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MLB Investigating Discrimination Claims Against Seattle Mariners

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday it plans to investigate claims of racial discrimination against the Seattle Mariners, made on Monday by a former employee. The league said in a statement that the “MLB is aware of the allegations made by a former employee of the Seattle Mariners regarding the conduct of Club employees. Consistent with our policies, we are investigating the allegations.” The Mariners former director of high performance, Lorena Martin, accused the organization of discrimination and derogatory remarks in an Instagram post Monday. She singled out general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player development Andy McKay, saying the trio called Latin American players “LAZY, DUMB, and STUPID, especially the DOMINICANS.” Martin also accused the team of “firing innocent trainers for trying to do the right thing and because of their color/race.” ...Read more

Opening Statements At Trial Of Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Delayed After Juror Dismissal

Opening statements were delayed Tuesday in the high-profile trial of alleged Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman when a juror had to be excused for an unknown reason shortly before opening statements were set to begin. Guzman, 61, has escaped Mexican jails twice, so Intense security is now in place around the federal courthouse in Brooklyn. “El Chapo” is expected to be kept in Brooklyn during the week, and will be escorted by a highly secure motorcade each time he arrive and departs from court. He has pleaded not guilty to 17 charges, including drug smuggling, money laundering and conspiring to murder. In addition, jurors will receive special security, and will also be transported to and from the courthouse by armed federal marshals. The trial is expected to last about four months. If convicted, Guzman could spend the rest of his life behind bars, and he is currently being held in solitary confinement. ...Read more

California Woolsey Wildfire Still Spreading Through Los Angeles Area, Expected They Could Burn For Up To Another Week

Officials said Monday that the Woolsey Fire continues to rage across Southern California, and may still be going a week from now. The deadly blaze has consumed 91,572 acres since it started Thursday in Simi Valley, near the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, according to L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby. While reports said the fire was 20 percent contained by midday Monday, fire officials said full containment was still awhile away. “As far as 100-percent containment, we’ll be out here for the next week or two trying to mop this fire up,” Osby told reporters. It is estimated that 370 structures have been destroyed in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, more than double what had been estimated this past weekend. ...Read more

Satellite Images Reveal Hidden North Korean Missile Bases

According to U.S. officials briefed on recent intelligence, North Korea is continuing work on its ballistic missile program. This confirms a private report Monday detailing recent improvements made at undeclared military sites. According to one U.S. official, “North Korea has continued its ballistic missile program at a number of bases but it’s significant that they have not tested one in nearly a year; we need to give the diplomats time and space to work.” Reports released Monday said researchers had identified 13 of an estimated 20 undeclared North Korean missile bases, and included a detailed analysis of one facility, the Sakkanmol Missile Operating Base, about 50 miles north of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. ...Read more

Los Angeles Rams Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp Out For Season With Torn ACL

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp suffered a non-contact knee injury in Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, and now the team has confirmed that Kupp indeed has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season. Kupp suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the game and was helped off the field by the Rams’ training staff, without returning. Kupp also suffered a concussion during the first meeting with Seattle in Week 5 and then was carted off with a knee injury against the Broncos the following week. He leads the Rams with six TD receptions and is third on the team in catches (40) and receiving yards (566). In Kupp’s absence, Todd Gurley will be in the backfield with their two leading receivers, Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks.  ...Read more

New Orleans Saints Sign Veteran Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall

The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran Brandon Marshall to a one-year deal, to replace Dez Bryant. Sean Payton confirmed the signing on Monday, saying at Marshall’s workout on Monday: “He moved around well. He’s smart, he’s experienced, he’s someone that’s been in a number of systems. And overall he had a good workout. He’s got good length and size. He’s another big target.” ...Read more

‘Toy Story 4’ Trailer Released, Introducing New Character

Pixar released the trailer for “Toy Story 4” on Monday, and the whole gang — Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex, Slinky Dog, Hamm the Piggy Bank and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head — are back, along with a new character; a spork named Forky (voiced by Tony Hale.) While further details about the latest installment of the legendary Toy Story franchise are still scarce, the official synopsis states, “A road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.” ...Read more

Stan Lee, Legendary Co-Creator Of Marvel Comics, Dies At Age 95

Stan Lee, a legend who created many of the popular Marvel characters, has died at age 95. Lee died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was born Stanley Martin Lieber on Dec. 28, 1922, in New York City. Lee got a job at Timely Comics as an assistant at age 17, and was with the company for near six decades before Timely Comics became Atlas Comics and then Marvel Comics. Lee created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Ant-Man and other characters. Lee is survived by his daughter, J.C. His wife of 69 years, Joan, died in 2017.  ...Read more

Lewis Hamilton Wins Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix

Britain’s five-time world Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday. It was Hamilton’s fifth consecutive constructors’ title, and the second-to-last race of the 2018 F1 season. Hamilton had clinched his fifth F1 drivers’ title two weeks ago at the Mexican GP,  and on Saturday took the 10th pole position of the season on the grid. The 33-year-old Hamilton earned his 72nd F1 victory with Sunday’s win, coming in with a winning time of 1:27:09.066, 1.469 — seconds ahead of the Netherlands’ Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and 4.764 seconds ahead of Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) . The win put Mercedes 67 points ahead of Ferrari, at 620 to 553. ...Read more