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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.



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