“I’m here to declare a very urgent, important national emergency,” Baldwin as the President said. “This is a big one, so I don’t want to waste any time, but first I’d like to blow my own horn.”
Baldwin’s Trump then said he’d just had a great health examination and was 6 feet, 7 inches tall, 185 pounds and “shredded.” He then broke down why the country desperately needs the border wall.
“We need wall because wall works,” he said. “Wall make safe. You don’t have to be smart to understand that. In fact, it’s even easier if you’re not.”
The faux president explained that declaring the emergency would likely lead to a challenge in court.
“I’m going to sign these papers for the emergency then I’ll immediately be sued, then the court won’t rule in my favor, then it’ll go to the Supreme Court, then I’ll call my buddy [Brett] Kavanaugh, then I’ll say it’s time to repay the Donny, then he’ll say ‘new phone, who this?'”
Baldwin’s Trump said the process would finally end his “personal hell” of being president.
As the speech went on, and Baldwin’s Trump kept rambling before taking questions from reporters, he explained that he told “Putin to just give the job to Hillary instead.” But he didn’t back down from the big national emergency.
“In conclusion, this is a total emergency, a five alarm blaze, which means I have to go to Mar-a-Lago and play some golf,” he said.
Baldwin’s Trump then said the show’s signature catch phrase, “Live from New York … it’s Saturday night.”
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There is a new three-point champion after Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets edged Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry in the 2019 3-Point Contest on Saturday night at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Not only that, but Harris managed to outshoot reigning champ Devin Booker, among others, as well.

Below is a look at the star-studded field:

  • Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
  • Seth Curry, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  • Danny Green, Toronto Raptors
  • Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
  • Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings
  • Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
  • Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets

Booker won last year’s event by scoring a record 28 points in the final round. This year, though, he had a short-lived night despite a respectable 23 points in the first round.

With All-Star Weekend being held in Charlotte, it gave the Curry family a chance to put on a show in their hometown. As a result, Steph and Seth agreed to a friendly wager for Saturday’s competition:

Darren Rovell of the Action Network noted the bet would be worth at least six figures.

Well, it appears Seth’s bank account will be the one taking the hit. Seth was eliminated in the first round after recording only 16 points. Meanwhile, Steph put up a contest-high 27 points in the first round by making his final 10 shots, which included the money-ball rack.

That set up a showdown between Steph, Buddy Hield (26) and Harris (25).

Harris—who ranks second in the NBA this season at 47.1 percent from distance—put the pressure on his opponents by starting the final round with an impressive 26 points, besting his first-round performance by one point.

A slow start cost Hield, but a strong finish gave him a score of 19. And that meant only Steph Curry stood between Harris and the trophy.

Early on, it looked like Harris was in trouble, as Curry drained his first nine shots (giving him 19 consecutive makes in the competition) of the final round. However, the 2015 champ cooled off in the middle of the round before picking up steam as he made his way around the perimeter.

Needing to make all five on the money-ball rack, Curry knocked down four…and had one rattle out.

The Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds pointed out just how incredible it is that Curry didn’t win his second title:

Afterward, Harris let it be known he felt going first was an advantage:

Harris is the first player in Nets history to win the event.

As for Dirk Nowitzki, the 40-year fan favorite came up short in his first 3-Point Contest in 11 years. The Dallas Mavericks star bowed out in the first round with 17 points.

Nowitzki won the contest back in 2006. While the 21-year veteran revealed earlier on Saturday, per the Dallas Morning NewsBrad Townsend, that he has not decided if he will retire at season’s end, it’s possible this was his last time participating in the event.

And while the highly anticipated field provided plenty of hype, there was a bit of a surprise before the event ever got underway. Former Hornets star Dell Curry, who is the father of Steph and Seth, helped raise $35,000 for charity, with the help of former teammates Ray Allen, Glen Rice and Mark Price:

And that set the stage for what would be an exciting competition.

Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to secure federal funds to build a wall on the southern border, bypassing Congress after lawmakers refused to meet his multi-billion dollar request for border wall funds.
Democrats vow to fight emergency declaration: 'Congress cannot let the President shred the Constitution'

The administration has said $2.5 billion of military narcotics funding and $3.6 billion in military construction money will be diverted to the wall. But Shanahan will have final say on how much will be taken from which programs.
A military official said Shanahan is likely to approve the $3.6 billion figure.
“I think I have a lot of discretion,” Shanahan told reporters on a flight from Munich to the US Saturday. “You can trust the numbers in terms of the potential. Then you gotta marry it up with where the money would be spent.”
One area that will not be touched is military housing, Shanahan said.
Trump takes the 'emergency' exit

Trump takes the 'emergency' exit

Under Trump’s emergency declaration, Shanahan also has to determine whether border barriers are necessary to support the use of the armed forces.
“There’ve been no determinations by me, so that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow,” Shanahan said. “But I just want to make a point of this: we are following the law, using the rules, and we’re not bending the rules.”
Shanahan will receive a full briefing from the service secretaries in the next few days about the potential programs from which the money may be taken, as well as other details after some initial planning, a defense official told reporters.
“The joint staff is determining which barriers should be prioritized along the southwest border from a military perspective analysis,” the defense official who spoke on background said.
“I’ll go in and review that analysis now that the emergency has been declared,” Shanahan said. “Based on that, we can do an assessment of what would be appropriate.”
“The family appreciates the outpouring of sympathy and support received, and would request that the privacy of Lee’s family and friends be observed at this difficult time. Details of Lee’s funeral and memorial events will be circulated as soon as they are available,” said the statement.
Radziwill was born Caroline Lee Bouvier in 1933, four years after her sister.
She was married three times, including to Prince Stanislas Radziwill of Poland with whom she had two children. They were married in 1959 and divorced in 1974.
Radziwill, a well-known socialite, told The New York Times in 2013 she understood the additional fame of being Jackie Kennedy’s sister.
“Well, at times it was annoying, at times funny,” she said. “Perhaps the most depressing part was that whatever I did, or tried to do, got disproportionate coverage purely because of Jackie being my sister. But you learn to deal with the scrutiny, even the lies, as long as it’s not malicious.”
She was also a fashion icon. Designer Giorgio Armani told WWD she was extremely elegant.
“When I met her in the early ’80s, I had the impression that she represented a very contemporary irony about American aristocracy, which is almost impossible to define,” he told the fashion trade journal. “It is one that combined ease and sophistication, spontaneity and respect for the rules.”
The year was 1885, and smallpox vaccinations were compulsory in the UK — reportedly inciting 100,000 people to demonstrate in the city of Leicester, England, one sunny March day.
Fast-forward to 2019 and the anti-vaccination campaign is a global, multi-faced beast — spurred by safety concerns, religious and political beliefs, preferences for homeopathic approaches and widespread misinformation.
Amid measles outbreaks, Facebook considering how to reduce spread of anti-vaccine content

But one issue that has endured for some 150 years is the backlash not simply against vaccinations — but against compulsory vaccinations. Today, rising populism in Europe and the United States is part of a new wave of anti-vaccine distrust in the establishment, say experts.
British parents in the 19th century didn’t take kindly to government-mandated smallpox vaccinations although the gruesome process — a series of deep cuts in the arms of the child — was a world away from today’s sterile practices.
But the anti-vaxxers of the time were also joined by libertarians, who believed the compulsory vaccinations violated their personal freedoms.
Today, that anti-government control sentiment “continues to be a thread in the anti-vaccine movement — particularly in this era of mistrust in government,” Professor Heidi Larson, director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told CNN.
Measles cases surged globally due to gaps in vaccine coverage, health agencies say

Measles cases surged globally due to gaps in vaccine coverage, health agencies say

Larson said populism and the anti-vaccination movement were “totally related,” adding that it was a “symptom” of “underlying distrust” in the establishment.
Vaccine hesitancy, is one of the biggest threats to global health in 2019, according to the World Health Organization.
“Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease — it currently prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved,” WHO said.
But vaccine hesitancy, or the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines, “threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.”
This trend has been seen in a rising number of anti-vaccine groups in the United States and in some European countries.

Italy’s vaccination U-turn

Last August, Italy’s populist government shocked the scientific and medical community after it removed mandatory vaccination for schoolchildren.
The country’s Five Star movement and its coalition partner, the far-right League, claimed compulsory vaccinations — introduced in 2017 during a measles outbreak — discouraged school inclusion.
The ANSA news agency reported that League leader and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said in June 2018 the 10 obligatory vaccinations — which include measles, tetanus and polio — were “useless and in many cases dangerous, if not harmful.”
Why Italy's U-turn on mandatory vaccination shocks the scientific community

Why Italy's U-turn on mandatory vaccination shocks the scientific community

The law was first introduced by the Democratic Party a month earlier, amid an ongoing outbreak of measles that saw 5,004 cases reported in 2017 — the second-highest figure in Europe after Romania — according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Italy accounted for 34% of all measles cases reported by countries in the European Economic Area, the center said.
“Italy is part of a global trend of distrust in mediators — doctors and scientists — who can interpret and explain data,” said Andrea Grignolio, who teaches the history of medicine and bioethics at La Sapienza University of Rome.
“With the advent of the Internet, people have the illusion they can access and read data by themselves, removing the need for technical and scientific knowledge.”
Experts say the origins of Italy’s recent anti-vaccine movement can be traced to a 2012 court ruling that linked autism and the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccination. Although that ruling was overturned three years later, it added to the spread of anti-vaccination theories throughout the country — and the world.

Debunked ‘science’

Experts believe that the most modern anti-vaccination movement was reinvigorated by a paper published in 1998 in the respected Lancet journal by former British doctor and researcher Andrew Wakefield. It suggested a connection between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and the development of autism in young children.
The claims have since been debunked, and the Lancet retracted the article 12 years later — its editor called it “utterly false.” But the repercussions had already rocked previously vaccine-wary communities on both sides of the Atlantic.
In the United States, that anti-vaccine resurgence has been amplified by actors Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy — who said they believed vaccines could have contributed to McCarthy’s son’s autism — and high-profile celebrities such as then-real estate mogul and reality TV star, Donald Trump.
In 2012, Trump, weighed in on vaccines on Twitter, saying: “Massive combined inoculations to small children is the cause for big increase in autism….”
Wife of White House communications director pushes false anti-vaccination claims

Wife of White House communications director pushes false anti-vaccination claims

Despite numerous scientific studies concluding that there is no link between vaccines and autism, Trump tweeted two months later: “Autism rates through the roof — why doesn’t the Obama administration do something about doctor-inflicted autism.”
Since his move into the White House, President Trump has largely kept quiet on vaccines. But this week, Darla Shine, the wife of White House communications director Bill Shine, pushed false anti-vaccination claims on Twitter. Her tweets came as a massive measles outbreak, mostly affecting children who did not receive vaccines against the disease, swept across Washington state. So far this year, more than 100 cases of measles had been diagnosed this year in 10 US states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A report published by the CDC in October showed that while coverage for a number of vaccines “remained high and stable overall,” the segment of unvaccinated kids under 2 rose from 0.9% for those born in 2011 to 1.3% for those born in 2015. In 2001, only 0.3% of kids between 19 and 35 months had received no vaccine doses.
That rise in unvaccinated children has been seen on a global scale via data from global measles outbreaks in the past year, according to the WHO.
Preliminary numbers of measles cases reported to WHO headquarters, across 183 countries, showed a near 50% rise in cases in mid-January 2019, compared to that date in 2018.
While developing nations and conflict-affected states often lack access to the vaccine, the problem in wealthy, developed countries can be linked to the spread of misinformation about the vaccine, experts say.
Officials hope to change minds amid 'exquisitely contagious' measles outbreak

Officials hope to change minds amid 'exquisitely contagious' measles outbreak

Measles cases had been in steady decline globally until 2016, according to Dr. Katrina Kretsinger of WHO’s immunization program. But since 2017, that number has skyrocketed, she said, noting that number included wealthy countries where historically, vaccination rates have been high.
“We’re having outbreaks that are protracted, that are sizable and that are growing,” Kretsinger said at a conference this week. “This is not an isolated problem.”
While there are many reasons that parents might choose not to vaccinate their children, the reason that the anti-vaccination movement has been able to spread so prolifically has one common denominator: social media.

The amplification of a message

The rise — and diversification — of social media platforms has catapulted anti-vaccination rhetoric into the mainstream.
David R. Curry, executive director of the Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy, told CNN that vaccine hesitancy, or anti-vaccine initiatives, have been increasingly able to use no cost and highly effective social media platforms to spread their message.
Anti-vaxxer rants are at home in Trumpworld

Anti-vaxxer rants are at home in Trumpworld

“We see it as probably the prime vehicle to spread arguments that are not fact based and that are frankly destructive to public health,” Curry said, noting that critically, social media has allowed the spread of anti-vaccine rhetoric into countries where historically, vaccine confidence has been high.
“The challenges we see is that we do not have an effective properly resourced set of counter measures to address that threat and we see that as a major problem,” he added.
In the 2017 paper that mapped the anti-vaccination movement on Facebook, Australian researchers Naomi Smith and Tim Graham found that modern anti-vaccine discourse on Facebook centers “around moral outrage and structural oppression by institutional government and the media, suggesting a strong logic of ‘conspiracy-style’ beliefs and thinking.”
In these Facebook groups, the lines between political rhetoric and health concerns often blur. And although many of these networks can feel like a small, tight-knit community, they are not immune to foreign interference.
Why Russian trolls stoked US vaccine debates

Why Russian trolls stoked US vaccine debates

Last August, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggested that Twitter accounts that masqueraded as legitimate users appeared to be run by automated bots and Russian trolls engaging in online vaccine debates. The bots and trolls disseminated both pro- and anti-vaccine messages between 2014 and 2017 with messages trying to relate vaccination issues to other hot-button topics in American discourse, according to the research.
“One of the things about them that was weird was that they tried to — or they seemed to try to — relate vaccines to issues in American discourse, like racial disparities or class disparities that are not traditionally associated with vaccination,” lead author David Broniatowski, an assistant professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University said.

Pushing back

Now, critics are calling on tech companies such as Facebook, YouTube and Google to take more responsibility of the public health disruptions occurring on their platforms, arguing that social media can’t willfully ignore taking meaningful responsibility for the content on their sites.
Teen gets vaccinated despite parents' concerns: 'I was doing it for my safety and the safety of others'

Teen gets vaccinated despite parents' concerns: 'I was doing it for my safety and the safety of others'

This week, US House Rep. Adam Schiff sent a letter to the CEO of Facebook and Google, urging them to address the issues.
“If a concerned parent consistently sees information in their Newsfeed that casts doubt on the safety or efficacy of vaccines, it could cause them to disregard the advice of their children’s physicians and public health experts and decline to follow the recommended vaccination schedule,” Schiff said. “Repetition of information, even if false, can often be mistaken for accuracy, and exposure to anti-vaccine content via social media may negatively shape user attitudes towards vaccination.”
Schiff added that parents searching for accurate information on vaccines could “unwittingly reach pages and videos with misinformation,” citing a Guardian report that found that Facebook and YouTube searches often yielded results that provided scientifically inaccurate information. He added that he was concerned by Facebook’s practice of accepting paid advertisements that contain deliberate misinformation about vaccines. 
Last month, YouTube, the Google-owned company said it would start reducing its recommendations of “borderline content” and videos that may misinform users in “harmful ways.”
While tech companies are coming increasingly under fire for hosting some of these groups, some individuals most affected by the anti-vaccine movement have turned to social media for help.
Ohio teenager Ethan Lindenberger grew up thinking that not being vaccinated was normal, posting on a popular Reddit post last November, that “my parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme.”
But he disagreed with his parents, telling CNN this week that he wanted to protect others against diseases as much as himself.
When he turned 18, Lindenberger turned to Reddit to get information on how to get vaccinated. Now that he’s been vaccinated, his next goal is to change his parents’ minds about his younger siblings.
“Obviously, it scares me a little bit, but I’m going to try and do my best to convince my parents that they should and hope that works,” he said.
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03: NFL player Colin Kaepernick speaks onstage during VH1's 3rd Annual 'Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Moms' - Inside Show at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

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Colin Kaepernick‘s lawyer, Mark Geragos, believes his client will play in the NFL again.

According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, Geragos appeared on CNN on Saturday and mentioned the Carolina Panthers as a team he could see Kaepernick playing for.

If Kaepernick does return to the NFL after two years away, Carolina would be a logical landing spot since his former San Francisco 49ers teammate, safety Eric Reid, recently signed a three-year deal with the Panthers.

Like Kaepernick, Reid protested against racial inequality and social injustice by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. On Friday, the NFL announced the grievances Kaepernick and Reid filed against the league had been resolved.

The 31-year-old Kaepernick’s most recent NFL action came in 2016 when he appeared in 12 games and made 11 starts for the Niners. Kaepernick posted a 1-10 record, but he completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for 468 yards and two additional scores.

Despite putting up solid numbers in 2016 and previously leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance, no team signed Kaepernick after he and the Niners parted ways. As part of his grievance, Kaepernick said team owners colluded against signing him.

By signing Reid last year and then re-signing him to a long-term deal, the Panthers have shown that they aren’t afraid of putting a player on the roster who wants to make a political statement. That makes them a strong fit for Kaepernick.

Also, there is some uncertainty surrounding starting quarterback Cam Newton. Carolina shut down Newton late last season because of a shoulder injury, and he underwent surgery in January. If Newton has to miss part of the 2019 season, the Panthers may be in the market for a quarterback.

Carolina’s offense is built around a dual-threat quarterback in Newton, and Kaepernick is similar in that he can beat teams with his legs and his big arm.

As of right now, Kyle Allen is the only other quarterback under contract for the Panthers in 2019 aside from Newton. Allen has just two games and one start of NFL experience to his credit, while Kaepernick has started 58 regular-season games and six playoff games.

Kaepernick has not played any organized football since his last NFL appearance, though, and potential rust is something the Panthers and all other teams must take into account.

At the time, he was watching his wife, Emily Blunt, perform a scene with the two child stars (Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe), who were communicating via sign language.
“These two kids were emoting and communicating such huge complicated thoughts and such pure emotion in this way that I had actually never seen. I don’t think I could have written the scene with dialog to be better than what they were doing,” he remembers.
It brought tears to Krasinski’s eyes.
A producer standing beside him joked that six days into production was a little late to get the “this is going to work” feeling. But until that point, Krasinski knew he was facing a mountain of intimidating firsts.
He’d never directed a studio film before. He’d never directed a movie in that budget range (reportedly in the ballpark of $20 million.) And he’d never done a movie with visual effects.
“It was definitely scary, but it was also so thrilling,” he tells CNN.
The same could be said about the film itself. The groundbreaking thriller is set in a world where the Earth’s population has dwindled after extraterrestrial creatures with a keen sense of hearing have wiped out pretty much anyone who can’t live their lives in complete silence.
Krasinski and Blunt play husband and wife in the film. Blunt earned a Screen Actors Guild award for her role, an accolade that likely came as no surprise to Krasinski, her self-described biggest fan.
“Having her by my side for this process will be the greatest experience in my career and I know that,” he says, in one of many gushes during our interview. (Others included his unapologetic love for “A Devil Wear’s Prada,” which he refuses to turn off even when Blunt walks into a room, and his description of her unparalleled ability to effortlessly transition from performing a highly dramatic scene to asking about lunch options on set.)
“I know that I can put this experience on the mantle and know that it will never get this good again,” he says.
The film’s inventive premise, powerful ensemble performance and infectious word-of-mouth praise helped propel “A Quiet Place” to a $340 million worldwide box office gross and earn it a sequel. The film was even parodied on “SNL,” which Krasinski, a fan of the sketch series since childhood, says made him feel so deliriously happy it was like being in “a whole different dimension.”
“A Quiet Place” also put Krasinski, best known for his on-screen work as lovable office worker Jim Halpert, in the upper echelon of actors-turned-director.
Krasinski has actually been honing his skills as a director for some time. He used his paycheck from doing the pilot for “The Office” to buy the rights to “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men,” which became the first film he directed.
He remembers some of his friends saw directing as a backup plan should their acting careers stall.
Krasinski thought that was odd “because I held directors in the highest regard.”
“I just thought their job was impossible,” he says.
The perceived impossible has proved possible for Krasinski, who intended to be an English teacher until he began attending the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute after his last semester at Brown University.
“It was there that I truly fell in love with not only doing it but how much work it takes,” he says. “That completely transformed my life.”
Krasinski is a storyteller who seems to keep his origins at the forefront and allow them to drive him. The name of his production company, Sunday Night, is a reference to his days a “a professional waiter” who wanted to be an actor. On Sundays, he and a group of friends would gather and talk about books, films and dreams of creative opportunities that seemed far-fetched at the time.
“You’d slam down a glass and say, ‘If we ever got the opportunity, this is what we would do,'” he says. “I did get that opportunity and ‘The Office’ was that opportunity. And so, I thought, I have to have to be true to those days. So I started doing all these different things and challenging myself because that’s what we said we’d do at that table.”

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With all the twists and turns it can be hard to keep up with the case, but here’s what we know so far:

What happened

Chicago police confirmed they were investigating a possible hate crime against Smollett.
They said that in the early morning of January 29 he was attacked by two people who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs” and “poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim” in the Streeterville neighborhood where he had been staying while filming his hit TV show “Empire.”
Smollett took himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he and a friend spoke with CNN’s Don Lemon and confirmed the incident had happened.
He identifies as gay and since 2015 has portrayed the gay character of Jamal, a successful singer in the musical Lyon family on his show.
20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment offered their support after the reported attack.
“We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our ‘Empire’ family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night,” a representative of 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said in a statement to CNN. “We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.”

Hollywood and fans rallied

Almost immediately, colleagues and fans of Smollett expressed shock, sadness and love for him.
“Empire” creator Lee Daniels posted his support on his official Instagram account.
“We have to love each other regardless of what sexual orientation we are because it shows that we are united on a united front,” Daniels said in a video. “And no racist f*** can come in and do the things that they did to you. Hold your head up, Jussie. I’m with you.”

More details start to emerge

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told CNN authorities had video of Smollett entering the Lowes Chicago after the alleged attack with what appeared to be a noose around his neck.
According to Guglielmi, Smollett told detectives during his walk back from Subway sandwiches, he was attacked by two men near the lower entrance of the Lowes.
The actor told police the two men yelled “‘Empire’ fa***t” and “‘Empire’ n***er” while striking him, before putting a noose around his neck and pouring an unknown substance on him.
Police were called 30 to 40 minutes after the attack, Guglielmi said.
Investigators said they had the rope and Smollett’s sweater in their custody and were testing for the unknown substance on them.
We also learned that Smollett and his manager Brandon Moore said they were speaking on the phone at the time of the attack.

‘Persons of interest’

A day after the incident, Guglielmi tweeted that Investigators had located a surveillance camera that showed two people wanted for questioning.
Police released an image of two individuals walking down a sidewalk. Their faces were not visible.
Police told CNN they had not found photos or video of the incident.

Smollett’s family responds

Smollett is the member of a large family that includes several siblings who are also in the industry.
The family released a statement standing with the “Empire” actor and thanking everyone for their support after what they called an act of “domestic terrorism.”
“Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning,” the statement said, “His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice. “

The letter

Guglielmi told CNN that a letter containing a white powder was received on January 22 at Cinespace Studios in Chicago, where “Empire” is filmed.”
The prompted a response from the hazardous materials unit, he said.
Guglielmi said authorities determined the powder to be aspirin, but he declined to give details on the content of the letter and said the FBI was leading the investigation into it.
A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox Entertainment, which produces the series, declined to comment when reached by CNN.

Possible witness?

A neighbor who lives in Smollett’s apartment building told police she saw a “suspicious man” who had what appeared to be a rope outside the building, Guglielmi told CNN.
The unidentified neighbor also told police she saw another man in the vicinity of the building.
Detectives met with the woman and took her statement, Guglielmi said.

Smollett breaks his silence

In a written statement first published by Essence magazine, Smollett said “My body is strong but my soul is stronger.”
“I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level,” Smollett wrote. “Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served.”

‘I can’t let attackers win’

Smollett performed his first concert since the attack at West Hollywood’s Troubadour club on February 3 and tearfully talked to the audience about what happened.
“I had to be here tonight, y’all, I couldn’t let those (expletives) … win,” he said. “Above all, I fought … (expletive) back.”
He also clarified his injuries, saying he was bruised but his ribs were neither cracked nor broken.

Hesitant to report the incident

According to a redacted Chicago police report obtained by CNN through a FOIA request, Smollett was initially hesitant to report the attack
The report included details such as Smollett’s descriptions of the alleged attackers’ clothing and mentioned details previously released by authorities, including what the alleged attackers said to Smollett.

Smollett’s first TV interview

On Thursday, “Good Morning America” aired its interview with Smollett talking to Robin Roberts.
He said he was “forever changed” by the incident and was “pissed off” by both the attack and the doubt that has been cast over his story.
Smollett told Roberts one of the attackers said, “‘This MAGA country, n****r’ and he punched me in the face so I punched his a** back.”
“It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more,” Smollett said. “And that says a lot about the place where we are as a country right now.”
He also said he respects victims of hate crimes too much to lie about what happened.
The star theorized that he had been targeted because of his vocal criticism against Donald Trump and his administration, telling Roberts, “I come really hard against 45.”

‘Empire’ connection

One of the two men investigators questioned as persons of interest has appeared on Smollett’s series, Guglielmi said Thursday.
Guglielmi had said earlier on Twitter that “the people of interest are alleged to be in the area where a crime was reported. They are not considered suspects at this time.”
The two men are Nigerian brothers and were questioned by police after flying into Chicago-O’Hare International Airport from Nigeria on Wednesday evening, Guglielmi said.
Police said they searched the men’s apartment earlier.

Suspects arrested

On Friday, police announced that the persons of interest had been arrested.
Earlier Friday, said the brothers were being treated as “potential suspects” and that detectives had “probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime.”
Police did not say what the men were accused of or what the alleged crime might have been.
The men were released without charge “due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations,” Guglielmi said. “And detectives have additional investigative work to complete.”
Moise, whose administration was tied to soaring inflation and accusations of corruption, has declined to step down. An announcement from the prime minister was set to come later Saturday.
In one of Port-au-Prince’s main business districts, usually bustling with shoppers on a Saturday, civilians were scrambling for food and water.
The city was resting in a tense calm, bearing the scars of the past nine days of violence — and Haitians were lying low in anticipation of the prime minister’s announcement.
Remnants of burning tires are scattered across the city. Rocks that once blocked roads have been pushed outside.
Activist Daphne Valmond Bourgoin said the protesters’ frustration is “extremely high.” Saturday was just a “pause,” she said, until civilians can gather their basic needs.
Haiti President Jovenel Moise defiant amid deadly protests and calls for his resignation

Throngs of civilians were waiting to grab jugs of water from the municipal trucks that have visited many neighborhoods, while others were getting their water from generous private residents, passing along what they have through hoses.
Some grocery stores are still open — but food is too expensive to buy.
Haitians mutter words of anger and defiance as they wait in line.
Most are demanding a do-over in the country’s system, constitution and leadership.

Activist: People have had enough

The island has seen a number of protests since July, following a government-imposed fuel hike. Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant then resigned before an expected parliamentary vote of no confidence and was replaced by Jean-Henry Céant.
Several people have been killed in this week’s clashes, according to local media reports. CNN has not been able independently to confirm the exact number of those killed.
“I’m tired, everyone is tired,” said Emmanuela Douyon, an anti-corruption activist. “It’s been years, what’s going on. It’s like a vicious circle and it needs to stop now.
“Traditionally, people like me do not do things like this,” she said. “We just have a job and keep living our life. Complain on social media. But this is the first time that people who have a job, people who don’t suffer from poverty, are on the street and saying, ‘It’s enough!'”
For more than a week, thousands of protesters have torched cars and clashed with police, demanding Moise and Céant step down. But the President said he’s staying.
“I will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers,” he said in a speech broadcast on national television and livestreamed on Facebook. “I will never betray you.”
The US Embassy in Haiti urged political parties, elected officials and citizens on the island to engage in a national dialogue.
Meanwhile, foreign aid workers and visitors have been stranded, trapped by makeshift roadblocks or the fear of moving within the city.

Travelers trapped on the island

The United States issued a “do not travel” advisory to the island citing “crime and civil unrest” and “widespread, violent, and unpredictable demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti.”
The State Department earlier ordered all non-emergency US personnel and their families to leave Haiti.
Canada warned residents to avoid all travel to Haiti. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canadians who require emergency consular assistance in Haiti may contact the emergency watch and response center, as the Canadian Embassy was closed.
Missionaries and nurses trapped in Haiti as protests sweep country

Missionaries and nurses trapped in Haiti as protests sweep country

The Canadian low-cost airline Air Transat said Saturday it was flying 113 travelers back to Canada, along with flyers from other airlines and Canadians wishing to return home.
“Our clients, as well as their loved ones, have experienced a trying week, under a lot of uncertainty,” Transat Chief Operating Officer Annick Guérard said. “Since the rise of tensions in Haiti about a week ago, our teams have been mobilized and working hard to return out clients home safely, as quickly as possible.”
Twenty-four Canadian missionaries and a group of nurses were stranded on the island Saturday, confined to a compound outside Port-au-Prince. Eight Canadian nurses on the island started a GoFundMe page earlier this week asking the public to help them escape.
“The director of the compound has instructed us not to go outside,” Tracy Hotta, one of the trapped nurses, told CNN, adding that the nurses are safe inside.
“They’re very destitute down here,” she said, explaining why some Haitians are protesting. “They have zero health care. … They’re taking desperate measures to try and make a change for themselves.”