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Ahead of summit, Trump blames US — not Putin — for sour relationship:

Four hours before his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump blamed the United States and the special counsel’s investigation stemming from Russian 2016 election interference for the dismal state of relations between the two countries.

Trump is set to sit down Monday with Putin, hoping once again that his personal touch can reverse the steep decline in US-Russia relations in recent years.
But while US officials have stressed the path to improving US-Russia ties runs through a clear-eyed understanding of Russian aggression and the root causes of discord in the relationship, Trump has signaled in the lead-up to the summit he finds previous US administrations and law enforcement — not Putin — accountable for the breakdown.
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Chicago police release body camera footage of man killed by officers”

The man Chicago police shot and killed Saturday appeared to be reaching for a gun in his waistband, according to body camera footage released by the department on Sunday.

Chicago police released two versions of the same video. One of the versions showed the events in real time and the other was in slow motion. Both versions showed four officers approaching Harith Augustus, 37. In the video, officers try to grab Augustus, who pushes the officers’ arms away and flails his arms. Augustus then rolls over the hood of a police vehicle and appears to reach to the right side of his waistband, where police say they saw a gun.
Neither of the videos has sound, said Superintendent of Police Eddie T. Johnson, because the first 30 seconds of audio buffers as soon as the videos are activated. Johnson also said the video has been edited to zoom in, freeze and slow down on key parts (like showing the waistband).

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LeBron James Shows Up to 2018 NBA Summer League Wearing Lakers Shorts:

Basketball fans got a taste of LeBron James in purple and gold as he donned Los Angeles Lakers shorts while taking in the NBA Summer League on Sunday.

The Lakers played the Detroit Pistons to open the day’s action in Las Vegas.

Los Angeles formally announced James’ signing Monday alongside a picture of him in a Lakers uniform but has yet to hold an official press conference in which James is unveiled with a Lakers jersey in hand

World Cup 2018: Final Power Rankings:

So that was the 2018 World Cup.

One of the very best in recent history, crowned by an epic final between France and Croatia. A period of introspection surely now follows, with millions of football fans the world over working out what to do with themselves now that it’s over.

For one last time, we’ve ranked the 32 competing nations on strength, their challenge for the trophy and how heavily they impressed. There are natural segmentations to the order—for example, those who went out in the groups are all ranked between 17th and 32nd, and those who lost in the round of 16 can be found between ninth and 16th

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Police officer, bystander fatally shot near Boston:

A policeman near Boston was fatally shot with his own service weapon Sunday morning by a man who used the same gun to kill a female bystander in her home, authorities said.

Weymouth Officer Michael Chesna, 42, responded to an “erratic driver” call about 7:30 a.m., police said. He found a car crashed and a man vandalizing a home.
Chesna drew his weapon and told the man to stop, according to Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor. But instead, officials said, the suspect, Emanuel Lopes, threw a stone at Chesna, which hit him in the head and knocked him down
Lopes took Chesna’s gun and shot him several times in the head and chest, Connor said.

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