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Missouri News: KC Man, Marion Lorezon Byers Sentenced for Contraband Smuggling at Jackson County Detention Center



Missouri News: KC Man, Marion Lorezon Byers Sentenced for Contraband Smuggling at Jackson County Detention Center

KANSAS CITY, MO – A Kansas City, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to smuggle contraband cell phones and other items to inmates at the Jackson County Detention Center.

Marion Lorenzo Byers, also known as “Cuddy,” 36, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to two years and three months in federal prison without parole.  The court also ordered the federal sentence be served consecutively to whatever revocation sentence may be imposed in state court as a result of Byers violating his probation for a DUI conviction in Buchanan County, Mo.

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RE/MAX INTEGRA Joins Adwerx Enterprise Automated Listing Advertising Program



RE/MAX INTEGRA Joins Adwerx Enterprise Automated Listing Advertising Program

DURHAM, N.C./ May 23, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — RE/MAX INTEGRA, a privately held company that represents nearly a third of all RE/MAX Sales Affiliates worldwide, has signed with Adwerx Enterprise to power listing advertisements for luxury properties in selected regions of New England and Canada.

Adwerx Enterprise is the industry leader in online real estate advertising. The Automated Listing Advertising Program has seen rapid adoption since its launch in 2017. RE/MAX INTEGRA participated in the original RE/MAX pilot program for listing ads that launch the moment that a property is publicly listed for sale.

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Missouri News: Mexican National, Adriana Gutierrez-Ramirez Sentenced for Cocaine Trafficking



Missouri News: Mexican National, Adriana Gutierrez-Ramirez Sentenced for Cocaine Trafficking

SPRINGFIELD, MO – A Mexican national, stopped en route from Arizona to Ohio, was sentenced in federal court today for possessing at least five kilograms of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Adriana Gutierrez-Ramirez, also known as Adriana Peralta, 43, a citizen of Mexico residing in Phoenix, AZ, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 10 years and one month in federal prison without parole.

Gutierrez-Ramirez was found guilty at trial on December 5, 2017. 

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WASHINGTON | Congress OKs Trump bid to widen private care at besieged VA



WASHINGTON | Congress OKs Trump bid to widen private care at besieged VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress delivered a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system.
The Senate cleared the bill on a 92-5 vote Wednesday, also averting a disastrous shutdown of its Choice private-sector program. The program is slated to run out of money as early as next week, causing disruptions in care.

The sweeping measure would allow veterans to see private doctors when they do not receive the treatment they expected, with the approval of a Department of Veterans Affairs health provider.

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Missouri Lottery News: Mexico Man, Don Feger Lucky in ‘Lotto’ winning $342,000



Missouri Lottery News: Mexico Man, Don Feger Lucky in ‘Lotto’ winning $342,000

MEXICO, MO – After walking into a local retail store and asking if they’d had any Lottery winners lately, Don Feger got a strange gut feeling when the clerk responded that the store down the street actually did just sell a large winning ticket.  Knowing he had purchased tickets at the other location as well, Feger decided to pull together his six unchecked tickets to see if luck was on his side.

It was.

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WASHINGTON | In GOP immigration battle, factions split over citizenship



WASHINGTON | In GOP immigration battle, factions split over citizenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisions over whether to provide a conduit to citizenship for young “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally loomed as the pivotal sticking point Wednesday as House Republicans searched for a solution to their campaign-season standoff over an issue that has split them for years.

GOP leaders, moderates and conservatives bargained anew, with some saying the talks were productive. But there was no evidence an agreement was at hand, while there were signals the party’s long-standing chasm over whether to help immigrants here illegally become citizens remained unresolved.

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Missouri News: St. Louis County Business Sells Ticket to Anna Montgromery Worth $100,000



Missouri News: St. Louis County Business Sells Ticket to Anna Montgromery Worth $100,000

ST LOUIS, MO – A St. Louis resident has won $100,000 after purchasing a $5 Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.  Anna Montgomery purchased a “20X The Money” Scratchers ticket from Pine Lawn Petroleum, 6150 Natural Bridge Ave. in St. Louis, and later claimed the top prize at the Lottery’s St. Louis regional office on May 16.

Introduced on Nov. 27, 2017, “20X The Money” offers prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000, and has more than $6.7 million in total prizes remaining. 

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Outdoor Remodeling Projects Offer Financial Returns and Owner Satisfaction, Say Realtors® and Landscape Professionals



Outdoor Remodeling Projects Offer Financial Returns and Owner Satisfaction, Say Realtors® and Landscape Professionals

WASHINGTON/ May 23, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Home and commercial property owners looking to take on a remodel should consider undertaking an outdoor project, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ and National Association of Landscape Professionals’ 2018 Remodeling Report: Outdoor Features.

The report, https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-reports/remodeling-impact-report-outdoor-features, takes a deep dive into 13 outdoor residential projects and 10 commercial property projects, highlighting the reasons why property owners complete these projects, the value – both financial and emotional – that these remodels bring, and the increased happiness the finished projects bring homeowners.

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LANSING, Mich | Michigan lawmakers advance legislation on mandated reporters



LANSING, Mich | Michigan lawmakers advance legislation on mandated reporters

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Sports coaches, the types of paid employees who allegedly learned Larry Nassar was molesting gymnasts and other athletes before the sexual abuse scandal broke, would still not be required to report such suspected abuse to the authorities under a watered-down proposal to expand Michigan’s mandatory reporting law.

A state House committee on Wednesday passed a bill that would add physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and — in a reversal from a day earlier — athletic trainers to the list of mandatory reporters.

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Missouri News: St. Louis Work Zones for May 24-30



Missouri News: St. Louis Work Zones for May 24-30

ST. LOUIS, MO – To reduce congestion during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, MoDOT will suspend most work on interstates and state highways starting on Friday, May 25 at noon.  Traffic will still be restricted in areas where there are permanent barriers, such as on I-44 from Grand to Shrewsbury, or on roadways that are closed to the public, such as Route P at Route 61 in St. Charles County.  Emergency roadwork will also be performed as needed. 

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Realtors® Congratulate Brian Montgomery on FHA Confirmation



Realtors® Congratulate Brian Montgomery on FHA Confirmation

WASHINGTON/ May 23, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — The U.S. Senate voted today to confirm Brian Montgomery as the next assistant secretary for Housing. The vote comes six months after the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee approved Montgomery’s initial nomination for FHA commissioner.

National Association of Realtors® President Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth-generation Realtor® from Columbia, Missouri and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty, commended the Senate for its confirmation of Commissioner Montgomery, noting the importance of his previous experience overseeing the FHA.

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US sales of new homes slipped 1.5 percent in April



US sales of new homes slipped 1.5 percent in April

WASHINGTON/ May 23, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — Sales of new U.S. homes fell 1.5 percent in April, held down by a shortage of affordable houses in the most desirable areas and sharp pullback in purchases in the western United States.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 662,000. Despite the setback, new-home sales so far this year are 8.4 percent higher than in 2017.

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SAN JOSE, Calif | 49ers’ Foster won’t stand trial on domestic violence charges



SAN JOSE, Calif | 49ers’ Foster won’t stand trial on domestic violence charges

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Santa Clara County judge has ruled that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster will not have to stand trial on domestic violence charges after the accuser recanted her allegations at a preliminary hearing.

Judge Nona Klippen said Wednesday that prosecutors didn’t meet the burden of probable cause on charges of felony domestic violence and forcefully attempting to dissuade a witness.

Foster was also charged with felony possession of an assault weapon after officers found a Sig Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle in his home while investigating his ex-girlfriend’s domestic violence report.

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Kroger buys Home Chef to take bigger bite of meal-kit market



Kroger buys Home Chef to take bigger bite of meal-kit market

NEW YORK/May 23, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — Kroger, looking to take a bigger bite of the online grocery market, is buying meal-kit seller Home Chef.

Home Chef, like other meal-kit companies, sends a box of ingredients and recipes to its subscribers’ doorsteps. Kroger will pay $200 million for Chicago-based Home Chef, and may pay an additional $500 million over five years if sales reach certain milestones. Kroger plans to put Home Chef kits in its supermarkets.

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Nebraska News: Nebraska Gov. Ricketts Congratulates Scott Kracl on Senate Confirmation as U.S. Marshal for the District of Nebraska



Nebraska News: Nebraska Gov. Ricketts Congratulates Scott Kracl on Senate Confirmation as U.S. Marshal for the District of Nebraska

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska State Patrol Colonel John Bolduc congratulated Scott Kracl, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the next U.S. Marshal for the District of Nebraska.

“Congratulations to Scott on his unanimous confirmation as the next U.S. Marshal for the District of Nebraska.  His experience in the Nebraska State Patrol, from his time as a trooper to his leadership of Investigative Services and Executive Protection, will serve the people of Nebraska exceptionally well in this new role,” said Governor Ricketts.

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WASHINGTON | Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein targeted by federal prosecutors



WASHINGTON | Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein targeted by federal prosecutors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer said in a court filing that federal prosecutors in New York have launched a criminal investigation into the film producer, in addition to a previously disclosed probe by the Manhattan District Attorney.

Attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a declaration filed on May 3 in the Weinstein Co.’s bankruptcy proceedings that he had been advised that Weinstein was a “principal target” of an investigation being conducted by the U.S.

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MILWAUKEE | Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown



MILWAUKEE | Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown on Wednesday for officers’ actions during a January arrest that included use of a stun gun, and said some officers had been disciplined.

Morales’ apology came as the department was set to release body-camera footage of the arrest, which occurred around 2 a.m. on Jan. 26 in a Walgreens parking lot. Brown was arrested by officers who had been checking on a vehicle parked across two handicap spaces, but ultimately was not charged.

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Maryland News: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Saves Marylanders $46 Million by Permanently Eliminating E-ZPass Transponder Fee



Maryland News: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Saves Marylanders $46 Million by Permanently Eliminating E-ZPass Transponder Fee

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will permanently eliminate the $7.50 E-ZPass Maryland transponder fee for all new customers, putting $46 million back into Marylanders’ wallets over the next five years.  In 2015, the governor announced major toll rollbacks across the state, resulting in $270 million in savings for our citizens.

“Today, we continue moving forward with a commitment to provide relief for Maryland taxpayers by putting an additional $46 million back into the pockets of hardworking middle class families, retirees, and small businesses – and back into our growing economy,” said Governor Hogan. 

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New York News: New York A.G. Underwood Announces Lawsuit Against Capital Region Wedding Photographer For Failing To Deliver Photos, Refund Deposits



New York News: New York A.G. Underwood Announces Lawsuit Against Capital Region Wedding Photographer For Failing To Deliver Photos, Refund Deposits

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced a lawsuit filed in Albany County Supreme Court against wedding photographer Scott Kretschmann, owner of Kretschmann Studio, for allegedly failing to deliver wedding photographs and/or albums to at least sixteen couples, and for failing to refund substantial deposits paid by five couples whose weddings Kretschmann did not photograph.

The lawsuit alleges that from approximately 2013 through 2016, Kretschmann operated a photography studio in Saratoga Springs, through which he marketed and sold photography services and packages that typically cost between $4,000 and $6,000. 

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y | Clinton: Democrats can win with bold ideas, core principles



HEMPSTEAD, N.Y | Clinton: Democrats can win with bold ideas, core principles

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Democrats can win elections and stand up to Washington Republicans by sticking to their core principles when it comes to education, health care, equality and the environment, Hillary Clinton told a friendly crowd at the New York state Democratic convention on Wednesday.

The remarks from the 2016 Democratic nominee for president came as Democrats look to make big gains across the country in the fall elections.

Clinton said Democrats in New York and across the nation are showing how to advance progressive priorities while also confronting Republican President Donald Trump, who defeated Clinton to win the White House.

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LANSING, Mich | Michigan lawmakers fight over mandated reporters post-Nassar



LANSING, Mich | Michigan lawmakers fight over mandated reporters post-Nassar

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Coaches and trainers, the types of paid employees who allegedly learned Larry Nassar was molesting gymnasts and other athletes before the sexual abuse scandal broke, would still not be required to report such suspected abuse to the authorities under a watered-down proposal to expand Michigan’s mandatory reporting law.

A state House committee on Wednesday passed a bill that would add physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to the list of mandatory reporters.

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Ohio News: Ohio Governor Kasich Announces Appointments to State Committee and Board



Ohio News: Ohio Governor Kasich Announces Appointments to State Committee and Board

COLUMBUS, OH – Today Ohio Governor John R. Kasich announced the following appointments:

James Jewell of Dublin (Franklin Co.) has been appointed to the Underground Technical Committee for a term beginning May 23, 2018, and ending December 31, 2019.

Andrea L. Fricks of Westerville (Franklin Co.) has been appointed to the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools for a term beginning May 24, 2018, and ending November 20, 2018.

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LINDEN, N.J. | Lenny Dykstra accused of putting gun to Uber driver’s head



LINDEN, N.J.  | Lenny Dykstra accused of putting gun to Uber driver’s head

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra put a gun to the head of an Uber driver when the driver declined to change the trip’s destination, police said the driver told them Wednesday.

Dykstra was arrested early Wednesday outside Linden police headquarters after the driver stopped and ran out of the car. Police said they found cocaine, MDMA and marijuana among Dykstra’s belongings, but didn’t find a weapon.

The 55-year-old former All-Star is charged with making terroristic threats and drug offenses.

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Kansas News: Crawford County sisters, Amanda Forbes & Melissa Forbes ordered to repay $3,000 for Medicaid Fraud



Kansas News: Crawford County sisters, Amanda Forbes & Melissa Forbes ordered to repay $3,000 for Medicaid Fraud

PITTSBURG, KS – A pair of Crawford County sisters were ordered yesterday to repay more than $3,000 to the Kansas Medicaid program after being found guilty of Medicaid Fraud-related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Amanda Forbes, 43, and Melissa Forbes, 47, of Pittsburg, each pleaded no contest in March to one felony count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program and one felony count of conspiracy to make a false claim to the Medicaid program. 

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WASHINGTON | Trump appears to raise new doubts about US-China trade deal



WASHINGTON  | Trump appears to raise new doubts about US-China trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cast doubt Wednesday on the prospects for talks that are designed to head off a trade war between the United States and China.

Four days after the two countries suspended plans to impose tariffs on up to $200 billion of each other’s goods, Trump declared in a tweet that a more detailed agreement with China “will be too hard to get done.”

The president also predicted Wednesday that automakers and autoworkers would be “very happy” with the outcome of talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

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Missouri Political News: Missouri General Assembly Passes Public-Sector Union Reform



Missouri Political News: Missouri General Assembly Passes Public-Sector Union Reform

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri General Assembly approved a measure tightening restrictions on public-sector unions.  House Bill 1413, known as the Government Worker Protection Act, makes several changes to state law intended to make public-sector unions more accountable to their members.

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FRANKFORT, Ky | Teacher’s win in Kentucky points to November potential



FRANKFORT, Ky | Teacher’s win in Kentucky points to November potential

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Teachers across the country have left their classrooms this spring to protest at state capitols, closing schools to win pay raises and better funding in mostly Republican-controlled states.

But their most disruptive act yet may well have come Tuesday night in Kentucky, where a high school math teacher who had never run for public office before defeated the state House majority leader in a GOP primary.

The upset could portend a tumultuous November general election in Kentucky and beyond.

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MILWAUKEE | Video of Bucks guard’s arrest in Milwaukee to be released



MILWAUKEE  | Video of Bucks guard’s arrest in Milwaukee to be released

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police are poised to release body camera footage Wednesday from the officers who used a stun gun on NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown during a January arrest.

The release comes as city officials who’ve viewed the videos have expressed concern about how officers conducted themselves. Even leaders of the police department have hinted the video may make them look bad.

Brown was arrested in a Walgreens parking lot about 2 a.m.

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WASHINGTON | Lawmakers: Funding, urgency lacking in Olympic abuse crisis



WASHINGTON | Lawmakers: Funding, urgency lacking in Olympic abuse crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tears and anger this time came from lawmakers who spent the day fuming over a growing sex-abuse problem in Olympic sports that leaders have taken too much time to solve while devoting too little money for the fixes.

“I just hope everyone here realizes the time to talk is over, and you need to walk your talk,” Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., said Wednesday shortly after choking back tears while questioning leaders of the U.S.

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LOS ANGELES | Clippers, coach Doc Rivers agree to contract extension



LOS ANGELES | Clippers, coach Doc Rivers agree to contract extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers and coach Doc Rivers have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him around to oversee the post-Lob City era.

The team announced the extension Wednesday while not disclosing terms of the deal. Rivers was set to enter the final year of his five-year contract next season.

The 56-year-old coach has a 259-151 record in five years with the Clippers. They missed the playoffs this season for the first time in his tenure.

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BOCA RATON, Fla | Ex-Bills guard Incognito in custody after gym disturbance



BOCA RATON, Fla | Ex-Bills guard Incognito in custody after gym disturbance

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito has been taken into custody for psychiatric examination after an incident at a Florida gym.

Boca Raton police say they received a call Wednesday from a gym patron about a disturbance and as a result took Incognito into custody under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows for involuntary psychiatric commitment for people seen as a danger to themselves or others.

Incognito announced earlier this year that he was retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL, the last three with the Buffalo Bills.

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SEATTLE | Emergency call: ‘I got attacked by a mountain lion’



SEATTLE | Emergency call: ‘I got attacked by a mountain lion’

SEATTLE (AP) — Recordings of emergency calls after a fatal cougar attack in Washington state last weekend detail how dispatchers calmly struggled to figure out exactly where the surviving victim was — and how worried he was about his friend.

Isaac Sederbaum, 31, of Seattle, was mountain biking with friend S.J. Brooks, 32, of Seattle, on logging roads near North Bend, in the Cascade Mountain foothills east of Seattle, on Saturday when they saw the cougar following them.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California’s Feinstein drops support for death penalty



SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California’s Feinstein drops support for death penalty

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she no longer backs the death penalty, a reversal of decades-long support that comes during a primary campaign where her stiffest challenge is from a fellow Democrat who is trying to outflank her with the party’s base.

“It became crystal clear to me that the risk of unequal application is high and its effect on deterrence is low,” she said in a Wednesday statement, adding that the change came “several years ago.”

But she hasn’t publicly discussed it until now, just weeks before the June 5 primary in her bid for a fifth full term in Washington.

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SANTA ANA, Calif | Convicted killer found guilty of 5 California murders



SANTA ANA, Calif | Convicted killer found guilty of 5 California murders

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A convicted Illinois killer was found guilty Wednesday of the murders of five women in Southern California more than two decades ago.
Orange County jurors convicted Andrew Urdiales of five counts of murder with enhancements for attacking a volunteer usher after a college piano concert and picking up four prostitutes, driving them to remote or deserted areas, having sex with them and killing them.
The verdict raises to eight the number of women killed by the 53-year-old former Marine.

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Governor Cuomo Issues First Group of Conditional Pardons Restoring the Right to Vote to New Yorkers on Parole



Governor Cuomo Issues First Group of Conditional Pardons Restoring the Right to Vote to New Yorkers on Parole

More Than 24,000 Individuals Included in First Group of Conditional Pardons
Restores the Right to Vote for Individuals Released from Prison and Living Successfully Under Community Supervision

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that he has issued the first set of conditional pardons restoring the right to vote to 24,086 people under community supervision in .  Building on the Governor’s sweeping criminal justice reforms, this group of pardons follows the Executive Order signed on April 18 to improve civic engagement and reduce recidivism. 

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ATLANTA | Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters



ATLANTA | Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters

ATLANTA (AP) — NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday aimed at quelling the firestorm over national anthem protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick and polarized by President Trump, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously by the owners at their spring meeting in Atlanta, but even that was up for debate.

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DAVIE, Fla | Dolphins’ Tannehill back at practice after missing 2017



DAVIE, Fla | Dolphins’ Tannehill back at practice after missing 2017

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Tannehill dropped back to pass and the pocket quickly collapsed, making it just like old times.

An onrushing end merely waved as he went by because Wednesday’s drills involved no contact, which spared Tannehill a blow. Instead, he scooted away on his reconstructed left knee toward the sideline and encountered a linebacker, who also pulled up at the last moment.

The hits will come soon enough, but for now Tannehill is healthy and optimistic about leading a turnaround by the Miami Dolphins.

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INDIANAPOLIS | Hinchcliffe no longer pursuing options to run in Indy 500



INDIANAPOLIS | Hinchcliffe no longer pursuing options to run in Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — James Hinchcliffe is no longer looking for a way to get into the Indianapolis 500.

The Canadian driver used a Twitter post Wednesday to announce that, “barring unforeseen circumstances,” he would not start Sunday’s race and a decision had been made to stop “pursuing other options” after he failed to make the 33-car field during qualifying last weekend.

“There aren’t really words to describe how missing this race feels,” he wrote.

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Purcell Julie & Lefkowitz LLP Is Investigating Conagra Brands, Inc. for Potential Breaches Of Fiduciary Duty By Its Board of Directors



Purcell Julie & Lefkowitz LLP Is Investigating Conagra Brands, Inc. for Potential Breaches Of Fiduciary Duty By Its Board of Directors

NEW YORK, NY– Purcell Julie & Lefkowitz LLP, a class action law firm dedicated to representing shareholders nationwide, is investigating a potential breach of fiduciary duty claim involving the board of directors of Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG).

If you are a shareholder of Conagra Brands, Inc. and are interested in obtaining additional information regarding this investigation, free of charge, please visit us at:

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TEHRAN, Iran | Iran’s Khamenei criticizes US over hard-line stance



TEHRAN, Iran | Iran’s Khamenei criticizes US over hard-line stance

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader is criticizing the U.S. over its hard-line stance toward the country since President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal with Western powers.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, addressing government officials on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said the U.S. has been aiming to topple the Islamic republic for 40 years.

“From the first day of the Islamic Revolution the U.S.

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NEW YORK | Rangers hire Boston University’s David Quinn as coach



NEW YORK | Rangers hire Boston University’s David Quinn as coach

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers hired Boston University’s David Quinn as their new head coach Wednesday, the second college coach hired by an NHL team this month and third in the past four years.

Quinn replaces Alain Vigneault, who was fired hours after the Rangers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. An introductory news conference was scheduled for Thursday.

“In a coaching career that has spanned over two decades at the collegiate, pro, and international level, David has helped his teams achieve success while simultaneously teaching the game and helping his players develop on and off the ice,” general manager Jeff Gorton said.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: White House team off to Singapore for prep work



WASHINGTON | The Latest: White House team off to Singapore for prep work

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and North Korea (all times local):
2:10 p.m.

A White House team is heading to Singapore this weekend to work on logistics for President Donald Trump’s planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon).

Trump cast doubt Tuesday on the future of the June 12 meeting. But a White House spokesman, Raj Shah, says the U.S. “always sends advance teams ahead of any scheduled presidential visit.”

Shah says Joe Hagin — the deputy chief of staff for operations — will go to Singapore over the weekend to continue the preparations.

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NEW YORK | Judge: President can’t block critics on Twitter



NEW YORK | Judge: President can’t block critics on Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter for political speech, a judge ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan stopped short in her written decision of ordering Trump or a subordinate to stop the practice of blocking critics from viewing his Twitter account, saying it was enough to point out that it was unconstitutional to continue to do so.

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ROME | The Latest: Premier-designate confirms Italy’s place in EU



ROME | The Latest: Premier-designate confirms Italy’s place in EU

ROME (AP) — The Latest on discussions to form a new government in Italy (all times local):
7:40 p.m.

The law professor tapped as Italy’s next head of government has confirmed the country’s place in the European Union and international affairs, but says his first priority is to be the “defense lawyer of the Italian people.”

Premier-designate Giuseppe Conte received a mandate Wednesday from President Sergio Mattarella to try to form western Europe’s first populist government.

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Rowley Law PLLC is Investigating Proposed Acquisition of Guaranty Bancorp



Rowley Law PLLC is Investigating Proposed Acquisition of Guaranty Bancorp

NEW YORK, NY– Rowley Law PLLC is investigating potential claims against Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ: GBNK) and its board of directors for breach of fiduciary duty concerning the proposed acquisition of the company by Independent Bank Group, Inc. Stockholders will receive 0.45 shares of Independent Bank Group, Inc. common stock for each share of Guaranty Bancorp stock that they hold.  The transaction is valued at approximately $1 billion and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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LOS ANGELES |Danica Patrick to host 25th annual ESPYS in July



LOS ANGELES |Danica Patrick to host 25th annual ESPYS in July

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Danica Patrick has lined up her first post-retirement gig: hosting The ESPYS.

She will preside over the show honoring the past year’s top athletes and moments in sports on July 18. The show airs live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Patrick is set to retire from auto racing after competing in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, where her fourth-place finish in 2005 is the highest by a woman.

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NEW YORK | Twitter to add special labels to political candidates in US



NEW YORK | Twitter to add special labels to political candidates in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it’s adding special labels to tweets from some U.S. political candidates ahead of this year’s midterm elections.

Twitter says the move is to provide users with “authentic information” and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling users. The labels will include what office a person is running for and where.

Both the candidate’s account and the tweets from it will get labels. The labels will appear on retweets as well as tweets off of Twitter, such as when they are embedded in a news story.

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Purcell Julie & Lefkowitz LLP Is Investigating Abercrombie & Fitch Co. for Potential Breaches Of Fiduciary Duty By Its Board of Directors



Purcell Julie & Lefkowitz LLP Is Investigating Abercrombie & Fitch Co. for Potential Breaches Of Fiduciary Duty By Its Board of Directors

NEW YORK, NY– Purcell Julie & Lefkowitz LLP, a class action law firm dedicated to representing shareholders nationwide, is investigating a potential breach of fiduciary duty claim involving the board of directors of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF).

If you are a shareholder of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and are interested in obtaining additional information regarding this investigation, free of charge, please visit us at:

Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

You may also contact Robert H.

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ANKARA, Turkey | Emergency rate hike helps Turkish currency recoup losses



ANKARA, Turkey | Emergency rate hike helps Turkish currency recoup losses

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s currency recouped losses Wednesday following an emergency central bank meeting that increased the lending rate by three base points.

The lira had fallen to a record low against the dollar amid concerns about an outflow of investor capital and the country’s ability to manage the situation. The currency dropped to over 4.80 per dollar on Wednesday, down some 5 percent since the previous day.

The Turkish Central Bank’s monetary policy committee — under pressure to sharply increase rates before a scheduled meeting on June 7 — held an emergency meeting on Wednesday and announced that it was increasing lending rates from 13.5 percent to 16.5 percent.

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NEW YORK | Study offers new look at why our brains evolved to be so big



NEW YORK | Study offers new look at why our brains evolved to be so big

NEW YORK (AP) — Why do people have such big brains? Some researchers asked a really powerful brain — a computer — and got back a surprising answer.

In relation to body size, our brains are huge, about six times larger than one would expect from other mammals. And this three-pound organ sucks up fully 20 percent of the body’s energy needs.

Evolutionary theory says to build and maintain something that costly, there must have been a very good reason.

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