PENCE PRESENTS ‘SPACE FORCE’ PLANS… Vice President Mike Pence yesterday unveiled the Trump administration’s plans to establish a “Space Force” by 2020. Pence said that the U.S. must have “American dominance in space, and so we will.” The Space Force would be the sixth branch of the military and the first new defense branch since the creation of the Air Force in 1947.
JUDGE ORDERS DEPORTEES RETURNED… A federal judge yesterday ordered federal officials to return an immigrant mother and daughter to the U.S. mid-flight after the government had put them on a deportation flight to El Salvador. The two undocumented immigrants were witnesses in an American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit against the Trump administration. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of the District of Columbia also ordered the government to temporarily stop future deportations of all witnesses in the suit.
COURT ACCUSES EPA OF ENDANGERING PUBLIC HEALTH… A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the Trump administration has endangered public health by not removing a widely used pesticide from the market despite overwhelming scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to remove chlorpyrifos from sale in the U.S. within 60 days. A coalition of farmworkers and environmental groups filed suit last year after then-EPA chief Scott Pruitt lifted an Obama-era ban on the chemical.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE THREATENS HOMES… A brushfire in the Cleveland National Forest in Southern California exploded in size and moved closer to Riverside County homes yesterday as it burned for a fourth day. The Holy Fire has consumed more than 10,000 acres and officials say it is at 5 percent containment. A 51-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the blaze, which has prompted the evacuation of more than 20,000 people.
EXECUTION IN TENNESSEE… A 59-year-old man convicted of the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl he was babysitting was convicted in Tennessee last night. Billy Irick became the 15th inmate executed in the U.S. this year and the first in Tennessee since 2009. He was put to death just hours after the Supreme Court denied his lawyers pleas to spare his life.
HOLLYWOOD SEXUAL-ASSAULT CASES UNDER REVIEW… The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced yesterday that it is reviewing new sexual assault cases involving film producer Harvey Weinstein, action movie star Steven Seagal and actor Anthony Anderson. Weinstein, who is facing three cases of sexual assault charges in New York, denies ever having non-consensual sex with anyone. The 66-year-old Seagal became a Russian citizen in 2016 and last week was named a special representative to boost Russian-U.S. ties. Anderson, who stars in the ABC sitcom “Black-ish,” was reportedly targeted in a police report filed by a woman who accused Anderson of assaulting her last year after she catered an event that he hosted.
IN THEATERS… In “The Meg,” a man escapes the attack of a 70-foot shark and helps others trapped in a sunken submersible. Jason Statham and Binbing Li star in the PG-13 film. “BlacKkKlansman” tells the story of an African-American police officer from Colorado who infiltrated the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of his local chapter. The R-rated film stars John David Washington and Adam Driver.
L.A. Dodgers 8 – COLORADO 5… The Dodgers used a late power surge to get past the Rockies and move into a first-place tie with idle Arizona in the NL West. Cody Bellinger drilled a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning. Michael Taylor led off the ninth with a go-ahead homer and Brian Dozier added a two-run shot. Pinch-hitter Joc Pederson and Max Muncy came through with pinch-hit solo homers in the seventh.
WASHINGTON 6 – Atlanta 3… The Nationals doubled up on the Braves to earn a split of the four-game series. Michael Taylor smacked a solo homer. Anthony Rendon and Daniel Murphy both had two hits and an RBI. Gio Gonzalez (7-8) allowed a run on six hits over seven innings in notching his first victory since May 28.
San Diego 8 – MILWAUKEE 4… Hunter Renfroe ran his home-run streak to four games with a grand slam that highlighted a six-run top of the ninth inning and carried the Padres past the Brewers. Franmil Reyes went 3-for-5 with a solo homer. Freddie Galvis also went deep.
Pittsburgh 10 – SAN FRANCISCO 2… The Pirates took advantage of two Giants errors to score five runs in the top the seventh inning and added two more runs in the eighth to put away the Giants. David Freese belted a three-run homer. Elias Diaz and Josh Bell hit back-to-back homers as the Pirates scored three times in the second.
Seattle 8 – HOUSTON 6… The Mariners built an early 6–0 lead and held off the Astros. Mitch Haniger went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and a run-scoring single. Denard Span went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly. Jean Segura also had three hits, including a solo homer and an RBI double.
CLEVELAND 5 – Minnesota 4… The Indians recovered to edge the Twins after letting a 4-0 fifth-inning lead slip away. Michael Brantley singled home Allen with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Yonder Alonso homered to lead off the second. Francisco Lindor stroked a two-run double and added a run-scoring single.
N.Y. YANKEES 7 – Texas 3… Neil Walker hit a pair of solo homers and the Yankees also got roundtrippers from Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar in their pounding of the Rangers. J.A. Happ (12-6) gave up three runs on four hits over six innings.
TORONTO 8 – Boston 5… Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBIs as the Blue Jays downed the Red Sox. Teoscar Hernandez added a solo blast. Justin Smoak went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Boston centerfielder Mookie Betts homered with the bases empty in the ninth inning to complete his first career cycle.
TAMPA BAY 5 – Baltimore 4… Jake Bauers lined a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Rays held on to beat the Orioles. Bauers also lifted a game-tying sacrifice fly in the sixth. Ji-Man Choi homered with the bases empty.
TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE…
Washington (Hellickson, 5-2) is at the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 8-9)…
Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 5-3) hosts Arizona (Buchholz, 5-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 6-6) are at Miami (Ureña, 3-11)…
Atlanta (Gausman, 5-9) hosts Milwaukee (Peralta, 5-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Maeda, 7-7) are at Colorado (Gray, 9-7)…
San Diego (Nix, 0-0) hosts Philadelphia (Eflin, 8-3)…
Pittsburgh (Holland, 5-8) is at San Francisco (Williams, 9-8)
TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE…
Boston (Eovaldi, 5-4) is at Baltimore (Bundy, 7-10)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka, 9-2) host Texas (Minor, 8-6)…
Tampa Bay (Snell, 12-5) is at Toronto (Estrada, 5-8)…
Detroit (Zimermann, 4-4) hosts Minnesota (Santana, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Bieber, 6-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 3-3)…
Houston (Cole, 10-4) hosts Seattle (Leake, 8-7)…
Oakland (Anderson, 2-3) is at the L.A. Angels (Peña, 1-3)
TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE…
St. Louis (Gomber, 1-0) is at Kansas City (Smith, 1-3)
Boston, 81-35, .698
N.Y. Yankees, 72-42, .632, 8 GB
Tampa Bay, 58-57, .504, 22.5 GB
Toronto, 52-62, .456, 28 GB
Baltimore, 35-80, .304, 45.5 GB
Cleveland, 64-50, .561
Minnesota, 53-61, .465, 11 GB
Detroit, 47-68, .409, 17.5 GB
Chi. White Sox, 41-73, .360, 23 GB
Kansas City, 35-79, .307, 29 GB
Houston, 73-43, .629
Oakland, 68-47, .591, 4.5 GB
Seattle, 66-50, .569, 7 GB
L.A. Angels, 58-58, .500, 15 GB
Texas, 51-66, .436, 22.5 GB
Philadelphia, 64-50, .561
Atlanta, 62-50, .554, 1 GB
Washington, 59-56, .513, 5.5 GB
N.Y. Mets, 47-65, .420, 16 GB
Miami, 47-69, .405, 18 GB
Chi. Cubs, 66-48, .579
Milwaukee, 66-52, .559, 2 GB
St. Louis, 60-55, .522, 6.5 GB
Pittsburgh, 60-56, .517, 7 GB
Cincinnati, 50-65, .435, 16.5 GB
Arizona, 64-52, .552
L.A. Dodgers, 64-52, .552
Colorado, 60-55, .522, 3.5 GB
San Francisco, 57-59, .491, 7 GB
San Diego, 46-71, .393, 18.5 GB