The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com The Daily Astorian Sun, 24 May 2015 08:04:12 -0400 en http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com AP Was There: Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight rematch http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-was-there-muhammad-ali-sonny-liston-heavyweight-rematch-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentd9d2b91d3d674eaf8ffd24f6012d1c3a http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-was-there-muhammad-ali-sonny-liston-heavyweight-rematch-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentd9d2b91d3d674eaf8ffd24f6012d1c3a#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 08:02:05 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249920 EDITOR'S NOTE: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first round of a heavyweight bout that produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports' most iconic moments photos of Ali hovering over Liston on the canvas, shouting at his opponent to get up.

After the fight, the 23-year-old Ali called the punch that dropped Liston his secret: "It was a phantom punch."

"It was lightning and thunder fast as lightning and booming as thunder from the heavens," Ali said.

Liston, who was a slight favorite going into the fight, said afterward that when he got up, he thought the fight was still on.

"No, I didn't hear the count," said Liston, who lost on a 12 count according to the timekeeper. "Didn't you see us start the fight again? When (the referee) stepped in I thought the bell had rung."

Fifty years later, the AP is making the original story and photos of the fight available, including the black-and-white shot by AP photographer John Rooney of Ali standing over Liston, which won the World Press Photo award for best sports photo in 1965. The same moment was famously captured in color by Neil Leifer of Sports Illustrated, one of the most well-known sports photos of all time.

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LEWISTON, Me. (AP) Who blew the count in the bizarre Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston heavyweight title fight?

Was it Jersey Joe Walcott, the battered old ex-champion who served as referee?

Was it timekeeper Francis McDonough of Portland, Maine?

Was it Liston who lay sprawled on the canvas, got up, fell again and then became in one minute flat the quickest knockout victim of all time in heavyweight fighting?

Or is the argument all academic punctuated with a resounding period by Muhammad Ali, the worshipper of Allah, who conquered with what he called his precious secret the anchor punch which Jack Johnson took to his grave?

The controversy of the quickest and strangest heavyweight fight in history continued to rage today while some stunned spectators those who saw it live and the millions who watched on closed TV yelled "fix!" and "fake!"

From the $100 seats, men who only got a minute's entertainment for their outlay let out a howl that rocked the St. Dom's Youth Center.

"Fix, fix," yelled scores in the sparse crowd in the matchbox arena.

"That's the end of boxing," grumbled another $100 patron.

It was a strange climax to a fight that was implausible from the beginning staged in this obscure town in the Maine woods before a handful of blase Down Easterners more interested in how the trout were mating in the Androscoggin River.

The fight started normally, with Clay moving like a butterfly and stinging like a bee and the grim, scowling Liston stalking and moving in.

Then suddenly, Clay lashed out with an overhand right that traveled only a few inches.

The massive, 215 1/4 pound Liston thumped to the canvas like a stricken ox. He lay there a moment, then tried to get to his feet only to fall back again.

Walcott appeared confused. He looked around dazedly for the timekeeper. Then he hovered over Liston.

When Liston fell back a second time, Walcott walked to the edge of the ring. Liston rose and the fight continued in a state of chaos. Clay belted the challenger three times before Walcott rushed in to end the fight.

Then Johnny Addle went to the microphone and announced: "The winner and still champion Muhammad Ali. The time: One minute."

There was wild confusion about the official time. It was important because at one minute it became the quickest knockout in heavyweight history.

Many said it was 1 minute, 45 seconds.

"It was one minute," said George Russo, the chairman of the Maine Boxing Commission. "There was nothing suspicious about the fight."

Liston complained afterward that he was waiting to hear Walcott's count. He never heard it.

"I could have got up, but I didn't hear the count," he complained.

The timekeeper, McDonough, said Walcott was looking at the crowd and never at him.

Walcott contended he was trying to get Clay into a neutral corner and he expected the timekeeper to continue the count while he performed these chores.

But he couldn't find the timekeeper.

Under boxing rules, the timekeeper is supposed to start the count at the time of a knockdown. The referee's duty is to get the fighter to a neutral corner, pick up the count from the timekeeper and continue it aloud over the knockdown victim.

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AP Was There: Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight rematch http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-was-there-muhammad-ali-sonny-liston-heavyweight-rematch-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd9d2b91d3d674eaf8ffd24f6012d1c3a http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-was-there-muhammad-ali-sonny-liston-heavyweight-rematch-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd9d2b91d3d674eaf8ffd24f6012d1c3a#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 08:00:30 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249922 EDITOR'S NOTE: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first round of a heavyweight bout that produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports' most iconic moments photos of Ali hovering over Liston on the canvas, shouting at his opponent to get up.

After the fight, the 23-year-old Ali called the punch that dropped Liston his secret: "It was a phantom punch."

"It was lightning and thunder fast as lightning and booming as thunder from the heavens," Ali said.

Liston, who was a slight favorite going into the fight, said afterward that when he got up, he thought the fight was still on.

"No, I didn't hear the count," said Liston, who lost on a 12 count according to the timekeeper. "Didn't you see us start the fight again? When (the referee) stepped in I thought the bell had rung."

Fifty years later, the AP is making the original story and photos of the fight available, including the black-and-white shot by AP photographer John Rooney of Ali standing over Liston, which won the World Press Photo award for best sports photo in 1965. The same moment was famously captured in color by Neil Leifer of Sports Illustrated, one of the most well-known sports photos of all time.

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LEWISTON, Me. (AP) Who blew the count in the bizarre Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston heavyweight title fight?

Was it Jersey Joe Walcott, the battered old ex-champion who served as referee?

Was it timekeeper Francis McDonough of Portland, Maine?

Was it Liston who lay sprawled on the canvas, got up, fell again and then became in one minute flat the quickest knockout victim of all time in heavyweight fighting?

Or is the argument all academic punctuated with a resounding period by Muhammad Ali, the worshipper of Allah, who conquered with what he called his precious secret the anchor punch which Jack Johnson took to his grave?

The controversy of the quickest and strangest heavyweight fight in history continued to rage today while some stunned spectators those who saw it live and the millions who watched on closed TV yelled "fix!" and "fake!"

From the $100 seats, men who only got a minute's entertainment for their outlay let out a howl that rocked the St. Dom's Youth Center.

"Fix, fix," yelled scores in the sparse crowd in the matchbox arena.

"That's the end of boxing," grumbled another $100 patron.

It was a strange climax to a fight that was implausible from the beginning staged in this obscure town in the Maine woods before a handful of blase Down Easterners more interested in how the trout were mating in the Androscoggin River.

The fight started normally, with Clay moving like a butterfly and stinging like a bee and the grim, scowling Liston stalking and moving in.

Then suddenly, Clay lashed out with an overhand right that traveled only a few inches.

The massive, 215 1/4 pound Liston thumped to the canvas like a stricken ox. He lay there a moment, then tried to get to his feet only to fall back again.

Walcott appeared confused. He looked around dazedly for the timekeeper. Then he hovered over Liston.

When Liston fell back a second time, Walcott walked to the edge of the ring. Liston rose and the fight continued in a state of chaos. Clay belted the challenger three times before Walcott rushed in to end the fight.

Then Johnny Addle went to the microphone and announced: "The winner and still champion Muhammad Ali. The time: One minute."

There was wild confusion about the official time. It was important because at one minute it became the quickest knockout in heavyweight history.

Many said it was 1 minute, 45 seconds.

"It was one minute," said George Russo, the chairman of the Maine Boxing Commission. "There was nothing suspicious about the fight."

Liston complained afterward that he was waiting to hear Walcott's count. He never heard it.

"I could have got up, but I didn't hear the count," he complained.

The timekeeper, McDonough, said Walcott was looking at the crowd and never at him.

Walcott contended he was trying to get Clay into a neutral corner and he expected the timekeeper to continue the count while he performed these chores.

But he couldn't find the timekeeper.

Under boxing rules, the timekeeper is supposed to start the count at the time of a knockdown. The referee's duty is to get the fighter to a neutral corner, pick up the count from the timekeeper and continue it aloud over the knockdown victim.

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AP Top Sports News At 11 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-sports-news-at-11-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports8c53cf4e7d8d4e3997f9937cb60fd32d http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-sports-news-at-11-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports8c53cf4e7d8d4e3997f9937cb60fd32d#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 08:00:33 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249949 The Latest: Mercedes botches F1 pit stop, Hamilton dejectedRosberg wins Monaco GP after crash hampers HamiltonCavs' Irving tests knee with brace, questionable for Game 3The Latest: Hull being held by Man United, facing dropLEADING OFF: Bernie's Bash at Yankee Stadium, Price returnsJosh Hamilton set to join Texas Rangers on MondayCormier submits Johnson in 3rd, wins vacant title at UFC 187]]> The Latest: Hull being held by Man United, facing drop http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-hull-being-held-by-man-united-facing-drop-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsf3bda1c7a0124f84b7358449053b28db http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-hull-being-held-by-man-united-facing-drop-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsf3bda1c7a0124f84b7358449053b28db#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 08:01:47 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249924 LONDON (AP) 3:50 p.m.

It's halftime in the final matches of the Premier League season.

As it stands, Hull will be relegated and Newcastle will survive in the topflight. Hull is level with Manchester United at 0-0 after having two goals disallowed and Newcastle-West Ham is also scoreless.

The future of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers might come under fresh scrutiny unless his team turns around a stunning 5-0 deficit at Stoke. Last season's runner-up are now set to finish sixth.

Arsenal is preparing for the FA Cup final in style, with the third-place team thrashing West Bromwich Albion 4-0.

Halftime scores:

Arsenal 4, West Brom 0

Aston Villa 0, Burnley 1

Chelsea 1, Sunderland 1

Crystal Palace 0, Swansea 0

Everton 0, Tottenham 1

Hull 0, Manchester United 0

Leicester 2, QPR 0

Manchester City 1, Southampton 0

Newcastle 0, West Ham 0

Stoke 5, Liverpool 0

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3:42 (1442 GMT)

Theo Walcott completes his hat trick for Arsenal, which moves 4-0 ahead against West Brom and is virtually assured of finishing third and heading straight to the Champions League group stage.

That means Manchester United will be playing a two-legged playoff in August to get into Europe's top competition. How early will United manager Louis van Gaal bring the players in for preseason training?

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3:42 (1442 GMT)

Chelsea fans were briefly silenced when Steven Fletcher put Sunderland ahead but the champions'supporters were soon cheering again in unusual scenes at Stamford Bridge. Didier Drogba, who was captaining Chelsea in his final game for the club, was substituted approaching the half-hour and was raised aloft by his teammates to the touchline.

The referee was happy to allow Drogba to lap up the acclaim of the crowd as he applauded fans and removed his shirt before being replaced by Diego Costa. And soon Costa was celebrating after equalizing from the penalty spot to make it 20 goals in his debut Premier League season.

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3:37 p.m. (1437 GMT)

What a way to say goodbye to the Premier League for Frank Lampard.

The midfielder scores to put Manchester City 1-0 ahead against Southampton, which as it stands will miss out on a Europa League berth.

Lampard has scored at least six goals in each of the last 13 Premier League campaigns, and is heading to New York City FC on a high.

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3:30 p.m. (1430 GMT)

Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria is hobbling off with an injury, and has been replaced by Adnan Januzaj. Is that the last United will see of Di Maria?

The Argentina international has endured a disappointing first season at Old Trafford following his offseason move for nearly 60 million pounds (now $93 million) and has been used mainly as a substitute in recent months.

Harry Kane has another goal in his breakthrough season at Tottenham. He has scored the opening goal against Everton at Goodison Park.

Liverpool is 3-0 down at Stoke, with Jon Walters scoring the third.

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3:26 p.m. (1425 GMT)

What a miserable season it's been for Liverpool and it's ending on a low note. Brendan Rodgers' team is losing 2-0 at Stoke after conceding twice to Mame Diouf.

After finishing second last season, Liverpool entered Sunday's finale in fifth place.

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3:22 (1422 GMT)

Arsenal is now 3-0 up after goals by Walcott, his second, and Jack Wilshere. Walcott is stating a case for inclusion in the FA Cup final next weekend.

Hull has had two goals ruled out against Man United and is piling on the pressure.

Latest scores:

Arsenal 3, West Brom 0

Aston Villa 0, Burnley 1

Chelsea 0, Sunderland 0

Crystal Palace 0, Swansea 0

Everton 0, Tottenham 0

Hull 0, Manchester United 0

Leicester 1, QPR 0

Man City 0, Southampton 0

Newcastle 0, West Ham 0

Stoke 1, Liverpool 0

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3:17 p.m. (1417 GMT) Jamie Vardy has celebrated his first England call-up by putting Leicester in front against relegated Queens Park Rangers.

The 28-year-old striker was playing in the non-leagues only four years ago and wasn't even a regular for Leicester for most of this season.

But Vardy has helped the team make a stunning end to the season. Leicester has won six of its last eight games to climb off the bottom of the standings and secure safety with one round to spare.

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3:10 p.m. (1410 GMT)

It's potentially the goal that secures third place for Arsenal. Walcott has scored after 4 minutes to put Arsenal 1-0 up against West Brom and within sight of the Champions League groups stage.

No goals in the relegation games yet, where Hull has started very well against United.

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3:06 p.m. (1406 GMT)

A penny for the thoughts of West Ham manager Sam Allardyce today.

"Big Sam," as he is known, could be taking charge of his last game in charge of the Hammers before losing his job. And what a way he could go out.

Allardyce's West Ham is at Newcastle, the club where he was fired in 2008 after just a few months as manager. A win for West Ham could yet send Newcastle down.

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3:02 (1502 GMT)

We're underway around the country. It's a party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will be picking up the Premier League trophy after the game and Sunderland will be celebrating staying up.

Chelsea fans lined up outside Stamford Bridge to sign a huge "Champions" banner. Fans also marked the end of an era again. Didier Drogba took the captain's armband from John Terry in his final Chelsea game. The 37-year-old Ivorian striker did leave Chelsea three years after winning the Champions League, but he was persuaded to return by coach Jose Mourinho for this season.

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2:58 p.m. (1358 GMT)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley says he is not leaving the club. Ashley has been silent in public since buying the northeast team in 2007 but he gave a television interview at St. James' Park ahead of the West Ham game when the team's Premier League status is on the line.

Ashley, who owns the Sports Direct retail outlets, accepted responsibility for the team being so close to the League Championship.

Despite facing years of fan protests, Ashley said he will not sell Newcastle.

"I am not going anywhere until we win something," he told Sky Sports television.

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2:40 p.m. (1340 GMT)

So let's have a closer look at the permutations for the issues still at stake.

Hull currently occupies the third and final relegation spot above already-relegated Burnley and Queens Park Rangers and is two points behind Newcastle, which is at home to West Ham. If Hull wins, Newcastle must also win to avoid going down because should the teams finish tied for points, Hull will have a superior goal difference.

Arsenal just needs a point at home to West Bromwich Albion to seal third place. Even a loss should still be enough, as Arsenal is three points above Man United and has a superior goal difference of 7.

In terms of Europa League qualification, Liverpool is currently fifth on 62 points, Tottenham has 61 and Southampton 60. That competition has proved more of a distraction than a bonus for English clubs in recent years, so there may not be tears shed in the dressing room of the team that misses out.

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2:37 p.m. (1337 GMT)

It's not just Drogba saying farewell today.

Two more Premier League greats, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, play their final matches in English soccer before career-ending stints in the United States. The pair have played in a combined 1,317 Premier League games already.

Gerrard will end his 17-year professional association with Liverpool in a game at Stoke. Lampard, the former West Ham and Chelsea midfielder, ends his one-year loan spell with Manchester City in a home match against Southampton. Both players will start and both will be captain.

One player who has potentially played his last Premier League game at Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, who misses the match at Hull because of injury. He has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this offseason.

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2:30 p.m. (1330 GMT)

There are three issues to be resolved on the final day of the season in the English Premier League.

Either Hull or Newcastle will be the third team to be relegated, Arsenal and Manchester United are vying for third place to avoid a playoff to qualify for the Champions League's group stage, and two of Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton will secure places in next season's Europa League for finishing fifth and sixth.

Chelsea clinched the league title three weeks ago and its players will finally be able to lift the trophy this afternoon, after playing Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. It will be a particularly emotional moment for Didier Drogba, who announced hours before kickoff that he'll be leaving the club for a second time to play at least one more season before retiring.

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Rosberg wins Monaco GP after crash hampers Hamilton http://www.dailyastorian.com/rosberg-wins-monaco-gp-after-crash-hampers-hamilton-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports6094f24d2026476cad9d3566ac4344ba http://www.dailyastorian.com/rosberg-wins-monaco-gp-after-crash-hampers-hamilton-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports6094f24d2026476cad9d3566ac4344ba#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 08:01:21 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249921 MONACO (AP) Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix for the third straight year after a late crash involving teenager Max Verstappen undid Lewis Hamilton's bid for a fourth win of the season.

Hamilton looked set to take his 37th career win after leading from the start, until the 17-year-old Verstappen rammed his Toro Rosso into the back of Romain Grosjean as he tried to overtake the Lotus driver.

That meant a safety car had to come out at the start of the 64th lap, and when Hamilton was then called in for a pit stop by Mercedes, he suddenly found himself behind both Rosberg and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

"I can't really express the way I feel at the moment, so I won't even attempt to," a despondent Hamilton said. "I thought Nico had pitted, so I thought the guys behind were pitting. I came in with full confidence that the others had done the same."

When the safety car finally went off track, Hamilton had only a few laps to try and get past Vettel and Rosberg on the most difficult track to overtake on F1.

"It wasn't the easiest of races, but the team has been amazing all year long and we win and lose together," Hamilton said. "I'm sure we'll sit down after this."

Asked how he will respond, a dejected-looking Hamilton said: "Come back to win the next one."

Hamilton's lead has been cut in the past two races and he is now just 10 points ahead of Rosberg, who launched his title bid at a similar stage last season, while Vettel is 28 points behind in third place heading to the Canadian GP in two weeks.

Rosberg was modest in victory.

"I know that I got lucky today, so I'll just enjoy the moment now," the German said. "But I need to work hard because Lewis was a bit stronger today."

Hamilton's Mercedes team has some explaining to do, with head of motorsport Toto Wolff telling broadcaster Sky that it was a mistake to call him into the pits.

"It was a complete misjudgment. I'm just so sorry," Wolff said. "There's nothing to do but apologize."

Russian driver Daniil Kvyat finished fourth for Red Bull's best result this season, while former champion Jenson Button finally earned McLaren its first points of the campaign by coming eighth. But teammate Fernando Alonso retired for the second straight race.

It was Rosberg's second win of the season following his victory two weeks ago at the Spanish GP, and he became the first driver since Ayrton Senna to win the Monaco race three straight times. The others to do it were Frenchman Alain Prost and Briton Graham Hill.

But Rosberg, who won back-to-back races for the first time, expressed sympathy for his teammate Hamilton.

"He deserved it for sure, I was lucky in the end. I don't even know what happened there," he said. "For sure it is an awful feeling."

He is now right back in championship contention, but the circumstances of his win will likely infuriate Hamilton, who was leading Rosberg by 15 seconds when Verstappen who had never driven on Monaco's sinewy street circuit before tried to pass Grosjean but found no room and went spinning off. He was unharmed.

The team's decision to call Hamilton in for a pit stop clearly backfired, and the Briton angrily snapped over the radio: "Please stop talking to me, please."

Rosberg was 4.4 seconds ahead of four-time F1 champion Vettel, and 6 clear of Hamilton.

As Rosberg and Vettel celebrated warmly with each other, Hamilton took a long while to get out of his car, taking his helmet off slowly and walking to join the other two on the podium with his head down.

Asked if he would respect his team's decisions from now on, Hamilton replied bluntly: "Yes."

He added that it was "a great feeling to lead the race" and that he felt even quicker than usual.

"On the one hand it's good to have that pace, and you live to fight another day," he said.

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Yellowstone injuries: slips, falls outpace bear mauling http://www.dailyastorian.com/yellowstone-injuries-slips-falls-outpace-bear-mauling-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest3d596c37f09d49a8bcbe27fea70b2f32 http://www.dailyastorian.com/yellowstone-injuries-slips-falls-outpace-bear-mauling-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest3d596c37f09d49a8bcbe27fea70b2f32#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 08:00:19 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249923 CASPER, Wyo. (AP) Getting hurt at Yellowstone is quite as glamorous as you might think.

Although the park is full of hazards like bears, bison, scalding water and canyons, visitors are most likely to be injured from mundane accidents like trips, slips and falls, reports the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1ArYZWE ).

Bear attacks are dramatic but exceedingly rare. National Park Service statistics put the likelihood being injured by a bear during a visit to Yellowstone at 1 in 2.1 million.

Still, the park works to keep visitors educated about bear safety.

"We see people taking risks that are absolutely unnecessary," said Yellowstone Public Affairs Officer Traci Weaver.

The "Be Bear Aware" campaign teaches visitors how to properly store food, carry bear spray and keep a distance from the animals.

Other wildlife can also be dangerous. The park didn't have statistics on bison gorings, but Weaver said they happen once or twice a year.

Most recently, a 16-year-old Taiwanese girl was gored last week as she posed for a picture in front of the creature.

"The temptation is definitely there when there's bison or elk right there near the trail to try to get close and get pictures," Weaver said.

But visitors are required to stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards away from other large animals, including bison, elk and bighorn sheep.

Injuries and deaths caused by the geothermal features are also infrequent. In the park's history, only 20 visitors have died from being boiled by one of Yellowstone's geysers or similar features.

Park officials say falling into the park's Grand Canyon is uncommon, but does happen.

An 8-year-old girl died there in August when she lost her footing and fell 550 feet.

In early May, a 71-year-old man fell into the canyon while trying to take a photograph.

He was able to stop himself after about 25 feet and brace his feet on opposite sides of a crevice, allowing park rangers to rescue him.

"That was pretty incredible," Weaver said. "If he'd have fallen just a little bit in either direction, it would have been fatal. He would have fallen over 150 feet."

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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The Latest: Federer fumes about selfie-seeker at French Open http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-federer-fumes-about-selfie-seeker-at-french-open-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsde26695add6245a18109e67dab4bf175 http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-federer-fumes-about-selfie-seeker-at-french-open-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsde26695add6245a18109e67dab4bf175#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 08:00:45 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249934 PARIS (AP) 4:25 p.m. (1425 GMT)

Roger Federer is fuming that a kid got on center court to snap selfies with him at the French Open and is demanding better security.

"This should never happen on the Philippe Chatrier court," the 2009 French Open champion said. "I'm not happy about it. Obviously not one second I'm happy about it."

The normally calm Swiss says tournament director Gilbert Ysern quickly apologized. Ysern was also seen speaking to Federer's wife in the players' lounge.

The teenage-looking boy ran onto the clay court, put a hand on the 17-time Grand Slam champion's shoulder and tried to snap photos of them together with his mobile phone. This was as Federer was walking off court from his first-round victory.

"It's true for all players that you have to feel safe when we play, feel safe on the courts," Federer said. "It shouldn't happen too often. It's happened twice in two days."

He said several kids also approached him Saturday during practice: "There was one who arrived and then followed by five kids. Nobody reacted in terms of safety, you know, security."

He spoke scathingly of security guards who took several seconds Sunday to react, with one of them eventually steering the boy away.

"You know, it's not just being there, standing there on the courts wearing a nice tie and suit. It's not that funny, you know," he said. "I hope that there is going to be a reaction from the tournament."

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3:44 p.m. (1344 GMT)

A selfie-seeking fan's up-close-and-personal approach of Roger Federer on center court at the French Open raises new questions about player security, an ever-present concern in tennis since the stabbing of Monica Seles in 1993.

Seles was a teenager and ranked No. 1 when obsessed fan Guenter Parche plunged a kitchen knife into her back as she sat on a bench during a changeover at a tournament in Hamburg, Germany.

Parche said he didn't want to kill Seles, only disable her long enough for German rival Steffi Graf to regain the No. 1 ranking. Graf soon assumed the top ranking.

The attack put Seles out of competition for over two years.

Sunday's incident wasn't Federer's first encounter with a French Open intruder. During the second set of the 2009 final, a man jumped over the photographer's pit, went right up to Swiss and tried to put a red hat on him. Federer brushed him aside before security guards got close enough to intervene. After hopping the net, the man was tackled and jailed for questioning.

No comment yet from tournament organizers on the latest incident.

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3:30 p.m. (1330 GMT)

Ivo Karlovic is the first seeded man to exit from the French Open. The big server, seeded 25th, hit 21 aces in losing 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis on Court 7.

Baghdatis, runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open, next plays Damir Dzumhir in the second round.

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3:10 p.m. (1310 GMT)

Surely, this was pushing the selfie craze too far.

A kid ran down from the stands and across center court at Roland Garros to get a selfie with Roger Federer after the 17-time Grand Slam champion's first-round victory against Alejandro Falla.

The boy, as casual as can be, put his hand across Federer's shoulder as the tennis great was walking off court with his kit bag, and tried to snap several shots of the two of them together with his mobile phone.

Clearly very uncomfortable, the 2009 champion gently rebuffed the boy, stepped back and glanced over questioningly at security guards for help. After a delay of several seconds, one of them grasped the boy around the waist and steered him away.

The kid then went back the way he came, strolling back across court to the seats.

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2:43 p.m. (1243 GMT)

Roger Federer is beaming after his straightforward 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 first-round win against Alejandro Falla, a Colombian who entered the main draw as a lucky loser from qualifying.

Facing a player who pushed him to five sets at Wimbledon five years ago, the 2009 Roland Garros champion was never threatened, extending his unbeaten run against the 111th-ranked Falla to 8-0, serving eight aces.

"I love coming here," Federer said. "I wasn't broken. I'm happy."

In the third set, Falla called for a medical timeout, getting some deep massage on his right thigh.

Sticking out like a sore thumb in ultra-pink shorts (is that color even legal?), Federer paced around the court to stay limber during the break.

Falla lost the last two games and the match.

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2:01 p.m. (1201 GMT)

Once bitten, twice shy. Third-seeded Simona Halep, the losing women's French Open finalist last year, has good reason to be wary of her next opponent, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. The 70th-ranked Croatian beat Halep in straight sets in the U.S. Open third round last year.

"I have not good memories from that match," Halep recalled after her first-round 7-5, 6-4 victory on Sunday at Roland Garros against Evgenia Rodina. "I just was blocked and I couldn't hit the ball."

Lucic-Baroni advanced to the second round by beating Lauren Davis, a 64th-ranked American, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

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12:45 p.m. (1045 GMT)

Last year's losing women's finalist, Simona Halep, is safely through to the second round, closing out a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Russian Evegenia Rodina with an ace.

The third-seeded Romanian, dressed all in black, celebrated with a fist pump.

Roger Federer is up next on center court. The winner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles got a standing ovation as he stepped onto Court Philippe Chatrier, acknowledging the applause, shrieks and whistles with a quick wave of his right hand.

Federer is wearing an outfit Andre Agassi would approve of: day-glo pink shorts with purple stripes down the sides and a purple shirt.

His first-round opponent is Alejandro Falla. The Colombian, into the main draw as a lucky loser, pushed Federer to five sets in the first round at Wimbledon in 2010.

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12:19 p.m. (1019 GMT)

The first match-winner this year is Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, in the men's draw. He was up two sets against Mikhail Youzhny when the Russian retired at the start of the third. Youzhny was a quarterfinalist in 2010.

On the women's side, the first winner is Teliana Pereira. The Brazilian qualifier chomped through Fiona Ferro, a 326th-ranked French wild card, in 65 minutes, winning 6-3, 6-2.

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11:57 a.m. (0957 GMT)

Out on Court 2, Phillip Kohlschreiber, seeded 22nd, has torn through his first set against Japan's Go Soeda, winning 6-1. Kohlschreiber (aged 31) and Soeda (30) are among 39 men aged 30 or over in the Roland Garros main draw. That is a Grand Slam record.

Another veteran, 32-year-old Mikhail Youzhny, is off to a bad start on Court 6, losing his first set 6-2 against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

The most golden of oldies, 33-year-old Roger Federer, follows Simona Halep on center court. Last year's losing women's finalist is up against Evgenia Rodina, winning the first set 7-5.

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10:52 a.m. (0852 GMT)

Here we go again. On a sunny Sunday morning, play is about to start at the French Open, as grounds crews finish watering the center court.

The weather forecasts are excellent, with temperatures expected to reach 22 degrees Celsius (72 F) in the afternoon.

Last year's runner-up Simona Halep will open play on Center Court. The third-seeded Romanian player is taking on Russian Evgenia Rodina before Roger Federer starts his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title against lucky loser Alejandro Falla.

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The Latest: Mercedes botches F1 pit stop, Hamilton dejected http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-mercedes-botches-f1-pit-stop-hamilton-dejected-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsb909ab6d6ec9462c8c373b187fbe5a57 http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-mercedes-botches-f1-pit-stop-hamilton-dejected-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsb909ab6d6ec9462c8c373b187fbe5a57#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 08:01:17 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249935 The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:

4:15 p.m. Monaco (1415 GMT)

Lewis Hamilton vows to fight back after being denied his fourth win of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix following a crash involving Max Verstappen.

Hamilton was on his way to a victory when Verstappen's crash led to a safety car going out on track. After being called back to the pits by his Mercedes team, Hamilton found himself behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who won the race.

Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff told broadcaster Sky that it was a mistake to call him into the pits.

"It was a complete misjudgment. I'm just so sorry," Wolff said. "There's nothing to do but apologize."

Asked how he will respond, a dejected-looking Hamilton said: "Come back to win the next one."

"It wasn't the easiest of races, but the team has been amazing all year long and we win and lose together," Hamilton said. "I'm sure we'll sit down after this."

Rosberg was modest in victory, saying: "I know that I got lucky today, so I'll just enjoy the moment now. But I need to work hard because Lewis was a bit stronger today."

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3:59 p.m. Monaco (1359 GMT)

Nico Rosberg has joined a very special group in winning the Monaco Grand Prix for the third consecutive time.

Ayrton Senna of Brazil, Frenchman Alain Prost and Briton Graham Hill all did it and it looked until very late in Sunday's race that Rosberg had no shot at history. He trailed teammate Lewis Hamilton by 15 seconds with 15 laps remaining, but Hamilton was bumped to third place behind the safety car following a crash involving Max Verstappen.

Rosberg, who grew up steeped in Formula One folklore as the son of 1982 F1 champion Keke Rosberg, was able to get to the front and win in front of friends and family. The F1 runner-up last year to Hamilton, the 29-year-old Rosberg was raised in Monaco and knows its surrounding streets better than anyone.

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3:52 p.m. Monaco (1352 GMT)

Nico Rosberg has won the Monaco Grand Prix for the third straight year after a late crash involving teenager Max Verstappen undid Lewis Hamilton's bid for a fourth win of the season.

Hamilton was cruising toward his 37th career win until the 17-year-old Verstappen rammed his Toro Rosso into the back of Romain Grosjean as he tried to overtake the Lotus driver. That meant a safety car had to come out at the start of the 64th lap, and when it did Hamilton suddenly found himself behind both Rosberg and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

When the safety car left, Hamilton had only a few laps to try and get past Vettel and Rosberg on the most difficult track to overtake a driver on F1. Instead, Vettel was second and Hamilton a disappointing third.

It was Rosberg's second win of the season following his win two weeks ago at the Spanish GP.

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3:30 p.m. Monaco (1330 GMT)

Lewis Hamilton is now third late in the Monaco Grand Prix after a wreck.

Teenage driver Max Verstappen had never driven at the Monaco Grand Prix before, and the 17-year-old's race was ended on lap 65 when he clipped the back of Romain Grosjean's Lotus and plunged his Toro Rosso car into the crash barriers.

Verstappen, the son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, tried a daring overtaking move on Grosjean's right but there was no room.

Verstappen was unharmed as he climbed out of his car and the race was momentarily held up as a virtual safety car came out.

Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel were behind the safety car and Hamilton, the race leader throughout, was bumped to third.

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9:15 a.m. ET

The hive of activity surrounding Oriol Servia's garage in Indianapolis? It isn't for the driver.

David Letterman has arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just days after calling it a career after more than three decades in late-night television. Letterman is part owner of the team that will field a car for Servia alongside Graham Rahal in Sunday's race.

Letterman was born and raised in Indianapolis, spending his formative years in the Broad Ripple section of town. He went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and early in his career served as a pit reporter for ABC search on YouTube for his interview of Mario Andretti after the former champion crashed out of the 1971 race.

Letterman got into team ownership in the 1990s with former Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal, and businessman Mike Lanigan came aboard to form what is now Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Servia's yellow car was dressed Sunday in "The Late Show" regalia, while Rahal also had a tribute to Letterman on his car. Team members wore gray T-shirts with their own "Top Ten" list of reasons they love Letterman, such as: "He still calls A.J., 'Mr. Foyt.'"

"Of course he's from here, but his love for this place is extreme," said Graham Rahal, who was a regular guest on "The Late Show" along with numerous other IndyCar drivers. "He pays attention, week-in and week-out. He knows exactly what's happening."

Around the corner, in the CFH Racing garage, former Masters and U.S. Open champion Fuzzy Zoeller is chatting it up with some team members. The Hoosier native has a liquor company that sponsors Ed Carpenter, another Indiana native and two-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner.

In the shadows of the pagoda, Pacers star Paul George is signing autographs for fans. He is joined by a patient from the Riley Hospital for Children who is delivering the green flag.

Members of the country music super-group Florida Georgia Line, who performed at the speedway on Saturday night, are on hand. So is Danielle Bradbery, who won NBC's "The Voice" and will sing "America the Beautiful," and former "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks, who will perform the national anthem shortly before drivers climb into their cars.

One celebrity missing this year is Jim Nabors, known to some as Gomer Pyle but to those around her as the voice of "(Back Home Again in) Indiana." After dealing with health problems for years, Nabors decided to retire last year. The a cappella group Straight No Chaser will lead this year's rendition.

Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis.

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3:14 p.m. Monaco (1314 GMT)

Lewis Hamilton looks well set for victory at the Monaco Grand Prix after a clean pit stop for new tires.

Hamilton waited until the 40th of 78 laps to take his stop, with his Mercedes teammate and rival Nico Rosberg pitted for his two laps earlier.

With 30 laps remaining, Hamilton leads Rosberg by 10 seconds, a huge margin on a track so notoriously difficult to overtake on. It will likely take an accident now to stop Hamilton from winning his fourth race out of six this season and 37th of his career.

The top three positions from qualifying looked likely to stay the same, too, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel trailing Hamilton by 12 seconds.

Behind them, Russian driver Daniil Kvyat was in fourth place and driving smoothly for Red Bull, and Fernando Alonso retired for the second straight race after his McLaren let him down again just like it did in Spain two weeks ago.

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3 p.m. Monaco (1300 GMT)

While drivers fight for position at the Monaco Grand Prix, Jules Bianchi fights for his life in a nearby hospital.

It was at last year's Monaco GP that the French driver secured a ninth-place finish, the best in the short history of the team then known as Marussia. Several months later, Bianchi was in a horrific accident at a gloomy, rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 5 and has been in a life-threatening coma since.

He is still recovering from his head injuries in Nice, near Monaco.

Bianchi's team, which is now known as Manor, has been wearing red wristbands the color of the team during this weekend's race as a tribute to the 25-year-old Bianchi.

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2:40 p.m. Monaco (1240 GMT)

Drivers communicate with their team engineers throughout the race weekend over radio, and it sometimes makes for some colorful conversations under the stress of racing.

Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen told his former Lotus team to leave him alone when they gave him advice, and this season Nico Rosberg barked at his Mercedes crew after just missing out on pole position in qualifying.

Conversations have been polite so far at the Monaco GP, with Lewis Hamilton politely asking "What can I do to save those brakes, I'm having to drive so slow right now" and Rosberg's race crew urging him to close the gap on Hamilton as he started to drift further behind.

With 25 of 78 laps raced, Rosberg was five seconds behind Hamilton, with both yet to take their pit stops.

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8:30 a.m. ET

With the F1 race nearing the halfway point, across the Atlantic (and then some), the parade of marching bands has started in front of the famed pagoda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the start of a morning's worth of festivities leading up to the Indianapolis 500.

Traffic jams are already snaking for miles around the famous oval. The smell of barbecue mingling with hash browns and breakfast sausages is wafting through Gasoline Alley. Fans already are sitting in the metal bleachers in anticipation of the 99th running of the race.

Scott Dixon will be on the pole. Will Power could be the one to beat. Helio Castroneves will again try to join the club of four-time winners after coming oh-so-close a year ago, while Marco Andretti will once again be trying to end the almost mythic "Andretti Curse."

Everyone will be trying to keep four tires on the track after a series of spectacular wrecks in the days leading up to the race, one of them landing James Hinchcliffe in the hospital.

Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis.

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2:20 p.m. Monaco (1220 GMT)

McLaren got off to a poor start at the Monaco Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso given a five-second penalty for nudging Nico Hulkenberg's Force India into the barriers.

It has been a terrible season for McLaren so far, with no points from the first five races, and this latest incident came at the Mirabeau turn as Alonso tried to make his way through heavy traffic.

Hulkenberg was able to continue after taking a pit stop to change his front wing, and Alonso will have to serve the time penalty when he enters the pits.

Meanwhile, the race ended early for Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado as the brakes failed on his Lotus.

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2:10 p.m. Monaco (1210 GMT)

Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton made a clean start from pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, holding off Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

It's a relief for Hamilton, who was starting from pole for the first time in Monaco and was coming off a poor start at the Spanish GP two weeks ago.

Rosberg, meanwhile, held his spot well under pressure from Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who started from third on the grid and tried to squeeze past him.

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1:30 p.m. Monaco (1130 GMT)

With the Cannes Film Festival a short drive away, celebrity spotting has always been easy at the Monaco Grand Prix.

In the 1960s, it was film stars like Swedish actress Britt Ekland and British actor Peter Sellers who turned up. In more recent years, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio have all attended the glamorous event.

This year, Michael Fassbender was spotted shortly before Sunday's race, while Real Madrid's soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo turned up with British fashion model Cara Delevingne.

While Ronaldo chatted with Formula One driver Fernando Alonso who is a huge soccer fan in the pit lane, Delevingne sat on a McLaren car wheel.

Liam Payne of pop band One Direction was also seen strolling around the paddock area, and former world ski champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany also attended.

In this rich playground, it's a case of the haves and the have yachts.

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Officials say some protesters angry over the acquittal of a police officer charged in the deaths of two unarmed suspects became violent and turned on bystanders, including some who pepper-sprayed patrons sitting at outdoor cafes downtown.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says 71 people were arrested Saturday night after a day of mostly peaceful protests turned more aggressive.

Williams said Sunday at a news conference with Mayor Frank Jackson that another protester threw a restaurant sign at a patron, striking him in the head. He says bystanders were also accosted in at least one other instance.

Jackson thanked the majority of protesters who remained respectful. He says the police will continue to help demonstrators exercise their First Amendment rights but warned the city will not tolerate any protesters who cross the line into violence.

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6:45 a.m.

The streets of Cleveland have largely remained calm on the morning after police made numerous arrests of protesters angered by the acquittal of a police officer charged in the deaths of two unarmed suspects.

Angry but mostly orderly protests followed Saturday's verdict in the case of patrolman Michael Brelo. Police say some demonstrators became unruly and refused to disperse after night fell, but the protests avoided to kind of violence seen after police killings in Baltimore, New York City and Ferguson, Missouri.

Brelo now faces administrative charges while remaining suspended without pay, but he no longer faces the prospect of prison.

The anxious city now awaits a decision on criminal charges against a white officer in the fatal shooting of a black 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun.

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The Latest: Nico Rosberg wins Formula One's Monaco GP http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-nico-rosberg-wins-formula-ones-monaco-gp-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentb909ab6d6ec9462c8c373b187fbe5a57 http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-nico-rosberg-wins-formula-ones-monaco-gp-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentb909ab6d6ec9462c8c373b187fbe5a57#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 07:01:51 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249927 The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:

3:52 Monaco (1352 GMT)

Nico Rosberg has won the Monaco Grand Prix for the third straight year after a late crash involving teenager Max Verstappen undid Lewis Hamilton's bid for a fourth win of the season.

Hamilton was cruising toward his 37th career win until the 17-year-old Verstappen rammed his Toro Rosso into the back of Romain Grosjean as he tried to overtake the Lotus driver. That meant a safety car had to come out at the start of the 64th lap, and when it did Hamilton suddenly found himself behind both Rosberg and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

When the safety car left, Hamilton had only a few laps to try and get past Vettel and Rosberg on the most difficult track to overtake a driver on F1. Instead, Vettel was second and Hamilton a disappointing third.

It was Rosberg's second win of the season following his win two weeks ago at the Spanish GP.

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3:30 p.m. Monaco (1330 GMT)

Lewis Hamilton is now third late in the Monaco Grand Prix after a wreck.

Teenage driver Max Verstappen had never driven at the Monaco Grand Prix before, and the 17-year-old's race was ended on lap 65 when he clipped the back of Romain Grosjean's Lotus and plunged his Toro Rosso car into the crash barriers.

Verstappen, the son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, tried a daring overtaking move on Grosjean's right but there was no room.

Verstappen was unharmed as he climbed out of his car and the race was momentarily held up as a virtual safety car came out.

Nico Rosberg and Sebastien Vettel were behind the safety car and Hamilton, the race leader throughout, was bumped to third.

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9:15 a.m. ET

The hive of activity surrounding Oriol Servia's garage in Indianapolis? It isn't for the driver.

David Letterman has arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just days after calling it a career after more than three decades in late-night television. Letterman is part owner of the team that will field a car for Servia alongside Graham Rahal in Sunday's race.

Letterman was born and raised in Indianapolis, spending his formative years in the Broad Ripple section of town. He went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and early in his career served as a pit reporter for ABC search on YouTube for his interview of Mario Andretti after the former champion crashed out of the 1971 race.

Letterman got into team ownership in the 1990s with former Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal, and businessman Mike Lanigan came aboard to form what is now Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Servia's yellow car was dressed Sunday in "The Late Show" regalia, while Rahal also had a tribute to Letterman on his car. Team members wore gray T-shirts with their own "Top Ten" list of reasons they love Letterman, such as: "He still calls A.J., 'Mr. Foyt.'"

"Of course he's from here, but his love for this place is extreme," said Graham Rahal, who was a regular guest on "The Late Show" along with numerous other IndyCar drivers. "He pays attention, week-in and week-out. He knows exactly what's happening."

Letterman isn't the only one lending star power to the Indy 500.

Around the corner, in the CFH Racing garage, former Masters and U.S. Open champion Fuzzy Zoeller is chatting it up with some team members. The Hoosier native has a liquor company that sponsors Ed Carpenter, another Indiana native and two-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner.

In the shadows of the pagoda, Pacers star Paul George is signing autographs for fans. He is joined by a patient from the Riley Hospital for Children who is delivering the green flag.

Members of the country music super-group Florida Georgia Line, who performed at the speedway on Saturday night, are on hand. So is Danielle Bradbery, who won NBC's "The Voice" and will sing "America the Beautiful," and former "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks, who will perform the national anthem shortly before drivers climb into their cars.

One celebrity missing this year is Jim Nabors, known to some as Gomer Pyle but to those around her as the voice of "(Back Home Again in) Indiana." After dealing with health problems for years, Nabors decided to retire last year. The a cappella group Straight No Chaser will lead this year's rendition.

Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis.

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3:14 p.m. (1314 GMT)

Lewis Hamilton looks well set for victory at the Monaco Grand Prix after a clean pit stop for new tires.

Hamilton waited until the 40th of 78 laps to take his stop, with his Mercedes teammate and rival Nico Rosberg pitted for his two laps earlier.

With 30 laps remaining, Hamilton leads Rosberg by 10 seconds, a huge margin on a track so notoriously difficult to overtake on. It will likely take an accident now to stop Hamilton from winning his fourth race out of six this season and 37th of his career.

The top three positions from qualifying looked likely to stay the same, too, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel trailing Hamilton by 12 seconds.

Behind them, Russian driver Daniil Kvyat was in fourth place and driving smoothly for Red Bull, and Fernando Alonso retired for the second straight race after his McLaren let him down again just like it did in Spain two weeks ago.

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3 p.m. (1300 GMT)

While drivers fight for position at the Monaco Grand Prix, Jules Bianchi fights for his life in a nearby hospital.

It was at last year's Monaco GP that the French driver secured a ninth-place finish, the best in the short history of the team then known as Marussia. Several months later, Bianchi was in a horrific accident at a gloomy, rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 5 and has been in a life-threatening coma since.

He is still recovering from his head injuries in Nice, near Monaco.

Bianchi's team, which is now known as Manor, has been wearing red wristbands the color of the team during this weekend's race as a tribute to the 25-year-old Bianchi.

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2:40p.m. (1240 GMT)

Drivers communicate with their team engineers throughout the race weekend over radio, and it sometimes makes for some colorful conversations under the stress of racing.

Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen told his former Lotus team to leave him alone when they gave him advice, and this season Nico Rosberg barked at his Mercedes crew after just missing out on pole position in qualifying.

Conversations have been polite so far at the Monaco GP, with Lewis Hamilton politely asking "What can I do to save those brakes, I'm having to drive so slow right now" and Rosberg's race crew urging him to close the gap on Hamilton as he started to drift further behind.

With 25 of 78 laps raced, Rosberg was five seconds behind Hamilton, with both yet to take their pit stops.

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8:30 a.m. ET

With the F1 race nearing the halfway point, across the Atlantic (and then some), the parade of marching bands has started in front of the famed pagoda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the start of a morning's worth of festivities leading up to the Indianapolis 500.

Traffic jams are already snaking for miles around the famous oval. The smell of barbecue mingling with hash browns and breakfast sausages is wafting through Gasoline Alley. Fans already are sitting in the metal bleachers in anticipation of the 99th running of the race.

Scott Dixon will be on the pole. Will Power could be the one to beat. Helio Castroneves will again try to join the club of four-time winners after coming oh-so-close a year ago, while Marco Andretti will once again be trying to end the almost mythic "Andretti Curse."

Everyone will be trying to keep four tires on the track after a series of spectacular wrecks in the days leading up to the race, one of them landing James Hinchcliffe in the hospital.

Dave Skretta reporting from Indianapolis.

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2:20 p.m. (1220 GMT)

McLaren got off to a poor start at the Monaco Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso given a five-second penalty for nudging Nico Hulkenberg's Force India into the barriers.

It has been a terrible season for McLaren so far, with no points from the first five races, and this latest incident came at the Mirabeau turn as Alonso tried to make his way through heavy traffic.

Hulkenberg was able to continue after taking a pit stop to change his front wing, and Alonso will have to serve the time penalty when he enters the pits.

Meanwhile, the race ended early for Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado as the brakes failed on his Lotus.

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2:10 p.m. (1210 GMT)

Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton made a clean start from pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, holding off Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

It's a relief for Hamilton, who was starting from pole for the first time in Monaco and was coming off a poor start at the Spanish GP two weeks ago.

Rosberg, meanwhile, held his spot well under pressure from Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who started from third on the grid and tried to squeeze past him.

Sparks flew behind them as the two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat jostled aggressively for position.

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1:45 p.m. (1145 GMT)

There's a simple reason why Lewis Hamilton is the favorite for this year's Monaco Grand Prix, aside from the fact that he's the F1 championship leader: he's in pole position.

The tight, sinewy nature of Monaco's 3.34-kilometer (2.07-mile) street circuit makes it extremely difficult to overtake, and the past six winners and nine of the past 10 have won from pole.

That means Hamilton has a good chance to earn his fourth win of the season and extend his 20-point lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg closed the gap somewhat at the Spanish GP two weeks ago, when he ended a run of just one win in 15 races.

But the momentum is still very much with Hamilton, who recently signed a new three-year deal with Mercedes.

His remarkable consistency has seen him reach the podium in 21 of the past 24 races since the beginning of last season, with 14 wins, five second-place finishes and two third places.

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1:30 p.m. (1130 GMT)

With the Cannes Film Festival a short drive away, celebrity spotting has always been easy at the Monaco Grand Prix.

In the 1960s, it was film stars like Swedish actress Britt Ekland and British actor Peter Sellers who turned up. In more recent years, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio have all attended the glamorous event.

This year, Michael Fassbender was spotted shortly before Sunday's race, while Real Madrid's soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo turned up with British fashion model Cara Delevingne.

While Ronaldo chatted with Formula One driver Fernando Alonso who is a huge soccer fan in the pit lane, Delevingne sat on a McLaren car wheel.

Liam Payne of pop band One Direction was also seen strolling around the paddock area, and former world ski champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany also attended.

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12:50 p.m. (1050 GMT)

Glitz and glamour are part of any Formula One race, but never more so than at the Monaco Grand Prix, its showcase event where movie stars bump shoulders with royalty and sports celebrities and hopefully take in some top-class racing as well.

As always, fans have flocked to the picturesque principality to soak up the atmosphere at the most unique event in F1, a street-circuit race which sees drivers go past the Monte Carlo casino, famous boutiques and some of the most expensive real estate in the world.

Raucous crowds gather around the glittering harbor, while others prefer to seek a good vantage point in the surrounding hills perched just underneath Prince Albert's huge palace.

More privileged spectators have a free view while drinking champagne on their luxury yachts.

In this rich playground, it's a case of the haves and the have yachts.

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State legislature running out of time in special session http://www.dailyastorian.com/state-legislature-running-out-of-time-in-special-session-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwesta707f909e0464caeaf07c40ac64b4de8 http://www.dailyastorian.com/state-legislature-running-out-of-time-in-special-session-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwesta707f909e0464caeaf07c40ac64b4de8#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 07:00:25 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249926 SEATTLE (AP) As the Washington Legislature heads into the final week of its special session, few are predicting that lawmakers will finish their work by Thursday.

But they do have lots of deadlines pressuring them to finish by the end of June, at the latest.

Here are some:

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AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

The new fiscal year begins July 1. If the budget for the next two years hasn't been approved by June 30, the state government may have to shut down some of its operations and furlough thousands of workers. Washington state has never had a government shutdown, but it came close in 1991, 2001 and 2013, when budget talks extended late into June.

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COURT WANTS FUNDING FIX FOR SCHOOLS

The Washington Supreme Court won't let lawmaker go home until they've got a plan for fixing the way the state pays for public schools. The Supreme Court ruled in September that Washington state was in contempt for failing to submit a complete plan for implementing its response to the 2012 McCleary decision. Last month, the Supreme Court gave the Legislature more time to complete its assignment. Lawmakers need to pass a state budget that puts more money into education and make a plan for how they will finish paying off McCleary obligations and fix the state's overreliance on local school levies. If they do not check these items off their to-do list, the Supreme Court has promised to sanction the Legislature.

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STATE AGENCIES MUST FINALIZE THEIR BUDGETS

Until lawmakers pass a budget, state agencies do not know how much money they will have to spend.

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DISTRICTS MAY NEED TO HIRE TEACHERS

If lawmakers put more money into the state budget to lower class sizes and bring all-day kindergarten to school districts across the state, school districts may need to hire more teachers or move staff members around. May 15 is the traditional day when school districts let their teachers know if they will have a job next year, but they have until June 15 when the Legislature has yet to pass a state budget.

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TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

Teacher contracts are being negotiated in 104 school districts. The Washington Education Association says many of those contracts have language that allows them to reopen negotiations based on legislative actions, but it's unlikely negotiations will proceed until school districts have a better idea if the Legislature is going to do anything that affects their ability to negotiate.

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ROAD REPAIR SEASON

Crews are out building and repairing roads and bridges across Washington. Without a transportation budget and a construction budget both of which are stalled along with the state general operating budget that work will come to a halt on July 1. The state ferry system could also experience a partial shutdown.

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FUNDRAISING IS ON HOLD

Lawmakers are not allowed to raise campaign funds while the Legislature is in session. Some plan to spend the off season raising money and campaigning for re-election. As long as they keep meeting to hash out the state budget, they will not be able to do that.

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The Latest on flooding: Residents north of Houston evacuated http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-on-flooding-residents-north-of-houston-evacuated-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world8ddc092ddfc24b3d93e18e86809af6a5 http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-on-flooding-residents-north-of-houston-evacuated-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world8ddc092ddfc24b3d93e18e86809af6a5#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 07:00:44 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249928 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) 8 a.m.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for residents in an area north of Houston because authorities are concerned heavy rains may cause a dam to fail.

The evacuation area is between Lake Conroe and nearby Lake Lewis, about 50 miles north of Houston. The Montgomery County Emergency Management office said in a statement Sunday that the dam on Lake Lewis remains intact.

The area received rain overnight and the National Weather Service expects another 2 to 3 inches through Sunday along with damaging winds. Up to 4 inches of rains could fall Monday.

Montgomery County officials say a Red Cross shelter is open in Montgomery to assist residents who have been evacuated.

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7:50 a.m.

Authorities in northeast Oklahoma say a firefighter for the city of Claremore has died after being swept away by floodwaters while assisting in a water rescue from a house.

Rogers County Emergency Management spokesman Thomas Hudson says the firefighter died early Sunday morning. The man was standing in some water during the rescue, lost his footing and was swept away. The firefighter's name has not been released.

The flooding is due to days of heavy rain throughout the state, especially in the southwest part, as well as Oklahoma City and Norman. Hudson says the Claremore area is expecting more rain Sunday.

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6:30 a.m.

Authorities in Oklahoma and Texas say they have been conducting numerous rescues of residents from flooding areas.

In Hays County in Central Texas, sheriff's Lt. Jeri Skrocki tells The Associated Press that residents in the small community of Wimberley, about 40 miles southwest of Austin, are being urged to evacuate as the nearby Blanco River continues to rise at a record-high level.

She says no serious injuries have been reported and that emergency shelters have been set up for residents at schools, a church, a nursing home and a community center.

In Oklahoma, authorities in Cleveland and Comanche counties say in news releases that they also have assisted with rescues after flooding, including people trapped in their attics and on their roofs.

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10:20 p.m.

A music festival in Oklahoma is being evacuated because of inclement weather.

Officials with the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, about 50 miles west of Tulsa, urged attendees around 9 p.m. to head to their cars or the nearby camping area to wait out the incoming weather. They later stressed the campgrounds were not being evacuated.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says at least 15 highways have been closed across the state due to high water from the recent flooding. It also caused damage to a gas station and mall in Oklahoma City.

Evacuation orders have been issued in Elk City, Oklahoma, and Wichita Falls, Texas, amid warnings from the National Weather Service about potentially historic flooding.

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9:20 p.m.

A powerful storm that has flooded roads across much of Oklahoma also has caused major damage at a gas station in the state capital of Oklahoma City.

KOCO-TV reports heavy winds peeled the roof off a Shell station and caused other damage. Motorists were stranded on a nearby road due to flooding.

The station reports city fire officials received 80 high-water calls over a two-hour period. Flood water got inside one mall in the city and nearly covered cars in the parking lot of another.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says at least 15 highways have been closed across the state.

Evacuation orders have been issued in Elk City, Oklahoma, and Wichita Falls, Texas, amid warnings from the National Weather Service about potentially historic flooding.

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9:05 p.m.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says at least 15 highways have been closed across the state due to high water from the recent flooding.

Heavy rainfall also made roads impassable Saturday night across much of the Oklahoma City metro area. The southbound ramp of Interstate 44 leading to I-40 was among the closures.

KOCO-TV reports Oklahoma City fire officials received 80 high-water calls over a two-hour period. The heavy water flooded one mall in the city and nearly covered cars in the parking lot of another.

Evacuation orders have been issued in Elk City, Oklahoma, and Wichita Falls, Texas, amid warnings from the National Weather Service about potentially historic flooding.

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Residents rescued from flooded homes in Texas, Oklahoma http://www.dailyastorian.com/residents-rescued-from-flooded-homes-in-texas-oklahoma-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd40bf72364384a0cad5f62a4294f49d5 http://www.dailyastorian.com/residents-rescued-from-flooded-homes-in-texas-oklahoma-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd40bf72364384a0cad5f62a4294f49d5#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 07:00:37 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249929 WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma has led to numerous evacuations and rescues and the death of a firefighter.

The heavy rains were pushing into eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma on Sunday morning.

Rogers County Emergency Management spokesman Thomas Hudson says a firefighter in the northeast Oklahoma town of Claremore died early Sunday after being swept away by floodwaters during a rescue. And residents in Cleveland and Comanche counties in Oklahoma had to be rescued from attics and roofs.

In Central Texas, rain caused the Blanco River in Hays County to rise to a record level Saturday, forcing authorities to evacuate residents.

Hays County Sheriff's Lt. Jeri Skrocki says numerous rescues were conducted in the community of Wimberley, about 40 miles southwest of Austin. No serious injuries were reported.

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Police: DWI, drug arrests at NY electronic music festival http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-dwi-drug-arrests-at-ny-electronic-music-festival-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentbb506823d68e41b2b08d5ac4a339812d http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-dwi-drug-arrests-at-ny-electronic-music-festival-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentbb506823d68e41b2b08d5ac4a339812d#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 06:03:01 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305239923 BETHEL WOODS, N.Y. (AP) New York State Police are continuing to keep a close eye on an outdoor electronic music festival. They've now made several driving while intoxicated as well as drug arrests.

As of Sunday, troopers said they had arrested five Mysteryland Music Festival attendees on DWI charges and four others on felony drug possession charges.

Troopers say they've confiscated cocaine, MDMA, LSD, ketamine, ecstasy and marijuana at the four-day concert in Bethel Woods, in the Hudson Valley. They'd said Saturday they'd made several drug arrests, without an exact number.

Mysteryland organizers say possessing, selling and using drugs at the festival is forbidden.

An upstate New York man was charged last year in the death of another man authorities said overdosed on MDMA at New York City's Electric Zoo music festival in 2013.

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AP Top International News At 7:49 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-international-news-at-749-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd3e7157f669943d4bfba8e95e05e535c http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-international-news-at-749-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd3e7157f669943d4bfba8e95e05e535c#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 05:00:34 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249932 Women's walk across Koreas' DMZ denied; they cross by busNegotiator: Iran agrees to 'managed access' to nuclear sitesVideo purports to show kidnapped Chinese tourist in Pakistan'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslideLocal elections in Spain test upstart parties' voter appealPoles vote in cliffhanger presidential election runoffAt least 10 Afghan police officers killed in Taliban assaultSyrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks]]> AP Top Entertainment News At 7:49 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-entertainment-news-at-749-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmente489067f2cc64ba4b1b3554dc12ef1b0 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-entertainment-news-at-749-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmente489067f2cc64ba4b1b3554dc12ef1b0#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 05:01:51 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249996 Cannes celebrities protected by seagull-deterrent falconsLongtime Oscars director Marty Pasetta dies in car accidentSusan Sarandon urges tourists to visit earthquake-hit NepalSweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booedB.B. King memorial more cheers than tears in Las VegasCANNES WATCH: Going out In styleB.B. King Homecoming festival honors memory of blues legendNigerian senator-elect wanted for US drug deal 'arrested']]> All eyes on Coen brothers as Cannes readies for Palme d'Or http://www.dailyastorian.com/all-eyes-on-coen-brothers-as-cannes-readies-for-palme-dor-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentc9fd59b6c658444d8143dd88cbc50e34 http://www.dailyastorian.com/all-eyes-on-coen-brothers-as-cannes-readies-for-palme-dor-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentc9fd59b6c658444d8143dd88cbc50e34#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 05:01:53 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249942 CANNES, France (AP) Just what film directors Joel and Ethan Coen are thinking is a question that has long bedeviled moviegoers. Now they have the Cannes Film Festival on pins and needles, too.

The 68th Cannes Film Festival wraps up with an awards ceremony Sunday night that will bestow the coveted Palme d'Or on one of 19 films in competition. The decision is left up a jury, headed this year by the Coen brothers, who themselves won the Palme d'Or in 1991 for "Barton Fink."

Among the favorites to capture Cannes' top honor this year are the Hungarian Holocaust drama "Son of Saul" by first-time director Laszlo Nemes; Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's wry mediation on aging in "Youth;" Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's lavish martial arts drama "The Assassin;" and American Todd Haynes' '50s lesbian romance "Carol."

Others on the Cannes jury this year include Guillermo del Toro, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller, Sophie Marceau, Xavier Dolan, Rokia Traore and Rossy de Palma.

One thing is for certain: For the first time in several years, the Palme d'Or winner won't be a three-hour art-house epic.

The iconic award itself with its gold palm branch that was re-designed last year by Chopard is made of 18-carat "Fairmined" gold, hand-cast in a plaster mould and fixed on a cushion of unique cut crystal. It was honored at this year's festival in a film directed by Alexis Veller that interviewed recipients such as Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Jane Campion.

On Saturday, "Rams," a drama set among farmers and their sheep in a remote Icelandic valley, won the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard competition. Jury president Isabella Rossellini said Grimur Hakonarson's film was honored for "treating in a masterful, tragicomic way the undeniable bond that links all humans to animals."

Its second-place Jury Prize went to Croatian director Dalibor Matanic for "Zvizdan" ("The High Sun"), which explores love and ethnic hatred in the Balkans.

The Un Certain Regard competition honors new directors and more offbeat films than the Palme d'Or.

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Local elections in Spain test upstart parties' voter appeal http://www.dailyastorian.com/local-elections-in-spain-test-upstart-parties-voter-appeal-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldbfeef010e4894318addb37841df629f7 http://www.dailyastorian.com/local-elections-in-spain-test-upstart-parties-voter-appeal-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldbfeef010e4894318addb37841df629f7#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 05:00:59 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249936 MADRID (AP) Voters began casting ballots Sunday across much of Spain in local elections that could see two upstart parties end nearly four decades of dominance by the ruling conservative Popular Party and its rival, the center-left Socialists.

At stake are 8,122 town halls as well as parliament seats in 13 of Spain's 17 regions. More than 35 million Spaniards are registered to vote.

Opinion polls indicate voters are fed up with Spain's economic downturn and the corruption scandals that have rocked both main political parties, which have alternated in power.

That dissatisfaction has opened the door to the centrist, pro-business Citizens party and the left-wing We Can party both relative newcomers that began operating on a national scale only last year.

The two most important electoral battlegrounds will be for control of the capital Madrid and for Barcelona, the regional capital of the relatively prosperous but heavily indebted northeastern Catalonia region.

In Madrid, where protesters angry with austerity measures and corruption camped out in the Puerta del Sol square for weeks in 2011 and helped fuel the worldwide "Occupy" movement, the Popular Party could lose its long-standing majority.

The We Can group was born out of that Madrid protest, which railed against the stinging cutbacks introduced by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party and the widespread mismanagement that led to a bailout for Spain's banking sector after the country's once-thriving real estate sector collapsed.

In Barcelona, a popular anti-eviction advocate backed by We Can could upset the region's long-dominant conservative Convergence and Union party.

Polling booths close at 8 p.m. with final results expected by midnight.

Sunday's vote is Spain's 10th local election since democracy was restored 36 years ago after the military dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco.

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Susan Sarandon urges tourists to visit earthquake-hit Nepal http://www.dailyastorian.com/susan-sarandon-urges-tourists-to-visit-earthquake-hit-nepal-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment2a6d5f69ad6a4f25b121196cf82a6bb1 http://www.dailyastorian.com/susan-sarandon-urges-tourists-to-visit-earthquake-hit-nepal-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment2a6d5f69ad6a4f25b121196cf82a6bb1#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 05:01:57 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249931 KALLABARI, Nepal (AP) Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to come to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the last month killed thousands of people and made several hundreds of thousands homeless.

Sarandon is in Nepal for five days, staying with the famed Kung-fu nuns in a Buddhist monastery and later in an orphanage that was damaged in one of the quakes.

She said people should make reservations to come to Nepal after the rainy season ends in September to help people in the Himalayan nation recover from the disasters.

A magnitude-7.8 quake struck Nepal on April 25, killing at least 8,490 people. A magnitude-7.3 quake on May 12 killed 158. Nearly 17,000 people were injured in the two quakes.

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Streets calm a day after protest of Ohio officer's acquittal http://www.dailyastorian.com/streets-calm-a-day-after-protest-of-ohio-officers-acquittal-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world389817cc351547119b230510c42dfe91 http://www.dailyastorian.com/streets-calm-a-day-after-protest-of-ohio-officers-acquittal-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world389817cc351547119b230510c42dfe91#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 06:01:01 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249962 CLEVELAND (AP) The streets largely remained calm Sunday morning after police in riot gear made numerous arrests overnight of protesters angered by a patrolman's acquittal in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects in a barrage of police gunfire.

Michael Brelo, 31, faces administrative charges while remaining suspended without pay after he was found not guilty Saturday on two counts of voluntary manslaughter, but he no longer faces the prospect of prison. The anxious city now awaits a decision on criminal charges against a white officer in the fatal shooting of a black 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun.

Brelo and 12 other officers fired 137 shots at a car with Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams inside it on Nov. 29, 2012. The shooting occurred at the end of a 22-mile chase involving more than 100 Cleveland police officers and 60 cruisers after Russell's Chevy Malibu backfired while speeding past police headquarters. During the chase, an officer reported that he thought he'd seen Williams with a gun. At the end, police mistook police gunfire for shots from Russell's car.

Brelo fired 49 of those shots that night, but it was the final 15 fired into the windshield while he stood on the hood of Russell's car that led to his indictment and a four-week trial. He faced up to 22 years in prison if convicted on both counts.

The shooting helped prompt an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice that concluded Cleveland police had engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive use of force and violations of people's civil rights.

Angry but mostly orderly protests followed Saturday's verdict. More than a dozen protesters were arrested Saturday night for failing to disperse from an alley in the city's Warehouse District on downtown's west side, deputy police chief Wayne Drummond said. Several other people were arrested elsewhere downtown.

The first protest formed outside the Justice Center Saturday morning while Judge John P. O'Donnell read from his 35-page verdict.

A larger protest of around 200 people gathered at noon near where Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty lives. Both protests later merged at a recreation center where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by a rookie patrol officer last November. While that demonstration became boisterous, with Eugene Rice angrily calling for justice for his grandson, it remained peaceful.

An investigation into the Tamir Rice shooting is nearly complete and will be given to the prosecutor's office to decide whether to pursue criminal charges.

Alicia Kirkman, 47, of Cleveland, said she joined the march in honor of her son, killed in a police shooting eight years ago.

"I'm just so mad we never get justice from any of the police killings," said Kirkman, who said she settled with the city after her son's death but no charges were filed.

The judge said in his ruling that he wouldn't "sacrifice" Brelo to the wave of anti-police sentiment that has swept across the nation in the wake of other police in-custody deaths. While protests in cities like Baltimore, New York City and Ferguson, Missouri, have erupted into violence, the demonstrations in Cleveland didn't escalate.

The judge's decision to acquit Brelo focused on which shots killed Russell, 43, and Williams, 30, two homeless drug addicts with a long history of mental illness. Four of the 23 gunshot wounds to Russell and seven of Williams' 24 wounds were believed to have been fatal. O'Donnell said that while testimony showed Brelo fired some of the fatal shots, other officers fired kill shots as well.

A grand jury charged five police supervisors with misdemeanor dereliction of duty for failing to control the chase. All five have pleaded not guilty and no trial date has been set.

Prosecutors had argued that when Brelo stood on the hood of the Malibu that he meant to kill Russell and Williams instead of containing a threat to his and other officers' lives. O'Donnell ruled that even the last 15 shots were justified based on Brelo's belief that someone inside the car had fired at police at the beginning, middle and end of the chase.

"Officer Brelo risked his life on that night," Brelo's lead attorney, Patrick D'Angelo, said after the verdict.

McGinty said he respected O'Donnell's decision, and added that the case would prevent police violence.

In addition to the Tamir Rice case, the county prosecutor's office is looking into the death of a black woman who died in police custody while lying face first on the ground in handcuffs. The family of Tanisha Anderson, 37, has sued the city of Cleveland and the two police officers who subdued her. They say she panicked Nov. 12 when officers put her in the back of a patrol car after they'd responded to a call about Anderson having a mental health crisis.

Russell's sister, Michelle, said Brelo would ultimately face justice, despite the judge's decision. The city of Cleveland has paid the families of Russell and Williams a total of $3 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit.

"He's not going to dodge this just because he was acquitted," Michelle Russell said. "God will have the final say."

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Associated Press writers Andrew Welsh-Huggins, John Seewer in Toledo and John Coyne contributed to this report.

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Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims http://www.dailyastorian.com/malaysia-finds-graves-of-suspected-trafficking-victims-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7558a726245a4a948a6ef0670fc2fb77 http://www.dailyastorian.com/malaysia-finds-graves-of-suspected-trafficking-victims-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7558a726245a4a948a6ef0670fc2fb77#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 05:00:39 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249945 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held.

The finding follows a similar discovery earlier this month by police in Thailand who unearthed dozens of bodies from shallow graves in abandoned camps on the Thai side of the border. The grim discoveries are shedding new light on the hidden network of jungle camps run by traffickers, who have for years held countless desperate people captive while extorting ransoms from their families.

Most of those who have fallen victim to the trafficking networks are refugees and impoverished migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, part of a wave of people who have fled their homelands to reach countries like Malaysia, where they hope to find work or live free from persecution.

As Southeast Asian governments have launched crackdowns amid intensified international pressure and media scrutiny, traffickers have abandoned camps on land and even boats at sea to avoid arrest.

Malaysian Home Minister Zahid Hamidi told reporters that police were trying to identify and verify "mass graves that were found" in the region near the Thai border.

"These graves are believed to be a part of human trafficking activities involving migrants," he said, adding that police have discovered 17 abandoned camps that they suspect were used by traffickers.

There was no immediate word on how many bodies had been recovered. Zahid said that each grave probably contained anywhere from one to four bodies, and that authorities were in the process of counting.

He said he was shocked at the discoveries, because "just last week, we went there ... to see for ourselves." He said he expected more camps and graves to be found "because they have been there for quite some time ... We are still investigating, but I suspect they have been operating for at least five years."

Local media outlets said the graves were found in two locations in the northern state of Perlis. The state borders southern Thailand's Songkhla province, where at least 33 bodies were found earlier this month.

According to the Malay-language Utusan Malaysia newspaper, police found 30 large graves containing hundreds of corpses in mid-May in forests around the Perlis towns of Padang Besar and Wang Kelian.

The English-language Star Online said 100 bodies were found in a single grave in Padang Besar. It said police forensics teams had arrived there Friday night to investigate, and the area had been cordoned off.

Human rights groups and activists say the area on the Thai-Malaysia border has been used for years to smuggle migrants and refugees, including Rohingya Muslims, a persecuted minority in Myanmar.

In many cases, they pay human smugglers thousands of dollars for passage, but are instead held for weeks or months, while traffickers extort more money from families back home. Rights groups say some have been beaten to death, and The Associated Press has documented other cases in which people have been enslaved on fishing boats.

Since May 10 alone, more than 3,600 people about half of them from Bangladesh and half Rohingya from Myanmar have landed ashore in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Thousands more are believed to be trapped at sea in boats abandoned by their captains.

Last June, the U.S. downgraded Thailand and Malaysia to Tier 3 its lowest category in an annual assessment of how governments handle human trafficking.

On Saturday in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he has been speaking to regional leaders about the crisis and urging them to find a solution.

Malaysia and Indonesia announced last week that they would provide temporary shelter for up to one year for migrants recently found or still stranded at sea. The U.S. has said it will settle some of them permanently.

Four Malaysian navy ships began searching for boats Friday, but their operation is limited to Malaysia's territorial waters. The Pentagon said Thursday that Washington was readying air patrols to aid in the search, but a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman in Bangkok said the offer of assistance was still awaiting clearance.

The Rohingya, numbering around 1.3 million in Myanmar, have been called one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Long denied basic rights, they have been driven from their homes in mob attacks in Myanmar's Rakhine state several times since 2012.

More than 140,000 were displaced and are now living under apartheid-like conditions in crowded camps. More than 100,000 more have fled by sea.

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Pitman reported from Bangkok. Associated Press videojournalist Syawalludin Zain contributed to this report.

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AP Top News At 7 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-7-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world5b37b4e1a9b34d4687e475fc9641d3e9 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-7-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world5b37b4e1a9b34d4687e475fc9641d3e9#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 04:00:45 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249938 'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslidePutin signs Russian law to shut 'undesirable' organizationsWomen's walk across Koreas' DMZ denied; they cross by busPoles vote in cliffhanger presidential election runoffAll eyes on Coen brothers as Cannes readies for Palme d'OrWoman uses obituary to say Brady innocent in 'Deflategate'Curry, Golden State rout Houston 115-80 to take 3-0 leadLocal elections in Spain test upstart parties' voter appeal]]> Negotiator: Iran agrees to 'managed access' to nuclear sites http://www.dailyastorian.com/negotiator-iran-agrees-to-managed-access-to-nuclear-sites-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world691e24a20f93460b838b3437d5494777 http://www.dailyastorian.com/negotiator-iran-agrees-to-managed-access-to-nuclear-sites-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world691e24a20f93460b838b3437d5494777#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 05:00:46 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249941 TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iran has agreed to grant United Nations inspectors "managed access" to military sites as part of a future deal over its contested nuclear program, a negotiator said Sunday, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation's supreme leader.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi's comments, carried by state television, came after he and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attended a reportedly stormy closed session of parliament.

"Iran has agreed to grant managed access to military sites," state TV quoted Araghchi as saying Sunday.

Lawmaker Ahmad Shoohani, a member of parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee who attended the closed-door session, said restricted inspections of military sites will be carried out under strict control and specific circumstances.

"Managed access will be in a shape where U.N. inspectors will have the possibility of taking environmental samples from the vicinity of military sites," Shoohani said.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, vowed Wednesday to not allow international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement. Iran's military leaders also angrily have refused such demands. The state TV report did not elaborate on Araghchi's comments apparently contradicting those two powerful forces in the Iranian government.

Iran and six world powers the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany hope to work out terms of a final nuclear deal before a June 30 deadline. Inspection of military sites suspected to be taking part in the nuclear program is a top priority of the U.S.

The West fears Iran's program could allow it to build a nuclear weapon. Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes.

The broadcast also quoted Araghchi as saying Iranian negotiators rejected demands that its scientists be interviewed.

"Americans are after interviewing our nuclear scientists. We didn't accept it," state TV quoted him as saying.

Iran's nuclear scientists have been the targets of attacks before both inside the Islamic Republic and elsewhere. The country also views the interviews as tantamount to a criminal interrogation.

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Cannes celebrities protected by seagull-deterrent falcons http://www.dailyastorian.com/cannes-celebrities-protected-by-seagull-deterrent-falcons-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment652696f4cc134ee98b9aba59a9b5e8fc http://www.dailyastorian.com/cannes-celebrities-protected-by-seagull-deterrent-falcons-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment652696f4cc134ee98b9aba59a9b5e8fc#Comments Sun, 24 May 2015 04:02:32 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015305249933 CANNES, France (AP) As Mary J. Blige walked outside with her entourage and Mads Mikklesen sipped his chilled glass of wine, the VIP guests of Cannes' Grand Hyatt Martinez appeared blissfully unaware of the dangers circling above their heads.

Aggressive gulls have for years been the bane of stars on Cannes' famed Croisette promenade swooping in to snatch pieces of food, hurting clients, knocking tables over and smashing glasses.

But stars needn't worry now the hotel has come up with an ingenious deterrent: falcons.

A pair of the majestic birds of prey can been seen circling around the Croisette's most luxurious address causing pigeons, seagulls and other birds to scatter and give VIPs and other guests much-needed peace.

"This was a serious problem. Without the predatory falcons, we'd have problems dealing with meals on the terrace," said the hotel's general manager, Claudio Ceccherelli. "Sea gulls it's dangerous, they descend at an incredible speed. Even for a small piece of meat, they are capable of smashing a whole table and even hurting clients."

But since seagulls are a protected species, the falconers had to get a permit from the French Ministry of Ecology to operate.

"The role of the falcons is to attack the gulls and push them away. But they don't catch them or kill them," said falconer Christophe Puzin.

Puzin said May is one of the peak nesting seasons for local birds, who build nests on the rooftops of the five-star residences that line the Croisette.

"It's the law of the jungle. The domain of the hotel now has become a hunting zone by a predator, so (the gulls are) on alert that they might get eaten. In such a climate of insecurity, they don't descend near clients," Puzin added.

It's a bird-eat-bird world on the French Riviera.

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