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Hosmer’s 5 hits, slam help Royals top Tigers, win 8th in row

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 23:16

DETROIT (AP) – Eric Hosmer matched his career high with five hits, including his first major league grand slam, and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to a season-high eight games with a 16-2 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Hosmer entered with 117 homers but had not hit one with the bases loaded until he connected off Warwick Saupold in a nine-run seventh inning. Hosmer had six RBIs and scored four runs.

Bruce Rondon was ejected with one out in the ninth after hitting Mike Moustakas on the back with a pitch, which caused both benches to empty. Utilityman Andrew Romine entered in his third big league pitching appearance and faced five batters, allowing a walk, RBI single, sacrifice fly, hit batter and flyout.

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Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer could soon become governor of Kansas

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 22:13

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Governor Sam Brownback has not yet announced his resignation from office and he still has to be confirmed by the Senate to take the ambassador position.

But, once Brownback is confirmed, Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer would become the 47th governor of Kansas.

The 57-year-old Kansan was born in Hays in 1960. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Georgetown University and obtained a medical doctorate from the University of Kansas, School of Medicine in 1982.

Colyer served as a White House Fellow under President Ronald Reagan and President Gearge H. W. Bush.

He also ran a medical practice in Overland Park starting in 1994.

In 2002 he unsuccessfully ran for state representative. He was elected in 2006 for the House and in 2008 he was elected to the state Senate.

He became Lieutenant Governor on January 10, 2011.

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Cellphone video shot by California inmates shows escape

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 21:04

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Video shot by three inmates with a smuggled cellphone shows their methodical escape through a vent at the maximum-security wing of a Southern California jail last year, along with scenes from their days on the run.

The video was provided to The Associated Press on Wednesday by an attorney for escapee Adam Hossein Nayeri.

The crisply edited video has a pop-music soundtrack and includes TV news clips about the escape and subsequent manhunt. It also contains voice-overs by Nayeri, recorded after their capture, giving his version of events and railing against the legal system.

One clip shows the inside of the maximum security dorm room, known as Module F, at the jail in Santa Ana. How the inmates got the cellphones and were able to record in jail is not clear.

“You know, a lot of people like to credit us with some Houdini escape act all in eight minutes flat. It’s an interesting myth,” Nayeri says in voiceover to the video. “In reality we did leave that mod after count. Not the one they’re claiming though. I left that module at least eight hours earlier the night before.”

Inmates in the cramped dorm seem to know Nayeri is recording, but do not react, except for fellow escapee Bac Duong, who flashes a grin.

The video then shows the escape.

Nayeri carefully lifts a sawed-off bunk bed leg, exposing a previously cut metal screen on a wall. The screen is set aside as he disappears into a vent.

The trio crawls through plumbing shafts within the walls. At one point Nayeri stops and gives a thumbs-up. Jonathan Tieu squints as the light of the cellphone is shined on his face.

The inmates eventually reach the roof of the Orange County Jail.

The video does not show how the inmates got to the ground. Previous reports said they rappelled down using bed linens. On the video, Nayeri says they had industrial rope, a toolbox, a duffel bag and new clothes.

The next clips show the men taking turns posing at the corner of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. There are scenes from inside a van where they were sleeping.

“This is our casa for the moment. This is our crib. Water, all the basics,” Nayeri says. “Friday night in San Francisco, a special Friday night in San Francisco.”

A marijuana pipe is flashed. They hold up a bottle of Jack Daniels.

The men led authorities on a weeklong manhunt before they were recaptured.

The video does not show their recapture. Instead, Nayeri narrates the final two minutes of the edited video.

“We scared a lot of people and caused a lot of anxiety and fear and at the end of the day I can’t say I feel good about that. I can’t.”

In another section, Nayeri refers to Long Ma, the taxi driver they are charged with kidnapping, and who drove them north.

“This man is truly a hero,” Nayeri says. “He just radiated this calm fatherly presence.”

Photos show Ma with Tieu on a beach, appearing to pose for the camera.

Nayeri’s attorney, Salvatore Ciulla, did not respond to questions Wednesday about why he was releasing the video, when the voiceover was recorded and who edited the recordings.

The video was first obtained and reported-on by KNBC-TV.

Lt. Lane Lagaret, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, has said the department wouldn’t comment on a video that “seeks to make light of criminal actions.”

Lagaret did not answer questions from the AP about whether officials were aware the escape was recorded, how the phone was smuggled into the jail and what, if any, policy changes have been made since the escape.

The Orange County district attorney’s office said it would be inappropriate to comment on the video because the case is in litigation.

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‘Fired by tweet:’ Troops, veterans react to transgender ban

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 21:01

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former U.S. naval combat-tested officer said she feels angry that President Donald Trump is saying transgender veterans like her should be considered unfit to serve.

Another transgender service member said he will not be kicked out without a fight.

Transgender veterans and active-duty troops spoke Wednesday about Trump’s Twitter pronouncement banning transgender people from military service.

Here are their stories:

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OFFENSIVE TO MILITARY VALUES

Paula M. Neira, who left the Navy in 1991 and transitioned to female after leaving active duty, said she was angry at Trump’s announcement. It brought up bad memories for the naval officer, who served on Sept. 11, 2001.

She said the commander in chief is sending the message that the country does not want transgender troops.

“Nobody who is willing to volunteer to defend our country should ever be told that they’re not fit because of other people’s prejudice, and not because of any military necessity,” she said.

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VOWING TO FIGHT

Rudy Akbarian, 26, said he will not leave the armed forces without a fight.

“I’m just serving as a soldier just like anybody else,” Akbarian said.

His chain-of-command was supportive of him as he transitioned from female to male.

“Everybody is hurt. Everybody is scared,” he said. “This is people’s lives we’re talking about. People who enlisted nearly 20 years ago and now 18 or 19 years in, now that’s being taken away and they don’t get to retire?”

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‘HEARTBREAK’

Alaina Kupec, a Navy intelligence officer from 1992 until 1995, said she felt “heartbreak” after she heard about Trump’s tweet. The 48-year-old transitioned to life as a woman in 2013.

“It just really saddened me for the transgender sailors and soldiers who are serving around the world today and are selflessly giving themselves to protect our country,” said Kupec, who lives in Orange, New Jersey.

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‘FORCED BACK INTO THE CLOSET’

Air Force veteran Vanessa Sheridan said transgender people have always served in the military but now they are going to have to hide their identities if there is a new policy.

“My biggest concern now is going to be that transgender people are going to be forced back into the closet,” said Sheridan, a transgender woman who works as an LGBT activist in Chicago.

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‘FIRED BY TWEET’

Capt. Jacob Eleazer, 31, who serves in the Kentucky Army National Guard, took the day off from his job as a therapist in Lexington to figure out the situation.

“Fired by tweet. It was honestly pretty shocking,” he said.

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FEAR OF THE FUTURE

Combat veteran Shane Ortega, a transgender man in Los Angeles who served in the Army and Marines for more than a decade, said troops who are forced out may get a bad conduct discharge for being transgender, jeopardizing their VA benefits and future.

“That’s the equivalent of being a convicted felon in American society,” said Ortega, 30, who transitioned to a male in 2009, seven years before leaving the military after serving multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. “They will not get gainful employment.”

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‘PEOPLE KNOW WHO WE ARE NOW’

Blake Dremann, a transgender, active-duty Navy lieutenant commander in Washington, said he will continue to serve “regardless of what was said today.”

“Trans service members are continuing to do our jobs,” said Dremann 36, president of SPARTA a trans advocacy group. “People know who we are now and it becomes personal, especially when you’ve got families that are going to be affected by this.”

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WHAT MATTERS MOST

Emma Shinn, 41, a transgender woman who served in the Marine Corps for 20 years before retiring in 2014, said it was incredibly stressful to work under the military’s previous policy that banned LGBT service members.

“It creates a gulf between the service member and his or her fellow Marines,” said Shinn, who lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.

What matters most is if “you have my back in a firefight,” Shinn said.

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Associated Press writers Dylan Lovan in Louisville, Kentucky; Teresa Crawford in Chicago; Jennifer McDermott in Providence, Rhode Island; Tatiana Flowers in Denver; Jonathan Drew in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Cathy Bussewitz in Honolulu contributed to this report.

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Union representative visits El Dorado Correctional Facility

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 20:15

EL DORADO, Kan. (KSNW) – A union representative is on a mission.

“I am going to place myself in the foyer or in the hall where all the correctional officers have to go through security and I will have my KOSE banner out there,” said KOSE Executive Director Robert Choromanski.

Choromanski said correctional officers are concerned about working 16 hour shifts.

“He wanted to talk to me, he was one of the first people that actually mentioned to me that he was being mandated to work that full 16 hour shift, which is a violation of the contract bargaining agreement,” said Choromasnki.

The union has now filed a step 3 grievance against the KDOC over the long hours.

We reached out to KDOC about the grievance and are told by Representative Todd Fertig, “In reference to the grievance we are not commenting as it is a personnel matter.”

Choromanski also talked about the concerns that inmates transferring from Lansing, a medium security prison, to El Dorado, a more restricted maximum security prison, would often act out.

“That obviously posed unnecessary risks to our Correctional Officer because had the Warden and middle management, consulted with our line officers, this could all have been avoided,” said Choromanski.

Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood responded saying, “A factor in the increase in disciplinary cases at El Dorado Correctional Facility is the increase in maximum security offenders housed there, as the agency works to balance the maximum security population between Lansing, Hutchinson and El Dorado. Maximum-security offenders are more inclined to receive disciplinary reports than are those lower security levels.”

Chormanski hopes with more awareness about incidents at El Dorado, more CO’s will confidently come forward.

He says, “People should not be afraid to speak to me.”

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Wichita storm blows over construction trailer

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 20:12

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Storms that blew through Wichita caused minor isolated damage late Wednesday afternoon.

An office trailer at a construction site near 34th Street North and Webb Rd. was blown over.  No one was injured in the incident.

In addition, strong winds blew tree limbs down on North Edgemoor near East Douglas shortly before 5 p.m. The northbound lanes of Edgemoor were affected for a while until the limbs could be cleared. The downed limbs did not cause any accidents and no one was injured.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, Westar Energy reported more than 1,500 customers primarily in west Wichita were left without power when a tree limb came into contact with a power line near Lewis and Elder streets.

The storm also caused tree damage in the 200 block of N. Parkwood in Wichita’s Crown Heights neighborhood.

According to the Sedgwick County Emergency Management’s website, there was no major street flooding as a result of the storms.

July 26 2017 Wichita Storm Damage Storm damage in the 200 block of N. Parkwood in Wichita on July 26, 2017. Photo: KSN/Mark Davidson Storm damage in the 200 block of N. Parkwood in Wichita on July 26, 2017. Photo: KSN/Mark Davidson Citizens clear limbs from the northbound lanes of N. Edgemoor St. near Douglas in east Wichita on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Photo: KSN/Kevin Stebral An office trailer at a construction site ner 34th St. North and Webb Rd. was blown over by high winds on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Photo: KSN?Merry Murray
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Trump to nominate Gov. Brownback to serve as ambassador

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 19:58

WASHINGTON (AP) -President Donald Trump will nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to serve as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

If confirmed by the Senate, he’ll run the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom.

Brownback is a former U.S. senator and representative. The White House says he worked on the issue of religious freedom while in Washington.

Officials in Kansas expect Brownback to step down when he’s confirmed, but his office would not immediately discuss future plans Wednesday evening.

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Melika Willoughby, Communications Director for Governor Sam Brownback, tweeted Wednesday that for now, Brownback is still Governor of Kansas and there will be a press conference tomorrow.

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White House: Trump to nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom.

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New Clothes for Class – Wichita Children’s Home

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 17:41

The Wichita Children’s Home offers the only emergency, temporary residential shelter for children in our community. To keep our doors open 24/7 for children ranging in age from birth to 22 years of age, WCH depends on donations from individuals like you.

If you would like to help by donating, check out their Wish List online here!

You can also donate cash in person or online.

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Power restored to much of Sedgwick Co.

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 17:38

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Power remains out for over 300 people in Sedgwick County. According to Westar Energy, 347 customers are still without power.

The west Wichita power outage was due to a limb hitting a power line near Lewis and Elder.

According to Westar Energy’s website, over 1,500 people are without power in west Wichita.

Westar Energy estimates that the power will be restored at 5:45 p.m.

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House GOP works to deliver on border wall for Trump

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 17:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican allies of President Donald Trump are intent on giving him a long-sought victory in Congress by finally making a down payment on his long-promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

They just don’t want to risk an up-or-down vote on the idea that might risk an embarrassing loss on the House floor. The $1.6 billion cost will be covered by taxpayers, not Mexico, as Trump promised over and over during the campaign. Action this week comes about three months after Democrats blocked an earlier attempt to deliver a down payment on Trump’s project.

But the August congressional recess is looming, and GOP leaders are making a House win on the border wall a top priority.

“This week, we’re going to take action on key elements of the president’s strategy to secure our borders, including the resources for a physical barrier,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on Tuesday. “You see the fact that the cartels are staging just over the river, there is a need for a physical barrier in many parts of this border.”

Many Republicans from border states, swing-district lawmakers, and Republicans representing sizable Hispanic populations oppose the wall. The issue polls poorly with the public.

“I’m not a huge proponent of the wall,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. “I remember, ‘Mexico’s going to pay for this wall.’ And now taxpayers are paying for it. What happened to that promise, along with many others?”

GOP leaders have sprung a plan to lump the wall funding in with a massive $788 billion spending bill that includes money for the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides political cover for any Republicans that might have qualms. The measure, expected to pass on Friday, combines four appropriations bills into one. The wall money would be added in a procedural vote on Thursday.

The Senate has yet to act on any of the 12 annual spending bills and a major battle over the U.S.-Mexico wall looms in that chamber.

In his May budget, Trump requested $1.6 billion to construct three segments of wall totaling 74 miles, including 14 miles of secondary fencing in San Diego and 60 miles of fencing and levee wall in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. That averages $21 million per mile.

Lawmakers rejected a similar request earlier this year as the GOP-controlled Congress wrapped up a catchall spending bill for the 2017 budget year that Trump inherited. GOP leaders did not want to force a showdown with Democrats over the wall and Trump reluctantly agreed. But he vows to obtain the money in the current round of spending bills, for the fiscal year beginning in October, and the impasse could lead to a government shutdown later this year.

The Trump administration is still trying to figure out design issues and where to construct the wall, since it’s impractical to build everywhere along the almost 2,000-mile border. And despite the political appeal of the fence for Trump partisans, opponents say a wall interferes with property rights of landowners along the border, is too expensive, and damages the environment.

There’s already about 650 miles of fencing and other barricades — roughly 350 miles to block pedestrians and 300 miles to block vehicles — that’s been built along the southern border. That fencing was built in the areas that are most vulnerable to illegal crossings.

Trump’s pending and partial request doesn’t excite the most determined supporters of the wall.

“It’s not all funding for the wall but it’s a start,” said Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas.

Some GOP backers of the wall worry that the administration is listening to critics who say it’s impractical or too expensive. Much of the remaining 1,300 miles is very rough terrain, with steep construction costs and a limited return for the dollar.

“The people in our administration, the president excluded, are looking at a diminished, not very aggressive approach to the wall,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. “If we’re going to have a 2,000-barrier, put that plan together …. If you start with a piecemeal approach it’s awfully hard to get to the full picture.”

Democrats are strongly opposed to the wall and are furious that the money is set to advance without a full debate or up-or-down vote.

“The wall will not work and we will not be able to debate that fully,” said No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland. “That is ducking the issue.”

An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll this spring found 58 percent of respondents were opposed to funding the wall with just 28 percent in favor.

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Trucker in deadly smuggling operation to testify next month

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 17:01

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A scheduled detention hearing for a truck driver charged in the deaths of 10 immigrants found inside his sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio has been canceled.

Federal court records show the hearing for James Matthew Bradley Jr. that was originally set for Thursday was waived and a new hearing was set for Aug. 23, when Bradley is expected to a give video deposition.

Bradley, 60, of Clearwater, Florida, faces charges of illegally transporting immigrants for financial gain, resulting in death. Authorities allege he drove a trailer full of immigrants from South Texas that was discovered in the parking lot of a Walmart in San Antonio early Sunday morning. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

At least 29 immigrants survived the failed smuggling attempt, according to U.S. officials. Twelve remained hospitalized Wednesday in San Antonio.

The identities of most of the dead were not immediately released. However, one victim, a 19-year-old who had been deported and was trying to get back to his family in the United States, was identified as a Guatemalan national by diplomat Cristy Andrino.

She told The Associated Press that Frank Guisseppe Fuentes immigrated to the U.S. as a child and was onboard the sweltering tractor-trailer in hopes of eventually making his way to family living in Maryland.

Fuentes was deported in March after being convicted of assault and battery by a mob, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. Fairfax County Schools in Virginia said Fuentes graduated from J.E.B. Stuart High School in 2015.

Fuentes had been protected from deportation for a time under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrival Program, but his protected status expired in June 2016, according to ICE.

Bradley remained jailed Wednesday. Investigators said they believe he is part of a larger organization involved in human smuggling that authorities are trying to identify and dismantle.

Bradley had his commercial driving privileges for a truck driver suspended by Florida three months before Sunday’s deadly smuggling attempt, officials said. And court records show he had been repeatedly cited for violating federal motor carrier safety regulations in Iowa dating back to 1995. At least two of the tickets were for logging more hours than allowed.

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Associated Press writer Sarah Rankin in Richmond, Virginia, contributed to this report.

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Stunner in Budapest: Ledecky loses for 1st time at worlds

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 17:00

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky reached for the wall.

Someone else was already there.

For the first time ever at the world championships, Ledecky knows what it’s like to lose.

Bidding to become only the second female swimmer to win six golds at a single worlds, Ledecky settled for silver in the 200-meter freestyle Wednesday evening when Italy’s Federica Pellegrini surged to a stunning victory on the final lap.

Pellegrini, the world-record holder, avenged a close defeat at the hands of Ledecky two years ago in Kazan, Russia. This time, it was the Italian touching first in 1 minute, 54.73 seconds.

Ledecky and Australia’s Emma McKeon tied for the silver at 1:55.18.

“I just didn’t really have it today,” Ledecky said. “I can’t complain really with the silver medal.”

While Pellegrini covered her mouth in delight and climbed atop a lane rope to celebrate, Ledecky stared blankly at the scoreboard.

She had never seen a “2” beside her name at the world championships.

It was there in Budapest, where Ledecky’s unbeaten streak in the second-biggest swimming competition after the Olympics finally ended.

“I didn’t really feel at the end that I had that extra gear that I normally have,” said the 20-year-old Stanford student from the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

Ledecky had been 12 of 12 over the last three world championships, including three golds in this stately European capital. But her most audacious schedule yet — six freestyle events covering distances ranging from 100 meters (on a relay) to 1,500 (the grueling metric mile) — finally caught up with her along the banks of the Danube.

Missy Franklin will remain the only female swimmer to win a half-dozen events at worlds, while Ledecky can take comfort in being the winningest female swimmer overall. Twelve golds leave her trailing only fellow Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte for the most victories.

Now she’s got a silver, too.

“It happens,” said Ledecky, who will be a heavy gold medal favorite in her last two events, the 4×200 free relay and the 800 free. “It happens to every athlete at some point. I know this race will really motivate me moving forward and the rest of the week as well.”

Of course, losing to Pellegrini was hardly an embarrassment.

The 28-year-old became the first swimmer in the history of the championship to capture seven medals in a single individual event. Pellegrini’s incredible run in the 200 free began at the 2005 worlds in Montreal, where she grabbed a silver. She was third in 2007 at Melbourne, and then had back-to-back victories, including a world-record performance at Rome in 2009 (1:52.98) that still stands from the rubber-suit era.

Pellegrini was runner-up at the last two worlds, finishing behind Franklin in 2013 at Barcelona and Ledecky two years ago.

On Wednesday, the Italian was back on top in what she called the last 200 of her career.

“I honestly thought the one to win the race would be Katie,” Pellegrini said. “It wasn’t.”

McKeon got off to a blistering start, making the first turn more than a half-second below the record pace, while Ledecky — normally a slow starter because of her distance background — was lagging in fifth.

Ledecky turned on the speed and was just one-hundredth of a second behind the Aussie when they made the final flip. But the two leaders, having spent so much energy dueling each other, didn’t have anything left for the final lap.

Pellegrini sure did.

Her closing 50 was a blistering 28.82 — nearly a full second faster than both Ledecky and McKeon.

“Everything seemed to be in slow motion to me in the water,” Pellegrini said. “At 150 meters on the turn we were all there, so I closed my eyes.”

She paused for a moment, as if trying to convince herself that it really happened.

“I didn’t believe I would make it.” Pellegrini said. “I still can’t believe it.”

She wasn’t the only Italian atop of the medal podium. Gabriele Detti rallied to win the men’s 800 free, racing past both teammate Gregorio Paltrinieri and Poland’s Wojciech Wojdak after those two put on a thrilling back-and-forth duel.

Detti finished in 7:40.77, holding off Wojdak by less than a second while Paltrinieri faded to bronze.

Standing in the aisles and screaming furiously, the packed house at Duna Arena came to cheer for Katinka Hosszu, who also was in the 200 free final, and Laszlo Cseh, one of the favorites in the 200 butterfly.

Hosszu wasn’t a factor, finishing seventh. Cseh rallied furiously over the final lap but couldn’t catch South African star Chad le Clos, who took the gold in 1:53.33.

Cseh settled for silver, though that didn’t prevent him from pausing on deck to salute the raucous crowd. The bronze went to Japan’s Daiya Seto.

Britain’s Adam Peaty cruised to victory in the 50 breaststroke, a non-Olympic event, but his time was a bit of a letdown. After breaking the world record in both the preliminaries and the semifinals — the latter in 25.95 — Peaty settled for only the second-fastest time ever (25.99) in the final. Brazil’s Joao Gomes Junior claimed the silver and South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh took bronze.

After Ledecky’s disappointment, the U.S. finished on a strong note with its second world record of the day in the 4×100 mixed medley relay. Matt Grevers, Lilly King, Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel won gold with a time of 3:38.56, easily beating the mark of 3:40.28 put up by an entirely different U.S. foursome — Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford — in the morning preliminaries.

Australia took the silver, while Canada and China tied for bronze in an event that will be part of the Olympics for the first time in Tokyo.

“It’s pretty cool,” Grevers said, “that we had two relays that would’ve won tonight.”

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Angelina Jolie reveals Bell’s palsy diagnosis in Vanity Fair

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 16:59

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie says she developed high blood pressure and Bell’s palsy last year.

The actress-director tells Vanity Fair that she credits acupuncture for her full recovery from the paralysis, which was caused by nerve damage and led one side of her face to droop.

Jolie has been open about her health challenges in the past. She wrote in the New York Times about her 2013 decision to have a preventative double mastectomy after learning that she carries the gene that made it extremely likely that she would get breast cancer. She had her ovaries removed two years later.

Jolie also opens up about her divorce from Brad Pitt in the magazine’s September cover story , which was released online Wednesday. Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016.

She says they care for each other and for their family and are “both working toward the same goal.”

Jolie says that when she was growing up, she often worried about her mother, and she doesn’t want her children to worry about her.

“I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them,” she said. “They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is.”

Jolie says her closest friend has been Loung Ung, whose 2000 memoir “First They Killed My Father” is the basis for Jolie’s latest film. The women met in 2002 when Jolie was on her first mission for the United Nations’ refugee outreach.

Jolie’s adaptation of Ung’s memoir about the Khmer Rouge genocide that claimed her parents and siblings will premiere on Netflix later this year.

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Playground fire is big disappointment to parents and kids

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 14:50

Wichita, Kan. (KSNW) – Kids on their bikes ride by, as parents drive by to look at the soldering rubble of the Enders Elementary playground on Wednesday.

“Shock. Shock and disbelief that somebody would do that,”says Wendy Williams, an Enders Elementary parent. “I was pretty speechless just to see it all gone down to nothing. Sad. And also I thought what are the kids going to do when school starts?”

School officials say the damages likely will be more than $100,000, as work crews already are on-site to begin removing what is left.

And there’s not much left. Early this morning, just before six, fire crews were sent to the scene of the playground fire. The swings, three slides and swings for kids with special needs have all been destroyed.

“We have some video from the school, and that has been turned over the fire investigators,” says Susan Arensman, spokeswoman for USD 259 Schools.

Kayla is also a parent at Enders Elementary. She drove by Wednesday to check it out.

“My kids are ten and eight,” says Kayla Ouellette. “They love the playground. They think it’s the nicest one around here. This isn’t a bad neighborhood, and it sucks that something like this would happen. Like, they’re going to be sad. I haven’t told them yet. I took a picture.”

School officials say they do not yet have a time when the playground will be replaced. Arensman says they are talking to the insurance company.

KSN reached out to fire officials to see what the cause could be. So far fire investigators have not returned calls.

 

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Senate GOP consider a “skinny” version of health care bill

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 14:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators were looking to go skinny Wednesday as they struggled to repeal key parts of former President Barack Obama’s health law.

Their definition of skinny, however, is evolving and could change many times before they pass a bill — if they pass a bill.

One version of the skinny bill would repeal mandates on individuals to buy health insurance and on large businesses to offer health insurance to employees. It would also repeal a tax on medical devices.

It would leave the rest of Obamacare intact, falling well short of Republican promises to dismantle the 2010 law.

“It’s just a vehicle to get into conference (with House Republicans) so it may lead to a broader solution,” Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., said Wednesday, referring to negotiations with the House on a final bill.

The House narrowly passed its version of a health bill in May. If the Senate passes a different version, the House could simply pass it and send it to the president. Or House and Senate leaders could form a conference committee to work out the differences.

Several Republican senators said this is the path they foresee, which would put off final decisions on what the legislation would eventually look like.

“Whatever can get 50 votes will pass, then we will go to conference and the real negotiations begin,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

A look at what’s next:

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FAST-TRACK TO SOMEWHERE

The legislation is being debated under fast-track budget rules that allow the Senate to pass it on a simple majority instead of having to clear the 60-vote filibuster threshold required of other legislation. Debate, which started Tuesday, is limited to 20 hours. It is expected to end Thursday,

Amendments, generally speaking, are unlimited — and can be offered after debate time has expired in a Washington ritual known as “vote-a-rama.” That’s when amendment after amendment is voted on in what could be an all-night session on Thursday.

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AMENDMENTS GALORE

Unlike other bills, which typically are debated in ways that limit senators’ rights to offer changes known as amendments, the current bill is wide open.

Democrats can introduce amendments that would be politically difficult for Republicans to oppose and Republicans can do the same.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., suffered an initial setback when the Senate voted to block a wide-ranging amendment to replace Obama’s statute with a more restrictive substitute. Nine Republicans voted against the bill, including conservatives like Mike Lee of Utah and moderates like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

The Senate was scheduled on Wednesday to vote on a bill that simply repeals much of Obama’s law without replacing it with anything. That vote is expected to fail as well, leaving Republicans grasping for something they can embrace.

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PARLIAMENTARY PUZZLE

The special fast-track process, called “reconciliation” in Washington-speak, comes with tricky rules. Amendments that are carefully crafted and fit within the rules can pass on a simple majority vote. But many amendments run afoul of the Senate’s Byzantine rules, which mean they can require 60 votes and effectively be blocked by Democrats.

Among them is the so-called Byrd rule, named after former Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. It’s complicated, but the Byrd rule disqualifies some of the GOP’s ideas, such as a provision in the pending bill aimed at lowering premiums paid by younger, healthier consumers by allowing insurance companies to increase premiums paid by seniors.

The Byrd rule generally blocks provisions that don’t affect the federal budget — and blocks provisions whose changes to spending or taxes are “merely incidental” to a larger policy purpose. If such provisions are inserted despite the Byrd rule, any individual senators can knock them out with a point of order.

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Police: One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 14:31

HOLLIS, Maine (AP) — A man is accused of drunkenly strolling down a Maine road wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and a clown mask and brandishing a machete taped to where his arm had been amputated.

Maine State Police told WCSH-TV (http://on.wcsh6.com/2uZu4Db ) that 31-year-old Corey Berry, of Hollis, was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal threatening. He was released after posting $200 bail.

Police say Berry was first spotted in Hollis but then fled into the woods. He was taken into custody after re-emerging in Waterboro. Police say Berry was intoxicated but cooperative. He told officers that he was copying previous clown sightings as a prank.

A phone number for Berry couldn’t be found Wednesday. It wasn’t known if he has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

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Teacher who cartwheeled without underwear given probation

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 14:30

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — A former substitute teacher in Oklahoma who exposed herself to students when she did a cartwheel while wearing a long skirt but no underwear has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Lacey Sponsler pleaded guilty Monday to assault after the charge was reduced from indecent exposure. She was given a two year suspended sentence and can’t teach for two years. She will not have to register as a sex offender.

Sponsler declined comment. Defense attorney Nathan Milner told KTUL TV that Sponsler believes the incident was “blown out of proportion” and is glad the case is over.

Sponsler was charged in February after allegedly performing a cartwheel in which she exposed herself during a high school choir class in Pawhuska, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City.

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Dead heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio to tour as hologram

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 14:27

Late heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio is set to tour again in hologram form.

Rolling Stone reports the “Dio Returns” world tour kicks off in Helsinki on Nov. 30 and comes to the U.S. in the spring. Dio’s widow, Wendy, says the hologram “gives the fans that saw Ronnie perform an opportunity to see him again and new fans that never got to see him a chance to see him for the first time.”

Dio died of stomach cancer in 2010 at the age of 67.

In addition to his self-titled band, Dio fronted Black Sabbath for a time.

Dio isn’t the first dead performer to return to the stage as a hologram. Holograms of Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Eazy-E have been showcased in recent years.

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Mississippi police raid wrong home, killing resident

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:35

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) — Documents show Southaven, Mississippi police officers went to the wrong house to serve a warrant on Monday, which resulted in the shooting death of a man who did not have any active warrants out for his arrest.

A warrant out of Tate County shows Samuel Pearman was wanted for domestic assault. But, when Southaven officers arrived on Surrey Lane to arrest Pearman, they did not show up to the correct house.

Instead, officers missed their target by 36 feet. Those 36 feet made all the difference to Ismael Lopez and his wife.

“Someone didn’t take the time to analyze the address,” attorney Murray Wells, who represents the family, said. “This is incredibly tragic and embarrassing to this police department that they can’t read house numbers.”

Wells pointed out that the house officers should have gone to, the one where Pearman was located, had a large ‘P’ on the door. While officials sort out what happened, the man they were looking for took to social media.

Pearson even posted on Facebook Live on Tuesday afternoon claiming he didn’t do anything wrong.

“They made me out to be something I’m not,” he said. “I haven’t hurt her. She’s the one who slapped me.”

Ismael Lopez and his wife, Claudia Linares, were asleep inside their house across the street from Pearson when officers arrived.

Linares said her husband went to the door to see what was happening outside. That’s when she heard gunshots and by the time she reached her husband, he was already dead.

“Bullet holes suggest they shot through the door,” Wells said.

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Florida man petitions to replace Confederate memorial with statue of beloved manatee

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:26

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) — The death of Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee, just one day after his 69th birthday, has sparked controversy over where a memorial honoring him should go. One Bradenton man is petitioning for the Confederate statue in front of the courthouse to be moved, and replaced with a statute of Snooty instead.

For decades, the Confederate monument has stood in downtown Bradenton. Many people don’t even recognize it’s there, but it’s offensive to some, including Anthony Pusateri.

“The Confederate army fought for slavery, they fought for bigotry and racism and for me, I’m just not cool with that,” he said.

Pusateri believes in history but says the monument can be admired someplace else.

“Plenty of government buildings all over the nation have removed such statues,” he said. “The federal courthouse in Tampa is also trying to relocate their monument. Why not Bradenton?”

Instead, Pusateri wants Snooty out front of the courthouse.

“Everyone loves Snooty. Especially if you grew up in the area and he is definitely a symbol the whole community can get behind regardless of their political or social agenda,” Pusateri said.

Close to 5,000 people agree with him and have signed his online petition.

As for a memorial for Snooty, workers at the South Florida Museum are planning something permanent for him. The exact details aren’t certain yet.

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