‘Jeopardy!’ Champion James Holzhauer Extends Strea 上海龙凤论坛k To 28 Wins, Closes In On Ken Jennings’ Record

James Holzhauer landed his 28th straight Jeopardy! victory on Memorial Day, adding $130,222 to his prize winnin,上海贵族宝,上海龙凤419nm,贝论坛oh,gs. That was just shy of the one-day record of$131,127 that he set on April 9.

The latest win brings professional Las Vegas gambler’s tally to $2,195,557, pulling in within $325,000 of the record haul of Jeopardy! all-time champion Ken Jennings, who amassed $2,520,700 du,爱上海cte,ring his dream run in 2004.

Holzhauer last week became only the second Jeopardy! contestant ever to cross the $2 million earnings mark. He is averaging more than $77,000 per show.

Jennings has been cheering Holzhauer on, most recently tweeting two days ago.


When the offer is fake: How sc 上海龙凤论坛ammers target job seekers

Job hunters, beware: Scammers are out impersonating would-be employers to get at your sensitive data and even your checking account.

Here’s how it works:

A fake job ad is posted, either on social media or on a job-hunting site. The scammer might use a known organization’s name and logo to lure the would-be marks. In some cases, they might even hack into an organization’s email system, so that any email with the job info looks legitimate and trustworthy.

An interview follows for those who respond, either by phone or online via something like Google Hangouts. Sensitive personal information (e.g. Social Security number, bank account numbers) is sought.

Some take the scheme even further with an elaborately fake check, which is sent to cover office supplies, training or other supposedly legitimate expenses. The “new hire” is instructed to send some amount of that check back to the “employer.”

The check, of course, is fake.And as if losing money in the scam isn’t bad enough: The mark could face a criminal charge of check fraud, according to the Consumer Federation of America.

Although it’s not as prevalent as, say, the IRS scam, officials in D.C., Maryland and Virginia say they’re familiar with it.

“Scammers are constantly evolving, thinking of new ways to get sensitive information from people, to steal money from people. This is just sort of the new way that people are preying on people who are underemployed or unemployed,” said Ben Wiseman, director of the D.C. attorney general’s Office of Consumer Protection.

At least one victim in Virginia found the scam so convincing that they actually quit their job after a fake employment offer, said Attorney General Mark Herring.

And a national nonprofit based in D.C.,Share Our Strength, has been spending a fair amount of time lately telling people that they’re not hired.As of late May, 40 would-be “hires” had contacted them in 2019 — either to ask whether their “job offer” was legitimate or to ask about the “check” that they cashed, saidTracee Sanders, ,爱上海kv,human resources director.

“What we have seen is that they will receive a check, and they’re told that check is to be used to cover the supplies that they need to purchase to send — in our case the items to the orphanages and places that they are supposed to be supporting,”she said.

How to avoid it

Officials from area attorney general offices have some advice on how job hunters can steer clear of this scam.

Do your due diligence and make sure a potential employer is legitimate. One way, Herring suggests, is tocross-reference any emails with the company’s website to see if they’ve posted it online.

Be wary of requests for financial or other sensitive information, especially if they’re from an unsolicited call or letter. “You shouldn’t be providing it — especially over the phone — to anyone,” Wiseman said. This includes your Social Security number and even your birthday.

Same goes for a request for an upfront payment.“If you are being asked as part of an employment process to wire money, to use gift cards of any kind, to send money somewhere, to use iTunes cards, to use MoneyPak, any of those things — those are generally signs that this is a scam and not a valid employment contract,” saidKaren S. Straughn,Maryland assistant attorney general and director of the Consumer Protection Division’s mediation unit.

And of course, that so-called check might as well be a red flag. “If somebody sends you a check and tells you to cash it and forward money on to someone else, or to cash it and forward money back to the person who sent you the check, that is a big sign,” Straughn said.

Freeze your creditif you don’t need a report anytime soon.“It is really a good way to make sure that you’re protecting yourself from identity thieves,” Wiseman suggested.

Finally, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is:“such things like really high rates of pay for very simple tasks, or receiving a job offer without even an interview,” Herring said.

If you think you’ve been a victim of the scam

Start bycontacting theFBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. Then …

In Virginia:Contact the attorney general office’s Consumer Protection Section, either online or by calling 804-786-2042.

“Many times, scams like this are actually criminal in nature, so if something like this has happened to you, also reach out to your local law enforcemen,上海贵族宝贝论坛ya,t,” Herring added.

In D.C.:Call the attorney general’s Office of Consumer Protection 202-442-9828 or file a complaint online. Wiseman, too, encourages contacting police.

In Maryland: Call the attorney general’s office at410-528-8662 (Monday — Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). You can also report it online. Hover over the “Consumer Complaint” button and click “General Complaint.”

Also, Straughn recommends you tell everyone you know if you’re a victim. Don’t be ashamed.

“It is not something to be embarrassed about,” she said. “It is something that you ,上海龙凤419gpvk,should be letting people know, because the best way we can protect ourselves is to advise each other.”

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Serena Williams beats Vitalia Diatchenko at o 上海419论坛pening match

Serena Williams shakes hands with Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia following their ladies singles first round match during day two of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2019, in Paris, France. Getty

Serena Williams defeated Vitalia Diatchenko, who is 83rd-ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association, at her opening match at Roland Garros of the French Open on Monday. The 37-year-old had a rough,上海龙凤论坛kh, start to the first round of the Grand tournament when Diatchenko took the first set (6-2), but Williams took over the rest of the game with (6-1), (6-0) leading to her win.

At last year’s Grand Slam competition, Williams,上海千花xy, had to pull out before the fourth round because of an injury. She then went on to become the runner-up at both Wimbledon and U.S. Open following the injury, according to The Associated Press. For this year’s tournament, she will continue her pursuit for a 24th Grand Slam title because of her win against Diatchenko.

Not shy from making a fashion statement, Williams arrived at the French Open in a designer look — a collaboration between Nike and designer Virgil Abloh. In 2018, Williams showed up to the French Open in a black catsuit, for health reasons, which has since been banned from the tournament because it doesn’t adhere to the dress code.

“Let the Roland Garros begin,” she wrote in an Instagram post as she posed with Abloh. Williams appeared on the court with the designer jacket, which was covered with the words “champion,” “queen,” “god,上海龙凤419bq,dess” and “mother” in French.

“Those are things that mean a lot to me and reminders for me — and for everyone that wants to wear it,” Williams explained. “Just remind everyone that they can be champions and are queens,” TheAssociated Press noted.

Klay Thompson adds meditation to his m Jonathanental preparation

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson craved a little calm.

The Golden State guard needed something more to balance out his basketball routine, so he added meditation to help him get centered bef,上海贵族宝贝论坛ugke,ore games and better deal with the pressures of NBA life. Flip on some classical music or nature sounds and he’s ready to relax his mind.

It takes consistent practice, just like that pretty jumper.

“I try to go 30 minutes,” said Thompson, who is joined for some sessions by bulldog bestie, Rocco. “It’s hard. It’s very hard. An hour would be nice, but you’ve got to work up to that.”

Thompson is in a good place right now, going to a fifth straight NBA Finals and chasing a three-peat with the Golden State Warriors.

Thompson heads into Game 1 at Toronto on Thursday night averaging 19.1 points these playoffs, having scored 22.6 points per game in the five contests without Durant.

Mental preparation off the court is a major reason Thompson no longer lets things fester or bring him down, such as a tough loss or bad outing. He has said that earlier in his career it was hard to let go after games.

Now, he instead shrugs off a poor shooting performance with the simple notion of, “That’s the way the basketball gods can be.” Then, it’s back to work.

Left off the All-NBA team? “Oh, I didn’t?” he replied when told he hadn’t made the cut.

Thompson did allow himself a little eye roll in disbelief, before adding: “It is what it is. I can’t control it. Do I think there’s that many guards better than me in the league? No, but that’s the reason why we’re still playing. So, I don’t even want to get into it, honestly.”

The more media shy, under-the-radar of Golden State’s sensational backcourt — Curry is a two-time MVP — a slumping Thompson once held his hand up near his face and uttered “I missed you” when he finally got on a roll again at Portland on Dec. 29.

He credits meditation in part for how far he has come in handling everything as he wraps up his eighth NBA season.

Thompson added meditation and visualization into his routine the last couple of years. This is the typically stoic guard who plunged into the Pacific Ocean in Southern California before Game 4 of the first round against the Clippers following a performance that wasn’t ,上海龙凤419ol,up to his “standards.” He went out and scored 32 after that with six 3-pointers, hitting his first seven shots.

“The mind’s so powerful. Just try to train the mind to deal with adversity in situations that are unpleasant but make you better in the long run, that’s what I try to do,” Thompson said when asked how he got involved meditation. “Just a lot of reading on the internet and learning from coach (Steve) Kerr. Learned from Tony Robbins, too. It was cool talking to him last year. He had a great outlook on things. Just from veteran players. David West taught me a lot about that side of the game, the mental part.”

Teammate Shaun Livingston can picture Thompson in a moment of complete serenity and peace — “100 percent, nothing would surprise me.”

Dr. Michael Gervais, a high-performance psychologist who has worked closely with the Seattle Seahawks, NBA players, USA Volleyball and other Olympic athletes, applauds Thompson taking up meditation on his own.

“So often we hold up world-leading athletes on a pedestal for their physical abilities, missing the deeper and extraordinary commitment they make toward pursuing their potential,” Gervais said. “There are only three things we can train as humans: our craft, our bodies, and our mind. World-class athletes don’t leave any of those up to chance — why should the rest of us?”

When he had a couple of days off after the Warriors wrapped up the Western ,上海419论坛puil,Conference finals, Thompson noted, “I wish it was sunny” before adding, “A little overcast, but it’s all good.”

Sure is.

Thompson found out in April he will have his college jersey retired by Washington State, too.

“Klay is always someone who everybody sort of marvels at his life, the simplicity of his life. He just needs a basketball and his dog, and that’s it. And we all laugh about it,” Kerr said. “But Klay is a lot deeper than people realize, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s meditating and he’s found ways to calm himself before games and keep himself going during the season.”

The 29-year-old Thompson takes time the night before a game to think ahead. It doesn’t matter if he’s in the driveway or hanging out in his backyard with beloved Rocco — “just random,” he said.

Sometimes he envisions each shot from a given spot on the floor that could present itself over the course of a game.

“Andre Iguodala told me that Tiger Woods visualizes every single shot he shoots on 18 holes on the golf course, so if he can do that, that’s incredible,” Thompson said. “That’s so many golf swings. I try to do the same approach to basketball. I just try to visualize, get in my spots, what my opponent is going to do. Yeah, so when you come to the game, you’ve kind of seen it before.”

He might go with some Mozart or Beethoven.

“Try to put on classical Pandora or some nature sounds. Can’t listen to rap or hip-hop when I do it because then I just get distracted. Something pleasant in the background, it’s nice,” Thompson explained. “It’s a challenge. It’s much harder than working out. Especially for me, I’ve got like my mind racing. So it’s a good practice for me.”

Kerr considers Thompson one of the most down-to-earth NBA superstars.

“He’s a dream to coach. He’s zero maintenance,” Kerr said. “But he’ll surprise you with his depth. You may not think there’s a whole lot there, but there’s plenty there, he just sort of doesn’t let you in on it very often.”

Thompson knows it’s not a perfect science to get his shot back on track after a poor outing. The meditation provides a focus.

“I still will have bad days once in a while, but that’s just being human,” Thompson said. “It’s something I’ve incorporated in my routine for at least the past season, especially when I was going through that shooting slump. That really helped me. It’s just nice to manifest things. Kind of like speak into existence, just kind of think it into existence.”


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US, Japan Leaders Emphasize Enhanced Milit 上海千花ary Cooperation

Enhanced military cooperation between the United States and Japan amid a rising China was emphasized as President Donald Trump concluded a four-day state visit in the island nation.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Tuesday morning, hosted Trump on the deck of the JS Kaga, one of Japan’s helicopter carriers that will soon be converted to carry a short takeoff/vertical landing variant of the American-made F-35 supersonic stealth jet fighter.

The two leaders did not mention China by name in their remarks, but their concern about Beijing’s assertive stance militarily in the Pacific was obvious.

Abe spoke of an “increasingly severe security environment in the region.”

Trump, noting Japan is to purchase 105 additional F-35 Lightning II jets (each with a price tag of around $100 million) “will help our nations defend against a range of complex threats in the region and far beyond.”

Later, addressing hundreds of sailors on the nearby USS Wasp, Trump said of the F-35 planes: “The enemy has a problem with it. You know what the problem is? They can’t see it.”

Since the end of World War Two, when the United States and Japan were enemies, the Japanese have largely depended on American forces for defense.

“Now the Chinese are flexing their muscles eyeing two Japanese island chains,” says a source close to Prime Minister Abe.

“There’s an increasing need for us to do something on the eastern part of the archipelago with Japanese air power,” the source explained to VOA. “It is to supplement the U.S. 7th Fleet obviously and it is not to say the U.S. fleet is less accountable.”

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leaves the Japanese destroyer JS Kaga, after his tour in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

There has been nervousness in Japan, which has a pacifist clause in its constitution imposed on it after the war by the U.S. occupation, about America’s long-term commitment to the defense of the island nation with scant natural resources. The worry grew after Trump won the 2016 presidential election. He had been known as a prominent “Japan basher” for decades as a real estate developer and has in office continued to criticize Tokyo for what he considers Japan taking unfair advantage of the United,上海龙凤419dbcs, States in trade and not paying enough to host tens of thousands of American forces on its soil.

Trump’s latest visit to Japan is seen as assuaging some of those concerns, although trade frictions persist.

Trump, on Monday, said finalizing a new trade pact would be postponed until after parliamentary elections in Japan in July.

Trump restrained himself during his visit by not pushing Abe too hard on trade, according to Yuki Tatsumi, co-director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C.

“For Trump to suggest that any trade deal will be after August was a good political gesture for Abe,” Tatsumi told VOA. “I think Abe will be put in a tougher spot in the long run, though. Atmospherics were extremely good indeed, but there was very little substance. There will be questions asked on whether it was worth it to welcome Trump with all those bells and whistles, especially when the visit achieved no concrete deliverable.”

Trump repeatedly touted that he was honored to be th,上海千花zxdr,e first state guest of the new Reiwa imperial era during which Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako hosted him and first lady Melania Trump for a banquet at the Impe,上海贵族宝贝论坛adjl,rial Palace on Monday evening.

Abe accompanied Trump for a round of golf at a private course outside Tokyo and sat alongside him on the final day of a sumo wrestling tournament where the president awarded a large trophy, which he said he had personally purchased, to the champion wrestler.

Chi 上海龙凤419na rages against Bolton meeting with Taiwan as anti-invasion drills begin on the island

Taipei, Taiwan (CNN)The Chinese government has slammed Washington for engaging with Taipei and ordered the Trump administra,上海龙凤论坛ju,tion to cease diplomatic engagements with the island, after a highly unusual public meeting between top officials from the US and Taiwan.

In May, US national security adviser John Bolton met with one of Taiwan’s top defense officials, National Security Council Secretary-General David Lee, who was visiting the US. Taiwan’s official news agency CNA said it was the first meeting between the top security advisers of both governments since 1979, when Washington severed formal ties with Taipei.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Monday that Beijing “deplored and strongly objected” to the meeting and urged the US to stop “having official exchanges or upgrading substantive relations with Taiwan.”

Taiwan and China were separated at the end of a bloody civil war in 1949 and officially the US only has official diplomatic relations with Beijing.

“The one-China principle is the political basis for China-US relations,” Lu said. “We are firmly against the US engaging in any official contact with Taiwan in whatever form and under whatever pretext.

“We also stand resolutely against any attempt to create ‘two Chinas’ or ‘one China, one Taiwan.’ This is our clear and consistent position.”

As the China and US engage in a tense trade war, however, Washington has been building closer ties with Taiwan, the island that China views as a renegade province.

On Saturday, Taiwan announced it had renamed its unofficial embassy in Washington from the Coordination Council for Nor,上海419论坛zfvb,th American Affairs to the Taiwan Council for US Affairs, after discussions with Washington. That marked the first time a Taiwan government organization had been renamed to include the words “Taiwan” and “US.” “Really got to love the new name,” Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on the ministry’s official Twitter.And in March, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen announced she wanted to purchase advanced new weapons from US President Donald Trump’s administration.

Beijing’s comments came as Taiwan began its annual Han Kuang Exercise on Tuesday. The military drills are aimed at ensuring the island’s readiness for an invasion by communist China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

President Tsai watched as the air force landed F-16V aircraft on a highway in eastern Changhua county, an exercise designed to test the military’s refueling and rearming capacity if major airfields on the island were occupied or destroyed by the PLA.

Hundreds of Taiwan citizens flocked to the roadside to watch the drill, waving,爱上海fzjc, flags and displaying banners showing their support for the island’s airforce.

Amid royal honors, Trump steps on Chaz his own good press

He could have stepped away from the perpetually raging Washington storm, especially since Congress is on a recess that could offer a timeout from his separation-of-powers showdown with Democrats.

But asking Trump to avoid controversy is like expecting a moth to avoid a light bulb. So the President made a conscious choice to use his brief trip to Asia to whip up new outrage back home over the 2020 election and his handling of North Korea.He sided with the official media of vicious dictator Kim Jong Un in an attack on his potential 2020 rival Joe Biden and by extension on the US democratic process. He could easily have sidestepped the issue — but consistent with his norm-shattering political method, he chose to escalate it.Then, desperate to preserve the credibility of his failing diplomatic opening with Kim, Trump shrugged off short-range ballistic missile tests by Pyongyang that threaten the Japanese hosts who gave him a staggeringly warm welcome.

Approval rating obsession

Yet he spent the weekend piling up unflattering headlines that help to explain why his rating is closer to 40% than the majority of public opinion that ought to ensure a first-term president presiding over a good economy four more years in the Oval Office.

And it’s a good bet that the President won’t be able to resist injecting himself into Britain’s political torment over Europe when he’s in London next week as a guest of the Queen.

He’s got a history of injecting himself into the Brexit debate, and will arrive in London with Prime Minister Theresa May heading for the exit of 10 Downing Street and the governing Conservative Party searching for a new leader.

It’s as if the publicity-hound President can’t bear the thought that he might be out of sight, out of mind, for Americans when he is thousands of miles away. In a Sunday tweet, he pointed out that he was still plugged in even though it was “very early in the morning in Japan,” as he watched the Indy 500 auto race. CNN reported last week that the President gets angry if his favorite Fox News is not available in foreign hotels.

One of the unique characteristics of the Trump administration is the President’s almost limitless energy to wage concurrent political fights at any hour of day or night.

While in Japan, the indefatigable Trump weighed in, mostly on Twitter, on post-election Israeli politics, slammed Democrats for getting “NOTHING” done, demanded a change in libel laws and called for a prolongation of the annual Rolling Thunder Vietnam veterans event in Washington, which is expected to wrap up this year.

He demanded an apology from the press for the “Russian collusion delusion,” gave shout-outs to his favorite conservative pundits and promoted Fox News shows.

Trump might have been 13 time zones to the east, but he was burning up everyone’s social media timelines and cable television, and demanding as much attention as ever. It was as if he were holed up in the White House or at one of his golf resorts like he is every othe,上海龙凤419rns,r weekend.

Such ubiquity is vital for a President who has bet his second term squarely on an impassioned turnout from his political base, which he seeks to keep in a constant state of anger.

Yet another norm shattered

“Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low-IQ individual. He probably is, based on his record,” Trump said alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The comment did not just infringe conventions that once precluded American presidents from waging domestic politics overseas — which Trump has long since dumped after they were eroded by his recent predecessors.

But by aligning himself with a murderous tyrant who leads a hostile power against a political rival, the President also seemed to be inviting other foreign leaders to do what they can to help his re-election, whatever the consequences for American democracy.

The President also refused to accept the assessment of his own national security adviser, John Bolton, that North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches infringed UN Security Council resolutions.

“My people think it could have been a violation, as you know. I view it differently,” Trump said, referring to the tests, w,上海419论坛qkg,hich even his own top aides believed infringed UN resolutions.

The most charitable interpretation of the President’s comment is that he was trying to keep open his dialogue channel with Kim and to avoid reacting to provocations that could put the US and North Korea back on a dangerous path to confrontation — an outcome no sane person wants.

But Trump’s critics suggested his motives were more personal.

“President Trump regards North Korea, of course, as his signature issue He’s not going to admit that the fundamental cause of this problem with North Korea is their nuclear weapons,” said Joseph Yun, who served as US special representative on policy toward the isolated state in the Barack Obama and Trump administrations.

“He’s not going to admit that there has been no progress towards getting rid of North Korean weapons. We must remember the electoral cycle is now with us in the United States,” Yun told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin.

And the President’s construction of a more convenient personal reality on North Korea begs another question.

“At this point, what else is President Trump going to let,爱上海ju, Kim Jong Un get away with?” Samantha Vinograd, who was a senior national security aide in the Obama administration, said on CNN.

It was an odd way to pay back Japan for its lavish hospitality, which saw Trump become the first foreign leader to meet the new Emperor, Naruhito, and attend a sumo wrestling tournament with Abe.

The President’s comments also opened new divisions between Bolton and him, which raised fresh questions about the national security adviser’s position and the true nature of US foreign policy with several crises, including with Iran, escalating.

North Korea was quick to try to widen the rift with a vitriolic dispatch from its official news agency, KCNA, branding Bolton a “war maniac” with a “different mental structure from ordinary people.”

Car Review: Kia goes big for its new stylish crossover 2020 爱上海Telluride

If you haven’t shopped for a new ride lately, you might be surprised that Kia has been making waves, offering competitive vehicles at a good value. But a large seven- or eight-seat crossover was missing from its lineup until now.

Kia seems to be taking the same approach with the 2020 Telluride, especially if you choose the top-of-the-line $46,860 Telluride SX model.

That price is less than a top-trim level Chevy Traverse or Honda Pilot. It might cost less but you don’t notice it in the interior as it’s near luxury-class nice with a premium look and feel.

My tester came with the Prestige package that adds Nappa leather seat trim — a step above in quality than most of the competitors in this size class.

The front and second row seats are heated and ventilated. The front seats, and especially the 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat, make it easy to find a comfortable seating position.

Passengers in the second row are treated to captain’s chairs that slide and recline and offer plenty of space and comfort for the long haul. Even riders in the third row are treated better than most other third rows in the class.

Climbing through the middle of the second row is easy for children or small adults. The second row seats also tip and move forward for easy access. Or fold all the seats and get plenty of storage for large bulky items. The lift to get cargo inside is pretty high for this big ride.

The SX trim level also comes with a large power sunroof and a large rear fixed sunroof in the back.

A simple-to-use Nav with a large 10-inch touch screen and an around-view,爱上海izr, monitor are nice features and help out with parking and extra awareness in and around the vehicle.

The new Kia Telluride isn’t trying to hide its larger size and it seems to prefer the style of a rough and tumble SUV over a rounded carlike crossover.

The Telluride sits up high and is boxier than many of the larger three-row crossovers in its class. While it might be somewhat boxy, it’s not boring to look at. A huge grill is almost necessary in this class and the new Kia doesn’t disappoint. Its grill takes up most of the front end. The LED lighting is a modern touch and the daytime running lights look cool.

My tester came with a Dark Moss paint color that switches from dark ,上海419论坛jz,green to brown depending on the light. Large 20-inch black wheels are not as rough and tough looking as the rest of the Telluride. This Kia has a lot of glass around the entire vehicle and even continues to the hand-free rear hatch. Stand behind it with the key on you and it pops open in an instant.

Hitting the road in the 16.5-feet long 2020 Kia Telluride takes a few minutes to get used to if you’re coming from a smaller ride.

Once on the road, the Kia seems to drive a little smaller than it is, except in tighter spaces where your mirrors and the around-view monitor help out. The Kia is a quiet cruiser that handles most bumps without much complaint; only a few times did I notice the suspension get a bit jarring over larger bumps where they are replacing pipes on Maryland state Route 29. The steering is direct and it turns well for a tall crossover. In easy commutes and highway driving, it’s more like driving a luxury vehicle than a Kia. Power comes from a V6 with 291 horsepower and a smooth eight-speed automatic.

I filled five of the seats and the acceleration was good. It does seem to make most of its power higher in the rev range. Fuel economy was on par for a large three-row crossover at 19.8 mpg; the sticker said 21 mpg.

The new Telluride has many safety features like the usual blind-spot and cross-traffic and lane departure warning. This Kia also comes equipped with collision avoidance and smart cruise control with stop-and-go, which is bit jerky at times. A few new safety features, like rear occupant alert lets you know if there is someone unattended in the back seat. The safe exit alert monitors the surroundings, not allowing the doors to open into oncoming traffic if it appears unsafe. The driver speak allows you to converse with those in the third row in a normal voice and eliminates the need to repeat yourself over and over.

Kia is making the kind of vehicles people want to buy and not just buy because they’re cheaper with a long warranty. This new 2020 Telluride SX is a large crossover that straddles the line of luxury and offers a huge value for your buying dollar.

Mike Parris is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association. The vehicles are provided by DriveShop, FMI or Motus One for the purpose of ,上海千花tvyr,this review.

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Girl killed and dozens of others hurt in Japa 上海龙凤论坛n stabbing spree

The attack took place near a park in the city of Kawasaki, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) from Tokyo, authorities said.

The Kawasaki Fire Department earlier reported that 16 elementary school students and,上海龙凤论坛epgb, three adults were injured.

Victims were taken to four different hospitals. A spokesperson at the Nippon Medical School Musashikosugi Hospital confirmed the young girl and a 39-year-old man died.

“It was horr,爱上海kb,ifying incident,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The suspected attacker also died from a “self-inflicted wound,” Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported. Police officers previously told NHK that the man, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, had stabbed himself in the neck.

NHK reported earlier Tuesday that three people — including an elementary school student — were in critical condition. It’s unclear if the girl who died was among them.

Japan is considered one of the world’s safest developed countries. It boasts one of the world’s lowest homicide rates, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Mass stabbings are extremely rare in the country. In 2016, 19 people were killed in a stabbing spree at a care home for disabled people — the deadliest mass killing in Japan since the end ,上海龙凤419twec,of World War II.Japan also strictly regulates weapons, and it’s illegal for people to carry a pocket knife, craft knife, hunting knife or box cutter in public, according to the US State Department.The Tuesday incident took place during US President Donald Trump’s visit to the country. Speaking aboard a Japanese helicopter carrier, Trump said the American people grieved for the victims’ families.

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“We’re very confident in what we believe will be a successful trial,” Hunter told the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center earlier this month. “Sometimes businesses do bad things — and this is one,上海419论坛njm, of those instances.”

Hunter and his team have focused their efforts on Johnson & Johnson, alleging the company acted as a drug “kingpin,” created a public nuisance and cost the state billions of dollars, destroying thousands of lives in the process. Johnson & Johnson and its parent company, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, have vehemently denied the allegations and said the public nuisance charge is being misused.

“Our actions in the marketing and promotion of these important prescription pain medications were appropriate and responsible,” Janssen said in a written statement ahead of the trail. “The FDA-approved labels for these prescription pain medications provide clear information about their risks and benefits. The allegations made against our company are baseless and unsubstantiated.”

Hunter has said his team scoured millions of documents from Big Pharma and conducted hundreds of depositions of officials that will prove his case. “We are even more convinced than we were when we began this enterprise that these companies are the proximate cause for the epidemic in our state and in our country,” Hunter said.

The Oklahoma attorney general has long considered himself a Reagan Republican who believes in big business. But he said this case has made it clear to him that sometimes “companies do bad things” and when they do, a state’s chief law enforcement officer must act to “protect the people of their state.”

“When thousands of people die from drug overdoses attributable to prescription drugs, when you have hundreds of thousands of people who are addicted,” Hunter said, “public nuisance law is the best and most efficient way for you to protect the people of your state.”

Hunter filed the case in the summer of 2017. He scored two major settlements ahead of the trial: $270 million from Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and another $85 million from Teva Pharmaceuticals, one of the biggest makers of generic drugs. The companies settled without admission of any wrongdoing.

The Oklahoma trial is the first major trial of nearly 2,000 cases around the country in which states, cities and hard-hit local municipalities are seeking to hold opioid makers accountable for the epidemic that has left hundreds of thousands of Americans dead and strapped resources in every state.

The case will be heard by state judge Thad Balkman, who is allowing cameras to televise the trial live.

“It’s always important when it’s the first trial of this sort,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond. “It could provide a road map for other states in pursuing relief from the companies they want to hold responsible.”

He said legal scholars were paying close attention to it because of the precedent the case could set, including impacting a federal trial later this year that has folded together more than 1,500 cases. He said Purdue and Teva clearly didn’t want the Oklahoma case to reach trial due to the potential of being held responsible for billions of dollars in damages if they had gone before the judge.

Tobias also said the Oklahoma attorney general’s decision to pursue a public nuisance accusation against Johnson & Johnson is an interesting one because the charge is typically reserved for environmental cases, such as toxins spilling into a river by a company.

“This is an interesting twist on the idea of public nuisance,” Tobias said.

In a statement to CNN, Johnson & Johnson vowed to vigorously defend itself. The company said public nuisance disputes in Oklahoma have often been limited to “disputes involving property or public spaces — for example, to remedy an intrusion from an overgrown hedge.”

“The State ignores this well-established law and now argues that public nuisance allows them to compel any party allegedly contributing in any measure to a social problem to fund all programs that state administrators dream up to address it,” the company said. “This is not and should not be the law. It threatens every company and industry doing business in the State of Oklahoma.”

In one filing, the Oklahoma attorney general said his case will demonstrate that Johnson & Johnson “acted as the kingpin behind this Public Health Emergency, profiting at every stage.”

“The public,” Hunter said, “deserves to know the face and name of the source, supplier and kingpin responsible for flooding and infecting this country with an unprecedented surplus of deadly drugs — J&J, a ‘family company.'”

Although Johnson & Johnson is best known for its baby powder, the company for years marketed the extended-use opioid pill Nucynta, which it sold for $1 billion in 2015.

Hunter said the public deserves to know whether the company deliberately targeted children, the elderly and veterans for opioid painkillers, and whether it blocked legislation and regulatory action aimed at limiting opioid availability. In its statement, Johnson & Johson said the company “did not market opioids to children, and the State’s suggestion to the contrary is false and reckless.”

Hunter also alleges that Johnson & Johnson used two subsidiaries, Tasmanian Alkaloids and Noramco, that “created, grew, imported and supplied to J&J and its other co-conspirators, including Purdue, the narcotic raw materials n,上海龙凤论坛ubd,ecessary to manufacture the opioid pain medications thrust upon the unsuspecting public since the 1990s.”

Johnson & Johnson called such accusations false. “The State ignores basic facts. Johnson & Johnson did not manufacture, sell, or market the FDA-approved medicines made by other companies that used Noramco” active pharmace,上海千花obx,utical ingredients.

The judge has set aside two months for the trial.