NSYNC has gotten back together, at least for a night.
The boy band’s former front man, Justin Timberlake, has posted a picture on Instagram of himself alongside fellow NSYNC members Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and J.C. Chasez. Timberlake noted in the caption that they were celebrating Chasez’s 40th birthday. The picture is also posted on the band’s Twitter account .
NSYNC went on hiatus in 2002 and hasn’t recorded new material since. The group did reunite, though,l for a one-off performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
CINCINNATI (AP) — A homeless advocacy organization and a Black Lives Matter group are challenging the fatal Cincinnati police shooting of a black man with a history of mental illness.
The Hamilton County prosecutor called the shooting justified. The police chief said the white officer was under “vicious, violent attack” by a knife-wielding robbery suspect.
The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition and Black Lives Matter Cincinnati have issued a joint statement saying Jawari Porter’s death was avoidable. They say police escalated the Sunday confrontation.
Video released Monday shows the 25-year-old Porter lunging at an officer in the driver’s seat of a police vehicle. Authorities say Porter was trying to stab him.
Court records show a judge last year found that Porter was mentally ill and incompetent to stand trial on assault charges. He was ordered into treatment.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Emerging from the shadows, Paul Pogba — a red devil emblazoned on the side of his head — removed his hood, looked straight into the camera and uttered the words Manchester United fans had been waiting to hear: “I’m back.”
With that 26-second video teaser released by United early Tuesday, the France midfielder became the world’s most expensive footballer at around 105 million euros ($116 million) and England’s biggest club made another statement of intent during its latest offseason of heavy spending that moved close to $200 million.
“I just went for a holiday,” said Pogba, who left United at age 19 for Juventus four years ago, virtually for nothing when his first contract with the club expired. “I’ve come back home.”
This was the new Man United at work: Breaking the world transfer record and announcing the signing after midnight local time to suit foreign audiences. A series of glitzy videos included one with a grime artist where Pogba produces some impressive dance moves.
United will hope the 23-year-old Pogba saves his best work for the football field, though. And he’s certainly dreaming big in his new era for the club under Jose Mourinho.
“First of all, win the league for the first time with United because I hadn’t won the league when I left,” Pogba said. “The Champions League of course and, personally, one of my dreams is to win the Ballon d’Or (FIFA’s world player of the year award).
“That will come with time hopefully, but first the Premier League — I’ve never done it.”
Pogba said he was not bothered about the world-record price tag and that his return to United, nicknamed the Red Devils, was “destiny” — and predicted by his mother.
“My mum told me I would come back here and I told her, ‘You never know, you’ll see,'” he said. “For myself as well it’s a big challenge, too, just to come back to where I came from, where I grew up, where I started. I didn’t finish what I started here so I think I came here to finish it.”
United has missed out on some of its No. 1 transfer targets in previous offseasons — notably Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas in 2013 — but was determined to push this one through, even if it meant paying a fee widely regarded as overpriced.
United is one of the few clubs in world football that could afford this outlay, though. And if Pogba can help the team return to the top of the English and European game after lean years since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, it will be money well spent.
Mourinho’s lineup for the new season is starting to have a fearsome look to it. The spine, in particular, is full of stars, winners and real potential — David de Gea, new 30-million-pound signing Eric Bailly, Pogba, Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The front five of Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pogba has plenty of goals, power and quality in it, an upgrade on what Louis van Gaal had last season.
United has finished seventh, fourth and fifth in the post-Ferguson years, but is one of the title favorites this season.
Pogba played only seven games — all as a substitute — in his first spell at United, which ended sourly when he allowed his contract to run down and joined Juventus. United got only 800,000 pounds (now around $1 million) in compensation for a player who was then just a precocious teenager.
Ferguson was unhappy with Pogba’s attitude in the last months of his contract, and didn’t play the Frenchman even during an injury crisis in the team’s midfield. For a game against Blackburn in December 2011, Ferguson played full back Rafael da Silva in center midfield along with Park Ji-sung, with Pogba on the bench.
That was the last straw for a player who was desperate for a chance to impress his manager.
Pogba can be sure he’ll be a guaranteed starter this time round at Old Trafford.
“Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future,” Mourinho said. “He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is.
“At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years. He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Francine Salazar Turner looked up at the sky and wondered which of the skydivers was her 18-year-old son, and the instructor he was strapped to.
Her uncertainty would soon turn to tragedy as the two connected men would die when their shared parachute failed to open.
Salazar Turner described the final moments of her son, Tyler Turner, to The Associated Press on Monday. The instructor, whose name has not been released, was found Saturday with his hand on the lever for a backup parachute but it was never pulled, she said.
Turner made the jump with three friends who landed safely. His mother called him an adventurous spirit who was willing to try anything just about anything — including the jump that was on his bucket list of things to do in life.
“One of the last things they wanted to do was go on a skydiving trip they’ve been talking about,” Salazar Turner said about her son and his friends. “I hate for any other mother to go through this.”
He had a mild case of cerebral palsy and walked with a crouched gait that did nothing to dampen his zest for life, Salazar Turner said.
Turner had graduated from high school with honors and had been bound for the University of California at Merced this month to study biomedical engineering.
On Saturday, his mother drove Turner and his best friend to the Parachute Center in Lodi, east of San Francisco, where she says they joined two other friends and sped through a safety video.
Before going up in a plane, Tyler Turner knelt at the edge of the jumping area and said a quick prayer. He gave his mom a tight hug and told her he loved her.
Salazar Turner said she was appalled that the center continued sending people up to jump while she waited for word about her son. She thought the center might halt operations.
“I’m out there waiting for my son to be recovered, for hours, and they just kept jumping over my head,” she said.
Salazar Turner said she paid $175 for her son’s jump, which included a video recording that is now in the hands of federal investigators.
The four friends filled out paperwork but didn’t finish watching the safety video before they were hustled into gear, she said.
Bill Dause, owner of the Parachute Center, said the instructor was a veteran who had about 700 previous jumps. Dause said he sympathized but there was nothing he could do.
The wind and other conditions were perfect, he added.
“It was just an accident,” he told The Associated Press on Monday.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Akihito’s video message this week, though subtle, suggested that he wishes to abdicate, and the attention now goes to his elder son, the first in line to Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne.
In his 10-minute recorded message Monday, Akihito primarily cited his old age and concerns that it may become difficult for him to fulfill his duties, but some palace watchers say a hidden reason for his desired abdication might be his successor.
Like his father, the son, Naruhito, is a soft-spoken and smiley man. A bit stocky at age 56, he’s married to a Harvard-educated former diplomat, Masako, who has been ill for more than a decade and seldom appears in public. But she is better known abroad and his presence is often eclipsed whenever she comes out.
Having a father who has tried to break down Japan’s ancient imperial traditions to bring his cloistered family closer to the nation, Naruhito was raised as a new breed of royals who grew up in a family seen as a model for the nation. His name in Chinese character means a person with heavenly virtues.
His mother, Michiko, the first commoner to become empress, helped to bring in fresh changes to the palace in child-rearing and education. The couple eliminated a wet nurse for Naruhito, born Feb. 23, 1960, and his two younger siblings. When they went on official trips and left Naruhito behind, they handed his nannies a list of rules for the then-prince in what was known as a “Naru-chan Kempo,” or “Constitution.”
Naruhito attended Gakushuin, a private school for former aristocrats. After graduating from college, he studied at Oxford University, living in a dorm for two years for the first time while earning a master’s degree in Thames River water transport systems.
An avid hiker, skier and viola player, Naruhito first met Harvard-educated diplomat Masako Owada at a party in 1986, but it took him eight years of waiting and two rejections before he won her heart in what is remembered as a modern-day royal romance.
Their marriage raised expectations of adding a modern face to imperial institutions, but Masako is still recovering from stress-induced mental conditions she developed after giving birth to their daughter, following criticism that she had failed to produce a boy.
The succession law allows only male emperors, so Naruhito’s only child, Aiko, 14, cannot inherit the throne. Instead, his younger brother Akishino, 50, is second in line, and Akishino’s son Hisahito, 9, is third. Discussions on changing the law to allow female succession ended with Hisahito’s birth.
For more than a decade, Naruhito has mostly traveled alone while performing his traditional duties, unlike his father, who is almost always with his wife by his side. This raises a question as to whether Masako can do even part of the work Michiko has done as empress.
Palace watchers and experts say Akihito wants to abdicate possibly to help smooth the transition, rather than waiting until the last minute to burden his son with such a heavy immediate responsibility.
Naruhito would be the 126th emperor in a line believed to date to the fifth century.
The emperor is a purely symbolic figure today, with no political power. Akihito is known as a strong proponent of Japan’s war-renouncing constitution, repeatedly showing support for the charter, which stipulates his symbol status.
“(Akihito) reflects obviously the mistakes and the errors made earlier on in his father’s (Hirohito’s) reign,” said Robert Campbell, a University of Tokyo professor who is an expert of Japanese history and culture. “That’s something I think everyone hopes will be carried on into his son’s reign.”
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CHICAGO (AP) — The wife of Rod Blagojevich is asking a federal judge for leniency ahead of a ruling on whether to reduce the 14-year prison term of the former Illinois governor.
In a letter to U.S. District Judge James Zagel contained in court documents filed Monday, Patti Blagojevich wrote she is “pleading . indeed begging” that her husband be freed.
Blagojevich also recounted the milestones her husband has missed with their two daughters since being incarcerated in 2012.
A resentencing hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Chicago federal court after an appeals court struck down five of his 18 convictions. The 59-year-old Democrat will appear at the hearing via a video link.
Zagel also received a letter from Blagojevich’s father-in-law, former Chicago Alderman Richard Mell.
Prosecutors want Zagel to impose the same term, saying Blagojevich doesn’t deserve leniency.