Oklahoma City police shoot and kill inmate who took officer hostage

Opinion: No. 15 seed Oral Roberts didn’t get lucky in men’s NCAA Tournament run. Golden Eagles are just really good.

Max Abmas missed the shot that would have kept the most shocking men’s NCAA Tournament run in history going by a margin so small he could hardly characterize it. 

“Nothing I would have done different,” said Abmas, the Oral Roberts guard whose 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have beaten Arkansas barely came up short. “Maybe shoot it up a little more. When it left my hand, it felt good.”

As just the second No. 15 seed ever to make the Sweet 16, few would have expected Oral Roberts to come so close to yet another upset in this tournament. But if anything, its performance against No. 3 seed Arkansas suggests it’s only a matter of time before a team like Oral Roberts breaks through to make a Final Four.

No. 2 Houston locks up Buddy Boeheim, dispatches No. 11 Syracuse to reach Elite Eight in men’s NCAA Tournament

Houston executed its game plan – smothering Syracuse sharp-shooting guard Buddy Boeheim – and walked away with a 62-46 win on Saturday to advance to the Elite Eight of the men's NCAA Tournament. 

It's Houston's first Elite Eight since 1984 – when the Cougars lost to Georgetown in the national championship game. 

The No. 2 seeded Cougars (27-3) limited Boeheim to 12 points on 3-for-12 shooting, including 1-for-9 on three-point attempts. In the first two games, the coach's son torched his opponents with 13 made triples for 55 points. But Houston wasn't about to let the No. 11 seeded Orange (18-10), once a bubble team that upset No. 6 San Diego State and No. 3 West Virginia to get here, ruin its March Madness aspirations. 

For all the bracket-busting upsets and double-digit seeds prevailing in this tournament, Houston has stayed true to its No. 2 seed after finishing second in the American Athletic Conference and winning the league's tournament. The Cougars face No. 12 seed Oregon State on Monday with a trip to the Final Four on the line. 

Beijing enveloped in hazardous sandstorm for second time in two weeks

The Chinese capital Beijing woke on Sunday morning shrouded in thick dust carrying extremely high levels of hazardous particles, as a second sandstorm in two weeks hit the city due to winds from drought-hit Mongolia and northwestern China.

Visibility in the city was reduced, with the tops of some skyscrapers obscured by the sandstorm, and pedestrians were forced to cover their eyes as gusts of dust swept through the streets.

Beijing's official air quality index reached a maximum level of 500 on Sunday morning, with floating particles known as PM10 surpassing 2,000 micrograms per cubic meter in some districts.

Readings of smaller PM2.5 particles were above 300 micrograms per cubic meter, far higher than China's standard of 35 micrograms.

PM2.5 particles are especially harmful because they are very tiny and can enter the bloodstream, while PM10 is a larger particle that can enter the lungs.

The China Meteorological Administration issued a yellow alert on Friday, warning that a sandstorm was spreading from Mongolia into northern Chinese provinces including Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Liaoning and Hebei, which surrounds Beijing.

The meteorological office said the recent sandstorms to hit Beijing originated from Mongolia, where relatively warmer temperature this spring and reduced rain resulted in larger areas of bare earth, creating favorable conditions for sandstorms.

Beijing might face more sandstorms in April due to the unfavorable weather this year, the meteorological office said.

How to invest in real estate right now, according to an economist and a multimillionaire developer

2020 was a huge year for the US housing market, and 2021 is poised to be just as big for those who know how to take advantage of it. 

On Wednesday, January 20, Insider hosted a webinar on how to invest in real estate, featuring R. Donahue Peebles, founder, chairman and CEO of the Peebles Corporation, and Daryl Fairweather, Redfin’s chief economist.

Insider real estate reporter Libertina Brandt led Peebles and Fairweather through an hourlong discussion with more than 160 attendees. They touched on the home-buying process right now — for everyone from individuals to aspiring landlords to house-flippers.

Peebles and Fairweather also shared insights on how to identify the right place to buy, how to negotiate to get the best deals, and how to inspect a property before closing for any red flags. Their perspectives are invaluable given the challenges of a constantly changing housing market.

Watch the full webinar above.

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Oklahoma City police shoot and kill inmate who took officer hostage

Oklahoma City police officers fatally shot an inmate who took a correctional officer hostage at a county jail Saturday, authorities said.

Officers had tried to deescalate the situation at the Oklahoma County Detention Center, but authorities fired their weapons after the suspect held something against the neck of the hostage, Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III said during a news conference.

The correctional officer was then rescued safely and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Officials did not give details about the officer’s injuries, but Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley said, “I’m just glad the detention officer wasn’t more seriously hurt.”

The inmate had overrun the officer while medications were being distributed, officials said. The suspect then used the officer’s keys to free other inmates on the jail’s 10th floor, officials said.

Authorities did not immediately release the names of either the inmate or the officer who had been taken hostage.

As the incident unfolded, demonstrators went to the jail to protest how inmates are treated within the facility, KOCO-TV reported.