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SANTA FE, Texas | Texas shooting survivors seek purpose in shadow of Parkland



SANTA FE, Texas | Texas shooting survivors seek purpose in shadow of Parkland

SANTA FE, Texas — The survivors of last week’s school shooting in Texas say that deciding what to do next has not come as easily for them as it did for students who lived through the Parkland, Florida, attack three months ago.

Those teens launched an impassioned campaign to tighten the nation’s gun laws.

But Santa Fe is a rural Texas town with 13,000 residents who pride themselves on responsible gun ownership.

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AUSTIN, Texas  | Texas governor meeting with students, shooting survivors



AUSTIN, Texas  | Texas governor meeting with students, shooting survivors

AUSTIN, Texas — The focus of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s meetings on school safety and mass shootings is shifting to those closest to the recent violence, including students, surviving victims and even one person who grabbed a gun and fought back.

Thursday’s meeting will feature more than 30 people who can provide personal accounts of the attack on a high school in Santa Fe last week, and last November’s shooting at a rural church in Sutherland Springs.

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WASHINGTON  | Republicans to meet with intel officials on Russia probe



WASHINGTON  | Republicans to meet with intel officials on Russia probe

WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers are set to meet with top intelligence officials as President Donald Trump raises new suspicions about the federal investigation into his 2016 campaign.

Trump is calling his newest attempt at discrediting special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation “spygate.” In recent days, he has been zeroing in on — and at times embellishing — reports that a longtime U.S. government informant approached members of his campaign during the 2016 presidential election in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.

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BANGKOK  | Asian shares mixed after Fed gives Wall Street a boost



BANGKOK  | Asian shares mixed after Fed gives Wall Street a boost

BANGKOK  — Shares were mixed in Asia on Thursday after U.S. stocks reversed early losses and finished higher as investors appraised the Federal Reserve’s signal that it is not in a hurry to raise interest rates.

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Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 1.2 percent to 22,418.18 and the Kospi in South Korea slipped 0.3 percent to 2,464.74. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 gave up 0.2 percent to 6,021.60 and the Shanghai Composite index was down less than 0.1 percent at 3,167.83.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio  | Condemned Ohio man blames killing on ‘homosexual panic’



COLUMBUS, Ohio  | Condemned Ohio man blames killing on ‘homosexual panic’

COLUMBUS, Ohio  — A condemned killer is asking the Ohio Parole Board for mercy, saying he experienced a “homosexual panic” of self-revulsion before killing a man he picked up at a bar more than 30 years ago.

Death row inmate Robert Van Hook was sentenced to die for fatally strangling and stabbing David Self in Cincinnati in 1985. Van Hook fled to Florida afterward, where he was arrested and confessed.

At the time of the killing, Van Hook was suffering from long-term effects of untreated mental, physical and sexual abuse as a child and was depressed that his life seemed to be falling apart, his attorneys argue.

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WASHINGTON  | Kushner given security clearance after background check



WASHINGTON  | Kushner given security clearance after background check

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a security clearance after a lengthy background check, a move that ensures the key White House adviser with a broad international portfolio can have access to some of the country’s most closely held secrets.

Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser on the Middle East and other issues, was among many White House advisers who had been operating without approval for full security clearances.

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WASHINGTON  | Bill expanding private care for veterans goes to Trump



WASHINGTON  | Bill expanding private care for veterans goes to Trump

WASHINGTON  — 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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BEIJING  | Merkel in China stresses dialogue on human rights, tech



BEIJING  | Merkel in China stresses dialogue on human rights, tech

BEIJING  — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday stressed the importance of dialogue with China during a visit to Beijing that comes amid shared concerns over trade with the United States and Washington’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal.

Merkel held morning discussions with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who said China-Germany relations were “developing steadily at a high-level,” but that “the current economic and political situations in the world are complex.”

Merkel affirmed their past success in finding answers to issues between them and emphasized the need for regular discussions on issues from human rights to science and technology.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. | Grand jury says police shooting of Georgia man justified



SAVANNAH, Ga. | Grand jury says police shooting of Georgia man justified

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A grand jury in Savannah, Georgia, has determined police were justified in fatally shooting a 20-year-old man they had come to arrest in January.

The grand jury report concludes Ricky Boyd pointed a BB pistol at officers, and it appeared to be a real gun. His family insists he was unarmed. Boyd’s mother says she’s seen the body-camera video, and she says it shows her son with his arms raised and no weapon in his hands.

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BOSTON | Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2



BOSTON | Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2

BOSTON— Rookie Jayson Tatum had 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this postseason with their 10th straight victory at home and moved within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010.

Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night, with the decisive seventh game back in Boston on Sunday if necessary.

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BEIJING | Germany’s Merkel in China to talk trade, Iran, human rights



BEIJING | Germany’s Merkel in China to talk trade, Iran, human rights

BEIJING — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on her visit to China amid tension in both Beijing and the European Union over trade issues with the United States and Washington’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal.

Merkel met Thursday with Li while leading a business delegation on her trip to China. Her trip follows visits to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump and to Sochi, Russia for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin over recent weeks.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. | Ovechkin, Holtsby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. | Ovechkin, Holtsby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0

  1. PETERSBURG, Fla— Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night.

Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout and the Lightning, who led the NHL in goals during the regular season, failed to score in the last 159 minutes, 27 seconds — a stretch of nearly eight periods.

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PUTRAJAYA, | Malaysia’s ex-leader questioned again in corruption scandal



PUTRAJAYA, |  Malaysia’s ex-leader questioned again in corruption scandal

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has arrived at the anti-corruption agency’s office for more questioning over alleged graft at a state investment fund.

He appeared relaxed and waved at reporters before entering the building Thursday for the second round of questioning about two weeks since he was ousted in national elections marked by public anger over the scandal.

Najib was quizzed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for more than four hours Tuesday about the 1MDB fund.

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AUSTIN, | Texas governor supports 2 small gun rules after shooting



AUSTIN,  | Texas governor supports 2 small gun rules after shooting

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday he could support stronger regulations for gun storage and quicker reporting to law enforcement when a court has determined someone is mentally ill in order to keep them from having weapons.

Abbott said those were top considerations to emerge after meeting representatives of a gun control group and gun owners as well as mental health and education experts in discussions on school safety after 10 people were killed last week in a shooting at a high school near Houston.

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TOKYO | North Korea slams Pence remark, renews threat to quit summit



TOKYO | North Korea slams Pence remark, renews threat to quit summit

TOKYO — North Korea has renewed its threat to pull out of a summit next month with President Donald Trump, saying it is just as ready to meet in a nuclear confrontation as at the negotiating table.

Pyongyang’s latest salvo follows recent comments by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence suggesting the North may end up like Libya if it doesn’t move forward with denuclearization.

Choe Son Hui, the vice minister of foreign affairs, was quoted Thursday by the North’s state-run news agency slamming as “ignorant” comments Pence made in an interview with Fox News that compared North Korea to Libya, saying they showed he does not understand North Korea’s situation.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: North Korea blasts Pence for ‘stupid’ remarks



WASHINGTON | The Latest: North Korea blasts Pence for ‘stupid’ remarks

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the United States and North Korea (all times local):

10 p.m.

North Korea says recent comments by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence were “stupid” and “ignorant” and is again warning it is willing to pull out of a planned summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.

Choe Son Hui, the vice minister of foreign affairs, was quoted Thursday by the North’s state-run news agency slamming comments Pence made in an interview with Fox News that compared North Korea to Libya.

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MANAGUA, Nicaragua | Cardinal: Nicaragua talks at impasse, suspended indefinitely



MANAGUA, Nicaragua | Cardinal: Nicaragua talks at impasse, suspended indefinitely

MANAGUA, Nicaragua— Talks between President Daniel Ortega’s administration and opposition and civic groups on resolving weeks of deadly unrest broke down Wednesday after government opponents demanded earlier elections and changes in electoral laws.

The Roman Catholic Church has been mediating the negotiations, and Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes announced late in the day that a decision was made to suspend the process indefinitely due to a lack of progress.

“Given that on this fourth day of dialogue no consensus has been achieved, the bishops are suspending the plenary dialogue,” Brenes said in a live transmission.

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LAS VEGAS | Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect



LAS VEGAS  | Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect

LAS VEGAS  — Ripple effects are likely to be felt if 50,000 workers employed at more than 30 world-famous casino-hotels in Las Vegas go on strike.

Analysts declined Wednesday to weigh in on the financial impact that a strike could have on casino operators. But the casinos and hotels aren’t the only ones who would feel the squeeze; local and state governments stand to lose millions from the impact on tourism.

The last time casino-hotel workers went on strike across Las Vegas, the job action lasted 67 days and cost workers and the city more than $1 million a day each in lost wages and revenues, not counting gambling losses.

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New Jersey News: Investment Adviser, Gary Basralian Arrested For Stealing Millions From Clients



New Jersey News: Investment Adviser, Gary Basralian Arrested For Stealing Millions From Clients

NEWARK, N.J. – A former broker and investment adviser was arrested today for allegedly stealing more than $2.1 million from two clients in order to pay for personal expenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Gary Basralian, 70, of Springfield, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with two counts of wire fraud and one count of investment adviser fraud.  Basralian was arrested earlier today at his home and is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S.

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LOS ANGELES | Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails



LOS ANGELES | Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wields the power in the underworld that thrives behind bars.

The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting “taxes” on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who didn’t follow their rules and even calling the shots on street crimes, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Their clout was diminished as 83 members and associates were charged in a pair of sweeping federal racketeering conspiracies that alleged drug dealing, extortion, violent assaults and even murders.

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WASHINGTON | Trump launches probe into auto imports, possible tariffs



WASHINGTON | Trump launches probe into auto imports, possible tariffs

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled. President Donald Trump predicted earlier that U.S. automakers and auto workers would be “very happy” with the outcome of the NAFTA talks.

The White House said in a statement that the president had asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider whether the imports of automobiles, including trucks, and automotive parts threaten U.S.

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MARAWI, Philippines | Scars, unexploded bombs have lingered since Philippine siege



MARAWI, Philippines | Scars, unexploded bombs have lingered since Philippine siege

MARAWI, Philippines — Thousands of displaced remain in emergency shelters and the threat of Islamic extremists and unexploded bombs lingers in the rubble of a southern Philippine city, where survivors on Wednesday remembered a disastrous five-month siege by Islamic State group-aligned fighters that began a year ago.

The Rev. Teresito Soganub, who survived 117 days of captivity by the extremists in Marawi city, said that aside from the devastation, it would take years for him and other civilians to overcome the horror of having lived through airstrikes and gunbattles that threatened them day and night.

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WASHINGTON | AP source: Jared Kushner granted security clearance



WASHINGTON | AP source: Jared Kushner granted security clearance

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a security clearance after a lengthy background check, a move that ensures the key White House adviser with a broad international portfolio can have access to some of the country’s most closely held secrets.

Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser on the Middle East and other issues, was among many White House advisers who had been operating for months without full security clearances.

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WASHINGTON | Seething over Russia probe, Trump tears into ‘spygate’



WASHINGTON  | Seething over Russia probe, Trump tears into ‘spygate’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel’s Russia investigation as “spygate,” part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise suspicions about the probe that has dogged his presidency since the start.

Trump now is zeroing in on — and at times embellishing — reports that a longtime U.S. government informant approached members of his 2016 campaign during the presidential election in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.

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Department of State News: U.S. Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono



Department of State News: U.S. Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono

WASHINGTON – The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

On May 23, Secretary Pompeo met with Japanese Foreign Minister Kono in Washington, DC. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kono affirmed our shared resolve on North Korea.  The two minsters reaffirmed the shared goal of achieving the comprehensive, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.  They committed to maintaining close trilateral cooperation among Japan, the United States, and the Republic of Korea.  Both sides expressed their joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific and enhancing fair and reciprocal bilateral trade. 

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BOSTON | Celtics, Cavs scuffle in first half of Game 5



BOSTON  | Celtics, Cavs scuffle in first half of Game 5

BOSTON — Boston’s Marcus Morris and Cleveland’s Larry Nance Jr. had to be pulled apart in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night after a hard defensive play by Morris sent Nance to the floor.

Morris and Nance both went up for a pass, and the Cavaliers forward wound up crashing into the first row of seats. Morris appeared to wander over and say something, prompting Nance to jump up and body check him; Morris responded with a one-handed shove to the face.

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WASHINGTON | Pompeo: Fate of US-NKorea summit rests with Kim Jong Un



WASHINGTON  | Pompeo: Fate of US-NKorea summit rests with Kim Jong Un

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he’s “very hopeful” that a planned U.S.-North Korean summit will proceed but laid the fate of the historic meeting squarely with Kim Jong Un, who won’t be reassured by U.S. demands for “rapid denuclearization.”

The decision about whether the June 12 meeting in Singapore between Kim and President Donald Trump happens is “ultimately up to Chairman Kim,” Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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New Jersey News: Former Chief Financial Officer Of New Jersey Orthopedic Care Provider, Harry Wolfmuller Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Embezzling



New Jersey News: Former Chief Financial Officer Of New Jersey Orthopedic Care Provider, Harry Wolfmuller Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Embezzling

NEWARK, N.J. – The former chief financial officer of a New Jersey orthopedic care provider was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for stealing more than $1 million from the company for his personal use, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Harry Wolfmuller, 70, formerly of Belmar, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with one count of wire fraud.

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STILLWATER, Okla | Arizona outlasts Alabama for NCAA women’s golf title



STILLWATER, Okla | Arizona outlasts Alabama for NCAA women’s golf title

STILLWATER, Okla. — Haley Moore beat Lakareber Abe with a birdie on the first extra hole Wednesday to give Arizona a 3-2 victory over Alabama in the NCAA women’s golf championship.

Three days after the Wildcats were one putt away from being eliminated, Moore made a 4-foot putt on the par-5 18th to finally finish off Abe in the last match at Karsten Creek. Abe putted first and missed from about the same distance, with her ball going by on the left.

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HONOLULU | Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane



HONOLULU | Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane

HONOLULU— Blue flames from burning methane are the latest natural phenomena being seen at the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.

Nighttime photos released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey show the flames spouting from cracks in the pavement in the Leilani Estates neighborhood where the volcano has been gushing lava on the big island of Hawaii for the past three weeks.

The volcano produces methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees.

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LOS ANGELES | Family rejoices at finding of soldier’s World War II plane



LOS ANGELES | Family rejoices at finding of soldier’s World War II plane

LOS ANGELES — Tom Kelly grew up on a Northern California farm and once thought of becoming a cowboy before World War II got in the way.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces instead, and on March 11, 1944, the 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant was aboard a B-24 bomber with 10 others when it was struck by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and plunged into the Pacific Ocean.

When the plane Kelly and his fellow crew members called Heaven Can Wait was found at the bottom of a bay off the coast of Papua New Guinea, a wave of exhilaration — albeit one mixed with grief — washed over his family, including many members too young to have ever met him.

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USDA Invests $256 Million in Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities



USDA Invests $256 Million in Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $256 million in 81 projects (PDF, 233 KB) to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states.

“No matter what zip code you live in, infrastructure is a foundation for quality of life and economic opportunity,” Hazlett said.  “Through strong partnerships, USDA is ensuring that rural communities have the modern, reliable infrastructure they need to prosper.”

During her keynote address at the Arkansas Rural Development conference, Hazlett spoke about USDA’s longstanding partnership with state and local officials to improve the quality of life in rural communities. 

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HOUSTON | Rockets return home for Game 5 against Warriors



HOUSTON | Rockets return home for Game 5 against Warriors

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets have a chance to take their first lead in the Western Conference finals with a victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

To do that they’ll need their superstars to step up again, with the pressure on James Harden and Chris Paul to deliver after their big performances in Game 3 spurred Houston to the road victory that tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

“We’re back to even,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.

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TOKYO | NKorea says Pence remarks were ‘stupid,’ willing to not meet



TOKYO | NKorea says Pence remarks were ‘stupid,’ willing to not meet

TOKYO — North Korea said Thursday recent comments by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence were “stupid” and “ignorant” and again warned it was willing to pull out of a planned summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.

Choe Son Hui, the vice minister of foreign affairs, was quoted Thursday by the North’s state-run news agency slamming comments Pence made in an interview with Fox News that compared North Korea to Libya, saying they showed that he does not understand North Korea’s situation.

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LEADING OFF: Astros-Indians again, Mets limp to tough trip



LEADING OFF: Astros-Indians again, Mets limp to tough trip

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

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Houston‘s Charlie Morton and Cleveland‘s Mike Clevinger get a rematch of their most recent outing when the Astros and Indians begin a series at Progressive Field. Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) pitched Houston to a 4-1 victory last Friday, striking out eight over seven innings. Clevinger (3-1, 2.87) got his first loss of the season after allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump orders probe of tariffs for cars, trucks



WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump orders probe of tariffs for cars, trucks

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

9 p.m.

President Donald Trump is directing the Commerce Department to begin an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the import of automobiles into the United States.

The White House says Trump has asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider whether imports of cars and trucks and automotive parts threaten U.S. national security.

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LAS VEGAS | The Latest: Vegas shooting witnesses describe police heroism



LAS VEGAS | The Latest: Vegas shooting witnesses describe police heroism

LAS VEGAS — The Latest on documents that Las Vegas police released from the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history (all times local):

6 p.m.

Police and witnesses in newly released documents described acts of heroism by Las Vegas officers responding to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history or those at the concert on their own time.

Authorities set up makeshift triage areas, where one officer “tried to keep the victims focused on staying alive” while figuring out some kind of evacuation plan.

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Oklahoma News: U.S. Marshals, OCPD Combine Forces to ‘Disrupt’ Gang Operations



Oklahoma News: U.S. Marshals, OCPD Combine Forces to ‘Disrupt’ Gang Operations

Oklahoma City, OK – The U.S. Marshals Service Western District of Oklahoma’s Metro Fugitive Task Force partnered with the Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) to execute a warrant operation from April 9-30.  Targets of this operation, dubbed Operation Disruption, were identified as known gang members with violent criminal histories and outstanding warrants or subjects with felony warrants.

During this operation, USMS and OCPD compiled target information and possible locations of each subject, using a multitude of law enforcement databases from each agency. 

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KATHMANDU, Nepal | Greatest female Everest climber wants to inspire other women



KATHMANDU, Nepal | Greatest female Everest climber wants to inspire other women

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The most successful female Everest climber said after finishing her ninth ascent of the world’s highest mountain that she wants to inspire all women so they too can achieve their dreams.

Lhakpa Sherpa was guiding some 50 climbers with her brother when she scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak last week, breaking her own record for the most climbs of Mount Everest by a woman.

“If an uneducated woman who is a single mother can climb Everest nine times, any woman can achieve their dreams,” Sherpa said in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

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WASHINGTON | Trump directs government to investigate whether tariffs are needed on imports of autos, trucks



WASHINGTON | Trump directs government to investigate whether tariffs are needed on imports of autos, trucks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump directs government to investigate whether tariffs are needed on imports of autos, trucks.

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LOS ANGELES | Michael Jackson estate slams ABC TV special on his last days



LOS ANGELES | Michael Jackson estate slams ABC TV special on his last days

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estate of Michael Jackson is objecting to an ABC TV special on the end of the King of Pop’s life, calling it a crass attempt to exploit Jackson without respect for his legacy or children.

The estate said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday that “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” is not sponsored or approved by Jackson’s heirs, and will most likely violate their intellectual property rights — an assertion ABC denies.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C | Jeff Gordon calls NASCAR Hall of Fame selection ‘surreal’



CHARLOTTE, N.C | Jeff Gordon calls NASCAR Hall of Fame selection ‘surreal’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon didn’t give much thought to NASCAR while racing sprint cars in Indiana as a teenager.
He was too busy trying to get into open wheel racing.

But when Gordon’s career stalled, he headed South to try his hand at stock car racing and went on to win 93 Cup races — third on the career list — and four championships while helping NASCAR move from a predominantly regional sport to the mainstream in the 1990s.

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National Association of Realtors® Applauds Passage of Banking Reform Bill



National Association of Realtors® Applauds Passage of Banking Reform Bill

WASHINGTON/ May 23, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — The U.S. House passed bipartisan legislation today that the National Association of Realtors® believes will bring much-needed bank regulatory relief and consumer protections and is a step in the right direction for the industry.

S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act contains several favorable provisions for housing, including easing mortgage credit through reduced regulatory burdens on smaller community banks and credit unions. Ahead of today’s vote, NAR sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging for their support.

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WASHINGTON | Critics: NFL decision chooses mainstream appeal over players



WASHINGTON | Critics: NFL decision chooses mainstream appeal over players

WASHINGTON (AP) — With its decision to ban kneeling during the national anthem, critics are accusing the NFL of prioritizing being in the good financial graces of mainstream America over the social justice passions of its players trying to draw attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

Some opponents of the new policy now vow to never watch an NFL game again.

The NFL’s new anthem policy — made without input from its majority-black players — makes the athletes stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” or be absent from the field while it’s played.

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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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