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05/19/2019

War Of Will Wins Preakness Stakes

War of Will has won the 144th Preakness Stakes at Maryland's Pimlico Race Course. After being interfered with in the first leg of the Triple Crown at the Kentucky Derby, War of Will came roaring back to take the middle leg. Everfast placed second while Owendale finished third. Race favorite Improbable finished sixth. Bodexpress bucked jockey John Velázquez off as the race began and ran the race by itself. Kentucky Derby winner Country House did not race because he was ill. During Friday's Black Eyed Susan Day race, Congrats Gal collapsed after crossing the finish line, but there's no information on the horse's cause of death. The Maryland Jockey Club says veterinarians attended to the horse immediately and a full necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

05/19/2019

President Trump Qualifies His Pro Life Abortion Stance

President Trump says he is pro-life but for three exceptions. In a tweet Saturday night the President says he holds the same position on the matter as former President Ronald Reagan. The three exceptions are rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother. Last week, Alabama passed a measure to ban abortions in all cases except to protect the health of the mother. Missouri and Georgia have new laws making it illegal to abort if an unborn baby's heartbeat is detected which can happen at around eight weeks of a pregnancy. The federal Roe v Wade law from 1973 stipulates an abortion can take place up until fetal viability which can happen around the 24th week of the gestation process.

05/16/2019

Flights Suspended Between U.S. And Venezuela; Jesse Jackson Helps Embassy Squatter Activists

The U.S. is canceling all commercial and cargo flights to and from Venezuela. The Department of Homeland Security explained that the suspension is based on the political instability in Venezuela and the increased tension between Venezuela and the U.S.

Most American carriers had scrubbed direct flights to and from Venezuela. American Airlines was the last to offer service to Venezuela until it too suspended flights in March. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has cracked down on opposition attempts to force him out of office. The U.S. and other countries have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the legitimate head of the country.

In a related story, American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson delivered food and water on Wednesday to four pro-Maduro activists still living inside the Venezuelan embassy building in Washington, D.C. The embassy has for weeks been the site of a standoff between Maduro supporters and Guaidó backers. The pro-Maduro activists have been occupying the embassy for more than a month, following the U.S. government's recognition of Guaidó as Venezuela's rightful leader.

Federal officers and DC Police on Monday posted an eviction notice telling those camped inside the building they'd have to leave. The building is currently without electricity and running water. Jackson says members of his Rainbow Push Coalition will return everyday to bring more supplies until a resolution is reached.

05/16/2019

Swiss President To Meet Trump Today

President Trump meets with Swiss President Ulrich Maurer today. It's the first time a Swiss president will be received by an American president in the White House. The two are expected to discuss a variety of bilateral issues, including a possible free-trade agreement. International politics may also be on the agenda of the unplanned meeting between the two leaders. The Swiss have been known to offer assistance with mediation between the United States and Venezuela as well as with Iran.

A CNN report last Friday said President Trump asked the Swiss to help facilitate direct communication between Iran and the President. The report says the White House gave the Swiss a phone number to pass on to the Iranians with which they can call President Trump directly. It is not clear whether that number has been delivered to Iranian leaders.

05/15/2019

Rod Rosenstein Slams James Comey As "Partisan Pundit"

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is slamming ex-FBI director James Comey as a "partisan pundit." Speaking to the Greater Baltimore Committee tonight, Rosenstein stressed that Comey deserved to be fired for crossing "bright lines that should never be crossed."

Rosenstein's comments are a response to Comey's criticism of the former deputy attorney general's character. In a New York Times op-ed last week, Comey asked how Rosenstein could praise Trump in his resignation letter and give a speech quoting Trump on the rule of law. He noted that Trump, "eats your soul in small bites."

In Baltimore on Monday, Rosenstein responded saying, "I do not blame the former director for being angry. Speculating about souls is not a job for police and prosecutors. Generally, we base our opinions on eyewitness testimony."

05/15/2019

Veteran Actor, Comedian Tim Conway Connected With Audiences Through Radio, TV, Film

Actor Tim Conway is dead at the age of 85. Conway's representative said he died Tuesday in Los Angeles from water on the brain. Conway was born in Ohio, and left the Army to start working in radio. He then moved on to television, and landed minor roles before becoming a regular role in the Steve Allen Show. He landed the role of Ensign Parker in the long-running World War Two sitcom, McHale's Navy, in 1962.

He then landed his own Tim Conway show and the Tim, Conway Comedy Hour in 1970. He found real fame after joining the Carol Burnett Show in 1975, and went on to win four Emmy Awards. The dozens of other shows and movies he played in over the years included Dorf on Golf, The Simpsons, CSI and Spongebob Squarepants. Conway was married twice and had six children.

05/14/2019

Doris Day Remembered For Decades Long Success

Legendary singer, actress and animal rights activist Doris Day is dead at the age of 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation said she died early today at her Carmel Valley, California, home. She was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff April 3rd, 1924, although some sources list her year of birth as 1922. She began her career as a singer during the big band era in 1939. Her popularity soared with the release of "Sentimental Journey," which she recorded during her years with Les Brown and his Band of Renown. She remained with Brown until 1945 when she decided to embark on a solo career. Two years later, she signed with Columbia records and remained with that label for the next 20 years. During that time, she recorded over 650 songs, making her one of the most recorded and successful popular singers of the last century.

Her film debut was in 1948 in "Romance on the High Seas," later starring in a series of musicals opposite Gordon McRae. She later made appearances in the films "Teacher's Pet" starring Clark Gable, "Pillow Talk" opposite Rock Hudson and later, "The Thrill of It All" opposite James Garner. She also starred opposite James Stewart in the 1956 Alfred Hitchock film "The Man Who Knew Too Much" in which she sang what was to become her signature song, "Que, Sera, Sera." That same song served as the theme for her short lived tv series "The Doris Day Show" which ran from 1968 to 1973. She remained active as a recording artist with the release of the recording "My Heart" in 2011, dedicated to her only child, son Terry Melcher, whom she outlived.

05/14/2019

Bill Barr Assigns US Attorney To Investigate Origins Of Russia Probe

Attorney General Bill Barr is looking into the origins of the Russia investigation. Barr has assigned U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead the probe that will examine how the investigation's initial intelligence was gathered. Durham is the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut and has led public corruption investigations under both Republican and Democratic administrations. This is the third investigation into the matter. The Justice Department's inspector general and Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber are in the middle of similar probes.

05/13/2019

Pompeo To Discuss Iran With European Leaders Monday

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is making a change to his trip to Russia this week. Pompeo called off a stop in Moscow Monday and will instead meet European leaders in Brussels to discuss Iran and other issues. The meeting comes amid increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran, and as European leaders look to preserve the Iran nuclear deal. After the Brussels talks, Pompeo will continue to Sochi, Russia Tuesday. There he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as planned.

05/12/2019

Report: Record Amount Of Mother's Day Spending This Year

Americans are expected to shell out a record 25-billion dollars on Mother's Day this year. That's the highest amount in 16 years, according to the National Retail Federation, which keeps track of how much we spend each year on flowers, jewelry and other Mother's Day gifts. The trade group says the average American is expected to spend 196-dollars on their mom this Sunday. Mother's Day is also the most popular day of the year for dining out with an estimated 87-million Americans expected to take their mom out to a restaurant this weekend.

05/12/2019

"Twin Peaks" Actress Peggy Lipton Dies

Actress Peggy Lipton, star of The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, is dead. Her daughters from a marriage to music producer Quincy Jones announced her passing in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. She was 72. Lipton became a star when she was 21 as the smart flower child Julie Barnes in ABC's hit, The Mod Squad. She earned four Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe award for best actress. She married Jones in 1974 and stepped away from acting to focus on her family. They divorced in 1989. Lipton returned to acting with the role of Norma Jennings in the TV series Twin Peaks.

05/12/2019

National Weather Service Warns Of Life-Threatening Flooding In New Orleans

The southern part of the country is still being inundated by torrential rain and flooding. A life-threatening flash flood warning has been issued for New Orleans Saturday night and Sunday morning. Heavy rain is falling in southeast Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. More than three-thousand customers were without power in that corner of Louisiana. Up to six inches of rain could fall in some areas. Flash flood warnings are still in effect in parts of Texas, including Houston and Austin. Earlier Saturday a freight train derailed in Mississippi after flooding wiped out the tracks. No one was injured.

05/09/2019

Judiciary Committee Refers Barr Contempt To Full House

The Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee is recommending a contempt of Congress citation against the attorney general. A contempt referral was sent to the full House in a party-line vote today. The vote was 24-to-16. Attorney General Bill Barr has refused to honor a subpoena for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted final report. The subpoena also demands all underlying evidence in the report. Before the committee vote, President Trump asserted executive privilege in an attempt to seal redacted portions of the report and underlying materials.

05/08/2019

Police Say 2 Students Are The Prime Suspects In Denver Area School Shooting

Police are identifying one of two student suspects in Tuesday's school shooting in Colorado. Eighteen-year-old Devon Erickson and a transgender juvenile in transition from female to male are the prime suspects and alleged authors of the violence. Both are under arrest after killing a fellow student and injuring eight others at STEM School Highlands Ranch south of Denver. The student who was killed hasn't been identified, but the Douglas County Sheriff's Office says he was 18-years-old. STEM School Highlands Ranch is a kindergarten-through-12th grade school that has about 18-hundred students.

A parent of a student who was in the the Highlands Ranch classroom says three boys tried to tackle one of the gunmen. One of the boys was shot in the chest. School officials say classes are cancelled for the rest of the week. The Douglas County School District announced Tuesday that all other facilities will be open, but will have increased security. The District is setting up a crisis support center at St. Andrew United Methodist Church that will be open to all students, faculty and staff.

President Trump was briefed on the shooting. The White House sends out prayers for the victims and family members of those affected by the shooting. A White House statement says calls the incident a "hateful and horrible act of violence." The school is just miles away from Columbine High School, where 13 people were killed in a shooting in 1999.

First Daughter Ivanka Trump is canceling her planned trip to Colorado on Wednesday. Ivanka was going to visit the Lockheed Martin facility in Littleton to discuss workforce development. She was scheduled to meet with students and graduates of programs sponsored by the company. The factory site is just a miles away from the Highlands Ranch school where Tuesday's shooting happened.

05/07/2019

House Judiciary Chairman To Meet With DOJ; House AG Contempt Vote Set

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is taking steps to get the unredacted Mueller report. New York Democrat Jerry Nadler says representatives from the Justice Department will meet with his staff Tuesday to discuss the matter. Nadler remarked that it's vital the committee see the full report and the underlying materials from it. His committee has issued a subpoena for the report, but the DOJ hasn't complied with it.

The Democrat-controlled committee will vote Wednesday whether to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress. The subpoena demands all underlying evidence in the report. If the committee votes to hold the attorney general in contempt, the matter goes to the full House for consideration.

05/06/2019

Newspaper Sold, Entire Staff Fired

More than 160 newspaper staffers are looking for work after everyone at the New Orleans Times-Picayune was fired. The staffers were laid off after the 182-year-old paper was sold to the owners of the rival New Orleans Advocate last week. The publisher of the Advocate says he'll hire some of the laid-off Times-Picayune staffers but couldn't say how many. He said virtually everyone at the Advocate worked at the Times-Picayune at one time and, "We want to make sure we do the right thing." The Advocate bought the Times-Picayune from Newhouse's Advance Local, which owned the paper since 1962.

05/06/2019

Tiger Woods Among White House Visitors Today

Sports is on the menu at the White House today as President Trump honors pro golfer Tiger Woods and the U.S. Military Academy football team. Woods will get the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The legendary golfer capped a remarkable comeback from back problems by winning this year's Masters Golf Tournament. The Military Academy's Army Black Knights earned the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy after defeating arch rival Navy last December.

05/05/2019

Today Is Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo. It celebrates the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It's turned into a regional celebration, especially along the U.S. - Mexico border and in U.S. towns with a high Mexican population. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, music performances, and street festivals. Today, it's celebrated with parades, parties, and traditional Mexican food.

05/05/2019

Ramadan Begins This Weekend

For Muslims around the world, today marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. The fast is broken in the evening with prayer and a meal called the "iftar," which is shared with friends and family. Ramadan is a time of worship and contemplation. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is significant because it was during this time that the Koran, the sacred scripture of Islam, was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad. Ramadan ends with the sighting of the new moon, which is expected on Tuesday, June 4th.

05/05/2019

Country House Wins Kentucky Derby After Review

Country House wins the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs after a review disqualified Maximum Security. The declared winner originally placed second but an objection showed Maximum Security impeded War of Will. It is the first time a winner has been disqualified at the Kentucky Derby.

Some people who bet on Maximum Security to win the Kentucky Derby will be able to get their money back. The online wagering service for Churchill Downs announced after Saturday's race that it would refund up to 10-dollars on bets for Maximum Security to win.

That horse crossed the finish line first, but was later disqualified for impeding the progress of other horses during the race. A 65-to-one longshot named Country House was named the winner. The refunds are not available to people who bet on Maximum Security in exactas or trifectas.

05/02/2019

Barr Defends Handling Of Mueller Report In Contentious Senate Hearing

Attorney General Bill Barr is defending his handling of the final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. During a contentious Senate hearing yesterday, Barr said he was surprised that Mueller did not make a recommendation on obstruction of justice and argued that there is "not a prosecutable case." Barr quickly decided not to pursue a broader investigation of obstruction after getting the final report in March. Mueller detailed 10 instances where obstruction may have occurred.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee proclaimed himself satisfied with Mueller's report. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham said, "It is over." Democrats were not satisfied. Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono accused Barr of lying and called on the attorney general to resign. Graham then accused Hirono of slandering Barr. Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal said Barr's credibility has been undermined by his handling of the report. Barr rejected Blumenthal's assertion that he cleared President Trump.

Meantime, Barr released the letter that Mueller sent him after he submitted the final report. Mueller says in the letter that Barr's March memo to Congress "did not fully capture the context, nature and substance" of the nearly two-year probe. Barr said he called Mueller after getting the letter and that Mueller told him Barr's report was not inaccurate, but that the media reporting about the issue of obstruction was inaccurate. Barr insisted that Mueller was clear in the phone call that the Justice Department "had not misrepresented his report."

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