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  • The Latest on the concert bombing in England (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Police lined the street as an athletic event went ahead in Manchester four days after a suicide bomber targeted the city's arena. Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF world track and field governing body, says he wanted to show his support to Manchester by attending the Great City Games. Coe tells The Associated Press he 'just needed to be here. It can't remedy or gloss over what happened a few days ago. But at least it can help in that grieving process.' Former Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson was among the competitors at the games, which showcase world-class athletes competing on temporary track. The Manchester Arena attack, which killed 22 people on Monday, comes as London prepares to host the IAAF's world championships in August. Coe, who was the prime organizer of the 2012 London Olympics, said: 'It's important that we provide a safe and secure environment, but we don't lose sight of the fact that sport is a celebration of humanity.' ___ 9:00 p.m. British police say a 44-year-old man has been arrested in Manchester in connection with the suicide bombing at an arena in the city that killed 22 people. Greater Manchester Police said the man was detained Friday night in Rusholme, an inner city area of Manchester, 'on suspicion of offenses contrary to the terrorism act.' A police statement didn't provide any details about why the man was arrested, but noted that the department's investigation of Monday's bombing after an Ariana Grande concert was 'fast-moving.' The man is one of nine who is being held for questioning in England following Monday's attack. Two other people were taken into custody and then released. ___ 7:15 p.m. American singer Ariana Grande says she will return to Manchester for a benefit concert to raise money for attack victims and their families. A suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded scores of others minutes after Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena ended on Monday night. Grande tweeted a statement that says 'I'll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families.' She said details are still being finalized and she will 'have details to share ... as soon as everything is confirmed.' Grande also said 'my heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester attack and their loved ones.' ___ 5:10 p.m. The police chief in Manchester says there has been an increase in reported hate crimes since the suicide bombing at a pop concert in the city. Greater Manchester Police Chief Ian Hopkins said Friday there is no place for discrimination and hatred in Manchester and urged people to report any incidents. Hopkins said he has reached out to faith leaders to try to calm the situation. He also says there has been a lot of progress in the investigation, but much work remains to be done. Hopkins says 12 locations are still being searched. ___ 4:55 p.m. The mother of Martyn Hett, who was one of the 22 people killed in Monday's Manchester suicide bombing, says she feels no hate or anger toward the suspected attacker. She's taking solace knowing her son died doing something he loved. Figen Murray said in an interview Friday that the 22-year-old British man named as the bombing suspect doesn't deserve her energy. Murray says: 'I'm staying with my positivity for Martyn, and that's what I hold on to.' Hett, who was 29 years old, was believed to have been at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena with a friend. His mother says she treasures a selfie a woman took with her son at the show and the woman's message that 'he loved being there' and 'really enjoyed himself.' Murray says, 'You know he died, and his last moments were experiencing what he enjoyed, so that's you know...' Hett had a large social media following and was remembered for taking to Twitter to promote his mother's stall at a craft fair after she told him that no one was buying anything. The appeal led to many people buying his mother's knitted products ___ 4:28 p.m. A British train company says that a station in Manchester damaged in Monday's bombing attack will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Northern rail said Friday that Manchester Victoria Station 'suffered structural damage that still needs to be properly assessed and repaired. Until the work is completed, the station will remain closed.' The station directly links to Manchester Arena, where a British man of Libyan descent exploded a suicide bomb that killed 22 people and wounded scores of others after an Ariana Grande concert. Northern Railway says train services 'that would normally run into Manchester Victoria are unable to do so,' meaning 'significant disruption' for trains in and around Manchester. ___ 3:55 p.m. Members of the mosque attended by the Manchester suicide bombing suspect have been warned that police will be informed if there are signs anyone in the community has been radicalized. Manchester Islamic Centre board of trustees director Mohammad el-Khayat used a sermon before Friday afternoon prayers to strongly condemn the attack at the Manchester Arena that killed 22 people. Police have identified a 22-year-old man who used to attend the mosque, Salman Abedi, as the bomber. El-Khayat said: 'If we are radicalizing people, who god-forbidden, have any intention to do (harm), the police will be the first to know.' Speaking to reporters outside the mosque, El-Khayat said, 'We do not radicalize people.' El-Khayat acknowledged there had been concerns in past at the mosque about leaflets containing extremist views. ___ 3:20 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States takes 'full responsibility' for the leaking of information from Britain's investigation of the Manchester concert bombing. Tillerson said during a trip to London on Friday that the U.S. 'regrets' the leaks, which British officials complained had led to the publication of sensitive information. The breach prompted the U.K. to briefly stop sharing information about the bombing inquiry with the U.S. British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump about the disclosures on Thursday. Information-sharing resumed after U.S. officials said evidence would be protected. Tillerson said Friday that the 'special relationship that exists between our two countries will certainly withstand this particular unfortunate event.' ___ 2:20 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people and left dozens wounded. During a joint appearance with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London on Friday, Tillerson said that 'the thirst for justice burns very hot' and promised to drive terrorists and extremists 'out of our communities' and off the face of the earth. ___ 11:55 a.m. The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party says there is a link between Britain's actions overseas and the increased extremist threat at home. Jeremy Corbyn spoke as campaigning for the June 8 general election resumed after a three-day pause following the concert hall bombing in Manchester, in which 22 people died. Corbyn says many experts including British intelligence professionals see a connection between terrorism and the wars Britain has supported, such as the one in Libya. ___ 11:10 a.m. Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has announced plans for a benefit concert in Manchester to help victims of the extremist bombing that killed 22 people. The Manchester native said on Twitter he will perform a solo show Tuesday at the 02 Ritz in Manchester. Profits will go to a fund for the families of the victims. Gallagher had earlier tweeted about his love for the city and said there were 'no words' that could describe the tragedy. ___ 10:00 a.m. London police say extra security is being added for major sporting events this weekend including the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. Chief Superintendent Jon Williams said Friday that extra protection measures and extra officers are being deployed throughout the capital because of the higher terrorist-threat level. He said fans coming to football and rugby matches this weekend should come earlier than usual because of added security screening. Williams said 'covert and discrete tactics' will also be employed to protect the transport network. He says police want the approach to be 'unpredictable' and to make London 'as hostile an environment as possible to terrorists.' ___ 8:00 a.m. British police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing have made a new arrest while continuing to search addresses associated with the bomber who killed 22 people. Seven other men are in custody in connection with Monday's blast, with police and security agencies working to prevent further attacks. Their ages ranged from 18 to 38. All are being held on suspicion of offenses violating the terrorism act. A 16-year-old boy who had been arrested has been released without charge, police said. Britain's security level has been upgraded to 'critical' meaning officials believe another attack may be imminent. .
  • Interstate 75 is back open after a serious wreck shut the interstate down near Delk Road Friday afternoon. A car crashed into the back end of a tractor-trailer, closing several lanes of the interstate. Cobb: Earlier crash 75/nb north of Delk - now blocks only 2 right lanes. Extensive delays remain. https://t.co/KslBQmUsyy #ATLTraffic pic.twitter.com/QCp7PqcEvc -- Triple Team Traffic (@WSBTraffic) May 26, 2017 Firefighters trying to rescue driver of car under a semi on I-75 near Delk; both NB and SB slowed on already nasty traffic day. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/AiAMWyr5kM-- Ross Cavitt | WSB-TV (@RossCavittWSB) May 26, 2017 Triple Team Traffic says there are still extensive delays along the interstate because of the wreck. #GRIDLOCK ALERT: Multi-Vehicle Tractor Trailer Crash: I-75/nb at Delk Rd; only two left lanes open delays; https://t.co/YULjFukFkK pic.twitter.com/DEhAFDlwh2-- Triple Team Traffic (@WSBTraffic) May 26, 2017
  • Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, according to people familiar with the investigation. Kushner, who held meetings in December with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow , is being investigated because of the extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians, the people said. The Washington Post reported last week that a senior White House official close to the president was a significant focus of the high-stakes investigation, though it did not name Kushner. FBI agents also remain keenly interested in former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, but Kushner is the only current White House official known to be considered a key person in the probe. The Post has not been told that Kushner is a target — or the central focus — of the investigation, and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing. >> 6 things to know about Jared Kushner “Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry,” said Jamie Gorelick, one of his attorneys. In addition to possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election, investigators are also looking broadly into possible financial crimes — but the people familiar with the matter, who were not authorized to speak publicly, did not specify who or what was being examined. Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said, “I can’t confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of investigations or subjects of investigations.” The FBI declined to comment. At the time of the December meetings, Trump already had won the election. Contacts between people on the transition team and foreign governments can be routine, but the meetings and phone calls with the Russians were not made public at the time. In early December, Kushner met in New York with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and he later sent a deputy to meet with Kislyak again. Flynn was also present at the early December meeting, and later that month, Flynn held a call with Kislyak to discuss U.S.-imposed sanctions against Russia. Flynn initially mischaracterized the conversation even to the vice president — which ultimately prompted his ouster from the White House. >> Jared Kushner's sister woos China's 'golden visa' investors Kushner also met in December with Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, which has been the subject of U.S. sanctions following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its support of separatists in eastern Ukraine. In addition to the December meetings, a former senior intelligence official said FBI agents had been looking closely at earlier exchanges between Trump associates and the Russians dating back to the spring of 2016, including one at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Kushner and Kislyak — along with close Trump adviser and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions — were present at an April 2016 event at the Mayflower where then-candidate Trump promised in a speech to seek better relations with Russia. It is unclear whether Kushner and Kislyak interacted there. The New York Times reported that Kushner omitted from security clearance forms his December meetings with Kislyak and Gorkov, though his lawyer said that was mere error and he told the FBI soon after that he would amend the forms. The White House said that his meetings were normal and inconsequential. Kushner has agreed to discuss his Russian contacts with the Senate Intelligence Committee — which is conducting one of several investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In many ways, Kushner is a unique figure inside the White House. He is arguably the president’s most trusted adviser, and he is also a close member of the president’s family. His list of policy responsibilities is vast— his foreign policy portfolio alone includes Canada and Mexico, China, and peace in the Middle East — yet he rarely speaks publicly about any of them. >> Miffed neighbors say Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner have 'ruined the neighborhood' Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is now leading the probe into possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, and he has set up shop in the Patrick Henry Building in downtown D.C. Even before he was picked by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosentein to take over the case, investigators had been stepping up their efforts — issuing subpoenas and looking to conduct interviews, people familiar with the matter said. A small group of lawmakers known as the Gang of Eight was recently notified of the change in tempo and focus in the investigation at a classified briefing. It is unclear exactly how Mueller’s leadership will affect the direction of the probe. This week, Justice Department ethics experts cleared him to take over the case even though lawyers at his former firm, WilmerHale, represent several people who could be caught up in the matter, including Kushner, Manafort and Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who is married to Kushner. Mueller resigned from the firm to take over the investigation. Investigators are continuing to look aggressively into the dealings of Flynn, and a grand jury in Alexandria, Va., recently issued a subpoenas for records related to Flynn’s businesses and finances, according to people familiar with the matter. Flynn’s company, the Flynn Intel Group, was paid more than $500,000 by a company owned by a Turkish American businessman close to top Turkish officials for research on Fethullah Gulen, a cleric who Turkey’s current president believes was responsible for a coup attempt last summer. Flynn retroactively registered with the Justice Department in March as a paid foreign agent for Turkish interests. Separately from the probe now run by Mueller, Flynn is being investigated by the Pentagon’s top watchdog for his foreign payments. Flynn also received $45,000 to appear in 2015 with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a dinner for RT, a Kremlin-controlled media organization.
  • State lawmakers and a mayor were among those expected Friday to lead a packed field of more than a dozen contenders for the Utah congressional seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Thirteen Republicans, three Democrats and one Libertarian have filed to run after Chaffetz announced he would step down next month from the heavily Republican 3rd Congressional District, which stretches from suburban Salt Lake City to desert towns in southeastern Utah. Friday is the final day to file to run. Republican state Sen. Deidre Henderson could be a key candidate. She has served in the state Senate since 2013 and was Chaffetz's campaign manager in his first run for office. John Curtis, mayor of the city of Provo, which is home to the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University, could also get some traction. Despite name recognition and a track record as a popular mayor, he may struggle to gain enough support at his party's convention after previously running as a Democrat before becoming a Republican in 2006. Curtis, a moderate-leaning Republican, said his biggest policy issues include pushing for smarter spending, protecting Utah's monuments and strengthening Americans' trust in law enforcement. Boyd Matheson, a veteran Utah Republican strategist, predicts that Henderson and Curtis would be key contenders, along with GOP Sen. Margaret Dayton, who has served since 2006, and Chris Herrod, a loan officer in Provo who had been a Republican state representative for five years beginning in 2007. But other candidates also could do well, Matheson said, including GOP Rep. Brad Daw and Republican Tanner Ainge, son of Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge. The packed field of candidates has a lot to do with the election lacking an incumbent, said Matheson, who runs the conservative Sutherland Institute. 'The fact that this is an open seat really opens the gates for people who wouldn't go up and challenge an incumbent per se,' he said. A small handful of Democrats also have jumped in to the race, with Dr. Kathryn Allen expected to be the party's front-runner. But they are expected to face an uphill battle given the district's deeply conservative leanings. Both parties were expected to narrow their candidate fields at separate conventions on June 17 before a Nov. 7 special election.
  • They had multiple people come in and talk to me about what's more important,' Thomas said Friday, a day after the Celtics were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers. 'But I definitely wasn't trying to hear that at that point in time.' Thomas injured the hip in March and aggravated it in the second-round series against Washington. He played three halves against the Cavaliers before limping off the court in the middle of Game 2. The Celtics lost that game by 44 points to fall behind 0-2 in the best-of-seven series, then announced the next day that Thomas was done for the season. Still, they beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland the next game before falling easily in Games 4 and 5. 'Eastern Conference finals, that's the biggest stage I've ever been on,' Thomas said at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts. 'To not be able to go back out there in that second half and continue that series was painful. Like it hurt me.' Speaking for the first time since the end of his season, Thomas said he might need surgery but it's 'not the No. 1 option right now.' He will have to wait for more tests until the swelling goes down, he said. Thomas said he never doubted that coach Brad Stevens and general manager Danny Ainge were more concerned about his future than getting him back into the game. 'They care about my health, not just being a basketball player,' Thomas said. 'But nobody's going to feel sorry for me. I just have to keep going and figure out what I've got do to come back at the highest level possible.' Thomas gave his doctors clear instructions on what he expects: 'Whatever they have to do to continue to play at — not just a normal level — at an MVP level, that's what I've been on the doctors about,' he said. 'No matter what happens, let's make sure I come back even better. And I will.' The last pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Thomas has emerged as an All-Star in Boston. But on the eve of the postseason, his sister died in a car accident in Washington state. Then, after spending much of his free time flying cross-country to be with his family, Thomas had a tooth knocked out in Game 1 of the conference semifinals against Washington. In Game 2, he scored 53 points — one shy of John Havlicek's franchise record. 'It made me look back to see how fast everything can be taken away from me,' Thomas said. 'It's been the best season of my career, but it's also been the toughest year of my life. So however you want to take that, that's how the season's been.' The 5-foot-8 point guard said he wants to play until he's 40, and he'd like to do it in Boston. He is eligible for free agency after next season. But the Celtics have the No. 1 pick in the draft, along with the salary cap space to sign a top free agent. 'I want to win a championship,' Thomas said 'And being so close to getting to the finals, that makes you want it that much more.
  • Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 22-year-old man in Gwinnett County. According to police, Davis Pagan walked away from his Grayson home around 10 p.m. on May 18. He left the house with a backpack and a few things. He's not believed to have access to a car. Pagan hasn't been heard from or seen since that night. His cell phone is off and there has been no activity on his bank records since he disappeared. Authorities say Pagan has a history of mental illness, and his cognitive abilities are impaired without his medication. TRENDING STORIES: World falling in love with Georgia father's letter to Ariana Grande Watch your step! Snakebites are on the rise Police search for teens accused of setting off fireworks inside grocery store There is no indication of foul play, but authorities and family members are concerned for his health and well-being. Pagan is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has tattoos on his upper right arm and wears prescription glasses. He was last seen wearing a dark T-shirt, khaki pants, red shoes and a red backpack. Anyone with information on Pagan's whereabouts is asked to contact the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5700. To remain anonymous, tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. You can also text your tip to 'CRIMES' (274637).