‘Roh-zher! Roh-zher!’ Fans Welcome Roger Federer Back to French Open After 4-Year Absence

HOWARD FENDRICH / AP (PARIS) — Roger Federer entered a refurbished Court Philippe Chatrier for his first French Open match since 2015, greeted by the sun peeking through the clouds and the full-throated support of spectators in their designer sunglasses, straw hats and sweaters tied over their shoulders. Were it permitted, perhaps some ticket-holders would have embraced Federer right then and there, delivering a kiss on each cheek, as if reunited with an old friend at a sidewalk cafe. Alas, the welcome was limited to wild applause and enthusiastic chants of his first name — “Roh-zher! Roh-zher!” — before and … Continue reading ‘Roh-zher! Roh-zher!’ Fans Welcome Roger Federer Back to French Open After 4-Year Absence

Lewis Hamilton Dedicates His Monaco Grand Prix Win to Recently Deceased Mentor Niki Lauda

JEROME PUGMIRE / AP (MONACO) — Lewis Hamilton’s stressful win at Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix extended his championship lead to 17 points after six races, yet perhaps more importantly it reminded him just why he loves Formula One racing. Holding off Max Verstappen on fading tires that made his Mercedes slip around, Hamilton clinched his fourth win of the season and 77th of a glittering career. The five-time F1 champion ranked it among his best five drives. “I appreciate a tough race,” Hamilton said. “Ultimately as an athlete you want the toughest battles when they come.” Verstappen, despite being hit … Continue reading Lewis Hamilton Dedicates His Monaco Grand Prix Win to Recently Deceased Mentor Niki Lauda

French Police Have Arrested Two Suspects Over the Lyon Explosion That Wounded 13

Samuel Petrequin / AP (PARIS) — French police have arrested two suspects following a blast in the city of Lyon that wounded 13 people last week, French authorities said on Monday. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced the first arrest on Twitter, a development later confirmed by Paris prosecutors, who handle all terrorism-related cases. The prosecutors’ office later said a second suspect was arrested and detained. Lyon mayor Gerard Collomb, a former interior minister, said one of the suspects is an IT student who was arrested as he stepped out of a bus. “It’s a relief for all Lyon inhabitants. I … Continue reading French Police Have Arrested Two Suspects Over the Lyon Explosion That Wounded 13

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party Makes Big Gains as U.K. Voters Reject the Status Quo

Jill Lawless and Gregory Katz / AP (LONDON) — Veteran politician Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party scored big gains in European elections, with his party and several anti-Brexit parties dooming the governing Conservative Party and opposition Labour to humiliating defeats. With results announced early Monday for all of England and Wales, the Brexit Party had won 28 of the 73 British EU seats up for grabs and almost a third of the votes. The Liberal Democrats took about 20% of the vote and 15 seats — up from only one at the last EU election in 2014. Labour came third … Continue reading Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party Makes Big Gains as U.K. Voters Reject the Status Quo

Unlike Japan’s Shinzo Abe, President Trump Isn’t ‘Personally Bothered’ by North Korea’s Missile Tests

Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville / AP (TOKYO) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he is not “personally bothered” by recent short-range missile tests that North Korea conducted this month, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry. Abe, who stood beside Trump at a news conference after hours of talks, disagreed with the U.S. president, saying the missile tests violated U.S. Security Council resolutions and were “of great regret.” Abe, who has been cozying up to Trump on a number of issues, is concerned because the missiles … Continue reading Unlike Japan’s Shinzo Abe, President Trump Isn’t ‘Personally Bothered’ by North Korea’s Missile Tests

Ireland Has Voted Overwhelmingly to Ease Its Divorce Laws

Hillary Leung The Republic of Ireland has voted to relax restrictions on divorce laws by an overwhelming majority, in the latest move to liberalize a constitution heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church. A referendum held Friday saw 82.1% of voters supporting the change, which removes a clause requiring couples to have been separated for four of the previous five years in order to get a divorce, the BBC reports. A new timeframe will be decided on by the Oireachtas, or the Irish parliament. The government has previously expressed the view that a two-year separation is enough, according to the … Continue reading Ireland Has Voted Overwhelmingly to Ease Its Divorce Laws

A Change to the Tax Code Hurt Fallen Soldiers’ Families. Now a Bipartisan Push Wants to Fix It

Abby Vesoulis For many Americans, President Donald Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act resulted in lower income and corporate tax rates. But an unintended consequence of the 2017 overhaul was a significant tax hike for families whose loved ones lost their lives while serving as active-duty military members. Gold Star families, as they are commonly referred to, are eligible to receive two forms of compensation for their losses. One is a monthly stipend from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the other is an insurance annuity from the Department of Defense. Because current law bars military widows from receiving the … Continue reading A Change to the Tax Code Hurt Fallen Soldiers’ Families. Now a Bipartisan Push Wants to Fix It