China tariffs fuel Trump ‘order’ for firms to cut China ties
BIARRITZ, France (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to use the emergency authority granted by a powerful, but obscure federal law to make good on his tweeted “order” to U.S. businesses to cut ties in China amid a trade war between the two nations.
China’s announcement that it was raising tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. imports sent Trump into a rage.
Trump, in a tweet, declared American companies “are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China.” He later clarified he was threatening to make use of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act .
He seems to want to rely on that 1977 act — which is used to target terrorists, rogue regimes and drug traffickers — as the newest weapon in the clash between the world’s two largest economies.
Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil says military aircraft and 44,000 troops will be available to fight fires sweeping through parts of the Amazon region.
The defense and environment ministers on Saturday described plans to battle the blazes that have prompted an international outcry as well as demonstrations in Brazil against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the environmental crisis.
Bolsonaro on Friday authorized the military to get involved in putting out the fires, saying he is committed to protecting the Amazon region.
Bolsonaro has previously described rainforest protections as an obstacle to Brazil’s economic development, sparring with critics who say the Amazon absorbs vast amounts of greenhouse gasses and is crucial for efforts to contain climate change.
Many of the fires were set in already deforested areas by people clearing farmland.
BC-G7 SUMMIT-THE LATEST
The Latest: 68 arrests reported at protest near G-7 summit
BIARRITZ, France (AP) — French authorities have detained 68 people taking part in a tense protest near the G-7 summit.
The regional administration says those detained are accused of throwing projectiles, concealing their faces or possessing objects that could be used as weapons.
Police fired tear gas, water cannon and dispersion grenades at a crowd of about 400 mostly peaceful anti-capitalism demonstrators Saturday in the town of Bayonne. The regional administration says no injuries were reported in the skirmishes.
World leaders gathered in nearby Biarritz on Saturday to open the Group of Seven summit.
Security is high, and some yellow vest protesters angry at the French president and economic injustice have threatened action Sunday.
Lightning strike at Tour Championship causes fan injuries
ATLANTA (AP) — Lightning struck a pine tree right after play at the Tour Championship was suspended, and ambulances took five people from the golf course.
The tree was located just off the 16th tee at East Lake. It struck the top and shattered bark all the way to the bottom on Saturday.
A tournament official says the five people who left in ambulances appeared alert. He did not know their conditions.
The five ambulances streamed into East Lake across the entrance of the driving range to the 16th hole.
The third round had been suspended for about 30 minutes at the time of the lightning strike. Fans had been asked to seek shelter.
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RED FLAG LAWS
‘Red flag laws’ offer tool for preventing some gun violence
More states are enacting “red flag” laws that seize guns from erratic people in the hopes of staving off massacres like those in Texas and Ohio.
Seventeen states have now passed red flag laws. The back-to-back shootings that killed 31 people this month in El Paso and Dayton have given new momentum to such proposals.
Since most of the laws are new, research on their effectiveness is limited. A study published last year estimated that the two states with the longest-standing laws, Connecticut and Indiana, may have had 500 fewer gun suicides over a decade as a result of the measures.
A study published this week about California’s law found 21 examples in which people who had threatened public shootings were successfully disarmed.
Critics of the laws say they can result in the seizure of guns from law-abiding citizens based on thin claims of danger or false and exaggerated allegations.
Luck announces retirement following Colts loss to Bears
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck watched one last game from the sideline Saturday.
Then he said goodbye to the NFL.
The Indianapolis Colts quarterback heard boos as he walked away from the field, then walked to the podium and made the surprise decision official. The oft-injured star is retiring at age 29.
“I am going to retire,” he said. “This is not an easy decision. It’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.”
Luck said the repeated injuries, the lingering pain and continual rehab took away his love for the game.
Word first leaked about Luck’s plans during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 27-17 loss to the Chicago Bears when ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Luck felt mentally worn down and had met with team owner Jim Irsay to inform him of his decision.
Luck has most recently struggled to recover from a lower left leg injury.
Luck’s former coach Chuck Pagano made his first return to Lucas Oil Stadium since he was fired as the Colts’ head coach following the 2017 season. Luck did not play that season because he was recovering from surgery on his throwing shoulder.
He returned last season and led the Colts back to the playoffs for the first time in four years, winning the league’s Comeback Player of the Year award.
But in March, he suffered a strained left calf, was held out of all of the team’s offseason workouts and returned on a limited basis for three practices at training camp in July. Lingering pain forced him back to the sideline and the Colts later determined that he had an injury near the back of his left ankle.
Coach Frank Reich had said he hoped to have an answer about Luck’s availability for the Sept. 8 season opener after the third preseason game. This might not have been the one he wanted — and certainly didn’t expect.
Jacoby Brissett now inherits the starting job.
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Buttigieg versed in faith-based appeal to Democratic voters
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Republicans for a half century have built a loyal following among white evangelical Christians. But presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) is trying to demonstrate that there’s a strong religiosity among Democrats, too.
President Donald Trump’s reelection fortunes are rooted deeply in the unshakable support among religious conservatives.
But Buttigieg’s regular references to his own Christian faith offer a counterweight that could be an influential asset in Iowa and beyond as Democrats parry the secular labels that Republicans have tried to apply to them.
Not since Bill Clinton has a Democratic presidential candidate leaned so heavily on religious references in everyday campaign events, though the South Bend, Indiana, mayor says he’s wary of coming off as overly pious.
EX-NFL PLAYER KILLED-MINNESOTA
Son of ex-NFL player accused of murdering parents arrested
LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say the son of a former NFL lineman wanted on murder charges in Minnesota for the shooting of his parents has been arrested in Mexico.
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Dylan John Bennett was arrested at a hotel Saturday in Cancun.
Authorities say Bennett had contacted County Sheriff Steve Och earlier in the day to say that he would turn himself in to the FBI. But authorities say the arrest by Mexican authorities came before the information could be communicated to them.
The bodies of 63-year-old Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol, were found Wednesday when a friend went to their home in Long Prairie, Minnesota, for a welfare check.
Barry Bennett played 11 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.
Tropical Storm Dorian forms in Atlantic, likely to grow
MIAMI (AP) — A newly formed tropical depression has strengthened into the fourth tropical storm of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Dorian is moving west and could reach hurricane strength Tuesday when it nears the central Lesser Antilles.
At 11 p.m. EDT Saturday, the storm’s center was located at about 635 miles (1,022 kilometers) east-southeast of Barbados and was moving west at 14 mph (22 kph). Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 40 mph (64 kph).
No watches or warnings have been issued, but forecasters said watches will likely be necessary Sunday for parts of the Lesser Antilles.
TEXAS CRASH-NEWLYWEDS KILLED
Married only minutes, Texas newlyweds killed in crash
ORANGE, Texas (AP) — Police say a Texas newlywed couple still wearing tuxedo and wedding dress was killed in a crash with a truck as their vehicle tried to exit the driveway of the Justice of the Peace.
Orange, Texas, police say 19-year-old Harley Morgan and 20-year-old Rhiannon Boudreaux were pronounced dead at the scene Friday by the same judge who married them.
They were hit by a truck towing a trailer carrying a tractor. The force was so great that witnesses said the car flipped multiple times before coming to rest in a ditch.
The mother of the groom, LaShawna Morgan, told the Beaumont Enterprise , “They hadn’t even been married for five minutes.”
Families of the couple were following them and witnessed the crash.
LaShawna Morgan said: “I had to sit there and watch my two babies die.”
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