The Rundown for June 26, 2018

WHITE HOUSE MAINTAINS ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY... The White House insisted yesterday that the Trump’s zero-tolerance policy remains in effect at the southern border despite a contradictory claim made by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. The commissioner announced earlier that the CBP would stop handing over immigrants with children to prosecutors until the agency and the Justice Department could reach agreement “on a policy that would allow parents to be prosecuted without separating them from their children.” McAleenan noted that the executive order President Donald Trump signed last week required that parents are detained with their children. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assured reporters that the “zero tolerance” policy remains in place but the administration lacks resources to maintain it.

MARIJUANA-DERIVED DRUG GIVEN FDA APPROVAL… For the first time ever, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a marijuana-based medicine. A drug called Epidiolex will treat people suffering from two different forms of epilepsy. Epidiolex contains less than 0.1 percent of the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

SEC FINES WELLS FARGO ANOTHER $5M… Wells Fargo has agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle a new round of accusations filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC accuses the bank of using complex financial investments to exploit smaller investors. Wells Fargo has not questioned or confirmed the accuracy of the allegations but says that it “cooperated fully” with the latest investigation.

FIRE CAPTAIN KILLED, FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN SHOOTING… A fire captain was fatally shot and a firefighter was wounded early yesterday after they responded to the report of an explosion at an 11-story retirement building in Long Beach, California, just south of Los Angeles. Police later arrested a 77-year-old man on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson. Investigators believe the suspect had set a fire to draw first responders to his second-floor apartment and began shooting when they arrived.

DOW TUMBLES… The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 328 points yesterday in response to President Trump’s plans to impose restrictions on Chinese tech investments. The Dow was down 1.33 percent to 24,252 at the end of trading. The index was down by as much as 500 points, but White House trade adviser Peter Navarro brought a slight rebound when he referred to the stock selloff as an overreaction.

ENTERTAINMENT
RUSSELL CROW TO PORTRAY ROGER AILES IN SHOWTIME SERIES… Russell Crowe has signed on to portray Roger Ailes in a new Showtime series about the late Fox News Channel founder. The eight-episode limited series is based on Gabriel Sherman’s 2014 book “The Loudest Voice In The Room.” Ailes rose from a local television producer to become CEO of Fox for 20 years before sexual harassment allegations against him surfaced in 2016 and prompted his resignation. He died the next year at age 77.

TROUBLES KEEP COMING OR HEATHER LOCKLEAR… Actress Heather Locklear is reportedly seeking treatment amid continuing troubles. She was reportedly jailed again in Ventura County, California, on Sunday night for battery against a police officer and ambulance worker after families members dialed 911 and reported she had attacked them while intoxicated. Just hours after her release from jail yesterday, authorities were back at her home after someone reported she had overdosed there. The 56-year-old across, who rose to fame in the 1980s TV show “Dynasty,” was just released from a hospital where she underwent a three-day psychiatric evaluation. In April, she pleaded not guilty to charges she committed battery against a sheriff’s deputy.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
ATLANTA 5 – Cincinnati 4 (11 innings)… Oscar Albies’ homer to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Braves over the Reds. Albies also produced an RBI double in the first.

L.A. DODGERS 2 – Chi. Cubs 1… Enrique Hernandez and pinch-hitter Chris Taylor smacked solo homers and the Dodgers held off the Cubs. Kenta Maeda (5-4) pitched three-hit ball over seven shutout innings.

MIAMI 9 – Arizona 5… Brian Anderson lined a two-run double, Cameron Maybin singled home a pair of runs and the Marlins outslugged the Diamondbacks. Justin Bour homered with the bases empty.

Pittsburgh 6 – N.Y. METS 4… The Pirates got a solo homer from Gregory Polanco and a two-run shot from Josh Bell in downing the Mets to snap their five-game skid. Elias Diaz singled home a run and lifted a sacrifice fly. Jameson Taillon (5-6) gave up two runs on four hits over six innings.

AL SCORES
Oakland 5 – DETROIT 4… The Athletics erased a 4-1 eighth-inning deficit on their way past the Tigers. Franklin Barreto’s RBI double capped a three-run top of the eighth inning and Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth. Stephen Piscotty put Oakland on the board with a seventh-inning homer.

KANSAS CITY 2 – L.A. Angels 0… Royals starter Brad Keller (2-2) limited the Angels to two hits over seven innings and got help from three relievers in the shutout. Lucas Duda and Rosell Herrera produced run-scoring singles for Kansas City.

Seattle 5 – BALTIMORE 3… Guillermo Heredia raced home on a wild pitch with a tie-breaking run in the top of the seventh inning as the Mariners got past the Orioles. Denard Span homered for Seattle. Dee Gordon stroked a two-run single.

Toronto 6 – HOUSTON 3… Curtis Granderson connected for a pair of solo homers and Randal Grichuk added a two-run shot as the Blue Jays doubled up on the Astros. J.A. Happ (10-3) gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings.

INTERLEAGUE SCORES
N.Y. Yankees 4 – PHILADELPHIA 2… Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run double in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the Yankees’ win over the Phillies. Aaron Judge homered with the bases empty in the fifth. Jonathan Loaisiga (2-0) allowed just one hit in a strong 5-2/3-inning effort.

TAMPA BAY 11 – Washington 0… Blake Snell (10-4) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and got plenty of support in the Rays’ pounding of the Nationals. Kevin Kiermaier blasted a grand slam during a six-run bottom of the second inning. Wilson Ramos homered twice and knocked in three runs.

TEXAS 7 – San Diego 4… The Rangers used a five-run bottom of the sixth inning to get past the Padres. Robinson Chirinos singled home one run and doubled in another. Elvis Andrus also drove in two runs.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Cleveland 0… John Gant (2-2) held the Indians to one hit over seven innings and the Cardinals cruised past the Indians. Marcell Ozuna provided all the offense Cleveland needed with a two-run double in the bottom of the third inning.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Arizona (Godley, 8-5) is at Miami (Hernandez, 0-4)…
the N.Y. Mets (Matz, 3-5) host Pittsburgh (Kuhl, 5-5)…
Cincinnati (Harvey, 2-5) is at Atlanta (Sanchez, 3-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Stripling, 6-2) host the Chi. Cubs (Lester, 9-2)…
Colorado (Bettis, 5-1) is at San Francisco (Holland, 5-7)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Seattle (Paxton 6-2) is at Baltimore (Gausman, 3-6)…
Boston (Price, 8-5) hosts the L.A. Angels (Lamb, 0-0)…
Oakland (Montas, 4-1) is at Detroit (Hardy, 3-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 2-5) host Minnesota (Lynn, 5-5)…
Toronto (TBD) is at Houston (Morton 9-1)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Washington (Scherzer, 10-3) is at Tampa Bay (Eovaldi, 1-3)…
Philadelphia (Arrieta, 5-5) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Severino, 11-2)…
San Diego (Ross, 5-5) is at Texas (Bibens-Dirkx, 1-1)…
Milwaukee (Peralta, 2-0) hosts Kansas City (Junis, 5-8)…
Cleveland (Kluber, 11-3) is at St. Louis (Martinez, 3-4)

NBA… James Harden beat out LeBron James and Anthony Davis in claiming his first NBA MVP award last night. Ben Simmons beat out Donovan Mitchell to capture Rookie of the Year honors. Dwayne Casey, who was fired as coach of the Toronto Raptors after the season, was nonetheless named the league’s Coach of the Year.

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