Day: June 4, 2017

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Bizarre MLB game features two 7th-inning stretches


David Freese drove in three runs, including an RBI single between a bizarre pair of seventh-inning stretches, and the Pittsburgh Pirates drubbed the New York Mets 11-1 Sunday.

Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer, got three hits and scored three times to back rookie Trevor Williams (3-3). Freese and Francisco Cervelli each had three hits.

The Pirates turned four double plays and took two of three at Citi Field, their first road series win since late April in Miami.

Pittsburgh led 5-1 in the seventh when John Jaso appeared to ground into an inning-ending double play. The Mets cleared the field, the Pirates got ready to take their positions and the fans stood throughout the entire singing of “God Bless America.”

But in a light drizzle, there was no action at all for a few minutes, leaving most people at the ballpark wondering why. It was then announced to the crowd that Pittsburgh had challenged whether Mets second baseman Neil Walker stepped on the bag while turning the DP.

JUST WHEN THE METS THOUGHT THEY’D SEEN IT ALL, ALONG CAME A BATBOY

The call was reversed on replay, the Mets trudged back onto the field and the Pirates traded their gloves for bats. New York manager Terry Collins, first baseman Lucas Duda and Walker were among those all over the diamond who discussed the decision with umpires.

When play resumed, Freese singled home a run. After Josh Bell grounded out, there was a second seventh-inning stretch, this one with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” — the fans stood up again, and some left.

Williams gave up one run in a career-high seven innings.

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Rookie Tyler Pill (0-2) allowed five runs in five innings. Two of the runs were unearned after left fielder Michael Conforto twice overthrew bases for errors.

Josh Harrison was hit by a pitch from Josh Edgin in the seventh and, after being ruled safe at second on replay, was pulled for a pinch runner after the first seventh-inning stretch. The Pirates said Harrison was day to day with discomfort in his right calf.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco was out of the lineup. Manager Clint Hurdle said it was a regular day of rest, to go along with Monday’s day off.

Mets: LHP Steven Matz (elbow inflammation) and RHP Seth Lugo (elbow tear) are set to come off the disabled list to make their season debuts next weekend in Atlanta, Collins said. It hasn’t been decided which one will start the second game of a doubleheader Saturday and who will pitch Sunday. Either way, Collins said “they’re definitely in.”

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (5-4, 2.92 ERA) pitches Tuesday night vs. RHP Kevin Gausman in Baltimore. Nova won both of his starts against the O’s last year while with the Yankees. Pittsburgh makes its first visit to Camden Yards since 2014.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (4-2, 3.97) makes his first career start vs. the Rangers on Tuesday night in Texas. He tries to bounce back from his last outing, when he gave up seven runs in four innings against Milwaukee.



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Gunman who opened fire at family dinner had been drinking, investigators say


An argument during what was supposed to be a happy family dinner outside Moscow turned into a massacre when a man shot and killed nine people, investigators revealed on Sunday.

Survivors told police the suspect had quarreled with others at the dinner in Redkino on Saturday night, left the cottage, returned with a hunting rifle and opened fire.

The suspect has been arrested, according to the Investigative Committee. It did not give his name but stated he was born in 1974 and lived in Moscow, AFP reported.

He had been “drinking spirits,” investigators added.

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The suspect was detained on suspicion of mass murder after survivors managed to call the police.

Redkino is about 75 miles northwest of Moscow.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Hottest party cities abroad


Spain has always been known for its late night culture, where locals have dinner at 10 p.m., drinks at midnight and dance at clubs that stay open until dawn.

While the country has parties to enjoy year-round, many of Spain’s best shows, clubs, and performances kick off in the summer months. Cities throughout Spain stay comparatively quiet in the colder months, but the heat of summer brings plenty of possibilities for painting the Spanish towns red.

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Between rooftop terraces, pool parties, late night eateries, and thriving discothèques on the Mediterranean, Spain’s summer nightlife highlights shouldn’t be missed. 
 



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TERROR IN LONDON: Cops arrest 12 in East London raids after attacks that left at least 7 dead, nearly 50 injured


ISIS has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s deadly London terror attack through their propaganda wing Amaq News Agency, according to SITE intelligence group. 

Earlier on Sunday, British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the “evil ideology” behind the London attacks that killed seven people and injured dozens more late Saturday night.

May addressed the attacks Sunday after a meeting of the government’s COBRA emergency committee. She called for a tougher stance against extremists and tougher controls on cyberspace to prevent its use by extremists.

She said the measures were needed because “terrorism breeds terrorism” and attackers copy each other.

Her remarks came as counterterrorism police carried out raids in east London and arrested 12 people in connection with the attacks.

“Searches of a number of addresses in Barking are continuing,” London Metro Police said as the raids were being conducted.

The homes raided included one belonging to one of the three terrorists who carried out the attacks, Sky News reported.

“He’s lived here for about three years,” neighbor Damien Pettit said. “He’s one of our neighbors. I’ve said hello in passing more than 50, 60 occasions. He has two young kids. He was a very nice guy.”

Saturday’s horror began around 10 p.m. local time when a white van veered off the road and barreled into pedestrians on London Bridge. The van’s three occupants then jumped out with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market, police said.

Elizabeth O’Neill said her son was stabbed in the stomach by a man who approached him and yelled “this is for Islam.”

Daniel O’Neill, 23, suffered a 7-inch knife wound, she said, according to Sky News. He was recovering.

“He had just stepped outside the bar for a second and a man ran up to him and said ‘this is for my family, this is for Islam’ and stuck a knife straight in him,” the mother said.

Gerard Vowles, 47, told local media that he saw the three attackers stabbing a woman at the south end of London Bridge. He said he threw chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them.

“They went ‘this is for Allah’ and then they just started stabbing her multiple times,” he told Sky News.

The Guardian quoted Vowles as saying, “They kept coming to try to stab me. They were stabbing everyone. Evil, evil people.”

He added, according to the paper, “I want to know if this girl is still alive. I’ve been walking around for an hour and a half crying my eyes out. I don’t know what to do.”

Brad Myers, an American vacationing in London, told “Fox & Friends” Sunday that he had just taken some pictures and was about to walk along the Thames River when he heard a noise.

“Then I saw the van come on to the pavement and continue along the side of the road just right where I was a few moments before, just mowing down pedestrians,” he said.

“Everyone was in shock,” he said. 

What he saw reminded him of the truck attack in Nice, France.

“It’s crazy to think I was right there,” Myers said.

Eight police officers killed the attackers after arriving on the scene within eight minutes.

The officers fired 50 shots, London’s assistant police commissioner Mark Rowley said at a press briefing Sunday, calling the number unprecedented. One of the bullets struck an innocent bystander. The person was recovering in a hospital.

Rowley said that the officers had no choice.

“The situation these officers were confronted with was critical – a matter of life and death – three armed men, wearing what appeared to be suicide belts, had already attacked and killed members of the public and had to be stopped immediately,” he said.

It turned out the suicide belts were fake.

Rowley said the van had been rented recently by one of the attackers.

May said 48 people were injured and many had life-threatening injuries. Thirty-six remained hospitalized Sunday.

A courageous cop was one of the wounded. He confronted the three knife-wielding terrorists armed only with a baton. He was stabbed in the face, head and a leg. He was in stable condition.

British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther said of the officer that “it became clear that he showed enormous courage in the face of danger.”

Crowther added that “for an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud.”

Those killed included a Canadian and a French national. 

May said the Thursday’s national election would be held as scheduled because “violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process.” Major parties suspended national campaigning Sunday out of respect for the victims.

Speaking to Fox News from London, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said the latest attacks mark the fourth or fifth time he’s had to call his British counterpart in just four months on the job because of “terrible events like this.”

It was the third terror attack to hit Britain in as many months.

In March, a British convert to Islam ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four, then stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament.

On May 22, a British suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. After that attack, Britain’s official threat level from terrorism was raised to “critical,” meaning an attack may be imminent. Several days later it was lowered to “severe,” meaning an attack is highly likely.

ISIS claimed responsibility for those two attacks. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 



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OPINION Make no mistake, attack was a victory for police


Eight minutes.  

That’s how long it took London police to confront and kill three terrorists after responding to reports of a white van mowing down people on London Bridge and a stabbing spree in nearby Borough Market.

The toll is terrible: 7 dead and at least 48 wounded.

But make no mistake. Amid the carnage and mayhem of this latest Saturday night massacre, England’s third terrorist attack in less than three months, the British police responded impressively. Their counter-assault was swift, and deadly. The knife-wielding perpetrators, wearing fake suicide vests, were quickly neutralized.

There will be no more pussy-footing around what this was — no more endless debates about the motive and nature of such attacks. The attackers yelled: “This is for Allah.” And they shouted in English. So even at this early stage of the investigation, it’s a safe bet that this was probably a home-grown militant Islamist attack, despite no immediate claim of responsibility.

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It was also an unsophisticated strike, a copy-cat of the truck attacks we’ve recently seen not only on Westminster Bride in England, where another militant Islamist killed four, but also in France, Germany and even Sweden.

This attack was unlike the one that killed 22 and wounded dozens of other concert-goers in Manchester, England’s deadliest terror since the Islamist strikes of July, 2005. While much is still unclear about that attack, the home-grown suicide bomber of Libyan origin who detonated an improvised explosive device in front of Manchester Arena at Ariana Grande’s concert had outside help, probably from ISIS or another radical Islamist group. His bomb was packed with nuts and bolts, shrapnel to intensify its lethality. He had recently traveled to Libya, and probably met there with members of ISIS, only weeks before the strike. Others have been arrested in what appears to have been a sophisticated plot.

The perpetrators of Saturday night’s attack in London had no such device. They had knives, not guns. The perpetrators’ use of fake suicide vests suggests that the British had made it difficult for them to acquire explosives for real ones.

Prime Minister Theresa May responded bluntly and quickly, condemning not only this attack five days before an election, but her country’s “tolerance of extremism.” “Enough is enough,” she said, promising to intensify the fight against “Islamist terrorism” by, among other things, tackling violent incitement on the internet and “safe spaces in the real world.”  This would require “difficult conversations,” she added.

Several important questions remain. Was this attack part of the conspiracy that produced the attack in Manchester? Probably not. Was it inspired by Manchester. Probably. And were the attackers already “known” to the police, that is, already under police surveillance? If they were, the police may eventually be blamed for not having done enough to prevent such an attack.

But the British police’s response is hard to fault. Better law enforcement training, the high terrorism alert declared after Manchester, and the existence of almost 500,000 surveillance cameras in London alone –roughly one for every 11 residents – have bolstered the police’s ability to respond to such attacks and capture or kill their perpetrators.

Short of prevention, this is key. For as Prime Minister May said, candidly, this type of low-tech, but lethal terrorism is likely to happen again. What counts, once an attack occurs, is first, how quickly the police respond, and second, how quickly the Brits return to “normal.” Albeit, the new normal.

From what we now know, the police responded superbly.

What matters now is how the British public will react. The proverbial “stiff upper lip” would be terrorism’s most ardent foe. Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester is taking place as planned. That, alone, is a failure for terrorists.

Stepped up intelligence and security, steadfastness, and adherence to our own core values must be our objective. For make no mistake. London Bridge will not be the last such attack, in England, or Europe or the U.S.. On September 11th, 2001, there were some 500 Al Qaeda operatives. 

Today, U.S. intelligence estimates there are some 40,000 foreign fighters in the self-declared “Caliphate,” including 7,000 from Europe, many of whom are returning, or have already returned. ISIS has 18 affiliates around the world, while Al Qaeda has over a dozen.

Though the groups have different tactics and strategies, all of them are bound together by what one veteran law enforcement and intelligence official called “the common ideology of the global jihad and its core element— that America is the great apostate.”

For such groups, New York City represents the heart of the apostate. Thus their goal will remain to do in New York and other American cities what they are now doing in Europe. At the moment, Europe, for many reasons, is simply an easier target.

ISIS, Al Qaeda, and like-minded groups must be defeated not only on the killing fields of Syria and Iraq, Yemen and Libya, but ideologically. The ideological battle for hearts and minds will take far longer. As the battles rage, resilience is crucial.      

Judith Miller, a Fox News contributor, is an award-winning author, and an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Her latest book, “The Story: A Reporter’s Journey” (Simon & Schuster, April 7, 2015).



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ATTORNEY AT LARGE FBI: Man who stole $600M from gov't disappears


A Kentucky disability attorney who stole $600 million from the federal government has disappeared, the FBI said.

Eric Conn pleaded guilty in March to stealing from the federal government and bribing a judge. He was ordered to pay back tens of millions of dollars. His sentencing was scheduled for next month.

The FBI said Saturday that Conn violated the conditions of his bond by removing his electronic monitoring device which prompted the U.S. District Court to issue a warrant for his arrest.

General counsel for the FBI’s Louisville office, David Habich, said that Conn’s “whereabouts are currently unknown.”

Conn started his practice in 1993 and has since built one of the most lucrative disability firms in the country. Known as “Mr. Social Security,” Conn built a persona for himself using outlandish TV commercials.  

But Conn’s empire crumbled when federal investigators uncovered he had been bribing a doctor and a judge to approve disability claims based on fake medical evidence. As part of his plea deal in March, he agreed to pay the federal government $5.7 million and to reimburse Social Security $46 million. A federal judge ordered Conn to pay $12 million in damages and $19 million in penalties to the government and two former Social Security employees who tried to expose the scheme. And Conn is also facing a liability judgment from a class action lawsuit brought by his former clients, with a hearing scheduled for later this month to determine the damages.

The scandal prompted the federal government to review the eligibility of about 1,500 people receiving benefits, more than half of the people lost their benefits as a result.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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'ONE LOVE MANCHESTER' Grande takes the stage after London terror attack


Pop star Ariana Grande took the stage in Manchester Sunday night, less than 24 hours after a deadly terror attack in London, and less than two weeks after an explosion ripped through the concert venue where she performed, killing 22 fans and injuring more than 100.

Donning ripped jeans and a white “One Love Manchester” sweater, the singer started upbeat as much of the young crowd appeared both excited and overwhelmed, declaring her love for the still mourning city. 

Part way through the concert, Grande thanked the crowd for their “love and unity,” noting that it is “the medicine the world needs right now.” She also acknowledged that they had an entirely different show planned but changed much of it the previous day after her meeting with the mother of slain 15-year-old victim, Olivia Campbell. 

“She told me Olivia wouldn’t want me to cry,” Grande said. “And she would have wanted to hear the hits.”

Highlights included Grande joined by the Black Eyed Peas, performing their 2003 hit “Where Is the Love?” which directly addressed the buregoning threat of terrorism in its lyrics, and advocated a message of “one love.” Some fourteen years later, frontman will.i.am urged the packed crowd to raise a hand in solidarity. Longtime friends Grande and Miley Cyrus also performed the Crowded House hit “Don’t Dream it’s Over,” and Katy Perry – following an address insisting that “love conquers hate” – sang “Part of Me.” 

But it isn’t just Grande paying her respects to the city. The “One Love Manchester” benefit — with additional security measures following the latest attacks — is set to feature performances from Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Take That, Pharrell Williams, Niall Horan and Robbie Williams. 

The show also featured heartflet messages from Stevie Wonder and former soccer star David Beckham, British girlband Little Mix, Mac Miller and a duet with Victoria Monet and Grande performing “Better Days.”

Survivors also are slated to take the stage alongside Grande during the show at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground.

Following Saturday night’s terrorist assault on London Bridge, Grande tweeted that she was “praying for London.” Earlier on Sunday, her manager Scooter Braun released a statement declaring that, “after the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured, and affected.”

“We plan to honor them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear. Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose,” he continued. “We must not be afraid and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly.”

Braun went on to say that they had the “full support” of the Greater Manchester Police and the government and are assured the safety of all those attending is the highest priority.

“All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show. We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win,” he added. “Today we stand together. Thank you.”

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More than 50 countries worldwide have signed up to air the show live, with BBC Worldwide affirming Sunday that those plans remained. All net ticket proceeds from the concert will benefit the “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund,” created by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross.



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CNN host: Trump 'A piece of s–t' for his response to London attack – Huckabee slams CNN host for obscene Trump tweet


The hosts of “Fox & Friends Weekend” blasted a CNN host for posting an expletive-laden tweet directed at President Trump, moments after the London terror attack unfolded.

Reza Aslan, an Iranian-American religious studies expert who hosts a Sunday program on the network, called Trump a “piece of [expletive]” for saying America must get “tough” on terror.

“We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety,” Trump tweeted.

Aslan responded by calling Trump the obscenity, as well as an “embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency.”

The tweet has been altered above to censor the expletive.

Previously, Trump retweeted an alert from Matt Drudge’s “Drudge Report” which said there had been a terror attack on the London Bridge.

The team at Lester Holt’s “NBC Nightly News” tweeted that they would not report on Trump’s message because they could not confirm it.


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Aslan captured the tweet and said it “translated” to NBC recognizing that Trump is a “man baby who must be ignored in times of crisis.”

Abby Huntsman blasted Aslan, saying he should be more concerned with the loss of innocent life than a political beef with Trump.

Pete Hegseth wondered aloud if NBC News would have doubted a tweet by President Barack Obama so publicly.

Aslan was previously criticized for publicizing his visit to a radical, cannibalistic Hindu sect that has been shunned by the mainstream of the religion.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) – the only Hindu member of Congress – called the CNN episode “disturbing” and an affront to practicing Hindus.


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Tech Q&A


Avoiding skimmers

Q: ATM and credit card skimmers freak me out! What do they look like? How do you know if you are using a bad one?

A: You’re right to be cautious. Skimmers are hard to spot, and you never know when a tiny microchip will scan your card and help a criminal drain your account. The term “skimmer” is pretty loose, referring to many different types of technology, including hidden cameras. There also is the lesser-known “shimmer,” which is practically invisible. Certain clues around ATM and credit card machines are dead giveaways that they are contaminated. Click here to see what skimmers look like, so you don’t get taken.

Need-based internet

Q: I’m totally broke. Is it true I can get a reduction in my phone and internet access if I am poor?

A: First of all, I hope you have a windfall soon. Being broke is no fun at all, and it can pose particular problems for people who need internet access to search for jobs, pay bills and do other basic tasks. Most people can no longer get by using the free computers at the local library, if they even have access to one. If you meet certain criteria, the government can give you assistance. Click here to learn about the FCC program to help cover the cost of your phone and internet bills.

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Watching kids’ phones

Q: My son is up to no good on his phone. I just know it. How do I catch him?

A: Cellphones aren’t very old, but the question is as old as the hills: What do teenagers do when they’re not being watched? Most adolescents like to rebel and experiment with mischief, but some are particularly adept at it. Smartphones make the risks of getting into serious trouble many times more dangerous. My advice is always to have a reasonable talk with your child. But if that boat has sailed, there are some simple ways to keep track of your son’s activities. Click here for three ways to track your kids’ texts, photos, internet travels, and more.

Book cruises for less

Q: What’s the best way to book a cruise online? I don’t want to get ripped off.

A: Nothing darkens a vacation like the feeling that you’ve been conned. Whether it’s a street urchin selling you overpriced statuettes in the streets of Rome or an airline that hikes its fares at the last minute, we tend to resent spending more than we have to. Finding a quality cruise for a reasonable price is an art, but there are incredible bargains out there for people who are flexible and willing to do the extra work. Booking online can be nerve-racking, but with a little patience you can sail for a song. Click here for online cruise-booking tips.

Archive loved ones’ texts

Q: My mom passed away. How can I save her text messages to me?

A: Before I say anything else, you have my most heartfelt condolences. Losing a parent is one of the most painful and difficult things we face. I completely understand the desire to save those daily correspondences, because they preserve so much of our regular lives. You especially want to archive these texts if your

phone is older and you’re worried they’ll be lost forever. There are certain ways to do this, but the techniques vary slightly between iOS and Android. Click here to learn how to save your precious text messages.

What questions do you have? Call my national radio show and click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet or computer. From buying advice to digital life issues, click here for my free podcasts.

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Learn about all the latest technology on the Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.



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'WE MUST STOP' Trump assails 'political correctness' after attacks


President Trump on Sunday responded to the London terror attack, suggesting political correctness and the London mayor’s soft response are contributing to strikes by radical Islamic terrorists.

Seven people were killed and dozens of others were injured in the two Saturday night attacks on and near the London Bridge. Police are investigating the incidents as terror attacks, but no terror group has yet to claim responsibility.

“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse,” Trump tweeted first.

The president has from the start of his successful 2016 presidential campaign argued that the key to stopping global terror strikes is to address radical Islamic teachings and being more vigilant about allowing people into the United States from mostly-Muslim countries that are hotbeds for terror training.

“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!” Trump also tweeted.

Trump also posted on Twitter about the attacks: “Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!”

A spokesperson for Mayor Sadiq Khan said the mayor is “busy working with the police, emergency services and the government” and has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet.”

 



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