Monday, May 28, 2018
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Military jet crashes, sets two homes on fire in Southern California

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Military jet crashes, sets homes ablaze

A Marine jet crashed into a residential area in a Southern California desert community Wednesday, exploding and setting two homes on fire. The pilot ejected safely, and there was no immediate word of any injuries on the ground. The Harrier AV-8B from an air base in Yuma, Ariz., went down at 4:20 p.m. in Imperial, a city of about 15,000 about 90 miles east of San Diego.

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3 officers killed, 2 injured in shooting

Police say three officers were shot dead and two others injured Wednesday in the east coast Canadian province. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they were looking for a suspect identified as Justin Bourque, 24, of Moncton. Police tweeted an image of a suspect wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns. They urged people in the area to stay inside and lock their doors.

Beirut, Lebanon

Syria's Assad wins re-election

Fireworks and celebratory gunfire erupted in parts of Syria and Lebanon on Wednesday after news that President Bashar Assad won reelection in Syria with 88.7 percent of the vote. The outcome did not come as a surprise and was impossible to verify. But it gave Assad a third seven-year mandate to rule Syria, even as the rebellion against him rages on in many parts of the country.

Elsewhere

Germany: Germany's federal prosecutor said Wednesday he has begun a criminal investigation of "unknown" members of U.S. intelligence agencies on suspicion they eavesdropped on Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone.

Washington: The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request to halt same-sex marriages in Oregon.

Oregon: Oregon's famous wandering wolf known as OR-7 has fathered pups with a mate in the southern Cascade Range, the first confirmed wolf pack in those mountains since the 1940s, officials said Wednesday.

India: A social charity says Malavath Poorna, the 13-year-old daughter of poor Indian farmers, has become the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest.

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Updated: 12 hours ago
Unflinching sentinel stood and walked to honor the fallen at Arlington’s tomb

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Monday morning, thousands of people will make their way to Arlington National Cemetery for the Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Many more will watch on TV.The cube-shaped marble monument high on a grassy hill is...
Published: 05/28/18
Hillsborough’s film incentive has attracted $1.17 million in local spending, audits show

Hillsborough’s film incentive has attracted $1.17 million in local spending, audits show

TAMPA — When Steve Matzkin agreed to serve as executive producer on a movie project titled Not Alone, he set a condition: It had to be made in Tampa.For starters, the community is a fitting backdrop for the independent horror film about a family who ...
Published: 05/28/18
PolitiFact Florida: Did Adam Putnam oppose putting troops on the border using the National Guard?

PolitiFact Florida: Did Adam Putnam oppose putting troops on the border using the National Guard?

In Florida’s Republican primary for governor, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis challenged Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s credibility on illegal immigration.DeSantis cast Putnam as not being conservative enough on immigration in a chat May 2 with radio ...
Published: 05/28/18
Rays journal: Reliever Austin Pruitt pitches nearly six scoreless innings for second career save

Rays journal: Reliever Austin Pruitt pitches nearly six scoreless innings for second career save

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays RHP Austin Pruitt has started and worked out of the bullpen, in both short and long relief.But he did not expect to pick up his second career save Sunday by having to log 5⅔ innings, allowing only three hits whi...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Floodwaters surge in Maryland town

Floodwaters surge in Maryland town

Crews were engaged in multiple water rescues and buildings collapsed in historic Ellicott City on Sunday evening as floodwaters raged through its streets following torrential thunderstorms, Howard County, Maryland, officials said.Maryland Gov. Larry ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Orioles game

Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Orioles game

So the team that just got back from a 10-day, 11-game road trip in three time zones is headed back out west for Memorial Day? The Rays travel to Oakland, Calif., Seattle and Washington, D.C. It's the first time they visited the West Coast on back-to-...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

ST. PETERSBURG — If you think the Rays are holding their pitching staff together with baling wire, duct tape and an overbooked shuttle to Triple-A Durham, a bigger story might be how their bats keep producing runs no matter who is swinging them...
Updated: 9 hours ago
RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

Los Angeles Times (TNS)As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy approaches, conspiracy theories still abound.The latest to back the theory of a second gunman is the senator’s son Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Sirhan B. Sirhan, a ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Visa woes have summer businesses hiring Puerto Ricans

Visa woes have summer businesses hiring Puerto Ricans

PHIPPSBURG, Maine — Frustrated by red tape and visa limits on foreign workers, tourism businesses from Maine to Missouri are turning to Puerto Ricans who are fleeing a shattered economy and devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Bob Smith, owner of S...
Updated: 11 hours ago