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2 Oregon police officers shoot, kill man on roof

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:45:08 UT

(AP) — Two police officers in Oregon responding to a 911 call shot and killed a man standing on a roof in a residential area Tuesday, police said. The officers opened fire after the man began waving a gun in the air and taking aim at people in other houses from his perch atop the roof, said Officer Mike Rowe, a Beaverton Police Department spokesman.



4 men being tried in second Oregon standoff trial

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:57:40 UT

(AP) — The federal prosecutors who failed to convict Ammon Bundy returned to court Tuesday to try four lesser-known men who followed Bundy's call to take a hard stand against the government and occupy a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Barrow spent a good portion of his opening statement telling jurors that a conspiracy does not have to include people gathering around a conference table and drafting a written agreement. There was no dispute the group seized the refuge and established armed patrols, but jurors last fall bought defense arguments that the takeover was an act of civil disobedience and the government failed to prove a conspiracy against employees. Unlike the first trial, they hired an outside consultant to help them with last week's jury selection process, a sign they believe the seeds of defeat were planted before the first witness was called.



Scallops scuffle pitting small boats against big

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:17:45 UT

Small boat fishermen say the conflict has arisen in the northern Gulf of Maine, a critically important fishing area stretching roughly from Boston to the border of Maine and Canada. At issue is the fact that the northern Gulf of Maine is fertile ground for scallops right now, and rules allow the bigger boats to harvest more of them. Without changes, the current arrangement could "wipe out a resource that would sustain a small boat fishery for years and years and years," said Kristan Porter, a small-boat fisherman in the area who sits on a federal scallop advisory panel.



Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:58:50 UT

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry (AP) — Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. The episodes have gained notice amid an outcry over President Donald Trump's travel ban and complaints of mistreatment of foreign travelers, but the government insists there has been no policy change in the new administration. Border Protection says searches increased fivefold in the final fiscal year of the Obama presidency, but still amounted to less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of all international arrivals. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation both say they have noticed an uptick in complaints about searches of digital devices by border agents. Customs officials also say the perceived shift can be attributed to a jump in the number of electronic devices that people are carrying with them and shifting tactics as the agency adjusts to the amount and types of information that can be stored on today's devices. Border agents have long had the right to search travelers' physical luggage without a warrant, and that interpretation has been expanded to include digital devices, ACLU staff attorney Nathan Freed Wessler said. In 2013, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that if agents want to do a forensic search they need to have a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, he said. Privacy advocates say travelers who are concerned should leave their phones and laptops at home and buy a cheap phone once they arrive at their destination.



World's oldest seabird hatches new chick at Midway Atoll

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:50:18 UT

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday Wisdom's offspring hatched at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge last week. Fish and Wildlife Service project leader Bob Peyton says Wisdom has returned to Midway for over six decades.



Natural gas leaks from pipeline in Alaska's Cook Inlet

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:34:59 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Natural gas for at least 10 days has leaked from an underwater natural gas pipeline in Alaska's Cook Inlet and floating ice has prevented divers from reaching the site. "There are significant issues associated with shutting down the pipe, including the safety and safety systems of the crews on the four platforms that the pipeline supplies," Bressler said in the agency's prepared statement. Hilcorp spokeswoman Lori Nelson in an email said platform crews have shut down non-essential equipment to reduce natural gas flow to the minimum gas pressure possible without jeopardizing employee safety or the environment. Kristen Monsell, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said natural gas spills are highly toxic to marine life, including the prey needed by beluga whales. The 60-day required notice said the discharge of methane is displacing oxygen in the water column and creating a "dead zone" of unknown expanse that could harm or kill fish and wildlife.



US arrests Mexican immigrant 'dreamer' in Seattle

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:01:58 UT

Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, was arrested Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who went to the suburban Seattle home to arrest the man's father. Attorneys for Ramirez challenged his detention in federal court in Seattle Monday, arguing the arrest violates his constitutional rights to live and work in this country without the fear of arrest and deportation so long as he satisfies DACA requirements. Recent sweeps by U.S. immigration agents across multiple states have netted some immigrants with no criminal records, a departure from enforcement actions in the last decade. Under the Obama administration, agents focused more narrowly on individuals who posed a security or public safety threat. President Donald Trump made illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, saying he will build a wall along the Mexican border and deport millions of people, although actual plans have yet to be revealed.



Turning 3 at evacuation shelter, boy gets birthday surprise

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:22:10 UT

With just three hours left on his big day, a group of California Highway Patrol officers showed up at the Chico shelter with a makeshift celebration: an ice cream cake, a balloon, a Captain America figurine, and of course, a song. Happy birthday! Officer Logan Callahan tells the boy as he places a cardboard crown on his head, according to a Facebook Live video that's been shared widely since it was posted Monday night. The evacuees were allowed to return home Tuesday after two nights of uncertainty, but they were warned they may still have to again flee to higher ground on a moment's notice if hastily made repairs to the battered structure don't hold.



Tribe sues feds over withholding of $14 million

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:20:48 UT

Due to the bureau's decision, the tribe has been denied $13.7 million in state and federal grants for medical services, housing and salmon habitat restoration, among other things, the complaint alleged. [...] the federal government has declined to recognize any actions taken by the council since last spring, when the four-year terms of four council members expired. Because no elections were held then, the ensuing decisions were illegitimate, the government said. The government is required to ensure that federal trust funds are spent in connection with "duly authorized" tribal councils, wrote Lawrence S. Roberts, principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian affairs. The bureau did not return a phone message seeking comment on the lawsuit, which seeks to recover from the federal government grants that the feds and Washington state are withholding.



Lawsuit: Autistic student raped classmate while aide napped

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:41:22 UT

HONOLULU (AP) — An autistic high school student raped a classmate while the adult assigned to monitor him was taking a nap, said a federal lawsuit accusing Hawaii's statewide school district of negligence. The aide was asleep when the 2012 attack happened during Pearl City High School band practice, the lawsuit said. The autistic student was prosecuted in family court and convicted of two counts of first-degree sexual assault, Hsieh said. In a separate, similar case, a jury last year determined that the Department of Education failed to protect a special education student who said she was raped by a special education classmate at Waianae High School.



Correction: Missing Alaska Vessel story

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:21:19 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story Feb. 13 about the Coast Guard search for a missing crabbing boat in the Bering Sea, The Associated Press reported erroneously where Lt. Brenden Kelley is assigned. The search has been called off for the six veteran fishermen aboard a crabbing boat missing in the icy, turbulent Bering Sea ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The search has been called off for the six veteran fishermen aboard a crabbing boat missing in the icy, turbulent Bering Sea. The fishing vessel Destination went missing early Saturday after an emergency signal from a radio beacon registered to the ship. Upon arrival, the crew of the plane reported 30 mph winds, 5- to 8-foot waves and an air temperature of 20 degrees. Boat captains with computer connectivity have far more tools than in the past for watching the weather and can take steps to avoid or mitigate its danger, he said.



The Latest: Durst lawyers want reporter booted from court

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:26:34 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on conditional testimony taken before any possible trial in the murder case against New York real estate heir Robert Durst (all times local): Lawyers for New York real estate heir Robert Durst want to boot a New York Times reporter from court because he's a possible witness in the murder case. Defense attorney Dick DeGuerin asked a Los Angeles judge Tuesday to exclude reporter Charles Bagli from hearing conditional testimony from a "secret witness" he previously interviewed. Los Angeles prosecutors have begun presenting evidence against New York real estate heir Robert Durst before a judge decides if he'll face trial for an old murder case.



Ohio moves forward with strategy to combat Lake Erie's algae

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:54:41 UT

The algae blooms in recent years have contaminated drinking water supplies, turned the waters an unsightly shade of green and contributed to oxygen-deprived dead zones where fish can't survive. The state's Environmental Protection Agency will look at identifying priority watersheds that are prone to runoff around the lake's western end where it can make the biggest impact reducing the flow of phosphorus. The plan says focusing on these areas will help the state see reductions more quickly, but it doesn't mean that work to improve water quality in other areas should be neglected. While scientists say fertilizers and livestock manure from farms are the main sources of the phosphorus problem, sewage from treatment plants and leaking septic tanks play a role, too.



Canada's Trudeau talks trade with Trump at White House

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 01:45:11 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A political odd couple, President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resolutely played up their similarities at their first meeting Monday, even as obvious differences lurked behind their public smiles. After their White House meeting, the North American neighbors emerged to hail their close ties, with Trump promising to "build upon our very historic friendship" and Trudeau noting the "special" bond between the countries. Speaking to reporters, Trump defended his restrictive refugee and immigration orders, saying that "we cannot let the wrong people in." During their post-meeting news conference, the reporters Trump called on did not ask about two pressing issues of the day — the future of embattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and North Korea's reported ballistic missile launch. In addition to private meetings, the leaders held a roundtable discussion with female executives from the U.S. and Canada and announced a task force focused on women in the workforce. Said Trump: In order to create economic growth and lots of very good, well-paying jobs, we must ensure that our economy is a place where women can work and thrive, and I think that's happening in the United States much more so. Dina Powell, assistant to the president and senior counselor for economic initiatives, worked to set up the event, along with Katie Telford, Trudeau's chief of staff and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.



Trump and Trudeau meet face to face for the first time

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:27:41 UT

Trudeau will be at the White House on Monday at a time many Canadians fear Trump will enact protectionist measures that could hurt their economy and worry the new president could be as combative as he was with the leaders of Mexico and Australia. After Trump signed the executive order pausing entries to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations, Trudeau tweeted that Canada welcomed people fleeing persecution, terrorism and war. [...] Wall Street tycoon and Trump adviser Stephen Schwarzman has said "things should go well for Canada" if the president reopens NAFTA because the northern neighbor has a balanced trade relationship with the United States. Schwarzman, who leads Trump's economic advisory group, said other countries have large trade unbalances and markets that aren't as open to American trade as Canada's. Canadians expect their prime minister to do two things: uphold Canadian values and to have an effective constructive relationship with the president of the United States.



Freedom granted to man who beheaded bus passenger in Canada

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 16:35:29 UT

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A Canadian man who was found not criminally responsible for beheading and cannibalizing a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus has been granted his freedom. Baker, a diagnosed schizophrenic, killed Tim McLean, a young carnival worker who was a complete stranger to Baker, in 2008. In a written decision, the review board said it "is of the opinion that the weight of evidence does not substantiate that Mr. Baker poses a significant threat to the safety of the public." The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 1999 that a review board must order an absolute discharge if a person doesn't pose a significant threat to public safety. The ruling added there must be clear evidence of a significant risk to the public for the review board to continue imposing conditions after a person is found not criminally responsible.



US sees no adverse impact from Alberta Clipper pipeline

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:00:39 UT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — After a four-year review, the U.S. State Department on Friday said it does not believe there would be significant negative environmental impact from a Canadian company's plan to boost the capacity of an oil pipeline that crosses the U.S. border in northeastern North Dakota. Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Energy Partners asked the State Department in 2012 for a presidential permit to transport 800,000 barrels daily on an existing 3-mile section of pipeline on the company's Alberta Clipper pipeline that carries tar sand oil from Canada across northeastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. The State Department's supplemental environmental impact statement announced Friday was "coincidental" to President Donald Trump's action to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, Enbridge spokeswoman Lorraine Little said. The Keystone XL, which had languished for years under the administration of President Barack Obama, also is designed to carry Canadian tar sands oil, and Trump last month invited its builder, TransCanada, to resubmit its application to the State Department for a presidential permit, and the company has said that it will.



Father of girl who met with Pope fights to stay in US

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 01:11:57 UT

Mario Vargas and Jersey Vargas put the face of the immigrant struggle front and center. Since meeting with the pontiff, Jersey Vargas and her family have appeared at several rallies and the family has publicly lobbied for immigration reform. Mario Vargas had been arrested in 2013 in Tennessee and convicted of driving under the influence before he was taken into federal custody the next year, Bryan Cox, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told The Associated Press in 2014.



The Latest: Openings end in Bundy standoff trial in Vegas

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 20:01:56 UT

Opening statements are done and testimony begins Monday for six defendants accused of conspiracy and illegally wielding weapons to block a federal roundup of states' rights advocate Cliven Bundy's cows in April 2014. Defense lawyers for six men accused of illegally arming themselves in a standoff with federal agents over a roundup of rancher Cliven Bundy's cows say their clients were simply standing up for their beliefs. No shots were fired in the April 2014 standoff, but the incident reverberated across Western rangeland amid the ongoing, heated debate over what critics call federal overreach in the management of vast tracts of public land. A chief deputy U.S. attorney is telling a jury Thursday that the men brought weapons from Idaho, Arizona and Oklahoma to Nevada and conspired with Bundy to mount a massive armed assault against federal law enforcement officers. A U.S. District Court jury will hear Thursday from prosecutors saying the six men deserve prison for conspiring against the government — and from defense attorneys casting their clients as citizens who exercised constitutional free speech and weapon rights.



Canada warns Trump administration over talk of US tariffs

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 01:23:17 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's foreign minister has warned the Trump administration that Canada will retaliate if the U.S. applies new tariffs. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday from Washington that her government strongly opposes any new possible tariffs and would respond.