Cubbie Conversation, May 22, 2017

The pitching is coming around and so is the hitting, which means the NL Central "is ours for the taking," says Cubbie fanatic J.J. Lockwood.

Man in jail after weekend Danville shooting

DANVILLE — A 37-year-old Danville man is behind bars in connection with a shooting that sent a man to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Saturday night.

Cmdr. Josh Webb said Anthony A. Williams is being held at the Danville Public Safety Building on preliminary charges of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Trump: Israelis, Arabs share 'common cause' against Iran

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Monday opened his first visit to Israel Monday, saying he sees growing recognition among Muslim nations that they share a "common cause" with Israel in their determination to counter the threats posed by Iran.

Supreme Court strikes down 2 N.C. congressional districts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina Monday because race played too large a role in their creation.

Body found shot at mall identified

SKOKIE (AP) — Police in suburban Chicago have identified the man whose body was found shot several times in a stairwell of a popular shopping center.

Ford replaces CEO in push to transform business

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is replacing CEO Mark Fields as it struggles to keep its traditional auto-manufacturing business running smoothly while remaking itself as a nimble, high-tech provider of new mobility services.

Turkey slams U.S. over 'aggressive' acts against bodyguards

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned the U.S. ambassador on Monday to protest what it called "aggressive and unprofessional actions" by American security personnel against Turkish bodyguards in Washington during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit last week.

Trump avoids pointing to Saudis' human rights failings

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the "magnificent" kingdom and "the grandeur of this remarkable place."

Then he made clear there would be no public lecture from America on Saudi Arabia's abysmal human rights record.

Source says Flynn to invoke 5th Amendment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination as he notifies a Senate panel that he won't hand over documents in the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

Authorities: Stabbing of black student possible hate crime

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The FBI is investigating the fatal stabbing of a black student visiting the University of Maryland as a possible hate crime after a white student with ties to a Facebook group that posts disparaging material about African Americans was arrested in his death, authorities say.