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WASHINGTON | The Latest: House immigration overhaul hanging by a thread



WASHINGTON — The Latest on the immigration controversy (all times local):

10:50 p.m.

The House Republican immigration overhaul is dangling precariously, imperiled by stubborn differences between conservative and moderate factions.

It hasn’t been helped by President Donald Trump’s running commentary about a bill he only half-heartedly supported and then suggested would never become law.

Republican leaders have twice been forced to postpone final voting, first until Friday and then to next week, as negotiators make a last-ditch push for support.

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EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. | Lawyer: No apparent justification for fatal shooting of teen



EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A 17-year-old boy fatally shot by a police officer in Pennsylvania seconds after he fled a traffic stop did not pose a threat to anyone, a lawyer for the family of the teen said.

Civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt said late Wednesday that he doesn’t see any apparent justification for the use of deadly force by an East Pittsburgh police officer that left Antwon Rose Jr. dead. Allegheny County police are conducting an independent investigation of the shooting in East Pittsburgh, a borough about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh.

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EL PASO, Texas | APNewsBreak: About 500 kids reunited with families since May



EL PASO, Texas — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump’s order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local):

8:25 p.m.

A senior Trump administration official says about 500 of the more than 2,000 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May.

The official said Thursday those children had been separated from their parents as a result of a “zero tolerance” policy that calls for the criminal prosecution of anyone caught crossing the U.S.

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U.S. Department of State News: United States and India To Hold 2+2 Dialogue on July 6



WASHINGTON – U.S. Depart of State today released the following statement:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue on July 6.  The meeting will focus on strengthening strategic, security, and defense cooperation as the United States and India jointly confront global challenges.

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U.S. Department of State News: Designation of Senior Officials From the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)



WASHINGTON – U.S. Depart of State today released the following statement:

The Department is announcing the designation of several senior DRC officials, under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2018, due to these officials’ involvement in significant corruption related to the DRC’s electoral process.  Further, the Department is taking steps to prevent entry into the United States of certain DRC officials involved in human rights violations.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: First lady calls for immigration legislation



WASHINGTON — The Latest on Melania Trump’s visit to a Texas facility housing migrant children (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

Melania Trump says her visit with migrant children has “impacted me greatly.”

The first lady commented in a written statement Thursday after she returned from touring the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, Texas. The facility is home to about 55 migrant teenagers. A fraction of them were separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration into the U.S.

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U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Cayetano



WASHINGTON – U.S. Depart of State today released the following
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary Pompeo welcomed Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano to the Department of State in Washington, D.C. today.  The Secretary reaffirmed the longstanding U.S.-Philippines alliance and discussed ongoing efforts to address regional issues such as North Korea, the South China Sea, and counterterrorism.  Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Cayetano also explored opportunities to enhance bilateral trade, increase security cooperation, and strengthen people-to-people ties between our two countries.

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HONOLULU | Giant telescope project before Hawaii Supreme Court again



HONOLULU — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in an appeal that could determine whether an embattled multi-nation telescope project can be built on a mountain Native Hawaiians consider sacred or have to move to a backup site in Spain’s Canary Islands that’s less desirable to scientists hoping to use the instrument for groundbreaking discoveries.

Much of the arguments centered around whether it was a conflict of interest for a hearings officer who made a key recommendation in favor of the project to be a member of a Hawaii astronomy center.

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SEOUL, South Korea | 2 Koreas meet to arrange reunions of war-split families



SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korean officials are meeting for the first time in three years to arrange reunions between families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War.

Friday’s meeting at the North’s Diamond Mountain resort comes as the rivals take reconciliation steps amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry said the meeting will discuss ways to carry out an agreement on the reunions made at a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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NEW YORK | 76ers send Bridges to Phoenix for Smith in 1st-round swap



NEW YORK — The Philadelphia 76ers have traded Mikal Bridges to the Phoenix Suns for Zhaire Smith in a swap of first-round draft pick.

Bridges was picked 10th overall and the Villanova standout answered questions at Barclays Center about his move down the road before he was swapped to the Suns. The Suns had picked Smith, a forward from Texas Tech, with the 16th overall pick. The Sixers also acquired an unprotected 2021 first-round pick in the trade.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. | Hard Rock casino installs big guitar with misspelled word



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The soon-to-open Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City had to work quickly to fix a misspelling on a 30-foot-tall (9-meter-tall) guitar installed this week.

The sign, modeled after a Gibson Les Paul guitar, was put up Thursday morning without officials noticing the word “rhythm” was misspelled on the rhythm and treble switch. It included the letter “E.” The guitar is one of two expected to go up at the new resort, with the second slated for installation Saturday at the resort’s entrance.

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McALLEN, Texas | Confusion and uncertainty at the border after Trump acts



McALLEN, Texas — The U.S. government wrestled with the ramifications Thursday of President Donald Trump’s move to stop separating families at the border, with no clear plan to reunite the more than 2,300 children already taken from their parents and Congress again failing to take action on immigration reform.

In a day of confusion and conflicting reports, the Trump administration began drawing up plans to house as many as 20,000 migrants on U.S.

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LOS ANGELES | ABC orders ‘Roseanne’ spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr



LOS ANGELES — ABC, which canceled its “Roseanne” revival over its star’s racist tweet, said Thursday it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall.

ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it, which the network had said was a condition of such a series.

In a statement issued by the show’s producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members who were idled when “Roseanne” was canceled last month.

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U.S. Department of State News: Implication of Malian Soldiers in Civilian Deaths



WASHINGTON – U.S. Depart of State today released the following statement:

The United States expresses serious concern about the role of Malian military forces in the deaths of 25 people, as acknowledged by Defense Minister Tiena Coulibaly.  We support Minister Coulibaly’s decision to immediately open an investigation.  We call on the Government of Mali to ensure that the investigation into this and other serious allegations of human rights violations and abuses are conducted in a credible and transparent manner and result in accountability as appropriate. 

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NEW YORK | Ichi-who? Suzuki sits on M’s bench in fake mustache disguise



NEW YORK — Just who was that guy sitting on the Seattle Mariners bench, the odd fellow with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie?

Wait a second — it was Ichiro!

Now a team executive, Ichiro Suzuki donned a Bobby Valentine-style disguise and sneaked into the Seattle dugout Thursday to watch a bit of the action at Yankee Stadium.

Exactly as he hinted, in fact.

Officially, Suzuki isn’t allowed to be in the dugout during games under Major League Baseball rules.

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DETROIT | Chevrolet goes after Jeep Grand Cherokee with new Blazer



DETROIT  — Because these days you can’t have too many SUVs, General Motors is bringing back the Chevrolet Blazer.

Only this time it’s not a thirsty and boxy truck like its predecessor, one of the original SUVs that was sold from the 1982 through 2005 model years.

SUVs based on car underpinnings, sometimes called crossover vehicles, are what buyers want these days, and the Chevy brand didn’t have a midsize one with two rows of seats to compete with the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.

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DALLAS | Plenty of trade chatter heading into NHL draft



DALLAS  — A year after shaking up his team with trades at the draft that altered the landscape of the NHL, Stan Bowman isn’t letting on that he’ll make the same kinds of moves now.

“I learned to never try to predict the future,” the Chicago Blackhawks general manager said. “It’s difficult to predict the magnitude of changes as we go forward.”

With teams like the Blackhawks eager to get back to the playoffs, the New York Rangers always in position to make a splash and plenty of big-name players in trade discussions, it’s hard to predict but easy to expect an eventful weekend of movement.

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U.S. Department of State News: The 5th U.S.-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Consultations



WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement:

The 5th United States-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Consultations were held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on June 21, 2018, to strengthen our joint commitment to an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure cyberspace.

The Cyber Consultations affirmed the benefits of a whole-of-government approach between the Republic of Korea and the United States on cyber policy and reinforced cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Korea on a wide range of cyber issues, including cooperation on deterring cyber adversaries, cybersecurity of critical infrastructure, capacity building, information sharing, military-to-military cyber cooperation, cybercrime, international security issues in cyberspace, and current threats and trends in the international cyber environment. 

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SANTA ANA, Calif. | Obama, like Trump, grappled with family immigration



SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Trump administration isn’t the first to grapple with the question of how to handle tens of thousands of immigrant families stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Four years ago, Barack Obama faced a similar crisis when record numbers of Central American immigrants fleeing violence began showing up at the border. Officials had to deal with the same court case the current administration began fighting Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump issued a new executive order to stop separating migrant families whose parents were arrested for illegally entering the country.

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Reactions to the death of pundit Charles Krauthammer.



Reactions to the death of conservative writer and pundit Charles Krauthammer.

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“Laura and I are deeply saddened by the loss of an intellectual giant and dear friend, Charles Krauthammer. For decades, Charles’ words have strengthened our democracy. His work was far-reaching and influential — and while his voice will be deeply missed, his ideas and values will always be a part of our country.” — President George W. Bush, in a written statement.

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NEW YORK | No. 1 Sun: Phoenix takes Ayton; Trae Young, Doncic swapped



NEW YORK — Deandre Ayton became the first No. 1 Sun and Luka Doncic was traded only a day after arriving in the U.S.

The Atlanta Hawks swapped the rights to Doncic, the No. 3 pick from Slovenia, to Atlanta for Trae Young, the No. 5 selection from Oklahoma in on Thursday night in the NBA draft.

The Mavericks also gave up a future first-round pick to draft Doncic, who only arrived in New York on Wednesday after helping Spain’s Real Madrid win its league championship after he won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors when they won that title this year.

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EL PASO, Texas | The Latest: Feds won’t prosecute parents separated from kids



EL PASO, Texas— The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump’s order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

An email from the federal public defender’s office that covers cases from El Paso to San Antonio shows that the U.S. Attorney’s Office will be dismissing cases in which parents were charged with illegally entering or re-entering the country and were subsequently separated from their children.

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DALLAS | NHL draft action likely to begin with Montreal’s 3rd pick



DALLAS — The Montreal Canadiens can make the first real move in the NHL draft with the third overall pick.

If everything goes as expected in Big D on Friday night, play-making Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin will be the first overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres. Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov will then go to Carolina.

“Obviously Rasmus and Andrei deserve it, they’re unbelievable players,” American prospect Brady Tkachuk said Thursday. “From the third (pick) on, it’s just whatever the team wants, so we’ll see what happens.

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NEW YORK | The Latest: Ayton says Puma decision was easy, personal



NEW YORK — The Latest on Thursday night’s NBA draft (all times local):

9 p.m.

Before Deandre Ayton was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the first pick of the draft, he had signed a multimillion deal with Puma.

Ayton, one of three players in this class who made the choice to go with Puma over bigger brands such as Nike and Adidas, says it was an easy and personal decision for him.

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ANAHEIM, Calif | Trout limited to DH with finger sprain as Angels host Jays



ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout will be the Los Angeles Angels’ designated hitter for his 1,000th career game Thursday night because of a sprained right index finger.

The Angels don’t expect to use Trout in the outfield during this four-game set against Toronto, but manager Mike Scioscia says the injury is not serious. Scioscia says it will not hinder Trout’s ability to grip or swing the bat.

Trout is batting .448 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in June.

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OKLAHOMA News: Caddo County Man, MARTIN ROCHA Charged with Shooting Woman in Indian Country



OKLAHOMA CITY, Oa – MARTIN ROCHA, 56, a resident of Caddo County, has been charged with assaulting a woman in Indian Country with a rifle with the intent to murder her, along with other charges, announced Robert J. Troester, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

According to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed in federal court on May 19, 2018, officers with the Binger Police Department and the Caddo County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement after a 911 call reported Rocha’s shooting of a woman with a Winchester 30-30 rifle.

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PHOENIX | Suns get their coveted center Ayton to anchor young squad



PHOENIX (AP) — For most of their half-century of existence, the Phoenix Suns have coveted a big-time center.

In 1969, they lost the coin flip with Milwaukee for Lew Alcindor, now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and chose Neal Walk at No. 2. The closest they came was Alvan Adams, an All-Star on some very good teams. Shaquille O’Neal made a cameo appearance late in his career.

But a big, young franchise center to build around eluded them — until now.

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BILLINGS, Mont | Lawmakers seek investigation of Interior boss’ land deal



BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers called for an investigation Thursday into U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s involvement in a land deal with the chairman of an energy services company that does business with his agency.

A foundation created by Zinke and run by his wife, Lola, has been dealing with a company co-owned by Halliburton Chairman David Lesar on a commercial development in Whitefish, Montana — Zinke’s hometown.

The foundation is allowing Lesar and his family to use a portion of its land as a parking lot for the development.

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DALLAS | Mavs go Euro with rebuild again, trading up for Luka Doncic



DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild again, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki.

Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft Thursday night to get Slovenian guard Luka Doncic, who was selected by Atlanta at No. 3 while the Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5 as part of the deal. The Mavericks are also sending a lottery-protected first-round pick in 2019 to Atlanta.

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North Carolina News: CHARLOTTE, Bryant Riyanto Budi, Grand Jury Indicts Matthews, N.C. Man Previously Arrested In Murder-For-Hire Plot



CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A grand jury sitting in Charlotte returned a federal indictment yesterday, charging Bryant Riyanto Budi, 26, of Matthews, N.C. with attempted possession of radioactive material with intent to cause death and use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. Budi was arrested on Friday, June 1, 2018, for attempting to hire a hitman via the internet to murder a Charlotte-area resident.

John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division and Nick S.

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LUXEMBOURG | Eurozone gets deal to pave way for end to Greece’s bailout



LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Eurozone nations agreed on the final elements of a plan to get Greece out of its eight-year bailout program and make its massive debt more manageable.

The finance ministers of the 19 nations took daylong talks into Friday and reached a surprisingly hard-fought compromise which had seemed within easy reach for the past few days.

The ministers needed to finalize a deal between Greece and its international creditors that would allow it to safely emerge from its third and final bailout program on Aug.

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Oregon News: Nigerian Leader, Emmanuel Oluwatosin Kazeem Nationwide Identity Theft and IRS Tax Fraud Scheme Sentenced to Federal Prison



EUGENE, Ore. – On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Emmanuel Oluwatosin Kazeem, 35, of Bowie, Maryland and Nigeria, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for leading a vast conspiracy to steal identities and file fraudulent tax returns.  He was ordered to pay more than $12 million in restitution and will be subject to deportation when released from prison.

“Emmanuel Kazeem orchestrated one of the largest tax fraud schemes in our nation’s history. The complexity of this case and the incredible effort by law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice cannot be understated,” said Billy J.

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National Financial News: Federal Reserve Board releases results of supervisory bank stress tests



WASHINGTON – The nation’s largest bank holding companies are strongly capitalized and would be able to lend to households and businesses during a severe global recession, according to the results of supervisory stress tests released Thursday by the Federal Reserve Board.

The most severe hypothetical scenario projects $578 billion in total losses for the 35 participating bank holding companies during the nine quarters tested.  The “severely adverse” scenario, the most stringent scenario yet used in the Board’s stress tests, features a severe global recession with the U.S.

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CROMWELL, Conn | Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson tied for early lead at Travelers



CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Jordan Spieth has no idea what it is like to play from behind at the Travelers Championship.

The defending champion led after every round last year in his first visit to TPC River Highlands, and a shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to match Zach Johnson for the first-round lead.

Spieth had six birdies and an eagle out the bunker on par-5 sixth hole — a shot reminiscent of the greenside bunker shot that gave him a victory last year over Daniel Berger in a playoff.

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NEW YORK | No. 1 Sun: Phoenix takes Deandre Ayton first in NBA draft



NEW YORK (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have made Deandre Ayton the first No. 1 pick in franchise history.

The Suns stayed close to home Thursday to take the Arizona center who averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in his lone college season. The 7-foot-1 Ayton tied for the national lead with 24 double-doubles in 35 games.

He joined Mychal Thompson — father of Golden State All-Star Klay Thompson — in 1978 as the only players from the Bahamas to be the No.

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South Carolina News: Crossa Hill Man, Michael Jerome Davis Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm



Greenville, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon stated today that Michael Jerome Davis, age 43, of Cross Hill, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Anderson, South Carolina, for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g). United States District Judge Timothy M. Cain sentenced Davis to a total term of 180 months in federal prison followed by supervised release.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on August 7, 2017, Clinton Public Safety officers established surveillance near a residence where Davis and another male were seen driving and acting suspiciously in Clinton.

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Connecticut News: Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office Celebrates Annual U.S. Attorney’s Awards



Connecticut  – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut hosted its annual United States Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony yesterday in New Haven. The ceremony at the City of New Haven’s aldermanic chambers recognized more than 160 individuals for their investigative efforts and other contributions to 31 significant federal criminal prosecutions and civil cases in Connecticut. Approximately 60 of the award recipients are members of local police departments from across Connecticut.

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South Carolina News: West Virginia Man, Thomas Owen Haynes II Pleads Guilty to Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography



Charleston, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Thomas Owen Haynes II, 46, of Bluefield, West Virginia, pled guilty to one count of Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography and one count of Possession of Child Pornography.  The Receipt and Distribution count is punishable by a minimum five years imprisonment and a maximum of twenty years imprisonment.  The Possession count is punishable by up to twenty years imprisonment.

Facts at Haynes’ guilty plea indicated that the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) sent a lead to the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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NEW YORK | Charles Krauthammer, prominent conservative voice, has died



NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from “Great Society” Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, died Thursday.

He was 68.

His death was announced by two organizations that employed him, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post.

Krauthammer had said publicly a year ago he was being treated for a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and earlier this month revealed that he likely had just weeks to live.

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DENVER | Uzbek refugee found guilty of supporting terror group



DENVER (AP) — Jurors on Thursday found a refugee from Uzbekistan guilty of conspiring to support a terrorist group with $300 he received from a friend and by making plans to join the organization himself.

Thursday’s verdict in a federal courtroom in Denver came more than six years after Jamshid Muhtorov’s arrest at a Chicago airport. After a three-week trial, jurors found Muhtorov guilty of three charges: conspiring to provide $300 to the Islamic Jihad Union, providing or attempting to provide the $300 and providing or attempting to provide himself as support.

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McALLEN, Texas | First lady visits migrant children housed in Texas



McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Melania Trump visited with migrant children Thursday during a brief stop at a Texas facility housing some of the youth separated from their parents as her husband’s administration prosecutes adults who enter the U.S. illegally from Mexico.

The first lady, who has a 12-year-old son, smiled and laughed with the migrant children. “Be kind and nice to each other, OK,” she said as she left one classroom at Upbring New Hope Children’s Center and headed for another.

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DENVER | Arenado homers, drives in 5 as Rockies beat Mets, 6-4



DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado homered for the third straight game and drove in five runs to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets on Thursday.

Arenado also doubled to back another strong outing from Kyle Freeland (7-6). Freeland has pitched at least six innings in 10 of his last 11 starts and has emerged as the team’s most reliable starter.

Arenado had just two home runs in his first 15 games of June, but has four in his last seven.

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ORLANDO, Fla | Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens



ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s busiest airport will be the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, officials said Thursday, a move that pleases airport executives but worries privacy advocates.

Officials at Orlando International Airport said the expansion of face scans would speed up the time it takes for passengers to go through customs.

“It’s almost like Christmas in June for me,” said Phil Brown, chief executive of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

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ATLANTA | Court records: Woman charged in leak case reaches plea deal



ATLANTA (AP) — A woman charged with leaking U.S. secrets to a news outlet plans to plead guilty, a federal official confirmed Thursday.

Online court records show a change of plea hearing is scheduled Tuesday for former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner. U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Ian Prior confirmed by email that Winner plans to plead guilty.

The docket shows a plea agreement was filed Thursday, but it isn’t publicly accessible.

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Tennessee News: Greenbrier Man, Andrew Long Ryan Charged With Making Threats Against The President



Greenbrier, Tennessee – Andrew Long Ryan, 37, of Greenbrier, Tennessee, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury and charged with two counts of making threats against the President, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee. Ryan was initially charged in a criminal complaint on June 18, 2018, and is currently in federal custody.

According to records filed with the court, on May 28-29, 2018, Ryan, a former police officer with the Bowling Green, Kentucky, Police Department, posted several concerning messages on his social media accounts, including a Facebook post that read, “Death is coming,” and a Twitter post that read, “I will kill Donald Trump if you don’t follow my leaders lead.” President Trump visited Nashville, Tennessee on May 29, 2018.

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‎Massachusetts News: Colombian National, Alejandro Suarez Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry



BOSTON, Ms – A Colombian national pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to illegally reentering the United States after being deported.

Alejandro Suarez, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry of a deported alien. U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani scheduled sentencing for June 22, 2018.

On March 22, 2018, law enforcement officers discovered Suarez and determined him to be illegally present in the United States. Suarez was previously deported on July 26, 2000.

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‎Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Robert Gadimian, Biopharmaceutical Company Executive Sentenced for Insider Trading



BOSTON,, Ms – An executive of a California-based biopharmaceutical company was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with trading on insider information and profiting nearly $1 million.

Robert Gadimian, 48, of Burbank, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 27 months in prison, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $25,000.  In November 2017, Gadimian pleaded guilty to seven counts of securities fraud and insider trading.

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MOSCOW | Saudi minister tweets barb at UEFA chief in TV rights row



MOSCOW (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s sports minister has criticized the president of European soccer on Twitter in an escalating dispute over Qatar-owned sports broadcasting rights.

World Cup and Champions League TV rights for the Middle East are a proxy battleground in a year-old, Saudi-led boycott of Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host.

Turki al-Sheikh suggested Thursday on his verified account that UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin was a man “of many faces,” whom he had refused to meet.

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WASHINGTON | Melania Trump dons ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ jacket



WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that read “I really don’t care, do u?” as she boarded a flight Thursday to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents.

The green, hooded military jacket from Zara had the words written graffiti-style on the back.

When asked what message the first lady’s jacket intends to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message.

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Virginia News: NEWPORT NEWS, Former Accounting Manager, Susan Gray Sentenced for Embezzling $1.1 Million



NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Chesapeake woman was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for embezzling over $1.1 million from a Hampton business.

According to court documents, Susan Gray, 47, engaged in a scheme to embezzle funds from, Harbor Construction Company, Inc., from January 2012 through January 2017.  Gray transferred approximately $1,185,245.64 from Harbor Construction’s payroll accounts to her own personal accounts.  She used these embezzled funds for own enrichment including making over $100,000 in ATM withdrawals, travel, jewelry, entertainment, restaurants, and retail purchases, and the purchase of a new car. 

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