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April 8, 2018


The Latest: Death toll in Canada bus crash rises to 15

NIPAWIN, Saskatchewan (AP) — Canadian police say the death toll in a crash between a truck and a bus carrying a hockey team has risen to 15.

Police say there were 29 people on the bus, which was carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

The rest of the passengers were taken to hospital with injuries, some critical.

The truck driver was not hurt


1 killed in fire at Trump Tower in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Fire officials say a man has been killed in in a raging apartment fire at Trump Tower in New York City.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says a 50th-floor apartment at the midtown tower was “virtually entirely on fire” when firefighters arrived after 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fire officials say a man who was in the apartment was taken to a hospital and later died. Four firefighters suffered minor injuries.

President Donald Trump tweeted earlier that the fire was “Very confined (well built building).”

Trump’s business is based at Trump Tower and his residence is there, but he has spent little time in New York since taking office.

Nigro says no member of the Trump family was at the building on Saturday.

He says about 200 firefighters battled the blaze.


AP sources: EPA chief spent millions on security and travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s concern with his safety has come at a steep cost to taxpayers. His swollen security detail has blown through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away from investigating environmental crimes.

Altogether, the agency spent millions of dollars for a 20-member full-time detail that is three times the size of his predecessor’s part-time security contingent.

New details in Pruitt’s expansive spending for security and travel emerged from agency sources and documents reviewed by The Associated Press. They come as the embattled EPA leader fends off allegations of profligate spending and ethical missteps that have imperiled his job.


The Latest: German pub owners express sadness over crash

BERLIN (AP) — The owners of the Kiepenkerl pub, whose outside tables a van ploughed into, expressed their sadness and shock over the deadly incident late Saturday.

In a message posted on Facebook they wrote that the day “began so beautifully, with sunshine and joy — and suddenly it turned black and grim.”

They thanked well-wishers for their messages of support, adding: “Our thoughts are with the dead, injured and their families. We wish we were able to console them.”

None of the pub’s staff were injured in the incident, they said.


Body suspected to be from California cliff crash found

MENDOCINO, Calif. (AP) — A body has been recovered in the vicinity where an SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff, killing a family of eight last month.

A statement Saturday by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says a body was found in the surf of the Pacific Ocean in Westport, California.

The body was pulled from the surf by a bystander and later recovered by Westport Fire Department personnel.

The sheriff’s office says it appears to be that of an African American female, but the age and identity could not immediately be determined. An autopsy is planned.

Authorities have been looking for three missing children from the crash that killed Sarah and Jennifer Hart and three of their other adopted children.

Authorities say data from the vehicle’s software suggested the crash was deliberate.


Trade dispute between Trump, China grows as markets tumble

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and China’s government have escalated their trade dispute. China vows to “counterattack with great strength” if Trump follows through on threats to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods.

Trump made the move when China threatened to retaliate for the first round of tariffs planned by the United States. But Trump left it unclear whether he was bluffing or willing to enter a protracted trade war pitting the world’s two biggest economies against each other.

The White House sent mixed signals on Friday as financial markets slid from investor concern about a significant trade fight. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) told CNBC he was “cautiously optimistic” that the U.S. and China could reach an agreement before any tariffs are implemented.


Democrats even in GOP country shift toward gun restrictions

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — The congressional contests in November will test whether the Democratic Party will make room for candidates who don’t back all gun control measures.

The election comes as the country tries to recover after the Florida school shooting that’s led to student demands for Congress to pass new gun restrictions.

In Nebraska, a Democrat who wants to regain a House seat has changed his mind on an assault weapons ban. Brad Ashford is under pressure from a primary opponent who says he hasn’t done enough to keep kids safe.

Not long ago, a moderate record on guns would have been considered a plus for a Democratic candidate in the GOP-leaning suburbs and conservative outskirts of Nebraska’s largest city.

Today, it’s a vulnerability that rival Kara Eastman has been quick to exploit.


The Latest: McIlroy says pressure is on Reed at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy is already trying to play mind games with Patrick Reed heading into the final round of the Masters.

McIlroy and Reed will be in the final pairing on Sunday. It could shape up to be the kind of showdown typically seen in the Ryder Cup.

Reed made two eagles on the back nine and shot a 5-under 67 in the third round at Augusta National, just a few miles down the road from where he went to college. Reed is at 14-under 202 heading into the final round. No one has ever shot all four rounds at the Masters in the 60s.

Reed also has a shot at the Masters record of 18 under, set by Tigers Woods in 1997 and tied by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 Saturday and will start the final round three strokes behind the leader.

“All the pressure’s on him” Sunday, McIlroy said. “I’m hoping to come in and spoil the party.”

Reed is looking for his first major championship.

McIlroy is seeking his final major in a career Grand Slam.

“It’s massive,” McIlroy said. “This is my first final group here since 2011, and I feel like I learned an awful lot that day.”

Rickie Fowler is 9 under, one shot ahead of Jon Rahm and two strokes better than Henrik Stenson.


Latest: Yosemite Valley may reopen Sunday following storm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yosemite National Park officials say they if conditions permit, they expect to open Yosemite Valley on Sunday at noon following a strong Pacific storm.

Forecasters say up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain fell over two days as a spring storm swelled rivers and flooded roads in Northern California.

The storm brought up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) of water on roads within the Yosemite Valley, affecting the electrical and water systems.

As water levels recede, park officials will assess conditions throughout Saturday evening and into Sunday morning. As of Saturday night, access to Yosemite Valley remains closed.

The National Weather Service says the heaviest rain was in the northern Sierra and in coastal counties from San Francisco north to Mendocino during a 48-hour period ending Saturday afternoon.


Post office named for Merle Haggard in California hometown

(Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.com)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — About 300 people turned out in Bakersfield, California, to celebrate the naming of a post office for Merle Haggard in his hometown.

The late country music legend’s sister and widow were among those at a Friday ceremony near downtown honoring Haggard, who helped create the twangy “Bakersfield Sound.”

The event fell on the two-year anniversary of Haggard’s death — and what would have been his 81st birthday.

Haggard rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride. His hits include “Okie From Muskogee” and “Sing Me Back Home.”

Norm Hamlet, who played in Haggard’s band for nearly a half-century, told the Bakersfield Californian newspaper that the singer would’ve been humbled by the honor.


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