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Driver pleads not guilty in motorcycle crash that killed 7

13 hours 54 min ago
CONCORD, N.H. - A lawyer for a pickup truck driver blamed for causing a collision that killed seven motorcyclists has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Authorities said Tuesday that 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy waived his arraignment on negligent homicide charges. The plea was entered in Lancaster, New Hampshire. Zhukovskyy was arrested Monday morning at his home in Massachusetts and handed over to New Hampshire authorities after a court appearance that day. Investigators say the truck Zhukovskyy was driving was towing a flatbed trailer when it collided with a group of motorcycles Friday on a two-lane highway in Randolph. Criminal complaints say Zhukovskyy was driving erratically, crossed the centre line and collided with the bikes. Records show Zhukovskyy has been stopped twice on suspicion of drunken driving in the past seven years. Michael Casey, The Associated Press

UN says thousands flee Congo violence, seek asylum in Uganda

14 hours 3 min ago
KAMPALA, Uganda - About 7,500 Congolese fleeing violence have arrived in Uganda since the beginning of June, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday, urging the international community to give more toward humanitarian efforts. People are leaving Congo at a rate of 311 a day, adding pressure on Uganda’s already overstretched facilities, said UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic in Geneva. The refugees are running away from clashes between two ethnic groups - the Hema and the Lendu - in Congo’s northeast Ituri province, an area long plagued by violence and lawlessness. More than 160 people have been killed in two weeks of the violence in several villages of Ituri, according to the local governor. Recent arrivals from Congo “speak of extreme brutality. Armed groups are said to be attacking villages, torching and looting houses, and killing men, women and children,” Mahecic said in a statement. Uganda has long said it keeps its doors open to all refugees. Most Congolese are fleeing via Lake Albert from Ituri, where an estimated 300,000 people have been displaced since early June, according to Mahecic. A refugee reception centre in Uganda is currently home to 4,600 new arrivals, 1,600 more than its maximum intended capacity, he said, noting that “the pace of new arrivals means needs far outstrip what humanitarians are able to deliver.” The violence has been taking place in a remote area of Congo near South Sudan and Uganda where the U.N. says there is limited access for humanitarians. Thousands of people are said to be sleeping in the open and without any kind of food aid. Authorities believe the perpetrators were militia fighters from the Lendu community. Congo’s military believes they are linked to Mathieu Ngudjolo, who was acquitted of war crimes at the International Criminal Court in 2012. Untold thousands of people lost their lives in conflicts between Lendu and Hema communities between 1999 and 2004, according to experts. U.N. peacekeepers were dispatched to Congo to try to maintain order and remain in the region combatting various rebel groups. New unrest was seen in 2017 and 2018. Congo has one of the world’s largest numbers of displaced people, with some 4.5 million having fled various conflicts across the vast central African nation. Another part of eastern Congo, North Kivu, faces a stubborn Ebola epidemic. Health workers there have been repeatedly attacked, hampering efforts to contain the spread of the viral disease that has killed over 1,400 people since August. Rodney Muhumuza, The Associated Press

SpaceX launches hefty rocket with 24 satellites, experiments

14 hours 3 min ago
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - SpaceX launched its heftiest rocket with 24 research satellites Tuesday, a middle-of-the-night rideshare featuring a deep space atomic clock, solar sail, a clean and green rocket fuel testbed, and even human ashes. It was the third flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket, but the first ordered by the military. The Defence Department mission is expected to provide data to certify the Falcon Heavy - and reused boosters - for future national security launches. It marked the military’s first ride on a recycled rocket. Both side boosters landed back at Cape Canaveral several minutes after liftoff, just as they did after launching in April. But the new core booster missed an ocean platform, not unexpected for this especially difficult mission, SpaceX noted. “It was a long shot,” tweeted SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk. SpaceX did manage for the first time to catch the fairing, or nose cone, in a giant net on an offshore boat. The California-based company is trying to recover and reuse as many rocket parts as possible - rather than letting the pieces sink in the ocean - to drive down launch costs. NASA signed up for a spot on this Falcon Heavy, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Planetary Society and Celestis Inc., which offers memorial flights into space. An astronaut who flew on NASA’s first space station back in the 1970s, Skylab’s Bill Pogue, had a bit of his ashes on board, along with more than 150 other deceased people. Pogue died in 2014. Musk said it was “our toughest rocket launch ever.” The satellites needed to be placed in three different orbits, requiring multiple upper-stage engine firings. It took several hours to release them all. The Deep Space Atomic Clock by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a technology demo aimed at self-flying spacecraft. Barely the size of a toaster oven, the clock is meant to help spacecraft navigate by themselves when far from Earth. NASA also was testing a clean and green alternative to toxic rocket and satellite fuel. The Planetary Society’s LightSail crowd-funded spacecraft will attempt to become the first orbiting spacecraft to be propelled solely by sunlight. It will be released next week from its temporary perch on a spacecraft and opened a week later. “Our#LightSail2 is up and on its way,” tweeted Bill Nye, the society’s chief executive officer. It’s the society’s third crack at solar sailing: The first was lost in a Russian rocket failure in 2005, while the second had a successful test flight in 2015. The Air Force Research Laboratory had space weather experiments aboard, while NOAA had six small atmospheric experimental satellites for weather forecasting. The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in use today. Each first-stage booster has nine engines, for a total of 27 firing simultaneously at liftoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The first Falcon Heavy launch was in February 2018. That test flight put Musk’s red Tesla convertible into an orbit stretching past Mars. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

Fiancee of slain Saudi journalist urges UN action in killing

14 hours 21 min ago
GENEVA - The fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi took her campaign for justice in his killing to the United Nations’ top human rights body Tuesday and urged the U.N. to take “the next step” following a key investigator’s finding that Saudi Arabia bears responsibility. Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish citizen, told a Human Rights Council event in Geneva about her grief over Khashoggi’s Oct. 2 slaying at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul when he went there to pick up a document for their marriage. Cengiz said the possibility her fiancee might not really be dead haunts her because his body hasn’t been found, compounding her loss with “an unbelievably different kind of trauma.” She appeared at a 90-minute council “side event” organized by Canada and hosted by advocacy group No Peace Without Justice. Cengiz provided one of several testimonials on the theme “Silencing Dissent.” Most of the speakers criticized alleged rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Diplomats from Western nations and regional countries like Turkey and Qatar were in the audience. In her testimony on Khashoggi’s killing, Cengiz cited many of independent U.N. expert Agnes Callamard’s findings, which were released last week in a 101-page report. Callamard, a fellow “Silencing Dissent” panelist, laid out an excruciatingly detailed account of The Washington Post columnist’s alleged final moments at the consulate. She said more investigation was warranted of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s possible role in Khashoggi’s killing. Speaking through a translator, Cengiz said the report needed to be acted upon and noted the crown prince may one day be Saudi Arabia’s head of state. “The report points to the fact that important Saudi officials, big officials, may have been involved,” she said. “It says this should be pursued and it says that an international murder investigation should be opened.” Cengiz said the “international public” needs to exert pressure to ensure the case isn’t forgotten “and the United Nations needs to take this to the next step.” During her comments at Tuesday’s panel, Callamard, an academic and longtime human rights advocate, took up broader themes. She decried a trend of violence against journalists and others who speak truth to power. “The targeted killings of journalists, human rights defenders, dissenters more generally, is on the increase,” she said. “The most worrying pattern is that impunity for those killings and the continuation of those killings (has) not gone down.” Saudi Arabia is among the 47 member states of the Human Rights Council, which opened its three-week summer session Monday. Callamard was expected to present her report formally to the council on Wednesday, and the Saudi delegation is entitled to give a reply. Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press

Quebec man dead after out-of-control RV crashes into Quebec ferry: police

14 hours 25 min ago
TADOUSSAC, Que. - One of the two people seriously injured when their recreational vehicle crashed into a Quebec ferry has died. Quebec provincial police said 40-year-old Eric Belec wasn’t able to stop the RV, which careened down an embankment and off a launch ramp before crashing in a heap on the ferry that was just pulling away from the dock in Tadoussac, Que.  Belec died in hospital Monday evening. A 40-year-old female passenger remained in hospital in critical condition Tuesday morning. The accident at the Tadoussac pier, about 250 kilometres northeast of Quebec City, cancelled ferry crossings to Baie-Sainte-Catherine for several hours before service resumed late Monday evening with a single ferry. Sgt. Hugues Beaulieu of the Quebec provincial police said mechanical issues with the RV were likely to blame for the crash. The year-round service is in operation 24 hours a day to ferry vehicle traffic across the Saguenay River. The Canadian Press

Bulgari exhibit in Rome features “La Dolce Vita”-era jewels

14 hours 32 min ago
ROME - Glamorous jewelry and vintage fashion from the “La Dolce Vita” era are the star attractions of Bulgari’s new exhibition in Rome. The exhibition “Bvlgari, the story, the dream” includes the diamond-and-sapphire sautoir necklace that Hollywood star Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor during their stormy love affair. The exhibition is hosted in two historical palazzos, Palazzo Venezia and Castel Sant’Angelo. Palazzo Venezia tells the brand’s history, beginning with its founding by Greek silversmith Sotirio Bulgari. The glamour comes in at Castel Sant’Angelo, where the “Hollywood and the Tiber” section features jewels owned or worn by legendary actresses inluding Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Audrey Hepburn. The installations also feature vintage haute couture pieces from the collection of Cecilia Matteucci Lavarini, with items from Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Schiaparelli. The show runs until Nov. 3. The Associated Press

Saskatchewan says Supreme Court could hear carbon tax challenge in December

14 hours 36 min ago
REGINA - The Saskatchewan governments says its carbon tax challenge could be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada before year’s end. The province says it has been notified that the reference case has been tentatively set for Dec. 5. Saskatchewan appealed to the country’s highest court after losing its constitutional challenge against a federally imposed carbon tax in its own Appeal Court. Attorney General Don Morgan says Ottawa violated Saskatchewan’s constitutional jurisdiction when it started charging the federal levy April 1. The province’s lawyers are preparing to submit a factum due near the end of July. The Canadian Press

Toronto man wanted on rape charges caught at Atlanta airport

14 hours 40 min ago
ATLANTA - A Toronto man suspected of raping a woman in West Virginia was caught at the Atlanta airport. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 34-year-old Jordan Anthony Doswell was identified as a fugitive Sunday and arrested by Atlanta police at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office says Doswell broke into a woman’s home in Huntington, West Virginia in September and raped her. The outlet says Doswell is a special constable with the city of Toronto. Special constables are generally auxiliary officers tasked with security or peacekeeping duties. Doswell remains in the Clayton County Jail awaiting extradition to West Virginia. ___ Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Associated Press

Toronto man wanted on rape charges caught at Atlanta airport

14 hours 50 min ago
ATLANTA - A Toronto man suspected of raping a woman in West Virginia was caught at the Atlanta airport. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 34-year-old Jordan Anthony Doswell was identified as a fugitive Sunday and arrested by Atlanta police at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office says Doswell broke into a woman’s home in Huntington, West Virginia in September and raped her. The outlet says Doswell is a special constable with the city of Toronto. Special constables are generally auxiliary officers tasked with security or peacekeeping duties. Doswell remains in the Clayton County Jail awaiting extradition to West Virginia. ___ Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Associated Press

Canadian kicker/punter Zack Medeiros returning to Toronto Argonauts

14 hours 58 min ago
TORONTO - The Toronto Argonauts have signed Canadian kicker/punter Zack Medeiros to their practice roster. The move comes Argos punter Ronnie Pfeffer was hurt in the team’s season-opening 64-14 loss against the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats last Saturday. Drew Brown handled kicking and punting duties for the rest of the game. Medeiros, 28, returns to Toronto after playing 11 games for the Argos in 2018. The native of London, Ont., hit 15-of-20 field goals and punted 59 times for an average of 46.1 yards. The Argos also announced that Canadian running back Mercer Timmis has retired. The Canadian Press

Democratic candidate Sanders to speak at black press meeting

15 hours 3 min ago
CINCINNATI - Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the featured speaker at a black press convention that begins Tuesday evening in Cincinnati. National Newspaper Publishers Association organizers expect hundreds of people to join in events that begin Tuesday evening with a parents’ town hall and education resource fair. There will be a Wednesday morning reception at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and entertainment capped by a Friday night party led by venerable funk music star Bootsy Collins. Sanders’ Friday address to the group representing some 200 black-owned newspapers comes as the Vermont senator is trying to increase his appeal to black voters , after struggling against eventual nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016 primary states with large black turnouts. Veteran civil rights activist Benjamin C. Chavis Jr., the association’s leader, says the nonpartisan group also invited the other Democratic presidential candidates and Republican President Donald Trump. The Sanders campaign has been buying advertising in black newspapers. He recently ran full-page ads in black-oriented newspapers in South Carolina, a key early primary state. ___ This story has been corrected to identify the civil rights activist as Benjamin C. Chavis Jr., not Benjamin C. Chavez Jr. ___ Follow Dan Sewell at Dan Sewell, The Associated Press

Montreal Impact not worried about players being overlooked for all-star game

15 hours 5 min ago
MONTREAL - All-star snubs aside, the Montreal Impact are counting on collective performances to stay in playoff contention. The Impact (8-7-3) will kick off the second half of their Major League Soccer season against the Portland Timbers (5-7-2) on Wednesday night at Saputo Stadium. But despite ending the first half with the Eastern Conference’s second-best points tally, no Impact players were named to the league’s roster team for the all-star game versus Atletico Madrid on July 31 in Orlando, Fla. It’s the first time since 2014 that no Impact players were selected to the contest. However, Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush doesn’t seem to mind. “In the past, the global perception was that we relied on Nacho (Piatti) to create for us and win games,” Bush said. “I think it overlooked how we were as a team many times. So for us to be in second place in the conference and not have an all-star, to me it shows that collectively we’ve been good and that’s what we need to continue to do.” Bush was then asked if the exclusions could serve as motivation. “Maybe for some guys, personally, (it) will be,” Bush said. “If guys feel they were snubbed or there’s some credit that they deserve they’re not getting individually, that’s up to them. Hopefully, it doesn’t affect them within the team. I think for the most part we have a team that doesn’t think that way.” The Timbers will have one player in the all-star game: defensive midfielder Diego Chara. The 33-year old has two assists in 12 games for his club, which is three points back of the last available playoff spot in the Western Conference. Portland is coming off a 4-0 thrashing of the Houston Dynamo. One of the Timbers’ newest signings, Brian Fernandez, has proven to be a scoring threat. The former Mexican league forward has goals in four consecutive matches since joining the team in early May, equalling a league record. Impact midfielder Shamit Shome says they’re not taking the Timbers lightly. “We know the quality that they have, so we always have to be alert. Even when we have the ball,” Shome said. “Just being aware of where those players are. (Former MLS MVP Diego) Valeri, they’ve got that new guy … (Brian) Fernandez who’s scored a lot of goals. You’ve got to be careful with them. They’ve got a lot of good attacking pieces.” The Impact will continue to be short-handed as a number of players are still away for international duty. The biggest absences will be felt in the middle of the pitch as midfielders Samuel Piette and Micheal Azira won’t be available, which means the Impact might have to rely on youngsters Shome and Ken Krolicki alongside veteran Saphir Taider. “If that’s the case, then I’ll be ready for it.” Shome said. “But you never know. We also need to have that balance offensively. Wherever the coach plays me, I’m just going to make sure I’m ready to play in that position and do what we need to do to win.”   PORTLAND TIMBERS (5-7-2) AT MONTREAL IMPACT (8-7-3) Wednesday, Saputo Stadium LENGTHY LAYOFF: Montreal has been off since June 5 when the Impact beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1 at Saputo Stadium. This contest finishes off a three-game homestand (Montreal is 1-1 so far). HOME COOKING: The Impact play 10 of their final 16 games at home. Montreal has lost just three times in its last 13 games at Saputo Stadium. NICE HONOUR: Portland midfielder Diego Valeri was named MLS player of the week for Week 16 after having a hand in all four goals in the Timbers’ 4-0 win over Houston. The Argentina native was MLS MVP in 2017 LET’S MAKE A DEAL: The Impact made a move Tuesday, acquiring an international roster spot from the Colorado Rapids for US$100,000 in general allocation money. Julian McKenzie, The Canadian Press

Infrastructure bank gives Via $71M for work on multibillion-dollar project

15 hours 6 min ago
OTTAWA - A federal infrastructure agency is providing $71 million to Via Rail to help it in its plan to build dedicated tracks for faster, more frequent service in Ontario and Quebec. The details unveiled today show that some of the money will fund work to make sure that Via trains can seamlessly move between any new dedicated tracks and local transit systems in Montreal and Toronto. For Montreal, that includes running Via trains along the electric-rail system under construction, known best by its French acronym R.E.M., which the Canada Infrastructure Bank is also financing. The rail company wants to build a multibillion-dollar new network of dedicated passenger-rail lines so its trains will no longer have to yield to freight trains on borrowed tracks. The infrastructure bank money will be largely used for environmental assessment, consultations with Indigenous communities, and a technical and financial review to help the government make a final funding decision. The high-frequency rail project is expected to cost $4 billion and Via Rail is exploring ways to have a private investor pick up some of the costs. The Canadian Press

US consumer confidence hits lowest level since September ’17

15 hours 9 min ago
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer confidence dropped to the lowest level since September 2017 as heightened trade tensions apparently took a toll on Americans’ spirits. The Conference Board, a business research group, says its consumer confidence index fell to 121.5 in June from a revised 131.3 in June after rising in April and May. The June reading was the lowest since September 2017’s 120.6. The index measures consumers’ assessment of current economic conditions and their expectations for the next six months. Both dropped this month. Americans’ assessment of today’s economy was the lowest in a year. The June pullback in confidence was bigger than economists expected. Lynn Franco, an economist with the Conference Board, said escalating tensions from trade fights and tariffs appears to have shaken consumer confidence. President Donald Trump unexpectedly threatened late last month to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports in a dispute over immigration, and it rattled financial markets. He withdrew the plan after saying that the Mexican government agreed to do more to stop the flow of Central American migrants across Mexico to the southern U.S. border. Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said the “Mexico tariff fiasco” was probably responsible for the drop in confidence. But he noted that “the index remains very high by historical standards even after this decline, and it is no threat to our view that consumers’ spending will continue to rise at a solid pace.” The U.S. also has raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports in a yearlong trade dispute and is preparing to extend the import taxes to another $300 billion worth. Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press

Defenceman Cody Goloubef re-signs with Ottawa Senators

15 hours 17 min ago
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators have re-signed defenceman Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract. The contract will carry an annual value of US$800,000 in the NHL and $425,000 in the American Hockey League. The Senators acquired the 29-year-old native of Mississauga, Ont., in a deal with the Boston Bruins on Jan. 11. Goloubef played 46 AHL games and five NHL games (all with Ottawa) last season. He was a member of Canada’s bronze medal-winning team at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. A second-round pick (37th overall) by Columbus in 2008, Goloubef has played 134 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche and Senators. The Canadian Press

US new-home sales fell 7.8% in May

15 hours 43 min ago
WASHINGTON - Sales of new U.S. homes slumped 7.8% in May, as sales plunged in the pricier Northeastern and Western markets. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 626,000 in May, down from 679,000 in April. During the first five months of the year, purchases of new homes have fallen 3.7% compared to the same period in 2018. Lower mortgage rates and a healthy job market have yet to unleash more home-buying. Sales of new homes plummeted 35.9% in the West and 17.6% in the Northeast. New-home sales rose 4.9% in the South and 6.3% in the Midwest, which are generally more affordable markets. The median sales price of a new home fell 2.7% from a year ago to $308,000. Still, there are signs that sales could recover. Sales of existing homes - which are the bulk of the market - rebounded in May. They increased 2.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.34 million, evidence that lower mortgage rates might ultimately improve buying. Josh Boak, The Associated Press

Lawyer: Gooding Jr.’s accuser ‘troubled,’ groping case bogus

15 hours 47 min ago
NEW YORK - Cuba Gooding Jr.’s lawyer is urging a judge to dismiss the forcible touching case that landed the actor in handcuffs two weeks ago, arguing that witnesses and security video contradict a woman’s allegations that he groped her at a New York City night spot. Lawyer Mark Heller is also taking aim at the 29-year-old accuser’s credibility, filling court papers filed ahead of a Wednesday hearing with quotes from what he said are blog posts that portray a woman with a “troubled mentality,” the lawyer said. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office declined comment. Gooding, 51, is accused of placing his hand on the woman’s breast and squeezing it without her consent June 9 at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square. She told police she believed that Gooding, the Oscar-winning star of “Jerry Maguire,” was intoxicated at the time. Gooding was arrested four days later after turning himself in to police. He pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges at a night court arraignment and was released on his own recognizance after about six hours in police custody. A conviction in the New York case could put Gooding behind bars for up to a year. Heller contends the woman, who has not been identified by police or prosecutors, wanted revenge against Gooding after feeling rejected and rebuffed by him and his girlfriend, who asked her to leave them alone after spotting her following them around. Video obtained by TMZ that the website says is from inside the bar on the night in question appears to show Gooding putting his hand on or near a woman’s leg and breast as they sit on a couch with his girlfriend between them. Gooding is then seen pulling the woman’s hand to his lips, as if to kiss it, and leaning toward her before another man steps up and talks with them. Gooding’s girlfriend, Claudine De Niro, and a man seen approaching Gooding after the alleged incident said in affidavits filed with Heller’s dismissal motion that they did not see Gooding touch the woman’s breast. John Baeza, a retired NYPD sex crimes detective hired by Heller to analyze security video of the alleged incident, said in an affidavit accompanying the court papers that he studied the footage frame-by-frame and concluded that it does not show Gooding putting his hand on the accuser’s breast. Heller said the accuser initially told police she was “partying with Cuba Gooding Jr.” and claimed that Gooding groped her while she was handing him a glass of water, leading to a verbal dispute. None of that was true, Heller said, and the woman ended up revising her story. He said witnesses who disputed the groping allegations weren’t interviewed by police before Gooding’s arrest. Summarizing his argument, Heller wrote: “The interests of justice are SCREAMING OUT” for Gooding’s exoneration. __ Follow Sisak at Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press

Police: Baby in critical condition after Fresno shooting

16 hours 11 min ago
FRESNO, Calif. - A 10-month-old girl is in critical condition after she was shot in the head early Sunday morning, police said. The baby, Fayth Percy, underwent surgery to remove bullet fragments from her head, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said at a news conference Sunday. She is in critical but stable condition. The suspect, Marco Antonio Echartea, was arrested on suspicion of three counts of attempted murder, The Fresno Bee reported. He was also wanted for a shooting in May. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney. The child’s 18-year-old mother had gone into a home with Fayth early Sunday morning, where she encountered Echartea and resisted his advances, police said. The mother and a male friend left the home and drove away when Echartea, 23, began shooting, police said. “At some point when he got close, he pulled out a handgun and fired three rounds into the driver’s side window, which was up,” Dyer said. “One of those rounds struck baby Fayth on the side of the head as she was being held by her mother,” Dyer said. The Associated Press

Text of Jackson estate statement on 10th death anniversary

16 hours 33 min ago
LOS ANGELES - Statement to The Associated Press from Michael Jackson’s estate on the 10th anniversary of his death. ___ Ten years ago today, the world lost a gifted artist and extraordinary humanitarian. The entire global community joined in grieving during a powerful and emotional memorial service witnessed by more people than had ever viewed a live event before. Messages of condolences from Nelson Mandela and others were read as was a poem written for the occasion by the esteemed Maya Angelou. Berry Gordy Jr., founder of Motown, eulogized his protg by saying, “. the King of Pop is not big enough for him. I think he is simply the greatest entertainer that ever lived.” United in grief, the world wept not only at the loss of an artistic genius but at the void left by the loss of a father, son and brother. A decade later, Michael Jackson is still with us, his influence embedded in dance, fashion, art and music of the moment. He is more important than ever. But the true measure of Michael was his giving to others, which came in many forms. He comforted the unfortunate at hospitals, in long term care facilities and at halfway houses. He equipped Neverland Ranch with medical facilities to accommodate patients seeking refuge from their lonely hospital rooms, and thousands came. He visited troops on bases around the world serving their country. Guinness World Records acknowledged his efforts with an award for Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star. In a world where numbers are the measure of a man, Michael Jackson is a resounding success, whether by his 16 No. 1 singles and eight No. 1 albums in the U.S or the fact that his album “Thriller” is owned by more people on the planet than any album ever made and “Thriller” the short film is the only music video to have been inducted into the National Film Registry. And when mastery of a craft is the measure, Michael Jackson’s divine abilities remain the yardstick by which others are measured and against which today’s masters still measure themselves. But we best remember Michael by paying tribute to his legacy of philanthropic work and ask music fans everywhere to make a difference in their community - whether it’s planting a tree, volunteering at a shelter, cleaning up a public space or helping someone who is lost find their way. “I believe each person can make a difference in the life of someone in need,” he said. This is how we honour Michael. The Associated Press

UN says thousands flee Congo violence, seek asylum in Uganda

16 hours 37 min ago
KAMPALA, Uganda - The United Nations refugee agency says about 7,500 Congolese refugees fleeing violence have arrived in Uganda since the beginning of June. UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic in Geneva said Tuesday that people are fleeing from Congo at a rate of 311 a day, adding pressure on Uganda’s already overstretched facilities. The refugees are running away from clashes between two opposing ethnic groups - the Hema and Lendu - in parts of northeastern Congo. Mahecic said in a statement that recent arrivals from Congo “speak of extreme brutality. Armed groups are said to be attacking villages, torching and looting houses, and killing men, women and children.” The statement said most people are fleeing via Lake Albert from Ituri province, where an estimated 300,000 people have been displaced since early June. Associated Press, The Associated Press