April 28th, 2017

World News

‘Bobbi Jene,’ ‘Keep the Change’ top Tribeca Film Fest awards

By Jake Coyle, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

NEW YORK – “Keep the Change,” a romance about a couple who meet at a community for people on the autistic spectrum, and “Bobbi Jene,” a documentary about an American dancer in the Israeli dance company Batsheva, were the top winners at the 16th Tribeca Film Festival. In the awards, announced in a ceremony Thursday ... Read More »

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Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United

By Michael Tarm And Don Babwin, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

CHICAGO – The passenger who was dragged off a flight after refusing to give up his seat settled with United for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the airline to put the fiasco behind it as quickly as possible. David Dao’s legal team said the agreement includes a provision that the amount ... Read More »

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Berkeley protests peaceful as hundreds rally over Coulter

By Jocelyn Gecker, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

BERKELEY, Calif. – Hundreds of people waving American flags and chanting “USA” held a raucous rally Thursday at a park in Berkeley – home of the free speech movement – to protest a cancelled appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter, but the expected violence did not materialize. Scores of officers in riot gear lined up ... Read More »

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Taliban announce start of spring offensive

By The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

ISLAMABAD – Afghanistan’s Taliban have announced the start of a spring offensive, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on coalition and Afghan security forces. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the launch of the offensive Friday in an email statement. The Taliban dubbed this year’s offensive “Operation Mansour,” named ... Read More »

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Arkansas awaits word from Supreme Court on execution

By Andrew Demillo And Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

VARNER, Ark. – Arkansas prepared to execute its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule of lethal injections that was set to beat the expiration date of one of the drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Thursday, but the state was awaiting word from the ... Read More »

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Aide: Blacks not trying hard enough to work with Trump

By Steve Peoples, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s liaison to the black community says African-American activists aren’t trying hard enough to work with the new administration. White House aide and former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault delivered the pointed message in an interview with The Associated Press in advance of an appearance Thursday at the annual convention of ... Read More »

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No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art

By Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

NEW YORK – In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. The free-of-charge, air-conditioned splendor, inspired by visits to the city’s priciest hotels, is open to everyone. More than 1 million people a year are ... Read More »

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Canadian sent to US prison for smuggling immigrants in 1999

By The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

DETROIT – A Canadian man has been sentenced to 15 months in a U.S. prison nearly 20 years after he smuggled immigrants across the Detroit River. Justice moved slowly in the case of Thanh Nguyen because he fled home to Ontario, Canada, and didn’t appear for his sentence in 2000. Nguyen, now 42 years old, ... Read More »

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Texas backs tough ‘sanctuary city’ ban as federal push slows

By Will Weissert, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas House approved a strict ban on “sanctuary cities” Thursday, empowering local police to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so with jail. A late tweak backed by some of the chamber’s most conservative voices could ensure that law ... Read More »

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Texas backs tough sanctuary city ban as federal push stalls

By Will Weissert, The Associated Press on April 27th, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas House has given final approval to a strict ban on “sanctuary cities” in the country’s second-largest state. The bill seeks to empower police to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain, not just arrest, and was first approved by the GOP-controlled chamber around 3 a.m. Thursday. It also threatens ... Read More »

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