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Immigrants Sue US over End to Temporary Protected Status By SUDHIN THANAWALA AMY TAXIN, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration’s decision to end a program that lets immigrants from four countries live and work legally in the U.S. was motivated by racism and leaves the immigrants’ American born children with an “impossible choice,” according to a federal lawsuit filed on Monday. Nine immigrants and five children filed the suit in federal court in San Francisco to reinstate temporary protected status for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. The status is granted to countries ravaged by natural disasters or war. It lets citizens of those countries remain in the U.S. until the situation improves back home. The lawsuit — at least the third challenging the administration’s decision to end temporary protected status — cites President Donald Trump’s vulgar language during a meeting in January to describe Af-

Emi MacLean, attorney with National Day Laborers Organizing Network, from left, stands next to Crista Ramos, Ramos’ mother Cristina Morales, from El Salvador, Sherika Blanc, from Haiti, and Mazin Ahmed, from Sudan, at a news conference announcing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to end a program that lets immigrants live and work legally in the United States outside of a federal courthouse in San Francisco, Monday, March 12, 2018. Ramos, Morales, Blanc and Ahmed are among the plaintiffs alleging the decision to end temporary protected status for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan was racially motivated. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

rican countries. “They did it because of xenophobia, and we need

to make sure that we say it loudly so that everyone knows,” said Martha Are-

valo, executive director of the immigrant advocacy group, Central American

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16 years on, US military presence in Afghanistan growing By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is bolstering its military presence in Afghanistan, more than 16 years after the war started. Is anyone paying attention? Consider this: At a Senate hearing this past week on top U.S. security threats, the word “Afghanistan” was spoken exactly four times, each during introductory remarks. In the ensuing two hours of questions for intelligence agency witnesses, no senator asked about Afghanistan, suggesting little interest in a war with nearly 15,000 U.S. troops supporting combat against the Taliban. It’s not as if the war’s end is in sight. Just last month the bulk of an Army training brigade of about 800 soldiers arrived to improve the advising of Afghan forces. Since January, attack planes and other aircraft have been added to U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But it’s not clear that the war, which began in October 2001, is going as well as the U.S. had hoped seven months after President Donald Trump announced a new, more aggressive strategy. The picture may be clearer once the traditionally most intensive fighting season begins in April

In this Jan. 28, 2018 photo, men carry the coffin of a relative who died in the Jan. 27 deadly suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. The deadly explosion caused by a suicide bomber driving an ambulance in the capital. Is Afghanistan really America’s forgotten war? Consider this: At a Senate hearing this week on top U.S. security threats, the word “Afghanistan” was spoken exactly four times, each during introductory remarks. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

or May. Over the winter, American and Afghan warplanes have focused on attacking illicit drug facilities that are a source of Taliban revenue. One of Washington’s closest watchers of the Afghanistan conflict, Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote last month that the administration has made major improvements in military tactics and plans for developing Afghan forces but has

“done nothing to deal with civil and political stability.” That challenge is expected to come into clearer focus with the approach of parliamentary elections planned for July. The administration “not only faces a deteriorating security situation, it has no clear political, governance, or economic strategy to produce Afghan stability,” Cordesman said. In his view, the U.S. military has been assigned a “mission impossible” in Afghani-

stan. The weak central government in Kabul and the resilient Taliban insurgency are not the U.S. military’s only problems there. It also faces what Gen. Joseph Votel, the top U.S. general overseeing the war, calls interference by Russia. He told a congressional panel last month that Moscow is seeking to undermine U.S. and NATO influence in Afghanistan by exaggerating the presence of Islamic State fighters there and portray-

ing this as a U.S. failure. When Trump announced in August that he was ordering a new approach to the war, he said he realized “the American people are weary of war without victory.” He said his instinct was to pull out, but that after consulting with aides, he decided to seek “an honorable and enduring outcome.” He said that meant committing more resources to the war, giving commanders in the field more authority and staying in Afghanistan for as long as it takes. Stephen Biddle, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, said Americans’ relative lack of interest in the war gives Trump political maneuver room to conduct the war as he wishes, but that dynamic is not necessarily a good one. “The idea that a democracy is spending billions of dollars a year, killing people and sacrificing American lives waging war, and the elected representatives of the people aren’t paying attention I think is inappropriate,” Biddle said. “But to say it is inappropriate isn’t to say it’s surprising, because this is the way Congress has been behaving toward this war for a long, long time.”q

Tillerson casts poisoning as sign of more aggressive Russia By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press ABOARD A U.S. GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cast the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain as part of a “certain unleashing of activity” by Russia that the United States is struggling to understand. He warned that the poisoning would “certainly trigger a response.” Tillerson, echoing the British government’s fingerpointing toward Moscow, said he didn’t yet know whether Russia’s government knew of the attack with a military-grade nerve agent, but that one way or another, “it came from Rus-

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards his plane to depart at the end of a five-country swing through Africa from Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, March 12, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

sia.” He said it was “almost beyond comprehension” why a state actor would deploy such a dangerous

substance in a public place in a foreign country where others could be exposed. “I cannot understand why

anyone would take such an action. But this is a substance that is known to us and does not exist widely,” Tillerson told reporters as he flew from Nigeria to Washington. “It is only in the hands of a very, very limited number of parties.” British Prime Minister Theresa May said that Novichock, the nerve agent used against ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, was developed by the Soviet Union near the end of the Cold War. Skripal, 66, was a Russian military intelligence officer before flipping to the British side in the 1990s, going to jail in Russia in 2006 and be-

ing freed in an exchange of spies in 2010. Moscow has dismissed the suggestion it was involved in his March 4 poisoning as “a circus show.” Tillerson, who spoke Monday by phone with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, said he’s grown “extremely concerned” about Russia, noting that he spent most of the first year of the Trump administration trying to solve problems and narrow differences with the Kremlin. He said after a year of trying, “we didn’t get very far.” “Instead what we’ve seen is a pivot on their part to be more aggressive,” Tillerson said. q


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Draft GOP report: No coordination between Trump and Russia By MARY JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, a finding that has enraged Democrats on the panel but is sure to please the White House. After a yearlong investigation, Texas Rep. Mike Conaway announced Monday that the committee has finished interviewing witnesses and will share the report with Democrats for the first time on Tuesday. Conaway is the Republican leading the House probe, one of several investigations on Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. Conaway previewed several of the report’s conclusions. “We found no evidence of collusion,” Conaway told reporters Monday, suggesting that those who believe there was are reading too many spy novels. “We found perhaps some bad

judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment in taking meetings. But only Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn or someone else like that could take this series of inadvertent contacts with each other, or meetings or whatever, and weave that into sort of a fiction page turner, spy thriller.” The public will not see the report until Democrats have reviewed it and the intelligence community has decided what information can become public, a process that could take weeks. Democrats are expected to issue a separate report with much different conclusions. In addition to the statement on coordination with Russians, the draft picks apart a central assessment made by the U.S. intelligence community shortly after the 2016 election — that Russian meddling in the campaign was intended to help Trump and hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton. Committee aides said they spent hundreds of hours reviewing raw source mate-

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, left, at the Capitol in Washington. Republicans on the House intelligence committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. The finding is sure to please the White House and enrage panel Democrats who have not yet seen the document. After a yearlong investigation, Conaway says the committee has finished doing witness interviews. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

rial used by the intelligence services to make that claim and that it did not meet the appropriate standards. Democrats have criticized Republicans on the committee for shortening the investigation, pointing to

multiple contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia and saying they have seen far too few witnesses to make any judgment on collusion. The Democrats and Republicans have openly fought

throughout the investigation, with Democrats suggesting a cover-up for a Republican president and one GOP member of the panel calling the probe “poison” for the previously bipartisan panel.q

Porn actress offers to repay $130K so she can discuss Trump By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — An adult film actress who said she had sex with President Donald Trump offered Monday to return the $130,000 she was paid for agreeing not to discuss the alleged relationship. Stormy Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — is willing to repay the money she received as part of a 2016 agreement, as long as she can speak openly about the situation, according to a copy of a letter from Clifford’s attorney obtained by The Asso-

ciated Press. The letter sent to Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen and his attorney, Lawrence Rosen, said the non-disclosure agreement would be considered “null and void” after she returned the money, and that would allow Clifford to speak about the relationship and the attempt to silence her while she publishes any text messages, photos and videos she may have. “Mr. Cohen and the president should accept this proposal and allow Ms. Clifford to tell her side,” her attorney Michael Avenatti said. “The American peo-

ple can then decide who was telling the truth.” The offer is valid until Tuesday afternoon, the letter said. Cohen and Rosen did not immediately respond Monday to requests for comment. Clifford filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles last week that sought to invalidate the agreement so she could “set the record straight.” The lawsuit claimed the “hush agreement” that was signed days before the 2016 presidential election is legally invalid because it was only signed by Clif-

ford and Cohen and not by Trump. It refers to Trump as David Dennison and Clifford as Peggy Peterson, but an attached exhibit details their true identities. The Dallas Morning News reported Monday that Texas officials are investigating whether a notary properly witnessed the nondisclosure agreement. The officials sent a letter to notary Erica Jackson notifying her that there was “good cause” to take action against her notary commission. Her stamp appears on the document but she did not sign or date it, and

she did not provide a certificate of whose signature she was witnessing, officials said. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said last week that Trump has made it clear that none of the allegations are true. The White House did not respond to a request for comment Monday. Cohen has also denied there was ever an affair and said he paid the $130,000 out of his pocket. He said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Clifford. q

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AP source: Bag may have hit fuel switch before chopper crash By JENNIFER PELTZ MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A pilot who survived a helicopter crash that killed his five passengers told authorities he believed a passenger’s bag might have hit an emergency fuel shutoff switch in the moments before the chopper went down, a federal official told The Associated Press on Monday. The official was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly about it and spoke on the condition of anonymity. The National Transportation Safety Board said it would look at the switch, the chopper’s flotation devices and even the photos on passengers’ cameras to figure out what caused the crash Sunday in the East River. NTSB member Bella DinhZarr said the agency hasn’t spoken to the pilot but hopes to do so. “Mayday, mayday, mayday,” pilot Richard Vance said in an emergency radio call as the Eurocopter AS350 tour helicopter foundered. “East River — engine failure.” The chopper flipped over and quickly sank, killing a Texas firefighter, an Argentine woman, a young video journalist, a former bas-

A helicopter is hoisted by crane from the East River onto a barge, Monday, March 12, 2018, in New York. The pilot was able to escape the Sunday night crash after the aircraft flipped upside down in the water killing several passengers, officials said. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

ketball team assistant and another person on what authorities said was a charter flight to take photos. The helicopter’s six emergency floats inflated, but Dinh-Zarr said investigators would look at whether there were any problems with those devices or the harnesses available to passengers on a chopper that was legally allowed to fly with its doors open. The NTSB and other agencies involved in the probe also hope to recover the passengers’ cameras and

electronics “to capture a digital portrait of the last moments of this flight,” she said. No one answered an email Monday to Vance, a 33-year-old licensed commercial pilot for seven years who’s also licensed as a flight instructor. A possible phone number for him in Danbury, Connecticut, wasn’t working. A floating crane slowly raised the submerged helicopter to the surface Monday and towed it off to be examined, as Democratic

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said federal regulators should suspend flights by the helicopter’s owner until the facts of the crash are known. The owner, Liberty Helicopters, referred all inquiries to federal authorities. The Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating whether the flight had met regulations. Liberty, a tour and charter helicopter company, has been involved in at least five accidents or other incidents in the last 10 years,

according to FAA data. Three incidents ended in safe landings after, for example, one chopper clipped another while taking off from a helipad. But an August 2009 collision over the Hudson River between a Liberty chopper and a small private plane killed nine people, including a group of Italian tourists. The company paid $23,576 in fines in 2010 and 2011 for violating maintenance, record-keeping and flight operations rules, the FAA said. Three subsequent maintenance violations in 2011 and 2012 didn’t result in any fines. Witnesses to Sunday’s crash said the helicopter was flying noisily, then suddenly dropped and quickly submerged. A bystander’s video showed the helicopter land hard and then capsize in water about 50 feet (15 meters) deep. Emergency divers had to get the passengers out of tight safety harnesses while they were upside down, fire department Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. Vance freed himself. The passengers who died included Dallas fire Officer Brian McDaniel, 26, and his high school friend Trevor Cadigan, 26, a journalist who hailed from Dallas but had recently moved to New York.q

Package bombs in Texas capital likely tied to earlier blas By WILL WEISSERT PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two package bomb blasts a few miles apart killed a teenager and wounded two women in Austin on Monday, less than two weeks after a similar attack left a man dead in another part of the Texas capital. Investigators saidthe bombings are probably connected, and they are looking into whether race was a factor because all of the victims were minorities. The blasts unfolded just as the city was swelling with visitors to the South By Southwest music festival.

Authorities investigate an explosion at a home in Austin, Texas, Monday, March 12, 2018. Investigators believe the fatal explosion on Monday is linked to another deadly bombing elsewhere in the city this month, and they’re considering whether race was a factor because all of the victims were black. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

The first of Monday’s attacks killed a 17-yearold boy and wounded a 40-year-old woman, both

of them black. As Police Chief Brian Manley held a news conference to discuss that attack, au-

thorities were called to the scene of another explosion that injured a 75-year-old Hispanic woman.

She was taken to a hospital with potentially life-threatening wounds. Authorities suspect that both of Monday’s explosions were linked to a March 2 attack that killed a 39-year-old black man. All three blasts happened as the packages were opened, and officials urged the public to call police if they receive any unexpected packages. “This is the third in what we believe to be related incidents over the past 10 days,” Manley said while briefing reporters near the site of Monday’s second explosion.q


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Immigrants sue US over end to temporary protected status Continued from Front

Arevalo spoke at a rally to announce the lawsuit outside the federal courthouse in San Francisco that was attended by some of the plaintiffs and dozens of demonstrators, some carrying signs that read, “Let Our People Stay.” One of the plaintiffs, Cristina Morales, said she came to the U.S. in 1993 at the age of 12 after fleeing El Salvador to escape domestic violence. She received temporary protected status in 2001 and now works as an after-school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was accompanied at the rally by her 14-yearold daughter, Crista Ramos, who along with her 11-year-old son, Diego Ramos, are U.S. citizens. “I don’t want the government to split my family and to lose my home, my friends and the opportunity for a good education,” Crista said. Morales, 37, her voice quivering with emotion, said

Mazin Ahmed, from Sudan, speaks at a news conference announcing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to end a program that lets immigrants live and work legally in the United States outside of a federal courthouse in San Francisco, Monday, March 12, 2018. Ahmed is one of the plaintiffs alleging the decision to end temporary protected status for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan was racially motivated. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

she has nothing to go back to in El Salvador. “If I pay taxes, health insurance, my house and the education of my children, what I have done wrong,” she said.

The lawsuit names the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a defendant. The department declined to comment on pending litigation. More than 200,000 im-

migrants could face deportation because of the change in policy, and they have more than 200,000 American children who risk being uprooted from their communities and schools,

according to plaintiffs in the case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and other immigrant advocates. The children face the “impossible choice” of leaving their country with their parents or staying without them, according to the suit. “These American children should not have to choose between their country and their family,” Ahilan Arulanantham, advocacy and legal director of the ACLU of Southern California, said in a statement. It’s the latest lawsuit filed against the Trump administration over its crackdown on immigration. A case filed last month by Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants in Massachusetts also alleges the decision to end temporary protected status was racially motivated. The NAACP has filed a separate lawsuit in Maryland on behalf of Haitian immigrants who received temporary protected status. q

Officials tight-lipped in attack on California veterans home Associated Press YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California have so far been tight-lipped about why a former Army rifleman may have killed three women after a daylong siege at a veterans home in Napa County wine country. Albert Wong, 36, slipped into a going-away party for two employees of The Pathway Home on the campus of the Yountville

veterans home campus about 50 miles (85 kilometers) north of San Francisco on Friday, then let some people leave, but kept the three women. Wong, whose military records show he served in Afghanistan from April 2011 to March 2012, was enrolled in The Pathway Home’s veteran treatment program until he was recently expelled, according to a relative of one of the women.

Law enforcement officials did not respond to questions throughout the weekend about what led to Wong being dismissed from the program or whether officials had alerted police or others to any concerns about his mental health after he was removed from the program. Records also show a state-issued security permit Wong had for a 9mm firearm was canceled in October, but state offi-

cials could not immediately say why. Executive Director Christine Loeber, 48; Clinical Director Jennifer Golick, 42; and Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba, 32, a clinical psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System were remembered as immensely talented women who cared deeply about veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Gonzales Shushereba was seven months pregnant. She was married a year ago and was supposed to travel to Washington, D.C., with her husband this weekend to celebrate their anniversary. “Jennifer and her colleagues died doing the work they were so passionate about — helping those in critical need,” her husband, T.J. Shushereba said in a statement.q

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Ag Department kills animal welfare rule for organic meat

Cage-free chickens walk in a fenced pasture at an organic farm near Waukon, Iowa. The Trump administration is withdrawing federal rules that would require organic meat and egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday, March 12, 2018, it would withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule published by former President Barack Obama’s Agriculture Department two days before he left office in January. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New rules, decades in the making, that would have required organic meat and

egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards were withdrawn by the federal government on Monday, frustrating organic farmers and animal

welfare groups but leaving some traditional egg and livestock farm groups rejoicing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the Organic

Livestock and Poultry Practices rule exceeds the department’s statutory authority. “The organic industry’s continued growth domestically and globally shows that consumers trust the current approach that balances consumer expectations and the needs of organic producers and handlers,” said USDA Marketing and Regulatory Program Undersecretary Greg Ibach. The rule was published by former President Barack Obama’s Agriculture Department two days before he left office in January 2017. The administration of Donald Trump has repeatedly delayed implementing the rule and had signaled that it might never move forward with it. “It’s not a surprise. We had some admission by the USDA that the industry had been camping out in their office bending their arms and their ears. It’s dis-

appointing. The power of Washington lobbyists wins again,” said Francis Thicke, who runs an organic dairy and grows crops in southeastern Iowa near Fairfield. The regulation was designed to ensure that organically grown livestock had enough space to lie down, turn around, stand up and fully stretch. It also prohibited removal of chicken beaks and cutting cattle tails and required improved living conditions including fresh air, proper ventilation and direct sunlight. Dropping the rule “reverses the nearly two decades of collaboration and feedback from farmers and consumers,” said Matt Bershadker, CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “Millions of animals will continue to suffer each year because of the USDA’s abdication of its duty to enforce meaningful organic animal welfare standards.”q

Latest nor’easter could dump a foot or more of snow BOSTON (AP) — Winterweary New Englanders are preparing for blizzard conditions, more than a foot of snow and high winds as the third major nor’easter in two weeks bears down on the Northeast. The National Weather Service on Monday issued a blizzard warning for much of the Massachusetts coast, a winter storm warning for most of New England and a winter weather advisory for portions of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The storm is expected to hit late Monday and last through most of the day Tuesday, with snow accumulating at a rate of 2 inches per hour during the

Tuesday morning commute, disrupting road and air travel. American Airlines announced that it had suspended all flight operations from Boston Logan International Airport on Tuesday because of the storm. The airline said arrivals and departures from Bangor, Maine, Burlington, Vermont, Manchester, New Hampshire and New Haven, Connecticut also will be shut down. Amtrak said it is suspending service from Boston to New York’s Penn Station on Tuesday until 11 a.m. While the first two storms of the month brought coastal flooding and hundreds of

thousands of power outages, this winter monster is a little bit different. “This one’s main impact is going to be snow,” said Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Taunton, Massachusetts. More power outages are possible, but they are not expected to be as widespread as last week. Only minor coastal flooding is possible. The blizzard warning means sustained winds of greater than 35 mph (56 kph), along with visibility of less than a quarter mile for prolonged periods, according to the weather service. Wind gusts as high as 65

mph (104 kph) are forecast in coastal areas. Boston and eastern Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island, could get a foot and a half of snow, with less to the west of the city. Officials said Boston and Providence schools will be closed on Tuesday. Maine also is bracing for a hard hit. The Portland International Jetport has had 75.5 inches (1.9 meters) of snow, far above the normal for the date of 51.8 inches (1.3 meters) with another 12 to 18 inches is on the way, said James Brown, of the National Weather Service. In New Hampshire, where as much as 14 inches of snow is forecast, the storm

is wreaking havoc with the age-old town meeting tradition. But Secretary of State William Gardner and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said under state law, town meeting elections must go on. In New York, heavy, wet snow is forecast for Long Island, which could get 5 to 10 inches of accumulation, while 2 to 4 inches are possible in New York City. In New Jersey, the storm is expected to start out as light rain before changing over to all snow by early Tuesday, leaving behind up to 4 inches. The Northeast isn’t the only area of the country dealing with winter weather.q


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American Living:

Barbershop study trimmed black men’s hair and blood pressure By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Trim your hair, your beard, your blood pressure? Black men reduced one of their biggest medical risks through a novel project that shows the power of familiar faces and trusted places to improve health. The project had pharmacists work with dozens of Los Angeles barbershops to test and treat clients. The results, reported Monday at a cardiology conference, have doctors planning to expand the project to more cities nationwide. “There’s open communication in a barbershop. There’s a relationship, a trust,” said Eric Muhammad, owner of A New You Barbershop, one of the barbers who participated. “We have a lot more influence than just the doctor walking in the door.” Black men have high rates of high blood pressure — a top reading over 130 or a bottom one over 80 — and the problems it can cause, such as strokes and heart attacks. Only half of Americans with high pressure have it under control; many don’t even know they have the condition. Churches, beauty salons and other community spots have been used to reach groups that often lack access to doctors, to promote cancer screenings and other services. Dr. Ronald Victor, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, wanted to reach black men.

“Barbershops are a uniquely popular meeting place for African-American men,” and many have gone ev-

he said. The new work involved 303 men and 52 barbershops. One group of customers just got pam-

under 130 over 80 — the threshold for high blood pressure under new guidelines adopted last fall. Only

Barber Eric Muhammad, owner of A New You Barbershop, left, jokes with regular customer Marc M. Sims before measuring his blood pressure in Inglewood, Calif. Black male customers at dozens of Los Angeles area barbershops reduced one of their biggest health risks through a novel project that paired barbers and pharmacists to test and treat customers. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

ery other week to the same barber for many years, he said. “It almost has a social club feel to it, a delightful, friendly environment” that makes it ideal for improving health. Victor did a study in 17 Dallas barbershops a few years ago. In that one, barbers tested patrons and referred them to doctors. Improvements were modest. In the new study, “we added a pharmacist into the mix” so medicines could be prescribed on the spot,

phlets and blood pressure tips while they were getting haircuts. Another group met with pharmacists in the barbershops and could get treatment if their blood pressure was high. At the start of the study, their top pressure number averaged 154. After six months, it fell by 9 points for customers just given advice and by 27 points for those who saw pharmacists. Nearly two-thirds of the men who saw pharmacists lowered their pressure to

12 percent of the men who just got advice dropped to that level. “This is a home run ... hightouch medicine,” said one independent expert, Eileen Handberg, a heart researcher at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Most drug trials only dream about such good results, yet they were achieved in a regular community setting, she said. Nineteen of Muhammad’s customers finished the program, and “all their blood

pressures were down, every single one of them,” he said. Marc Sims, a 43-year-old records clerk at a law firm, is one. He didn’t know he had high pressure — 175 over 125 — and the pharmacist said he was at risk of having a stroke. “It woke me up,” said Sims, who has a young son. “All I could think about was me having a stroke and not being here for him. It was time to get my health right.” Medicines lowered his pressure to 125 over 95. Treatment doesn’t always mean medicines; healthier lifestyles can do a lot. Poor diets, lack of exercise and other bad habits cause most high blood pressure. The National Institutes of Health paid for the study. Results were discussed at an American College of Cardiology conference in Orlando and published by the New England Journal of Medicine. The cost of doing this isn’t really known. Victor now aims to do a study of 3,000 men in many cities around the country that will include a look at that. He also hopes to tackle high cholesterol with a similar approach. The results show that “you don’t need cardiologists” to improve things, said Dr. Willie Lawrence, an American Heart Association spokesman and blood pressure specialist in Kansas City, Missouri. “We can partner with others in the community and get this epidemic under control.”q


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Merkel faces US, EU challenges, says ‘time to start work’ By GEIR MOULSON Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Monday to work for a strong Europe and said she’s hopeful talks can resolve the standoff over U.S. tariffs, declaring that “it’s finally time to start work” as Germany’s new government prepares to take office. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-

only sister party the Christian Social Union, and the center-left Social Democrats signed their coalition agreement Monday. Parliament is due to elect Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor on Wednesday, a record 171 days after Germans voted. Merkel has been only a caretaker chancellor since October, and many unresolved issues await the new government. Those in-

clude U.S. tariffs on foreignmade steel and aluminum announced by President Donald Trump, along with threats of taxes on German automakers. Merkel welcomed talks the European Union has already started, and said the new German government will hold talks of its own. “Such differences of opinion over whether situations are fair or not have to be resolved in talks, I think, and

not if it can be avoided in some way by unilateral actions,” she told reporters in Berlin. “If these unilateral actions can’t be avoided, we will have to consider how we can answer that, but I am counting on talks, and there will be many opportunities for that.” In Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron has been awaiting a German response to his calls for an ambitious European Union

reform agenda. Merkel said she and her finance minister-designate, Olaf Scholz, would visit France after being sworn in, and “we will be able to say more than we could in December” at an EU summit later this month. She said that “we need Europe — a Europe that shares the same values and acts together, particularly toward the outside world, and we ... will make our contribution.” q

Fearing trade war, EU warns of protectionism ‘dead end’ By LORNE COOK Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday urged U.S. President Donald Trump not to head down “a dead end” road of protectionism and warned of a damaging trade war over his new steel and aluminum tariffs. At talks in Brussels, economy ministers underlined that the EU — the world’s biggest trading bloc — supports free and open trade but that its 28 countries will respond if they are targeted by the U.S. tariffs, which are set to enter force next week. “We are worried (about) the possibility of having a trade war between the United States and the EU because we believe that there will be only losers. We believe that protectionism is a dead end,” French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire told reporters. Spanish Economy Minister Roman Escolano Olivares said, “protectionism is al-

Luxembourg’s Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna, center, speaks with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, left, during a meeting of the eurogroup at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

ways a political, a historical error.” Trump said last Thursday that he was slapping tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on

aluminum. He temporarily exempted big steel producers Canada and Mexico — provided they agree to renegotiate a North American trade deal to his

satisfaction.He said other countries could be spared the tariffs if they can convince the U.S. government that their steel and aluminum exports don’t threat-

en American industry. The EU rejects Trump’s argument that the tariffs are required for national security reasons. It has threatened to slap retaliatory duties on around 2.8 billion euros ($3.4 billion) worth of U.S. steel, agricultural and other products like peanut butter and orange juice if it is not excluded from the tariff regime. Amid uncertainty over who might be exempted, German Finance Minister Peter Altmaier appealed to reason, saying it is the “responsibility of everybody to keep international trade as fair and open as possible.” Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra said the tariffs are “a bad idea. It is bad for European citizens, for Dutch citizens and it will turn out bad for U.S. citizens as well.” The EU’s executive body, the European Commission, handles trade talks on behalf of member countries.q

Italy’s Democrats reject kingmaker role after Renzi resigns By COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi formally resigned Monday as leader of the Democratic Party following its crushing election defeat, with the interim leader maintaining the party line of refusing a kingmaker role in a new Italian government. No party or coalition won

enough votes to govern alone in the March 4 parliamentary vote, setting the stage for arduous talks to see if either the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement or the center-right coalition led by the anti-immigrant League can form a stable government. The 5-Stars won the most votes of any party, and the coalition would control

more seats in parliament as a bloc. Maurizio Martina, the outgoing agriculture minister who was named as the Democratic Party’s interim leader, made clear that the center-left would not take part in any new government, as Renzi had insisted before his resignation. After a contentious election campaign, Mar-

tina said the League and the 5-Stars “don’t have any alibis now,” and should “take their responsibility” to form a government. While the 5-Star Movement has said it would speak with anyone willing to find common ground, the League, led by Matteo Salvini, has indicated it is far from the 5-Stars on key issues, including how to make Italy’s

economic recovery more inclusive. Salvini is pushing for a flat tax to boost state coffers and to fight rampant tax evasion, while the 5-Stars have promised a minimum income to qualifying citizens that Salvini has dismissed as a handout. The new parliament is scheduled to hold its first session March 23.q


Tuesday 13 March 2018

British PM: Russia ‘highly likely’ behind ex-spy’s poisoning By JILL LAWLESS DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Russia is “highly likely” to blame for poisoning a former spy and his daughter with a militarygrade nerve agent, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday, demanding that Moscow give a compelling explanation or face “extensive” retaliation. May told lawmakers in a strongly worded statement that without a credible response from Russia by the end of Tuesday, Britain would consider the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in a quiet English city “an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom.” “There can be no question of business as usual with Russia,” she said, without saying what measures Britain might take. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed May’s allegations as a “circus show in in the British Parliament.” Skripal, 66, and his 33-yearold daughter, Yulia, remain in critical condition after being found unconscious March 4 in Salisbury. A police detective who came in contact with them is in serious but stable condition. May said British scientists have determined that Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with Novichok, a class of nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union near the end of the Cold War. She said it was “highly likely” the substance came from Russia, and there

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in the House of Commons in London, Monday, March 12, 2018. British Prime Minister Theresa May says her government has concluded it is “highly likely” Russia is responsible for the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter. May told British lawmakers on Monday that Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were exposed to a nerve agent known as Novichok (Novice), a weapon developed in the Soviet Union in the end of the Cold War. (PA via AP)

were two possible explanations. “Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country, or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others,” she said. May said Britain had given the Russian ambassador in London a deadline of Tuesday to explain which version is true. She said Russia must also “provide full and complete disclosure” of its Novichok program to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the oversight body for the international chemical weapons convention. May spoke in the House of Commons after she chaired a National Security Council meeting to hear the latest evidence in the case. q

Serbia blasts top NATO general over Russia By D. STOJANOVIC Associated Press BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s defense minister blasted NATO’s top general on Monday for saying that one of the biggest threats for Europe is increasing Russian influence in the Balkans.Aleksandar Vulin said that U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti’s statement last week during a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing represents the most “dangerous” antiSerb statement since the Western military alliance bombed the country in 1999 over its bloody crackdown against Kosovo Alba-

nian separatists. The American general said he has seen an increase in Russian influence over his year and a half as supreme NATO commander in Europe and that he sees it as more threatening than in the Baltics, former Russian satellites Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Scaparrotti said that while the Baltic region in the north of Europe is crucial, those nations are now part of NATO and have a more stable position on the continent. He said he was more concerned with the support of Serbian people within the Balkans who are

more susceptible to Russian influence. Vulin, who is known for his pro-Russian stances, responded by saying: “Since 1999, there has not been a more irresponsible statement.“By saying that the whole (Serbian) nation represents a danger for the Balkans is a call for the unification of all (Balkan people) against the Serbs.” There are fears in the West that Russia is using its historic Slavic ties with Serbia to destabilize the Balkans, which has seen the worst carnage in Europe since World War II during the breakup of former Yugosla-

via in the 1990s. “There’s no Russian influence in Serbia,” Vulin said. “Serbia is an independent nation that chooses its own friends.” Scaparrotti said during the Senate hearing that “Russia’s at work in the Balkans. I think we’ve kind of taken our eye off the area.” Serbia formally wants to join the EU, but its leaders have been intensively working with Moscow in fostering both military and political ties despite calls from the bloc that the Balkan state should align its foreign policies if it really wants to be a member.q


NEWS Saudi king establishes anti-corruption units Tuesday 13 March 2018

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s king has established special anticorruption units of prosecutors to pursue embezzlement cases in the kingdom after a recent crackdown. King Salman’s decision was announced this week in a

report on the state-run Saudi Press Agency. The report said the king’s decision came from “his concern over combating corruption in all its forms aiming to protect the homeland and its resources, maintain public money

and protect the integrity of the public employment.” The decision comes after Saudi Arabia arrested dozens of princes, business leaders and government officials in early November in a push led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin

Salman. Authorities say the arrests netted more than $106 billion in exchange for the release most of the detaiees. Critics say the arrests were more to consolidate Crown Prince Mohammed’s power.q

Israel’s embattled PM holds off on early elections By ARON HELLER Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday threatened to take the country to early elections, but said it was too soon to do so as the scandal-plagued Israeli leader maneuvered to keep his divided coalition intact. Netanyahu’s coalition has been feuding over whether to continue granting exemptions from military service to ultra-Orthodox Jewish men. But looming over Netanyahu’s speech was a mountain of corruption scandals. “If there are elections, we will contend and win, but we are not there yet. The hour is late, but not too late,” Netanyahu told a stormy parliamentary session. “We need to make one last supreme effort to preserve the longevity of this government in its current form.” Netanyahu’s religious coalition partners have demanded that the government extend the military exemptions. But rival parties have threatened to bolt the coalition over the issue, raising the possibility of early elections. Netanyahu reached a compromise with a key religious partner at a latenight meeting on Sunday, appearing to defuse the crisis. Then on Monday, a junior coalition partner, Yisrael Beitenu, said it would not support the compromise. Talks between the sides were to continue in the coming days. Military service for ultraOrthodox men is one of the most fraught topics in Israel and looked to undermine Netanyahu’s coalition

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on during a session at the Knesset in Jerusalem, Monday, March 12, 2018. Netanyahu on Monday threatened to take the country to early elections, but said it was too soon to do so as the scandal-plagued Israeli leader raced to keep his divided coalition intact. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

government, which holds 66 out of the 120 seats in parliament. For generations, Israel has given seminary students exemptions from compulsory service. That has infuriated Israel’s secular majority, and previous attempts at compromise have been struck down by the Supreme Court. Netanyahu’s opponents have accused him of creating an artificial crisis, potentially triggering elections a year and a half ahead of schedule, in order to shore up his position as he fights the corruption allegations. The thinking is that it would be much harder to force a newly reelected Netanyahu to step down if he is indicted in the coming months. Israel’s attorney general is expected to make a decision on an indictment by the fall. After a more than yearlong investigation, Israeli police last month said they

believed there was sufficient evidence to indict Netanyahu in a pair of bribery scandals. In one case, Netanyahu is suspected of accepting lavish gifts from a pair of billionaire supporters. In the other, he is suspected of promoting regulation that would benefit an Israeli daily newspaper in exchange for more favorable coverage. Since then, police have opened a separate investigation into suspicions that Netanyahu, as communications minister, pushed regulation worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Israel’s national telecom company Bezeq. The company, led by a friend of Netanyahu, in return allegedly provided favorable coverage to the prime minister and his family on its popular Walla news site. That investigation is continuing, but two former Netanyahu confidants have already agreed to testify

against him in exchange for leniency. Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing in all of the cases, accusing prosecutors, police and the media of conspiring to oust him. During Monday’s parliamentary session, opposition leaders called on Netanyahu to step aside and accused him of manufacturing a coalition crisis to divert attention from the scandals. “You want elections before the public knows the truth about your personal corruption, before people who know you and worked with you and know what you did say the whole truth,” said opposition lawmaker Tzipi Livni. In his speech, Netanyahu made no mention of the scandals, but said he had no fears of holding a new election. Opinion polls have shown Netanyahu and his Likud Party gaining popularity as the scandals have mounted.q

Iran finds black box from plane crash killing 11 By NASSER KARIMI Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Investigators on Monday found the “black box” from a Turkish private jet that crashed in an Iranian mountain range on its way from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul, killing all 11 people on board that included a Turkish bride-to-be and her bachelorette party. Authorities recovered all the dead from the crash site in the Zagros Mountains outside of the city of Shahre Kord, some 370 kilometers (230 miles) south of Iran’s capital, Tehran, according to a report by the state-run IRNA news agency. Officials have so far identified eight bodies, including that of Mina Basaran, the 28-year-old daughter of the chairman of Turkey’s Basaran Investment Holding, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported Monday. Heavy rains and wind in the mountain range since the crash Sunday made it impossible for helicopters to land in the area, though officials hoped to bring the bodies down from the mountain later in the day, IRNA said. The flight took off Sunday from Sharjah International Airport in the UAE, home to the low-cost carrier Air Arabia. A little over an hour into the flight, the aircraft rapidly gained altitude and then dropped drastically within minutes, according to FlightRadar24, a flight-tracking website. It remains unclear what caused the crash, though a witness told state television the Bombardier CL604 was on fire before it hit the mountain. That equipment, typically painted in a bright color to allow searchers to easily find it, records cockpit conversations and radio transmissions, as well as other data from a flight. Sharjah civil aviation authorities said in a statement late Sunday night that the plane’s eight passengers were six Turks and two Spaniards. q


Tuesday 13 March 2018

Chile again veers right as Pinera returns to presidency By EVA VERGARA Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Conservative Sebastian Pinera returned to Chile’s presidency this week, vowing to revive an economy that has slumped under center-left leader Michelle Bachelet and calling for unity in helping the country’s less fortunate. The outgoing leader handed the presidential sash to the president of Congress, who then swore in Pinera — who himself had turned over the office to Bachelet in a similar ceremony four years ago. Pinera, a billionaire entrepreneur, oversaw growth that averaged 5.3 percent a year during his first term from 2010 to 2014, aided by pro-business policies, rising prices for Chile’s chief export, copper, and a huge rebuilding effort following a magnitude 8.8 earthquake that hit just before he took office. A slump in copper prices helped sour Bachelet’s second round as president, with the economy — and the president’s popularity — slipping badly in 2014 and 2015. The country’s first female president had been wildly popular when she ended her initial term by handing power to Pinera. “From day one, Pinera is going to want to show that under him, the wheels of the economy will start to spin again,” said Cristobal Bellolio, a professor of government at the Adolfo Ibanes University. In the first speech of his new term, Pinera called for a national consensus on protecting the tens of thousands of young people who live in state-run homes or related institutions, which saw 865 youngsters die over the past decade. The new president also

called for improvements in health care and improvements in the La Araucania region, where many of the 700,000 members of the indigenous Mapuche community live in deep poverty and where some activists are fighting to recover ancestral lands. Pinera’s first administration was marked by big street demonstrations demanding reforms to education and other services as well as by the start of softening copper prices. He left office with favorability ratings in the 30s. Pinera, whose first term ended 20 years of leftleaning governments, has said he hopes to work with center-left rivals to achieve his goals, but he also faces a challenge of herding his own sometimes fractious coalition, which includes parties that backed the dictatorship of Gen. Au-

Chile’s newly elected President Sebastian Pinera, left, and outgoing President Michelle Bachelet embrace during his swearing-in ceremony at Congress in Valparaiso, Chile, Sunday, March 11, 2018. Pinera returned to Chile’s presidency, after his first term from 2010 to 2014. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

gusto Pinochet from 1973 to 1990. “We have to see effectively if the right, for the first time in history, has

the capacity to work as a team,” said political analyst Miguel Zlosilo. Among those at the cer-

emony were the presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.q

Cuba’s likely next leader pledges more responsive gov’t By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — Cuba on Sunday took the final political step before a promised transition from the founders of the Communist state to a younger generation of officials. Along with millions of Cubans, 57-year-old vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel voted to ratify a government-approved list of members of the National Assembly, which convenes April 19. Diaz-Canel, who is expected to assume Raul Castro’s seat as president that day, said the country’s next government will be more responsive to its people. Miguel Diaz-Canel told reporters in the central city

of Santa Clara that “the people will participate in the decisions that the government takes.” “The people can also recall someone who doesn’t fulfill their responsibilities,” DiazCanel said. “There has to be a focus on ties to, links with, the people, to listen to the people, deeply investigate the problems that exist and inspire debates about those problems.” Diaz-Canel also lamented the downturn in relations with the U.S. under President Donald Trump, saying “the reestablishment of relations has been deteriorating thanks to an administration that has offended Cuba.” In a bit of political theater that may prove to be a shift

in style from Castro’s, DiazCanel waited in line to vote alongside other citizens. Most officials are swept to the front of lines to vote in front of local and international media. “We’re almost in the future that we’ve been talking about, a transition,” said Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, the 87-year-old second vice president who fought along with Castro to overthrow strongman Fulgencio Batista in 1959. “We’ve been in transition since Jan. 1, 1959. Now, the change is generational.” Despite the change in tone, few Cubans on Sunday expected Diaz-Canel to bring about immediate or dramatic reform.

The vice president has long been seen as Castro’s hand-picked successor, and he has consistently emphasized maintaining continuity in Cuba’s singleparty political system and centrally planned economy. Despite a series of reforms instated by Castro at the beginning of his decade in power, the Cuban government maintains its monopoly on most forms of economic activity and the Cuban economy remains mostly stagnant and unproductive. Young Cubans in particular are widely disenchanted by a lack of economic opportunity and the state’s tight control of virtually all aspects of life on the island.q


Tuesday 13 March 2018


Colombia: Peace deal backers suffer in elections

Colombia's former President Alvaro Uribe, who is running for Senator with the Democratic Center Party, poses for a selfie with supporters as he accompanies his party's presidential candidate Ivan Duque to a polling station during legislative elections in Bogota, Colombia. Colombia will hold presidential elections in May. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

By MANUEL RUEDA Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian voters turned to right-wing parties critical of the country's peace deal with the main leftist rebels and knocked the current president's party down in congressional elections, raising questions about the future of the accord. Sunday's vote was seen as a barometer for a fiercely contested presidential election in May. It was also the first time former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, competed politically since disarming under the 2016 peace deal to end a half century of conflict. As expected, support for their radical agenda was soundly rejected, with FARC candidates getting less than 0.5 percent of the overall vote. That means their political party will get only the 10 seats guaranteed them by the peace accord. "The FARC are in a tough spot," said Leon Valencia, a former combatant who now runs the Peace and Reconciliation Foundation, a think tank. "A long war has generated lots of fear and rancor towards them." By contrast, many of the accord's critics picked up seats, with the Democratic Center party led by former President Alvaro Uribe headed to being the big-

gest bloc in the Senate. Uribe's hand-picked presidential candidate, Sen. Ivan Duque, easily swept an open primary among three conservative candidates in which more than 5.8 million people voted — a bigger haul than either of the top two finishers got in the first round of the 2014 presidential election. President Juan Manuel Santos' coalition, which supported the peace deal, struggled. His own Party of National Unity, which was the biggest political movement in the outgoing congress, finished fifth overall. The results are likely to lead to a last-minute scramble among presidential candidates to form coalitions to better position themselves ahead of what is seen as a wide-open presidential race. Two candidates under pressure to join forces are Humberto de la Calle, who was the government's chief peace negotiator, and former Gov. Sergio Fajardo. Both candidates have vowed to implement the peace deal. The Green Alliance, one of the parties supporting Fajardo, doubled its vote tally from the last congressional elections, though it only came in sixth overall this year. Another candidate who has backed the peace deal is Gustavo Petro, a leftist former mayor of Bogota who has promised to

raise taxes on the rich and unseat the country's political establishment. Petro won a leftist primary Sunday in which he got 2.8 million votes. It was 1.2 million votes less than Duque's total but still made him a top presidential contender. "Our results were very positive," Petro told his followers. "The presidential campaign starts today." Duque has said he would not "thrash" the peace accord with the FARC, but he would attempt to modify certain aspects, like a provision that allows the former rebels with drugtrafficking convictions to participate in politics. He has also called for tougher controls on the FARC's finances. "A true peace is built through the triumph of the rule of law not through the relativization of justice," he told his followers after election results came in. Sergio Guzman, a political analyst at Control Risks, said that while Duque's vote tally was impressive, it was too early to tell if he will win the May 27 presidential election. Voters who are critical of the peace deal will be able to choose between Duque and German Vargas Lleras, the conservative leader of the Radical Change party. The pro peace deal vote is currently split among Gustavo Petro, Sergio Fajardo and Humberto de la Calle.q

Rumors, mistrust hinder Brazil yellow fever vaccine campaign

By SARAH DiLORENZO Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — Elisangela Santos doesn't understand why everyone in her neighborhood on the outskirts of Sao Paulo is being told to get vaccinated for yellow fever this year. Yellow fever has long been endemic in parts of Brazil, and she smells a rat. "Every year, it's something else," the 44-year-old school custodian said as she waiting recently outside a health post in the Jardim Miriam district. "They invent another thing to make Brazilians spend money." The vaccine is free at public health posts around the country, but Santos' suspicion that someone must be profiting somewhere is typical of the current high levels of mistrust Brazilians hold for officialdom. Flagging faith in Brazil's institutions amid a series of corruption scandals, a chaotic communications campaign promoting the vaccine, and the country's decision to give partial doses to stretch supplies are contributing to rumors that the vaccine is a scam, weak or even dangerous. That misinformation is scaring people away from the campaign that is trying to vaccinate more than 23 million people in areas of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Bahia states that until recently were not considered at risk for yellow fever. Nearly six weeks into the campaign, the Health Ministry says 76 percent of the target population has been vaccinated — far off its goal of 95 percent. The current atmosphere of uncertainty and rumors around the vaccine is likely to make the last 20 percent very difficult to reach, hampering the efforts of Latin America's biggest nation to contain its largest yellow fever outbreak in more than three decades. The reticence could even lead to a sustained outbreak in Brazil's megacities. Brazil hasn't had an urban outbreak since 1942. "If we have a higher number of infected people with yellow fever and the Aedes aegypti mosquito starts to become infected and transmit yellow fever, it could become urban," said Luiz Antonio Teixeira Jr., Rio de Janeiro state's health secretary. "Everything we're doing is to ensure we don't have urban yellow fever." Yellow fever has long been endemic in large swaths of Brazil, but it has been advancing in recent years and this is the second outbreak in two years in places where vaccinations for the disease were not routine. During the 2016-2017 outbreak, more than 770 people were infected after nearly a decade during which Brazil saw fewer than 10 cases each year. In the current outbreak, there have already been 846 cases confirmed, of which 260 have died. The outbreak is stressing the health system just a few years after a major outbreak of Zika, which was linked to severe birth defects in babies born to infected mothers. While rumors have sometimes swirled around past vaccination campaigns, the rise of the WhatsApp messaging service is amplifying misinformation like never before, said Igor Sacramento, a researcher at Fiocruz, Brazil's premier public research institute. WhatsApp "is a fundamental characteristic of the way we circulate information, news, etc.," said Sacramento, who works in the institute's health communications lab. Since WhatsApp messages come from people known by the recipients, they place a high value on the information shared there, and that means people often accept it without checking it, Sacramento said. One rumor making the rounds on WhastApp, for instance, says a mutation in the yellow fever virus has rendered the vaccine ineffective, even citing a study published by Fiocruz. q


Tuesday 13 March 2018

Open House at University of Aruba, 24th of March:

Let’s meet Accounting, Finance and Marketing (FEF) By Linda Reijnders ORANJESTAD –She is the girl from the billboard. Emily van Spaandonk (19) is a natural and smart beauty and second year student at the Accounting & Finances studies of the University of Aruba. Those two assets are combined in the banner/ billboard of the university and during the Open House 24th of March she will welcome you as being part of the welcoming committee. “I am really looking forward to be able to talk about the university and motivate young people to choose for this wonderful place. This is a very good university!” The Faculty for Accounting, Finance and Marketing where Emily is studying is an accredited universal studies of 4 years by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders: NVAO. This organization was established by the Dutch and Flemish governments as an independent accreditation organization tasked with providing an expert and objective assessment of the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders. “I am in my second year and I really, really love it, simply enjoy it. When I graduated from ColegioArubano I was only 17 years old and I did not feel ready

to get my propaedeutic diploma in the first year which was really a plus to me.”

to go abroad yet. I decided to start studying already and had a look what they had to offer in Aruba. My mom also went to FEF but she left me free to choose.”

Emily went to the Open House and she heard good comments from friends and family. “I experienced quickly how apprentice the university is and was able

Preparing for Own Business Her major is Finance & Accounting, where they work a lot with numbers. “We are learning about business ethics and law in business, very interesting. We also learn about global economics. It is a very wellrounded study. You do get a taste of everything and that’s important for you to know where your interest is.” The planning for the internships are in process and the Emily and her co-students have just started to write their application letters and resumes. “I would love to do it at KPMG, at least at one of the big 5 accounting companies. Hopefully we can make that happen”, she laughs. Her dream is to have her own business one day and she is aware that FEF is helping her with the preparation for that future. “They learn you also to be a good leader and about running your own business. I would love to produce make-up and run my own make-up factory/company. I can already see myself while I am learning in the classes.” A Solid Ground The FEF has more than 400

alumni. After completing the Accounting & Finance or Marketing program and obtaining their bachelor’s degree, a FEF-alumni goes on to work in a variety of career fields. Companies and organizations where our alumni are employed include the Central Bank of Aruba, Ernst & Young, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, CATC, Marriott Aruba, Aruba Tourism Authority, banks, wholesalers, hotels and utility companies, in other cases some move on to an entrepreneurial paths. In the last decade, there has been a growing number of FEF alumni who continue their studies abroad. A completed FEF bachelor program gives you more guarantee to successfully complete a serious business related master study, then going abroad right after completing your secondary education in Aruba. To Emily it is not only the high-quality studies that attract her, but the entire ambiance at the university. “There is always this positivity, we are connected and that is also because the classes are smaller than abroad. The students bond and the teachers are approachable. It is just all very nice and welcoming. And of course this renovated monumental building with the garden full of trees and birds motivate a lot too.” For more information please check the website http:// or Facebook University of Aruba.q

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Tuesday 13 March 2018

BAZAR Pop-Up Event

ORANJESTAD – There is a new place in town and you are most welcome to experience. Coming Saturday BAZAR will be welcoming you with open arms. “Come join us at BAZAR, and take a look at our PopUp Galleria featuring local artists and artisans, while taking the opportunity to enjoy our bar serving blissful drinks, coffee, vegetarian or meat dishes!”

In the Nieuwstraat 36 at Nikki Habibe Plaza in Oranjestad the vibes of art and culture will go around. The organization states: “Our walls were built to showcase local artists, we are honored to display Jenny Kock. Jenny Kock is a well know artist on the island, mostly for his great appreciation for Aruba’s scenery and culture. With his unique technique, he has shown the world that art has no barriers.” This is the right opportunity to acquire your very own Jenny Kock Art. As a surprise element to the public BAZAR will feature their Coffee Boutique concept with delish coffee and pastries from 12pm-4pm.Startingfrom 6pm they take it up by creating a unique experience with local artisans, local pastries, vegan snacks, local farmers and local food too, you can either Go Vegan or simply stay true to your meat! Part of the proceeds will go to Stichting Mi Por, to continue helping kids with a physical impairment on the island.q

Three great-looking ladies enjoy schnitzels at Café the Plaza

ORANJESTAD - These greatlooking ladies are Veronica Guickean (80), Vesta Rhymer (81) and Gail Hart (80). They are retirees from Florida and this is the first time that they are on Aruba.

Café the Plaza in the Renaissance Marketplace was recommended to them, so they went downtown to check out this popular restaurant. Veronica, Vesta and Gail

are very enthusiastic about Aruba’s locals as well: ``Everyone is so welcoming, helpful and warm; we love it here’’, they say. That is wonderful to hear thank you!q

Mr & Mrs Demaree and Sophia & William Ratchik Honored at the Marriott Ocean Club consecutive years coming to Aruba and also to two brother & sister William Ratchik and Sophia Ratchik as “Distinguished Visitors” with 10 consecutive years com-

PALM BEACH - Recently Emely Ridderstaat from Aruba Tourism Authority

had the great pleasure together with the Staff and Personal of the Marriottt

Ocean Club To Honor Mr. & Mrs. Demaree as “Goodwill Embassador” with 20+

ing to Aruba. They love Aruba mainly for the beaches & friendly Aruban people.q


Tuesday 13 March 2018

Aruba Honors Loyal Visitors Kenneth and Elizabeth Behr orees and thanked them for choosing Aruba as their vacation destination and as their home away from home for so many years on behalf of the Government of Aruba. These loyal guests say they

ORANJESTAD - Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority honored a big group of loyal visitors as Distinguished Visitors of Aruba as a token of appreciation for visiting

the island for 10-to-19 consecutive years. The honorees were Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Elizabeth Behr. Ms. Emely Rid-

derstaat representing the Aruba Tourism Authority together friends and family bestowed the certificates on the guests and handed some presents to the hon-

love Aruba because the people are very welcoming, the beauty of the island, the beaches, the excellent cuisine, and because it’s truly their home away from home.q


Tuesday 13 March 2018

Research by Aruban Tourism Authority (ATA) under population:

‘Sustainable Tourism is More Important than Ever’ ORANJESTAD- ATA invites the community to give their opinion on tourism by participation in their research. It is necessary that the entire community carries responsibility for the direction of tourism development and that is only possible when people have a voice. The economic pillar of Aruba, tourism, is the main income for the island and all together we must find a way that is balanced well for everybody. This is the motivation behind the research. ATA facilitates several projects to stimulate action in the necessary direction. For example the plan for product development ‘Cu Mira pa Futuro’ that is accessible for all. More information can be found at Integral to this plan and other activities of ATA are the protection of the natural and cultural heritage, maintenance of our hospitality and stimulation of innovative entrepreneurship. It is important to find out what are the desires and expectations of the visitor now and in the future, but also what we as habitants

ism as the touristic product is a full-grown. There is not much room to grow in volume due to the physical limitation, but there is room for a higher quality product and taking the needs of the islanders’ into consideration. The research ‘Carrying Capacity’ will indicate how much more expansion is possible in certain areas and how locals think about this.

wish for within the industry of tourism. Tourism impacts the quality of life of everyone and the touristic development should go hand in hand with the economics and ecology on the island. Central point is that we need to lift our touristic product for all perspectives: physical as well as human referring to the level of service. These ingredients contribute to the quality of vacation and the wishes of the visitors and they contribute to a better lifestyle

for the locals of Aruba. Aruba is rising as touristic destination while still maintaining her position of preferred destination in the Caribbean. Since 2011 the strategic of ATA were to give priority to the visitors that are ‘affluent’ that came to our island. Also ATA focused on a shift of mind where we look into a durable direction and the quality of our touristic product. For this reason ATA is carrying out a research called ‘Carrying Capacity’.

What is ‘CARRYING CAPACITY’? The research is about the development of tourism and at the same time the preservation and protection of the environment, culture, quality of life and happiness of the local inhabitants. The happiness of the visitors’ experience that we give to them is another point of attention within the research. It is essential to do studies and set a vision for Aruba’s future tour-

Participation ATA set up a short survey for the community and emphasizes how important it is for the community to participate. Therefore you are invited to fill in the survey and hand it in during 17 and 18 March. The ATA team will be present with buses at various spots in the island. All participants will be able to be in a picture with a special frame that memorizes the 18th of March, the Day of the National Anthem and Flag. In case you miss the bus this weekend, there is still possibility to participate 26-27-28 March in different neighborhoods from 6.30 P on. More information: http://www.aruba. comq

ATA Honors Loyal Visitors at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

EAGLE BEACH - Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority honored Distinguished Visi-

tors and of Aruba at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort as a token of appreciation for

visiting the island for more than 10 consecutive years. The honorees were Mr. John and Mrs. Jennifer Calvo of New York, celebrating their 13th consecutive annual visit to Aruba! Ms. Emely Ridderstaat representing the Aruba Tourism Authority, and members of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort handed some presents to the honorees and thanked them for choosing Aruba as their vacation destination and as their home away from home for so many years on behalf of the Government of Aruba. These visitors love Aruba because the people are very welcoming, the beauty of the island, the beaches, great restaurants, and because it’s truly their home away from home.q


Tuesday 13 March 2018

BALL GAME In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) looks on from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Associated Press

AP source: Dolphins discuss cutting 5-time Pro Bowler Suh By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins appear ready to move on without their defensive anchor. Miami is discussing releasing five-time Pro Bowl tackle Ndamukong Suh when the NFL’s new year begins Wednesday, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The person said nothing has been finalized, and confirmed the conversations to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins have not commented. The Dolphins are also expected to release veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons, the person said. Suh’s release is anticipated unless he agrees to a significant contract restructuring, which is unlikely. He signed a $114 million, six-year deal with the Dolphins when he joined them in 2015, and his base salary this year would be $17 million. Continued on Page 18

L.A. snaps skid against Cleveland Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 127-113. Associated Press Page 19


Tuesday 13 March 2018

Trump recognizes World Series champion Houston Astros By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump recognized the Houston Astros on Monday for their first World Series win, an “incredible victory” that Trump said was even more special following the devastation Hurricane Harvey wrought on the Texas city. Houston defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 last year to clinch the title. Trump, who played baseball in high school, declared it “was one of the greatest baseball games anybody has ever seen.” “It’s really a reminder why baseball is our national pastime,” he said at the White House. Trump thanked the players for spending time with people who were displaced by Harvey’s floodwaters, and for donating money. “Our administration will continue to stand by the people of Texas and Florida and Puerto Rico, Louisiana, even Alabama and so many other places were affected and we’re standing by all of them,” said Trump, whose response to last fall’s hurricanes was criticized by some. Trump singled out some

President Donald Trump poses for photographs as Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick, right, presents him with a jersey during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 12, 2018, where he honored the World Series Champion Houston Astros for their 2017 World Series victory. Associated Press

players by name, including American League MVP Jose Altuve. “Who could forget the amazing Jose Altuve? He is much taller than I thought,” Trump said, directly addressing the 5-foot-6 second baseman and turning to shake his hand. White House visits by championship sports teams are usually highly anticipated,

but have become politically fraught in the age of Trump. More than two dozen New England Patriots stayed away when the Super Bowl-winning team visited in 2017. Several had cited political reasons beforehand. The NBA champion Golden State Warriors avoided the White House on a trip

to Washington last month. Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry had said last year that he did not want to come to the White House. Trump later made it clear that Curry wasn’t welcome, tweeting “invitation is withdrawn!” At least three Astros — recently retired outfielder Carlos Beltran, pitcher Ken Giles and shortstop Carlos Correa — were absent

Monday. Beltran and Giles previously had cited family reasons for why they would skip the event. Asked afterward about Correa’s absence, team owner Jim Crane told reporters during an availability outside the White House that a “couple of the guys had family issues and spring break, so we didn’t really review that with them.” Some of the players and managers said they were honored to be at the White House. “Anytime you can get a chance to come and do something like this, it’s going to be a great time,” right fielder Josh Reddick said after the event. Manager A.J. Hinch said it was a “very special” day because just one Major League Baseball team a year gets to come to the White House. “We’ll forever remember this,” Hinch said. Pitcher Justin Verlander tweeted a photo of himself standing behind the president’s lectern in the White House East Room. The Astros used Monday’s day off from spring training in Florida to fly to Washington for the ceremony. They headed for the airport afterward.q

AP source: Dolphins discuss cutting 5-time Pro Bowler Suh Continued from Page 17

“Stay tuned,” Suh said in a video posted on Twitter. “There will be some exciting news going on.” The 305-pound Suh clogs the middle and usually draws double teams, but he’s not a playmaker and has had only 15½ sacks in three years with Miami. He has a reputation for needless penalties and dirty play, while his aloof personality raised questions about his leadership. His anticipated departure would be the latest move in an attempt to change the locker room culture under Adam Gase, who heads into his third season as coach. Running back Jay Ajayi

In this Dec. 3, 2017, file photo, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) and Miami Dolphins strong safety T.J. McDonald (22), tackle Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22), during the first half of an NFL football game, in Miami Gardens, Fla.  Associated Press

was traded last season, and receiver Jarvis Landry was traded last week. Gase clashed at times with both. And then there’s Timmons. He joined the Dolphins a year ago, went AWOL on the eve of the opener, was briefly suspended and returned to have a poor season. Suh, 31, has never won a playoff game, and with him last year, Miami finished 14th in run defense and 26th in sacks last year. He had 4 1/2 sacks and 48 tackles for the Dolphins, who went 6-10. Suh was the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010 by the Detroit Lions. He has been a model of durability, missing only two games in his eight-year career.q


Tuesday 13 March 2018

NBA Capsules Julius Randle’s 36 lead Lakers past LeBron’s Cavs, 127-113 By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julius Randle had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers auditioned for LeBron James’ favor in free agency with a 127-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. Isaiah Thomas had 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds against his former teammates as the Lakers roared away from James and the defending Eastern Conference champions in the second half. With its sixth win in eight games overall, Los Angeles (30-36) emphatically snapped a seven-game losing streak against Cleveland. James had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavs, who have lost four of six after getting swept at Staples Center by the Clippers and Lakers. Starting center Larry Nance Jr. had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Jordan Clarkson added four points in their first game against the Lakers since they were traded for Thomas and Channing Frye on Feb. 8. Brook Lopez scored 22 points for the Lakers, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 20. RAPTORS 132, KNICKS 106 NEW YORK (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 and the Toronto Raptors kept right on rolling after a big win two nights earlier, beating the New York Knicks for their season-high eighth straight victory. The Raptors had no letdown after edging NBAleading Houston on Friday in a matchup of the No. 1 teams in each conference, leading much of the game even with All-Star DeMar DeRozan shooting just 4 for 16 for nine points. But seven Raptors finished in double figures in Toronto’s 15th win in 16 games. The Raptors fell one point shy of their highest total of the season, set in a victory

over Cleveland on Jan. 11. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 and Luke Kornet had 18 as the Knicks dropped their seventh straight game and 15th in the last 16. PACERS 99, CELTICS 97 BOSTON (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, then committed a dead-ball offensive foul with 1.5 seconds left that gave Boston a shot to win the game at the buzzer, but the Indiana Pacers held on to beat the depleted Celtics. Myles Turner scored 19 points, including the game-winning basket with 21 seconds to play, and added 10 rebounds for Indiana, who survived the crazy ending to win for the fifth time in six games. Boston led by 10 at halftime before point guard Kyrie Irving left the game with a sore left knee, joining absent big man Al Horford, who was home sick, and Jaylen Brown, who is in the concussion protocol. After Boston rallied to tie 95-all with 37 seconds left, Turner gave the Pacers the lead again and, after Terry Rozier’s miss, Indiana hit a pair of foul shots to take a four-point lead. With fans heading for the exits, Tatum hit a seemingly meaningless layup to cut the deficit to two points with only 1.5 seconds left. But before the ball could be inbounded, Oladipo was whistled when his elbow caught Marcus Morris in the face. A review confirmed the call. Boston inbounded the ball to Rozier, who took a long 2-pointer that bounced off the near side of the rim. TIMBERWOLVES 109, WARRIORS 103 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — KarlAnthony Towns helped Minnesota stop a seasonlongest three-game losing streak with 31 points and 16 rebounds, and the Timberwolves powered their way past Golden State down the stretch to hand the Warriors their second

straight defeat without Stephen Curry. Kevin Durant had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who left Curry at home from this road trip to rest an injured right ankle and lost 125-108 to Portland on Friday. Andrew Wiggins added 23 points for the Timberwolves, who lost twice on the road to the defending champion Warriors earlier this season by a combined 37 points. Curry had a collective plus-36 rating over those two games. Klay Thompson had 21 points for the Warriors, but he went 3 for 12 from 3-point range. ROCKETS 105, MAVERICKS 82 DALLAS (AP) — Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Chris Paul had 24 points and 12 assists as the Houston Rockets, playing without James Harden, beat the Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets rested Harden because of a sore left knee, but had plenty of 3-point shooting even without their MVP candidate. Houston, which had its 17game win streak snapped Friday in Toronto, broke the game open in the third quarter by hitting their first six 3s of the period amid a 22-10 run. The Rockets finished 17-for-45 from deep. The Rockets moved 1 ½ games ahead of Golden State for the best record in the NBA after the Warriors lost to Minnesota earlier Sunday. Dwight Powell led the Mavericks with 20 points, one short of his career high, on 9-of-11 shooting. NUGGETS 130, KINGS 104 DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season, Gary Harris added 21 points and the Denver Nuggets cruised past the Sacramento Kings. Denver led by as many as 36 points while staying in the thick of the playoff

Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, goes up for a dunk against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green, center, and forward Larry Nance Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. Associated Press

chase. The Nuggets now enter a difficult stretch in their schedule — eight of their next nine games are on the road. Buddy Hield scored 18 points, while former Nuggets player Kosta Koufos chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who play Monday night in Oklahoma City. BULLS 129, HAWKS 122 ATLANTA (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 21 points, including four free throws in the final 17 seconds to stop Atlanta’s comeback, and the Chicago Bulls beat the injury-depleted Hawks. Bobby Portis also had 21 points for Chicago. The Hawks, already playing without injured point guard Dennis Schroder, lost Kent Bazemore to a right knee sprain and Jaylen Morris to a left ankle injury in the second quarter. Taurean Prince led Atlanta with a career-high 38 points. Mike Muscala also set a career high with 19 points. JAZZ 116, PELICANS 99 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ricky Rubio had 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven as-

sists, and Utah overcame Anthony Davis’ first career triple-double for a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans that extended the Jazz’s winning streak to six. Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points, including 15 during the last 3:08 of the third quarter to put Utah in front for good in what could be an important victory in a tightly packed race for one of the Western Conference’s final five playoff spots. Rudy Gobert added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Joe Ingles scored 20 for Utah, which has won 11 straight on the road. Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and a careerhigh 10 blocks in his return from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for one game. Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans, but missed 12 of 19 shots, turned the ball over four times and struggled defensively. 76ERS 120, NETS 97 NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 21 points, Robert Covington added 19, and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Brooklyn Nets.q


Tuesday 13 March 2018

Oleksiak leads Penguins to 3-1 win over Stars By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jamie Oleksiak scored a goal against his former team to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday night. Oleksiak scored his fifth of the season, while Evgeni Malkin got his 39th and added an assist. Patric Hornqvist scored a powerplay goal, his 20th, to help the Penguins win for the fourth in five games. Malkin, now with 919 points, moved past Pavel Datsyuk for fifth on the NHL’s alltime points list among Russian-born players. He also equaled a season-high sixgame points streak. Pittsburgh, which rebounded from a 5-2 loss at Toronto one night earlier, jumped past Washington for first place in a tight Metropolitan Division. The Penguins, who lost six of their previous seven against Dallas, have won 14 of their last 15 overall at home. Casey DeSmith made 17 saves for the Penguins with starter Matt Murray out for his seventh game with a concussion. Alexander Radulov scored a power-play goal, his 25th of the season, for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen, making his third straight start, stopped 27 shots. BLACKHAWKS 3, BRUINS 1 CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 3:16 left in the third period and had an assist to lead Chicago. Kane scored on a screened

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jamie Oleksiak (6) collides with Dallas Stars’ Radek Faksa (12) in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 11, 2018. The Penguins won 3-1. Associated Press

shot from just inside the left point to put Chicago ahead 2-1 with Boston’s Zdeno Chara off for highsticking Brandon Saad, getting a double-minor for drawing blood. Brent Seabrook added a goal from the right circle on a screened shot with 1:05 remaining as the Blackhawks ended Boston’s six-game winning streak and their own two-game slide. Chicago’s Artem Anisimov scored his 20th goal, reaching that mark for the third straight season since

the Blackhawks acquired him from Columbus. Anton Forsberg made 31 saves, and Jonathan Toews had three assists. Chara scored his seventh goal, tying the game 1-1 midway through the third period. Boston backup Anton Khudobin stopped 36 shots. The Bruins played without leading scorer Brad Marchand, who sat out with an upper-body injury. ISLANDERS 5, FLAMES 2 CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Rookie goalie Christopher

Gibson made 50 saves as the New York Islanders snapped an eight-game losing streak. Anders Lee scored twice, while Johnny Boychuk had a goal and two assists for New York, which was 0-4-4 since winning at Carolina on Feb. 16. Nick Leddy and Jordan Eberle also scored for the Islanders, and Casey Cizikas and John Tavares had two assists each. Gibson improved his record this season to 1-0-2 and got his second NHL win. He was 1-1-1 for the Islanders in the

2015-16 season. Gibson became the third Islanders goalie this season to have at least 50 saves. Jaroslav Halak made 50 in a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers on Feb. 15 and Thomas Greiss had 52 in a 5-4 overtime win at Montreal on Jan. 15. Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist for the Flames, who kicked off a three-game homestand after going 2-0-1 on the road last week. Mark Giordano also scored, while goalie Mike Smith made 22 saves in his return after missing 13 games with a lower-body injury. COYOTES 1, CANUCKS 0 GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on a power play, Darcy Kuemper got a shutout in just his fifth start for Arizona and the Coyotes beat Vancouver for the second time four days. Kuemper, in his fourth straight start for the injured Antti Ranta since being acquired Feb. 21 from Los Angeles, stopped 26 shots in his 11th career shutout. His previous shutout was Feb. 3 for the Kings against the Coyotes. Kuemper had 24 saves in the Coyotes’ 2-1 win at Vancouver on Wednesday in his Arizona debut. Arizona pulled within one game of Buffalo, and two of Ottawa, to escape the bottom of the NHL standings. The Coyotes are four points behind Vancouver in last place in the Pacific Divi.q

Neil Walker, Yankees agree to $4M, 1-year deal TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Joining the New York Yankees caused Neil Walker to smile, despite a hefty drop in salary.The free agent infielder agreed Monday to a $4 million, one-year contract, a 77 percent pay cut in a deal that allows New York prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar more time to mature in the minor leagues. Walker earned $17.2 million

last season, when he accepted a qualifying offer from the New York Mets. “It’s certainly a crazy offseason but more than anything my hope was that I’d land somewhere that’s going to be competitive and have a chance to win,” Walker said. “I’m happy to be here, happy to be on a contending team.” Walker likely will start at second base and Bran-

don Drury, acquired from Arizona last month, will play third. Walker can make $500,000 in performance bonuses: $125,000 each for 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate appearances. “It’s just another choice for manager,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “If he takes something from somebody over time, so be it. But again he’s getting a little bit of a late start

given the fact that we’re probably about two weeks away from leaving Florida.” The 32-year-old hit .265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs last year for the Mets and Milwaukee, who acquired him Aug. 12.Among the victims of a historically slow free agent market, Walker had been working out at the camp for free agents in Bradenton, organized by the players’ association.

“I didn’t have an offer from anybody until three days ago,” Walker said. “I’m excited to be a part of this.” Walker will wear No. 14 with the Yankees. His deal raised New York’s projected luxury tax payroll to approximately $181 million, about $16 million below the luxury tax threshold.“It’s something we couldn’t ignore when the opportunity still existed,” Cashman said.q


Tuesday 13 March 2018

USGA, R&A announce new set of modern rules for golf By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Golf now has a modern set of rules for the Royal & Ancient game, an extensive overhaul that took six years and is aimed at making the rules easier to understand. The R&A and USGA announced the final version of modernized rules on Monday. They take effect in 2019. "This was out of recognition that in trying to make the rules more fair, they became too complicated," said Thomas Pagel, the USGA's senior director of rules and amateur status. "With 30-plus years of tinkering, they got complicated, and that wasn't good for the game." Among the changes will be how to take penalty drops — from knee-high length starting next year, instead of from shoulder height. There no longer will be penalties if a golf ball accidentally moves on the green, if a club touches the ground in a hazard or if the ball hits a flagstick that is not being tended on the green. Also, caddies can no longer line up their players while they are setting up over a shot. This is the most comprehensive change to the rules since the first set was published in 1744, only in this case, the book got smaller. There now are 24 rules instead of 34, and "The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf" replaces about 1,300 examples in the Decisions book. "With revised rules being easier to understand, we

In this June 19, 2016, file photo, Dustin Johnson, right, talks to a rules official on the fifth green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. Associated Press

think committees will be able to reach the right conclusion without having 1,300 fact sets," Pagel said. The modernization project began with a meeting at St. Andrews in April 2012 among the R&A, USGA, PGA Tour and European Tour. They introduced a proposed draft a year ago and during six months of public feedback received some 30,000 comments from 102 countries through surveys, social media and phone calls. The original proposal was for players to drop the ball 2 inches from the ground. Pagel said there were concerns that it was too close to the ground. The idea was to get the ball back in play, and knee-high length was determined to keep the ball from bouncing away from the right area and keep some randomness to how it lies.

One rule is only for recreational golf. Starting next year, a local rule will let golfers simply drop a ball that goes out-of-bounds in the vicinity of where it went out — even if that means the fairway — with an additional two-shot penalty. That was done for pace of play and will not be applied in professional golf and other elite competitions. Other changes include: — Eliminating penalties for accidentally moving a ball in the green or while searching for a lost ball. — Players will have only three minutes to search for a lost ball instead of five minutes. — Players now can repair spike marks or shoe prints on the putting green. Some players expressed concern that this might slow the pace if players spent too much time grooming

the putting surface. Pagel said pace-of-play policies would keep that from happening, and it was a rule change that was needed for competition. No one

wants to see a tournament decided by a spike mark in the line of a putt. "It's the skill we're testing," he said. "We're not testing whether you can navigate around a shoe print. Really it allows for great equity across the field." — Eliminating the penalty for removing loose impediments in a bunker and the general touching of sand with the hand or club (without grounding the club next to the ball). Also, players can declare a ball to be unplayable in a bunker, take a two-shot penalty and play from outside the bunker. The modern rules are available at rules or at . The tours are likely to provide training packages or seminars to get players up to speed before the new rules go into effect next year.q

Tinnerholm, Villa help NYCFC beat Galaxy 2-1 NEW YORK (AP) — Anton Tinnerholm had his first MLS goal and David Villa scored another to help New York City FC beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 on Sunday. Tinnerholm blasted a left-footed volley to give NYCFC (2-0-0) the lead in the 22nd minute. Villa’s cross, off a feed from Jesus Medina, deflected high off Michael Ciani and Tinnerholm, a 27-year-old defender from Sweden,

rifled it off the crossbar. Sean Johnson made a diving save of a sliding halfvolley by Ola Kamara in the 27th and Villa made it 2-0 in the 33rd. Medina, on a counter-attack breakaway, touched it around a defender and then fed a left-footed cross to Ben Sweatt, whose shot from near the spot was stopped by a charging David Bingham. Villa tapped the rebound into the open net.q


Tuesday 13 March 2018


Business as usual? Not really in this year’s NCAA Tournament By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer The coaches, players and TV announcers waited breathlessly for the reveal, then broke down the snubs, seedings and matchups with the same glee as kids unwrapping gifts under the Christmas tree. In all, the unveiling of the NCAA Tournament bracket felt pretty much like business as usual. That’s really not the case this season. March Madness will provide a three-week break from the troubling headlines that have consumed college basketball. All four of the tournament’s No. 1 seeds — Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier — have been caught up in allegations of rule-breaking that have come up through an FBI investigation and resulting news coverage detailing potential NCAA violations. They aren’t alone. No fewer than a dozen of the 68 programs who kick off the tournament this week have had their names mentioned in these reports. There’s an undeniable chance the team cutting down the nets in San Antonio on April 2 could be forced to forfeit its title a few years down the road, after the NCAA sorts through the damage. But in considering who was in and out, the selection committee only looked at who was eligible, not who was being investigated. It made for a bracket that looks fairly typical — defending champion North Carolina and runner-up Gonzaga are in, and a few blast-from-the-past underdogs such as Davidson and Butler are playing that

Kentucky players celebrate after beating Tennessee 77-72 in an NCAA college basketball championship game at the Southeastern Conference tournament Sunday, March 11, 2018, in St. Louis. Associated Press

role again this year — even if the underpinnings of college basketball may be out of whack. “March Madness and the Final Four, it’s supposed to be one of the best times to be a sports fan,” Michael L. Buckner, a Florida-based attorney who has worked on infractions cases, said last week. “Now it’s going to have this cloud hanging over it, so that’s why I say it’s a little surreal.” For now, though, the games go on. Those filling out brackets in office pools that will amass more than $10 billion in action, most of the $10 and $20 entry-fee variety, were handed their palette Sunday during a bracket-unveiling show on TBS. Some highlights: —The Midwest Region stands out as the toughest,

headlined by Kansas, Duke and Michigan State, all of which were ranked in the top 4 in the AP preseason poll. Michigan State will go into Friday’s game against Bucknell not having played a game in two weeks because of the Big Ten’s early conference tournament. “It’s a concern. But with what this team has gone through this year, who cares?” coach Tom Izzo said. It was a nod to the sex-abuse scandal that has rocked Michigan State’s athletic program, along with an NCAA eligibility issue involving Miles Bridges. —Teams that didn’t make it included St. Mary’s (weak schedule), Notre Dame (not enough quality wins), Oklahoma State (Dick Vitale went on a rant ) and Louisville (its 39 rating in the RPI is the best to miss

the tournament). It was yet another blow to a Cardinals program that has lost its coach (Rick Pitino), athletic director (Tom Jurich) and even its latest national title (2013) due to a string of scandals that have played out over the past several years. —Teams that squeaked in included Oklahoma, which means the nation’s most electric player, Trae Young, will be on the court for at least one game, on Thursday against Rhode Island. The Sooners (18-13) went 2-8 down the stretch, but NCAA selection chair Bruce Rasmussen said games in November and December weighed just as heavily as those in February and March. Arizona State also made it off the bubble. And Syracuse, snubbed last year, was the

last team in, Rasmussen said. —Some of the first week’s best action could be in Boise, Idaho, which features a possible second-round South matchup between No. 5 Kentucky and No. 4 Arizona, each of which won their conference tournaments. “I had to ask my guys, ‘How many of you know what state Boise is in?’” coach John Calipari said, as part of an entertaining riff during an ESPN interview about the long trip his team faces. It’s that sort of back and forth about brackets, matchups and slights — both real and perceived — that have turned March Madness into the party it has become over the last few decades. In a way, nothing changed Sunday. Only this time, when the party ends, it will do so with a thud. An NCAA commission led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to deliver recommendations shortly after the Final Four about what reforms are needed to save college basketball. At stake: A three-week extravaganza worth nearly $20 billion in TV money alone. In other words, the lifeblood of the NCAA. John Tauer, the championship-winning coach at Division III St. Thomas in Minnesota, said there’s too much on the line for the NCAA to stand pat. “There are enough competing pressures and enough legs to this story, that I’d be shocked if, over the next couple years, things don’t change somewhat markedly,” Tauer said.q

Federer moves on, Stephens loses again at Indian Wells By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Roger Federer rolled past No. 25 seed Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-1 in pursuit of a record sixth BNP Paribas Open title, while Sloane

Stephens remained mired in her post-U.S. Open slump. Federer improved to 65-5 since returning from a left knee injury last year with his third-round victory in a rare day match Monday.

The Swiss star’s young son, Lenny, watched from a box wearing a Superman cap. Stephens lost to Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-4, 6-3, and fell to 2-4 in matches this year. Kasatkina has beaten all

four of the current Grand Slam champions in the last year: French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko, Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki, Wimbledon winner Garbine Muguruza and now Stephens.q


Tuesday 13 March 2018

Industry: $10B will be bet on March Madness, most illegally By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — America's gambling industry predicts $10 billion will be bet on the March Madness college basketball tournament — nearly all of it illegally or off-the-books. That's one of the reasons the American Gaming Association favors the full legalization and regulation of sports betting in the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court is weeks away from ruling on New Jersey's challenge to a law limiting legal sports betting to just four states: Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon, and a ruling that legalizes sports betting nationwide could provide new revenue opportunities for cash-strapped state governments, as well as casino companies. The group found 54 million people — or about a quarter of the U.S. adult population — participated in a sports betting pool last year, spending $18 billion on entry fees. That includes 24 million who filled out

basketball brackets pools and spent $2.6 billion on entry fees. It also conducted a survey that found that roughly two-thirds of U.S. states make it illegal to participate in sports betting pools if money is involved. Enforcing those laws, however, has not been a priority for law enforcement. "Our current sports betting laws are so out of touch with reality that we're turning tens of millions of Americans into criminals for the simple act of enjoying college basketball," said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. "The failed federal ban on sports betting has created an illegal, unregulated sports betting market that offers zero consumer protections and generates zero revenue for state and tribal governments." Freeman said only 3 percent of the $10 billion the group predicts will be wagered on the games will be done through legal Nevada sports books, or about

In this March 11, 2018, file photo, Houston guard Rob Gray, front left, grabs a rebound in front of Cincinnati forward Gary Clark (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball championship game at the American Athletic Conference tournament, in Orlando, Fla. Associated Press

$300 million. The group also counted 48 pieces of sports betting legislation active in 18 state legislatures across the country as lawmakers anticipate a favorable Supreme Court ruling and prepare for the advent of legal sports betting. Freeman predicted "a

flood of new products" if sports betting is legalized, including increased opportunities for bets on events within a game and not just on its final score or statistics. "There's a lot of money that's going to go to innovation that's currently sitting on the sidelines," he said.

The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey says "sports betting is a cause for concern." While neutral on gambling, the group has been contacting New Jersey lawmakers to discuss needs that will arise if sports betting is legalized.q

Kwiatkowski leads Tirreno-Adriatico with 1 stage left FANO, Italy (AP) — Marcel Kittel won his second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race and Michal Kwiatkowski remained in the overall lead on Monday ahead of the closing time trial. Kittel edged Peter Sagan, who had been held up by a crash with about seven kilometers left of the 153-kilometer (95-mile) sixth stage from Numana to Fano. Maximiliano Richeze was third. One of the favorites, Fernando Gaviria, touched the wheel of another cyclist and went down, taking others with him. Sagan was just behind Gaviria and somehow managed to stay upright, but the world champion was forced to use a lot of energy to get back up to the front of the peloton. Kittel's other stage win was for the sprinters on Thursday. "When there was the crash

Kwiatkowski remained three seconds ahead of Damiano Caruso, with Mikel Landa 20 seconds further back. "I didn't want to lose Tirreno-Adriatico by a few seconds without trying to get the time bonus in the intermediate sprint," Kwiatkowski said. "I didn't make it but, at the end of the day, we have to be very happy with the stage and keep focus on tomorrow's time trial for a perfect end." The final stage is a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.q

Germany's Marcel Kittel celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 6th stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race, from Numana to Fano, Italy, Monday, March 12, 2018.

with Fernando Gaviria, I was just on the left side of the Quick-Step riders. Seconds later I heard it was Gaviria. I feel sorry for him,

but we remained focused on our goal," Kittel said. "I'm very proud of the team. We controlled the race. "We always said that we'd

decide after Tirreno-Adriatico if I'd go to Milan-Sanremo but things are now looking good after two stage wins."


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Shhh! How to stream March Madness when the boss isn’t around By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — March Madness begins Tuesday. And that may mean strategizing to sneak in some games when the boss isn’t looking. Fortunately for you — though not your boss — all 67 games in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be available online. Many of the games, including the Final Four, will require a password through your cable or satellite TV subscription. Among the changes this year: a special stream to get the hot moments live when multiple games are played simultaneously during the first round. There are also new ways to subscribe to online TV packages, which stream many of the channels you’d get from a cable subscription. Here’s a viewer’s guide: HAPPY STREAMING The best places to watch: marchmadness or the NCAA March Madness Live app. All the games will be there, regardless of where they are televised. CBS is televising 21 games, including two of the quarterfinals. These games won’t require a cable or satellite password. To view on a streaming device such as Apple TV, Roku or Fire TV, you need a $6-a-month subscription to CBS All Access,

This undated product image provided by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. shows March Madness Live on a laptop. The men’s college basketball tournament begins Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Associated Press

or a subscription to one of those cable-like online packages. You’ll need a password for the remaining games, which are split among the Turner-owned cable channels — TBS, TNT and truTV. That includes the semifinals and championship game, known collectively as the Final Four. There’s a threehour grace period on most devices. Games also will be available on individual apps for TBS, TNT and truTV — again with a password. On desktops and laptops, the March Madness web-

site will have a “boss button.” One click replaces the game with a fake screenshot of a search engine, spreadsheet or PowerPoint-like app — your choice, but set it up ahead of time. NO PASSWORD? Consider subscribing to an online television package. There are some new ones since last year’s tournament, including Google’s YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV, joining AT&T’s DirecTV Now and Sony’s PlayStation Vue from before. The services cost $35 or $40 a

month. Dish’s Sling TV costs $25, but doesn’t come with CBS. A sports-focused service, fuboTV, has CBS but not the Turner networks, so strike that. Even services that include CBS might not offer the local CBS station where you live. Check before you subscribe by entering your ZIP code. To get CBS, you can also subscribe to All Access or use an antenna. KEEPING UP With Vue on a PlayStation 4 device, you can watch three channels on the same screen at once. This means you can keep up with games being televised simultaneously on different channels, or have a talk show taking up one of the three streams. Vue offers just one game at a time on other devices. The March Madness app on Apple TV also offers three games simultaneously, up from two last year. Otherwise, you can have multiple browser tabs open or watch simultaneously on a phone and a personal computer. A new feature called Fast Break will switch from game to game automatically during the first round, depending on the action. It’s similar to the NFL Red-

Zone or the Olympics’ Gold Zone. It’s available through the March Madness app on various devices and browsers. With Hulu, you can choose your favorite teams, and its live-TV service will send phone alerts and automatically record games involving those teams. Those with the basic Hulu service, without the live channels, will get condensed versions of games after they end. HEARING IT Westwood One’s radio coverage of all games will be available with no password needed. You can also get this on Amazon’s Echo devices by asking the Alexa digital assistant for the score. VIRTUAL REALITY Intel will be producing some games in virtual reality. This time, it’ll work with Google Daydream headsets as well, not just Samsung’s Gear VR. Details on prices and the specific games haven’t been announced yet. Keep in mind that VR is no replacement for television; TV can get you much closer to the action with camera zooms than VR, which typically anchors you in a fixed location.q


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Tech gains slide, leaving indexes mixed did producer prices, which measure the cost of goods before they reach the consumer. The Federal Reserve is gradually raising interest rates to keep inflation in check, and it expects to boost rates at least three times this year.q Trader Ronald Madarasz works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

By MARLEY JAY AP Markets Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were split Monday as technology companies continued to climb, but Boeing and other industrial companies gave back some of the ground they won on Friday. Companies like Apple and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, and chipmakers including Micron Technology have led the market’s recovery in recent weeks. Retailers including Amazon and Starbucks also made headway. The market was coming off its biggest gain in a month following the February jobs report, which showed strong hiring and moderate growth in wages. Inflation has been the market’s dominant concern over the last six weeks, and two more measuring sticks of inflation will be reported this week as the Labor Department discloses data on consumer prices Tuesday morning and producer prices on Wednesday. Prices paid by consumers jumped in January and so

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Geometric clusters of cyclones churn over Jupiter’s poles By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jupiter’s poles are blanketed by geometric clusters of cyclones and its atmosphere is deeper than scientists suspected. These are just some of the discoveries reported by four international research teams Wednesday, based on observations by NASA’s Juno spacecraft circling Jupiter. One group uncovered a constellation of nine cyclones over Jupiter’s north pole and six over the south pole. The wind speeds exceed Category 5 hurricane strength in places, reaching 220 mph (350 kph). The massive storms haven’t changed position much — or merged — since observations began. Team leader Alberto Adriani of Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics in Rome was surprised to find such complex structures. Scientists thought they’d find something similar to the six-sided cloud system spinning over Saturn’s north pole.

This composite image provided by NASA, derived from data collected by the Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft, shows the central cyclone at the planet’s north pole and the eight cyclones that encircle it. Associated Press

“We were wrong about it,” he said via email. Instead, they found an octagon-shaped grouping over the north pole, with eight cyclones surrounding one in the middle, and a pentagonshaped batch over the south

pole. Each cyclone measures several thousand miles (kilometers) across. The fifth planet from our sun, gas giant Jupiter is by far the largest planet in our solar system. Launched in 2011, Juno has been orbiting Jupi-

ter since 2016 and peering beneath the thick ammonia clouds. It’s only the second spacecraft to circle the planet; Galileo did it from 1995 to 2003. Another of the studies in this week’s journal Nature finds that Jupiter’s crisscrossing east-west jet streams actually penetrate thousands of miles (kilometers) beneath the visible cloud tops. Refined measurements of Jupiter’s uneven gravity field enabled the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Yohai Kaspi in Rehovot, Israel, and his colleagues to calculate the depth of the jet streams at about 3,000 kilometers, or 1,865 miles. “The result is a surprise because this indicates that the atmosphere of Jupiter is massive and extends much deeper than we previously expected,” Kaspi said in an email. By better understanding these strong jet streams and the gravity field, Kaspi said scientists can better decipher the core of Jupiter. A similar situation may be occurring at other big gas planets like Sat-

urn, where the atmosphere could be even deeper than Jupiter’s, he said. Jonathan Fortney of the University of California, Santa Cruz, who was not involved in the research, called the findings “extremely robust” and said they show “high-precision measurements of a planet’s gravitational field can be used to answer questions of deep planetary dynamics.” Using similar techniques, Juno could help scientists determine the depth of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a colossal swirling storm, Fortney said in a companion article in the journal. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers Glenn Orton and Fachreddin Tabataba-Vakili, who both took part in the cyclone study, said all these new discoveries “show Jupiter from a new perspective” unseen before Juno. “We cannot say how many mysteries are left to uncover,” they wrote in an email. “We are already finding way more fascinating results than we ever expected!”q

Bones found in 1940 seem to be Amelia Earhart’s, study says By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Bones found in 1940 on a western Pacific Ocean island were quite likely to be remains from famed aviator Amelia Earhart, a new analysis concludes. The study and other evidence “point toward her rather strongly,” University of Tennessee anthropologist Richard Jantz said Thursday. Earhart disappeared during an attempted flight

around the world in 1937, and the search for an answer to what happened to her and her navigator has captivated the public for decades. Jantz’s analysis is the latest chapter in a back-andforth that has played out about the remains, which were found in 1940 on Nikumaroro Island but are now lost. All that survive are seven measurements, from the skull and bones of the arm and leg. Those measure-

ments led a scientist in 1941 to conclude the bones belong to a man. In 1998, however, Jantz and another scientist reinterpreted them as coming from a woman of European ancestry, and about Earhart’s height. But in 2015, still other researchers concluded the original assessment as a man was correct. Now Jantz weighs in with another analysis of the measurements, published in January in the journal Forensic Anthropology.q

In a June 26, 1928 file photo, American aviatrix Amelia Earhart poses with flowers as she arrives in Southampton, England, after her transatlantic flight on the “Friendship” from Burry Point, Wales. Associated Press


Tuesday 13 March 2018

French couturier Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91 By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French couturier Hubert de Givenchy, a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” has died at the age of 91. The house of Givenchy paid homage to its founder in a statement as “a major personality of the world of French haute couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century.” “He revolutionized international fashion with the timelessly stylish looks he created for Audrey Hepburn, his great friend and muse for over 40 years,” the house of Givenchy said. “His work remains as relevant today as it was then.” Along with Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and mentor Cristobal Balenciaga, Givenchy was part of the elite cadre of Parisbased designers who redefined fashion in the wake of World War II. Givenchy, speaking last year at an exhibition of his creations at the City of Lace and Fashion in Calais, said that “too much artifice” detracts from clothing.“A piece of material has a life. You must never upset it, if you want the material to speak,” he said. A towering man of elegance and impeccable manners, he forged close friendships with his famous clients, from Hollywood screen sirens of the likes of Liz Taylor and Lauren Bacall to women of state, including Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco. Born into an aristocratic family in the provincial city of Beauvais on Feb. 21, 1927, Givenchy struck out for Paris in his late teens, in the wake of World War II. Couturier Jacques Fath hired Givenchy on the strength of his sketches. He spent two years learning the basics of fashion design, from sketching to cutting and fitting haute couture styles. After apprenticing with

In this June 4 2007 file photo, French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy leaves the Saint-Louis en l’Ile church in Paris. Associated Press

other top names, Givenchy founded his own house in 1952. His debut collection ushered in the concept of separates — tops and bottoms that could be mixed and matched, as opposed to head-to-toe looks that were the norm among Paris couture purveyors. Working on a tight budget, Givenchy served up the floor-length skirts and country chic blouses in raw white cotton materials normally reserved for fittings. “Le Grand Hubert,” as he was often called for his 6-foot, 5-inch (1.96 meters) frame, became popular with privileged haute couture customers, and his label soon seduced the likes of Gloria Guinness, Wallis Simpson and Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran. But the client whose name would become almost synonymous with the house was Audrey Hepburn, whom he met in 1953, when he dressed her for the romantic comedy “Sabrina.”Legend has it that Givenchy — told only that Mademoiselle Hepburn would be coming in for a fitting — was expecting the grand Katharine Hepburn. Instead, the diminutive Audrey showed up, dressed in cigarette pants, a T-shirt and sandals. Thus began a decadeslong friendship that saw

Givenchy dress the star in nearly a dozen films, including the 1961 hit “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The sleeveless black evening gown she wore in the movie, complete with rows of pearls, elbow-length gloves and oversized shades, would end up becoming Givenchy’s most famous look. The French president’s office praised Givenchy as a designer whose name became an emblem for French elegance, with one principle: “to respect and celebrate the woman’s body.” His classical approach eventually “led him to no longer see himself in more unstructured styles” taking over the fashion world, the Elysee Palace statement said. “France loses a master, the Master of elegance, of creation, of invention,” the statement said, sharing the condolences of President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, to Givenchy’s

In this July 26, 2006, file photo, model Romilly Collins wears the black Givenchy dress made for actress Audrey Hepburn in the classic 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in central London. Associated Press

companion and friends. Aiming to reach a wider market, Givenchy launched a line of upscale ready-to-wear and accessories in the 1960s. Its commercial success soon enabled him to buy out his backers, making him one of only a handful of Paris couturiers to own their own label outright. In 1988, he sold the house to French luxury conglomerate LVMH, the parent company of a stable of top fashion labels that now includes Dior, Celine, Marc Jacobs, Pucci and Kenzo. Givenchy retired in 1995, and was succeeded by John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Italy’s Riccardo Tisci and its current chief designer, Clare Waight Keller, the first woman in the role. Waight Keller, at the helm of the brand since last year, said on her official Instagram account she is “deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet.”“Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern day dressing, but he also was one of the chicest most charming men I have ever met,” she wrote. Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, said he is “deeply saddened” by Givenchy’s death. “He was among those designers who placed Paris firmly at the heart of world fashion post 1950 while creating a unique personality for his own fashion label,” according to a statement released by LVMH. Givenchy is survived by his companion, French couturier Philippe Venet.q ___


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Levine fired by Met after it finds evidence of sexual abuse By RONALD BLUM Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — James Levine, whose 46-year career at the Metropolitan Opera established him as a towering figure in classical music, was fired by the company on Monday after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. Levine made his Met debut in 1971 and became one of the signature artists in the company’s 135-year history, conducting 2,552 performances and ruling over its repertoire, orchestra and singers as music or artistic director from 1976 until he stepped down two years ago due to Parkinson’s disease. He became music director emeritus and remained head of its young artists program but was suspended on Dec. 3 after accounts in the New York Post and The New York Times of sexual misconduct dating to the 1960s. The Met hired former U.S. Attorney Robert J. Cleary, now a partner at Proskauer Rose, to head its investigation, and the company

In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. Associated Press

said more than 70 people were interviewed. “The investigation uncovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine had engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at

the Met,” the company said in a statement. “The investigation also uncovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct towards vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers, over whom Mr. Levine had authority. In light of these findings, the Met concludes that it would be inappropriate and impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work at the Met.” The Met did not release specifics of the evidence. Tim Fox of Columbia Artists, who represents the 74-year-old conductor, did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Levine has not been charged with any criminal offense. The Lake County state’s attorney’s office in Illinois said in December it investigated a sexual abuse allegation of misconduct dating to the 1980s but concluded “no criminal charges can be brought” and cited multiple factors, including “the relevant age of consent in Illinois at the time of the alleged incidents.” Levine’s downfall follows that of 81-year-old Charles Dutoit. After The Associated Press reported sexual assault allegations against him, the Swiss conductor resigned as artistic director and principal conduc-

tor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and engagements were canceled at numerous orchestras. Dutoit has denied the allegations.The Met said in its statement “the investigation also found that any claims or rumors that members of the Met’s management or its board of directors engaged in a cover-up of information relating to these issues are completely unsubstantiated.” Following the death of Leonard Bernstein in 1990, Levine was regarded as the top American conductor and was given a starring role in the film “Fantasia 2000.” Many of his performances were televised by PBS, and singers rearranged their schedules to appear in his performances or even to audition for him.He was revered by the Met’s orchestra, board and patrons during a reign as chief conductor (197376), music director (197686 and 2004-16) and artistic director (1986-2004). In addition, he was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Ravinia Festival from 1973-93 and the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 2004-11, and chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic from 1999-2004.Instantly recognizable by his bushy frock of hair and towel draped over a shoulder during rehearsals, he regularly conducted at the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Bayreuth Festival and Salzburg Festival.q

Preservation Hall gets back its signature sousaphone By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A distinctive wraparound tuba that was stolen last month from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans is back. Creative director and musician Ben Jaffe said he recovered the 12-year-old Italian sousaphone Monday, thanks to a tipster who wished to remain anonymous. He didn’t elaborate

on exactly how he got it back. “We were notified late last week that it’d been spotted,” he said by phone. “It took a few days for us to make all the right connections. ”Tape used to spell out “Preservation Hall, New Orleans” in black-and-white letters is gone from the bell, Jaffe noted. However, he said, the tape had protected the finish under it from

12 years’ wear and tear, so he could still make out the words. Even without the lettering, he said, the sousaphone would be easy to identify because it is an Italianmade instrument, and a rarity in the U.S. “I’ve never met another person in the U.S. who uses this make ,” he added. The sousaphone is lighter than most, making it easier to march with.q

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Review: Author nails newsroom culture in ‘The Echo Killing’ By OLINE H. COGDILL Associated Press Young adult author Christi Daugherty’s debut as a writer of adult mysteries launches a series about a Savannah, Georgia, crime reporter haunted by her mother’s unsolved murder that shows great promise. When she was 12, Harper McClain discovered her mother’s body when she came home from school. That was 15 years ago, and not a day goes by that she doesn’t think about her mother and that day. She could “walk through every second of the day her mother died any time she wished.” Those memories become even stronger when Harper covers the murder of single mother Marie Whitney and spots too many similarities to her mother’s demise. Harper especially feels a connection to the woman’s 12-year-old daughter Camille, who, like her, discovered her mother dead on the kitchen floor.As Harper covers Marie’s murder, she also uses her reporter skills to look into her mother’s unsolved death, which few of her friends or co-workers know about.A former crime reporter, Daugherty delivers an insider’s view of journalism, from the adrenaline rush of covering a

This cover image released by St. Martin’s Press shows “The Echo Killing,” by Christi Daugherty. Associated Press

major story to the drudgery of delving into the background behind a story. She also nails the newsroom culture, from the humorous banter to the serious work, and shows how layoffs and cutbacks have affected the way journalists cover their community. “The Echo Killing” shows that Harper has the potential to head a series. Harper knows she can trace her career and her interest in crime to the day her mother died. And that sometimes makes her reckless, taking needless chances that put her life at risk. That brashness also causes her to damage friendships and alliances, and may ruin her career. q

Review: Snoop Dogg takes us to church on gospel double CD By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer Snoop Dogg, one of rap’s OGs, has a gospel double album out. Yes, that’s right: The D-O-Double-G is doing G-O-D. A humble, peace-loving, family-centered Snoop emerges on the 32-track double album “Bible of Love.” He quotes from the Book of Isaiah — “No weapon formed against me shall prosper” — and has nice things to say about his devout grandmother. “I’m just a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody,” he raps in one song. On another: “The devil will show up/But we’re going to keep on doing God’s work/Yes, sir/ Rebuke the devil.” Snoop doesn’t perform on every track, preferring to showcase a variety of outstanding performers in the genre, such as The Clark Sisters, John P. Kee and Kim Burrell. Thanks to Mr. Dogg, nongospel folk will now be exposed to powerhouses like Tye Tribbett, whose infectious “You” makes hearts race, and K-Ci, whose voice flutters like a butterfly on “No One Else.” When Snoop does drop in, his nasally, precise, laconic flow works in beauti-

This cover image released by RCA Inspiration shows “Bible of Love,” a release by Snoop Dogg. Associated Press

ful counterpoint to gospel stars such as Rance Allen (a terrifically funky “Blessing Me Again”), and B. Slade, who pops up all over the CDs and teams up with Snoop on the stunning, album ending “Words Are Few.” Some big music names have joined rap’s doggfather on the project, including Faith Evans (on the show-stopping “Saved”), Charlie Wilson (the footstomping “One More Day”) and Patti LaBelle, with a spirited “When It’s All Over”). Rising star October London, who sang the steamy

“Kisses Down Below” and was last seen poolside with some bikini beauties knocking back expensive liquor on Snoop’s video for “Go On,” is a tad more conservative here with “In the Name of Jesus.” Soopafly offers a view of what a rapdance-gospel song can sound like on “Praise Him.” “Bible of Love” doesn’t just showcase talented gospel artists. It also shows off an elastic, big-tent version of the musical genre that can include flavors of soul, blues and R&B. Adding rap makes perfect sense. For that we should all praise the Dogg.q

Revamped ‘American Idol’ reachesmore than 10 million By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The revamped “American Idol” had a strong debut on ABC, reaching more than 10 million viewers and shrugging off Fox’s attempt to blunt the premiere’s impact with its special on O.J. Simpson. The Nielsen company said Monday that the 10.34 million who watched the return of “American Idol” represented ABC’s biggest Sunday night audience with regular series programming since 2012. Fox’s presentation of a

This image released by ABC shows, from left, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest and Luke Bryan on the set of “American Idol” in New York. Associated Press

2006 Simpson interview, during which he speculated about how he might

have killed his former wife, was watched by 4.4 million people. That was a distant

echo of the sensational interest the Simpson case drew two decades ago. There was bad blood when Fox ended “American Idol” two years ago, with producers wanting to continue the show. Scheduling the Simpson special at the same time as the “American Idol” debut was widely seen as Fox’s attempt to prevent its former headlining series from getting off to a fast start for ABC. The “Idol” opening numbers were better than all but two of the telecasts during Fox’s final season of the show, including the

Jan. 6, 2016 season opener, which was seen by 11 million people, Nielsen said. The average viewership for Fox’s final season was 9.4 million viewers. “Idol” was a sensation in the 2000s for Fox, creating stars and drawing viewership numbers that television networks can only dream of these days. One of the stars launched by “Idol,” Kelly Clarkson, is now a panelist on NBC’s “The Voice.” That music competition show began its new season last month with an episode viewed by 12.3 million people. q


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Maple syrup season gets early start in parts of New England By LISA RATHKE Associated Press EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The annual maple season got off to another early start with warmups in parts of New England, and producers are hopeful the recent cold and snow will extend it. Some producers in Vermont, the country’s largest producer of maple syrup, have been going strong and producing a fair amount since about mid-February, but historically the season has been later, said Matt Gordon, executive director of the Vermont Maple Sugar Producers Association. “It’s a little disturbing that we’re starting so early. It’s getting to be the norm almost,” said Doug Bragg, of Bragg Family Farm Sugarhouse & Gift Shop in East Montpelier. “But the thing is that when it starts early, you know it’s going to get cold again, so you almost, so far, you get kind of two shots at it. It’s almost like a second little season,” he said while boiling sap in the sugar house last week. It takes warm days and freezing nights for sap to flow in maple trees. But when temperatures get too high, the season abruptly ends with the appearance of buds on maple trees. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture,

“The fear is that it’s so warm that the season will end soon,” said Michael Bryant, of Hilltop Boilers Maple Syrup in Newfield, in southern Maine. He said he would like to see the season go another two weeks, but that probably won’t happen in his region. The Maine governor’s annual ceremonial tree-tapping event is on March 20. “We’ll be done making syrup before then,” he said. In northwestern Pennsylvania, it’s been too cold for sap to run in recent days, but producers are expecting prime temperatures at

In this March 7, 2018, photo, Doug Bragg of Bragg Farm Sugarhouse & Gift Shop in East Montpelier, Vt., tests the density, or sugar content, of maple syrup being boiled from sap. Associated Press

the maple season has started in early January in the past three years in Vermont but historically has started in late February. That’s largely due to technology such as tubing and vacuum sap collection systems that allow producers to take advantage of January and February thaws, said Gary Keough, state statistician with the USDA National Agricultural

In this March 7, 2018, photo, Doug Bragg of Bragg Farm Sugarhouse & Gift Shop in East Montpelier, Vt., loads firewood into an evaporator that fuels the boiling of maple sap into syrup. Associated Press

In this March 7, 2018, photo, old maple syrup cans are displayed at Bragg Family Sugarhouse & Gift Shop in East Montpelier, Vt. Associated Press

Statistics Service in Concord, New Hampshire. More sugar makers are getting their taps in earlier, so they’re ready for those early sap flows, according to the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association. Producers along the coast and in southern New Hampshire had early sap runs during late January and early February, according to Jim Fadden, president of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association. In Maine, however, some syrup makers are just getting started in the northern part of the state. To the south, others are afraid the season is just about over.

the end of the week. “What we really need is the warm days, say 42 degrees, cold nights, below 28; that helps keep the sap running nice,” said Bill Phillips, of Fort LeBoeuf Maple in Waterford, Pennsylvania, and president of the Northwest Pennsylvania Maple Association.q

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March 13, 2018