President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, According to sources, Biden is expected to make the official announcement Wednesday. The full withdrawal will happen before or by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, extending the May 2021 deadline set by the Trump administration.
The Taliban had threatened an increase in violence should the United States keep armed forces in the country beyond May 1. Sources said that the Biden administration hoped that by setting a new, specific date, it could avoid that violence.
A senior administration official told CNN that U.S. officials told the Taliban that any attack on U.S. troops in the meantime would be met with retaliation. There are currently more than 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The police chief and the officer in Brooklyn Center, Minn. who fatally shot a 20-year-old black man during a traffic stop resigned on Tuesday. Officer Kimberly Potter submitted her resignation letter to the Law Enforcement Labor Services, a public safety labor union. Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said the city didn’t ask Potter, a 26-year veteran, to resign. Police Chief Tim Gannon also issued his resignation in the wake of Sunday’s shooting, which resulted in two days of protests.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement that Potter discharged her firearm Sunday afternoon during a traffic stop that resulted in the death of Daunte Wright. She was placed on administration leave before her resignation. Authorities released a brief video clip of the incident from her body-worn camera. During a news conference, police chief Gannon said Potter accidentally shot Wright with her firearm and believed that she “had the intention” to deploy her Taser.
The officers pulled Wright over Sunday afternoon and discovered he was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant. In the footage, Wright appears to struggle with the arresting officer and Potter is heard repeatedly saying “Taser” before discharging her weapon, firing a single bullet.
Gov. Tim Walz declared a curfew for the four counties of Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota and Anoka from 7 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday after protesters and police clashed in the Minneapolis suburb for a second night.
The Denver Nuggets announced Tuesday that guard Jamal Murray has suffered a torn ACL of the left knee and will be out indefinitely, with no timetable set for his return; however, t is likely he’ll miss the remainder of the season. Murray suffered the injury in Monday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors, when he tried to attack the basket, but as soon as he tried to elevate off his left leg, he immediately fell to the floor and looked to be in serious pain.
Murray had a breakout performance in the NBA bubble last season, where he averaged 26.5 points and 6.6 assists in the Nuggets’ surprise postseason run to the Western Conference Finals. Murray carried over that production into this season, where he was shooting 51 percent from the field and 46 percent from deep.
The Denver Broncos players announced on Tuesday that they will not participate in the team’s voluntary offseason workouts due to COVID-19 concerns.
A statement by the NFL Players Association read: “With offseason programs starting in less than a week and without adequate protocols in place in order for us players to return safely, we will be exercising our right to not participate in voluntary offseason workouts. COVID-19 remains a serious threat to our families and to our communities, and it makes no sense to us as players to put ourselves at risk during this dead period. Positivity rates in our city are higher than they were at this time last year and we know players have been infected at club facilities in recent weeks.”
The Seahawks joined the Broncos’ mass opt-out on Tuesday afternoon. Seattle’s players said they will return to the field if they see “a positive shift in the COVID-19 data,” per an NFLPA statement.
The teams’ decision follows the recommendation from NFLPA president JC Tretter, who urged players not to show up to voluntary offseason activities. The NFL currently plans to begin its offseason program on April 19.
Thomas Rhett has dropped his new single, “Country Again,” and it finds the artist going back to his country roots.
“Country Again,” written by Rhett alongside Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, follows his recent chart-topper “What’s Your Country Song.” “Country Again” is also the title track to his upcoming two-part project; the first project, Country Again: Side A releases April 30.
Take a look at Rhett’s video for “Country Again” – here.
Miranda Lambert and Elle King will open the show at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony with a performance of “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” The collaboration is just one of many that were announced by the Academy of Country Music.
Mickey Guyton, who will co-host alongside Keith Urban, will perform “Hold On.” Last year, Guyton performed “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” with Urban assisting on piano. Other performances include Carly Pearce with Lee Brice on their chart-topping hit “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” and Carrie Underwood and CeCe Winans performing a medley of gospel hymns from Underwood’s album My Savior. Kenny Chesney will also perform with Kelsea Ballerini on the new track “half of my hometown.”
The cast of “ER” will reunite on “Stars In The House” for a special Earth Day episode for Waterkeeper Alliance. Waterkeeper is the fastest growing global nonprofit focused solely on clean water.
Gloria Reuben, who played physician assistant Jeanie Boulet on the show and serves as the President of Waterkeeper Alliance, organized the cast to return one more time. Reuben will be joined by George Clooney (Doug Ross), Noah Wyle (John Carter), Laura Innes (Kerry Weaver), Anthony Edwards (Mark Greene), Alex Kingston (Elizabeth Corday), Julianna Margulies (Carol Hathaway), Goran Visnjic (Luka Kovac), Paul McCrane (Robert Romano), Ming-Na Wen (Jing-Mei Chen), Laura Cerón (Chuny Marquez), Yvette Freeman (Haleh Adams), Conni Marie Brazelton (Connie Oligario), and CCH Pounder (Angela Hicks)
The reunion will stream on April 22 at 8 p.m. EST on People magazine’s official Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as on PeopleTV’s Facebook and Twitter, and on the Stars In The House YouTube channel, and StarsInTheHouse.com.
Selena Gomez will serve as host of Global Citizens’ upcoming Vax Live concert, which will feature performances from Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and H.E.R. Vax Live: A Concert to Reunite the World will promote the COVID-19 vaccine and call on world leaders to ensure that vaccines will be available to everyone globally.
The event will air across ABC, CBS, YouTube and iHeartMedia radio stations on May 8 at 8 p.m. EDT. Fox will also broadcast the concert on the same day at 11 p.m. EDT. YouTube will present an extended version of the concert that will run 90 minutes. The extended version will include an additional performance by NCT 127 and appearances by YouTube creators Daniel El Travieso, Kati Morton, ShootforLove, Thembe Mahlaba and The Try Guys. The show will be pre-taped at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
Authorities confirm that one person was killed and a police officer was injured Monday during a shooting at a high school in Tennessee. The city’s police department said in a statement that shots were fired after officers in Knoxville responded to a report of an armed person at Austin-East Magnet High School on Monday afternoon. It wasn’t clear if the person, described as a male, was a student. The person was killed and a Knoxville police officer was struck at least once, suffering what the department said were non-life threatening injuries. A second person was detained for further investigation, authorities said.
Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas said the school had been secured and students who weren’t involved in the shooting were released to their families. Thomas called the incident “tragic.” During a news conference about students returning to in-school learning, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee asked people to pray for victims of the shooting and their families.
Games involving Minnesota pro sports teams in MLB, the NBA, and NHL that were scheduled for Monday have been postponed in response to the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, died during a traffic stop after a police officer yelled “taser,” but fired a gun instead.
A game between the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox was the first to be postponed, with the Twins announcing the decision and saying it was “rooted in safety” after the club spoke with local officials. The Minnesota Timberwolves-Brooklyn Nets contest also was cancelled Monday, the Timberwolves announced. The matchup between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues was postponed as well, according to statements from the Wild and and an announcement from the NHL.