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Swimmer injured in shark attack at Southern California beach

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A shark attacked a woman wading in the ocean with friends, tearing away part of her upper thigh off a popular Southern California beach, authorities and witnesses said Sunday.

The attack occurred Saturday near San Onofre State Beach in northern San Diego County.

“All of the back of her leg was kind of missing,” Thomas Williams, one of several witnesses who pulled the woman ashore, told the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/2oYfHJv ). “If she didn’t receive immediate care, it was life-threatening.”

Williams said the woman was conscious and talking while onlookers used a rubber surfboard leash as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

“She was not calm, of course,” he said. “But she was coherent.”

The beach is adjacent to the Camp Pendleton Marine Base. Marine Sgt. Asia Sorenson said the victim — a civilian — was airlifted to a hospital in unknown condition.

The injury was likely caused by a great white or a seven-gill shark, said Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach. Several sharks have been sighted in the area recently.

Nearly a year ago, a woman was bitten by a shark while swimming off Corona del Mar, about 25 miles (40.23 kilometers) to the north of the Saturday attack. Experts estimated the shark was at least 10 feet (3.05 meters) in length, judging from the bite marks, which spanned her chest, hip and shoulder.

Beachgoer Amber Booth was headed to San Onofre to watch the sunset Saturday with her family when a ranger told her the stretch of ocean was closed because of the shark attack.

Booth, who often surfs at San Onofre, said the incident made her worry about her 8-year-old daughter, who boogie-boards often in the area.

“There’s so many kids in the water at San O,” she said. “You don’t really want to think about (sharks) when you’re out in the water.”

The beach was expected to remain closed until Monday.

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Trump Plan Could Lower Taxes, But Spending Cuts Would Hurt His Voters

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Delta Airlines Pilot Hits Passenger

A pilot for Delta Airlines returned to work after he was caught on video hitting passenger last week at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. At the time of the incident, the passenger was involved in a brawl with another woman. He tried to stop them by throwing his fist.

E! Online and TMZ in a statement Saturday.” data-reactid=”23″>Delta defended the pilot, saying he was trying to break up the fight. “We became aware of this incident and a video last week and immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation,” a spokesperson for the company told E! Online and TMZ in a statement Saturday.

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The spokesperson continued: “Local law enforcement was called to respond at the time of the incident. The pilot has since been returned to work as our investigation found that his actions deescalated an altercation between passengers on the jetway floor during deplaning.”

The incident was record April 21, but the video didn’t go viral until Saturday. The video shows the pilot trying to separate the two women. He grabs one of the women by the arm and hits her. When his efforts are futile, he walks away. A man can be heard yelling, “Knock it off.”

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Neither woman in the video is pressing charges, TMZ wrote. They reportedly knew each other before the altercation, getting into a fight while they were on the plane.

It was first reported by TMZ that some Delta employees were concerned because security was never called. Authorities supposedly showed up after the women had cooled down and were ready to walk away.

The incident happened days after a Delta Airlines passenger was deplaned after he used the bathroom while waiting for the flight to take off during a 30-minute delay.

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The passenger, Kima Hamilton, was not arrested. He received a partial refund for his ticket.

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    Military plane crashes in Cuba killing all eight on board

    HAVANA (Reuters) – A military airplane crashed into a mountain in Cuba’s north-western region of Artemisa on Saturday morning, killing all eight personnel on board, the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces said.

    The aircraft, a twin-engined turboprop Antonov AN-26, had taken off at 6:38 a.m. (0638 ET) from Playa Baracoa, just outside Havana, and crashed into the Loma de la Pimienta mountain some 80 km (50 miles) westwards.

    “The eight military personnel on board, including the crew, died,” the ministry said in a statement published by state-run media.

    “A commission of the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces is investigating the causes of the accident.”

    The majority of planes flown in Cuba were produced in the Soviet Union. Antonov produced the AN-26 planes in Kiev between 1969 and 1986.

    The last major plane crash in Cuba was an Aero Caribbean flight that went down in flames in central Cuba in 2010, killing all 68 people aboard. That plane was a European-manufactured ATR-72-212.

    (Reporting by Nelson Acosta and Sarah Marsh; Editing by Sandra Maler)


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    Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit

    By Andrew Osborn and Svetlana Reiter

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow on Saturday under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities.

    Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for 17 years, has not said whether he will run in presidential elections in March 2018. But the 64-year-old politician, who enjoys high popularity ratings, is widely expected to do so.

    Saturday’s protest in the capital — called “We’re sick of him” — was organized by the Open Russia movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Once Russia’s richest man, he was freed by Putin in 2013 after spending a decade in jail for fraud, a charge Khodorkovsky said was politically-motivated.

    One of hundreds shepherded into a queue behind metal barriers by police before handing over their petitions one-by- one, Anna, a 16-year-old Moscow schoolgirl, said she hoped Putin would get the message and not run again.

    “Nothing positive has happened in our country on his watch and I have the sense that things are getting worse, and that the main problem is the fact that those in power are the same,” she told Reuters.

    Her preference for president was opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who spent 15 days in jail last month after helping organize the biggest anti-government protests since 2012, which ended with over 1,000 arrests.

    Saturday’s event, held in bright sunshine, was more modest, though authorities were taking no chances. A Reuters reporter counted at least 30 police buses and coaches in the area, packed with hundreds of riot police.

    Videos posted by Russian media showed police in riot gear detaining protesters in St Petersburg, where activists reported over 100 arrests. There was no official confirmation of the arrests.


    Police said 250 people had showed up in Moscow, the Interfax news agency reported, while Maria Baronova, an Open Russia activist, said at least 500 people had handed over a petition.

    Irina Glushkova, 64, standing in the same line as the schoolgirl, said she and many others simply didn’t agree with how Putin governed.

    “I’m sick of the situation,” she said. “I’m the same age as Putin and I don’t think I’m less intelligent than him, but my opinion is not taken into account at all.”

    Authorities have stepped up pressure on Open Russia in recent days. The General Prosecutor’s Office ruled on Wednesday that the activity of Open Russia’s British arm was “undesirable” and accused it and other organizations of trying to discredit the election.

    On Thursday, police searched the Moscow offices of Open Russia’s Russian branch. Activists said they confiscated 100,000 blank appeal forms which the foundation had hoped to hand out to people encouraging them to call for Putin to quit.

    On Friday, REN TV, a Russian TV channel, broadcast a documentary about Open Russia activists, some of whom it accused of having criminal records, of being drug addicts, and of cultivating close links with the U.S. government.

    Activists dismissed the program as a cheap stunt designed to discredit them, with at least one noting that REN TV had somehow obtained video footage stored in his mobile phone.

    (Additional reporting by Andrey Ostroukh and Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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    Cop Allegedly Fakes Suicide and Flees To Mexico

    cop faked a suicide and then fled the country, police said. ” data-reactid=”18″>A Texas cop faked a suicide and then fled the country, police said.

    police officer, was believed to have killed himself earlier this week after his wife told police the 29-year-old was unstable, according to reports. ” data-reactid=”19″>Coleman Martin, an Austin police officer, was believed to have killed himself earlier this week after his wife told police the 29-year-old was unstable, according to reports.

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    When Martin initially went missing, police described him as an officer in “emotional distress.”

    Martin initially told his wife that he needed to leave their home to “clear his head,” according to reports.

    Later he texted her a suicide note that reportedly said he planned to drown himself in a lake near the Mexican border.

    Martin took $300 out of a joint bank account he shared with his wife about 45 minutes later, police said.

    He went on to buy a raft, take out more cash and stop for lunch at Wendy’s, according to ABC News.

    The next day authorities reported that Martin’s vehicle was found near the lake.

    A “suicide note,” the same one Martin texted to his wife, was found on the seat on the seat of his car, according to reports.

    A raft was found on the shore a few miles from where Martin’s vehicle was parked.

    Authorities searched the lake for Martin’s body.

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    Police then discovered that Martin had a close relationship with a woman who told police that he was alive and attempted to fake his death, reports said.

    The woman showed police an email that Martin sent her after the alleged suicide.

    Martin is now facing a misdemeanor charge of “false report,” according to a police department statement.

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    Turkey blocks Wikipedia access, bans TV dating shows

    Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey on Saturday blocked all access to Wikipedia and banned television dating shows, adding to fears of a crackdown after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in a referendum on enhancing his powers.

    The government also dismissed almost 4,000 public officials in the latest wave of the purge under the over nine-month state of emergency that has followed last July’s failed coup.

    Erdogan, who has dominated Turkey since 2003 as premier and now president, narrowly won the April 16 referendum on enhancing his powers which supporters believe will lead to better government but critics say creates one man rule.

    Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) said it had implemented the ban against online encyclopedia Wikipedia.org with an administrative order.

    Turkish state media said the ban was imposed because Wikipedia had failed to remove content promoting terror and accusing Turkey of cooperation with various terror groups.

    There was no indication when the ban might be removed, with a formal court order expected to follow in the coming days.

    – ‘I stand with Turkey’ –

    Reacting to the ban, Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales wrote on Twitter: “Access to information is a fundamental human right. Turkish people, I will always stand with you to fight for this right.”

    A block affecting all language editions of the website in Turkey was detected from 0500 GMT after an administrative order by the Turkish authorities, according to the Turkey Blocks monitoring group, which follows internet restrictions in the country.

    Residents in Istanbul were unable to access any pages of Wikipedia on Saturday morning without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), AFP correspondents said.

    The order was issued under Law 5651, passed in 2014 by parliament, which bolstered the BTK’s control over the internet and was seen at the time by freedom of expression activists as an erosion of online liberties.

    The incident quickly spawned its own separate Wikipedia entry — “Wikipedia blocked in Turkey”.

    Turkey has become notorious over the last years for temporarily blocking access to popular sites, including Facebook and Twitter, in the wake of major events such as mass protests or terror attacks.

    – ‘Sanctity of the family’ –

    In a decree issued late Saturday evening, Turkey also banned hugely popular television dating shows, a move that been mooted for months by the government.

    “In radio and television broadcasting services, such programmes in which people are introduced to find a friend…. cannot be permitted,” said the text of the decree.

    Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said in March that the ban was in the pipeline, arguing the shows do not fit in with Turkish traditions and customs.

    “There are some strange programmes that would scrap the institution of family, take away its nobility and sanctity,” Kurtulmus said at the time.

    Opponents of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) government frequently voice fears that Turkey is sliding toward conservative Islam under Erdogan.

    But AKP supporters have said that dating shows receive thousands of complaints every year and the ban is in the public interest.

    – ‘4,000 sacked’ –

    Under a separate decree, 3,974 public officials were dismissed by Turkey including more than 1,000 people working with the justice ministry and over 1,000 staff employed by the army.

    Those fired from the air force included over 100 pilots, it added. Almost 500 academics working for state institutions were also dismissed.

    The dismissals came after Turkey on April 26 detained more than 1,000 people and suspended over 9,100 police in a vast new crackdown against alleged supporters of the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen blamed for the failed July 15 coup bid.

    An already nine month state of emergency in place since the coup bid has seen a total of 47,000 people arrested and prompted fears the crackdown is being used to go after all opponents of Erdogan.

    Gulen denies being behind the coup but the authorities argue the purges are needed to wipe out his “virus” from society.

    The crackdown has also caused major strains with the European Union, which Turkey has sought to join for the last half century in a so far fruitless membership drive.

    But German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday the EU’s top officials will seek a meeting with Erdogan at a NATO summit next month despite the mounting tensions with Ankara.


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    Italian elected new leader of Order of Malta

    Rome (AFP) – A 72-year-old Italian medieval art expert was on Saturday elected to head the Order of Malta, the world’s oldest chivalric order.

    Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto takes the reins for one year after Pope Francis ordered the resignation in January of the Order’s Grand Master, Britain’s Matthew Festing, following a power struggle.

    A centuries-old lay religious mission, the order provides humanitarian aid in crisis zones around the world.

    It comprises 13,500 members ranked by their noble titles and who are expected to lead an exemplary Christian life while participating in the Order’s charity activities.

    The influential Order of Malta, founded in Jerusalem and recognised by the pope in 1113, operates in around 120 countries and is one of the biggest landowners in Italy.

    Only 12 of the Order’s 56 “professed knights” — the missions’s top tier of membership — were able to show evidence of sufficiently noble lineage to become Grand Master.

    Di Sanguinetto was chosen after Pope Francis on Wednesday received 15 of the knights and handed them a letter encouraging reform but also restating his authority as head of the Roman Catholic Church.

    In his letter, the pontiff noted the “special relationship” between the Vatican and the Order and saluted those members who he said had shown they “want to ensure a way of serving even more consonant with the Gospel”.

    “You are embarking on an important path of spiritual renewal in a spirit of fidelity to your tradition and with vigilance to the signs of the times and needs of the world, through the witness to the Faith and in the service to the poor.”

    The Order was originally founded to help defend Christendom from Islamic invaders and pirates. But it is now involved in helping migrants around the world — including the many Muslims rescued in the Mediterranean.

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    Pope tells Egypt mass that dialogue can battle extremism

    Cairo (AFP) – Pope Francis appealed for dialogue to battle extremism as he addressed thousands of faithful on Saturday during a visit to Egypt to promote reconciliation with Muslims and support its embattled Christians.

    His visit, coming after the Islamic State group (IS) killed dozens of worshippers in three Egyptian church bombings earlier this month and in December, gave the country’s beleaguered Christian community an occasion to be joyful.

    “The only fanaticism believers can have is that of charity,” the pope said at a mass for Egypt’s Catholics.

    “True faith… moves our heart to love everyone… It makes us see the other not as an enemy to be overcome but a brother and sister to be loved,” he told a crowd of about 15,000 pilgrims.

    “It spurs us on to spread, defend and live out the culture of encounter, dialogue, respect and fraternity.”

    The mass came on the second and last day of Francis’s visit, which saw him plead for tolerance and peace on Friday as he visited a Coptic church bombed by IS in December.

    The spiritual leader of the world’s almost 1.3 billion Catholics also became the first pope to visit the headquarters of the grand imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayeb, one of the Muslim world’s leading religious authorities.

    – ‘Historic occasion’ –

    Also on Friday, Francis met Coptic Orthodox patriarch Pope Tawadros II, and both attended an emotional service at the church attacked in the December suicide bombing.

    They prayed at a makeshift shrine for its victims, who were mostly women.

    They also signed a joint declaration pledging to “strive for serenity and concord through a peaceful co-existence of Christians and Muslims”.

    On Saturday, the crowd cheered and released yellow and white balloons as Francis lapped the Cairo stadium in a golf cart, waving to the crowd as a chorus sang a joyous hymn.

    Worshippers old and young, nuns and priests, had been bused in under tight security with Egypt under a state of emergency following the church bombings.

    It was, said Coptic Catholic engineer Maged Francis, a “historic occasion”.

    “It’s unlikely it will ever happen again,” he said. “Today joy has eclipsed the sadness of the last few weeks.”

    The stadium chosen for Saturday’s mass is on Cairo’s outskirts and easier to secure, but in 2015 it saw clashes between football fans and a stampede that killed 19 people.

    After the mass, the pope travelled to a seminary in Cairo where he urged his audience to promote dialogue.

    Heavy security surrounded his tightly scheduled trip as he travelled from one engagement to another in a closed car.

    – ‘Peace is holy’ –

    IS has threatened further attacks after the suicide bombings that killed 29 people in Cairo in December and 45 people in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria north of the capital earlier this month.

    On Friday, the 80-year-old pontiff denounced violence and “demagogic” populism in an address to a Muslim-Christian conference.

    “Peace alone… is holy and no act of violence can be perpetrated in the name of God, for it would profane his name,” Francis said.

    He criticised what he called “demagogic forms of populism… on the rise”, saying they were unhelpful to peace.

    In another speech attended by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the pope also called for “unconditional respect” for human rights.

    Sisi has been criticised internationally for human rights abuses since he led the military overthrow of his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

    Christians, who make up around 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 92 million, have long complained of marginalisation in the Muslim-majority country.

    Egypt has the largest Christian community in the Middle East.

    While most of Egypt’s Christians are Coptic Orthodox, about 272,000 are Catholic.

    Francis’s visit comes 17 years after Pope John Paul II made a trip to the Arab world’s most populous nation.

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    Chicago schools to stay open despite lawsuit's rejection

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor said the city’s public schools will remain open until the end of the school year, despite a judge’s decision Friday to toss a district lawsuit over education funding by the state of Illinois.

    Cook County Circuit Judge Franklin Ulyses Valderrama denied a Chicago Public Schools motion for an injunction seeking to bar the state from distributing education funds in a discriminatory manner. He also ruled in favor of the state’s motion to dismiss the case, but is allowing CPS to come back with a new argument. He gave the school district until May 26 to file an amended complaint.

    CPS CEO Forrest Claypool had said the judge’s decision could mean the district would end the school year on June 1 without additional funding from the state.

    “The kids of the City of Chicago will be in school until the end of the school year,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a news conference Friday. “That is where they belong.”

    Although CPS officials said they haven’t determined how the district will pay its bills, Emanuel said officials will search for funds to keep the doors open.

    “Missing a school day is wrong,” he said.

    While Valderrama rejected the lawsuit, he did express sympathy for the plight of Chicago’s school district.

    “The court is not oblivious to the fiscal challenges confronting CPS,” Valderrama wrote in his opinion. “To say that the State’s current scheme of funding public education is broken is to state the obvious. Plaintiffs’ Complaint, however, as constituted is not the vehicle to redress this inequity.”

    CPS argued that the way the state funds its schools violates the civil rights of Chicago’s predominantly-minority student population. CPS educates 20 percent of Illinois students, but the district only receives 15 percent of state funding.

    Emanuel said the children in Chicago’s poorer neighborhoods of Englewood and Woodlawn count just as much as those in the city’s wealthier suburbs.

    “We are not asking for special treatment for the children of Chicago, we are seeking equitable treatment,” he said.

    Illinois disperses money to schools through a complex calculation that provides per-student funding that even state officials acknowledge is insufficient, causing school districts to rely heavily on local property tax revenues. There’s wide consensus that the 1997 formula is unfair with a wide spending gap between low and high poverty districts, like Chicago. But there’s little agreement on how to overhaul it and the nearly two-year state budget impasse has overshadowed other issues at the Capitol.

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