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wine of the week: rodney strong charlotte's home northern sonoma sauvignon blanc 2016

rodney strong charlotte's home northern sonoma sauvignon blanc 2016there's absolutely nothing wrong with jammy wines, but i like to look for the purity more than the quantity of fruit. the rodney strong charlotte's home northern sonoma sauvignon blanc 2016 ($18) delivers clean, luminous flavors from the get-go. and how 'bout that honeysuckle nose? this super-smooth wine boasts an array of fruit, primarily melon and tropical notes, and more purity on the near endless finish. bonus points for the seamless texture and bountiful body on this beauty. rich but refined, this california white will play well with seafood ranging from shellfish to salmon, as well as fresh summer salads with protein and/or fruit.available at thomas, surdyk's, hennepin lake, haskell's, eden prairie and edina munis, others.bill ward





indonesia limits access to telegram app, readies total ban

jakarta, indonesia — indonesia say it's blocking web versions of the telegram instant messaging app and will block the app completely if it continues to be a forum for radical propaganda and violent militants.the ministry of communications and information technology says in a statement it has asked internet companies to block access to 11 addresses that the web version is available through.it says "this blocking must be done" because many channels in the service are used to recruit indonesians into militant groups to spread hate and methods for carrying out attacks including bomb making.samuel pangerapan, the director general of informatics applications at the ministry, says they are preparing for the complete closure of telegram in indonesia if it does not develop procedures to block unlawful content.





germany confirms that 2 germans killed in egypt stabbing

berlin — the german government has confirmed that two german tourists were killed in a knife attack at a hotel in the popular egyptian red sea resort of hurghada.the german foreign ministry confirmed saturday it now has the "sad certainty" that two german female tourists died in friday's attack. it didn't give any other information on the victims.the ministry says in a statement: "according to everything that we know, this act was aimed at foreign tourists — a particularly perfidious and criminal act that leaves us sad, dismayed and angry."egyptian authorities say that the assailant, a man in his 20s, sneaked into the hotel by swimming from a nearby beach. he was arrested.four other foreigners were wounded in the attack.





summaries of british opens held at royal birkdale

southport, england — a capsule look at the nine previous british opens held at royal birkdale:year: 1954winner: peter thomson.score: 283.margin: 1 shot.runner-up: bobby locke, dai rees, sid scott.prize: 750 pounds.summary: ben hogan did not return to defend his title, and thomson won the first of his five british open titles. thomson was tied with rees and scott going into the final 18 holes. thomson bogeyed the final hole from a bunker to close with a 71, leaving locke a chance to catch him. his birdie putt came up short.___year: 1961winner: arnold palmerscore: 284.margin: 1 shot.runner-up: dai rees.prize: 1,400 pounds.summary: in his second trip to the british open, palmer seized control with a 69 in the third round, including a 6-iron from behind a bush on the 16th hole that eventually led the club to place a plaque there to commemorate the shot. he had a one-shot lead over rees going into the final round. palmer extended his lead to four shots with four holes to play, but rees rallied within one shot before palmer finished him off with a 72 for a one-shot victory.___year: 1965winner: peter thomsonscore: 285.margin: 2 shots.runner-up: brian huggett, christy o'connor sr.prize: 1,750 pounds.summary: thomson closed with a 71 for his fifth british open title, and some measure of validation. some argued that he won his previous four claret jugs in the 1950s against weaker competition, but he conquered a field at royal birkdale that included arnold palmer and masters champion...





timeline of key moments in british open golf championship

southport, england — a look at some of the anniversaries this year at the british open:150 years ago (1867): old tom morris captured his fourth and final title at prestwick at age 46. he remains the oldest player to win the open, and he was the oldest to win any major for just more than a century until julius boros won the 1968 pga championship at 48. morris had a two-shot lead over willie park sr., who also was going after his fourth title. both closed with a 58 and morris won by two shots.___125 years ago (1892): in the first open contested over two days and 72 holes, english amateur harold hilton closed with 72-74 on the final day at muirfield — the low score in the third and fourth rounds — for a three-shot victory over amateur john ball, sandy herd and hugh kirkaldy. it still is the only time in a major that an amateur finished first and second. entry fees were introduced for the first time to improve the quality of the field. this was the first of 16 opens held at muirfield.___100 years ago (1917): this was the third of five straight years the open was cancelled because of world war i.___75 years ago (1942): this was the third of six straight years the open was cancelled because of world war ii.___50 years ago (1967): roberto de vicenzo became the first player from south america to win a major when he closed with a 70 and held off jack nicklaus for a two-shot victory at royal liverpool. the 44-year-old argentine won the claret jug 17 years after he was runner-up t...





cueto leaves with blisters as giants beat padres 5-4

san diego — just as they're getting ready to welcome back madison bumgarner, the san francisco giants could be losing johnny cueto for at least one start.cueto lasted only four innings before being forced out by blisters on his thumb and two fingers on his right hand friday night, when the giants got some late runs and a high-wire act from sam dyson in the ninth inning to beat the san diego padres 5-4. denard span singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth and buster posey homered an inning later.afterward, cueto had bandages on the tips of his thumb, index finger and middle finger. the right-hander had problems with blisters on two fingers in may."of course i feel different now," he said through a translator. "i think the best thing for me to do would be to take some time off. i'm not throwing very well and i don't want to hurt myself."he said he'll have to wait to see how he feels before deciding about his next start."right now it feels bad," cueto said. "they feel like they're cut."cueto said the blisters are caused by "the baseball. the three fingers, i just can't feel the ball."he said he thinks baseballs are tighter this year and that this is the first time he's had problems with blisters."i just can't explain it. i really don't know what's happening," he said.cueto yielded three runs and six hits. he struck out five and walked three."you could tell he wasn't quite right," giants manager bruce bochy said. "his command wasn't quite as sharp a...





china cremates body of jailed nobel laureate liu xiaobo

shenyang, china — china cremated the body of imprisoned nobel peace prize laureate liu xiaobo, who died this week after a battle with liver cancer amid international criticism of beijing for not letting him travel abroad as he had wished.the government of the city of shenyang in northeastern china, where liu had been treated for advanced liver cancer, said in a briefing that the cremation took place early saturday morning in a ceremony attended by family, including his wife.liu died thursday from multiple organ failure that followed a battle with liver cancer while serving an 11-year sentence for incitement to subvert state power. he was 61.the briefing, at which officials also provided images of the funeral, was the latest in a tightly orchestrated chinese government propaganda campaign seemingly aimed at countering criticism that beijing has failed to handle liu's case in a humanitarian way. a video about liu's hospital treatment released on the website of the city's judicial bureau friday appeared aimed at the same objective.the wife and other family members of china's best-known political prisoner have been closely guarded by authorities and remain largely out of contact with the outside world even after liu's death. governments around the world have urged china to free liu xia from the strict house arrest she has lived under for years even though she has not been convicted of any crime.the handout images showed liu's wife, who wore dark sunglasses, being comforte...





new boy muppet in afghanistan promotes gender equality

kabul, afghanistan — last year, afghanistan's version of "sesame street" introduced a little girl character aimed at inspiring girls in the deeply conservative muslim nation. now a new muppet is joining the cast: her brother, who will show boys the importance of respecting women.zeerak, whose name means "smart" in afghanistan's two official languages, is a 4-year-old boy who enjoys studying and learning. he joins 6-year-old sister zari, whose name means "shimmering," on afghanistan's version of the show, "baghch-e-simsim," or "sesame garden."both muppets wear traditional afghan clothing — the baggy trousers and long embroidered shirt known as a shalwar kameez for him and colorful native dresses and a cream-colored hijab, or headscarf, for her. they join the rest of "sesame street's" multi-cultural line-up, which includes muppets specially created for local versions of the program in bangladesh, egypt and india.massood sanjer, the head of tolo tv, which broadcasts the program in afghanistan, said that after the overwhelmingly positive response to zari from both parents and children, the goal was to create a boy character to emphasize the importance of gender equality and education in a country where the vast majority of girls don't go to school and the literacy rate for women is among the lowest in the world."in a male-dominant country like afghanistan, i think you have to do some lessons for the males to respect the females. so by bringing a male charact...





3 dead in fire at honolulu high-rise with no sprinklers

honolulu — at least three people died and 12 were injured friday in a fire at a honolulu high-rise that was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said, and hundreds fled the giant condominium complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors.the dead were found on the 26th floor, where the fire broke out around 2:15 p.m. and then spread to the 28th floor of the marco polo residences, fire chief manuel neves said.firefighters were searching the damaged areas to make sure no additional people perished.the 36-floor building near the tourist mecca of waikiki was built in 1971, before sprinklers were required."without a doubt if there were sprinklers in this apartment, the fire would be contained to the unit of origin," he said.four of the injured, including a firefighter, were hospitalized in serious condition, officials said.karen hastings, 71, was in her 31st floor apartment when the fire broke out. she smelled smoke, ran on to her balcony and looked down to see flames below her."the next thing we know the fire causes the windows to blow out, and we can see glass flying all the way down," hastings said. "i says, 'my goodness, anybody who is outside is going to get clobbered with glass.'"then, she said, "the fire just blew up and went flying right out the windows. and that was like a horror movie. except it wasn't a horror movie, it was for real."she and a neighbor ran through the haze down 14 floors until they found a safe stairwell to get some air."we actually ...





analysis: slow leak of russia news flooding white house

new york — as air force one flew home from europe, news was set to break about a meeting that donald trump's eldest son had with a kremlin-connected lawyer, promising yet another round of unwelcome headlines about the president and russia. and that happened twice within a week.the day-after-day drip-drip-drip of revelations over the past week about donald trump jr.'s contact with the russian lawyer in 2016 underscores the white house's inability to shake off the russia story and close the book on a narrative that casts a shadow over trump's presidency. no matter how presidential trump may have looked on his back-to-back trips to europe in recent days, the persistent questions about connections between trump's team and russia prevent him from savoring a public relations victory and building momentum for his stalled legislative agenda."no successful crisis management model works the way they are doing things," said lanny davis, who worked as special counsel to president bill clinton during his impeachment hearings. "if your mission is to control a story or try to end a story, you need to tell it early, tell it all and tell it yourself."trump jr.'s account of his trump tower meeting has seemingly changed on an almost daily basis. at first, the meeting was said to be about a russian adoption program. then, it was to hear information about campaign rival hillary clinton. finally, trump jr. was forced to release emails — mere moments before the new york times planned ...





lobbyist at trump meeting says he's not with russian intel

washington — the russian-american lobbyist who attended a meeting at trump tower last year is a former military officer who has attracted congressional scrutiny over his political activities and has been shadowed by allegations of connections to russian intelligence that he denies.rinat akhmetshin confirmed his participation in the meeting to the associated press on friday, providing new details of a june 2016 sit-down that included a russian lawyer and president donald trump's oldest son, son-in-law and campaign chairman.his attendance at the meeting and his lobbying background created a new wrinkle to a story that has hounded the white house for days and added to questions about potential coordination between russia and the trump campaign.akhmetshin is well-known in washington for his advocacy efforts. he's been outspoken in recent years about a u.s. law levying sanctions on russians and has worked to undermine the public narrative used to justify the bill. and his name has also surfaced in multiple american lawsuits, including one involving the hacking of a company's computer systems.emails released this week by donald trump jr. show the president's son agreed to the trump tower meeting with the idea that he would receive damaging information on hillary clinton from someone described to him as a "russian government attorney." akhmetshin began working with that attorney, natalia veselnitskaya, in 2015, after a public relations person he declined to name introduced t...





the latest: woman in hawaii fire horrified at flames below

honolulu — the latest on a fire in a honolulu high-rise apartment building (all times local):8:15 p.m.a 71-year-old woman who lives in the upper floors of the honolulu high-rise where a fire killed three people says that when it started, she smelled smoke, stepped out on her balcony, and saw flames spreading on the floors below.karen hastings, who lived on the 31st floor of the marco polo apartments, said friday that the next thing she knew, windows were blowing out and glass was tumbling all the way from the 26th floor where the fire broke out to the ground.then when she saw the fire flying out the windows that were broken, she was truly scared, saying it looked "like a horror movie."she and a neighbor hurried to evacuate, running down from the 31st to the 17th floor before they found a stairwell where they felt safe and could get air.officials say at least three were killed and at least 12 people were injured.___6 p.m.honolulu's mayor says the burning high-rise where at least three people have died was not equipped with sprinklers.mayor kirk caldwell made the revelation at a friday night news conference outside the marco polo condominium complex.the blaze began for unknown reasons on the 26th floor of the 36-story high-rise that was built in 1971.honolulu fire chief manuel neves says that without a doubt if there had been sprinklers, the fire would not have spread past the unit where it started.___5:15 p.m.a fire official says at least three people are dead in a blaze ...





cast of characters populates the trump campaign-russia drama

moscow — a billionaire real estate mogul, his pop singer son and a music promoter. a property lawyer, russia's prosecutor general and a russian-american lobbyist.these unlikely figures have come to the fore as revelations that donald trump's presidential campaign sought potentially damaging information in june 2016 from russia about his opponent, hillary clinton.in emails sent shortly after trump secured the gop nomination, music publicist rob goldstone offered to connect trump's eldest son, donald trump jr., to russian lawyer natalia veselnitskaya. the emails show goldstone telling trump that singer emin agalarov and his father, moscow-based real estate developer aras agalarov, had "helped along" the russian government's support for donald trump.goldstone also mentioned that a russian prosecutor offered to provide the information on clinton to the campaign. goldstone mentioned russia's "crown prosecutor," but may have been referring to russia's top justice official, prosecutor general yuri chaika, the equivalent of the u.s. attorney general.a look at some of those involved in the email exchange and the meeting at trump tower that followed:aras and emin agalarovreal estate tycoon aras agalarov, 61, and his 37-year-old singer-songwriter son, who goes by the stage name emin, both spent time with trump in russia after they bought the rights to hold the 2013 miss universe pageant in moscow. the event, held at the elder agalarov's crocus city mall, cost him $20 millio...





white house says budget deficit to be $99b higher this year

washington — the white house says worsening tax revenues will cause the budget deficit to jump to $702 billion this year. that's a $99 billion spike from what was predicted less than two months ago.the report from the office of management and budget comes on the heels of a rival congressional budget office analysis that scuttled white house claims that its may budget, if implemented to the letter, would balance the federal ledger within 10 years. the omb report doesn't repeat that claim and instead provides just two years of updated projections.the white house budget office also says the deficit for the 2018 budget year that starts on oct. 1 will increase by $149 billion to $589 billion. but lawmakers are already working on spending bills that promise to boost that number even higher by adding to trump's pentagon proposal and ignoring many of trump's cuts to domestic programs.last year's deficit registered $585 billion.the white house kept the report to a bare-bones minimum and cast blame on "the failed policies of the previous administration.""the rising near-term deficits underscore the critical need to restore fiscal discipline to the nation's finances," said white house budget director mick mulvaney. "our nation must make substantial changes to the policies and spending priorities of the previous administration if our citizens are to be safe and prosperous in the future."in late may, trump released a budget plan proposing jarring cuts to domestic programs an...





house using appropriations bill to work on guns, churches

washington — out of the spotlight, a house panel has taken steps to help victims of gun violence, allow robust politicking from the pulpit, and prevent doctors in the district of columbia from helping terminally ill people commit suicide.the republican-led house appropriations committee passed a $20 billion spending bill thursday to fund the treasury department, the judiciary and other federal agencies.quietly tucked inside were numerous provisions that have little to do with funding the federal government. these are called riders. some are controversial while others are bipartisan. many will be discarded when republicans and democrats negotiate a final spending package this fall — though some will survive.the bill now goes to the full house. a look at some of the provisions:___young immigrantsthe bill would allow young immigrants enrolled in former president barack obama's deferred actions for childhood arrival program to apply for jobs with the federal government.rep. pete aguilar, d-calif., said young people brought into the country as children "identify as americans." for many, he said, the u.s. is the only country they have ever called home."denying dreamers the opportunity to serve their community and country through public service stands in stark contrast to our nation's core values," aguilar said, using a nickname applied to people enrolled in the daca program.the daca program gives hundreds of thousands of young people illegally brought into the u.s. as chi...





china cremates body of jailed nobel laureate liu xiaobo

shenyang, china — china cremated the body of imprisoned nobel peace prize laureate liu xiaobo, who died this week after a battle with liver cancer amid international criticism of beijing for not letting him travel abroad as he had wished.the government of the city of shenyang in northeastern china, where liu had been treated for advanced liver cancer, said in a briefing that the cremation took place early saturday morning in a ceremony attended by family, including his wife.liu died thursday from multiple organ failure that followed a battle with liver cancer while serving an 11-year sentence for incitement to subvert state power. he was 61.the briefing, at which officials also provided images of the funeral, was the latest in a chinese government propaganda campaign seemingly aimed at countering criticism that beijing has failed to act in a humanitarian way.the wife and other family members of china's best-known political prisoner have been closely guarded by authorities and remain largely out of contact with the outside world even after liu's death. governments around the world have urged china to free liu xia from the strict house arrest she has lived under for years even though she has not been convicted of any crime.the handout images showed liu's wife, who wore dark sunglasses, being comforted by her brother in a funeral parlor as they stood in a row with liu's older and younger siblings and their wives. liu's body lay in an open casket in the center of the room,...





trout returns from injury, but rays beat angels 2-1 in 10

anaheim, calif. — jake faria had about 200 friends and family members in the stands to watch him pitch for the tampa bay rays in a stadium five minutes from his childhood home.the rest of the big a crowd had its eyes squarely on mike trout in his return from a 39-game injury absence.faria and trout both had solid performances before brad miller took care of another win for the rays.trout went 1 for 5 in his first game since may 28, and miller hit an rbi double in the 10th inning of tampa bay's 2-1 victory over the los angeles angels on friday night.trout looked healthy in his first game since may 28, when he tore a ligament in his left thumb sliding headfirst into second base. in his comeback game from the first significant injury of his career , the two-time al mvp singled in the third inning and promptly stole second — again sliding headfirst, as he promised."it was kind of like opening day for me," trout said. "you take so much time off, and you want to finally get out there in a game. ... i'm not changing the way i play. i'm being aggressive and i'm going to steal bases and slide headfirst."trout came up with two late chances to help the angels, but grounded out with two runners on to end the seventh before alex colome struck him out on three pitches to end it."some at-bats, i felt good," trout said. "some at-bats, i didn't. it's just (going to) take a few more at-bats to get me in the rhythm."wilson ramos got a two-out single in the 10th and scored on m...





new gop health care bill will determine winners, losers

washington — republicans' latest health care plan would create winners and losers among americans up and down the income ladder, and across age groups.it would give consumers more responsibility for their insurance choices, a goal long held by conservatives who argue that's key to a true health care market. younger adults and healthy people in the solid middle class may find more agreeable options. but low-income people may not be able to afford coverage, along with older and sicker adults.and there are potential unintended consequences for people with employer-provided insurance, currently about 170 million americans. allowing individuals to pay premiums from tax-sheltered accounts may create incentives for employers to stop offering coverage, say some independent analysts.the legislation would put limits on federal spending for medicaid, a partnership program with states to cover low-income people, the disabled and nursing home residents. the drawback is that state officials could eventually face no-win choices, such as having to pick between paying for coverage for low-wage working mothers and support services for elderly people trying to stay out of nursing homes.as senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., steers toward debate and votes next week, here is a look at some of the latest changes and major issues:___cruz's planthe new senate bill incorporates the core of a proposal from sen. ted cruz, r-texas, that would reorganize the market for policies purchased ...





heller facing hot seat on gop health care bill decision

carson city, nev. — health care legislation is hanging by a thread in the senate, and no one is under more pressure than republican sen. dean heller of nevada.heller was already seen as the most endangered gop incumbent senator in next year's midterm elections. he is the only one running for re-election in a state president donald trump lost to former democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton.against that backdrop, it's hard to envision a more difficult political choice for heller than whether to support the health legislation expected to come to a vote next week in the senate. there are already two gop senators opposed to the legislation, so one more "no" vote would kill the bill outright in a senate divided 52-48 between republicans and democrats.over the next several days heller must decide whether to defy trump and senate majority leader mitch mcconnell by becoming that third "no."yet if he sides with the president and senate leader and supports the bill, heller would likely be parting ways with nevada's popular gop gov. brian sandoval, who has already expressed deep concerns about the legislation's cuts to the medicaid program for the poor and disabled.for heller, it looks like a no-win situation."there is no sweet spot in health care," said heller's fellow nevada republican rep. mark amodei. "so if somebody's looking for it, they're going to be a pretty frustrated person."the normally affable and low-key heller had no announced public events fri...





guest lineups for the sunday news shows

washington — guest lineups for the sunday tv news shows:abc's "this week" — jay sekulow, one of president donald trump's private lawyers; rep. adam schiff, d-calif.; sen. susan collins, r-maine; health and human services secretary tom price.___nbc's "meet the press" — sekulow; sens. john cornyn, r-texas, and mark warner, d-va.___cbs' "face the nation" — warner, sekulow; sen. rand paul, r-ky.