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September 2, 2019

RFK ASSASSIN SIRHAN SIRHAN STABLE AFTER PRISON STABBING

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin is hospitalized in stable condition after being stabbed by a fellow inmate at a Southern California prison.

The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the stabbing of Sirhan Sirhan took place Friday afternoon at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego.

A corrections department statement says the wounded inmate was hospitalized in stable condition.

The statement did not name the victim, but a government source with direct knowledge confirmed to The Associated Press that it was Sirhan. The source spoke under condition of anonymity, citing prison privacy regulations.

The stabbing was first reported by TMZ.

Sirhan was convicted of fatally shooting Robert Kennedy immediately after the New York senator declared victory in the 1968 California Democratic presidential primary.

Prison officials say Sirhan’s attacker has been identified.

CLOCK IS TICKING ON NY DEADLINE FOR STUDENT VACCINATIONS

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Thousands of New York parents are scrambling to get their kids shots — or get them out of school.

That’s because state lawmakers recently revoked a religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations. Lawmakers did away with the exemption in June amid the nation’s worst measles outbreak since 1992. More than 26,000 children had previously gone unvaccinated for religious reasons.

New York became the fourth state to eliminate religious and personal-belief exemptions after California, Mississippi and West Virginia. Maine will remove them in 2021. All states allow medical exemptions.

Some parents are choosing to pull their kids from school rather than comply.

More than 1,200 measles cases have been confirmed in 30 states this year. Most were linked to outbreaks in New York and New York City.

NATIVE AMERICANS SAY DIOR AD PUSHES STEREOTYPES

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dior is facing widespread criticism for an advertising campaign that Native Americans say perpetuates stereotypes.

Dior consulted with the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Americans for Indian Opportunity on the campaign.

Executive director Laura Harris says the group sought to ensure Native American artists, actors and writers were included in the campaign to educate production teams. She says the controversy will start an international conversation about contemporary Native Americans.

Others like Dallas Goldtooth of the Lower Sioux Indian Community in Minnesota say the ad is romanticizing Native Americans as relics of the past. He says the ad doesn’t benefit Native people; it simply creates buzz for the French luxury goods company.

Goldtooth says no one will take Native Americans seriously if they’re continually portrayed as mystical and wearing feathers and fringe.

CONNECTICUT GOV SPENDS $17K TO FINANCE TRIBUTE TO WOODSTOCK

WOODSTOCK, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s 65-year-old governor spent $17,000 of his own money to finance a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival.

Ned Lamont, who says his parents would not let him attend the festival in New York, hosted a concert Friday at the annual fair in Woodstock, Connecticut, which included a battle of the bands.

Lamont, wearing a tie-dyed T-shirt and dancing, served as a judge for the bands, who were required to play at least one song from the original Woodstock.

The winner, a band called “Last Licks,” received $7,500.

Lamont, a Democrat, was joined on stage by Republican state Sen. George Logan, of Ansonia, who played a Jimi Hendrix-style national anthem on his guitar, just as he had done at Lamont’s inaugural ball in January.

BILL TO BAN MOST PAPER RECEIPTS IN CALIFORNIA FAILS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Those body-length receipts from retail stores are not going away in California.

The California Legislature had been considering banning paper receipts unless requested by a customer. But a legislative committee voted Friday not to send the legislation to the Senate floor for a vote.

The move means the bill is unlikely to pass this year.

California has been a trailblazer for environmental regulations, becoming the first state to adopt a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions from the state’s biggest polluters. The state bans plastic straws at full-service restaurants unless requested by customers. This year, lawmakers have advanced a bill that would ban hotels from providing small plastic bottles for shampoo and other toiletries.

YOSEMITE SETS NEW WILDLIFE PROTECTION ZONES FOR MOTORISTS

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Visitors driving through Yosemite National Park during the Labor Day weekend will see new signs designating wildlife protection zones and advising that speed limits will be strictly enforced.

The National Park Service says 11 bears have been hit by vehicles this year and more than 400 since 1995.

The enforcement action is also aimed at protecting numerous other species ranging from deer and foxes to butterflies and amphibians.

The wildlife protection zones have been designated in Yosemite Valley and along Big Oak Flat Road, El Portal Road, Wawona Road and Tioga Road.

The Park Service says the zones will remain in effect until further notice.

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