Lamar Odom Expresses Regret, Says Cocaine Killed His Career
Former NBA star Lamar Odom, in an interview with US Weekly, says that his drug use was out of control and blames it for ending his run as a professional basketball player. He also admits to having multiple extramarital affairs while he was married to Khloe Kardashian and also had a series of strokes and two heart attacks before he was found comatose in a Nevada brothel. “I wasn’t trying to repair my marriage,” he said. “I was just trying to get high. My life was all about drugs at that point. It probably helped the end of my career come along a little faster because drugs killed my drive to want to train and be in shape.”
Former President George W. Bush Gives Thoughts on Inauguration
George W. Bush, whose presidency seemed normal in comparison to that of Donald Trump never commented publicly on what he thought of the inauguration of the 45th president. But New York Magazine was told by three people within earshot of him heard his thoughts: “That was some weird s–t,” according to the magazine’s website. Trump spent his inauguration speech basically lambasting his predecessors, both Democrat and Republican. A Bush spokesman declined comment.
Airliner Co-pilot Dies Aboard Plane During Landing
An American Airlines co-pilot died Wednesday after becoming incapacitated on a flight from Dallas-Ft. Worth to Albuquerque, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The Boeing 757 was about two miles from touching down when its captain declared an emergency due to a “medical issue” on the plane. It landed safely and paramedics game to the gate to meet the crew. After performing CPR for 35-40 minutes, the first officer was declared dead. “American Airlines is deeply saddened by the death of first officer William “Mike” Grubbs,” said a spokeswoman for the company in a statement. “We’re taking care of first officer Grubbs family and colleagues and our thoughts and prayers are with them them during this time.”
Trump Lifts Obama-era Civilian Protection Rules in Somalia
President Trump declared parts of Somalia an “area of active hostilities,” which allows him to roll back some of the rules for preventing casualties of civilians when the U.S. military executes counterterrorism strikes, according to The New York Times. The move sets up an increase in action against extremist militants in northeast Africa. The rule was set up in 2013 by President Obama required vetting of such proposed strikes before they were carried out and also required that there must be a threat to Americans and that no civilian bystanders would be harmed. Somalia is currently facing near-famine conditions and advocates for the hungry have been trying to get food, resources and supplies into the country.