MASTERS-THE LATEST Masters Latest: Tiger caps comeback with 15th major title AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The comeback is complete. Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title. The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke…
Masters Latest: Tiger caps comeback with 15th major title
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The comeback is complete. Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title.
The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke victory Sunday and his 15th major championship. But it was his first since the 2008 U.S. Open, capping a remarkable recovery from debilitating injuries and embarrassing personal problems.
Woods showed he still had the game to compete with the world’s best when he triumphed in last year’s Tour Championship, his first victory of any kind since 2013.
Now, he’s back on top with his first green jacket at Augusta National since 2005.
In a final round that was played in threesomes off both tees to stay ahead of approaching thunderstorms, Woods grabbed the outright lead for the first time with a two-putt birdie at No. 15.
Then, with Olympic champion Michael Phelps standing behind him on the tee at the par-3 16th, Woods wrapped things up by sticking an 8-iron within 2 feet of the cup for another birdie and a two-stroke lead.
Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau. But the Italian self-destructed on the back side, dunking two balls in the water on the way to double-bogeys at the 12th and 15th holes.
This is the first time Woods has ever come from behind on the final day to win a major championship, leaving him three behind Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles.
NRA has history of advising gun-rights groups outside US
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Recent revelations that National Rifle Association representatives met with Australian politicians to discuss talking points after a mass shooting isn’t the first time the NRA has exerted its influence on gun debates outside the U.S.
The lobbying group has sought sway at the United Nations to make it easier to sell American guns overseas. It has on more than one occasion advised gun-rights groups in Brazil, Canada, Australia and elsewhere.
It even advised gun-rights activists in Russia, entanglements that in recent years made the NRA vulnerable to allegations it allowed alleged Russian operatives to use the organization to influence American politics.
The group’s track record of aggressively shaping the debate has turned it into the go-to group for other gun-rights activists outside the U.S.
Sanders: Sending migrants to sanctuary cities not top choice
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says the president wants to explore a twice-dismissed proposal to send migrants to “sanctuary cities,” but it was not the preferred solution to fix the straining immigration system.
Sanders says it’s one of many options.
People with knowledge of the discussions say the plan was discussed in November and again in February, it was reviewed and Homeland Security officials said it would be too costly and timely. The people were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. It could make it more difficult for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to arrest people facing deportation, because so-called sanctuary cities do not work with ICE.
Sanders made the comments Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday.”
White House: Trump wishes no ‘ill will’ against Omar
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump isn’t trying to incite violence against Rep. Ilhan Omar, but rather is highlighting what critics of the Minnesota Democrat say is her history of anti-Semitic and other comments.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders adds Sunday that Trump wishes no “ill will” toward the freshman lawmaker.
Leading Democrats accused Trump of trying to incite violence against Omar, who is Muslim, by retweeting a video on Friday that was edited to imply that Omar was being dismissive of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The tweet currently leads Trump’s Twitter feed and has been viewed more than 9 million times.
Sanders says Trump is “absolutely and should be calling out” Omar and that Democrats should, too.
Sanders commented on “Fox News Sunday” and ABC’s “This Week.”
Biden to campaign as extension of Obama’s political movement
BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden is finalizing the framework for a White House campaign that would cast him as an extension of Barack Obama’s presidency and political movement.
Biden is betting that the majority of Democratic voters are eager to return to the style and substance of that era and that they’ll view Biden as the best option to lead the way back.
The former vice president has begun testing the approach as he nears an expected campaign launch later this month.
After speaking at a recent labor union event, Biden said he was proud to be an “Obama-Biden Democrat.”
Biden’s strategy will test whether anyone other than Obama can recreate the coalition that delivered him to the White House twice.
The Latest: Finnish Social Democrats head sees 2-party race
HELSINKI (AP) — The leader of Finland’s center-left Social Democratic Party says he expects the rest of election night in a two-way contest with the conservative National Coalition Party.
Antti Rinne, said Sunday night the Social Democrats held a small lead after most ballots cast in advance were counted: “It’s a thrilling situation. It seems to me this will be a race between us and the NCP.”
National Coalition Party leader Petteri Orpo predicted that postelection talks on forming the next Finnish government will be difficult because “whoever comes out first will face hard time in working out a government program.”
The Social Democratic Party had 18.9% of the uncompleted tally of advance votes and the National Coalition Party wasn’t far behind with 17.2%
SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: 7,000 spent night at Texas airport due to storm
A party of about two dozen members of a South Carolina music school is finally on its way to China.
Severe thunderstorms Saturday forced them to spend the night at a Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport terminal.
The 38-member entourage from the Horry (OH’-ree) County School of Music, along with 17 chaperones, left Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday for Dallas-Fort Worth, but storms forced their flight to divert to Little Rock, Arkansas.
By the time they finally arrived at DFW, their travel plans had been completely disrupted.
Tour leader Amanda O’Brien said that after some confusion, American Airlines representatives were able to get them on their way to Beijing late Sunday morning.
Airline spokesman Ross Feinstein said the addition of hail to Saturday’s storms and the resulting need to inspect aircraft for resulting damage forced cancellation of 350 flights from DFW Saturday.
DFW Airport spokesman Casey Norton said another 47 DFW-bound flights had to be diverted elsewhere. The result: almost 7,000 people spent the night in DFW terminals, Norton said.
Ivanka Trump in Africa to promote women at work program
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ivanka Trump is leaving behind the White House battles over border walls and tax returns to pursue a very different goal in Ethiopia and Ivory Coast.
The president’s daughter and senior adviser is advancing a global program for women. She arrived in Africa on Sunday, opening a four-day swing to advocate for an initiative that aims to boost 50 million women in developing countries by 2025. Her plans include visiting with women working in the coffee industry and touring a female-run textile facility, as well as meeting with dignitaries and appearing at a World Bank policy summit.
Even thousands of miles from Washington, Trump is sure to be shadowed by her father’s efforts to cut international aid, as well as his past derogatory comments about the continent.
RACIAL PROFILING-TRAFFIC STOPS
Traffic stops by metro Phoenix deputies plunge amid overhaul
PHOENIX (AP) — Officers at the sheriff’s office in metro Phoenix have made 52% fewer traffic stops in the years since a judge concluded they had racially profiled Latinos in then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration patrols.
Arpaio’s successor, Sheriff Paul Penzone, and others tell The Associated Press that the decrease is driven by officers’ fears that they’ll be unfairly scrutinized in a court-ordered overhaul that’s aimed at ridding the agency of its biased policing.
The decline from 31,700 stops in 2015 to 15,200 in 2018 raises questions about whether officers are missing evidence of illegal drugs and other crimes that are sometimes discovered when pulling over motorists.
Penzone concedes officers may be missing criminal activity by making fewer stops, but says it’s unacceptable for officers to back away from their duties.
US-Russia chill stirs worry about stumbling into conflict
WASHINGTON (AP) — The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war.
American and European analysts and current and former U.S. military officers say the superpowers need to talk more.
The United States and Russia say that in August they’ll leave the 1987 treaty that banned an entire class of nuclear weapons. And there appears to be little prospect of extending the 2010 treaty that limits each side’s strategic nuclear weapons.
Unlike during the Cold War, when generations lived under threat of a nuclear Armageddon, the two militaries are barely on speaking terms.
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