SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A dispute over which Republican delegates from the U.S. Virgin Islands will be sent to the upcoming national convention has grown increasingly unruly.

Party members said Tuesday that a fight broke out during a weekend meeting of the Republican Territorial Committee, which was held at a gun range.

Dennis Lennox told The Associated Press that he used his cellphone to make a video of what he called the “uncivil and unbecoming conduct” of some people at Saturday’s meeting. He accused disqualified delegate Gwendolyn Brady of throwing a cellphone at him shortly after he started recording. Brady, the island’s banking and insurance commissioner, did not return a message for comment.

Other members said that Brady was physically assaulted by another delegate and that police arrived after the incident, which is the latest in the fight over delegates.

“It’s just turned into madness, total madness,” said Herbert Schoenbohm, the party’s former chairman and a committee member who was at the meeting.

He told the AP that party chairman John Canegata was carrying a gun and used an artillery shell for a gavel as he threatened to have people arrested if they didn’t leave after the meeting.

Canegata declined to comment except to say that the committee complied with party rules during the meeting. He was quoted by local media as saying that he was carrying a concealed weapon and that he had forgotten his gavel.

The incident came just weeks after the U.S. territory’s Republican Party announced it was disqualifying six delegates chosen in March because they violated party rules. Among those disqualified were Brady and John Yob, a political strategist from Michigan who wrote a book titled “Chaos: The Outsider’s Guide to a Contested Republican National Convention.”

The six disqualified delegates are uncommitted. Of the six alternates, four are uncommitted, one supports Sen. Ted Cruz and the other Donald Trump.

Saturday’s incident prompted Schoenbohm and other committee members to take a no-confidence vote against Canegata.

“The chairman is obviously going to ignore that,” Schoenbohm said. “The next steps are lawsuits.”

Brady, Yob and other delegates recently filed a lawsuit against Canegata accusing him of acting unilaterally when he disqualified them. Canegata called the lawsuit frivolous and an “act of desperation.”

“The law of the land is clear: Republican Party rules — not courts — govern Republican Party procedure, according to established U.S. Supreme Court precedent,” he said in a recent statement.


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CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) — A duck who lost its feet to frostbite is waddling again thanks to a Wisconsin middle school teacher and a 3D printer.

Vicki Rabe-Harrison rescued Phillip the duck and, after watching a video of a 3D printer online, turned to South Park Middle School teacher Jason Jischke in Oshkosh for help.

Rabe-Harrison tells WBAY-TV that she was planning to put Phillip down when Jischke called to say his class was working on the project. It took them six weeks to get the prosthetic feet just right.

Phillip was a bit wobbly when he first tested his new feet, but he has now joined other birds and animals at a sanctuary north of Milwaukee. Autumn Farm Sanctuary co-founder Alyssa Herbst says Phillip is getting used to his new feet.

CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) — A duck who lost its feet to frostbite is waddling again thanks to a Wisconsin middle school teacher and a 3D printer.

Vicki Rabe-Harrison rescued Phillip the duck and, after watching a video of a 3D printer online, turned to South Park Middle School teacher Jason Jischke in Oshkosh for help.

Rabe-Harrison tells WBAY-TV that she planning to put Phillip down when Jischke called to say his class was working on the project. It took them six weeks to get the prosthetic feet just right.

Phillip was a bit wobbly when he first tested his new feet, but he has now joined other birds and animals at a sanctuary north of Milwaukee. Autumn Farm Sanctuary co-founder Alyssa Herbst says Phillip is getting used to his new feet.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A college student and Iraqi refugee yanked from a Southwest Airlines flight after mentioning a terrorist group’s name during a phone conversation in Arabic said Monday he was degraded and humiliated and wants a public apology.

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, who arrived in the U.S. in 2010 as an Iraqi refugee, was removed from the April 9 flight from Los Angeles to Oakland, California, after the airline said another Arabic-speaking passenger reported hearing him say something that alarmed her.

The airline said in a statement that it regretted what occurred, but under federal regulations it had no alternative but to remove Makhzoomi.

“To be honest with you, I really was intimidated,” Makhzoomi told The Associated Press on Monday. “It was an overwhelming process. They made me feel as if I were guilty.”

He was released after being interrogated by Los Angeles International Airport police and FBI agents who, according to Makhzoomi, asked him about his thoughts on martyrdom. He said he angrily told them he had no interest in such matters, and they eventually believed him.

“The statement he made was not illegal, there was nothing that involved threats or anything like that, so he was released,” airport police Officer Rob Pendregon said.

The 26-year-old University of California, Berkeley, senior said his troubles began as he was excitedly telling his uncle in Baghdad that he was on his way home after attending a speech by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

He said most of the conversation was mundane, covering subjects like who was there and what the food was like, but at one point he noted someone posed a question about the Islamic State group.

When he noticed a woman in the next row staring at him he told his uncle he’d call back later, adding he ended the conversation with the phrase “inshallah,” meaning “God willing.”

Two minutes later, he said, a Southwest employee approached and told him he’d have to leave the plane.

In the terminal he said the man, accompanied by three police officers, told him he should have known better than to speak in Arabic on an airplane, given how it might rattle people these days.

“I said, ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to do that,’ ” he said he replied.

The FBI was called, he said, after the employee blamed him for delaying the flight and he responded, “No, I think this is what Islamophobia got this country into.”

After being released he was told he couldn’t return home on a Southwest flight and his ticket was refunded.

“We would like the opportunity to speak with Mr. Makhzoomi further about his experience and have reached out to him several times,” the airline said in a statement.

Makhzoomi said he did speak briefly with an airline representative Monday, but he told the woman the only thing he was interested in hearing was a public apology. Southwest did not respond to an email asking if that was a possibility.

Meanwhile, Makhzoomi said he’s been contacted by people who have offered to put him in touch with top-notch lawyers if he wants to sue. Still, he said, all he really wants is the apology.

“I hope I can get that apology because we need to solve this problem,” he said. “But we cannot solve any problem without mentioning what is the problem and that is that Islamophobia is real and it’s been used by many people and it’s time to say enough is enough.”


Associated Press Video Journalist Haven Daley reported from Berkeley, California.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Look out, HBO. Netflix produced more original programming than cable’s premium-network leader last year, according to number provided by the two rivals. The Internet video service isn’t slowing down, either, even if it risks losing subscribers to price increases that will help pay for more exclusive shows.

Since its push into original shows kicked off in earnest with the 2013 debut of “House of Cards,” Netflix has hit the fast-forward button. Last year, it put out 450 hours of original programming, compared to 401 from Time Warner’s HBO. This year, both companies say they expect to release roughly 600 hours of original material.

HBO, of course, is the network Netflix CEO Reed Hastings set out to emulate when his service began charting a course away from streaming TV reruns and previously released movies. Ted Sarandos, the company’s head of programming, famously told GQ back in 2013 that Netflix’s goal was “to become HBO faster than HBO can become us.”

Netflix is aiming to put itself into “an entirely different and supreme league” from its rivals, says Tom Numan, a former TV network and studio executive who now lectures at UCLA’s graduate school of theater, film and television. The company’s goal, he says, is to become the first global network for original shows and movies.

With Netflix now available in 190 countries, Hastings expects Netflix to surpass 100 million subscribers next year. During a review of Netflix’s results on Monday, Hastings declared the company “really excited” about the boost it expects from its growing library of exclusive programs., Hulu and other services are scrambling to catch up with their own moves into original programming. Although its own original slate is only a quarter the size of Netflix’s, can boast that its shows won more Emmy awards last year than its rival.

Netflix is counting on a vast library of original programming to help keep subscribers on board as it faces tougher competition. Amazon, for instance, just started offering its streaming-video service for $9 a month ; previously, you had to sign up for the company’s $100-a-year Prime service, which includes free shipping from its e-commerce site and other goodies.

Amazon is undercutting Netflix’s $10 monthly price for its most popular video-streaming plan, as is Hulu, which charges $8. HBO charges $15 per month for a video-streaming service it launched last year to compete against Netflix.

Netflix will test the loyalty of its long-time subscribers next month when it starts to hike their prices 25 percent, following a two-year freeze that kept rates at $8 per month. The increase will hit 17 million to 22 million U.S. subscribers, based on analyst estimates.

Original programming doesn’t come cheap. The Los Gatos, California, company ended March with $12.3 billion committed to Internet streaming rights, nearly double the $5.6 billion it spend at the end of 2012. Netflix hasn’t disclosed how much of that spending has gone toward original series and exclusive movies, but the percentage has been steadily increasing.

The cost of licensing and overseas expansion has whittled Netflix’s profit margins. In its first-quarter results released late Monday, the company said it earned $28 million, or 6 cents per share, on revenue of nearly $2 billion. Investors, though, are far more focused the company’s subscriber growth.

So far, the company has delivered. Netflix picked up an additional 6.74 million customers in the first quarter to boost its worldwide audience to 81.5 million subscribers — up from 33 million before the first season of “House of Cards.” Such gains helped propel Netflix’s share price, which has more than quadrupled since then, creating about $36 billion in shareholder wealth.

But Netflix’s stock price dropped nearly 8 percent in extended trading late Monday after the company predicted it would only add 2.5 million subscribers in the second quarter, including a gain of 500,000 customers in the U.S. The conservative forecast reflected the anticipated loss of some longtime subscribers due to the price increase.

There’s a worrisome history here. In 2011, subscribers fled when Netflix split off its DVD-by-mail operation from its burgeoning streaming business, a shift that hiked prices as much as 60 percent for some subscribers.

Netflix lost 3 percent of its U.S. subscribers at the time. A similar reaction to next month’s price increase might cost it 510,000 to 660,000 subscribers in the second quarter.

Analysts think a repeat is unlikely. “I don’t think you are going to see a lot of people bailing out and running for the exits,” said Rosenblatt Securities analyst Martin Pyykkonen — largely because Netflix now has so many shows you can’t find anywhere else.

That original programming appears to be a major draw for many subscribers. In a recent online survey of 2,500 U.S. adults conducted by Morgan Stanley, 45 percent cited it as a reason to subscribe to Netflix.

HBO, however, still has a huge advantage over Netflix in terms of prestige. Last year, HBO won 43 Emmys, more than any other TV network, while Netflix’s original programs garnered just four — one less than


AP Business Writer Ryan Nakashima in Los Angeles contributed to this story.

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking on Netflix and Hulu with its own stand-alone video streaming service, just weeks before Netflix raises prices for longtime subscribers.

New customers can now pay $8.99 a month to watch Amazon’s Prime video streaming service. Previously, the only way to watch Amazon’s videos was to pay $99 a year for Prime membership, which includes free two-day shipping on items sold by the site, and other perks.

At $9 a month, Amazon’s stand-alone streaming service is $1 less than Netflix’s standard membership and $1 more than Hulu’s basic subscription.

Netflix said earlier this year that a “substantial number” of its longtime members who paid $8 monthly — and have been protected from price hikes — will now pay an additional $2 starting in May.

Amazon’s decision to break off its video streaming service could cause some defections at Netflix, wrote Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter in a note to clients.

Both companies have invested heavily in original and exclusive programing. Netflix has “Orange is the New Black,” ”House of Cards” and a couple of series based on Marvel comic characters. Amazon’s offerings include “Transparent,” ”Mozart in the Jungle” and previously aired HBO shows. With Hulu, users can watch many current TV episodes a day after they air on a network. Hulu is also growing its exclusive offerings, with “The Mindy Project” and “Difficult People.”

In a review of Netflix’s first-quarter earnings released Monday, CEO Reed Hastings said he wasn’t surprised by Amazon’s decision to offer a stand-alone streaming service.

“It’s natural that everybody’s coming in as they realize that the future is Internet TV,” Hastings said.

Representatives for Amazon and Hulu did respond to a request for comment.

Amazon may be a rival, but Netflix is also an Amazon customer. The Los Gatos, California-based streaming company uses Amazon Web Services to store its content and help run parts of its site and apps.

Besides its stand-alone video service, Amazon is also offering a new pay-as-you-go option for its full Prime membership for $10.99 a month and comes with free two-day shipping, video streaming and other perks. Amazon’s website said that users who opt to pay $10.99 monthly, instead of the $99 annual fee, can cancel at any time. The $99 a year option remains the cheapest way for most people to get both free two-day shipping and video streaming, equaling about $8.25 a month.

Shares of Seattle-based Inc. gained $9.46 Monday to close at $635.35. Netflix Inc.’s stock declined $3.11 to close at $108.40 before plunging by more than 7 percent in extended trading after the company’s management issued a disappointing forecast for subscriber growth during the current quarter.