(politico) – Hillary Clinton says, ‘I’m sorry’

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After refusing in recent days to explicitly apologize for her use of private email while secretary of state, Clinton offers up a mea culpa.

It was an apology that made many of Hillary Clinton’s closest supporters bristle.

“At the end of the day, I am sorry that this has been confusing to people and has raised a lot of questions, but there are answers to all these questions,” Hillary Clinton told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in an interview last Friday, when asked whether she should apologize for the email controversy dogging her campaign. “I take responsibility and it wasn’t the best choice.”

The classic “I’m sorry your feelings are hurt” response left many Clinton insiders fuming that the statement felt more like an insult than an apology — leading a growing chorus of advisors and donors to rachet up the pressure on Clinton and her campaign over the long weekend to take the apology a step further, multiple sources close to the campaign said.

Even operatives on her campaign admitted the apology on Mitchell’s show had not helped put the issue to bed.

“It wasn’t getting it done,” said a source inside the campaign.

On Tuesday, in a taped interview with ABC News’ David Muir, Clinton finally relented, delivering a straightforward, no-strings-attached apology.

The email set-up was “a mistake,” she said, “I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.”

“I do think I could have and should have done a better job answering questions earlier,” she added.

Her remarks came during her third sit-down interview in recent days. The full ABC interview is set to air on Tuesday evening, but the network released Clinton’s one apologetic line in advance.

Tuesday’s change in direction followed an interview with the AP, in which Clinton again refused to apologize, on the lawyerly grounds that “what I did was allowed.” The decision to make a clean apology, a source said, was finalized Monday night.

The language of the question Clinton answered on ABC also differed from the one posed by Mitchell, who asked if Clinton “wanted to apologize to the American people for the choice you made.” That language was seen as heavy-handed by some Democrats, and asking for too much from Clinton.

“Though she can’t say it, HRC clearly went private because she didn’t want folks fishing around in personal email, and it boomeranged,” former Obama advisor David Axelrod tweeted after the interview. “She was right to admit mistake and take responsibility, but also wise to refuse the invitation to “apologize to American people.”

The new ABC News interview allowed her to apologize fully, without so explicitly beggin pardon from the entire country.

Privately, Clinton allies have been seething as the campaign has struggled to overcome the email controversy, with many blaming the fumbling response on the candidate herself. The hope was that the ABC News interview Tuesday night would provide what was necessary for the campaign to turn a corner.

The apology was the kind of reversal she never made in 2008, when on matters large and small Clinton showed off a real aversion to saying the word, “sorry.” That year, she consistently declined to apologize for her vote to authorize the war in Iraq — a move that eventually cost her in the Democratic primary.

Clinton’s shift to a more contrite response to the email story comes as evidence is mounting that the controversy has dragged on her poll numbers and favorability ratings, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to surge and Vice President Joe Biden keeps alive the speculation of his own White House run.

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(NBC News) – Homeowner Catches Burglar Camping Out, Selling Belongings Online

by Tim Stelloh

Ed Saurs pulled into the driveway of his two-story home on a quiet suburban street in Puyallup, Washington, just after 12 p.m. last Tuesday. Saurs, 58, was there for a business meeting — he was putting the longtime family home up for sale — but he immediately noticed something odd.

The Chevy truck in his driveway didn’t belong to his real estate agent, and through the open front door of his house he could see a young man who he didn’t know standing in the front hallway. So Saurs, a retired Air Force loadmaster, approached him.

“I asked: What are you doing in my house?” Saurs told NBC News. “He said, ‘I’m here to buy the microwave.’ I said, ‘My microwave is not for sale.'”

Saurs discovered that in the couple of weeks that he’d been in Olympia, where he and his wife live full time, someone had broken into his home, slept on a mattress on the floor and undertaken an astonishingly brazen heist, a burglary so casual it could have been an online date: The Saurs’ family belongings — an iPod, a lawnmower, a table saw, the microwave — were currently for sale on Craigslist and another classifieds site,

IMAGE: Craigslist ad As Saurs talked to the confused would-be customer, he saw someone in the kitchen — a white man with a beard and a baseball cap who appeared to be in his mid-20s. “He peered around and saw me coming,” Saurs recalled. “I ran out the side and chased him.”

When the apparent thief hopped over a four-foot wooden fence, Saurs thought better of giving chase. He went back inside to survey the damage, dial 911 and get debriefed by the customer, who showed him the online advertisements and told him what he could about the man trying to hawk Saurs’ microwave.

Gone was the refrigerator Saurs installed a couple of years before, during a kitchen remodel. Gone was the washer and dryer and the convection oven and the tool chest and his 84-year-old father’s set of golf clubs. In total, Saurs estimated that several thousand dollars’ worth of items were stolen. But that was hardly the point.

“We’ve got 25 years of memories here,” he said. “Christmases. My daughter was married in the backyard. … To cap it off with a violation like this? It doesn’t sit real well.”

A neighbor caught the man’s escape on a surveillance camera, and Pierce County sheriff’s detectives collected fingerprints from a water bottle left next to the mattress where the burglar was sleeping, as well as drug paraphernalia that he left behind, Saurs said.

So far, he’s heard nothing.


(reuters) – At least four people dead in small plane crash in Colorado mountains

Rescue teams in Colorado were working to recover the bodies of at least four people who died in a small plane crash in a rugged area of the Rocky Mountains, federal and local officials said on Monday.

The twin-engine Cessna 310-H went down around 4:15 p.m. local time on Sunday in a remote section of the San Juan Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountain range, the National Transportation Board said.  NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said the agency had reports that five people on board had died.

The San Juan Sheriff’s office said at least four people were killed.

Rescue teams from the Colorado National Guard and San Juan County had spotted the wreckage and were working to recover the bodies from the remote, mountainous area above the town of Silverton, in southwestern Colorado.

The Denver Post reported the crash site was at an elevation of about 11,600 feet (3,536 meters).

An NTSB investigator was due to arrive at the scene on Monday, Knudson said.It was not yet known where the plane had originated or its final destination.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Source: At least four people dead in small plane crash in Colorado mountains | Reuters

(CBC) – Receptionist with no medical training glues boy’s eye shut during procedure

ulia Vavatsikos is outraged that a receptionist with no medical training was the one who applied medical glue to her son’s eyelid. (CBC)

Private medical clinic says doctor was performing ‘crucial medical task’ of holding boy

By Rosa Marchitelli, CBC News

​The mother of a three-year-old Quebec boy is going public after a receptionist with no medical training at a private clinic accidentally glued her son’s eye shut while trying to seal a small cut on his eyelid.

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“I thought I was going to faint. I got emotional, I got scared. I was angry. I didn’t know what to do. My son was screaming he was trying to open his eye … it was very, very, scary,” Julia Vavatsikos told Go Public.

On Canada Day, Vavatsikos took Vincenzo (Vinnie) to a private medical clinic called Clinique Médicale Privée Jean-Pierre Savaria et Associes located near their home in Blainville. The clinic has since changed its name to LeBlanc & Savaria Clinique Médicale Privée.
JThe family cat had scratched Vinnie’s eyelid. It was a small scratch, but his mom wanted to make sure everything was OK.

Dr. Jean Therrien was the only doctor working and decided the cut could be sealed with medical glue. He called a colleague into the room to help.

“I thought because it was Canada Day that maybe the clinic was short-staffed, and that he [the colleague] was either a nurse or medical student,” Vavatsikos said.

“The doctor was holding my son and kind of holding his eye and then the co-worker applied glue. He kind of missed and he glued my son’s eye shut.”

That co-worker was not a nurse or a medical student. Go Public has confirmed he was a clinic receptionist — a part-time employee with no medical training.
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“My son was yelling, ‘Mommy, mommy.’ He couldn’t open his eye and also the doctor looked like he was panicking. He was trying to open my son’s eye with water and his fingers, he was even swearing at that point. I’ve never met any doctors that swear. At that point, I knew something was really wrong,” Vavatsikos said.

Therrien then told Vavatsikos she needed to take Vinnie to an emergency room, where medical staff were waiting for them.
‘Nurse couldn’t believe it’

“The first nurse [we saw] couldn’t believe it. She said first of all, they try to avoid using glue because things like this could happen especially on places like an eye. But if they have to do it, the nurses aren’t allowed. It has to be a doctor or a specialist. At that point I was even more frustrated,” Vavatsikos said.

An ophthalmologist was called in to cut the boys eyelashes and carefully pry the eye open.

Vavatsikos said she decided to tell her story to warn others and to make sure the doctor is held accountable.

“I don’t want any other kid, adult, baby to go through that — to go through what my son went through. He was absolutely traumatized. I think the doctor needs to know what he did wasn’t right. He might as well have asked me to put glue on my son’s eye.”

Go Public made many attempts to contact Dr. Therrien and the receptionist. Neither returned messages.
Clinique Medicale Privee Dr. Jean-Pierre Savaria et assoc.

The private medical clinic where the incident happened in Blainville, near Montreal. (CBC)

We did put our questions to Dr. Marie-Andrée LeBlanc, one of the owners of the private clinic. LeBlanc confirmed the receptionist was the person who applied the glue, while the doctor performed what Leblanc called the “crucial medical act of holding the boy in place.”

LeBlanc said the incident happened when the boy suddenly moved while the glue was being applied.

In a brief statement to Go Public, LeBlanc said Therrien is an experienced physician with more than 30 years in the field.
Doctor has no history of misconduct

Therrien is licensed to practise in Quebec and Ontario. The organizations that oversee doctors in those provinces say he has no history of professional misconduct and has never been disciplined.

After Vavatsikos and Go Public contacted the Collège des Médecins du Québec, the organization launched an inquiry into the incident. At the time of publication, no decision had been made and Therrien was still working at the clinic.

The incident raises serious concerns for Dr. Saideh Khadir, a physician and spokesperson for the Quebec arm of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, and an advocate for public health care.

“I was really sad because it’s something that could have been prevented if it was done correctly. This kind of act of gluing a laceration should be done strictly by doctor and a qualified one when it comes to the eyes. This being done by receptionist is unacceptable.”
Dr. Saideh Khadir

Dr. Saideh Khadir from the Quebec arm of Canadian Doctors for Medicare says studies show the quality of care suffers at private medical facilities. (CBC)

She said a record number of private clinics have opened up in the last few years, especially in Quebec where doctors who opt out of the public system can charge whatever they want.

Khadir said when profit is involved, cutting costs is always a consideration.

“There is more risk. You can decide to hire someone that is less qualified to cut edges short. It’s something that’s really concerning,” she said.
Not effort to cut costs, clinic says

Leblanc denied that’s the case at her private clinic. She said the decision to staff one doctor on Canada Day was not an effort to cut costs, but that statutory holidays are usually less busy.

Since the incident, Vinnie has seen another ophthalmologist, who said the boy will likely not have any long-term problems with his eye.

Vavatsikos was charged $150 for Vinnie’s visit, but the money was refunded by the clinic.


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( – Illinois Labor Day parade: Car plows into crowd injuring 11

By Holly Yan and Dave Stewart, CNN

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A 2-year-old suffered a skull fracture; 10 others have been released from the hospital

Report: The police chief and ambulances were already in the parade

(CNN)A driver careened into Labor Day parade crowd in Illinois, fracturing the skull of a 2-year-old child and injuring 10 others.Investigators haven’t determined why the 61-year-old driver plowed into the crowd Monday morning, Officer Tom Kirby of Westville Police Department said.”She never stopped,” one witness told CNN affiliate WICS. “It’s just too scary to see anything happen like that.”The 2-year-old child with a fractured skull was taken to a trauma center in Champaign, Kirby said. The child’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

All of the other 10 injured have been released from the hospital, the officer said. They include three other children, ages 4, 10 and 13.

Ambulances that were participating in the parade had to suddenly change course and transport the injured to the hospital, The News-Gazette newspaper reported.

“That was the good part about it — that they were there for the parade,” Westville Police Chief David Booe told the paper. Booe was also in the parade.

The driver was not seriously injured. Police are investigating why she slammed into the crowd, including whether she may have had a medical issue or a mechanical problem.

This year’s Westville Labor Day Parade was billed as one of the parade’s biggest with more than 200 entries — about 50 more than most years.

“Our parade has grown crazy this year for some reason,” organizer Darren VanDuyn told The News-Gazette.

Thousands of spectators had lined the streets of the small eastern Illinois community, about 150 miles south of Chicago, when the crash occurred.

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(CNBC) – Here’s how China slowdown will hit your state’s economy


Workers stack sockeye salmon fillets after being vacuum packed to be frozen at the Alitak Cannery on Kodiak Island, Alaska. (File photo).

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Workers stack sockeye salmon fillets after being vacuum packed to be frozen at the Alitak Cannery on Kodiak Island, Alaska. (File photo).

If you export to China, the latest headlines are not good news.

After a decade of rapid growth, China’s appetite for goods and raw materials from the rest of the world appears to be slowing. And that’s left companies and countries that sell to China wondering just how badly their orders may shrink.

On Tuesday, Beijing reported that China’s giant manufacturing sector contracted at the fastest pace in three years. A separate private survey of smaller firms showed the factories slowing to the weakest pace in more than six years.

The slowdown is hitting China’s biggest suppliers and major trade partners hardest. In August, exports from South Korea tumbled by nearly 15 percent—the most in six years.

For U.S. exporters, China represents the third-largest market—behind Canada and Mexico—accounting for $120 billion worth of goods last year. But that trade represents only 7 percent of U.S. exports—or less than 1 percent of total gross domestic product, according to economists at Wells Fargo Securities.

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“Even when indirect effects are considered, the United States simply does not seem to have significant economic and financial exposure to China,” they wrote in a recent note to clients.

But that impact varies widely from one U.S. state to another, with West Coast states more heavily reliant on Chinese markets.

Among the most dependent states: Washington, which sold roughly 20 percent of its exports to China last year, or nearly $10 billion worth of goods. Airplanes, the state’s largest export by far, made up the bulk of the state’s sales to China.

California exported some $16 billion to mainland China last year, with computers and electronics accounting for nearly 28 percent of the total. Texas was the third-largest exporter to China, with nearly $11 billion worth of products that included chemicals, computers and machinery.

Alaska, which exports a smaller volume of goods, last year sent a bigger share—some 28 percent—to China. Roughly half of Alaska’s $1.5 billion in exports to China last year consisted of seafood.

U.S. farm states are also big exporters to China, which is the biggest for American agricultural products. Some 20 percent of all U.S. farm exports are sold to China, which bought $30 billion worth of foods products in fiscal year 2014, including soybeans, distillers’ grains, hides and skins, tree nuts, coarse grains, cotton and beef, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

While the total impact of Chinese exports is a relatively small share of U.S. GDP, sales have grown faster than any other trading partner on the last decade—nearly tripling between 2005 and 2014. U.S. exports Canada rose 47 percent growth and exports to Mexico roughly doubled.

Source: Here’s how China slowdown will hit your state’s economy

(USA Today) – Baltimore to pay family of Freddie Gray $6.4M

< Baltimore City police officers lift activist Kwame Rose off the ground while arresting him during a demonstration at the Inner Harbor September 2, 2015 in Baltimore.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)[/caption]

The city of Baltimore has reached a $6.4 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man black man who died in April after suffering a neck injury while in police custody.

The settlement is expected to be approved Wednesday at a meeting of the city’s Board of Estimates, which oversees city spending, the mayor’s office said.

“The proposed settlement agreement going before the Board of Estimates should not be interpreted as a judgment on the guilt or innocence of the officers facing trial,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “This settlement is being proposed solely because it is in the best interest of the city and avoids costly and protracted litigation that would only make it more difficult for our city to heal.”

The mayor’s office said the city would pay $2.8 million to Gray’s family in the fiscal year that began July 1, with the balance being paid in the following fiscal year.

Last week a judge ruled that the six police officers charged in connection with Gray’s death can be tried separately.

The six officers have pleaded not guilty to charges ranging from false imprisonment to involuntary manslaughter. Gray died of a severe neck injury after being handcuffed and restrained inside a police vehicle April 12.

Gray’s death triggered widespread protests, accompanied by looting and arson in Baltimore, and prompted a national outcry.

Source: Baltimore to pay family of Freddie Gray $6.4M

(boston herald) – Queen Elizabeth II set to become longest reigning UK monarch

This is a April 20, 2006 file photo of Queen Elizabeth II sitting in the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace in London looking at some of the cards which have been sent to her for her 80th birthday. (Fiona Hanson/PA, File via AP)

LONDON — She has lived longer than any of her predecessors, seen a dozen prime ministers come and go, and presided over six decades of British history — from war with Germany to the death of Princess Diana and terror attacks on London.

Now Queen Elizabeth II is set to become the longest reigning monarch in British history. On Wednesday, she beats the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria — 63 years and 7 months — more than a century ago. Only four other British kings and queens have reigned 50 years or more.

“You have to be a certain age to remember a time when she wasn’t the queen,” said royal historian and commentator Hugo Vickers.

The only monarch most living Britons have ever known, Elizabeth has been the constant heart of British life since she came to the throne as a young woman aged 25.

Much has changed since then. When she married Prince Philip in 1947, Britain was still in the grips of post-World War II austerity — the couple’s wedding cake had to be made from ingredients sent as wedding presents from abroad. In 1953, when she was crowned in Westminster Abbey, television was a novelty and British colonies were still dotted around the world. By the 1990s, the empire had all but vanished.

Elizabeth is the last generation of British royals to be educated at home, and the first monarch from the country to have sent an email (1976) or a tweet (2014). She has worked with 12 British prime ministers — from Winston Churchill to David Cameron, who was not even born at the time of her coronation — and continues to carry out public engagements and travel at age 89.

While Elizabeth is instantly recognizable and held in endearing regard by her subjects, her personality and views remain an enigma to most. As constitutional monarch she must keep mum on political affairs, and only rarely does she let her thoughts be known. Days ahead of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, she remarked that she hoped voters would think “very carefully about the future.”

Some argue that reticence and neutrality form part of her appeal.

“She is above politics and when you have a change of government that’s quite reassuring to know,” Vickers said.

Stephen Daldry, director of the royal-themed play “The Audience,” recently captured the queen’s paradox: “You know, she is the most invisible visible public woman in the world,” he said.

Her public speeches are dignified, modest and often dry.

“We are reminded here of our past, of the continuity of our national story and the virtues of resilience, ingenuity and tolerance which created it,” she said during the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, which marked 60 years of her reign. “I have been privileged to witness some of that history and, with the support of my family, rededicate myself to the service of our great country and its people now and in the years to come.”

Palace officials say there will be no fanfare on Wednesday, when Elizabeth officially becomes Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Officials say the queen wanted the occasion to be a low-key affair, and that the day will be “business as usual.” Elizabeth is expected to be staying in her Scottish home, Balmoral Castle, and will take a steam train journey from Edinburgh with Prince Philip to open the new Borders Railway.

Born April 21, 1926 in London, the queen was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York and was known as young Lilibet to her family. It seemed at the time unlikely that she would become queen — that is until Edward VIII, her uncle, unexpectedly abdicated in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Elizabeth’s father reluctantly became King George VI, and she was the heir when he died in 1952.

Even before that, as early as her 21st birthday, Elizabeth had dedicated her life to Britain and the Commonwealth.

“There is a motto which has been borne by many of my ancestors — a noble motto, ‘I serve’,” she said.

Elizabeth’s marriage to Philip has endured for almost 70 years, longer than that of any other British monarch and outlasting the unions of three of her four children. In 1992, notoriously branded the “annus horribilis,” Prince Charles separated from Princess Diana, and Prince Andrew separated from his wife Sarah Ferguson. Princess Anne was divorced in the same year.

Diana’s death in 1997, which prompted Elizabeth to abandon royal protocol to publicly mourn her troublesome ex-daughter-in-law, marked one of the only low points in the queen’s reign. Today, there is little doubt about her popularity: In 2012, a million people braved the rain and sang “God Save the Queen” as they marched to the gates of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

“The British by and large really rather love her and certainly respect her enormously,” Vickers said. “She has given this country an extraordinarily subtle and quiet stability.”

Source: Queen Elizabeth II set to become longest reigning UK monarch

(CBS Pittsburgh) – Police Investigating Deadly Shooting In Hill District «

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man was shot and killed in the Upper Hill District late Sunday night.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Sunday. Police say one of their very own heard multiple gunshots in the area.

“One of our Zone 2 police officers was patrolling the area. He was out of his vehicle speaking to a resident nearby and actually heard the gunshots and came in the direction of what he heard and called that in,” Pittsburgh Police Spokesperson Sonya Toler said.

The officer discovered an adult male lying in the street on McNeil Place near the intersection of Webster Avenue.

He had been shot at least one time.



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