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Buffalo Bills draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections

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Here is a 2021 NFL draft pick-by-pick breakdown for the Buffalo Bills:

Round 1 (No. 30 overall) - Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (Fla.): Rousseau was the ACC defensive rookie of the year after recording 15½ sacks in 2019 before opting out in 2020 as his mother, a nurse, battled COVID-19 from the front lines at Florida Medical Center. The year away didn't benefit Rousseau, who was overshadowed by Jaelan Phillips at the Hurricanes' pro day. Yet his intelligence, instincts, production and ability to rush from the interior on nickel packages should make him a welcome addition. Draft tracker

Round 2 (61)

Round 3 (93)

Round 5 (161, from Raiders)

Round 5 (174)

Round 6 (213)

Round 7 (236, from Panthers)

Buffalo Bills' last five top draft picks:

2020 (No. 54 overall): A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

2019 (No. 9 overall): Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

2018 (No. 7 overall): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

2017 (No. 27 overall): Tre'Davious White. CB, LSU

2016 (No. 19 overall): Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

2021 NFL draft: Team-by-team picks
AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots

AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers

AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans

AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders

NFC East: Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Washington

NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings

NFC South: Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints

NFC West: 49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks

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Josh Duggar Arrested, Being Held in Jail in Arkansas

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Josh Duggar has been arrested and is being held without bond in an Arkansas jail.

The former 19 Kids and Counting star was arrested by Homeland Security on Thursday, a representative for the U.S. Marshals Service confirms to PEOPLE. Online jail records do not indicate what charges he was arrested on when he was booked.

Representatives for Josh and for TLC did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's requests for comment.

Josh, 33, has faced various controversies since entering the public eye with his family on TLC reality series, 19 Kids and Counting.

In mid-May 2015, Josh apologized for his "wrongdoing" after a 2006 police report revealed that he had been investigated as a teen for inappropriately touching five underage girls. His sisters Jill, 25, and Jessa, 24, subsequently stepped forward as two of the victims.

Months later, in August 2015, Gawker reported that the oldest Duggar son appeared to have had active accounts on Ashley Madison, a website created to facilitate cheating on your spouse.

Josh ultimately confessed to having a pornography addiction and cheating on wife Anna Duggar in an apologetic statement on the Duggar family website.

"I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife. I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him," the statement read.

Most recently, Josh faced a real estate lawsuit in 2019. In September of that year, KARK.com reported that a three-day jury trial is set for Josh, who is "accused of fraud and is being sued for 'quiet title' and breaching a contract, according to court records."

Josh's place of employment, an Arkansas car dealership, was also previously raided by Homeland Security as part of an "ongoing federal investigation" in November 2019, authorities told TV station KNWA at the time. It was unclear whether Josh was the focus of the investigation.

Various outlets had previously reported that Homeland Security had raided the Duggar family home, which they denied.

"We were shocked to see a news report today state that our home was raided by federal law enforcement agencies. This is not true. To the best of our knowledge, it's also not true that any member of our family is the target of any investigation of any kind," a rep for the family told PEOPLE in a statement following the reports.

His arrest comes days after Anna, 32, announced that she and Josh are expecting their seventh child together, a baby girl.

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Fri, April 30, 2021 3:17pm
Trevor Lawrence

Jaguars pair Travis Etienne with Trevor Lawrence at No. 25

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After taking Trevor Lawrence first overall, the Jaguars took one of his college teammates with their second first-round pick.

Clemson running back Travis Etienne went to the Jaguars with the 25th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

Taking a running back in the first round has generally not been wise in recent years, as the NFL has become more of a passing league and running backs have been shown to be easily replaced. Last year the Jaguars got good production out of an undrafted rookie running back in James Robinson, and there’s no guarantee that Etienne will be any better than Robinson.

But Jaguars coach Urban Meyer has different ideas for how to build his team, and Etienne is his second pick.

Jaguars pair Travis Etienne with Trevor Lawrence at No. 25 originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

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Fri, April 30, 2021 3:36pm
Jimmy Garoppolo

How 49ers' Trey Lance pick affects Patriots, Jimmy Garoppolo

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How 49ers' Trey Lance pick affects Patriots, Jimmy Garoppolo originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

For most of the lead-up to the 2021 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers were expected to take Mac Jones with the No. 3 overall pick. But in the 11th hour, things changed.

On draft day, the 49ers officially selected North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance with the third pick. And that will have a big-time impact on the New England Patriots and their potential pursuit of Jimmy Garoppolo.

In short, it doesn't seem likely that Garoppolo will be traded by the 49ers at this point. They already seemed to have limited interest in moving Garoppolo, and the addition of Lance shouldn't change that because of how raw Lance is.

Lance is athletic, he's smart, and he looked good on tape. But he's also inexperienced. He was a one-year starter that has played 17 games at the FCS level. He attempted just 318 passes during his collegiate career and he won't turn 21 until early in May.

Plus, Lance only played one game during the 2020 season, as North Dakota State canceled most of their season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Essentially, the game they had was for a showcase for Lance.

So, not only will Lance have to make the leap from the FCS to the NFL, he'll have to do that while having played in just one competitive game in the last year and a half. He will have a good chance to eventually succeed in his efforts, but it may take him time to develop.

As such, keeping Garoppolo makes sense for San Francisco. He's a great insurance policy that can start for a year or until Lance is ready to take over. After all, Garoppolo has helped quarterback the 49ers to a Super Bowl before. If he can stay healthy, he'll help keep the 49ers in the playoff discussion and give Lance time to improve and get in some extra mental reps on the bench.

So, for the Patriots, it doesn't seem like Garoppolo is an option. Were a more pro-ready option like Mac Jones or Justin Fields the pick for the 49ers, perhaps they would be more willing to move Jimmy G.

But now, the Patriots will likely have to address the quarterback position in another way -- unless they are truly content to roll with Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham as their top two QBs next year.

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Israel Stampede

Day of national mourning announced after dozens killed in religious festival stampede

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Handout picture from emergency services showing rescue efforts at Mount Meron after the stampede

Israel will have a day of national mourning on Sunday after a stampede at a religious festival killed at least 45 people and injured many more.

Zaki Heller, a spokesperson for the Magen David Adom rescue service, said 150 people had been hospitalised, with six in critical condition, after the crush in the country’s northeast.

He told Israel Army Radio that “no one had ever dreamed” something like this could happen. “In one moment, we went from a happy event to an immense tragedy,” he said.

The crush occurred at the base of Mount Meron, as tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrate Lag Ba’Omer, a holiday that in part commemorates second-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, whose tomb sits at the site.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, said it was “one of the worst disasters that has befallen the state of Israel” during a visit to the scene of the crush on Friday.

The stampede began when large numbers of people trying to exit the site thronged a narrow tunnel-like passage, according to witnesses and video footage.

People began falling on top of each other near the end of the walkway, as they descended slippery metal stairs, witnesses said.

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Fri, April 30, 2021 3:49pm
Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow could be returning to NFL with Jaguars

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Tim Tebow, who recently announced his retirement from baseball and the Mets, could be returning to the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Per multiple reports, Tebow recently worked out with the Jaguars as a tight end, with a signing possibly coming in the near future.

On Feb. 17, Tebow announced his retirement from baseball.

“I want to thank the Mets, Mr. Alderson, the fans and all my teammates for the chance to be a part of such a great organization,” Tebow said. “I loved every minute of the journey, but at this time I feel called in other directions. I never want to be partially in on anything. I always want to be 100 percent in on whatever I choose. Thank you again for everyone’s support of this awesome journey in baseball, I’ll always cherish my time as a Met. #LGM

“It has been a pleasure to have Tim in our organization as he’s been a consummate professional during his four years with the Mets,” team president Sandy Alderson said in February. “By reaching the Triple-A level in 2019, he far exceeded expectations when he first entered the system in 2016 and he should be very proud of his accomplishments.”

The former Jets quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner signed with the Mets in September of 2016, and had worked his way up to the Triple-A level, appearing in 77 games with Syracuse in 2019 while slashing .163/.240/.255 with four home runs and 19 RBI.

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Fri, April 30, 2021 3:59pm
Ron DeSantis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Dismisses Systemic Racism: ‘It’s a Bunch of Horse Manure’

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“Give me a break,” the GOP governor responded when asked if the United States was a systemically racist country

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dismissed systemic racism in America on Thursday night in response to President Joe Biden’s promise to tackle it during his congressional address the night prior.

“Well, it’s a bunch of horse manure. I mean, give me a break,” he told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham during her “Red State Trailblazers” town hall. “This country has had more opportunity for more people than any country in the history of the world and it doesn’t matter where you trace your ancestry from. We’ve had people that have been able to succeed and all and here’s the problem with things like critical race theory that they’re peddling. They’re basically saying all our institutions are bankrupt, and they’re, they’re illegitimate.”

He went on, “How do you have a society if everything in your society is illegitimate?”

DeSantis also said that in Florida, federal money can’t be spent to promote what he considers the “Marxist ideology” of critical race theory in public schools.

Ingraham segued that comment into discussion of statewide coronavirus lockdowns and the remote learning that followed, but online, some who watched the segment weren’t as quick to pivot away from DeSantis’ comments on race.

Writer Slava Malamud tweeted, “Another idiot Republican bandying the word ‘Marxist”‘ about as code for ‘sh– I don’t like’ and not understanding just how Soviet his insistence on white-washing his country’s history is.”

Former GOP congressman Joe Walsh, who has been publicly apologizing for his past comments and beliefs about race in America, also weighed in: “DeSantis is wrong. But understand, this is the answer you MUST give if you’re a Republican running for office. When I tell my conservative talk radio audience that I think there is STILL systemic racism, EVERY Republican voter disagrees with me. Every one.”

Last month, Omari Hardy, a Florida state representative who is Black, called out systemic racism in the state by showing how Black and Latino seniors were vaccinated at disproportionately lower rates than whites. “It’s hard to survive a pandemic while being Black or Hispanic in Ron DeSantis’s Florida,” Hardy wrote.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) calls the idea of systemic racism "a bunch of horse manure.”

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Sun, May 02, 2021 12:42am
Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton Apparently Has a "Ruthless Survival Streak" When Dealing With Royal Family and Courtiers

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Tatler magazine devoted its July/August issue to Kate Middleton and her growing influence in the royal family, where courtiers, staff, friends, and society figures spoke about the Duchess' life inside "the Firm." Apparently, the Duchess of Cambridge is willing to do whatever it takes to survive in the cutthroat royal environment.

"In the palace, you hear numerous stories of the staff saying so-and-so is a nightmare and behaves badly but you never hear that about Kate," one source told the outlet, via Celebitchy. An insider said that the Duchess has a "ruthless survival streak" that makes her "well suited" to palace life.

Another added that Kate is emulating the Queen these days. She has a stoic attitude: "It’s why she is so well suited [for this family]. She keeps her head down because the prize of being queen is so great," the source said. "She models herself on the Queen and now speaks like the Queen."

The Duchess has felt a little overwhelmed with her increasing workload following Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry's decision to step back from their royal family roles and the fact that she's taken on more responsibility as she and William prepare someday to be king and queen.

"Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this [increased workload]," a source said. "She feels exhausted and trapped. She’s working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays."

Hours after Tatler published this story, Kensington Palace issued a rare response:

"This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication," a spokesperson said. That rep didn't specify what claims were inaccurate.

Since quarantine began, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have done a series of Zoom engagements. The couple has remained out of the spotlight otherwise. The two are staying at their country home Anmer Hall with their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. They've been homeschooling the kids and working.

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Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis, theater veteran and Oscar-winning 'Moonstruck' actress, dies at 89

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Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, the theater veteran who rose to prominence late in her career with memorable turns in 1980s films such as “Moonstruck” and “Steel Magnolias,” has died at the age of 89.

Dukakis, who also starred in “Look Who’s Talking” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” died at her home in New York City.

"My beloved sister, Olympia Dukakis, passed away this morning in New York City," wrote her brother Apollo, who confirmed her death on his Facebook page Saturday. "After many months of failing health she is finally at peace and with her [husband] Louis [Zorich]." The cause of death has yet to be determined.

The longtime stage actress showcased her talent on a broader stage in 1987 as Cher’s sardonic mother in Norman Jewison’s romantic classic “Moonstruck.” She was 56 when she played meddlesome Italian matriarch Rose Castorini, whose involvement in her widowed daughter’s love life and wry concerns about her own straying husband earned Dukakis an Academy Award for supporting actress, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA nomination.

“The fun part is that people pass me on the street and yell lines from my movies: For 'Moonstruck' they say, 'Your life is going down the toilet.' Or from 'Dad,' they say, 'How much are those pork chops?' They say, 'Do you know who you are?' It's real funny,” she told The Times in 1991.

Incidentally, her iconic toilet line hadn’t been in the script, but was improvised based on experiences with her own mother.

Dukakis became a household name in 1988 by way of her Academy Award and her cousin, former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, winning the Democratic nomination in the 1988 presidential election. During her Oscars acceptance speech, she stumped for him, concluding her remarks by spontaneously shouting “OK, Michael, let’s go!” as she lifted her Oscar statuette in the air like a baton.

“I felt as though I had run the first leg of a very important race and it was time to hand off that baton to Michael so that he could run the second leg,” she wrote in her 2003 autobiography, “Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress.”

Her cousin lost the election to George H.W. Bush, but the Dukakis cousins remained politically active. The actress, who had been “clipping coupons and shopping for bargain jeans, while working 10- to 12-hour days at the theater" before her Oscar nomination, was a lifelong arts patron and liberal activist who advocated for numerous causes, particularly women's rights and the environment.

It was her philanthropy and heritage that enabled her name to appear on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013. The Greek America Foundation, which she long supported, came up with the $30,000 required for the application. Additionally, she was approached to play the matriarch in Nia Vardalos’ 2002 runaway hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” but declined due to a scheduling conflict, she told the Chicago Tribune in 2003. She added that she “wasn't that enthusiastic about the part.”

“I’m happy it's had success. I know some Greeks feel conflicted about it. I didn't grow up with those kind of people." she said. "That wasn't my Greek experience.”

Born in Lowell, Mass., on June 20, 1931, Dukakis was the daughter of immigrants from southern Greece. She and her brother Apollo grew up first-generation Greek Americans in New England, which shaped much of her world view. Assimilating to American culture, she said, was a lifelong process.

A self-proclaimed “poster child for the bad Greek daughter,” Dukakis said she was encouraged “to strive to be authentic” and to become an American without betraying her Greek heritage. The stage gave her a safe arena to do just that.

“It was a place with firm enough boundaries that I could take emotional and psychological risks there. It was also a place where I could be physical, sexual, and spontaneous. It was the place where I felt the most alive,” she wrote.

Dukakis graduated from Boston University, where she earned a degree in physical therapy and a master’s in performing arts. She dreamed of having her own theater company (she would eventually have two) and touring Europe, performing the classics.

“I did not become an actor in order to become famous or rich. I became an actor so I could play the great parts,” she said.

She arrived in New York in late 1959 but could only find parts playing ethnic roles, of which there were few.

“It would have been a hell of a lot easier to get acting jobs if my name were Day instead of Dukakis, but then I wouldn’t have had the satisfaction of seeing the family name — my parents’ name — displayed so visibly during that time,” she said.

Realizing that to get what she wanted, she would have to make things happen for herself, she turned to Broadway, where she made her debut in "The Aspern Papers" in 1962. That same year she married actor-producer Louis Zorich, who rose to fame on the television show “Mad About You.” They have three children.

In 1963, she won an Obie Award for “A Man’s a Man” and a second two years later in “The Marriage of Bette and Boo.”

But it was her work the following year in the Broadway comedy “Social Security” playing Marlo Thomas’ mother that caught Jewison's eye. She said she took the role in "Moonstruck" largely for the money, but regarded it as one of her lesser works.

“All of the attention I was getting was lovely, of course, but I was more than a little confused about why it had come at this point, and with this role, which, to my mind, was not the greatest part I had ever played,” she said.

But with the success of “Moonstruck” and her cousin’s presidential run, the first-generation Greek American ultimately embraced the laurels and said it allowed her to stop living her life as “a hyphenated American.” The success, she said, allowed them to break through the barrier of ethnic discrimination, which had been “at times, vicious, unforgiving, and isolating.”

Soon the parts she was offered were much more substantive and the pay got “a lot better,” she told The Times. Indeed, with Oscar gold to her name, her agent told her she would get a higher salary on “Look Who’s Talking.” After that, she settled into a Louisiana salon alongside fellow celebrated actresses Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton and Daryl Hannah in Herbert Ross’ classic 1989 film adaptation of “Steel Magnolias.” Dukakis played the gossip-loving Clairee Belcher, whose memorable zingers included the boast “if you can’t say anything nice about anybody, come sit by me.”

However, the newly minted film star still devoted much of her time and resources to the theater, working on and offstage for more than 40 years.

“As an actress, I’ve made choices that led me directly away from the fame and fortune acting is supposed to bring,” she wrote.

She and Zorich founded the Charles Playhouse in Boston and the Whole Theater in Montclair, N.J., in the 1970s. They appeared together in several productions and Dukakis worked tirelessly as an actress and producer trying to keep the lights on.

“I wanted the opportunity to play parts I wouldn't get the chance to play, to use what I felt I understood about theater, to take responsibility and not always wait for 'the grown-ups' to decide,” she told The Times.

But the theater business was unsustainable and they shut it down in 1990 due to financial problems.

She also taught drama at New York University and occasionally worked with her former students. "There's such a thing as payback in this business," she told Canada’s Globe and Mail in 2013. "People have stepped out for me. If I find somebody that has talent, I step out for him.”

That maternal quality carried over in her film and television careers. Dukakis was frequently cast in motherly roles that called for wisdom and strength — portraying Kirstie Alley's overbearing mom in "Look Who's Talking" and "Look Who's Talking, Too" and Ted Danson's smothering septuagenarian mother in "Dad."

Her television credits include the transgender drama "Tales of the City" (1993) and its sequel, which earned her an Emmy nomination. Locally, she appeared in "Vigil," Morris Panych's 1995 dark comedy, in 2011. She uttered but 12 lines during her nearly two hours onstage as an elderly recluse visited by a loquacious loser.

Her latest acting credits include "Away From Her" (2006), "In the Land of Women" (2007), “Bored to Death” (2009), “Forgive Me,” (2013), and three projects with filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald, including the series “Sex and Violence” and the one-woman play "Rose," in which she portrayed an 80-year-old Ukrainian Jew looking back on her life.

"I love transforming," Dukakis told the Globe and Mail. "It's the fun part of acting. It's the easy part, actually. But it's getting harder and harder for actors to do. You have to have a look, it has to be current, the body has to look this way. This is the enemy of transformation.”

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Eric Mcclure Crash

Eric McClure Dead: Former NASCAR Driver-Owner Dies at 42

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Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure

The NASCAR world is in mourning due to the death of former driver and team owner Eric McClure. His family released a statement on Sunday saying that he passed away Sunday at the age of 42. They did not provide a cause of death, but the Washington County (Virginia) Sheriff’s Office said his body will undergo an autopsy.

“The family of Eric Wayne McClure, former NASCAR driver, announces with great sorrow his passing on Sunday, May 2, 2021,” the statement said, per Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass. “They would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this very difficult time.”

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of former driver and owner Eric McClure. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends,” racing’s sanctioning body said in a statement.

McClure was a mainstay in the Xfinity Series throughout his career
The late driver raced in his first Xfinity Series race in 2003 back when it was the Busch Grand National Series. He competed at Rockingham while driving for Morgan-McClure Motorsports. He also made two Cup Series starts for the team in 2004 and 2006. His third Cup start, a 2005 race at Las Vegas, was with Raabe Racing Enterprises.

Instead of focusing on the Cup Series, McClure forged a career in the Xfinity Series, making 288 starts over the course of his 10-year career. He posted one top-10 finish in 2013, finishing eighth in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. He primarily worked with sponsors Hefty and Reynolds Wrap.

McClure drove for multiple teams during his Xfinity Series career. The list includes JD Motorsports, TriStar Racing, Front Row Motorsports, and Team Rensi Motorsports. McClure made his final start in the Xfinity Series for JDM, finishing 30th in the 2016 season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.

Following his final race, McClure opened up about a number of concussions that he sustained during his career. He revealed that the incidents had “changed him as a person” and made him forgetful. He also told the Bristol Herald-Courier that a crash from a 2012 Talladega race still haunted him years later.

“That was the one that changed me physically and other ways,” McClure told the outlet. “I have no recollection of impact, but I do remember moments before and after, such as getting into the helicopter.” He continued and explained that he suffered from depression and forgetfulness in the aftermath of the crash. “I was a person I didn’t know. I had a sense of frustration and helplessness.”

McClure followed in his family’s footsteps after his racing career ended

In July 2015, McClure announced that he was forming a part-time team. He partnered with NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Hal Martin and Abingdon race team owners Charlie and Don Henderson to create a two-driver team that would compete in the K&N East Series.

“I enjoy the challenge of competing,” McClure said during a press conference, per the Times-News. “I think that’s vital to the way that I’m geared, and I felt that ownership was the next logical step. But it’s only rewarding if you enjoy the people that you work with. We want high quality people here.”

The team, Martin-McClure Racing, featured Knoxville short-track racer Chad Finchum in a Reynolds Wrap-sponsored Toyota and Abingdon Truck series veteran Caleb Holman in a Food Country-sponsored Toyota. Finchum competed in seven K&N East races between 2015-17, winning one and finishing top-five in another. Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric replaced Finchum in the No. 39 Toyota for two races in 2016, winning both.

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Mon, May 03, 2021 12:25am
Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner Faces Backlash for Opposing Trans Girls in Sports: 'I'm Clear About Where I Stand'

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Caitlyn Jenner's words are being held to more scrutiny than ever after she announced her gubernatorial bid in California.

The I Am Cait star, 71, is facing backlash from trans activists and allies, after she referred to trans girls as "biological boys," while expressing her support for anti-trans bills that would ban trans children from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity.

"This is a question of fairness," Jenner said in a TMZ video. "That's why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls' sports in school. It just isn't fair. And we have to protect girls' sports in our schools."

Later on Saturday, Jenner tweeted: "I didn't expect to get asked this on my Saturday morning coffee run, but I'm clear about where I stand. It's an issue of fairness and we need to protect girls' sports in our schools."

Trans activist and Transparent actress Shakina Nayfack was one of many to hit back at Jenner on Twitter. "Caitlyn Jenner is classically uninformed, wildly privileged, and tragically self-hating," she wrote. "She can go protect the integrity of f—ing herself."

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season 4 winner Trinity "The Tuck" Taylor also spoke out. "A trans girl is a girl. A trans boy is a boy," she wrote. "Everyones built different no matter what gender you are. Theres very small framed people and also larger framed muscular people all across the spectrum! STOP finding ways to delegitimize someone's gender. SHAME ON U @Caitlyn_Jenner."

Writer and activist Charlotte Clymer took aim at the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star as well. "Caitlyn Jenner completely fails to understand the science here," she wrote. "This has not been a problem. The GOP is fabricating this issue and funding Jenner to claim this nonsense. She is about as credible as any paid shill."

Jenner's statement comes amid a wave of anti-trans bills across the country, many of which are focused on trans youth in sports. As of March, the Human Rights Campaign reported that there were 192 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in state legislatures across the United States. Of those, a record 93 bills directly target transgender people.

Legislators have argued that trans athletes have an unfair physical advantage, but doctors and scientists say that is an oversimplification not supported by the facts. And in most cases, these lawmakers can't name local examples of trans athletes having such an advantage, according to the Associated Press.

The onslaught of transphobic legislature comes after President Joe Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office that outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He's also urged the Senate to vote on the Equality Act, which passed the House in February.

Recently, Biden pledged his support to transgender youth in his first address to a joint session of Congress. "To all the transgender Americans watching at home — especially the young people who are so brave — I want you to know that your president has your back," he said.

Jenner's words on this issue may carry weight with her followers, as she won gold at the 1976 Summer Olympics in the men's decathlon. Decades later, Jenner came out as transgender on the July 2015 cover of Vanity Fair.

Last week, Jenner announced her campaign for governor of California. "I'm in! California is worth fighting for," she wrote on Instagram.

She's touted herself as "economically conservative" and "much more progressive" socially in the past. "I want to see the government out of my face, out of my regulations," Jenner told PEOPLE in June 2020.

On the idea of leveraging her celebrity, Jenner also said, "I thought, what a great opportunity to change the world's thinking; 51 percent of trans people attempt suicide. The murder rate — we've been losing one trans woman of color every two weeks," adding, "I love my community. I truly want to help." (Jenner has been quietly giving trans students college scholarships over the past three years and has realigned her foundation to focus on trans youth.)

However, Jenner has faced backlash in the past for her stances on trans issues, while supporting Republican candidates who also stand against trans rights. "I thought Trump would help trans people," she wrote in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, after initially throwing her support behind the one-term president. "I was wrong."

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Mon, May 03, 2021 12:39am
Line Of Duty

'Line Of Duty' series 6 episode 7 recap: Finale 'definately' falls flat as 'H' is unmasked at last

DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) take on the OCG in episode 7 of series 6 of Line Of Duty. (World Productions)
DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) take on the OCG in episode 7 of series 6 of Line Of Duty.

What have we learned then from series 6 of Line Of Duty?

Always crack open a window on a late night drive, that’s one. Don’t ever get in the back of a white van unless you know exactly where it’s going - very important.

If a work colleague arranges to meet you in a pub then changes the location at the last minute to a seedy lorry park, best to knock the night on the head and catch up next day back in the office.

And, finally, and perhaps most crucially… spelling is very important. Your teachers were right all along.

For the last time this series - perhaps the last time ever? - it’s time to dissect a Line Of Duty episode.

*WARNING: this article contains spoilers for episode 7 of series 6 of Line Of Duty*

1. Occupational hazard

Steve has experienced his fair share of trauma in his time at AC-12. (World Productions)
Viewers expecting a blistering action scene or a big reveal at the beginning of episode 7 may be left slightly disappointed when it opens with some much needed quiet reflection.

It's probably about five series too late, but DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) finally gets some help from the occupational health department.

"You might benefit from some time off work," the medical counsellor, played by Steve Oram (Sightseers), tells him, in the biggest understatement in Line Of Duty history.

This is a series finale, pal, like Steve is ever going to take a back seat.

2. Don't even Jo there

In fact, Steve is riding up front as usual, only this time it's in the prison transport van that had been taking DCI Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) out of HMP Brentiss to meet a sticky end at the hands of the organised crime gang (OCG).

But Steve and DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) have intercepted the transport, whisked Davidson to safety and got the drop on another batch of balaclava men.

It's a super twist, particularly as we know from earlier in this series what usually happens to prison transport vans.

AC-12 sped to the rescue after it emerged that Davidson had been surreptitiously signed out of prison by someone using Kate's signature and that of DS Chris Lomax (Perry Fitzpatrick).

“Driver, put your foot flat to the floor,” orders Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), missing a golden opportunity for a "sucking diesel" reference.

3. No Nesbitt

Ever since he popped up - or rather, his photos did - in episode 5, fans have been waiting for a dramatic entrance from James Nesbitt as former DCI Marcus Thurwell, who had dodgy links to the botched Sands View Boys Home and Lawrence Christopher cases.

Viewers shook their heads at the end of last week's episode when Thurwell was found dead by Spanish police, insistent that Nesbitt wouldn't just turn up to have his mugshot taken for a role.

But in the finale, it's confirmed by DC Chloe Bishop (Shalom Brune-Franklin), who has pretty much carried AC-12 the entire series (promote her, please!) that Thurwell is indeed dead.

“Spain is a decoy, Thurwell’s the stooge,” shouts Ted, almost as angry as the audience about being hoodwinked.

4. Father figure Fairbank

It's a no-show from Nesbitt, then, but there is another appearance from paedophile and former CS Patrick Fairbank (George Costigan), who Davidson has named as the bent copper she was led to believe was her father.

Last week, it was revealed former crime lord Tommy Hunter (Brian McCardie) was both her uncle and her father, but if AC-12 were hoping for more answers, they don't get them from Fairbank, who claims he cannot remember Davidson.

Which begs the question, is Davidson's father figure someone else? Did she name Fairbank knowing his deteriorating mental state would protect her?

Anyway, this latest dead end further riles Ted, who was starting to believe - like Davidson - that Fairbank was "H", also known as the "Fourth Man".

“Yes, we’re going back years! He’s bloody right we’ve been going back years! This thing has been driving me mad for years!”

Join the club, Ted. Join the bloody club.

5. H for… hapless?

Well, I'll say one thing for Line Of Duty - it has made the whole of the UK population know how to spell "definitely" correctly.

Chloe has some shocking results back from the cyber crime unit. An officer used the same incorrect "definately" spelling seen in OCG messages in two separate police reports written 16 years apart - the Lawrence Christopher investigation and Operation Lighthouse, the probe into the murder of journalist Gail Vella (Andi Osho).

And the officer in question?

“Come off it, no way," says Kate. “This can’t be right," agrees Steve. “Are you sure, Chloe?" asks Ted.

“If this is right he’s been under our noses from the very beginning,” adds Steve, before Kate asks: "For God’s sake, what does this make us look like?”

Hmmm... a right bunch of morons? Let's just hope the audience don't feel the same when they find out.

And after the longest walk into the AC-12 interview suite in Line Of Duty history, it is revealed that H is...

That's right, DSU Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) is the Fourth Man, “once wrongly codenamed H” (thanks Ted).

So, did you figure it out? I know I didn't.

Here's what I wrote four episodes ago: "Eagle-eyed viewers (not me, I must admit) of earlier episodes of this series spotted that DSU Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) keeps a set of golf clubs in his office (The Caddy vibes, anyone?) but surely we can rule him out as being “H” or “The Fourth Man”, given he waves his 8 or 9 iron (sorry, I’ve not played for a while) directly in front of the camera this week."

Hiding in plain sight. Oh well, you can't get them all right. As Ted tells Buckells, "You certainly did a grand job of hiding this, I'll give you that."

Ted tries his best to get a reaction from Buckells ("Your corruption was mistaken for incompetence”), who copies the Jo Davidson "no comment" school of interview techniques for a while, until he can no longer resist a bit of gloating.

“I just pass things on,” he says of his link to the OCG, saying he wants immunity and witness protection.

So is Buckells really "the last man standing”, or is Chief Constable Phillip Osbourne (Owen Teale), who was also on the Lawrence Christopher investigation, still pulling the strings?

Buckells is in a tight bind. If he talks, he gets his immunity but it comes with a huge target on his back. If he keeps schtum, he takes his chances behind bars, which hasn't exactly worked out well for anyone else.

“No one makes mugs of AC-12,” Ted tells him, inadvertently launching an inevitable line of Line Of Duty hot drinks merchandise.

6. “This is weird innit, wrapping everything up.”

You said it, Kate. Line Of Duty specialises in leaving things open by refusing to give any answers, so the Fourth Man reveal falls a little bit flat.

While I love the idea of Buckells being H, the problems lie with the unveiling's execution.

If even Ted, Kate and Steve are peeved at the twist, what are the audience going to think?

It's perhaps more realistic that Buckells wasn't exactly a criminal mastermind, but it would have had more impact if he'd demonstrated that he had shown at least some smarts in outwitting AC-12 all these years.

And in the end, catching H came down to spelling, not anything concrete that came from Vella's murder. It all feels a little bit detached.

7. Last Battle of Hastings

With the Fourth Man revealed, there is nothing more for Ted to do but retire, as DCS Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin) takes over the anti-corruption reins, not that she seems that bothered, which also leaves Kate and Steve in an uncertain position.

"You don't realise what you've got until it's gone," says Kate, clearly a Joni Mitchell fan. When it's her turn to visit occupational health, she talks about Steve, saying: "To be honest, I don't know what I'd do without him."

Awwwww, maaaaaate.

Quiz: How much do you know about ‘Line Of Duty’?

Ted bursts into Carmichael's office to give her hell, then bursts back in there to come clean that he told OCG member Lee Banks (Alastair Natkiel) during a prison visit they had a rat in their crew, which led to the death of undercover officer DS John Corbett (Stephen Graham).

He follows this up with a rousing defence of the idea of pursuing the truth whatever it takes. “You do it… because you carry the fire.”

It's some speech, and some performance by Dunbar, but it feels like it's wasted on Carmichael, who appears to have as much interest in nicking bent coppers as Steve does in suits that don't come with a waistcoat.

After the bluster, all that is left is for Ted, Kate and Steve to cram into that tiny lift and leave the building... hopefully for a pint.

The customary end-of-series epilogue reveals criminal proceedings were dropped against Terry Boyle (Tommy Jessop) and PS Farida Jatri (Anneika Rose); Hunter's son Darren is being investigated in the murder of Lawrence Christopher and Davidson has a new cottage/dog/partner in witness protection.

As for Buckells, he's in a vulnerable inmates wing of a maximum security prison, and any information relating to institutionalised police corruption is unlikely to see the public light of day, especially as a Tedless AC-12 is powerless or disinterested in proving such links.

What a downer!

Episode 7 and series 6 verdict: So that was Line Of Duty - episode 7: The Force Awakens, a lesson in careful spelling and looking out for what is right under your nose.

And, in truth, it was all something of an anti-climax, lacking heft despite tying up loose ends, one of which has kept viewers on tenterhooks since the end of series 3.

Buckells is H, and while that makes sense, it didn't make for the kind of great TV drama we've come to expect from writer/creator Jed Mercurio's show.

Read more: The first five series of ‘Line Of Duty’ ranked

As for series 6 itself, it was a rather uneven beast, starting off steady then peaking wildly in the middle before trundling to its conclusion.

Episodes 4 and 5 were among the best the show has ever produced, but the two that followed felt lightweight, packed with red herrings and dead ends but no real emotional punch.

As the series wore on, Vella's murder became less and less important as the renewed search for H and Davidson's family history dominated everything else.

In the end, it all came down to a spelling mistake. But despite its far from exciting ending, was series 6 of Line Of Duty worth watching?

Definitely.

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Mon, May 03, 2021 9:55pm
Alyssa Wray


Kentucky ‘American Idol’ singer voted off as fans are stunned. ‘Alyssa was robbed!’

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Alyssa Wray, an “American Idol” contestant from Perryville, Kentucky, was eliminated from the show Sunday despite a performance one judge called “a work of art.”

Wray’s fans were stunned to see the 19-year-old singer eliminated after her rendition of “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” during Disney Night on “Idol.”

Wray performed in a Cinderella-inspired dress, holding her best notes for the end.

“You were doing something so amazing. You were letting us in,” judge Lionel Richie said. “Sometimes you have a tendency to give it to us in the beginning. Hold it, because the gift is at the end when your personality comes out, when the voice becomes larger. But you did it that time. It was an amazing performance.”

The other judges, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, agreed it was a strong performance from the Northern Kentucky University student. Perry said Wray’s vocal control was unlike any of her previous performances.

“Everything that you’re presenting, from your presentation to who you are to the way you deliver the song, is truly a work of art to watch,” Bryan added.

But Wray, along with Cassandra Coleman and Deshawn Goncalves, were eliminated from the show later that night as “Idol” went from 10 contestants to seven.

Wray reflected on her “Idol” journey in a post-show interview.

“I came into this competition thinking that I just wasn’t worth anything,” Wray said, according to USA Today. “These people, this competition, America — they’ve truly taught me that I am worth so much more than I could ever dream of and that I don’t have to do anything but be myself. I just have to do what I love and that is enough.”

Some fans on social media said Wray was “robbed” and deserved a spot in the top seven.

“I’ve never been so disappointed in ‘American Idol,’” one viewer said.

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Tue, May 04, 2021 1:25pm
Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates calls her marriage to Bill 'irretrievably broken' in divorce filings and says the couple are already separated

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Bill and Melinda Gates.

Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce filings describe their marriage as "irretrievably broken."

The couple on Monday said they planned to divorce after "a lot of work on our relationship."

They first met at Microsoft in 1987 and have been married for 27 years.

Before their announcement Monday of their plans to get divorced, Bill and Melinda Gates had already separated, according to divorce filings shared by TMZ.

Melinda Gates officially filed for divorce on Monday, saying her 27-year marriage was "irretrievably broken." Bill Gates is listed as respondent to the filings and signed the papers.

The couple announced the coming divorce in matching tweets posted to their personal Twitter accounts Monday. The tweets said the couple decided to end the marriage "after a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship."

"We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives," they added.

But Melinda Gates used stronger words in the divorce filing, filed Monday in Washington state's King County.

"This marriage is irretrievably broken," she wrote as petitioner of the divorce filing, adding that the couple were separated.

In the divorce filings, she also said they did not have a prenup and asked for their real property, personal property, and debts to be split according to a separation contract they had drawn up. She did not ask for spousal support.

Bill Gates first met Melinda French in 1987 when she joined Microsoft as a product manager, though she said her mom didn't think that seeing the CEO was a good idea at first.

The couple married in Hawaii in 1994 and moved into a lavish home, nicknamed Xanadu 2.0, in Medina, Washington. They had three children and set up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation together.

In past interviews, they have praised both each other and their marriage. Melinda Gates told Insider in 2019 that her husband was "incredibly supportive" and had encouraged her to develop her career. She added that the couple still did the dishes together every night to keep the partnership equal.

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Tue, May 04, 2021 1:34pm
Chenasia Campbell

Woman Accused of Punching Flight Attendant, Yelling at Another for Not Picking Up Her Garbage

An American Airlines Boeing 787-9 takes off from Los Angeles international Airport on January 13 in Los Angeles. A woman was arrested for abusing attendants on a New York City–bound flight on Sunday.<br>
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An American Airlines Boeing 787-9 takes off from Los Angeles international Airport on January 13 in Los Angeles. A woman was arrested for abusing attendants on a New York City–bound flight on Sunday.

A woman on an American Airlines plane was arrested Sunday for repeatedly attacking one flight attendant and verbally abusing another. The woman was said to have become irate because her garbage was not picked up by the crew members.

The alleged assault occurred midway through a flight from Miami to New York City. The woman has been identified as Chenasia Campbell, 28, of Brooklyn. She is accused of striking a flight attendant multiple times, as well as for knocking the woman to the floor.

An off-duty New York Police Department officer also happened to be aboard the plane at the time of Campbell's alleged misconduct. A criminal complaint filed Monday reports the officer subdued the aggressive passenger and placed her in restraints, which she remained in for the second half of the flight to New York City.

The criminal complaint was filed in the Eastern District of New York. It claims Campbell followed the first flight attendant down the aisle, during which time she complained that no one picked up her garbage. A second attendant attempted to separate the two women, according to the complaint.

The attempt to diffuse the situation backfired on the second flight attendant. Campbell became even angrier after her involvement and allegedly pulled the second attendant's hair. Afterward, Campbell walked away but yelled at another passenger in the process, and she then soon returned to scream obscenities at the second flight attendant, the complaint said.

The court document reports Campbell yelled at one point: "Cops aren't going to do anything to me" before striking the flight attendant with closed fists.

Upon the plane's reaching its destination of New York's JFK Airport, Campbell was taken off the craft and placed into police custody. She faces charges for the federal offense of interfering with a flight crew. She was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

The criminal complaint also noted that the flight attendant whom Campbell allegedly assaulted sustained scrapes, bruises and a strained neck, but reportedly declined medical attention.

According to the legal website FindLaw.com, acts of interference with a flight crew "that don't quite rise to the level of criminal conduct can still warrant hefty fines by the FAA." Those civil penalties can result in fines of up to $25,000 per violation, and multiple violations can result from one incident.

However, Findlaw.com also writes that flight crew interference incidents that involve physical assault can result in up to 20 years' imprisonment and fines of up to $250,000.

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Tue, May 04, 2021 1:51pm
Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez welcomes mom to sing their version of 'Sweet Caroline' at VAX LIVE concert

Jennifer Lopez welcomes mom to sing their version of 'Sweet Caroline' at VAX LIVE concert

"Sweet Caroline" brought a sweet moment between Jennifer Lopez and her mom, Guadalupe Rodríguez.

The two-time Grammy nominee brought her mother up on stage during Sunday's VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World for a little "lullaby." That song was "Sweet Caroline," the popular Neil Diamond hit from 1969 — only it came with a touching twist.

"Mom, is it true you used to sing me this song when I was a baby?" she asked Rodriguez.

"When I used to rock you," her mom replied. "I would sing, 'Sweet Jennifer.'"

"Lets sing it like a lullaby, and let's help her out," the singer told the audience. "Sing it to me just like you used to sing it to me."

The song began with Rodriguez singing her lullaby to baby Lopez. Then the two broke out in claps as the beat picked up and they led the crowd gathered at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. in the classic version everyone knows.

Attendees shared footage of this moment on social.

The VAX LIVE concert was recorded on Sunday but will air on select channels and stream on YouTube this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. The star-studded event — which included performances by Selena Gomez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, and H.E.R in addition to Lopez — was set up in a call to action for world leaders to make the COVID-19 vaccines accessible to all.

Global Citizen, the international advocacy organization that put on the show, announced that they received $53.8 million in philanthropic and corporate commitments to procure 10.3 million doses of vaccines. This exceeds the group's original 10 million goal since launching the VAX LIVE campaign.

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Tue, May 04, 2021 1:55pm
Donald Trump

Republicans are said to be plotting to oust Liz Cheney from House leadership and replace her with a pro-Trump woman

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House Republicans reportedly believe Rep. Liz Cheney can't be succeeded by a white man.

Republicans are said to be plotting to replace Rep. Liz Cheney in House leadership, Axios reported.

It follows her sustained criticism of former President Donald Trump.

Potential replacements include Reps. Elise Stefanik, Ann Wagner, and Jackie Walorski, Axios said.

House Republicans are said to be lining up replacements for the GOP leadership spot held by Rep. Liz Cheney following her sustained criticism of former President Donald Trump, Axios reported.

Cheney, the third-highest-ranking House Republican, has been a vocal critic of the former president and voted to impeach him in January.

Her most recent criticism of Trump came Monday, when she tweeted: "The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system."

Axios reported that House Republicans were considering introducing efforts to replace her with one of her female colleagues, including Reps. Elise Stefanik, Ann Wagner, and Jackie Walorski, none of whom joined Cheney in calling for Trump's impeachment.

Both Stefanik and Walorski objected to the Electoral College certification of the election in January.

The House Republicans are said to believe Cheney can't be succeeded by a white man and could move against her as soon as May 12, when the House Republican Conference next meets, Axios reported.

Cheney comfortably survived a GOP leadership vote in February following intense criticism over her decision to vote for Trump's impeachment.

But several factors have imperiled Cheney's leadership position since then, not least the continued efforts of Trump - who still exerts a viselike grip on the Republican Party - to ensure Cheney's political demise.

The schism between Cheney and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has also grown far more apparent since February, Insider's John L. Dorman reported.

McCarthy publicly backed Cheney to remain in her post in February but last week refused to offer the same endorsement, saying instead: "That's a question for the conference."

He also criticized Cheney in an interview with Politico last week, saying: "There's a responsibility, if you're going to be in leadership, leaders eat last. And when leaders try to go out, and not work as one team, it creates difficulties."

She was also intensely criticized by House colleagues for giving a fist bump to President Joe Biden last week.

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Tue, May 04, 2021 2:05pm
Elon Musk

SpaceX launch - live: Starship SN15 prepares for lift-off, with road and airspace closures in place

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SpaceX posts live streams of its Starship tests less than 10 minutes before they take place (SpaceX’s )

SpaceX is expected to attempt the latest major flight test of its Starship rocket on Tuesday. The next-generation spacecraft was set to launch from SpaceX’s Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas, on Friday, but scrubbed it for reasons unknown.

Starship SN15’s high-altitude flight test follows four previous attempts that all ended in massive explosions. SpaceX boss Elon Musk said previous issues with the rocket’s Raptor engines have been fixed “six ways to Sunday”, though if it fails to land cleanly there are more Starship prototypes currently under development.

Airspace clearance has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), road closures are in place with Cameron County, and marine hazard notices have been issued. The test could take place any time between 12pm and 8pm local time (6pm - 2am BST) on Tuesday, while a backup launch window is also in place for Wednesday.

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Tue, May 04, 2021 2:14pm
Mexico City train accident

Mexico City metro overpass collapse kills 23

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Site of the incident

A metro overpass has collapsed in Mexico City as a train was travelling over it, killing at least 23 people, including children, the mayor said.

Two train carriages were seen hanging from the structure, above a busy road. At least 65 people were injured, and seven are in a serious condition.

One person trapped in a car underneath the wreckage was pulled out alive.

This is the deadliest incident in decades in the city's metro system, one of the busiest in the world.

Local media broadcast CCTV footage showing the overpass collapsing, sending up clouds of debris. The crash happened at around 22:00 local time on Monday (03:00 GMT) near the Olivos station on the metro's Line 12, in the south-east of the city.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said an external company would investigate the cause of the incident. Earlier, she said it appeared a girder had given way on the overpass. The line, inaugurated less than a decade ago, will remain closed while a structural survey is carried out.

Speaking at a news conference alongside the mayor, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador offered his condolences to the relatives of the victims and said that "nothing would be hidden" from the Mexican people.

Residents had reported cracks in the structure after a deadly 2017 earthquake, according to local media. Mexico's El Universal newspaper says transport authorities made repairs following the reports.

A crane was sent to the scene to stabilise the carriages amid concerns they could fall onto the road, which forced officials to temporarily halt rescue efforts at night.

In chaotic scenes, anxious friends and relatives of those believed to be on the train gathered in the area. Efraín Juárez told AFP news agency that his son was in the wreckage. "My daughter-in-law called us. She was with him and she told us the structure fell down over them."

Gisela Rioja Castro, 43, was looking for her 42-year-old husband, who always take that train after work and had not been answering his phone. She said the authorities had no information about him. "Nobody knows anything," she told the Associated Press.

A passenger, 26-year-old Mariana, told El Universal that she and other people trapped among the carriage's twisted metal managed to escape through a window.

"We only heard a loud thunder, and everything fell apart," she said of the moment of the incident. "There were many people standing and sitting in the carriage, and when the carriage fell, we went flying and hit our heads on its roof."

One eyewitness told Mexico's Televisa TV network: "Suddenly I saw that the structure was shaking."

"When the dust cleared we ran... to see if we could help. There were no screams. I don't know if they were in shock," the witness said.

Mexico City's metro system is one of the most used in the world, carrying tens of millions of passengers a week. In North America, only New York's subway carries more people every day.

Yet the incident did not occur on one of the older lines, which have been through at least two major earthquakes in the past 35 years. Rather it happened on Line 12, completed as recently as October 2012.

There will be difficult questions for the mayor's office to come about the construction of the line, including for several former mayors.

They include Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who was in office when Line 12 was unveiled and who championed the metro's expansion. He called the accident a "terrible tragedy".

However, those questions must wait until later. The moment now is solely about the rescue operation as Mexicans pray the number of victims does not rise any further.

Last year, one person was killed and more than 40 injured in a collision between two metro trains in Mexico City.

In 1975, two underground trains collided, killing 31 people.

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Nivine Jay

Who is Nivine Jay? Woman Who Rejected Ben Affleck on Raya Dating App

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Ben Affleck attends "The Way Back" Atlanta Q&A screening at Plaza Theatre on February 19, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

A TikTok user has gone viral after sharing a video Ben Affleck sent her when they were matched on a dating app.

Nivine Jay shared the clip to TikTok on Sunday before it made its way to Twitter, where it has since exploded, prompting a huge reaction on social media.

"Thinking of the time I matched with Ben Affleck on Raya and thought it was fake so I unmatched him and he sent me a video on Instagram," she wrote over the clip.

The video then features the 48-year-old Batman actor asking Jay: "Nivine, why did you unmatch me? It's me."

Raya is a private, membership-based dating app and Page Six reports that Affleck has been using it since 2019.

Who is Nivine Jay?

Nivine Jay is an actress, model, and writer with a large social media following.

According to IMDB she has appeared in the films: The Donut Split in 2014 and Space Juice in 2021.

She also has acting credits as a Sorority Girl in 2014's Neighbors and in the Kroll Show in the same year.

Jay is also the author of a book titled Crybaby.

On social media, Jay boasts more than 16,000 followers on Instagram and more than 18,000 followers on TikTok.

Affleck mentioned using Raya in 2019, when he posted to Instagram: "HA, you got me. I'm dating," before opening up about a cause close to his heart.

"But let's be serious for a moment and talk about something that is actually important. I have been in recovery for over a year and part of that is helping out others. @themidnightmission is an incredible organization that helps those in need with housing, training, development and recovery," he added.

He then asked if Raya would join him in donating to the cause.

"I'm making a donation today because there are people battling addiction every day that don't have the resources and need they help. @raya, you in? Who else is with me? Click the link in my bio to donate," he wrote.

However, in a 2020 interview on Good Morning America, Affleck confirmed he was not using dating apps to find love after his split with Knives Out actress Ana de Armas.

"I know people who are on them and they have a fun time, but not me," he said at the time. "I would love to have a relationship that was deeply meaningful and one to which I could be deeply committed."

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Bill Gates Divorce

Bill and Melinda Gates already decided how to divide wealth: 'Divorce is not something to waste money on'

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Gates Petition for Dissolution by Erin Fuchs

Billionaire Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates, announced on Monday that they would end their 27-year marriage, likely fueling speculation about how the high-profile divorce will play out.

Family lawyer Randy Kessler, who has handled divorce cases involving professional athletes and entertainers, accurately predicted what court documents show — that the Gates worked out in advance how to separate their estimated $133 billion in net worth.

A petition for dissolution of marriage that Melinda Gates filed on Monday noted that, while the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement, they did have a separation agreement. The petition simply asks the court to divide the property as laid out in that agreement and does not ask for ongoing spousal support.

“My guess is they're going to work this out very privately, and that they will both be very comfortable with the way it turns out.” Kessler said. “I cannot imagine that she won't be happy or he won't be happy, financially.”

According to the petition filed in Washington state’s King County Superior court on Monday afternoon, Melinda Gates, 56, filed for the divorce stating, “This marriage is irretrievably broken. We ask the court to dissolve our marriage and find that our marital community ended on the date stated in our separation contract.”

“If it was about the money,” Kessler said, “they’d stay married.”

“People that have extraordinary wealth, have it for a reason,” Kessler added. “They know what not to waste money on, and what not to be in the press about. Divorce is not something to waste money on.”

Melinda and Bill Gates each posted to their Twitter accounts on Monday a statement about their decision.

In addition to the couple’s wealth gained through Microsoft's empire, the couple will also need to decide on the future of their philanthropic entity Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to the divorce filing, the Gates had transferred $20 billion of Microsoft stock to the non-profit.

“I think it's going to remain as it is,” Kessler predicted about the enterprise that focuses on global health and poverty initiatives. “It's a testament to them if they can get divorced and still be working together on that...never underestimate bill or Melinda Gates, right?”

Because the foundation is not an asset that either Gates needs to be able to pay their bills, Kessler said, it shouldn’t present a challenge, financially. To add, he said, the foundation's management team will likely play the most important role for its future. Currently, Bill and Melinda Gates serve as foundation co-chairs.

“It’s more of an image thing,” he said. “I think the focus will be on not changing that image. They don't want their contributors or donors to worry that there's going to be anything different than it was.”

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Wed, May 05, 2021 6:36pm
Ann Winblad

Bill Gates allegedly had special weekend deal with wife to holiday with ex

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Bill and Melinda Gates reportedly had an agreement that allowed him to see his ex-girlfriend for an annual weekend getaway.

Mr Gates had dated Ann Winblad, an American businesswoman, in the 1980s and entered into an arrangement with his wife, Melinda, that allowed him to spend a long weekend with her.

A 1997 Time profile by Walter Isaacson discusses his relationship with Ms Winblad and the extent of his involvement with her after his marriage with Melinda in 1994. The interview resurfaced after the multibillionaire philanthropist couple announced their decision to dissolve 27 years of marriage.

“Another of Gates’ vacation companions is Ann Winblad, the software entrepreneur and venture capitalist he dated during the 1980s,” Mr Isaacson wrote.

“They met in 1984 at a Ben Rosen-Esther Dyson computer conference and started going on ‘virtual dates’ by driving to the same movie at the same time in different cities and discussing it on their cell phones. For a few years she even persuaded him to stop eating meat, an experiment he has since resolutely abandoned.”

Mr Gates and Ms Winbald broke up in 1987, “partly because Winblad, five years older, was more ready for marriage,” says the profile, which added that they remained close friends.

“Even now, Gates has an arrangement with his wife that he and Winblad can keep one vacation tradition alive,” said the piece. “Every spring, as they have for more than a decade, Gates spends a long weekend with Winblad at her beach cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where they ride dune buggies, hang-glide and walk on the beach.”

Mr Gates told Mr Isaacson that they would play “putt-putt while discussing biotechnology”.

Elaborating on their bond, Ms Winblad added that they would share their thoughts about the world and themselves and “marvel about how, as two young overachievers, we began a great adventure on the fringes of a little-known industry and it landed us at the center of an amazing universe.”

He even sought the approval of Ms Winblad before proposing to his wife.

“When I was off on my own thinking about marrying Melinda, I called Ann and asked for her approval,” Mr Gates said, adding that he had Ms Winblad’s support in the decision.

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Wed, May 05, 2021 6:41pm
Nick Kamen

Nick Kamen, singer and iconic '80s Levi's commercial model, dies at 59: Reports

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Nick Kamen, singer and iconic '80s Levi's commercial model, dies at 59

Model and singer Nick Kamen has died at the age of 59, according to multiple reports. There's no information as to the cause of death available at this time.

The Essex-born star rose to fame at age 18, after he appeared in a Levi's 501 commercial, filmed in a launderette in 1985, where he strips off down to his underwear to do laundry, while onlookers ogle. He soon became a sex symbol.

Kamen — whose real name was Ivor Neville Kamen — then caught the attention of queen of pop Madonna who had him record "Each Time You Break My Heart," a track she'd originally penned for her album True Blue, but hadn't ended up using. The song reached the top five on the U.K. charts. Madonna provided backing vocals on the track. Between 1987 and 1992, Kamen released four albums and enjoyed success with the song "I Promised Myself" in 1989.

Following the news of his death on Wednesday, his friend and fellow singer Boy George posted a tribute to Kamen on Instagram, writing, "R.I.P. to the most beautiful and sweetest man."

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Wed, May 05, 2021 6:46pm
Elise Stefanik

Trump Endorses Stefanik to Replace Cheney as GOP Conference Chair

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Former president Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed Representative Elise Stefanik (R., N.Y.) to replace Representative Liz Cheney (R., Wy.) as chair of the House Republican Conference as party leadership has reportedly sought to oust the Wyoming congresswoman from her leadership role in recent days.

“Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership,” Trump said in a statement. “We want leaders who believe in the Make America Great Again movement, and prioritize the values of America First. Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL Endorsement for GOP Conference Chair. Elise is a tough and smart communicator!”

Stefanik thanked Trump for his support in a tweet on Wednesday, adding, “We are unified and focused on FIRING PELOSI & WINNING in 2022!”

Stefanik has also received support from the top two Republicans in the House for her bid to replace Cheney, a longtime Trump critic.

A spokeswoman for House GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) said Wednesday that the No. 2 Republican in the House “has pledged to support [Stefanik] for conference chair.”

“House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker Pelosi and President Biden’s radical socialist agenda, and Elise Stefanik is strongly committed to doing that,” Scalise’s spokeswoman, Lauren Fine, said in a statement.

However, according to FiveThirtyEight, Cheney voted in line with Trump’s position during his tenure more often than Stefanik did. While Stefanik voted with Trump 77.7 percent of the time, Cheney did so 92.9 percent of the time. In 2019, Stefanik was one of just eight Republicans to support the Equality Act, sweeping legislation that would add sexual orientation and transgender status as protected classes under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Meanwhile, according to Punchbowl News, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) is working with Scalise to support Stefanik for Conference Chair after having told Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy in off-air comments that he thinks Cheney has “got real problems.”

“I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. … Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place,” McCarthy said in a tape of the conversation, which was obtained by Axios on Tuesday.

The renewed push to remove Cheney, the third-ranking GOP lawmaker in the House, from her leadership post comes after she told the New York Post last week that while she believes Republicans could take back the presidency in 2024, she thinks lawmakers who supported Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election results should be disqualified from running.

Cheney has drawn the ire of her Republican colleagues repeatedly since she voted in favor of Trump’s second impeachment but previously survived a secret ballot the House GOP conference conducted in February over whether to keep her in her post. The conference voted 145–61 to keep Cheney in her leadership role at that time.

Recent comments from party leadership seem to suggest the House GOP could hold a second vote to oust Cheney in the near future.

“This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on January 6,” Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler said on Tuesday. “Liz will not do that. That is the issue.”

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Thu, May 06, 2021 4:35pm
MRNA Stock

Moderna Posts First Quarterly Profit, Revenue Disappoints

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Moderna (MRNA) reported better-than-expected 1Q earnings and the first profitable quarter in its history. Meanwhile, revenues for the quarter missed analysts’ expectations. Shares plunged more than 8% in early trading on Thursday.

The company recorded earnings of $2.84 per share in 1Q, compared to the loss of $0.35 recorded in the prior-year quarter. Analysts were expecting the company to report EPS of $2.39.

Total revenue of $1.94 billion missed analysts’ expectations of $2.04 billion. Both research and development expenses and selling, general and administrative costs more than tripled to $401 million and $77 million, respectively, on a year-over-year basis. (See Moderna stock analysis on TipRanks)

Additionally, Moderna revealed that it has won another order for the supply of 7 million doses of its booster vaccine in 2022 to the Swiss Federal Government. Furthermore, the agreement’s terms have the option of an additional 7 million doses to be delivered during the second half of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023. Notably, purchases under this deal await regulatory approval.

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said, “The feedback from governments around the world requesting high-efficacy mRNA vaccines and variant boosters is overwhelming. We are now actively engaged in discussions and agreements for 2022 with all of the governments we are currently supplying for 2021. On top of that, new partnerships, like COVAX, for up to 466 million doses in 2022 and discussions with new governments in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, make us believe that our total advance purchase agreements for 2022 should be higher than those in 2021.”

On May 3, Piper Sandler analyst Edward Tenthoff reiterated a Buy rating and a price target of $234 (59% upside potential) on the stock. This followed the issue of an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO) for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, and the 500 million mRNA-1273 doses order from Gavi COVAX, the majority of which will be delivered in 2022.

The rest of the Street is cautiously optimistic about the stock with a Moderate Buy consensus rating. That’s based on 5 Buys, 4 Holds, and 2 Sells. The average analyst price target of $167.60 implies around 15% upside potential to current levels. Shares have increased 45.7% so far this year.

TipRanks data shows that financial blogger opinions are 83% Bullish on MRNA, compared to a sector average of 70%.

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Frank McRae

Frank McRae death: James Bond and 48 Hrs star dies of heart attack aged 80

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Frank McRae, photographed at the Westwood premiere of Last Action Hero in 1993

Tributes have been paid to Frank McRae, the late actor known for his roles in the James Bond film Licence to Kill and Last Action Hero.

On 29 April, McRae died of a heart attack at the age of 80, his daughter-in-law confirmed to Variety last night.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, McRae was a successful high school athlete, enjoying a spell as a professional American football player before transitioning to the screen.

McRae appeared in dozens of films, including a run of movies starring Sylvester Stallone in the 1970s and 1980s: FIST, Paradise Alley, Lock Up and Rocky II.

In Licence to Kill, McRae played Sharkey, an ally of 007, who was played in the film by Timothy Dalton.

Often cast as heavies and authority figures, the actor also appeared as a police captain in 1982’s 48 Hrs, a role he would later parody in 1993’s Loaded Weapon 1 and Last Action Hero. He also had roles in National Lampoon’s Vacation, Used Cars, Batteries Not Included and Steven Spielberg’s 1941.

Tributes to the actor have been shared on social media following the news of his passing.

Filmmaker Charles de Lauzirika wrote: “No one could exclaim ‘Jesus Palomino!’ quite like Frank McRae could. Always a welcome comedic presence who enthusiastically embraced his larger-than-life energy. R.I.P.”

Actor and Bond co-star Robert Davi wrote: “Saddened to hear of the passing of Frank McRae a gentle soul.

“I remember his sense of humour and joy while we filmed License to Kill! Condolences to family and friends.”

McRae is survived by his son Marcellus and three grandchildren, Camden, Jensen and Holden.

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Barry Morphew

A Colorado man was charged with murder one year after his wife's disappearance on Mother's Day

Barry Morphew, 53, was arrested by the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and charged with his wife's murder. Chaffee County Sheriff's Office
Barry Morphew, 53, was arrested by the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and charged with his wife's murder.

Suzanne Morphew, 49, went missing on Mother's Day last year when she went biking and never returned.

One year later, her husband, Barry Morphew, 53, was arrested and charged with her murder.

Morphew previously posted an emotional plea on Facebook begging for his wife's return.

Almost a year after a Colorado mother of two went missing on Mother's Day weekend, her husband was arrested and charged with her murder.

Barry Morphew, 53, was detained by the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday over the disappearance of Suzanne Morphew, 49. A press release posted on Facebook by the sheriff's office said Morphew had been charged with first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant.

A timeline of Suzanne Morphew's disappearance compiled by the Denver Fox affiliate KDVR noted that she was last seen going for a bike ride near Maysville, Colorado.

In a Facebook video posted a week after her disappearance, Morphew made an emotional plea for his wife's return, offering a $200,000 cash reward for any information on her disappearance.

"Oh, Suzanne, if anyone is out there that can hear this, that has you, please, we'll do whatever it takes to bring you back. We love you. We miss you. The girls need you. No questions asked," he said in the video.

He added: "However much they want, I will do whatever it takes to get you back. Honey, I love you. I want you back so bad."

According to The Washington Post, District Attorney Linda Stanley said an affidavit containing evidence pointing to Morphew's guilt was sealed for now.

Stanley told CNN that Suzanne Morphew's body had not been found.

"Our belief is that Suzanne is not alive at this time," Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said at a news conference on Wednesday.

"Today is not the day for celebration, nor does it mark the end of this investigation," he said. "Rather it's a next step in this very difficult yet very important journey as we seek justice for Suzanne and her family."

From May to November of last year, the local sheriff's office and Morphew's family carried out detailed sweeps of the area. This included a search effort in September organized by her brother, Andy Moorman, who enlisted the help of a group of volunteers to comb the mountains for six days.

Moorman told Fox 21 News in August that he suspected foul play and was unsure why his brother-in-law did not take a polygraph test.

The search-and-rescue attempt at one point involved a private dive team that scoured the waters near Salida - three hours from where Suzanne Morphew was last seen - using sonar in an attempt to recover her remains. These searches proved fruitless.

The sheriff's office also said it'd looked into 1,400 tips over the past year. Authorities executed 135 search warrants across Colorado and interviewed more than 400 people regarding the disappearance.

According to the authorities, Morphew is being held without bond at the Chaffee County Detention Facility. He was due to appear in court to face these charges at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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Jaleel White

Did Theyyyy Do Thaaaat? Jaleel White Says He Didn't Initially Feel Welcomed on Family Matters Set

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“As days go by,” an opportunity arises to reflect on your past career on a show such as Uncensored or Unsung. In the case of Jaleel White, who famously starred as Steve Urkel in the ‘90s sitcom Family Matters, he certainly has a lot to reflect on. With growth and perspective, there’s ample time to tell your story with no holds barred.

Acting since the age of three, Jaleel quickly stole the show as everyone’s favorite nerd on the classic sitcom Family Matters. He turned what was meant to be a one guest appearance into an iconic starring role.

According to Deadline, White recalled that his character of Steve Urkel wasn’t initially welcomed to the cast as he was initially supposed to be a one-off guest character.

“I was not welcomed to the cast at all,” White said. “They know what it was…I didn’t think anything of it being cast to be on Family Matters, because it was supposed to be a guest spot, one and done.”

As we now know, White’s Steve Urkel character ended up upstaging them all, becoming the main starpower of the series...of course, this was much to the show’s detriment in the latter seasons as it simply became a platform to cheaply exploit the character.

TV One also shared some sneak peek clips in a press release sent to The Root where White talked about how the show evolved from being written by “all Jewish men” to the show we’ve grown to know since.

White also recalled the first time he portrayed Myrtle Urkel, the complications and controversy behind a Black comedian donning a dress and how his father stepped in to console him after feeling bad about the taping.

Recently, to celebrate 4/20, White launched his own cannabis line ItsPurpl, he brilliantly debuted the strain “Purple Urkle” (probably intentionally spelled that way for legal reasons!). I wonder if the Family Matters cast eventually engaged in some “puff puff; pass” team building exercises to bond?

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Thu, May 06, 2021 6:08pm
Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make a Special Request in Honor of Archie's 2nd Birthday

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Archie

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are marking their son Archie's 2nd birthday in a special way.

The couple — who are expecting their second child, a girl, this summer — shared how people around the world can support a good cause in honor of Archie's birthday on their Archewell Foundation website on Thursday.

"We have been deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth and support for our family in honor of Archie's birthday," Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, wrote. "Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service—all through the goodness of your hearts. You raise funds for those who need it most, and continue to do so organically and selflessly. We remain incredibly grateful."

They continued that the world is still struggling to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and said "we will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine."

Meghan and Prince Harry invited followers to donate and help bring vaccines to vulnerable families around the world.

"We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son's birthday," they said. "If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don't know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect. Together, we can uplift, protect, and care for one another."

The message was signed with Harry and Meghan's signatures.

The growing family has been settling into life in Montecito, California, since their move last summer.

"They are both extremely attentive parents. Harry wants to give Archie the childhood he always wanted," an insider previously told PEOPLE. "They spend a ton of time outside, and both Harry and Meghan love to play—all the private space is a dream for them."

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William and Kate Middleton all sent well wishes from across the pond for Archie's birthday on social media.

Over the weekend, Prince Harry took part in the taping of Global Citizen's VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World and gave an impassioned speech about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccines distributed around the world.

Harry and Meghan are serving as Campaign Chairs of VAX Live, which "aims to inspire vaccine confidence worldwide and help get the COVID-19 vaccines to everyone, everywhere" according to a statement by Global Citizen.

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Thu, May 06, 2021 6:12pm
Peloton Recall

Peloton agrees to recall treadmills after child dies

Peloton will also recall about 6,500 of the less expensive Tread model, which had a more limited release and 18 minor incidents, with no injuries reported
Peloton will also recall about 6,500 of the less expensive Tread model, which had a more limited release and 18 minor incidents, with no injuries reported

Peloton will also recall about 6,500 of the less expensive Tread model, which had a more limited release and 18 minor incidents, with no injuries reported
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Exercise equipment maker Peloton on Wednesday announced it had agreed with US safety regulators to recall some of its treadmills after multiple accidents, including one that killed a child, and apologized for not acting sooner.

The recall of the Tread+ comes after more than 70 incidents of adults, children and pets being pulled under the belt of the unit, causing 29 injuries to children and the death of a six year old.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) issued an initial warning last month, urging consumers to stop using the treadmills.

But Peloton, the brand that offers interactive workouts, called the CSPC warning "misleading," saying consumers could continue using the treadmills as long as they followed safety instructions.

Peloton CEO John Foley on Wednesday walked back that stance, saying the recall "was the right thing to do."

"Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's request that we recall the Tread+. We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset," he said in a statement. "For that, I apologize."

The recall agreement was reached after "weeks of intense negotiation and effort," acting CSPC Chair said Robert S. Adler said in a statement.

The agreement "requires Peloton to immediately stop selling and distributing both the Tread+ and Tread products in the United States and refund the full purchase price to consumers who wish to return their treadmills," he said.

The company's shares tanked on the news, plunging nearly 14 percent in early afternoon trading.

The recall covers about 125,000 Tread+ models, sold between September 2018 and April 2021, the CSPC said. Their price starts at $4,295.

The company also will recall about 6,500 of the less-expensive Tread model, which had a more limited release and 18 minor incidents with no injuries reported, the statement said.

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Fri, May 07, 2021 3:57pm
Keisha Lance Bottoms

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announces she won't run for a second term

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Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks onstage during the 10th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival Women Superstars Luncheon on August 23, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she won't seek a second term on Thursday night, a decision that sent political shockwaves through the city.

"As Derek and I have given thoughtful prayer and consideration to the season now before us, it is with deep emotions that I hold my head high, and choose not to seek another term as Mayor," Bottoms, who was elected to office in 2017, said in a long letter published late Thursday.

Bottoms gained a national profile in 2020 for leading Atlanta through a tumultuous summer of protests and civil unrest around the killings of Black Americans by police, and forged an allyship with now-President Joe Biden, who recently hosted a fundraiser for her.

In the letter, Bottoms emphasized that she wasn't scared away by potential competition, saying that her fundraising and polling put her in a strong position to run for another term.

She had been rumored to be under consideration for various positions in the Biden administration throughout 2020, including Ambassador to the Bahamas (which her team denied), head of the Small Business Administration, and even as Biden's running mate.

In December 2020, Bottoms confirmed she had turned down an offer to serve in Biden's cabinet for an unspecified position in order to focus on her mayoral duties.

Bottoms stepping down and declining to run for a second term is part of a national trend of mayors, burnt out from shepherding their cities through the COVID-19 pandemic, heading for the exits, The New York Times reports.

Citing people close to Bottoms, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that she declined to run for another term "because she felt her motivation sapping."

Some reports on Thursday night suggested Bottoms was leaving office so that she or her husband Derek Bottoms could take an executive job with Walgreens in Chicago, which Bottoms' team denied.

Leading contenders who could jump into what will be a crowded race for Bottoms' job include former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, 2017 candidate Mary Norwood, Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin, and former state lawmaker Jason Carter, according to the Journal-Constitution.

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Jake Ehlinger

Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, brother of Colts rookie Sam Ehlinger, found dead

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Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of Colts quarterback Sam Ehlinger, was found dead today in Austin.

Police said they found Ehlinger when responding to a call today at 12:18 p.m., according to the Austin American-Statesman. His death is not considered suspicious.

An excellent student, Jake Ehlinger considered playing Ivy League football but decided to walk on at Texas and join his brother instead. Their father Ross Ehlinger, who died of a heart attack while competing in a triathlon in 2013, was a Texas alum, and the Ehlinger boys said playing together at Texas was a way to honor their father’s memory.

After Sam Ehlinger was drafted by the Colts on Saturday, NFL Network mistakenly showed Jake, which Sam said made him happy.

“Jake deserves all the screen time you can get,” Sam said when reporters in Indianapolis asked him about it.

When the Ehlingers ran out onto the field together for the first time as Texas teammates, Sam Ehlinger said, “Unreal, we’ve been dreaming of that our whole lives.”

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Donald Trump

Trump's Unusual Extension of Kids' Secret Service Detail Has Cost at Least $140K: Report

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Donald Trump's unusual decision to extend Secret Service protection for his four adult children — Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Tiffany Trump — and their families has cost the federal government tens of thousands of dollars since he left office in January, according to a watchdog group.

A new report by the nonprofit Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) shows the Secret Service spent at least $140,000 in President Trump's first month out of office to protect him and members of his family.

"That figure, however, does not include charges at Trump properties in Bedminster, Palm Beach and Briarcliff, New York, which would likely bring the actual total much higher," the report says.

Just before leaving the White House after losing re-election, Trump, 74, ordered a temporary extension for his children.

Former presidents and first ladies receive lifetime Secret Service protection, and it isn't unusual for their younger children to also be granted temporary security details.

For example, former President Barack Obama's daughters received extended protection after he left office because they were still teenagers, while former President Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton was 20 years old and in college when she received an extension.

However, Trump's decision to continue the protection drew criticism from those who had long argued he used his presidential role to show favoritism to his family and — in those cases where the Secret Service was traveling to his own properties — enrich his businesses.

CREW said the full sixth-month figure is "likely to be quite costly," estimating it could reach about $1 million.

A Secret Service source told PEOPLE in January that Trump issued the last-minute, six-month extension as a "transition period" for his adult children.

President Joe Biden would need to approve a further extension after that, the Secret Service source said then.

CREW's new report came from a freedom of information request filed with the Secret Service in February.

Overall, the records show the Secret Service spent roughly $52,300 on transportation and nearly $89,000 on hotel costs while following around Trump's adult children in his first 30 days since leaving office.

Numbers show the Secret Service — who must maintain proximity to protectees — spent $62,600 in late January to provide protection for Trump's oldest daughter Ivanka, 39, and her husband Jared Kushner, 40, during a 10-day trip with their kids to Salt Lake City.

The trip began Jan. 21, the day after Biden's inauguration, which the Trump family did not attend, and ended on Jan. 31.

The available receipts show the Secret Service then followed Ivanka and Kushner back to their home in Miami through at least the end of February. (The agency did not say how much money was spent protecting Ivanka and Kushner during that time.)

The report also states the Secret Service provided continued protection for Trump's middle son, Eric, 37, and his wife Lara Trump, 38, across multiple trips up and down the East Coast.

The couple routinely traveled across New York — to Briarcliff Manor, Queens, White Plains and Lake Placid. The couple was also granted protection for trips to Danbury, Connecticut, and Newark, New Jersey.

However, the Secret Service did not detail how much they spent to protect Eric, Lara and the couple's kids during that time.

The agency did spend $10,250 while accompanying Eric and Lara in Palm Beach, Florida, from Feb. 11 through Feb. 14. Palm Beach is where Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump live with their teenage son, Barron, at their private Mar-a-Lago Club.

Secret Service records show protection for Trump's youngest daughter Tiffany, 27, in Miami during the first month after her father left the White House.

Records also show Don Jr., the former president's oldest son, was given Secret Service protection during multiple trips to New York state and New York City in January and February. That includes a nearly $9,000 charge for protection during a six-day trip to Palm Beach from Feb. 11 through Feb. 16.

President Trump himself has not traveled from Florida since leaving office, outside of one trip to New York City in mid-March.

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Patrick Thompson, 54

Man arrested in stabbing of two Asian women waiting for bus in San Francisco

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A man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing two Asian women as they waited for a bus in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Patrick Thompson, 54, was charged Wednesday with two charges of attempted murder and elder abuse, KPIX-TV reported. Police had not indicated whether a hate crime charge would be added, but had not ruled it out.

Both victims – Chui Fong Eng, 85, and an unidentified 63-year-old woman – were waiting for the bus late Tuesday afternoon. Eng was carrying groceries, her grandson told KPIX, when a man stabbed them at around 5 p.m., in broad daylight.

The two did not know each other, he said. Witnesses recalled seeing a man with a knife strolling up behind the women, stabbing them and sauntering away “like nothing happened, like Sunday morning,” Patricia Lee told ABC affiliate KGO-TV. “It was a pretty big knife, it had knuckles on the handle and the blade had holes in there like a military knife.”

Eng “was attacked from behind and stabbed through the arm and into the chest,” her grandson, Drew Eng, told KPIX. She underwent surgery Tuesday night for injuries that were initially life-threatening, but police said Wednesday her condition had been upgraded to non-life-threatening, The Associated Press reported.

The 63-year-old woman was slashed across the back and elbow, Supervisor Matt Haney told KNTV-TV.

Both women remained hospitalized Wednesday, AP said.

Police managed to retrieve a picture of him from area cameras, KNTV reported, and picked Thompson up about two hours after the attack.

The San Francisco Police Department had already said in March that they planned to increase patrols in predominantly Asian neighborhoods in response to “an alarming spike in brazen anti-Asian violence in recent weeks,” KNTV reported.

Such attacks have been happening all over the U.S. since the coronavirus pandemic started and former federal officials attached racial epithets to the scourge.

The violence brought swift reaction from local officials, and an outpouring of support from the community. A GoFundMe account organized by Eng’s granddaughter Victoria Eng had surpassed its $50,000 goal by Wednesday evening.

“These are horrifying, deliberate attacks on Asian residents, often elderly,” said Haney, who represents the area where the latest attack occurred. “We have to stop this. People need to be able to walk down the street safely and wait for a bus without fear.”

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Mon, May 10, 2021 6:09pm
Trump Kentucky Derby

Trump called a horse a 'junky' after it won the Kentucky Derby and tested positive for a banned substance

So now even our Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, is a junky, Trump said. Getty

Donald Trump called a horse that won the Kentucky Derby a "junky" after it tested positive for a banned substance.

"So now even our Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, is a junky," Trump said in a statement posted to his personal website.

"This is emblematic of what is happening to our Country. The whole world is laughing at us as we go to hell on our Borders, our fake Presidential Election, and everywhere else."

Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby on May 2, giving trainer Bob Baffert his seventh victory in the iconic race at Churchill Downs.

But the stable was told on Saturday that the horse had tested positive for excessive amounts of betamethasone, a steroid which can be used to ease pain in horses, AP News reported.

Medina Spirit's victory currently stands but will be invalidated pending the outcome of an investigation, Churchill Downs officials said.

"To be clear, if the findings are upheld, Medina Spirit's results in the Kentucky Derby will be invalidated and Mandaloun will be declared the winner," said officials in a statement, per AP News.

It is not the first time that Trump has weighed in on Kentucky Derby results. He blamed "political correctness" for the controversial decision in 2019 to award victory to the horse that finished in second place.

It came after stewards ruled that the horse which crossed the line first had interfered with the progress of other horses.

"The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one," he said on Twitter.

"It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch. Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby - not even close!"

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Mon, May 10, 2021 6:26pm
Katy Perry

Katy Perry Shuts Down Luke Bryan for Telling Her to "Do Something" About Her Leg Hair

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Katy Perry, American Idol, Foot, leg hair

Katy Perry doesn't feel the need to wear skin-tight jeans to cover up her legs, despite what any co-stars might think.

The 36-year-old "Teenage Dream" star shared footage to her Instagram Story on Sunday, May 9 of an exchange between herself and Luke Bryan on the American Idol set. In the video, the 44-year-old country singer seemingly implored Katy to be more vigilant about shaving her leg hair.

"I know you're a mom and everything, but we gotta do something about this leg hair," Luke told the camera with a smile.

Katy then panned the camera down to her leg, which appeared to have some subtle hairs showing. But she made it abundantly clear she has no intention of prioritizing body-hair removal.

"No, I don't got time!" Katy replied with enthusiasm, citing her busy schedule with young daughter Daisy Dove. "I'd rather cuddle with my daughter!"

Luke apparently tried to bolster his point by starting to say, "It is literally..." But Katy playfully cut him off by yelling, "Yeah!"

Katy Perry's Romantic History

This is not the first time that the "Roar" vocalist's leg hair has been a topic for discussion during American Idol's filming.

As part of her feedback to contestant Cassandra Coleman on the April 4 episode, Katy shared, "As a new mother, I don't have very much time, so I have quit shaving my legs. But when you sang, the hair on my legs grew an inch and a half. So, full-body chills."

Katy then propped her feet up on the judges' table, and Luke took a look before exclaiming, "She literally has leg hair!" This led host Ryan Seacrest to quip, "Thank you for the forensic report."

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Mon, May 10, 2021 6:29pm
Tawny Kitaen

R.I.P. Tawny Kitaen, Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” Video Vixen Dead at 59

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Julie E. “Tawny” Kitaen, former actress and muse of the ’80s hard rock band Whitesnake, has died at the age of 59.

The San Diego native passed away Friday (May 7th) at her home in Newport Beach, California, according to Variety. A cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

Kitaen played the bride-to-be of Tom Hanks’ character in the 1984 film Bachelor Party. She also had a reoccurring role on the early ’90s sitcom The New WKRP in Cincinnati, and played Jerry’s girlfriend in Seinfeld’ classic 1991 episode, “The Nose Job”.

But Kitaen is undoubtedly most synomonymous with Whitesnake, having appeared in several of the band’s videos throughout the 1980s, including “Here I Go Again”, “Still of the Night”, and “Is This Love”. She was also briefly married to Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale from 1989 to 1991.

In a 2019 interview with Heavy Consequence, Coverdale recalled casting Kitaen in the video for “Here I Go Again”.

“Claudia Schiffer was supposed to be ‘the Whitesnake woman,’ when she was the Guess Jeans girl. But that fell apart near the actual shoot. And I was taking Tawny out for dinner, when [director] Marty Callner called me, and said, ‘You have to stop by, we have problems.’ We went to his house on the way to dinner, he opened the door, his jaw hit the floor — as you know, Tawny was an absolute beauty — and he said, ‘That’s her! She’s the Whitesnake woman!’ And I said, ‘Marty, this is a friend of mine. She’s an actress.’ And she said, ‘No David, I’m happy to do it!’ So, sorry Claudia — you did very well afterwards, too.”

Regarding Kitaen’s memorable choreography in the video, which included her doing cartwheels atop two Jaguar XJs, Coverdale said most of it was improvised on the spot: “It was so unusual to have a woman in a beautiful dress, doing cartwheels from a black Jag to a white Jag. It was fascinating,” Coverdale remarked. “Nobody had that. It was unique.”

In the 2000s, Kitaen had appeared on several reality TV shows, including The Surreal Life, Botched, and VH1’s Celebrity Rehab. During her time on Celebrity Rehab, Kitaen revealed that she had long struggled with substance abuse, culminating an arrest for cocaine possession in 2006.

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Mon, May 10, 2021 6:33pm
Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace Confronts GOP Rep: ‘Is It a Lie the Election Was Stolen?’

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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace repeatedly grilled Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) about former President Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol insurrectionist riot, asking if he believes it is a “lie” that the 2020 election was stolen.

Banks, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, has been one of the key figures in the House GOP when it comes to ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from leadership over her refusal to accept Trump’s bogus claims about the election. The Indiana congressman has called Cheney’s continued criticism of Trump “an unwelcome distraction,” adding that “this idea that you just disregard President Trump is not where” the GOP is.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Banks defended his push to replace Cheney with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), a fervent Trump supporter who has publicly backed Trump’s election lies. At the same time, Wallace noted that Banks seemed “unwilling to discuss” Cheney’s criticism of the former president.

“I'm not,” Banks declared, adding: “I know the belief that I have, that a majority of our conference have, that she has lost focus on the single mission that we have in winning back the majority, to push back against the radical Biden agenda, is the reason that she needs to be replaced.”

Nonetheless, Liz Cheney Persisted

Unsatisfied with Banks’ dodge, the veteran Fox News anchor said he was going to “try to get at this a different way,” asking the Republican lawmaker straight-up if he believes that Joe Biden is the legitimate president.

“Yes, Joe Biden was elected. He was inaugurated on January 20,” Banks replied, prompting Wallace to get more specific with his questions.

Noting that Banks had joined a Texas lawsuit challenging Biden’s electoral victory in several states, Wallace pointed out that he also objected to Congress’ certification of Biden’s election win on Jan. 6—the day of the deadly insurrection at the Capitol.

“Do you still question whether or not Joe Biden won the election fair and square and got over 270 electoral votes, fair and square?” Wallace pressed the conservative lawmaker.

“I stand by my vote to object on January 6 and stand by the Texas lawsuit. I have serious concerns about how the election in November was carried out,” Banks replied. “That is where most Republicans in the GOP conference are unified around that single mission and goal and anything that distracts from it will hold us back from doing that.”

Wallace, meanwhile, noted that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had said that Trump “bears responsibility” for the Capitol riots, wondering aloud if Banks felt McCarthy was wrong at the time. Deflecting once again, Banks merely said “every Republican denounced” the violence and there should be a commission to study what happened that day.

“I’m just asking a question,” Wallace fired back. “Liz Cheney is saying it’s a big lie to say the election was stolen. Liz Cheney is saying that, in fact, Donald Trump contributed to the riot. I’m asking you for your opinion on those issues. Is it a lie that the election was stolen? Did he contribute to the insurrection on the Capitol?”

Insisting that he’s “never said the election was stolen,” Banks still went on to say that he has “very serious concerns with how the election was conducted last November” before reiterating that he’ll “never apologize” for objecting to the election results.

“When Liz Cheney says history’s watching and you upon can’t go forward until you resolve this question—the election was fair and square, Donald Trump played a negative role—you think she’s misguided making those points?” Wallace asked in one final question to the congressman.

“Yeah, I’ve called on Liz Cheney to rejoin the Republican team and help us go out and win a majority in the midterm election,” Banks affirmed. “That is where my frustration bubbled up.”

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Mon, May 10, 2021 6:39pm
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Keystone XL Pipeline

TC Energy posts C$1 billion quarterly loss on Keystone XL suspension

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A TC Energy pump station sits behind mounds of dirt from the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline as it lies idle near Oyen

TC Energy Corp swung to a loss in the first quarter, hit by C$2.2 billion ($1.81 billion) impairment charges related to the suspension of its Keystone XL project, the Canadian pipeline operator said on Friday.

The KXL pipeline was planned to carry 830,000 barrels per day of heavy crude across the border from Alberta to Nebraska, but U.S. President Joe Biden revoked a key permit for the project on his first day in office.

TC Energy said the impairment charge was related to halting work on KXL and a reassessment of related projects like the Heartland Pipeline.

"We were very disappointed with the decision in January to revoke the presidential permit," Chief Executive Francois Poirier said on an earnings call, adding the company was "opportunity-rich" in other parts of its business.

Calgary-based TC Energy owns the largest network of natural gas pipelines in North America as well as the existing Keystone oil pipeline and power and storage assets.

The company posted a C$2.51 billion loss from its oil pipelines, of which Keystone is the biggest contributor, compared with a C$411 million profit in the same period last year.

It reported net loss attributable to shareholders of C$1.1 billion, or C$1.11 per share, in the three months ended March 31 compared with a profit of C$1.1 billion a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned C$1.16 per share, slightly better than analysts' average estimate of C$1.10, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

TC Energy shares closed up 0.2% on the Toronto Stock Exchange at C$61.94.

($1 = 1.2176 Canadian dollars)

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Jerusalem

28 killed as Israel, Hamas exchange fire and unrest spreads beyond Jerusalem

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Israeli soldiers throw tear gas canisters at Palestinian demonstrators at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem

At least 26 Palestinians and two Israelis have been killed as tensions in Jerusalem escalated into airstrikes and exchanges of rocket fire between Israel and the Gaza Strip that lasted overnight into Tuesday.

The clashes prompted international calls for calm and raised fears that the situation could ignite into a wider conflict. The Israeli military called up 5,000 reservists for active duty, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning in a speech the day before the "conflict may continue for some time."

In Ashkelon, an Israeli city less than 10 miles from Gaza, two people were killed in rocket attacks Tuesday, Israel's Zaka emergency response team said.

Hamas, a militant group that controls the strip and is considered a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States, has launched 200-plus rockets into Israel, including targeting Jerusalem.

In response to the rockets, the Israel Defense Forces bombed 130 "terrorist targets" in Gaza, including a Hamas commander's home. The IDF released photos of fighter jets laden with missiles.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that 26 people were killed, including nine children, and 122 were people were wounded.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called on the United Nations Security Council to intervene to stop "the Israeli aggression against our people."

Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit called the Israeli strikes "indiscriminate and irresponsible" and said Israel was responsible for the "dangerous escalation" in Jerusalem, Reuters reported.

As in other years, recent hostility centered around Jerusalem's Old City, which has some of the holiest sites for Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Both the Israelis and Palestinians claim the city as their capital.

On Monday night, unrest spread to Lod, a city southeast of Tel Aviv, where Mayor Yair Revivo said "Arab youths" vandalized public property, threw Molotov cocktails and lowered the Israeli flag to be replaced with the Palestinian one. He said one person was shot to death, with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reporting it was an Arab man killed by a Jewish resident.

Nightly clashes during have punctuated Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. The unrest has been fueled by plans to evict Palestinian families from a neighborhood in east Jerusalem whose land is claimed by Jewish settlers.

Tensions escalated on Friday and Monday as Israeli police stun grenades and rubber bullets on Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which is the third holiest site of Islam and the holiest site of Judaism.

Israeli officials said this was in response to Palestinians throwing stones toward the Western Wall, where thousands of Jews had gathered to pray. Netanyahu's spokesman Ofir Gendelman tweeted that "extremist Palestinians planned well in advance to carry out riots."

The violence came as some Israelis were celebrating the anniversary of their country's capture of the Old City and its eastern neighborhoods in the 1967 Six-Day War.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S has "urged Israelis to deescalate, we have urged Palestinians to deescalate" and he "condemned in the strongest possible terms, the Hamas rocket fire, that is, within recent minutes, has been raining down on Israel."

The European Union's executive branch said in a statement that "firing of rockets from Gaza against civilian populations in Israel is totally unacceptable and feeds escalatory dynamics." While German foreign minister Heiko Mass said in a tweet that "rocket fire on Israeli civilians is not justifiable under any circumstances."

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Tue, May 11, 2021 3:42pm
Liz Cheney Big

Liz Cheney ouster will make it official: Republicans pick Trump over truth and Constitution

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Representative Liz Cheney on March 9, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Liz Cheney, third in command of the House Republicans, is set to lose her leadership position in a vote of the full Republican caucus this week. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claims that Cheney is incapable to “carry out the message” for the GOP going forward.

Ever since the violent coup attempt at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Cheney has called on her party to abandon the Big Lie and the president who told it. She has implored her fellow Republicans to embrace what she called “the most conservative of conservative values, is reverence for the rule of law” and to “choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution.”

Truth, rule of law, fidelity to the Constitution. This is the message that has put Cheney at odds with her party and will lead to her ouster. Which raises the question, what message does McCarthy want Cheney to “carry” if not the truth?

Stefanik's record is not conservative
Set to take her place is Rep. Elise Stefanik, a moderate upstate New York Republican handpicked by Donald Trump and endorsed by McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise. If the concern is being able to articulate the ideology of the conservatism, Stefanik is a peculiar choice.

Contrary to Cheney, who is actually a conservative, Stefanik is far from it. As co-chair of The Tuesday Group, a caucus of moderate Republicans, with a score of only 48% from Heritage Action For America, she is widely considered one of the least conservative members of the caucus.

But Stefanik has done what Cheney will not. In spite of being an early and consistent critic of Trump, like so many others in her party, Stefanik has abandoned her principles and literally sold her political soul.

After the first Trump impeachment, during which she defended the president, she raised over $13 million for her reelection. She has since consistently prostrated herself before the throne of the only twice-impeached president in history – including a recent reference to "the Russia hoax" and advancing the lie that the 2020 election was stolen, which ultimately led to the violent insurrection attempt.

In choosing Stefanik over Cheney, the Republican Party is making a much more consequential decision than who will serve in leadership for the next two years. These intra-party elections are about the future of the party itself. In this case, it is a reflection of where Republican leaders believe the party needs to go in order to win back the majority in the House in 2022.

So what is really on the ballot at the caucus meeting Wednesday is not just Cheney vs. Stefanik, but truth vs. propaganda, leadership vs. fealty, the Constitution vs. Trump.

Throughout this process, McCarthy has exposed another Republican message that should not be ignored. Liz Cheney is what today’s GOP can't seem to accept: a strong, principled, fearless woman. Trump himself has never hidden his disdain and disrespect for women. His belief that even in professional roles women should serve first as accessories to him is obvious.

Trump's presidency, however, has emboldened the chauvinism of the right. While there have been dozens of even more radical examples over the past five years, it can be heard clearly in McCarthy’s derisive hot mic moment when he told Fox News anchor Steve Doocy, referring to Cheney, “I've had it with her.”

Sexist and unrepentant Republicans
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger has been more vocal and more aggressive with his “message” than even Cheney, but none of the men in leadership has declared they've had it with him. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is being investigated in connection with sex trafficking and payments to a teenager, and he hasn’t even been removed from his committee assignments.

Yet Cheney – one of the only women in the party who has had the temerity to confront the cult-like Republican veneration for Trump – is targeted for destruction by her male counterparts in the House for telling the truth.

On Monday, in an epic display of a total lack of self-awareness, McCarthy sent a letter to every Republican in the House notifying them of the upcoming vote – and lauding the GOP as a “big tent” and defenders of the First Amendment. Apparently, that includes everyone except his conference chair.

Party politics are often petty and spiteful. The greater public generally does not even pay attention, and you can’t blame them. But in this case it is important that America understands exactly what is happening here.

Republicans who have been elected to represent the people in Congress are sending an unrepentant message to us all. No matter how much he loses, how corrupt he has proved to be, how often he calls for a violent overthrow of our constitutional democracy, the Republican Party is now, and will for a very long time be, the party of Donald J. Trump.

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Tue, May 11, 2021 3:52pm
Gas Shortage 2021

Long lines growing at NC gas stations as Colonial Pipeline hack spurs ‘panic buying’

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Gas “panic” has seemingly taken hold in parts of North Carolina, with lines reported at gas stations as motorists are jittery over news a major pipeline is temporarily shut down.

The “panic buying” seems at its worst in the North Carolina mountains, where TV stations are reporting long lines at pumps and rising prices in the wake of a cyberattack against Colonial Pipeline that resulted in the shutdown of all its pipeline operations.

The surge at the pumps comes after Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Monday that suspended “motor vehicle fuel regulations to ensure adequate fuel supply supplies throughout the state.”

There are also anecdotal reports of stations running out of gas in Greensboro, Asheville, Weaverville and Robbinsville. Meanwhile, gas is “harder to find” in larger cities like Charlotte, reported station WCNC.

“What’s going on with the gas/gas stations? Everyone’s out and lines are wild,” Elizabeth Kelley asked on a Facebook group for the Asheville area.

“I sat in traffic for 30 minutes just from the lines (and I wasn’t even getting gas),” Elizabeth Kelley wrote.

“I just drove by 8 stations. All out of gas. Good luck,” Stephen Silver posted.

GasBuddy.com announced Monday that it launched a “fuel availability tracker” to help people find gas.

AAA warned the region will likely see higher prices at the pumps, but experts have stopped short of predicting gas shortages due to the temporary shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. .

Colonial Pipeline’s 5,500-mile system runs from Texas to New Jersey, providing about 45% of “all fuel consumed on the East Coast,” according to the company.

Many are arguing on social media that “drivers are feeling the effects of a manufactured panic” — with some blaming media reports for the flood of anxious motorists — as the mere possibility of a shortage is driving people to the pumps. Some are likening it to the toilet paper panic that gripped the nation during COVID-19 pandemic.

Tiffany Wright, spokeswoman for AAA Carolinas, told the Asheville Citizen-Times “any current shortages are driven by people rushing to buy gas” — and not the cyberattack itself.

“It’s still early, but what I will say is that we do have ample supply even though the Colonial Pipeline is responsible for 45% of the fuel going to the East Coast,” she told the newspaper.

Still, many drivers in North Carolina said they’d rather be safe than sorry when it comes to filling up their tanks.

“Oh heck yeah, I’m not taking any chances!” Courtney Wynn wrote on Facebook.

“What’s truly strange is that people are surprised that other people went and got gas…in the same state where people buy out ever single food item they can when there’s a half an inch of snow on the ground,” Dredre Ballard posted on Facebook. “If you’ve lived here longer than a day….you shouldn’t really be surprised.”

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Cam Anthony

'The Voice': Blake Shelton Thinks Cam Anthony Could Be the Show's First Superstar

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The top 17 performers from The Voice season 20 took the stage on Monday, and Cam Anthony closed out the night by taking everyone to church!

The 19-year-old Philadelphia native wowed the coaches with his soulful take on Hozier's "Take Me to Church," showing off his commanding stage presence and ethereal vocal control as he brought the entire coaches panel to their feet for a standing ovation.

"Every time I hear Cam sing, it breaks my heart," noted John Legend, who was blocked from landing Cam during the Blind Auditions. "Cam, I see such a bright future for you. You shine in every single way."

"You have delivered every time you stand on this stage," Cam's coach, Blake Shelton, marveled. "I've never had more people asking me about an artist on my team, in 20 seasons of doing this show. You could be the first superstar that we launch off this show."

In addition to their coaches, the season 20 contestants have also had the help of their Mega Mentor: rap legend Snoop Dogg! ET spoke with Snoop while he worked with singers during the Knockout rounds, and the legendary rapper shared how excited he was to help coach the teams and impart his own experiences on the up-and-coming stars. But, while he had thoughts on each of the season 20 coaches, Snoop wasn't playing favorites!

"It's hard to say which team that I like working with the best, because there's so much talent inside of each team," he marveled. "Each team has some unique singers and some unique artists that could possibly make it past the show. I know only one person's gonna win, but it seems like there's about six or seven record deals up in here."

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Falynn Guobadia

'RHOA' star Porsha Williams is engaged to co-star Falynn Guobadia's ex Simon

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Porsha Williams of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Porsha Williams is engaged to Simon Guobadia, the couple announced.

Guobadia is the ex-husband of Falynn Guobadia, William's "RHOA" co-star.

"Falynn and I are not friends, and Simon's divorce has been settled," Williams said.

Bravo star Porsha Williams and Simon Guobadia, the ex-husband of William's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" co-star Falynn Guobadia, are engaged to be married, the couple announced on social media.

"I asked her to marry me because we checked ALL of each other's boxes, and then some," Guobadia wrote in an Instagram post announcing his engagement to Williams early Tuesday. "We have done the individual work to sustain a healthy relationship, and I stand next to her, proud that we found each other."

Williams on Monday confirmed her relationship with Guobadia in an Instagram post. She said their relationship began "a month ago."

"For all of you that need facts, I get the optics but Simon filed for divorce from a previous marriage in January. I had nothing to do with their divorce filing. That's between the two of them," Williams wrote. "Falynn and I are not friends, and Simon's divorce has been settled. Our relationship is a positive, loving step forward in everybody's lives."

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Tue, May 11, 2021 4:19pm
Vaccine 12-15

FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine For 12- To 15-Year-Old Children

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The Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds in the U.S. — the first to be authorized for children under age 16.

On Monday, the FDA amended its previous emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine — which only allowed inoculation of those 16 and up — to include the younger age group.

This significant change will allow younger students to return to in-person school more safely in the fall.

About 1.5 million children age 11 to 17 have had reported cases of COVID-19, per the FDA. Children generally have “milder” cases than adults.

In a late March news release, Pfizer said that its study of the vaccine’s use in participants 12 to 15 years old found that it was safe and extremely effective in preventing COVID-19 cases.

The company has begun trials to test the vaccine, which is administered in two doses three weeks apart, with children under age 11.

“It is very important to enable them to get back to everyday school life and to meet friends and family while protecting them and their loved ones,” Ugur Sahin, CEO of BioNTech, said in the release.

The other two vaccines currently authorized for use in the U.S. — Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — have so far been approved for people aged 18 and up.

More than 582,000 people in the U.S. have died from the coronavirus so far. As the country races to vaccinate as many people as possible, over 115 million people have been fully vaccinated.

Acting FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock called the new vaccine authorization for younger people “a significant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” adding in the agency’s news release: “Today’s action allows for a younger population to be protected from COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic.”

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Fri, May 14, 2021 5:03pm
Marjorie Taylor Greene

Marjorie Taylor Greene chased Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez down a corridor in Congress, yelling at her about terrorists and radical socialists

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene departs her office to hold a news conference on Capitol Hill on February 5.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene pursued Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) down a corridor in the Capitol, accusing her of supporting terrorists and berating her "radical socialism," The Washington Post reported.

It came as she and Ocasio-Cortez left the House chamber on Wednesday, The Post reported, citing two of its reporters who were there.

Greene seemed keen to get Ocasio-Cortez's attention, shouting "Hey Alexandria" twice when it was clear the New York congresswoman would not engage, then hurrying after her, The Post reported.

"You don't care about the American people," Greene reportedly yelled. "Why do you support terrorists and antifa?"

She also reportedly asked Ocasio-Cortez why she would not defend her "radical socialist" beliefs by joining a debate.

Ocasio-Cortez ignored Greene other than to throw up her hands, The Post reported. Greene then turned to nearby reporters and called Ocasio-Cortez a "chicken."

Greene has had a swift rise off the back of her Trumpian positions, as Insider's Dave Levinthal reported. She continues to deny the validity of the 2020 presidential election.

In February, the Democratic-controlled House voted to strip Greene of her committee assignments - a move that increased her notoriety.

Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive with similar star power, has become a favorite target. Greene challenged Ocasio-Cortez to a debate over the her Green New Deal plan in April, which Ocasio-Cortez turned down.

Greene did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment or clarification on what she had meant by "terrorists" in Wednesday's debacle.

In a Facebook video posted Wednesday, the congresswoman made similar accusations, describing Ocasio-Cortez and her congressional allies as "The Jihad Squad" - a play on the group's "Squad" nickname.

In the video, Greene said Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive members of Congress such as Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar supported "terrorists" in their public defense of Gazans in recent hostilities with Israel.

Ocasio-Cortez has not defended Hamas militant actions, tweeting on Wednesday that they are "condemnable."

Greene also said in the Facebook video that "the Squad" supported domestic terrorism in their support for Black Lives Matter and antifa.

A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez told Insider in a statement that Greene had been "screaming."

"Representative Greene tried to begin an argument with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tried to walk away, Congresswoman Greene began screaming and called Rep. Ocasio-Cortez a terrorist sympathizer," the statement read.

Ocasio-Cortez's spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, went on to call on officials in Congress to ensure a "safe, civil" environment for members, noting that another member had moved offices because of Greene.

Democratic Rep. Cori Bush moved at the end of January after being "berated," as she put it, by Greene.

Staffers for Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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Colonial Pipeline

Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Millions in Ransom

Colonial Pipeline, which was forced to shut down operations last week due to a ransomware attack

Colonial Pipeline, which was forced to shut down operations last week due to a ransomware attack, paid nearly $5 million to hackers to restart their fuel pipeline.

According to a Bloomberg report that has since been confirmed by multiple outlets, the company that operates the largest gasoline pipeline in the country paid the ransom using cryptocurrency just hours following the attack, despite several reports to the contrary. DarkSide, a digital extortion group, is believed to be responsible for the hack.

Following payment, Bloomberg reported, the hackers provided the company with a decrypting tool to restore the offline network, but Colonial Pipeline continued to use its own backup systems to restart because the tool they paid for worked too slowly. The FBI usually advises companies not to pay ransoms from these types of groups because there is no way to ensure the hackers will follow through and return the files.

Colonial’s pipelines are a crucial delivery system for the eastern seaboard of the United States. According to the company, their pipelines transport 2.5 million barrels per day and supply approximately 45 percent of all fuel used on the East Coast.

As of Thursday, the company says they’ve made “substantial progress” in restarting the pipeline system. But according to CNN, citing statistics from GasBuddy, a platform that tracks fuel demand, prices, and outages, widespread shortages are expected to last for days. The network reports 71 percent of the gas stations in North Carolina, 55 percent in Virginia and 49 percent in Georgia are without gas.

On Thursday Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the restart “should mean things will return to normal by the end of the weekend.”

This week, President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at strengthening U.S. cybersecurity. The order, among other steps, requires IT service providers, to tell the government about cybersecurity breaches, establishes a cybersecurity safety review board, and mandates the deployment of multifactor authentication and encryption methods.

“The federal government needs to make bold changes and significant investments in order to defend the vital institutions that underpin the American way of life,” Biden said in the order.

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Israeli News Live

Israel news – live: Pro-Palestinian protesters storm Israel borders as crisis deepens

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An explosion lights the sky following an Israeli air strike on Beit Lahia in Gaza on Thursday night

“Dozens” of people from Lebanon stormed past border fences on Friday and briefly entered Israel, as hundreds in Jordan sought to do the same.

Footage broadcast live on social media platforms showed crowds of people making their way to the border waving Palestinian flags.

The Israeli army confirmed the incident, asserting that its tanks had fired warning shots towards a number of “rioters” who had crossed into Israeli territory.

The border crossing unfolded after the death toll in Gaza rose on Friday following a fresh assault from the Israeli army that saw ground forces join the operation.

A total of 55 rockets were fired overnight in a coordinated effort that saw 160 planes from 12 different squadrons, as well as three brigade forces of infantry troops, operate together, Israeli army spokesperson Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said.

He said the assault was aimed at destroying an “underground tunnel system” used by Hamas operatives known as the “metro” in Gaza.

At least 122 Palestinians have been killed in the violence this week, with 31 children among the dead and 900 others injured, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

Meanwhile, Lt Col Conricus said the death toll in Israel had risen to 8 after an elderly woman died overnight while running to a shelter.

The Israeli army spokesperson did not provide any update on whether a ground invasion would take place on Friday. However, he said that “Hamas’s rocket production capacity has been significantly downgraded” following the fresh assault.

Militants have fired some 1,600 rockets towards Israel from Gaza in the last few days, according to the IDF. That is one-third the total fired in the 50-day-long war in 2014, a barrage James Cleverly, the UK’s Middle East minister, called “unprecedented”.

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Milwaukee Bucks

It’s set: Miami Heat to face Milwaukee Bucks in first round of 2021 NBA playoffs

The New York Knicks’ win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon

First up for the Miami Heat this post season? A playoff rematch against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The New York Knicks’ win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon locked the Heat into sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, regardless of the result of Miami’s regular-season finale against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

Then the Brooklyn Nets clinched the No. 2 seed with Sunday night’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, which left the Bucks in the No. 3 spot.

As a result, the sixth-seeded Heat will open the playoffs with a first-round matchup against two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the third-seeded Bucks. The best-of-7 series will begin either Saturday or Sunday at Fiserv Forum, with the schedule yet to be released.

Former Miami Heat star Chris Bosh elected to Hall of Fame as part of 2021 class

The first two games will be played in Milwaukee before the series moves to AmericanAirlines Arena for Games 3 and 4. If necessary, Games 5 and 7 will be played at Fiserv Forum and Game 6 will take place at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat and Bucks also faced off in the playoffs last season, with then-fifth-seeded Miami eliminating then-top-seeded Milwaukee in a second-round upset on its way to the NBA Finals in the Walt Disney World bubble. The Heat won that series over the Bucks 4-1.

Last season’s playoff series between the two teams, and the Bucks’ disappointing finish, will be one of the big storylines surrounding this year’s Miami-Milwaukee matchup.

The Heat finished with a 1-2 record against the Bucks this season. Miami, playing without Jimmy Butler, fell to the Bucks 122-108 at Fiserv Forum on Saturday.

Butler did not play in any of the Heat’s three games against the Bucks this season because of injuries, so little can be taken from the teams’ regular-season matchups. Butler is averaging team-highs in points, assists and steals this season.

The top-six playoff seeds in the East are the No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers, No. 2 Nets, No. 3 Bucks, No. 4 Knicks, No. 5 Atlanta Hawks and No. 6 Heat. A play-in tournament that begins Tuesday between the No. 7 Boston Celtics, No. 8 Washington Wizards, No. 9 Indiana Pacers and No. 10 Charlotte Hornets will determine the final two seeds in the conference.

By finishing the regular season in sixth place, the Heat’s path back to the NBA Finals could include the top three teams in the East. The winner of the No. 3 vs. No. 6 series faces the winner of the No. 2 vs. No. 7 series, with the top-seeded 76ers on the other side of the bracket as a potential opponent in the East finals.

The Heat finished two wins away from its fourth NBA championship last season, as the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated Miami in six games in the NBA Finals to win the title.

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Bella Hadid

Israel accuses Bella Hadid of advocating 'throwing Jews into the sea' during pro-Palestinian march

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Bella Hadid

The official Twitter account for the state of Israel posted an image of Bella Hadid at a pro-Palestinian march in New York on Sunday and accused the supermodel of advocating "throwing Jews into the sea."

Hadid, whose father is Palestinian, joined the pro-Palestinian march as the worst period of violence in Gaza and Israel since 2014 continued. Since Monday, Israel has launched more than 1,000 air and artillery strikes into Gaza killing at least 188 Palestinians, including 55 children, Associated Press reports. Israeli forces have reported 10 dead and said militants groups have fired more than 2,900 rockets into Israel during the same period, of which roughly a third have been intercepted by air defenses, The Guardian reports.

Over the weekend, an Israeli airstrike destroyed a media building in Gaza that housed several international news organizations, including AP and Al Jazeera.

On Sunday, Hadid live-streamed part of the protest on her Instagram account, and Israel's official Twitter account posted a screenshot of part of Hadid's live stream with the caption: "When celebrities like @BellaHadid advocate for throwing Jews into the sea, they are advocating for the elimination of the Jewish State. This shouldn't be an Israeli-Palestinian issue. This should be a human issue. Shame on you. #IsraelUnderAttack."

No footage posted to social media shows Hadid calling for any harm to Jewish people. But the official Israel Twitter account noted that it was referencing videos of the supermodel chanting the decades-old slogan: "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free."

Hadid can be seen saying the chant here.

The slogan has been used by Palestinian activists across the world, and it refers to the River Jordan and the Mediterranean sea, which both mark the geographic and political boundaries of the state of Israel.

Palestinian organizers have long argued that the phrase is a chant in support of the human rights and self-determination of Palestinian people living within those borders. Israel and its supporters have labeled the chant as anti-Semitic, interpreting it as a call for the abolition of the state of Israel.

The official Israel Twitter account made a similar interpretation under its screenshot of Hadid's Instagram.

"For those of you who don't know, "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free," is a phrase used by those who call for the elimination of Israel (from the river to the sea....)," the account tweeted.

The official Israel Twitter account is managed by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs' digital diplomacy team. Insider has reached out to both Hadid and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs for further comment.

Hadid has been outspoken about her support of Palestine on social media. She and her sister Gigi Hadid have both shared several infographics and personal statements on their Instagram accounts.

"I love my family, I love my Heritage, I love Palestine. I will stand strong to keep their hope for a better land in my heart," she said in one Instagram post about her family heritage.

Last week, the model shared a series of infographics and pictures created by a pro-Palestinian account, Key48Return, which she later deleted after it was noted that the post included an antisemitic cartoon.

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