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Barack and Michelle Obama portraits unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

Obama show official portraits

The National Portrait Gallery has two new additions to its collection of presidential portraits: Former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama.

The portraits, unveiled Monday, are now part of the only complete collection of portraits of presidents outside the White House.

The portrait of Obama, by artist Kehinde Wiley, featured him sitting in a chair, arms folded, with a lush, green background.

Speaking just a few feet away, Obama joked that tried to negotiate less gray hair and smaller ears.


Singer Vic Damone dies in Florida at 89

Vic Damone dies at 89Vic Damone, whose mellow baritone once earned praise from Frank Sinatra as “the best pipes in the business,” has died in Florida at the age of 89, his daughter said.

Victoria Damone told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday that her father died Sunday at a Miami Beach hospital from complications of a respiratory illness.

Damone’s easy-listening romantic ballads brought him million-selling records and sustained a half-century career in recordings, movies and nightclub, concert and television appearances.


Authorities: Suspect among 5 dead in Kentucky shooting spree

Kentucky shooting spree kills fiveAuthorities in eastern Kentucky are characterizing the shooting deaths of five people over the weekend as a murder-suicide involving multiple family members.

Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said authorities in the eastern Kentucky community of Paintsville received a 911 call on Saturday afternoon about a shooting at a residence. Two victims were found dead in the kitchen. Price said after receiving a tip on the whereabouts of a suspect's vehicle, three more bodies, including that of the presumed shooter, were later found at an apartment complex.


Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills three

Helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon

A tourist helicopter has crashed in the Grand Canyon in the US state of Arizona, killing three people and injuring four.

The aircraft suffered "substantial damage", a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.

It was in the Grand Canyon West area when it came down at around 17:20 local time (00:20 GMT) on Saturday.The helicopter was operated by tour company Papillon   Airways. It is not clear what caused the crash.

On its website, Papillon calls itself "the world's largest aerial sightseeing company" and says it flies more than 600,000 people a year.


Westerville, Ohio: Police say two officers killed Saturday; suspect injured

Ohio piloce officers killed, suspect shot.The Westerville Division of Police confirms two officers have been shot and killed Saturday afternoon on Crosswind Drive.

A suspect was wounded and transported to an area hospital, according to Westerville Police.

Officers responded to a 911 hang-up around 11:30am and were fired on when they arrived at the address.

The scene is still active. The Columbus Division of Police will be handling the investigation.



‘House Of Cards’ Actor Reg E. Cathey Is Dead At 59

House of Cards' actor dies at 59

Actor Reg E. Cathey, who played Freddy Hayes on “House of Cards,” has died. He was 59.

Cathey also appeared in the gritty hit series “The Wire,” as Norman Wilson, and played warden Martin Querns in “Oz.” He appeared in several other series, as well, including “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Grimm.”

The man with the riveting baritone won an Emmy in 2015 for his “House of Cards” role, playing the owner of a rib joint who ends up working in the White House. He was nominated for three consecutive years for the role.


California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue 'anti-racist' activists, documents show

CA police worked with neo nazis to pursue ant-racist activists

California police investigating a violent white nationalist event worked with white supremacists in an effort to identify counter-protesters and sought the prosecution of activists with “anti-racist” beliefs, court documents show.

The records, which also showed officers expressing sympathy with white supremacists and trying to protect a neo-Nazi organizer’s identity, were included in a court briefing from three anti-fascist activists who were charged with felonies after protesting at a Sacramento rally. The defendants were urging a judge to dismiss their case and accused California police and prosecutors of a “cover-up and collusion with the fascists”.


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