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3 Missouri police officers wounded in Kansas City shootout; suspect killed

Police in Missouri shot and killed a suspect they said wounded three officers and was a person of interest in the shooting death of a university student, The Kansas City Star reported.

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The man had barricaded himself in a residence, Kansas City police said. The three officers were expected to live, KCTV reported.

The suspect was being investigated in the July 7 shooting death of Sharath Koppu, 25, a University of Missouri-Kansas City student, earlier this month, the Star reported.

According to police, undercover detectives were conducting an investigation at the Sky-Vu Motel in Kansas CIty when the officers were hit by gunfire, KCTV reported.

Police spokesman Sgt. Jacob Becchina said both men  were rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect fled the area with another person in a vehicle, Becchina said. The vehicle was found and an accomplice was arrested, the Star reported.

Police confronted the suspect at a residence, and after gunfire was exchanged, a third officer was wounded, the Star reported.

Trump-Putin summit: What time do they meet, where, what will they be talking about?

President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday in Helsinki, Finland, days after 12 Russian military officers were indicted for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

It will be the first time the two men have met in a stand-alone meeting.According to Trump, he has “low expectations” for the meeting, but said “nothing bad” and “maybe something good” would come out of it. He said the summit “may be the easiest" meeting of a Europe trip that ended Sunday with Trump calling the European Union a “foe.”

“Now you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe. Russia is a foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly a foe.”

While some have called for the meeting to be canceled in light of the indictments, Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, said the meeting “is really the first time for both presidents to actually sit across the table and have a conversation and I hope it’s a detailed conversation about where we might be able to find some overlapping and shared interests.”

Here’s what you need to know about the meeting.

What time: The meeting starts at 1:15 p.m. Helsinki time. That’s 6:15 a.m. ET.

Where: The two will meet Finnish leader Sauli Niinistö at the Presidential Palace. He will greet Putin first, then Trump. The talks take place in the palace’s Gothic Hall. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet for discussions at the Presidential Palace while Trump and Putin meet. After Trump and Putin finish their meeting, a working lunch will be held in the Hall of Mirrors. Later in the afternoon, the two men will participate in a press conference in the Hall of State.

What will they talk about: The official agenda has not been released. National security issues such as the militarization of Crimea will be among the topics discussed, along with bilateral relations.

Will the indictment of 12 Russians for interfering in the 2016 election be discussed: Trump, in an interview Saturday, said he “hadn’t thought” about asking Putin to extradite the dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted Friday.

Later in the interview, he said, “Certainly I’ll be asking about it.”

Massachusetts policeman, civilian killed in shooting 

A Massachusetts police officer and a civilian were shot and killed in Weymouth on Sunday morning, authorities said.

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Authorities said the officer, identified as Michael Chesna, sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to South Shore Hospital. He later died from his injuries.

The Norfolk County district attorney said the suspect, identified as Emmanuel Lopes, is in custody. Lopes will be charged with two counts of homicide. The arraignment is scheduled for Monday.

Police said the officer had pulled over a car that had been driving erratically out of Rockland.

The driver then ran off and attempted to hide near Burton Place in Weymouth. The suspect then allegedly threw a rock at the officer, causing him to drop his gun.

The suspect then grabbed the officer's weapon and shot him, police said.

The shooting happened near South Shore Hospital.

Authorities blocked off parts of South Shore Hospital.

Cars at the scene being towed were involved in an accident before the shooting happened.

Government officials in the area, including Gov. Charlie Baker, put out tweets on Sunday, sending thoughts and prayers to those close to the victims.

The shooting happened just three months and three days after Yarmouth Sgt. Sean Gannon was shot and killed in the line of duty.

World Cup final delayed by protesters; Russian punk band claims responsibility

Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia was disrupted briefly Sunday when four people dressed in old-fashioned police uniforms ran onto the pitch, The Independent reported.

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The Russian activist punk band Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for the suspension of play at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which occurred during the 52nd minute of Sunday’s match.

“News Flash! Just a few minutes ago four Pussy Riot members performed in the FIFA World Cup final match — ‘Policeman enters the Game,’” the band posted on its Twitter feed.

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France was leading 2-1 when three women and a man charged onto the pitch, The Associated Press reported. The protesters were wrestled to the ground by police. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren pushed the male protester, which allowed police to subdue him, the AP reported.

The protesters were dressed in black pants and white shirts. They entered the pitch from behind the net guarded by French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, The Independent reported. One of the women reached the center of the pitch and high-fived French forward Kylian Mbappe.

On Twitter, the group released a statement urging the Russian government to release political prisoners and to end “illegal arrests” of protesters.

>> Photos: 2018 World Cup final -- France vs. Croatia

Russian President Vladimir Putin was watching Sunday’s match at the stadium, along with French President Emmanuel Macron and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, according to the AP.

France cruises past Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

France cruised to its first World Cup title in 20 years and its second soccer crown overall, dominating Croatia 4-2 in Sunday’s championship game in Moscow.

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The French, winning the Cup for the first time since 1998, scored first and then outran the Croatian squad, the smallest country to play in a World Cup final since 1950, when Uruguay defeated Brazil 2-1 in Rio de Janeiro.

France opened the scoring in the 18th minute thanks to an own goal by Croatia. On a set piece after a free kick, Frances Antoine Griezmann kicked the ball toward the goal. The ball glanced off Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic and past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

Croatia tied the match 10 minutes later when Ivan Perisic rocketed a left-footed shot past Hugo Lloris.

France was awarded a penalty kick when Perisic handled the ball in the box. After a video review, referee Nestor Pitana in favor of the kick.

Griezmann buried his shot past Subasic to give France a 2-1 lead, which it took into the half.

>> Photos: 2018 World Cup final -- France vs. Croatia

France increased its lead to 3-1 in the second half, with Paul Pogba controlling his own rebound of a blocked shot and converting a left-footed shot in the 59th minute.

Six minutes later, Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Brazil’s Pele did it in 1958. That gave the French a commanding 4-1 lead.

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Croatia cut the deficit to 4-2 in the 69th minute when Mandzukic sent a shot past Lloris.

13-year-old girl beheaded after seeing grandmother killed in Alabama cemetery

An Alabama 13-year-old found dead in a wooded area last month was beheaded after she saw two men stab her grandmother to death, an investigator testified Thursday. 

The grisly details of Mariah Lopez’s slaying came out during the preliminary hearing of Yoni Martinez Aguilar, AL.com reported. Aguilar, 26, and Israel Gonzalez Palomino, 34, are each charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Lopez and her 49-year-old grandmother and legal guardian, Oralia Mendoza.

Palomino is also charged with possession of methamphetamine. 

Members of the middle schooler’s family wept as Investigator Stacy Rutherford testified about the details Aguilar, who was Mendoza’s live-in boyfriend, gave in a statement following his June 14 arrest. 

Related story: Police: 13-year-old girl dead in ‘brutal’ killing, grandmother’s body also found

According to AL.com, Aguilar told detectives that Mendoza was involved with the Sinaloa cartel, considered to be the world’s most powerful drug trafficking organization. 

Rutherford testified that the defendant told investigators that he, Palomino, Mendoza and a woman named Leticia Garcia traveled June 2 to Norcross, Georgia, where they picked up a quarter kilo of meth for the cartel. Along the way, something went wrong and Palomino became suspicious that Mendoza and Garcia, who was also tied to the cartel, might be setting him up, Aguilar said in his statement. 

WAAY in Huntsville reported that Rutherford testified that sometime after the group returned to Huntsville, Palomino learned that Mendoza had removed the SIM card from her cellphone. He also found a text she sent during the drug run to Georgia, in which she asked an unknown woman to pick up her granddaughter, who was with Palomino’s wife, because she feared that she and her granddaughter were in danger. 

Early on June 4, the men woke Mendoza at their Huntsville home and told her that they were taking her and Lopez, who had special needs, somewhere safe, AL.com reported. Rutherford testified that they were instead taken to Moon Cemetery, located about 15 miles southeast of the city in Owens Cross Roads. 

Palomino and Mendoza argued in the cemetery about the drug deal and Palomino stabbed the grandmother multiple times, leaving her for dead, Aguilar told investigators. 

Lopez, who witnessed her grandmother’s slaying, was taken to a wooded area about 2½ miles from the cemetery, where Aguilar said Palomino forced him to kill the girl.

Rutherford testified that Aguilar told investigators he was holding the knife when Palomino grabbed his arm and moved it back and forth in a “sawing motion,” with which the girl was beheaded. 

Aguilar said he participated in the slayings out of fear. 

“He said he was fearful of Israel,” Rutherford testified, according to AL.com

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The men left the teen’s body where she was killed and stopped to clean Palomino’s car, the detective said. 

Mendoza was reported missing two days later by worried relatives, WAFF in Huntsville reported last month. Lopez’s body was found the following day.

Madison County investigators released information describing the items the body was clothed in: red pajama pants with gingerbread men on them, as well as a pink undershirt and black tank top. The news release also indicated that the young victim had a cerebral shunt. 

Lopez’s mother -- who is also Mendoza’s daughter -- showed up at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office a short time after the description was released and told investigators that the body might be that of her daughter, Sheriff’s Office officials said. Dental records provided a positive identification a week later. 

Mendoza’s body was found at the cemetery June 15, after Aguilar gave his statement to investigators. She was also identified through dental records, Sheriff’s Office officials announced June 27

Aside from Aguilar’s alleged confession, investigators have collected physical evidence they say links the men to the slayings -- including the suspected murder weapons. AL.com reported that Rutherford testified one knife was found under Palomino’s mattress and the other was found under Aguilar’s mattress. 

Despite the men’s cleanup efforts, blood was also found in Palomino’s car, the investigator said. 

Both men’s cellphones also “pinged” in the area of the killings during that time frame, the news site said. 

The slayings shocked the community, particularly those at Challenger Middle School, where Lopez was a student. The school’s Parent-Teacher Association last month set up a memorial account to help her family pay for her and her grandmother’s funerals.

“No one is prepared to lose a child or other relative at such young ages,” a statement from the PTA said. “With the untimely passing of two family members, one can imagine the mounting costs of funeral and burial expenses that the family faces in addition to the unparalleled grief that is felt as well.”

The “Mariah Lopez and Oralia Mendoza Memorial Account” was established at Wells Fargo, with donations set to go directly to the funeral home. 

“Anything in excess of those costs will be given to the immediate family to assist with other expenses and needs,” the PTA statement said

Lt. Donny Shaw, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, last month credited the community with helping to quickly bring the search for Lopez’s and Mendoza’s killers to an end. 

“For a murder where there were no indications, no witnesses, nothing to lean on when we began with it, the Hispanic community, the partners, the media, we’ve been able to do a phenomenal thing in just a little over seven days by coming to the arrests of two individuals,” Shaw told WAFF

Both Aguilar and Palomino are being held without bail in the Madison County Jail. Palomino is also being detained on a hold for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

His preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Monday. 

Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon men’s final

Novak Djokovic, showing few effects from his marathon semifinal victory 24 hours earlier, won his fourth Wimbledon men’s singles title Sunday, defeating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) at The All-England  Lawn Tennis Club.

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It was also the 13th career Grand Slam victory for Djokovic, 31, and the first for the Serb since the 2016 French Open. Anderson, the eighth seed, lost his second Grand Slam final. He lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2017 U.S. Open title match.

Djokovic was coming off a grueling semifinal against Nadal, winning 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(9), 3-6, 10-8 in a 5-hour, 15-minute duel. It was the second-longest semifinal in Wimbledon history that began Friday and had to be resumed Saturday because of curfew rules.

The longest semifinal match was held Friday, when Anderson, 31, topped John Isner in a 7-hour, 36-minute five-set marathon.

Temperatures on Centre Court broke 100 degrees as the two finalists began play.

Celebrities in the stands included Hugh Grant, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Djokovic, the 12th seed, defeated Anderson in 2 hours, 15 minutes and took the first set in 29 minutes.  He improved to 6-1 against Anderson and defeated the South African for the third time at Wimbledon.

National Ice Cream Day 2018: Deals at Dairy Queen, Carvel, PetSmart and more

If you are in the mood to scream over ice cream today, you’re in luck.

Today is National Ice Cream Day (finally), and ice cream joints across the country are offering sweet deals on your favorite flavor. 

And there are plenty of people who will take them up on the offers. Ninety-six percent of Americans surveyed by YouGov said they regularly eat ice cream.

America’s favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate, according to the survey, followed by vanilla, butter pecan, cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, cookie dough, strawberry, pistachio, rocky road, chocolate chip and cake batter.

Don’t see your favorite there? Maybe the deals below can help. Here’s the scoop on freebies and deals being offered to celebrate ice cream.

(Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local ice cream shops to confirm which deals are available before you go.)

Baskin-Robbins: Download the Baskin-Robbins app on National Ice Cream Day to get offers such as a buy one, get one free cone, .99 cent sundaes and $2 off a medium milkshake. 

Bruster’s: Join the new Sweet Rewards loyalty program and get a $3 reward toward your ice cream purchase.

Carvel: Buy one cup or cone – any size – and get a second one free. 

Dairy Queen: Get a free small Blizzard treat when you download the Dairy Queen app and register for an account.

Dippin' Dots: You can get a free mini cup of Dippin' Dots at participating stores and shopping center locations

Monkey Joe’s: Monkey Joe’s is hosting a special customer appreciation event on Sunday with free ice cream cups for each guest while supplies last.

PetSmart – Your dog can get a doggie ice cream at PetSmart locations that have a Pets Hotel on Saturday and Sunday.

16 Handles: You can get the first 3 ounces of yogurt/toppings free from open-5 p.m. Sunday if you download the app. Check out the details of the deal here.

Sub Zero Ice Cream: Come in Monday for $1 off regular ice creams from 5 to 8 p.m. at all locations. 

Your Pie: Get free gelato on Sunday at participating restaurants. 

Yogurtland: Buy one get one free from 1-6 p.m.  

Florida probation officer accused of sexual misconduct with woman he supervised

A probation officer in Florida was arrested on a charge that he had sexual relations with a woman under his supervision, WFLA reported.

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Jeffrey Thomas Desimone, 40, of Tarpon Springs, was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of sexual misconduct, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

The woman — whose name was redacted from an affidavit filed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents — was sentenced to probation for dealing in stolen property. She was assigned to Desimone, the Times reported.

The arrest report said Desimone and the woman had sexual contact on "several occasions" from February until June, which Desimone admitted during an interview with agents.

Desimone was released after he posted a $5,000 bail, WFLA reported.

Photos: 2018 World Cup final -- France vs. Croatia

France, Croatia meet in Moscow to play in soccer’s biggest game.

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