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Horse’s owner to appeal Kentucky Derby ruling

by Kent Covington
Posted 5/06/19, 11:08 am

Officials disqualified the would-be winner of the Kentucky Derby for the first time in history this weekend. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said the racehorse Maximum Security swerved and interfered with other horses during the race. The second finisher, Country House, was declared the winner. Maximum Security’s owner Gary West said Monday he will appeal the decision. He plans to keep the horse out of the Preakness, the next race in the Triple Crown series on May 18.

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Pompeo: North Korean missile launch not a threat

by Mickey McLean & Kent Covington
Posted 5/06/19, 10:18 am

UPDATE: A North Korean missile launch on Saturday does not pose a significant threat to the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday. “At no point was there ever any international boundary crossed,” Pompeo told ABC News’ This Week. “They landed in the water east of North Korea and didn’t present a threat to the United States or to South Korea or Japan. And we know that they were relatively short range.”

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Author Rachel Held Evans dies at age 37

by Mickey McLean
Posted 5/04/19, 07:11 pm

Rachel Held Evans, an author and blogger popular with theologically liberal Christians, died Saturday at a hospital in Nashville, Tenn., after a brief illness. She was 37. On April 19, her husband, Dan Evans, announced that doctors had placed his wife in a medically induced coma after she began “exhibiting unexpected symptoms” and “experiencing constant seizures” after being treated for an infection. Doctors, according to her husband, attempted to wean her off of the coma medication this week, but her condition worsened.

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