It’s not what you think, but Justin Moore’s mother inspired “Why We Drink”

The Valory Music Co. What could be more country than a drinking song inspired by your mama?

That’s exactly the case with Justin Moore’s new track, “Why We Drink.” But the Arkansas native would be quick to point out the idea came from something his mom said at dinner — not something she did.

“I ordered a drink, and then I ordered three, four more,” Justin tells Access. “And my mom goes, ‘Why do you drink so much?’”

“And I go, ‘Hell, I don’t know why I drink so much!’” he recalls. “I like drinking. If my team wins, I drink to celebrate. If my team loses, I drink ’cause I’m bummed out. If a certain song comes on, I drink.”

“So I had this idea to write a song called ‘Why We Drink,’” he explains. “So, in a roundabout way, my mom gave me the idea.”

“Why We Drink” will be available to stream or download at midnight ET, or you can sample it now via Access.

It’s one of the tracks from Justin’s new album, Late Nights and Longnecks, which comes out July 26. Its lead single, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” is currently in country’s top ten.

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Miranda Lambert’s new album is coming like a “Locomotive” and “should be out by fall”

ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert not only released her new single, “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” on Thursday, she also made good on her promise that a little something extra was coming: She also dropped “Locomotive”, the rock-influenced tune she debuted last month at CMA Fest.

Nearly three years since the release of her last album, Miranda is anxious to put out new music, revealing the full “record should be out by fall.”

“I’m very ready,” she tells Billboard. “Having time off to write was great. I got to live some life for a little bit, which helps, but I’m definitely really excited to have new music to play on the road.”

Miranda says her new single “definitely has the attitude and tone of the record,” which is “a little more upbeat than The Weight of These Wings.”

“My last record went through a lot of the trials and tribulations I had been going through personally, and I feel like I’m kind of over the hump,” she admits.

Miranda went on to reveal she’ll be “putting more songs out as soon as possible,” and the new collection contains a “collaboration with a friend.”

And if you enjoyed the shirtless video the newlywed posted of her husband on Wednesday, Miranda teases she’ll probably share more of the New York City policeman, since she has more to promote.

“I do have a tendency to creep on him when he’s doing house chores shirtless,” she confesses. “I creep on him doing all kind of things: moving, laundry, dishes.”

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“All-American Girl” Carrie Underwood says you’ll never see her in a bikini: “It’s not going to happen”

Capitol NashvilleEven though Carrie Underwood is devoted to her workout routine and has a physique envied by many, she says you’ll never see her in a tiny bikini.

“I feel like with swimwear, growing up in my teenage years, early 20s, I couldn’t wear a triangle swimsuit,” she told People Tuesday at the launch of her new CALIA swimwear line in the Hamptons.

“I can’t do it, it’s not going to happen,” she adds. “It would never have happened.”

So for her new line of swimsuits, Carrie stuck to more “sporty” styles that are “pretty and functional.”

“I’ve had women come up to me and be like, ‘Thank you! I can take my teenage daughter and we can get things that are cute but also appropriate for her and for me’,” the “Southbound” hitmaker says.

“And I think of myself running after my crazy kids and being at hotel pools, wanting to be cute but also not wanting to worry about things,” she adds. “Everything stays where it’s supposed to!”

While Carrie herself prefers “being by the water or on the water, not so much in it,” she says her four-year-old Isaiah “is a fish” and “loves being in the water.”

You can find Carrie’s new CALIA swimwear — along with the rest of her athleisure line — at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

This Friday and Saturday, Carrie’s set to play two shows each night at the Grand Ole Opry, while she’s on a break from her Cry Pretty Tour. It resumes September 10 in San Diego.

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Watch as Kane Brown and Marshmello outrun the law in new video for “One Thing Right”

ABC/Mitch HaasethHow does Marshmello manage to drive while wearing the huge “marshmallow” helmet that covers his head? That’s one question you may have after you watch his new music video with Kane Brown.

The “One Thing Right” clip starts with the electronic music producer/DJ getting out of jail, and then being picked up by the country hitmaker. Kane then takes ‘Mello to see his lady — and that’s where the trouble starts.

Her father — who’s dressed as a member of law enforcement — manages to keep them apart. Soon after the two musicians drive away — this time with Marshmello behind the wheel — a police chase starts. It’s big enough that it makes the news, and supporters line the road holding signs and cheering Kane and Marshmello on.

In the end, the new country/EDM duo rides away, leaving the cops in the dust. You can check out the “One Thing Right” video on YouTube now.

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Steph Curry defends wife Ayesha after online trolls mock her dancing

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(DEL MAR, Calif.) —  After the dynamic, very successful Ayesha Curry couldn’t help but dance at the opening of her new restaurant in California, some haters had to spoil the fun by calling her out for her moves.

Her NBA star husband, Stephen, decided to step up and throw some shade at anyone disrespecting his wife.

 “Slow news day I see huh?” he said in an Instagram story.

Then he dropped the hammer.

“Make sure you send me the video of you dancing at your own restaurant opening,” he said.

Savage!

While Ayesha didn’t need Steph to back her up, as she can certainly fend for herself, she seemed to appreciate it and yet joke right back with her husband.

“I hate you,” she joked, while Curry continued to dance in the car.

Ayesha had originally jammed out to “Milly Rock” after her fourth restaurant, International Smoke, opened, this one in California.

People joked about her dancing, comparing it to Elaine from “Seinfeld,” among other jabs.

Some people even jabbed at Steph.

But living your life well is always the best clap back, as per Steph’s comments.

As previously mentioned, Ayesha can certainly handle her own. The author, restaurateur and mother opened up about being married to an NBA superstar and this woman does not play.

“Ladies will always be lurking, hoping for their moment and waiting,” she said.

“I honestly hate it,” she added.

“Stephen is very nice by nature,” Ayesha continued. “Everything is always very friendly, sometimes to the point where, ‘I’m a grown woman,’ so, I’ll just insert myself and be like, ‘Hello, how are you doing?'”

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Scoreboard roundup — 7/17/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
NY Mets 14, Minnesota 4
Baltimore 9, Washington 2
Arizona 19, Texas 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland 10, Seattle 2
Boston 5, Toronto 4
Cleveland 7, Detroit 2
Kansas City 7, Chi White Sox 5
Houston 11, LA Angels 2
Tampa Bay at NY Yankees — postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 5
Milwaukee 5, Atlanta 4
Chi Cubs 5, Cincinnati 2
San Francisco 11, Colorado 8
San Diego 3, Miami 2
LA Dodgers 7, Philadelphia 2

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Chicago 77, Atlanta 76
Phoenix 69, Dallas 64
Seattle 90, Minnesota 79

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Atlanta 5, Houston 0

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Trump says US Navy ship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

Lance Cpl. Dalton Swanbeck/11th Marine Expeditionary Unit(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said that the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Boxer destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday that was “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew.”

“The Boxer took defense action against the drone which had closed into a very close distance, approximately a thousand yards, ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew,” Trump said at the White House. “The drone was immediately destroyed.”

“This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters,” he continued. “The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities and interests, and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempt to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce. I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Straight of Hormuz and to work with us in the future.”

In a statement, chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said the incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m., local time, when the Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz, adding that the Iranian “fixed wing unmanned aerial system” approached the Boxer and “closed within a threatening range.”

A U.S. official told ABC News that it was the Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit that destroyed the Iranian drone using counter-drone jamming equipment.

The Marines from that unit make up several thousand of the approximately 4,500 Marines and U.S. Navy sailors on board the Boxer.

Speaking to reporters at the United Nations in New York City on Thursday, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, “We have no information about losing a drone.”

About a fifth of the world’s oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz. It was over this strategic waterway where the U.S. said Iran shot down an American drone last month.

The U.S. has also blamed Iran for a June attack on two commercial tankers sailing in international waters in the Gulf of Oman. And Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Thursday it had seized a foreign oil tanker with 12 crew members aboard. Iran accused them of smuggling oil in the Persian Gulf.

The Trump administration has been urging allies to join a maritime security initiative to protect the Strait of Hormuz following these events.

Trump’s nominee for defense secretary, Army Secretary Mark Esper, said at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that the initiative, called Operation Sentinel, would involve “passive patrolling in the Strait Hormuz … to deter provocative actions by the Iranians or IRGC.”

“The goal is to increase maritime domain awareness and surveillance capabilities in the region to dissuade malign action,” Kathryn Wheelbarger, a senior Pentagon official who briefed NATO allies this week on the proposal, told Reuters.

The State Department and Pentagon are hosting a pre-planned meeting with foreign ambassadors in Washington on Friday to discuss the initiative.

Esper reiterated on Tuesday that the U.S. wants to get back on a diplomatic track with Iran, saying the administration would meet Iran “anytime, anywhere with no preconditions.”

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US Navy searching for missing USS Abraham Lincoln sailor in Arabian Sea

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Sherman/U.S. Navy(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Navy is conducting search and rescue operations in the Arabian Sea following reports of a missing U.S. Navy sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

A “man overboard incident” was reported aboard the Lincoln while operating in the Arabian Sea on Wednesday, the Navy’s Fifth Fleet said in a statement.

“The Sailor’s name is being held in accordance with U.S. Navy policy,” the statement said.

The aircraft carrier and the cruiser USS Leyte Gulf were joined by a Spanish frigate and Pakistani Navy ship in the search.

The Lincoln became the most-watched aircraft carrier in the world after it was rushed to the Middle East in early May in response to U.S. intelligence which indicated Iran and its proxies were planning an attack on U.S. forces in the region.

ABC News was among the first group of media outlets permitted aboard the carrier when it arrived in the Middle East. At the time, U.S. officials said the Lincoln’s deployment had deterred Tehran from direct attacks against American interests. But less than two weeks later, the U.S. blamed Iran for shooting down an American drone over the Strait of Hormuz.

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Massive fire at Kyoto animation studio kills at least 33, Japanese authorities say

JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images(KYOTO, Japan) — More than two dozen people have died in a massive fire at an animation production studio in Kyoto, Japan, which investigators are treating as arson.

An official with the Kyoto fire department told ABC News that at least 33 people were confirmed dead. Dozens of others were reported injured.

The fire broke out Thursday morning at Kyoto Animation after a man, who police say is in his 40s, broke into the building and set it ablaze, the BBC reports.

The suspect was among those injured and taken to a hospital, according to the BBC.

In a post on Twitter, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the fire “too appalling for words.”

The blaze, if an arson attack, could be the deadliest mass killing in Japan in three years. The last mass murder was in 2016 when 19 people were stabbed to death at an assisted living center near Tokyo.

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Iranian Republican Guard seizes foreign oil tanker in Persian Gulf: State media

KeithBinns/iStock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran claims it has seized a “foreign vessel” carrying oil with 12 crew members aboard in the Persian Gulf, according to a statement from the country’s Republican Guard carried by the state media agency Fars.

The statement says the tanker was carrying 1 million liters of smuggled oil that it had picked up from small Iranian ships and was sailing towards foreign ships with it. The ship was seized south of Lark Island in the Strait of Hormuz, the IRGC statement quoted by Fars says.

“During the patrolling mission in the Persian Gulf aiming at the discovery and confrontation with organized smuggling on Sunday, 14th of July2019, the IRGC’s first region navy patrol made the seizure of a foreign vessel in surprise after it made sure the vessel was carrying one million liters smuggled fuel. The seizure was coordinated with the judiciary and happened in the south of Lark Island,” the IRGC statement says.

“This ship which has the capacity of carrying 2 million liter of oil, had 12 crew members on board and was sailing towards foreign ships farther away to take the smuggled oil it had got from Iranian dhows. But the mission was failed with IRGC fighters’ smart move,” the statement adds.

According to Fars, the IRGC’s Navy First Region statement denied western media’s claims about the seizure of any other ships over the past few days. It adds that the ship’s smuggling case is on the judiciary process.

The statement also says the patrolling units of the IRGC Navy keeps confronting organized smuggling and will defend the interests of the Iranian nation.

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