Jarryd Hayne, a Christian superstar rugby player formerly of Australia's National Rugby League, announced Tuesday that he's signed a futures contract with the San Francisco 49ers worth $100,000 in a bid to become the rare player to successfully transition to the NFL after spending most of his career playing a different sport overseas.
Hours before making the announcement, Hayne, 27, tweeted: "Today a dream becomes a reality. With God anything is POSSIBLE."
Hayne, who was named the top player in the NRL in Australia for the second time last year, quit the league in October 2014 walking away from a contract worth approximately $1 million to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL. He's trying to make the NFL as a running back after selecting the 49ers over the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks. more >>
The Los Angeles Police Department is under fire after a video showing officers fatally shooting a homeless man in response to a robbery on Sunday has gone viral.
Police Commander Andrew Smith told the LA Times the officers assigned to the LAPD's Central Division and Safer Cities Initiative responded to the location around noon on Sunday after receiving a 911 call about a possible robbery. Officers approached the man, who was outside a homeless shelter; he began swinging his arms and one officer then tackled him to the ground. Three more officers attempt to subdue the man, even going so far as to pull out a Taser and attempting to shock him.
"Taken" actress Maggie Grace is due to star in the pilot episode of a CBS medical drama, "Code Black."
American actress, Maggie Grace, known for her film roles in "Taken" and "The Twilight Saga," will be appearing in a major role for medical drama series, "Code Black" on CBS.
The series will be based on physician, Ryan McGarry's festival award-winning documentary that offers a closer look into the world of emergency medicine. To be set in the busiest ER in the U.S. – the L.A. County Hospital -- "Code Black" follows the lives of the resident doctors and the medical staff who do the best they could to protect their patients while dealing with a dysfunctional hospital system. more >>
Diminutive "American Horror Story" actor Ben Woolf passed away in the hospital after being hit by a car last week.
Ben Woolf, the American actor who portrayed Infantata and Meep on the FX cable TV series, "American Horror Story," succumbed to a stroke while in the hospital, four days after being struck by an SUV's side mirror in Los Angeles. He was 34.
Four-and-a-half foot tall Woolf, whose short stature allowed him access to unique roles suited to his height, was jaywalking on a Hollywood street when he was clipped on the head by a passing SUV's side mirror. more >>
Veteran actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the original "Star Trek" series, was rushed to the hospital last Thursday after complaining of severe chest pains.
Nimoy, the American actor best known as the Vulcan Spock in the popular sci-fi 1966 to 1969 "Star Trek" series on television was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center Feb. 19 after a 911 call reported him suffering from debilitating chest pains.
The 83-year-old actor, director, author, singer and photographer has been confined in the hospital a number of times in the past few months, after he announced last year he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), despite having quit his smoking habit over three decades ago. more >>
LOS ANGELES – Upon meeting Pastor Rafer Owens, who is both the dynamic leader of Faith Inspirational Missionary Baptist Church and a deputy sheriff serving in Compton in Los Angeles County, it is easy to understand why he was chosen to speak at Together LA, the three-day conference about discovering how to "love on" the metropolis, beginning this Thursday.
Owens has ministered for 17 years to not only a primarily black congregation but to a much wider audience – Compton, a city once known as a war zone for gangs.
"Our mission is to take back the city of Compton and bring the love of God and the spirit of God and overall revival to the city," he said while describing the goals of his church. "What we've done as a church is become involved in everything that the city does and everything that would help lift up the community." more >>