Minor Leaguer Strikes Out In The Weirdest Way Imaginable

Minor Leaguer Strikes Out In The Weirdest Way Imaginable

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It’s probably safe to say Josh Fuentes will strike out again in his minor league career ― but never again like this: 

The now-viral moment happened Friday at a game in Binghamton, New York. Fuentes, batting for the Hartford Yard Goats, watched Binghamton pitcher Cory Burns slip off the mound and throw a meek pitch that rolled on the infield grass.

Fuentes, still in the batter’s box, took what appeared to be a playful practice swing while the ball rolled toward the first base line. Oops, dude. The ball was live and the umpire ruled it a third strike to end the top of the eighth inning. Hartford was losing 5-4 at the time and the score ended that way, the Hartford Courant reported.

But at least Fuentes made it onto national television while maintaining his sense of humor.

h/t Mashable

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Dying Portland Train Hero’s Message Of Love After Standing Up To Hate

Dying Portland Train Hero’s Message Of Love After Standing Up To Hate

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A man fatally injured on a Portland train after intervening in a hate attack shared a message of love with the woman who comforted him.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and father-of-four Ricky John Best, 53, were both fatally stabbed Friday when they confronted a man abusing two teenagers on the MAX train, one of them wearing a hijab. A third passenger who also tried to intervene, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, survived a stabbing but remains hospitalized. All three have been hailed as heroes.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, who police say has ties to white supremacy, has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack. He faces charges including two counts of aggravated murder. Law enforcement authorities say the suspect targeted the girls for “religiously and racially motivated reasons.”

Passenger Rachel Macy told Oregon Live Namkai-Meche confronted the man berating the girls and said, “You have to get off the train.”

That’s when Namkai-Meche was suddenly stabbed in the neck, Macy said.

“It was just a swift, hard hit,’’ she said. “It was a nightmare.’’

When Namkai-Meche turned to face Macy, she saw that his shirt was covered with blood and his face deathly pale.

She recalled he was clutching his neck as he told her, “I’m going to die.”

Macy responded, “We can handle this. Lay down.‘’

He lay on the floor of the train as Macy and a male passenger did what they could to calm him and stop the bleeding, she said. Macy pulled off her shirt and helped him press to the gash in his neck, she recalled.

“I just kept telling him, ‘You’re not alone. We’re here,’’’ Macy said. “What you did was total kindness. You’re such a beautiful man. I’m sorry the world is so cruel.’’

When paramedics arrived to take Namkai-Meche away, he turned to her and said, “Tell everyone on the train I love them.”

Macy met Namkai-Meche’s parents at a vigil for the victims the following day.

His mom, Asha Deliverance, remembered her son on Facebook as a “bright shining star.”

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WATCH: Mama Elk Fights Off A Bear To Save Her Calf

WATCH: Mama Elk Fights Off A Bear To Save Her Calf

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Never get between a mama elk and her calf. 

A black bear in Arizona learned that lesson the hard way in a scene caught on video. 

Footage that Shannon Seville of Flagstaff filmed and posted on Facebook and YouTube last week shows the bear taking a swipe at the calf when its mother isn’t looking in East Pocket, aka “The End of the World.” 

“I saw the bear out of my peripherals as we drove past and got excited, so we reversed to take a picture,” she told the Arizona Republic. “I knew this was a once in a lifetime capture and that other outdoor enthusiasts would really appreciate the share.” 

The calf’s cries alert its mother, who comes running to the scene. The bear first climbs a tree, then comes down and takes another shot at the calf with its mother watching. 

That wasn’t a good idea: 

The calf runs off, and its mother follows. Seville said they didn’t seem injured, but she didn’t know what happened next.

“The animals left our line of vision and we weren’t about to get out of the vehicle to follow,” she told the Republic. “I imagine nature took its course, however, it was meant to.”

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Aerospace Executive ‘Absolutely Convinced’ There Are Aliens On Earth

Aerospace Executive ‘Absolutely Convinced’ There Are Aliens On Earth

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In an eye-opening interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, aerospace mogul and entrepreneur Robert Bigelow said he was ‘absolutely convicted’ there were alien visitors living to Earth.

Most of the segment focused on how NASA and the Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace were in a partnership to develop an expandable craft for humans to use in space. Bigelow’s far-reaching vision puts him right in the middle of a new privatization of space, a race that includes billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.

In the following video, Bigelow described a typical expandable system to be used on future space flights.

However, during the “60 Minutes” interview with correspondent Lara Logan, the conversation shifted to Bigelow’s reported obsession with UFOs and aliens.

Logan: “Do you believe in aliens?”

Bigelow: “I’m absolutely convinced. That’s all there is to it.”

Logan: “Do you also believe that UFOs have come to Earth?”

Bigelow: “There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence. And I spent millions and millions and millions ― I probably spent more as an individual than anybody else in the United States has ever spent on this subject.”

Logan: “Is it risky for you to say in public that you believe in UFOs and aliens?”

Bigelow: “I don’t give a damn. I don’t care.”

Logan: “You don’t worry that some people will say, ‘Did you hear that guy, he sounds like he’s crazy’?”

Bigelow: “I don’t care. It’s not gonna make a difference. It’s not gonna change reality of what I know.”

Bigelow wouldn’t elaborate on what kind of results he had achieved from his well-funded UFO research. When asked if he thought future space missions would result in any encounters between humans and aliens, Bigelow said, “You don’t have to go anywhere. It’s just like right under people’s noses.”

While Bigelow declined to describe his personal UFO encounters, he offered more elaborate details about UFOs, extraterrestrials and the private space industry during an interview on the national radio program, “Coast to Coast AM,“ hosted by George Knapp. 

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Oregon GOP Official Wants Private Militias To Protect Republicans

Oregon GOP Official Wants Private Militias To Protect Republicans

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A Republican leader in Oregon says the party may use private militias, including groups widely recognized as antigovernment extremists, to protect GOP officials.

The move comes after Friday’s deadly stabbing attack in Portland in which two people were killed and a third injured while defending a Muslim teen from a man shouting anti-Islamic slurs. 

James Buchal, chair of the Republican party for Multnomah County, which includes Portland, told The Guardian that GOP figures may need “a security force protecting them” while out in public. When asked if he meant private groups, Buchal told the newspaper, “Yeah. And there are these people arising, like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.”

Both groups are on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of active, extremist antigovernment groups and considered as such by the Anti-Defamation League as well.  

But Buchal said these groups were under consideration for his “security force” plan.

“Yeah. We’re thinking about that,” Buchal was quoted as saying. “Because there are now belligerent, unstable people who are convinced that Republicans are like Nazis.”

Buchal also denied that the groups were extremists despite their designations, and specifically defended the Three Percenters, saying their website had a “solid commitment to this not being about race at all.”

The Anti-Defamation League said both groups “promote the idea that the federal government is plotting to take away the rights of American citizens and must be resisted.”

Buchal, a lawyer who unsuccessfully ran for office in Oregon several times, defended his militia plan on Twitter after one user likened it to the ill-fated attempt to use Hells Angels as security during a 1969 music festival in California, which led to deadly violence

“Clever,” Buchal wrote on Twitter. “But I don’t think it is fair to analogize the Hell’s Angels to group organized to defend the Constitution.”

Buchal also used that same Twitter account to push conspiracy theories about Seth Rich, a young Democratic National Committee staffer killed last year in Washington. 

In recent months, Portland has been the scene of numerous protests, including some that have turned violent, such as a May Day rally that led to 25 arrests. In the wake of Friday’s deadly attack, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is trying to cancel events sponsored by right-wing groups, including a “Trump Free Speech Rally.”

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Former Panamanian Strongman Manuel Noriega Dead At 83

Former Panamanian Strongman Manuel Noriega Dead At 83

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PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has died at the age of 83 following brain surgery this year, Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela said on Twitter late on Monday.

Noriega, who ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989, spied for the Central Intelligence Agency until the United States invaded and toppled his corrupt government, ending a criminal career that saw him working with drug traffickers like Pablo Escobar.

Noriega was initially sentenced in the United States in 1992 but was serving a sentence for murder in Panama when he died.

 

This is a developing story. More to come…

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Jessica Chastain Calls Out Cannes Films For Dismal Portrayal Of Women Characters

Jessica Chastain Calls Out Cannes Films For Dismal Portrayal Of Women Characters

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Jessica Chastain concluded her time as a jury member of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival by speaking candidly about a trend she found “quite disturbing” after watching 20 films in 10 days.

“The one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women, from the female characters that I saw represented,” Chastain said during a press conference.

“And it was quite disturbing to me to be honest,” she continued. 

The star’s comments came after Sofia Coppola made history as the second woman ever to win Best Director at the coveted film festival.

Coppola was honored for her work directing “The Beguiled,” a remake of the 1971 Civil War drama about an injured Yankee soldier who seeks shelter at an all-girls boarding school in rural Virginia. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice and Colin Farrell. 

The actress was quick to point out that there were some exceptions to what she saw. “But for the most part, I was surprised with the representation of female characters on screen in these films,” she added. 

Chastain’s comments soon went viral, with more female leaders in the entertainment industry celebrating her candor.

The star concluded her remarks by calling for the festival to include more female filmmakers so the jury can watch women “that are proactive, have their own agency [and] don’t just react to the men around them.”

Chastain has been a vocal supporter for women in entertainment, speaking out about the gender wage gap that plagues the industry. In April, the “Zero Dark Thirty” star said in an interview with Variety that she no longer accepts roles unless she knows what the male stars are making.

“I’m not taking jobs anymore where I’m getting paid a quarter of what the male co-star is being paid,” she told Variety. “I’m not allowing that in my life.” In 2015, the actress said she made a fraction of what costar Matt Damon earned for their work in the Academy Award-nominated film, “The Martian.”

Watch Chastian’s full comments in the video above.

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CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Great White Shark Attacks Kayak In Monterey Bay

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Great White Shark Attacks Kayak In Monterey Bay

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A California kayaker in scenic Monterey Bay got the scare of a lifetime when a great white shark knocked him into the water, then repeatedly attacked his boat.

Footage from the incident showed Brian Correiar swimming away from the scene as the 14-foot-long shark went after his kayak. 

Bite marks show that it had the whole girth of the boat in its mouth,” Correiar wrote in a blog post describing the encounter. “My boat is covered with bite marks from end to end with multiple punctures.”

The incident took place in March but recently went viral after footage was posted on YouTube. 

Correiar wrote that he was about 100 yards from shore when the shark attacked: 

“Suddenly, I heard a loud Bang as my kayak and I flew into the air. I landed outside my boat, look back to it and to my horror saw a large great white shark no more than three feet away had my kayak in its mouth. I could clearly see its 2-inch teeth and it’s black eye that looked lifeless.”

Correiar said the shark was using his kayak “as a chew toy,” and feared it would come after him next.  

“I put my face in the water to see if it was under me, but I couldn’t see anything,” he wrote. 

Correiar tried to board a passing sailboat but was unable to climb aboard because it didn’t have a ladder or transom. So he asked the boaters to call the Coast Guard. A rescue team arrived about five minutes later.

“I had always thought that great whites hit a target to test it and then backed off,” Correiar wrote. “This was a prolonged attack on the surface.”

Shark sightings have been on the rise along the California coast, which some experts believe is due to warmer waters caused by a combination ofclimate change and the recent El Nino.

 

(h/t SF Gate)

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Kushner Following Trump’s Orders On Secret Link With Russia, Ex-CIA Official Suggests

Kushner Following Trump’s Orders On Secret Link With Russia, Ex-CIA Official Suggests

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Investigations into Russian interference in the American presidential election aren’t only getting close to Donald Trump, they’ve begun to stir up concerns about the chain of command.

Reports that top White House adviser Jared Kushner attempted to establish a secret communication link with Russia has an ex-CIA official wondering if he was acting on his or following orders— and if so, whose orders.

“I’m going to presume he did this at the behest of the president-elect of the United States,” former CIA official Phillip Mudd said on CNN Monday.

Mudd was referring to last week’s Washington Post report that Kushner met in December with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. to discuss establishing a secret communication channel to the Kremlin that could not be monitored by U.S. intelligence — using Russian facilities. The link was not established, The Post reported.

“There’s a judgment by Jared Kushner and the president’s team that says, ‘I trust the Russians more than I trust the Americans. I’m going to go talk to the Russian embassy because I don’t trust American channels,’” Mudd said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

CNN political analyst Chris Cillizza also said he doesn’t believe Kushner was “lone-wolfing” it at the time, but was following orders from his father-in-law or Michael Flynn, who would later be booted as Trump’s national security advisor over his ties to Russia.

“I find it hard to believe … that he was lone wolfing it on this — that he developed a plan entirely independent of Donald Trump or Mike Flynn or anybody else,” Cillizza said.

“Yes, he is a member of the family, he is a trusted adviser. But he’s not someone who believes he should just go and run channels, particularly at that point, particularly in the transition period.”

Without directly addressing the Post report, Trump defended Kushner in a statement to The New York Times published Sunday, saying he has “total confidence in him.” Kushner, Trump added, is “respected by virtually everyone” and “is a very good person.”

After he returned from Europe, the president also disparaged White House leaks and “fake news” from the media in a series of tweets, apparently in response to a number of damaging news stories last week, including the Kushner report.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called for a review of Kushner’s security clearance.

Kushner emerged last week as a person of interest in the FBI probe into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and possible links to the Trump campaign.

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Furious Bryce Harper Charges Mound In Bench-Clearing Memorial Day Brawl

Furious Bryce Harper Charges Mound In Bench-Clearing Memorial Day Brawl

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WASHINGTON — Memorial Day fireworks erupted at AT&T Park in San Francisco Monday after a 98 mph fastball from pitcher Hunter Strickland hit Washington Nationals’ star Bryce Harper on the hip.

Harper pointed his bat at the Giants pitcher, charged the mound and hurled his batting helmet at Strickland, which sailed way wide.

Strickland and Harper each landed solid punches before the two teams met at the mound and players jostled with one another. 

Appearing to get the worst of the melee were Giant teammates Michael Morse and Jeff Samardzija, who collided head-to-head.

Harper and Strickland were both ejected from the game. The Nationals went on to win the opener of a three-game series between the two teams, 3-0. 

It was unclear whether Strickland intended to hit Harper. But the last time the two met, during the 2014 division playoff series, Harper belted home runs off Strickland in two separate games.

“History,” said F.P. Santangelo, an analyst for the National’s broadcast team, just as Harper was hit. “And that was intentional to my mind,” Santangelo added as the brawl ensued. 

Before the Nationals departed for a West Coast swing, Harper ― a four-time All-Star and winner of the National League MVP ― told a group of Washington-area youth baseball players over the weekend that there are “no participation trophies, OK? First place only.” 

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