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Selection committee doesn’t heed N.C. Central’s request to avoid Duke, Zion Williamson

On Saturday, North Carolina Central beat Norfolk State in the MEAC championship to earn a third straight NCAA tournament bid.

After the win, head coach LeVelle Moton immediately recognized his team’s likely fate as a No. 16 seed and had one request for the selection committee — anybody but Zion.

N.C. Central coach: Anybody but Zion

“Some coaches will say ‘We’ll take on anyone. We’ll be ready,’” Moton told reporters. “But I don’t want any part of playing Duke. Us playing against Zion [Williamson] would be like my 6-year-old son playing against me.”

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The selection committee did not heed his wish. The Eagles drew a First Four matchup against fellow No. 16 seed North Dakota State on Wednesday.

Their reward if they win? A matchup with the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed Duke in the East region.

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No. 16 Prairie View AM: 5000/1 odds

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No. 16 North Dakota State: 5000/1 odds

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No. 16 Gardner-Webb: 5000/1 odds

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No. 15 Bradley: 5000/1 odds

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No. 13 Vermont: 2000/1 odds

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No. 16 Iona: 2000/1 odds

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No. 15 Colgate: 2000/1 odds

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No. 14 Yale: 1000/1 odds

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No. 13 UC Irvine: 1000/1 odds

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No. 11 Temple: 1000/1 odds

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No. 11 Saint Mary’s: 1000/1 odds

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No. 13 Saint Louis: 1000/1 odds

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No. 11 St. John’s: 1000/1 odds

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No. 14 Old Dominion: 1000/1 odds

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No. 11 Ohio State: 1000/1 odds

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No. 14 Northern Kentucky: 1000/1 odds

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No. 13 Northeastern: 1000/1 odds

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No. 15 Montana: 1000/1 odds

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No. 12 Liberty: 1000/1 odds

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No. 14 Georgia State: 1000/1 odds

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No. 11 Belmont: 1000/1 odds

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No. 9 Baylor: 1000/1 odds

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No. 11 Arizona State: 1000/1 odds

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No. 9 Washington: 500/1 odds

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No. 8 VCU: 500/1 odds

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No. 8 Utah State: 500/1 odds

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No. 8 Ole Miss: 500/1 odds

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No. 9 Oklahoma: 500/1 odds

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No. 10 Minnesota: 500/1 odds

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No. 10 Seton Hall: 300/1 odds

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No. 12 New Mexico State: 300/1 odds

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No. 12 Murray State: 300/1 odds

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No. 9 UCF: 300/1 odds

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No. 6 Maryland: 250/1 odds

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No. 10 Maryland: 250/1 odds

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No. 7 Wofford: 200/1 odds

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No. 5 Mississippi State: 200/1 odds

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No. 10 Florida: 200/1 odds

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No. 12 Oregon: 150/1 odds

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No. 5 Wisconsin: 100/1 odds

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No. 7 Nevada: 100/1 odds

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No. 7 Louisville: 100/1 odds

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No. 7 Cincinnati: 100/1 odds

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No. 8 Syracuse: 85/1 odds

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No. 6 Buffalo: 85/1 odds

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No. 4 Virginia Tech: 80/1 odds

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No. 5 Marquette: 70/1 odds

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No. 4 Kansas State: 70/1 odds

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No. 4 Kansas: 60/1 odds

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No. 6 Villanova: 50/1 odds

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No. 3 LSU: 50/1 odds

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No. 5 Auburn: 50/1 odds

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No. 6 Iowa State: 40/1 odds

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No. 3 Purdue: 30/1 odds

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No. 3 Houston: 30/1 odds

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No. 4 Florida State: 30/1 odds

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No. 3 Texas Tech: 20/1 odds

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No. 2 Michigan: 18/1 odds

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No. 2 Tennessee: 16/1 odds

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No. 2 Michigan State: 15/1 odds

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No. 2 Kentucky: 12/1 odds

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No. 1 Virginia: 8/1 odds

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No. 1 North Carolina: 6/1 odds

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No. 1 Gonzaga: 5/1 odds

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No. 1 Duke: 11/5 odds

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Raasean Davis would have his hands full

The Eagles’ strength is in their frontcourt. Center Raasean Davis — 6-8 and 240 pounds — leads the team with 14.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.

But he’s never seen anything close to the likes of Williamson in the MEAC. ACC opponents have never seen anything like Williamson.

A stacked North Carolina frontcourt gave up 50 points in the paint in Friday’s ACC tournament loss to Duke, the most the Tar Heels have allowed in the post in eight years, according to ESPN.

So, yeah. Odds are Zion will likely look like an adult playing against 6-year-olds whether Duke faces N.C. Central or Norfolk State this week.

But at least the Eagles can say they’re dancing.

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#Unfiltered week of 3/18: Paris Hilton throws star-studded birthday

Stars were far from shy this week on Instagram. 

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian were spotted at #ClubParis for Paris Hilton’s star-studded 38th birthday, where the crew took to social media to document the epic night. The heirss turned DJ wore a skin-tight sparkling silver catsuit with a plunging neckline down to her belly button, while sister Nicky Hilton stunned in a sequin mini skirt.

Partying aside, Kim and a slew of other celebs were not coy about showing off their kids on Instagram, including Kate Hudson, Hilary Duff, Kylie Jenner and Chrissy Teigen.

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Hudson shared a rare photo of 5-month-year-old daughter, Rani Rose, dressed up for St. Patricks Day, while Hilary Duff and her son, Luca, made matching fishy faces for the camera. Kylie Jenner and one-year-old Stormi soaked up the L.A. sun on Sunday in adorable complimenting one-pieces with the caption “my baby is stuck to me like glue lately.”

From Courteney Cox’s stunning St. Patrick’s Day selfie to Kendall Jenner’s bare bum selfie and more celeb offspring, check out the gallery above for the best Instagrams of the week.

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GOP slammed over tweet mocking Beto O’Rourke’s Irish heritage

The Republican Party honored St. Patrick’s Day by sending a tweet mocking presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s Irish heritage.

The tweet from the GOP’s official Twitter account featured an image of O’Rourke’s mug shot from a 1998 drunk-driving arrest. The former Democratic representative was arrested at the age of 26 and given a DWI when he failed a breathalyzer test after losing control of his car and crashing into a truck on an interstate.

The mug shot in the tweet was photoshopped to include a cartoon leprechaun hat over his head and a placard across his chest that read, “PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY.” Along with the image, the GOP tweeted the message, “On this St. Paddy’s Day, a special message from noted Irishman Robert Francis O’Rourke.”

When O’Rourke challenged Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in the 2018 midterm election, Republicans often criticized O’Rourke for going by “Beto,” a childhood nickname that stuck, rather than Robert. 

The message spread quickly on Twitter, with many users, even fellow Republicans, expressing their disdain for the tweet. Michigan Rep. Justin Amash (R) tweeted the GOP should “do better” and “be better.” 

**ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, OCT 31** El Paso City Representatives Steve Ortega, left and Beto O’Rourke pose with a backdrop of Downtown El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005. The two and three other colleagues, all political newcomers under 35, were elected this year to the El Paso city council. The group of young up-and-comers say they took on their public roles to make El Paso the kind of city it should be, the kind it has long struggled to become. (AP Photo/El Paso Times, Victor Calzada)

US Rep. Beto O’Rourke (R), D-TX, speaks during a meeting with One Campaign volunteers including Jeseus Navarrete (L) on February 26, 2013 in O’Rouke’s office in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGANWith the United States days away from billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts, anti-poverty campaigners fear that reductions in foreign aid could potentially lead to thousands of deaths. The world’s largest economy faces $85 billion in cuts virtually across the board starting on March 1, 2013 unless the White House and Congress reach a last-minute deal ahead of the self-imposed deadline known as the sequester. While the showdown has caused concern in numerous circles, activists are pushing hard to avoid a 5.3 percent cut in US development assistance which they fear could set back programs to feed the poor and prevent disease. ‘The sequester is an equal cut across the board, but equal cuts don’t have equal impact,’ said Tom Hart, US executive director of the One campaign, the anti-poverty group co-founded by U2 frontman Bono. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US Rep. Beto O’Rourke , D-TX, meets with One campaign volunteers on February 26, 2013 in O’Rouke’s office in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. With the United States days away from billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts, anti-poverty campaigners fear that reductions in foreign aid could potentially lead to thousands of deaths. The world’s largest economy faces $85 billion in cuts virtually across the board starting on March 1, 2013 unless the White House and Congress reach a last-minute deal ahead of the self-imposed deadline known as the sequester. While the showdown has caused concern in numerous circles, activists are pushing hard to avoid a 5.3 percent cut in US development assistance which they fear could set back programs to feed the poor and prevent disease. ‘The sequester is an equal cut across the board, but equal cuts don’t have equal impact,’ said Tom Hart, US executive director of the One campaign, the anti-poverty group co-founded by U2 frontman Bono. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. citizen Edgar Falcon, second from right, and Maricruz Valtierra of Mexico, second from left, laugh while El Paso congressman Beto O’Rourke, right, and Judge Bill Moody, left, congratulate them after the couple was married at U.S.-Mexico border, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 in El Paso, Texas. Like many other couples made up of a US citizen and a foreigner, Falcon and Valtierra, who has been declared inadmissible after an immigration law violation, hope immigration reform will help them live together in the U.S. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

Congressman Beto O’Rourke, center, speaks at a new conference accompanied by Lillian D’Amico, left, mother of a deceased veteran, and Melinda Russel, a former Army chaplain, in El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, June. 4, 2014. A survey of hundreds of West Texas veterans conducted by O’Rourke’s office has found that on average they wait more than two months to see a Veterans Affairs mental health professional and even longer to see a physician. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

Democratic candidate for the US Senate Beto ORourke addresses his last public event in Austin before election night at the Pan American Neighborhood Park on November 4, 2018 in Austin, Texas. – One of the most expensive and closely watched Senate races is in Texas, where incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz is facing Democratic Representative Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke, 46, whose given names are Robert Francis but who goes by Beto, is mounting a suprisingly strong challenge to the 47-year-old Cruz in the reliably Republican ‘Lone Star State.’ O’Rourke, a three-term congressman and former member of a punk band, is drawing enthusiastic support from many urban dwellers in Texas while Cruz does better in conservative rural areas.

Plucking the Senate seat from Cruz, who battled Donald Trump for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, would be a major victory for the Democratic Party. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP) (Photo credit should read SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, left, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, take part in a debate for the Texas U.S. Senate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in San Antonio. (Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News via AP, Pool)

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Other users criticized the tweet.

O’Rourke responded to the tweet while campaigning in Milwaukee on Sunday. “People want to focus on the big picture, on our goals,” he told a group of reporters. “They want us to be defined not by this pettiness or the personal attacks we see … They want us to be defined by our ambitions and aspirations.” 

Despite criticism, the GOP’s official Twitter account followed up their initial tweet with another one bashing the former representative’s congressional record. 

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Lori Loughlin jokes about paying for Olivia Jade’s education in resurfaced video amid college bribe scandal

Back in 2017, Lori Loughlin appeared on her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli’s YouTube channel, and playfully joked about paying for the vlogger’s education.

In a video titled “Teaching My Mom Slang Terms of 2017,” the then-17-year-old introduces the Full House alum to Jake Paul’s single “It’s Everyday Bro,” which features the infamous line, “England is my city.” 

Upon hearing this phrase, the actress admits that she isn’t familiar with it and adds, “If you would said ‘England is my city’ I would say, ‘Why did I pay all this money for your education?’”

Later, the teen presented her mother with the word “clout,” only to discover that the term is already an established word and not a recent social media creation. “Once again…money on that education,” Loughlin comments dryly.

These exchanges take on new meaning in light of the the TV star’s recent arrest for allegedly paying $500,000 in bribes to ensure Olivia Jade and her other daughter with husband Mossimo Giannulli, Isabella “Bella” Rose Giannulli, were designated as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, despite not actually participating in the sport. 

Loughlin turned herself in and was charged last Wednesday before she was released on $1 million bond. Since, the fallout has been swift, and the 54-year-old actress deleted all her social media. Meanwhile, Olivia Jade lost a number of her corporate sponsors including Sephora Collection and TRESemme. Giannulli was also arrested and released on a $1 million bond on Tuesday. 

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“Olivia and Bella are both devastated by what’s happened. It’s been mortifying and frightening for them,” a source previously told ET. “They love their parents dearly and realize they only wanted the best for them but they are starting to realize how very serious the charges [against] their parents are at their expense.”

“They’ve always seen themselves as a good, honest family that works hard and follows the rules, but everything has changed overnight,” the source added. “The reality of all of this has been devastating.”

The couple are just two of a sweeping college admissions bribery scam, which implicates dozens more — including actress Felicity Huffman

Additionally, Hallmark announced that it is officially cutting ties with Loughlin, whose projects with the network include When Calls the Heart and Garage Sale Mysteries.

Also, a source recently told ET that both Olivia and Bella are unlikely to return to school at USC after Spring Break. “The girls are afraid of being kicked out of school and will likely not return on their own,” they shared.

And the aforementioned video isn’t the only one from Olivia Jade’s YouTube channel that has been scrutinized since the charges were handed down. In another clip, Olivia Jade admits that she doesn’t “really care about school.”

She also revealed in an interview earlier this month on the Zach Sang Show that her father, a fashion designer, started his brand when his parents thought he was in college.

“He didn’t come from a lot, so it’s cool to see that he built it all himself,” she said of her father, who has a fashion line at Target. “He has a really crazy story, in college he, like, built his whole entire brand and he wasn’t actually, like, I don’t know if I’m supposed to say this, sorry dad, ever enrolled in college.”

“But he, like, faked his way through it and then he started his whole business with tuition money that his parents thought was going to college,” she added. “That’s, like, such a different time. I don’t know if I was supposed to say that, but it’s OK. It’s a cool story.”

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Indianapolis children’s museum removes Michael Jackson items

A glove and a fedora once worn by Michael Jackson have been removed from display at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in the wake of renewed child sexual abuse allegations against him.

The decision to remove the items, along with a poster of the late pop icon, was made “in an excess of caution” following the allegations in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” Kimberly Harms Robinson, director of media and public relations, told CBS News.

“As the world’s largest children’s museum, we are very sensitive to our audience,” Robinson said. 

A glove, fedora and a poster of the late singer Michael Jackson have been removed from an exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Another museum official, speaking to the Indy Star, said its exhibits aim to showcase “people of high character.”

“When we put together exhibitions, we look at the objects and their association with high-profile people,” said Chris Carron, the museum’s director of collections, told the local news site. “Obviously, we want to put stories in front of our visitors (showing) people of high character.”

The fedora and glove had been purchased from an auction house in 2017 and displayed in the museum’s “American Pop” exhibit. The poster was part of a museum exhibit that paid tribute to Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who was diagnosed with AIDS in the ’80s and was supported by Jackson before his death, the Star reported.

Some items related to the late singer will remain in the museum’s exhibit that replicates White’s bedroom, the museum said.

AIDS activist Ryan White is seen far left of British pop singer Elton John at the For the Love of Children benefit for children with AIDS and other serious illnesses in Los Angeles in 1988.

“Ryan’s family found Michael Jackson’s kindness to them to be an important part of Ryan’s story and the pictures of Michael displayed in that exhibit will always be an integral part of the Ryan White story,” Harms Robinson told CBS.

Since the HBO documentary’s release, Jackson’s music has been pulled from radio stations outside of the U.S., including in New Zealand and Canada.

Producers of “The Simpsons” also announced that the show will remove an episode starring Jackson from circulation.

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White House dismisses praise of Trump by New Zealand shooter

WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) – The White House pushed back on Sunday against any attempt to link President Donald Trump to the accused shooter who killed 50 people in two New Zealand mosques, saying the act of a disturbed individual cannot be blamed on any one politician.

“The president is not a white supremacist. I’m not sure how many times we have to say that,” White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Trump on Friday condemned the “horrible massacre” at the mosques and the White House called the shooting a “vicious act of hate.”

Asked by a reporter on Friday if he sees white nationalism as a rising threat around the world, Trump said: “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people.”

The accused gunman’s manifesto praised the U.S. president as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” even though he did not support his policies. The reference revived criticism that Trump has not been strong enough in condemning hate speech and has fomented anti-Muslim sentiment.

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“I don’t think it’s fair to cast this person as a supporter of Donald Trump,” Mulvaney said. “Any more than it is to look at his eco-terrorist passages in that manifesto and align him with (Democratic House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi or Ms. Ocasio-Cortez,” a Democratic congresswoman.

“This was a disturbed individual, an evil person,” he said.

Trump drew strong criticism in the days after a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 when he equated white supremacists with counter-protesters and saying “both sides” were to blame.

“Time and time again, this president has embraced and emboldened white supremacists—and instead of condemning racist terrorists, he covers for them. This isn’t normal or acceptable,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said on Twitter after Friday’s mosque shootings.

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Man who stood up to mosque gunman probably saved lives

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — When the gunman advanced toward the mosque, killing those in his path, Abdul Aziz didn’t hide. Instead, he picked up the first thing he could find, a credit card machine, and ran outside screaming “Come here!”

Aziz, 48, is being hailed as a hero for preventing more deaths during Friday prayers at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch after leading the gunman in a cat-and-mouse chase before scaring him into speeding away in his car.

But Aziz, whose four sons and dozens of others remained in the mosque while he faced off with the gunman, said he thinks it’s what anyone would have done.

The gunman killed 49 people after attacking two mosques in the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand’s modern history.

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The gunman is believed to have killed 41 people at the Al Noor mosque before driving about 5 kilometers (3 miles) across town and attacking the Linwood mosque, where he killed seven more people. One person died later in a hospital.

White supremacist Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with one count of murder in the slayings and a judge said Saturday that it was reasonable to assume more charges would follow.

Latef Alabi, the Linwood mosque’s acting imam, said the death toll would have been far higher at the Linwood mosque if it wasn’t for Aziz.

Alabi said he heard a voice outside the mosque at about 1:55 p.m. and stopped the prayer he was leading and peeked out the window. He saw a guy in black military-style gear and a helmet holding a large gun, and assumed it was a police officer. Then he saw two bodies and heard the gunman yelling obscenities.

“I realized this is something else. This is a killer,” he said.

He yelled at the congregation of more than 80 to get down. They hesitated. A shot rang out, a window shattered and a body fell, and people began to realize it was for real.

“Then this brother came over. He went after him, and he managed to overpower him, and that’s how we were saved,” Alabi said, referring to Aziz. “Otherwise, if he managed to come into the mosque, then we would all probably be gone.”

Aziz said as he ran outside screaming, he was hoping to distract the attacker. He said the gunman ran back to his car to get another gun, and Aziz hurled the credit card machine at him.

He said he could hear his two youngest sons, aged 11 and 5, urging him to come back inside.

The gunman returned, firing. Aziz said he ran, weaving through cars parked in the driveway, which prevented the gunman from getting a clean shot. Then Aziz spotted a gun the gunman had abandoned and picked it up, pointed it and squeezed the trigger. It was empty.

He said the gunman ran back to the car for a second time, likely to grab yet another weapon.

“He gets into his car and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window,” he said.

The windshield shattered: “That’s why he got scared.”

He said the gunman was cursing at him, yelling that he was going to kill them all. But he drove away and Aziz said he chased the car down the street to a red light, before it made a U-turn and sped away. Online videos indicate police officers managed to force the car from the road and drag out the suspect soon after.

Originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aziz said he left as a refugee when he was a boy and lived for more than 25 years in Australia before moving to New Zealand a couple of years ago.

“I’ve been to a lot of countries and this is one of the beautiful ones,” he said. And, he always thought, a peaceful one as well.

Aziz said he didn’t feel fear or much of anything when facing the gunman. It was like he was on autopilot. And he believes that God, that Allah, didn’t think it was his time to die.

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Paris Jackson denies hospitalization for attempted suicide

Paris Jackson is denying that she was hospitalized for attempted suicide. 

The Los Angeles Police Department confirms to ET that police and ambulance responded to a call involving an attempted suicide around Paris’ home at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Los Angeles Fire Department confirms that the patient was transported to the hospital.

A source close to Paris tells ET that she had an accident at her home Saturday morning that required medical treatment and a brief hospitalization. “She is currently resting at home and doing fine,” the source says. 

Paris, meanwhile, has slammed the reports of her hospitalization for self-harm as “lies.” “Lies lies lies omg and more lies,” the 20-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson wrote on Twitter. 

The news comes two days after Paris told fans that it’s not her “role” to defend her father against abuse claims featured in HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary.

“I’m just tryna get everyone to chill out and go with the flow, be mellow and think about the bigger picture,” Paris wrote, praising her cousin, Taj, for doing a “perfect” job defending Jackson. “That’s me.”

Leaving Neverland featured interviews with Jackson accusers James Safechuck and Wade Robson. The two — now married adults with sons of their own — claim they engaged in sexual relationships with Jackson that started when both were underage, 10 and 7 years old, respectively. In on-camera interviews, they recall how they each first met the music icon and later, became closer and closer with the pop icon. 

The HBO documentary was met with immediate backlash from Jackson’s family, who repeatedly slammed the film as a “lurid production” and called Safechuck and Robson’s claims “dated and discredited allegations.” 

The estate also filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO in February, claiming the network violated a non-disparagement clause in a 1992 contract it had with Jackson and that the documentary is nothing but “unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself.” 

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Russell Wilson tells Fallon he can play ’10-15 more years’

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is pretty confident about his future heading into the final year of his current contract.

Whether it’s with his current team or possibly a QB-needy team in New York.

The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon said he “heard a rumor” that Wilson “could sign” with the Giants (which obviously can’t happen now with the quarterback under contract), and Fallon asked Wilson on Friday about that possibility.

“We are in New York,” Wilson said, “but I’m not sure the Seahawks are going to let me get away.”

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He added: “I love Seattle. Seattle is a special place, so … been able to win a Super Bowl there, been able to go to two Super Bowls.” But he also talked about his love for the New York Yankees, and he and his wife, singer Ciara, certainly hold their own as a power couple in the Big Apple.

Then Wilson attempted to diffuse the semi-awkward situation with an awkward joke of his own.

“Are you bribing me to New York?” he asked Fallon back rhetorically, any at that moment any real news value to the appearance seemed to go out the window.

The Giants certainly have enough trade ammo to offer up the Seahawks a sweet package if, say, they were having doubts about paying Wilson long term. But we put the chances of that right now somewhere between slim and none, as neither team has made a peep about such a possibility.

About that contract …

But Fallon actually brought things back toward the newsy side, or as close as one can get with the typically deflective and diplomatic Wilson. The host asked him about the possibility of being the highest-paid quarterback in the history of the league, which actually could be in the realm of possibilities.

Wilson actually acknowledged the possibility.

“Well, there’s a great potential of that,” he said with a smile. “We’ll see what happens.”

Hmm.

Could Wilson have a Tom Brady-length career?

Maybe Wilson knows something we don’t. Maybe he was just being kind to Fallon, a non-NFL media member asking him NFL-related questions. But he did entertain the idea of what such a contract might mean to Wilson in terms of how far he has come as a football player.

“Being a kid, an African-American kid, 5-foot-11, came from Richmond, Virginia, went to a private school, people said I wouldn’t make it in Division I-A, going to NC State, going to Wisconsin, … and getting to where I am now — just finishing Year 7 going into Year 8 — I believe I have 10 to 15 years left,” he said.

Wilson turns 31 in November. Ten to 15 years would put him ending his career somewhere in the Brady age (42 in August) to … almost George Blanda age? It’s certainly a wild concept, but if Brady and Drew Brees and other fortysomethings keep rewriting history on that front.

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Arrest made in brutal Staten Island mob hit of reputed Gambino family boss

A suspect was in custody Saturday morning after his Jersey Shore arrest for the mob execution of reputed Gambino family boss Frank Cali, sources told the Daily News.

The unidentified person of interest was snatched up by the New York/New Jersey Regional Task Force three days after the mobster known as Franky Boy was murdered outside his Staten Island home, the sources said.

The suspect’s fingerprint was lifted from Cali’s car — possibly off the license plate of the mobster’s Cadillac Escalade SUV, a source told the News.

The 24-year-old Staten Island resident was taken into custody in Brick Township, N.J., about 50 miles south of the murder scene, according to sources. No other details were immediately available about the suspect.

The low-key Cali, 53, was lured to his death when the killer staged a car crash, plowing a pickup truck into Cali’s parked SUV outside his house around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night, cops said.

When Cali left his family at the dinner table to investigate, the truck driver jumped from the vehicle and opened fire — pumping at least a half-dozen bullets into the doomed boss.

Related: Vintage crime photos from the Daily News

(Original Caption) When John Kerr, of 147 W. 84th Street, and Peter Macon, 490 Columbus Avenue, were being booked on a mugging charge at the West 68th St. Precinct today, photographer Phil Grietzer, New York Daily News photographer, drew a bead on the proceedings with his camera. He didn’t know the boys had a camera allergy. But he found out when the two, although handcuffed together, came charging at him. Another photographer who doesn’t suffer from buck fever, got this picture.

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Video surveillance of the hit showed the man inside the truck coming out with his gun blazing, his muzzle fire clear in the clip as Cali dove desperately for cover beneath his Cadillac.

The hitman jumped back into the truck and sped off, leaving the Sicilian-born Cali to die near the Cadillac’s back bumper. Cops discovered a dozen shell casings outside Cali’s home.

The killing marked the city’s first murder of a sitting mob boss since the December 1985 hit on Gambino boss Paul (Big Paul) Castellano, who lived in the same Todt Hill neighborhood where Cali was targeted. Castellano and his driver were gunned down outside Sparks Steak House in Midtown as they arrived for a scheduled dinner with five fellow mobsters, including the one who set him up.

Cali rose quickly through the ranks of the Gambino family after arriving in New York, moving up to the rank of capo before the age of 40. He was bumped up to acting boss in 2015 after serving on a panel that led the once-mighty crime syndicate named for the late, legendary Mafioso Carlo Gambino.

Cali had a rap sheet with just a single arrest, serving 16 months in an extortion scheme before his release in April 2009. The Mafia was a Cali family affair: His wife is the niece of a Gambino capo, while his brother and brother-in-law are reputed Gambino soldiers.

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