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April 02, 2017 - 3:34 am

SEXUAL ASSAULT-FACEBOOK

Chicago police arrest 14-year-old in rape on Facebook Live

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a 14-year-old boy has been arrested in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed live on Facebook.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement late Saturday that the suspect faces felony charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault, manufacturing of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography. He says more arrests are expected.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has scheduled a news conference Sunday morning to provide additional details.

The alleged incident occurred in mid-March. Guglielmi has said police were not aware of the attack until the girl's mother approached Johnson as he was leaving a police station on the city's West Side and showed him the video.

Guglielmi said Johnson was "visibly upset" after he watched.

PENTAGON AT WAR

Under Trump, Pentagon seizing more control over warfighting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions. It is sending hundreds of more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority to battle extremists across the Middle East and Africa.

This week it was Somalia, where President Donald Trump gave the U.S. military more authority to conduct offensive airstrikes on al-Qaida-linked militants. Next week it could be Yemen, where military leaders want to provide more help for the United Arab Emirates' battle against Iranian-backed rebels.

The changes in President Donald Trump's first two months in office underscore his willingness to let the Pentagon manage its own day-to-day combat. But delegating more authority to the Pentagon comes with its own military and political risks.

SENATE-SUPREME COURT

Supreme Court showdown looms with far-reaching consequences

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is headed for a tense showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee that could have far-reaching consequences for Congress, the high court and the nation.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republicans are determined to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch within the week. But to do so, they will likely have to override Democratic objections and unilaterally change Senate rules so that Gorsuch can be confirmed with a simple majority in the 100-seat chamber, instead of the 60-voter threshold.

Though it may seem arcane, the approach is known in Congress as the "nuclear option" because it strikes at the heart of the Senate's traditions of bipartisanship and collegiality.

It would allow all future Supreme Court nominees to be confirmed without regard to the objections of the minority party.

NEW YORK POST APP HACKED

Hacked New York Post app sends out 'Heil President' alert

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Post app has been hacked on April Fools' Day, sending out push alert notifications that included "Heil President Donald Trump."

The Post apologized Saturday night, shortly after its app sent out a series of alerts. The Post said in a follow-up alert: "Our push alert notification system was compromised this evening. We are working to resolve the issue. Please accept our apologies."

The messages appeared directed at Trump. One message said, "Open your heart to those you do not understand and listen to all those you fear and look down upon."

The alerts even included lyrics from Nirvana's song "Come As You Are": "Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, but dont be late..."

The Post is owned by Trump-friendly media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

OVERPASS COLLAPSE-FIRE-THE LATEST

The Latest: 3 arrested in Atlanta fire and overpass collapse

ATLANTA (AP) — The man suspected of starting a raging fire that collapsed a portion of Interstate 85 a few miles north of downtown Atlanta has been charged with arson.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office says bond was set at $200,000 for 39-year-old Basil Eleby during a hearing Saturday.

He faces charges of first-degree arson and first-degree criminal damage to property. The arson charge is new. Eleby's next court appearance is set for April 14.

Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jay Florence said Eleby was arrested Friday along with Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas. Bruner and Thomas were charged with criminal trespass.

Eleby has a lengthy criminal history with past charges that include possession and sale of cocaine, criminal trespass and simple battery.

The fire on Thursday evening crippled a major traffic artery in a city already known for dreadful rush-hour congestion.

APRIL FOOLS STORM-THE LATEST

The Latest: April Fools storm dumps up to 18 inches of snow

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The April Fools' Day snowstorm that hit parts of northern New England is winding down, but it's not keeping everyone from enjoying the joke.

Erik Lustgarten and Tracy Neff were in Portland, Maine, reveling in the snow Saturday during their weekend away from home in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Lustgarten said New England residents have to stay on their toes, given the region's weather. Neff said the snow was "fabulous."

By late afternoon, up to 18 inches of snow had fallen in some locations.

Utility crews across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine continued to work on restoring power to thousands of customers.

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VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS-THE LATEST

The Latest: Venezuela troops block protesters

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Hundreds of soldiers in armored vehicles have blocked the passage of demonstrators who attempted to march from the wealthy east of Caracas to government offices in the city's center.

Some protesters banged on the armored vehicles or climbed atop of them.

A small group that tried to get around was turned back by tear gas.

FINAL FOUR-THE LATEST

The Latest: North Carolina against Gonzaga in final

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two college basketball programs on opposite ends of the country and with much different histories will face off for the national championship on Monday.

North Carolina and Gonzaga pulled out hard-fought wins in the semifinals to set the stage for the title game. North Carolina has five national titles, and Gonzaga is making its first appearance in a championship game.

North Carolina opened as a two-point favorite over the Bulldogs, of Spokane, Washington.

COLOMBIA-DEADLY RIVER OVERFLOW-THE LATEST

The Latest: Rescuers suspend search for night in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the deadly river overflow in southern Colombia (all times local):

With no electricity to light in Mocoa, Colombia, authorities were forced to suspend the search late Saturday evening but vowed to continue combing through the debris at the first appearance of daylight Sunday morning.

A total of 193 people were killed and as many as 220 feared missing after a torrent of water and mud swept through the a city of 40,000 near midnight Friday, catching sleeping residents off guard and leaving little time to flee.

The bodies of nearly 200 people found dead thus far were being placed in a temporary morgue where three teams of medical examiners were working around the clock to swiftly identify the remains.

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