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Ex-Senate staffer: Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning has died

Sun, 28 May 2017 02:55:09 UT

(AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher who parlayed his sports fame into a political career as an uncompromising advocate for conservative causes, has died. While he was a public servant with a Hall of Fame career, his legacy to us is that of a beloved husband, caring father and supportive grandfather. The big right-hander, known for his intimidating mound presence, pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history and became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues. Bunning's success in baseball carried over into politics, as the Kentucky Republican served stints on a city council and in the state Senate before a nearly quarter-century career in Congress. Known as a no-nonsense pitcher who threw hard and knocked batters down when necessary, Bunning belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era. [...] in July 2009 he dropped his re-election bid, accusing his GOP colleagues of doing "everything in their power to dry up my fundraising." The proposal, which sought a lifetime ban for a third positive test, would have applied to baseball, football, basketball and hockey players. While spending most of his career with the Tigers and Phillies, the nine-time All-Star selection also had stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers. Following his baseball career, Bunning managed five seasons in the Phillies minor league system, became a player agent and was a stock broker.



Mayor: 'Heroes' died protecting women from anti-Muslim rant

Sun, 28 May 2017 02:05:30 UT

(AP) — Police said Saturday they'll examine what appears to be the extremist ideology of an Oregon man accused of fatally stabbing two men who tried to intervene when the suspect yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim on a Portland light-rail train. Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was being held in the Multnomah County Jail on suspicion of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation and being a felon in possession of a weapon. The assailant was ranting on many topics, using "hate speech or biased language," police Sgt. Pete Simpson said. The FBI says it's too early to say whether the slayings qualify as a federal hate crime however Christian is charged with two counts of intimidation, the state equivalent of a hate crime. Court records show Christian served prison time for first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping after a crime committed 15 years ago and theft and weapons charges were dismissed in 2010. The Portland Mercury, one of the city's alternative weeklies, posted an article on its website saying Christian showed up at a free speech march in late April with a baseball bat to confront protesters and the bat was confiscated by police. The article included video clips of a man wearing a metal chain around his neck and draped in an American flag shouting I'm a nihilist! Christian has had several encounters with the law, and spent time in prison for robbery and kidnapping charges years ago, according to court records and a defense attorney. In 2002, he was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping after he rode to a convenience store on his bike and held up employees there with a gun, according to court records and his court-appointed defense attorney at the time, Matthew Kaplan. [...] the attorney suspected the onset of mental health problems.



Family, friends hail men who died trying to stop attack

Sun, 28 May 2017 01:26:05 UT

The following are descriptions by the Oregonian/Oregonlive.com of the lives that Namkai Meche and Best lived and the people they touched. Meche earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 2016 from Reed College in Portland and landed a job with the Cadmus Group, a consulting firm in the area. "Taliesin's life was lost in an act of selfless bravery that reflected the immense character and deep regard for others that his colleagues saw in him every day," Kline said in a statement. [...] if he knew I was struggling, he would contact me and provide me reassurance, boost my confidence. If another student was struggling during a class discussion, Meche would say something to back them up. Best, who was married and had four children, was well-liked in his job as a technician for the city Bureau of Development Services, his colleagues said. Best had three teenage sons and a 12-year-old daughter, said David Austin, a spokesman for Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.



Trump's trip: Conventional images and unconventional talk

Sun, 28 May 2017 01:22:23 UT

[...] in the heart of Europe, Trump berated NATO allies over their financial commitments and would not explicitly endorse the "one for all, all for one" defense doctrine that has been the cornerstone of trans-Atlantic security for decades. To the White House, Trump's first trip abroad was an embodiment of the promises he made as a candidate to put America's interests first and break through the guardrails that have long defined U.S. foreign policy. Trump boarded Air Force One without having held a single news conference on the trip — a break in presidential precedent that allowed him to avoid facing tough questions about his foreign policy or the raging controversies involving the investigations into his campaign's possible ties to Russia. Standing alongside his counterparts, the president effectively accused countries who do not meet NATO's goal of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product of sponging off American taxpayers. Trump's return home Saturday night also shifts attention back to the storm clouds of scandal hovering over the White House. In a briefing with reporters Saturday, White House officials shifted uncomfortably and refused to comment when asked about reports that Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, tried to set up secret communications with Russia after the election. Instead of following presidential tradition by making his international debut in a neighboring democracy like Canada or Mexico, Trump flew to Saudi Arabia, the repressive desert kingdom. The smaller moments of the president's trip were endlessly dissected as well, from first lady Melania Trump's apparent reluctance to hold her husband's hand on occasion to his shoving aside of Montenegro's prime minister to get to the front of a pack of leaders at a NATO photo opportunity.



The Latest: Trump back in Washington area after 9-day trip

Sun, 28 May 2017 01:14:34 UT

President Donald Trump is recapping his first foreign trip and saluting U.S. military personnel at an event before he returns to Washington. Trump told U.S. military personnel in an address at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily that "you are protecting us and we will always remember that." The first lady also thanked the service members for sacrificing on behalf of the U.S. She says it's because of their "selfless commitment" and the sacrifices their families make that Americans are able to enjoy many freedoms. Trump's campaign team says the rally planned for Thursday has been postponed "due to an unforeseen change" in the president's schedule. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to headline a fundraising "Roast and Ride" event in Iowa for Sen. Joni Ernst next Saturday. President Donald Trump's top advisers are refusing to address reports that his son-in-law and a top Russian diplomat may have discussed setting up a secret communications channel. In a press conference in Sicily, Saturday, advisers H.R. McMaster and Gary Cohn declined to comment on new revelations about Jared Kushner's communications with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak (SER'-gay KISS-lee-yak). The Washington Post reported Friday that Kislyak told his superiors that he and Kushner discussed setting up a back channel between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin. President Donald Trump's top national security adviser says it's a "matter of fact" that the United States stands behind NATO's common defense principle. Trump was sharply critical of NATO prior to his inauguration, calling the alliance "obsolete" but has since expressed support for it. The White House says G-7 leaders had a "very robust" conversation before issuing a final statement giving President Donald Trump more time to decide whether to keep the U.S. in the Paris climate agreement. White House economic adviser Gary Cohn says statements issued after sum



Southern rock founding father Gregg Allman dies at age 69

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:34:58 UT

(AP) — Music legend Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel The Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock, died Saturday, his manager said. Southern rock and country musician Charlie Daniels said via Twitter, "Gregg Allman had a feeling for the blues very few ever have hard to believe that magnificent voice is stilled forever." Born in Nashville, Tennessee, the rock star known for his long blond hair was raised in Florida by a single mother. The original band featured extended jams, tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, rhythms from a pair of drummers and the smoky, blues-inflected voice of Gregg Allman. Songs such as Whipping Post, ''Ramblin' Man and Midnight Rider helped define what came to be known as Southern rock and opened the doors for such stars as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band. Duane Allman had quickly ascended to the pantheon of guitar heroes, not just from his contributions to the Allman band, but from his session work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and with Eric Clapton on the classic "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" album. Allman was compelled to testify in a drug case against a former road manager for the band and his marriage to the actress and singer Cher was short-lived even by show business standards. A changing cast of players has included Derek Trucks, nephew of original drummer Butch Trucks, as well as guitarist Warren Haynes. Lehman said Allman had recently finished what would be his final album, titled Southern Blood and scheduled for release in September. The statement on Allman's website says that as he faced health problems, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans essential medicine for his soul. After the surgery, he turned music to help him recover and released his first solo album in 14 years "Low Countr



Mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick killed in boat accident

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:21:47 UT

The company has since grown to become an international operation with a market value of nearly $70 billion. In a memo to Uber staff, Liane Hornsey, the chief human resources officer, called the incident an "unthinkable tragedy." Bonnie Kalanick died at the scene, and her husband suffered moderate injuries, the sheriff's office said.



The Latest: FBI assisting investigation in Portland attack

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:01:31 UT

The FBI and U.S. Attorney for Oregon are working with police in Portland to investigate the fatal stabbing of two men on a light-rail train who authorities say intervened when another man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared Muslim. The FBI says it's too early to say whether the slayings Friday qualify as a federal hate crime but U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams said "there's a day of reckoning coming, a day of accountability." Authorities say the stabbing occurred after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women, one of whom was wearing a hijab, and other men attempted to intervene. The mayor of Portland, Oregon, says the two men who were fatally stabbed when they intervened as a man yelled racial slurs at two young women on a light-rail train who appeared to be Muslim "died heroes." Authorities say the stabbing occurred after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women, one of whom was wearing a hijab, and other men attempted to intervene. Police say they'll examine what appears to be the extremist ideology of a man suspected of fatally stabbing two other men on an Oregon train after they apparently attempted to intervene when the man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim. The 35-year-old Oregon man identified by authorities in the fatal stabbing of two people on a Portland light-rail train has a criminal record that includes stints in prison. Police say two people died Friday and another was hurt in the stabbing after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Police say two people died Friday and another was hurt in the stabbing after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab.



Rocker Gregg Allman dies at age 69; sang and lived the blues

Sat, 27 May 2017 22:04:59 UT

Raised by a single mother after his father was shot to death, he idolized his guitar-slinging older brother Duane and became his musical partner. Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom, died Saturday. Allman died peacefully and surrounded by loved ones at his home near Savannah, Georgia, his manager, Michael Lehman, told The Associated Press. In his 2012 memoir, "My Cross to Bear," Allman described how his older brother was a central figure in his life in the years after their father was murdered by a man he met in a bar. Considered one of the greatest live albums ever made, the two LP record opened with their version of Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues," with Duane Allman on slide guitar. The album introduced fans to their fusion of blues, rock and jazz. Duane Allman had quickly ascended to the pantheon of guitar heroes, not just from his contributions to the Allman band, but from his session work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and with Eric Clapton on the classic "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" album. Gregg Allman said in a 1998 interview with The Associated Press that he and Betts mourned his brother's death in music. Allman was compelled to testify in a drug case against a former road manager for the band and his marriage to the actress and singer Cher was short-lived even by show business standards. A changing cast of players has included Derek Trucks, nephew of original drummer Butch Trucks, as well as guitarist Warren Haynes. After the surgery, he turned music to help him recover and released his first solo album in 14 years "Low Country Blues" in 2011.



The Latest: Mother of Uber CEO dies after boating accident

Sat, 27 May 2017 21:37:34 UT

The Fresno County Sheriff's office says in a statement that about 5 p.m. Friday, officers were called to the scene of the accident and found a man and woman on a shore of the lake. The sheriff's office says the woman died at the scene, and the man suffered moderate injuries. The sheriff's office says crews will try to remove the boat from the lake Saturday. In a memo to Uber staff, Liane Hornsey, the chief human resources officer, called the incident an "unthinkable tragedy."