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Boy George talks politics at Paris menswear, Dior goes dark

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:44:01 UT

PARIS (AP) — Music maestro Boy George got political at Paris Fashion Week as Dior Homme went to the dark side, creating a hard, brooding fall-winter collection. A demure and relaxed Paris Jackson dodged journalists as she arrived at the Dior Homme show in a black Dior perfecto jacket and stylish white pleated skirt. The daughter of pop icon Michael Jackson vied for attention with music legend Bono, who dominated the front row in his customary shades next to LVMH fashion tycoon Bernard Arnault, owner of the fashion house. Designer Kris Van Assche went against the grain of Dior codes with resounding success, producing a hard-edged fall-winter menswear display that explored the darker side of fashion. The decor of metal scaffolding, sinister booming music and interlocking planks of raw wood that served as a catwalk set the unusual mood. Glistening black leather gloves opened the Grand Palais collection, a signature of Monsieur Dior given a threating twist. [...] the key to the collection might have been a sky blue ribbed knit sweater, worn on top of and almost imprisoning the Dior Homme bread-and-butter suit beneath. Black pants and black leather shoes served to put the clothes on the upper body on a pedestal.

Budapest mourns as 16 die in fiery bus crash on Italian road

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:30:11 UT

VERONA, Italy (AP) — The Hungarian students had just finished a week of skiing in France when their bus swerved right, then left, then hit a highway barrier and burst into flames. The impact of the crash just before midnight Friday on the northern Italian highway was so violent that the overpass support column actually entered several rows into the bus, officials said Saturday. "The fire was so huge it took up practically half of the three-lane highway," said Lanfranco Fossa, a businessman who stopped to offer help when he realized some injured youths had escaped the flames. A few hundred students and parents gathered for a vigil outside the school, some of them weeping, lighting small candles and laying flowers in memory of the victims. According to Szijjarto, the bus driver lost control of the vehicle, which hit a guard rail before the overpass support and then exploded. RAI state radio said a Slovenian truck driver traveling behind the bus had noticed a problem with one of its wheels and tried to alert the driver. The Slovenian truck driver stayed at the scene to help until investigators arrived.

Gambia's defeated leader leaves country, ends standoff

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:23:05 UT

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh and his family headed into political exile Saturday night, ending a 22-year reign of fear and a post-election political standoff that threatened to provoke a regional military intervention when he clung to power. The flight came almost 24 hours after he announced on state television he was ceding power in response to mounting international pressure calling for his ouster. The incoming president, Adama Barrow, told The Associated Press earlier Saturday that Jammeh would fly to Guinea, though that might not be his final destination. In the Guinean capital, Conakry, the security minister was at the airport with jeeps full of well-armed military personnel, witnesses said. [...] a special plane also landed from Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, with only a crew and no passengers, suggesting that could be Jammeh's final destination. Jammeh, who first seized power in a 1994 coup, had been holed up in recent days in his official residence in Banjul, increasingly isolated as he was abandoned by his security forces and several Cabinet members. The force moved in after Barrow's inauguration and a unanimous vote by the U.N. Security Council supporting the regional efforts.

Trump assures CIA officials 'I am so behind you'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:07:11 UT

(AP) — President Donald Trump moved to mend his tumultuous relationship with America's spy agencies Saturday, traveling to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office and assuring officials, "I am so behind you." [...] the president quickly shifted from praise for the CIA to criticism of media coverage of Inauguration Day, in an unscripted address that overstated the size of the crowd that gathered on the National Mall as he took the oath of office. The 45th president's inauguration has been shadowed by news reports that the CIA and other federal agencies are investigating Russian interference in the presidential election on behalf of Trump. The New York Times, citing anonymous officials, said agencies were examining intercepted communications and financial transactions between Russian officials and Trump's associates. FBI Director James Comey has declined to confirm or describe the nature of the government's investigation, both during a congressional hearing and in closed-door meetings with members of Congress. The Justice Department released a memo concluding the president's "special hiring authority" allows the New York real estate mogul to appoint Kushner to the administration and the move does not contravene federal anti-nepotism laws.

Chapecoense survivors lift trophy 2 months after tragedy

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:05:45 UT

CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — The three surviving players of the air crash two months ago that killed 19 members of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer club lifted the Copa Sudamericana trophy on Saturday in honor of their dead teammates. The most emotional scene came when goalkeeper Jackson Follmann, who survived the crash but had part of his right leg amputated, lifted the trophy while seated in a wheelchair. Defender Neto, who survived under the plane wreckage for almost 10 hours, also held the trophy in front of 20,000 fans at Chapecoense's sold-out Arena Conda stadium, as did winger Alan Ruschel. Another survivor— radio journalist Rafael Henzel — announced the friendly match in a return to the broadcast booth.

Hundreds of thousands of women around the world decry Trump

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:45:36 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wearing pink, pointy-eared "pussyhats" to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets in the nation's capital and cities around the world Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they won't let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years. Women brandished signs with slogans such as "Women won't back down" and "Less fear more love" and decried Trump's stand on such issues as abortion, health care, gay rights, diversity and climate change. In Chicago, organizers canceled the march portion of their event for safety reasons after the overflow crowd reached an estimated 150,000. The event appeared to have attracted more people than Trump's inauguration on Friday, based on figures from transportation officials. The rallies were a peaceful counterpoint to the window-smashing unrest that unfolded on Friday when self-described anarchists tried to disrupt the inauguration. Marlita Gogan, who came to Washington from Houston for the inauguration, said police advised her family not to wear their "Make America Great Again Hats" as they walked through crowds of protesters while playing tourist on Saturday. The marches displayed a level of enthusiasm that Clinton herself was largely unable to generate during her campaign against Trump, when she won the popular vote but he outdistanced her in the electoral vote. At rallies around the world, many participants wore hand-knit "pussyhats" — a message of female empowerment aimed squarely at Trump's crude boast about grabbing women's genitals. In Paris, thousands rallied in the Eiffel Tower neighborhood in a joyful atmosphere, singing and carrying posters reading "We have our eyes on you Mr. Trump" and "With our sisters in Washington."

Iraqi forces eye tougher fight in Mosul's west

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:58:24 UT

"If they had stayed here it would have made the battle very difficult," said Abdul-Latif, the special forces officer, explaining how when he first breached Mosul, a handful of snipers holed up within houses and using civilians as shields would slow his convoy, giving dozens of car bombs time to target the stalled forces. Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, the commander of coalition ground forces, credited the swift progress with greater coordination between Iraq's disparate security forces that allowed Iraqi ground troops to push back IS by launching coordinated attacks. [...] Iraqi ground forces largely credit their victories to thinning IS defenses and nighttime raids across front lines aimed at taking out key local militant leadership. In Mosul, as progress stalled, coalition forces moved deeper into the city in part to aid in the nighttime operations, according to an Iraqi officer who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the press. After U.S.-led coalition airstrikes partially destroyed all five bridges spanning the Tigris, the number of car bombs targeting the troops decreased and they became less sophisticated. Iraqi troops began seeing fewer of the heavily armored car bombs that coalition officials likened to vehicles out of the Mad Max movie franchise. Some aid groups have already begun drafting contingency plans to airdrop humanitarian supplies into the city, according to a senior western diplomat present at military planning meetings. Like many families who lost loved ones during the Mosul operation, it was too dangerous for Faris Danoon to travel to his neighborhood's graveyard after a mortar attack killed his son Younis Iraqi troops have also experienced similarly high casualty rates; Irbil hospital officials and Iraqi medics working inside Mosul estimate that more than 1,600 Iraqi troops have been injured or killed during the Mosul operation.

Big crowds turn out for women's marches around the world

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:57:20 UT

CHICAGO (AP) — Legions of women flooded streets and city squares from Sydney to South Carolina on Saturday, marching in solidarity as a show of empowerment and a stand against Donald Trump. More than 600 "sister marches" took place across the country and abroad in conjunction with the Women's March on Washington, which drew hundreds of thousands of women and men to the capital a day after Trump became president of the United States. Sarah Gospodar likened the chilly, damp rally at Trenton's War Memorial to the civil rights marches of the 1960s, when people came together peacefully to effect change. How can anyone be against equal pay and fair and equal rights for all Americans? Mary Morrisey, 35, of Trenton, said she didn't mind demonstrating in the cold because it was an opportunity to make things better for people across the nation, especially LGBT people and minorities. Several thousand people, including many American workers and students living in France, gathered in the Eiffel Tower neighborhood in a joyful atmosphere. The 69-year-old burned her bra for women's rights in college 50 years ago and said it was shameful that Saturday's marches and rallies were even necessary. Donna Martin, 42, of Chicago, said she came out because "I wanted to be counted" and thought the Chicago rally sent a clear message to Trump and his supporters. Tracy Showalter said she wants to support Trump as president and hopes he brings positive changes, "but this is just a message that women aren't going to be forgotten." Thousands of protesters carrying signs that read: "Women's rights are human rights" and "A woman's place is in the resistance" funneled past Trump Tower to thunderous cheers on tony Fifth Avenue, where he conducted nearly all of his post-election business. Several thousand women filled the Statehouse steps with signs like "Make America Think Again" and "You Can't Comb Over Sexism." Swarms of people gathered

Bogus bongs or bogus lawsuits? Pipe maker sues over fakes

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:33:12 UT

Both marijuana and the tools used to smoke it remain illegal under federal law, but that hasn't stopped Roor and its American licensee from using the federal courts to protect the brand and its sales. In Florida, California and New York, lawyers are accusing smoke shops and mom-and-pop convenience stores of selling counterfeit Roor bongs in violation of U.S. Trademark No. 3675839, protecting SMOKER'S ARTICLES, NAMELY, GLASS PIPES, BONGS, WATER PIPES, (and) WATER PIPES OF GLASS sold under the Roor mark, which has a stylized font with the last R'' facing backwards. [...] that marijuana has increasingly been legalized for medical or recreational use in some U.S. states, consumer demand for such drug paraphernalia is booming, and imitators of the German pipe maker abound.  The accused sellers could challenge the legality of the company's 2009 trademark, which specifically calls its product a bong. [...] Roor, she said, would have to show it never went after the pot market — which might be hard given its bongs have won numerous awards in High Times magazine's annual Cannabis Cup competition. Smoke shop owner Jay Work calls the Roor lawsuits legalized extortion of smoke shop owners who are vulnerable because they sell bongs in a "gray" market where "you look not to ruffle feathers." Steve Bloom, editor of Freedom Leaf magazine and publisher of, said Roor remains a status symbol among serious marijuana smokers, but has lost dominance to other top-end bong makers. Ken Minerley, a South Florida lawyer representing six smoke and convenience stores being sued by Roor, said some of his mom-and-pop clients sold a single fake Roor pipe to an undercover company agent after buying them from a distributor who also sells underwear, toiletries and other goods.

4 dead after tornado rips through south Mississippi

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:31:37 UT

(AP) — Four people were killed, roofs were ripped from homes and churches, and trees were torn from the earth early Saturday when a tornado hitting in the dark of night ripped through a region in southern Mississippi, officials said. Four people died after the twister blew through the city and surrounding area, said Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict. Monica McCarty said her father died in the same trailer park where she and her boyfriend live and her son was apparently crushed to death while in bed at her mother's house where he lived. In the surrounding neighborhood, power company trucks were running up and down the streets. Trees turned into spindly sticks were lying across power lines, and the roar of chain saws could be heard in the background. Equipped with dogs and all-terrain vehicles, they were planning on doing a grid search from police headquarters to nearby William Carey University in one of the most heavily damaged areas. Hours after the tornado, authorities were still concerned about downed power lines and possible gas leaks and were encouraging people to stay home, said Hattiesburg police Lt. Allen Murray. Greg Flynn of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said "massive damage" was reported across a three-county area that was struck by a tornado at around 4 a.m. Photos posted on the university's Twitter feed showed vehicles in a parking lot flipped over and parts of a brick building ripped down.