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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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ATLANTA  | Black women look to flex power in Georgia governor’s race



ATLANTA  | Black women look to flex power in Georgia governor’s race

ATLANTA  — This week’s primary election in Georgia presents black women voters with a rare opportunity: To give a Democrat who looks like them a chance at occupying the governor’s mansion in a Republican-controlled state.

A Democratic primary win Tuesday for Stacey Abrams or Stacey Evans — both lawyers and former state lawmakers — means Georgia could elect its first woman governor later this year.

If Abrams wins the primary and the general election, America would get its first black woman governor.

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CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Maduro celebrates re-election, urges dialogue



CARACAS, Venezuela  | The Latest: Maduro celebrates re-election, urges dialogue

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

11:25 p.m.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is celebrating his re-election in an energized speech inviting his defeated challengers to join him for a dialogue about the country’s future.

Maduro spoke late Sunday to a crowd of cheering supporters at Venezuela’s presidential palace in the capital of Caracas. Election officials say he won nearly 68 percent of the votes, beating nearest challenger Henri Falcon by more than 40 points.

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School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine



School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers affected by recent deadly shootings in Texas and Florida, while the night also featured show-stopping performances by iconic singer Janet Jackson and K-pop group BTS.

A tearful and emotional Kelly Clarkson, who hosted the awards, opened the show in honor of the 10 people who died Friday at Santa Fe High School, barely able to speak as she urged the audience and the world to do more to prevent deadly shootings from happening.

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CARACAS, Venezuela | Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election



CARACAS, Venezuela | Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan officials declared socialist leader Nicolas Maduro the easy winner of Sunday’s presidential election, while his leading challenger questioned the legitimacy of a vote marred by irregularities and called for a new ballot to prevent a brewing social crisis from exploding.

The National Election Council announced that with almost 93 percent of polling stations reporting, Maduro won nearly 68 percent of the votes, beating nearest challenger Henri Falcon by almost 40 points.

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NEW YORK | NYPD probing sex allegations against Mario Batali



NEW YORK | NYPD probing sex allegations against Mario Batali

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against celebrity chef Mario Batali.

The NYPD confirmed the probe following a “60 Minutes” broadcast Sunday night in which an unnamed woman accused Batali of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2005.

She says she remembers joining him for a glass of wine at a Manhattan restaurant, then waking up on the floor feeling drugged and assaulted.

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine | George H.W. Bush arrives in Maine for summer



KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine | George H.W. Bush arrives in Maine for summer

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — His home on the rocky coast is former President George H.W. Bush’s happy place, chock full of sea-sprayed memories of boating, golfing, family and friends.

But this summer there’s a different feel as he arrives without his wife of 73 years.

The nation’s 41st president arrived Sunday at Walker’s Point, where he spends his summers, a little over a month after the funeral of his wife, Barbara, in Texas.

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CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Maduro declared winner in Venezuela’s election



CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Maduro declared winner in Venezuela’s election

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

10:30 p.m.

Venezuela’s election officials say socialist leader Nicolas Maduro has won a second six-year term as president of the oil-rich South American country, while his main rivals are disputing the legitimacy of the vote and calling for a new election.

The National Election Council announced that with almost 93 percent of polling stations reporting, Maduro won nearly 68 percent of the votes in Sunday’s election, beating his nearest challenger Henri Falcon by almost 40 points.

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The Latest: Janet Jackson honored at Billboard Awards



The Latest: Janet Jackson honored at Billboard Awards

The Latest on the Billboard Music Awards (all times local):

7:18 p.m.

The youngest of the legendary Jackson musical family, Janet Jackson gave her first televised performance in nine years at the Billboard Music Awards.

She was honored as the first black woman to receive the Billboard Icon Award on Sunday in Las Vegas, where she performed a trio of her songs, including “Nasty,” ”If” And “Throb.”

Surrounded by dozens of dancers and wearing gold thigh-high boots, she showed off her well-known dance skills to get the audience up on their feet.

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LEADING OFF: Big Sexy vs Bronx Bombers; Harper in walk year



LEADING OFF: Big Sexy vs Bronx Bombers; Harper in walk year

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

BIG SEXY AND THE BRONX BOMBERS

Three days before his 45th birthday, Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.82 ERA) pitches for last-place Texas against the hard-hitting New York Yankees, who socked nine homers and totaled 18 runs in the final two games of their series at Kansas City. Colon is 6-9 with a 6.11 ERA in 21 career appearances against the Yankees, one of his former teams.

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OAKLAND, Calif. | Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41



OAKLAND, Calif. | Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry got his groove back to score 35 points with five 3-pointers, shooting over James Harden and driving past the Houston star as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half statement to beat the Rockets 126-85 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Kevin Durant added 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Draymond Green grabbed 17 rebounds to go with 10 points and six assists.

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CARACAS, Venezuela| The Latest: Anti-Maduro candidate demands new Venezuela vote



CARACAS, Venezuela| The Latest: Anti-Maduro candidate demands new Venezuela vote

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

10:05 p.m.

Venezuelan presidential candidate Henri Falcon is calling for a new presidential election, saying that Sunday’s presidential vote was marred by irregularities and lacks legitimacy.

Falcon addressed supporters before the announcement of any results from the election, in which socialist President Nicolas Maduro is seeking a second six-year term.

Falcon says his campaign collected thousands of complaints indicating ruling party activists set up so-called “Red Points” intended to pressure the poor to vote for Maduro at 86 percent of voting centers across Venezuela.

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The Latest: Mendes, Khalid sing ‘Youth’ at Billboard Awards



The Latest: Mendes, Khalid sing ‘Youth’ at Billboard Awards

The Latest on the Billboard Music Awards (all times local):

7:55 p.m.

Shawn Mendes and Khalid sang a song called “Youth” at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas backed by a choir of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which was also the site of a shooting earlier this year.

Khalid, who won best new artist earlier during Sunday’s broadcast, wore a shirt calling for the protection of children instead of guns, while the choir of students from Parkland, Florida, wore black hoodies with the word “Youth.”

The performance earned them a standing ovation from the audience.

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Massachusetts News: MS-13 Member, Modesto Ramirez a.k.a.”Snoopy” Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy



Massachusetts News: MS-13 Member, Modesto Ramirez a.k.a.”Snoopy” Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy

BOSTON, MA – An MS-13 member pleaded guilty Thursday, May 17th in federal court in Boston to racketeering conspiracy.

Modesto Ramirez, a/k/a “Snoopy,” 29, a Honduran national, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO or racketeering conspiracy. U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for August 21, 2018.

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South Dakota News: Dupree Man, Waylon Young Bird Charged with Drug Charges



South Dakota News: Dupree Man, Waylon Young Bird Charged with Drug Charges

SOUTH DAKOTA – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Dupree, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Waylon Young Bird, age 49, was indicted on May 15, 2018.   He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 17, 2018, and pled NOT GUILTY to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody and/or a $11,000,000 fine, 8 years of supervised release, and up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.   

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CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Venezuela puts positive spin on Sunday election



CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Venezuela puts positive spin on Sunday election

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

9:40 p.m.

Venezuela’s military is giving a positive reading to Sunday’s presidential election, praising voters for going to the polls in peace and exercising their civic duty.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez made the remarks before any results were announced from the election, in which socialist President Nicolas Maduro is seeking a second six-year term.

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New York News: Crips Gang Member, Tyvon Bannister Pleads Guilty to a Murder in Brooklyn



New York News: Crips Gang Member, Tyvon Bannister Pleads Guilty to a Murder in Brooklyn

NEW YORK, NY – Friday, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Tyvon Bannister, also known as “Turtle,” a member of the Crips-affiliated Cypress Gangsta Crips (CGC) street gang, pleaded guilty to a firearms-related murder charge in connection with his July 2014 fatal shooting of Rayvon Henriques.  The guilty plea was entered before United States District Judge Brian M. Cogan.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F.

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DALLAS | Aaron Wise gets 1st tour win, shatters Nelson scoring record



DALLAS  | Aaron Wise gets 1st tour win, shatters Nelson scoring record

DALLAS  — Aaron Wise cruised to his first PGA Tour victory Sunday, shattering the AT&T Byron Nelson record at 23 under on a new course in a race to finish before nightfall after a four-hour rain delay.

The 21-year-old rookie shot a 6-under 65 to beat Marc Leishman by three strokes as both became the first to finish the Nelson at 20 under or better in the first year at Trinity Forest. The treeless links-style layout was defenseless with softer fairways and greens and no wind once the morning storms passed.

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CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Venezuela opposition calls election a ‘farce’



CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Venezuela opposition calls election a ‘farce’

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

9:15 p.m.

Venezuela’s opposition coalition says President Nicolas Maduro is trying to inflate his vote tally by keeping polls open hours past the official closing to hide what it calls an electoral “farce” of mass absenteeism in Sunday’s presidential election.

Speaking on behalf of the newly created Broad Front coalition, opposition lawmaker Juan Pablo Guanipa says that “today wasn’t an electoral process where people could vote freely.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump orders FBI probe – and IG to widen query



WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump orders FBI probe – and IG to widen query

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the special counsel’s probe into Russian election meddling (all times local):

7:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump says that he will “demand” that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign.

The extraordinary order on Sunday came hours before his legal team said that the special counsel indicated its investigation into the president could be concluded by September.

The Justice Department said later it had asked its internal watchdog to expand its existing probe of FBI actions.

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TOKYO | In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance



TOKYO  | In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance

TOKYO — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey to North Korea’s mountains this week to observe the official closing of the country’s nuclear test site in a public display of goodwill ahead of leader Kim Jong Un’s planned summit with President Donald Trump.

But the public display of the closure of the facility on Mount Mantap will likely be heavy on spectacle and light on substance. And the media will be spending much of their time in an unrelated tourism zone that North Korea hopes will be the next big thing for its economy.

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The Latest: Clarkson calls for change at Billboard Awards



The Latest: Clarkson calls for change at Billboard Awards

The Latest on the Billboard Music Awards (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Kelly Clarkson tearfully called for a moment of change, instead of a moment of silence for the victims of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, at the opening of the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

The awards show host, who is from Texas, said as she held back tears that moments of silence are not working, but “why don’t we change what’s happening”

Ariana Grande then started the Billboard Music Awards with a performance of her new single “No Tears Left To Cry,” in all black with a platinum blonde ponytail.

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BESSEMER CITY, N.C. | Police: Man rams vehicle into restaurant, kills 2; injuries



BESSEMER CITY, N.C. | Police: Man rams vehicle into restaurant, kills 2; injuries

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. — A man intentionally rammed a vehicle into a North Carolina restaurant busy serving Sunday lunch, killing his daughter and another person and injuring several others, authorities said.

Bessemer City Police said in a statement that preliminary evidence indicates the man purposely smashed his way into the Surf and Turf Lodge where reports say families were eating a relaxed midday meal.

Footage from the scene showed emergency responders treating people on the ground outside the restaurant as shocked patrons milled about in the aftermath of the crash.

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WASHINGTON | As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept



WASHINGTON | As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that 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 that the special counsel indicated its investigation into the president could be concluded by September.

Trump tweeted: “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 pressure on the Justice Department —it asked its watchdog later Sunday to expand an existing probe of FBI actions — reached a new intensity with the demand, and came amid a White House strategy to combat the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

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Oklahoma News: Oklahoma City Man, Lesean D. Hardy Pleads Guilty to “Lie-And-Try” Firearm Felony



Oklahoma News: Oklahoma City Man, Lesean D. Hardy Pleads Guilty to “Lie-And-Try” Firearm Felony

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – LESEAN D. HARDY, 38, of Oklahoma City, has pleaded guilty to causing a false statement to be made to a licensed firearms dealer, announced Robert J. Troester, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

On December 13, 2017, a federal grand jury indicted Hardy and SHENITA RENEE WILLIAMS, 43, of Oklahoma City, for making a false statement to Sooner State Pawn on May 11, 2016.  According to the indictment, Hardy caused Williams to represent that she was purchasing a Walther .22 pistol when Hardy was in fact the purchaser. 

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NEW HAVEN, Conn | Clinton ribs Trump with Russian cap at Yale’s Class Day



NEW HAVEN, Conn | Clinton ribs Trump with Russian cap at Yale’s Class Day

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Hillary Clinton returned to Yale University this weekend, warning the graduating class of the “tumultuous times” that await them and using the school’s tradition of over-the-top headwear to rib President Donald Trump with her own unusual hat: a Russian fur cap.

The audience laughed as she said, “If you can’t beat them, join them.”
Clinton says she’s concerned about the country’s political polarization but believes the current crop of graduates is prepared to rise to the challenge.

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Kelly Clarkson honors school victims at Billboard Awards



Kelly Clarkson honors school victims at Billboard Awards

An emotional Kelly Clarkson opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in tribute to the recent school children and teachers who died in Texas, barely able to speak as she urged the audience and the world to do more to prevent deadly shootings from happening.

Clarkson, who is hosting the show, said she was asked to hold a moment of silence for the 10 victims who died Friday, but chose instead to call for “a moment of action.”

“Once again we’re grieving for more kids that have died … I’m so sick of moment of silences … it’s not working,” she said Sunday, almost in tears.

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ANAHEIM, Calif | Ohtani pitches Angels to skid-snapping win over Rays, 5-2



ANAHEIM, Calif | Ohtani pitches Angels to skid-snapping win over Rays, 5-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out nine while throwing 7 2/3 innings of excellent six-hit ball in his seventh career start, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped their five-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Martin Maldonado homered and drove in two runs, and Zack Cozart drove in two more runs on sacrifice flies as the Angels wrapped up a disappointing 11-game homestand with only four victories — including both games started by Ohtani (4-1).

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INDIANAPOLIS | Carpenter takes top starting spot at Indy 500 for 3rd time



INDIANAPOLIS | Carpenter takes top starting spot at Indy 500 for 3rd time

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ed Carpenter and Danica Patrick got exactly what they needed in qualifying Sunday.

Now comes the hard part: Finding a way to victory lane next weekend.

After crashing Roger Penske’s front-row party by claiming his third Indianapolis 500 pole-winning run and watching his teammate, Patrick, qualify seventh for the final start of her career, Carpenter quickly turned his attention to hosting a bigger family celebration at the track his stepfather’s family owns.

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WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s tweets on Russia probe short on facts



WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s tweets on Russia probe short on facts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts involving the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

In a series of tweets Sunday, he repeatedly assails special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe as hopelessly biased, insisting that it is effectively controlled by Democrats. He also repeats a claim that his campaign had been cleared of collusion with Russia.

Neither statement holds up to reality.

A look at the questionable statements:
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TRUMP: “At what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP!

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West Virginia News: Upshur County man, James Andrew Smith admits to child pornography charge



West Virginia News: Upshur County man, James Andrew Smith admits to child pornography charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A Buckhannon, West Virginia, man has admitted to a child pornography charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

James Andrew Smith, age 57, pled guilty Friday to one count of “Possession of Child Pornography.”  Smith, having previously been convicted of possession of child pornography, admitted to having computer disks and other materials containing child pornography in his possession.  The crime occurred in November 2015 in Upshur County.

Smith is facing up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. 

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Minnesota News: New Mexico Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Directing Computer Attacks Against Websites Of Dozens Of Victims & For Firearms Charges



Minnesota News: New Mexico Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Directing Computer Attacks Against Websites Of Dozens Of Victims & For Firearms Charges

MINNESOTA – A New Mexico man was sentenced yesterday in St. Paul, Minnesota, for directing computer attacks against the websites of his prior employers, business competitors, law enforcement, and the Minnesota State Courts system, as well as for felon-in-possession of a firearm charges. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division; United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker of the District of Minnesota; and Special Agent in Charge Jill Sanborn of the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Minneapolis Field Office made the announcement.

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