NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Linebacker James Harrison isn’t ready to retire for a second time.

The 36-year-old former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who retired for 18 days last year before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, posted an Instagram photo Sunday night showing a half packed suitcase with the caption: “I decided to hold off on retirement, so it’s time to pack up and head to AZ to start my training so I can be ready to play another year!”

Harrison becomes a free agent in a month. In 11 games with the Steelers last season, he had 47 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

During his eight NFL seasons, Harrison has twice been named a first-team All Pro and has won two Super Bowls with the Steelers.

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The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama lamented the fact that he was making comments about yet another shooting – this time at a community college in Oregon – saying the process has become “routine” for him and new families who mourn the loss of loved ones.

“There’s been another mass shooting in America,” the president said in the White House briefing room.

“There are more American families – moms, dads, children – whose lives have been changed forever. That means there’s another community stunned with grief – and communities across the country forced to relive their own anguish and parents across the country who are scared because they know it might have been their family or their children.”

“I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again in my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families under these circumstances. But based on my experience as president, I can’t guarantee that,” the president said in the White House briefing room.

The president said that just as his remarks on shootings have become routine, so too have the reactions from politicians and opponents of stricter gun regulations.

“Somebody somewhere will comment and say, ‘Obama politicized this issue.’ Well, this is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic,” he said.

Rather than shying away from the political dimension to mass shootings, the president leaned in to it, saying that Thursday’s events were direct products of political decisions – those made by lawmakers and by those who elect them.

“We collectively are answerable to those families, who lose their loved ones because of our inaction,” he said.

In a veiled reference to groups like the National Rifle Association which has opposed most of the president’s efforts to tighten gun purchasing laws, he urged firearms owners to reconsider their affiliation with the group.

“I would particularly ask America’s gun owners, who are using those guns properly, safely, to hunt, for sport, or protecting their families, to think about whether your views are properly being represented by the organization that suggests it’s speaking for you,” he said.

The shooting, which left at least 20 people dead and injured, according to the governor’s office, took place Thursday morning at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

The identity of the 20-year-old shooter has not been released.

The president has said the failure to pass more stringent gun safety laws is one of the greatest frustrations of his presidency thus far.

“If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which, we do not have sufficient common-sense gun safety laws, even in the face of repeated mass killings,” he told the BBC in July.

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TLC(ATLANTA) — Even with the cameras dark in her house, Alana Thompson, better known as Honey Boo Boo, is still trying to make people laugh. The pint-sized former reality star recently released her first song and music video, “Movin’ Up.”

The video — which also features her mother, Mama June Shannon, her father, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, and her sister, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon — tells fans to “Do the Honey Boo Boo Bop.”

Thompson with the help of singer/songwriter Adam Barta, sings, “Started out as a pageant queen/Then on TV doing my thing/Now movin’ up in the world/New fun times with my girls.”

This is the first we’ve seen of the 10-year-old since her hit TLC show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, was cancelled in October 2014 after reports revealed June Shannon was dating a convicted child molester.

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Toronto Raptors 91 (28-15) – Philadelphia 76ers 86 (8-35)

Cleveland Cavaliers 129 (24-20) – Charlotte Hornets 90 (18-26)

Atlanta Hawks 103 (36-8) – Oklahoma City Thunder 93 (22-21)

New York Knicks 113 (8-36) – Orlando Magic 106 (15-31)

Miami Heat 89 (19-24) – Indiana Pacers 87 (15-30)

Chicago Bulls 102 (29-16) – Dallas Mavericks 98 (30-14)

New Orleans Pelicans 92 (22-21) – Minnesota Timberwolves 84 (7-35)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (16) VCU 63 (16-3) – Saint Louis 61 (9-10)

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers 27 (9-5) – Atlanta Falcons 20 (5-9)

New York Giants 24 (5-9) – Washington Redskins 13 (3-11)

New England Patriots 41 (11-3) – Miami Dolphins 13 (7-7)

Indianapolis Colts 17 (10-4) – Houston Texans 10 (7-7)

Baltimore Ravens 20 (9-5) – Jacksonville Jaguars 12 (2-12)

Buffalo Bills 21 (8-6) – Green Bay Packers 13 (10-4)

Carolina Panthers 19 (5-8-1) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (2-12)

Cincinnati Bengals 30 (9-4-1) – Cleveland Browns 0 (7-7)

Kansas City Chiefs 31 (8-6) – Oakland Raiders 13 (2-12)

Top 25 College Basketball: (7) Villanova 85 (10-0) – Temple 62 (6-4)

Tennessee 67 (4-3) – (15) Butler 55 (8-2)

(24) St. John’s 74 (8-1) – Fordham 53 (3-5)

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iStock/Thinkstock(PEACEHAVEN, England) — Garbage bins in East Sussex, U.K., recently turned into Minions, and residents have been abuzz trying to figure who painted them, according to the local newspaper.

The cheeky, yellow cartoon characters appeared overnight this past Monday in the small southern U.K. towns of Peacehaven, Newhaven and Rottingdean, the Sussex Express reported. The bins were numbered one to 10, and it remains a mystery as to who painted them.

“We have no idea who is responsible or why they’ve done it, but it’s quite amusing,” resident Daniel Moon told the paper. “People have been going around trying to find all ten.”

The Peacehaven Town Council reportedly said it didn’t know who was responsible for the “binions,” as they’ve been called on social media, but said it “admired their creativity.”

A spokesperson for the Lewes District Council said it doesn’t have a clue as to who painted the mysterious Minions, but that council members are happy they are bringing positive comments and “smiles from people passing by.”

“Anything that encourages people to use the litter bins provided is a good thing as we want to keep the district clean and tidy for all to enjoy,” the spokesperson added.

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Daniel Munoz/Getty Images(SYDNEY) — Up to seven new hostages have been seen fleeing the Lindt chocolate shop, meaning that there are believed to be 12 people who have emerged from the cafe since a man took control of the shop on Monday morning local time.

Police were seen storming the cafe on local TV, with explosions heard.

The new wave of hostages emerging from the shop comes shortly after the suspect was identified as Man Monis, according to Australian news reports.

Monis is believed to be a self-proclaimed Islamic “sheikh” who is known to Australian police because he was allegedly involved in dozens of counts of sexual assault, according to Australia’s 9News.

He was born in Iran as Manteghi Bourjerdi and migrated to Australia in 1996, according to the station.

Two people inside the cafe were seen holding up a flag with Arabic writing on it that has been used by extremists in the past — raising fears that a terror attack was unfolding in Australia’s largest city.

Video also emerged early in the standoff showing people being held inside the shop with their hands held in the air.

The first three people who fled sprinted out of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe about six hours into the standoff, while two women — wearing aprons — frantically ran from a side exit and into the arms of heavily-armed SWAT team police officers waiting outside.

At the same time, media personalities said they received calls from hostages during the standoff.

It is unclear exactly how many people remain inside the cafe.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, speaking at a news conference as the situation stretched into the night, said authorities remain committed on ensuring that the hostages are safely released.

“We have the very best negotiators in the world on the job,” Scipione said.

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird said people should proceed as usual on Tuesday morning, but should work from home if their offices are located within an exclusion zone near the standoff.

Police negotiators have been in contact with the armed hostage-taker, but the motive remains unclear, New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn said.

Burn said authorities are monitoring all forms of communication, including social media, for any information that might help resolve the standoff.

Earlier in the day, Scipione said there is at least one armed person holding the hostages in the cafe, who have been kept there against their will since 9:30 a.m. local time on Monday.

In a statement on Facebook, Lindt said, “We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and kind support over the current situation at the Lindt Chocolate Café at Martin Place. We are deeply concerned over this serious incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the staff and customers involved and all their friends and families. The matter is being dealt with by the authorities and we are waiting for any updates from them.”

Meanwhile, Muslim leaders in Australia condemned the attack on Facebook, saying they “condemn this criminal act unequivocally and reiterate that such actions are denounced in part and in whole in Islam.”

“We don’t yet know the motivation of the perpetrator,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said at a news conference earlier in the day. “We don’t know that this is politically motivated although there is some indications that it could be. We have to appreciate that even in a society such as ours, there are people who would wish to do us harm.”

Several nearby offices were evacuated as a precaution, police said.

The State Department said the nearby U.S. consulate was evacuated.

People inside buildings in the neighboring streets were directed to remain indoors and stay away from open windows.

“There’s a real sense of alertness, awareness and a bit of shock to be honest,” said Lisa Martin, who works in an office nearby the cafe and was in lockdown. “To know that there are so many people just having coffee and a chocolate are now in a hostage situation is really sobering.”

Abbott, the prime minister, said the country’s National Security Committee of Cabinet has convened for briefings on the situation.

“This is obviously a deeply concerning incident but all Australians should be reassured that our law enforcement and security agencies are well trained and equipped and are responding in a thorough and professional manner,” he said.

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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4) and Houston Texans (3-3) will close out Week 7 of NFL Action on Monday Night in the Steel City.

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offensive will matchup against a Texans defense led by defensive end J.J. Watt. Last week in a 33-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Watt scored on a 45-yard fumble recovery. He is the fourth player in league history to record a touchdown reception, interception return for touchdown and fumble recovery for touchdown in the same season.

Inside the red-zone, the Steelers offense has converted on seven of 19 possessions into touchdowns. On the season, Roethlisberger has passed for 1,593 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions.

Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. eastern.

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iStockphoto(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The Texas Rangers hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their manager on Thursday.

The 49-year-old Banister has spent the past 29 seasons in the Pirates organization handling various roles. His first managerial experience was leading Welland in the New York-Penn League in 1994. Bannister left after the season to manage Class A Augusta. In five seasons as a minor league manager, he compiled a record of 299-300.

Banister was selected by the Pirates in the 25th round of the 1986 MLB draft. He appeared in one game during his big league career, recording a pinch-hit single in his only at-bat on July 23, 1991.

Banister replaces interim manager Tim Bogar, who led the Rangers to a 14-8 record following the resignation of manager Ron Washington on Sept. 5.

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Steve Dykes/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still believes his team has what it takes to get back to serious football in January.

Despite dropping back-to-back games against the Cowboys and Rams, Sherman said the team’s spirit is high headed into their game against the Carolina Panthers (3-3-1) on Sunday.

“The team’s still confident in what we can do,” Sherman said on Wednesday. “I think our team is fine and understands what we need to do to turn it around.”

Sherman continued that he understands it’s a long season, but “the intensity’s fine.” He added, “In games like we’ve had these last couple weeks, it’s just a few plays here and there. I think all games are won or lost off a few plays, I think anyone who knows football would tell you the same.”

Seattle’s defense ranks 19th giving up 23.5 points per game. They will have the task of stopping quarterback Cam Newton, who has his team in first place in the NFC South.

“They’re a lot of challenges to playing Cam,” Sherman said. “Obviously he’s a threat running the football, he’s a big body, he’s tough to sack. It’s going to be a challenge for our defensive line and our linebackers.”

Seattle finished 13-3 on their quest to the Super Bowl title last season.

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