DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs) with a dunk vs the New Orleans Pelicans, 02/27/2021
DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs) with a dunk vs the New Orleans Pelicans, 02/27/2021
Most view Biden favorably on COVID response and the economy, but Congress has lower job approval ratings than the president, according to two polls.
Japan's economy was picking up but any recovery was likely to be modest due to lingering caution over the coronavirus pandemic, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda warned on Thursday. Kuroda said Japan's economy was likely to improve thanks to a rebound in global demand and the boost from the government's massive fiscal spending. "But the pace of the recovery will be modest as caution over the pandemic remains," he said in a speech to a quarterly meeting of the BOJ's regional branch managers.
Oil prices were lower on Thursday though holding near one-month highs after futures jumped in the previous as the International Energy Agency (IEA) and others upgraded forecasts for oil demand as major economies recover from the pandemic. Brent crude was down by 21 cents, or 0.3%, at $66.37 a barrel by 0129 GMT, after gaining 4.6% on Wednesday and closing at the highest since March 17. U.S. crude inventories were down by 5.9 million barrels last week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Wednesday, more than double analysts' expectations for a 2.9 million-barrel decline.
OG Anunoby scored 22 points, Pascal Siakam had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the short-handed Toronto Raptors beat the San Antonio Spurs 117-112 on Wednesday night. Raptors rookie Malachi Flynn had a big fourth quarter, scoring eight of his 16 points in the period and finishing with seven assists. Derrick White led San Antonio with 25 points, and Patty Mills added 23.
President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he will begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan to end America's longest war, rejecting calls to keep forces in place to help resolve that nation's grinding internal conflict. In a White House speech, Biden set a deadline for withdrawing all 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan by Sept. 11, exactly 20 years after the al Qaeda attacks on the United States that triggered the war. "We went to war with clear goals," Biden said.
Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodón has a perfect game after six innings against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Working quickly in short sleeves with the top of his jersey partially unbuttoned on a cool night in Chicago, Rodón has thrown 47 of his 75 pitches for strikes. The crowd of 7,148 cheered loudly when Yu Chang looked at a called third strike for Rodón's third strikeout, ending the sixth. 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 sixth. Rodón has been hampered by injuries in recent years, but he won a spot in the rotation during spring training and pitched five scoreless 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
TikTok star Addison Rae has been method acting while filming 'He's All That,' asking her friends and family to call her by her character's name when she's off set.
Mark Giordano had a goal and an assist, Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 shots and the Calgary Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 Wednesday night. Noah Hanafin, Josh Leivo and Sean Monahan also scored, and Chris Tanev had two assists. The Flames have won three straight to pull four points behind the Canadiens for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division, though Montreal has three games in hand..
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) with a dunk vs the Brooklyn Nets, 04/14/2021
Shake Milton (Philadelphia 76ers) with a deep 3 vs the Brooklyn Nets, 04/14/2021
Tencent Music Entertainment Group said on Thursday it appointed Zhu Liang as the new chief executive officer and Cussion Kar Shun Pang as the new executive chairman of the board, with immediate effect. Cussion had held the CEO's position from July 2016. Zhu has previously served as the vice president of Chinese technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd, which controls Tencent Music.
There were several candidates, beginning with starting pitcher Kohei Arihara and including outfielders Adolis Garcia and David Dahl.
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 holding a fake pig's head on a pole near a metal fence surrounding the heavily guarded station. Police were monitoring 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. 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. About 90 minutes before Tuesday's curfew, state police announced over a loudspeaker that the demonstration outside the city's heavily guarded police headquarters had been declared unlawful and ordered the crowds to disperse. Protesters launched fireworks toward the station and threw objects at officers, who launched flashbangs and gas grenades, then marched in a line to force back the crowd. The number of protesters plummeted over the next hour, until only a few remained. Police also ordered all media to leave. 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
An Atlanta high school that was named after a Ku Klux Klan leader will strip the name and instead honor the late baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. The Atlanta Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to change the name of Forrest Hill Academy to Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy, news outlets reported. The new name is expected to be in place by the time students return to the southwest Atlanta alternative school in August.
Drew Eubanks (San Antonio Spurs) with a dunk vs the Toronto Raptors, 04/14/2021
Malachi Flynn (Toronto Raptors) with a 2-pointer vs the San Antonio Spurs, 04/14/2021
Dejounte Murray (San Antonio Spurs) with a 3-pointer vs the Toronto Raptors, 04/14/2021
Danny Green (Philadelphia 76ers) with a dunk vs the Brooklyn Nets, 04/14/2021
DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs) with a dunk vs the Toronto Raptors, 04/14/2021
Khem Birch (Toronto Raptors) with a dunk vs the San Antonio Spurs, 04/14/2021