The Rundown for August 23, 2019

WHITE HOUSE WON’T CUT FOREIGN AID… The White House is abandoning plans to cut billions of dollars in foreign aid after being accused of bypassing Congress’ authority over government spending. President Trump said earlier this week that he was considering scaling back the effort to cut aid. The administration’s decision to drop foreign assistance was criticized by members of Congress from both parties.

ATTORNEYS GENERAL SUPPORT CHALLENGE TO IMMIGRATION RULE… A group of 18 attorneys general announced their support yesterday for a challenge to a Trump administration rule that broadly expands its ability to quickly deport undocumented immigrants. The rule grants immigration officials much broader ability to deport undocumented immigrants anywhere in the U.S. unless they can prove they have been in the country continuously for at least two years. The attorneys general filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit brought by advocacy organizations challenging the rule, which expands “expedited removal.” The attorneys general wrote in the brief that they support a preliminary injunction barring the rule from being in effect as the court case plays out.

INDICTMENT TARGETS INTERNET SCAMMERS… Law enforcement officials nationwide arrested more than a dozen people yesterday after the Justice Department unsealed a 252-count indictment accusing 80 people in the U.S. and Nigeria of attempting to steal millions of dollars through Internet scams. In announcing the indictment, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said most of the defendants are located in Nigeria. Prosecutors say the accused attempted to use business email compromise and romance scams to scam victims out of at least $40 million. The defendants face charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money and aggravated identity theft.

HUGE COCAINE STASH FOUND WITH GROCERY STORE BANANAS… Law enforcement officials in King County, Washington, confirmed yesterday that workers at a Washington state grocery store found more than a half-million dollars worth of cocaine hidden in boxes of bananas meant for sale. The discovery was made at a Safeway store on Sunday. Investigators are trying to determine where the 48 pounds of cocaine was shipped from.

EXECUTION IN FLORIDA. A man convicted of killing six people along the East Coast 25 years ago was executed in Florida last night. Gary Ray Bowles was convicted in 1996 for killings that targeted gay men along Interstate 95 between Florida and Washington, D.C. The 57-year-old Bowles had appealed his sentence on, claiming he is intellectually disabled.

WEINSTEIN FACING NEW INDICTMENT… The Manhattan district attorney said yesterday that former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein will be arraigned Monday morning on an indictment connected to his upcoming criminal trial. Weinstein is expected to enter a not guilty plea. The Manhattan D.A.’s office has accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting two women in 2006 and 2013. Earlier this month, prosecutors sought a new indictment that would bring testimony from a third woman, former Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, who has said Weinstein raped her in 1993.

IN THEATERS… In “Ready or Not,” a bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game. Samara Weaving and Adam Brody star in the R-rated horror film. “Angel Has Fallen” tells the story about a secret service agent who is framed for the attempted assassination of the President and must evade his own agency and the FBI as he tries to uncover the real threat. The R-rated film stars Gerard Butler and Piper Perabo.

CHI. CUBS 1 – San Francisco 0… Kyle Hendricks (9-9) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and three relievers preserved the Cubs’ shutout of the Giants. Anthony Rizzo singled home Jason Heyward with the game’s only run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

ATLANTA 3 – Miami 2… Ronald Acuña Jr. singled home Adeiny Hechavarria in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Braves over the Marlins. Freddie Freeman’s solo homer tied the game in the eighth.

Washington 7 – PITTSBURGH 1… Max Scherzer turned in a solid effort on the mound in his return from the disabled list and the Nationals cruised past the Pirates. Scherzer allowed a run on four hits over four innings. Howie Kendrick went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs.

ST. LOUIS 6 – Colorado 5… The Cardinals erased a 5-2 sixth-inning deficit to top the Rockies. Dexter Fowler blasted a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh. Marcell Ozuna and Paul DeJong also homered with a runner aboard.

HOUSTON 6 – Detroit 3… Gerrit Cole (15-5) pitched two-hit ball and struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings and the Astros doubled up on the Tigers. Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer. Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

CHI. WHITE SOX 6 – Texas 1… Ross Detwiler (2-3) held the Rangers to a run on three hits over six innings and the White Sox cruised to the win. Yoán Moncada homered with a runner on. James McCann also went deep.

Tampa Bay 5 – BALTIMORE 2… The Rays handled the Orioles in a game that featured a two-hour, 16-minute rain delay in Baltimore. Willy Adames went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two-run single. Austin Meadows also went deep.

OAKLAND 5 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Mark Canha stroked a two-run single to cap a three-run bottom of the first inning and the Athletics cruised past the Yankees. Tanner Roark (8-8) allowed two runs on seven hits over 6-1/3 innings.

BOSTON 5 – Kansas City 4 (10 innings)… It took only 12 minutes for the Red Sox to down the Royals in a game that was suspended by rain on August 7 with the scored tied 4-4 in the 10th inning. Brock Holt singled home pinch-runner Chris Owings with the winning run completion in the bottom of the 10th.

N.Y. METS 2 – Cleveland 0… The Mets clipped the Indians in a game that was delayed 2-1/2 hours and eventually called after eight innings due to rain in New York. Wilson Ramos lined a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning to provide the game’s only scoring. Noah Syndergaard (9-6) allowed just two hits over six innings.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – Toronto 2… The Dodgers came alive to score all three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and stun the Blue Jays. Corey Seager stroked a game-tying two-run double and scored the winning run on Enrique Hernandez’s single.

Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 7-6) is at the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 10-8)…
Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 1-2) hosts Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 8-7)…
Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz, 4-5) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 8-7)…
Miami (Hector Noesi, 0-3) hosts Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 5-7)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 9-12) is at Milwaukee (Jordan Lyles, 7-8)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 7-6) hosts Colorado (Peter Lambert, 2-3)…

Tampa Bay (TBA) is at Baltimore (Ty Blach, 0-1)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 6-4) hosts Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 8-11)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 2-4) are at Houston (Zack Greinke, 13-4)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 2-6) host Texas (Lance Lynn, 14-8)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 6-9) is at Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 10-6)…
Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 0-0) hosts Toronto (Trent Thornton, 4-8)

Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 14-5) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 7-6)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 12-3) host the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 9-6)

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