The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com The Daily Astorian Sat, 26 May 2018 12:20:35 -0400 en http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com AP Top U.S. News at 3:19 p.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-319-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde8499a02a8727f2ce977364c7191ab77 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-319-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde8499a02a8727f2ce977364c7191ab77#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 12:20:12 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269932 No rain in sight: Fire fears force land closures in ArizonaIndiana teacher who stopped school shooting earns praiseMan arrested after driver rams into 3 on Oregon sidewalkFamily: Virginia police shooting video raises more questionsFather, son plead guilty to fraud involving secretive sectSubtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US GulfCivilians who shot restaurant gunman say they stopped threatMore LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision]]> Putin and Abe discuss Kuril Islands, WWII peace treaty http://www.dailyastorian.com/putin-and-abe-discuss-kuril-islands-wwii-peace-treaty-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldbdb628b238464c77bc341e6e1a9f3a0e http://www.dailyastorian.com/putin-and-abe-discuss-kuril-islands-wwii-peace-treaty-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldbdb628b238464c77bc341e6e1a9f3a0e#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 12:10:14 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269800 MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Moscow on Saturday for talks that included resolving a dispute over four Pacific islands and eventually signing a peace treaty.

Abe has been pushing for a way forward in the dispute that centers on the four most southern of the Kuril Islands, which Japan calls the Northern Territories.

The Soviet Union took the islands in the closing days of World War II. The dispute has kept the two countries from signing a peace treaty formally ending World War II hostilities.

Japan is seeking to implement joint business projects on the Kuril Islands as a way to gain momentum to resolve the dispute.

"The Japanese and the Russians will be able to reap the fruits of the joint work on the islands," Abe said. "If we cooperate, we can achieve great results that bring mutual benefit."

Putin said after the meeting that a Japanese business delegation would visit the islands this year.

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Mantel, Saunders up for best-ever Booker Prize accolade http://www.dailyastorian.com/mantel-saunders-up-for-best-ever-booker-prize-accolade-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentb212fd7dae594fde993a7b94c001d1f8 http://www.dailyastorian.com/mantel-saunders-up-for-best-ever-booker-prize-accolade-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentb212fd7dae594fde993a7b94c001d1f8#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 12:10:31 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269817 LONDON (AP) Britain's Hilary Mantel, Canada's Michael Ondaatje and American author George Saunders are among five contenders for the title of greatest-ever winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction.

Mantel's Tudor saga "Wolf Hall," Ondaatje's multilayered romance "The English Patient" and Saunders' Civil War-era symphony "Lincoln in the Bardo" are finalists for the Golden Man Booker Prize.

Also nominated are "In a Free State" by Trinidad-born Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul and "Moon Tiger" by Britain's Penelope Lively. The list was announced Saturday.

A panel of judges selected one book from each decade since the prize was founded in 1969. A public vote will decide the ultimate winner, to be announced July 8.

The prize was originally open to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers. Americans have been eligible since 2014.

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AP Top Entertainment News at 3:04 p.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-entertainment-news-at-304-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment2cfb3de9e7b9db0427609e11d774c1c0 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-entertainment-news-at-304-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment2cfb3de9e7b9db0427609e11d774c1c0#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 12:10:32 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269866 Vindication, triumph, also fear: Weinstein accusers reactResentment over Trump election helped fuel Weinstein caseHandcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoningAlicia Silverstone is divorcing husband of nearly 13 years'Sesame Street' sues over new Melissa McCarthy puppet movieAlleged Weinstein victim: Tough part ahead with his defenseVeteran publicist to the stars Paul Bloch dead at age 78Mantel, Saunders up for best-ever Booker Prize accolade]]> The Latest: Madrid fans following final from Bernabeu http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-madrid-fans-following-final-from-bernabeu-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment389481e7e6bc427fabf6058cb9186918 http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-madrid-fans-following-final-from-bernabeu-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment389481e7e6bc427fabf6058cb9186918#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 12:03:24 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269801 KIEV, Ukraine (AP) The Latest on the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (all times local):

9:55 p.m.

Real Madrid fans who couldn't make it to Kiev are packing their home Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to watch the Champions League final against Liverpool.

A near-capacity crowd of 80,000 fans was on hand as the game was broadcast on eight large screens which were set up midfield.

Club members had free access, while the general public had to pay 10 euros ($11.6).

The team opened the stadium for the first time in the 2014 final in Lisbon, then did the same in 2016 and 2017.

Madrid won all three finals.

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9:50 p.m.

Liverpool fans are outnumbering and outsinging Real Madrid's following in the 63,000-capacity crowd.

Both teams' fan anthems were played before kickoff and the red scarves of Liverpool fans peppered one corner of the end occupied by Madrid supporters during "You'll Never Walk Alone."

The game kicked off with Liverpool fans' current Champions League song, "Allez, Allez, Allez," booming around the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

Both teams were allocated more than 16,000 tickets for the game.

9:40 p.m.

UEFA expects a global television audience of more than 160 million for the Champions League final.

Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA's marketing director, says the audience rating will include viewers watching the game streamed live on YouTube in Britain.

Epstein tells The Associated Press that Real Madrid and Liverpool have "two strong brands" and global appeal.

Liverpool, which has a strong following in Asia, is also playing in its first Champions League final for 11 years.

"There has been a lot of hype with the way the teams qualified," Epstein says. "It's been a mad season."

The best-performing recent final was a 175 million "global in-home average audience" for the 2011 final when Barcelona beat Manchester United.

8:55 p.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the Real Madrid attack needing to score twice to match his own single-season Champions League record.

The Madrid star has 15 goals in the competition, and got 17 in the 2013-14 title-winning season. His record year included a penalty in the last minute of extra time in the final to cap a 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo seems sure to be the Champions League top scorer for the sixth straight year, and outright top scorer in five of them.

He is five goals ahead of Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who have 10 each. Sadio Mane, who also starts in the Liverpool attack, has nine.

It's the same Madrid lineup as last year's final a 4-1 win against Juventus.

8:40 p.m.

The lineups have been announced.

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Francisco 'Isco' Alarcon, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema.

Liverpool: Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

8.27 p.m.

Liverpool has arrived for its final against Real Madrid.

Aiming for its first Champions League title since the 2005 "Miracle of Istanbul," the team arrived in a bright red bus bearing the slogan "We Are Liverpool." Fans of the Reds thronged the streets around the Olympic Stadium.

Coach Juergen Klopp led his team out of the bus and into the stadium. Virgil van Dijk chewed gum, while Mohamed Salah was among several players wearing headphones.

Klopp admitted Thursday that Liverpool would face a difficult task against a Madrid team which "works like a clock from Switzerland."

Klopp is aiming to end a losing streak in his last five major finals.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived on crutches due to the season-ending knee injury he suffered last month. He was accompanied by club chairman Tom Werner.

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8:20 p.m.

Real Madrid has arrived at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev as it seeks its third consecutive Champions League title on Saturday in the final against Liverpool.

Fans lined streets as the team bus approached the stadium, with some supporters waving flares. Cristiano Ronaldo smiled for the cameras as he exited the bus wearing headphones.

The last time a team won Europe's premier cup competition three years in a row was Bayern Munich in 1976.

Despite Real Madrid's run of success in Europe, coach Zinedine Zidane said Thursday his team "doesn't feel like the favorites" for the final.

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8:15 p.m.

Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, has been walking pitchside at the Olympic Stadium less than two hours before kickoff.

The former world heavyweight boxing champion stopped to pose for selfie photographs by several fans in white Real Madrid shirts.

Klitschko has spent much of the past two days trying to ensure Liverpool fans with tickets could get to his city. He was in talks with the mayor of Liverpool and airline authorities trying to find landing slots at Kiev's two airports for flights from England which had been canceled.

Klitschko was first elected to office in 2014, two years after his last professional fight.

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7:50 p.m.

Goals, goals, goals. This season is the most prolific in the 26-year Champions League era.

A strike rate of 3.20 goals per game 397 in 124 games so far at one goal every 28 minutes has beaten the record of 3.04 set last season.

And the two highest-scoring teams are in the final. Liverpool has 40 goals and Real Madrid 30 half of its total scored by Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Nobody expected us to be here but we are here, because we are Liverpool," coach Juergen Klopp said. "It's the most exceptional run to a final with the most goals ever. I can't believe that its true, but it's us."

Liverpool has also been the more efficient team, scoring 10 more than Madrid from 19 fewer attempts, according to UEFA match statistics.

The goal glut in the competition is not just due to more mismatches. Liverpool's habit of conceding goals when leading games led to a 3-3 draw against group rival Sevilla, and thrilling semifinals against Roma a 5-2 win and a 4-2 loss.

Madrid's defense also struggled in the knockout rounds. A 3-1 home loss in the quarterfinals second leg against Juventus was followed by a 2-2 draw against a wasteful Bayern Munich side in the semifinals second leg.

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7:10 p.m.

Liverpool hopes European Cup history from May 1981 will repeat itself.

When Liverpool beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the final 37 years ago, it was the only time an English team beat a Spanish opponent to lift the iconic, large-handled trophy in the competition's 63-year history.

Each England vs. Spain final since then went Spain's way, though none involved Madrid.

Barcelona accounted for all three wins, beating Arsenal in the 2006 final, and Manchester United twice, in 2009 and two years later.

Madrid has lost all three of its European finals against British teams.

An Aberdeen team managed by Alex Ferguson beat Alfredo Di Stefano's Madrid in the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup final. In the same competition, Madrid lost the 1971 final to Chelsea.

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6:35 p.m.

European fans may have struggled to make it to the Champions League final in Kiev, but Liverpool and Real Madrid supporters from elsewhere in the world are making their presence felt.

Ukraine has a simpler visa process than many European Union countries, and in the city center fans are bearing flags from countries as varied as South Africa, Ecuador and Bahrain. Liverpool appears to have brought more fans from Asia and Africa, while Real has supporters from South America.

Some had long journeys, like Liverpool supporter Eric Luk, who came from Hong Kong via Kazakhstan over almost a whole day and night.

It's not been all plain sailing. Australian fans Lachlan Garrard and Ian Dennis complained of waiting four hours to be issued a visa on arrival at one of Kiev's airports, and everyone must contend with astronomical hotel prices.

English clubs won the last two Champions League finals played outside the European Union. Manchester United won on penalties over Chelsea in Moscow in 2008 and Liverpool staged a spectacular comeback against AC Milan in Turkey in 2005 the famous "Miracle of Istanbul."

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5:45 p.m.

Four years ago, Kiev's central square was a battleground. Now it's packed with fans ahead of the Champions League final.

Popularly known as Maidan, in late 2013 and early 2014 the square was the scene of protests which eventually ousted then-President Viktor Yanukovych.

Crowds camped out on the square for weeks, battled police, and more than 100 people were shot dead on the square and in surrounding streets.

On Saturday, Real Madrid and Liverpool supporters mixed with locals on the square as musical fountains played Frank Sinatra's "My Way."

"I came here in 2014 and these buildings were all charred and there were tires everywhere after the demonstrations," says Stefan Polotajko, a British Liverpool fan with relatives in Ukraine. "The way it's been transformed is absolutely amazing."

Also on the square was Lyudmyla Agafonova, who moved to Kiev with her family because of the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in her home city of Donetsk.

She says "the Real fans are more fun. Liverpool are a bit more restrained, like the English in general. We're happy it's all happening here."

Her husband Serhiy adds "it's great to have all these foreigners here," and "Ukraine is slowly getting closer to Europe."

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4:39 p.m.

Kiev police say they evacuated five stations on the city's subway network after a hoax caller warned of bomb attacks.

Ahead of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, police checked the stations and "dangerous items were not found."

Subway operations are now back to normal.

The police say they're now hunting the hoax caller.

Besides the bomb scare, police have so far registered 26 crimes involving foreigners, whether as victims or perpetrators.

That includes 10 cases of theft, three of hooliganism and two of fraud. Other foreigners were fined for causing a road accident and drinking in public.

Police earlier detained two people after Liverpool fans were attacked at a restaurant on Thursday, leaving two injured.

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4:23 p.m.

Fans are thronging the center of Kiev after many experienced travel problems.

Flight cancellations meant more than 1,000 Liverpool supporters could not leave Britain, while soaring accommodation prices persuaded roughly the same number of Madrid fans to have their ticket money refunded rather than travel to Ukraine.

Organizer UEFA has said refunded tickets will be made available to locals but there is likely to be the unusual sight of empty seats at a Champions League final.

Those fans who did make it are largely positive about Kiev, where the beer is cheap and a festival atmosphere is apparent in the city center.

Madrid fans Fabino Mohino and Yago Saez said they spent about 750 euros ($875) apiece on flights and traveled for 20 hours through Barcelona.

"We were lucky to have a friend of a friend in the suburbs," Mohino said, meaning they could dodge Kiev hotel prices which are as much as $2,000 a night.

"Loving it," added Saez, who has attended six of the last seven Champions League finals. "So far, so good."

Security is tight in Kiev, with police lining the center, which has been closed to traffic. That seems to have prevented repeats of Thursday night's attack on Liverpool fans at a restaurant apparently by Ukrainian hooligans which left two injured.

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3:35 p.m.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp will be supported at the Champions League final by a Premier League counterpart Huddersfield's David Wagner.

The two coaches have been friends for more than 25 years, starting in Germany and continuing in England.

Speaking in Kiev ahead of Saturday's final against Real Madrid, Wagner said "we have texted a few times in the last week ... and I am sure his team will be on fire tonight."

Klopp is godfather to Wagner's daughter. Wagner was Klopp's best man. They played for the same Mainz team in the Bundesliga in the early 1990s. They were coach (Klopp) and assistant coach (Wagner) for Borussia Dortmund from 2011-15.

Klopp was hired by Liverpool in 2015 when Wagner was appointed Huddersfield manager.

Wagner says Klopp "is able to deliver an atmosphere where everyone is relaxed but focused enough and this is why I am pretty confident they have a chance."

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12:45 p.m.

There is 4.5 million euros ($5.2 million) extra prize money at stake for the winner Saturday, on top of the tens of millions Liverpool and Real Madrid have earned already from organizer UEFA this season.

The champion will earn 15.5 million euros ($18.1 million) and the runner-up gets 11 million euros ($12.8 million). That money from UEFA includes each club's share of ticket revenue.

UEFA will distribute more than 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) in prize money among the 32 teams that qualified for the group stage.

All 32 clubs get almost 13 million euros ($15.2 million) for entering, bonuses for wins and draws in group-stage games, fees for reaching each knockout round, and a share of their national broadcasting deal (known as "market pool" money).

Madrid is on target to pocket at least 80 million euros ($93.3 million) from UEFA. Liverpool should get at least 75 million euros ($87.5 million), including a 2 million euros ($2.3 million) bonus for advancing from the playoff round last August.

Prize money is expected to rise by around 30 percent next season when a new, three-year cycle of broadcasting and sponsorship deals kick in.

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11:50 a.m.

Don't be surprised if it takes until Sunday for the Champions League title to be decided.

Real Madrid and Liverpool kick off at 9:45 p.m. local time in Kiev, that's 1845 GMT. The game will go beyond midnight if the score is level after 90 minutes and 30 minutes of extra time are needed.

Three of the past six finals also needed a penalty shootout after extra time, and that would push the action close to 12:30 a.m. in the Ukrainian capital.

Madrid and Liverpool have combined to win 17 titles since the competition began in the 1955-56 season.

While Madrid is chasing a record-extending 13th win, Liverpool would go third on the all-time list by winning its sixth. AC Milan ranks second with seven European titles.

Of all the teams with at least three titles, Madrid and Liverpool boast the best record in finals.

Two-time defending champion Madrid is chasing the first hat-trick of titles since Bayern Munich won each European Cup final from 1974-76. Ajax also won three in a row from 1971-73.

It would also give Madrid four titles in five years the best streak since the Spanish club won the first five editions through 1960.

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11:45 a.m.

Liverpool and Real Madrid fans are gathering in Kiev for the first Champions League final to be played in Ukraine.

The final is a rare prestige moment for a country whose recent years have been dominated by the conflict with Russia-backed separatists and severe economic problems.

But it's one of the most logistically-challenging locations chosen by UEFA for its showpiece club final, with a shortage of hotel rooms and a lack of flight landing slots.

Fueled by Cristiano Ronaldo's goals, Madrid is chasing a 13th European Cup title.

Liverpool has reached the final for the first time in 11 years. The Premier League club won the last of its five European titles in 2005.

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The Latest: Madrid fans following final from Bernabeu http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-madrid-fans-following-final-from-bernabeu-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world389481e7e6bc427fabf6058cb9186918 http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-madrid-fans-following-final-from-bernabeu-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world389481e7e6bc427fabf6058cb9186918#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 12:01:08 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269850 KIEV, Ukraine (AP) The Latest on the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (all times local):

9:55 p.m.

Real Madrid fans who couldn't make it to Kiev are packing their home Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to watch the Champions League final against Liverpool.

A near-capacity crowd of 80,000 fans was on hand as the game was broadcast on eight large screens which were set up midfield.

Club members had free access, while the general public had to pay 10 euros ($11.6).

The team opened the stadium for the first time in the 2014 final in Lisbon, then did the same in 2016 and 2017.

Madrid won all three finals.

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9:50 p.m.

Liverpool fans are outnumbering and outsinging Real Madrid's following in the 63,000-capacity crowd.

Both teams' fan anthems were played before kickoff and the red scarves of Liverpool fans peppered one corner of the end occupied by Madrid supporters during "You'll Never Walk Alone."

The game kicked off with Liverpool fans' current Champions League song, "Allez, Allez, Allez," booming around the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

Both teams were allocated more than 16,000 tickets for the game.

9:40 p.m.

UEFA expects a global television audience of more than 160 million for the Champions League final.

Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA's marketing director, says the audience rating will include viewers watching the game streamed live on YouTube in Britain.

Epstein tells The Associated Press that Real Madrid and Liverpool have "two strong brands" and global appeal.

Liverpool, which has a strong following in Asia, is also playing in its first Champions League final for 11 years.

"There has been a lot of hype with the way the teams qualified," Epstein says. "It's been a mad season."

The best-performing recent final was a 175 million "global in-home average audience" for the 2011 final when Barcelona beat Manchester United.

8:55 p.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the Real Madrid attack needing to score twice to match his own single-season Champions League record.

The Madrid star has 15 goals in the competition, and got 17 in the 2013-14 title-winning season. His record year included a penalty in the last minute of extra time in the final to cap a 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo seems sure to be the Champions League top scorer for the sixth straight year, and outright top scorer in five of them.

He is five goals ahead of Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who have 10 each. Sadio Mane, who also starts in the Liverpool attack, has nine.

It's the same Madrid lineup as last year's final a 4-1 win against Juventus.

8:40 p.m.

The lineups have been announced.

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Francisco 'Isco' Alarcon, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema.

Liverpool: Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

8.27 p.m.

Liverpool has arrived for its final against Real Madrid.

Aiming for its first Champions League title since the 2005 "Miracle of Istanbul," the team arrived in a bright red bus bearing the slogan "We Are Liverpool." Fans of the Reds thronged the streets around the Olympic Stadium.

Coach Juergen Klopp led his team out of the bus and into the stadium. Virgil van Dijk chewed gum, while Mohamed Salah was among several players wearing headphones.

Klopp admitted Thursday that Liverpool would face a difficult task against a Madrid team which "works like a clock from Switzerland."

Klopp is aiming to end a losing streak in his last five major finals.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived on crutches due to the season-ending knee injury he suffered last month. He was accompanied by club chairman Tom Werner.

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8:20 p.m.

Real Madrid has arrived at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev as it seeks its third consecutive Champions League title on Saturday in the final against Liverpool.

Fans lined streets as the team bus approached the stadium, with some supporters waving flares. Cristiano Ronaldo smiled for the cameras as he exited the bus wearing headphones.

The last time a team won Europe's premier cup competition three years in a row was Bayern Munich in 1976.

Despite Real Madrid's run of success in Europe, coach Zinedine Zidane said Thursday his team "doesn't feel like the favorites" for the final.

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8:15 p.m.

Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, has been walking pitchside at the Olympic Stadium less than two hours before kickoff.

The former world heavyweight boxing champion stopped to pose for selfie photographs by several fans in white Real Madrid shirts.

Klitschko has spent much of the past two days trying to ensure Liverpool fans with tickets could get to his city. He was in talks with the mayor of Liverpool and airline authorities trying to find landing slots at Kiev's two airports for flights from England which had been canceled.

Klitschko was first elected to office in 2014, two years after his last professional fight.

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7:50 p.m.

Goals, goals, goals. This season is the most prolific in the 26-year Champions League era.

A strike rate of 3.20 goals per game 397 in 124 games so far at one goal every 28 minutes has beaten the record of 3.04 set last season.

And the two highest-scoring teams are in the final. Liverpool has 40 goals and Real Madrid 30 half of its total scored by Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Nobody expected us to be here but we are here, because we are Liverpool," coach Juergen Klopp said. "It's the most exceptional run to a final with the most goals ever. I can't believe that its true, but it's us."

Liverpool has also been the more efficient team, scoring 10 more than Madrid from 19 fewer attempts, according to UEFA match statistics.

The goal glut in the competition is not just due to more mismatches. Liverpool's habit of conceding goals when leading games led to a 3-3 draw against group rival Sevilla, and thrilling semifinals against Roma a 5-2 win and a 4-2 loss.

Madrid's defense also struggled in the knockout rounds. A 3-1 home loss in the quarterfinals second leg against Juventus was followed by a 2-2 draw against a wasteful Bayern Munich side in the semifinals second leg.

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7:10 p.m.

Liverpool hopes European Cup history from May 1981 will repeat itself.

When Liverpool beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the final 37 years ago, it was the only time an English team beat a Spanish opponent to lift the iconic, large-handled trophy in the competition's 63-year history.

Each England vs. Spain final since then went Spain's way, though none involved Madrid.

Barcelona accounted for all three wins, beating Arsenal in the 2006 final, and Manchester United twice, in 2009 and two years later.

Madrid has lost all three of its European finals against British teams.

An Aberdeen team managed by Alex Ferguson beat Alfredo Di Stefano's Madrid in the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup final. In the same competition, Madrid lost the 1971 final to Chelsea.

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6:35 p.m.

European fans may have struggled to make it to the Champions League final in Kiev, but Liverpool and Real Madrid supporters from elsewhere in the world are making their presence felt.

Ukraine has a simpler visa process than many European Union countries, and in the city center fans are bearing flags from countries as varied as South Africa, Ecuador and Bahrain. Liverpool appears to have brought more fans from Asia and Africa, while Real has supporters from South America.

Some had long journeys, like Liverpool supporter Eric Luk, who came from Hong Kong via Kazakhstan over almost a whole day and night.

It's not been all plain sailing. Australian fans Lachlan Garrard and Ian Dennis complained of waiting four hours to be issued a visa on arrival at one of Kiev's airports, and everyone must contend with astronomical hotel prices.

English clubs won the last two Champions League finals played outside the European Union. Manchester United won on penalties over Chelsea in Moscow in 2008 and Liverpool staged a spectacular comeback against AC Milan in Turkey in 2005 the famous "Miracle of Istanbul."

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5:45 p.m.

Four years ago, Kiev's central square was a battleground. Now it's packed with fans ahead of the Champions League final.

Popularly known as Maidan, in late 2013 and early 2014 the square was the scene of protests which eventually ousted then-President Viktor Yanukovych.

Crowds camped out on the square for weeks, battled police, and more than 100 people were shot dead on the square and in surrounding streets.

On Saturday, Real Madrid and Liverpool supporters mixed with locals on the square as musical fountains played Frank Sinatra's "My Way."

"I came here in 2014 and these buildings were all charred and there were tires everywhere after the demonstrations," says Stefan Polotajko, a British Liverpool fan with relatives in Ukraine. "The way it's been transformed is absolutely amazing."

Also on the square was Lyudmyla Agafonova, who moved to Kiev with her family because of the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in her home city of Donetsk.

She says "the Real fans are more fun. Liverpool are a bit more restrained, like the English in general. We're happy it's all happening here."

Her husband Serhiy adds "it's great to have all these foreigners here," and "Ukraine is slowly getting closer to Europe."

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4:39 p.m.

Kiev police say they evacuated five stations on the city's subway network after a hoax caller warned of bomb attacks.

Ahead of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, police checked the stations and "dangerous items were not found."

Subway operations are now back to normal.

The police say they're now hunting the hoax caller.

Besides the bomb scare, police have so far registered 26 crimes involving foreigners, whether as victims or perpetrators.

That includes 10 cases of theft, three of hooliganism and two of fraud. Other foreigners were fined for causing a road accident and drinking in public.

Police earlier detained two people after Liverpool fans were attacked at a restaurant on Thursday, leaving two injured.

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4:23 p.m.

Fans are thronging the center of Kiev after many experienced travel problems.

Flight cancellations meant more than 1,000 Liverpool supporters could not leave Britain, while soaring accommodation prices persuaded roughly the same number of Madrid fans to have their ticket money refunded rather than travel to Ukraine.

Organizer UEFA has said refunded tickets will be made available to locals but there is likely to be the unusual sight of empty seats at a Champions League final.

Those fans who did make it are largely positive about Kiev, where the beer is cheap and a festival atmosphere is apparent in the city center.

Madrid fans Fabino Mohino and Yago Saez said they spent about 750 euros ($875) apiece on flights and traveled for 20 hours through Barcelona.

"We were lucky to have a friend of a friend in the suburbs," Mohino said, meaning they could dodge Kiev hotel prices which are as much as $2,000 a night.

"Loving it," added Saez, who has attended six of the last seven Champions League finals. "So far, so good."

Security is tight in Kiev, with police lining the center, which has been closed to traffic. That seems to have prevented repeats of Thursday night's attack on Liverpool fans at a restaurant apparently by Ukrainian hooligans which left two injured.

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3:35 p.m.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp will be supported at the Champions League final by a Premier League counterpart Huddersfield's David Wagner.

The two coaches have been friends for more than 25 years, starting in Germany and continuing in England.

Speaking in Kiev ahead of Saturday's final against Real Madrid, Wagner said "we have texted a few times in the last week ... and I am sure his team will be on fire tonight."

Klopp is godfather to Wagner's daughter. Wagner was Klopp's best man. They played for the same Mainz team in the Bundesliga in the early 1990s. They were coach (Klopp) and assistant coach (Wagner) for Borussia Dortmund from 2011-15.

Klopp was hired by Liverpool in 2015 when Wagner was appointed Huddersfield manager.

Wagner says Klopp "is able to deliver an atmosphere where everyone is relaxed but focused enough and this is why I am pretty confident they have a chance."

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12:45 p.m.

There is 4.5 million euros ($5.2 million) extra prize money at stake for the winner Saturday, on top of the tens of millions Liverpool and Real Madrid have earned already from organizer UEFA this season.

The champion will earn 15.5 million euros ($18.1 million) and the runner-up gets 11 million euros ($12.8 million). That money from UEFA includes each club's share of ticket revenue.

UEFA will distribute more than 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) in prize money among the 32 teams that qualified for the group stage.

All 32 clubs get almost 13 million euros ($15.2 million) for entering, bonuses for wins and draws in group-stage games, fees for reaching each knockout round, and a share of their national broadcasting deal (known as "market pool" money).

Madrid is on target to pocket at least 80 million euros ($93.3 million) from UEFA. Liverpool should get at least 75 million euros ($87.5 million), including a 2 million euros ($2.3 million) bonus for advancing from the playoff round last August.

Prize money is expected to rise by around 30 percent next season when a new, three-year cycle of broadcasting and sponsorship deals kick in.

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11:50 a.m.

Don't be surprised if it takes until Sunday for the Champions League title to be decided.

Real Madrid and Liverpool kick off at 9:45 p.m. local time in Kiev, that's 1845 GMT. The game will go beyond midnight if the score is level after 90 minutes and 30 minutes of extra time are needed.

Three of the past six finals also needed a penalty shootout after extra time, and that would push the action close to 12:30 a.m. in the Ukrainian capital.

Madrid and Liverpool have combined to win 17 titles since the competition began in the 1955-56 season.

While Madrid is chasing a record-extending 13th win, Liverpool would go third on the all-time list by winning its sixth. AC Milan ranks second with seven European titles.

Of all the teams with at least three titles, Madrid and Liverpool boast the best record in finals.

Two-time defending champion Madrid is chasing the first hat-trick of titles since Bayern Munich won each European Cup final from 1974-76. Ajax also won three in a row from 1971-73.

It would also give Madrid four titles in five years the best streak since the Spanish club won the first five editions through 1960.

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11:45 a.m.

Liverpool and Real Madrid fans are gathering in Kiev for the first Champions League final to be played in Ukraine.

The final is a rare prestige moment for a country whose recent years have been dominated by the conflict with Russia-backed separatists and severe economic problems.

But it's one of the most logistically-challenging locations chosen by UEFA for its showpiece club final, with a shortage of hotel rooms and a lack of flight landing slots.

Fueled by Cristiano Ronaldo's goals, Madrid is chasing a 13th European Cup title.

Liverpool has reached the final for the first time in 11 years. The Premier League club won the last of its five European titles in 2005.

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The Latest: Madrid fans following final from Bernabeu http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-madrid-fans-following-final-from-bernabeu-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports389481e7e6bc427fabf6058cb9186918 http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-madrid-fans-following-final-from-bernabeu-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports389481e7e6bc427fabf6058cb9186918#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 12:02:08 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269884 KIEV, Ukraine (AP) The Latest on the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (all times local):

9:55 p.m.

Real Madrid fans who couldn't make it to Kiev are packing their home Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to watch the Champions League final against Liverpool.

A near-capacity crowd of 80,000 fans was on hand as the game was broadcast on eight large screens which were set up midfield.

Club members had free access, while the general public had to pay 10 euros ($11.6).

The team opened the stadium for the first time in the 2014 final in Lisbon, then did the same in 2016 and 2017.

Madrid won all three finals.

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9:50 p.m.

Liverpool fans are outnumbering and outsinging Real Madrid's following in the 63,000-capacity crowd.

Both teams' fan anthems were played before kickoff and the red scarves of Liverpool fans peppered one corner of the end occupied by Madrid supporters during "You'll Never Walk Alone."

The game kicked off with Liverpool fans' current Champions League song, "Allez, Allez, Allez," booming around the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

Both teams were allocated more than 16,000 tickets for the game.

9:40 p.m.

UEFA expects a global television audience of more than 160 million for the Champions League final.

Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA's marketing director, says the audience rating will include viewers watching the game streamed live on YouTube in Britain.

Epstein tells The Associated Press that Real Madrid and Liverpool have "two strong brands" and global appeal.

Liverpool, which has a strong following in Asia, is also playing in its first Champions League final for 11 years.

"There has been a lot of hype with the way the teams qualified," Epstein says. "It's been a mad season."

The best-performing recent final was a 175 million "global in-home average audience" for the 2011 final when Barcelona beat Manchester United.

8:55 p.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the Real Madrid attack needing to score twice to match his own single-season Champions League record.

The Madrid star has 15 goals in the competition, and got 17 in the 2013-14 title-winning season. His record year included a penalty in the last minute of extra time in the final to cap a 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo seems sure to be the Champions League top scorer for the sixth straight year, and outright top scorer in five of them.

He is five goals ahead of Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who have 10 each. Sadio Mane, who also starts in the Liverpool attack, has nine.

It's the same Madrid lineup as last year's final a 4-1 win against Juventus.

8:40 p.m.

The lineups have been announced.

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Francisco 'Isco' Alarcon, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema.

Liverpool: Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

8.27 p.m.

Liverpool has arrived for its final against Real Madrid.

Aiming for its first Champions League title since the 2005 "Miracle of Istanbul," the team arrived in a bright red bus bearing the slogan "We Are Liverpool." Fans of the Reds thronged the streets around the Olympic Stadium.

Coach Juergen Klopp led his team out of the bus and into the stadium. Virgil van Dijk chewed gum, while Mohamed Salah was among several players wearing headphones.

Klopp admitted Thursday that Liverpool would face a difficult task against a Madrid team which "works like a clock from Switzerland."

Klopp is aiming to end a losing streak in his last five major finals.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived on crutches due to the season-ending knee injury he suffered last month. He was accompanied by club chairman Tom Werner.

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8:20 p.m.

Real Madrid has arrived at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev as it seeks its third consecutive Champions League title on Saturday in the final against Liverpool.

Fans lined streets as the team bus approached the stadium, with some supporters waving flares. Cristiano Ronaldo smiled for the cameras as he exited the bus wearing headphones.

The last time a team won Europe's premier cup competition three years in a row was Bayern Munich in 1976.

Despite Real Madrid's run of success in Europe, coach Zinedine Zidane said Thursday his team "doesn't feel like the favorites" for the final.

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8:15 p.m.

Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, has been walking pitchside at the Olympic Stadium less than two hours before kickoff.

The former world heavyweight boxing champion stopped to pose for selfie photographs by several fans in white Real Madrid shirts.

Klitschko has spent much of the past two days trying to ensure Liverpool fans with tickets could get to his city. He was in talks with the mayor of Liverpool and airline authorities trying to find landing slots at Kiev's two airports for flights from England which had been canceled.

Klitschko was first elected to office in 2014, two years after his last professional fight.

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7:50 p.m.

Goals, goals, goals. This season is the most prolific in the 26-year Champions League era.

A strike rate of 3.20 goals per game 397 in 124 games so far at one goal every 28 minutes has beaten the record of 3.04 set last season.

And the two highest-scoring teams are in the final. Liverpool has 40 goals and Real Madrid 30 half of its total scored by Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Nobody expected us to be here but we are here, because we are Liverpool," coach Juergen Klopp said. "It's the most exceptional run to a final with the most goals ever. I can't believe that its true, but it's us."

Liverpool has also been the more efficient team, scoring 10 more than Madrid from 19 fewer attempts, according to UEFA match statistics.

The goal glut in the competition is not just due to more mismatches. Liverpool's habit of conceding goals when leading games led to a 3-3 draw against group rival Sevilla, and thrilling semifinals against Roma a 5-2 win and a 4-2 loss.

Madrid's defense also struggled in the knockout rounds. A 3-1 home loss in the quarterfinals second leg against Juventus was followed by a 2-2 draw against a wasteful Bayern Munich side in the semifinals second leg.

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7:10 p.m.

Liverpool hopes European Cup history from May 1981 will repeat itself.

When Liverpool beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the final 37 years ago, it was the only time an English team beat a Spanish opponent to lift the iconic, large-handled trophy in the competition's 63-year history.

Each England vs. Spain final since then went Spain's way, though none involved Madrid.

Barcelona accounted for all three wins, beating Arsenal in the 2006 final, and Manchester United twice, in 2009 and two years later.

Madrid has lost all three of its European finals against British teams.

An Aberdeen team managed by Alex Ferguson beat Alfredo Di Stefano's Madrid in the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup final. In the same competition, Madrid lost the 1971 final to Chelsea.

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6:35 p.m.

European fans may have struggled to make it to the Champions League final in Kiev, but Liverpool and Real Madrid supporters from elsewhere in the world are making their presence felt.

Ukraine has a simpler visa process than many European Union countries, and in the city center fans are bearing flags from countries as varied as South Africa, Ecuador and Bahrain. Liverpool appears to have brought more fans from Asia and Africa, while Real has supporters from South America.

Some had long journeys, like Liverpool supporter Eric Luk, who came from Hong Kong via Kazakhstan over almost a whole day and night.

It's not been all plain sailing. Australian fans Lachlan Garrard and Ian Dennis complained of waiting four hours to be issued a visa on arrival at one of Kiev's airports, and everyone must contend with astronomical hotel prices.

English clubs won the last two Champions League finals played outside the European Union. Manchester United won on penalties over Chelsea in Moscow in 2008 and Liverpool staged a spectacular comeback against AC Milan in Turkey in 2005 the famous "Miracle of Istanbul."

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5:45 p.m.

Four years ago, Kiev's central square was a battleground. Now it's packed with fans ahead of the Champions League final.

Popularly known as Maidan, in late 2013 and early 2014 the square was the scene of protests which eventually ousted then-President Viktor Yanukovych.

Crowds camped out on the square for weeks, battled police, and more than 100 people were shot dead on the square and in surrounding streets.

On Saturday, Real Madrid and Liverpool supporters mixed with locals on the square as musical fountains played Frank Sinatra's "My Way."

"I came here in 2014 and these buildings were all charred and there were tires everywhere after the demonstrations," says Stefan Polotajko, a British Liverpool fan with relatives in Ukraine. "The way it's been transformed is absolutely amazing."

Also on the square was Lyudmyla Agafonova, who moved to Kiev with her family because of the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in her home city of Donetsk.

She says "the Real fans are more fun. Liverpool are a bit more restrained, like the English in general. We're happy it's all happening here."

Her husband Serhiy adds "it's great to have all these foreigners here," and "Ukraine is slowly getting closer to Europe."

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4:39 p.m.

Kiev police say they evacuated five stations on the city's subway network after a hoax caller warned of bomb attacks.

Ahead of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, police checked the stations and "dangerous items were not found."

Subway operations are now back to normal.

The police say they're now hunting the hoax caller.

Besides the bomb scare, police have so far registered 26 crimes involving foreigners, whether as victims or perpetrators.

That includes 10 cases of theft, three of hooliganism and two of fraud. Other foreigners were fined for causing a road accident and drinking in public.

Police earlier detained two people after Liverpool fans were attacked at a restaurant on Thursday, leaving two injured.

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4:23 p.m.

Fans are thronging the center of Kiev after many experienced travel problems.

Flight cancellations meant more than 1,000 Liverpool supporters could not leave Britain, while soaring accommodation prices persuaded roughly the same number of Madrid fans to have their ticket money refunded rather than travel to Ukraine.

Organizer UEFA has said refunded tickets will be made available to locals but there is likely to be the unusual sight of empty seats at a Champions League final.

Those fans who did make it are largely positive about Kiev, where the beer is cheap and a festival atmosphere is apparent in the city center.

Madrid fans Fabino Mohino and Yago Saez said they spent about 750 euros ($875) apiece on flights and traveled for 20 hours through Barcelona.

"We were lucky to have a friend of a friend in the suburbs," Mohino said, meaning they could dodge Kiev hotel prices which are as much as $2,000 a night.

"Loving it," added Saez, who has attended six of the last seven Champions League finals. "So far, so good."

Security is tight in Kiev, with police lining the center, which has been closed to traffic. That seems to have prevented repeats of Thursday night's attack on Liverpool fans at a restaurant apparently by Ukrainian hooligans which left two injured.

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3:35 p.m.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp will be supported at the Champions League final by a Premier League counterpart Huddersfield's David Wagner.

The two coaches have been friends for more than 25 years, starting in Germany and continuing in England.

Speaking in Kiev ahead of Saturday's final against Real Madrid, Wagner said "we have texted a few times in the last week ... and I am sure his team will be on fire tonight."

Klopp is godfather to Wagner's daughter. Wagner was Klopp's best man. They played for the same Mainz team in the Bundesliga in the early 1990s. They were coach (Klopp) and assistant coach (Wagner) for Borussia Dortmund from 2011-15.

Klopp was hired by Liverpool in 2015 when Wagner was appointed Huddersfield manager.

Wagner says Klopp "is able to deliver an atmosphere where everyone is relaxed but focused enough and this is why I am pretty confident they have a chance."

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12:45 p.m.

There is 4.5 million euros ($5.2 million) extra prize money at stake for the winner Saturday, on top of the tens of millions Liverpool and Real Madrid have earned already from organizer UEFA this season.

The champion will earn 15.5 million euros ($18.1 million) and the runner-up gets 11 million euros ($12.8 million). That money from UEFA includes each club's share of ticket revenue.

UEFA will distribute more than 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) in prize money among the 32 teams that qualified for the group stage.

All 32 clubs get almost 13 million euros ($15.2 million) for entering, bonuses for wins and draws in group-stage games, fees for reaching each knockout round, and a share of their national broadcasting deal (known as "market pool" money).

Madrid is on target to pocket at least 80 million euros ($93.3 million) from UEFA. Liverpool should get at least 75 million euros ($87.5 million), including a 2 million euros ($2.3 million) bonus for advancing from the playoff round last August.

Prize money is expected to rise by around 30 percent next season when a new, three-year cycle of broadcasting and sponsorship deals kick in.

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11:50 a.m.

Don't be surprised if it takes until Sunday for the Champions League title to be decided.

Real Madrid and Liverpool kick off at 9:45 p.m. local time in Kiev, that's 1845 GMT. The game will go beyond midnight if the score is level after 90 minutes and 30 minutes of extra time are needed.

Three of the past six finals also needed a penalty shootout after extra time, and that would push the action close to 12:30 a.m. in the Ukrainian capital.

Madrid and Liverpool have combined to win 17 titles since the competition began in the 1955-56 season.

While Madrid is chasing a record-extending 13th win, Liverpool would go third on the all-time list by winning its sixth. AC Milan ranks second with seven European titles.

Of all the teams with at least three titles, Madrid and Liverpool boast the best record in finals.

Two-time defending champion Madrid is chasing the first hat-trick of titles since Bayern Munich won each European Cup final from 1974-76. Ajax also won three in a row from 1971-73.

It would also give Madrid four titles in five years the best streak since the Spanish club won the first five editions through 1960.

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11:45 a.m.

Liverpool and Real Madrid fans are gathering in Kiev for the first Champions League final to be played in Ukraine.

The final is a rare prestige moment for a country whose recent years have been dominated by the conflict with Russia-backed separatists and severe economic problems.

But it's one of the most logistically-challenging locations chosen by UEFA for its showpiece club final, with a shortage of hotel rooms and a lack of flight landing slots.

Fueled by Cristiano Ronaldo's goals, Madrid is chasing a 13th European Cup title.

Liverpool has reached the final for the first time in 11 years. The Premier League club won the last of its five European titles in 2005.

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AP Top News at 2:49 p.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-249-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world2e3e000d3be7498c7684d2e9295ac447 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-249-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world2e3e000d3be7498c7684d2e9295ac447#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:50:16 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269917 North and South Korean leaders hold surprise 2nd summitMore LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decisionLegal hurdles may make Weinstein's prosecution an exceptionSubtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US GulfAmid anti-immigrant sentiment, some Spanish speakers waryPowerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen; 5 dead, 30 missingNo rain in sight: Fire fears force land closures in ArizonaThe Latest: Irish PM plans to move quickly on legal abortion]]> Powerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen; 5 dead, 30 missing http://www.dailyastorian.com/powerful-cyclone-strikes-oman-yemen-5-dead-30-missing-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world18dc5701e56941f68be1e1914a5d89a1 http://www.dailyastorian.com/powerful-cyclone-strikes-oman-yemen-5-dead-30-missing-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world18dc5701e56941f68be1e1914a5d89a1#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:51:16 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269955 SALALAH, Oman (AP) A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighboring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years' worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least five people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said.

Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away whole roadways and submerged others in Salalah, Oman's third-largest city, stranding drivers. Strong winds knocked over street lights and tore away roofing.

Rushing waters from the rain and storm surges flooded typically dry creek beds. The holiday destination's now-empty tourist beaches were littered with debris and foam from the churning Arabian Sea.

Three people, including a 12-year-old girl, died in Oman, and another two bodies were recovered from the Yemeni island of Socotra. More than 30 people were still missing in Socotra, including Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese nationals.

Yemeni officials also reported damage in the country's far east, along the border with Oman. Rageh Bakrit, the governor of al-Mahra province, said on his official Twitter account late Friday that strong winds had blown down houses and taken out communication lines and water services. He said there were no fatalities in the province.

India's Meteorological Department said the storm packed maximum sustained winds of 170-180 kilometers (105-111 miles) per hour with gusts of up to 200 kph (124 mph). It called the cyclone "extremely severe."

Portions of Salalah, home to some 200,000 people, lost power as the cyclone made landfall.

Branches and leaves littered the streets. Several underpasses became standing lakes. Some cars were left abandoned on the road. Electrical workers began trying to repair lines in the city while police and soldiers in SUVs patrolled the streets. On the outskirts of the city, near the Salalah International Airport, what once was a dry creek bed had become a raging river.

The airport, closed since Thursday, will reopen early Sunday, Oman's Public Authority for Civil Aviation said. The Port of Salalah a key gateway for the country and for Qatar amid a regional diplomatic dispute remained closed, its cranes secured against the pounding rain and winds.

Omani forecasters said Salalah and the surrounding area would get at least 200 millimeters (7.87 inches) of rain, over twice the city's annual downfall. It actually received 278.2 mm, nearly three times its annual rainfall.

Authorities remained worried about flash flooding in the area's valleys and potential mudslides down its nearby cloud-shrouded mountains. In nearby Wadi Darbat, the storm's rains supercharged its famous waterfall.

Police and others continued their rescue efforts even as the winds and rains calmed. Capt. Tarek al-Shanfari of the Royal Oman Police's public relations department said there had been at least three fatalities in the storm, including the death of a 12-year-old girl who was hit in the head by a door flung open by the wind.

An Asian laborer died in a flooded valley and an Omani national in a 4x4 died when his vehicle was swept away, al-Shanfari said.

On Socotra, authorities relocated over 230 families to sturdier buildings and other areas, including those more inland and in the island's mountains, Yemeni security officials said.

Flash floods engulfed Socotra's streets, cutting electricity and communication lines. Some humanitarian aid from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates arrived on the island just hours after the cyclone receded.

Yemeni security officials said rescuers recovered two bodies on Socotra, while more than 30 people remain missing. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The island, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, has been the focus of a dispute between the UAE and Yemen's internationally recognized government, which are ostensibly allied against Shiite rebels known as Houthis.

Socotra has a unique ecosystem and is home to plants, snails and reptiles that can be found nowhere else.

In Oman, Mohammed Omer Baomer warned his neighbors about a torn-away chunk of road just down the street from his home after earlier getting his SUV stuck over it.

"It was a scary feeling, as if it was the end of world," he said of the cyclone. "You can't even go outside. You try to watch from the window and you can't."

Yet even as Mekunu barreled overhead, the eye of the storm provided a moment's respite early Saturday morning. At one luxury hotel in Salalah, which already had evacuated its guests, workers sat down early for "suhoor," a meal Muslims eat before sunrise during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. They laughed and shared plates by flashlight in a darkened ballroom, the cyclone's wind a dull roar behind their clatter.

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Associated Press writers Fay Abuelgasim in Salalah, Oman, and Ahmed al-Haj in Sanaa, Yemen, contributed to this report.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf http://www.dailyastorian.com/subtropical-storm-alberto-heads-to-the-us-gulf-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world97644fd04901406d99270ed2e30f3799 http://www.dailyastorian.com/subtropical-storm-alberto-heads-to-the-us-gulf-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world97644fd04901406d99270ed2e30f3799#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:50:59 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269876 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Florida and Mississippi launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.

Cuba was being pounded by rain along its western coast, raising the threat of flash floods and mudslides. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the island's rain totals could reach 10 to 15 inches - and even 25 inches in isolated areas.

Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday. The Florida Keys could see as much as 10 inches of rain, the hurricane center said. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Dry Tortugas.

Some five to 10 inches of rain are possible along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle. Isolated areas could see as much as 15 inches.

Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that officially starts June 1 - is expected to strengthen until it reaches the northern Gulf Coast, likely on Monday night.

At a briefing in Tallahassee, Florida authorities urged residents to take the storm seriously and to organize water, food, medicines and other preparations. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency, which gives him wide latitude to prepare. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant said on Twitter that he has signed an emergency proclamation to make the National Guard and other resources available.

Watches were issued for storm surges - life-threatening inundations from rising coastal waters moving inland - for a stretch of coastline between Crystal River, Florida, and the mouth of the Mississippi River. Authorities were warning of dangerous surf and rip current conditions later Saturday.

"The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline," the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Isolated tornadoes could erupt over the Florida Keys or southwestern Florida late Saturday.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, warned residents along coastal Alabama and Mississippi as well as the Florida Panhandle to brace for heavy rain and high winds. Isolated tornadoes were also possible. The NWS said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern Mississippi, much of southern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle.

"This system will bring excessive rainfall to the watch area beginning Saturday evening and continuing through Tuesday evening. Rainfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches, and possibly locally up to double these amounts are possible in this area with this event," the NWS said.

The NWS said waves as high as 18 feet could pound the popular Gulf beaches in Baldwin County, Alabama, and northwestern Florida on Monday, bringing with it deadly rip currents. A high surf warning was in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday local time.

At about 2 p.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was centered about 65 miles (105 kilometers) north-northwest of Cuba and moving north at 13 mph (20 kph). Its top sustained winds were 40 mph (65 kph). A gradual strengthening was expected as the storm moves north.

A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.

Cuba maintained its tropical storm watch for the province of Pinar del Rio, while Mexico cancelled its watch for the resort-dotted coast of the Yucatan peninsula, where the storm brought heavy rain. There were no immediate reports of emergencies. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level.

Parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have already seen heavy rain this week, and further deluges could leave those areas vulnerable to flash flooding and river flooding. Some beachfront and riverfront communities are already handing out sandbags.

The downpours could dampen Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season along Gulf beaches. Along with heavy rains and high winds come rough seas and a threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana that can sweep swimmers out to sea.

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2 people aboard when small plane flips at Hillsboro Airport http://www.dailyastorian.com/2-people-aboard-when-small-plane-flips-at-hillsboro-airport-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northweste367d05dc0f3476481021da99d795d00 http://www.dailyastorian.com/2-people-aboard-when-small-plane-flips-at-hillsboro-airport-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northweste367d05dc0f3476481021da99d795d00#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:50:12 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269802 HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) No one was hurt when a small plane flipped and landed upside down in the grass at the Hillsboro Airport.

Hillsboro fire officials say an instructor and student were on board when the Cessna 152 flipped Saturday morning.

KATU-TV reports that officials said the two people were out of the plane by the time responders arrived.

There were no leaking fluids from the plane, and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating.

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Indiana teacher who stopped school shooting earns praise http://www.dailyastorian.com/indiana-teacher-who-stopped-school-shooting-earns-praise-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldcc9038fd75bf43cda168dc1fc07022f3 http://www.dailyastorian.com/indiana-teacher-who-stopped-school-shooting-earns-praise-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldcc9038fd75bf43cda168dc1fc07022f3#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:40:32 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269889 NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) The Indiana science teacher and former college football player who tackled an armed student inside his classroom is being praised for quickly stopping the shooting despite being shot several times.

One of Jason Seaman's students at Noblesville West Middle School said another student entered the classroom with a gun and started shooting Friday morning. The 29-year-old teacher "immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground," said seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker.

Seaman was shot three times but was in good condition at an Indianapolis hospital following the shooting in nearby Noblesville, according to police. The only other person shot, student Ella Whistler, was in critical but stable condition, according to her family said. Her family released a statement saying they were still trying to process "what happened and why."

President Donald Trump sent a tweet Saturday thanking Seaman "for his heroic act in saving so many precious young lives. His quick and automatic action is being talked about all over the world!"

Vice President Mike Pence, the former governor of Indiana, also credited the teacher's "courageous action" for saving lives during the shooting at the suburban Indianapolis school.

"We're all proud of you Jason and are praying for you and those impacted and recovering from injuries," Pence said in his own tweet

Stonebraker, the student witness, said the shooter was acting suspiciously when he walked into the classroom while the class was taking a test. He told ABC News that his teacher threw a basketball at the shooter and ran toward the bullets as screaming students sought cover behind a table.

"If it weren't for him, more of us would have been injured for sure," the seventh grader said.

Seaman's brother, Jeremy Seaman, told The Indianapolis Star that his brother was shot three times and underwent surgery. He said his brother was conscious after the shooting and talked with his wife, telling her he was OK.

He said his brother was a defensive end for Southern Illinois University's football team and had never been a person to run away.

Investigators say the shooter had asked to be dismissed from the class before returning with two guns. He was arrested "extremely quickly" following the shooting around 9 a.m. Friday, local police Chief Kevin Jowitt said.

Authorities didn't release the student's name or say whether he had been in trouble before but indicated he likely acted alone. Police said the student didn't appear to be injured.

Stonebraker said he knew the suspected gunman. He described him as "a nice kid most of the times" and said he often joked with the classmates.

"It's just a shock he would do something like that," Stonebraker said.

Hours after the shooting, law enforcement agents sealed off part of an upscale neighborhood in Noblesville but weren't commenting on whether the suspect lived there. Sandy McWilliams, a member of a landscaping crew working nearby, said six officers toting assault rifles entered a home.

Students were bused to the Noblesville High School gym, where hundreds of parents and other family members arrived to retrieve them.

Authorities referred to a prompt and heroic response at the school but didn't confirm accounts of Seaman tackling the student or describe the role of the resource officer who was stationed at the school.

When asked to elaborate on his praise of the response, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said: "Wait 'til one day we can tell you that story. You'll be proud of them, too."

The attack came a week after a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, that killed eight students and two teachers, and months after the high school attack that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida. The Florida attack inspired students there and across the country to call for more restrictions on access to guns.

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Associated Press reporter Ken Kusmer contributed to this report from Indianapolis.

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UFC fighter Nick Diaz arrested on domestic violence charge http://www.dailyastorian.com/ufc-fighter-nick-diaz-arrested-on-domestic-violence-charge-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports7208b3a4263a44678df2980d2e948596 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ufc-fighter-nick-diaz-arrested-on-domestic-violence-charge-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports7208b3a4263a44678df2980d2e948596#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:41:02 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269804 LAS VEGAS (AP) UFC middleweight fighter Nick Diaz has been arrested in Las Vegas on allegations of domestic violence.

Clark County jail records indicate the 35-year-old was booked Thursday night on suspicion of domestic battery by strangulation but was no longer in custody Saturday.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Diaz was arrested after police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance involving a man and a woman.

A formal criminal complaint was not filed immediately and it's not known if Diaz had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

The Review-Journal reports he's due in court June 26.

The UFC said in a statement it was aware of the arrest, does not tolerate domestic violence and will review the allegations against Diaz.

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Monument honors famous WWI war dog Stubby http://www.dailyastorian.com/monument-honors-famous-wwi-war-dog-stubby-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment17973da298824d27bd87668e85d6e74b http://www.dailyastorian.com/monument-honors-famous-wwi-war-dog-stubby-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment17973da298824d27bd87668e85d6e74b#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:41:15 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269810 MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) A new monument in Connecticut honors service animals with a statue of one of the nation's most famous war dogs.

The sculpture, "Stubby Salutes," is being unveiled Saturday in Veterans Memorial Park in Middletown.

Stubby was a Boston-terrier mix that traveled to Europe with a Connecticut unit during World War I. He became famous for warning soldiers of incoming gas attacks and locating wounded soldiers on the battlefield, staying with them until help arrived.

His story was the subject of a major animated movie last month, "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero."

The bronze sculpture, created by artist Susan Barary, is the culmination of a tree-decade effort to create a memorial, spearheaded by the family of Robert Conroy, the army corporal who adopted Stubby during training.

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Hurricanes' Huell to skip draft and return for junior season http://www.dailyastorian.com/hurricanes-huell-to-skip-draft-and-return-for-junior-season-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports050ba77ea7e64a8882ae9e29ccb1692b http://www.dailyastorian.com/hurricanes-huell-to-skip-draft-and-return-for-junior-season-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports050ba77ea7e64a8882ae9e29ccb1692b#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:41:02 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269803 CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes forward Dewan Huell has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to school for his junior season.

Huell said Saturday he made the decision after receiving feedback from NBA teams and discussing his options with his family and coaches. He declared for the draft in April but didn't retain an agent, leaving him the option of continuing his college career.

Hurricanes underclassmen Lonnie Walker IV and Bruce Brown Jr. earlier opted to turn pro and will be eligible for the draft.

The 6-foot-11 Huell averaged 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds as a sophomore and started all 32 games.

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Los Angeles museums reopen after probe into bomb threat http://www.dailyastorian.com/los-angeles-museums-reopen-after-probe-into-bomb-threat-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment05de270daf9447f7a9239b12b9fceae8 http://www.dailyastorian.com/los-angeles-museums-reopen-after-probe-into-bomb-threat-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment05de270daf9447f7a9239b12b9fceae8#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:31:28 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269805 LOS ANGELES (AP) Authorities say the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and La Brea Tar Pits Museum have reopened a day after investigators found no risk from a bomb threat.

City News Service reported Saturday that nothing dangerous was found at either facility.

Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im says an automated voice recording on Friday morning warned of an explosion.

The threat led to both museums shutting down for the rest of the day while police investigated.

Im says nothing happened and no danger was found when bomb-sniffing dogs were brought through the area.

The two museums are located near each other in the Miracle Mile district, west of downtown Los Angeles.

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Harvick carries hot streak into Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte http://www.dailyastorian.com/harvick-carries-hot-streak-into-coca-cola-600-at-charlotte-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports0a22988db1594070bb4f165d19e9ce98 http://www.dailyastorian.com/harvick-carries-hot-streak-into-coca-cola-600-at-charlotte-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports0a22988db1594070bb4f165d19e9ce98#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:31:13 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269806 CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kevin Harvick is well aware he's in the midst of something special.

Harvick has won the last three Cup races, including the $1 million All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend. And while he is starting 39th for the Coca-Cola 600 after his No. 4 Ford failed inspection three times prior to qualifying, he's expected to be in the mix at the end.

"When you are on a hot streak, you are so confident not only as a driver but as a team," said Joey Logano "It's like you can't do anything wrong. You just happen to be in the right spot at the right times. Their cars are really fast, they are really smart and they are really good. And Kevin is a great driver. ... When you're good, you're good. He's confident."

Harvick's failure to participate in qualifying wasn't lost on his competitors, who are looking for any advantage possible in their attempts to reel him in. Logano joked that "it sure don't hurt" that Harvick has to start at the back of the field.

But with this being 100 miles longer than any other race on the NASCAR circuit, Harvick has plenty of time to push to the front.

Harvick said his team knows things are going well, but they are staying focused and handling success in stride.

"You can feel that within the organization that what you could achieve by the time you roll through Homestead at the end of the year," Harvick said. "It's something you might not ever get to do again, so I don't believe that those conversations will have to happen. Our goal is to playoff race every week and I think as we're doing that right now as an organization. That's still the goal going forward."

Harvick is looking to become the sixth driver to win the All-Star race and then follow with a win in the 600.

Things to watch in Sunday's race:

DIFFERENT SETUP: Drivers say to discount everything you learned from the All-Star race, as this will be a completely different setup than the exhibition event that had restrictor plates.

Harvick said he doesn't think there's anything he can take away from his All-Star victory except for confidence.

"I don't think there was really anything similar about the way that the cars were built. The engine ... nothing," Harvick said. "There's nothing that you can take from last week to this week other than just momentum and just the positive things that happened."

TRUEX'S TRACK: Martin Truex Jr. has clearly figured out CMS and his No. 78 Toyota is expected to be strong on the long runs Sunday.

He has two wins in the last four races at the track, and top-5 finishes in five of the last six races. In 2016, he made history by leading 392 of the 400 laps the most ever in a Cup race to capture the checkered flag.

Truex led 233 laps last year and finished third.

BUSCH ON THE POLE: Kyle Busch still leads the point standings despite Harvick's amazing roll of wins and will start on the pole.

Charlotte is the only track on the Cup schedule where he has never won a points-paying race. He did win the All-Star race here in 2017. Busch's driving rating of 104.9 is second only to the track's all-time winningest driver, Jimmie Johnson.

"It's important to me, but I'm not sure it's important in the grand scheme of things," Busch said. "It's certainly important to me, and I would love to get that knocked out of the way and to be finished with it until another new track comes up on the circuit."

LIKE A TRIATHLON: The 600 is the most grueling race on the NASCAR circuit and is considered the toughest test of man and machine. Johnson, racing in his 18th season in the Cup series, called it a "very long, difficult race."

Johnson said he treats it like a triathlon.

"I consume electrolytes, carbs, anything that keeps me alert over the course of the race," Johnson said. "It's definitely a big day at the office."

JONESING TO RUN FAST: Keep an eye on Erik Jones, who was fastest in the final round of practice and will start in the top five. Jones has five top 10s in 12 races, but he has never won a points-paying race.

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Los Angeles museums reopen after probe into bomb threat http://www.dailyastorian.com/los-angeles-museums-reopen-after-probe-into-bomb-threat-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world05de270daf9447f7a9239b12b9fceae8 http://www.dailyastorian.com/los-angeles-museums-reopen-after-probe-into-bomb-threat-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world05de270daf9447f7a9239b12b9fceae8#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:30:13 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269808 LOS ANGELES (AP) Authorities say the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and La Brea Tar Pits Museum have reopened a day after investigators found no risk from a bomb threat.

City News Service reported Saturday that nothing dangerous was found at either facility.

Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im says an automated voice recording on Friday morning warned of an explosion.

The threat led to both museums shutting down for the rest of the day while police investigated.

Im says nothing happened and no danger was found when bomb-sniffing dogs were brought through the area.

The two museums are located near each other in the Miracle Mile district, west of downtown Los Angeles.

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7 bodies found in central Mexico http://www.dailyastorian.com/7-bodies-found-in-central-mexico-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world458d68dc50c446bda91e1a9d5c36040c http://www.dailyastorian.com/7-bodies-found-in-central-mexico-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world458d68dc50c446bda91e1a9d5c36040c#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:30:13 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269807 MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexican officials in the central state of Guanajuato say seven bodies have been found in the city of Salamanca and they appear to be members of a criminal organization.

The state attorney general's office says three of the victims were shot, and they have been identified.

Four others also were found Friday dismembered in black plastic bags in two separate locations, on the side of a highway and in a neighborhood.

Written messages from a rival gang were found next to the bags. The agency spokesman declined to name the alleged criminal groups, but said they sell drugs and stolen gasoline.

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Venezuela says seeks harmony, repect as it releases Utah man http://www.dailyastorian.com/venezuela-says-seeks-harmony-repect-as-it-releases-utah-man-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world5a41a04511664d9689813f2450fa3b46 http://www.dailyastorian.com/venezuela-says-seeks-harmony-repect-as-it-releases-utah-man-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world5a41a04511664d9689813f2450fa3b46#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:50:28 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269859 WASHINGTON (AP) A Utah man jailed in Venezuela on weapons charges nearly two years ago was released Saturday after a U.S. senator pressed for his freedom in a surprise meeting with President Nicolas Maduro.

"We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle," Joshua Holt's family said in a statement.

President Donald Trump said Holt and his family were expected at the White House on Saturday evening.

"Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. ... The great people of Utah will be very happy!" Trump said in a tweet.

Holt and his wife, who also jailed, were reunited with her daughter from a previous relationship at Caracas' airport, where the three boarded a chartered flight to Washington.

They were accompanied by Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who met with Maduro on Friday the outcome of months of secret, backchannel talks about Holt between one of the senator's aides and close allies of the Venezuelan president

The 26-year-old Holt traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry a woman he met online while he was looking for Spanish-speaking Mormons to improve his Spanish.

Holt's release looked unlikely a week ago, when he appeared in a clandestinely shot video railing against the Maduro government and saying his life was threatened in a prison riot. In retaliation, socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello, a powerful ally of Maduro, said on state television that Holt was the CIA's top spy in Latin America.

It's not clear if Holt's release portends a thawing of relations between the two normally hostile governments. The Trump administration has threatened crippling oil sanctions on Venezuela for Maduro's decision to go forward with presidential elections last week that the U.S. has called a "sham."

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the release of Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleno, was a goodwill gesture that followed months of dialogue between Maduro's government and U.S. lawmakers.

"We're praying that this types of gestures by our president, Nicola Maduro, will allow us to strength what we've always sought: dialogue, harmony, respect for our independence and respect for our sovereignty," he said.

Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida, who has Trump's ear on Latin America, said the couple's "release will in no way change U.S. policy towards the dictatorship in Venezuela."

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Holt soon would be reunited with "his sweet, long-suffering family" in Riverton, Utah, where one of his wife's two daughters from previous relationships has been living with Holt's mother.

The U.S. government at first avoided ratcheting up public pressure on Venezuela amid already strained relations between the two countries, but eventually raised Holt's case to the highest levels of the Venezuela government. Hatch and Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, also lobbied on behalf of Holt and decried his poor treatment in prison.

Holt had planned to spend several months in Caracas in the summer of 2016 with his new wife and her two daughters, to secure their visas so they could move with him to the U.S.

Instead, the couple was arrested at her family's government housing complex on the outskirts of Caracas. Authorities arrested him on June 30, 2016, and accused him of stockpiling an assault rifle and grenades, suggesting his case was linked to other unspecified U.S. attempts to undermine Maduro's rule amid deep economic and political turbulence.

They had been held in a notorious Caracas prison run by the secret police that's also home to dozens of Maduro's top opponents who have been jailed during the past few years of political unrest in the country.

Their trial was set to begin this month after repeated delays that led the Trump administration to question the motives for his detention, although until Trump's tweet Saturday, the U.S. had stopped short of publicly calling Holt a "hostage."

Holt's mother, Laurie Holt, said all along that her son and his wife were wrongly accused. She worked feverishly to bring attention to her son's incarceration, hosting rallies, fundraisers and doing media interviews.

Laurie Holt said her son has suffered numerous health problems in jail, including kidney stones and respiratory problems. He was depressed and at one point lost so much weight that he dropped several pant sizes, she said.

In their statement, the Holt family said, "We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish. We ask that you allow us to meet with our son and his wife before giving any interviews and statements. We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle."

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Goodman reported from Bogota, Colombia. AP Writers Scott Smith in Caracas, Venezuela, and Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.

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Cavs' Kevin Love to miss Game 7 vs. Celtics with concussion http://www.dailyastorian.com/cavs-kevin-love-to-miss-game-7-vs-celtics-with-concussion-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports313f982c75b64b759ae43f83adbae6ff http://www.dailyastorian.com/cavs-kevin-love-to-miss-game-7-vs-celtics-with-concussion-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports313f982c75b64b759ae43f83adbae6ff#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:20:17 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269893 CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love will miss Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics with a concussion.

The team said Saturday that Love, who bashed heads with Boston rookie Jayson Tatum in the first half of Cleveland's Game 6 win on Friday night, experienced concussion-like symptoms before the team's flight and has been placed in the NBA's concussion protocol.

Just minutes before the team announced Love's status, coach Tyronn Lue said he was still being evaluated.

Love was kept out of the second half of Cleveland's 109-99 victory as a precaution after he and Tatum accidentally knocked heads. Love has suffered at least two other known concussions in his career.

The Cavaliers were able to overcome the loss of Love, their second-leading scorer and top rebounder, as LeBron James scored 46 and Cleveland got solid contributions from George Hill, Jeff Green and others.

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AP Top Sports News at 2:20 p.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-sports-news-at-220-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports09f68542a9a42712499579b0b4ea729e http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-sports-news-at-220-pm-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports09f68542a9a42712499579b0b4ea729e#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:20:17 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269927 Boston bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. CelticsRed Sox 2B Pedroia returns to lineup after knee surgeryRossi, Daly looking for real-life 'Amazing Race' in Indy 500Molinari tied with McIlroy after 3 rounds at WentworthUp-and-comers will try to announce arrival at French OpenThe Latest: 15-goal Ronaldo chases Champions League recordFroome effectively seals Giro title in penultimate stage]]> Rossi, Daly looking for real-life 'Amazing Race' in Indy 500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/rossi-daly-looking-for-real-life-amazing-race-in-indy-500-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment760bd3c0a58d445e91b0b53fd688cc75 http://www.dailyastorian.com/rossi-daly-looking-for-real-life-amazing-race-in-indy-500-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment760bd3c0a58d445e91b0b53fd688cc75#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:21:48 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269809 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly could view the Indy 500 as another leg of "The Amazing Race."

The close friends and former reality TV teammates are starting side by side in the last row of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" farther back than any previous winner. It's their first time competing against each other since racing around the world together seeking $1 million last fall. It's not the starting spot either wanted, but both have a chance to make history.

"The silver lining is we have a very cool opportunity," Rossi said. "I think it will be one hell of a story if we can pull it off."

The 26-year-old Rossi will start next to last in the No. 27 Honda for Andretti Autosport. The 2016 race winner ended up with a less-than-ideal qualifying position because of a punctured right front tire.

No one expects him to be in the back very long. Rossi showed enough speed during practice sessions that he has been made one of the betting-line favorites. Online betting site Bovada made him the top choice, with 8-1 odds.

"It's definitely possible at this race," he said. "If we were at Road America or Phoenix right now, I definitely wouldn't be as optimistic as I am. But this race, if you qualify 32nd if you're slow, you're not going to drive to the front. If you qualify 32nd because you have an issue and you don't feel that you should be there, then you have a pretty big opportunity.

"There are a lot of different ways you can play if you have a fast car."

Daly qualified 31st in the 33-car field, getting Thom Burns Racing and the No. 18 Honda sponsored by the U.S. Air Force into one of auto racing's most prestigious events.

"I'd say we're a 16 seed," Daly said, noting all the upsets in the NCAA Tournament in March. "But just like the tournament, anything can happen in this race. We see it all the time: Things change. Things go from really bad to really good. Just one pit stop can change things from all over the place."

Daly doesn't have a full-time ride in the IndyCar Series this season. The 26-year-old Daly will make his NASCAR debut in August when he jumps into a Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing and competed in the Xfinity Series race at Road America in Wisconsin.

Still, IndyCar is his first choice and delivering a solid result Sunday could lead to more options in the future.

"We sort of know where we're at," Daly said. "We have realistic expectations: We want to have a long Sunday. We want to be there the whole time, the whole race and have a shot to have a good finish at the end."

Rossi and Daly failed to make it to the end of "The Amazing Race."

The roommates ended up fourth, eliminated just before the finale. It was a disappointing conclusion after competing around the globe. They stopped in Iceland, Belgium, Morocco, France, the Czech Republic, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Thailand and Hong Kong, winning a race-high four legs but finishing last in Hong Kong and getting cut.

Among the challenges they faced: traversing a suspension line in Iceland, completing a "sky climb" in Belgium, sailing a dinghy in France, building a trebuchet in France, singing and dancing in Zimbabwe and eating scorpions in Thailand. They were slowed and eventually done in by a tricky street puzzle in Hong Kong at night.

"It was definitely a wild experience," Daly said.

Added Rossi: "It wasn't for fame or money or anything like that. It was just to truly try to help promote my brand and the rising IndyCar Series."

They found themselves paired up again Thursday night at the "Last Row Party," an annual celebration of the final three qualifiers that raises scholarship money for journalism students.

Daly, Rossi and last-place qualifier Jack Harvey also earned a little money. Daly was presented a check for 31 cents. Rossi got one for 32 cents, and Harvey landed one for 33 cents.

The paychecks served as reminders of how quickly things can change at Indy, where Rossi was a surprise winner two years ago, a challenger in 2017 and now someone looking to deliver a real-life amazing race.

"This place owes no one anything," he said. "You don't deserve to be in it by any stretch of the imagination. Going from fighting to be in the Fast Nine so you can hopefully fight for the pole to the next day literally being next to last just shows you that every day you have to respect it and you have to appreciate the opportunity you have to be able to drive on it.

"That's what makes it so special."

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Rossi, Daly looking for real-life 'Amazing Race' in Indy 500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/rossi-daly-looking-for-real-life-amazing-race-in-indy-500-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports760bd3c0a58d445e91b0b53fd688cc75 http://www.dailyastorian.com/rossi-daly-looking-for-real-life-amazing-race-in-indy-500-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports760bd3c0a58d445e91b0b53fd688cc75#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:20:37 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269811 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly could view the Indy 500 as another leg of "The Amazing Race."

The close friends and former reality TV teammates are starting side by side in the last row of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" farther back than any previous winner. It's their first time competing against each other since racing around the world together seeking $1 million last fall. It's not the starting spot either wanted, but both have a chance to make history.

"The silver lining is we have a very cool opportunity," Rossi said. "I think it will be one hell of a story if we can pull it off."

The 26-year-old Rossi will start next to last in the No. 27 Honda for Andretti Autosport. The 2016 race winner ended up with a less-than-ideal qualifying position because of a punctured right front tire.

No one expects him to be in the back very long. Rossi showed enough speed during practice sessions that he has been made one of the betting-line favorites. Online betting site Bovada made him the top choice, with 8-1 odds.

"It's definitely possible at this race," he said. "If we were at Road America or Phoenix right now, I definitely wouldn't be as optimistic as I am. But this race, if you qualify 32nd if you're slow, you're not going to drive to the front. If you qualify 32nd because you have an issue and you don't feel that you should be there, then you have a pretty big opportunity.

"There are a lot of different ways you can play if you have a fast car."

Daly qualified 31st in the 33-car field, getting Thom Burns Racing and the No. 18 Honda sponsored by the U.S. Air Force into one of auto racing's most prestigious events.

"I'd say we're a 16 seed," Daly said, noting all the upsets in the NCAA Tournament in March. "But just like the tournament, anything can happen in this race. We see it all the time: Things change. Things go from really bad to really good. Just one pit stop can change things from all over the place."

Daly doesn't have a full-time ride in the IndyCar Series this season. The 26-year-old Daly will make his NASCAR debut in August when he jumps into a Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing and competed in the Xfinity Series race at Road America in Wisconsin.

Still, IndyCar is his first choice and delivering a solid result Sunday could lead to more options in the future.

"We sort of know where we're at," Daly said. "We have realistic expectations: We want to have a long Sunday. We want to be there the whole time, the whole race and have a shot to have a good finish at the end."

Rossi and Daly failed to make it to the end of "The Amazing Race."

The roommates ended up fourth, eliminated just before the finale. It was a disappointing conclusion after competing around the globe. They stopped in Iceland, Belgium, Morocco, France, the Czech Republic, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Thailand and Hong Kong, winning a race-high four legs but finishing last in Hong Kong and getting cut.

Among the challenges they faced: traversing a suspension line in Iceland, completing a "sky climb" in Belgium, sailing a dinghy in France, building a trebuchet in France, singing and dancing in Zimbabwe and eating scorpions in Thailand. They were slowed and eventually done in by a tricky street puzzle in Hong Kong at night.

"It was definitely a wild experience," Daly said.

Added Rossi: "It wasn't for fame or money or anything like that. It was just to truly try to help promote my brand and the rising IndyCar Series."

They found themselves paired up again Thursday night at the "Last Row Party," an annual celebration of the final three qualifiers that raises scholarship money for journalism students.

Daly, Rossi and last-place qualifier Jack Harvey also earned a little money. Daly was presented a check for 31 cents. Rossi got one for 32 cents, and Harvey landed one for 33 cents.

The paychecks served as reminders of how quickly things can change at Indy, where Rossi was a surprise winner two years ago, a challenger in 2017 and now someone looking to deliver a real-life amazing race.

"This place owes no one anything," he said. "You don't deserve to be in it by any stretch of the imagination. Going from fighting to be in the Fast Nine so you can hopefully fight for the pole to the next day literally being next to last just shows you that every day you have to respect it and you have to appreciate the opportunity you have to be able to drive on it.

"That's what makes it so special."

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Amid anti-immigrant sentiment, some Spanish speakers wary http://www.dailyastorian.com/amid-anti-immigrant-sentiment-some-spanish-speakers-wary-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world9674569ffa6a4b698c135c2790b46195 http://www.dailyastorian.com/amid-anti-immigrant-sentiment-some-spanish-speakers-wary-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world9674569ffa6a4b698c135c2790b46195#Comments Sat, 26 May 2018 11:30:30 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018305269813 PHOENIX (AP) Until recently, Lilly Mucarsel has spoken Spanish just about everywhere since arriving in the United States from Ecuador three decades ago: at the library, the movies, the grocery store. She raised three daughters who also speak Spanish and are passing on the tradition to her American-born grandchildren.

These days, the 62-year-old Southern Californian finds herself shifting to English when she attends a baseball game or goes to a restaurant with her husband to prove that yes, she knows that language too, and to avoid the nasty looks she unfortunately gets while conversing in her native tongue.

"I notice more now with this current government that people are more impatient and there's more of a lack of understanding," said Mucarsel, of Anaheim, California. "When you speak Spanish, they automatically judge you thinking you don't speak English, and that is a huge ignorant idea."

Being multilingual in the United States brings advantages like job opportunities and social connections. But speaking something other than English in some public places also can risk drawing unwanted attention, as evidenced recently by widely viewed videos of a rant by a New York lawyer against restaurant workers and a Border Patrol agent in Montana questioning people for speaking Spanish.

In that May 16 encounter, the agent told Ana Suda and her friend he wanted to see their IDs because he overheard them conversing in Spanish in a store, and he deemed that suspiciously rare in her hometown of Havre, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Canadian border. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said the episode is under review, but noted that agents have broad discretion to question people.

Afterward, Suda steered clear of blaming President Donald Trump, at least not directly, for what she and others perceive as rougher treatment from strangers.

"What I know is like, probably a year ago, a year-and-a-half ago, I started feeling more, you know, like that people say a little more things," she said.

It's not just Spanish; native speakers of Arabic, Farsi and many Asian and Indian tongues have long had to make the personal choice of when to stray from English. But some Latinos in particular feel the Trump administration's harsh rhetoric and tougher policies toward immigrants from Mexico and Central America have helped turn unwelcome glances into open hostility.

"The bottom line is anti-immigrant sentiment is now a part of mainstream discourse. It is not only present in barrooms, in the heartland it is present at press briefings in Washington, D.C.," said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

In the United States, one in five people age 5 and over speak a language other than English at home, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In immigrant-friendly Los Angeles, more than half of people do.

About 60 percent of people in the country who speak another language said they also speak English very well.

For most, that language is Spanish. About 40 million people in the United States speak Spanish and surveys have shown that retaining the language is important to Latinos, said Jens Manuel Krogstad, a writer at the nonpartisan Pew Research Center in Washington.

For many, speaking Spanish isn't an option but a necessity to communicate with immigrant parents, grandparents or friends who don't know English or know enough to get by but feel more comfortable in their own language.

For others, it is a choice sometimes deliberate, and sometimes the barely conscious tug of a language they've always known. It's the language of their first words. Or the language they were taught math in, which makes the task of counting change easier even though their English is flawless.

Or maybe they fell in love in Spanish, and it just doesn't translate.

Some native speakers might slip into Spanish to evaluate an iffy deal they're being offered on a car, or to gently reprimand misbehaving children without the rest of the world knowing.

"When I was growing up my mom spoke to us in Spanish when we were in trouble," said Vanessa Viana, 37, who grew up in Northern California. "I think she was raised that things we say in Spanish are private."

Viana said that doesn't really work where she now lives in Los Angeles since Spanish is so prevalent. She speaks Spanish everywhere with her two young sons, hoping they'll retain the language and take pride in it.

The New York lawyer's tirade also drew winces from official English advocate Mauro E. Mujica, a Chilean immigrant who speaks five languages including Spanish. The chairman and chief executive of U.S. English said he wants the country to encourage immigrants to learn English not preclude them from speaking other languages.

"I think that is a crazy overreaction that gives a bad name to people like us who are trying to have the ability to make English as an official language," Mujica said. "People can speak whatever they want to speak when they're in public or with their friends."

In recent years, schools in states around the U.S., not just the immigrant-heavy coasts, have honored students who graduate high school knowing English and at least one more language. In careers ranging from law enforcement to health care, people said being bilingual has been an advantage and brought more opportunities.

Diana Olivera said knowing Spanish has proven critical at her job as a pediatric nurse at a Phoenix hospital, where most of her patients' families speak Spanish.

"The people that I work with, they love it because it's beneficial to all of us," she said.

Above all, Spanish, for many, is the language of family and culture, and pulls on the heart. Mucarsel, who speaks fluent English with an accent that she said has drawn discrimination, speaks Spanish whenever she feels comfortable doing so or when she wants to help others feel at ease. And it's the language she naturally turns to when she sees her family.

"It is lovely to speak your native language," she said. "It comes from your soul."

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Taxin reported from Orange County, California. Associated Press correspondent Matt Volz in Helena, Montana, contributed to this report. Follow their work on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ataxin , https://twitter.com/astridgalvan and https://twitter.com/mattvolz .

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