Bojan Bogdanovic (Utah Jazz) with a dunk vs the New Orleans Pelicans, 03/01/2021
Bojan Bogdanovic (Utah Jazz) with a dunk vs the New Orleans Pelicans, 03/01/2021
The Biden administration is preparing to announce sanctions in response to a massive Russian hacking campaign that breached vital federal agencies, as well as for election interference, a senior administration official said Wednesday night. In that intrusion, Russian hackers are believed to have infected widely used software with malicious code that enabled them to access the networks of at least nine agencies, part of what U.S. officials believe was an operation aimed at mining the secrets of the American government. The measures are intended to send a clear retributive message to Russia and to deter similar acts in the future.
James Ennis scored 22 points, Wendell Carter Jr. added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Bulls 115-106 on Wednesday night despite big performances by Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic. The Magic outscored Chicago by 20 in the third quarter to turn a one-point lead into a 93-72 advantage and hung on after Chicago cut it to 104-98. Carter scored on a tip-in and Michael Carter-Williams dunked to make it a 10-point game with 3:12 remaining.
Labor pledges $90m to reduce Indigenous incarceration and deaths in custody. Linda Burney says federal leadership is needed to tackle root causes of crime and recidivism
PORTLAND, Ore. — Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get a tiny fraction of the water they need amid the worst drought in decades, as federal regulators attempt to balance the needs of agriculture against federally threatened and endangered fish species that are central to the heritage of several tribes. Oregon’s governor said the prolonged drought in the region has the “full attention of our offices,” and she is working with congressional delegates, the White House and federal agencies to find relief for those affected. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation briefed irrigators, tribes and environmental groups early Wednesday after delaying the decision a month. The federally owned irrigation project will draw 33,000 acre-feet of water from Upper Klamath Lake, which farmers said was roughly 8% of what they need in such a dry year. Water deliveries will also start June 1, two months later than usual, for the 1,400 irrigators who farm the 225,000 acres (91,000 hectares). “The simple fact is it just hasn’t rained or snowed this year. We all know how dry our fields are, and the rest of the watersheds are in the same boat. ... There is no easy way to say this,” Ben DuVal, president of the Klamath Water Users Association, told several dozen irrigators who gathered in Klamath Falls on Wednesday morning to hear the news. “We all know what this is going to mean to our farms, our families and our community as a whole. For some of us, it may mean we’re not in business anymore next year.” Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement that Oregon water regulators are reviewing a plan to allow irrigators to pump more than twice as much groundwater per acre for their crops as allowed last year when drought reduced water supplies to a lesser extent. “My message to the people of the Klamath Basin today is this: You are not alone,” said Brown, who has also declared a drought emergency in the region. The Bureau of Reclamation set aside $15 million in immediate aid for irrigators, and irrigation districts at Wednesday's meeting said they could expect some additional water from two other reservoirs and groundwater wells. Another $10 million will be available for drought assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, following the release of a water operations plan for the Klamath Reclamation Project, according to a news release from Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz. The seasonal allocations are the most dramatic development in the region since irrigation water was all but cut off to hundreds of farmers in 2001 amid another severe drought — the first time the interests of farmers took a backseat to those of fish and tribes. The crisis made the rural farming region hundreds of miles from any major city a national political flashpoint and became a touchstone for Republicans who used the crisis to take aim at the Endangered Species Act, with one GOP lawmaker calling the irrigation shutoff a “poster child” for why changes were needed. A “bucket brigade” protest attracted 15,000 people who scooped water from the Klamath River and passed it, hand over hand, to a parched irrigation canal. “My hope is we can all stick together and look to help each other where we can,” said DuVal, who added that his biggest fear is "outsiders coming in and using what we do here and using our crisis as a soapbox for them." The Yurok Tribe, one of the tribes affected by the water decision, said that even with the slashes to farmers' water, they were facing a “catastrophic loss” of salmon this year. “The Yurok Tribe is suffering significant economic damage on top of the extreme cultural and social impacts of failing fish runs," said tribal Vice Chairman Frankie Myers. Jay Weiner, an attorney for the Klamath Tribes, said the tribe was pursuing legal action over water releases that will impact fish and accused the federal government of precipitating the crisis by mismanaging water in the basin for decades. “What we’re seeing with climate change increasingly — year after year after year — is that there is not enough water to go around. This crisis should not come as a surprise to anyone,” he said. “We have over-drafted our account, essentially, and now we have to deal with the consequences.” The situation in the Klamath Basin was set in motion more than a century ago, when the U.S. government began drawing water from a network of shallow lakes and marshlands and funneling it into the dry desert uplands. Homesteads were offered by lottery to World War II veterans who grew hay, grain and potatoes and pastured cattle. The project turned the region into an agricultural powerhouse — some of its potato farmers supply In ‘N Out burger — but permanently altered an intricate water system that spans hundreds of miles from southern Oregon to Northern California. In 1988, two species of sucker fish were listed as endangered under federal law, and less than a decade later, coho salmon that spawn downstream from the reclamation project, in the lower Klamath River, were listed as threatened. The water necessary to sustain the coho salmon downstream comes from Upper Klamath Lake — the main holding tank for the farmers’ irrigation system. At the same time, the sucker fish in the same lake need at least 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 centimetres) of water covering the gravel beds that they use as spawning grounds. In a year of extreme drought, there is not enough water to go around. This year, those on all sides of the issue predict a summer as bad — or worse — than 2001 as climate change takes hold. Beyond the farmers' concerns, the Klamath Tribes sued the Bureau of Reclamation on Tuesday to ensure minimum water levels in Upper Klamath Lake for the sucker fish and asked for a temporary restraining order from the court. That order, if granted, would mean less water flowing down the Klamath River for the coho salmon that are critical to the Yurok Tribe. The tribe is already documenting a proliferation of worms that carry a bacteria fatal to salmon in the lower river because of historically low water levels. The Klamath Tribes said in a statement after filing their lawsuit that it was “beyond repugnant” that the mismanagement of the ecosystem in the basin forced them to court, potentially jeopardizing a fish key to another tribe's heritage. “Our hearts break that we have been forced into this position,” Klamath Tribes council member Clay Dumont said. “We know how important the salmon are to our tribal brothers and sisters." ____ Follow Gillian Flaccus on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/gflaccus Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press
London [UK], April 15 (ANI): Unhealthy lifestyles alone only explain a small proportion of the socioeconomic inequity in health in both US and UK adults, suggest data from two large studies published by The BMJ today.
Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodón has a perfect game after eight innings against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. Working quickly in short sleeves with the top of his jersey partially unbuttoned on a cool night in Chicago, Rodón has thrown 61 of his 95 pitches for strikes. He has six strikeouts. The crowd of 7,148 cheered loudly when José Ramírez lined to left on a 3-1 pitch for the final out of the seventh. There were more cheers after Amed Rosario struck out swinging for the final out of the eighth. The gametime temperature was 45 degrees, and most of the other players had on long sleeves. Chicago had an 8-0 lead heading into the eighth. Rodón was selected by Chicago with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 amateur draft. He has been hampered by injuries in recent years, but he won a spot in the rotation during spring training and pitched five innings in a 6-0 win at Seattle in his first start of the season. He was supposed to pitch on Monday against Cleveland, but he was scratched because of an upset stomach. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A white former suburban Minneapolis police officer was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright in a shooting that ignited days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police. The charge against former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter was filed three days after Wright was killed during a traffic stop and as the nearby murder trial progresses for the ex-officer charged with killing George Floyd last May. The former Brooklyn Center police chief has said that Potter, a 26-year veteran and training officer, intended to use her Taser on Wright but fired her handgun instead. However, protesters and Wright’s family members say there’s no excuse for the shooting and that it shows how the justice system is tilted against Blacks, noting Wright was stopped for an expired car registration and ended up dead. “Certain occupations carry an immense responsibility and none more so than a sworn police officer,” Imran Ali, Washington County assistant criminal division chief, said in a statement announcing the charge against Potter. “(Potter’s) action caused the unlawful killing of Mr. Wright and she must be held accountable.” Intent isn’t a necessary component of second-degree manslaughter in Minnesota. The charge — which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison — can be applied in circumstances where a person is suspected of causing a death by “culpable negligence” that creates an unreasonable risk and consciously takes chances to cause a death. Potter posted $100,000 bond Wednesday evening and was released from the Hennepin County jail, online records showed. She was scheduled to make her initial court appearance Thursday afternoon. Her attorney did not respond to messages from The Associated Press. Potter, 48, and Police Chief Tim Gannon both resigned Tuesday, a day after the City Council voted to fire the city manager, who controls the police force. Acting City Manager Reggie Edwards said Wednesday that because Potter resigned, she is entitled to “all accrual and benefits that is due.” Mayor Mike Elliott has said that the city had been moving toward firing Potter when she submitted her resignation. Police say Wright was pulled over for expired tags on Sunday, but they sought to arrest him after discovering he had an outstanding warrant. The warrant was for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June. Body camera video that Gannon released Monday shows Potter approaching Wright as he stands outside of his car as another officer is arresting him. As Wright struggles with police, Potter shouts, “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” before firing a single shot from a handgun in her right hand. The criminal complaint noted that Potter holstered her handgun on the right side and her Taser on the left. To remove the Taser — which is yellow and has a black grip — Potter would have to use her left hand, the complaint said. Wright family attorney Ben Crump said the family appreciates the criminal case, but he again disputed that the shooting was accidental, arguing that an experienced officer knows the difference between a Taser and a handgun. “Kim Potter executed Daunte for what amounts to no more than a minor traffic infraction and a misdemeanour warrant,” he said. Experts say cases of officers mistakenly firing their gun instead of a Taser are rare, usually less than once a year nationwide. Transit officer Johannes Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison after responding to a fight at a train station in Oakland, California, killing 22-year-old Oscar Grant in 2009. Mehserle testified at trial that he mistakenly pulled his .40-calibre handgun instead of his stun gun. In Oklahoma, a white volunteer sheriff’s deputy for Tulsa County, Robert Bates, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter after accidentally firing his handgun when he meant to deploy his stun gun on Eric Harris, a Black man who was being held down by other officers in 2015. Potter was an instructor with Brooklyn Center police, according to the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. She was training two other officers when they stopped Wright, the association’s leader, Brian Peters, told the Star Tribune. Brooklyn Center announced a curfew of 10 p.m. Wednesday — the fourth night in a row that the city has taken that action. Elliott, the mayor, urged people to protest without violence, saying “your voices have been heard.” As night fell, several hundred demonstrators had gathered outside the Brooklyn Center police headquarters for a fourth, tense night. Video showed several protesters carrying Black Lives Matter banners and one demonstrator with a fake pig's head hoisted on a pole near a metal fence surrounding the station. Police monitored the growing crowd from the structure’s rooftop. “Say his name! Daunte Wright!” demonstrators chanted under a mix of snow and rain. Shortly after 9 p.m., police announced over a loudspeaker that the protest was an unlawful assembly and ordered people to disperse. The well-before-curfew dispersal order came after state officials said people were throwing things at police and trying to dismantle the fence — the same reason cited for Tuesday’s early order. In the minutes leading up to the dispersal order, some protesters threw objects at police, who responded with occasional gas canisters. Some officers could be seen spraying a chemical on protesters who came near the fence surrounding the heavily guarded station, and officers fired sporadic projectiles. Protestors near the fence formed a wall with umbrellas. Outside Potter’s home in Champlin, north of Brooklyn Center, concrete barricades and tall metal fencing had been set up and police cars were in the driveway. After Floyd’s death last year, protesters demonstrated several times at the home of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer now on trial in Floyd’s death. Brooklyn Center, a suburb just north of Minneapolis, has seen its racial demographics shift dramatically in recent years. In 2000, more than 70% of the city was white. Today, a majority of residents are Black, Asian or Hispanic. However, Elliott has acknowledged that the police force has "very few people of colour.” ___ Bauer contributed from Madison, Wisconsin. Associated Press writers Suman Naishadham in Phoenix; Doug Glass and Mohamed Ibrahim in Minneapolis; Tim Sullivan in Brooklyn Center; and Stephen Groves in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, contributed to this report. ___ Find AP’s full coverage of the death of Daunte Wright at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-daunte-wright ___ This story has been updated to correct the name of the leader of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association to Brian Peters, instead of Bill Peters, and to correct when manslaughter might apply in a case. Scott Bauer And Mike Householder, The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — Julius Randle scored 32 points against his former team and the New York Knicks clamped down defensively on Zion Williamson for a 116-106 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. Alec Burks scored New York's first 11 points of the fourth quarter, added a crushing 3 and finished with 21 points for the Knicks, who've won four straight for the first time this season. Williamson, who came in having scored at least 30 points in three straight, mustered 25 points against a Knicks defence that packed the paint to stop him. But he scored just four points during the final 19 minutes — two of those on free throws. Brandon Ingram scored 28 for New Orleans, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped against a Knicks squad that looks vastly improved and increasingly relevant in coach Tom Thibodeau's first season. Having won five of seven, the Knicks (29-27) are currently in the Eastern Conference playoff picture — within a couple games of a top-four seed — with 16 contests left in the regular season. Randle's highlights included a double-pump, fall-away jumper while being fouled by James Johnson to put the Knicks up 107-97 with 5:50 left. And the way New York was playing defence, the Pelicans couldn't get within six points after that. Randle also went 5 of 8 from deep. Reggie Bullock hit four 3s and scored 16 for New York. Taj Gibson grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked two shots. Making eight of their first 15 3s, the Knicks opened up an 11-point lead during the second quarter when Immanuel Quickley's 3 made it 45-43. But New Orleans regained momentum soon after, starting with Johnson's 3 and a pair of inside baskets by Williamson. That ignited a 16-6 run to close the half, with the Pelicans pulling to 53-52 on Steven Adams' reverse fast-break layup on a long pass from Ingram. Neither team got much separation during a fast-moving, back-and-forth third quarter. New Orleans matched its largest lead when Ingram's layup made it 87-82. But the Knicks responded with an 11-2 run to close the quarter, starting with Bullock's 3. Derrick Rose added a driving floater and step-back jumper at the horn to give the Knicks a 93-89 lead. TIP INS Knicks: Finished 17 of 33 from 3-point range. ... Reserves combined for 43 points. ... Committed just six turnovers. ... Rose and ex-Pelican and New Orleans native Elfrid Payton each scored 11. Pelicans: Guard Lonzo Ball missed his fourth straight game with a sore left hip flexor. Naji Marshall started in his place and had 14 points and nine rebounds. .... Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy said Marshall did not start the Pelicans' victory over Sacramento on Monday because of “a little situation that happened within the team." Van Gundy did not elaborate other than adding, “It wasn’t a major deal.” ... Wes Iwundu, who started for Marshall on Monday and had 11 points and seven rebounds, played just four minutes against New York and had one rebound. ... Johnson scored 13 points. ... Adams grabbed 10 rebounds. UP NEXT Knicks: Visit Dallas on Friday night before a Sunday afternoon rematch with New Orleans to open a six-game home stand. Pelicans: Visit Washington on Friday night in the first of two straight on the road. ___ More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Brett Martel, The Associated Press
Brielle Biermann’s friend Ethan McCallister died on Saturday, April 3
NEW YORK — David Peterson matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in six dominant innings and batterymate James McCann hit his first home run with the Mets, sending New York past the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Wednesday night for its third straight win. McCann had three hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth. Brandon Nimmo and Dominic Smith also got three hits apiece, and Francisco Lindor scored twice. Peterson (1-1) outpitched former Mets starter Zack Wheeler, allowing only two hits and rebounding nicely from a rough outing in Philadelphia last week. The second-year lefty solved the NL East rival Phillies after entering with a 16.50 ERA in two career starts against them and a 2.64 ERA in nine outings versus all other teams. Three relievers finished a three-hitter for New York. Aaron Loup got five outs and Edwin Díaz fanned two in a perfect ninth against the meat of the Phillies' order. Philadelphia batters struck out 14 times. After starting the season 4-0, the slumping Phillies have dropped six of eight — including the first three games of this four-game set. New York pounced early, scoring two runs against Wheeler in the first inning. The red-hot Nimmo got things started with a leadoff single against his former teammate, who needed 29 pitches to get through the first. Lindor and Smith followed with back-to-back singles, scoring Nimmo. Lindor came in when Pete Alonso grounded into a double play. Wheeler made his major league debut with the Mets and was 44-38 with a 3.77 ERA in 126 regular-season starts with them from 2013-19. The right-hander left for a $118 million, five-year deal with the Phillies following the 2019 season. He is 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA in four starts against his old club. Peterson quickly stifled a scoring threat an inning later, stranding J.T. Realmuto at second after the hard-hitting catcher reached on a two-base error by Smith in the left field. Realmuto was the only Phillies batter to hit a ball out of the infield over the first four innings, lining out sharply to right in his second at-bat. With one out in the fifth, Jean Segura lined Peterson’s 2-0 offering over the left-field wall for his first home run of the year and Philadelphia’s first hit of the night. Rhys Hoskins’ sixth-inning single was the only other blemish on the left-hander’s ledger, who did not walk a batter. Peterson threw 80 pitches, 57 for strikes. McCann’s two-run shot came against reliever JoJo Romero, his first homer with New York after signing a four-year, $40.6 million deal in December. Nimmo has reached base safely at least twice in all eight games the Mets have played. After getting three singles Wednesday, New York’s oft-smiling leadoff hitter is 13 for 28 (.464) with eight walks on the season. Realmuto walked and Segura singled against reliever Jeurys Familia in the seventh, putting runners on the corners with one out. Loup came on and induced a double-play grounder from pinch-hitter Didi Gregorius to hold the Phillies at bay. With one out in the bottom of the inning, the Mets chased Wheeler following consecutive singles by Lindor and Smith. Alonso lifted a sacrifice fly against reliever Sam Coonrod, extending the lead to 3-1. Wheeler was charged with three runs on 10 hits and one walk, fanning six. OUTFIELD SWAP Philadelphia outfielder Adam Haseley was placed on the restricted list for personal reasons and there is no timetable for his return, according to manager Joe Girardi. “I did speak to him (by phone) and we had a nice talk today,” Girardi said before the game, declining to elaborate on the specific reason for Haseley’s departure. “I think we all agreed that this was probably the best and we’ll move forward.” When asked if the club was going to execute a separate transaction involving Haseley prior to placing him on the restricted list, Girardi simply said, “No.” To take Haseley’s place on the roster, the team recalled fellow outfielder Mickey Moniak from the alternate site. Drafted first overall by Philadelphia in 2016, the 22-year-old made his big league debut last September. “Adam’s one of my closest friends in the organization and I hope he’s OK, and whatever it is I’m going to reach out to him and make sure,” Moniak said. “You hate to see it. Whatever it may be, I just hope he’s all good.” TRAINER’S ROOM Phillies: RHP Archie Bradley (oblique) is expected to miss three to four weeks with a Grade 1 strain, per Girardi. Mets: RHP Dellin Betances (right shoulder) is with the club and receiving treatment. The four-time All-Star reliever still has minor soreness but is progressing well, said manager Luis Rojas. Betances is expected to remain in New York during the upcoming road trip. … 3B J.D. Davis (bruised left hand) participated in outdoor batting practice Tuesday and was able to take full swings. UP NEXT Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (0-0, 3.46 ERA) is set to start the series finale Thursday afternoon. Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-1, 0.64 ERA) has allowed just one run in 14 innings this season, striking out 21. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Scott Orgera, The Associated Press
The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will hold an April 22 hearing on President Joe Biden's three nominees to serve on the U.S. Postal Board of Governors, the panel announced Wednesday. The announcement comes after the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in March outlined a proposed 10-year strategic plan that would slow current first-class delivery standards and raise some prices to stem $160 billion in forecasted red ink over the next decade. The plan has drawn criticism from many U.S. lawmakers including some calling for the board to fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others who have urged Biden to remove the existing board members.
NEW YORK, April 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pomerantz LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors of Avenue Therapeutics Inc. (“Avenue” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: ATXI). Such investors are advised to contact Robert S. Willoughby at email@example.com or 888-476-6529, ext. 7980. The investigation concerns whether Avenue and certain of its officers and/or directors have engaged in securities fraud or other unlawful business practices. [Click here for information about joining the class action] On April 13, 2021, Avenue issued a press release “announc[ing] that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (‘FDA’) was still reviewing its New Drug Application (‘NDA’) for IV tramadol and had not provided a decision regarding the NDA.” The Company’s resubmitted NDA for the treatment, which followed a complete response letter from the FDA in 2020, had been assigned an action date of April 12, 2021. On this news, Avenue’s stock price fell $1.69 per share, or 23.77%, on April 13, 2021. The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Paris is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com CONTACT:Robert S. WilloughbyPomerantz LLPrswilloughby@pomlaw.com
Mutual funds are professionally managed investment vehicles that are designed to meet specific risk–return needs of investors. While your portfolio manager should, technically, look out for your best interests, there is mounting evidence to suggest this may not always be the case.
Naji Marshall (New Orleans Pelicans) with a deep 3 vs the New York Knicks, 04/14/2021
Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans) with an and one vs the New York Knicks, 04/14/2021
Hail showered down on Orem, Utah, on April 14 as a “significant weather advisory” was in place for the area.The National Weather Service warned of half-inch sized hail and strong thunderstorms for counties in western Utah, including the Orem area.This video posted by Austin Gunn shows the hail blanketing the ground during the storm. “Holy cow man,” a voice can be heard saying in the video. Credit: Austin Gunn via Storyful
Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans) with a deep 3 vs the New York Knicks, 04/14/2021
Immanuel Quickley (New York Knicks) with a deep 3 vs the New Orleans Pelicans, 04/14/2021
Norvel Pelle (New York Knicks) with a dunk vs the New Orleans Pelicans, 04/14/2021
The founder is the second high-profile Virgin Galactic investor to sell shares of the company in recent weeks.