Sam's Top 5 Things to Know for Monday

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1. Trump is preparing to make an announcement about Afghanistan

Fox News: President Trump is set to address U.S. troops and the nation about the war in Afghanistan Monday night, the White House announced on Sunday, as the president considers whether to take a new approach to the conflict that has stretched on for 16 years.

Trump will "provide an update on the path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia" at 8 p.m. CT. The president is scheduled to speak from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia.

The president hinted on Saturday that he and top U.S. generals have agreed on a new strategy for America's longest war, after huddling Friday at the presidential Camp David retreat. Trump tweeted, "Important day spent at Camp David with our very talented Generals and military leaders. Many decisions made, including on Afghanistan."

2. 6 Police Officers Shot in 3 US Cities Friday Night, Two Confirmed Dead

Red Flag News: One policeman has died after six law enforcement officers were shot in three different U.S. cities on Friday night, their respective agencies have confirmed.

In central Florida, two officers with the Kissimmee Police Department were shot, according to police chief Jeffrey O’Dell. Officer Matthew Baxter, a three-year veteran, died from his wound. The other officer, 10-year veteran Sgt. Sam Howard, remains in “grave critical condition and the prognosis does not look good,” O’Dell said at a press conference early Saturday morning.

3. Senator who hoped for Trump assassination in post apologizes

Star Tribune: A Missouri lawmaker who drew bipartisan outrage over her brief Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated apologized publicly Sunday to Trump and his family, calling the online posting "a mistake."

But Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a black Democrat, said she has no plans to resign as numerous top Republicans and Democrats in Missouri have insisted since Thursday's post in which she wrote "I hope Trump is assassinated!" Gov. Eric Greitens and Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, both Republicans, said Friday that state senators should oust her.

"I made a mistake, and I'm owning up to it. And I'm not ever going to make a mistake like that again. I have learned my lesson. My judge and my jury is my Lord, Jesus Christ," Chappelle-Nadal, who later deleted from post from her personal Facebook page, told reporters at a church in Ferguson.

 4. Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host dies, at 91

Star Tribune: Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91. 

Lewis died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side, publicist Candi Cazau said.

Lewis' career spanned the history of show business in the 20th century, beginning in his parents' vaudeville act at the age of 5. He was just 20 when his pairing with Martin made them international stars. He went on to make such favorites as "The Bellboy" and "The Nutty Professor," was featured in Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy" and appeared as himself in Billy Crystal's "Mr. Saturday Night."

5. No Powerball jackpot winner, top prize grows to $650M

KARE 11: Nobody matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing which means an estimated $650 million will be up for grabs in the Wednesday, August 23 drawing.The winning numbers drawn Saturday night were: 17, 19, 39, 43, 68 and Powerball 13. One ticket sold in South Carolina and one ticket sold in Tennessee matched five numbers plus the power play to win $2 million. Five other tickets worth $1 million each were sold.Going into the night, the jackpot was estimated at $535 million, which ranks as the eighth-largest jackpot in U.S. history. If the jackpot doesn't climb any higher before Wednesday night's drawing, it would be the third largest U.S. lottery jackpot ever. Three tickets split a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot back in January of 2016 and three tickets split a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March of 2012.

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