EXPLOSIVE DEVICES-THE LATEST
The Latest: Police: Latest package sighting was false alarm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Police Department says a report of two unattended packages at the Time Warner Center was a false alarm.
The NYPD had said it had evaluated the packages “as a precaution” on Thursday night.
CNN is located in the Time Warner building.
The building was partially evacuated Wednesday after a suspicious package containing a crude pipe bomb was delivered to the media company.
The NYPD encourages people to “continue to say something if you see something” in a tweet.
BC-SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED-THE LATEST
The Latest: US praises Saudi decision on slain writer’s son
ISTANBUL (AP) — A State Department spokesman says the U.S. welcomes a decision by Saudi Arabia to let the son of slain writer Jamal Khashoggi leave the country and come to the United States.
Spokesman Robert Palladino tells reporters that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the son, Salah Khashoggi, during his recent visit to the kingdom.
Palladino said on Thursday that Pompeo “made it clear to Saudi leaders that he wanted Salah Khashoggi to return to the United States, and we are pleased that he is now able to do so.”
Human Rights Watch said earlier Thursday that Salah Khashoggi and his family were heading to the U.S. after a travel ban on them was lifted. His destination was not publicly known, but his late father lived in the Washington area.
Palladino says Pompeo attended a briefing on the former Washington Post writer’s death by CIA Director Gina Haspel following her return from Turkey
PACIFIC SUPER TYPHOON-THE LATEST
The Latest: Saipan’s only hospital running generators
HONOLULU (AP) — The top health official in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands says the territory’s only hospital began seeing patients at daylight after Super Typhoon Yutu passed over the islands.
Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation CEO Esther Lizama Muna says 133 patients went to the hospital in Saipan, the territory’s largest island. There were three people with severe injuries that needed surgery as of Thursday local time after the storm hit.
There has been one storm-related death.
Muna says the hospital is running on generators. A health center on Tinian was damaged but operating normally.
She says she expects more people to seek medical help Friday.
Muna says public health teams will survey villages on Saipan and Tinian. She says her experience with previous typhoons shows that people tend to delay their own health care while focusing on their homes.
MIGRANT CARAVAN-THE LATEST
The Latest: Migrants hit snags with Mexican immigration
MAPASTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Mexican immigration officials appear to be intervening more aggressively with the movements of Central American migrants trying to make their way through Mexico and to the U.S. via a sprawling caravan.
A taxi driver in the southern Mexico town of Mapastepec recounted Thursday having seen immigration agents force migrant passengers out of cabs at a checkpoint. Later, hundreds of migrants were given free passage at the same checkpoint as Mexican officials watched.
An official from Mexico’s Human Rights Commission said migrants can go through if they are in vans or trucks that offered them rides for free. But if they paid fares, they must get out because of insurance regulations. Migrants may also walk through the checkpoint. The human rights official, who was in uniform, said he was not authorized to speak about the matter and did not give his name.
Cesar Antonio Perez Rodriguez, a migrant from El Salvador, said Mexican immigration agents had forced him, his pregnant wife Delmy Roxana Martinez and their 3-year-old son out of a van on Wednesday. They were brought to a room inside an immigration office that eventually filled with more than 30 migrants.
Hours passed with no explanation for the detentions. Several in the group became agitated and pushed their way free through a door, he said. In the commotion Perez said he grabbed his bag but left his wife and child behind. As he ran he looked back to see his wife blocked by agents wielding batons, holding their son and crying.
Perez made his way Thursday to an internet cafe in Mapastepec, where he desperately tried to contact his wife’s relatives via Facebook to find out if they had heard from her. He had no money and his wife had their only cell phone, a Mexican number he didn’t know.
“I don’t want to lose my son,” Perez said, choking back tears.
TRUMP-PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES-THE LATEST
The Latest: Trump says proposal will lower US drug prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s taking steps to lower prescription drug prices.
Trump said Thursday that for decades other countries have rigged the system so Americans pay more. He says Americans are now going to pay the prices other countries pay.
Under a proposal announced by the Department of Health and Human Services, payment for certain drugs administered in doctors’ offices would shift to a level based on international prices.
The department says overall savings to U.S. programs like Medicare and to patients would total $17.2 billion over five years.
The proposal is structured as an experiment and would apply to half the country.
Drugmakers are sure to push back, arguing it would be tantamount to adopting price controls.
AP Investigation: Hospitals imprison patients in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An Associated Press investigation has found evidence of hospital imprisonments in Kenya and more than 30 countries worldwide, including the Philippines, India, China, Thailand, Bolivia and Iran.
More than a year after Robert Wanyonyi first arrived at Nairobi’s Kenyatta National Hospital after being shot in a robbery, he remains unable to leave.
Doctors say there is nothing more they can do for him. But because Wanyonyi has not paid his bill of nearly 4 million Kenyan shillings ($39,570), administrators are refusing to release him.
At Kenyatta National Hospital and at an astonishing number of hospitals around the world, if you don’t pay up, don’t go home. The hospitals often illegally detain patients long after they should be discharged, using armed guards, locked doors and even chains to hold patients.
EDITOR’S NOTE: First in a two-part series on hospitals that detain patients if they cannot pay their bills.
YOSEMITE DEATHS-THE LATEST
The Latest: Some railings at Yosemite cliff where 2 fell
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Yosemite National Park official says a visitor reported Wednesday that two people had fallen to their deaths from a popular overlook.
Spokesman Scott Gediman says the park is still investigating when the man and woman fell and from what spot at Taft Point, which is at an elevation of 7,500 feet (2,285 meters).
He says railings only exist at some parts of the overlook.
Taft Point offers breathtaking views of the valley, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan and has fissures on the granite rock that drop to the valley floor. Visitors can walk to the cliff’s edge, where there is no railing.
Gediman says more than 10 people have died this year in Yosemite, some from natural causes and others from falls.
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SHOOTING-THE LATEST
The Latest: Sex offender lurked for days before Utah killing
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah authorities say a sex offender parolee who killed a University of Utah student had been lurking on campus for days trying to confront the woman who had broken up with him weeks earlier when she discovered his criminal background.
University police chief Dale Brophy said Thursday that Melvin Rowland spent the hours before the fatal shooting Monday in victim Lauren McCluskey’s dorm building socializing with her friends.
Brophy says Rowland confronted the 21-year-old McCluskey in the parking lot, dragged her into a car and shot her multiple times in the back seat.
Brophy says Rowland was picked up on campus after the shooting by a woman he met online.
They went to dinner, visited the state Capitol and went to her apartment. Later that night. after she dropped him off, police tracked Rowland into a church where he killed himself.
Brophy says McCluskey had filed a complaint with campus police weeks earlier alleging that Rowland had demanded money in exchange for not posting compromising pictures of the couple online.
Brophy called Rowland a master manipulator.
James Karen, ‘Mr. Teague’ of ‘Poltergeist,’ is dead at 94
NEW YORK (AP) — James Karen, a former TV pitchman who later worked with Buster Keaton and made memorable appearances in “Poltergeist” and “Return of the Living Dead,” has died. He was 94.
Karen’s friend Bruce Goldstein told The Associated Press that he died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He had been battling respiratory ailments.
Karen’s career dated back to the early years of television, when he was featured in Pathmark commercials. His many film credits included Buster Keaton’s “Film,” based on a script by Samuel Beckett, to “The China Syndrome” and “Mulholland Drive.” Horror fans knew him as Mr. Teague, the real estate developer who moves the headstones — but not the bodies — in “Poltergeist.”
Kelly absent from show following blackface comments
NEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly is absent from her NBC morning show with questions swirling about whether her time at the network is coming to an end following this week’s controversy over her comments about blackface.
An NBC spokeswoman said Thursday that “given the circumstances,” the network was airing repeats of “Megyn Kelly Today” Thursday and Friday.
During a segment on Halloween costumes on Tuesday, Kelly said dressing in blackface was acceptable when she was a kid if portraying a character, and expressed sympathy for a character in “Real Wives of New York” who darkened her face for a Diana Ross costume.
She apologized later in the day and on her show Wednesday, but there are published reports that her time at NBC could end soon. NBC didn’t comment on those reports Thursday.