Reaction to death of Roger Moore, star of seven James Bond films, at age 89.
The Cannes Film Festival paused Tuesday for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester
President Donald Trump's proposed budget includes a cut of about $120 million for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, despite two recent incidents that raised concerned about worker safety at the former nuclear weapons production site.
Survivors of the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert hall said security screening ahead of the Ariana Grande show was haphazard, raising the question of whether...
Kim Kardashian is the latest celebrity to share her condolences after hearing about the deadly suicide bombing in Manchester, England. However, she has come under fire for her social media posts about the attack. See Why.
As I stare at an image of Saffie Rose Roussos on my screen I can't help but notice that my daughter wears the exact same school uniform every day....
Violence has once again struck music fans with a suicide attack on Ariana Grande's Manchester show, but the booming concert industry hopes to withstand the new shock.
By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer Cortez Kennedy was a hulking force at defensive tackle, the cornerstone of a franchise that had little to cheer about for most of his playing...
Let them go for the music or keep them home? Parents weigh in on concerts for kids after Manchester terror attack.
Target will pay $18.5 million to 47 states, including California, and the District of Columbia as part of a settlement over the retail giant’s 2013 data breach.
Of all the soft targets to carry out a terror attack, this choice was especially evil.
Trump's guest book entry provides an opportunity to contrast Trump's style with that of his predecessor, Barack Obama
More than 30,000 people have offered their thoughts about the country's protected areas in the first five days of President Donald Trump's call for monument designation public comment.
NFL touchdown celebration rules being changed to deliver " more exciting game experience, " Roger Goodell says, after fans, media called NFL the " No Fun League"
What has become of missing Charlotte Uber driver Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez? It’s a question his family, the police and many other Charlotteans are asking as detectives continue to interrogate the two men who were arrested Monday night, using his credit card and driving his car.
The late James Bond star relished his reputation as the last of the old-school charmers, but his self-deprecating wit concealed hidden depths.
Fox News’s Sean Hannity ripped his critics and the mainstream media on his nationally syndicated radio program Tuesday, saying, “I am not Fox...
The fiduciary rule, scheduled to take effect on June 9, aims to protect investors from hidden fees.
In the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester Arena on Monday night, concerns have been raised about the current security situation in the UK - and whether Ireland is prepared for s
After years of bad blood, Katy Perry opened up about her ongoing feud with Taylor Swift during a particularly honest edition of James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ and revealed that she is ready to make up if T. Swift can apologize — here’s how the pop stars went...
The Senate Intelligence Committee issued two new subpoenas for Michael Flynn's business records and raised the specter of holding him in contempt of Congress.
Fox News ratings have declined since the ouster of star host Bill O'Reilly.
Trump’s insult of the Manchester attacker gained support beyond his usual backers in the media in this instance, but some call it offensive to the victims
Chapman University presented Judy O' Connor with a surprise honorary degree for attending classes with her quadriplegic son
Yankees' boycott of Puerto Rican Day Parade in response to organizers’ plan to honor freed militant Oscar Lopez Rivera
The Federal Communications Commission will not be penalizing “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert after thousands of complaints flooded the government organization, citing a joke in which the host said President Trump’s mouth would make a good “c–k holster” for Russian President Vladimir Putin. After reviewing the complaints,...
Ford's new CEO, Jim Hackett, revealed a little about his plans — and a lot about himself — when he talked to media after his appointment.
Streets in several Kalamazoo area communities will be lined with young and old when Memorial Day is celebrated Monday, May 29.
US President Donald Trump's trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories saw the unpredictable leader tightly following protocol, but a few moments provided low-scale scandal and humour.
A brief moment caught on camera during the first couple’s arrival at the Tel Aviv airport appears to show the president reaching behind him for his wife’s hand
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McCain said that the latest reports about Trump and Russia are "troubling."
The jury that will hear Bill Cosby's sexual assault case was filling up quickly Tuesday as lawyers and prosecutors worked to select panelists who they believe would be favorable to their...
NFL owners cut the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 minutes during the regular season, but also gave players plenty of leeway to celebrate after a touchdown.
The disgraced "Access Hollywood" co-host reached out via email.
A body found by hikers in the foothills above Ogden about a week ago has been identified as a 20-year-old man originally from Roosevelt.
A black Bowie State University student who police say was fatally stabbed by a white stranger was honored Tuesday at the commencement ceremony where he would have walked across the stage.
The US is preparing to attack North Korea, according to Geopolitical Futures founder George Friedman-setting the stage for a difficult
Britain’s bloodiest terrorist attack in over a decade occurred Monday just two miles from Rabbi Yisroel Cohen’s synagogue.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seems not to hear the fierce protests of parents, teachers and school officials over school closings and charter expansion in New York, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit and other American cities. How else to explain her continuing tone-deaf comments praising the...
President Donald Trump has come and gone from his trip to the Middle East, his first foreign excursion since taking office earlier this year.
Mississippi is denying good schools to African American students in violation of the federal law that enabled the state to rejoin the union after the Civil War, a legal group alleged Tuesday.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” won’ t be so far away anymore, as the film’s characters will grace four new covers of Vanity...
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency won't declare Ohio's western end of Lake Erie impaired by toxic algae, siding with state regulators who say they are making progress in tackling the problem.
Prosecutors say a private investigator's attempt to obtain President Donald Trump's federal tax returns was unsuccessful, and the man faces charges of misrepresenting his Social Security number in the...
Glennon spoke to the media for the first time since Mitch Trubisky was drafted.
Apple has settled a patent dispute with Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia and agreed to buy more of its network products and services, sending Nokia shares up 7 percent.
By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer Kyle Snyder made history at the Rio Olympics by becoming the youngest American wrestler to win a gold medal.
Serious Warriors fans got up early this morning to grab championship shirts after Monday night' s win over the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, but the real rush was just after the game.
Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province were publicly caned dozens of times Tuesday for consensual gay sex, a punishment that intensifies an anti-gay backlash in the world's most populous...
Kevin Spacey, the star of the hit Netfilx series House of Cards, has two siblings, one brother and one sister.
Will Palestinian leaders take Trump’s advice and stop glorifying terrorists?
The league announced that it will now be legal for players to participate in group celebrations, use the ball as a prop and go to the ground following TDs.
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Panel finds that Wikimedia had standing to argue that National Security Agency was violating its First and Fourth Amendment rights
The premiere ties lead-in 'Dancing With the Stars' for No. 2 status among telecasts — a hair behind 'The Voice.'
A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive.
Firm celebrates placement of the final pieces of structural steel on its $150 million campus expansion
A Virginia woman was captured on film apparently begging for money on the streets and then walking to her car. On Monday, the woman was arrested in Henrico County, Va., for a “disorderly situation.” The video of the ordeal went viral.
Agents of Overwatch are celebrating one year of taking the objective and escorting the payload. The Overwatch Anniversary event is now underway on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will end on June...
The Magic have hired Bucks general manager John Hammond for the same role.
New season, new engagement, same old " Bachelor" mansion. " The Bachelorette" Rachel Lindsay is the first African-American to ever take on the role, but don' t think that will change much about the show, if anything!
Rapper Meek Mill and a Connecticut theater are being sued over a fatal shooting following a concert in December.
Pittsburgh police say SUV with child in back seat nearly flipped over steep hillside after driver, passenger overdosed on what investigators believe was heroin
Anti-government protesters in Venezuela have settled on a new target to vent their frustration: Hugo Chavez. Until recently many in the socialist-run country revered Chavez for his role standing up for the nation's poor.
While the nanny acted quickly to remove the toddler from the pool and the child never lost consciousness, Christina El Moussa brought him to the hospital when she arrived home out of an abundance of caution. Tarek and Christina El Moussa, who host the hit HGTV series...
[...] if the Dallas-based attorney thought she wouldn’ t have to experience any awkward encounters (or hear the word “wha-boom” shouted about a billion times) , she was way off. Blake E. provided viewers with a mental image...
Hospitals around the country are scrambling to stockpile vials of a critical drug — even postponing operations or putting off chemotherapy treatments — because the country’s only two suppliers have run out. Sodium bicarbonate is the simplest of drugs — its base ingredient, after all, is found...
Dina Merrill often portrayed stylish wives or "the other woman."
Competing with the legacy of Patrick Swayze is no easy feat, especially when it comes to “Dirty Dancing.” But Broadway actor Colt Prattes holds his own as...
"The Handmaid's Tale" star Elisabeth Moss is wasting no time in lining up new projects. BBC America announced Tuesday its partnership w...
New research looks at the positive and negative effects of major social media platforms on young people' s health
One day after a deadly terrorist attack at a concert venue in the United Kingdom, the city confirmed the Chicago Cubs will provide $ 1 million to add surveillance cameras around Wrigley Field.
A large tanker exploded in Atwater, California on May 23. The incident brought about many crazy videos and photos which were posted to social media.
Former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was stopped by an Illinois state trooper over the weekend, but not for speeding.
"Twin Peaks" got off to a soft start in linear ratings but drove significant Showtime streaming sign ups
The commencement speaker Yang Shuping, a senior at the University of Maryland, was accused on social media of selling out her homeland.
President Donald Trump changed his Twitter profile’s background picture to feature a photo of his prayer at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.
When WWE SmackDown Live arrives for viewers on Tuesday, May 23, expect a major celebration by the reigning champion. In addition, there will be a major announcement regarding the next WWE...
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported last week that US household debt reached a new all-time high in the 1Q of this year.
They are stylistic opposites, one a bombastic tycoon-turned-president, the other a famously modest pope. They disagree openly on such weighty issues as immigration, climate change and economic...
The U. S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a sentencing appeal by a father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak.
Recently leaked documents gave a unique insight into just what can be posted on Facebook, and what moderators are expected to censor. In response to this, the company's head of global policy management, Monika Bickert, has written a lengthy statement in which she tries...
Democrat Jon Ossoff is leading 51 percent to 44 percent over Republican Karen Handel in the face for Georgia's 6th District House seat, a SurveyUSA poll reveals.
He is the second-longest tenured coach in the NFL and a member of the NFL Competitive Committee, and Marvin Lewis can’ t seem to make up his mind...
Much has been said of Snapchat's TV ambitions, and now the app has inked a deal with CBS to host an offshoot of James Corden's The Late Show.
Whales might be the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been so huge. Researchers say the ocean giants only became enormous fairly recently, and over a short period of time.
City honors The Aliso Viejo City Council presented resident Morgan Kjellman with a certification on May 17 in recognition of her work with the Orange county chapter of American Heritage Girls, a ch…
It is not unreasonable to wonder whether Brennan followed the liberal media down a Russian rabbit-hole because of bad reporting in July 2016.
Several Republican senators reacted to President Trump's budget request Tuesday by highlighting just 0.0001 percent of its spending. Ohio's Rob Portman, himself a former White House budget director, and Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley were part of a group of lawmakers that praised the...
Tonight is the 2017 finale of "Dancing With the Stars". Get the rundown on the special performances for tonight, along with who the performers are.
The late actress died in December.
As the Deseret News reported this week, Tanner Ainge, the son of BYU’s former basketball star and current Celtics general manager, filed paperwork to run as a Republican in Utah's 3rd District.
Carter Page, former Trump campaign adviser, is asking House lawmakers to allow him to testify in open session in an effort to publicly present his side of the story in the probe of Russia's meddling in the presidential race, Fox News reported.
The papers of record now look more like deep-state run newspapers than objective news sources.
[...] the contest does little to prove that software can mollify an angry co-worker, write a decent poem, raise a well-adjusted child or perform any number of distinctly human tasks. [...] the victory by software...
Sam Allardyce left his role as manager of Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, leaving the Selhurst Park hierarchy in the same position they were just five months ago.
Netflix might not be returning to the Cannes Film Festival next year, but its presence at this year's fest has garnered the lion's share of digital chatter.
Information was obtained and provided to detectives for a check of area surveillance systems and follow up. The victim reported she was involved in a motor vehicle accident in which the vehicle causing the accident fled the scene without providing any information. The victim reported that without his...
L.A. County median home prices are expected to tie a record high as boom continues
Sixty-seven eateries will be featured at the annual lakefront food/music festival.
Single-payer healthcare in California would cost an estimated $400 billion annually and half would come from a new payroll tax, according to an analysis.
The two companies are already in business together on the series “Tackle My Ride” for the NFL Network (with Leftfield Pictures) , and have the following projects in development: “Spark the Future with Wiz Khalifa” (with ITV Entertainment) , Pros vs. “In...
Has Jennifer Lopez turned her age backward? Is she getting younger, unlike most mortals who get older with time? The Shades of Blue actress shared an image with Alex Rodriguez on Instagram. J. Lo not...
The teens said they were stealing guns to trade for drugs.
OAK LAWN, Ill. -- An Illinois man is facing two felony counts of animal cruelty after police say he dropped two toy poodles from a parking tower at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn over the weekend.
When Netflix went public in 2002, its business model was renting DVDs over the Internet. Now, the company is a legit global media giant -- and its stock has outperformed Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google owner Alphabet.
Hasbro and Dan Mintz’s Hollywood film studio DMG Entertainment are launching interactive Transformers virtual reality and augmented reality centers in China — a nation where the robots in disguise films have thrived in recent years.
An MMA bout in Japan between a 12-year-old seventh-grader making her fighting debut and a grown woman twice her age? A sideshow, for sure. A mismatch, of...
Witnesses say the suspect in an attack that left one man dead in Colorado was wearing gloves that had blades at the base of each finger
Billy Horschel was playing in a charity golf tournament a day after winning the Byron Nelson when his wife asked him to read a personal message she was ready to post on social media.
A boy battling a terminal illness got an early birthday present thanks to some Walton County firefighters.
Michigan lawmakers are looking to create guidelines for body camera footage obtained by law enforcement officers.
Microsoft said it has debuted a new version of Windows called Windows 10 China Government Edition.
New WWE Champ Jinder Mahal on Resurrecting the Classic Villain: ‘It Always Works’ Yuvraj Singh Dhesi’s “SmackDown Live” character is also an angry, brown-skinned guy in a turban screaming unkind things at Americans — and the very same stateside fans are eating it all up. The...
Sony Pictures Classics Takes Directors Fortnight Film ‘The Rider’ While visiting the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for her first feature “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” Zhao connected with a group of Lakota cowboys including Brady Jandreau and wrote “The Rider” around Brady’s tragic and ultimately universal story...
Big names from across cinema streamed down the Cannes red carpet Tuesday night for a ceremony.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are one game away from eliminating the Ottawa Senators and moving on to the NHL Finals. We've got your way to live stream the action on May 23.
Criminals who post online videos of violent crimes would face extra jail time under a bill that passed an N. C. House committee Tuesday.
Ohio grad transfer Jaaron Simmons is officially a Wolverine.
US stocks are clawing back more of the ground they lost last week and approaching record high levels Tuesday. Banks were rising in tandem with interest rates, which will allow them to charge...
In a season of incredible dances, these were the ones that the judges loved the most.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is tasked with finding a crime that does not exist in the law. It is a legal impossibility.
Who needs a Hollywood pitch meeting when you've got the internet?
New teachers would be placed into a 401 (k) style plan
Seth Gordon’s R-Rated comedy, which is based on the hit’ 90s TV series of the same name and stars The Rock as David Hasselhoff’s Mitch Buchannon, has an 11 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes after early reviews came in on Tuesday. TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde also noted...
The episode premieres at 9 p.m. on Monday, June 19 and concludes at 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 22.
In 2016, the island registered for the first time in its history the record number of 4 million foreign visitors.
The LA Film Festival will host the premiere screening of "Annabelle: Creation" and an advanced screening of Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled."
Rockstar Games has delayed their upcoming open-world western sequel "Red Dead Redemption 2" until spring 2018.
The social network’s unit in New York will work with agencies, brands and media companies to better understand what people want to watch.
Samsung's "ultrasecure" iris scanner on its Galaxy S8 smartphone has been fooled using a photograph and contact lens. The method is alarmingly trivial to use and raises concerns about the safety of the biometric authentication technique.
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, began a tax reform hearing by touting a trillion-dollar border tax in the House GOP's plan to promote American-made products, The Washington Times reports.
After the March suicide of his daughter, Snyder hands the reigns of the Warner Bros. superhero film to Whedon
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "the slaughter of innocents must be unconditionally condemned and unflinchingly confonted, no matter where it occurs, " on May 23, after the attack in Manchester the night before.
Kim and Kanye were spotted at Disneyland this weekend, getting their Space Mountain on with their niece and nephew, Kourtney Kardashian’s kids Penelope Disick and Mason Disick. How do...
Brazilian scores 15 minutes from time as the China side beat Japan’s Kashima Antlers 1-0 in the first leg of last-16 tie
At President Trump's meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, the president altered his prepared remarks.
Network makes long-awaited decision on whether to continue Dick Wolf spinoff Series star Carl Weathers seemed to confirm the news Monday night in response to a tweet praising the show. All three of Wolf’s other “Chicago” shows have been solid ratings performers for the network. “Med,...
The popular Diablo clone from PC is hitting the PS4 today in the form of an open beta.
Peter Augustine Lawler was a humanities professor's humanities professor, a genial gadfly who could talk and write about contemporary politics and pop culture—he was a huge fan of director Whit Stillman and published articles such as Disco and Democracy and Celebrity Studies Today—as adroitly as he could lecture...
T. I. and Tiny's split keeps getting messier and crazier! HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY learned that she's been leaning on her rumored flame, Floyd Mayweather. And, he's welcomed her with open arms! Get the scoop!
It was a smart move by Dallas ISD to double the number of early-college high schools next year. Kids are scrambling to get into these programs...
Volunteers are planting 10,000 flags at the University of Phoenix as a Memorial Day tribute to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.
Sam Allardyce has decided to leave Crystal Palace, just a couple of weeks after guiding the south London club to Premier League safety.
Fans of Asia Kate Dillon’s neo-Nazi white supremacist Brandy Epps in Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” are in for a treat when the Netflix show returns with new episodes next month. “The season picks up right where it left off, ” Dillon said — which means...
Sometimes quitting is the most effective course of action.
‘Bull’ Star Michael Weatherly Says Character Has ‘Gone Into Freefall’ in Season Finale (Exclusive Video) Weatherly stopped by TheWrap offices to talk about his transition from “NCIS” to “Bull, ” and the latter’s first season finale, stating how fans will definitely notice something up with him...
How will they square their religious obligations with their political desires as the U. S. president visits the Vatican?
If you're confused about Microsoft's Surface family of products, we'll break it down so you understand the differences between each computer.
After a nine-month national search, the Utah Shakespeare Festival announced today the appointment of new executive producer Frank Mack.
The actress stars in the new movie adaptation of the iconic TV show.
Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to "The Little Stranger, " starring Domhnall Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, and Ruth Wilson.
Tulane's game vs. USF will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
This week’s releases include the still reigning best thriller of the year; a moving stop-motion animation; a race against the clock; a furry hero’s latest adventure; and the re-release of a classic anime.
An ATM skimmer was found on a York County ATM Monday and police are investigating. Trent Farris of the York County Sheriff's Office explained the crime and how people can protect their finances.
For the entire month of May, The Times will be presenting a food festival called Food Bowl. The festival will include special programs...
Health care is a prominent issue in rural Montana as the state prepares to vote in a special election to fill its only seat in the US House.
Overseas buyers flock to the L.A. Screenings to sample studios' offerings.
Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford has urged his team-mates to put the pain of relegation behind them to launch a bid for an immediate return to the Premier League.
Alcoholics Anonymous is demanding the return of its 1939 original manuscript describing the "Twelve Step" program of recovery from alcoholism.
Today’s infographic comes to us from Colonial Life, and it shows 11 ineffective leadership styles that can have negative impacts
"Hunger Games" star Sam Claflin is in negotiations to join Shailene Woodley in STX's survival drama "Adrift."
Texas is moving closer to making offenses against police officers punishable as hate crimes.
Little people in porn are nothing new, from the X-rated starlet who called herself Bridget the Midget to her diminutive compatriots, Mini Mya and Lady...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A Tennessee driver had no idea there was a man on the trunk of his car when he merged onto a Memphis-area interstate Thursday night, according to WMC-TV. The bizarre traffic stop happened after Carl Webb and his wife left a...
‘Big Bang Theory’ star Kunal Nayyar shares a sweet Instagram snap with his dog — watch
As complicated as the state budget picture has been this legislative session, it could actually get even more complicated several months from now.
Sony Pictures has slated Elizabeth Banks' "Charlie's Angels" reboot for a June 7,2019, release.
Yet another analyst has stepped forward to cite the inequities of the media's ill treatment of President Trump, bolstered by nonstop political maneuvers by the Democratic Party. It all equals an attempted "take-down" of the president, says Roger Aronoff, editor of Accuracy...
A week ago Sunday night, two different contests were underway. In California, lawyers for the state of Hawaii prepared to argue in the U. S. Court...
Finding the perfect outfit is such a struggle that celebrities aren’ t even bothering anymore; they’ re just going out in their bras. Basic bras have replaced...
GREENSBORO, N. C. -- Being a bank can be kind of like being a cereal company: It’s pretty hard to stand out on the shelf. “Most of our products and services are pretty similar, ” says Will Sutton, the director of BB& T’s Leadership Institute.
Last year, a record 3,050 Ohio residents died from fatal drug overdoses -- most of them were heroin or painkiller-related deaths
Cattle feeding margins declined for the second week, but profits remain excellent.
Gose's developmental path will be accelerated because he's 26 years old, so he wouldn't necessarily have to make every stop on the organizational ladder before reaching the big leagues.
Founded in April 3,1917, the group focuses on Louisiana history pre-1803.
In his embrace of Sunni Arabs, Trump has cast Iran as the region's pariah at a time Iranians seem eager for rapprochement
The Mandeville lakefront harbor took a festive spring tone on May 6 when the aroma of crawfish filled the air. Under sunny skies, the seventh annual Crawfish Cookin' For a Cause, an all-you-can-eat mugbug cook-off, raised funds...
Fresh off a judge’s ruling that keeps a defamation suit against BuzzFeed in Florida, the lawyer for a Russian tech mogul named in the controversial Trump dossier says he wants to put CEO Ben Smith and reporters under oath.
According to a statement from Flint Police Detective Tyrone Booth, while it does not have a formal complaint, the department is looking into an allegation that Flint City Councilman Eric Mays pawned his city laptop computer to a local shop.
Officials of Hines Veterans Administration Hospital outside Chicago say they have addressed the finding of cockroaches in food preparation areas and on serving trays handed patients.
Angry at the IRS's poor treatment of Americans? Then give the agency more money, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson told Congress on Tuesday.
Three New Mexico men have been indicted with crimes related to a shooting and robbery attempt at a Wyoming pharmacy.
With "Hamilton" pushing premium ticket prices to new highs plus a fresh crop of popular titles, the Broadway season achieved a record high.
Manu Ginobili was swept away by the emotions of a sold-out home crowd serenading him with chants of "Manu, Manu" and rising as one for a standing ovation in the closing minutes of the Western...
There's great news from NBC. Tina Fey's Great News ends tonight, but the Briga Heelan starring show is coming back for season two.
Christian Hackenberg was on the faraway field out of sight and much too out of mind, still a mystery to his team, to Jets fans, and unfortunately, probably to...
Throughout the summer, consumers struggle with how to best protect their skin from the harmful rays of the sun. But which products are the safest? A new report released Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group claims that 73% of the 880 sunscreens it tested don't...
This year marks nine decades of an event the company that owns 7 Action News has sponsored, the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The final film by Abbas Kiarostami is a series of 24 segments that trances out on wildlife, movies, and the death of a master.
The Coral Gables police department must funnel social media updates through the city’s communications team — and in breaking news situations the department has not given many updates.
Dallas police are shuffling resources, again, to combat a spike in drive-by shootings that the city's police chief blames on gang warfare, often...
A popular theme park attraction gave riders an unexpected thrill over the weekend. Eight people were left stranded 12 stories high on a Six Flags Over Texas...
A Missouri House committee has endorsed a bill authorizing discounted electric rates for steel and aluminum production facilities.
A Maryland high school senior won’ t be allowed to walk at her graduation ceremony because she is pregnant.
Drug addicts are flocking to Philly to score purer heroin and are shooting up in libraries, causing librarians to stockpile the overdose reversal drug Narcan.
Projections are for another warmer-than-normal summer in Miami. Cities are confronting rising heat with strategies to reduce body and urban core temperatures.
Fourth-seeded Nick Kyrgios was upset by qualifier Nicolas Kicker in the second round at the Lyon Open on Tuesday, hampering the Australian's French Open preparations.
Utilizing pasture on dairy operations can benefit the animals and the cash flow in several ways.
A woman claiming to be a witch wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times Tuesday about trying to put a spell on President Donald Trump.
Noah Baumbach may be American cinema's greatest chronicler of family dysfunction, and his newest film may be one of his best entries in the genre.
It's not every year that Preservation Dallas gets to hold its annual Achievement Awards ceremony in the lobby of a landmark building that's on the...
A senior from George Washington University caused commotion during her commencement ceremony Saturday by dropping banners reading, "GW Protects Rapists"
An elderly passenger wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat was kicked off a United Airlines flight on Sunday after allegedly taking seats that other people had paid for and refusing to...
Indie agency Giant Spoon will help the company turn online searches into IRL experiences and facilitate paid partnerships.
There is still no word about the second half of Dance Moms Season 7, but there are already talks with regards to Season 8 and what it would look like. Nia Sioux and her mother Holly Frazier recently...
Disney's latest "Pirates" movie is expected to upend "Baywatch" at the summer box office.
After meeting Celine Dion at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 21, Drake told the pop superstar that he is thinking about tattooing her image on his rib cage — read more
The new docuseries explores the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik as well as various sexual abuse allegations within a Catholic high school Netflix’s new docuseries “The Keepers” is taking the nation by storm as its filmmakers attempt to solve the 1970 murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, while investigating sexual...
Approval of a settlement in a class action by sexually harassed Mounties is expected Wednesday, paving the way for tens of millions of dollars to start flowing to the women
Stray bullets continue to fly, striking the most unwitting, unsuspecting and innocent victims: children. They aren’ t living in a war zone; they’ re living in Atlanta.
Sellers of high-end pork, beef, and chicken agree: there simply aren't enough facilities to humanely and safely kill their animals.
Authorities say a Virginia gang member will spend his life in prison after pleading guilty to killing four people during a 2015 crime rampage.
On the bright side, it’ ll probably do killer business in Germany. “Baywatch” is the latest in a burgeoning Hollywood genre — the meta sendup of a TV...
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his philanthropist wife Priscilla visited military officers studying at the US Naval War College in Rhode Island.
A new study raises fundamental questions about the human origin story, but some experts are not convinced
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending with “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
A man wanted in connection with a 1995 genocide that took place during Bosnia's civil war has been returned to his native Serbia to face charges.
WATCH: We sent our 9 year old red carpet reporter to cover the Baywatch premiere — hilarity ensued
The acting director of South Carolina's alcohol and drug treatment agency will officially take its helm.
One month from the special election runoff in Georgia' s 6th district, voters are split on their reaction to President Trump' s actions.
Indian movie "Dangal' sets China box office record
Farrah Abraham has thrown her two cents into the ongoing drama surrounding the troubled relationship of her ‘Teen Mom OG’ co-stars, Amber Portwood and Matt Baier.
Jenny Layton, professional organizer and personal coach from The Happy Gal, shares her tips for gaining confidence in time for swimsuit season. 1. Stop judging others 2. Be present 3. Get a new swimsuit For more tips from Jenny check out www.thehappygal.
Lucian Grainge of Universal Music Group sent a company-wide memo Tuesday, calling it "a day of remembrance" of victims of the suicide a...
A scene straight out of a slasher flick unfolded at a popular taco joint in Denver early Tuesday — when a man in clown makeup used a Freddy Krueger-style...
Ryan Reynolds returns as Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth, for the 200th anniversary episode of Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers, which this time skewers “Logan.” Halfway through the video, the narrator calls Deadpool because “Logan” is “hard to make fun of.” If [Hugh...
As we look back on the 1967 riots in Detroit, we revisit the way it was covered by the media. For those on the front lines it was frightening. This story is part of our Detroit 2020 series looking...
In a new court filing, Rudy Giuliani says he played no role in the drafting of President Donald Trump's executive orders on refugee and migrant entry.
Are Carmelo and La Anthony moving forward with their divorce? La reportedly met with famed divorce lawyer to the stars, Laura Wasser! Get the shocking details.
Newly released documents show Kansas received reports that a boy who ultimately was murdered and fed to pigs was being physically abused years before his death.
“The president left us with nice pictures but no diplomatic horizon."
Johnny Depp returns to his most potent franchise, 'The Pirates of the Caribbean, ' after a string of flops. Can 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' right the ship?
Breaking Glass Pictures Snags Carlos Lechuga’s ‘Santa & Andres;’ sale finalized in Cannes by Habanero Film Sales
Today on the Daily Standard podcast, executive editor Fred Barnes shares his outlook for Trump and the GOP's agenda: what's possible, and what isn't. The Daily Standard podcast is sponsored by Dollar Shave Club. Get your $5 starter box (a...
People taking mushrooms in 2016 needed medical treatment less than for MDMA, LSD and cocaine, while one of the riskiest drugs was synthetic cannabis
Al Gore isn't depressed about the current political state. “I’ ve been inoculated in the year 2000, ” he says. Presenting "An Inconvenient Sequel" at Cannes, Gore's climate change fight is still strong
LaWanda Flennoy, her three daughters and her granddaughter celebrated their graduations together with a family photo shoot.
Woodman said both business and product demand are solid and that the company will be profitable this year.
Angelica Valenzuela, a clerk for Dona Ana County in southern New Mexico, said she was sifting through boxes of obscure records when she came across a faded document identified as the 1908 coroner's report for the death of Pat Garrett.
The June lineup of free games for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 was announced Tuesday by Microsoft. Owners with an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription will get three AAA titles plus an all-new indie game. As a...
Companies and products that support U. S. fracking operations are little-known and hardly followed by analysts. But they could be market winners in 2017.
If you thought the I-85 bridge fire was disruptive, imagine the events of 100 years ago this week.
It seems our society has long passed the point where politics can be kept in its separate sphere. Everything from schools, to sports, to movies and television, to science to even Miss USA Pageants have become politicized. Still, it was unfortunate to see President...
If FCC chairman Ajit Pai's plan "is enacted, there would be nothing preventing Comcast from simply blocking sites like Comcastroturf.com that are critical of their corporate policies"
When the weather gets warm, there’s one comfort food that dessert-lovers everywhere go in search for: ice cream. And while a plain ol’ scoop normally does...
A regular survey of off-the-beaten-path film events for local movie fans.
Twenty five years later Twin Peaks is making its return to television. Here's what you need to know.
Tomi Lahren has a new job, but it may only be a temporary landing spot. The Great America Alliance (GAA) , a pro-Donald-Trump nonprofit advocacy group, has named the conservative commentator a senior...
Until very recently, the swimming pigs of the Bahamas have been the Instagram stars of the Caribbean. But this year another animal has come to claim the mantle...
Anil Uskanli, who authorities say inspired so much fear among flight attendants on a Hawaii-bound jet that fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane, raised a series of possible red flags at Los Angeles International Airport before the flight took off.
Google showed at this year’s I/O conference that it has a radical vision of the future. Smartphones and search engines were the last thing on CEO Sundar Pichai’s mind as he gave his keynote speech.
The Louisiana Veterans Festival drew a host of military men and women along with supporters of veterans on May 13 at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell. While the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity worked hard to raise funds from the festival for building veteran's homes...
Officers shot and killed a person in Pahrump early today while serving a search warrant, according to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies and detectives were conducting the search about...
Reporter and nutrition writer, Mike Riggs, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to share his transformation story.
From a skinny high school first baseman to a rising slugger in the majors, Bellinger is fast becoming L.A.'s newest young star.
The Charlotte Area Transit System is considering ending the free uptown Gold Rush shuttle in August – three years earlier than planned.
A Maple Mountain High School senior who was preparing to graduate this week was killed in a two-car crash on Monday.
For the 2016 - 2017 season, total attendance reached 13,270,343 and Broadway shows yielded $1,449,321,564.64 in grosses, making it the highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history and second-best attended season on record, according...
Federal authorities have ordered a Frisco mortgage lender to stop running what they say was a fraudulent scheme that funneled investors' money to...
We have more leaked assets of the game popping up.
The Real Housewives of New York star Luann D’ Agostino decided to marry Thomas D’ Agostino over the Christmas break even though he had allegedly been caught cheating on her just months...
The Obamas arrived in Italy over the weekend, and cameras have caught them doing all the fun stuff getaways are made of
Survivor: Game Changers ends this week, and only six cast members remain: Aubry Bracco, Brad Culpepper, Cirie Fields, Sarah Lacina, Tai Trang, and Troyzan Robertson. It has been a complex season of...
Earlier this month a couple in Ennis County used the power of Ronald McDonald to help catch a record fish out of a local lake.
The MPTF rededicated its newly renovated Wasserman Campus movie theater in Woodland Hills last Saturday.
The girl and her immediate family claim that her father had been abusive for years. The deal is likely to allow her to eventually have a clean record.
Director and executive producer Julie Anne Robinson has signed an overall deal with Universal Television.
The U. S. Postal Service has dedicated its new Henry David Thoreau postage stamp at a ceremony at Walden Pond.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who have been the subject of the smash Broadway jukebox musical “Jersey Boys” since 2005, perform solo and group hits for two nights at Hard Rock Live near Hollywood this weekend.
Agency of record 180LA translates Rosie’s message for the age of automation.
The wife of President Trump's top anti-terror adviser, Sebastian Gorka, has been hired as an adviser to the Department of Homeland...
Earlier this morning fast food workers and community gathered in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood for a mock groundbreaking ceremony and press conference at the new location of McDonald’s Headquarters. Wearing hard hats and construction vests, workers and community leaders spoke out, sharing their visions of what the...
"According to a Source: A Novel" (Thomas Dunne Books) , by Abby Stern Do you ever wonder how celebrity gossip outlets uncover all that juicy info? "According to a Source" is a lively, fast-paced novel that takes a fascinating...
Authorities say a helicopter took a 20-year-old woman to the hospital after she fell from the rocks at Lake Creek Falls in western Oregon.
While artificial intelligence for self-driving cars and virtual assistants gets a lot of attention, the past few months have seen a wave of AI advancements focused on the tasks of analysts. “Analyst” is a ubiquitous role, found in every industry that touches data. Analysts use...
Jermichael Finley is a living, breathing example of the harmful effects of NFL injuries.
Orlando Bloom reportedly apologized to the London hotel waitress who allegedly got fired after spending the night with the actor.
The whole plan had been to celebrate Scott Dixon's pole-winning run for the Indianapolis 500 at a downtown Italian restaurant.
Five-time Olympic medal winner and gymnast Nastia Liukin joined Windy City Live to discuss her career, her time on Dancing with the Stars and the upcoming 2017 U. S. Classic.
So much to do, so little time, and it would help if we had a place to pin our to-do list, lest we forget.
If California Democrats aren’ t careful, they risk paving a pathway for a Republican or Independent to become California's next governor.
The baby animal boom has begun. Bison calves and goslings are among the newest additions to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville.
In Netflix’s documentary series “The Keepers, ” several women accuse Father A. Joseph Maskell of sexually abusing them during his time as an administrator at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore in the late 1960s. [...] the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore has...
From the horse-riding outlaws of yesteryear's Wild Bunch to today's street gangs like MS-14 and Tango Blast, Texas has a long history of notorious gangs.
Tamra Judge has been on The Real Housewives of Orange County for years, and she has shared the good, the bad, and the ugly. She has shared the wedding to her husband, Eddie Judge, and their romantic...
Anne Hathaway is starring in and producing a currently untitled, modern romantic comedy for STX.
As influencer marketing is rapidly becoming a key channel for brands across the social media spectrum, influencer marketer #Hashoff announced today a new partnership with social marketer Kinetic Social to include direct access to #Hashoff’s network of more than 150,000 influencers across platforms.
The Privateers set a program record for most All-SLC honorees.
Marlon Styles will leave the Lakota Schools to become superintendent of the neighboring Middletown City Schools.
The summit will feature several panels to highlight the experience of women in animation and how it can be improved.
Bishop T. D. Jakes is one of the most powerful pastors whose vision and influence has helped millions of people around the globe.
While last year's WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest was a sight to see in Fuquay-Varina, some downtown businesses were left wondering why they didn't see a surge of customers. As Fuquay-Varina prepares to host the event for the second time this weekend, organizers are...
Daily News columnist Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) makes his debut appearance on the Popcast this week.
The green line in the first chart shows that Enterprise Products Partners has been consistently increasing its DCF
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant was recently blasted by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith who referred to Durant as “arrogant” and “disrespectful, ” among other terms. The...
The Justice Department is looking to add 300 prosecutors to its ranks in its fiscal 2018 budget, 230 of whom will focus prosecuting violent crime and be detailed to areas of the country most in need of extra resources. The other 70 prosecutors will focus on immigration-related offenses.
California was the shooting location for 12 of the top 100 box office performers last year, trailing Georgia, the U. K. and Canada,
Comedy Central orders seven more episodes of Anthony Atamanuik's "The President Show, " in which he spoofs President Trump.
Hollywood producers keep raising the bar on how much they spend to make movies, but the U. S. is slipping when it comes to hosting blockbuster movie sets, a new study from FilmL.A. shows. The study found that Georgia served as the primary...
With a five-year deal on the amount of Hollywood films allowed into China up for review, a convoy of U. S. congressmen will head east in August to review the country’s growing movie market. In a phone interview with TheWrap, Chris Fenton — a...
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Georgia, and Kuck Immigration Partners LLC took legal action today to restore Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections to DREAMer Jessica Colotl. The Trump administration suddenly and arbitrarily revoked Colotl’s DACA status, even though immigration authorities had granted her...
The toughest part of playing Hannah Baker on the first season of “13 Reasons Why” wasn’ t the heavy source material or how far she had to go for the role of a suicidal high schooler, according to show star Katherine Langford. Netflix received considerable criticism for the...
A Maryland man who pleaded guilty to assault after setting two men on fire is facing new charges after both men died more than a year after the crimes.
We Floridians live where others vacation, but that doesn’ t mean you can’ t take the familiar and make it refreshingly unexpected.
The guys discuss how NYCFC recovered from a dismal performance against Real Salt Lake with their first win against former coach, Jason Kreis, at Orlando City.
Is Zach and Tori Roloff’s baby a dwarf? Fans have been curious about whether or not the first Little People, Big World grandchild would take after his father and his paternal grandparents ever...
Scott Clifton chatted with me about his 2017 Emmy award win for "Outstanding Lead Actor" for his portrayal of Liam Spencer on "The Bold and the Beautiful".
Sears said Tuesday that it will put off repaying much of a $500 million loan to pare costs
Less than two months into his tenure as Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats is being thrust into the public spotlight -- asked to testify before Congress amid an investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 election.
The days of turning pants into shorts with one swift yank are back with new detachable jeans from Opening Ceremony
Disney World's newest land features rides, merchandise based on a far-flung planet dreamed up by James Cameron
John Podesta attacked the First Amendment rights of the free press as he continued to spin his conspiracy theory.
Residents who have been advocating for increased service say the RTA's report didn't look at the full picture.
The Timeless Torches, a dance squad for the W. N. B. A.’s Liberty, lets those over 40 — many in their 60s — shake their booty on center court, breaking the tradition of the typical halftime act.
Firms seek to develop sophisticated instruments to compete with government offerings.
The Orange County Commission unanimously approved an incentive package at its Tuesday meeting designed to attract a new Lockheed Martin expansion.
Celebrating their success in retaining blue-collar jobs is one way Republicans are winning the votes of working-class Americans.
A record-low percentage of U. S. adults believe that God created humans in their present form, according to a Gallup survey.
UK’s biggest car manufacturer sold 604,009 vehicles in 12 months to end of March, the most in its 95-year history
Evian’s Live Young babies are back, but this time they’ ll be bouncing through Snapchat, digital and out-of-home rather than TV screens.
Filmmaker and comedian Jordan Peele's next film with Universal Pictures has received an official release date of spring 2019.
When Baywatch movie comes to theaters on May 26,2017, do not expect only female cast members like Priyanka Chopra in bikini. The hot quotient of the movie does not just end there. This time, viewers...
Jim Carrey addressed his intense beard during an appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' on Monday, May 22 — watch
Carmen Collins, the social media lead on the talent brand at Cisco, shares lessons learned from one of her biggest career missteps.
Bay Area political events: fake news, peace vigil Political events Fake news discussion: A conversation with Joaquin Alvarado, CEO of the Center for Investigative Reporting, on the obligation of the government and media to filter fake news. The event is from 6: 30...
ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic are going through “off-camera issues” as their popular morning show “Mike & Mike” is set to end, according to Sports Illustrated media reporter Richard Deitsch. Citing multiple ESPN staffers, Sports Illustrated reported, “Greenberg and Golic are not talking...
Real Madrid says it has reached a deal to sign Brazil's new teenage star, Vinicius Junior.
These performances are scheduled for Electric Forest's first weekend.
Standout American comedian Brian Regan to headline Comedy for Koby Tour around Israel
Home stretch approaches as Jane Campion holds a six-hour screening in France TheWrap is continuing non-stop coverage of the competition, from the splashy premieres and the big budget deals. [...] the awesome marathon of Jane Campion’s anticipated sequel to her stunning...
Another bad-girl-turned-good, Bond encountered his enemy’s girlfriend, Domino Derval, underwater, and persuaded her to turn on her man, Emilio Largo. The only Bond Girl to be named for the title of the film she appears in, Octopussy ran an all...
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American right to Shady Srour’s “Holy Air.”
Reeling under a massive backlash from supporters of the captive lion hunting industry, the president of the Professional Hunting Association of South Africa, has announced his resignation with immediate effect.
‘Southern Charm’ star Kathryn Dennis is ready to move on from her drama with Thomas Ravenel. Will they get back together?
The Sacramento Police Department is rolling out body cameras for police officers. The cameras can capture footage from interactions and controversial incidents.
The Dark 'n' Stormy, made with rum, ginger beer and lime, has a rich history rooted in Bermuda. This is the refreshing cocktail's origin story.
The effects of climate change are already being felt throughout the globe. In Antarctica, the temperature has risen so dramatically that plants are...
TCL Chinese Theatres unveiled their “Hollywood Lights: The Magic of Movies” show in its forecourt in celebration of it 90th anniversary.
Supporters of Kimberly Ellis, who lost her bid to lead the California Democratic Party by a razor-thin margin last weekend, started sif...
Eight people have been arrested for their alleged roles in operating underground casinos in north Harris County.
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Danielle Staub reportedly said "yes" to Marty Caffrey while filming Season 8.
Abby Lee Miller spoke exclusively with Us Weekly Video about her impending prison sentence, and said that her legal troubles still feel ‘surreal’ — see what else she had to say
History buffs yearning to experience places that highlight the country's rich traditions, landmarks, and defining events will head for America's oldest cities, significant war monuments, and important buildings for a sense of the past.
Longtime Davidson men’s basketball coach Bob McKillop will be honored Oct. 6 at a luncheon in New York to celebrate the life of Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick.
Dr. Taleb, author of “The Black Swan, ” takes apart our foreign and monetary policies. Why do neocons and mainstream media keep pushing war and conflict? They face zero risk. This is something new in history. Those who decide on interventionism…
Amazon has picked up a television adaptation of the 2011 Saoirse Ronan thriller “Hanna” straight to series, a person close to the streaming service told TheWrap on Tuesday. The series was being developed by David Farr, the writer behind the BBC show “The Night Manager” (which...
Young and the Restless spoilers tease a major twist coming in the tale of Adam Newman’s fate even as fans await the recast actor announcement. Y&R fans know Adam didn’ t die in the...
The festival will happen Sept. 9 at the NOS Event Center
New Bok skipper Warren Whiteley is understandably excited about the very big responsibility that comes with his important role in South African rugby.
SundanceTV has released new photos of "Top of the Lake: China Girl, " the second season of the BBC Two and See-Saw Films' miniseries.
Study by UN Environment and Columbia law school finds ‘proliferation’ of cases instigated by citizens demanding action to prevent rising temperatures
Each May, the Kalamazoo Historic District Commission presents awards for preservation-related projects.
As B2B and B2C companies and organizations tend to rely on their websites to shape their public images or tell their stories, a new report revealed the first ten search results on Google or other search engines present the most immediate and lasting impression.
NBC has clinched first place in primetime TV ratings for the 2016-2017 season, which still has three nights to go. Counting entertainment shows only, the peacock still flies the highest among the over-the-air channels — this is the first time they could say that...
Get Me Roger Stone & Bannon's War demonstrate how deftly the alt-right used — and continues to use — TV media to advance its own narratives
A forensic scientist at the state crime lab intentionally hid her backlog of cases for years, failed to test DNA submitted in 40 cases, and kept evidence from those cases in her possession, according to a DPS audit uncovered by a six-month 12 News Investigation.
Directors are hailed with minutes-long standing ovations, while movie stars parade a gauntlet of flashbulbs on the red carpet. Despite his uncommon proximity to Kubrick and his significant contributions to the director's big-screen artistry, Vitali was — until "Filmworker" premiered — an...
It would’ ve been more appropriate if his opponent were wearing a Phil Jackson mask, but Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis has made good on his promise to...
Disney-ABC syndicated talk show still defeats "Ellen" A drop should be expected after all the buzz surrounding Ryan Seacrest’s surprise start in the permanent co-host chair, though Disney-ABC would sure have preferred the slip stay within single digits on a percentage basis.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt could reunite for their daughter Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, who turns 11-years-old on May 27.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has received a $55 million contract for the long support of low-rate production of four Lot II CH-53K King Stallion Helicopter.
Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, with an assist from stylist Elizabeth Stewart, showed their fifth runway collection at the legendary Hollywood haunt Yamashiro.
Chopra talks about working alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron, and getting a special phone call from David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff.
Activation of the continuous flow intersection in Anderson Township is causing a lot of buzz on social media – not all of it good.
Joe Alwyn and Taylor Swift are reportedly taking the next step in their romance! Someone may be moving across the pond! Get the exciting details!
A new report compares Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration to that of Nazi Germany's dating back to World War II.
Although the fund will be headed up by Rajeev Misra (left) , SoftBank's head of strategic finance, the Vision Fund is a culmination of sorts
Say adieu to the Optimum name: French telecom and media conglomerate Altice announced that it will replace the current brands at each of its operating companies -- including the former Cablevision Systems -- by this time next year.
Students from around the country from all educational streams are taking part in the festive week from May 21 through 25.
L.A. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has put his home in Manhattan Beach on the market for $3.999 million.
Lady Gaga has had an exciting week with the launch of her Urban Outfitters line of merchandise and starting on filming for A Star Is Born, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper. It is Lady...
Philip Morris Internationalconcluded that "tobacco is deeply harmful to human health, and there can be no doubt that the production
Israel will soon mark the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, a conflict in which it captured the Old City of Jerusalem and more than two dozen Palestinian...
Researchers praise a “breakthrough” treatment to improve brain function and longevity for patients with the incurable Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS.
Procter & Gamble (P&G) has consolidated its media planning, scheduling and buying in the UK and Ireland with Publicis Media following a review of its business in Northern Europe earlier this year.
On Thursday (May 25) , he and The Washboard Rodeo will perform at Tipitina's at 9 p.m.
A Florida woman with 793 flamingo-related items said her collection has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records.
Imported from immigrants but assembled in America.
Mohnish Pabrai On The Mistake Of Selling Ferrari. Mohnish Pabrai is one of the world’s most respected investors but even he makes mistakes.
Christina Turner has lived the nightmare of losing her health insurance after receiving treatment for rape.
Take-Two Interactive teased a new game during its earnings call today, saying that it would launch an unnamed game under the 2K label in the fiscal year that ends March 31,2019.
The family of a 16-year-old who killed himself after police confronted him about a recorded sexual encounter intend to file a lawsuit.
Online payments company PayPal is suing Spotify and Apple Music-rival Pandora Media over similarities in logos.
LAKE FOREST For the 10th consecutive year, El Toro High School’s music ensembles and winter guard kicked off Lake Forest’s summer concert series with a Prelude in the Park, Saturday, at…
A stabbing at the University of Maryland has invoked new questions about hate crime laws and what they do.
'Bloodline' creator Todd Kessler on the third and final season of the dark drama, Ben Mendelsohn's return, and what's in store for the finale.
Salma Hayek laid into Hollywood sexism on Tuesday, saying the system treats actresses like performing monkeys and wants rid of them once they realise they are smart.
The popular American talk show will air exclusively on Comedy Central, 24 hours after its US broadcast.
Unique Brissett II took fans and media for a ride recently.
A 23-year-old Houston man accused of raping and robbing a woman at gunpoint in a crime spree over the past year is back...
"The Simpsons" writer/producer Matt Selman shells out almost $5.1 million for Pacific Palisades contemporary
Other lives: Chief executive of Refugee Action for 17 years
Sherlock Holmes is now the owner of a flashy Hamptons summer home. Robert Downey Jr. — who starred in Guy Ritchie’s film series about the legendary...
A Russian news broadcast was interrupted by a black lab that surprised the female anchor and refused to abandon his quest for her love.
The video evidence against Brian Kornbluth, a teacher accused of kissing students in his classroom has been released by Boca Raton police. In the video, the 28-year-old fourth-grade teacher at Somerset Academy charter school is seen kissing a 10-year-old male student on...
Genavieve Linkowski, 18, is the star of the viral video.
Are the Chicago Bulls willing to trade their star shooting guard Jimmy Butler? With the 2017 NBA finals on the horizon, most NBA fans are already thinking about the upcoming NBA Draft this June, and...
The number of ad agencies using media commission-based compensation systems is on the up, according to findings from the Association of National Advertisers' (ANA) in its latest “Trends In Agency Compensation” report.
According to a new study, a popular artificial sweetener could double as a pesticide and birth control for insects.
The 2017 Billboard Music Awards didn’ t just serve notice that Bruno Mars was one of pop music’s most formidable vocalists (with his octave-breaching rendition of “Versace on the Floor”) and Drake its biggest star (he broke Adele’s impressive feat and set a single-year record...
“What concerns me about this — just as a career prosecutor: Sex offenders, ” Bondi told reporters Tuesday.
After reading about Christian Bell in The N&O series “Counted Out, ” Deborah Culbertson delivered a trumpet to the aspiring musician.
Donald Trump faces his first post-Jim Comey political test in Montana, Texas lawmakers cast the state’s business community as too liberal, and Florida lawmakers fail to implement that medical marijuana policy that voters overwhelmingly approved.
Austria: Syrian war victims' names read in 48-hour session; 400,000 estimated killed.
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced the 10 documentaries selected for the 2017 IFP Filmmaker Labs, which will include Lucas Millard’s “Baato” and Juliane Dressner’s “Personal Statement.” “The wide and continuing success of documentaries on multiple platforms demonstrate they are no longer for niche audiences nor...
Opening private subdivision roads, stopping courts from issuing temporary restraining orders (TROs) , and canceling contracts are among the new powers of the Duterte administration in dealing with the traffic crisis within three years under a bill the House transportation committee approved on Tuesday.
A new documentary claims that Marilyn Monroe was killed because she was going to leak evidence regarding UFOs and their existence.
A San Francisco man claims that he was asked to move seats on his flight from Beijing to Seoul over his prosthetic leg.
Here's a general rule of thumb: If you're going to rely heavily on voiceover to
When the Filipino motion picture industry began producing movies locally, we were being colonized by the Americans, so Hollywood films were the template for our own filmmakers’ best efforts.
Three months after his appointment, Marcelo Bielsa was presented as the new coach of Lille.
The premiere of the show’s 13th season featured one woman, 31 men, and… a stuffed dummy.
Netflix currently offers several movies and television shows that were filmed in Utah.
Filipino filmmaker Khavn dela Cruz recently served up a double whammy in Oberhausen, Germany: a retrospective of his films and a thoroughly indie installation work, dubbed “Happyland.”
See what happened when former White House lensmen Pete Souza followed the fictional president around D. C.
Microsoft has detailed a new set of pen-focused features in Windows 10 designed to give creatives the freedom to emulate real writing on a digital display. It has expanded its Windows Ink platform with new "building blocks" to simplify ink input.
Finally, the shoot for Megastar Sharon Cuneta’s Cinemalaya film, Mes de Guzman’s “Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha, ” pushed through last Saturday.
During an investigation into Facebook, The Guardian, discovered the rules and guidlines that Facebook moderators use when deciding what content to allow on the popular social media site.
Universal Pictures has titled its planned monster movie series "Dark Universe" that begins with "The Mummy" starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella.
The hacking group widely blamed for breaching Sony Pictures in 2014 was "highly likely" behind the unprecedented WannaCry ransomware attack responsible for crippling computer systems around the world this month, a leading American cybersecurity firm said Monday.
St. John’s coach Chris Mullin is keeping another city product at home.
It’s incredible that it’s already been 20 years since Ellen DeGeneres came out publicly. The April 14,1997 Time cover featured the announcement with a picture of a smiling DeGeneres and the simple statement, “Yep, I’ m gay.”
An animal organization in North Carolina has given a group of elderly dogs the opportunity to partake in prom season in hopes of being adopted.
Do the crime, pay the time — and don’ t even think about using Gatsby.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that allows more victims of human trafficking to have their criminal records dismissed.
Germany's defense minister says the country is committed to spending 2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense in keeping with its pledge to NATO..
The former owner of a community theater has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for production of child pornography.
What is—and isn’ t—known about the mysterious hackers leaking National Security Agency secrets
High-ranking Western Cape policeman says police and crime intelligence officers are conspiring with politicians and gangsters.
Employers say that even though an interview can be a formality, you need to actively prepare and listen for cues in order to stand out.
Facing what he thinks is a do-or-die game for both, Meralco coach Norman Black has a vastly different view on how his Bolts’ clash with Star will be decided.
With millions of Facebook views to his name, South Florida-native Randy Rainbow is a certified social media sensation.
Also, grill mats are 68 percent off
It took Manny Pacquiao just five rounds Tuesday to convince chief trainer Freddie Roach that their preparations for Australian Jeff Horn will go on smoothly. Pacquiao sparred for three rounds with
A side by side comparison of two stories about how President Trump and Obama used social media to win elections says a lot about how the media's perception of
The Sioux Falls Farmers Market says South Dakota revenue officials are pressuring the organization to collect a 1.5 percent tourism tax in addition to the sales tax participants charge on their products.
Google today started selling its Jamboard in the U. S. and shared that the 4K digital whiteboard will be available for purchase in the U. K. and Canada “this summer.” Jamboard is designed for businesses with a G Suite plan that want to collaborate on...
Embrace.io has raised $2.5 million so it can tell developers how their apps are performing, how fast they load, and whether they work properly.
Emily R. King's debut novel,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield has told company employees that recently announced layoffs were due to cost reductions and outsourcing, in addition to overly aggressive hiring to prepare for this year’s Affordable Care Act enrollment.
Torrington senior and Wyoming football signee Logan Harris broke John Godina's 27-year-old Wyoming state shot put record Saturday at the Wyoming State Track and Field Championship.
The Last Man Standing production studio, 20th Century Fox Television, is reportedly looking to revive the popular Tim Allen sitcom. According to BizPac Review on Monday, the studio that produces Last...
Stassi Schroeder and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Patrick Meagher, are reportedly back on and filming for the sixth season of ‘Vanderpump Rules.’
It was a memorable debut for the Angels' Nolan Fontana, who was called safe, then out, on the same play by umpire Hunter Wendelstedt without the benefit of a replay review.
Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins used three famous movies as her inspiration for the upcoming female superhero film: “Superman, ” “Casablanca” and “Indiana Jones. [...] Read: 'Wonder Woman' Tops 'Spider-Man, ' 'Pirates of the...
Facebook converts many wide-angle panorama photos to 360-degree interactive images when they are uploaded, but you can revert to the original.
Lady Gaga wished "American Horror Story: Hotel" co-star Naomi Campbell a happy 47th birthday by sharing a topless photo of herself cooking.
Peggy Whitson already holds multiple space records, including most time in space by an American and most spacewalks by a woman. This will be her 10th spacewalk
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— "The world has lost one of its great champions for children — and the entire UNICEF family has lost a great friend. In his most famous roles as an actor, Sir Roger was the epitome of cool sophistication; but in his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, he was a passionate — and highly persuasive — advocate for children. He once said that it was up to all of us to give children a more peaceful future. Together with Lady Kristina, he worked very hard to do so." — UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake in a statement.
— "Roger Moore, loved him. At 10 I used to try to dress like Simon Templar. My mother worked part time at the Indonesian embassy. Added intrigue to my persona." — Russell Crowe on Twitter.
— "Roger, wherever you are, you brought a lot of light to the world." — Sir Anthony Hopkins, in an interview.
— "Oh no. As if today wasn't already sad enough. RIP Sir Roger Moore, 89. A wonderful actor & lovely man." — Piers Morgan on Twitter.
— "He's Bond, man. He played James Bond. That's one of those iconic characters that memorializes you forever in entertainment. I was sorry to hear that he passed today. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He lived a great life." — Josh Duhamel in an interview.
— "The first leading role I ever had as a Bond girl was such a new and frightening world and Roger held my hand and guided me through every process. He taught me about work ethic and humility. He was so funny, kind and thoughtful to everyone around him and in that Roger taught me what a movie star really was and should be. Through his lifelong work with UNICEF he showed me the true meaning of being a humanitarian and giving back. He was my Bond." — Jane Seymour on Instagram.
— "It is indeed with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your passing this morning. You were a big part of my life, from The Saint to James Bond.. .you were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humor for years to come." — Pierce Brosnan, who also played Bond, in a Facebook post.
— "Tony & Sir Roger Moore were funny in The Persuaders. Already so sad this day. Children. Innocents. Hands held out 2 those affected. #allies" — Jamie Lee Curtis, who posted a photo of her father and Moore together on Twitter.
— "R. I. P Sir Roger Moore. He was the king of cool." — Boy George on Twitter.
— "Few are as kind & giving as was Roger Moore. Loving thoughts w his family & friends. He will be missed too by UNICEF" — Mia Farrow on Twitter.
— "RIP Sir Roger Moore. My first Bond and one of the first actors that I loved as a kid. And a lovely, funny, warm person to boot. Farewell." — Filmmaker Edgar Wright on Twitter.
— "RIP Sir Roger Moore. The car that turned into a sub in The Spy Who Loved Me blew my mind as a kid." — Filmmaker James Wan on Twitter.
— "Roger was a beloved part of the MGM family for decades and leaves behind a legacy of iconic film and television performances that will be revered for generations to come. His suave sophistication in his defining role as James Bond was matched only by his generosity and kindness. He bettered the lives of countless individuals around the world through his long-standing involvement with UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador." — Gary Barber, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. CEO and chairman in a statement.
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Cannes mayor David Lisnard (center) joins staff, guests and delegates from the Cannes Film Festival on May 23,2017 to observe a minute of silence to pay homage to the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack that occurred a day before.
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Thierry Fremaux, director of the festival, led Cannes in a minute of silence from the steps of the Palais, the festival's hub. The moment, he said, was to show solidarity with the victims, their families and the British people.
"We are a festival of peace, " said Fremaux, who was joined by Pierre Lescure, president of the festival, actress Isabelle Huppert and festival employees.
In a statement, festival organizers called Monday's blast "yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness, on our freedom, generosity and tolerance, all things that the Festival and those who make it possible -- the artists, professionals and spectators -- hold dear."
Some events were canceled or curtailed due to the blast. Disney canceled a promotional event for "Cars 3."
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The festival also pulled back on some elements of its 70th anniversary, which it was celebrating Tuesday. Fireworks planned for the evening were canceled.
Cannes Mayor David Lisnard assured festivalgoers that security measures were at their highest and that Cannes would continue to carry "the universal message of culture, in a spirit of openness."
Monday's bombing was on the minds of many at Cannes.
"It's devastating, devastating for the families that are going through this now" said Nicole Kidman. "It's not even to be discussed. It's just to... pray for them."
Security has been greater than ever at the festival this year, with increased use of metal detectors and an anti-drone system. Nice, where a cargo truck last July plowed through crowds, killing 86 people, is just 20 miles away.
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President Donald Trump's proposed budget includes a cut of about $120 million for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, despite two recent incidents that raised concern about worker safety at the former nuclear weapons production site.
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"The Tri-Cities community sacrificed a lot to help our country win World War II and the Cold War, " said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, a member of the appropriations committee, on Tuesday. "The president's proposed budget for Hanford, despite urging from both sides of the aisle, is a real disappointment."
The 2018 budget proposal still must go through Congress.
The budget calls for spending $6.5 billion across the nation to clean up the legacy of nuclear weapons production. That is the agency's largest budget request in a decade for environmental cleanup, the agency said.
At Hanford, the president's budget calls for a cut of more than $120 million for the agency's Richland Operations Office, which deals with many nuclear waste sites and facilities on the sprawling site. It leaves spending nearly flat for the Office of River Protection, which deals specifically with the contents of 177 underground nuclear waste storage tanks that contain some of the most toxic wastes.
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LONDON (AP) - Survivors of the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert hall said security screening ahead of the Ariana Grande show was haphazard, raising the question of whether public arenas and other crowded spaces are being safeguarded to the extent they could be. "There was almost no security check, " concert-goer Nikola Trochtova, who was leaving the Manchester Arena when she heard an explosion, told Czech public radio on Tuesday. "They let us get in without any check." Another survivor of the Monday night attack, Ryan Molloy, said some people had their bags checked on the way into the concert, while others did not. "The security wasn't very good, to be honest, " she said. Manchester police would not say if the bomber blew himself up inside or outside the arena, so it is not clear if rigorous bag screening or additional pre-event security would have helped prevent the deaths and injuries. The venue tweeted on Monday night that it happened "outside the venue in a public space." After the 2005 suicide bombings that killed 52 people riding subways and a bus in London, Britain installed barriers around airports, transportation hubs and government buildings. However, bag checks are not routinely conducted on passengers boarding the country's trains and buses. Security at sporting events and museums remains scattershot, experts say. The attack illustrated the challenges in securing public spaces and potentially the limits of existing methods, although security protocols vary by country and venue. Most of the 130 people killed in the November 2015 attacks at multiple Paris locations were attending a show at the Bataclan concert hall. "The level of screening is dependent on two things - the level of processes undertaken and the size of the venue. But nothing is consistent, " Bob Ayers, a security expert who used to work for the CIA, said. "Think about (the) London Underground. If you try to do airport-style screening, people would never get anywhere on time. Nothing is ever 100 percent." Grande's panicked fans stumbled to escape the arena after hearing loud noises and seeing people running toward the exits. The bombing took place at the end of the concert, when some audience members already were streaming toward the city's main train station. An 8-year-old girl was among the dead. "Authorities could consider a perimeter farther away from the main space of the arena, but the practical matter then becomes where the screening should be done, " Wendy Patrick, a California lawyer and threat assessment expert, said. "But the focus of our attention is generally driven by the latest attack." There was some discussion of putting metal detectors in movie theatres after the 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado that killed 12 people attending a midnight film screening, "but the conversation then shifted when a different type of attack occurred, " Patrick said. University of Albany terror expert Victor Asal said striking a balance between security and convenience is difficult. "The question is, what are we willing to put up with?" Asal said. Dee Stephens, who is from Manchester and lived through Irish Republican Army attacks as a child, said she lives in fear every time her 20-year-old daughter goes to concerts. "Her friend was injured during the attacks at the Bataclan, " Stephens said. "As parents, every time something like this happens it just adds to our paranoia. It's horrible." It was not immediately clear who was responsible for security at the arena on Monday night. Telephone calls and emails were not immediately answered on Tuesday. ___ Janicek reported from Prague. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Kim Kardashian is one of the latest celebrities to pledge her support for Ariana Grande and the victims of the deadly Manchester bombing on May 22. However, she may have went about it the wrong way. After she posted a party photo with Ariana fans ripped her apart. Get the details!
Kim Kardashian, 36, somehow made the tragic Manchester bombing at Ariana Grande ‘s, 23, concert all about her — That’s what social media goers are saying. The internet pounced on Kim as soon as she took to Twitter and Instagram to share her condolences after she learned about the attack on May 23.
You may be thinking, “What was wrong with what Kim did?” Well, she posted the photo [seen above] to her social media accounts, which led fans to believe she was being insensitive. Social media users called her out for making the horrific act “all about her” by posting a photo where she was seen “partying.”
The photo — which Kim has since deleted — showed her in a crowd with Kendall Jenner, 21, and Hailey Baldwin, 20, at a Kanye West, 39, concert in 2016. Kim captioned the concert snap with a message in correlation with her image. “I’ m praying for everyone in Manchester, ” Kim began. “This is truly so senseless & heart breaking. I can’ t imagine the fear and agony these parents must be going through searching for their kids; Concerts are supposed to be a place where u can let loose and have fun. It’s so scary to not feel safe in this world. My heart goes out to [Ariana Grande] I love you, ” she captioned the photo.
While we’ re unable to see the Instagram fire that Kim’s photo caused [since she deleted the pic] , there were still tweets of the backlash in the Twitter-sphere. Take a look at some of the scathing reactions to her photo, below.
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As I stare at an image of Saffie Rose Roussos on my screen I can't help but notice that my daughter wears the exact same school uniform every day. A red shirt, navy blue skirt and white tights. They're both 8 years old, the only difference is my daughter is still alive while Saffie was murdered in Manchester this week by a suicide bomber.
I cannot imagine the pain of her family and all of the other families who lost loved ones to this tragedy. I'm sure many of those Ariana Grande concert tickets were given as birthday gifts or special surprises from mothers to their daughters. I have two girls, one 8 and one 11, both in the age range of those targeted during this event. Anytime we go out on mother-daughter adventures they usually can't quiet their excitement afterwards. Whether it's to a movie or a play or a trip to the circus, they'll talk the whole way home about what a magical night it was.
So many families only hear silence now; their daughter's voices snuffed out by a miserable coward.
Saffie's parents surely had the same dreams for their precious daughter that I have for mine. I want them to grow up to be strong, capable, world changing women. However, fear enters the picture all too often. Women, whether we like it or not, are required to play by a different set of rules than their male counterparts. We're taught to be bold but cautious; strong but always on alert for danger.
Growing up female you quickly learn to compensate for your lack of physical strength with extra vigilance. You have mere seconds to assess whether someone is a potential predator, because if you wait any longer that person will be close enough to overpower you. I learned this when I was about 7 or 8 myself. I was walking home from the park with a friend when a car pulled up next to us. In it were two grown men offering us a ride. When we said no they persisted then began to grow frustrated. My friend looked at me, then she subtly nodded toward the space between two houses. Immediately we took off running without looking back, only to hear the car screech away.
Once you know this type of fear it never quite leaves you. You learn to live with it, manage it, plan for it. It's always there. You walk through parking garages constantly scanning the shadows, standing back from parked cars lest someone be hiding behind one. You keep your car key clinched outwards from your fist so you'll be able to use it as a make shift weapon should all else fail.
As you walk down city streets you notice the men loitering 30-yards ahead and make sure there's a safe place to duck into if need be. You travel in packs when you go out at night, and you never leave your drink unattended. When you are forced to walk down a dark street alone your entire posture changes, every last drop of femininity draining from your gate. Look tough. Look bigger than you are. Look like a man so they'll leave you alone.
We live with such a constant hum of fear echoing through us, reverberating through our brains, that many women probably no longer even recognize it. We don't even call it being scared anymore, we call it "being smart." It's wise to know that there's always a target on us, to some degree. That is the price we pay for being born female.
But last night women and girls were very real, very literal targets. They were in one of the few places besides their own homes where they could finally let their guards down and enjoy the night, surrounded mostly by other women. The music was loud enough to drown out that quiet whisper telling them to be on the lookout. And that's when he struck, the coward who wants us to let our fear grow louder than the music. The coward that silences women.
When you are truly strong, you look for ways to protect others with your strength. But when you are weak you look for ways to make others weak too.
That was always part of the coward's plan, part of ISIS's plan, to fill us with more fear.
But I refuse to allow fear to take up one more iota of my being. The only thing growing now is my voice, and the voices of my daughters. These cowards cannot - they will not - silence us. Because now we must also be Saffie's voice and the voices of all of the other fearless human beings we lost last night.
Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa is a writer in Richardson and the founder of the pro-life group New Wave Feminists. Email: Destinydelaro@gmail.com What's your view?
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Violence has once again struck music fans with a suicide attack on Ariana Grande's Manchester show, but the booming concert industry hopes to withstand the new shock.
The explosion Monday in the British arena, which killed 22 people moments after the US pop idol left the stage, comes a year and a half after another assault claimed by the Islamic State group devastated a rock show at the Bataclan in Paris.
With extremists looking for maximum public impact, the blast at the Manchester Arena was especially grisly as Grande's fan base is full of young girls, with an eight-year-old among the confirmed victims.
The assaults come after a decade of soaring growth across the Western world in live music, which has far surpassed sales of recordings as the key money-maker for artists.
Share prices of Live Nation, the concert giant behind Grande's tour, slumped by nearly one percent Tuesday on security jitters after a year in which their value jumped by nearly half.
Joe Reinartz, news editor at the live music industry publication Pollstar, said he expected more parents to think twice about taking children to concerts or other crowded places.
"Right now the answer it's just too early to tell and nobody has a crystal ball, " Reinartz said of the Manchester attack's impact on live music.
But he added: "I would say that there would probably be an immediate impact on all public gatherings of a massive size in the near future."
- Young fuel growth -
Live music is hardly the only target. Recent mass-casualty attacks in the Western world have included trucks slamming into pedestrians on the Nice promenade and a Berlin Christmas market, and a gun attack inside a gay nightclub in Orlando.
James Donio, president of the Music Business Association, a US-based trade group, said it was human nature for parents to want to protect their children but also noted that foolproof security in and around venues was impossible.
"This is the world we have been living in for a few years, " he said. "You cannot say that you're going to have a guarantee of nothing happening or being completely safe, which is sad."
"We're about keeping the music playing and encouraging people to enjoy what music brings to the world.
"If that means that has to be balanced with waiting in a longer line to get in, that's part of what we have to do as fans."
Young people, although not necessarily pre-teens, have been at the forefront of live music's expansion with summer festivals becoming a rite of passage for millennials of sufficient means.
Analytical firm IbisWorld estimates that live music is a $28 billion a year industry in the United States alone, with growth averaging five percent annually for the past five years.
- Security already tight -
Security was already stepped up around the world following the Bataclan attack, with major venues setting up control rooms and promoters meticulously sifting through bags -- raising questions on how the Manchester assailant evaded detection.
Daniel Colling, director of the 6,000-capacity Zenith in Paris, said the concert hall has ramped up both security personnel and screening since the November 2015 assault on Paris.
"If new attacks hit concert halls, we will have to worry about a reduction in attendance, especially for shows that reach audiences made up of families, the young and foreigners, " he said.
Many concert promoters declined to discuss in depth the impact of the attack, feeling it was insensitive to talk business after so much human suffering.
Michael Dugher, chief executive of the British industry umbrella group UK Music, said that music "has the power to bring people together and is so often a celebration of peace and love."
"We will not let terrorism and the politics of violence, hatred and division conquer that spirit, " he said in a statement.
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Cortez Kennedy was a hulking force at defensive tackle, the cornerstone of a franchise that had little to cheer about for most of his playing career. And yet what Kennedy accomplished as a player with the Seattle Seahawks - which was good enough for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame - was secondary to the affable personality that made him a revered figure long after his career ended. Police in Orlando, Florida, said the 48-year-old Kennedy was found dead Tuesday morning. Orlando Police Department public information officer Wanda Miglio said the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown but that there is nothing suspicious about it. An investigation is being conducted. "The full story lies in his loving, fun, positive and giving heart, " said New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, who worked for the Seahawks during Kennedy's playing career. "In my many years working in the NFL, no one better exemplified what it meant to be a great player on the field, and yet that paled in comparison to what Cortez meant to the people who knew him off the field." A star who spent his entire 11-year NFL career in relative obscurity playing in Seattle, Kennedy became the second Seahawks player inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. He was an unmovable wall as a dominant defensive tackle, and a quiet, gentle soul away from the field never interested in finding himself in the spotlight. "Cortez Kennedy has been a pillar of the Seahawks franchise since joining the team as a rookie in 1990, " the Seahawks said in a statement. "Tez was the heart and soul of the Seahawks through the 1990s and endeared himself to 12s all across the Pacific Northwest as a player who played with a selfless and relentless approach to the game. ... We are proud to have been represented by such a special person." Kennedy was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1990 draft out of Miami and Seattle smartly never let him leave. He brought notoriety to an otherwise dreadful period in Seahawks history as an eight-time Pro Bowler and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992. For many seasons of his career, Kennedy was the reason the Seahawks were relevant. "Really sad to lose a guy like Cortez Kennedy, " Broncos' general manager John Elway tweeted. Elway was chased around by Kennedy twice a year for much of the 1990s as competitors in the AFC West. "A great personality, a great player and I enjoyed competing against him." Even though he last played for the Seahawks in 2000, he remained a significant part of the organization. He was a mainstay around the team during training camp and would occasionally roll through the locker room during the regular season grabbing a few minutes with anyone - players, coaches, media - up for a chat. That personality was evident nearly 30 years ago when Dennis Erickson, then the new head coach at Miami, first met Kennedy. Erickson saw it again in 1995 when he became the head coach of the Seahawks and Kennedy was his star player. "He always had a smile on his face. There was no arrogance about him at all. Not at all, " Erickson said. "He wouldn't think he was as good as he was. ... He was just a great young man. He was one of the closest guys I've been around in coaching. I was close with his family and he was close with my family and we kept in touch all these years. It's hard to describe him. They don't make them like him anymore." After his playing career ended, Kennedy briefly worked for Loomis as an adviser with the Saints and was an ambassador for the Seahawks. He was scheduled to be in Seattle on Thursday as part of an event for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. "Cortez will be remembered not only for all his great achievements on the football field but how he handled himself off the field, " Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker said. "He epitomized the many great values this game teaches which serves as inspiration to millions of fans." Current Seattle players including Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Jimmy Graham who came to know Kennedy from his locker room chats took to social media to express their shock and sadness at the loss of a mentor. "My heart hurts, " current Seahawks offensive lineman Justin Britt tweeted. "We lost a truly great player but even better person." Kennedy experienced only minimal team success in his career with the Seahawks. His 1992 season, when Kennedy was the league's defensive player of the year, was made even more remarkable by the fact that his 14 sacks, 27 tackles for loss and 92 tackles came for a team that went 2-14 and was among the worst ever offensively in a 16-game season. What made Kennedy so difficult to stop was his low center of gravity, unexpected quickness and remarkable strength packaged in a 6-foot-1,300-pound frame. "Out of the blue I would get a call from him and he'd laugh and that's how he was. Or he'd leave me a message, 'Am I still your favorite player?'" Erickson said. "He was like that all the time." ___ AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and Associated Press Writer Terrence Harris contributed. ___ For more NFL coverage: and Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Iris Azulai's 17-year-old daughter, Carmel, recently attended a large concert in Tel Aviv of the Argentine singer Lali. Given Israel's history, the fear of terrorism is always lurking, particularly at mass events, but regardless, she would not have prevented her daughter from going.
"There is always that fear ... but I allow her to go because I say we cannot allow terrorism to take over our lives, " the mother said Tuesday following the Ariana Grande tragedy in Manchester, England. "It can happen anywhere and I just ask my daughter to be aware and take note of her surroundings."
Before a suicide bomber struck in the north of England on Monday, young Grande fans at the 21,000-seat Manchester Arena posted photos on social media with messages of excitement at seeing their 23-year-old, high-ponytailed idol live. But now, some parents are thinking carefully about their children's summer plans to attend concerts.
"The worst part is that if something happens there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. All these things pass through my mind when she is there, " Azulai said.
Among those killed in Manchester was 8-year-old Saffie Roussos. She was the youngest of the 22 dead identified so far.
"The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking, " said Chris Upton, the head teacher at Saffie's school, Tarleton Community Primary School in the village of Tarleton, Lancashire.
For many families and kids, concert going — especially freewheeling summer shows around the world — are a rite of passage, a step toward independence. Count American singer and songwriter Victoria Monet, 24, in that demographic.
She was among two opening acts for Grande on the European leg of Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour. Monet told her 43,100 followers on Twitter after the deadly explosion in Manchester that the "ones who came to have the night of their lives ended up losing them."
Monet added: "They weren't safe. I will never understand this hate! I don't know how to handle this and I can't smile and I feel useless I'm sorry."
Julie Dearing in Houston, Texas, has a boy and girl, a 13-year-old son not at all interested in concerts and an 11-year-old music lover who was, until she learned of the Manchester attack. Earlier this year, Dearing's daughter watched Fifth Harmony and other acts perform at Houston's NRG Stadium, which has a capacity of nearly 80,000.
"That was her first concert, " Dearing said. "I wasn't worried then, but I am now. I don't know that I would let her go to a concert now and I don't anticipate her asking again, at least not for a long time. She expressed to me she no longer has a desire to attend a large concert after hearing this news. It was very frightening, understandably so."
Dearing's daughter, Alyssa Dearing, put it this way: "I don't think I'm afraid. I'm just more cautious. I'd be kind of on edge, like not really 100 percent sure of everything."
Will that anxiety carry over to the mall, getting around by herself or with friends and other independent outings?
"I think it's so associated with concerts more than anything else, " the elder Dearing said. "I think she'll be fine but I'd rather err on the side of caution."
As anxiety-inducing as concert going by kids can be, whether parents attend or not, Los Angeles licensed psychologist Crystal I. Lee sees no upside in letting fear take over.
"Car accidents are more likely to harm your child than a terrorist attack, yet you still allow your child to travel by car, " she said. "Of course, continue to exercise your general good judgment when deciding if your child should go, but don't let the possibility of terrorism be the deciding factor."
Easier said than done for some parents, especially those in Paris and other cities that have been targeted by terrorists in recent years.
Paris resident Shelley Boyd Cadiou's three sons — the youngest of whom is 18 — were going to attend a Guns N' Roses concert in Paris on July 7 at the Stade de France, one of the targets in the November 2015 Paris violence that left 130 people died. They're no longer attending because of jitters over the Manchester attack.
"I don't think I would ever veto a concert if my children really wanted to go but I will always be relieved if they decide for whatever reason not to be in crowds, " Boyd Cadiou said.
The November attacks included the Bataclan concert hall, where most of the carnage occurred.
"I try to not let my anxiety touch other people but the Bataclan event was very traumatic for me, " Boyd Cadiou said.
Jerrid Anderson, who recently moved to Paris from Minnesota, planned to take his 19-year-old daughter, Hannah, to the Guns N' Roses show but decided immediately against it Tuesday morning because of Manchester. His wife, Danielle Anderson, said that she was against his decision to cancel but let it stand.
"I don't think we should live our life in fear. I don't really care if my husband and children go to a rock concert, but what I don't want is to box in our lives out of fear of terrorism, " she said.
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Target Corp. will pay $18.5 million to 47 states, including California, and the District of Columbia as part of a settlement over a 2013 data breach that compromised tens of millions of customers’ credit and debit card information.
California will receive more than $1.4 million from the settlement, the largest amount of any state, according to California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra. His office said that money would be used to enforce consumer protection laws.
“Families should be able to shop without worrying that their financial information is going to get stolen, and Target failed to provide this security, ” Becerra said in a statement. “This should send a strong message to other companies: You are responsible for protecting your customers’ personal information.”
As part of the settlement, the Minneapolis-based retailer will also be required to employ an executive to manage a “comprehensive information security program” and advise the company’s chief executive and its board of directors, according to the statement.
Target will also need to add other cybersecurity measures, including encrypting payment card information so the data are useless if stolen.
Target said it was “pleased to bring this issue to a resolution for everyone involved.” The retailer added that the costs associated with this settlement were “already reflected in the data breach liability reserves that Target has previously recognized and disclosed.”
The 2013 data breach led to the resignation of longtime Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel. It also hurt the company’s sales and profits.
Target has since overhauled its security systems and settled other lawsuits related to the breach, including one from credit card company Visa Inc.
8: 40 a.m.: This article was updated with a comment from Target.
This article was originally published at 8: 30 a.m.
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"This was the ultimate soft target, " CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem said. "It takes a special kind of cruelty to target this concert."
Here's what witnesses and parents said, in their own words:
Stephanie Hill, 57, who attended with her 19-year-old daughter
"People had come from all over tonight. Everyone in there was saying that the tickets were Christmas presents for their children."
Steven Jones, bystander who helped victims
"It was just one of those things, an instinct that you have to help if someone needs your help. And it was children, a lot of children with blood all over them, crying and screaming. If I didn't help, I wouldn't be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that."
Kiera Dawber, witness
"There was just bodies scattered about everywhere. ... There was at least 20 or 30 people on the floor, some that you could see straight off were just, just dead."
Coral Long, mother of a 10-year-old survivor
"She's just petrified that whoever did this will come to the house or go to her school. ... She's just been crying. She's just saying, 'Why do these things happen to people? Why do they keep doing this to people?' Again she's just so worried that they're going to come to her school. I'm breaking down today because yesterday I just had to be strong for her, to just remain calm and just make sure that we got home safe, which thankfully we did."
Jessica Pierpoint, an 18-year-old concertgoer
"When everybody was trying to escape, we all just kind of got crushed because everybody was just trying to run as fast as they could. ... I honestly didn't think I would be making it home."
Charlotte Campbell, who's still looking for her missing 15-year-old daughter, Olivia
"We've phoned hospitals. We've phoned everywhere we can think. We've posted on every social network, and there's nothing...
"We've tried everything we can. They're telling us to wait by the phones. Her dad is out looking... It's the most horrible feeling ever, to know your daughter is there and you don't know whether she's dead or alive...
"I want her home and I want her safe ... I just want her to walk through the door."
Andy James, who was celebrating his 9-year-old brother's birthday at the concert
"The sound rattled my chest. ... The stewards were trying to calm people down, but everyone was running in a stampede."
Ivo Delgad, witness
"There was a lot of little girls running out, and parents shouting out and yelling names."
Kyia Zaremba, concertgoer
"I felt like I was going to cry, but nothing came out."
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President Donald Trump’s entry in the guest book at Israel’s national Holocaust memorial was strangely upbeat, self-referential and written in his signature all-caps: “IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS – SO AMAZING & WILL NEVER FORGET!”
The brevity and tone of the note may have been a function of the hurry the president was in during his time at the site, known as Yad Vashem, which he visited on Tuesday. Packing so much into just 27 hours in Israel left only half an hour for the memorial, a customary stop on U. S. presidential visits, which precluded him from getting a full tour of the museum. Trump had already come under fire for that perceived slight to the memorial before his one-sentence missive started raising eyebrows and making headlines.
The guest book entry provides an opportunity to contrast Trump’s style with that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who spent an hour at Yad Vashem and gave an emotional speech in 2013. Obama had already visited once, in 2008, when he was an Illinois senator running for president. On that trip, he left this note in the guest book:
“I am grateful to Yad Vashem and all of those responsible for this remarkable institution. At a time of great peril and promise, war and strife, we are blessed to have such a powerful reminder of man’s potential for great evil, but also our capacity to rise up from tragedy and remake our world. Let our children come here, and know this history, so that they can add their voices to proclaim ‘never again’ . And may we remember those who perished, not only as victims, but also as individuals who hoped and loved and dreamed like us, and who have become symbols of the human spirit.”
While their styles certainly differed, both Trump and Obama’s speeches echoed the sentiment that is imbued in the post-Holocaust credo: “never forget.”
“Millions of wonderful and beautiful lives, men, women and children were extinguished as part of a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people, ” Trump said on Tuesday. “It is our solemn duty to remember, to mourn, to grieve and to honor every single life that was so cruelly and viciously taken.”
He also referred to the Holocaust as “history’s darkest hour.” Yad Vashem’s chairman, Avner Shalev, gifted Trump an exact replica of a photo album that belonged to Ester Goldstein, a 16-year-old Holocaust victim.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump for a speech “that in so few words said so much.”
Obama, as was his tendency, opted for loftier, more conceptual rhetoric in his speech, in which he appealed to the “better angels of our nature.”
“For us, in our time, this means confronting bigotry and hatred in all of its forms, racism, especially anti-Semitism. None of that has a place in the civilized world – not in the classrooms of children; not in the corridors of power, ” said Obama, during his 2013 visit. “And let us never forget the link between the two. For our sons and daughters are not born to hate, they are taught to hate. So let us fill their young hearts with the same understanding and compassion that we hope others have for them.”
George W. Bush visited Yad Vashem in 2008. His guest book inscription got straight to the point, with just three words: “God Bless Israel.”
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Johnnie Lee Higgins, No. 15 of the Oakland Raiders, celebrates with a backflip in front of referee Jeff Triplette after his 89-yard punt return for a second-quarter touchdown against the Denver Broncos during week 12 NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on Nov. 23,2008, in Denver, Colorado. The backflip resulted in a 15-yard penalty as the Raiders defeated the Broncos 31-10.
CHICAGO -- The NFL wants to put some flair back into touchdown celebrations, allowing players to use the football as a prop, celebrate as a group and roll around on the ground again if they choose.
In an email from Commissioner Roger Goodell sent to fans in an effort to deliver "a more exciting game experience, " the commissioner said the new guidelines came after conversations with more than 80 current and former players.
The league, however, will continue to penalize any celebration deemed offensive, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons.
"Players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves, " Goodell wrote.
That freedom had been stripped in many cases, with fans and media criticizing the NFL as being the "No Fun League." A 15-yard penalty often was the price paid for excessiveness.
Goodell later made a reference to the onetime Comedy Central show "Key & Peele" in a tweet about the new policy. On the sketch comedy show, actor Keegan-Michael Key played fictional player Hingle McCringleberry, who in one sketch was penalized for repeatedly celebrating touchdowns with three hip-thrusts.
"Don't get any ideas about pumps @KeeganMKey ‑ they're still not OK under the new policy, " Goodell wrote.
Don’ t get any ideas about pumps @KeeganMKey – they’ re still not OK under the new policy #FootballisFamily
Goodell's email also mentioned how the league is placing an emphasis on speeding up the pace of games. To go with that, he said the league knows "that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown."
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Roger Moore was always fond of a wry joke, usually at his own expense. The veteran British screen star, whose death at 89 was announced earlier Tuesday, liked to claim that his acting skills boiled down to three expressions: eyebrow up, eyebrow down, and both eyebrows at the same time. This perpetual air of self-deprecating wit came to define his mature screen persona, and arguably damaged his career following his record-breaking 12-year run as James Bond. But it made Moore a better actor than his harshest critics might claim, and was an essential part of his charm.
Moore wafted onto a movie set like he had just walked off a yacht. For much of his career, he exuded an air of unflappable, patrician, old-school-tie Englishness which belied his modest upbringing as the only child of a policeman and a homemaker raised in one of South London's poorer districts. He learned youthful lessons in poise from an older generation of well-groomed smoothies, notably his early screen idol Stewart Granger, and from the legendary Noel Coward, who smartly advised the ambitious young actor to accept any and every role that came along.
A sometime model before his acting career took off, Moore was a strikingly beautiful young man, which did not always work in his favor. He once claimed "I was so pretty, actresses didn't want to work with me." More seriously, after moving to Hollywood and signing his first studio contract in 1954, his polished English manner appeared dated and lightweight just as new kind of rugged, raw, Method-era masculinity was revolutionizing American cinema.
Moore's early film roles were scrappy and undistinguished, but he eventually found his talents more suited to small-screen serials like The Alaskans, Maverick and his career-making breakthrough role, as crime-fighting anti-hero Simon Templar in The Saint. Running for six seasons between 1962 and 1969, The Saint was a London-set star vehicle that fitted Moore's starchy Englishness and limited acting repertoire like a well-tailored Savile Row suit. The show was syndicated to 60 countries and made more than £350 million ($450 million) for its production company, ITC.
In between retiring The Saint and debuting as Bond, Moore made a handful of splashy pulp thrillers with lingering cult appeal. One appealingly trashy yarn was Alvin Rakoff's jaunty espionage romp Crossplot (1969) , starring Moore as a womanizing advertising exec caught up in political intrigue in Swinging London, which now looks like a dry run for his 007 persona.
Moore also made another TV series in this period, The Persuaders!, starring opposite Tony Curtis as an odd couple of playboys fighting villainy on the French Riviera. The chemistry between the two stars was fractious, and the show only survived two seasons. But Moore was essentially playing himself, so his air of relaxed levity and John Barry's sublime theme music helped compensate for clunky dialogue and formulaic plots.
Moore did arguably the best work of his career in Basil Dearden's atmospheric psycho-thriller The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970) , playing a double role as a harassed London banker who splits into two different people following a car crash. For decades afterwards, Moore would ruefully cite this rare anguished, tormented performance as his personal favorite. "That was only chance I was given to act, to play something that really wasn't me, " he told The Daily Telegraph in 2013.
And then he was Bond. James Bond. In sharp contrast to Connery's more earthy, athletic, sexually charged performance, Moore brought an aura of debonair after-dinner raconteur to the character which was arguably closer to Ian Fleming's initial conception of 007 as a suave playboy sadist. Indeed, Moore was reportedly considered for the role ahead of Connery, but his small-screen contractual obligations kept him out of the running for years. Ever the diplomat, Moore later clarified that he was only officially approached after Connery made his retirement plans plain.
Most connoisseurs of the Bond franchise still lionize Connery as the greatest Bond ever - graciously, Moore himself endorsed this view many times. But the smooth Englishman was not quite the lightweight mannequin in the role that his detractors claim. His opening triptych of 007 performances - Live and Let Die (1973) , The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - are full of terse physicality, hair-raising stunts and eminently quotable one-liners delivered with just the right amount of arch self-mockery. Often while wearing a cravat.
The longest serving Bond in history, Moore unquestionably overstayed his welcome and retired the role at 58 after a late run of creaky, sub-par outings. But in his prime, he brought a kind of glossy matinee-idol glamor to the super-spy franchise that no subsequent star has since matched.
Moore never quite recovered from the deep typecasting impact of his Saint and Bond years. His later film work, a patchy parade of labored comedies and self-spoofing cameos, is testament more to his good humor than his talent.
Sportingly, Moore played a surgically remodeled Roger Moore look-alike in Cannonball Run (1981) , a record company boss in the Spice Girls movie Spice World (1997) , and a jarringly dated gay caricature in Boat Trip (2002) . He even voiced Santa Claus in a family-friendly animated short knowingly titled The Fly Who Loved Me (2004) . However lame the joke, at least Moore could never be accused of taking himself too seriously.
Charity work became Moore's chief preoccupation in his later years. Encouraged by his friend Audrey Hepburn, he became a Unicef goodwill ambassador in 1991 and went on to earn multiple awards, including a knighthood in 2003. This was recognition for his good deeds, he liked to remind people, not his acting skills.
Moore played the self-deprecating charmer right to the end, publishing a memoir in 2014 with the winning title One Lucky Bastard. Interviewed in the Daily Telegraph around the same time, he quipped: "If I was told I had 24 hours to live, I would have a dry martini." Shaken, not stirred, of course. Which is the perfect way to celebrate his long life and singular career: by raising a glass, and possibly an eyebrow, to the last of the old-school smoothies.
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Fox News’s Sean Hannity ripped his critics and the mainstream media on his nationally syndicated radio program Tuesday, saying, “I am not Fox.com or FoxNews.com, I retracted nothing.”
His reaction came hours after Fox News retracted a story regarding the 2016 killing of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich after massive outcry over sharing conspiracy theories about the 2016 shooting death.
Right-wing news outlets have sought to link — without evidence — the 27-year-old’s death to Democrat Hillary Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton Hannity on Seth Rich coverage: ‘I retracted nothing’ Pavlich: Politicizing the FBI Jordan won't run for Oversight gavel MORE 's presidential campaign and the WikiLeaks release of hacked emails from her campaign and the DNC.
"For those accusing me of pushing a conspiracy theory, you are the biggest phony hypocrites in the entire world, " Hannity said Tuesday.
“If in fact, take Seth out of it, there was a whistleblower within the DNC — a truth-teller that was actually the source for WikiLeaks, not Russia — working with the Trump campaign. These are questions that I have a moral obligation to ask, and I will do the mainstream media’s job like I have most of my career.”
Hannity has been arguing for days that heavy media coverage of the Trump-Russia investigation is hypocritical because no evidence has been found directly linking the campaign to Russia thus far.
"You're trying to take down a president, and I'm trying to get to the truth, ” Hannity said on his radio program.
“I have an agenda to get to the truth, " he continued. "I'm not saying I have answers yet, but I'm digging deep, and I have a lot more information than all of you do at this point."
"For all of you in the media, I'm not going to stop doing my job and asking questions, because I know the lies you're telling, and the conspiracies you've spun, with no evidence, to destroy a president in conjunction with the deep state, " Hannity added.
Fox News on Tuesday retracted a story regarding Rich’s death after a massive outcry over sharing conspiracy theories.
"On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich, " the retraction reads. "The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting.
"Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.”
Fox did indicate, however, it will continue investigating the story.
The family of Rich wrote a letter to Hannity's executive producer urging the prime-time program to stop pushing the conspiracy theory.
“Think about how you would feel losing a son or brother. And while dealing with this, you had baseless accusations of your lost family member being part of a vast conspiracy, " Seth’s brother Aaron Rich wrote in the letter, which was provided to CNN.
"As the family, we would hope to be the first people to learn about any such evidence and reasons for Seth's death, " he continued.
"It is a travesty that you would prompt false conspiracy theories and other people's agendas rather than work with the family to learn the truth."
The Rich family thanked Fox for the retraction.
"The family would like to thank Fox News for their retraction on a story that has caused deep pain and anguish to the family and has done harm to Seth Rich's legacy, " a family spokesman told CNN.
"We are hopeful that in the future Fox News will work with the family to ensure the highest degree of professionally and scrutiny is followed so that only accurate facts are reported serving this case."
Olivia Beavers contributed.
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In a, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that he will allow key Obama-era regulations designed to protect individuals from unscrupulous financial advisors to go into effect. That’s surprising because the Trump administration that it wanted to roll back the rule. Because the regulations were finalized in the final year of Obama’s second term, they haven’ t actually gone into effect yet. Key provisions are scheduled to take effect on June 9, and critics hoped that the Trump administration would push back that effective date as it works on a plan to repeal the rules outright. But Acosta now says he has found “no principled legal basis to change the June 9 date.” It takes a year or more for an administrative agency to change this kind of rule, and the Trump administration hasn’ t had time to do it. The Obama regulations require financial advisers to follow the fiduciary rule, a legal standard that means advisers have to always offer advice that's in the best interests of their clients. Right now it's completely legal for an adviser to steer clients toward financial products that pay big commissions to the adviser — even if that means the client will get a lower rate of return on his or her investment. The new rules that take effect next month require advisers to disclose this kind of conflict of interest, and they open them up to lawsuits if they took a commission after giving bad advice. To avoid lawsuits, many firms may shift to a model where they charge customers directly rather than taking commissions from mutual fund companies. “When consumers are not fully informed about the potentials for conflict of interest or hidden fees, the amount they pay for retirement investment goes way up, ” argues Scott Puritz, an investment adviser at the firm Rebalance IRA who has testified in favor of the Obama approach. Of course, many of the companies earning those hidden fees hated the proposal when the Obama administration started working on it a few years ago. A common argument has been that it would result in many middle-class consumers being unable to get financial advice at all. Earlier this year, the Trump administration, suggesting that getting possibly conflicted advice is better than getting no advice at all. But Puritz says the political landscape has been shifting over the past year, with major industry groups opposing the rule less vehemently than they did in the past. One big reason for this is that big financial services companies like Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo have already spent millions of dollars revamping their investment products in anticipation of the new rules taking effect. While most of these companies lobbied against the rule initially, they’ ve become more ambivalent about it now that they’ ve done most of the hard work required to comply with it. All this means that the Obama rule could wind up having a big impact on the industry even if the Trump administration ultimately repeals it in a year or two. And in his Wall Street Journal piece, Acosta is surprisingly equivocal on whether the rule will be repealed, writing only that it “may not align” with Trump’s goals. “It is important to ensure that savers and retirees receive prudent investment advice, but doing so in a way that limits choice and benefits lawyers is not what this administration envisions, ” he writes. All of this suggests that Acosta may be envisioning incremental changes to the Obama administration rules rather than full repeal.
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In the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester Arena on Monday night, concerns have been raised about the current security situation in the UK - and whether Ireland is prepared for such an event.
Independent.ie spoke with Lee Doddridge, Director of Covenant (Security & Risk Management) , former member of the UK National Counter Terrorism Security Office who shared his expert opinion.
What are your thoughts this morning on the current security situation in UK?
Well obviously we are facing a quite complex security threat at the moment.
We have seen the drastic attack of last night and obviously a few weeks back looking at Westminster were there is a number of methods being used currently at the moment.
If we move further a field towards Europe last year there’s a wide varied o threats we face .
Last night demonstrated that actually that threat can be sophisticated with devastating results.
Can you describe what security measures are currently in place in the UK that were not there before? What changes have been made since heightened terror threat?
It varies, different venues will have different security regimes depending on what the profile of the site is. But if you look at last nights venue being a concert venue we have been looking at implementing security there and upgrading it since 2005. And that’s across the UK. Concert halls, music venues we are very much part of that.
The majority of them now have condition of entry. So that would include bag searches or no bag whatsoever.
Sometimes there is a ban on liquids and you have to buy them in the venue. Very similar to what you do at an airport.
If there is a more high profile artist, then they bring their own security measures as well.
Regarding Ireland, our Taoiseach or Prime Minister said this morning that the UK and Ireland regularly share information on security. Do you know anything more about that?
Yes I do; I do believe that the security services and the emergency services within Ireland are prepared.
This isn’ t something new. Yes, maybe the threat from the Islamic State is obviously a newer threat that we face. But the UK, Ireland and including Northern Ireland; this is something they have been aware of for some time now - and they do train regularly.
I’ m aware that former colleagues that worked in Belfast have come down to Dublin.
I’ m confident that Ireland (are prepared) , I hope and I really believe this and I hope we don’ t have to put it to the test.
The feeling in Ireland is that this is happening in other countries, but it isn’ t going to happen in Ireland, what do you say to that?
Yes, unfortunately there is a chance it [a terrorist attack] could happen anywhere. What if it did happen here [in Ireland] ?
It would be naïve to think it wouldn’ t happen and I really hope it doesn’ t.
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WASHINGTON – Accelerating its pursuit of Michael Flynn, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued two new subpoenas Tuesday for his business records – and raised the specter of holding the embattled former national security adviser in contempt of Congress if he continues to resist turning over documents for the investigation into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia.
The new subpoenas from Chairman Richard Burr, R-N. C., and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the panel's top Democrat, come one day after Flynn invoked the Fifth Amendment and asserted his right against self-incrimination by rejecting the panel's demands for documents related to his contacts with Russian officials.
"I've said everything is on the table, '' Burr said, referring to possible contempt proceedings. "It is not our preference today.''
Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was fired by the White House in February after revelations he lied to administration officials about his contacts with Russian ambassador to the U. S., Sergey Kislyak, before President Trump's inauguration.
Burr also said that it would not be "appropriate" for the panel to consider Flynn's previous request for immunity in exchange for his cooperation with the committee.
"As valuable as Gen. Flynn may be to our counterintelligence investigation, we do not believe it is our plan today to offer him immunity, '' Burr said.
Flynn's attorney did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
But in a Monday letter to the committee outlining his client's Fifth Amendment claim, attorney Robert Kelner said his client Flynn has been the "target on a near daily basis of outrageous allegations, often attributed to anonymous sources in Congress or elsewhere in the United States government, which, however fanciful on their face and unsubstantiated by evidence, feed the escalating public frenzy against him.''
As a result, the attorney said, Flynn has "more than a reasonable apprehension that any testimony he provides could be used against him.''
The new subpoenas the committee announced Tuesday seek records from Flynn's two consulting businesses – Flynn Intel LLC., and Flynn Intel Inc.
The committee took action, Warner said, because business entities – unlike individuals – cannot assert a right against self-incrimination.
In addition to Flynn, the Senate panel has issued subpoenas to former Trump advisers Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Carter Page for information related to their contacts with Russian officials. The Intelligence committee has acknowledged receiving materials from Manafort, and Stone, but declined to comment on whether their submissions fully complied with the record requests.
The three advisers are also prominent figures in the ongoing FBI inquiry into possible coordination between Trump associates and the Russian government.
The Justice Department last week appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee that investigation after Trump's abrupt dismissal of FBI Director James Comey. The appointment of Mueller came a day after revelations that Comey kept detailed memos of his contacts with Trump, including a February dinner in which the president allegedly pressed the then-FBI director to shut down the investigation into Flynn.
Trump has denied making such a demand. Fox News reported Tuesday that Trump has hired private attorney Marc Kasowitz to deal with matters related to the special counsel's investigation. Kasowitz did not return requests for comment.
Also on Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats declined to respond to another Senate panel's questions about whether Trump pressed and him and National Security Agency head Adm. Mike Rogers to publicly deny that there was evidence of collusion with Russia.
The questions came after Trump's unusual requests to Coats and Rogers were first disclosed by the Washington Post .
Warner said Tuesday that he will invite Coats to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his contacts with Trump.
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The stream of negative headlines for President Trump about his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia and the firing of FBI Director James Comey is shaking up the cable news ratings race.
Last week, MSNBC won all five weekdays over CNN and Fox News in prime time, according to Nielsen data. The NBC-owned network led by “The Rachel Maddow Show, ” now the No. 1 show in cable news with an average of 2.9 million viewers last week, became the go-to destination for viewers transfixed by the unfolding investigation into the White House scandal.
The story is having the opposite effect at Fox News, where conservative commentators were more skeptical about the significance of the nearly daily leaks related to Trump’s handling of Comey’s dismissal and reports that the president shared classified intelligence with Russian diplomats during a White House visit.
Fox News won the week among total viewers, averaging 2.209 million, compared with 1.857 million for MSNBC and 1.426 million for CNN. But Fox finished behind CNN and MSNBC among viewers ages 25 to 54, the demographic most important to advertisers who buy commercial time on the network.
Even with the third-place finish last week, Fox News still ranks first among viewers and in the 25-to-54 age group in May. But the race has tightened considerably. Through May 21, Fox News was averaging 443,000 viewers, followed by MSNBC’s 420,000 and CNN’s 402,000. In May 2016, Fox led CNN by 79,000 viewers and MSNBC by 160,000 in the category.
The third-place finish is a rarity for Fox News, as its loyal viewers turn to it as a conservative alternative to other TV news outlets.
Excluding weeks that carried coverage of Democratic conventions, Fox News has not finished third in the 25-to-54 category for a full week since Dec. 28,2008, when the trial of Casey Anthony in the murder of her daughter was a dominant cable news story for MSNBC and CNN’s sister channel, HLN.
Over time, Fox News will learn if last week’s third-place finish is a bump in the road after shuffling its prime-time lineup or a shift in the cable news landscape where it has been the perennial ratings leader since 2002. The negative news for Trump last week did not play in its favor.
“The sheer cascade of events last week that made Trump look so bad, it was simply too much for that audience and they didn’ t want to tune in to the news last week, ” said Jonathan Klein, a former president of CNN. “Fox News better hope that that’s the case.”
The third-place finish in the demographic for Fox News comes a month after the April 19 firing of its top-rated personality, Bill O’ Reilly, following revelations that $13 million in settlements had been paid out to women who accused him of sexual harassment and verbal abuse.
Ratings held up for the most part in the first few weeks after Fox replaced O’ Reilly at 8 p.m. Eastern time with Tucker Carlson and moved its late-afternoon panel show “The Five” to 9 p.m., followed by “Hannity” at 10 p.m.
But the new lineup could not withstand a news cycle that was likely tough for its Trump-supporting conservative viewers to watch. Klein believes the Fox audience likely missed O’ Reilly, who would have been able to make the Trump-Russia story more palatable for Fox viewers by explaining it rather than dismissing it as “media hysteria” as the channel’s hosts often did last week.
“Bill was able to pull off the image of a guy who called them as he saw them and could make sense of a bewildering world for Fox News viewers, ” said Klein. “Tucker is more of a prosecutor.”
Fewer viewers are coming to Fox News in the 9 p.m. hour for “The Five, ” a loose conversation about the day’s events with a happy hour atmosphere designed for the 5 p.m. Eastern time slot where it originated. Fox News viewers may still be expecting more substance in prime time.
Last week, Fox News correspondents from Washington appeared on “The Five” to report developments on the White House’s problems with Russia and Comey, only to have two of the show’s irreverent co-hosts, Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld, mock the story’s significance (Watters called it “a boring scandal”) .
“The Five” was preempted on Monday as Fox’s breaking news anchor, Shepard Smith, came on to report on the terrorist bombing at Manchester Arena in England. The attack outside of an Ariana Grande concert, where 22 people were killed, dominated cable news coverage across all three major channels.
A prolonged scandal could continue to propel MSNBC to higher ratings over the long haul. The network is up more than 100% in May, compared with a year ago. The Department of Justice’s appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians means the story is not going to end anytime soon.
Anti-Trump viewers have been flocking to programs where they can see hosts — on late-night comedy as well as the news — who share their frustration or anger over the administration. But when Trump isn’ t the story, the ratings shift.
On Monday, a night when Trump was not the big story, Fox News was in first place in prime time based on preliminary ratings, while CNN led in the 25-to-54 age group. MSNBC finished third in both categories.
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Following the Manchester bombing, Donald Trump’s announcement that he would henceforth be referring to terrorists as “losers” won praise in some quarters.
But foreign policy and linguistics experts warned on Tuesday that the president’s new designation risked cheapening the impact of terrorist attacks, potentially adding to some relatives’ grief and lessening the public’s awareness of the threat.
“I won’ t call them monsters, ” Trump said in a speech reacting to the attack in Manchester, which killed 22 people and injured 59.
“Because they would like that term, they would think that’s a great name; I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are, they’ re losers. And we’ ll have more of them but they’ re losers – just remember that.”
Trump’s use of the term “loser” swiftly gained support beyond his reliable backers in the right-wing media.
The Atlantic said the categorization “could be a savvy strategy”. Philip Cunliffe, a senior lecturer in international conflict at University of Kent, thought it represented “that rare occasion when Trump is right – losers, not monsters is accurate”.
But some experts told the Guardian they disagree – while pointing out that, for all Trump’s change in tone, his actual policies towards Isis bear similarities to his predecessor.
“It could be argued that the use of ‘losers’ in this speech and its association with more casual types of talk has the effect of diminishing the seriousness of the events that transpired, ” said Jennifer Sclafani, associate teaching professor at Georgetown University’s department of linguistics .
“People with this reaction may understand the word ‘loser’ as someone who is impotent or incapable of causing real harm. For people who interpret it this way, his speech is likely to be seen as insensitive and offensive to all those who have been deeply affected by the tragedy.”
“Loser” is one of Trump’s favorite slurs – on Tuesday, USA Today compiled a list of more than 40 people and items the president has categorized as such – but while the president’s language may represent a new direction, Sclafani said “many other world leaders have referred to terrorist acts as acts of ‘cowardice,’ which could be argued to have the same effect”.
“Trump loves to play his branding game, ” said Republican strategist Rick Wilson.
“ ‘Lil Marco’ or ‘Low Energy Jeb’ or ‘Lyin’ Ted’ is the kind of tabloid and entertainment TV game through which he views the world. If you’ re a nihilistic death cult, I’ m not sure it really has the same effect.”
Barack Obama tended to strike a more high-minded tone in his response to tragedies. After the terrorist attack in Nice in July 2016 Obama offered “thoughts and prayers” and noted “the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world”. In December 2016 the Obama White House referred to thoughts and prayers again and sent “heartfelt condolences” to people in Germany following the attack in Berlin.
George Lakoff, professor emeritus of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, said Trump’s obsession with losers was a symptom of his personality – that people are either win or they lose. But despite the difference in styles, Trump and Obama had the same aim with their statements, Lakoff said.
“The idea is that terrorism is supposed to make you feel afraid, ” Lakoff said. “And the idea is to calm people down. So for Obama that means be cool. Go about your business; the way to defeat terrorism is to show it doesn’ t work.
“The Trump logic is different. It’s: ‘Show that they are not going to win. Show that they are losers and they’ re going to lose.’ ”
But Lakoff said that Trump’s logic could lead people to frame a terrorist incident as: “My daughter died because of a loser”.
“The gravity is taken away, ” he said. “And the notion of a threat is gone. Are you going to be afraid of losers?”
Despite the difference between Trump and Obama’s tone, foreign policy experts said that Trump had actually pursued a similar strategy towards Isis so far. Despite Trump chastising Obama during his presidential campaign for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism”, Trump did not use the phrase himself on Tuesday.
Michael O’ Hanlon, a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, said that while Trump’s Isis strategy is “nascent and still developing”, compared to Obama’s, “to date they have a lot in common”.
“Working with partners, relying on special forces abroad and intelligence as well as homeland security at home, cultivating coalitions to limit the movements of Isis and al-Qaida fighters and money, and so forth, ” he said.
Tom Sanderson, senior fellow and director, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ transnational threats project, said Trump’s strategy is “ostensibly more aggressive”, but Trump “will run into the same realities” as his predecessor – including foreign leaders not necessarily backing certain action, and people protesting intervention at home.
Sanderson said he was puzzled by Trump’s vehement commitment to his new term.
“Rhetoric is important. And calling people who murder young girls ‘losers’ is stupid, ” Sanderson said. He said people tend to refer to people who perpetrate terrorist attacks as “killers, murders and terrorists, which is accurate”.
“The term loser is not going to resonate. So I don’ t know why he made such an effort to announce a new name for terrorists. There’s no value to it.”
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Judy O'Connor attended every class with her 29-year-old son, Marty, as he worked toward his MBA at Chapman University in Orange, California.
ORANGE, Calif. -- A Southern California university has awarded an honorary degree to the mother of a quadriplegic student after she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his Master of Business Administration.
Judy O'Connor, a retired elementary school teacher, pushed her son Marty in his wheelchair for him to receive his degree during commencement Saturday at Chapman University in the Los Angeles suburb of Orange.
Then a choked-up graduation announcer said the school's faculty, administrators and board of trustees had decided to give her an MBA. The idea for the surprise honorary degree came from her son.
A stunned but composed Judy O'Conner blew a kiss to the crowd giving her a standing ovation.
"I'm a geek. I love being in school, " she said before the ceremony. "I'm not going to lie. I've enjoyed every minute of it."
Marty O'Connor received an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and was working as a salesman for a packaging industry company in 2012 when he fell down a flight of stairs and was paralyzed.
After his accident, he began to explore MBA programs. According to the university's blog, the help of a $10,000-a-year grant from the Swim with Mike organization kick started his enrollment in graduate school at Chapman.
"After I got hurt, I didn't know which end was up. I didn't really have a direction, " Marty O'Connor said in a story on the school's website. "I needed that mental challenge and wanted to add some professional value to myself."
His mother was living in Florida but moved to Southern California to help her son do his MBA.
He uses an iPad, laptop, voice-recognition software and a special mouth stylus to communicate, but could not take notes or write the answers to tests. So his mother did.
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The New York Yankees joined the Fire Department of New York City and other high-profile organizations in dropping out of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in response to parade organizers’ plans to honor freed militant Oscar Lopez Rivera.
The Yankees organization didn’ t elaborate on its decision, but a spokesperson said in a statement that the team still plans to financially support the parade's scholarship program:
"The New York Yankees are not participating in this year's Puerto Rican Day parade. However, for many years, the Yankees have supported a scholarship program that recognizes students selected by the parade organizers. To best protect the interests of those students, and avoid any undue harm to them, the Yankees will continue to provide financial support for the scholarships, and will give to the students directly."
The June 11 parade, which draws 1 million people each year, also lost key sponsors because of the decision to honor a man considered to be the leader of the ultranationalist Puerto Rican group responsible for more than 100 bombings. Rivera, who was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 1981 after he was found guilty of seditious conspiracy, served 35 years until his sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama.
Among the other organizations skipping the parade are the NYPD’s Hispanic Society and Rafael Ramos foundation.
"We understand that others may not be able to be with us, " a statement by the board of directors of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade said in reference to naming Rivera a national freedom hero. "However, we will continue to represent all voices, with an aim to spark dialogue and find common ground, so that we can help advance our community and build cultural legacy."
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The Federal Communications Commission will not be penalizing “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert after thousands of complaints flooded the government organization, citing a joke in which the host said President Trump’s mouth would make a good “c–k holster” for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After reviewing the complaints, the commission said in a statement obtained by TheWrap it “has concluded that there was nothing actionable under the FCC’s rules.”
Late night shows are given more leeway in what they can joke about, making the fear of being fined by the FCC for indecency more remote.
Nearly 6,000 complaints were filed since “The Late Show” host’s joke on May 1, with objections ranging from indecency to hate speech to homophobia, according to Politico. Colbert’s mouth was blurred and his voice was bleeped out when the joke was broadcast.
Politico was able to review some of the comments obtained from the FCC through the Freedom of Information Act, with one Florida complaint saying, “I know all you Commie shills hate this president but it is your job to keep these Leftists from dragging this nation further into the gutter.”
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai initially responded to the stir surrounding Colbert’s joke by reminding the outraged that “it’s a free country.”
“The FCC — outside of our decency rules — we don’ t get into the business of regulating content, ” Pai said in an interview on May 3 . “What I can say is that I realize this is a politically polarized time and I would hope that everyone can participate in the public discourse in a way that’s civil and operates in good faith.”
Pai did later, however, reveal that the FCC was reviewing complaints.
In a transcript provided to TheWrap on May 3 from CBS, Colbert offered a message of love and inclusion: “I just want to say for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person, in their own way, is to me an American hero.” He said he hoped Trump would agree.
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DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford’s new CEO, Jim Hackett, revealed a little about his plans — and a lot about himself — when he talked to media after his appointment.
Here are four of the comments the former head of Steelcase Inc. made at Ford’s Dearborn headquarters Monday and the deeper meaning behind them.
Hackett is making clear that he will keep a close eye on the automotive business, which was responsible for 90 percent of Ford’s $10.4 billion pretax profit last year. The F-Series pickup and the Focus sedan are both among the world’s best-selling vehicles. At the same time, he doesn’ t want employees to think of Ford as an “old” company that can’ t compete with Google or Tesla when it comes to technology. Hackett said Ford’s new mobility efforts, which he has led for the last year, have been moving quickly, although it’s not yet clear when they will turn a profit.
“I just want you to be patient. That news will come as we have success, ” he said.
Trump was critical of Ford throughout last year’s campaign after the company announced it was building a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico to make small cars. In January, Ford abruptly reversed course and said it would not build the Mexico plant after all. But as Hackett implies, that decision was made because of a slowdown in demand for small cars, not Trump.
Hackett also said — multiple times — that keeping the business “fit” is a high priority. He wouldn’ t say if that would be accomplished with job cuts, but his turnaround of Steelcase included thousands of layoffs. Ford has already begun that process: Last week, before Fields left, the company said it would cut 1,400 white-collar jobs in North America and Asia.
Hackett’s old football coach? That would be legendary University of Michigan coach Bo Schembechler.
“Alan really captured the hearts and minds of our employees and made them feel not only could they win but they were going to win. We will see the same with Jim, ” Bill Ford said.
Scott Cook, a friend of Hackett’s and the chairman of Intuit, agrees. Hackett, he says, “is loved by people because he leads from the positive as opposed to ego or threats.”
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KALAMAZOO -- Streets in several Kalamazoo area communities will be lined with young and old when Memorial Day is celebrated Monday, May 29.
Nearly all of the more than 30 parades and ceremonies will be on Memorial Day, with the exception of Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta that has its traditional ceremony Sunday, May 28.
Here are the Memorial Day events in the Kalamazoo area:
Allegan: 10 a.m. parade from Griswold Auditorium to Oakwood Cemetery for a ceremony at 11 a.m.
Bangor: Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial 9 a.m., parade 9: 30 a.m. along M-43 to Arlington Hill Cemetery for a ceremony.
Bloomingdale: 11 a.m. parade from Bloomingdale High School to village park.
Breedsville: 11 a.m. parade from Main Street to Breedsville Cemetery.
Centreville: Parade at 9: 30 a.m. from Adams Park to Prairie River Cemetery for a ceremony.
Climax: Climax Memorial Day/Founder's Day Car Show and Parade 9 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. includes 10 a.m. parade from beginning at Climax-Scotts High School to the Prairie Home Cemetery. Also includes the annual Run to Climax 7K run and 2-mile walk at 8: 15 a.m.
Colon: The Colon American Legion sponsors the parade beginning at 9 a.m. at the elementary school and heads to a naval service at the bridge along with a gun salute followed by a 10 a.m. ceremony at Lakeside Cemetery, 11 a.m. ceremony at Leonidas Cemetery and 1 p.m. ceremony at Burr Oak Cemetery.
Comstock: Gather at 11 a.m. at the VFW Post 6252 for the parade at noon from Comstock Avenue to Peer Park.
Constantine: 10 a.m. parade from the park on U. S. 131 at the bridge to Constantine Township Cemetery.
Decatur: 11 a.m. ceremony at Lakeside Cemetery, Harrison Cemetery after, Hamilton Township Cemetery at 1 p.m. and after that at Veterans Memorial.
Fennville: Parade at 10 a.m. from North Maple Street park entrance west to cemetery.
Fulton: The annual Memorial Day event includes a Kids' Parade at noon followed by parade at 12: 30 p.m. on the north end of town for a ceremony at South Fulton Cemetery.
Galesburg/Augusta: Fort Custer National Cemetery Memorial Day service 1 p.m. Sunday, May 28. Placement of flags by area volunteers on the Avenue of Flags 8 a.m. Saturday, May 27.
Gobles: 9 a.m. parade on M-40 to ceremony at park.
Gull Lake/Richland: 11 a.m. program at Prairie Home Cemetery.
Hickory Corners: Parade coordinator Chris Reed has once again organized all-day Hickory Corners' activities that include pancake breakfast at the fire department 7-9: 30 a.m., 10 a.m. sharp parade of 125 to 150 participants from Cadwallader Park to Memorial Day ceremony at East Hickory Corners Cemetery that could include a fly-over by the Civil Air Patrol (weather permitting) , chicken barbecue after the services at the Simmonds-Williams American Legion Post 484 and a "touch the truck" event across from the cemetery to raise funds for the park improvements.
Kalamazoo: The Rotary Club of Kalamazoo-Sunrise sponsors the Kalamazoo County Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. from Michigan Avenue to Riverside Cemetery on Gull Road.
Lawrence: 10 a.m. parade from Lawrence High School to Pioneer Cemetery.
Lawton: 10 a.m. parade from corner of Fourth and Main streets to ceremonies at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Martin/Gun Lake: 10 a.m. parade from Martin High School to Memorial Park on North Main Street.
Mattawan: 11 a.m. parade from Mattawan Elementary School to ceremony at village park.
Mendon: Noon parade starting at the Mendon Library and proceeding downtown to Nottawa Street and then to the Catholic Cemetery for a ceremony and 21-gun salute and then Mendon Cemetery for a similar ceremony. Sponsored by the St. Joseph County Area Marine Corps League 1401.
Otsego/Alamo: 9 a.m. parade from Mountain Home Cemetery to Memorial Park, with a change this year in the parade route because of soil conditions on South Farmer Street: the parade will head south on Farmer then turn east at Orleans Street to Fair Street and south to the park.
Paw Paw: Parade at 10 a.m. from Michigan Avenue, with parade marshal Norm Zimmerman of Gobles; heads to Veterans Memorial Park for services with guest speaker Matt Cooper. Light luncheon at American Legion Hall courtesy of the American Legion, McGowan-Johnson Post No. 68, the parade sponsor.
Plainwell/Cooper: Parade at 11 a.m. from downtown to Hillside Cemetery. Portage: 10 a.m. parade from Southland Mall on South Westnedge Avenue to Portage Central Cemetery and Portage Veterans Memorial.
Saugatuck-Douglas: 9 a.m. parade in Saugatuck, 10 a.m. parade in Douglas.
Schoolcraft: Parade lineup starts at 10: 40 a.m. and heads to an 11 a.m. ceremony at Schoolcraft Cemetery.
South Haven: 9 a.m. parade sponsored by the South Haven American Legion from downtown at Center Street and Michigan Avenue to Lakeview Cemetery for a ceremony about 9: 45 a.m. At 1 p.m., there will be a sloppy-joe lunch, free, at the American Legion.
Sturgis: 10: 30 a.m. parade from VFW Post 1335 on Fawn River Road to South Nottawa Street and then to Oak Lawn Cemetery.
Three Rivers: 9 a.m. parade from Kelsey and Main Streets to Riverside Cemetery.
Vicksburg: 10 a.m. parade from Vicksburg Middle School to Vicksburg Cemetery on Highway Street for ceremony featuring speaker Capt. Kenzi Pridgeon.
White Pigeon: 10: 30 a.m. parade from American Legion Post 138 on South Lincoln Street to White Pigeon Township Cemetery at the memorial flagpole for a program.
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US President Donald Trump's trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories saw the unpredictable leader tightly following protocol, but a few moments provided low-scale scandal and humour.
- Empty handed -
Walking on the red carpet from the plane that had just brought them from the first leg of their trip in Saudi Arabia, Trump reached for his wife Melania's hand, who seemed to deftly yet subtly tap it away in a possible spurn captured by cameras and shared widely on social media.
- 'Recognise Jerusalem' -
Welcoming Trump at the airport were members of the Israeli government, each of whom was granted a handshake and short verbal exchange with the US president.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett took the opportunity to tell Trump that with Israel celebrating 50 years since the war in which it took the eastern sector of Jerusalem from Jordan, "now's the time to recognise Jerusalem".
"That's a good one, " Trump seemed to respond to Bennett. The US does not recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
- The selfie -
A scandal-plagued member of parliament from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud party, Oren Hazan, managed to gain access to the red carpet and greet Trump upon his arrival.
Hazan, who sued a journalist for a televised report accusing him of involvement in pimping and drugs prior to his political career, whipped out his cellphone and suggested a selfie to Trump.
A bewildered Trump agreed, although Netanyahu tried to prevent it by gently pulling down Hazan's arm. Hazan said Trump was a good sport about the whole thing, even after his camera stalled.
Hazan, a self-declared "Israeli Trump, " shared the image on his social media, drawing reproach and jokes.
- 'They love you' -
As the airport ceremony wrapped up, Trump and his wife Melania chatted with Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu about their mutual affection and admiration, but also strayed into media criticism.
"The majority of the people of Israel, unlike the media, they love us, so we tell them how you are brave and they love you, " Sara Netanyahu said to Trump and his wife.
"We have something very much in common, " Trump said.
"We'll talk about it in dinner, " Sara Netanyahu told Trump.
"We have a lot in common, Donald and I, " she told Melania Trump. "The same media."
- From the Middle East to Israel -
Speaking at the Israeli presidential residence in Jerusalem in his first stop after arriving, Trump said he and his delegation had "just got back from the Middle East, " quickly correcting himself to say Saudi Arabia.
- Peach for our time -
A statement issued by the White House about Trump's visit to Israel included a title replacing the word peace with that of a fruit, so that the US president would be seeking to "Promote the possibility of lasting peach".
- 'Never mentioned Israel' -
Speaking to the press alongside Netanyahu on Monday, Trump sought to defend himself against criticism that he provided Israeli intelligence to Russia.
"I never mentioned the word or the name Israel, " he said in response to a question.
"Never mentioned during the conversation, " he said, as Netanyahu smiled in consternation.
"They're all saying I did, so you had another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel, " Trump reiterated.
The Washington Post reported last week that Trump revealed what it said was highly classified information on the Islamic State group during a recent meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Moscow's Washington ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
So Trump's denial that he mentioned Israel, which was not even alleged in the Washington Post article, stirred much bemusement on social media.
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The White House live feed of the president's remarks in a west Jerusalem location on Monday was identified as coming from Jerusalem, Israel.
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On Tuesday, however, Jerusalem became once again a stateless city on the White House feed, leading commentators to speculate on whether they were witness to a clash of policies within the White House and State Department or simply a mistake.
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A brief moment caught on camera during the first couple’s arrival at the Tel Aviv airport appears to show the president reaching behind him for his wife’s hand — and she seemingly swatting it away. Or maybe, upon close inspection of the footage, perhaps she just missed grabbing his outstretched hand, like a trapeze artist flubbing the catch.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on legislative action in Springfield (all times local) :
11: 30 a.m.
House Democrats have proposed a plan to subsidize higher education costs for college students who choose to stay in Illinois.
Democratic Reps. Lou Lang of Skokie and Will Guzzardi and Christian Mitchell of Chicago announced their plan Tuesday. It would provide full-time Illinois students attending a public university or community college with a yearly grant capped at $4,000.
Students who maintain a B average with families earning less than $125,000 annually would qualify.
Lang says the plan would support Illinois’ economy by incentivizing students to stay. He says over a quarter of the growing number of Illinois students attending out-of-state colleges never return.
Students would start receiving grants in 2018 at an estimated cost of $300 million.
The proposal would also create a faculty-retention fund and a debt relief program.
The bill is HB1316.
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Senate Democrats are proposing a backup state budget plan that doesn’ t cut some vital areas as much as a proposal that narrowly won approval last week.
Sen. Heather Steans’ (STAYNZ’ ) plan would spend $37.3 billion. A measure spending 2 percent less was OK’ d last week but with only Democratic votes.
It’s an attempt by the Senate to open the door to Illinois’ first annual budget in two years. First-term Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has sparred with Democrats who run the General Assembly over raising taxes to settle a deficit.
Steans’ budget plan projects the same level of spending Rauner himself proposed in February. The Democratic senator from Chicago says it still includes steep spending reductions but forgoes a previous $400 million cut to Medicaid.
Income and other taxes would be increased to bring in $5.5 billion.
The Illinois Senate could take up some lingering issues related to the “grand bargain” budget compromise.
Senators were winding down to a possible vote Tuesday on changes to the workers’ compensation system. It’s one of the “structural” changes Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has demanded during the two-year budget stalemate.
Democrats have argued that significant cost-saving measures were enacted in 2011, but those savings have not been passed along to business owners in the form of lower premiums.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago made workers’ comp part of the attempted compromise he hatched with Republican Leader Christine Radogno (ruh-DOHN’ -yoh) of Lemont (lih-MAHT’ ) last winter.
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During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday, McCain compared the allegations to the plot of a "lousy movie."
McCain noted that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats Dan Coats McCain: Trump-Russia allegations like a ‘lousy movie’ The Hill's 12: 30 Report Intel chief has not talked with Trump about reported disclosure of classified info MORE, one of the officials Trump reportedly spoke to, is a “very straightforward individual.”
Coats on Tuesday declined to comment on reports that Trump asked him and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers to publicly deny that any evidence exists of ties between Russia and his 2016 bid.
“I don’ t feel it’s appropriate to characterize discussions and conversations with the president, ” Coats added.
The Washington Post on Monday reported that Trump asked Coats and Rogers in March to publicly deny that evidence exists of collusion between his election campaign and Russia.
The report said that both officials refused Trump’s request as they found it inappropriate during a probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 race.
McCain on Tuesday suggested two “templates” that the investigation into Russian election meddling could follow: Watergate or the Iran-Contra affair.
“Get it all out, and if necessary, apologize, ” McCain said, referencing former President Ronald Reagan’s contrition for the Iran-Contra affair.
“Americans are very forgiving, ” McCain added at the Peterson Fiscal Summit. “We don’ t expect perfect people, and we’ re a very forgiving nation.”
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The jury that will hear Bill Cosby's sexual assault case was filling up quickly Tuesday as lawyers and prosecutors worked to select panelists who they believe would be favorable to their side.
A black woman who said she knows only "basic information" about the case and a young white man who initially expressed a tendency to believe police were the latest to be added to the panel. The man said he could put that bias aside if instructed to do so, leading defense lawyers to accept him on the panel.
The jury so far consists of six men and four women - all but one of them white - in a case that Cosby says may have racial undertones.
The actor-comedian once known as America's Dad for his beloved portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" is charged with drugging and molesting a Temple University women's basketball team manager at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. He has called the encounter consensual.
Dozens of other women have made similar accusations against Cosby, 79, but Judge Steven T. O'Neill is allowing only one of them to testify at the June 5 trial in suburban Philadelphia. The jury from Pittsburgh will be sequestered nearly 300 miles from home.
Lawyers will continue to question Pittsburgh-area residents this week until they find a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates in a case that has attracted worldwide publicity. The first group of 100 potential jurors summoned this week includes 16 people of color. The judge will bring in more people as needed.
Cosby, in an interview last week, said race could be a motivating factor in the accusations against him. Cosby became the first black actor to star in a network TV show in 1965 but has alienated some younger blacks by criticizing their clothes, music and lifestyle. Black comedian Hannibal Burress seemingly inspired more accusers to go public after he called Cosby a rapist onstage.
"Race plays a role in every trial, but it shouldn't eclipse ... the evidence, " Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson said. "This case is frankly more about gender, celebrity, how women are treated (and) Bill Cosby's credibility. But race may take a more focused perspective because the defense has (raised it) recently."
Cosby recently broke two years of silence when he gave a brief interview with a black news service, while one daughter issued a public statement saying she thinks race played a role in the accusations.
The other jurors picked Tuesday include a young man and middle-aged woman who said they had no opinions on the case, and a man who said he doesn't read or watch the news.
The jurors' names, ages and occupations were being kept private. Two men selected Monday said they or someone close to them had been sexually assaulted, but they insisted they could judge the case fairly. Sometimes that is not so easy, one law professor said.
One-third of the initial jury pool questioned Monday said they had an opinion about Cosby's guilt or innocence, and an equal number said they or someone close to them had been sexually assaulted.
The trial will take place in Norristown in Montgomery County, where Cosby had invited Andrea Constand to his home in 2004. Constand said she went seeking career advice. She said Cosby gave her wine and pills that put her in a stupor before molesting her on his couch.
Constand was 30 and dating a woman at the time, while Cosby was 66 and long married to wife Camille. Cosby in sworn testimony has said he put his hand down Constand's pants, but said she did not protest.
Cosby has said he does not expect to testify.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault unless they come forward, as Constand has done.
Cosby was arrested Dec. 30,2015, days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $1 million bail.
He told a talk show host last week that he hopes to beat back the charges and resume his career.
"I want to get back to the laughter and the enjoyment of things that I've written and things that I perform on stage."
Dale contributed from Philadelphia.
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CHICAGO (AP) - NFL owners cut the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 minutes during the regular season, but also gave players plenty of leeway to celebrate after a touchdown. The two moves are expected to result in more tie games and much more elaborate end zone dance parties. "I always planned all my celebrations, " said Denver's Emmanuel Sanders, already known for his flamboyant TD celebrations, including one that drew a fine last season. "Now I can go a little overboard without getting cussed out by the head coach." At their regularly scheduled spring meeting Tuesday, the owners also decided to shift the 2021 Super Bowl to Tampa from Los Angeles, where construction delays have pushed back the expected opening of the new home for the Rams and Chargers. Those teams will now host the league's showcase event in 2022. Also approved at the meeting was the Oakland Raiders lease for a stadium in Las Vegas, where the team is expected to play the 2020 season. For all the maneuvering, end zone celebration talk generated the most buzz. After years of limiting how - and how much - players could celebrate following touchdowns, the league decided to loosen up its rules, allowing players to again use the football as a prop, celebrate as a group and roll around or flap their arms like snow angels on the ground again if they choose. Even Commissioner Roger Goodell said he was looking forward to seeing what players would do with their new-found freedom of expression. Asked whether he celebrated the new guidelines approved at Tuesday's spring meetings, Goodell just laughed. "I did, " he said. "I can't tell you how." The shorter overtime period will be used in the preseason and regular season. Playoff games will also use 10-minute time blocks in overtime, but won't end in ties. Coaches' concerns that too many players were exhausted and risking injuries at the end of the extra period was the key factor in the decision. Research suggests the number of games that will go into overtime and end up tied will climb slightly. Over the past five years, with the 15-minute period in use, the league has averaged about one tie game each season. Projections show that could climb to three. "We don't think it will lead to more ties, " Goodell said. He noted a number of coaches said they expect a more aggressive approach to scoring with the shorter extra period. Rams owner Stan Kroenke said he welcomed the decision to delay awarding the Super Bowl to Los Angeles by a year. "We want to be sure that we do everything right, 100 percent, " he said after the meetings. "To have the Super Bowl, that's the important thing." Unusually wet weather had already caused significant construction delays at the $2.6 billion football stadium in Inglewood, California. Tampa originally finished as runner-up in the bidding for 2020 - one reason why owners backed the move unanimously. The NFL also would have had to waive a rule that prohibits a Super Bowl being played at a stadium before it has hosted two full regular seasons. Goodell said the moniker "No Fun League" had been thrown around since he was an intern in the league office. The league, however, will continue to penalize any celebration deemed offensive or in bad taste, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons. If celebrations are deemed a violation by on-field officials, players could still be penalized under existing unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting violations, as well as fined. "Everybody has a different idea where the line is, " the commissioner said. There is no set time limit on how long such celebrations can continue. But the league is placing an emphasis on speeding up the pace of games. The 40-second play clock will begin once an official signals a touchdown and teams will have to snap the ball for their extra-point play by the end of the clock. League officials will review celebrations during the preseason and anticipate providing guidance as the regular season progresses. Former player Jon Runyan, who is in charge of on-field disciplinary actions, will decide the fines. Two other former players, Derrick Brooks and James Thrash will hear appeals for players. "I actually think it will be easier" for officials to determine which celebrations are appropriate, said Alberto Riveron, the league's new senior vice president for officiating. "But some things will still be open to interpretation." ___ For more NFL coverage: and Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Billy Bush is continuing his apology tour.
Nancy O’ Dell said Bush reached out to her just a few weeks ago to say he was sorry for the infamous leaked tape of his conversation with Donald Trump, in which Bush could be heard laughing along to Trump’s recounting of a time he tried to hit on a married woman.
“I moved on her and I failed. I’ ll admit it, ” the now-president said in the 2005 recording, which was leaked in October. “I did try and f–k her. She was married.”
That woman turned out to be O’ Dell, Bush’s “Access Hollywood” colleague at the time.
“Billy reached out to me just about three weeks ago by email. He wrote a really nice apology, which I appreciated very much, ” O’ Dell shared on Monday’s “ET, ” the show she’s worked on since 2011. “He and I worked together for so many years, for a long time, and I only wish him the best moving forward.”
Bush, who lost his new gig at NBC’s “Today” show after the scandal, broke his silence on the “Access Hollywood” tape in an in-depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday.
“Looking back on what was said on that bus, I wish I had changed the topic, ” Bush said. “I wish I had said: ‘Does anyone want water?’ or ‘It looks like it’s gonna rain.’ He liked TV and competition. I could’ ve said, ‘Can you believe the ratings on whatever?’ I didn’ t have the strength of character to do it.”
He also told “Good Morning America” his teenage daughter was upset with him when the bombshell news broke.
“My now-16-year-old daughter called me and she was in tears and she was really upset, and I said, ‘Mary, it’s going to be OK. Don’ t worry,’ ” Bush told Robin Roberts. “And she said, ‘No, why were you laughing at the things that he was saying on that bus? Why were you playing along with that? It wasn’ t funny.’ And I said, ‘Mary, I’ m sorry and there is no good answer for that.’ ”
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OGDEN — A body found by hikers in the foothills above Ogden about a week ago has been identified as a 20-year-old man originally from Roosevelt.
Joe Montes had recently moved to Ogden from Roosevelt, according to the Weber County Sheriff's Office.
Montes' body was discovered by hikers on May 14 in the foothills above 29th Street. Family members who saw the sheriff office's news release recognized the items of clothing found with Montes. Dental records were then used to confirm the body's identity.
The body is believed to have been in the foothills about six months, according to a prepared statement from the sheriff's office.
"At this time, detectives do not suspect foul play, and there was no trauma located on the body. It appears Mr. Montes died as a result of exposure from the elements, " the sheriff's office stated.
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A black Bowie State University student who police say was fatally stabbed by a white stranger was honored Tuesday at the commencement ceremony where he would have walked across the stage. The gown of Richard Collins III was draped over a chair in the front row, and his family accepted his business administration degree. The historically black school's commencement was held in a sports arena at the nearby College Park campus of the University of Maryland, where Collins was killed early Saturday. Moments after the stabbing, witnesses directed officers to a white Maryland student sitting nearby with a knife in his pocket, police said. Bowie State President Mickey Burnim asked graduates to remember Collins. "Let us pause now in a moment of silence and contemplation of what each of us might do to promote greater peace, harmony and love that seems to be so lacking in our country and our world today, " he said. Indeo Ragsdale, a friend of Collins from Bowie State's ROTC program, said the day was full of sadness from losing him, but also the happiness of having known him, and the many lives he touched. "He'll be truly missed, " said Ragsdale, a junior from Lindenwold, New Jersey. Bowie State students were trying to avoid negative thoughts, even though Collins was stabbed a short distance from the commencement, he said. "It's sad that it happened up the street from here, but it's out of our control. We're not focused on the negativity today. We're focused on the positivity. Collins was a joyful person, " he said. Robert Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, noted these contrasting emotions while addressing the graduating class. "Commencements, almost without exception, are events that are bound with excitement and good feeling and hope, but it's clear that we gather today heartbroken by the murder of one of our very own, someone who by any rational measure should be with us today, " Caret said. Outside, University of Maryland physics professor Charles Clark wore his academic regalia and carried a sign honoring Collins as he welcomed the other school's graduates and faculty. "I thought I'd come and greet people on my own behalf and give them a good impression of the University of Maryland at College Park, " he said. Bowie State science professor Uvetta Dozier thanked Clark. She called Collins' death heartbreaking. "He could have been someone whose life could have been a lamp unto those who are lost, " Dozier said. Authorities have appealed for patience from both college communities as they investigate the background of Sean Urbanski, now jailed on murder charges. Police are considering it a possible hate crime, because Urbanski became a member of a racist Facebook group several months ago. "I know people are hurting, " Police Chief Hank Stawinski said Monday. "I know that people are drawing conclusions. I know that social media moves in its own way. "But I'm asking as the chief of police in Prince George's County ... that we take pause and allow all these investigators to do their work. They will know to a certainty what lies behind this, but we're not there yet." Defense attorney William C. Brennan argued that since the 22-year-old Urbanski had no criminal record, he should be allowed to live at home with a GPS monitor and receive alcohol abuse treatment while his case goes forward. The judge declined, for now. Collins, 23, who was visiting friends at the College Park campus, had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army. Lt. Col. Joel Thomas, who runs the Bowie State ROTC unit, said at a vigil Monday night that Collins could have been an outstanding military leader. "Richard cared deeply about his friends, cared deeply about others and he was exactly what we are looking for when we're selecting officers for the United States Army, " Thomas said. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan posted Monday on Facebook that the person responsible must be fully prosecuted. "Violence and hatred have no place in our communities and will never be tolerated, " he said. ___ Associated Press writers Jessica Gresko in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Alanna Durkin Richer in Richmond, Virginia, contributed to this story. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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The US is preparing to attack North Korea, according to Geopolitical Futures founder George Friedman—setting the stage for a difficult, messy war with potentially catastrophic consequences.
Speaking Monday to a rapt audience at the 2017 Strategic Investment Conference in Orlando, Friedman said that while it is unlikely the US will take action before President Trump returns home at the weekend, North Korea’s actions appear to have “offered the US no alternative” to a clash.
According to Geopolitical Futures analysis, evidence is mounting that the enmity between the two is escalating to a point where war is inevitable.
Friedman revealed that on May 20, the USS Carl Vinson supercarrier was joined off the Korean peninsula by the USS Ronald Reagan.
Additionally, more than 100 F16 aircraft are conducting daily exercises in the area, a tactic which foreshadowed the beginning of Desert Storm in 1991.
F35 aircraft have also been deployed to the area, and US government representatives will be briefing Guam on civil defense, terrorism, and Korea on May 31.
All of these strategic moves telegraph one outcome—conflict.
Friedman’s decision to make public his focus on North Korea comes days after the secretive state’s latest ballistic missile launch. The UN Security Council condemned its “highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance” of the organization.
Problems with any conflict are myriad. The 25 million people of the Seoul metropolitan area lie in reach of what Friedman called a “stunning mass of [North Korean] artillery.” Any strike on North Korea would likely result in a retributive attack on Seoul.
“We cannot afford the kind of casualties this will create, ” Friedman warned, adding that the US needs to neutralize the artillery by strategic bombardment.
A second problem for the US is that any conflict will necessarily rely on imperfect intelligence, and the impact of incorrect information could take a devastating human toll.
Friedman also called attention to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, noting that a North Korean attack on the base is Kim Jong-un’s only chance at delaying the war.
Pointedly branding the North Korean elites “neither crazy nor stupid, ” Friedman said they have “homicidal, but not suicidal tendencies.” “We are facing a war that is not simple, ” he said, adding that Russia and China are both washing their hands of the matter.
In off-the-cuff remarks following his speech at the SIC 2017, Friedman said a conflict would mark the beginning of another undeclared war.
“We have not declared war on a country since World War II, a terrible mistake morally and constitutionally, but also practically, ” he said. “Getting congress to declare war binds both sides together and puts responsibility on all.”
Nonetheless, he said, North Korea is America’s problem to bear.
“This is how it’s going to be for America over the next decade because we are the major global power and that power is of the sort that doesn’ t disappear very quickly, ” he said. “We are the only country in the world with a global military capability.”
“There is no other power that can conceivably—and I include the Chinese in this—take effective military action against the North Koreans to stop a nuclear program, ” he continued. “That means it’s either the US [takes action] , or North Korea has a nuclear weapon.”
Rumors of the demise of America’s hegemonic status are greatly exaggerated, according to Friedman. A consequence of its unparalleled power is that it will continue to “be involved in all sorts of miserable wars every 5–10 years. It’s partly because no one else wants to do it and partly because we can afford to and partly because of long-term threats.”
As for the remainder of the 21 st century, Friedman was pragmatic. “Every century has its systemic wars, ” he said. “The odds that the 21 st century will be the first not to have it are slim to none.”
For the foreseeable future, it seems, the US’ reluctant sheriff’s hat will remain in place.
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Britain’s bloodiest terrorist attack in over a decade occurred Monday just two miles from Rabbi Yisroel Cohen’s synagogue.
Yet one day after the deadly bombing in Manchester, Cohen told JTA he has no intention of changing security arrangements at his congregation.
In fact Cohen, a Chabad emissary who works in a Jewish enclave in the northern part of the city surrounded by a heavily Muslim area, said there is little room for improving security across his tight-knit community.
After all, the Jewish community in Manchester — one of the U. K.’s fastest-growing spots thanks to an influx of immigrants and young couples seeking alternatives to pricey London — has been on its highest alert since long before the explosion that killed 22 people and wounded 50 at an Ariana Grande concert. On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the act.
“Well, the radio equipment is working, the residents have been briefed, police are patrolling, security professionals from the Jewish community have been in place since the attacks in Belgium” last year, Cohen said when asked about security. “There is only so much you can do – except pray.”
On Kings Road, a busy street of the heavily Jewish borough of Prestwich, residents keep an eye out for strangers. Any abnormal behavior – particularly photography or the gathering of information — quickly invites polite but firm inquiries by both passers-by as well as shopkeepers who cater to the local population of haredi and modern Orthodox Jews.
The vigilance in Jewish Manchester owes much of its preparation and training to the local police, the Community Security Trust organization and other groups. But it is also born of circumstance: Manchester’s some 30,000 Jews are concentrated in a relatively small area. This makes them an easy target, but it also means that the community’s institutions are easier to protect and vigilance is easier to instill.
While there are also concentrations of Jews in North London, in Manchester — a city of 2.5 million, where 15.8 percent of the population is Muslim — there is added tension because the Jewish and Muslim communities live in close proximity. Kings Road, for example, is sandwiched between the Judaica World bookstore on its western end and the Masjid Bilal mosque on its eastern one.
This juxtaposition in recent years has generated some friction, including in the harassment of Jews on the street and the occasional violent incident.
At least one more premeditated plan to attack Manchester Jews was uncovered and foiled five years ago. In 2012, a British judge imprisoned a Muslim couple, Mohammed Sajid and Shasta Khan, for seven years for gathering intelligence on Manchester Jews for an attack.
“That incident came at a time of reassessment about the threat to Jews in Manchester, and it was one of the reasons that led to a complete overhaul, ” Cohen said.
“So today, we in the Jewish community are perhaps less surprised than others at what happened, ” the rabbi added, though he also said that Mancunian Jews are “shocked at the horror” witnessed at the concert.
Paul Harris, editor of the city’s Jewish Telegraph weekly, told JTA he generally agrees that Manchester’s Jewish community is well prepared to deal with any emergency or fallout thereof, but he also flagged one weak point: On evenings and afternoons, observant Jews in the city congregate outside synagogue — a habit that makes them an easy target and which, for that reason, has largely been abandoned in at-risk communities in France and beyond.
“Maybe that will change now, ” Harris said.
In a statement Tuesday following a suspect’s arrest, Prime Minister Theresa May said the bombing was a “callous terrorist attack” that targeted “defenseless young people.” Police believe a homemade explosive vest was detonated by a suicide bomber who may or may not have been working alone.
The explosion ripped through the 21,000-seat Manchester Arena at 10: 30 p.m. after Grande, a 23-year-old pop singer from the United States, had already left the stage. At least 12 of the 22 killed in the attack were children younger than 16. News of the explosion sent worried parents to the arena, where children, teenagers and young adults streamed out of the main exit in a state of panic.
Cohen said that Chabad was not aware of Jewish fatalities in the attack.
The attack happened a little over two weeks before the June 8 general election in which hardliner Theresa May from the Conservative Party is running against Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party. The attack may further increase May’s lead in the polls on Corbyn, a left-leaning promoter of outreach to Muslims who has called Hezbollah and Hamas his friends.
Last year Corbyn — amid intense criticism in the media and from members of his own party for his perceived failures in curbing expressions of anti-Semitism within Labour’s ranks — said he regretted expressing affection to the two Islamist terror groups. Following the attack Monday, all parties agreed to suspend campaigning for three days.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint news conference Tuesday in Jerusalem with President Donald Trump, who was visiting Israel, referenced the attack in criticizing incitement to terrorism by the Palestinian Authority under its president, Mahmoud Abbas.
“President Abbas condemned the horrific attack in Manchester, ” Netanyahu said while standing next to Trump. “Well, I hope this heralds a real change, because if the attacker had been Palestinian and the victims had been Israeli children, the suicide bomber’s family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian Authority. That’s Palestinian law. That law must be changed.”
Speaking in Bethlehem, Trump joined other world leaders who condemned the attack.
“I won’ t call them monsters because they would like that term. I will call them losers, ” he said.
Back in Manchester, Rabbi Shneur Cohen of the Chabad Manchester Center City organized a food and drinks distribution to police officers who were stationed outside the arena where the attack took place.
“We are Manchester, we stand together, ” Cohen told reporters at the scene.
But Harris, the Jewish Telegraph editor, said that despite such gestures, “there is definitely a silence, a shocked silence” in the city following the attack.
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Wendell Phillips Academy High School is a public school located in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. (Photo: Marc Monaghan)
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seems not to hear the fierce protests of parents, teachers and school officials over school closings and charter expansion in New York, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit and other American cities. How else to explain her continuing tone-deaf comments praising the glories of school choice? In truth, school choice does not exist in most black and brown communities in the United States. That is why her words ring false and her promises sound empty to the people living in those communities.
Whatever hope existed that DeVos would learn on the job and inform her boss, President Donald Trump, of the need to respect that history and build on the effectiveness of American public schools while improving them, has been dashed. During her confirmation hearings, DeVos was criticized for her lack of experience with and knowledge of the public education system.
Her later words at the Brookings Institution exemplified someone in a position of great power, who just does not get it: “How many of you got here today in an Uber, or Lyft, or another ridesharing service? Did you choose that because it was more convenient than hoping a taxi would drive by? Even if you didn’ t use a ridesharing service, I’ m sure most of you at least have the app on your phone. Just as the traditional taxi system revolted against ridesharing, so too does the education establishment feel threatened by the rise of school choice. In both cases, the entrenched status quo has resisted models that empower individuals.”
What DeVos fails to understand is the intentional structural racism that has been accepted by Democrats and Republicans, where children from black and brown communities are intentionally underserved by the system all citizens pay taxes into.
In Chicago, a child who goes to a neighborhood school near DePaul University enjoys a teacher’s aide in every class, robotics, debate teams, fully stocked libraries and after-school programs; while on the south side of the same city, in some schools there is one teacher’s aide in the building, with no library, no world language and 42 kindergarten students in one class.
In the historic Bronzeville community on the South Side of Chicago, simply to save Walter H. Dyett High School, our community’s last open enrollment neighborhood high school, I joined 11 other parents on a hunger strike for 34 days, from Aug. 17 through Sept. 24,2015.
On the 25 th day, Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a $21 million annex at Lincoln Elementary, a school with an upper-middle-class, white constituency in the upscale Lincoln Park community. Today, Walter H. Dyett is open, serving neighborhood children with $16 million in new investments and flourishing academically.
DeVos has not yet learned that we, meaning black and brown families, don’ t have the choice of great neighborhood schools within safe walking distance of our homes. In addition to the harm school closings inflict on student’s academic development and safety, only one out of five charter schools outperforms traditional public schools, despite the fact they can pick the children they want and discard the ones they don’ t.
“It is obvious we know how to educate children. We simply refuse to educate the poor, the black and the brown.”
Privatizers, such as the Great Lakes Education Project DeVos funded, play three-card monte with the public, utilizing political support, money and slick marketing to hide poor academic returns, increasing racial segregation and widespread corruption. A New York Times story detailed DeVos’ negative effect on schools and education policy in her home state of Michigan.
This is what Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos want to spread throughout the country.
According to the United Nations, America currently ranks 17 th in the world in education. But when you remove the results of children living in poverty, we jump to No. 2. It is obvious we know how to educate children. We simply refuse to educate the poor, the black and the brown.
The solution implemented by the same system that produces this inequity is to further diminish democracy and accountability to the public by privatizing what is a public good. The scholar Dr. Charles Payne from the University of Chicago, while supportive of charters that do good work, accurately critiqued the charter industry, saying that “it has produced largely mediocre results that are only accepted because of the race of the children served.”
As Betsy DeVos’ name was floated as the nominee for Education Secretary, my organization, the Journey for Justice Alliance, united with other networks around the country. More than a million phone calls were made to elected officials, thousands of letters, tweets and faxes were sent, and busloads of Betsy DeVos’ victims traveled from Detroit to Washington for the confirmation hearings.
Congress was startled at the response, two Republicans switched their votes to “no, ” and for the first time in U. S. history, a vice president had to break a 50-50 deadlock to confirm a Cabinet nominee. While Mike Pence’s predictable “yes” vote completed the confirmation, a new unity, a multi-racial resistance to “the illusion of school choice” rose in impact.
At the Journey for Justice Alliance, as so-called reformers, we feel the same urgency to transform struggling schools. But we understand that imposing failed, top-down corporate education interventions on communities of color is merely the status quo, amplified.
The #WeChoose Campaign demands what many children from middle-class white and upper-income families enjoy: a robust, rigorous and relevant curriculum, support for high quality teaching (smaller classes, teacher aides, effective professional development) , wrap-around supports for every child (nurses, counselors, clubs, after-school programs) , a student-centered school climate, transformative parent and community engagement and inclusive school leadership. The result: sustainable, community schools.
As author Alice Walker said, “No one is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.” Betsy DeVos can’ t seem to learn about the needs and desires of those she has pledged to serve. But that does not stop those who are working for equal educational opportunity for every child.
Campaigns are underway in 35 cities across the United States, building grass-roots strength to resist the administration’s privatization policies and most importantly, advance the vision for equity in public education. On Tax Day this year, April 18, in several cities across the United States, students, parents and educators lifted their voices in a collective rejection of school privatization.
The #WeChoose campaign will hold elected officials accountable over the next several months, advancing an equity-centered education platform, endorsed by millions of parents and students across the country. At www.j4jalliance.com, we choose equity, not the illusion of school choice.
© 2017 The Chicago Reporter
Jitu Brown is National Director of the Journey for Justice Alliance, based in Chicago, and a Public Voices Fellow of The OpEd Project.
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President Donald Trump has come and gone from his trip to the Middle East, his first foreign excursion since taking office earlier this year. He arrived — first in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, then Jerusalem and Bethlehem in Israel — with strong words about Iran as the neighborhood bully and, like so many American presidents before him, buoyant words for the Israeli and Palestinian people.
Optimistic words. Hopeful words. They all conveyed a vision and new possibility for peace in the region, a prospect “I’ ve heard, ” he said, that is “one of the toughest deals of all. But I have a feeling we will get there eventually, I hope.”
Good for Trump. A new American president. A new chance for a solution. A new team to get it done.
But where were the new ideas Israeli leaders are so certain he has? What is the new approach? How does he propose to untangle the thorny issues on the ground — boundaries, settlers, Jerusalem, etc. — that have left so many presidents before him bloody with failure?
Peace between Israelis and Palestinians was a topic of much discussion when Trump visited Jerusalem and Bethlehem. It was front and center, but not necessarily the first item on the agenda. In his speech to the Arab world in Riyadh days before, in his unscripted photo-op with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his later remarks in the prime minister’s house, Trump was more focused on Iran as the source of menace in the region. He and Netanyahu suggested that there are new opportunities in the region. Countries must unite against a common threat — Iran. That’s an opening that can be explored.
Michael Oren, historian, former Israeli ambassador to the United States and currently Israel’s deputy minister for diplomacy, said he believes that this new reality is a conduit of a “tremendous” shift. If once it was assumed that a peace with the Palestinians could lead to reconciliation of Israel with the rest of the Arab world — the situations is now reversed: A peace with the Arab world could lead to a deal with the Palestinians. If the Saudis come on board, if other Gulf states come on board, if the Arab world realizes that fighting against Israel makes no sense in this era of radicalism, the Palestinians might realize that the train of peace is leaving the station and that they’ d better hurry so they don’ t miss it.
Maybe this is what Israeli leaders mean when they constantly talk about “new ideas.” Trump is a devotee of “new” ideas, “bold” ideas, “different” ideas. For Israel, to resist his push for a deal would be a mistake. But it might be able to convince him that his predecessors failed because of their conventional thinking — and that he, a man bold enough, ought to reformulate the meaning of the ultimate deal. The “two-state solution” is old, tired — and it is so Clinton and Obama. Trump could make his mark by thinking outside of the box, that is, by dropping old ideas and replacing them with new ideas.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sang the praises of new ideas after his meeting with Trump: “Our destiny — Palestinians and Jews — is to live together in this land, ” he said. “In order to achieve this, we need new ideas, new energy that will help us move forward, together.”
But move where? Rivlin has his new ideas; he supports one state, or a confederation of Israelis and Palestinians. Naftali Bennett, the head of the Jewish Home Party and the leader most forthright in attempting to directly tell Trump what needs to be done (“We expect you to be the first president to recognize a united Jerusalem, ” he said, to which Trump responded, “That’s an idea!”) , has different new ideas. He supports an autonomy for Palestinians and annexation of the rest. Other leaders also have new ideas, including the oldest “new” idea of sticking to an improved status quo.
Does Trump have new ideas? If he does, we were still waiting to hear what they are as he departed for Europe. It was worth noting that Trump refrained from using the term “two-state solution” during his visit. It is possible that he is more open than his predecessors to considering alternative ideas, assuming he has them. In Saudi Arabia, in Jerusalem and in Bethlehem, he kept hinting that his deal is partially built on the goodwill of the conservative Arab regimes of Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Former President Bill Clinton failed to get them on board at Camp David. He was disappointed by their refusal to help him push the late Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, toward accepting the deal that was offered to him. Trump and some of his top advisers believe circumstances have changed in a way that could make such a push more realistic today.
His brief trip was barely a beginning of a long process of exploration of these assumptions and ideas. Although it sent a symbolic message of involvement and new energy, it did little to advance a detailed vision of a peace process. And of course, involvement is crucial, as both Arab and Israeli leaders made clear in their remarks, taking a swipe at the Barack Obama administration.
“We are happy to see that America is back, ” said Rivlin, usually not the type to bash the former president. Netanyahu, not surprisingly, was more direct: “I want to tell you also how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East.”
The new American president ought to know that there is no correlation between the number of visits to the Middle East and the level of success in handling Middle East affairs. Yes, Trump made “history” — a word used much too often to describe routine events — in going to Israel and Saudi Arabia earlier in his term than any other president. He made “history” again by being the first sitting American president to visit the Western Wall. So what? Nixon made history by being the first president to travel to Israel. Shortly afterward, he was forced out of office. Clinton made history by coming to Israel more than all other presidents, four times. It did not guarantee his success.
The only presidential visit that really made a change was Jimmy Carter’s in 1979. That was a dramatic visit, with ups, downs and crises. It was a make-or-break visit: Carter traveled to Egypt, then to Israel, and forced the hand of the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to accept the peace deal that was proposed to him. A few years ago, Israel’s state archives released documents from that visit, including a cable that was sent from Zvi Rafiah, Israel’s then-liaison to the U. S. Congress. Carter briefed congressional leaders when he was back in Washington, D. C., and Rafiah reported to his superiors in Jerusalem that during this meeting, Carter described his meeting with the Israeli cabinet as “terrible.”
“Terrible” and “horrible” are two of Trump’s favorite words. So maybe he will also describe parts of his visit as terrible. Maybe he did not appreciate the food, or the heat, or the forced selfie with Knesset Member Oren Hazan. But as far as we know, by the end of his visit on May 23, nothing truly “terrible” happened. Everybody was nice to him. Everybody agreed with him. Everybody encouraged him to keep doing what he is doing, whatever that is.
A time for confrontation might still come, when a more detailed plan emerges, and a real price is demanded of the parties. Already, Israel and the Palestinians got a taste of the future. Israel watched reluctantly, yet silently, as the Saudis bought weapons in quantities that might put Israel’s military edge at risk. The Palestinians witnessed an American president visiting the Kotel. They heard an American president, not for the first time, raise the issue of terrorism as an obstacle they need to overcome to achieve their objectives. They heard him say “peace” but not “a Palestinian state.”
And so. There was a visit and it went smoothly. For Trump, that is certainly an achievement. Everybody was trying to convince everybody that the visit was successful and that Trump is exactly what they expected him to be.
But there was reason for caution. On the evening of May 22, about an hour before Trump and Netanyahu made their joint statement in Jerusalem, I was sitting in a radio studio in the city of Modi’ in. The interviewee on the line was Member of Knesset Ahmad Tibi, an Arab legislator, an articulate critic of Israel’s policies, and a frequent visitor at the offices of Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president.
He was cautious. Very cautious. Wisely cautious. Tibi has hopes, but he isn’ t letting them get too high. He knows Trump changes his mind, he said. He knows it is not yet clear what Trump wants, beyond the generalities of having a “deal” and brokering “peace.” He knows Trump won’ t always have the patience necessary to see a bumpy peace process through. And so Tibi’s message was simple: I’ ll believe him about his Israeli-Palestinian peace effort when I see it.
When I asked Tzachi Hanegbi, Israel’s communications minister, about Trump reportedly walking back on his campaign promise to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, Hanegbi didn’ t even blink before explaining that a visit to the Western Wall is much more important than moving the embassy. And when Tibi was asked if he was annoyed by Trump’s visit to the Kotel, Tibi didn’ t even blink before explaining that it was an insignificant event that reinforced the fact that the U. S. does not recognize the site as Israeli.
Despite what did and didn’ t happen, give Trump credit for this: He was polite, almost gaffe free and vague enough to keep the valuable posture of a Rorschach test: for now, all interpretation of his actions and intentions are still in the eye of the beholder.
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi is denying good schools to African American students in violation of the federal law that enabled the state to rejoin the union after the Civil War, a legal group alleged Tuesday.
The Southern Poverty Law Center wants a federal judge to force state leaders to comply with the 1870 law, which says Mississippi must never deprive any citizen of the "school rights and privileges" described in the state's first post-Civil War constitution.
That law still obligates Mississippi to provide a "uniform system of free public schools" for all children, but the state has instead watered down education protections in a white supremacist effort to prevent the education of blacks, the group said.
"From 1890 until the present day, Mississippi repeatedly has amended its education clause and has used those amendments to systematically and deliberately deprive African-Americans of the education rights guaranteed to all Mississippi schoolchildren by the 1868 Constitution, " the suit states.
The named defendants include Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, House Speaker Philip Gunn and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, all Republican elected officials. It also names state school Superintendent Carey Wright and the nine appointed members of the state Board of Education.
Mississippi's public schools have stubbornly ranked at or near the bottom of national measures of academic achievement and progress. But Bryant and Reeves said Mississippi's education system is improving under their leadership.
"This is merely another attempt by the Southern Poverty Law Center to fundraise on the backs of Mississippi taxpayers, " the governor said in a statement. "While the SPLC clings to its misguided and cynical views, we will continue to shape Mississippi's system of public education into the best and most innovative in America."
Reeves called the SPLC a "fringe organization, " and said it's "almost laughable" that the legal group is simultaneously trying to "protect the status quo" by challenging efforts to direct public funds to charter schools that would provide more choices to minority students.
Attorney Will Bardwell says the suit, filed on behalf of four African-American mothers with children in public elementary schools, seeks equal opportunities and outcomes. He said Mississippi's leaders are welcome to comply without increasing spending if they can.
"I'm filing this lawsuit because the state has an obligation to make the schools that black kids attend equal to the schools that white kids attend, " said Indigo Williams, the parent of a first-grade boy at Raines Elementary School in west Jackson.
All 19 Mississippi school districts rated "F'' by the Mississippi Department of Education have overwhelmingly African-American student bodies, while the state's five highest-performing school districts are predominantly white, the SPLC says.
The schools attended by the plaintiffs' children "lack textbooks, literature, basic supplies, experienced teachers, sports and other extracurricular activities, tutoring programs, and even toilet paper, " the SPLC said.
Mississippi already faces a lawsuit over statewide public school funding. Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove represents 21 districts demanding the state money they say they were shorted under the public school funding formula between 2010 and 2015.
Musgrove said the Legislature can't evade a 2006 law requiring it to fund the amount required by the formula. He also argues that the funding law is reinforced by the current constitution.
The SPLC suit takes a sharply different view of the current law and constitution.
Its lawsuit recites changes to the provision, including a 1960 amendment that made public schools optional and could have allowed Mississippi to close public schools to evade racial integration.
That change was partially reversed in 1987, when voters amended the state constitution to again make public schools mandatory, but the amendment didn't require a uniform system, and said lawmakers could impose "such conditions and limitations as the Legislature may prescribe."
"This is one of the weakest education clauses in America because its mandate creates virtually no obligations that the Legislature does not choose for itself, " the suit states.
That's close to the view of proponents of Initiative 42, a failed attempt in 2015 to amend Mississippi's constitution yet again to require "an adequate and efficient system of public schools, " and allow people to sue over funding shortfalls.
Tuesday's lawsuit, if successful, could also set the stage for such suits. Bardwell said if the SPLC wins and state officials don't follow the revised constitutional mandates, the organization could sue again for more specific remedies.
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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” won’ t be so far away anymore, as the film’s characters will grace four new covers of Vanity Fair.
According to Vanity Fair, photographer Annie Leibovitz captured images of the cast and crew for the new series.
Vanity Fair first put a Star Wars film on its covers back in 1999 before the release of “The Phantom Menace.” Since that time, Vanity Fair has featured Star Wars on the cover before each film’s new release date.
The new covers debuted today. The full profile and magazines will hit online shelves Wednesday and newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on May 31. The national release date is scheduled for June 6.
The covers include Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) on one, another with Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) , a third with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and, at last, a cover with just General Leia Organa, played by the late Carrie Fisher.
Take a look at the covers below.
Leibovitz said she has always appreciated the Star Wars universe, according to StarWars.com.
“I can remember, from the very beginning, ” Leibovitz told StarWars.com in 2015, “I was astounded by the universe that George (Lucas) had created. I’ d never seen anything like it. It was just unbelievable, and the actors and characters really resonated with all of us. It was a great, great visual story that continues to carry forth today.”
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The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency won't declare Ohio's western end of Lake Erie impaired by toxic algae, siding with state regulators who say they are making progress in tackling the problem.
The decision released Monday means Ohio will continue to take the lead on fighting the algae blooms that in recent years have fouled drinking water in the shallowest of the Great Lakes.
The EPA said it recognizes the state's ongoing efforts to reduce pollution feeding the algae.
Several environmental groups have been pushing the EPA to make the impaired watershed designation and pave the way for increased pollution regulations. Those groups last month sued the EPA to force the agency to make a decision on whether the western part of the lake should be declared impaired under the Clean Water Act.
"By any measure, western Lake Erie does not meet the Clean Water Act's standards of fishable, drinkable, and swimmable for significant portions of the year, " said Molly Flanagan, of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
She said the decision fails to protect drinking water and recreational opportunities for people along the lake.
Michigan last year asked the EPA to designate its portion of Lake Erie as impaired. Ohio resisted making the same request and asked for only some shoreline areas to be put on the impairment list. The EPA agreed to Ohio's plan. The agency didn't immediately respond when asked about the request from Michigan Tuesday.
While steps have been taken in Ohio and Michigan to reduce the farm fertilizer runoff and municipal sewage overflows that feed the algae, environmental groups and some political leaders have become frustrated by the pace and depth of those efforts.
The sometimes toxic algae are a threat to both drinking water and wildlife and have become more prevalent in recent years.
Blooms in the western end of the lake blanket its waters and turn the lake into unsightly shades of green in most summers. An outbreak in 2014 contaminated the tap water for more than 400,000 people around Toledo.
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Prosecutors say a private investigator's attempt to obtain President Donald Trump's federal tax returns was unsuccessful, and the man faces charges of misrepresenting his Social Security number in the effort.
Court documents filed this month say Jordan Hamlett used a computer application at a public government website in an attempt to get Trump's records. Prosecutors say Hamlett did this in September, while Trump was still a candidate for president, by using the Federal Student Aid-Datashare application.
Hamlet owns a private investigations agency in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Prosecutors say that in an interview with federal agents in a Baton Rouge hotel