According to multiple reports, the Trump administration will not grant temporary protected status (TPS) to Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian. It is being widely reported that the administration ultimately decided against offering the humanitarian relief after acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said Monday that it was being considered. Granting TPS would allow Bahamians to work and live in the U.S. until it is deemed safe to return home. However, Bahamians can still come to the U.S. temporarily with the right travel documents, without being granted work permits.
The Bahamas were hit hard by Hurricane Dorian, battering the islands with rain and winds for almost two days. More than 40 people have been confirmed dead in the island nation and thousands are still missing. Tens of thousands more are thought to be in need of food, water and medical help.
Team USA has been eliminated from medal contention by France at the FIBA World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships.
France beat Team USA 89-79 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull off the upset. The U.S. had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competition with NBA players, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships and continuing through every FIBA Americas, World Cup and Olympics event since. The U.S. was bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cups, after winning three straight Olympic golds in that span.
Team USA will go home with a spot in the 2020 Olympics secured, but no medal.
New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown attended practice with the team for the first time on Wednesday, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions.
Coach Bill Belichick declined to answer additional questions about Brown before the practice session, including his status for Sunday’s game at Miami. He deferred to the Patriots’ statement late Tuesday in which they said they were aware of the lawsuit and “take these allegations very seriously.” Belichick said, “Antonio and his representatives have made statements, so I’m not going to be expanding on any of those. They are what they are. We’ve looked into the situation. We’re taking it very seriously all the way through the organization. I’m sure there are questions, but I’m not going to enter into a discussion about that.”
Brown has denied the allegations; and his attorney, Darren Heitner, told The Associated Press his client plans to countersue. The NFL has declined comment but will be opening an investigation into the matter.
Former “All My Children” star and Hallmark Channel host Cameron Mathison has revealed he is battling renal cancer; saying he had been dealing with some gut issues and convinced his doctor to schedule the MRI of his abdomen.
Mathison posted about the diagnosis on social media, writing “I have a health situation that I want to share with you all.” Mathison said he felt lucky that the cancer was caught early and thanked his doctor, his family and colleagues.
“My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST),” he wrote. “I announced this on @homeandfamilytv yesterday, and wanted to make sure I posted about it here as well. Feeling very grateful and optimistic!!”
Mathison first made the announcement on his Hallmark Channel “Home and Family” show.
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are going to be part of the upcoming Fall 2019 issue of Playboy. The 22-year-old Kylie Cosmetics owner and the 28-year-old musician will appear in the magazine’s “The Pleasure Issue,” the brand announced.
Jenner posted a preview of one of the pictures on her Instagram, in which she embraces Travis while wearing no clothes.
The magazine said in a press release: “It is a celebration of the things that bring us joy: sex, art, food, music, spiritual connection, travel, cannabis and community. And did we mention sex? In this issue, we aren’t only showcasing the artists and creators who bring us joy; we’re also shining a light on visionaries and revolutionaries who are fighting to expand access to pleasure for all.”
Michael Jordan is pledging $1 million to organizations assisting with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas. Jordan said in a statement Tuesday on Twitter through his spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy, that he’s “devastated” at the destruction in the Bahamas, adding “my heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones.
Jordan owns property in and frequently visits the Bahamas; he sayd that the recovery and relief efforts continue he will be tracking the situation closely and working to identify nonprofit agencies where the funds will have the most impact.
Jordan — owner of the Hornets and six-time NBA champ — added that “the Bahamian people are strong and resilient and I hope that my donation will be of help as they work to recover from this catastrophic storm.”
Former longtime Detroit sportscaster and current voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Fred McLeod, died unexpectedly Monday evening. He was 67.
The Ohio native worked 22 seasons (1984-2006) as the Detroit Pistons play-by-play announcer — the longest tenure of a TV-only announcer with the same NBA team. He also served as the play-by-play voice of the Detroit Tigers for four seasons, the Detroit Lions for seven seasons and did play-by-play for the Oakland Athletics. He spent the 1979 MLB baseball season in Cleveland as well, as a TV announcer for the Cleveland Indians.
McLeod is survived by wife Beth McLeod, also a former Detroit TV reporter who currently works for Fox 8 in Cleveland; mother Marilyn; sister Lynn, and his three children, Sean, Jenna, Molly, according to the Cavaliers statement.
Juul Labs Inc. was warned by U.S. health officials that it may have violated the law by making claims its e-cigarette devices are safe; this coming at the same time a mysterious lung ailment is raising new questions about the health effects of vaping.
The Food and Drug Administration sent Juul a warning letter on Monday that said the agency had determined that the company has marketed its products as less risky than cigarettes without gaining the agency’s approval. The FDA also sent Juul a letter requesting documents related to the company’s advertising and promotional efforts, given that its vape devices “continue to represent a significant proportion of the overall use” of e-cigarettes by children. Juul halted much of its social-media marketing last year after criticism that its stylish ads on Instagram and other apps targeted younger users.
“Juul has ignored the law, and, very concerningly, has made some of these statements in school to our nation’s youth,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless. In response, Ted Kwong, a Juul spokesman, said, “we are reviewing the letters and will fully cooperate,”
Juul has pitched its sleek, USB-like vaping device as a way for adults to quit smoking — though the FDA said that the company also targeted students.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that he had fired his national-security adviser John Bolton. The president tweeted. ““I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”
Moments after Trump’s announcement, Bolton himself seemed to directly contradict the president’s account of the departure, writing: “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow.’”
Bolton had served as Trump’s top national-security aide since April 9, 2018.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek kicked off the premiere of Season 36 of the beloved game show. It marked a return to the air for Trebek, 79, who for four months had undergone treatment for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“I truly hope you folks have enjoyed revisiting some of our special tournaments throughout this past summer,” Trebek said as he opened the show. “But today, Jeopardy! begins its 36th season on the air and I’m happy to report, I’m still here.” Trebek has completed his chemotherapy treatments and returned to taping “Jeopardy!” a few weeks ago.