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Golden State Warriors Defeat Cavs in 2017 NBA Finals

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA— The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, winning the 2017 NBA championship title on their home court after an exciting five-game series.

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Just when the world started to think that the Warriors might blow a 3-1 lead yet again, KD and Steph Curry stepped up and took the title.

Curry scored 34 points while Durant closed the deal with 39 points in the 129-120 victory over the Cavs.

This is Golden State’s second championship win in the last two years but the first for Kevin Durant who received a lot of heat for leaving OKC and joining the super team last summer.

Durant also unanimously won the 2017 MVP award, averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the Finals.

Kevin Durant with fans and his MVP trophy

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“I knew at some point in my life it would come together for me,” Durant said. “I just had to keep grinding… I’m at a loss for words.”

Back in 2012 Durant lost to LeBron in the Finals, giving LBJ his first ever NBA title.

This loss to the Warriors marks LeBron’s eighth trip to the NBA Finals and his 5th time losing the Championship.

The King still has 3 rings and he doesn’t regret his 2017 performance.

“For me personally, I left everything on the floor every game,” James said. “So for me personally I’ve no reason to put my head down.”

LeBron out-performed everyone on that court with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.

Despite LeBron’s performance, the Cavs weren’t able to secure the lead at any point during the second half of the game.

 

By Shelby Charlene

Contributions from NY Daily News

Photo, Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Video, Anthony Slater / Twitter

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Sally Yates Testifies on Capitol Hill

NORTHRIDGE, CA — Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee in Washington D.C. today regarding her January warning to the White House about Michael Flynn.

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Sally Yates testifies on Capitol Hill on May 8th, 2017. Credit, Jack Gruber / USA TODAY

Flynn resigned from his position as national security advisor on February 13th of this year after it was discovered that he lied to Vice President Pence about his communication with Russian officials.

Yates testified that the White House issued press releases about Flynn that were false, which put him at risk of being compromised.

Yates then had a conversation with White House Counsel Don McGahn on January 26th to warn him of Flynn’s lies and Russia’s potential to subsequently blackmail the National Security Advisor.

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“We believed that General Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians,” Yates said.

She declined to provide further details of the conversation, citing classified information, but did highlight the issue with Flynn outside of his lies to Pence.

“The underlying conduct that General Flynn had engaged in was problematic in and of itself,” said Yates.

VIDEO: Sally Yates Testifies in Senate’s Investigation on Russia’s Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election

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Obama also warned Trump, during their first meeting just two days after the election, against hiring Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, according to Obama administration officials.

Obama had fired Flynn as the director of Defense Intelligence before he went on to work for Trump’s presidential campaign.

 

By Shelby Charlene

Contributions from Variety

Photo, Jack Gruber / USA TODAY

Video, The Boston Globe

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Trump Promises Coverage for Pre-existing Conditions, GOP Healthcare Bill States Otherwise

NORTHRIDGE, CA — President Trump’s promise of healthcare for pre-existing conditions during his “Face The Nation” interview on Saturday is not consistent with the language within the Republican healthcare bill.

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President Trump sits down with John Dickerson for “Face The Nation” interview on Apr. 29th, 2017. Credit, CBS Video Screenshot

The President claimed that the GOP bill does not lower the protections for sick people during his interview with CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent and moderator of “Face The Nation”, John Dickerson.

“Pre-existing conditions are in the bill,” President Trump insisted, “and I mandate it. I said. ‘It has to be.’”

VIDEO: “Face The Nation” Full Interview- President Trump’s First 100 Days in Office

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Even though the bill federally covers pre-existing conditions, the most recent version of the bill could allow insurers to be exempt from federal law.

This loophole gives states the option to allow insurance companies to charge more to citizens with pre-existing conditions.

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Many citizens with pre-existing conditions were denied coverage or were forced to pay extremely high premiums for insurance before the Affordable Care Act was legislated in 2010.

The current GOP bill would undermine the protections from the ACA, forcing many citizens with pre-existing conditions to revert back to higher insurance costs.

 

By Shelby Charlene

Contributions from CBS

Photo, CBS Video Screenshot

Video, Face The Nation on CBS

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LAPD Formally Adds De-escalation to the Rulebook

NORTHRIDGE, CA — The Los Angeles Police Commission unanimously voted to formally adopt de-escalation tactics into their rulebook and training on Tuesday in an effort to lower the amount of police involved shootings in Los Angeles.

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New LAPD officers march at their graduation ceremony in the summer of 2016. Credit, Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

The new policy requires officers to try, whenever possible, to defuse tense situations before firing their guns.

The commission has spent the last 13 months revising the policy, which also outlines how and when an officer can use deadly force.

The official adaptation of de-escalation, a decades-old concept, also strengthens the commission and department’s authority to fire or discipline officers for not properly de-escalating a situation.

This means officers can now be judged on whether or not they took all of the necessary steps towards diffusing a situation before using deadly force.

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The policy requires officers to be taught to let situations unfold for longer periods of time, to move away from the person, to try talking to the person and to call in for back up before using their weapons, “whenever it is safe and reasonable to do so.”

LAPD officials also said, according to Daily News, the department used recommendations from the American Civil Liberties Union to incorporate the concept of de-escalation.

However, the ACLU expressed concerns about the depth of the policy, citing that the de-escalation revision was only added to the preamble of the police manual and is not very detailed.

VIDEO: Citizens Urge L.A. Police Commission to Vote No on De-escalation Policy

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The LAPD also issued a 400-page detailed statistics report on police use-of-force for 2016, which included that police shootings went from 48 in 2015 to 40 in 2016, a 17 percent decrease.

 

By Shelby Charlene

Contributions from The Daily News & The LA Times

Photo, Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Video, CBS Los Angeles

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Utah Judge Praises Sexual Predator

NORTHRIDGE, CA — A Utah Judge called a former Mormon Bishop an “extraordinarily good man” in court Wednesday, in front of his victims, after convicting him of sexual assault.

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Judge Thomas Low during a sentencing hearing at the 4th District Court in American Fork, Utah on Dec. 13, 2011. Credit, Chris Detrick / The Salt Lake Tribune, AP.

Julia Kirby, one of the victims, listened as Judge Low reportedly held back tears while praising the man being convicted of raping her and at least one other woman.

“That judge shouldn’t have done that,” Kirby told a KUTV reporter. “For him to say that in a court room in front the victim who was abused and raped by this man, that he is a great person, to me was unacceptable and unprofessional.”

VIDEO: Julia Kirby Criticizes Judge Low’s Decision

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Kristen Houser, chief public affairs officer for the National Sexual Violence Research Center, said that Judge Low’s words were, “not appropriate for somebody who’s being sentenced for sexually assaulting two girls.”

Houser also said that Judge Low’s actions could definitely “leave the wrong impact” on any rape victim.

“These are things that people consider when they’re wondering whether or not it’s worth it to report [their assault] to the police,” said Houser.

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Judge Low was at the center of another controversy after the conviction in February for allowing Vallejo, 43, to return home until his sentencing.

However, Low reversed that decision on March 30th and Vallejo has been in custody ever since.

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Keith Vallejo leaves the courtroom, in Provo, Utah on Mar. 30, 2017.
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Vallejo maintained his innocence throughout the trial.

“The justice system is funny,” Vallejo said in court, according to The Salt Lake Tribune, “The whole thing is geared to bullying you into confessing. The whole thing is geared to push you into pleading.”

Vallejo was sentenced to five years to life for the rape conviction and concurrent terms of one to 15 years in prison for the second-degree felonies.

 

By Shelby Charlene

Contributions from The Huffington Post & The Daily Mail

Photos, Chris Detrick / The Salt Lake Tribune, AP & Dominic Valente / POOL The Daily Herald

Video, KUTV

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Flint and State of Michigan Reach $100 Million Settlement

NORTHRIDGE, CA ­­— Flint and the state of Michigan reached a nearly $100 million settlement today to replace lead contaminated pipes to 18,000 homes by 2020.

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The federal court agreement was filed on Monday, which will use both federal and state funds.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $100 million to Flint back in March to improve water infrastructure after congressional approval in 2016.

VIDEO: Flint Water Crisis Not Over

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$87 million of the settlement will go towards pipe replacement, while an additional $10 million will be kept on reserve.

A judge in federal court will review the agreement on Tuesday.

Flint residents haven’t had safe drinking water since 2014 when the city switched their water source from Detroit to the Flint River.

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The State Department of Environmental Qualities advised the city to properly treat the new contaminated water but it was not done properly.

The untreated water permanently damaged the cities water pipes, leading to lead contamination.

Exposure to any amount of lead puts human health at risk, especially in young children.

 

By Shelby Charlene

Contributions from The Huffington Post

Photo, Kimberly P. Mitchell / Detroit Free Press via ZUMA

Video, Detroit Free Press

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Trump’s Salary to be Donated at End of the Year

NORTHRIDGE, CA — The White House announced today that the $400 thousand presidential salary will be donated to charity at the end of the year per President Trump’s pledge during his campaign.

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Sean Spicer said the President would like recommendations from the press on where he should make his donation in order to avoid media scrutiny.

After Trump’s public disdain for the media and its “fake news”, this announcement provides comedic relief during the currently heated political situation in America.

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However, individuals expressed their resentment on social media due to the cost of the First Family’s living expenses thus far.

Check out the video below.

VIDEO: SPICER ANNOUNCES TRUMP SALARY DONATION- ASKS MEDIA FOR INPUT

Credit, MSNBC

 

By Shelby Charlene

Contributions from CNN & A.V. Club

Photo, Alex Wong / Getty Images

Video, MSNBC

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UPDATE: Trump Donates Salary To National Park Service