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Off the plane but still sky-high, LeBron brings title home

CLEVELAND – LeBron James stepped off the plane and into a blizzard of red-and-gold confetti before hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy. It gleamed in the bright summer sun, a symbol of hope and history. As promised, James brought home a championship, the one on hold the past 52 years. “This is for you, Cleveland,” James …

For Steph and LeBron, an ultimate game to decide NBA title

CLEVELAND—It’s the two-time reigning MVP who is trying to finish off a record setting season with a second straight title, against a two-time champion who is tantalizingly close to finally ending Cleveland’s 52-year title drought. Steph vs. LeBron. Warriors vs. Cavaliers. Game 7 awaits on Sunday night to decide these NBA Finals, decide the legacy …

Philippine poor get hit early in Duterte inspired crackdown

MANILA, Philippines—In a crackdown bearing the Philippine president-elect’s name, police have rounded up hundreds of children or their parents to enforce a night curfew for minors, and taken away drunk and shirtless men roaming metropolitan Manila’s slums. The poor, who were among Rodrigo Duterte’s strongest supporters, are getting a foretaste of the war against crime …

Asian stocks bounce back as investors await Britain’s vote

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of—Asian stock markets bounced back on Friday, as U.S. consumer price data helped calm investor sentiment, one day after Bank of Japan’s decision not to add stimulus measures sparked heavy losses. Investors stayed focused on the next week’s referendum on whether Britain would stay in the European Union. Keeping score: Japan’s Nikkei …

Verdict coming in German trial of former Auschwitz guard

BERLIN—A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as a guard at Auschwitz faces a possible 15 years in prison if found guilty Friday of more than 100,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he helped the Nazi death camp kill 1.1 million Jews and others. Reinhold Hanning admitted to the Detmould state court during …

Samsung to acquire US cloud service firm to boost software

SEOUL, Korea, Republic of – Samsung Electronics has agreed to buy a U.S. cloud service startup to boost its software and internet services. The South Korean company said Thursday that its acquisition of Joyent Inc. will enable Samsung to access its own cloud platform to run its internet-based services, apart from renting other companies’ data …

Orlando gunman raged against ‘filthy ways of the west’

ORLANDO, Fla.—Orlando gunman Omar Mateen apparently made a series of Facebook posts and searches before and during his attack on a gay nightclub, raging against the “filthy ways of the west” and blaming the U.S. for the deaths of “innocent women and children,” according to a Senate committee letter released Wednesday. The killer whose rampage …

Body of boy snatched by gator found in Disney lagoon

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—The body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was snatched off a Walt Disney World beach by an alligator and dragged underwater was recovered Wednesday, ending a ghastly search at one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Divers found the body of Lane Graves about 16 hours after authorities first got …

Both sides agree to continue Philippines peace talks

OSLO—The Philippines peace talks appear to be back on track after two days of informal talks in Norway between communist rebels and the incoming government of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Negotiators signed an agreement Wednesday to formally resume talks next month after Duterte assumes office. The rebels have been fighting for a Marxist state since 1969 …

Fanciful ‘Mad House’ exhibit straddles art and design

NEW YORK – Imagine a house containing a towering bronze pitchfork and shovel that will never be used for gardening; a working vacuum cleaner – topped with the gilded bust of a horse – that will never clean floors; and an oversize saucepan – made of crystal, bronze, wood and gilding – that will never …

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