BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told an audience of Iowa party faithful Tuesday that a conservative will win the White House if the GOP convinces middle-class Americans it can knock down barriers to economic growth.
Bush’s upbeat message to GOP activists in eastern Iowa matched the tone of a new campaign video also released Tuesday.
“A conservative will win when we go campaign and encourage and give people a sense that their lives can be better,” Bush said at the Scott County Republican Party’s annual Ronald Reagan dinner. “This should be the greatest time to be alive in this world.”
In the new video, Bush says, “The source of optimism I have is because I know the American people and its ability to innovate, to create.”
Bush was returning to what he has said would be joyful campaigning after pivoting late in the summer to answer attacks from billionaire GOP rival Donald Trump, whose lead in early states such as Iowa and New Hampshire has dipped in recent Republican polls.
Bush also echoed his closing remarks in the second Republican debate, held last month in Simi Valley, California, where he characterized the plight of specific Americans he hoped his agenda could inspire.
“It’s about the single mom who has a kid in a languished, failing public school,” he said. “I have my energy and passion thinking about them.”
Bush was beginning a three-day visit to Iowa, home of the lead-off caucuses, and planned to cover an eastern swath of the state. The area’s Republicans tend to be moderate — Mitt Romney won the region during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns.
Bush focused primarily on economic and government reform during his 25-minute speech, and did not touch on the hot-button social issues important to the social conservatives more prominent in rural northwest Iowa.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A video posted online that shows someone flash a loaded gun while filming a police officer is an attempt at publicity from an old hip-hop group looking to find new relevance, but it has still led to an investigation and at least one arrest, Los Angeles police said Tuesday.
The video posted to Instagram and widely circulated on Twitter was first treated as a threat by high-level detectives at the LAPD when the department became aware of it Thursday. But the department said in a statement that it has determined the purpose was entertainment.
“The investigation revealed that the film was made by members of an early 1990s rap group no longer in fashion,” the statement said, and was “posted on social media to ignite a comeback.”
Police have not released the name of the group or the names of the suspects.
The brief, soundless video is shot from inside a car parked behind a police cruiser in downtown Los Angeles. It shows the police car, then moves to the person’s lap and shows the loaded gun, which the person then hides under a bag or piece of clothing. It then moves back to the police car, where it shows a uniformed officer get out and walk away.
Police said they believe the video was shot in early September.
Detectives identified the vehicle and the suspects who were inside, police said.
Chief Charlie Beck said at a police commission meeting that a secondary suspect had been arrested on a previous property crime warrant and that police were negotiating with the primary suspect’s attorney for him to surrender.
“The individual knows that he’s wanted,” Beck said. “The individual knows who he is and that he should turn himself in.”
Beck said the primary suspect has been previously convicted of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, the same charge he’d face if arrested in connection with the video.
After police saw the video late last week, Beck said officers were issued a safety bulletin and that one-person police cars were restricted over the weekend.
Parents of small kids are getting more love from music services.
Amazon noticed kids content on its Prime Music streaming plan was a big hit — no surprise, really, given the popularity of its Amazon Mom program for discounts on diapers, wipes and other items. So Amazon.com Inc. secured original children’s music from The Pop Ups and Lisa Loeb for free streaming to give Prime members another reason to keep their $99-a-year membership.
Meanwhile, a rival service, Rhapsody, is rewarding premium, $10-a-month subscribers with a feature that lets children take control of music when mommy or daddy passes over a mobile phone. Curated playlists keep content safe, and big colorful designs make navigating easy. You won’t need to remember another password to leave the kids’ zone: There’s an unlock puzzle designed to fool a 10-year-old.
Another life hack: bookmarked songs are automatically downloaded. That’s great for junior, who might be using a hand-me-down device that no longer has a cellular plan.
— Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer
Facebook is trying to jazz up users’ profiles.
The world’s largest social network is testing new profile videos that can be created from phones and would replace a still profile photo. The seven-second, looping videos play automatically when you look at someone’s profile page. The videos can include sound, but that will play only if you click on the video.
For now, only some iPhone users in California and the U.K. can make them. Any Facebook user can see them. Facebook Inc. doesn’t have a specific date for when it will expand the feature.
— Tali Arbel, AP Technology Writer
Samsung began selling its new smartwatch Friday in the U.S.
Retailers carrying the Gear S2 include Best Buy and Macy’s. The starting price is $300. The South Korean company announced the Gear S2 in August, but gave no details on prices then.
The S2 has a circular frame that can be rotated to scroll through notifications and apps. Past models required swiping, similar to phones, which could tire out fingers given how little fits on each screen. The watch itself is also smaller — roughly the size of the larger version of Apple Watch. For the first time, Samsung’s smartwatch will work with any Android phone, not just Samsung’s, though all features might not work.
What’s not known yet is how good the apps will be. This has been one of the weak points for Samsung’s smartwatch, given that many app developers have focused instead on the Apple Watch and the variety of models running Google’s Android Wear. The S2 runs the little-known Tizen system. Samsung has said it expects about 1,000 apps at launch, but rival watches have many times that.
Apple Watch, meanwhile, will come to Target. The retailer says some models and bands will be offered online starting Oct. 18. All stores will get them by Oct. 25.
Besides Apple’s own stores, the watch is available at Best Buy, Sprint and T-Mobile stores, along with specialty department stores and boutiques, mostly outside the U.S. Apple Watch starts at $349.
— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer
Apple CEO Tim Cook is getting an award from the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.
Last October, Cook came out as the first openly gay chief executive of a Fortune 1,000 company. In December, HRC announced that Cook had donated a “substantial” amount to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states. The specific amount wasn’t disclosed.
HRC’s Visibility Award is to be presented to Cook on Saturday.
“Through his example and Apple’s commitment to equality, LGBT young people, in particular, can look to Tim Cook’s incredible career and know that there is nothing holding them back,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “They can dream as big as their minds allow them to, even if they want to be the CEO of one of the world’s largest companies.”
— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer
If you want an unlimited data plan from Sprint, sign up soon: The monthly price is going up by $10, to $70.
The new price takes effect Oct. 16. Those who sign up before then can keep the lower price.
Sprint and T-Mobile are the only two national carriers still offering unlimited plans. Verizon and AT&T discontinued them years ago, though customers who already had one could keep it.
— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — The muscular young man on one side of the video link spoke of his flight from Syria and his life since 2012 at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, where he teaches wrestling to boys.
“We escaped with almost nothing,” Mohammed Kraat, once a champion wrestler in Syria, said through a translator. Half a world away in a tent outside the United Nations, Jayashri Wyatt, who works for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, listened and nodded.
“My sport is surfing,” Wyatt said. “Here in New York I surf Rockaway Beach and Long Beach.” Kraat told Wyatt about the satisfaction he gets teaching kids the sport he loves.
The connection was enabled by a project called Portals which is intended, its creator Amar Bakshi said, as a global community center where people in different countries can strike up conversations. There are currently 14 portals around the globe at locations including Tehran, Mexico City, Havana and Nashville.
The Za’atari portal is the only one at a refugee camp; the others are at locations such as art galleries and college campuses.
While the U.N. portal is in what looks like a big photo booth, most of the others operate out of 20-foot-long shipping crates spray-painted gold. Inside, the person on the other end of the link appears on a large screen.
The first portal was set up between New York and Tehran in December. Each portal has one paid staffer who is responsible for providing interpreters as needed, said Bakshi, a 31-year-old with degrees from Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Yale Law School who has worked as a journalist and as a special assistant to Power’s predecessor at the U.N., Susan Rice.
The portals, organized by a collective called Shared Studios with Bakshi as founder, have received $75,000 from crowdfunding sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
The U.N. is partnering with Shared Studios on its portal, and other venues such as galleries also pay to house the portals, Bakshi said.
Shared Studios is soliciting additional donations on its website to place portals in locations that can’t afford to pay for them.
“Wherever there’s a community that wants to join, we want to have them,” Bakshi said.
The portals are intended for one-one-one talks, but typically can fit several people. They have been used for artistic encounters like a Washington, D.C. audience watching dancers in Havana or a San Francisco-Mexico City rock concert.
The U.N. portal will operate just through the end of the General Assembly on Saturday. After that, the Za’atari portal will connect to a portal in San Francisco starting Monday.
Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, stopped by the portal there this week and spoke with Sidra, a 13-year-old girl who has spent two years at the refugee camp.
“I want to send a message to the world that we should end the crisis in Syria so that we can all go back,” Sidra told the ambassador.
She said Sidra misses her school at home though the Za’atari camp at least has a school and Sidra is determined to keep learning “for when she can go back to Syria and try to rebuild her community.”
Power said the illusion of being in the same room was strong enough that she walked over as if to touch the girl, only to find that her own shadow obscured Sidra’s image. “I forgot the technology so my shadow crowded out my ability to see her,” she said.
Power spoke as Russian airstrikes added a new dimension to a Syrian civil war that has killed more than 250,000 and forced millions to flee since 2011. She said she wanted to tell Sidra and other Syrian refugees that “we are going to be working this problem until the problem has been addressed.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon will stop allowing the sale of Google and Apple video-streaming devices on its site as it focuses on its own Prime Instant Video streaming service.
Prime Video has become an important part of Amazon’s $99 annual Prime loyalty membership program. The video-streaming devices sold on the site should be able to work with Prime Video, the company said Thursday.
“It’s important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion,” the Amazon said.
Along with Amazon’s Fire TV, the site will still sell other companies’ video-streaming devices that are compatible with Prime Video, including Roku, Xbox and PlayStation. But Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast will be not be sold.
Google Inc. and Apple Inc. did not immediately respond to requests for comment
Seattle-based Amazon has been rapidly expanding its Prime Video Service, including recently inked deals to stream NBCUniversal’s critically acclaimed drama “Mr. Robot” and a multiyear licensing agreement with CBS.
Amazon.com Inc. shares closed up $8.83, or 1.7 percent, to $520.72 Thursday.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore County police on Friday released a surveillance video that shows a drug suspect aggressively moving toward an officer with his gun drawn moments before the officer fired, killing the man.
Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson showed the video, which is less than a minute long and was taken from a business’ surveillance camera, to reporters Friday afternoon.
The video shows part of Wednesday’s incident that took place in Reisterstown, about 25 miles northwest of Baltimore. The officer, whom police identified only as Officer Earomirski, is seen pointing his gun at 19-year-old Keith Harrison McLeod. McLeod is seen moving quickly toward the officer then reaching behind his back before swinging his arm forward and pointing toward the officer, who then fires his gun.
McLeod falls to the ground, and Earomirski can be seen approaching him, his weapon still drawn. McLeod can be seen on the video writhing and kicking on the ground and resisting McLeod, who is seen patting down the man’s waist area as if searching for a weapon. No weapon was recovered at the scene, police said, but Johnson said Friday it was clear the officer feared for his life when he made the “one-second decision.”
“He whips his right arm around, directly points his hand at the officer and brings his left hand up as to support the right in a ready gun position,” Johnson said of McLeod. “That movement was less than one second. That officer had less than one second to determine what to do to save his own life.”
Johnson said that McLeod was trying to purchase narcotic cough medicine at a pharmacy just before 5 p.m. Wednesday when the pharmacist recognized that the prescription he was using was forged. The pharmacist called the police, and Officer Earomirski responded, Johnson said. When the officer approached McLeod, the man began to run and Earomirski chased him, ultimately cornering him in a nearby alley. Johnson said Earomirski drew his weapon and said repeatedly, “you don’t want to do this.” In response, Johnson said McLeod cursed at the officer and told him, “I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill you.”
Police said the officer fired three rounds, and that McLeod was struck in the upper torso and the leg.
“Any reasonable officer or citizen encountering this situation would feel that they were facing imminent harm and/or death,” Johnson said Friday, adding that Earomirski, whom he described as “one of his finest officers,” has been placed on administrative duty.
Earomirski could not be reached for comment on Friday. Johnson said McLeod’s family has reached out to an attorney, but did not say whether they have filed a lawsuit against the department.
Johnson said each police shooting undergoes a thorough review.
“We don’t just look at every shooting,” he said, “we look at every shot fired.”
Baltimore County recently announced a program to equip all 1,435 officers in its department with body cameras, a decision Johnson said utilizes “the right tool at the right time.”
“This footage stresses the importance of capturing images on film,” he said.