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California REALTORS® announce “Pathway to Homeownership” Affordable Housing Project



California REALTORS® announce “Pathway to Homeownership” Affordable Housing Project

LOS ANGELES/ May 21, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — In a demonstration of its commitment in advocating for affordable workforce housing in California, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today announced it is exploring the redevelopment of the site of its Los Angeles headquarters to build affordable workforce rental and for sale housing.

C.A.R. is proposing the development of up to 181 residential units, which would include rental and for sale units at affordable workforce housing rates.

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Rosen Law Firm Reminds Myriad Genetics, Inc. Investors of Important Class Action Deadline



Rosen Law Firm Reminds Myriad Genetics, Inc. Investors of Important Class Action Deadline

NEW YORK, NY– Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds purchasers of the securities of Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN) from August 13, 2014 through March 12, 2018, both dates inclusive (the “Class Period”) of the important June 19, 2018 lead plaintiff deadline in the class action.  The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for Myriad investors under the federal securities laws.

To join the Myriad class action, go to http://rosenlegal.com/cases-1326.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq.

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SunTrust Mortgage: Kids Help Make the Pick in Half of Home Buying Decisions



SunTrust Mortgage: Kids Help Make the Pick in Half of Home Buying Decisions

ATLANTA/ May 21, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — When it comes to purchasing a new home, 55 percent of U.S. homeowners with a child under the age of 18 at the time of home purchase say the opinion of their child was a factor in their home buying decision. This is according to a new Harris Poll survey commissioned by SunTrust Mortgage, a division of SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI). For millennial parents between the ages of 18 and 36, the influence of children is even higher at 74 percent.

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NEW YORK | Richard N. Goodwin, White House speech writer, dead at 86



NEW YORK | Richard N. Goodwin, White House speech writer, dead at 86

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House aide and speechwriter Richard N. Goodwin has died.

Goodwin died Sunday evening at his home in Concord, Massachusetts. His wife, the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, said he died after a brief bout with cancer.

He was a liberal force for President John Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson who helped develop Kennedy’s “Alliance for Progress” in Latin America and write Johnson’s historic “We Shall Overcome” speech on civil rights.

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LONDON | UK government does not intend to block Comcast-Sky deal



LONDON | UK government does not intend to block Comcast-Sky deal

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government says it does not intend to refer U.S. media conglomerate Comcast’s 22 billion pound ($30.7 billion) takeover offer for London-based Sky to competition authorities, saying the proposed merger doesn’t raise concerns on public interest grounds.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock says he’s “reviewed the relevant evidence” and that he is “minded not to issue” an intervention notice.

He says the “proposed merger does not raise concerns in relation to public interest considerations which would meet the threshold for intervention”.

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This Week: Fed minutes, home sales, durable goods orders



May 21, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:

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The Federal Reserve releases minutes from its most recent policymakers’ meeting on Wednesday.

At the meeting earlier this month, the panel left the central bank’s key policy rate unchanged at a still-low level of 1.5 to 1.75 percent. The Fed last hiked the rate in March, and many economists expect it will raise them again at its June meeting.

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NEW DELHI | Medical teams sent to south India amid deadly virus outbreak



NEW DELHI | Medical teams sent to south India amid deadly virus outbreak

NEW DELHI— A deadly virus has killed at least three people in southern India, officials said Monday, with medical teams dispatched to the area amid reports that up to six other people could have died from the disease and others are ill.

The three fatalities from the Nipah virus were all from the same family, said Kerala state health minister K.K. Shailaja.

There is no vaccine for Nipah, which can cause raging fevers, convulsions and vomiting.

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Missouri Business News: Ameren Missouri Planning Largest Wind Farm in the State



Missouri Business News: Ameren Missouri Planning Largest Wind Farm in the State

ST. LOUIS, MO – Today Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, after construction, a 400-megawatt wind farm in northeast Missouri, the largest ever in the state.

“We are excited to take this transformative step to bring more renewable generation to our customers,” said Michael Moehn, president of Ameren Missouri.  “Adding more wind energy will help us achieve our goal to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.”

The facility would be built by an affiliate of Terra-Gen, LLC in Adair and Schuyler counties. 

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump defends US trade dealings with China



WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump defends US trade dealings with China

WASHINGTON— The Latest on U.S.-China trade talks (all times local):

8:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is defending his administration’s trade dealings with China a day after his Treasury secretary said the two countries were putting a trade war “on hold.”

Trump tweeted Monday: “China has agreed to buy massive amounts of ADDITIONAL Farm/Agricultural Products – would be one of the best things to happen to our farmers in many years!”

Trump adds: “On China, Barriers and Tariffs to come down for first time.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that the U.S.

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Johnson Fistel Investigates Proposed Sale of MB Financial, Inc.



Johnson Fistel Investigates Proposed Sale of MB Financial, Inc.

SAN DIEGO,  CA – Shareholder rights law firm Johnson Fistel, LLP has launched an investigation into whether the board members of MB Financial, Inc. (“MB Financial”) (NASDAQ: MBFI) breached their fiduciary duties in connection with the proposed sale of the Company to Fifth Third Bancorp (“Fifth Third”)(NASDAQ: FITB).

On May 21, 2018, MB Financial announced that it had signed a definitive merger agreement with Fifth Third. Under terms of the deal, MB Financial shareholder will receive $54.20, comprising 1.45 shares of Fifth Third common stock and $5.54 in cash.

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VATICAN CITY | LGBT community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark



VATICAN CITY  | LGBT community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gays feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.

Juan Carlos Cruz said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their meetings at the Vatican. Cruz was the main whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, and met last month with Francis to discuss it.

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DUBLIN | Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote



DUBLIN  | Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

DUBLIN — Debate is raging in homes, pubs and streets across Ireland over whether to lift the country’s decades-old ban on abortion.

Online, the argument is just as charged — and more shadowy, as unregulated ads of uncertain origin battle to sway voters ahead of Friday’s referendum, which could give Irish women the right to end their pregnancies for the first time.

The emotive campaign took a twist this month when Facebook and Google moved to restrict or remove ads relating to the abortion vote.

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NEW YORK | General Electric cuts $11B deal with Wabtec



NEW YORK | General Electric cuts $11B deal with Wabtec

NEW YORK — General Electric’s train engine division will tie up with railroad equipment maker Wabtec in deal worth about $11 billion as GE CEO John Flannery continues to break off parts of the conglomerate.

Wabtec CEO Raymond Betler will lead the combined company and its chairman, Albert Neupaver, will be executive chairman.

Under the deal announced Monday and approved by the boards of both companies, General Electric Co. will get $2.9 billion in cash and own a 50.1 percent stake.

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KINSHASA, Congo | Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts



KINSHASA, Congo | Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

KINSHASA, Congo — A nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak began, as the country Monday begins a vaccination campaign in three health zones affected by the deadly outbreak, Congo’s health minister said.

The nurse’s death brings the death toll to 27. There are now 49 hemorrhagic fever cases: 22 confirmed as Ebola, 21 probable and 6 suspected, according to Health Minister Oly Ilunga.

“We have established surveillance mechanisms and are following all cases and contacts,” he said.

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BEIJING | China says it can’t guarantee no more trade tension with US



BEIJING | China says it can’t guarantee no more trade tension with US

BEIJING — China’s government said Monday it cannot guarantee that renewed trade tension with Washington can be avoided after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared a temporary truce in a spiraling dispute that prompted worries of a chilling of global commerce.

Mnuchin said Sunday the two sides were “putting the trade war on hold” following an announcement Beijing would “significantly increase” purchases of American farm goods, energy and other products and services. But the two sides gave no indication of how much progress they had made toward ending the dispute over U.S.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Jupiter’s backward-flying asteroid from another star system



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  | Jupiter’s backward-flying asteroid from another star system

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Just months after the discovery of our first known interstellar visitor, it turns out there’s another asteroid from yet another star system residing here in plain view.

Scientists reported Monday that this interstellar resident is an asteroid sharing Jupiter’s orbit but circling in the opposite direction.

They say the asteroid, known as 2015 BZ509, has been in this peculiar backward orbit around the sun ever since getting sucked into our solar system.

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CANBERRA, Australia | Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses



CANBERRA, Australia | Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country’s iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region.

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro said Monday that his government had struck a balanced response to ecological concerns about the impact of the horses, known as brumbies, on Kosciuszko National Park.

A 2016 government report had recommended that 90 percent of the park’s 6,000 brumbies be killed, reducing the herd to 600 in the 6,900 square kilometers (2,700 square miles) of mountainous wilderness that includes Australia’s highest mainland peak, Mount Kosciuszko, and the nation’s most popular ski fields.

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WASHINGTON | Economic talks between US and China lead to trade war truce



WASHINGTON | Economic talks between US and China lead to trade war truce

WASHINGTON — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world’s two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America’s massive trade deficit with Beijing.

“We are putting the trade war on hold,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday.

After high-level talks Thursday and Friday in Washington, Beijing agreed in a joint statement with the U.S. to “substantially reduce” America’s trade deficit with China, but did not commit to cut the gap by any specific amount.

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Texas News: Texas Governor Abbott Calls For Moment Of Silence To Honor Victims Of Santa Fe High School Shooting



Texas News: Texas Governor Abbott Calls For Moment Of Silence To Honor Victims Of Santa Fe High School Shooting

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statewide call for Texans to take part in a moment of silence at 10:00 AM C.T. tomorrow, May 21, 2018, to honor the memory of the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting.

“The act of evil that occurred in Santa Fe has deeply touched the core of who we are as Texans,” said Governor Abbott.  “In the midst of such tragedy, we pray for the victims and those mourning in Santa Fe, while we work to ensure swift and meaningful action to protect our students in schools across our state. 

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ST LOUIS WEATHER CONDITIONS & FORECAST, MAY 21, 2018



ST LOUIS WEATHER CONDITIONS & FORECAST, MAY 21, 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: MOSTLY CLOUDY
Temperature: 66°F – 19°C
Humidity: 96%
Wind Speed: S 6 mph
Barometer: 30.05 in (1016.5 MB)
Dew-point: 65°F – 18°C
Visibility: 10 Miles
Heat Index: N/A°F – N/A°C
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Extended Weather Forecast for the St Louis, Missouri area beginning May 21, 2018

Overnight: Scattered showers/thunderstorms, cloudy – low around 65 with south wind around 5 mph – chance of precipitation – 40%.

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MOSCOW  | Russian billionaire Abramovich runs into UK visa issues



MOSCOW  | Russian billionaire Abramovich runs into UK visa issues

MOSCOW  — Many wondered why Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich wasn’t in the stands to see his Chelsea soccer club win England’s FA Cup this weekend, and an associate confirmed Monday that his British visa hasn’t been renewed.

An associate of Abramovich, who spoke only on condition that he not be identified further because he was not authorized to comment publicly, told The Associated Press that Abramovich’s visa renewal application is taking longer than usual, saying it is unclear why.

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LONDON  | 2 men arrested 30 years after German teen death in N Ireland



LONDON  | 2 men arrested 30 years after German teen death in N Ireland

LONDON  — Police in Northern Ireland have arrested two men in the death of a German backpacker 30 years ago, after much-publicized appeals on the anniversary of the teenager’s death yielded a break in one of the region’s most notorious unsolved murders.

The men, aged 58 and 61, were arrested in connection with the death of 18-year-old Inga Maria Hauser, whose body was found in 1988 in a remote part of Ballypatrick Forest in County Antrim two weeks after she was last seen alive on a ferry from Scotland.

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LONDON  | Duchess of Sussex offers insight into her new role



LONDON  | Duchess of Sussex offers insight into her new role

LONDON  — Meghan Markle has offered a glimpse of how she sees her new role as the Duchess of Sussex in a biography posted on the royal website hours after the former actress married Britain’s Prince Harry.

The newly minted duchess’ biography highlights her focus on social issues and notes that she campaigned successfully at age 11 to have a company change the sexist language it used to sell dishwashing soap.

The page quotes her as saying: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”

The biography does not mention of the seven years she spent playing Rachel Zane in the U.S.

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CLIFTON, N.J.  | Funeral to be held for girl killed in school bus crash



CLIFTON, N.J.  | Funeral to be held for girl killed in school bus crash

CLIFTON, N.J.  — Family and friends are remembering a student killed when a school bus on a field trip collided with a dump truck in New Jersey.

A funeral will take place Monday for fifth-grader Miranda Vargas.

The 10-year-old and 51-year-old teacher Jennifer Williamson died in the crash last Thursday. More than 40 others were injured.

The bus was one of three taking students from East Brook Middle School in Paramus to Waterloo Village, a historic site depicting a Lenape Indian community and once-thriving port.

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Guam & Northern Mariana Islands News: Arlene Hart Sentenced for Mail Fraud Relating to Cw-1 Applications for Foreign Workers



Guam & Northern Mariana Islands News: Arlene Hart Sentenced for Mail Fraud Relating to Cw-1 Applications for Foreign Workers

GUAM/NORHERN MARIANA ISLANDS NEWS – SHAWN N. ANDERSON, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant Arlene Hart was sentenced on by Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona for two counts of Mail Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341.  The convictions were based on the defendant’s participation in a scheme to defraud by submitting fraudulent documents to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) California Service Center in support of CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) applications for workers from the Philippines. 

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa | Verdict to be delivered in family ax murder trial



CAPE TOWN, South Africa | Verdict to be delivered in family ax murder trial

CAPE TOWN, South Africa— A South African man accused of murdering three members of his family with an ax arrived in court on Monday morning to hear the verdict in his case.

Henri van Breda also is charged with attempting to murder his sister in the alleged attack on Jan. 27, 2015. Marli, then 16, suffered severe injuries and is reported to be unable to remember the incident.

Van Breda, who handed himself over to police in September 2016, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, including an additional charge of obstructing justice.

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ROME | Rival players support seeding Serena Williams at French Open



ROME | Rival players support seeding Serena Williams at French Open

ROME — Several of Serena Williams’ biggest rivals believe that the 23-time Grand Slam champion deserves more than just a guaranteed spot in the French Open draw.

Williams, who is expected to play in her first major since returning from maternity leave, should also receive a top seed that befits the No. 1 ranking she held when she left the tour, the players say.

The WTA Tour said it is considering a rule change to add protected seeding for highly-ranked players returning from maternity leave but the earliest that could take effect is next year.

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BRUSSELS | Zuckerberg meeting with EU parliament leaders to be webcast



BRUSSELS | Zuckerberg meeting with EU parliament leaders to be webcast

BRUSSELS — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to have his meeting Tuesday with the leaders of the European parliament about data privacy be broadcast publicly through web streaming.

The evening meeting with leaders of the political groups and a justice and civil rights expert was long expected to be private. But many in the European Parliament had been calling for an on-air grilling for Zuckerberg to explain his company’s role in a scandal about the misuse of customer data.

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WASHINGTON | Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign



WASHINGTON  | Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he will “demand” that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded by September.

Trump tweeted Sunday: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

Trump’s demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

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WASHINGTON | Trump to attend swearing-in of CIA’s 1st female director



WASHINGTON | Trump to attend swearing-in of CIA’s 1st female director

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is attending the swearing-in of the CIA’s first female director.

The ceremony for Gina Haspel is taking place Monday morning at agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Haspel won Senate confirmation last week after overcoming concerns about her role in the agency’s use of harsh interrogation techniques after 9/11.

The 33-year CIA employee was backed by many in the CIA rank and file and senior intelligence officials, including former CIA directors and national intelligence directors.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | NASA shipper Orbital ATK launches space station supplies



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | NASA shipper Orbital ATK launches space station supplies

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — One of NASA’s prime shippers, Orbital ATK, has launched a fresh load of supplies to the International Space Station.

The Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island, Virginia, before dawn Monday, treating early risers along the East Coast to a cosmic light show, at least where skies were clear. The 7,400-pound shipment — a third of it research — should reach the orbiting lab Thursday.

The Cygnus capsule holds a student cement-mixing experiment, as well as an atom-cooling chamber from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory that uses lasers to get temperatures colder than even space itself.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia | Stars urge Indonesia to ban ‘brutal’ trade in dog meat



JAKARTA, Indonesia | Stars urge Indonesia to ban ‘brutal’ trade in dog meat

JAKARTA, Indonesia — International stars of acting, music and sports have urged Indonesia’s president to ban what they say is a brutal trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption.

The appeal comes after Indonesian campaigners against animal cruelty and Humane Society International in January exposed markets on the island of Sulawesi where dogs were bludgeoned by the thousands and blow-torched alive to remove their hair before onlookers including children.

The letter to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo released Monday said if Indonesia joined other Asian nations that have already banned the cruel trade, it would be “celebrated globally” and end a stain on the country’s reputation.

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SEOUL, South Korea | Moon enters talks with Trump with driver’s seat at stake



SEOUL, South Korea | Moon enters talks with Trump with driver’s seat at stake

SEOUL, South Korea — For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he pieced together crucial nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea following a year of intense animosity.

But he now enters a White House meeting with President Donald Trump with his status in the diplomatic driver’s seat in doubt.

Pyongyang’s surprise move last week to break off a high-level meeting with Seoul over U.S.-South Korean military drills while threatening to cancel next month’s summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Trump cooled what had been an unusual flurry of diplomatic moves from the country after a provocative series of nuclear and missile tests.

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Cleveland’s bullpen blues keeping AL Central in play



Cleveland’s bullpen blues keeping AL Central in play

Two years ago, the Cleveland bullpen led the way when the Indians overcame significant injuries in their starting rotation and won the American League pennant.

Now, the fickle nature of relief pitching is holding the AL Central favorites back.

After Sunday night’s 3-1 loss at Houston, Cleveland’s relievers are 3-11 with an AL-worst 5.72 ERA. It has been a precipitous drop for a team that had the best bullpen ERA in all of baseball while storming to 102 wins a season ago.

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CARACAS, Venezuela | Maduro wins Venezuela election challengers call illegitimate



CARACAS, Venezuela | Maduro wins Venezuela election challengers call illegitimate

CARACAS, Venezuela —Embattled socialist incumbent Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela’s presidential election by a landslide in a disputed vote marred by irregularities and mass absenteeism that led his main rivals to call for a re-run to prevent a national social crisis from exploding.

The National Election Council announced that with more than 92 percent of polling stations reporting, Maduro won nearly 68 percent of the votes Sunday, beating his nearest challenger Henri Falcon by more than 40 points.

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JERUSALEM | 83-year-old Palestinian leader still in hospital after fever



JERUSALEM | 83-year-old Palestinian leader still in hospital after fever

JERUSALEM — The Palestinian president remains in hospital after being taken there with a fever following a minor ear procedure.

The 83-year-old leader has endured a series of recent health scares which have revived anxiety over who will succeed him.

Mahmoud Abbas was hospitalized on Sunday with a fever just days after undergoing ear surgery. His condition was not immediately known on Monday.

Palestinian officials on Sunday said Abbas has pneumonia, that he was on a respirator and was receiving antibiotics intravenously.

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LAS VEGAS | Stanley Cup-bound Vegas turning impossible into possible



LAS VEGAS | Stanley Cup-bound Vegas turning impossible into possible

LAS VEGAS — Welcome to Impossible.

Those words have been projected onto the ice in big, bold letters at T-Mobile Arena before each game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Well, the Vegas Golden Knights are turning impossible into possible.

The stunningly successful expansion squad is headed to the Stanley Cup Final after beating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday to win the Western Conference final series in five games.

“I remember eight months ago, when we won against Dallas (in the season opener), we had that unbelievable feeling,” Vegas center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said.

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BEIJING  | China launches relay satellite for far side moon landing



BEIJING  | China launches relay satellite for far side moon landing

BEIJING  — China launched a relay satellite on Monday as part of a groundbreaking program to land a probe on the far side of the moon later this year.

The satellite lofted into space aboard a Long March-4C rocket will facilitate communication between controllers on Earth and the Chang’e 4 mission, the China National Space Administration said on its website.

China hopes to become the first country to soft-land a probe on the moon’s far side, also known as the dark side because it faces away from Earth and is comparatively unknown.

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SANTA FE, Texas  | School shooting victims remembered as sweet, hardworking



SANTA FE, Texas  | School shooting victims remembered as sweet, hardworking

SANTA FE, Texas  — An outgoing and “really funny” student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom, an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service and a substitute teacher who frequently hosted gatherings were among the 10 people killed at a Texas high school.

Family members and friends of the eight students and two teachers fatally shot Friday fondly remembered their loved ones. They used such words as sweet, hardworking and loving.

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PAHOA, Hawaii  | Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud



PAHOA, Hawaii  | Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

PAHOA, Hawaii — White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago.

Authorities on Sunday warned the public to stay away from the toxic steam cloud, which is formed by a chemical reaction when lava touches seawater.

Further upslope, lava continued to gush out of large cracks in the ground that formed in residential neighborhoods in a rural part of the Big Island.

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MEXICO CITY  | US relations under Trump dominate Mexico presidential debate



MEXICO CITY  | US relations under Trump dominate Mexico presidential debate

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s turbulent relationship with the U.S. government under President Donald Trump dominated the country’s second presidential debate Sunday.

The debate in the border city of Tijuana focused on issues of foreign policy, immigration and border security. The relationship with the U.S. came up repeatedly in questions from the moderators and from Tijuana citizens in the audience. All of the candidates insisted the relationship must be based on mutual respect.

They were asked about Mexicans taken to the U.S.

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WASHINGTON  | Economic talks between US-China result in truce in trade war



WASHINGTON  | Economic talks between US-China result in truce in trade war

WASHINGTON  — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world’s two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America’s massive trade deficit with Beijing.

“We are putting the trade war on hold,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday.

After high-level talks Thursday and Friday in Washington, Beijing agreed in a joint statement with the U.S. to “substantially reduce” America’s trade deficit with China, but did not commit to cut the gap by any specific amount.

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WASHINGTON  | Trump vs ‘the resistance’ plays out in Washington courtroom



WASHINGTON  | Trump vs ‘the resistance’ plays out in Washington courtroom

WASHINGTON  — When police arrested more than 200 anti-Trump protesters on Inauguration Day 2017, it touched off a long-term battle of wits and wills.

On one side: a Justice Department that has sought to incarcerate scores of people over a violent protest that smashed downtown storefront windows and set a limousine ablaze.

On the other side: an intensely coordinated grassroots political opposition network that has made Washington the focus of a nationwide support campaign, offering free lodging for defendants, legal coordination and other support.

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SANTA FE, Texas  | Texas mom marched after Parkland, then her town was next



SANTA FE, Texas  | Texas mom marched after Parkland, then her town was next

SANTA FE, Texas — She stood at her bedroom door for five minutes Saturday morning trying to work up the courage to turn the knob and re-enter a world she worried would never feel safe or whole again. Then she crept down the hallway, toward the front porch where she stood the morning before to watch police cars screaming down the highway toward the high school, and imagined she’d never forget the screech of their sirens.

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BESSEMER CITY, N.C.  | Man faces murder charges in restaurant crash that killed kin



BESSEMER CITY, N.C.  | Man faces murder charges in restaurant crash that killed kin

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. — A man intentionally rammed a vehicle into a steak and seafood outlet in North Carolina on Sunday, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law who had been seated inside the restaurant with other family members, police said.

The vehicle’s driver, Roger Self, was immediately arrested and the preliminary evidence indicates he purposely drove all the way into the Surf and Turf Lodge about noon, authorities said. Jail records show he’s been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his daughter, Katelyn Self, a deputy with the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, and his daughter-in-law, Amanda Self, a nurse.

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ATLANTA  | 2018 midterms show start of Democratic scramble for 2020



ATLANTA  | 2018 midterms show start of Democratic scramble for 2020

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 and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to up-and-comers including 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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SANTA FE, Texas  | Survivors of Texas massacre confront ‘spiritual war zone’



SANTA FE, Texas  | Survivors of Texas massacre confront ‘spiritual war zone’

SANTA FE, Texas  — Inside a packed church sanctuary, the seniors of Santa Fe High School and the prosecutor speaking to them confronted the challenges borne of the shooting that took the lives of 10 people at the school near Houston.

The young graduates have to grieve their slain classmates and cope with their emotions as they try to heal after the mass shooting.

“You are entering into a war zone in this world, and it’s a spiritual war zone,” said Jack Roady, the Galveston County district attorney, in his speech to them.

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WASHINGTON  | US office overseeing fight against IS gets reprieve



WASHINGTON  | US office overseeing fight against IS gets reprieve

WASHINGTON  — The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit’s imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria.

A plan initiated by Rex Tillerson before he was fired as secretary of state in March would have folded the office of the special envoy to the global coalition into the department’s counterterrorism bureau as early as this spring, officials said.

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WASHINGTON  | Trump ‘demands’ Justice Department investigate FBI



WASHINGTON  | Trump ‘demands’ Justice Department investigate FBI

 

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said he will “demand” that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded by September.

Trump tweeted Sunday: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

Trump’s demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

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SEOUL, South Korea  | Asian markets higher as US, China put trade war on hold



SEOUL, South Korea  | Asian markets higher as US, China put trade war on hold

SEOUL, South Korea — Asian stock markets were higher on Monday as investors cheered the outcome of negotiations between the United States and China that put a trade war on hold, clearing uncertainty.

KEEPING SCORE:

Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.5 percent to 23,042.54. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 1.2 percent to 31,423.99, while Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.8 percent to 3,217.93. South Korea’s Kospi added 0.3 percent to 2,467.36. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 inched down 0.1 percent to 6,081.10.

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