REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Nintendo has announced a new gaming system that combines a portable handheld device with a dock to use at home.
Nintendo Switch will be released in March. The gaming giant released a preview video of the console Thursday.
The company says the Switch features a dock to connect the system to a TV. Users can lift the device from the dock and use it in portable mode as well.
The Switch comes with detachable controllers. It also features single and multiplayer capabilities.
Nintendo says an exact launch date, price and more specifics will be released later.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Simpler has meant better so far at Texas and Notre Dame, with both head coaches taking more hands-on roles to fix bad defenses.
The two traditional powers showed improvement after making changes at defensive coordinator, although both are stills works in progress. The Fighting Irish (2-5) have made major changes since firing Brian VanGorder on Sept. 24, using more players and switching their defensive alignment, philosophy and attitude. The adjustments at Texas (3-3) after demoting Vance Bedford on Oct. 3 have been more subtle.
Both coaches say the biggest change has been in confidence.
“I think we have just allowed them to play without worrying about mistakes. Just play,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said.
The Irish have gone from giving up 33.5 points, 201 yards rushing and 253 yards passing in four games this season under VanGorder to 20 points, 153 yards rushing and 174 yards passing since. The statistics are skewed by one game being played in the remnants of a hurricane that made moving the ball almost impossible.
Still, the defense has allowed one touchdown the past two games and only two in the past 10 quarters after struggling in the first half against Syracuse.
“The thing I wanted to do when we made the change was keep the points down and limit the big plays,” Kelly said.
The Irish have gone from surrendering an average of four plays of 20 yards or more the first four games to one the past two games. The Irish defense is playing faster, getting a better pass rush with a three-man line and is tackling better.
Kelly is spending more time with the defense, watching practice from a tower at times so he can oversee both offense and defense. He has the team meeting in position units instead of as a whole, with him sitting in with defensive backs. Players say it helps put the focus on little things. The Irish also have changed practices to emphasize third-down defense and other critical situations throughout the week.
“So guys have to come ready for practice starting day one, and early in the practice as well,” linebacker James Onwualu said.
New defensive coordinator Greg Hudson has brought more enthusiasm, showing videos of wrestler Ric Flair and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air for inspiration.
“You come into a meetings he’s got videos playing, he’s got music playing, so he just brings a different energy,” lineman Issac Rochell said.
Texas got off to a shaky start after making the switch, giving up 672 total yards in a 45-40 loss to rival Oklahoma, stoking speculation coach Charlie Strong could be fired after this season.
Safety Dylan Haines said first-week changes under Strong included developing new coverages in the secondary and blitzes. Haines got Texas’ first two interceptions of the season in the first half but the Longhorns still gave up 390 yards passing and didn’t get a sack until late.
Haines also joked about changes in practice. When Strong demoted Bedford, he sent Bedford to help defensive backs coach Clay Jennings.
“I wondered, what was going to be the dynamic? Now we have two coaches yelling at me,” he said.
The biggest change for the second game was the wristbands with the defensive signals in last week’s 27-6 win over Iowa State. Texas players had talked earlier in the season about a lack of communication on calls and Strong called for the wristbands to simplify things.
Strong, who won two national titles as a defensive coordinator at Florida, said the improved communication allows quicker changes.
“That helped us a lot out there . because now there’s no excuses going across the board. Everybody knows the play. There’s no, ‘I didn’t get the call or whatever it was for that play,'” linebacker Naashon Hughes said.
Texas played its best defensive game last week, not giving up a touchdown and piling up eight sacks.
Strong insists there hasn’t been many changes the players would notice. He said he hasn’t had to sacrifice time away from coaching others areas, but he is taking a bigger role in developing defensive strategy week to week and keeping closer tabs on practice.
Hughes did notice Strong brings a vocal element to the practice field.
“It’s louder. There’s more yelling,” Hughes said. “Coach Bedford wasn’t that loud.”
AP Sports Writer Jim Vertuno in Austin, Texas, contributed to this report.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the conspiracy conviction of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who once served as Osama bin Laden’s personal assistant.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 6-3 that a military tribunal was authorized to convict Ali Hamza al-Bahlul of conspiracy charges.
Bahlul was tried and convicted before a military commission under a system created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
A divided three-judge panel of the same court threw out the conviction last year, but that decision was set aside after the Obama administration asked the full appeals court to reconsider the case.
The previous ruling could have limited the government’s ability to prosecute terror suspects outside of the civilian justice system.
But in the latest ruling, a majority of judges did not agree on the reasons for the outcome. At issue is whether the Constitution allows Congress to make conspiracy to commit war crimes an offense triable by military commissions, even though conspiracy is not recognized as an international war crime.
Four judges said the Constitution does permit Congress to make such a determination. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, writing for the four, said foreign nations, through international law or otherwise, cannot have “a de facto veto power” over Congress’ determination of which war crimes a military tribunal may consider. Kavanaugh also cited historical precedent going back more than 150 years.
“The two most important military commission precedents in U.S. history — the trials of the Lincoln conspirators and the Nazi saboteurs — were trials for the offense of conspiracy,” he said.
Two other judges voted to uphold the conviction, but did so for different reasons.
In dissent, three judges said “although the government might well be entitled to detain al-Bahlul as an enemy belligerent, it does not have the power to switch the Constitution on and off at will.” They said Bahlul’s prosecution on conspiracy charges “exceeded the scope” of what is allowed for military tribunals under the Constitution.
Steven Vladeck, a University of Texas School of Law professor specializing in national security, said the lack of a majority ruling means military commissions will continue to try similar conspiracy cases “even though uncertainty will persist over the validity of doing so.”
Bahlul was arrested by local officials in Pakistan after the Sept. 11 attacks and turned over to the U.S. military, which transferred him to Guantanamo Bay. The Pentagon said he produced propaganda videos glorifying al-Qaida and assisted with preparations for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes.
In 2008, a military commission convicted him of soliciting others to commit war crimes, providing material support to a terrorist organization and conspiracy. The appeals court threw out the first two convictions in 2014 and gave Bahlul another chance to contest the conspiracy charge.
He continues to be held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
The world outside the U.S. figured prominently in the third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Here’s a brief look at the countries there were up for discussion:
Hillary Clinton says she’s “encouraged” by the Iraqi-led offensive to retake the city of Mosul.
Donald Trump says it’s only an issue because the Obama administration — and Clinton while at the State Department — pulled troops from Iraq in the first place.
U.S. troops left Iraq at the demand of the Iraqi government at the time after Baghdad refused to sign a status of forces agreement to keep them there.
Clinton outlined her military plan to take out the Islamic State group. She said coalition forces should push the fight into the group’s Syrian headquarters in Raqqa after Mosul is retaken.
Trump has not detailed his plan and said, “what ever happened to the element of surprise?”
Iraqi officials say they wanted residents of Mosul to prepare for the offensive to retake Mosul and have urged them not to flee.
Donald Trump asserted that U.S. involvement in Aleppo, Syria, is not worthwhile.
Trump says Aleppo is a “humanitarian nightmare” but suggests that keeping Assad in power may be better than replacing him, because Assad and Russia both oppose the Islamic State group.
Trump says the United States would be in better shape if it had “done nothing” in Syria.
The United States has protested Russia’s bombardment of Aleppo and Syrian actions against the opposition, but it has also engaged in ceasefire talks with Russia and other regional powers and has Special Forces on the ground in northern Syria. It has also backed down from its demand that Assad immediately step down.
Clinton said Trump has been “cavalier, even casual” about the use of nuclear weapons, and the idea that it would be acceptable for U.S. allies such as Japan and South Korea to acquire them on their own. “Nuclear competition in Asia, you said, you know, ‘Go ahead. Enjoy yourselves, folks,'” she said.
Trump responded, “All I said is we have to renegotiate” defense agreements with other countries that the U.S. can no longer afford. “When I said Japan and Germany and … South Korea, these are very rich, powerful countries. Saudi Arabia, nothing but money. We protect Saudi Arabia. Why aren’t they paying?”
Seoul says it paid $851 million last year to the United States, which was reportedly about half of what it costs to maintain U.S. troops in South Korea. Japan pays $1.8 billion a year and hosts about 50,000 U.S. troops.
South Korea’s pursuit of its own nuclear weapons has been raised by some conservative lawmakers, but many South Koreans believe such a move would have unacceptably dire consequences in its relationships with both Washington and Beijing.
At a Mexico City barbecue restaurant that could have dropped out of Austin, Texas, an assortment of Mexicans and expats guffawed at Donald Trump’s call to expel “bad hombres” and toasted each time he or Hillary Clinton said “Mexico.”
About 200 people gathered Wednesday night to watch the final U.S. presidential debate. There was fun in collective viewing — complete with bingo cards with things said by the candidates. But there was also genuine interest from Mexicans who have watched their currency swing in recent weeks with the polls.
Alejandra Cardenas, a video director from Mexico City, says Mexico’s economy is clearly tied to the U.S. and that’s why so many Mexicans are there watching the debate closely. She says Mexico will be among the countries most affected.
Trump is widely unpopular among Mexicans due to his disparaging remarks about immigrants and his repeated vows to build a border wall and make their country pay for it.
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon’s own video store will no longer have the starring role on the company’s Fire TV streaming devices.
Software updates coming this year will give movies and TV shows from Netflix, HBO and other competitors equal prominence on the devices’ home screen. The approach is similar to one Apple took when it refreshed its Apple TV device last year.
Amazon’s Fire TV has offered solid performance at reasonable prices, but its home screen has been cluttered with Amazon products — whether to rent or buy, or offered at no extra charge through Amazon’s $99-a-year Prime program. That’s made it tough to find video from competing providers without turning to a voice-search feature that, until recently, excluded Netflix. For the most part, finding video typically required opening a service’s app first.
Now, competing services will be offered space on the home screen. Netflix, for instance, could choose to highlight its original series “Stranger Things” alongside personalized recommendations. Netflix could also include a short video trailer that plays on the home screen.
And while Amazon has long had a watch list for viewers to keep track of what they want to watch, choosing a title has directed the viewer back to Amazon’s store. Now, Amazon will offer viewers a choice of providers. If a video is available for free through Netflix, for instance, that will be the most prominent option, even if Amazon’s own store is selling the same title.
The development comes as leading video services make major investments in original shows, making it difficult for any single service to fulfill all of a viewer’s needs. An Amazon-centric approach penalizes viewers looking for not just Amazon’s “Transparent” but also Netflix’s “Luke Cage” and Hulu’s “The Mindy Project.”
The refreshed Fire TV Stick, which begins shipping Thursday for $40, will get the free software update first, followed by the standard $100 Fire TV device released last year. Both will get the updates by the end of the year. Amazon says older devices will get the updates, too, but no timetable was given.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — At a Mexico City barbecue restaurant that could have dropped out of Austin, Texas an assortment of Mexicans and expats toasted each time Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton said “Mexico” and guffawed when the Republican candidate promised once-again to deport the bad guys.
But among the 200 people gathered Wednesday night to watch the final U.S. presidential debate there was an awareness of how their neighbor to the north impacts their lives. There was fun in collective viewing — complete with bingo cards with things said by the candidates — and ribs and brisket were served from the side of a silver camper.
However, the campaign seems to have a real impact in Mexico where citizens have watched the peso swing in recent weeks with the polls and are flooded with news from the campaign trail.
“It’s affecting us right now,” said Alejandra Cardenas, a video director from Mexico City. “Our economy is clearly linked, that’s why we’re all here together.”
That impact extends beyond Mexico though. Colombian postdoctoral student Natalia Guevara Jaramillo said she opposes Trump’s stigmatization of immigrants.
“What happens in the United States directly affects the entire continent and a large part of the world,” she said.
Trump’s comments on immigration have been especially harsh.
He set the tone in declaring his candidacy last year when he talked about Mexico sending “rapists” to the U.S. His attacks of Mexico have only continued since, blaming the country for stealing jobs and filling the U.S. with heroin.
During a segment on immigration during Wednesday’s debate, Trump explained again how he would halt illegal immigration by building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and deport those in the country illegally, including “bad hombres,” or bad guys.
“I think the way that Trump has talked about Mexicans from the start of the campaign is to call them rapists, criminals, he hasn’t changed,” said Mexican Santiago Betancourt. “I don’t think it’s a presidential discourse and we saw it today in the debate; he’s talking about the wall, he’s talking about immigration and the only thing that occurs to him to say in that moment is that in the U.S. there are ‘bad hombres’ and that they have to get them out of the country.”
Associated Press video journalist Teresa DeMiguel contributed to this report.