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albuquerque man indicted in rape, kidnapping of teen in 2013

albuquerque, n.m. (ap) — an albuquerque man has been indicted in the alleged sexual assault and kidnapping of a rio rancho teenager in 2013.new mexico attorney general hector balderas announced thursday that the bernalillo county grand jury indicted eli kronenanker on four counts of criminal sexual penetration plus single counts of kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, intimidation of a witness and sexual exploitation of children.the ag’s office had filed more charges earlier this month against kronenanker in a case that had been dropped by local prosecutors after it was discovered evidence had been destroyed.he also faces charges in a separate rape case being prosecuted by the bernalillo county district attorney’s office.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.kronenanker’s attorney says she needs to see what evidence prosecutors plan to present before commenting on the cases.





law firm’s ukraine work, tied to manafort, under scrutiny

the justice department is asking prominent law firm skadden, arps, slate, meagher & flom about a report it prepared for paul j. manafort that was used by allies of the russia-backed former president of ukraine.washington — five years ago, paul manafort arranged for a prominent new york-based law firm to draft a report that was used by allies of his client, viktor yanukovych, the russia-aligned president of ukraine, to justify the jailing of a political rival. the report is coming back to haunt the firm.the justice department, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation, recently asked the firm, skadden, arps, slate, meagher & flom, for information and documents related to its work on behalf of yanukovych’s government, which crumbled after he fled to russia under pressure.the request comes at a time manafort, his work for yanukovych’s party and for russian and ukrainian oligarchs as well as the handling of payments for that work have become focal points in the investigation of the special counsel, robert s. mueller iii, into russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and connections between russia, president donald trump and his associates.it’s unclear if the justice department’s request to skadden, as the firm is known, is part of mueller’s inquiry. but the interest from prosecutors in what skadden did for the ukrainian government is one indication of the wide-ranging nature of the inquiries related to manafort. it also highlights the r...





chicago street gang indicted on federal racketeering charges

chicago (ap) — federal racketeering charges have been filed against nine members of a chicago street gang, alleging they participated in a criminal organization that killed six people.one member of the four corner hustlers, labar spann, is accused of participating in all six alleged murders committed to protect drug-dealing territories on chicago’s west and southwest sides.the u.s. justice department says the indictments announced thursday are the result of a lengthy investigation by the organized crime drug enforcement task force, the fbi’s safe street task force and chicago police.prosecutors say from the mid-1990s until this year the four corner hustlers committed robberies, extortion and batteries. they allegedly dealt drugs, robbed rivals and used violence and intimidation to stop victims and witnesses from cooperating with law enforcement.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the indictment was returned sept. 14 and sealed until arrests were made this week.





japan’s emoji creator shrugs as u.s. firms turn his idea into a global hit

emoji were created in 1998 by a 25-year-old employee of japanese mobile-phone carrier ntt docomo, who designed them for an internet messaging service. but it was western players apple and google that made emoji a global phenomenon.tokyo — the tiny smiley faces, hearts, knife-and-fork or clenched fist have become a global language for mobile-phone messages.they are displayed in the museum of modern art in new york. they star in a new hollywood film.the emoji is heir to a tradition of pictographic writing stretching back millennia to egyptian hieroglyphics and the ideograms used to write chinese and japanese.despite their ubiquity, they started in 1998 with one man: a 25-year-old employee of mobile-phone carrier ntt docomo who created the first set of 176 in one month as he rushed to meet a deadline.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“i happened to arrive at the idea. if i hadn’t done it, someone else would have,” said shigetaka kurita, who now is a board member at dwango, a tokyo technology company.kurita’s challenge: ntt docomo’s “i-mode” mobile internet service limited messages to 250 characters, which cried out for some kind of shorthand.a message that said, “what are you doing now?” could be menacing or nosy, but adding a smiley face softened the tone.“digital messaging was just getting started, and so i was thinking about what was needed,” kurita explained.after i-mode’s launch in 1999, that nuance made emoji an immediate h...





bellevue football petitioning wiaa executive board to get postseason ban reduced

the wolverines, who are in the second year of a two-year ban, will make their case at a meeting sunday and hope to play in the playoffs this season.bellevue is seeking to lift its football postseason ban, again.the school will have the backing of the bellevue school district when it presents its case before the washington interscholastic activities association (wiaa) executive board at its september meeting on sunday. bellevue petitioned the wiaa to reverse its two-year postseason ban in march and was denied.according to mike colbrese, the wiaa executive director, the board denied the petition because it didn’t know the position of the kingco conference and bsd, which imposed the original penalties. multiple investigations found the bellevue football program in violation of wiaa rules regarding recruiting and out-of-season coaching.in may 2016, the football program was given a two-year postseason ban, which runs through this season. bellevue also had to play a reduced schedule of six games last year and is banned from receiving help from an outside booster club until 2020.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.it is just the postseason ban bellevue hopes to get lifted. the wolverines are 2-1 to start the season and ninth in the seattle times class 3a state rankings. “the board felt in fairness to the league and school district, they (bellevue) had to get their input,” colbrese said. “the board will make the decision on what to do with week 10 (the f...





calif. man convicted of gas station attendant’s 1978 killing

los angeles (ap) — a 60-year-old man has been convicted of murder in the slaying of a palmdale, california, gas station attendant who was kidnapped, raped and killed nearly 40 years ago.jurors found neal antoine matthews guilty thursday of first-degree murder. he was also convicted of special circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery, kidnapping and rape.he faces life in prison when sentenced nov. 6.prosecutors say leslie long was working a night shift on dec. 3, 1978, when she was robbed and kidnapped. her body was found near a freeway three days later.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.terry moses, 61, pleaded guilty in 2016 to taking part in the long attack. he also admitted committing two unrelated murders in 1976 and one attempted murder in 1996.prosecutors say dna evidence led authorities to both men.





megyn kelly hopes for a trump-free zone with new show

new york (ap) — megyn kelly says she left fox news channel to bring more joy to her life. nbc hopes that starting monday, she can spread some to the network and its viewers.the former fox news channel star and donald trump foil debuts her talk show at 9 a.m. edt, nestled into the four-hour “today” show block and competing in most of the country with kelly ripa and ryan seacrest’s “live!”kelly hosted a sunday-night newsmagazine this summer to middling ratings, and it returns next spring. it’s the daily talk show, in the lucrative morning market, that will ultimately determine the wisdom of nbc news’ decision to hire her. she promises that “megyn kelly today,” shown live with a studio audience, will be an information-packed hour with a sense of fun.“it will be very similar to the ‘today’ show, but we’re going to have a lot more elbow room,” she said in an interview.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.ellen degeneres initiated kelly into daytime tv this week by having her awkwardly toss pizza dough, stuff herself into a fat suit and dance with the audience; kelly smiled and played along. it was a long way from her fox life of pressing the future president at debates, enduring his twitter taunts and being the ringleader for an hour of politics each weeknight.the trump trauma wasn’t why she left fox, kelly said. she compared it to her decision to abandon law to become a journalist and ending her first marriage: they weren’t b...





washington park arboretum flowers turn to a new season

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police shoot rifle-wielding man at north texas city hall

josephine, texas (ap) — authorities say police officers at a tiny north texas town’s city hall shot a man who refused to put down his rifle.a spokesman for the texas department of public safety said thursday night that officers in the town of josephine gave “verbal commands” to a person carrying a rifle and opened fire “in reaction to the perceived threat.”the spokesman, lt. lonny haschel, said in an emailed statement that the person carrying the rifle had been involved in an unspecified disturbance at city hall earlier in the week and returned just after 4 p.m. thursday.haschel says the man carrying the rifle is in serious condition and the officers were not injured.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.josephine is a town of about 1,300 people located 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of dallas.





christian singer natalie grant undergoing thyroid surgery

nashville, tenn. (ap) — contemporary christian singer natalie grant will undergo thyroid surgery to remove tumors and will cancel shows between mid-october and november to recover.grant posted a video message on facebook on thursday explaining that doctors had been monitoring several tumors or nodules on her thyroid for years and that she will have half of her thyroid removed on oct. 10. she asked for prayers and said she has complete faith in god.grant has won the gospel music association’s dove award for female vocalist of the year five times and some of her hit songs include “hurricane,” ”i will not be moved,” and “held.”the “celebrate christmas” tour with danny gokey is still planned to start nov. 30 as scheduled.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.





for rohingya muslim child refugees, too many losses to count

balukhali refugee camp, bangladesh (ap) — abdul hamid has the wide-open smile of a child and the eyes of an adult. by age 12, the rohingya muslim boy has seen more than anyone should have to see in a lifetime.he saw his father shot by “burma soldiers,” he volunteers in a calm yet deeply unsettling tone, lifting two fingers of his right hand to illustrate the act. when his father didn’t die right away, he saw the soldiers slash his throat.his mother fled their home in myanmar with hamid and four younger siblings. they hid in forests for days and then walked for two days to reach the safety of bangladesh.now he is the “elder” of his family, he says. so he tries to provide for them — as best he can in a place where hundreds of thousands of people share his family’s desperation. he stands on one edge of a vast, muddy field with a group of other boys, hoping that a passing aid truck will throw him some packets of food.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.children make up about 60 percent of more than 420,000 people who have poured in to bangladesh over the last four weeks— rohingya muslims fleeing terrible persecution in myanmar.they have seen family members killed and homes set on fire. they have known fear and terror. and they have endured dangerous journeys through forests and on rickety boats.sometimes they’ve done it alone. unicef has so far counted more than 1,400 children who have crossed the border with neither parent.now they’ve ...





idaho gubernatorial candidates kicks off 44 county tour

meridian, idaho (ap) — republican gubernatorial candidate tommy ahlquist laid out his political agenda to hundreds of supporters while kicking off his statewide tour to visit all of idaho’s 44 counties in 44 days.ahlquist, a boise businessman who is running for political office for the first time, held the campaign rally thursday in meridian at the candle company scentsy headquarters.ahlquist once again reiterated his promise to cut $100 million from the state’s general fund within the first 100 days in office if elected. he also promised to improve idaho’s educational system, work to lower health care premiums for idahoans and reform the state’s tax code.ahlquist is running for governor against gop u.s. rep. raul labrador and lt. gov. brad little in 2018 — no major democratic candidate has yet entered the race.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.





state goes to court to keep yelm sex offender from being released from mcneil island

if released, the former yelm resident would undergo sex-offender treatment in university place.a thurston county jury will decide in coming weeks whether to release johnny j. davis from the special commitment center on mcneil island. davis was convicted as a teenager of multiple sex offenses — including child rape and kidnapping.davis, now 34, has been held at the center since 2009, when a jury found that he was a sexually violent offender. at the time, he was ordered held until he could be safely released.his attorney, emily hancock, argues that davis doesn’t need to prove that he has changed to be released. rather, the state attorney general’s office must prove that a less restrictive alternative isn’t in davis’ best interest, and that other conditions couldn’t adequately protect the community.if released, the former yelm resident would undergo sex-offender treatment with jeanglee tracer, of tracer therapy in university place.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.thomas howe and sean hansen, of the attorney general’s office, are working to prevent his conditional release to the community.a trial before thurston county superior court judge chris lanese began this week.in 1996, davis was accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl. he was 13 years old at the time, and charged in thurston county juvenile court with first-degree child rape. he pleaded guilty to the charge later that year.he again pleaded guilty in 1999 to three charges inv...





granite city port getting $700,000 federal grant

granite city, ill. (ap) — america’s central port in the mississippi river town of granite city is receiving a $700,000 federal grant for rail and roadway improvements to spur business growth in the region.in a news release, the u.s. economic development administration says the project will help pay for the construction of about 2,200 feet of rail track at the port’s intermodal industrial park. it also will enhance the link between the nation’s freight transportation network and manufacturers in the granite city area as well as the work on a roadway.murphysboro republican rep. mike bost tells the (alton) telegraph the grant is a ‘big deal for jobs and economic growth” for madison county and metro east area.the economic development administration is part of the u.s. department of commerce and invests in economically distressed communities.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.





woman injured by broken bank door awarded $4.5 million

wheaton, ill. (ap) — a dupage county jury has awarded $4.5 million to an aurora woman injured when a metal door closer at a suburban chicago bank detached and struck her in the head.amy skinger entered a wells fargo branch office in aurora in 2012 when the door closer detached and knocked her to her knees.attorney bradley cosgrove said in a statement the verdict provides the funds for the life-long treatment of debilitating injuries skinger suffered.the jury on wednesday found wells fargo 80 percent at fault and property owner cannella ny square llc 20 percent at fault. an attorney representing the property owner had no comment on the verdict.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.wells fargo spokesman steve carlson said the company is disappointed with the jury’s finding and is reviewing legal options.





20-year sentence hand man for attack on 94-year-old veteran

chicago (ap) — a 20-year prison sentence was handed a chicago man who pleaded guilty to attacking a 94-year-old world war ii veteran.olajuwon claiborne was tearful as he apologized thursday to the now 95-year-old josephine regnier before being sentenced by a cook county judge.regnier was attacked last december outside her home in chicago’s garfield ridge neighborhood. the grandmother was left with bruises and several broken ribs after she was beaten and robbed while waiting for her daughter in the gangway of her home. her attacker ran away with her purse.the attacker was caught on surveillance video by a nearby restaurant. claiborne was arrested after being turned in by a jailhouse acquaintance.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.regnier said she felt good about claiborne’s apology, but feels sorry for him because he is going to prison.





tacoma’s weyerhaeuser mansion sold to nonprofit for nearly $5.9 million

sale of the estate closed monday with trouve, a lakewood-based nonprofit created last year, according to pierce county and state records. trouve announced the tacoma waldorf school will occupy the education building on the grounds.the weyerhaeuser mansion in tacoma’s north end has been sold for nearly $5.9 million to a nonprofit that announced the tacoma waldorf school will occupy the education building on the grounds.sale of the estate at 4301 n. stevens st. closed monday with trouve, a lakewood-based nonprofit created last year, according to pierce county and state records.state records show the nonprofit is registered to douglas gill. in a statement he sent tuesday, the nonprofit said, “we look forward to working with other nonprofits and community groups to help restore the property to its original grandeur.”the 5.1-acre property includes several buildings:most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.▪ the jacobean-tudor mansion, built in 1923, has four levels totaling 15,600 square feet.▪ a two-level education building, with space fitted with classrooms, totals 16,200 square feet.▪ a carriage house, with two apartments, has three levels and 6,800 square feet.▪ a chapel, at 5,800 square feet, contains an apartment and two meeting rooms as well as a sanctuary.chanin escovedo, dean of students for the tacoma waldorf school, said tuesday she hopes the school can move into the education building over winter break.“it’s our dream spot,” she s...





oregon geologists warn of potential landslides in wildfire-scarred columbia gorge

a new report released thursday focuses on areas of the gorge that are highly susceptible to landslides — which also happen to overlap with some of the areas hit by this year’s wildfires.geologists for the state of oregon are warning of the risk of major landslides in parts of the columbia river gorge that were hit by wildfires this year.a new report released thursday focuses on areas of the gorge that are highly susceptible to landslides — which also happen to overlap with some of the areas hit by this year’s wildfires.“when an area like this has a wildfire, it actually increases the susceptibility,” said bill burns, an engineering geologist with the oregon department of geology and mineral industries. he is one of oregon’s top experts on landslides and the author of the new report.typically, landslides happen when soil becomes unstable after heavy rain or rapid snowmelt. earthquakes may also play a part.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.when logging or fire strips the topography of trees, shrubs and grasses, water can infiltrate the ground and make it more prone to sliding.forest fires can also scorch the soil and cause more runoff.the gorge has seen big slides in the recent past.“in 1996 and ’97 we had several large storms that caused landslides in the columbia river gorge,” burns said. “and these landslides came down the gorge walls, engulfed the communities and interstate i-84.”burns said his study helped create new maps of ...





police looking for suspect in central park rape

new york (ap) — police are investigating a reported rape this week in central park.it happened on monday at about 9 p.m. near west 110th street and lenox avenue.police say a man approached a 35-year-old woman and offered to walk her home.as they walked through central park, police say the man brandished a knife, assaulted her and raped her. he also took her purse containing her cellphone before fleeing.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.police on thursday released photos and video surveillance of the suspect, described as a 30-year-old man with black hair, wearing a black-long sleeve shirt, tan pants, brown shoes and carrying a black book bag.anyone with information is asked to call crime stoppers at 1-800-577-tips (8477).





from flag football to pac-12, it never takes washington safety taylor rapp long to show what he can do on field

as a freshman, the safety earned the pac-12 defensive freshman of the year award and was named the mvp of the pac-12 title game.all his life, taylor rapp has heard how rare and unique he is.“he was about 8 or 9 the first time he started playing flag football and he was just smoking everybody on the field,” rapp’s father chris said. “they’d give him the ball and say go and he’d just run around people. “they couldn’t give him the ball all the time because it would be a boring game. that’s when we knew he had some ability.”washington @ colorado, 7 p.m., fs1bellingham doesn’t produce many division i athletes and yet the former three-star recruit from sehome high has quickly matured into a strong safety star for the washington huskies.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.but early on, rapp had his doubts about a future in football.“growing up i didn’t see a lot of asian football players,” said rapp, whose father shares a german and british ancestry and whose mother chiyan was born in china. “it was kind of like, hmmm am i going to be able to play at the next level? i was like, geez i don’t really see any asian players in the nfl or college.”rapp said his biggest influence was his brother austin, who is three years older.“i didn’t really have role models in the traditional sense to where you would say i identify with a particular guy or anything like that,” rapp said. “maybe patrick chung (the new england patriots playe...