Utah man records rattlesnake out for a swim in reservoir

June 6 (UPI) — A Utah man captured video of an unusual swimmer he spotted while cruising on a reservoir — a rattlesnake.

Randy Hatch’s video, which went viral on Facebook, shows the venomous serpent slithering across the surface of the water.

Hatch said he filmed the video while out on the Sand Hill reservoir.

“That there’s a rattlesnake out for a swim on Sand Hollow,” Hatch wrote.

Rattlesnakes are frequently spotted during the summer in Utah, and state officials recommend giving the snakes a wide berth to avoid unwanted encounters and potentially deadly bites.

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Rockies’ Gonzalez hits longest homer in Statcast history at Cincy park

June 6 (UPI) — Three-time All-Star Carlos Gonzalez hit the longest homer ever recorded by Statcast at Great American Ball Park in a Colorado Rockies win against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Rockies outfielder dropped the hammer in the top of the seventh inning in the 9-6 victory Tuesday in Cincinnati. He was facing Reds reliever Wandy Peralta in the frame.

Peralta began the inning by allowing a single to Charlie Blackmon before walking Nolan Arenado. Gonzalez then stepped into the box. The Reds southpaw began the exchange by tossing two balls. He worked the count full after Gonzalez fouled off the fifth pitch of the at-bat.

Peralta’s sixth offering was a 95-mph fastball. Gonzalez obliterated the pitch to deep right center field. The ball carried toward the smoke stacks, before bouncing on the concourse below and back into the seats. It also gave the Rockies a 9-1 lead.

Gonzalez’s moonshot left his bat at 109.8 mph and flew 473 feet, according to Statcast.

The Rockies star finished the night 3-for-5, with four RBIs, two runs scored and a strikeout. Peralta allowed three runs and two hits, while tossing a strikeout and walking a batter in one inning of work.

Gonzalez is now hitting .264 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 44 games this season.

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Facebook says it gave Chinese smartphone maker access to user data

June 6 (UPI) — Facebook says it has provided access to its user data to Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, a company U.S. intelligence agencies have said is a security threat.

The social media giant said Tuesday it had partnered with Chinese device makers that permitted the companies to recreate Facebook-like experiences for users.

The news follows a report by The New York Times that Facebook has signed data-sharing deals with dozens of phone and tablet makers through the years, also including Apple and Samsung.

In February, U.S. intelligence officials warned Americans not to use smartphones made by Huawei or fellow Chinese phone company ZTE.

Although American brands like Apple manufacture their smartphones in China, U.S. intelligence officials from the National Security Agency, FBI and CIA said they believe smartphones sold by Chinese-based companies pose a security risk.

FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Intelligence Committee the smartphones and other communication technology could be compromised “to gain positions of power inside our telecommunication networks that provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure.”

Wray also said the phones could be used to “maliciously modify or steal information” and “to conduct undetected espionage.”

Francisco Varela, Facebook’s vice president of mobile partnerships, defended the Chinese company, saying Huawei is the third largest mobile manufacturer globally and “its devices are used by people all around the world, including in the United States.”

“Facebook along with many other U.S. tech companies have worked with them and other Chinese manufacturers to integrate their services onto these phones,” Varela said.

Facebook announced Tuesday it ended more than half of the 60 partnerships it formed through the years. It added its pact with Huawei will shut down this week.

On Wednesday, Huawei said it has never collected or stored Facebook user data. The company has also denied that its products pose security risks and defended itself, saying its products are sold in 170 countries and “meet the highest standards of security, privacy and engineering in every country,” including the United States.

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South Korea calls for recovering soldier remains from DMZ

June 6 (UPI) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said his administration will prioritize the recovery of soldier remains buried in the demilitarized zone.

Moon, who may meet with President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore next week to facilitate the U.S.-North Korea summit, raised the issue of the project, suspended after inter-Korea relations declined in 2008, Seoul Shinmun reported Wednesday.

“We will continue efforts to recover the remains of military and police members who fell during the Korean War until we find the last remaining person,” Moon said as he marked the 63rd South Korean Memorial Day at the National Cemetery in Daejeon.

“When the South-North relations improve, we will push for the recovery of the remains in the demilitarized zone first of all. We will also be able to retrieve the remains of U.S. and other foreign soldiers who participated in the war,” the South Korean leader said, according to Yonhap.

Moon Sung-mook of the Korea Research Institute for National Strategy’s unification strategy center said more negotiations with North Korea are needed if South Korea wants to resume the project.

According to data from Seoul’s Institute for Military History, 137,800 South Korean troops were killed and another 25,000 went missing during the 1950-53 Korean War.

About 37,000 U.S. soldiers were killed in action and an estimated 8,100 U.S. troops are missing in action.

Thousands of bodies are believed to buried in the DMZ, where landmines make it dangerous to cross the border.

Quoting military estimates, South Korean newspaper Segye Ilbo reported there are more than 10,000 South Korean soldiers’ remains in the DMZ. More than 2,000 soldiers under the United Nations Command were killed in the area.

In a separate agreement with the United States, North Korea returned the remains of 443 Americans, from 1990 to 2007.

Roughly half of those remains were jointly recovered.

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DE Melvin Ingram predicts Super Bowl win for Los Angeles Chargers

Defensive end Melvin Ingram is setting the bar high for the Los Angeles Chargers this season.

How high? Well, Ingram said he envisions the Chargers winning the Super Bowl.

That’s a rather lofty claim considering the team saw its playoff drought extend to four years following its 9-7 mark in 2017. Furthermore, the Chargers have only been to the Super Bowl on one occasion, and that result wasn’t pretty.

“We [haven’t] been to the playoffs for a while,” the 29-year-old Ingram told reporters earlier this week. “I think it’s going to be crazy. This Super Bowl we’re going to win; we’re ready. We’re grinding. We’re just going to keep grinding.

“That’s what our main objective goal is, to win a Super Bowl. Keep fighting. Keep playing. Keep grinding. No matter what. That’s the goal: We’ve got to bring a Super Bowl to the city.”

Super Bowl predictions before the start of the preseason are nothing new, as Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson said his team would win the NFL’s signature game during July last year. The Jaguars made a good run at it and ventured to the AFC Championship Game before falling to the New England Patriots.

Ingram recorded 10.5 sacks to go along with 59 tackles and two fumble recoveries in 16 games last season after signing a four-year, $66 million contract.

He has collected 259 tackles and 35 sacks in 77 career regular-season games since being selected by the Chargers with the 18th overall selection of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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Philadelphia Phillies hope to ride recent momentum vs. Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO — The Philadelphia Phillies entered this week’s three-game series against the Chicago Cubs scuffling and hoping to reverse their direction.

As it turns out, Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta‘s angry rant over the weekend provided the motivation.

After Arrieta, the former Cubs ace, expressed frustration with his new team’s recent performance, the Phillies responded with a 6-1 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday. The win — highlighted by Zach Eflin’s 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball, snapped Chicago’s four-game winning streak and more importantly for Philadelphia, provided the Phillies with their first victory in their last four games.

Two days after saying the Phillies needed more accountability and if no one was willing to provide it, he would, Arrieta declared that he and his teammates were all on the same page.

“I’d do anything for these guys and they know that it’s coming from a good place,” Arrieta told reporters on Tuesday, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. “They know it’s not a hostile position or disrespectful. Sometimes, certain things need to be said to make a statement.”

Arrieta said Tuesday that he and manager Gabe Kaplan have spoken three times over the past two days. But as the Phillies look to make it two straight over the Cubs on Wednesday, Arrieta is just looking for his team to get back to the winning brand of baseball it was playing before Philadelphia’s losing skid.

“If sometimes you have to say something that’s true that might hurt someone’s feelings but then you clear the air and have the conversation, you hash things out afterward,” said Arrieta, who won’t pitch against his former team this week. “As long as you’re able to work through those things, I think that’s what the best do. I think we’re pretty happy that transpired.”

Aaron Nola (7-2, 2.18 ERA) will start Wednesday, hoping to follow up on Eflin’s impressive outing. Nola won four of his five starts in May and has allowed only one run in each of his victories last month when he struck out 46 hitters, including a pair of double-digit strikeout efforts. Nola is 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA in his lone career start against the Cubs.

The Cubs will look to rebound Tuesday after losing for just the second time in the past nine games. Jose Quintana (6-4, 4.30 ERA) will attempt to get the Cubs back on a winning track Wednesday and has won two of his past three starts and is coming off a strong start when he didn’t allow a run and just three hits while striking out six over six innings against the New York Mets. Quintana is 0-1 with a 7.46 ERA in two career starts against Philadelphia.

The Cubs played Tuesday without shortstop Addison Russell, who underwent an MRI on his sprained left middle finger, which he injured during an at-bat against the Mets on Sunday.

But the bigger injury concern remains with struggling Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish, who remains out with inflammation in his right triceps. Darvish played catch on Tuesday, but manager Joe Maddon told reporters Tuesday he does not yet have a timeline for Darvish’s return.

Darvish is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts.

“There’s no finish line,” Maddon said, according to the team’s official website. “I’m hoping it’s not too long, but I think during the course of this week we’ll have a better idea of what the finish line will be.”

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Europe aims to protect its position in Iran

June 6 (UPI) — The European Commission said Wednesday it was moving forward with a measure to protect companies possibly trying to invest in the Iranian energy sector.

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the agreement May 8, meaning U.S. sanctions pressures could force the deal to collapse without effective counter measures. The May 8 announcement set a 180-day clock ticking for Iranian oil and gas clients to find new options or face U.S. pressures.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker after Trump’s announcement said there was a unified position in Europe that respecting the U.N.-backed agreement with Iran was essential for peace. So long as Iran upholds its end of the bargain, European powers will stay in the deal, he said.

By Aug. 6, when the first set of U.S. sanctions go into force, European companies could be protected by blocking statutes that allow them to recover damages and nullifies the effect of any judgment imposed by a foreign court.

On Wednesday, the commission said it adopted the statute that adds provisions for Iranian outreach through the European Investment Bank.

“This enabling measure does not however commit the EIB to actually support projects in Iran as it remains for the EIB’s governing bodies to decide to take up such financing activities — in line with relevant rules and procedures,” the commission’s statement read.

Barring objections, the commission said the measures would be in force by August.

Without relief, French supermajor Total was among the European companies that said it would have to leave Iran. Speaking last month at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a U.S. think tank, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné said the U.S. decision could put the advantage in the hands of U.S. adversaries.

“What would be not good neither for the U.S., nor for Europe, is if that at the end only Russia and China can do business in Iran,” he said at the time.

The European Commission’s announcement followed comments from Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French minister of European and Foreign Affairs, who said it was incumbent upon European members to keep the deal in place.

Le Drian said European parties have looked to 1990s rules that would protect French and other European companies from U.S. pressure. A financial mechanism that’s “immune” to the U.S. dollar would secure European financial interests in Iran and ensure its oil can still be exported, he said.

U.S. sanctions pressures could pull about 1 million barrels of Iranian oil off the market by the end of the year. With the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries coordinating on voluntary production cuts, the loss of Iranian barrels could put the global oil market in a deficit.

Elsewhere, the European Commission said it endorsed a decision to impose duties on imported U.S. goods in response to Trump’s decision to impose stiff aluminum and steel tariffs. According to World Trade Organization rules, the commission said, Europe can work to counteract the billions of dollars in goods affected.

“We regret that the United States left us with no other option than to safeguard EU interests,” European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said in a statement.

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Yankees look to beat Blue Jays again, this time with Aaron Judge

TORONTO — The New York Yankees are a hard team to keep down, even when slugger Aaron Judge does not play.

The Toronto Blue Jays gave it a good try Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game series at the Rogers Centre.

Their starter — Marco Estrada — shut the Yankees out for six innings before being replaced by Seunghwan Oh after allowing a leadoff hit in the seventh.

The Yankees went to work with the first career grand slam by Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks added a three-run blast in the eighth in a 7-2 victory.

Oh patted Estrada on the back and the starter returned the gesture.

“I don’t expect any reliever to come up to me and pat me on the back,” Estrada said. “I feel worse than they do. Especially Oh. He’s a great guy and I feel bad for him that that happened in that inning. But those things happen and you just have to let it go.”

That is happening a lot for the Blue Jays lately. They do not have any aspect of their game working.

Meanwhile, New York is 4-1 on a nine-game road trip — including a 17-9 record on the road this season — and 8-3 in their last 11 games.

The Yankees (39-18) will send out right-hander Sonny Gray (4-4, 5.50 ERA) Wednesday as they go for the sweep. The Blue Jays (26-34) will counter with right-hander Sam Gaviglio (2-1, 3.32 ERA).

Judge was given Tuesday off after going 0-for-9 with a record eight strikeouts in a doubleheader split against the Tigers in Detroit on Monday. Judge described it as a “terrible day.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone had talked to Judge about the possibility of giving him a day off during the nine-game road trip.

“I talked to him about this probably before we went on this road trip, just with the stretch of games and a doubleheader mixed in there,” Boone said. “I’ve talked to you guys a lot about trying to pick a day here for everyone, and the fact that we rode him through a doubleheader, I just felt like today — getting in late, onto the turf, he’s been a guy that obviously I’ve leaned on a lot. I just felt like it was a good time.”

Gray will make his 12th start of the season in the series finale. The 28-year-old, who will be starting on regular four days’ rest, earned the win on Friday at Baltimore against the Orioles, allowing one run, four hits and no walks while striking out six in six innings.

Gray is 0-0 with a 7.32 ERA in two starts this season against the Blue Jays. He is 4-3 with a 3.09 ERA in 10 career starts against Toronto and is 2-3 with a 2.31 ERA in six career starts at the Rogers Centre.

Gaviglio will make his sixth appearance and fourth start for the Blue Jays since being called up from Triple-A Buffalo. He took his first loss as a Blue Jay May 30 when he allowed four runs, seven hits (including two homers) and struck out four in six innings.

The Blue Jays are 12-18 at home and have lost nine of their past 10 games at the Rogers Centre. They have gone 31 games without winning two in a row, tied for the third longest stretch in club history.

“We still like our team,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “We’re not playing particularly well, obviously.”

Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia allowed two runs and three hits (two homers) over seven innings to earn the win on Tuesday. The Blue Jays are 8-17 in games against left-handed starters, including a franchise-high 10 losses in a row.

New York is 11-1-1 over its past 13 completed series and 30-9 in its last 39 games since Gray’s last start against Toronto on April 20.

The game Tuesday was the Yankees’ 26th multi-homer game of the season and they are 20-6 in those games.

The Yankees are 6-3 in the season series against the Blue Jays.

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Indianapolis Colts DE Chris McCain reportedly charged with battery

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Chris McCain was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

McCain allegedly spit and grabbed the female victim’s neck during an incident on Jan. 7 in Los Angeles, according to the reports.

“We are aware of this evening’s reports regarding Chris McCain and are gathering all available information,” the Colts said in a statement on Tuesday night. “We take these matters very seriously and will provide updates as appropriate.”

The 26-year-old McCain posted a couple tweets in his own defense, saying, “Time out. Don’t not believe that mess,” and, “I’m just confused cause idk what is going on.”

McCain’s arraignment hearing is scheduled for July 13. If convicted, he could spend six months in jail.

The Colts signed the fourth-year pro in May. Last season with the Los Angeles Chargers, McCain had five sacks, 20 tackles and forced two fumbles in 15 games in a reserve role.

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FDA warns websites to stop illegal online opioid sales

June 6 (UPI) — The Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to nine online networks that represent 53 websites to stop selling unapproved versions of opioid medications.

The FDA in a release Tuesday said companies who fail to stop selling the products may be subject to enforcement action, including product seizure or injunction. The FDA requested responses from them within 10 working days.

The companies receiving letters from the agency were AnonShop, Eassybuyonline, Instabill ECS-Rx, Medstore.biz, One Stop Pharma, RemedyMart, RxCash.Biz, TramadolHub and XLPharmacy.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the FDA’s commissioner, said in a statement that “the Internet is virtually awash in illegal narcotics” and the agency plans to work with legitimate Internet firms to crack down on these sales.

“This illegal online marketing of unapproved opioids is contributing to the nation’s opioid crisis,” Gottlieb said. “Warning letters go right to the source of this illegal activity to let online network operators know that marketing illegal and unapproved opioids directly to U.S. consumers will not go unchallenged by the FDA.”

Gottlieb said unapproved tramadol and oxycodone carry risk of serious or life-threatening side effects. Although the products are marketed as authentic, the FDA said they may be counterfeit, contaminated, expired or unsafe.

“Consumers who use these products take significant risk with their lives,” Gottlieb said.

In addition, the agency said illegal online pharmacies might be engaging in credit card fraud, identity theft and computer viruses. The agency is encouraging consumers to report suspected criminal activity to the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigation.

“The public needs to know that no one is authorized to sell or distribute opioids via the Internet in the U.S., with or without a prescription,” said Donald D. Ashley, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Drug dealers and rogue website operators are using the Internet to fuel the opioid crisis, heartlessly targeting millions of Americans struggling with opioid use disorder.”

Gottlieb has invited representatives from leading Internet companies and government entities, as well as academic researchers and advocacy groups, to an Online Opioid Summit on June 27 to examine ways to “collaboratively take stronger action in combating the opioid crisis by reducing the availability of illicit opioids online.”

Gottlieb has warned social media and search websites aren’t cracking down on ads for illegal opioids, saying in April, “we haven’t seen meaningful, voluntary actions.”

In January, U.S. Senate investigators posing as opioid-seeking drug users demonstrated how easy it is for Americans to obtain fentanyl from China over the Internet and have it delivered through regular mail service.

“This investigation has uncovered how incredibly easy it is to buy these deadly drugs online and have them shipped here through the mail,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Investigators conducted Internet searches with the phrase “fentanyl for sale.” They posed as first-time online buyers, and found just how easy the drug is to buy.

They identified more than 500 transactions by more than 300 people in the U.S. totaling $230,000 with a street value of about $766 million.

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