Power Rangers star Jason David Frank has died aged 49
NEW YORK (AP) — Jason David Frank, who played Green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver on the 1990s children’s series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” has died. He was 49 years old. Justine Hunt, Frank’s manager, confirmed in a statement that Frank has passed away. She did not give the cause of death or the time of death, but asked for his family and friends’ privacy. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, about five teenagers tasked with saving the earth from evil, debuted on Fox in 1993 and became a pop culture phenomenon. At the start of the first season, Frank’s Tommy Oliver was brought into the group as the Green Ranger.
Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley are set to be sentenced
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were driven by greed when they engaged in a massive bank fraud scheme and then hid their fortunes from tax authorities while flaunting their lavish lifestyles. The Chrisleys became famous with their show “Chrisley Knows Best”. They were found guilty at the federal level in June and are set to be convicted by US District Judge Eleanor Ross in a hearing beginning Monday and expected to last through Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say they should get long prison sentences. Todd Chrisley’s attorneys are asking for a significantly reduced sentence, while Julie Chrisley’s attorneys are asking for no jail time at all.
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Biden at 80: A ‘respect of fate’ is considering second White House bid
WASHINGTON (AP) – The oldest president in US history is celebrating a milestone birthday. Biden turns 80 on Sunday, and questions are swirling about whether he has the acuity and stamina to run for president again if he chooses to do so. He says he intends to run but omits it, saying he is “a great respect for fate.” He has a record as a campaign winner and has enjoyed great legislative success in recent months. But polls of voters show he’s concerned. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision at age 82 to step down from leadership and let a new generation rise could spill over into Biden’s thinking
Musk restores Trump’s Twitter account after online poll
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk has restored Donald Trump’s account on Twitter, reversing a ban that has kept the former president off the social media site since a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6, 2021, hit the US attacked the Capitol, as did Congress ready to certify Joe Biden’s election victory. Musk made the announcement after conducting a poll asking Twitter users to click “yes” or “no” on whether Trump’s account should be restored. Whether Trump would actually return to Twitter is unclear. Trump has said in the past that he would not rejoin even if his account were restored. He has relied on his own much smaller social media site, Truth Social.
Judges asked to hear dispute over dog toys. will they bite
WASHINGTON (AP) – The company that makes Jack Daniel’s is howling furiously over a squeaky dog toy that parodies the whiskey’s signature bottle. Now the liquor company is barking at the door of the Supreme Court. Jack Daniel’s has asked the judiciary to hear its case against the maker of the plastic toy Bad Spaniels. The High Court could say on Monday whether the judges agree. A slew of big companies, from the makers of Campbell Soup to outdoor brand Patagonia to jeans maker Levi Strauss, have asked judges to take on what they believe is an important trademark law case. The toy maker says Jack Daniel’s doesn’t take a joke.
Parts of New York are digging up after potentially ‘historic’ snowfalls
NEW YORK (AP) — Parts of New York are finally taking a break after a storm dumped snow for days on towns and communities east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Many businesses in the hardest-hit areas remained closed on Sunday, but highways have reopened and travel bans have been lifted in many areas. Snow began to fall in cities south of Buffalo on Thursday. On Saturday, the National Weather Service recorded 77 inches at Orchard Park, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. Multi-day storms have brought greater snowfall totals than in the past, but the intensity of Friday’s snowfall could threaten the state’s 1966 record for most snowfall in a 24-hour period.
Police: Students from 2 New Mexico schools were involved in the shooting
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — Authorities say a New Mexico State University student-athlete was involved in the fatal shooting of a University of New Mexico student hours before the scheduled reference to a basketball game between the rival schools that was later postponed. State police said the 19-year-old University of New Mexico student was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting around 3 a.m. Saturday after a shooting broke out outside a dorm on the UNM campus in Albuquerque. The 21-year-old New Mexico athletic student was injured in the shooting and was taken to a hospital in stable condition. Police said the two men had an altercation that led to an exchange of gunfire, which is being investigated as a homicide.
2 volcanoes are awakening in the far east of Russia
MOSCOW (AP) – Towering clouds of ash and glowing lava are spewing from two volcanoes on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, and scientists say larger eruptions could be imminent. The peninsula, which extends about 6,600 kilometers (4,000 miles) east of Moscow into the Pacific Ocean, is one of the world’s most concentrated areas of geothermal activity, with some 30 active volcanoes. The sudden new activity followed a powerful earthquake on Saturday, news reports said. The Volcanology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences said up to 10 blasts per hour are being recorded at Klyuchevskaya Sopka, the highest active volcano in Eurasia. Lava flows and ash emissions also come from Shiveluch volcano, the institute said.
Massive snowfall buries cars and continues to fall in western New York
BUFFALO, NY (AP) — Snow piles taller than most people have buried parts of western and northern New York. Snowfall of up to 77 inches has been reported in Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. A lake-effect storm, caused by cold air picking up moisture from warmer lakes, has battered areas east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario for the third straight day. Snowfall in some places was among the highest ever recorded in the region. Up to 2 feet of snow was dumped in some Michigan communities south of Lake Superior and east of Lake Michigan.
Pope honors family roots in northern Italy with rare outing
ASTI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis is honoring his northern Italian roots by celebrating a special Mass in his father’s hometown. Thousands of people turned out to greet Francis during his rare personal weekend getaway to the province of Asti, near Turin. On Saturday he paid a private visit to relatives who still live in the area and celebrated his second cousin’s 90th birthday. On Sunday, he was awarded honorary citizenship of Asti and celebrated mass at the city’s cathedral, where he assumed the role of a local vicar serving his flock.
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