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‘Homewrecker’ lawsuit results in $750G award for jilted husband who sued over wife’s affair

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A woman’s lover was ordered to pay $750,000 in damages to her ex-husband after a judge in North Carolina found under the state’s antiquated “homewrecker” law that he’s legally responsible for breaking up a more than decade-long marriage, according to reports.

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Speaking Wednesday, Kevin Howard told Greenville’s WNCN-TV he filed a lawsuit against the man who had an affair with his wife over “alienation of affections,” a common law tort that dates to the 18th century, when women were considered their husbands’ property.

North Carolina is one of six states that still honor what’s been dubbed “homewrecker” or “heart balm” lawsuits under the tort that are brought by a spouse against a third party alleged to be liable for damaging the marriage, most often resulting in divorce.

“I filed this case because I believe it’s very important that people understand that sanctity of marriage is important, especially in this day and age when people question everyone’s morals, people question everyone’s liability as a person,” Howard told WNCN.

“I filed this case because I believe it’s very important that people understand that sanctity of marriage is important, especially in this day and age when people question everyone’s morals, people question everyone’s liability as a person.” 

— Kevin Howard, jilted husband

A Pitt County Superior Court judge in August ordered Greg Jernigan to pay the $750,000 in damages to Howard after court documents stated Jernigan seduced Howard’s wife while she was his teaching mentor, eventually initiating an affair that broke up an otherwise happy 12-year marriage, The Washington Post reported.

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Under the “alienation of affections” law, a plaintiff must prove the marriage was happy before a third party intervened. Also dubbed the “mother-in-law” tort, the law does not imply a sexual affair had to have occurred, solely that an outside individual persuaded a married person to seek divorce.

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Kansas AD Jeff Long apologizes for Snoop Dogg performance at ‘Late Night in the Phog’

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USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken breaks down the allegations against Kansas basketball and Bill Self. USA TODAY

Kansas is under a lot of scrutiny these days after recently receiving a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA alleging big rules violations by the basketball team.

But it was under the microscope for a different reason Friday night thanks to a performance at their “Late Night in the Phog” kick-off event by legendary rapper Snoop Dogg.

In front of 16,300 fans at Allen Fieldhouse, Snoop closed out the night by performing apparently unedited versions of several hits, including “Gin and Juice,” “The Next Episode” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” replete with a team of dancers using poles. He wore a Kansas jersey with “Snoop” on the back and even shot (fake) money into the crowd. ESPN reported that the fake $100 bills featured the rapper’s own face.

Afterward, Kansas athletics director Jeff Long apologized for the whole thing via a statement.

“We apologize to anyone who was offended by the Snoop Dogg performance at Late Night,” Long said. “We made it clear to the entertainers’ manager that we expected a clean version of the show and took additional steps to communicate to our fans, including moving the artist to the final act of the evening, to ensure that no basketball activities would be missed if anyone did not want to stay for his show. I take full responsibility for not thoroughly vetting all details of the performance and offer my personal apology to those who were offended. We strive to create a family atmosphere at Kansas and fell short of that this evening.”

In more basketball-related happenings at the 35th annual preseason event, former Jayhawks star Sherron Collins earned two students $5,000 each by hitting a half-court shot.

Coach Bill Self also acknowledged the allegations he and the program are facing.

“I’ve heard from some people that bad publicity is better than no publicity,” he said with a chuckle. “I actually don’t believe that for a second, but it felt good to say.”

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He later added: “I’ve never felt that we could have more support from an administration than we do here at Kansas. I’ve never felt we could have more support from an athletics department than we do at Kansas. We have the best fans in the world and I never felt we could have more support from our fans than we do here at the University of Kansas.”

Contributing: Associated Press

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Kevin McCarthy: Schiff should lose Intelligence Committee role over ‘political hack job’

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., called for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to be removed from his role on the panel after it was revealed Schiff’s office had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower.

“It goes to the fact that his own staff … and Schiff himself are fact witnesses,” McCarthy said on “Hannity.” “Nowhere in the American judicial system does it ever allow a fact witness to ever be the prosecutor.”

“His own staff … and Schiff himself are fact witnesses. Nowhere in the American judicial system does it ever allow a fact witness to ever be the prosecutor.”

— House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

TRUMP SAYS SCHIFF ‘HELPED WRITE’ WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT, AFTER HOUSE PANELS ADMITS ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE

McCarthy added, “He should be removed from the committee. His staff should be removed but now they’re trying to control it.”

Schiff’s office acknowledged Wednesday that the whistleblower had reached out to them before filing a complaint in mid-August. That admission contradicted a previous statement from Schiff, who had said, “We have not spoken directly to the whistleblower.”

On Friday, sources told Fox News the whistleblower did not disclose contact with Schiff’s staff to the Intelligence Committee’s inspector general (ICIG).

McCarthy told host Sean Hannity this latest revelation raises questions of “political motivation.”

“We found out that this so-called hearsay whistleblower never even told the IG that they already met with Adam Shiff’s staff,” McCarthy said. “It goes to the question of political motive of this hearsay.”

“We found out that this so-called hearsay whistleblower never even told the IG that they already met with Adam Shiff’s staff. It goes to the question of political motive of this hearsay.”

— House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

McCarthy declared that “there is no impeachment inquiry” until there is a vote in House. He then labeled the inquiry a “political hack job.”

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“If you support this man, put your vote up or, more importantly, let’s treat it as we treat every American. Let’s be fair in the process,” McCarthy said. “Could you ever imagine going before a trial where you could not call a witness? You could not subpoena anybody. You could not cross-examine. This is a political hack job.”

Fox News Adam Shaw and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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Miley Cyrus fires back at critics who ‘slut shamed’ her after Cody Simpson kiss: ‘Get used to me dating’

Miley Cyrus is speaking her piece.

One day after the singer, 26, was spotted kissing fellow musician Cody Simpson at a store in Los Angeles, Cyrus hit back at critics who have accused her of moving on too fast from Kaitlynn Carter and estranged husband Liam Hemsworth.

“I know the public feels invested in my past relationship because they felt like they saw it thru from the beginning,” Cyrus began her statement on Twitter. “I think that’s why people have always felt so entitled over my life and how I live it because they’ve watched me grow up.”

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She continued: “But I am grown now and make choices as an adult knowing the truth/details/reality. People only ‘know’ what they see on the internet.”

Cyrus went on to address the double standard between men and women when it comes to dating.

“Men (especially successful ones) are RARELY slut shamed,” she said. “They move on from one beautiful young woman to the next MOST times without consequence. They are usually referred to as ‘legends,’ ‘heart throbs,’ ‘G,’ ‘Ladies Man,’ etc…. where women are called sluts/whores!”

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“I am trying to just THRIVE/survive in a ‘mans’ world,” Cyrus explained. “If we can’t beat em, join em!

“If our president can ‘grab em by the p—–’…. can’t I just have a kiss and an açai bowl?!?!” she added.

As previously reported, Simpson, 22, and Cyrus were seen sharing a kiss at an eatery on Thursday, according to video obtained by TMZ. (The two were first linked back in late 2014, but in 2015 Simpson told GQ Australia that they were “just mates.”)

MILEY CYRUS SPOTTED KISSING SINGER CODY SIMPSON AFTER KAITLYNN CARTER, LIAM HEMSWORTH SPLITS 

Cyrus split from Hemsworth, 29, in August after just seven months of marriage. As the news of her divorce broke, Cyrus was spotted on an Italian vacation with reality TV star Kaitlynn Carter, who in turn had just split from her husband Brody Jenner.

Carter, 31, and Cyrus called it quits in September after just over a month of dating.

In a follow-up post, Cyrus explained that she is going to continue to be out-and-about with the person she is “dating.”

MILEY CYRUS INSISTS SHE NEVER CHEATED ON LIAM HEMSWORTH

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Cody Simpson and Miley Cyrus we caught kissing in Los Angeles. (Getty-AP)

“I refuse to recluse and ‘date’ from home cause A. That’s not fun B. Extremely uncomfortable/puts me in a vulnerable position,” she said. “I would like to share an activity with someone I am dating and not be stuck at home with pretty much nothing to do but ‘Netflix and chill.’

“This ‘dating’ thing is new to me too,” she continued.

“I’ve never been an ‘adult’/grown a– woman experiencing this …. I was in a committed relationship for almost All my teens and early 20s; with the exception of a few breaks,” the “Break Away” singer added, seemingly referencing her relationship to Hemsworth. (The pair first met on the set of the 2010 film “The Last Song” and became engaged in 2012 only to end their relationship in September 2013. They rekindled their romance in 2015.)

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Cyrus went on to say that “usually in those times” she was working her “a– off with not much R&R.”

“And ‘meeting/trusting’ people in my position is really tuff,” she noted. “Don’t f–king pity me, that’s not what I’m asking for. I have a great life I wouldn’t trade for ‘privacy’ but PLEASE don’t make this awkward for me!”

She concluded her post by saying: “I am trying to make light and like always MAKE FUN of myself/and the public’s perception of me! Get used to me dating — this is where I’m at! #HotGirlFall.”

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LeMahieu, Yankees torment Twins again, 10-4 in ALDS opener

New postseason, same old story for the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins.

DJ LeMahieu homered and drove in four runs, Gleyber Torres broke a tie with a two-run double and the Yankees extended their October mastery of Minnesota with a 10-4 victory Friday night in the AL Division Series opener.

Aaron Judge made two diving catches in right field as the AL East champions handed Minnesota its major league-record 14th consecutive playoff defeat — 11 of them to the Yankees since 2004. The second grab thwarted a potential rally and left grateful reliever Zack Britton with both hands on his head to end the top of the seventh, when the Twins were still within striking distance.

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“Huge,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s so good out there.”

Brett Gardner also went deep for the Bronx Bombers in a playoff matchup between teams that finished neck-and-neck this season for the most home runs in baseball history. Minnesota’s Bomba Squad socked 307, one more than New York as both clubs blew away the previous mark of 267 set by the Yankees last year.

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New York Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in New York. (Associated Press)

But in the 14th postseason meeting of 100-win teams, it was more of the same Yankees dominance against the Twins — even though many of Minnesota’s players and coaches weren’t around for most of it.

Minnesota, the AL Central champion for the first time in nine years, was hurt by eight walks and hasn’t won a playoff game since Johan Santana beat Hall of Famer Mike Mussina 2-0 in the 2004 Division Series opener at Yankee Stadium. Boston also lost 13 straight postseason games, from 1986-95.

Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sanó homered for Minnesota.

“We had some good swings, we had our moments,” manager Rocco Baldelli said after his first playoff game as bench boss. “Just by chance, there was no one on base when we popped a few balls over the fence.”

Rookie reliever Zack Littell, a former Yankees farmhand who was traded to the Twins, took the loss after a brief and messy outing. With the score tied in the fifth, he walked Judge, threw a wild pitch and plunked Gardner.

Giancarlo Stanton drew the second of his three critical walks to load the bases, bringing up the 22-year-old Torres. He fought back from 0-2 to a full count against Tyler Duffey and pulled a sharp one-hopper that deflected off the glove of a diving Sanó behind third base, giving New York a 5-3 lead.

“Big time at-bat against a guy who was really tough on righties,” Boone said. “That hit I think really got us rolling.

Sanó sliced a solo homer in the sixth off winner Tommy Kahnle, who retired cleanup batter Eddie Rosario with two on to end the fifth.

LeMahieu launched his first postseason home run in the sixth, and Gardner also hit a solo drive off rookie Cody Stashak, who was born in nearby New Jersey and went to college at St. John’s in New York City.

LeMahieu, who dropped an easy popup at first base early in the game, made it 10-4 in the seventh when the leadoff man laced a three-run double off Kyle Gibson for his third hit. The three-time All-Star and 2016 NL batting champ clapped at second base as fans in the sellout crowd of 49,233 chanted “MVP! MVP!” for LeMahieu, who left Colorado to sign a $24 million, two-year contract with the Yankees as a free agent last offseason.

“That was like my worst nightmare, dropping a popup like that,” LeMahieu said. “Just turn the page real quick and get ready for the next opportunity.”

New York was down 2-0 before scoring three runs in the third against starter José Berríos. Edwin Encarnación knocked in one with his second double of the night, and two more scored when the Twins were unable to turn a potential inning-ending double play on Torres with the bases loaded.

With the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton bearing down on him with a hard, clean slide directly into the bag, rookie second baseman Luis Arráez relayed low and wide to first. C.J. Cron reached for the throw and could have caught it, but the ball got past him and he was charged with an error that allowed two runs to score.

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New York Yankees’ Didi Gregorius reacts after scoring on a double by second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) during the seventh inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Polanco hit a tying single on the ninth pitch of his at-bat with two outs in the fifth to chase Yankees starter James Paxton from his postseason debut.

It took all of two batters and nine pitches for someone to hit a home run, when Polanco took Paxton deep. Cruz cleared the short right field porch with his 17th postseason homer in the third to make it 2-0.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: Arráez returned to the lineup after spraining his right ankle last weekend. The 22-year-old batted .334 with an .838 OPS in 92 games, bumping Jonathan Schoop and his 23 homers to the bench. Arráez had a tough night on defense and at the plate, grounding into an inning-ending double play with two on in the second and stranding the potential tying run in scoring position in the sixth. He doubled and scored in the fifth. … CF Max Kepler batted sixth. He started just two of the previous 19 games because of a strained left shoulder.

Yankees: Back from a strained left oblique, Encarnación batted cleanup and lined a double on the first competitive pitch he saw since Sept. 12.

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Twins: In an unexpected move, Baldelli announced after the game that rookie RHP Randy Dobnak (2-1, 1.59 ERA) will start Game 2, with RHP Jake Odorizzi (15-7, 3.51) tabbed for Game 3. Dobnak made his major league debut in August and was sensational in September. It will be his first appearance since getting married last Saturday. The couple set the date more than two years ago, never considering Dobnak might still be playing through a big league season.

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Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-9, 4.45 ERA) makes his sixth postseason start Saturday, looking to improve a 3-2 record and impressive 1.50 ERA. He is 5-0 with a 2.27 ERA in five career outings against Minnesota. Tanaka struggled with his signature pitch earlier this year but believes he’s got the grip again. “I feel like towards the end of the season, I was able to really find that good splitter and get that back,” he said through a translator. “I think I’m pretty confident in the splitter that I have right now.”

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Verlander, Altuve lead Astros over Rays 6-2 in ALDS opener

Asked what went wrong for his Tampa Bay Rays, manager Kevin Cash invented a word.

“We got Verlandered,” Cash said.

Justin Verlander looked every bit the October ace, Jose Altuve polished his postseason resume and the Houston Astros kept rolling, beating the Rays 6-2 Friday to open their AL Division Series.

The Astros, who won a franchise-record 107 games for the best record in the majors, began their quest for a second World Series title in three years against a Rays team that downed Oakland 5-1 in the wild-card game this week.

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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning during Game 1 of a best-of-five American League Division Series baseball game in Houston, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (Associated Press)

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Verlander kept up his dominant run this year when he posted an MLB-most 21 wins and fanned 300, allowing just a soft single in seven shutout innings. He struck out eight and improved to 8-0 in 12 career ALDS appearances — he’s 14-7 overall in postseason play.

He cracked up when told Cash used his performance to turn his name into a verb.

“It’s a pretty great compliment,” Verlander said. “I don’t know what else to say, other than that.”

Tampa Bay got its only hit off Verlander when Brandon Lowe singled to start the fifth. Verlander ended his day by striking out the side in the seventh, pounding his fist into his glove as he walked off the mound after fanning Lowe.

Manager AJ Hinch was asked about Verlander’s knack for getting stronger late in games.

“He’s got an incredible instinct for the moment,” he said. “He leaves some gas in his gas tank at the end of his outings … like a good sprinter, like at the finish line, he’s going to win. He’s going to win the race at the end of his outings.”

Rays starter Tyler Glasnow had given up just three singles when he walked Josh Reddick on four pitches to begin the fifth. He struck out George Springer, but Altuve then tagged him for a two-run homer, lining a fastball into the left field seats.

“I just left that pitch up and it was a two-run home run,” Glasnow said. “Hindsight, I would go back and change some things, but can’t do anything about it now.”

The sellout crowd of 43,360, which included Astros Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Craig Biggio, erupted into deafening cheers and fans twirled bright orange towels as Altuve trotted around the bases, a huge grin plastered on his face.

Altuve has homered in Game 1 of the ALDS for three straight years — including three against Boston in the 2017 opener — and the small-but-powerful second baseman now has nine home runs in 33 career postseason games.

“Just breaking through with the big swing for Jose doesn’t surprise me,” Hinch said. “It’s like clockwork, every ALDS it seems like he busts out with a really good game.”

Game 2 is Saturday when Gerrit Cole, who has won 16 straight decisions and led the majors in strikeouts, starts against Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell.

Altuve’s homer touched off a four-run inning. Brendan McKay took over for Glasnow and allowed a single to Michael Brantley before Alex Bregman knocked one off the wall in left for a double.

Chaz Roe relieved with two outs and Yuli Gurriel hit a high popup to shallow right field that Lowe chased from second base as right fielder Austin Meadows also dashed in. Lowe looked to have it, so Meadows pulled up — but the ball glanced off Lowe’s glove for an error that allowed two runs to score to push the lead to 4-0.

“I have to catch it plain and simple,” Lowe said. “I called it and I dropped it. Next time I just have to keep going for it and make a play on it.”

The Astros added two more runs in the seventh after Bregman walked and stole second base. AL Rookie of the Year candidate Yordan Alvarez and Gurriel followed with RBI doubles to make it 6-0.

Tampa Bay hit four home runs in its wild-card win Wednesday at Oakland, but did nothing until Verlander left. Pinch-hitter Eric Sogard had an RBI single of Ryan Pressly with two outs in the eighth and scored on a double by Meadows to cut the lead to 6-2.

Glasnow, who came to the Rays in last year’s trade for Chris Archer that also netted Meadows, looked strong early and Houston’s powerful offense had trouble stringing anything together off him until Altuve’s shot. The Astros loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but the big right-hander struck out Alvarez to end the threat.

The 26-year-old Glasnow, who was making his playoff debut had missed almost four months with a strained right forearm before his return on Sept. 8, seemed to run out of gas in the fifth. He allowed four hits and two runs with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

Yandy Díaz, who starred with two homers and three hits in the wild-card game, was 0 for 4 with a strikeout.

THEY SAID IT

Bregman on the crowd chanting MVP each time he stepped to the plate: “I get the chills a little bit. It’s been a fun year, and I just want to continue to win games and be able to help this team any way I can.”

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Cole is a Cy Young award contender after setting a team record by winning his last 16 decisions and topping the AL with a career-best 2.50 ERA. His career-high 326 strikeouts were the most in the majors and set a franchise record that had stood since 1979 when J.R. Richard fanned 313.

Snell, who won the Cy Young in 2018, is happy to be healthy for the postseason after sitting out from July 22-Sept. 17 after arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips in his left elbow. Snell didn’t get out of the third inning in any of his three September starts, but believes he’ll be able to go quite a bit longer on Saturday.

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“I feel very good,” he said. “I feel like I’ll be able to go five strong innings, if I’m in the zone and attacking like I should be.”

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Foltynewicz, Duvall lead Braves to 3-0 win over Cardinals

When Mike Foltynewicz was summering in the minor leagues, it was hard to envision an October like this.

Yet there he was Friday, coming through when Atlanta needed it most.

Foltynewicz threw seven dominating innings, Adam Duvall hit a pinch-hit homer and the Braves evened the NL Division Series with a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2.

After spending a good chunk of his summer at Triple-A Gwinnett, Foltynewicz has been a different pitcher since returning from the minors. He went 6-1 with a 2.65 ERA over his last 10 starts — a brilliant run that carried right into the postseason.

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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (26) works in the first inning during Game 2 of a best-of-five National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

“Pretty special,” Foltynewicz said. “I really made sure to slow things down, to stay in my mechanics and make sure all my pitches were working like they were tonight. It was smooth sailing, so it was a lot of fun.”

The best-of-five series now shifts to St. Louis, where Mike Soroka goes for the Braves in Game 3 on Sunday against Adam Wainwright.

Facing St. Louis ace Jack Flaherty, who had one of the great second halves in baseball history, Foltynewicz allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked none during an 83-pitch outing that kept the Cardinals from mounting any semblance of offense.

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He only allowed one runner as far as second base — and that wasn’t even his fault. In the second, Yadier Molina singled and Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies extended the inning by misplaying Paul DeJong’s grounder for an error.

No problem. Foltynewicz fanned Harrison Bader to end the threat.

After Kolten Wong hit into a double play to wrap up the seventh, Duvall emerged from the dugout to hit for Foltynewicz in the bottom half.

Duvall was greeted by a smattering of boos from the SunTrust Park crowd that clearly wanted Foltynewicz to go at least one more inning — especially after the Braves bullpen imploded the night before in a Game 1 loss.

The heckles turned to cheers when Duvall drove a 3-2 pitch from Flaherty into the center-field seats for a two-run homer, giving the Braves a bit of breathing room.

“I heard 50,000 people let me know that they wanted Folty to stay in the game,” Duvall quipped. “I wanted to put together a good at-bat.”

Josh Donaldson drove in Atlanta’s other run with a two-out single in the first.

“I don’t look at what that other guy is doing,” Flaherty said. “It came down to really two pitches.”

An All-Star in 2018 who started two games for the Braves in last year’s playoffs, Foltynewicz was demoted to the minors in late June with a record of 2-5 and 6.37 ERA. He didn’t return until early August.

“It’s pretty cool to see for a guy that went through what he went through this year and where he’s come back from,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Duvall spent nearly the entire season at Triple-A, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to say this was as much a victory for the Gwinnett Stripers as the Braves.

Max Fried, normally a starter and pitching on back-to-back days for the first time all season, breezed through the eighth before turning it over to Mark Melancon, who gave up four runs in the ninth inning of the series opener, sending the Braves to a 7-6 loss.

Melancon surrendered a pair of one-out singles, drawing groans from the crowd, but he struck out Molina and Wong to earn the second postseason save of his career.

Yet this one will be remembered for Foltynewicz outdueling Flaherty, who had surrendered three runs only one time in 15 second-half starts.

The 23-year-old right-hander went 7-2 with an 0.91 ERA after the All-Star break, a minuscule figure surpassed only by Jake Arrieta (0.75) for the 2015 Chicago Cubs and Greg Maddux (0.87) for the 1994 Braves.

Flaherty was the NL pitcher of the month for both August and September.

Foltynewicz has the upper hand in October.

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Foltynewicz joins Hall of Famers Maddux (Game 2 of the 1996 World Series) and Tom Glavine (Game 7 of the 1996 NL Championship Series) as the only Braves pitchers since 1958 to go at least seven innings in a postseason game without giving up a run or a walk.

RUNNING HARD

After being criticized for hog-dogging in Game 1, there were no issues with Ronald Acuña Jr. going full speed every chance he got. The young Atlanta star sprinted down the line on a groundout in the first, and hustled for a double in the seventh on a chopper down the third-base line.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: RHP Chris Martin was replaced on the 25-man roster by Julio Teheran. Martin strained his left oblique on his very first warmup pitch while preparing to pitch in Game 1. He’ll miss the rest of this series, as well as the NL Championship Series should the Braves advance.

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The Braves haven’t led in a postseason series since they were up 2-1 in the 2002 NLDS against San Francisco. Atlanta wound up losing the final two games to the Giants — part of a streak of nine straight playoff series losses that is only one away from the Chicago Cubs’ record for postseason futility.

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Soroka (13-4, 2.68 ERA) has been especially tough on the road (7-1, 1.55 ERA), which is why the Braves held him back until Game 3. This battle of the ages pits the 22-year-old right-hander against the 38-year-old Wainwright (14-10, 4.29 ERA), who began his career in the Braves organization before a trade to the Cardinals in 2003.

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Trey Gowdy: Adam Schiff has made himself a ‘fact witness’ in Trump-Ukraine whistleblower case

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Former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy blasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., saying Schiff made himself a “fact witness” with the revelation that his office had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower.

“Right now he’s made himself a fact witness,” Gowdy told “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on Friday. “He is in the evidentiary chain for what happened with this whistleblower and I hope the Republicans make him testify.”

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Gowdy also mocked Schiff for being awarded “Four Pinocchios” by the Washington Post on Friday, claiming he hadn’t told the truth about his knowledge of the whistleblower.

Schiff has played a leading role in investigating the Trump-Ukraine scandal but hasn’t been truthful in the process, according to Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler.

“I think you got four [Pinocchios] only because you can’t get five,” Gowdy joked. “He got the maximum sentence you could get from the Washington Post fact checker — and don’t you know how hard that was for the Washington Post to give Adam Schiff four Pinocchios?”

“He got the maximum sentence you could get from the Washington Post fact checker — and don’t you know how hard that was for the Washington Post to give Adam Schiff four Pinocchios?”

— Trey Gowdy, former congressman from South Carolina

The former congressman from South Carolina called Schiff a “career offender” when it came to the truth and asked how long House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would put up with Schiff.

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“The same guy that had the parody a week or so ago, the same guy that says he has evidence that even [former Special Counsel Robert] Mueller couldn’t find,” Gowdy said. “The question I had is, How long is Speaker Pelosi going to put up with Adam mishandling this investigation?”

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Trump administration to restrict visas for uninsured applicants

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President Trump issued a proclamation Friday requiring immigrants applying for U.S. visas to prove they can afford health care.

Applicants will be denied entry into the U.S. unless they have plans to be covered by health insurance within 30 days of entering or have enough financial resources to cover the cost, according to the White House.

The measure would take effect Nov. 3 and will apply to applicants for visas from abroad. It will not be applied retroactively to those already in the U.S. It does not affect lawful permanent residents, nor does it apply to asylum seekers, refugees or children. However, it would apply to the spouses and parents of U.S. citizens.

“Hospitals and other providers often administer care to the uninsured without any hope of receiving reimbursement from them,”  the White House explained. “The costs associated with this care are passed on to the American people in the form of higher taxes, higher premiums, and higher fees for medical services … The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants who come lawfully in search of brighter futures. We must continue that tradition while also addressing the challenges facing our healthcare system, including protecting both it and the American taxpayer from the burdens of uncompensated care.”

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Hospitals have spent more than $35 billion, or an average of $7 million per hospital, on “unreimbursed services” over the last 10 years, according to the White House.

“Beyond imposing higher costs on hospitals and other healthcare infrastructure, uninsured individuals often use emergency rooms to seek remedies for a variety of non-emergency conditions, causing overcrowding and delays for those who truly need emergency services,” the White House added.

Under the proposed rule, the required insurance can be purchased individually or provided by an employer, and it can be short-term coverage or catastrophic. Medicaid doesn’t count. And an immigrant will not be able to obtain a visa if using ObamaCare subsidies when buying insurance.

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According to the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan immigration think tank, 57 percent of U.S. immigrants had private health insurance in 2017, compared with 69 percent of U.S.-born, and 30 percent had public health insurance coverage, compared with 36 percent of native-born. The institute also said the uninsured rate for immigrants dropped from 32 percent to 20 percent between 2013 to 2017.

Earlier this year the Trump administration issued a “public charge rule,” which will go into effect Oct. 15, allowing federal officials to deny green cards to applicants deemed likely to rely on government aid. Officials described the rule as a means to protect taxpayers and promote self-sufficiency among those granted permanent residence. Factors to be considered under the “public charge rule” are age, health, financial assets and education.

The White House also directed officials to recover income-based welfare payments from sponsors and proposed a rule requiring verification of immigration status for anyone seeking access to public housing benefits.

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The new restrictions came as immigration and health care are at the forefront of the 2020 presidential race. Democratic candidates have repeatedly decried Trump’s strict immigration policies and most have touted “Medicare-for-All” or at the very least a public option for health care. Most have even taken it a step further and supported providing health care for undocumented immigrants. Trump mocked Democrats on Twitter who supported the idea at a Democratic primary debate in June.

“All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare,” Trump tweeted. “How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump Bars Immigrants Who Cannot Pay For Health Care

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President Trump signed a proclamation late Friday barring legal immigrants who cannot prove they will have health care coverage or the means to pay for it within 30 days of their arrival to the United States.

Trump said uninsured individuals are a burden on the health care industry and U.S. taxpayers.

“Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our health care system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs,” Trump declared.

Beginning Nov. 3, only immigrants covered by approved health insurance or those who can show they can pay for “reasonably foreseeable medical costs” will be allowed entry into the U.S.

The announcement affects immigrants applying for visas from overseas. It doesn’t apply to non-citizen children of U.S. citizens. Refugees and asylum-seekers are also exempt.

However, it would apply to the spouses and parents of U.S. citizens and the immediate family members of lawful permanent residents.

The proclamation is the latest effort by the Trump administration to limit the number of low-income immigrants coming to the United States. The administration also plans to make it harder for immigrants to get green cards if they use a wide range of public benefits. That new rule is set to take effect this month, although it is facing legal challenges.

The new proclamation is also expected to be challenged.

“If this policy survives the inevitable court challenges and is implemented, it will create a new and arbitrary hurdle for some half a million green card applicants each year,” Doug Rand, who worked on immigration policy in the Barack Obama administration, told NPR. “Consular officers will deny the parents of U.S. citizens based on a snap judgment about their apparent health. U.S. citizens will be separated from their husbands and wives abroad based on a failure to demonstrate health insurance coverage or a subjective level of wealth.”

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