ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Video footage surfaced Saturday of the moment a Turkish coast guard vessel collided with a stationary Greek patrol boat near a pair of Aegean Sea islets over which the two countries almost went to war in 1996.
Cameras on the Greek coast guard boat recorded two videos. They show the Turkish vessel hitting or scraping the Greek one near the stern.
It’s not clear from the footage if the contact on Monday night was deliberate, resulted by mistake from a threatening maneuver, or another cause. But footage in one of the videos showed a downed pole or antenna on the Greek ship.
A Greek coast guard spokeswoman confirmed the existence of the videos and said they were not leaked to Greek media outlets by the maritime agency.
The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity because of coast guard customs limiting the contexts in which officials speak publicly.
A set of photos published on a Greek website focusing on military issues show extensive damage to the side of the vessel.
When the collision happened, the vessels were off the uninhabited Imia islets – Kardak in Turkish – to which both Turkey and Greece claim territorial rights.
Tensions between the NATO allies already were rising over the warships Turkey deployed in recent days to block a drilling rig from reaching a location off of Cyprus.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island state senator under investigation by state police since January was arrested Friday on charges of video voyeurism and extortion.
Republican Sen. Nicholas Kettle faces one count of video voyeurism brought by state police for sending pictures of his ex-girlfriend’s “private parts,” Lt. Col. Joseph Philbin said. He also was indicted on two counts of extortion, but Philbin said he could not comment on those counts.
Kettle was being held in jail over the weekend and is to appear in court Monday, he said.
Kettle’s lawyer, Paul DiMaio, called the video voyeurism charge “nonsense” and said he has no idea what the extortion charges are about. He also blasted state police for their tactics, saying they deliberately took Kettle into custody at his workplace on a Friday afternoon, which meant he likely would be held over the weekend.
“All they had to do was call us, we would have been in there,” he said.
Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio issued a written statement calling for Kettle’s immediate resignation.
“It is deeply troubling that a member of the Senate has been indicted on charges of video voyeurism and extortion. Based on what we know at this time, I believe that Mr. Kettle should resign immediately. I will reserve further comment until the indictment is unsealed and we have additional information,” he said.
Kettle, 27, serves as the Senate minority whip in the tiny Republican caucus. He represents parts of Coventry, Foster, Scituate and West Greenwich.
Senate Minority Leader Dennis Algiere, who leads the GOP caucus, did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
DiMaio said in January that the investigation involved an allegation of video voyeurism and images taken surreptitiously of his girlfriend, with whom Kettle had recently split. He said at the time that he believed the images in question were not illegal and or pornographic.
“There’s no allegation that he did something wrong up there,” DiMaio said then, referring to the Statehouse.
Earlier this week, WPRI-TV and The Providence Journal reported that the head of the Senate page program had been called to testify before a grand jury. The page program employs several dozen high school and college students to help lawmakers at the Statehouse.
Asked about details of the charges against Kettle, and whether they were related in any way to the Senate page program, Philbin would not comment.
DiMaio said he doesn’t know anything about the page program, and Kettle told him he didn’t either.
“He tells me he didn’t, so I believe him,” DiMaio said.
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ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say they’ve opened an investigation after video surfaced of a man’s encounter with a plainclothes police officer on a downtown street.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the officer is shown in the video using derogatory slurs that denigrate gays and blacks. The video was uploaded to social media on Jan. 26 by an Atlanta activist.
Atlanta Police Officer Lisa Bender said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the man in the video is an Atlanta police officer. Bender says the department’s Office of Professional Standards has opened an investigation into his conduct.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man faces an animal cruelty charge after he was recorded on video hitting and kicking his frightened horse in a New Orleans parade leading up to Mardi Gras, according to the Louisiana SPCA.
A paradegoer made the video Friday. The rider was a guest of the riding group Nu Generations in the Krewe of Oshun parade, an SPCA news release said Tuesday. The krewe’s captain accompanied him to Louisiana SPCA headquarters Monday.
“It looks like the horse got frightened and the crowds were too much and it just shut down,” Louisiana SPCA spokeswoman Alicia Haefele said in a phone interview. “It did not want to walk any further. That’s when the rider got upset.”
The SPCA is not releasing the rider’s name, but said the krewe captain told officials he won’t be allowed to ride with the group again.
“We’ve spoken with the horse’s original owner,” Haefele said, adding the original owner “made it clear the horse was not parade-ready.”
Haefele said the SPCA took the horse into custody Tuesday, working with animal control authorities in the locality where the animal was stabled.
People accused of animal cruelty cannot have animals in their care, she said.
Haefele said the man is to be arraigned Feb. 15.
She said once the SPCA has completed its investigation, the files will be turned over to the city, which will decide whether to prosecute.
A weekslong celebration of parades and festivities leads up to the all-out revelry of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, which falls this year on Feb. 13.
NEW YORK (AP) — Every Olympic event will be streamed live. But to watch online, you’ll still need to be a paying cable or satellite subscriber.
As with past Olympics, NBC is requiring proof of a subscription. If you’ve already given up on traditional cable or satellite TV, you can sign up for an online TV service such as PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV. Otherwise, your video will cut out after a half-hour grace period.
The subscription requirement also applies to coverage on virtual-reality headsets.
More than 1,800 hours of online coverage begins Wednesday evening in the U.S. with preliminary curling matches. Friday’s opening ceremony will be shown live online starting at 6 a.m. ET, and on NBC’s prime-time broadcast on a delayed basis at 8 p.m. NBC also plans live streaming of the closing ceremony on Feb. 25.
Here’s a guide to watching the Olympics online.
NBC’s over-the-air network will cover popular sports such as figure skating and skiing, some of it live. For those who can’t get to a TV, NBC will stream the broadcast at NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. But there you’ll need your paid-TV credentials to sign in — even though you can watch the network over the air for free.
The sports network NBCSN will be the main overflow channel, carrying events such as biathlon, bobsled and luge. Coverage on CNBC and USA Network will be limited to curling and ice hockey. The Olympic Channel will have medal ceremonies, news and highlights, but not event coverage. All four of these cable channels will also be streamed online.
Much of the online coverage will come from the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Broadcasting Services. That means the spotlight will be on all athletes, not just Americans. In addition to live events, you can get streams of some training and practice runs. NBC also plans digital-only shows, including a daily two-hour wrap-up starting at noon ET (2 a.m. the next morning in Pyeongchang).
Some cable companies plan special features. NBC owner Comcast will include online coverage on its TV set-top boxes and TV coverage on its mobile apps to offer viewers one-stop access to the Olympics. Comcast and other cable providers will also offer the opening ceremony and other events in sharper “4K” resolution, though with a day’s delay.
Intel is working with the Olympic Broadcasting Services to produce virtual-reality coverage of 30 events. Eighteen events, or 55 hours, will be live.
During the Rio Olympics in 2016, VR coverage typically wasn’t live and required Samsung’s Gear VR headsets with a Samsung phone. This time, VR is available on Google Daydream and Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets as well. Those without a headset can still watch on web browsers or Apple and Android mobile devices. In the U.S., you’ll need the NBC Sports VR app.
VR isn’t meant to replace television. While Intel’s VR productions of baseball and other sports had their own announcers, the Olympic coverage will rely on regular television coverage embedded in the VR experience. And most of the VR video will be in 180 degrees — you’ll see the action in front of you and a little bit to the sides, but not what’s behind you. Videos in 360 degrees will be limited to non-competition features such as a demo run down the bobsled.
But VR will offer more leaderboards and stats than television, along with the ability to choose camera positions. For downhill skiing, for instance, you might prefer watching from a particular location on the mountain, the way a spectator would, rather than have the camera shift the skier goes down. For figure skating, one camera will be near the judges so you can get their vantage point. There will be no cameras on the rink or on any athletes, however.
IF YOU LACK CABLE OR SATELLITE TV
For the most part, access to an online TV service — one that streams many of the channels you’d get from a cable subscription — will also let you use the NBC apps for streaming and VR.
Google’s YouTube TV has the lowest price for all five Olympic TV channels, at $35 a month. Google says the service is available in more than 80 U.S. markets, covering more than 80 percent of households, though the NBC station isn’t available everywhere.
In excluded markets, you could check out a rival. What works best will depend on your needs:
— DirecTV Now also has a $35-a-month offering. But the Olympic Channel is part of a higher tier, at $60 a month, and DirecTV Now generally won’t let you record programs for viewing later (a DVR feature is still being tested among some subscribers).
— Hulu with Live TV is $40 a month for all five channels and DVR. As with Comcast, Hulu is blending TV and online video on its app.
— PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and FuboTV are all $45 for comparable packages. But you can bring Sling TV’s bill down to $30 for just the two main Olympic channels and DVR. PlayStation is $40 without the Olympic Channel.
Free trials are available, and you can cancel after the Olympics. Most services let you enter your ZIP code to check whether the NBC station is available. NBC’s live broadcast stream won’t be available on the NBC app if you don’t get the local station.
The NBC Sports app and the NBCOlympics website offer highlights, interviews and features on athletes without needing a subscription. You’ll also have full access to scores, schedules and guides to understanding obscure events.
Samsung, an Olympic sponsor, developed the official Apple and Android app for the games, called PyeongChang 2018. It has schedules, news and 3-D and drone views of the venues.
The games’ official website, pyeongchang2018.com, also has live video of the Olympic torch relay.
Traditional media organizations will also cover the event, even though extensive video from the official venues are restricted to the rights-holding broadcasters. The Associated Press, for instance, has a Winter Games hub with traditional text, photo and video coverage alongside graphics breaking down complicated moves in figure skating and snowboarding and daily illustrations from sketch artist Dan Archer. The AP will also have 360-degree video and drone views of the venues.