This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 30 BEIJING (AP) — Jiang Zemin, who led China out of isolation after the army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in 1989 and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth, died Wednesday. He was 96. Jiang, who was president for a decade until 2003 and led the ruling Communist Party for 13 years until 2002, died of leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai, state media reported. His death comes after the party faced its most widespread public show of opposition in decades when crowds called for leader Xi Jinping to resign during weekend protests of anti-virus controls that are confining millions of people to their homes. A surprise choice to lead a divided Communist Party after … [Read more...] about Jiang Zemin, who guided China’s economic rise, dies
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 HOUSTON (AP) — A man who has been accused of illegally having a gun at the time that rapper Takeoff was fatally shot last month following a private party at a downtown Houston bowling alley has been charged in connection with the case, authorities said Wednesday. But during a court hearing, prosecutors said the suspect, Cameron Joshua, 22, is not believed to have fired a weapon during Takeoff’s shooting. Joshua is facing a charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon for allegedly having a handgun when the rapper was killed around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 1 as gunfire erupted outside of 810 Billiards & Bowling following a private party. Takeoff, whose off-stage name was Kirsnick Khari Ball, formed one-third of the Grammy Award-nominated rap trio Migos with uncle Quavo and cousin Offset from suburban Atlanta. “We believe Cameron Joshua has been appropriately charged in this case and we’re … [Read more...] about Man seen at Takeoff’s fatal shooting facing weapons charge
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In a normal year, University of Idaho students would be bustling between classes and the library, readying for the pre-finals cramming period known as “dead week.” On Wednesday, however, a little under half the students appeared to be gone, choosing to stay home and take classes online rather than return to the town where the killings of four classmates remain unsolved, said Blaine Eckles, the university's dean of students. Some students who were in attendance were relying on university-hired security staffers to drive them to class because they didn't want to walk across campus alone. The Moscow Police Department has yet to name a person of interest in the stabbing deaths of Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; and Kernodle’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount … [Read more...] about Half-empty Idaho campus full of fear, grief after killings
As the investigation into Austin's recent three-day boil-water notice moves along, Austin City Council called a special meeting on February 15 to ask questions of outgoing Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros. A bevy of reasons for the spate of water issues were brought up — employee retention and training, climate change — but Meszaros, who resigned on February 11 , was first showered with accolades by city council. Despite overseeing the third boil-water notice in the past four years , which representatives from the water utility made clear to mention multiple times were "unique" events, each city council member began their line of questioning with heavy praise for Meszaros, who has led Austin Water for 15 years. "Today is the beginning of many steps the city must take to rebuild that public trust," said councilwoman Paige Ellis, adding, "This was due to an employee oversight at the Ullrich Plant." She praised the city's staff and mentioned that she did not want to vilify … [Read more...] about Turnover, refunds, delays: Everything we learned during meeting on Austin’s boil-water notice
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 OAKLAND, Calif. - If all had gone as planned, thousands of high-schoolers in Oakland would have cast their ballots for the first time on Election Day. Many of them had worked since their freshman year to lower the voting age to 16 for school board races, arguing that no one had a higher stake in who led their district. And they won, convincing a supermajority of the electorate in 2020 to expand voting rights to younger teens. But Alameda County, which runs the city's elections, never implemented the measure. It also failed to deliver on a 2016 ballot initiative from Berkeley that did the same thing. So Tuesday passed like election days past: with 16- and 17-year-olds watching from the sidelines. "It was a step closer to a right to vote," said Rochelle Berdan, 17, who worked on the Oakland campaign. She said it felt like she and her peers were given … [Read more...] about These teens won the right to vote. Their county disenfranchised them.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 14 PARIS (AP) — The humble baguette — the crunchy ambassador for French baking around the world — is being added to the U.N.’s list of intangible cultural heritage as a cherished tradition to be preserved by humanity. UNESCO experts gathering in Morocco this week decided that the simple French flute — made only of flour, water, salt, and yeast — deserved United Nations recognition, after France’s culture ministry warned of a “continuous decline” in the number of traditional bakeries, with some 400 closing every year over the past half-century. The U.N. cultural agency’s chief, Audrey Azoulay, said the decision honors more than just bread; it recognizes the “savoir-faire of artisanal bakers” and “a daily ritual.” “It is important that such craft knowledge and social practices can continue to exist in the future,” … [Read more...] about Crunch time: The baguette gets UN world heritage status
As a former Ferrari team principal himself, Stefano Domenicali has wished Mattia Binotto well for his future but that’s about all the F1 chief can say. Ferrari announced on Tuesday morning Binotto would be leaving the team at the end of the year , the Scuderia having “accepted the resignation of Mattia Binotto who will leave his role as Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal.” The announcement brings to an end a 28-year career with Ferrari, Binotto starting out in Ferrari’s engine department before becoming its head, then chief technical officer and finally team principal. Under his leadership Ferrari won seven of 82 grands prix and twice finished runner-up in the Constructors’ Championship. However, they also entered a secret agreement with the FIA over their suspect 2019 power unit , went two years without a single race win, and this year recorded more strategy blunders and reliability failures than race wins. Domenicali, Ferrari’s team boss from 2008 to 2014, has not only … [Read more...] about Stefano Domenicali ‘can’t really say anything’ about Mattia Binotto’s departure
The most important U2 almost-breakup story takes place in Berlin. It's October 1990 and they've gathered at Hansa Studios, a short walk from where the Wall is being dismantled a little bit more every day. Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. have left Dublin to try to become U2 again. Or try not to become U2 again. Nobody can seem to agree. Is this a dance record? Industrial rock? And where is that majestic and moody material that made them a household name with "The Joshua Tree"? Only three years earlier that LP sold millions, landed the band on the cover of Rolling Stone, scored a Grammy for album of the year and immediately became one of the definitive rock albums of its time. Hansa is where David Bowie recorded "Heroes" with Brian Eno, the art rock visionary who is now U2's producer. The Edge is working on a demo called "Sick Puppy." It's promising, but still just a meandering jam. Mullen has some questions about what exactly the band is trying to accomplish. … [Read more...] about U2 has stayed together since 1976. It hasn’t always been easy.