MONTREAL (AP) — With one familiar swing, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. gave baseball fans in Montreal fond flashbacks to the days when his dad was among baseball’s best sluggers.
For their countrymen in Toronto, that mighty hack may have been a sneak peak at a promising future.
Guerrero hit a long home run with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 Tuesday night in the stadium where his father played much of his Hall of Fame career.
Guerrero walked off Toronto at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in the Blue Jays’ final exhibition game before the start of the regular season. The 19-year-old son of Vladimir Guerrero hammered Jack Flaherty’s pitch over the wall in left-center to a huge roar from the 25,816 on hand.
“I was just trying to do my best and have fun,” Guerrero Jr. said through an interpreter. “He hung it and I took advantage.”
Fans wearing Montreal Expos paraphernalia jumped and yelled in the stands. Guerrero — wearing his dad’s No. 27 — threw his helmet before leaping into a frenzied circle of teammates at home plate. One fan waved a Guerrero Expos jersey as he celebrated.
“You don’t see many celebrations in spring training games,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “That was pretty neat.”
Guerrero’s dad posted cellphone video on Twitter of the home run taken from near the Blue Jays dugout, calling it #priceless.
The elder Guerrero hit 234 home runs over eight seasons with Montreal. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in January and will be inducted this summer.
Guerrero Jr. was born in Montreal and was a regular at Olympic Stadium as a toddler, although he doesn’t remember much except for the ice cream machine in the Expos clubhouse.
Guerrero Jr. is among the game’s top prospects, but will open the season in Double-A
“These two days have been amazing for me,” he said. “It’s like a dream come true. Of course having that chance to help the team win is something I’m always going to remember.”
This is the fifth year that Toronto has capped its exhibition season at Olympic Stadium.
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LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Facebook privacy scandal (all times local):
Published reports say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to testify before Congress about how his company collects and uses people’s data.
CNN is citing unnamed sources in a report Tuesday that Zuckerberg has “come to terms” with the fact that he’ll have to testify in a matter of weeks. A Facebook representative said the company has received invitations to appear before congress and is talking to legislators.
Zuckerberg said last week in a CNN interview that he’d be “happy to” testify if he is the right person to do it. The company is facing unprecedented scrutiny following reports that a data mining firm used ill-gotten data from tens of millions of its users to try to influence elections.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is snubbing a summons from a British Parliamentary committee investigating the rise of fake news, offering to send senior executives in his place.
Damian Collins, chairman of Parliament’s media committee, urged Zuckerberg to “think again” Tuesday about choosing not to appear and repeated an offer to have him testify via video link.
Facebook has offered to send chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer or chief product officer Chris Cox.
Zuckerberg is also under pressure to appear before U.S. Congress following allegations that consultants Cambridge Analytica harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material in U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election.
The computer expert who sparked a global debate over electronic privacy has told lawmakers that the official campaign backing Britain’s exit from the European Union had access to data that was inappropriately collected from millions of Facebook users.
Christopher Wylie previously alleged that Cambridge Analytica used data harvested from more than 50 million Facebook users to help U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
Wylie told the House of Commons’ media committee on Tuesday that he “absolutely” believed Canadian campaign consultant AggregateIQ had drawn on Cambridge Analytica’s databases for its work on the EU referendum.
He told the committee: “You can’t have targeting software that doesn’t access the database. Cambridge Analytica would have a database and AIQ would access that database, otherwise the software wouldn’t work.”
The whistleblower at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal is set to testify before British lawmakers investigating the increasing rise of fake news.
Christopher Wylie has alleged that Cambridge Analytica harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material in U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. It is alleged the material made it possible to micro-target users with campaign material.
At a news conference on Monday on a linked issue, Wylie declined to answer questions about whether the data was also used in Britain by the campaign to leave the European Union. He said he would discuss the matter when he spoke to lawmakers from Parliament’s media committee on Tuesday.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Giants coach Pat Shurmur says he expects Odell Beckham Jr. to attend offseason workouts when they start in April.
Trade rumors are surrounding the controversial star receiver and there has been strong speculation Beckham will hold out during training camp because he doesn’t want to play the fifth and final year of his rookie deal without a new contract.
“All reports are he will be ready to go as we get going,” Shurmur said Tuesday morning at the NFL meetings. “There are steps he has to take. All indications are he will be back healthy by the time we start playing in September.”
Beckham is recovering from a broken left ankle that forced him to miss the last 12 games in 2017. Giants owner John Mara on Sunday expressed his disappointment in Beckham, saying no player is untouchable.
“That’s another way of saying we’re going to try to do everything we can to make our team better,” Shurmur said. “I understand that. It’s sort of refreshing to know that we’re going to look under any rock and turn over every stone that we can to make sure we make the New York football Giants the best team we can make it.”
Beckham recently was seen in a video in bed with a woman and what appeared to be white powder, though the timing of the video and its content is uncertain. Mara said Beckham uses “bad judgment” too often.
“I think it’s important that you get all the information,” Shurmur said. “Who knows how that video appeared? We all understand that there are certain ways we need to act and certain things we don’t want to be doing.”
Shurmur met with Beckham in Los Angeles earlier in the offseason when he went to California to visit college prospects.
“He’s a very charismatic guy. I think he really cares. I’m looking forward to working with him,” Shurmur said. “It’s important as coaches and players and anybody who is working together to visit and get a chance to know one another. I really don’t think you can know somebody by seeing reports, reading reports, hearing what people think and say. I think it’s important, especially in the player-coach relationship, to get to know him.”
Beckham was the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year and has been New York’s best offensive weapon when healthy. In his first three seasons, he had 288 receptions for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns. But he’s known as much for his highlight-reel catches as incidents that are distractions.
“We always want weapons,” Shurmur said. “He’s been an outstanding player, especially his first three years. We want really, really good players. We want guys who are passionate about playing the game. We want guys that understand the importance of relationships, which means they want to be coached. And we want guys that understand what it is to be a good teammate.”
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BEIJING (AP) — The arrival of a special train in Beijing and unusually heavy security at a guesthouse where prominent North Koreans have stayed in the past have raised speculation that Kim Jong Un is making his first visit to China as the North’s leader.
Kim has summits planned with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April and with President Donald Trump by May. While there has been no word of a similar meeting with Chinese leaders, China has been one of North Korea’s most important allies even though relations have recently chilled because of Kim’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
A vehicle convoy entered the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Monday evening and a military honor guard and heavy security were seen later. That followed reports from Japanese network NTV and public broadcaster NHK of a special North Korean train arriving in Beijing under unusually heavy security.
Shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday, a convoy of official Chinese cars was seen leaving the east gate of guesthouse, heading in the direction of government offices and the city’s two train stations.
City police and the paramilitary People’s Armed Police stood guard in the area and unidentified men in plainclothes attempted to prevent photographers from taking pictures.
Cars in the convoy were identified by yellow stickers but carried no diplomatic license plates. The guesthouse had been the favored residence of Kim’s father, North Korea’s former leader Kim Jong Il.
A spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said she was not aware of the situation and had no further comment. North Korea’s state-run media had no reports of a delegation traveling to China.
South Korea’s presidential office said Tuesday it cannot confirm reports that the train carried Kim nor a separate report that Kim’s sister was onboard.
South Korean analysts were doubtful the visitor is Kim Jong Un. Since succeeding his father as leader in 2011, Kim has touted an image of his country as diplomatic equal to China and it’s unlikely he would sneak into Beijing for his first face-to-face meetings with the Chinese leadership, the experts said. They said it’s more likely Kim sent a special envoy, possibly his sister Kim Yo Jong, to appease a traditional ally ahead of his planned meetings with the presidents of South Korea and the United States. The envoy could potentially seek Chinese commitment for future support should North Korea’s talks with rivals fall through, said Du Hyeogn Cha, a visiting scholar at Seoul’s Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
“North Korea doesn’t want to send a message that China has been pushed to the back as it makes diplomatic approaches to the United States and South Korea,” said Cha, saying that the visit could be part of the North’s effort to gain leverage in the talks with South Korea and the United States. “If the talks with South Korea and the United States fall through, North Korea will surely try to demonstrate its nuclear weapons and missile capabilities again. The special envoy could discuss this possibility with Chinese officials, asking China not to press too hard with sanctions if that happens.”
Heavy security was reported at the Friendship Bridge before the train passed from North Korea to China, and there were reports of it passing through several stations on the way from North Korea to Beijing.
NTV reported the green and yellow train appeared very similar to the one that former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un’s late father, took to Beijing in 2011 and has 21 cars.
A video that aired on NTV also showed a motorcade of black limousines waiting at the train station and rows of Chinese soldiers marching on what appeared to be a train platform. The video did not show anyone getting off the train.
White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday the U.S. could not confirm reports that Kim was visiting China.
Shah reiterated Trump’s plans to meet with Kim, saying the U.S.-led international pressure campaign against Pyongyang “has paid dividends and has brought the North Koreans to the table.”
AP writer Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul contributed to this report.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey suspended Uber’s self-driving vehicle testing privileges Monday in the wake of a pedestrian fatality in a Phoenix suburb last week.
Ducey said in a letter to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi that video footage of the crash raised concerns about the San Francisco-based company’s ability to safely test its technology in Arizona. He said he expects public safety to be the top priority for those who operate self-driving cars.
“The incident that took place on March 18 is an unquestionable failure to comply with this expectation,” Ducey said.
The move by the Republican governor marks a major step back from his embrace of self-driving vehicles. He previously welcomed Uber and other autonomous vehicle companies to use Arizona as a place for testing under few, if any, regulations. In early March, he authorized self-driving vehicle companies to run tests without a person in the car to act as a safety operator.
On March 21, police in Tempe released a 22-second video showing a woman walking from a darkened area onto a street just before an Uber SUV strikes her. The Volvo was in self-driving mode with a human backup driver at the wheel when it struck 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, police said.
The human backup driver appears to be looking down until just before the time of the impact.
The fatal crash in Tempe was the first fatality involving a self-driving vehicle in the United States.
Uber immediately suspended its self-driving vehicle testing in Arizona, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.
If Uber resumes its self-driving vehicle testing, the governor’s decision means the company will still be prevented from doing so in Arizona, said Ducey’s spokesman Daniel Scarpinato.
Uber released a statement that said it will “continue to help investigators in any way we can, and we’ll keep a dialogue open with the Governor’s office to address any concerns they have.”
The crash is being investigated by Tempe police, the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Experts who viewed the video told The Associated Press that the SUV’s sensors should have seen the woman pushing a bicycle and braked before the impact even though it was at night.
On Friday, The New York Times reported that the company’s own documents showed the testing program was rife with issues. They included trouble driving through construction zones and requiring far more human intervention than competing companies.
In Arizona, companies such as Uber only need to carry minimum liability insurance to operate self-driving cars. They are not required to track crashes or report any information to the state.
Scarpinato said Monday that Ducey considers self-driving vehicles a way to improve public safety and limit road fatalities.
“We see real long-term benefits to it, and we want to know more about this incident, whether it was an outlier or not,” he said. But he wouldn’t say if the governor regretted not having state reporting requirements that could have given advance warning of the problems with Uber’s program reported by the New York Times.
California requires added insurance, reports of all accidents regardless of the severity and an annual report showing how many times operators had to take over from the computers.
Scarpinato said called Ducey’s action “aggressive” but declined to say if the governor was reconsidering requiring more oversight.
“I think we have prudent, responsible regulation,” Scarpinato said. “I think you saw with today’s action is that we are all about public safety and accountability and public safety.”
Associated Press reporter Bob Christie contributed to this report.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In-N-Out Burger is seeking a restraining order against an online prankster who posed as the company’s CEO at two Los Angeles restaurants, argued with employees and in one instance took a hamburger from a customer, threw it to the ground and stepped on it.
The Orange County Register reports Monday that the chain filed a lawsuit last week requesting the order against Cody Roeder, who posts YouTube videos under the name Trollmunchies. An email seeking comment from Roeder was not immediately returned.
Executive Vice President Arnie Wensinger says In-N-Out has seen an increase in visitors who are intentionally disruptive and try to promote themselves on social media.
The suit claims Roeder caused significant and irreparable harm to the chain with the incidents. It seeks damages of more than $25,000.
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