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Headlines: Thursday, March 21, 2:50 PM
As his secretary of state swings through Israel on a Middle East trip, President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States should "fully recognize" Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights."After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!" Trump said on Twitter.The stretch of land between Israel and Syria has been disputed since Israel seized it during the Six-Day War in 1967. Last week, the U.S. State Department said it redetermined the territory to be "Israeli-controlled," instead of its past designation as "Israeli-occupied." Some nations consider the Golan Heights to be part of Syria, however.A meeting between Pompeo and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin this week addressed the country's northern border, as well as the presence of Iranian forces in Syria.Pompeo also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as Netanyahu faces potential bribery charges ahead of his April re-election effort.Netanyahu specifically mentioned U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights in a meeting with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham last week."I will go up with him to the Golan Heights as a continuation of efforts we are making to get the United States, together with other countries, to recognize Israeli sovereignty and the Israeli hold on the Golan," Netanyahu said at the time.
A New York grandmother has been charged with stealing $400,000 from a charity that is supposed to benefit the families of New York Police Department officers who are killed in the line of duty.Lorraine Shanley, 68, faces federal bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges. As treasurer of Survivors of the Shield, she's accused of stealing more than 20 percent of the donations.Shanley turned herself over to authorities Thursday morning. The charity received $1.9 million in donations during Shanley's time as treasurer with 99 percent of that coming from NYPD officers.The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said she spent $29,000 on a grandchild's private school tuition, $32,0000 for personal dental expenses and $25,000 for landscaping. She also wrote $45,000 in checks to family members and friends. She also used the money to buy tickets to see a performance by Barbara Streisand and to help pay for her son's legal expenses."Lorraine Shanley allegedly capitalized on tragedy and monetized people's generosity," U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said. "As alleged, Shanley stole over 20 percent of the donations to a charity whose sole mission is to help the families of NYPD officers killed in the line of duty. Thanks to the investigative work of the IRS and special agents from our office, Shanley will be prosecuted for her actions."She faces 30 years in prison with two years of mandatory prison charge for the aggravated identity theft charge alone.
The injury woes for the New York Yankees became worse Thursday, as first basemen Greg Bird was removed from the team'' lineup before the game against the St.Louis Cardinals.MLB.com states that Bird's removal from the starting nine came due to swelling and stiffness in his right elbow, after he was hit by a pitch Wednesday.Bird was hit in the first inning of the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Houston Astros, and received treatment Thursday morning before the team announced he was not going to be in the lineup.He will have precautionary X-rays on the elbow to make sure the injury is nothing that will keep him out long-term.Bird was having a solid spring for the Yankees, hitting .333 (13-for-39) with three doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs in 17 games.He was competing with Luke Voit for the starting first basemen job after Aaron Hicks went down with a low-back injury.The Yankees have had a rash of injuries this spring, including Hicks, pitchers Dellin Betances, CC Sabathia and Luis Severino, and shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
An Australian man captured video of a koala that climbed into the open door of his car and refused to leave the comfort of the air conditioning.Tom Whitrow said he was checking on his family's vineyard in McLaren Vale, South Australia, when the koala climbed into the open door of his car, which he had left running with the air conditioning on to keep his dog company.Whitrow filmed as he tried in vain to coax the koala out of his car, leading the marsupial to instead climb on his dashboard and leave claw marks.The man was eventually able to push the koala toward the door, where it jumped to the ground and ran away.
LSU freshman forward Naz Reid made his presence known early during the Tigers' first round matchup against Yale on Thursday in Jacksonville.The projected first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft pick showed off his athleticism with a vicious throw down midway through the first half at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Yale had the ball at the start of the sequence before senior guard Trey Phills turned it over.Phills had a pass picked off by Tigers guard Tremont Waters. Waters broke down the right flank in transition and threw a pass between three Bulldogs defenders, finding Reid near the 3-point line.Reid took one step after receiving the shovel pass. He then elevated toward the rim and put the ball high in his right hand before throwing down the nasty one-handed finish. Reid's dunk gave the Tigers a 25-19 advantage.The LSU star had five points and five rebounds at halftime. LSU led Yale 45-29 at the break. Waters had 13 points and six assists at halftime for the Tigers.Reid, 19, was the No. 18 overall recruit in the 2018 ESPN 100 and ranked No. 22 overall in the class of 2018, according to 247 Sports.The 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward averaged 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this season for LSU.The No. 3 Tigers face No. 11 Belmont or No. 6 Maryland if they beat No. 14 Yale in the first round.
This spring promises to be a wet one for the majority of the continental United States with major or moderate flooding potential in 25 states, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday.Nearly two-thirds of the United States is at an elevated risk of flooding.Residents in Nebraska have already dealt with unprecedented flooding that's caused more than $1 billion in damage that covers 80 percent of the state. Other northern Midwest states are also affected."The extensive flooding we've seen in the past two weeks will continue through May and become more dire and may be exacerbated in the coming weeks as the water flows downstream," said Ed Clark, director of NOAA's National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. "This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season, with more than 200 million people at risk for flooding in their communities."The flood risk is based on current snowpack, soil moisture, frost depth, streamflow and precipitation.Ice jams are also a problem as sheets of ice break apart, creating an artificial dam that causes rivers to go over their banks."Additional spring rain and melting snow will prolong and expand flooding, especially in the central and southern U.S.," NOAA said. "As this excess water flows downstream through the river basins, the flood threat will become worse and geographically more widespread."Areas at the greatest risk for flooding are the entire Mississippi River basin, the northern Red River basin and the Great Lakes regions. The eastern Missouri, lower Ohio, lower Cumberland and Tennessee basins are also at risk.It's not all bad news, though -- above-average rains this winter means California has ended its seven-year drought.Drought conditions will continue in northern New Mexico, though spring storms and melting snow will help relieve the drought. The drought will persist in Alaska and Oregon and could expand to Hawaii this spring.North Texas to the Dakotas could have below-average temperatures this spring.
South Korean singer Taeyeon is giving fans a new glimpse of her upcoming music video.The 30-year-old K-pop star, born Kim Tae-yeon, released a clip Thursday of the video for her new solo single "Four Seasons."The teaser shows Taeyeon sitting in a romantic room overgrown with vines and flowers. The video ends with water dripping from a crystal chandelier.Taeyeon, a member of the girl group Girls' Generation, promoted the song on the group's official Twitter account."TAEYEON '(Four Seasons)' The 4th Season 2019.03.22. 6PM (KST) 2019.03.24 6PM (KST)," the post reads.Taeyeon previously teased "Four Seasons" in a video Tuesday. The "Four Seasons" music video debuts Friday ahead of the single album of the same name, set for release Sunday.Taeyeon last released the mini album Something New in June. She came to fame with Girls' Generation and also peforms in the group's subunit Oh!GG.
A gas station is being dubbed "the luckiest spot in Michigan" after selling two winning lottery tickets worth $4 million and $500,000 in less than a month.The Michigan Lottery said the Marathon station on South Groesbeck Highway in Mount Clemens sold a 56-year-old Macomb County man a Full of 500s scratch-off ticket Feb. 26 that turned out to be a $500,000 top prize winner.The same station sold a Royal Millions scratch-off game to a 48-year-old man Tuesday that turned out to be a $4 million top prize winner."As soon as I saw I won $4 million, I called my wife to tell her," the latest winner said. "Of course, she didn't believe me so I sent her a picture of the ticket. We're both excited and looking forward to a family vacation this summer and investing in our business."The lottery said the gas station "might be the luckiest spot in Michigan."
Kentucky will face Abilene Christian without P.J. Washington when the Wildcats tip off in the first round of the 2019 NCAA tournament Thursday in Jacksonville.The sophomore forward is averaging 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 blocks per game, while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range this season. Washington is dealing with a sprained foot.Kentucky coach John Calipari confirmed Washington's absence Thursday on Twitter."The specialists confirmed our original diagnosis that P.J. Washington has a sprained foot and there is no fracture," Calipari tweeted. "Once we determined that P.J. was not going to play today, they put him in a hard cast for precautionary reasons. He is out for today's game."Calipari told reporters Wednesday that he expected Washington to play in the first-round bout."He wants to play," Calipari said. "Well you know me. Let's go get one more level with this. We sent him to a specialist to make sure he can't harm himself. But we expect him to play."No. 2 Kentucky and No. 15 Abilene Christian face off at 7:10 p.m. Thursday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.The Wildcats could still get by the lower seed without their leading scorer and rebounder, but will likely need Washington for a deep run in the tournament. He sustained the injury during Kentucky's loss to Tennessee in the SEC tournament Saturday in Nashville.Washington did not participate in Wednesday's public practice session or team interviews. Kentucky would face Wofford or Seton Hall if the squad beats Abilene Christian Thursday. That second-round matchup takes place Saturday in Jacksonville.
Charo is feeling grateful for her fans in the wake of her husband's death.The 68-year-old singer and actress spoke out in an emotional Instagram video Wednesday following Kjell Rasten's suicide in February."Hola amigos, this message is to let you know that I love you all! Thank you for your support. I want to tell you that life is very beautiful and we should enjoy every Single day and I look forward to sharing my days with you, my friends!" she captioned the post.Charo said in the video her fans have kept her going in the "very, very hard" times since Rasten's death."I want to thank you with all my heart for your help, your prayer, your support. That keep me going," the star said."I want you to know my husband support my music," she added. "In his honor, I want to share with you that I will continue for his legacy and for the love that I have for entertaining."Rasten died by suicide Feb. 18 at age 79. Charo, who is parent to 37-year-old Shel with Rasten, said in a subsequent Instagram post her husband was in poor health at the time of his death."There are no words to describe what we are feeling now," the singer wrote."He was an amazing man, a great husband and the best father I could imagine to our son. He dedicated his life to loving and supporting his family," she said.Charo and Rasten married in August 1978.