Trump’s remarks about Sweden create debate and confusion

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — While criticizing refugee policies in Europe during a campaign-style rally in Florida, President Trump introduced an unexpected country into dialogue on the subject. “Here’s the bottom line we have to keep our country safe,” Trump started, before pivoting to the subject of Europe. “When you look at what’s happening in Germany, when you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden — Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible,” he said. Trump then listed several European cities that have suffered high profile terror attacks, including Paris and Brussels. The context of his remarks led many social media users, including Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, to assume that Trump meant there had been a terror attack in Sweden the night before. “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” Bildt wrote on Twitter, referring to the fact that no high profile attack had occurred in Sweden the night…

Angels star outfielder Mike Trout looks to steal 40 bases

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout says he has a new personal goal for 2017: stealing 40 or more bases this season. The reigning American League MVP told that to reporters as the Angels start spring training. The goal is certainly attainable for Trout. He stole 49 bases in 2012, and reached 30 last year. However, between 2014 and 2015, he stole just 27 total bases. Although he puts up consistently stellar numbers, Trout continues to improve. After leading the majors in strikeouts in 2014, his total strikeouts have dropped over the past two seasons. He even went on to lead the majors in walks last year. He wants to win the American League Most Valuable Player award for the second year in a row, but is also focused on bringing the Angels back to the postseason. Los Angeles has made the playoffs just once since 2010, and finished 74-88 last year, the franchise’s first losing record since 2013. Trout is widely regarded as the…

Cats get purr-fect retro glamour shots to help them get adopted

Chesapeake Humane Society(NEW YORK) — These kitties are ready for their close-up. Retro glamour photos were taken of the cats at Chesapeake Humane Society in Virginia to boost their chance of being adopted. The results are absolutely purr-fect. “We were talking about different ways to get the cats noticed this week,” Michelle Dumas, the Humane Society’s volunteer and marketing coordinator, told ABC News. “This year we decided we wanted to something a little quirky to get some attention. We all started talking and it just kind of snowballed from there.” The organization was inspired to do the photos in honor of Homeless Animal Awareness week. “We Google-imaged for some interesting backgrounds and had those set up in the meantime,” executive director Deborrah Grulke said of the hilarious laser beams, sparkle bursts and graffiti-covered walls. Teresa Stephens, the organization’s outreach and events coordinator, took the furry feline’s portraits with staff members and now they’re going viral after being posted to Facebook. One cat has already been adopted as a result of…

‘Poisoned’ Russian opposition activist leaves hospital for treatment abroad

Kara-Murza Family(NEW YORK) — A well-known Russian opposition activist who was left in a critical condition this month after an apparent poisoning has now left Russia for treatment abroad, his lawyer said. The case of Vladimir Kara-Murza attracted international attention and condemnation on Capitol Hill earlier this month when he was rushed to the hospital – poisoned, his doctors said, with an unknown substance. It was the second time in two years that Kara-Murza – a veteran critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin – has been poisoned, and his colleagues have suggested it must be linked to his activism. This time Kara-Murza spent a week in critical condition, on life support and kept in an artificial coma as doctors sought to clean his bloodstream of whatever could be poisoning him. Last week, he regained consciousness and on Sunday, Kara-Murza’s lawyer, Vadim Prokhorov, said that the activist was now being transferred abroad for rehabilitation. In a statement posted on Facebook, Prokhorov did not say where Kara-Murza was being transferred to, only…

New York Yankees and star pitcher Dellin Betances in heated exchange over arbitration case

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Yankees and star relief pitcher Dellin Betances engaged in a verbal battle over an arbitration hearing. An arbitrator decided in the Yankees’ favor, awarding Betances three million dollars for 2017 instead of the five million he sought. The $5 million request from Jim Murray, Betances’ agent, upset team president Randy Levine. Levine went on to publicly criticize Murray during a conference call, saying the agent valued Betances as an elite closer instead of a top-tier setup man. He added that Murray made Betances a “victim,” overvaluing him and trying to change the marketplace. Betances responded to the incident, saying he will “look at it a little differently now.” He added, “free agency will be a little easier when the time comes.” Betances is scheduled to be a free agent in 2020. Betances doesn’t often pitch in the ninth inning, but often pitches multiple innings in a game and leads all relievers in strikeouts over the past three years. Elite closers around baseball…

Mike Pence, family visit Nazi concentration camp in Germany

ABC News(MUNICH) — Vice President Mike Pence, along with second lady Karen Pence and their eldest daughter Charlotte, visited a Nazi concentration camp Sunday near Munich, Germany. They were met by Karl Freller, the director of the Foundation of Bavarian Memorial Sites. They were also joined by a survivor of the camp, Abba Naor, a Jewish Lithuanian who today lives in Israel. The Pences walked around the camp, touring various areas, including the prison yard. They also spent time in a building which contains exhibits about the Nazis. They stood before a large map showing the network of camps around Germany and Nazi-occupied countries elsewhere in Europe. Naor spoke to the vice president about conditions at Dachau, which opened in March 1933 and was liberated by American forces in April 1945. Of the camp’s liberation by American troops, he said, “One morning, they came,” he said. “Strange faces.” The Pences visited another room that housed examples of Nazi propaganda. Outside, the Pences spent time looking at the International Monument, a…

Europe’s leaders have ‘a lot of concern’ whether VP Pence ‘really’ speaks for Trump, top Democrat says

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, said there is “a lot of concern” among Europe’s leaders about whether Vice President Mike Pence was “really speaking for the president” when he addressed the Munich Security Conference about the U.S. commitment to NATO and Europe. Speaking from Munich, Schiff said in a This Week interview that aired Sunday: “When Mike Pence said that we want NATO members to pay up then you, in that case, he was speaking for the president. But when he talked about American commitment to NATO, when he talked about the commitment to Europe, I think there are still profound questions about whether he is, in those cases, really speaking for the president or speaking for himself.” The California congressman attended the Munich conference as did Vice President Pence, Republican Sen. John McCain, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The vice president in his speech Saturday to the gathering of European leaders said, “Today, on behalf of President…

Mike Pence, family visit Nazi concentration camp in Germany

ABC News(MUNICH) — Vice President Mike Pence, along with second lady Karen Pence and their eldest daughter Charlotte, visited a Nazi concentration camp Sunday near Munich, Germany. They were met by Karl Freller, the director of the Foundation of Bavarian Memorial Sites. They were also joined by a survivor of the camp, Abba Naor, a Jewish Lithuanian who today lives in Israel. The Pences walked around the camp, touring various areas, including the prison yard. They also spent time in a building which contains exhibits about the Nazis. They stood before a large map showing the network of camps around Germany and Nazi-occupied countries elsewhere in Europe. Naor spoke to the vice president about conditions at Dachau, which opened in March 1933 and was liberated by American forces in April 1945. Of the camp’s liberation by American troops, he said, “One morning, they came,” he said. “Strange faces.” The Pences visited another room that housed examples of Nazi propaganda. Outside, the Pences spent time looking at the International Monument, a…