2/20/2017 9:03:43 AM
It's now an official "record breaking" heat wave in Illinois. The National Weather Service says more than a dozen cities set records for warmth over the weekend. Yesterday's temperatures set records from the Quad Cities to Effingham. Forecasters say there's a chance more records could fall by Wednesday....read more
(The Sports Xchange) - The Sacramento Kings made official on Monday that center DeMarcus Cousins is heading to the New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster trade involving five players and two draft picks. Cousins, the centerpiece of the deal, and forward Omri Casspi are heading to the Big Easy in exchange for rookie guard Buddy Hield, swingman Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick obtained from the Philadelphia 76ers. The 6-foot-11 Cousins, who is averaging a career-best 27.8 points in his seventh season, will form a dominant frontcourt with Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, who averages 27.7 points and is coming off a record 52-point performance in the All-Star Game.
(Reuters) - World number three Rory McIlroy, eyeing a comeback next week from injury, continued his tune-up with a round with U.S. President Donald Trump in south Florida on Sunday, it was reported. The Clear Sports & Entertainment company posted a picture on its Twitter feed of Trump with McElroy, former New York Yankees baseball player Paul O'Neill and Clear Sports Chief Executive Garry Singer. The round reportedly took place at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.
By Jeff Mason and Patricia Zengerle WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for speaking his mind and challenging his superiors. McMaster is a highly regarded military tactician and strategic thinker, but his selection surprised some observers who wondered how the officer, whose Army career stalled at times for his questioning of authority, would deal with a White House that has not welcomed criticism. "He is highly respected by everybody in the military and we're very honored to have him," Trump told reporters in West Palm Beach where he spent the weekend.
NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Renewed protests against U.S. President Donald Trump flared on the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, with grassroots activists vowing to take to the streets in dozens of cities in "Not My President's Day" rallies. Protest leaders had said they expected thousands to rally in about 28 cities ranging from Los Angeles and Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the latest round of demonstrations to express displeasure with Trump's policies and pronouncements. In New York, hundreds of protesters stretching at least eight blocks chanted "He cheats, he lies, open up your eyes" near the Trump International Hotel on the edge of Central Park.