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ICE says man detained while driving pregnant wife to hospital is wanted on homicide charge

Update 1:18 a.m. EDT Aug. 19: Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say a man who was detained while taking his pregnant wife to the hospital to deliver their child is wanted on suspicion of homicide.

According to KCBS, ICE said Saturday that Joel Arrona-Lara, of Mexico, was taken into custody “on an outstanding homicide warrant.”  

His wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, told the station that he was detained in San Bernardino, California, while driving her to the hospital for a planned Cesarean section. She said she then drove herself to the hospital.

Arrona-Lara’s attorney, Emilio Amaya Garcia, claimed that the Mexican consulate does not have any information to support ICE’s statement about the homicide charge, KCBS reported. Detention records say Arrona-Lara was detained because he was in the U.S. without documentation, Garcia said.

A Friday statement from ICE about Arrona-Lara’s arrest did not mention the homicide claim, KCBS reported.

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Original story: A woman in San Bernardino, California, told CBSLA agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained her husband as they drove to the hospital to deliver their child.

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Maria del Carmen Venegas said that her husband, Joel Arrona-Lara, was driving her to the hospital for a planned Cesarean section Wednesday when ICE agents surrounded their car at a gas station.

Venegas, a mother of five, told CBSLA she showed officers her identification, but her husband did not have his ID with him.

She said they lived nearby and offered to drive back to the house to get his ID, but officers placed Arrona-Lara into custody, leaving Venegas alone at the gas station, images from the store’s surveillance video showed.

She said she drove herself to the hospital to deliver their child.

“My husband needs to be here,” Venegas said. “He had to wait for his son for so long, and someone just took him away.”

Venegas told CBSLA that her husband has never been in trouble with the law, and they are currently working on finding an attorney to help secure his release.

ICE confirmed to the local Univision and Telemundo stations that Arrona-Lara is in custody.

“Mr. Arrona-Lara is currently in the custody of ICE pending deportation procedures before the Executive Office of Immigration Review,” a spokesperson said. “All those who violate immigration laws would be subject to an immigration arrest and, if a final order determines their removal, be deported from the United States.”

Sex offender took upskirt videos of stranded motorist, had child porn in car, police say

A Washington state sex offender who previously spent time in prison for possessing child pornography is suspected of taking upskirt videos of an unsuspecting motorist he was assisting, as well as voyeuristic videos of unsuspecting women giving massages, court documents show.

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Nickolas Jay Shreck, 40, is charged in King County Superior Court with first-degree voyeurism and possession of child pornography.

Shreck was released from prison April 29, 2017, and was required to periodically check in with the Department of Corrections. During a June 6 visit in Seattle, 2.4 grams of meth was found in his vehicle’s glove box, police said. Court documents show Shreck later failed a mandatory drug test.

During the search of Shreck’s vehicle, officers said they found multiple cameras and cellphones. A search uncovered graphic images of child pornography, including sex acts, court documents show.

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On one device, a Seattle police detective described finding tens of thousands of images and videos containing child sexual exploitation material.

The detective also found multiple voyeuristic videos that appeared to be produced by Shreck around unsuspecting Asian females – including one where he was assisting a woman with jumper cables, police said.

Other videos depict Shreck manipulating a camera to record women at massage parlors, police said.

These 3 eye conditions could be predictors of Alzheimer's, study says

Mental confusion, sleeplessness and mood swings have all been linked to Alzheimer’s disease but the health of your eyes could also be a predictor, according to a new report

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Researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine recently conducted a study, published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia, to explore eye conditions that may be associated with the brain illness.

To do so, they examined 3,877 adults aged 65 and older who were a part of the Adult Changes in Thought database. During the five-year trial, which began in 1994, about 800 of the subjects were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. 

When the University of Washington researchers took a closer look, they found patients with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma were 40 to 50 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, compared to those without these eye conditions. There did not find a connection between cataract and Alzheimer’s.

“What we found was not subtle,” coauthor Paul Crane said in a statement. “This study solidifies that there are mechanistic things we can learn from the brain by looking at the eye.”

While the analyst do not know why there is a relationship between the three eye illnesses and the memory loss disease, they wrote, “anything happening in the eye may relate to what’s happening in the brain, an extension of the central nervous system.”

A better understanding of neurodegeneration in the eye and the brain could help diagnose Alzheimer’s early, but they said the connections need to be investigated more. 

“We don’t mean people with these eye conditions will get Alzheimer’s disease,” lead researcher Cecilia Lee added. “The main message from this study is that ophthalmologists should be more aware of the risks of developing dementia for people with these eye conditions and primary care doctors seeing patients with these eye conditions might be more careful on checking on possible dementia or memory loss.”

Man freed by Innocence Project now faces child sex assault charges

A man recently granted a new trial after serving 27 years in prison on a rape conviction was arrested Thursday on new charges that he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl known to the victim’s family in McKees Rocks.

The assault allegedly happened the same night John Kunco was released from jail, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 

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According to the criminal complaint, the girl, referred to as Jane Doe, told police

she awoke to Kunco assaulting her. When she asked him to stop he didn't, according to the complaint. 

Kunco was found guilty of rape and other charges for a 1990 attack on a woman in her New Kensington home. He was sentenced to serve 45 to 90 years in prison.

The Innocence Project took on his case. New DNA evidence convinced a judge to grant Kunco another trial. He was released from jail in May. 

He is now being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail on numerous counts of crimes against a child and is awaiting a preliminary hearing later this month, according to investigators.

A team of attorneys from the Innocence Project said Kunco voluntarily turned himself into police and denies the recent allegations. 

Karen Thompson, senior attorney with the Innocence Project, released the following statement:"Mr. Kunco denies these allegations and has, and will continue to, fully cooperate with the police. These allegations have absolutely no relation to Mr. Kunco’s 1991 conviction that was recently vacated based on DNA and other evidence proving his innocence."

Massachusetts beach closed to swimming indefinitely after shark activity

Truro Police announced on Friday night Long Nook Beach will remain closed to swimming until further notice due to continued shark activity.

Recent shark sightings and even a shark attack on a man have prompted many beaches along the Cape to be on high alert.

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Shark sightings have become commonplace along Cape Cod since the beginning of summer, but recent sightings have some experts on edge.

On Wednesday, a shark bit a 61-year-old New York man on the torso and leg just 30 yards away from the shore. He is currently being treated at Tufts Medical Center and is expected to survive.

After the attack, more sharks were spotted along the Cape, prompting temporary closures to other beaches.

According to the Cape Cod National Seashore, a shark was seen in the waters off Race Point Beach in Provincetown Thursday afternoon. Video shows the shark feeding on a seal near the shore.

Meadow Beach in Truro was closed earlier in the day when several sharks were spotted in the water.

Despite the public's primal fear of sharks, the odds of being killed by one are roughly 1 in 3.7 million, according to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.Truro was the site of the last shark attack in Massachusetts, in July 2012, when a Colorado man on nearby Ballston Beach suffered a bite that required 47 stitches. The state's last shark attack fatality was in 1936.

Youths take school bus on joy ride, police say

Police are searching for at least three youths who stole a school bus Saturday and took it on a joy ride before abandoning it in a field, officials said. 

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A group of kids, whose ages have not been released, were seen at 12:30 p.m. driving the East Baton Rouge school bus, The Advocate reported

Police later found the bus in a field. Investigators are also trying to determine how they gained access to it.

Tent collapse injures 14 fans at Backstreet Boys concert

Fans were injured when a storm caused a structure to collapse at a Backstreet Boys concert Saturday at the Winstar World Casino and Resort, officials said

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A storm with nearly 80 mph winds knocked over trusses at the venue entrance injuring 14 fans inside the outdoor coliseum to see Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees, the resort said. They were treated at the scene and taken to hospitals. 

“We know that fans often suffer through inclement weather for their favorite acts, but this was an unusual event and our thoughts are with those who were injured during this storm,” resort officials said in a statement.

“Severe weather, high winds and rain just passed (through) here,” Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson tweeted. “Emergency crews are on the (scene) as tent (collapsed) and some folks who were seeking shelter were injured. Waiting to determine damage to our stage and production.”

The resort said the show will go on, rain or shine. 

But ultimately, the show was canceled. 

Shooting survivor forced to sell business after robbery, family says

Vipin Sharma visited his Arlington Expressway BP service station on Friday for the first time since he was shot in an armed robbery in July. 

“Awesome," Sharma said. "I never thought I would be able to make it.”

He told Action News Jax the bullet is lodged in his pelvis and he has a blood clot in his leg.

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“I have no insurance. I don’t know how God is going to help me,” Sharma said.

His wife, Jayshree Sharma, says the medical debt is too much to carry, and running the store on her own isn’t possible. She suffers from breast cancer.

“I don’t think we can operate it, so we have to close the business down," she said.

Jayshree Sharma said they have to sell the business in the near future to stay afloat. The couple laments having to part ways with the store they worked at every day for three and a half years.

When working, Vipin Sharma was known for wandering outside of the bulletproof glass to meet his customers. Alleged shooter Sherwin Birt took advantage of that and appeared to approach Sharma from the opening.

“I tried my best to give my customers the best service I can, friendliest service I can," he said. "And the end result is, I got shot.”

Nonetheless, he says he wouldn't treat his customers any differently if he could do it over again.

“I would not change my approach, meeting people, greeting people, and if I treat them badly, then I’m treating my god badly,” Vipin Sharma said.

He credits God -- and the staff at Memorial Hospital -- for being able to walk.

Mother furious after son, 5, found walking home from school alone

An Orange County woman said she is upset after her 5-year-old son was sent walking home by himself on the third day of school.

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Sara Tavares said her son, Joey Hoffman, wandered for about 45 minutes Wednesday before a school resource officer found him a mile away.

"I'm furious," she said. "I mean, I'm so -- I'm still shaking about it."

Larianne Warner, Joey's grandmother, was at Winter Garden's Sunridge Elementary School waiting for him so she could walk him home, but he was nowhere to be found.

"(I felt) sheer panic and terror. (I was) scared to death. No one knew where he was. No one had a clue," she said. "Anything could have happened. Come on now. (For) an hour he's been walking around Tildenville looking for our house."

Joey said he was surprised to see the officer.

"The cop found me," he said. "I thought I was going to jail."

Orange County Public Schools said there was a breakdown in communication.

Joey was listed as a walker and sent away with other walkers. His family said they had a plan that was clearly communicated to his teacher.

"That would be the third time I would have picked him up in front of the office," Warner said. "That was our designated spot. She knows I want to pick him up myself right there by the office."

A school district spokeswoman said the incident serves as a reminder for all parents to have clear communication with their children and teachers about what should happen before and after school.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show that 22 sexual offenders or sexual predators live within a 2-mile radius of the school, about half of whom live near where Joey was found.

Florida woman arrested after stealing donations for slain girl, police say

A woman accused of stealing a donation jar with at least $600 meant for the family of a young girl killed earlier this week has been arrested, authorities said.

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Heydi Rivas-Villanueva was shot while sitting in a car, caught in the crossfire of a shooting, investigators said. She died at Wolfson Children's Hospital.

A deputy with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was waved down on Friday at the El Tapatio Restaurant when a person said the donation jar had been stolen the previous day. The person said no one had noticed it was gone before then, according to investigators.

Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel, to hang up skis in Florida

One of the animal world’s most recognized stars is hanging up her skis in her hometown of Orlando this weekend. 

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Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel, is giving her final performances at the Orlando Boat Show at the Orange County Convention Center. 

For years, Twiggy has entertained fans around the world.

In 1979, WFTV covered the squirrel's water-skiing antics when Chuck and Lou Ann Best first brought her onto the water-skiing scene. Since then, multiple squirrels have served the role of Twiggy.

Korn frontman’s wife, Deven Davis, found dead at 39

Deven Davis, the estranged wife of Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, has died at age 39.

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“The Davis family is brokenhearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis,” the family said in a statement to PEOPLE. “We ask that you respect their privacy -- and the privacy of those close to the family -- and allow them the space to mourn in private. We thank you for your love, understanding and prayers of support during this difficult time.”

The couple married in 2004 and have two children.

The former adult actress’ cause of death has not been released.

She reportedly struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for over 20 years, TMZ reported.

Jonathan Davis, 47, filed a restraining order against Deven Davis on Friday and was granted a temporary order that prohibited her from visiting the couple’s two children and family dog, TMZ reported.

It is unclear whether or not Deven Davis received the restraining order.

She was reportedly living in a sober living house at the time of her death, according to TMZ.

Catholic day care under investigation after classroom aide throws ball at child

A Catholic day care in Jacksonville, Florida is under investigation for allegations of inappropriate discipline after a mother claimed a teaching assistant hit her 4-year-old son with a ball.

She told Action News Jax the boy spent two days in the hospital recovering from his injuries. 

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Action News Jax learned that aide was fired Friday morning, and a letter was sent to parents. 

The letter said the teaching assistant was fired for violating the day care’s code of conduct, but the school claimed there was no malicious intent. 

The mother, who didn’t want to be identified because there is an active investigation, said she pulled her son out of the day care, but he now goes to the church’s kindergarten.

She gave Action News Jax cellphone video of her son that was taken just days after he claimed an assistant teacher hit him in the face with a ball.

“He was jerking, he was blinking, he was humming, he was doing all these different things I’ve never seen him do and he’s almost five,” she said. 

She said he spent two days in the hospital undergoing tests.

“They said everything was fine, but that when they experience stress or trauma they can react in this manner,” she said. 

The woman said the problems started when she picked up her 4-year-old from Christ the King Child Care Center in July. 

“He said, ‘Mommy someone hit me,’” she said. 

That’s when she said she went to speak with the teaching assistant about what happened. 

“I’ve been hit with a ball multiple times, and I’m not going to take it out on a kid,” she said.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is now investigating allegations of inappropriate discipline. 

“I love my son to death and to know that someone hurt him, it’s not OK with me. It’s unsettling,” she said. 

Action News Jax reached out to the Catholic day care and was told that the teaching assistant was immediately removed from the classroom. 

“I’m thinking this entire time, what if this was your child?” she said. 

Friday morning, about a month and a half after the alleged incident happened, the employee was terminated. 

The mother said she thinks this should have happened back in July. 

“How they handled everything was insane to me,” she said. 

Action News Jax dug into the day care’s inspection records with the state and found three DCF violations since it opened in 2009. 

They are all minor and had to do with paperwork and training. 

Woman warns others after coyotes attack her dog during daily walk

A woman who was out walking her three dogs Friday morning in Smyrna, Georgia ended up being chased by two coyotes.

Trish Gallup told WSB the coyotes bit her 85-pound lab.

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Gallup said her dog, Radar, was bitten three times by coyotes as she took her three dogs out for a walk.

Gallup said as they walked, she heard a commotion, then saw Radar running.

“I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is bad,’” Gallup said.

The other two dogs were not injured.

Wildlife experts told WSB that a coyote attack on a large dog is unusual.

They said it’s not surprising to find coyotes in what they call “transition areas” -- places with cut grass and vegetation.

Dog owner Sarah Clark said she is mindful her dog could be a target, but it won't stop her from taking her dogs on their normal walks.

“I’m always mindful to make sure that she's in my sight and she's not jumping into the weeds or the bushes,” Clark said.

Dr. Tina Johannsen, with Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources, said there have been more than 650 calls of coyote sightings into their regional offices.

“They're just going from point A to point B looking for something to eat,” Johannsen said.

To keep pets safe, Johannsen recommends keeping cats and small dogs fenced in or on a leash. She also said it is OK to kill coyotes and encourages anyone who is interested to take part in the Coyote Challenge.

The Georgia Coyote Challenge is open to everyone who catches or kills a coyote in the state of Georgia through Aug. 31.

The top prize is a lifetime hunting license.

Nick Jonas introduces ‘Future Mrs. Jonas’ in engagement photo with Priyanka Chopra

Musician Nick Jonas confirmed Saturday he’s officially engaged to “Quantico” actress Priyanka Chopra.

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“Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love,” Jonas posted on Instagram.

Chopra expressed her happiness on her Instagram, too.

“The only way to do this ... with family and God. Thank you all for your wishes and blessings,” Chopra posted.

The couple shared the photos after celebrating a traditional engagement ceremony in Chopra’s hometown of Mumbai, India, CNN reported.

Jonas and his parents arrived in India on Thursday night for the ceremony, according to CNN affiliate News 18.

The couple has not yet announced how or where they plan to tie the knot.

Body found in burned car in Disney mini-golf parking lot, officials say

A body was found in a burned car in the parking lot of a mini-golf course at Walt Disney World in Florida Saturday morning, officials said

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Orange County deputies began investigating the body in the Fantasia Gardens mini-golf course parking lot on Epcot Resorts Boulevard around 4 a.m. after the Reedy Creek Fire Department called for assistance, WFTV reported.

Once firefighters extinguished the car, officials found a body inside, officials said. 

Officials did not identify the body or the vehicle’s owner.

The fire marshal, homicide detectives and Sector 6 investigators are on scene conducting an investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.  

Tara Grinstead’s accused killers confessed in 2005, court documents claim

Within weeks of a South Georgia teacher’s disappearance, two of her former students told friends at a party they had killed Tara Grinstead and burned her body, according to documents filed this week in Irwin County Superior Court, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Grinstead’s case was featured on the popular true crime podcast, “Up and Vanished.”

>>Related: Georgia irresistible to true-crime podcasts

Grinstead was reported missing in October 2005, and the following month, Ryan Alexander Duke and Bo Dukes told others they were responsible for her death and it was reported to police, court documents state. But the case remained cold until early 2017, when both Duke and Dukes were arrested. 

So did investigators drop the ball? Yes, according to Duke’s attorneys. And because it took so long to arrest the suspects, most of the charges should be dropped due to the statute of limitations, the motion states. 

>>Related: Who was Tara Grinstead?

“It is undisputed that Irwin County law enforcement knew of these crimes within months of the disappearance of Tara Grinstead,” a court motion states. “In fact, a search of the area where Ms. Grinstead’s body was allegedly burned was conducted...”

Grinstead, 30, an Irwin County High School teacher and former beauty queen, was last seen on Oct. 22, 2005, when she left a cookout and said she was going straight home. Two days later, she was reported missing when she didn’t show up to teach history.

Ryan Alexander Duke, 33, was arrested and charged with murder in the death of Tara Grinstead.

Because Duke and Dukes were identified as suspects later in 2005 but not charged until 2017, all but the murder charge should be dropped, Duke’s public defenders claim in one of two dozen motions filed in the past week. 

“Duke and Dukes were identified as suspects and known to law enforcement in 2005,” the motion states. “By a generous application of the statute of limitations of four years, the statute would have run (expired) near December of 2009.”

The GBI declined to comment on the allegations in the motion and referred questions to the District Attorney. The District Attorney could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. 

In another motion, Duke’s attorney asks that his indictment be dismissed because the language used is too “vague, ambiguous and indefinite.” In April 2017, a grand jury indicted Duke on six counts, including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, burglary and concealing the death of another.

In June 2017, Dukes was indicted on charges including concealing a death, tampering with evidence, and hindering apprehension of a criminal. 

Dukes “did unlawfully and knowingly destroy physical evidence by burning the body of Tara Faye Grinstead, a human being, at a location off Bowen’s Mill Highway,” in Fitzgerald, the indictment states. 

After Duke and Dukes were arrested, the GBI searched woods behind a pecan farm in the area but have not publicly said what was found.

A hearing on the motions has been scheduled for Sept. 20 in Irwin County.

Girl secretly buys $350 in toys on mom’s Amazon account; family turns it into ‘teaching moment’

A 6-year-old girl in Pleasantville, Utah, put online shoppers to shame after ordering over $350 worth of Barbies and other toys on her mom’s Amazon account -- and now, her family has turned the impulsive shopping spree into a lesson about caring for others. 

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Katelyn Lunt is entering the first grade this year.

Her mom, Catherine Lunt, told Cox Media Group she ordered a Barbie doll from Amazon for Katelyn as a reward for doing extra chores around the house.

“She wanted to get on and see when it was going to arrive. When I left the room, she went crazy and ordered what she calls a ‘Barbie collection,’” Catherine Lunt said. 

By the time Lunt realized what her daughter had done, she said she was able to cancel a few packages but many had already shipped.

The next morning, Lunt said the family went for a walk and was surprised by the delivery driver when they returned home.

“Right as we arrived back from our walk, the collection of packages showed up,” Lunt said. “It was hilarious so we had to take pictures. Her face pretty much says it all.”

A family member sent the photos to a cousin, who tweeted photos of the moment that went viral.

When it came time to figure out what to do with the ‘Barbie collection,’ Lunt said the family decided to pay it forward.

“We were going to send the packages back to Amazon but we decided to donate them to Primary Children's Hospital where Katelyn spent a week when she was first born,” Lunt said. “Katelyn helped us deliver the packages to the hospital, so I guess we used it more as a teaching moment than a time for punishment.”

A spokesperson for Primary Children’s told Cox Media Group the family dropped off the toys earlier this week, and the hospital was “simply the grateful recipient of their kindness.”

Duke University says Robert E. Lee statue won't return to chapel entrance

Duke University announced the spot where a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee once stood will remain empty. 

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A year ago on Aug. 19, crews removed the statue from the iconic chapel entrance. The removal came several days after the statue was defaced in the wake of the protests that turned violent last year in Charlottesville, Virginia.

>> Time capsule found under Confederate statue reveals memorabilia

This week, Duke sent students a statement saying the site will remain empty and represent a "hole in the heart of the U.S."

The Confederate flag that once flew at the South Carolina State House will be displayed soon. 

It's been nearly three years since the flag was taken down after the Charleston church shooting.

The flag will be displayed in a frame at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. 

Eric Clapton announces first full-length Christmas album

Eric Clapton on Friday announced the release of his first full-length Christmas album, Billboard reported. 

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Set for an Oct. 12 release, “Happy Xmas” will have a blues edge to it and will contain 14 tracks and is the 24th studio album of Clapton’s career and his first since 2016 when he released “I Still Do,” Billboard reported.

The album will contain Christmas favorites such as “White Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger,” Rolling Stone reported. Clapton’s version of “Jingle Bells” is sung “In Memory of Avicii,” a dedication to the late disc jockey.

"I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals,” Clapton told Billboard. “I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’”

“Happy Xmas” is available for preorder, Billboard reported.

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