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ROME  | Populists’ pick to be Italian premier scorns bureaucracy



ROME  | Populists’ pick to be Italian premier scorns bureaucracy

ROME  — Giuseppe Conte, a bureaucracy-allergic law professor, is hardly a household name in Italy. Yet the 53-year-old academic is the candidate two rival political leaders have chosen to head what they hope will be the country’s first populist government.

Say the name “Conte” and the one who comes to the mind of many ordinary Italians is Antonio Conte, the former coach of the Azzurri, Italy’s national soccer team. The front page of Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera carried an editorial cartoon Monday playing on the possible premier’s lack of a comparable profile.

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CLEBURNE, Texas  | At age 53, Palmeiro hits 1st home run in return to baseball



CLEBURNE, Texas  | At age 53, Palmeiro hits 1st home run in return to baseball

CLEBURNE, Texas  — Rafael Palmeiro still has power, even at 53.

After hitting more than 500 home runs in the major leagues, Palmeiro went deep Monday night for the first time in his return to baseball with an independent team.

He connected in the fifth inning for the Cleburne Railroaders , who went on to a 4-3 loss in 11 innings against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

Starting for the first time this season at first base, where he spent the majority of his 20-year big league career, Palmeiro batted sixth in the lineup, right behind his son, Patrick.

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RAMALLAH, West Bank  | Palestinian leader’s health apparently improving in hospital



RAMALLAH, West Bank  | Palestinian leader’s health apparently improving in hospital

RAMALLAH, West Bank  — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appears to be making a swift recovery in hospital from his latest health troubles.

His office released a photo and a brief video clip late on Monday showing him walking in the hospital hallway, dressed in a blue bathrobe and flanked by aides. Another photo showed him sitting and reading a newspaper in Ramallah’s Istishari Hospital.

Abbas was hospitalized Sunday with a fever, just days after undergoing ear surgery.

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PAHOA, Hawaii  | Hawaii volcano generates toxic gas plume called laze



PAHOA, Hawaii  | Hawaii volcano generates toxic gas plume called laze

PAHOA, Hawaii  — The eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sparked new safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island’s southern coastline after lava began flowing into the ocean and setting off a chemical reaction.

The molten rock started pouring into the sea over the weekend. It’s been generating plumes of lava haze or “laze” as it interacts with seawater.

It’s just the latest hazard from a weeks-old eruption that has so far generated earthquakes and featured gushing molten rock, giant ash plumes and sulfur dioxide.

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LAS VEGAS  | Vegas casino workers to vote on strike that could cost city



LAS VEGAS  | Vegas casino workers to vote on strike that could cost city

LAS VEGAS  — Tens of thousands of casino workers in Las Vegas whose contracts expire next week planned to vote Tuesday on whether to authorize a strike, a move that could leave more than 30 properties without unionized housekeepers, bartenders, servers and other key employees.

A majority of yes votes Tuesday would not immediately affect the casinos but would give the union’s negotiators a huge bargaining chip by allowing them to call for a strike at any time starting June 1.

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JUNEAU, Alaska  | Women cite ‘grass ceiling’ in male-dominated weed industry



JUNEAU, Alaska  | Women cite ‘grass ceiling’ in male-dominated weed industry

JUNEAU, Alaska  — When Danielle Schumacher attended her first convention of marijuana activists about 15 years ago, she could count on one hand all the women in a room of older men.

The lack of diversity struck the then-college student, who remembers feeling out of place but also determined to make her mark.

“That feeling just really stuck with me that this isn’t going to last. This is going to shift in my lifetime, and I want to be part of that,” said the San Francisco-based Schumacher, who in 2014 co-founded THC Staffing Group, a recruitment firm that encourages a more diverse cannabis industry workforce.

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LOS ANGELES  | Rockies edge Dodgers 2-1, move into 1st place in NL West



LOS ANGELES  | Rockies edge Dodgers 2-1, move into 1st place in NL West

LOS ANGELES  — The Dodgers brought a four-game winning streak back home and couldn’t get out of their own way.

Three hits, three errors and Matt Kemp getting thrown out diving back into first base to end the game added up to a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

“It was a kind of cool ending to the game,” Rockies catcher Tony Wolters said.

The Dodgers returned home after sweeping three games against Washington.

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BEIJING  | Experts: China far side lunar mission potentially historic



BEIJING  | Experts: China far side lunar mission potentially historic

BEIJING  — Experts say China’s ambition to soft-land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year faces considerable challenges but if successful, would put its space program in the forefront of one of the most important areas of lunar exploration.

China hopes to be the first country to complete such a landing. On Monday, it launched a relay satellite to facilitate communication between controllers on Earth and the upcoming Chang’e 4 mission.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia  | Indonesia raises alert for Merapi volcano, sets no-go zone



JAKARTA, Indonesia  | Indonesia raises alert for Merapi volcano, sets no-go zone

JAKARTA, Indonesia  — Indonesian authorities raised the alert for the volatile Mount Merapi volcano on the densely populated island of Java and ordered people within 3 kilometers (2 miles) to evacuate.

Merapi has erupted four times since Monday, sending out a 3,500 meter (11,483 feet) column of volcanic material and dusting the surrounding region in ash.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the national disaster mitigation agency’s spokesman, said some 660 people living within the exclusion zone have evacuated since early Tuesday.

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SHREVEPORT, La. | Miss Nebraska winner of Miss USA competition



SHREVEPORT, La. | Miss Nebraska winner of Miss USA competition

SHREVEPORT, La.  — Sarah Rose Summers from Nebraska has beaten 50 other women to win the crown at this year’s Miss USA competition.

Summers, a 23-year-old contestant from Omaha, graduated from Texas Christian University with two degrees and is working on becoming a certified child life specialist. With Monday evening’s victory, she takes over from Kara McCullough, who won the competition last year when it was held in Las Vegas.

At the start of a two-hour broadcast, the field was immediately narrowed down to 15 contestants according to how they performed during preliminary rounds held in the days before Monday’s broadcast.

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ATLANTA | Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America



ATLANTA | Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America

ATLANTA — If you want to know where mass school shootings are most likely to occur, look no farther than small-town and suburban America.

The massacre that killed 10 people at a high school in Texas last week was just the latest to happen in a small or suburban city. Of the 10 deadliest school shootings in the U.S., all but one took place in a town with fewer than 75,000 residents and the vast majority of them were in cities with fewer than 50,000 people.

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CLEVELAND  | All tied up: LeBron’s 44 helps Cavs even series with Celtics



CLEVELAND  | All tied up: LeBron’s 44 helps Cavs even series with Celtics

CLEVELAND  — LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today’s game.

And unless the Boston Celtics do something soon, he’ll get there again.

James bullied his way to 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home before their adoring fans.

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NEW YORK  | New York Stock Exchange names first female leader



NEW YORK  | New York Stock Exchange names first female leader

NEW YORK  — The New York Stock Exchange has named its first female leader in the history of the 226-year-old exchange.

The parent company of the NYSE, Intercontinental Exchange Inc., told The Wall Street Journal Monday night that Stacey Cunningham will become the 67th president. She’s currently NYSE’s chief operating officer.

Cunningham will start her new job on Friday. She succeeds Thomas Farley, who came to the NYSE in November 2013.

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ATLANTA  | Voters choose nominees in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas



ATLANTA  | Voters choose nominees in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas

ATLANTA  — Four states cast ballots Tuesday as the 2018 midterm elections take shape. Voters in Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky hold primaries, while Texans settle several primary runoffs after their first round of voting in March. Some noteworthy story lines:

IN THIS #METOO MIDTERM, A BIG DAY FOR WOMEN

Texans will settle an all-female congressional runoff between liberal activist Laura Moser and Houston attorney Lizzie Fletcher in a Houston-area House race that has become a proxy for the Democratic Party’s battle over style and substance.

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AUSTIN, Texas  | School shooting not likely to decide Texas runoff races



AUSTIN, Texas  | School shooting not likely to decide Texas runoff races

AUSTIN, Texas  — Texas’ primary runoff will test whether the national Democratic Party’s establishment can overcome an insurgent wing more openly hostile to President Donald Trump.

It will also set up November races where Democrats hope to flip three Republican-held U.S. House seats, a once unthinkable total in such a conservative state. And the party will learn its gubernatorial nominee, even if Republican Gov. Greg Abbott looks unbeatable.

But one Democratic issue not expected to resonate is gun control, even though balloting comes four days after a shooting killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School near Houston.

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WASHINGTON  | Trump wades deeper into abortion politics as midterms loom



WASHINGTON  | Trump wades deeper into abortion politics as midterms loom

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump has long been an unlikely sweetheart for conservative and evangelical voters. Now, in the lead-up to the midterm elections, the thrice-married former Democrat who used to describe himself as “very pro-choice” is offering catnip to conservative voters with a new administration push to strip funding from Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics.

The initiative, announced last week, has arrived just in time for Trump to highlight it Tuesday night when he speaks at the Susan B.

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NEWCASTLE, Australia  | Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up



NEWCASTLE, Australia  | Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up

NEWCASTLE, Australia  — An Australian archbishop on Tuesday became the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse and faces a potential two years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Magistrate Robert Stone handed down the verdict against Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson in Newcastle Local Court, north of Sydney, following a magistrate-only trial.

Wilson, 67, had pleaded not guilty to concealing a serious crime committed by another person — the sexual abuse of children by pedophile priest James Fletcher in the 1970s.

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WASHINGTON  | The princes, the president and the fortune seekers



WASHINGTON  | The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

WASHINGTON  — In a yearlong pursuit of money and influence, two American businessmen played Middle East countries against each other, as they leveraged connections stretching from Persian Gulf palaces to the Oval Office into millions of dollars in contracts.

An investigation by The Associated Press found that fundraiser Elliott Broidy and George Nader, an adviser to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, pushed the interests of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates at the highest levels of the U.S.

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WASHINGTON | Trump the dealmaker facing challenges ahead of NKorea summit



WASHINGTON | Trump the dealmaker facing challenges ahead of NKorea summit

WASHINGTON — Weeks before his planned North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker’s worst nightmare: overpromising and under-delivering.

As the Singapore meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un draws near, the president and his allies are growing increasingly anxious about how he can score a win on the world stage. While Trump has not suggested he wants to back out, he has struggled to define his objectives for the historic sit-down, and last week he drew fresh criticism from his foreign foil.

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WASHINGTON  | US clings to health coverage gains despite political drama



WASHINGTON  | US clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

WASHINGTON — The U.S. clung to its health insurance gains last year, an unexpected outcome after President Donald Trump’s repeated tries to take apart the Obama-era coverage expansion, according to a major government survey released Tuesday.

Overall, the survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 9.1 percent of Americans were uninsured in 2017, or a little more than 29 million people

After nearly a year of Trump, that was almost the same as toward the end of the Obama administration.

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BATON ROUGE, La. | Pizza deliveryman’s killing: Man ordered free decades later



BATON ROUGE, La. | Pizza deliveryman’s killing: Man ordered free decades later

BATON ROUGE, La.— A Louisiana judge has ordered the release of an inmate whose attorneys have accused prosecutors of withholding “staggering” evidence of the man’s innocence in a pizza deliveryman’s killing two decades ago.

A plea deal with Caddo Parish prosecutors would allow Corey Williams to be freed possibly later Tuesday from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, according to defense attorney Amir Ali.

Williams pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter and obstruction of justice after prosecutors and defense lawyers asked state District Court Judge Katherine Dorroh to vacate his murder conviction, Ali said.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: White House setting up meeting on Russia probe



WASHINGTON | The Latest: White House setting up meeting on Russia probe

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly plans to “immediately set up a meeting” with congressional leaders and the FBI, Justice Department and Director of National Intelligence to review “highly classified and other information they have requested” related to the Russia investigation.

Rep. Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter and head of the House intelligence committee, has been demanding information on an FBI source in the Russia investigation.

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TOKYO | Sony invests in image sensors, acquires more of EMI Music



TOKYO | Sony invests in image sensors, acquires more of EMI Music

TOKYO — Electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday it plans to invest 1 trillion yen ($9 billion) mostly in image sensors over the next three years, under a revamped strategy to strengthen both hardware and creative content.

Sony also plans to buy for $2.3 billion a 60 percent stake in EMI Music Publishing, from Mubadala Investment Co. EMI has under its wing classics such as the Motown catalog and Queen, and contemporary artists like Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams.

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WONSAN, North Korea | Foreign media arrive for North Korea nuke site closing



WONSAN, North Korea | Foreign media arrive for North Korea nuke site closing

WONSAN, North Korea — Foreign journalists have arrived in North Korea to cover the dismantling of the country’s nuclear test site later this week.

South Korean media initially scheduled to join were not allowed onto Tuesday’s charter flight from Beijing.

Pyongyang is allowing the small media group access to the site to publicize its promise to halt underground tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles. It unilaterally announced that moratorium ahead of a summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S.

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CLEVELAND | LeBron scores 44 as Cavs even series with Celtics



CLEVELAND | LeBron scores 44 as Cavs even series with Celtics

CLEVELAND —LeBron James scored 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home.

Pushed by a raucous crowd that wasn’t so confident a few days ago, the Cavs held off Boston’s comeback in the fourth quarter and squared a series that is now a best-of-three.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.| Deadly Florida airport shooting results in plea deal for man



FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.| Deadly Florida airport shooting results in plea deal for man

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Federal prosecutors have filed court documents in which an Alaska man has agreed to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people.

Prosecutors said Monday that in exchange for the agreement, 28-year-old Esteban Santiago is to receive a life prison sentence.

The agreement says Santiago will plead guilty to 11 of the 22 counts against him in the attack that also left six wounded.

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BESSEMER CITY, N.C.| Pastor: Depression preceded fatal crash into restaurant



BESSEMER CITY, N.C.| Pastor: Depression preceded fatal crash into restaurant

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. — A North Carolina man accused of crashing a car into a restaurant table full of loved ones, killing two, had suffered for weeks with depression and previously asked his family to take his guns away, his pastor says.

Roger Self faces two counts of first-degree murder after authorities say he got into the sport utility vehicle during a family meal and then drove it at high speed into the restaurant on Sunday.

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PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia | Former Malaysian PM Najib questioned by anti-graft agency



PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia | Former Malaysian PM Najib questioned by anti-graft agency

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia— Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was being questioned Tuesday by anti-corruption police about a graft scandal that could lead to criminal charges against him.

He was summoned nearly two weeks after the defeat of his long-ruling coalition in national elections, a loss partly due to public anger over alleged corruption at the 1MDB state investment fund that Najib set up. U.S. investigators say Najib’s associates stole and laundered $4.5 billion from the fund, some of which landed in Najib’s bank account.

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LEADING OFF: Soto swings away, Harvey’s home debut with Reds



LEADING OFF: Soto swings away, Harvey’s home debut with Reds

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday:

ENCORE!

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto looks to add to his hit total. The youngest player in the majors at 19, he launched a 442-foot home run Monday night in his first big league start. Soto also singled while driving in three runs at home against San Diego. According to Baseball-Reference.com, he was the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Washington teammate Bryce Harper on Sept.

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WASHINGTON | Capitals rough up Lightning to force Game 7 in East final



WASHINGTON | Capitals rough up Lightning to force Game 7 in East final

WASHINGTON — T.J. Oshie and Devante Smith-Pelly scored, Braden Holtby stopped all 24 shots he faced and the Washington Capitals beat up the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 Monday night to even the Eastern Conference final and force a deciding Game 7.

Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson and Brooks Orpik led the charge, throwing their bodies around all night in Game 6. Tampa Bay got 31 saves from goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy in another impressive showing but had no answer for Washington’s hit-everything-that-moves approach facing elimination at home.

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BEIJING | Asian markets mostly lower after Wall Street gains



BEIJING | Asian markets mostly lower after Wall Street gains

BEIJING — Asian markets were mostly lower Tuesday after Wall Street gained as Italy moved toward forming a euroskeptic-led government.

KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index declined 0.2 percent to 3,208.20 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 lost 0.7 percent to 6,039.20. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 edged up 4 points to 23,005.25. Markets in Hong Kong and South Korea were closed for holidays. Benchmarks in New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia also declined.

WALL STREET: Industrial and technology companies led gains after Washington and Beijing appeared to make progress in trade talks.

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South Carolina News: AG Wilson Joins Walgreens, announcing expansion of Safe Medication Disposal Program



South Carolina News: AG Wilson Joins Walgreens, announcing expansion of Safe Medication Disposal Program

COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson today joined Walgreens to announce the expansion of safe medication disposal kiosks to more Walgreens locations in South Carolina.  AmerisourceBergen, Pfizer and Prime Therapeutics are joining Walgreens to expand the availability of the year-round safe medication disposal kiosks to 20 locations throughout the state.

The expansion is part of an effort announced last year by leading health care organizations to combat the national opioid abuse crisis by increasing the availability of safe medication disposal kiosks to an additional 900 Walgreens drugstores around the country. 

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New York Governor Cuomo Announces More than $50 Million in Improvements at Long Island State Parks Heading into Memorial Day Weekend



New York Governor Cuomo Announces More than $50 Million in Improvements at Long Island State Parks Heading into Memorial Day Weekend

NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $50 million in improvements and new opportunities at state parks across Long Island heading into Memorial Day weekend.  This summer, visitors will enjoy the first state cottages on Long Island at Wildwood and Heckscher State Parks; the new Boardwalk Café at Jones Beach State Park; overnight boating accommodations for the first time at the Robert Moses State Park marina; a new entranceway into Sunken Meadow State Park including rehabilitated bathhouse and pavilion; and new trail access for the first time in 40 years at Napeague State Park along South Fork Bay.

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PERRY HALL, Md. | Police search past nightfall for suspects in officer’s death



PERRY HALL, Md. | Police search past nightfall for suspects in officer’s death

PERRY HALL, Md.— Rifle-toting police swarmed into a Baltimore suburb where a female officer was fatally injured Monday, searching for suspects believed to be armed after witnesses reported hearing a pop and seeing the officer run over by a Jeep.

Residents in a leafy community of suburban homes where the officer was injured described seeing her on the ground, badly hurt. Several people tried to keep her alive, but she was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

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California News: California Attorney General Becerra Fights Federal Government’s Attempt to Deny Access to Birth Control



California News: California Attorney General Becerra Fights Federal Government’s Attempt to Deny Access to Birth Control

SACRAMENTO, CA — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed a legal brief defending the nationwide preliminary injunction California secured on December 21, 2017, protecting birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The preliminary injunction successfully blocked the Trump-Pence Administration’s rules that threaten access to cost-free birth control as required by the ACA for employees and their eligible dependents.

“Access to cost-free birth control puts women and families, not politicians, in charge of making the important decisions involving their healthcare needs. 

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WASHINGTON | Warring House GOP factions seek middle ground on immigration



WASHINGTON | Warring House GOP factions seek middle ground on immigration

WASHINGTON — Leaders of warring House Republican factions searched for an immigration compromise Monday as some conservatives warned of consequences for Speaker Paul Ryan if he allowed party moderates to push a bipartisan bill through the chamber without strong GOP support.

The talks occurred as centrist Republicans remained five GOP signatures away from being able to force party leaders to hold votes on a series of immigration bills. Should they succeed, it would launch a process in which the likely outcome seemed to be passage of a middle-ground measure backed by a handful of Republicans and all Democrats.

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VINALHAVEN, Maine | Robert Indiana, known for his LOVE series, has died at 89



VINALHAVEN, Maine | Robert Indiana, known for his LOVE series, has died at 89

VINALHAVEN, Maine— Artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series, has died at his home in Maine. He was 89.

Indiana’s attorney says he died Saturday from respiratory failure.

Friends had expressed concern for his well-being because the reclusive artist hadn’t been heard from for some time. Kathleen Rogers, a friend and former publicist, says she was so concerned she recently contacted the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate.

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Arizona News: Meth Trafficking Ring Dismantled Announced by AG Mark Brnovich



Arizona News: Meth Trafficking Ring Dismantled Announced by AG Mark Brnovich

PHOENIX, AZ – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, along with the DEA Phoenix Division and the Tempe Police Department announced the takedown of a major methamphetamine trafficking ring.  Five people were indicted for their alleged involvement in the drug trafficking ring that operated in Tempe, Tolleson, Avondale, and West Phoenix.

Isabel Ceniceros-Alvarado, Jesus Ceniceros-Quiroz, Jesus Eduardo Castro-Ceniceros, Jose De Jesus Moreno-Ayala, and Jesus Antonio Fornes are facing 27 felony charges including Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Conspiracy, Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, Money Laundering, and Misconduct Involving Weapons.

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Missouri News: Missouri SOS Ashcroft’s Securities Division Participates in Coordinated International Crypto Crackdown



Missouri News: Missouri SOS Ashcroft’s Securities Division Participates in Coordinated International Crypto Crackdown

Jefferson City, MO — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division today announced it has initiated an administrative enforcement action against the Baltic Fund, of Vilnius, Lithuania as part of an international crackdown on fraudulent Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency-related investment products.  The sweep is coordinated by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which the securities division is a member.

As part of “Operation Cryptosweep,” the securities issued a Cease and Desist Order and Order to Show Cause against the Baltic Fund based upon multiple alleged violations of the Missouri Securities laws.

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WASHINGTON | Nats’ Soto, MLB’s youngest player at 19, homers in 1st start



WASHINGTON | Nats’ Soto, MLB’s youngest player at 19, homers in 1st start

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, has hit a three-run homer in his first career start for the Washington Nationals.

A day after striking out as a pinch-hitter in his big league debut, Soto connected in the second inning against San Diego on Monday night.

The drive traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park and earned him a standing ovation from the crowd.

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Missouri News: Missouri AG Hawley Leads Coalition in Support of Stiffer Penalties for Irresponsible Drug Manufactures



Missouri News: Missouri AG Hawley Leads Coalition in Support of Stiffer Penalties for Irresponsible Drug Manufactures

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson, led a bipartisan coalition of 39 state and territory attorneys general to call on congressional leaders to promptly pass measures to help hold opioid manufacturers accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic and stem the diversion of their drugs to the illicit market.

“Diversion of prescription opioids has devastated communities in our states,” the attorneys general wrote in their LETTER. 

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ST. LOUIS | Judge appoints special prosecutor to decide on Greitens case



ST. LOUIS | Judge appoints special prosecutor to decide on Greitens case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge on Monday appointed the prosecutor in Jackson County as the special prosecutor who will decide whether to refile an invasion-of-privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison recused the St. Louis circuit attorney’s office from the felony case and appointed Jean Peters Baker, the prosecutor for Jackson County, where Kansas City is located. The ruling gives Baker discretion to consider not only the invasion-of-privacy charge but “other incidents involving the same victim” that occurred from March 21, 2015, to Sept.

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Iowa News: Iowa AG Miller supports stiffer penalties for irresponsible opioid makers



Iowa News: Iowa AG Miller supports stiffer penalties for irresponsible opioid makers

DES MOINES, IA — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller joined 38 state and territory attorneys general calling on congressional leaders to promptly pass measures to help hold opioid manufacturers accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic and stem diversion.

“We have seen opioid manufacturers ignore their responsibilities,” the letter signed by Miller says. “… The consequences of turning a blind eye to suspicious opioid orders cannot merely be a cost of doing business.”

The bipartisan coalition sent a letter to chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Judiciary Committee — including Sen.

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Illinois News: Illinois’ first family moves back into the Governor’s Mansion



Illinois News: Illinois’ first family moves back into the Governor’s Mansion

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Today was moving day for the first family as Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner took up residence at the Illinois Governor’s Mansion following a two-year renovation project.  The move fulfills a promise the first couple made to the state three and a half years ago.

“Diana and I pledged to renovate the Mansion at no cost to the taxpayers,” Gov. Rauner said.  “Thanks to an incredible effort by the first lady and the Mansion Association, we are on the verge of accomplishing a stunning renovation … on time and on budget with private funding.”

“This project has meant so much to my husband and me because of what it means to the people of Illinois,” first lady Diana Rauner said. 

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PAHOA, Hawaii | What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii’s latest volcanic hazard



PAHOA, Hawaii | What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii’s latest volcanic hazard

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is pouring into the sea and setting off a chemical reaction that creates giant clouds of acid and fine glass.

The lava haze, or “laze,” is created when molten rock hits the ocean and marks just the latest hazard from a volcano that has been generating earthquakes and spewing lava, sulfur dioxide and ash since it began erupting in Big Island backyards on May 3.

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif | ‘Pay the man’: Rams back DT Aaron Donald in latest absence



THOUSAND OAKS, Calif | ‘Pay the man’: Rams back DT Aaron Donald in latest absence

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Donald is skipping another set of offseason workouts while his contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Rams drag on into their second year.

The All-Pro defensive tackle’s teammates would like to see this standoff resolved before it has any chance to impact their promising season.

“Hey man, pay the man,” cornerback Marcus Peters said. “You win the MVP? Come on now.”

The NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year was back home in Pittsburgh while the Rams began voluntary organized team activities at their training complex Monday.

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Rosen Law Announces Filing of Securities Class Action Lawsuit Against Live Nation Entertainment, Inc



Rosen Law Announces Filing of Securities Class Action Lawsuit Against Live Nation Entertainment, Inc

NEW YORK, NY– Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, announces the filing of a class action lawsuit on behalf of purchasers of the securities of Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV) from February 23, 2017 through March 30, 2018, both dates inclusive (the “Class Period”).  The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for Live Nation investors under the federal securities laws.

To join the Live Nation class action, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-1333.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq.

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Mississippi News: Mississippi AG Hood wants stiffer penalties for irresponsbile drug manufacturers



Mississippi News: Mississippi AG Hood wants stiffer penalties for irresponsbile drug manufacturers

JACKSON, MS – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and a bipartisan group of 38 other attorneys general are calling on congressional leaders to promptly pass measures to help hold opioid manufacturers accountable for not identifying suspicious shipments of the drug that contribute to the overwhelming opioid epidemic in our country.

The coalition sent a letter to the chair and ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Judiciary Committee, urging them to pass S.2456, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 2.0 and S.2440, the Comprehensive Addiction Reform, Education, and Safety (CARES) Act.

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WASHINGTON | Trump discusses immigration agenda with GOP governors



WASHINGTON | Trump discusses immigration agenda with GOP governors

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump dined Monday evening with Republican governors supportive of his immigration policies to discuss plans for border security and deporting people in the U.S. illegally.

Trump says the nation’s immigration laws are the worst of anywhere in the world, particularly so-called catch-and-release policies, under which federal immigration officers release those detained for being in the U.S. illegally pending legal proceedings. Trump says, “We have to end it.”

Trump says progress on a border wall is being made but calls on Congress to provide more funding toward his signature campaign promise.

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NEW YORK | Despite Spotify change, R. Kelly’s streams still intact



NEW YORK | Despite Spotify change, R. Kelly’s streams still intact

NEW YORK (AP) — Streaming numbers for R. Kelly have remained intact a week after Spotify announced it had removed the R&B singer’s music from its playlists, citing its new policy on hate content and hateful conduct.

Spotify made the bold declaration on May 10, but R. Kelly’s streaming numbers are relatively the same with some small growth: Before the announcement, he averaged 6,584,000 weekly streams for the year. But from May 10 to May 16 he garnered 6,676,000 streams for the week, according to Nielsen Music.

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