16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic WASHINGTON (AP) - Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said Friday. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response to a threat that didn't exist." Sixteen military members were given administrative punishments that could stall or end careers, but no one faces a court martial. A senior defense official said one of the disciplined was a two-star general. The AC-130 gunship, bristling with side-firing cannons and guns, fired on the hospital in the northern city of Kunduz for 30 minutes before the mistake was realized and the attack was halted, Gen.
Rowdy Trump protests portend explosive California primary BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of rowdy protesters broke through barricades and threw eggs at police Friday outside a hotel where Donald Trump addressed the state's Republican convention. Several Trump supporters said they were roughed up but no serious injuries were reported. The protest just outside San Francisco occurred a day after anti-Trump protesters took to the streets in Southern California, blocking traffic and damaging five police cars in Costa Mesa following a speech by the leader in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Demonstrators at both locations waved Mexican flags, an action meant to counter Trump's hard stance on immigration and disparaging remarks about Mexico.
Trump makes case to GOP insiders amid chaotic protest scene BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) - Donald Trump, the outsider, made his case to California's Republican establishment on Friday as protesters clashed with police. Demonstrators swarmed outside the hotel near San Francisco airport, forcing Trump to crawl under a fence to enter the hotel where he met with local GOP power brokers and gave a lunchtime speech at the state party's convention. On Thursday night, protesters tangled with authorities and damaged police cars after a Trump rally in Orange County. Tensions mounted as the GOP presidential contest moves into its final stages in one of the nation's most liberal and diverse states. The state party convention amounts to the starting bell in California primary, with Ohio Gov.
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Rising violence kills over 200 in a week in Syria's Aleppo DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - The Syrian army and rebels unleashed deadly new attacks on each other Friday in Aleppo, with insurgents shelling a mosque during weekly prayers and government airstrikes hitting opposition neighborhoods in escalating bloodshed the U.N. decried as a "monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties." More than 200 people have been killed in eight days of mounting violence in and around the contested northern city, including 15 at the Malla Khan mosque hit by rebel rockets and another 10 from the government warplanes and helicopters, officials said. The surge in fighting has caused the collapse of a two-month cease-fire brokered by the U.S.
Browns take Ogbah with first pick of 2nd round CHICAGO (AP) - The Cleveland Browns have selected Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah with the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft. Cleveland traded out of the No. 8 spot in the first round, but opted to stay in place for the opening pick on Friday. The 6-foot-4 Ogbah, who is from Nigeria, had 28 sacks during his time with the Cowboys. With the No. 33 overall pick, the Titans selected Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd. He had three sacks in the national championship game against Alabama. --- AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL
Most states do bare minimum on fire-foam contamination The military is checking U.S. bases for potential groundwater contamination from a toxic firefighting foam, but most states so far show little inclination to examine civilian sites for the same threat. The foam was likely used around the country at certain airports, refineries and other sites where catastrophic petroleum fires were a risk, but an Associated Press survey of emergency management, environmental and health agencies in all 50 states showed most haven't tracked its use and don't even know whether it was used, where or when. Only five states - Alaska, Minnesota, New Jersey, Vermont and Wisconsin - are tracking the chemicals used in the foam and spilled from other sources through ongoing water monitoring or by looking for potentially contaminated sites.
Exxon sees smallest profit in 16 years, Chevron posts loss DALLAS (AP) - Motorists are saving billions on cheaper gasoline, but the long slump in oil prices is taking a heavy toll on companies that find and produce crude. Exxon Mobil posted its smallest quarterly profit in more than 16 years Friday, while Chevron lost $725 million, its worst showing since 2002, and raised the number of jobs it expects to cut this year from 7,000 to 8,000. Other oil companies are expected to report weak earnings in the next few days. Oil prices have tumbled from their 2014 highs of over $100 a barrel, bottoming out at under $30 in mid-February, because of a worldwide glut.
San Francisco chief releases racist texts, orders training SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's police chief said Friday that he has ordered that all officers finish an anti-harassment class within the next month amid a racist texting scandal that has rocked the department already dogged by fatal shootings of unarmed minority suspects. Flanked by religious and minority community leaders at a San Francisco press conference, Chief Greg Suhr also released more transcripts of racist and homophobic text messages first made available to The Associated Press along with inflammatory and inappropriate images found on former officers' cellphones. It's the second texting scandal since 2014 in a department that is attempting to diversify its officers to reflect the San Francisco culture and population.
Pop went the weasel and down went the Large Hadron Collider GENEVA (AP) - It's one of the physics world's most complex machines, and it has been immobilized - temporarily - by a weasel. Spokesman Arnaud Marsollier says the world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN outside of Geneva, has suspended operations because a weasel invaded a transformer that helps power the machine and set off an electrical outage on Friday. Authorities say the incident was one of several small glitches that will delay plans to restart the $4.4 billion collider by a few days. Marsollier says Friday that the weasel died - and little remains of it. Officials of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, have been gearing up for new data from the 27-kilometer (17-mile) circuit that runs underground on the Swiss-French border.
Texas schools spare no expense for huge football stadiums DALLAS (AP) - A suburban Dallas school district grabbed national attention in 2012 when it opened an eye-popping $60 million high school football stadium. Not to be outdone, school officials near Houston next year plan to unveil a $62 million stadium-development plan. And a district north of Dallas is considering spending more than $50 million on its own football arena. Are such exorbitant price tags for high school stadiums the new normal? Only in Texas, it seems. Football fields in other states are far less expensive, often in the range of $5 million to $10 million. One Southern California district built four stadiums for about $72 million.