BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has issued a video just days before a federal deadline, calling on all parties in the Dakota Access pipeline dispute to avoid violence.

Her video, released Friday evening, doesn’t refer to an order for protesters to leave federal land by Monday. Authorities have said they won’t physically enforce it.

Nor did she refer to her phone call to Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. He issued a statement urging fewer words and more action. He says she offered neither assistance for law enforcement, nor a timeline for resolution.

Sen. John Hoeven disputed Lynch’s claim she’s working with the state and its congressional delegation to find a resolution. He says the administration needs to provide more actual law enforcement personnel, not just advisers, and let construction resume.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that a package that blew up when a Philadelphia man opened it contained a homemade explosive.

They also announced Thursday that they have video of the person who dropped off the package at the home of 60-year-old James Alden, who was seriously wounded in the Nov. 22 blast.

Police believe the person is male, but they aren’t certain. They say the person was wearing what investigators described as an Elmer Fudd-type hat, with the flaps down. Investigators say the person’s age could range from late teens to early 30s.

Investigators say they don’t know if that person also manufactured the device in the package.

Alden is recovering from shrapnel wounds to his face, chest and arms and needs additional surgeries to repair his badly damaged left hand.

Generation Beyond is an initiative designed to get students interested in STEM learning and deep space exploration. Today’s students are tomorrow’s STEM professionals who will be helping in getting humans to Mars — and you could be one of them!

If all things space excite you, here’s a chance to participate in a hands-on challenge! Generation Beyond is running a student video challenge contest where individual middle school students or groups of students can submit a design of the living quarters for the Orion Spacecraft — NASA’s new human spacecraft designed to take humans farther in space than they’ve ever gone before!

29315746035_3187f77780_zHere’s how to enter:

Submission: Register for the 2016 Video Challenge. Then create and present in a one- to two-minute video a Mars Mission habitation design — what internal environment, tools and equipment would humans need to stay healthy and safe in space? Explain your design and accompany your video with a visual presentation.

Criteria: Students will be judged on scientific knowledge, creativity, effective communication and presentation skills.

Prizes: First place prize for individual contestants or teams is $10,000 + and travel to a unique space experience! Second place gets awarded $5,000 and third place — $2,500.

Deadline for submission: December 15th, 2016

Get more details about the video challenge — and take the opportunity to showcase your science skills and creativity!

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Video of a brawl among deal-hunting shoppers at a crowded Northern California mall has been getting nationwide attention.

The Modesto Bee reports ( ) that the video shows a fight among about six men at the Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto on the night of Thanksgiving. The men repeatedly kick and punch each other, with two eventually wrestling on the ground.

The video is being shared widely on social media and had attracted millions of views by Sunday.

Modesto Police Lt. Steve Stanfield says no one called police during the fight and that the department didn’t get any reports of people being injured.

Mall spokeswoman Annie Amies says the fight was resolved quickly with the help of mall security.

The mall opened at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving day.


Information from: The Modesto Bee,

NEW YORK (AP) — A smash-and-grab robber at a New York City jewelry store had a little trouble with the smashing part.

Surveillance video shows two men wearing overcoats, hats and sunglasses as they entered the store on Madison Avenue on Monday morning.

Police say one of the men pulled a handgun out and ordered employees to lie on the floor while the second man used a claw hammer to try to smash the glass on two display cases.

The video shows the hammer-wielding man struggling to break through the glass. He finally succeeds and grabs some merchandise.

Police say the thieves made off with five watches valued at more than $300,000. No injuries were reported.

The two suspects remain at large.