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June 30, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Police report assaults at protest in Oregon

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, have ordered participants in a march by Patriot Prayer to disperse after officers saw assaults and projectiles being thrown.

Police said Saturday that some arrests have been made at the downtown protest involving immigration.

The problems occurred as two opposing protest groups — Patriot Prayer and antifa — took to the streets.

People were lighting firecrackers and smoke bombs in the crowd and police used flash bangs in an effort to disperse the clashing protesters.

Officers were searching for weapons and handcuffed at least two people.


Trump asserts he didn't push House GOP on immigration

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration bills that failed last week, his latest display of whiplash on the legislation.

Trump tweets from his New Jersey golf club he didn't press GOP lawmakers to support the plans because it wouldn't have cleared the Senate. He writes he released many House Republicans "prior to the vote knowing we need more Republicans to win in Nov."

That contradicts a tweet three days ago in which Trump tweeted that House Republicans should pass the "STRONG BUT FAIR" bill even though Democrats wouldn't allow it to pass the Senate. A week earlier, he urged Republicans to stop wasting time on the bill until after the elections.

The House overwhelmingly rejected an immigration bill last week.


The Latest: Spain says Barcelona will welcome migrant ship

MADRID (AP) — Spain says Barcelona will be the docking port for an aid boat that rescued 60 migrants in waters near Libya but was not allowed to land by both Italy and Malta.

A spokesman with the prime minister's office said the Open Arms boat, run under Spanish flag by the Barcelona-based aid group Proactiva Open Arms, had the right to dock in the eastern city.

The spokesman, who wasn't authorized to be named in media reports, said it would take four days for the boat to reach Barcelona.

The new Socialist government of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is pressing other European Union nations to treat rescued migrants with dignity and in line with international law.

Spain has overtaken Italy this year in the number of migrants who have arrived on land and by sea.


The Latest: Trump says Saudis could boost oil production

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump says in a tweet that King Salman of Saudi Arabia has assured him that his country will boost oil production, perhaps as much as 2 million barrels, in response to turmoil in Iran and Venezuela.

While the Saudi description of the conversation between Trump and King Salman makes no mention of a specific increase in oil production, the White House says King Salman referred to the kingdom maintaining a spare capacity of 2 million barrels per day. The White House says it's been advised that the kingdom will prudently use that capacity "if and when necessary" to ensure market balance and stability.

Oil prices have edged higher as the Trump administration pushes U.S. allies to end oil purchases from Iran.


The Latest: Memorial services set for 2 slain journalists

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Memorial services for two of the five victims killed in a shooting at a Maryland newspaper have been scheduled for next week.

The Baltimore Sun reports that a "celebration of life" for 59-year-old Rob Hiaasen will be held Monday at the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills.

The invitation says shorts are welcome, as the slain Capital assistant managing editor wouldn't have wanted attendees to have to wear a suit for him.

The newspaper says a memorial service for special publications editor Wendi Winters will take place at noon July 7 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis.

Phoenix Geimer, one of Winters' daughters, announced the plans on Facebook. In lieu of flowers, Geimer urged well-wishers to make a donation to the Girl Scouts of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, or the American Red Cross.


Barbs for Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle region is home to America's top two richest men: Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

But while Bezos is blamed by some for rising rents and clogged city streets, Gates is largely admired for helping lead the computing revolution and for the billions he donates through his philanthropy.

Microsoft was the first tech company to dramatically change the region's economy and character as it grew quickly in the 1980s and 1990s.

Today, Seattle is booming again. Housing prices are skyrocketing amid Amazon's explosive growth, which has added tens of thousands of well-paid workers to the area.

Bezos recently won a bitter fight against a city tax meant to help Seattle's homelessness crisis.

And Gates remained embraced locally as the world's top philanthropist.


Thailand cave rescue efforts pick up pace as flooding eases

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — The effort to locate 12 boys and their soccer coach missing in a cave in Thailand for a week has picked up pace, with a break in the rain easing flooding in the system of caverns and more experts from around the world joining the mission.

The search effort in the northern province of Chiang Rai has been going slowly, largely because flooding has blocked rescuers from going through chambers to get deeper into the cave.

Pumping out water hasn't solved the problem, so increasing effort has been made to find shafts on the outside of the cave that might serve as a back door to the blocked-off areas where the missing may be sheltering.

Australian police and military personnel were deployed Saturday to join other multinational teams of experts.


Mbappe, not Messi, stars as France beats Argentina 4-3

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in a five-minute span to lead France over Argentina 4-3 Saturday and into the World Cup quarterfinals.

The loss could be the end of Lionel Messi's international career.

Mbappe, a constant threat to Argentina's creaking defense with his speed and skill, was at the heart of France's often-breathtaking display, particularly in the middle part of the second half.

With the score even at 2-2, the 19-year-old Mbappe got his first goal with a cool finish from a tight angle in the 64th minute, his low shot going under Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani. Four minutes later, he slotted past Armani again after he was put through on goal by a deft pass from Oliver Giroud.

Mbappe also helped France to its first goal. Following a sustained period of early pressure, he won a penalty after a 40-meter burst of speed that ended with him being brought down by Marcos Rojo. Antoine Griezmann then scored from the spot in the 13th minute, sending Armani the wrong way.

France will next face either Portugal or Uruguay in the quarterfinals on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod.

Argentina briefly took the lead in the 48th minute at Kazan Arena, but France defender Benjamin Pavard equalized nine minutes later with a superb strike from outside the area.

Argentina got its goals from Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Mercado and Sergio Aguero. Messi set up the latter two, first sending a shot on goal that Mercado deflected into the net in the 48th.

With time winding down, the 31-year-old Messi gave Argentina a bit of hope with a cross to the left that Aguero headed into goal in stoppage time.

Di Maria's goal was one of the best of the tournament.

Following a throw-in, he hit a hard shot from 30 yards that curled into the top right corner, beyond the dive of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.


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