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17 Killed in Florida School Shooting; Former Student Arrested

Students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

By TERRY SPENCER KELLI KENNEDY The Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. — A former student opened fire at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people, and sending

students running out into the streets and SWAT team members swarming in before authorities took him into custody. Frantic parents rushed to the scene and ambulances converged in front of the

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Live footage showed emergency workers appearing to treat possibly wounded people on the sidewalks. The Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that

there were 17 fatalities in the shooting that began outside the school. Twelve of the victims were killed in the school and two died at the hospital, Israel said. The 19-year-old shooter, Nikolaus Cruz, was a

student at the school at one time -- but was not at the time of the shooting -and had been previously expelled for disciplinary reasons, Israel said. Continued on Page 5


Thursday 15 February 2018


Coalition ramps down air support in Iraq, shifts to training By K. MOHAMMED ALI HASSAN Associated Press BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) — Now that Iraq has claimed victory over the Islamic State group after a bloody 3 1/2-year war, the U.S.-led coalition is decreasing air support in the country — the latest indication of the coalition's shrinking footprint amid a drawdown of U.S. forces announced earlier this month. American and Iraqi air force commanders say the coalition will launch fewer airstrikes in support of Iraqi forces and instead focus more on training Iraqi airmen. Iraq's air force will assume more of the "missions, duties and responsibilities" to maintain the country's hard-fought victories over

IS, according to a statement released by U.S. Air Forces Central Command. However, Iraq is struggling to fund the Air Force's $1 billion budget as the country is faced with the enormous task of rebuilding in the wake of its military victories. At a conference in Kuwait this week, Iraq asked the international community for $88.2 billion dollars to fund post-IS reconstruction, but was only able to raise a portion of that. "Training a fighter pilot takes years," said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Andrew Croft at a meeting with the commander of the Iraqi Air Force, Gen. Anwar Hama Ameen. "So this is not a short term investment, this is something for the longterm."

An Iraqi pilot checks a U.S.- made Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air Base, 45 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq. The U.S.-led coalition is decreasing air support for Iraq following Baghdad's declaration of victory over the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Up until now the U.S. Air Force had largely been supporting Iraq's security forces by launching airstrikes against IS targets and supporting the country's F-16 program. Currently, Iraqi F-16 pilots are trained in the U.S. and the maintenance and security of Iraq's F-16s is largely carried out by American contractors. The announcement from the Air Force follows the announcement of a "shift in focus" from the U.S.-led coalition earlier this month after the Iraqi government said the U.S. had begun to reduce the number of American forces in Iraq. The U.S. is reducing the number of its troops in Iraq, but Iraqi and coalition officials say an agreement on the size of the force that will remain in the country has not yet been reached. The coalition will now focus on "policing, border control and military capacity building," Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga said in a written statement last week. “We will sustain the successful momentum and enhance the capacities of the Iraqi Security Forces in pursuing Daesh, now and in the future,” he added, using an Arabic acronym for IS. Coalition airstrikes proved to be decisive early on in

the fight against IS and fueled Iraqi military victories throughout the more than three-year-long-campaign. Before the U.S. began a campaign of airstrikes against IS in August 2014, the extremists could easily travel across the vast swaths of territory — much of it open desert — under their control in Iraq and neighboring Syria. Just weeks after overrunning Mosul, IS fighters launched a push on the city of Irbil in Iraq’s Kurdish region that was largely repelled by coalition air power. In the months that followed, the extremists’ territorial gains were largely halted and over the next three years Iraqi ground forces with close coalition air support pushed IS out of towns, villages and cities across the country. In December 2017 Iraq’s prime minister declared victory over the group. Croft said a well trained and equipped Iraqi Air Force could have prevented the fall of Mosul. “If Iraq had a couple of airplanes and a couple of controllers, that would never have happened,” he said, referring to IS’ blitz across Iraq in the summer of 2014. However, maintaining a modern air force has been prohibitively expensive for Iraq. q


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Senate moderates have immigration deal on Dreamers, wall By ALAN FRAM KEVIN FREKING WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate moderates reached a bipartisan agreement Wednesday aimed at balancing Democrats' fight to offer citizenship to young "Dreamer" immigrants with President Donald Trump's demands for billions to build his coveted border wall with Mexico, participants in those talks said. While not specifically mentioning the bipartisan pact, Trump urged lawmakers to oppose any plan that doesn't meet his more stringent demands, which include legal immigration curbs. The Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, warned, "We need to take the president seriously" and address his entire proposal. Those comments raised questions about whether the compromise could attract the 60 votes needed to move through the closely divided Senate. But so far, no package has emerged from either side that seems able to do that. The proposal was emerging as senators spent a third day of debate largely as they've spent the first two — with the chamber floor mostly empty. Other than an initial roll call allowing formal debate to begin,

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., right, walk outside the chamber during debate in the Senate on immigration, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Schumer said on the Senate floor that "the one person who seems most intent on not getting a deal is President Trump." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

there have been no other votes while party leaders talk behind the scenes about scheduling votes on specific proposals. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he wants the Senate to finish considering immigration legislation this week. It is unclear if that will happen. Sens. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., and Mike Rounds, RS.D., said the moderates' proposal would grant a 10to 12-year route to citizen-

Report: Trump-sought military parade could cost $10M-$30M By ANDREW TAYLOR WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House budget director said Wednesday that a military parade envisioned by President Donald Trump could cost between $10 million and $30 million, although that money is not included in the administration's new budget request. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that estimates are "very preliminary." He said they're "between 10 and 30 depending on the length" of the parade. "I've various different cost estimates from between

I think $10 million and $30 million depending on the size of the parade, the scope of it, the length of it," Mulvaney said. "We've not accounted for it in this year's budget simply because it's come up at the last minute." Officials such as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have confirmed that Trump has pushed for a large-scale parade to trumpet the U.S. military, but Mulvaney said the administration hasn’t decided to go forward with it. “We’ll continue to work with you folks if we decided to push forward,” Mulvaney told the lawmakers. q

ship for Dreamers, with Graham saying it would cover 1.8 million of them. That's the same number Trump has suggested helping with his own wider-ranging proposal. Dreamers are young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and still

have no permanent protection from deportation. The two senators said the plan would provide $25 billion over a decade for a wall and other border security measures, an amount Trump has requested. It would bar Dreamers from sponsoring their parents for

citizenship, they said — well short of a Trump proposal to prevent all legal immigrants from bringing parents and siblings to the U.S. The moderates’ measure does not alter a lottery that distributes about 55,000 visas annually to people from diverse countries. Trump has proposed ending it and redistributing its visas to other immigrants, including some who are admitted based on job skills, not family ties. “The diversity lottery is kind of toxic politically because of some of the things said by the president,” said Graham, a reference to a vulgar description Trump used for African countries during a discussion of immigration. The White House issued a written statement by Trump urging senators to back his bill and “oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill” his demands. But the statement did not say Trump would veto a bill that fell short of them. A GOP bill tracking Trump’s proposal and backed by McConnell has been introduced. Cornyn said he expected it to be voted on this week, perhaps Thursday.q

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Thursday 15 February 2018


AP sources: Mitt Romney to launch Senate campaign Thursday

In this Jan. 19, 2018 photo, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about the tech sector during an industry conference, in Salt Lake City. Romney plans to announce his Utah Senate campaign Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Three people with direct knowledge of the plan say Romney will formally launch his campaign in a video. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

By MICHELLE L. PRICE STEVE PEOPLES SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will announce Thursday that he's running for the Utah Senate seat held by retiring Orrin Hatch, three people with direct knowledge of the

plan confirmed Wednesday. He'll be a heavy favorite to keep the seat in Republican hands. The 70-year-old Romney, once a harsh critic of President Donald Trump, will release an online video Thursday announcing his

Senate bid. His first public appearance as a Senate candidate will come Friday night at a county Republican dinner in Provo. Those with knowledge of his plans spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

Despite a drama-filled history with Trump, Romney is not expected to address the combative president directly in the announcement video. Those close to him say he plans a hyperlocal focus on Utah issues throughout the Senate campaign. His announcement video will suggest that Washington has much to learn from Utah. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and one of the most famous Mormons, is widely liked and respected in Utah, which is heavily Mormon. He moved to Utah after losing the 2012 presidential election. That was a decade after he helped turn around the scandalplagued 2002 Winter Olympics. In addition to his instant name recognition, Romney has a deep network of fundraisers and his own personal wealth to help carry him. Those close to him suggest he will not seek financial aid from any super PACs or Washington-based campaign committees. If he becomes Utah's next

senator, some supporters hope that the one-time Trump critic could serve as a political and moral counterweight to a president they see as divisive, erratic and undignified. During the 2016 presidential election, Romney gave a scathing speech in which he called Trump “a phony” who was “playing the American public for suckers” and was unfit to be president. He softened his stance after Trump won the presidency and put himself forward as a candidate for secretary of state. But he resumed his criticism last year, calling out the president for blaming “both sides” following a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump, in turn, has criticized Romney for his failed presidential bids in 2008 and 2012, saying he “choked like a dog.” Romney isn’t expected to face any serious challenges for the seat. Even Utah’s conservatives, who see him as too moderate and establishment for their liking, admit they respect him and are unlikely to block him.q

Trump breaks silence, denounces domestic violence By DEB RIECHMANN ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking his silence about abuse, President Donald Trump said Wednesday he's "totally opposed to domestic violence." He commented amid growing pressure to speak out after allegations that a top White House aide had abused two former wives. "Everybody knows" his position, Trump said, but "now you hear it." The president's remarks came more than a week

after the allegations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter first became public. Porter resigned a week ago. He has denied the allegations. Trump had praised Porter, his former staff secretary, on Friday in his first comments about the allegations. And on Saturday, he appeared to cast doubt on the women's allegations when he tweeted: "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation." The White House's handling of the Porter situation has

engulfed senior West Wing officials, calling into question the decision-making and candor of chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn. Trump's comments come as lawmakers on Capitol Hill launched a probe into how Porter was allowed to work at the White House under an interim security clearance despite allegations of spousal abuse. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent letters to the FBI and

White House on Wednesday as his panel opened an investigation into the matter. House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked Wednesday about how the White House has handled the Porter allegations, and whether Trump needs to publicly condemn domestic violence. "Clearly, we all should be condemning domestic violence," Ryan told reporters. "And if a person who commits domestic violence gets in the government, then there's a breakdown in the

system. There's a breakdown in the vetting system and that breakdown needs to be addressed." Ryan’s comments and word of the House probe followed a day after the FBI contradicted the White House over the Porter accusations. The FBI said it gave the Trump administration information on multiple occasions last year about Porter and that the investigation wrapped up in January. The White House approach has drawn criticism even from Trump’s own party. q


Thursday 15 February 2018

At Press Time:

17 killed in Florida high school shooting; former student arrested Continued from Front

The 19-year-old shooter, Nikolaus Cruz, was a student at the school at one time -- but was not at the time of the shooting -and had been previously expelled for disciplinary reasons, Israel said. Investigators have started "dissecting" the websites and social media that Cruz was on and said some of the findings were "very disturbing," Israel said. He said the shooter, who had at least one rifle and multiple magazines, was outside and inside the school at points during the attack. He was taken into custody "without incident" about an hour after he left the school. Israel said police were waiting for the SWAT team to give them the all-clear so that they could go inside. Noah Parness, a 17-yearold junior, said the fire alarm went off for the second time of the day about 2:30 p.m. He said he and the other students calmly went outside to their fire drill areas when he suddenly heard several pops. "Everyone was kind of just standing there calm, and then we saw a bunch of teachers running down the stairway, and then everybody shifted and broke into a sprint," Parness said. "I hopped a fence." Television footage showed police in olive fatigues, with weapons drawn, entering the school, then dozens of children frantically running and walking quickly out. A police officer waved the students on, urging them to quickly evacuate. Some students exited the building in single-file rows with hands raised overhead to show they carried no weapons. Others held onto other students as they made their way out past helmeted

Waiting for word from students anxious family members gather at Coral Springs Drive and the Sawgrass Expressway, just south of the campus ,following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

police in camouflage with weapons drawn. The Broward Schools department said on its website that students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire and the school immediately went on lockdown. Beth Feingold said her daughter, Brittani, sent a text at 2:32 p.m. that said, "We're on code red. I'm fine," but sent another text shortly afterward saying, "Mom, I'm so scared." Brittani later was able to escape the school, but was running along a busy road for part of the time, in what was a very chaotic scene

around the school. Feingold said her daughter struggled with anxiety so she knew that she needed to stay calm. She told her daughter in a phone conversation when she was still inside a school building that a SWAT team was there to protect her. She said she told her: "Your dad is on one side of the building, and I'm on the other." Feingold said there had been a fire drill in the morning. Then in fourth period, someone pulled the fire alarm again and shouted code red. The high school is a sprawling complex

set on a tract in the South Florida community of Parkland, about 45 miles north of downtown Miami. The school had just over 3,100 students in the 2016-17 academic year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Major streets run along two sides and an expressway passes nearby on the other not far from a residential neighborhood of single-family homes. Caesar Figueroa said when he got to the school to check on his 16-year-old daughter, he saw police officers drawing machine guns as they ap-

proached the campus. "My wife called me that there was an active shooter and the school was on lockdown. I got on the road and saw helicopters. … It was crazy and my daughter wasn't answering her phone." She finally texted him that she was inside a closet with friends. Len Murray's 17-year-old son, a junior at the school, sent his parents a chilling text around 2:30pm: "Mom and Dad, there have been shots fired on campus at school. There are police sirens outside. I'm in the auditorium and the doors are locked." A few minutes later, he texted again: "I'm fine." Murray said he raced to the school only to be stopped by authorities under a highway overpass within view of the school buildings. He said he told his son to save his battery and stop texting, while the boy's mother told him to turn off his ringer. No information has been provided yet to parents, he said. "I'm scared for the other parents here. You can see the concern in everybody's faces. Everybody is asking, 'Have you heard from your child yet?"' Murray said. Murray said he’s had just one thought running through his mind since he got his son’s text: “All I keep thinking about is when I dropped him off this morning — I usually say, ‘I love you,’ and I didn’t think morning. q

Man gets 20-40 years in 30-year-old murder cases NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to killing two New Hampshire women 30 years ago and been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison. David Caplin was brought from Canada in 2015 to

face murder charges in the case, and he agreed to return there permanently after serving his sentence. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 48-year-old Char-

lene Ranstrom and 32-yearold Brenda Warner. They were bound, beaten and stabbed to death in their Nashua home in 1988. At the time, Caplin and Anthony Barnaby, both Canadian Micmac Indians, lived

in the same building as the women. Charges against them were dropped due to suppressed evidence and mistrials. They were arrested again in 2011. Barnaby's scheduled for trial in August.q

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Suspect in Chicago police death charged with murder By DON BABWIN CHICAGO (AP) — A man with a long criminal history that includes a conviction for armed robbery has been charged with firstdegree murder in the fatal shooting of a Chicago police commander, a police spokesman said Wednesday. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Shomari Legghette, 44, was also charged with being a felon possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics. Police said Legghette was in downtown Chicago on Tuesday afternoon when tactical officers approached him because he was acting suspiciously. After a brief scuffle, he ran away. Cmdr. Paul Bauer, a 31year veteran of the police force, heard on his radio a description of the suspect, spotted a man matching that description and chased a man police later learned was carrying a semi-automatic weapon with an extended clip and wearing a bulletproof vest under a heavy jacket. Police said the 53-yearold Bauer, who identified himself as a police officer, grabbed Legghette and was holding him until other officers could arrive when he and suspect fought, with both falling down a stairwell before, according to police, Legghette shot him multiple times. A police official, who was not authorized to speak before

Chicago police officers arrive for a news conference at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, regarding Cmdr. Paul Bauer, who was killed earlier in Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune via AP)

the charges were filed, said Bauer was shot in the head more than once. Legghette has been arrested repeatedly and, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections, he has several felony convictions on his record dating back to the 1990s that have landed him in prison. Most of them are drug-related, but his record also includes crimes that show a willingness to use a gun. According to the department of corrections, he was sentenced to prison in 1999 for armed robbery and after he was released, he was arrested again and sentenced to prison for

possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number. Legghette was released from prison in 2008 before returning the next year after being convicted again for possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number. Shortly after he was placed on parole, he returned to prison after it was revoked when he tested positive for drugs. He returned to prison again in 2015 after he was convicted for possession of a controlled substance. Legghette, it turns out, is the kind of person that Bauer publicly worried about. Just a few months before his death, Bauer told a gather-

ing of business professionals he was worried that what he called lenient treatment of hardened criminals by the legal system was putting the public in danger. “Even when we catch somebody, there’s still a long way to go to get them off the street,” Bauer said at the Nov. 14 gathering, according to a report in the Loop North News. “We’re not talking about the guy that stole a loaf of bread from the store to feed his family. We’re talking about career robbers, burglars, drug dealers. These are all crimes against the community. They need to be off the street.”q

Chemist charged dumping cyanide in storm drain WARRINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A chemist stole potassium cyanide from his workplace to use as pest control at home and poured it down a suburban Philadelphia storm drain when he learned there was an investigation, prosecutors said. Richard O'Rourke, 60, has been charged with risking a catastrophe, theft, receiving stolen property and recklessly endangering others. He's accused of taking about a cup of potassium cyanide from the Merck & Co. facility in Montgomery

County in December. Reached at his home on Wednesday morning, O'Rourke said didn't want to comment. A message seeking comment from his lawyer wasn't returned. A co-worker witnessed him pouring potassium cyanide into a beaker and then into a Nalgene water bottle on Dec. 14, then leaving the building, according to a release from District Attorney Kevin Steele. That worker informed authorities, and O'Rourke later dumped the chemical near his War-

rington home about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Philadelphia, after learning there was an investigation. The state Department of Environmental Protection began monitoring the water supply after determining there was a possible threat to drinking water. The department went into "high alert" and increased its monitoring at stormwater systems, retention basins, waterways and tributaries, from Dec. 15 to Dec. 29. It was determined that there was no evidence of

water contamination, or any environmental or human health impacts related to the dumping, department spokesman Neil Shader said. Steele said a heavy rainfall at the time likely helped diffuse the chemical. "It is concerning that someone was able to remove such a poisonous chemical, but thankfully through an immediate and swift response by many people, nobody was hurt," Steele said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 6. q

2 dead in possible murder-suicide at Arkansas factory NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two people died early Wednesday in a suspected murder-suicide outside of a cosmetics factory near Little Rock, police said. The shooting was reported shortly after 3 a.m. in the parking lot of a plant that makes cosmetics for the Maybelline and L'Oreal brands. North Little Rock police said 19-year-old Chasity Denise Cannady and 32-year-old Jim Gilot were found shot to death. Investigators believe that Gilot shot Cannady before shooting himself, police said in a news release. Police said Cannady worked at the plant and Gilot had been an employee there too, though officers are not yet sure whether he was still working there at the time of his death. Police have not said how Cannady and Gilot may have known each other or indicated what may have led to the shooting. Maybelline is among several brands in L'Oreal's consumer products division, along with L'Oreal Paris, Garnier and others. L'Oreal USA offered no details about the shooting in a statement Wednesday. "We are working closely with the authorities as they investigate this tragedy that occurred on our property early this morning," it said. "We do not have further information to share at this point and remain focused on supporting our employees." The factory is near a major Interstate 40 interchange that connects travelers between Memphis, Tennessee, and Dallas. It makes products such as mascara, eye shadow and lip glosses under the Maybelline and L’Oreal brands, as well as high-end cosmetics for other luxury brands. Signs outside the factory note that weapons aren’t allowed. “The carrying of a handgun or other weapon is prohibited on the premises,” a sign along Maybelline Road says. q


Thursday 15 February 2018

American Living:

Students, alumni challenge legacy preference at top colleges

By COLLIN BINKLEY JENNIFER McDERMOTT Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Students and alumni at some of the nation's top universities are urging their schools to reconsider admissions policies that give an edge to relatives of alumni. Campus groups for firstgeneration and low-income students at 12 elite universities issued a joint letter Wednesday asking their schools to review the impact of so-called legacy admissions policies through proposed campus panels that would include students and alumni. The coalition also called on their schools to publicize policies and data on the topic. "This campaign is not about whether or not legacy applicants like our future children deserve their place in their respective universities," the group wrote. "It is about ensuring that all students have equal footing in the admissions process regardless of whether or not their parents attended a certain university." Officials from the 12 schools did not immediately comment on the letter. Although most colleges closely guard the weight they give to legacy status, data released by some Ivy League universities show that relatives of alumni are admitted at far higher rates than the overall applicant pool. The letter is signed by student groups at Harvard, Brown, Yale and all other Ivy League schools except Dartmouth College, which

does not have a campus group for first-generation students, the coalition says. Others in the group come from prestigious private schools including Amherst College and the University of Chicago. While students in the coalition acknowledge the practice could benefit them — and some said they felt conflicted about challenging it — they argue that ending legacy preferences would give more low-income and firstgeneration students a shot at attending prestigious schools. "No matter how hard you work, you can't make yourself a legacy. No amount of SAT studying could make up for that," said Alfredo Dominguez, a 20-year-old first-generation Columbia student and a member of the coalition. "They do actively try to admit students from diverse backgrounds, but this is another step or barrier to getting to a more equitable place." Students aren’t immediately asking schools to ban the practice but say they want to start a conversation. The group opposes legacy policies but recognizes it’s a complicated issue that deserves a thorough review, said Viet Nguyen, a Brown alumnus leading the effort. The coalition is adding pressure to elite admissions offices at a time when they’re already under renewed scrutiny. Harvard, for example, is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department over the role that race plays in admis-

Viet Nguyen poses for a portrait on the Brown University campus in Providence, R.I. Nguyen, now an alumnus, helped lead an effort urging Brown and other elite universities to rethink their legacy admissions policies. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

sions after a group of AsianAmerican students filed a discrimination lawsuit. Past studies have found that most highly selective private universities give an advantage to legacy applicants, but most closely guard the policies and their impact. Among the 12 schools targeted by the coalition, only Princeton University would provide The Associated Press its admission rates for legacy applicants. There, the rate for children of alumni has hovered around 30 percent for the past five years, compared with about 7 percent for all applicants. Cornell University declined to provide acceptance rates but said 16 percent of this year’s freshmen have a

parent or grandparent who attended. The share at the University of Pennsylvania is 14 percent. Schools defend the practice by saying it encourages alumni to donate, which adds money for student scholarships. Many say it’s used only as a tiebreaker in close decisions. But some critics say there’s evidence suggesting otherwise. “It provides a substantial benefit to applicants,” said Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, a New Yorkbased think tank. “At a time when we’re racking our brains about how to attack inequality, here’s a policy that is designed to provide a preference to some of

society’s most advantaged students.” Opponents cite research including a 2010 study at Harvard finding that at 30 elite schools, the probability of admission increased 45 percentage points for students with a parent who attended. Some other studies have found no connection between legacy policies and alumni fundraising. Among the practice’s critics are some who have benefited from it. Former President George W. Bush, for example, called for an end to legacy preference even though it helped him get into Yale, which his father and grandfather attended. Instead, Bush said schools should judge applicants simply based on merit.q


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Talks to restore Northern Ireland government break down By JILL LAWLESS LONDON (AP) — Talks to restore a government to Northern Ireland ended in failure Wednesday, just two days after the main Catholic and Protestant parties said they were close to resolving a 13-month political impasse. The two sides traded blame for failing to break a stalemate that has left Northern

Ireland's 1.8 million people without a functioning administration for more than a year. Arlene Foster, leader of the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party, said negotiations with Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein to restore the power-sharing government "have been unsuccessful." "In our view, there is no

current prospect of these discussions leading to an executive being formed," Foster said in a surprise announcement Wednesday. Sinn Fein accused the DUP of scuttling a deal at the last minute. "We had a way forward on all the issues," said Michelle O'Neill, the party's leader in Northern Ireland. "We had reached an accommoda-

tion with the leadership of the DUP. The DUP failed to close the deal." The political crisis threatens power-sharing, the key achievement of the 1998 peace accord that ended decades of violence and bloodshed in Northern Ireland. The Catholic-Protestant government has been suspended since January

2017, when it broke down amid a scandal over a botched green energy project. The rift soon widened to broader cultural and political issues separating Northern Ireland's British unionists and Irish nationalists. Sinn Fein demands for Irish-language protections emerged as the main sticking point.q

UK's Boris Johnson seeks to reassure Brexit skeptics By JILL LAWLESS LONDON (AP) — Britain should make a clean break with European Union laws and regulations after it leaves the bloc, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Wednesday, arguing that the U.K. will prosper after Brexit by "going global." Johnson, who was a leader of the "leave" campaign during Britain's 2016 EU membership referendum, used a speech in London to argue for "an outwardfacing, liberal and global Britain" after Brexit. "We would be mad to go through this process of extrication from the EU and not to take advantage of the economic freedoms it will bring," he said. It was the first in a series of speeches by senior ministers that the British government hopes will show unity and energy around Brexit after months of prevarication and mixed messages. But Johnson's speech highlighted divisions within the Conservative government over what kind of relationship Britain wants with the EU after it leaves the bloc in March 2019.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wipes his forehead as he delivers a speech at the Policy Exchange in London, Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018. The Foreign Office says Johnson will use a speech Wednesday to argue for "an outward-facing, liberal and global Britain" after the U.K. leaves the bloc. (Simon Dawson/Pool via AP)

The EU is Britain's biggest trading partner, and some ministers, including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, want to stay as close as possible to its borderless single market and tariff-free customs union. Others, including Johnson, want a definitive break so Britain can pursue a distinct economic policy and new trade deals around the world.

With just over a year until Britain leaves the EU, the two factions are still fighting for supremacy in the U.K. government. Johnson said Britain should not agree to accept EU rules in return for access to its markets, saying it would be "absurd if we had to obey laws over which we had no say and no vote." "It seems extraordinary

that the U.K. should remain lashed to the minute prescriptions of a regional trade block comprising only 6 percent of humanity," Johnson said. He said "it's only by taking back control of our regulatory framework and our tariff schedules" that Britain can strike new trade deals with the United States and other countries.

Johnson is among favorites to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as Conservative leader. But his prominent role in the anti-EU campaign — and an earlier role as a Brussels-based journalist writing sometimes fanciful stories about the bloc's bureaucracy — has made him unpopular with pro-EU politicians and voters. In his speech, Johnson sought to reassure voters who wanted to remain in the EU that "Brexit can be grounds for much more hope than fear." "Brexit need not be nationalist but can be internationalist; not an economic threat but a considerable opportunity," he said. Opponents of Brexit were unimpressed. Labour Party Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said Johnson's speech showed he wanted "a Brexit of deregulation, where rights and protections are casually cast aside and where the benefits of the single market and the customs union are ignored." Business groups cautioned that any barriers to trade with the EU could be harmful. q

NATO chief urges defense budget hike amid command expansion By LORNE COOK Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday urged European allies and Canada to keep ramping up defense spending, as the alliance expands its command headquarters in response to a more assertive Russia. Only eight of the 29 NATO

member countries are forecast to reach this year the alliance’s spending guideline of 2 percent of GDP as the world’s biggest military alliance works to turn around over a quarter century of military cuts. “To keep our nations safe, we need more defense spending, investment in key capabilities, and forces for NATO missions and op-

erations,” Stoltenberg told reporters at a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels. The ministers, including U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, were to announce the creation of two new command centers to cover trans-Atlantic maritime transport routes and logistics and transport within Europe.

The U.S. is expected to take responsibility for the Atlantic command, while Germany is best placed for the logistics hub. Allies are also likely to announce the launch of a new cyberoperations center. NATO nations cut defense spending and slashed staffing at its commands after the Cold War, but Russia’s annexation of Crimea

in 2014, following its war with Georgia in 2008, has spurred the allies to boost military budgets. U.S. President Donald Trump also publicly berated the Europeans and Canada at a summit last year, demanding that they start paying 2 percent on defense if they want Washington to stand by them in times of need. q


Thursday 15 February 2018

South African President Zuma resigns in televised address By CHRIS TORCHIA Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday in a televised address to the nation, avoiding his almost certain ouster in a parliamentary vote scheduled for Thursday after years of corruption scandals. Zuma's resignation came after the ruling African National Congress party instructed him to leave office by the end of Wednesday or face the motion of no confidence in parliament. His departure ended a leadership crisis in one of Africa's biggest economies and set the stage for ruling party lawmakers to elect acting president Cyril Ramaphosa, previously deputy president, as Zuma's successor. "I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect," said Zuma, who added that he took the decision even though he disagreed with the ruling party's demand

that he quit. Zuma, 75, had said he was willing to resign but wanted to stay in office for several more months. "Of course, I must accept that if my party and my compatriots wish that I be removed from office, they must exercise that right and do so in the manner prescribed by the constitution," Zuma said. The former president was defiant in a television interview earlier Wednesday, saying he had done nothing wrong. "I'm being victimized here," Zuma told state broadcaster SABC. He complained that Ramaphosa and other ANC leaders had not given him clear reasons about why he should go. "I need to be furnished on what I've done," Zuma said in the interview. On Wednesday morning, police raided the home of prominent business associates of Zuma who are accused of being at the center of corruption scandals that have infuriated the country, hurt the ANC's popularity and weakened

South African President Jacob Zuma addresses the nation and press at the government's Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma says he will resign 'with immediate effect.' (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

the economy. An elite police unit entered the compound of the Gupta family, which has been accused of using its connections to the president to influence Cabinet appointments and win state contracts. The Guptas deny any wrong-

doing. Several people were arrested during police operations, South African media reported. The ANC, which has led South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994, had wanted Zuma

to end his second five-year term early so that it could build up support ahead of 2019 elections. “We can no longer keep South Africa waiting,” said Paul Mashatile, the ANC’s treasurer general. He paid back some of the money.q

Longest-serving Dutch premier, Ruud Lubbers, dies at 78 By MIKE CORDER Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ruud Lubbers, who as the Netherlands' longest serving prime minister led his country through economic turmoil to prosperity and helped shape the foundations of the European Union, died Wednesday. He was 78. The Dutch government announced that Lubbers died in Rotterdam surrounded by his wife and children. No

cause of death was given. Prime Minister Mark Rutte hailed Lubbers, who led the Dutch government from 1982 to 1994, as a statesman who dragged the Netherlands through tough economic times. "With his broad knowledge and experience and his tireless creativity, he knew how to find a solution for every problem," Rutte said on Facebook. Lubbers' conservative economic policies were in step

with his counterparts in Washington and London during the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He trimmed back the Dutch welfare state, persuaded powerful labor unions to rein in their demands and ushered in years of growth. Dutch King Willem-Alexander, his wife, Queen Maxima and the king's mother, Princess Beatrix, paid tribute to his work for economic and social recovery. Be-

atrix was the Netherlands' monarch during Lubbers' time in office and stepped aside for her son in 2013. “We remember Ruud Lubbers as a great statesman with an impressive sense of responsibility,” the royals said in a statement. Lubbers’ international reputation suffered in 2005 when he was forced to step down as U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in a sexual harassment scandal. He maintained his innocence

even as he resigned. An economist by training, Lubbers believed the size of the Dutch government had become a hindrance to the country’s economic health. With the words “Holland is sick,” he argued that generous disability and unemployment benefits had become fiscally unsustainable, and that too many people took advantage of them simply to avoid working. q


Thursday 15 February 2018

AP: Israeli leader vows to carry on despite charges By ARON HELLER Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to carry on Wednesday after police recommended indicting him on corruption charges, angrily dismissing the allegations and the critics calling on him to step down. With his coalition partners dutifully lining up behind him, the longtime leader readied himself for a prolonged battle over his political legitimacy as the attorney general considers whether to ultimately press charges. The police announcement that Netanyahu's acceptance of nearly $300,000 in gifts from two billionaires amounted to bribery sent shockwaves through the Israeli political system and delivered a humiliating blow to Netanyahu after years of allegations and investigations. But it did not appear to immediately threaten his lengthy rule as reaction largely fell along partisan lines. Nearly all of Netanyahu's Cabinet ministers issued statements of support and his coalition partners all signaled they would stick by him, for now. "Let me reassure you: the coalition is stable. No one, not I and no one else, plans to go to elections. We will continue to work together with you for the people of Israel until the end of our term," he said to a gathering of local government officials in Tel Aviv. "After I read the recommendations report, I can say it is biased, extreme, full of holes like Swiss cheese and doesn't hold water." In an impassioned defense, Netanyahu took aim at police investigators saying their figures were vastly inflated and tried "to create a false impression of exchanges that never existed." Though he is not legally compelled to resign, several opposition figures called on Netanyahu to do so to avoid corrupting the office further.q


Taliban letter address 'American people,' urges talks KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a rambling nearly 3,000word letter issued Wednesday, the Taliban urged the "American people" to press their government to withdraw from Afghanistan, reminding them that the Afghan war is the longest conflict in which they have been embroiled — and at

a cost of "trillions of dollars." The letter was addressed to "the American people, officials of independent nongovernmental organizations and the peace loving Congressmen." It repeated the Taliban's longstanding offer of direct talks with Washington, which the United States has

repeatedly refused, saying peace negotiations should be between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The letter promised a more inclusive regime, education and rights for all, including women. However, it seemed to rule out powersharing, saying they had the

right to form a government. "Our preference is to solve the Afghan issue through peaceful dialogue," the letter said. "America must end her occupation and must accept all our legitimate rights, including the right to form a government consistent with the beliefs of our people."q

$30B pledged in Kuwait at summit to rebuild Iraq

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir prepares for a donor's summit at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Kuwait on Wednesday hosted the final day of a conference seeking billions of dollars to help rebuild Iraq after the war against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

By JON GAMBRELL KUWAIT CITY (AP) — International donors pledged $30 billion to help rebuild Iraq after the war against the Islamic State group, Kuwait announced Wednesday, overcoming Western doubts and donor fatigue over Mideast crises to help the battle-ravaged nation. While falling short of an estimated $88.2 billion needed to rebuild Iraq, it easily surpassed the $20 billion Iraqi officials initially said they needed to begin their difficult work. While much of the larger donations came in the form of loans, Iraq remains an oil-rich nation and such debts can be forgiven by the countries and institutions offering them. The pledges, if followed through with funding, could give Iraq a chance to dig itself out of the rubble left by the Islamic State group

and the chaos that followed the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. Still, much remains uncertain for Iraq and the greater Middle East. The Islamic State group, while dislodged from the third of Iraq it once held, remains a threat. Meanwhile, regional tensions could even be seen at a conference heralded by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as an "enormous success." "Iraq has known too many hardships and we hope these hardships are now behind us," Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said. "Investments are the only way for us to move forward. We must learn from the past and move forward." Officials offered no breakdown of the pledges,

though some countries announced them on the floor of a meeting held Thursday at Kuwait City's Bayan Palace. The biggest single pledge came from Turkey, which announced $5 billion in credit to Iraq, while Kuwait's ruling emir said his oil-rich nation will give $1 billion in loans and $1 billion in direct investments. The donation by Kuwait's emir, the 88-year-old Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, showed the deep interest his nation has in making sure Iraq becomes a peaceful, stable country. Iraq also still owes Kuwait reparations from Saddam's 1990 invasion that sparked the 1991 U.S.-led Gulf War. "This large assembly of international communities that are here today is reflective of the large loss that Iraq withstood in facing terrorism," Sheikh Sabah said.

"Iraq cannot commence the mission of rebuilding itself without support, which is why we are all here today from all around the world, to stand by Iraq's side." Other major donations included both Saudi Arabia and the Kuwait-based Arab Fund each pledging $1.5 billion. Qatar pledged $1 billion in financing and donations, while Britain pledged $1 billion in export credits over 10 years. The United Arab Emirates pledged $500 million, as did the Islamic Development Bank. The UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash also tweeted there would be $5.5 billion in private investments from his country home to Dubai and oil-rich Abu Dhabi, without elaborating. The European Union also pledged 400 million euros ($494 million). The U.S., while not offering direct donations, did agree to providing over $3 billion in loans and financing to American firms wanting to invest in Iraq. Officials acknowledged a feeling of fatigue from international donors, especially after the wars in Iraq and Syria sparked the biggest mass migration since World War II. Even in Kuwait, some questioned donating cash while its own country needs investment.Iraq is OPEC’s second-largest crude producer and home to the world’s fifth-largest known reserves, though It has struggled to pay international firms running them. That’s even after the U.S. alone spent $60 billion over nine years — some $15 million a day — to rebuild Iraq after overthrowing Saddam in 2003.q


Thursday 15 February 2018

Bolivian government says Carnival bomb killed 4, hurt 10 LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian officials said Wednesday that a bomb caused an explosion that killed four people during Carnival celebrations. The explosion occurred late Tuesday in the middle of Carnival celebrations in the city of Oruro, the capital of Morales' home province, killing four and wounding 10. Police Gen. Faustino Mendoza told reporters that the device was made of dynamite, ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, all commonly used in homemade explosives. Mendoza said the bomb had left a crater nearly 4 feet (1.3 meters) wide and 1.5 feet (43 centimeters) deep. On Saturday, an explosion along the Carnival route two blocks from Tuesday's attack left eight dead and 40 wounded. Police blamed the first explosion on a food vendor's gas canister, but said they are reevaluating that in the wake of the second attack. "The proximity of one to the other raises doubts," Defense Minister Javier Zavaleta said. Officials said three people had been detained for questioning in the second explosion. An ally of President Evo Morales publicly implied that opposition forces were behind the attack and opposition members called on government backers to refrain from blaming anyone without evidence. Bolivia has seen very little political violence over the last 12 years and a politically motivated bombing would be highly unusual. Morales' backers and op-

Police inspect the site of an explosion that killed four people, in Oruro, Bolivia, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Bolivia's Defense Minister Javier Zabaleta says an explosive was used in a blast that went off Tuesday night, the second deadly explosion to hit the city of Oruro during Carnival celebrations. (AP Photo/Emilio Huascar)

ponents plan marches across the country on Feb. 21, the two-year anniversary of a national vote rejecting the leftist president's plan to seek a fourth term. Despite the vote, Bolivia's Constitutional Court is allowing Morales' plans to go forward. "If the explosion is an action by the ultra-right, what's underway is a conspiracy against democracy," Hugo Moldis, a former member of Morales' administration, said on Twitter. Opposition senator Oscar Ortiz called on the government and its allies to refrain from making unfounded accusations. “We don’t want this to become a source of speculation,” he said. “Let police and prosecutors carry out a responsible, credible investigation.” q

Mexico admits government spies tail candidate By MARK STEVENSON MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Interior Department acknowledged Wednesday that a federal intelligence agency sent a plainclothes agent to tail an opposition presidential candidate, even though the candidate never asked for and apparently did not want a tail.There have long been fears the ruling party was using the National Center for Security and Investigation for political spying. But few suspected the monitoring would be so clumsy. Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete said that the agency, known as CISEN, had put a tail on candidate

Ricardo Anaya solely for security reasons, and said authorities had thought he had been informed. "It was apparently an irregularity, because he should have been informed," Navarrete said, adding the "the only purpose was to report any mishap" that might occur when the candidate was on the highway to a campaign event over the weekend in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, where drug cartel violence is common. On Tuesday, Anaya posted a video of himself confronting the agent, who identified himself as a CISEN employee when asked why he had been following the

candidate in an SUV. Navarrete acknowledged the man was indeed a longtime agent with 26 years' experience at the agency. "Instead of pursuing criminals, they spy on opponents," Anaya wrote, claiming other agents in other cars had also been following him. Navarrete, who oversees the agency, denied that the tails constituted spying. He said he thought Anaya knew about the arrangement because federal authorities had informed the Veracruz state government, whose governor belongs to Anaya's conservative National Action Party. Navarrete said agents were

“following, keeping an eye on the campaigns,” something he said was legal. “This is not a question, let me be perfectly clear, of clandestine spying, of anything illegal, of anything other than a protocol in which we analyze security issues in the states.” Navarrete said the CISEN had suspended one of its officials and would carry out an internal investigation. Critics questioned the justification for monitoring political opponents in a country that has struggled to carry out successful intelligence operations against its main security threat, the drug cartels.q


Thursday 15 February 2018


Puerto Rico suspends $133M post-hurricane housing contract

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello speaks during a news conference, in Washington. Puerto Rico's Housing Department said Wednesday it will suspend a $133 million deal with a U.S. company hired to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Maria. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By DANICA COTO SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Housing Department said Wednesday it will suspend a $133 million deal with a U.S. company hired to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Maria because a review board found the contract was improperly awarded.

The department's contractor review board published a ruling on Tuesday that New York-based Adjusters International received the contract, which was subsidized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, though it did not meet several requirements. Eric Perez-Ochoa, an at-

torney for Adjusters International, said in a statement that the company complied with all requirements and is studying the board's decision, adding that it was "deeply disappointed." He said thousands of Puerto Ricans were enrolled in the home repairs program and that crews were conduct-

ing nearly 1,500 home inspections a day, with 700 Puerto Ricans helping out. He said the company offered a savings of more than $20 million compared with the other proposal. "This decision puts that progress at risk and may cost Puerto Rico more money," he said. A company vice president, Daniel Craig, had been nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to the No. 2 position at FEMA but later withdrew from consideration. Craig, an ex-FEMA official under former President George W. Bush, had faced a 2011 federal investigation that concluded he falsified government travel and timekeeping records — findings he has rejected as being the result of a poor investigation. The 2011 report has not been publicly disclosed. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico Housing Secretary Fernando Gil said in a statement that his agency is evaluating other options to avoid interrupting home repairs more than five months after the Category 4 storm

hit. He noted his agency had requested that Puerto Rico justice officials submit the contract to the review board even though they are not legally required to do so. "Ensuring transparency in contract awards is of paramount importance," Gil said. "Our focus continues to be to help all families that require our assistance and ensure the reconstruction of Puerto Rico." Officials have said that Hurricane Maria destroyed between 70,000 to 75,000 homes and damaged another 300,000 homes across the island of 3.3 million people. Adjusters International was contracted to make minor repairs to homes, such as fixing roofs, walls, windows and water heaters. It is unclear how many homes the company has repaired or how much, if any, it had been paid for its work. Housing Department spokeswoman Leticia Jover did not return messages for comment. Jover said the contract will remain suspended until a ruling from Puerto Rico’s Court of Appeals. q

Violence during Rio Carnival spotlights security woes By M. SAVARESE Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A series of muggings, armed robberies and confrontations during Rio de Janeiro's Carnival celebrations are underscoring the deteriorating security situation in the city. TV Globo on Wednesday showed videos of gunfire between rival drug gangs, teenagers punching tourists in areas usually considered relatively safe and a policeman narrowly escaping after several people attacked him in front of his home.

Rio state Gov. Luiz Fernando Pezao acknowledged there weren't enough police on hand during the first couple days of Carnival, though more than 17,000 policemen worked in Rio state each day during the festivities. "We were not prepared. There was a failure on the first two days, and then we brought backup for police. I think there has been a mistake in our part," Pezao said. Statistics from the Friday to Tuesday bash have not yet been released. However, Pezao said the number of

firearms confiscated by authorities was "incredible." A year after hosting the 2016 Olympics, Rio is experiencing a spike in violence. Days before Carnival, rival drug gangs closed key arteries of the city. Last year Rio used almost 12,000 policemen during Carnival, but it also counted on the help of 9,000 members of the country's armed forces. This time there was no federal aid during the bash. Politicians avoided Rio during one of the most political Carnivals in Brazil's history, with revelers targeting Pe-

zao, President Michel Temer and especially Mayor Marcelo Crivella, an evangelical bishop who is no fan of the party and left the city for Europe. Beija-Flor de Nilopolis won the samba-school parade title on Wednesday in Rio's Sambadrome using corruption as a theme. One of its floats portrayed a rat below the building of stateoil Petrobras, which is at the center of a corruption scandal that has engulfed politicians across Latin America. Crowd favorite Paraiso do Tuiuti finished in a surprising

second place, likely because of its political tone. The samba-school's antislavery theme attacked Temer's labor reform and the president himself. One of Tuiuti's floats featured a vampire wearing a presidential sash. Next week Temer, whose popularity is at single-digits, wants to push through a reform of Brazil's pension system. Analysts have said bill is unlikely to pass with October's presidential election approaching. The Carnival atmosphere did not help the president make his case for austerity.q


Thursday 15 February 2018

Manchebo Beach Resort Employee Celebrations

EAGLE BEACH - During a festive celebration at The Chophouse of Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa on February 9, 2018 General Manager Edgar Roelofs and his team had the pleasure to present the highly coveted Manchebo 2017 Awards. “It’s the 150 Team Members from the front and back of the house who make the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa the # 3 Resort on Aruba for TripAdvisor reviewers over the past years. Even better as of 2017 we have 3 restaurants in the Top 15 on TripAdvisor for the Eagle/ Palm Beach area – Masha Pabien to the teams of The Chophouse at # 7, Omakase Sushi Bar at # 4 and Ike’s Bistro at # 12 for your dedication and customer service excellence.” highlights Edgar Roelofs in his address to the team. Employee of the Year 2017 is Stephanie Arrindell waitress at Ike’s Bistro followed by 1st runner-up Josuel Hernandez pool & beach at-

tendant and 2nd runner-up Setchel Rijsdijk of the bellmen / security department. Harold Rasmijn the resort’s proud 2017 AHATA Excellence - Employee of the Year - Award recipient had to honor to present Manchebo’s Top 3 employees the 2018 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award as one of the Top 25 Hotels for Romance in the Caribbean. The resort’s TripAdvisor Excellence Award for most customer mentions during 2017 went to Sandra MyersDuinkerk of the Front Desk while the Guest Recognition Award was presented to Alejandra Sanchez beach cocktail waitress at the Pega-Pega Beach Bar. The Supervisor of the Year 2017 Award was presented to Norlene Edwards restaurant supervisor at The Chophouse while the Manager of the Year 2017 award was presented to resort’s executive-chef Sandro Herold for their team work and leadership. Special recognition was

also bestowed to Nyoka Edwards who received the Professional Pride Award for her dedicated and flawless efforts with our ‘brides & grooms’ as our resort wedding planner. Furthermore, recognition was given to the Rooms Sales Team of the resort receiving the inter-departmental Team Work Award for achieving excellent resort occupancies and revenue growth. The Department of the Year Award was presented to the Maintenance Department for their team efforts of continuously maintaining and upgrading the 51-year old resort in great fashion. Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa is an intimate 4-star + boutique resort located on the shores of majestic Eagle Beach, an ideal place for romantic and rejuvenating getaways. The 2-story resort offers Deluxe Ocean and Deluxe Garden View Rooms with attention to details and amenities, including spa-like bathrooms with a rain/waterfall shower. The beach-side exotic Caribbean-Balinese style spa offers a variety of massages and body treatments. The wellness program is completed with daily complimentary yoga & Pilates classes and a fitness center. The culinary program includes The Chophouse, Ike’s Bistro, Pega-Pega Beach Bar & Grill and Omakase Sushi Bar.q


Thursday 15 February 2018

Loyal Visitors Honored by the Aruba Tourism Authority

ORANJESTAD - Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a group of loyal and friendly visitors of Aruba as Distinguished Visitors and Goodwill Ambassadors at the Playa Linda Beach Resort, The Divi Tamarijn All Inclusive Resort, and the RIU Aruba Resort. The symbolic honorary titles are presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as tokens of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for 10-to-19 and 20to-34 consecutive years. The honorees for Distinguished Visitor were Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Deborah Wippert, and the honorees for Goodwill Ambassador were Mr. Tom and Mrs. San-

dra Anderson, Mr. Micahel and Mrs. Sandra Shea, and Mr. Bob and Mrs. Virginia Pridham. All of the honorees love Aruba very much because of the friendly people, the weather, the beaches, the restaurants, the Casinos, and just about everything else! They say being on the island is like being in paradise and that Aruba is truly their ‘home-away-fromhome.’ The certificates were presented by Mr. Jonathan Boekhoudt and Ms. Darline de Cuba representing the Aruba Tourism Authority, together with friends, family and associates from the resorts. Congratulations to all!q


Thursday 15 February 2018

The Amazing New Tomahawk Steak, Served Only at Tango Argentine Grill PALM BEACH - It’s not every day that you get to eat meat like this! Yes, now the Tomahawk Steak is available on Aruba. At Tango Argentine Grill you will get to eat this exclusive, especially imported, and not readily available piece of meat when you order this succulent, incredible steak, which is named after a Tomahawk axe. If you like bone-in steaks such as the T-bone or Porterhouse, you will love this popular, wow-factor steak, which is not very common on restaurant menus. Its size is gigantic, but the steak may be shared, of course. The Tomahawk is an on-the-bone Rib Steak, cut from the Fore rib with the entire rib bone left. It offers a load of flavor when cooked, as the flavors are released from the huge bone and inter-muscular fat during roasting. Allow for a 10- to 15-minute resting period for the heat from the bone to redistribute across the meat to provide of the ultimate experience of eating a juicy Tomahawk Steak. Your steak is served with Tango fries and vegetables and you can sit either outside on the terrace or inside, where you may be seated in a booth. Chef Julian Moronta is ready to start cooking up a storm at Tango. Are you planning to eat the Tomahawk Steak, then please make reservations in advance. At the Arawak Garden, where Tango Argentine Grill is one of the great restaurants, there is live music every evening from 7 to 10 pm. The Arawak Garden is located across from the Barceló Resort on the hi-rise strip.q


Thursday 15 February 2018

-Dutch Kingdom private sector and NGOs getting together to help the economy of St. Martin and increase cooperation between the islands.

Build Back Better Week on St. Martin from March 16th till March 20th 2018 -Organized by Ernst & Young Dutch Caribbean, Centre of Excellence for SIDS (UNDP), the Dutch Caribbean Chambers of Commerce and Present Your Startup Caribbean. WILLEMSTAD - Recent natural disasters have had a devastating effect on islands in the Caribbean. It is key for a wide array of stakeholders to collaborate to find solutions to build more resilient island for the future and prevent history from repeating itself. Following the destruction caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria, St. Martin and nearby islands started rebuilding their society, economy, and institutions; any available help is more than welcome. For this reason, the Centre of Excellence for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) - a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) initiative based in Aruba - and EY Dutch Caribbean are organizing the “Build Back Better Week SXM”. This independent, inclusive BBB Week aims to surface actionable ideas and connections for a resilient future of St. Martin. The BBB Week consists of a “Do-Tank”, a hackathonlike event to develop actions whereby stakeholders in sustainable tourism, entrepreneurship and renewable energy can participate in creating a more resilient future for St. Martin and other Caribbean islands affected by natu-

ral disasters. This event will take place from March 16 to March 18, 2018. Next to that, The Dutch Caribbean Chambers of Commerce and Present Your Startup Caribbean are organizing a “Do-Trade” event in St. Martin during the BBB Week which will be a Trade mission consisting of training-, matchmakingand networking sessions. This event will also be the kick off of a cross-border cooperation amongst the Dutch Chambers. The DoTrade will take place on the 19th of March 2018. The Dutch Caribbean Chambers are encouraging all interested companies to join this trade mission, while Present Your Startup Caribbean will join with investors and startups from the Netherlands. “It’s really in the spirit of ‘a little less conversation, a little more action’, that we are organizing the DoTank”, explains Arno Boersma, Manager of the Center of Excellence. “With a great diversity of stakeholders I am sure we’ll see great ideas that are also feasible to implement, and we are ready to share them with other SIDS around the world.” Bryan Irausquin, Office Managing Partner of EY Dutch Caribbean, adds that “building a better future for the people of St. Martin starts by asking better questions that lead to better answers; this is exactly what we intent to do with creative minds during the Do-Tank. Moreover, we are calling this event a Do-

Tank as proof of our commitment to St. Martin that the answers will also lead to actions and results that boost the sustainable development of St. Martin”. “We at the Dutch Carib-

bean Chamber of Commerce (DCCC) are excited about this opportunity. This will be a great platform to not only help the St. Martin business community to get on its feet quicker, but it will also increase ties between Kingdom businesses,” according to Billy Jonckheer president of DCCC. Anyone interested in aforementioned topics is invited to join and contribute to the BBB Week. Build Back Better Week SXM, with the combination of a Do-Tank and Do-Trade promises to make a great contribution to a more resilient future for St. Martin. Don’t hesitate to join us! For more info or inquiries, please contact:

- Aruba Centre of Excellence for SIDS Aruba (Arno Boersma; arno.boersma@ - EY Dutch Caribbean – Curacao (Axel de Vries; +5999 430 5000) - Dutch Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (Kirsten Römer; +5999 461 1451) - Present Your Startup Caribbean (Valerie Vallenduuk; +31 4673 0993) - and/ or Aruba Chamber of Commerce (Business Information & Support; +297 5821566) Details about the BBB SXM Week can be found on our website You can also follow us on Facebook:


Thursday 15 February 2018

Shaun White wins 3rd Olympic gold in contest for the ages By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Snowboarding at the Olympics turned 20 this year, and there’s a good chance that in another two decades, people will still be talking about the contest that went down in the mountains of South Korea on Wednesday. They will definitely still be talking about Shaun White. It wasn’t so much that White won his third gold medal to place his name among the greatest to compete in the Olympics, or in any realm of sports, for that matter. It was the way he did it. His winning run capped a contest that, even before he dropped in for the finale, was the best, in terms of pure difficulty, showmanship and guts that has ever been seen on a halfpipe. It came with the heartthumping pressure of knowing he had to land the most difficult run he ever attempted, or settle for silver. It included backto-back jumps, each with 1440 degrees of spin, that are, quite literally, deathdefying. They were tricks White said afterward that he had never landed in succession — not in practice and, of course, never in a contest. “I knew I had it in me,” he said. “The fear was out of the door. I’m at the Olympics. I had to do it. I’m standing at the top, in my favorite position, with the pressure of the world and one run to go. Man, it brings out the best in me. I’m so glad that’s a part of me as a competitor.” Continued on Page 19


Gold medal winner Shaun White, of the United States, celebrates after the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Associated Press


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Speedskater Jorien ter Mors sets Olympic record in 1,000 By RAF CASERT AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Struggling through back and knee problems all season, Jorien ter Mors knew any conventional recovery would not make her an Olympic champion. The unconventional, though, did the trick. “As an athlete you are always a bit crazy,” ter Mors said. “You go for all or nothing.” Ter Mors won the gold medal Wednesday in the 1,000 meters and kept the Netherlands perfect in speedskating at the Pyeongchang Games with five wins in five races. Although few would have bet on her a week ago, ter Mors set an Olympic record in the 1,000 and posted the fastest time any woman has ever skated at sea level over the distance. Quite a turnaround for a woman who looked like a crumpled pile of misery on

Jorien ter Mors of The Netherlands celebrates setting a new Olympic record in the women’s 1,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Associated Press

the infield over Christmas after she failed to qualify for the 1,500 team, the distance in which she was the Olympic champion. She knew the 1,000 could still give her an outside shot at gold and single-mindedly centered her attention on that distance. She was done with “careful,” done

with “watch it.” Despite the lower back pain, it was time to start lifting weights — many and often — to build the explosiveness needed for the 2½-lap race that barely takes a minute. “I started power training again,” she said. “When your back is not in great shape, it is a massive risk.”

As the games drew nearer, she felt her form come back. And on Wednesday, it was there for all to see. With four medal favorites still to go, her time of 1 minute, 13.56 seconds could have stopped many challengers in their tracks. It beat the high-altitude Olympic mark that Chris Witty set to win at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games by 0.27 seconds. “It was a perfect race,” said Ter Mors, who is not known for a fast start but couldn’t be matched once she hit her stride. She punched the air after crossing the line, shouting “yes” between gritted teeth as she handily beat Brittany Bowe in the headto-head pairing. Nao Kodaira and Miho Takagi, expecting to finish 1-2 for Japan, had to settle for 2-3 behind ter Mors after both slumped over the last half lap. Ter Mors has a chance for

more gold in short-track speedskating. She will compete in the 1,500 in that discipline on Saturday, and she doesn’t want to count herself out. “It is tough to predict,” Ter Mors said of the helter skelter event. “I’m in good shape but you have to make the right tactical choices during the race.” But the way things are going for the Dutch, don’t count her out. It has been all orange on the oval so far, and the Netherlands is favored to add a sixth gold on Thursday when Sven Kramer goes for another Olympic title in the 10,000. Overall, the Dutch have won nine of 15 medals in long-track speedskating and also have two silvers on the short track, putting the nation with no mountains and little snow in second place in the overall medal standings at the Winter Games.q

‘The Tobys’ reign again as Olympic doubles luge champions By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Just about everyone in the international luge world refers to the German team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt as “the Tobys,” for obvious reasons. Call them two-time Olympic champions now, too. As most expected, a German team won the doubles luge title at the Pyeongchang Games. As few expected, it was Wendl and Arlt — the secondbest team in the world all season, yet the team that stood highest on the Olympic medal podium. They held off Austria’s Peter Penz and Georg Fischler by 0.088 seconds for a second straight gold medal. “I can’t describe the words that I’m feeling, what the feeling is inside,” Arlt said. “We’re again Olympic champions and so happy, it’s just amazing.” Germany’s Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken, the heavy Olympic favorites after dominating the World

Cup circuit this season, only managed a bronze. “The Tobys have a history of holding onto their speed, keeping it kind of in waiting until it’s time to perform,” USA Luge’s Matt Mortensen said. “I don’t think that Toni and Sascha had a bad competition. I just think the Tobys probably came with a better setup for today.” Wendl and Arlt are the first German team to win two straight doubles golds since Hans Rinn and Norbert Hahn in 1976 and 1980. They had the fastest time in each of the two runs, plus set both the start record and the track record. Penz and Fischler were second-fastest in each heat, Eggert and Benecken thirdfastest in each. Wednesday’s race was only the eighth time out of their last 30 international starts that Eggert and Benecken didn’t leave a race as the winners. It was a disappointing night for the Americans, who haven’t medaled in doubles since taking silver and

Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl of Germany celebrate theor gold medal winning run during the men’s doubles luge final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Associated Press

bronze in both 1998 and 2002. But a young team offered plenty of hope for the future. Justin Krewson and Andrew Sherk — who got into the Olympics by 0.062 seconds, the difference between their sled and the one of U.S. teammates Jake Hyrns and Anthony Espinoza at the deciding World Cup race in Lake Placid, New York in December — were eighth in their Olympic debut. “Best day at work ever,” Krewson said. It may be the final race for Mortensen and Terdiman. It’ll definitely be their last Olympic race, since Mortensen has already decided he won’t stick around for a shot at the 2022 Beijing Games. And even after a difficult night Wednesday, the Americans said they will hit the relay with tons of confidence. “Summer wants redemption, we want redemption, Chris wants to keep his train rolling,” Terdiman said. “Let’s keep it going, baby. We got this.”q


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Shaun White Continued from Page 17

On the winning trip, White got the tough stuff out of the way early, dropping straight into the halfpipe, flying nearly 20 feet above it and whipping his body around twice while going head-over-heels two times for the first 1440. He landed high enough on the wall to gather sufficient speed to travel to the other side and essentially do a mirror image of the first trick. From there, it was simply a matter of staying upright. He performed what’s known as the Sky Hook — a 20-foot vault above the deck in which he bent himself into the shape of a comma, while grabbing the board and tweaking it up toward his backside to show judges the style they demand. His final trick was one he patented: the Double McTwist 1260, in which he took off from the wall for two flips with 1 ½ twists, grabbing the board and practically wrestling it over his head to complete the jump and stick the landing. He knew he’d done it, but the wait — about 120 seconds — was agonizing. “I was trying not to make eye contact with the judges,” White said. The score came up. A 97.75. It was enough to

beat Ayumu Hirano, the 5-foot-2, 19-year-old from Japan who has been asked, quite often, exactly when he was going to beat Shaun White. Australian Scotty James, who made news at the start of the games by complaining about judging, finished third with a run that included three doublecork 1260s; it was a performance that would’ve won all but a handful of all the contests ever held up through last December. But it was Hirano, who now has back-to-back Olympic silvers, who set the stakes for these games by becoming the first man to land the back-to-back 14s at the Winter X Games last month. He did it again on his second run under a slate-gray sky in Pyeongchang to set the mark (95.25) that White would have to beat. White did it. Shortly after his winning score came up to make him the winner of America’s 100th Winter Games gold medal, White was hugging friends and family and sobbing, almost uncontrollably. It was the sort of emotion rarely seen from the man who burst onto the scene as the ebullient redhead shredder dude, then grew into a multi-platform megastar whose light cascades well

Shaun White, of the United States, jumps during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 Associated Press

beyond any halfpipe. White would be the first to admit that a lot of that fame came because of the Olympics. So the win wasn’t so hard to put into perspective. “It means everything to me,” he said. It means everything because of the journey that essentially began Feb. 12, 2014 — the day after an overwrought, frenzied trip to the Sochi Games ended in a fourth-place finish that left many people, including White himself, wondering if he wanted to do this anymore. He decided to go for it and changed up everything — coach, sponsors, PR. He put his guitar-playing career on hold at around the time one of the band members sued him, saying

White repeatedly sexually harassed her, forced her to watch pornography and told her how to get her hair cut. The suit was settled and on Wednesday night White called it “gossip” and said “I’m proud of who I am,” then later apologized for dismissing the misconduct allegations with “a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject.” He rediscovered a love for his sport that had gone lacking, and was revving up the tricks to get him back to the top when he bashed his face on the side of the halfpipe during a training run in New Zealand . He still has stitches in his tongue from the accident. “He ripped his face in half, more or less, and you can still see the scars,” said

White’s coach, JJ Thomas. “And I don’t know if anyone else in this world has the mental strength to overcome that fear and lay it down on the world stage.” The debate is now on about where White, now 31, stands in the pantheon of Olympic stars, or sports stars in general. Even with the tantalizing prospect of him heading to the Summer side for skateboarding’s debut in 2020 , then possibly returning to Winter in 2022, he’ll never match the nine gold medals Usain Bolt collected, the 28 overall amassed by Michael Phelps or the 13 that cross-country skier Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway has won. Then again, White only gets one event in which to shine. And he puts his life on the line every time he steps into the arena. “As an athlete, to see a human being accomplish everything that’s expected of him, it’s insane,” said Jake Burton, the snowboard maker and one of the sport’s founding fathers. Nobody has been harder on himself over the years than White. But after headlining a day on the halfpipe that won’t soon be forgotten, he was in no mood to argue. “I’m really proud of myself, which is something I never say,” he said. “This meant the world to me.”q

Back on track: Bobsledder Justin Olsen set to resume sliding By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Justin Olsen has used his time off wisely, and he thinks he is ready to get in a sled again. The U.S. bobsledder who underwent an emergency appendectomy shortly before the start of the Pyeongchang Olympics will be in his sled Thursday for the start of official twoman training. Olsen was at the Alpensia Sliding Center on Wednesday with U.S. coach Brian Shimer, checking out the venue. It was his first time that Olsen, a member of the 2010 four-man goldmedal-winning team for

the U.S. in a sled driven by the late Steven Holcomb, ventured out since his laparoscopic surgery. “I feel really good,” Olsen said. “It’s nice to get back to the track.” Olsen is one of three U.S. men’s drivers at the Pyeongchang Games, along with Codie Bascue and Nick Cunningham, and they all will be competing in the two- and four-man events. In two-man, which will be contested Sunday and Monday, Olsen will be in the sled with Evan Weinstock. In four-man, scheduled for Feb. 24 and 25 — the final two days of these Olympics — he will be

pushed by Nathan Weber, Carlo Valdes and Olympic medalist Chris Fogt. Other than for workouts and meals, Olsen has largely been recuperating in his room during the Olympics. That’s given him plenty of time to check out every other race and training session on the sliding track, and he’s hopeful that the extra studying will pay off. “I’ve been watching the luge races and skeleton training from my phone while resting in bed and I’m ready to get back on ice,” Olsen said. “I’ve spent my time here in the village and it feels good to be out and back here.”q

In this Dec. 3, 2011 file photo Justin Olsen, from the United States, stands on the podium after placing third at the twomen bob race at the Bob World World Cup competition in Igls, near Innsbruck, Austria. Associated Press


Thursday 15 February 2018

Sabres get rare home win over East-leading Lightning Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. – Ryan O’Reilly scored a goal and added two assists in the Buffalo Sabres’ 5-3 win over the Eastern Conferenceleading Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Backup Chad Johnson stopped 26 shots to pick up just his fourth win and first in nine home appearances this season. Sam Reinhart scored twice, including an empty-netter with 8 seconds left. Scott Wilson, with the goahead goal, and Nicholas Baptiste also scored for the Sabres, who won for just the second time in their past eight home games (2-5-1). Lightning rookie Yanni Gourde scored his 22nd goal of the season and extended his point streak to seven games. Ryan Callahan and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored. The Lightning had won six straight at Buffalo. The Sabres, who sit last in the East, have now beaten the conference’s two top teams in a span of four days. Penguins 6, Senators 3 PITTSBURGH – Jake Guentzel scored twice, Zach Aston-Reese scored his first two NHL goals and Pittsburgh beat Ottawa. Evgeni Malkin scored his 31st and Kris Letang his fourth for the Penguins, who have won seven of nine and 12 of their last 16. Sidney Crosby, who scored his 400th career goal on Sunday, finished with three assists. Pittsburgh is riding a ninegame home winning streak, the longest since a franchise-record 13-game run during the 2013-14 season. The Penguins haven’t lost in Pittsburgh since a 4-0 defeat by Carolina on Jan. 4. Matt Murray stopped 30 shots for Pittsburgh. Derick Brassard, Colin White and Mike Hoffman all scored for the Senators, who lost for the third time in five games. Predators 4, Blues 3, OT NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Filip Forsberg scored on a penalty shot at 1:19 of overtime to give the Predators a wild comeback victory over the

Blues. After trailing by three goals entering the third period, Nashville rallied for three goals in the span of 6:42 to tie it and force overtime. In overtime, Kyle Turris sent Forsberg in on a breakaway, and he was tripped from behind by Jaden Schwartz in front of the St. Louis goal and he was awarded a penalty shot.

league’s longest home point streak of the season. They’ve outscored opponents 49-25 during the run. Devils 5, Flyers 4, SO PHILADELPHIA – Travis Hall scored twice in regulation, Drew Stafford had the only tally in the shootout and New Jersey snapped a four-game losing streak. John Moore and Nico Hischier also tallied goals in

Jacob Slavin and Sebastian Aho also scored for the Hurricanes, who won their third straight and finished their eight-game homestand 5-2-1. Cam Ward made 27 saves. Slavin opened the scoring 6:40 into the game and Faulk scored just over two minutes later. He scored again on a slap shot in the waning minutes of the first

Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly (90) is taken down as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) and another player defend during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Buffalo, N.Y. Associated Press

On his attempt, Forsberg snapped a wrist shot past Blues goaltender Carter Hutton to win it. Hutton, a former Predator, made 29 saves. Austin Watson scored twice and Calle Jarnkrok also scored for Nashville. Wild 3, Rangers 2 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves, and Minnesota’s early three-goal lead held up in 3-2 win over New York. Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Marcus Foligno all scored in the first 6:17 for Minnesota, which ran its home point streak to a franchise-record 13 games (10-0-3). John Gilmour scored his first NHL goal in his third game for New York, and Kevin Hayes added his 13th goal of the season. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots for the Rangers. The Wild haven’t lost at home since Dec. 16 against Edmonton and own the

regulation for the Devils. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist and Radko Gudas, Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton also scored for the Flyers, who learned earlier Tuesday that starting goalie Brian Elliott will be out for at least five weeks. Philadelphia remained in sixth place in the Eastern Conference while the Devils stayed in seventh but pulled within two points of Philadelphia. Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves and stopped all three Flyers attempts in the shootout. Hurricanes 7, Kings 3 RALEIGH, N.C. – Justin Faulk had his first career hat trick, Jeff Skinner scored twice, and the Hurricanes routed the short-handed Kings. Faulk’s three goals came in a span of 12:21 as Carolina raced out to a 5-0 lead and he became the 10th defenseman in NHL history to score a natural hat trick.

period, and completed his hat trick with another slap shot 1:17 into the second period. Anze Kopitar, Tyler Toffoli, and Torrey Mitchell scored for Los Angeles, which was without key forwards Dustin Brown (suspension) and Trevor Lewis (injury). Jonathan Quick saved 16 of 20 shots before being pulled following Faulk’s third goal. Blue Jackets 4, Islanders 1 NEW YORK – Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored power-play goals in the second period to give Columbus the lead, and the Blue Jackets went on to a win over the Islanders. Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson scored in the third period, defenseman Zach Werenski had three assists as the Blue Jackets had a season-high 51 shots and won their second straight since an 0-4-1 skid. Bjorkstrand and Dubois had assists on each oth-

er’s goals, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots. John Tavares scored for the Islanders, who have lost six of their last eight (2-5-1). Jaroslav Halak finished with a season-high 47 saves, including all 26 in another Columbus onslaught in the first period. Red Wings 2, Ducks 1 DETROIT – Dylan Larkin and Frans Nielsen scored in the first two periods and the Red Wings held off the Ducks. Adam Henrique pulled Anaheim within a goal with 3:54 left in the game. The Ducks pulled John Gibson with a minute remaining in regulation to have an extra skater, but couldn’t score to extend the game. The Red Wings skated off the ice with a sense of relief after blowing third-period goals in recent games. The Ducks were dominant in the first, outshooting Detroit 16-5, and still trailed after Larkin scored off Kevin Bieksa’s giveaway in front of net with 6:28 left in the period. Nielsen scored late in the second to put the Red Wings up 2-0 even though they were held to single digits in shots. Jets 4, Capitals 3 WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Defenseman Tyler Myers scored 3:35 into overtime as the Jets came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Capitals. Mark Scheifele sent a pass back to Myers, who quickly fired the puck past Braden Holtby for his sixth goal of the season. Scheifele had scored his second goal of the game to tie it 3-3 with 15 seconds left in the third period when his low shot went through traffic and between Holtby’s pads. The goal was short-handed as Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien had been called for slashing Jay Beagle with 1:17 left. Niklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky and John Carlson scored for the Capitals (32-17-7). Holtby made 40 saves for the Capitals and became the second goalie in franchise history to play 20,000 minutes. Olaf Kolzig played 41,260 minutes.q


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James has 37, new-look Cavs avenge loss to Thunder By The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — LeBron James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers got a much different result this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 120-112 victory on Tuesday night. It was Cleveland's second straight win since adding George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in trades, and their fourth straight victory overall. J.R. Smith added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who lost to the Thunder 148-124 on Jan. 20 with a very different roster. Paul George scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony 24 for the Thunder. Steven Adams added 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 21 points. Westbrook and Anthony had missed the past two games with sprained ankles. ROCKETS 126, TIMBERWOLVES 108 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James Harden had 34 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, and Houston beat Minnesota for its ninth straight victory. Ryan Anderson scored 21 points off the bench as the Rockets (43-13) snapped Minnesota's 13-game home winning streak and pulled within a half-game of the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the NBA. Houston has

won for the 16 of its last 18 games.The Rockets made 10 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, when they scored 42 points. Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and 12 rebounds in Minnesota's first home loss since Dec. 16 against Phoenix. Jeff Teague added 25 points and eight assists, and Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 11 points after starting 0 for 6 from the floor. RAPTORS 115, HEAT 112 TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 and Toronto beat Miami for its sixth straight win. Toronto (40-16) improved its NBA-best home record to 24-4 and ensured it will be the top team in the Eastern Conference at the All-Star break. Serge Ibaka had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who also won six straight between Nov. 25 and Dec. 10 and again between Dec. 13 and 23. C.J. Miles added 11 points, but the Raptors failed to extend its franchise-record five-game streak of winning by 15 or more points. Goran Dragic scored 28 points and James Johnson had 16 for the Heat, who lost for the sixth time in seven games. Dwyane Wade had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Hassan Whiteside collected 10 points and 10 boards. NUGGETS 117, SPURS 109

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, Will Barton scored 20 points and Denver beat struggling. Jokic notched his fourth triple-double of the season to lead the Nuggets to their fifth win in six games. Denver outscored the Spurs 3019 in the fourth quarter to rally from seven down late in the third. Joffrey Lauvergne scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Tony Parker had 17 points for San Antonio. The Spurs have lost five of six heading into their All-Star break. San Antonio was again without two of its top players in Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. Leonard has missed all but nine games and Aldridge sat for the second straight night to rest his sore right knee. BUCKS 97, HAWKS 92 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton had 21 points to lead a balanced attack for Milwaukee, and All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo hit two key buckets in the final three-plus minutes. Tyler Zeller added 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting in his first game in Milwaukee since joining the team on the road before the trade deadline last week. The Bucks improved to 9-2 since Joe Prunty took over as interim coach following the firing of Jason Kidd, getting back in the race for a

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, is fouled by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Alex Abrines as he shoots during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Associated Press

top-four playoff seed in the East. Dennis Schroder scored 18 points for the Hawks, and Ersan Ilyasova had nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Ilyasova spearheaded a late rally in which Atlanta erased a 12-point deficit and tied it at 84 on Kent Bazemore’s 3-pointer with 3:30 left. KINGS 114, MAVERICKS 109 DALLAS (AP) — Zach Ran-

dolph scored 22 points, and Sacramento used a big first half to beat Dallas. Bogdan Bogdanovich added 19 points for the Kings, who have won four of five in Dallas after losing 22 in a row here from 2003 to 2016. Seven Kings scored in double figures. J.J. Barea led the Mavericks with 19 points, and Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell each scored 18.q


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Woods back at Riviera, a course that never treated him well By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even when Tiger Woods hardly ever lost, he never could win at Riviera. Woods resumes his comeback from a fourth back surgery at the Genesis Open, marking his return to the course where he made his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur, and the course where he walked away in the middle of the tournament and never returned. He has played Riviera eight times as a pro, the most of any PGA Tour course where he hasn't won. "I love the golf course. I love the layout. It fits my eye," Woods said. "And I play awful. It's very simple. It's just one of those weird things. A lot of the holes, you hit nice, soft cuts. And I used to love to hit nice, soft cuts. And for some reason, I just didn't play well." Woods is playing this year against the strongest and deepest field of the year, primarily because his foundation runs the tournament. He has not been back to Riviera since 2006, when he was caught in the rain without an umbrella, shot 74 and made the cut on the number.

The next morning, Woods withdrew with the flu and never returned. He's not the same player he was then. His father died a few months after that 2006 tournament, and after Woods missed the cut for the first time in a major at the U.S. Open, he went on to win his final six PGA Tour events of the year, including the last two majors. There was one stretch at the end of 1999 and early in 2000 when Woods won or was runner-up in 10 out of 11 starts on the PGA Tour. The exception? He finished seven shots behind in a tie for 18th at Riviera. The dynamics are different now. Woods is 42 and has played just 17 times on the PGA Tour over the last four years dating to his first back surgery a week before the 2014 Masters. He hasn't won in nearly five years. He is No. 550 in the world. While the goal is to win — that hasn't changed — the expectations have tempered through time and reality that he is learning a new swing after fusion surgery on his lower back. His speed and power are back. His putting and chipping are better. He tied for 23rd at Torrey Pines three

Tiger Woods greets a wellwisher after a news conference where he talked about his charitable works off the course and his return to competitive golf in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club after an absence of 12 years, at the course in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Associated Press

weeks ago. "I'd eventually like to win tournaments," Woods said. "I'm trying to get to that point." He flew out from Florida with Justin Thomas, the PGA Tour player of the year, and said he told him that he is still making subtle changes in his posture and in his swing because he is learning what he can do with a stronger, healthier back. "The more tournaments I play in, the more I'll be able to get a better understand-

ing of that," Woods said. "But also, I don't want to play too much. This is still all new to me, and I just want to be real smart about it." Woods has until Friday to commit to the Honda Classic not far from his Florida home. He has said he wants to play back-toback weeks, though that sounds as though it might have to happen later. Asked what was sore after a week at Torrey Pines, he said it was his feet from five days of walking 18 holes.

Woods is an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines. He is 0 for 10 at Riviera, which includes appearances as an amateur in 1992 and 1993. The opposite of that would be Dustin Johnson, the defending champion, who considers Riviera the best course he plays all year. That's why it was so meaningful for Johnson to finally win last year, and win big. Even playing conservatively over the back nine because the tournament effectively was over, Johnson still won by five. The only thing he lost was a shot at the oldest tournament scoring record on the PGA Tour — 264 by Lanny Wadkins in 1985. Johnson finished at 267. “I’ll get it this year,” he said with a smile as he played the pro-am. Johnson can struggle with numbers on occasion. He doesn’t quite understand how the world ranking works, only that his name has been on top every week for the last year. Asked to rate how close his game was to this point a year ago, when he won three straight tournaments against the strongest fields, Johnson suggest 0.5. That’s what Woods would like eventually. q

Bill Haas drops out of golf tournament after fatal car crash By CHRISTOPHER WEBER LOS ANGELES (AP) — Professional golfer Bill Haas escaped serious injuries as a passenger in a Ferrari involved in a rollover crash in Los Angeles that killed his driver, officials said Wednesday. The driver of a BMW involved in the collision was injured and actor Luke Wilson, driving a third vehicle clipped by the Ferrari, was not hurt. The accident happened on a residential block in the wealthy Pacific Palisades neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Los Angeles police Officer James Stoughton. The Ferrari's driver, who died at the scene, was identified by coroner's officials as Mark William Gibel-

In this Feb. 2, 2018, file photo, Bill Haas watches his ball from the third tee box during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. Associated Press

lo, 71, a resident of Pacific Palisades. Haas was staying with Gibello's family as he prepared to play this week in the Genesis Open

at nearby Riviera Country Club, the golfer's manager Allen Hobbs said. "While Bill escaped serious injuries and has been re-

leased from the hospital, he is understandably shaken up and — more importantly — his deepest condolences go out to the host family during this tragic and difficult time," Hobbs said in a statement. The 35-year-old Haas will withdraw from the Genesis Open and return home to South Carolina to recuperate, he said. Jay Haas, the golfer's father, told Golf Channel that his son has pain and swelling in one of his legs. "Bill was very fortunate," he said. Bill Harmon, the swing coach for Haas and a close friend of Gibello, said the two only met last Thursday. Harmon said Gibello was a member at Los Angeles Country Club and was instrumental in the private

club getting the Walker Cup last year and the U.S. Open in 2023. Haas played at the club on Sunday. "Mark was one of my best friends," Harmon said. "It's a great loss for me. I'm happy that Bill is fine. It's just a very, very sad story." He said he was more concerned for Haas emotionally than physically. "Even at the hospital, a friend of mine met him and said he was very distraught," Harmon said. Police were investigating whether speed was a factor in the crash. "It was a huge bang sound, just one huge crash," Linda Smith, who lives across the street, told KABC-TV. "There was no screeching that I heard of, or anything of that sort. It all happened very quickly."q


Thursday 15 February 2018

Baseball tourney with HBCUs ‘foot in the door’ for players By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hall of Famer Andre Dawson sees elements of his own story in the black college players converging in New Orleans this week for a tournament sponsored, promoted and broadcast nationally by Major League Baseball. Before Dawson’s two-decade career with the Montreal Expos and Chicago Cubs, he was a walk-on at Florida A&M. Scouts who’d been watching Dawson “disappeared” after his knee injury in high school, he recalled, but enrolling at a Historically Black College or University helped him keep playing. “That’s what these programs do,” Dawson said, adding that HBCUs like his alma mater “were the ones that really extended me that opportunity.” There’s one considerable difference between now and the early 1970s, however. The talent pool from which black college programs primarily recruit has shrunk as football and basketball have grown in popularity, particularly in urban areas. As part of an effort the address that, MLB has sponsored a now decade-old tournament designed to highlight HBCU baseball programs, hoping to lure young black athletes back to the sport of Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. The tournament has yet to feature a single player who wound up in the big leagues, but MLB shows no signs of reducing its investment in the event — or in the urban youth academies around the country that are meant to provide inner-city youth with yearround places to train and

play. Last week, the tournament formally known as the Urban Invitational was renamed the Andre Dawson Classic. This weekend, it’ll feature six HBCUs: Alabama State, Alcorn State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling State, Prairie View A&M and Southern. The University of New Orleans, which is helping to host the event with the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy, also will play, along with IllinoisChicago. For now, the tournament’s legacy is embodied by former HBCU players such as Earl Burl, who played for Alcorn State and did some of his training at the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy. He was a 30th-round draft choice by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015. He spent two years in Toronto’s minor league system, followed by a short stint in an independent league. Now, he’s involved in a MLB fellowship program training him for a potential front-office career. Burl asserts that the tournament changed his life. “If you have a great game, it’s going to be seen by somebody,” Burl said. “A lot of scouts now-a-days do a lot of video analyzing. So being put on the radar that way is a good cornerstone” for building a reputation with scouts. “It hasn’t produced a major league baseball player, but my thing is, someone’s always keeping their foot in the door,” Burl added. “So I feel like the more you have this, the further you’ll have people going in the game.” Meanwhile, MLB’s efforts to raise the profile of the tournament on MLB Network and online attempts to address some of baseball’s perception problems

among young black athletes, Burl said. “If you’re not seeing people who look like you playing, it’s not something that you’re going to gravitate to,” Burl said. “It gives you that misconception that it’s not for you.” Similarly, Prairie View coach Auntwan Riggins said MLB’s ability to promote the tournament its youth academies provides young black athletes role models and examples of people who parlayed youth baseball into full or partial college scholarships. “Baseball is a very, very hard sport to market to kids of color because you see a LeBron James, or see football players on TV and shoe deals and commercials,” Riggins said, noting that football was his favorite sport growing up. But Riggins played baseball, too, and found out he was rather good at it. He play baseball for Texas Southern, was drafted by Toronto and later wound up within San Diego’s minor league system, making it as far as Triple-A with the Portland Beavers. Riggins said he also sees an additional opportunity for baseball to make inroads with children of parents who are concerned about concussion data surrounding football. “The percentage (of blacks playing baseball) will go up,” Riggins predicted. “I don’t think it’ll go up as fast as we want, but in due time it’ll go up.” Tony Reagins, MLB’s senior vice president of youth programs and the Angels’ former general manager, contends that the Andre Dawson Classic doesn’t necessarily have to produce big leaguers to help the game.

This Jan. 7, 2010, file photo shows Andre Dawson during a news conference in New York. Associated Press

“It would be great to see more of these kids reach the majors, but it is just as gratifying to help them get an education,” Reagins said. “There’s no doubt that we have seen the decline in participation of black players at the collegiate level, but I think our sport is doing a better job of getting more talented players recruited and signed to (HBCU) programs. “Where this exposure takes the individual players is up to them, but we are proud to make the investment in creating opportunities like this.” For Dawson, who played in a youth league organized by his uncle, the college tournament named for him

will succeed as long as it inspires greater participation by young blacks in MLB academies or youth leagues around the country. Performing in baseball requires refining skills over time, which is why it can be hard to take up cold in high school with much success. “As blacks, we’ve got to be embraced again — and it starts from early on,” Dawson said. “You’ve got to start at an early age and be encouraged. ... You don’t want to put yourself in a potentially embarrassing situation where you’re set up to fail. It’s not going to be fun, and if you’re not enjoying it, you’re not going to want to do it.”q


Thursday 15 February 2018

Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown By RYAN NAKASHIMA SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to reshape the web by eradicating ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google's own most lucrative ads will pretty much sail through its new filters. The move, which Google first floated back in June, is ostensibly aimed at making online advertising more tolerable by flagging sites that run annoying ads such as ones that auto-play video with sound. And it's using a big hammer: Chrome will start blocking all ads — including Google's own — on offending sites if they don't reform themselves. There's some irony in that, given that Google's aim is partly to convince people to turn off their own adblocking software. These popular browser add-ons deprive publishers (and Google) of revenue by preventing ads from displaying. Google vice president Rahul Roy-Chowdhury wrote in a blog post that the company aims to keep the web healthy by "filtering out disruptive ad experiences." But the company's motives and methods are both under attack. Along with Facebook, Google dominates the online-advertis-

This July 19, 2016, file photo shows the Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Associated Press

ing market; together they accounted for over 63 percent of the $83 billion spent on digital ads in the U.S. last year, according to eMarketer. Google is also virtually synonymous with online search, and Chrome is the most popular browser on the web, with a roughly 60 percent market share . To critics, Google's move looks less like a neighborhood cleanup than an assertion of dominance — and maybe even a crackdown on its competitors. Start with what Google is targeting. Its effort focuses on 12 ad formats

criticized by a group called the Coalition for Better Ads, whose members include Google, Facebook, News Corp. and the News Media Alliance, which represents 2,000 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. Among those blackballed formats are pop-ups, large ads that hover above the page, and ads that flash with bright background colors. But those standards were intended to be voluntary, said Paul Boyle, senior vice president of public policy for the newspaper alliance that helped create them. Instead, he said, Google

has appointed itself a global police officer that will turn the standards into de facto law. Critics also note that the standards conspicuously exempt one of Google’s one most significant forms of advertising — so-called pre-roll video ads, which run before videos on Google’s YouTube. Accusations of self-dealing have long haunted Google. Last June, European Union regulators hit it with a 2.4 billion euro ($3 billion) fine for unfairly directing search results to its own shopping listings, from

which it gets a direct cut of revenue. A similar Federal Trade Commission probe of Google ended in 2013 with a settlement and no fine . More recently, the News Media Alliance has urged Congress to look at how Google pressures media outlets to put stories in its “Accelerated Mobile Pages” format, which also tightly restricts ad formats and provides Google a new source of revenue in exchange for giving publishers favored treatment in search results. “It is troubling that one company becomes the regulator here for others,” Boyle said. “But they have the market power to kind of dictate.” Google will phase in the restrictions in coming months, and disputes would go through the coalition, not Google. Users on sites where Chrome has blocked ads will see a notification and can opt to allow the ads if they want. Website publishers have had months to prepare, yet many are still running afoul of the new standards. According to a recent search of Google’s Ad Experience Report , 1,408 sites had “warning” or “failing” status. Some were targeted to have their ads to be shut down Thursday. A number of porn sites also appeared. q

Organizers looking into 'possible attack' on internet, Wi-Fi

Fireworks explode over the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Associated Press

By STEPHEN WADE PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Pyeongchang Olympic organizers are investigating a possible attack on their internet and Wi-Fi systems that took

place about 45 minutes before the opening ceremony. Organizing committee spokeswoman Nancy Park said the defense ministry and a cybersecurity team

were investigating the outage that occurred Friday night. "It didn't affect the opening ceremony," Park said. "It went as planned. We just had some issue with our internal system." Park said Saturday that the systems had been "normalized" without giving details. She earlier declined to speculate on the cause and said she did not want to call it a cyberattack. In a statement, organizers issued an apology "to all those affected. These have

not disrupted any events." South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that servers were shut down to prevent damage to technical systems, causing problems with the Pyeongchang Olympic website. The opening ceremony was attended by several heads of state and included North Korea's ceremonial leader, Kim Yong Nam, and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Also on hand was U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. The games are being held

about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the border between North and South Korea, countries that technically have been at war since an armistice in 1953. An International Olympic Committee spokesman said drones that were scheduled to be used in the opening ceremony were not deployed. Spokesman Mark Adams called it an "impromptu logistical change" and did not say whether it was related to the Wi-Fi and internet outage.q


Thursday 15 February 2018

Stocks climb again; inflation worries subside

Traders Robert Charmak, left, and John Panin work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Investors saw some new hints that inflation is increasing on Wednesday, but they still sent banks, technology firms, and consumer-focused companies climbing. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

By MARLEY JAY NEW YORK (AP) — Investors saw some new hints that inflation is increasing on Wednesday, but they still sent banks, technology firms, and consumerfocused companies climbing. That was a big change after the market's inflationinspired plunge earlier this month. After a shaky start, stocks rose for the fourth straight day, and banks made some of the largest gains as bond yields reached new four-year highs. The move in yields came after the government said consumer prices climbed in January a slightly faster pace than economists had expected. A different government report showed retail sales were unchanged in December and slipped last month.

"I think the fears of the economy overheating have been a little bit balanced out with the combination of these two numbers," said Katie Nixon, chief investment officer for Northern Trust Wealth Management. "The bond market is not suggesting that runaway inflation is a deep concern." Stocks began plunging Feb. 1 after the Labor Department said wages grew at a rapid clip in January. Investors worried that that meant inflation was rising and that it would push the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates more quickly, making it more expensive for people and businesses to borrow money. That would slow down economic growth as well growth in as corporate profits. Nixon said that

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First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets U.S. OK By LINDSEY TANNER CHICAGO (AP) — The first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval. The move means Banyan Biomarkers can commercialize its test, giving the company an early lead in the biotech industry's race to find a way to diagnose concussions. The test doesn't detect concussions and the approval won't immediately change how patients with suspected concussions or other brain trauma are treated. But Wednesday's green light by the Food and Drug Administration "is a big deal because then it opens the door and accelerates technology," said Michael McCrea, a brain injury expert at Medical College of Wisconsin. The test detects two proteins present in brain cells that can leak into the bloodstream following a blow to the head. Banyan's research shows the test can detect them up within 12 hours of injury. It's designed to help doctors quickly determine which patients with suspected concussions may have brain bleeding or other brain injury. Patients with a positive test would need a CT scan to confirm the results and determine if surgery or other treatment is needed. The test will first be used in

Product development scientist Veronika Shevchenko works with patient samples at Banyan Biomarkers Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in San Diego. Associated Press

emergency rooms, possibly as soon as later this year, but Banyan's hope is that it will eventually be used on battlefields and football fields. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the test fits with the agency's goals for delivering new technologies to patients and reducing unnecessary radiation exposure. The test "sets the stage for a more modernized standard of care for testing of suspected cases," Gottlieb said in a statement. Traumatic brain injuries af-

fect an estimated 10 million people globally each year; at least 2 million of them are treated in U.S. emergency rooms. They often get CT scans to detect bleeding or other abnormalities. The scans expose patients to radiation, but in many patients with mild brain injuries including concussions, abnormalities don't show up on these imaging tests. With Department of Defense funding, Banyan's research shows its Brain Trauma Indicator can accurately pick up brain trauma later found on CT

scans. It also shows that absence of the two proteins in the test is a good indication that CT scans will be normal. That means patients with negative blood tests can avoid CT scans and unnecessary radiation exposure, said Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian, a University of Rochester emergency medicine professor involved in Banyan's research. Bazarian called the test "a huge step" toward devising a blood test that can detect brain injuries including concussions. Dr. Walter Koroshetz, direc-

tor of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and other brain injury experts say the test isn't sensitive enough to rule out concussions. "This may be a beginning. It's not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow," Koroshetz said. That prize would be a test that could detect and guide treatment for concussions and traumatic brain injuries, similar to a blood test that hospitals commonly use to evaluate suspected heart attacks, Koroshetz said. "That's what we'd like to have for the brain," he said. San Diego-based Banyan has partnered with Abbott and French firm bioMerieux SA to market the test to hospitals using those companies' blood analyzing machines. Other companies are developing similar blood tests to detect brain injuries. BioDirection is developing a test involving one of the proteins in Banyan's test plus another one and using a portable device that can yield results from a single drop of blood in less than two minutes. Quanterix is also working to develop a blood test to diagnose concussions and other brain injuries. It has licensed the use of both proteins in Banyan's test to be used with its own technology.q

Leaping elk crashes low-flying research helicopter in Utah In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, and provided by the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office is a research helicopter that was brought down by a leaping elk in the mountains of eastern Utah. Associated Press

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An elk leaped into a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a

collision that also killed the elk, authorities said Tuesday. The elk jumped into the chopper's tail rotor as the aircraft flew about 10 feet (3 meters) above ground

in a mountainous part of eastern Utah, with its crew trying to drop a net on the elk, said Jared Rigby of the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office. The two people on board weren't seriously hurt, but the elk died of its injuries Monday afternoon. The state-contracted Texas-based crew was trying to capture and sedate the elk and give it a tracking collar to research its movements in the area about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Salt Lake City. q


Thursday 15 February 2018

New IMAX movie 'America's Musical Journey' stars Aloe Blacc By BETH J. HARPAZ AP Travel Editor NEW YORK (AP) — Can the appeal of America's music help reverse the downturn in international visitors coming to the U.S.? Brand USA, which markets U.S. tourism around the world, hopes so. The agency is behind a new IMAX movie called "America's Musical Journey" that premieres this week. The 40-minute film aims to show off America's musical heritage to the world. It's narrated by Morgan Freeman and stars Grammy-nominated singersongwriter Aloe Blacc as he explores American music history in cities like New Orleans, Memphis, Detroit and Miami. Speaking at a media preview in New York on Tuesday, Blacc said he hopes the movie sparks in viewers a "love for music. I want them to learn about the growth of different genres that were born here in the U.S. like jazz, blues, rock, even hip-hop. ... If you get to see 'America's Musical Journey,' you'll see all the best there is to see here in the U.S. Politics aside, it's a beautiful country." Tom Garzilli, chief marketing officer for Brand USA, said the film is designed to "remind the world how diverse, all-inclusive and welcoming the country is." International visitors to the U.S. dipped nearly 4 percent during the first eight months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. Some in the travel industry have blamed the downturn on anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner rhetoric from the administration of President Donald Trump. The movie looks at the roots of African-American

musical traditions in the South, beginning with music brought here by enslaved Africans. Over time, that music developed into genres like gospel, the blues and jazz. The stories of the legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong in New Orleans and rock 'n' roll phenomenon Elvis Presley in Memphis are showcased along with scenes of breakdancers in Times Square, country music from Nashville and Motown in Detroit. The movie follows Blacc as he travels from city to city, learning from local musicians and incorporating their various styles into a new song of his own, "My Story." In one memorable scene during a stop in Miami, he gets a lesson in Latin beats from superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio. Blacc said he'd been to all the cities in the film before making the movie but he particularly enjoyed his visit to Memphis, visiting Graceland and digging deeper into Presley's legacy. The film soundtrack features several of Blacc's other songs including "Wake Me Up" and "I Need a Dollar," along with classics like Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" and Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World." This is the second movie from Brand USA in collaboration with MacGillivray Freeman Films. The first, "National Parks Adventure," celebrated the beauty and thrills of America's parks. It was released in 2016 and shown in dozens of venues around the world, earning nearly $23 million. The films cost $12.5 million each to produce and distribute. Garzilli said surveys of audiences who saw the movie about national parks found that 81 percent said they were more likely to visit the U.S. as a result and 62 percent had decided to choose the U.S. over another destination. The film, sponsored by Expedia and AirCanada, premieres at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum on Thursday in Washington, D.C.q

Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, left, poses with singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc at a Manhattan preview of the new IMAX movie "America's Musical Journey," Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in New York. Associated Press


& ARTS Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya is having a good year Thursday 15 February 2018

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — One year ago, most audiences didn't know the name Daniel Kaluuya. Now, the 28-year-old British actor has a best-actor Oscar nomination for starring in one of last year's biggest films, "Get Out"; a culture-shifting blockbuster opening this week ("Black Panther"); and a Steve McQueen film on the horizon. The Associated Press, which named Kaluuya one of its breakthrough entertainers of 2017, spoke to the actor recently about his crazy year, the life-changing nomination and his mom's practical advice on Oscarnomination morning. Remarks have been edited for clarity and brevity. AP: You've had quite the year! To think, you were shooting 'Black Panther' when 'Get Out' was about to come out last February. KALUUYA: When ('Get Out') was in Sundance I was in Atlanta preparing. Literally, I had U.K. press on my day off of 'Black Panther.' It's been a run.

Daniel Kaluuya poses for a portrait at the "Black Panther" press junket at the Montage Beverly Hills on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Associated Press

AP: Did you ever think "Get Out" would be this big? KALUUYA: No, I didn't. An indie horror?! No inkling. I had a feeling 'Black Panther' would be big. It was an ensemble, it was obviously a different thing. I'm English and 'Black Panther' is my third American job. It's kind of like me understanding how it works on this level. I was blessed to have this opportunity. And I didn't expect 'Get Out' to be the horse that it's been, just riding through the whole year and picking up pace. It looks like I have this master plan, but I just do stuff that I believe in and am interested in and work with filmmakers I'm a fan of. AP: Has life changed for you? KALUUYA: I mean I'm sitting here and this balcony is bigger than my flat. But I think it's still happening for me to understand the actual change of it. I think it's when it goes quiet you go, 'What's changed?' But like the nom came out Tues-

day. It's like seven days. Just as I was like getting into, 'Oh what does this mean?' then I see 'Black Panther,' and it's like boom. AP: How do you choose what you work on? You have Steve McQueen's "Widows" coming up next. KALUUYA: I'm drawn to projects where I don't know what happens next. That's what happened with 'Get Out,' I was like, 'I haven't seen this, let's do it.' Because you don't know what's going to happen. With 'Black Panther,' I have ideas now that I've watched it. I think it'll be sold out for three weeks. AP: Has the phone been ringing more often? KALUUYA: I've been on 'Get Out' for like a year. I've been scheduled. My year was sewed up in September the year before, doing 'Black Panther,' doing 'Widows,' writing my script. At the moment it's like, after March, after the Oscars, we'll see what happens. I kind of like that. After 'Sicar-

io' I took a year and a half off and I just read scripts and wrote and did my thing and I think this is all kind of representative of my force and that year off and what I'm about and what I want to do. I think it's important to go, 'Let's press pause and see what opportunities are out there.' I want to make things that have stuff to say and work with people who have something to say. I want to continue doing that and I'm willing to wait, and I was willing to wait. I was writing my script and I saw 'Get Out' and I'm like, 'I need to do this,' and 'Black Panther,' I thought, 'I need to do this' and 'Widows,' and it's like 'do this.' AP: Are you getting excited for the Oscars? KALUUYA: I don't know. ... I have no idea. I don't know what's happening. I haven't thought that far. AP: What were you thinking when Tiffany Haddish mispronounced your name on nominations morning? KALUUYA: I haven't watched it yet! I haven't seen the announcement. I just can't. I just can't. I have seen clips of my friends watching it. And when my name comes up everyone screams. So I know what she did. She's East African so it's cool. And it's so life changing for me anyway. It's a life changing thing for me. 'Get Out' was my second American job. I didn't sign up to an indie horror for that. I did it because I thought it was cool and I wanted to watch it. AP: Is your family excited for you? KALUUYA (laughing): I FaceTimed (my mom) in the morning and she was like, 'Hopefully you can convey that into a job.' Very practical. Very practical. 'You haven't got a job at the moment. You need a job.'q


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Review: Kendrick Lamar-led 'Black Panther' album has power By MELANIE SIMS Associated Press At times, the Kendrick Lamar-curated "Black Panther" album feels like a stand-alone set, only loosely related to the Marvel film for which it's named. But the album is a solid, entertaining listen that, in places, has its power. There's the opener and title track, in which Lamar seems to be speaking for himself, the Compton native, while also channeling T'Challa, the Marvel character who reigns over the fictional African nation of Wakanda, and protects it in his secret role as superhero Black Panther. "King of my city, king of my country, king of my homeland/King of the filthy, king of the fall-

en, we living again." Lamar raps, establishing the connection between himself and the film, and perhaps making Lamar fans feel a little closer to the powerful figures they're set to see in theaters. Lamar is reflective, too, rapping about struggles on and off-screen, the natural tragedies and the manmade, on the poignant "Pray for Me," featuring The Weeknd. "Who need a hero?/ You need a hero, look in the mirror, there go your hero," Lamar rhymes. But neither Lamar, nor his lyrics, are what make "Black Panther The Album" remarkable. Instead, it's all the layering — of artists, styles, sounds — and even language, like on the som-

ber "Seasons," which opens with a verse from South African rapper Sjava, whose bars need no translation to be felt. Things get super impressive with "Bloody Waters," featuring Ab-Soul, in which Lamar has somehow married together the "Yes, Lawd!" high energy of Anderson .Paak with the melancholy depth of English singer James Blake. The easy transition from one voice to the next is thanks in no small part to lead producer Sounwave, whose shifting beats keep ears glued to the music. An R&B opening gives way to a tough West Coast vibe on “Paramedic!” featuring hip-hop collective SOB x RBE. And Blake is back on an-

In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Kendrick Lamar arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, Calif. Associated Press

other jewel, “King’s Dead,” with Lamar, Jay Rock and Future. “The Ways” with Khalid and a singing-Swae Lee is adorable, while “Redemption,” which brings together California singer Zacari and South African singer Babes Wodumo, is a dance-inducing, Afro-beat gem.For some, “Black Panther The Album” will stand

as just another star-stacked compilation piece instead of a masterful album matching the intensity of the highly anticipated film. Certainly, the argument could be made. But for the ones who are excited about the film — its diversity, symbolism, and vision — they’ll find what they’re looking for.p

'Scorpion' actress Katharine McPhee heading to Broadway By MARK KENNEDY NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Katharine McPhee has already played someone who stars in a Broadway show. Now she's really going to do it herself. The singer-actress told The Associated Press that she is stepping into the hit musical "Waitress," marking the Broadway debut for the former cast member of NBC's "Smash." She starts April 10 and stars through June 17. "People come up to me all the time and say, 'You've done Broadway, right?' And I'm like, 'Nope, I've never done it,'" McPhee said. "I did a show about it but I was never, in fact, on Broadway. So this is really my first moment." McPhee, 33, can be seen on the CBS drama "Scorpion," where she helps a

group of misfit geniuses combat high-tech threats. Her recording career includes the 2015 album, "Hysteria," and she sings jazz standards on "I Fall in Love Too Easily," which came out last year. McPhee, who was the runner-up to the 2006 "American Idol" crown, losing to Taylor Hicks, also starred in "Smash," which focused on the backstage drama surrounding the creation of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. McPhee played Karen Cartwright, a small-town girl from Iowa who becomes a serious contender for the title role, putting her in fierce competition with seasoned Broadway trouper Ivy Linn, played by Megan Hilty. "Waitress," the musical adaptation of the 2007 film with songs by pop star Sara Bareilles, tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and pie maker trapped in a smalltown diner and a loveless marriage. The role has been played by Jessie Mueller, Betsy Wolfe — and Bareilles herself. "Aside from being a big Broadway fan and wanting to be on Broadway one

In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, singer and actress Katharine McPhee poses in the press room at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Associated Press

day, to do a show that Sara Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics to — I'm such a fan of hers — it's a real thrill for me," McPhee said. The musical is adapted from a 2007 film starring Keri Russell. It offers unusual ingredients for musical theater, like infidelity, spousal abuse and lack of maternal instincts. "It's a group of

imperfect people, which is real and human. I'm looking forward to portraying a woman that a lot of people can relate to — struggling, wanting to have a better life," McPhee said. "I can't wait to have this to be my first show." With live TV under her belt, as well as grueling shooting schedules, McPhee said her chief

concern is having the energy needed to perform eight times a week. "I'm not afraid of the role. I'm not afraid of the nerves of doing a show," she said. "I'm more afraid of the stamina." Bareilles and McPhee huddled in her dressing room and broke the role down. "I'm going to look to her as a guiding light."q


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Make a scene at these places from your favorite films By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Winter had trespassed into spring the day I visited Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria, where Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp children sang and danced their way through "Do-ReMi." Snowflakes stuck to my nose and eyelashes and also found their icy way down my neck. Not that I cared. As a fan of "The Sound of Music" since forever, I was thrilled to skip in the footsteps of Maria & Co., snow and all. Turns out visiting the setting of a much-loved movie is a popular pastime, from the bar of the Park Hyatt Tokyo ("Lost in Translation") to New York's Cafe Lalo ("You've Got Mail"). You too can make a scene at these real-world locations connected to classic films and fan favorites. HARRY POTTER See props, costumes, sets and more at the Harry Potter studio tour in Leavesdon, north of London. "Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter" is located next to the studios where the movies were filmed. Other Potter places include King's Cross Station in London, where officials have obligingly added a sign for the fictional "Platform 9-3/4" complete with a trolley embedded in a wall, and Leadenhall Market, which provided exteriors for Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron in the first movie. In Scotland, the Glenfinnan Viaduct is instantly recognizable as the bridge that carries the Hogwarts Express. The Jacobite Steam Train passes over the viaduct traveling from Fort William to Mallaig. THE SHINING The movie of Stephen King's horror novel "The Shining" wasn't shot at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, but it was the inspiration for creepy Overlook Hotel. King and his wife were the sole guests at the Stanley shortly before a seasonal closing when King was visited by a nightmare that germinated into the ghoulish plot. The story

In this Nov. 21, 2016, file photo, Alex Carrillo Quito of Ecuador imitates the character Rocky Balboa from the 1976 movie "Rocky," on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Philadelphia. Associated Press

involves an offseason caretaker who becomes a maniac after discovering the hotel's secrets. Ghost tours are available and the hotel has installed a hedge maze (featured in the movie, not the book). The Stanley was used during filming of "The Shining" TV series and has been a location for the movie "Dumb and Dumber." THE THIRD MAN This noir classic starring Orson Welles as the amoral Harry Lime showed the gritty as well as the picturesque side of Vienna in the aftermath of World War

II. There are tours in Lime's footsteps and a Third Man Museum with film memorabilia. You can visit the giant ferris wheel (Riesenrad), where Lime and his former friend, Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), meet in a showdown that still crackles with menace. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY Katz's Delicatessen on New York's Lower East Side makes a fine pastrami sandwich but a lot of folks show up here more interested in having "what she's having." This was the setting of the scene in which Meg Ryan's character, Sally, demon-

strates to Billy Crystal's character, Harry, that he knows less about women than he thinks. Be prepared to pay $20 or more for a signature sandwich. LORD OF THE RINGS Middle-earth has been a high point for New Zealand tourism. Scores of tours take in the film's stunning landscapes, from beautiful Lake Wakatipu in the South Island to the North Island's Hobbiton, a former movie set for the Shire. THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN, LA DOLCE VITA, ROMAN HOLIDAY Anita Ekberg (“La Dolce

In this May 11, 2017, file photo, orders are ready to go out at Katz's Delicatessen in New York. The deli was featured in the 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally." Associated Press

Vita”) waded in it, evening gown and all. Audrey Hepburn (“Roman Holiday”) got her hair cut near it. And Dorothy McGuire (“Three Coins in the Fountain”) made a wish on it. We’re talking Trevi Fountain, a Rome must-see. Time your visit early or late; it’s crowded. ROCKY Even if you’ve never watched any of the “Rocky” movies (guilty), chances are you’re familiar with the stirring scene(s) where Sylvester Stallone bounds up the steps to Philadelphia’s Museum of Art. Run, walk or just amble your way up the 72 steps. Then turn around and enjoy the view of the city. LA LA LAND, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE Griffith Observatory, set in the hills above Los Angeles, is worth visiting no matter what. The views are spectacular on a clear night. But movie fans have extra motivation. The planetarium inspired the dance scene (actually shot on a movie set) where Mia and Sebastian waltz among the stars. “La La Land” references another movie that used the setting to dramatic effect, “Rebel Without a Cause.” A knife fight between Jim (James Dean) and Buzz (Corey Allen) takes place at the observatory (following a visit to the planetarium) as does the 1955 classic’s wrenching finale. A CHRISTMAS STORY This 1985 movie about a boy who yearns for a Red Ryder BB gun is a holiday tradition for many. The Cleveland, Ohio, house where Ralphie and his family lived is open for tours and even overnight stays with a museum across the street. (Note: An annual maintenance closure is Feb. 12-23 this year.) AMELIE Quirky and charming, “Amelie,” the 2001 hit starring Audrey Tatou, features several locations in Paris’ Montmartre district. Cafe des 2 Moulins, where Amelie works, is a neighborhood hangout but you’ll find an “Amelie” poster on the wall and a few other links to the film.q

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