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Green legacy of WWI carnage: the riches of Verdun forest
The little blue flowers that have grown for a century now in France near the graves of the war dead at Douaumont can easily be mistaken for local forget-me-nots. "They call it the blue-eyed grass from Montana," says Patrice Hirbec of the National Forests Office (ONF). Sisyrinchium montanum, best known simply as American blue-eyed grass, is part of a rich legacy left by the carnage of World War I in France's Forest of Verdun: a unique mix of flora and fauna.
Ex-'Glee' star Mark Salling indicted on child-porn charges
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Mark Salling, who played bad-boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the Fox musical dramedy "Glee," was charged Friday with receiving and possessing child pornography.
AP Source: Jets' offer to Fitzpatrick for 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) ? The New York Jets have made an offer that Ryan Fitzpatrick ? so far ? has refused.
Urias allows 3 runs in 2 2/3 innings in big league debut
NEW YORK (AP) ? Julio Urias took the mound at Citi Field, becoming the first teenage starting pitcher in the major leagues since Seattle's Felix Hernandez in 2005.
Argentine court sentences ex-dictator for Operation Condor
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) ? Argentina's last dictator and 14 other former military officials were sentenced to prison for human rights crimes, marking the first time a court has ruled that Operation Condor was a criminal conspiracy to kidnap and disappear people across international borders.
Cleveland Cavaliers beat Toronto Raptors to reach NBA finals
LeBron James scored 33 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers booked their place in the NBA finals with a 113-87 victory over the Toronto Raptors. James contributed six assists and 11 rebounds as the Cavs completed a 4-2 series victory to advance to the finals for a second year running. The Cavaliers will face either the Golden State Warriors or the Oklahoma City Thunder in next week's finals.
Trump's San Diego rally draws more than 1,000 chanting protesters
By Emily Stephenson and Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Donald Trump brought his message of walls and deportations to the doorstep of America?s busiest border crossing on Friday as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee greeted supporters in San Diego, amid one of the largest counter-protests organized against him. The scene inside the San Diego Convention Center during Trump's speech was relatively placid, while outside demonstrators opposed to his controversy-ridden White House bid marched and chanted, carrying signs criticizing his rhetoric against illegal immigration. Waving U.S. and Mexican flags, more than 1,000 people turned out for anti-trump rallies in San Diego, a city on the U.S.-Mexico border whose San Ysidro port of entry sees nearly 300,000 people a day cross legally between the countries.
At least 1 dead, 3 missing in Texas flooding
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) ? At least one person was dead and three others were missing after severe thunderstorms caused flooding and dropped at least one tornado in Texas in a storm system that closed roads and schools, prompted evacuations, damaged homes and forced dozens of students to spend the night on campus, officials said Friday as they braced for possibly more rain over the Memorial Day weekend.
Argentine star Messi leaves Honduras match with back injury
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) ? Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi left the field with a back injury in the second half of a 1-0 victory over Honduras in a friendly Friday night.
North Korean leader's aunt runs dry-cleaning store in New York: W.Post
The aunt of North Korea?s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un lives anonymously in New York, where she runs a dry-cleaning business after having defected in 1998, The Washington Post reported Friday. Ko Yong-suk -- who lives with her husband Ri Gang and their three children under assumed names -- was the sister of Ko Yong Hui, one of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il?s wives and mother of Kim Jong-Un. The couple was sent to Switzerland to look after members of the ruling family studying there, including Kim Jong Un.
Bryce Molder leads in suspended second round at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) ? Bryce Molder would have a magical number if he could combine his front-nine scores through two days at Colonial into one round.
DMC: Commissioner should apologize for words about rap
NEW YORK (AP) ? Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and hip-hop icon Darryl "DMC" McDaniels says the New York police commissioner's recent comments ? where he labeled rappers as thugs following a shooting at a hip-hop concert ? is disrespectful and that the commissioner should apologize to rappers like Chuck D, Will Smith and Kendrick Lamar ? performers whose songs do not promote violence and negative images.
Trump tells California 'there is no drought'
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) ? Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told California voters Friday that he can solve their water crisis, declaring, "There is no drought."
The Latest: Bratton says comments not about all in hip hop
NEW YORK (AP) ? The Latest on New York Police Commissioner William Bratton's recent comments, where he labeled rappers as thugs following a multiple shooting at a hip-hop concert (all times local):
Johnny Depp ordered to stay away from wife over abuse claim
Johnny Depp was hit with a restraining order after his wife appeared in court with a black eye, accusing the Oscar-nominated star of assaulting her. Amber Heard, who filed for divorce in Los Angeles earlier this week and is seeking spousal support from the 52-year-old "Pirates of the Caribbean" star, says she is the victim of repeated attacks by Depp. Heard submitted pictures to the court showing a bruise on her face that she claims was inflicted during a fight between the couple on Saturday and said she feared Depp might harm her.
153 homes in Bryan damaged by tornado
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ? The Latest on severe weather in the Plains and flooding in Texas following heavy rains (all times local):
Colombian rebels free Spanish journalist, 2 others
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) ? Leftist rebels have freed a Spanish correspondent and two other journalists who went missing in a lawless region of Colombia, ending a weeklong saga that recalled some of the darkest days of a long-running conflict the South American nation is trying to move beyond.
Putin blasts West on first trip to EU country this year
ATHENS, Greece (AP) ? On his first trip to a European Union country this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sharply criticized western policy toward Moscow, describing a newly expanded U.S. missile defense system as a threat to his country's security ? and vowing to retaliate.
New York police say pilot of plane that crashed in Hudson River missing; New Jersey police pull back rescue statement
NEW YORK (AP) ? New York police say pilot of plane that crashed in Hudson River missing; New Jersey police pull back rescue statement.
Obama wraps up historic Asia trip
US President Barack Obama wrapped up a historic trip to Asia, where he sought to deepen US involvement by boosting ties to former adversaries in the region.
Spieth sizzles with 66 but Simpson leads in Texas
World number two Jordan Spieth fired a four-under-par 66 to stand second in the clubhouse at the storm-hit US PGA Dean and Deluca Invitational. "Really made the most of the round," said Spieth, a back-nine starter who birdied four of the first five holes after making the turn. American Webb Simpson fired a 67 to cling to the clubhouse lead at 8-under 132 with Spieth one shot adrift.
15 jailed for S.American dictatorships' atrocities
An Argentine court jailed 15 South American ex-military officers for conspiring to torture and kill leftist dissidents during a US-backed crackdown by the region's dictatorships in the 1970s and '80s. The court was the first to try atrocities committed under Operation Condor, a coordinated plan of repression launched at the height of the Cold War by the military regimes of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. It sentenced former Argentine dictator Reynaldo Bignone to 20 years and retired Uruguayan colonel Manuel Cordero -- the only non-Argentine national in the dock -- to 25 years.
Raptors' Biyombo faces Game 7 suspension after flagrant foul
TORONTO (AP) ? Raptors center Bismack Biyombo faces a suspension for a potential Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals after picking up a flagrant foul in the first quarter of Game 6 on Friday night.
Gawker privacy lawsuit evolves into battle of tech billionaires
By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Billionaire media owner Pierre Omidyar is backing news and entertainment web site Gawker Media in its lawsuit against wrestler Hulk Hogan, adding a new twist to a case pitting technology money against press freedom. Omidyar, owner of The Intercept publisher First Look Media, is asking other media outlets to file legal briefs in support of Gawker, First Look said in a statement on Friday. First Look said its goal was to protect constitutional rights.
No Nadal but Djokovic back in action at French Open
Top seed Novak Djokovic resumes his quest for tennis glory at Roland Garros on Saturday with the job made all the easier by the bombshell withdrawal of Rafael Nadal. The two had been due to meet in the semi-finals in what would have been a huge test for Djokovic, who is out to become just the eighth man to have won all four Grand Slam titles, the last being Nadal in 2010. Djokovic meanwhile is last up on the Philippe Chatrier centre court against Britain's Aljaz Bedene, a regular hitting partner for the Serb.
Rashford's rise no surprise for England boss Hodgson
Roy Hodgson insisted Marcus Rashford's dream debut for England came as no surprise after the Manchester United sensation staked his claim for a Euro 2016 place with a record-breaking strike in a 2-1 win over Australia. England manager Hodgson had claimed the world would be watching to see if Rashford could cope with the pressure of what amounted to a one-game audition for a place in his final 23-man squad for the Euros.
NBA's Thunder targeted by deceased McClendon's creditors
By Jessica DiNapoli NEW YORK (Reuters) - This weekend, the Oklahoma City Thunder stands one game away from clinching a surprising spot in the NBA finals. At stake is a roughly 20 percent interest in the Thunder held by Aubrey McClendon, the indebted Oklahoma energy magnate who died in a car crash on March 2. Some of McClendon's creditors want a say over how the stake will be disposed of by his estate, viewing the basketball team as one of his few assets of value, according to a copy of a transcript from a May 13 hearing in probate court.
Court sets June 7 hearing on Viacom CEO's removal from Redstone trust
(Reuters) - A Massachusetts court has scheduled a June 7 hearing on Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman's removal from the trust that will control the media company when Sumner Redstone dies or is deemed incapacitated.
Sumner Redstone suggests he could oust Viacom board, CEO
A judge set an early June hearing on the possible removal of CEO Philippe Dauman from the trust that will control the media company when Redstone dies or is deemed incapacitated. In a statement issued through a spokesman, Redstone, who turned 93 on Friday, said he would act in "the best interests of shareholders," when weighing whether or not to oust Dauman and the company's board. Redstone, who holds 80 percent of the voting shares in Viacom and CBS Corp , last week removed Dauman and Viacom board member George Abrams from the seven-person trust that will control the shares after Redstone exits.
Girls avoid injury in nation's last tackle powder puff game
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) ? The girls of Jupiter High School proved their point Friday night, at least for now ? that they can play tackle football as safely as boys and have as much fun.
SpaceX lands another rocket after satellite delivery
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) ? SpaceX pulled off another rocket landing Friday, the third in just under two months.
Soler, Ross, Bryant hit long HRs as Cubs pound Phillies 6-2
CHICAGO (AP) ? In a game where the Cubs hit several mammoth drives, David Ross' smash against an advertising sign beyond the left-field bleachers stood out.
Gang-rape internet video shocks Brazil
Brazilian police on Friday were investigating the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl whose attackers boasted about it by posting an online video that has horrified the country. Online social networks erupted with outrage over the video posted on Wednesday featuring the girl naked on a bed and the apparent rapists bragging that she had been raped by more than 30 men. "Those who committed this heinous crime will be found, will be imprisoned and condemned," Justice Minister Alexandre de Morais told a news conference in Rio Friday night.
Fed reaction to data barrage is focus for stocks
By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - Data on inflation and employment, two of the economic indicators most important to a "data-dependent" U.S. Federal Reserve are expected next week. While Fed policymakers will be looking at those numbers as they decide whether to raise key interest rates as soon as June, traders will read through them to try and get ahead of the Fed decision. The Fed has remained constant in using economic data to decide whether to raise the Fed funds rate.
Scientists find minivan-sized sponge, world's largest
HONOLULU (AP) ? Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big.
NEW YORK (AP) ? Police say a small plane has crashed in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey.
Brazil police identify 4 of 30-plus men wanted in gang rape
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) ? Police said Friday that they have identified and are searching for four of the more than 30 men suspected in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl, a case that has rocked Latin America's largest nation and highlighted its endemic problem of violence against women.
Penguins' Phil Kessel fails to make USA World Cup roster cut
Two-time Olympic forward Phil Kessel failed to make the final cut for the United States' World Cup of Hockey roster Friday, a day after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Final.
Kessel out; Matthews in as World Cup of Hockey rosters set
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel won't be representing the United States in the World Cup of Hockey, while 18-year-old Auston Matthews was among Team North America's final selections Friday.
Porcupine sculpture stolen from Maine airport is replaced
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) ? A prickly steel-and-nails sculpture of a mama porcupine and its baby has replaced a statue that was stolen from an airport in Maine.