'Reported attack' on tankers near Iran, Stanley Cup winner & Babe Ruth's jersey: The Morning Rundown

The St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins, 4-1, to win their first Stanley Cup.
Image: The St. Louis Blues celebrate after defeating the Boston Bruins in Game Seven to win the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden
The Blues celebrate after defeating the Bruins in Game 7 to win the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final.Patrick Smith / Getty Images

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By Petra Cahill

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We are looking into the "reported attack" on tankers near Iran; President Donald Trump saying he'd be open to accepting dirt on an opponent from a foreign country, and the Blues' stunning Stanley Cup win.


Dozens rescued as U.S. Navy responds to distress call off Iran's coast

American military vessels were "rendering assistance" Thursday following two distress calls in the stretch of water that separates Oman and the United Arab Emirates from Iran, the U.S. 5th Fleet said.

An explosion and a fire occurred aboard one of the damaged tankers, with the cost of oil later jumping as much as 4 percent.

Last month, four oil tankers from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Norway were damaged in the same area. All three countries said that incident was the work of a "state actor."

A photo obtained by AFP from Iranian state-run media appears to show smoke billowing from one of the tankers purportedly involved in Thursday's incident in the Gulf of Oman.IRIB / AFP - Getty Images

'I think I'd take it,' Trump says

President Trump said he would have open ears if a foreign country had information on a rival candidate, calling it "oppo research," during an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

"It’s not an interference, they have information," Trump said. "I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI."

Stephanopoulos pointed out that FBI Director Christopher Wray said his agency should know about contacts from foreign governments.

"The FBI director is wrong," Trump replied.


Mississippi residents flooded for months say the EPA could save them but won't

Dubbed “the forgotten flood” by locals, record rainfall has led to extreme flooding in Mississippi’s Yazoo Backwater Area this year.

Residents believe there is a solution to their persistent, yearly flooding woes — if only the government would cut through the red tape to enact it.

They believe that an unfinished Army Corps of Engineers project known as the Yazoo Pumps could hold back the floodwaters that regularly threaten almost 20,000 people here.

But environmental advocates and longtime civil servants who have worked on the project argue that the pumps come at a high cost, potentially draining tens of thousands of vital wetland acres that support one of the most unique wildlife habitats in the country.

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Stormy Deere is one of many who has had to use her fishing boat to get to and from her home since early March — and the chest-deep water is not expected to recede until at least July. Eric J. Shelton / Mississippi Today/Report For America

St. Louis Blues stun Boston Bruins to win Stanley Cup

The Blues' 4-1 victory in Game 7 completed a fairy-tale turnaround, with the team charging from last place in January to winning the first NHL title in its 52-year history.

St. Louis erupted in jubilant celebration after the big win.

"Next to getting married and having my children, this is the most amazing moment of my life," Melissa DePew, a Blues fan since the 1970s, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.

St. Louis fans celebrate after the Blues scored a goal during the first period of Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final. Scott Kane / AP

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Plus

  • Hong Kong's legislature has suspended meetings following the violent clashes between police and protesters who oppose a bill allowing extradition to mainland China.

THINK about it

Martin Scorsese's mischievous new film reintroduces fans to peak Bob Dylan, music critic Jeff Slate writes in an opinion piece.


Quote of the day

"If I don’t have gas I have no way to work, I have to go back home."

Jose Diaz, a 50-year-old Venezuelan waiting in a massive line to buy gas in the city of Maracay.


One fun thing

An American icon who holds many of baseball's records to this day is now poised to break another one with an old jersey.

This Saturday, a Yankee Stadium auction will feature what could be the most expensive item of sports memorabilia ever sold: A 1920s-era jersey worn by the legendary Babe Ruth.

Could it be that jersey? The Bambino, manager Miller Huggins, and Lou Gehrig take a break at the batting cage before a game in Yankee Stadium during the 1927 season. Mark Rucker / Getty Images file

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