- Associated Press - Thursday, July 23, 2015

Trump at Mexican border: Hispanics will love me in presidential race - ‘They already do’

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - Ever sure of himself, Donald Trump paid a whirlwind visit to the Mexico border Thursday and predicted Hispanics would love him - “they already do” - because as president he’d grab jobs back from overseas and give more opportunity to those who live in the U.S. legally.

“There’s great danger with the illegals,” the Republican presidential contender told reporters. But he claimed a “great relationship” with Hispanics, even as Latino leaders have come at him with blistering criticism for his painting Mexican immigrants as criminals.

“I’ll take jobs back from China, I’ll take jobs back from Japan,” Trump said. “The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they’re going to love Trump.”

The in-and-out border visit came as Trump continued to dominate attention in the GOP presidential race, to the growing exasperation of his rivals. Campaigning in Gorham, New Hampshire, Jeb Bush offered a distinctly different message in the immigration debate - and spoke partly in Spanish.



“A Republican will never be elected president of the United States again unless we campaign like this,” Bush said, gesturing with open arms.

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Prosecutor: Autopsy of woman who died in Texas jail cell revealed no evidence of homicide

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) - The autopsy of a black woman who was found dead in a Texas jail revealed no injuries that would suggest she was killed by someone else, authorities said Thursday.

Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam said the autopsy showed that 28-year-old Sandra Bland had no defensive injuries on her hands that would typically indicate a struggle.

Some lacerations or abrasions were found on her wrists. Those were consistent with a struggle while being handcuffed. The marks around Bland’s neck were consistent with a suicide by hanging, Diepraam said.

Bland also had about 30 small cuts on her wrist that were probably self-inflicted within the last few weeks, he added.

She was arrested in a traffic stop three days before she was found in her cell on July 13. Her family and friends dispute the official finding that she killed herself using a noose fashioned from a plastic garbage bag.

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In major shift, Turkey to allow US to use key Incirlik Air Base for strikes on Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) - Turkey has agreed to let the U.S. military launch airstrikes against the Islamic State from a key air base near the Syrian border, senior U.S. officials said Thursday, giving a boost to the U.S.-led coalition while drawing Turkey deeper into the conflict.

President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan finalized the deal in a phone call Wednesday, officials said, following months of U.S. appeals and delicate negotiations over the use of Incirlik and other bases in Turkey. Frustrated by Obama’s focus on fighting IS instead of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Turkey’s government had resisted the move, but in recent days a surge in Islamic State activity in Turkey has brought concerns about the militant group to the forefront.

American officials said access to the base in southern Turkey, not far from IS strongholds across the border in Syria, would allow the U.S. to move more swiftly and nimbly against IS targets. If the agreement holds, the U.S.-led coalition will be positioned to conduct better surveillance over Syria and act quicker on intelligence than when it was limited to launching flights from places like Iraq, Jordan and the Gulf states.

Under the deal, the U.S. military will be allowed to launch manned and unmanned flights from Incirlik; in the past, only unmanned drone flights were allowed.

Turkey has yet to publicly confirm the agreement, which U.S. officials discussed on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to comment publicly. Citing operational security, the White House declined to confirm the agreement, but noted that Obama and Erdogan had agreed to “deepen our cooperation” against IS in their phone call Wednesday.

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US ‘fleeced, bamboozled’ in Iran nuclear deal, Republicans contend in testy Senate hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Countering Republican criticism, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday it is “fantasy plain and simple” to claim that President Barack Obama failed to insist on enough restraints on Iran’s nuclear program before agreeing to lift economic sanctions long in place.

“So what’s your plan? … Totally go to war?” he challenged lawmakers who want to torpedo the deal.

Republicans were unpersuaded - and said so - at an occasionally contentious Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that marked the opening of a new phase in the administration’s drive to prevent Congress from undermining the accord.

“You guys have been bamboozled,” said Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, complaining that the agreement wouldn’t permit neutral testing at Iran’s Parchin military complex to guard against cheating.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the panel’s chairman, told Kerry moments after opening the hearing, “Not unlike a hotel guest that leaves only with a hotel bathrobe on his back, I believe you’ve been fleeced.” He later sought to soften the criticism to avoid singling anyone out, saying, “We’ve been fleeced.”

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Oklahoma police find gruesome scene of 5 family members stabbed to death; 2 brothers suspected

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma police responding to a 911 call in which no one spoke found a gruesome scene at a suburban Tulsa home - five members of a family dead or dying from stabbing and a sixth wounded but alive near the front door.

Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said Thursday that two teenage sons were apprehended and expected to be charged in the deaths of their parents, three siblings and an attack on a fourth sibling. A fifth sibling, a 2-year-old girl, was found unharmed and transferred to state custody.

“It certainly is shocking. I’m shocked,” neighbor Patricia Statham said. “I feel so bad for everyone who walks into that house. You can see it in the faces of the officers when they come out.”

Calhoun identified the parents killed as David and April Bever, ages 52 and 44. He identified one of the two suspects in the deaths as their 18-year-old son, Robert Bever. The other suspect, a 16-year-old son, was not identified because he is a juvenile.

The three children found dead were boys ages 12 and 7, and a girl 5 years old, Calhoun said. The two survivors were a 13-year-old girl, who was injured, and the 2-year-old girl. None of those names were released.

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Wildfire disrupts Montana park tourism, while blazes threaten homes in Washington, California

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Firefighters on Thursday braced for a fresh run by a wildfire that sent tourists fleeing from hotels and campgrounds in Montana’s Glacier National Park, while a blaze threatening hundreds of homes in Northern California shot flames 100 feet in the air.

Both states are ravaged by drought, and rising temperatures and strengthening winds greeted newly arrived crews taking aim at the blaze in the Northern Rocky Mountains. It has burned more than 6 square miles along the eastern side of the Montana park during prime tourist season, when lodges and inns have been booked for months.

Some visitors packed up and left the region immediately after seeing smoke rising above ridge tops, while others diverted to different parts of the park. Officials said only a small part of Glacier’s 1,718 square miles have been closed by the fire, and most of its top attractions on the east and west sides are still open.

The fire ignited Tuesday and then swept along ridges near the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road, the park’s most popular roadway, heading toward the small community of St. Mary on the park’s eastern boundary.

More than 600 campers who fled the St. Mary Glacier Park KOA on Wednesday have been replaced by officials using the campgrounds as a staging area to fight the fire just over a ridge a few miles away.

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Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-sun twin system; best bet for possible life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Scientists have identified a “close cousin” to Earth that’s orbiting a sun-like star and might harbor life.

“It is the closest thing that we have to another place that somebody else might call home,” said Jon Jenkins from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California.

The researchers announced their discovery Thursday based on observations from NASA’s Kepler space telescope.

This older, bigger cousin to Earth is called Kepler-452b. What makes this planet remarkable is that it orbits its star at about the same distance that Earth orbits the sun. What’s more, its home star looks to be similar to our sun. Based on what scientists know today, Jenkins noted it’s the nearest thing to another Earth-sun twin system.

“Today the Earth is a little less lonely because there’s a new kid on the block,” Jenkins said during a news conference. He led the team that discovered Kepler-452b.

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Exercise not just for healthy: Getting on treadmill may help seniors when memory begins fading

WASHINGTON (AP) - Exercise may do more than keep a healthy brain fit: New research suggests working up a good sweat may also offer some help once memory starts to slide- and even improve life for people with Alzheimer’s.

The effects were modest, but a series of studies reported Thursday found vigorous workouts by people with mild memory impairment decreased levels of a warped protein linked to risk of later Alzheimer’s - and improved quality of life for people who already were in early stages of the disease.

“Regular aerobic exercise could be a fountain of youth for the brain,” said cognitive neuroscientist Laura Baker of Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, who reported some of the research at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

Doctors have long advised that people keep active as they get older. Exercise is good for the heart, which in turn is good for the brain. Lots of research shows physical activity can improve cognition in healthy older people, potentially lowering their risk of developing dementia.

With no medications yet available that can slow Alzheimer’s creeping brain destruction, the new findings point to lifestyle changes that might make a difference after memory impairment begins as well. The caveat: Check with a doctor to determine what’s safe for a person’s overall medical condition, especially if they already have Alzheimer’s.

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Cosby lawyers say release of his deposition broke terms of confidential 2006 settlement

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby’s lawyers on Thursday asked a judge to hold an accuser’s attorney responsible for the release of the comedian’s deposition in a 2005 Pennsylvania case.

They fault Andrea Constand’s lawyers for the weekend release of the transcript to news outlets including The New York Times and The Associated Press. They asked a judge to enforce undisclosed terms of the confidential agreement that settled the former Temple University employee’s sexual-assault lawsuit.

Constand’s lawyer, Dolores Troiani, did not immediately return messages Thursday.

A court reporting service she hired to take Cosby’s deposition said this week that it thought a recent unsealing order included the deposition. A federal judge had unsealed other motions in the case, but the deposition has never been filed in court.

Troiani has likewise accused Cosby’s legal team of violating the confidentiality clause through media comments and denials over the years. Cosby’s lawyers, including Temple University board President Patrick O’Connor, have said the denials referred to other accusers, not Constand.

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Stuck in Philippines over fraud complaint, Chris Brown pleads ‘please, let us leave’

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - In a profanity-laced video, Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown vented his frustration Thursday at being stuck in the Philippines for a second day after running afoul of a politically powerful religious group that filed a fraud complaint against him for a cancelled concert.

Brown was still in the country Thursday evening and had not applied for the emigration clearance he needs to leave Manila, Immigration Bureau spokeswoman Elaine Tan said in a text message to the AP.

The 26-year-old R&B; singer performed at a packed concert in Manila on Tuesday but has been prevented from leaving since then.

In videos posted on Instagram, Brown clowns around, asking, “Can somebody please tell me what the (expletive) is going on?”

“I don’t know, I’m reading headlines after headlines, what the (expletive)!” he added, smiling as his companions laugh in the background while sprawled on sofas.

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