FEDERAL RESERVE-JACKSON HOLE-THE LATEST
The Latest: Fed vice chairman made no time for Trump tweet
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida says he was too busy at the central bankers’ conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to read President Donald Trump’s tweets, including the one in which Trump says he can’t decide “who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi,” referring to China’s President Xi Jinping.
Clarida says the Fed will keep pursuing its mandate of maximizing employment and stabilizing prices regardless of what Trump says.
“We have a very clear assignment from the Congress,” Clarida says in a CNBC interview. “We are just focusing on doing our job.”
Supreme Court: Ginsburg treated for tumor on pancreas
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining.
The court said Friday the tumor was “treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.”
In a statement, the court said a biopsy performed July 31 confirmed a “localized malignant tumor.” The court said Ginsburg does not need any additional treatment but will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans.
The court said Ginsburg canceled an annual summer visit to Santa Fe but has otherwise maintained an active schedule during treatment.
Ginsburg, who is 86, has had several bouts with cancer beginning in 1999. In December, 2018, she had surgery for cancerous growths on her left lung.
Bolsonaro says may send army to contain Amazon fires
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he’s leaning toward sending the army to help fight Amazon fires that have alarmed people across the globe.
In brief remarks to reporters Friday, Bolsonaro said he’d act on that plan within hours.
Bolsonaro has come under increasing international pressure to contain the fires in the Amazon, a region that produces vast amounts of oxygen and is considered crucial in efforts to contain global warming.
France’s government on Friday accused Bolsonaro of lying about his environmental commitments and said it would oppose a major European trade deal that would benefit Brazil.
Brazilian experts have reported a record number of wildfires across the country this year, up 84 percent over the same period in 2018.
OBIT-DAVID KOCH-THE LATEST
The Latest: Koch’s twin: He was my best friend, despite suit
WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch’s (kohk’s) twin brother is mourning the man he calls his best friend despite a billion-dollar business dispute decades ago.
Bill Koch said in a statement Friday that his twin was “an outstanding human” with “strong principles, great character and strength.”
Bill and Frederick Koch came out on the losing end of a 1980s power struggle with their brothers David and Charles over control of the board of Koch Industries, the company their father had co-founded.
Bill and Frederick sold their stake in Koch Industries in 1983, later unsuccessfully claiming in a lawsuit that they were cheated out of more than $1 billion.
Bill Koch says he and David reconciled their business differences 20 years ago.
Candidate: Marysville should be as white “as possible”
MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A city council candidate in Michigan shocked a public forum when she said she wants to keep “Marysville a white community as much as possible.”
Jean Cramer made the comment Thursday in response to a question about diversity in Marysville, a city in St. Clair County, 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. The Times Herald in Port Huron says she’s one of five candidates running for three council seats in November.
After the forum, Cramer told the newspaper that she’s not “against blacks” but believes married couples “need to be the same race.”
Mayor Dan Damman, who isn’t running for re-election, says Cramer’s comments were “vile” and “jaw-dropping.” Council member Paul Wessel says Marysville is open to anyone who arrives in the city.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-FOOTBALL RETURNS
California town devastated by fire turns to football to heal
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A high school football team in a Northern California town that was mostly destroyed by a wildfire is a year ago is playing its first game since the blaze.
The Paradise High School Bobcats are scheduled to play Williams High School on Friday. It’s their first time back since a wildfire destroyed nearly 19,000 buildings and killed 86 people in November 2018.
Head Coach Rick Prinz said the team has 35 players, down from 56 last year as the school has lost nearly half of its students who were forced to move away.
School officials said they expect about 5,000 people to attend the game. The team will enter the field through the home stands, led by last year’s seniors who never got to play in their final game.
PARKING DISPUTE SHOOTING-THE LATEST
The Latest: Florida man convicted in parking lot shooting
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury has convicted a white man of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a dispute over a handicapped parking spot.
The jury of five men and a woman deliberated for more than six hours Friday before convicting Michael Drejka. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
He was charged with the July 2018 death of Markeis McGlockton.
Drejka had confronted McGlockton’s girlfriend for parking in a handicapped space while McGlockton went into a convenience store. Security video recorded McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka to the ground. Seconds later, Drejka pulled out a handgun and shot the 28-year-old McGlockton as he backed away. McGlockton ran inside the store, where he collapsed and died.
Drejka told the detectives he has a “pet peeve” about illegal parking in handicapped spots.
TROOPER SHOT-ILLINOIS-THE LATEST
The Latest: Wounded Illinois trooper dies from injuries
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois State Police trooper has died from gunshot wounds suffered while executing a search warrant in East St. Louis.
Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly says 33-year-old Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, a 10-year veteran, died in St. Louis University Hospital.
Hopkins of Waterloo was wounded early Friday during an exchange of gunfire while serving the warrant at an East St. Louis home. After the shooting, police surrounded the home and arrested at least two people. Authorities say efforts to apprehend another suspect continues.
Police didn’t say if anyone else was shot, nor have they revealed the issues addressed in the search warrant.
Waterloo Mayor Tom Smith says Hopkins was married and the father of four-year-old twins and an infant daughter.
In a statement following the shooting, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker noted state troopers display unbelievable courage and “put their lives on the line for us every single day.”
CAPITAL ONE-DATA BREACH-THE LATEST
The Latest: Woman in Capital One case to stay in custody
SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge says a woman accused of hacking Capital One and at least 30 other organizations is a flight risk and a threat and must stay in custody.
At a hearing Friday in Seattle, U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Peterson said the “bizarre and erratic” behavior of Paige Thompson makes her a threat to herself and others.
The judge also says Thompson has no stable employment, residence or ties to the community.
The 33-year-old Thompson is charged with accessing personal information earlier this year on 106 million Capital One credit card holders.
Prosecutors had asked that she remain in custody pending trial, arguing that she has said she wants to die and has made threats against former friends and former employers.
Thompson’s lawyers contend that being a transgender woman in a male facility makes her unsafe, but prosecutors said the Bureau of Prisons has protocols to handle transgender inmates.
Biden asks crowd: What if Obama had been assassinated?
CROYDON, N.H. (AP) — At a campaign event in New Hampshire, Joe Biden pondered a most serious, and awkward, question: What if Barack Obama had been assassinated during his presidential campaign in 2008?
Toward the end of an event in Hanover on Friday, Biden evoked two of his political heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Both were assassinated in 1968, Kennedy while running for president.
Biden said: “Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee? What would have happened in America?”
The 76-year-old Biden served as Obama’s vice president for two terms. Biden is seeking the Democratic nomination for president for a third time after two failed runs in 1988 and 2008.
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