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US The Morning Rundown: Today's top headlines

16:46  13 april  2021
16:46  13 april  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

James Harden shares thoughts on reception he might get in Houston

  James Harden shares thoughts on reception he might get in Houston The Rockets tried to repair their relationship with Harden before trading him, but the former MVP was not interested in making it work. He told Andrews that he never thought he would leave Houston but realized he had “different goals.”“The communication between myself and the front office got a little shaky,” Harden said. “And now I look back at it and I see these other scenarios, other situations that are happening, specifically around other players that are in Houston, in different sports. And their transition is going very smooth. And I would’ve hoped for mine to go that smooth, but it didn’t. I am where I am now.

Good morning, NBC News readers.

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We have the latest from the scene in Minnesota and the reaction to the killing of Daunte Wright, plus analysis on President Joe Biden's gun reform plans and new moves to fight restrictions on voting.

Here is what we're watching this Monday morning.

Reeling from the killing of Daunte Wright, Minnesota community is angry and desperate for change

a group of people wearing military uniforms: Image: Evelyn Jarbah kneels as protesters take a moment of silence during a rally outside Brooklyn Center Police Department, a day after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (Leah Millis / Reuters) © Leah Millis Image: Evelyn Jarbah kneels as protesters take a moment of silence during a rally outside Brooklyn Center Police Department, a day after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (Leah Millis / Reuters)

Protests continued overnight over the latest police killing of a young black man, with locals calling for change and President Joe Biden calling for calm.

Baylor vs. Gonzaga for men's national title looking like classic Lakers vs. Celtics

  Baylor vs. Gonzaga for men's national title looking like classic Lakers vs. Celtics In a must-see matchup two years in the making, No. 1 seeds Baylor and Gonzaga finally meet Monday night for men's NCAA national championship.Now that the goal has been realized and No. 1-seed Baylor will meet No. 1-seed Gonzaga in the final Monday night, Drew quipped: "I guess he won’t get that prayer text before this one.

Daunte Wright, 20, was killed Sunday after a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, about 10 miles from where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis officer last May.

“Daunte Wright was unjustly murdered, and change needs to happen,” Elise Goodwin told NBC News in this piece from the scene of a rally outside Brooklyn Police Department Monday night where hundreds defied a 7 p.m. curfew.

In other developments:

  • Police Chief Tim Gannon said he believed the officer, identified as 26-year department veteran Kim Potter, "drew their handgun instead of their Taser."
  • President Biden called for "peace and calm" in the wake of Wright's death, adding "It's really a tragic thing that happened."
  • Wright joins a growing list of Black motorists who have died after having been pulled over by police.

Tuesday's top stories

Image: A customer purchases a gun at Freddie Bear Sports on April 8, 2021 in Tinley Park, Illinois. (Scott Olson / Getty Images) © Scott Olson Image: A customer purchases a gun at Freddie Bear Sports on April 8, 2021 in Tinley Park, Illinois. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Biden's gun actions could have a positive, if limited, impact, experts say

By Rebecca Shabad | Read more

Aaron Rodgers makes 'Jeopardy!' hosting debut, gets trolled about Packers' NFC championship field goal

  Aaron Rodgers makes 'Jeopardy!' hosting debut, gets trolled about Packers' NFC championship field goal Aaron Rodgers' "Jeopardy!" hosting debut included some trolling by a contestant about the Packers' field goal decision in the NFC championship game.Two-day champion Scott Shewfeld was in a distant second place to challenger Brandon Deutsch going into Final Jeopardy. Unable to catch the leader, he went for a laugh by writing, “Who wanted to kick that field goal?” as his question.

Those pushing for tighter gun restrictions say President Biden's proposals could lead to some reduction in gun violence but congressional action would be needed for substantial changes — a dim prospect in the closely divided Congress.

Top private law firms plan 'SWAT teams' to fight voting restrictions in court

By Jane C. Timm | Read more

More than a dozen top law firms have committed to join forces to challenge voting restrictions across the country, adding legal might to the corporate pressure campaign opposing Republican-led attempts to overhaul elections in the wake of former President Donald Trump's loss.

Veterans face uphill battle to receive treatment for 'burn pit' exposure

By Kenzi Abou-Sabe and Didi Martinez | Read more

A growing number of U.S. veterans say they have developed serious health ailments after facing prolonged exposure to flaming trash piles at overseas bases. But the Department of Veterans Affairs has denied about 75 percent of veterans' burn pit claims.

Diane Keaton glams up sweats with matching beret on set of Mack & Rita

  Diane Keaton glams up sweats with matching beret on set of Mack & Rita The 75-year-old Oscar winner produces and stars as Rita, a 30-year-old magically transformed into a 65-year-old after using a sound bath regression pod, in Katie Aselton's Big-style 2022 comedyThe eccentric 75-year-old held an iPhone and another device while in between takes, but she was not wearing a coronavirus-protective face mask.

Khloe Kardashian missed chance at personal reflection over body image, critics say

By Doha Madani | Read more

A poolside photo of Khloe Kardashian began to circulate last week but quickly started to disappear after Kardashian expressed “unbearable” body image issues. Kardashian’s critics said she missed a chance for personal accountability.

OPINION: 'White Lives Matter' protests are failing across America. Here's one big reason why.

By Nandini Jammi | Read more

For tech activists who volunteer to track and get white supremacists removed from tech services, the failure of these rallies is the unsurprising result of lots of work.

BETTER: Some stress is actually good for you. Here's how to get better at dealing with it

By Stephanie Thurrott | Read more

You might think of stress as good or bad. Planning a wedding? Good stress, right? Losing your job? Bad stress. But that’s not exactly the right way to look at it.

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Also in the news ...

  • D.C. suspect shoots 3 women, killing 2, before lighting apartment on fire with baby inside
  • Family desperate to find National Guardsman Juan Muñoz missing nearly two months
  • NCAA backs transgender athletes, says events will be in places 'free of discrimination'
  • 1 student dead, officer injured after gunfire erupts at high school in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Kansas City Chiefs' Britt Reid was intoxicated, traveling 84 mph before crash that injured girl, prosecutors say

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GM Ken Holland on Oilers' trade strategy: I won't deal a 'first for a rental'

  GM Ken Holland on Oilers' trade strategy: I won't deal a 'first for a rental' Holland isn’t willing to move a first-round draft pick for a player on an expiring contract. That would include Hall, who signed a one-year $8M deal with the Sabres in a unique offseason. According to previous reports, Buffalo GM Kevyn Adams has been looking for a first in any discussions on the enigmatic winger, but that is certainly not guaranteed at this point.The New Jersey Devils did recently secure a first-round pick in trade, but that was for both Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac. They had to retain salary on both players as well, making them cost a combined $5.

One fun thing

Image: Spam on supermarket shelves (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters) © Jonathan Ernst Image: Spam on supermarket shelves (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)

Are you a fan of Spam, the processed canned pork developed in the 1930s? If you are, the chances are you're from Hawaii.

According to the SPAM website, Hawaii residents consume 7 million pounds of Spam each year, putting it on restaurant and cafe menus across the state.

“People say all of the same things,” food historian Rachel Laudan told TODAY. “About how they wouldn't touch it, how it's awful … But when it comes to hot dogs, which they could say many of the same things about, they don't. So there's a puzzle for you.”

Read the story here.

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Wednesday Headlines: Devin Booker NBA History Edition .
Devin Booker continues his meteoric rise up the scoring chartsDevin Booker is mentioned among those all-time greats as he became the fifth-youngest player to reach 9,000 career points, only trailing the four aforementioned players.

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