Rookie Luis Barrera hits walk-off homer, first career blast lifts A’s to stunning comeback win

Luis Barrera probably shouldn’t have been in the batter’s box in the ninth inning on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum. Angels closer Raisel Iglesias needed just eight pitches to retire Seth Brown and Sean Murphy, recording two quick outs against a pair of A’s power threats. But with his team trailing 3-1, Barrera took his first at-bat of the game anyway as Ramón Laureano’s double and Christian Bethancourt’s walk brought the winning run to the plate. The 1-1 slider Iglesias threw Barrera wasn’t necessarily a strike, but it didn’t need to be. The left-handed hitting outfielder turned on the pitch and blasted it into the right field bleachers for a… Read More

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The Buffalo mass shooting gunman live-streamed the attack on Twitch

Police secure a perimeter after a shooting at a supermarket, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. Joshua Bessex/Associated Press A gunman opened fire at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, Saturday, killing at least 10 people. The suspect live-streamed the attack on Twitch, the platform confirmed. Officials said the attack was racially motivated and that 11 out of the 13 people shot were Black. The gunman in a mass shooting that killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday live-streamed the attack on Twitch, the platform confirmed. “We are devastated to hear about the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo, New York.… Read More

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In Texas, heat knocks six power plants offline

With an early-season heat wave searing much of Texas over the weekend, the nonprofit that manages power to more than 26 million customers wants them to turn up their thermostats. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) made the appeal in a statement Friday, saying that soaring temperatures increased demand and caused six power generation facilities to trip offline. That resulted in the loss of about 2,900 megawatts of electricity. “We’re asking Texans to conserve power when they can by setting their thermostats to 78-degrees or above and avoiding the usage of large appliances (such as dishwashers, washers and dryers) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. through… Read More

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Ethiopian region claims 7,000 civilians killed by Tigray forces

Fasika Tadesse and Simon Marks | Bloomberg Almost 7,000 civilians in Ethiopia’s Amhara region were killed between June and December last year by fighters from the northern Tigray region, according to a report commissioned by the regional government. The study, carried out by researchers from local universities and the regional statistics office and released on Saturday, found that 6,986 people were killed in the Horn of African nation’s province that borders Tigray, with almost 3,000 civilians being shot. It also documents that several mass graves were found at sites throughout the Amhara region. Tigray’s government rejected the findings. Fighting first erupted in Ethiopia in November 2020 when forces loyal to… Read More

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Kurtenbach: The Warriors are old, grouchy, and here to put the NBA’s young guns in their place

SAN FRANCISCO — These NBA playoffs have been about the next generation. LeBron James, 37, is at home, tweeting through his boredom. Kevin Durant, 33, was swept in the first round. (He always finds time for social media.) James Harden’s hard living on and off the court has zapped him of his superpowers at 32 and played a huge role in the Sixers’ second-round playoff exit. This has become the spring of the young guns: 23-year-old Luka Doncic, 24-year-old Jason Tatum, 25-year-old Devin Booker, and the well-established Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is just 27. So what on earth are the Warriors still doing hanging around? The Warriors might have a couple… Read More

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Abortion rights backers rally in anger over post-Roe future

By ASHRAF KHALIL and DAVID SHARP WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion rights supporters demonstrating at hundreds of marches and rallies Saturday expressed their outrage that the Supreme Court will soon scrap the constitutional right to abortion that has endured for nearly a half-century and their fear about what that could mean for women’s reproductive choices. Incensed after a leaked draft opinion suggested the court’s conservative majority would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, activists spoke of the need to mobilize quickly because Republican-led states are poised to enact tighter restrictions. In the nation’s capital, thousands gathered in drizzly weather at the Washington Monument to listen to fiery speeches before marching… Read More

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Utah high school baseball: Sam Silversmith leads Juan Diego to 3A state title

Juan Diego and American Leadership play for the 3A State Baseball championship at UVU on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Juan Diego won 8-1. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Juan Diego completed its improbable 3A state baseball championship run Saturday afternoon with an 8-1 victory over American Leadership Academy. It marked the second time in three days that the Soaring Eagle knocked off ALA, handing the Eagles both of their tournament losses. Juan Diego senior pitcher Sam Silversmith was brilliant, keeping ALA batters perplexed all afternoon. Silversmith threw a complete game, ending the day with 11 strikeouts while giving up only three hits. “Sam Silversmith threw heck of a game,” Juan… Read More

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North Korea reports 15 more COVID-19 suspected deaths

By Hyung-Jin Kim | Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has confirmed 15 more deaths and hundreds of thousands of additional patients with flu-like symptoms as it mobilizes more than a million health and other workers to try to suppress the country’s first COVID-19 outbreak, state media reported Sunday. After maintaining a widely disputed claim to be coronavirus-free for more than two years, North Korea announced Thursday that it had found its first COVID-19 patients since the pandemic began. It has since said a fever has spread across the country “explosively” since late April but hasn’t disclosed exactly how many COVID-19 cases it has found. Some experts say… Read More

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‘We’re not going back’: Val Demings slams Rubio, anti-abortion rhetoric at pro-choice conference

Cristobal Reyes | Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — In a speech in Orlando on Saturday, U.S. Senate hopeful Val Demings touted her pro-choice stance and attacked Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s position on abortion as “radical.” Rubio, who’s seeking a third term, has long supported bans on abortion with no exceptions, most recently saying a failed Senate bill to codify Roe v. Wade would legalize ”the killing of unborn children right up to the day of delivery.” The 1973 Supreme Court ruling is on the cusp of being overturned, according to a draft opinion obtained by Politico. His campaign described his likely opponent in November as “a radical who supports abortion… Read More

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10 dead, suspect arrested in mass shooting at supermarket

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, MICHAEL BALSAMO and DAVE COLLINS BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A gunman wearing military gear and livestreaming with a helmet camera opened fire with a rifle at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket in what authorities called “racially motived violent extremism,” killing 10 people and wounding three others Saturday before he was arrested, authorities said. Police officials said the gunman, who also wore body armor in addition to military-style clothing, pulled up Saturday afternoon and opened fire with a rifle at a Tops Friendly Market, adding the shooting was streamed via a camera affixed to the helmet. “He exited his vehicle. He was very heavily armed. He had tactical… Read More

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