Latest Headline News for Monday February 5, 2024 – In a dispute with the Biden administration over border crossings, Texas Governor Greg Abbott affirmed the state’s authority to secure its borders.

During a press conference in Eagle Pass, Texas, alongside several GOP governors, Abbott urged President Biden to take decisive action on migrant crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border, which peaked in December. He accused President Biden of neglecting his duty to uphold U.S. laws, stating, “Mr. Biden has completely abdicated and abandoned his responsibility to enforce the laws of the United States.”

An Israeli far-right minister openly criticized President Joe Biden, expressing a preference for Donald Trump’s presidency to freely combat Hamas.

The remarks caused a stir among Israeli leaders, especially during U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to the region. Despite controversy, the Biden administration has bypassed Congress to expedite arms shipments to Israel and shielded it from international demands for a cease-fire since the October 7th Hamas attack.

Patrick Mahomes Senior, father of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, was arrested in Tyler, Texas, on charges of driving while intoxicated, just days before the Super Bowl.

Mahomes Senior, 53, faced his third DWI charge, according to Smith County records, and received a $10,000 bond. His release status was unclear. He is known for his Major League Baseball career from 1992 to 2003.

Chile’s wildfire death toll has climbed above 65, prompting the government to implement curfews and establish shelters.

President Gabriel Boric announced two days of national mourning starting Monday, stating, “It is Chile as a whole that suffers and mourns its dead.” The emergency escalated rapidly with a red alert in the Valparaíso region on Friday, followed by fires in the Lago Peñuelas National Reserve.

In Omaha, Nebraska, two off-duty police officers fatally shot two men in an SUV under circumstances that remain unclear.

The incident occurred around 2 a.m. Saturday while the officers were working at a local business. The victims, Fernando Rodriguez-Juarez, 26, and Jonathan Hernandez-Rosales, 28, were critically injured and later died in a hospital. The officers are on paid leave pending an investigation.

Indianapolis police are probing the homicides of two women, found killed in a similar manner near each other within days.

Interim Police Chief Christopher Bailey acknowledged similarities between the two cases, saying, “We’re here out of an abundance of caution to share information with the community.” Bailey appealed for public assistance at a press briefing to advance the investigations.

Namibia’s president and founding prime minister, Hage Geingob, passed away at 82 while undergoing cancer treatment. His deputy was swiftly sworn in to complete the term.

Geingob, a pivotal figure in one of Africa’s most stable democracies, returned from exile in Botswana and the U.S. as an anti-apartheid activist. He led Namibia since its 1990 independence after a long period of German and apartheid South African rule.

A collection of sneakers worn by Michael Jordan during his six NBA championship wins with the Chicago Bulls sold for $8 million at auction, a record for game-worn sneakers, according to Sotheby’s.

Brahm Wachter of Sotheby’s remarked, “Serving as both a reminder of Michael Jordan’s lasting impact on the world and a tangible expression of his recognized legendary status, its significance is further validated by this monumental result.” Wachter is responsible for modern collectibles at Sotheby’s.

A collective of 30 current and past employees at a middle school in Kentucky recently won a $1 million Powerball jackpot, using a set of numbers they’ve consistently played for years. The winning ticket, cleverly concealed in a math textbook, led to their big win.

This group from Rector A. Jones Middle School in Florence had been participating in the lottery together for a long time, sticking to the same numbers since 2019. The organizer of the group realized that their ticket for the January 27 Powerball draw had secured the $1 million second prize and decided to hide it in a math textbook for safekeeping.

She joked, “No one looks in a math book. I knew it would be safe there … on page 200. I have checked this a thousand times.” The group members, who selected their numbers randomly, each received $24,000 after tax deductions. Their plans for the prize money vary, ranging from investments to home improvements and travel.