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Columbia University Deemed Safe After Being Evacuated Over 2 Bomb Threats

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Columbia University received two bomb threats Saturday, which police determined were part of a citywide hoax, according to a statement sent out by the school.

The anonymous threats were found on the Manhattanville and Morningside campuses in Morningside Heights.

The university’s IT office was evacuated Saturday morning, then the library was evacuated hours later.

The NYPD bomb squad was called and deemed the areas safe.

The FBI is now investigating.

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Royer Scores As Red Bulls Rally To Beat Revolution

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen’s penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez’s shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.

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Yankees Spoil Cotton’s No-Hitter Bid In The Sixth To Beat A’s

NEW YORK (AP) — Just back from the minors, Jharel Cotton totally knew what he was doing.

He was taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium.

“I thought about it too much,” the Oakland rookie admitted.

Matt Holliday broke up Cotton’s bid with a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth, and that sent resurgent CC Sabathia and New York to a 3-2 victory Saturday.

“Pitching at Yankee Stadium, it’s a great feeling. A lot of guys don’t get to pitch at Yankee Stadium,” Cotton said. “I wanted it to be a spectacular one.”

He certainly made it interesting until Holliday connected.

“That was a big hit. It was the first the kid gave up, but he’s got some interesting stuff,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees wound up winning with only two hits — the first time they’ve done that with so few at home since 1988.

Promoted from Triple-A Nashville before the game, Cotton (3-5) hadn’t come close to giving up anything when he retired the first two batters in the sixth. Yet he had thrown a lot of pitches.

After Gary Sanchez walked, Holliday teed off to left-center field. He homered on Cotton’s 105th delivery for a 3-1 lead, sending a drive to nearly the exact spot where Frankie Montas was warming up in the Oakland bullpen.

“I think he made pitches in big spots. I’d never faced him and I don’t think any guys had faced him. So sometimes that can be a challenge,” Holliday said.

Starlin Castro followed with a sharp single that finished Cotton, who struck out five and walked three in his 13th big league start.

Even if Cotton had closed out the sixth, “that probably would’ve been it,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.

Cotton made his debut last September. The 25-year-old righty began this season in the Athletics’ rotation but was sent down to the minors May 11 to refine his game.

The last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Yankees all by himself was Hoyt Wilhelm in 1958 for Baltimore. In 2003, six Houston pitchers combined to no-hit the Yankees.

Sabathia (5-2) has won three straight starts for the first time since April 2013. The 36-year-old lefty pitched into the seventh and struck out nine.

Dellin Betances escaped a second-and-third, one-out jam in the eighth, an inning that included the ejections of A’s hitter Jed Lowrie and Melvin for arguing strike three calls. Betances closed for his fifth save.

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was in the right spot for a pair of key catches to boost the AL East leaders.

Ryon Healy hit an RBI double with two outs in the sixth that made it 1-all and took third on the throw home. Trevor Plouffe then lofted a fly to shallow right that Castro chased back from his second base spot — the ball popped out of his glove, right into Judge’s.

“What are you going to do,” Melvin said.

The 6-foot-7 Judge collided with beefy first baseman Chris Carter while swooping in to grab Chad Pinder’s foul fly leading off the seventh. Judge’s sunglasses went flying and Carter went down, but everyone was OK.

The Yankees scored in the first on a walk, a hit batter and Castro’s sacrifice fly.

Josh Phegley homered off Sabathia in the seventh, pulling the A’s to 3-2.

LOOK OUT!

Sanchez lost control of his bat and it helicoptered a long way, far beyond the Athletics’ third base dugout. No fans were hurt. On Wednesday, a boy was hit by Carter’s broken bat at the ballpark.

HOME, AT LAST

The previous eight games between the A’s and Yankees had been won by the road team. Starting last year, each club had won four times at other’s park.

BYE

Lowrie was ejected by plate umpire Will Little in the eighth after being called out on strikes for the third time. The A’s second baseman had been on a 16-for-29 streak before going 0 for 4. Melvin was tossed after arguing after Plouffe fanned.

“A lot of frustration,” Melvin said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: 1B Yonder Alonso missed his third straight start because of a sore right wrist. Melvin said he hoped Alonso could play Sunday.

Yankees: Closer Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) made 25 throws from 60 feet, his first baseball activity in two weeks. He said he felt fine after the workout and that he will throw again Sunday.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Andrew Triggs (5-3, 2.77) is 1-2 with a 3.97 ERA in four May starts after going 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA in five April starts.

Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (5-2, 3.35) has given up no more than three earned runs in his last eight starts.

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Egypt hits Libyan terror camps again after attack kills 29 Copts

Fresh wave of airstrikes ordered in retaliation for killing of Coptic Christians south of Cairo

Egypt launched a fresh wave of air strikes against Libyan terrorist bases on Saturday in response to the killing of 29 Coptic Christians south of Cairo, with a warning of further retaliation possible.

The airstrikes follow six bombing raids in Libya that hit the north-eastern coastal town of Derna on Friday, with Cairo officials saying bombs struck terrorist training camps of the Shura Council, aligned with al-Qaida.

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Malta accuses Russia of cyber-attacks in run-up to election

IT systems ‘hit’ after prime minister took on central European role

The embattled Maltese government has claimed that it has come under attack from a Russian-backed campaign to undermine it, amid worsening relations with the Kremlin.

Malta assumed the presidency of Europe’s Council of Ministers in January, an important position under which it chairs high-level meetings in Brussels and sets Europe’s political agenda. Since then, the Maltese government’s IT systems have seen a rise in attacks, according to a source working within its information technology agency, a government body. He claimed the attacks, which have increased ahead of next month’s general election, are designed to damage the government. “In the last two quarters of last year and the first part of this year, attacks on our servers have increased,” the source said.

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NYPD To Refocus Efforts On Drug Dealers To Curb Heroin Crisis

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City has seen a 22 percent jump in fatal overdoses so far in 2017. The NYPD is blaming that on fentanyl, a particularly potent synthetic drug.

“It’s a crisis in the city that we’ve never seen before,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said at a City Council meeting earlier this week.

To combat the crisis, the department is refocusing officers on finding the dealers.

“Each overdose will get the same focus we do on a homicide,” Boyce said. “We’ll have a crime scene or evidence collection come to the scene, gather evidence, take pictures, and start dealing with phone numbers and talking to people in the area. Canvases of that nature.”

Carfentanil and fentanyl are driving forces in the most deadly drug epidemic the United States has ever seen. Because of their potency, it’s not just addicts who are increasingly at risk — it’s those tasked with saving lives and investigating the illegal trade. Police departments across the U.S. are arming officers with the opioid antidote Narcan.

As WCBS 880’s Myles Miller reports, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin.

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Huntington’s disease: the pope steps in to help raise awareness

A papal audience for families affected by the inherited brain disease could end centuries of stigma – and open vital doors in the search for a cure

It was with the pomp and intrigue of a Dan Brown novel that earlier this month Pope Francis made his way into the Aula Paolo VI audience hall, a room the size of an aeroplane hangar in Vatican City. Flanked by the flamboyant Swiss Guard and dark-suited men muttering into earpieces, he headed for an oversized chair on a stage in front of nearly 2,000 people. Many applauded, most gawped in disbelief.

The pope was there to do something no other world leader has done before. He was meeting people with Huntington’s disease, a rare and incurable neurological disorder that has long been shrouded in shame and discrimination. It’s a genetic disease that runs in families. It causes involuntary jerky movements and can make people depressed or aggressive, symptoms that can leave them socially isolated, thanks in part to a historic misunderstanding.

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