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U.S. Department of State News: The 5th U.S.-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Consultations



WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement:

The 5th United States-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Consultations were held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on June 21, 2018, to strengthen our joint commitment to an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure cyberspace.

The Cyber Consultations affirmed the benefits of a whole-of-government approach between the Republic of Korea and the United States on cyber policy and reinforced cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Korea on a wide range of cyber issues, including cooperation on deterring cyber adversaries, cybersecurity of critical infrastructure, capacity building, information sharing, military-to-military cyber cooperation, cybercrime, international security issues in cyberspace, and current threats and trends in the international cyber environment. 

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SANTA ANA, Calif. | Obama, like Trump, grappled with family immigration



SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Trump administration isn’t the first to grapple with the question of how to handle tens of thousands of immigrant families stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Four years ago, Barack Obama faced a similar crisis when record numbers of Central American immigrants fleeing violence began showing up at the border. Officials had to deal with the same court case the current administration began fighting Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump issued a new executive order to stop separating migrant families whose parents were arrested for illegally entering the country.

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Reactions to the death of pundit Charles Krauthammer.



Reactions to the death of conservative writer and pundit Charles Krauthammer.

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“Laura and I are deeply saddened by the loss of an intellectual giant and dear friend, Charles Krauthammer. For decades, Charles’ words have strengthened our democracy. His work was far-reaching and influential — and while his voice will be deeply missed, his ideas and values will always be a part of our country.” — President George W. Bush, in a written statement.

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NEW YORK | No. 1 Sun: Phoenix takes Ayton; Trae Young, Doncic swapped



NEW YORK — Deandre Ayton became the first No. 1 Sun and Luka Doncic was traded only a day after arriving in the U.S.

The Atlanta Hawks swapped the rights to Doncic, the No. 3 pick from Slovenia, to Atlanta for Trae Young, the No. 5 selection from Oklahoma in on Thursday night in the NBA draft.

The Mavericks also gave up a future first-round pick to draft Doncic, who only arrived in New York on Wednesday after helping Spain’s Real Madrid win its league championship after he won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors when they won that title this year.

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EL PASO, Texas | The Latest: Feds won’t prosecute parents separated from kids



EL PASO, Texas— The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump’s order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

An email from the federal public defender’s office that covers cases from El Paso to San Antonio shows that the U.S. Attorney’s Office will be dismissing cases in which parents were charged with illegally entering or re-entering the country and were subsequently separated from their children.

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DALLAS | NHL draft action likely to begin with Montreal’s 3rd pick



DALLAS — The Montreal Canadiens can make the first real move in the NHL draft with the third overall pick.

If everything goes as expected in Big D on Friday night, play-making Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin will be the first overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres. Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov will then go to Carolina.

“Obviously Rasmus and Andrei deserve it, they’re unbelievable players,” American prospect Brady Tkachuk said Thursday. “From the third (pick) on, it’s just whatever the team wants, so we’ll see what happens.

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NEW YORK | The Latest: Ayton says Puma decision was easy, personal



NEW YORK — The Latest on Thursday night’s NBA draft (all times local):

9 p.m.

Before Deandre Ayton was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the first pick of the draft, he had signed a multimillion deal with Puma.

Ayton, one of three players in this class who made the choice to go with Puma over bigger brands such as Nike and Adidas, says it was an easy and personal decision for him.

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ANAHEIM, Calif | Trout limited to DH with finger sprain as Angels host Jays



ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout will be the Los Angeles Angels’ designated hitter for his 1,000th career game Thursday night because of a sprained right index finger.

The Angels don’t expect to use Trout in the outfield during this four-game set against Toronto, but manager Mike Scioscia says the injury is not serious. Scioscia says it will not hinder Trout’s ability to grip or swing the bat.

Trout is batting .448 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in June.

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OKLAHOMA News: Caddo County Man, MARTIN ROCHA Charged with Shooting Woman in Indian Country



OKLAHOMA CITY, Oa – MARTIN ROCHA, 56, a resident of Caddo County, has been charged with assaulting a woman in Indian Country with a rifle with the intent to murder her, along with other charges, announced Robert J. Troester, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

According to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed in federal court on May 19, 2018, officers with the Binger Police Department and the Caddo County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement after a 911 call reported Rocha’s shooting of a woman with a Winchester 30-30 rifle.

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PHOENIX | Suns get their coveted center Ayton to anchor young squad



PHOENIX (AP) — For most of their half-century of existence, the Phoenix Suns have coveted a big-time center.

In 1969, they lost the coin flip with Milwaukee for Lew Alcindor, now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and chose Neal Walk at No. 2. The closest they came was Alvan Adams, an All-Star on some very good teams. Shaquille O’Neal made a cameo appearance late in his career.

But a big, young franchise center to build around eluded them — until now.

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BILLINGS, Mont | Lawmakers seek investigation of Interior boss’ land deal



BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers called for an investigation Thursday into U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s involvement in a land deal with the chairman of an energy services company that does business with his agency.

A foundation created by Zinke and run by his wife, Lola, has been dealing with a company co-owned by Halliburton Chairman David Lesar on a commercial development in Whitefish, Montana — Zinke’s hometown.

The foundation is allowing Lesar and his family to use a portion of its land as a parking lot for the development.

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DALLAS | Mavs go Euro with rebuild again, trading up for Luka Doncic



DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild again, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki.

Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft Thursday night to get Slovenian guard Luka Doncic, who was selected by Atlanta at No. 3 while the Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5 as part of the deal. The Mavericks are also sending a lottery-protected first-round pick in 2019 to Atlanta.

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North Carolina News: CHARLOTTE, Bryant Riyanto Budi, Grand Jury Indicts Matthews, N.C. Man Previously Arrested In Murder-For-Hire Plot



CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A grand jury sitting in Charlotte returned a federal indictment yesterday, charging Bryant Riyanto Budi, 26, of Matthews, N.C. with attempted possession of radioactive material with intent to cause death and use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. Budi was arrested on Friday, June 1, 2018, for attempting to hire a hitman via the internet to murder a Charlotte-area resident.

John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division and Nick S.

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LUXEMBOURG | Eurozone gets deal to pave way for end to Greece’s bailout



LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Eurozone nations agreed on the final elements of a plan to get Greece out of its eight-year bailout program and make its massive debt more manageable.

The finance ministers of the 19 nations took daylong talks into Friday and reached a surprisingly hard-fought compromise which had seemed within easy reach for the past few days.

The ministers needed to finalize a deal between Greece and its international creditors that would allow it to safely emerge from its third and final bailout program on Aug.

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Oregon News: Nigerian Leader, Emmanuel Oluwatosin Kazeem Nationwide Identity Theft and IRS Tax Fraud Scheme Sentenced to Federal Prison



EUGENE, Ore. – On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Emmanuel Oluwatosin Kazeem, 35, of Bowie, Maryland and Nigeria, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for leading a vast conspiracy to steal identities and file fraudulent tax returns.  He was ordered to pay more than $12 million in restitution and will be subject to deportation when released from prison.

“Emmanuel Kazeem orchestrated one of the largest tax fraud schemes in our nation’s history. The complexity of this case and the incredible effort by law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice cannot be understated,” said Billy J.

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National Financial News: Federal Reserve Board releases results of supervisory bank stress tests



WASHINGTON – The nation’s largest bank holding companies are strongly capitalized and would be able to lend to households and businesses during a severe global recession, according to the results of supervisory stress tests released Thursday by the Federal Reserve Board.

The most severe hypothetical scenario projects $578 billion in total losses for the 35 participating bank holding companies during the nine quarters tested.  The “severely adverse” scenario, the most stringent scenario yet used in the Board’s stress tests, features a severe global recession with the U.S.

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CROMWELL, Conn | Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson tied for early lead at Travelers



CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Jordan Spieth has no idea what it is like to play from behind at the Travelers Championship.

The defending champion led after every round last year in his first visit to TPC River Highlands, and a shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to match Zach Johnson for the first-round lead.

Spieth had six birdies and an eagle out the bunker on par-5 sixth hole — a shot reminiscent of the greenside bunker shot that gave him a victory last year over Daniel Berger in a playoff.

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NEW YORK | No. 1 Sun: Phoenix takes Deandre Ayton first in NBA draft



NEW YORK (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have made Deandre Ayton the first No. 1 pick in franchise history.

The Suns stayed close to home Thursday to take the Arizona center who averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in his lone college season. The 7-foot-1 Ayton tied for the national lead with 24 double-doubles in 35 games.

He joined Mychal Thompson — father of Golden State All-Star Klay Thompson — in 1978 as the only players from the Bahamas to be the No.

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South Carolina News: Crossa Hill Man, Michael Jerome Davis Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm



Greenville, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon stated today that Michael Jerome Davis, age 43, of Cross Hill, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Anderson, South Carolina, for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g). United States District Judge Timothy M. Cain sentenced Davis to a total term of 180 months in federal prison followed by supervised release.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on August 7, 2017, Clinton Public Safety officers established surveillance near a residence where Davis and another male were seen driving and acting suspiciously in Clinton.

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Connecticut News: Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office Celebrates Annual U.S. Attorney’s Awards



Connecticut  – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut hosted its annual United States Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony yesterday in New Haven. The ceremony at the City of New Haven’s aldermanic chambers recognized more than 160 individuals for their investigative efforts and other contributions to 31 significant federal criminal prosecutions and civil cases in Connecticut. Approximately 60 of the award recipients are members of local police departments from across Connecticut.

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South Carolina News: West Virginia Man, Thomas Owen Haynes II Pleads Guilty to Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography



Charleston, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Thomas Owen Haynes II, 46, of Bluefield, West Virginia, pled guilty to one count of Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography and one count of Possession of Child Pornography.  The Receipt and Distribution count is punishable by a minimum five years imprisonment and a maximum of twenty years imprisonment.  The Possession count is punishable by up to twenty years imprisonment.

Facts at Haynes’ guilty plea indicated that the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) sent a lead to the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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NEW YORK | Charles Krauthammer, prominent conservative voice, has died



NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from “Great Society” Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, died Thursday.

He was 68.

His death was announced by two organizations that employed him, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post.

Krauthammer had said publicly a year ago he was being treated for a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and earlier this month revealed that he likely had just weeks to live.

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DENVER | Uzbek refugee found guilty of supporting terror group



DENVER (AP) — Jurors on Thursday found a refugee from Uzbekistan guilty of conspiring to support a terrorist group with $300 he received from a friend and by making plans to join the organization himself.

Thursday’s verdict in a federal courtroom in Denver came more than six years after Jamshid Muhtorov’s arrest at a Chicago airport. After a three-week trial, jurors found Muhtorov guilty of three charges: conspiring to provide $300 to the Islamic Jihad Union, providing or attempting to provide the $300 and providing or attempting to provide himself as support.

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McALLEN, Texas | First lady visits migrant children housed in Texas



McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Melania Trump visited with migrant children Thursday during a brief stop at a Texas facility housing some of the youth separated from their parents as her husband’s administration prosecutes adults who enter the U.S. illegally from Mexico.

The first lady, who has a 12-year-old son, smiled and laughed with the migrant children. “Be kind and nice to each other, OK,” she said as she left one classroom at Upbring New Hope Children’s Center and headed for another.

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DENVER | Arenado homers, drives in 5 as Rockies beat Mets, 6-4



DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado homered for the third straight game and drove in five runs to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets on Thursday.

Arenado also doubled to back another strong outing from Kyle Freeland (7-6). Freeland has pitched at least six innings in 10 of his last 11 starts and has emerged as the team’s most reliable starter.

Arenado had just two home runs in his first 15 games of June, but has four in his last seven.

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ORLANDO, Fla | Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens



ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s busiest airport will be the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, officials said Thursday, a move that pleases airport executives but worries privacy advocates.

Officials at Orlando International Airport said the expansion of face scans would speed up the time it takes for passengers to go through customs.

“It’s almost like Christmas in June for me,” said Phil Brown, chief executive of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

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ATLANTA | Court records: Woman charged in leak case reaches plea deal



ATLANTA (AP) — A woman charged with leaking U.S. secrets to a news outlet plans to plead guilty, a federal official confirmed Thursday.

Online court records show a change of plea hearing is scheduled Tuesday for former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner. U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Ian Prior confirmed by email that Winner plans to plead guilty.

The docket shows a plea agreement was filed Thursday, but it isn’t publicly accessible.

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Tennessee News: Greenbrier Man, Andrew Long Ryan Charged With Making Threats Against The President



Greenbrier, Tennessee – Andrew Long Ryan, 37, of Greenbrier, Tennessee, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury and charged with two counts of making threats against the President, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee. Ryan was initially charged in a criminal complaint on June 18, 2018, and is currently in federal custody.

According to records filed with the court, on May 28-29, 2018, Ryan, a former police officer with the Bowling Green, Kentucky, Police Department, posted several concerning messages on his social media accounts, including a Facebook post that read, “Death is coming,” and a Twitter post that read, “I will kill Donald Trump if you don’t follow my leaders lead.” President Trump visited Nashville, Tennessee on May 29, 2018.

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‎Massachusetts News: Colombian National, Alejandro Suarez Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry



BOSTON, Ms – A Colombian national pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to illegally reentering the United States after being deported.

Alejandro Suarez, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry of a deported alien. U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani scheduled sentencing for June 22, 2018.

On March 22, 2018, law enforcement officers discovered Suarez and determined him to be illegally present in the United States. Suarez was previously deported on July 26, 2000.

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‎Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Robert Gadimian, Biopharmaceutical Company Executive Sentenced for Insider Trading



BOSTON,, Ms – An executive of a California-based biopharmaceutical company was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with trading on insider information and profiting nearly $1 million.

Robert Gadimian, 48, of Burbank, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 27 months in prison, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $25,000.  In November 2017, Gadimian pleaded guilty to seven counts of securities fraud and insider trading.

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MOSCOW | Saudi minister tweets barb at UEFA chief in TV rights row



MOSCOW (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s sports minister has criticized the president of European soccer on Twitter in an escalating dispute over Qatar-owned sports broadcasting rights.

World Cup and Champions League TV rights for the Middle East are a proxy battleground in a year-old, Saudi-led boycott of Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host.

Turki al-Sheikh suggested Thursday on his verified account that UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin was a man “of many faces,” whom he had refused to meet.

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WASHINGTON | Melania Trump dons ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ jacket



WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that read “I really don’t care, do u?” as she boarded a flight Thursday to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents.

The green, hooded military jacket from Zara had the words written graffiti-style on the back.

When asked what message the first lady’s jacket intends to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message.

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Virginia News: NEWPORT NEWS, Former Accounting Manager, Susan Gray Sentenced for Embezzling $1.1 Million



NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Chesapeake woman was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for embezzling over $1.1 million from a Hampton business.

According to court documents, Susan Gray, 47, engaged in a scheme to embezzle funds from, Harbor Construction Company, Inc., from January 2012 through January 2017.  Gray transferred approximately $1,185,245.64 from Harbor Construction’s payroll accounts to her own personal accounts.  She used these embezzled funds for own enrichment including making over $100,000 in ATM withdrawals, travel, jewelry, entertainment, restaurants, and retail purchases, and the purchase of a new car. 

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Massachusetts News: Dominican National, Kelny Andujar Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft



BOSTON, Ms – A Dominican national, who is illegally in the United States, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to charges related to identity theft.

Kelny Andujar, a/k/a Kelny Alberto Andujar Pinales, 36, a Dominican national residing in Lawrence, pleaded guilty to one count of passport fraud, one count of misusing a Social Security number, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs scheduled sentencing for Sept.

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WASHINGTON | Pentagon agrees to provide space for 20,000 migrant children



WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will make space available on military bases for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a spokesman said Thursday.

The request for temporary shelter — amid a growing political battle over detained migrants — was made by the Department of Health and Human Services and accepted by the Defense Department, said the spokesman, Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis.

A Pentagon memo to members of Congress, obtained by The Associated Press, said it has been asked to have the facilities available as early as July, through the end of the year.

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NEW YORK | US stocks skid as industrials, automakers, tech trade lower



NEW YORK (AP) — Car makers and technology and industrial companies fell Thursday as investors focused on the U.S.-China trade dispute, which could reduce company spending and earnings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped for the eighth day in a row.

While investors generally don’t expect a trade war between the U.S. and China, they remain sensitive to signs that rising tariffs and trade tensions will hurt the global economy and reduce corporate profits.

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Tennessee News: Livingston Regional Hospital, LLC Agrees To Settle False Claims Act Allegations



Tennessee – Livingston Regional Hospital, LLC, a LifePoint Health Inc. company, has agreed to pay $784,000 to settle allegations that Livingston Regional Hospital violated the False Claims Act, announced United States Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.

The settlement resolves allegations that between July 9, 2015 and October 31, 2015, Livingston Regional Hospital violated the False Claims Act by knowingly billing Medicare Part A for inpatient psychiatric care that was not medically necessary.

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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia | Messi, Argentina beaten 3-0 at World Cup, Croatia advances



NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Lionel Messi’s frustrating international career may be coming to an early and anti-climactic finish after Argentina’s worst loss in World Cup group play in 60 years.

With Diego Maradona watching from the stands, the 2014 runners-up were routed by Croatia 3-0 Thursday. The Croats are moving on to the round of 16.

Messi didn’t get a single shot off in a defeat that pushed Argentina to the brink of elimination.

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MINNEAPOLIS | Porcello allows 1 hit through 7; Red Sox beat Twins 9-2



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Porcello allowed one hit in seven innings, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi homered, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-2 Thursday to avoid a series sweep.

Xander Bogaerts had two RBIs for the Red Sox, who had a season-high 16 hits, and finished 6-4 on a road trip through Baltimore, Seattle and Minnesota.

After a first-inning single by Logan Morrison, ending a 0-for-30 stretch against Boston, Porcello (9-3) retired 19 of 20 Twins hitters, including the last 16.

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SARANSK, Russia | Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled



SARANSK, Russia (AP) — With nagging injuries, heavy marking from opponents and some simply uninspired play, the top stars of the 2018 World Cup have struggled to deliver on the impossible expectations they carried into the tournament, with one prominent Portuguese exception.

Aside from Cristiano Ronaldo, who has all four of Portugal’s goals in its two games, many of the biggest names are off to a shaky start.

No one has had rougher treatment from the opposition than the world’s priciest player, Neymar.

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SAN FRANCISCO | Koko the gorilla, who learned sign language, dies at 46



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Koko the gorilla, whose remarkable sign-language ability and motherly attachment to pet cats helped change the world’s views about the intelligence of animals and their capacity for empathy, has died at 46.

Koko was taught sign language from an early age as a scientific test subject and eventually learned more than 1,000 words, a vocabulary similar to that of a human toddler.

She became a celebrity who played with the likes of William Shatner, Sting, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Williams and Mr.

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WASHINGTON News: District Man, Timothy L. Jennings Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Robbing Banks in Downtown Washington



Defendant Committed the Crimes Soon After Release from Prison for Other Bank Robberies
WASHINGTON – Timothy L. Jennings, Sr., 61, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to five years in prison for robbing two banks in downtown Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Matthew J. DeSarno, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division, and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Jennings pled guilty in April 2018, in the U.S.

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RIVERSIDE, Calif | California parents accused of shackling kids to face trial



RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Thursday ordered a California couple to face trial on torture and child abuse charges after prosecutors presented evidence their children were subjected to years of filth, starvation and cruelty that included beatings with a wooden paddle and caging them as punishment.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz found probable cause that David and Louise Turpin abused 12 of their 13 children for years.

Investigators testified that the couple chained their children to beds and deprived them of food.

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Oklahoma News: Oklahoma City Pair, GERMAINE COULTER and ELIZABETH ANDRADE Charged with Child Sex Trafficking



OKLAHOMA CITY, Oa. – A federal grand jury has charged GERMAINE COULTER, SR., 45, and ELIZABETH ANDRADE, 35, both of Oklahoma City, with child sex trafficking and conspiracy to sex traffic a child, announced Robert J. Troester, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

On June 20, 2018, the grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Coulter, a/k/a “Slim,” and Andrade, a/k/a “Beth,” “Bobbi Monroe,” “Tiffany,” and “Porsche.” Count One charges both Coulter and Andrade with conspiracy to sex traffic a child. 

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New Jersey News: Pennsylvania Man, Jeremy Hare Charged With Defrauding Lending Company Of More Than $400,000



NEWARK, N.J. – The president of a staffing company was arrested this morning for allegedly used phony invoices and time cards to defraud a commercial finance lending company of $400,000, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Jeremy Hare, 47, of Philadelphia, is charged by complaint with one count of wire fraud. He is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court.

According to the complaint:

Hare was the president and managing member of Apollo Search Partners LLC, a staffing agency with an office in New Jersey. 

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia | On a roll in Russia, Mexico begs World Cup fans to behave



ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Mexico’s biggest worry at the World Cup may be its fans instead of its next opponent, struggling South Korea.

The Mexican football federation was fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,000) and warned of further sanctions over a chant by supporters considered to be homophobic during the opening game against Germany. Fans in Mexico use the chant to insult opposing goalkeepers as they take a goal kick. Widely considered a slur, some argue there is no discriminatory intent.

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SAN FRANCISCO | California utility expects to pay $2.5 billion for wildfires



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California utility said Thursday that it expects to pay at least $2.5 billion in connection with deadly wildfires that whipped through wine country last October — some of them ignited by its fallen power lines.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. also warned that its liability could be considerably higher after state fire officials determine the cause of 21 major fires that devastated the region last year. They killed 44 people, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, and wiped out vineyards, marijuana farms and other agricultural operations.

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CROMWELL, Conn | Zach Johnson holds early lead at Travelers Championship



CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Zach Johnson has shot a first-round 63 to take an early lead at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
The former Masters and British Open champion birdied six straight holes on the back nine and finished 7 under par, one shot ahead of American Peter Malnati.

Brooks Koepka followed his U.S. Open championship with a 2-under 68 on the TPC River Highland’s course, putting him five shots off the pace.

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WASHINGTON | House rejects hard-right immigration bill, baring GOP divide



WASHINGTON (AP) — The House killed a hard-right immigration bill Thursday, and Republican leaders delayed a planned vote on a compromise GOP package with the party’s lawmakers fiercely divided over an issue that has long confounded them.

The conservative measure was defeated 231-193, with 41 Republicans — mostly moderates — joining Democrats in voting against it. Those defections — nearly 1 in 5 GOP lawmakers — underscored the party’s chasm over immigration and the election-year pressures Republicans face to stay true to districts that range from staunchly conservative to pro-immigrant.

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Virginia News: Honduran Man, Mr. Zelaya-Ortiz Pleads Guilty to Transporting Illegal Aliens



ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Honduran national pleaded guilty today to illegal reentry after removal and conspiring with others to transport illegal aliens to various locations in the United States.

“Mr. Zelaya-Ortiz was deported twice before his latest arrest,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.  “He was removed in December 2012, and then he illegally returned.  He was removed a second time in June 2014, and he illegally returned again. 

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