Kenny Rogers, whose legendary music career spanned nearly six decades, has passed at the age of 81.

The artist’s family announced his death on Rogers’ verified Twitter account, saying he died Friday night from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by family. “Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world,” a statement posted by publicist Keith Hagan says.
Rogers was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013, for what the hall of fame called a “distinctive, husky voice.”
He had 24 number-one hits and throughout his career, more than 50 million albums sold in the US alone. He was a six-time Country Music Awards winner and three-time Grammy Award winner.
According to the statement posted by his publicist, Rogers’ family is planning a small, private service out of concern for the coronavirus pandemic, “but look forward to celebrating the life of Kenny Rogers publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.”

Tax Filing Deadline Extended

The U.S. is extending the April 15 tax-filing deadline to July 15, giving people more time to prepare and pay their taxes during the coronavirus outbreak, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday.

Coronavirus Declared Public Health Emergency

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced on Friday that the coronavirus has been declared a public health emergency in the U.S. Beginning at 5 p.m. on Feb. 2, U.S. citizens returning from Hubei province will be subject to a 14-day quarantine, while other Americans who traveled elsewhere in China will be instructed to self-monitor for possible symptoms.

Azar also said that President Trump is temporarily suspending entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the virus.

In the same press conference, the Department of Homeland Security announced that starting on Sunday, flights coming to the U.S. from China will be funneled through seven airports that are equipped to screen passengers for symptoms of the virus.

The move comes as Delta Air Lines and American Airlines suspended flights between the U.S. and China, following several other international airlines who made similar announcements. United Airlines said that it was suspending flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, but would continue flying to Hong Kong.

Officials continued to stress that the overall risk to the American public remains low, but that the measures being taken are to help “focus efforts as we are dealing with unknowns.”

The announcement comes just hours after the CDC said the 195 passengers who arrived in California on a flight from China on Wednesday were being kept under a 14-day quarantine as they are continually monitored for symptoms.

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Armed Parishoners Shoot Gunman Who Opened Fire Inside Church

Two people were killed and three others injured after a gunman opened fire with a shotgun inside a crowded Texas church Sunday before he was shot to death by two armed parishioners, officials said.

The shooting occurred just before 11 a.m. at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a town of about 17,000 people near Fort Worth.

Witnesses said the gunman was wearing a fake beard and sunglasses and had just taken communion before opening fire. In a livestream of the service, the gunman can be seen standing up and confronting an usher before taking a step back and revealing he held a shotgun. The suspect fired point blank at the usher and at another member of the congregation before a security guard was able to open fire, hitting the suspect. A second person in church who was armed at the time of the shooting also opened fire, hitting him.

The shooting was over in about six seconds, authorities said.

“Evil walked boldly among us, but good people raised up and stopped it before it got worse,” Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn said.

Members of the congregation can be seen taking cover and screaming as shots rang out, with some ducking under pews, while others rushed the gunman as he fired. One of the church’s leaders can be heard trying to calm the congregation down after the shooting.

“Everything is under control. Our security team did everything they needed to do,” the voice says.

The volunteer members of the church’s security team were being hailed as saving an “untold number of lives.” The volunteers were allowed to carry guns into the church thanks to a law passed by Texas lawmakers following another shooting at a church that killed 26 people in 2018.

Authorities have not indicated anything about a possible motive for the attack.

“Our hearts go out to the victims and families of those killed in the evil act of violence that occurred at the West Freeway Church of Christ,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life. ”


Chinese Nationals Discovered While Hiding In Furniture Trying to Cross US/Mexico Border

11 chinese nationals discovered inside moving truck as it crossed U.S. mexico border
Officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection say eleven Chinese nationals were discovered inside furniture contained within a moving truck that was attempting to cross the U.S. border with Mexico.

According to a statement from the CBP, a 42-year-old U.S. citizen arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border at the San Ysidro port of entry at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday in a moving truck. Agents conducted a secondary screening and search of the truck, where they discovered the 11 Chinese nationals concealed within various pieces of furniture.

Two people were found inside a washing machine, while another was discovered hiding inside a chest of drawers. Agents found another person hiding inside a dresser.

The driver was taken into custody for his part in the alleged human smuggling ring, while an immigration hold was placed on the 11 Chinese nationals for the pending criminal and immigration proceedings.

“CBP cannot stress enough the dangers of smuggling people,” said CBP Director of Field Operations for San Diego Pete Flores. “These are human beings that smugglers subject to inhumane conditions that could have deadly consequences. Fortunately no one was seriously injured.”

This isn’t the first time Chinese nationals have attempted to cross the border. Last month, CBP officers at the same border crossing discovered six Chinese nationals concealed inside another moving truck, this time, behind a false wall.

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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House Dem Sees No Value in Trump Impeachment

House Dem now sees no ‘value’ in Trump impeachment, as polls show fading support among independents
Michigan Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence, a prominent supporter of Kamala Harris who has previously supported the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, has abruptly announced that she no longer saw any “value” in the process and called for her fellow Democrats to throw their support behind a symbolic censure resolution.

“We are so close to an election,” Lawrence said Sunday on a Michigan radio program. “I will tell you, sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value of taking him out of office. But I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable.”

Lawrence’s about-face came as polls have shown that independents are souring on the idea of impeaching and removing Trump from office, including in critical battleground states like Wisconsin, even as House Democrats aggressively presented their poll-tested “bribery” case against the president over the past two weeks. On Monday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., announced that Democrats “are now preparing a report” for the House Judiciary Committee, signaling that his panel is wrapping up its work and that the next phase of the impeachment inquiry against Trump is imminent.

82 Year Old Woman Fights Off Intruder

An 82-year-old female bodybuilder fought back against a man who broke into her home  on Thursday night as she was getting ready for bed, using her daily workout regimen and various household items to overwhelm the intruder.

Willie Murphy, who attends the Maplewood YMCA in Rochester, N.Y., on a daily basis, was getting ready for bed around 11:00 p.m. when a man started banging on the door asking for an ambulance, while declaring “I’m sick, I’m sick.”

Murphy called the police and wouldn’t let him inside, which she says angered the man.

“I hear a loud noise,” she told WHAM-TV. “I’m thinking, what the heck was that? The young man is in my home. He broke the door.”

The award-winning bodybuilder told the outlet she hid under the cover of night — picking up the nearest object — as the thief crept through her home.

“I picked up the table, and I went to work on him,” said Murphy, who can deadlift 225 pounds. ‘The table broke.”

“And when he’s down,” she added, “I’m jumping on him.”

After the table drop, Murphy grabbed a nearby bottle of shampoo and went to town.

Shen then grabbed a nearby broom and swept the floor with the unknown suspect.

When officers arrived, Murphy says the first responders wanted to take selfies with her and she even received a hero’s welcome when returning to her local YMCA.

“He picked the wrong house to break into,” she said.

Mental Health Day for Kids

  • Utah and Oregon allow students to take mental health days as excused absences from school.
  • Behavior and personality changes, becoming isolated, being easily irritated, and experiencing frequent headaches and stomachaches may be signs that your child needs a mental health day.

In response to the rising rates of depression and suicide among young people in the United States, some states are taking action.

In 2018, Utah passed a bill that states students are allowed to take a mental health day as an excused absence from school. Oregon followed Utah’s lead in 2019 when it enacted a similar law.

“This is a great idea, particularly for adolescents and teens, because depression and anxiety has so much prevalence among these age groups,” Caroline Clauss-Ehlers, PhD, psychologist and associate professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, told Healthline.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness states that 1 in 6 children between the ages of 6 and 17 experience a mental health disorder each year.

“Mental health days are not only good for the practical aspect of giving young people a break, but they also validate that the community and society are saying, ‘We understand and we’re supporting you in this way,’” said Clauss-Ehlers.

Shelli Dry, OTD, occupational therapist and director of clinical operations at Enable My Child, agrees that these days can help eliminate stigma around mental illness.

“For schools to recognize that sometimes it’s better to take a mental health day than push through when you cannot seem to cope, is a tremendous support for students to feel understood and accepted, and [this, in turn, encourages] students to understand and accept themselves more,” Dry told Healthline.