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Veteran Slugger Jose Bautista Traded From NY Mets To Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired veteran slugger Jose Bautista from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash. Bautista batted .196 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs for the Braves and Mets this season. Bautista is a six-time All-Star for Toronto between 2010-2015 and has 342 career homers. The Phillies entered Tuesday night’s game against Washington 3 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL East. Bautista is expected to come off the bench for the Phillies. Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. was designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for Bautista. ...Read more

Atlanta Braves Sign Catcher Tyler Flowers To One-Year, $4 Million Extension

The Atlanta Braves announced that veteran catcher Tyler Flowers has signed a one-year, $4 million contract extension for 2019. The deal also includes a $6 million club option for 2020, along with a $2 million buyout for that season. Flowers, 32, is hitting .225/.357/.335 this season with five home runs, six doubles and 20 RBI. Flowers had an MLB-best 28.1 runs above average last season, he’s ninth (5.6) in a year in which he missed 24 games after suffering an oblique injury in his first at-bat of the season. ...Read more

Louis C.K. Returns To NYC Stage After Admitting Sexual Misconduct

Comedian Louis C.K. has returned to the stage for apparently the first time after he admitted to engaging in sexual misconduct. He made an unannounced appearance Sunday night at the Comedy Cellar on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village. The club’s owner, Noam Dworman, says the comedian was “very relaxed” and was greeted by an ovation from the audience. Five women last November accused the comedian of inappropriate behavior. He released a statement in which he said the stories were true and he expressed remorse for his actions. The actions resulted in the end of a production deal with FX Networks and the cancellation of a movie release. ...Read more

Aretha Franklin’s Funeral To Air On Cable News Networks

On Friday, Aug. 31st, the funeral for the late Aretha Franklin will be held in Detroit, Michigan. Viewers will be able to watch the moment on several news networks. According to the Detroit Free Press, the city’s local news stations will air Aretha Franklin’s homegoing service. Other television networks including CNN and Fox News will also air the funeral. On Aug. 16, Franklin died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. The music legend was surrounded by her family during the time of her passing. In a statement issued to the public, Franklin’s relatives expressed their sadness over her passing. A tribute concert will also be held on Thursday, Aug. 30th. Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, The Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar and more are scheduled to perform.  ...Read more

Pope Francis Apologizes Amid Call For His Resignation

Pope Francis issued an apology for the “crimes” of the Catholic Church in Ireland, saying church officials didn’t respond with compassion to the many abuses children and women suffered over the years. Francis read the apology out loud at the start of Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Protesters marched through the Irish town of Tuam and recited the names of an estimated 800 babies and young children who died at a Catholic Church-run orphanage there, most during the 1950s. Francis told the hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for Mass that he met Saturday with victims of all sorts of abuses: sexual and labor, as well as children wrenched from their unwed mothers and forcibly put up for adoption. Ireland has thousands of now-adult adoptees who were taken at birth from their mothers, who had been forced to live and work in laundries and other workhouses for “fallen women.”  Meanhile, conservative Catholic news outlets published a letter attributed to a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano which accused Vatican officials of knowing about the sexual escapades of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick since 2000, but making him a cardinal anyway. Francis accepted McCarrick’s resignation as cardinal last month after a U.S. church investigation determined an accusation he molested a minor was “credible.” The Vatican didn’t immediately comment on the letter. ...Read more

Ex-Texas Police Officer Found Guilty Of Murder For Killing Unarmed Black Teen

A white former Texas police officer was found guilty of murder on Tuesday for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager last year as the boy left a house party in a car full of teenagers. Officer Roy Oliver was fired from the Balch Springs Police Department days after the April 2017 shooting. Oliver killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards after the then-officer fired into a moving car carrying five black teenagers leaving a local house party. Edwards was in the front passenger seat. Oliver testified during the Dallas County trial that he opened fire after seeing the car move toward his partner. He says he thought his partner was in danger; however his partner told jurors he didn’t fear for his life and never felt the need to fire his weapon. Testifying in his own defense, Oliver told the jury the car was about to hit his partner and said he felt he had no other option but to fire. Gross, however, testified that he did not fear for his life and never felt the need to fire his weapon.  ...Read more

Senator John McCain’s Final Words: A Farewell Letter To America

Sen. John Sidney McCain III, who rose to the pinnacle of American politics after enduring years as a prisoner of war, died Saturday at the age of 81. At a Monday news conference, the senator’s former presidential campaign manager and family spokesman, Rick Davis, read Sen. McCain’s farewell letter addressed to his fellow Americans. “As John McCain faced mortality, he asked that a letter he has done be read  and added taht the letter was “John’s final words.” In the letter, McCain warned that “tribal” politics weaken America’s greatness and standing in the world. He also expressed optimism in the American people’s ability to work together for the common good. He praised America’s role in liberating “more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history” and said the country’s standing and ideals are threatened “when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries … We weaken it when we hide behind walls rather than tear them down.” Ending the letter on an optimistic note, McCain said Americans will get through the challenges facing the country by working together. “We have always had so much more in common than in disagreement,” McCain wrote.  You can see Sen. McCain’s full letter in the linked article below.  ...Read more

U.S. And Mexico Reach NAFTA Deal

The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), putting pressure on Canada to agree to the new terms on auto trade and other issues to remain part of the three-nation pact. President Trump and outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said talks with Canada would begin immediately. The Mexico-U.S. discussions focused on crafting new rules for the automotive industry. A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada would continue to negotiate, but would only sign a new agreement that is good for the country. The United States, Mexico and Canada do more than 1 trillion dollars in trade between them every year. Trump is expected to send formal notice to the U.S. Congress by the end of the week about his intentions to sign a new trade agreement within 90 days, which would give Mexico’s Pena Nieto time to sign it before he leaves office, the senior U.S. trade official said. U.S., Mexican and Canadian stocks opened higher on Monday on optimism about a trade deal. ...Read more

San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili Announces Retirement After 16 Seasons

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, 41, announced Monday that he is retiring. “Today, with a wide range of feelings, I’m announcing my retirement from basketball,” he said in a tweet. “It’s been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams.”  His decision brings a historic 16-season run with the Spurs to an end. He is one of the most decorated international players in basketball history, a four-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist for Argentina and a Euroleague MVP. Ginobili played 1,057 regular-season and 218 playoff games with the Spurs, ranking in the franchise’s top five all time in games, points (14,043), assists (4,001) and steals (1,392). He averaged 8.9 points and 20 minutes a game for the Spurs last season. Ginobili had one year left on his contract, worth $2.5 million. ...Read more

Odell Beckham Jr. Signs Five Year Extension With New York Giants

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants has signed to a five-year extension that is worth $95 million. The new deal for makes Beckham the highest paid receiver in the NFL, and contains $65 million guaranteed. Odell is coming off an injury, however he is currently slotted to start in Week 1 of the 2018 season. Prior to his injury, Odell racked up over 300 catches and 4,000 yards with 38 touchdowns in his first four seasons. ...Read more