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Democrats to introduce bill to expand Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices – NBC News

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats will introduce legislation Thursday to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices, alongside progressive activists pushing to transform the high court. The move intensifies a high-stakes ideological fight over the future of the court after former President Donald Trump and Republicans appointed three conservative justices in four years, including one who was confirmed days before the 2020 election. The Democratic bill is led by Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts in the Senate, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the chair of the Judiciary Committee, in the House. It is cosponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia and Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York. The Supreme Court can be expanded by an act of Congress, but the legislation is highly unlikely to be...

Karen Olivo Won’t Return to ‘Moulin Rouge!’ – The New York Times

Citing recent reports of abusive behavior, including by the powerful producer Scott Rudin, the actress said advocacy matters more than a lucrative role. Karen Olivo, center, as Satine in the Broadway production of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.”Credit…Sara Krulwich/The New York Times April 14, 2021Updated 8:41 p.m. ET Karen Olivo, a Tony-nominated star of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” said Wednesday that she would not rejoin the show’s cast when Broadway performances resume. She made the announcement in a five-minute Instagram video. “I could easily go back to the show and make a lot of money,” she said, “but I still wouldn’t be able to really control what I was putting out into the world, and what I’m seeing in this space, right now, with our industry, is that everybody is scared, and n...

Halt on J&J COVID-19 vaccine will continue in US until more data on rare blood clotting disorder is available – USA TODAY

A pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should continue until more is known about a rare vaccine side effect, a federal advisory committee decided Wednesday. The committee will meet again in a week to 10 days to evaluate more data that is expected to become available. Six women in recent weeks, as well as one man in an earlier clinical trial, developed a rare combination of blood clots and low platelet counts within two weeks of receiving the J&J vaccine. An eighth case with similar symptoms is under investigation. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met Wednesday to discuss the cases. It can only make recommendations and does not regulate drugs, but its advice is generally considered a gold stand...

Jerry Rice seems to be pulling for Justin Fields as 49ers’ quarterback selection in NFL Draft – SFGate

April 14, 2021Updated: April 14, 2021 1:57 p.m. Former 49er Jerry Rice celebrates a touchdown during the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers on January 11, 2020, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Icon Sportswire/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Wednesday marked the second pro day for Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, and hours before it started, Fields received an inspirational message from San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice. Rice filmed a video of himself on Instagram in which he tells Fields to tune out since-retracted media reports questioning his work ethic. “Justin Fields, hey man, don’t worry about what they’re saying about you, brother,” Rice said. “We know that you’re a hard worke...

NCAA Council passes one-time transfer legislation allowing athletes immediate eligibility – CBS Sports

USATSI The NCAA Division I Council has voted unanimously in favor of a measure that will allow athletes in all sports to transfer once without sitting a season, and the measure is expected to receive final approval on Thursday, sources confirmed to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd on Wednesday.  The measure has long been expected to pass and change the landscape of collegiate athletics, and college basketball players have already flocked to the transfer portal in record numbers in anticipation of the change. As of Wednesday, there were more than 1,400 Division I men’s basketball players in the transfer portal. The rule is expected to have a major impact on college football football as well, ushering in what some have referred to as “free agency” in the sport. Though transfer...

Body of missing LSU freshman Kori Gauthier recovered from Mississippi River – Fox News

Authorities have recovered the body of LSU freshman Kori Gauthier, who went missing last week, from the Mississippi River, officials confirmed Wednesday.  “Our entire community is heartbroken by the loss of this amazing young woman,” Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said. “I send my most heartfelt condolences to Kori’s family and loved ones. Please keep them in your prayers during this time.” The remains of 19-year-old Kori Gauthier, a freshman at LSU, were recovered from the Mississippi River on Tuesday.  (LSU Police Department) MISSING CALIFORNIA HIKER FOUND SAFE AFTER PUBLIC HELPS RESCUERS TRACE LOCATION OF PHOTO HE SENT FRIEND Gauthier, 19, was last seen on April 6 and her car was found abandoned on a bridge with her wallet and phone still inside...

Daunte Wright Shooting: Fmr. Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter Arrested, Charged With Manslaughter – CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput announced the charges Wednesday, saying Potter, 48, was taken into custody by Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents and booked into Hennepin County Jail. She was released just a few hours later after posting bond. (credit: Hennepin County) “Certain occupations carry an immense responsibility and none more so than a sworn police officer,” said Imran Ali, Washington County assistant criminal division chief and director of the Major Crime Unit. “With that responsibility comes a great deal of discretion and accountability. We will vigorously prosecute this case and intend to prove that ...

Soldier seen in viral video harassing black man charged with assault – New York Post

April 14, 2021 | 7:01pm | Updated April 14, 2021 | 7:02pm Twitter, I’m told this super douche lives in The Summit in Columbia, South Carolina. If you recognize him, please DM me — I want to make sure the name I have is accurate before I blast it all over social media. pic.twitter.com/LYAVzL2FaE — Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) April 13, 2021 A white US soldier was arrested Wednesday after being caught on viral video aggressively pursuing and shoving a black man in a South Carolina neighborhood. Jonathan Pentland, 42, was charged with third-degree assault and battery for the violent encounter on Monday, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. “The most vital piece of evidence we have was the video,” said Sheriff Leon Lott, during a press conference announcing the charges. The...

Bernie Madoff, Architect of Largest Ponzi Scheme in History, Dead at 82 – The New York Times

His enormous fraud left behind a devastating human toll and paper losses totaling $64.8 billion. Bernie Madoff leaving a Manhattan court in January 2009. The victims of his fraud numbered in the thousands and were scattered from Palm Beach to the Persian Gulf.Credit…Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images April 14, 2021Updated 6:47 p.m. ET Bernard L. Madoff, the one-time senior statesman of Wall Street who in 2008 became the human face of an era of financial misdeeds and missteps for running the largest and possibly most devastating Ponzi scheme in financial history, died on Wednesday in a federal prison hospital in Butner, N.C. He was 82. The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed the death, at the Federal Medical Center, part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex. Mr. Madoff, who was serving...

Officer Cleared In The Shooting Death Of Ashli Babbitt During Capitol Riot – NPR

Driver’s license photo of Ashli Babbitt. The 35-year-old Air Force veteran was shot and killed by a U.S. Capitol Police Officer when she attempted to breach the Chamber of the US House of Representatives on Jan. 6. Maryland MVA/Courtesy of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office via AP hide caption toggle caption Maryland MVA/Courtesy of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office via AP Driver’s license photo of Ashli Babbitt. The 35-year-old Air Force veteran was shot and killed by a U.S. Capitol Police Officer when she attempted to breach the Chamber of the US House of Representatives on Jan. 6. Maryland MVA/Courtesy of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office via AP The Department of Justice announced Wednesday it will not pursue charges against the U.S. Capitol Police off...

Colton Underwood apologizes to ex Cassie Randolph following tumultuous split: ‘I messed up’ – Fox News

Colton Underwood is issuing a public apology to his ex-girlfriend Cassie Randolph for “how things ended” in their tumultuous relationship last year. The former “Bachelor” star, 29, came out as gay during an appearance on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday and while speaking with Robin Roberts, the former football star lamented the “bad choices” he had made while dating Randolph, 25, and in the months following the public split. “I would like to say sorry for how things ended. I messed up,” Underwood said. “I made a lot of bad choices.” Underwood and Randolph connected during his season of the popular reality show in 2019 and appeared to hit it off so well that Randolph received the coveted final rose from Underwood, t...

Arizona expected to hire Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd as new men’s basketball coach, sources say – ESPN

6:42 PM ET Jeff BorzelloESPN Staff Writer Close Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. Arizona is expected to hire Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd as its next men’s basketball coach, sources confirmed to ESPN. Over the past few weeks, Lloyd had emerged as the favorite to replace Sean Miller in Tucson. Arizona looked at coaches with connections to the Wildcats, namely Pacific‘s Damon Stoudamire, Georgia Tech‘s Josh Pastner and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Miles Simon, but they opted to go outside the family. Lloyd, 46, interviewed over the weekend, sources told ESPN, and he is expected to be officially announced in the coming days. His hiring was first reported by Stadium. Lloyd has been at Gonzaga since 2000, serving as...

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