EPSTEIN IN COURT TODAY… Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein is scheduled to appear in court today following his arrest on Saturday for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005. The arrest by FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force came nearly 12 years after the 66-year-old financier allegedly molested dozens of underage girls in Florida and received an unusually light sentence. The new indictment will reportedly charge Epstein with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. The Public Corruption Unit of the Southern District of New York is prosecuting the case, with assistance from the district’s human-trafficking officials and the FBI.
IRAN TO RAISE URANIUM ENRICHMENT… Iran announced yesterday that it will raise its enrichment of uranium. A government spokesman said the country will exceed the limit of 3.67 percent enrichment to a new percentage “based on our needs.” The announcement comes one year after President Trump declared that the U.S. would leave the accord that the Obama administration and other governments had signed onto with Iran.
USCIS DIRECTOR READY FOR ACTION… Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli vowed yesterday that immigration authorities are ready to identify, detain and eventually deport approximately one million undocumented immigrants with pending removal orders. During an appearance on ABC’s “Face the Nation,” Cuccinelli claimed it is within ICE’s discretion to determine who among those with final orders of deportation will be targeted in operations. He also suggested that the full pool of approximately one million immigrants might not face deportation after all.
EARTHQUAKE REPAIRS… Crews in Southern California were kept busy over the weekend as they repaired roads and restored utilities at two desert communities following Friday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake. The Mojave Desert town of Ridgecrest is back up and running for the most part but neighboring Trona is without power and road are needing cracks filled in. The quake was the biggest to strike the region in two decades.
INVESTIGATORS SEEK CAUSE OF SHOPPING CENTER EXPLOSION… Investigators in Plantation, Florida, are trying to determine the cause of an explosion at a shopping center on Saturday morning. The blast sent concrete and other debris flying and left 22 people injured. A preliminary investigation has revealed the explosion originated at a pizza restaurant that has been closed for months.
STEVIE WONDER TO UNDERGO KIDNEY TRANSPLANT… Stevie Wonder announced during a weekend performance at England’s Summer Time Hyde Park music festival that he is scheduled to undergo a kidney transplant. The 69-year-old Grammy winner says he’ll take a break to focus on his health after performing three more shows. Wonder’s hits include “My Cherie Amour,” “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You.”
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Spider-Man: Far from Home” raked in $93.6 million to blow away the weekend box office. “Toy Story 4” slipped into second place with $34.3 million. “Yesterday” remained at No. 3 after taking in $10.7 million. “Annabelle Comes Home” finished fourth with $9.7 million. “Aladdin” made $7.6 million to cap the top five.
PITTSBURGH 6 – Milwaukee 5… Bryan Reynolds doubled home a run and belted a three-run homer to lead the Pirates past the Brewers. Kevin Newman had a couple of hits, including an RBI single.
Philadelphia 8 – N.Y. METS 3… The Phillies opened with a four-run top of the first inning and cruised past the Mets. Jay Bruce homered twice and knocked in four runs. Rhys Hoskins stroked a run-scoring double and homered.
ATLANTA 4 – Miami 3… The Braves carried a 4-0 lead into the eighth inning and held on to edge the Marlins. Josh Donaldson homered with a runner aboard. Dallas Keuchel (2-2) allowed two runs on five hits over 7-1/3 innings.
SAN FRANCISCO 1 – St. Louis 0… Jeff Samardzija (6-7) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the Giants’ blanking of the Cardinals. Evan Longoria provided the game’s only offense when he homered in the bottom of the seventh inning.
ARIZONA 5 – Colorado 3… Nick Ahmed blasted a two-run homer to cap a four-run bottom of the sixth inning for the Diamondbacks. Christian Walker stroked a two-run single.
San Diego 5 – L.A. DODGERS 3… Fernando Tatis hit a solo homer in the top of the first inning and added a three-run shot in the fifth to power the Padres past the Dodgers. Manuel Margot also went deep.
TORONTO 6 – Baltimore 1… Blue Jays starter Trent Thornton (3-6) limited the Orioles to three hits over six innings. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. Teoscar Hernandez lined a two-run single to cap a three-run sixth.
Boston 6 – DETROIT 3… Christian Vazquez hit a two-run homer and Xander Bogaerts added a two-run double for the Red Sox. David Price (7-2) allowed a run on four hits over five innings.
TAMPA BAY 2 – N.Y. Yankees 1… Tommy Pham doubled home a run and scored on Avisail Garcia’s grounder in the bottom of the first inning and the Rays held on to clip the Yankees. Charlie Morton (10-2) gave up a run on five hits and struck out 10 over 5-2/3 innings.
Texas 4 – MINNESOTA 1 (11 innings)… Rougned Odor connected for a three-run homer in the top of the 11th inning to send the Rangers past the Twins. Danny Santana singled home Joey Gallo with a tying run in the fourth.
HOUSTON 11 – L.A. Angels 10 (10 innings)… The Astros erased a 7-2 deficit on their way to outlasting the Angels. George Springer singled home Josh Reddick with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Yordan Alvarez’s two-run single tied the game in the eighth. Tony Kemp hit a two-run homer and Yuli Gurriel unloaded a grand slam.
Oakland 7 – SEATTLE 4… Matt Olson belted a three-run homer and Chad Pender stroked a two-run single during a five-run top o the first inning for the Athletics. Marcus Semien and Ramon Laureano added solo homers.
Cleveland 11 – CINCINNATI 1… The Indians used an 18-hit attack to throttle the Reds. Jake Bauers and Greg Allen hit two-run homers. Tyler Naquin and Jason Kipnis added solo blasts. Trevor Bauer (8-6) gave up a run on four hits over seven innings.
WASHINGTON 5 – Kansas City 2… Howie Kendrick’s two-run double capped a three-run bottom of the eighth inning that carried the Nationals past the Royals. Victor Robles smacked a solo homer.
CHI. WHITE SOX 3 – Chi. Cubs 1… Ivan Nova (4-7) scattered five hits over 5-2/3 scoreless innings as the White Sox topped the Cubs. Eloy Jimenez homered with a runner aboard and Jose Abreu drilled a solo blast.
MLB ALL-STAR GAME… Tomorrow night in Cleveland
USNWT RETAINS WORLD CUP… The United States National Women’s Team blanked the Netherlands 2-0 yesterday to win their fourth World Cup. Megan Rapinoe converted a tiebreaking penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal. Afterward, Rapinoe was awarded the Golden Ball as the top player and the Golden Boot as the top scorer.