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    LeBron James says the challenge of facing the Golden State Warriors in the Finals is 'up there' with any of his career. Appearing in his seventh straight Finals, James knows the Cleveland Cavaliers are underdogs as they prepare to the play the Western Conference champions for the third straight year. This version of the Warriors is even scarier than previous ones as Kevin Durant is now playing with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. James was in a similar situation in Miami when he went up against San Antonio and a roster of future Hall of Famers. The three-time champion said playing Golden State is 'going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise.' Reminded that Las Vegas oddsmakers had made him an underdog in six of his eight Finals, James quipped, 'I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn't matter.' ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
  • An Illinois man accuses Dennis Hastert in a new lawsuit of sexually assaulting him in bathroom stall when he was a fourth-grader, at least the fifth such allegation against the former House speaker who will soon be released from prison in a hush-money case. The suit was filed in a suburban Chicago court for a man using the pseudonym Richard Doe. It alleges Hastert abused him after the boy stopped during a bicycle ride to use the restroom in the 1970s in Yorkville, Illinois, where Hastert was a high school wrestling coach, the Chicago Tribune reported. The former Republican Illinois congressman, 75, has nearly completed a 15-month sentence for breaking banking law in trying to pay $3.5 million in hush money to one victim, referred to in filings in the criminal case as 'Individual A.' Previous accusers had been in high school. Hastert's attorney didn't immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Sunday seeking comment. A hearing in the case is set for Tuesday. Doe began crying when he recognized Hastert during gym at Yorkville Grade School weeks later as the man who abused him, the suit filed Friday in Kendall County Circuit Court says. The grade school is next to Yorkville High School, where Hastert worked. The suit says Doe 'was traumatized, repressed the sexual assault by Hastert, and was intimidated into silence.' He says both Hastert and then-Kendall County State's Attorney Dallas Ingemunson warned the boy not to make the accusations public. Reached Saturday by the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Ingemunson told the newspaper that 'all these things (the new accuser) is saying are untrue.' He added: 'I have no idea what he's talking about.' The suit was filed by the same Chicago law firm that filed a lawsuit against Hastert for Individual A, the Dekalb paper reported.
  • Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States. That would dramatically expand a ban announced in March that affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East. The current ban was put in place because of concerns about terrorist attacks. The ban prevents travelers from bringing laptops, tablets and certain other devices on board with them in their carry-on bags. All electronics bigger than a smartphone must be checked in. Kelly was asked on 'Fox News Sunday' whether he would expand the ban to cover laptops on all international flights into and out of the U.S. His answer: 'I might.' The current U.S. ban applies to nonstop U.S.-bound flights from 10 international airports in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. About 50 flights a day, all on foreign airlines, are affected. Earlier this month, there were reports that the Trump administration would broaden the ban to include planes from the European Union, affecting trans-Atlantic routes that carry as many as 65 million people a year. U.S. officials have said that initial ban was not based on any specific threat but on longstanding concerns about extremists targeting jetliners. 'There's a real threat,' Kelly said, adding that terrorists are 'obsessed' with the idea of downing a plane in flight, 'particularly if it's a U.S. carrier, particularly if it's full of mostly U.S. folks. It's real.' Kelly said that the U.S. is going 'to raise the bar for, generally speaking, aviation security much higher than it is now, and there's new technologies down the road, not too far down the road, that we'll rely on. But it is a real sophisticated threat, and I'll reserve making that decision until we see where it's going.' While Kelly referred to 'a real sophisticated threat,' the Trump administration's spending plan for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 would make significant cuts to airport security programs.
  • Pole sitter Scott Dixon was knocked out of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday by a terrifying crash that saw his car fly over the car of Jay Howard and land atop the inside safety fence, where it split in two amid sparks and flames. Dixon's car was shredded by the retaining wall , but the tub of the car remained intact and the 2008 champion was able to climb out on his own to a roar from the crowd. He walked to a waiting ambulance while the race was placed under red flag and crews began to clean up debris scattered over hundreds of feet. Howard also was checked at the infield car center and released. 'Just a little beaten up there. It was definitely a rough ride,' Dixon said. 'I'm just bummed for the team, man. We had a great shot. We had gotten a little loose but they had dialed it in.' It's been a rollercoaster trip to Indianapolis for Dixon, a New Zealander who turned the fastest qualifying laps since 1996 to land on the pole. But that same night, Dixon was waiting in a drive-thru line at a nearby Taco Bell with three-time winner Dario Franchitti when he was held up at gunpoint. Little did he know it wouldn't be his only frightening incident of the week. Howard blamed the incident on Ryan Hunter-Reay. He'd run out of fuel earlier in the race and was already a couple of laps down when Hunter-Reay tried to get around him. Howard said that forced him to the top of the track, and the British driver for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports wound up in the outside wall. That impact sent Howard across the track, where Dixon had nowhere to go. 'We were just out there trying to pick up some laps and Hunter-Reay got a run on me,' Howard said. 'I lifted, trying to be a nice guy. He comes right over on me and the rest is happy.' Dixon's car went airborne and flipped over before landing on the retaining barrier, where the impact punched a hole in the safety fencing. A photographer who was positioned at that point on the track ducked just in time as the car came apart; he was checked by safety crews and was OK. Helio Castroneves was following them and barely escaped the carnage. 'It's tough,' Dixon said. 'You make those decisions, which way to go. You're hoping Jay is going to stay against the wall. I already had picked that way to go. There was nowhere else to go to avoid him. It's just a wild ride. You hold on and believe in the safety progress we've made.' Howard was making only his 13th career IndyCar start and his first since 2011, and that led Dixon team owner Chip Ganassi to question the series' eligibility rules. The spectacular crash followed an incident involving Sebastien Bourdais during qualifying weekend, when he wiggled twice going through the same corner and hit the wall. The tub of his car collapsed and Bourdais was left with a fractured pelvis, hip and ribs. Bourdais, who was at the track Sunday, joined Franchitti in visiting Dixon at the care center. Dixon was among the heavy favorites to win his second Indianapolis 500 this weekend. He had been fast through practice before landing on the pole, and his Honda-powered ride had him near the front of the field when the crash occurred on Lap 54. 'It was,' Dixon said, 'a wild ride.
  • A newspaper survey of Ohio county coroners has found more than 4,000 people died from drug overdoses last year in a state among the hardest hit by a heroin and opioid epidemic. The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that the state's 4,149 unintentional fatal overdoses in 2016 are a 36 percent increase from the previous year when just over 3,000 deaths were reported. Citing an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation that used statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the newspaper said Ohio led the nation in the total number of fatal overdoses in 2014 and 2015. The increase is being attributed to heroin and the powerful synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanil. Last year's total is expected to go higher as coroners tabulate final numbers. The newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/2r1jo4q) that coroners in six smaller counties did not provide overdose numbers. Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, far outpaced the rest of the state with 666 deaths in 2016 with the majority of those deaths blamed on fentanyl use. William Denihan, the outgoing chief executive officer of the Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, called the opioid epidemic a 'tsunami.' 'We've done so much, but the numbers are going the other way,' Denihan said. 'I don't see the improvement.' In Akron's Summit County, nearly half of its 308 overdose deaths last year were attributed to the use of carfentanil, a powerful opioid that's supposed to be used as a tranquilizer for large animals. Gary Guenther, an investigator for the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office, said addicts clamor to get the lethal drug when they hear it's on the streets. 'It doesn't make any sense,' Guenther said. The state Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services said Ohio's 2015 fatal overdose numbers could have been much higher were it not for lives saved with the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone. While Ohio was one of the leaders in shutting down 'pill mills' that sold prescription opioids like oxycodone, health officials say it has led to addicts switching to more powerful opioids. Dr. Mark Hurst, medical director for Ohio's health and mental health departments, said that while naloxone has helped prevent deaths, it's not the answer to solving opioid addiction. 'This is going to turn around,' Hurst said. 'I wish I could tell you when it's going to turn around.' ___ Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com
  • Minutes before 6 a.m., Army nurse Martha Green woke with a jolt to a thunderous explosion half a mile away. It was the steamy morning of June 8, 1969, and she was in her bed at Chu Lai base at the height of the Vietnam War. Green's husband returned with tragic news: A Soviet-built rocket had struck the hospital, and Sharon Lane, 25, a fellow nurse from Ohio, had been killed instantly. 'The news struck me like lightning,' said Green, who'd chat with Lane while stationed on the same shift. 'She was a very sweet, quiet young woman. The sadness was really palpable.' Today, Lane is immortalized in books and statues, and she even helped inspire characters in a television show. Among the roughly 11,000 American women stationed in Vietnam, Lane was the only one killed by hostile fire during the decadeslong war. Seven other women died in accidents and illnesses. Her biographer, Philip Bigler, calls her 'a symbol' of nurses at war. Lynda Van Devanter, the nurse whose memoir inspired 'China Beach,' a late 1980s drama about women in Vietnam, recalled the searing shock of Lane's death the very day she arrived in Vietnam. 'I suddenly became very aware that women could in fact be in danger, and that this was no game anymore,' Van Devanter said in a documentary interview. Among the hundred or so nurses at Chu Lai, Lane stood out. She was shy, several years older than most and had volunteered to go to Vietnam instead of being ordered there. 'Most nurses had just graduated nursing school,' said Rosalie Smith, a Chu Lai nurse. She and other nurses had received army stipends in school and were directed to Vietnam. 'Her motivation was maybe a little different.' According to Bigler's biography, Lane was young and restless. After two years of nursing in her native Canton, Ohio, she quit and tried secretary school, then astonished her parents by enlisting and heading to a Colorado army hospital instead. She found life there to be dull, filled with nights alone watching television, and requested a transfer to Vietnam months after her arrival. 'There, at least, you are busy 12 hours a day, six or seven days a week, and you learn everything,' Lane wrote her parents in 1968. When Lane arrived in Vietnam in April 1969, she found the work and camaraderie she was looking for. Weeks after she arrived, sirens went off as two rockets slammed the compound, but Lane took it in stride. 'Very interesting place but hardly anyone here is scared though. It is just like part of the job,' she wrote. Colleagues remember Lane for throwing herself into her work at the Vietnamese ward, notoriously difficult because it held prisoners of war. Vietcong soldiers, strapped into beds, would kick, curse and spit at the nurses. 'She didn't make a big deal out of it,' Green said. 'She said she was a nurse, and she had to take care of patients. It didn't make a difference whether they were Vietnamese or POWs or our own soldiers.' Two days after her death, staff gathered at a simple chapel to pay homage to Lane. But amid an endless torrent of injured and dying soldiers, the shock of Lane's death was swept away. This Memorial Day, her friends and colleagues' thoughts drift back to that fateful day. But some would rather forget. Cannon Sample was a hospital corpsman who was in Lane's ward when she was killed. Forty-eight years later, he still has nightmares about that morning. 'He doesn't go into details,' said his wife, Joy Sample, by phone. 'It's just bits and pieces.' Still, every year, a group of veterans gather at her grave to pay respects to Lane, vowing to keep her memory alive. 'Oh yes,' says Pat Powell, leader of the veteran's association. 'Until we die.' ___ Follow Dake Kang at http://www.twitter.com/dakekang
  • Watch out for the 'Mad Dog' when the sun goes down. That's the message Sunday from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose nickname has been used by President Donald Trump on Twitter. The Pentagon chief is a battle-hardened, tough-talking retired Marine Corps general who was entrusted with some of the most challenging commands in the military. So what might you expect him to say when asked, 'What keeps you awake at night?' Maybe another missile launch from North Korea? An attack by Islamic State militants? An incident in the South China Sea? 'Nothing,' he tells CBS' 'Face the Nation.' 'I keep other people awake at night.
  • The Palestinians sharply condemned Israel on Sunday for holding a government meeting near a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the core of their conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet met Sunday in tunnels near the site for a special session marking the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 war, an event it celebrates as the 'unification' of its eternal capital. Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat called the meeting a 'provocation.' He said it sends 'a clear message to the Palestinian people that the systematic violations of their inalienable rights are going to continue.' After the 1967 war, Israel annexed east Jerusalem with the Old City home to holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, and declared all of expanded Jerusalem to be its capital. The international community has never recognized the move. The Palestinians claim the territory as the capital of their future state. The tunnels run near a compound holy to both Jews and Muslims. Jews revere the site, where the two Jewish temples stood in biblical times, as the Temple Mount. It is the holiest site in Judaism. The nearby Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray. Muslim's regard the same hilltop compound as the 'Noble Sanctuary.' Home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and gold-topped Dome of the Rock, it is Islam's third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. The fate of the area is an emotional issue at the heart of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. A tunnel opening in 1996 sparked Palestinian protests that led to deadly clashes. At Sunday's meeting the government approved a plan to build a cable car project to the Western Wall. Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said the cable car 'will change the face of Jerusalem, allow easy and convenient access for tourists and visitors to the Western Wall and will serve as an exceptional tourist attraction.
  • Lawyers in Massachusetts are seeking the release of a man they say is being unlawfully detained by federal immigration officials while they try to find a country to deport him to. The case involves Sreynuon Lunn, 32, who was born in a Thai refugee camp to Cambodian parents fleeing the Khmer Rouge and brought to the United States as a seven-month-old child. Lunn was legally allowed into the country as a refugee and given lawful permanent resident status. Last October, Lunn was charged with unarmed robbery and held until February for a trial date. The charges were ultimately dismissed, but the court ordered Lunn held on a so-called Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer request, overruling a request by his lawyers that he be released. Immigration agents arrived several hours after the charges were dismissed to take Lunn into custody. Detainer requests typically ask federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to give at least 48 hours' notice before an individual is released from a jail — or to hold the person for up to 48 hours after they would normally be released. Lawyers for Lunn last month argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that the practice of holding individuals on detainer requests violates both the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which bars against unreasonable searches and seizures of individuals, and similar provisions in the Massachusetts Constitution. The Department of Justice defends the use of detainer requests. That case is still pending. On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a petition in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts seeking Lunn's release. They say the Department of Homeland Security has designated Cambodia as Lunn's country of origin even though government officials there have denied Lunn is a Cambodian citizen for nine years and have refused to issue him travel papers. Thai officials have also said they don't consider Lunn a citizen of Thailand. 'If the government cannot deport Mr. Lunn, it has to let him go,' said Matthew Segal, legal director at the ACLU of Massachusetts. His attorneys also want the court to order immigration officials not to take Lunn back into custody unless they have a country to deport him to. Shawn Neudauer, a spokesman with Homeland Security, said ICE 'declines comment at this time as the matter is currently pending before the courts.' It's not the first time the government has attempted to deport Lunn, who has raised two children born in the United States. Immigration officials first tried to deport Lunn in 2009 after he was convicted of an aggravated felony. Lunn's lawyers said Lunn contacted the Cambodian Embassy in Washington, D.C. multiple times, but embassy personnel told him that they were unwilling to issue the necessary travel documents because Lunn was not a Cambodian citizen. Homeland Security officials ultimately released him. The pattern would be repeated two more times, according to court records. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker last year allowed the state police to temporarily detain some people wanted by federal immigration authorities, reversing a previous policy put in place during the administration of former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick.
  • Racked with nerves, Alex Noren could barely line up his 6-foot eagle putt on the final hole that would help to clinch him the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday. The Swedish golfer still managed to roll it into the center of the cup, where most of his putts ended up during the best round of his life. Rediscovering his sensational form of 2016, Noren shot a course-record 10-under 62 at Wentworth and came from seven strokes back in the final round to win the signature event on the European Tour against the odds. 'That was the best round of golf I've ever seen,' tweeted Peter Uihlein, Noren's playing partner. The 13th-ranked Noren had to wait before he could really celebrate the ninth and biggest victory of his career, and a first prize of 894,000 pounds ($1.14 million). He started the final round so far behind that more than two hours of play were remaining after his eagle on the par-5 No. 18. That set the clubhouse target of 11-under 277, but the likes of Henrik Stenson, Branden Grace, Shane Lowry and Hideto Tanihara were all picking up shots and looked likely to challenge the lead. Noren felt he might even be three strokes too short. In the end, no one got within a stroke as the chasers fell away once late-afternoon rain arrived. 'It feels amazing and crazy,' Noren said. 'I had no intention of winning this morning.' Francesco Molinari was second — two strokes back — after a 68, with Stenson (68), Tanihara (68) and Nicolas Colsaerts (65) a shot further behind. Noren was the hottest player in European golf in the second half of last year, during which he earned four victories in a 10-event stretch from July to November to climb into the world's top 10 for the first time. The 34-year-old Noren has had just two top-10 finishes since the last of his 2016 wins, at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in November. He has played more events on the PGA Tour this year and said he struggled with the firmness of the greens, but a fifth-place finish at the Dell Technologies Match Play in March restored some confidence before a 10th place at The Players Championship two weeks ago. His 62 equaled the lowest round of his professional career, matching one at the Portugal Masters in 2009, and established a new course record on the revamped West Course, which underwent a renovation program immediately after last year's event. Thomas Bjorn also shot a 62 at Wentworth, the headquarters of the European Tour, in 2014. Noren picked up four birdies in his first seven holes, four more from Nos. 12-16, and then came to No. 18, where he felt nervous having made double-bogey on Saturday by sending a chip from the back of the green into the water guarding the front. This time, his 5-iron approach pitched at 210 yards and rolled just by the pin, giving him a left-to-right putt that he curled in despite saying he was 'shaking.' It completed a round that was three shots better than any other player's this week. Noren's next target is to contend at a major. 'The only thing I'm trying to do is play better against better fields and on better courses,' Noren said. 'I think this is very close to a major. My confidence goes up.' Andrew Dodt of Australia took a one-stroke lead into the final round, but bogeyed No. 1 and shot 73 to finish four strokes behind Noren in a tie for sixth. ___ Steve Douglas is at www.twitter.com/sdouglas80