Trump mourns ‘terrible’ death of Kobe Bryant

President Trump acknowledged the death of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in a California helicopter crash on Sunday, calling it “terrible news” in a tweet. “Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California,” tweeted the president, omitting one person from the death toll. “That is terrible news!” Bryant, 41, was among five people killed when his private helicopter crashed in the hills of Calabasas around 10 a.m. local time amid foggy conditions, according to reports and officials. One…

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Schumer calls on feds to declare coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency

Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday urged federal officials to declare coronavirus outbreak in the US an emergency so millions more in funds could be made available to fight the deadly bug. The senator appealed to the Department of Health and Human Services to make the declaration in order for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to access $85 million that is allocated to fight infectious disease. “Should the outbreak get worse they’re going to need immediate access to critical federal funds that at present they can’t access,” Schumer told…

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Arizona college student diagnosed as fifth US coronavirus case

An Arizona college student was confirmed to have the new coronavirus strain — the fifth case of the deadly bug detected in the US, officials said. The patient, who wasn’t identified, is a student enrolled at Arizona State University in Tempe, news station KNXV reported. Health officials said the student doesn’t live in university housing and they’re working to “identify any close contacts that may have been exposed while the person was infectious.” “Any individuals who have been identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly,” officials said. “These…

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Mexican towns arming children to defend against cartels

Villagers in southern Mexico are arming kids as young as eight years old to defend against violent drug cartels that have been terrorizing their communities, according to news reports. Nearly two dozen children in Chilapa, where 10 local musicians were gunned down last week returning from a party, were trained and armed to defend against Los Ardillos, a ruthless gang that has been preying on the region, the BBC reported. The gang, whose name means “the squirrels” in English, is blamed for the massacre. Children have also taken up arms…

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Marine accused in fatal shooting of another Marine in South Carolina found guilty

A Marine has been found guilty at a court-martial in the shooting that killed another Marine in South Carolina nine months ago. A military court delivered the verdict Jan. 6 in the case of Cpl. Spencer Daily, 21, of Youngstown, Ohio, the Raleigh News & Observer reported Friday. Daily was sentenced to nearly six years in a military prison. MARINE ACCUSED OF SHOOTING, KILLING ANOTHER MARINE IN SOUTH CAROLINA The April shooting in a barracks at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort killed Cpl. Tyler Wallingford, 21, of Standish, Maine.…

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Boy, 10, among the dead in fatal Newburgh home invasion

Three people were fatally shot and a fourth wounded — among them two young boys — in a home invasion early Sunday in Newburgh, NY, according to reports. The horrific incident unfolded around 8 a.m. at a home on New York State Route 300 near Chadwick Lake in Newburgh, about 60 miles north of the city, according to News 12 Westchester. Three people were shot dead, among them two adults in their late 20s and a child, believed to be a 10-year-old boy, according to WABC-TV. Another boy, just 3,…

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3 possible NY coronavirus cases negative, results for 4 pending: Cuomo

Three possible coronavirus cases in New York were proven to be negative by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while results on four others are pending, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. There are no confirmed New York cases of the potentially deadly virus that has sickened about 2,000 people worldwide and killed 56 in China, where the epidemic originated. Cuomo said the seven possible New York cases were sent to the CDC for testing as a precaution, and that the results for four of the samples had not yet…

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See the aftermath of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter was seen flying through thick plumes of white smoke on Sunday, in the aftermath of the chopper crash that killed legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant and four other people. Video of the tragic crash’s aftermath shows authorities surveying the smoldering wreckage of the Sikorsky S-76 amid thick fog in the hills above Calabasas. The aircraft went down around 10 a.m. local time, igniting a brush fire, according to The Los Angeles Times. The blaze made it tough for firefighters and emergency personnel to…

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Kobe Bryant once gave Lakers GM Rob Pelinka the helicopter ride of his life

Kobe Bryant had long loved flying his own chopper — even using one in a prank that gave Lakers GM Rob Pelinka the fright of his life. The future NBA Hall of Famer used his own helicopter to get to Los Angeles Lakers home games during his playing days, and once used one to ferry teammate Steve Blake to a doctor’s appointment, according to a 2012 report by USA Today. Kobe used a chopper to play a trick on former Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka, the LA Times reported in…

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Fourth US case of coronavirus confirmed in Los Angeles County

The fourth case of the deadly coronavirus in the US has been confirmed in Los Angeles, health officials said Sunday. The patient, whose identity was not released, was described as a returning traveler from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak originated, NBC Los Angeles reported. “There is no immediate threat to the general public, no special precautions are required, and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel if they do not have symptoms of respiratory illness,” Los…

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