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PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-THE LATEST The Latest: Japan won’t send troops after tanker attacked DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Japan’s defense minister says he has no intention of sending Japanese troops to respond to attacks on…
PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-THE LATEST
The Latest: Japan won’t send troops after tanker attacked
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Japan’s defense minister says he has no intention of sending Japanese troops to respond to attacks on a Japanese-operated oil tanker in the Middle East.
Takeshi Iwaya told reporters at a Friday news conference that the situation is not considered an imminent threat to Japan.
His remarks came after a Japanese-operated tanker headed to Singapore was attacked on Thursday while traveling near the Strait of Hormuz, just as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was wrapping up his high-stakes visit in Tehran to help de-escalate regional tension.
All 21 Filipino crewmembers pf the vessel were rescued and were now on a U.S. warship.
Iwaya says Japan doesn’t think the so-called “Self-Defense Force has a necessarily role to play at this point and we don’t plan to send them to the Strait of Hormuz region in response to the attacks.”
NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING
Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques has pleaded not guilty to all the charges that have been filed against him.
Brenton Tarrant on Friday entered not guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one terrorism charge at the Christchurch High Court in relation to the March 15 massacre.
The 28-year-old Australian appeared via video link from a small room at the maximum security prison in Auckland where he’s being held.
Tarrant’s lawyer, Shane Tait, entered the pleas on Tarrant’s behalf.
Wearing a gray sweat shirt, Tarrant smirked as his lawyer entered the pleas but otherwise showed little emotion. His link had been muted, and he didn’t attempt to speak.
Judge Cameron Mander scheduled a six-week trial beginning next May.
Emails: Trump aide consulting climate-change rejecters
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration national security official is turning to advisers from a climate change-rejecting think tank for help crafting his challenges to mainstream science on global warming.
The Environmental Defense Fund obtained the emails of National Security Council adviser William Happer under the Freedom of Information Act. The group provided them to The Associated Press.
Email exchanges this February and March show Happer consulting with two advisers to the Heartland Institute on a paper attempting to knock down climate change. The Heartland Institute is a prominent opponent of mainstream scientific findings that fossil fuel emissions are damaging the Earth’s atmosphere.
Academic experts criticize the official’s continued work with groups and scientists who reject what numerous federal agencies say is the fact of climate change. The National Security Council declined comment.
Sarah Sanders leaving White House job; governor run ahead?
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration’s credibility, will leave her post at the end of the month.
President Donald Trump said Thursday he’s encouraging her to run for governor when she returns home to Arkansas, where her father once held the job.
Sanders is one of Trump’s closest and most trusted White House aides and one of the few remaining who worked on his campaign, taking on the job of advocating for and defending a president who had his own unconventional ideas about how to conduct the people’s business.
Dems announce debate candidates: Bullock, Moulton out
The Democratic National Committee has announced that 20 candidates have qualified for the party’s first presidential debates later this month.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts were the only major candidates out of the two dozen Democratic hopefuls who failed to meet the polling or grassroots fundraising measures required to get a debate spot.
Two lesser-known candidates, former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska and Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam, also missed the cutoff, announced Thursday.
The campaign’s opening debates, set for June 26-27 in Miami, will offer a prime opportunity for many White House hopefuls to reshape a race defined in recent weeks by former Vice President Joe Biden’s domination of national and many early state polls.
COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL-DEMOLITION
Obsession with 1999 attack could shape Columbine’s future
DENVER (AP) — Two decades after the name “Columbine” became synonymous with a school shooting, the suburban Denver community surrounding the school is debating whether it’s time to tear down a building that also became a beacon for people obsessed with the killings.
School officials said the number of people trying to get close to or even inside the school reached record levels this year and they worry that growth will continue unabated.
Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Jason Glass says security staff contacted more than 2,400 “unauthorized” visitors on Columbine’s campus this year.
The threats are no secret, but the idea of knocking down a school central to the community’s identity is rousing old pain and emotion — particularly for staff and students who survived the 1999 attack that killed 13 people.
HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW-THE LATEST
The Latest: Hong Kong protests planned as groups slam police
HONG KONG (AP) — Petitions are voicing anger over police use of rubber bullets and other forceful means against Hong Kong residents who turned out to protest a bill that would allow suspects detained in Hong Kong to be tried in mainland Chinese courts.
Several groups were circulating online petitions signed by thousands of people objecting to use of rubber bullets, tear gas and other tactics during protests that left about 80 people injured.
One of the petitions, posted on Change.org, had nearly 28,000 signatures. It said the police had used an “excessive level of violence” and urged the United Nations to investigate and to condemn the police.
More demonstrations are planned to try to stop Beijing-appointed Chief Executive Carrie Lam from pushing through the legal amendments they fear will erode Hong Kong’s legal autonomy.
NBA FINALS-THE LATEST
The Latest: Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for 1st time
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the first time.
The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. The Raptors won the series 4-2, denying the Warriors what would have been a third straight championship.
Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam had 26 points apiece for the Raptors, Fred VanVleet and Kawhi Leonard each had 22 for Toronto.
Klay Thompson scored 30 for Golden State but left with a knee injury. Andre Iguodala scored 22 points and Stephen Curry had 21 for the Warriors. Curry missed a 3-pointer with about 5 seconds left, the Raptors tacked on a free throw off a technical in the last second when the Warriors called a time-out they didn’t have, and the last game at Oracle Arena was the last game of Golden State’s reign.
Ronan Farrow looks at media crowd and says he sees liars
NEW YORK (AP) — The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow sure knows how to get a media crowd buzzing.
He accepted a Mirror Award for media reporting from Syracuse University Thursday by paying tribute to journalists and industry leaders at a Manhattan luncheon for keeping the media honest and transparent.
At the same time, Farrow said he could see people in the room who have lied to police and The New Yorker to protect the powerful.
But at the podium and afterward, Farrow declined to name names.
Man’s deportation reversed in rebuke of government practices
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal court has ruled that a Mexican man who was arrested during an immigration sting at a Los Angeles manufacturing plant should not be deported.
Thursday’s finding may influence how immigration authorities target factories and offices.
Immigration agents stormed the premises of Micro Solutions Enterprises, a maker of printer cartridges, after getting a search warrant in 2008 for employment-related documents and arrest warrants for eight employees. About 100 agents entered the factory, blocking exits and announcing that no one could leave or use their…