President Trump Calls For Unity In State Of The Union Address

President Donald Trump, whose first year in office saw division, said in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that he has ushered in an ebullient “new American moment” and issued a summons for “the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.” The President set an ambitious agenda for his second year in office, from a $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure to a four-pronged immigration package to a pledge to reduce prescription drug prices. The president also laid out details of his immigration package, offering citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, who are known as “dreamers,” in return for increased spending on border security, including for his promised wall at Mexico’s border; an end to the visa lottery; and limits on family reunification policies. While Republicans cheered throughout, Democrats sat stonily. His one-hour, 20-minute speech was the longest since Bill Clinton’s State of the Union address in 2000.

State of the Union: Trump extends ‘open hand’ to Dems on immigration, touts tax cuts, warns N. Korea

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President Trump Calls For Unity In State Of The Union Address

President Donald Trump, whose first year in office saw division, said in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that he has ushered in an ebullient “new American moment” and issued a summons for “the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.” The president set an ambitious agenda for his second year in office, from a $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure to a four-pronged immigration package to a pledge to reduce prescription drug prices. The president also laid out details of his immigration package, offering citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, who are known as “dreamers,” in return for increased spending on border security, including for his promised wall at Mexico’s border; an end to the visa lottery; and limits on family reunification policies. While Republicans cheered throughout, Democrats sat stonily. . His one-hour, 20-minute speech was the longest since Bill Clinton’s State of the Union address in 2000.

State of the Union: Trump extends ‘open hand’ to Dems on immigration, touts tax cuts, warns N. Korea

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Employee Who Sent False Missile Alert In Hawaii Is Fired

Hawaii’s emergency management leader has resigned and a state employee who sent an alert falsely warning of an incoming ballistic missile has been fired, officials said Tuesday, after the mistake caused widespread panic earlier this month. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi stepped down Tuesday, state Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Joe Logan said. A second agency worker quit before disciplinary action was taken and another was being suspended without pay, Logan said in announcing results of an internal investigation. The fallout came the same day the Federal Communications Commission revealed that the worker who pushed out the alert thought an actual attack was imminent. The state emergency agency worker believed the attack was real because of a mistake in how the drill was initiated during a shift change, the FCC said in a report.

Hawaii employee who sent alert ‘claimed to believe’ threat was real: Report

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New Orleans Pelicans Player DeMarcus Cousins Will Have Surgery to Repair Season-Ending Achilles Injury

New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry announced player DeMarcus Cousins will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair his Achilles injury. The All-Star suffered a ruptured Achilles in his left leg and will miss the remainder of the season. He will finish the season with averages of 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. His rebound and assist averages are the highest of his career. The 27-year-old has been one of the best players in the NBA at his position for the past few years, earning five straight All-Star selections, although the latest injury will prevent him from competing this season. He has also been named second-team All-NBA twice in his career. 

Cousins says he’ll ‘overcome’ Achilles injury

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One-Handed LB Shaquem Griffin Receives Invite To NFL Combine

UCF Knights linebacker Shaquem Griffin received an invitation to the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine in March. Griffin announced his call Tuesday on Twitter. The combine features over 300 college football players trying out in front of NFL officials in Indianapolis. Griffin had his left hand amputated at four years old due to a congenital disability called amniotic band syndrome. If drafted, he would be the first player with one hand to make it to the NFL. Griffin, a two-time AAC Defensive Player of the Year, impressed many with his play Saturday at the Senior Bowl. At that time, he claimed he had not received a combine invitation. He recorded four tackles during the game.  

One-handed LB Griffin gets invite to combine

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Jennifer Hudson Is Handpicked By Aretha Franklin For Her Biopic

Jennifer Hudson will play music legend Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic. Music pioneer and mentor Clive Davis revealed the news over the weekend when he introduced her at his annual pre-Grammys gala. “When the biopic of the great Aretha Franklin is filmed next year, the artist anointed by Aretha herself to play her is the next performer,” said Davis. “Aretha personally told me that last week.”  Davis helped launch both Franklin and Hudson’s careers. Hudson celebrated the news on Instagram, writing: “I don’t even know what to say …. look at God !#Arethafranklin u have no idea how humbled, I am!”  Scott Bernstein and music producer Harvey Mason Jr. will produce the much-anticipated film.

Aretha Franklin Chose Jennifer Hudson To Star In Her Biopic

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DMX Heading Back To Jail After Failing Drug Test

DMX was taken into custody at a Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday, January 29 for violating his probation. The East Coast rap vet, who has struggled with substance abuse over the years, was arrested for failing a drug test. He reportedly tested positive for opiates, cocaine and oxycodone, and the judge deemed him a flight risk. DMX was out on bail for his tax evasion case and ordered to complete drug rehab as part of his bail conditions. He had previously been arrested on 14 felony counts of tax evasion last July and posted $500,000 bail before pleading guilty last November. DMX’s attorney, attorney Murray Richman, said he’d like to get X back into a rehab program before he’s sentenced in March. If convicted, he faces up to 44 years in prison.

DMX Fails Drug Tests, Heads Back To Jail

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Tom Hanks To Play Mr. Rogers In Upcoming Biopic

Tom Hanks is set to play Mr. Rogers in a biopic film about the children’s show host. TriStar pictures announced it has acquired the worldwide rights to the film Monday. It’s chosen Hanks to play Fred Rogers in the biopic, and filmmaker Marielle Helle will be the film’s director. The film, called “You Are My Friend,” is expected to focus of the friendship between Mr. Rogers and journalist Tom Juno who wrote a profile on Rogers that he said “transformed” his perspective on life. Rogers passed away in 2003 at the age of 74.  Production for “You Are My Friend” will start in September of this year, with the film expected to be released sometime in 2019.

Tom Hanks set to star as Mister Rogers

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Former ‘Glee’ Actor Mark Salling Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Glee alum Mark Salling died Tuesday from an apparent suicide at the age of 35. Salling’s death by suicide was confirmed by the Los Angeles Police Department. The actor’s body was found near a riverbed in the Sunland-Turjunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, the area where he lived. “I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning” his attorney, Michael Proctor said. Salling was awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in October. He faced four to seven years in prison as part of a plea bargain. He pleaded guilty to “one felony count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor” and also faced 20 years of supervised release, $50,000 in restitution pay to each of his victims and to register as a sex offender. Salling appeared on Glee as Noah “Puck” Puckerman between 2009 and 2015. 

Mark Salling dead; ‘Glee’ star was facing prison for child porn possession

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Kenny Chesney Adds 21 Amphitheater Dates To 2018 “Trip Around the Sun” Tour

Kenny Chesney has added nearly two dozen amphitheater concerts for 2018. The singer more than doubled his previous Trip Around the Sun Tour itinerary. Chesney and Old Dominion will play 21 amphitheaters nationwide, starting with a May 10 show in Virginia Beach, Va., and running through an August slot in Columbus, Md. As usual, his summer tour wraps with back-to-back shows in Foxboro, Mass on Aug 24-25 at Gillette Stadium. The singer has been rehearsing heavily for the new tour this month and skipped the Grammys to focus on his live shows. His tour will begin with two shows in Las Vegas in March and then will be playing Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on April 21. 

Kenny Chesney Adds Stops to 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour

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