Month: August 2020

Chevrolet Performance announces rebate application extension

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Chevrolet Performance offered a $250 rebate on Circle Track Sealed crate engines sold during the Deal Of The Month in February.The program has been so successful, that Chevrolet Performance has gone into backorder for the 604 crate engine. However, Chevrolet Performance will honor the rebate application for engines purchased on or before Feb. 28, but not delivered until March 1 or later.The engine must be purchased in February, although the GM dealer may not be able to deliver the engine until a later date. The dealer must submit this purchase record, as outlined in communications with Chevrolet Performance, on March 1.The customer will not be able to file for their rebate until the engine is received but the rebate center will have a record of the purchase if the dealer files for the extension. Once the rebate form is received and cross-checked by the rebate center, the retail customer will receive their $250 rebate.last_img read more

Los Angeles Kings fire head coach Darryl Sutter, general manager Dean Lombardi

first_img Related Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Longtime Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi and head coach Darryl Sutter have been fired.Lombardi, who was general manager for 11 years, will be replaced by assistant general manager Rob Blake, and former president of business operations Luc Robitaille was named club president.The Kings won their first two Stanley Cups under Lombardi and Sutter, but this year the team missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.In a statement, Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of AEG– the parent company of the Kings– said the firings were “an extremely difficult decision…made with an enormous amount of consideration for what we have accomplished in our past.”“Words cannot express our gratitude and appreciation for what Dean and Darryl have accomplished for the Kings franchise,” he said in part. “They built this team and helped lead us to two Stanley Cup Championships and will forever be remembered as all-time greats in Kings history. But with that level of accomplishment comes high expectations and we have not met those expectations for the last three seasons.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Texas cop who fatally shot 15-year-old identified by police

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — The former police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in a Dallas suburb on Saturday has been identified as Roy Oliver.Balch Springs Police Department Chief Jonathan Haber released the officer’s identity at a press conference Tuesday night while announcing that Oliver had been fired from his post. Oliver had been a a member of the department for nearly six years.Oliver was one of two officers who responded to a 911 call about “several underage intoxicated juveniles” at a residence in Balch Springs in Dallas County, Texas, on Saturday around 11 p.m. local time, according to police.Upon arriving, the responding officers discovered a large house party at the location. While trying to locate the owners of the house, the officers heard “multiple gunshots” coming from outside which caused a “chaotic scene” with people fleeing the area. The officers exited the residence to investigate the gunshots and confronted a vehicle backing down the street, police said.Police initially said that the vehicle backed up in the direction of the responding officers “in an aggressive manner” despite multiple verbal commands. Oliver then opened fire and struck Edwards, a high school freshman who was sitting in the front passenger seat of the car. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Police later admitted, however, that they had misspoken in recounting what occurred and that it appeared as though the vehicle Edwards was in was driving away from the officers when shots were fired, based on footage from police body cameras.“I unintentionally, incorrectly said the vehicle was backing down the road,” Haber said at a press conference Monday. “According to the video, the vehicle was moving forward as the officer approached.”Haber added, “After reviewing the video, I don’t believe that [the shooting] met our core values.”The video footage will not be released to the public, Haber said.According to a press release issued Tuesday night, the Balch Springs Police Department said it has “determined” that Oliver “violated several departmental policies.” The department said it could not elaborate on which policies were violated since Oliver can appeal his termination.Oliver was initially removed from duty and placed on leave. He has not been involved in any similar incidents, according to Haber.The announcement of the officer’s dismissal was welcomed by the Edwards family.“We are grateful the decision has been made to terminate the office responsible for Jordan’s murder,” the family said in a statement Tuesday night. “Over the past 24 hours Chief Haber has made commendable strides toward justice. However, there remains a long road ahead.”The family said they “anxiously await” the officer’s “arrest for the crime of murder.”The Dallas County Medical Examiner has ruled Edwards’ death a homicide. The cause of death was listed as a rifle wound to the head, according to ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas.The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into the fatal shooting, while the Balch Springs Police Department is conducting an internal investigation of its own.Lee Merritt, the attorney representing the Edwards family, confirmed to ABC News on Monday that a rifle was used.Citing the ongoing investigation, Haber would not answer reporters’ questions at the press conference Monday. The police chief vowed to be “transparent” and “accountable” in the investigation.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Time runs out for “24: Legacy,” but franchise could live on

first_imgFOX/ Steve Dietl(LOS ANGELES) — After one season, Fox has decided to cancel 24: Legacy, starring Corey Hawkins, but the 24 franchise will reportedly live on.According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox is looking at another way to revive the 24 franchise after the 12-episode Legacy series ended with just 6.3 million total viewers, following a 17.6 million post-Super Bowl debut.Fox is said to be in discussion with the show’s producers, Howard Gordon and Brian Grazer, who are reported to, “be very involved — for a new anthological take on the franchise.”The new potential reboot, however, will not include Legacy stars Hawkins or Jimmy Smits.Fox’s 24 ran for eight seasons before it was resurrected with original star Kiefer Sutherland for an event series entitled 24: Live Another Day. Then in 2017, Fox added 24: Legacy, which was built around Hawkins and told a new story. Sutherland did not return to the series, but was credited as an executive producer.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

3 US soldiers killed in attack by Afghan soldier; Taliban claims responsibility

first_img Related Noorullah Shirzada/Getty Images(JALALABAD, Afghanistan) — Three U.S. Army soldiers were killed and another was wounded in an attack by an Afghan soldier for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.“Three U.S. soldiers were killed in eastern Afghanistan today,” a Pentagon statement issued Saturday said. “One U.S. soldier was wounded and has been evacuated for medical treatment. Next of kin notification is underway.“This incident is under investigation,” the statement said. “Additional information will be released as appropriate.”The Afghan army soldier opened fire and killed the Americans, according to U.S. and Afghan officials.“The Afghan army soldier was killed in return fire,” Attaullah Khogyani, spokesperson for the governor of Nangarhar province. The attack occurred in the Achin district of Nangarhar.The Taliban claimed responsibility in a statement by Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid, who said the shooting was committed by one of the group’s fighters who had joined the Afghan army.Vice President Pence addressed the attack in his remarks at an event in Wisconsin on repealing Obamacare.“On my way here I was informed that U.S. service members were killed and wounded in an attack in Afghanistan,” Pence said. “The president and I have been briefed; the details of this attack will be forthcoming. But suffice it to say, when heroes fall, Americans grieve. And our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these American heroes.”Afghan officials initially reported that two U.S. service members were killed but U.S. officials later said three had died in the incident.Insider or so-called “green-on-blue” attacks have been an ongoing threat to U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan.In March, three U.S. soldiers were injured in Helmand Province after being fired upon by an Afghan soldier.The motivations for such attacks are sometimes unclear, with some resulting from personal conflicts while others may be due to the Taliban’s infiltrating the Afghan military.The number of insider attacks spiked in 2012 but have since become less common, a reduction attributed to new security procedures and better vetting of Afghan security forces.For example, the use of “guardian angels” has become standard in Afghanistan. This is when at least one U.S. service member remains on watch while Afghan and U.S. military forces are on patrol, dine together or are sleeping.There are 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan training, advising and assisting the Afghan military in its fight against the Taliban. About 2,000 of them are involved in counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda and the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan.Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, told Congress earlier this year that a few thousand more U.S. and NATO personnel might be needed in the country.The Trump administration is in the middle of a review of the overall U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. American officials say the military has proposed sending an additional 2,000 to 4,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, but the number may ultimately depend on how many additional troops are committed by NATO partners. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

William and Harry share most intimate memories of life with Princess Diana

first_imgTim Graham/Getty Images(LONDON) — For the first time, Prince William and Harry have opened up about the last days of their mother’s life, and also talked about their regrets at not having more time with her, and how they continue to keep her memory alive.In a new documentary for ITV, the brothers reveal details of their happiest memories with the late Princess of Wales, their parents’ divorce, and how they’ve coped with their loss. William and Harry also discuss their last conversation with Princess Diana before her death in August 1997.“It was — and it was her speaking from — from Paris. And, you know, she … I can’t really necessarily remember what I said, but all I do remember is — is probably, you know, regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call was,” Prince Harry reflected on that last conversation with Princess Diana.“And if I’d known that that was the last time I was going to speak to my mother the things that I would — the things I would have said to her. I have — I have to sort of deal with that for the rest of my life. Not knowing that that … was the last time I was going to speak to my mum, and how differently that conversation would have — would have panned out if I’d had even the slightest inkling that that was, that, that, you know, that her life was going to be taken that night,” he said.“There’s not many days that go by that I don’t think of her, you know — sometimes sad, sometimes very positively,” Prince William said. “You know, I have a smile every now and again when someone says something and I think that’s exactly what she would have said, or she would have enjoyed that comment. So they always live with you people, you know, you lose like that. And my mother lives with me every day.”As heartbreaking it is to hear the princes share their grief about their mother’s tragic death, they also reflect on their happiest moments with their mother and her wicked sense of humor.“It was that love that, that even if she was on the other side of a room, that you as a son could feel it,” Harry said.Harry still fondly remembers the distinct sound of her laugh when he thinks about the joyful times with his mother.“All I can hear is her laugh in my head and that sort of crazy laugh of where there was just pure happiness shown on her face. One of her mottoes to me was you know, ‘You can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught,’” he said.Harry, who is famous for his hugs and is often referred to as the ‘People’s Prince’ after Princess Diana, spoke about the affection he remembers from his mother.“She would just engulf you and squeeze you as tight as possible. And being as short as I was then, there was no escape, you were there and you were there for as long as she wanted to hold you,” he said. “Even talking about it now I can feel the hugs that she used to give us and, you know, I miss that, I miss that feeling, I miss that part of a family, I miss having that mother … to be able to give you those hugs and give you that compassion that I think everybody needs,” he said.Diana was aware that her sons lived in a rarified world and it was important that they experienced the challenges people in the real world were also facing.“She was very jolly and she really always enjoyed her times making a lot of mischief. But she always understood that there was a real life outside of the palace walls,” Prince William said.Both young princes have vowed to keep their mother’s love alive and have thrown themselves into various charitable projects that reflect her interests and passions. They have rarely, however, let the public get a glimpse into their most intimate memories of their mother, until now.“She was our mum. She still is our mum. And of course, as a son I would say this, she was the best mum in the world. She smothered us with love, that’s for sure,” Harry said.William, like his brother was grateful for the short time they both had with their mother. He was just 15 when his mother died on August 31, 1997. Harry was just 12.“I give thanks that I was lucky enough to be her son and know her for the 15 years that I did. She set us up really well. She gave us the right tools and has prepared us well for life not obviously knowing what was going to happen,” William said.The princes said their mother wanted to them both to have as normal a life as possible.“My mother cherished those moments of privacy and being able to be that mother rather than the Princess of Wales,” William said.They have channeled their grief into carrying on their mother’s work. William is now Patron of Child Bereavement UK, a charity founded by one of his mother’s closest friends, which helps families and children cope with the death of a family member. In the new ITV film, William reveals for the first time the despair he and Harry felt when Princess Diana died.“You know, losing someone so close to you is utterly devastating, especially at that age. I think it sort of really spins you out, you don’t quite know where you are, what you’re doing and what’s going on,” he said. “My heart goes out to all the people who have lost all their loved ones in the world. You know it does connect you. It’s a very sad club you don’t want to be a member of. But you do all have a shared sort of pain that you immediately understand and see in any one when you meet them.”William and Princess Kate formed their charity, Heads Together, with Prince Harry to help break down the stigma around mental illness.In the last several months, Harry opened up about the sheer “chaos” he felt after his mother’s death and that he struggled for nearly 20 years coming to terms with his grief. He finally turned to his brother, who encouraged him to seek help. It is that courage that the two young princes have displayed and to share their own vulnerabilities dealing with their mother’s death, that has allowed thousands of other people to seek help themselves“The first time I cried was on the island,” Harry said. “And probably like — and only since then maybe, maybe once. So there’s, you know, there’s a lot of, there’s a lot of grief that still needs to be let out.”“You know, losing someone so close to you is, is utterly devastating, especially at that age,” William said.Twenty years later, William and Harry still harbor resentment towards the paparazzi, who they feel are responsible for their mother’s death.“If you are the Princess of Wales you’re a mother, I don’t believe being chased by 30 guys on motorbikes who block your path, who spit at you, who shout at you, and who react really badly to get a reaction from you, and make a women cry in public to get the photographs, I don’t believe that is appropriate,” William said, still obviously troubled by the treatment of the paparazzi. “I sadly remember most of the time she cried about anything was to do with the press intrusion “Like Diana, their every move is documented by the camera lens. William and Harry guard their privacy fiercely and have recently aggressively defended those rights when they fear the press has gone a step too far.With the 20th anniversary of the Princess of Wales’ death, the princes decided it was the appropriate time to remind people of her legacy.“There’s not many days that go by that I don’t think of her,” William said. “Her 20th anniversary year feels like a good time to remember, you know, all the good things about her and hopefully provide maybe a different side to her that others haven’t seen before.”They have participated in a series of projects to commemorate their mother’s life. A special garden has been created in Kensington Palace and and an exhibition at Buckingham Palace and another at Kensington Palace give the public an opportunity a glimpse of Diana’s lifeOne of their biggest challenges now is keeping Diana’s memory alive for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. On July 3, on what would have been Diana’s 56th birthday, William and Harry held a service of re-dedication at Diana’s grave on the island in Round Lake at Althorp, the Spencer family home. Prince George and Charlotte attended the service with Prince William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry.“I think constantly talking about Granny Diana. So we’ve got more photos up ’round the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff,” William said. “And it’s hard because obviously Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that — that level of detail. So I do regularly, putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in in their lives, and so it’s important that they know who she was and that she existed.”Even today William and Harry still struggle with their mother’s death.“It’s been hard and it will continue to be hard,” Harry said. “There’s not a day that William and I don’t wish that she was — we don’t wish that she was still around, and we wonder what kind of a mother she would be now, and what kind of a public role she would have, and what a difference she would be making.”“Diana, Our Mother: Life and Legacy” will air on ITV on Monday, July 24.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Trump warns North Korea ‘won’t be around much longer’ if threats continue to escalate

first_img Related Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017Ri is currently in New York at the United Nations General Assembly and spoke on Saturday in a much-anticipated rebuttal to Trump’s message delivered on Tuesday in which he said the U.S. would “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies.“Due to his lacking of basic common knowledge and proper sentiment, he tried to insult the supreme dignity of my country by referring it to as a rocket,” Ri said, referring to Trump’s new penchant for referring to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man.” “By doing so, however, he committed an irreversible mistake of making our rockets’ visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more.”Kim and Trump have spent the better part of the last few months hurling insults back and forth at each other. Trump tweeted early Friday morning that Kim was “obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people.”Ri referred to the president as “a mentally deranged person full of megalomania and complacency” in Saturday’s address.The war of words has continued to escalate as North Korea advances its development of a nuclear weapon. The country has fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean in the past month. They also conducted a nuclear test on Sept. 3, with U.S. officials saying the country exploded a hydrogen bomb at an underground facility.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico — President Donald Trump continued to escalate threats to North Korea late Saturday as he responded to their foreign minister with a warning “they won’t be around much longer” if the country continues provocation.Trump took to Twitter just after 11 p.m. to respond to statements made earlier Saturday by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who said bombing the U.S. mainland was “inevitable.”last_img read more

Final “Logan” Trailer Puts the “R” in “Wolverine”

first_img Related Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine and Dafne Keen as Laura in LOGAN. Photo Credit: Ben Rothstein.© 2017 Marvel. TM and © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(LOS ANGELES) — 20th Century Fox has released the final trailer for Logan, Hugh Jackman’s superhero swan song as the X-Man also known as Wolverine, and it seems to reflect Deadpool‘s R-rated influence.The movie takes place after the other installments in the X-Men franchise, with both Logan and Patrick Stewart’s character Professor Xavier mere shells of their formerly-powerful mutant selves, in hiding near the Mexican border. According to a synopsis tweeted by Jackman himself, “Logan’s attempt to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.”The young mutant is a girl named Laura, whose youth is a stark contrast to the fact she shares many of Logan’s powers, like an unbreakable adamantium skeleton and razor sharp claws. The “dark forces” are apparently The Reavers, a group of mutant hunters led by a cyborg played by Narcos‘ Boyd Holbrook.In the snippet, set to Kaleo’s “Way Down We Go,” we see Laura shoplifting at a gas station convenience store, until a clerk makes the mistake of scolding her for it. We then learn the little girl — also known as X-23 — also inherited Logan’s temper, flipping the poor guy and almost running him through until Logan stops her.The heroes on the run exist in a world where the exploits of the mutants have been immortalized in comics, but as Logan explains — and the trailer demonstrates with R-rated levels of violence — that “in the real world, people die.”Two versions of the trailer exist, one of which also makes use of the more adult rating’s freedom from language restrictions. Even Professor X drops an F-bomb in the uncensored version tweeted by Fox Thursday morning.The movie, from Oscar winner James Mangold, who directed The Wolverine, opens February 3. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Cause of 8-alarm fire that destroyed several homes in Kansas deemed accidental

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) — An eight-alarm fire that injured three firefighters and destroyed multiple homes in Kansas this week was ruled an accident on Tuesday, according to emergency officials said.Investigators believe the fire, which began at an unoccupied apartment complex in Overland Park, Kansas on Monday, was accidentally ignited by a welder working onsite, the Overland Park Fire Department said in a statement Tuesday evening.The fire was the biggest in the city’s history, according to the statement on Tuesday.The fire broke out at a luxury apartment complex under construction at around 3:30 p.m. Monday before quickly spreading to several nearby homes in Overland Park, which is the state’s second most populated city, fire officials said.At least 22 homes were affected by heat exposure and flying embers, according to Overland Park fire officials.Three firefighters were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries but appear to be doing well officials said early Tuesday.Overland Park Fire Department spokesman Jason Rhodes described their conditions as a “mixed bag” of damaged and destroyed on Monday evening.He described the initial scene as “a bit of a war zone” and said the fire was intensified by winds, which pushed fire embers south, and dry air conditions.Fire officials said they worked into early Tuesday morning to fully extinguish the fires. FF’s working into the night. Neighbors be vigilant embers still a danger. Those needing assistance go to Christ Lutheran Church 117th Nieman— Overland Park Fire (@OPFDMedia) March 21, 2017City building inspectors were in the area on Tuesday to assess the safety and “livability” of the damaged homes, according to Overland Park fire officials. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Teacher raises $80K for bikes for elementary school’s entire student body

first_imgMonkey Business Images/iStock/Thinkstock(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Thursday got off to a great start for some students in North Charleston, South Carolina, who each received new wheels just in time for summer.A little before 9 a.m., about 550 students at Pepperhill Elementary School received brand-new bikes — all thanks to first-grade teacher Katie Blomquist.In September 2016, right after Labor Day, Blomquist started a campaign on GoFundMe in hopes of raising $65,000 for the bicycles. She said today that she’d initially come up with the idea to start the campaign for a student who wanted a bike that she couldn’t afford.“This is a chance for them to truly own something of value.”From there, she said, the idea blossomed. In the summer, she decided that she’d get every child at Pepperhill a bicycle by Christmas.“I had no idea what I was getting into,” she said. “And it became a thousand times more amazing than I ever dreamed. I didn’t really think about how much would go into it. I just thought, ‘Let me see if I can do this’ … I wanted to make family memories.”She raised more than $80,000 in less than three months. She said more than 1,000 people gave to the campaign.“It just took off,” she said. “When I say community, that started as just Charleston, then grew to our country as a community. One person from France and one person from Australia also donated … It’s just amazing!”She teamed up with a local bike shop called Affordabike that worked with her for seven months, designing the bike, picking out colors and settling on a name: “The future, let’s go places.”She said it look a little longer than planned to get the bikes delivered but today the students got their new wheels. They also received helmets. Affordabike treated each student with matching bike locks. The school will reportedly get bike racks to handle all the new rides.Pepperhill Elementary, a Title 1 school, receives extra federal funding for its students, many of whom come from low-income families.“It’s a very late Christmas gift, early summer gift now,” Blomquist said. “This is a chance for them to truly own something of value. It’s a sense of therapy … It’s exercise. It’s a way of getting to school … But the number-one thing is it’s joy … Every single child deserves that.”Blomquist said she and her roommate, a third grade teacher at the school, would also receive a bike.“It just shows you that there is still kindness out there,” she said about the support she’d received from the community. “It was actual people who gave actual, hard-earned money to [the students] to spread some joy … I hope that they take that feeling and they then, in turn, give back one day.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more