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Dr. Dre Confirms Beats-Apple Deal in New Video

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Dr. Dre is about to make history. The producer could become the wealthiest man in hip-hop now that Apple is close to purchasing Beats Electronics, the company he co-founded with Jimmy Iovine, for $3.2 billion, according to the Financial Times.

Although the deal has yet to be officially announced, Dre confirmed the news while celebrating early alongside director F. Gary Gray and Tyrese, who shared the video footage via his Facebook page and later deleted it.

“The Forbes list just changed,” said Tyrese in the clip, which was re-posted on YouTube. “They need to update the Forbes list. Sh** just changed.”

“In a big way,” Dre chimes in. “The first billionaire in hip-hop right here from the motherfu**ing West Coast.”

Last month, Forbes magazine named Dre the second-wealthiest hip-hop artist, behind Diddy. He was estimated to be worth 550 million dollars, thanks in part to his stake in Beats.

Shortly after the news broke, Diddy congratulated Dre. “This is BIG! This is Historical! If anyone deserves it, it’s you! Congratulations Dr. Dre!” he wrote on Instagram.

Meanwhile, it seems Dre won’t actually bank a billion dollars from the sale of Beats Electronics. Forbes reports the deal will increase the producer’s net worth to around $800 million.

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Samsung Electronics Chairman Stable After Heart Attack

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee is in stable condition Sunday after surgery following a heart attack.

The 72-year-old showed symptoms of cardiac arrest on Saturday and was sent to a local hospital, the Wall Street Journal reports. Medical staff performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to officials. It is unclear how long Lee is expected to remain in the hospital.

The health scare raised concerns over whether his son, Lee Jae Yong, will take control over the company. He appointed his son as Samsung’s vice chairman in 2012.

Lee took over the South Korea-based business in 1987, advancing the organization as one of Asia’s biggest technology companies.

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Eastern Ukrainians Vote in Controversial Referendum

Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images(DONETSK, Ukraine) — Ukrainians streamed into polling stations in two restive eastern Ukrainian provinces Sunday to vote in an unofficial referendum to demand independence. The results of the vote, organized by pro-Russian separatists, are all but a foregone conclusion but will mean little in concrete terms beyond deepening the divide between this part of the country and the government in Kiev, further fueling fears of a civil war.

Kiev and Washington have condemned the vote held in Donetsk and Lugansk provinces, calling it a “criminal farce” and “illegal,” respectively. It was arranged hastily and carried out with significant flaws that included outdated voter rolls – making it impossible to determine turnout – and no real mechanism to prevent voters from voting more than once.

In Donetsk, those who turned out were overwhelmingly pro-Russian separatists, while those opposing the vote instead stayed home. Voters presented their passports before being handed ballots asking one question: “Do you support the act of state self-reliance of the Donetsk People’s Republic?”

The ambiguous wording left it open to interpretation; some taking it to mean that the province should be more independent from Kiev; others believing it means Donetsk should be its own country; and, still others seeing it as a first step before joining Russia.

“I want to live better and I think it’s a good chance to change something, it’s a good chance to realize what we want to do,” 21 year-old Lutsina told ABC News, not wanting to give her last name. “I want independence but after that we will choose what we want. To be with Russia – if they [will] take us – or stay with Ukraine.”

In the clear Plexiglass boxes containing the ballots at a number of polling stations, it was impossible to spot a single “no” vote. ABC News witnessed several people dropping in more than one ballot and people were allowed to vote for family members.

Just two weeks before a presidential election that is looking increasingly unstable, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry slammed the referendum in a statement as “backed by gang formations, well-schooled and armed by the modern Russian standards.”

Violence and bloodshed are growing as Ukraine’s government continues its “anti-terrorist operation” in eastern Ukraine, so far failing to take back most of the towns and buildings occupied by separatists. On Friday, a fire and gunfight at a police station between Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces in the coastal town of Mariupol left at least seven dead and dozens wounded.

Ukraine fears that a harsh and bloody crackdown would give Russia a pretext to invade and seize this part of the country, as it did in Crimea in March. Moscow has warned it would intervene to protect Russian speakers here.

Some 40,000 Russian forces have been deployed a short distance from the border with eastern Ukraine, and the Pentagon and NATO reject claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that the troops have been sent back to their bases.

In a surprise statement last week, Putin called on Sunday’s referendum to be delayed, and showed support for the presidential election later this month. But pro-Russian separatists decided to forge ahead anyway, promising massive turnout and support.

Another vote is now being planned by the separatists in Donetsk for next week, this time on whether to join Russia.

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Pope Francis Wants to #BringBackOurGirls

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis showed his support Saturday for the safe rescue of the Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram nearly a month ago.

A tweet from the pontiff’s official account, @Pontifex, joined many others, including first lady Michelle Obama, in tweeting the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. The tag has become a rallying cry for people fighting for the release of the girls.

Let us all join in prayer for the immediate release of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria. #BringBackOurGirls

— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 10, 2014

In her first weekly address, the first lady said she hoped the girls — who risked their lives to get an education — would serve as an inspiration for American students to work harder and appreciate what they have.

Since the girls went missing, the hashtag has been shared more than a million times.

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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Pledges to Give Away Half Her Fortune

Ramin Talaie/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg joined the club of billionaire philanthropists who promise to give away half of their fortunes.

Sandberg and husband Dave Goldberg guaranteed Friday to give a portion of their wealth through Giving Pledge, a commitment started by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates in which they will donate half their money during their lifetime or upon death.

The Lean In author is among signatories such as early Google employee Craig Silverstein and his wife, Mary Obelnicki, and Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea and wife Natalie.

“We are thrilled to welcome this diverse group of business leaders and philanthropists to the pledge,” said Buffett. “They bring a wealth of expertise to the group. We will learn a lot from their experiences as we collectively aim to inspire one another to earlier and better giving.”

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US Airways Flight Diverted to Dublin After Crew Illness

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(DUBLIN) — A US Airways flight bound for Philadelphia was diverted to Dublin on Saturday after several flight attendants reported medical issues.

Flight 715 was en route from Venice, Italy when the incident occured. Medical professionals are evaluating the crew members, according to a statement from US Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr.

No passengers or pilots reported any symptoms, and customers are being accommodated on other flights to the United States.

Nine flight attendants were transported to a local hospital, though not all said they felt ill. Complaints included nausea, running eyes, and dizziness.

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Pope Francis Approves Miracle for Paul VI

Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis set a date for the beatification of the late Paul VI, who served as pope from 1963 to 1978.

The approval is the last formal step before possible sainthood and comes shortly after the canonisation of popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

A key marker of Paul VI’s reign as leader of the Catholic Church is his 1968 decision confirming a ban on artificial contraception for Catholics, in spite of a church commission’s recommendation for change.

The beatification ceremony will be held on Oct. 19 at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis Approves Miracle for Paul VI

Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis set a date for the beatification of the late Paul VI, who served as pope from 1963 to 1978.

The approval is the last formal step before possible sainthood and comes shortly after the canonisation of popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

A key marker of Paul VI’s reign as leader of the Catholic Church is his 1968 decision confirming a ban on artificial contraception for Catholics, in spite of a church commission’s recommendation for change.

The beatification ceremony will be held on Oct. 19 at the Vatican.

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Nigerian Government Rejects Claims of School Raid Warnings

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(ABUJA, Nigeria) — The Nigerian government denies claims that authorities failed to act on warnings concerning an April school raid that resulted in the kidnapping of hundreds of girls.

In response to claims made by Amnesty International alleging that officials had information prior to the attack, the Nigerian government labeled the assertions untrue and unfortunate. Authorities went step by step through each of the allegations and said they were false.

The Amnesty report goes in detail based on accounts from security officials, as well as officials in the town of Chibok and nearby towns where the girls were taken.

Leaders have been criticized for their response to the crisis. There’s little evidence of the government’s actions, according to ABC News international affairs correspondent Hamish Macdonald, who says senior officials are reluctant to give clear answers on their response.

“They make big statements about wanting to bring the girls back safely, about wanting to tackle Boko Haram, but they give very little detail of the nature of their operation to see the girls returned safely,” Macdonald said.

The bulk of the United States team deployed in Nigeria arrived in the country, with experts deployed in consulting roles to assist in search efforts. The majority are military personnel, and staff from the State Department, Justice Department, and FBI will soon join.

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Kerry Speaks with Both Sides on Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

US Department of State(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday in continuing talks regarding Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine.

Lavrov reportedly said that national dialogue must be launched quickly within Ukraine. A referendum is scheduled for May 12, calling for eastern Ukraine to become an independent state. The White House has denounced the referendum, and Russian President Vladimir Putin urged pro-Moscow separatists to postpone the referendum.

Lavrov and Kerry agreed to remain in touch regarding the de-escalation of the conflict.

The U.S. State Department maintained that in any proposed discussions, Ukraine would have to be involved — talks would not be initiated between only Russia and the United States.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the U.S. was “in discussions” with European nations regarding the “next step forward.”

No meetings are planned as of Friday night.

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