FLORENCE SLOWS AS IT NEARS COAST… Florence slowed to a Category 3 hurricane yesterday but continued to grow in size and intensity as it crept closer to the South Atlantic coast. The storm is expected to arrive tonight or tomorrow morning, and disaster preparations are underway from Maryland through from the Carolinas and into Georgia. The National Weather Service warns Florence will bring fierce winds, high seas and flooding. North Carolina is expected to get as much as 40 inches of rainfall, with less in South Carolina and other affected regions.
WATER SENT TO PUERTO RICO WENT UNUSED… Officials in Puerto Rico confirmed yesterday that about 20,000 pallets of water bottles shipped to the island after Hurricane Maria last year went unused and eventually became too contaminated to drink. Photos of water sitting on an airplane runway began circulating on social media earlier this week President Trump boasted that his administration’s response to the hurricane was an “unsung success.” The hurricane killed an estimated 3,000 people when it struck in September 2017.
RUSSIAN HACKER PLEADS GUILTY… Russian hacker Peter Levashov pleaded guilty to multiple charges in a Connecticut court yesterday. The 36-year-old Levashov was accused of operating “a network of devices used to steal computer credentials, distribute spam emails and install malicious software.” He entered his guilty plea to conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges after being extradited from Spain. Prosecutors linked Levashov to a number of botnets that sent out billions of spam emails in an effort to “harvest email address, logins and passwords from infected computers and also distributed malware and other malicious software,” according to an Associated Press report.
JUDGE RULES DeVOS’ DELAY ILLEGAL… A federal judge yesterday ruled that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ delays of Obama-era loan forgiveness policies for defrauded students were illegal. U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss sided with a suit filed by consumer advocates and 19 attorneys general who accused the Trump administration of delaying “borrower defense to repayment,” or relief for students who took out loans to attend schools that are now closed or accused of fraud. DeVos wanted to delay those regulations until July 1, 2019, so that her Education Department could have time to rewrite the policies, but the move “unlawful” and “arbitrary and capricious” in yesterday’s 57-page decision.
SEVEN NEW YORK COPS ARRESTED… Seven New York Police Department officers were among those arrested yesterday after authorities busted a prostitution and gambling ring. Cops who got nabbed included two detectives and three sergeants. They allegedly provided protection as part of the ring. The arrests cap a more than three-year-old investigation launched by NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau in April 2015 in response to a tip. “Dozens” of civilians were also taken into custody, authorities said.
FAGER LEAVES CBS NEWS… Former CBS News chairman Jeff Fager is stepping down as ’60 Minutes’ executive producer. A memo released by CBS News explained that his departure is effective immediately. According to the memo, Fager’s violation of company policy led to the split. Fager emphasized that exit had nothing to do with allegations of sexual harassment in a New Yorker magazine article.
NETFLIX EXTENDS ‘INSATIABLE’… Netflix has renewed the dark comedy “Insatiable” for a second season. The series centers on a woman named Patty (Debby Ryan), who is out for revenge against those who bullied her before she lost a lot of weight. The series also stars Dallas Roberts and Alyssa Milano.
Milwaukee 5 – CHI. CUBS 1… The Brewers breezed past the Cubs and pulled within a game of Chicago atop the NL Central. Curtis Granderson went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored.
Pittsburgh 4 – ST. LOUIS 3… Jamison Taillon (13-9) held the Cardinals to two runs on four hits over seven innings and the Pirates held on for the win. Jacob Stallings singled home two runs and lifted a sacrifice fly. Jordan Luplow had three hits, including an RBI single.
COLORADO 5 – Arizona 4… DJ LeMahieu connected for a two-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Rockies upended the Diamondbacks. Nolan Arenado went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a solo homer. The victory kept Colorado 1-1/2 games ahead of the second-place Dodgers and 3-1/2 in front of Arizona in the NL West.
L.A. Dodgers 8 – CINCINNATI 1… The Dodgers rolled past the Reds to avoid a season sweep. Yasmani Grandal went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs. Joc Pederson smacked a solo homer. Yasiel Puig had three hits and scored twice.
Atlanta 2 – SAN FRANCISCO 1… Tyler Flower’s infield single scored Charlie Culberson with a tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning and the Braves made it stand in handing the Giants their 11th straight loss. Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 and singled home a run. The game featured a duel between Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez and his counterpart Derek Holland, but neither got a decision.
Washington 5 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Stephen Strasburg (8-7) limited the Phillies to a run on five hits over seven innings as the Nationals cruised to the victory. Bryce Harper homered with a runner aboard. Ryan Zimmerman smacked a solo homer and singled home a run.
N.Y. METS 13 – Miami 0… The Mets crushed the Marlins in a game delayed almost six hours by rain. What was supposed to be the second game of a doubleheader was postponed until today, when it will be played as part of a twinbill. Jay Bruce unloaded a grand slam. Amed Rosario added a three-run blast. Dominic Smith contributed a two-run shot. Jeff McNeil had three hits and two RBIs. Zack Wheeler (11-7) limited Miami to four hits over eight innings.
BOSTON 1 – Toronto 0… The Red Sox clipped the Blue Jays to claim their 100th win for the first time since 1946. David Price (15-6) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers did the rest. Rafael Devers ran home with the game’s only run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning.
MINNESOTA 3 – N.Y. Yankees 1… Jake Odorizzi (6-10) no-hit the Yankees over 7-1/3 innings as the Twins took the rubber game of the series. Max Kepler went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Houston 5 – DETROIT 4… The Astros fought off the Tigers to complete a series sweep. Alex Bregman singled home a run and added a two-run double. Gerrit Cole (14-5) allowed two runs on three hits and struck out nine in five innings. Houston remains three games ahead of second-place Oakland in the AL West.
Oakland 10 – BALTIMORE 0… The Athletics erupted to score all 10 runs in the top of the third inning and coasted past the Orioles. Matt Olsen blasted a three-run homer. Matt Chapman drove in three runs with a double and a single.
TAMPA BAY 3 – Cleveland 1… Blake Snell (19-5) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Rays held off the Indians. Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer for Tampa Bay.
Chi. White Sox 4 – KANSAS CITY 2 (12 innings)… Tim Anderson came through with a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning as the White Sox outlasted the Royals. Jose Rondon homered with a runner aboard in the fourth.
L.A. ANGELS 8 – Texas 1… Francisco Arcia hit a pair of solo homers and doubled home two runs to lead the Angels past the Rangers. Jose Miguel Fernandez homered with a runner aboard for the Halos. Felix Pena (3-4) scattered six hits over six innings.
San Diego 5 – SEATTLE 4… The Padres built a 5-0 lead and held on to edge the Mariners. Austin Hedges and Hunter Renfroe hit two-run homers for San Diego.
TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE…
Arizona (Buchholz, 7-2) is at Colorado (Freeland, 14-7)…
Washington (Ross, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Montgomery, 4-5)…
Miami (TBD; Alcantara, 2-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Vargas, 5-9; Matz, 5-11)…
St. Louis (Gomber, 5-0) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw, 7-5)
TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE…
Oakland (Anderson, 3-4) is at Baltimore (Bundy, 7-14)…
Boston (Rodriguez, 12-4) hosts Toronto (Gaviglio, 3-8)…
Minnesota (Gonsalves, 0-2) is at Kansas City (Fillmyer, 2-1)…
the L.A. Angels (TBD) host Seattle (Leake, 9-9)
TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE…
Baltimore (1-0) is at Cincinnati (1-0)