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WASHINGTON  | Man jailed in Venezuela for 2 years returns to US



WASHINGTON  | Man jailed in Venezuela for 2 years returns to US

WASHINGTON  — Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA’s top spy in Latin America, says he is “overwhelmed with gratitude” to be back home.

He was set free by the anti-American Maduro government on Saturday.

Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleno, arrived Saturday evening at Washington Dulles International Airport for a tearful reunion with his parents, Laurie and Jason Holt.

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CLEVELAND  | Indians hit 4 HRs, bullpen hangs on for 8-6 win vs. Astros



CLEVELAND  | Indians hit 4 HRs, bullpen hangs on for 8-6 win vs. Astros

CLEVELAND — Yonder Alonso, Jason Kipnis and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers, and Cleveland’s beleaguered bullpen hung on as the Indians defeated the Houston Astros 8-6 on Saturday night.

Michael Brantley added a solo homer and the Indians needed every bit of the power display to end Houston’s five-game winning streak.

Andrew Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his right knee before the game, leaving a major hole in the AL’s worst bullpen.

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BOGOTA, Colombia  | No longer driven by conflict, Colombians vote for president



BOGOTA, Colombia  | No longer driven by conflict, Colombians vote for president

BOGOTA, Colombia  — For decades, Colombians voted with an eye on the bloody conflict with leftist rebels that dominated their country and politics.

But on Sunday they will cast their ballots in the first presidential election since the signing of a peace accord with the nation’s biggest rebel group to end the conflict and will be weighing issues like corruption, inequality, crime and relations with their crisis-plagued neighbor Venezuela.

The two leading candidates have presented dramatically different visions for both Colombia’s economic model and the future of its divisive peace process in a polarizing campaign driven by a wave of anti-establishment sentiment.

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OAKLAND, Calif. | Klay Thompson score 35, Warriors force Game 7 in West finals



OAKLAND, Calif.  | Klay Thompson score 35, Warriors force Game 7 in West finals

OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson hit nine 3-pointers and scored 35 points, the Warriors held James Harden down in the second half, and Golden State rallied from an early 17-point deficit to stave off elimination with a 115-86 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night to force a deciding Game 7 in the Western Conference finals.

Stephen Curry added 29 points and five 3s on a night Harden dazzled for long stretches with 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds while backcourt mate Chris Paul sat out sidelined by a strained right hamstring.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. | US Gulf Coast prepares as Alberto brings wind, rain north



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. | US Gulf Coast prepares as Alberto brings wind, rain north

  1. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida, Alabama and Mississippi launched emergency preparations ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.

Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued tropical storm warnings for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying tropical storm conditions are possible there by Sunday night.

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LEADING OFF: Trout trots at Yankee Stadium, NL East stout



LEADING OFF: Trout trots at Yankee Stadium, NL East stout

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

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Mike Trout tries to homer in his fourth straight game when the Los Angeles Angels play their series finale at Yankee Stadium. The two-time MVP is coming off his first career game with four extra-base hits — and first five-hit performance — on Saturday night. He will face New York righty Masahiro Tanaka (5-2, 4.95 ERA), who has a 1.60 ERA in five lifetime starts against the Angels.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: White House says Venezuela policy not changing



WASHINGTON | The Latest: White House says Venezuela policy not changing

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the release of a Utah man, Joshua Holt, who has been held in Venezuela (all times local):

11:10 p.m.

The White House is thanking the government of Venezuela for releasing an American held in jail for two years but adding that U.S. policy toward the Maduro regime isn’t changing.

Venezuelan officials released 26-year-old Joshua Holt of Utah and his Venezuelan wife on Saturday after talks between President Nicolas Maduro and U.S.

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NEW YORK | Trout HR, 3 doubles in 1st 5-hit game; Angels top Yanks 11-4



NEW YORK | Trout HR, 3 doubles in 1st 5-hit game; Angels top Yanks 11-4

NEW YORK — Mike Trout homered and doubled three times during his first five-hit game in the majors, and the Los Angeles Angels quickly erased an early deficit in beating the New York Yankees 11-4 on Saturday night.

Playing not far from his southern New Jersey hometown, Trout went deep for the third straight game to tie Boston’s Mookie Betts for the big league lead with 17 home runs. The two-time MVP drove in four runs and set career bests with four extra-base hits and 11 total bases.

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KIEV, Ukraine | Wonder-goal, gaffes, injuries as Madrid seals CL three-peat



KIEV, Ukraine | Wonder-goal, gaffes, injuries as Madrid seals CL three-peat

KIEV, Ukraine — With his back to goal but eyes on the incoming cross, Gareth Bale connected with the ball while leaping in the air and sent a scissor-kick arcing into the top of the net.

Fusing athleticism and technique, it was a mesmerizing sight to behold from the Real Madrid forward.

Rarely has there been a finer goal in a European final and Bale followed it up with another to seal Madrid’s third successive Champions League title in a 3-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday.  

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WASHINGTON | Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US



WASHINGTON  | Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

WASHINGTON — Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA’s top spy in Latin America, was set free by the anti-American Maduro government on Saturday in what his family called “this miracle.”

Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleno, arrived Saturday evening at Washington Dulles International Airport for a tearful reunion with his parents, Laurie and Jason Holt.

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SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: Trump says Korea talks “going along very well’



SEOUL, South Korea  | The Latest: Trump says Korea talks “going along very well’

SEOUL, South Korea — The Latest on diplomatic efforts involving the Koreas (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump says negotiations over a potential summit with the leader of North Korea are “going along very well.”

Trump told reporters Saturday that: “We’re doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea,” adding that “there are meetings going on as we speak.”

Trump said they are still considering June 12 in Singapore for the summit with Kim Jong Un.

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EUGENE, Ore.| Semenya wins Prefontaine 800 in world’s best time this year



EUGENE, Ore.| Semenya wins Prefontaine 800 in world’s best time this year

EUGENE, Ore.— South Africa’s Caster Semenya set a meet record in the 800 meters at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday while controversy swirls about a rule that could limit her from competing at the distance.

Semenya defended her title in the event in 1 minute, 55.92 seconds, which is also the top mark in the world this year. American Ajee Wilson was second in 1:56.86.

Semenya is the two-time Olympic and three-time world champion in the 800.

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SEOUL, South Korea | Seoul: North Korea committed to US summit, denuclearization



SEOUL, South Korea  | Seoul: North Korea committed to US summit, denuclearization

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s president says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un remains committed to holding a summit with President Donald Trump and to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Kim at the border on Saturday for the second time in a month to discuss how to keep Kim’s summit with Trump on a track. The Kim-Moon meeting followed a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump cancel the highly anticipated June 12 meeting before saying it’s potentially back on.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump welcomes freed American after ‘ordeal’



WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump welcomes freed American after ‘ordeal’

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the release of a Utah man, Joshua Holt, who has been held in Venezuela (all times local):

9 p.m.

President Donald Trump has welcomed to the White House an American held for two years in a Venezuelan jail, saying the Utah man has undergone a “very tough ordeal.”

Twenty-six-year-old Joshua Holt and his wife arrived Saturday evening at Washington Dulles International Airport. Venezuelan officials released the Holts after high-level talks between President Nicolas Maduro and U.S.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich | Lee tops LPGA event in Michigan; pregnant Lewis tied for 2nd



ANN ARBOR, Mich | Lee tops LPGA event in Michigan; pregnant Lewis tied for 2nd

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Minjee Lee shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Volvik Championship, with Stacy Lewis tied for second playing five months’ pregnant.

Lee capped a bogey-free third round with a birdie on No. 18 to get to 12 under, and the Australian standout will try to celebrate her birthday with her first victory of the year. She turns 22 on Sunday.

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WASHINGTON | Backchannel with ‘Dracula’ helped free Utah man in Venezuela



WASHINGTON | Backchannel with ‘Dracula’ helped free Utah man in Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret backchannel led by a veteran Republican Senate staffer and a flamboyant Venezuelan official nicknamed “Dracula” broke through hostile relations between the two governments to secure the release of American prisoner Joshua Holt, who traveled to the South American country for love and ended up in jail, without a trial, for two years.

A week ago the chances of Holt’s long ordeal ending any time soon looked slim.

On the eve of Venezuela’s May 20 presidential election, the Utah native appeared in a clandestinely shot video from jail railing against Nicolas Maduro’s government, saying his life had been threatened in a prison riot.

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WASHINGTON | American jailed in Venezuela for 2 years arrives in US



WASHINGTON | American jailed in Venezuela for 2 years arrives in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA’s top spy in Latin America, was set free by the anti-American Maduro government on Saturday in what his family called “this miracle.”

Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleno, arrived Saturday evening at Washington Dulles International Airport. In video tweeted by the office of Sen.

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ARCADIA, Calif | Accelerate spurts ahead in stretch to win Grade 1 Gold Cup



ARCADIA, Calif | Accelerate spurts ahead in stretch to win Grade 1 Gold Cup

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Victor Espinoza shook Accelerate’s neck to encourage him leaving the starting gate. That got the usually slow-breaking horse away in good position.

Then Espinoza waited.

With pacesetting Dr. Dorr and City of Light going at it up front, Accelerate and Espinoza laid third before rallying in mid-stretch to win the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday by 4 1/4 lengths over Dr. Dorr, trained by Bob Baffert.

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Missouri Lottery News: Portland Man, Brandon Vandeloecht Scores $100,000 Top Prize



Missouri Lottery News: Portland Man, Brandon Vandeloecht Scores $100,000 Top Prize

MISSOURI – A Portland man uncovered a $100,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery “$100,000 Casino Cash” Scratchers ticket.  Brandon Vandeloecht purchased his winning Scratchers ticket at Xpress Mart, 1214 N. Bluff St., in Fulton.  He claimed his prize at Lottery Headquarters in Jefferson City on May 18, 2018.

“$100,000 Casino Cash” is a $5 Scratchers ticket that was released on March 26.  It has more than $8 million in total prizes remaining, including three top prizes of $100,000.

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PHILADELPHIA | Nola takes no-no into 7th, Phils top Jays and lead NL East



PHILADELPHIA  | Nola takes no-no into 7th, Phils top Jays and lead NL East

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Nick Williams hit his third pinch-hit homer of the year in the eighth and the Philadelphia Phillies moved into first in the NL East Saturday with a 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Nola did not allow a hit until Russell Martin’s RBI single to left in the seventh, which tied the game at 1. After cruising through the first six innings, Nola came back out to work the seventh after a brief rain delay — the second of the game — and walked Justin Smoak with one out before Martin came through, ending the right-hander’s day.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray Announces Five Senior Executives



FBI Director Christopher Wray Announces Five Senior Executives

WASHINGTON – FBI Director Christopher Wray has named executives to five senior leadership positions: Ryan T. Young as special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division for the Los Angeles Field Office; Gary A. Loeffert as special agent in charge of the Buffalo Field Office; Gregory Ehrie as special agent in charge of the Newark Field Office; Matthew J. DeSarno as special agent in charge of the Criminal Division at the Washington Field Office; and Timothy M.

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LAS VEGAS | Defenders as important to Fleury, as he is to Golden Knights



LAS VEGAS | Defenders as important to Fleury, as he is to Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury has been the foundation for the Vegas Golden Knights’ run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Yet while he has a 1.68 goals-against average and .947 save percentage, he’ll be the first one in the locker room to credit the defensemen in front of him.

“It’s a team game — win as a team, lose as a team,” said Fleury, who looks to become the 11th goaltender in NHL history to have his name on the Cup at least four times — and the fourth of that group to win with multiple teams.

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F1’s showcase Monaco GP kicks off motorsports’ busiest day



F1’s showcase Monaco GP kicks off motorsports’ busiest day

One of the busiest days in motorsports has arrived.
The Formula One series kicks things off with the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. With its sparkling harbor and Champagne-swilling fans watching from huge yachts, it is the jewel in the F1 calendar. After a difficult start to his title defense, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the past two races and leads Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 17 points.

But Hamilton starts from third place on the grid behind Vettel and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo.

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South Dakota News: Governor Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day Morning



South Dakota News: Governor Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day Morning

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, in observance of fallen military service members.

President Donald Trump has proclaimed Memorial Day as a Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace and has called on governors of the United States to request flags at half-staff until noon and then at full-staff from noon until sunset.

The President has designated the hour beginning at 11 a.m., local time, to unite in prayer. 

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New York News: Governor Cuomo Announces State Police, Local Law Enforcement Crackdown on Impaired Driving This Memorial Day Weekend



New York News: Governor Cuomo Announces State Police, Local Law Enforcement Crackdown on Impaired Driving This Memorial Day Weekend

NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced that State Police and local law enforcement will ramp up patrols to combat drunk, impaired and reckless driving this Memorial Day weekend.  The STOP-DWI enforcement period starts on Friday, May 25 and runs through Monday, May 28.  Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year and police will be out in force to remove impaired and reckless drivers from our highways.

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WASHINGTON | Court: Gov’t violated privacy law for defrauded students



WASHINGTON | Court: Gov’t violated privacy law for defrauded students

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the Education Department violated privacy laws with regard to students defrauded by the Corinthian for-profit college chain.

In a break with Obama administration policy, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in December that some students cheated by the now-defunct schools would only get a part of their federal student loan forgiven. In order to determine how much to forgive, the agency analyzes average earnings of graduates from similar programs.

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WASHINGTON | US official says American Joshua Holt, held in jail in Venezuela for 2 years, has returned to U.S.



WASHINGTON | US official says American Joshua Holt, held in jail in Venezuela for 2 years, has returned to U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — US official says American Joshua Holt, held in jail in Venezuela for 2 years, has returned to U.S.

By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC(U.S)

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Pennsylvania News: Governor Wolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve 14 Airports



Pennsylvania News: Governor Wolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve 14 Airports

Harrisburg, PA – Fourteen airports will make safety upgrades or expand operation opportunities with the assistance of $15 million in state investments, Governor Wolf announced Friday, May 25, 2018.

“Aviation serves as a catalyst for our economy across Pennsylvania and features more than 400 airports serving a variety of customers,” Governor Wolf said.  “Hundreds of thousands of jobs are at stake, and these investments help airports bolster commerce and attract more customers.”

Seventeen projects will be supported by $9.8 million through the state’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, and $5.2 million through the aviation portion of the Multimodal Fund created by Act 89.

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ST. PETERSBURG | US states prepare as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads north



ST. PETERSBURG | US states prepare as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads north

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida, Alabama and Mississippi launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.

Cuba was being pounded by rain along its western coast, raising the threat of flash floods and mudslides. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the island’s rain totals could reach 10 to 15 inches (25-38 centimeters) — and even 25 inches (65 centimeters) in isolated areas.

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Maryland Lottery News: Baltimore County Woman Wins $30,000 Keno Prize



Maryland Lottery News: Baltimore County Woman Wins $30,000 Keno Prize

MARYLAND – Fischbach previously served in the State After placing flowers on her mom’s gravesite on Mother’s Day, a Baltimore County woman had a strong feeling that good fortune was coming her way.  Her premonition came true the following week when she won $30,000 playing Keno!

The Parkville resident found her Lottery luck at Perry Hall BP in Baltimore.

“I believe my late mother, who passed away when I was a child, wanted me to have this money because I really don’t play the Lottery a lot,” she said. 

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BOSTON | Red Sox 2B Pedroia returns to lineup after knee surgery



BOSTON | Red Sox 2B Pedroia returns to lineup after knee surgery

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is back after being sidelined by offseason knee surgery.

The 2008 AL MVP and four-time All Star went 0 for 4 with a walk and scored in Boston’s 8-6 victory against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

He received a standing ovation when he came up with the bases-loaded and two outs in the first. He flied out to right to end the inning.

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Minnesota News: Michelle Fischbach Sworn In as Minnesota’s 49th Lieutenant Governor



Minnesota News: Michelle Fischbach Sworn In as Minnesota’s 49th Lieutenant Governor

Senate, including as President – the first woman in state history to hold that role

ST. PAUL, MN – Michelle Fischbach officially took the oath of office yesterday as Minnesota’s 49th Lieutenant Governor, filling the vacancy created upon Senator Tina Smith’s resignation from that role.  As President of the State Senate, Lt. Governor Fischbach is next in the line of succession to serve as Minnesota’s Lt. Governor.

“I thank Lt. Governor Fischbach for the personal and professional grace with which she is assuming on this important role,” said Governor Dayton. 

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Pennsylvania News: Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Orders U.S., Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Memorial Day



Pennsylvania News: Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Orders U.S., Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Memorial Day

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the United States and Commonwealth flags at the Capitol Complex and statewide to fly at half-staff in honor of Memorial Day from sunrise to noon on Monday, May 28, 2018.

On this day, America recognizes and honors the men and women of the United States armed forces who died in service to their country.

“On this Memorial Day, we honor and remember the men and women of our armed forces who gave their lives while carrying out their duties to protect and preserve the freedoms, values and well-being of our country,” said Governor Wolf. 

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CONCORD, N.C. | Keselowski becomes first repeat winner on Xfinity Series



CONCORD, N.C. | Keselowski becomes first repeat winner on Xfinity Series

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski became the first repeat winner on the Xfinity Series this season, taking the rain-delayed race Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Cup driver has 38 Xfinity victories, also winning the rain-delayed Phoenix race in March.

Keselowski driver won in overtime after the yellow flag came out for debris on the track with two laps remaining in the scheduled 200-lap race. He took off in Team Penske’s No.

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Pennsylvania News: Cambria County Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Daniel R. Nevarre Pleads Guilty to $288K in Medicaid & Insurance Fraud



Pennsylvania News: Cambria County Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Daniel R. Nevarre Pleads Guilty to $288K in Medicaid & Insurance Fraud

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro Announces Sentence against Doctor who Faked Billings for Higher Reimbursements

HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that a Johnstown plastic surgeon who routinely billed Medicaid and private insurers for cancer treatments – even when the growths were not cancerous – pleaded guilty today to two felonies.  The surgeon bilked private insurers and the Medicaid program out of $288,974 through this continuing scheme.

Dr. Daniel R.

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KIEV, Ukraine | Real Madrid wins 3rd straight Champions League title with 3-1 victory over Liverpool



KIEV, Ukraine | Real Madrid wins 3rd straight Champions League title with 3-1 victory over Liverpool

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Real Madrid wins 3rd straight Champions League title with 3-1 victory over Liverpool.

By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC(U.S)

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Florida News: Florida Governor Scott Declares State of Emergency in Florida for Subtropical Storm Alberto



Florida News: Florida Governor Scott Declares State of Emergency in Florida for Subtropical Storm Alberto

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 18-150 declaring a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties as the state continues to monitor and prepare for Subtropical Storm Alberto.  By declaring this state of emergency, Governor Scott is ensuring that state and local government has ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this storm.

Governor Scott said, “As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto’s northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring. 

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BOSTON | Benintendi, Moreland carry Red Sox past Braves 8-6



BOSTON | Benintendi, Moreland carry Red Sox past Braves 8-6

BOSTON (AP) — Andrew Benintendi homered and drove in three runs, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 8-6 on Saturday.

The AL East-leading Red Sox celebrated the return of Dustin Pedroia with their sixth win in seven games. Mitch Moreland had a key two-run double, and knuckleballer Steven Wright (1-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the victory.

The 34-year-old Pedroia went 0 for 4 with a walk and scored in his first game after offseason knee surgery.

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Florida News: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Activates Price Gouging Hotline



Florida News: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Activates Price Gouging Hotline

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi today activated Florida’s price gouging hotline for consumers statewide.  The opening of the hotline comes as Governor Rick Scott declares a state of emergency in 67 counties and warns of heavy rain and flooding as we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto.  Florida’s price gouging law only applies within the area of the declared state of emergency, which in this case is all Florida counties.

State law prohibits extreme increases in the price of essential commodities, such as food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment, needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency. 

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind | Indiana teacher who stopped school shooting earns praise



NOBLESVILLE, Ind | Indiana teacher who stopped school shooting earns praise

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana science teacher and former college football player who tackled an armed student inside his classroom is being praised for quickly stopping the shooting despite being shot several times.

One of Jason Seaman’s students at Noblesville West Middle School said another student entered the classroom with a gun and started shooting Friday morning. The 29-year-old teacher “immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground,” said seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker.

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WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump on border stats _ and a Merkel mystery



WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump on border stats _ and a Merkel mystery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Illegal border crossings, as President Donald Trump measures them, have gone up since he took office, even as he speaks to audiences about a drop of more than 40 percent.

That disconnect was among several that stood out over the past week as Trump opened up on the Russia investigation via Twitter, forsaking accuracy in the process, and made the false claim that he’s delivering the first big military pay increase in a decade.

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MURFREESBORO, Tennessee | Glenn Snoddy, inventor of fuzz pedal for guitarists, dies



MURFREESBORO, Tennessee | Glenn Snoddy, inventor of fuzz pedal for guitarists, dies

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee (AP) — A recording engineer whose invention of a pedal that allowed guitarists to create a fuzzy, distorted sound most famously used by Keith Richards in the Rolling Stones’ hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” has died.

Glenn Snoddy was 96. His daughter Dianne Mayo said Saturday that Snoddy died Monday of congestive heart failure at his Murfreesboro, Tennessee, home.

Snoddy was helping record country artist Marty Robbins’ song “Don’t Worry” in 1961 when a malfunction caused the distortion in a guitar solo.

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EDMOND, Oklahoma | Resisting Trump in a bright red state



EDMOND, Oklahoma | Resisting Trump in a bright red state

EDMOND, Oklahoma (AP) — Vicki Toombs was watching the returns on election night 2016 when her phone buzzed — a text from her 22-year-old son Beau in Chicago. Beau, who is gay, was afraid that the new administration would end the Affordable Care Act and with it the insurance he and his friends used to pay for the drugs that protected them from HIV and AIDS.

“I just felt the bottom drop out of my world,” said Toombs, 61.

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LONDON | Mantel, Saunders up for best-ever Booker Prize accolade



LONDON | Mantel, Saunders up for best-ever Booker Prize accolade

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Hilary Mantel, Canada’s Michael Ondaatje and American author George Saunders are among five contenders for the title of greatest-ever winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction.

Mantel’s Tudor saga “Wolf Hall,” Ondaatje’s multilayered romance “The English Patient” and Saunders’ Civil War-era symphony “Lincoln in the Bardo” are finalists for the Golden Man Booker Prize.

Also nominated are “In a Free State” by Trinidad-born Nobel Prize winner V.S.

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CLEVELAND | Cavs’ Kevin Love to miss Game 7 vs. Celtics with concussion



CLEVELAND | Cavs’ Kevin Love to miss Game 7 vs. Celtics with concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love won’t be able to help LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 7 against the Celtics.

Love was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol and the All-Star forward will miss Sunday’s series finale of the Eastern Conference finals, a personal blow and yet another challenge for Cleveland to overcome.

The Cavaliers said Love experienced concussion-like symptoms Saturday before the team’s flight to Boston. Moments before the Cavs sent a news release updating Love’s status, coach Tyronn Lue said the 29-year-old, who inadvertently bashed heads with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum on Friday, was still being evaluated and there was a possibility he could play.

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INDIANAPOLIS | Rossi, Daly looking for real-life ‘Amazing Race’ in Indy 500



INDIANAPOLIS | Rossi, Daly looking for real-life ‘Amazing Race’ in Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly could view the Indy 500 as another leg of “The Amazing Race.”

The close friends and former reality TV teammates are starting side by side in the last row of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” — farther back than any previous winner. It’s their first time competing against each other since racing around the world together seeking $1 million last fall. It’s not the starting spot either wanted, but both have a chance to make history.

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LONDON | Fulham secures EPL return, windfall of at least $210m



LONDON | Fulham secures EPL return, windfall of at least $210m

LONDON (AP) — Fulham secured a return to the Premier League after four years away and a windfall of at least $210 million by beating Aston Villa 1-0 in the second-tier English playoff final on Saturday.

Tom Cairney netted probably the most lucrative goal he’ll ever score by calmly sidefooting home a finish in the 23rd minute at Wembley Stadium, ensuring Fulham joined Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff in getting promoted from the League Championship.

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KIEV, Ukraine | The Latest: 15-goal Ronaldo chases Champions League record



KIEV, Ukraine | The Latest: 15-goal Ronaldo chases Champions League record

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (all times local):
8:55 p.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the Real Madrid attack needing to score twice to match his own single-season Champions League record.

The Madrid star has 15 goals in the competition, and got 17 in the 2013-14 title-winning season. His record year included a penalty in the last minute of extra time in the final to cap a 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid.

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OKLAHOMA CITY | Civilians who shot restaurant gunman say they stopped threat



OKLAHOMA CITY | Civilians who shot restaurant gunman say they stopped threat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The man suspected of shooting three people inside an Oklahoma City restaurant before being fatally shot by bystanders had no obvious connection to the victims or the restaurant, and was legally authorized to carry a firearm, authorities said.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive behind the Thursday night attack that wounded four people, according to Oklahoma City Police Capt. Bo Mathews. He said the only interaction police had with the suspected gunman, 28-year-old Alexander Tilghman, was during a domestic assault and battery call when Tilghman was 13.

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PHOENIX | Amid anti-immigrant sentiment, some Spanish speakers wary



PHOENIX | Amid anti-immigrant sentiment, some Spanish speakers wary

PHOENIX (AP) — The widely viewed videos of a rant by a New York attorney against restaurant workers and the questioning of two women in Montana by a border agent for speaking in Spanish have exposed the risk bilingual speakers can face when they use a language other than English in public.

Being bilingual has many advantages, including job opportunities and social connections.

For some, the Trump administration’s harsh rhetoric and tougher policies toward immigrants have made them self-conscious about speaking other languages in public.

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