It was very subtle, and so I think that for us, we realized this is serious, but at the same time, it wasn’t like a horror story.”

Dillard and Seewald, both now married, said that their family had forgiven Josh Duggar, now 27, who was never arrested or charged for the offences that involved four sisters and a babysitter, including a girl aged under 10 at the time.

They instead expressed anger at the tabloid outlet that last month leaked police reports from 2006 detailing the offenses committed by their brother.

Dillard, amid tears, said “maybe there’s an agenda” behind the tabloid leak of juvenile records, and said it could be detrimental to other victims who may be too afraid to report incidents.

“The victims are the only ones who should speak for themselves,” Dillard said.

TLC, owned by Discovery Communications, did not respond for comment on Thursday on the future of the show.

Last month, the network pulled all episodes of “19 Kids,” its top-rated show, after reports surfaced that Josh Duggar had molested underage girls.

Both sisters said they were not concerned if the TV show is canceled.

“It’s not always been easy on television and yet we’ve always allowed the filming to take place and allow people to see our struggles … this is another struggle that we’re going through,” Dillard said.

Duggar parents Jim Bob and Michelle came under fire this week for downplaying their son’s abuse in a Fox News interview that aired Wednesday.

Josh Duggar released a statement last month apologizing for acting “inexcusably” 12 years ago. He also resigned from his job at the Christian lobbying group Family Research Council.

Sony Music CEO blabs on Apple’s streaming music service: ‘It’s happening tomorrow’

In case you haven’t been following 9to5Mac’s comprehensive coverage of Apple’s imminent streaming music service, you can now take the word of one of the people involved in the negotiations. Sony Music CEO was quizzed about the Beats-based service at a conference this weekend and openly said ‘It’s happening tomorrow’, as reported by VentureBeat.

Recently, Apple partners have been considerably more open about discussing ‘private’ deals with the company. In regard to television, CBS CEO acknowledged working with Apple on a streaming TV deal in late May saying it would probably cut a deal with the company.

The new Apple Music service will be based of the acquisition of Beats Music and include subscription streaming music features as well as a revamped iTunes Radio service. The service will be announced at the keynote tomorrow and launch later in the month with the public release of iOS 8.4.

Read 9to5Mac’s complete roundup of what to expect from the event here, featuring the next versions of iOS and OS X. We’ll have live coverage of all the announcements tomorrow as they happen. Apple will also stream the keynote on its website from 10 AM PST.

Food editor: I ate like Beyonce and lost 16 pounds

I lost 16 pounds in 22 days following the new vegan cookbook by Beyonce and Jay-Z’s trainer.

The strict diet meant no sugar, flour, milk, meat, gluten, eggs, cheese, alcohol, coffee or soy products for at least three weeks, the time prescribed in The 22-Day Revolution by Marco Borges.

Instead, I sipped green smoothies, noshed on salads, learned how to make a mashed chickpea and smoked almond sandwich and spent hours in the kitchen preparing foods so I would not fail.

And the weight fell off.

As the Courier-Journal’s food writer, I study eats for a living. And I care passionately about nutrition and exercise, with two marathon runs under my belt, two triathlons, a few 100-mile bike rides and a rabid cycling habit for Kroger, errands and to work downtown from Old Louisville.

But a recent marriage added three boys to my 14-year-old son and has left little time for exercise. The approach of 50 and menopause in recent years has resulted in a maddening weight creep.

By January 2013, I was so intent on dropping 16 pounds that I made it my workplace password “16poundsbyApril.” I typed those words everyday into my computer and tried to monitor my eats and exercise via smartphone apps such as MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun.

For two years, nothing happened.


Tracy Morgan settles with Walmart over car crash

Comedian Tracy Morgan has settled with Walmart for an undisclosed amount over the deadly car crash that left him seriously injured.
“Walmart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate,” said Morgan’s attorney Benedict Morelli in a statement.

A Walmart tractor-trailer rear-ended the limo bus Morgan was riding in on the New Jersey Turnpike in June of 2014. Comedian Ardley Fuqua and Morgan’s personal assistant Jeffrey Millea were also injured in the crash. Both were also represented by Morelli in the settlement.

The collision killed Morgan’s friend and fellow comedian James McNair. His family settled with Walmart earlier this year, also for an undisclosed amount.

The Walmart (WMT) truck was traveling 20 mph over the speed limit and its driver Kevin Roper was almost at his drive time limit, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Officials say Roper had been awake for more than 24 consecutive hours before the crash.

Walmart has said that Roper did not break any rules.

“We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved,” said Walmart U.S. president Greg Foran Wednesday.

“While we know there is nothing that can change what happened, Walmart has been committed to doing what’s right to help ensure the well-being of all of those who were impacted by the accident,” he said.

Morgan suffered broken ribs, a broken nose and a broken leg in the crash. His attorney could not immediately be reached Wednesday for details on his recovery.

“Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably,” Morgan said.

U2 tour manager dies in hotel room

Longtime U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan died Wednesday, the band said on its website.

“With profound sadness we confirm that Dennis Sheehan, U2’s longstanding tour manager and dear friend to us all, has passed away overnight,” said Arthur Fogel, an executive with entertainment company Live Nation, in a statement. “Our heartfelt sympathy is with his wonderful family.”

“We’ve lost a family member, we’re still taking it in. He wasn’t just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band,” added U2’s Bono. “He is irreplaceable.”

Sheehan was found Wednesday morning in his West Hollywood hotel room, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

He was in his late 60s and had been with U2 for more than 30 years.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sheehan joined U2’s organization in 1983, around the time of the release of the band’s “War” album. Previously, he’d worked with Patti Smith and Led Zeppelin, among others.

U2 is currently in the midst of its “Innocence + Experience” tour, and is in Los Angeles for a five-concert stand at the Forum.

B.B. King’s Daughters Believe He Was Poisoned


We’re following new information in the death of blues legend B.B. King.
The singer’s daughters are now coming forward — alleging their father was poisoned.

Our sister station in Memphis spoke with the attorney for King’s daughters.

They have requested an investigation into his death, and an autopsy has been performed.

An affidavit states they believe King’s manager, along with his personal assistant, gave him “foreign substances to induce his premature death.”

Toxicology tests could take up to eight weeks.

King’s burial is still scheduled for this weekend.

Depp Faces 10 Years In Jail Over Dogs: Report

Johnny Depp could face 10 years in prison for illegally taking his two dogs into Australia, government officials have reportedly warned.

The Hollywood actor hit the headlines after he and his wife Amber Heard flew into the country this month with his Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo.

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that a Senate committee hearing was told Depp could be sentenced to up to a decade behind bars, or a maximum fine of AU$340,000 (£172,000).

The newspaper said Agriculture Department officials made the revelation to members of the committee in Canberra.

“The dog thing – we’ll get that out of the way quickly,” one member reportedly said.

“It is very serious.”

According to the paper, officials investigating the matter believe Depp, his fellow passengers and the flight crew on the couple’s private jet all failed to declare the presence of the dogs.

Some members of the committee reportedly lamented the attention attracted by the case, saying the pets had become “film stars on Facebook”.

Senator Richard Colbeck said: “A celebrity brought their dogs in to be pampered. The dogs were duly pampered and that pampering was put onto social media.”

Depp had been given two days to take his pets out of Australia or they would be put down.

Jennifer Lopez Announces Las Vegas Residency


Move over, Mariah Carey. Watch out, Britney Spears. Jennifer Lopez is heading to Las Vegas for a residency at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Shortly after the announcement that American Idol would be ending after next season, J-Lo shared the news with fans.

“So excited!!!” Lopez posted on Instagram Tuesday night. “This is going to be the show I’ve always dreamed of creating. #JloVegas.”

Jenny from the Block will become Jenny on the Strip starting January 20, 2016. No word yet on how long she’ll be ensconced in Sin City but we have a feeling it’s gonna be one hot ticket.