Coleman says lung cancer surgery was a success

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says all visible traces of cancer have been removed from his lung during a seven-hour surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Coleman posted on his Facebook page that the cancer “was more invasive than seen in earlier scans.” Coleman praised his team of doctors who said the surgery was challenging because of scar tissue from earlier radiation.
Last August, Coleman learned that the throat and neck cancer he began battling in 2015 had spread to his lungs and was at the most advanced stage. Coleman underwent chemotherapy and intensive radiation and said the tumor was gone.
A follow-up scan recently showed the cancer had returned. In Monday’s surgery, doctors planned to remove about a quarter of his lung, cutting the organ’s capacity by 15% to 20%.

5 new lawsuits filed in fatal school explosion

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five new lawsuits have been filed more than two years after a natural gas explosion caused part of a Minneapolis school to collapse, killing two people and injuring nine others.
The lawsuits say CenterPoint Energy and Master Mechanical knew their work at Minnehaha Academy was “hazardous and abnormally dangerous” but “failed to inspect and close shut-off valves” upstream from a gas meter.
The plaintiffs include the school’s president, who says she suffered a traumatic brain injury; the soccer coach, who lost a leg; and three other employees, who say they suffered concussions and post-traumatic stress disorder in the April 2017 explosion .
Master Mechanical says it respects the legal process and the ongoing National Transportation Safety Board investigation. CenterPoint says it’s aware of the lawsuits and is working toward a resolution.

House proposal would force disclosures of terror watchlist

By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The House has adopted a proposal from Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar that would force President Donald Trump’s administration to disclose details about how it shares the FBI’s watchlist of more than 1 million individuals classified as “known or suspected terrorists” with foreign countries.
Omar’s amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act was adopted Tuesday night on the House floor by a voice vote. It would require a report within 180 days detailing which foreign countries get access to the database and how such decisions are made.
Omar’s office said the bill is expected to pass the House this week. It would then head to the Republican-controlled Senate.
The watchlist has been subject to multiple lawsuits challenging its constitutionality. Critics say the list is mismanaged and innocent Muslims end up on it with no recourse for clearing their names.
Omar has expressed concerns that countries with poor human-rights records, such as Saudi Arabia and China, receive the list and submit names for inclusion.
“Giving the same people who violently murdered Jamal Khashoggi access to the watchlist puts lives in danger,” Omar and 10 other members of Congress wrote in a letter last month to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “We have also received credible reports that Uyghur activists have been added to the watchlist at the behest of the Chinese government. It is unacceptable for U.S. resources to contribute to the brutal repression of political dissidents abroad.”
The letter was also signed by Democratic Congress members including Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; and presidential candidate Tim Ryan of Ohio. Khashoggi was a Saudi writer who criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in columns for The Washington Post. He was slain in October while visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey. After a monthslong inquiry, a U.N. investigator concluded that Khashoggi was a victim of a “deliberate, premeditated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible.”
The watchlist, also known as the Terrorist Screening Database, is maintained by the FBI and shared with a variety of federal agencies. Customs officers have access to the list to check people coming into the country at border crossings, and aviation officials use the database to help form the government’s no-fly list, which is a much smaller subset of the broader watchlist.
The watchlist has grown significantly over the years. As of June 2017, about 1.2 million people were included on the watchlist, up from 680,000 in 2013. The vast majority are foreigners. But according to the government, roughly 4,600 U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents were also on the watchlist as of 2017.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, challenging the watchlist’s constitutionality. The lawsuit revealed that the federal government shares the list not only with foreign governments and local law-enforcement agencies, but also hundreds of private entities deemed “law enforcement adjacent” by the government, including private schools and railroads. CAIR’s lawyers say the list is disseminated so broadly that innocent Muslims face hassles not only at border crossings and airports, but also in everyday life.
CAIR lawyer Gadeir Abbas called Omar’s legislation an important step forward.
“Use of the watchlist by foreign countries has always been one of its most disturbing aspects,” he said. “Congress and the public deserve an accounting of how this is being done.”
Government lawyers have argued against public disclosures detailing how the watchlist is compiled and disseminated, saying it could provide terrorists a roadmap to understanding how the government monitors and combats them.
Omar came to the United States from Somalia as a refugee and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. She, Tlaib and Pressley are three of the four Democratic freshmen congress members whom Trump has told to “go back” to their home countries, even though all are U.S. citizens. The fourth is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

Minnesota man who hacked state databases gets probation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who admitted he hacked into state government databases in 2017 because he was angry after a police officer was acquitted of fatally shooting Philando Castile has been sentenced to five years of probation.
Twenty-year-old Cameron Thomas Crowley was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in March to one count of intentional access to a protected computer.
Crowley admitted he used the screen name “Vigilance” as he attacked government databases, universities and a school district. Individuals’ names, password information, home and work addresses and telephone numbers were compromised.
He bragged about his attacks on Twitter and taunted authorities. He tweeted that the databases were targeted in retaliation for the acquittal of former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who shot Castile during a 2016 traffic stop.
Crowley has apologized. He will also have to pay restitution. The amount hasn’t been determined.

Minnesota, South Dakota cities wait on shrimp farm proposal

LUVERNE, Minn. (AP) — Officials in Madison, South Dakota, and Luverne, Minnesota, are wondering what happens now that a company reversed its decision to build a shrimp farm in Luverne but scrapped a construction timeline to instead build the project in Madison.
Tru Shrimp had planned to build a multi-million-dollar shrimp production facility in Luverne, in southwestern Minnesota.
But in January, the Minnesota-based company told Luvene officials it was building in South Dakota instead. Tru Shrimp executives said they recently discovered a Minnesota environmental rule about water discharge that could have delayed construction by one to three years.
Company executives joined then-South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard to announce that Madison, South Dakota, would be the site of the company’s first plant. State and local officials in South Dakota committed $6.5 million in taxpayer dollars for a low-interest loan for the Tru Shrimp project this winter, including $5.5 million directly from the governor’s Future Fund.
“Nothing was communicated to us that it was a concern,” Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian said. “That’s what I guess is most disheartening to everybody on the council and myself.”
Tru Shrimp recently missed its planned construction date in Madison and has yet to set a new timeline. Tru Shrimp executives initially planned to begin construction in June. The company has said it remains committed to building in the South Dakota town, located about 52 miles (84 kilometers) northwest of Luverne.
“We continue our focused efforts to raise the capital required to build in Madison,” Tru Shrimp sales and marketing director Jamie Brink-Thordson said in a statement to the Argus Leader .
The head of the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Steve Westra, who started in January after Daugaard left office, expressed confidence in Tru Shrimp.
“While the project delay is unfortunate, we realize changes in large real estate development projects are not uncommon,” Westra said in a statement. “Big projects take time, especially ones involving new industries. We remain confident this will be a big success for the Madison area.”
Baustian, the Luvene mayor, has promised to continue to work with the Balaton, Minnesota-based company. The Minnesota city still has two massive industrial park parcels, specifically developed for Tru Shrimp’s operations, and plans to make $14 million in improvements to the city’s wastewater facility. Those parcels are still empty and on hold for Tru Shrimp.
In her statement, Tru Shrimp’s Brink-Thordson said the company is still targeting Luverne for a facility.
But Baustian said he has not heard what the company’s intentions are for Luverne.
“It’s kind of disheartening after everything we went through to make that happen,” the mayor said.
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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

Price, Eckersley feuding again after Eck’s comments to Globe

BOSTON (AP) — David Price ignited an old feud Wednesday with Red Sox TV analyst Dennis Eckersley after the Hall of Fame pitcher commented about a confrontation between the men in a story by The Boston Globe this week.
Two years ago, Price confronted Eckersley on a team flight after Eckersley was critical of a player’s performance on air. On Wednesday, Price called it “trash” that Eckersley discussed the incident during an interview for a lengthy piece on the former pitcher’s life and career.
“I didn’t know how to deal with that. I don’t plan on saying a word to him, I don’t plan on seeing him, never,” Eckersley told The Boston Globe Magazine about the incident. “I don’t really give a (expletive) one way or another. I don’t think he really cares one way or the other.”
That was the only time Eckersley was quoted about the run-in.
About three hours before the scheduled first pitch of the Red Sox-Blue Jays game at Fenway Park, Price let loose about Eckersley to reporters in the home clubhouse.
“The fact that it was two years ago, over two years ago now. The fact that he wanted to move on and since then he’s went on the radio and talked about it, done it again,” Price said. “In 2017, I addressed it, told you guys in front of the camera I wish I handled it differently. I did it again in 2018 in spring training on Day One. Said the same thing.”
Price said a meeting was arranged for he and Eckersley in 2017, in which Price planned to apologize. He said Eckersley backed out of that meeting.
Price also criticized a recent MLB Network documentary about Eckersley’s career.
“The one thing that definitely stood out to me — he had zero former teammates in that interview, not one, talking about him. It was him talking about himself,” Price said. “If anybody everybody ever does a special on me after baseball, I won’t need to go on that interview. I will have former teammates. I will have former coaches — they can all vouch for me. He didn’t have that. To me, that is, that’s all you need to know. That tells the entire story right there.”
Chad Finn, the Boston Globe columnist who wrote the Eckersley profile, tweeted in response to Price’s comments that he cut numerous interviews from his story — including Jim Rice, Buddy Bell and Tony La Russa — because “there was so much universal praise for him that it got redundant.”
Price is in the fourth year of a $217-million, seven-year deal he signed as a free agent before 2016.
Eckersley wasn’t scheduled to work Wednesday’s game.

Paddack takes no-hitter into 8th as Padres beat Marlins 3-2

By Steven Wine
AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) — Rookie right-hander Chris Paddack took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and two relievers got the final four outs to complete a three-hitter and help the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Wednesday night.
The Padres, who played their first game in 1969, are the only major league team never to have thrown a no-hitter.
After Starlin Castro homered leading off the eighth, Paddack (6-4) retired the next two batters and then departed, matching the longest outing of his career. He struck out eight, walked one, threw 94 pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.70.
The performance came in Paddack’s first appearance against the Marlins, who made the right-hander an eighth-round draft choice in 2015 and traded him to San Diego for reliever Fernando Rodney the following year.
Austin Hedges hit a two-run homer, his seventh, against Trevor Richards (3-11) to help San Diego break a four-game losing streak.
Paddack retired the first 15 batters before Cesar Puello reached on a throwing error by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. Pinch hitter Yadiel Rivera, who walked with two out in the sixth, was the only other baserunner against Paddack.
Kirby Yates pitched around back-to-back throwing errors to start the ninth for his 31st save. Castro’s two-out RBI single made it 3-2 before Yates struck out Curtis Granderson with two on for the win.
Paddack dominated from the outset against the lowest-scoring team in the majors. He needed only eight pitches in the first inning and struck out four of the first five batters. Garrett Cooper was so badly fooled by a pitch he whiffed and sent his bat flying into the eighth row, where it landed on an empty seat.
The Padres scored three times in the fourth after Richards retired the first two batters. Greg Garcia hit an RBI single, and Hedges’ homer bounced off the top of the bullpen fence.
Richards allowed three runs in five innings.
CLOSE CALL
The Marlins nearly broke up the no-hitter with two out in the sixth, when Miguel Rojas hit a line drive that popped out of first baseman Eric Hosmer’s glove. Hosmer scrambled after the ball and tagged Rojas as he slid headfirst into the base.
Umpire Paul Nauert called Rojas out, and the call stood after a 2½-minute review.
ROSTER MOVES
Before the game, the Padres optioned LHP Robbie Erlin to Triple-A El Paso and reinstated LHP Eric Lauer from the bereavement leave list.
UP NEXT
Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (5-4, 3.46), who is scheduled to start the rubber game of the series Thursday afternoon, is 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA in three career outings against San Diego.
Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-2, 6.30) is scheduled to make his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery.

Pumpsie Green, 1st black player on Boston Red Sox, dies

By Jimmy Golen
AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox infielder Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first black player on the last major league team to field one, has died. He was 85.
The Red Sox said Green, who lived in California most of his life, died Wednesday at in a hospital in San Leandro, near Oakland; no cause of death was immediately available. The team observed a moment of silence before its game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
“Pumpsie Green occupies a special place in our history,” Red Sox owner John Henry said. “He was, by his own admission, a reluctant pioneer, but we will always remember him for his grace and perseverance in becoming our first African-American player. He paved the way for the many great Sox players of color who followed. For that, we all owe Pumpsie a debt of gratitude.”
A speedy but light-hitting utilityman, Green brought baseball’s segregation era to an end of sorts when he entered a game against the Chicago White Sox as a pinch-runner for Vic Wertz on July 21, 1959 — more than a dozen years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Green joined the team on a lengthy road trip and had played nine games before taking the field at Fenway Park for the first time. Green said this year in an interview with NESN, the Red Sox TV network, that he remembered receiving a standing ovation when he came to the plate, batting leadoff.
“It was heart-warming and nerve-wracking,” he told reporters in 1997, when he returned to Boston to take part in ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s debut. “But I got lucky: I hit a triple off the left-center fence.”
Born in Boley, Oklahoma, he moved with his family to California at a young age and met his wife Marie Presley at Contra Costa Junior College. He made his professional baseball debut at 19 years old for the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League and was named the California League’s Most Valuable Player in 1955.
The Red Sox purchased his contract, and he attended his first spring training with the club in ‘56. He was added to the club’s 40-man roster in September of 1958.
Green didn’t have the talent of Robinson, a Hall of Famer, or Larry Doby, another Hall of Famer who was the first black player in the American League. The Red Sox infielder reached the majors as a role player, just once playing more than 88 games, and never hitting more than six homers or batting better than .278.
Green played parts of four seasons with the Red Sox before finishing his career with one year on the New York Mets. In all, he batted .246 with 13 homers and 74 RBIs.
But his first appearance in a Boston uniform ended baseball’s ugliest chapter, and the fact that it took the Red Sox so long left a stain on the franchise — and a void in the trophy case — it is still trying to erase.
The Red Sox had a chance to sign Robinson in 1945, before the Dodgers, and Hall of Famer Willie Mays a few years later; they chose not to, decisions that go a long way toward explaining the 86-year World Series championship drought that didn’t end until 2004. Last year, acknowledging the poor racial record of longtime owner Thomas A. Yawkey, the team expunged his name from the street outside the ballpark.
A few days after Green was called up, the Red Sox added Earl Wilson, a black pitcher. Green said there was an informal quota system that required teams to have an even number of black players so they would have someone to room with on the road.
There were few blacks in the clubhouse, the offices or the Boston stands, Green said in ‘97.
“Most of the time it was just me,” he said. “It was almost an oddity when you saw a black person walking around the stands.”
But unlike Robinson, Green said, he received no death threats. “It was mostly insults,” he said.
“But you can get those at any ballpark at any time,” he said. “I learned to tune things out.”
Green returned to northern California after his baseball career ended and earned a degree in physical education from San Francisco State. He worked as a counselor and coach at Berkeley High School before retiring in the 1990s.
The Red Sox honored him again on Jackie Robinson Day in 2009 and ‘12, but he was unable to attend the ceremony in 2018 when his debut was recognized as a historic moment by the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
Upon his return to Fenway in ‘97, he noticed that things had improved but still saw work to be done.
“Baseball still has its problems, and so does society,” Green said. “I don’t believe things are that much better in baseball or society. Hopefully, it will be shortly.”
Green is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marie; one of three brothers, Cornell Green, was a star safety for the Dallas Cowboys. He had one daughter, Heidi; his son, Jerry, died last year. He had two granddaughters and four great grandsons.
A funeral will be held on Aug. 2 in Oakland.

Howard leads Storm past Lynx

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Natasha Howard scored a career-high 33 points, Sami Whitcomb made five of Seattle’s 12 3-pointers and the Storm closed the game on a 10-0 run to beat the Minnesota Lynx 90-79 on Wednesday night.
Seattle led 78-66 with 6:25 left until Minnesota made 3-pointers on its next three possessions to pull within three. The Lynx got as close as 80-79, but Seattle answered with 10 straight points, highlighted by Whitcomb’s drive and no-look pass to Alysha Clark.
Whitcomb had 15 points and eight assists and Clark added 12 points and seven rebounds. Seattle (11-8) has won a season-high three straight games without stars Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd.
Seattle opened the game on a 15-4 run as Minnesota made just two of its first eight shots. The Storm led 26-16 after the first quarter and 40-30 at halftime behind 25 combined points from Howard and Whitcomb.
Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota (10-8). Danielle Robinson added 14 points, 10 assists and four steals.

MERCURY 69, WINGS 64
PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 23 points, including the go-ahead basket with 33.9 seconds left, and the Mercury held off the Wings.
Griner made a hook shot in the lane to give Phoenix a 65-64 lead. After Kaela Davis was off on a 3-pointer, DeWanna Bonner sank two free throws for a three-point lead. Dallas elected to go for a quick 2-point shot, Griner grabbed the miss and she made two free throws to seal it.
Essence Carson and Camille Little each added 11 points for Phoenix (8-8).
Arike Ogunbowale scored 14 points on 6-of-22 shooting for Dallas (5-12), which is winless on the road this season in eight attempts.

SKY 77, DREAM 76
CHICAGO (AP) — Diamond DeShields scored 20 of her season-high 22 points in the first half, Stefanie Dolson made a go-ahead layup with 2.3 seconds left and the Sky beat the Dream.
DeShields made 1 of 2 free throws with 31.3 seconds left to pull Chicago to 76-75, and the Sky forced Atlanta into a long 3-pointer by Alex Bentley at the other end. After a timeout at 6.9, Courtney Vandersloot drew two defenders on a drive into the lane and found an open Dolson under the basket. Atlanta had an open shot in the corner at the buzzer but Brittney Sykes’ shot was off the mark.
DeShields was 10 of 13 from the free-throw line and also grabbed eight rebounds for Chicago (10-8), which has won three straight games.
Renee Montgomery led Atlanta (5-12) with 23 points and six assists.

North Dakota, Montana, seek to block Washington state rail law

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana have petitioned the Trump administration to overrule a Washington state law that imposes safety restrictions on oil shipped by rail from the Northern Plains.
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and North Dakota’s Wayne Stenehjem said in a Wednesday petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation that federal authority over railroads should pre-empt the state law.
The Washington law requires oil shipped by rail through the state to have more volatile gases removed to reduce the risk of explosive and potentially deadly derailments.
Opponents say it will make Pacific Northwest refineries off-limits to crude from the Bakken region, one of the nation’s most productive oil fields straddling the North Dakota-Montana border.
Representatives of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee did not immediately respond for comment.