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May 16, 2019

SO. CAL MOM THREATENS CLASSROOM FULL OF STUDENTS

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a mother has been banned from a Southern California school after she threatened a classroom full of students over the alleged bullying of her daughter.

Cellphone video aired yesterday by KCBS-TV shows a woman confronting a class at Niguel Hills Middle School south of Los Angeles.

The woman vows to fight any adult relatives of kids who bully her daughter.

The woman tells the students: “If you look at her the wrong way, if you breathe the wrong way, send your mom to me.”

Principal Tim Reece informed parents in an email that the teacher contacted the front office for help and the assistant principal escorted the woman out.

The Capistrano Unified School District says the mother is banned from campus.

Her name hasn’t been released.

ALABAMA EXECUTION

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A man convicted of murder in a quadruple killing after a dispute over a pickup truck is set to be executed in Alabama.

Forty-one-year-old Michael Brandon Samra is scheduled to receive a lethal injection this evening at the state prison in Atmore.

Samra and friend Mark Duke were convicted of killing Duke’s father, the father’s girlfriend and the woman’s two elementary-age daughters in March 1997. Evidence showed Duke planned the killings because his father wouldn’t let him use his pickup.

Duke and Samra both were originally sentenced to death, but Duke’s sentence was overturned because he was 16 at the time of the killings. Samra was 19 at the time.

Another execution is scheduled for today in Tennessee.

SECURITY VIDEO FROM BUS SHOVING INCIDENT RELEASED

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in Las Vegas have released security video they say shows a woman shoving a 74-year-old man off a public bus after witnesses say he asked her to be nice to other passengers.

The video shows Serge Fournier landing face-first on a sidewalk east of downtown on March 21. He died April 23.

The Clark County coroner ruled Fournier’s death a homicide resulting from his injuries.

Authorities arrested 25-year-old Cadesha Michelle Bishop on May 6. She has been charged with murder and was freed on $100,000 bail with electronic monitoring pending a preliminary hearing of evidence May 23.

A department statement says investigators still seek witnesses to the March 21 incident.

CANADA, PHILIPPINES GRAPPLE OVER OLD GARBAGE

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine foreign secretary says the ambassador and consuls in Canada are being recalled over Ottawa’s failure to take back truckloads of garbage that Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines years ago.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted yesterday that the Philippines “shall maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until its garbage is ship bound there.”

President Rodrigo Duterte threatened last month to forcibly ship the containers of garbage back to Canada and dump some at its embassy in Manila if Canadian officials don’t take back the waste by May 15.

More than 100 containers of household trash, including plastic bottles and bags, newspapers and used adult diapers, were shipped in batches from Canada to the Philippines during 2013 and 2014.

TRUMP PARDONS MAN WHO WROTE FLATTERING BOOK AOBUT HIM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump.

Black’s media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted of fraud in 2007 and spent three and a half years in prison.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Black “has made tremendous contributions to business, and to political and historical thought.”

In 2018 he published “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other.”

FOUR ARRESTED, ONE SOUGHT, IN ASSAULT AFTER BOSTON BRUINS PLAYOFF GAME

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Transit police in Massachusetts say four people have been arrested in connection with an assault hours after the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes in a playoff game.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police posted surveillance images of five suspects online, many wearing Bruins clothing, and announced Wednesday four had turned themselves in.

They are identified as 21-year-old Stiles Bezema, of Wrentham; 31-year-old Antonio Green, of Agawam; 29-year-old John Pritoni, of Norfolk; and 23-year-old Thomas Pritoni, of Norfolk. They are charged with aggravated assault and battery resulting in serious injuries.

Police say the victim suffered facial fractures in the attack at the North Quincy Station at about midnight Friday.

Prosecutors say the Pritoni brothers and Green were held on $5,000 bail each and Bezema was held on $2,500 after pleading not guilty. It was unclear who their lawyers are.