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Teen pop star’s single ‘Royals’ banned in San Francisco as World Series looms

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Pop singer Lorde has become an unwitting part of the buildup for this year’s World Series, with radio stations in San Francisco and Kansas City jousting over her hit “Royals.”

According to Rolling Stone, two San Francisco stations KOIT-FM and KFOG announced, they will stop playing the song, since the 17-year-old New Zealand native has admitted to being inspired to write the song by Kansas City Royals great George Brett.

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“I had this image of this dude just signing baseballs,” she explained. “His shirt said ‘Royals,’ it was just that word.”

Deadspin reported that the picture in question was a 1976 National Geographic photo of Brett signing autographs. The chance connection led to Brett meeting Lorde, and the team adopting her song as a sort of unofficial theme.

In response, KOIT’s sister station in Kansas City said it would play “Royals” at the top of the hour every hour.

“I respect the work of Mr. Brian Figula, 96.5 KOIT program director, and his team of broadcast professionals, but we won’t let their anti-Royals spirit ruin this moment,” KZPT general manager Tony Lorino said in a statement. “A few angry San Franciscans who don’t have a song called ‘Giants’ won’t rain on our parade.”

The series begins on Tuesday. No bet has been announced between San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Kansas City Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, but two Democratic lawmakers, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) did place a wager; McClatchy reported that Pelosi has put “a basket of San Francisco’s finest chocolates” up against a “President’s Tray” barbeque order from Gates Bar B.Q.

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Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate

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The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.

Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.

The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.

During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.

Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege

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Press secretary says it is ‘dangerous for the country’ to question whether she is putting out honest info

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Press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Saturday argued it was "dangerous for the country" for anyone to challenge the veracity of her claims.

Grisham made her argument after President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Hospital for an unannounced doctor's visit, resulting in a great deal of speculation.

Following the visit, Grisham claimed Trump was "healthy" and "without complaints" -- a claim many found unlikely as the president has spent a good deal of time as president airing his many grievances.

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Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.

"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.

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