The Daily Populous

Monday June 24th, 2019 morning edition

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Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard will decline his 2019-20 player option worth $21.3 million to become an unrestricted free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The 6-foot-7 All-Star will be one of the marquee free agents on the open market.

The Raptors are the only team that can offer Leonard a max contract for five years and $190 million.

Leonard, 27, is believed to be seriously considering re-signing with the Raptors, sources said.

But there are a handful of teams who could secure a meeting with the 2019 NBA Finals MVP, sources said.

Leonard had career highs in points (26.6) and rebounds (7.3) in his lone season with the Raptors.

Leonard was drafted in 2011 and was the 2014 NBA Finals MVP with the San Antonio Spurs. »

Erdogan's party suffers blow after Istanbul re-run poll defeat

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Turkey's ruling AK Party has lost control of Istanbul after a re-run of the city's mayoral election, delivering a stinging blow to President Erdogan.

On Twitter, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote: "I congratulate Ekrem Imamoglu who has won the election based on preliminary results.".

Mr Erdogan had previously said that "whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey". »

Minnesota cop awarded $585,000 after colleagues snooped on her DMV data

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Even more eerie, many officers had searched for her in the middle of the night.

She is studying similar cases across the country.There have been dozens of lawsuits against Minneapolis and other Minnesota cities in recent years over alleged abuses of license databases.

Most of the cases were settled out of court or dismissed; Krekelberg’s is the only one to have gone to trial. »

Warren: 'I'm open' to decriminalizing sex work

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., announced this week that she is "open" to decriminalizing sex work.

Warren is the latest Democrat to take a stance on decriminalizing sex work.

Several state legislatures have also brought up bills involving sex work, with New York being the latest to consider making it legal to engage in the consensual sale of sex. »