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Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power to Win

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 by

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Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Juan Pablo Montoya outdueled Will Power and Scott Dixon over the final five laps to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Montoya, who came into the race Verizon IndyCar Series points leader, won the Indy 500 for the second time — his first coming in 2000 when he was a rookie.

The three drivers traded the lead back and forth after a caution was lifted with less than 20 laps to go, and it wasn’t until there were less than three laps left that Montoya pulled ahead to eventually win the race.

From Jeff Gordon to David Letterman, here are some of the other biggest moments from Sunday’s 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1. Jeff Gordon drives the pace car

NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon switched gears, acting as the official pace car driver for the Indy 500 and sharing the moment on Twitter. Gordon is orifinally from Pittsboro, Indiana.

2. First lap setbacks

In the first lap alone, Alex Taglianai’s car didn’t start and Conor Daly’s car caught fire, according to ABC News affiliate WRTV-TV.

Later on, in turn 2 of the first lap, Takuma Sato tried to pass Sage Karam, and their cars collided. Ryan Briscoe was also involved in the crash.

3. Crash takes Tony Kanaan out of the running

Tony Kanaan, who was considered one of the favorites coming in to the race, lost control and crashed into a wall with just under 50 laps remaining.

Kanaan stepped out of the damaged car and waved to the crowd, but his chances of winning a second Indy championship were gone.

4. David Letterman makes a post-retirement appearance

Just days after starting his retirement, Indianapolis native David Letterman came to show his support at the Indy 500.

Letterman isn’t new to the racing world — he actually began his on-camera career as a pit reporter, and he’s co-owner of the car driven on Sunday by Oriol Servia.

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US Defense Chief: Iraqis ‘Showed No Will to Fight’ ISIS in Ramadi

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 by

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zabelin/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces have “showed no will to fight” in recent battles with ISIS, resulting in the group’s alarming recent territorial gains, according to Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

“We have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight [ISIS] and defend themselves,” Carter said in an interview on CNN. “We can give them training, we can give them equipment; we obviously can’t give them the will to fight.”

The unusual public rebuke of the Iraqi military, which the U.S. has been training and equipping for years, comes after a week of significant ISIS victories. The jihadist group took control of the key provincial capital of Ramadi and the ancient city of Palmyra. ISIS is now estimated to control half of Syria and broad swaths of Iraq.

In Ramadi, the Iraqi forces “were not out numbered, but in fact they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they failed to fight,” Carter said.

The Pentagon has said the decision to withdraw from Ramadi was made by a local Iraqi commander for reasons that are not entirely clear.

“I don’t believe anybody felt that Ramadi would fall, and I think it’s of great concern to everyone,” retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli, former Army vice chief of staff, said on ABC News’ This Week.

The White House called the episode a “tactical setback” and vowed that there will be a counteroffensive. Republican critics of the administration say the ISIS gains reflect as much a lack of coherent U.S. strategy in Iraq as alleged weakness of the country’s security forces.

The “will to fight” issue among ISF is at the heart of President Obama’s approach to Iraq, and one key reason why he’s resisted calls for more aggressive U.S. military intervention to confront ISIS.

“I know that there are some in Republican quarters who have suggested that I’ve overlearned the mistake of Iraq, and that, in fact, just because the 2003 invasion did not go well doesn’t argue that we shouldn’t go back in,” Obama told The Atlantic this week.

“I will continue to order our military to provide the Iraqi security forces all assistance that they need in order to secure their country, and I’ll provide diplomatic and economic assistance that’s necessary for them to stabilize. But we can’t do it for them,” Obama said.

A majority of Americans support U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but fewer back deployment of more boots on the ground, according to the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll.

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NHL Playoffs: Blackhawks Outlast Ducks, Tie Series at 2

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 by

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Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night in Chicago, taking a 5-4 double overtime win over Anaheim.

Antoine Vermett scored the winning goal Saturday night, and spoke about it afterward.

“This time of the year you don’t want to make an individual or a personal story,” Vermett said.”The main focus is about the team’s success and that’s what matters. So I’m glad we won tonight.”

The series is tied a two games apiece, and heads back to Anaheim.

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NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors Win 115-80, Take 3-0 Series Lead over Houston Rockets

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 by

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Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Golden State Warriors would appear to be well on their way to the NBA Finals.

The Warriors pinned a 115 to 80 defeat on the Houston Rockets Saturday night in Houston.

Stephen Curry lit up the Rockets for 40 points, while Draymond Green had 17 points for the night.

The Rockets’ James Harden had a rough night, reaching 17 points, and Warriors Coach Steve Kerr explained to ESPN how the team limited Harden.

“It’s hard to stop him I mean he’s got an incredible pace to his game I mean, he sees angles, he gets into cracks of the defense and there’s little subtle things you try to do he may exploit, he may not, but I just thought we did a better job taking away some of the angles he was attacking us on in the first games,” Kerr said.

The Warriors go for the sweep in the Western Conference Finals Monday night in Houston.

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Iran Will Allow UN Inspectors to Access Military Sites

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 by

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Photo by Getty Images(VIENNA) — Iranian officials said on Sunday they will grant inspectors from the United Nations “managed access” to military sites as part of a deal regarding the country’s nuclear program.

The country’s foreign ministry made the announcement after a reportedly contentious meeting with Iranian leaders.

Amid western fears, Iran insists its nuclear program is for powering the country and other peaceful purposes, though not creating nuclear weapons.

Last week, Iran’s supreme leader said U.N. inspectors would not be allowed access to the country’s nuclear sites or its scientists.

Tehran is particularly sensitive to foreign officials meeting with the country’s nuclear experts, as five of the country’s scientists were killed in attacks in recent years.

Leaders from the U.S. and other countries are hoping to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran by next month.

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Woman Uses Obituary to Defend Patriots’ QB Tom Brady in ‘Deflategate’

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 by

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Photo by Elsa/Getty Images(AUBURN, Mass.) — A Massachusetts woman who died last week enjoyed scrapbooking, knitting, and apparently defending New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady from critics in the “Deflategate” scandal.

Patricia Shong, of Auburn, Massachusetts, died Monday, according to an obituary published on Telegram.com. She was 72.

While the obituary listed the names of her family members, where she worked and her hobbies, it also included one defense of the Super Bowl winning quarterback.

“She would also like us to set the record straight for her: Brady is innocent!!” the obituary reads.

Brady was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the upcoming season over his team’s alleged use of underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts.

While Brady has appealed his suspension, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the team will not appeal the league’s decision to fine the team $1 million, deny them their 2016 first round draft pick and suspend their star quarterback.

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Gloria Steinem, Female Peace Activists Cross Korea Border

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 by

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ABC News(PANMUNJOM, South Korea) — Female activists including Gloria Steinem, Medea Benjamin, and two Nobel Peace laureates crossed the border between North and South Korea on Sunday, calling for peace and for more women to be involved in that process.

The group of 30 women arrived at Dorasan Station dressed in white with colorful traditional Korean scarves wrapped around them.

“It was an enormous, enormous triumph,” Steinem said of their trip inside North Korea. “We feel very celebratory and positive that we have created a voyage across the DMZ in peace and reconciliation that was said to be impossible.”

Some anti-North Korean groups heavily criticized the event, saying the women were naive and ignored raising human rights issues by the communist state.

“They don’t deserve to come here,” one woman shouted at a small protest near the border. “There’s no peace in North Korea and they go and praise Kim Jong-un and his family? There are millions starving to death but these women are blind to reality.”

The group repeatedly stressed that this was not a political event and the purpose was to open dialogue on the civilian level.

“It’s a very repressive country, but it was great for us to go there … and have some real dialogue and some interactions with women,” said Benjamin, the co-founder of Code Pink, a left-wing peace activist group. “I met women who’ve never met an American before in their lives and they had such terrible ideas about us and we became close friends. We were all crying when we left this morning saying goodbye.”

Hundreds of South Korean women greeted the activists at the southern part of the Unification Bridge and together marched over a mile by the barbed wire fences to a peace festival at nearby Nuri Peace Park.

The women originally planned to cross the border through the truce village of Panmunjum, where North and South Korean soldiers stand guard on each side of the military demarcation line. But the South Korean government had refused to give authorization, citing concerns over their safety.

The organizers expressed disappointment but said the crossing itself was a successful “historic event” getting “both Korean governments to communicate.”

The group made entry into South Korean by a bus instead, as recommended by the South Korean government, through a road that connects South Korea and the North Korean city of Gaesong.

This is not the first time a non-political group crossed the inter-Korean border. Bikers from New Zealand took the same route in 2013 and another group of Korean-Russians drove SUVs through the DMZ last year.


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Cleveland Cop Verdict: Multiple Arrests as Protests Continue Into Evening

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 by

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Protesters outside of Tower City in Public Square demonstrate in reaction to Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo being acquitted of manslaughter charges after he shot two people at the end of a 2012 car chase in which officers fired 137 shots. Photo by Ricky Rhodes/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Largely peaceful demonstrations following the acquittal of a Cleveland police officer in the killing of an unarmed couple continued Saturday evening, as some groups of people turned more rowdy and police said there were multiple arrests.

Cleveland police made 71 arrests among the protests, police chief Calvin Williams said during a news conference Sunday.

Williams added that the protests on Saturday were largely peaceful, and that city police were not armed with riot gear.

“We only moved in to make arrests when things got violent and protesters refused to disperse,” he said.

Michael Brelo, 31, was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter and a lesser charge of felonious assault in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Prosecutors said Brelo was one of 13 officers who fired 137 times into the couple’s car in the November 2012 shooting.

Among those arrested Saturday night was a man was charged with assault after he allegedly injured a patron at Harry Buffalo’s on East Fourth Street when he threw an object through the window, police said.

After a day in which peaceful demonstrators carried signs and chanted after the handed down a not guilty verdict, police reported that some protesters were turning “disruptive.”

The protests continued into the evening, when a crowd temporarily blocked downtown street intersections and chanted anti-police slogans. Demonstrators also marched past fans getting out of a Cleveland Indians-Cincinnati Reds game, adding to the congestion throughout the area.


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“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician John Nash and His Wife Killed in New Jersey Taxi Crash

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 by

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John Nash and wife Alicia Nash attend the Nobel Laureate Exhibition Reception during the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival at The Maidstone Hotel on October 5, 2012 in East Hampton, New York. Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images(MONROE, N.J.) — Princeton University mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John Nash, whose life was the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, was killed in a taxi crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday.

Nash and Alicia Nash were in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike when the driver lost control and crashed into a guard rail, said New Jersey State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams. Nash was 86; his wife was 82.

Authorities don’t believe Nash or his wife were wearing seat belts since they were both ejected from the taxi, said Williams. The couple lived in Princeton, New Jersey.

Nash won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994 and worked as a senior research mathematician at Princeton University.

His life story, including his struggles with paranoid schizophrenia, were portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, which won four Oscars including Best Picture.

“Stunned…my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts,” Crowe posted on Twitter Sunday.

The Nashes also became recognized for their work in mental health care advocacy.

Earlier this week, Nash was in Norway to receive the Abel Prize for mathematics, according to NJ.com. The Abel Prize, awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, recognized his work on partial differential equations.

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Hometown Headlines w/ Brad Barrett

Firefighter Killed as Flooding Wreaks Havoc in Texas, Oklahoma

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 by

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@shellyygreen/Twitter(TULSA, Oklahoma) — An Oklahoma firefighter was killed attempting a water rescue and about 350 homes were under water in a small Texas town as a large part of the central and southern Plains states remained under a flash flood watch Sunday following a day of powerful storms.

In Claremore, Oklahoma, about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa, firefighter Jason Farley died when he was swept away while attempting a water rescue, said Deputy Chief Matt Wilson of the Claremore Fire Department.

Three to six inches of rain fell in the Oklahoma City metro area, which has had the rainiest 40 days and 40 nights in that city’s history as 20.46 inches have fallen.

The National Weather Service said major flooding continued along the Blanco River near Wimberley, Texas, about 40 miles southwest of Austin and 63 miles northeast of San Antonio. Rescues were ongoing in the area, where more than 9 inches of rain was reported as the Blanco River rose 35 feet within a few hours Saturday.

More rain was expected today for areas east of Interstate 35 in the Southern Plains with the rainfall lasting into Memorial Day. A tornado watch was issued for parts of Arkansas and Louisiana until 8 p.m. on Sunday.


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