First ladies call for changes on child separation policy

WASHINGTON — The emotional debate over separating immigrant parents and their children at the nation’s southern border is getting some strong comments from first ladies — past and present — who want the practice changed. First lady Melania Trump “hates” to see families separated at the border and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can reform the nation’s immigration laws, according to a statement from her office Sunday about the controversy. Former first lady Laura Bush called the policy “cruel” and “immoral” and said “it breaks my heart.” For both, it was an unusual entry into a fierce political debate. Mrs. Trump didn’t refer specifically to the Trump administration’s “no… Read More

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The biggest player you’ve never heard of in the auto industry is moving into China in a big way (MGA)

The world’s largest contract carmaker is leveraging its expertise to move into the huge Chinese EV market. Magna will form two joint ventures with China’s BAIC. The companies already have a deal in place to develop an electric vehicle; Magna will now take over an existing BAIC factory. Magna International is the world’s largest contract manufacturer of automobiles, with clients ranging from BMW to Jaguar. Now it’s moving into China, the world’s biggest car market, and forming partnerships to build electric vehicles. “Magna [has] announced its intention to form two new joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd (BJEV) for complete vehicle manufacturing as well as engineering of electric… Read More

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Utah Jazz front office as efficient as ever in planning for 2018 NBA draft

SALT LAKE CITY — Over a five-week stretch, a total of 66 NBA prospects have been in and out of the Zions Bank Basketball Campus. From national champions (Donte DiVincenzo, Jalen Brunson) to local stars (Justin Bibbins, Elijah Bryant) to prep school studs (Anfernee Simons), the Utah Jazz staff has welcomed all styles throughout this stretch. After 11 sets of pre-draft workouts, the organization is ready to see how things will play out in Thursday’s NBA draft. “For the most part, I think in all my years of doing this, this has probably been the most efficient in terms of getting the guys in at our spot and getting them… Read More

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Colombia’s president-elect seeks unity after polarizing vote

BOGOTA, Colombia — President-elect Ivan Duque appealed for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook Colombia’s political establishment and laid bare deep divisions over the nation’s peace process. The conservative Duque, the protege of a powerful former president, was elected Sunday with 54 percent of the vote. He finished more than 12 points ahead of former guerrilla Gustavo Petro, though the runner-up’s performance at the ballot box was the best ever for the left in one of Latin America’s most conservative nations. When Duque takes office in August at age 42, he will be Colombia’s youngest president in more than a century and in… Read More

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3 dead, dozens injured by quake in Osaka in western Japan

TOKYO — A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, killing at least three people and injuring dozens. The Osaka prefectural government’s disaster management department said two people were found dead, while the Ibaraki city official confirmed a third victim. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said more than 40 were injured in Osaka and nearby prefectures of Hyogo and Kyoto. One victim was a 9-year-old girl who was knocked down by a concrete wall at her elementary school as she walked by. A man in his 80s died in the collapse of a concrete wall in Osaka… Read More

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Flaherty, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Cubs

ST. LOUIS — Jack Flaherty and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Matt Carpenter homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Sunday night. Flaherty allowed just two hits while striking out seven in five innings, but he walked three and hit two batters and was pulled after throwing 97 pitches. He escaped a jam in the third inning when he struck out Kris Bryant with the bases loaded to keep the game scoreless. John Brebbia (1-1) worked around two hits in a scoreless sixth inning to earn his first major league win. Austin Gomber, Jordan Hicks and Bud Norris each pitched a hitless inning to… Read More

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‘It is immoral’: Former first lady Laura Bush criticizes the separation of migrant children from their parents

Former first lady Laura Bush has criticized the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has seen nearly 2,000 children separated from their parents in two months. Bush, who rarely speaks out on politics, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Sunday. The wife of former president George W. Bush called the policy “cruel,” “immoral,” and said it “breaks my heart.” Bush said the policy is reminiscent of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II which is now considered “one of the most shameful episodes in US history.” Former US first lady Laura Bush rarely speaks out on political issues but on Sunday she openly criticized the Trump… Read More

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Blue Jays’ Curtis Granderson honours dad by wearing softball jersey pre-game

TORONTO — Curtis Granderson stepped out of the home team’s dugout and on to the field at Rogers Centre, but he wasn’t wearing the familiar blue and white of a Jays uniform. Instead, he had on a yellow, white and black “Hot City All-Stars” jerseys, as a tip of his cap to his dad, Curtis Sr., who couldn’t make the trip to Toronto for Father’s Day on Sunday because he was playing in his weekly softball game. “I snuck a little bit of the baseball skills from him,” said the younger Granderson, a three-time MLB all-star who has hit 325 career home runs over 15 years in the bigs. “A… Read More

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Blue Jays’ Curtis Granderson honours dad by wearing softball jersey pre-game

TORONTO — Curtis Granderson stepped out of the home team’s dugout and on to the field at Rogers Centre, but he wasn’t wearing the familiar blue and white of a Jays uniform. Instead, he had on a yellow, white and black “Hot City All-Stars” jerseys, as a tip of his cap to his dad, Curtis Sr., who couldn’t make the trip to Toronto for Father’s Day on Sunday because he was playing in his weekly softball game. “I snuck a little bit of the baseball skills from him,” said the younger Granderson, a three-time MLB all-star who has hit 325 career home runs over 15 years in the bigs. “A… Read More

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China’s Huawei is desperately trying to convince Australian politicians it can be trusted

Chinese firm Huawei has sent a letter to Australian politicians to assuage national security fears surrounding the company, according to the Australian Financial Review. Huawei has been shortlisted to provide equipment to Australia’s new 5G wireless network. Local intelligence agencies have reportedly advised against granting Huawei access to the network. China’s own laws state that organizations must help with “national intelligence work,” raising concerns about giving the firm access to Australia’s critical infrastructure. Chinese firm Huawei is trying to convince Australian politicians that its technology can be trusted as the country decides which companies will construct a 5G wireless network. In 2012, Huawei was not allowed to tender for Australia’s… Read More

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