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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.
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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
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
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 Goodwinof a rally outside Brooklyn Police Department Monday night where hundreds defied a 7 p.m. curfew.
In other developments:
- he believed the officer, identified as 26-year department veteran Kim Potter, "drew their handgun instead of their Taser."
- President Biden in the wake of Wright's death, adding "It's really a tragic thing that happened."
- Wright joins a after having been pulled over by police.
Tuesday's top stories
Biden's gun actions could have a positive, if limited, impact, experts say
By Rebecca Shabad |
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 |
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 |
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
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 |
Alast 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 |
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 |
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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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
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.”
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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.