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DETROIT | Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance



DETROIT | Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan’s Kalamazoo.

And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted to strip a former school president’s name from a campus science building because he lent his scientific expertise to groups that were in favor of selective reproduction, also known as eugenics.

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SANTA FE, Texas | Texas lieutenant governor calls for ‘hardening’ of schools



SANTA FE, Texas | Texas lieutenant governor calls for ‘hardening’ of schools

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called Sunday for a “hardening” of the nation’s school buildings in the wake of the attack by a 17-year-old student who killed 10 people at a high school near Houston.

Patrick, a Republican, blamed a “culture of violence” and said more needs to be done to keep shooters away from students, such as restricting school entrances and arming teachers.

“When you’re facing someone who’s an active shooter, the best way to take that shooter down is with a gun.

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KINSHASA, Congo | Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday



KINSHASA, Congo | Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine Monday in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of 1.2 million where the deadly disease has infected some residents, Congo’s health minister announced.

“The vaccination campaign begins tomorrow, Monday, in Mbandaka, capital of the province. It will target, first, the health staff, the contacts of the sick and the contacts of the contacts,” Minister of Health Oly Ilunga told The Associated Press Sunday.

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BAGHDAD | Iraq’s al-Sadr says next government will be ‘inclusive’



BAGHDAD | Iraq’s al-Sadr says next government will be ‘inclusive’

BAGHDAD (AP) — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq’s parliamentary elections, has sought to reassure Iraqis about their next government, saying it will be “inclusive” and mindful of their needs.

No single bloc won a majority in the May 12 vote, raising the prospect of weeks or even months of negotiations to agree on a government. Major political players began talks soon after the election’s partial results were announced last week.

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SANTA FE, Texas | The Latest: 1st funeral set for Texas school shooting victim



SANTA FE, Texas | The Latest: 1st funeral set for Texas school shooting victim

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the school shooting in Texas (all times local):
9:20 a.m.

The first funeral for one of the 10 people fatally shot at a high school outside Houston is set for Sunday afternoon.

The Islamic Society for Greater Houston says services for 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh are scheduled for a mosque in suburban Houston.

She’d been attending classes at Santa Fe High School since last August when she was killed Friday.

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California News: Rabobank Bank Sentenced for Obstructing Regulators, Forfeits $368 Million for Concealing Anti-Money Laundering Failures



California News: Rabobank Bank Sentenced for Obstructing Regulators, Forfeits $368 Million for Concealing Anti-Money Laundering Failures

SAN DIEGO, CA – Rabobank, National Association, a California subsidiary of the Netherlands-based Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., was sentenced Friday, May 18th before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller for conspiring to impair, impede, and obstruct its primary regulator, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), by concealing deficiencies in its anti-money laundering program.

Judge Miller sentenced Rabobank to pay the statutory maximum fine of $500,000 after taking account of Rabobank’s forfeiture of $368,701,259 as well as a two-year term of probation. 

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Janet Jackson, Ariana Grande, BTS set for Billboard Awards



Janet Jackson, Ariana Grande, BTS set for Billboard Awards

After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking “janet.” album, Janet Jackson will be capping off an epic week with her first televised performance in nine years at the Billboard Music Awards.

Jackson will also receive the Icon Award on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where today’s hitmakers will also hit the stage, from Ariana Grande to John Legend.

The show will air live on NBC at 8 p.m.

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Indy 500 field won’t be expanded for Hinchcliffe, Mann



Indy 500 field won’t be expanded for Hinchcliffe, Mann

Only 33 cars will start the Indianapolis 500 and the field will not be expanded to include James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann, two popular drivers bumped out of the race in qualifying.

IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye tells The Associated Press the series is not considering expanding the field for next Sunday’s race. It was common practice for decades for more than 33 drivers to show up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with many top names failing to make the biggest race in America over the years.

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Washington DC: Two District Men, Terrance Atchison & Barry Bloomfield Sentenced to Prison Terms



Washington DC: Two District Men, Terrance Atchison & Barry Bloomfield Sentenced to Prison Terms

Father and 21-Month Old Son Were Struck by Gunfire

WASHINGTON DC – Terrance Atchison, 22, and Barry Bloomfield, 29, both of Washington, D.C., were sentenced Friday to prison terms for a shooting at a barber shop in which a father and his 21-month-old child were injured.  Atchison was sentenced to a 16 ½-year prison term, and Bloomfield was sentenced to an 18 ½-year term for their respective roles in the crime.

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The Latest: Mnuchin says US-China putting trade war on hold



The Latest: Mnuchin says US-China putting trade war on hold

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-China trade talks (all times local):
10:05 a.m.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the United States and China are “putting the trade war on hold” after two days of talks that he says produced meaningful progress.

Despite not getting China to agree to trim its overall trade surplus with America by a specific amount, Mnuchin said the U.S. team did get a number of commitments on a framework for reducing the deficit over time, including a doubling of purchases of U.S.

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WASHINGTON | Mnuchin says NAFTA negotiations could spill into 2019



WASHINGTON | Mnuchin says NAFTA negotiations could spill into 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says efforts to renegotiate a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico could spill into next year.

The Trump administration missed an informal deadline last Thursday that had been set by House Speaker Paul Ryan to get a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement to Congress in time for lawmakers to vote on it in a midterm election year.

Mnuchin says on “Fox News Sunday” that the negotiators are “still far apart” but continue to work through many issues.

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NEW YORK | Attorney-client privilege review in Cohen raid is on track



NEW YORK | Attorney-client privilege review in Cohen raid is on track

NEW YORK (AP) — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be meeting a judge’s demand that it occur speedily and efficiently.

The progress comes just days before U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood will preside over a fourth hearing resulting from Michael Cohen’s efforts to gain influence over what potential evidence seized in the April 9 raids can be deemed subject to the privilege and blocked from the view of criminal prosecutors.

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Svitolina defends Italian Open title as Halep injured again



Svitolina defends Italian Open title as Halep injured again

ROME (AP) — Elina Svitolina faced little resistance from Simona Halep in a 6-0, 6-4 win Sunday to defend her Italian Open title.
Just like in last year’s final, Halep appeared bothered by an injury.

The top-ranked Romanian called a trainer onto the court for an apparent back problem while trailing 2-3 in the second set then exited the court for treatment under a medical timeout.

“I was a little bit too stiff with my body and I couldn’t stay in the rallies,” Halep said.

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JERUSALEM  | Palestinian president hospitalized with fever



JERUSALEM  | Palestinian president hospitalized with fever

JERUSALEM  — A Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized with fever.

The aide to Abbas, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with protocol, said the 83-year-old Palestinian leader was diagnosed with a fever on Sunday. Abbas had an ear operation last week, and had returned to the hospital late Saturday for a follow-up.

The Palestinian state news agency quoted the hospital director as saying tests results are “good” without providing further details.

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CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Pope Francis prays for Venezuelans



CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Pope Francis prays for Venezuelans

CARACAS, Venezuela— The Latest on Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela (all times local):

8:09 a.m.

Pope Francis is praying that “beloved” Venezuela’s people and rulers will wisely choose peace and unity as the nation elects a new president.

Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, asked that the “Holy Spirit give all the Venezuelan people, everyone, leaders, people, the wisdom to find the path of peace and unity.”

He also prayed for prison inmates who died Saturday.

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ATLANTA  | 2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?



ATLANTA  | 2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

ATLANTA  —Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you’ll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump.

The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to up-and-comers including California Sen. Kamala Harris — don’t necessarily put it that way. But the potential 2020 candidates are making the rounds, raising and distributing campaign cash among fellow Democrats, endorsing candidates and meeting political activists.

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Maryland News: Inmate, Ternell Lucas a.k.a. “T.L.” & “Moon” Convicted Of Conspiracy At Maryland’s Eastern Correctional Institution



Maryland News: Inmate, Ternell Lucas a.k.a. “T.L.” & “Moon” Convicted Of Conspiracy At Maryland’s Eastern Correctional Institution

Baltimore, MD – A federal jury has convicted Ternell Lucas, a/k/a “T.L.,” a/k/a “Moon,” age 43, with racketeering at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Maryland. Lucas was found guilty of bribery conspiracy, bribery of a public employee, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute suboxone and K2, and money laundering.

The conviction was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B.

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California News: Bay Area Doctors Agree To Settle DOJ Claims That They Failed To Maintain Adequate Records Regarding Controlled Substances



California News: Bay Area Doctors Agree To Settle DOJ Claims That They Failed To Maintain Adequate Records Regarding Controlled Substances

SAN FRANCISO, CA – Drs. William Longton, Ruben Kalra, and Richard Shinaman have agreed to collectively pay $260,000 to settle allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice that they failed to keep and maintain adequate records and other allegations pertaining to controlled substances at their Novato, Pleasant Hill, and Pleasanton offices, announced Acting United States Attorney Alex G. Tse and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Special Agent in Charge, San Francisco Field Division, Christopher D. Nielsen.

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Pennsylvania News: Inmate, Reginald Harris Orchestrated Complex Tax Fraud Scheme From Multiple Corrections Facilities Sentenced to Prison



Pennsylvania News: Inmate, Reginald Harris Orchestrated Complex Tax Fraud Scheme From Multiple Corrections Facilities Sentenced to Prison

PITTSBURGH, PA – A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 96 months of incarceration, followed by five years of supervised release, and payment of $246,170.03 in restitution, on his convictions for conspiracy to commit bank and mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced Friday, May 18th.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Reginald Harris, 51.

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Iowa News: Las Vegas, Nevada Man, Glen S. Davis Sentenced to Prison for Email Threats



Iowa News: Las Vegas, Nevada Man, Glen S. Davis Sentenced to Prison for Email Threats

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – Thursday, May 17, 2018, Glen S. Davis, age 48, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to one year and one day in prison for interstate communication of a threat, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum.  Following his prison term, Davis will serve three years of supervised release.

Davis pleaded guilty for sending emails that contained threats to injure another person. 

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Pennsylvania News: Pittsburgh Man, Ryan Gainer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possessing a Stolen Gun



Pennsylvania News: Pittsburgh Man, Ryan Gainer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possessing a Stolen Gun

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 120 months’ incarceration, followed by three years’ supervised release on his conviction of violating federal firearm laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced Friday, May 18th.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Ryan Gainer, age 37.  According to information presented to the court, on or about June 14, 2016, Gainer knowingly possessed a stolen firearm.

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Louisiana News: Salvadoran National, Carolos Alberto Andrade Federally Charged with Illegal Reentry



Louisiana News: Salvadoran National, Carolos Alberto Andrade Federally Charged with Illegal Reentry

NEW ORLEANS, LA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that CARLOS ALBERTO ANDRADE, age 35, a citizen of El Salvador, was charged Friday, May 18th in a one-count Indictment with illegal reentry of a removed alien after deportation, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a).

According to the Indictment, on April 16, 2018, ANDRADE was found to have reentered the United States after having been previously removed.

If convicted, ANDRADE faces a term of imprisonment of up to two years, a fine of up to $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of one year, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

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VATICAN CITY  | Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June



VATICAN CITY  | Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis has announced that he will make 14 new cardinals next month, among them his chief aide for helping homeless people.

In a surprise announcement to pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, Francis said he will raise the 14 to the rank of cardinal in a ceremony on June 29. They include Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, who is known for taking homeless people in Rome on excursions and distributing sleeping bags to the needy during cold spells.

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ST LOUIS WEATHER CONDITIONS & FORECAST, MAY 20, 2018



ST LOUIS WEATHER CONDITIONS & FORECAST, MAY 20, 2018

St Louis Weather Conditions, Forecast & Air Quality Index readings published by STL.News

ST LOUIS, MO – St Louis weather conditions & forecast readings from the St. Louis Lambert International Airport at 5:51 a.m at Latitude: 38.75°N, Longitude: 90.37°W – Elevation 604 feet. Forecast is provided by the National Weather Service (N.W.S.).

Current Conditions

Sky: OVERCAST
Temperature: 65°F – 18°C
Humidity: 90%
Wind Speed: S 3 mph
Barometer: 30.03 in (1016.1 MB)
Dew-point: 62°F – 17°C
Visibility: 10 Miles
Heat Index: N/A°F – N/A°C
Wind Chill: N/A°F – N/A°C
Heat Index: N/A°F – N/A°C

Extended Weather Forecast for the St Louis, Missouri area beginning May 20, 2018

Overnight: Isolated showers/thunderstorms, mostly cloudy – low around 64 with light SE wind – chance of precipitation – 20%.

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KINSHASA, Congo | Ebola deaths rise to 26, says Congo health ministry



KINSHASA, Congo | Ebola deaths rise to 26, says Congo health ministry

KINSHASA, Congo— Congo’s health ministry says there is one new death from Ebola, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country’s northwest.

Four new cases have been confirmed as Ebola, said the health ministry in a statement released early Sunday. A total of 46 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the current outbreak, including 21 confirmed cases of Ebola, 21 probable and four suspected.

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Minnesota News: Minnesota Governor Dayton Vetoes Four Bills



Minnesota News: Minnesota Governor Dayton Vetoes Four Bills

Chapter 147, HF2940 – Chapter 150, HF 390 – Chapter 178, HF 2835 – Chapter 187, HF 3759 were vetoed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

ST. PAUL, MN – Yesterday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, the 40th governor of Minnesota, serving since 2011, vetoed the following four bills:

· Chapter 147, HF 2940: This bill would have allowed the Legislature preemption over the Executive branch.  To read Governor Dayton’s veto letter, CLICK HERE.

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BAGHDAD | Iraq’s al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran



BAGHDAD | Iraq’s al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

BAGHDAD  — Iraq’s Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran’s favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first.

The electoral commission announced early Saturday that the militant-turned-populist preacher, who has long spoken out against both Iranian and U.S. influence in Iraq, had defeated his establishment rivals.

Al-Sadr — who is remembered for leading an insurgency against U.S.

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LONDON  | British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding



LONDON  | British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

LONDON  — The royal family has thanked people who attended or watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

“Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world,” the royals said.

The family tweeted its thanks late Saturday night while Harry and his bride were attending a private soiree hosted by Harry’s father, Prince Charles.

Kensington Palace did not release details, but photographs showed Markle, now known formally as the Duchess of Sussex, wearing an emerald-cut aquamarine ring that had belonged to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, to the reception.

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ANAHEIM, Calif.  | Rays plan to have reliever Romo start 2nd straight day



ANAHEIM, Calif.  | Rays plan to have reliever Romo start 2nd straight day

ANAHEIM, Calif.  — Tampa Bay Rays reliever Sergio Romo played 11 seasons before making his first major league start.

Not even 24 hours later, Romo will make his second.

Romo will start for the second consecutive day in the finale of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, Rays manager Kevin Cash said following a 5-3 win on Saturday night.

“I’m sure it will be talked about, but hopefully it works,” Cash said.

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TORCY, France  | Small clubs cross fingers for World Cup windfalls



TORCY, France  | Small clubs cross fingers for World Cup windfalls

TORCY, France  — The ideal scenario for the club where Paul Pogba played football as a kid might go something like this: The France midfielder shines so brightly at the World Cup that a money-no-object club — for argument’s sake, let’s say Real Madrid — decides that it cannot live without him and pays a nine-figure fee to shake him loose from Manchester United.

US Torcy, the amateur club in the east Paris suburbs where Pogba’s photo still hangs proudly in the canteen serving fizzy beer and fresh croissants, could then sit back and wait for a fat check from Madrid to land in its bank account.

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NORTH BEND, Wash. | Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle



NORTH BEND, Wash. | Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

NORTH BEND, Wash.—Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Seattle were attacked by a cougar, killing one of the men and leaving the second hospitalized in what authorities described as a rare occurrence.

The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man’s body, where agents for the state’s Fish and Wildlife police shot and killed it hours after the Saturday attack, the Seattle Times reported.

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WASHINGTON  | Dodgers’ Rich Hill has no solution for recurring blister



WASHINGTON  | Dodgers’ Rich Hill has no solution for recurring blister

WASHINGTON  — Blisters on the middle finger of his pitching hand are nothing new for veteran Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill, but the latest one is worse than usual and he doesn’t know how to solve the problem.

Hill threw just two pitches against the Washington Nationals on Saturday night before he was pulled with a recurrence of the blister problem that has already put him on the disabled list twice this season.

“It’s frustrating as anything for me.

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PAHOA, Hawaii  | Rural Hawaii communities face various volcano threats



PAHOA, Hawaii  | Rural Hawaii communities face various volcano threats

PAHOA, Hawaii  — The saga of a Hawaii volcano’s impact on rural communities is heading into its third week.

Dozens of homes have burned, lava has crossed a road and explosions at the summit bring worries about ash fallout.

As lava flows have grown more vigorous, there’s concern more homes may burn and more evacuations will be ordered.

Officials want residents in the remote and rural area of the Big Island to heed evacuation warnings.

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CLEVELAND  | On time, on target: LeBron, Cavs pound Celtics in Game 3



CLEVELAND  | On time, on target: LeBron, Cavs pound Celtics in Game 3

CLEVELAND  — Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside Cleveland’s locker room and pounded his chest with both hands.

The Celtics got thumped next.

James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home court, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over Boston on Saturday night.

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WASHINGTON  | Nationals’ Kendrick tears Achilles, will miss rest of season



WASHINGTON  | Nationals’ Kendrick tears Achilles, will miss rest of season

WASHINGTON  — Veteran Washington Nationals infielder-outfielder Howie Kendrick tore his right Achilles tendon in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers and will miss the rest of the season.

Kendrick confirmed the injury while standing on crutches and wearing a walking boot in the Nationals’ clubhouse after Washington was swept in the doubleheader. He will have surgery as early as Monday.

“I know I won’t be back this year,” Kendrick said.

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CARACAS, Venezuela | Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis



CARACAS, Venezuela | Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a second six-year term in Sunday’s election, despite a deepening crisis that’s made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.

More than 1 million Venezuelans have abandoned their country for a better life abroad in recent years, while those staying behind wait in line for hours to buy subsidized food and withdraw cash that’s almost impossible to find.

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WASHINGTON  | US, China agree to cut American trade deficit



WASHINGTON  | US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

WASHINGTON  — The United States and China have agreed to take measures to “substantially reduce” America’s massive trade deficit with China, but the Trump administration failed to get the Chinese to commit to a specific numerical goal.

Still, the talks, which began Thursday and ended Saturday with the issuance of a joint statement, may have helped to ease tensions at least slightly between the world’s two biggest economic powers. In recent months the two have threatened to impose punitive tariffs on billions of dollars in each other’s exports.

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WASHINGTON | Kemp helps Dodgers rally past Nats, sweep doubleheader



WASHINGTON | Kemp helps Dodgers rally past Nats, sweep doubleheader

WASHINGTON — Matt Kemp had a pinch-hit, two-run double in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers survived a sterling performance by Max Scherzer to beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Saturday night and sweep a day-night doubleheader.

Scherzer struck out 13 in seven innings, and Washington led 4-3 entering the ninth. But closer Sean Doolittle (1-2) allowed singles to Austin Barnes and Logan Forsythe, and Kemp then hit a line drive to the wall in left field to score them both.

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SANTA FE, Texas | Texas school gunman: ‘I’m going to kill you.’ Then he fired



SANTA FE, Texas | Texas school gunman: ‘I’m going to kill you.’ Then he fired

SANTA FE, Texas — The suspect in the Texas school shooting began his attack by firing a shotgun through an art classroom door, shattering a glass pane and sending panicked students to the entryway to block him from getting inside, witnesses said.

Dmitrios Pagourtzis fired again through the wooden part of the door and fatally hit a student in the chest. He then lingered for about 30 minutes in a warren of four rooms, killing seven more students and two teachers before exchanging gunfire with police and surrendering, officials said.

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SANTA FE, Texas | Police search for motive in Texas school shooting



SANTA FE, Texas | Police search for motive in Texas school shooting

SANTA FE, Texas — The mother of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school said her daughter recently rejected the romantic advances of the 17-year-old charged in the shootings, a possible motive for the violent tragedy.

Sadie Rodriguez said her daughter, Shana Fisher, had made clear that she was not interested in Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

“He continued to get more aggressive,” Rodriguez told The Associated Press in an interview conducted Saturday via Facebook.

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CLEVELAND | No contest: LeBron, Cavs pound Celtics early in Game 3 rout



CLEVELAND | No contest: LeBron, Cavs pound Celtics early in Game 3 rout

CLEVELAND— Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside Cleveland’s locker room and pounded his chest with both hands.

The Celtics got thumped next.

James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home court, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over Boston on Saturday night.

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HAVANA | Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints



HAVANA | Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

HAVANA — The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews’ performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba’s national airline.

Mexico’s government said late Saturday that its National Civil Aviation Authority will carry out an operational audit of Damojh airlines to see if its “current operating conditions continue meeting regulations” and to help collect information for the investigation into Friday’s crash in Cuba that left 110 dead.

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PAHOA, | Hawaii lava flow ramps up as new magma mixes with old



PAHOA, | Hawaii lava flow ramps up as new magma mixes with old

PAHOA, Hawaii — Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma, sending a flow toward the ocean Saturday.

Since a first fissure opened in a community on May 3, lava was mostly spattering up and collecting at the edges of the cracks in the ground. Two neighborhoods with nearly 2,000 people were forced to evacuate as lava claimed 40 structures.

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CLEVELAND | LeBron, Cavs overpower Celtics 116-86 at home in Game 3



CLEVELAND | LeBron, Cavs overpower Celtics 116-86 at home in Game 3

CLEVELAND — LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home floor, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.

Outplayed during two losses in Boston, the Cavs used a three-day break in the series to regroup and re-grip this series. They built a 19-point lead in the first quarter, pushed it to 30 in the second half and overpowered the Celtics, who fell to 1-5 on the road in the postseason.

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LEADING OFF: Ohtani starts, Hill ailing, Darvish tries again



LEADING OFF: Ohtani starts, Hill ailing, Darvish tries again

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

OHTANI TIME

Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani pitches at home against Tampa Bay. He’s 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA in six starts, and struck out 11 Twins in his last outing. The 23-year-old rookie is hitting .321 with six home runs and 17 RBIs in 84 at-bats.

NOT AGAIN

The Dodgers will see how Rich Hill is feeling, a day after the lefty starter lasted just two pitches at Washington.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. | McCaskill defends CIA vote, says reasons are classified



KANSAS CITY, Mo. | McCaskill defends CIA vote, says reasons are classified

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri on Saturday defended her vote against President Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director but said the specific reasons were classified.

McCaskill was one of the few Democrats facing a difficult re-election this fall to oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel, who was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday after a heated debate about her role in the CIA’s torture program.

The most important reason for her vote, McCaskill told reporters at a Kansas City campaign event Saturday night, came during a classified discussion with Haspel.

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BOSTON | Betts, Benintendi power Red Sox past Orioles 6-3



BOSTON | Betts, Benintendi power Red Sox past Orioles 6-3

BOSTON — Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi hit consecutive home runs in the fifth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 on Saturday night.

Benintendi added a two-run single and Rafael Devers a solo homer for the Red Sox, who won for the third time in four games and improved to 5-1 against Baltimore this season.

Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer for Baltimore, which snapped a 13-game road losing streak a night earlier against Boston.

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CONCORD, N.C. | Kevin Harvick picks up $1 million check with All-Star win



CONCORD, N.C.  | Kevin Harvick picks up $1 million check with All-Star win

CONCORD, N.C.  — Nothing can stop Kevin Harvick these days, and the hottest driver in NASCAR picked up a $1 million payday with yet another victory.

Harvick won the All-Star race on Saturday night exactly 11 years to the day of his only other win in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s exhibition event. This time it is part of a raging hot streak that sent him into the All-Star race with five points race victories, including the last two.

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TAMPA, Fla. | Vasillevskiy shines late, Lightning hold off Capitals 3-2



TAMPA, Fla. | Vasillevskiy shines late, Lightning hold off Capitals 3-2

TAMPA, Fla. — Cedric Paquette scored in the opening minute and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots to help the Tampa Bay Lightning hold off the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final.

Ondrej Palat  and Ryan Callahan also scored as the home team won for the first time in the best-of-seven matchup, with the Lightning taking a 3-2 series lead and moving within one victory of advancing the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in four seasons.

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VOLCANO, Hawaii | The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours



VOLCANO, Hawaii | The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours

VOLCANO, Hawaii — The Latest on the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Hawaii County civil defense officials are warning residents that lava may cross a highway in the coming hours.

Officials say a flow is less than a mile (kilometer) away from Highway 137 in the Big Island’s Puna district where lava has oozed out of fissures in the ground.

At the flow’s current speed Saturday afternoon, officials estimate it may cross the highway in the next several hours.

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