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Tributes pour in as the world mourns Prince’s death

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86103158SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Prince Rogers Nelson, the celebrated musician who penned such hits as  “Kiss,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “Purple Rain” died Thursday at age 57.

“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning,” publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said. Earlier in the day, police said they were investigating at his Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. After responding to a medical call they found the singer unresponsive in an elevator, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said.

A massive outpour after the announcement of his death was seen across various social media platforms. Some have said the news of his death “is what it sounds like when doves cry,” a reference to his 1984 smash hit. Others have rushed to record stores nationwide to retrieve his albums and any other memorabilia they can get their hands on.

Earlier this month, he made news after a scheduled show was cancelled at the Fox Theatre in Georgia City. He wasn’t feeling well, according to a report from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Just days later, he took the stage in Atlanta to perform an 80-minute set, unusually short for him.

After the show, his plane made an emergency landing, according to Noel-Schure, and the singer was immediately rushed to a hospital in Moline, Illinois. At the time, the publicist said, “He is fine and at home.”

Prince takes in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder next to Warriors owner Joe Lacob. (Photo courtesy GSW Media Services)

Prince takes in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder next to Warriors owner Joe Lacob. (Photo courtesy GSW Media Services)

Just one month ago, Prince attended a Golden State Warriors game, sitting court side with owner Joe Lacob. He was scheduled to perform at Oracle Arena the following night. After his experience watching Curry, Green, Iguodala and the rest of the defending champs, Prince took to Twitter to describe the atmosphere.

Thursday, Lacob released a statement after hearing news of the icon’s death.

“I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Prince’s death today, especially after hosting him at a game recently at Oracle Arena,” Lacob said. “That night was a real honor for me and, looking back, he appeared to be doing well and was in great spirits.  From everyone in the Warriors’ organization, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and millions of fans during this difficult time. We lost a true icon in the entertainment business.”

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FBI: Amity CEO Ridhima Singh, others accused of major healthcare fraud

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The FBI says, CEO Ridhima Singh of Amity Home Health Care is among the 28 people, that include doctors and nurses, accused in the scheme. Federal prosecutors charged the Bay Area’s largest home health care provider, Amity Home Health Care, with involvement in a kickback scheme that led to $115 million in tainted claims. The complaint said medical professionals received $8 million worth of bribes disguised as payroll, phony medical directorships, reimbursements, entertainment or gifts, in what the Department of Justice said was simply “a cash for patients scheme.”

The man accused of stabbing and killing 62 year old Parmjit Singh in Tracy made his first court appearance. 21 year old Anthony Kreiter-Rhoads of Tracy pleaded not guilty of homicide during his arraignment. Police are still investigating the motive behind the crime.

And Priyanka Chopra & her husband Nick Jonas were named by People Magazine as their pick for ‘Best Dressed of the Year.’

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tracy Sikh community mourns killing of 64 year old Parmjit Singh

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Tracy Sikh Community mourns killing of 64 year old Parmjit Singh

TRACY, Calif. (Diya TV) — The Sikh community in Tracy, California is mourning the loss of 64-year-old Parmjit Singh, who was on his routine walk through a park when he was stabbed and left for dead. The FBI is investigating, but so far there is no concrete suspect information, just a person of interest. It has not been determined either whether Singh’s death will be classified as a hate crime.

The mayor of Manhattan, Kansas, Usha Reddi announced she is running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 as a Democrat. There is no incumbent challenger for Reddi, but no Democrat has won a Senate seat in Kansas since 1932.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and professor Jhumpa Lahiri is taking the helm as director of Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing.

And actor Kumail Nanjiani announced he is joining the cast of the Marvel Studios’ “The Eternals.” Featuring a diverse cast, Nanjiani tweeted “I’m gonna be a super hero in a purple costume!!!!”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Imran Khan pens Op-ed in New York Times about Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote an editorial for the New York Times to argue his case against India’s recent move to change their constitution to oversee Jammu & Kashmir more closely. The opinion piece is part of Khan’s strategy to internationalize the dispute. So far, the Trump administration is staying out of the matter.

But a few more Democrats in Congress took to Twitter to express their alarm over Kashmir, California Congressman Ted Lieu, Michigan Congressman Andy Levin and Virginia Congressman Don Beyer. Beyer is concerned over the “ongoing communications blackout.” Lieu called for “de-escalation.” And Levin, who spent a year in India while in college, said “the India of Narendra Modi is not the India I fell in love with.”

Meanwhile, some Kashmiris are claiming the Indian army is electrocuting them & beating them with cables and sticks. But the allegations have not been verified and the Indian army called them “baseless and unsubstantiated.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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