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Indy 500 hosts largest crowd since start of pandemic

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The milk is on ice, celebrities are in the house and Indianapolis Motor Speedway is buzzing again both with the roar of engines and the largest crowd at a sporting event since the start of the pandemic. The Indianapolis 500 will welcome a sold-out 135,000 spectators on Sunday — nine months after the race ran without fans for the first time in its 105-year history — and drop the green flag on a packed house and a party not seen since early 2020. “We’re just excited to be opening up America,” said Roger Penske, who bought Indianapolis in January 2020, roughly two months before...

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Important things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday

Here’s a list of the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Dow could rebound after breaking three-day winning streak Stock futures for the United States increased on Wednesday after the Dow broke a three-day winning streak. The 30-stock average closed down 81 points on Tuesday as the market struggled for direction ahead of Memorial Day weekend. It was up more than 100 points at session highs. 2. Bitcoin makes some progress, but the recent collapse has strengthened gold prices Prices for the popular cryptocurrency “Bitcoin”...

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36,000 faux AirPods seized by US Customs

CINCINNATI, Oh. / CNN — US Customs and Border Protection officers have seized 36,000 headphones that resembled Apple AirPods. CBP in Cincinnati said that the headphones, which arrived in three shipments from China, were in violation of “trademark and copyright codes,” according to a news release. The wireless headphones violated trademarks that “protected Apple configuration” recorded with CBP, the release said. “Counterfeit products can be deceiving at first glance,” Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said in a statement. “They’re...

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Space Force commander fired after criticizing the United States military

WASHINGTON / CNN — A Space Force lieutenant colonel has been removed from his command after criticizing the United States military on a conservative podcast. Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier joined The Steve Gruber show to discuss his new book, “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military,” which alleges that Marxist ideologies are becoming widespread within the armed forces. He explained his theory in the podcast. “Since taking command as a commander about 10 months ago, I saw what I consider fundamentally incompatible...

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Hundreds of shallow graves found along Indian riverbanks

PRAYAGRAJ, India / NBC News — Police are investigating hundreds of bodies that were either buried in shallow sand graves or have washed up on the Ganges River banks, with some speculating on social media that they are remains of COVID-19 victims. In jeeps and boats, the police used portable loudspeakers with microphones asking people not to dispose of the bodies in rivers. “We are here to help you perform the last rites,” police said. On Friday, rains exposed the cloth coverings of bodies buried in shallow sand graves on the riverbank in Prayagraj, a city in Uttar Pradesh state. Navneet...

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Missing Bengal tiger found safe and in good health

HOUSTON, Tx. / CNN — A Bengal tiger that went missing after a bizarre incident in Houston last week “has been found and appears to be unharmed,” Houston police announced Saturday night. Houston Police Commander Ron Borza said in a Saturday night news conference Victor Hugo Cuevas and his wife Gia are the owners of the tiger. Cuevas was out on bond for a murder charge in Fort Bend County and was previously charged with murder for allegedly shooting and killing a man in 2017. After being seen running away from law enforcement with the tiger in a white SUV, Cuevas was taken...

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University cancels over $700k in student loans for graduates hit by pandemic

Delaware State University is canceling more than $700,000 in student loans for recent graduates hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. CNN reports that DSU announced this week it will cancel $730,655 for more than 220 people. “The average eligible student will qualify for about $3,276 in debt relief,” according to the statement from the historically black, public university. “Too many graduates across the country will leave their schools burdened by debt, making it difficult for them to rent an apartment, cover moving costs, or otherwise prepare for their new careers or graduate...

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Fire on capsized cargo ship extinguished using seawater

The fiery wreckage of a cargo ship off the Georgia coast has been extinguished, according to a press release from the St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command, as responding firefighter teams continue to monitor for additional flames. The wreckage of the 656-foot Golden Ray caught fire during salvage operations on Friday and seawater was used to extinguish the blaze, according to the US Coast Guard. “Early this evening our firefighting teams successfully put out the fire inside the Golden Ray wreck,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Efren Lopez. “Safety is our highest priority and...

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Here’s what you need to know before the 2021 Preakness Stakes kicks off

NBC — The Preakness Stakes is reclaiming its traditional second spot in the Triple Crown for its 146th running after an October edition in 2020. The 2021 Preakness Stakes will air on Saturday, May 15 from 2-5 p.m. on NBCSN and from 5-7:30 p.m. on NBC, NBC Sports reports. Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit opens as the 9-5 morning-line favorite after Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert agreed to “rigorous” conditions set by The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club. On Sunday, May 9, Baffert announced that Medina Spirit had 21 picograms of the steroid betamethasone in a postrace drug...

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Hyundai & Kia spend $7 billion in US electric car push

Hyundai and Kia are pouring billions of dollars into the United States, where they plan to start building electric cars and invest more in futuristic technologies. The South Korean carmakers announced Thursday that they would invest $7.4 billion in the country over the next four years, CNN reports. The funding will help the companies gradually expand manufacturing, though they said in a statement that exact plans have yet to be finalized. Hyundai aims to kick off electric vehicle production in the United States next year. The move bolsters the automaker’s presence stateside, where it...

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