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Los Angeles reaches deal with Olympic leaders for 2028 Games

2028 olympics go to LALos Angeles has reached an agreement with International Olympic leaders that will open the way for the city to host the 2028 Summer Games, while ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, officials announced Monday.

The deal would make LA a three-time Olympic city, after hosting the 1932 and 1984 Games.

With the agreement, the city is taking "a major step toward bringing the Games back to our city for the first time in a generation," Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.

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Sam Shepard, playwright and actor dead at 73

Sam Shepard dead at 73Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Sam Shepard has died at the age of 73 following his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

A spokesman for the Shepard family confirmed the star's death on Monday, noted The New York Times.

Shepard was known for penning the play Buried Child, which earned him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 1983 for his role in The Right Stuff.

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Ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt of court

Joe ArpaioThe immigration policies that elevated former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to fame were the same that would ultimately lead to his political demise, and now have made him a convicted criminal.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio, the former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff, guilty of criminal contempt of court, finding that he willfully violated a federal judge's order.

The sentencing phase will begin Oct. 5. Arpaio faces up to six months in confinement, a sentence equivalent to that of a misdemeanor.

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Kelly sworn in as Trump's second chief of staff

Kelly sworn in as Chief of StaffJohn Kelly was sworn in as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff Monday, tasked with bringing order to an often chaotic White House and jump-starting the President's stalled legislative agenda.

"We look forward to, if it is possible, even a better job as chief of staff," Trump said of his former secretary of homeland security.

Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that his administration has "done very well," noting the stock market, unemployment and business confidence.

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Crackdown aims to 'silence' Palestinian journalists

Crackdown aims to silence Palestinian journalistsEarlier this month, Jihad Barakat, a journalist with Palestine Today TV, was on his way from the northern West Bank city of Nablus to a village in the Tulkarem area to visit family, when he noticed something unusual at an Israeli military checkpoint.

In contravention of protocol, Israeli soldiers were searching the convoy of Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Barakat took out his phone and documented the incident; hours later, he was detained by Palestinian security forces.

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Vladimir Putin expels 755 US diplomats from Russia in tit-for-tat move

Russsia expels 755 AmericansRussia has retaliated against new US sanctions by ordering 755 American diplomats to leave - a move than will create a fresh crisis in the relationship between the two countries.

Days after the both houses of the US Congress voted almost anonymously to impose fresh sanctions on Moscow, Vladimir Putin said he was responding to “unlawful” behaviour by Washington.

“The American side has made a move which, it is important to note, hasn’t been provoked by anything, to worsen Russian-US relations. [It includes] unlawful restrictions, attempts to influence other states of the world, including our allies, who are interested in developing and keeping relations with Russia,” Mr Putin told the Rossiya 1 TV channel.

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NYPD Calls Unreasonable Use Of Force ‘Irresponsible’ After Trump’s Speech

NYPD" Trump comment irresponsibleThe New York Police Department released a statement on Saturday reiterating their use of force policies after President Donald Trump suggested police officers be more rough with their suspects during a Friday speech to invited law enforcement officers.

In a statement emailed to HuffPost, the NYPD called suggestions for police officers to use alternative standards for use of force “irresponsible” and “unprofessional.”

“The NYPD’s training and policies relating to the use of force only allow for measures that are reasonable and necessary under any circumstances, including the arrest and transportation of prisoners,” a spokesman for NYPD said.

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178 migrants rescued from trailer in Mexico

178 Mexicans rescued from trailerMexican officials on Sunday were attempting to return almost 200 Central American migrants to their home countries after they escaped an abandoned trailer.

The migrants were found Saturday in a trailer in Veracruz state, about 400 miles from the U.S. border, Mexico's National Institute of Migration said. The rescue came a week after 10 undocumented immigrants died in a packed, overheated trailer in San Antonio, Texas.

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Scaramucci Friend Taunts ‘Unemployed’ Reince, Threatens to Leak Dirt

Scaramucci friend as ugly as he isArthur Schwartz, a friend of newly minted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, tweeted threats on Sunday morning directed at outgoing Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

“Hey @Reince. Remember when people told you that it was me that was trashing you in the press? They were right. Happy to start again,” Schwartz wrote on Twitter. In a separate tweet, Schwartz continued his threats, writing: “@Reince - you're unemployed now. Keep pushing this crap & I'll start dropping oppo on you.”

TVNL Comment:  Birds of a feather and thugs of a feather.  Trump's cronies are all bottom feeders.  How ugly can they get?

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