MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee woman faces felony charges after authorities say she rammed her vehicle into a squad car and then drove away to escape a traffic stop.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1XPGV1V ) 23-year-old Kevina Freeman was charged Monday in the incident that injured a deputy and a passenger and was captured on dashcam video released by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the newspaper, Freeman was pulled over May 15 on suspicion of speeding.
The video shows a car stopped alongside an interstate. It suddenly reverses, plows into a squad car, then pulls away.
Freeman is charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of harming someone while fleeing police and one count of damaging property while fleeing.
Jail records show Freeman remains in custody, and it wasn’t immediately clear if she has an attorney.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com
CHICAGO (AP) — The way Terry Neilen sees it, lifting the ban on U.S. arms sales to Vietnam makes sense in the face of China’s growing influence in the region.
Fellow Vietnam veteran Ned Foote said Americans long ago forgave Germany and Japan for World War II, so there’s no reason not to do the same with Vietnam.
“We’re actually acting as a team in a sense,” said Neilen, of Saratoga Springs, New York, who served in the Army infantry in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. “They’re joining together to give a show of strength.”
Foote, who heads the New York State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, noted that the Vietnamese have helped account for missing American service members.
President Barack Obama’s decision to lift the half-century-old arms embargo was seen Monday by many veterans as a logical outgrowth of efforts to normalize relations between the U.S. and the southeast Asian nation that has become a major trading partner since the war ended in 1975.
Obama, looking to bolster a government regarded as a crucial ally in the region, vowed to leave behind the troubled history between the former enemies and embrace a new era. He steered clear of any condemnation of Vietnam for its treatment of dissidents.
“The war’s over,” said Bernard Edelman, deputy director of government affairs for the Vietnam Veterans of America.
He said the organization has not taken an official position on the president’s action, but he compared it to U.S. efforts after World War II to normalize relations with Japan, Germany, Austria and Italy.
“We’ve tried to build bridges to the Vietnamese,” Edelman said, while acknowledging that people “whom I know and love and respect might be angry at what the president’s doing.”
Robert Turner, 68, of North Andover, Massachusetts, said he is “totally opposed” to allowing arms sales to Vietnam.
“We thought we were fighting communism, and now they want to give them arms,” said Turner, who served in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. “I’m not over it yet.”
Al Huber, 69, is president of the Illinois state council of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He said he’s not worried about whether that country gets weapons, but he doesn’t think Obama’s decision to lift the embargo near the end of his presidency “serves any purpose except his personal agenda.”
Obama said the move would ensure Vietnam can defend itself but denied it was in response to territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea. China has warned the U.S. not to take sides, and Obama said the nation supports a diplomatic resolution.
Still, human rights activists and some American lawmakers had urged Obama to press Vietnam’s communist leadership to offer greater freedoms before lifting the embargo. Vietnam holds about 100 political prisoners, and there have been more detentions this year. Some rank-and-file veterans echoed those concerns.
“They have plenty of human rights violations to account for, and I don’t feel it’s really appropriate to provide arms to them until we can see they’re more in line with our … way of human rights,” said Air Force veteran Jesse Hawk of Marietta, Georgia, who served in Vietnam from 1971 to 1973.
He acknowledged China’s growing influence but added, “Until there’s any kind of action, there’s no need to go providing arms to a country that still has their own problems to deal with when you don’t know if it’ll be used against their own people.”
Cliff Stone, of North Andover, Massachusetts, said he served in the first cavalry in Vietnam and he fears that arming the country could create a conflict with China.
“We’re supposed to be making peace with China, yet we will supply Vietnam with weapons. What sense does that make?” Stone said.
Obama did not say how soon arms sales might begin. He said each deal would be reviewed individually.
Neither the American Legion nor the Veterans of Foreign Wars has taken a position on the embargo, officials said.
But under a resolution adopted two years ago, the American Legion opposes the sale of long-range ballistic missiles, as well as nuclear or biological weapons, to communist nations, spokesman John Raughter said.
The group recognizes “that the president must be the chief architect of U.S. foreign policy,” said Raughter, adding that the organization would “study the situation very carefully” and discuss it at its national convention this summer.
“We realize there are a lot of factors at play, including China … but we also remain concerned about the human rights situation in Vietnam.”
Army veteran Willie Guzman, who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971, said that, as commander in chief, Obama had the right to lift the embargo.
“They’re an ally of ours now,” he said. “I think they should be able to work together as a unit, you know, so we can help protect the freedom of that country as well.”
Carola reported from Albany, New York. Associated Press writer Dan Elliott in Denver and AP video journalist Johnny Clark in Marietta, Georgia, also contributed to this report.
NEW YORK (AP) — Draymond Green was fined $25,000 but not suspended by the NBA on Monday for kicking Oklahoma City center Steven Adams in the groin.
The league also upgraded the foul to a flagrant 2, which would have resulted in an automatic ejection had officials given it that ruling when it happened. That moved him closer to an automatic suspension for accumulation of flagrant foul points.
But Green will be on the court when the Warriors try to even the Western Conference finals at 2-2 on Tuesday at Oklahoma City.
Green was called for a flagrant 1 foul after he was fouled by Adams with 5:57 remaining in the second quarter and kicked his leg up into Adams’ groin. Though the Thunder felt it was intentional, Green and Warriors coach Steve Kerr said they believed the flagrant would actually be rescinded by the league.
NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe disagreed.
“After a thorough investigation that included review of all available video angles and interviews with the players involved and the officials working the game, we have determined that Green’s foul was unnecessary and excessive and warranted the upgrade and fine,” VanDeWeghe said in a statement.
“During a game, players — at times — flail their legs in an attempt to draw a foul, but Green’s actions in this case warranted an additional penalty.”
The NBA determines a flagrant 1 foul to include “unnecessary contact.” A flagrant 2 is defined as “unnecessary and excessive contact.”
Green now has three flagrant foul points during the postseason. One more will force him to miss Golden State’s next game.
Green was an All-Star and the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year, but had a dismal game as Oklahoma City took a 2-1 lead. He was 1 for 9 from the field with six points and the Warriors were outscored by 43 points when he was on the court.
Madonna is dismissing critics of her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards with style.
A day after her performance of “Nothing Compares 2 U” and duet with Stevie Wonder on “Purple Rain,” the pop singer took to social media Monday and posted a picture of herself in a purple boa with a flower in her teeth.
She wrote that anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to, “whatever your age gender or skin color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!! I love Prince 4 ever.” She later posed a video of her dancing with a caption that indicated the criticism didn’t bother her.
The decision to have Madonna honor Prince sparked criticism online and sparked a Change.org petition in the days before the awards show, with some asking that other musicians more closely aligned to Prince be involved as well. Madonna and Prince collaborated on “Love Song” from Madonna’s 1989 album, “Like a Prayer.”
Madonna’s performance on Sunday was met by a flurry of tweets complaining about her version of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Some were underwhelmed, others found it inappropriate.
BET responded to Madonna’s performance on Twitter by advertising its upcoming Prince tribute during their awards show next month, adding the caption “Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We got you.”
But Roots drummer Questlove, who introduced Madonna’s performance, defended her on Twitter, pleading for fans to “not get ugly” wondering what Prince would approve of.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dante Fowler Jr. took a step right, quickly cut back inside offensive tackle Luke Joeckel and found himself on a collision course with the quarterback.
It surely would have been a sack.
More importantly for Fowler and the Jacksonville Jaguars, it was a clear sign that the speedy defensive end is back.
Fowler practiced Monday for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during rookie minicamp last year. He showed glimpses of being the dominant pass-rusher the Jaguars thought they were getting when they drafted him with the third overall selection in the 2015 NFL draft. None was more telling than the move he put on a fellow top-five pick.
“He’s quick,” said Joeckel, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft. “I didn’t go against him a lot, but he’s quick. He got a good inside move.”
It’s something the Jaguars hope to see a lot of in 2016.
After parting ways with defensive end Chris Clemons and Andre Branch and failing to land Olivier Vernon and Robert Ayers in free agency, the Jaguars are counting on Fowler to be a three-down player and a disruptive force in his first season on the field. He got off to a good start in the first of the team’s 10 organized team activities.
And his knee held up just fine more than a year after reconstructive surgery.
“It felt good, you know, being able to make it through a practice and not have everybody all worried and scared and stuff like that,” Fowler said. “It just felt good to finally be back, especially with my recovery. … Just really antsy to go out there and just play again and be out there and have fun and be around my teammates and coaches.”
Fowler was on the field about an hour last May when his left knee buckled during an 11-on-11 passing drill. He had reconstructive surgery a few days later and spent the better part of the season rehabbing and watching from the sideline. He attended meetings and traveled for every road game, remaining as much a part of the team as any injured player could.
But he was counting down the days until getting back on the field. He even struggled to sleep the night before.
“That’s crazy. I actually did have trouble. I found myself waking up,” he said. “I was just antsy and ready to get out here.”
Aside from the hefty, camouflage brace on his left knee, there was nothing to indicate Fowler was recovering from a knee injury. The Jaguars are planning to take it slow with him, potentially giving him days off throughout OTAs and training camp, but have been pleased with his progress.
“I thought Dante looked really good,” coach Gus Bradley said. “Still have some work to do and he has a little bit of rustiness. We’re holding him back a little bit. He’s not getting the same reps as everybody else. We just want to see how he comes along, how he handles it. But attitude and work ethic, man, unbelievable. Unbelievable.”
Fowler did have one hiccup recently.
A video surfaced in February that showed him refereeing a fight between his girlfriend and the mother of his child. The NFL said the video included “disturbing images” and vowed to review the matter.
Fowler apologized at the time and expressed regret again Monday, adding that he doesn’t anticipate any league punishment.
“I don’t want guys to think that I just want women to fight each other,” he said. “I love women and I love my mom. I’m actually a mother’s guy, very sweet-hearted guy. I don’t want any women or anybody to get a certain type of perception of me and things like that. It was totally not like that. I apologized for the situation.”
Without Fowler, the Jaguars managed just 36 sacks in 2015. The team’s inability to get to opposing quarterbacks was a main reason the defense ranked near the bottom of the league in points allowed and getting off the field on third downs.
Fowler’s return is a key part of Jacksonville’s defensive rebuilding project, which includes six draft picks and more than $125 million in free agency.
“We have a certain mindset this year and that’s to get to the quarterback and be aggressive and nasty, and that’s how we’re going to be,” Fowler said.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Top Artist: Adele
Top New Artist: Fetty Wap
Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist: Adele
Top Duo/Group: One Direction
Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Rihanna
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Adele
Top Hot 100 Artist: The Weeknd
Top Song Sales Artist: The Weeknd
Top Radio Songs Artist: The Weeknd
Top Streaming Songs Artist: The Weeknd
Top Social Media Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Touring Artist: Taylor Swift
Top R&B Artist: The Weeknd
Top Rap Artist: Drake
Top Country Artist: Luke Bryan
Top Rock Artist: twenty one pilots
Top Latin Artist: Romeo Santos
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: David Guetta
Top Christian Artist: Hillsong United
Top Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin
Top Billboard 200 Album: Adele, “25”
Top Soundtrack: Pitch Perfect 2
Top R&B Album: The Weeknd, “Beauty Behind The Madness”
Top Rap Album: Meek Mill, “Dreams Worth More Than Money”
Top Country Album: Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”
Top Rock Album: twenty one pilots, “Blurryface”
Top Latin Album: Juan Gabriel, “Los Duo”
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Zedd, “True Colors”
Top Christian Album: Lauren Daigle, “How Can It Be”
Top Gospel Album: Kirk Franklin, “Losing My Religion”
Top Hot 100 Song: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Top Selling Song: Adele, “Hello”
Top Radio Song:
Adele “Hello” Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance”
Top Streaming Song (Audio): The Weeknd, “The Hills”
Top Streaming Song (Video): Silento, “Watch Me”
Top R&B Song: The Weeknd, “The Hills”
Top Rap Song: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Top Country Song: Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”
Top Rock Song: Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance”
Top Latin Song: Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdon”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MØ, “Lean On”
Top Christian Song: Hillsong UNITED, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
Top Gospel Song: Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”