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US warship collides with tanker near Singapore; 10 missing

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 22:07

SINGAPORE (AP) — At least 10 U.S. sailors are missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker early Monday east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, the second collision involving a ship from the Navy’s 7th fleet in the Pacific in two months.

The Navy said five other sailors were hurt in the collision involving the guided-missile destroyer. It had been heading to Singapore on a routine port visit after last week conducting a sensitive freedom of navigation operation by sailing near one of China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the oil and chemical tanker Alnic MC sustained damage or casualties.

The McCain was damaged on its port side aft, or left rear, from the accident that happened at 5:24 a.m., the Navy’s 7th Fleet said, but was heading to port under its own power.

Malaysia’s navy chief Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin tweeted that two ships as well as aircraft from its navy and air force have been deployed to help look for the missing U.S. sailors.

The Navy said Osprey aircraft and Seahawk helicopters from the USS America were assisting in the search. It also said tugboats and Singaporean naval and coast guard vessels were in the area to render assistance.

The Strait of Malacca is a narrow and busy body of water between Malaysia to the northeast and Indonesia to the southwest, with the city-state of Singapore at the tip of the Malay Peninsula.

The collision is the second involving a ship from the Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship hit each other in waters off Japan.

The Fitzgerald’s captain was relieved of command and other sailors were being punished after the Navy found poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to the collision, the Navy announced last week. An investigation into how and why the Fitzgerald collided with the other ship was not finished, but enough details were known to take those actions, the Navy said.

The ship is based at the 7th Fleet’s homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. It was commissioned in 1994 and has a crew of 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers and 291 enlisted sailors, according the Navy’s website.

The warship is 154 meters (505 feet) in length.

The Alnic MC is a 183-meter (600-foot) oil and chemical tanker.

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Trump will address path forward on Afghanistan

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 20:46

CAMP MOREHEAD, Afghanistan (AP) — Signaling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army’s new special operations corps, declaring that “we are with you and we will stay with you.”

Gen. John Nicholson’s exhortation of continued support for the Afghans suggested the Pentagon may have won its argument that America’s military must stay engaged in the conflict in order to insure terrorists don’t once again threaten the U.S. from safe havens in Afghanistan.

The White House announced that President Donald Trump would address the nation’s troops and the American people Monday night to update the path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia.

Nicholson, speaking prior to the White House announcement, said the commandos and a plan to double the size of the Afghan’s special operations forces are critical to winning the war.

“I assure you we are with you in this fight. We are with you and we will stay with you,” he said during a ceremony at Camp Morehead, a training base for Afghan commandos southeast of Kabul.

The Pentagon was awaiting a final announcement by Trump on a proposal to send nearly 4,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. The added forces would increase training and advising of the Afghan forces and bolster counterterrorism operations against the Taliban and an Islamic State group affiliate trying to gain a foothold in the country.

The administration has been at odds for months over how to craft a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan amid frustrations that 16 years after 9/11 the conflict is stalemated.

The Afghan government only controls half of the country and is beset by endemic corruption and infighting. The Islamic State group has been hit hard but continues to attempt major attacks, insurgents still find safe harbor in Pakistan, and Russia, Iran and others are increasingly trying to shape the outcome. At this point, everything the U.S. military has proposed points to keeping the Afghan government in place and struggling to turn a dismal quagmire around.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he is satisfied with how the administration formulated its new Afghanistan war strategy. But he refused to talk about the new policy until it was disclosed by Trump.

He said the deliberations, including talks at the Camp David presidential retreat on Friday, were done properly.

“I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous,” Mattis said, speaking aboard a military aircraft on an overnight flight from Washington to Amman, Jordan.

Months ago, Trump gave Mattis authority to set U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, but Mattis said he has not yet sent significant additional forces to the fight. He has said he would wait for Trump to set the strategic direction first.

Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday that he had made decisions at Camp David, “including on Afghanistan,” but he did not say more about it. The expectation had been that he would agree to a modest boost in the U.S. war effort, while also addressing broader political, economic and regional issues.

Mattis said Trump had been presented with multiple options. He did not name them, but others have said one option was to pull out of Afghanistan entirely. Another, which Mattis had mentioned recently in Washington, was to hire private contractors to perform some of the U.S. military’s duties.

At Camp Morehead, lines of Afghan commandos stood at attention as Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and a host of proud dignitaries sat under flag-draped canopies and welcomed the advancement in their nation’s long-struggling military.

In short remarks to the force, Nicholson said a defeat in Afghanistan would erode safety in the U.S. and “embolden jihadists around the world.”

That’s why, he said, the U.S. is helping to double the size of the Afghan commando force, adding that the ceremony “marks the beginning of the end of the Taliban.”

Maj. Gen. James Linder, the head of U.S. and NATO special operations forces in Afghanistan, said the nearly 4,000 troops requested by the Pentagon for Afghanistan includes about 460 trainers for his staff to help increase the size of the special operations forces.

He said he’d be able expand training locations and insure they have advisers at all the right levels, including on the new Afghan special operations corps staff.

According to a senior U.S. military officer in Kabul, increasing the number of American troops would allow the military to quickly send additional advisers or airstrike support to two simultaneous operations. Right now, the official said, they can only do so for one.

The officer said it would allow the U.S. to send fighter aircraft, refueling aircraft and surveillance aircraft to multiple locations for missions.

The officer was not authorized to discuss the details publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Afghan military commanders have been clear that they want and expect continued U.S. military help.

Pulling out American forces “would be a total failure,” Col. Abdul Mahfuz, the Afghan intelligence agency chief for Qarahbagh, north of Kabul, said Saturday. And he said that substituting paid contractors for U.S. troops would be a formula for continuing the war, rather than completing it.

Mahfuz and other Afghan commanders spoke at a shura council meeting at Bagram air base attended also by U.S. military officers and Afghan intelligence officials.

Col. Abdul Mobin, who commands an Afghan mechanized battalion in the 111th Division, said any reduction in the U.S. military presence “leads to total failure.”

Speaking through an interpreter, he added that operations by Afghan and U.S. special operations forces have been very effective, and that “the presence of U.S. military personnel is felt and considered a positive step for peace.”

He said he’d like to see an additional 10,000 American troops in the country.

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Burns reported from Amman, Jordan.

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Spanish town struggles to reconcile locals as extremist cell

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 20:42

RIPOLL, Spain (AP) — They were brothers and boyhood friends from a town with no unfamiliar faces. They were linked by Moroccan roots and equally tied by their upbringings in Ripoll, an ancient hub in the Catalan foothills known for its monastery and passageways dotted with cafes and kebab shops.

But most recently, police believe, the young men were drawn together by an imam and an alleged plot to murder on a massive scale — an extraordinary secret for 12 people to keep for months on end.

In the suspected extremist cell’s final days, the group accumulated more than 100 gas canisters, blew up a house in a botched effort to make bombs, drove a van through Barcelona’s storied Las Ramblas promenade, and attacked beachside tourists, Spanish authorities said.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed at least 14 people and left scores wounded. Five of the dozen were shot dead by police.

Now, Ripoll is cut off by police roadblocks as the search for an alleged cell member thought to still be on the run continues. Families and friends in the town are torn between horror at the bloodshed and grief for the children they thought they knew.

“We don’t know whether to cry and mourn them or what to do,” said Wafa Marsi, who knew the attackers and stood with their weeping mothers as they clustered in small groups in the town square. “They have killed 13 or 14 people and wounded a hundred, and we don’t know what to do.”

What the families finally did, after fiercely debating the issue, was denounce the attack, some holding up homemade signs reading “Not in our name.”

Police have identified 12 members of the cell, but three remained unaccounted for Sunday. Two are believed to have been killed when the house where the plot was hatched exploded Wednesday, Catalan police official Josep Lluis Trapero told reporters Sunday.

Complicating the manhunt for the suspected fugitive and any other possible accomplices, though, was the fact that police so far have been unable to pinpoint who remained at large. The explosion in Alcanar, 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Ripoll, nearly obliterated the bomb makers along with the house. A police official has said the imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty, is thought to be one of them.

Trapero declined to confirm that Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan, was the one at large and the suspected driver of the van that plowed down the Las Ramblas promenade Thursday, killing 13 people and injuring 120. Another attack hours later killed one person and injured others in Cambrils, a seaside town south of the city.

“We are working in that line,” Trapero said. But he added: “We don’t know where he is.”

Another police official did confirm that three vans tied to the investigation were rented with Abouyaaquoub’s credit card: The one used in the Las Ramblas carnage, another found in Ripoll, where all the main attack suspects lived, and a third found in Vic, on the road between the two.

Police are investigating whether a man found stabbed to death inside a car in Barcelona may have been killed by an attacker as well.

Police believe the cell members had planned to fill the vans with explosives and create a massive attack in the Catalan capital. Trapero confirmed that more than 100 tanks of butane gas were found at the Alcanar house that exploded, as well as ingredients of the explosive TATP, which was used by the Islamic State group in attacks in Paris and Brussels.

“Our thesis is that the group had planned one or more attacks with explosives in the city of Barcelona,” he said. The plot was foiled when the house in Alcanar blew up Wednesday night.

None of the 12 had any known history of violent extremism, Spanish police have said.

Trapero confirmed the imam was part of the investigation, but said police had no solid evidence that he was responsible for radicalizing the young men in the cell. Es Satty in June abruptly quit working at a mosque in Ripoll and has not been seen since.

“Don’t criminalize the mosques because the overwhelming majority of them are places of worship. They are places where people pray,” Trapero said. “In fact, even though there is an imam implicated in the group, it doesn’t mean that the mosque is where they were radicalized.”

One woman who was close to multiple attackers and who heard Es Satty’s sermons said the imam repeatedly preached about jihad and killing infidels. She spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing she would be attacked for speaking out.

“I feel like I could have done something. I feel a little bit guilty now,” she said. “Everybody knew it. It was an open secret. But I can’t say it because these people are dangerous and they could come after me. I don’t trust anybody now.”

Es Satty’s former mosque denounced the deadly attacks, but denied Es Satty was anything other than “a normal imam.”

Hammou Minaj, secretary of the mosque who knew the attackers as well, described Es Satty as an easygoing preacher.

“It’s hard to get an imam. When you get one, you’re always happy,” Minaj said.

The mosque is on a main artery in Ripoll named Progress, occupying an unmarked corner storefront. The Muslim community took the space when it outgrew the town’s other mosque, which held just 40 worshippers. Es Satty preached first at the smaller space and eventually lost his job in late 2015 for reasons that the president, Ali Yassine, did not specify.

Es Satty then left to look for work as an imam in Belgium from January to March 2016, according to Hans Bonte, mayor of the Belgian city of Vilvoorde.

Vilvoorde is known for Islamic State recruiting and jihadi activity. Police there contacted the Catalan department of justice and were told Es Satty had no links to extremist violence.

“With what we know today, this is remarkable and an eye-opener for everybody,” Bonte told De Morgen newspaper.

But Catalonia itself has become increasingly known as a center of extremism and for tensions within the Muslim community on how to handle it. Nearly one-third of the arrests in Spain for alleged links to the Islamic State group were made in Catalonia, according to an analysis last year by Fernano Reinares of the Royal Institute Elcano, a Spanish think tank founded by the king.

When Es Satty returned to Ripoll, he again landed a job as imam — this time at the new mosque. But at the beginning of the summer, Es Satty announced he wanted a three-month vacation in Morocco and the mosque let him go. His apartment was empty on Saturday.

Ripoll resident Marsi, as well others who spoke with the AP on condition of anonymity, admitted tensions brewed at times between the two mosques, although Marsi pointed out that the differences were not over religious content.

“I can’t vouch for anybody else, but I can guarantee 100 percent that there was zero radicalization in either mosque. If the imam had said something about jihad, the people of Ripoll would have ousted him. The women, in particular, are raging right now,” Marsi emphasized.

The size of the cell and the close family connections among the attack suspects recalled the November 2015 attacks in Paris, where Islamic State adherents struck the national stadium, a concert hall and bars and restaurants nearly simultaneously, leaving 130 people dead.

Catalan authorities have not released the names of those killed, but Spanish media have reported widely that at least three sets of brothers were among the cell’s alleged members.

Brothers radicalizing together are a common theme among extremists. They share unbreakable bonds, an ability to keep secrets, and an airtight communication channel. A pair of brothers carried out suicide bombings in March 2016 in Brussels. Two brothers gunned down the staff members of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015. Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who bombed the Boston Marathon in 2013, were brothers originally from Chechnya.

On Sunday, many in Ripoll said they didn’t see themselves in either the young men who had once seemed familiar or the imam now implicated in the investigation

“Those people that heard him talk about jihad and didn’t say anything, are they happy now? Why didn’t they stop him?” Hassan Azzidi, who was holding a sign that read “Not in the name of Islam,” said.

He added: “We are taught not to kill animals for sport, let alone humans.”

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Associated Press writers Lori Hinnant and Alex Oller reported this story in Ripoll and AP writer Joseph Wilson contributed from Barcelona. AP writers Angela Charlton in Paris, Nicole Winfield in Rome, Mystyslav Chernov in Ripoll and Oleg Cetinic in Alcanar, Spain, contributed to this report.

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Cuthbert, Escobar lead Royals to 7-4 victory over Indians

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 20:31

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Cheslor Cuthbert homered and drove in three runs, Alcides Escobar also had three RBIs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Cam Gallagher also drove in a run for the Royals, who finally got their bats going after scoring just once in the first two games of the series. Kansas City piled up 12 hits and six runs off Cleveland starter Danny Salazar (5-6), and finished with 15 hits for the day.

Jason Hammel (6-9) allowed three runs on five hits and a walk to win for only the second time since June 19. The Royals’ right-hander had been 1-3 with six no-decisions during that span.

Kelvin Herrera gave up a run against the bottom of the Indians’ order before finishing the game.

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Less than 24 hours until the solar eclipse, are you ready?

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 20:26

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – There has been plenty of excitement and anticipation building for the 2017 solar eclipse.

Interstate traffic from coast to coast is expected to be congested from spectators trying to get to the best spot for viewing this once in a lifetime experience. Scientists and astronomers call it totality, only visible as it rushes along a 70-mile wide path from Oregon through South Carolina — lasting less than three minutes at each spot along the way.

“It’s just the most incredible event and it’s over so quickly,” said Fred Espenak.

Make sure your eclipse glasses are ISO certified. (Courtesy NBC News)

If you are not able to get to that corridor of total darkness, there is still plenty to see. Tens of millions across the country will experience a partial eclipse, but to watch it unfold you’ll need a pair of special glasses, if you can find them.

The only time you can take the glasses off while looking at the eclipse is during totality. Those who’ve witnessed the phenomenon say it can be overwhelming.

“It’s surreal, it’s something else, it’s otherworldly,” said eclipse chaser Mike Kentrianakis.

People in large parts of Nebraska, Missouri and northeastern Kansas will be able to see a total solar eclipse, weather permitting.

The total solar eclipse reaches the Sunflower State at 1:02 p.m. and exits at 1:09 p.m. The southern suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas will see the eclipse, but residents are urged to drive 40 or 50 miles to the north or east to increase their potential duration of totality up to two minutes and forty seconds.

Leavenworth will receive one minute and 32 seconds of darkness, while Atchison clocks in at two minutes and 17 seconds. Points near St. Joseph, Missouri will enjoy two minutes and 39 seconds, near the maximum total duration for this eclipse.

Times of greatest totality and locations are shown on this map.
(Courtesy KSN News)

KSN will have team coverage of the eclipse with crews in the north part of the state in and near the totality area. KSN will also have eclipse coverage in Wichita and in Great Bend.

If you aren’t interested in traveling to see the eclipse, there are several viewing parties being held Monday.

Exploration Place in Wichita is hosting an Eclipse Party event from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Exploration Place Outdoor Entrance Plaza. Special glasses will be provided to the first 1,000 guests. Multiple food trucks will also be on site.

Friends University is hosting a solar eclipse watch party, open to students, alumni, faculty, staff, the Delano neighborhood and the public. The party will take place north of the Davis Administration Building from 11:40 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For eclipse enthusiasts in Hutchinson, the Kansas Cosmosphere is setting up a special solar telescope and binoculars.

Enjoy the view!

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Neymar unstoppable on home debut as PSG beats Toulouse 6-2

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 17:53

PARIS (AP) — Neymar was in unstoppable form on his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain, with the Brazil star scoring twice and playing a role in the other four goals as PSG routed Toulouse 6-2 to move top of the French league on Sunday.

Neymar saved the best to last, bringing the Parc des Princes crowd to its feet with an astonishing solo goal in injury time. He dribbled through a forest of bewildered defenders, changing direction and rolling the ball off his foot left and right in an almost balletic display of skill and balance, before calmly stroking the ball home as if at a training session.

Neymar milked the applause with even Toulouse’s players lining up to shake his hand.

“The crowd was fantastic and it was a great atmosphere,” Neymar said on Canal Plus television through a translator after the game.

PSG leads defending champion Monaco and Saint-Etienne on goal difference, with all on nine points after three games.

Neymar, who joined from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($262 million), netted on his debut last weekend in a 3-0 win at Guingamp.

On Sunday, he equalized for PSG and set up the second for midfielder Adrien Rabiot, and then won a penalty that striker Edinson Cavani struck home in the 75th to make it 3-1. PSG was already down to 10 men by this point, after Marco Verratti’s sending off.

Center half Christopher Jullien exposed some poor marking to give Toulouse a lifeline three minutes later, scoring with a thumping header for 3-2.

But substitute Javier Pastore curled in a sublime, curling shot from 25 meters that dipped into the top right corner in the 82nd. It was Neymar’s quick pass from the left that released Angel Di Maria to pick out Pastore lurking near the penalty area.

Two minutes later, Neymar whipped over a clever corner that left back Layvin Kurzawa met with a spectacular scissor kick.

Neymar has slotted into PSG’s team seamlessly — although that is to be expected given the price tag.

Drifting in from wide left, Neymar was at the heart of several good moves early on.

With the scores level, he missed a golden chance when he fired Di Maria’s pass over the crossbar. He then set up Cavani with a superb pass lofted over the defense, but Cavani hesitated whether to shoot or square the ball to Kurzawa and did neither.

Toulouse scored when new signing Max-Alain Gradel astutely volleyed in right back Kelvin Amian’s cross in the 19th.

Neymar hit the post with a glancing header shortly after.

He found his sights in the 31st, sweeping home the loose ball after Rabiot’s shot was saved by goalie Alban Lafont. Neymar started the move by picking out Rabiot’s galloping run with a clever rolled pass into his path. Four minutes later, Rabiot played a quick one-two with Neymar and drilled in a superb low shot into the bottom left corner from 20 meters out.

Neymar intervened to calm down Verratti, after the Italy midfielder was sent off for a second yellow card with 20 minutes left. Verratti approached the referee, but Neymar blocked his path and offered him a consoling hug.

It was a night where Neymar was involved in everything.

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SEEING RED

Lucas Ocampos missed a late chance to score an injury-time winner and then got sent off as Marseille drew 1-1 at home to Angers.

The Argentine forward latched onto a headed flick from striker Valere Germain and sprinted into the penalty area. But rather than shoot, Ocampos cut inside from the left but lost control of the ball. As he tried to get it back, he recklessly lunged into defender Romain Thomas, catching him just below the knee.

Earlier, Clinton Njie made it three goals in three games to put Marseille ahead in the 17th minute.

Striker Karl Toko Ekambi equalized for Angers in the 71st.

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FLOWING MOVE

Caen’s second goal in a 2-0 win at Lille came after a flowing team move involving more than 10 passes.

The ball went from midfield to the right flank and then over to the left, where Ronny Rodelin guided it back over to the right for strike partner Ivan Santini to score at the far post in the 69th minute.

Defender Damien Da Silva headed in the opening goal.

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Authorities say Walmart in El Dorado evacuated after bomb threat

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 17:28

EL DORADO, Kan. (KSNW) – Authorities say a bomb threat has forced the evacuation of the Walmart in El Dorado at 3:51 p.m. today.

Authorities are not saying how the threat came to their attention, but they have evacuated the store.

Dispatch supervisors say the store has been evacuated as a precaution, and are not saying if there is an actual bomb in or around the store.

El Dorado police are working the case, and investigating the threat.

No injuries have been reported.

KSN has a crew on the way and will have updates on KSN News at 5:00 p.m. Look here for updates as well.

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Solar eclipse may impact cellular service

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 15:59

(NBC News) As throngs of people travel to the cities that will be in totality during the eclipse they may face a challenge other than overcrowding: cellphone network blackouts.

“Cell networks are basically like highways but instead highways that travel over the air,” says Roger Cheng, CNET Executive Editor.

The more people who use those cell phone highways, the slower it gets.

Many eclipse destinations are in rural areas where networks aren’t set up to handle large crowds, and travelers will want to share the experience on social media which demands a lot of mobile data.

To combat the possibility of a network outage cell phone carriers are preparing to beef up coverage by bringing in portable cell towers.

Emergency planners still warn that some areas may experience a wireless service blackout in the hours surrounding the eclipse.

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Local barbershops offering free haircuts for students

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 15:32

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Two Wichita barbershops are giving free haircuts to kids for the beginning of the school year on Sunday.

Prime Time Barbershop is at 727 W. 13th St N and is cutting hair until 5 p.m. for students K-12.

Lines stretch outside for Prime Time Barbershop

A line was wrapped around the corner as people tried to take advantage of the deal.

Fusionz Barbershop is offering cuts for kids in grade school through middle school until 3 p.m.

Fusionz is located at 1702 S Broadway. They ask for middle school students to bring their IDs.

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Kansas City Confederate memorial to be moved after vandalism

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 14:59

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Parks officials in Kansas City, Missouri, say an 83-year-old Confederate memorial will be removed after it was vandalized.

The Missouri Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy asked Kansas City Parks and Recreation officials to remove the monument from its current location to a place of safety. That request came after someone painted what appeared to be a red hammer and sickle on the “Loyal Women of the Old South” memorial late Friday or early Saturday.

Parks officials said Saturday the monument would be removed soon.

The memorial along one of the city’s main streets was erected in 1934 to recognize women who supported the Confederacy. It was a gift from the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It had been at its current location since 1958.

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94-year-old Minnesota man puts in pool for neighborhood kids

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 14:28

MORRIS, Minn. (KARE) – Peace and quiet seem like a good thing, until you’ve had too much. Keith Davison got his fill in the months that followed the death of his wife Evy.

“You just can’t imagine what it’s like,” says Davison, who lost his wife to cancer in 2016 after a marriage of 66 years. “You cry a lot. That’s just the way it is, because she’s not here.”

But it’s not quiet at Davison’s house anymore.  Late this spring the 94-year-old retired judge installed in his backyard an in-ground pool – then filled it with the neighborhood kids.

“I knew they’d come,” says Davison, laughing.

Plenty of people thought he was kidding when Davison first floated the idea.  His neighbor Jessica Huebner was among them.  “This spring when I saw him marking the yard, I told my husband, he’s really going to put a pool in his backyard.”

Since the opening of the pool in July, Huebner and her four children have been regulars.  “It’s him spreading joy throughout our neighborhood for these kids,” Huebner says.

Davison’s backyard addition is no mere wading pool, at 32 feet long – and 9 feet deep under the diving board.  It’s a welcome addition in a town that doesn’t have an outdoor public pool.

“Now we’re going to be here every day,” says Jaime Mundal, a neighborhood mom.

Davison has three adult children, but no grandchildren.  Huebner says she now tells her neighbor, “’You kind of adopted our whole neighborhood of kids, these are your grandkids.’”

As a dozen children giggle their way through diving board flips and pool volleyball, Davison sits nearby in the shade, enjoying the show from his lawn chair.  His pool rules require a parent or grandparent also be present when children are swimming.

Davison says the kids won’t be having all the fun.  He still enjoys swimming himself after the children have gone home.

Still, Davison is first to admit, from an economic standpoint, there’s no sense to be made of a 94-year-old installing a pool. He just doesn’t care. “I’m not sitting by myself looking at the walls,” he smiles.  Besides, Davison asks, “What else would you think of doing where you could have a whole bunch of kids over every afternoon?”

Grief can be a deep, lonely place.  Keith Davison took another step out, the day the neighborhood dove in.

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Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis dies

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 14:04

LAS VEGAS (KSNV)- Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis has died. He was 91.

The details of his death have not yet been disclosed.

Lewis had been in the hospital since June 2, when he was admitted for the treatment of a urinary tract infection. Because of his age, his doctor wanted him treated with antibiotics in a medical facility.

Close friends visited Lewis and said he developed other complications after being admitted.

Lewis served as the national chairman and spokesperson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association until 2011, and his Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon has raised over $2.6 billion in over half a century.

The actor and comedian has appeared in numerous films including, The Caddy, The Nutty Professor and Max Rose.

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No bond for suspect in officers’ death in Florida

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 11:48

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – A suspect in the fatal shooting of two police officers in Florida will be staying in jail.

A judge on Sunday denied bond for 45-year-old Everett Miller, saying there was probable cause for his first-degree murder charge.

Miller also is facing charges of resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon. Other charges likely will be filed.

Miller wore handcuffs and shackles during the first appearance hearing that lasted a minute and a half. When it was over, he said, “Thank you, your honor.”

Authorities say he fatally shot Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter of the Kissimmee Police Department during a scuffle Friday night.

Kissimmee is located south of the theme park hub of Orlando.

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Officials: No Powerball winner, jackpot swells to $650M

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 10:57

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Powerball officials say there was no grand prize winner in the latest drawing, meaning one of the nation’s largest lottery jackpots will continue growing.

Maura McCann of the New Hampshire Lottery says no ticket matched all six numbers following Saturday night’s drawing. The winning numbers are: 17, 19, 39, 43, 68 and Powerball 13.

The new jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is $650 million, which would be the third-largest jackpot in U.S. history.

The prize has grown so large because no one has matched all six balls in more than two months, so the jackpot has grown after every drawing.

The odds of winning the giant prize is one in 292.2 million.

Powerball is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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100 gas tanks: Extremists in Spain planned massive attack

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 10:53

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police put up scores of roadblocks across northeast Spain on Sunday in hopes of capturing a fugitive suspect from the 12-member Islamic extremist cell that staged two vehicle attacks and plotted much deadlier carnage using explosives favored by Islamic State militants.

Complicating the manhunt, though, was the fact that police have so far been unable to officially identify who exactly is at large.

While police have identified the 12 members of the cell, three people remain unaccounted for: two believed killed when the house where the plot was being hatched exploded Wednesday, and a suspected fugitive, Catalan police official Josep Lluis Trapero told reporters Sunday.

Trapero declined to confirm that Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan, was the one at large and the suspected driver of the van that plowed down Barcelona’s Las Ramblas promenade Thursday, killing 13 people and injuring 120. Another attack hours later killed one person and injured others in seaside town of Cambrils.

“We are working in that line,” Trapero said. But he added: “We don’t know where he is.”

Another police official did confirm that three vans tied to the investigation were rented with Abouyaaquoub’s credit card: The one used in the Las Ramblas carnage, another found in the northeastern town of Ripoll, where all the main attack suspects lived, and a third found in Vic, on the road between the two.

Police believe the cell members had planned to fill the vans with explosives and create a massive attack in the Catalan capital. Trapero confirmed that more than 100 tanks of butane gas were found at the Alcanar house that exploded, as well as ingredients of the explosive TATP, which was used by the Islamic State group in attacks in Paris and Brussels.

“Our thesis is that the group had planned one or more attacks with explosives in the city of Barcelona,” he said. That plot was foiled, however, when the house in Alcanar blew up Wednesday night.

The investigation is also focusing on a missing imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty, who police think could have died in the Alcanar explosion. Trapero confirmed the imam was part of the investigation but said police had no solid evidence that he was responsible for radicalizing the young men in the cell.

Es Satty in June abruptly quit working at a mosque in Ripoll and has not been seen since.

His former mosque denounced the deadly attacks and weeping relatives marched into a Ripoll square on Saturday, tearfully denying any knowledge of the radical plans of their sons and brothers. Abouyaaquoub’s mother said his younger brother Hussein has also disappeared, as has the younger brother of one of five radicals shot dead Friday by police during the Cambrils attack.

Everyone so far known in the cell grew up in Ripoll, a town in the Catalan foothills 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Barcelona. Spanish police searched nine homes in Ripoll, including Es Satty’s, and set up roadblocks. French police carried out extra border checks on people coming in from Spain.

Neighbors, family and the mayor of Ripoll said they were shocked by news of the alleged involvement of the young men, whom all described as integrated Spanish and Catalan speakers.

Halima Hychami, the weeping mother of Mohamed Hychami, an attacker believed to have been killed by police, said he told her he was leaving on vacation and would return in about a week. His younger brother, Omar, left mid-afternoon Thursday and has not been heard from since.

“We found out by watching TV, same as all of you. They never talked about the imam. They were normal boys. They took care of me, booked my flight when I went on vacation. They all had jobs. They didn’t steal. Never had a problem with me or anybody else. I can’t understand it,” she said.

Fatima Abouyaaquoub, sister-in-law of the Hychami brothers and the cousin of Younes Abouyaaquoub, found it all hard to believe.

“I’m still waiting for all of it to be a lie. I don’t know if they were brainwashed or they gave them some type of medication or what. I can’t explain it,” she said.

Islamic extremists have made a point of targeting Europe’s major tourist attractions — especially in rented or hijacked vehicles. But in the last two years, the extremist group has steadily lost ground in its self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

On Sunday, King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other officials attended a solemn Mass at Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia basilica for the victims of the attacks.

The archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Joan Josep Omella, said the presence of so many people was a “beautiful mosaic” of unity and urged all to work toward a common objective of “peace, respect, fraternal coexistence and love.”

The 14 people killed spanned generations — from age 3 to 80 — and left behind devastated loved ones.

Vancouver police said Sunday that 53-year-old Canadian Ian Moore Wilson was among those killed in Barcelona and his wife Valerie was wounded.

Fiona Wilson, his daughter, described her father as an adventurous traveler and thanked those who helped him and her mother in his final moments.

“In the midst of this tragedy, my dad would want those around him to focus on the extraordinary acts of human kindness that our family has experienced over the past several days, and that is exactly what we intend to do,” she said.

Francisco Lopez Rodriguez, a 57-year-old Spaniard, was killed with his 3-year-old grand-nephew, Javier Martinez, while walking along the Las Ramblas promenade. His widow Roser is recovering in a hospital.

“We are a broken family,” niece Raquel Baron Lopez posted on Twitter.

Other victims included a grandmother, 74, and her granddaughter, 20, from Portugal who were visiting Barcelona to celebrate a birthday; an Italian father who saved his children’s lives but lost his own; an American man who was celebrating his first wedding anniversary.

By late Saturday, the Catalan emergency service said 53 attack victims were still hospitalized, 13 of them in critical condition.

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City council votes yes to $4 million into McAdams

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:29

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Northeast Wichita is currently without a pool but those in the McAdams community continue to ask the city to change that. Recently, city council approved a plan that allocates $4 million dollars into the 67214 community.

“Our pool was the first one to go,” said Council of the Elders member, Wakeelah Mutazammil-Martinez. “That says a lot to our community about how they feel about us but that’s not going to stop us from fighting to get it back.”

There were three pools out of the nine selected to close and  the McAdams community closed this summer; the other pools are set to close in the coming years.

 

However, Saturday was all about progress. Community members, McAdams activist, and city leaders like Wichita’s city manager, Robert Layton, were all present for the round table discussion on how to revitalize the 67214 community.

The McAdams recreation room was full of discussion surrounding not only how they can continue to effectively fight for their neighborhood pool but also what types of things they would like to see in their McAdams neighborhood. This is a discussion that some say started long before the pool was actually closed.

There have been multiple discussions and rallies around the reopen of the pool. City council recently matched these efforts  with a new proposal to invest $4 million dollars into the community. This money could include a pool for the North east Wichita area. However, they won’t have access to this money until 2021 and some at the round table discussion say, that’s not soon enough.

“All we have to say is, we want it and go get because it it belongs to us,” said McAdams pool architect, Charles McAfee. “What happened to all the tax money my mom and dad paid all those years. Where did that tax money go?”

Others in attendance for the discussion, like former mayor, Carl Brewer, said the conversation around McAdams pool started years ago.

“We’ve done some work but we still have a long way to go and we certainly have not fell in line with what the future plan was,” said Brewer. “Now, it’s time to educate the community about what’s going on, how to read the budget and understand the politics of local government and how it’s affecting them and their families and their communities.”

Saturday’s meeting was an attempt to get back on track with what the community wants to see in the McAdams neighborhood. for some, the money that the city committed to giving McAdams motivated them to get organized in their requests.

“I’d like to see a neighborhood pool for everyone,” said one group discussion leader. “I would also like to see: a community skating ring, game rooms, visual arts , drama, dance and a grocery store.”

The president of the NAACP, Larry Burks, was also present at Saturday’s meeting and involved in a group discussion that suggested collaborating with local businesses. .

“We spend a lot of money all over this city,” said Burks. “I think we should be able to persuade some of those businesses to make an investment in us our community.”

This round table discussion was hosted by the Council of the Elders. They plan to meet on a more consistent basis to not only continue to plan but also to keep the community informed.

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Multi-county chase leads to arrest in Marion Co.

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 21:08

BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – One suspect is behind bars after leading authorities on a multi-county chase Saturday afternoon.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a stolen vehicle from Chase County was found in Butler County Saturday. A pursuit began after troopers attempted to stop the driver in the stolen vehicle and the driver refused to stop.

The suspect drove north on Highway 36 into Marion County. Authorities in Marion County were able to set up a spike strip on Highway 50, just east of Florence.

The spikes successfully stopped the vehicle after the suspect drove into a ditch. The suspect was arrested shortly after a foot pursuit into a nearby cornfield.

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WPD looking for 2 suspects in multiple thefts

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 20:21
(Photo courtesy Wichita Police Department) (Photo courtesy Wichita Police Department)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department is looking for two suspects who stole items out of multiple vehicles in Wichita.

Surveillance footage shows two unknown suspects taking items from a trailer bed. Authorities said the thefts happened in the early morning hours of August 14 in the 400 block of N Wheatland.

If you know the identity of the suspects or if you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-211 or WPD detectives at 316-268-4407.

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Utah teacher wants wedding gifts sent to homeless, not her

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 20:11

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah high school teacher is getting married next month. But instead of registering for a blender or stemware, she’s asking for shoes and backpacks to give homeless children at her school.

Copper Hills High School teacher Rickee Stewart said she was shocked when she found out more than 100 homeless students attend her school. She learned about the homeless students after the school set up a food pantry.

“One of my students walked up very quietly and said, ‘So, my mom wants to know how I can actually get some of that food,’ ” Stewart said. “It’s very real.”

This realization prompted Stewart to tell her wedding guests they can donate to her homeless student project in lieu of gifts, KSL-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2vKlUhM ) Thursday.

“I registered for tennis shoes and Converse and backpacks and winter coats for the homeless kids at our school,” she said.

Donations have now been pouring in from people not even on her guest list — and people who don’t even live in Utah, Stewart said.

“It’s not me. It’s pure kindness of strangers,” Stewart said.

It has inspired her to work food bank donations into her classroom curriculum, she said.

“My hope is that we get to not only have this amazing wedding and start our lives together, but that we are able to put some warmth on all of those kids,” she said.

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Information from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/

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16th annual One Spark Foundation luncheon feeds homeless in Wichita

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:11

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The One Spark Foundation was serving the homeless community in Wichita Saturday.

People from all walks of life came together to not only feed those in need, but to connect with them to make them feel at home — even if just for one day.

One Spark had one mission Saturday, to serve people food. The organization had only one request in return.

“We charge them a hug,” explained David Hill, organizer of One Spark Foundation. “We learned a long time ago that I can feed his belly but the greatest thing I can do is love them.”

David Hill’s effort was echoed by members of the Friends University football team.

“Wichita supports us with school and football,” said Timmy Hamilton, Friends University football player. “So we’re here to give back to the community of Wichita.”

Panera Bread and Chicken of the Sea were just two of many organizations that donated food to make Saturday’s event possible.

“The meal we feed is organic pork,” explained Hill. “We slow cook it for 20 hours. We believe our friends deserve the same type of meals we get.”

This year marks the foundation’s 16th annual luncheon, but their mission is year-round.

“Some people aren’t homeless,” added Hill. “They just may not have enough food so, they come out and join us.”

To learn more about the foundation, or to volunteer, click here.

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