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May 6, 2019

KENTUCKY DERBY - REFUNDS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bettors who wagered on Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby only to see the colt get disqualified for interference will receive refunds.

Twinspires.com, Churchill Downs’ online wagering service, tweeted that it will give back up to $10 to anyone who bet on Maximum Security to win in Saturday’s Derby.

The company said $6,212,046 was bet on the colt to win. Maximum Security also had $1,495,408 bet to place and $1,272,082 wagered to show, so the disqualification cost those bettors about $9 million.

Country House, a 65-1 shot, was moved up to first place from second. The colt paid $132.40, $56.60 and $24.60.

Twinspires.com says $520,907 was wagered on Country House to win.

A $2 exacta wager — involving horses finishing first and second — paid $3,009.60. A $1 superfecta bet — involving the first four horses — returned $51,400.10.

12-YEAR-OLD CHARGED WITH SHOOTING 10-YEAR-OLD BROTHER

CONROE, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his 10-year-old brother in Texas.

The Montgomery County sheriff’s office says deputies on Saturday afternoon responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting in Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston. Authorities found the 10-year-old with a single gunshot wound to his chest area.

The child was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Authorities say the 12-year-old was placed in custody in the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Further details of the shooting were not released. Authorities say it’s an active investigation.

LION KEEPER MAULED IN ZOO ENCLOSURE

BERLIN (AP) — A zoo in northern Germany says it appears a keeper failed to follow the “golden rule” of checking to see if lions were inside their enclosure before he entered it and was mauled.

A spokeswoman for Serengeti Park says an investigation attributed the Saturday attack to “human error,” though it wasn’t clear why the experienced 24-year-old keeper hadn’t followed procedure.

Asta Knoth said he suffered “many deep bite wounds” from the two male lions and had undergone several hours of surgery.

Knoth told The Associated Press the man “got away lightly considering the circumstances” and is expected to make a full recovery.

The zoo is located about 50 miles south of Hamburg.

ALABAMA PRISON SUICIDES

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After 15 inmate suicides in 15 months, a federal judge says Alabama is putting prisoners in danger by failing to provide adequate suicide-prevention measures.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued the findings Saturday. The judge wrote in a 210-page opinion that the risk of suicide is severe and imminent. He ordered the Department of Corrections to make multiple changes in the evaluation and monitoring of inmates.

Thompson in 2017 ruled state prisons provided “horrendously inadequate” mental health care. Attorneys for prisoners asked Thompson to intervene again after a rash of suicides in state prisons.

The judge wrote the state has recently undertaken some promising measures but those were “too little, too late.”

Thompson said the facts behind recent suicides “underscores that the constitutional violation remains ongoing.”

AMERICAN CHARGED WITH KILLING ITALIAN CLOTHING STORE OWNER

VITERBO, Italy (AP) — Italian police have arrested a 22-year-old American and accused him of killing a 74-year-old Italian owner of a clothing store in Viterbo, a city near Rome.

Police arrested Michael Aaron Pang on Saturday and allege the killed the Italian storekeeper by striking him with a stool. The body of Norveo Fedeli was found inside his store Friday, Lt. Col. Guglielmo Trombetta said.

Trombetta said Pang, who was born in South Korea, is a graphic designer from the Kansas City area who arrived in Italy about two months ago. Trombetta said it was unclear why Pang was in Italy. He said the suspect has not spoken yet with detectives.

Pang’s lawyer, Remigio Sicilia, said he came to Italy on a tourist’s visa and had a desire to learn Italian and work in Italy. He said Pang is from Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. He said Pang appeared to have no criminal past.

“He’s 22, but he is like a child,” the lawyer said. “He’s a well-behaved boy from a good American family.”

THREE PITCHES, THREE HOMERS

CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich hit home runs on three consecutive Jeff Samardzija pitches.

Suarez followed Joey Votto’s leadoff bloop single to center with a drive that just cleared the fence down the right field line. Winker and Dietrich followed with first-pitch, drives to right-center, Dietrich turning his entire body to stare into the Reds dugout as he danced up the first base line after his fourth home run in three games. The homers made it 4-0.

Nick Senzel lined out in the next at-bat.

The home runs were each player’s ninth of the season and gave the Reds 11 in the first three games of the four-game series against the Giants.

The Reds hit back-to-back-to-back home runs for the second time this season. Matt Kemp, Suarez and Scott Schebler all went deep against Wei-Yin Chen on April 9 against Miami.