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The Latest: Monday bond hearing for suspect in church fires

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 16:11

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a suspect in recent arson fires at black churches in Louisiana (all times local):


La. church fires: Documents claim suspect bought gas can before crimes

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 16:03

Authorities used surveillance video, debit card purchases and cell phone data to tie Holden Matthews to three church fires, according to court records.


The Latest: Sudan's post-coup transitional leader steps down

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 16:02

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Sudan (all times local):


Prosecutor asks for review of how Smollett case was handled

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 15:58

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County state's attorney said Friday that she has asked the county's inspector general to review how her office handled "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's criminal case.


Southwest flight attendant walks plane aisle with baby to give tired mother a break

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 15:43

A Southwest Airlines flight attendant is being lauded online over her kind deed for a weary traveler. 


GM to reveal next-generation Corvette in July

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 15:20

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It's just the thing to make the hearts of Corvette fans race: A new rendition of the classic sports car is coming.


2020 Vision: Democratic field now largest in history

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:48

With 18 candidates, the 2020 Democratic field is now the largest ever for a major party’s presidential nomination.


U.S. lobbying probes persist though Mueller investigation over

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:46

In a sign that evidence from Mueller's 22-month investigation may yet ensnare more prominent Washington figures, federal prosecutors in Washington cited a former U.S. congressman "working for the government of Ukraine" in charges filed Thursday against former Obama administration official Greg Craig. Craig pleaded not guilty on Friday to lobbying violations and making false statements. The former congressman is not named in Craig's indictment, but other filings by his former law firm cite identical work done for the firm by Vin Weber, a lobbyist with Mercury Public Affairs, who was a U.S. representative from Minnesota from 1981 to 1993.


Palestinian teen killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:44

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by the Israeli army Friday during renewed clashes on the Gaza border, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said. A ministry spokesman said Maysara Abu Shaloof, 15, was "shot in the stomach by the (Israeli) occupation east of Jabalia," referring to a demonstration site in northern Gaza. At least 48 others were taken to hospital with a variety of injuries from clashes at several spots along the border, the ministry said without elaborating.


Fox mentions Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 42 days running – 3,181 times

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:42

Democrat receives 3,181 mentions on Fox News and Fox BusinessFigures suggest media obsession with congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to have replaced Hillary Clinton as conservatives’ bete noire. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters Fox channels have mentioned the US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 42 consecutive days, a study has found. The 29-year-old liberal star received at least 3,181 mentions in six weeks from Fox News or its sister Fox Business, according to research by Media Matters for America, a not-for-profit media watchdog. The finding will reinforce perceptions that Fox, owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is obsessed by Ocasio-Cortez, portraying her as a radical socialist who threatens the American way of life. Sign up for the US morning briefing She tweeted in response on Friday: “Fox News brought me up 3,000+ times in *6 weeks.* That’s how hard they’re fighting against dignified healthcare, wages, & justice for all; and turning their firepower on the youngest Congresswoman in history to do it. Too bad for them, cause we don’t flinch. #ForThePeople.” Ocasio-Cortez, who has promoted ambitious leftist policies such as a Green New Deal , has supplanted Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi as the favoured target of many conservatives. Courtney Hagle, a researcher at Media Matters for America, said: “Ocasio-Cortez is brought up constantly, even if the topic has nothing to do with her, as with the recent terror attacks in New Zealand. Hosts and guests smear and misrepresent Ocasio-Cortez’s agenda, caricaturing it while painting it as radical, dangerous, far-left socialism.” Hagle added: “Fox figures go on extended, aggressively angry rants about her. They’ve repeatedly attacked her intelligence, used her age to discredit her, and dismissed her as a ‘little girl’.” After only three months in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has attracted outsized coverage in general, including a Time magazine cover and a huge social media presence. She has nearly 4 million followers on Twitter. Media Matters searched Grabien transcripts for “AOC” and “Ocasio” between 25 February and 7 April.


How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Macworld - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:28

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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College admissions scandal: Will the students stay in school? Colleges don't have to say

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:22

Two universities say they have booted students, but colleges don't have to give details of disciplinary decisions. Here's why they're staying quiet.


Swedish prosecutors could pursue Assange for sex-crimes case

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:21

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — When Julian Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012, he was fleeing from sexual assault accusations against him in Sweden. Swedish authorities could still go after the WikiLeaks founder, who was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew its protection and allowed British police to drag him out of the embassy. A closer look at the case:


Protesters Keep Pressure on Sudan's Army After Bashir Ousted

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:18

Demonstrators maintained an overnight sit-in outside army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, ignoring a 10 p.m.-4 a.m. curfew imposed when the military seized power. Defense Minister Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf was sworn in late Thursday as head of a military council, which plans to lead Africa’s third-largest country for two years and has declared a three-month state of emergency.


The Latest: Ex-Obama WH aide denies guilt in lobbying case

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on court appearances of two political consultants in foreign lobbying cases that grew out of the Russia probe (all times local):


Leaker Chelsea Manning stuck in jail after Assange arrest

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:53

Nine years ago, a 23-year-old US army specialist, deeply troubled by the US war in Iraq and by her own gender identity, rocked the US government by leaking disturbing classified military records to WikiLeaks. Chelsea Manning spent years in prison for her crime before her sentence was commuted -- but on Friday was again sitting in jail for what her supporters say is an ongoing punitive political vendetta. Last month, she refused to testify in a secret grand jury investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was arrested in London on Thursday on a US indictment linked to their cooperation in 2010 on the leak of secret US records of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Mall of America: Man in custody after 'throwing child' from upper story of famous shopping centre

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:42

A man has been arrested and taken into custody over an incident in which a five-year-old child may have been pushed or thrown from an upper balcony at the Mall of America.Reports said a 24-year-old man was detained after the incident at the celebrated shopping complex, located outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.Bloomington police chief Jeffrey Potts said witnesses told police the child may have been pushed or thrown from the mall’s third level to the first floor.Officers gave first aid, but the five-year-old suffered “significant injuries” and had been taken to a hospital, Mr Potts said.A witness told WCCO-TV a woman was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the third floor balcony. This was near the southeast corner of the mall.“She was screaming ‘Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge’,” said Brian Johnson.Mr Potts said the suspect ran off after the incident but was quickly found and arrested at the mall, according to the Associated Press.The officer said police did not believe there was any relationship between the man and the child or the child’s family. He says police did not have an idea about a possible motive.“At this point we believe this is an isolated incident,” Mr Potts said. “We’re actively trying to figure out why this occurred.”No details were immediately available about the child’s condition.The 4.2-million-square-foot Mall of America is in Bloomington, about 10 miles south of Minneapolis. It is the fifth largest in the country.


EU 'ready to respond' to US in Airbus/Boeing row

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:18

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Friday that Europe was ready to hit back at any US tariffs against Airbus as he pleaded for an "amicable solution" to the long-running dispute. "If we were to be hit again by unjustified and unjustifiable US sanctions, Europe would be ready to respond in a united and strong way," the minister said after his meeting with his US counterpart Steven Mnuchin. "All this would be bad for growth and bad for American and European prosperity," he said at a press conference on the sidelines of the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.


Sudan coup leader steps down as army seeks dialogue with protesters

Top Stories - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:06

The Sudanese defence minister who declared himself head of a provisional military government after ousting President Omar al Bashir in a coup stepped down, after just a day in power.  Awad Abnouf and his deputy, Kamal Absel Maarouf, resigned in a statement issued on Friday evening.  Earlier in the day protesters had chanted that they would stay on the streets until Mr Abnouf left.  Lt Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan will take over as head of the military transitional council.  Sudan's new military rulers said they were ready for dialogue with demonstrators after hundreds of thousands of people defied a curfew to occupy central Khartoum for a sixth night.  But the generals warned they would not tolerate “chaos” and ruled out extraditing Bashir, the dictator they deposed in a coup on Thursday, to face charges of war crimes. “We are not against the demands of the people, we are for the demands of the people, and we have to achieve them,” Zein Abedeen, the general tasked with leading talks with the protesters, said in a press conference. Sudan uprising, in pictures “We have to adhere to civilised methods and today we will start a dialogue with the political groups, who are invited to hear from us what we have in mind and what they have in mind.” The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has led months of huge anti-government protests, said the “coup makers are not eligible” to oversee change and demanded an immediate hand-over to a “traditional civilian government.” Bashir, who ruled Sudan for 30 years, was deposed on Thursday by his own military after clashes between security services and troops sympathetic to the protests. Women reportedly make up as much as half of the crowd outside army headquarters Credit: AFP Leaders of the protest movement immediately rejected the announcement that a military transitional council would assume control of the country and impose a three-month state of emergency. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators spent a sixth night on the streets outside Army headquarters in Khartoum on Thursday and on Friday, in deliberate defiance of a 10pm curfew imposed by the military when they announced their coup. Protesters said there were no attempts by authorities to enforce the curfew. Several soldiers joined the protest, reinforcing claims by demonstrators that the junior and middle ranks of the army are reluctant to follow the orders of a top brass widely considered to be closely allied to Bashir. In the morning, protests continued, with festive demonstrators shouting “down with military rule” and parading an enormous Sudanese flag. Protesters distrust Awad Abnouf, the chief of Sudan's new ruling council who is sanctioned by the US for alleged war crimes Credit: REX Alsadig Almahdi, the last civilian prime minister before Bashir seized power in 1989 and a great-grandson of the Mahdi who led the uprising against British rule in the 1880s, oversaw Friday prayers at the protest site.  Protesters said they were particularly distrustful of Mr Abnouf, who announced the coup on Thursday and until Friday headed the new military transitional council. Mr Abnouf, a former intelligence chief who is sanctioned by the US over his alleged role in atrocities committed in Darfur in the 2000s, was made vice-president by Bashir in February.


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