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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Merkel Tells Beer Tent Rally Europe Must Plot Its Own Course

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe must plot its own course in an increasingly unreliable world order as she plunged back onto the campaign trail 17 weeks ahead of national elections.

Fresh from a Group of Seven summit marked by a recalcitrant U.S. President Donald Trump, Merkel on Sunday sought to shore up support in her bid for a fourth term, speaking in a Bavarian beer tent to supporters of her Christian Social Union sister party, which has been hostile to her refugee policy.

Vice President Mike Pence Misleads on Premiums

Vice President Mike Pence went too far in claiming that a new report showed that “the average premium across this country has actually doubled under Obamacare.” The report, from the Department of Health and Human Services, focuses only on insurance purchased on the exchanges in 39 states and notes that it is “an approximation” with limitations.

Also, the vast majority of people buying plans on those exchanges aren’t actually paying the 2017 premium prices that HHS includes in its report, because 83 percent of them got premium tax credits to help pay for insurance.

New Orleans Flees the Confederacy - Mayor Mitch Landrieu faces the past.

Whitewashing the ignoble aims of the Confederacy, and of the white supremacists who continue to glorify it, is a deeply ingrained political instinct. The lie of the “Lost Cause” owes its longevity not so much to the racists who believe in it as to the many politicians who enable it.

Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Hooks No. 1, ‘Baywatch’ Belly Flops

Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is sailing into first place at the domestic box office this weekend, but the story the numbers dictate is not one of swashbuckling heroics.

Johnny Depp’s fifth outing as Jack Sparrow is looking at a three-day total of $62.2 million from 4,276 locations, and a four-day holiday weekend sum of $77 million. If not for international appeal, that would be a let down for a movie riding on a $230 million production budget.

Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dies at 69

Gregg Allman, whose hard-jamming, bluesy sextet the Allman Brothers Band was the pioneering unit in the Southern rock explosion of the ‘70s, died Saturday due to complications from liver cancer, his longtime manager, Michael Lehman, confirmed to He was 69.

As recently as April 24, reports surfaced claiming Allman was in hospice, although Lehman denied those reports, which Allman then substantiated in a Facebook post. However, he had suffered a number of ailments in recent years — including an irregular heartbeat, a respiratory infection, a hernia and a liver transplant — and cancelled many scheduled tour dates in recent months for health reasons. Lehman said that Allman’s liver cancer recurred around five years ago, but the singer chose to keep the news private.

LSU Baseball Dominates, Advances to SEC Championship

HOOVER, Ala. – Senior left-hander Jared Poche' earned his 37th career win Saturday, and LSU scored in double figures for the fifth straight game as the third-ranked Tigers defeated South Carolina, 11-0, to advance to the SEC Tournament championship game.

'WE LEFT A LEGACY' - Kasey Cooper Concludes Stellar Auburn Career

AUBURN, Ala. - The first time Kasey Cooper spoke, the tears outnumbered the words.

"I'm proud I came to Auburn," said Cooper, asked to reflect on the emotions she was feeling minutes after the conclusion of one of the most brilliant careers in Auburn athletics history.

Cooper, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI in her finale, narrowly missed hitting a home run for the second straight Super Regional game, with Oklahoma winning 5-2 to advance to the Women's College World Series.

Auburn T&F with Finish Strong at NCAA East Prelims

AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn track and field team wrapped up day three of the NCAA East Preliminaries in Lexington, Ky. on a rainy Saturday, advancing seven athletes and three relays to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. On the weekend, the Tigers qualified 14 athletes for 15 events and three relays.

“We really had a great prelims overall and probably one of the best since I have been at Auburn,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “This team is really starting to come together. We are performing at a very high level right now and we just have to stay focused and get ready for the next step. Our coaches did a great job of getting the team prepared and I am excited to see this team compete in Eugene.”