NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies at 41 in a helicopter crash
Kobe Bryant, one of basketball’s greatest players and masterful scorers of all-time, was among nine passengers who died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, a source told USA TODAY. He was 41 years old. Kobe Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna was among those who died, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY. Bryant retired in 2016 as a five-time NBA champion, 11-time All-NBA first-team selection, 2008 MVP, two-time Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star and four-time All-Star MVP who spent his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. But Bryant was more than a basketball player: Before his death, Bryant was making the transition from a basketball star to an entertainment mogul. He won an Oscar as a producer, wrote several books and launched a media company. Stay up on this story with our sports newsletter.
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Five coronavirus cases confirmed in US, more patients are likely
Two more Americans have contracted the deadly new coronavirus that has killed more than 50 people in China, raising the U.S. total to five. The virus has been reported in several countries, but all the deaths have been in China. The CDC says people who have casual contact with a case, such as in the same grocery store or movie theater, are at minimal risk of developing infection. The virus, first diagnosed in China last month, has infected at least 1,975 people and killed 56 people there, according to that nation's National Health Commission.
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Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes Puerto Rico amid ongoing aftershocks
A 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit southern Puerto Rico on Saturday afternoon, following a series of quakes and aftershocks that have rocked the island over the last few weeks. The epicenter of the quake was about 10 miles south of Indios at a shallow depth of 8 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Nearly 1,000 earthquakes and aftershocks have been recorded on Puerto Rico since Dec. 31, causing power outages and water shortages. More than 4,000 people remained in shelters Saturday — a figure officials expect to rise.
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- Police: Six people were treated for gunshot wounds after a shooting inside a restaurant in North Carolina.
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Trump’s impeachment trial team: No abuse of power, no obstruction
President Donald Trump's lawyers took to the Senate podium during Saturday’s impeachment trial to outline their case for exonerating the president – a marked contrast to House Democrats' marathon and often scathing presentations. The president's lawyers attacked House Democrats' credibility and accused them of omitting exculpatory evidence. They portrayed Trump as innocent of all charges and warned the senator-jurors against removing him from office – saying that would be an abuse of power and imploring them to let American voters determine Trump's fate in November. Democrats say Trump abused his power by soliciting foreign interference from Ukraine in the 2020 election and then covered it up by blocking witness testimony and refusing to turn over documents to impeachment investigators.
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Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren for president
The Des Moines Register’s editorial board endorsed U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president, arguing her ideas are needed at a moment “when the very fabric of American life is at stake.” The endorsement, which appeared online Saturday, comes just days before Iowans go to caucus Feb. 3 and amid a still-unsettled field of Democratic candidates. “She is a thinker, a policy wonk and a hard worker,” the board wrote in its endorsement. The Register has endorsed candidates since the 1988 caucuses. In 2016 the board endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Marco Rubio.
2 dead, 7 injured in rural South Carolina bar shooting
Two people were killed and seven injured early Sunday when a gunman opened fire in a rural South Carolina bar, authorities said. Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee said it happened at Mac's Lounge, a bar and music venue in Hartsville, a town of 7,600 in Darlington County. Hardee provided few details, saying the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was processing the scene. The fate of the shooter was not immediately revealed. At least four of the injured were being treated at local hospitals.
Grammys 2020: Billie Eilish sweeps the major honors, including album and record of the year
“Bad Guy” led to good news all around for teenage phenom Billie Eilish at the Grammy Awards Sunday night. The 18-year-old singer swept all the major honors at the 62nd annual Grammys, winning album, record and song of the year as well as best new artist on a night that honored young talent and the loss of NBA star Kobe Bryant. Here are highlights from "Music's Biggest Night":
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- A brutally honest review of every performance.
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