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Kobe Bryant’s final tweet praised LeBron James for passing him on NBA scoring list

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Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash Sunday, was remembered on Twitter, as fans noted his final tweet paid homage to LeBron James, who moved past the late basketball icon for third place on the NBA’s career scoring list.

‘“Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644,” Bryant tweeted.

The 35-year-old James set the milestone on a driving layup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

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The Los Angeles Lakers star scored the basket with 7:23 left in the third quarter and he waved to a Sixers crowd that gave him a rousing standing ovation when the mark was announced by the public address announcer. The basket gave him 33,644 points.

James entered 18 points shy of passing Bryant on the list and couldn’t quite get there in the first half. He scored six points in the first quarter but had four turnovers that included an errant pass into the seats. He opened the second quarter with a layup, and then went to the free throw line for his next four points, giving him 12.

He finished the first half 3 for 7 from the floor, missed all three 3s, had five turnovers and three fouls for 14 points.

With a nod to Bryant’s nickname, James scribbled “Mamba 4 Life” on his Nikes against the 76ers.

Bryant, who played his entire career with the Lakers, finished with 33,643 points.

The hashtag on Bryant’s last tweet, “#33644,” referred to the number of points needed to beat his own record that James scored as small forward.

The 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Lakers was 41.

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After James passed Bryant on Saturday, he remembered listening to Bryant when the superstar came to speak at a childhood basketball camp.

“I remember one thing he said: If you want to be great at it, or want to be one of the greats, you’ve got to put the work in,” James said. “There’s no substitution for work.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Doris Miller: What to know about the African American Pearl Harbor hero honored by US Navy

At Pearl Harbor Monday, the U.S. Navy will honor a World War II hero when a new aircraft carrier is named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller.

He was an American man of many firsts, going beyond the call of duty.

HONORS

A future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be named after him.

It’s the first aircraft carrier ever named for a black American.

“In selecting this name, we honor the contributions of all our enlisted ranks, past and present, men and women, of every race, religion and background,” said Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly in a statement. “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observed, ‘Everybody can be great – because anybody can serve’. No one understands the importance and true meaning of service than those who have volunteered to put the needs of others above themselves.”

This will be the second ship named in honor of Miller.

USS Miller, a destroyer escort, was previously named in his honor.

His image was used in a 1943 U.S. Navy recruitment poster.

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The image of Doris Miller was used in a 1943 U.S. Navy recruitment poster. (David Stone Martin/Library of Congress)

PEARL HARBOR

Miller was recognized for manning a machine gun on the USS West Virginia and returning fire against Japanese planes during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Miller, then 22, was collecting laundry when the attack alarm sounded. His normal battle station in an antiaircraft battery magazine was destroyed by a torpedo. He went on deck and carried wounded soldiers to safety before receiving orders to aid the mortally wounded captain on the bridge.

A black American was not allowed to man a gun in the Navy in 1941, Doreen Ravenscroft, a team leader for the Doris Miller Memorial, said, as The Associated Press reported.

“He subsequently manned a 50-cal. Browning anti-aircraft machine gun until he ran out of ammunition and was ordered to abandon ship,” the Navy said, noting Miller was not trained to operate the gun.

“It wasn’t hard. I just pulled the trigger and she worked fine. I had watched the others with these guns. I guess I fired her for about 15 minutes,” Miller said later, according to Naval history records.

NAVY CROSS

Miller was the first black American to receive the Navy Cross for valor.

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, presented the Navy Cross to Miller in Pearl Harbor in May 1942.

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The U.S. Navy is expected to honor a World War II hero when a new aircraft carrier is named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller. (US Army)

DEATH

Miller died while serving on a ship that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in November 1943.

“I think that Doris Miller is an American hero simply because of what he represents as a young man going beyond the call of what’s expected,” said Ravenscroft.

“Without him really knowing, he actually was a part of the Civil Rights movement because he changed the thinking in the Navy,” Ravenscroft added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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2 more bodies found on Tijuana property where California couple turned up dead, investigators say

Two more bodies turned up at a house in Tijuana, Mexico, where a missing California landlord and his wife were found buried, allegedly killed by their son-in-law, according to investigators.

The second set of bodies — one male and the other female — was discovered in a state of advanced decomposition, the attorney general’s office for the state of Baja California, just south of San Diego, said late Saturday.

All four bodies were covered in lime when found, investigators said.

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Maria Teresa Lopez, 65, and Jesus Ruben Lopez Guillen, 70, were reported missing by their daughter in Garden Grove, Calif. (Garden Grove Police Department)

Jesus Ruben Lopez Guillen, 70, and his wife Maria Teresa Lopez, 65, of Garden Grove, Calif., a couple with dual U.S.-Mexico citizenship, vanished Jan. 10 after they crossed the border to collect more than $6,700 in rent from tenants of two houses they owned in Tijuana.

Their bodies turned up in one of the houses, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, citing Mexican investigators.

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Their daughter, Norma Lopez, who lived with them in California, reported them missing.

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The suspect, known as Santiago N., 36, had a criminal record in the U.S., and was deported in 2012. (Attorney General’s Office, State of Baja California, Mexico)

The suspect, known as Santiago N., 36, had a criminal record in the U.S., and was deported in 2012.

He had been living at the property in Tijuana and supposedly had collected rent on their behalf.

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The house in Mexico where a missing California landlord and his wife were found buried, allegedly killed by their son-in-law. (Attorney General’s Office, State of Baja California, Mexico)

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The motive for the killings appeared to be a dispute over rent payments, The Associated Press reported.

Investigators said Santiago confessed that he buried them on one of their properties.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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2 Hawaii officers shot, killed after responding to assault call, reports say

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Two police officers were shot in Hawaii on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

Hawaii News Now reported both Honolulu officers died.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that cops had responded to an assault call near the base of Diamond Head when they encountered a male with a firearm, who then opened fire, striking two officers.

The gunman was being sought, investigators said.

A home that the suspected gunman was believed to be inside caught fire and was quickly engulfed by flames.

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The fire at the home since has spread to two neighboring homes and a parked police vehicle.

Police have closed several streets nearby, and the public has been asked to avoid the area.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes poised to cash in under new contract

What happens if you win the Super Bowl? You pay your star player.

The Kansas City Chiefs are just one win away from playing in this year’s Super Bowl, and the thanks goes to quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his gifted leadership.

It is all those things — the talent, the mentality, the winning persona, everything else that comes with playing the most crucial position in the modern NFL — that have made Mahomes, 24, among one of the most-valued professional athletes in the league.

What he’s accomplished in his young career has been done on his rookie contract, paying him a shade more than $5 million this season, or less than what 10 players make on his very own team.

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates as he comes off the field after an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

That is about to change in a record-setting way, The Associated Press reported.

The Chiefs are able to negotiate a long-term deal with Mahomes for the first time this offseason, and some front-office executives believe the going price will be a four- or five-year contract worth about $40 million annually.

The Chiefs have been planning for it, too, structuring contracts the past couple of seasons with an eye on his future.

“We are certainly excited about the opportunity to extend Patrick’s stay with the Chiefs and hope that it lasts his entire career,” team owner Clark Hunt said. “It’s probably a little bit premature to be talking about a new contract. Everyone knows that the first opportunity that we’ll have to re-sign him will come at the end of this season. But that is a decision that we will have to make with his representatives, whether this is the right time, or perhaps a year from now.”

When the Chiefs lost to the Tennessee Titans — their fourth defeat in the first 10 games of the season — earlier this year, Hunt chose to speak publicly for the first time since training camp.

“We have had some outstanding players here over the years,” Hunt said with conviction, “but I don’t think we have had one like Patrick Mahomes in a very long time. Having him as the Chiefs quarterback really gives us an opportunity every year to be competitive and hopefully compete for an AFC Championship, and ultimately a Super Bowl.”

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It turned out to be a prescient statement.

The Chiefs haven’t lost since that point in Week 10, rolling through the rest of the regular season and climbing out of a 24-0 hole to beat the Houston Texans, 51-31, in the divisional round of the playoffs.

And they’ll aim to keep that roll going Sunday, when they get a rematch with the Titans at home with a spot in the Super Bowl riding on the outcome.

Much of the credit belongs to Mahomes, who has quietly followed up his MVP season with another spectacular run.

He eclipsed 4,000 yards passing despite missing two games with a serious knee injury, threw 26 touchdown passes against just five interceptions, and he was even better against the Texans last weekend.

Mahomes became the first player with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing and five TD throws in a playoff game, all while keeping the Chiefs in the right mindset as they embarked on the greatest comeback in franchise history.

“Best quarterback in the NFL,” Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said afterward. “He’ll prove it again next week.”

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws under pressure from Houston Texans defensive end Charles Omenihu (94) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Mahomes has the Chiefs back on the cusp of their first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years, and only the Titans are standing in the way.

“I mean, until you win that Super Bowl, I don’t think you can be complacent with anything,” Mahomes said. “Being that close last year, you want to find a way to win, and until you’re able to do that and do it multiple times, you’re never going to get complacent with where you’re at.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Synagogues should use uniformed law enforcement for security, experts recommend

In the wake of deadly anti-Semitic attacks on synagogues across the country, Jewish congregations should deploy uniformed law enforcement officers as armed security personnel rather than private guards or volunteers from its community, a group of security experts recommended Wednesday in a detailed, first-of-its-kind report.

Michael Masters, the national director of the Secure Community Network, which created the report, said security-related worries among American Jews have intensified since the October 2018 massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed.

One major consequence of the attacks, Masters said, is that pleas for synagogues to remain gun-free are fading as more Jews accept the need for armed security.

“We are facing generally well-armed, often highly motivated individuals who are intent on taking life,” Masters said. “Our safety and security personnel need to be in a position to do their job well.”

Created in response to questions from Jewish communities nationwide as to whether and how they should make use of armed security, the new report emphasizes that there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to security and firearms policies for synagogues and Jewish organizations.

“Introducing firearms into a facility is a decision to be made carefully and must be part of a broader security strategy,” said Masters. “There are countless considerations, and if organizations overlook them, they may put their congregants at risk.”

HANUKKAH STABBING SUSPECT CHARGED WITH HATE CRIMES AS FBI FIND JOURNALS IN HOME THAT APPEAR TO ‘EXPRESS ANTI-SEMITIC SENTIMENTS’

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FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, Orthodox Jewish men pass New York City police guarding a Brooklyn synagogue prior to a funeral for Mosche Deutsch, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn who was killed in a shooting at a Jersey City, N.J. market. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

If a congregation decides to have an armed presence at its synagogue, the report offered various options: uniformed or plainclothes on-duty police officers, off-duty or retired officers, current or former members of the military, private security contractors or volunteer armed congregants.

The best option, the report said, would be uniformed on- or off-duty law enforcement officers or recently retired officers who are up to date with certifications and training.

Private security personnel or people deployed because of military backgrounds are likely to lack the specialized training in civilian security that police officers receive, the report said.

Volunteers from the congregation could be considered a possible “last resort” in event of attack, the report said. It warned that they are likely to lack experience and training in confronting high-stress situations and deciding whether to use lethal force.

The report also cautions that use of armed personnel other than law enforcement officers can raise thorny legal questions — for example, in cases when a shooting was determined to be unjustified or negligent, or when physical restraints are used on a suspected assailant.

The experts urged congregations to carefully consider the long-term costs of armed security, so it could be made a core part of the synagogue’s operations budget rather than a special expense that might be difficult to sustain over time.

“If the source of the funding runs out, the congregation will be confronted with difficult decisions,” the report said. “If the funding for the armed security comes from one individual or group of individuals, they are likely to feel empowered to set the terms of how the security is provided and what the employed individuals are required to do, creating a potential source of conflict.”

In a section of the report titled “Beware, Things Can Go Wrong,” the experts noted that synagogues may face potentially violent threats that aren’t fueled by anti-Semitic hatred, including incidents involving an emotionally disturbed person.

“How would an armed congregant determine whether a belligerent passerby, including someone with a mental health issue, is actually a security threat?” the report asks. “Communities are best served by security personnel who are trained for the full spectrum of responses to a range of threats.”

The Secure Community Network, founded in 2004 by a coalition of Jewish organizations, describes itself as “the official safety and security organization” of the Jewish community in North America.

Work on the new security report began six months ago.

Last year, in another attack blamed on anti-Semitic hatred, one worshipper was killed at a synagogue in Poway, California.

Two subsequent attacks in December further fueled the sense of alarm.

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In Jersey City, New Jersey, a man and woman killed a police officer and then stormed into a kosher grocery, fatally shooting three people before dying in a gunfight with police. The slayings happened in a neighborhood where Hasidic families had recently been relocating.

In Monsey, New York, a man rushed into a rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration, hacking at people with a machete. Five people were wounded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Synagogues should use uniformed law enforcement for security, experts recommend

In the wake of deadly anti-Semitic attacks on synagogues across the country, Jewish congregations should deploy uniformed law enforcement officers as armed security personnel rather than private guards or volunteers from its community, a group of security experts recommended Wednesday in a detailed, first-of-its-kind report.

Michael Masters, the national director of the Secure Community Network, which created the report, said security-related worries among American Jews have intensified since the October 2018 massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed.

One major consequence of the attacks, Masters said, is that pleas for synagogues to remain gun-free are fading as more Jews accept the need for armed security.

“We are facing generally well-armed, often highly motivated individuals who are intent on taking life,” Masters said. “Our safety and security personnel need to be in a position to do their job well.”

Created in response to questions from Jewish communities nationwide as to whether and how they should make use of armed security, the new report emphasizes that there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to security and firearms policies for synagogues and Jewish organizations.

“Introducing firearms into a facility is a decision to be made carefully and must be part of a broader security strategy,” said Masters. “There are countless considerations, and if organizations overlook them, they may put their congregants at risk.”

HANUKKAH STABBING SUSPECT CHARGED WITH HATE CRIMES AS FBI FIND JOURNALS IN HOME THAT APPEAR TO ‘EXPRESS ANTI-SEMITIC SENTIMENTS’

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FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, Orthodox Jewish men pass New York City police guarding a Brooklyn synagogue prior to a funeral for Mosche Deutsch, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn who was killed in a shooting at a Jersey City, N.J. market. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

If a congregation decides to have an armed presence at its synagogue, the report offered various options: uniformed or plainclothes on-duty police officers, off-duty or retired officers, current or former members of the military, private security contractors or volunteer armed congregants.

The best option, the report said, would be uniformed on- or off-duty law enforcement officers or recently retired officers who are up to date with certifications and training.

Private security personnel or people deployed because of military backgrounds are likely to lack the specialized training in civilian security that police officers receive, the report said.

Volunteers from the congregation could be considered a possible “last resort” in event of attack, the report said. It warned that they are likely to lack experience and training in confronting high-stress situations and deciding whether to use lethal force.

The report also cautions that use of armed personnel other than law enforcement officers can raise thorny legal questions — for example, in cases when a shooting was determined to be unjustified or negligent, or when physical restraints are used on a suspected assailant.

The experts urged congregations to carefully consider the long-term costs of armed security, so it could be made a core part of the synagogue’s operations budget rather than a special expense that might be difficult to sustain over time.

“If the source of the funding runs out, the congregation will be confronted with difficult decisions,” the report said. “If the funding for the armed security comes from one individual or group of individuals, they are likely to feel empowered to set the terms of how the security is provided and what the employed individuals are required to do, creating a potential source of conflict.”

In a section of the report titled “Beware, Things Can Go Wrong,” the experts noted that synagogues may face potentially violent threats that aren’t fueled by anti-Semitic hatred, including incidents involving an emotionally disturbed person.

“How would an armed congregant determine whether a belligerent passerby, including someone with a mental health issue, is actually a security threat?” the report asks. “Communities are best served by security personnel who are trained for the full spectrum of responses to a range of threats.”

The Secure Community Network, founded in 2004 by a coalition of Jewish organizations, describes itself as “the official safety and security organization” of the Jewish community in North America.

Work on the new security report began six months ago.

Last year, in another attack blamed on anti-Semitic hatred, one worshipper was killed at a synagogue in Poway, California.

Two subsequent attacks in December further fueled the sense of alarm.

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In Jersey City, New Jersey, a man and woman killed a police officer and then stormed into a kosher grocery, fatally shooting three people before dying in a gunfight with police. The slayings happened in a neighborhood where Hasidic families had recently been relocating.

In Monsey, New York, a man rushed into a rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration, hacking at people with a machete. Five people were wounded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Navy SEAL, doctor becomes astronaut: ‘A true privilege and honor’

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He was a physician who trained at Harvard University.

He served as a Navy SEAL.

Now he is set to become the first Korean-American to join a NASA mission in space.

Dr. Jonny Kim, son of poor South Korean immigrants who arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, is the American Dream.

The 35-year-old started his career as a seaman recruit after graduating from Santa Monica High School in 2002.

“I didn’t like the person I was growing up to become,” Kim said in a 2017 profile in the Harvard Gazette about his decision to enlist. “I needed to find myself and my identity. And for me, getting out of my comfort zone, getting away from the people I grew up with, and finding adventure, that was my odyssey, and it was the best decision I ever made.”

As a member of SEAL Team 3, he served as a combat medic, sniper, navigator and point man on more than 100 combat operations across two deployments to the Middle East.

His duty led him to his next career.

Kim told the Gazette about a wounded comrade: “He had a pretty grave wound to the face. It was one of the worst feelings of helplessness. There wasn’t much I could do, just make sure his bleeding wasn’t obstructing his airway, making sure he was positioned well. He needed a surgeon. He needed a physician, and I did eventually get him to one, but … that feeling of helplessness was very profound for me.”

In 2012, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at University of San Diego. He earned a medical degree in 2016 at Harvard Medical School.

One year into a four-year residency at Massachusetts General Hospital he was selected as a NASA astronaut candidate.

Out of more than 18,300 applicants, only Kim and 11 other Americans were selected for the 2017 class.

Training started in 2017, and he graduated the program last Friday.

“A true privilege and honor to walk among the @NASA Astronaut Corps with my brothers and sisters. We know there are many qualified and deserving candidates out there – we’re the lucky ones to represent humanity. Let’s work towards a better future for our world and our children,” he tweeted on Monday.

As a member of NASA’s Artemis program, the triple threat is eligible for future missions to the moon, and perhaps even Mars.

“I’m excited for the adventure,” Kim told the Gazette in 2017. “I think it’ll be another occupation where I say, ‘I can’t believe I’m getting paid for doing this.'”

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Singer Akon announces futuristic ‘Akon City’ in Senegal

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Akon announced on his social-media channels on Monday that he is building a city of the future in Africa.

“Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future,” the musical artist of Senegalese descent tweeted.

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Akon City, which was authorized by Senegal’s state-owned SAPCO tourism company, will be a “crypto-city” built on 2,000 acres of land.

For money, residents will use a cryptocurrency known as AKoin.

The city, a five-minute drive outside of Dakar, will be billed as a global ecotourism destination.

Senegal’s tourism ministry said the singer wanted to build a sustainable ecotourism village that would “campaign for the environment.”

Akon City shall run entirely on renewable energy through the artist’s solar-power project, Akon Lighting Africa.

“Beyond his status as an artist, it is Akon, the investor who believes in Africa,” the tourism ministry said in a statement before the ceremony.

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Akon announced on his social-media channels on Monday that he is building a city of the future in Africa. (CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

He spoke to Newsweek in 2018 about the project.

“With the AKoin we are building cities, the first one being in Senegal,” the singer, whose real name is Aliaune Thiam, explained. “We’re securing the land and closing out all the legislation papers for the city. We want to make it a free zone, and cryptocurrency-driven as a test market.

“If it works, we will scale it out to all the other countries in Africa so all the cities are connected. It’s going to be a 50-to-100-year project, most likely. I probably won’t even live to see it finished. But for the project in Senegal, we have a 10-year deadline for that city to be built out.

“We’re currently raising all the money for it now; some of it will be through hedge funds outside of Africa, and the majority of it will be through NGOs and investors within Africa itself.”

Appearing on “The Real” in November, the rapper spoke about his philanthropy efforts in Africa.

“A lot of people don’t really know, but I’m literally advising 30 African presidents as we speak,” Akon said, receiving a wealth of applause from the audience.

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“It’s all based on the youth, the development of the youth and things of that nature. I’m everywhere in the world dealing with politics, so my foreign experience is through the roof.”

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News Corp announces major donation for Australian bushfire relief

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News Corp on Monday announced a major donation for bushfire relief in Australia as the country copes with the growing disaster.

The total pledge: 5 million Australian dollars, the equivalent of roughly $3.5 million U.S. dollars.

“It is clear that confronting the bushfire disaster in Australia requires both an immediate response and an ongoing investment in rebuilding the lives and livelihoods of those most affected by the fires across the country,” News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch said. “As a company with roots in Australia and an abiding commitment to its people and communities, we are determined to help, both in this time of great need, and well into the future, as the hard work of restoration continues.”

The new donation is in addition to separate commitments from the company and its employees, including a separate pledge of 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million U.S. dollars) from Rupert and Jerry Murdoch.

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Some of the News Corp contributions will go to organizations aiding local firefighters and providing emergency services.

Rupert Murdoch is also the chairman of Fox Corporation, the parent company of Fox News.

Two massive bushfires in southeastern Australia recently merged into one gigantic megafire measuring nearly 1.5 million acres, NPR reported.

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In total, more than 130 bushfires have claimed the lives of at least 28 people in a crisis that has destroyed more than 2,000 homes and scorched an area larger than the U.S. state of Indiana since September. Four of the casualties have been firefighters.

While the fire threat is most acute in rural communities, wildfire smoke that has choked some of Australia’s largest cities is a reminder to many urban Australians of the unfolding disaster.

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Other parts of the News Corp funds will go toward future long-term restoration of communities affected by the fires.

“Our journalists and editors around Australia have done an extraordinary job of tracking the tragic fires and their profound impact on individuals, communities and the environment,” said News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson. “Our company also has an important role to play in supporting our firefighters and the long-term renewal of communities hardest hit by the tragedy. The funds allocated will be targeted at ensuring those communities and their people have material support as they begin the task of rebuilding after suffering unfathomable losses.”

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