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An Alabama suspect was accused of striking a Capitol officer with a flagpole Jan. 6, according to the Justice Department.

Gregory Lamar Nix, 52, is charged with engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, civil disorder, assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers with a dangerous weapon, and other charges. He was taken into custody in Cleveland, Alabama. According to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he appeared in court Wednesday in the Northern District of Alabama. It is not clear if Nix has a legal representative.

A criminal complaint said “the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation” who “minimized his/her own role in the events of January 6” did identify Nix as a person who had entered the Capitol unlawfully. The suspect, who was not named, claimed to have known Nix prior to Jan. 6.

This person’s identification as Nix aligned with other evidence including cellphone data that indicated Nix had been in the Capitol on January. 6.

Gregory Lamar Nix.Dept. of Justice

The criminal complaint includes several photos that appear to show Nix inside and outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. According to the complaint, one photo shows Nix pointing his middle finger at the camera. It is a screenshot from surveillance footage.

Not long after, Nix is seen on video approaching U.S. Capitol Officers, who were standing guard at the East House doors, before attacking one with his flagpole. Officials said that this was not unusual. The criminal complaint stated that Nix tried seven times to attack the officer with the flagpole. The government stated that

Nix twice hit the officer, once on his head, and then threw the flagpole at the officer. According to investigators, the officer claimed that he woke up the next morning with a knot in his head.

According to the complaint, Nix attempted to break the East House’s glass panes with a black baton. The complaint stated that it wasn’t clear whether the baton was from officers who were “overrun” in the area or if it was Nix’s “personal baton.” Officials said that Nix was allowed to enter with the black baton after the doors were opened.

More than 675 people have been arrested in connection with the U.S. Capitol breach, the Justice Department said. Over a third have been charged with hindering or assaulting law enforcement.

Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

Maryland teacher wins $1M global award

Keishia Thpe leapt up and down, and then she wept when she learned that she had won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize ..

On Wednesday, her students from Bladensburg, Maryland gathered to view the virtual ceremony. They cheered as their teacher was announced. The award was presented to the high school teacher for her mentoring efforts and making college education available for immigrants, refugees, and first-generation Americans.

“Education is a human right, and all children should be entitled to have access to it,” Thorpe, 42, said in a pre-recorded video message during a ceremony broadcast online from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris. “Every child needs to have a champion. Someone who will never give up on them. Who understands the power and insists that they become the best they can.” Thorpe stated in the video.

“This is exactly why teachers will always matter.”

Thorpe, who teaches English at the International High School at Langley Park in Bladensburg, was selected from more than 8,000 nominations and applications from 121 countries around the world, according to the Varkey Foundation that organizes the annual prize.

Thorpe was born in Jamaica and arrived in the United States as a track and fields scholarship recipient.

” “When I think about these students and what their parents are sacrificing to ensure they have an equal education, it reminds of me so much my own journey,” she said to Kate Snow from Paris for NBC News.

Thorpe was in Paris Wednesday to collect her award. She found out that she had won last week.

“So that’s why i work so hard for my students — their story is my story,” Thorpe said.

Keishia Thorpe, center, picked up her award in Paris. Bertrand Guay / AFP via Getty Images

Thorpe redesigned the 12th grade English curriculum to make it culturally relevant to her students.

She also spends countless hours assisting her students with college applications and financial aid, helping them win over $6.7 million in scholarships to 11 different colleges in the 2018-2019 school year alone, according to the Varkey Foundation.

Thorpe co-founded U.S. Elite International Track and Field alongside her twin sister, Treisha Thorpe. The foundation stated that it aims to assist “at-risk” student-athletes worldwide to obtain scholarships to U.S. universities and colleges.

To date, she has helped over 500 students get full track and field scholarships, it added.

Thorpe said to NBC News that she will use the $1million prize to help more students around the world access higher education.

” “My students are why I’m here. If I don’t think of how I can use this to elevate them, to also create better futures for them — who would I be without my students?” she stated.

Thorpe received congratulations from Gordon Brown, U.N. special representative for global education, former U.K. prime Minister, and former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

“Keishia’s inspirational story reminds us of the critical importance of teachers and education, particularly in these difficult times,” Brown said in a video statement during the ceremony.

Ban stated that Thorpe’s “incredible accomplishment” is a result of her sacrifice and hard work over many years.

“You’ve made a difference in the lives of immigrants, refugees, and first-generation Americans. “You have shown them the life-changing potential of a good education and you have opened the door to their futures.”

The Global Teacher Prize is presented annually by the U.K.-based Varkey Foundation to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

Last year’s prize went to Indian teacher Ranjitsinh Disale for transforming the lives of young girls in his village. Thorpe is the second American teacher to win the award after Maine educator Nancie Atwell claimed the inaugural prize in 2015.

Yuliya Talmazan is a London-based journalist.

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U.N. chief sets global warming goal for ‘life support’

GLASGOW (AP) — United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres states that the goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 F), is “on life support”. Climate talks in Glasgow have not reached any of the three U.N. goals. he stated that “until then, hope should be preserved .”

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Guterres stated that the U.N. Climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland are “in a critical moment” and must do more than securing a weak agreement that all participating countries agree to support.

” The worst thing is to agree at all costs with a minimum common factor that does not address the enormous challenges we face,” Guterres stated.

This is because the goal to limit warming from preindustrial times to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.75 F) by the year 2000 “is still within reach but on life support,” Guterres stated. The world has warmed by 1.1 degrees Celsius (2° Fahrenheit) and less than one degree will remain before the threshold is reached.

“It is the moment to reach agreement by increasing ambition in all areas: mitigation, adaptation and finance in a balanced way,” Guterres said in the 25-minute AP interview.

The U.S.-China Agreement announced Wednesday offered some hope that the negotiations will yield significant progress.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was sentenced to prison for the stabbing of a neighbor

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SANTA ANA (Calif.) — A son of NBA legend Kareem AbdulJabbar was sentenced Wednesday to six months imprisonment for stabbing a neighbor in Southern California with a hunting knife. The attack occurred during an argument about trash cans.

Adam AbdulJabbar, 29,, was sentenced Tuesday. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, he pleaded guilty to three counts each of assault with deadly weapon and one count carrying a dirk/dagger. There were sentencing enhancements to inflicting great bodily harm.

Abdul-Jabbar agreed to a plea agreement with an Orange County judge. According to the DA’s office, Abdul-Jabbar was allowed to apply for home confinement rather than incarceration.

Probation officers will decide if he is allowed to be in home confinement.

Prosecutors wanted a seven year sentence in prison and objected at the plea offer.

Abdul-Jabbar shares a driveway with his neighbor in San Clemente. Abdul-Jabbar stabbed the 60-year-old neighbor several times on June 9 of last year after the man confronted him about failing to take in trash cans for Abdul-Jabbar’s elderly roommate, prosecutors said.

The 60-year-old was stabbed in the back of the head, suffering a fractured skull and nearly died of blood loss after collapsing outside of the emergency room, prosecutors said.

” This slap on your wrist is an absolute miscarriage justice,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer stated in a statement following the sentencing. After being repeatedly stabbed, the man almost died in front of emergency room doors. His skull was broken .”

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” We believe that the total disregard for human life in a dispute over trashcans warrants prison time,” Spitzer stated.

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F.W. de Klerk, South Africa’s last apartheid president, dies

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — F.W. de Klerk, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela and as South Africa’s last apartheid president oversaw the end of the country’s White minority rule, has died at the age of 85.

De Klerk died after a battle against cancer at his home in the Fresnaye area of Cape Town, a spokesman for the F.W. de Klerk Foundation confirmed Thursday.

De Klerk was a controversial figure in South Africa where many blamed him for violence against Black South Africans and anti-apartheid activists during his time in power, while some White South Africans saw his efforts to end apartheid as a betrayal.

“De Klerk’s legacy is a big one. It is also an uneven one, something South Africans are called to reckon with in this moment,” the Mandela Foundation said of his death.

Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, another towering anti-apartheid activist, issued a similarly guarded statement about de Klerk‘s death.

De Klerk “played an important role in South Africa’s history … he recognized the moment for change and demonstrated the will to act on it,” said Tutu’s foundation.

However, De Klerk tried to avoid responsibility for the enormity of the abuses of apartheid, including in his testimony at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was chaired by Tutu. At that time, Tutu expressed disappointment that de Klerk did not fully apologize for the evils of apartheid, the statement noted.

It was de Klerk who in a speech to South Africa‘s parliament on Feb. 2, 1990, announced that Mandela would be released from prison after 27 years. The announcement electrified a country that for decades had been scorned and sanctioned by much of the world for its brutal system of racial discrimination known as apartheid.

With South Africa’s isolation deepening and its once-solid economy deteriorating, de Klerk, who had been elected president just five months earlier, also announced in the same speech the lifting of a ban on the African National Congress and other anti-apartheid political groups.

Amid gasps, several members of parliament left the chamber as he spoke.

Nine days later, Mandela walked free.

Four years after that, Mandela was elected the country’s first Black president as Black South Africans voted for the first time.

By then, de Klerk and Mandela had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for their often-tense cooperation in moving South Africa away from institutionalized racism and toward democracy.

The country would be, de Klerk told the media after his fateful speech, “a new South Africa.” But Mandela’s release was just the beginning of intense political negotiations on the way forward. Power would shift. A new constitution would be written. Ways of life would be upended.

“There is an element of uncertainty, obviously, with regard to everything which lies in the future,” de Klerk calmly told reporters on Feb. 10, 1990, after announcing that Mandela would be released the following day.

The toll of the transition was high. As de Klerk said in his Nobel lecture in December 1993, more than 3,000 died in political violence in South Africa that year alone. As he reminded his Nobel audience, he and fellow laureate Mandela remained political opponents, with strong disagreements. But they would move forward “because there is no other road to peace and prosperity for the people of our country.”

After Mandela became president, de Klerk served as deputy president until 1996, when his party withdrew from the Cabinet. In making history, de Klerk acknowledged that Mandela’s release was the culmination of what his predecessor, former President P.W. Botha, had begun by meeting secretly with Mandela shortly before leaving office. In the late 1980s, as protests inside and outside the country continued, the ruling party had begun making some reforms, getting rid of some apartheid laws.

De Klerk also met secretly with Mandela before his release. He later said of their first meeting that Mandela was taller than expected, and he was impressed by his posture and dignity. De Klerk would say he knew he could “do business with this man.” But not easily. They argued bitterly. Mandela accused de Klerk of allowing the killings of Black South Africans during the political transition. De Klerk said Mandela could be extremely stubborn and unreasonable.

Later in life, after South Africa’s wrenching political transition, de Klerk said there was no longer any animosity between him and Mandela and that they were friends, having visited each other’s homes. De Klerk did not seem to fit easily into the role of a Nobel laureate. He remained a target of anger for some white South Africans who saw his actions as a betrayal. Though he publicly apologized for the pain and humiliation that apartheid caused, he was never cheered and embraced as an icon, as Mandela was.

“Sometimes, Mr. de Klerk does not get the credit that he deserves,” Tutu told David Frost in an interview in 2012.

Despite his role in South Africa’s transformation, de Klerk would continue to defend what his National Party decades ago had declared as the goal of apartheid, the separate development of White and Black South Africans. In practice, however, apartheid forced millions of the country’s Black majority into nominally independent “homelands” where poverty was widespread, while the white minority held most of South Africa’s land. Apartheid starved the Black South African education system of resources, criminalized interracial relations, created black slums on the edges of white cities and tore apart families.

De Klerk late in life would acknowledge that “separate but equal failed.”

F.W. de Klerk was born in Johannesburg in 1936. He earned a law degree and practiced law before turning to politics and being elected to parliament. In 1978, he was appointed to the first of a series of ministerial posts, including Internal Affairs. In the late 1970s and 1980s, South Africa faced violent unrest as the government tried modest reforms to cultivate a Black South African middle class and allow limited political power to the country’s other marginalized groups, mixed-race people classified as “coloreds” and those of Asian and Indian backgrounds.

The moves only increased bitterness over apartheid, while international pressure for more fundamental changes increased. In February 1989, de Klerk was elected the National Party leader and in his first speech called for “a South Africa free of domination or oppression in whatever form.” He was elected president in September of that year.

After leaving office, de Klerk ran a foundation that promoted his presidential heritage, and he spoke out in concern about white Afrikaaner culture and language as English became dominant among the new South Africa’s 11 official languages. He also criticized South Africa’s current ruling party, the African National Congress, telling the Guardian newspaper in a 2010 interview that the ANC, once the champion for racial equality, “has regressed into dividing South Africa again along the basis of race and class.”

In a speech in Cape Town in early 2016, de Klerk warned that many white South Africans were “oblivious of the plight of less advantaged communities” and that “the attitude of many Blacks toward white South Africans is becoming harsher and more uncompromising.” South Africans once again were seeing people as racial stereotypes instead of human beings, de Klerk said, adding: “We need to hear Nelson Mandela’s call for reconciliation and nation-building again.”

His leadership of the apartheid regime dogged de Klerk throughout his life, even though he helped negotiate its end.

Human rights activists and legal experts pointed to documents that they said showed de Klerk being present at meetings where extrajudicial killings of anti-apartheid leaders were ordered.

His assertion in 2020 that apartheid was not a crime against humanity stirred up a furor in South Africa. When de Klerk attended President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address in the South African Parliament that year, opposition members shouted at him and demanded that he leave.

“We have a murderer in the House,” declared Julius Malema, firebrand leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters party, denouncing de Klerk as an “apartheid apologist … with blood on his hands.”

Later, de Klerk said he accepted that apartheid was a crime against humanity and apologized, but the damage had been done. He was viewed by many in South Africa as the last apartheid ruler, not the leader who helped steer the country away from violent racial oppression.

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China’s leader Xi Jinping warns of ‘Cold War” in Asia-Pacific

WELLINGTON (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that tensions in Asia-Pacific should not lead to a relapse to a Cold War mentality.

His comments at the sidelines the annual summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum were made weeks after Australia, Britain, and the U.S. announced a new security alliance that would see Australia building nuclear submarines. China strongly criticized the deal.

A separate illustration of strains in APEC , shows that a Southeast Asian delegation told The Associated Press, “The group has so far failed to agree on a U.S. bid for the 2023 summit because of unmet Russian demands.”

Xi gave a pre-recorded speech to a CEO Summit at APEC ,, which is being hosted in a virtual format by New Zealand. Xi will be participating in an online meeting on Saturday with other leaders from the Pacific Rim, including President Joe Biden.

Xi stated that attempts to create boundaries in the region along ideologic or geopolitical lines will fail. His reference to the Cold War echoes Beijing’s oft-stated position that the U.S. should abandon that way of thinking in dealing with China.

” The Asia-Pacific region should not relapse in the confrontation and division of Cold War era,” Xi stated.

Xi said that the region should ensure that supply lines are functioning properly and continue to liberalize trade and investment.

China will remain firm in advancing reform and opening up so as to add impetus to economic development,” he said.

The most urgent task in the region, he stated, is to make an effort to eradicate the pandemic as quickly as possible.

The Southeast Asian delegate spoke under the condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. She stated that Russia refused to support the U.S. bid unless certain of its diplomats were removed on a U.S. blacklist and allowed to enter the U.S. for the APEC meetings.

The delegate stated that the U.S. would not agree to Russia’s demands, as security issues involving America are “non-negotiable.” He also said that China has remained silent about the U.S. Offer.

If the 21 APEC leaders fail to reach a consensus on the U.S. bid by Friday, the delegate said, a paragraph in a draft of the summit communique welcoming the U.S. offer would have to be deleted.

New Zealand’s Foreign Ministry Nanaia Mahuta stated earlier this week that APEC was based on consensus and that there wasn’t yet a confirmed host for 2023..

Amal Clooney, a human rights lawyer, spoke at the CEO summit. She stated that liberal democracies can improve global rights by putting pressure on autocratic countries. She also said that businesses must play a part.

” If you cannot fight evil, at least you can try to combat apathy,” Clooney stated. “And if liberal governments can’t solve global problems, you need to inspire the private sector.”

In all, APEC members account for nearly 3 billion people and about 60% of the world’s GDP. But deep tensions run through the unlikely group of 21 nations and territories that include the U.S., China, Taiwan, Russia, and Australia.

Many countries in Asia seek to balance U.S. and Chinese influence on the political and economic fronts.
China claims vast parts of the South China Sea and other areas and has moved to establish a military presence, building islands in some disputed areas as it asserts its historic claims.

Both Taiwan and China have applied to join a Pacific Rim trade pact, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, with Beijing saying it will block Taiwan’s bid on the basis that the democratically governed island refuses to accept that it’s part of communist-ruled China.

Officials claim they made significant progress in some 340 pre-meetings leading up to the leaders’ meeting this week. APEC members agreed to lower or eliminate many tariffs as well as border holdups for vaccines, masks, and other essential medical products to fight the pandemic.

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Gomez was reported from Manila, Philippines.

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Officials certified the recall of San Francisco’s top progressive prosecutor

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The campaign to recall San Francisco District attorney Chesa Boudin was certified Tuesday. He became a symbol for the progressive prosecutor movement after he won a long-shot election two years ago.

John Arntz was the director of the city’s Elections Department. He stated in a statement, that enough valid signatures had been collected by the backers to allow the recall to be put to the vote on June 7.

By last month, they had collected 83,000 signatures — about 32,000 more than needed, NBC Bay Area reported.

Critics of Boudin, a former public defender whose parents were convicted of a 1981 armored car robbery that left three people dead, including two police officers, have argued that crime has reached “crisis” levels and that Boudin has failed to keep people safe.

City officials said this year that certain crimes, including homicides and burglaries, have risen in the last two years, while other crimes have fallen. Rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies have all declined since 2019, the officials said.

Boudin, who ran on a platform of ending mass incarceration, eliminating cash bail and creating a unit to review wrongful convictions, has pointed to reform-minded policies as successes and pushed back against the campaign to oust him.

“The reason that so many of you voted for me in 2019 was because of promises I made you,” he said at an anti-recall event last month, NBC Bay Area reported.

The recall effort “has nothing to do with the facts or the real challenges our communities are facing,” he said, adding, “This has everything to do with disrespecting the will of the people. “

Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News based in California.

Producer prices rise — small-business optimism sinks

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With spiraling costs weighing on Main Street more mom-and-pop shops are having to make the hard decision to pass along their rising costs to customers while they worry that customers might defect to larger retail chains with lower prices.

Sarah Piepenburg is the owner of Vinaigrette in Minneapolis. She expressed relief that her sales fell by 15% during the pandemic lockdowns. However, she said that her expenses have risen by almost 50 percentage.

Piepenburg waited as long as possible, but she stated that she plans to increase prices in the next two weeks because of rising shipping costs and glass bottle cost increases.

” We are desperate to retain our customers because we know that we are a top product.” she stated. We have a loyal customer base. “We have a very loyal customer base. A trade group for small businesses, the National Federation of Independent Business found that rising costs continue to pinch business owners. This is in addition to sharply increasing labor costs.

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index was down in the last month due to more negative sentiments. Nineteen percent of 10 small business owners surveyed stated that supply chain issues had affected their businesses.

” They have to deal with higher input costs in terms of inventory and supplies, as well as having to balance increased compensation,” stated Holly Wade, the executive director of the research center.

The survey showed that only 6 percent of respondents expected better economic conditions in the next six months. 57 percent said they had raised their selling prices. This is compared to just 6% who reported lower prices. Half of respondents said they planned to increase prices.

” One of the biggest stresses for owners is to balance price increases and maintaining a competitive edge. Wade stated that it is a delicate balance act.

” They won’t see these problems ease anytime soon,” she stated. “These adjustments will continue until they see these headwinds ease A key indicator of inflation at wholesale level, Tuesday’s Labor Department’s October Producer Price Index rose by 8.6% from a year earlier — a stunning rate of growth that matches September’s year-over-year record. Producer prices increased by 0.6 percent on a monthly basis due to rising gasoline prices. Even after volatile energy and food prices have been removed, core inflation rose by 0.5 percent in the month.

“Many global factors that have had an impact on all aspects of business logistics are starting to catch up to us this holiday season,” stated Sarah Crozier, communications director at the Main Street Alliance small-business advocacy group. She is pushing for Congress to pass President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda which includes investments in supply chains strengthening.

Crozier stated that logistics and transportation issues are making it more difficult and expensive for businesses to obtain supplies and components, especially for import-dependent industries. She said that it was concerning for small businesses if these trends continued.

Christopher Slowinski is the founder of Christopher Designs in New York City. He said that the industry has been on a difficult road.

Slowinski stated that he has struggled to get goods such as diamonds in the company’s unique style for manufacturing equipment.

Slowinski sells his products to jewelry shops. He said that even though sticker prices have risen by about 5 percent, retailers tell him that the demand is strong. “The consumer market remains strong. He said that they are looking to buy.

” The problem is that even if we are looking for tools or supplies to produce, it’s still the same thing. He said that what we paid six months back is now more.

Sometimes, items are not available at all prices. Slowinski attempted to purchase a new piece of equipment when a piece broke. However, he was unable to get a replacement because it was back ordered and had no delivery date. He said, “So I’m trying to fix it myself.” “It’s happening to everything you need for the business.”

Wade, of the National Federation of Independent Business, said an inability to get equipment, supplies or labor is one factor causing small businesses to lose sales. She said that all of these problems are hindering their ability to reach those sales opportunities.

Small businesses can lose sales due to inability to obtain equipment, supplies, or labor. A community banker stated that he hears concerns from everyone — business owners, consumers, and investors about the effect of inflation on their nest eggs.

” The economy was not designed to handle the shifts in demand we are seeing today. “There’s this tension between resilience, efficiency,” stated John Cunnison (chief investment officer at Baker Boyer Bank in Walla Walla). “For small businesses, they’re just having a hard time sourcing supply.”

Cunnison said small businesses in his community are struggling to procure supplies as well as labor. He said, “A snarl within a supply chain is liable to produce another snarl.” You have to pay for fuel if you are able to get a truck and trucker. It’s just one thing on top Customers are now having to pay for ever-increasing fuel costs. He said that although it varies from business to business, some of the costs will be passed on.

While his Baby Boomer clients are still afflicted by the 1970s-style deflation and fear that high prices will reduce their portfolios’ value, Cunnison suggests that such worries may be misplaced. He said that it does feel like there is a slight difference in this situation with the pandemic.

“Something about this could be a pandemic that fades,” said he, adding that the supply-demand imbalance at its heart of the inflationary run could exhaust itself before it causes lasting economic damage.

” With our wealth management clients… we’re making steps to hedge against that, but there are all kinds of reasons to believe this is not the 1970s,” said he.

NFL fines Aaron Rodgers, Allen Lazard for attending party while unvaccinated

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The NFL fined Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard $14,650 each for attending a Halloween party while unvaccinated, the league said Tuesday.

Rodgers and Lazard violated NFL and NFL Players Association Covid-19 protocols that prohibit players from gathering outside club facilities in groups of more than three players, a league spokesman said. According to the protocol’s discipline schedule, the athletes were punished.

The NFL also fined the Packers $300,000 for Covid-19 protocol violations, including their involvement in the party, the league spokesperson said. The league claimed that the Packers knew of the party but did not report it to the NFL.

Rodgers, 37, the Packers’ star quarterback and the NFL’s reigning MVP, who announced last week that he had contracted Covid, has been outspoken about treating the disease with unproven methods. Although he was unable to play against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, he will be back when the Packers face the Seattle Seahawks HTML1.

He was also criticized for claiming he was “immunized” even though he wasn’t vaccinated. In an interview Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” on SiriusXM, Rodgers said he takes “full responsibility” if people felt they had been misled about his vaccination status.

Lazard had been temporarily placed on the team’s Covid-19 reserve list as an unvaccinated close contact of someone who had tested positive, NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk reported. By November 1, he was back on active roster.

Rodgers did not wear a mask during a recent news conference and would not be fined.

“While the review showed a few isolated instances of Rodgers and Allen Lazard failing to wear a mask in facility, they were substantially compliant otherwise,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ProFootballTalk. “There was no widespread or systemic mask-wearing violations.”

The NFL informed the Packers and the players that future violations could be met with escalated discipline, including a possible change of the team’s position in the league’s annual draft of the country’s top college players, the league spokesman said.

Lindsey Pipia

Lindsey Pipia is a researcher for NBC News’ newsgathering desk.

Dennis Romero writes for NBC News and is based in Los Angeles.

NASA won’t be sending astronauts to the moon till at least 2025

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA on Tuesday delayed putting astronauts back on the moon until 2025 at the earliest, missing the deadline set by the Trump administration.

The space agency had been aiming for 2024 for the first moon landing by astronauts in a half-century. Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator, announced the delay by stating that Congress didn’t provide enough money for a landing system to support its Artemis moon program, and that more money was needed for its Orion capsule. Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos rocket company, has filed a lawsuit against NASA, which has halted work on the Starship lunar landing platform under Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

Officials said technology for new spacesuits also needs to ramp up, before astronauts can return to the moon.

NASA still targets February next year for the first test flight on its lunar rocket, the Space Launch System or SLS with an Orion capsule. There will not be anyone aboard. Instead, astronauts will strap in for the second Artemis flight, flying beyond the moon but not landing in 2024, a year later than planned. That would bump the moon landing to at least 2025, according to Nelson.

” The human landing system is an integral part of our efforts to get the first woman or the first person of colour to the moon’s surface. We are getting ready to go,” Nelson said to reporters. “NASA is committed to help restore America’s standing in the world.”

Nelson made note of China’s ambitious and aggressive space program, and warned it could overtake the U.S. in lunar exploration.

NASA’s last moon landing by astronauts occurred during Apollo 17 in 1972. Altogether, 12 men explored the lunar surface.

During a National Space Council meeting in 2019, Vice President Mike Pence called for landing astronauts on the moon within five years “by any means necessary.” NASA had been shooting for a lunar landing in 2028, and pushing it up by four years was considered at the time exceedingly ambitious, if not improbable.

Congress will need to increase funding, beginning with the 2023 budget, in order for NASA to have private companies competing for the planned 10 or more moon landings by astronauts, Nelson said. The space agency is also asking for a larger budget for Orion capsules. It wants it to go from $6.7 billion up to $9.3billion, due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic in New Orleans and storm damage to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, which is the main manufacturing site of Orion and SLS. Development costs for the rocket through the first Artemis flight next year stand at $11 billion.

Vice President Kamala Harris will convene her first National Space Council meeting, as its chair, on Dec. 1. Nelson informed her about the most recent schedule and costs while they were visiting Maryland’s Goddard Space Flight Center.