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May 02, 2017 - 12:23 am


The Latest: South Korea says THAAD can defend against attack

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An official says a contentious U.S. anti-missile system based in southeastern South Korea is operating and can defend against North Korean missiles.

Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said Tuesday the Terminal High Altitude Defense system, or THAAD, at a converted golf course in Seongju has "early capability" to respond to North Korea's nuclear and missile threat.

Moon did not say when Washington and Seoul expected to complete the THAAD deployment.

The deplyment has angered Seongju residents who fear North Korea might target the town and who worry about rumored health hazards from THAAD's powerful radar.


The Latest: Campus police defend delay in warning system

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas police are defending how they used the campus warning system during a deadly stabbing rampage.

Students complained on social media Monday that it took up to 30 minutes get a text notice from campus police, even as city and county emergency officials were sending updates on social media while the attack unfolded.

Campus police Chief David Carter says the suspect was apprehended within two minutes of the first call to police and the situation was immediately under control.

Carter says the campus siren system wasn't used because that would indicate the need for a lockdown. Carter says police were not worried that a suspect was still loose on campus.


The Latest: Venezuela leader decrees constitutional assembly

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has signed a decree for convening a citizens assembly to rewrite the constitution.

He has not yet given any details on how the body will be selected or when it might meet. But he says the matter of a new charter will be decided by "the workers" and not by the country's political parties.

Maduro's action comes hours after anti-government protesters clashed with Venezuelan police in the capital Monday as a growing movement calling for his ouster entered its second month.

Opposition leaders earlier denounced Maduro's call for a new constitution as a "giant fraud" designed to keep the president in power and deny Venezuelans the right to express their views through elections.


The Latest: San Diego shooting victim thanks security guard

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of the seven shooting victims at a San Diego pool party said he's grateful to a security guard who hustled him and others to ambulances.

Thomas Blea told reporters Monday outside a hospital that an apartment complex guard made sure he and two other injured victims were helped from the scene near the University of California, San Diego.

Sitting in a wheelchair with a bandaged leg, Blea said "that guy saved us a lot of time, getting us to the fire department in a safe zone."

Police say Peter Selis killed one person and injured six others in the Sunday shooting.


The Latest: Trump to speak with Putin by phone Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants legislative wins and is poised for one or two. But his recent comments on one bill raise questions about how closely he follows the details.

His recent description of the health care bill suggested he was unfamiliar with how the bill addresses coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Congressional leaders and White House aides have struggled to agree on the level of optimism and timing for a vote.

The White House on Monday struggled to explain the president's assertion that the health care bill guaranteed coverage for people pre-existing conditions.

He said on CBS News "pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it."

The legislation being considered by House Republicans, in fact, does not require such coverage and would allow states to opt out of the requirement under certain circumstances.


The Latest: Thousands march in Las Vegas on May Day

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Thousands of union members and activists were marching in the shadow of some of the biggest resorts on the Las Vegas Strip during a May Day event organized to push back against Trump administration policies.

The loud and colorful demonstration Monday on Las Vegas Boulevard drew stares from tourists from Chicago, Boston and California, and remained peaceful.

In Olympia, Washington, police ordered protesters to disperse, calling them "members of a mob" as some threw bottles, used pepper spray and fired rocks from slingshots at officers.


Anna Wintour kicks off Met Gala red carpet

NEW YORK (AP) — Vogue's Anna Wintour kicked off the star-studded Met Gala on Monday night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The co-chair of the annual event was spotted early on the red carpet. The Met Gala feeds the annual budget of the museum's Costume Institute, timed to the spring show each year. This year's show features the avant-garde work of Rei Kawakubo (Ray KAH-wa-koo-BOH) who founded Comme des Garcons. Wintour said of the Japanese designer: "She's a genius. Not only does she think outside of the box, she doesn't acknowledge the box."

Wintour glittered in gold, heavily encrusted Chanel. It falls mid-calf and includes a ring of below-the-waist ostrich feathers.

Mega-stars from the worlds of film, TV, fashion, sports and music attend the glittery Met Gala each year.


Happy hour: LeBron scores 35, grabs beer as Cavs top Raptors

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James considered swigging a beer while scoring 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off following a long layoff and throttled the Toronto Raptors 116-105 on Monday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

The Cavs hadn't played since April 23, when they completed a four-game sweep of Indiana. But the defending champions didn't show signs of rust and were well-prepared to face the revenge-seeking Raptors, who lost to Cleveland in last year's conference finals.

Toronto dropped to 1-12 in playoff openers.

Game 2 is Wednesday night.

Kyle Lowry scored 20 and DeMar DeRozan 19 for the Raptors, who were within seven in the third quarter before James dropped a 3-pointer, converted a three-point play, drained another 3 and then considered washing down a brew.


Fox News co-president Bill Shine is out

NEW YORK (AP) — The turmoil at Fox News Channel has claimed another victim. The network said Monday that Bill Shine, the network's co-president and a longtime lieutenant of ousted Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, is out.

Shine's departure follows the firing of top personality Bill O'Reilly and Ailes, both amid charges that they had harassed women. Shine was not accused of harassment, but there were questions about what he knew about the network's workplace atmosphere for the years problems were going on.

His co-president, Jack Abernethy, will remain. Fox said Monday that it was also promoted two other executives, Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace.

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, said Wallace and Scott have "played a large part in assembling the deepest bench of talented broadcasters and journalists."


Midwest, South recovering after deadly weekend storms

ATLANTA (AP) — Parts of the Midwest and the South were recovering Monday after a weekend round of storms, winds, hail and isolated tornadoes killed at least 16 people. Two children remain missing in Arkansas.

The National Weather Service also warned of more severe weather for parts of the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi could be affected.

Tornadoes hit several small towns in East Texas, killing four people. Flooding and winds killed five people in Arkansas, including a fire chief who was struck by a vehicle while working during the storm.

Two deaths were reported in Missouri, including a woman who drowned after rushing water swept away a car. One of two deaths in Mississippi included a 7-year-old who died by electric shock and a 2-year-old girl died in Tennessee after being struck by a soccer goal post thrown by heavy winds.

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