Pacers prez: George's remarks 'a gut punch'

2:55 AM ET INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard called it a “gut punch” when he found out that All-Star Paul George does not want to be part of the franchise long term. “It couldn’t have come at a worse time,” Pritchard said at the conclusion of Thursday’s NBA draft. “If we would have known this a few months ago, I think we could have been more prepared. Becoming public was a big issue. “We want our players to want to be here, that’s important. It ...

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Hinkley Point deal 'risky and expensive'

UK government plans for a new £18bn nuclear power station have come under fire from public auditors, who call it “a risky and expensive project”. The case for the Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset was “marginal” and the deal was “not value for money”, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). The NAO said the government had not sufficiently considered the costs and risks for consumers. The government said building the plant was an “important strategic decision”. The report comes nine months after the government granted final approval for ...

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White House-media relations at breaking point as Spicer searches for replacement

Five months into Donald Trump’s presidency, White House-media relations are hanging by a thread. The White House is facing daily criticism from the news media over its decision to reduce the frequency of press briefings and hold some of those briefings off camera, depriving the public of a chance to see White House officials answering questions. Meanwhile, the White House has grown extremely critical of the media for what administration officials describe as biased and sensationalized reporting by grandstanding journalists. In the middle is an overstretched and understaffed communications team ...

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Butler goes to Wolves in draft-night mega-deal

11:31 PM ET ESPN.com news services The Minnesota Timberwolves have acquired Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls, a big draft-night deal that reunites the three-time All-Star with former coach Tom Thibodeau. The Wolves received the No. 16 overall pick in Thursday night’s draft, which was used to select Justin Patton, the freshman center out of Creighton. With All-Star Jimmy Butler moving from Chicago to Minnesota for Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, Kevin Pelton grades the trade. The Bulls, meanwhile, acquired guards Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine as well as the ...

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Police funding: Cuts 'threaten ability to tackle mass riots'

Police in England and Wales would struggle to deal with riots on the scale of 2011 due to budget cuts, an officer who oversees funding has said. Chief Constable Dave Thompson, of West Midlands Police, said the “strain is showing” after multiple terror attacks. “We’d have real challenges in dealing with something like the 2011 riots again,” he wrote on the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) blog on Friday. The home secretary has admitted that police resources are “very tight”. Amber Rudd told MPs on Thursday that the police response ...

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Boeing factory where Trump delivered jobs speech to lay off 200 workers

Trump: Air Force One looks great at 30 The South Carolina Boeing plant where President Trump gave a speech promising to protect U.S. jobs says it’s laying off workers. Boeing confirmed to CNNMoney Thursday that it’s cutting about 200 jobs at its plant in South Carolina. This is the first round of layoffs at the factorysince it began making the 787 Dreamliner there in 2009. Speaking at the plant in February, Trump promised a crowd of assembly workers, managers and executives that “jobs is one of the primary reasons I’m ...

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