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Nor’easter Grounds Flights, Halts Trains Along East Coast By SARAH BETANCOURT Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — A relentless nor’easter pounded the Atlantic coast with hurricane-force winds and sideways-blown rain and snow Friday, flooding streets, grounding flights, stopping trains and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power from North Carolina to Maine. Airlines canceled more than 2,800 flights, mostly in the Northeast. LaGuardia Airport in New York City grounded all flights, and John F. Kennedy, also in the city, grounded all but a few departures. The Eastern Seaboard was hammered by wind gusts exceeding 50 mph, with possible winds of 80 to 90 mph on Cape Cod. Hurricane-force winds of 78 mph were reported off of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Powerful winds forced President Donald Trump to fly out of Dulles International Airport on Friday instead of Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Air Force One is housed. The airport in Northern Virginia has runways that are more close-

A car drives down a snowy road in Pittsfield, Mass., Friday, March 2, 2018. A major nor’easter is combining with high tide to cause flooding along coastal areas of the Eastern Seaboard. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

ly aligned with the gusty winds that were kicked up Friday by the nor’easter. Trump flew to Charlotte, North Carolina, to attend

the funeral of the Rev. Billy Graham. The impact of the storm was widely felt. Heavy snow fell in Ohio and upstate New York as the

storm spun eastward. Boston south to Rhode Island was forecast to get 2 to 5 inches of snow from the late-winter storm. Amtrak

suspended service along the Northeast Corridor, from Washington to Boston. Continued on Page 3


Saturday 3 March 2018

US Army officer:


China, Russia don't fear cyber retaliation By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Nations including China and Russia that launch cyber-

Frustrated members of the Senate Armed Services Committee peppered Nakasone with questions about what the U.S. should

costs of the cyberattacks on our nation?" Nakasone agreed that adversaries don't think much will happen to them if they

Army Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone arrives at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to discuss his qualifications as nominee to be National Security Agency Director and U.S. Cyber Command Commander, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

attacks against the U.S. don't fear retribution and see no reason to change their behavior, the Army officer tapped to be the next head of U.S. Cyber Command told a Senate Committee Thursday. Army Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone said that cyber threats against the country have grown exponentially, and the U.S. must impose costs on those adversaries to make them stop.

do to nations that infiltrate government networks, steal data from contractors or try to influence American elections. "We seem to be the, you know, cyber punching bag of the world," said Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, adding that officials repeatedly tell lawmakers that the U.S. doesn't retaliate against attackers such as Russia, China or North Korea. "Should we start cranking up the

conduct computer-based attacks. "They don't fear us," he told senators during his confirmation hearing. "It is not good, senator." Asked by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb, if China is worried about a response from the U.S. president, Nakasone responded, "I think that our adversaries have not seen our response in sufficient detail to change the behavior."q

Merkel, Trump discuss Syria, Russia’s Putin BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken with U.S. President Donald Trump about Syria, and both sides agreed that Syrian government forces and their Russian and Iranian allies must abide by a U.N. Security Council cease-fire resolution, her office said Friday. Following their call Thursday, Merkel and Trump urged Russia to stop participating in the bombardment of Damascus' rebelheld suburbs known as eastern Ghouta, according to her office.

"The five-hour cease-fire announced by the Russian side isn't being adhered to. The Syrian regime in particular is constantly breaking it," Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told reporters. Germany appeals "to all parties to the conflict to fully implement this U.N. resolution and we see a particular responsibility on the part of Russia," he added. Seibert said attacks should stop for 48 to 72 hours in order for aid to be effectively delivered to civilians. He called it "particularly

cynical that the regime in Damascus used chlorine gas against its own population again just one day after the passing of the U.N. resolution." According to Merkel's office, both she and Trump also expressed concern about Russian President Vladimir Putin's unveiling of new weapons systems Thursday "and their negative consequences for international arms control efforts." Still, Seibert said Berlin was always ready to talk with the Kremlin even when the two sides differ significantly on the issues.q

World Trade Organization warns that Trump is risking a trade war By JAMEY KEATEN DAVID RISING Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization warned Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump is risking an economically damaging trade war if he goes ahead with plans to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Trump, who has long railed against what he deems unfair trade practices by China and others, said Thursday he planned to levy penalties of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports from next week. Roberto Azevedo, the director-general of the Genevabased WTO, said the agency was "clearly concerned" at the U.S. plans and warned that "a trade war is in no one's interests." "The potential for escalation is real as we have seen from the initial responses," he said in comments emailed to The Associated Press by a WTO spokesman. Azevedo said the WTO, the body that oversees global trade, "will be watching the situation very closely." By taking on Trump's remarks directly, Azevedo is signaling a tougher stance toward the U.S. leader. The Brazilian-born lawyer has often treaded delicately when referring to Trump's leadership of the world's largest economy — even reacting cautiously when Trump criticized the WTO on the campaign trail. Azevedo has shown growing frustration in recent months over U.S. efforts to block new appointments to the organization's appellate body — a move that could hamper one of its key roles: resolving disputes. His more muscular language follows a flurry of worries from key U.S. trading partners in Europe over Trump's tariff plans. The European Union is already thought to be considering retaliatory tariffs, roughly one third of which would target steel, one third agriculture, and one third other products. "We are not going to sit on our hands while our industry is at risk of being hit with unfair measures," said European Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein. His boss, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, suggested the 28-nation trade could also target typically American products such as Harley Davidson motorcycles, Bourbon whiskey and blue jeans. “I don’t like using the word trade war, but I can’t see how this isn’t part of war-like behavior,” Juncker told German media ahead of a planned speech late Friday in Hamburg. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire confirmed he was planning to talk with counterparts in Germany and Britain about how to respond if the U.S. imposes tariffs. “The United States must know that if these unilateral decisions were to be maintained and confirmed, they would lead to a strong, coordinated and united answer from the European Union,” Le Maire said in Paris. Trump didn’t appear too concerned about the prospect of a trade war, even with a key partner such as the EU. In a tweet early Friday, he said “when a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win.” In his run to the presidency, Trump argued vociferously that increased foreign production, especially by China, had driven down prices and hurt U.S. producers. Dieter Kempf, head of the Federation of German Industries, urged all sides to “keep a cool head.” q


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Nor’easter grounds flights, halts trains along East Coast Continued from Front

In New Jersey, a downed tree that hit overhead wires and suspended some New Jersey Transit commuter service. The storm knocked out power to 700,000 homes and businesses from Michigan to North Carolina. More than 100,000 customers lost power in Washington alone. The federal government all offices in the area for the day. The Smithsonian museums also shut its doors. Pennsylvania utilities report at least 65,000 outages in that state. The website, which tracks utilities across the nation, reported early Friday afternoon that Pennsylvania was the hardest hit state with more than 292,700 homes and businesses without electricity. The front edge of the storm dumped up to a foot of snow on northeast Ohio, with strong winds leading to power outages and school closings. Portions of New York also saw more than a foot of snow Thursday night, downing power lines. In the Western New York town of Hornell, 30-year-old Anna Stewart was milking

People stand at the entrance to a pizza shop as water floods a street, in Scituate, Mass., Friday, March 2, 2018. A major nor’easter pounded the East Coast on Friday, packing heavy rain and strong winds as residents from the mid-Atlantic to Maine braced for coastal flooding. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

the 130 cows of her dairy farm in a barn powered by a generator hooked up to a tractor. Stewart lost power Thursday night. Hornell has gotten more than 14 inches of snow in the past day. “The snow is pretty wet and heavy. It’s taken down a lot of lines,” Stewart said. “There’s more snow than I’ve seen in quite a few years.” New York Gov. Andrew

Cuomo issued a travel advisory for all areas north of New York City, requesting limited travel due to dangerous driving conditions. Flooding was reported along a large swath of the East Coast, with coastal Massachusetts seeing among the worst. In Scituate, Massachusetts, officials asked residents in flooded areas to evacuate. Waves higher than two-story houses battered

the area, making roads impassable and turning parking lots into small ponds. The Boston Globe reports 1,855 people alerted Scituate officials that they had evacuated. On the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown resident Andy Towle took video of a 50-foot fishing boat breaking free from its mooring, beginning to tip onto the rocks of the breakwater.

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” the 50-year-old resident said. “The Harbormaster was down there with police, and they didn’t know what to do.” WFXT-TV caught submerged cars in Quincy, Massachusetts, south of Boston, as residents ignored police urgings to remain off roads. Police rescued many people in partially submerged and trapped cars. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker activated 200 National Guard members to help with the storm. “We’re expecting to see more severe flooding issues here than we did in the Jan. 4 storm,” when a nor’easter lashed the region with heavy snow and rain, he said. The weather service said all of Rhode Island was under flood and high wind watches through Sunday morning. A truck toppled over on the Newport Pell Bridge due to high winds, prompting officials to close all major bridges in Rhode Island to commercial vehicles, including school buses. A trailer also tipped over on New York’s Zappan Zee Bridge, snarling traffic for hours.q

John Kelly: I have ‘nothing to even consider resigning over’ By CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending himself weeks after the fact, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Friday insisted he had done “nothing to even consider resigning over” in his handling of domestic abuse allegations against a former top aide by the staffer’s two exwives. Kelly did allow that the White House team did not

“cover ourselves in glory” in its response to allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter. Porter resigned last month over reports that he had abused two ex-wives. The episode at one point seemed to put Kelly’s job in jeopardy and raised questions about who at the White House had access to top-secret information. Weeks later, with the Porter matter largely in the rear-

view mirror, Kelly still was clearly intent on clarifying his role in how the matter was handled. Offering his own version of events, Kelly told reporters he first learned of the allegations against Porter on Feb. 6, after inquiries from journalists. Kelly said those first queries focused on an allegation of “emotional abuse” from one woman. He said he then spoke to Porter, who resigned. Hours

later, Kelly said, he learned there was also an accusation of physical abuse. At that point, Kelly said, he made sure that Porter was out. Originally, the White House put out statements defending Porter, including one from Kelly. Kelly said he provided a statement of support for Porter after he heard only the first accusation. “At that point in time, I thought the statement was

accurate as it represented my relationship,” Kelly said. The White House did not announce Porter was leaving until a press briefing the following afternoon. “We didn’t cover ourselves in glory in terms of how we handled that,” Kelly said. “It was confusing.” Kelly described himself as shocked by the alleged abuse, saying he had viewed Porter as the “ultimate gentleman.” q

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NEWS Police: Student kills 2 at Central Michigan University Saturday 3 March 2018

By ED WHITE MIKE HOUSEHOLDER MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Police in camouflage uniforms searched house-to-house near the campus of Central Michigan University on Friday for a student suspected of fatally shooting two people at a dormitory and then fleeing into the neighborhood. Police released a photo of James Eric Davis Jr., urging the public to call 911 if they see him but also warning that the 19-year-old shouldn't be confronted. The campus was locked down, and students and staff were told to find shelter. "He should be considered armed and dangerous," campus police Lt. Larry Klaus said. The shooting occurred around 8:30 a.m. at Campbell Hall, a residence hall at Central Michigan, which is about 70 miles (112.6 kilometers) north of Lansing. Police described the shooting as a "family-type domestic situation" and said the victims were not stu-

This undated photo provided by Central Michigan University shows James Eric Davis Jr., who police identified as the shooting suspect at a Central Michigan University residence hall on Friday, March 2, 2018. Investigators said neither victim was a student and described the shooting as a "family-type domestic situation." (Courtesy of Central Michigan University via AP)

dents. Police declined to confirm news reports that said Davis had fatally shot his parents when they came to pick

him up for spring break. Klaus said video at the dorm suggests Davis fled on foot after the shooting. He was wearing a hoodie

but had been shedding certain clothes while on the run. The search was focused on Mount Pleasant neighborhoods near campus. Officers in camouflage knocked on doors and checked possible hiding places, such as yards and porches. In the surrounding community, students and staff in the Mount Pleasant school district were told not to leave nine buildings. Klaus said Davis was taken to a hospital Thursday night by campus police because of a drug-related health problem, possibly an overdose. No other details were released. Davis is from Plainfield, Illinois, and graduated from Central High School in 2016, said Tom Hernandez, a spokesman for Plainfield School District 202. The shooting occurred on the last day of classes before a weeklong break. Parents who were trying to pick up students were told instead to go to a local hotel where staff would assist them while the manhunt was ongoing.

A student, Tyler Whipple, was driving through campus when his route was blocked off by police cars at the scene of the killings. He had to catch a flight to Florida. "These roads are kind of spooky right now," Whipple said. The school posted an alert Friday morning on social media about shots being fired at Campbell Hall. An automated phone message also was sent to students. Halie Byron, 20, said she locked herself in her offcampus house, about a 10-minute walk from Campbell Hall. She had planned to run errands before traveling home to the Detroit area. "It's scary thinking about how easy a shooter can come into a college campus anywhere — a classroom, a library. There's so much easy access," Byron said. In the surrounding community, students and staff in the Mount Pleasant school district were told not to leave nine buildings. Visitors also weren't being allowed to enter.q

Report: Order for perimeter came after school shooting ended PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff's office captain told deputies to form a perimeter instead of confronting the gunman at a Florida high school where 17 people were killed in a mass

shooting, according to documents obtained by the Miami Herald. The newspaper reported late Thursday that it had obtained a partial Broward Sheriff's Office dispatch log,

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which showed that Capt. Jan Jordan gave the order for deputies to establish a perimeter. An earlier report on the call logs published by Fox News showed that the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would have been over by the time Jordan gave her order. However, the log may raise fresh questions about the department's handling of the mass shooting on Feb. 14, including whether police could have gone in sooner to help the wounded. "If detectives had answers to all of the questions, then there would be no need for an investigation," sheriff's office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright wrote in an email to the Herald late Thursday. Sheriff Scott Israel has said his office's training and nationwide active-shooter

procedure call for armed law enforcement officers to confront shooters immediately rather than secure a scene. He has blasted Deputy Scot Peterson, the school's resource officer, for not entering the school building while 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz was shooting. Israel told CNN that Coral Springs Police were the first law enforcement officers to enter the building, about four minutes after Cruz left the school. Peterson resigned and has defended his actions. The sheriff's office has not responded to requests for the logs from The Associated Press. The agency and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating the actions of officers responding to the shooting. The head of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies As-

sociation called for more transparency in the investigation in a Miami Herald report Friday , saying Israel should release all surveillance videos, audio recordings and dispatch logs documenting the law enforcement response to the school. “Our deputies are being called cowards in public, even if they had nothing to do with (the shooting response),” said Jeff Bell. “The deputies on the street are the ones taking the heat.” q


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Authorities: California family lived in filthy desert hovel

This photo provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office shows a ramshackle structure where authorities say a couple, their three children and dozens of cats were living in filthy conditions in unincorporated Joshua Tree in Southern California's Mojave Desert Thursday, March 1, 2018. (San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office via AP)

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (AP) — The mounds of trash, old toys and furniture caught

the attention of a Southern California sheriff's deputy passing through the des-

ert earlier this week. As he approached, he spotted a hovel cobbled together

with plywood and plastic sheeting. And then came the shocking discovery that a couple and their three children — ages 11 to 14 — had been living there for several years without running water, bathrooms or electricity. The children's mother, Mona Kirk, 51, would sleep alongside them in the ramshackle dwelling, which is only about 4 feet high and 10 feet wide, said Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Their father, Daniel Panico, 73, slept either in a trailer on the property with dozens of cats or in another vehicle, she said. "They were scraps of plywood that were put together and then they had a tarp over it to keep out the rain," Bachman said of the makeshift shelter on the lot near Joshua Tree, about 125 miles (201 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.

Inside, blankets were strewn everywhere and chairs were used to try to hold up the tarp ceiling. A makeshift kitchen was littered with empty bottles with cans of corn, peas and soup stacked on wooden shelves. Several holes on the property were filled with feces, officials said. The children didn't appear to have any obvious injuries and showed no outward signs of malnutrition but were undergoing medical evaluations, Bachman said. "It was apparent they had not bathed in days," she said. "There was no running water, no electricity, no bathroom facilities." The parents were arrested Wednesday and have been charged with three counts of felony child abuse, district attorney’s office spokesman Christopher Lee said. A telephone number listed for the couple in public records was not in service Friday.q

Mother of 2 killed by nanny yells that defendant is 'evil' By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors on Friday watched on surveillance footage as Marina Krim stood in the lobby of a dance studio discovering her 6-year-old daughter, Lulu, was not at class. She bends over her phone, frantically texting the family's nanny. "Where's Lulu ... Donde Estas ... Where are you" she wrote. But Yoselyn Ortega never responded.

In less than an hour, Krim would find Lulu and her 2-year-old son, Leo, dead in the bathroom of her apartment. Krim finished her heartwrenching testimony after about six hours on the stand in the murder trial of their former caregiver who prosecutors say grabbed two kitchen knives and butchered the two children while Krim was blocks away at the studio. Ortega has pleaded not guilty; her lawyer says she's

too mentally ill to be responsible for what she did. Prosecutors say she knew exactly what she was doing. As Krim left the courtroom, visibly exhausted and palpably angry, she turned to Ortega and screamed: "You're evil! You're evil! And you like this, you like this, you're getting pleasure," she cried. "Get me out of here. Please, get me out of here. Get me out!" The judge told jurors to disre-

gard the outburst. Krim told the panel she and Ortega, hired part-time as an extra pair of hands for the well-to-do stay-at-homemom, had worked out their schedule for Oct. 25, 2012. Ortega, 55, was supposed to pick up Lulu from kindergarten and walk her to dance class then go home to put Leo down for nap. Krim would go to swimming with her other daughter, 3-year-old Nessie, then and head home to meet Leo and Ortega.

Krim showed up to the studio shortly before 5 p.m., and panicked when Lulu wasn't there. As she bends over her phone in footage, Nessie plays in a bright pink coat in the lobby. Then Krim grabs her hand and walks out. "I'm walking really fast home, and I'm panicking," she said. "I start running and I'm dragging Nessie. I hold her but she's pretty heavy. I'm like: I'm sorry Nessie I'm freaking out right now, we gotta get home."q

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Storm spares California area previously struck by mudslides

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Deptment fire fighter crosses Arroyo Paredon Creek in Santa Barbara County, Calif., on Friday, March 2, 2018. Rain is moving across Southern California, but authorities on the south Santa Barbara County coast say there has not been a repeat of the deadly debris flows that struck during a January storm. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County FD via AP)

By JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rain moved through South-

ern California early Friday, sparing a strip of coastal communities from a repeat of deadly mudslides that

struck in January. Evacuation orders affecting up to 30,000 people on the south Santa Barbara

County coast were lifted at midmorning. "The worst of the storm has passed and we are cautiously optimistic that due to a significant amount of pre-storm preparation we have come through this with minimal impact," said Rob Lewin, director of the county Office of Emergency management. Rain fell at a rate of 0.6 inch (1.5 centimeter) per hour and initial assessments showed no damage to electrical, gas or water service, the county said. Some minor roadway flooding occurred, but the region's main highway, U.S. 101, remained open throughout the storm. Officials said 87 percent of those in the threatened areas complied with the evacuation order, which was issued because of concern the storm could unleash debris flows from mountains burned bare by wildfires. The order encompassed Montecito, where a Jan. 9 storm triggered flash floods that destroyed or dam-

aged hundreds of homes. Twenty-one people were killed and two remain missing. Other areas impacted by the order were Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria. Sheriff Bill Brown said the evacuation was ordered because models of the storm showed a "risk to life and property and risk of disruption to critical services." Department of Public Works official Tom Fayram said there would have been problems if not for work that had been done to clear channels of debris from the January storm. A voluntary evacuation was also lifted in neighboring Ventura County, where debris blocked a rural highway. The storm pressed on across metropolitan Los Angeles, where the National Weather Service said there could be flooding near five wildfire burn areas. Heavy snow was expected in the mountains. It’s also a boon for skiers and snowboarders.q

APNewsBreak: US utilities find water pollution at ash sites By MATTHEW BROWN SARAH RANKIN Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Major utilities have found evidence of groundwater contamination at coalburning power plants across the U.S. where landfills and man-made ponds have been used for decades as dumping grounds for coal ash, according to data released by plant owners under a Friday deadline. Heightened levels of pollutants— including arsenic and radium in some cases — were documented at plants in numerous states,

from Virginia and North Carolina to Washington and Alaska. The Environmental Protection Agency required the plant owners to install test wells to monitor groundwater pollution as a first step toward cleaning up the sites. The future of that effort was cast into uncertainty Thursday when the Trump administration announced it intends to roll back aspects of the program to reduce the industry's compliance costs by up to $100 million annually. "There's no dispute that the underlying groundwater is

being contaminated. We see that clearly," said Duke University professor Avner Vengosh, who researches the effects of coal ash and has reviewed some of the new data. "The real question is whether it's migrating toward people or wells next to (coal plants)." Vengosh added that the discovery at some sites of radium at levels far exceeding drinking water standards — which can increase the risk of cancer — were of particular concern. It appears to mark the first time coal ash has been as-

sociated with radioactivity in groundwater, he said. Duke Energy spokeswoman Erin Culbert noted that government-sponsored research has shown most coal ash does not have radioactive elements. She said the elevated radium levels reported at some Duke plants represented raw data that had not been analyzed to determine if the contamination was naturally occurring or came from another source. The Associated Press conducted an initial review of the reports, which were still being filed Friday, and

spoke with power company executives across the country, who warned against misinterpreting the pollution data. Generally, they said further studies were needed to confirm the ash storage sites as the source of the contamination and whether public drinking water supplies were threatened. U.S. coal plants produce about 100 million tons annually of ash and other waste, much of which ends up in unlined disposal ponds prone to leak. Some have been in use for decades. q


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Billy Graham funeral: Evangelist's children carry on crusade By TOM FOREMAN Jr. JONATHAN DREW Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham's children remembered "America's Pastor" on Friday as a man devoted to spreading the Gospel, living his life at home as he preached it in stadiums, with a personable humility and an unwavering focus on the Bible. As his oldest son told the funeral congregation, "There weren't two Billy Grahams." His adult children — all speakers or preachers in their own right — recalled being taught by their parents how to read Scripture aloud and deliver sermons, but also taking quiet walks with their father and feeling his embrace even when they made mistakes.Franklin Graham, who delivered the main funeral message, said all of those qualities were part of the whole. "The Billy Graham that the world saw on television, the Billy Graham that the world saw in the big stadiums, was the same Billy Graham that we saw at home. There weren't two Billy Grahams,"

The casket of The Rev. Billy Graham is moved during a funeral service at the Billy Graham Library for the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last week at age 99, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

he said. "He loved his family. He stood by us. He comforted us." Franklin Graham's funeral message, which included a Gospel call to repentance and salvation, followed shorter remarks by his siblings in a service that lasted just over an hour before an invitation-only crowd of ap-

proximately 2,000. "I believe, from Heaven's perspective, that my father's death is as significant as his life. And his life was very significant. But I think when he died, that was something very strategic from Heaven's point of view," said his daughter Anne Graham Lotz, later

adding: "I believe God is saying: 'Wake up church! Wake up world!'" The congregation included President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their wives. Neither Pence nor Trump spoke during the service that was streamed live online, but they met privately with the

family beforehand. The funeral planning began a decade ago with Billy Graham himself. It also reflected his family's desire to capture the feeling of the crusades that made him the world's best-known Protestant preacher of his era. Graham, who died last week at age 99, brought a message of salvation to millions during visits and live broadcasts to scores of countries. The funeral served as a Billy Graham crusade told through his children. Lotz read Scripture, inserting her name into the passages to make her relationship with God more personal and breaking it down intellectually, like her father. Youngest daughter Ruth told about how she sinned and didn't listen to her father with a hasty marriage, but he was waiting for her with open arms when she realized her mistake. And oldest son Franklin, now CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrapped up with his father's central theme: that the only path to salvation is to accept Jesus Christ.q

Trump-Graham power nexus flows through Franklin By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The preacher and the president, seated side-byside in the lit-for-television Capitol Rotunda, leaned a few inches closer. The Rev. Franklin Graham whispered something to President Donald Trump, who listened as he kept his eyes on the pine casket at the center of the room. They were there to honor Graham's father, the Rev. Billy Graham, pastor to presidents of any party and

minister to millions more over seven decades. But that fleeting moment was a sign that the son has the ear of a president, and the kind of access to power that the elder Graham came to regret. "Looking back, I know I sometimes crossed the line, and I wouldn't do that now," Billy Graham told Christianity Today in 2011. "My father would not be comfortable with all of the attention in the Rotunda today," Franklin Graham, 65, tweeted after the rare

salute this week from political leaders to a religious one. Trump is to be in attendance Friday as Franklin Graham offers the eulogy at his father's funeral in Charlotte, North Carolina. The elder Graham died last week at age 99. Like Trump with Twitter, Billy Graham used the cutting-edge technology of his age — television — to spread his message across the nation and around the world. What Trump might call Graham's "brand" was

both evangelical and inclusive. The preacher, meanwhile, counseled a dozen presidents and grew especially close to Richard Nixon — until the backstory of Watergate made Graham feel used by the disgraced president. He grew wary after that of mixing pastoral work with partisan politics. Not so, Franklin Graham with Trump. The younger Graham never explicitly endorsed Trump during the 2016 campaign, but the

two have in many ways been ideological siblings for years on issues like immigration. They share much the same audience of white evangelicals who form the core of the president's base of support. "Having Franklin Graham, who was so instrumental, we won so big, with evangelical Christians," Trump said after the 2016 election at a rally in Alabama. Exit polls suggested 81 percent of white evangelical voters cast ballots for Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.q


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Dutch PM calls for EU to look forward, deliver on promises BERLIN (AP) — The European Union needs to deliver on its promise of prosperity, security and stability if it wants to beat back the rise of populism from both the left and the right, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday. Speaking at an event in Berlin, Rutte contrasted his comments with British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech Friday on Brexit, saying he wanted to

talk about "the best way to move forward with Europe" rather than "a future without Europe." Rutte outlined nine proposals that included creating a single market for services as well as goods, reforming the bloc's budget and linking the receipt of EU funds to member states' adherence to the rule of law. The Dutch leader also backed a common asylum policy and

echoed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's stance that governments which refuse to take in their share of migrants may pay a price. "To those countries I would say: I understand your concerns, but solidarity is a twoway street," he said. Rutte said Europe's rise from the cataclysm of World War II was based on shared values, trust and a willingness to compromise.

"All over Europe, we are seeing the rise of parties on the flanks of the political spectrum that simply deny the importance of European cooperation" he said. "If we don't deliver on that basic promise of the EU, people will start believing the false promises and pipe dreams of the political extremes." Among the other proposals, Rutte suggested ambitious new targets for

cutting emissions of carbon dioxide — a major greenhouse gas — by 55 percent by 2030. The current EU target is to cut CO2 emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels. Rutte, whose country is threatened by rising sea levels, said the lower goal wouldn't be enough to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.7 Fahrenheit) by the end of the century.q

Theresa May tells UK it must face 'hard facts' about Brexit By JILL LAWLESS LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May told the British people Friday that they have to face "hard facts" about Brexit, warning that the U.K. will have less access to European Union markets once it leaves the bloc. But May also said a mutually beneficial future relationship is possible, and she urged EU leaders to work with her to deliver a "bold and comprehensive economic partnership." In a speech aimed at answering critics who have accused the U.K. government of failing to grasp the tough realities of Brexit, May said Britain wanted "the broadest and deepest possible agreement — covering more sectors and cooperating more fully than any free trade agreement anywhere in the world today." The U.K. is due to leave the 28-nation EU on March 29, 2019, but the two sides have yet to negotiate new arrangements for trade, security, aviation

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech at Mansion House, in London, Friday, March 2, 2018. May is promising to tell an impatient European Union on Friday what Britain is prepared to give and what it wants to take in a post-Brexit trade deal with the bloc. (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP)

and a host of other fields. A deal needs to be struck by the fall so European parliaments can sign off on it before Brexit day. EU leaders have warned that May's insistence on leaving the EU's single market and customs union makes the continued close

ties she is seeking impossible. They accuse Britain of wanting to cherry-pick benefits of EU membership without any of the responsibilities. In a speech aimed both at the EU and at a U.K. that remains divided over whether Brexit is a good idea, May

said "we all need to face up to some hard facts." "In certain ways, our access to each other's markets will be less than it is now," she said. But May signaled that Britain is willing to make major compromises to secure an ambitious free trade deal.

She said "U.K .and EU regulatory standards will remain substantially similar in the future" to ensure there is no need for tariffs and other obstacles for the free movement of goods. And May said "bold and creative thinking" could lead to solutions for trade in services and other areas. "We don't want to discriminate against EU service providers in the U.K. And we wouldn't want the EU to discriminate against U.K. service providers," she said. May also said Britain wants to remain a member of some EU agencies, including those governing medicines, chemicals and aviation — and is willing to pay and to play by the agencies' rules. “If this is cherrypicking, then every trade relationship is cherry-picking,” she said, noting that all trade deals are unique. British business groups also largely approved. Miles Celic of financial services lobby group TheCityUK described it as “ambitious and pragmatic.”q

Spanish government scorns latest Catalan independence moves MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government dismissed Friday the latest efforts by Catalan separatists to advance their independence bid, saying a planned Catalan government in exile would have no legal authority. The government also said Jordi Sanchez, a prominent secessionist proposed as Catalonia’s new president, can’t take office because

he’s in jail in Madrid awaiting possible trial on charges of sedition and rebellion for his part in recent Catalan attempts to break away from Spain. Government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said Friday of Sanchez possibly taking power that authorities “won’t allow it.” Justice Minister Rafael Catala was more circumspect, however. He noted a presi-

dent would have to take power in person, though he added it would be up to a judge whether to let Sanchez go to the Catalan parliament. Catalonia’s fugitive exleader Carles Puigdemont said late Thursday in a video message from Belgium, where he fled to escape arrest in Spain, that he supported Sanchez for president.

He also said separatists plan to create a kind of Catalan shadow government in exile, called the Council of the Republic, in Belgium. Mendez de Vigo said such a body would have no power because it has no constitutional basis. In another twist in the ongoing battle between Madrid’s central authorities and separatist parties and civic groups in Barcelona,

the wealthy northeastern Catalonia region’s capital, Puigdemont is taking his fight to the international stage. His lawyer in Belgium, Ben Emmerson, said Friday legal action has been launched at the United Nations, claiming Spain has violated human, civil and political rights in its crackdown in Catalonia and subsequent legal pursuit of regional leaders.q


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Turkish airstrike kills pro-government gunmen in north Syria By BASSEM MROUE BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's air force hit two positions of pro-government Syrian fighters deployed last week in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, killing and wounding a number of fighters in an escalation of violence in a region where Turkey has been on the offensive for more than a month, Syrian activists said Friday. Turkish troops and Turkeybacked opposition fighters have been on the offensive in Afrin since Jan. 20 against Syrian Kurdish fighters. Ankara has also warned Damascus not to send fighters to the area, saying it would target them. Turkey considers Syrian Kurdish fighters to be "terrorists" linked to a Kurdish insurgency within its own borders. The pro-government Syrian force began deploying in Afrin on Feb 20, despite Turkey's threats. Syrian state media said the aim is to defend Afrin. The airstrikes mark a major

This photo shows a burnt truck. According to Syrian state TV on Thursday night, a convoy carrying aid and heading toward Afrin was targeted by Turkish artillery, in al-Ziara village. The TV gave no further details about Thursday's incident, which came two days after pro-government fighters began entering the predominantly Kurdish town to shore up the Kurdish forces, after reaching an agreement with the YPG. (SANA via AP)

escalation between Turkey, the main backer of Syrian opposition fighters trying to remove President Bashar Assad from power, and Syria's pro-government forces,

backed by Iran. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes took place late Thursday in the village of Jamaa and

killed 17 members of the force known as the Popular Forces. Syrian state news agency said Turkish forces killed 20 people in Afrin, without

providing details. The Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV, which has reporters throughout Syria, including in Afrin, said Turkish warplanes killed 18 pro-government gunmen while 19 more were missing. Al-Mayadeen said the airstrike occurred after the Popular Forces hit a Turkish helicopter gunship. The main Kurdish militia in Syria, the People's Protection Units, or YPG, confirmed the attack, saying the airstrikes killed and wounded several fighters without giving further details. Turkey's military said Turkishmade ATAK helicopters struck a region in western Afrin, killing nine "terrorists." It did not provide further details and it was not clear if the airstrikes were in retaliation for the deaths of eight Turkish soldiers who were reported killed there on Thursday. State-run alIkhbariya TV said rebels shelled a crossing point to Ghouta in order to prevent people from leaving.q

US and Russia clash over blame for Syria chemical attacks By EDITH M. LEDERER UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Russia are again clashing over an expert body to determine responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, with Washington circulating a new draft U.N. resolution and Moscow moving toward a vote on its own proposal. The U.S. and Russia have been lashing out at each other for months over the issue of accountability for chemical attacks in Syria, which is a close ally of Moscow. The latest clash comes amid reports of suspected chemical attacks in the

embattled rebel-held Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta. French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated Friday that the use of lethal chemical weapons, if proven, would lead to a strong response. Russia vetoed a Westernbacked resolution in November that would have extended the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism, or JIM, which was charged with determining responsibility for chemical attacks, dooming its operation and making accountability exceedingly difficult. The JIM, comprising experts

from the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, concluded that the Syrian government used chlorine gas in at least two attacks in 2014 and 2015 and used the nerve agent sarin in an aerial attack on Khan Sheikhoun last April 4 that killed about 100 people and affected about 200 others. The team also accused the Islamic State extremist group of using mustard gas in 2015 and again in September 2016 in Um Hosh in Aleppo. Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accepted the accusation

against the IS militants but rejected the experts' findings on the Syria government as unproven and demanded major changes in the way the JIM operates. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia of trying to protect Syrian President Bashar Assad. Nebenzia accused the JIM of accusing Syria of using chemical weapons without identifying any perpetrators. Nebenzia circulated a draft resolution in January that would replace the JIM, but Western powers expressed serious reservations, saying it ignores the JIM's finding and would give the Syrian

government control over investigations and require investigators to visit the site of all chemical attacks. The United States circulated its proposal to replace the JIM this week, incorporating some Russian proposals. The draft resolution, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, would establish the United Nations Independent Mechanism of Investigation "to identify perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian Arab Republic and to operate in an impartial, independent, and professional manner in its investigations."q


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Deadly attacks by extremists strike Burkina Faso capital By BRAHIMA OUADRAOGO Associated Press OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Islamic extremists struck the French Embassy and army headquarters in simultaneous attacks of gunfire and explosives Friday in Burkina Faso's capital, killing eight people and wounding more than 80 others. All eight militants were slain by security forces. The violence, which the government called a terrorist attack, marked a further deterioration in former French colony's perilous security situation. Islamic militants already have struck twice since January 2016 in the West African country, prompting criticism of the military response each time. No group claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks. One of the militants' assaults destroyed a room in the army headquarters where senior officers were to have met but was relocated at the last minute, according to Security Minister Clement Sawadogo. "If the meeting had taken place in the first room, our army would have been beheaded," Sawadogo said, adding that some of

Troops ride in a vehicle near the French Embassy in central Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday March 2, 2018. Gunfire and explosions rocked Burkina Faso's capital early Friday in what the police said was a suspected attack by Islamic extremists. By midday the gunfire became intermittent and helicopters flew above the French Embassy in Ouagadougou. (AP Photo/ Ludivine Laniepce)

the assailants wore military clothing and seemed to be aware of the planned gathering. The French Embassy came under attack around 10:15 a.m., with witnesses at the nearby state TV offices telling The Associated Press that the attackers had arrived in a pickup truck, shouted, "Allahu akbar!" and began shooting. No one in the embassy was

hurt, but a gendarme and the four attackers were killed, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in televised remarks. Gunfire and explosions resounded for hours, subsiding by midday. Workers fled nearby offices and helicopters were seen above the embassy. A similar attack unfolded at the army headquarters across town. The assailants

also arrived in a pickup and starting shooting at soldiers, said Moussa Korbeogo, a trader at a nearby market. Heavy smoke rose from the army joint chief of staff's office, where witnesses reported loud explosions. Windows were broken there and in nearby buildings. "Some of the soldiers ran into a nearby bank to seek shelter. Several were killed

outside and inside the premises," Korbeogo said. Five emergency centers to treat casualties were set up in hospitals, a military barracks and at a stadium in Ouagadougou, said Col. Amade Kafando, director general of Burkina Faso's army health unit. French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to express his condolences and support, and also to thank the country’s forces for their quick intervention. Burkina Faso is one of five countries in the Sahel contributing to the socalled G5 force in the region battling extremists. Macron “reaffirms his determination and the full commitment of France, alongside its G5 Sahel partners, in the fight against terrorist movements,” according to a statement from the French leader. The Paris prosecutor’s office said it has opened a preliminary attempted murder investigation into the attack because the embassy was among the targets, a French judicial official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the media identified.q

Suicide bomb in Afghan capital kills young girl, wounds 22 By AMIR SHAH KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bombing in the eastern part of the Afghan capital on Friday morning killed at least one person, a young girl, and wounded 22, Afghan officials said. Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said the blast occurred in the neighborhood of Qabil Bay, in an area that is home to a police station, the government's customs offices and some guest houses. Najib Danish, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the suicide bomber targeted a "convoy of foreigners" but did not offer further details or clarify whether it was foreign forces who were targeted or contractors. Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the minis-

Residents walk though the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, March 2, 2018. A large explosion in the eastern part of the Afghan capital on Friday morning killed at least one person and wounding others an Afghan official said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

try, said 22 were wounded in the blast. Mohammad Musa Zahir, a doctor at the area's Wazir Akbar Khan hospital, said the wounded included five children and two women. No non-

Afghan casualties were reported in the bombing. NATO forces in Kabul confirmed the attack was a suicide car bombing. Capt. Tom Gresback, spokesman for the NATO-led forces,

said in a statement that "no Resolute Support service members were injured in the incident," referring to the mission's name. No militant group claimed responsibility for the attack. At the blast site in the Qabil Bay neighborhood, blood pooled on the pavement amid rubble in front of a destroyed building. Residents in the area were the first to say the explosion was a suicide attack, before Danish's statement. They spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their own safety. Kabul has recently seen a spate of large-scale militant attacks by the Taliban and also the Islamic State group, whose affiliate in Afghanistan has grown stronger since it emerged in 2014. In late January, a Taliban attacker drove an

ambulance filled with explosives into the heart of the city, killing at least 103 people and wounding as many as 235. The Taliban claimed the ambulance attack, as well as an attack a week earlier in which militants stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul, killing 22 people, including 14 foreigners, and setting off a 13-hour battle with security forces. The recent attacks have underscored the weaknesses of Afghan security forces more than 16 years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. On Wednesday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to take part in peace talks to "save the country," offering security and incentives such as passports to insurgents who join the negotiations.q


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Report: Indian officials told to avoid Tibetan exile events NEW DELHI (AP) — India has told top officials to avoid events held by Tibet's exile government to celebrate the Dalai Lama's life in India, fearful of hurting relations with China, a newspaper reported Friday. Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha, India's top government bureaucrat, sent a directive to high-level officials saying it is "not desirable" for them to participate in upcoming exile events, noting "the sensitive nature of the subject," The Indian Express Newspaper reported. Beijing detests the Dalai Lama, saying the Tibetan spiritual leader is trying to break Tibet away from Chinese control. The Dalai Lama, who insists he only wants more autonomy for Tibet, has lived in India since 1959, when he fled a crushed Tibetan uprising. India has long had a wary relationship with China, seeing it as a strategic rival and a major trading partner. While the Dalai Lama found shelter in India, New

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gives a religious talk at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India, Friday, March 2, 2018. Hundreds of exile Tibetans attended the one-day talk by the Tibetan leader. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

Delhi has often been careful to avoid showing him official support. The Indian government did not react directly to the media report, though the foreign ministry on Fri-

day called the Dalai Lama "deeply respected by the people of India." "There is no change in that position. His holiness is accorded all freedom to carry out his religious activities

in India," foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said in a statement. According to The Indian Express, the Indian government directive was written on the advice of Foreign

Secretary Vijay Gokhale, until recently India's ambassador in Beijing, who dealt with China's hardening position on the Indo-Chinese border and other issues. Last year, Indian troops stopped China from building a road in a disputed Himalayan plateau where the borders of China, India and Bhutan meet. In August, Beijing and New Delhi both agreed to pull back their troops from the area. Beijing also strongly criticized New Delhi last year for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Beijing claims Arunachal Pradesh is part of Tibet. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also irked China by inviting Lobsang Sangay, the exile prime minister, to his 2014 swearing-in ceremony. The government-in-exile is based in the north Indian town of Dharmsala, which is also home to the Dalai Lama.q

South Korea's Moon plans to send envoy to North Korea soon By KIM TONG-HYUNG SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to send a special envoy to North Korea soon to set up more meaningful dialogue between the rivals that Seoul hopes will eventually include discussions over disarming the North of nuclear weapons. Seoul's presidential office said Moon revealed the plans to President Donald

Trump in a 30-minute telephone conversation late Thursday. The office did not say how Trump reacted to the plans. North Korean officials visiting the South for the recently concluded Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have said leader Kim Jong Un wants to hold a summit with Moon and that North Korea aims to open talk with the United States. North Korea sent around

500 people to the Olympics, including high-level officials, athletes, artists, journalists and cheerleaders in part of conciliatory gestures with the South that brought a temporary lull to tensions surrounding the North's nuclear program. Experts say the North's outreach over the Olympics shows its ambition to break out of diplomatic isolation and pressure by improving relations with the South

and using that as a bridge to approach the United States. Visiting as a special envoy, Kim Yo Jong, the sister of Kim Jong Un, told Moon that her brother wishes to meet Moon in North Korea soon. Kim Yong Chol, a vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, during his talks with Moon said the North has "ample intentions" for holding talks with the United States.

Moon has yet to firmly commit to a summit, saying that the Koreas must first create an "environment" for that to happen. Trump has responded to North Korea's overture by saying that talks with North Korea will happen only if conditions are right. The U.S. has said North Korea must make a clear commitment to eliminating its nuclear and missile programs before any talks can take place.q


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Clash of local officials, vigilantes leaves 11 dead By MARK STEVENSON LA CONCEPCION, Mexico (AP) — The brothers leading the nearly 15-year fight against a Mexico dam project have been hailed as environmental heroes, but after a confused gunfight between their vigilante forces and other townsfolk, they are now in jail facing homicide charges. Some residents of the communities around the proposed La Parota dam near Acapulco say the Suastegui brothers have been oppressors who used their "community police" vigilante group to attack elected officials who didn't agree with them. Those disputes erupted into a Jan. 7 confrontation between villagers in which eight were killed — six villagers and two from the anti-dam police force — followed by a state police raid in which in which three more anti-dam vigilantes died. It is the latest in a series of conflicts that have erupted across parts of southern Mexico where townsfolk, usually fed up with violence and corrupt police, have created their own "community police" forces with no allegiance — and often outright hostility — to elected authorities. La Concepcion is one of numerous small communities in the mountains east of Acapulco that have been split by federal plans for the vast hydroelectric project. All or parts of two dozen villages would disappear under the reservoir's waters. But some communities downstream, which won't be flooded, support the dam, which would bring jobs to the impoverished region.

In this Feb. 5, 2018 photo, a woman lifts up a baby in the wooden house where she and family members lived with Jesus Estrada Calixto, 26, in La Concepcion, Mexico. Estrada was one of six civilians allegedly killed in January by "community police". (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

"The towns are divided by politics because the government divides the people," said Leandro Elacio, coordinator of the group whose name roughly translates as the Council of Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam. Elacio claims government aid programs are given to dam supporters and not opponents, and that gravel companies offer local households as little as 1,000 pesos per year for the right to scoop out the bed of the river to use in construction, damaging the environment. Since 2003, the anti-dam group founded by Vicente and Marco Antonio Suastegui has managed to block the hydroelectric project on the Papagayo, successfully arguing in court that the government had meddled with local assemblies in the 47 towns and hamlets in the watershed that have to vote to

approve the project. The Suasteguis and some of the group's other leaders have been arrested several times over protests against the project, and assert they were tortured. Three years ago, the opponents took a step further: They formed a community police force of almost 100 men, claiming their authority from show-of-hands community assemblies that they say has more validity than official elections. Such groups are common in tightly knit indigenous communities where centuries-old practices include rule by a council of elders and cooperative community work. They punish minor crimes with work, short imprisonment and re-adaptation. A Guerrero state law specifically allows indigenous communities to form such police forces. But disgust with police corruption and drug gang

violence has led people in other parts of Guerrero and neighboring states to form their own versions of citizen police — vigilante groups that sometimes battle the cartels and in some cases have been infiltrated by them. And they often find themselves in conflict with elected authorities, as in La Concepcion, a town of about 1,300 people. One of those authorities, recently elected town manager Lucio Mendez, had been taken prisoner by the community police three days before the clash broke out. A dam supporter, he says he was unjustly held because of differences of opinion. The community police accused the nearly toothless farmer of leading an armed plot to kill vigilante leader Marco Antonio Suastegui. "They started to beat me, they ordered my head shaved," he said.q

Ex-Colombia guerrilla leader to undergo heart surgery BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The leader of Colombia's once-largest rebel group will undergo heart surgery after being hospitalized while campaigning for president. Bogota's Shaio Clinic issued a statement Friday saying

it recommended the unspecified procedure after carrying out a battery of tests on Rodrigo Londono. The rebel leader best known by his nom de guerre Timocehnko was hospitalized Thursday suffering from chest pain.

The 59-year-old Londono has suffered various health setbacks in recent years, including a heart attack in 2015 during peace talks in Cuba and a stroke last year. The former rebels are transitioning to civilian life after

reaching an historic peace accord to end Latin America's longest-running conflict in 2016. Timochenko's bid for president has been rife with conflict, with angry Colombians throwing eggs at him on several occasions.q

Outraged Bolivians protest over Virgin painted in lingerie By CARLOS VALDEZ Associated Press LA PAZ, Argentina (AP) — Hundreds of Bolivians held a pilgrimage Thursday to protest an artist's rendition of their patron saint wearing red underwear and black stockings. Artist Rilda Paco has earned some praise, but also faced criticism and even death threats over her painting of the Virgin of Socavon in the mostly Roman Catholic country. The painting shows the virgin in lingerie surrounded by people in colorful costumes who dance with alcohol bottles in their hands at the annual Carnival in the mining city of Oruro. The protesting faithful attended an outdoor Mass and some dropped to their knees before a religious painting of the virgin at a church in Oruro, about 120 miles (190 kilometers) south of La Paz. As the faithful sang and prayed, the sun broke out on a rainy day. Oruro Archbishop Cristobal Bialasic called it "a sign of purification before such a serious offense." The city is home to a statue of the virgin that is nearly 150 feet (45 meters) high — a shade less than New York's Statue of Liberty and 23 feet (seven meters) higher than Rio de Janeiro's image of Christ the Redeemer. Bolivians pay homage to the Virgin of Socavon during the city's annual Carnival celebrations, which have been recognized as part of the patrimony of humanity by UNESCO. Two deadly explosions shocked Oruro during this year's celebrations. Paco has said she did not mean to offend anyone with her painting but only wanted to use it as a form of protest. Carnival is "where you see the largest consumption of alcohol, rapes and violence," she said. "The Virgin is a mother and as mother she is a woman before a saint.q


Saturday 3 March 2018

Aruba Marriott Honored To Welcome Local Artist Jeon

-In Recognition for His International Platinum Record Hit ‘Machika.’ PALM BEACH - On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 the staff and management of the Aruba Marriott was very happy and honored to have had the opportunity to welcome and host local artist Jeon at the hotel, in recognition for his international debut with platinum record hit ‘Machika’. A thoughtful welcome reception was held by the lobby entrance at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, where Joerg Delin – Complex Director of Food & Beverage, Ben Figaroa – Casino General Manager and Stacey Banfield – Marketing Communications Manager alongside staff and management of the complex joined to welcome Jeon and his family with a warm greeting, welcome beverages and a lot of enthusiasm. The grand appreciation for the artist was felt as soon as he stepped out of the limo, along with a feeling of island pride among the associates who proudly embraced Jeon and congratulated him for his success. Recognizing and supporting local artist Jeon for his international achievement and for his effort in promoting the island of Aruba internationally is part of Aruba Marriott’s efforts in making a positive impact and striving to be a force of good

within the community. The Aruba Marriott congratulates Jeon with achieving his first international platinum record hit and wishes him a future filled with many more success stories.q


Saturday 3 March 2018

Tierra del Sol Resort & Golf’s 2018 Club Championship

ORANJESTAD - On February 24th and 25th, Tierra del Sol hosted their annual 2018 Club Championship. This event is always well awaited by the members, looking forward to playing over two days to decide the Club Champion in both the Ladies and Men’s division and the other flights for the year. In the Ladies division Mrs. Betty Green had a very strong showing with two consistent rounds to capture the title, the trophy and the famed parking space for the year. Regarding the Men’s side, the battle started with Rick Ingrassia taking a commanding 5 shot lead after the first round. Half way through the second round this lead had decreased with the duo of Orlando Rasmijn and Junior Croes gaining several strokes on his lead. On hole # 16 a decisive birdie by Rick gave him a 7-stroke cushion with 2 holes to play. This proved to be enough and Rick managed to close out the others and result in the 2018 Men’s Club Champion. In the respective flights,

Junior Croes held of Rob Nolle to win the A-Flight by one stroke. The B-Flight was won by Cliff Starke who had his best round ever to overtake several players and edge out Josef Croes who finished second. The C-Flight finished in a tie, with Ken Hover taking the first-place trophy over Larry Nedd by means of the tie breaker, both finished one ahead of Ashikito Martinus. The Ladies Net division was won with the same score as the Men’s A-Flight. Jasmin Ismael took the victory over Vivienne Teunissen who finished second. The prize giving was celebrated in the Restaurant with a great meal prepared by the Food and Beverage team at Tierra del Sol and the additional prizes of Nearest to the Pin where won by Vivienne Teunissen in the Ladies division and Orlando Rasmijn in the Men’s division. A big thank you goes out to all participants, and congrats to all the winners in their categories and especially the 2018 Club Champions; Betty Green and Rick Ingrassia, enjoy your personal parking spots.q


Saturday 3 March 2018

Loyal Visitor Honored at the Aruba Beach Club The honorees for Emerald Ambassador were Mr. Donald and Mrs. Gail Piatt of Contoocoo, New Hampshire, celebrating their 45th consecutive annual visit to Aruba! These special guests love Aruba very much because of the friendly people, the weather, the beaches, the restaurants, the Casinos, and just about everything else!

EAGLE BEACH - Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very special couple as Emerald Am-

bassadors of Aruba at the Aruba Beach Club. The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as

tokens of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for 35-or-more consecutive years.

They say being on the island is like being in paradise and that Aruba is truly their ‘home-away-from-home.’ The certificate and commemorative emerald coin were presented by Ms. Darline S. de Cuba representing the Aruba Tourism Authority, together with friends, family and associates from the Aruba Beach Club.q


Saturday 3 March 2018

Aruba Honors Loyal Visitors at Renaissance Ocean Suites

ORANJESTAD - Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority honored Distinguished Visitors and Goodwill Ambassadors of Aruba as a token of appreciation for visiting the island for 10 and more consecutive years.

Honorees were: Mr. Robert and Mrs. Claire Wegner of New Jersey, Mr. Richard and Mrs. Lucille Murray of South Carolina, Ms. Beatrice Lalla of New York, Mr. Carmine and Mrs. Denise Di Sapio of Con-

necticut, and Mr. Herb and Mrs. Janet Salamon of Connecticut. Ms. Darline de Cuba representing the Aruba Tourism Authority, and members of Renaissance ocean Suites bestowed the certificate of the Am-

bassadors and handed some presents to the honorees and thanked them for choosing Aruba as their vacation destination and as their home away from home for so many years on behalf of the Govern-

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


Saturday 3 March 2018

GOLDEN MOMENT India’s Shubhankar Sharma hits the ball during the second round of the Mexico Championship at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, Friday, March 2, 2018. Assosiated Press

Echevarria beats Manyonga to long jump gold

Shubhankar Sharma soars into the lead in Mexico By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) — Success has come quickly for Shubhankar Sharma, and the Mexico Championship is no exception. Sharma hit a 3-wood that landed on the green and settled 2 feet away for an eagle on the opening hole at Chapultepec Golf Club. He finished with three straight birdies for a 5-under 66. And in his first World Golf Championship, he takes a two-shot lead into the weekend. “I worked all my life to come and play at a high stage like this,” said Sharma, who turned pro when he was 16. “You have to expect great things from yourself if you want to play at a high stage. I just try and not think of anything before I start. I just try and concentrate on the success, and just let things go.” Sharma overcame a pair of three-putt bogeys early in his round and was at 11-under 131. Continued on Page 18

Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria makes an attempt in the men’s long jump final at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Britain, Friday, March 2, 2018. Associated Press Page 19


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Sergio Garcia of Spain gestures after teeing off on the15th hole during the second round of the Mexico Championship at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, Friday, March 2, 2018. Associated Press

Sharma In this Feb. 25, 2018, file photo, Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the fourth hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament,in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Associated Press

Woods adds Valspar tourney near Tampa to his road to Masters By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tiger Woods is adding another tournament to his schedule on his road to the Masters. Woods decided Friday to play in the Valspar Championship next week at Innisbrook, along with the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill the following week. It was another strong signal about the health of his surgically fused lower back, giving him four tournaments in five weeks. Woods tweeted that he committed to play both tournaments after a “good recovery week.” He has never played the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida, though Woods has played Innisbrook. Three months after he turned pro in 1996, Woods paired with Kelli Kuehne in the now-defunct JC Penney Mixed-Team Classic. They finished third. Innisbrook became part of the PGA Tour schedule in 2000. The Copperhead course is regarded by some players as one of the best tournament layouts in Florida because of the hilly terrain, tree-lined fairways and water that comes into play only on seven of the 18 holes. It is the only PGA Tour stop in Florida that does not feature water on the 18th hole. From the time Woods returned — first at his unofficial Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas last December and then when he resumed a PGA Tour schedule — he has said he was trying to ready his game for Augusta National. Woods has missed the Masters three of the last four years because of four back operations, the most recent a fusion surgery last April. His latest return as been promising with a tie for 23rd at Torrey Pines (seven shots behind) and 12th place at the Honda Classic (eight shots behind). He missed the cut at Riviera, where he never won even at his best.q

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Masters champion Sergio Garcia had a 65 and was two shots behind, along with Xander Schauffele (66) and Rafa Cabrera Bello (67). Sharma’s greatest asset is stable mind, and he has not shown any moments of being overwhelmed. Even so, there has been a few surreal moments, such as warming up the range before the second round. Jordan Spieth, the British Open champion and former No. 1 in the world, was hitting balls behind him. And then when Spieth left, world No. 1 Dustin Johnson took his place. It was hard for Sharma not to glance at over his shoulder. “I couldn’t ask for anything better,” he said. And then it got better. Sharma had such control over his game that he putted for birdie on every hole except the par-4 eighth, where he escaped from the trees into a bunker, blasted out to 12 feet and saved par. He shot 31 on the back, finishing with a gap wedge he hammered to 10 feet for a final birdie, and he walked off the green to a big ovation. Russell Knox is the only other player to win a World Golf Championship in his debut, at the 2015 HSBC Champions in Shanghai. So much more is at stake. Sharma, the only two-time winner on the European

Tour this season who leads the Race to Dubai, is No. 75 in the world. Still in his sights is a chance to move into the top 64 after next week to get into the Dell Match Play in Texas, and he has an outside chance of getting into the Masters. And to think that just three months ago, he had yet to win anywhere in the world. Then, he shot 61 in the second round on his way to winning the Joburg Open. Last month, he closed with a 62 to win the Malaysian Open. Now he’s 36 holes away from a World Golf Championship. “Everything has happened so fast for me,” Sharma said. “In the past four months, my life has totally change. Obviously, the final destination for me is the PGA Tour. That’s always been my dream. Just playing well here this week will get my closer to my dream.” And yet he still has a long way to go. Schauffele, a two-time winner as a rookie last year on the PGA Tour, has managed to go bogey-free at Chapultepec over two rounds, remarkable because the poa greens following a week of rain have been bouncing more than rolling, especially in the afternoon. Hardly anyone knew much about Schauffele last year before he played well at the U.S. Open, and then won the Greenbrier Classic

and Tour Championship. He at least knows a little about the rising star from India. “He’s 21 years old, and he just won a tournament and has a locker right next to mine,” Schauffele said. Ten players were within four shots of the lead going into the weekend, a group that includes defending champion Dustin Johnson, who holed a wedge from 112 yards for eagle on the ninth hole and shot a 66. He was in the large group at 7-under 135. “My favorite thing about that is I didn’t have to putt,” Johnson said. What made him smile was something he found Thursday night on YouTube, of all places. Johnson saw a video of someone analyzing his swing, and it made him realize his right arm was not in the right position. He tried in on the range with his first shot and suddenly felt everything fall into place. “I have a lot of confidence going into the weekend,” Johnson said. Sharma just wants to be keep in rolling. He missed the cut each of the last two weeks in Oman and Qatar, and then flew 10 time zones to Mexico City. He leaves Sunday night for New York and then to New Delhi, where he plays the Hero Indian Open on his home course. He wasn’t surprised to be playing well. He wasn’t expecting much.q


Saturday 3 March 2018

Cuban is youngest male field event winner at world indoors By DANIELLA MATAR, BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Juan Miguel Echevarria became the youngest male field event winner when he took the long jump and Katarina Johnson-Thompson claimed her first global title in the pentathlon at the world indoor athletics championships on Friday. In another first, every runner in a world championship race was disqualified, in a 400-meter heat. There were also gold medals for Murielle Ahoure in an Ivory Coast one-two in the 60 meters, and Hungary's Anita Marton in the shot put. In the heptathlon, Kevin Mayer of France has a 45-point lead over Damian Warner of Canada. The final three events are on Saturday. The 19-year-old Echevarria leaped a personal-best 8.46 meters to upset world champion and Olympic silver medalist Luvo Manyonga. Just four centimeters separated the top three: Manyonga made 8.44 and defending champion Marquis Dendy of the United States 8.42.

"I'm delighted with the result," Echevarria said. "It was very tight with very close margins but I prepared physically and mentally for the event. "I think I'm in the peak of my career. I'm feeling very physically strong ... I'm really looking forward to what 2018 holds." In the pentathlon, Johnson-Thompson topped the standings going into the final event and led most of the 800-meter race before pulling away in the final straight to comfortably take gold. The British athlete finished 50 points ahead of Ivona Dadic of Austria. Yorgelis Rodriguez of Cuba was third, 113 points behind. "It's been a very long hard day but it's definitely been worth it," Johnson-Thompson said. "I knew in the 800 all I needed to do was keep ahead of Dadic and Rodriguez. Something just happened to me in the third lap and I just felt good so I wanted to go for the win." Dadic earned her first world medal after finishing second to Nafissatou Thiam in the European indoors last year.

Johnson-Thompson had a strong showing in the three events in the morning session, although it was Rodriguez who led after the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, and shot put. Johnson-Thompson moved into first place with a leap of 6.50 meters to top the long-jump standings, which afforded her a lead of around two seconds going into the 800. In the women's 60, Ahoure clocked 6.97 seconds to secure Ivory Coast's first gold at the world indoors. She edged teammate Marie Josee Ta Lou by 0.43. They embraced after each ran personal bests. "It's huge to get gold and silver. The Ivory Coast is on top, we're so happy and hopefully soon we'll be able to take over the whole podium," Ahoure said. "This last year has been so difficult with my father (who has died of cancer). I knew he was watching from up there. I was talking to him before the race, saying, 'Please Dad, help me in the race.' I couldn't get a gold medal when he was alive. I have so much pent-up emotion now." Mujinga Kambundji of Swit-


Grenada's Bralon Taplin, center front, leads in a men's 400 meter heat at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Britain, Friday, March 2, 2018. Associated Press

zerland was third, just 0.005 behind Ta Lou. Danniel Thomas-Dodd became the first Jamaican woman to win a global field medal, but her Jamaicanrecord 19.22 in the shot put wasn't enough to beat Marton, who threw 19.62. World champion Lijiao Gong of China was third. Earlier, all five runners in a 400-meter heat were disqualified. Abdalelah Haroun, a Qatari who won bronze at the world championships last year, was first to leave after

a false start. Bralon Taplin of Grenada, who ran the fastest time this year, won the heat but officials disqualified him and Steven Gayle of Jamaica, Austris Karpinskis of Latvia, and Alonzo Russell of the Bahamas for running out of their lanes. Grenada's appeal was rejected. It is two less rivals for Pavel Maslak to worry about in the Czech runner's quest for a third successive world indoor title. Maslak finished second in his heat and first in his semifinal.q


Saturday 3 March 2018

Hurricanes snap six-game losing streak, beat Flyers 4-1

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Petr Mrazek, left, is unable to make a save against a goal scored by Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams, center, as Flyers' Brandon Manning defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Philadelphia. Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Justin Williams scored two goals, Cam Ward stopped 21 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes snapped a sixgame losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. The Flyers had been the hottest team in hockey, winners of six straight overall and riding a 10-0-2 streak for their longest span without a regulation loss since 2003. They were even 4-0-1 against the Hurricanes in their last five against them at home. Carolina made quick work in ending the good times in Philly. Williams knocked in a loose puck 4:40 into the game and the former Flyer stuck it to his former team one more time. BRUINS 8, PENGUINS 4 BOSTON (AP) — David Krejci had his fourth career hat trick, David Pastrnak had two goals and an assist, and the Bruins had their highest-scoring game since 2012, beating the Penguins. One night after the Boston Celtics posted a seasonhigh 134 points in the same building, the Bruins had their biggest offensive output of the year. Pittsburgh's Ollie Matta scored just 35 into the game, but from there on it was mostly Bruins. Boston led 2-1 before the threeminute mark, 3-1 after six minutes and 5-2 with just under four minutes to play in the first before Riley Sheahan scored with 4 seconds to play in the period. The Bruins added three in the second — two on the power play from Krejci, giving him a hat trick with 25:27 still to play — and one from Pastrnak. It was Krejci's first three-goal game since 2014; he also has had two in the playoffs. The Bruins have won backto-back games since the trade deadline, when they acquired Rick Nash and Tommy Wingels and signed Team USA Olympic cap-

tain Brian Gionta. Nash had a goal and an assist, and Gionta had two assists. PANTHERS 3, DEVILS 2 SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov scored two goals to lift the Panthers to a win over the Devils. Maxim Mamin scored his second NHL goal and Robert Luongo made 29 saves as the Panthers recorded their fourth straight win. Jesper Bratt and Taylor Hall scored for the Devils. Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots in his first start since missing 16 games with a lowerbody injury. Barkov's second goal stretched the Panthers lead to 3-1 with 3:34 left in the third. Barkov lifted the puck over Schneider and into the net. Bratt's goal closed the score to 3-2 with 2:07 left in the third. LIGHTNING 5, STARS 4, OT DALLAS (AP) — Cory Conacher scored with 41 seconds left in overtime, and the Lightning beat the Stars. Conacher broke away from Dallas' Jamie Benn and took a low shot that bounced off goalie Ben Bishop and went in. It was the Lightning's fourth game in six nights that went past 60 minutes. Tampa Bay's Anthony Cirelli had a goal and an assist in the three-goal second period of his NHL debut. The Lightning recalled the 20-year-old Cirelli from Syracuse of the AHL earlier Thursday as an emergency replacement for NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov. Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist for Dallas, which rallied with two thirdperiod goals. COYOTES 5, WILD 3 GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Richard Panik broke a tie midway through the third period and the Coyotes rallied for another victory over the Wild. Christian Dvorak, Jakob Chychrun, Kevin Connauton and Jordan Martinook also scored, Max Domi had three assists, and Antti

Raanta made 31 saves to help the NHL-worst Coyotes end Minnesota's winning streak at five games. Arizona also rallied to beat Minnesota the last time they played, scoring the final four goals in a 4-3 overtime victory in St. Paul on Feb. 8. That victory started a 7-2-1 run for the Coyotes. Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Matt Cullen scored for the Wild, and Alex Stalock stopped 21 shots. PREDATORS 4, OILERS 2 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored a pair of goals as the Predators rallied for a victory over the Oilers. Scott Hartnell and Austin Watson also scored for the Predators, who have won six straight. Nashville's David Polie earned his 1,320th career win as a general manager, the most in NHL history. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl replied for the Oilers, who have lost two straight. SHARKS 7, BLACKHAWKS 2 SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Pavelski scored twice and the Sharks reached a season high in goals in a victory over the Blackhawks. Logan Couture, Timo Meier, Kevin LaBanc, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Barclay Goodrow also scored for the Sharks, who won their second straight at home after dropping three in a row on the road. Artem Anisimov and Nick Schmaltz scored for the Blackhawks, who lost their seventh straight road game while allowing their most goals this season, matching the seven New Jersey scored on Nov. 12. Martin Jones stopped 32 shots for San Jose. KINGS 5, BLUE JACKETS 2 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Iafallo scored two goals to lead the Kings back from an early two-goal deficit and beat the Blue Jackets. Nate Thompson, Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter also scored for the Kings, who won their third straight game. q


Saturday 3 March 2018

Kovalev headlines MSG's light heavyweight title doubleheader By BRIAN MAHONEY NEW YORK (AP) — For someone who was one of boxing's feared fighters, Sergey Kovalev didn't look so intimidating. He threw his arm around his opponent for a hug, taking time to chat and pose together for photos like old pals. They are. Kovalev figures he's known Igor Mikhalkin since he was about 17, back when they were amateur teammates in Russia. Come Saturday, that will mean nothing. "We were like friends, but only friends can beat on each other and don't be upset at each other," Kovalev said. They meet in the Theater at Madison Square Garden for the WBO light heavyweight title that Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs) regained in his last fight after dropping it in the first of his consecutive losses to Andre Ward. Kovalev has changed plenty since then, but "Krusher" wants to show his punishing power hasn't gone anywhere. "Saturday night will be an interesting fight because we will beat each other very, very hard," Kovalev said. The match against Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs) is one of two title fights in the 175-pound division on Saturday's card, which will be televised by HBO. Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs), another Russian, defends his WBA belt against Cuban Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs) in the other. Barrera was initially offered the fight against Kovalev in

Boxers Sergey Kovalev, left, and Igor Mikhalkin pose for a picture during a news conference in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Associated Press

what would have been a matchup between fighters whose only losses were to Ward. Instead, he took less money for the shot at Bivol's belt and Kovalev ended up with Mikhalkin. They went separate ways since their amateur days, with Kovalev, 34, moving on to win three light heavyweight titles and fight in major bouts in the U.S. Mikhalkin, now based in Germany, stayed behind to do his fighting in Europe, and now he has a chance to make a worldwide name for himself if he can knock off Kovalev. "This is most likely the most important fight in my ca-

reer," Mikhalkin said. "This is the greatest opponent I've ever fought." But it was a damaged one after the losses to Ward, the first by a narrow decision but the second when Kovalev was stopped in the eighth round. He easily won back the WBO belt that Ward vacated after retiring when he stopped Slava Shabranskyy at MSG in November. But he realized he still needed to re-evaluate his training and travel. "To lose after being world champion, such a dominant world champion, is a bitter blow. Some guys never recover from that," promoter Kathy Duva said. "But

a rare few take an honest look at the way they are doing things, they change what needs to be changed and no matter how difficult, no matter what you have to give up to do it. This is hard. Sergey is not afraid of hard, as we all know." Now trained by Abror Tursunpulatov, Kovalev believes rededicating himself could bring him to a level he hadn't reached even when he was rolling through everyone in front of him. "I am motivated for the new chapter in my boxing career, and I showed in the last fight that I am back and now I am on my way

to my goals," Kovalev said. Perhaps those could include a match against the winner of the other championship bout on the card, which takes place in the shadow of the heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Cuba's Luis Ortiz across town in Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Kovalev has already been a star. For Mikhalkin, Bivol and Barrera, it's a chance to become one. "I train like every fight is my last fight because every fight is the most important fight," Bivol said. "On Saturday night, the fans will get to see what I am all about."q


Saturday 3 March 2018


Hall of Fame QB Kelly says tests show return of oral cancer By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has once again been diagnosed with oral cancer. Kelly released a statement Thursday through his publicist saying he is “shocked and deeply saddened” by the news, and vows to once again fight to overcome the disease. He did not go into specifics on the diagnoses except to say the cancer was discovered following a test. “As our family has faced many trials and triumphs throughout the years, you have blessed us with your prayers. We are asking for those prayers once again,” Kelly said. “With all of you by my side, we will fight and win this battle together.” Kelly then closed his statement by saying: “Staying ‘Kelly Tough’ and trusting God will carry us through this difficult time.” The diagnosis comes a few weeks after Kelly celebrated his 58th birthday. Kelly had been cancerfree since September 2014, but had been required to undergo routine follow-up testing. He was first diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, which led to him having surgery to have a portion of his upper jaw removed in June 2013.

Follow-up tests nine months later showed the cancer spread to his sinus, which led to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Kelly lost 70 pounds while being treated. The effects of the cancer and treatments led to Kelly having trouble speaking. He could also no longer produce saliva and had lost the sense of taste. Kelly’s wife, Jill, posted a note on her Instagram account accompanied with a picture of her with her arm around her husband. “We are shocked, heartbroken, sad, angry, confused and just darn tired,” Jill Kelly wrote. “Yet despite how we feel, we KNOW that God is a promise maker and keeper. ... The more life and heartbreak I experience, the more I realize that this is not the end of the story.” Several Bills players and NFL teams, including Buffalo, posted notes of encouragement on Twitter. “Jim is a tough and courageous man, and we know he will fight this battle with strength and determination,” the Bills said in a statement released by the team. “The Buffalo Bills will support the Kelly family during this trying time, and we ask our fans to pray for the family, as Jim beings the treatment process and the road to recovery.”q

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center, from Cameroon, dribbles against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and Larry Nance Jr. in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Cleveland. Associated Press

76ers beat Cavs 108-97, end 11-game skid against Cleveland CLEVELAND (AP) — J.J. Redick scored 22 points, Joel Embiid had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers delivered an in-person sales pitch to LeBron James by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 on Thursday night to end an 11game losing streak against the Eastern Conference champions. Ben Simmons scored 18 and Dario Saric 16, including a critical 3-pointer in the closing minutes, for the rising Sixers, who are 8-2 since Feb. 6. Earlier this week, three billboards urging the threetime champion to sign as a free agent this summer with Philadelphia were unveiled on a busy highway outside Cleveland. James said he hadn’t seen the signs, which were paid for by a Pennsylvania company, but he was pleased that fans want him. LAKERS 131, HEAT 113 MIAMI (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored a season-high 29 points, Julius Randle added 25 and Los Angeles con-

tinued its surge by topping Miami. Brandon Ingram added 19, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 18 and Kyle Kuzma finished with 16 for the Lakers, who won in Miami for the first time since Feb. 10, 2008. The Lakers shot 59 percent and were 16 of 29 from 3-point range. Thomas, whose previous season best was 24, connected on 11 of 20 shots and 6 of 11 3-point tries. Randle had 21 points in the first half for the Lakers, who are 16-7 since an 11-27 start — and at 27-34, have now passed last season’s win total. Dwyane Wade scored 25 points for Miami. Goran Dragic had 19, Justise Winslow scored 17 and Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo each added 15 for the Heat. TRAIL BLAZERS 109, TIMBERWOLVES 99 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 35 points after a slow start and Portland rallied to beat Minnesota for its seasonhigh fifth straight win.

CJ McCollum had 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 for Portland, which improved to 36-26. It was the first time Portland was 10 games over .500 since the end of the 201415 season. Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost their fourth straight in the Moda Center. Lillard was 0 for 7 in the first quarter but after struggling in the first half, Portland mounted a comeback in the second and pulled ahead 84-82 on Shabazz Napier’s running jump shot with 8:07 left. KINGS 116, NETS 111, OT SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Bogdan Bogdanovic made a go-ahead short runner from the baseline with 1:06 left in overtime, then added a pair of free throws and Sacramento beat Brooklyn. Bogdanovic finished with 23 points, De’Aaron Fox added 21 and Willie Cauley-Stein scored 17 to pace five Sacramento players in double figures.q


Saturday 3 March 2018

Rapinoe’s goal lifts U.S. women’s team over Germany 1-0 By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. women’s soccer team fought nasty central Ohio weather to get a “workmanlike” win over Germany in a matchup of the world’s top two teams. Megan Rapinoe scored in the 17th minute and the U.S. held on for a 1-0 victory Wednesday night in a game played in mid30s temperatures, howling wind and a mix of rain and snow at Mapfre Stadium. “It was miserable,” Rapinoe said. “The wind was everywhere and it was cold and kind of sideways rain.” The top-ranked Americans prevailed in an openinground game of the SheBelieves Cup, a four-team round-robin tournament that also includes England and France. The exhibition is a challenging tune-up for World Cup qualifying this fall. U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa

Naeher preserved the shutout when she fell on a shot from Hasret Kayikci in injury time in what was just the second on-target shot of the night by the Germans. The opportunities were limited for both teams because of the wind. “The wind was going across the field, side-to-side,” U.S. forward Alex Morgan said. “It wasn’t even going from one end to another end. That’s where we had difficulty.” Sara Dabritz got a pointblank shot for Germany inside the box in the game’s 16th minute but misfired and pulled it right. Less than a minute later, Morgan headed a long goal kick to Rapinoe, whose subsequent in-stride shot squirted through the legs of goalkeeper Almuth Schult. “Once we got the goal, it was a game of keeping that lead,” Morgan said. Germany got another

United States’ Megan Rapinoe celebrates her goal against Germany during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women’s soccer match Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Associated Press

good chance in the 20th minute when Dzsenifer Marozsan hit the post. U.S. team captain Carli Lloyd, who is just two goals short of 100, nailed an accurate shot in the 57th minute, but Schult made a terrific leaping save. It was the best chance of the second half for the Americans. “It was a workmanlike game in challenging conditions,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said.

“We were doing the best we could with what we had against a good opponent.” Rapinoe was surprised the 1-0 lead held up. “I thought there was going to be a lot more in the game,” she said. “I think the weather got a little bit worse throughout the game.” Earlier in the day at the stadium, No. 3 England routed No. 6 France 4-1 on goals

by Toni Duggan, Jill Scott, Jodie Taylor and Fran Taylor. The tournament continues Sunday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, with the U.S. facing France. In last year’s tournament, the U.S. women’s team lost consecutive home games for the first time in 17 years, dropping games to England and France after beating Germany in the opening round.q

Vogel wins record-tying 11th women’s world cycling title

World champion and gold medalist Kristina Vogel of Germany celebrates after the women’s sprint final at the World Championships Track Cycling in Apeldoorn, eastern Netherlands, Netherlands, Friday, March 2, 2018. Associated Press

APELDOORN, Netherlands (AP) — Kristina Vogel of Germany won a recordtying 11th women’s world cycling title when she took out the individual sprint at the track world championships on Friday. Vogel, Olympic champion in the discipline, was taken to a tiebreaking third race by Stephanie Morton, but comfortably won her fourth gold medal in five years in the event, and second straight against the Australian. Having won the team sprint on Wednesday, Vogel tied Anna Meares’ record for most women’s

world titles. “At the moment and on this day I’m not counting,” Vogel said. “It was very hard at the end and it took me three final heats to get the gold medal. It took everything to make it to the finish line. I’m very proud.” Another double winner was Kirsten Wild, at 35. Two days after winning the scratch in front of her Dutch home fans for a second time, Wild claimed the omnium by dominating it. She won the first, third, and fourth events. “The way to win an omnium is to stay at the front,” Wild said. “If you’re in the

back you won’t win. That’s the only tactic that works.” Defending champion Katie Archibald wasn’t feeling well enough, and fellow Briton Laura Kenny, the Olympic champ, didn’t enter. Amalie Dideriksen of Denmark, third to Wild in the scratch, won the omnium silver, and Rushlee Buchanan of New Zealand was third. Cameron Meyer of Australia successfully defended the men’s points race title, and won it for a fifth time overall. Jan Willem van Schip of the Netherlands was second. q


Saturday 3 March 2018

Vero: Hot Instagram alternative - but will it stick around? By BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Instagram users fed up with the service becoming more and more like Facebook are flocking to a hot new app called Vero. Vero lets you share photos and video just like Instagram, plus it lets you talk about music, movies or books you like — or hate. Though Vero has been around since 2015, it surged to popularity in recent days, thanks in part to sudden, word-of-mouth interest from the cosplay community — comic book fans who like to dress up as characters. That interest then spread to other online groups. There’s also a growing frustration with Instagram, with a flood of ads, dearth of privacy options and a recent end to the chronological ordering of posts. Instagram users have been posting screenshots of Vero, asking their friends to join. But don’t ring Instagram’s death knells just yet: Hot new apps pop up and fizzle by the dozen, so the odds are stacked against Vero. Remember Ello? Peach? Thought so. “Young people are super fickle and nothing has caught on in the way that Snapchat or Instagram has,” said Debra Aho Williamson, an eMarketer analyst who specializes in social media.

The Vero app, center, is displayed on an iPhone in New York, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Associated Press

Here’s a look at Vero, how it’s become so hot — and whether it can last: ___ SUDDEN INTEREST From 2015 until this past week, Vero was little known with fewer than 200,000 users, according to CEO Ayman Hariri. Then cosplay members started posting photos of elaborate costumes and makeup. Photographers, tattoo artists and others followed. As of Thursday, Vero was approaching 3 million users, Hariri said. Vero has gotten so popular in recent days that some users have reported widespread outages and error messages. Vero says it’s working to keep up in re-

sponse “a large wave of new users.” ___ HOW IT WORKS Vero works on Apple or Android mobile devices and is free — at least for now. The company eventually wants to charge a subscription fee. There are no ads, and the service promises “no data mining. Ever.” That means it won’t try to sell you stuff based on your interests and habits, as revealed through your posts. Of course, Facebook started out without ads and “data mining,” and it’s now one of the top internet advertising companies. Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 and started showing ads there the

following year. Instagram’s privacy settings are all-or-nothing: You either make everything available to everyone on Instagram, or make everything visible only to approved friends. Vero lets you set the privacy level of individual posts. If you don’t want something available to all users, you can choose just close friends, friends or acquaintances. Another big difference: Vero shows friends’ posts in chronological order rather than tailored to your perceived tastes, as determined by software. Instagram got rid of chronological presentations in 2016, a change that hasn’t gone well with many users. ___ WHO IS BEHIND IT? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire after starting the service. Vero’s founder was already one. Hariri is the son of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and helped run the family’s now-defunct construction company in Saudi Arabia. He got a computer science degree from Georgetown and returned to Saudi Arabia after his father was assassinated in 2005. His halfbrother, Saad, is Lebanon’s current prime minister. Hariri’s ties with the family business, Saudi Oger, have come into question. The company has been ac-

cused in recent years of failing to pay workers and stranding them with little food and access to medical care. Vero says Hariri hasn’t had any operational or financial involvement with the business since late 2013. Hariri said he started the service not to replace Instagram but to give people “a more authentic social network.” Because Vero doesn’t sell ads, he said it isn’t simply trying to get people to stay on longer. More important, he said, is “how you feel when you use (it) and how you feel it’s useful.” ___ WILL VERO FIZZLE OUT? Newcomers like Ello and Peach can quickly become popular as people fed up with bigger services itch for something new. But reality can set in when people realize that their friends are not on the new services or that these services aren’t all they promised to be. Williamson, the eMarketer analyst, said it’s difficult for a new service to become something people use for more than a few weeks. A rare exception is Snapchat, which was founded in 2010, the same year as Instagram. Unlike Instagram, it has remained an independent company and is still a popular service among younger people. But even Snapchat is having trouble growing more broadly. EMarketer recently published a report that predicted 2 million people under 25 leaving Facebook for other apps this year. But that means going to Snapchat and the Facebookowned Instagram, not necessarily emerging services like Vero.q


Saturday 3 March 2018

S&P 500 erases early plunge and rises to cap frenetic week

The logo for U.S. Steel appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, March 2, 2018. U.S. stocks went on another dizzying ride Friday and worked their way back from an early-morning plunge to send the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its first gain in four days. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

By STAN CHOE NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks went on another dizzying ride Friday and worked their way back from an early-morning plunge to send the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its first gain in four days. It was just the latest swing in a frenetic week for markets around the world as investors recalibrated — again and again — how worried to be about a possible trade war and

a more aggressive Federal Reserve. When U.S. markets opened for trading, the S&P 500 lost as much as 1.1 percent to join a worldwide sell-off after President Donald Trump doubled down on "trade war" talk. He took to Twitter to defend his promise from Thursday to impose stiff tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, saying that the United States is losing on trade with virtually every

country and that "trade wars are good" and "easy to win." Investors had a different impression. Markets tumbled from Asia to Europe on fears that escalating retaliation between countries could choke off trade and the global economy. The president of the European Union's governing body suggested possible tariffs on blue jeans and motorcycles. The S&P 500 trimmed its loss as the day went on and was bouncing between gains and losses by the early afternoon. It accelerated in the last half hour of trading and ended at 2,691.25, up 13.58 points, or 0.5 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 70.92, or 0.3 percent, to 24,538.06, and the Nasdaq composite rose 77.31, or 1.1 percent, to 7,257.87. Stocks pared their losses as investors questioned how far Trump will end up going, said Brent Schutte, chief investment strategist at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management.

"I view nearly every one of Trump's actions through a negotiation lens," he said. "This was an anchor, an opening bid. ... I think the market senses some of that, and I would imagine that we will see some horse trading going on with what ultimately happens with these tariffs." The S&P 500 still ended the week with a loss of 2 percent, its third decline that severe in the last five weeks. Last year, the worst weekly loss was just 1.4 percent. If a trade war does indeed break out, it could threaten a key reason investors were optimistic about stocks coming into 2018: The global economy is finally strengthening in sync, which should lead to higher corporate profits. Big U.S. companies are heavily reliant on global trade, and companies in the S&P 500 got 43 percent of their sales from outside the United States in 2016, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. That means Apple and other big U.S. companies are dependent

Bitcoin heist: 600 computers stolen in Iceland By EGILL BJARNASON Associated Press REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Some 600 computers used to "mine" bitcoin and other virtual currencies have been stolen from data centers in Iceland in what police say is the biggest series of thefts ever in the North Atlantic island nation. Some 11 people were arrested, including a security guard, in what Icelandic media have dubbed the "Big Bitcoin Heist." A judge at the Reykjanes District Court on Friday ordered two people to remain in custody. The powerful computers, which have not yet been found, are worth almost $2 million. But if the stolen equipment is used for its original purpose — to create new bitcoins — the thieves could turn a massive profit in an untraceable currency without ever

selling the items. "This is a grand theft on a scale unseen before," said Olafur Helgi Kjartansson, the police commissioner on the southwestern Reykjanes peninsula, where two of the burglaries took place. "Everything points to this being a highly organized crime." Three of four burglaries took place in December and a fourth took place in January, but authorities did not make the news public earlier in hopes of tracking down the thieves. Bitcoin is a kind of digital money that isn't tied to a bank or a government. It has been hugely volatile, posting some dizzying intraday rises and falls over the past year or so. The price of a single bitcoin rocketed to nearly $20,000 late last year and then plunged early this year. On Friday, it was trading just below the $11,000

mark. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rely on the blockchain, the name given to the public, distributed ledgers which track the coins' ownership. The Bitcoin ledger is powered by "miners," so-called because

they throw computational power into the system, occasionally receiving — or "mining" — new bitcoins in return. Drumming up that computational power usually means lots of computers — and thus lots of electricity. q

on customers not only in Peoria but also Paris and Peru.q


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Science Says: Why Europe still has so many measles outbreaks By MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — While parts of the world have all but banished measles, Europe is still getting hit with large outbreaks where some people don't get vaccinated. Measles is still a bigger problem across parts of Africa and Asia, where outbreaks can be particularly devastating in malnourished children or those with other illnesses like tuberculosis or AIDS. Most of the 89,000 measles deaths in the world each year are in developing countries. In Europe, there were more than 21,000 cases of measles and 35 deaths last year, a fourfold increase in cases compared to the previous year. With more than 5,000 cases each, Romania and Italy had the biggest epidemics — and the drive to vaccinate children against measles has even become a leading issue in Italy's general election on Sunday. A look at some of the hurdles slowing efforts to stop the spread of this preventable disease: WHY DOES MEASLES SPREAD SO FAST? Measles is among the world's most contagious

In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017 file photo, a sign at the specialty clinic at Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis, alerts patients to a measles outbreak in the area. Associated Press

diseases. The virus is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing. It can be prevented with a vaccine that's been in use since the 1960s. Health officials say that vaccination rates of at least 95 percent are needed to prevent epidemics. In some regions of Italy, the rate is about 85 percent, one of the lowest in Europe. Epidemics have also emerged in countries including Ukraine, Greece and Romania, where officials have noted declines in overall vaccination coverage, problems with the vaccine supply and poor disease surveillance systems.

WHY IS EUROPE A HOTBED FOR MEASLES? Vaccine skepticism remains high in many parts of Europe after past immunization problems. In France, a national hepatitis B vaccination campaign that was suspended in 1998 amid concerns of bad side effects led to widespread wariness of immunizations. And during the 2009 swine flu pandemic, numerous European critics alleged that the push for swine flu vaccinations was the result of drugmakers' undue influence on the World Health Organization. A 2016 global survey of vaccine confidence led

by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found Europe to be the region that was least confident in vaccine safety. WHY IS THE VACCINE CONTROVERSIAL? In 1998, British researcher Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a paper in the medical journal Lancet suggesting a link between the combo measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine and autism. No other studies have found any connection. The paper was later retracted, 10 of its co-authors renounced its conclusions and Wakefield was stripped of his license to practice medicine in the U.K. after officials found him guilty of "serious professional misconduct." After the paper was published, however, vaccination rates dropped in Britain, the U.S. and elsewhere, leading to years of measles epidemics across Europe. In the U.K., at least a dozen medical associations including the Royal College of Physicians have issued statements verifying the safety of the MMR vaccine. HOW EFFECTIVE IS THE VACCINE?

A full dose of the MMR vaccine, a standard component of routine childhood immunization in many countries, is believed to be about 97 percent effective at preventing measles. Measles typically begins with a high fever and also causes a rash on the face and neck. While most people who get measles recover, it's one of the leading causes of death among young children, according to the WHO. Serious complications, including blindness and a swelling of the brain, are more common in young children and adults over age 30. Through vaccination programs, measles has been eliminated in the Americas and many other countries have pledged to stop the disease's spread by 2020. HOW CAN VACCINATION RATES BE INCREASED? One strategy is to make immunization against certain diseases legally mandatory and not allow children to attend school unless they can show proof of vaccination.Italy recently introduced a new law requiring parents to vaccinate their children against measles and nine other childhood diseases. q

Health of world's last male northern white rhino in decline

In this Friday, July 28, 2017 file photo, wildlife ranger Zachariah Mutai takes care of Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county in Kenya. Associated Press

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The health of the world's last male northern white rhino has deteriorated, bringing the rhino subspecies a step closer to extinction caused by poaching. The 45-year-old rhino named Sudan, listed as "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World" on the Tinder dating app last year as a fundraiser, lives with the last two female northern white rhinos. Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy said Thursday that Sudan was struggling despite 24-hour care by veterinarians. Sudan appeared to recover well from an infection that developed on his back right leg at the end of 2017 but another, deeper

infection was recently discovered in the same area, the conservancy said. "We are very concerned about him — he's extremely old for a rhino and we do not want him to suffer unnecessarily," the conservancy said in a statement. Sudan and the females Najin and Fatu, along with a second male from the same subspecies that since died, arrived at Ol Pejeta from a Czech zoo in 2009. Scientists hope to save the northern white rhino from extinction by using southern white rhinos as surrogates to carry northern white rhino embryos and give birth. The in vitro process would be conducted using sperm from dead rhinos that is stored in Berlin and eggs extracted by

surgery from the females at Ol Pejeta, according to the conservancy. San Diego's zoo had some northern white rhinos, but the last one died in 2015. Northern white rhinos once roamed parts of Chad, Sudan, Uganda, Congo and Central African Republic, and there were more than 2,000 remaining as recently as 1960, according to Save the Rhino International, a London-based group. The last northern white rhinos in the wild were observed more than a decade ago in Congo's Garamba National Park, whose animals have often been targeted by armed groups amid conflict in the region. Efforts to safeguard the subspecies by moving a small number to Kenyaq


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President Trump, Alec Baldwin renew Twitter feud By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin — his chief impersonator — traded online barbs Friday, each describing the other as causing "agony," the latest salvos in an ongoing feud between the commander in chief and the actor. Trump, who has long grumbled about the way he is portrayed by Baldwin on "Saturday Night Live," began the latest spat in a tweet sandwiched between his observations about world trade and the opioid crisis. (In an initial tweet that was later deleted, he misspelled the actor's first name as "Alex," prompting "Alex Baldwin" to trend on Twitter.) The president seemed to be reacting to an interview Baldwin gave to The Hollywood Reporter that was published Thursday in which the actor said he doesn't enjoy parodying Trump: "Every time I do it now, it's like agony. Agony.

I can't." Wrote Trump on Friday: "Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch." In a final dig, the president said Baldwin's performance wasn't as good as comedian Darrell Hammond, who portrayed Trump on "Saturday Night Live" for years before Baldwin took over in September 2016. "Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!" Trump tweeted. Baldwin responded in a series of tweets. "Agony though it may be, I'd like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride," he wrote. Baldwin also tweeted that he was "Looking forward to the Trump Presidential Library" and suggested that it would contain a live

Recording of jazz compositions by Prince's father released MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A long-awaited recording of jazz compositions written by Prince's father is now available. John L. Nelson's album "Don't Play with Love — The John L. Nelson Project" was released Friday online and in record stores. The album was produced by Prince's sister, Sharon L. Nelson, and recorded at Paisley Park. John Nelson was a prolific jazz musician and inspiration to Prince. He died in 2001. Sharon Nelson said she and her father had planned to release his music for years. She decided to complete the recording after her brother's death in 2016. The album features John Nelson's nephew, Louis Hayes, as well as Vincent Herring, Jeremy Pelt, Dezron Douglas, and Richard Germanson. The tracks were recorded in one take with little editing, capturing the subtle melodies of John Nelson's style.q

In this Jan. 27, 2013 file photo, Alex Baldwin arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Associated Press

Twitter feed and "a little black book w the phone numbers of porn stars." (He also misspelled Trump's Florida estate Mar-a-Lago as "Mara-A-Lago.") Hammond did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Baldwin, a Democratic activist, received an Emmy Award for his parody last year on "Saturday Night

Live." He and Trump, who appeared as a guest host on "SNL" in November 2015, have attacked each other on Twitter before. In 2016, the then-president elect called a skit that satirized Trump's tweets as "sad," prompting Baldwin to respond: "Release your tax returns and I'll stop. Ha." Trump also complained to Matt Lauer in an interview

that year that Baldwin's portrayal of him wasn't funny. "The skits are terrible. I like Alec, but his imitation of me is really mean-spirited and not very good ... It's very biased and I don't like it." Baldwin and Trump also exchanged sharp tweets after the election when the president-elect called "Saturday Night Live" a "totally one-sided, biased show" and asked, "Equal time for us?" Baldwin responded: "Election is over. There is no more equal time." "Saturday Night Live" has found higher ratings and more cultural relevance since Trump ran for office, with skits that have also lampooned Oval Office figures such as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Jeff Sessions, Sean Spicer, Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Five days before his 2017 inauguration, Trump tweeted about the show: "Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!"q

Katie Couric recounts facing sexist attitudes, comments By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Veteran TV journalist Katie Couric recounted Thursday facing demeaning descriptions and "gross comments" during her career. Couric spoke at consumer products maker Procter & Gamble's Cincinnati headquarters in a forum on the state of women in the workplace. The #WeSeeEqual forum took place amid a wave of sexual misconduct claims against prominent figures in entertainment, politics and the media — including her former NBC "Today Show" cohost, Matt Lauer. "I've been very fortunate in terms of not being subjected to a lot of sexual misconduct, but certainly I have been subjected to widely held attitudes about women, about compartmentalizing women," Couric said when asked about career obstacles by Caro-

In this Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, Katie Couric poses in the press room at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Associated Press

lyn Tastad, president of P&G's North America business group, in the forum's keynote discussion. Couric cited the frequent descriptions of her as "cute" and "perky," which she found "marginalizing." She joked that on her tombstone, it will say "Perky No More." She also recalled public

critiques of her clothing when she began hosting "CBS Evening News," and a jarring moment early in her career when she walked into a meeting at CNN and an executive said of her to others around the table: "She's successful because of her hard work, intelligence and breast size." Couric said with support


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Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. looks back, and ahead By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. has some advice for the winners at Sunday's Oscars: Don't let it change you. "Keep it simple," he told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. "Keep that same priceless principle about the quality of the parts you play." The 81-year-old Gossett, who has been acting since his teens, earned a best supporting actor award in 1983 for his performance in "An Officer and a Gentleman." Though the statuette remains the highlight of a rich and prolific career, he was a busy actor before the Oscars and has continued to work in regularly in film and television, with some 200 acting credits. Also known for his Emmywinning role as Fiddler in "Roots," he spoke to The Associated Press recently about his memories of the Academy Award and what he's up to now. Gossett has numerous projects in the works, including the films "The Cuban"

In this Jan. 15, 2017, file photo, Louis Gossett Jr. speaks at the PBS's American Masters "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise" panel at the 2017 Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. Associated Press

and "Breaking Brooklyn." He recently signed on as executive producer of "Ali's Comeback: The Untold Story," a documentary about his late friend Muhammad Ali. He also thinks the next "Black Panther" movie would benefit from having an older actor play a mentor figure.

He knows of someone who's perfect for the role. ON WINNING THE OSCAR: "On my left was the great James Mason (nominated for 'The Verdict") and on my right was the great Robert Preston (nominated for 'Victor Victoria'). So I said to myself being in the top five was an honor. I

went into a relaxed state of mind and here comes Christopher Reeve and Susan Sarandon and they mentioned my name and I thought I was dreaming. And my agent goes, 'Get up there.'" ON THE FILMS HE'S PROUDEST OF: "'Sadat' (a 1983 television

production in which he starred as Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat) and 'Enemy Mine' (a 1985 science film in which he plays an alien pilot). 'Enemy Mine' because you had to create something from scratch, with five and a half hours of makeup. And 'Sadat' because everybody knows what he looks like and I had to have them believe I was Sadat." ON PRODUCING 'ALI'S COMEBACK,' ABOUT MUHAMMAD ALI'S RETURN TO BOXING IN 1970: "It's a whole dramatic part of his life when he lost his title (in 1967) because he didn't join the service and made a decision to stick to his principles. He lost his license to fight. But then there was a miracle in Atlanta. They found a loophole (Georgia was the only state without a boxing commission and he was able to fight again. That first fight (against Jerry Quarry) was an historic occasion. Ali's an old friend, one of our men of history. And he was brave enough to teach us lessons."q

Duran Duran's Rhodes turns film expert during Oscars season

This March 30, 2011 file photo shows Nick Rhodes of the band Duran Duran in New York. Associated Press

By ADAM EGAN Associated Press LONDON (AP) — It's the time of year when film enthusiasts turn into industry experts to handicap the Oscars race — and Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes is no different. Rhodes takes his Oscar

predictions seriously — so much so that he has been putting them on the band's website for about a decade, with detailed commentary. "I love to watch movies. I've always watched them since I was a kid and it's very much part of my

agenda to see things. It's part of the fabric of pop culture. A big part of it," Rhodes said in an interview with The Associated Press this week. Rhodes started doing predictions with Katy Krassner, the content director of the Duran Duran website, about 15 years ago for fun. "We'd have a chat about it before the Oscars and just talk about who was likely to win and how the Academy (was) going to vote strategically and all those, all those things. And she said one day, 'Why don't we just do this for the website? I think the fans would probably really like it. It's a little different, little quirky,'" he recalled. "And so we did one and it became very popular." The tradition was created, and they've been doing it for about 10 years.q



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Time's Up will be a part of Oscar show, but no dress code By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The organizers of Time's Up say the movement to eradicate discrimination in the workplace will have a presence at Sunday's Oscar show, but there are no plans for a red-carpet dress code. Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, actresses Laura Dern and Tessa Thompson, producer Katie McGrath and attorney Nina Shaw talked about the movement's progress and next steps with news reporters Thursday. They stressed that while Time's Up made a splashy appearance at the Golden Globes earlier this year, with most women wearing black and several actresses walking the red carpet with activists, the movement is bigger and broader than awards shows. "We're trying to build something that's sustainable, lasting and serious," DuVernay said Thursday at the meeting at the Sunshine Sachs publicity firm's offices in West Hollywood, California. Time's Up was "launched on the red carpet, but was never intended to live

there," Rhimes said. Besides the black dresses at the Globes, Time's Up supporters wore white roses at the Grammy Awards. No such uniformity is planned for the Oscars. Formed after the Harvey Weinstein scandal revealed widespread sexual harassment in Hollywood, Time's Up has grown into an international, multifaceted and multipronged approach to fighting workplace discrimination, organizers said. They outlined the various avenues of the effort at Thursday's news conference. A key element is the legal defense fund, which has amassed $21 million and scores of attorneys to date. In partnership with the National Women's Law Center, the fund connects victims of harassment or discrimination with attorneys, who are either volunteering their services or having their fees underwritten by donations. Since Time's Up was founded about two months ago, it has received some 1,700 requests for legal assistance, said attorney Tina Tchen, a lawyer and former director of the White

In this Oct. 14, 2017 file photo, Ava DuVernay arrives at the 15th annual Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden in Los Angeles. Associated Press

House Council on Women and Girls. More than 1,200 of those cases have already been referred to attorneys, she said. The movement may have started in Hollywood, but it's become global, Rhimes said, with participation in Kenya, South Korea, Pakistan and Kuwait. From the tech sector to farm workers, women are coming together to demand fair treatment, she said. "The intention really is that a large portion of our leadership will come from other industries," Rhimes said.

Representatives for farm, domestic and restaurant workers have been actively involved in the expanding movement, she said. On Friday, Time's Up is announcing its new StoryCorps initiative. StoryCorps is a storytelling collective that invites ordinary people to share tales from their lives, which are eventually uploaded into a Library of Congress collection aimed at fostering greater human understanding. The Time's Up partnership invites women and men to share stories about their

lives at work. It's not just about sexual harassment, organizers said, but about illuminating what it takes to create fair and equitable workplaces where people of all races, genders and ethnicities are recognized and valued. It's about seizing on the momentum generated by the outrage over Weinstein and those like him and channeling it toward change. Branches of the Time's Up movement have been meeting regularly since the beginning of the year. Various sectors of the initiative are dealing with men, people of color and people overseas, organizers said. Hollywood men have held their own Time's Up meetings, organizers said, and international outreach continues to grow. No invitation is needed to participate, either, they said. Like all grass-roots movements, it grows with personal interest. "There's actual work being done," DuVernay said. "It's not just a press opportunity... It's not just an awards-show protest movement."q

CNN's Lemon says he 'misspoke' on claim about Fox News By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Don Lemon said Thursday that he "misspoke" the night before in an attempt to make a broader point when he claimed that Fox News Channel did not report on White House communications director Hope Hicks' resignation. Turned out that Fox had, several times — every hour from when the story broke after 4 p.m. through midnight. It did not get the wall-to-wall attention it received on CNN and MSNBC, however. Lemon tweeted out a correction on Thursday afternoon. "I should have been more specific," he wrote. Things have been testy between CNN and Fox lately. Fox aired segments last

week questioning whether CNN had scripted questions in its town hall on gun control. But when the father of a Florida school shooting survivor told The Associated Press that he had omitted words in an email sent to media outlets that may have falsely given that impression, Fox's Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity corrected the record. Lemon, during a discussion of the Hicks story on his show Wednesday, said he'd been watching news networks in his office and that "Trump TV, or state-run TV" was not even reporting the story. Trump supporters who watch Fox aren't even aware of negative stories about the administration, he said.

To that claim, Fox White House correspondent John Roberts tweeted in response: "Whaaaaaaaa????" He later detailed the times he had reported it on the air. "Don Lemon is not our assignment editor," said Fox News spokeswoman Carly Shanahan. The most extensive discussion in the evening was on Martha MacCallum's show. Hannity offered Hicks some career advice: "She can work at the Fox News Channel, she's good," he said. Fox said it had requested Lemon make an on-air correction. Lemon's broader point about the lack of time Fox spends on stories damaging to Trump may have been influenced by a re-

In this Feb. 13, 2018 file photo, Don Lemon attends a special screening of "Black Panther" in New York. Associated Press

port that the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America had issued Wednesday. Media Matters wrote about the lack of coverage Fox's

prime-time shows gave to stories about Trump son-inlaw Jared Kushner, including his lack of a full security clearance at the White House.q

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