AP Trending SummaryBrief at 10:25 p.m. EDT

AP Trending SummaryBrief at 10:25 p.m. EDT

FACT FOCUS: Is Dodger Stadium flooded? No, it was just an illusion

A viral aerial video of Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium has many social media users convinced that floodwaters submerged the ballpark amid Tropical Storm Hilary over the weekend. But despite the record breaking rainfall, the ballpark wasn’t flooded, a spokesperson for the Dodgers says. The footage just shows the parking lot that encircles the stadium wet from the rain, creating an optical illusion that made it look like a moat around the building, according to experts and a closer examination of the video. Trucks for K-pop group BlackPink are already in the lot setting up for a Saturday performance.

‘T. rexes’ race to photo finish at Washington state track

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) — A track for live horse racing in suburban Seattle turned prehistoric over the weekend as more than 200 people ran down the track cloaked in inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur costumes. The 2023 T-Rex World Championships at Emerald Downs on Sunday ended in a photo finish, with three competitors hitting the finish line together. Ocean Kim of Kauai, Hawaii, entered the race as Boto Rex and took top honors. The event started in 2017 as a pest control company’s team-building activity. Racers came from more than a half-dozen states to compete.

Charles Martinet, the voice of Nintendo’s beloved Mario character, steps down

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Charles Martinet, the original voice of Mario in Nintendo games since the 1990s, is stepping down. Nintendo of America confirmed Monday that Martinet will now serve in the role of “Mario Ambassador,” traveling around the world to promote the beloved plumber, signing autographs and performing Nintendo character voices. “It’s been a privilege working with Charles to help bring Mario to life for so many years and we want to thank and celebrate him,” Nintendo said in a statement.

Angry reaction after Spanish soccer leader kissed a Women’s World Cup star on the mouth

MADRID (AP) — The leader of Spain’s soccer federation marred the country’s Women’s World Cup victory after kissing a player on the lips during the medal ceremony, drawing criticism for inappropriate conduct in a sport that has struggled to overcome sexism. The Spanish government and the world players’ union condemned the behavior of Luis Rubiales on Monday, a day after Spain’s 1-0 win over England. The soccer federation led by Rubiales sought to downplay the incident through a statement attributed to the player he kissed. The kiss was shocking given the sport’s long-standing allegations of sexual misconduct by male soccer presidents and coaches against female players on national teams.

Georgia sheriff pleads guilty to groping TV Judge Hatchett

A Georgia sheriff has pleaded guilty to groping TV judge Glenda Hatchett during a law enforcement conference last year. Bleckley County Sherriff Kristopher Coody pleaded guilty Monday in Cobb County State Court to a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery. Prosecutors had accused Coody of groping Hatchett’s breast as she was being introduced to sheriffs at a January 2022 meeting of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association. Hatchett was in the courtroom and told the judge: “For this man to come up and violate me the way he did is unspeakable.” He was sentenced to serve 12 months on probation and resigned from office.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanks Canadians for support after separation from wife

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is thanking Canadians for their support in his first public remarks about his family since he and his wife, Sophie, announced they are separating after 18 years of marriage. Trudeau and Sophie announced the decision in statements posted on Instagram early this month, adding they would vacation as a family. The Prime Minister returned from his vacation and was asked about how he is doing.

Olga Carmona scored in Spain’s 1-0 Women’s World Cup win. Then she learned her father had died

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish soccer federation says Olga Carmona, whose goal won the Women’s World Cup for Spain on Sunday, learned after the final of her father’s death. He had been ill and died while Carmona’s mother and other relatives traveled to Australia to watch her play in the final. The federation did not give more detail on the cause of death. The family decided to wait until after the title celebrations to give Carmona the news. Spain beat England 1-0 to win its first Women’s World Cup title. Carmona said Monday she plans to attend the victory ceremony with her teammates in Madrid.

Dentist convicted of killing wife on African safari given life sentence and over $15M in penalties

DENVER (AP) — As a wealthy dentist convicted of killing his wife at the end of an African safari listened in court, her brother vowed on Monday to move her remains to a place Larry Rudolph would never discover. Vincent Finizio also predicted that Rudolph’s future grandchildren will never know he existed and that he would die “alone and unmourned.” His comments came shortly before a judge sentenced Rudolph to life in prison and imposed over an estimated $15 million in financial penalties against him. Rudolph plans to appeal his conviction.

Court documents suggest reason for police raid of Kansas newspaper

The police chief who led the raid of a Kansas newspaper has alleged in previously unreleased court documents that a reporter either impersonated someone else or lied about her intentions when she obtained the driving records of a local business owner. But reporter Phyllis Zorn, Marion County Record Editor and Publisher Eric Meyer and the newspaper’s attorney said Sunday that no laws were broken when Zorn accessed a public state website for information on restaurant operator Kari Newell. The raid carried out Aug. 11 and led by Marion Police Chief Gideon Cody brought international attention to the small central Kansas town that now finds itself at the center of a debate over press freedoms.

A tanker believed to hold sanctioned Iran oil starts offloading near Texas despite Tehran’s threats

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil tanker long suspected of carrying sanctioned Iranian crude oil has begun offloading its cargo near Texas. That’s according to tracking data analyzed Sunday. The fate of the cargo aboard the Suez Rajan has become mired in the wider tensions between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic. That’s the case even as Tehran and Washington work toward a trade of billions of dollars in frozen Iranian assets in South Korea for the release of five Iranian-Americans held in Tehran. U.S. and Iranian officials did not respond to requests for comment Sunday.

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