Fifth Briton dies after helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon

A fifth Briton has died after a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon earlier in February claimed four others. 

Eleanor Udall (nee Milward), 29, died days after her husband also succumbed to his injuries from the incident.

Jonathan Udal, 32, is believed to have been on honeymoon with Ms Udall when the aircraft came down. 

Ms Udall’s family said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our daughter Eleanor Udall (nee Milward) as a result of the injuries she sustained in the Grand Canyon helicopter crash on 10 February, 2018.

“Mrs Udall passed away without regaining consciousness, in the Lion’s Burns Unit at the University Medical Centre, Las Vegas, USA.

“The family are exceedingly grateful for everything done by rescue services and volunteers in the Canyon, and throughout the last two weeks by the exceptional staff at UMC.

“Thank you for respecting our privacy at this extremely difficult time.”

The helicopter crashed on tribal land in a section of the Grand Canyon outside of the national park where air tours are not as tightly regulated.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Three others, Becky Dobson, 27, her boyfriend Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother Jason Hill, 32, also all died in the accident.

The three, who are originally from Worthing, West Sussex, died from multiple injuries, Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

They had been celebrating Stuart Hill’s 30th birthday with a trip to Las Vegas.

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Bill Cosby's 'beloved and beautiful' daughter Ensa has died, aged 44

Bill Cosby’s daughter has died at the age of 44, just a month before he’s due to face a retrial on rape charges.

According to TMZ, Ensa Cosby passed away on Friday in Massachusetts where the family has a home.

Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, said that Ensa’s death was the result of kidney disease.

​Cosby’s daughter was a huge supporter of her father during his sexual assault trial last year saying the accusations were racially-charged.

“I’m a very private person and I’ve chosen to live my life with my family quietly but for my child, my niece and my nephew, and my father, I can’t sit quietly anymore,” Ensa said. “The man portrayed in the media today is not who my father is.”

She then added that the sexual assault claims had damaged her father’s reputation saying, “The accusations against my father have been one sided since the beginning, and when he tried to defend himself he was sued in civil court. I’ve seen the accusations become more horrific and extreme with time and I have witnessed my father’s reputation and legendary work be dismissed without any proof.”

Ensa continued, “I strongly believe my father is innocent of the crimes alleged against him and I believe that racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal.”

She concluded her statement saying Bill had been “lynched in the media” and called the accusations against him “cruel.”

Ensa was a yoga instructor in Sherburne Falls near her family’s estate; she had also appeared in an episode of The Cosby Show during 1989.

The Cosby Show character Vanessa Huxtable was based on Ensa.

She married her husband Martin McLean in August 2013. She had one child from a previous relationship and McLean had four children.

For the past five years, Ensa and McLean had lived on the family estate. Ensa is the second child of Bill’s that has passed away.

In 1997, his son Ennis was murdered in a car-jacking gone wrong in Los Angeles.

Ensa is survived by her husband, her parents Bill and Camille and her siblings Erika, Erinn and Evin.

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Trump's tax reform bill is full of mistakes which won't be easy to fix, experts warn

President Donald Trump’s tax law that was passed by Republicans with breakneck speed last year is ridden with typos and glitches. 

Mr Trump and administration officials continue to tout the benefits of the $1.5 trillion tax cut that he signed into law in December. But what’s missing in Mr Trump’s rhetoric is any mention of the snafus that could end up costing the federal US government big money, experts warn. 

Legislation often contains a few errors, but not of this magnitude, experts have been quick to point out. 

The glitches are not just typos. A lot of the discrepancies revolve around actual tax policy questions where there is disagreement between Democrats and Republicans, meaning the errors will be much harder to fix, according to John Wonderlich. Mr Wonderlich is the executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit which advocates for open government. 

“The amount of errors and unintended consequences in the tax bill is far beyond normal,” he told The Independent. He said that eleventh-hour changes to the legislation and the non-transparent process used to pass it contributed to this result. 

David Miller, a tax partner at Proskauer Rose, noted to The Independent that the last time Congress passed a sweeping tax bill, in 1986, the legislation had taken three years to develop and had the support of both political parties. 

“This time the process was done in a matter of months,” he said, noting that legislators did not seek outside comments from experts and that the bill was pushed through Congress without a single vote from Democrats. 

“That’s the reason, I believe, you’re seeing many more errors in this tax legislation than normal,” he said. 

One such glitch blocks restaurants, retailers and even real-estate companies such as Mr Trump’s from deducting the costs of renovations over the short term, as Congress intended, the New York Post reported.

Instead, what appears to be a typo could force those businesses to spread out the tax breaks over 39 years.

Another mistake creates more loopholes that benefit Wall Street hedge funds and private equity firms.

For example, the bill enables wealthy money managers to avoid a crackdown on lucrative tax breaks, allowing them to pay lower taxes on some of their income than ordinary wage earners. 

One way the dozens of errors can be fixed is through the passage of new legislation, called a technical corrections bill, that would amend the law. 

But to pass such a measure in the Senate, Republicans would need the help of Democrats, who are in no rush to come to the aid of their colleagues across the aisle.

“We’re not going to say to Republicans, ‘Oh tell us what you want to do,’” Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown told Politico

“We want to make the bill better, not just correct whatever technical fix is needed,” said Mr Brown, who sits on the tax-writing Senate Finance committee.

Another way the glitches can be fixed is by the Treasury Department issuing regulations that correct the errors – but this possible solution has limitations. 

“If the statute is clear on its face, then it’s difficult for a regulation to contradict the statute itself,” Mr Miller said. 

Attempting to use regulations to fix the issue could also result in litigation over the interpretations of the tax act. 

“If the bill just says something ambiguous, or counter to what the drafters intended, they really need new legislation,” Mr Wonderlich said. 

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Oakland mayor warns residents of ICE immigration raids

Escalating California’s resistance to federal immigration enforcement, Oakland’s mayor has warned residents that she believes an operation was imminent.

“I am sharing this information publicly not to panic our residents but to protect them,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a press release, citing her “moral obligation” and directing people to immigration law resources.

“I know that Oakland is a city of law-abiding immigrants and families who deserve to live free from the constant threat of arrest and deportation,” she added, saying immigration authorities have “used activity rumors in the past as a tactic to create fear”.

A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement that deportation officered “conduct targeted enforcement operations on a daily basis in Northern California and across the nation”.

The extraordinary heads-up from the head of one of California’s largest cities highlighted the determination by much of the state’s leadership to stymie the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown. California has the largest population of immigrants in the country illegally.

Cities and the state legislature have sought to shield some of them from deportation by blocking cooperation with federal authorities. Cities have also backed a variety of immigration assistance initiatives, with Oakland funding a rapid-response network that operates a hotline allowing people to report ICE activity and seek help fighting deportation.

Those efforts have made the state a recurring target for Donald Trump, who threatened last week to halt ICE activity there, saying crime would soar as a result. Senior ICE officials have also warned that California’s restrictions will make it harder to target specific immigrants for arrests and lead to more people being swept up.

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“While the vast majority of cities in America do cooperate with ICE, others force ICE to assign additional resources to conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and the aliens at greater risk and increasing the incidence of collateral arrests,” ICE spokesman James Schwab said in response to Ms Schaaf’s warning. “Sanctuary cities and states are not immune from federal law”.

Immigrant advocates accuse the Trump administration of an indiscriminate crackdown that deports both serious criminals and unauthorised immigrants with no criminal records, pointing to a spike in ICE arrests of immigrants not convicted of any crimes.

Mr Schwab noted that “ICE no longer exempts classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement,” a break with the Obama administration’s eventual prioritisation of those who threatened public safety.

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Miami Dolphins might be laying groundwork to trade Jarvis Landry

The Miami Dolphins are spending part of their time at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis gauging interest in wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Part of their time at the combine will be meeting with Landry’s agent.

According to a report by ESPN on Monday, the sides are scheduled to meet on Wednesday.

Last week, the Dolphins placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Landry. By doing so, Landry can negotiate with other teams and sign an offer sheet. Miami can match any offer sheet but can’t trade Landry until he signs its offer sheet.

The franchise tag is expected to pay Landry $16.2 million when the league releases salary cap figures in March. Last season, the salary cap was $167 million and the franchise tag for receivers at $15.682 million.

Players who get the franchise tag have until July 16 to ink a long-term deal. After then, they must sign a one-year deal and cannot sign an extension until the conclusion of the regular season.

In January, his agent, Damarius Bilbo, said Landry would not accept a discount to remain in Miami while saying the negotiating process was “disrespectful.”

Last season, Landry was paid a base salary of $893,852 in the final season of his rookie contract. Along with $211,802 for his signing bonus, the Dolphins absorbed a cap hit of $1.1 million.

Landry has played in 64 games with 57 starts over his four-year NFL career and the three-time Pro Bowler topped the NFL with a team-record 112 receptions for 987 yards (8.8 average) and a career-high nine receiving touchdowns last season. He was named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster on Jan. 9 as an injury replacement for Houston Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins.

Landry has totaled 400 receptions for 4,038 yards and 22 touchdown catches for his career. His 400 receptions are the most for any player in his first four NFL seasons.

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Roger Goodell, NFL will fine Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones $2 million

The feud between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones will hit the longtime Dallas Cowboys owner in the pocketbook.

According to a report in the New York Times on Monday, Goodell is prepared to fine Jones millions of dollars for conduct detrimental to the league.

The Washington Post said Jones will be fined $2 million for his attempt to derail a contract extension for Goodell. The post said Jones had been warned by the competition committee that his action was “detrimental.”

The New York Times reported several owners support the fine against Jones and that the commissioner pursued the action after they believed that Jones had “crossed an unspoken boundary by threatening his colleagues.”

Jones also will be fined for his outspoken defense of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended for six games for a domestic violence incident.

Neither side commented to the Times, which cited league officials as its sources in the report.

In November, Jones said he was prepared to sue the six owners serving on the league’s compensation committee.

The league’s compensation committee includes owners of the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans.

The Times said that Jones will also have to pay legal fees incurred by the competition committee defending itself along with the NFL’s legal fees during the decision to defend the Elliott suspension.

Elliott was suspended in August and Jones said he did not deserve to get penalized for an incident that occurred while at Ohio State. After a back-and-forth court battle, the second-year running back’s on-again, off-again suspension was reinstated on Nov. 9. Three days later, Elliott accepted the punishment.

While Elliott was appealing, Jones was trying to persuade league owners that Goodell’s contract extension should be significantly less than what was proposed, the Times said.

In November, Jones told his fellow owners that he was prepared to sue to stop them from finalizing Goodell’s deal.

Jones eventually backed down on his threats of a lawsuit but during a league meeting in December, he was criticized for his behavior by other owners. Most of those owners agreed to give Goodell a five-year extension that could pay him as much as $200 million.

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Chicago Bears release Pernell McPhee, Quintin Demps in salary dump

The Chicago Bears released linebacker Pernell McPhee and safety Quintin Demps on Monday.

By releasing McPhee and Demps, the Bears have approximately $62.7 million in salary cap space with two-plus weeks before free agency begins on March 14.

Cutting McPhee results in about $7.1 million in cap space and shedding Demps gives the Bears about $3 million in cap space.

The Bears signed McPhee to a five-year contract in 2015 after he spent his first four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. The 29-year-old led the team with 18 quarterback hits in 2015 but began the 2016 season on the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury.

Last season, McPhee started five of his 13 games before suffering a shoulder injury in Week 15. He recorded 21 tackles and four sacks in those games.

In three seasons with Chicago, McPhee appeared in 36 games and recorded 90 tackles and 14 sacks. He recorded a career best 53 tackles in his first campaign for the Bears but only 37 in 22 games in the next two seasons.

In 96 regular-season games with Baltimore and Chicago, McPhee has 182 tackles and 31 sacks.

Demps, 32, signed a three-year contract with Chicago in March but lasted only three games. He was placed on injured reserve after fracturing his left forearm in a Week 3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Demps posted his best seasons with the Houston Texans in 2015 and 2016 when he totaled 116 tackles and seven interceptions.

Since entering the league as Philadelphia’s fourth-round pick from Texas-El Paso in 2008, Demps has 275 tackles and 18 interceptions in 110 regular-season games for Philadelphia, Houston, Kansas City, New York Giants and Chicago.

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Atlanta Falcons GM says team won’t trade RB Tevin Coleman

The Atlanta Falcons do not intend on trading backup running back Tevin Coleman, general manager Thomas Dimitroff told an Atlanta radio station on Monday.

“We are not considering trading Tevin Coleman, period,” Dimitroff told WZGC-FM. “He’s an important part of this organization. And our focus is on this upcoming year, and a trade is not in our thought process.”

There was some speculation that Coleman could be moved after Devonta Freeman inked a five-year, $41.25 million extension that also included more than $22 million in guaranteed salary.

However, at the team’s season-ending news conference following a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round, Dimitroff said the team could “realistically” sign Coleman to an extension.

Coleman was Atlanta’s 2015 third-round pick out of Indiana and is entering the final season of his rookie contract. He is due to make $791,268 and Atlanta’s salary cap hit is $977,959.

In three seasons, Coleman has made six starts. He has 14 career rushing touchdowns and six touchdown receptions. His 4.3 yards per carry is the same average as Freeman.

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Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto returning for ‘Murphy Brown’ revival

Feb. 26 (UPI) — Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud are set to reprise their Murphy Brown roles of Corky Sherwood, Frank Fontana and Miles Silverberg on the upcoming revival of the sitcom, CBS announced Monday.

The show about broadcast journalists in Washington, D.C., initially ran 1988-98.

CBS announced in January it ordered 13 new episodes for the 2018-19 broadcast season. It once again will star Emmy-winner Candice Bergen as the titular news anchor. The original show’s creator, Diane English, is serving as writer/executive producer on the update of the sitcom.

“As its 30th anniversary approaches, Murphy Brown returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate,” a news release said.

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Rams sending two draft picks to Chiefs for CB Marcus Peters

The cost for Marcus Peters is multiple draft picks.

According to a report by the NFL Network on Monday, the Los Angeles Rams will send their 2019 second-round pick and their 2018 fourth-round pick to Kansas City in exchange for the 25-year-old cornerback.

ESPN also reported the Rams will receive a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft for Peters. According to Sports Illustrated, the Chiefs were seeking the third-round pick and Rams linebacker Robert Quinn was also mentioned in trade talks.

The NFL Network also said the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns also were interested in acquiring Peters.

The deal with the Rams was agreed to on Friday but cannot be made official until March 14 when the league year begins.

Peters was the 18th overall pick in 2015 but experienced a tumultuous tenure with the Chiefs despite making two Pro Bowl appearances.

He found himself in hot water in September when he cursed at a fan after giving up a touchdown during a win over Washington at Arrowhead Stadium.

Peters was suspended by the Chiefs for one game in December for his actions during a loss to the New York Jets on Dec. 3.

Peters received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following a defensive holding call against fellow cornerback Steven Nelson during an unsuccessful two-point conversion try by the Jets. Peters picked up the official’s flag and threw it into the stands, then walked off the field to the locker room without being ejected.

Peters also engaged in shouting matches with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and other coaches.

Despite those incidents, Peters is regarded as among the league’s most effective cornerbacks. He leads the league with 19 interceptions since entering the NFL in 2015.

Last season, he recorded five interceptions to go along with 46 tackles and four forced fumbles in 14 games.

Peters is still on his rookie contract and he will cost $1.74 million toward the salary cap this season. The Rams have until May 3 to pick up his fifth-year option for 2019.

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