- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

The Latest: Dutch: Negative travel advisory linked to lax security at Sharm el-Sheikh airport.

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) - The latest on the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt that killed all 224 people onboard last Saturday. (All times local.)

12:40 p.m.

The Dutch foreign minister says his government’s decision to issue a negative travel advisory this week for Sharm el-Sheikh airport was linked to lax security.

Minister Bert Koenders told reporters Friday in The Hague: “We have the impression that there are insufficient security measures there.”


British airliner says Egypt disrupts its plans to fly stranded British tourists from Sinai

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) - Hundreds of British tourists stranded in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, from where the doomed Russian plane took off last weekend, waited anxiously Friday for flights home as budget carrier easyJet said the Egyptian government had disrupted its plans to fly the Britons out of Sinai.

Britain had grounded all flights to and from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, saying there was a “significant possibility” the Russian airliner that crashed last Saturday, killing 224 people, was downed by a bomb.

The Metrojet’s Airbus A321-200 crashed 23 minutes after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg, with mostly Russian tourists aboard.

U.K. authorities had approved flights back, starting Friday. EasyJet had been due to operate 10 flights from the Red Sea resort but said eight would not be able to fly because Egypt had suspended British flights from flying into the airport.

“We are working with the U.K. government at the highest level on a solution,” easyJet said in a statement.


Low polling sends Christie and Huckabee to undercard debate, Pataki and Graham out the door

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Two candidates who have been part of each of the prime-time Republican debates so far, Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee, have been demoted to next week’s undercard event because of low national poll numbers, delivering a major blow to their campaigns.

It could be worse - and for George Pataki and Lindsey Graham it was. They won’t appear in either debate Tuesday on Fox Business Network. The cable news channel limited participation in the main event in Milwaukee to just eight candidates and to just four in the earlier debate.

The candidates shut out of the debates accused the news media of taking away the right of voters to decide who would be the nominee. They also revisited questions about using polls with statistically insignificant differences between candidates as a means of elevating some and devaluing others.

“It is ironic that the only veteran in the race is going to be denied a voice the day before Veterans Day,” Graham campaign manager Christian Ferry said in a statement on behalf of the South Carolina senator. “In the end, the biggest loser tonight is the American people and the Republican presidential primary process that has been hijacked by news outlets.”

“The voters - not networks driven by ratings or national polls that are statistically irrelevant - should decide our next president,” said Pataki, a former governor of New York.


Police failure to simply test a rape kit keys New Orleans woman’s 18-year wait for justice

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Marie picked up the phone and dialed the number the detective gave her 10 days before, on the night she was raped at knifepoint outside a friend’s house in New Orleans. It was the first of many calls Marie would make in an 18-year ordeal of shoddy police work and numbingly slow prosecution to track down and convict her attacker.

“Just checking to see if there are any leads, if you’ve caught anyone,” Marie recalls telling the detective.

“Nothing’s turned up yet,” he responded. “Why don’t you go on with your life?”

“What about testing the DNA? The rape kit?” she asked.

“We can’t. There’s no money for that,” the detective said.


No flags, no substance, much symbolism: Optics count at historic Taiwan-China meeting

BEIJING (AP) - Saturday’s first-ever meeting between the presidents of China and Taiwan presents a formidable challenge: How can they ensure the event’s place in history when nothing of substance should happen?

No agreements or joint statements are to be issued and only a vague agenda has been sketched out, a reflection of the extreme sensitivity surrounding the event, especially on the part of Taiwanese wary of Beijing’s unification agenda.

Yet the event’s symbolism as a moment of coming together is undeniable, putting a strong emphasis on presentation, atmosphere and optics.

The get-together is fundamentally “about recognition, not about results,” said University of Virginia China expert Brantly Womack. “The meeting is the message.”

China’s Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou are the first leaders from the two sides to meet since their territories split during the Chinese civil war in 1949. Ma is the successor to Chiang Kai-shek, whose Nationalists retreated to the island, while Xi now leads Mao Zedong’s victorious Communists, who set up government in Beijing.


Myanmar elections about many things, but most of all may be moment of destiny for Suu Kyi

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - It’s about returning democracy to a nation held hostage to more than a half-century of military rule. It’s about hope for a better life for millions of desperately poor people. It’s about being fully embraced by the international community. But most of all, Myanmar’s general election on Sunday may prove to be opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s moment of destiny - a chance to seize the victory the junta stole from her 25 years ago.

“I believe in my heart that things are going to change for sure,” said lawyer Kyaw Thu Win, sitting in a sea of red party T-shirts and flags at a recent campaign rally that drew tens of thousands of ecstatic Suu Kyi supporters.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party and its chief rival, the ruling, military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, held final rallies Friday, the last day of campaigning before a cooling-off period. Most analysts, observers and journalists who have toured the country are certain the NLD will win the elections - if they are free and credible.

An NLD-dominated Parliament would be a democratic milestone for a country that was ruled by the military from 1962 to 2011, when - after intense international pressure - it handed power to a nominally civilian government led largely by retired generals. The military still retains many powers, but a majority in Parliament would give the NLD the presidency and control over the shape of the government and lawmaking.

It will also give hope to many of the ethnic minorities who form 40 percent of the country’s 52 million people. Myanmar is home to some of the world’s longest-running insurgencies, fought in regions where ethnic groups are demanding greater autonomy.


Personnel records show years of complaints against officer, allegations of harassment

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois police officer who staged his suicide to make it look like he was murdered had a troubled job history, ranging from numerous suspensions to sexual harassment allegations to complaints that he intimidated an emergency dispatcher with guns, according to his personnel records.

Despite a reputation as a respected youth mentor, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz also had problems off the job, including one incident in which a sheriff’s deputy found him passed out in his truck and took him home, only to have Gliniewicz report his truck stolen the next day, according to documents in the file.

The records were released late Thursday by the Village of Fox Lake in response to a Freedom of Information request, after a day in which officials said Gliniewicz had sought out a hit man to kill a village administrator he feared would expose him as a thief, and may have planned to plant cocaine on the administrator to discredit her as a criminal.

The image of Gliniewicz that’s emerged in recent days stands in stark contrast to the hero’s funeral and outpouring of community support after his death in September.

Dubbed “G.I. Joe,” Gliniewicz was a well-known figure in the bedroom community of 10,000 people 50 miles north of Chicago. His death, moments after he radioed that he was chasing three suspicious men, prompted an intense manhunt involving hundreds of officers, and raised fears of cop-killers on the loose. Thousands attended his funeral, and he was held up as the latest example of dangers faced by police.


October jobs report will show whether US hiring has downshifted from a robust pace

WASHINGTON (AP) - When the government issues its October jobs report Friday morning, the data may address a key question: Has the U.S. job market downshifted into a slower pace of hiring?

The report could signal a third straight month of tepid job growth after robust gains in the first half of this year averaging more than 200,000 a month.

In August and September, hiring was held down as faltering global economies and a stronger dollar cut into U.S. manufacturers’ overseas sales and lowered corporate profits. Evidence suggesting that China’s enormous economy was weakening more than anyone had thought also likely spooked some employers. Many retailers ordered fewer goods over the summer as they worked off excess stockpiles.

Those headwinds lowered job gains to just 136,000 in August and 142,000 in September.

Economists have forecast that hiring in October added 185,000 jobs, according to a survey by FactSet. The unemployment rate is expected to remain 5.1 percent for a third straight month. Hiring at that level, while below last year’s pace, would still be enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.


First man? First dude? Hillary Clinton ponders a title for Bill Clinton if she wins presidency

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a question with global implications as she seeks the White House: What do you call the husband of a U.S. president?

First man? First gentleman?

Funnyman Jimmy Kimmel asked the Democratic presidential contender about that quandary Thursday should her husband, former President Bill Clinton, become the official White House spouse.

Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” she offered a couple of ideas with a smile: “first dude” and “first mate.”

“We have to really work on what to call him,” she quipped.


Dalton throws 3 TD passes, leads way on reverse as Bengals beat Browns 31-10 and go to 8-0

CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton plopped down in the chair and didn’t even wait for the first question.

“A little different from last year, huh?” he said, his eyes widening.

Different in every way - not only the Bengals quarterback, but for his still unbeaten team, too.

Dalton connected with tight end Tyler Eifert for three scores and played the role of blocker on Mohamed Sanu’s reverse for a touchdown, setting up Cincinnati’s 31-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.

The Bengals improved to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history, their longest winning streak within a season.

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