GOP hopeful Donald Trump stands by his campaign rhetoric
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Showing few signs of trying to ease the nation’s tense political atmosphere, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is standing by his antagonistic campaign rhetoric, rejecting any responsibility for violence at his rallies and defending his supporters who have been charged with assaulting protesters.
“We’re not provoking. We want peace. … We don’t want trouble,” he told a large crowd in Bloomington, Illinois, the first of three comparatively docile events from Illinois to Florida as he campaigned ahead of another critical slate of large-state primaries.
Trump’s remarks came after a near-riot Friday night in Chicago as Trump canceled a scheduled rally amid widespread altercations among his supporters, detractors and authorities.
His three-state tour also came less than 48 hours before polls open in a five-state slate that could determine whether he wins the GOP nomination without a contested summer convention.
Against that backdrop, Trump continued to blame protesters, media and even Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders for the increasingly caustic campaign environment that his rivals assailed as “cause for pause” and certain “to do damage to America.”
Rubio’s political reckoning arrives in Florida primary
MIAMI (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was among the Republican Party’s biggest stars when he burst onto the national stage in the tea party wave of 2010. Now, he is facing a home-state showing on Tuesday that could devastate his 2016 presidential campaign and damage his political brand for years to come.
The Cuban-American’s desire to become the nation’s first Hispanic president, and his past support for a forgiving immigration policy, have failed to excite conservative primary voters who instead have flocked to Donald Trump’s nativist politics.
“Marco’s always had good timing. This time, the timing just wasn’t there,” said Albert Lorenzo, who managed Rubio’s first state house campaign nearly two decades ago and stays in close contact with him.
Yet Lorenzo, like those closest to Rubio, suggest that should his bid end in disappointment, the senator’s career in public service is far from over. The 44-year-old Republican could run for Florida governor in two years, president in four years or even his own Senate seat later this year.
“He’s a talent you don’t find,” Lorenzo said.
10 Things to Know for Monday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:
1. EXTREMISTS KILL 14 CIVILIANS, 2 SPECIAL FORCES IN IVORY COAST
Armed men attacked a beach resort, killing at least 16 people in an attack claimed by al-Qaida’s North Africa branch.
2. CAR BOMB IN TURKEY’S CAPITAL KILLS 34, WOUNDS 125
A suicide car bomb went off near bus stops in the heart of Turkey’s capital, killing at least 34 people and wounding around 125 others, officials say.
Ivory Coast: Extremists kill 14 civilians, 2 special forces
GRAND-BASSAM, Ivory Coast (AP) — Armed men attacked an Ivory Coast beach resort Sunday, killing at least 16 people and sending tourists fleeing through the historic town of Grand-Bassam in an attack claimed by al-Qaida’s North Africa branch.
Bloody bodies were sprawled on the beach and witnesses described horrific scenes as a lazy weekend afternoon was shattered by the West Africa’s latest extremist strike.
Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara told reporters at the scene that 14 civilians, two special forces and six assailants were killed when the gunmen stormed the beach. The president arrived in Grand-Bassam a few hours after the attack, visiting the hotels and saluting security forces for their quick response.
“I present my condolences to the families of the people who were murdered, and of course I am very proud of our security forces who reacted so fast,” Ouattara said outside the Etoile du Sud, one of the targeted hotels. “The toll could’ve been much heavier.”
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the attack, according to SITE Intelligence Group which monitors jihadist websites. The Islamic extremist group made the declaration in a post to its Telegram channels, calling three of the attackers “heroes” for the assault.
Car bomb in Turkey’s capital kills at least 34, wounds 125
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A suicide car bomb went off near bus stops in the heart of Turkey’s capital on Sunday, killing at least 34 people and wounding around 125 others, officials said. Two of the dead are believed to be the assailants.
A senior government official told The Associated Press that police suspect that Kurdish militants carried out the attack, which occurred on Ankara’s main boulevard, close to ministries.
At least one of the bombers was a woman, he said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity on the grounds that the investigation was ongoing.
The bombing was the third in the city in five months and came as Turkey is grappling with a host of issues, including renewed fighting with Kurdish rebels, threats from the Islamic State group and a Syrian refugee crisis.
Earlier Sunday, Turkish authorities said they were imposing curfews on two mainly Kurdish towns where Turkey’s security forces were set to launch large-scale operations against Kurdish militants. Russia on Sunday also accused Turkey of sending its military across the Syrian border to prevent Kurdish groups there from consolidating their positions.
Big turnout for protests urging ouster of Brazil’s president
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilians ratcheted up the heat for embattled President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday, turning out by the tens of thousands for demonstrations across the country calling for her ouster.
The biggest protest took place in Brazil’s economic capital, Sao Paulo, a bastion of simmering dissatisfaction with Rousseff and her governing Workers’ Party. The respected Datafolha polling agency estimated about 500,000 people took part in the Sao Paulo demonstration, while police estimates put turnout at nearly three times that number.
Organizers said about 1 million people joined the anti-Rousseff demonstration in Rio de Janeiro.
In a statement, Rousseff said, “The peaceful character of this Sunday’s demonstrations shows the maturity of a country that knows how to co-exist with different opinions and knows how to secure respect to its laws and institutions.”
The street rallies came two days after she rejected the idea of resigning.
Trouble remains following failed for-profit schools’ revival
WASHINGTON (AP) — Significant problems remain at a formerly for-profit college that the Obama administration rescued from near collapse, an Associated Press review has found, despite new federal oversight and pledges of a turnaround by the schools’ current nonprofit owner.
Everest University was once the flagship brand of Corinthian Colleges Inc., a for-profit school chain. Allegations of fraud and mismanagement nearly felled school before the Education Department helped transfer Everest and a sister institution to Zenith Education Group, a nonprofit affiliate of a student-loan debt collection firm.
Zenith pledged to transform Everest, ending the school’s habit of admitting “anyone with a pulse” and churning out unprepared graduates deeply in debt.
But a year after Zenith formally took control of Corinthian’s flagship Everest brand and its smaller sibling, WyoTech, revolutionary change is hard to find.
Everest has shrunk to about 15,000 students from 70,000 at the time of Corinthian’s failure, lowered tuition by 20 percent and shuttered some of its worst performing programs. More changes are planned, although an AP review found Everest is still operating largely according to Corinthian’s for-profit business model.
Maryland police: Officer dies after shooting; 2 in custody
CHEVERLY, Md. (AP) — Police were going about their business on a Sunday afternoon when a gunman fired at the first officer he saw outside a Maryland police station, prompting a gun battle that left an undercover narcotics officer dead and the suspect wounded, authorities say.
Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said Jacai Colson, a four-year veteran of the department only days shy of his 29th birthday, died in the “unprovoked attack” outside the station. The shooting erupted in Landover, a suburb about 10 miles northeast of downtown Washington, D.C.
Speaking at a news conference, Stawinski said that once the first shot was fired, several officers fired back at the suspect. He couldn’t say how many shots were exchanged in the confrontation that began about 4:30 p.m.
“Those officers did not shrink. They bravely advanced and engaged this individual,” the chief said.
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks called the shooting an “act of cowardice” and a “horrific act of evil.” She promised an aggressive investigation and prosecution of the alleged shooter, who was wounded in the return fire but is expected to survive, and another suspect arrested soon after the shooting. Their names were not immediately released.
From ‘welcome’ to ‘enough’ _ Europe’s migrant view shifts
PARIS (AP) — Last fall, soccer fans celebrated refugee children at a legendary Munich stadium; today, European voters are boosting anti-immigrant political parties and governments are closing their gates to new arrivals. The refrain of Europe’s migrant crisis has changed from “welcome” to “enough already.”
Has Europe suddenly turned heartless? Or is it just waking up to the reality that it has failed to collectively manage this drama?
“It is not sustainable anymore that no one’s playing a common game,” said Yves Pascouau, a migration expert at the European Policy Center. “We need to fix this and really need to move ahead.”
But not all Europeans see this as a problem they must share. Worried about their own weak economies, concerned that their national values are eroding, many say war in the Middle East and poverty in Africa are someone else’s responsibility.
Compassion had the upper hand just six months ago, as the number of Syrian refugees soared and the photo of a dead 3-year-old on a Turkish beach galvanized volunteers. Border guards greeted weary travelers with a hearty “Welcome to Germany,” and Chancellor Angela Merkel inspired other nations to do the same. Players on the Munich field promoted integration, holding hands with a refugee child on one side and a German child on the other.
Louisiana, Mississippi: Thousands of homes damaged in floods
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Widespread flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi has damaged thousands of homes and the risk of more flooding played out Sunday as rain-filled rivers rose over banks.
At least four deaths have been reported in Louisiana, including that of an elderly man, authorities said. Two fishermen have been missing for days in Mississippi.
In northwest Tennessee, more than a dozen homes were evacuated late Saturday after heavy rains breached a levee, according to emergency officials.
Flood warnings were in effect across the region as many rivers remained dangerously high.
Also of concern was another line of thunderstorms that was expected to hit parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, northern Louisiana and northern Mississippi Sunday night. Hail and tornadoes were possible, forecasters said.