MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Interior Ministry says police have arrested a Moroccan man they believe was studying intensely on the internet to carry out attacks against civilians for the Islamic State armed group.
A ministry statement Wednesday said the man spent many hours viewing and spreading IS-related video material and displayed a fanaticism that fitted the profile of a dangerous “lone actor” recruited to carry out attacks.
He was arrested in the town of Aranjuez, just south of Madrid, where he lived.
The ministry said much of the material he received and sent concerned late al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden and four extremists who blew themselves up in Spain in 2004 following the Madrid train attacks.
Spanish police have arrested 169 individuals suspected of forming part of Islamic extremist groups since 2015.
BOSTON (AP) — Sean “The Cannon” Gannon’s claim to fame was a bloody, bare-knuckle fight he had with another mixed martial arts fighter. His day job as a Boston police officer hasn’t been quite as action-packed.
For the past decade, Gannon has been restricted to desk duty because police officials say his cognitive abilities have been affected by concussions he received during his fighting career. The city says public safety could be jeopardized if Gannon is allowed to work as an armed street cop.
Gannon, however, insists he can fully perform all the tasks of his job as a police officer and has been cleared for duty by numerous doctors. Next week, the Massachusetts’ top court will be asked to decide whether his lawsuit against the city can proceed to trial. Oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 8.
Gannon began his career as a Boston police officer in 1996. In his spare time, he practiced martial arts — including judo, aikido and jiujitsu — and in 2002 he began to compete as an amateur mixed martial arts fighter.
Gannon gained notoriety on social media in 2004 when he beat well-known fighter Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in an unsanctioned fight. A 10-minute video of the brawl was widely distributed online.
Gannon’s lawyers say he received two concussions during his career, both in 2004, and stopped fighting in 2005.
In 2006, Gannon was placed on desk duty after he didn’t report to work one day and the police department learned that he had a concussive syndrome from his fighting, as well as a diagnosis of sleep apnea.
Gannon sued the city in 2012.
A Superior Court judge found that the city had articulated a legitimate “nondiscriminatory reason” for assigning Gannon to desk duty, specifically its concern that his loss of cognitive function and memory impairs his ability to perform essential tasks of his job, including responding in an emergency and using the needed judgment in high-pressure situations.
Gannon is appealing the judge’s ruling dismissing his disability discrimination claims and is asking the Supreme Judicial Court to allow a jury to decide his case.
The city’s lawyers say neuropsychological tests showed Gannon, now 46, had slow responses and memory issues, and was prone to errors. They argue that he cannot perform the job of an armed police officer.
“It is beyond dispute that a police officer must be able to respond properly on a split second basis to real or perceived threats,” attorney Nicole Taub argued in a legal brief.
But Gannon’s lawyers say their own experts used real world “police scenario” testing and found that he could fully perform the duties of his job.
“Here, the City has never tested Gannon in any shoot/don’t shoot scenarios or simulated exercises that would gauge his ability to think quickly, react under pressure, and adapt to changing conditions. By contrast, whenever Gannon has undergone such testing on his own initiative, he has performed well,” his lawyers argued in their brief.
Gannon declined to comment. Attorney Adelaide Pagano told The Associated Press that Gannon has shown “he is more than capable of performing the essential functions of the job of a police officer safely.” She called the department’s decision to keep him on desk duty “obstinate” and “disgraceful.”
In a recent interview with MixedMartialArts.com, Gannon said he believes the department has retained a battery of medical experts to try to show he can’t do his job, but he has numerous experts who say he can.
“If one doctor says you’ll never run again, and another doctor says you will, and then you run in five touchdowns in the pre-season, and another three in real games, it’s safe to say the doctor that said you would never run again is wrong,” he said.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Neil Young is calling on President Barack Obama “to step in and end” what he calls the “violence” against protesters demonstrating against an oil pipeline being built in North Dakota near an Indian reservation.
In an open letter on Facebook posted Monday, the 71-year-old rock star calls the protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation “an awakening.” He says demonstrators are “standing strong in the face of outrageous, unnecessary and violent aggression.” He says law enforcement agencies and the National Guard are “seemingly acting to protect the interests of the Dakota Access Pipeline profiteers” with taxpayer money.
Young also chided President-elect Donald Trump, labeling him the “surprise president.”
The letter is signed by Young and his girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah.
Young included a video of him singing against the backdrop of the protest camp.
This story has been corrected to show that the pipeline is being built near the reservation, not on it.
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has moved a young Afghan boy to tears, shaking his hand after he publicly thanked her at a party meeting.
The boy, identified only as Edris, and his father attended a congress in Heidelberg Monday evening of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats. Edris said: “Thank you, Mrs. Merkel!” The chancellor replied: “You’ve learned German well” and added “keep practising.” He did, telling the chancellor: “And I wanted to touch your hands once.”
Merkel stepped down from the podium to meet the boy and pose for photos. Video footage showed the youngster wiping away tears.
Germany took in hundreds of thousands of migrants last year, earning Merkel both praise and criticism. Earlier in Monday’s meeting, a disgruntled party member urged her to resign, earning boos.
December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Show your students this Channel One News story about Ryan White, an ordinary 13-year-old from Indiana who became the face of the HIV/AIDS crisis over 25 years ago. Ryan White and his mom courageously fought discrimination and helped educate the nation about his disease. Today, Ryan’s legacy lives on.
Invite your students to:
Discuss: What were students and parents afraid of at Ryan’s first school? How did they treat him? How and why was his second school different?
Read: About the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
Write: Explain Ryan White’s legacy, using details from the video story and the article. How did he make a difference 25 years ago? How does his program continue to make a difference today?
Share: Call on student volunteers to share their responses with the class.
Extend: Work with a partner to create a chart/presentation/poster depicting important information about Ryan White, AIDS or HIV. Help raise awareness by educating others about this serious health issue.
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NEW YORK (AP) — There are already a few online services that aim to replace cable, but they haven’t attracted many users yet. AT&T’s DirecTV hopes to change that with a new service announced Monday.
While just about any person you meet on the street will tell you cable costs too much, the vast majority of Americans don’t think it’s bad enough to cancel. Cheaper online live-TV services, like Dish Network’s Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue, remain relatively unknown compared with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. And while they’re easy to order and cancel online and fairly simple to use, they still have drawbacks.
“No one has really delivered the right combination of content, price and ease that will get people to make that call to their current provider and say sayonara,” said Forrester analyst Jim Nail.
It’s unclear if AT&T’s new service, creatively dubbed DirecTV Now, will break out with consumers, especially with another live-TV operation from Hulu coming early next year. And maybe one from Google. Or, who knows, maybe even Apple, too.
The service, which will be available on Wednesday, will initially offer more than 100 channels for a teaser price of $35 a month. But that’s a limited-time offer, and the price for that bundle will nearly double once the deal expires. (Existing customers will be grandfathered in.) AT&T didn’t say when that will happen.
WHO WANTS TO WATCH?
If an online cable service could figure out how to get customers to pay up, it could attract millions of people.
Americans are increasingly dissatisfied with how much they pay for what’s on TV. The number of customers paying cable and satellite operators for TV has dropped nearly 3 million, to roughly 97 million, in the past two years, according to industry experts MoffettNathanson Research.
And plenty of people never signed up for a $100 TV bundle to begin with. Research firm SNL Kagan estimates that about 14.4 million households pay for internet but not TV. AT&T sees the potential market for DirecTV Now as 20 million homes.
But analysts estimate that Sling has racked up fewer than 1 million subscribers since it launched in February 2015. Vue’s numbers are harder to get a handle on, but it’s not on the list of top 10 most popular online video services compiled by research firm Parks Associates. Neither service reports subscriber numbers.
Of course, it’s hard to attract attention when there are also dozens of other video apps. You can sign up for specific sports, or comedy, or anime, or a single channel, like HBO or CBS. Netflix, the country’s most popular paid video service, has 47.5 million customers in the U.S.
THE PROBLEMS WITH INTERNET TV
New services don’t have all the channels people want. There’s been no perfect solution that lets you pick only your favorite channels for a reasonable price, a vision of TV nirvana known as “a la carte” that has failed to materialize because it undermines the business models of entertainment conglomerates. Only people in some markets can watch broadcast channels like NBC and Fox in real time. That’s OK if you can wait to watch the next episode of a TV series, but sports fans typically want to watch games live.
And even though so-called cord-cutters are on a quest for cheaper video, virtual cable may end costing just as much, depending on how many sports channels or other extras you want and how much your internet costs when it’s disconnected from its cable-bundle discount. Bundles from Sling and Vue range from $20 to $65 a month. You can pay to add more channels.
These services are easy to sign up for and cancel — but connecting them to a TV often requires an extra step or a new gadget, like an Apple TV. On the plus side, while they’ve experienced some technical issues during major events, service quality appears to have improved.
And they sometimes lack some of the best features of both traditional TV, like endless channel options and DVR recording (which Vue offers now, while Sling is only launching next month) and subscription TV services like Amazon and Netflix (no blackouts, no restrictions based on location if you’re in your home country).
DirecTV Now, available Wednesday, will have some of those same problems. It is launching without CBS, which airs hits like “NCIS,” ”The Big Bang Theory” and NFL football games. CBS also has its own streaming service it wants you to pay for.
And ABC, NBC and Fox will only be available live in a handful of mostly large cities — those in which the national broadcasters own its local TV affiliate. So lots of sports will be unavailable for many subscribers.
The service won’t immediately offer an online DVR that lets you store programs online for later viewing, although AT&T says that will be coming next year. You can only run it on two screens at a time, which may not work for large families. And it won’t initially work with Roku, one of the most popular streaming-TV gadgets, although it will next year.
Even so, the $35 bundle is cheaper than the typical cable bundle and provides more channels than online cable competitors offer at similar prices. But the $60 standard price that kicks in down the road is much less of a deal. AT&T will also offer a smaller package of about 60 channels for $35. There will also be $50 and $70 bundles.
AT&T will promote the service by letting its smartphone customers stream without eating into their mobile data plan.