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Think Your Team Should Blow It Up? Before You Do, Remember the Blazers

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Craig Mitchelldyer/Associated Press TUALATIN, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers’ unlikely playoff run came to an end when a Damian Lillard three-point attempt from the right corner rimmed out at the buzzer, the final nail in a four-game sweep at the hands of the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.The next day, the Blazers took time to reflect on what had been an unforgettable playoff run while also taking steps to ensure that this group will stay together for years to come.On Tuesday morning, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that Lillard and the Blazers are expected to agree to a four-year, $191 million extension sometime this summer, which will all but ensure the four-time All-Star will spend the rest of his career in Portland. Lillard essentially confirmed at his Tuesday exit interview that he plans to sign long term.“I don’t understand why that’s a question,” he told reporters.About an hour later, Blazers President of Basketball O…

Trump refuses to work with Democrats until they end probes

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US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will not negotiate policy with congressional Democrats while they continue to investigate him.In a hastily arranged appearance in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said it’s impossible to negotiate on infrastructure or other issues while the inquiries continue.“You can’t do it,” Trump said.Trump complained about the investigations after he abruptly ended a meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and others that was supposed to be about an infrastructure plan.The president blasted the Democratic leaders after Pelosi accused him of engaging in a cover-up.“I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump said, declaring that Democrats had to choose whether to investigate him or work together on the country’s priorities.Trump appeared behind a sign that listed the cost of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia probe and Trump’s slogans of “No Collusion” and “No Obstruction”.Senator Tom Carper, a Democrat who attended the meeting, told Al…

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India set to count votes after marathon general elections

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New Delhi, IndiaIndia will count votes on Thursday after its seven-phase elections drew to a close on May 19, with incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi tipped to win a second term in office.More than 67 percent of 900 million eligible voters cast their ballot in the mammoth elections – spread over six weeks – the highest ever voter turnout in the country’s independent history.Exit polls have predicted a clear majority for Modi in the 545-member Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament.Elections were held for 542 constituencies, as polls in the southern constituency of Vellore were rescinded. Two seats are nominated by the president.The party or coalition that wins a simple majority (272 seats) is invited to form the government. The MPs from the winning coalition then select the country’s prime minister.With results of the world’s largest election barely hours away, the big question on everybody’s mind is: can Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) beat anti-incumbency a…

Turkey-backed fighters join forces with HTS rebels in Idlib

Turkey-backed rebels poured fighters onto the front line in northeastern Syria, joining forces with a rival armed group to beat back government troops from a town they had recaptured earlier this month.Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) seized the town of Kfar Nabuda in Idlib province on Tuesday with the help of the National Liberation Front (NLF), a conglomeration of rebel groups supported by Ankara. The town had been retaken by the Syrian government in its recent assault.More than 80 combatants were killed in the battle for the town, according to the UK-based war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Mostafa Maarati – spokesman of the Al-Ezzah Army, which took part in the Kfar Nabuda operation and is part of the NLF – said it assisted HTS to protect rebel-held territory from President Bashar al-Assad‘s forces, a “common enemy”.“The liberation operation had been planned in a mutual operation room that includes all the groups on the ground,” Maarati told Al Jazeera. “They coordinated t…

New York City man sentenced to 6 years in prison for paying students to build bombs

A former New York City teacher was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for providing the materials and paying for teenagers to build explosives, prosecutors announced on Wednesday.Interested in New York?
Add New York as an interest to stay up to date on the latest New York news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Christian Toro pleaded guilty earlier this year to Manhattan Federal Court Judge Richard M. Berman that he instructed unsuspecting students from a New York City high school where he used to work to assist in building the bombs. Toro, 28, and his twin brother, Tyler Toro, were busted by federal investigators in February 2018 after a court-authorized search of their Bronx, New York, home.“Today’s sentence serves as a message that building and stockpiling destructive devices are grave offenses in and of themselves,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in a statement. “Thanks to the outstanding work of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in eliminating this destructive threat in its…