Teams likely to honor Kobe Bryant during NBA games
Six games are on the NBA schedule for Monday, a day after Kobe Bryant, one of basketball's greatest players, was among nine passengers who died in a helicopter crash. The victims also included Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Despite intense emotions around the league, the NBA played its entire slate of games Sunday, receiving criticism on social media. Most teams paid tribute to Bryant with 24-second and 8-second violations during Sunday's games and we likely will see similar tributes on Monday in Detroit, Miami, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.
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Senate impeachment trial returns today with Trump's defense team
President Donald Trump's legal team presents the second day of its defense on Monday in the Senate impeachment trial after the Democratic House managers laid out their case last week charging the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. While the Democrats used almost all of the 24 hours allotted to them, Trump's lawyers went for short and sweet when they kicked off their defense Saturday taking only two hours to outline their case for exonerating the president. Trump'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.
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SpaceX set to launch Falcon 9 for Starlink internet mission
SpaceX on Monday will take another crack at launching a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink satellites from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after bad weather scrubbed a planned launch Friday. However, the weather forecast continues to be a concern for the Monday mission with 9:49 a.m. ET liftoff. This mission will mark the fourth full flight of a Falcon 9 with 60 Starlink satellites, bringing SpaceX's constellation to 240 satellites in low-Earth orbit. The initiative is designed to transmit broadband internet connectivity, including some underserved regions. SpaceX will attempt to land the Falcon 9 booster on a droneship in the Atlantic Ocean following the launch.
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Holocaust victims remembered on 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation
The United Nations-designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Monday. The Jan. 27 date coincides with the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945. This year marks the 75th anniversary. A memorial ceremony will be held in the U.N. General Assembly Hall that will include Holocaust survivors giving their testimony and a musical contribution by Itzhak Perlman. Last week, dozens of world leaders – including Vice President Mike Pence, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Britain's Prince Charles – visited Jerusalem to attend the World Holocaust Forum, the largest gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating anti-Semitism. For historians, the forum's main message was one of education amid signs of ignorance and indifference to the Holocaust.
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The 2020 tax filing season opens
The Internal Revenue Service will start accepting tax returns from individual taxpayers on Monday, kicking off the filing season when more than 150 million returns are expected to be processed. If this year resembles last, most taxpayers who receive refunds will get back about $2,800 on average. You'll have until April 15 to submit your returns for 2019 and pay any taxes you owe, with automatic extensions to Oct. 15 available. The IRS is touting the benefits of filing returns electronically, including automatic flagging of some common errors and reminders to supply missing information.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kobe Bryant crash, impeachment trial: 5 things to know Monday