• Celebrity
    The Wrap

    Kobe Bryant, NBA Legend, Killed in Helicopter Crash at 41

    Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant was killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., that killed four others. He was 41.TMZ reported that one of Bryant’s four daughters, 13-year-old Gianna, was also on board the helicopter and killed in the crash. According to TMZ, the two were traveling to a basketball practice for Gianna at Bryant’s Mamba Academy in nearby Thousand Oaks. The identity of the other passengers was not immediately known.According to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter with five people on board crashed in the foggy hills west of the San Fernando Valley and burst into flames about 10 a.m. PT. The fire was contained to the crash site, which was not near any homes or major roadways, officials said.The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board have launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.Also Read: RIP Kobe Bryant: Sports, Music and Hollywood Stars Mourn NBA LegendBryant was known for using helicopters to travel throughout Los Angeles during his 20-year career with the Lakers, during which he won five NBA championships. Drafted out of high school by the Lakers in 1996, Bryant embarked on a career that saw him become an 18-time All-Star, the 2007-08 league MVP, and score 33,643 points.His death comes less than 24 hours after fellow NBA star and Lakers forward LeBron James passed Bryant for third on the all-time NBA scorers list. James wore custom shoes with Bryant’s jersey numbers, 8 and 24, during Saturday’s game to honor him.Both of Bryant’s jersey numbers were retired by the Lakers in 2017, two months before he won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short alongside famed Disney animator Glen Keane. The short, titled “Dear Basketball,” depicted moments from Bryant’s childhood and career as he narrated his Players Tribune column announcing his retirement from basketball in 2016.TMZ reported that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was not on board the helicopter; the couple has three other daughters: Natalia, 17, and Bianca, 3, and 7-month-old Capri. Read original story Kobe Bryant, NBA Legend, Killed in Helicopter Crash at 41 At TheWrap

  • Politics
    The Daily Beast

    Adam Schiff: Trump Saying I Should Pay a Price Is ‘Intended to Be’ a Threat

    Moments after President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday morning that lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn’t “paid the price yet” for his role in impeachment, Schiff said that the president’s post was “intended to be” a threat.Towards the end of his appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Schiff was asked by host Chuck Todd about the pushback he’s received from GOP senators for closing out his arguments on Friday by referencing a CBS News report that the White House had warned Republicans their heads would be on “pikes” if they crossed him and voted for additional witnesses.“What do you make of the criticism that some Republican senators who you might want to see vote for witnesses didn’t like your ‘head on a pike’ comment,” Todd wondered. “[Lisa] Murkowski, [Susan] Collins and [Joni] Ernst, all three Republican senators who might be open to witnesses thought you got too personal.”“I don’t think it was personal to refer to the CBS story,” the House Intelligence Committee chairman replied. “What may be personal, though, and I think I have to be very candid about this, is I made the argument that it’s going to require moral courage to stand up to this president. And this is a wrathful and vindictive president. Look at the president’s tweets about me today saying that I should pay a price.”The Meet the Press host then inquired whether or not Schiff felt that the president’s tweet represented a threat against him.“I think it’s intended to be,” Schiff stated. “But look, it is going to be very difficult for some of these senators to stand up to this president. It really is. There’s just no question about it.”“And I want to acknowledge that,” he continued. “And I don’t want to acknowledge it in a way that is offensive to them. But I do want to speak candidly about it. And if this weren’t an issue, there wouldn’t be an issue about calling witnesses. If we can’t even get the senators to agree to call witnesses in a trial, it shows you just how difficult that moral courage is.”Senate Republicans, meanwhile, were confronted on the Sunday news shows over whether or not they felt the president’s tweet could be construed as a threat. On CNN’s State of the Union, for instance, anchor Jake Tapper told Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) that they’ve learned that Schiff is now getting death threats while referencing Trump’s tweet.“Is that a price?” Tapper asked.“No, that is not what the president is trying to do,” Lankford insisted, “and the people will hold him accountable for that, and Nancy Pelosi the same way, and both are saying that the American people will speak on this.”Tapper, for his part, would go on to press Lankford on why he and his colleagues were acting deeply offended by Schiff quoting a CBS report but not offended by the president saying Schiff needs to “pay a price.”“I don’t think it’s a death threat,” Lankford answered. “I don’t think he’s encouraging death threats.”Shortly after Schiff’s interview aired, Trump took to Twitter to blast Todd while continuing to insult the House Intel chair.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • Celebrity

    Surprise! Brandon Jenner Marries Pregnant Fiancée Cayley Stoker in Courthouse Wedding

    Brandon Jenner Marries Pregnant Fiancée Cayley Stoker

  • World
    Associated Press

    'This is huge': Locust swarms in Africa are worst in decades

    The hum of millions of locusts on the move is broken by the screams of farmers and the clanging of pots and pans. The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in 70 years has seen hundreds of millions of the bugs swarm into the East African nation from Somalia and Ethiopia. “Even cows are wondering what is happening," said Ndunda Makanga, who spent hours Friday trying to chase the locusts from his farm.

  • U.S.
    Yahoo News UK

    Hilarious footage shows fox giving rescuers the runaround after getting stuck in sewage treatment works

    The video footage shows RSPCA rescuers chasing the fox around the sewage treatment works in Barrow, Cumbria.