The Daily Astorian | The Daily Astorian Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:36:23 -0400 en The Daily Astorian | Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 23-29 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:51:49 -0400 Oct. 23: Director Ang Lee is 62. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 60. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 60. Singer "Weird Al" Yankovic is 57. Bassist Robert Trujillo of Metallica is 52. Singer David Thomas of Take 6 is 50. Drummer Brian Nevin of Big Head Todd and The Monsters is 50. Singer Junior Bryant of Ricochet is 48. Actor John Huertas ("Castle") is 47. Country singer Jimmy Wayne is 44. Bassist Eric Bass of Shinedown is 42. "So You Think You Can Dance" host Cat Deeley is 40. Actor Ryan Reynolds is 40. Singer Matthew Shultz of Cage The Elephant is 33. Singer Miguel is 31. Actress Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones") is 30. Actress Jessica Stroup ("90210") is 30. Actress Amandla Stenberg ("The Hunger Games") is 18.

Oct. 24: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is 80. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 77. Actor Kevin Kline is 69. Actor B.D. Wong is 56. Drummer Ben Gillies of Silverchair is 37. Singer Monica is 36. Singer-actress Adrienne Bailon of 3LW ("The Cheetah Girls") is 33. Rapper Drake is 30. Actor Hudson Yang ("Fresh Off The Boat") is 13.

Oct. 25: Singer-actress Barbra Cook is 89. Actress Marion Ross is 88. Singer Helen Reddy is 75. Singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 72. Singer Taffy Danoff of Starland Vocal Band is 72. Guitarist Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest is 69. Actor Brian Kerwin is 67. Guitarist Matthias Jabs of Scorpions is 60. Actress Nancy Cartwright ("The Simpsons") is 59. Country singer Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown is 58. Drummer Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and of Chickenfoot is 55. Actor Michael Boatman ("The Good Wife," ''Spin City") is 52. Comedian Samantha Bee is 47. Guitarist Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies is 46. Actress Persia White ("Girlfriends") is 46. Country singer Chely Wright is 46. Actor Craig Robinson ("The Office") is 45. Singer Jerome Jones (Romeo) of Immature is 35. Singer Katy Perry is 32. Singer Austin Winkler (Hinder) is 32. Singer Ciara is 31.

Oct. 26: Actress Jaclyn Smith is 71. "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak is 70. Musician Bootsy Collins is 65. Singer Maggie Roche of The Roches is 65. Actor James Pickens Jr. ("Grey's Anatomy") is 64. Actress Rita Wilson is 60. Actor Dylan McDermott is 55. Actor Cary Elwes is 54. Singer Natalie Merchant is 53. Country singer Keith Urban is 49. Writer-actor Seth McFarlane ("Family Guy") is 43. "The View" co-host Paula Faris is 41. Actor Jon Heder is 39. Singer Mark Barry of BBMak is 38. Rapper Schoolboy Q is 30.

Oct. 27: Actor-comedian John Cleese is 77. Country singer Lee Greenwood is 74. Director Ivan Reitman is 70. Country singer-guitarist Jack Daniels (Highway 101) is 67. Bassist Garry Tallent of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is 67. Guitarist K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) is 65. Actor-director Roberto Benigni is 64. Singer Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 58. TV personality Kelly Osbourne is 32. Actor Troy Gentile ("The Goldbergs") is 23.

Oct. 28: Jazz singer Cleo Laine is 89. Actress Joan Plowright is 87. Country musician Charlie Daniels is 80. Actress Jane Alexander is 77. Actor Dennis Franz ("NYPD Blue") is 72. Singer Wayne Fontana of Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders is 71. Actress Annie Potts is 64. Actress Daphne Zuniga ("Melrose Place") is 54. Actress Lauren Holly is 53. Actor Chris Bauer ("True Blood") is 50. Actor-comedian Andy Richter is 50. Actress Julia Roberts is 49. Singer Ben Harper is 47. Country singer Brad Paisley is 44. Actor Joaquin Phoenix is 42. Singer Justin Guarini ("American Idol") is 38. Actress Troian Bellisario ("Pretty Little Liars") is 31. Singer-rapper Frank Ocean is 29. Actor Nolan Gould ("Modern Family") is 18.

Oct. 29: Guitarist Denny Laine (Wings, Moody Blues) is 72. Singer-actress Melba Moore is 71. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 69. Actress Kate Jackson is 68. Actor Dan Castellaneta ("The Simpsons") is 59. Singer Randy Jackson of The Jacksons is 55. Drummer Peter Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 51. Rapper Paris is 49. Singer S.A. Martinez of 311 is 47. Actress Winona Ryder is 45. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is 44. Actress Gabrielle Union is 44. Actor Brendan Fehr ("CSI: Miami," ''Roswell") is 39. Bassist Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend is 32.

One-fourth of US cancer deaths linked with 1 thing: smoking Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:21:20 -0400 CHICAGO (AP) Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.

The American Cancer Society study found the highest rate among men in Arkansas, where 40 percent of cancer deaths were linked to cigarette smoking. Kentucky had the highest rate among women 29 percent.

The lowest rates were in Utah, where 22 percent of cancer deaths in men and 11 percent in women were linked with smoking.

"The human costs of cigarette smoking are high in all states, regardless of ranking," the authors said.

They analyzed 2014 health surveys and government data on smoking rates and deaths from about a dozen smoking-linked cancers. Lung, throat, stomach, liver, colon, pancreas and kidney cancers were among those included, along with leukemia. The researchers estimated how many cancer deaths were likely attributable to smoking, and compared that with deaths from all cancers.

Results were published Monday in. JAMA Internal Medicine

While U.S. smoking rates have been falling, 40 million U.S. adults are cigarette smokers and smoking is the top cause of preventable deaths, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The study found that at least 167,000 cancer deaths in 2014 about 29 percent of all U.S. cancer deaths were attributable to smoking.

Most of the 10 states with the highest rates of smoking-attributable cancer deaths were in the South, while most of the 10 states with the lowest rates were in the North or West.

Among men, where smoking is generally more common, the cigarette-linked cancer death rate was highest in blacks at 35 percent, compared with 30 percent for whites and 27 percent for Hispanics. Among women, whites had the highest cigarette-linked cancer death rate 21 percent, compared 19 percent for blacks and 12 percent for Hispanics.


The researchers say nine of 14 states with the least comprehensive smoke-free indoor air policies are in the South. The average cigarette excise tax in major tobacco states, mostly in the South, is 49 cents, compared with $1.80 elsewhere. The tobacco industry heavily influences these policies and most of the U.S. tobacco crop is grown in the South, the researchers said. The region also has relatively high levels of poverty, which is also linked with smoking.


Dr. Hilary Tindle of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, said the results reflect what she sees as a tobacco researcher and internal medicine specialist in the South. She was not involved in the study.

Smoking is more of a social norm there, and while her medical center has an indoor smoking ban, she said it's not unusual to walk through cloud of cigarette smoke outside the entrance.

Tindle said the study results highlight the need for stronger tobacco control measures and show why doctors should discuss smoking at every patient visit, encourage smokers to quit and inform them about effective ways to do so.



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AP Top International News at 11:20 a.m. EDT Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:21:21 -0400 In renewed Aleppo attacks, Syrian troops capture high groundThe Latest: Turkey says it's in Mosul operation; Iraq deniesEgypt's security chief warns of scheme to incite chaosMalta says plane crashed en route to Libya surveillance tripTurkey-Iraq relations remain tense on MosulThe Latest: France calls for end to raids by Syria, RussiaFrance moving more than 6,000 migrants from makeshift camp]]> South African opposition says ICC withdrawal is illegal Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:20:16 -0400 JOHANNESBURG (AP) South Africa's main opposition party says the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court is illegal and is asking the country's highest court to review the matter.

The Democratic Alliance party said Monday that the government acted unconstitutionally because it announced plans to withdraw from the human rights tribunal based in The Hague, Netherlands, without consulting the South African parliament. The party has filed an affidavit asking the Constitutional Court to hear its case.

Last week, South Africa notified the United Nations of its plans to pull out of the court after supporting its creation in 2002. The South African justice minister says a withdrawal bill will soon go to parliament, where the ruling party has a comfortable majority.

France moving more than 6,000 migrants from makeshift camp Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:20:32 -0400 CALAIS, France (AP) Carrying their belongings in bags and suitcases, long lines of migrants waited calmly in chilly temperatures Monday to board buses in the French port city of Calais, as authorities began evacuating the squalid camp they call home.

French authorities were beginning a complex operation to shut down the makeshift camp known as "the jungle," uprooting thousands who made treacherous journeys to escape wars, dictators or grinding poverty and dreamed of building new lives in Britain.

Closely watched by more than 1,200 police, the first of hundreds of buses began transferring migrants to reception centers around France where they can apply for asylum. The camp will then be leveled in a weeklong operation. Hotels and even castles are among the hundreds of buildings officials have been converting to migrant housing.

"This is an operation we want to be peaceful and under control. So far it is," French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in Paris.

Authorities say the camp holds nearly 6,500 migrants who are seeking to get to Britain. Aid groups say there are more than 8,300.

The ramshackle camp in the sand dunes of northern France is home to migrants from Afghanistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Syria and elsewhere. After often harrowing journeys across land and treacherous seas, paying smugglers along the way, most reach a dead end in Calais, unable to find a way across the English Channel.

The harsh reality of the move hit migrants on Monday. Some were happy to leave, others were confused or in shock.

Throngs of migrants lined up at the registration center where they were separated by category, like families, unaccompanied minors or adults.

A group of Sudanese got tired of waiting and returned to their spot in the camp, bags slung over their shoulders and laughing. They said they'd try again on Tuesday.

But basic information was lacking for many. "What should I do?" asked a 14-year-old newly arrived Afghan.

Mahmoud Abdrahman, 31, from Sudan, said he'd go Tuesday, too. He pulled a black knapsack from his shelter to prove that he was ready.

"It's not good, the jungle", he said, complaining of inadequate food and water and filthy toilets shared by hundreds.

Ultimately, Abdrahman wanted one thing more than anything else.

"I need peace," he said, "anywhere."

Afghan Imran Khan, 35, risks expulsion if he accepts the French plan to move him to a reception center, because his fingerprints were taken in another European country before he arrived in France. Under European rules, he must be sent back to the country where he first registered.

"I will decide tomorrow (what to do)," he said.

Khan lives in a muddy tent, one of hundreds that are expected to be destroyed by the end of the week as their occupants depart, gradually closing down the camp that sprang up behind an official shelter housing women and providing showers and daily meals.

Unaccompanied minors, many with family members in Britain, were to be housed on-site in containers set up earlier this year as their files are studied in London to see if they qualify for a transfer across the English Channel. The humanitarian organization France Terre d'Asile says 1,291 unaccompanied minors live in the camp.

One 16-year-old Eritrean, Daniel, was heading to the registration center with his cousin, also an unaccompanied minor. "I'm not happy because it's finished, 'the jungle.' I want to go to the U.K.," he said.

In Calais for eight months, he said he has tried daily to jump on trucks heading to Britain, like other migrants in the camp. "I don't want France," he insisted.

Fourteen migrants have died this year in the Calais area.

The unofficial camp, which sprang up 18 months ago, was previously tolerated but given almost no state help. Aid groups, and hundreds of British volunteers, have provided basic necessities. It devolved into a slum where tensions bubbled, friendships formed and smugglers thrived.

The forced departure of thousands is an enormous task, planned for months.

Authorities have had practice. They dismantled the southern half of the camp in March, a chaotic, even brutal, bulldozing operation that drew complaints from human rights groups.

This time, authorities hope to restore some pride by closing the camp that has been seen as a national disgrace in a peaceful, humane operation.

Officials have said that there will be a solution for each migrant though expulsion may be among them for those who don't qualify for asylum. Meanwhile, France will spend 25 euros a day on each migrant in the reception centers, according to officials. It was not immediately clear how long they will be allowed to stay.

Some doubt the camp's dismantling will end the migrant flux into northern France which predates the slum.

A 2003 French-British accord effectively put the British border in Calais, stopping migrants there and putting the onus on France to deal with their plight.

Various camps have been set up in the region of Calais since the 2000s, with French authorities periodically closing them down.

Now, some fear those determined to cross the English Channel will scatter and create 'mini-jungles' along the northern coast in a never-ending bid to outsmart heavy security and high fences blocking their path to Britain.


Sylvie Corbet in Paris contributed to the story

AP Top News at 11:19 a.m. EDT Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:20:16 -0400 Candidates clash in battlegrounds as Trump path narrowsWith email dumps, WikiLeaks tests power of full transparencyFrance moving more than 6,000 migrants from makeshift campNTSB to investigate bus crash that left 13 dead, 31 injuredFor some low-income workers, retirement is only a dream]]> 3 days in Nashville _ with your mom Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:20:53 -0400 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) I've always wanted to have a mini-reunion in Nashville with my college girlfriends.

I imagined hanging out at honky-tonk bars like the famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, listening to country music and meandering along Music Row. Instead, I found myself in Tennessee's capital city with my 90-year-old mom and my sister.

Was it a drag? Far from it. The three nights we spent here turned out to be lots of fun as we experienced the different personalities of this Southern city, from its eclectic foodie culture to its rich history. My mom is very mobile and has the spunk of a 65-year-old. Still, I took plenty of precautions, did some pre-planning and focused on a few major sites. We needed to pace ourselves and leave time for naps and coffee breaks.

We stayed at a hotel close to some key attractions but away from noisy downtown bars. And we tried to avoid noisy restaurants as my mom is hearing-impaired. We also found a friendly cabdriver who took us from place to place. Better to have my mom use her energy visiting tourist spots rather than tiring herself out getting around. We also chose fall for a visit rather than summer so we didn't have to deal with sweltering heat. And we went during the week, not a weekend, to avoid bachelorette parties which have become a huge trend in Nashville and other celebrations.

Here are some highlights.



I wanted to stay within walking distance to places like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the historic Ryman Auditorium. I also wanted a hotel with lots of amenities for my mom. So I booked a room at The Hermitage, a five-star, century-old hotel in downtown Nashville. Our September rate was a good one: two queen beds, $349, and we split it three ways. The Hermitage staff was extremely gracious, went out of their way to book dinner reservations and even got us great seats at the Grand Ole Opry.



I wanted us to try different types of restaurants. Our first meal in Nashville was lunch at Puckett's, a few blocks from our hotel. It had a quaint general-store feel and offered tasty traditional Southern food like pulled pork and macaroni and cheese and it was cheap, $40 for the three of us. But the highlight of our culinary adventures was The Standard at The Smith House, a townhouse built in the 1840s. The restaurant serves more upscale Southern fare I had blackened sea bass with mashed potatoes and caramelized corn. And we shared an order of grits.



You can find music in Nashville anywhere, anytime. But I didn't want to tire out my mom. So we focused on getting tickets to an evening concert at the Grand Ole Opry, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. It was delightful, featuring a lineup of performers like Montgomery Gentry and Old Dominion. But make sure to arrange for a cab or a car service to pick you up after if you are not driving. The line for a cab is long. For the winter season beginning Nov. 1, Opry concerts are held at the Ryman Auditorium, which some fans think is an even better venue.



From country music to the Civil War, Nashville has a lot of history. But we had to be selective. A must-see: the Country Music Hall of Fame, which features a vast collection of video clips, instruments and costumes from stars across the decades. From Roy Rogers, who started his career as an old-timey yodeling cowboy, to Taylor Swift, a Nashville darling before she became a pop megastar, the museum takes you from its folk roots to its contemporary glitz.

Another hot attraction: the backstage tour of the Ryman Auditorium, nicknamed "the mother church of country music" because of its origins as a church and as home of the Grand Ole Opry show from 1943-1974. We visited dressing rooms dedicated to stars like Minnie Pearl and spent time in the wooden pews.

Then there's the Hermitage plantation, a 25-minute drive from downtown. President Andrew Jackson owned the property from 1804 until his death there in 1845. Carve out a half day as you'll need time to tour the stunning main house and walk the grounds. A horse-and-wagon ride allowed my mom to actually see all of the grounds without walking too far.

On our final day, we visited the Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library, which features videos, photographs and various displays of highlights of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

Of course, it would have been great to visit the historic Belle Meade plantation too, and honky-tonk bars like Tootsie's. But I'm saving that for another trip. I want to go with my girlfriends, but my mom wants to go back too.


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This version corrects spelling of Orchid Lounge and dates of Ryman's history as location for Opry show.

AP Top Entertainment News at 11:18 a.m. EDT Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:20:54 -0400 Bill Murray honored as he accepts Mark Twain prize for humorSting to perform, receive honor at American Music AwardsOhio museum's sale of antiquities from Egypt draws criticism]]> Kuznetsova wins a dramatic three-set match against Radwanska Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:20:42 -0400 SINGAPORE (AP) A physically spent Svetlana Kuznetsova claimed a draining 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 win over defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska in nearly three hours at the WTA Finals on Monday.

Kuznetsova, who saved a match point on Radwanska's serve near the end, eventually prevailed on a third match point to break Radwanska's serve.

"At some point I was just ready to let it go, just lay on the court and let them take me out of here," Kuznetsova told the cheering crowd. "I was just trying to stay in there and hang in there."

Kuznetsova was the last player to earn a berth into the eight-player, year-end championships when she defended her Moscow title on Saturday.

The Russian arrived in Singapore on Sunday afternoon after a grueling four weeks of chasing a spot in the WTA Finals for the first time since 2009.

Kuznetsova played three tournaments in China ahead of taking a wildcard into the Moscow tournament.

In a bizarre move while trailing 1-2 and down a break in the third set, Kuznetsova took a pair of scissors to the back of her head and cut off a portion of her braid during the changeover.

Kuznetsova immediately broke Radwanska's serve after the impromptu haircut, but after dropping her serve again in the fifth game she cried into her towel on the changeover.

Still, trailing 2-4 Kuznetsova refused to surrender and climbed back into the set.

The hair Kuznetsova sheared off remained on her chair for the remainder of the match.

Moscow assigns police officer to fight internet crime Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:20:11 -0400 MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) In the nine months since the Moscow Police Department created an internet crime position more than a dozen cases have been investigated.

The Lewiston Tribune reports ( ) that Capt. Roger Lanier says there has been a national trend of using electronics in crimes, and Latah County is no exception. He says the Moscow Police Department has seen an increase of more than 300 percent in the amount of electronics officers need to process since 2013.

Eric Kjorness serves as Moscow's sole police officer looking into online child pornography and other electronic crimes. Since he moved to the position his investigations have secured two guilty pleas, passed five cases along to state courts and one to federal court.


Information from: Lewiston Tribune,

Serbian president: EU's membership conditions 'humiliating' Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:10:13 -0400 BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Serbia's president has accused the European Union of setting "humiliating" conditions for the Balkan country's membership.

Tomislav Nikolic told visiting Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar that Serbia would move to adopt the EU's fundamental principles and values even though the 28-nation bloc is in crisis.

Nikolic did not say which EU conditions he finds humiliating, but may have been referring to demands from some members for Serbia to recognize the breakaway former province of Kosovo as an independent country.

Serbia, a traditional ally of Russia, wants to join the EU, but has been under intense pressure from the Kremlin to reconsider.

Moscow has backed Serbia in its dispute with the West over Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Belgrade has refused to accept Kosovo's as a separate republic.

Idaho man goes missing, truck found on fire Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:10:09 -0400 POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) Police are searching for a missing Post Falls man whose pickup truck was found engulfed in flames.

The Spokesman-Review reports ( ) that 41-year-old William "Bo" Kirk was last seen at about 7 p.m. Saturday at work in the Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls. Police say he was supposed to get home about 20 minutes later but did not show up.

Timberlake Fire and Rescue found Kirk's truck on fire around 9:45 p.m. Saturday. Kirk had driven it to work that day but was not found at the scene.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

AP Top U.S. News at 11:05 a.m. EDT Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:10:14 -0400 Bill Murray honored as he accepts Mark Twain prize for humorWest Virginia candidate for governor owes millions in taxes]]> Turkey-Iraq relations remain tense on Mosul Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:36 -0400 ISTANBUL (AP) Tensions between Turkey and Iraq showed no sign of subsiding on Monday with Turkish leaders saying the country was engaged in the offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State groups while Iraq denied the claim.

Iraq has objected to the presence of some 500 Turkish troops who are training Sunni Arab and Kurdish forces at a base near Mosul, saying they are there without permission from Baghdad. Turkey has refused to withdraw them, and insists it will play a role in the Mosul offensive.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a joint news conference with his visiting French counterpart that Turkey is involved in the Mosul operation, "in a multi-faceted way," including the participation of four Turkish F-16 fighter jets in the U.S.-led coalition.

The minister said Turkish troops in the contentious Bashiqa camp are contributing to the campaign by training Sunni Arab and Kurdish forces as well as firing artillery against Islamic State militants. Seventeen IS militants have been killed by Turkish troops since the beginning of the Mosul offensive, according to Cavusoglu.

Cavusoglu was echoing the remarks of Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who told journalists Sunday that Kurdish peshmerga requested Turkish troops' support in Bashiqa and, "we are supporting them with artillery, tanks and howitzers."

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi denied Turkey's claim that its troops were taking part in the operation as "baseless and untrue" and reiterated his opposition to the presence of the 500 Turkish troops in Bashiqa.

"We reject any interference in Iraqi internal affairs and violating its sovereignty," al-Abadi said at a Baghdad press conference Monday.

The Baghdad government has said Turkish troops are on Iraqi soil without permission and has repeatedly requested their withdrawal. Turkey insists that the troops entered last year with an invitation to train anti-IS forces, and that Turkey wants a bigger role in the Mosul operation to protect itself against terror and prevent sectarian clashes in Mosul.

"We hope that neighboring Turkey ... will not threaten Iraq amid these dangerous and sensitive stages as we are looking for good relations with Turkey and all neighboring countries," al-Abadi added.

Iran, a close ally of the Baghdad government, has criticized Turkey for its possible involvement in the Mosul operation and said Turkey must get permission to do so.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani indirectly referred to Turkey and said on state TV, "We consider intervention of foreign countries (in Iraq and Syria) under the pretext of fighting terrorism and without coordination with the host country very dangerous, whether it is armored forces, air forces or ground forces."


Associated Press writers Sinan Salaheddin in Baghdad and Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran contributed to this report.

In renewed Aleppo attacks, Syrian troops capture high ground Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:25 -0400 BEIRUT (AP) Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad said it was not planning more "humanitarian pauses" in the fighting in the city's eastern, rebel-held districts.

The fighting in Aleppo came as airstrikes hit towns in the northwestern province of Idlib, killing at least 13 people, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees. They said the people killed were in the towns of Kfar Takharim and Khan Sheikhoun, where a market was hit.

Fighting resumed in Aleppo over the weekend, following a days-long lull announced by Moscow that was meant to allow rebels and civilians to leave the eastern districts. The rebels rejected the Russian offer and none of the civilians left.

Government troops launched a fresh offensive and on Monday took the hilltop of Bazo on the southern edge of Aleppo, near military bases, and shelled the rebel neighborhoods, according to opposition activists.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Bazo was taken amid heavy bombardment. Both the Observatory and the Aleppo Media Center, an activist collective, reported government shelling in eastern parts of the city.

A video released by the Syrian army showed tanks and cannons pounding rebel positions in the area. The state SANA news agency, meanwhile, said the rebels shelled government-held neighborhoods in western Aleppo, killing one person and wounding seven.

A pro-opposition media outlet circulated footage of a powerful and hard-line Islamist rebel coalition known as Jaish al-Fatah announcing that the campaign to break the government's siege of the city's east would begin "within hours."

Syrian troops have besieged rebel-held parts of Aleppo for weeks, subjecting the districts to some of the worst air raids since a cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia collapsed on Sept. 19. Opposition activists say more than 600 people have been killed in Aleppo and neighboring villages since then.

Jaish al-Fatah commander Ali Abu Odai al-Aloush told the Qasioun News Agency that "zero hour has drawn near," and that his militants had begun moving toward Aleppo. It was unclear when the interview was recorded.

A spokesman for the Nour el-Din al-Zinki rebel faction in Aleppo said an operation to break the government's siege of the rebel-held eastern districts of Aleppo was "coming."

The spokesman, Yasser al-Yousef, said the rebels would not intentionally target civilians in Aleppo's government-held districts, but warned of collateral damage from the anticipated operations.

In Moscow, Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia wasn't planning another humanitarian pause in Aleppo anytime soon.

"In order to resume it, our opponents need to make sure the anti-government groups behave properly," he said in comments carried by Russian news agencies, blaming the rebels for the fact that medical evacuations from eastern Aleppo, planned during the pause, were scrapped at the last moment.

"What needed to happen didn't happen ... that's why resuming a humanitarian pause is not on the agenda," Ryabkov said. He also said that Moscow doesn't expect any new round of Syria peace talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne until after the U.S. elections.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called for an end of the "massive bombing raids" by Russia and Syrian government forces in Aleppo to allow for the delivery of aid to beleaguered populations and the resumption of peace efforts in Syria.

Speaking during a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara Monday, Ayrault said: "it's the only way that humanitarian aid can reach populations that really need it; it's the only that that the negotiations can resume."

Ayrault also said that there cannot be a "lasting peace" in Syria "outside of a political solution."


Associated Press writer Nataliya Vasilyeva contributed to this report from Moscow.

2 scoops: Free ice cream to sweeten Cleveland's big night Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:40 -0400 CLEVELAND (AP) What the King wants, the King gets.

So thanks to LeBron James, ice cream will be on the dessert menu for Cleveland's big night.

James and his Cavaliers teammates are to receive their championship rings Tuesday night and raise a title banner in Quicken Loans Arena at about the same time the Indians throw the first pitch in Game 1 of the World Series next door at Progressive Field.

James was asked last week if there was anything that could make this better. He said: "I don't know, having an ice cream truck outside both arenas at the same time as well icing on the cake."

On Monday, Blue Bunny Ice Cream granted King James' wish. It announced it will have a truck outside the arena to hand out free ice cream to fans.

Last week, the NBA said the Cavs' home opener against the New York Knicks will start 30 minutes earlier to make it easier for fans who want to enjoy both events.

Traffic at Bellingham airport stabilizing Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:14 -0400 BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) Traffic at the Bellingham International Airport appears to be flattening out after more than a year of declines because of the weakening Canadian dollar.

The Bellingham Herald reports ( ) that last month 28,452 people took flights out of the airport, a 1 percent drop compared to a year earlier, according to data collected by the Port of Bellingham. Through the first nine months of this year, 315,318 passengers have flown out of the local airport, down 8.5 percent compared to the same period in 2015.

Sunil Harman, director of aviation at the port, said if airport traffic is starting to stabilize, said it is a good sign heading into the winter months. That's when Alaska Airlines begins its direct seasonal service from Bellingham to Hawaii and Las Vegas. The flights between Bellingham and Kona and Maui begin in November and go into April.

Police hunt for suspect in killings, shooting of 2 officers Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:50:12 -0400 WELLSTON, Okla. (AP) Authorities are searching Monday for a man suspected in a double slaying who is also accused of shooting and wounding two police officers near Oklahoma City.

The officers were shot Sunday night as they responded to a report of shots fired in the town of Wellston, 35 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. The officers' injuries weren't life-threatening, and Lincoln County Emergency Management said both "will be recovering at home soon."

The sheriff's office said one person was arrested after the shooting but that a second suspect, 38-year-old Michael Vance, stole a patrol car and remains missing. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office said Vance is a suspect after two people were found dead at a home in Luther, about 8 miles from Wellston.

Oklahoma City television station KWTV reported that Vance posted two videos Sunday night on Facebook Live documenting his run from police. The Associated Press couldn't immediately verify the videos, and the Lincoln County sheriff didn't immediately return a message Monday morning regarding the videos.

In one video, a man wearing a backward baseball cap says he's about to steal another vehicle and that it's "gonna be intense." In another, the same man says: "Letting y'all know, look, this is real" before panning across the vehicle to show a long gun on the passenger seat.

He said: "If you want to know what's up next, stay tuned to your local news."

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says authorities believe Vance is driving a silver 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse with an Oklahoma license plate of 943LQQ. Vance is described as Native American, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 212 pounds.


This story has been corrected to show that the vehicle is a Mitsubishi Eclipse, not a Mitsubishi Escape.

Egypt's security chief warns of scheme to incite chaos Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:33 -0400 CAIRO (AP) Egypt's interior minister warned in comments published Monday that the country faced "unprecedented challenges" that required a "decisive" response by security forces, accusing the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood of inciting chaos and stoking fears of a popular backlash over rising price and biting economic reforms.

The minister's comments, which came in an Interior Ministry statement published in state-owned newspapers, was the latest sign of alarm by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government over possible unrest as result of worsening economic conditions.

In Monday's statement, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar, who is in charge of the police, said the Brotherhood was seeking through "conspiratorial schemes to incite chaos and confusion with the aim of creating skepticism over the ability of the state and its institutions to satisfy popular expectations."

"The security forces will not, under any circumstances, tolerate any attempt to repeat the scenes of chaos and sabotage at a time when the country is moving forward with firm steps toward a promising future, God willing," said the minister.

Abdel-Ghaffar did not elaborate, but appeared to be alluding to the 2011 popular uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. Egypt's police force largely melted away on the fourth day of the 18-day uprising, when police stations were stormed and thousands of inmates broke out from a number of prisons.

His comments, however, are the latest warning by officials and pro-government media against what they say are calls by the Brotherhood for street demonstrations on Nov. 11 to protest against prices rises and other economic woes.

There has been no reliable evidence that the Brotherhood was specifically behind the call for protests next month, although the group has consistently encouraged anti-government protests by its supporters since senior Brotherhood official Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected but divisive president, was ousted in July 2013, by the military, then led by el-Sissi.

In an Oct. 14 statement posted on its website, the Brotherhood urges Egyptians to rise up and topple el-Sissi's government, but gives no specific date for the demonstrations it is calling for.

El-Sissi appeared to refer to these planned protests when, in a meeting with government leaders Saturday, he urged authorities to be on high alert and beef up the defense of vital state installations. The meeting came just hours after a senior Egyptian army officer was gunned down outside his home in an eastern Cairo suburb.

A little-known group with suspected links to the Brotherhood claimed responsibility for the brazen daylight attack.

El-Sissi's government has already shown sensitivity to signs of a popular backlash over the economy. The presidency has issued near-daily statements saying el-Sissi is instructing ministers to ensure the availability of basic staples at affordable prices and to prosecute any merchants found to be hoarding food supplies.

Despite the economic crisis, el-Sissi appears to enjoy considerable public backing, though it has shown some erosion since 2014 when he was hailed as a national savior. The Egypt-based polling agency Baseera, one of the few that conducts polls in the country, said its latest survey this month showed 68 percent of respondents approve of his performance, down from 79 percent in April and 85 percent in November. The poll surveyed 1,520 people above the age of 18 with a margin of error of 3 percent.

The perceived fears of a popular backlash over the economy come as shortages and rising food prices are feeding discontent among Egyptians, who are also enduring new taxes and a hike in utility bills. The government must also introduce a package of economic reforms that would further hike prices, including the devaluation of the pound and lifting fuel subsidies, to secure a $12-billion dollar loan from the International Monetary Fund to bail out Egypt's ailing economy.

Egypt is suffering an acute foreign currency shortage because of the decimation of its lucrative tourism industry, a fall in Suez Canal revenues and reduced remittances from Egyptian expatriates. It also suffers from double digit rates of inflation and unemployment.

Its economic crisis comes as Egypt's security forces are battling an Islamic militant insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula.

SpaceX's Elon Musk elaborates on plan to colonize Mars Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:40:58 -0400 SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has given more details about his plan to colonize Mars.

Musk answered questions on Reddit on Sunday. The session was a follow up to Musk's comments at a space conference in Mexico last month during which he unveiled his plan to send up to 1 million people to Mars within the next 40 to 100 years.

Musk envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet "Battlestar Galactica" style.

He elaborated on that plan Sunday, saying an unmanned ship will be sent to Mars with equipment to build a plant to create refueling propellant for return trips to Earth. He says the first manned crew would have the job of constructing the plant.

Musk said last month SpaceX is already working on equipment for the project.

Eli Manning denies yelling 'Trump' to signal audible Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:40:06 -0400 LONDON (AP) Eli Manning says he wasn't using Donald Trump's name in order to signal an audible during the New York Giants' victory over the Los Angeles Rams in London on Sunday.

The Giants quarterback was caught by microphones yelling out something that sounded a lot like "Trump" ahead of a snap in second quarter of the 17-10 win. The play was a run up the middle that gained a yard.

Some on Twitter speculated that the call was a signal for blockers to form a wall for the ball carrier in reference to the Republican presidential nominee's plan to build a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

Manning denied saying Trump's name after the game, telling reporters that they have a call that's "very similar."

3 killed, 3 injured in car crash near Molalla, Oregon Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:40:36 -0400 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Oregon State Police say three people were killed in a crash just north of Molalla in Clackamas County.

The agency says the driver of a Toyota Supra failed to negotiate a turn Saturday night while traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 211. The vehicle slid sideways and was struck by a northbound Buick sedan.

The Toyota driver, 25-year-old Joseph Ferris of Clackamas, died at the scene and so did his passenger, 25-year-old Dylan Sams of Salem.

The four people in the sedan were taken to Portland hospitals with serious injuries. One of them, 19-year-old Kayla Cole of Eagle Creek, died Sunday. The survivors include 55-year-old Mark Cole, 51-year-old Tina Cole and a 3-year-old boy.

With email dumps, WikiLeaks tests power of full transparency Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:20:28 -0400 LONDON (AP) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange first outlined the hypothesis nearly a decade ago: Can total transparency defeat an entrenched group of insiders?

"Consider what would happen," Assange wrote in 2006, if one of America's two major parties had their emails, faxes, campaign briefings, internal polls and donor data all exposed to public scrutiny.

"They would immediately fall into an organizational stupor," he predicted, "and lose to the other."

A decade later, various organs of the Democratic Party have been hacked; several staffers have resigned and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has seen the inner workings of her campaign exposed to the public, including disclosures calling into question her positions on trade and Wall Street and her relationship with the party's left . Many of these emails have been released into the public domain by WikiLeaks.

Some see the leaks as a sign that Assange has thrown his lot in with Republican rival Donald Trump or even with Russia. But others who've followed Assange over the years say he's less interested in who wins high office than in exposing and wearing down the gears of political power that grind away behind the scenes.

"He tends not to think about people, he thinks about systems," said Finn Brunton, an assistant professor at New York University who has tracked WikiLeaks for years. "What he wants to do is interfere with the machinery of government regardless of who is in charge."

WikiLeaks' mission was foreshadowed 10 years ago in "Conspiracy as Governance," a six-page essay Assange posted to his now-defunct blog.

In the essay, Assange described authoritarian governments, corporations, terrorist organizations and political parties as "conspiracies" groups that hoard secret information to win a competitive advantage over the general public. Leaks cut these groups open like a double-edged knife, empowering the public with privileged information while spreading confusion among the conspirators themselves, he said. If leaking were made easy, Assange argued, conspiratorial organizations would be gripped by paranoia, leaving transparent groups to flourish.

When the group published 250,000 U.S. State Department cables in 2010, it helped launch a multimillion dollar quest to unmask insider threats at home while causing problems for U.S. diplomats overseas. The recent leaks have affected the Democratic National Committee in much the same way, with staffers advised to use caution when communicating about sensitive topics.

Clinton supporters say Assange is targeting her out of partisan bias. U.S. intelligence officials believe Russia is behind the hacks to interfere in the U.S. election.

"Wouldn't it be good reading to see internal discussions (about) Trump's taxes?" Clinton Press Secretary Brian Fallon tweeted recently. "Wikileaks isn't targeting Trump. That tells you something."

It's possible that malicious sources are using WikiLeaks for their own ends, said Lisa Lynch, an associate professor at Drew University who has also followed Assange's career. But she noted that a lifetime far from public service and an aversion to email make Trump a more difficult target.

"If Trump had a political career, he'd be more available for Wikileaking," she said.

Assange did not return messages seeking comment, but he has described allegations that he's in the service of the Kremlin as a conspiracy theory and has denied picking sides in the U.S. electoral contest.

"Mr. Assange has not endorsed any candidate," the group said in a statement Monday.

He has targeted Republican politicians in the past; in the run-up to the 2008 election his group published the contents of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's inbox. Her reaction at the time anticipated the Democrats' outrage today.

"What kind of a creep would break into a person's files, steal them, read them, then give them to the press to broadcast all over the world to influence a presidential campaign?" Palin wrote in her autobiography, "Going Rogue."

In fact, Assange has long tried to influence presidential campaigns. In 2007, WikiLeaks published a long-suppressed corruption report ahead of Kenya's national elections. It unleashed a wave of anger and, Assange oftenboasts , swung the vote.

In reality, the publication barely played a role in Kenya, according to Nic Cheeseman, an associate professor of African politics at the University of Oxford. And it's not clear whether the recent WikiLeaks revelations will fare differently. Clinton has a commanding lead in the polls despite the leaks.

Still, Assange appears game to try. Between the DNC emails and the inbox of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's messages, his organization has published 46,000 messages from some of the most powerful people in Democratic politics. More is coming. When one Twitter user noted that WikiLeaks had not published any of Podesta's emails dating past March 21, WikiLeaks responded .

"Well spotted," it said. "Something to look forward to."



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An earlier version of this story has been corrected to show the correct spelling of the academic's name is Cheeseman, not Cheesman.

NBA League Pass adds mobile option for small-screen viewing Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:30:52 -0400 NEW YORK (AP) A new feature of NBA League Pass will allow viewers to select a mobile view, with a zoomed-in shot that looks better on smaller screens.

The NBA said Monday that the mobile view will be an option, along with the traditional "home" and "away" team's broadcast viewing choices when selecting a game. The league and Turner Sports added a camera in all 29 arenas for use specifically with the mobile option .

About 70 percent of League Pass subscribers watch games on mobile devices. Last season, League Pass generated a record 26.7 million game views.

Fans can again buy individual games or season subscriptions.

NBA League Pass adds mobile option for small-screen viewing Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:30:38 -0400 NEW YORK (AP) A new feature of NBA League Pass will allow viewers to select a mobile view, with a zoomed-in shot that looks better on smaller screens.

The NBA said Monday that the mobile view will be an option, along with the traditional "home" and "away" team's broadcast viewing choices when selecting a game. The league and Turner Sports added a camera in all 29 arenas for use specifically with the mobile option .

About 70 percent of League Pass subscribers watch games on mobile devices. Last season, League Pass generated a record 26.7 million game views.

Fans can again buy individual games or season subscriptions.