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Trump's 'very friendly' talk with Duterte stuns aides and critics alike

WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump called President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Saturday, the U.S. leader's national security aides saw it as part of a routine diplomatic out …

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Are Rays asking too much of closer Alex Colome?

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  1. At least 14 killed by storms, flooding in South and Midwest (w/video)

    Weather

    CANTON, Texas — At least 14 people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest by a storm that also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas on Sunday. 

    Andy Teague cleans up the living room of his family home along County Road 1910 on Sunday, April 30, 2017 after a tornado impacted Fruitvale, Texas. Teague took shelter in a tiled-shower with his wife Amy Teague, daughter Shelbie Teague, Shelbie's boyfriend Brandon Sherwood and two dogs. Tornadoes whipped through Van Zandt, Henderson and Rains counties Saturday evening with reports of multiple deaths and dozens injured. (Andy Jacobsohn/Dallas Morning News/TNS)

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  2. Lawmakers seal deal on $1 trillion government-wide funding bill

    National

    WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and Democrats forged a hard-won agreement Sunday night on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September, denying President Donald Trump funding for a border wall and rejecting his cuts to …

    Congressional Republicans and Democrats forged a hard-won agreement Sunday night on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September, denying President Donald Trump funding for a border wall and rejecting his cuts to popular domestic programs. [Associated Press]
  3. Odessa wild fire mostly contained after battle with fast-growing flames

    Fire

    ODESSA — Firefighters beat down a 40-acre, wind-fueled wildfire Sunday that affected traffic on State Road 54 and forced the closure of Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park.

    Pasco County Fire Rescue crews are battling a brush fire that started Sunday morning in a wooded area north of State Road 54 and Gunn Highway. [Howard Altman | Times]
  4. Undrafted ex-Nature Coast Tech RB Matt Breida gets free agent deal with 49ers

    College

    SPRING HILL

    Thirteen hours into the biggest event of his life, Matt Breida began to accept what seemed inevitable.

    After a tense wait that included drawing interest from 17 teams and answering 49ers questions about his senior season at Georgia Southern, Breida shares his good news with a friend.
  5. Are Rays asking too much of closer Alex Colome?

    Sports

    TORONTO — There were a lot of words and some not-so-subtle messages that rose from the rubble of the Rays' latest collapse, when what looked to be an inspiring Sunday win turned into another staggering late loss, 3-1 to the Blue Jays.

    TORONTO, ON - APRIL 30: Corey Dickerson #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays leaps but cannot haul in an RBI double off the wall hit by Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays in the eighth inning during MLB game action at Rogers Centre on April 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) 700010595
  6. Fennelly: St. Anthony's Triathlon is about fun, family from first place to last

    Running

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sunday, the 34th annual St. Anthony's Triathlon held another county fair downtown. No matter your time, it was a good time.

    Men's professional racer winner Cameron Dye approaches the finish line in the annual St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday, April 30, 2017. He finished with a time of 1:40:31.
  7. Rays journal: Chris Archer denies intent, Blue Jays have doubts

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Rays starter Chris Archer's actions Sunday sure seemed to indicate he was sending a well-received message to his teammates in sailing his first pitch to Jose Bautista behind the Toronto slugger's back, avenging teammate Steven Souza Jr. being hit on Saturday.

    But his …

    TORONTO, ON - APRIL 30: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays has words for Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays after objecting to an inside pitch before flying out in the first inning during MLB game action at Rogers Centre on April 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) 700010595
  8. Trump's 'very friendly' talk with Duterte stuns aides and critics alike

    National

    WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump called President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Saturday, the U.S. leader's national security aides saw it as part of a routine diplomatic outreach to Southeast Asian leaders. Trump, characteristically, had his own ideas.

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been accused of extrajudicial killings.
  9. Cameron Dye wins third straight St. Anthony's Triathlon

    Running

    ST. PETERSBURG — At 7 a.m. Sunday, a long, steady stream of more than 3,000 athletes began charging into the waters off Spa Beach and proceeded through the swimming, cycling and running of the 30-plus miles of the St. Anthony's Triathlon.

    Men's professional racer winner Cameron Dye crosses the finish line in the annual St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday, April 30, 2017. He finished with a time of 1:40:31.
  10. Hacker's theft of new season of 'Orange Is the New Black' portends a TV crisis

    Science

    WASHINGTON — After stealing and releasing 10 episodes of the fifth season of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black a month before its planned premiere, a hacking group is threatening to release shows by four other networks unless the networks pay a ransom.

    Orange Is the New Black’s fifth season has made its way onto a file-sharing website ahead of its June 9 premiere date.
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Middle-class tax cut with long-term tail: Is homestead exemption election year ploy?

Property owners vote, and most homeowners will vote for a tax cut....

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Video: Rays Chris Archer on facing Blue Jays

Rays starter Chris Archer likes visiting Toronto and pitching at the Rogers Centre, where he said he can feed off the energy of the crowd even though it is against him. Here are this thoughts Saturday on going into today's start:...

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Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle star in American Gods on Starz.

What to watch this weekend: 'American Gods' on Starz, L.A. Riots documentary on ABC

What hath God wrought? American Gods

Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods traces the brewing battle between the gods of the past and the new gods of technology and progress. Ricky Whittle (The 100) plays Shadow Moon, an ex-con released early from prison to bury his dead wife (Emily Browning). Along his journey home he meets Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a modernized form of the Norse god Odin who's recruiting old gods for the coming battle. Shadow quickly becomes the innocent bystander in the clash between holy beings and struggles to even comprehend what's happening around him. American Gods is a trippy dreamscape from the creators of Hannibal and Logan, and explores society's complex relationships with ancient religion and modern norms. 9 p.m. Sunday, Starz....

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