Brussels train station attacker, who shouted ‘Allahu akbar,’ id’d as Moroccan national

Brussels train station attacker, who shouted ‘Allahu akbar,’ id’d as Moroccan national

Even though the huge attacks like the November 2015 series in Paris that killed 130 have not returned, a different way to spread terror has come.

Federal prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said soldiers “neutralized” a suspect at the Central Station immediately after a small explosion there on Tuesday night and “we do not know if the man is still alive or that he is dead”.

The passenger approached a group of around passengers at the station before grabbing his suitcase and causing a “partial explosion”, Van Der Sypt said.

Pierre Meys, a fire service spokesman, told RTL that some kind of explosion has happened in the station, but it is unclear what caused the blast.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told reporters that a “terrorist attack had been averted” – and said extra measures were being taken to protect stations, public places and major events.

As the attacker screamed “Allahu Akbar“, or “God is great”, in Arabic, a soldier shot the suspect several times, killing him.

Soldiers have been deployed at railway stations and landmark buildings in Belgium since the Paris terror attacks when a link to Brussels was first established.

A bag found at the scene of a foiled terrorist attack in Brussels contained gas canisters and nails, according to a Belgian prosecutor.

According to ABC News, the bomber “lay still for several hours” while bomb squad officers checked if he was armed with further explosives. No one else was hurt. Visitors and residents out enjoying a hot summer’s evening on the ornate Renaissance town square, the Grand Place, close to Central Station were cleared quickly away by police.

In March of past year, attacks on the Brussels airport and on the city’s metro system killed 32 people.

The prosecutor confirmed that the attacker was not wearing a suicide vest. He refused to provide details or to identify the suspect.

Brussels has been on high alert for more than 18 months after it emerged the Islamic State militants who carried out attacks in Paris, killing 130 people in November 2015, were based in Brussels, and the fact that the city’s airport and metro in March previous year, claiming 32 victims.

Jambon told VRT broadcaster that it is important to address security concerns but avoid over-reacting.

The criminal case is initiated as “an attempt of terrorism murder”, Van der Sypt noted, adding that a counterterrorism investigator was carrying out the probe.

Mr Jambon said the security will remain high at Brussels rain facilities, which means there is a serious and likely threat.

Record number of one-and-dones taken in NBA Draft

Record number of one-and-dones taken in NBA Draft

It’s LaVar Ball’s world and we’re all just living in it.

Lonzo Ball’s father saw his plan work to perfection, as his son was taken second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers and his Big Baller Brand got to release a new Lakers colorway for Lonzo’s signature shoe.

He received more boos than a WWE villain.

And if any National Basketball Association team is anxious about having the ultimate sports parent in the front row, UCLA coach Steve Alford has repeatedly said LaVar wasn’t a problem for him – and Lonzo’s two little brothers are both planning to play in Westwood.

He’s good for TV ratings.

As Lonzo Ball walked out to the mound to toss the first pitch Friday night at Dodger Stadium, there was probably a little bit of pressure.

“We know those leadership qualities are what’s going to take the Lakers to our ultimate destination”, Pelinka said, “which is winning an National Basketball Association championship”.

“I’m trying to tell you, I knew this was happening before it was happening”, LaVar Ball said.

“I gotta ask. Does LaVar and Lonzo … does the talent and the mouthpiece, does that all stem from you”, the stranger asked, to which Grandpa Ball answered with a smile, “Yes it does”. “The vision and ability that Lonzo has just puts him in a class of being a transcendent talent”. “I’m not really anxious about all that”. “But my dad definitely had some tape of him”.

“Watch out”, Johnson said. It’s fun to me and I know it’s going to be fun here. For reasons neither obvious nor apparent, the General Manager of the L.A. Lakers has compared the team’s latest first-round draft pick to the two best quarterbacks in the NFL.

“Julius Randle coming down the middle with that left hand”. “Big Zu (Ivica Zubac) back there trailing – wham!”

By the time he was done, Johnson’s shoulders were rocking side to side, as if he himself were navigating around hapless defenders, zipping those ideal passes. And Laker fans are used to that. We want to win championships here.

NewsAlert: Vegas Golden Knights select Calvin Pickard first in expansion draft

NewsAlert: Vegas Golden Knights select Calvin Pickard first in expansion draft

Vegas has a decent amount of depth at forward for a brand new hockey team, but lacks dominant franchise forwards. “The second was to acquire draft picks to help build our team in the future”.

As a result, Vegas stockpiled a number of draft picks while also revealing the names of 37 players for their inaugural squad on Wednesday night at the NHL’s 2017 awards show and expansion draft at the T-Mobile Center. The 6-foot-2, 179-pound Glass scored an impressive 32 goals and 94 points in 69 games last season with the Winterhawks and could be a big-time point producer in the Golden Knight’s top-six when he makes it to the National Hockey League. “From the ticket drive to the hype around town, everywhere you go, you see Knights stuff everywhere”.

Glass, the first draft pick to ever pull on a Golden Knights jersey, drew comparisons to his hometown Jets centre Mark Scheifele.

Boston center Patrice Bergeron won the Selke Trophy for the fourth time as the NHL’s best defensive forward, and San Jose’s Brent Burns won his first Norris Trophy as the top defenseman.

The Golden Knights paid $500-million to plant a hockey team in the desert and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman changed the expansion draft process to help ensure it grows a fan base.

The 18-year-old Hischier is the highest drafted Swiss player in the National Hockey League history.

A defenseman from St. Cloud, Minn., Schmidt played in 200 regular-season games in four seasons with the Capitals while tallying 43 points (eight goals, 35 assists). He spent the previous two seasons in the Swiss pro league, where he was coached by current Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher. New Jersey is coming off its worst season in almost three decades, finishing with a 28-40-14 record.

“It’ll be tough, but I know what’s coming… and I’m glad people will remember me as a good person, not just a goalie, and I think that’s important for me, too”, Fleury said.

Marchessault led the Panthers in goals this season.

The 18-year-old Patrick, a Winnipeg, Manitoba, native whose father Steve and uncle James played in the NHL, held the top spot in the NHL Central Scouting Department’s final rankings in April.

Last season, he had an 18-10-7 record with a 3.02 goals-against average and a.909 save percentage in 38 games for Pittsburgh.

“Once we gathered all the information we felt comfortable that if he was there for us we were going to take him”, general manager Ron Hextall said. Few forwards available in this draft are as well-rounded and mature as Glass, who has the potential to develop for a few more years before making the jump to the National Hockey League. NY got the No. 7 pick in a trade with Arizona and selected center Lias Andersson, whose father Niklas played in the league.

“It’s nice to have someone like him on my side”, Callum Foote said. Philadelphia selected Morgan Frost, c, Sault Ste.

Colorado, Cale Makar, d, Brooks (AJHL). “My wife’s in town, so for a few days we’ll be out shopping looking around to see where we should go”.

Buffalo, Casey Middlestadt, c, Eden Prairie (Minn.) HS.

Florida, Owen Tippett, rw, Mississauga (OHL). In addition to Fleury and Engelland, Los Angeles Kings import Brayden McNabb was the first player announced in the flesh. Survivors will represent their country at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic in August. He was taught to skate in Spokane by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson’s mom, Debbie.

Brannstrom comes from Sweden and says playing in Vegas is something he never imagined. Tri-City defenseman Juuso Valimaka went 16th to Calgary.

N.Y. Rangers, Filip Chytil, c, Zlin (Czech Republic).

No CHL prospect earned more points this season (99) than Yamamoto did with his hometown Spokane Chiefs.

Winnipeg (from Columbus through Las Vegas), Kristian Vesalainen, lw-rw, Frolunda (Sweden).

Chicago (from Anaheim through Dallas), Henri Jokiharju, d, Portland (WHL).

NASA Discovers 10 New Earth-Like Planets

NASA Discovers 10 New Earth-Like Planets

NASA’s telescope Kepler that was created to search for planets has found a total of 10 new, possibly inhabitable planets, with the right size and temperatures that could imply that there might be other life present.

The Kepler spacecraft continues to make observations in new patches of sky in its extended mission, searching for planets and studying a variety of interesting astronomical objects.

NASA has discovered more than 200 new planets and 10 of them are the right size and temperature to sustain life.

These findings were presented at a live conference this Monday at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California.

The figure includes 10 that are “rocky” like Earth and which exist in their solar system’s “Goldilocks zone”, neither too close to their star, and therefore too hot, nor too far away and too cold for liquid water to exist.

This helped the team to determine which types of planets were overcounted and which were undercounted by the Kepler team’s data processing methods. The KOI 7711 is one of the “earth like” planet that is around 30 times bigger than earth and has similar attributes like our planet.

“This carefully-measured catalogue is the foundation for directly answering one of astronomy’s most compelling questions – how many planets like our Earth are in the galaxy?” said Kepler research scientist for the SETI Institute Susan Thompson. This recent one is the Kepler telescope’s most thorough examination of late.

The Kepler space observatory was launched into orbit in 2009 as part of NASA’s Discovery Program.

The super-Earths or the mini-Neptunes planets as they are called are not located in the Earth’s solar system but researchers are still studying the solar system to find another possible ninth planet beyond Pluto.

The Kepler space telescope is hunting for planets by detecting the minuscule drop in a star’s brightness, which happens when a planet crosses in front of it.

It feels a bit like the end of an era”, Thompson said, “but actually I see it as a new beginning.

“We like to think of this study as classifying planets in the same way that biologists identify new species of animals”, said Benjamin Fulton, a doctoral candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and lead author of the second study. “It has shown us these terrestrial worlds, and we still have all this work to do to really understand how common Earths are in the galaxy”.

GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

Toomey is praising the bill but hasn’t said if he would vote for it or not.

Hours after McConnell unveiled the bill Thursday, four other GOP senators said they also opposed the measure and several others expressed qualms about it. Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle Barack Obama’s health care law.

Bishop Frank Dewane, who chairs the US bishops domestic-policy committee, has described a health-care reform proposal in the US Senate as “unacceptable as written”. He is one of four GOP senators to say they are opposed it but are open to negotiations, which could put the measure in immediate jeopardy.

Bishop Dewane criticized that the bill’s cap on Medicaid funding, saying that the result would “provide even less to those in need than the House bill”.

Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the consulting firm Avalare Health, said the Senate subsidies would be smaller than Obama’s because they’re keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would eventually be discontinued.

“It’s going to be very hard to get me to a yes”, he said, noting that conservative Republican senators would likely be reluctant to add spending back to the measure. It would allow insurers to cover fewer benefits and repeal tax boosts on wealthier people that help finance the statute’s expanded coverage.

“It doesn’t protect Nevadans on Medicaid and the most vulnerable Nevadans”, Heller said at a news conference in Las Vegas.

Another $2 billion loss would occur when a hospital assessment that pays the state costs of covering 82,000 people in the expanded program and 319,000 childless adults stops.

States could not get exemptions to Obama’s prohibition against charging higher premiums for some people with pre-existing medical conditions, but the subsidies would be lower, making coverage less affordable, Pearson said. Already, Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen is preparing to challenge him. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

GOP Sens. Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia also expressed concerns about the bill’s cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.

“It was just released yesterday”.

“We will certainly be watching health care legislation as it develops”, Dollar said.

Under special rules McConnell is using that will block Democrats from using a filibuster to kill the bill, the legislation can not include provisions that make policy changes that don’t primarily affect the budget. The bill would also bar using tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions.

Realizing they’re outnumbered, Democrats and their liberal allies were planning events around the USA over the next few days aimed at building public opposition to the bill. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and were planning weekend rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

What other states didn’t expand Medicaid?

Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas.

Valtteri Bottas tops final Azerbaijan practice, Sebastian Vettel suffers problems

Valtteri Bottas tops final Azerbaijan practice, Sebastian Vettel suffers problems

They have had a disaster of a time over the past few years. It’s a very different track but a year ago we did alright.

In an interview with the official Formula 1 website ahead of Baku, Hamilton suggested he could follow in the footsteps of his ex-Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and retire at the end of the season.

Vettel (141 points) leads Hamilton by 12 points after seven races, with Ricciardo fifth behind Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen.

Most of the field headed out on the soft tyres early on, with Lewis Hamilton setting the pace on that rubber in the Mercedes.

“Not only because he had a great weekend in Montreal, but because he is coping so well with the hard days”.

“It’s definitely a challenge here, it’s one of those places like Monaco or Singapore that there’s places where you can’t afford any kind of mistakes”, Bottas said. “This is what the very best are made of”.

Lewis Hamilton, trailing Vettel by 12 points, preferred not to take risks ahead of the third practice and qualifying on Saturday.

Ferrari has been more reliable and might even be slightly faster than Mercedes.

The specially constructed street circuit will see F1 cars race around the stunning downtown area of Baku, incorporating its UNESCO-protected old city – Icheri Sheher historical-architectural reserve – as well as its modern skyline and lovely Caspian Sea promenade.

Although Ferrari missed out on a podium place in Montreal, with Vettel finishing fourth, there was some bad luck because his auto was damaged by Max Verstappen’s Red Bull heading into the first corner.

Sebastian Vettel also hit trouble in the Ferrari, being asked to pit with around 20 minutes left on the clock so the team could resolve a water pump problem on the SF70H.

Verstappen, tipped to be F1’s next big star, needs a strong performance in Baku.

But he has secured only one podium and failed to finish three races so far this season.

1 – Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has only passed the chequered flag in one of his five race starts for McLaren this season.

McLaren are in their third year of a long-term contract with Honda, but are the only team without a single point to their name this season following a terrible start to the new campaign. An embarrassing, but realistic possibility, for beleaguered Honda.

Valtteri Bottas remains uncertain about his Mercedes future

Valtteri Bottas remains uncertain about his Mercedes future

Valtteri Bottas insists it feels “normal” to be racing with no assurances over his Formula One future, despite Mercedes boss Toto Wolff suggesting the Finn is in an uncomfortable position.

The Finnish driver, who stepped in as Nico Rosberg’s replacement after his shock retirement just days after clinching the 2016 F1 world title, is yet to confirm his future but is exclusively focused on remaining at the defending world champions.

That basically means he is driving for his future but he says that is always the case and the situation feels normal too him.

The Finn said on Thursday that uncertainty over his next move was normal, but Hamilton said Bottas’s early season form merited a contract extension.

“I know some kind of plan when they are planning to have things sorted, but that is between us. There is no rush”.

Lewis Hamilton says Valtteri Bottas has “earned his place” at Mercedes and will become even stronger should the world champions extend his contract. “Because every year in Formula One I’ve had no idea at this point what it’s going to be like next year”. “He just needs the opportunity to be able to do so”.

Hamilton endured a tough relationship with Rosberg in the past three seasons, with the pair feuding and trading barbs.

“[Bottas’s] energy helps to create a great harmony in the team”, said the Briton. “When he is at the factory, he brings a great energy which everyone loves and appreciates”.

“I don’t know when I will know [about 2018]”, Bottas said.

“I don’t know when I will know”. The timeline is quite flexible but there is no rush really. But it is still a bit early days for that.

“For sure the discussions will be open soon, because as a driver, at some point, it’s always nice to know what you’re going to do next year”, Bottas explained.

Hamilton said Bottas had made an important contribution to the atmosphere within the team since his arrival. “I’m keen to have a long-term relationship with Mercedes and that is my target”.

Cruz, Cornyn Split On GOP Senate Healthcare Bill

Cruz, Cornyn Split On GOP Senate Healthcare Bill

“It’s simply not the answer”, Heller said at a press conference in Las Vegas for Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican.

The draft bill comes nearly two months after the House passed its own measure.

But Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president at the consulting firm Avalere Health, says the bill bases its tax credits on lower-quality insurance.”If you’re paying a similar percentage of income, you’re getting a less generous product under this new plan”, she says.

Mr Obama said that though repealing and replacing Obamacare has become a core issue for Republicans, “we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course”.

If no Democrats get onboard, Republicans can only afford to lose two votes to get the bill passed. The current bill does not repeal Obamacare.

The recent rally in hospital and HMO stocks means the Senate Republicans’ health-care bill will not pass, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday. Numerous companies help manage state Medicaid programs, meaning their profits can be hurt by those cuts as well. The Senate bill doesn’t do that, and conservatives want a clear path to Medicaid phase-out before they will support any legislation.

Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiling a health care bill that makes deep cuts in Medicaid and end the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandate that most Americans have health insurance. “They’d like to get certain changes“.

Heller is up for reelection in 2018 in a state won by Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election. And while I know that division makes it hard to listen. Under the Senate bill, these enrollees would no longer be covered after 2023.

The problem facing GOP leaders is that any change that moves the bill further to the right has the potential to alienate moderate Republicans.

First up, the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of the plan’s costs and the effects on insurance coverage is due early in the week, perhaps Monday, June 26. Heller’s announcement makes Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s goal of securing 50 of his party’s 52 votes by next week even tougher. Already, four conservative senators have said they’re not at the moment supporting the current form of the bill, but it seems likely that at least some of them can won be back with another round of negotiations.

MLB DRAFT: Twins hoping for more Mauer magic with No. 1 pick

MLB DRAFT: Twins hoping for more Mauer magic with No. 1 pick

After months of anticipation, the Minnesota Twins selected California prep shortstop/centerfielder Royce Lewis with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder out of JSerra Catholic nabbed bids to the Under Armour All-American Game and Perfect Game All-American Classic, and responded by taking home MVP in both showcases.

The Yankees also selected 18-year-old righty pitcher Matt Sauer (Ernest Righetti High School in Santa Maria, Calif.) with their second-round pick (No. 54 overall).

The MLB Draft concludes on June 14. “It’s going to be fun to be involved, and being on the field a lot”.

“It was an wonderful feeling”, Lewis told from his home in Orange County after the Minnesota Twins made him the No. 1 pick.

Several Mississippi State and Ole Miss players are expected to hear their names called as well as high school signees from both schools.

What a day it is for Southern California high school baseball.

Lewis, a right-handed batter who also hit a long home run out of Wrigley Field in a national all-star game last summer, is eager to show he can hit professional pitching. The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year is hitting.343 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs for the College World Series-bound Cardinals.

“I’m not going to comment on other players”, Falvey said.

Three players who finished in the top 10 in MVP voting in 2016 were drafted in Rounds 3-10. “I have a great circle and a support system that has helped me through the process”.

In a touching moment that drew a standing ovation from the former major leaguers serving as team representatives, 11-year-old Yankees fan Landis Sims – born without hands or feet – announced his favourite team’s first-round selection: SC right-hander Clarke Schmidt at No. 16 overall.

Greene is the fifth player from the Santa Clarita Valley to be drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft’s first round.

The Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue on Tuesday at noon (CT) for Rounds 3-10 and then again on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. CT for rounds 11-40.