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(The Washington Post) – The Latest: Pope Francis asks faithful to shelter refugees – 

Refugees and migrants take part in a protest demanding the authorities to let them go to Athens and continue their trip towards Northern Europe, at the port of Mytilene, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Earlier many of them confronted the police as they attempted to get onboard a ship bound to Athens’ port of Piraeus. (Santi Palacios/Associated Press)
By Associated Press September 6 at 6:32 AM
BERLIN — The latest news as countries across Europe cope with the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees. All times local (CET):

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12:30 p.m.

Pope Francis is asking faithful throughout Europe to shelter refugees fleeing “death from war and hunger.”

Francis said Sunday that the Vatican’s two parishes are taking in two families of refugees. He gave no details as he addressed tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square.

Francis said it’s not enough to say, “Have courage, hang in there,” to the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are on the march toward what he called “life’s hope.”

He called on every Catholic parish, convent, monastery and sanctuary in Europe to shelter a family, and asked bishops throughout Europe to urge their dioceses to do the same.

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11:30 p.m.

Israel’s prime minister says his country is not indifferent to the plight of migrants and refugees flooding Europe, but that Israel is too vulnerable to absorb them.

Benjamin Netanyahu bemoaned the “human tragedy” of the victims of Syria’s civil war and said Israel has aided them in various ways. But he added that Israel is too small a country, both geographically and demographically, to provide a haven for a large influx of migrants.

Israel runs a field hospital on its border with Syria and has taken in wounded Syrians, but has stopped short of opening the borders to its longtime enemy.

Israel’s opposition leader Isaac Herzog says the country should take in a limited number of Syrian asylum seekers amid the current refugee crisis in Europe.

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10:45 p.m.

Authorities in Cyprus say they have rescued 114 people believed to be refugees fleeing war-torn Syria after their fishing boat issued a distress call some 46 miles (74 kilometers) off the east Mediterranean island nation’s southern coast.

Cyprus police said Sunday that all 114 people, including Palestinians from Syria, are in good health. They include 19 women, 30 children, 5 infants and 60 men.

A merchant vessel notified Cyprus’ Search and Rescue Center late Saturday that the refugees’ 60-foot (18-meter) fishing boat was in trouble.
The refugees were transferred to the southern port of Larnaca for health and identity checks.

Police said three men, including a 28-year-old believed to be the boat’s captain, have been arrested and are being questioned.

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10:00 a.m.

French mayors are offering to house refugees amid increasing concern for Syrians and others fleeing war and seeking haven in Europe.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement Sunday that several dozen mayors have offered to help in recent days, and convened a national meeting to organize refugee housing on Sept. 12.

France is trying to speed up the process for seeking asylum and to better welcome refugees, as the numbers coming to Europe this year have soared. Many asylum seekers in France have no place to live and sleep in make-shift camps, from Paris to Calais.

A grassroots French group arranging private housing for refugees has also seen a spike in offers in recent days, after the widely viewed photo of a drowned Syrian boy helped raise public awareness.

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9:30 a.m.

On the Greek island of Lesbos, police have used batons to beat back a demonstration by some 300 migrants chanting “Athena, Athena” as they tried to come out of the port area. Several of the protesters were injured in the clash, with one taken away unconscious by an ambulance.

The migrants, mostly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, say that local authorities on the Aegean island are not processing them quickly enough so they can continue their journey to western Europe. They also complain that authorities on Lesbos are not offering them any help and that they are fast running out of money.

The clashes early Sunday were the third in as many days between migrants and police. The demonstration on Sunday was led by Afghans.

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9:15 a.m.

Thousands of migrants and refugees have arrived by train and bus in cities across Germany overnight.

Police say a special train with 570 people on board arrived in the Thuringian town of Saalfeld late Saturday. More than half of them were taken onward to Dresden, where a school for German army officers has been cleared to provide temporary shelter for 350 newcomers.
Trains also took migrants to Hamburg in the north and Dortmund in the west of the country, while buses brought more than 300 people to the capital Berlin.

Thousands more people, mainly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans fleeing war and persecution, are expected to arrive in Germany and Austria from Hungary on Sunday.

The refugees were allowed to leave Hungary Saturday after the country opened its borders with Austria.

Source: The Latest: Pope Francis asks faithful to shelter refugees – The Washington Post

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(CTV News) – Toll from rebel missile attack in Yemen rises; Saudi Arabia says 10 of its troops killed

Missiles hit Yemen - SanaaPeople inspect buildings destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. (AP / Hani Mohammed)

SANAA, Yemen — Saudi Arabia’s military said Saturday that 10 of its troops were killed in a rebel missile strike a day earlier in Yemen, raising the death toll in the attack to at least 55 coalition troops killed.

It was the first public acknowledgement by the Saudis that they have ground troops in Yemen, where they lead a coalition targeting Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies.

The United Arab Emirates lost 45 troops in the attack Friday, when rebels hit an ammunition depot in Marib, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of the capital, Sanaa. It was the deadliest day for the UAE’s military in the nation’s 44-year history.

“Ten Saudi soldiers from the Arab coalition forces were martyred,” in the attack on the weapons depot, Saudi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri said in a statement.

The Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition, made up mainly of Gulf nations, has been launching airstrikes against the rebels since March, part of an increasingly assertive military policy by both the Saudis and the UAE in the region.

Before Saudi Arabia and the UAE confirmed their casualties in the attack, coalition countries had avoided acknowledging that they had troops on the ground in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country. On Friday, Bahrain’s state news agency also reported that five of its soldiers were killed in Yemen operations, although it did not specify where or how.

Yemeni security officials have said that Saudi, Emirati, Egyptian and Jordanian military advisers are training hundreds of fighters at a military base in Aden. The Saudis also are supplying weapons and providing military advice in the fight for control of their southern neighbour.

The rebels and army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh are fighting forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is in self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia, as well as southern separatists and local militias.

Officials from the Houthis media office confirmed they had fired a Soviet-era Tochka missile in Marib, which had been a staging ground for what pro-government described as an upcoming assault toward the Houthis’ northern strongholds.

Also Saturday, pro-government Yemen officials said Arab coalition forces in Marib received reinforcements in the form of troops and supplies from neighbouring Saudi Arabia. They said the troops were from Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and also included Saudi-trained Yemeni forces.

The coalition also has launched almost-continuous airstrikes in the rebel-held capital of Sanaa since the rebels’ Friday missile attack, demolishing at least one building, Sanaa residents said. Shock waves from the explosions caused several small buildings to collapse as well. The residents spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

The airstrikes in the capital targeted weapons storage facilities and a police department in downtown Sanaa, which the rebels had turned into a military headquarters, independent security officials and witnesses said. The strikes knocked down a nearby house, killing four civilians and wounding three from the same family, they added. The Houthi-controlled Interior Ministry said 27 people have been killed by the intensified airstrikes since Friday.

Meanwhile in Jawf, a massive desert province north of Marib, hundreds of Saudi-trained Yemeni fighters and coalition troops have marched in and set up military encampments in the north-western al-Yetema crossing bordering Saudi Arabia, pro-government security officials and tribal leaders there said. The move came Thursday as part of the military plan to seize Jawf in order to advance on the neighbouring Sadaa, the heartland of the Houthis.

Sandwiched between rebel forces in Jawf and cities to the south like Bihan and Sirwah, which lie on supply routes with the rebel-held capital, the coalition forces in Marib are unable to advance north, independent security officials said. A breakout would require help from the reinforcements to Marib and Jawf, Yemeni analyst Mansour Haael said.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

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(USA Today) – Carter Lay, Grandson of Lay’s Potato Chip Founder, Found Dead in L.A. Home

Jesse Carter Lay, Grandson of Lay's Potato Chip Founder, Dies in L.A. Home

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Jesse Carter Lay, the philanthropist and grandson of potato chip king Herman Lay, was found dead in his Los Angeles home Thursday, PEOPLE has confirmed. He was 44.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office was called to the residence at about 2:10 p.m. local time, officials say. Lay was pronounced dead at his home and the cause of death is pending further investigation.

Lay, who went by Carter, died a natural death, officials told the Associated Press.

Lay was a supporter of both music education and schools, according to the AP.

He founded the Carter Lay Charitable Fund, which among other efforts partnered with RYOT for a video series called DO GOOD MOB, about improving local communities.

Lay has two children, according to TMZ.

It appears that Lay’s final Tweet was a quote: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

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(The Guardian) – Sky News cameraman was shot in Egypt after his flak jacket was confiscated 

 

Mick Deane was killed by a sniper in August 2013 after his crew’s bulletproof vests were seized at Cairo airport, colleague tells coroner’s court

Sky News cameraman Mick Deane was killed by a sniper in Cairo in August 2013
Sky News cameraman Mick Deane was killed by a sniper in Cairo in August 2013. Photograph: Sky News

A veteran Sky News cameraman was shot dead in Egypt after the flak jacket that could have saved him was confiscated.

Mick Deane, 61, was hit during a raid on activists camped in the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo, in August 2013.

Thousands of supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi had staged a six-week sit-in that was being dispersed by government forces when Deane was killed.

His colleague Craig Summers, 56, who was standing next to him when he was shot, told Southwark coroner’s court that he believes Mr Deane was singled out deliberately.

He said: “I think he was targeted but I don’t know why, he was no threat anybody at all.

“I don’t know why they shot him, the only other people around were some women sitting on the floor reading the Qur’an, there was nobody standing next to us.

“Somebody looked through a scope or down the end of a rifle at shot at us, there was no shooting at all before or after he was shot.

“I have no idea where the shot might have come from, I didn’t hear the shot being fired, the first I knew about it was when Mr Deane turned to me and said ‘I’ve been shot’ and I could see blood coming through his shirt just under the left nipple.”

Summers, Sky’s broadcast security operations manager at the time, told the court that the crew had all their safety equipment confiscated from them at Cairo airport except for their helmets.

The equipment included bulletproof vests which are designed to withstand a sniper’s bullet.

They had been advised by Muslim Brotherhood contacts on the ground that wearing the helmets would make them a target for government snipers, Summers said.

He also told the court of the Sky crew’s desperate attempts to save Deane in the chaotic environment.

Summers said: “I grabbed hold of him and dragged him to the safety of an alleyway and applied a field dressing to his wound.

“The field hospital was 30 or 40 paces away and I shouted to the others that he had been shot and we got him onto a stretcher and into the field hospital.

“His chest was drained as the doctors thought he had internal damage and that perhaps a lung had collapsed.

“When we finally got him into an ambulance there was a dead person in it, he was still alive at that point and we were talking to him and trying to keep him awake.”

When they arrived at Nasr City Hospital, Deane was immediately rushed into resuscitation but doctors were unable to save him.

No other member of the Sky News team was hurt in the incident although several other journalists from across the world were shot or injured on the day.

Coroner Lorna Tagliavini concluded that despite the cause of death being a single gunshot wound to the chest she felt unable to reach a conclusion of unlawful killing.

She said: “To return a conclusion of unlawful killing I have to be sure that all the criminal elements of manslaughter or murder are met.

“I accept his cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest and I also accept that he was not wearing any protective equipment at the time of his death.

“I thank Mr Summers very much for coming along today to recall what must have been a very painful experience.

“It is unknown where the shot came from and what the motive for firing the shot was.

“Whilst it appears he was singled out, I cannot rule out entirely that the bullet was either a wayward shot that might have been aimed at another target or was intended to frighten Mr Deane.

“I therefore record a short narrative verdict: Mr Deane was shot and fatally wounded while carrying out his employment duties as a cameraman in Cairo.

“I would like to place on record my personal condolences to the friends and family of Mr Deane.”

Deane, who was married with two sons, worked for Sky for 15 years based mainly in Jerusalem and Washington DC and had survived cancer.

John Ryley, head of Sky News, said: “Mick was a valued colleague and friend to many of us at Sky News. Our thoughts are with his family today. I would like to pay tribute to Mick’s courage and skill as a cameraman. He was one of those brave broadcasters prepared to work in dangerous parts of the world in order to bring us the news.”

David Cameron paid tribute to Deane at the time of his death, saying: “I am saddened to hear of the death of cameraman Mick Deane, covering Egyptian violence. My thoughts are with his family and Sky News team.”

Another journalist, Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, 26, a reporter for the United Arab Emirates-based Xpress newspaper, was also killed in the square.

Reports at the time suggested that as many as six journalists may have been killed or injured in the violence in Egypt on that day.


Source: Sky News cameraman was shot in Egypt after his flak jacket was confiscated | Media | The Guardian

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(financial express) – 47 dead as rebels battle IS in north Syria: monitor

A battle between Islamic State group jihadists and rebels for control of an opposition stronghold in northern Syria has killed at least 47 fighters, a monitor said today.

Twenty Islamist and other rebel fighters were killed in the clashes in Aleppo province throughout yesterday, along with 27 IS jihadists, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The fighting centred on the town of Marea, a key rebel bastion that IS has been trying to capture for months.

The Observatory said fighting was ongoing around the town, which rebel forces still control, as well in villages in the surrounding area.

Marea is one of the most significant rebel-held towns in northern Aleppo and lies on a key supply route running to the Turkish border.

IS has targeted the town for months, seeking to expand westwards from territory it already holds in Aleppo province.

Last week, IS advanced in the area, seizing five villages from rebel forces around Marea after allegations it had used a chemical agent, possibly mustard gas, in its attacks.

The IS advances came despite an agreement between Turkey and the United States to work on the establishment of an IS-free zone in northern Aleppo.

In recent days, the US-led air campaign fighting IS in Syria has carried out strikes against the group near Marea, according to the Pentagon.

More than 240,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with peaceful anti-government protests.

It has evolved into a complex multi-front war, with regime and rebel forces as well as Kurds and jihadists involved in the fighting.

 

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(CNN) – Clintons paid State staffer to set up private email server

(CNN)Hillary and Bill Clinton personally paid the State Department staffer who set up their private email server, two Clinton campaign aides said Saturday.

Bryan Pagliano was retained separately from his job at State to install the server, the aides said. The arrangement insured that no taxpayer money was spent on setting up the server that was used by the Clinton family and some of their closest advisers, the aide said.

The Washington Post first reported the arrangement Friday night.

A message left with Pagliano’s lawyer Saturday morning was not immediately returned.

Pagliano, an IT specialist, informed Congress through his lawyer earlier this week thathe will invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi and other Congressional inquiries into the server.

RELATED: Top Clinton aide says no work-related emails were withheld or destroyed

Clinton’s aides had earlier sought to minimize any damage from his refusal, saying they’d encouraged Pagliano to testify because he has nothing to hide.

“We had hoped Bryan would also agree to answer any questions from the committee, and had recently encouraged him to grant the committee’s request for an interview,” a Clinton aide told CNN on Thursday.

“Bryan is an utter professional and a wonderful young man who does not live in the public eye and understandably may not wish to be drawn into a political spectacle,” the aide said. “So his decision is both understandable and yet also disappointing to us, because we believe he has every reason to be transparent about his IT assistance.”

Pagliano’s decision to plead the Fifth could create a fresh opening for Clinton’s opponents in the 2016 presidential race to attack her, this time citing a former staffer’s actions rather than leveling their own charges, like Donald Trump’s suggestion that the controversy surrounding Clinton’s emails could force the end of her campaign.

RELATED: Clinton’s email controversy, explained

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(fox news) – ‘One hell of a pillow fight’ West Point tradition turns violent; 24 concussions

FILE 2014: Members of the graduating class listen to proceedings during commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point. (Reuters)

An annual pillow fight by freshmen cadets at the U.S. Military Academy turned bloody this year when cadets swung pillowcases packed with hard objects, injuring 30 cadets, including 24 who suffered concussions.

Photos and video have circulated on social media showing the Aug. 20 brawl, which The New York Times reports West Point did not confirm until Thursday.

Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker told the newspaper the annual fight is organized by first-year students as a way to build camaraderie after a grueling summer of training to prepare them for plebe life.

He said upperclassmen overseeing the fight required cadets to wear helmets, but video shows many did not. Some cadets swung pillowcases believed to be packed with their helmets.

The Times noted one freshman posted on Twitter: “4 concussions, 1 broken leg, 2 broken arms, 1 dislocated shoulder, and several broken ribs. That’s one hell of a pillow fight. #USMA19.”

Kasker said all cadets have since returned to duty. None of the participants have been punished.

“We are conducting appropriate investigations into the causes of the injuries,”Kasker told the paper. The academy does not plan to end the annual tradition, the Times reported.

The Times spoke to cadets who said one cadet suffered a broken leg and others suffered dislocated shoulders.

One first-year cadet told the paper that an upperclassman told him, “If you don’t come back with a bloody nose, you didn’t try hard enough.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

Source: ‘One hell of a pillow fight’ West Point tradition turns violent; 24 concussions | Fox News

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(E! Online) – Bachelor in Paradise Season 2 to End with An Engagement?! Everything We Know Going Into the Finale 

Bachelor in Paradise, Ashley Iaconetti, Jared HaibonABC/Rick Rowell
There are just three days left before the Bachelor in Paradise finale, meaning we get just three more days of speculation before finally discovering who ends up together and who leaves Paradise in tears. We’ve seen previews of those tears, along with a lot of anger and a successful proposal, but we also know how all of the editors employed on this show are actual geniuses who can make it look like literally anything is about to happen.So what can we expect? As of now, there are 19 people left on the show, and there are about to be 20 when Cassandra is the final bachelorette to arrive. That number is drastically whittled down on Sunday night during a mass exodus when half of the cast goes home alone, clearly realizing that if they’re not currently in a relationship, it ain’t gonna happen by the end of the rose ceremony.
CLICK: Social media strikes again! Is this a major Bachelor in Paradise spoiler?

Bachelor in Paradise, Mackenzie Deonigi, Justin ReichABC/Rick Rowell

Currently, there are really four solid couples in Paradise—Jade and Tanner, Carly and Kirk, Joshua and Tenley, and sorta-kinda Jared and Ashley I. Dan, Nick, Amber, Mikey, Juelia, Justin, and Sam all seem like they could go either way in terms of being with someone or not, while we don’t have high hopes for Mackenzie, Jaclyn, Chelsie, or poor Ashley S.As for Cassandra, she’s a total wild card. However, she has been posting a lot of Instagram pics of her and former Bachelor in Paradise star Jonathan, who was eliminated in week two after trying to defend Juelia from Joe.Five couples make it to Monday’s finale, but only four will even make it to the end of the episode after a seriously brutal break up goes down before any final dates even occur. A source tells us that this “raw” break-up is “unlike anything we’ve seen on the show before.”Now, of course, Chris Harrison promises us things “unlike anything we’ve seen before” on a weekly basis, but this is one bad break up that completely blindsides one half of a previously solid couple and probably also breaks our hearts in the process. We just like seeing love succeed!

CLICK: The cast weighs in on the end of the season

Bachelor in ParadiseABC/Rick Rowell

On that note, there is some much happier news to report! Two couples decide to stay together, while another one even gets engaged!A source tells E! that there are no plans in place for a wedding yet, but if “things progress” and the couple is interested, producers would probably also be interested in throwing them a big TV wedding, because “they’re a great couple and everyone loves them.”As for which couples survive to the end of the show and beyond, we only have one clue so far in the form of Jade accidentally giving away the fact that she was Persicoping from Tanner’s hometown of Kansas City. Whether that means what we think and hope it means remains to be seen, but we’re going to keep our hopes up.We’re also going to brace ourselves, because this finale sounds like one wild ride!

Bachelor in Paradise concludes its second season with a two-night finale on Sunday, Sept. 7 and Monday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

CLICK: Who’s still together from The Bachelor and Bachelorette?

 

Source: Bachelor in Paradise Season 2 to End with An Engagement?! Everything We Know Going Into the Finale | E! Online

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(daily beast) – Billionaire Wants to Build Refugee Island

 

Just the latest amazing and insane idea for housing Syria’s refugees.
Earlier this week, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris tweeted out an idea he called “crazy.”He would buy an island, fill it with refugees, and then provide jobs and housing until they could return to their homeland—if they so chose.“Greece or Italy sell me an island, ill call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country,” he wrote on Twitter. Then, added: “Crazy idea .. Maybe but at least temporary until they can return to their countries ?? !!”

When the skepticism began, he remained steadfast. “There is nothing to joke about !” he wrote. “I don’t joke on the misery of people

As live feeds of Syrian refugees walking out of Hungary have flooded the airwaves and pictures of drowned refugee children plaster social media, the response has been dramatic. In Iceland, 10,000 people offered to house Syrian families. Singer Bob Geldof announced he would let four families live in his homes. U.S. Senatorscalled on Congress to take in at least five times more refugees than the country currently allows.

Sawiris isn’t the first to propose such a seemingly outlandish idea, but his is the most singularly generous and bold so far. The telecommunications mogul is worth around $3 billion. In an interview with AFP, Sawiris estimated the cost of purchasing the island—$10 million to $100 million, he said—wouldn’t be a deterrent. The issue also isn’t supply, as there are numerous uninhabited islands in the Mediterranean. The main problem would be persuading the current owners to sell off a plot of land. Then he would target the bulk of needed investment into infrastructure, like “temporary shelters to house the people, then you start employing the people to build housing, schools, universities, hospitals,” he said.

Meanwhile, in June, a California real estate millionaire named Jason Buzi launched a plan for a “Refugee Nation.” He outlined (PDF) four options for resettlement: one involved purchasing island and another involved building a new island. “The solution is simple: for the millions of stateless people around the world—a state of their own!” it said.

His idea received mixed reactions. In theGuardian, Alexander Betts, with Oxford’s Refugee Studies Center, warned not to dismiss the innovation, but worried it could isolate refugees like a leprosy colony.

“You end up with refugees trapped forever in what is effectively large-scale prison camps,” James Hathaway, the director of University of Michigan’s Program in Refugee and Asylum, told the Washington Post, referring to Australia’s practice of holding refugees on the Pacific Islands.

“This proposal may be ridiculed or attacked by some, but hopefully is not ignored,” Buzi wrote. “It should be vigorously debated, because the world needs a solution to this staggering humanitarian crisis…But we can no longer sit idly by as millions of our fellow human beings suffer due to human-created conflicts.

Greece is struggling to assist the influx of needy refugees streaming across its borders by the thousands, exacerbated by its current financial crisis.

Refugees coming to the island of Kos were attacked by people with bats on Friday morning, according to Amnesty International. So far this year, 31,000 refugees have passed through Kos, which currently is hosting more than 3,000 in makeshift conditions. In August, 2,000 refugees were locked in the sports stadium.

In Lesbos, the number of Syrian refugees who have arrived in transit—around90,000 this year—is more than the island’s total local population. On Friday morning in Lesbos, where dinghies and boats have brought over thousands of refugees from Turkey, 200 Syrians threw stones at police who were keeping them from boarding a ship to the mainland.

The mayor of the island’s main town begged for more assistance. He said he’d been asking the national government for a state of emergency to be declared on the island but to no avail.

“[T]he situation has become unmanageable,” he told reporters.

In his interview with AFP, Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian magnate who has the funds, imagined a place where the refugees would be treated once more as human beings.

“The way they are being treated now, they are being treated like cattle,” he said.

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(wtae-tv) – Strangers pull man away from burning car in Monroeville, PA

Injured man saved from fiery crash on Route 48, Monroeville, PA

Four men stopped to help a stranger who was lying next to his burning car after a crash Friday on Route 48 in Monroeville.

Two Waste Management employees and two other people pulled over on Route 48 seconds after the fiery crash, police said.

VIDEO: Watch Marcie Cipriani’s report from Monroeville

Shawn Biddle said he was driving a Waste Management truck when he saw the fire. Biddle, who said he has been a firefighter for 30 years, asked the others who stopped to go from car to car and look for fire extinguishers.

He said the other men — a postal worker, a medical technician and a Waste Management co-worker on his way to work — were the real heroes. They gathered three fire extinguishers, which helped Biddle keep the car fire under control so they didn’t immediately have to move the driver, who Biddle said was badly injured.

“If you would have saw how bad the fire was, they could have easily ran from me, but they stayed right by my side through the whole thing, and that gentleman is probably here today because of them,” Biddle said.

SLIDESHOW: Photos of the fiery crash in Monroeville

Biddle said they ran out of fire extinguishers before medics arrived, so the four rescuers carried the man away from the spot where he was lying near his car’s leaking fuel tank.

Monroeville police said the driver had lost control of his car near Macbeth Road, hit a utility police and rolled the vehicle. Witnesses said the driver was ejected and his passenger escaped before the car caught fire.

Officials have not released the driver’s name or any information on his condition.

Follow Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Marcie Cipriani forupdates on Twitter @MCipriani_WTAE.

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(USA Today) – Facebook’s WhatsApp hits 900 million users, aims for 1 billion

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum photographed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he announces that WhatsApp has hit 900 million monthly active users.(Photo: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook)

SAN FRANCISCO — WhatsApp has reached 900 million monthly active users, cementing Facebook’s dominance in mobile messaging.

Facebook owns the world’s two most popular apps: WhatsApp, which it bought for billions, and its homegrown app, Facebook Messenger, which recently announced it has 700 million monthly active users.

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum made the announcement on Facebook on Thursday evening.

Monthly active users isn’t the best way to measure activity on a messaging app. WhatsApp did not say how many messages are being sent each day, for example. But the growth is impressive. WhatsApp announced it had crossed 800 million in April. That is no small feat for either app: Smartphone owners spend more time in messaging apps than any other app.

Messenger is also surging in popularity. It’s now the second-most popular app in the U.S, surpassing Google-owned YouTube, according to a comScore report.

By way of comparison: Twitter has a bit more than 300 million monthly active users. Instagram, the photo and video sharing app owned by Facebook, also has about 300 million.

Still, WhatsApp faces fierce competition from Asian rivals. And those apps are making money from games, virtual goods and other in-app wares, moneymaking opportunities that Koum has rejected.

So far Facebook has not tried to milk WhatsApp and it’s still unclear how it plans to. In the first half of 2014, WhatsApp made $15 million from subscription fees on a loss of $232.5 million. WhatsApp was charging users $1 a year, with the first year free, before it was bought by Facebook.

Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said during the company’s second-quarter earnings call that the company is not yet ready to turn on the moneymaking spigot with Messenger or WhatsApp.

Zuckerberg has said Facebook has “many clear ways” to make money from a product once it reaches one billion users.

“This may sound a little ridiculous to say, but for us, products don’t really get that interesting to turn into businesses until they have about 1 billion people using them,” Zuckerberg said in 2014.

One billion people, one out of seven on the planet, used Facebook on a single day in August .

“This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world,” Zuckerberg wrote.

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(Computerworld) – Auction house puts pristine 39-year-old Apple-1 on the block 

Auction house Bonhams will put a pristine Apple-1 personal computer on the block later this month, and has pegged the gavel price at between $300,000 and $500,000.
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Bonhams has experience selling vintage Apple-1 computers: One it sold last year went for the still-record $905,000 after commissions and taxes.

The Apple-1, essentially a stand-alone circuit board sans keyboard, monitor or even power supply, was hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976, and may have been one of the first lot of 50, according to a penned identifier on the back. That mark — 01-0059 — was probably an inventory number assigned by the Byte Shop of Mountain View, Calif., the first volume purchaser of the computer.

Wozniak and co-founder Steve Jobs kick-started Apple 39 years ago when they secured an order of 50 units from Byte Store owner Paul Terrell. At the time, the Apple-1 sold for $666.66, equal to about $2,800 in 2015 dollars.

Another clue that hinted at this Apple-1’s provenance was the lack of a circuit board manufacturer identifier; according to Apple-1 expert Mike Willegal, that indicates a unit from the first batch produced by Wozniak and Jobs.
Bonhams said that the Apple-1 is being sold by Tom Romkey, who owned a computer shop in Florida. Romkey acquired the Apple-1 when a customer traded it for a new NCR personal computer. NCR, better known as a cash register and ATM maker, entered the PC market in the 1980s.

According to Bonhams, the Apple-1 was used just once or twice by the owner who traded it to Romkey. For his part, Romkey simply put it on a shelf where it sat unused for decades.

The computer is in excellent condition, said Corey Cohen, a New Jersey-based Apple-1 expert who was called in by Bonhams to authenticate the device and verify that it was operational.

“This is a fully functional Apple-1 from 1976,” Cohen said in a video showing him demonstrating that the Apple-1 worked. “It is in incredible condition.”

Willegal’s index of known Apple-1 computers — one of the few authoritative lists — did not show one that seemed to match the Romkey device.

Bonhams will auction the Apple-1 in New York City on Sept. 21.

Source: Auction house puts pristine 39-year-old Apple-1 on the block | Computerworld

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(CBSSports.com) – Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne runs over Chargers defender – 

By Jared Dubin | Staff Writer

Jarryd Hayne, the former Australian rugby star who has been in camp with the San Francisco 49ers as a running back, may or may not make the roster, but on Thursday night, he gave us one heck of a highlight.

Wooooooo, boy. That’s some hit. Cornerback Lowell Rose is the recipient of the blow, by the way. He might be hurting right about now.

A few plays earlier, Hayne busted loose with this run up the middle.

Jarryd Hayne laying the hit. (Twitter)

That’s a really nice job of reading the defense, seeing that the running lane was closed and finding the cutback to the back side. Sure, it’s against backups, but it’s an NFL-caliber run. Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter are all probably ahead of Hayne on San Fran’s RB depth chart, but plays like these are why he’s got a shot to make the roster.

Source: Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne runs over Chargers defender – CBSSports.com

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(NBC News) – Stock Market Turmoil: Dow Drops 272 Points After Opaque Jobs Report 

U.S. stocks closed lower Friday after a mixed jobs report gave investors few clues about the Federal Reserve next move on interest rates. It was the second-worst week for the market so far this year.

At the close, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 272.18 points, or 1.66 percent, to 16,102.58, the S&P 500 lost 29.89 points, or 1.53 percent, to 1,921.24 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 49.58 points, or 1.05 percent, to 4,683.92.

“Unfortunately, this report settles little, we think, leaving the next two weeks essentially as unsettled as they were prior to the report’s release,” Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG, told the Associated Press after the jobs report’s release.

Jobs Report Points to Fed Rate Hike: Economists

In August the U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs, lower than the 220,000 expected. On the positive side, the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent, its lowest since 2008. And adding to confusion the report also included upwards revisions to previous month’s job numbers.

Carrying a Balance on Credit Card? Fed Interest Rate Will Cost You

For consumers, an increase in the Federal Reserve rates would mean paying higher interest on credit card debt and some mortgages. But for savers it would also mean earning a little bit more on what they’ve been able to sock away in the bank.

Markets have been especially volatile since China’s surprise devaluing of its currency in August, initially sending the Dow plunging and stocks into correction territory.

Source: Stock Market Turmoil: Dow Drops 272 Points After Opaque Jobs Report – NBC News

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(Fortune) – Kraft Singles Recall 10 Times Larger Than Initially Thought – 

Plastic film is a choking hazard.

The Kraft Singles recall of the popular cheese slices just became about 10 times larger.

What first included about 36,000 packages of the product recalled due to a sliver of plastic film staying attached to the cheese has now become over 335,000, according to the Associated Press.

The plastic film presents a choking hazard and comes after the initial recall by Kraft Heinz at the end of July.

The products affected include Kraft Singles American and White American cheese products in 1, 2 and 4-pound packages, which have a use by date from Dec. 12 to March 2. The recalled items were sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and 10 other countries and territories, including Anguilla, the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, South Korea, St. Lucia, and the British Virgin Islands.

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The privately held company said it’s received two new reports of customers choking. It disclosed three such reports in July, and said it had received seven other complaints about the packaging.

Consumers can return the product for a full refund, according to the company.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway recently teamed up with the Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital to combine Heinz with Kraft.

 

Source: Kraft Singles Recall 10 Times Larger Than Initially Thought – Fortune

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(Reuters) – China holds massive military parade, to cut troop levels by 300,000

President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 asChina held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory overJapan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders.

China’s confidence in its armed forces and growing military assertiveness, especially in the disputed South China Sea, has rattled the region and drawn criticism from Washington.

Xi, speaking on a rostrum overlooking Beijing’s Tiananmen Square before the parade began, said China would cut by 13 percent one of the world’s biggest militaries, currently 2.3-million strong.

The Defence Ministry said the cuts would be mostly complete by the end of 2017. The move is likely part of long-mooted military rationalization plans, which have included spending more money on high-tech weapons for the navy and air force. Troop numbers have been cut three times already since the 1980s.

“Prejudice and discrimination, hatred and war can only cause disaster and pain,” Xi said under a clear blue sky. “China will always uphold the path of peaceful development.”

He then descended to Beijing’s main thoroughfare and inspected rows of troops, riding past them in a black limousine and bellowing repeatedly: “Hello comrades, hard-working comrades!”

More than 12,000 soldiers, mostly Chinese but with contingents from Russia and elsewhere, then marched down Changan Avenue, led by veterans of World War Two carried in vehicles.

They were followed by ballistic missiles, tanks and armored vehicles, many never seen in public before. Advanced fighter jets and bombers flew overhead in a highly choreographed spectacle that lasted around 90 minutes.

Among the weapons China unveiled for the first time was an anti-ship ballistic missile, the Dongfeng-21D, which is reportedly capable of destroying an aircraft carrier with one hit.

Also shown were several intercontinental ballistic missiles such as the DF-5B and the DF-31A as well as the DF-26 intermediate range ballistic missile, dubbed the “Guam killer” in reference to a U.S. Pacific Ocean base.

SIGN OF STRENGTH

Greg Austin, a professorial fellow at the East-West Institute in New York, said the troop cuts had nothing to do with curbing military power.

“It’s a determination to expand military power by redirecting money to higher impact, higher technologies, which can have more strategic effect,” he said, referring to the maritime, cyber and space frontiers.

Peng Guangqian, deputy head of China’s Council for National Security Policy Studies, said the equipment on display was intended to show the combat readiness of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

“This indicates a change of the PLA training strategy; with more focus on actual combat,” Peng told the official Xinhua news agency.

China is also building two aircraft carriers that will be the same size as its sole carrier, a 60,000-tonne refurbished Soviet-era ship, according to a report on the PLA by the Defence Ministry in neighboring, self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own. Chinese state media have hinted new vessels are being built.

For Xi, the parade was a welcome distraction from the country’s plunging stock markets, slowing economic growth and recent blasts at a chemical warehouse that killed at least 160 people.

Xi was joined by Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of several other nations with close ties to China, including Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

Most Western leaders rebuffed invitations to attend, diplomats said, unhappy about the guest list and wary of the message China would send with the show of strength.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not attend the parade, which was held one day after the 70th anniversary of Tokyo’s surrender in World War Two.

China’s government repeatedly said the parade was not aimed at today’s Japan, but to remember the past and to remind the world of China’s huge sacrifices during the conflict.

However, it rarely misses an opportunity to draw attention to Japan’s wartime role. On Wednesday, Xi said Japanese invaders before and during World War Two behaved with barbarity.

CHINESE NAVY IN BERING SEA

Xi has set great store on China’s military modernization, including developing an ocean-going “blue water” navy capable of defending the country’s growing global interests.

In a sign of that emerging capability, five Chinese Navy ships were sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, at a time when U.S. President Barack Obama is touring the state.

China’s Defence Ministry said the ships were there as part of routine drills not aimed at any particular country.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said it was the first time the United States had seen Chinese navy ships in the Bering Sea.

“It is living up to what the Chinese have been saying, ‘We are now a blue water navy. We will operate in the far seas and we are a global presence’,” said Dean Cheng, a Chinaexpert at the Heritage Foundation think-tank in Washington.

Xi will meet Obama in Washington for talks later this month that will be dominated by a host of issues, including China’s growing military reach.

Beijing was locked down to ensure nothing went wrong at the parade, with much of the downtown off-limits, a three-day holiday declared and ordinary people kept well away.

“This parade and patriotism are two separate things,” said Mi Guoxian, who had come to Beijing for a wedding, standing on a nearly deserted street behind a line of police.

“This is for the national leaders.”

(Additional reporting by Michael Martina and Meng Meng in BEIJING, Matt Siegel in SYDNEY, Kaori Kaneko in TOKYO, J.R. Wu in Taipei and Phil Stewart in WASHINGTON; Editing by Dean Yates and Nick Macfie)

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(panthers.com) – Recap: Panthers 23, Steelers 6


PITTSBURGH – Head coach Ron Rivera said he hoped the performance of his reserves in the preseason finale would make the team’s final roster decisions that much more difficult.

Rivera may have gotten his wish.

The Panthers cruised past the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-6, on Thursday night to finish the preseason with a 3-1 record.

“It was a good showing. A lot of young guys did good things with their opportunities,” said Rivera, who will now turn his attention to the task of trimming the roster from 75 players to 53 by Saturday. “We’re going to have to make some decisions that will be hard.”

The only disappointing news of the night came on the injury front. Starting cornerbackJosh Norman left with a head injury on the game’s second snap, and reserve cornerbackTeddy Williams left with a groin injury shortly after. Rivera didn’t have any updates on the players’ condition.

The Panthers were efficient and balanced on offense – passing for 228 yards and rushing for 226 – and their defense kept the Steelers off-balance. That was especially true in the first half, when the Panthers were pretty close to perfect.

The running game was dominant at times and the defense was dominant at all times, allowing a first down to start the half and one to end it but nothing in between. It added up to a 17-0 halftime lead.

“I’m happy with it,” said quarterback Derek Anderson, who signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday and started the game with Cam Newton sitting this one out. “To run the ball the way we did was really good.

“Sometimes these games can get a little sloppy, but we did a good job of setting the tempo by running the ball, and we made plays in the passing game when we had to. Plus the defense played good.”

Rookie running back Cameron Artis-Payne did the bulk of the work early, rushing 10 times for 65 yards in the first quarter to set up a 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter for a 3-0 lead.

On the next drive, Anderson’s last of the night, the running game gained more ground. Undrafted rookie Brandon Wegher got it going with a 15-yard gallop, then on third-and-10, Carolina caught the Steelers off guard. Out of the shotgun, Anderson handed off toJordan Todman, who took advantage of spacious running lanes on his way to a 49-yard touchdown.

“I’ve been waiting for a while to bust a big one, to have a big play,” said Todman, who got more action with Jonathan Stewart a healthy scratch. “It took until the fourth preseason game to showcase, but better late than never.”

Webb took over at quarterback from there and kicked the passing game into high gear just before halftime. The Panthers took over at their own 20 after the defense’s fourth consecutive three-and-out with 1:42 left and started moving behind Webb and wide receiverBrenton Bersin.

They finished the drive off with a flourish. Webb hit tight end Brandon Williams for a 22-yard gain on third-and-6, advancing to the Steelers 29 with 15 seconds left. After Bersin’s third catch of the drive, Webb pumped and drilled one to tight end Marcus Lucas down the sideline for a 23-yard score just five seconds before the half.

The teams traded field goals in the third quarter.

Several of  Carolina’s top players – Luke Kuechly and Greg Olsen among them – did not play, but two that Carolina hopes will be top players returned to action after missing two games. Defensive tackle Kawann Short recorded a sack earlier, and rookie wide receiverDevin Funchess had two catches for 22 yards.

Receiver Kevin Norwood, acquired in a trade Monday with the Seattle Seahawks, caught a 13-yard pass late in the third quarter and then broke into the clear for a 27-yarder early in the fourth quarter. That set up a 27-yard field goal that made it 23-3 with 11:40 left, a kick that improved Graham Gano to 10-for-10 in the preseason.

“It felt pretty good,” Norwood said. “I just wanted to go out and do my best, I can feel like I did my best.

“I could have done better, of course, but it was a great start for me.”

And a great finish to the preseason for the Panthers as a whole.

“It’s great to go into the season on a high note,” said Artis-Payne, who finished with 67 yards on 12 carries. “We executed. That’s the biggest thing.”
Source: Recap: Panthers 23, Steelers 6

 

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(NBC News) – Kim Davis, Kentucky Clerk, Held in Contempt and Ordered to Jail

by ERIK ORTIZ, GABE GUTIERREZ and DANIELLA SILVA

A Kentucky clerk is heading to jail after a judge found her in contempt of court for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses to gay couples.

Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, was found in contempt of court on Thursday morning by Judge David Bunning. Davis has said granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples would “violate God’s definition of marriage” and infringe on her personal beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.

Bunning said Davis would be released only when she agreed to follow his order and issue marriage licenses.

Davis was visibly emotional from the stand during the two-hour hearing. She testified that she became a Christian in January 2011 on the day her mother-in-law died.

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“God’s moral law conflicts with my job duties,” Davis told the judge. “You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul.”

But Bunning was unconvinced. “I myself have genuinely held religious beliefs,” the judge later said, but “I took an oath.”

Davis thanked the judge as she was being led out of the courtroom and turned over to U.S. Marshals.

The judge told all six of Davis’ deputy clerks that they must issue marriage licenses to gay couples — or else they will face fines or jail time, too.

The lawyer for Davis, whose defense is funded by the Liberty Counsel, a religious freedom group, argued that the deputy clerks can only issue licenses under Davis’ authority. But the judge overruled this objection.

On Thursday afternoon, five of the six deputy clerks testified they would comply with the judge’s order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Plaintiffs raised the question of whether that license would be legal, without the county’s clerk’s signature. The judge would not rule on that one way or the other.

Some were emotional about the decision.

Deputy clerk Melissa Thompson told U.S. District Judge David Bunning that she doesn’t really want to, but she will comply with the law. She wept and said: “I’m a preacher’s daughter, and this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.”

The lone holdout among the deputy’s clerk is the clerk’s son, Nathan.

Attorneys for the couple’s suing Davis proposed allowing her out of custody if she agrees to not interfere with her deputies issuing marriage licenses for gay couples. The judge agreed to the proposal and ordered Davis be returned to the courtroom.

But Davis did not return to court, with her attorney speaking on her behalf.

The attorney said Davis “would not make any representation” that she would allow marriage licenses to be issued, thus not accepting the compromise that would have led to her release.

She remains in custody for contempt of court and is headed to jail.

Judge Bunning spoke directly to Davis’ son, and said, “I want to ensure that orders of the court are complied with.”

“I do expect compliance,” he said.

Mat Staver, chairman of the Liberty Counsel, said Davis was being “treated as a criminal” for violating her conscience. Davis’ defense is funded by the religious freedom group.

“While she may be behind bars for now, Kim Davis is a free woman,” Staver said in a statement. “Her conscience remains unshackled.”

Davis also faced stiff fines, but Bunning ruled that any financial penalties wouldn’t be enough because others could pay them for her. Attorneys for the plaintiffs suing Davis also argued that allowing her to disobey a federal order would set a dangerous example.

Bunning upheld the Supreme Court’s decision in June to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, and wrote last month after the contempt lawsuit was filed that the state is merely forcing her to do her job within the law.

Before the hearing, dozens of protesters on both sides of the issue clashed outside of the federal courthouse in Covington, some in support of Davis for standing up for her beliefs.

While clerks in other states have made similar refusals, Davis’ defiance is the most prominent — leading GOP presidential candidates to weigh in and casting a spotlight on her personal life, too.

It was revealed this week that she was divorced three times and had children out of wedlock before a religious awakening became a turning point in her life.

Davis, a registered Democrat, had worked as a deputy clerk for 27 years before voters in Rowan County elected her as clerk last November.

As an elected official, she can only be removed in a vote by state legislators, who don’t reconvene in the State House until January.

Despite her political leanings, she’s likely to get much support from Republican lawmakers.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday afternoon that no public official is above the law.

“Certainly not the president of the United States, but neither is the Rowan County clerk,” Earnest said. “That’s a principle that is enshrined in our Constitution and in our democracy and it’s one that obviously the courts are seeking to uphold.”

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(Houston Chronicle) – Police: Gunman kills 1, wounds 2 at Sacramento college

A police officer stands guard as Sacramento City College is on lockdown while police search the area after a shooting, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. The shooting occurred in a parking lot near the baseball field on the college campus. (Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via AP) MAGS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT (KCRA3, KXTV10, KOVR13, KUVS19, KMAZ31, KTXL40); MANDATORY CREDIT

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police hunted for a gunman Thursday night who opened fire at a Sacramento college parking lot, killing one person and wounding two others, authorities said.

One victim was declared dead at the scene, another was taken to a hospital with injuries, and the third was only grazed by a bullet and was being questioned by investigators, saidDustin Poore of Los Rios police, who patrolSacramento City College.

One of the victims is a student at the college, but it was not immediately clear which. It was also unclear whether the others had any connection to the school.

The shooting near a baseball field at the edge of campus began as a verbal dispute between the group of men, one of whom pulled out a gun and fired, Poore said.

The suspect, wearing a white T-shirt and cargo shorts, fled on foot.

After the shooting occurred around 4 p.m., the campus was locked down for about two hours before police officers had cleared all the buildings and allowed students and staff to leave.

They had not found the suspect, and expected he had left the campus, though investigators were still combing the area, said Sgt. Doug Morse of the Sacramento Police Department, which was taking over the homicide investigation.

Evening classes were canceled.

Police descended from all directions on campus shortly before 4 p.m. after the gunfire broke out, and students told to stay in their classrooms and lock the door were filled with fear.

“My stomach dropped,” student Lars Beesom told KCRA-TV. “It was definitely really, really scary, but we all stayed calm.

Beesom added, “It’s school. It’s supposed to be a good environment, and you don’t want to be scared here.”

Jackie Flores, 50, who lives across the street from the parking lot, said she heard four or five shots fired. “It all happened so fast,” she told the Sacramento Bee.

Classes were in session at the two-year college in central Sacramento with a student body of about 25,000. The fall semester began Aug. 22.

The corner of campus where the shooting occurred is surrounded by strip malls with chain restaurants on one side and a golf course on the other.

 

Evening classes were canceled.

Source: Police: Gunman kills 1, wounds 2 at Sacramento college – Houston Chronicle

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(NBC News) – Donald Trump Pledges to Forgo Third-Party Run

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“I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands” he said at a press conference in New York City. “And we will go out and we will fight hard and we will win.”

Trump added that the RNC has been “absolutely terrific” and “fair” since he became a presidential candidate.

“I see no circumstances under which I would tear up that pledge,” he said.

In a paper statement released after the announcement, Trump said “This is far and away the best way to secure victory against the Democrats in November 2016. I am leading in all local and national polls — my whole life has been about winning and this is what must be done in order to win the election and, most importantly, to Make America Great Again!”

Earlier Thursday, Trump met with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus to discuss the agreement. The RNC had privately reached out to other Republican candidates in recent days to gauge their support for such a pledge.

But the promise holds specific importance for Trump, who has upended the GOP establishment by surging to the top of primary polls despite holding some policy positions considered outside of the party’s orthodoxy.

National polls show that a Trump independent run could garner double-digit support in a general election matchup, virtually guaranteeing a split in the Republican vote that would vault the Democratic nominee to the White House.

At the first Republican debate on August 6, Trump was the only candidate who refused to say he would not run as a third-party candidate if he did not win the Republican nomination.

The RNC pledge is not the only such agreement Trump’s team has been mulling.

Last week, the South Carolina Republican Party announced that candidates must agree to a party loyalty pledge by September 30 in order to qualify for the state’s primary ballot.

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