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No Decision Made On QB Aaron Rodgers Availability To Face Vikings This Sunday

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that the team continues to collect information about quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ knee injury, and have made no decision on Rodgers availability to play the Vikings this weekend.  “I know Aaron wants to play, and is always driven to play, but that’s all I have for right now,” McCarthy said. The Vikings contributed to Rodgers’ 2017 season, with Anthony Barr‘s hit on Rodgers breaking the quarterback’s collarbone. Rodgers returned to play against Carolina late in that season.  ...Read more

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Honored With Six Posthumous Emmys

The Television Academy honored late host Anthony Bourdain with multiple wins at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Bourdain and his series, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” which airs on CNN, won six awards. They included two individual awards for Bourdain, one for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program and another for his role as executive producer of the series, which won for outstanding informational series. “Parts Unknown” also won in the picture editing, sound editing and sound mixing categories. “Parts Unknown” executive producer Lydia Tenaglia accepted one of Bourdain’s awards on his behalf, nothing that Bourdain had been nominated for the nonfiction writing category “many times, but it had always eluded him.” “So it is with tremendous bittersweetness that I accept it on his behalf.” she said. ...Read more

U.S. Shutting Down The Palestine Liberation Organization Office In Washington DC

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed in a statement that the U.S. is shutting down the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office in Washington D.C., blaming the PLO for not taking “steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.” National Security Advisor John Bolton also announced the Trump administration’s closure of the PLO office at a speech before the conservative Federalist Society. He announced the U.S. will ban ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the U.S., sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system, and prosecute them in American courts. Just minutes before Bolton made his announcement, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley convened a special meeting of the Security Council to discuss ways to combat corruption around the world. ...Read more

Hurricane Florence Grows To Category 4 As Coastal Evacuations Begin

 Hurricane Florence grew even stronger early Monday afternoon as the storm continued moving across the Atlantic Ocean, with it’s eye set on parts of the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said in a special noon advisory, that Florence rapidly intensified to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph. Only an hour before, Florence had been upgraded to Category 3 strength but the storm soon grew stronger as it moved over warm Atlantic waters. Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas from Tuesday to Thursday, before approaching the Carolinas on Thursday. ...Read more

Luol Deng Finalizes 1-Year, $2.4 Million Deal With Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with free agent Luol Deng on a one-year deal after he was bought out by the Los Angeles Lakers. Deng will be reunited with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Deng agreed to a $7.5 million buyout contract buyout with the Los Angeles Lakers in order to find a chance to play elsewhere. Deng’s buyout left him with $29 million for the two years left on his contract, for which the Lakers used the waive and stretch provision to soften the short-term salary cap hit. Deng signed a four-year, $72 million free agent deal with the Lakers in 2016. The Lakers benched Deng, 33, for all but one game of the past season. ...Read more

Justin Allgaier Wins 5th NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Of 2018 At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Justin Allgaier won the Xfinity Series race that kicked off a NASCAR doubleheader at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday. The race was originally scheduled for Saturday but was delayed two days due to rain. Allgaier earned his fifth victory of the season and first career win at Indianapolis in the 250-mile race, winning in a Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, the team owned by retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Tyler Reddick finished second, Ryan Blaney was third and Chase Elliott fourth. Blaney and Elliott both completed the Xfinity Series race then headed to their Cup cars for the second race. ...Read more

Olivia Newton-John Reveals She Is Fighting Cancer For The Third Time

Olivia Newton-John has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in three decades. Olivia revealed in an interview that doctors found a tumor at the base of her back in 2017, and she has been using modern medicines and natural remedies, including cannabis oil, to treat the cancer and reduce pain. She’s also stopped eating sugar and started radiation treatment. In the interview, Newton-John expressed gratitude for having the support of her husband, John Easterling, saying, “A lot of cannabis, my husband grows for me. In California, it’s legal to grow a certain amount of plants for your own medicinal purposes.” She went on to say that John is “always there to support me, and I believe I will win over it and that’s my goal.” Newton-John was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and became an advocate for cancer research and breast cancer screenings. She even has a cancer center named after her in Melbourne, Australia: the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Research Center. Newton-John underwent a partial mastectomy and reconstruction, however in 2013, she was diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to her shoulders.  ...Read more

Narcos Season 4 Trailer Arrives And Release Date Revealed

Netflix hit drug cartel drama Narcos is set to debut Season 4, which will be titiled “Narcos: Mexico.”  Actor Matt Letscher will get involved in the war on drugs in Narcos Season 4, joining new stars Michael Peña and Diego Luna. Letscher is set to portray James Kuykendal, a member of a new team of DEA agents and Colombian police who look to take down the Cali Cartel.  A teaser trailer has arrived for Narcos: Mexico, showcasing some of the action in store for viewers and this time focusing on a new set of characters: Diego Luna’s “Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo” and Michael Peña’s “Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena.” Narcos: Mexico (or Narcos Season 4,) is set to premiere on Netflix on November 16. ...Read more

Dallas Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man After Entering Wrong Apartment Arrested On Manslaughter

A Dallas police officer was arrested Sunday on a manslaughter warrant in the shooting of a black man at his home, Texas authorities said. The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release that Officer Amber Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail and that the investigation is ongoing. It said no additional information is available at this time. A statement from the Dallas Police Department Saturday says the officer is Amber Guyger, a four-year veteran of the force assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division. Guyger has told investigators that she was off-duty on Thursday night when she mistakenly went to the wrong apartment and shot Botham Jean. In the days following Jean’s death, rumors have swirled around the internet showing a photo taken from Jean’s Instagram account with him pictured, smiling, with three other women. Many have stated that one of the women in the photo was Guyger, but that rumor was shot down after Jean’s former employer, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLC, said that the women were colleagues of Jean’s. Jean, of St. Lucia, a Caribbean island, had previously attended Harding University in Arkansas before working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLC in Dallas. ...Read more

Hurricane Florence Strengthens As It Aims For Southeast Part Of U.S.

Hurricane Florence strengthened Sunday as it moved across the Atlantic toward a possible direct hit on the U.S. Southeast by the end of the week. The storm prompted warnings for residents up and down the coast, and red flags flying on beaches warned swimmers to stay out of waters. Florence passed the 74 mph threshold from tropical storm to hurricane Sunday morning, and by evening its winds were up to 85 mph. Drawing energy from the warm water, it could become a Category 4 hurrixane with winds of 130 mph or more by Tuesday. Forecasters urged residents from South Carolina to the mid-Atlantic to get ready,with some forecasting models showing it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding. ...Read more