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  1. Walker’s HRs, deGrom’s gem give Mets much-needed win PITTSBURGH — Neil Walker was back where everybody knew his name Friday night, eliciting plenty of cheers — from his own dugout. Born and bred in this city before playing the first seven seasons of his major league career with the Pirates, the 31-year-old Walker resembled Daniel Murphy returning to Citi Field, blasting two home...
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  2. What a night of drinking does to your face You had one (or two, or three) too many last night and now you’re paying the price. Physically, you’re headachy, you’re queasy and you’re hungover. Looks-wise, things could be better. Namely, your eyes and face look red and puffy. “Alcohol can cause gas to form in your digestive system, and when this becomes trapped, pressure...
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  3. Trump foreign tour: G7 leaders turn attention to Africa Saturday also marks the end of US President Donald Trump's foreign tour.
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  4. Basketball player attempts halfcourt shot just because. Then it hit the ceiling. Welp. If you have an opportunity to shoot your shoot, you should take it. Having said that, sometimes it doesn’t work out that well. @Tojzae pic.twitter.com/2GU8LtRIoX— Kenzie (@KenzieCamR) February 26, 2017 The team got the ball in bounds and one of the players decided to take just one dribble and then immediately chuck the ball for a halfcourt attempt. There’s only one problem. It doesn’t go in. By a lot. The ball actually hits the ceiling and falls back down just a little over the halfcourt line. It probably would have been a better idea if he had thrown an underhand shot, but that’s just hindsight talking. The real question is why he would even attempt this shot in the first place. He’s probably doing it to be petty against one of or all of his teammates. Maybe the person throwing the ball inbounds advised him against shooting from long range and he decided to show him what a real long range shot looked like. Regardless, mad respect. Are we 100% sure that’s not Andrew Bynum shooting that halfcourt shot? After all, he did get kicked out of practice for shooting halfcourt shots as soon as he got the ball. That’s basically what this dude was doing.
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  5. Instagram fame made me feel like ‘my body was the only reason people liked me’ https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQnIUxDQxv/?taken-by=alexisre
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  6. What was happening the last time LeBron wasn't in Finals A look back around the sports world seven years ago, the last time LeBron James wasn't in the NBA Finals.        
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  8. L.A. community newspaper editor sentenced in illegal firearms case The editor of a Sunland-Tujunga community newspaper has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for illegally possessing firearms after advertising a “Guns for Haiti Quake Relief” drive, according to the U.S attorney’s office. David “Doc” DeMulle, 75, editor in chief of The Foothills Paper,...
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  9. Kaluuya, Williams keep friendship after rough on-screen relationship in 'Get Out' Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya have kept their friendship alive after starring together in the racism-themed horror hit "Get Out." (May 26)        
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  10. Las Vegas loves the Warriors Vegas is all-in on the Warriors. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook is listing Stephen Curry and his mates, who are undefeated this postseason, as heavy favorites over the Cavaliers. The money-line price of minus-260 translates to roughly a 70 percent probability Golden State will avenge last year’s NBA Finals loss to Cleveland and win the...
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  11. City worker fired, booted from Democrats group after kiddie-porn bust A second-generation Democratic insider with a job in the de Blasio adminsitration was fired Friday following his arrest on charges he kept a sickening stash of kiddie porn involving baby girls. Jacob Schwartz, 29, was also replaced as president of the Manhattan Young Democrats, which issued a statement saying politicos there were “shocked” by the...
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  12. Max Scherzer (mostly) spares the bullpen as Nats stifle Padres, 5-1 Right-hander comes within one out of a complete game before interim manager Chris Speier turns to Koda Glover to seal the win.
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  13. I want my genitals removed to become a ‘genderless alien’ A make-up artist wants to remove his genitals to achieve his dream of looking like an alien – but plastic surgeons have said it may be impossible. LA-based Vinny Ohh, 23, has already spent $60,000 transforming himself into a “genderless alien.” However, the surgery he wants next is his most extreme yet – getting his...
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  14. Kushner Talked to Russian Envoy About Creating Secret Channel With Kremlin A back-channel between White House adviser Jared Kushner and Moscow was proposed, but never pursued, in the weeks before President Trump’s inauguration.
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  16. Report: Russian Amb. said Kushner sought secret Russia backchannel Communications about the request were intercepted and reviewed by U.S. officials
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  17. NCAA softball tournament 2017 scores: No. 1 Florida forces 3rd game against Alabama The No. 1 overall seed Florida Gators stayed alive in the 2017 NCAA softball tournament thanks to a 2-0 win over No. 16 Alabama on Saturday night in Gainesville. Florida lost the opener of this best-of-three super regional on Friday, but rebounded on Saturday thanks to a two-run home run by left fielder Amanda Lorenz in the third inning for the game’s only runs. AMANDA LORENZ with the two-run shot! pic.twitter.com/mLVJlswMfL— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 27, 2017 Delanie Gourley struck out eight in seven scoreless innings for the shutout win. These two teams will battle on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET for a berth in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Elsewhere, No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 7 Auburn were in a scoreless tie in the sixth inning when the Sooners rallied for two runs, the first on this RBI double by Nicole Pendley: Nicole Pendley gives the Sooners the lead in the T6! #WCWSrematch pic.twitter.com/7CDoY08Dv2— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 26, 2017 Oklahoma added two more runs in the seventh inning for a 4-0 win. Friday scores No. 1 Florida 2, No. 16 Alabama 0 (Series tied, 1-1)No. 3 Oregon 4, No. 14 Kentucky 0 (Oregon leads, 1-0)No. 4 Florida State 3, No. 13 LSU 1 (FSU leads, 1-0)No. 10 Oklahoma 4, No. 7 Auburn 0 (Oklahoma leads, 1-0)No. 8 Tennessee 8, No. 9 Texas A&M 1 (Tennessee leads, 1-0) Saturday schedule 1 p.m. - Auburn vs. Oklahoma, Game 2 (ESPN)3 p.m. - LSU vs. Florida State, Game 2 (ESPN)5 p.m. - Alabama vs. Florida, Game 3 (ESPN)5 p.m. - Texas A&M vs. Tennessee, Game 2 (ESPN2)7 p.m. - Mississippi vs. UCLA, Game 3 (ESPN)*7 p.m. - Oregon vs. Kentucky, Game 2 (ESPN2)9 p.m. - Arizona vs. Baylor, Game 2 (ESPN)9 p.m. - Washington vs. Utah, Game 2 (ESPN2) *if necessary
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  18. This collagen smoothie may reduce wrinkles Earlier this week, Jamba Juice released a new smoothie called Poolside Fit. In it, you’ll find familiar flavors — watermelon, cucumber, lemon, strawberry and peach — alongside an ingredient more commonly found in beauty products: collagen. Collagen is a protein that’s naturally produced by the body. When production slows, which it does starting at age...
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  19. Man charged in ex’s death accused of killing another woman PLANO, Texas — Police say a man charged in the slaying of an ex-girlfriend has been accused of killing a second woman whose body was found in a Dallas lake. Plano police on Friday announced a capital murder charge against 23-year-old Reginald Gerard Kimbro. Jail records don’t list an attorney for Kimbro, whose bond tops...
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  21. Now you can design Google Photo Books on iOS or Android Among the many things Google announced at I/O 2017 last week, one of them was the ability for people to create and order physical albums with Google Photos. The only problem with that, however, is you could only use it through a desktop browser. Than...
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  22. NFL: Redskins sign third-round pick Fabian Moreau of UCLA The Washington Redskins have signed the final member of their 10-player draft class, third-round pick Fabian Moreau, who is recovering from a torn pectoral muscle. The team announced the deal Friday. The cornerback out of UCLA tore a pectoral muscle at his pro day in March. He was projected to...
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  23. Mike Brown Talks Steve Kerr's Possible NBA Finals Return, Facing Cavaliers Mike Brown is set to face his former team as the interim coach of the Golden State Warriors, but he might not even be in charge if Steve Kerr is healthy.  "First of all, Steve may be back," Brown told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. "We all want him to be back. So, I'm just taking this thing one day at a time." Kerr has been out with complications from back surgery since the third game of the postseason. Brown has taken over, leading the squad to 10 straight wins and an appearance in the NBA finals. Per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Kerr is still in a "significant amount of pain" and it's unknown if he will be ready for the next round. General manager Bob Myers said Wednesday, adding, "At this point, he’s not able to coach," via Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News. If Brown does remain in charge as he has for most of the playoffs, it will give him a chance at revenge against the Cleveland Cavaliers, an organization that fired him in 2014 after five years as a coach. However, he doesn't believe there will be anything special about the upcoming matchup. "I don't know right now if I have any emotions about going back coaching there," Brown said, per Spears. "I'm really just trying to make it into this being the next round. Obviously, it's special to me because it is the Finals." The Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals once with Brown at the helm but were swept by the San Antonio Spurs. "We were good. LeBron was young," he added. "We never really had a second guy who was a perennial year-to-year second guy besides LeBron." James has help now in the form of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love among others, which could make the third battle between the Cavaliers and Warriors a good one regardless of who is coaching.
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  24. Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will not run in Belmont Stakes Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will skip the Belmont Stakes next month after finishing eighth in the Preakness Stakes. Trainer Todd Pletcher says the 3-year-old colt will be pointed toward either the $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 29 or the $1-million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth...
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  25. Woman running for office in the Hamptons defends using racial slur A woman running for the Village Board in Southampton, Long Island reportedly used the n-word in a call to police and claims she is entitled to use the racial slur because she is a “pioneer.” Valerie Smith, a white woman, told the The Southampton Press Friday that she converted her street from a “rodent-infested dump”...
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  26. Reid Hoffman, Bill Gates, Sam Altman invest $30 million in Change.org  LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman announced today that he’s making a big bet on Change.org, the site for social justice petitions. Hoffman is leading a $30 million round, with other investors including big names like Bill Gates and Y Combinator president Sam Altman. “Change.org, the global hub for collective action, is a crucial democratizing force in this era of growing civic… Read More
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  27. NCAA Men's Golf Championships 2017: Vanderbilt Leads After Shortened 1st Round First-round play in the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship was not completed Friday due to rain, but Vanderbilt and Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss topped their respective leaderboards at the conclusion of play at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove Illinois. Vandy sits at eight-under overall, two strokes ahead of Auburn. Here is a look at the current leaderboard, courtesy of Golfstat.com: 1. (4) Vanderbilt: -8 (Thru 15-18) 2. (20) Auburn: -6 (282) 3. (3) Oklahoma State: -5 (Thru 15-18) 4. (1) USC: -4 (Thru 15-18) T5. (8) Illinois: -3 (Thru 10-14) T5. (6) LSU: -3 (Thru 14-16) T5. (5) Baylor: -3 (Thru 14-16) T5. (16) UNLV: -3 (Thru 10-13) T9. (22) Ole Miss: -1 (287) T9. (31) Alabama: -1 (287) From an individual perspective, Thornberry has a score of six-under with Auburn's Jacob Solomon trailing by one shot: 1. (23) Braden Thornberry (Ole Miss): -6 (66) 2. Jacob Solomon (Auburn): -5 (65) T3. (13) Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt): -4 (Thru 15) T3. (32) Justin Suh (USC): -4 (Thru 15) T3. Michael Feagles (Illinois): -4 (Thru 14) T3. (1) Sam Burns (LSU): -4 (Thru 14) T7. Matt Gilchrest (Auburn): -3 (69) T7. Chun An Yu (Arizona State): -3 (69) T7. Joshua McCarthy (Pepperdine): -3 (69) T7. Jonathan Hardee (Alabama): -3 (69) T7. (90) Hunter Shattuck (Baylor): -3 (Thru 16) T7. (40) Viktor Hovland (Oklahoma State): -3 (Thru 15) Play was delayed on two occasions Friday due to rain and lightning, resulting in the afternoon groups being unable to finish the first round. Fourth-ranked Vandy's players made it through the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes before play ceased, meaning it could potentially add to its lead before the first round is over. No. 13-ranked Matthias Schwab was the Commodores' top performer thanks to a strong day on the greens, including this birdie on No. 18, courtesy of Vanderbilt Golf on Twitter: Schwab has played his way into a tie for third individually thus far, and three of his teammates are also in the top 24. That includes Patrick Martin, who birdied the 14th and sits at one-under: Thornberry, who is ranked No. 23, managed to get his entire first round in, and he had little issue with the difficult conditions in firing a six-under 66. He came through with big putts when he needed to, such as this clutch par to preserve his spot atop the leaderboard, per Ole Miss Men's Golf: Despite Thornberry's showing, the Rebels ended Friday seven shots off the pace in the team competition. Thornberry's closest competitor is Auburn's Solomon, who turned in a surprising round of five-under 67 despite being unranked. According to Auburn Men's Golf, Solomon had one of the best first rounds in Auburn golf history at the NCAA National Championship, capped off by a birdie on No. 9: Solomon isn't the only Tigers golfer in the hunt for an individual championship, as teammate Matt Gilchrest is just two strokes behind him at three-under. Gilchrest's biggest moment of the day was a chip-in for eagle on the 18th: With Solomon and Gilchrest leading the way, Auburn is just two shots behind Vandy. Many of the top-ranked teams are within striking distance of the lead, including No. 3 Oklahoma State in third, No. 1 USC in fourth and No. 5 Baylor in a tie for fifth. Baylor's Hunter Shattuck braved the conditions to shoot three-under through 16 holes, helped by this birdie on No. 11, courtesy of Baylor Men's Golf: Bears teammate Matthew Perrine is further back in a tie of 24th, but he had what was arguably the putt of the day when he drained a 50-foot birdie on the fourth to keep Baylor in the running: Among single players, top-ranked Sam Burns of LSU is among those tied for third at four-under, and he still has four holes left to play in his round. Some of the other highly ranked players didn't fare quite as well with No. 2 Wyndham Clark of Oregon tied for 62nd at one-over and No. 3 Maverick McNealy of Stanford tied for 106th at three-over. Opening-round play will conclude Saturday at Rich Harvest Farms before attempting to play the second round in its entirety. 
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  29. 2 children found dead in hot car Two young children were found dead Friday in Parker County, Texas, in what appears to be a hot car incident.
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  30. Report: Kushner Discussed Setting Up Secret Communications With Russia Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak told the Kremlin that Jared Kushner had discussed setting up a secret means of communicating directly, using Russian facilities, according to the Washington Post.
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  33. Mild in Mideast, Trump Is All Elbows in a Europe Eager to Jab Back The president played the statesman in the Middle East, but has switched to a familiar role, disrupter, as he joins the Group of 7 meeting, getting headlines like ‘Boor in Chief.’
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  35. Apple 'Neural Engine' chip could power AI on iPhones Apple's focused on increasing the speed of every new mobile processor generation, most recently pairing its quad core A10 Fusion chips with its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models last September. But to keep its devices competitive, Apple is building a second...
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  36. Giancarlo Stanton obliterates a baseball 462 feet to dead center field Home Run Derby, here we come If there is one thing Miami Marlins star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is known for, it is for his ability to absolutely destroy baseballs. On Friday agains the Angels, he did not disappoint. This was a monster shot indeed, from Giancarlo Stanton #ProductPlacement #Marlins pic.twitter.com/jDrJo0XXXz— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) May 27, 2017 Stanton crushed that ball 462 feet to dead center, just missing the home run monstrosity that the Marlins have just beyond their left center field fence. A few notes to put that distance in perspective: More on Stanton HR from earlier: It was MLB's 18th HR this season of at least 460 feet. Stanton, Machado, Schwarber only players with 2— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) May 27, 2017 Giancarlo Stanton's HR in the 1st went 462 feet. It's his 25th career 460-foot HR, which is 11 more than the next-closest TEAM since 2010 pic.twitter.com/iWh27lfZK6— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 27, 2017 I can’t wait for the Home Run Derby this year for Stanton to defend his crown. This year, it will be in his home park, too! Perfect.
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  37. Google had an incredible reason for not giving gender pay data to the government: It's too expensive (GOOG, GOOGL) By Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesGoogle officials were in federal court on Friday to defend its pay practices, pushing back against government allegations that it underpays its women employees. But if the tech giant hoped to prove its fairness to the world, it didn't exactly win many fans with one of its major lines of reasoning. According to a report by The Guardian's Sam Levin, Google's budget-minded lawyers argued in court that the government was being unreasonable in demanding that Google collect and turn over internal compensation data. Why?  The money. Complying with a request by the US Department of Labor  would be too expensive and too logistically difficult, Google's lawyers reportedly argued.  The job would apparently require 500 hours of work and cost $100,000. Note that Google is the world's No.1 internet search engine, with $92 billion in cash and short-term securities on the balance sheet of its parent company, Alphabet.  And given that Alphabet made $6.8 billion in profit before taxes in just the first quarter of 2017, according to Google Finance, the DoL attorney at Friday's court hearing couldn't resist a snarky response, saying "Google would be able to absorb the cost as easy as a dry kitchen sponge could absorb a single drop of water," Levin reports. The US Department of Labor (DoL) has previously accused Google of “systemic compensation disparities." The DoL has filed a lawsuit to compel Google to turn over its internal compensation data. Because Google is a federal contractor, it is required by law to submit employment data to the government as part of routine compliance procedures to prove it is not violating equal employment laws, the DoL says. Occupational segregation Google has consistently denied the accusations that it underpays women and it even tweeted in April that it "closed the gender pay gap globally" meaning it pays women and men equally for equal work worldwide, it says. Its HR site also released a guide that instructs others how they can do the same, including the step called "run a pay analysis." Presumably, this means that Google already has loads of salary data in a form that allows it to be analyzed, at least internally. After the suit went public, job hunting site Glassdoor released its own analysis of Google's pay based on the self-reported salaries submitted by employees. For what it's worth, Glassdoor sided with Google, finding no evidence that Google underpays for equal work. However, Glassdoor also found that women overall at Google are still paid 16% less than the men. That's because, of the women who work at Google, fewer of them have roles within the highest paying jobs at Google. It's a situation called "occupational segregation," and it's a common reason why women earn less than men across the economy, not just at Google, Glassdoor's Chief Economist, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain told Business Insider. In any case, folks on Twitter are not buying the argument that Google can't afford to dig up the salary data that the government is requesting. Tweet Embed:https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/868228309762441216Women: So, wage data...Google: Sorry...*gold bar falls out of pants*we just don't*lights crate of $100 bills on fire*have the $$$.    NOW WATCH: Here's why the American flag is reversed on military uniforms
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  38. Matt Asiata Reportedly Signs with Lions After 5 Seasons with Vikings After wearing a Minnesota Vikings jersey for the first five years of his NFL career, running back Matt Asiata has reportedly signed a deal with the Detroit Lions.  Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Asiata agreed to a one-year contract, and Justin Rogers of the Detroit News confirmed the signing. Asiata was a versatile piece of the offensive puzzle in Minnesota after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He split time between running back and fullback, taking over as the Vikings' primary starter in 2014 after Adrian Peterson was placed on the commissioner's exempt list amid allegations of child abuse. The 2014 season turned out to be the most productive of Asiata's career. He set career-highs in carries (164), rushing yards (570), rushing touchdowns (nine), receptions (44) and receiving yards (312).  While Asiata has never been a huge producer in the run game, serving as more of a power option in short-yardage situations, he does have 95 receptions over the past three seasons.  As a running back, though, Asiata needed to show more consistency in that area of the game. Pro Football Focus highlighted one significant area in which his game was lacking in 2016: Depending on the kind of role Asiata assumes with the Lions, he should be a luxury in the running game. His best asset is as a blocking fullback who can play in front of the running back, though he could also line up at running back on third down to block for the quarterback and catch passes.  The NFL isn't flush with traditional fullbacks anymore, but Asiata is a hybrid player who has had success in multiple roles in the past and will be put in a position to succeed once again in his new home. Asiata will join a Lions backfield without a clear No. 1 guy, as Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington are all in the mix for carries. Detroit ranked just 30th in the NFL in rushing last season, but Asiata could provide it with some much-needed punch in short-yardage situations.
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  39. Life-Without-Parole Sentences For D.C. Sniper Thrown Out By Judge The judge ruled Friday that, because the Supreme Court has found mandatory life for juveniles unconstitutional, two sentences being served in Virginia by Lee Boyd Malvo must be reconsidered.
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  40. For these NBA Finals to be compelling, Cavaliers' defense simply can't rest vs. Warriors Cleveland ability to defend Golden State will be the key to whether the NBA Finals will be competitive.
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  41. Torossian concedes in L.A. City Council District 7 race Los Angeles City Council aide Karo Torossian conceded Friday in the San Fernando Valley’s District 7 race and congratulated his one-time rival, Monica Rodriguez, after final results showed him losing the May 16 election. Certified numbers released by the city’s Election Division show Rodriguez,...
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  42. Denis Johnson, Who Wrote of the Failed and the Desperate, Dies at 67 Mr. Johnson, the author of “Jesus’ Son,” peopled his novels, stories and poems with drifters, addicts, inmates and spies.
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  43. Columnist suggests the NSA has evidence of 'questionable contacts with the Russians' and the Trump campaign Kevin Lamarque/ReutersPresident Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey continues to reverberate in the KremlinGate scandal, which threatens to consume the Trump administration. By abruptly removing Comey, then mangling his excuses for why he did so, Trump created a needless crisis for the White House which shows no signs of abating. The impartial observer might think that Trump fired Comey because he feared what the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the president’s contacts with Russia might reveal—as the commander in chief has essentially admitted. Moreover, Trump’s inappropriate efforts to secure Comey’s personal “loyalty” had fallen flat—the FBI director rightly assured the president of his honesty but abjured any fealty to Trump personally—after which the president is reported to have developed a palpable fear of the incorruptible Bureau boss. To protect Team Trump, Comey had to go. President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey continues to reverberate in the KremlinGate scandal, which threatens to consume the Trump administration. By abruptly removing Comey, then mangling his excuses for why he did so, Trump created a needless crisis for the White House which shows no signs of abating. The impartial observer might think that Trump fired Comey because he feared what the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the president’s contacts with Russia might reveal—as the commander in chief has essentially admitted. Moreover, Trump’s inappropriate efforts to secure Comey’s personal “loyalty” had fallen flat—the FBI director rightly assured the president of his honesty but abjured any fealty to Trump personally—after which the president is reported to have developed a palpable fear of the incorruptible Bureau boss. To protect Team Trump, Comey had to go. Getty Images Last week, when he appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Coats declined to answer questions about the White House’s effort to undermine the FBI investigation of Team Trump, stating, “I don’t feel it’s appropriate to characterize discussions and conversations with the president” in open session. Presumably DNI Coats would be more forthcoming in a closed Congressional session, where classified information can be revealed. Director Rogers, in contrast, has made no public statements about the president’s effort to enlist him in his anti-Comey campaign. This is typical of his famously tight-lipped agency—for decades, NSA was humorously said to stand for Never Say Anything—and why Trump approached Rogers is no mystery. As the nation’s signals intelligence force, NSA isn’t just the biggest source of intelligence on earth—it’s also the agency possessing the bulk of the classified information which establishes collusion between Trump and the Russians. Although whispers of such SIGINT have reached the media, the lion’s share remains hidden from public view, though it’s all known to the FBI. If Trump could co-opt NSA in his fight with the Bureau, that would be a big win, protecting the White House from dangerous information, so it’s safe to assume that Rogers’ refusal burned Trump personally. Perhaps that’s why, early this week, Admiral Rogers took the unusual step of addressing the entire NSA workforce to tell them what transpired with the president. This is not Rogers’ style. Indeed, his tenure as NSA’s director (called DIRNSA by insiders) has been characterized by distance from his employees, which has made things rockier than necessary. To be fair to Rogers—a career intelligence officer well equipped for his current position—when he became DIRNSA in the spring of 2014, he inherited an agency in crisis. NSA was still reeling from the disastrous Ed Snowden affair, the biggest theft of classified information in espionage history. While Snowden has taunted NSA with tweets sent from his Russian hideaway, more security disasters have followed. The strange case of Harold Martin, yet another rogue defense contractor who stole gigantic amounts of classified information from the agency, constituted another Snowdenesque embarrassment, even though there’s no evidence that Martin was engaged in espionage. REUTERS/Eric ThayerWorse for Rogers was the theft of highly classified hacking tools from NSA by the so-called Shadow Brokers, which is widely believed to be a front for Russian intelligence. The dumping of those top-secret exploits online, after modification by rogue hackers, has resulted in worldwide cyberattacks impacting millions—yet another black mark on Rogers’ tenure as DIRNSA. In response to these very public setbacks, Rogers has seldom addressed the NSA workforce about them or much else. This week’s town hall event, which was broadcast to agency facilities worldwide, was therefore met with surprise and anticipation by the NSA workforce, and Rogers did not disappoint. I have spoken with several NSA officials who witnessed the director’s talk and I’m reporting their firsthand accounts, which corroborate each other, on condition of anonymity. In his town hall talk, Rogers reportedly admitted that President Trump asked him to discredit the FBI and James Comey, which the admiral flatly refused to do. As Rogers explained, he informed the commander in chief, “I know you won’t like it, but I have to tell what I have seen”—a probable reference to specific intelligence establishing collusion between the Kremlin and Team Trump. Rogers then added that such SIGINT exists, and it is damning. He stated, “There is no question that we [meaning NSA] have evidence of election involvement and questionable contacts with the Russians.” Although Rogers did not cite the specific intelligence he was referring to, agency officials with direct knowledge have informed me that DIRNSA was obviously referring to a series of SIGINT reports from 2016 based on intercepts of communications between known Russian intelligence officials and key members of Trump’s campaign, in which they discussed methods of damaging Hillary Clinton. NSA employees walked out of the town hall impressed by the director’s forthright discussion of his interactions with the Trump administration, particularly with how Rogers insisted that he had no desire to “politicize” the situation beyond what the president has already done. America’s spies are unaccustomed to playing partisan politics as Trump has apparently asked them to do, and it appears that the White House’s ham-fisted effort to get NSA to attack the FBI and its credibility was a serious mistake. It’s therefore high time for the House and Senate intelligence committees to invite Admiral Rogers to talk to them about what transpired with the White House. It’s evident that DIRNSA has something important to say. Since Mike Rogers is said to have kept notes of the president’s effort to enlist him in Trump’s personal war with the FBI, as any seasoned Beltway bureaucrat would do, his account ought to be impressively detailed.NOW WATCH: This is what Bernie Madoff's life is like in prison
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  44. We asked legal experts if Greg Gianforte can serve in Congress if he's convicted of assault in reporter 'body-slam' case A day after Montana Republican Greg Gianforte won his state's seat in the US House of Representatives, questions swirled about the fate of his term, before it even begins. Gianforte was cited for misdemeanor assault on Wednesday after a reporter said he was "body-slammed" by Gianforte while the reporter tried to ask him a question about the Congressional Budget Office's rating of the American Health Care Act. Business Insider asked three legal experts this question: "Can Greg Gianforte legally serve as Montana's representative if he is convicted for assault?" According to Dr. Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UC Irvine's School of Law, nothing in the US Constitution would prevent House Representative-elect Gianforte from serving, even if he were convicted of the misdemeanor assault. Further, "states cannot impose additional restrictions on eligibility to serve in Congress," Chemerinsky said, meaning Montana could not enact legislation to bar him from serving in light of the alleged offense. William Banks, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University agreed, but further clarified the terms. Banks told Business Insider the US Constitution does not stop "a convicted member of Congress from continuing to serve, even for felony convictions, short of treason." The only barrier Gianforte could face is if he is jailed for a term of two or more years. The charge he is facing in Montana, however, is punishable by up to six months in jail. But if that were to happen, House regulations would bar Gianforte from participating in votes. If that were the case, he could potentially "lose committee ranking or chair positions under party rules," Banks said. However, it is unlikely for Gianforte to be sentenced to two or more years in prison for a misdemeanor assault, so those terms likely wouldn't apply. A worst-case scenario for Gianforte would be being expelled from the House, which the House could do, following a two-thirds vote. However, Dr. Jon Michaels, a law professor at UCLA, told Business Insider the two-thirds vote has happened "incredibly infrequently," and "mostly around the Civil War and surrounding questions of loyalty to the Union." Gianforte is expected to appear in Montana court by June 7th. NOW WATCH: China built a $350 million bridge that ends in a dirt field in North Korea
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  45. Invitation to View Glenn's Remains Defended As Air Force officials investigate allegations that inspectors were invited to view the remains of astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn at Dover Air Force Base, a military mortuary chief said Friday that Glenn's remains were treated with "impeccable care." (May 26)        
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  46. Cris Carter: Odell Beckham can learn more from me than Giants Count Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter as one authority who not only doesn’t believe Odell Beckham Jr. blowing off Giants OTAs is a big deal but also thinks it’s a good idea. Carter, the former Vikings and Eagles receiver who is serving as a personal trainer and mentor to Beckham, said Friday on “The...
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  47. Exclusive: Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy - sources WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.
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  48. White House may appoint legal team to monitor Trump tweets The White House is considering whether to appoint a legal team to police President Trump’s tweets, it was revealed on Friday. The administration could have lawyers scrutinize Trump infamous social media posts as numerous investigations have been launched into White House officials, according to The Wall Street Journal. The lawyer’s goal would be to avoid...
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