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Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Midday' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 3 Midday" game were:

9-6-9

(nine, six, nine)

New Hampshire boy, 2, rescued after being trapped under rock pile

Police and fire officials in New Hampshire rescued a 2-year-old boy who was trapped under a pile of rocks Friday.

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Portsmouth authorities responded to a call around 5:40 p.m. At the scene, officials found the boy pinned between large slabs of stone.

Preliminary investigation showed the boy had been playing atop one of the stone slabs with his grandfather when the slab he was standing on dislodged, causing the boy to fall forward and become trapped by the slab, which came to rest on his head.

“Essentially, this child was lying between a slab of granite with another on top of him and the disruption any more of that pile could cause catastrophic results," Portsmouth police Sgt. Kuffer Kaltenborn said.

The stone slabs, which are being stored in the yard, are intended to make up the foundation of a seawall that is currently under construction. Each stone slab is estimated to weigh several hundreds of pounds.

Luckily, the responding officer turned out to have previous experience as a professional stone mason who specialized in historical foundation repair.

Portsmouth police Officer T.J. Potter's experience helped him accurately assess the damage the child was in and properly remove the slabs from atop the child.

"(It was) a five-man stone or a five-man block which indicated that you would need 4-5 people to life it and set it on a wall, and we have done stones like that and built with stones like that so I knew we could lift it by hand," Potter said. "I think that was the main concern -- can we lift it off the boy?"

The situation was highly delicate as one of the stone slabs was resting on the child's head, and could give way at any moment, putting the child at risk of suffering the full weight of the stone on his head.

Thanks to a coordinated effort by police and firefighters, it only took nine minutes for the child to be freed from the weight of the stones. The child's parents were able to keep him calm as first responders worked their way around the stone slabs and rescued him.

The child was then given emergency medical treatment at the scene to evaluate him for any traumas and then was transported to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital where he is still being treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Royals consider signing college pitcher who pleaded guilty to child molestation charge

The Kansas City Royals are considering signing Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, who pleaded guilty as a 15-year-old to molesting his 6-year-old niece, The Kansas City Star reported.

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“We continue to seek information that allows us to be comfortable in pursuing Luke,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.

In 2012, Heimlich pleaded guilty to child molestation in Washington, Sports Illustrated reported.

According to court documents obtained by The Oregonian, the first time Heimlich molested his niece was when she was 4. He admitted he had “sexual contact” with the girl, The Oregonian reported.

Heimlich and his Oregon State teammates advanced to the College World Series championship series on Saturday, beating Mississippi State 5-2.

For the second straight year, Heimlich was not selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. 

Even though Heimlich is a two-time Pac-12 pitcher of the year, activist Brenda Tracy told the Star the 22-year-old should not be signed.

“I’m sorry, but Luke does not deserve to be on that platform and pedestal, (potentially) looked up to and adored by millions of people, including young kids,” Tracy, a survivor of a gang rape in Corvallis, Oregon, said Saturday. “We should never normalize, we should never minimize (what Heimlich pleaded guilty to). If the Royals bring him on their team, they are complicit in normalizing and minimizing.”

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Heimlich denied touching his niece despite his guilty plea. 

“I pled guilty to it, but ever since that day and even before that, in court records and everything, I’ve denied ever committing the offense,” Heimlich told the magazine. “I stand by that.”

Democrats hoping to flip House not just trash-talking Trump

BOSTON (AP) - Democrats hoping to flip enough seats to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives say they aren't putting all their eggs in the anti-Trump basket.

Those candidates include Lauren Underwood, a 31-year-old registered nurse from Illinois and part of the Democrats' master plan to regain control of the House.

While Underwood is no fan of President Donald Trump, she said her No. 1 concern - and the top concern of the voters she hopes to will send her to Washington - is access to health care.

Attacking the Republican president hard just isn't necessarily a winning play in Illinois' 14th congressional district, said Underwood, who served as an adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services under Democratic President Barack Obama.

"I don't talk about him that much. He has a higher approval rating than my congressman does, so we talk about our congressman," said Underwood, who's hoping to oust incumbent Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren in a district that narrowly backed Trump two years ago.

Other Democrats aiming to flip House seats say they're also trying to zero in on policy more than the president.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has its hopes pinned on 50-plus candidates looking to upend enough seats - 23 - to wrest control of the chamber from the GOP for the first time in eight years.

Republicans have their own plan to retain control, but Democrats are banking they have more than just both momentum and history on their side.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck is helping lead the effort to flip the House. The Washington Democrat said the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee can assist candidates with a range of tasks - from tapping into a national donor base to aiding with the basic mechanics of building a campaign.

But he warned that trash-talking Trump will get a candidate only so far.

"What candidates ought to be doing is talking about that crowded freeway that they need to get additional funds to widen or additional funds to provide mass transit for, or that lake that is becoming polluted and they need the EPA to step up," Heck said.

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is also on the "Red to Blue" list.

Mucarsel-Powell, who came from Ecuador as an immigrant with her mother, said Florida's 26th Congressional District - the state's southernmost district - is one of the most vulnerable for Republicans in the country. She pointed to a 16-point win by Hillary Clinton there in 2016. The seat is currently held by Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo.

While Mucarsel-Powell doesn't shy away from talking about Trump, she says she's more focused on the struggles of local residents.

"They don't have access to health care. They don't have good quality education," she said, adding that tens of thousands depend on the Obama 2010 health care law that Republicans have worked to undo.

Talk of a Democratic blue wave is overblown, according to Matt Gorman, communication director for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

He said the committee - which has its own "Young Guns" program - is raising impressive sums and has battle-tested incumbents who know they're going to be targets.

Gorman said the NRCC is also urging candidates to run on local issues and not focus on the latest headlines on cable new or Twitter. He said polling shows the party is in better shape than many assume.

"This is going to be a fight and certainly we're going to work like we're 10 points down as we do every day, but for the bedwetters out there who are claiming that all hope is loss I would encourage them to actually look at the data," he said. "It's simple math."

Democratic Rep. Katherine Clark, who is also heading up the DCCC's "Red to Blue" initiative, said many candidates she's been working with are more eager to dig into what's on the minds of voters than taking swipes at Trump.

"They're not concerned with talking about Donald Trump as much as they are about talking about how people in their communities want their children to have job opportunities in the communities that they grew up in," Clark said.

While defeating Trump may galvanize the Democratic faithful, the party is still fumbling for a wider unifying message, according to Tobe Berkovitz, a Boston University professor and former political media consultant.

And Democrats may have trouble finding issues, local or not, for voters to latch onto in November.

"The problem is that unemployment is low, economic confidence is relatively high, so to tell people you've never had it so bad when compared to eight years ago they've got it pretty good, that's sort of also a tough road to hoe," he said. "The Democrats may have history on the side. The question is A, will they blow it? And B, is Trump such an anomaly that history is being rewritten?"

Roxane Pirayesh, a 32-year-old from Sacramento, California, who works for an education nonprofit, said in the end, the pitch from Democrats has to be more than just an anti-Trump drumbeat - and she's not sure everyone's gotten the message.

"I think that's probably the biggest flaw coming out of the Democratic Party," she said.

Two men shot outside Ocala gas station near I-75, police say

Two men were shot at an Ocala gas station early Sunday morning, police said. 

The two men were shot at the Circle K gas station near the intersection of West State Road 40 and I-75 before running to the Waffle House across the street, police said.

Officials did not identify the two men who were shot.  

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The men’s injuries are not life-threatening, according to police.

The two are being treated at a nearby hospital, police said. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000.     

OPD is investigating a shooting this morning at Circle K on W SR 40 near I-75. Two people were shot w/ non-life-threatening injuries and ran to Waffle House across the street. Both victims are now being treated at a local hospital. Anyone w/ Information is asked to call 369-7000. pic.twitter.com/ZQFqRlG0R6 — Ocala Police Dept (@ocalapd) June 24, 2018

Memphis funeral home hit by lightning, burns down moments before service

Tennessee funeral home burst into flames after it was hit by lightning, moments before a service Saturday morning.

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Storms blew through Memphis on Saturday, bringing strong winds and dangerous lightning. Around 8:30 a.m., lightning hit the Forest Hill Funeral Home.

Relatives and friends had gathered for the funeral of Crystal Hudson, 39, who died from pneumonia on June 18.

“I prayed to God, please do not make me have to bury her in the rain. I told him, I didn’t care how we did it, just please don’t make us bury her in the rain,” said Yolanda Griffin, Hudson’s mother.

Hudson was described as an amazing mother and the life of the party.

“She’s missed, I’m telling you, she’s left a huge hole in our lives," Griffin said.

Hudson’s funeral was set for 10 a.m. Saturday.

“When we arrived at the funeral home, it was on fire, up in blazes; luckily, they were able to get her body out, so we’re grateful for that," Murray Jividen said.

The Latest: Pride events in NYC, San Francisco

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on gay pride events (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

San Francisco is wrapping up a weekend of gay pride events with the always colorful Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade and March through the heart of the city.

Organizers say as many as 1 million people are expected to turn out for the 48th annual event.

More than 240 contingents, including floats, groups and other participants, are taking part.

This year's theme is "Generations of Strength."

As in previous years, the parade is being led by Dykes on Bikes, San Francisco's venerable group of lesbian motorcycle enthusiasts.

The parade, which takes about five hours to wind through the city, is being broadcast live on San Francisco TV station KPIX.

It will conclude with a Civic Center celebration, where organizers say people can dance, mingle and "celebrate queer San Francisco."

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1:30 p.m.

Celebration is mixing with defiance at New York City's annual march for gay pride.

The crowds are packing the streets for the Heritage of Pride march, with rainbow flags out in force.

Onlookers say this year's event feels more like a protest than in past years.

Connecticut resident Olivia Nadler says "people that are oppressed are not going to go away, they're not going to be quiet, they're not going to be ignored."

The march is one of a number of LGBT events in cities around the world.

The marches commemorate the riots that erupted in response to a police raid at a New York gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in June 1969.

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10:15 a.m.

A New York memorial to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that honors victims of intolerance is opening to the public.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially unveiled the monument Sunday in Hudson River Park in Manhattan. It has nine boulders with pieces of glass installed in them that can act as prisms and reflect rainbows in sunlight. It was designed by artist Anthony Goicolea, of Brooklyn.

Cuomo formed the commission to come up with an LGBT memorial after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that left 49 people dead.

The unveiling coincides with annual gay pride marches in New York City and other cities around the world.

The marches commemorate the riots that erupted in response to a police raid at a New York gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in June 1969.

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10:30 p.m.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King will be one of the grand marshals of New York City's gay pride march as cities around the world hold LGBT pride events.

The marches commemorate the riots that erupted in response to a police raid at a New York gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in June 1969. A park across the street from the Stonewall was designated a national monument in 2016.

New York's march will pass by the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village on Sunday before heading up Fifth Avenue.

March organizers plan to honor community heroes, including Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor Emma Gonzales.

In addition to King, the grand marshals include transgender advocate Tyler Ford and civil rights organization Lambda Legal.

NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini hit by car while jogging

NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini suffered a skull fracture and concussion Saturday after she was hit by a car while jogging in Novato, California, according to a news release from Venturini Racing.

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Venturini, 39, was in California to cover Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup race in Sonoma. She will remain in the hospital for several days, the news release said.

“She’s completely coherent and conversational, and I have talked to her on two occasions today," said Doug Rice, president and general manager of Performance Racing Network. "They told her she would have a really good headache for a couple of days.”

Venturini's father, Bill, is a two-time Auto Racing Club of America champion who founded Venturini Motorsports in 1982, The Sporting News reported.

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