Baseball notes: Yankees get pitcher Sonny Gray for three prospects

Pitcher Sonny Gray was traded to the Yankees from the Oakland Athletics for three prospects on Monday, boosting New York’s starting rotation for an unexpected playoff run. Oakland received Jorge Mateo, a top shortstop-outfielder prospect at Double-A; right-hander James Kaprielian, the 16th overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft who is recovering from Tommy John surgery on April 18; and Dustin Fowler, an outfielder who ruptured the patellar tendon in his right knee in the first inning of his major league debut on June 29, ending his season. New York also receives $1.5 million in international signing bonus allocation from
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Tesla: More Bad News On Wednesday? – Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA)

It’s that time again folks! Here comes that quarterly tap dance between Tesla’s (TSLA) management team and a group of probing analysts, determined to weed out facts from the raw numbers. Others like myself, too low on the totem pole to be invited, will be listening in to the call hoping one of the analysts asks the questions we would pose to management. We could very well be listening to a defensive Elon Musk and team as they attempt to explain how Tesla managed to lose over $400 million (my guess) in a single quarter, which would be the largest
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L.A. Olympic bid committee agrees to wait, giving Paris the 2024 Games

Paris got its wish to go first in the Olympic sweepstakes; Los Angeles will wait till 2028. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters) Los Angeles has decided its Olympic aspirations can wait four years, which means Paris is poised to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The two cities had both been awarded hosting rights by the International Olympic Committee and have been negotiating for the past three weeks on which city would go first and which would wait until 2028. The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that a deal between the three parties has been struck with Los Angeles agreeing to stage the 2028
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Game of Thrones Episode 703 Recap: The Queen’s Revenge

Game of Thrones has spent so much time building up tension and drawing out plots that many of its ongoing storylines have literally been brewing for years—in some cases, since the very beginning of the series. With this episode, “The Queen’s Justice,” we’re finally starting to see some real payoff: Bran and Sansa are reunited, Danaerys and Jon Snow finally cross paths, and Cersei is finally empowering herself to live her best life. After all that, will it be worth it? Here Are the Important Parts Cersei Gets Her Revenge Let’s start with the deaths. Last episode, we saw two
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Putin says the U.S. Mission in Russia needs to cut 755 employees. What do all these people do?

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a glass during a ceremony of receiving diplomatic credentials from foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin in Moscowin November 2016. (Reuters) MOSCOW — When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Sunday that the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Russia would have to cut 755 diplomatic and technical staff, many people had the same first thought: we have 755 diplomats in Russia for Putin to expel? Doesn’t that seem like a lot? #BREAKING 755 US diplomats must leave Russia, President Putin announces — AFP news agency (@AFP) July 30, 2017 The answer is yes, that does seem like a lot. Because no, we
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Venezuela Vote Marred by Violence, Including Candidate’s Death

“If these other countries don’t recognize Venezuela as a democracy, it will be hard for them to look like a legitimate power,” said David Smilde, an analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights advocacy group. Mr. Smilde mentioned a list of consequences that such isolation could entail, from access to bank loans to straining diplomatic ties with its largest neighbors. Photo Figuring out where to vote in Caracas. Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times One candidate for the constituent assembly, José Félix Pineda, a 39-year-old lawyer, was killed in his home the night before
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The Latest: Van strikes diners on LA sidewalk, 8 injured

By Associated Press By Associated Press July 30 at 8:45 PM LOS ANGELES — The Latest on a van striking a group of people on a Los Angeles sidewalk. (all times local): 5:40 p.m. A van plowed into a group of people dining on a Los Angeles sidewalk, striking and injuring at least eight people. A witness to the crash told The Associated Press the van jumped a curb and careened into a group of people eating outside The Fish Spot restaurant in the city’s Mid-Wilshire neighborhood. Courtney Crump said several victims were pinned under the van and that one
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Israel Court Rejects Appeal for Elor Azaria, Soldier Who Shot Wounded Assailant

Mr. Azaria and his lawyers argued that the sergeant believed that the assailant, Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif, who was still moving slightly, might have been concealing an explosive belt under his jacket. But the killing was caught in chilling detail on video, and the court was not convinced. “The unnecessary or disproportional use of a weapon is forbidden and immoral, is ineffective and even harmful,” the court president, Maj. Gen. Doron Piles, said, according to reporters in the court. “The I.D.F. is the organized military of a country that operates according to law,” he added, referring to the Israel Defense Forces.
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In October, texting at a crosswalk in Honolulu will get you fined

Honolulu pedestrians will need to start putting their phones away when they’re crossing the street later this year. Earlier this week, the city passed Bill 6, an ordinance that enacts fines against anyone crossing “a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device.” On Thursday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell held a news conference at one of the city’s busiest intersections, where he said the measure was a reminder for “people to use common sense as they walk around this beautiful city, [and] so they don’t become another statistic.” According to Reuters, there were more than 11,000 injuries stemming from
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Australian cops foil ‘Islamic-inspired’ plane attack plot

SYDNEY – Security has been tightened at Australian airports after police foiled “Islamic-inspired” plans for a bomb attack on an aircraft during counter-terrorism raids in which four men were arrested, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said on Sunday. The increased security presence caused minor delays for some air transport operators on Sunday and authorities warned travelers to prepare for potentially more significant disruptions as traffic picked up during the week. “In recent days, law enforcement has become aware of information that suggested some people in Sydney were planning to commit a terrorist act using an improvised device,” AFP commissioner Andrew
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