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Viktor Hovland withdraws from U.S. Open after sand causes eye injury

June 18 (UPI) -- Norway's Viktor Hovland was forced to pull out of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday after sand got in his eye and caused severe irritation. Tournament officials said Hovland initially was injured during his pre-round warmup when sand from a divot flew into his left eye while he was hitting balls on the driving range.
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Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov wins Selke Trophy

June 18 (UPI) -- Florida Panthers star Aleksander Barkov was named the recipient of the Selke Trophy, which is presented annually to the league's best defensive forward. Barkov is the first player in Panthers history to capture the award after he was named a finalist for the first time in his eight-year career. He was first among Florida forwards in takeaways (39) and average time on ice per game (20:56) and second in blocked shots (37) this season.
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Canadiens interim coach Dominique Ducharme tests positive for COVID-19

June 18 (UPI) -- Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Dominique Ducharme will miss Friday's Game 3 against the Vegas Golden Knights after testing positive for COVID-19, it was announced. The team said in a statement that assistant coach Luke Richardson will run the Canadiens' bench. Assistant coaches Alex Burrows and...
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Record heat again pounds western U.S.; power grids feel strain

June 18 (UPI) -- Dangerously hot temperatures continued across much of the western United States Friday as another heat record was shattered in Phoenix and power grids were strained in California. The U.S. West has endured brutally hot weather this week, with records falling such cities as Las Vegas, Salt...
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Brain's memory center also key for real-time decision-making

June 18 (UPI) -- The hippocampus, one the brain's largest regions, is mostly known as the epicenter of long-term memory, but it handles other tasks too. In a new study, researchers have highlighted the importance of the hippocampus to short-term and spatial memory, as well as real-time decision-making. The latest...
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Michigan man's $500,000 lottery ticket nearly ended up in trash

June 18 (UPI) -- A Michigan man said the scratch-off lottery ticket that earned him a $500,000 jackpot nearly ended up in the trash when he misread it as a losing ticket. The 74-year-old Grand Rapids man told Michigan Lottery officials he bought a few $500,000 Jumbo Cash tickets from the Meijer gas station in Grand Rapids and they nearly all ended up in the trash before he realized he had missed an important detail.
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NATO's massive Baltic Sea maritime exercise concludes

June 18 (UPI) -- BALTOPS 50, the expanded annual NATO naval exercise which this year included defensive cyberwarfare tactics, concluded successfully on Friday, NATO announced. The two-week exercise in the Baltic Sea, stretching between Denmark and Lithuania, involved 16 NATO and partner countries, 40 ships, 60 aircraft and over 4,000 personnel, including NATO's two standing maritime commands.
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Lumberjack rescues crows from felled tree, teaches them to log roll

June 18 (UPI) -- A Nova Scotia lumberjack who rescued three young crows from a felled tree said the birds are now thriving -- and he's taught them how to log roll. Darren Hudson of Barrington said he was on a job in early June when he felled a tree and discovered he had disturbed the nest of three young crows.
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Hyundai acknowledges coolant leak in Ioniq 5

SEOUL, June 18 (UPI) -- Hyundai is under fire from customer complaints that the Ioniq 5 leaks coolant within the first months of usage. Acknowledging the issue, a Hyundai Motor spokesman said Friday the leakages can be attributed to problems in production, including poor circulation of the coolant due to failure of the water pump, but that chances of a fire occurring are slim.
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Biden administration suspends Trump-era Scotch whiskey tariff

June 18 (UPI) -- President Joe Biden has lifted a 25% tariff on Scotch whiskey and other goods being imported from the European Union. The tariffs were imposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump during a 17-year trade dispute with the European Union over aerospace subsidies and were estimated to cost the Scotch industry about $830 million in exports, BBC News reported.
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B-52H bombers fly over the Arctic from Spain to Louisiana

June 18 (UPI) -- B-52H Stratofortress bombers flew from Spain to Louisiana in a long-range mission over the Arctic and Pacific Oceans, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday. The planes of the 2nd Bomb Wing -- normally stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. -- left Moron Air Base, Spain, and completed their 27,00-milke, 12-hour mission with Bomber Task Force Europe before arriving at Barksdale.
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Catholic bishops vote to approve new guidance on communion

June 18 (UPI) -- Catholic bishops on Friday voted to develop new guidelines on communion in a possible step toward denying the sacrament to elected officials such as President Joe Biden who support abortion rights. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, meeting virtually for its 2021 Spring General Assembly, voted...
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Overdue book headed back to California library after 70 years

June 18 (UPI) -- An overdue book is on its way back to a California after being found by a man whose mother failed to return it by the June 2, 1950, due date. Tim Steele said his mother, Gail Steele, checked out the copy of Dancing Star by Gladys Malvern during a trip to the Sonoma County Library when she was only 13 years old.
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New rule to allow medical malpractice claims against the Defense Dept.

June 18 (UPI) -- New rules were issued this week for military personnel seeking to charge the government for medical malpractice, a change from a policy begun in 1950. The guidelines, published Thursday in the Federal Register, take effect in 30 days and allow military personnel, their heirs or their estates to take the Defense Department to court over "personal injury or death caused by a Department of Defense health care providers in certain military medical treatment facilities."