White House to focus on investment in Middle East as part of peace proposal

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    The White House will announce Sunday afternoon the first part of its Middle East peace proposal, what officials are calling an economic "workshop" to encourage investing capital in the West Bank, Gaza, and the region, a senior administration official tells CNN.

    Opinion: Amash's impeachment call puts the Constitution ahead of Trump

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    Finally, a deeply conservative member of Congress, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, has put the US Constitution before partisan loyalty to President Donald Trump. The question is -- will this inspire other Republicans to do the same, or will they continue to defend Trump against any claims of wrongdoing arising from Robert Mueller's investigation? If social media is any indication, it's likely they will do the latter -- at least for now.

    A billionaire told nearly 400 Morehouse College grads that he'd create a grant to eliminate their loans

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    Morehouse College seniors got a surprise Sunday when billionaire investor Robert F. Smith announced during his commencement speech that he would pay off the student loan debt for the historically black college's graduating class.

    Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win ninth Rome Masters

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    Rafael Nadal had to dig deep to beat Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rome Masters and claim his first title of the season, winning 6-0 4-6 6-1 after more than two hours of intense battle.

    Secretly recorded video casts harsh light on far right

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    A secretly recorded video allegedly showing a corrupt far-right politician -- the number two figure in Austria's ruling coalition -- has nearly brought down a government that has been the shining hope of Europe's rising nationalists. The true cost of this scandal will likely be measured next weekend, when Austrians vote in the European parliamentary elections.

    Egypt explosion: Tourists on bus injured near Giza pyramids

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    At least 16 people are hurt near the Grand Egyptian Museum, South African tourists among them.

    Switzerland gun control: Voters back EU regulations

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    A referendum backs new gun restrictions, helping Switzerland avoid conflict with the European Union.

    India election 2019: Exit polls suggest Narendra Modi back as PM

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party is seen on course to win the general election.

    Dutee Chand becomes first openly gay Indian athlete

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    Dutee Chand says she was encouraged to speak out after India decriminalised gay sex in 2018.

    Australian betting company pays out for wrong result

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    Australia's Sportsbet handed out A$1m to those betting on a Labor win, two days before the vote.

    Assange's belongings 'to be handed to US' - WikiLeaks

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    Julian Assange's belongings from his time living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London will be handed over to US prosecutors, WikiLeaks has claimed.

    Columbine shooting survivor found dead aged 37

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    A survivor of the Columbine High School shooting has been found dead at his home in Colorado 20 years after the attack.

    Trump enters row over state-led abortion crackdown

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    US President Donald Trump has waded into the row over strict new abortion laws introduced by some US states arguing he is "strongly pro-life".

    Foreign tourists hurt in bus blast near Egypt's pyramids

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    At least 16 people have been injured in a blast targeting a tourist bus in Egypt.

    Calvin Klein apologises over Bella Hadid kissing robot advert

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    American fashion brand Calvin Klein has been forced to apologise after fans accused it of "queerbaiting" in its new advertising campaign.

    Austrian President Calls for Elections in September

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    Alexander Van der Bellen said continuity was essential after the far-right vice chancellor resigned over a video showing him promising favors to a woman who claimed ties to a Russian oligarch.

    Swiss Vote to Tighten Firearms Laws to Align With E.U. Rules

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    Swiss voters agreed on Sunday to tighten the country’s gun laws in order to comply with European Union legislation that came into force following terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere.

    Rain Much on Your Vacation? One Italian Island Offers Hotel Refunds

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    Tourists who visit Elba, off the coast of Tuscany, get one night back for every day during which it rains for more than two hours at a time.

    Fighting Ebola When Mourners Fight the Responders

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    An Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo — the second-largest in history — is escalating in part because locals don’t trust health workers and government officials.

    belarus dispatch: Want to Relax? Try the Spa in a Salt Mine in Belarus

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    To some, the suggestion of a visit to the salt mines evokes grim memories of prison camps. But allergy sufferers swear by the health benefits.

    Rebels say Syrian army fails to retake Latakia mountain

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    Syrian rebels held onto a commanding position in a mountain range in the coastal province of Latakia, the ancestral home of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, after government forces were forced to withdraw.

    China investigates former head of securities regulator

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    The former head of China's top securities regulator has been put under investigation by the country's anti-corruption watchdog on suspicion of violating laws, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on Sunday.

    India's Modi set to sweep election, exit polls show

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    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling alliance is likely to win a big majority in parliament after a mammoth general election that ended on Sunday, most exit polls showed, a far better showing than expected in recent weeks.

    Exit polls cheer India's ruling party; markets set to rally

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    Indian equities, rupee and bonds are set to rally on Monday after almost all exit polls suggested that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was likely to secure a clear mandate at the 2019 national elections.

    Venezuela oil minister says economy, oil industry under U.S. siege

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    Venezuelan Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo said on Sunday his country's economy and oil industry was under economic and financial siege by the U.S. government.

    True espresso love: Attending a university of coffee

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    In Italy students are taught the rules in brewing the perfect cup – a highly-calibrated method of preparation that is an art in itself

    A perfect cup of espresso

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    The vibrant southern Italian city of Naples seems to run on espresso. Seth Doane explores the Neapolitan love of coffee with tour guide Marcello Uzzi at Caffè Gambrinus, and attends lessons at the Italian coffee powerhouse Illy's own University of Coffee in Trieste, where the highly-calibrated method of preparing the perfect cup of espresso is taught.

    Trafficking in art

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    In Florence the hottest new art pieces are Clet Abraham's doctored street signs – playful, funny and irreverent

    Turning street signs into art

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    In Florence even the street signs are pieces of artwork. Playful, funny, irreverent, hundreds of them dot the landscape, thanks to street artist Clet Abraham, a Frenchman who saw an opportunity to do something different in a place imbued in history. Jane Pauley reports.

    The spread that made hazelnuts famous

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    The rich chocolate-hazelnut creation has been a staple for generations of cooks in Piedmont, Italy

    Cannes: Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ is a return to form and a spiritual call to arms

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    In the eight years since Terrence Malick won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for “The Tree of Life,” his magisterial drama about childhood’s end and the spirit’s awakening, the standard critical line is that he has become an artist lost in the wilderness, stranded in an artistic limbo of his own making. ...

    Shepard Fairey and 30 other artists turn Maya Angelou school into an outdoor gallery

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    School was out for the day at ​Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School, but the campus was bright with activity. More than two dozen enormous murals were going up at the South L.A. ​school, transforming the mostly gray and drab-green buildings into an explosion of color and story. Skateboarders...

    ‘John Wick 3’ dethrones ‘Avengers: Endgame’ at weekend box office

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    It had to happen eventually, and Keanu Reeves was the man to do it. Lionsgate's "John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum" stole the top spot at the weekend box office from the mighty Marvel blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame," which had dominated for three consecutive weeks. "Parabellum" opened above expectations...

    Natalie Ramirez gets her final shot at a state title

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    You’re a 9-year-old girl who doesn’t like running. The shotput coach asks, “Does anyone want to try shotput?” Natalie Ramirez almost shouted it out: “Yes!” So began an almost decade-long run that could culminate in a CIF state championship next weekend in Clovis, Calif. Ramirez, a 5-foot-8 senior...

    Some in San Diego worried as Border Patrol sends more migrants to California from Texas

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    The U.S. Border Patrol said Friday that it would fly hundreds of migrant families from south Texas to San Diego for processing. The flights are the latest sign of how the Border Patrol is struggling to keep up with large numbers of Central American families that are reaching the U.S. border with...

    Titans’ Kevin Byard, Logan Ryan help pay funeral costs for mother of female football star

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    Titans' Logan Ryan and Kevin Byard to help pay funeral costs for the mother of Toni Harris, a female football start who signed with Central Methodist.

    Chara skates before Bruins' practice

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    Three days after he had to miss Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final because of an undisclosed injury, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara skated before practice.

    John Wick 3' takes out 'Avengers: Endgame' with $57 million box-office debut

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    The third installment of Keanu Reeves' hyper-violent 'John Wick' franchise has won the box office's top spot, ending the reign of 'Avengers: Endgame.'

    Airbnb users getting scammed with fake rentals, account closures

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    Some Airbnb users are being scammed with their accounts being accessed and being charged for non-refundable reservations made on their payment method.

    Missing girl Salem Sabatka found safe after 'heroes' lead Texas police to her kidnapper

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    Salem Sabatka, 8, was found safe and the 51-year-old man accused of abducting her was taken into custody, according to Texas police.

    Swiss Voters Opt to Tighten Gun Laws in Measure That Tested Nation’s Shooting Traditions

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    (GENEVA) — Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to tighten the Alpine nation’s gun laws, bringing the country in line with many of its European partners despite the objections of local gun owners, Swiss media reported, citing official results. Switzerland’s public broadcaster said more than 63% of voters nationwide agreed to align with European Union firearms rules adopted two years ago after deadly attacks in France, Belgium, Germany and Britain. The vote Sunday was part of Switzerland’s regular referendums that give citizens a direct say in policymaking. It had stoked passions in a country with long, proud traditions of gun ownership and sport and target shooting. Switzerland, unlike many other European nations, allows veterans of its obligatory military service for men to take home their service weapons after tours of duty. The Swiss proposal, among other things, requires regular training on the use of firearms, special waivers to own some semi-automatic weapons and serial number tracking system for key parts of some guns. Gun owners would have to register any weapons not already registered within three years, and keep a registry of their gun collections. Supporters of the measure, who included the Swiss parliament and executive branch, said similar measures adopted by the EU after deadly extremist attacks are needed to ensure strong police cooperation and economic ties with Switzerland’s partners in Europe’s Schengen visa-free travel zone. They insisted it will not block law-abiding citizens from obtaining legal guns, but would simply do more to track them. Switzerland is not an EU member, but it is in the Schengen zone. Opponents insisted the proposal would violate Switzerland’s constitution and do little to fight extremism or crime. They said the weapons used in recent attacks in Europe weren’t obtained legally. They argued the proposal cracks down mainly on lawful gun owners in Switzerland and rams through what they see as the latest diktat from Brussels. Jean-Luc Addor, a populist Swiss People’s Party lawmaker from the southwestern Valais region, said adopting the EU directive would be “unjust, freedom-killing, useless, dangerous, and above all, anti-Swiss.” “With no effect on the fight against terrorism, it will only hit honest, law-abiding citizens who possess legal weapons,” he wrote on his website. “It’s the epitome of injustice.” Switzerland hasn’t faced major extremist attacks like those that have hit France, Belgium, Britain and Germany in recent years, leaving scores dead. Ahead of the vote, most of Switzerland’s major political parties — except for the populist Swiss People’s Party — favored the measure, with support strongest among Socialists and Greens. The rift on the issue has fallen along a rural-urban divide, with city dwellers more inclined to back the EU directive.

    At Least 17 Injured as Bomb Strikes Tourist Bus Near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids

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    (CAIRO) — A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said. The officials said the bus was travelling on a road close to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, which is located adjacent to the Giza Pyramids but is not yet open to tourists. The bus was carrying at least 25 people mostly from South Africa, officials added. The attack comes as Egypt’s vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak. The officials said security forces cordoned off the site of the explosion and the wounded were taken to a nearby hospital. The explosion damaged a windshield of another car, they said. Footage circulated online shows shattered windows of the bus. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media. Atif Moftah, general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum, said the explosion did not cause any damage to the museum, in a statement issued by the antiquities ministry. No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. It is the second to target foreign tourists near the famed pyramids in less than six months. In December, a bus carrying 15 Vietnamese tourists was hit by a roadside bomb, killing at least three of them. Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists. The insurgency gained strength after the 2013 military overthrow of the country’s first freely elected president, an Islamist whose brief rule sparked mass protests.

    Despite Opposition, ICE Looks to Open New Immigration Detention Facilities in California

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    As the U.S. immigration system strains with the highest number of apprehensions at the southwestern border in a decade, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is looking at opening new detention facilities in California. ICE is considering using existing facilities or constructing new facilities in the Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco areas to house between 5,100 to 5,600 detainees, according to official documents posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website. The facilities would be used to house “criminal aliens and other immigrant violators,” the documents say. The move comes as U.S. border patrol said it would consider flying migrant families from states along the border to other locations across the country. ICE has faced significant opposition to opening new detention facilities in the past. In 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union and 13 other groups issued a letter imploring ICE to halt plans to open new facilities across the country. Lorella Praeli, director of immigration policy and campaigns at the ACLU, called the move “deeply disturbing” in a statement. “The ICE detention system is already notorious for inhumane and abusive conditions as well as lack of transparency and accountability,” she said. This is yet another example of the Trump administration’s dangerous immigration policies.” California has been at the forefront of efforts to limit ICE’s plans to build new facilities. In 2018, the state passed a law that blocks local governments from starting contracts with private companies that run prisons. Several California cities ended contracts with ICE over the last year, according to the San Francisco *Chronicle*, leading to the loss of 434 beds. ICE stipulates that each facility must have access to hospitals, immigration court, fire stations and transportation hubs. It also states that an “ideal” facility would have minimum, medium and maximum security beds for adults, according to the documents. “Facilities must provide housing, food, maintenance, laundry, utilities, and dental/medical/mental health care,” the documents say. “Dedicated ICE facilities are preferred, but facilities shared with other detained populations will be considered as long as appropriate separation of ICE detainees is possible.” GEO Group, a private company that operates and manages 69 correctional and detainment facilities across the country, has been accused of pressuring local governments to end their contracts so that GEO can partner with ICE, enabling them to get around the law restricting new facilities, according to the *Chronicle*. Hamid Yazdan Panah, an attorney and advocacy director of the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice, told the *Chronicle*, said that it appears that ICE and GEO worked together to circumvent the law. “It seems to indicate that all these things are part of a larger push by ICE to make up for the bed space that they lost in the closure of the facilities,” he said. The announcement comes as the U.S. immigration system has strained to cope with an increased number of asylum applications, a surge of apprehensions at the border, and increased pressure by the Trump administration to pursue aggressive immigration policies. U.S. Border Patrol told reporters on Friday that it plans to fly migrant families from states along the border to places across the U.S. for processing, according to the Associated Press. The flights were scheduled to fly out three times a week starting Friday, and do not have a scheduled end date. Preliminary plans include flights from the Rio Grande Valley to Buffalo, Detroit and Miami. On Friday, Border Patrol also announced plans to open four temporary structures in the Rio Grande Valley. Detentions at the border have surged over the last year. More than 109,000 people were apprehended there this April, more than double the number detained the year before. However, the number of detentions is still significantly less than the number who were apprehended in the early 2000s; in April 2000, more than 180,000 people were appended. The majority are families or children traveling by themselves. During the Trump administration, ICE has stepped up its efforts to detain immigrants inside U.S. borders. It conducted more 158,581 administrative arrests of people accused of civil violations of U.S. immigration laws in 2018, compared to 110,104 in 2016.

    Watch Saturday Night Live Try and Fail to Pay Tribute to Game of Thrones on Season Finale

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    Everything was set for a flashy rap tribute to *Game of Thrones* on the 44th season finale of *Saturday Night Live *— high-end lighting, Pete Davidson with a gold chain, even a surprise appearance from Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm on the hit TV show. But when it came time to lay down some verses, the results were … uninspired. “Jon Snow, dragons, lotsa wolves, blue zombies, armor clothes, silver swords that extendo, prostitute houses, lotsa wine and a big *** wall,” Davidson rapped. “Never miss an episode. There’s hobbits and toads. Magic and muggles, I assume some crows.” As it turned out, Davidson had never actually seen the show. “Look, Pete, you don’t have to do a rap about *Game of Thrones* just because it’s the most popular show in the world right now,” said longtime cast member Kenan Thompson. That’s when things got weird. With free reign to sing about his *actual* favorite show, Davidson, along with special guests DJ Khaled and Paul Rudd, performed an extended rap about Netflix’s *Grace and Frankie* instead. “Better than *Game of Thrones*,” rapped DJ Khaled. “Grace and Frankie. They’re different but they’re friends. It’s a nice show,” he sang later, paying homage to the Netflix series starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. The season finale also kicked off with a musical cold open, which featured Alec Baldwin returning as President Trump, joining several cast members — and Robert De Niro — in a parody rendition of the Queen song “Don’t Stop Me Now.” “I’m very excited about summer, getting around to those things I never have time for.” Baldwin-as-Trump said before the musical number started. “Golf, visiting friends in prison, and enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs from China.” “Wait a second,” said De Niro as Robert Mueller later on. “I have something very important to say to the American people. Something they need to hear.” “No collusion, no obstruction,” Baldwin’s Trump jumped in. Watch the cold open below:

    War of Will Wins Preakness in Wild Race That Also Featured a Jockey-Less Horse

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Casse completed a lifelong quest two weeks after the scare of a lifetime. And he did so in a race featuring a riderless horse that threw his jockey out of the gate and kept running. Since he was a child, Casse wanted to win a Triple Crown race, and the well-respected trainer got that victory when War of Will bounced back from a bumpy ride in the Kentucky Derby to win the Preakness on Saturday. Casse, 58, was more relieved than anything that his prized 3-year-old colt didn’t go down in the Derby, which could’ve been a multihorse catastrophe, and could finally take a deep breath following the Preakness. “This is even I think probably more special given everything that we’ve been through,” Casse said. “I’m not even calling it redemption. I didn’t feel like he got his fair shot, and that’s all I wanted — a fair shot. And he showed what he had today.” War of Will was unfazed starting from the inside No. 1 post position for the second consecutive race, even though that contributed to his rough run at Churchill Downs. Rising star jockey Tyler Gaffalione guided the horse along the rail in the Preakness and made a move into the lead around the final curve, holding off hard-charging late addition Everfast, who was a nose ahead of Owendale for second. All the while, Bodexpress — after ejecting Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez — kept running around the Pimlico track and did an extra lap. An outrider tried to swoop in at the top of the stretch and corral Bodexpress, but the horse sped up and passed a few competitors near the finish line and kept going. Technically, Bodexpress gets a did-not-finish. “He wasn’t behaving well,” said Velazquez, who added he’s fine and would not seek medical attention. “When the doors opened, I was off right from the start and he kind of jumped sideways, and I had my feet out sideways and I lost my balance and went out.” It was yet another bizarre scene in a Triple Crown season full of it. Two weeks ago at the Kentucky Derby, apparent winner Maximum Security was disqualified for interfering with War of Will, and Country House elevated to first in the only on-track disqualification in the race’s 145-year history. Casse was just thankful War of Will was healthy and decided to take his shot in the Preakness even though Maximum Security and Country House didn’t run. It was the first Preakness run without the Kentucky Derby winner since 1996, but the 13-horse field was the largest since 2011. Go back to 1951 for the last time the Preakness was run without the top four finishers from the Derby. “This is the Preakness,” Casse said. “We just won the Preakness. I really don’t care who was in it.” Bob Baffert-trained Improbable was in it as the 5-2 favorite and finished a disappointing sixth. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness are the only races of Improbable’s career that he didn’t finish first or second. “He just got mad and reared up,” Baffert said of Improbable’s antics in the starting gate. “After that, he was in a good spot. He just didn’t kick.” War of Will had plenty of kick and put himself in position to become the first horse since Afleet Alex in 2005 and 19th all-time to fall short in the Derby but win the Preakness and Belmont. Winning the $1.5 million Preakness by a 1¼ length over Everfast, who wasn’t entered until Wednesday, was another illustration of War of Will’s mix of talent and grit. “He’s got so much heart,” Gaffalione said. “We always knew he had the ability. We just had to get a little bit lucky, and today was our day.” It’s a breakthrough for Gaffalione, who has become something of a rising star since being named top apprentice rider in 2015. Gaffalione, 24, was aboard War of Will for the colt’s sixth consecutive race and came away with the biggest victory of his young career. “It really hasn’t even hit me yet,” said Gaffalione, who got advice Saturday morning from idol Jerry Bailey. “I can’t even put it into words.” Casse had plenty of words after the contentious situation at the Kentucky Derby that spurred a lawsuit from Maximum Security owners Gary West and a 15-day suspension handed down to jockey Luis Saez. He took issue with West blaming War of Will and Gaffalione. West took Maximum Security off the Triple Crown trail, but Casse was eager to get War of Will back on the track two years after Classic Empire finished second in the Preakness. With the sport in turmoil after the deaths of 24 horses at Santa Anita Park since Dec. 26 and an ongoing quarrel over the future site of the Preakness, Casse’s first Triple Crown victory is a tale of redemption for him and the horse even if he doesn’t want to call it that. “I’m just very happy for Mark to get his first Classic win,” Gaffalione said. “Very happy for the horse. He deserved it more than anything. He’s so special.”

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