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5 dead, including 2 sheriff’s deputies, after 13-hour standoff in N.C.

Two sheriff’s deputies were among the five people killed after a lengthy standoff in northwestern North Carolina. Officials said the standoff began on Wednesday when deputies performed a welfare check at a Boone, N.C., home after the owner and family members failed to show up for work and didn’t answer phone calls.

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement: “Deputies entered the residence after discovering all vehicles belonging to the residents were on the property. Upon entering the home, two Watauga County Sheriff’s deputies received gunshot wounds from an unknown individual within the residence.”

The standoff continued for 13 hours until the gunfire eventually stopped and deputies found the shooter and his parents dead inside the home. Authorities didn’t immediately identify the shooter or his parents or say how they died.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted:  “These horrific shootings that claimed the lives of loved ones show the ever-present danger law enforcement can encounter in the line of duty. I have talked with Sheriff Len Hagaman to offer condolences and additional assistance.”

4 killed, including 2 deputies, during 13-hour standoff

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8 indicted in hazing death of Bowling Green State University student

Prosecutors announced Thursday that eight people were indicted by an Ohio grand jury in connection with the death of a Bowling Green State University student who died from alcohol poisoning after attending a fraternity party.

Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson said the eight men attended a Pi Kappa Alpha party March 4 at an off-campus house where Stone Foltz, 20, was required to attend as a new member. Foltz’s roommate found him unresponsive at their apartment that evening, and later died March 7 at Toledo Hospital from a fatal level of alcohol intoxication during a “hazing incident,” according to the Lucas County Coroner.

The eight men indicted face charges including involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, felony assault, obstructing justice, hazing and underage drinking. The most serious charges, first-degree manslaughter, carries a sentence up to 11 years in prison.

8 indicted in Bowling Green State University sophomore’s alleged hazing death

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Minnesota Timberwolves Jarrett Culver to miss season due to ankle surgery

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Thursday that guard Jarrett Culver will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season as he undergoes surgery on his right ankle, scheduled for May 7. 

Culver missed over a month of playtime earlier this year due to what was called an ankle sprain before returning in March. Ongoing issues with his ankle has kept him out of the last five games for Minnesota.

The 22-year-old Culver started 35 of his 63 games during his rookie season, averaging 9.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. In his absence, the Timberwolves will rely on Edwards and Josh Okogie for the rest of the year.

Timberwolves’ Jarrett Culver: To undergo ankle surgery

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Milwaukee Brewers place ace pitcher Corbin Bunes on injured list

The Milwaukee Brewers have placed starting pitcher Corbin Burnes on the injured list on Thursday, however the reason was not specified. Players who are placed on the injured list for an undisclosed reason usually sit out due to a positive COVID-19 test. If Burnes did test positive for COVID-19, he must be quarantined for 10 days before returning to the field. 

The 26-year-old Burnes is off to a great start this season, earning 49 strikeouts and zero walks in his first five starts with a 1.53 ERA in that stretch. Burnes has been with the Brewers since 2018, and he posted a 2.11 ERA in 12 starts last season. 

Brewers place Corbin Burnes on IL, decline to say why

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North Carolina judge declines to release Andrew Brown Jr. shooting videos

A North Carolina judge ruled Wednesday against publicly releasing the body-worn camera footage of the police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr., Pasquotank County Superior Court Judge Jeff Foster said immediate family members, including Brown’s son, Khalil Ferebee, and a family attorney, can view the videos within 10 days. Foster denied a media request for the footage to be publicly released, saying he’ll determine in 30 days to 45 days whether a copy of videos will be given to the family, who could then decide whether to release it to the public

There are four body cam videos and one dashboard camera video in question. The judge said the faces and name tags of the officers involved will be blurred out before the videos are shown to the family. The family said they’ve already seen one 20-second video clip of the shooting, and said it showed Brown had his hands on his steering wheel when officers opened fire on him April 21. Family attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter said Brown posed no threat to officers at the time he was shot, and his vehicle only stopped moving after the initial gunfire. A private autopsy released Tuesday determined that Brown was shot five times, including once in the back of the head.

N.C. judge rejects bid for public release of bodycam videos in Andrew Brown Jr. shooting

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers and wide receiver Antonio Brown agree to one-year deal

Free agent Antonio Brown agreed to a one-year contract with the Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021, Brown’s agent said Wednesday. The deal includes $3.1 million in guarantees and is worth up to $6.25 million. “It’s official! Antonio Brown is running it back with the Buccaneers,” Brown’s agent tweeted.

Brown, 32, made 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns in eight games last season for the Buccaneers. The wide receiver signed with the team as a free agent in October. Brown served an eight-game suspension to start the 2020 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Re-Signing WR Antonio Brown on One-Year Deal

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FBI agents search Rudy Giuliani’s NYC apartment and office as part of Ukraine probe

FBI agents executed search warrants at Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and his office to seize electronic devices Wednesday. The New York Times first reported the on the search warrants.

Federal investigators have been looking into Giuliani’s dealings with Ukrainian officials. Last December, federal prosecutors discussed whether to make a legal request for Giuliani’s electronic communications. Prosecutors for the Southern District of New York were in contact with Justice Department officials in Washington about gaining access to his emails.

Giuliani was a key figure in the events that led to former President Trump’s first impeachment, relying on Ukrainian officials and members of their parliament to try to dig up dirt about Joe Biden as he ran for president. Democrats said that there was overwhelming evidence that Trump had abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to announce investigations into Biden and his son, Hunter, while withholding almost $400 million in aid. 

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Giuliani’s home, office searched by federal agents as part of lobbying probe: Sources

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Carolina Panthers trade Teddy Bridgewater to Denver Broncos for 6th round pick

The Carolina Panthers announced Wednesday they have traded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos for a sixth-round pick. Broncos GM George Paton said in a statement:  “Acquiring Teddy Bridgewater adds competition, experience and a strong veteran presence to our quarterback room.” 

Carolina will be paying the 28-year-old $7 million in 2021 while Denver will pay him $3 million. The trade will not exclude the Broncos from the quarterback market on Thursday night. 

The Panthers signed Bridgewater to a three-year contract worth $63 million before the 2020 season. Bridgewater was reportedly guaranteed $40 million in the first two seasons of the deal, but Wednesday’s trade eliminates the final year and $21 million of his contract in 2022. Bridgewater started 15 games for Carolina last season, throwing for 3,733 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. 

Panthers trade Teddy Bridgewater to Broncos for 6th-round pick on eve of the 2021 NFL Draft

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President Biden to order minimum wage hike to $15 for federal contract workers

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Tuesday requiring federal agencies to pay contract workers a minimum wage of $15 per hour.  The order will affect hundreds of thousands of contractors, and comes weeks after Biden and Democrats in Congress attempted to raise the national hourly minimum wage to $15 as part of the American Rescue Plan. “

The White House said in a statement: “These workers are critical to the functioning of the federal government. This executive order will promote economy and efficiency in federal contracting … by enhancing worker productivity and generating higher-quality work by boosting workers’ health, morale and effort. It will reduce turnover, allowing employers to retain top talent and lower the costs associated with recruitment and training.”

Under the order, all federal agencies must pay contractors at least $15 per hour in new contracts by next April. The current minimum wage for federal contractors is $10.95 per hour and the tipped minimum wage is $7.65 per hour. The new executive order will also eliminate the tipped minimum wage for contractors by 2024; automatically adjust the minimum wage yearly due to rises in inflation, beginning in 2022; ensure a $15 minimum wage for federal contract workers with disabilities; and restore minimum wage protections to outfitters and guides on federal lands by revoking an order from former President Donald Trump.

Joe Biden Increasing Minimum Wage to $15 for ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ of Federal Workers

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CDC sets new mask guidelines: those fully vaccinated can stop wearing masks outdoors, unless in crowded settings

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines on outdoor mask-wearing, saying that those fully-vaccinated may engage in outdoor activities, including running, hiking, and walking—without a mask—if they are alone or with members of their household. Attending small outdoor gatherings and dining outdoors without a mask are also considered safe, federal officials said. It’s been long established that outdoor contact poses significantly less risk in the spread of COVID-19 than indoors. 

The guidelines also state, however, that in situations where crowds are likely and social distancing presents a challenge, masking, even if fully vaccinated, is still recommended. 

The updated guidance comes as nearly half of the country reports being vaccinated with at least the first dose. However public health experts also ask for caution, as vaccination rates have slowed, and some areas of the country continue to see surges of the virus and its new variants.  

Fully vaccinated people can attend small-group outdoor activities without masks, CDC says

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