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The Mike Huckabee recordCruz hits 14th HR, Hernandez pitches Mariners past Angels (Yahoo Sports)

The conservative TV host was not nearly as hardline a governor as many would imagine.


Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz, left, celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels as Logan Morrison walks up to bat during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 4, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. Morrison also hit a solo home run in the inning. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez are both off to a scintillating start, and that combination was too much for the Los Angeles Angels to overcome. Cruz hit his major league-leading 14th home run hours after being selected AL Player of the Month for April, and Hernandez won his fifth straight decision to begin the season as the Seattle Mariners beat the defending AL West champions 3-2 on Monday night. Cruz hit a leadoff shot against Matt Shoemaker that snapped a scoreless tie in the seventh. It came in the Mariners' 26th game, tying Cruz with four other players for the most homers at that stage of a season.


IS claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attackGriffin's triple-double lifts Clippers over Rockets 117-101 (Yahoo Sports)

An FBI crime scene investigator documents evidence outside the Curtis Culwell Center, Monday, May 4, 2015, in Garland, Texas. Two men opened fire with assault weapons on police Sunday night who were guarding a contest for Muslim Prophet Muhammed cartoons. A police officer returned fire killing both men. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a weekend attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, that was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad — though it offered no evidence of a direct link to the attackers.


HOUSTON, TX - MAY 4: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots against the Houston Rockets in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 4, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Clippers knew no one player could make up for Chris Paul's absence. Blake Griffin had 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists for his second straight triple-double to lead six double-digit scorers and lift the Clippers to a 117-101 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Matt Barnes got the Clippers going after that, making two 3-pointers in a 12-0 run that made it 101-88 3 minutes later, and the Clippers coasted to the victory. Dwight Howard led Houston with 22 points and James Harden added 20, but had nine of the team's 23 turnovers.


Kerry visits Somalia; 1st such trip for a secretary of stateCardinals rally from 5 down to beat Cubs 10-9 (Yahoo Sports)

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed, second from right, and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, right, at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in a show of solidarity with the Somalian government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. Kerry is the first U.S. Secretary of State to ever visit the country. Kerry is also visiting Sri Lanka, Kenya, Djibouti, France, and Saudi Arabia on his trip.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia Tuesday in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. He is the first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit Somalia.


St. Louis Cardinals' Tony Cruz gives his team their first lead of the game with a two-run double in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Monday, May 4, 2015, in St. Louis. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

One big swing by Mark Reynolds and a once-imposing deficit was down to a single run. Tony Cruz put the St. Louis Cardinals over the top. ''This is ridiculous,'' said Reynolds, whose grand slam started the comeback in a 10-9 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. ''We're never out of it.'' Cruz hit a tiebreaking two-run double to cap a four-run seventh inning for the Cardinals, who have won seven in a row.


Attorney general visits Baltimore after charges in Gray caseChirinos' sacrifice fly in 9th lifts Rangers past Astros (Yahoo Sports)

A law enforcement officer washes the face of a woman who was affected by pepper spray at the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Avenues in BaltimoreNew Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the head of the Justice Department's civil rights division will travel to Baltimore on Tuesday, the week after the city's top prosecutor charged six police officers in the death of a black man. Lynch planned to meet with city officials, members of Congress, law enforcement, faith and community leaders, a Justice Department official said. Lynch was to be accompanied by Vanita Gupta, head of Justice's civil rights division, and Ronald Davis, director of its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS.


Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) strikes out in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game Monday May 4, 2015 in Houston. Texas Rangers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

The Texas Rangers got a much-needed win in a close game and cooled off the hottest team in baseball. Robinson Chirinos hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and the Rangers snapped Houston's 10-game winning streak with a 2-1 win over the Astros on Monday night. It was a pitching victory with timely hitting.'' Chirinos' sacrifice fly to center scored Adrian Beltre, who led off the inning with a double off Chad Qualls (0-2), moved to third on Kyle Blanks' single and slid in as Jake Marisnick's throw to the plate went to the backstop.


Gunman in Mohammad cartoon attack in Texas monitored for yearsBrewers win in Counsell's debut, 4-3 over Dodgers (Yahoo Sports)

Local police and FBI investigators survey the scene where two gunmen were shot dead, after their bodies were removed in GarlandBy Jon Herskovitz and David Schwartz GARLAND, Texas/PHOENIX (Reuters) - Federal agents for years monitored one of the two gunmen who were shot dead after opening fire with assault rifles at a heavily guarded Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. Two government sources who asked not to be named said the gunmen were roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, of Phoenix. Court documents show Simpson had been under surveillance since 2006 and was convicted in 2011 of lying to FBI agents over his desire to join violent jihad in Somalia. FBI agents and police searched the two men's home at the Autumn Ridge Apartments in north-central Phoenix on Monday, cordoning off the complex and evacuating residents for several hours.


Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell celebrates with Elian Herrera (3) and Aramis Ramirez (16) after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, May 4, 2015, in Milwaukee. The Brewers won 4-3. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Craig Counsell capped his first day as a big league manager in the best way possible: with a victory. The Milwaukee Brewers rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to win in Counsell's managerial debut, 4-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night. ''It's a very special day,'' said Counsell, who took over for Ron Roenicke, who was fired Sunday night. ''It was a blur a little bit, quite honestly, but it's a special day.'' Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was denied his 100th career win, and took a no-decision.




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