NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on explosive devices being found in New York and New Jersey (all times local):
A federal defender is complaining that bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami has not had access to a lawyer since he was arrested in New Jersey on Monday.
David E. Patton said in a letter to a federal judge Tuesday night that Rahami has been held and questioned by federal law enforcement agents since his arrest.
Federal terrorism charges were filed against Rahami on Tuesday night.
Authorities say Rahami planted bombs in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend.
Rahami was wounded in a shootout with police and is in a hospital in New Jersey.
Patton says his office is available to meet with Rahami in New Jersey and represent him at a telephone or videoconference appearance.
Federal prosecutors say bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami bought components online and recorded a video of himself igniting a blast in a backyard. They say he vowed in a handwritten jihad journal that “the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets.”
Court complaints filed Tuesday give a chilling glimpse into what authorities say motivated the Afghan-born U.S. citizen to set off explosives last weekend in New York and New Jersey. One bomb injured 31 people in Manhattan.
The blasts came two years after the FBI looked into him but found nothing tying him to terrorism.
Rahami remains hospitalized with gunshot wounds from a shootout with police that led to his capture Monday outside a bar in Linden, New Jersey.
It’s not immediately clear whether Rahami has a lawyer who can comment on the charges.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — AC/DC is losing another member.
Bassist Cliff Williams has announced his departure from the group in a video posted on the band’s YouTube channel Tuesday, the same day the group wrapped up its “Rock or Bust” tour in Philadelphia.
Williams says he’s “just ready to get off the road” and needs more time for family and to “chill out.”
Williams is the second AC/DC member to depart the band this year and the fourth since 2014. Lead singer Brian Johnson stopped touring in March amid concern about hearing loss. Guitarist Malcolm Young retired due to health reasons in 2014 and drummer Phil Rudd left the band that same year amid drug charges.
Williams says the departures didn’t play a part in his decision to leave the group.
NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle is making another push to convince people that its food won’t make them sick, with plans to run more newspaper and digital ads outlining the safety steps it has taken since last year’s E. coli outbreak.
The ads beginning Wednesday will be an open letter from co-CEO Steve Ells, who also recorded a video that will be promoted online. The move underscores the Denver-based company’s struggle to rebound from a series of food scares and extinguish any doubts that its burritos and bowls are safe to eat.
“There are definitely folks out there who aren’t entirely sure,” said Mark Crumpacker, who heads Chipotle’s marketing. Crumpacker said those with lingering worries are preventing other sales too, since they can “veto” going to Chipotle in group outings.
Even more challenging will be winning back people who know the food is safe, but have started going to “places like McDonald’s” or what Crumpacker called “knockoff” Chipotles.
To boost sales, the company has so far tried giving away coupons for millions of free entrees, introduced chorizo as a topping, started a summer loyalty program and offered free drinks to students in September. In the April-to-June quarter, sales at established Chipotle locations were still down 24 percent.
The changes have been a work in progress. In December, Chipotle said it was implementing high-resolution ingredient testing to prevent contaminants from reaching its restaurants. It has now ended that in favor of preventative measures that ensure the elimination of pathogens.
Chipotle is also using the sous-vide airtight cooking technique on beef and pork before they arrive in restaurants, and chopping its romaine lettuce in stores again, instead of in central commissaries. It says the commissaries were removing the outer dark green layer, which made people think that it had changed to a less-tasty iceberg lettuce. Chipotle says the lettuce is now washed in water, a mix of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to kill germs, then rinsed in water again.
This isn’t the first time Chipotle has said it’s sorry and stressed its commitment to food safety. At the end of last year, it ran a similar open letter in newspapers that apologized for making people ill. Despite these kinds of actions, co-CEO Monty Moran noted the persistent effect of the intense media spotlight on the food scares, which included a norovirus outbreak at a Boston restaurant.
“People became very afraid of our food nationwide,” Moran said.
Chipotle’s latest efforts may run into the larger restaurant environment. Bernstein analyst Sara Senatore noted that a Chipotle sales recovery in the rest of this year could be hindered by broader industry weakness. Several companies including McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks reported disappointing sales figures in the most recent quarter, with executives citing reasons like cheaper groceries and political uncertainty.
In the meantime, Chipotle is trying to adjust. To avoid wasting money on labor and extra food, Moran said the company has been holding boot camps around the country to retrain managers about staffing levels and supply orders.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento police are releasing more details about the fatal police shooting this summer of a homeless man, including police dash-cam videos of the incident.
Police Chief Sam Somers revealed Tuesday that officers fired 18 shots, 14 of which struck 50-year-old Joseph Mann during the July 11 incident.
In 911 emergency recordings, one caller said Mann waved a knife in the air. Another said he pulled a gun out of his pocket.
The chief says no gun was located, although police found a knife.
Mann’s family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that police should not have used lethal force because Mann showed overt signs he was in the midst of a mental crisis.
Somers says a toxicology screening shows Mann also had methamphetamine in his system.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department plans to hire more than 500 additional officers as it struggles to deal with a violent year full of killings and gun crimes, a city official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will announce the hires Wednesday, according to the city official who was briefed on the plan. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the plan ahead of the announcement.
The department currently has more than 12,000 officers, and hasn’t had a hiring push of this magnitude in years. The move is a departure from how Mayor Rahm Emanuel has handled staffing at the department during his tenure, resisting pressure to add to the department’s ranks and instead paying thousands of dollars in overtime. Emanuel spokesman Adam Collins declined to comment.
Chicago has seen a dramatic rise in the number of shootings and homicides this year. In August alone, there were 90 homicides for the first time in two decades. Overall, the city has recorded more than 500 homicides this year — higher than 2015 combined — and is on pace to climb past the 600-homicide mark since 2003. There have also been more than 2,500 shooting incidents so far this year, about 700 more than in the same time period last year.
City officials have discussed possible hires with aldermen in recent days. Some of the aldermen were skeptical, saying resources should also be poured into education and creating jobs.
“The police allocation and resources are only part of this puzzle,” according to Alderman Anthony Beale, who represents a far South Side ward and is on a public safety committee.
Even if officers are added, Beale continued, there’s no guarantee they’ll be assigned long-term to areas where there’s more crime.
The high use of overtime payouts in a financially strapped city is something Emanuel and the police superintendent he hired when he took office in 2011, Garry McCarthy, forcefully defended, saying it was a less expensive way to keep more cops on the street because hiring more would bring additional health care and pension costs.
But things have drastically changed. According to a recent Chicago Sun-Times report, there are fewer officers because police retirements have outpaced hiring by 975 officers.
Plus, the department that’s long struggled with a reputation for police misconduct and brutality has been beset by criticisms and an erosion of trust in the wake of several fatal police shootings. Last year, the city was forced to release a video of a white officer fatally shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, sparking major protests as well as federal and local investigations.
The fallout over the video prompted Emanuel to fire McCarthy at the end of last year. Interim Superintendent John Escalante and his permanent replacement, Johnson, have struggled to bring the violence under control. During that time, the call for more officers in several city neighborhoods and from aldermen only has only gotten louder.
Associated Press writer Sophia Tareen contributed to this report.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two top aides to Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential bid were sentenced Tuesday to probation and home confinement rather than prison for their roles in a scheme to cover up campaign payments to a former Iowa state senator who agreed to endorse their boss.
Although prosecutors were seeking more than two years in federal prison, campaign chairman Jesse Benton and manager John Tate were instead sentenced to two years’ probation and six months of home confinement, along with community service and a $10,000 fine.
They were accused of conspiring to cause false campaign contribution reports to be filed with the Federal Election Commission. Judge John Jarvey called the crimes serious and said the defendants took advantage of the system designed to ensure transparency in how campaigns are financed.
“There’s nothing like prison time to deter white collar activity,” Jarvey said at Benton’s sentencing, before announcing that he thought the lesser punishment was sufficient.
Prior to the sentencing announcement, Benton told the judge he had endured years of sleepless nights and public humiliation. He said his career is ruined and that he was forced to place his home on the market after going into debt.
“A steep price has been paid,” he said.
Tate asked the judge for similar mercy during his sentencing hearing. Benton and Tate declined comment as they left the courthouse.
Paul’s deputy campaign manager Dimitri Kesari, who also was convicted, was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesdsay.
The men have argued they broke no laws when they paid a video production company, which passed on $73,000 to former state Sen. Kent Sorenson. He dropped support for Michele Bachmann and endorsed Paul six days before the 2012 Iowa caucuses.
Prosecutors said it is illegal to cause a campaign to file inaccurate spending documents.
Federal prosecutor Richard Pilger said voters have already lost confidence in the political system believing it’s rigged and this case is an example of why they feel that way. The men, he said, took advantage of the system designed to ensure transparency in how campaigns are financed.
The men said they were targeted because of their conservative politics and argued campaigns typically don’t identify payments to subcontractors of vendors.
They are expected to appeal their convictions to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If the judges rule against the men, they may choose to seek further review of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The three men faced up to 35 years in prison had the judge handed down maximums to be served consecutively.
Benton, 38, of Louisville, Kentucky, is married to Ron Paul’s granddaughter, Valori Pyeatt. He also had managed the successful 2010 U.S. Senate campaign for Paul’s son, Rand Paul, in Kentucky and served as campaign manager for Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2014 re-election, but resigned that summer as the investigation intensified in Iowa.
Speaking before the men were sentenced, an Iowa political consultant said the case is a stark reminder to anyone in the early presidential contest states including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina that they’ll be intensely watched and they should follow the rules carefully.
“What you might get away with doing in a local state legislative campaigns can get you in really deep serious trouble on a presidential campaign if it’s exposed,” said Craig Robinson, who served on Steve Forbes’ presidential campaign in 2000, was state GOP director in 2008 and is publisher of the conservative “The Iowa Republican” blog.
This story has been corrected to reflect the judge’s name is John Jarvey, not James Jarvey.