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Missouri woman wins lottery twice in one day

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Wiz left scratching heads after loss to Clippers

9:08 PM ET Lawrence Murray The conclusion of a one-point loss to the LA Clippers on Saturday left the Washington Wizards scratching their heads over what star guard Bradley Beal called a “freak rule.” The Clippers won the game at Staples Center 113-112 thanks to Lou Williams‘ 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining, but the aftermath of the reserve guard’s clutch shot was filled with drama. After the Wizards used a timeout to set up a potential go-ahead score, backup point guard Tomas Satoransky inbounded the ball to Beal on the left baseline. Beal converted the jumper following a dribble, but it was discounted when the buzzer sounded with the ball in his hands. However, after a review, the game clock was found to have started early, giving the Wizards another try. Onl...

Sooners QB Mayfield runs away with Heisman

9:37 PM ET Since the NCAA began allowing athletic scholarships in 1950, no player to win the Heisman Trophy ever started his career as a walk-on. Baker Mayfield changed that Saturday night. Mayfield, the Oklahoma quarterback whose storybook saga began with him walking-on to Texas Tech, captured the 83rd Heisman in a landslide victory. Baker Mayfield, the Heisman front-runner, has been infuriating and iconic. Even his opponents, who should despise him, can’t help but respect and be in awe of the OU QB. He collected 732 first-place votes and 2,398 points in voting totals. Stanford running back Bryce Love was second with 1,300 points (75 first-place votes); Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, last year’s Heisman winner, was third with 793 (47). For Mayfield, it was the third-hig...

Amid boycotts and protests, Trump pays tribute to ‘brave men and women’ of civil rights movement

JACKSON, Miss. — President Trump spent about 30 minutes inside Mississippi’s glimmering civil rights museum Saturday, strolling through exhibits honoring jailed and assassinated leaders before delivering a brief speech at a private ceremony. The president’s visit to commemorate the opening — the capstone of Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration — brought protests and boycotts and evoked raw emotions in the center of the Deep South, the core of the generations-long civil rights movement. Trump delivered his speech to a largely white audience, and his motorcade left before the main opening ceremony — for which hordes of people had gathered in freezing temperatures and a rare snowfall. Tickets had been sold out for months.  Trump largely stuck to prepared remarks, with an occasional imprompt...

Their city liberated from ISIS-linked attackers, Filipinos still seethe amid distrust and destruction

Filipino soldiers patrol a building in Marawi with pro-Islamic State graffiti on a wall. Militants inspired by the extremist group laid siege to the city in a battle that lasted for months, displacing some 200,000 people. (Hannah Reyes Morales/For The Washington Post) MARAWI, Philippines — More than six months after Filipino and foreign fighters claiming allegiance to the Islamic State stormed this lakeside city, setting off a months-long war with U.S.-backed Philippine troops, liberated Marawi lies in ruins and its people seethe.           The heart of the city has been bombed and burned beyond recognition, its domed mosques pierced by mortar fire. Homes stand roofless, blackened. There are tanks on the streets. Some 200,000 residents are still scattered across the southern Philippine isl...

Scioscia: Angels to use Ohtani as DH, pitcher

9:03 PM ET Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani has been formally introduced by the Los Angeles Angels after they won the fierce baseball-wide competition for the services of the two-way Japanese star. After weeks of wooing, persuading Shohei Ohtani to sign might be the easy part. Now the Angels need to figure out how to sustain his success as a two-way star. Despite repeated warnings by MLB prior to Shohei Ohtani’s decision to play for the Angels, sources told ESPN they wouldn’t be surprised if there were an investigation into the process. 1 Related A loud crowd of fans at Angel Stadium cheered Saturday when Ohtani donned a red jersey and hat on a stage with Angels owner Arte Moreno, general manager Billy Eppler and manager Mike Scioscia. Eppler confirmed tha...

Trump hails civil rights heroes; protesters pan his record

Video by WAPT Jackson JACKSON, Miss. — President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy. As Trump gazed at an exhibit on Freedom Riders at the new Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, demonstrators near the site held up signs that said “Make America Civil Again” and “Lock Him Up.” Some shouted “No Trump, no hate, no KKK in the USA.” Trump spent about 30 minutes at the museums, gave a 10-minute speech to select guests inside and then flew back to his Florid...

Plastic planet

Image copyright Getty Images Marine life is facing “irreparable damage” from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned. “This is a planetary crisis… we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean,” UN oceans chief Lisa Svensson told the BBC this week. But how does this happen, where is most at risk and what damage does this plastic actually do? Why is plastic problematic? Plastic as we know it has only really existed for the last 60-70 years, but in that time it has transformed everything from clothing, cooking and catering, to product design, engineering and retailing. One of the great advantages of many types of plastic is that they’re designed to last – for a very long time. And nearl...

Knowledge gap

Image caption Apollinaire Zaoro’s enthusiasm rubs off on his pupils Rivals have been fighting in the Central African Republic since 2013. In the chaos the school teachers have quietly disappeared so now parents are going through crash courses to replace them. Farmer Apollinaire Zaoro knows a thing or two about planting. While his maize and cassava grow in the field, he is sowing seeds of knowledge in young minds. The school in his village, 25km (15 miles) from the capital, has no qualified teachers. And so for the past three months, Mr Zaoro, 58, has been leading a class of 105 primary school children. Decades of neglect compounded by four years of war have picked off most of the Central African Republic’s trappings of nationhood: local government, hospitals, clinics, police st...

Art from inside Guantanamo Bay’s prison

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ICYMI: Trump hair and a baby polar bear

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