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MAPFRE take a stunning win into Newport

by Peter Rusch The Spanish team MAPFRE made an incredible comeback over the final 24 hours to steal a leg win on Leg The Spanish team MAPFRE stunned the Volvo Ocean Race fleet on Tuesday morning by stealing a win in Leg 8, with a shocking come-from-behind victory into Newport, Rhode Island. © Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race On Monday, with just 300 miles to go, MAPFRE was in fifth place. As Tuesday morning dawned, and with the fleet ghosting towards the finish line in extremely light and shifty winds, Xabi Fernández’s team was among the leading quartet, battling in slow…
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LPR News

Team Brunel keep upper hand – but it’s not over yet

Will Carson Team Brunel were on the brink of Leg 8 victory on Monday as they led the seven-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet towards Newport, USA, with a 14-mile advantage. The Dutch crew, skippered by esteemed round the world yachtsman Bouwe Bekking, were speeding up after making it through a light wind patch lying 200 miles from the finish line ahead of their rivals. At 0700 UTC their lead had been reduced to just seven miles, pressed hard by Franco-Chinese outfit Dongfeng Race Team, but by 1300 the new breeze had allowed them to double that. Brunel had just miles…
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US News

Hawaii Volcano Destroys Dozens of Homes, Forces Evacuations

VOA News Associated Press Fumes come out of cracks on the asphalt road near the Leilani Estates in Pahoa, Hawaii, May 5, 2018. PAHOA, HAWAII — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed 26 homes and spewed lava hundreds of feet into the air, leaving evacuated residents unsure how long they might be revised figures Sunday, Hawaii County officials said another four unspecified structures were covered by lava. Hawaii officials said the decimated homes were in the Leilani Estates subdivision, where molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano. Some of the more than…
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Trump: CIA Nominee Criticized for Being Tough on Terrorists

VOA News President Donald Trump says his choice to run the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel, "has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists." His tweet Monday morning came after news reports that Haspel offered to withdraw her nomination last week because White House officials worried about her role in the harsh interrogation of terror suspects. "Think of that, in these very dangerous times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror. Win Gina!" Trump said. As first reported by The Washington Post, Haspel was wary of a…
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LPR News

All change as fleet hits speed bump

On what should be the last night at sea for most of the fleet, the Volvo Ocean Race crews enjoyed extremely fast downwind sailing, with winds upwards of 35 knots, and speeds regularly exceeding 25 knots. At least that was the case until Team Brunel became the first to hit the speed bump - sailing out of the pressure into light winds and a big right-hand windshift at about 0500 UTC. Wind speed went from 30 knots to between 6-8 knots. And within an hour, a 12-mile lead over Dongfeng Race Team had all but disappeared. As of 0650 UTC, the…
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LPR News

Closing the game on the final approach to Newport

The final 36 hours of Leg 8 will be decisive with the teams set to choose their final approach line into the finish in Newport, Rhode Team Brunel continue to hold the lead although Bouwe Bekking’s team have an advantage of less than nine miles on second-placed Dongfeng Race Team. What’s more, the top five boats are only 36 miles apart after 14 days at sea and with just over 500-miles of race track still remaining. The positions are so close as the fleet draws level with Bermuda that it would be a bold call to make as to which…
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Smithsonian to Honor Native American Veterans With National Memorial

    WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian(NMAI) has announced the five finalists for the design of a National Native American Veterans Memorial, slated to open in Washington in 2020. “The significance of such a memorial on the National Mall is obvious,” said NMAI director Kevin Gover in 2013, shortly after the Congress charged the museum with creating a memorial to allow all Americans “to learn of the proud and courageous tradition of service of Native Americans” in the armed forces, and “to accord these veterans the honor they have earned.” Native Americans have participated in every war…
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Trump Lawyer: President Doesn’t Have to Comply With Subpoena

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump's new lawyer asserted Sunday that the president does not have to comply with a subpoena involving the burgeoning Russia investigation stemming from the 2016 election and might invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination if he is forced to testify."We don't have to" honor a subpoena, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team, told ABC's Sunday news program "This Week." He added, "He's the president of the United States. We can assert the same privileges other presidents have." Trump often has said he would like to sit for…
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Pompeo: Trump Likely to Leave Iran Deal ‘Absent a Fix’

Cindy Saine STATE DEPARTMENT — New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says no decision has been made on whether President Donald Trump will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, adding that negotiations are ongoing. At his first news conference in his new job, Pompeo said, “Absent a substantial fix, absent overcoming the shortcomings, the flaws of the deal, he (President Trump) is unlikely to stay in that deal past this May.” Pompeo spoke in Brussels at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, one day after he was sworn in. Pompeo said he had discussed the nuclear deal, known as the Joint…
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Trump: House Report Proves ‘No Collusion’

VOA News President Donald Trump has commended the release of a report by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee, saying it proves there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Questioned about it during a joint news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump said, “We were honored. It was a great report. No collusion, which I knew anyway.” He called the investigation “a witch hunt,” echoing a phrase he had tweeted earlier that morning, and added: “If we can get along with Russia, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. But there has been…
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