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    Authorities in Texas have attributed a fifth death to the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda, which caused widespread flooding in southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana. Jefferson County spokeswoman Allison Getz said Saturday that 52-year-old Mark Dukaj, of Florida, was found dead Thursday in his stranded pickup truck on Interstate 10 just west of Beaumont, which is near Texas' border with Louisiana. She didn't know where in Florida he lived. Getz says floodwaters seeped into the pickup, but emergency personnel don't believe he drowned. She says investigators believe his death is related to the storm and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause. Authorities have attributed four other deaths to the storm, including that of a 19-year-old man who was electrocuted while trying to lead his horse to safety through floodwaters.
  • Britain's major opposition Labour Party was thrown into turmoil Saturday after a close ally of leader Jeremy Corbyn sought to oust his deputy, a move that prompted a furious outcry from many in the party. While the attempt to dislodge Tom Watson was ditched after Corbyn intervened, the row laid bare divisions in the party at a time when it should be readying for an expected general election in the next few months against a Conservative government and prime minister racing to take Britain out of the European Union by the scheduled Oct. 31 Brexit date. Watson has espoused a number of viewpoints, particularly on Brexit, that angered many of Corbyn's left-wing supporters but appealed to the Labour Party's moderate wing. Watson is a prominent supporter of a holding a second Brexit referendum and urging Labour to campaign for Britain to remain in the EU in any future vote. Corbyn and many of his allies have been reluctant to take that position, partly over fears it would alienate the Labour voters who backed Brexit in the June 2016 referendum. Labour moved recently to support a second referendum on any Brexit deal and is due to debate its position further in the coming days at its annual conference in the southern England city of Brighton. On Friday, Jon Lansman, the founder of the pro-Corbyn grassroots Momentum group, proposed a motion for Watson's job to be scrapped. Many lawmakers voiced opposition, and former Labour prime minister Tony Blair lambasted the move as 'undemocratic, damaging and politically dangerous.' Before Labour's governing National Executive Committee was set to debate the motion Saturday, Corbyn sought to put a lid on the dispute by proposing that the body should instead carry out a review of the deputy leader's role. Heading into conference, Corbyn tried to put a brave face on the row and said he enjoyed working with Watson, who was elected deputy leader at the same time Corbyn took the helm of the Labour Party in September 2015. 'The NEC agreed this morning that we are going to consult on the future of diversifying the deputy leadership position to reflect the diversity of our society,' Corbyn said. Questioned by reporters, Corbyn refused to say when he first knew about the attempt to oust Watson, nor whether he had full confidence in his deputy. Watson told BBC radio before the proposal was ditched that the attempt to oust him was akin to 'a straight sectarian attack on a broad-church party' and he believed his position on Brexit was behind it. He said the move against him came as a shock and that he was in a Chinese restaurant in Manchester Friday evening when he learned about it. Lansman said in a tweet that he welcomed Corbyn's proposal for a review and added that the party needs 'to make sure the deputy leader role is properly accountable to the membership while also unifying the party at conference.' Whether Corbyn has done enough to keep the row from overshadowing the conference due to end Wednesday remains to be seen. The fissures in the party over Brexit will likely be evident, though. A draft statement by Labour's governing body Saturday suggests the party go into a general election without specifying whether it would support remaining in the EU in the promised second referendum. The statement said the party would get the issue 'sorted one way or another' with a referendum within six months if Labour formed the next government. Pro-EU Labour activists fear the NEC's approach could be a way of stopping debate on their call for Labour to back remaining in the EU whatever the circumstances. 'This move is just plain wrong,' said Clive Lewis, a Labour lawmaker in the party's Treasury team. An election is widely expected to be held in the next few months whether or not the country has left the EU on the scheduled Brexit date of Oct. 31. Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried twice this month to get Parliament to back an election. Labour, in conjunction with other opposition parties, voted against the proposal. They want to make sure a no-deal Brexit is blocked before agreeing to an election. Parliament is now suspended until Oct. 14, just over two weeks before the U.K. is due to leave the EU. However, it may be forced to return if the Supreme Court decides Johnson broke the law when he suspended Parliament. ___ Follow AP's full coverage of Brexit and British politics at: https://www.apnews.com/Brexit
  • Fresh off a climate strike that took hundreds of thousands of young people out of classrooms and into the streets globally, youth leaders have gathered at the United Nations to demand radical moves to fight climate change. Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg started the climate strike movement with her lone protest in front of her country's parliament and told U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that youth are united and unstoppable. After listening to Thunberg and other youth climate activists on Saturday, Guterres credited young people with changing from him a pessimist to an optimist in the fight against global warming. Fiji activist Kamal Karishma Kumar says that the world's youth will hold leaders accountable. She says if leaders don't act on climate change, young people will vote them out of office.
  • This is the time of year when the cast of HBO's 'Veep' would usually be shooting a new season. Now that the show is done, actor Tony Hale says they'll have to settle for getting together at the Emmy Awards. 'Obviously, a win would be so much fun,' Hale said at Friday night's reception for nominees. 'But it's more a celebration just to be together. This is around the time we'd be shooting, so we're just kind of sad. So, it'd be nice to see each other and just kind of celebrate the culmination of ... the seven-year journey we had.' 'Veep' has won best comedy the last three times it was nominated and will try for a fourth at Sunday's Emmy Awards. Hale, who played loyal aide Gary Walsh to star Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character of Selina Meyer, has won two Emmys for his role. Louis-Dreyfus has the more crowded shelf of trophies, having won six times as best comic actress for her character. There's a similar feeling for Carice van Houten of 'Game of Thrones,' another much-honored HBO series that has wrapped up. 'We've had a lot of parties along the way, of course,' she said. 'But this feels like it really is the end. So, I feel like we really want to go out with a blast and, you know, hopefully we'll take them all.' Actress Patricia Clarkson of 'Sharp Objects' plans to wear a Christian Siriano dress 'that he literally kind of draped on my body.' You feel like Cinderella at an event like this, she said. 'It's like you've died and gone to heaven,' she said. 'But it is work. You know, you have to make sure you get it right. And, you know, I'm not 25. I'm not wearing a slit up to my you know what. So ... I'm careful.' Clarkson is 59. Jonathan Banks of 'Better Call Saul,' a six-time Emmy nominee, is not looking forward to the temperature extremes of Emmy night. Even though he shoots a series in the desert, he said Emmy's night is 'hot enough just to kill you.' 'You wear a tuxedo because your wife makes you wear a tuxedo, and other people suggest that you do it,' Banks said. 'So you're boiling hot and then you go into a place that is 60 degrees. And, immediately, you're a candidate for pneumonia.' ___ Media writer David Bauder in New York contributed to this report.
  • The British government was urged Saturday to step in and prevent Thomas Cook, one of the world's oldest and largest travel companies, from going bust potentially within days, a development that could leave around 150,000 British holidaymakers struggling to get home. The Transport Salaried Staffs Association, which represents workers at the debt-laden company, said the government should be ready to assist with 'real financial support.' In a letter to Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, the union's general secretary, Manuel Cortes, said it was 'incumbent upon the government to act if required and save this iconic cornerstone of the British high street and the thousands of jobs that go with it.' Thomas Cook confirmed Friday it was seeking 200 million pounds ($250 million) in extra funding to avoid a collapse. The tour operator said it was in talks with stakeholders such as leading Chinese shareholder Fosun to bridge a funding gap. The money required would be a 'seasonal stand-by facility' and come on top of the 900 million pounds of new capital already raised, the company said. Any failure to raise the required capital would elicit questions about the jobs of the 22,000 staff Thomas Cook employs around the world, including 9,000 in Britain. 'The company must be rescued no matter what,' Cortes said. 'No British government in its right mind would countenance the loss of so many jobs and the prospect of just one major travel operator - TUI - controlling the mass market.' Should Thomas Cook go under, Britain's Civil Aviation Authority would likely be ordered to launch a major repatriation operation to fly stranded vacationer home, much in the way it had to with Monarch Airlines, when it went bust nearly two years ago. In May, Thomas Cook reported in half-year results that it had a net debt burden of 1.25 billion pounds. It said political uncertainty related to Britain's departure from the European Union had led to softer demand for summer holidays. The company said higher fuel and hotel costs were also weighing on business.
  • It had all the makings of a massacre. Six guns, including a Colt AR-15 rifle. About 1,000 rounds of ammunition. A bulletproof vest. And an angry Southern California man who threated to kill his co-workers at a hotel and its guests. But a concerned colleague intervened, alerting authorities who arrested 37-year-old Rodolfo Montoya, a cook at the Long Beach Marriott hotel, the next day and discovered the arsenal where he lived in a rundown motor home parked near industrial buildings. In the weeks since three high-profile shootings in three states took the lives of more than two dozen people in just one week in August, law enforcement authorities nationwide reported a spike in tips they are from concerned relatives, friends and co-workers about people who appear bent on carrying out the next mass shooting. Some of those would-be shooters sent text messages to friends or posted on social media that they hoped to one-up previous mass shootings by killing more people. Law enforcement authorities and experts say the reasons for the increase in tips and heightened awareness of thwarted mass shootings vary. In some cases, it's the so-called 'contagion effect' in which intense media coverage of mass shootings leads to more people seeking to become copycat killers. In other cases, it's a reflection of the general public being more aware of warning signs when a friend or relative or co-worker is in an emotional crisis — and more willing to tip off police. On average, the Federal Bureau of Investigation receives about 22,000 tips about potential threats of violence weekly. Following the high-profile shootings during the first week of August in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio that killed 34 people and wounded nearly 70, the volume of calls to federal authorities increased by about 15,000 each week. Mass shootings tend to plant the idea of carrying out a rampage or at least encourage the idea in potential mass shooters, each seeking notoriety or striving to 'out-do' others with higher death tolls, said sociologist James Densley, a criminal justice professor at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, who studies mass shootings and the people who perpetrate them. And the general public in turn becomes more aware of the possibility of mass shootings, heightening people's willingness to speak out if a friend, relative or co-worker appears to be in the midst of a crisis and plotting carnage, Densley said. In addition, the media focuses not only on the actual shootings, but also on those that are foiled. But identifying and predicting who the next shooter will be is challenging for authorities, he said. The reason? Mass shootings remain rare events and there's no one basic profile for the gunmen. The demographics of school shooters and their motivations are vastly different from someone who carries out carnage in a place of worship. The same holds true for those who carry out workplace shootings. 'When it comes to thinking about the profile of a mass shooter what our research is starting to uncover is there's not really one profile of a mass shooter,' Densley said. But the one common thread is that there are usually warning signs in the days and weeks leading up to the shootings, with many shooters taking to social media to vent outrage at whatever is troubling them. Greg Shaffer, a retired FBI agent who now a private security consultant specializing in active shooters and terrorism, said in an interview that the challenge for law enforcement is the juggling act of trying to balance the public's safety while not trampling on Americans' constitutional rights. For example, at what point does a troubling social media post constitute an illegal threat versus simple venting that's protected by the First Amendment? 'The real rub is where do you draw the line between First, Second and Fourth Amendment rights?' he said. 'We allow hate speech. It's freedom of speech. Where do you decide that it's no longer posturing and now it's a threat? ... At what point do you crash his pad and take away his guns? You can't be the thought police.' Shaffer added: 'That's the hard part in law enforcement. You don't want to trample those ... rights because it's vital to our institution.' The other challenge is more practical, said Houston Police Chief Hubert Acevedo. It's impossible for law enforcement in real time to pore over social media posts and quickly isolate those showing that someone poses a real threat. 'There's just so much traffic on social media, in cyberspace, that it's like looking for a needle in a haystack,' said Acevedo, the president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association representing police chiefs and sheriffs for the largest U.S. and Canadian cities. The public's cooperation — and their willingness to risk angering a friend, relative or co-worker by informing on them— is key to stopping mass shootings ahead of time, he said. In Long Beach, California, where police disrupted the possible plans to carry out the hotel attack, Police Chief Robert Luna thanked hotel staff for warning investigators. 'Instead of us visiting each other in hospitals or making funeral plans,' Luna said, 'we can talk about the courage you showed.' Luna said in an interview that his department often handles threats of mass shootings but the Marriott case was unusual because Montoya, a cook upset over human resources issues, had the guns and ammunition to carry out his plans plus equipment authorities believe could be used to make ammunition. 'All the ingredients were there for a catastrophe,' Luna said. Montoya has been jailed for lack of $500,000 bail and has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal threats, dissuading a witness by force or threat and possession of an assault weapon. He faces more than five years in prison if convicted. Luna said after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead, authorities investigated an increase in threats to Long Beach schools. Officials decided to send detectives immediately to schools — an expensive move the chief said was 'absolutely worth it.' Nothing happened at the Long Beach schools, but Luna said he didn't want to risk ignoring the threats. Luna welcomes the increase in tips to authorities about potential mass shooters, saying Long Beach residents have followed the 'see something, say something' guidelines and report suspicious behavior to police. 'There are people, thank God, that are speaking up,' he said. 'It's not only 'see something' but if you hear something, if you read something, you absolutely have to say something.' ___ Pane reported from Boise, Idaho.
  • If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble. Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission plants across the industrial Midwest, replaced by smaller workforces at squeaky-clean mostly automated factories that mix up chemicals to make batteries. The union is keenly aware of this possibility as it negotiates for the future as much as the present in contract talks with General Motors. Meanwhile, more than 49,000 union workers are on strike against the company and have shut down its factories for the past six days. GM CEO Mary Barra has promised an 'all-electric future,' with the company going through a painful restructuring to raise cash in part to develop 20 electric models that it plans to sell worldwide by 2023. In the contract talks, GM has offered to build an electric vehicle battery factory in Lordstown, Ohio, where the company is closing an assembly plant. The automaker, according to a person briefed on the offer, wants the plant to be run by a joint venture or a battery company. It would be staffed by far fewer union workers who would be paid less than the $30 per hour that UAW members make on the assembly lines, said the person, who didn't want to be identified because contract details are confidential. For the union, getting the top pay at Lordstown is crucial because battery jobs could one day supplant many of those at GM's 10 U.S. powertrain factories that now employ more than 10,500 hourly workers. Also at stake is the future of the union, which has lost high-paying auto jobs over the past 30 years, said Sam Abuelsamid, an analyst for Navigant Research who follows the auto industry. 'I can see why the UAW would reject such a deal,' Abuelsamid said. 'To accept a lower wage tier for employees at Lordstown or any other plant where GM wants to do something similar, I think that would be foolish for them.' For the company, however, the lower wages are needed to keep costs competitive with other automakers who will contract out battery cell and pack manufacturing to nonunion factories that pay less than the UAW wage, Abuelsamid said. GM also must reign in expenses as it tries to sell more electric vehicles, which now are more expensive than those powered by gas, he said. The company won't give details about how many workers would be employed at the Lordstown battery plant or how much they'll be paid. But the number won't be anywhere near the $30 an hour top wage at the assembly plant, which two years ago employed 4,500 people making the Chevrolet Cruze compact car. The only GM plant comparable to what's being proposed in Lordstown now sits in Brownstown Township, Michigan. About 100 UAW workers there took battery cells made by LG Chem in Western Michigan and combined them into packs for the Chevrolet Volt rechargeable gas-electric car. The Volt was canceled last spring, and now 22 remaining workers make hybrid battery packs and assemble autonomous vehicle equipment. In 2009, the UAW agreed to a lower wage of $15 to $17 per hour at Brownstown to help get the Volt started. While there is potential for growth if electric car sales take off and more batteries are needed, no one is sure when or if that will happen in the U.S. Few are predicting that Barra's 'all electric future' is coming soon and the Trump administration has proposed rolling back fuel economy requirements. Fully electric vehicles currently make up about 1.5% of U.S. new vehicle sales, and LMC Automotive forecasts it will rise to only 7.5% by 2030. The forecasting firm doesn't see EV sales hitting 50% of the market until at least 2049. Globally it's a different story. Navigant sees growth from just over 1 million sales last year to 6.5 million by 2025. The surge is expected because of government incentives and fuel economy regulations in China. Currently, GM loses thousands on each Chevy Bolt electric car it sells, and it hasn't been able to mass produce enough of them to bring the cost down. Without large-volume production, it's tough to cut the price. Paying full union wages at Lordstown would push costs up. 'You can't be at a cost disadvantage in a market that's in its infancy,' said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president for LMC. Even if the union is successful at getting higher wages at battery plants, engine and transmission jobs will someday start to disappear, Abuelsamid said. He estimates that it will take only 25% to 50% of the current engine and transmission workforce to build battery cells, packs and electric motors. GM and others also could keep outsourcing battery cells and packs to nonunion plants as GM does now for the Bolt. Whether the union will make a stand on electric vehicles in this round of contract talks remains to be seen. It may decide that it doesn't want to set a lower-wage precedent that could spread to Fiat Chrysler or Ford. But if it can preserve health insurance and get pay raises, job guarantees, more profit-sharing and a path for temporary workers to go full-time, it may punt the issue to future contract talks, says Schuster. 'The ultimate path (to electric vehicles), in our opinion, is so far down the road that I'm not sure it has to be dealt with right now,' he said. 'I don't know if it has to be the thing that holds up a deal at this stage.' Workers at the powertrain plants know their future is in the balance, said Tim O'Hara, president of the UAW local in Lordstown. He expects the union to try to protect as many higher-paying jobs as it can. 'It's been on a lot of people's minds about the electric future,' O'Hara said. 'The goal is always to have the same kind of jobs with benefits and wages as you start out with.
  • Authorities are investigating the deaths of dozens of cats found at an upstate New York home after the former owner was evicted. The Times Herald-Record reports that the remains of 89 cats had been removed from the house in Montgomery as of midday Friday. Montgomery town Police Chief Arnold 'Butch' Amthor says conditions in the house were 'horrific.' Boxes containing more dead cats were found in an open grave behind the house. A label on one box read, 'RIP Zippy you were a good little girl.' The cat remains were discovered when a work crew arrived to clear out the house. Animal Control Officer Anne Ilkiw says about eight cats survived. Authorities say animal cruelty charges may be filed by the Orange County district attorney's office. ___ Information from: The Times Herald-Record, http://www.th-record.com
  • Lee Boyd Malvo, who terrorized the Washington region in 2002 as one-half of a sniper team, is at the center of a case the Supreme Court will hear this fall. But the justices' eventual ruling probably will mean less for him than for a dozen other inmates who, like the now-34-year-old Malvo, were sentenced to life without parole for murders they committed as teens. At issue for the Supreme Court is whether Malvo should be resentenced in Virginia in light of Supreme Court rulings restricting life-without-parole sentences for crimes committed by juveniles. But the case could also be an opportunity for the Supreme Court, which has recently become more conservative , to put the brakes on what has been a gradual move toward more leniency for juvenile offenders . Regardless of the case's outcome, Malvo isn't leaving prison anytime soon. He's serving four life-without-parole sentences in Virginia. He was sentenced to another six life life-without-parole terms for shootings in Maryland. But an appeals court ruled last year that Malvo should be resentenced in Virginia, the decision the Supreme Court will review. The appeals court explained that after Malvo was sentenced, the Supreme Court issued a series of decisions affecting juvenile killers, decisions that required Malvo to be resentenced. But even if the justices were to agree that Malvo should receive new sentences in Virginia and even if he were given something short of life without parole, then he still would have to successfully get his Maryland sentences reduced before having a shot at freedom. 'The reality is that other people have more at stake in this case than he does,' said Jody Kent Lavy, the executive director of the Washington-based Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, which has filed a Supreme Court brief supporting Malvo. Lavy says a dozen other Virginia inmates will be affected by Malvo's case. They include Donte Jones, who was 17 when he fatally shot a convenience store employee during a robbery; Holly Landry, who was 16 when she participated in a robbery in which a man died after being beaten with a hammer, and Jason Clem, who was 16 when he fatally stabbed his boss at the restaurant where he worked as a dishwasher. Youth advocates have generally been pleased with the direction of the Supreme Court on juvenile sentencing in recent years. The court has recognized that minors should be treated differently from adults, in part because of their lack of maturity and greater ability to change. In 2005, the court eliminated the death penalty for offenders who were under 18 when they committed crimes. Then, in 2012, the justices said teenage killers couldn't automatically get life sentences with no chance of parole, explaining that punishment should be rare for juveniles. Four years later, the court made the decision retroactive , giving additional prisoners the hope for freedom. 'I have no idea what they're going to do in Malvo, but I would hope that they wouldn't do anything that pulls back from that progression,' said Kathleen Wach, whose firm represents Derek Ray Jackson Jr. He was 17 when he killed a man during a convenience store robbery; he will be affected by the Malvo case's outcome. The justices' 2012 and 2016 rulings provided opportunities for inmates such as Jackson and Malvo, who went back to court to challenge their sentences. Malvo argued he should be resentenced in Virginia because after a jury convicted him of murder but rejected the death penalty, he was automatically given a life-without-parole sentence. But Virginia has argued that Malvo's sentence — and others like it — weren't automatic, and that a judge could have suspended all or part of it, so Malvo shouldn't be resentenced. A spokesman for Virginia's attorney general didn't respond to a request for comment about the case. Two lower courts have sided with Malvo, ruling that a court should assess whether he's one of the rare juvenile offenders deserving of a life-without-parole sentence. The Supreme Court will decide if that's right. Having Malvo as the face of the issue, however, has some advocates worried because his crimes make him unlikely to elicit sympathy from the justices. Malvo was 17 when he and John Allen Muhammad went on their sniper spree, killing 10 people in the Washington area. They picked off victims going about their daily business: shopping, getting gas and mowing the lawn. Muhammad, who was 41 at the time of the shootings, was sentenced to death and executed in 2009. Lawyer Joshua Toll, who represents a client affected by Malvo's case, acknowledged that lawyers in his position wish a different defendant were before the justices. Toll wants his client, David Sanchez Jr., to be resentenced and said that after two decades in prison he's a different person from the 17-year-old who fatally shot a motorcyclist while under the influence of alcohol and LSD. He shouldn't spend the rest of his life in jail, Toll said. 'He deserves the chance to at least make the case,' he said. The case is Mathena v. Malvo, 18-217 .
  • Lagging in polling and fundraising, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker's campaign on Saturday said he may end his run unless donations from supporters increase quickly. 'If we're not able to build the campaign organization, which means raise the money that we need to win the nomination, Cory's not going to continue running and consuming resources that are better used on focusing on beating Donald Trump,' campaign manager Addisu Demissie said. In a memo made public Saturday, Demissie said the New Jersey senator needed to raise an additional $1.7 million by Sept. 30 to remain competitive in the crowded field of candidates seeking the nomination. With such a fundraising surge, the campaign does 'not see a legitimate long-term path forward,' according to the memo. 'This isn't an end-of-quarter stunt or another one of those memos from a campaign trying to spin the press,' the memo said, offering 'a real, unvarnished look under the hood of our operation.' Booker has qualified for a spot in the next debate, in October. But he struggled with fundraising and yet to break through in either early state or national polls. Demissie said in a telephone call with reporters that 'we're trying to win.