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■ Grammy award winner Adele canceled two soldout weekend shows at London’s Wembley Stadium, telling fans early Saturday that her vocal cords were damaged and that she was advised by a doctor not to perform. In a statement to her fans on social media, Adele said she considered going ahead with her Saturday night performance but didn’t think she would have been able to make it through the show and didn’t want to “crumble” on stage. “I’m so desperate to do them that I’ve even considered miming, just to be in front of you and be with you,” she wrote. “But I’ve never done it and I cannot in a million years do that to you. It wouldn’t be the real me up there.” The announcement came at the end of a 15-month tour throughout Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The pop superstar said that touring never suited her well, and had hinted earlier that her current tour for the album 25 will be her last. The 29-year-old British singer included a signed, handwritten note in the program for her Wednesday night show at Wembley saying, “I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again and so I want my last time to be at home.”
■ A spokesman for Mars exploration at NASA has denied rumors about live humans on Mars, a conspiracy theory recently broadcast on radio host Alex Jones’ show. “There are no humans on Mars,” spokesman Guy Webster told the Daily Beast. “There are active rovers on Mars. There was a rumor going around last week that there weren’t. There are, but there are no humans.” The comments came after Robert David Steele, a guest on The Alex Jones Show, engaged with Jones in a dialogue about child victims of sex crimes. “We actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20-year ride,” Steele said in Thursday’s program. “So that once they get to Mars they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony.” Jones is known for broadcasting conspiracy theories on his radio show, which airs on 118 stations around the country and reaches millions of listeners. His Inforwars website had 4.5 million unique page views in the past month, according to Quantcast, a data analysis company.