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Jones vs. Cormier 2: Actual Start Time, Prediction, Latest Betting Odds And Preview For The UFC Fight

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The highly anticipated light heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier (19-1) and Jon Jones (22-1) highlights UFC 214 Saturday night at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Jones defeated Cormier by a unanimous decision in January 2015, but Cormier would win the vacant light heavyweight championship when Jones was stripped of the title in April 2015 following his arrest on felony hit-and-run charges. Cormier defended the title three times, holding off Alexander Gustafsson and Anderson Silva, as well as Anthony Johnson on April 8.

Jones last fought in April 2016, earning a unanimous decision victory over Ovince Saint Preux.

There has been a great deal of build up ahead of the fight, as the last two scheduled rematches were canceled. The first scheduled fight was canceled due to an injury to Cormier, while the second failed to take place due to Jones testing positive for banned substances three days earlier.

The two fighters offer a sharp contrast. While Cormier has a strong wrestling background, Jones is skilled with his punches and knees. Questions surround whether Jones will be rusty after his long layoff and whether Cormier has learned enough from their first fight to pull off a victory.

The tale-of-the-tape favors Jones. Cormier, 38, is 5-foot-11 and has a 72-inch reach. Jones, 30, is 6-foot-4 and has an 84-inch reach.

After the undercard, the Cormier-Jones rematch will start somewhere between 10 and 11 p.m. ET.

Betting Odds: Jones  4/11; Daniel Cormier 2/1

Prediction: Jones by decision

US opens new $11 billion base in South Korea as North Korea missile program intensifies

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CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – This small American city has four schools and five churches, an Arby’s, a Taco Bell and a Burger King. The grocery store is offering a deal on Budweiser as the temperature soars, and out front there’s a promotion for Ford Mustangs.

But for all its invocations of the American heartland, this growing town is in the middle of the South Korean countryside, in an area that was famous for growing huge grapes.

“We built an entire city from scratch,” said Col. Scott W. Mueller, garrison commander of Camp Humphreys, one of the U.S. military’s largest overseas construction projects. If it were laid across Washington, the 3,454-acre base would stretch from Key Bridge to Nationals Park, from Arlington National Cemetery to the Capitol.

“New York has been a city for 100-some years and they’re still doing construction. But the majority of construction here will be done by 2021,” Mueller said. (New York was actually founded nearly 400 years ago.)

The U.S. military has been trying for 30 years to move its headquarters in South Korea out of Seoul and out of North Korean artillery range.

Since the end of World War II, the military has been based at Yongsan, a garrison that had been the Imperial Japanese Army’s main base during Japan’s occupation of the Korean Peninsula. It is in the middle of Seoul and just 40 miles from the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas.

The South Korean and American governments have been talking since 1987 about moving the base away from Yongsan, but political and funding issues had slowed the process. Protests broke out a little over a decade ago when the Pyeongtaek, a sleepy rural city 40 miles south of Yongsan, was chosen as the new base site.

Now, the $11 billion base is beginning to look like the garrison that military planners envisaged decades ago.

The Eighth Army moved its headquarters here this month and there are about 25,000 people based here, including family members and contractors.

There are apartment buildings, sports fields, playgrounds and a water park, and an 18- hole golf course with the generals’ houses overlooking the greens. There is a “warrior zone” with Xboxes and Playstations, pool tables and dart boards, and a tavern for those old enough to drink.

Starting this August, there will be two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. A new, 68-bed military hospital to replace the one at Yongsan is close to completion.

That is in addition to the airfield, the tank training areas and firing ranges.

When it is finished, the base will be able to house precisely 1,111 families and a total of about 45,500 people.

But it’s not just bigger; it’s much more modern than the garrison at Yongsan, Mueller said. It has state-of-the-art communications technology and is a more “hardened” site to protect against a possible North Korean attack.

“Down here we’re a little bit further from the action, and that helps buy us some strategic decision space should anything happen,” Mueller said. “We’ve been able to create the facilities needed to keep up with the pace of modern warfare and modern communications technology.”

Although the recent concerns about North Korea have centered on its rapidly evolving ballistic missile capability, the Kim regime has a huge amount of conventional artillery lined up on its side of the border that would be able to inflict significant damage on Seoul in a short space of time. It is this concern that has restrained American presidential administrations from launching a preemptive strike on North Korea’s nuclear weapons facilities.

But the new Camp Humphreys is out of range of North Korea’s multiple rocket launchers, although that hasn’t stopped the North Koreans from making threats.

“The larger the U.S. military base is, the more effectively our military can hit its targets,” a North Korean military spokesman said this month after the Eighth Army moved here, according to the North’s Korean Central News Agency.

Under an agreement with the South Korean military, one U.S. Army brigade will remain at Camp Casey, right near the DMZ, even after the Yongsan garrison has closed.

The construction of Camp Humphreys had raised hopes for the local economy, which had not exactly been flourishing before the area was selected for the base.

Local authorities have built a $13 million train station and a new four-lane highway bridge, and invested $55 million in a new substation to deliver power to the base. The main roads in Pyeongtaek are lined with new apartment towers.

Immediately outside the base, local businesses are vying to prove how pro-American they are. There are dozens of real estate agencies with American flags on their windows and names such as “Komerican Realty,” while two of the new housing developments outside the base are called “Lincoln Palace” and “Capitolium.” The parking spaces in the developments are bigger, to fit American cars.

There are restaurants offering all-you-can-eat Korean meat dinner buffets for $11, Tex- Mex joints and even a Hooters rip-off. The barbershop offers flattops and “skin fade” cuts, and there are other services you don’t find in an average South Korean town, such as “All African American Caribbean style” hair braiding.

Because soldiers below the rank of staff sergeant are not allowed to drive in South Korea, even off base, young Americans on bicycles rigged up with small motors sputter through the streets.

But there is a sense of frustration that the base hasn’t produced a gold rush.

“Business is so-so,” said Suh Hee-yeon, the owner of one U.S. Forces Korea-approved real estate agency on the main drag, which offers housing for those who will live off base. She has been here for a decade and doesn’t welcome the new firms that have arrived as the base gets closer to completion. “There’s too much competition now and we have to share the limited amount of business,” she said.

Some here worry about increased crime and that American soldiers will be on the prowl for local women. The U.S. Army has developed an app so troops can check which bars have been deemed off-limits, either because they’ve been caught serving drinks to minors or because they’re selling sex.

Others complain that the new arrivals don’t learn Korean and expect local store owners to speak English.

But worse than that is the fear that the soldiers just won’t patronize their businesses.

“They rarely come out from their bases,” said Park Jong-ho, who has run a shoe shop here for the past three years. “They have everything they need there on the base.”

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Anna Fifield wrote this story. The Washington Post’s Min Jung Kim contributed to this report.

Politcon gets shaky start with outbursts during Ann Coulter speech panel

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Politicon, a convention that consists of political discussions and panels, is taking place in Pasadena Saturday. With the tense political climate in Washington D.C. right now, it’s no surprise that things turned ugly fast.

During the Ann Coulter campus free speech panel, which had an audience with a President Donald Trump-supporting majority, a couple outbursts from anti-Trump protesters took place.

The first one consisted of two people wearing swastikas.

Some, including Coulter, said it was silly.

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Study promotes link between climate change, intensity of Boulder rains in 2013 flood

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The amount of rain delivered by the devastating storms that flooded Boulder County and much of Colorado’s Front Range in 2013 was enhanced by about 30 percent through the effects of human-influenced climate change, according to a new study by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

The study, published online at Weather and Climate Extremes, is not the first to draw a link between climate change and the severity of the storm, which dumped more than 17 inches of rain in some areas between Sept. 9 and Sept. 15, killed at least eight people, damaged more than 19,000 homes and commercial buildings, destroyed 1,500 and ravaged more than 485 miles of roads.

Kevin Trenberth, distinguished senior scientist at Boulder’s National Center for Atmospheric Research — among those whose work is cited in the new study — advanced that argument with a paper in June 2015 in the journal Nature Climate Change, ” Attribution of Climate Extreme Events.”

The new study utilized the Weather Research and Forecasting regional model, which can be used to forecast future weather, in order to “hindcast” the conditions that led to the flooding in the Boulder area, according to a news release.

That allowed them to overcome a problem posed by the storm’s intensity, which did not allow scientists to resolve fine-scale details that would properly characterize the storm’s severe precipitation and large-scale meteorological pattern through the use of standard climate models.

The model they utilized enabled them to break the affected area into 12-kilometer squares. The researchers ran 101 hindcasts on each of two versions of the model — one based on realistic current conditions that took human-induced changes to the atmosphere and the associated climate change into account, and one that removed the portion of observed climate change attributed to human activities.

Michael Wehner, a climate scientist in the Computational Research Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, acknowledged that his familiarity with Trenberth, Martin Hoerling at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and others in Boulder’s climate science community might even have influenced the choice of Boulder’s storm for a topic of study.

“There’s a lot of extreme events, and I think in the back of our minds was the fact that some of our friends (in Boulder) were impacted,” Wehner said Thursday. “It was a very rare and unusual event, and those are the ones that are most interesting — and yet most difficult.”

‘Medium’ confidence

The study, whose lead author is Pardeep Paul, had anticipated findings that human influence might have increased the rainfall by 9 to 15 percent. Their finding of a 30 percent increase was a consequence of what Wehner described as a type of atmospheric “positive feedback loop,” causing it to be more violent in terms of both wind and rain.

Wehner acknowledged only a “medium” level of confidence in the study’s results, and acknowledged that it might be contested.

“Oh yes, it is indeed controversial,” he said. “It would be controversial, just from all the politics of climate change, but it is also controversial scientifically.

“Climate change is a science, and we demand a high level of rigor and proof. And I do believe this study has a high level of rigor, but it is only one study. And for me to stake my reputation on one study would be foolish. What we are hoping is that the community is stimulated to perform similar influence studies of other storms. And as we build a body of literature, we can make robust statements with high confidence,” Wehner said.

Trenberth said, in an email, “Frankly, this is vindication for our paper in 2015, and the conclusions we suggested there. The weather is so variable, both now and in future climates, that anything can happen by chance, and the issue is how to determine what role climate change from humans played.

“This approach ferrets that out, and it is substantial: 30 percent.”

Hoerling is a meteorologist at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory and was lead author of ” 2014: Northeast Colorado Extreme Rains Interpreted in a Climate Change Context,” published as a special supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

That study, based on analysis of simulations using NASA’s Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS-5) atmosphere model, led to a diagnosis that the historic September 2013 rain over Colorado “was not made more likely, or more intense, by the effects of climate change.

“From an observational perspective, analogous events have occurred before in the Front Range, perhaps most strikingly similar in September 1938, long before appreciable climate change,” it stated in its conclusion.

‘Very few cases exist’

The paper by Hoerling and his partners went on to state that the researchers’ model results suggested that the occurrence of such an event has actually become less probable over northeast Colorado due to climate change, but that model projections did “show an increase in the intensity of maximum five-day precipitation over the globe and for annual averages as a whole by the end of the 21st century.”

In an email concerning the Berkeley study, Hoerling said, “For daily weather forecasting, you create the track record of skill very quickly even over a single season of forecasting. For rare events, by definition, very few cases exist.”

Identifying the best approaches to study such events, he said, is still very much an ongoing process.

“Till that time, confidence on the quantitative results from such studies (especially for extreme rains, less for extreme heat) will be low,” Hoerling said. “In the case of the Colorado rains, there is even uncertainty on the directionality of impacts — whether human-induced changed, increased or decreased the severity.”

Wehner also acknowledged that findings concerning the influence of climate change on severe storm events is not yet conclusive.

“Most of them seem to be intensified by climate change but not all of them,” he said. “It’s one of these really interesting things for a scientist, and we don’t know all the answers.

“You get some results, and you have to do some thinking to explain them. And that’s what science is all about. The fact that this science is important to the public is a side benefit. And it sometimes makes our lives more difficult.”

Charlie Brennan: 303-473-1327, brennanc@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/chasbrennan

Kendrick Lamar is leader of MTV VMAs with 8 nominations

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Kendrick Lamar’s "Humble" is giving the rapper reason to brag: He is the leader of the MTV Video Music Awards with eight nominations.

Lamar and his No.1 hit song are nominated for video of the year, artist of the year, best hip-hop video and other prizes. Katy Perry and The Weeknd are behind Lamar with five nominations, while Bruno Mars is up for four Moonmen.

The 2017 VMAs will air live Aug. 27 from the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Other video of the year nominees includes Mars’ "24K Magic," the Weeknd’s "Reminder," Alessia Cara’s "Scars to Your Beautiful" and "Wild Thoughts," the hit by DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller released last month.

A surprise snub was the ubiquitous "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee — which includes a remix with Justin Bieber — as well as Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You." Both songs topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year.

Sheeran will compete for artist of the year though, along with Lamar, Mars, Ariana Grande, Lorde and the Weeknd. This year MTV eliminated gender categories like best male and female video and opted for the artist of the year prize.

Lamar’s other nominations include best direction, art direction, choreography, cinematography and visual effects. Videos eligible for nomination had to be released between June 25, 2016 through June 23, 2017.

Other acts who scored nominations include the Chainsmokers, Migos, Harry Styles, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony and Big Sean.

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Prosecutors: Man accused of posting SnapChat video threatening to shoot Chicago police

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A South Side man posted video on social media of himself in front of Chicago police headquarters threatening to shoot several police officers present, including an officer guarding police’s Bronzeville administrative offices, authorities said Saturday.

Unfortunately for Lawrence Fuller, someone spotted the video and quickly reported it video to Chicago police.

In the SnapChat video, reportedly shot on Thursday outside the police headquarters in the 3500 block of South Michigan Avenue around 4:30 a.m., Fuller was seen with a handgun threatening to “shoot this b—h up” and "I’m gonna pop his a– in the head,” with police officers in clear view, according to police and Cook County prosecutors.

After police were alerted, investigators spoke with the unnamed officer seen in the video, who said he spotted the same man in the video trying to get inside the building with something in his hand, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jillian Anselmo said. That officer never spoke or confronted Fuller, 25.

Authorities tracked Fuller to a relative’s home in the 3500 block of South Rhodes Avenue hours later and arrested him. Inside the home, police recovered a Daisy brand airgun, according to Fuller’s arrest report.

Fuller was later charged with threatening a public official, a Class 3 felony. On Saturday, Judge James Brown ordered Fuller held on home electronic monitoring  in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Saturday CPD’s organized crime unit acted quickly to arrest Fuller.

“Watching that video is a sobering reminder of the dangers police officers face every day and the actions and statements of the offender are quite frankly reprehensible.”

wlee@chicagotribune.com

Twitter: @MidNoirCowboy

Some Trump aides push to move Attorney General Sessions to Homeland Security

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Some senior White House aides are encouraging President Trump to move embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions from his post as attorney general to the now-vacant leadership spot at Department of Homeland Security, ABC News has learned.

While some Trump advisers are pushing for this, others aren’t, meaning no decision has been reached and the president and his team are weighing all options.

Sessions has been under fire from the president. Trump has publicly called the attorney general “beleaguered” and said he wouldn’t have named the former Alabama senator to head the Justice Department had he known that Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation, a move that ultimately opened the door to the appointment of a special counsel to lead the probe.

The position of secretary of Homeland Security is now open with Gen. John Kelly moving from that post to become the new White House chief of staff.

Sessions, in an interview with Fox News, called the president’s public criticism of him “kind of hurtful.” When asked if he would step down from his post at the Justice Department, Sessions said he serves “at the pleasure of the president.”

“If he wants to make a change he can certainly do so,” said Sessions. “I would be glad to yield in that circumstance, no doubt about it, but I do believe that we are making tremendous progress.”

Moving Sessions to the Homeland Security role could potentially allow the president to bring in a new attorney general who could take over the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump associates.

But the prospect of possibly removing special counsel Robert Mueller, who heads the Russia probe, has drawn strong words of caution even from some Republicans.

“Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency,” Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina said this week.