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    The NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at the Kansas Speedway was not one of the usual action-packed races. However, it was a race that demanded a lot from the drivers with everything at stake for the playoff contenders. Joey Logano stunned the field with his first win since March and one that took him straight to the championship race. Logano was ready for what was to come in the 260-odd laps at Kansas, as reflected in his confidence just before the start. “We’ve got the best team, the best car. Let’s execute and do our job,” Logano said on the team radio. Just as the drivers readied themselves for the green lap, NASCAR asked Clint Bowyer to lead the field on the pace lap. The Kansas race marked Bowyer’s last race at his home track. Bowyer, in his usual cheerful manner, joked with his spotter. “Might be the only damn...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared on ABC on Thursday night for a rambling town hall, in lieu of a debate, opposite a town hall for President Donald Trump on NBC at the same time. Aside from many factually-challenged statements, Biden said a number of truly outlandish things. 8-year-olds should be allowed to decide they are transgender. Biden: “The idea that an 8-year-old child, a 10-year-old child, decides, you know, I want to be transgender, that’s what I think I’d like to be, it’d make my life a lot easier — there should be zero discrimination.” (What happens when the 8-year-olds hit puberty?) Police should shoot criminals in the leg. Biden: “You can ban choke holds, but beyond that, you have to teach people how to de-escalate circumstances. De-escalate. So instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg.” (Are...
    A demonstrator holds a sign with the image of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers, during a protest against the death George Floyd in Minneapolis, in Denver, Colorado on June 3, 2020. JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images  Former Louisville officer Brett Hankison told a grand jury he thought officers were being fired at by someone in Breonna Taylor's apartment with an AR-15 at the time he fired back. Hankison, who was fired, is the only officer who faces charges related to the night of Breonna Taylor's killing.  More than 15 hours of grand jury and investigation testimony that was released Friday include Hankison's recollection of that March night to the public integrity unit. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison told investigators he believed someone inside Breonna Taylor's apartment was executing his...
    In a landmark biography of Prince Philip, a distinguished Royal writer paints a compelling portrait of the Queen’s rock-steady companion as he nears his 100th birthday. Here, in the final part of our serialisation, she explains his complicated relationship with his children. On the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, the Grenadier Guards played a selection of nursery rhymes, ending with a special rendition of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Inside the Palace, Prince Charles was celebrating his fourth birthday in the white and gold music room with 14 friends. Furniture and priceless artefacts had been cleared away so that the heir to the throne and his guests could run up and down. It was, said one observer, ‘probably the lightest-hearted party given at Buckingham Palace since Queen Victoria had children young enough to romp in the same spirit’. It was notable for one other significant reason: this was the first time Prince...
    Actor and comedian Bryan Callen, best known for his recurring role on the long-running ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, has been accused by four women of sexual misconduct spanning decades and ranging from inappropriate remarks to assault. Kathryn Fiore Tigerman, 44, one-time MADtv cast member, told the Los Angeles Times that Callen raped her in his house after taking her out to dinner more than 20 years ago. A decade later, an employee at an American Apparel store named Rachel Green accused Callen of pinning her against a dressing room wall and forcibly kissing her.  Claire Ganshert, who was an aspiring actress when she met Callen in 2012 when she was 23 and working as a barista, and he was 45 and married, said she had a four-year affair with Callen, and that he told her in 2016 that women have a 'biological, primal desire to be raped.' Actor...
    MotoGP – GP Andaluca 2020 Podium 199 with 41 years Valentino Rossi, on the podium in Jerez. . Valentino Rossi He lived one of his happiest days in a long time. Not for nothing did he not get on the podium from Texas in 2019, more than a year. He is the 199 drawer of his career with 41 years and 161 days. He is the oldest to do so. Summary. “It is really special. It is not a victory, but it tastes almost the same. Coming from last week, which was very frustrating, but also from most of 2019, with the same problems and several bad races. The result last week was very bad. Even for someone that old it’s too much. We’re on the road. “ Motivation. “He was saying to me: ‘It is time to stay at home’. Don’t have fun. It is frustrating to...
    The first batch of Wild players were introduced to their “new normal” earlier this week when they were let back into TRIA Rink to begin small-group practices. “It was obviously strange to see everyone in a mask and you can’t really see their face, but at the same time, it was still nice to be back in there and feel like you’re doing something,” goalie Devan Dubnyk said. Dubnyk was one of a few players who went back to TRIA this week as the Wild move into the NHL’s Phase 2, which allows teams to have voluntary small-group practices after submitting to COVID testing. Dubnyk said he was tested on Monday and his results were cleared Tuesday. Trainer John Worley gave a quick presentation to players before their first workout, Dubnyk said. But other than the masks, most everything seemed normal to him. The NHL is hoping to...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas will not be used as a pop-up medical facility “at this time,” Mayor Eric Johnson said Thursday. On Wednesday, Johnson said he’d be speaking with county officials and the DFW Hospital Council about the possibility of using the facility as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to surge. During a news conference, he said he wanted to the city’s response to the surge to be “proactive.” “COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Dallas County. The data is clear. Our case numbers and our hospitalization numbers, which we’ve been tracking daily are headed in the wrong direction,” Johnson said Wednesday. However, the pop-up facility will not be used, at least for now. “The DFW Hospital Council and Dallas County informed us this morning that they do not want to stand up the @KBHCCDallas pop-up hospital at this time. They believe they are...
    Washington (CNN)The US told Russia that that there is no reason for the Trump administration to carry out a nuclear weapons test "at this time," during nuclear negotiations in Vienna this week, but reserved the right to conduct one if they see a need to do so."We made very clear, as we have from the moment we adopted a testing moratorium in 1992, that we maintain and will maintain the ability to conduct nuclear tests if we see any reason to do so, whatever that reason may be," said Marshall Billingslea, the top US envoy for nuclear negotiations, as he spoke to reporters on Wednesday. "But that said, I am unaware of any particular reason to test at this stage."The top nuclear negotiator said the Russians had asked him about the possibility of a US nuclear test during their meetings, based on a media report about a test being discussed...
    Hong Kong (CNN)The deployment of three 100,000-ton US Navy aircraft carriers to the Pacific Ocean for the first time in years has drawn swift reaction from China, with state-sponsored media saying Beijing will not back down to defend its interests in the region.The USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Theodore Roosevelt are both patrolling in the western Pacific, while the USS Nimitz is in the east, according to US Navy press releases. With each vessel containing more than 60 aircraft, it represents the biggest deployment of US aircraft carriers in the Pacific since 2017 -- when tensions with North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program were at their peak.The presence of the carriers was first highlighted in an Associated Press report on Friday. "Carriers and carrier strike groups writ large are phenomenal symbols of American naval power. I really am pretty fired up that we've got three of them at...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s time to spread the good news. That’s the difficult job Vice President Mike Pence undertook Friday as the Trump administration works to make voters feel better about the direction of the country amid a coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest. Pence traveled Friday to Pennsylvania, an important swing state with 20 electoral votes that will be bitterly contested. He began with a listening session with faith and community leaders to hear their concerns following the death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. He later talked up the economy at a manufacturing plant. Pence stressed the same points that President Donald Trump has made, but with a bit more realism. While Trump told those in Dallas on Thursday that bringing Americans together will “go quickly” and “very easily,” Pence spoke in Pittsburgh about finding opportunities “in the long term” to address what he described as some historic...
    A group of protesters dismantled a statue of Christopher Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds, state police said. The protesters wrapped a rope around the statue, pulled it from its base, then danced around and spit on it, Fox 9 in St. Paul reported. Troopers attempted to speak with the group earlier in the day, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said Wednesday. “I said I can have a group of guys down here and we can have it down in a half hour. [They said] ‘No you can’t do it that way, that’s not the way we want to do it.’ So I figured, okay, we’ll do it your way,” said Mike Forcia, a member of the American Indian Movement, Fox 9 reported. However, on Wednesday Forcia said that “the time for being complacent is over.” Columbus statues have been removed or damaged during protests nationwide...
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour is leaving the 8:46 a.m. tee time vacant this week at Colonial as part of a tribute to George Floyd and to support efforts to end racial and social injustice. In a memo to players Tuesday, Commissioner Jay Monahan said there would be a moment of silence in each of the four rounds at the Charles Schwab Challenge that will coincide with the 8:46 a.m. tee time. The time reflects how long — 8 minutes, 46 seconds — authorities say Floyd was pinned to the ground under a white Minneapolis police officer’s knee before the handcuffed black man died. “It has quickly become a universal symbol for the racial injustice faced by the black community,” the memo said. The PGA Tour has been shut down the last three months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it returns at Colonial with attention shared...
    Family, friends and public officials gathered Thursday to honor the life of George Floyd, the 46-year-old father who died in police custody in Minneapolis last week. Floyd, known by those close to him as a "gentle giant," was remembered as a loving father who made everyone feel welcome in his presence.  The memorial, the first of four scheduled services, took place at North Central University campus, located about two miles from where Floyd lost his life. His death has reignited a nationwide movement against the police killings of black Americans.   Mourners wore masks and bumped elbows, rather than hugging or shaking hands.  The Reverend Jesse Jackson entered and prayed for several moments over Floyd's golden casket. Others followed his lead, including Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. Jackson and Klobuchar greeted each other and spoke for a few minutes before heading to their seats.  Floyd's family shared their gratitude for the...
    Two months after testing positive for COVID-19, Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano came out on top as the biggest winner Wednesday at Belmont Park’s opening day. Riding on Rushing Fall, Castellano won the $100,000 Grade 3 Beaugay Stakes, going wire-to-wire in the 1 1/16 mile turf race. “So happy to be here,” the 42-year-old Castellano said. “It’s a roller coaster. I’ve been through a little pretty rough time lately, the last couple months, with the virus, everything quarantine. It was pretty rough. Thank God we hung [in there]. I’m here, and I’m looking forward big-time for this summer and moving forward.” In a March 24 test at Gulfstream Park in Florida, Castellano tested positive for coronavirus despite not feeling any of the symptoms. He quarantined in Florida before getting cleared to race at Oaklawn Park and Churchill Downs in May. All of his COVID-19 tests since have come back...
    London (CNN)A 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and autism has raised $100,000 for charity after completing a marathon up and down his street using a walker. Tobias Weller completed the final leg of his 26.2-mile marathon in Sheffield, northern England, on Sunday surrounded by socially distanced neighbors and well-wishers.Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological disorders that affect the ability to move. According to his JustGiving page, Tobias cannot stand or walk unaided, and requires support with most tasks, but, inspired by Captain Tom Moore, a war veteran who raised millions for the UK's National Health Service by walking laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday, Tobias set his sights on a marathon. Tobias had been planning a sponsored 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) walk around a local park last month, but was unable to go ahead with it because of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.Tobias is cheered on by neighbors...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As many American cities erupt in protest over the police killing of George Floyd, San Francisco's Police Chief Bill Scott recalled his time Sunday morning as a Los Angeles police officer in April of 1992 during the Rodney King riots.The riots began April 29, 1992, lasting for days, after the acquittal of several Los Angeles police officers who were charged in the beating of King, which was filmed by a bystander and was later sent to the local news.More than 60 people were killed and thousands were injured in the riots."I was at work on April 29, 1992. 64 people died that night, 64 people" Scott said. "Think about that. Stay at home."In light the current protests and the new citywide curfew, Scott pleaded with San Franciscans Sunday to stay indoors.RELATED: 7 key moments from 1992 LA riots"Follow the mayor's lead, follow what we're asking you...
    One of the revelers at the wild, caught-on-video pool parties at the Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend has tested positive for the coronavirus, it was revealed Friday. And the partier was already sick when he or she joined in the non-socially-distanced fun, officials said — and so may have spread the virus to others who were there. “The case arrived here on Saturday and developed illness on Sunday, so was likely incubating illness and possibly infectious at the time of the visit,” Camden County Health Department said in a press release. Officials also released a timeline of the infected partier’s activity to help trace people who might have come into contact with them. see also No way to control crowding at parties in Lake of Ozarks: mayor Mobs of partiers who flocked to poolside bars at the... The unidentified person, a resident of nearby Boone County, defied...
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