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2 potential suspects arrested after attack on ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett

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Police: “No evidence to say that this is a hoax”

Chicago police have arrested two men who are considered potential suspects in the January 29 homophobic and racist attack on “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, according to ABC News.

“Detectives have probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime and we are working to corroborate the allegations and investigative timeline as our investigation continues,” police said.

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Chicago police acknowledged the two suspects “have a relationship with” Smollett. One reportedly had previously appeared on “Empire.”

“Police can detain the potential suspects for an additional 24 hours past the 48 hour holding period under special circumstances, but it must go through the prosecutors office and has to be clear process,” police told ABC News.

Rumors have swirled that Smollett might have faked the attack that drew national attention. He strongly disputed those claims in an interview with ABC News that aired Thursday morning.

Police Friday “shut down any reports that there was evidence to classify the alleged attack as a hoax.”

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“While we haven’t found any video documenting the alleged attack, there is also no evidence to say that this is a hoax,” police told ABC News. “The alleged victim is being cooperative at this time and continues to be treated as a victim, not a suspect.”

Smollett says his attackers yelled pro-“MAGA” slurs at him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach over him, beat him, and fractured one of his ribs.

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More evacuations as Canary Islands fire out of control

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A wildfire raged out of control on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria Monday, forcing more evacuations as flames in some parts rose so high even water-dropping planes were unable to operate, authorities said.

The fire, the third in 10 days in the mountainous centre of the holiday island popular for its breathtaking views, has forced the evacuation of several villages, which according to the census have a combined population of 8,000, a spokeswoman for emergency services said.

The exact number of evacuees was unclear. No fatalities have been reported.

So fierce is the fire in what is part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve that in some areas, it "is beyond our extinction capacities," Federico Grillo, head of emergency services in Gran Canaria, said late Sunday.

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Britain's Prince Andrew has said he was "appalled" by allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Jeffrey Epstein after a video was released purporting to show him at the home of the convicted paedophile in 2010.

"The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes," Buckingham Palace said in a statement, the Press Association reported on Sunday.

"His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent," the statement said.

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It's time for a defense of Barack Obama, the best American president of the last 50 years.

Part of that is because the competition hasn't exactly been fierce, but we'll get to that in a moment. First it is worth reflecting on how Obama became something of a goat during the last round of Democratic debates in Detroit. As the Rev. Al Sharpton said afterward, "This whole suicide mission of going after Barack Obama smells like desperation, and I think it certainly shows that some of them are just not ready for where they are."

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