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Dan Rather on Atlantic’s Trump Story: “It is believable to many whether he said it or not.”

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Dan Rather, a former CBS news anchor who left the networks to say a false tale about George W. Bush’s armed services during the 2004 elections, doubled his support for an Atlantic report alleging that President Donald Trump had fired the powers on Tuesday.

The Atlantic cited four unnamed sources who said Trump called American soldiers “losers” and “suckers” who died during World War I in 2018, and also said that he had been on a visit to a military cemetery, so he would not get his hair wet in the rain.

In the record, the statements were contested by more than a dozen outlets, including John Bolton, former national security advisor, a strident critic of the President. On Sunday, the United States Both France’s Ambassador and former White House Deputy Staff Chief Zach Fuentes denied the storey was real.

Instead, hosting a “Radio Andy” show on Sirius XM 102, a segment dedicated to the Atlantic storey asked callers to respond. He asked many if the claims were real. He asked many.

Moreover, some callers said that while they couldn’t be certain, because of other items the president had said they believe in the article’s allegations.

“It’s true whether he said it or not,” Rather said.

“How about — Senator John McCain said bad stuff about him? “Later, he asked a caller who said the true” suckers “and” losers “were the people who uncritically believed in the media.

He also referred to Trump’s remarks on McCain, coming in 2015, after the late Senator characterised the supporters of Trump as “crazies.” His statements are mirrored in the NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander who said on Friday that whether or not the storey is real.

Rather, he admitted that many Trump backers did not believe the claims of the Atlantic.

Louis Philip was born in Greece, raised in Germany, educated in England and now resides in Canada. He has been writing since learning to read. He had published and has appeared in anthologies.

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Man United ratings: Hojlund 9/10, Onana 3/10 in shock defeat

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Man United ratings: Hojlund 9/10, Onana 3/10 in shock defeat

Manchester United’s woes continued as the Red Devils were beaten 3-2 by Galatasaray in the Champions League, on a miserable night in the Manchester rain for Erik ten Hag’s men.

The hosts drew first blood when Rasmus Hojlund thundered Marcus Rashford’s perfect cross beyond Fernando Muslera, only for Galatasaray to level within six minutes as United old boy Wilfred Zaha shrugged off Diogo Dalot to fire home his third goal in as many games against his former side.

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Hojlund restored United’s lead with a moment of magic when he burst free of the visiting defence and calmly lifted the ball over Muslera, but Kerem Aktürkoglu converted to make it 2-2 just four minutes later. Things got even worse for the hosts when Casemiro was shown a second yellow card for hacking down Dries Mertens in the box and — despite placing the resulting penalty wide — Mauro Icardi completed a stunning comeback when he beat the outrushing Onana to make it 3-2 and give the visitors their first win on English soil.

Positives

Rasmus Hojlund, remember the name. The remarkable 20-year-old has been quick to hit the headlines since his move to Old Trafford, but this felt like a real coming of age display as he danced past defenders and mesmerised the home crowd, capped by a stunning second goal.

Negatives

The Red Devils have now recorded just one win in seven outings across all competitions to leave them languishing at the bottom of Group A, four points adrift of the top two. Their first lead lasted six minutes, their second didn’t even make it that far.

Manager rating (out of 10)

Erik ten Hag, 4 — It never rains, but it pours. There were spells when United looked so good, but ultimately this will be remembered as another hapless display as pressure continues to mount on the underfire Dutchman.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players introduced after 60 minutes get no rating)

GK André Onana, 3 — Dropped an absolute clanger when he gave the ball straight to Mertens, which forced Casemiro into a clumsy challenge. He was given a let off from the spot, only to be easily beaten by Icardi three minutes later.

DF Diogo Dalot, 3 — Rule one of defending: don’t let the ball bounce, but that’s exactly what Dalot did as he allowed ex-United man Zaha to nip in front of him and fire a bouncing effort over Onana. A poor display from Dalot who was held off all too easily, and he saw yellow for clattering the same man.

DF Raphaël Varane, 4 — Failed to show his experience or take charge at the back. As poor as Dalot was, he was offered no support when he was taken out of the game by a simple ball forward as the hosts levelled for a second time.

DF Victor Lindelöf, 4 — It was a night when United needed their experienced players to stand up, but the 29-year-old was nowhere in sight as Akturkoglu tapped beyond Onana to make it 2-2.

MF Sofyan Amrabat, 6 — The Morocco star was absolutely everywhere in a breathless first half that saw him playing about three different positions, but fizzled out after the break, allowing the visitors to get on top.

MF Hannibal Mejbr, 4 — Less Messi, more Messy from the young midfielder who presented the visitors with an opening was robbed of possession on the edge of the box following a poor corner, before he got in the way of a goal-bound Mason Mount effort.

MF Casemiro, 5 — Curled a beautiful ball in behind to unleash Rashford who needed no second invitation to charge through and assist the opening goal. Dismissed for wiping out Mertens in the box after a shocker from Onana.

MF Mason Mount, 7 — A bright performance from the England man, who was involved in some neat exchanges with Hojlund and twice went close to striking gold, only to be thwarted by a couple of unfortunate deflections.

MF Bruno Fernandes, 6 — Got into all the right areas without inflicting any damage, although Rashford should have picked him out for a tap in in the first half. Produced the best pass of the game deep into the dying embers, but it was too little too late.

MF Rasmus Hojlund, 9 — An ever-growing spark of brilliance. Emphatically crashed home Rashford’s cross to open the scoring and the second was out of this world as dazzling Dane ran half the length of the pitch before dinking over Muslera.

FW Marcus Rashford, 6 — Showed all his best attributes when he raced in behind and arrowed a pinpoint cross into the box that was converted by Hojlund, but he was far to slow to square to Fernandes when clean through later in the game, which allowed Boey to recover and cost United a share of the spoils.

Substitutes:

MF Christian Eriksen, 7 — Replaced Hannibal at the break with the hosts in desperate need of a spark, and he provided just that when he turned a stunning pass around for corner to play Rashford clean through, only for Rashford to dawdle and squander the chance.

MF Alejandro Garnacho, 7 — Lively. Made a nuisance of himself, but couldn’t quite craft the goal United so badly needed.

MF Antony, NR — Little opportunity to make an impact.

FW Anthony Martial, NR — Forced a dramatic last-gasp stop from Muslera, but he was offside anyway.

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Feds bust 8 illegal massage parlors across Carolinas

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Feds bust 8 illegal massage parlors across Carolinas

Two women are accused of opening up illegal massage parlors in neighborhoods across the Carolinas.

The investigation started in Winston-Salem and led Homeland Security to bust massage parlors all over our area. Their locations span from Indian Trail to Rock Hill to Gastonia.

One of those locations is a home in Rock Hill on Saluda Street. At first glance, it may look like an ordinary house, but investigators said what was happening inside was not normal at all.

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One neighbor told Channel 9′s Ken Lemon she suspected something wasn’t right, but she was stunned when Lemon told her police and Homeland Security believe the home was part of a criminal enterprise.

“This is one of those things you don’t expect to happen next door,” said Amy Cheever.

Cheever said there was a family living in the house next door, which is now vacant. But about two weeks ago, police and federal officers say they busted an illicit massage parlor at the home.

The details stunned Cheever.

“Disgusting, terrifying, surprising,” she said.

Investigators said that parlor wasn’t the only one. Seven woman are facing charges in a prostitution sting, reportedly operating out of eight parlors in North and South Carolina. Six of them are in the Channel 9 viewing area.

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Cheever said she suspected something was off when she said someone put up a massage parlor poster and strangers started visiting the house.

“Fancy cars, some different, every day,” she said.

Police said the operators had a parlor in Indian Land. Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over it Tuesday. And in Gastonia, people recognized one of the women arrested at a spa on Garrison Boulevard in Gastonia, and they feared people were living there too.

Investigators said all the locations were raised, though Cheever said she never saw police on Saluda Street.

“Shock, just really shocked,” she said.

Cheever said people have gone by the house since police made an arrest in Rock Hill. The signs that were there are gone, and investigators and neighbors hope any trouble that might have been there before is gone too.

The two women accused of operating the parlors have been identified as: Li Huang, 49, and Chongmei Wei, 59.

Huang was arrested and charged with felony promoting prostitution and felony continuing a criminal enterprise. She was given a $15,000 bond. Wei has outstanding arrest warrants for promoting prostitution and continuing a criminal enterprise.

(WATCH BELOW: Six people cited in York Co. prostitution, human trafficking investigation, deputies say)

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Average MLB game time dropped to 2:40 with pitch clock

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Average MLB game time dropped to 2:40 with pitch clock

NEW YORK — The average time of a nine-inning major league game dropped to 2 hours, 40 minutes in the first year of the pitch clock, a 24-minute decrease in a season of change that resulted in a spike in batting average and the most stolen bases in nearly 40 years.

Left-handed hitters benefited from the new restrictions on defensive shifts, runners took advantage of the slightly decreased distance between bases, and average fastball velocity set another record.

The average game time dropped to its 1985 level after passing 3 hours for the first time in 2016. It reached a record 3:10 in 2021 before the introduction of the PitchCom electronic pitch-calling device helped bring it down to 3:04 last year. Over the objections of the players’ association, MLB instituted a pitch clock set at 15 seconds with the bases empty and 20 seconds with runners on base.

“It took some getting used to, but once you get used to it the game’s a lot faster,” Twins shortstop Carlos Correa said. “There’s not wasted time. The pace was great, so I think it’s here to stay.”

There were nine 3½-hour games, down from a record 390 in 2021.

“I think it’s gone smoothly,” Dodgers catcher Will Smith said. “It’s nice for you to get home a bit earlier. You don’t have the four-hour games anymore.”

Miami had the fastest average at just under 2:35, while the Orioles and Padres topped the majors at 2:44.

MLB’s clock will remain the same for the postseason, which averaged 3:23 for nine-inning games last year.

“There are bigger moments, bigger times where we do need to step back and think about something we just did or think about something that we’re going to be doing pitch-wise or swing-wise,” said Zack Wheeler, who starts the Phillies’ postseason opener against the Marlins on Tuesday. “I’m not a big fan of the pitch clock, but it is what it is.”

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto thought about how to cope with the clock in October.

“We are going to have to be a little more cognizant of taking the time and maybe using our extra mound visits or finding ways to slow the game down for our pitchers,” he said.

As part of the clock, MLB instituted penalties for violations that included balls against pitchers and strikes against batters. The Mets led with 57 violations, followed by the Rays (52), Pirates (51), Padres (48) and Marlins (47). The Mariners had the fewest with 15.

The Pirates topped pitcher violations with 41, followed by the Yankees with 37 and the Mets and Rays with 36 each. The Mariners had the fewest with six. The Nationals led batter violations with 17, one more than the Mets and Marlins. The Cardinals had just two, one fewer than the Orioles and the White Sox.

Philadelphia reliever Craig Kimbrel had the most individual violations with 13, followed by Blue Jays starter Chris Bassitt with 12 and the Pirates’ Johan Oviedo with 11.

Washington’s Ildemaro Vargas led batters with five.

There were just four violations of the shift rule requiring two infielders to be on the infield dirt on each side of second base when a pitch is thrown: one each by the Dodgers, Mets, Padres and White Sox.

The major league batting average rose to .248 from .243 last year, which had been its lowest since 1968. The average for left-handed batters, who benefited most from the shift restrictions, increased 11 percentage points to .247, its highest in four years. The average for right-handed hitters rose by two percentage points to .249.

Runs increased to an average of 9.2 per game from 8.6 and stolen bases to 1.4 from 1.0 following the introduction of 18-inch square bases, up from 15 inches. That reduced the distance between first and second, and second and third, by 4½ inches. The 3,503 steals were up from 2,486 last year and the most since 1987. The 80.2% success rate was the highest in big league history, topping the 75.7% in 2021, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Home runs increased to 5,868 from 5,215 but remained well below the record of 6,776 set in 2019.

Batters struck out 41,844 times, up from 40,812, but down from the peak of 42,823 in 2019 when they set a record for the 12th straight season.

Four-seam fastballs averaged 94.2 mph, up from 93.9 mph last year and 93.1 mph in 2015, the first year Statcast started tracking.

There were 3,880 pitches of 100 mph or more, an increase from 3,368 last year and 1,829 in 2021. Pitchers threw four-seam fastballs 32.2% of the time, down from 33.2% in 2022 and a Statcast-era peak of 36% in 2016.

Visiting teams went 105-96 in extra-inning games in the first year the rule starting extra innings with a runner on second was made permanent. Visitors have a 368-358 edge in extra innings since the rule was first adopted as a pandemic alteration in 2020; from 2017 to ’19, home teams had a 312-294 advantage.

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