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The USS Harder -- which earned the nickname "Hit 'em HARDER" -- was found off the Philippines, sitting upright and "relatively intact." CBS
The NCAA and its Power 5 conferences voted Thursday on a deal that paves the way for universities to pay athletes directly. The deal includes a nearly $2.8 billion settlement that would be paid out to former athletes who sued over the use of their name, image and likeness. CBS
VOA VIEW: It's all about money.
Tornadoes tore through the Midwest, while on the east coast in the New York City area on Thursday caused more than 1,000 flight delays. Experts say driving could take 90% longer than normal at peak times. CBS

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Those planning vacations this summer should buckle up for considerably higher prices. CBS
VOA VIEW: Inflation is growing and growing.
During her first event since suspending her presidential campaign, Nikki Haley said she would "be voting for Trump." Now he says he believes she's "on our team in some form." CBS
VOA VIEW: The rhetoric is over.
The U.N.'s top court, the International Court of Justice, on Friday ordered Israel to cease its military offensive in Rafah, citing concerns over the safety of Palestinian civilians. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The court has no power to enforce its will on Israel.
While coming up with a bigger down payment can help alleviate monthly homeownership costs, 20% is not required. CNBC
Americans are increasingly going into debt to cover the rising costs of inflation, which they say is the biggest challenge in making ends meet. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Thanks to Biden stupidity.
Vice President Kamala Harris has announced the formation of a new partnership to help provide internet access to 80% of Africa by 2030, up from roughly 40% now. FOX News
VOA VIEW: More Harris foolish rhetoric.

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The Navajo Nation Council has unanimously approved a proposed water rights settlement that would cost $5 billion, larger than any such agreement enacted by Congress. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Why should they object?
US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement confirmed that two Jordanian nationals who were apprehended after attempting to breach Marine Corps Base Quantico, are in country illegally. FOX News
The New England Aquarium is warning Cape Cod beachgoers to beware of sharks ahead of the Memorial Day weekend after marine animals were spotted with shark bites. FOX News
The European Union and NATO are condemning Russia's removal of buoys along a waterway marking its international border with Estonia. UPI
VOA VIEW: Russia is pushing its muscle.

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Israeli forces recovered the bodies of three more hostages from northern Gaza overnight in a joint Israel Defense Forces-Shin Bet operation. UPI
VOA VIEW: There is no rational reason to end Gaza push.
Israel announced Friday it had terminated Spain's diplomatic and consular links with Palestinians in response to a senior Spanish minister's use in an online video of the phrase, "From the river to the sea." UPI
VOA VIEW: Deserving!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday warned of a salmonella outbreak linked to contact with backyard poultry. UPI

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     U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane ordered the release of all indigent criminal defendants held in Oregon jails if they are not appointed an attorney within a week of their first court appearances, The Oregonian newspaper reported.  Oregon has gone too far left.

    There were 135 indigent defendants housed in Oregon jails without access to a lawyer, according to the report.  "In essence, they have been locked away without a voice, being too poor to afford an advocate to speak for them in the courtroom," McShane wrote in his 32-page opinion.  The judge's order will take effect Nov. 16. Those released from jail can be placed on conditions while their cases are still pending, the judge's order said, according to the Oregonian.  McShane said that without the help of lawyers who could walk them through the legal process, jailed defendants would not be aware of their rights to bail release hearings.

      he order after a lawsuit was filed by the Oregon Federal Public Defender's Office this summer on behalf of Washington County criminal defendants. The suit asked that the court dismiss the cases due to a lack of legal representation.

     "The reason that defendants are not appearing at critical stages is that they don't have a lawyer," McShane wrote.  They don't have a lawyer to inform them of their rights to a bail or release hearing, review discovery, challenge an indictment, intervene in a grand jury process or seek preservation of evidence at critical proceedings, the judge said.  "Worse still, they sometimes plead guilty just to be released," McShane wrote. "Taken together, these practices highlight the need for swift appointment of counsel to ensure minimum protections for incarcerated defendants."

     The Washington Examiner noted that the order expands McShane's ruling from August, in which prisoners in Washington County who are without legal representation are to be released after 10 days.