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BOGOTA, Colombia | Colombia’s president-elect seeks unity after polarizing vote



BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President-elect Ivan Duque appealed for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook Colombia’s political establishment and laid bare deep divisions over the nation’s peace process.

The conservative Duque, the protege of a powerful former president, was elected Sunday with 54 percent of the vote. He finished more than 12 points ahead of former guerrilla Gustavo Petro, though the runner-up’s performance at the ballot box was the best ever for the left in one of Latin America’s most conservative nations.

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BEIRUT | US-led coalition hits Syrian army post, causing casualties



BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state TV is reporting that the U.S.-led coalition has struck a military position in the country’s east, leaving several troops dead and wounded.

The report early Monday says the airstrike occurred around midnight in the village of al-Hari near the town of Boukamal. It gave no breakdown of the casualties.

Syrian troops and their allies have been conducting operations against the Islamic State group east of the Euphrates river while the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are on the offensive against IS on the east banks.

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TUMWATER, Wash | Gunman wounds 2, fatally shot by bystander at Walmart store



TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — A gunman injured a teen and shot a man in a pair of carjacking attempts Sunday, before being killed by a bystander outside a Washington state Walmart store.

The incident at the Walmart in Tumwater happened about 5 p.m.

A witness told KOMO-TV that people were in line when they heard gunfire in the store. Witnesses told other media that they were inside the store and heard shots.

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ST. LOUIS | Flaherty, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Cubs 5-0



ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jack Flaherty and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Matt Carpenter homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Sunday night.

Flaherty allowed just two hits while striking out seven in five innings, but he walked three and hit two batters and was pulled after throwing 97 pitches. He escaped a jam in the third inning when he struck out Kris Bryant with the bases loaded to keep the game scoreless.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Laura Bush says immigration policy ‘cruel’



WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration and its policy to separate migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local):
11:45 p.m.

Former first lady Laura Bush says the policy of separating immigrant parents and children along the nation’s southern border is “cruel,” ”immoral” and “it breaks my heart.”

Bush was writing a guest column for The Washington Post Sunday and compared the policy to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

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SINGAPORE | Asian markets down as trade war heats up



SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Monday amid worries about trade tensions as the U.S. and China both started putting tariffs in motion. China and Hong Kong markets were closed for a national holiday.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index dropped 0.8 percent to 22,662.68 in morning trading. South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.8 percent to 2,385.65. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained less than 0.1 percent to 6,096.20. Southeast Asian indexes were mostly lower.

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TOKYO | The Latest: 3 confirmed dead in western Japan earthquake



TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in Japan (all times local):
11:45 a.m.

A 9-year-old girl and two men in their 80s have been killed by a strong earthquake in the western Japan metropolis of Osaka.

The Osaka prefectural government reported two deaths, and an Ibaraki city official confirmed a third.

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck north of Osaka city Monday shortly after 8 a.m.

It set off multiple building fires and toppled walls.

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TOKYO 3 dead, dozens injured by quake in Osaka in western Japan



TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, killing at least three people and injuring dozens.

The Osaka prefectural government’s disaster management department said two people were found dead, while the Ibaraki city official confirmed a third victim. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said more than 40 were injured in Osaka and nearby prefectures of Hyogo and Kyoto.

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TRENTON, N.J |Art festival on verge of being shut down when shots rang out



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A 24-hour arts and music festival in New Jersey was on the verge of being shut down because of numerous fights when gunfire erupted, authorities said. One suspect was killed and 22 people, including two other suspects, were injured.

Of the 17 people treated for gunshot wounds, including a 13-year-old boy, only one person, a suspect, remained in critical condition Sunday night, said Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri.

About 1,000 people were attending the Art All Night Trenton festival that showcases local art, music, food and films when shots rang out early Sunday morning, sending people scrambling to safety.

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TOKYO | Japanese disaster authorities say two people were found without vital signs and 41 others were injured by an earthquake



TOKYO (AP) — Japanese disaster authorities say two people were found without vital signs and 41 others were injured by an earthquake.

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The Latest: 2 feared dead in Japan earthquake, 41 injured



TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in Japan (all times local):
10:45 a.m.

Japanese disaster authorities say two people have been found without vital signs and 41 others injured by an earthquake in western Japan.

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the city of Osaka and the surrounding area Monday about 8 a.m.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said one person had no heartbeat and wasn’t breathing and a second person also had no vital signs.

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TOKYO | 2 feared dead after earthquake hits Osaka in western Japan



TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, and at least two people were feared dead.

Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said two people were found with no vital signs and 41 others had been injured.

Japanese media reported one of the likely victims is a 9-year-old girl at a school. Japanese authorities don’t confirm death until after an examination at a hospital.

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BOSTON | Lawyers to present final arguments in Mafia boss trial



BOSTON (AP) — Attorneys are preparing to make their final pitches to jurors in the case of a former New England Mafia boss charged in the 1993 killing of a nightclub owner.

Closing arguments are expected Monday in Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme’s trial.

Salemme and his co-defendant, Paul Weadick, are charged with killing Steven DiSarro. Prosecutors say Salemme worried DiSarro would cooperate with authorities investigating the mobster.

Another mobster, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi says he saw Salemme’s son strangle DiSarro while Weadick held DiSarro’s feet and Salemme stood by.

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y | Dustin Johnson’s US Open hopes fade on back 9



SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Dustin Johnson had a four-stroke lead after 36 holes and was still in striking distance heading onto the back nine in the final round of the U.S. Open.

Instead of making a move, he lost ground.

The 2016 champion three-putted three times on the back nine at Shinnecock Hills, shooting an even-par 70 on Sunday to finish third, two strokes back, as workout buddy and final-round partner Brooks Koepka claimed his second U.S.

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WASHINGTON | Melania Trump ‘hates’ to see families separated at border



WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump “hates” to see families separated at the border and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can reform the nation’s immigration laws, according to a statement Sunday about the controversy over separation of immigrant parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mrs. Trump didn’t refer specifically to the Trump administration’s “no tolerance” policy, which was leading to a spike in children being separated from their families. Government statistics indicate that nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.

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BOGOTA, Colombia | Conservative wins Colombia’s presidency in divisive election



BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Ivan Duque, the young conservative protege of a powerful former president, was elected Colombia’s next leader Sunday after promising to roll back a fragile peace accord that has divided the South American nation.

Duque captured almost 54 percent of the vote, putting him 12 points ahead of former leftist guerrilla Gustavo Petro in a tense runoff election that had appeared to be tightening in recent days.

In the end, the prematurely graying 41-year-old sailed to victory, promising to change parts of the accord with leftist rebels but not “shred it to pieces” as some of his hawkish allies had been urging.

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TOKYO Strong earthquake near Osaka, Japan, causes scattered damage



TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck around 8 a.m. about 10 kilometers (6 miles) underground, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The strongest shaking was in an area north of Osaka city, the agency said.

The Japanese government had not received reports of major damage as of 8:30 a.m., spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

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The Latest: Ex-rebels want to meet with new Colombia leader



BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on Colombia’s presidential election (all times local):
8:30 p.m.

Demobilized members of Colombia’s once biggest rebel group say they want to meet with President-elect Ivan Duque to discuss implementation of the nation’s peace accord.

Ex-guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono congratulated Duque for his victory in Sunday’s presidential runoff election and said Colombians should work together because “the road of hope is open.”

In his victory speech, Duque said earlier that he doesn’t want to “shred the accord to pieces” but also promised to make changes to ensure victims get justice.

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SAN ANTONIO | King and queen of Spain visit 300-year-old San Antonio



SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are in San Antonio to celebrate the city’s tricentennial and its roots as a Spanish colonial village.

The royal couple attended a welcoming ceremony Sunday hosted by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other city officials at the Spanish Governor’s Palace before touring the San Jose Mission site and then visiting an historical exhibit. An evening dinner with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also was planned.

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia | Former Cambodian PM Ranariddh hurt in car crash; wife killed



PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian prince who was a candidate in upcoming general elections was seriously injured Sunday in a road crash that killed his wife and injured at least seven other people, officials said.

Prince Norodom Ranariddh, 74, was in a convoy along with senior members of his FUNCINPEC party heading toward Sihanoukville in southwest Cambodia when a taxi traveling in the opposite direction slammed into his SUV, said a senior party member in the group.

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MILAN | Prada redefines youthful elegance with psychedelic flair



MILAN (AP) — Youthful designers injected energy into the third day Sunday of Milan Fashion Week menswear previews for next spring and summer.

While the topics of generational and creative change at some of the most-established Milan fashion houses were running in the background, young brands carved out their own space to grow by their own rules.

Some highlights from Sunday’s shows, including Milan mainstay Prada alongside younger brands Palm Angels, MSGM, Sunnei and Korean newcomers BESFXXK.

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. | Strange: Koepka has what it takes to win 3 in a row



SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Curtis Strange stood by the 18th green at Shinnecock Hills, working for the TV broadcast and ready to welcome Brooks Koepka into the small fraternity of back-to-back U.S. Open winners.

“I’m happy for him. I hope it means as much to him,” said Strange, who won in 1988 and ’89 and was the last to win two in a row before Koepka matched him Sunday. “Now he’s going to learn things about Willie Anderson that I learned about that I never thought I would.”

A year after shooting 16 under to win at Erin Hills by four strokes, Koepka repeated in the challenging conditions at Shinnecock.

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y | Tough course or easy, Brooks Koepka repeats as US Open champ



SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Brooks Koepka has the game to win a U.S. Open on any course.

One year after Koepka overpowered the wide fairways of Erin Hills in a U.S. Open remembered for low scoring, he navigated his way through the brutal conditions of Shinnecock Hills and closed with a 2-under 68 to become the first repeat champion in 29 years.

Curtis Strange, the last player to go back-to-back in this major, watched the entire final round Sunday as the Fox Sports reporter on the ground, and they shared a brief hug off the 18th green after Koepka tapped in for bogey and a one-shot victory.

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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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