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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Jun 16, 2017

President Trump lashes out on Twitter, calling the Justice Department’s Russia probe “the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history.” Lawmakers decide to play ball, vowing not to let a gunman’s attack on Republicans at a practice stop the bipartisan charity game. And five Michigan officials are charged in the Flint water crisis. A panel of journalists joins Joshua Johnson for analysis of the week’s top national news stories.

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Cubans really thought that their long era of economic isolation from the United States was over.

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An advertising blimp fell from the sky on Thursday and crashed near the scene of golf's U.S. Open in Wisconsin, injuring the pilot.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office described the pilot's injuries as "serious." It said in a statement that the pilot was the only person on board.

"The initial investigation reveals the blimp may have experienced mechanical problems prior to the crash," the sheriff's office added.

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The sun danced and dipped through a bright blue sky over Nationals Park Thursday night, leaving a warm still evening in its wake.

"What a beautiful day for baseball," blared a voice over the loudspeakers, after Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" faded out, and John Fogerty's "Centerfield" finished, too.

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The University of Louisville's former director of basketball operations acted unethically and committed serious violations "by arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects, student-athletes and others," the NCAA Committee on Infractions said Thursday, issuing a report that also faulted head coach Rick Pitino for violating rules on his oversight responsibilities.

The first time Jake Freed rode a skateboard long-distance, it was because he ran out of gas.

He was stuck outside of Yuma, Ariz., in the middle of summer. Without any other options, the military veteran pulled out his skateboard and road 11 miles into town.

"I was surprised how quick I got there and how effortless it was," the 34-year-old former aviation mechanic tells NPR. "I got a new light in me and started to wonder how far I could really go."

It was in Egypt's Tahrir Square that I became a critic of the idea that social media somehow powers activism.

I was there researching social media's impact on movements and revolutions.
Across the world, I have seen how it is great at spreading information when it is able to reach people who normally would not be connected to traditional news sources.

But during the Arab Spring I also saw how social media locks that information into bubbles that are constructed in ways that we barely control or see.

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The Golden State Warriors earned their second NBA title in three years with a 129 to 120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland Monday night, led by All-Star forward Kevin Durant's 39 points and strong bench scoring.

Durant's stellar play all season and throughout the playoffs vindicated Golden State's massive payout to the superstar in a controversial off-season deal.

Fellow All-Star Stephen Curry added 34 points.

But it was Durant, who left Oklahoma City for Oakland at the end of last season, who carried the team.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the Predators 2-0 Sunday night in Nashville, Tenn., to win their second straight championship.

The Penguins have won five championships — all of them on the road.

Sometimes, the French Open offers some shocking outcomes. Played on clay, a challenging and occasionally tricky surface for even the pros, the tournament has a habit of serving up some surprising winners. See Exhibit A: Jelena Ostapenko, yesterday's unseeded champion of the women's side.

Sometimes, though, things go precisely as planned.

At one point Saturday, it looked as if Simona Halep was on her way to her first ever major victory. She'd won the first set of the French Open against her unseeded opponent, and despite fierce play from Jelena Ostapenko, few onlookers expected the unseeded Latvian to mount a comeback.

So much for that.

An Unexpected Funeral Procession

Jun 10, 2017

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I wait all week to say time for sports.

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How To Play Basketball — At Any Age

Jun 10, 2017

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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation issued an apology after its national team provoked outrage in Australia by not formally participating in a moment of silence for London rampage victims.

Women and men will compete together in mixed relays at the next Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee says, announcing a slate of changes for Tokyo 2020. The IOC says it will get close to gender balance among Olympic athletes, boosting women to nearly 49 percent, from 45.6 percent in Rio.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are one game away from a second consecutive Stanley Cup championship.

Six different players scored goals in the Penguins' rout of the Nashville Predators on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

The 6-0 score tied for the seventh-biggest blowout in Stanley Cup Final history.

Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust, Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary, Phil Kessel and Ron Hainsey scored for the defending champions. Sidney Crosby had three assists, and goaltender Matt Murray had 24 stops in the shutout.

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Jun 8, 2017

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The Cleveland Cavaliers came into the third game of the NBA Finals in a dispiriting but familiar position after two Golden State blowouts. Last year, that led to one of the most stunning comebacks in NBA history

That remained a possibility the entire game Wednesday night — until the closing minutes, when the Warriors ripped the Cavaliers' hearts out. Now Cleveland, which last year became the first team to recover from a 3-1 Finals deficit, faces historically long odds again.

For the past five years, the Golden State Warriors, coaches and support staff have traveled to San Quentin, the well-known California maximum security prison, to play a basketball game against select prison inmates. The Kitchen Sisters teamed up with the podcast Life of the Law to bring us this most recent showdown of these two Bay Area teams.

Pro baseball saw something Tuesday night it hadn't seen since 2012, after the Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett hit four home runs in a nine-inning game. He became the 17th player in MLB history to hit four homers in one game — an outing he called "surreal."

It was time for Emily Harrington to make a choice.

Harrington is a professional climber. In 2014, she was trying to reach the top of the tallest peak in Southeast Asia, a little-known mountain called Hkakabo Razi that had been successfully climbed only once before.

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Two great athletes broke major milestones over the weekend. And they did it in very different sports. That did not, however, stop commentator Kevin Blackistone from thinking about how their achievements compare.

Milagros "Mili" Hernandez loves soccer, and she's good at it. Really good. At age 8, the short-haired Nebraska girl plays on an Omaha club team with 11-year-olds.

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