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Major twist in rapper Tupac murder investigation



Authorities in Nevada have conducted a search warrant in connection with the unsolved murder of renowned rapper Tupac Shakur, who was tragically killed almost 30 years ago.

Shakur, a prominent figure in hip-hop, was fatally shot during a drive-by incident in Las Vegas on the night of September 7, 1996, at the age of 25.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department executed the search warrant in Henderson on Monday. The specific details of the search, including the target and location, remain undisclosed due to the ongoing investigation, as stated by department spokesperson Aden OcampoGomez.

Tupac Shakur was seated in a black car alongside Marion “Suge” Knight, the head of Death Row Records when the shooting occurred. The incident took place near the Las Vegas Strip, as a white Cadillac pulled up beside them at a red light and opened fire, leaving Shakur severely injured. Despite being rushed to a hospital, Shakur succumbed to his injuries a week later.

No arrests have been made in the case, and the investigation has faced hurdles in the past due to uncooperative witnesses. Notably, Nevada does not have a statute of limitations for prosecuting homicide cases, offering hope for progress in the long-standing investigation.

Recognized as one of the most influential and versatile rappers in history, Tupac Shakur received posthumous honors for his contributions to the music industry. He achieved five No. 1 albums, including the critically acclaimed “Me Against the World” (1995) and “All Eyez on Me” (1996), as well as three posthumous releases. In 2017, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and earlier this year, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Several museum exhibits, such as “Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free,” have celebrated his life and legacy.

Despite his relatively brief music career of five years, Shakur secured an impressive 21 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His notable tracks include “Dear Mama” and “Old School” in 1995, and the iconic “How Do U Want It/California Love” featuring K-Ci and JoJo from his final studio album, “All Eyez on Me,” which spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

According to entertainment data company Luminate, Tupac Shakur has sold 33 million albums and accumulated 41 million equivalent units when including track sales and streaming. Furthermore, his on-demand video and audio streams have reached a remarkable total of 10.1 billion.

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President Biden says it’s time to ‘pass the torch’



President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he is “passing the torch to a new generation” as he explained his abrupt departure from the 2024 presidential race to Americans for the first time, in an Oval Office address capping over 50 years in politics.

“I revere this office,” Biden said. “But I love my country more.”

Biden, 81, rebuffed weeks of pressure from Democrats to step aside after a disastrous debate performance on June 27, saying at one point that only the “Lord Almighty” could convince him to go.

Unite the nation

“I have decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation. That is the best way to unite our nation,” Biden said.

Biden made his decision after days of soul-searching and agonizing over internal polling that predicted he could lose against Republican Donald Trump in November and drag down fellow Democrats with him.

“The great thing about America is here, kings and dictators do not rule. The people do. History is in your hands. The power is in your hands. The idea of America – lies in your hands,” Biden will say, according to the speech excerpts.

It will be Biden’s first extended public remarks since he relented to pressure from fellow Democrats and announced on Sunday via social media that he had decided not to seek reelection on Nov. 5.

Biden is the first incumbent president not to seek reelection since 1968 when Lyndon Johnson, under fire for his handling of the Vietnam War, abruptly pulled out of the campaign on March 31.

Biden also joins James K. Polk, James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes, Calvin Coolidge and Harry Truman as presidents who all decided not to stand for a second elected term.

Biden faced calls to step aside after his rocky performance in the debate against Trump raised troubling questions about his mental acuity.

Since he stepped aside, however, Democrats have rallied around him, paying tribute to his character and his record as president.

Watching together

A crowd of staff walked into the White House earlier in the evening to watch the speech together. An official said a reception and “viewing party” were being held across the White House’ state floor for Biden’s address.

The White House has denied that Biden has any cognitive issues despite a recent increase in verbal slipups.

Biden said he will focus on his job as president over his remaining six months in office. He is to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday on efforts to negotiate a Gaza ceasefire.

It was the fourth time Biden used the formal setting of the Oval Office since taking office in 2021. His last Oval Office speech was on July 15 when he urged Americans to cool the political rhetoric after the attempted assassination of Trump.

Biden’s political career began when he was elected to the Senate in 1972 at age 29, becoming the sixth youngest U.S. senator. He will conclude his White House tenure on Jan. 20, 2025, as the oldest American president when he will have already turned 82.

“The defense of democracy is more important than any title,” Biden said. “I draw strength, and find joy, in working for the American people. But this sacred task of perfecting our Union is not about me. It’s about you. Your families. Your futures. It’s about ‘We the People.’”

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AI enters the Big Brother house, raising concerns around the truth of reality TV



How will the integration of AI into reality TV impact audience engagement and what role will this have on the future of entertainment?

The latest season of Big Brother has left fans scratching their heads with the introduction of Big Brother AI, also knowns as BB AI, taking centre stage.

Tom Finnigan from joins to discuss all the curious AI cases of the week. #featured

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UN initiative aims to set international standards for AI ethics



The United Nations has launched a comprehensive initiative aimed at establishing international guidelines for the governance of artificial intelligence.

The UN seeks to address ethical concerns, regulatory frameworks, and human rights implications associated with AI advancements.

Dr. Karen Sutherland from the UniSC joins to discuss the latest. #featured

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