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FHP: Motorcyclist dies following crash in Orange County

A 25-year-old Orlando man is dead after a crash in Orange County on Saturday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said the crash happened around 4:15 p.m. near the intersection of West Oak Ridge Road and Texas Avenue.

Read: Deputies: Son fatally shoots mother at home near Winter Garden

A driver was heading east on West Oak Ridge Road before making a left turn onto Texas Avenue and in front of the motorcyclist, troopers said.

Troopers said the motorcyclist hit the right side of the first vehicle.

Read: Public funeral service held for 4 slain Orlando children

The unidentified motorcyclist was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died, according to a report.

Officials said this crash remains under investigation.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 5 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 5 Evening" game were:

4-1-8-8-4

(four, one, eight, eight, four)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 4 Evening" game were:

2-4-6-0

(two, four, six, zero)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 2 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 2 Evening" game were:

7-8

(seven, eight)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 3 Evening" game were:

5-5-7

(five, five, seven)

4 children killed in violent police standoff laid to rest in Florida

Funeral services for four Orlando children killed during a 21-hour police standoff  with their mother’s boyfriend were held Saturday. 

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The services, which were open to the public, took place at St. James Catholic Cathedral in Orlando, according to an attorney representing the family.

The funeral marked a difficult day for the family of Dove Lindsey, 1, Aiden Lindsey, 6, Lillia Pluth, 10, and Irayan Pluth, 12.

The day also proved too emotional for the children's mother, Ciara Lopez. 

"I remain stuck in that one night, that one night where everything changed, standing outside that apartment, waiting for different news," she said in a statement. 

Detectives believe Gary Lindsey, 35, shot the children either shortly before or after police officers came to the door of his apartment June 10 in response to a domestic battery call from Lopez. She had escaped the apartment.

Lindsey fired at the responding officers, seriously wounding Officer Kevin Valencia, who remains in a coma. Lindsey was then holed up in the apartment for almost a full day. Officers found him dead in a closet when they entered the apartment the following day.

>>Related: Wife of Orlando officer in coma: ‘My kids need a daddy. This community needs a real hero'

The children were found in their beds, police said. 

Some of the officers who worked during the standoff went to the service. 

"It's heartbreaking to see, obviously a small casket, with an infant inside," said Orlando Police Chief John Mina. 

Lindsey was Lopez’s boyfriend and the mother of all four children. Lindsey was the father of two of the children.

Rays 4, Yankees 0

E_Gregorius (4). DP_Tampa Bay 2. LOB_New York 4, Tampa Bay 8. 2B_Stanton (13), Au.Romine (6), Bauers (6), Cron (11), Dan.Robertson (10), M.Smith (12). HR_Adames (2). S_M.Smith (4).

Venters pitched to 1 batter in the 6th

Umpires_Home, Dan Bellino; First, Tom Hallion; Second, Sean Barber; Third, Phil Cuzzi.

T_2:39. A_29,831 (42,735).

Common herpes viruses may be linked to development of Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

Two common herpes viruses may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and projected to affect 14 million people by 2050.

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That’s according to new research published Thursday in the journal Neuron, for which a team of scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, used genetic data from three different brain banks to examine differences between healthy brain tissue and brain tissue from individuals who died with Alzheimer’s.

The medical community still doesn’t know what causes the disease, so the Mount Sinai scientists set out to try and identify new targets for drugs. Instead, they stumbled upon repetitive hints that the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients had higher levels of viruses.

>> Related: How to prevent Alzheimer’s: Sleep, drink wine and exercise, researchers suggest

“The title of the talk that I usually give is, 'I Went Looking for Drug Targets and All I Found Were These Lousy Viruses,’” study co-author and geneticist Joel Dudley said in a statement.

While studying brain tissue of 622 people who had signs of the disease and 322 who weren’t affected by it, Dudley and his team found significant evidence suggesting two specific strains of the human herpes virus (HHV-6A and HHV-7), both of which commonly cause skin rashes called roseola in young children, may have seeped into the Alzheimer’s patients’ brains and remained inactive for decades.

>> Related: Have trouble sleeping? Research says that may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s

“I don't think we can answer whether herpes viruses are a primary cause of Alzheimer's disease. But what's clear is that they're perturbing networks and participating in networks that directly accelerate the brain towards the Alzheimer's topology,” Dudley said.

The team found that the herpes virus genes were interacting with specific genes known to increase risk for Alzheimer’s, but the mere presence of the virus isn’t enough to lead to the disease. Instead, Dudley said, something needs to be activating the viruses to cause replication.

>> Related: Why are Alzheimer's disease deaths up significantly in Georgia?

But their findings do align with some other current research, specifically regarding beta-amyloid proteins, proteins known to increase plaque buildup in Alzheimer’s-affected brains. In the new study, the researchers noted that herpes viruses were involved in networks that regulate these amyloid precursor proteins.

The National Institute on Aging, which helped fund the new research, is working to back another study to test the effects of antiviral drugs on people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s with high levels of herpes virus in their brains.

>> Related: This common vegetable may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, study says

While the study findings open a door for new treatment options, co-senior author Sam Gandy said in a statement, the results don’t exactly change what scientists know about the risk and susceptibility of Alzheimer’s or their ability to treat it. That’s because both HHV-6A and HHV-7 are incredibly common. In North America alone, almost 90 percent of children have one of the viruses in their blood by the time they’re a few years old, according to Gandy.

According to 2017 report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the death rate from Alzheimer’s disease has risen by 55 percent in recent decades.

>> Related: U.S. Alzheimer’s deaths up 55 percent, CDC says

Patients, caregivers and publicly funded long-term care facilities bear significant financial and societal costs due to the increasing rates of Alzheimer’s deaths.

Experts recommend more federal funding for caregiver support and education and for research to find a cure.

According to the CDC, it’s estimated the U.S. spent some $259 billion in 2017 on costs related to the care of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Font gets 1st win, Adames homers, Rays beat Yankees 4-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Wilmer Font became the latest pitcher to slow down the New York Yankees.

Font worked into the sixth inning to get his first major league win, Willy Adames homered and the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Yankees 4-0 Saturday.

Font (1-3) allowed three hits, one walk and struck out four over 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers completed a four-hitter.

"Just an awesome performance by him and the rest of the guys," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

The Rays have won the first two of a three-game series against the Yankees, who have the best record in the majors.

New York has scored just once in its last 25 innings.

"It's amazing," Font said. "It's the second win in a row for us. Perfect."

Adames had an RBI single during a two-run second and added a solo homer in the seventh off Sonny Gray (5-5).

New York (50-24), coming off a three-game sweep over Seattle, is the only team in the big leagues that hasn't dropped more than two straight games this year. This is the latest the Yankees have gone into a season without losing three in a row since August 1954.

"You do shrug it off," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "We also know you turn the page and really lock in. Come in with urgency and expect to get a 'W.'"

Gray gave up four runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

After Jake Bauers had a first-inning RBI double, Tampa Bay took a 3-0 lead in the second when Daniel Robertson hit a run-scoring double and scored on Adames' single.

"Definitely uplifting," Rays reliever Sergio Romo said. "It's something we can feed off of, most definitely."

The Yankees had one hit in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position, including three unsuccessful tries in both the second and third innings.

New York was limited to five hits and went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position in a 2-1 loss Friday night.

"It's been two games," Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said. "So, I don't think it's really, like, a big deal."

TANAKA TIME

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka, on the 10-day disabled since June 9 with strained left and right hamstrings, will have his first bullpen session Sunday and may start a simulated game Friday. "If you look back two weeks ago there was no way I would be able to move the way that I did today," Tanaka said through a translator. "It's definitely better."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) felt great one day after a 20-pitch bullpen session and will take the mound again Monday. "Highly encouraged," said Archer, who could return around the All-Star break. ... RHP Jake Faria (left oblique strain) threw 25 fastballs in his first mound session.

NUMBERS

Rays 1B C.J. Cron doubled in four at-bats and is 5 for his last 57. The other four hits were homers. . Tampa Bay CF Kevin Kiermaier is 1 for 16 in four games since coming back from right thumb surgery.

HOME COOKING

The Rays have given up one or fewer runs in four straight home games. It ties the team record set in 2008.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Domingo German (2-4), Sunday's starter, got his first major league win by beating Tampa Bay on June 14. He struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs over six innings.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (9-4) had his scheduled start Sunday pushed back one day to Monday night against Washington. Cash said Snell could benefit from the extra day off given his recent workload. Tampa Bay will have RHP Matt Andriese (1-3) open a bullpen day Sunday.

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