Today in History - Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016
Today is Sunday, Sept. 18, the 262nd
day of 2016. There are 104 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 18, 1793, President George
Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.
On this date:
In A.D. 14, the Roman Senate officially
confirmed Tiberius as the second emperor of the Roman Empire, succeeding the
In 1759, the French formally
surrendered Quebec to the British.
In 1810, Chile made its initial
declaration of independence from Spain with the forming of a national junta.
In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph
Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its on-air debut with a basic network
of 16 radio stations.
In 1931, an explosion in the Chinese
city of Mukden damaged a section of Japanese-owned railway track; Japan,
blaming Chinese nationalists, invaded Manchuria the next day.
In 1947, the National Security Act,
which created a National Military Establishment and the position of
Secretary of Defense, went into effect.
In 1959, during his U.S. tour, Soviet
leader Nikita Khrushchev visited Wall Street, the Empire State Building and
the grave of President Franklin D. Roosevelt; in a speech to the U.N.
General Assembly, Khrushchev called on all countries to disarm.
In 1961, United Nations
Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (dahg HAWM'-ahr-shoold) was killed in a
plane crash in northern Rhodesia.
In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in
London at age 27.
In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia
Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being
kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
In 1981, a museum honoring former
President Gerald R. Ford was dedicated in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In 1990, the city of Atlanta was named
the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Ten years ago: An Iranian-American
telecommunications entrepreneur, Anousheh Ansari (ah-NOO'-shuh an-SAH'-ree),
took off on a Russian rocket bound for the international space station,
becoming the world's first paying female space tourist. Aboard the space
station, an oxygen generator overheated and spilled a toxic irritant,
forcing the crew to don masks and gloves in the first emergency ever
declared aboard the 8-year-old orbiting outpost.
Five years ago: Dominique Strauss-Kahn,
former head of the International Monetary Fund, broke his silence four
months after a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault, calling
his encounter with the woman a "moral failing" he deeply regretted, but
insisting in an interview on French television that no violence was
involved. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook northeastern India and Nepal,
resulting in some 100 deaths. For a second year, Emmy Awards for drama and
comedy went to "Mad Men" and "Modern Family."
One year ago: The Environmental
Protection Agency said Volkswagen had intentionally skirted clean air laws
by using software that enabled about 500,000 of its diesel cars to emit
fewer smog-causing pollutants during testing than in real-world driving
conditions; the EPA ordered VW to fix the cars at its own expense. President
Barack Obama announced he would nominate longtime Pentagon official Eric
Fanning to be the Army's new secretary; Fanning became the nation's first
openly gay leader of a military service. Authorities in Boston announced
that they had identified "Baby Doe," a young girl whose body was found on
Deer Island in Winthrop the previous June, as two-year-old Bella
Bond. (The boyfriend
the mother was accused of helping conceal the body; both have yet to stand
Today's Birthdays: Voice actress June
Foray is 99. Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 83. Actor Robert Blake is 83. Actor
Fred Willard is 83. Actor Eddie Jones is 82. Gospel singer Bobby Jones is
78. Singer Frankie Avalon is 76. Actress Beth Grant is 67. Rock musician
Kerry Livgren is 67. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 66. Basketball Hall of
Fame coach Rick Pitino is 64. College Football Hall of Famer and retired NFL
player Billy Sims is 61. Movie director Mark Romanek is 57. Baseball Hall of
Famer Ryne Sandberg is 57. Alt-country-rock musician Mark Olson is 55.
Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 54. Actress Holly Robinson Peete
is 52. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv
Devoe and New Edition)
is 49. Actress
Tyler is 46.
cyclist Lance Armstrong is 45. Opera singer Anna Netrebko is 45. Actress
Jada Pinkett Smith is 45. Actor James Marsden is 43. Actress Emily
Rutherfurd is 42. Actor Travis Schuldt is 42. Rapper Xzibit is 42.
Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis is 41. Actress Sophina Brown is 40. Actor
Barrett Foa is 39. Talk show co-host Sara Haines (TV: "The View") is 39.
Actress Alison Lohman is 37. Actors Brandon and Taylor Porter are 23. Actor
C.J. Sanders is 20.
Thought for Today: "We want the facts
to fit the preconceptions. When they don't it is easier to ignore the facts
than to change the preconceptions." — Jessamyn West, American author
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All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,
rewritten or redistributed.
European leaders look at 6 months for rebuilding EU dream
Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference after the EU summit in
Bratislava Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.
(AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
George Jahn, Raf Casert
Bratislava, Slovakia (AP) — With
policy splits among European Union countries putting their bloc under
existential threat, national leaders agreed Friday on a six-month time table
to come up with solutions for the multiple crises hobbling their union. But
they delivered few concrete commitments on ways to bridge the deep
While not on the agenda, Britain's
decision to leave the EU hung over the meeting, reinforced by the absence of
British Prime Minister Theresa May. But the 27 leaders attending talks in
the Slovak capital had plenty of other divisive issues to discuss:
Migration, a common European defense policy, worrying unemployment and the
anemic state of the economy
In the end, the leaders committed to
have a clear roadmap of the way ahead and some practical results when they
meet in late March to mark the 60th anniversary of the EU founding Treaty of
Rome in the Italian capital.
"Europe can, must move forward, as long
as it has clear priorities: protection, security, prosperity and the future
of the youth," said French President Francois Hollande in a joint news
conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel called the current situation in
the EU "critical," not only because Britain voted in June to leave the EU,
the first ever member to do so.
She noted the migration crisis and
economic problems that have fed growing disenchantment with the EU among
many member states. Still, she said there was a common willingness to bounce
back beyond the many issues that divide and even anger individual EU
EU Council President Donald Tusk
agreed, saying the mood in the EU now was "sober but not defeatist."
Still, comments by some leaders as they
left the meeting suggested hard work ahead.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban,
the staunchest opponent of liberal EU migration policies, again blamed
Germany for refusing to set limits on migrant arrivals under Merkel. Unless
Berlin caps arrivals, he said, the flood will continue "because everyone
sees ... that there is a place in Europe where the good life can be
achieved, where they are welcomed and where their needs are taken care of."
Orban said Hungary should be praised
instead of criticized for erecting a razor-wire barrier at its southern
borders. "Our job is to stop at the Hungarian border the negative
consequences of the suction effect of German domestic politics," he said.
The refugee emergency has been
particularly divisive and Orban has been one of the most abrasive voices as
he makes common cause with other countries to the East — Slovakia, the Czech
Republic and Poland — to oppose solutions coming out of EU headquarters in
At the end of a "difficult day" of
consultations, Orban said the good news is that all 27 remaining EU members
said they would stay in the union and work together to improve it. But he
complained that the current "self-defeating and naive" migration policies
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico,
whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency, frankly acknowledged the
divisions. "There are different views, different ideas," he said. "We need
to be more concrete in the future."
Still, some of Orban's allies noted
recent give by Brussels on the notion of mandatory refugee resettlement.
"It is of great importance that we are
leaving today with a new political agenda that will open the process of EU
reforms," Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said. "We are opening the
process of reforming Europe."
Others also noted some progress in
discussions on how to heighten security and defense cooperation, secure
external borders and get Europe's unemployed youth back to work.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude
Juncker said a decision was taken to award 108 million euros ($121 million)
in emergency funding to Bulgaria for border management at one of the most
porous borders, with Turkey — a decision praised by Orban. Other EU nations
committed extra equipment and personnel.
Added urgency for EU reform comes from
planned elections in France and Germany next year where far-right and
populist parties are seeking to exploit uncertainty generated by Britain's
decision to become the first country to walk out of the EU.
Hollande is trailing in the polls ahead
of next May's French presidential elections. His far-right opponent from the
National Front, Marine Le Pen, has already said she will call for an in-out
referendum on EU membership if she wins.
Europe's weak economy also hampers EU
efforts to make common cause. Greece remains in the zone of EU nations using
the euro after its third international bailout. But it is still struggling
to deliver on its promises to creditors. How to deal with the euro's
problems remains divisive — on one side are pro-austerity countries led by
Germany, on the other, more social-minded governments.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras,
whose country has been at the center of the region's debt crisis and seen
the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants, mostly from Turkey, over
the last year, said things cannot continue as they are.
"What Europe should not do is to
continue sleepwalking in the wrong direction," he said.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose
country was one of the EU's founders, insisted internal quarrels were not
"When we started with six nations, they
were there too," he said. "We have to make sure we can fix them."
Powell discusses secret Israeli nukes in leaked 2015 email
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is
shown in this Nov. 9, 2011 file photo. (AP Photo/Eric Reichbaum)
Washington (AP) — In a private
email exchange last year leaked this week by hackers, former Secretary of
State Colin Powell discussed Israel's nuclear weapons capability with a
friend, saying the country has 200 warheads.
Though Israel is widely believed to
have developed nukes decades ago, it has never declared itself to be a
nuclear state. The existence of its weapons program is considered classified
information by both the Israeli and U.S. governments.
Powell, a retired Army general who has
served as White House national security adviser and chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, told The Associated Press on Friday through a spokeswoman
he was referring to public estimates of Israel's nukes.
"Gen. Powell has not been briefed nor
had any knowledge from U.S. sources on the existence and or size of an
Israeli nuclear capability," the statement said. "He like many people
believe that there may be a capability and the number 200 has been
speculated upon in open sources." It added: "This email was written 10 years
after he left government and has not received briefings on classified
Powell, 79, would not say whether he
still retains a security clearance.
In the March 2015 exchange from his
personal Gmail account, Powell was discussing a speech that day to a joint
session of Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The
conservative Israeli leader staunchly opposed the deal then proposed by
President Barack Obama to curb Iran's nuclear weapons program.
"Iranians can't use one if they finally
make one," Powell wrote to Democratic donor Jeffrey Leeds, a hedge-fund
founder who serves on the board of the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and
Global Leadership at the City College of New York. "The boys in Tehran know
Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands."
Itai Bardov, spokesman for the Israeli
Embassy in Washington, declined to discuss Powell's email or his nation's
policy of not commenting on whether it has nuclear weapons.
Asked about the issue at a briefing
Friday, State Department spokesman John Kirby also declined to comment.
"I'm not going to discuss matters of
intelligence," Kirby said. "We support the nuclear nonproliferation treaty."
Powell is not the first top-level U.S.
government official to publicly discuss Israel's nukes. Former President
Jimmy Carter has said in interviews and speeches that Israel has between 150
and 300 warheads.
But the issue is not supposed to be
discussed openly by those who work for the U.S. government and hold active
security clearances. Even members of Congress are routinely admonished not
to even mention the existence of an Israeli nuclear arsenal, said Avner
Cohen, a professor at the James Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
"It's noteworthy that someone like
Colin Powell said that," said Cohen, who has written extensively about
Israel's nuclear program. "Obviously, he was privy to all kinds of
intelligence on this issue. It's kind of considered by everybody to be a
public fact, but the United States government as a matter of policy has
never said that."
Cohen said U.S. intelligence on
Israel's nuclear program carries "top level" classification. As an
indication of the subject's sensitivity, he pointed to the recent case James
Doyle, a political scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico
who lost his job after publishing an academic paper in 2013 that included
Israel on a list of nations that either "possess nuclear arms or are in
alliance with nuclear powers."
Powell's leaked email, which was among
thousands of his messages posted earlier this week to the website
DCLeaks.com, provides fodder for defenders of Hillary Clinton's use of a
private email server while she served as secretary of state from 2009 to
2013. The Democratic presidential nominee has faced withering criticism from
Republicans for exchanging emails with her aides that contained sensitive
Powell also used a private America
Online email account to communicate with senior U.S. officials and foreign
dignitaries while serving as the nation's top diplomat under President
George W. Bush. A Republican, Powell said he never discussed classified
information over his private account.
DCLeaks.com has been alleged to be an
outlet for hackers tied to Russian intelligence. The website, which says it
intends to expose the misuse of political power, has released emails from
other Washington political figures.
The release of Powell's emails is the
latest in a string of leaks that appear intended to influence the 2016
presidential election. The FBI is investigating how thousands of Democratic
National Committee emails were hacked and published, an embarrassing breach
that Clinton's campaign maintains was committed by Russia to benefit Donald
In his emails leaked this week, Powell
called the GOP presidential nominee "a national disgrace" and suggested his
own Republican Party is "crashing and burning." He also lamented Clinton's
attempt to equate her use of private email at the State Department with his.
Bombing in northwest Pakistan mosque kills 24, wounds 28
child who was injured in a suicide bombing is treated at a local hospital in
Khar, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Anwarullah Khan)
Khar, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide
bomber attacked a Sunni mosque in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing at
least 24 worshippers and wounding 28 others, officials said. Several
children were also among those killed or wounded in the deadly attack.
A breakaway Taliban group later claimed
responsibility for the bombing.
The attacker shouted "God is Great" as
he entered the mosque in the village of Ambar in Pakistan's Mohmand tribal
region, government administrator Naveed Akbar told The Associated Press. He
said rescuers had transported the dead and wounded to nearby hospitals,
where some of the wounded were listed in critical condition.
Akbar said about 200 worshippers were
inside the mosque at the time of attack.
Pashin Gul, the head of local tribal
police, confirmed that it was a suicide attack. He said the bombing took
place during Friday prayers, adding that several of the wounded were in a
Ahsanullah Ahsan, a spokesman for
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar — the breakaway Taliban faction — claimed responsibility for
the attack in a statement to media. He claimed the attacker targeted members
of a pro-government militia.
The White House in a statement Friday
condemned the attack, saying it is an "appalling reminder that terrorism
threatens all countries in the region" and said the U.S. would continue to
work with the Pakistani government to fight terrorism.
Saeed Khan, in charge of the hospital
in the town of Khar, said an army helicopter was being used to transport the
critically wounded to Peshawar, the main city in northwestern Pakistan.
One of the wounded, 41-year-old Ghulam
Khan, 41, said he heard a deafening explosion during the prayers and then he
fell down. "I cried for help, but no one came to me ... there were other
bodies ... wounded worshippers, who were reciting verses from Quran and
waiting for help," he told The Associated Press from his hospital bed.
Khan said local residents and tribal
police helped ferry the wounded to hospital.
No group immediately claimed
responsibility for Friday's attack, which targeted a Sunni mosque. Previous
such large-scale attacks have usually targeted Shiite mosques.
The country has witnessed several
large-scale militant attacks this year, claimed by an offshoot of the
Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State group. Interior Minister Chaudhry
Nisar Ali Khan issued a statement, condemning the attack.
Pakistan's tribal regions, which border
Afghanistan, were considered to be strongholds of Pakistani Taliban
militants until 2014, when the military launched a major operation there,
evicting and killing large numbers of insurgents. However, violence has
continued in some of the tribal regions.
Friday's attack came hours after army
chief Gen. Raheel Sharif met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss
security issues. According to a government statement, Sharif pledged to
continue the war against terrorism.
The military says some 18,000 civilians
and 5,000 soldiers have been killed in militant attacks in Pakistan since
the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, when Islamabad threw
its support behind Washington in the war on terror.
Daredevil successfully powers rocket over Snake River Canyon
Stuntman Eddie Braun flies
the "Evel Spirit" rocket on Friday, Sept. 16, over the Snake River
Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho.
(Pat Sutphin/The Times-News via AP)
Twin Falls, Idaho (AP) —
Professional stuntman Eddie Braun successfully jumped over the Snake
River Canyon Friday afternoon in an ode to his boyhood idol, Evel
Braun soared over the southern
Idaho canyon in a custom-built rocket dubbed "Evel Spirit."
It launched off a steep ramp on the
edge of the canyon rim just before 4 p.m. as hundreds of onlookers
The rocket reached an estimated 400
mph (644 kph) before its parachute deployed, allowing Braun and the ship
to land safely in fields on the other side of the 1,400 foot-wide (427
meters-wide) canyon. He didn't appear to grant any interviews
immediately following his flight; members of his team had earlier
announced that he would instead be available for interviews on Monday
morning in New York City.
Braun has said the rocket was
identical to the model Knievel used for his failed canyon attempt on
Sept. 8, 1974. Knievel landed at the bottom of the canyon when his
parachute prematurely deployed partway across the canyon, but walked
away with only minor injuries. The spot where Knievel jumped was 1,600
feet (488 meters) wide.
Braun hoped his effort would prove
that Knievel could have made it across the canyon if his parachute had
deployed at the correct time.
Before the jump, the 54-year-old
Braun said he was optimistic he would make it across the canyon.
"I wouldn't be doing this if I
thought it couldn't be done," he said.
Still, he had prepared for the
worst in the days before the stunt, asking his young son to one day walk
his sisters down the aisle at their wedding if Braun died in his
Months of testing was performed on
the rocket designed by Scott Truax, whose father constructed the
original "X2 Skycycle" for Knievel.
Truax followed his father's
blueprints down to the last bolt and deviated only by updating the
Braun had trouble finding corporate
sponsors for the stunt, and said he spent about $1.5 million of his own
money on the jump.
He looked at the stunt as a way to
pay homage to Knievel, who inspired him to become a stuntman.
"I like to say I'm not doing
something that Evel Knievel couldn't do," he told the Idaho Statesman
before making the jump. "I'm simply finishing out his dream. How many
people get to finish the dream of their hero?"
Not all in the southern Idaho town
of Twin Falls have such fond memories of Knievel. Many residents
remember Knievel's promise of a weeklong festival complete with
celebrities and a golf tournament.
Knievel's attempt drew plenty of
spectators, and the resultant partying, fighting and mischief upset
locals. The daredevil was later accused of leaving town without paying
debts to area businesses.
But the mystique of Knievel's
failed stunt has lived on, with would-be daredevils showing up every
decade or so to propose similar jumps. Knievel's son Robbie visited Twin
Falls in the 1990s and in 2010 to float the idea of a possible jump,
though it never came to fruition.
Braun appears to have been the
first to actually try the stunt since Knievel's attempt.
15 people dead after typhoon that hit China, Taiwan
A man carries belongings away from a destroyed
home after Typhoon Meranti hit Xiamen in southeastern China's Fujian
province Friday, Sept. 16. (Chinatopix via AP)
Beijing (AP) — At least fifteen
people have been reported dead after a powerful typhoon lashed much of
southeastern China and Taiwan.
China's Ministry of Civil Affairs on
Saturday updated the number of deaths to thirteen as a result of Typhoon
Meranti, which struck Fujian province early Thursday. Nine people in China
are still missing.
Taiwanese authorities reported that two
people died in the storm.
According to Chinese officials, Meranti
forced the relocation of 33 million people and destroyed 1,600 homes. Images
shared by state news media showed power lines and destroyed vehicles downed
on streets in the coastal city of Xiamen. Taiwanese media reported that
parts of southern Taiwan remain flooded.
But even as the cleanup is underway
there, another typhoon, Malakas, is expected to hit Taiwan this weekend.
Today in History - Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Today is Saturday, Sept. 17, the 261st
day of 2016. There are 105 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 17, 1978, after meeting at
Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH'-kem BAY'-gihn)
and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.
On this date:
In 1787, the Constitution of the United
States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the
Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
In 1862, more than 3,600 men were
killed in the Civil War Battle of Antietam (an-TEE'-tum) in Maryland.
In 1908, Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge of the
U.S. Army Signal Corps became the first person to die in the crash of a
powered aircraft, the Wright Flyer, at Fort Myer, Virginia, just outside
In 1937, the likeness of President
Abraham Lincoln's head was dedicated at Mount Rushmore.
In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded
Poland during World War II, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had
launched its assault.
In 1944, during World War II, Allied
paratroopers launched Operation Market Garden, landing behind German lines
in the Netherlands. (After initial success, the Allies were beaten back by
In 1955, Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded
"Sixteen Tons" by Merle Travis for Capitol Records in Hollywood.
In 1966, "Mission: Impossible"
premiered on CBS.
In 1971, citing health reasons, Supreme
Court Justice Hugo Black, 85, retired. (Black, who was succeeded by Lewis F.
Powell Jr., died eight days after making his announcement.)
In 1984, Progressive Conservative
leader Brian Mulroney (muhl-ROO'-nee) took office as Canada's 18th prime
In 1986, the Senate confirmed the
nomination of William H. Rehnquist to become the 16th chief justice of the
In 1996, Former Vice President Spiro T.
Agnew died in Berlin, Maryland, at age 77.
Ten years ago: Pope Benedict XVI said
he was "deeply sorry" his recent remarks on Islam and violence had offended
Muslims, but the unusual expression of papal regret drew a mixed reaction
from Islamic leaders, some of whom said it wasn't enough. Five Duquesne
(doo-KAYN') basketball players were shot and wounded during an apparent act
of random violence on the Pittsburgh campus. (Four people later pleaded
guilty in connection with the shootings; the two who wielded guns received
prison sentences.) Patricia Kennedy Lawford, the sister of President John F.
Kennedy and ex-wife of actor Peter Lawford, died in New York City at age 82.
Five years ago: A demonstration calling
itself Occupy Wall Street began in New York, prompting similar protests
around the U.S. and the world. Charles H. Percy, 91, a Chicago businessman
who became a U.S. senator and was once widely viewed as a top presidential
contender, died in Washington.
One year ago: General Motors agreed to
pay $900 million to fend off criminal prosecution over the deadly
ignition-switch scandal, striking a deal that brought criticism down on the
Justice Department for not bringing charges against individual employees; GM
also announced it would spend $575 million to settle the majority of the
civil lawsuits filed over the scandal. The Federal Reserve kept U.S interest
rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy,
persistently low inflation and unstable financial markets.
Today's Birthdays: Sen. Charles E.
Grassley, R-Iowa, is 83. Retired Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is
77. Singer LaMonte McLemore (The Fifth Dimension) is 81. Retired Marine Gen.
Anthony Zinni is 73. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson is 71.
Singer Fee Waybill is 66. Actress Cassandra Peterson ("Elvira, Mistress of
the Dark") is 65. Comedian Rita Rudner is 63. Muppeteer Kevin Clash (former
voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street") is 56. Director-actor Paul Feig is 54.
Movie director Baz Luhrmann is 54. Singer BeBe Winans is 54. TV personality
/businessman Robert Herjavec (TV: "Shark Tank") is 53. Actor Kyle Chandler
is 51. Director-producer Bryan Singer is 51. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is 50.
Actor Malik Yoba is 49. Rock singer Anastacia is 48. Rock musician Keith
Flint (Prodigy) is 47. Actor Matthew Settle is 47. Rapper Vinnie (Naughty By
Nature) is 46. Actor Felix Solis is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marcus
Sanders (Hi-Five) is 43. Actress-singer Nona Gaye is 42. Singer-actor
Constantine Maroulis is 41. NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson is 41. Pop singer
Maile (MY'-lee) Misajon (Eden's Crush) is 40. Country singer-songwriter
Stephen Cochran is 37. Rock musician Chuck Comeau (Simple Plan) is 37. Actor
Billy Miller is 37. Country singer Desi Wasdin (3 of Hearts) is 33. Rock
musician Jon Walker is 31. Actress Danielle Brooks is 27. Actress-singer
Denyse Tontz is 22.
Thought for Today: "Governments exist
to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no
protection — they have many friends and few enemies." — Wendell Phillips,
American abolitionist (1811-1884).
Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,
rewritten or redistributed.
2 tourists killed in Bali boat explosion, many injured
Police investigators examine the Gili Cat 2 boat
following an explosion while it was enroute to nearby island of Lombok, at
Padangbai Port in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 15. (AP
Bali, Indonesia (AP) — Two
foreign tourists were killed and about 20 other people were injured in an
explosion Thursday on a speedboat that was ferrying them from the Indonesian
tourist island of Bali to neighboring Lombok, police said.
Karangasem district police chief Sugeng
Sudarso said the "Gili Cat 2" fast boat had about 40 people including crew
on board. He said all the passengers have been evacuated and the injured are
being treated on the island.
He said the dead are an Austrian woman
and a woman of European nationality who police initially said was German.
Police have not yet determined the
cause of the explosion, but a member of the forensics team investigating the
scene said initial indications are it was an accident. The officer didn't
want to be named because he is not an official police spokesman.
Sudarso said the explosion occurred
after smoke was seen billowing from an engine.
Ferry accidents are common in
Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago made up of thousands of islands where
regulation of boat services is often lax.
Sudarso said the explosion, which
occurred when the boat was about 200 meters (220 yards) from the port of
departure, shattered its rear windows and upended seating.
"We are still questioning the boat
captain while a forensic team is examining the scene to find the cause of
the explosion," he said.
"One of the passengers died from bad
injuries after being hit by boat debris that also caused injuries to
others," Sudarso said.
A manifest showed that passengers were
from several countries including Britain, France, Italy, Portugal, Ireland
Bali became a byword for tragedy in
2002 when bombings by Jemaah Islamiyah militants killed 202 people, mostly
A sustained security crackdown since
then has weakened JI but counter-terrorism officials say there is still a
threat of attacks from militants inspired by the Islamic State group.
Reflective Clinton returns to campaign trail after pneumonia
candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at a rally at University of North
Carolina, in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 15. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Julie Pace, Lisa Lerer
Greensboro, N.C. (AP) — Back on
the campaign trail, a reflective Hillary Clinton said Thursday her
three-day, doctor-mandated break gave her new perspective on why she's
running to be president. She vowed to close her campaign against Donald
Trump by giving Americans "something to vote for, not just against."
Clinton made no apologies for keeping
her pneumonia diagnosis from the public until a video emerged showing her
stumbling and being supported by aides. She also repeatedly sidestepped
questions about when her running mate Tim Kaine was informed.
An upbeat Clinton walked onstage at a
rally in North Carolina to James Brown's song, "I Feel Good." She said that
while sitting at home this week was "pretty much the last place I wanted to
be," the time helped clarify how she wants to close her campaign against
"We're offering ideas, not insults,"
she said in a jab at her Republican rival. "A plan that will make a real
difference in people's lives, not prejudice and paranoia."
The rally marked Clinton's first public
appearance since Sunday, when she abruptly left a 9/11 memorial service
after getting dizzy and dehydrated. She had been diagnosed with pneumonia
Friday, but the campaign informed the public only after the video of an ill
The incident prompted fresh questions
about both candidates' openness regarding their health. Trump released a new
letter from his doctor Thursday detailing his blood pressure, cholesterol
and medications, one day after Clinton made public a letter from her
physician with similar information. Both candidates' doctors declared them
fit to serve as president.
Trump's letter said the Republican is
6-foot-3 and 236 pounds — giving him a body mass index falling into the
"overweight" range. The 70-year-old has blood pressure of 116 over 70, and
his total cholesterol is 169, his doctor says.
Clinton, 68, has blood pressure of 100
over 70, and her total cholesterol is 189, according to her doctor. Her
letter made no mention of her weight, a key part of a medical exam; nor did
a similar letter released last year.
Trump's team took a swipe at Clinton's
brief absence from the campaign trail in a statement accompanying the new
"We are pleased to disclose all of the
test results which show that Mr. Trump is in excellent health, and has the
stamina to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and
unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly
demanding job of president of the United States," the campaign said.
Until Thursday, the only information on
Trump's health had come in a widely ridiculed letter from his doctor
declaring he would be the healthiest person to ever serve as president.
Before releasing the new details to the public, Trump turned over a copy to
Dr. Mehmet Oz while taping an episode of Oz's TV show.
Clinton mocked Trump's television
rollout of his health records, saying, "I'll never be the showman that my
opponent is — just look at the show he put on for Dr. Oz today."
With two months until Election Day, the
race between Clinton and Trump is far tighter than many in both parties
expected. Clinton continues to be dragged down by voters' mistrust, but she
still maintains more pathways than Trump to the 270 Electoral College votes
needed to win the White House.
Clinton's confidence in the electoral
map was underscored in her decision to make her first stop this week in
North Carolina, the only battleground state President Barack Obama lost in
2012. Trump almost certainly needs to carry the state in order to win the
White House, while Clinton's team is eager to block his path.
Clinton slammed North Carolina Gov. Pat
McCrory for signing a law to prevent transgender people from using restrooms
in schools and state government buildings that do not correspond to the
gender on their birth certificates. The decision has angered businesses in
the state, and this week the NCAA announced it was pulling seven sports
championships from North Carolina.
"This is where bigotry leads, and we
can't afford it, not here or anywhere else," Clinton said.
Later Thursday, Clinton and Obama
separately addressed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala in
Washington. Clinton ripped Trump for his refusal, in an interview with The
Washington Post, to say Obama was born in the United States.
"When will he stop this ugliness, this
bigotry?" Clinton asked.
Trump, after releasing his health
information, spent Thursday laying out plans to lower taxes by $4.4 trillion
over a decade and cut regulations, including some of those currently
intended to protect the food Americans eat and the air they breathe. The
Republican said his plans would raise the nation's economic growth rate to
at least 3.5 percent, well above its current rate of about 2 percent, and
create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years.
The heart of Trump's plan is a revised
tax code, which includes a pledge that no business should pay more than 15
percent of its income in taxes, down from the current 35 percent highest
corporate tax rate. Few businesses now pay the full 35 percent rate, taking
advantage instead of many deductions in the existing tax code.
Lightning bolts in Oklahoma, France deemed world's longest
Researchers at the World Meteorological
Organization say the threat of lightning strikes can last long after a storm
has passed. (AP Photo)
Kelly P. Kissel
Geneva, Switzerland (AP) -
Researchers identified lightning bolts in Oklahoma and France as the longest
on record and warn that their discovery could alter traditional thinking of
when it's safe to go outside after a storm passes.
A 2007 storm in Oklahoma produced a
lightning bolt nearly 200 miles (321.85 kilometers) long, while a 2012 storm
in southern France produced a single flash that lasted 7.74 seconds. Both
events were added this week to a list of weather extremes kept by the World
Meteorological Organization in Geneva.
"We should be more aware of lightning
if we can have lightning that can travel 200 miles," said Randy Cerveny, the
WMO's spokesman on weather and climate extremes. "If thunder roars, go
Timothy Lang, a researcher at NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said the record
Oklahoma lightning bolt streaked from Tulsa, near the Arkansas border, to
near the Oklahoma Panhandle. The bolt started at an altitude of 6 miles
(9.66 kilometers) and reached the ground in a number of places, he said. A
researcher in Colorado saw the streak, and Lang said its length could change
thinking about safety after a storm.
"The lightning can start tens or
hundreds of miles away and then come back to where you are," Lang said. "You
have to be careful of where the lightning is coming to ground, even though
the storm is past."
Meteorologists generally suggest a
"30-30" rule when storms are near: Start counting when you see a lightning
bolt and if you reach 30 seconds before hearing the thunder, it is generally
safe to continue outdoor activities such as games or picnics. If thunder is
heard before the 30 seconds are up, stop outdoor activities and wait 30
minutes before resuming.
"These kinds of rules need to be looked
at. It's going to depend on the kind of thunderstorm," Lang said. "You
really need to know where it (lightning) is occurring. There could be a
lower risk — the lower the flash rate — but it's not 'no-risk.'"
Cerveny said not all storms will have
lightning as extreme as the Oklahoma and French storms. The Oklahoma storm
was in a particularly large complex of bad weather that occurred very early
on June 20, 2007. Lightning sensors on the ground tracked the bolt's path.
"Most lightning will strike within the
30-30 rule," he said. "The 30-30 rule is one that we still want to stress
and make sure people are aware of ... but it does demonstrate that lightning
can hit far from where the storm actually is."
The Oklahoma flash lasted a bit more
than five seconds, while the French bolt doubled back on itself, extending
its life to 7.74 seconds, said Cerveny, a professor of geographic sciences
at Arizona State University.
The aerospace industry has an interest
in lightning because it can endanger people in flight, while meteorologists
can use spikes in lightning to judge a storm's severity, Lang said.
"Oklahoma is a good place to study storms like this."
Witness says Philippine president ordered killings
Filipino militiaman Edgar Matobato gestures as he testifies before the
Philippine Senate in Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Sept.
15. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Jim Gomez, Teresa Cerojano
Manila, Philippines (AP) — A
former Filipino militiaman testified before the country's Senate on Thursday
that President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him
and other members of a liquidation squad to kill criminals and opponents in
gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead.
Edgar Matobato, 57, told the nationally
televised Senate committee hearing that he heard Duterte order some of the
killings, and acknowledged that he himself carried out about 50 deadly
assaults as an assassin, including a suspected kidnapper fed to a crocodile
in 2007 in southern Davao del Sur province.
Rights groups have long accused Duterte
of involvement in death squads, claims he has denied, even while engaging in
tough talk in which he stated his approach to criminals was to "kill them
all." Matobato is the first person to admit any role in such killings, and
to directly implicate Duterte under oath in a public hearing.
Human Rights Watch urged the Philippine
government to order an independent investigation into the "very serious
allegations" of direct involvement by Duterte "in extrajudicial killings."
Brad Adams, the rights group's Asia
director, said: "President Duterte can't be expected to investigate himself,
so it is crucial that the United Nations is called in to lead such an
effort. Otherwise, Filipinos may never know if the president was directly
responsible for extrajudicial killings."
The Senate committee inquiry was led by
Sen. Leila de Lima, a staunch critic of Duterte's anti-drug campaign that
has left more than 3,000 suspected drug users and dealers dead since he
assumed the presidency in June. Duterte has accused de Lima of involvement
in illegal drugs, alleging that she used to have a driver who took money
from detained drug lords. She has denied the allegations.
Matobato said Duterte had once even
issued an order to kill de Lima, when she chaired the Commission on Human
Rights and was investigating the mayor's possible role in extrajudicial
killings in 2009 in Davao. He said he and others were waiting to ambush de
Lima but she did not go to a part of a hilly area — a suspected mass grave —
where they were waiting to open fire.
"If you went inside the upper portion,
we were already in ambush position," Matobato told de Lima. "It's good that
The recent killings of suspected drug
dealers have sparked concerns in the Philippines and among U.N. and U.S.
officials, including President Barack Obama, who have urged Duterte's
government to take steps to rapidly stop the killings and ensure his
anti-drug war complies with human rights laws and the rule of law.
Duterte has rejected the criticisms,
questioning the right of the U.N., the U.S. and Obama to raise human rights
issues, when U.S. forces, for example, had massacred Muslims in the
country's south in the early 1900s as part of a pacification campaign.
Matobato said under oath that the
killings went on from 1988, when Duterte first became Davao city mayor, to
2013, when Matobato said he expressed his desire to leave the death squad.
He said that prompted his colleagues to implicate him criminally in one
killing to silence him.
"Our job was to kill criminals like
drug pushers, rapists, snatchers. These are the kind we killed every day,"
Matobato said. But he said their targets were not only criminals but also
opponents of Duterte and one of his sons, Paolo Duterte, who is now the vice
mayor of Davao.
Presidential spokesman Martin Andanar
rejected the allegations, saying government investigations into Duterte's
time as mayor of Davao had already gone nowhere because of a lack of
evidence and witnesses.
Philippine human rights officials and
advocates have previously said potential witnesses refused to testify
against Duterte when he was still mayor out of fear of being killed.
There was no immediate reaction from
Duterte. Another Duterte spokesman, Ernesto Abella, said at a news
conference that while Matobato "may sound credible, it is imperative that
each and every one of us properly weigh whatever he said and respond right."
Matobato said the victims in Davao
allegedly ranged from petty criminals to a wealthy businessman from central
Cebu province who was killed in 2014 in his office in Davao city, allegedly
because of a feud with Paolo Duterte over a woman. The president's son said
the allegations were without proof and "are mere hearsay," telling reporters
he would "not dignify the accusations of a mad man."
Other victims were a suspected foreign
militant whom Matobato said he strangled, then chopped into pieces and
buried in a quarry in 2002. Another was a radio commentator, Jun Pala, who
was critical of Duterte and was killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen while
walking home in 2003.
After a 1993 bombing of a Roman
Catholic cathedral in Davao city, Matobato said Duterte ordered him and his
colleagues to launch attacks on mosques in an apparent retaliation. He
testified he hurled a grenade at one mosque but there were no casualties
because the attacks were carried out when no one was praying.
Matobato said some of the squad's
victims were shot and dumped on Davao streets or buried in three secret
pits, while others were disposed of at sea with their stomachs cut open and
their bodies tied to concrete blocks.
"They were killed like chickens," said
Matobato, who added he that backed away from the killings after feeling
guilty and entered a government witness-protection program.
He left the protection program when
Duterte became president, fearing he would be killed, and said he decided to
surface now "so the killings will stop."
Matobato's testimony set off a tense
exchange between pro-Duterte and opposition senators.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano accused
Matobato of being part of a plot to unseat Duterte. "I'm testing to see if
you were brought here to bring down this government," he said.
De Lima eventually declared Cayetano
"out of order" and ordered Senate security personnel to restrain him.
Another senator, former national police
chief Panfilo Lacson, warned Matobato that his admissions that he was
involved in killings could land him in jail.
"You can be jailed with your
revelations," Lacson said. "You have no immunity."
Duterte has immunity from lawsuits as a
president, but de Lima said that principle may have to be revisited now.
"What if a leader is elected and turns out to be a mass murderer?" de Lima
asked in a news conference after the tense Senate hearing.
Galaxy Note 7 recall shows challenges of stronger batteries
Powered-off Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 7
smartphones are displayed at the company's service center in Seoul, South
Korea, Sept. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Seoul, South Korea (AP) —
Samsung's recall of 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones after several dozen
caught fire and exploded may stem from a subtle manufacturing error, but it
highlights the challenge electronics makers face in packing ever more
battery power into ever thinner phones, while rushing for faster release
Announcing the recall on Sept. 2,
Samsung confirmed dozens of cases where Note 7 batteries caught fire or
exploded, mostly while charging. It plans a software update that will cap
battery recharging at 60 percent capacity to help minimize risks of
overheating. But it is urging owners to keep the phones turned off until
they can get them replaced, beginning Monday.
U.S. safety regulators stepped in
Thursday with an official recall, saying Samsung's voluntary efforts were
inadequate. Though Samsung promised replacement devices, the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission said U.S. customers would be eligible for refunds
if they choose. Replacements are expected in stores by next Wednesday.
The Note 7 debuted to rave reviews in
August thanks to its speed, new software features and — not least — the
estimated nine hours it would run between charges. But all that power comes
at a price: Users began reporting the phones were catching fire or
exploding, in one case incinerating the SUV it had been left in.
Aviation authorities in the U.S.,
Australia and Europe have urged passengers not to use or charge Note 7s
while flying and not to put them in checked baggage. On Monday, Canada
issued an official recall.
Koh Dong-jin, Samsung's mobile
president, said in announcing the recall on Sept. 2 that an investigation
turned up a "tiny error" in the manufacturing process for the faulty
batteries in the Note 7s that was very difficult to identify. The end of the
pouch-shaped battery cell had some flaws that increased the chance of stress
or overheating, he explained.
That kind of manufacturing error is
unimaginable for top-notch battery makers with adequate quality controls,
said Park Chul Wan, a former director of the next generation battery
research center at the state-owned Korea Electronics Technology Institute.
Samsung and other experts should search
for factors outside the battery cells that could have led to overheating, he
"If Koh's argument is right, that makes
Samsung SDI a third-rate company," Park said. "But it does not appear to be
a simple battery problem."
Time also is a factor in marketing and
making the phones.
In 2015, Samsung moved up its unveiling
of its new Galaxy Note model to August from September, seeking a leg up on
Apple's September iPhone upgrades.
Before the issue of battery explosions
emerged, supplies were not keeping pace with demand for the Note 7.
Samsung has not recalled Note 7s sold
in China, but the company has refused to say which of its two battery
suppliers made the faulty batteries or clarify whose batteries are used in
which Note 7 smartphones. The company also refused comment on South Korean
media reports that it has stopped using batteries from Samsung SDI, one of
its two suppliers, in the Note 7.
C.W. Chung, an analyst at Nomura
Securities in Seoul, cited SDI officials in estimating that about 70 percent
of the batteries for the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones came from SDI.
The other 30 percent are thought to
have been supplied by Amperex Technology Ltd., a Chinese-based manufacturer
that reportedly also is a main supplier of batteries for the iPhone.
Problems with lithium batteries have
afflicted everything from laptops to Tesla cars to Boeing's 787 jetliner,
though having so many lithium-ion battery fires in a short time is unheard
of, Park said.
The batteries are ubiquitous in
consumer electronic devices, favored by manufacturers because they are
lightweight and pack much more energy into a small space than other power
But storing so much energy in a tiny
space, with combustible components separated by ultra-thin walls, makes them
susceptible to overheating if exposed to high temperatures, damage or flaws
in manufacturing. If the separators fail, a chemical reaction can quickly
escalate out of control.
That's what happened with the Note 7,
Samsung's Koh explained.
"The flaw in the manufacturing process
resulted in the negative electrodes and the positive electrodes coming
together," he told reporters in Seoul.
It is unclear how Samsung failed to
discover the battery problem before launching the Note 7. It confirmed
delays in shipments for extra quality tests weeks later, in late August,
after photos of charred phones began popping up on social media.
South Korean experts suggested Samsung
may have been so ambitious with the Note 7's design that it compromised
"There was no choice but to make the
separator (between positive and negative anodes) thin because of the battery
capacity," said Lee Sang-yong, a professor at Ulsan National Institute of
Science and Technology who worked more than a decade at LG Chem, a leading
lithium battery maker. Thicker separators can improve safety but will not
necessarily prevent all overheating issues, he said.
Doh Chil-Hoon, head of the state-run
Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute's battery research division, said
that based on the limited information provided by Samsung, he believes the
push to increase battery power was part of the problem.
"Even with a small manufacturing
mistake, if there had been enough elements to ensure safety, it would not
explode," Doh said. "It is a roundabout way of admitting weak safety."
The Note 7 phones have a powerful 3,500
milliampere hour battery, whereas the Galaxy S7 smartphone, which has a
slightly smaller body than the Note 7, features a 3,000 mAh battery. So does
the Note 5, launched in 2015.
Apple does not provide information on
the iPhone's battery capacity in milliampere hours. But two research firms
that specialize in analyzing tech gadgets and their components said the
battery in the iPhone 6S Plus is 2,750mAh. The size of the battery in the
newly released iPhone 7 is not yet known.
The 3,500 mAh battery in the Samsung
Note 7 is "one of the highest, if not the highest, capacity battery we've
seen in a phone," said Wayne Lam, an industry analyst at IHS Markit
Lam said he thinks the Note 7 battery
problem resulted from weak controls in manufacturing, not a poor or unsafe
A spokeswoman at iFixit, which
publishes repair guides for electronic gadgets, offered a similar view. "We
don't think any internal design changes in the Note 7 are responsible for
the exploding batteries — more likely just a manufacturing defect," IFixit's
Kay-Kay Clapp said in an email.
Apple has tweaked hardware and software
it developed itself to make iPhones use power more efficiently, while
Samsung has increased the capacity of the batteries in its phones.
That can be done without increasing
size by adjusting components or changing the production process, Lam said.
"You have two different trajectories,
with Samsung packing in more energy density, versus Apple trying to trim it
down by optimizing everything else," he said, adding that the two rivals are
"constantly locked in this arms race of improving and one-upping."
While Apple and Samsung are using
built-in batteries for their premium phones, LG Electronics, Samsung's
smaller South Korean rival, has opted for a replaceable, 3,200 mAh capacity
battery for its new premium, jumbo screen smartphone, the V20.
LG chose to make the phone thinner and
allow customers to extend battery life by swapping out batteries.
"The security of the battery isn't
directly related to whether the battery is replaceable or not," Cho Joon-ho,
head of LG's mobile business, told reporters. "But we make efforts to secure
safety with quality controlling tests beforehand."
Wing flap found in Tanzania confirmed to be part of MH370
Well wishers write on a wall of hope in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia for the ill fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (AP
Photo/Joshua Paul/ File)
Sydney (AP) — A wing flap that
washed ashore on an island off Tanzania has been identified as belonging to
missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australian officials said Thursday.
The flap was found in June by residents
on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania, and officials had previously said
it was highly likely to have come from the missing Boeing 777. An analysis
by experts at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is heading up
the search for the plane, subsequently confirmed the part was indeed from
the aircraft, the agency said in a statement.
Several pieces of wreckage suspected to
have come from the plane have washed ashore on coastlines around the Indian
Ocean since the aircraft vanished with 239 people on board during a flight
from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
The wing flap brings to five the number
of pieces of debris the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has determined
are almost certainly, or are definitely, from Flight 370. Another piece of
wing found a year ago on La Reunion Island, near Madagascar, was positively
identified by French officials.
Search officials expect more wreckage
to wash up in the months ahead. But so far, none of the debris has helped
narrow down the precise location of the main underwater wreckage.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau
anticipates search crews will complete their sweep of the 120,000-square
kilometer (46,000-square mile) search zone in the Indian Ocean off
Australia's west coast by December.
Meanwhile, oceanographers have been
analyzing the wing flaps from La Reunion and Tanzania in the hope of
identifying a possible new search area through drift modeling. But a new
search would require a new funding commitment, with Malaysia, Australia and
China agreeing in July that the $160 million hunt will be suspended once the
current stretch of ocean is exhausted unless new evidence emerges that would
pinpoint a specific location of the aircraft.
Earlier this week, relatives of some of
the passengers on board the plane met with officials from the transport
bureau and asked that more potential debris found around the Indian Ocean be
examined. The families believe those items may help provide clues to the
Today in History - Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
Today is Friday, Sept. 16, the 260th
day of 2016. There are 106 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 16, 1966, the Metropolitan
Opera officially opened its new opera house at New York's Lincoln Center for
the Performing Arts with the world premiere of Samuel Barber's "Antony and
On this date:
In 1498, Tomas de Torquemada, notorious
for his role in the Spanish Inquisition, died in Avila, Spain.
In 1810, Mexicans were inspired to
begin their successful revolt against Spanish rule by Father Miguel Hidalgo
y Costilla and his "Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores)."
In 1893, more than 100,000 settlers
swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the "Cherokee Strip."
In 1908, General Motors was founded in
Flint, Michigan, by William C. Durant.
In 1919, the American Legion received a
national charter from Congress.
In 1925, the Irving Berlin song
"Always" (written for his future wife, Ellin Mackay) was published.
In 1940, President Franklin D.
Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act. Samuel T. Rayburn
of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 1953, "The Robe," the first movie
presented in the widescreen process CinemaScope, had its world premiere at
the Roxy Theater in New York.
In 1976, the Episcopal Church, at its
General Convention in Minneapolis, formally approved the ordination of women
as priests and bishops.
In 1982, the massacre of between 1,200
and 1,400 Palestinian men, women and children at the hands of Israeli-allied
Christian Phalange militiamen began in west Beirut's Sabra and Shatila
In 1994, a federal jury in Anchorage,
Alaska, ordered Exxon Corp. to pay $5 billion in punitive damages for the
1989 Exxon Valdez (val-DEEZ') oil spill (the U.S Supreme Court later reduced
that amount to $507.5 million). Two astronauts from the space shuttle
Discovery went on the first untethered spacewalk in ten years.
In 2007, O.J. Simpson was arrested in
the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in Las Vegas.
(Simpson was later convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced
to nine to 33 years in prison.)
Ten years ago: The Vatican said Pope
Benedict XVI "sincerely" regretted offending Muslims with his reference to
an obscure medieval text characterizing some of the teachings of Islam's
founder as "evil and inhuman," but the statement stopped short of the
apology demanded by Islamic leaders. Mexico extradited accused drug kingpin
Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix (ah-ray-YAH'-noh fay-LEEKS') to the U.S.
(Arellano Felix later pleaded guilty to federal charges of selling cocaine
in a San Diego motel and was sentenced to six years in prison, but was
returned to Mexico in 2008 after getting credit for time served in Mexico
while awaiting extradition; he was killed in Oct. 2013 by a gunman disguised
as a clown.)
Five years ago: President Barack Obama
signed into law a major overhaul of the nation's patent system to ease the
way for inventors to bring their products to market. A World War II-era
fighter plane plunged into spectators during air races in Reno, Nevada,
killing 74-year-old Florida stunt pilot Jimmy Leeward and 10 others. A
Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three crew members, including NASA astronaut
Ron Garan, from the International Space Station touched down safely in
Kazakhstan, but not without rattling nerves after a breakdown in
One year ago: Eleven Republican
presidential candidates debated at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi
Valley, California, wrangling over immigration, gay marriage and foreign
affairs. Baton-wielding Hungarian riot police unleashed tear gas and water
cannons against hundreds of migrants after they broke through a razor-wire
fence and tried to surge into the country from Serbia. Country singer
Sturgill Simpson and singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, both eclectic
genre-bending artists, took home top honors at the Americana Honors and
Awards show in Nashville.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Janis Paige
is 94. Actor George Chakiris is 84. Bluesman Billy Boy Arnold is 81. Movie
director Jim McBride is 75. Actress Linda Miller is 74. Rhythm-and-blues
singer Betty Kelley (Martha & the Vandellas) is 72. Musician Kenney Jones
(Small Faces; Faces; The Who) is 68. Actress Susan Ruttan is 68. Rock
musician Ron Blair (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; Mudcrutch) is 68. Actor
Ed Begley Jr. is 67. Country singer David Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is
66. Country singer-songwriter Phil Lee is 65. Actor-comedian Lenny Clarke is
63. Actor Kurt Fuller is 63. Jazz musician Earl Klugh is 63. Actor
Christopher Rich is 63. Singer Frank Reed (The Chi-Lites) is 62. TV
personality Mark McEwen
is 62. Baseball
Yount is 61. Actor Mickey Rourke is 60. Magician David Copperfield is
60. Country singer-songwriter Terry McBride is 58. Actress Jennifer Tilly is
58. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Orel Hershiser is 58. Retired MLB All-Star
Tim Raines is 57. Actress Jayne Brook is 56. Singer Richard Marx is 53.
Comedian Molly Shannon is 52. Singer Marc Anthony is 48. Comedian-actress
Amy Poehler is 45. Actress Toks Olagundoye (tohks oh-lah-GOON'-doh-yay) is
41. Country singer Matt Stillwell is 41. Singer Musiq (MYOO'-sihk) is 39.
Actor Michael Mosley is 38. Rapper Flo Rida is 37. Actress Alexis Bledel is
35. Actress Sabrina Bryan is 32. Actress Madeline Zima is 31. Actor Ian
Harding is 30. Actress Kyla Pratt is 30. Actor Daren Kagasoff is
singer Teddy Geiger
is 28. Actress-dancer
Bailey Buntain is 27. Rock singer-musician Nick Jonas (The Jonas Brothers)
is 24. Actress Elena Kampouris is 19.
Thought for Today: "Stoicism is the
wisdom of madness and cynicism the madness of wisdom." — Bergen Evans,
American lexicographer (1904-1978).
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Prosecutors: Brazil's Silva 'commander' of graft scheme
former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is shown in this Sept. 2, 2016
file photo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Mauricio Savarese, Peter Prengaman
Rio de Janeiro (AP) — Brazilian
investigators on Wednesday charged former President Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva with money laundering and corruption, calling him the "maximum
commander" of the mammoth graft scandal roiling Latin America's largest
While the charges against Silva were
expected — police recommended them last month — the characterization of his
role in the kickback scheme at state oil company Petrobras was stunning.
The so-called Car Wash investigation
the last two years has led to the jailing of dozens of businessmen and top
politicians. While Silva, president between 2003 and 2010, has long been
implicated, before Wednesday prosecutors had never said that he was anything
more than a beneficiary.
Silva was "the maximum commander of the
corruption scheme identified as Car Wash" Deltan Dallagnol, head of the task
force investigating, said during a televised news conference from the
southern city of Curitiba.
"We are not judging here who (Silva) is
or was as a person, but what he did or didn't do to the people," Dallagnol
Dallagnol put up diagrams that
purported to show Silva's connection to various players in the kickback
scheme going back more than a decade. He said prosecutors could show that
Silva had met at key times with people involved in the scheme, such as
Marcelo Odebrecht, the former president of the big Odebrecht construction
company who has been jailed.
Dallagnol alleged that Silva, who left
the presidency with very high approval ratings, used a network of illegal
campaign financing and kickbacks for political support in Congress.
Silva's lawyer, Cristiano Zanin
Martins, blasted Dallagnol, saying he had shown himself unfit for the job.
"His political behavior is incompatible
with the role of a federal prosecutor," said Martins.
Despite a litany of accusations against
Silva, there were only two actual charges: money laundering and corruption.
Silva, his wife and five others were
accused of illegally benefiting from renovations at a beachfront apartment
in the coastal city of Guaruja in Sao Paulo state. The improvements, valued
at about $750,000, were made by construction company OAS, one of those
involved in the kickback scheme emanating from Petrobras. Prosecutors also
believe Silva benefited from OAS paying the rent of storage unit to house
symbolic gifts that Silva received while president.
Silva acknowledges having visited the
penthouse but says he never owned it.
Sergio Moro, the judge overseeing the
probe, must now decide whether Silva will stand trial.
In a separate case related to
Petrobras, Silva will go on trial on charges of obstruction of justice.
While his Workers' Party has lost much
support amid corruption scandals in recent years, Silva continues to enjoy
popularity nationwide and has signaled his intention to run for president in
The yawning gap between the verbal
accusations Wednesday and what Silva was accused of raised many questions
about the future of the investigation.
Silva, who denies wrongdoing, has long
been trying to get the cases against him removed from the jurisdiction of
Moro, who has become famous for locking up prominent figures the last two
Legal experts said that making such
drastic statements could help prosecutors retrain the case in their
jurisdiction and keep the investigation in the public eye.
However, such maneuvers also come with
"The harsh wording shows that the
evidence might not be that great," said Cezar Britto, former head of
Brazilian Bar Association. "It looks as if the prosecutors are looking for
the support of society instead of looking for more evidence."
Searchers find 2nd ship from doomed British expedition
9, 2014 image shows the wreck of HMS Erebus on a sonar scan in the Queen
Maud Gulf in Nunavut, Canada. The Arctic Research Foundation said Monday,
Sept. 12, 2016 that the second ship from Sir John Franklin's doomed
19th-century expedition has been found. (Parks Canada/The Canadian Press via
Toronto (AP) — The second of two
British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago
during a storied expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage has been
The Arctic Research Foundation said
earlier this week that the HMS Terror has been located by a research ship.
Last seen in the 1840s while under the command of Sir John Franklin, HMS
Erebus and HMS Terror have long been among the most sought-after prizes in
marine archaeology and the subject of songs, poems and novels. The wreck of
the Erebus was found in 2014.
"Terror was found on Sept 3. It is a
perfect time capsule," said Adrian Schimnowski, the expedition leader of the
research ship that located the HMS Terror.
The Terror was discovered in 24 meters
(26 yards) of water in Terror Bay, a small indentation on the coast of King
William Island west of the community of Gjoa Haven. It was located right
where an Inuit hunter said it would be. Canadian Rear-Admiral John Newton
said the two Franklin ships were found about 50 kilometers (31 miles) apart
from each other.
Franklin and 128 hand-picked officers
and men had set out in 1845 to find the Northwest Passage, the long-sought
shortcut to Asia that supposedly ran from the Atlantic to the Pacific by way
of the harsh, ice-choked Arctic. The death of all 129 men made the Franklin
expedition the worst tragedy in the history of Arctic exploration.
Schimnowski said that mystery might
have remained if not for a late-night conversation on one of the search
vessels between himself and Sammy Kogvik, an Inuk and Canadian Ranger from
Gjoa Haven. The two were on the bridge of the Martin Bergmann, a research
vessel, and Kogvik was telling Schimnowski about the history of the
shorelines they were sailing past. He started talking about something he had
seen seven years ago while snowmobiling across the sea ice of Terror Bay.
Kogvik recalled how he had looked
behind him to check on his hunting partner when he spotted a large pole
sticking up out of the ice. The two Inuit stopped and took pictures of what
looked like a ship's mast.
But when Kogvik got home to Gjoa Haven,
he found he had dropped his camera and lost the shots. "He kept the story
secret because he didn't want people not to believe him," Schimnowski said.
"We listened to Sammy's story on the
bridge of the Bergmann and changed course to take a look," he said.
In a news release, Kogvik said he was
delighted to see the vessel again.
In the days since the discovery, the
crew has identified a number of the Terror's features. There is video of the
ship's bell. A cannon similar to those on the Erebus has been spotted. The
ship's helm is still there "in perfect condition," said Schimnowski. A
windlass, used to haul up an anchor, still has heavy rope wrapped around it
as if moored to the bottom of the sea.
Newton called it an historic site for
Canada and said there are no current plans to raise the two ships.
John Geiger, president of the Royal
Canadian Geographical Society, called the discovery of the HMS Terror the
missing piece of the puzzle and historically significant for Americans given
the role of the HMS Terror in the War of 1812. HMS Terror was one of the
British naval bomb ships that took part in the bombardment of Fort McHenry
in the Battle of Baltimore in September 1814. The attack was the inspiration
for the poem by Francis Scott Key that eventually became known as "The
"Those bombs could have very well been
lobbed from the Terror," he said. "It's fundamental to the Star-Spangled
Banner and the origins of the anthem of the United States. From a pure
historical standpoint what an exciting find."
The confirmation of the HMS Erebus find
in 2014 was made by underwater archaeologists, following a meticulous review
of data and artifacts observed from the Arctic Ocean's seabed and using
high-resolution photography, high-definition video and multi-beam sonar
Canada announced in 2008 that it would
look for the ships, and the Canadian government has poured millions of
dollars into the venture, with former Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself
taking part in the search. It was all part of Harper's plan to boast
Canadian nationalism and a sense of ownership of the north.
Harper's government made the project a
top priority as it looked to assert Canada's sovereignty over the Northwest
Passage, where melting Arctic ice in recent years has unlocked the very
shipping route Franklin was seeking. Canada says it owns the passage. The
U.S. and others say it is international territory.
The well-preserved wreck of HMS Erebus
was found 11 meters (12 yards) below the surface, near King William Island,
about 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) northwest of Toronto.
Historians believe that the ships got
trapped in thick ice in 1846 off Prince William Island, and Franklin and
some other crew members died in the ensuing months. The survivors apparently
abandoned the two ships in April 1848 in a hopeless bid to reach safety
overland. Inuit lore tells of "white men who were starving" as late as the
winter of 1850 on the Royal Geographical Society Island near Prince William
For many years afterward, Franklin was
celebrated as a Victorian-era hero.
Dozens of searches by the British and
Americans in the 1800s failed to locate the wrecks, and some of those
expeditions also ended in tragedy. But they opened up parts of the Canadian
Arctic to discovery and ultimately found a Northwest Passage, though it
proved inhospitable to shipping because of ice and treacherous weather.
The search for an Arctic passage to
Asia frustrated explorers for centuries, beginning with John Cabot's voyage
in 1497. The shortcut eluded other famous explorers, including Henry Hudson
and Francis Drake.
No sea crossing was successful until
Roald Amundsen of Norway completed his trip in 1903-06. The exact location
of Erebus was not disclosed for fear of looters.
The research ship was part of a small
flotilla organized by the Canadian government and its partners that sailed
for the Arctic at the end of August to search for the HMS Terror.
EU chief appeals for more unity in Europe rife with division
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union
address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday,
Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Jean Francois Badias)
Raf Casert, Lorne Cook
Brussels (AP) — With Britain
walking away and some eastern nations routinely showing open hostility, the
European Union's chief painted a bleak picture Wednesday of the bloc and
implored the 27 remaining nations to stop bickering at a time when ever more
people question its relevance.
While the U.S. president almost
invariably lauds a strong union in his State of the Union address, European
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's annual speech to the European
Parliament was rife with awkward truths.
"We should admit we have many
unresolved problems," he said, and asked an existential question about the
future, if any, for the EU — "will Europe disappear from the international
After a half-century of unremitting
growth, the EU has stalled, as was highlighted by June's shock referendum
result in Britain, when it became the first member state to ever decide to
leave the constantly expanding bloc.
"The facts are plain: The world is
getting bigger. And we are getting smaller," Juncker said, adding that only
standing together, however difficult that is, can fix the problem.
Juncker wants to reinvigorate the union
from within, despite the chorus of voices criticizing the EU's centralized
decision-making and institutions.
He specifically said the EU must do
more in the defense field, and no longer be overly dependent on the U.S. He
said it should start with the creation of an EU military headquarters and
work toward a common military force.
Britain has always staunchly defended
NATO as the main military alliance and routinely blocked attempts to bolster
Juncker said greater defense
cooperation also makes economic sense for the bloc's member states, since it
would reduce wasteful duplication of effort by individual nations, and he
called for a specific defense fund before the end of the year to boost
common research projects.
Nigel Farage — a leader of the campaign
for the U.K. to leave — said the speech was more of the bad old EU, of
"It is clear that no lessons are going
to be learned from Brexit," he said. "Indeed (Juncker's speech) was the
usual recipe — more Europe, in this particular case, more military Europe."
Last year, Juncker drew up an
obligatory scheme for member states to share 160,000 refugees in Greece and
Italy and any other overwhelmed country among their EU partners. Slovakia
and others have refused to take part. Hungary even launched a legal
One year on, fewer than 5,000 refugees
have been moved and on Wednesday, Juncker acknowledged his power had met its
match. Instead of obligatory, he said, "solidarity must be voluntary, must
come from the heart."
It cuts to the core of the power
struggle within the EU, as the 27 EU leaders, minus Britain's Theresa May,
meet in Bratislava on Friday, looking for ways to move forward.
With Europe wracked by fears over
extremism, the refugee emergency and economic woes, Juncker told legislators
that EU integration cannot be for individual member states to manage alone
and insisted that "too often national interests are brought to the fore."
"We have to stop this war according to
which all success is national and all failure is European," Juncker said.
Eastern member states have been arguing
against too much EU integration and the specter of a federal European
superstate, and the issue is expected to be the main battleground for
months, even years, to come as the EU deals with the fallout of Britain's
"People in Europe don't want this petty
envy between the various institutions," he said at the assembly in
Strasbourg, France. "They want results. The next 12 months are decisive if
we want to realize our union."
Juncker did announce a new push on
investment and job creation, extending a plan for a further three years and
aiming to generate 630 billion euros ($707 billion) worth of public and
private investment by 2022.
The initial aim of the Investment Plan
for Europe, which was first announced last year, was to mobilize 315 billion
euros over three years.
Britain still has to officially trigger
the exit negotiations to become the first member state to walk away from
Europe's biggest unity project. Juncker said, "we would be happy if the
request for Brexit could happen as quickly as possible so that we could take
the specific steps which need to happen."
There are fears the EU is facing
paralysis until Britain decides to move. Juncker also warned that Britain
should expect not to get the same access to the EU's unified market as if
"There can be no a la carte access to
the single market," he said.
Tourism transforms long-hidden Buddhist valley in Himalayas
A jeep drives along the only road that leads to
Spiti Valley, a remote Himalayan valley situated at 4000 meter above sea
level in northern India.. (AP Photo/Thomas Cytrynowicz)
Demul Village, India (AP) — For
centuries, the sleepy valley nestled in the Indian Himalayas remained a
hidden Buddhist enclave forbidden to outsiders.
Enduring the harsh year-round
conditions of the high mountain desert, the people of Spiti Valley lived by
a simple communal code — share the Earth's bounty, be hospitable to
neighbors, and eschew greed and temptation at all turns.
That's all starting to change, for
better or worse. Since India began allowing its own citizens as well as
outsiders to visit the valley in the early 1990s, tourism and trade have
boomed. And the marks of modernization, such as solar panels, asphalt roads
and concrete buildings, have begun to appear around some of the villages
that dot the remote landscape at altitudes above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet).
"This year is busier than ever," said
Ishita Khanna, co-founder of the eco-tourism agency Ecosphere. By Aug. 29,
with at least a month left until the end of the tourism season, there had
been 847 foreign visitors to the region in 2016, compared with 726 for all
of last year, officials said.
They could not give a figure for how
many Indians had traveled to the region in jeeps and buses across
treacherous mountain roads, as Indian tourists do not need special permits.
But additional district magistrate Jagan Thakur said that 70 percent of the
tourists to the region were Indians.
Many of the valley's 13,000 or so
residents — ethnically Tibetan yet long resident in the Indian state of
Himachal Pradesh — welcome the influx of tourists eager to explore the
mountains or simply enjoy the pristine surroundings.
"In years when the climate and roads
are good, they flock in together in high numbers," Thakur said. "Villagers
will actually convert their houses into homestays."
In the hillside village of Demul, with
only around 250 residents, people have devised a system whereby half of the
residents move in with their neighbors while renting their earthen-hut homes
to travelers during the summer, and then share the earnings. That income is
helping many invest in better schooling for their kids.
"They have a great system in this
village ... everybody takes turns," said British traveler Tom Welton. "They
collectively bring all the money together and at the end of the year they
distribute it equally to the whole village."
Tourism has become so important it now
makes up at least half of most people's annual income, Khanna said. The rest
of the people's wealth comes from traditional channels — herding sheep and
goats, and growing crops like black beans, barley and, more recently, green
For the crimson-robed Buddhist monks in
the valley, the increase in visitors brings a chance to "teach Buddhism to
others. More people should learn about it," said Lama Tenzin Rizzin, a
resident of another hilltop village, Key, a half-hour drive from the
valley's main town of Kaza.
Some villagers and travelers worry that
the influx of new funds will bring competition, greed and environmentally
taxing change — such as flush toilets that might empty straight into the
Spiti River or put a strain on the region's already limited water sources.
"We cannot go beyond our limits. Mass
tourism is not good for our culture," said Tenzin Thinley, 35, who runs a
homestay in the valley village of Kibber and works as a tourist guide.
"Hospitality is important in Spiti's culture, and we will not let it
While increasing trade with cities
outside the valley has broadened the dinner table with lentils and grains
that can't be grown in the valley, it has also brought an influx of junk
food that the elders are struggling to keep away from the children.
"Too many tourists mean too much
money," Thinley said. "I do not want to be greedy."
US announces lifting of Myanmar sanctions
Barack Obama and Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands as they speak
to media at the conclusion of a meeting in the Oval Office of the White
House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Washington (AP) — President
Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. is lifting economic sanctions and
restoring trade benefits to former pariah state Myanmar as he met with Aung
San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner who is now the nation's de facto
Obama hailed a "remarkable"
transformation in the country, which spent five decades under oppressive
military rule. Suu Kyi's party swept historic elections last November, and
the visit by the 71-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate, deeply respected in
Washington, is a crowning occasion in the Obama administration's support for
Myanmar's shift to democracy, which the administration views as a major
foreign policy achievement.
The U.S. has eased broad economic
sanctions since political reforms began five years ago and Obama has visited
the country twice. But the U.S. has retained more targeted restrictions on
military-owned companies and officials and associates of the former ruling
junta. U.S. companies and banks have remained leery of involvement in one of
Asia's last untapped markets.
"The United States is now prepared to
lift sanctions that we have imposed on Burma for quite some time," Obama
said as he sat alongside Suu Kyi in the Oval Office. He said it was "the
right thing to do" to ensure Myanmar benefits from its transition. Asked by
a reporter when sanctions would be lifted, Obama said "soon."
Suu Kyi concurred it was time to remove
all the sanctions that had hurt the economy. She urged Americans to come to
the country and "to make profits."
Congressional aides said that Suu Kyi
requested the removal of the national emergency with respect to Myanmar —
the executive order authorizing sanctions that has been renewed annually by
U.S. presidents for two decades.
The Treasury Department said that
Obama's decision will be legally effective when he issues a new executive
order to terminate the emergency. A U.S. official said that 111 Myanmar
individuals and companies will be dropped from a Treasury blacklist and
restrictions will be lifted on new investment with military and on the
imports of rubies and jade. But penalties intended to block the drug trade
and to bar military trade with North Korea would still apply, as would a
visa ban barring some former and current members of the military from
traveling to the U.S.
The official and aides spoke on
condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to discuss the matter
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hailed the
announcement as "historic." But human rights groups say there are powerful
reasons for retaining sanctions. Military abuses continue in ethnic minority
regions. Rohingya Muslims remain displaced by sectarian violence and denied
citizenship. The military and its associates still have huge stakes in the
"Obama and Suu Kyi just took important
tools out of their collective tool kit for dealing with the Burmese
military, and threw them into the garbage," said John Sifton, deputy
Washington director for Human Rights Watch.
Transparency watchdog Global Witness
says Myanmar's jade industry, based in a northern region plagued by civil
conflict, is dominated by a military elite, U.S.-sanctioned drug lords and
crony companies. It estimates the industry is worth nearly half of the
nation's economic output.
Suu Kyi addressed problems in western
Rakhine state, where more than 100,000 Rohingyas remain stuck in camps,
separated from Buddhists who are the majority in Myanmar. She said everyone
entitled to citizenship in Myanmar should get it.
"We are sincere in trying to bring
together the different communities," Suu Kyi said.
The White House also notified Congress
on Wednesday it would be reinstating in November trade benefits to Myanmar
because of its progress on workers' rights. The benefits were suspended in
1989, a year after the bloody crackdown on democracy protesters by the
Suu Kyi last visited Washington in 2012
when she was still opposition leader. On that occasion, she was presented
with the Congressional Gold Medal, the legislature's highest civilian honor,
which she had been awarded in 2008 while under house arrest.
Now she is de facto leader of the
country with the title of state counsellor although a junta-era constitution
still enshrines the military's role in politics and bars her from the
White House spokesman Josh Earnest
pushed back on the notion the U.S. was undercutting its leverage over
Myanmar on human rights and constitutional reforms by lifting sanctions. He
said greater U.S. engagement would promote its ability to promote change.
Russia urges Syrian rebels to separate from 'terrorists'
Activists in Syria’s besieged city of Aleppo
protest against the United Nations for what they say is its failure to lift
the siege off their rebel-held area, Tuesday, Sept. 13. (Modar Shekho via
Sarah EL Deeb, Nataliya Vasilyeva
Beirut (AP) — Russia said
Wednesday that separating Syrian rebels from 'terrorists' is a "key task" to
ensure that the Russia-U.S.-brokered cease-fire continues to hold in Syria,
where a relative calm has prevailed since the truce went into effect two
Russian Lt. Gen. Victor Poznikhir said
rebels had violated the truce 60 times since it came into force sunset
Monday. For their part, opposition forces said they had recorded some 28
various violations by government troops on Tuesday.
The cease-fire deal was reached over
the weekend after marathon negotiations between U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Underscoring the
complexity of the new arrangement, the deal was not made public in its
entirety even as it came into effect.
By evening Wednesday, there were no
reports of major violations of the agreement, which calls on all parties to
hold their fire, allowing only for airstrikes against the extremist Islamic
State group and al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, known as Jabhat Fatah
One of Syria's most powerful factions,
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham's battlefield alliance with other insurgent groups
makes it difficult for the United States to target them without the danger
of inflicting harm on other opposition groups.
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday and they agreed that "as
a whole, despite sporadic reports of violence, the arrangement is holding
and violence is significantly lower," State Department spokesman Mark Toner
told reporters. The two diplomats also agreed to extend the current truce by
another 48 hours, Toner said.
Earlier, Russia's Poznikhir had
underlined Moscow's intention to extend the cease-fire by 48 hours. The
Syrian government has already agreed to maintain the cease-fire until
The agreement is also to allow for
humanitarian aid to reach besieged areas, with the rebel-held part of the
northern city of Aleppo as a priority.
However, some 20 trucks carrying U.N
aid and destined for rebel-held eastern Aleppo remained in the customs area
on the border with Turkey on Wednesday "because of lack of de facto
assurances of safe passage by all parties," Jens Laerke, deputy spokesman
for the U.N. office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told The
Associated Press in an email.
The trucks are carrying mostly food
items, and are destined for the estimated 250,000 residents of eastern
Aleppo. Details of who is to distribute the aid were still being worked out.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said
humanitarian aid to Syrians was being held up by a lack of security
arrangements. He said he had been in touch with the Russian government,
urging them to exercise influence on the Syrian government to let the trucks
in, and with the Americans to get Syrian armed groups to cooperate.
Separately, Turkey sent a pair of
trucks to the Syrian border town of Jarablus to deliver food and children's
toys on the third day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. Turkish ground
forces joined Syrian rebels to expel Islamic State militants from the town
In besieged rebel-held Aleppo, Mohammed
Khandakani, a 28-year old attorney, said calm was prevailing in an area that
had seen some of the heaviest violence in the days leading up to the
cease-fire. "The truce is holding. There is relative relief. It is an
unexplainable feeling of safety," he said. "But the anticipation and concern
for the future leaves a lump in my throat. We are still living in a prison."
Khandakani is a volunteer at a medical
center in eastern Aleppo. Medical facilities in rebel-held areas have been
frequent targets for government bombings.
In the lead-up to the cease-fire, 40
days of fighting in Aleppo killed nearly 700 civilians, including 160
children, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human
Syrian state media broadcast footage of
the tourism and health ministers touring neighborhoods on the southern edge
of Aleppo that were recently recaptured by the government from rebel groups.
"Here is the line that separates civilization and backwardness, barbarity,
the line between darkness and light," said tourism minister Bishr Riyad
Yazigi, speaking in the Ramouseh area of the divided city.
Meanwhile, Syrian state media reported
violations of the cease-fire in central Homs, saying that rebels fired
mortar rounds Wednesday in a rural part of the province. A day earlier, the
government said rebels had targeted the Castello road, the only remaining
artery by which aid reaches the eastern, rebel section of Aleppo.
The chief of the Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights, a monitoring group, said Wednesday there were no reported
civilian casualties in the first 36 hours of the cease-fire.
"The violations are negligible. Most
importantly, there were no Syrian civilian deaths," Rami Abdurrahman told
A spokesman for Russian President
Vladimir Putin said the Kremlin is hopeful the truce deal "will create the
necessary environment for political settlement."
"The cease-fire is quite fragile and
the key task now is to wait until moderate opposition stands aside from
terrorist groups. It's a key task without which further progress can hardly
be possible," Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow.
Russia launched its military operation
in Syria last year to support ally President Bashar Assad's forces.
Today in History - Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
Today is Thursday, Sept. 15, the 259th
day of 2016. There are 107 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 15, 1963, four black girls
were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street
Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were
eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)
On this date:
In 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign
Affairs was renamed the Department of State.
In 1807, former Vice President Aaron
Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge two weeks after he was found not
guilty of treason.
In 1857, William Howard Taft — who
served as President of the United States and as U.S. chief justice — was
born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 1890, English mystery writer Agatha
Christie was born in Torquay.
In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived
German Jews of their citizenship.
In 1940, during the World War II Battle
of Britain, the tide turned as the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses
upon the Luftwaffe.
In 1950, during the Korean conflict,
United Nations forces landed at Incheon in the south and began their drive
toward Seoul (sohl).
In 1955, the novel "Lolita," by
Vladimir Nabokov, was first published in Paris.
In 1972, a federal grand jury in
Washington indicted seven men in connection with the Watergate break-in.
In 1981, the Senate Judiciary Committee
voted unanimously to approve the Supreme Court nomination of Sandra Day
In 1994, a tape recording of John
Lennon singing with his teen-age band, The Quarrymen, in a Liverpool club on
July 6, 1957, was sold at Sotheby's for $122,500 (it was at this gig that
Lennon first met Paul McCartney).
In 2000, the 2000 Summer Olympics
opened in Sydney, Australia, with a seemingly endless parade of athletes and
coaches and a spectacular display; Aboriginal runner Cathy Freeman ignited
an Olympic ring of fire.
Ten years ago: Ford Motor Co. took
drastic steps to remold itself into a smaller, more competitive company,
slashing thousands of jobs and closing down two additional plants. U.S. Rep.
Bob Ney, R-Ohio, agreed to plead guilty to two criminal charges in the
congressional corruption probe spawned by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
(Ney served nearly a year and a-half of a 2-1/2-year prison sentence.)
Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci died in Florence at age 77.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama
bestowed the Medal of Honor on Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a young and humble Marine
who had defied orders and repeatedly barreled straight into a ferocious
"killing zone" in Afghanistan to save 36 lives at extraordinary risk to
himself. A single rogue trader at Swiss banking giant UBS was arrested after
allegedly costing the storied institution an estimated $2 billion. (Kweku
Adoboli was later convicted of fraud and served about half of a seven-year
One year ago: Hungary sealed off its
border with Serbia with massive coils of barbed wire and began detaining
migrants trying to use the country as a gateway to Western Europe, harsh new
measures that left thousands of frustrated asylum-seekers piled up on the
Serbian side of the border. Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as the new prime
minister of Australia after his conservative Liberal Party colleagues voted
for him to replace Tony Abbott as the nation's leader.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Forrest
Compton is 91. Comedian Norm Crosby is 89. Actor Henry Darrow is 83.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry is 78. Actress Carmen Maura is 71.
Opera singer Jessye Norman is 71. Writer-director Ron Shelton is 71. Actor
Tommy Lee Jones is 70. Movie director Oliver Stone is 70. Rock musician
Kelly Keagy (KAY'-gee) (Night Ranger) is 64. Rock musician Mitch Dorge
(Crash Test Dummies) is 56. Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino is 55. Actor
Danny Nucci is 48. Rap DJ Kay Gee is 47. Actor Josh Charles is 45. Singer
Sosa (Eden's Crush) is
40. Actor Tom Hardy
is 39. Actress Marisa Ramirez
is 39. Pop-rock musician Zach Filkins (OneRepublic)
is 38. Actor Dave Annable
Prince Harry is 32. TV personality Heidi Montag is 30. Actress Kate
Mansi is 29.
Thought for Today: "I think the
greatest curse of American society has been the idea of an easy
millennialism — that some new drug, or the next election or the latest in
social engineering will solve everything." — Robert Penn Warren, American
poet (born 1905, died this date in 1989).
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Cruise ship crewmember dies in lifeboat drill in France
The world's largest passenger ship, MS Harmony
of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean cruise line. (Andrew Matthews/PA via
Marseille, France (AP) - A
crewmember on the world's largest cruise ship died and four others were
injured Tuesday when a lifeboat fell from the deck into the water during a
rescue drill in Marseille, the operator and officials in the southern French
port city said.
Julien Ruas, a deputy mayor of
Marseille, told The Associated Press that the lifeboat fell about 10 meters
(33 feet) from the fifth deck of the Harmony of the Seas into the sea with
the five crewmembers aboard. He identified the dead crewmember as a
42-year-old Filipino. Circumstances of the accident are still unclear.
Local naval firefighters told the AP
one person died, two were seriously injured and two were more slightly
injured in the "violent" fall. All were members of the crew.
"It seems the people didn't get the
time to secure themselves so the fall was quite a violent one, like if you
or me fell around 10 meters from a building," Ruas, who is in charge of
firemen, told The Associated Press. He said the reason the lifeboat broke
away was not immediately clear.
The Miami-based Royal Caribbean cruise
line "deplored" the death and said in a statement that the incident happened
during a safety exercise while the ship was docked in the port of the
The Harmony of the Seas holds the
record for the largest cruise ship ever built, with a capacity of 8,690
people, including 6,300 passengers and 2,390 crew members. The $1 billion
ship was built in France and set sail for its inaugural cruise in May.
At 362 meters (1,187 feet) long, the
16-deck ship is longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. It's been
compared to a floating city with more than 2,500 staterooms, 20 dining
venues, 23 swimming pools, water slides, a park with more than 10,000 plants
and 50 trees, two climbing walls, discos and bar clubs, a theater, a skating
rink, a basketball court and a casino.
2 protesters die in Kashmir as curfew quiets Eid festivities
A Kashmiri Muslim protester prepares to throw
back a tear gas canister at Indian security personnel as another takes cover
behind an electric pole during a protest after Eid al-Adha prayers in
Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Sept. 13. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Srinagar, India (AP) — Two
anti-India protesters were killed and scores were injured in clashes with
security forces in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir on Tuesday,
police said, as a security lockdown marred Eid festivities in the disputed
Security forces fired tear gas and
shotgun pellets to quell protesters in several places, including Srinagar,
the main city, police said. Protests took place in dozens of areas in the
region, which has been wracked by massive demonstrations since July.
A curfew was in effect in the entire
Kashmir Valley, and most people stayed indoors for the Islamic festival of
Eid al-Adha, which fell on Tuesday. Usually bustling on such occasions,
Srinagar's marketplaces were deserted.
Authorities did not allow
congregational Eid prayers in the main mosques and Eid grounds in the
predominantly Muslim region, but prayers were held by people in small
A protester was killed by a tear gas
shell in the northern area of Bandipora, a police officer said on condition
of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk to reporters. Another
protester was killed by shotgun pellets in Shopian in the south, he said. At
least 60 people were injured in clashes in 10 different places in the
The curfew seemed to have foiled a
planned march called by separatist leaders to the Srinagar office of U.N.
military observers, which monitors a cease-fire between India and Pakistan.
The rivals have fought two of their three wars over control of Kashmir,
which is divided between them and claimed by both.
Most Kashmiris want an end to Indian
rule and favor independence or a merger with Pakistan.
The largest street protests the region
has seen in years followed the killing of a popular rebel leader by Indian
At least 79 civilians have been killed
and thousands wounded in protest-related violence, mostly by government
forces firing bullets and pellets. Two policemen have also been killed and
hundreds of others injured in the clashes.
Curfews, a series of communication
blackouts and the deployment of tens of thousands of Indian soldiers have
failed to stop the protests against Indian rule.
US flies bombers over SKorea in show of force against North
A U.S. B-1B bomber, right, flies over Osan Air
Base with a South Korean Air Forces jet in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday,
Sept. 13. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Osan Air Base, South Korea (AP) —
The United States on Tuesday sent two supersonic bombers streaking over ally
South Korea in a show of force meant to cow North Korea after its recent
nuclear test, and also to settle rattled nerves in the South.
The B-1B bombers, escorted by U.S. and
South Korean jets, were seen by an Associated Press photographer as they
flew over Osan Air Base, which is 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the border
with North Korea, the world's most heavily armed. The bombers were likely to
return to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam without landing in South Korea.
Such flyovers are fairly common when
animosity rises on the Korean Peninsula, which is technically in a state of
war because there has never been a peace treaty to officially end the
1950-53 Korean War.
South Korea does not have nuclear
weapons and relies on the U.S. "nuclear umbrella" as a deterrent to North
Korea. Washington also stations more than 28,000 troops in the South, and
tens of thousands more in Japan.
The B-1B doesn't currently carry
nuclear weapons under a disarmament treaty. U.S. Forces Korea wouldn't
comment on the bombers' capabilities, but South Korean military officials
and analysts said that they could carry nuclear weapons if reconfigured.
Hans Kristensen, a nuclear weapons
expert with the Federation of American Scientists, wrote in a blog posted
Tuesday that the last B-1B was stripped of all nuclear equipment in 2011 and
he does not consider them "nuclear capable" in their current configuration.
North Korea is keenly aware of the U.S.
presence on the peninsula and of what it considers the U.S. nuclear threat.
It uses such flyovers and the American military influence in the South in
its propaganda as alleged proof of U.S. hostility that it says is the reason
it needs a nuclear bomb program.
Last week's nuclear test, the North's
fifth, was its most powerful to date. Pyongyang's claim to have used
"standardized" warheads in the detonation makes some outsiders worry that it
is making headway in its push to develop small, sophisticated warheads that
can be mounted on missiles that can reach the U.S. mainland.
Nuclear expert Siegfried Hecker, who
has regularly visited the North's nuclear facilities, estimates that the
North may have enough nuclear fuel for about 20 bombs by the end of 2016 and
the ability to add about seven new bombs a year.
"Left unchecked, Pyongyang will likely
develop the capability to reach the continental United States with a nuclear
tipped missile in a decade or so," Siegfried wrote on the North
Korea-focused website 38 North. He said that more troubling was the recent
test successes may give Pyongyang a false sense of confidence.
Six-nation diplomatic talks aimed at
ridding the North of its bombs have been stalled since the last round of
meetings in late 2008. Since then, Pyongyang has ramped up both its
ballistic missile and nuclear bomb development, despite an increasing raft
After last week's test, the North's
nuclear weapons institute said it would take unspecified measures to further
boost its nuclear capability, which analysts said hinted at a possible sixth
South Korea's Defense Ministry said
Monday that South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities believe North
Korea has the ability to detonate another atomic device at any time at one
of its tunnels at its main Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where the five
previous atomic explosions took place. Ministry officials refused to say
what specific evidence pointed to another possible nuclear test.
Seoul, Washington and their allies have
vowed to apply more pressure and sanctions after the test, the second this
"The United States and (South Korea)
are taking actions every day to strengthen our alliance and respond to North
Korea's continued aggressive behavior," Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of
U.S. Forces Korea, said in a statement.
Sung Kim, the U.S. special envoy for
North Korean policy, met South Korean officials in Seoul on Tuesday and said
that Washington is working closely with other nations to work out new,
stronger sanctions on North Korea.
Also on Tuesday, South Korean President
Park Geun-hye ordered her military to be ready to "finish off" North Korea
if it fires a nuclear missile toward South Korea. Following the nuclear test
last week, she said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's "mental state is
spiraling out of control" and that his government shows "fanatic
Western nations urge Libya general to give up oil terminals
An anti-government rebel sits with an
anti-aircraft weapon in front an oil refinery in Ras Lanouf, eastern Libya.
(AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
Benghazi, Libya (AP) — The
United States and five Western nations have called upon forces loyal to a
Libyan general to withdraw from three eastern oil terminals seized earlier
this week, drawing a rebuke Tuesday from the internationally recognized
The U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain
and Britain said the U.N.-brokered government based in the capital, Tripoli,
is the "sole steward of these resources," adding that "Libya's oil belongs
to the Libyan people."
"We also call on all forces to avoid
any action that could damage Libya's energy infrastructure or further
disrupt its exports," said the joint statement, issued late Monday. It also
warned against "illicit oil exports."
Forces led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter
seized control of Ras Lanuf, al-Sidra and Zueitina on Sunday. Hifter is
allied with Libya's parliament, which is based in the country's far east and
has not approved the U.N.-backed government, in part because of differences
over his future role in the country.
U.N. envoy Martin Kobler called for an
immediate cessation of hostilities and talks with Hifter — who he said has
refused to meet him — to discuss the security vacuum in Libya and the need
for a united army in a united country.
"I said always that Gen. Hifter must
have a role in this joint united army structure, and I would like to sit
together with him and discuss it," Kobler told reporters after briefing the
U.N. Security Council in New York.
The oil-rich North African country slid
into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi,
and has recently been split by rival authorities based in the east and in
Tripoli, in the west.
Parliament Speaker Agila Saleh said
Hifter's move was by "popular demand" and was authorized by Libya's official
institutions. He said Hifter's forces "liberated the fields and the
terminals from the occupiers and those hindering exports," referring to
militia commander Ibrahim Jedran, who commands a force known as Petroleum
Jedran's militia seized the oil
terminals more than two years ago and has tried to export illegally in the
past. It is now allied with the U.N.-backed government, and Kobler brokered
a deal with Jedran in July to resume exports.
Libya's conflict has crippled its once
vibrant oil sector, denying the country an estimated $100 billion in
revenues over the past three years. According to official figures, Libya
exported 146 million barrels of oil in 2015, down from 531 million three
Kobler said "oil production is at its
lowest point ever with only about 200,000 barrels per day, compared to 1.4
million barrels" after the ouster of Gadhafi.
He said Hifter's takeover of the oil
fields "will further hinder oil exports, deprive Libya of its only source of
income, and increase the division in the country."
Saleh said Hifter's forces will
withdraw once the Tripoli-based, state-run, and internationally recognized
National Oil Corp. "assumes its responsibilities" in managing oil resources.
The oil authority had rejected Kobler's deal with Jedran.
The Security Council reiterated support
for the U.N.-backed government, national unity and reconciliation.
It urged the Presidency Council to keep
trying to broaden its support, and to tackle Libya's political, security,
humanitarian, economic and institutional challenges, including by improving
the delivery of basic services, "and to confront the threat of terrorism."
Israel's Peres hospitalized after stroke
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres is shown
in this Nov. 2, 2015 file photo. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Jerusalem (AP) - Former Israeli
President Shimon Peres suffered a "major stroke" on Tuesday and experienced
heavy bleeding in the brain, hospital officials said, as doctors raced to
stabilize the 93-year-old Nobel laureate.
Dr. Itzik Kreiss, director of the Sheba
Medical Center, told reporters outside the hospital near Tel Aviv that Peres
experienced "lots of bleeding" as a result of the stroke. He said he had
undergone a battery of tests, and that doctors planned to hold another
assessment in a few hours.
Standing alongside Kreiss, Peres' son
Chemi said the situation was "not simple," but that the family was trying to
"My father is very special. I am
keeping optimistic. Hoping for the best. But these hours are not easy," he
He thanked the Israeli public for
offering its support and prayers.
Peres' office issued a statement early
Wednesday describing his condition as "serious but stable." It said he
remained hospitalized in the intensive care unit.
Earlier, Israeli media reported the
bleeding had stopped. Dr. Shlomi Matezsky, one of the doctors treating
Peres, told Channel 2 TV that Peres had regained consciousness and was on a
"He is on a respirator and lightly
sedated but is conducting actions, what is called in medical terms 'simple
actions' and is not currently unconscious," he said.
He said doctors were meeting to decide
how to proceed. "The way things seem now, we don't think surgery in the next
few hours would benefit Mr. Peres' condition," he said.
Peres is the elder statesman of Israeli
politics and the last surviving link to the country's founding fathers.
Over a seven-decade career, he held
virtually every senior political office in Israel, including three terms as
prime minister and stints as foreign and finance minister. He won the 1994
Nobel Peace Prize for his work in reaching an interim peace agreement with
He had remained active since completing
his seven-year term as president in 2014, and even uploaded a video to his
Facebook account earlier in the day.
video , in
which Peres encourages the public to buy locally made products, he appears
weary but is otherwise alert and coherent. Channel 10 TV said Peres had also
delivered an hour-long lecture earlier in the day.
Earlier this year, Peres was twice
hospitalized for heart problems but quickly released. His office said Peres
received a pacemaker last week.
As president, a largely ceremonial
office, he cultivated an image as the country's elder statesman and became
one of its most popular public figures.
He also became a fixture at
international conferences like the World Economic Forum in Davos. Earlier
this month, he participated in the Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio, Italy.
Since leaving the presidency, Peres
frequently hosted public events at his peace center, bringing together Arabs
and Jews in efforts to promote coexistence.
In a message posted on Facebook, Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Peres a speedy recovery. "Shimon, we love
you and the entire nation wishes you get well," he said.
206 of Cambodia's rare royal turtles released at new center
Conservationists prepare to release royal turtles at a conservation centre
in Mondul Seima, Koh Kong province, Cambodia, Tuesday, Sept. 13. (Mengey
Eng/Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia (AP) — More
than 200 of Cambodia's nearly extinct royal turtles were released Tuesday in
muddy waters at a new breeding and conservation center that was built in
hopes of keeping the national reptile from disappearing.
The Koh Kong Reptile Conservation
Center in western Cambodia is a joint effort between the government's
fisheries department and the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society.
The 206 turtles belong to one of the
world's 25 most endangered tortoise and freshwater turtle species. It's also
known as the southern river terrapin, but its primary name harkens to
historical times when only the royal family could consume the turtle's eggs.
The turtle was believed extinct until
2000 when a small population was rediscovered, and it was designated the
national reptile in 2005.
Since 2001, a joint project between the
government and conservation society has saved 39 nests with a total of 564
eggs that resulted in 382 hatchlings. The hatchlings are raised in captivity
and later released into the wild.
"With very few Royal Turtles left in
the wild and many threats to their survival, Cambodia's national reptile is
facing a high risk of extinction," said Ouk Vibol, director of Fisheries
"By protecting nests and head starting
the hatchlings, we are increasing the chances of survival for this important
species for Cambodia," he said.
The breeding and conservation center
has five big ponds with grass and sand banks for the resettled turtles to
nest, society spokesman Eng Mengey said by telephone from Koh Kong province
where the center is located.
"We hope in time to have other species
like Siamese crocodiles at the center, and may even develop it into a site
for ecotourism to generate revenue to be used for conserving the turtles in
the center," Ross Sinclair, the society's country director for Cambodia,
said in the statement.
Today in History - Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 14, the 258th day of 2016. There are 108
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key
was inspired to write the poem "Defence of Fort McHenry" after witnessing
the American flag flying over the Maryland fort following a night of British
bombardment during the War of 1812; the poem later became the words to "The
On this date:
In 1715, Benedictine monk Dom Pierre
Perignon, credited with advances in the production of champagne, died in
Hautvillers, France, at age 76.
In 1829, the Treaty of Adrianople was
signed, ending war between Russia and the Ottoman Empire.
In 1861, the first naval engagement of
the Civil War took place as the USS Colorado attacked and sank the
Confederate private schooner Judah off Pensacola, Florida.
In 1901, President William McKinley
died in Buffalo, New York, of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin; Vice
President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him.
In 1927, modern dance pioneer Isadora
Duncan died in Nice (nees), France, when her scarf became entangled in a
wheel of the sports car she was riding in.
In 1941, Vermont passed a resolution
enabling its servicemen to receive wartime bonuses by declaring the U.S. to
be in a state of armed conflict, giving rise to headlines that Vermont had
"declared war on Germany."
In 1954, the Soviet Union detonated a
40-kiloton atomic test weapon.
In 1964, Pope Paul VI opened the third
session of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, also known as
"Vatican II." (The session closed two months later.)
In 1975, Pope Paul VI declared Mother
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint.
In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco,
formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash
the day before; Lebanon's president-elect, Bashir Gemayel (bah-SHEER'
jeh-MAY'-el), was killed by a bomb.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan and
his wife, Nancy, appeared together on radio and television to appeal for a
"national crusade" against drug abuse.
In 1991, the government of South
Africa, the African National Congress and the Inkatha (in-KAH'-tah) Freedom
Party signed a national peace pact.
Ten years ago: Authorities advised
people to avoid eating bagged fresh spinach, the suspected (later confirmed)
source of an outbreak of E. coli illnesses that killed three people. Three
men became the first rabbis ordained in Germany since World War II during a
ceremony in Dresden. Actor-bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, husband of actress
Jayne Mansfield and father of actress Mariska Hargitay, died in Los Angeles
at age 80.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama
urged enthusiastic college students at North Carolina State University to
join him in his fight to get Congress to act on his new jobs bill. A
government panel released a report saying that BP bore ultimate
responsibility for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
One year ago: Ahmed Mohamed, a
14-year-old Muslim boy, was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to
MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, that was mistaken for a possible
bomb; police declined to seek any charges against the teenager. Rowan
County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis returned to work for the first time since
she was jailed for defying a federal court and announced that she would no
longer block her deputies from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex
couples. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump renewed his campaign
against illegal immigration, telling a cheering crowd of thousands at the
American Airlines Center in Dallas that "it's disgusting what's happening
to our country."
a dozen people
in flash floods
that struck in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, along with seven
hikers who drowned in a narrow canyon in Zion National Park and a man from
Hurricane, Utah. Fred Deluca, 67, the Subway co-founder who turned a
sandwich shop he started as a teenager into the world's largest fast-food
chain, died in New York.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Zoe Caldwell
is 83. Feminist author Kate Millett is 82. Actor Walter Koenig (KAY'-nihg)
is 80. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown is 76. Singer-actress Joey
Heatherton is 72. Actor Sam Neill is 69. Singer Jon "Bowzer" Bauman (Sha Na
Na) is 69. Rock musician Ed King is 67. Actor Robert Wisdom is 63. Rock
musician Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) is 61. Country singer-songwriter Beth
Nielsen Chapman is 60. Actress Mary Crosby is 57. Singer Morten Harket
(a-ha) is 57. Country singer John Berry is 57. Actress Melissa Leo is 56.
Actress Faith Ford is 52. Actor Jamie Kaler is 52. Actress Michelle Stafford
is 51. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is 51.
Rock musician Mike
is 49. Contemporary Christian singer Mark Hall is 47.
Actor-writer-director-producer Tyler Perry is 47. Actor Ben Garant is 46.
Rock musician Craig Montoya (Tri Polar) is 46. Actress Kimberly
Williams-Paisley is 45. Actor Andrew Lincoln is 43. Rapper Nas is 43. Actor
Austin Basis is 40. Country singer Danielle Peck is 38. Pop singer Ayo is
36. Actor Sebastian Sozzi is 34. Actor Adam Lamberg is 32. Singer Alex Clare
is 31. Actress Jessica Brown Findlay is 29. Actor-singer Logan Henderson is
Thought for Today: "I venture to
suggest that patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but
the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." — Adlai E. Stevenson,
American statesman (1900-1965.
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Violence in southern India as top court orders water sharing
police officer detains a youth as they walk past burning trucks set ablaze
by angry mobs in Bangalore, India, Monday, Sept. 12. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
New Delhi (AP) — India's top
court on Monday ordered the southern state of Karnataka to release water
from a disputed river to neighboring Tamil Nadu after arson, looting and
vandalism erupted in both states over water sharing.
The Press Trust of India news agency
said police gunfire killed one protester and wounded another in India's
information technology hub of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state,
where rampaging mobs set fire to dozens of buses, trucks and cars and
attacked shops and businesses.
Two protesters were brought to a
multi-speciality hospital, but one of them died, PTI quoted Giridhar, the
hospital's managing director as saying. Giridhar uses one name.
Police did not confirm that a protester
had been shot to death by police.
Television images showed dozens of
buses with Tamil Nadu state license plates burning in a private transport
company depot in Bangalore. The company's managing director, Rajesh
Natarajan, said nearly 40 buses were burned or damaged, PTI reported.
The Cauvery River, which originates in
Karnataka and flows into Tamil Nadu, has been the source of a bitter water
dispute for decades. Karnataka officials told the court that the state did
not have enough water reserves to share.
Earlier Monday, protesters in Tamil
Nadu vandalized a hotel in the city of Chennai owned by people from
Karnataka, triggering violent protests in both states.
Last week, the Supreme Court had
ordered Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs (cubic feet per second) for 10
days to Tamil Nadu, a move that led to protests by Karnataka farmers, who
say they have no water for their fields.
The Karnataka government then appealed
the ruling to the top court, which reduced the daily supply to Tamil Nadu.
Police in Bangalore passed prohibitory
orders preventing the gathering of more than five people after angry mobs
smashed the windows of several buses from Tamil Nadu and attacked bus
Many schools in Bangalore were closed
Monday. Offices were closed and shop owners pulled down shutters as groups
of young men wandered the streets attacking properties owned by people from
In the city of Mandya, 100 kilometers
(60 miles) southeast of Bangalore, protesters set fire to trucks and buses
bearing Tamil Nadu license plates. In the nearby city of Mysore, several
vehicles were set ablaze and mobs of young men roamed the streets wielding
iron rods, smashing windows of shops owned by people from Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka authorities have stopped bus
services to Tamil Nadu for an unspecified period of time to prevent
passengers from being attacked.
Farmers in India are largely dependent
on monsoon rains and rivers to irrigate their crops. But with successive
poor monsoons, rivers and reservoirs have been running dry and farmers in
many places have been forced to reduce the number of crops they grow.
France to bid adieu to plastic dishes with controversial ban
Plastic glasses, knives, forks and food boxes
are pictured in a takeaway restaurant in Paris Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.
(AP Photo/Bertrand Combaldieu)
Paris (AP) — France's latest
efforts to reduce pollution will also affect nature lovers hitting the
countryside for an outdoor meal: Under a controversial new ban, picnickers
won't be able to buy plastic goblets to drink their beloved wine, or plastic
knives to make ham and butter baguette sandwiches.
Life in the office will be different,
too, as coffee machines will no longer cough out plastic cups, as part of
the country's plans to be more environmentally friendly.
The new measure, which took effect last
month, gives producers until 2020 to ensure that all disposable dishes sold
in France are made of biologically sourced materials and can be composted.
It follows a ban on plastic bags, in place since July.
While several other countries and some
U.S. states have also banned plastic bags, France appears to be the first
country to introduce a blanket ban on plastic dishware. It comes after Paris
hosted a landmark conference last year on fighting global warming, and as
the Socialist government tries to push France toward the forefront of
While ecologists' organizations lauded
the French law and hope it sets an example for other countries, opponents
argue that product bans hurt consumers, and that the French measures violate
European Union rules on free movement of goods.
Worried that the French ban could
extend to other countries, Pack2Go Europe, a Brussels-based organization
representing European packaging manufacturers, says it will keep fighting
"We are urging the European Commission
to do the right thing and to take legal action against France for infringing
European law," Pack2Go Europe secretary general Eamonn Bates told The
Associated Press. "If they don't, we will."
The ban was initially proposed by the
Europe Ecologie-Greens Party and was adopted by French lawmakers with the
aim of reducing the energy consumed and waste produced by the plastic
processing industry, as well as the pollution caused by plastic litter.
The ecologists wanted the ban to be
introduced as soon as 2017 but it was postponed until 2020 because of
Environment Minister Segolene Royal's initial opposition to the law. Royal
deemed it an "anti-social" measure, arguing that families struggling
financially make regular use of disposable tableware.
The measures will ban sales of
single-use plastic cups, plates and glasses unless they are made of
bio-sourced materials that can be composted in a domestic composting unit.
Bates argues that there is no proof
that bio-sourced disposable cutlery is more environmentally beneficial, and
that no products made from bio-sourced plastics will degrade in a domestic
He also said the ban "will be
understood by consumers to mean that it is OK to leave this packaging behind
in the countryside after use because it's easily bio-degradable in nature.
That's nonsense! It may even make the litter problem worse."
Officials at the French Environment
Ministry did not respond to requests by the AP for comment.
North Korea mobilizes after floods kill at least 133
In this undated image from video distributed on
Monday, Sept. 12, North Korean workers build levees along a river bank after
a disastrous flood killed more than 130 people in its northern-most
province. (KRT via AP)
Tokyo (AP) — North Korea is
mobilizing to deal with a disastrous flood that killed more than 130 people,
destroyed tens of thousands of homes and crippled infrastructure in its
Brigades of soldiers from around the
country have been enlisted to help victims of the flooding, which began Aug.
29 and was caused by Typhoon Lionrock.
According to a U.N. report issued by
the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the floods
displaced tens of thousands of people and destroyed homes, buildings and
critical infrastructure. North Korean media said it was the worst single
case of downpours and high winds since 1945, though that claim couldn't be
The report said the government has
confirmed 133 people were killed and another 395 missing. It said more than
35,500 houses, schools and public buildings were damaged, with 69 percent
completely destroyed. It reported widespread inundation of farmland and at
least 140,000 people in urgent need of assistance.
The hardest-hit areas, parts of which
remain inaccessible, are Musan and Yonsa counties near the Chinese border in
the northern tip of the country.
North Korea's state media reported
Sunday that high winds and heavy rainfall swept over several cities and
counties, causing buildings to collapse and leaving railways, roads, parts
of the electric power system, factories and farmlands destroyed or
It said a mass recovery effort has been
On Monday, North Korea reported
construction units were arriving in the flood-hit areas from all over the
country, including the capital, Pyongyang.
"The country's manpower and material
and technical potentials are now concentrated on the flood damage
rehabilitation," the Korean Central News Agency said. It said the ruling
party has urged citizens to "achieve the miraculous victory of converting
misfortune into favorable conditions ... with the tremendous might of
The North Korean media also said the
focus of a 200-day "loyalty campaign" already underway to mobilize the
nation behind leader Kim Jong Un in a mandatory show of devotion has been
switched to a call for all citizens to support the recovery effort.
The U.N. agency said humanitarian
agencies have released relief materials from their stockpiles inside North
Korea, including food, shelter and kitchen kits, water purification and
sanitation supplies and emergency health supplies.
The U.N. report said the government is
"urgently working" to reopen roads, distributing relief goods and preparing
to rebuild 20,000 houses by early October, before the onset of North Korea's
bitterly cold winter.
It added that the government had
allowed U.N. agencies, the North Korean Red Cross and International
Federation of the Red Crescent, along with private international aid groups
to conduct a joint assessment of needs in the affected areas last week, but
they were unable to access Musan and Yonsa.
The flooding occurred around the Tumen
River, which runs between North Korea and China.
North Korea experiences frequent
natural disasters which are more devastating because of its often
problematic infrastructure and lack of civil engineering projects designed
to mitigate damage.
In August last year, major downpours
followed by flash floods killed at least 40 people and devastated parts of
the Rason area, near the Russian and Chinese borders where a key special
economic zone is located.
A series of floods and droughts were a
contributing factor in the disastrous famine years of the 1990s — called the
"arduous march" in North Korea — that nearly brought the country to economic
Relatives of MH370 victims want more possible debris studied
Grace Nathan, left, of Malaysia and Jiang Hui Be
of China address the media on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in Canberra,
Australia, after meeting Australian officials coordinating the search for
the missing Malaysian airliner. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)
Canberra, Australia (AP) —
Relatives of some of the 239 passengers and crew on missing Malaysia
Airlines Flight 370 called Monday for more of its possible debris to be
examined to define a new search area.
Malaysia, China and Australia agreed in
July that the search in the southern Indian Ocean would be suspended after
the current 120,000-square kilometer (46,000-square mile) expanse has been
thoroughly examined with deep sea sonar equipment in the absence of credible
new evidence that identified the plane's location.
Eight relatives of lost passengers who
met with Australian officials coordinating the search on behalf of Malaysia
expressed frustration that they were not given a definition of what
constituted credible new evidence that would result in a continuation of the
American wreckage hunter Blaine Gibson
attended the meeting at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau headquarters
with the relatives from Malaysia, China, Australia and Indonesia and handed
over to investigators five pieces of potential debris that he found on
beaches in Madagascar. Two of the pieces were burnt, which could indicate a
disastrous fire on board, he said.
Gibson previously found a panel from
Flight 370 in Mozambique. Malaysia has yet to collect other potential debris
that Blaine has found washed up on Madagascar since June and handed to
"I hope that the search will go on and
in my amateur opinion this constitutes new, credible evidence that justifies
continuing the search," Gibson told reporters of his unconfirmed debris
Some confirmed pieces of debris have
washed ashore in the western Indian Ocean, and the families believe other
items yet to be examined may be clues to the plane's location.
Grace Nathan, a Malaysian whose mother
was on the Boeing 777 that vanished during a flight from Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, to Beijing on March 8, 2014, said governments should be
coordinating a search for debris and using drift modeling to define a new
area to search after the current search is to be completed in December.
"We want to call on the three nations —
Australia, China and Malaysia — to make a concerted effort to go out and
look for this credible new information," Nathan said.
"It's very impressive that one private
individual citizen, Blaine Alan Gibson, has managed to find up to 15 pieces
of aircraft debris and we hope that these three nations do more than just
hope by fluke people find more debris," she added.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau
confirmed in a statement that it had received debris from Gibson and was
seeking advice from Malaysia on how Australia should proceed.
Jennifer Chong, a Melbourne-based
Malaysian-Australian dual citizen whose husband was aboard Flight 370,
wondered why Malaysia had not sent diplomats to the five-hour meeting with
Australian search officials. China and Indonesia both sent diplomats to
support their citizens.
Oceanographers are analyzing the first
piece of wreckage found, a wing flap known as a flaperon that washed up on
Reunion Island off the African coast in July last year — 16 months after the
plane went missing — in the hope of narrowing a possible next area adjoining
the current search boundary through drift modeling.
A wing flap found on Tanzania is also
being examined at Australian Transport Safety Bureau headquarters for clues.
Search officials expect more Flight 370 wreckage to wash up in the months
Sheryl Keen, chairwoman of Air Crash
Support Group, which is supporting the relatives during their week in
Australia, called on Malaysia to collect the debris found by Gibson on
Madagascar and to consider handing responsibility for the search to
South Sudan leaders amass wealth as country burns
This July 9, 2015 file photo shows South Sudan's
President Salva Kiir, left, accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong,
right. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)
Kampala, Uganda (AP) — South
Sudan's leaders have amassed wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of
thousands have been killed, a U.S.-based watchdog group said Monday,
charging that the civil war is being fueled by competition among rivals over
national resources such as oil.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir,
former deputy Riek Machar and those close to both men have looted the
country in accumulating wealth that includes mansions, luxury cars and
stakes in a number of businesses abroad, according to the
The report says it has obtained images
of officials' family members jet-setting and partying in five-star hotels,
as well as documentation of their properties abroad. Officials in South
Sudan who earn modest salaries have been able to amass fortunes with help
from arms dealers, bankers, lawyers and others abroad, it said.
"The key catalyst of South Sudan's
civil war has been competition for the grand prize — control over state
assets and the country's abundant natural resources — between rival
kleptocratic networks led by President Kiir and (former) Vice President
Machar," the report says.
"The leaders of South Sudan's warring
parties manipulate and exploit ethnic divisions in order to drum up support
for a conflict that serves the interests only of the top leaders of these
two kleptocratic networks and, ultimately, the international facilitators
whose services the networks utilize and on which they rely."
South Sudan, which gained independence
from Sudan in 2011, plunged into conflict soon after Kiir fired Machar from
his post as vice president in 2013. A peace deal reached a year ago under
international pressure has been violated repeatedly by fighting, and Machar
fled the country in recent weeks.
The report by The Sentry, which
was co-founded by actor George Clooney, says that in 2015 it began "to
follow the money that has been and continues to be amassed" by networks
loyal to either Kiir or Machar.
The report says the country's leaders,
including some military generals, have much of their wealth in the form of
high-end properties in neighboring countries such as Uganda and Kenya. Gen.
Paul Malong, the chief of military staff, owns two villas in Uganda in
addition to a $2 million mansion in a gated community in Kenya's capital,
Nairobi, according to the report, which cites his annual salary as roughly
Documents show that several children of
the president, including his 12-year-old son, have held stakes in a number
of business ventures, the new report says.
"Machar has had far less access to
rent-seeking opportunities," it says.
The report urges the international
community, including South Sudan's neighbors, to crack down on banks that
fail to stop dubious transactions, and impose asset freezes on those
responsible for human rights violations.
China, Russia launch South China Sea naval war games
naval ship arrives in Zhanjiang port in southern China, Monday, Sept. 12.
The Chinese and Russian navies launched eight days of war games in the South
China Sea on Monday. (Zha Chunming/Xinhua via AP)
Beijing (AP) — The Chinese and
Russian navies launched eight days of war games in the South China Sea on
Monday, in a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces against
the backdrop of regional territorial disputes.
The "Joint Sea-2016" maneuvers include
ships, submarines, ship-borne helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, along
with marines and amphibious armored vehicles who will conduct live-firing
exercises, according to a Defense Ministry statement.
Tasks will include defensive and rescue
drills, anti-submarine exercises and the simulated seizure of an enemy
island by marines from both sides.
The exercise is part of an annual
program which "aims to consolidate and advance the Sino-Russian
comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, and deepen friendly and
practical cooperation between the two militaries," Chinese navy spokesman
Liang Yang was quoted as saying.
"It will also improve coordination
between the two navies on joint defense operations at sea," Liang said.
China's South Sea Fleet will make up
the bulk of the forces, along with some elements from the North and East Sea
fleets, Liang said.
The ministry didn't say exactly where
the drills would be held in the South China Sea, the site of heated
territorial disputes between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors.
However, the official Xinhua News Agency said the Russian ships arrived
early Monday in the Guangdong province port of Zhanjiang and the exercises
would be held off the Guangdong coast, apparently in waters that are not in
Joint Chinese-Russian drills have
become increasingly common in recent years — this week's exercises are the
fifth between the two navies since 2012 — with the countries joined in their
mutual suspicion of the U.S. and its allies.
Russia has been the only major country
to speak out on China's behalf in its demand that the U.S. and other
countries stay out of such arguments. That came as an arbitration panel in
The Hague, Netherlands, issued a ruling invalidating China's claims to
virtually the entire South China Sea, a result that Beijing angrily rejected
as null and void.
Following the ruling, China vowed to
continue developing man-made islands in the disputed Spratly island group
and said it would conduct regular aerial patrols over the strategically
vital sea through which passes an estimated $5 trillion in trade each year.
While China says the drills do not
envision specific enemies or target any third parties, their location in the
South China Sea has drawn criticism.
During a visit to China last month, the
commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift, said "There are other
places those exercises could have been conducted." He described them as part
of a series of actions "that are not increasing the stability within the
Xinhua rejected such sentiments in a
commentary Monday, saying those viewing the exercises as threatening were
"either ill-informed ... or misled by their prejudice about China and
"A logical guess is that, for those who
have bought the sensational claim regarding the drill, they probably only
see words like 'island seizing' and 'South Sea Fleet' and start to imagine a
war in the South China Sea," Xinhua said, blaming sensationalistic Western
media reports that it did not further identify.
State Department spokesman John Kirby
said Monday that the U.S. did not view the exercises as a threat. He told
reporters that as long as the exercises were not threatening or provocative
and were conducted in accordance with international law, "there's nothing
that precludes them from doing that."
Russian news outlets said 18 ships, 21
aircraft and more than 250 marines from both sides would take part in the
drills. The ships include destroyers, cruisers, a Russian battleship,
amphibious warfare ships and supply vessels.
However, Xinhua said the Russian
component would include three surface ships, two supply ships, two
helicopters, 96 marines, and amphibious armored equipment.
China's navy would contribute 10 ships,
including destroyers, frigates, amphibious ships, supply vessels and
submarines, along with 11 fixed-wing aircraft, eight helicopters, 160
marines and amphibious armor, it said.
Today in History - Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 13, the 257th day of 2016.
There are 109 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 13, 1971, a four-day inmates' rebellion at the
Attica Correctional Facility in western New York ended as police and guards
stormed the prison; the ordeal and final assault claimed the lives of 32
inmates and 11 hostages.
On this date:
In 1515, during the Italian Wars, the two-day Battle of
Marignano began as forces led by Francis I of France clashed with troops
from the Old Swiss Confederacy. (The French succeeded in forcing the Swiss
to abandon nearby Milan.)
In 1788, the Congress of the Confederation authorized
the first national election, and declared New York City the temporary
In 1814, during the War of 1812, British naval forces
began bombarding Fort McHenry in Baltimore but were driven back by American
defenders in a battle that lasted until the following morning.
In 1911, the song "Oh, You Beautiful Doll," a romantic
rag by Nat D. Ayer and Seymour Brown, was first published by Jerome H.
Remick & Co.
In 1923, Miguel Primo de Rivera, the captain general of
Catalonia, seized power in Spain.
In 1948, Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was
elected to the U.S. Senate; she became the first woman to serve in both
houses of Congress.
In 1959, Elvis Presley first met his future wife,
14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, while stationed in West Germany with the
U.S. Army. (They married in 1967, but divorced in 1973.)
In 1962, Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett rejected the
U.S. Supreme Court's order for the University of Mississippi to admit James
Meredith, a black student, declaring in a televised address, "We will not
drink from the cup of genocide."
In 1989, Fay Vincent was elected commissioner of Major
League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti (juh-MAH'-tee).
In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur died at a Las Vegas
hospital six days after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting; he was 25.
In 1997, funeral services were held in Calcutta (now
Kolkata), India, for Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa.
In 1998, former Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace died in
Montgomery at age 79.
Ten years ago: Gunman Kimveer Gill, 25, opened fire in
a cafeteria at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, slaying one
student and wounding 19 before killing himself. Former Texas Gov. Ann
Richards died in Austin at age 73.
Five years ago: Teams of insurgents firing
rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons struck at the U.S. Embassy,
NATO headquarters and other buildings in the heart of Afghanistan's capital,
Kabul. In New York City, Republican political novice Bob Turner scored an
upset victory over Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin in a special
election to fill the House seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner
over a sexting scandal.
One year ago: Germany introduced temporary border
controls to stem the tide of thousands of refugees streaming across its
borders. Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) defeated Roger Federer in
four sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, in the U.S. Open final for his 10th Grand
Slam title. Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone, 60, died in Norfolk,
Virginia. Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell was crowned Miss America at the
pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Barbara Bain is 85. Actress
Eileen Fulton (TV: "As the World Turns") is 83. Actor Joe E. Tata is 80. TV
producer Fred Silverman is 79. Rock singer David Clayton-Thomas (Blood,
Sweat & Tears) is 75. Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 72. Singer Peter Cetera
is 72. Actress Christine Estabrook is 66. Actress Jean Smart is 65. Singer
Randy Jones (The Village People) is 64. Record producer Don Was is 64. Actor
Isiah Whitlock Jr. is 62. Actress-comedian Geri Jewell is 60. Country singer
Bobbie Cryner is 55. Rock singer-musician Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) is 55.
Tavis Smiley is 52. Rock musician Zak Starkey is 51. Actor Louis
Mandylor is 50.
Olympic gold medal runner
49. Rock musician
is 49. Actor Roger Howarth is 48. Actor Dominic Fumusa is 47. Actress Louise
Lombard is 46. Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic (ee-van-EE'-seh-vihch) is 45.
Country singer Aaron Benward (Blue County) is 43. Country musician Joe Don
Rooney (Rascal Flatts) is 41. Actor Scott Vickaryous is 41. Singer Fiona
Apple is 39. Contemporary Christian musician Hector Cervantes (Casting
Crowns) is 36. Former MLB pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is 36. Actor Ben Savage
is 36. Rock singer Niall Horan (One Direction) is 23. Actor Mitch Holleman
Thought for Today: "Injustice, poverty, slavery,
ignorance — these may be cured by reform or revolution. But men do not live
only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals, individual and
collective, a vast variety of them, seldom predictable, at times
incompatible." — Isaiah Berlin, Russian-born British philosopher
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Doctor: Clinton has pneumonia, recovering after 9/11 event
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton waves after leaving an apartment building Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in
New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Lisa Lerer, Julie Pace
New York (AP) — An ill Hillary
Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 anniversary ceremony Sunday and needed to be
held up by three people before she appeared to stumble off a curb and was
helped into a van. Several hours later, her campaign revealed she had been
diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday and advised to rest.
Less than two months from Election Day,
it was an unwanted visual for Clinton as she tries to project the strength
and vigor needed for one of the world's most demanding jobs. Republican
rival Donald Trump has spent months questioning Clinton's health, saying she
lacks the stamina to be president.
In a statement, Clinton's doctor said
the former secretary of state had become overheated and dehydrated at the
event in lower Manhattan. "I have just examined her and she is now
rehydrated and recovering nicely," Dr. Lisa R. Bardack said.
The physician said Clinton has had an
allergy-related cough, and that during a follow-up examination Friday, the
candidate was diagnosed with pneumonia, put on antibiotics, advised to rest
and modify her schedule.
Clinton's departure from the event was
not witnessed by the reporters who travel with her campaign and aides
provided no information about why she left or her whereabouts for nearly two
hours. Spokesman Nick Merrill eventually said Clinton had gone to her
daughter's nearby apartment, but refused to say whether the former secretary
of state had required medical attention.
Clinton exited the apartment on her own
shortly before noon. She waved to reporters and said, "I'm feeling great.
It's a beautiful day in New York."
In the meantime, a
surfaced on Twitter that showed Clinton being held up by aides as a black
van pulls up. She stumbles and appears to fall off the curb as she is helped
After leaving her daughter's, Clinton
was driven to her home in Chappaqua, New York, and made no public
appearances. She was scheduled to fly to California Monday morning for
fundraising and it was unclear whether her schedule would change.
Trump, who attended the same event
marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, was noticeably restrained.
Asked by a reporter about Clinton's health incident, Trump said, "I don't
The incident compounds an already
difficult stretch for Clinton as the presidential race enters its final
stretch. Despite Trump's numerous missteps, the race remains close and many
Americans view Clinton as dishonest and untrustworthy.
On Friday, Clinton told donors that
"half" of rival Donald Trump's supporters are in a "basket of deplorables" —
a comment that drew sharp criticism from Republicans. Clinton later said she
regretted applying that description to "half" of Trump's backers, but stuck
by her assertion that the GOP nominee has given a platform to "hateful views
Now Clinton is sure to face new
questions about whether she's physically fit for the presidency. Trump and
his supporters have been hinting at potential health issues for months,
questioning Clinton's stamina when she takes routine days off the campaign
trail and reviving questions about a concussion she sustained in December
2012 after fainting. Her doctor attributed that episode to a stomach virus
Clinton's doctor reported she is fully
recovered from the concussion, which led to temporary double vision and
discovery of a blood clot in a vein in the space between her brain and
skull. Clinton also has experienced deep vein thrombosis, a clot usually in
the leg, and takes the blood thinner Coumadin to prevent new clots.
Clinton spent about 90 minutes at the
9/11 event Sunday, standing alongside numerous other dignitaries, including
New York's Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand. The
weather was warm and humid in New York on Sunday, and there was a breeze at
the crowded memorial plaza during the ceremony.
Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., said he spent
time before the ceremony chatting with Clinton and watching her sign
autographs and take pictures. He said he was standing behind her during the
remembrance and "she did not seem out of the ordinary at all."
"It was stiflingly hot. I was sweating
through my shirt," Crowley said. "I had to leave myself. I drank about a
gallon of water."
Schumer said he also spoke with Clinton
during the event and saw her leave "on her own accord."?
Trump's personal physician has said the
Republican presidential nominee is in excellent health both physically and
mentally. But the 70-year-old has refused to release his own health records.
Dr. Harold Bornstein's report last
December remains the only medical information released so far by the Trump
campaign. Bornstein told NBC News he needed just five minutes to write a
glowing public assessment of Trump's health as a limousine waited to carry
the letter back to Trump.
2 dead after cruise ship hits bridge in southern Germany
A river cruise ship sticks underneath a railway
bridge on the Main-Danube Canal near Erlangen, Germany, Sunday Sept. 11. (
Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)
Frankfurt, Germany (AP) — A river cruise ship carrying nearly 230
people struck a bridge early Sunday in southern Germany, crushing the
wheelhouse and killing two crew members, authorities said.
The Viking Freya had just cast off
while it was still dark from the town of Erlangen on its way to the
Hungarian capital, Budapest, along the Main-Danube Canal when the collision
occurred, police said.
The dead were a 49-year-old who was
guiding the vessel in place of the captain and a 33-year-old sailor. Both
men were from Hungary.
Police say the 181 passengers and 47
other crew members on the voyage were unhurt. They remained aboard the ship
for hours until rescue workers could extend a walkway to get them off the
vessel and take them to nearby hotels.
Photos of the incident on the Bavarian
Radio website br.de showed passengers seated calmly at tables in the ship's
dining room as they waited.
Viking Cruises said in a statement that
"we are heartbroken, and company executives are on the scene to work closely
with local authorities to understand the details of the accident."
Police said the cause of the incident
was under investigation. A police spokesman said it appeared the retractable
wheelhouse wasn't lowered in time, the dpa news agency reported.
The company said passengers could
continue on another vessel from the town of Passau with a modified itinerary
or return home. It said customer representatives would be in touch upon
their return home to discuss compensation for the disruption of their trip.
Catalan separatists rally in Barcelona to support secession
People wave "estelada" flags, that symbolize
Catalonia's independence, during a demonstration calling for the
independence of Catalonia, in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 11. (AP
Madrid (AP) — Hundreds of
thousands of separatist-minded Catalans rallied in Barcelona on Sunday to
show their support for breaking away from Spain, leaving the country without
its powerful and prosperous northeastern region.
Barcelona police estimated on their
Twitter account that about 540,000 people attended the rally in support of a
legally-binding referendum that would achieve an independent Catalonia.
Catalan separatist leader Carles
Puigdemont said that he plans to propose a government-approved binding
independence referendum to secede from Spain by next year. Spain, which
opposes secession, argues that an independent Catalonia would be ejected
from the European Union and left out from using the euro currency.
Catalonia held a non-binding vote in
2014, when around 1.6 million people voted in favor of independence. Most of
the region's 5.4 million eligible voters didn't participate after Spain's
Constitutional Court ordered the suspension of the ballot.
In June, a Catalan judge recommended
former regional president Artur Mas stand trial for staging the vote and
ignoring the suspension. Mas claims the vote was carried out by volunteers.
Catalan National Day has long been used
to mobilize the masses in support of secession from Spain.
Polls show most Catalans support a
referendum on independence, but are roughly divided over splitting from
Catalonia shares cultural traits with
the rest of Spain, but many Catalans feel their customs, especially their
language, set them aside from the rest of Spain.
Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy,
his conservative Popular Party and two more of Spain's main political
parties oppose a Catalonian state. Only the far-left Podemos supports
allowing Catalonia to hold an independence referendum.
The economically-powerful Catalonia has
a thriving population of 7.5 million and accounts for 18 percent of Spain's
Syrian Rebels leery of cease-fire plan
tank waits at the Syrian border in this Aug. 31, 2016 file photo. A
prospective cease-fire in the Syrian civil war is due to come into effect on
Monday, Sept. 12. (Ismail Coskun, IHA via AP)
Beirut (AP) — Rebel factions in
Syria expressed deep reservations on Sunday about the terms of a
U.S.-Russian deal that seeks to restart the peace process for the war-torn
country, with the leader of at least one U.S.-backed rebel faction publicly
calling the offer a "trap."
The second in command of the powerful,
ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham group condemned the superpower agreement as
an effort to secure President Bashar Assad's government and drive rebel
"A rebellious people who have fought
and suffered for six years cannot accept half-solutions," said Ali al-Omar
in a video statement.
But the commander and other rebel
leaders stopped short of fully rejecting the agreement's interim cease-fire,
which is slated to come into effect in stages beginning on Monday at sunset.
The deal hammered out between U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in
Geneva Saturday allows the Syrian government to continue to strike at
al-Qaida-linked militants, until the U.S. and Russia take over the task in
one week's time.
The arrangement has divided rebel
factions, who have depended on the might of the powerful al-Qaida-linked
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham faction to resist government advances around the
contested city of Aleppo.
Al-Omar said his group would "refuse
the targeting of any faction of our blessed factions" and called on rebels
to unify into a single front.
Still, a senior official inside Ahrar
al-Sham said rebels would nevertheless abide by the cease-fire to regroup
after a punishing conflict with pro-government forces over Aleppo.
"The Islamist factions and Jabhat Fatah
al-Sham will abide by the cease-fire without publicly declaring it," said
the official. "They will announce they are opposed to the U.S.-Russian
agreement, but they will halt their operations on the ground because of the
losses they sustained in the battles for Aleppo," he said, speaking on
condition of anonymity.
Other factions less closely tied to
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, including those backed by Turkish ground forces in the
northern frontier area, will publicly commit to the agreement, according to
the Ahrar al-Sham official.
"The free Syrian factions under the
Euphrates Shield banner will announce their commitment to the agreement, of
course," he said.
Under the terms of the agreement, the
U.S. and Russia will coordinate to target the Islamic State group in Syria
and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, while rebels and the Syrian government will be
expected to stop attacking one another. The deal has received the
endorsement of President Bashar Assad's government and its key allies —
Russia, Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
But that scenario is complicated by the
fact that Jabhat Fatah al-Sham remains intertwined with several other
factions. It is not clear how these governments intend to distinguish
between Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and other allied rebel factions or how they
will be able to attack the al-Qaida linked militants without hitting other
rebels as well.
Despite fundamental differences in
their vision for Syria, rebels and opposition activists hailed a rebel
coalition led by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham when it broke a government siege on
the rebel-held eastern quarters in Aleppo. The U.N. estimated a quarter
million residents were trapped inside with dwindling food and medical
The government has since re-established
Over 2,000 people have been killed in
fighting over the past 40 days in Aleppo, including 700 civilians and 160
children, according to a Syrian human rights group. One of the more
immediate goals of the Kerry-Lavrov agreement is to allow the U.N. to
establish aid corridors into Aleppo.
On Saturday, presumed Russian or
government airstrikes on rebel-held Idlib and Aleppo provinces killed over
90 civilians, including 13 children in an attack on a marketplace in Idlib,
according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
In the aftermath on Sunday, rebels and
opposition activists were asking whether the government's side could be
"What truce, when the regime commits a
massacre in Idlib?" said Ahmad Saud, commander of the U.S.-backed Division
13 brigade, on Twitter. "I am starting to feel that the truce is a military
trap to kill us more."
Several previous negotiated cease-fires
have all eventually collapsed. A partial "cessation of hostilities" that
brought sorely needed relief to civilians in March unraveled as the
government continued to strike targets in opposition areas, including near a
hospital and school near Damascus and a marketplace in Idlib province,
killing dozens of civilians.
Previous cease-fires were also preceded
by soaring violence as parties on all sides sought to improve their
positions in the build-up.
UK minister: Britons may need visas to visit EU after Brexit
as they wait at the St. Pancras international train station terminal in
London, England. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein/File)
London (AP) — Britain's
immigration minister says U.K. citizens may have to pay for visas to visit
European Union nations after the country leaves the bloc.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that
would not be desirable, "but we don't rule it out."
Rudd told the BBC on Sunday that
Britain would get the best deal it could from the EU, but it would be a
The EU's Schengen zone — which includes
most nations in the bloc — is considering an electronic travel authorization
system similar to one the U.S. uses for visitors from selected countries.
Visitors from outside the EU would have
to apply online and pay a fee before traveling.
Labour Party immigration spokesman Andy
Burnham says Rudd's comments "will not have reassured ordinary families
about the cost of Brexit."
Today in History - Monday, Sept. 12, 2016
The Associated Press
Today is Monday, Sept. 12, the 256th day of 2016. There
are 110 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 12, 1960, Democratic presidential candidate
John F. Kennedy addressed questions about his Roman Catholic faith, telling
the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, "I do not speak for my church
on public matters, and the church does not speak for me."
On this date:
In 1814, the Battle of North Point took place in
Maryland during the War of 1812 as American forces slowed British troops
advancing on Baltimore.
In 1846, Elizabeth Barrett secretly married Robert
Browning at St. Marylebone Church in London.
In 1914, during World War I, the First Battle of the
Marne ended in an Allied victory against Germany.
In 1938, Adolf Hitler demanded the right of
self-determination for the Sudeten (soo-DAYT'-un) Germans in Czechoslovakia.
In 1944, the Second Quebec Conference opened with
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
In 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (boo-vee-AY') in Newport, Rhode Island.
In 1966, "The Monkees" debuted on NBC-TV; "Family
Affair" premiered on CBS.
In 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie (HY'-lee sehl-AH'-see)
was deposed by Ethiopia's military after ruling for 58 years.
In 1977, South African black student leader Steve Biko
(BEE'-koh) died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry.
In 1986, Joseph Cicippio (sih-SIHP'-ee-oh), the acting
comptroller at the American University in Beirut, was kidnapped (he was
released in December 1991).
In 1995, the Belarusian military shot down a hydrogen
balloon during an international race, killing its two American pilots, John
Stuart-Jervis and Alan Fraenckel.
In 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first first
lady to win an election as she claimed victory in the New York Democratic
Senate primary, defeating little-known opponent Dr. Mark McMahon.
Ten years ago: In a speech in his native Germany, Pope
Benedict XVI said Islamic holy war was against God's nature and quoted a
14th-century Byzantine emperor, Manuel II Paleologos, as characterizing some
teachings of Islam's founder as "evil and inhuman"; the pope's comments
unleashed a torrent of rage across the Islamic world, prompting him to say
he sincerely regretted that Muslims were offended. Syrian guards foiled an
attempt by suspected al-Qaida-linked militants to blow up the U.S. Embassy
Five years ago: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the perceived
front-runner in the Republican presidential contest, endured an onslaught
from seven rivals during a fractious two-hour debate in Tampa, Florida.
Texana Hollis, a 101-year-old woman, was evicted from the southwest Detroit
home where she had lived for nearly six decades after her son failed to pay
the mortgage. (Hollis was allowed to move back into the house in April 2012
through the efforts of Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom and his
charity; Hollis died on Dec. 31, 2013 at the age of 103.) A leaking gasoline
pipeline in Kenya's capital exploded, killing 119 people,
according to the Kenya Red Cross. Novak Djokovic
nah-DAHL') 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 to win his first U.S. Open championship.
Leila Lopes of Angola was crowned Miss Universe at the pageant in Sao Paulo.
Kurt Ziebart, 91, inventor of the Ziebart automobile rust-proofing process,
died in Williamsburg, Michigan.
One year ago: Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran anti-war
campaigner known for his unapologetically socialist views, won a landslide
victory to lead Britain's opposition Labor Party in one of the country's
biggest political shake-ups in decades. Playwright Frank D. Gilroy ("The
Subject Was Roses") died in Monroe, New York, at age 89. Flavia Pennetta
defeated fellow Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets, 7-6 (4), 6-2, to
become the oldest first-time women's major champion in the Open era; the
33-year-old Pennetta then announced her retirement.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Freddie Jones is 89. Actor Ian
Holm is 85. Former U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is 77. Actress Linda
Gray is 76. Singer Maria Muldaur is 74. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 65.
Singer-musician Gerry Beckley (America) is 64. Original MTV VJ Nina
Blackwood is 64. Rock musician Neil Peart (Rush) is 64. Actor Peter Scolari
is 61. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is 60. Actress Rachel Ward is 59. Actress
Amy Yasbeck is 54. Rock musician Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) is 51. Actor
Darren E. Burrows is 50. Rock singer-musician Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) is
50. Actor-comedian Louis (loo-ee) C.K. is 49. Rock musician Larry
LaLonde (Primus) is 48. Golfer Angel Cabrera is 47.
Actor-singer Will Chase
is 46. Actor
Jennifer Nettles is 42. Actress Lauren Stamile (stuh'-MEE'-lay) is
40. Rapper 2 Chainz is 39. Actor Ben McKenzie is 38. Singer Ruben Studdard
is 38. Basketball player Yao Ming is 36. Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is
35. Actor Alfie Allen is 30. Actress Emmy Rossum is 30. Country singer
Kelsea Ballerini is 23. Actor Colin Ford is 20.
Thought for Today: "Conscience without judgment is
superstition." — Benjamin Whichcote, English theologian and philosopher
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rewritten or redistributed.
Today in History - Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016
Today is Sunday, Sept. 11, the 255th
day of 2016. There are 111 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people
were killed on an unprecedented day of terror as 19 members of al-Qaida
hijacked four passenger jetliners, sending two of the planes smashing into
New York's World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and the fourth into a
field in western Pennsylvania.
On this date:
In 1714, the forces of King Philip V of
Spain overcame Catalan defenders to end the 13-month-long Siege of Barcelona
during the War of the Spanish Succession.
In 1789, Alexander Hamilton was
appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
In 1814, an American fleet scored a
decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War
In 1857, the Mountain Meadows Massacre
took place in present-day southern Utah as a 120-member Arkansas immigrant
party was slaughtered by Mormon militiamen aided by Paiute (PY'-oot)
In 1936, Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam)
began operation as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a key in
Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator.
In 1941, groundbreaking took place for
the Pentagon. In a speech that drew accusations of anti-Semitism, Charles A.
Lindbergh told an America First rally in Des Moines, Iowa, that "the
British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" were pushing the
United States toward war.
In 1954, the Miss America pageant made
its network TV debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Meriwether, was crowned
In 1962, The Beatles completed their
first single for EMI, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You," at EMI studios in
In 1974, Eastern Airlines Flight 212, a
DC-9, crashed while attempting to land in Charlotte, North Carolina, killing
72 of the 82 people on board. The family drama "Little House on the Prairie"
premiered on NBC-TV.
In 1984, country star Barbara Mandrell
was seriously injured in an automobile accident near Nashville that claimed
the life of the other driver, Mark White.
In 1985, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati
Reds cracked career hit number 4,192 off Eric Show (rhymes with "how") of
the San Diego Padres, eclipsing the record held by Ty Cobb.
In 1997, Scots voted to create their
own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
Ten years ago: The nation paused to
remember the victims of 9/11 on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist
attacks. In a prime-time address, President George W. Bush invoked the
memory of the victims as he staunchly defended the war in Iraq, though he
acknowledged that Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
Five years ago: The nation, and the
world, marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In New
York, a tree-covered memorial plaza at ground zero opened to the families of
the victims for the first time. President Barack Obama, after visiting the
sites where terrorists struck, declared: "It will be said of us that we kept
that faith; that we took a painful blow, and emerged stronger." Australian
Sam Stosur beat Serena Williams, pulling off a 6-2, 6-3 upset in the U.S.
Open for her first Grand Slam title.
One year ago: A crane collapsed onto
the Grand Mosque in Mecca, killing 111 people ahead of the annual hajj
pilgrimage. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his second bid for the
Republican presidential nomination, becoming the first major candidate of
the 2016 campaign to give up on the White House. Roberta Vinci stunned
Serena Williams to end her Grand Slam bid in one of the greatest upsets in
tennis history; the 43rd-ranked Italian won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the U.S. Open
Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Daniel
Akaka, D-Hawaii, is 92. Actor Earl Holliman is 88. Comedian Tom Dreesen is
77. Movie director Brian De Palma is 76. Singer-actress-dancer Lola Falana
is 74. Rock musician Mickey Hart (The Dead) is 73. Singer-musician Leo
Kottke is 71. Actor Phillip Alford is 68. Actress Amy Madigan is 66. Rock
singer-musician Tommy Shaw (Styx) is 63. Sports reporter Lesley Visser is
63. Actor Reed Birney is 62. Singer-songwriter Diane Warren is 60. Homeland
Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson is 59. Musician Jon Moss (Culture Club)
is 59. Actor Scott Patterson is 58. Rock musician Mick Talbot (The Style
Council) is 58. Actress Roxann Dawson is 58. Actor John Hawkes is 57. Actress
is 55. Actress Kristy McNichol is 54. Musician-composer Moby is 51.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is 51. Business reporter Maria Bartiromo is
49. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 49. Rock musician Bart Van Der Zeeuw is 48.
Actress Taraji (tuh-RAH'-jee) P. Henson is 46. Actress Laura Wright is 46.
Rock musician Jeremy Popoff (Lit) is 45. Blogger Markos Moulitsas is 45.
Singer Brad Fischetti (LFO) is 41. Rapper Mr. Black is 39. Rock musician Jon
Buckland (Coldplay) is 39. Rapper Ludacris is 39. Rock singer Ben Lee is 38.
Actor Ryan Slattery is 38. Actress Ariana Richards is 37. Actress Elizabeth
Henstridge is 29. Actor Tyler Hoechlin (HEK'-lihn) is 29. Country singer
Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) is 35. Actress Mackenzie Aladjem is 15.
Thought for Today: "If a person has
lived through war, poverty and love, he has lived a full life." — O. Henry
(William Sydney Porter), American author (born this date in 1862, died in
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Facebook allows postings of 'napalm girl' photo after debate
The cover to Norway's largest circulation
newspaper, Aftenposten, displayed in Oslo Friday Sept. 9, shows the iconic
picture from the Vietnam War of a young girl running from a napalm attack.
(Cornelius Poppe, NTB scanpix via AP)
Jan M. Olsen
Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) —
Facebook on Friday reversed its decision to remove postings of an iconic
1972 image of a naked, screaming girl running from a napalm attack in
Vietnam, after a Norwegian revolt against the tech giant.
Protests in Norway started last month
after Facebook deleted the Pulitzer Prize-winning image by Associated Press
photographer Nick Ut from a Norwegian author's page, saying it violated its
rules on nudity.
The revolt escalated on Friday when
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg posted the image on her profile and
Facebook deleted that too. The brouhaha is the latest instance in which
Facebook's often opaque process for deciding what stays and what goes on its
network has spurred controversy.
"It's an interesting dilemma because
you've got a newsworthy historical image that has been published by
traditional news media that was effectively censored by a social network,"
said Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago communications
Initially, Facebook stood by the
decision, saying it was difficult to create a distinction between allowing a
photograph of a nude child in one instance and not others. But late Friday
it said it would allow sharing of the photo.
"In this case, we recognize the history
and global importance of this image in documenting a particular moment in
time," Facebook said in a statement. "Because of its status as an iconic
image of historical importance, the value of permitting sharing outweighs
the value of protecting the community by removal, so we have decided to
reinstate the image on Facebook where we are aware it has been removed."
Politicians of all stripes, journalists
and regular Norwegians had backed Solberg's decision to share the image.
The prime minister told Norwegian
broadcaster NRK she was pleased with Facebook's change of heart and that it
shows social media users' opinions matter.
"To speak up and say we want change, it
matters and it works. And that makes me happy," she said.
The image shows screaming children
running from a burning Vietnamese village. The little girl in the center of
the frame, Kim Phuc, is naked and crying as the napalm melts away layers of
"Today, pictures are such an important
element in making an impression, that if you edit past events or people, you
change history and you change reality," Solberg told the AP earlier Friday,
adding it was the first time one of her Facebook posts was deleted.
Solberg later reposted the image with a
black box covering the girl from the thighs up. She also posted other iconic
photos of historic events, such as the man standing in front of a tank in
Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, with black boxes covering the
Like its Scandinavian neighbors, Norway
takes pride in its freedom of speech. It's also a largely secular nation
with relaxed attitudes about nudity.
Several members of the Norwegian
government followed Solberg's lead and posted the photo on their Facebook
pages. One of them, Education Minister Torbjorn Roe Isaksen, said it was "an
iconic photo, part of our history."
Many of the posts were deleted but
Isaksen's was still up Friday afternoon. The photo was also left untouched
on a number of Facebook accounts, including the AP's.
Facebook's statement said it will
adjust its review mechanisms to permit sharing of the image going forward.
"We are always looking to improve our
policies to make sure they both promote free expression and keep our
community safe, and we will be engaging with publishers and other members of
our global community on these important questions going forward," it said.
Failed Paris car bomb plotted by IS-guided women
A French police officer patrols in front of
Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, Friday Sept. 9. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Lori Hinnant, Thomas Adamson
Paris (AP) — A failed car
bombing in the heart of Paris was hatched by a group of French women,
including one once engaged to men who had already killed in the name of the
Islamic State group, France's top anti-terrorism prosecutor said Friday.
The hunt to find the women, who
authorities said were guided from Syria, had been "a race against time"
before they could strike again, said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve,
overseeing the fight against militant extremists who have killed more than
200 people in France in the past 10 months.
The Thursday night arrests linked three
attacks — the failed car bomb near Notre Dame Cathedral, the killing of two
police near Paris in June, and the stabbing death of a French priest during
Mass in July — and marked a new phase in the Islamic State group's efforts
to sow fear in Europe.
"There's a group that has been
annihilated, but there are others," said President Francois Hollande.
"Information we were able to get from our intelligence services allowed us
to act before it was too late."
The raid left one of the women shot in
the leg and two police officers stabbed, authorities said.
"In the last few days and hours, a
terrorist cell was dismantled, composed of young women totally receptive to
the deadly Daesh ideology," said Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, using an
Arabic acronym for the extremist group.
The group was "guided by individuals in
Syria," which showed that IS "means to turn women into fighters," Molins
Police raced to find the suspects after
the abandoned car was discovered before dawn Sunday. The Peugeot 607 — its
hazard lights flashing — contained gas canisters, a blanket with traces of
fuel, and a burned-out cigarette. No detonators were found.
Among three women arrested together
Thursday was Ines Madani, a 19-year-old whose father owned the Peugeot,
Molina said. Her written pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State was found
by police, he added.
Also arrested in the raid was a
39-year-old woman, identified as Amel S., and her oldest daughter was
detained in the suburb of Clichy-Sous-Bois, authorities said. Another woman,
arrested earlier in the week, also remained in custody.
One fiance, Larossi Abballa, killed two
police officials in Magnanville in June and filmed the aftermath on Facebook
Live before dying in a police raid, he said.
The other was Adel Kermiche, who slit
the throat of the Rev. Jacques Hamel, 85, during morning Mass in July in the
northwestern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, he added. Kermiche and
another attacker were shot to death by police.
Molins didn't say when she was engaged
to either man.
He said Sarah H., who was shot in the
leg during the raid, had stabbed a police officer through the open window of
a car, while Ines stabbed another officer as she tried to escape.
In video shot by a neighbor, a veiled
woman whose face was uncovered is seen being carried away by police as she
cried out in Arabic: "God is great!"
Madani's father flagged his daughter to
police Sunday, 14 hours after his car was discovered. Since then,
authorities have worked frantically to untangle the relationships among the
group and thwart what they increasingly feared was another plot.
Ines Madani was one of five sisters and
had already tried to leave for Syria before, Molins said.
More than a third of the nearly 700
French citizens who have reached Iraq and Syria are women, according to
government figures. Officials have said for months that adolescent girls and
young women are increasingly being recruited by IS in France.
Women in the Islamic State have not
traditionally taken part in attacks, said Matthieu Suc, author of "Wives of
They are there "to ensure the longevity
of the caliphate" by having children and providing moral support, Suc told
France Info radio.
But he added that "there are often
young girls, who are just as radicalized as the young men, and they also
want the status of martyr, and they want to act."
Security around Paris was visibly
higher Friday amid the investigation.
A bomb squad with dogs and a scanner
was deployed when a gas canister with a timer but no detonator was found
outside a police station Friday morning in the suburb town of La Plaine
Saint Denis, just north of Paris, and one kilometer (a half-mile) from the
Stade de France in Saint-Denis, a local police official said.
The possibility of car bombs
increasingly worries French security officials. "We risk facing a new kind
of attack: A terrorist campaign characterized by explosive devices in places
where there are crowds," Hollande told lawmakers in May.
In a sign of fraying nerves, the son of
a gas delivery driver was detained briefly because he had canisters in his
car. Elsewhere in Paris, police used explosives to disable an illegally
Explosive gas canisters filled with
nails were the weapon used in bomb attacks by Algerian extremists on Paris
in the 1990s.
Seoul: North Korea's 5th nuke test 'fanatic recklessness'
President Park Geun-hye speaks during an emergency meeting to discuss
follow-up measures to respond to North Korea's nuclear test at the
presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 9. (Baek
Seung-ryul/Yonhap via AP)
Foster Klug, Edith M. Lederer
Seoul, South Korea (AP) — North
Korea said it conducted a "higher level" nuclear test explosion on Friday
that will allow it to finally build an array of stronger, smaller and
lighter nuclear weapons, a move strongly condemned by the U.N. Security
Council which promised new measures against Pyongyang.
The North's fifth atomic test and the
second in eight months brought the U.N.'s most powerful body into emergency
session, just three days after it strongly condemned North Korea's latest
ballistic missile launches.
South Korea's president said the
detonation, which Seoul estimated was the North's biggest-ever in explosive
yield, was an act of "fanatic recklessness" and a sign that leader Kim Jong
Un "is spiraling out of control." President Barack Obama condemned the test
and said the U.S. would never accept the country as a nuclear power.
North Korea's boast of a
technologically game-changing nuclear test defied both tough international
sanctions and long-standing diplomatic pressure to curb its nuclear
ambitions. It will raise serious worries in many world capitals that North
Korea has moved another step closer to its goal of a nuclear-armed missile
that could one day strike the U.S. mainland.
The press statement agreed upon by all
15 Security Council members late Friday said diplomats will draft a new
resolution in response to its earlier promise to take "further significant
measures," if the North continued to defy the international community.
"In line with this commitment and the
gravity of this violation, the members of the Security Council will begin to
work immediately on appropriate measures" in a new U.N. resolution, the
statement said. The measures will be under Article 41 of the U.N. Charter,
which specifies non-military actions including sanctions, it said.
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said the
council must use "every tool at its disposal" including new sanctions "to
demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences for its unlawful and
"This is more than brazen defiance,"
Power told reporters at U.N. headquarters. "North Korea is seeking to
perfect its nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles so they can hold the
region and the world hostage under threat of nuclear strikes."
What measures are included in a new
resolution will largely depend on China, the North's major ally and neighbor
which fears any instability on the Korean peninsula.
"All sides should refrain from mutual
provocations and any actions that might be a threat to peace and security,"
China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi said after the meeting. "We believe it is
more urgent than ever to work together to achieve denuclearization of the
Korean peninsula (and) "to prevent proliferation and ... maintain peace and
stability on the Korean peninsula."
In March, the Security Council adopted
its toughest sanctions against North Korea in two decades in response to its
nuclear test in January and a rocket launch. It took two months of
negotiations mainly between the U.S. and China.
South Korea's U.N. Ambassador Oh Joon
said he hopes agreement on a new resolution will come quickly.
Hours after South Korea noted unusual
seismic activity near North Korea's northeastern nuclear test site, the
North said in its state-run media that a test had "finally examined and
confirmed the structure and specific features of movement of (a) nuclear
warhead that has been standardized to be able to be mounted on strategic
"The standardization of the nuclear
warhead will enable (North Korea) to produce at will and as many as it wants
a variety of smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher
strike power," North Korea said. "This has definitely put on a higher level
(the North's) technology of mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic rockets."
North Korea, led by a third-generation
dictatorship and wary of outsiders, protects its nuclear program as a
closely guarded state secret, and the claims about advancements made in its
testing could not be independently verified. But they center on a
technological mystery that has long bedeviled outside experts: How far has
North Korea gotten in efforts to consistently shrink down nuclear warheads
so they can fit on long-range missiles?
South Korea's main spy agency told
lawmakers in a closed-door briefing after the test that it does not think
North Korea currently has the ability to develop nuclear weapons that can be
mounted on ballistic missiles, but intelligence officials expressed worries
that the North's efforts to do so are progressing more quickly than
previously thought, said Kim Byungkee, a lawmaker from the opposition Minjoo
South Korean President Park Geun-hye
strongly condemned the test, saying in a statement that it showed the
"fanatic recklessness of the Kim Jong Un government as it clings to nuclear
She told a meeting of top security
officials Friday night that, "We have to believe that Kim Jong Un's mental
state is spiraling out of control because he is not listening to any words
from the international community or neighboring countries in his attempt to
cling to power."
Obama condemned the nuclear test "in
the strongest possible terms as a grave threat to regional security."
"The United States does not, and never
will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state," he said in a statement.
"Today's nuclear test, a flagrant violation of multiple U.N. Security
Council resolutions, makes clear North Korea's disregard for international
norms and standards for behavior and demonstrates it has no interest in
being a responsible member of the international community."
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said
he and South Korean President Park talked by telephone and agreed that North
Korea's nuclear test and its recent missile launches show that it now poses
a "different level of threat" requiring a new response.
South Korea's weather agency said the
explosive yield of the North Korean blast would have been 10 to 12 kilotons,
or 70 to 80 percent of the force of the 15-kiloton atomic bomb the United
States dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945. The North's fourth
test was an estimated six kilotons.
North Korea said no radioactive
material leaked, but the explosion put the region on edge.
In the North Korean capital, Pyongyang,
residents were delighted.
"It's really great news," said Rim Jong
Su, 42. "Now, I am full of confidence that if the enemies make any little
provocations we will make a counter attack and we will surely win."
The 5.0 magnitude seismic event Friday
is the largest of the four past quakes associated with North Korean nuclear
tests, according to South Korea's weather agency. Artificial seismic waves
measuring 3.9 were reported after North Korea's first nuclear test in 2006;
4.8 was reported from its fourth test this January.
North Korean leader Kim has overseen a
robust increase in the number and kinds of missiles tested this year. Not
only has the range of the weapons jumped significantly, but the country is
working to perfect new platforms for launching them — submarines and mobile
launchers — giving the North greater ability to threaten the tens of
thousands of U.S. troops stationed throughout Asia.
North Korea has fired a total of 33
ballistic missiles since Kim took power in 2011, Seoul's Defense Ministry
said. In comparison, North Korea fired 16 ballistic missiles during the
17-year rule of Kim's father, Kim Jong Il.
The seismic activity comes on the 68th
anniversary of the founding of North Korea's government and just days after
world leaders gathered in China for the Group of Twenty economic summit.
North Korea likely wanted to show the
world that strong international sanctions following its fourth nuclear test
and long-range rocket launch earlier this year haven't discouraged its
efforts to advance its nuclear weapon and missile programs, according to Koh
Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University.
North Korea's persistent pursuit of
missiles and nuclear weapons has long been one of the most intractable
foreign policy problems for U.S. administrations.
Diplomacy has so far failed. Six-nation
negotiations on dismantling North Korea's nuclear program in exchange for
aid were last held in late 2008 and fell apart in early 2009.
The Korean Peninsula remains
technically at war, as the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a
Duterte: Indonesia can chase pirates into Philippine waters
President Rodrigo Duterte, right, walks with his Indonesian counterpart Joko
Widodo as school children in traditional dress wave the national flags of
the two countries during a welcome ceremony at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta,
Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 9. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) —
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gave Indonesian forces the right to
pursue pirates into Philippine waters, saying piracy is one of the main
problems between the two countries.
Duterte, who is visiting Jakarta,
discussed piracy and other security issues on Friday with Indonesian
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
He said he was sorry that even
shipments of coal from Indonesia destined for Philippine power plants are
being affected by piracy.
If Indonesian forces are chasing
pirates and they enter Philippine waters, "they can go ahead and blast them
off," Duterte said. "That's my word actually with Widodo. I said, 'blow them
He added, "But maybe if there are
sharks around, then we can just feed them to the sharks."
Nine Indonesians are among 16 foreign
hostages currently being held by the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf in
the southern Philippines, where Muslim separatist rebellions have raged for
In May, Indonesia, Malaysia and the
Philippines agreed to carry out coordinated patrols following a series of
kidnappings and piracy attacks that undermined commerce in the Celebes Sea,
where their sea borders overlap.
US, Russia seal Syria cease-fire, new military partnership
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hold a press conference following their
meeting in Geneva, where they discussed the crisis in Syria, Friday, Sept.
9. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)
Bradley Klapper, Jamey Keaten
Geneva (AP) — The United States
and Russia early Saturday announced a breakthrough agreement on Syria that
foresees a nationwide cease-fire starting on Monday, followed a week later
by an unlikely new military partnership targeting the Islamic State and
al-Qaida as well as new limits on President Bashar Assad's forces.
After a daylong final negotiating
session in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said shortly after
midnight Saturday that the plan could reduce violence in Syria and lead to a
long-sought political transition, ending more than five years of bloodshed.
He called the deal a potential "turning point" in a conflict that has killed
as many as 500,000 people, if complied with by Syria's Russian-backed
government and U.S.-supported rebel groups.
The cease-fire begins at sundown Sept.
12, Kerry said, coinciding with the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday.
"Today the United States and Russia are
announcing a plan which we hope will reduce violence, ease suffering and
resume movement toward a negotiated peace and a political transition in
Syria," Kerry said. "We are announcing an arrangement that we think has the
capability of sticking, but it is dependent on people's choices."
"It has the ability to stick, provided
the regime and the opposition both meet their obligations, which we — and we
expect other supporting countries — will strongly encourage them to do," he
Kerry's negotiating partner, Russian
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, confirmed the agreement and said it could
help expand the counterterrorism fight and aid deliveries to Syrian
civilians under U.N. auspices that have been stalled for weeks. He said
Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was informed of the accord, and
prepared to comply.
"The United States is going the extra
mile here because we believe that Russia, and my colleague, have the
capability to press the Assad regime to stop this conflict and to come to
the table and make peace," Kerry said, citing a number of recent meetings
"This is just the beginning of our new
relations," Lavrov said.
The deal culminates months of frenetic
diplomacy that included four meetings between Kerry and Lavrov since Aug.
26, and a lengthy face-to-face in China between Presidents Barack Obama and
Vladimir Putin. The arrangement hinges on Moscow pressuring Assad's
government to halt all offensive operations against Syria's armed opposition
in specific areas, which were not detailed. Washington must persuade
"moderate" rebels to break ranks with the Nusra Front, al-Qaida's Syria
affiliate, and other extremist groups.
The military deal would go into effect
after both sides abide by the truce for a week and allow unimpeded
humanitarian deliveries. Then, the U.S. and Russia would begin intelligence
sharing and targeting coordination, while Assad's air and ground forces
would no longer be permitted to target Nusra any longer; they would be
restricted to operations against the Islamic State.
The arrangement would ultimately aim to
step up and concentrate the firepower of two of the world's most powerful
militaries against Islamic State and Nusra, listed by the United Nations as
Both sides have failed to deliver their
ends of the bargain over several previous truces.
But the new arrangement goes further by
promising a new U.S.-Russian counterterrorism alliance, only a year after
Obama chastised Putin for a military intervention that U.S. officials said
was mainly designed to keep Assad in power and target more moderate
Russia, in response, has chafed at
America's financial and military assistance to groups that have intermingled
with the Nusra Front on the battlefield. Kerry said it would be "wise" for
opposition forces to separate completely from Nusra, a statement Lavrov
"Going after Nusra is not a concession
to anybody," Kerry said. "It is profoundly in the interests of the United
The proposed level of U.S.-Russian
interaction has upset several leading national security officials in
Washington, including Defense Secretary Ash Carter and National Intelligence
Director James Clapper, and Kerry only appeared at the news conference after
several hours of internal U.S. discussions.
After the Geneva announcement, Pentagon
secretary Peter Cook offered a guarded endorsement of the arrangement and
cautioned, "We will be watching closely the implementation of this
understanding in the days ahead."
At one point, Lavrov said he was
considering "calling it a day" on talks, expressing frustration with what he
described as an hours-long wait for a U.S. response. He then presented
journalists with several boxes of pizza, saying, "This is from the U.S.
delegation," and two bottles of vodka, adding, "This is from the Russian
The Geneva negotiating session, which
lasted more than 13 hours, underscored the complexity of a conflict that
includes myriad militant groups, shifting alliances and the rival interests
of the U.S. and Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran, and Turkey and the Kurds.
Getting Assad's government and rebel
groups to comply with the deal may now be more difficult as fighting rages
around Aleppo, Syria's most populous city and the new focus of a war that
has killed as many as 500,000 people.
Assad's government appeared to tighten
its siege of the former Syrian commercial hub in the last several days,
seizing several key transit points. Forty days of fighting in Aleppo has
killed nearly 700 civilians, including 160 children, according to a Syrian
human rights group.
Kerry outlined several steps the
government and rebels would have to take. They must now pull back from
demilitarized zones, and allow civilian traffic and humanitarian deliveries
— notably into Aleppo.
"If Aleppo is at peace, we believe that
the prospects for a diplomatic solution will brighten," he said. "If Aleppo
continues to be torn apart, the prospects for Syria and its people are
But as with previous blueprints for
peace, Saturday's plan appears to lack enforcement mechanisms. Russia could,
in theory, threaten to act against rebel groups that break the deal. But if
Assad bombs his opponents, the U.S. is unlikely to take any action against
him given Obama's longstanding opposition to entering the civil war.
Today in History - Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
The Associated Press
Today is Saturday, Sept. 10, the 254th day of 2016. There are 112 days left
in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 10, 1846, Elias Howe
received a patent for his sewing machine.
On this date:
In 1608, John Smith was elected
president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.
In 1813, an American naval force
commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake
Erie during the War of 1812. (Afterward, Perry sent out the message, "We
have met the enemy and they are ours.")
In 1919, New York City welcomed
home Gen. John J. Pershing and 25,000 soldiers who'd served in the U.S.
First Division during World War I.
In 1935, Sen. Huey P. Long died in
Baton Rouge two days after being shot in the Louisiana state Capitol,
allegedly by Dr. Carl Weiss.
In 1939, Canada declared war on
In 1945, Vidkun Quisling was
sentenced to death in Norway for collaborating with the Nazis (he was
executed by firing squad in Oct. 1945).
In 1955, the Western series
"Gunsmoke," starring James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon, began a
20-season run on CBS Television.
In 1963, 20 black students entered
Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities
and Gov. George C. Wallace.
In 1974, the West African country
of Guinea-Bissau became fully independent of Portugal.
In 1979, four Puerto Rican
nationalists imprisoned for a 1954 attack on the U.S. House of
Representatives and a 1950 attempt on the life of President Harry S.
Truman were freed from prison after being granted clemency by President
In 1987, Pope John Paul II arrived
in Miami, where he was welcomed by President Ronald Reagan and first
lady Nancy Reagan as he began a 10-day tour of the United States.
In 1991, the Senate Judiciary
Committee opened hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the
U.S. Supreme Court.
Ten years ago: On the eve of the
anniversary of 9/11, President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura,
placed wreaths at ground zero in New York. Daniel Smith, the 20-year-old
son of Anna Nicole Smith, died in the Bahamas of a lethal combination of
drugs, five months before the death of his mother. World Golf Hall of
Famer Patty Berg died in Fort Myers, Florida, at age 88. Roger Federer
defeated Andy Roddick 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the U.S. Open final. Peyton
Manning and the Indianapolis Colts defeated Eli Manning and the New York
Giants 26-21 in the first NFL game to feature brothers starting at
Five years ago: On the eve of the
10th anniversary of 9/11, former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill
Clinton paid tribute to the 40 passengers and crew who fought back
against their hijackers aboard Flight 93 during a ceremony dedicating
the first phase of a memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. A pair of
NASA probes — named Grail-A and Grail-B — rocketed toward the moon on
the first mission dedicated to measuring lunar gravity and determining
what was inside Earth's orbiting companion. Oscar- and Emmy-winning
actor Cliff Robertson died in Stony Brook, New York, a day after turning
One year ago: Senate Democrats
voted to uphold the hard-fought nuclear accord with Iran, overcoming
ferocious Republican opposition. New York State approved gradually
raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour, the first
time any state had set the minimum that high.
Today's Birthdays: World Golf Hall
of Famer Arnold Palmer is 87. Actor Philip Baker Hall is 85. Actor Greg
Mullavey is 83. Jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers is 76. Actor Tom Ligon is
76. Singer Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night) is 74. Singer Jose Feliciano
is 71. Actress Judy Geeson is 68. Former Canadian first lady Margaret
Trudeau is 68. Political commentator Bill O'Reilly is 67. Rock musician
Joe Perry (Aerosmith) is 66. Actress Amy Irving is 63. Actor-director
Clark Johnson is 62. Country singer Rosie Flores is 60. Actress Kate
Burton is 59. Movie director Chris Columbus is 58. Actor Colin Firth is
56. Rock singer-musician David Lowery (Cracker) is 56. Actor Sean
O'Bryan is 53. Actor Raymond Cruz is 52. Baseball Hall of Famer Randy
Johnson is 53. Rock
musician Robin Goodridge (Bush) is 51. Rock musician Stevie D.
(Buckcherry) is 50. Rock singer-musician Miles Zuniga (Fastball) is 50.
Actress Nina Repeta (NY'-nuh ruh-PEHT'-ah) is 49. Rapper Big Daddy Kane
is 48. Movie director Guy Ritchie is 48. Actor Johnathan Schaech (shehk)
is 47. Contemporary Christian singer Sara Groves is 44. Actor Ryan
Phillippe (FIHL'-ih-pee) is 42. Actor Kyle Bornheimer is 41. Rock
musician Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) is 36. Olympic bronze medal
figure skater Timothy Goebel is 36. Ballerina Misty Copeland is 34. Rock
musician Matthew Followill (Kings of Leon) is 32. Singer Ashley Monroe
(Pistol Annies) is 30. Singer Sanjaya Malakar ("American Idol") is 27.
Actor Chandler Massey is 26. Actress Hannah Hodson is 25. Actor Gabriel
Bateman (TV: "American Gothic") is 12.
Thought for Today: "The more one
pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly." — Stendhal, French
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