May 20, 2019

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Google may just have killed Huawei's bid to become the world's top smartphone brand

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Hong Kong (CNN Business)Google is restricting Huawei's access to its Android operating system and apps after the Trump administration blacklisted the Chinese tech firm.The move is a huge blow to Huawei, whose goal is to be the top smartphone brand by the end of 2020.Last week, the Trump administration barred American companies from selling to Huaweiwithout a US government license in a significant escalation of the trade war with China."We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications," a Google spokesperson said on Monday. Huawei, the world's No. 2 smartphone seller, relies on a suite of Google(GOOGL) services for its devices, including the Android system and the Google Play app store. ...
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Tornadoes, Chicago's mayor, kilograms and John Wick: 5 things you need to know Monday

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A dangerous day for weather is forecast for Monday in portions of Texas and Oklahoma. It follows a plethora of tornado reports over the weekend in Nebraska, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma. "Severe thunderstorms capable of all severe hazards, including strong tornadoes, are expected across portions of the southern Plains on Monday," the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said. More than 60,000 homes and businesses remained without power in Texas and Iowa on Sunday, down from almost 150,000 late Saturday. In Louisiana, a gas station and other buildings in and around Ville Platte were destroyed early Sunday by a possible tornado, emergency officials reported. In nearby Mamou, a Facebook post showed a battered home that had been shoved onto a highway by high winds, completely blocking the road. ...
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Dangerous, violent tornado outbreak predicted for Monday

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A dangerous day for weather is forecast for Monday in portions of Texas and Oklahoma."An outbreak of tornadoes, some potentially long-track and violent, is expected today into this evening," the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) warned.The prediction center placed parts of the eastern Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma under a "high risk" area for severe weather, the most serious of SPC’s five risk categories. "This event should result in a significant threat to life and property," the center added.More isolated but still potentially dangerous severe weather, including tornadoes, is possible in surrounding parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas, the center warned.  Schools are closed across Oklahoma ahead of the bad weather. Many of the largest school systems in the center of the state (as well as the University of Oklahoma campus) will be closed all day Monday, which appears to be the first time such a mass closure has occurred in central Oklahoma on the night before severe weather, according to the Weather Underground.  ...
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China tariffs could force 'widespread store closures' and put $40 billion in sales at risk

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The trade war with China could cause prices to rise on everything from toys to clothing, but it also could lead to “widespread store closures,” according to a report by UBS. The investment bank's analysis said tariffs on Chinese imports could put $40 billion of sales and 12,000 stores at risk.“The market is not realizing how much brick & mortar retail is incrementally struggling and how new 25% tariffs could force widespread store closures,” UBS analyst Jay Sole wrote in the report. "We think potential 25% tariffs on Chinese imports could accelerate pressure on these company’s profit margins to the point where major store closures become a real possibility.”Earlier this month, the Trump administration increased U.S. tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10% to 25%. The president has also threatened to add a 25% tariff on almost all the remaining $325 billion in goods shipped in from China....
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Fans Spotted a Plastic Water Bottle Lurking in the Game of Thrones Finale

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Just weeks after a stray Starbucks cup was accidentally left in a Game of Thrones episode, eagle-eyed viewers spotted another modern-day artifact lingering in the show’s Sunday night finale.At least one water bottle made its way into the show’s last episode, “The Iron Throne.”A Twitter user posted a video showing a bottle visibly lurking behind character Samwell Tarly’s foot.Social media users were quick to mock the blooper, which came amid an already heavily criticized last season.“How do you get that sloppy on the most anticipated tv event in YEARS? #waterbottle,” one user asked.Others laughed off the apparent gaffe.“Even the most important lords of the seven kingdom’s need to stay hydrated” another user posted....
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'Game of Thrones' finale: Who ended up on the Iron Throne?

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Spoiler alert: This story contains major details from Sunday's series finale of HBO's "Game of Thrones."Who won the Iron Throne?The question of who would ultimately rule the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros has been one of the biggest raised as HBO's gigantic hit, "Game of Thrones," moved toward its conclusion. The fantasy drama provided an answer in Sunday's series finale, although it's not just a question of who, but what and where. The answer appeared to surprise many viewers, and not pleasantly, according to early Twitter reactions.First, and most literally, nobody is going to sit on the Iron Throne anymore, because it no longer exists. Daenerys Targaryen's dragon, Drogon, took care of that.More: 'Game of Thrones' series finale recap: A disaster ending that fans didn't deserve...
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Trump says war would lead to 'end' of Iran

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President Donald Trump issued a strong warning to Iran early Monday, saying that it would face its "official end" if a war broke out between the two countries. "Never again threaten the United States," Trump said in a tweet shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, overnight.Trump's comments came after he has seemingly sought to soften his tone on Iran in recent days following heightened tension sparked by a sudden deployment of U.S. bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf over unspecified threats.GOP lawmaker on Iran threat: Directive was to 'kill and kidnap American soldiers'Iraq's military said the Katyusha rocket that landed in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone less than a mile from the U.S. Embassy, causing no injures, was believed to have been fired from east Baghdad. The area is home to Iran-backed Shiite militias....
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How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion

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When Sterling Witt was a teenager in Missouri, he was diagnosed with scoliosis. Before long, the curvature of his spine started causing chronic pain.It was "this low-grade kind of menacing pain that ran through my spine and mostly my lower back and my upper right shoulder blade and then even into my neck a little bit," Witt says.The pain was bad. But the feeling of helplessness it produced in him was even worse."I felt like I was being attacked by this invisible enemy," Witt says. "It was nothing that I asked for, and I didn't even know how to battle it."So he channeled his frustration into music and art that depicted his pain. It was "a way I could express myself," he says. "It was liberating."...
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In Trump's Trade War, Americans Will Be Asked To Show Economic Patriotism

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Bob Best enthusiastically supports President Trump's tough policies against China and other countries."I'm not a big tariff guy. I'm a free trade guy," says Best, who manages a heating and air conditioning company in Kennesaw, Ga. "But sometimes when the bully just doesn't listen, you've got to punch him in the mouth. And that's what he's doing."Best supports the president's actions even though they affect him directly. The price of the heating and air conditioning units that his company sells went up by as much as $150 apiece after the cost of building them went up because Trump placed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports last year. He was forced to pass the increase onto his customers.Trump will have to appeal to Americans' national pride, and even their patriotism, to succeed in leveling the playing field with China. That's because virtually every American is likely to feel an impact if Trump's tariffs go forward on just about everything imported from China. He will have to persuade Americans that what's at stake transcends their own interests....
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America Is In Full Employment, So Why Aren't We Celebrating?

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These are prosperous times in America. The country is plump with jobs. Out of every 100 people who want to work,more than 96of them have jobs. This is what economists consider full employment.The economy has grown for almost 10 years, making it one of the longest economic expansions in U.S. history. And over that time, the job market has come back. It grew slowly at first, then steadily, finally reaching a point at which there are many more openings than job seekers.Unemployment has reached a nearly 50-year low. The jobless rate for Hispanics has never been lower; the past two years have been the best job market ever for African Americans. Wages are starting to rise — and, more significantly, for the lowest-paid workers. That may not endure, but it's a reversal of the long-term trend where the most highly paid workers were also the best rewarded. The job market today is so hot that groups that were sort of on the margins also are finding opportunities — including people with disabilities or a prison record....
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Trade deal or not, US must counter China moves to beat us at science and technology

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U.S. and Chinese trade talks hit a snag this month, imperiling hopes for a deal that the two sides have been pursuing for over a year. The negotiators are working to resolve a broad array of issues rooted in legitimate concern about fairness for U.S. businesses.But even if all trade issues were resolved tomorrow, China has been racing ahead in scientific investment and progress. That poses an increasingly urgent challenge to U.S. scientific supremacy. China’s objective, President Xi Jinping said in a speech last year, is to achieve global dominance in science and technology for the 21st century.And it is well on its way to achieving that goal in several areas. China’s top university now leads the world with the most citations in math and computing research and is making similar gains with other highly cited STEM research. China became the first country to land on the far side of the moon this year. It is already the world’s leading producer of supercomputers. And it has taken the lead in next-generation green energy....
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Sweden Requests Detention Order for WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

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(COPENHAGEN, Denmark) — Swedish authorities on Monday issued a request for a detention order against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is now jailed in Britain, a Swedish prosecutor said.Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson says if the Swedish court decided to detain Assange “on probable cause suspected for rape … I will issue a European Arrest Warrant.”The development sets up a possible future tug-of-war between Sweden and the United States over any extradition of Assange from Britain.Assange was evicted last month from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012. He was then immediately arrested by British police on April 11 and is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for jumping bail in 2012....
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Comedian Inaugurated as Ukraine’s New President Immediately Disbands Parliament

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(KIEV, Ukraine) — Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in as the country’s new president on Monday, promised to stop the war in the country’s east against Russian-backed separatists and immediately disbanded parliament, which he has branded as a group only interested in self-enrichment.Even before he disbanded the Supreme Rada, which had been one of his campaign promises, the 41-year-old Zelenskiy had upended the traditions of Ukrainian politics.He ditched the idea of a traditional motorcade to his inauguration, walking to the parliament through a park packed with people. Flanked by four bodyguards, he was giving high-fives to some spectators and even stopped to take a selfie with one of them....
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'Game Of Thrones' Finale, Season 8, Episode 6: 'No One Is Very Happy'

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We've recapped the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. Spoilers, of course, abound.I mean ... sure? I am prepared to die on the ashy hill of They Didn't Lay The Necessary Track To Justify Daenerys' Heel-Turn, but that whole contretemps seems soooo last week. I've made my peace with it, and am prepared to dissect the show that they made, not the one we expected/wanted them to.In the show they made, Daenerys became the monster. Jon slayed said monster, as he was evidently fated to do, and got sent to the Wall without his supper. The Iron Throne got turned into a slag heap, and after briefly flirting with the notion of representative democracy, Bran MacGuffin became King of the Six Kingdoms, Sansa became Queen in the North, and Arya ... went on a cruise. (If you were waiting for her Bag O'Faces to come back somehow, you were disappointed. So let's you and I pretend that she's using it to entertain the ship's crew with her convincing impressions, two shows nightly in the Lido Deck Lounge. Maybe a one-woman deal called Walder Frey: King Leer? Or Heaven Can Waif?)...
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Which states have the highest and lowest property taxes?

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How much you pay in property taxes often comes down to which side of a county, city or district line you’re on. And if you’re a homebuyer this spring, it’s another important factor to consider while you house hunt.Property taxes largely fund public schools but also other local services like roads and police. A portion of your monthly mortgage payment goes to property taxes, so if you’re on a tight budget, a higher property tax bill could be onerous.For instance, in Buffalo and Syracuse in New York, the property tax portion of the monthly bill can often be higher than the mortgage part because tax rates are so high there, says Lawrence Yun, the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors....
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More Companies Feel Pressured to Hand Over Technology in China, Report Says

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(BEIJING) — The number of foreign companies that feel compelled to hand over technology in exchange for Chinese market access — an issue that sparked President Donald Trump’s tariff fight with Beijing — has doubled since two years ago despite official promises to end such pressure, a business group reported Monday.The European Chamber of Commerce in China’s report highlighted enduring complaints about “forced technology transfer” that China’s trading partners say violate its market-opening commitments despite denials and promises of change.European leaders have criticized Trump’s tactics in confronting Beijing over its technology ambitions but echo U.S. criticisms.One in five companies that responded to a survey in January, before the latest round of U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes, said they felt compelled to hand over technology, up from 10% in a 2017 survey, the European chamber said....
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Transgender woman attacked in April found dead on Dallas street

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(CNN)A transgender woman whose April assault made national news was found dead on a Dallas, Texas, street Saturday morning, police said.Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive at around 6:40 a.m. Saturday, Dallas Police Major Vincent Weddington said."Upon arrival, officers found the complainant lying face down in the street -- deceased from homicidal violence," Weddington said during a news conference on Sunday.The woman was not carrying identification but the medical examiner positively identified her as Muhlaysia Booker on Sunday afternoon, he told reporters.In a separate April incident, Booker was assaulted by several males in the parking lot of a Dallas apartment complex, after what police said was a minor traffic accident....
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U.S. Ambassador Makes Rare Visit to Tibet Amid Trade War Tensions With China

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The U.S. Ambassador to China is scheduled to visit Tibet this week, making the first trip by an American envoy to the highly restricted area in four years, according to his embassy.Ambassador Terry Branstad is visiting China’s Qinhai province and the bordering Tibet Autonomous Region from Sunday until Saturday, an embassy spokesperson said, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).“This visit is a chance for the Ambassador to engage with local leaders to raise longstanding concerns about restrictions on religious freedom and the preservation of Tibetan culture and language,” the spokesperson said. Branstad’s schedule will include official meetings, as well as stops at schools and religious and cultural heritage sites....
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How Democrats can win the abortion war: Talk about Roe's restrictions as well as rights

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I’m a liberal Democrat, and I’m a strong supporter of abortion rights. But I also support restrictions on the procedure.You know, like the ones allowed by Roe v. Wade.If you listened to our Republican opponents during the past few weeks, when Alabama all but prohibited abortion and several other states banned it after aheartbeat is detected, you might think that we Democrats want it to be entirely unregulated. We’re allegedly “the party of death,” ready and eager to protect “infanticide” at all costs.That’s a lie, of course, but we’ve done a very poor job of correcting it. It won’t do to reply that late-term abortions are exceedingly rare, and that no mother in her right mind wants to execute her baby, which have been the most common Democratic refrains....
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Cities in the South are bracing for tornadoes and flooding

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(CNN)The Central and Southern Plains -- which have already been battered by pounding thunderstorms, tornadoes and hail -- are taking cover before another round of dangerous weather. A "potent spring storm system" is expected to bring more thunderstorms to the region Monday, the National Weather Service said. "Large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, and large tornadoes are possible," the weather service said.The warning includes the states of Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, which are still reeling from weekend tornadoes and storms. Heavy showers, 'quarter-sized hail' and tornadoes In states across the Southern Plains, wind gusts of 60 mph, thunderstorms and "quarter-sized hail" are possible Monday, the weather service said....
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'Game of Thrones' finale recap: Ashes to ashes

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Warning: This article contains spoilers for the series finale of "Game of Thrones." (CNN)Some say the world will end in fire. / Some say in ice.And so, our song of ice and fire ends as we all said it would: In extended council meetings and elective monarchy! Congratulations to anyone who correctly called King Bran in their "Game of Thrones" office pool. You definitely earned that Starbucks gift card. After broiling the entire city of King's Landing, Daenerys is in her element. She's glowing, she's thriving, she's wearing sexy leather dictator clothes and giving troubling speeches in front of the burnt-out shell of the Red Keep. Gone is the wide-eyed innocent who stood timidly outside of Illyrio Mopatis' house in Pentos all those years ago. This woman is a QUEEN. ...
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South Korea Vows to Quickly Send Aid to Drought-Hit North Korea

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(SEOUL, South Korea) — South Korea has vowed to move quickly on its plans to provide $8 million worth of humanitarian aid to North Korea through international organizations and is also considering sending food to the country that says it’s suffering its worst drought in decades.Seoul’s Unification Ministry said Monday it will discuss its plans with the World Food Program and the United Nations Children’s Fund so the aid reaches North Korean children and pregnant women quickly.Seoul hopes the aid will help revive diplomacy and engagement with Pyongyang that tapered off amid a stalemate in nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea.But Seoul has yet to decide on concrete plans amid public frustration over recent North Korean missile tests....
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'Jeopardy!' champion James Holzhauer is back on Monday. Here's where he stands

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(CNN)"Jeopardy!" is back to its regularly scheduled programming on Monday, and that means James Holzhauer is back on the buzzer. After a two week hiatus due to the "Jeopardy!" Teachers Tournament, the record-breaking, reigning champion picks up where he left off on May 3 in hopes of continuing his hot streak. (In reality, Holzhauer has finished taping the show until next fall, but us viewers at home have to tune in to find out how far he got.)Here's a refresher on all the dough he's racked up so far, and what the game show whiz needs to do to beat the all-time record. Where he standsHolzhauer's name is all over the "Jeopardy!" Hall of Fame. The 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas has won 22 games so far, earning a total of $1,691,008. He has the second longest winning streak in the show's history and the second highest winnings in regular season play -- behind only Ken Jennings, who won a total of $2,520,700 over the course of 74 games in 2004....
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John Oliver and Tracy Morgan Make a Plea About Glenn Close’s Spleen and Medical Examiners on Last Week Tonight

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“In an ideal world, no one would ever die,” said John Oliver on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight. “I’m certainly never going to, and, at the risk of sounding too prescriptive, I don‘t think you should either.”Unfortunately, as he notes, “Death is one of the few things you can’t avoid, like taxes and plugging in a flash drive upside [down]. Statistically it can’t be done.”Each year around 2.8 million Americans die, and when they pass, doctors typically assign a cause of death. However, if a death seems suspicious or unexpected, they are passed on to death investigators. “A death certificate isn’t like a degree from USC,” said Oliver. “It actually means something.”Unfortunately autopsies aren’t always performed as professionally as one would hope and Oliver showed the local news clips to prove it. There are antiquated facilities, under-funded departments and severe staff shortages, and in some extraordinary instances, wildly unprofessional medical examiners have taken bodies home where parts are eaten by dogs or played with by children....
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Gay conservative: Equality Act would crush religious freedom. Trump is right to oppose it.

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The future of the "Equality Act," the landmark LGBT rights bill passed last week by the House, is uncertain. Even if could somehow pass the Republican-controlled Senate, President Donald Trump would likely veto it.And that would be the right thing to do, no matter what the backlash. From my vantage point as a gay conservative, I can see that the Equality Act goes too far for any level-headed gay rights advocate to support, and its blatant disregard for the basic right to religious freedom is appalling.The bill purports to protect LGBT Americans like me by prohibiting discrimination “based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit and the jury system.” On the surface, this sounds unobjectionable — after all, no one deserves to face discrimination. Yet the bill defined “public accommodations” so loosely and called for regulations so sweeping that it would crush religious freedom and radically reshape American society....
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Lori Lightfoot to be inaugurated as Chicago's first black lesbian mayor

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(CNN)Monday will mark a historic day in Chicago as the city inaugurates its first African American lesbian mayor. Lori Lightfoot, a former assistant US attorney, will be sworn in at 10:30 a.m. at Wintrust Arena in the city's Near South Side community, according to a release from Lightfoot's office. The event will include performances by Miguel Cervantes of Chicago's "Hamilton" and the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, among others."I look forward to joining Chicagoans on Inauguration Day to celebrate the start of a new day for our incredible city," Mayor-elect Lightfoot said in a statement. "We're building a Chicago that celebrates our differences, inspires us all to be better, and embraces new ideas. There is no limit to what we can do when we all work together."...
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Game of Thrones Didn’t Have to End This Way

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The kindest thing I can say about the Games of Thrones series finale is that it might have satisfied Plato. Predictably—in part because it would’ve been so weird to celebrate the victory of one half of an incestuous couple—neither Daenerys’ dangerous zeal nor Jon Snow’s moral purity clinched the Iron Throne; Tyrion had a great mind, but his heart became too much of a liability. And if “Bran the Broken” seemed more likely to stare meaningfully into the middle distance for the rest of his days than play the straight-man boss in a workplace sitcom starring Tyrion and Bronn, well, at least he came closest to embodying a great leader as conceived by a titan of Western thought who isn’t George R.R. Martin. As you might remember from Philosophy 101, Plato’s utopia was presided over by philosopher kings—rulers who loved knowledge more than power....
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Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison Set to Form Majority Government

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(SYDNEY) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison looked set on Monday to form a majority government as vote counting from Australia’s weekend election allayed fears that his conservative coalition may have to rule in the minority following its shock victory.The coalition was returned to power in a stunning result on Saturday night, after opinion polls and odds-makers had tipped the opposition Labor Party to win.The outcome ranks as Australia’s biggest election upset since 1993, when Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating was returned to power.With 76 seats in the House of Representatives needed for majority rule, figures from the Australian Electoral Commission on Monday showed 84% of the votes had been counted, with the coalition on target to win 77 seats — an increase of four after going into the election as a minority government....
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Al Jazeera Suspends Two Journalists Over Holocaust Video

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Al Jazeera announced the suspension Sunday of two journalists over a video that reportedly claimed the extent of the Holocaust was deliberately misrepresented by Jews.The Qatari broadcaster said in a statement that the offending clip and accompanying posts were quickly deleted as the content violated “editorial standards.”The video, which was posted on the network’s Arabic website AJ+ on May 18, suggested that the Jewish community used “financial resources [and] media institutions,” to put a “special spotlight” on Jewish suffering under the Nazis, Agence France-Presse reported. “Why is there a focus only on them,” the narrator reportedly asks in the clip.Six million Jewish people were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust....
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Justin Amash's act of conscience this weekend sparked speculation over whether a leak in the GOP dam could grow into a torrent of support away from Trump

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(CNN)Republicans are moving fast to squelch Justin Amash's rebellion against Donald Trump before his conclusion that the President "engaged in impeachable conduct" -- the first by a GOP lawmaker -- can gather momentum.But Democrats who want a more hardline strategy against the President are seizing on the Michigan congressman's sudden intervention to pile pressure on their own leaders for tougher action.Amash's act of conscience on Saturday sparked immediate speculation over whether a tiny leak in the Republican dam could grow into a torrent of support running away from the President.After all, it was a rising tide of Republican disgust that eventually became the unstoppable force that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974....
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Opinion: Kawhi Leonard saves Raptors' season in double-overtime Game 3 win over Bucks

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TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard’s minutes were a topic all season. How many per game would he play? How many games would he play? Load management – the art and science dispensing minutes to create optimum performance – was the term used to characterized how Toronto monitored Leonard.On a night when the Raptors needed every second from Leonard, he played a career-high 52 minutes with the toughest of playoff assignments: defend Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo one end of the court and provide enough offense on the other end so that his team had a chance – just a chance, no guarantees – to beat Milwaukee.“It’s playoff basketball,” Leonard said. “I want to win. ... We’re still here. Nobody wants to go home. We’re going to keep striving to reach that goal. That’s what I pride myself on, both ends of the floor.”...
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African samurai: The enduring legacy of a black warrior in feudal Japan

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Hong Kong (CNN)When feudal Japan's most powerful warlord Nobunaga Oda met Yasuke, a black slave-turned-retainer, in 1581, he believed the man was a god.Oda had never seen an African before. And like the locals in Japan's then-capital of Kyoto, he was awed by Yasuke's height, build and skin tone, according to Thomas Lockley, the author of "African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan." "When Yasuke got to Kyoto (with Jesuit missionaries), there was a massive riot. People wanted to see him and be in his presence," says Lockley, who spent nine years researching and writing the book, which was published last month.Oda believed Yasuke to be either a guardian demon or "Daikokuten," a god of prosperity usually represented by black statues in temples. He tried to rub the pigment from Yasuke's skin, believing it was black ink. Once convinced Yasuke was real, he immediately threw a feast in his honor, says Lockley. ...
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Exit polls suggest a win for Narendra Modi in world's biggest elections

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Varanasi, India (CNN)Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on course to win a second term after polling in the world's biggest election came to a close on Sunday, initial exit polls suggest. Most major exit polls, conducted by local media, put the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Modi, and its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition as winning a clear majority when results are announced on May 23. Modi's BJP has been fighting it out for the votes of 900 million people against the main opposition Congress Party, led by political scion Rahul Gandhi, and other big regional players, over the course of six weeks of polling.A party needs to win 272 seats out of 543 in the Lok Sabha, or lower house of parliament to form a government. ...
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The Significance of Brienne’s Tribute to Jaime in the Game of Thrones Finale

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Much of the Game of Thrones finale revolves around the importance of stories and who gets to tell them. “There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story,” Tyrion says while advocating for Bran to become king.Brienne of Tarth writes one of those stories near the end of the episode: that of Jaime Lannister, her enemy, road companion, protector and eventual lover. She pens the story of his recent life–his capture, his military victories against Daenerys Targaryen, his bravery at the Battle of Winterfell—in a giant tome, ending it simply: “Died protecting his Queen.” The scene is not only a fitting tribute to an enduring and complex relationship, but also closes the loop on a promise that Jaime himself makes in Season 4....
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We May Finally Know the Third Shocking Twist That George R. R. Martin Told the Game of Thrones Showrunners

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.After nearly a decade on the air, Game of Thrones has come to an end. And during the show’s series finale, “The Iron Throne,” fans may have finally learned what the third shocking twist that George R. R. Martin told showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss he intends to include in his books was.Following Hodor’s death in “The Door,” the fifth episode of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season, Benioff and Weiss told Entertainment Weekly that, during a 2013 meeting, the A Song of Ice and Fire author had revealed three yet-to-come “holy sh-t moments” that he already knew he was going to write into his series.And although neither Martin nor the showrunners have yet confirmed this, judging by the finale, it seems as though the final twist could only be Jon Snow killing Daenerys Targaryen to keep the Mother of Dragons-turned-Mad Queen from ascending the Iron Throne....
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Trial for Tennessee church shooting suspect to start Monday

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A man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church is heading to trial.Prosecutors have said they're seeking life without parole for 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, whose trial is slated to begin Monday.Samson faces a 43-count indictment, including a first-degree murder charge, in the September 2017 shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ .An arrest affidavit says Samson waived his rights and told police he arrived armed and fired at the church.A psychiatrist has diagnosed Samson with "schizoaffective disorder bipolar type" and post-traumatic stress disorder after an abusive, violent upbringing.Samson is black and the victims are white. Authorities haven't definitively said whether they believe he targeted them based on race....
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Hundreds protest Alabama abortion ban: 'My body, my choice!'

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Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest the state's newly approved abortion ban, chanting "my body, my choice!" and "vote them out!"The demonstration came days after Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most stringent abortion law in the nation— making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases unless necessary for the mother's health. The law provides no exception for rape and incest."Banning abortion does not stop abortion. It stops safe abortion," said Staci Fox, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, addressing the cheering crowd outside the Alabama Capitol.Alabama is part of a wave of conservative states seeking to mount new legal challenges to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Governors in Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as the sixth week of pregnancy....
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Early 'Game of Thrones' fan reactions: Fire and fury go beyond King's Landing

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Spoiler alert: This story contains significant details from Sunday's series finale of HBO's "Game of Thrones."Not surprisingly, Sunday's series finale induced heavy and heated fan reaction on social media.The early Twitter returns were mostly harsh and negative, although some found beauty in some of the visuals and were happy that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) reunited with his direwolf, Ghost. (Caveat: Social media tends to draw more intense responses and those who are angry are more likely to make their feelings known.)Here are some fan reactions just moments after the end of the 82-minute finale, which included many changes and surprises in the land of Westeros:@bri_westover took it directly to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the co-creators of the series who wrote and directed Sunday's finale: "How the creators should feel after that episode." The comment was accompanied with the words "Shame. Shame. Shame." written over a photo of Cersei Lannister's famed walk of shame from earlier in the series.  ...
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Why Tyrion’s Trial Was So Important on the Game of Thrones Finale

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.After seeing the aftermath of Daenerys’ destruction of King’s Landing, Tyrion Lannister made his disgust known by resigning as Hand of the Queen in the Game of Thrones finale. He was then promptly arrested by the Unsullied, and following Daenerys’ death, put on trial in front of a council made up of the nobles of Westeros.This development was a symbolic moment for the character, serving as a callback to Tyrion’s many trials throughout Game of Thrones history.Despite the fact that Grey Worm wanted to execute him for betraying Daenerys, Tyrion was able to earn a respite by once again talking his way out of a tight spot. After Samwell Tarly proposed that they allow everyone in the realm to vote on their new ruler, Tyrion suggested that they narrow the selection committee down to just the lords and ladies of Westeros. He then presented a compelling argument for why Bran would be the best person to rule over the Seven Kingdoms — well, six, since Sansa insisted that the North remain independent....
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The Game of Thrones Finale Divided Fans But These Memes Will Please Everyone

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Warning: This story contains spoilers for Game of Thrones.It’s been one hell of a dragon ride, but we’re finally done: After eight seasons, Game of Thrones aired its final episode.Fans have journeyed to the most epic reaches of the Seven Kingdoms — from Cersei’s plotting and wine-drinking section of the realm to the godswood where Arya showed the Night King what a real warrior is.We’ve witnessed some intense stuff throughout the series. We’ve said farewell to some fan favorites. We’ve seen revenge exacted. We’ve seen clues paid off. And the way it all concluded was bound to be a subject of great debate.After Jon Snow decides he has no choice but to kill Daenerys Targaryen following her sack of King’s Landing in the last episode, the show shifts gears and focuses on politics. Namely, who will be king now that the Iron Throne is no more. The answer, to the surprise of many, is Bran....
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How That Heartbreaking Jon Snow Twist May Fulfill a Crucial Game of Thrones Prophecy

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.If season 8 of Game of Thrones has taught us anything, it’s that prophecies aren’t always what they seem. Take the infamous valonqar prophecy, for example. Many fans believed that Jaime or Tyrion would ultimately be the one to kill Cersei because of Maggy the Frog’s final prediction for Cersei’s future in George R. R. Martin’sA Song of Ice and Fire book series. However, it turns out the show didn’t just nix the valonqar line so as to not give away what was coming. Despite the fact that all of Maggy’s other predictions came true, in the end, it was the crumbling Red Keep that killed both Cersei and Jaime.Unlike with the valonqar, the show has emphasized the importance of the Prince That Was Promised prophecy several times, leading some fans to believe its fulfillment was inevitable. But due to the uncertain nature of prophecies in the world of Game of Thrones, it’s still unclear whether any of Westeros’ major players actually turned out to be the Prince. Not to mention that since Martin has yet to release the final two novels in his series, it’s also possible that the prophecy will play out differently in the books and the evidence we’ve cited from A Song of Ice and Fire will be irrelevant....
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People Had Incredibly Divided Reactions to the Game of Thrones Finale

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Warning: This story contains spoilers for Game of Thrones.Game of Thrones has finally come to an end, and fans had wildly different opinions on the finale.Many had predicted that Jon Snow would kill Daenerys after watching her burn all of King’s Landing in the penultimate episode. But people were divided on whether that confrontation was earned after an uneven season of rushed plotting.But the most controversial scenes were perhaps those that took place in the aftermath of Daenerys’ death. Tyrion manages to upend Westeros’ entire political system with one short speech. The rulers of the kingdoms vote Bran to be king. Later on, his council members bicker over whether to spend the government’s money on ships or brothels. Some were delighted by scenes of Tyrion returning to his chair-straightening ways from many seasons ago at the council table again. Others lost patience with such scenes in an episode that had to wrap up many characters’ storylines....
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'American Idol': Southern heartthrob Laine Hardy pulls off stunning win over Alejandro Aranda

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Sensitive songwriter or country crooner? That's the choice viewers had to make Sunday night during the season finale of "American Idol," which came down to longtime favorites Alejandro Aranda, a minor viral sensation for his original compositions, and Laine Hardy, a teenage heartthrob with Elvis-style moves. Hardy, 18, eked out a narrow win in the episode's final minutes, taking the "Idol" crown and earning a recording contract with Disney's Hollywood Records. He closed out the show with his uplifting new single "Flame," having impressed the judges earlier in the night with his gravelly, charismatic takes on Hank Williams' "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" and Marc Broussard's "Home." "Every week, Laine, your hair seems to be getting higher and higher. You seem to be taking some pop star vitamins," Katy Perry said to the Louisiana native, who is known for his jet-black pompadour and sleek, colorful suits. "If you apply yourself ... you're gonna be one of the biggest pop stars on the planet." ...
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Leonard scores 36, Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2 OTs

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TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam felt guilty about a pair of missed free throws and the extra minutes they added to his teammates' night.Fortunately for Siakam and the rest of the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard didn't seem to feel any fatigue.Leonard scored 36 points, including eight in the second overtime, and Toronto beat Milwaukee 118-112 on Sunday night to cut the Bucks' lead in the Eastern Conference finals to 2-1.Leonard made 11 of 25 shots and went 12 for 13 at the free throw line in more than 52 minutes of action, a playoff career high."At the end of the game, Kawhi said he played an hour of basketball," Siakam said. "I told him 'My bad.'"Leonard had nine rebounds and five assists despite appearing to be bothered by some leg discomfort....
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'GoT' finale flies high, but can't quite stick the landing

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(CNN)The following contains spoilers about the "Game of Thrones" series finale that premiered May 19."When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die."After eight seasons, 73 episodes and a much-debated flurry of plot developments, that signature first-season line proved the key to unraveling the "Game of Thrones" finale, which, after a season that was at various times exhilarating, exhausting and aggravating, came as something of a relief. Given the passions ignited (somewhat literally, given all that dragon fire) by the penultimate chapter, the finale couldn't possibly please everyone. While there was validity in many of the criticisms, a degree of silliness crept into the discussion, starting with those who actually signed a petition petulantly demanding some kind of cosmic do-over....
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Speaker stuns 2019 Morehouse grads, to pay off student debt

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A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College when he announced at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans __ estimated at up to $40 million.Robert F. Smith, this year's commencement speaker, made the announcement while addressing nearly 400 graduating seniors of the all-male historically black college in Atlanta. Smith, who is black, is the Founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in software, data, and technology-driven companies."On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we're gonna put a little fuel in your bus," the investor and philanthropist told graduates in his morning address. "This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans."...
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Here’s Who Lived and Who Died in the Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.The final season of Game of Thrones has officially come to a close, and just as George R. R. Martin once promised, the ending was certainly “bittersweet.”The finale of Thrones‘ eighth season saw Jon Snow kill Daenerys Targaryen to keep yet another tyrant from sitting on the Iron Throne. But while fans were divided over this depressing twist, there were still brief moments of hope scattered throughout the episode.Read on for a complete list of everyone who lived and died in the series finale of Game of Thrones.After deciding to kill Daenerys to prevent the Mother of Dragons-turned-Mad Queen from ruling over the Seven Kingdoms, Jon Snow was predictably in a tortured state. During a conversation with Tyrion, he wondered: “Was it right, what I did? it doesn’t feel right.”...
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Here’s Who Ended Up on the Throne in the Game of Thrones Series Finale

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.Throughout Game of Thrones‘ eight-season run, many fans have had the same question: “who will sit on the Iron Throne in the end?”When Thrones began, we learned that King Robert Baratheon had ruled the Seven Kingdoms since Robert’s Rebellion ended Aerys II “The Mad King” Targaryen’s reign 17 years earlier. Since then, we saw Joffrey Baratheon, Tommen Baratheon and Cersei Lannister ascend the Iron Throne while countless others — including Daenerys Targaryen, Stannis Baratheon and Balon Greyjoy — all proclaimed themselves the rightful heir.But in terms of actual birthright, it was Jon Snow — a.k.a. Aegon Targaryen, the trueborn son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark — who had the greatest claim to the throne....
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Trump appears to confirm cyberattack against Russian entity during midterms

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Washington D.C. (CNN)President Donald Trump appeared to confirm that the United States had conducted a cyberattack against a Russian entity during last year's midterm elections in an interview aired Sunday on Fox News."I would rather not say that, but you can believe that the whole thing happened, and it happened during my administration," Trump told Fox News' Steve Hilton when asked about a report that he personally authorized a cyberattack on Russia during the time of the midterms. When pressed as to why he didn't talk about it, Trump said "because they don't like me to talk, intelligence says, 'please don't talk intelligence,' you know sometimes intelligence is good, and sometimes you look at Comey, and you look at Brennan and you look at Clapper, and I'm supposed to believe that intelligence? I never believe that intelligence."...
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'Game of Thrones' series finale recap: A disaster ending that fans didn't deserve

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Spoiler alert! The following contains details from the “Game of Thrones” series finale, Season 8 Episode 6, "The Iron Throne." Read our recap of Season 8, Episode 5 here. This isn't what we signed up for. When "Game of Thrones" premiered eight years ago, it was instantly clear that the series was something different. It was a story that broke the conventions of the fantasy genre, not one that was a slave to them. Yes, the "Thrones" books and the series were inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," but they also subverted that trilogy. We all know why. Ned Stark lost his head. The Red Wedding killed Robb and Catelyn. The Mountain killed the Viper. Tragedy and injustice were as baked into the series' identity as dragons and battles. ...
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India’s Marathon Election Ends With Vote Counting Set to Begin Thursday

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(KOLKATA, India) — Voting in India’s mammoth national election ended Sunday with the seventh and final phase of a grueling poll that lasted more than five weeks, as exit polls predicted a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party and its allies.Vote counting begins on Thursday, and the election result will likely be known the same day.The election is seen as a referendum on Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party. The BJP’s main opposition is the Congress party, led by Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has produced three prime ministers.Exit polls by four leading television news channels – Republic, TimesNow, New Delhi Television and India today- projected a victory for the BJP and its allies with 287 to 339 seats out of 543 – far ahead of the 272 seats needed to form the next government....
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'I don't care': Buttigieg draws applause at Fox News town hall for dismissing Trump's tweets

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WASHINGTON – Pete Buttigieg got an enthusiastic reception at a Fox News town hall Sunday where he explained the importance of restoring moral authority to the office of president and appointing judges that back reproductive rights. He also criticized President Donald Trump over reports that he's considering pardoning service members accused of war crimes. But the response that generated one of the biggest rounds of applause was his dismissal of Trump's signature form of communication."The tweets are – I don’t care," the Democratic presidential hopeful said when asked how he would deal with Trump's tweets and insults if he wins the nomination.Calling Trump's tweets a distraction from the real issues, Buttigieg said he gets that "It's the nature of grotesque things that you can’t look away."...
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Filmakers say they will boycott Georgia if 'heartbeat bill' goes into effect

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(CNN)Filmmaker Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have joined the list of Hollywood stars who say they will boycott Georgia after the state's governor signed the controversial "heartbeat bill" into law. Howard and Grazer, who run Imagine Entertainment, told The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive statement that although they are continuing with their plans to film the movie "Hillbilly Elegy" in Georgia next month, they will boycott the state as a production center if the law goes into effect in January."We see Governor Kemp's bill as a direct attack on women's rights, and we will be making a donation to the (American Civil Liberties Union) to support their battle against this oppressive legislation," the statement read. ...
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Game of Thrones Had an Opportunity With Daenerys Targaryen. The Show Squandered It

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.Game of Thrones is a rare example of mass entertainment that took the time to build compelling character arcs over the course of several seasons. The redemption of Jaime or the Hound were slow, carefully plotted evolutions — until they weren’t.So Daenerys’ turn from hero to villain should have been a triumph of plot development. If the showrunners wanted to argue that power corrupts everyone, carefully tracing Daenerys’ descent from Breaker of Chains to Mad Queen killed by her lover could have been a smart, honest, compelling storytelling choice.Instead, the creators of the show decided to evolve Daenerys’ increasing paranoia over the course of just a few episodes, let her snap in a second and punish her for that misstep by having Jon murder her a mere episode later. The shift was so abrupt that even actor Emilia Clarke admitted to struggling with it, saying in a recent interview that she still “stands by” Daenerys. “If I were to put myself in [Jon Snow’s] shoes,” she said. “I’m not sure what else he could have done aside from … oh, I dunno, maybe having a discussion with me about it? Ask my opinion? Warn me?...
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Brazil officials say 11 dead in ‘massacre' at Belém bar

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RIO DE JANEIRO – A gang of gunmen reportedly attacked a bar in the capital of Brazil’s northern Pará state Sunday afternoon, killing 11 people.The state security agency confirmed late Sunday only that six women and five men died in the incident in the Guamá neighborhood of the Pará state capital, Belém.The G1 news website said police reported that seven gunmen were involved in the attack, which also wounded one person. The news outlet said the attackers arrived at the bar on one motorcycle and in three cars.“A massacre is confirmed," Pará state spokeswoman Natalia Mello said.In late March, the federal government sent National Guard troops to Belém to reinforce security in the city for 90 days....
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Transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker found fatally shot, one month after viral group assault

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A transgender woman who survived a group assault a month ago, an attack that went viral on social media, was fatally shot this weekend, Texas police said.Dallas police found Muhlaysia Booker, 23, lying face down in the street early Saturday morning, officials said at Sunday a press conference. They have no leads in the case. Assistant Chief Avery Moore told The Dallas Morning News that investigators do not have enough information to say if whether the killing was motivated by hate or retaliation."We recognize that hate crimes, if you will, are a serious topic," he said. "We at the Dallas Police Department take them serious."Violence: Dallas police investigating assault of transgender woman as potential hate crime...
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Toronto Raptors get double-overtime Game 3 NBA playoff win over Milwaukee Bucks

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TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors found life in the Eastern Conference finals.It definitely wasn’t easy and wasn’t always pretty. It required not one but two overtimes and a sub-par performance from Milwaukee Bucks all-star Giannis Antetokounmpo.But the Raptors found a way, thanks to Kawhi Leonard’s clutch performance. Leonard scored 19 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter and overtimes as the Raptors defeated the Bucks 118-112 in double-overtime.Leonard’s steal and dunk put Toronto ahead 112-109 and his driving bank shot gave Toronto a 114-110 lead with 32 seconds left in the second overtime.Playing a fraction better in front of the energized home fans at Scotiabank Arena — it’s one of the best environments in the NBA — the Raptors crawled back into the series, avoiding a disastrous 3-0 hole....
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Buttigieg takes to Fox News and slams Fox News

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(CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg used a Fox News town hall in New Hampshire on Sunday to slam two of the network's primetime opinion hosts, knocking both Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham by name on the network where they each host an hour.The moment came when the South Bend, Indiana, mayor was trying to explain why he agreed to do a town hall with Fox News, something that other Democrats -- namely Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- have said they would not do because of the network's near constant attacks against the party."There is a reason why anyone has to swallow hard and think twice about participating in this media ecosystem," Buttigieg said after hitting Carlson for saying immigrants make the country dirty and Ingraham comparing detention centers with children to summer camps....
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World's biggest cave just got bigger

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Thanks to discoveries made during a recent expedition, the world's largest cave, Vietnam's Son Doong, appears to be even bigger than previously thought. Find out how much larger we now think it is.
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Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Jacob Anderson bid farewell to 'Game of Thrones'

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Emilia Clarke's watch has ended. Clarke, 32, took to Instagram to bid an emotional farewell to "Game of Thrones" and her fiery character Daenerys Targaryen ahead of Sunday's 80-minute series finale."Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me," she captioned a group photo of the costumed cast, including Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark).Clarke, who has played the Mother of Dragons on the hit HBO show since 2011, noted that her portrayal of Daenerys has "taken up the whole of my adult life."'Game of Thrones' finale:What we probably won't learn ...
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Brazil Bar Shooting Leaves 11 Dead and 1 Wounded, Reports Say

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(RIO DE JANEIRO) — A gang of gunmen roared up to a bar in Belem city in Brazil’s northern Pará state and opened fire, killing six women and five men Sunday afternoon, media reports said. State officials would confirm only that “a massacre” occurred but gave no details.The G1 news website said police reported that seven gunmen were involved in the attack, which also wounded one person. The news outlet said the attackers arrived at the bar on one motorcycle and in three cars.A Pará state spokeswoman, Natalia Mello, said only: “A massacre is confirmed.” State communications officials stopped answering phone calls. Military and civil police in Pará state also did not answer phone calls or respond to emails....
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Hundreds Protest Alabama’s Abortion Ban at the State Capitol

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(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest the state’s newly approved abortion ban, chanting “my body, my choice!” and “vote them out!”The demonstration came days after Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most stringent abortion law in the nation— making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases unless necessary for the mother’s health. The law provides no exception for rape and incest.“Banning abortion does not stop abortion. It stops safe abortion,” said Staci Fox, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, addressing the cheering crowd outside the Alabama Capitol.Alabama is part of a wave of conservative states seeking to mount new legal challenges to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Governors in Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as the sixth week of pregnancy....
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Opinion: The only way Biden can win the presidency

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Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, and author, with Kevin Kruse, of the new book "Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974." Follow him on Twitter at @julianzelizer. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden officially launched his presidential campaign in Philadelphia on Saturday. Presenting himself as the antidote to President Donald Trump, Biden promised that he would unite and bring the nation together again. "I am running to offer our country -- Democrats, Republicans and independents -- a different path," he said.The speech picks up on some central themes that have animated Biden's wildly successful rollout. The other day he took some observers by surprise when he predicted that Republicans would have an "epiphany" when Trump left office and would be more willing to work with Democrats. He also stirred the pot when he suggested that the President is an aberration and doesn't reflect the state of the Republican Party. ...
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NASCAR changes play part in thrilling All-Star Race

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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Side-by-side racing, a dramatic, decisive pass near the end for the win and even an old-style, on-track fight: NASCAR couldn't be happier with what it saw at the All-Star Race."As an official, but also as a race fan, it was super exciting to watch," said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president for competition. "I can't wait for 600 miles of that next week" at Charlotte Motor Speedway in NASCAR's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600.Kyle Larson got a thrilling push from Kevin Harvick after slipping between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano on a restart in the final stage to hold on for the win Saturday night. When it was over, Clint Bowyer rushed at Ryan Newman in his car, raining rights and lefts through the window like an out-of-control windup toy....
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Brooks Koepka admits Brandel Chamblee's criticism during Masters week made him angry

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Brandel Chamblee might not want to run into Brooks Koepka in a dark alley anytime soon.Just moments after his fourth major championship win at Bethpage Black, the 2019 champion was asked about his use of career slights and what the “most disrespected or slighted” he’s felt as an athlete.“Telling me I wasn’t tough,” Koepka said during a news conference. “That pissed me off. That really pissed me off.”After an awkward pause, he was asked who said he was not tough.“I think we all know.”Koepka was referring to Golf Channel analyst Chamblee, who questioned Koepka’s toughness during Masters week, suggested he was unable to hang with Tiger like peers Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, and took Koepka to task for losing weight to look his best for an ESPN photo shoot....
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Scarlett Johansson and 'SNL' star Colin Jost are engaged!

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Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost have made it official: They're engaged!Johansson's rep, Marcel Pariseau, confirms to USA TODAY that the couple are engaged after two years together. The Associated Press was the first to report the news on Sunday. No date has been set for the wedding, Pariseau told AP.The couple went red carpet official just last year, linking arms and posing for photographers at the premiere of "Avengers: Infinity War," in which Johansson starred as Black Widow.It will be a third marriage for Johansson, 34, who was previously wed to "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds (2008 to 2011) and journalist Romain Dauriac (2014 to 2017), the father of her daughter, Rose Dorothy Dauriac, 4. ...
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Prince William and Duchess Catherine just released some adorable new family photos

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(CNN)Kensington Palace took to social media and shared some new photos of the royal family frolicking around in new garden co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge. The "Back to Nature" garden, also designed by architects Andrée Davies and Adam White, will be unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, which starts on Tuesday. The garden is aimed at getting children to go outside and play."In recent years I have focused much of my work on the early years, and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life," the Duchess said in a statement released by Kensington Palace. "I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults."...
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Alaska man given Coast Guard medal years after girl's rescue

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An Alaska man has received the U.S. Coast Guard's second-highest civilian honor for saving a girl from drowning when they were both children more than 20 years ago, a report said.George Lambert received a silver lifesaving medal in Anchorage Saturday for rescuing Pamela Smith, The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday.The award was presented by Coast Guard Rear Admiral Matthew Bell Jr., who told the story of the rescue during a ceremony attended by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy.Lambert and Smith were among a group swimming at a sandbar near Kotzebue in northwest Alaska in 1998 when he was 10 and she was 12. Smith was pulled into the current, and Lambert took a life jacket and swam out 100 feet (30 meters) to tow Smith to safety, Bell said....
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CNN analyst: This is the nuclear option for Congress

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig breaks down the options Congress has to force the White House and Justice Department to comply with subpoenas.
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Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis steal the show at Duchess Kate’s garden

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The Duchess of Cambridge designed a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show. But the best photos from the attraction aren't of the plants, but of her three children, George, 5, Charlotte, 4, and 1-year-old Louis. Kensington Palace released pictures late Sunday of Duchess Kate and Prince William playing in the garden with their kids. News flash: Prince Louis isn't just walking – it looks like he's running. And he's having a fine time of it, as dad looks on. Other shots show Prince George and Princess Charlotte dipping their bare toes into a stream that flows past the show garden. The children got to explore, picking up moss and leaves and playing around the tree house. Princess Charlotte turns 4: See new photos and read Harry and Meghan's message to her...
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Man races to help child hit by car in Iowa: 'I didn't even realize it was my son'

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DES MOINES, Iowa — When Timothy Maxon saw a car strike a child about 15 yards from where he was parked Wednesday near an elementary school in Marshalltown, Iowa, he tried to help."Immediately I blared on my horn to get them to stop. I got out of my car, trying to call 911, but I couldn’t get my fingers to work fast enough," the 35-year-old said. "I didn’t even realize it was my son until I got up to him.”Franklin Elementary second-grader Christian Maxon, 8, was taken to a local hospital before being flown by helicopter to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, where he was pronounced dead.Witnesses told police that a vehicle turned right onto West Main Street and struck the child. Police are investigating the accident. No charges have been filed against the driver, Marilyn Diggins, 71....
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Koepka survives Bethpage Black to win PGA Championship

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Brooks Koepka took his place in PGA Championship history with a wire-to-wire victory, minus the style points.In a raging wind that turned Bethpage Black into a beast, Koepka lost all but one shot of his record seven-shot lead Sunday. He lost the brutal Long Island crowd, which began chanting "DJ!" for Dustin Johnson as Koepka was on his way to a fourth straight bogey.But he delivered the key shots over the closing stretch as Johnson faded with two straight bogeys, and Koepka closed with a 4-over 74 for a two-shot victory and joined Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship since it went to stroke play in 1958.Koepka said at the start of the week that majors are sometimes the easiest to win....
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'Game of Thrones' and star Peter Dinklage are big wins for portrayal of little people

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When was the last time America's most talked-about pop culture epic had a 4-foot-4-inch hero?Precisely never. Which is why "Game of Thrones," which ends its sensational eight-year run Sunday, was a watershed — for all of us, certainly, but particularly for the population that (mostly) prefers to be known as little people."It really helps people in the dwarf community in a positive way," says Tony Soares, former Hoboken, New Jersey, city council president, who has worked in advertising and real estate."I was just listening to people down the hall in the office, the other day, talking about Tyrion Lannister, and they were talking about how great he is," Soares says. "And there was never a discussion about Peter Dinklage as a dwarf."...
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1 dead and 8 injured in shooting at Alabama high school graduation party

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(CNN)Celebration and pride turned into tragedy for a small city in Alabama after gunfire erupted during a high school graduation party. One person was killed and eight others were wounded at a community center in Atmore, near the Florida border, early Saturday.Witnesses say a fight broke out between two women during a graduation party for Escambia County High School's seniors. As people were trying to separate the two women, police said, gunshots were fired inside that hit several people.Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks told CNN officers responded to a 911 call for shots fired at the community center around 2 a.m. Saturday. Once officers got to the scene, shots were still being fired and police found one man dead in the center's cafeteria. The shooting was at a former middle school transformed into a community center, police said. ...
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'Wasted airtime': Donald Trump blasts Fox News for Pete Buttigieg town hall, coverage of Democrats

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President Donald Trump again criticized Fox News for covering 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Sunday, hours before a town hall with Pete Buttigieg. His description of the hour-long interview as "wasted airtime" followed a complaint last month that it was "so weird to watch Crazy Bernie" on the network. "Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems," Trump tweeted Sunday. "They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people who got them there." The Democratic National Committee in March announced Fox News was barred from hosting 2020 Democratic presidential debates.  Interview take: Donald Trump mocks 'Crazy Bernie' Sanders after Fox News town hall...
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Blues rout Sharks, one win away from first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 49 years

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The last time the St. Louis Blues were in the Stanley Cup Final, Glenn Hall was one of their goalies. He’s 87 today.It was 1970. Richard Nixon was president. The Beatles broke up. Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin produced top albums. Gas was 36 cents a gallon. The median house price in the USA was $23,600.The Blues moved within one win of ending their 49-year Stanley Cup Final drought by defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference final.The Blues’ 11 wins this postseason is the most they have ever had in a single playoff year. When they advanced to the Final in 1970, they only needed eight wins to get there.If they win Tuesday at home, the Blues earn a trip to the Stanley Cup Final to play the Boston Bruins. Coincidentally, the Bruins were their opponent the last time they were in the Finals. The Bruins took them down in four straight and Bobby Orr scored the clinching goal, immortalized by the famous photo of him flying Superman-style across the goalmouth....
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Brooks Koepka wins PGA Championship by 2 shots

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — In the shadow of the Manhattan skyline, Brooks Koepka stood as a tower of authority as he continued his mastery of major championships with a wire-to-wire victory at Bethpage Black in the 101st playing of the PGA Championship.On a blustery, overcast Sunday, with the People’s Country Club finally flashing its teeth, Koepka held off one final challenge to win his second consecutive Wanamaker Trophy and his fourth major championship in his last eight starts.With his Schwarzenegger biceps, Popeye forearms and unruffled composure, Koepka didn’t crack despite four consecutive bogeys on the inward nine and saved himself from squandering the largest 54-hole lead in a major championship....
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Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, to run for political office

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(CNN)Sybrina Fulton, an African-American mother who became a social justice activist after the 2012 fatal shooting of her son, Trayvon Martin, is running for political office in Florida.Fulton will formally announce her candidacy Monday for a seat for the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, her campaign manager, Willis Howard, said Sunday. "My time as a public servant began 30 years ago at Miami-Dade County. Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer," Fulton said in an Instagram post Sunday. "But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission."The commission seat Fulton is seeking will be vacant in 2020 after term limits will prevent current District 1 Commissioner Barbara Jordan from running again. Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III is also running to fill the seat, CNN affiliate WSVN reported. ...
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Brooks Koepka waits until after winning PGA Championship to kiss girlfriend Jena Sims

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In search of his fourth major title, Brooks Koepka began Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship with a comfortable seven-shot lead. But the same ultra-focused mentality that has enabled Koepka to win a pair of U.S. Opens and potentially a second PGA doesn't leave room for distractions.That means NO distraction of ANY kind.Not even from his girlfriend, Jena Sims, who television cameras caught in an apparent attempt to give Koepka a good-luck kiss before he began his round.But the No. 3-ranked golfer in the world had no time for a public display of affection when there was a title to be won.Sims told Golf.com Saturday, “I’m so not discreet,” Sims said. “I’ll just wave, and he’ll tip his hat. I’ll blow him a kiss. I’m not trying to be too low-key. If I see him and he sees me, I’m like, ‘Hi!'”...
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Emilia Clarke, Jacob Anderson, John Bradley West bid farewell to 'Game of Thrones'

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Emilia Clarke's watch has ended. Clarke, 32, took to Instagram to bid an emotional farewell to "Game of Thrones" and her fiery character Daenerys Targaryen ahead of Sunday's 80-minute series finale."Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me," she captioned a group photo of the costumed cast, including Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark).Clarke, who has played the Mother of Dragons on the hit HBO show since 2011, noted that her portrayal of Daenerys has "taken up the whole of my adult life."'Game of Thrones' finale:What we probably won't learn ...
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Brazil officials report ‘massacre’; media say 11 dead at bar

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RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian authorities say there has been a “massacre” in the country’s northern Pará state without releasing any details, while Brazilian news media say gunmen attacked a bar in Belem City and killed 11 people.The G1 news website says police reported that seven gunmen opened fire on a bar. G1 says police also report one wounded in the attack.A Pará state spokeswoman, Natalia Mello, says she can only “confirm” there was a massacre in the state....
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Commander in chief Donald Trump, threatening 'official end of Iran' is not the endgame America needs

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In the years since World War II broke out in Europe and President Franklin Roosevelt foreshadowed support for France and England in a radio fireside chat, presidents have spoken to the American people at length about conflicts threatening to involve the nation.As tensions rise precipitously between the United States and Iran — with bombers set on hair trigger alert and naval battle groups on the move — that’s not what we’re getting from President Donald Trump. Standing in the front door of the White House last week he blurted out, “I hope not,” to a reporter’s shouted question about the prospect of war with Iran.Then on Sunday, he seemed to contradict that sentiment in a tweet, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”...
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On Iran strategy, Donald Trump replaces Barack Obama’s mirage with containment

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Donald Trump has a well-articulated strategy toward Iran. Like almost every other Republican candidate for president in 2016, he argued that President Barack Obama empowered Iran at the expense of America’s traditional allies and its own vital interests. Trump has implemented instead a policy of containment.When critics claim that his strategy lacks an “endgame,” they are really expressing nostalgia for the clarity of Obama’s vision. The Iranian regime, Obama told us, was moderating, it was willing to dispense with its ambitions to become a nuclear weapons state and was eager to stabilize the Middle East in cooperation with the West. Taken together, these trends inevitably led to an attractive endgame: strategic accommodation between Washington and Tehran....
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Trump tweets threat at Iran: 'Never threaten the United States again!'

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Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Sunday ratcheted up his rhetoric toward Iran, warning that a fight with the United States would "be the official end of Iran.""If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran," Trump said in a tweet. "Never threaten the United States again!"The tweet comes amid rising fears over a potential military conflict between the two countries as officials in Washington debate recent intelligence regarding whether Iran or the militias it supports are possibly planning to attack US assets or whether it is acting defensively in an attempt to deter US action. CNN's Barbara Starr reported Friday the US claims to have images of Iranian commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf that it believes are carrying missiles and other munitions, according to a US official with knowledge of the situation. The US government has provided no proof the ships are carrying hidden missiles and other munitions and CNN has not reviewed the intelligence that has led to the US assessment....
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She called 911. Then she was killed. Now a jury has awarded $1 million to her family

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JACKSON, Miss. - A Hinds County Circuit Court jury has awarded $1 million to the family of a 67-year-old Jackson woman killed in 2014 after family members and others say Jackson police bungled the woman's 911 call about a prowler."If they would have followed policy and procedures, more likely than not, it would have saved her life," said attorney Dennis Sweet III, who represented Ruth Helen Harrion's family members."I hope this verdict sends a message that the city needs to get things right," Sweet said after the verdict.The trial started Monday, and the jury deliberated for about an hour and 40 minutes before returning the verdict Friday night.Five of Harrion's children held up a family poster board with pictures of their late mother following the verdict....
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Who Is Robert F. Smith? Learn More About the Billionaire Whose Generosity Shocked a Graduating Class

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In an astonishing commencement address, billionaire Robert F. Smith announced on Sunday that he will wipe out student debt for the entire 2019 graduating class at Morehouse College, prompting cheers and more than a few tears from shocked listeners to his commencement speech.The gift is worth an estimated $40 million, according to the Associated Press, and Smith said his family would pay off the loans through a grant.News of Smith’s generosity quickly went viral, but unlike other high-profile billionaires Smith has a bit less name recognition.Smith, who has a net worth of about $5 billion according to Forbes, is the chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity group he founded in 2000 that specializes in investing in software companies. Vista is a big deal in the world of software investing, currently managing about $46 billion in investments with a portfolio of more than 50 software companies that employ over 60,000 people around the world, according to the firm’s website....
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Sean Doolittle unhappy with Joe Maddon's complaint: 'Sometimes he has to remind people how smart he is'

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he was seeking fairness when he questioned the legality of Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle's delivery in the ninth inning Saturday night.That wasn't Doolittle's interpretation."He's not trying to do anything other than rattle me," Doolittle said. "And it was kind of tired."After eight solid innings by Stephen Strasburg in Washington's 5-2 win over the Cubs, Doolittle pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances, but Maddon complained twice to the umpires that he was using an illegal delivery. The Chicago manager believed the left-handed Doolittle was tapping his right toe on the ground before coming to the plate.The Cubs announced they were playing the game under protest, but have decided not to file an official grievance with the league, sources told ESPN on Sunday....
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Robert Smith Pledges To Pay Off Student Loans For Morehouse College's Class of 2019

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Billionaire investor and philanthropist Robert Smith said Sunday he is eliminating student debt for the entire 2019 graduating class at Morehouse College. Smith, an entrepreneur and founder of the investment firm Vista Equity Partners, made the surprise announcement in front of roughly 400 students while delivering the college's commencement address. Morehouse is an all-male historically black college located in Atlanta."On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we're going to put a little fuel in your bus. This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans," Smith said. "I know my class will make sure they pay this forward ... and let's make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward because we are enough to take care of our own community."...
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Watch out! New York may ban texting while walking across the street

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ALBANY, N.Y. – You probably shouldn't walk across a street and look at your phone at the same time. Now New York might make it illegal.A bill sponsored by Democrats who control the state Legislature would allow police to issue a ticket between $25 to $50 for a first offense of getting caught texting while walking — unless you can prove it was an emergency.The law would be simple enough, the bill states: "No pedestrian shall cross a roadway at any point while using any portable electronic device."The bill was first introduced last year by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, but it picked up majority support in the Senate earlier this month from Sen. John Liu, D-Queens."It has been proven that distraction from texting while walking can cause pedestrians to cross roads very unsafely," the bill said....
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Gabrielle Crahan, daughter of Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan, has died at 22

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Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan has announced the death of his daughter."It is with a broken heart, and from a place of the deepest pain, that I have to inform all of you that my youngest daughter, Gabrielle, passed away … May 18, 2019. She was 22 years old," Crahan, 49, wrote in a statement posted Sunday across the heavy metal band's social media accounts. He continued: "My family and I ask that our privacy be respected moving forward."Gabrielle is Crahan's youngest daughter with wife Chantel. Her cause of death hasn't been revealed yet, but "funeral arrangements will be forthcoming," the statement added.Related: Slipknot wants to bring a taste of 'evil' new music to upcoming album...
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Opinion: Secretly recorded video casts harsh light on far right

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David A. Andelman, Executive Director of The RedLines Project, is a contributor to CNN where his columns won the Deadline Club Award for Best Opinion Writing. Author of "A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today," and translator of "An Impossible Dream: Reagan Gorbachev and a World Without the Bomb," he was formerly a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and CBS News. Follow him on Patreon and Twitter @DavidAndelman. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)A secretly recorded video allegedly showing a corrupt far-right politician -- the number two figure in Austria's ruling coalition -- has nearly brought down a government that has been the shining hope of Europe's rising nationalists. The true cost of this scandal will likely be measured next weekend, when Austrians vote in the European parliamentary elections. ...
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Deutsche Bank employees reported suspicious activity from Trump and Kushner, New York Times reports

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New York (CNN Business)Deutsche Bank's anti-money laundering specialists once recommended that transactions involving entities controlled by President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a US agency that investigates financial crimes, according to a new report in the New York Times. The Times reports that Deutsche Bank employees flagged the transactions in 2016 and 2017, and that at least one of the reports involved the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which is now defunct. Executives at Deutsche Bank rejected the advice of their specialists, according to the Times, which reported that the recommendations were never filed with the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network....
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What to know about Robert F. Smith, the man paying off Morehouse grads' student loans

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(CNN)Robert F. Smith lifted a huge burden off the graduating class of Morehouse College when he announced during his commencement speech that he would pay off the student loan debt of more than 300 students.That's up to $40 million, a spokesperson for the historically black college told CNN.Here's what you need to know about the 56-year-old billionaire investor. How he made his billionsSmith is the richest black person in the United States, with a net worth of $5 billion, according to Forbes. Yes, he's richer than Oprah. He's the founder of the investment firm Vista Equity, which boasts capital commitments of $46 billion, according to its website. In 2019, Smith was #355 on the Forbes Billionaires List....
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Fraser Anning, Australian lawmaker egged by teen after New Zealand mosque shootings, voted out of office

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The Australian lawmaker who blamed Muslims after a white supremacist killed worshipers at two New Zealand mosques in March has been voted out of office.  Preliminary election results show right-wing Sen. Fraser Anning of Queensland has failed to gather enough votes to keep his seat in Australia’s Parliament, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.  Anning drew backlash for his comments after New Zealand’s deadliest shootings since 1990, then went viral when a teenage protester cracked an egg over his head during an interview.  "The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place," Anning said in a statement at the time.  ...
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Mitt Romney says Trump has 'distanced himself' from humanity's 'best qualities'

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Sen. Mitt Romney is not ready to endorse his party's incumbent president for re-election. The Utah Republican said Sunday on CNN "State of the Union" that it's "way too early" to declare his support for President Donald Trump in 2020, saying Trump needs to improve "when it comes to helping shape the character of the country." Polling shows that the president is heavily favored to defeat former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, his only primary challenger to date. But even if Trump secures the nomination, Romney may cast his vote for the same woman as he did in 2016: his wife, Ann Romney. "We will have to wait and see how she does," Romney quipped. Romney was one of Trump's fiercest Republican critics during the 2016 campaign, calling him a "phony" and a "fraud." And he has remained critical since Trump took office, writing in a Washington Post op-ed that "the president has not risen to the mantle of the office." ...
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Billionaire pledges to pay off student loan debt for Morehouse College class of 2019

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Investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith surprised the Morehouse College class of 2019 with a special graduation gift: He’s going to pay all of their student loan debt."My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans!" Smith told the graduates during his commencement address. “You great Morehouse men are bound only by the limits of your own conviction and creativity.”His gift to the nearly 400 graduating seniors is about $40 million, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution."If I could do a backflip, I would. I am deeply ecstatic," Elijah Dormeus, a business administration major from Harlem in New York City who has $90,000 in student loan debt, told the Journal-Constitution....
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‘Now Our Watch Has Ended.’ Emilia Clarke Shares Message to Fans Before Game of Thrones Finale

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Daenerys Targaryen is signing off on Sunday night, but the actor behind the Game of Thronesqueen isn’t ready to let go just yet.Emilia Clarke shared an emotional tribute to mark the end of the wildly popular series just hours before the finale.“Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me,” the heartfelt caption begins. “The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart.”The Instagram post shared with Clarke’s 23 million followers includes two group photos of the tight cast, a photo of her iconic silvery-blonde wig and a black-and-white selfie....
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Man charged in abduction of 8-year-old Texas girl

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A man has been charged in the abduction of an 8-year-old girl who was snatched from a street in Fort Worth, Texas, as she walked with her mother.Fort Worth police say the girl was found safe Sunday, about eight hours later, at a hotel in nearby Forest Hill.Police say 51-year-old Michael Webb was arrested on an aggravated kidnapping charge. He is being held without bond.Officer Buddy Calzada says a man grabbed the girl Saturday evening, and sped away with her in a car. Police released surveillance video of the car . Police found Webb and the girl at the hotel after witnesses reported seeing the car there.She was taken to a hospital.Online records don't an attorney representing Webb who can speak on his behalf....
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Emilia Clarke bids emotional farewell to 'Game of Thrones,' Daenerys before series finale

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Emilia Clarke's watch has ended. Clarke, 32, took to Instagram to bid an emotional farewell to "Game of Thrones" and her fiery character Daenerys Targaryen ahead of Sunday's 80-minute series finale."Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me," she captioned a group photo of the costumed cast, including Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark).Clarke, who has played the Mother of Dragons on the hit HBO show since 2011, noted that her portrayal of Daenerys has "taken up the whole of my adult life."'Game of Thrones' finale:What we probably won't learn ...

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