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Report: Russian Amb. said Kushner wanted secret communications backchannel

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Russia’s U.S. ambassador said that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner wanted to set up a secret communications backchannel to communicate with Russian officials, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Kushner proposed using secure Russian diplomatic facilities to communicate with the Kremlin during the presidential transition, the Post report said, citing communications intercepted by U.S. intelligence officials as Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow.

Russia occasionally attempts to deliberately disclose misleading information when it believes it is being monitored, allowing for the possibility that the request from Kushner did not actually occur, the Post story noted.

ABC News has not independently confirmed this report.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was also present at the meeting between Kushner and Kislyak at which the ambassador “reportedly was taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate,” the Post reported.

This is not the first time reports of Kushner’s relationships with Russians have surfaced: Kushner and Flynn met with Kislyak together in Trump Tower in December, and Kushner later met with Sergey Gorkov, who runs a bank that drew sanctions from the Obama administration after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

Kislyak has been at the center of contacts between Trump administration officials and Russia. The ambassador’s conversations with Flynn prior to Trump’s inauguration led to Flynn’s firing in February after it was revealed that Flynn misled White House officials about the nature of their discussions.

Meetings between Kislyak and Attorney General Jeff Sessions resulted in Sessions’ recusal from investigations into Russian interference in the presidential election and the ambassador was also present two weeks ago when President Trump revealed classified intelligence information during an Oval Office meeting.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/25/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Seattle 4, Washington 2
Cincinnati at Cleveland, postponed

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 4, L.A. Angels 0
Boston 6, Texas 2
Houston 7, Detroit 6
Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 9, Atlanta 4
Philadelphia 2, Colorado 1, 11 Innings
Chicago Cubs 5, San Francisco 1
San Diego 4, N.Y. Mets 3
Arizona 4, Milwaukee 0
L.A. Dodgers 7, St. Louis 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Cleveland 135, Boston 102

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
2OT/Pittsburgh 3, Ottawa 2

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Hate Mondays? Blame your sleep Sunday night

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sunday night is the worst night of the week for sleeping, according to a recent survey of nearly 4,280 Americas published by the app Calm.com.

Since your presumably lousy Mondays are presumably caused by being tired, this is important. And you’re not alone: nearly half of those surveyed say they have the worst trouble sleeping Sunday compared to other days of the week.

“Many people go to bed later on Friday and Saturday nights and then sleep in later on Saturday and Sunday mornings,” says Steve Orma, clinical psychologist and insomnia specialist. “So, when they go to bed on Sunday night, they’re often just not tired. And then when they can’t sleep, they start to think about why they’re not sleeping, which only makes things worse.”

While sleep deprivation has been linked to all manner of health issues, from obesity to heart disease, take comfort in one thing as you drift off tonight: Thursdays are the best nights for sleep, the survey reveals.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/24/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Toronto 8, Milwaukee 4
Oakland 4, Miami 1
Arizona 8, Chi. White Sox 6
Cincinnati 4, Cleveland 3
Washington 5, Seattle 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Minnesota 4, Baltimore 3
N.Y. Yankees 3, Kansas City 0
Tampa Bay 5, L.A. Angels 2
Boston 9, Texas 4
Detroit 6, Houston 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado 7, Philadelphia 2
San Diego 6, N.Y. Mets 5
Pittsburgh 12, Atlanta 5, 10 Innings
Chi. Cubs 5, San Francisco 4
St. Louis 6, L.A. Dodgers 1

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/23/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Washington 10, Seattle 1
Cleveland 8, Cincinnati 7
Toronto 4, Milwaukee 3
Arizona 5, Chi. White Sox 4
Miami 11, Oakland 9

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City 6, N.Y. Yankees 2
Minnesota 2, Baltimore 0
L.A. Angels 4, Tampa Bay 0
Boston 11, Texas 6
Houston 6, Detroit 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chi Cubs 4, San Francisco 1
Colorado 8, Philadelphia 2
N-Y Mets 9, San Diego 3
Atlanta 6, Pittsburgh 5
L.A. Dodgers 2, St. Louis 1, 13 Innings


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Cleveland 112, Boston 99


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Ottawa 2, Pittsburgh 1

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/22/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 5, Cleveland 1
Arizona 5, Chicago White Sox 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 14, Baltimore 7
N.Y. Yankees 4, Kansas City 2
L.A. Angels 3, Tampa Bay 2
Houston 1, Detroit 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 8, Philadelphia 1
Atlanta 5, Pittsburgh 2
San Francisco 6, Chicago Cubs 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Golden State 129, San Antonio 115

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Nashville 6, Anaheim 3

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Suicide bomber likely behind Manchester concert attack, police say

OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, England) — A suicide bomber was likely behind the deadly explosion in Manchester, England on Monday that killed 22 people and injured 59 others who were attending an Ariana Grande concert at one of Europe’s largest arenas.

Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the Manchester Arena just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are still telling people to avoid the area as the crime scene investigation continues on Tuesday.

The incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise,” police said.

The attack was likely carried out by “one man” using an “improvised explosive device,” police said. The person died at the scene.

“We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated, causing this atrocity,” Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said at a press conference early Tuesday. “Our priority is to work with the national counter-terrorism policing network to establish more details about the individual who carried out this attack.”

President Trump offered his condolences in remarks during a visit to Israel, saying the victims were “murdered by evil losers in life.”

“I won’t call them monsters because they’d like that term. They’d think that’s a great name,” Trump said in Bethlehem after a visit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are. They’re losers and we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers remember that.”

It was unclear if the attacker was acting as a part of a terrorist organization, according to Hopkins, who said the investigation was “complex and wide-ranging.”

“The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” Hopkins said. “We would ask people not to speculate on his details or share names”

He said the wounded were being treated at six different hospitals.

The explosion happened inside of the arena’s foyer area after the concert finished, according to witnesses, who reported hearing a loud bang as they exited the arena. The venue holds about 21,000 people and is one of Europe’s largest indoor arenas, according to its website.

The concert arena is connected to the Manchester Victoria Station, the city’s second-largest train station.

Abby Barker, who attended the concert, told ABC News that Grande had just left the stage when there was a loud bang.

“I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic,” she said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

Hundreds of police officers were on the scene overnight and transportation security was beefed up in Manchester and in other areas, according to police.

The mayors of several major cities across the globe, including those of London and New York City, also said they were reviewing their security measures as a precaution after the attack.

The British Transport Police department said extra officers would be patrol at “key railway stations as well as on trains around the country” in the wake of the attack.

“Throughout the day, commuters can expect to see additional officers on their journey,” BTP Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said in a statement early Tuesday. “This will include both armed and unarmed officers.”

“As the public would expect in response to an incident such as this, extra BTP officers will be on patrol at key railway stations as well as on trains around the country,” he continued.

An emergency hotline has been set up for people concerned for “loved ones who may not have returned home,” police said, and social networking giant Facebook activated its global “safety check” feature in the wake of the deadly attack.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have agreed that all national campaigning in the General Election were “suspended until further notice” in the aftermath of the incident, according to the Press Association, which cited Labour officials.

May held an emergency COBRA meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The group — composed of government ministers, military and security chiefs — typically meets after major incidents to plan the government’s overall response. May will also review the U.K.’s threat level, which is currently one below the highest possible level.

May said her thoughts were with victims and their families after what is she said police were treating “as an appalling terrorist attack.”

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19 dead, 50 injured after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena: Police

iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, England) — At least 19 people are dead and around 50 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the arena at just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.

At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”

The wounded are being treated at six different hospitals, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a press conference. “We’re doing all that we can … as we gather information about what happened,” he said, asking people to remain vigilant.

Further details were not immediately available.

Concertgoers reported hearing a loud bang at the end of the concert and attendees rushed toward the exit.

Eyewitness Karen Ford told the BBC, “The lights had come up everyone was just getting out and walking towards the stairs, when all of a sudden this huge sound, which sounded like an explosion went off.”

She added: “Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody shouted ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone just started running. Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs. There was a lot of children there without parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming, crying and pushing.”

Andy Holey, an eyewitness, told the BBC that he was waiting outside the concert and was blown over by the force of what he described as an “explosion.” When he awoke, he said he saw many casualties around him. He added that it was unclear if they were injured or dead.

Abby Barker, who attended the concert, told ABC News that Grande had just left the stage when there was a loud bang. “I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic,” she said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

Emergency personnel treated some of the injured at the nearby Manchester Victoria railway station.

A rep for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.

In a statement, Manchester Arena confirmed that there had been an incident but said it occurred outside the venue. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims,” it tweeted.

Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

According to a spokesman for the British Home Office, they are holding a senior staff meeting on the Manchester incident this evening.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that they “are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”

“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected,” she added.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/21/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
L.A. Angels 12, N.Y. Mets 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 3, Tampa Bay 2
Toronto 3, Baltimore 1
Cleveland 8, Houston 6
Kansas City 6, Minnesota 4
Boston 12, Oakland 3
Chicago White Sox 8, Seattle 1
Texas 5, Detroit 2
Kansas City at Minnesota, postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 6, Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 1, Philadelphia  0
Washington 3, Atlanta 2
St. Louis 8, San Francisco 3
Chicago Cubs 13, Milwaukee 6
L.A. Dodgers 6, Miami 3
San Diego 5, Arizona 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Boston 111, Cleveland 108

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Pittsburgh 7, Ottawa 0

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FBI investigating if deadly stabbing on campus was a hate crime

University of Maryland Police Department(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) — The FBI is now involved in the investigation of an “unprovoked” college campus killing.

Early Saturday morning, a black student from Bowie State University was stabbed to death on the University of Maryland campus near a bus stop outside Montgomery Hall at Regents Drive. The University of Maryland Police Department arrested Sean Christopher Urbanski, a 22-year-old white student at the school, in connection with the murder.

The victim has been identified as Richard Collins III, an ROTC student who was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and set to graduate on Tuesday, according to ABC affiliate WJLA-TV.

Collins was waiting for an Uber with two friends, according to police, when Urbanski allegedly approached and stabbed him in the chest.

Urbanski faces three charges including murder and assault, police said in a news release.

Police said Saturday night that the attack was random and “totally unprovoked,” with the suspect and victim having “no prior relationship.”

At a press conference Sunday night, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said Urbanski was a member of an offensive Facebook group, named by the Washington Post as the ‘Alt-Reich: Nation’ group.”

The FBI said at the press conference it is trying to determine if Collins’ murder was a hate crime.

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Notre Dame students walk out on Mike Pence during commencement speech

ABCNews.com(NOTRE DAME, Ind.) — A group of graduating seniors from the University of Notre Dame turned their backs on their own graduation ceremony in protest of Vice President Mike Pence, who gave their commencement address there on Sunday.

The protests, which were organized by a student activist group at Notre Dame called We Stand For, were staged in response to “marginalized people affected by Pence’s politics,” according to a Facebook post published by the group last week, which urged students to join them in the walk out.

“We invite all students, faculty, and families who will be attending the Commencement ceremony to walk out with us as we take back our graduation and show our dissatisfaction with the University’s selection of Mike Pence as honored speaker,” the group wrote. “We also will walk out in dignity and solidarity with all marginalized people affected by Pence’s politics, both on this campus and throughout our nation.”

Video of the protest shows students leaving the facility without any signs of disruption. Many of them were wearing rainbow colored accessories in solidarity with LGBTQ politics.

The speech marked a homecoming of sorts for Pence, who served as the governor of Indiana while many of the students who graduated Sunday were attending school there.

Aside from those who walked out on him, Pence was greeted warmly by the students, some of whom booed the protesters.

The vice president used the opportunity of the speech to advocate for free speech on college campuses, and criticize what he called “administration-sanctioned political correctness.”

“While this institution has maintained an atmosphere of civility and open debate, far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness — all of which amounts to nothing less than suppression of the freedom of speech,” he said in the address.

He called the atmosphere of policing speech “destructive of learning and the pursuit of knowledge.”

The vice president has received harsh criticism from LGBTQ activists, who view him as an opponent of their agenda. Pence is seen by some as a proponent of so-called gay conversion therapy, a highly controversial process of attempting to alter a person’s sexual preference, sometimes through physical abuse, that has been banned in multiple states.

As a candidate for Congress in the 1990s, Pence’s campaign website included a statement that fueled the belief that he was in support of conversion therapies for gay youths.

“Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior,” the website said, under a header reading, “The Pence agenda.”

Asked about the campaign language, a spokesman for Pence told ABC News that Pence was calling for federal funds to “be directed to groups that promoted safe sexual practices” and said “any assertion that Vice President-elect Pence supported or advocated for conversion therapy is patently false and is a mischaracterization of language from a 16-year old campaign website.”

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump let stand an Obama-era order protecting the rights of some LGBT workers, and was widely regarded as being more accepting of LGBTQ issues than his running mate.

Pence told ABC News in the wake of that decision that he sided with Trump.

“I think throughout the campaign, President Trump made it clear that discrimination would have no place in our administration,” Pence told ABC News in a “This Week” interview that aired in February, responding to the potential for misalignment on issues of sexuality in the administration. “He was the very first Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community at our Republican National Convention and was applauded for it. And I was there applauding with him.”

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Alec Baldwin, Scarlett Johansson reprise Trump roles on ‘Saturday Night Live’ season finale

Twitter/@nbcsnl(NEW YORK) — Saturday Night Live reprised most of its Team Trump impersonations for the show’s season finale this weekend, kicking off the show with a cold open featuring guest stars and cast members belting out a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

 Alec Baldwin returned yet again to play to President Trump, as did actress Scarlett Johansson to play first daughter Ivanka Trump.

“SNL” cast member Kate McKinnon played counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Beck Bennett played Vice President Mike Pence, Aidy Bryant plated deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Cecily Strong played first lady Melania Trump, and Mikey Day and Alex Moffatt played Trump offspring Donald Jr. and Eric, respectively. And senior counselor to the president Steve Bannon was represented by a cast member in a Grim Reaper costume.

In the cold open, Baldwin’s Trump plays the piano, while everyone sings “Hallelujah.” Kate McKinnon performed the song in November on the show, to acknowledge Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the presidential election.

After Baldwin’s Trump is finished singing, in a nod to the president’s week, he says, “I’m not giving up because I didn’t do anything wrong, but I can’t speak for this people.”

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Texas Senate Votes to Bar College “Free Speech Zones”

AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to barring universities from establishing so-called “free speech zones” which are sometimes used to confine demonstrations to certain areas of campus. Supporters of the ban say using the free speech zones actually prohibits speech by implying free expression is not allowed across the rest of campus. The measure would still allow colleges to set some regulations to keep demonstrations from disrupting classes. Free speech zones became common in the 1960s as a way to control campus protests against the Vietnam War. Many colleges dropped the practice decades later, but experts say it has survived at some schools as a way to rein in protests and to regulate outside provocateurs looking for campus soapboxes. Colorado and Utah this year approved bills banning free-speech zones.

Sheriff: Do Abuse Allegations against La. Man Span 5 States?

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) – Authorities want to know if a man accused of abusing a girl in a New Orleans suburb in the early 2000s may have had more recent victims in other states, including Texas. St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann says 54-year-old Timothy Gemelli of Slidell has been arrested on a charge of sexually abusing a girl below the age of 10 in Chalmette. He’s being held in lieu of $400,000 bond. Pohlmann says Gemelli also has lived in Longmont and Firestone, Colorado; Chicopee, Massachusetts; Picayune, Mississippi; and Harris County, Texas. Detectives want to know about possible victims in those areas. At the time of the alleged abuse, Gemelli lived in Chalmette. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Cannizaro said Thursday that Gemelli does not yet have an attorney who could comment about the allegation.

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Report: Russian Amb. said Kushner wanted secret communications backchannel

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2017 at 8:59 am

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Russia’s U.S. ambassador said that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner wanted to set up a secret communications backchannel to communicate with Russian officials, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Kushner proposed using secure Russian diplomatic facilities to communicate with the Kremlin during the presidential transition, the Post report said, citing communications intercepted by U.S. intelligence officials as Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow.

Russia occasionally attempts to deliberately disclose misleading information when it believes it is being monitored, allowing for the possibility that the request from Kushner did not actually occur, the Post story noted.

ABC News has not independently confirmed this report.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was also present at the meeting between Kushner and Kislyak at which the ambassador “reportedly was taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate,” the Post reported.

This is not the first time reports of Kushner’s relationships with Russians have surfaced: Kushner and Flynn met with Kislyak together in Trump Tower in December, and Kushner later met with Sergey Gorkov, who runs a bank that drew sanctions from the Obama administration after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

Kislyak has been at the center of contacts between Trump administration officials and Russia. The ambassador’s conversations with Flynn prior to Trump’s inauguration led to Flynn’s firing in February after it was revealed that Flynn misled White House officials about the nature of their discussions.

Meetings between Kislyak and Attorney General Jeff Sessions resulted in Sessions’ recusal from investigations into Russian interference in the presidential election and the ambassador was also present two weeks ago when President Trump revealed classified intelligence information during an Oval Office meeting.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/25/17

Posted/updated on: May 26, 2017 at 7:24 am

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Seattle 4, Washington 2
Cincinnati at Cleveland, postponed

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 4, L.A. Angels 0
Boston 6, Texas 2
Houston 7, Detroit 6
Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 9, Atlanta 4
Philadelphia 2, Colorado 1, 11 Innings
Chicago Cubs 5, San Francisco 1
San Diego 4, N.Y. Mets 3
Arizona 4, Milwaukee 0
L.A. Dodgers 7, St. Louis 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Cleveland 135, Boston 102

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
2OT/Pittsburgh 3, Ottawa 2

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Hate Mondays? Blame your sleep Sunday night

Posted/updated on: May 25, 2017 at 8:26 am

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sunday night is the worst night of the week for sleeping, according to a recent survey of nearly 4,280 Americas published by the app Calm.com.

Since your presumably lousy Mondays are presumably caused by being tired, this is important. And you’re not alone: nearly half of those surveyed say they have the worst trouble sleeping Sunday compared to other days of the week.

“Many people go to bed later on Friday and Saturday nights and then sleep in later on Saturday and Sunday mornings,” says Steve Orma, clinical psychologist and insomnia specialist. “So, when they go to bed on Sunday night, they’re often just not tired. And then when they can’t sleep, they start to think about why they’re not sleeping, which only makes things worse.”

While sleep deprivation has been linked to all manner of health issues, from obesity to heart disease, take comfort in one thing as you drift off tonight: Thursdays are the best nights for sleep, the survey reveals.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/24/17

Posted/updated on: May 25, 2017 at 6:43 am

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Toronto 8, Milwaukee 4
Oakland 4, Miami 1
Arizona 8, Chi. White Sox 6
Cincinnati 4, Cleveland 3
Washington 5, Seattle 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Minnesota 4, Baltimore 3
N.Y. Yankees 3, Kansas City 0
Tampa Bay 5, L.A. Angels 2
Boston 9, Texas 4
Detroit 6, Houston 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado 7, Philadelphia 2
San Diego 6, N.Y. Mets 5
Pittsburgh 12, Atlanta 5, 10 Innings
Chi. Cubs 5, San Francisco 4
St. Louis 6, L.A. Dodgers 1

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/23/17

Posted/updated on: May 24, 2017 at 6:58 am

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Washington 10, Seattle 1
Cleveland 8, Cincinnati 7
Toronto 4, Milwaukee 3
Arizona 5, Chi. White Sox 4
Miami 11, Oakland 9

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City 6, N.Y. Yankees 2
Minnesota 2, Baltimore 0
L.A. Angels 4, Tampa Bay 0
Boston 11, Texas 6
Houston 6, Detroit 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chi Cubs 4, San Francisco 1
Colorado 8, Philadelphia 2
N-Y Mets 9, San Diego 3
Atlanta 6, Pittsburgh 5
L.A. Dodgers 2, St. Louis 1, 13 Innings


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Cleveland 112, Boston 99


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Ottawa 2, Pittsburgh 1

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/22/17

Posted/updated on: May 23, 2017 at 7:06 am

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 5, Cleveland 1
Arizona 5, Chicago White Sox 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 14, Baltimore 7
N.Y. Yankees 4, Kansas City 2
L.A. Angels 3, Tampa Bay 2
Houston 1, Detroit 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 8, Philadelphia 1
Atlanta 5, Pittsburgh 2
San Francisco 6, Chicago Cubs 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Golden State 129, San Antonio 115

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Nashville 6, Anaheim 3

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Suicide bomber likely behind Manchester concert attack, police say

Posted/updated on: May 23, 2017 at 7:26 am

OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, England) — A suicide bomber was likely behind the deadly explosion in Manchester, England on Monday that killed 22 people and injured 59 others who were attending an Ariana Grande concert at one of Europe’s largest arenas.

Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the Manchester Arena just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are still telling people to avoid the area as the crime scene investigation continues on Tuesday.

The incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise,” police said.

The attack was likely carried out by “one man” using an “improvised explosive device,” police said. The person died at the scene.

“We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated, causing this atrocity,” Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said at a press conference early Tuesday. “Our priority is to work with the national counter-terrorism policing network to establish more details about the individual who carried out this attack.”

President Trump offered his condolences in remarks during a visit to Israel, saying the victims were “murdered by evil losers in life.”

“I won’t call them monsters because they’d like that term. They’d think that’s a great name,” Trump said in Bethlehem after a visit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are. They’re losers and we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers remember that.”

It was unclear if the attacker was acting as a part of a terrorist organization, according to Hopkins, who said the investigation was “complex and wide-ranging.”

“The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” Hopkins said. “We would ask people not to speculate on his details or share names”

He said the wounded were being treated at six different hospitals.

The explosion happened inside of the arena’s foyer area after the concert finished, according to witnesses, who reported hearing a loud bang as they exited the arena. The venue holds about 21,000 people and is one of Europe’s largest indoor arenas, according to its website.

The concert arena is connected to the Manchester Victoria Station, the city’s second-largest train station.

Abby Barker, who attended the concert, told ABC News that Grande had just left the stage when there was a loud bang.

“I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic,” she said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

Hundreds of police officers were on the scene overnight and transportation security was beefed up in Manchester and in other areas, according to police.

The mayors of several major cities across the globe, including those of London and New York City, also said they were reviewing their security measures as a precaution after the attack.

The British Transport Police department said extra officers would be patrol at “key railway stations as well as on trains around the country” in the wake of the attack.

“Throughout the day, commuters can expect to see additional officers on their journey,” BTP Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said in a statement early Tuesday. “This will include both armed and unarmed officers.”

“As the public would expect in response to an incident such as this, extra BTP officers will be on patrol at key railway stations as well as on trains around the country,” he continued.

An emergency hotline has been set up for people concerned for “loved ones who may not have returned home,” police said, and social networking giant Facebook activated its global “safety check” feature in the wake of the deadly attack.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have agreed that all national campaigning in the General Election were “suspended until further notice” in the aftermath of the incident, according to the Press Association, which cited Labour officials.

May held an emergency COBRA meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The group — composed of government ministers, military and security chiefs — typically meets after major incidents to plan the government’s overall response. May will also review the U.K.’s threat level, which is currently one below the highest possible level.

May said her thoughts were with victims and their families after what is she said police were treating “as an appalling terrorist attack.”

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19 dead, 50 injured after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena: Police

Posted/updated on: May 23, 2017 at 7:27 am

iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, England) — At least 19 people are dead and around 50 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the arena at just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.

At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”

The wounded are being treated at six different hospitals, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a press conference. “We’re doing all that we can … as we gather information about what happened,” he said, asking people to remain vigilant.

Further details were not immediately available.

Concertgoers reported hearing a loud bang at the end of the concert and attendees rushed toward the exit.

Eyewitness Karen Ford told the BBC, “The lights had come up everyone was just getting out and walking towards the stairs, when all of a sudden this huge sound, which sounded like an explosion went off.”

She added: “Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody shouted ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone just started running. Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs. There was a lot of children there without parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming, crying and pushing.”

Andy Holey, an eyewitness, told the BBC that he was waiting outside the concert and was blown over by the force of what he described as an “explosion.” When he awoke, he said he saw many casualties around him. He added that it was unclear if they were injured or dead.

Abby Barker, who attended the concert, told ABC News that Grande had just left the stage when there was a loud bang. “I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic,” she said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

Emergency personnel treated some of the injured at the nearby Manchester Victoria railway station.

A rep for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.

In a statement, Manchester Arena confirmed that there had been an incident but said it occurred outside the venue. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims,” it tweeted.

Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

According to a spokesman for the British Home Office, they are holding a senior staff meeting on the Manchester incident this evening.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that they “are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”

“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected,” she added.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/21/17

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2017 at 8:33 am

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
L.A. Angels 12, N.Y. Mets 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 3, Tampa Bay 2
Toronto 3, Baltimore 1
Cleveland 8, Houston 6
Kansas City 6, Minnesota 4
Boston 12, Oakland 3
Chicago White Sox 8, Seattle 1
Texas 5, Detroit 2
Kansas City at Minnesota, postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 6, Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 1, Philadelphia  0
Washington 3, Atlanta 2
St. Louis 8, San Francisco 3
Chicago Cubs 13, Milwaukee 6
L.A. Dodgers 6, Miami 3
San Diego 5, Arizona 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Boston 111, Cleveland 108

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Pittsburgh 7, Ottawa 0

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FBI investigating if deadly stabbing on campus was a hate crime

Posted/updated on: May 21, 2017 at 11:22 pm

University of Maryland Police Department(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) — The FBI is now involved in the investigation of an “unprovoked” college campus killing.

Early Saturday morning, a black student from Bowie State University was stabbed to death on the University of Maryland campus near a bus stop outside Montgomery Hall at Regents Drive. The University of Maryland Police Department arrested Sean Christopher Urbanski, a 22-year-old white student at the school, in connection with the murder.

The victim has been identified as Richard Collins III, an ROTC student who was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and set to graduate on Tuesday, according to ABC affiliate WJLA-TV.

Collins was waiting for an Uber with two friends, according to police, when Urbanski allegedly approached and stabbed him in the chest.

Urbanski faces three charges including murder and assault, police said in a news release.

Police said Saturday night that the attack was random and “totally unprovoked,” with the suspect and victim having “no prior relationship.”

At a press conference Sunday night, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said Urbanski was a member of an offensive Facebook group, named by the Washington Post as the ‘Alt-Reich: Nation’ group.”

The FBI said at the press conference it is trying to determine if Collins’ murder was a hate crime.

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Notre Dame students walk out on Mike Pence during commencement speech

Posted/updated on: May 21, 2017 at 11:22 pm

ABCNews.com(NOTRE DAME, Ind.) — A group of graduating seniors from the University of Notre Dame turned their backs on their own graduation ceremony in protest of Vice President Mike Pence, who gave their commencement address there on Sunday.

The protests, which were organized by a student activist group at Notre Dame called We Stand For, were staged in response to “marginalized people affected by Pence’s politics,” according to a Facebook post published by the group last week, which urged students to join them in the walk out.

“We invite all students, faculty, and families who will be attending the Commencement ceremony to walk out with us as we take back our graduation and show our dissatisfaction with the University’s selection of Mike Pence as honored speaker,” the group wrote. “We also will walk out in dignity and solidarity with all marginalized people affected by Pence’s politics, both on this campus and throughout our nation.”

Video of the protest shows students leaving the facility without any signs of disruption. Many of them were wearing rainbow colored accessories in solidarity with LGBTQ politics.

The speech marked a homecoming of sorts for Pence, who served as the governor of Indiana while many of the students who graduated Sunday were attending school there.

Aside from those who walked out on him, Pence was greeted warmly by the students, some of whom booed the protesters.

The vice president used the opportunity of the speech to advocate for free speech on college campuses, and criticize what he called “administration-sanctioned political correctness.”

“While this institution has maintained an atmosphere of civility and open debate, far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness — all of which amounts to nothing less than suppression of the freedom of speech,” he said in the address.

He called the atmosphere of policing speech “destructive of learning and the pursuit of knowledge.”

The vice president has received harsh criticism from LGBTQ activists, who view him as an opponent of their agenda. Pence is seen by some as a proponent of so-called gay conversion therapy, a highly controversial process of attempting to alter a person’s sexual preference, sometimes through physical abuse, that has been banned in multiple states.

As a candidate for Congress in the 1990s, Pence’s campaign website included a statement that fueled the belief that he was in support of conversion therapies for gay youths.

“Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior,” the website said, under a header reading, “The Pence agenda.”

Asked about the campaign language, a spokesman for Pence told ABC News that Pence was calling for federal funds to “be directed to groups that promoted safe sexual practices” and said “any assertion that Vice President-elect Pence supported or advocated for conversion therapy is patently false and is a mischaracterization of language from a 16-year old campaign website.”

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump let stand an Obama-era order protecting the rights of some LGBT workers, and was widely regarded as being more accepting of LGBTQ issues than his running mate.

Pence told ABC News in the wake of that decision that he sided with Trump.

“I think throughout the campaign, President Trump made it clear that discrimination would have no place in our administration,” Pence told ABC News in a “This Week” interview that aired in February, responding to the potential for misalignment on issues of sexuality in the administration. “He was the very first Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community at our Republican National Convention and was applauded for it. And I was there applauding with him.”

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Alec Baldwin, Scarlett Johansson reprise Trump roles on ‘Saturday Night Live’ season finale

Posted/updated on: May 21, 2017 at 8:28 am

Twitter/@nbcsnl(NEW YORK) — Saturday Night Live reprised most of its Team Trump impersonations for the show’s season finale this weekend, kicking off the show with a cold open featuring guest stars and cast members belting out a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

 Alec Baldwin returned yet again to play to President Trump, as did actress Scarlett Johansson to play first daughter Ivanka Trump.

“SNL” cast member Kate McKinnon played counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Beck Bennett played Vice President Mike Pence, Aidy Bryant plated deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Cecily Strong played first lady Melania Trump, and Mikey Day and Alex Moffatt played Trump offspring Donald Jr. and Eric, respectively. And senior counselor to the president Steve Bannon was represented by a cast member in a Grim Reaper costume.

In the cold open, Baldwin’s Trump plays the piano, while everyone sings “Hallelujah.” Kate McKinnon performed the song in November on the show, to acknowledge Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the presidential election.

After Baldwin’s Trump is finished singing, in a nod to the president’s week, he says, “I’m not giving up because I didn’t do anything wrong, but I can’t speak for this people.”

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Texas Senate Votes to Bar College “Free Speech Zones”

Posted/updated on: May 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm

AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to barring universities from establishing so-called “free speech zones” which are sometimes used to confine demonstrations to certain areas of campus. Supporters of the ban say using the free speech zones actually prohibits speech by implying free expression is not allowed across the rest of campus. The measure would still allow colleges to set some regulations to keep demonstrations from disrupting classes. Free speech zones became common in the 1960s as a way to control campus protests against the Vietnam War. Many colleges dropped the practice decades later, but experts say it has survived at some schools as a way to rein in protests and to regulate outside provocateurs looking for campus soapboxes. Colorado and Utah this year approved bills banning free-speech zones.

Sheriff: Do Abuse Allegations against La. Man Span 5 States?

Posted/updated on: January 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) – Authorities want to know if a man accused of abusing a girl in a New Orleans suburb in the early 2000s may have had more recent victims in other states, including Texas. St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann says 54-year-old Timothy Gemelli of Slidell has been arrested on a charge of sexually abusing a girl below the age of 10 in Chalmette. He’s being held in lieu of $400,000 bond. Pohlmann says Gemelli also has lived in Longmont and Firestone, Colorado; Chicopee, Massachusetts; Picayune, Mississippi; and Harris County, Texas. Detectives want to know about possible victims in those areas. At the time of the alleged abuse, Gemelli lived in Chalmette. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Cannizaro said Thursday that Gemelli does not yet have an attorney who could comment about the allegation.

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