Burger King’s new Ch’King chicken sandwich is available Thursday

Packers coach doesn’t know if Aaron Rodgers will show up for mandatory veteran minicamp next week

GREEN BAY — A key date for disgruntled Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is quickly approaching: June 8.

That marks the start of mandatory veteran minicamp, the first session of the offseason program with required attendance. While in theory, Rodgers must show up for the three-day camp, head coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday he doesn’t know if Rodgers will.

“It's important that we have all our guys, and certainly we'd love him to be here and hopefully we'll see him Tuesday,” LaFleur said.

The fine associated with missing mandatory minicamp won’t likely make a 16-year NFL veteran quarterback’s wallet bleed out. According to the collective bargaining agreement, the league can fine a player up to $93,085 for missing all three days of minicamp.

European Economics Preview: Eurozone Economic Confidence Data Due

Economic confidence from euro area and flash consumer prices from France are due on Friday, headlining a busy day for the European economic news.

At 2.00 am ET, Destatis is slated to issue Germany’s import prices for April. Import price inflation is forecast to rise to 10 percent from 6.9 percent in March.

At 2.45 am ET, France’s statistical office Insee publishes flash consumer prices, detailed GDP data, consumer spending and producer prices. Consumer price inflation is expected to climb to 1.4 percent in May from 1.2 percent in April.

At 3.00 am ET, retail sales from Spain and producer prices from Austria are due. Also, Swiss KOF leading indicator data is due.

Half an hour later, Statistics Sweden is scheduled to issue GDP, retail sales and household lending figures.

At 4.00 am ET, Italy’s Istat releases producer prices for April. Prices had increased 2.7 percent on year in March.

Also, consumer prices from Poland and unemployment data from Norway are due.

At 5.00 am ET, European Commission is set to publish euro area economic confidence survey results for May. The economic sentiment index is forecast to climb to 112.1 in May from 110.3 in the previous month.

Texas man who used Grindr to target gay men pleads guilty to hate crime charges

A Texas man who attacked and robbed gay men after luring them to a residence using the dating app Grindr has pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes charges, the Justice Department announced Thursday afternoon.

During the span of a week in December 2017, 22-year-old Daniel Jenkins and at least three other men used Grindr to lure gay men to a vacant apartment in Dallas where they would attack and rob them.

According to Jenkins’ plea, he admitted that in some instances the group would hold the gay men at gunpoint and travel with them to ATMs where they would force them to withdraw cash.

Jenkins pleaded guilty to one hate crime count and one count of conspiracy to commit hate crimes after admitting he and others injured at least one of their victims and taunted others because of their sexuality.

“These defendants brutalized multiple victims, singling them out due to their sexual orientation. We cannot allow this sort of violence to fester unchecked,” acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah of the Northern District of Texas said in a statement announcing the plea. “The Department of Justice is committed to prosecuting hate crimes. In the meantime, we urge dating app users to remain vigilant. Unfortunately, predators often lurk online.”

Jenkins is now the fourth person charged in connection with the scheme to plead guilty, according to court filings. He is set to be sentenced on Oct. 6 and could face a maximum of 26 years in prison.

Johnny Manziel says he made ‘decent living’ selling autographs at Texas A&M

Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel says he made a "decent living" selling autographs at Texas A&M, but "never took a dollar" after winning college football's most prestigious award.

In an interview with Barstool Sports, Manziel said he started selling his signature in 2013 and made about $33,000.

"We're doing it all sneaky, we don't want to get caught, we're trying to learn from everybody else who's got caught," Manziel said. "And I may or may not have gone back to this guy's condo and signed probably 10,000 pieces. He gave me three grand."

"I made somewhat of a decent living in college," said Manziel, who taunted the NCAA to "take my (expletive) 9-4 season away and my Chick-fil-A Bowl against Duke."

Burger King’s new Ch’King chicken sandwich is available Thursday

Starting today, fast food lovers will have a new chicken sandwich to consider.

Burger King rolled out its new Ch’King chicken sandwich Thursday. It includes a hand-breaded chicken filet, pickles and a signature sauce served on a potato bun. Customers can also get a spicy version which includes a “spicy glaze,” says the fast-food chain, or a Deluxe version with lettuce and tomato.

The fast food chain says customers who order the sandwich online or through Burger King’s app will get a free Whopper. The Ch’King offer for the free Whopper is valid until June 20.

To help promote the new sandwich, Burger King recruited actor Paul Giamatti as the voice of its new campaign, reports Ad Age.

Two years ago, Popeyes launched its first-ever chicken sandwich, both in regular and spicy options, fueling a surge in fresh offerings from rivals including McDonald’s and Wendy’s.

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