NASA officials say the 1986 space shuttle Challenger accident should never be trivialized in response to a new song from Beyoncé that features an audio sample recorded just after tragedy struck.
The space agency issued a statement late Tuesday after the pop star began to receive criticism from Challenger families and others for using the short sample. It includes the words major malfunction as an allusion to a failed relationship.
In a statement to ABC News on Tuesday, Beyoncé said her heart goes out to families of those lost in the Challenger disaster and the song was recorded with the sincerest intention to help those whove lost loved ones.
A lawyer who let slip J.K. Rowlings secret thriller-writer identity has been fined $1,645 for breaching client confidentiality rules.
Chris Gossage of London law firm Russells Solicitors – which represents Rowling – told a friend of his wife that the Harry Potter creator was author of The Cuckoos Calling, published last year under the name Robert Galbraith. The friend tweeted the information, and it was followed up by the Sunday Times.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Robert Loggia is 84. Actor Dabney Coleman is 82. Singer Stephen Stills is 69. Actor Mel Gibson is 58. Musician Thomas Bangalter is 39. Actor Jason Marsden is 39. Actress Danica McKellar is 39. Actor Nicholas Gonzalez is 38.