TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-THE LATEST The Latest: Trump, Roberts clash over judiciary independence WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts are clashing over the independence of America’s judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the…
TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-THE LATEST
The Latest: Trump, Roberts clash over judiciary independence
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts are clashing over the independence of America’s judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected his migrant asylum policy as an “Obama judge.”
Roberts has issued a strongly worded statement says there’s no such thing. Trump is defending his own comment, tweeting defiantly, “Sorry Justice Roberts.”
The pre-Thanksgiving dustup is the first time Roberts, the Republican-appointed leader of the federal judiciary, has offered even a hint of criticism of Trump, who has several times blasted federal judges who have ruled against him.
Before now, it has been highly unusual for a president to single out judges for personal criticism. And a chief justice’s challenge to a president’s comments is downright unprecedented.
Facing criticism, Trump says he’ll go to war zone
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will soon be visiting U.S. troops deployed in harm’s way, amid criticism that he has yet to take such a trip since entering office.
Responding to questions from reporters before leaving Washington to visit his private club in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday, Trump says, “I’m going to a war zone.” He did not say when he would be making the trip or to which conflict area.
Trump addressed criticism on “Fox News Sunday” this week that he has not yet visited American troops in Afghanistan or Iraq. He said, “I think you will see that happen,” adding, “there are things that are being planned.”
An official says a White House team recently returned from beginning planning for a visit.
CHINA-DOLCE & GABBANA
Dolce & Gabbana accused of insulting China; blames hackers
BEIJING (AP) — Dolce & Gabbana has apologized for insulting remarks about China it allegedly made in conversations on Instagram but denied that it was responsible.
The luxury fashion house canceled a show in Shanghai on Wednesday after Chinese celebrities said they would boycott it.
Screenshots appear to show co-founder Stefano Gabbana referring to China with crude terms and emoji in a conversation with another user on Instagram. Separately, the Dolce & Gabbana Instagram account used offensive language in another exchange.
Dolce & Gabbana apologized on Instagram and said the accounts had been hacked. It added, “we have nothing but respect for China and the people of China.”
Actress Zhang Ziyi said on her social media account that the Italian brand had “disgraced itself.”
The Latest: Police go to island to look into US man’s death
NEW DELHI (AP) — Police investigating the apparent killing of an American by an isolated island tribe off the coast of India said they have surveyed the island by air and have carefully visited the area to identify where the man died.
A statement issued by the police for the Andaman and Nicobar islands late Wednesday said the police and India’s coast guard carried out an aerial survey of Northern Sentinel Island on Tuesday. A team of police and forest department officials used a coast guard boat to visit the island Wednesday and another visit was planned Thursday.
The Sentinelese people are highly resistant to outsiders and the government tightly restricts visits to the island. Police officer Vijay Singh said Thursday morning that police were exploring their options since they cannot go directly to the restricted area and confront the tribespeople.
Police on Wednesday said fishermen who helped John Allen Chau visit the island saw a dead person being buried at the shore who appeared to be Chau. The fishermen then returned to Port Blair, the capital of the islands, and reported what happened.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST
The Latest: Massive Southern California wildfire contained
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have finally surrounded a Southern California wildfire that destroyed some 1,600 homes and other buildings and left three people dead.
Fire officials announced Wednesday evening that the Woolsey Fire is 100 percent contained.
The wind-whipped blaze erupted on Nov. 8 and spread destruction from Thousand Oaks to Malibu, west of Los Angeles.
The winds have eased but residents face another threat. Forecasters say a rainstorm is coming by early Thursday that could bring the risk of mudflows and rockslides from denuded hills and mountains.
MANSION FIRE-DEATHS-THE LATEST
The Latest: Residents gather at vigil for house fire victims
COLTS NECK, N.J. (AP) — Residents in a New Jersey community have come together to mourn the loss of four family members who authorities determined were killed before their home was set ablaze.
NJ.com reports that the residents gathered Wednesday night on the steps of the Colts Neck town hall in remembrance of Keith Caneiro, Jennifer Caneiro and their two children. The family had been found dead Tuesday, Keith on the front lawn of the burned house and Jennifer and the children inside it.
Colts Neck Mayor J.P. Bartolomeo said the Caneiros were well known in town and often seen at local shops or school sporting events.
After synagogue shooting, fresh thoughts on giving thanks
PITTSBURGH (AP) — It’s barely three weeks after the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history and people in the Pittsburgh neighborhood where it happened are getting ready for Thanksgiving.
In the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, they aren’t shying away from celebrating the holiday, they’re welcoming it.
One former Tree of Life rabbi said people in the community both recognize what they’ve lost and recognize what they have.
Chuck Diamond says people should “observe Thanksgiving and appreciate the comfort and joy of the family around them.”
The shooting on a morning of services Oct. 27 was an anti-Semitic attack by a single gunman. It left 11 people dead.
DOCTORS VS NRA
It’s a Twitter war: Doctors clash with NRA over gun deaths
A war of words between physicians sick of treating gunshot victims and the gun industry lobby has gotten a boost following this week’s shooting death of a doctor outside the hospital where she worked.
It started in late October, when the American College of Physicians urged adoption of several gun control laws. The NRA’s response telling doctors to “stay in their lane” erupted into a hashtag war on Twitter.
Doctors used the hashtags #thisismylane and #thisisourlane. They posted photos of bloody operating rooms to show the toll of gun violence and offered their own personal stories of treating such wounds.
The debate has gained new urgency with the death of Dr. Tamara O’Neal, who was killed Monday outside a hospital in Chicago. The shooter and two other people also died.
The Latest: Police say woman was killed for refusing sex
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a woman who was killed at a suburban St. Louis religious supplies store earlier this week refused her attacker’s demands to “perform deviant sexual acts on him.”
Detectives say in a probable cause statement released Wednesday that the attacker forced the three women who were in the store into a back room at gunpoint and forced them to strip. They say he shot the 53-year-old married mother of three in the head and then sexually assaulted the other two women.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch identified the suspect in Monday’s attack at the Catholic Supply store in Ballwin as 53-year-old Thomas Bruce, of Imperial, which is another St. Louis suburb.
Bruce is charged with 17 counts, including first-degree murder, sodomy or attempted sodomy and others.