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South Korean-U.S. joint military live-fire drills

A South Korean army's K1A2 tank fires during South Korea-U.S. joint military live-fire drills at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea on April 26, 2017.


Raiders bring RB Marshawn Lynch out of retirement

AP Published 11:44 a.m. ET April 26, 2017 | Updated 23 minutes ago

Raiders bring RB Marshawn Lynch out of retirement

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015, file photo, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Oakland Raiders have agreed to a two-year contract to bring running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement. The person says the sides have agreed on the terms pending a physical for Lynch on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) (Photo: The Associated Press)

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch is coming out of retirement after agreeing on a two-year deal with the Raiders that paved the way for a trade to his hometown team in Oakland.

Lynch passed a physical Wednesday and agreed to a restructured two-year contract. Those were the final steps needed before Seattle could trade his rights along with a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Raiders for a 2018 fifth-rounder.

NFL Network said Lynch would get a $3 million base deal this season, with a chance to make an additional $2 million if he rushes for at least 1,000 yards.

Lynch had been slated to make $9 million this season if he came out of retirement. With Seattle unwilling to pay that amount and Lynch only wanting to play for the Raiders, finalizing a trade was simple once Oakland was able to re-do Lynch's contract.

Lynch also must apply to the NFL for reinstatement from the retired list before he can play with the Raiders.

Lynch retired following the 2015 season but decided he wanted to come back and play with his hometown team. The Raiders met with him early this month to gauge his interest and wanted to get a deal done before the draft.

The Raiders have a need for a power running back after losing Latavius Murray in free agency. Second-year backs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington are both smaller backs and are not as suited to short-yardage and goal-line situations.

"Marshawn is one of the best running backs I've ever played against in my short career so far," Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack said last week. "It would be a great, great, great treat to have him on this side, on the dark side."

Lynch was perhaps the best power back in the league before he retired. He had double digits in touchdown runs every season from 2011 to 2014, and his 51 TDs on the ground are the most in the NFL since 2011 despite playing just seven games in 2015 and being retired last season.

Lynch's 245 broken tackles since the start of the 2013 season are 66 more than any other player in that span, according to Pro Football Focus.

"I think he's the most physical guy I've played against,"


Lose citizenship for fibbing? Supreme Court justices fume


Candidates for U.S. citizenship take the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in Jersey City, N.J., in February. (Photo: KENA BETANCUR, AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The chief justice of the United States has driven over the speed limit. One of his colleagues related a story about carrying a pocketknife into a government building. Another often fibs about her weight.

If a naturalized citizen were to lie about such things, a Justice Department lawyer told the high court Wednesday, he or she could be stripped of citizenship. Perhaps with an eye on the Trump administration's stepped-up efforts against illegal immigrants, several justices expressed alarm.

Sitting for their last scheduled oral argument of the 2016 term, the justices were in a feisty mood when it came to an ethnic Serb's case against the U.S. government, which revoked her citizenship for lying about her husband's military record.

Their concerns were not related so much to Divna Maslenjak 's misdeeds more than a decade ago, however, as they were to the government's interpretation of a law criminalizing misrepresentations in naturalization proceedings. It matters not, assistant solicitor general Robert Parker said, whether the lies are related to the cause of winning citizenship.

Chief Justice John Roberts started pushing back on that theory by admitting that — long since the statute of limitations expired, mind you — he drove 60 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone. Told that a naturalized citizen could lose his citizenship if he lied about that, Roberts exploded.

"Oh, come on!" he said. "You're saying that on this form, you expect everyone to list every time in which they drove over the speed limit?"

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the requirement could extend to lying about an embarrassing childhood nickname. Justice Stephen Breyer said it could criminalize an unreported pen knife in a pocket. Justice Elena Kagan said she was "horrified" to learn that lying about her weight would be included among the no-no's — to which Parker replied, "only under oath."

Unless the lies must be relevant to the issue of obtaining citizenship, Roberts said, "the government will have the opportunity to denaturalize anyone they want." That would be "extraordinary power," he said.

"Your argument is demeaning the priceless value of citizenship," Justice Anthony Kennedy chimed in.

The government receives nearly 800,000 petitions for naturalization each year, making it impossible for officials to catch every harmless white lie. But the law is the law, Parker said — and it doesn't specify that misrepresentations must be material.

That argument carried at least some weight for the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, who has proven to be a stickler for the letter of the law — just as advertised during the months leading up to his confirmation. To say only certain lies are punishable, he said, would require "a lot of linguistic somersaults."

Even some liberal justices acknowledged that Maslenjak's lies might have helped her gain citizenship in 2007. Her troubles started six years later, when a federal grand jury indicted her for winning naturalization "contrary to law" by stating that she had not lied during the immigration process.

It turned out Maslenjak lied when applying for


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Defiant Thames says bring on the drug testing

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Defiant Thames says bring on the drug testing

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman is not bothered by the multiple drug tests he's had to take this season. USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds v Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers' Eric Thames hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on Tuesday. (Photo: Dylan Buell / Getty Images)

Major League Baseball’s drug testing is supposed to be conducted randomly in-season but you’d have a difficult time convincing Eric Thames of that.

The Brewers’ slugging sensation thinks MLB might be listening to all the chatter.

Thames was drug tested for the third time since the start of spring training Tuesday night, coincidentally after becoming the first Brewers player to slug 11 home runs in the month of April.

All players are drug tested at the outset of spring training, with samples of both blood and urine. Thames was given another urine test while the Brewers were playing the Cubs in Chicago last week. It was during that series that Chicago pitcher John Lackey and pitching coach Chris Bosio made comments and gestures during interviews that seemed to call into question Thames’ power-hitting exploits. There were no actual accusations but it was easy to read between the lines.

After the record-setting 11th homer capped a 9-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park, Thames was asked to submit both blood and urine again. Random? Thames didn’t think so.

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But, bring it on, he basically said to the drug testers.

“If people keep thinking I’m on stuff, I’ll be here every day. I have a lot of blood and urine,” said Thames, still wearing the Band-Aid in the crook of his left arm from the blood draw.

It has been patently unfair to Thames that anyone, especially others wearing major-league uniforms, suggested he must be doing something extracurricular to come back from three years in South Korea and seemingly slug home runs at will. Never mind that he belted 124 homers in 388 games in the KBO.

It doesn’t matter if that league is the equivalent of junior varsity baseball (which it isn't). Forty-plus homers a season shows you have some serious power.

So, Thames keeps belting homers – he has an amazing eight in six games against the Reds – and keeps getting drug tested. Sooner or later, he’ll either cool off and people will lose interest or he’ll keep slugging them and folks will understand it’s legit.

Thames is an easygoing, likable sort, with a big smile and laugh, so it was easy to assume he was taking it all in stride. But nobody likes being called a cheater, even in whispers behind his back. In an interview on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight on Monday, after he hit two more homers against the Reds, he said he heard

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