BC-TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST The Latest: Georgia crops hit hard by Hurricane Michael PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Georgia’s Department of Agriculture is coordinating efforts to assist recovery in Southwest and Central Georgia, areas most affected…
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The Latest: Georgia crops hit hard by Hurricane Michael
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Georgia’s Department of Agriculture is coordinating efforts to assist recovery in Southwest and Central Georgia, areas most affected by Hurricane Michael.
Commissioner Gary W. Black, in a news release Thursday, said crops, animals and infrastructure have all taken a substantial loss because of the storm.
Black says poultry contributes $23.3 billion to Georgia’s economy and has reported the most widespread power outages and losses. He says 84 chicken houses, estimated to have held more than 2 million chickens, were destroyed. The farms, dairies and processing plants affected were in Appling, Colquitt, Coffee, Decatur, Evans, Houston, Mitchell, Randolph, Lee and Wilcox counties.
Damaging winds also drove much of the cotton crop to the ground for a total loss or tangled it, making it harder to extract clean lint during the ginning process. Assessments for peanuts and pecans are ongoing.
Georgia girl dies when storm sends carport leg through roof
ATLANTA (AP) — By all accounts, Sarah Radney was safe inside her grandparents’ home when Hurricane Michael roared into southwest Georgia.
If the family feared anything, it was probably falling trees — not a carport next to the house.
In what could only be described as a freak accident, authorities say Michael’s powerful winds lifted the portable structure high into the air and slammed it back down on the house. When it landed, one of the legs tore through the roof, fatally striking the 11-year-old girl in the head.
Sarah’s father and stepmother, Roy and Amber Radney, said Thursday that Sarah loved being around her big family and made everything more fun.
One of Amber Radney’s favorite memories is watching her stepdaughter dance to Outkast’s song “Hey Ya!” in a park about two years ago.
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The Latest: Trump ‘open-minded’ on stop-and-frisk policing
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s “open-minded” about stop-and-frisk policing.
He made the comment as he met with rapper and producer Kanye West at the White House.
Trump earlier this week called on Chicago to adopt the strategy, in which large numbers of people are temporarily detained, questioned and sometimes searched for drugs and weapons.
Trump had said that “stop-and-frisk works.”
But West, who’s from Chicago, tells Trump that this strategy is detrimental. Here’s what West said: “We feel stop-and-frisk does not help relationships in the city.”
Trump says he’d been willing to “look at it,” and says, “They have to do something.”
Stop-and-frisk was used extensively in New York City until it was deemed unconstitutional because of its impact on minority residents. Chicago reached an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois in 2015 to curb the practice.
Thousands of young US children get no vaccines, survey finds
NEW YORK (AP) — Worried health officials say a small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease.
They say an estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended.
The numbers come from a telephone survey last year of the parents of about 15,000 toddlers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the numbers Thursday.
The new estimate is based on finding that 1.3 percent of the children born in 2015 were completely unvaccinated. That’s up from the 0.9 percent seen in an earlier assessment of kids born in 2011.
The researchers didn’t ask why parents didn’t get their kids vaccinated.
Young children are especially vulnerable to complications from vaccine-preventable diseases.
APNewsBreak: Army expelled 500 immigrant recruits in 1 year
The Associated Press has found that the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees over the course of 12 months who were recruited for their language or medical skills and promised a fast track to citizenship in exchange for their service.
The recruiting program was put on hold in 2016 amid concerns that recruits were not being screened sufficiently, and the Army began booting out those enlistees last year.
It had been unclear how many were discharged and why, but the Army’s own list says 502 members enlisted under the program were discharged between July 2017 and July 2018.
“Refuse to enlist” was listed as the most common reason, but at least one recruit who was told he was discharged for that reason said it was not accurate.
Fox News cutting back on Trump rally coverage
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel has recently pulled back from airing President Trump’s campaign-style rallies in full during prime-time. That’s a move that could have political implications for Republican efforts to reach voters in the weeks before the midterm elections.
During much of the late summer, Fox would pre-empt its lucrative nightly lineup of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham to air rallies.
But with busy news nights during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination saga and again Wednesday during Hurricane Michael, Fox has cut back.
The network hasn’t discussed its editorial decision-making. Trump has rallies planned for Friday in Ohio and Saturday in Kentucky.
Images trickle out of Michael’s vast devastation
NEW YORK (AP) — The urgency of hurricane coverage with its colorful satellite maps and reporters standing in the wind is a television staple. But devastation in Hurricane Michael’s wake was so severe that it made images of some of the hardest-hit areas in Florida trickle out as slowly as if from a distant, third-world nation.
For news organizations, Thursday was a race to get to Mexico Beach, considered the hardest-hit community by the strikingly potent storm.
Reporters had to make their way through roads clogged by downed trees and power lines. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin made it by helicopter and delivered heartbreaking images before many of her rivals made it. News organizations also made use of drones for striking aerial footage of storm damage.
Coogler to return as writer-director of ‘Black Panther 2’
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Coogler isn’t leaving Wakanda: The filmmaker will write and direct the sequel to “Black Panther.”
A person close to the production who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to announce the deal confirmed Coogler’s return to the Marvel franchise on Thursday. The Hollywood Reporter first reported Coogler’s widely expected involvement in the “Black Panther” sequel.
Neither a start date nor a release date has yet been announced.
“Black Panther” earlier this year grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide, including $700 million domestically — a new record for a Marvel release.
Coogler is also a producer on the upcoming “Creed 2,” a sequel to the Coogler’s 2015 Apollo Creed film.
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The Latest: Lawyers want proof that documents altered
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys for a Nevada woman accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of rape say the soccer star’s legal team should turn over evidence about the origin of documents cited in European media reports about the case.
A Thursday email statement from attorneys Leslie Stovall and Larissa Drohobyczer (droh-HO’-bit-zer) challenges Ronaldo’s Las Vegas lawyer to prove his claim that documents were altered, fabricated or inaccurate.
Ronaldo’s attorney, Peter S. Christiansen, said Wednesday the 2009 encounter at a Las Vegas hotel suite became public because documents were stolen by a hacker in Europe and put up for sale.
Stovall and Drohobyczer filed a lawsuit in September in Nevada state court on behalf of the woman.
It seeks money from Ronaldo and to void a non-disclosure agreement the woman signed when she accepted $375,000 in 2010 to keep quiet.
Las Vegas police say they’ve reopened a sexual assault investigation.
Ronaldo denies wrongdoing.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HARVEY WEINSTEIN-THE LATEST
The Latest: NYPD probing detective conduct in Weinstein case
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says it is investigating allegations that a detective improperly coached a witness during the Harvey Weinstein investigation.
Prosecutors dropped part of the sexual assault case against Weinstein on Thursday after a witness said Detective Nicholas DiGaudio had coached her to stay silent about evidence partially contradicting the account one of the film producer’s accusers.
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea says an internal probe of the detective’s conduct began a week ago.
He says that as of now, DiGaudio has “no active role” in the Weinstein investigation but remains on duty.
A message left on a phone used by the detective in the past wasn’t returned.