CLIMATE REPORT Government climate report warns of worsening US disasters WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive new federal report warns that extreme weather disasters, like California’s wildfires and this year’s hurricanes, are worsening in the United…
Government climate report warns of worsening US disasters
WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive new federal report warns that extreme weather disasters, like California’s wildfires and this year’s hurricanes, are worsening in the United States.
The White House report quietly issued Friday also frequently contradicts President Donald Trump.
The National Climate Assessment was written long before the California fires and the hurricanes. It warns of more, stronger and longer disasters triggered at least in part by global warming.
Report co-author Katharine Hayhoe says it shows the dangerous weather that scientists said will happen in the United States is already happening.
The report is mandated by law. It also details how people’s health and different parts of the economy are being hurt.
Associate of Roger Stone in plea talks with Mueller
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A conservative writer and associate of Trump confidant Roger Stone says he is in plea talks with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
Jerome Corsi told The Associated Press on Friday that he has been negotiating a potential plea but declined to comment further.
He said on a YouTube show last week that he expected to be charged with lying to federal investigators.
Mueller’s team questioned Corsi as part of an investigation into Stone’s connections with WikiLeaks. American intelligence agencies have assessed that Russia was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during the 2016 election that damaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
The Washington Post first reported on Corsi’s plea negotiations.
Tijuana mayor declares “humanitarian crisis” over migrants
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The mayor of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city and says that he has asked the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5,000 Central American migrants who have arrived in the city.
Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum says that the Mexican federal government has provided little assistance and he is not going to commit the city’s public resources to dealing with the situation.
Gastelum said on Grupo Formula radio Friday that Tijuana does not have the necessary infrastructure to adequately attend to the migrants.
On Thursday, his government issued a statement saying that it was requesting help from the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Gastelum says: “I am not going to spend the money of Tijuana (citizens).”
Government asks high court to hear transgender military case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to fast-track cases on the president’s decision to prevent certain transgender people from serving in the military.
The administration asked the court on Friday to take up three cases on the issue. Lower courts had blocked the administration from implementing the policy.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in one of the cases in October but hasn’t ruled.
The administration had warned that it would ask the high court to step in if the appeals court didn’t rule before Friday. The administration wants the Supreme Court to be able to rule on the issue before the summer.
The justices don’t typically take cases before federal appeals courts rule on them.
Named for Roman god of war, Mars isn’t very kind to visitors
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars has a nasty habit of living up to its mythological name and besting Earth when it comes to accepting visitors.
NASA’s InSight is the latest spacecraft to come calling. The lander arrives at Mars on Monday following a six-month journey.
It represents NASA’s ninth attempt at landing a spacecraft on Mars. Only one effort failed.
But overall, only about 40 percent of all missions by the U.S., Russians and others have succeeded.
Still operating on Mars is one U.S. rover. Still working around Mars are six orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India.
Our planetary neighbor Mars is named after the Roman god of war.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST
The Latest: Searchers resume grim task as rain eases
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Search teams have resumed looking for remains as rains let up in Paradise.
A team from Orange County is among several teams conducting a second search of a mobile home park after a deadly wildfire torched part of Butte County in Northern California.
Task force leader Craig Covey says his team is doing a second search because there are outstanding reports of missing people whose last known address was at the mobile home park.
They look for clues that may indicate someone couldn’t get out, such as a car in the driveway or a wheelchair ramp. Some workers comb through debris with shovels and rakes, while others lift back parts of burned houses to look for remains.
Search teams leave orange spray paint on asphalt to indicate an area has been searched, whether bodies were found and if a dog searched it.
Ruling in genital mutilation case shocks women’s advocates
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Women’s rights advocates say they’re shocked after a federal judge in Michigan ruled this week that a law protecting girls from genital mutilation was unconstitutional.
Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was among eight people charged in federal court in connection with the genital mutilation of nine girls from Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois.
Most of the case was thrown out Tuesday, as Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that a law banning the practice was unconstitutional. He said Congress didn’t have the power to regulate the issue.
Legal experts say the judge made clear that states have authority to ban the practice. But 23 states have no such ban.
The AHA Foundation works to protect women from genital mutilation. The group says it fears girls will now be brought to one of those states for the procedure.
MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA-THE LATEST
The Latest: Police believe gunman at large in mall shooting
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Police say a man shot and killed by a police officer at an Alabama shopping mall was “likely” not the person who shot a teenager that evening.
Twenty-one-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford was shot and killed by a police officer responding to the Thanksgiving night shooting that wounded an 18-year-old and 12-year-old.
Captain Gregg Rector said in a Friday news release that new evidence suggests that while Bradford “may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim.”
Police said that an officer shot Bradford because he was seen “brandishing a handgun” while fleeing the scene.
Rector said they now believe that more than two individuals were involved in the altercation that started the shooting and a gunman is at large.
American on deadly trip to Indian island: ‘God sheltered me’
NEW DELHI (AP) — The young American, paddling his kayak toward the remote Indian island whose people who have long resisted the outside world, believed God was helping him dodge the authorities.
John Allen Chau wrote in notes left with fishermen that “God sheltered me and camouflaged me against the coast guard and the navy.” Days later, Chau was killed on North Sentinel Island, which is monitored by Indian ships to ensure outsiders don’t intrude.
Police say Chau knew the Sentinelese resisted all contact by outsiders, firing arrows and spears at passing helicopters and killing fishermen who drift onto their shoreline. His notes were reported Thursday in Indian newspapers and confirmed by police.
Police are trying to figure how to recover Chau’s body, since even Indian officials have no contact with the islanders.
OBIT-TULSA RACE RIOT SURVIVOR
1 of the last survivors of 1921 Tulsa race riot dies at 103
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riot, one of the worst race riots in U.S. history, has died at age 103.
Olivia Hooker was 6 years old when the late-spring riot destroyed much of a Tulsa neighborhood that had been known as “Black Wall Street.” She told National Public Radio in an interview this year that she hid under a table as a mob of torch-carrying people destroyed her family’s home.
The violence began after a black man allegedly assaulted a white woman in an elevator. The number of deaths was never confirmed and varies from about three dozen to 300.
Hooker’s goddaughter, Janis Porter, says her godmother died Wednesday at their home in White Plains, New York. Porter didn’t provide a cause of death.