UNITED STATES-MEXICO Trump defends immigration deal with Mexico STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump, his threatened Mexican tariffs now on the backburner, is looking to claim victory. But some of his Democratic challengers for…
Trump defends immigration deal with Mexico
STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump, his threatened Mexican tariffs now on the backburner, is looking to claim victory. But some of his Democratic challengers for the White House have criticized him for overselling a deal that mostly ramps up existing efforts.
Trump defended the agreement reached by U.S. and Mexican negotiators to head off the 5% tax on all Mexican goods that Trump had threatened to impose Monday as he tried to pressure the country to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the U.S. southern border. But he also dangled the prospect Sunday of renewing his threat if the U.S. ally doesn’t cooperate to his liking.
Business leaders and many Republicans had urged Trump against the tariffs for economic and political reasons.
DAVID ORTIZ SHOT
Ex-Boston slugger David Ortiz shot at Dominican Republic bar
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities say former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is hospitalized following surgery for a gunshot wound after being ambushed by a man in a bar in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said.
Dominican police officials said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when the gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. Officials said Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable.
Ortiz’s father, Leo, said his son was out of danger and there wasn’t any collateral damage, meaning no damage to major organs. He said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.
The Boston Red Sox said in a statement they were notified by Ortiz’s family that he sustained a gunshot wound to his “lower back/abdominal region” and that he is recovering. The team offered “all available resources to aid in his recovery.”
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Democrats launch a series of hearings on Russia probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democratic leaders may be in no rush to launch an impeachment inquiry but the party is launching a series of hearings this week on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
The slate of hearings on the Russia probe means lawmakers are picking up the pace on an investigation that some in the party hope leads to impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Democrats are trying to draw attention to allegations that Trump sought to obstruct a federal investigation, and they want to highlight his campaign’s contacts with Russia during the 2016 election.
They’ll lay the groundwork for an appearance from Mueller himself, despite his stated desire to avoid the spotlight.
The hearings will focus on the two main topics of Mueller’s report, obstruction of justice and Russian election interference.
OJ SIMPSON-25 YEARS
AP Exclusive: 25 years after murders, OJ says ‘Life is fine’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — O.J. Simpson says his life now is fine after 25 years living under the shadow of one of the United States’ most notorious murder cases.
The nearly 72-year-old ex-football star told The Associated Press in a phone interview he and his family won’t ever discuss the June 12, 1994, murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. He says “we don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives.”
Simpson says he and his family have moved on and only focus on the positive. For him, that includes having two new knees, playing golf almost daily and living in Las Vegas, where he’s often posing for selfies with people still enamored by his celebrity.
Simpson was acquitted of the killings in 1995 but two years later lost a wrongful death case brought by the victims’ families. He has yet to pay off the $33.5 million judgment.
Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq but is expanding its footprint in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan.
There, the group is recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks in the United States and other Western countries. Nearly two decades after the U.S.-led invasion, the extremist group is seen as an even greater threat than the Taliban because of its increasingly sophisticated military capabilities and its strategy of targeting civilians, both in Afghanistan and abroad.
Concerns run so deep that many have come to see the Taliban, who have also clashed with IS, as a potential partner in containing it.
A U.S. intelligence official based in Afghanistan says recent attacks in Kabul are “practice runs” for even bigger attacks in Europe and the United States.
Hong Kong leader signals extradition bill will go forward
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader has signaled that her government will go ahead with proposed amendments to its extradition laws after a massive protest against them.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam told the media Monday that the legislation is important and will help Hong Kong uphold justice and fulfill its international obligations.
She said safeguards will be added to the legislation to ensure human rights are protected.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday in what may have been the territory’s largest protest in recent memory.
The amendments would allow Hong Kong to extradite people to mainland China to face charges. Opponents say defendants in the Chinese judicial system won’t have the same rights as in Hong Kong.
TONY AWARDS-THE LATEST
The Latest: ‘Hadestown’ wins Tony Award for best new musical
NEW YORK (AP) — “Hadestown,” the brooding musical about the underworld, has reason to smile broadly: It’s the best new musical Tony Award winner.
Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s folk-opera intertwines the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice, and Hades and Persephone. It marks Mitchell’s Broadway debut.
“Hadestown” began as a series of songs presented in a community center in Vermont in 2006. In 2010, it was a concept album; then, in 2016, it was presented at the New York Theatre Workshop. It went to Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in 2017 and to London’s National Theatre in 2018.
Mitchell, who grew up on a sheep farm in Vermont, has put out the albums “Hymns for the Exiled,” ”The Brightness” and the collaboration with fellow singer/songwriter Rachel Ries on “Country E.P.”
It beat out “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations,” ”Tootsie,” ”Beetlejuice” and “The Prom.”
The Latest: Search of accessible apartments finds no victims
DALLAS (AP) — A fire rescue spokesman says first responders have searched every accessible apartment in a Dallas building that was hit by a toppled construction crane and found no one inside the apartments.
Jason Evans, spokesman for Dallas Fire-Rescue, also says that residents living in apartments that are inaccessible because of damage from the crane were either out at the time or were among those taken to the hospital.
Evans says that one woman was killed when the crane fell on the building, and five other people were taken to hospitals with injuries. Earlier, he had said six people were injured. Of the five injured, two were critically hurt, two seriously injured and one was treated and released.
Building management have decided to evacuate the building and move the residents to hotels.
Warren challenges Sanders’ for progressives’ support
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bernie Sanders has a new challenge in his second presidential campaign: He’s not the only progressive alternative to the front-runner, Joe Biden.
Elizabeth Warren is emerging as another threat to Sanders. She recently campaigned in two Midwest states where the Vermont senator scored key victories during his 2016 primary fight against Hillary Clinton, and she’s winning over some Sanders supporters with a raft of proposals that sometimes go further left than his.
Sanders still draws bigger crowds than Warren, but the pro-worker, anti-establishment brand he brought to 2016 is no longer his alone.
In the critical early-voting state of Iowa, a new poll released Saturday found Sanders tightly clustered with Warren and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, not in the clear second place he’s held in most national surveys.
Lovingly, a family raises an intersex child – again
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Utah mom of two intersex children born two decades apart is rejecting the secrecy that often surrounds people born with both male and female traits.
After Amie Schofield’s eldest child was injured in a violent attack, and she and her husband became determined to speak out for 5-year-old Victory, who was born with ambiguous genitalia.
Doctors have long performed surgery on intersex kids to make their bodies more like typical boys or girls, but families like the Schofields are refusing surgery and pushing for intersex kids to be accepted as they are born.
Schofield says she’s like any other parent; she doesn’t want her daughter to think there’s anything wrong with her because she’s different.
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