PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):
A Nevada state lawmaker says she will travel to Portland, Oregon, this week to protest the jailing of members of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge.
Michelle Fiore, a Republican state Assembly member from Las Vegas and an outspoken gun rights advocate, told The Associated Press she plans to fly to Portland on Wednesday ahead of a Thursday meeting involving lawmakers from several states who are members of a group called the Coalition of Western States. The group opposes federal management of Western lands.
Fiore says the people jailed for seizing the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, last month were “exercising political free speech.”
The jailed leader of the standoff had earlier called on elected officials to support his cause. Ammon Bundy is among 16 people who have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to interfere with federal workers.
The jailed leader of the armed Oregon standoff is calling on elected officials to support those charged in connection with taking over a national wildlife preserve.
Ammon Bundy is among 16 people who have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to interfere with federal workers. That includes four holdouts still holed up at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to oppose federal land policy after more than five weeks.
Bundy’s attorneys released an audio recording Monday in which he urges officials from eight states to visit defendants in jail and show support for their rights to free speech, assembly and civil disobedience.
The defendants hail from Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Ohio and Washington.
Federal authorities say the standoff is illegal, occupiers had threatened violence and intimidated federal employees.
The last four occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge have posted a series of defiant videos in which one of them calls FBI agents losers, shows defensive barricades they have erected and takes a joyride in a government vehicle.
The videos were posted Sunday on a YouTube channel called Defend Your Base, which the armed group has been using to give live updates. The holdouts are among 16 people charged with conspiracy to interfere with federal workers.
David Fry says the FBI told him in negotiations that he was facing charges for setting up the barricades at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
In a video, he defends building them, then drives around in a government vehicle. He mockingly says the ride would give the FBI fodder for more charges.
When I founded the Fight Apathy Campaign in 2011, my sophomore year of high school, it was because I felt something missing in my high school. I wanted to start conversation about politics and the real world issues that surround us.
After talking over the idea with friends I designed a sticker with a very simple prompt: “I believe in…”
We planned on handing out the stickers when students entered school and encouraging them to fill it out. We handed out markers and asked them what they believed in—everything from marriage equality to a flat tax. The first event went even better than I hoped. Students, teachers and administrators all joined in conversations about real-world issues they were passionate about. It transformed the school, turning classrooms, cafeterias and hallways into centers for student initiated discussions. The event reinforced what I already knew: youth care.
We are passionate about the issues that surround us, only it is too rare that someone asks us out thoughts. Already having known how well the campaign worked, we improved the event and ran it again the next year at my high school. That year, a few students at other schools in my area took it on themselves to plan events for their peers too.
The next year, my senior year of high school, I wanted to get as many students involved as possible. The beauty of the campaign is in its simplicity. Anyone with a few committed student organizers and a lot of stickers can transform their school for a day. With help, I built a website, designed posters and materials, produced a video. We launched the campaign and reached out to every school we could, most of them associated with the Junior State of America, but many not. Through the work of so many people, over 80,000 students participated in Fight Apathy in 2014. Students sent me stories from across the country about how the campaign transformed their schools. At many schools, the campaign broke down social barriers, bringing together students who had seldom talked before after they found issues they were both passionate about. Other students connected with peers and teachers who believed in the same issues and then went on to organize activism events together for their communities.
In 2015, over 110,000 students participated in the campaign. This year we’re looking to be even bigger. So far, already we have 125,000 high schoolers across the country excited to join our movement to end apathy. That’s not big enough. We want to engage as many students as possible in the campaign, and to do so we need your help.
To register your school for the 2016 Fight Apathy Campaign and receive free “I believe in…” stickers:
- Visit fightapathy.org
- Check out the “Getting Started” tab for frequently asked questions and resources
- Click the “Register” tab at the top
Our website, fightapathy.org, has many resources to help make your campaign a success including media releases, social media tips and tricks and posters to prompt passionate conversations within your school. Fight Apathy 2016 is running from February 29th to March 11th, however your school’s event will only run for one day.
Be sure to register as soon as possible to join the movement and end political apathy in your school!
NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle repeatedly told employees they need to stay home if they feel sick and the restaurant chain kept all its U.S. locations shuttered early Monday as executives went over new food safety procedures.
The presentation for workers, which comes after Chipotle has been slammed by a series of food scares, was broadcast live at hundreds of theaters and hotel conference rooms around the country.
Co-CEO Monty Moran noted that two of the four incidents had been the result of norovirus, which is typically caused by sick workers.
“If you’re feeling sick, especially if you’ve vomited, whether at work or at home, you need to let your manager or your field leader know right away,” Moran said in a broadcast from a restaurant in Denver.
With an estimated 50,000 employees in attendance to view the presentation that lasted more than an hour, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. postponed opening its restaurants for four hours Monday, to 3 p.m. local time.
As a peace offering to inconvenienced customers, Chipotle said was offering free burritos to people who text in a code to the company. Moran urged employees to be “incredibly hospitable” to customers as the company pushes to win back business.
“We need you to be your very best,” he said.
Chipotle is trying to bounce back from plunging sales since an E. coli outbreak came to light in late October, and a separate norovirus incident in December. The declines have persisted, with January sales down 36 percent at restaurants open at least 13 months.
To work through the crisis, Chipotle has hired Rubenstein Public Relations, which helped organize the national worker meeting. The Denver company said employees watched the presentation at more than 400 locations around the country.
In New York City, employees filed into two theaters inside Regal Cinemas in Union Square. Many had orange pieces of paper on which they had been told to take notes, though that proved difficult in rooms darkened during the presentation. Employees, who were paid for attending, said they were told to come wearing their uniforms.
In a short video, employees were told to watch for symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, explosive diarrhea, yellowing of the skin and eyes and dark urine.
“When anyone vomits in the back of the house or the front line, this is a red event, which means we close the restaurant immediately,” said Gretchen Selfridge, a Chipotle restaurant support officer.
Executives also covered procedural changes that ranged from handwashing rules and the marinating of meat, to centralized locations where tomatoes and lettuce are chopped. During a brief question-and-answer period in which Chipotle selected screened questions, one employee asked whether the company planned to start chopping vegetables in restaurants again.
When the question appeared onscreen, employees in New York City groaned. One said upon leaving that cutting vegetables in stores is hard work.
How long it takes Chipotle to bounce back remains to be seen.
Other companies hit by food scares have taken about a year or more to recover, Chipotle executives note, though they acknowledge that their situation may differ because it involved more than one incident, and they received intense exposure in both social and mass media.
In the meantime, Chipotle has said it does not plan to slow down its rate of new store openings. Chipotle already has more than 2,000 locations, primarily in the U.S.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders called on governments to be responsive to and inclusive of their citizens at a conference in Dubai on Monday, as the unrest of the Arab Spring reverberates across the Middle East.
Those gathered for the World Government Summit offered no immediate solutions to the crises gripping the region, from low global oil prices and global warming to violent extremism. But all acknowledged that keeping government responsive to its citizens remains crucial.
“As we’ve seen in the tumult across the Middle East and North Africa, when governments do not lift up their citizens, it’s a recipe for instability and strife,” Obama said in a video address shown at the summit.
Five years after the Arab Spring promised democratic change, much of the Middle East remains mired in chaos, with civil wars in Syria and Yemen, militia rule in much of Libya and the Islamic State group in control of a self-styled caliphate in the heart of the region.
Mideast governments that rely on oil have begun cutting their spending as crude prices hover around $30 a barrel, down from $107 over the last 19 months.
Youth unemployment remains high in the Mideast and is growing in other regions, causing many to grow suspicious of those governing them, said Jose Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
“It is the curse of modern times,” he said.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim echoed that point, calling on governments to remain open and transparent.
“Governments that operate in opaque, exclusive and unaccountable ways or fail to empower local authorities often plant the seeds of discontent,” he said. “When governments don’t allow the public to participate in decisions, it breeds suspicions.”
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NEW YORK (AP) — From a strange creature called “Puppymonkeybaby” to a tear-inducing Audi ad, Super Bowl ads ran the gamut this year from offbeat humor to heartfelt messages.
On advertising’s biggest night, Chrysler celebrated Jeep with an ad filled featuring black-and-white portraits of veterans, kids and pop icons. In Audi’s spot, a depressed aging astronaut remembers his joy for life by driving an Audi sports car with his son. And in a quirky Doritos ad, a fetus in a sonogram appears to rocket out of the womb to chase a bag of chips the mother angrily tossed away.
The goal for advertisers: to stand out and win over the 114 million-plus people watching the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, much the way the Denver Broncos triumphed over the Carolina Panthers. With ads costing a record $5 million for 30 seconds this year, the stakes are high to stand out from the 40-plus advertisers and be remembered.
In general, advertisers played it safe with universally liked celebrities such as Anthony Hopkins (TurboTax) and Ryan Reynolds (Hyundai), cute animals and pro-America themes.
“It’s been a pretty safe night,” said David Berkowitz, chief marketing officer at advertising agency MRY. “There’s relatively little going over the top.”
Offbeat humor reigned with a creature called “Puppymonkeybaby” — pretty much exactly what it sounds like — in an ad for Mountain Dew’s Kickstart. The ad sought to show that three great things go together, since Kickstart combines Mountain Dew, juice and caffeine.
“It’s on my list of the weirdest ad of the night, but it’s very catchy and people will be talking about it,” said Kelly O’Keefe, a marketing professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Heartfelt messages were in abundance too. SunTrust’s ad urged people to take a breath and feel better about their financial health. BMW’s Mini urged people to “defy labels.”
Most ads managed to avoid the somber tone struck last year, when an ad for Nationwide about preventable household accidents bummed out many in the audience.
There were a couple of misfires. Two pharmaceutical ads highlighted unappealing digestive conditions. One promoted an anti-diarrhea medication Xifaxan with a small-intestines mascot taking a seat at the Super Bowl. Another sought to raise awareness about “opioid-induced constipation.”
“This just isn’t a topic that people want to hear about during a Super Bowl,” said Villanova University marketing professor Charles Taylor.
Mountain Dew’s ad might have been the weirdest ad of the night, but Doritos’ ad also seemed likely to divide viewers. The spot showed a couple during a sonogram. When the mother throws away a bag of Doritos, the fetus seems to zoom after it, to the consternation of all present.
“It caught you a little off guard, but it fit the brand,” said O’Keefe.
Some Super Bowl watchers agreed. Brian Kearney, from Morris County, New Jersey, was watching the game with about 15 people and said the ad was a hit with his friends.
“I thought it was hysterical, we all cracked up,” Kearney said.
Other ads with offbeat humor: Bud Light featured Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen traveling around America promoting “The Bud Light Party.” A Shock Top ad showed actor T.J. Miller trading insults with the brewery’s talking orange wedge mascot. And the outdoor goods-and-clothing company Marmot showed a man palling around with an actual marmot he appears to be falling for, all to illustrate falling in love with the outdoors.
MONEY MONEY MONEY
Eight years after the financial meltdown, financial companies are feeling more comfortable promoting their products and services. Six advertised in the big game, including including SunTrust Banks, PayPal, Quicken Loans, Intuit brand and Intuit’s TurboTax and Social Finance Inc.
Most promoted optimistic messages about money. TurboTax, for instance, enlisted Anthony Hopkins to get out the message that you can file your taxes for free with TurboTax. PayPal’s music-video style ad asked people to embrace “New Money.”
“We’re officially over the mourning of 2008 (financial crisis),” said Mediapost columnist Barbara Lippert.
Some advertisers created mini-movies. Toyota went long with a 90-second ad depicting bank robbers who use a Prius 4 to escape from police. LG enlisted Liam Neeson in a futuristic spot showing off LG’s new OLED 4K TV. Hyundai’s “The Chase” ad, echoed “The Revenant,” showing people escaping grizzly bears by using Hyundai’s remote start feature.
“Super Bowl advertisers are sticking with light themes,” said Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. “Last year we had serious ads about fathers and mortality. This year the ads are funny and creative.”
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:
1. BRONCOS DOMINATE PANTHERS IN SUPER BOWL WIN
Denver’s defense frustrates Cam Newton all game to carry Peyton Manning to his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
2. RUBIO’S DEBATE SLIPUPS EMBOLDEN RIVALS
The freshman senator’s uneven debate performance in New Hampshire invigorates Chris Christie, John Kasich and Jeb Bush days before the state’s primary.
3. WHO DECRIES NKOREA ROCKET LAUNCH AS ‘INTOLERABLE PROVOCATION’
The 15-member U.N. Security Council condemns Kim Jong Un’s ballistic missile test and vows significant sanctions.
4. WHAT SECURITY VIDEO REVEALS BEFORE SUSPECTED AIRLINER BOMBING
The Mogadishu airport footage shows two men handing what looks like a laptop to a suspected suicide bomber after he passed through a security checkpoint, a Somalia government spokesman says.
5. MORE THAN 100 REMAIN MISSING AFTER DEADLY TAIWAN QUAKE
The death toll rises to at least 34 following the powerful earthquake that toppled a high-rise apartment building in Taiwan, government figures show.
6. TURKEY SAYS IT HITS CAPACITY TO TAKE SYRIAN REFUGEES
But the country’s deputy premier says it will continue taking in migrants from the neighboring civil war amid pressure to reopen its border after a three-day closure.
7. HOW HEROIN SCOURGE CHANGES POLICE ROLES
As addiction rates climb across the U.S., police, paramedics and counselors join forces to steer drug users into treatment instead of jail.
8. COST OF COAL ASH SPILL CLEANUP RISES TO BILLIONS
Duke Energy is shipping 1.5 million tons of residue to landfills, two years after a massive spill of toxic, liquefied power plant waste near Eden, N.C.
9. DIRECTOR’S GUILD WIN FOR ‘THE REVENANT’ MUDDIES OSCARS WATERS
With only weeks to go before the Academy Awards, the race for best picture is wide open as ever.
10. SUPER BOWL ADS AIM FOR OPTIMISM
A car ad shows an aging astronaut getting reinvigorated by driving an Audi, while Amy Schumer and Seth Rogan try to unite Americans with the “Bud Light Party.”