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National Spelling Bee declares 8 co-champions after 20 rounds, in historic first

Spell it U-N-P-R-E-C-E-D-E-N-T-E-D.

After a historic 20 rounds, eight competitors were named co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Sixteen kids had advanced to the finals Thursday, pared down from 50 competitors after 5 1/2 hours of competition in Oxon Hill, Md.

The winners were Rishik Gandhasri, 13; Erin Howard, 14; Saketh Sundar, 13; Shruthika Padhy, 13; Sohum Sukhatankar, 13; Abhijay Kodali, 12; Christopher Serrao, 13 and Rohan Raja, 13.

The finalists spelled their way through challenging words, often relying on the Greek and Latin roots and word origins to identify the correct letters, in an effort to win $50,000 in cash and prizes.

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Sahil Langote, 13, of New Castle, Del., reacts after spelling a word incorrectly in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md. (Associated Press)

Ten spellers were eliminated in the first round, but the competition got tighter as the rounds advanced, with fewer spellers being eliminated.

THE BELL RINGS TWICE: SPELLING BEE COMPETITOR GETS REPRIEVE

In round two only six spellers were eliminated, round three, five more departed and round four saw four kids booted. In round five, eight spellers were eliminated, finally paving the way for the final 16 prime time candidates.

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Colette Giezentanner, 12, of St. Louis, laughs as she competes in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md. (Associated Press)

Two spelling bee veterans, 14-year-old Erin Howard of Huntsville, Ala., and 13-year-old Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill, N.J., made it to primetime for a third year to compete.

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Saketh Sundar, 13, of Clarksville, Md., competes in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md. (Associated Press)

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Last year’s third-place winner, 12-year-old Abhijay Kodali of Flower Mound, Texas, along with13-year-old Navneeth Murali of Edison, N.J.; 13-year-old Aisha Randhawa of Corona, Calif.; 13-year-old Rohan Raja of Irving, Texas; and 13-year-old Simone Kaplan of Davie, Fla., all returned to the spelling bee stage from previous years of competition.

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The Latest: National Spelling Bee ends in 8-way tie

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12:07 p.m.

Eight spellers were better than the dictionary. They were better than anything the Scripps National Spelling Bee could throw at them. And they all ended up with a hand on the trophy.

In the most extraordinary ending in the 94-year history of the competition, the bee ended in an eight-way tie on Thursday night. The eight co-champions spelled the final 47 words correctly, going through five consecutive perfect rounds.

Each will get the full winner’s prize of $50,000 in cash.

They are: Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rojan Raja.

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11:35 p.m.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is running out of words.

With eight spellers remaining after three hours of spelling in the prime-time finals, pronouncer Jacques Bailly told the remaining spellers that Scripps only had enough words left to challenge them for three more rounds.

Anyone who gets through the remaining three rounds will be declared a co-champion. The bee has never had more than a two-way tie for the title in its history.

Bee executive director Paige Kimble said bee organizers discussed this contingency plan for ending the competition earlier Thursday after it took 5½ hours to narrow the field from 50 spellers to 16.

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3:45 p.m.

Sixteen spellers have advanced to the prime-time finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee after a marathon session that lasted nearly 5½ hours.

Two spellers made the prime-time finals for the third time: 14-year-old Erin Howard of Huntsville, Alabama and 13-year-old Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

The winner will receive more than $50,000 in cash and prizes and a new, custom-designed trophy.

Other returning finalists are 12-year-old Abhijay Kodali of Flower Mound, Texas, who finished third last year; 13-year-old Navneeth Murali of Edison, New Jersey; 13-year-old Aisha Randhawa of Corona, California; 13-year-old Rohan Raja of Irving, Texas; and 13-year-old Simone Kaplan of Davie, Florida.

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11:50 a.m.

Ten spellers have been eliminated after the opening round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals.

There were few major surprises in the round, which included mostly words that spellers were able to piece together through their Greek and Latin roots.

Several spellers who’ve made deep runs in past years remain, including Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Abhijay Kodali of Flower Mound, Texas; Sohun Sukhatankar of Dallas; and Erin Howard of Huntsville, Alabama.

Roughly a dozen spellers will advance to the prime-time finals. The winner receives more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.

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10 a.m.

The finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee have begun, with 50 kids on stage competing for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes and a new, custom-designed trophy.

This year’s bee had the biggest field ever, with 562 spellers, more than half of whom got in through Scripps’ wild-card program. Last year was the first time that wild cards were allowed into the bee, and the eventual champion was a wild card.

Thursday’s finalists include nine spellers who finished in at least a tie for 10th last year. The field will be narrowed to about a dozen spellers in the morning and early afternoon before the prime-time finals on ESPN.

The last 14 champions and 19 of the past 23 have been Indian-American.

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Police shoot wrong-way driver on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street

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Louisiana State Police say a trooper shot and wounded a man driving the wrong way on New Orleans’ tourist-filled Bourbon Street.

A statement released late Thursday said troopers helping close traffic lanes on Bourbon Street saw a car driving toward pedestrians around 7 p.m. Police say the driver had made an illegal turn, and failed to comply with attempts to stop the car.

The driver was shot once. New Orleans Emergency Medical Services spokesman Jonathan Fourcade says the driver was hospitalized with an abdomen wound. His exact condition is unclear, but police say he’s stable.

Officials haven’t released the identity of the driver. The trooper wasn’t injured.

According to The New Orleans Advocate , the incident marks at least the third shooting on the famed New Orleans’ street since February.

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Tornadoes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey catch many in the danger zone off-guard

Tornadoes bore down on the western edge of New Jersey and the eastern edge of Pennsylvania this week, leaving some residents prepared for the worst, while others were caught off guard.

“Shepard Smith Reporting” producer Julia Palmer recounted how a large tree triggered damage Wednesday when it crashed to the ground in front of her home in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, while she and her family tried to stay safe.

“My mom said the sky first turned pitch black and then dark green and she couldn’t see anything out the window, and that’s when she heard what sounded like a freight train and ran in the basement,” she said.

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Many people on the East Coast are unaccustomed to such storms and not conditioned to hear or heed warnings. (Julia Palmer)

The tree fell inches from her home. “It knocked down our flag pole that hangs off our front porch. Power lines shredded, and one of our neighbors’ houses got knocked off of its foundation. And, we’re still without power, and… it could take a week” for the electricity to return, she said.

10 DEADLIEST U.S. TORNADOES ON RECORD

tornado hit near the border of Lehigh and Bucks counties in Pennsylvania at around 3:15 p.m. that day.

Many people on the East Coast had been unaccustomed to such storms and not conditioned to hear or heed warnings.

A survey team from the National Weather Service determined a twister caused storm damage in Stanhope, N.J., on Tuesday night. The team had yet to determine specifics about its strength and path.

New Jersey gets a handful of tornadoes per year on average. Two twisters hit New York City on one day in 2012, but only about 60 had hit the area in the 50 years before that, according to the National Weather Service.

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Tuesday’s tornado damaged Lenape Valley Regional High School’s facade and ripped up a softball dugout, depositing the roof on its side on the ground in Stanhope. Toppled trees and power lines left most residents without electricity.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Northern California inmate killed; 2 prisoners suspected

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Authorities say an inmate has been killed at a Northern California state prison and two other prisoners are suspects in his death.

Officials say the 63-year-old man was stabbed with a homemade weapon in an exercise yard Thursday at California State Prison, Sacramento.

Guards saw two inmates fighting with him and used pepper spray and a blast grenade to stop the violence.

The dead inmate was serving life without chance of parole at the maximum-security prison east of Sacramento. His name wasn’t immediately released.

One suspect is serving life without chance of parole for a murder in Sacramento County. The other is serving a 22-year sentence for an attempted murder in Orange County.

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The Latest: Alabama inmate executed for killing preacher

The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local):

7:35 p.m.

A man convicted of using a sword and knife to kill a country preacher during a robbery has been executed in Alabama, weeks after he was initially scheduled to die.

Christopher Lee Price was killed by lethal injection on Thursday night.

The 46-year-old Price was nearly put to death in April before an execution warrant expired. He had sought a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court based on a challenge to Alabama’s method of using three drugs during lethal injections.

Price was convicted of killing Bill Lynn, a Church of Christ minister in rural Fayette County, on Dec. 22, 1991. Lynn’s wife testified she looked out a window and saw someone dressed in black holding a sword above her husband’s head.

Price becomes the second Alabama inmate executed in two weeks.

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6:35 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block the execution of an Alabama inmate.

The decision means the state can proceed with the execution of 46-year-old Christopher Lee Price. But the execution is being temporarily delayed anyway.

Prison spokesman Bob Horton says officers are taking longer than expected to prepare 46-year-old Christopher Lee Price for a lethal injection on Thursday night.

The preparation includes strapping the inmate to a gurney and inserting a needle into one of his arms for the delivery of three chemicals.

Price was condemned for the 1991 slaying of a pastor.

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5:15 p.m.

An Alabama inmate set to die for a 1991 slaying has apologized to the victim’s relatives hours before his scheduled execution.

A lawyer for Christopher Lee Price, Aaron Katz, released a statement from Price saying he was “so terribly sorry” for killing minister Bill Lynn. The statement ends with: “Nobody deserves that.”

The 46-year-old Price was convicted of using a sword and knife to kill Lynn during a robbery. Another man who pleaded guilty in the slaying is serving a life sentence.

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering Price’s request for a delay, but the state is asking to proceed with the execution.

Officials say relatives of both Price and Lynn plan to witness his lethal injection, but they will be inside separate viewing rooms at Holman Prison.

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5 p.m.

An Alabama death row inmate is visiting with relatives hours before his scheduled execution.

Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton says 46-year-old Christopher Lee Price was visited by his wife, uncle and an attorney before he was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at Holman prison on Thursday night.

Horton says those three plan to witness the execution, plus two cousins of Price.

Relatives of Price’s victim, Church of Christ pastor Bill Lynn, also plan to attend. Their relationship to Lynn wasn’t disclosed.

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a stay request from Price, who was nearly executed last month before the execution warrant expired. The state is asking the court to let the execution go forward.

Horton says Price requested a final meal of four pints of ice cream.

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12:05 p.m.

The state of Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it proceed with an execution scheduled for Thursday night.

State attorneys argue in court papers that Christopher Lee Price is bringing up issues that have already been decided as he tries to block his lethal injection.

Price narrowly missed being executed last month before the death warrant expired amid court reviews. The state says what it calls “delay tactics” shouldn’t be rewarded again.

The 46-year-old Price was convicted of using a sword and knife to kill minister Bill Lynn during a 1991 Christmastime robbery.

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7:45 a.m.

An Alabama inmate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to delay his execution set for Thursday night.

Attorneys for Christopher Lee Price are seeking a stay by arguing that his federal lawsuit challenging Alabama’s lethal injection method is set for trial on June 10.

They say the trial should be allowed to happen and would probably end in Price’s favor.

The state contends Price is raising issues that have already been decided, and lower courts have refused to postpone the execution.

The 46-year-old Price was convicted of using a sword and knife to kill country preacher Bill Lynn during a 1991 Christmastime robbery.

Price would become the second inmate put to death in Alabama in two weeks.

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12:15 a.m.

A man who was nearly put to death before an execution warrant expired last month is again set to die by lethal injection in Alabama.

The execution of 46-year-old Christopher Lee Price is scheduled for Thursday night.

He was convicted of using a sword and knife to kill a country preacher during a Christmastime robbery almost three decades ago.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused a stay on Wednesday for Price, who is challenging the state’s method of using three drugs during lethal injections. He could again ask the Supreme Court to intervene.

Price was convicted of killing of Bill Lynn, a Church of Christ minister in rural Fayette County, on Dec. 22, 1991.

Price would become the second Alabama inmate executed in two weeks.

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California teen’s Marine brother surprises her on stage at graduation

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A California high schooler was brought to tears Wednesday when her older brother, a Lance Corporal in the Marines, surprised her on stage as she accepted her diploma during graduation ceremonies.

Kali Honeywood had no idea that her brother, Lance Corporal Christopher Honeywood, would be returning from his deployment at Camp Pendleton in Darwin, Australia to see her graduate.

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“Oh my gosh. My heart is pounding. I didn’t see this coming at all. So I’m just really happy,” Kali told reporters.

The Honeywood family coordinated with the U.S. Marine Corps and Elk Grove Unified School District to bring Christopher home for the special occasion.

“Oh man, it was great seeing my little sister graduate,” he said.

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“I was like, ‘What the heck?’ That’s literally what I thought,” Kali said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing here?'”

Christopher will be spending time with his family before leaving for his next deployment in Okinawa, Japan.

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California teen’s Marine brother surprises her on stage at graduation

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A California high schooler was brought to tears Wednesday when her older brother, a Lance Corporal in the Marines, surprised her on stage as she accepted her diploma during graduation ceremonies.

Kali Honeywood had no idea that her brother, Lance Corporal Christopher Honeywood, would be returning from his deployment at Camp Pendleton in Darwin, Australia to see her graduate.

US MARINE SURPRISES BROTHER AT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION BY PRESENTING HIS DIPLOMA

“Oh my gosh. My heart is pounding. I didn’t see this coming at all. So I’m just really happy,” Kali told reporters.

The Honeywood family coordinated with the U.S. Marine Corps and Elk Grove Unified School District to bring Christopher home for the special occasion.

“Oh man, it was great seeing my little sister graduate,” he said.

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“I was like, ‘What the heck?’ That’s literally what I thought,” Kali said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing here?'”

Christopher will be spending time with his family before leaving for his next deployment in Okinawa, Japan.

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Too good: Top spelling bee kids humble dictionary in finals

The kids were just too good.

The finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee turned into a slog on Thursday, with bee organizers unable to scour Webster’s Unabridged dictionary for words challenging enough to narrow the field efficiently.

It started routinely enough, with 10 of the 50 spellers exiting the stage in the first round. Then the kids started schooling Scripps.

In the next round, only six spellers were eliminated. The following round saw five more depart. Four left in the round after that, and at that point, spellers had been on stage for 4 hours, 45 minutes.

Scripps and broadcast partner ESPN prefer to bring about a dozen spellers into the prime-time finals, so the bee continued as the prospect of a lunchbreak became an afterthought.

Finally, in the fifth round of the session, some spellers withered. Eight of the first 16 were eliminated, and the tension in the room diminished a bit as the break drew near. After nearly 5½ hours onstage, 16 spellers advanced to prime time, including seven who did it last year and two — 14-year-old Erin Howard of Huntsville, Alabama, and 13-year-old Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill, New Jersey — who made it for the third consecutive year.

A champion will be crowned Thursday night, taking home more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.

No matter what languages of origin were called upon — Yiddish, Afrikaans, Russian, the dreaded “unknown” — spellers were up to the task.

Among the words that might sound impossible to the TV audience but are considered by elite spellers to be near-layups: “maxixe,” ”oeillade,” ”Gebrauchsmusik,” ”Seychellois.”

Simone Kaplan, a 13-year-old from Davie, Florida, had a mic-drop moment, showing off the depth of her knowledge of roots. Given the word “varsovienne,” she asked: “Is this most likely from the Latin place name ‘Varsovia,’ meaning Warsaw?”

Why, yes. Yes it is.

Parents shook their heads, amazed by their kids’ depth of knowledge. Former spellers griped on social media that the words were too easy.

Perhaps one reason for the spellers’ performance: the burgeoning industry of spelling coaches and study guides that promise to crack the code of the bee. Thirteen of the 16 prime-time finalists and 38 of the 50 overall used study materials from SpellPundit, a business started by teenage ex-spellers Shobha Dasari and her younger brother, Shourav. The Dasaris offer a money-back guarantee if Scripps uses a word that’s not included in their guides.

“It’s all the spellers’ hard work,” 18-year-old Shobha said. “We just give them the words.”

The key personality trait onstage was businesslike efficiency. Veteran spellers strode to the microphone confidently and never appeared rattled by the words they were given. Thirteen-year-old Rohan Raja of Irving, Texas, celebrated with fist pumps as he lumbered back to his seat.

Another machine-like speller: 13-year-old Sohum Sukhatankar of Dallas, sporting a black leather jacket, who advanced to the prime-time finals for the first time but is considered a favorite, with previous victories at the North South Foundation spelling bee and the South Asian Spelling Bee.

“I knew all the words I got. When I got them, I knew I was going to get them right,” Sohum said. “I took my time. If you spell too quickly, you could miss the word.”

Melodie Loya didn’t take that advice.

The 14-year-old from Bainbridge, New York, spelled her first word with such speed that when she returned to the microphone, pronouncer Jacques Bailly implored her to pace herself.

“I don’t want to put you off your game,” Bailly said, “but can you try and slow down maybe a little bit on your spelling?”

Spelling deliberately has obvious advantages: It prevents a speller’s mouth from moving faster than her brain. And, as Bailly, pointed out, it ensures the judges can understand what the speller is saying.

Melodie couldn’t help herself.

She started quickly and only got faster as she plowed through “madrague,” raising her hands in apparent surprise when she was told she got the word correct.

Every time at the microphone was a mini-drama for Melodie, whose facial expressions conveyed her exasperation, concentration and abject panic. She closed her eyes. She looked at the ceiling. She buried her face in her hands.

And when she spelled, she acted as if she couldn’t wait for it all to be over — until it wasn’t.

Melodie was eventually bounced by the word “theileriasis,” which just had too many vowel sounds she couldn’t figure out.

For many of her fellow spellers, referred to on their Scripps-issued T-shirts this year as “word detectives,” the clues were obvious and the suspects might as well have turned themselves in.

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2 men indicted in sidewalk shooting of Memphis civic leader

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Two Tennessee men have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of a civic leader and former airline executive on a Memphis sidewalk.

The Shelby County district attorney’s office said Thursday that 22-year-old McKinney Wright Jr. and 18-year-old Quandarius Richardson were also indicted on attempted especially aggravated robbery charges in Philip Trenary’s death.

Authorities say the 64-year-old Trenary was walking along a street in September when a man exited the passenger side of a pickup truck, approached Trenary from behind and shot him in the head.

Trenary was the president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Trenary was also the former head of Pinnacle Airlines.

Richardson’s lawyer says he plans to plead not guilty. Wright’s attorney did not immediately return a phone message.

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