NATIONAL ENQUIRER PUBLISHER GETS IMMUNITY… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that federal prosecutors have granted immunity to David Pecker, CEO of National Enquirer publisher American Media, as part of the investigation into Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump’s, has reportedly met with prosecutors and shared details about payments Cohen made to silence porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed they had affairs with Trump. Last night, the Associated Press reported that documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories the magazine purchased and killed were kept in a safe at the National Enquirer.
REALITY WINNER SENTENCED… Reality Winner, the former government contractor charged with mailing a classified U.S. report to a news organization last year, was sentenced to more than five years in prison yesterday. Prosecutors called it the longest sentence ever imposed for a federal crime involving leaks to the media. The 26-year-old Winner pleaded guilty in June to a single count of transmitting national security information. She allegedly leaked documents that detailed Russian government efforts to penetrate a Florida-based supplier of voting software and the accounts of election officials prior to the 2016 presidential election.
ACLU FAMILY-SEPARATION SUIT MOVES FORWARD… A federal judge in Boston ruled yesterday that the American Civil Liberties Union can proceed with its lawsuit seeking to block the Trump administration from arresting illegal immigrants seeking to legalize their status based on their marriages to U.S. citizens. The lawsuit accused the government of illegally separating certain illegal immigrants from their families as they sought lawful residency. The ACLU says records show that USCIS officials in New England collaborated with ICE agents to arrest immigrants when they came in for interviews.
MISSOURI AG TO INVESTIGATE ST. LOUIS DIOCESE… Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is launching an investigation into potential sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis. His announcement yesterday came a week after a report found widespread clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania. St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson sent Hawley a letter yesterday granting permission to review the archdiocese’s files and determine whether it handled allegations of clergy sexual abuse properly. Allegations have led to the removal of 27 priests, including some who were forced out of the priesthood, Carlson said.
HURRICANE LANE WEAKENS, DRENCHES HAWAII… Hurricane Lane weakened to a Category 3 cyclone yesterday, but its outer bands pummeled the Big Island with heavy rain that triggered landslides and flooding. The National Weather Service said more than 19 inches of rain fell on the island’s northeast coast during a 24-hour period. Officials warn conditions could worsen over the next 48 hours.
GUITARIST ED KING DIES… Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, who co-wrote the band’s anthem, “Sweet Home Alabama,” died Wednesday at his Nashville home. He was 68. He had been battling lung cancer in a hospital, but the cause of death was not listed. King had been a member of the California band Strawberry Alarm Clock before he joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1972. He left before a 1977 plane crash in Mississippi that killed three members of the group.
IN THEATERS… In “The Happytime Murders,” a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes over the case after puppet castmembers of an ’80s children’s TV show start getting murdered one by one. Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks star in the R-rated comedy. “A.X.L.” tells the story about a robotic dog that will go to any length to protect his special friend. Thomas Jane and Becky G star in the PG-rated Sci-Fi flick.
Atlanta 5 – MIAMI 0… Sean Newcomb (11-6) limited the Marlins to two hits over six innings in the Braves’ shutout win. Charlie Culberson homered with a runner aboard. Ronald Acuna and Ender Inciarte added solo blasts.
CHI. CUBS 7 – Cincinnati 1… Cole Hamels (9-9) allowed a run on eight hits in a complete-game victory over the Reds. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly for the Cubs. Javier Baez also went deep.
Philadelphia 2 – WASHINGTON 0… Aaron Nola (15-3) surrendered five hits and struck out nine over eight innings in outdueling Max Scherzer (16-6) and the Phillies clipped the Nationals. Odubel Herrera’s two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning provided the game’s only offense.
San Francisco 3 – N.Y. METS 1… Madison Bumgarner (5-5) held the Mets to a run on five hits over eight innings and helped himself at the plate with a run-scoring double in the Giants’ win. Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco.
COLORADO 4 – San Diego 3… Ian Desmond’s two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Rockies over the Padres. David Dahl went 2-for-3 with a solo homer. Colorado moved with a game of idle Arizona atop the NL West.
TAMPA BAY 4 – Kansas City 3… The Rays edged the Royals to complete a four-game sweep. Jake Bauers scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning when Kansas City first-baseman Ryan O’Hearn threw wildly to the plate on Kevin Kiermaier’s grounder.
BOSTON 7 – Cleveland 0… David Price (14-6) pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and got plenty of offensive support in the Red Sox’ blanking of the Indians. Xander Bogaerts, Blake Swihart and Eduardo Nunez all hit two-run doubles.
DETROIT 7 – Chi. White Sox 2… Matthew Boyd (8-11) scattered six hits over six scoreless innings and the Tigers breezed past the White Sox. Nick Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook and Ronny Rodriguez smacked solo homers in the bottom of the sixth inning.
MINNESOTA 6 – Oakland 4… Mitch Garver lined a tie-breaking two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Twins went on top the Athletics. Max Kepler connected for a solo homer.
TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE…
Cincinnati (Harvey, 6-7) is at the Chi. Cubs (Mills, 0-0)…
Miami (Straily, 4-6) hosts Atlanta (Foltynewicz, 10-7)…
Washington (Gonzalez, 7-10) is at the N.Y. Mets (Vargas, 3-8)…
Milwaukee (Miley, 2-2) hosts Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 5-7)…
St. Louis (Mikolas, 13-3) is at Colorado (Senzatela, 4-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Hill, 5-4) host San Diego (Richard, 7-10)
TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE…
the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 7-4) are at Baltimore (Cobb, 4-15)…
Detroit (Fulmer, 3-9) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 4-9)…
Boston (Velazquez, 7-1) is at Tampa Bay (TBD)…
Minnesota (Odorizzi, 5-7) hosts Oakland (Manaea, 11-9)…
Houston (Keuchel, 9-10) is at the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 7-7)…
Kansas City (Keller, 6-5) hosts Cleveland (Clevinger, 9-7)
TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE…
Philadelphia (Arrieta, 9-8) is at Toronto (Borucki, 2-3)…
Arizona (Godley, 13-6) hosts Seattle (Ramirez, 0-2)…
Texas (Hutchison, 2-2) is at San Francisco (Rodriguez, 6-1)
Boston, 90-39, .698
N.Y. Yankees, 79-47, .627, 9.5 GB
Tampa Bay, 67-61, .523, 22.5 GB
Toronto, 58-69, .457, 31 GB
Baltimore, 37-90, .291, 52 GB
Cleveland, 73-54, .575
Minnesota, 61-66, .480, 12 GB
Detroit, 53-75, .414, 20.5 GB
Chi. White Sox, 48-79, .378, 25 GB
Kansas City, 38-90, .297, 35.5 GB
Houston, 77-50, .606
Oakland, 76-52, .594, 1.5 GB
Seattle, 72-56, .563, 5.5 GB
L.A. Angels, 63-65, .492, 14.5 GB
Texas, 57-72, .442, 21 GB
Atlanta, 72-55, .567,
Philadelphia, 69-58, .543, 3 GB
Washington, 64-64, .500, 8.5 GB
N.Y. Mets, 56-71, .441, 16 GB
Miami, 51-78, .395, 22 GB
Chi. Cubs, 73-53, .579
Milwaukee, 71-57, .555, 3 GB
St. Louis, 71-58, .550, 3.5 GB
Pittsburgh, 63-65, .492, 11 GB
Cincinnati, 56-72, .438, 18 GB
Arizona, 71-56, .559
Colorado, 70-57, .551, 1 GB
L.A. Dodgers, 67-61, .523, 4.5 GB
San Francisco, 63-66, .488, 9 GB
San Diego, 50-80, .385, 22.5 GB
NFL PRESEASON SCORE…
CLEVELAND 5, Philadelphia 0