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PHOENIX | Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3



PHOENIX (AP) — Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera homered off Brad Boxberger in a four-run ninth inning and the New York Mets rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday.

The Diamondbacks led 3-1 entering the ninth and Boxberger (1-3), with his third blown save in 20 tries, struck out the first two batters.

Jose Reyes reached on a bunt single and scored on Jose Bautista’s pinch-hit double to cut the lead to 3-1.

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y | Fleetwood ties Open mark with final-round 63, finishes 2nd



SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Somehow, tying a U.S. Open record with a final-round 63 wasn’t totally satisfying for Tommy Fleetwood.
“Yeah,” he said with a laugh, “but I wanted 62.”

The Englishman nearly got it: A birdie putt from 8 feet on No. 18 broke right and skidded past the hole.

Still, the 12th-ranked player in the world had a special achievement on Sunday. Only five players have shot 63 in the U.S.

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SUPERIOR, Wis | Midwestern states endure flash flooding, heat wave



SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Lines of thunderstorms crawled across northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin on Sunday after overnight flash flooding washed out roads and highways, as a heat wave sent temperatures into the high 90s elsewhere in the Midwest.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings from east-central Minnesota across northwestern Wisconsin because of the potential for rainfall rates exceeding 2 inches per hour in some places.

U.S. Highway 2, a major thoroughfare across northwestern Wisconsin, washed out early Sunday about 10 miles west of Ashland, the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office reported.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich | So Yeon Ryu wins Meijer LPGA Classic



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — So Yeon Ryu found her winning touch at Blythefield Country Club

Ryu won the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Caroline Masson. The 29-year-old South Korean player has six LPGA Tour victories, winning twice last year.

“I’ve been working really hard with my coach and my psychologist, trainer, whole my team,” Ryu said. “Finally I was able to find the last piece to put everything together, so it’s really, really meaningful to me.”

The two-time major champion birdied the par-5 16th and par-4 17th and parred the par-4 18th to finish at 21-under 267.

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California Lottery News: Retiree, Jose Ramos, Claims $20 Million SuperLotto Plus® Ticket Sold in San Bernardino County



SACRAMENTO, CA – We learned some interesting things when a retiree claimed a $20 million SuperLotto Plus ticket sold in Fontana (San Bernardino County).  Jose Ramos arrived at the California Lottery’s Inland Empire District Office along with an attorney.  It’s not an unusual move when you’re dealing with the type of money Ramos won after he matched all six numbers in the February 3, 2018 draw.

This win is significant for a couple of reasons. 

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WASHINGTON | Pelosi criticizes Trump pick to head consumer agency



WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is questioning President Donald Trump’s pick to head the government’s consumer watchdog agency.

The California Democrat says she believes Kathy Kraninger, currently an associate director at the Office of Management and Budget, lacks the required experience to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, especially given the Trump administration’s “hostility to consumer protection.”

The White House said Saturday that Trump would nominate Kraninger to replace Mick Mulvaney, who has been filling in as the bureau’s acting director along with running the OMB since late November.

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. | CORRECTS: Brooks Koepka wins US Open for 2nd straight year, becoming 7th player to go back-to-back



SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — CORRECTS: Brooks Koepka wins US Open for 2nd straight year, becoming 7th player to go back-to-back.

(Corrects APNewsAlert that said Koepka was 6th player to go back-to-back )

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Florida Lottery News: Port Charlotte Woman, Jodi Hinand Claims $1.3 Million Lucky Money™ Jackpot



TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Lottery announces that Jodi Hinand, 56, of Port Charlotte, claimed the $1.3 million LUCKY MONEY™ jackpot from the June 8, 2018, drawing at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.  She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $923,438.52.

Hinand and her husband said they will spend their winnings responsibly, and plan to help their two sons pay for college.

Hinand purchased her winning ticket at Publix, located at 4265 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte. 

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. | Brooks Koepka wins US Open for 2nd straight year, becoming 6th player to go back-to-back



SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Brooks Koepka wins US Open for 2nd straight year, becoming 6th player to go back-to-back.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo | Astros win 11th straight and finish 10-0 trip, beat KC 7-4



KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Houston Astros keep finding ways to win, while the Kansas City Royals keep inventing ways to lose.

Carlos Correa and the Astros won their 11th straight game, finishing off a dominant 10-0 road trip by rallying past the Royals 7-4 Sunday.

The World Series champion Astros swept their swing through Texas, Oakland and Kansas City, outscoring opponents 74-35.

Last season, Houston had an 11-game winning streak end in Kansas City.

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WASHINGTON | Trump adviser Roger Stone reveals new meeting with Russian



WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is examining a previously undisclosed meeting between longtime Donald Trump confidante Roger Stone and a Russian figure who allegedly tried to sell him dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The meeting between Stone and a man who identified himself as Henry Greenberg was described in a pair of letters sent Friday to the House Intelligence Committee and first reported by The Washington Post.

Stone and Michael Caputo, a Trump campaign aide who arranged the 2016 meeting, did not disclose the contact in their interviews with the committee.

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SOCHI, Russia | Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut



SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn’t in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team makes history by playing in its first World Cup.

The Central American team has trouble scoring and his players will need to have a good day to have any chance against Belgium on Monday, he said.

Blunt and honest, Gomez didn’t even hide his starting lineup, the normal way of doing things for coaches these days.

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Texas Lottery News: San Antonio, Texas Resident Claims $4.777 Million Scratch Ticket Prize



AUSTIN, TX – A San Antonio resident claimed a top prize winning ticket worth $4.777 million in the Texas Lottery® scratch ticket game, Ultimate 7’s.  The claimant elected to remain anonymous.   For selling the winning ticket, Pik and Pak Food Mart, 1801 West Avenue in San Antonio, Texas is eligible for a $10,000 retailer bonus.  This was the first of three top prizes worth $4.777 million to be claimed in this game. 

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BIG WELLS, Texas | 5 dead as SUV chased by Border Patrol crashes in South Texas



BIG WELLS, Texas (AP) — At least five people are dead and several others hurt as an SUV carrying more than a dozen people crashed while fleeing from Border Patrol agents in South Texas.

Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd says the SUV went out of control at more than 100 mph and overturned on Texas Highway 85, ejecting those inside.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials say four were pronounced dead at the scene midday Sunday.

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MOSCOW | Parity comes to World Cup, where top nations fail to win



MOSCOW (AP) — Parity has come to the World Cup.

Five of the top six nations in the FIFA rankings have played, and none has won. Only two of the top dozen teams have victories.
Top-ranked Germany lost to No. 15 Mexico, second-ranked Brazil tied No. 6 Switzerland, No. 4 Portugal drew 10th-ranked Spain, and No. 5 Argentina tied 22nd-ranked Iceland.

Among other teams in the top 12, only No.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Egypt goalkeeper declines beer-sponsored World Cup award



ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — An Egypt team official has confirmed goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons.

The trophy, an artistic red goblet, is sponsored by Budweiser. Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol.

Egypt team director Ihab Leheta told The Associated Press on Sunday that Elshenawy said a “few words” and posed for photos in a brief ceremony, but didn’t take the goblet.

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US immigrant protection erosion began with Trump inaugural



The Trump administration’s move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human-rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in Congress.

It’s also a situation that has been brewing since the week President Donald Trump took office, when he issued his first order signaling a tougher approach to asylum-seekers. Since then, the administration has been steadily eroding protections for immigrant children and families.

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Citibank $100 Million Settlement with 42 Attorneys General for Fraudulently Manipulating Interest Rate Benchmarks or LIBOR



Citibank agrees to a $100 million settlement agreement with 42 Attorneys General for fraudulent conduct involving U.S. Dollar (USD) LIBOR

Friday, June 15, 2018, 42 Attorneys General offices announced a settlement with Citibank for fraudulent conduct involving U.S. (USD) LIBOR.

LIBOR is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments valued at approximately $350 trillions in derivatives, according to Wikipedia, having a widespread impact of worldwide financial markets as well as consumers.

State Attorneys General alleged Citibank misrepresented the integrity of the benchmark (LIBOR) to governments, not-for-profit, private and institutional traders by failing to disclose that:

  • At times, Citibank made USD LIBOR submissions to avoid negative publicity protecting the reputation of Citibank
  • Occasionally, Citibank’s USD LIBOR submitters asked Citibank personnel in other units to avoid offering higher rates than Citibank’s USD LIBOR submissions.

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Utah News: Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Announces $100 Million 42-State Settlement with Citibank



SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Friday announced a $100 million settlement with Citibank for fraudulent conduct involving U.S. Dollar (USD) LIBOR, which is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers.  The investigation was conducted by a working group of 42 state Attorneys General offices, led by New York.

According to Assistant Attorney General Eddie Vasquez,

“Although LIBOR rates are calculated in London, they affect the interest rates that Utah consumers pay for many credit cards and variable rate mortgages, so keeping the LIBOR rate setting system honest is very important to our citizens.”

The Attorneys General alleged that Citibank misrepresented the integrity of the LIBOR benchmark to state and local governmental, not-for-profit, private, and institutional trading counterparties by concealing, misrepresenting, and failing to disclose that: (a) Citibank, at times, made USD LIBOR submissions to avoid negative publicity and protect the reputation of the bank; (b) Citibank’s USD LIBOR submitters, on occasion, asked Citibank personnel in other units of the bank to avoid offering higher rates than Citibank’s USD LIBOR submissions; and (c) Citibank expressed belief that other banks, at times, made USD LIBOR submissions that were inconsistent with their borrowing rates and contributed to inaccurate LIBORs.

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia | Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup



ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia.

The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0.

Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil the lead in the 20th minute with a volley that bounced in off the right post. Steven Zuber then headed in the equalizer in the 50th.

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Ohio News: Ohio Attorney General DeWine Announces $100 Million Multistate Settlement with Citibank over Libor Manipulation



COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with 41 other attorneys general, today announced a $100 million settlement with Citibank for fraudulent conduct involving the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, a key interest rate with widespread impact on global markets.

Most of the settlement funds — about $95 million — will be used to reimburse government and not-for-profit organizations that were affected by the conduct and had Libor-linked swaps and other financial contracts with Citibank.

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WASHINGTON | Giuliani says Trump could issue pardons after Russia probe



WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday the president might pardon his jailed, onetime campaign chairman and others ensnared in the Russia investigation once special counsel Robert Mueller’s work wraps up, if he believed they were treated “unfairly.”

Until then, consideration of clemency is unnecessary, Giuliani said, as the White House presses to bring the yearlong investigation to an end.

Giuliani denied that Trump was trying to send a message to Paul Manafort, who was the 2016 chairman for nearly five months, or others to refrain from cooperating with prosecutors.

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ATLANTA | Braves no-hit bid ends in 7th after Teheran pulled vs Padres



ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves’ bid for a combined no-hitter has ended as reliever Shane Carle allowed a single to San Diego’s Cory Spangenberg with one out in the seventh inning.

Starter Julio Teheran was removed after allowing no hits through six innings. He struck out a season-high 11, walked three and threw 95 pitches Sunday.

Teheran was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday. He had been out since June 5 with a sore right thumb.

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Nevada News: Nevada Attorney General Laxalt Announces $100 Million 42-State Settlement with Citibank



Carson City, NV – Friday, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced a multi-state settlement with Citibank, N.A., for fraudulent and anti-competitive conduct involving the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR.  LIBOR is an interest rate that has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers, including being used as a basis in financial contracts such as swaps and as a benchmark rate for mortgages.  42 state Attorneys General offices including Nevada participated in a multi-state working group to reach this settlement.

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McALLEN, Texas | Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility in Texas



McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of children are waiting away from their parents inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas, with groups of 20 or more children to a single cage. There are bottles of water, bags of chips, and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.

The U.S. Border Patrol on Sunday allowed reporters to briefly visit the facility where the agency is holding children and adults after arresting them at the border.

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MOSCOW | Mexico beats defending champion Germany 1-0 at World Cup



MOSCOW (AP) — Defending World Cup champions have been finding it hard to get out of the group stage lately, and Germany is proving no exception.

The 2014 champions, ranked No. 1 in the world, were exposed defensively and surprisingly beaten by Mexico 1-0 on Sunday, putting its hopes of advancement in doubt.

Well, not everyone is in doubt.

“We will make it,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said. “There’s no reason to fall apart because you lose one game.”

Hirving Lozano scored the lone goal in the 35th minute, picking up Javier Hernandez’s pass inside the penalty area and beating Mesut Ozil before shooting past Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from 10 yards.

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Michigan News: Michigan Attorney General Schuette, Michigan to Receive $3 Million from Citibank for Manipulating Interest Rates



LANSING, MI – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Friday announced a $100 million-dollar settlement with Citibank for fraudulent conduct involving the manipulation of U.S. Dollar (USD) LIBOR, of which Michigan will receive $3 Million.  LIBOR, or London Interbank Offered Rate, is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers.

“Trust in our financial institutions is key to ensuring our economy continues moving forward,” said Schuette. 

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HOUSTON | TV host Jimmy Kimmel beat by Sen. Ted Cruz in charity game



HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has triumphed over late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game that Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic.

With each basket worth a single point, Cruz topped Kimmel 11-9 in a two-hour one-on-one match they agreed to abbreviate Saturday at Texas Southern University after neither appeared capable of reaching 15 points and winning by two.

The Houston Chronicle described the matchup as “a slow-motion car-crash of half-court basketball.” Speaking for both men, Kimmel said: “We apologize to the game of basketball.”

The game was born of a joke from Kimmel, who has said the Republican senator resembled the ocean bottom-dwelling blobfish.

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HOUSTON | Born of blobfish joke, Cruz edges Kimmel in basketball game



HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has triumphed over late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game that Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic.

With each basket worth a single point, Cruz topped Kimmel 11-9 in a two-hour one-on-one match they agreed to abbreviate Saturday at Texas Southern University after neither appeared capable of reaching 15 points and winning by two.

The Houston Chronicle described the matchup as “a slow-motion car-crash of half-court basketball.” Speaking for both men, Kimmel said: “We apologize to the game of basketball.”

The game was born of a joke from Kimmel, who has said the Republican senator resembled the ocean bottom-dwelling blobfish.

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Kansas News: Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt statements on shootings of law enforcement officers, Theresa King, Patrick Rohrer



TOPEKA, KS – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued the following statement on the shootings Friday of two Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office deputies:

“Today’s terrible events in Kansas City bitterly remind us once again of the dangers and sacrifices faced every day by law enforcement officers throughout our state and nation.  The prayers of all of Kansas lift up the deputy killed today, the deputy still fighting for life, their families and friends, and their fellow men and women in law enforcement who keep our communities safe each and every day.”

UPDATE – June 16, 2018 – “The second Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot yesterday has died. 

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Kansas News: Robert Willard Colson convicted of murder in death of Matthew Miles Schoshke



Ottawa County jury found Robert Willard Colson guilty of first degree murder of Matthew Miles Schoshke

MINNEAPOLIS, KS – A Maine man who was arrested in California has been convicted of first degree murder and related crimes in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

An Ottawa County jury Friday found Robert Willard Colson, 35, of Bucksport, Maine, guilty of one count of first degree murder, two counts of felony theft and one count of burglary. 

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MOSCOW | The Latest: Coach Loew concedes Germany looked nervous



MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local):
9:30 p.m.

Germany didn’t play the way it usually plays. Coach Joachim Loew isn’t sure why.

MOSCOW, Mexico’s skillful, World Cup champion, No German team ,  offered a guarantee, the group stage, daunting enough, captain Marcelo

Stymied by Mexico’s skillful forwards and speedy counterattacks, the defending World Cup champion played a sloppy first half, failed to take its chances and ultimately conceded a goal that held up in Mexico’s 1-0 victory.

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WASHINGTON | Giuliani says Trump could issue pardons after Russia probe



WASHINGTON (AP) — Rudy Giuliani says President Donald Trump has no plans to issue pardons now in the Russia investigation but could choose to do so once the special counsel’s work is finished.

The president’s attorney tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that issuing a pardon now is not necessary and could cloud what Giuliani believes is a “very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved in it of any kind.”

Giuliani says Trump retains his right to pardon and could do so after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report is complete, if people were treated “unfairly.”

His comments come after onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sent to jail last week after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in the Russia investigation.

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WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump misrepresents North Korea’s actions



WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is falsely crediting his Singapore summit with the destruction of missile launch sites in North Korea. No such action has been announced by the North Koreans.

Trump tweeted Sunday in response to criticisms last week from Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the Senate Democratic leader, that the summit was all show, no substance, or as the Democrat put it in Senate remarks, “what the Texans call all cattle, no hat.” He meant all hat, no cattle.

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WASHINGTON | Trump adviser says ‘nobody likes’ family separation policy



WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House adviser on Sunday distanced the Trump administration from responsibility for separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, even though the administration put in place and could easily end a policy that has led to a spike in cases of split and distraught families.

President Donald Trump has tried to blame Democrats, who hold no levers of power in the government today, for a situation that has sparked fury and a national debate over the moral implications of his hard-line approach to immigration enforcement.

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MOSCOW | Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep



MOSCOW (AP) — The suspect in a taxi crash near Red Square that injured two Mexican soccer fans and six other pedestrians as Russia hosts the World Cup told interrogators he fell asleep at the wheel, Moscow city police said Sunday.

The police released a video of an interrogation session with a man the Moscow force identified as the taxi driver. In the recording, he says he briefly dozed off and accidentally hit the gas.

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BENGHAZI, Libya | Libya’s NOC says oil storage damaged in attack on key ports



BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya’s National Oil Corporation says an armed group opposed to Libya’s self-styled national army has attacked key oil port terminals “significantly” damaging at least one storage tank.

Saturday’s statement by the company called on the group commanded by Ibrahim Jadhran to withdraw to prevent an “environmental disaster” and further damage to infrastructure.

NOC says the oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sidr have been under attack since Thursday forcing it to announce a “force majeure” on crude oil loadings and evacuate its employees from the areas.

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MOSCOW | Mexico beats defending champion Germany 1-0 at World Cup



MOSCOW (AP) — Germany became the third defending champion in the last 16 years to lose its opening match at the World Cup, falling to Mexico 1-0 Sunday.

Hirving Lozano scored the lone goal in the 35th minute, picking up Javier Hernandez’s pass inside the penalty area and beating Mesut Ozil before shooting past Manuel Neuer from 10 yards.

“I don’t know if it’s the biggest victory in (Mexico’s) history, but one of the biggest for sure,” Lozano said.

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PSARADES, Greece | Border lake backdrops sealing of Greece, Macedonia name deal



PSARADES, Greece (AP) — The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia endorsed an agreement to resolve a long fight over the Macedonia name Sunday during a signing ceremony filled with history and symbolism.

The Greek village of Psarades, located on the shores of Great Prespa Lake, was picked for the occasion since the borders of Greece and Macedonia meet in the water.

The two countries’ prime ministers, Greece’s Alexis Tsipras and Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev, were there to see the deal they reached Tuesday get signed by their foreign ministers, Nikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov, respectively.

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Iowa News: Attorney General Tom Miller announces $100 million 42-state settlement with Citibank for manipulating interest-rate benchmark



DES MOINES, IA – Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced a $100 million multistate settlement Friday with Citibank for fraudulent conduct involving U.S. Dollar LIBOR, which is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers.  The investigation was conducted by a bipartisan working group of 42 state attorneys general offices.

The actions by Citibank caused LIBOR, or the London Interbank Offered Rate, to fall, which harmed investors who had purchased credit derivatives called interest-rate swaps.

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Erosion of immigrant protections began with Trump inaugural



The Trump administration’s move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human-rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in Congress.

It’s also a situation that has been brewing since the week President Donald Trump took office, when he issued his first order signaling a tougher approach to asylum-seekers. Since then, the administration has been steadily eroding protections for immigrant children and families.

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TRENTON, N.J | Gunfire erupts at New Jersey arts festival; 22 wounded



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two gunmen opened fire at an all-night arts and music festival early Sunday morning, sending people running over each other in the scramble to safety, authorities said. One suspect was killed and 22 people were injured.

Of 17 people treated for gunshot wounds, four of them, including a 13-year-old boy, remain in critical condition late Sunday morning, said Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri.

The shots rang out around 2:45 a.m.

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Florida News: Florida Attorney General Bondi Announces Settlement with Citibank for Manipulating Interest Rate Benchmarks



TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Friday announced a multistate settlement with Citibank.  Based upon the business they conducted with Citibank, Florida governmental entities and nonprofits will receive approximately five million dollars from the settlement, which resolves allegations of unlawful conduct involving the U.S. Dollar LIBOR.  The LIBOR is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers financial transactions.

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BOISE, Idaho | Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble



BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northeast seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species.

Bumblebees, experts say, are important pollinators for both wild and agricultural plants, but some species have disappeared from places where they were once common, possibly because of the same factors that have been killing honeybees.

“It’s really important for us as humans to study these species systems for animals that are the little guys that make the world go around,” said Ann Potter of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, one of the entities in three states — Oregon and Idaho are the others — participating in the three-year Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas project.

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ST. MARTIN, Miss | Ex-3 Doors Down bass player arrested, drugs, weapons found



ST. MARTIN, Miss. (AP) — One of the founding members of the rock band 3 Doors Down is back in jail after guns and drugs were seen in his Mississippi home.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell, in a news release, said 46-year-old Todd Harrell, the band’s original bass player, was arrested Friday at his St. Martin home. It’s unknown if he has an attorney.

Authorities say they were responding to an alarm and when they arrived, Harrell’s wife told deputies they argued and it turned physical.

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LOS ANGELES | Cornell’s daughter pays tribute to late rocker with duet



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Cornell’s daughter has released a recording of a duet with her late father as part of an emotional tribute to the late rocker on Father’s Day.

Toni Cornell released the duet of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” on Sunday along with a note thanking her dad for his support of her.

“You gave me courage when I didn’t have any. You believed in me when I didn’t.

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Connecticut News: Attorney General Jepsen: States Reach Settlement with Citibank for Manipulating Key Benchmark Interest Rate



HARTFORD, CT – Under a multistate settlement agreement, Citibank N.A. (Citi) will pay $95,000,000 in restitution to government and nonprofit entities for its manipulation of a benchmark interest rate in the lead up to and early days of the 2008 financial crisis, Attorney General George Jepsen announced Friday.

Citi has agreed to pay a total of $100 million to resolve the 42-state multistate investigation.  The state attorneys general alleged that Citi manipulated the London Interbank Offer Rate, also known as LIBOR, and misrepresented the integrity of LIBOR at various times in 2008 and 2009. 

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SOCHI, Russia | Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut



SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn’t in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team makes history by playing in its first World Cup.

The Central American team has trouble scoring and his players will need to have a good day to have any chance against Belgium on Monday, he said.

Blunt and honest, Gomez didn’t even hide his starting lineup, the normal way of doing things for coaches these days.

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MOSCOW | Russia’s World Cup headache: Keeping it safe, keeping it fun



MOSCOW (AP) — When a taxi driver suddenly rammed into pedestrians near Red Square, despite intense security measures around Russian cities for the World Cup, fans and other visitors asked themselves: Are we safe?

Moscow authorities insist Saturday’s taxi crash was an accident, after the driver apparently fell asleep . And car accidents can happen just about anywhere.

Vehicles can also be used as weapons, though. Cities from New York to Barcelona can attest to that.

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MOSCOW | The Latest: Lozano gives Mexico 1-0 halftime lead v Germany



MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local):
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Mexican fans have chanted a homophobic slur at Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during the World Cup game in Moscow.

FIFA has repeatedly fined the Mexican football federation over the chant. It rang out at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium in the 24th minute of Mexico’s game against Germany on Sunday with the score at 0-0.

Fans in Mexico use the chant to insult opposing goalkeepers as they take a goal kick.

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