The Rundown for Feb. 12, 2019

TENTATIVE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT REACHED TO AVERT SHUTDOWN… Congressional negotiators from both parties announced last night that they have reached an agreement in principle to avoid a government shutdown ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline. Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama and Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey of New York said only that the tentative deal included border security funding. The Washington Post reported that the deal allocates $1.375 billion for border barriers amounting to 55 miles of new fencing. Democrats reportedly agreed to a reduction in the cap for Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds by about 17 percent. Shelby expressed hope that President Trump would support the agreement. Meanwhile, Trump’s desire to spent $5.4 billion to build a border wall was debated at dueling rallies Trump and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke hosted less than a half-mile apart in El Paso, Texas, last night. O’Rourke called El Paso “one of the safest cities in the United States of America…safe, not because of walls — but in spite of walls.” Trump responded at his rally by referring to O’Rourke as “A young man who’s got very little going for himself except he’s got a great first name.”

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR WITHDRAWING NATIONAL GUARD FROM BORDER… California’s newly elected Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom revealed yesterday that he plans to withdraw roughly 360 of the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border. Newsom is expected to note during his scheduled State of the State address today that border crossings have fallen to their lowest since 1971 and California’s undocumented population is the lowest it has been in more than 10 years. The governor recently tweeted that “The border ‘emergency’ is nothing more than a manufactured crisis” and vowed that “California’s National Guard will not be part of this political theater.”

E-CIGARETTES BOOST TEEN TOBACCO USE… In its National Youth Tobacco Survey released yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blames nicotine vaping devices for a 38-percent increase over the course of a year in the number of high school students using tobacco products. Use of products other than e-cigarettes remained stable, the CDC said. The survey found that nearly 21 percent of high school students, or 3 million, vaped in 2018.

FIVE FAMILY MEMBERS FATALLY SHOT IN TEXAS… Five members of a family, including a 15-month-old infant girl, were fatally shot at their rural home in East Texas yesterday. Polk County sheriff’s officials say the victims included a married couple, the unidentified child and the wife’s grandparents. Deputies reportedly recovered a firearm from the house in the town of Blanchard about 75 miles northeast of Houston.

MORE SNOW AND ICE IN NORTHWEST… The Northwest was pummeled with more snow and ice yesterday, forcing officials in Washington to close schools across the state and cancel all Legislature hearings. Seattle’s metro area was hit with a third snowstorm in February and its monthly total is at 14.1 inches. Icy conditions kept hundreds of flights grounded throughout the region.

ENTERTAINMENT
HEART PLANS SUMMER TOUR… The band Heart, featuring sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson, is reuniting to hit the road this summer. The “Love Alive” tour will feature a combination of special guests, including Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile and Joan Jett & The Heartbreakers. The band hasn’t performed publicly together since Ann Wilson’s husband was arrested in August 2016 on charges that he assaulted Nancy’s teenaged sons. The tour kicks off July 9 in St. Louis and closes September 9 in Los Angeles.

DOCUMENTARY ANGERS MICHAEL JACKSON ESTATE… Michael Jackson’s estate continues to press its case against the upcoming documentary “Leaving Neverland.” An estate attorney has sent nasty letters to HBO and the U.K. network planning air the documentary early next month and accused filmmakers of creating a hit piece. The film focuses on pedophilia allegations made against Jackson.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CLEVELAND 107 – New York 104… The Cavaliers turned away a late rally and handed the Knicks their franchise-record 17th straight loss. Collin Sexton scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

DETROIT 121 – Washington 112… The Pistons made it four straight wins by taking down the Wizards. Andre Drummond powered his way to 32 points and 17 rebounds. Blake Griffin added 31 points, along with nine boards and nine assists.

INDIANA 99 – Charlotte 90… The Pacers jumped out to a 13-point lead after the first quarter and cruised past the Hornets. Five players scored in double figures, led by Myles Turner’s 18 points.

TORONTO 127 – Brooklyn 125… Kawhi Leonard banked home a tie-breaking jumper with 4.2 seconds left to send the Raptors past the Nets. Leonard led all scorers with 30 points. Serge Ibaka had 18 points and 12 boards.

Milwaukee 112 – CHICAGO 99… Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and brought down 17 rebounds as the Bucks fought off the Bulls. Eric Bledsoe added 19 points.

HOUSTON 120 – Dallas 104… James Harden dropped in 31 points in his 30th straight 30-point game and the Rockets handled the Mavericks. Chris Paul scored 17 points and dished off 11 assists.

MINNESOTA 130 – L.A. Clippers 120… The Timberwolves shot their way past the Clippers despite playing without the ailing Andrew Wiggins. Karl Anthony-Towns had 24 points and 10 boards. Derrick Rose added 22 points. Minnesota had five other players score in double figures.

OKLAHOMA CITY 120 – Portland 111… Paul George poured in 47 points as the Thunder topped the Trail Blazers on a historic night for Russell Westbrook. The Oklahoma City guard had 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in setting an NBA record with his 10th straight triple-double.

DENVER 103 – Miami 87… Nikola Jokic had game-highs with 23 points and 13 boards in leading Nuggets past the Heat for their first win in four games. Malik Beasley added 20 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Lakers are at Atlanta…
Philadelphia hosts Boston…
Orlando is at New Orleans…
Memphis hosts San Antonio…
Utah is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
Pittsburgh 4 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Sidney Crosby scored a goal and assisted on another as the Penguins skated past the Flyers. Goalie Matt Murray racked up a career-high 50 saves.

WASHINGTON 6 – Los Angeles 4… Evgeny Kuznetsov netted two goals and assisted on two others in leading the Capitals past the Kings. Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists.

San Jose 7 – VANCOUVER 2… Evander Kane ripped through a pair of goals to lead the Sharks in their thrashing of the Canucks. Tomas Hertl and Melker Karlsson each had a goal and an assist. Logan Couture and Brett Burns had two assists apiece.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Boston…
Columbus hosts Washington…
Dallas is at Florida…
Buffalo hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Carolina is at Ottawa…
Tampa Bay hosts Calgary…
the N.Y. Rangers are at Winnipeg…
Minnesota hosts Philadelphia…
Detroit is at Nashville…
St. Louis hosts New Jersey…
Toronto is at Colorado…
Vegas hosts Arizona

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#4 Virginia 69, #8 NORTH CAROLINA 61…
#14 Kansas 82, TCU 77 (OT)

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