MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested two Moroccan men for allegedly serving as recruiters for the Islamic State group.
Spain’s Interior Ministry said police arrested one man in Madrid and the other in the town of Roda de Ter near Barcelona on Saturday.
Spanish authorities say the pair allegedly “focused on the recruitment of young Muslims” with the goal of “inciting the execution of terrorist acts.”
Police say the two suspects used social media to spread IS propaganda that included “videos of violent acts chosen to justify the cruelty shown toward the victims.”
Spain says 163 suspected Islamic extremists have been arrested in the country since 2015.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say four people have been charged in the videotaped beating of a man as bystanders yelled “Don’t vote Trump.”
Authorities say 26-year-old Julian Christian, 21-year-old Rajane Lewis, 20-year-old Dejuan Collins and a 17-year-old girl who wasn’t identified were each charged with vehicular hijacking in the Nov. 9 incident. Christian is from Broadview, Illinois, and Lewis and Collins are from Chicago.
Forty-nine-year-old David Wilcox says he was attacked after another car scraped his. He says he was beaten after parking and asking the other driver if he had insurance. Someone drove off with Wilcox’s car during the attack on Chicago’s West Side.
Wilcox says he did vote for President-elect Donald Trump, but no one in the crowd knew that.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether those charged have attorneys.
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge in Tucson, Arizona, has ordered the Border Patrol to improve conditions at its holding facilities in most of the state, saying the agency was not following its own standards by keeping migrants in crowded, cold cells without proper bedding.
Judge David Bury issued the temporary order Friday requiring the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector to provide clean mats and thin blankets to migrants held for longer than 12 hours and to allow them to wash or clean themselves.
Bury said plaintiffs presented persuasive evidence that basic human needs of migrants were not being met.
The case was brought last year by the ACLU, the Morrison and Foerster law firm, and other immigrant rights organizations on behalf of migrants who say the Border Patrol’s holding facilities in Arizona are unsanitary, extremely cold and inhumane. Migrants regularly call holding cells “hieleras,” the Spanish word for “freezer.”
“We believe that the conditions were so below par that when you have people, whether it’s two nights or one night sleeping on the floor, that is just below any constitutional standards or norms of decency,” ACLU senior counsel Dan Pochoda said.
Bury issued the temporary injunction after a hearing earlier this week at which both parties made arguments.
The Border Patrol has defended its practices and said it’s committed to the safety, security and welfare of detainees. The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the order late Friday.
It maintains that it provides migrants with basic human needs in accordance with its own policies, and that agents provide medical care, warmth, sanitation, food and water, and allows detainees to sleep.
But photos released this year after a legal battle by the government to keep them under seal show men jammed together under a thin thermal blanket and a woman using a concrete floor strewn with trash to change a baby’s diaper.
Other photos show rusty toilets, dirty toilet paper on the floor and a malfunctioning water fountain in detention areas.
The cells shown in the images are designed to provide short-term shelter for detainees until they can be processed, the agency said. Migrants are usually deported or transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has long-term detention centers.
The order issued Friday applies to the Tucson Sector’s eight facilities and is temporary while the case plays out in court, although Pochoda says it’s a good indicator that plaintiffs have the upper hand.
Bury also ordered the Border Patrol to provide medical screening at all times at all stations, monitor cell temperature, ensure that the stations have working sinks and toilets and other materials “sufficient to meet the personal hygiene needs” of migrants, and provide personal products like toilet paper and toothbrushes.
Last year, Bury issued sanctions against the Border Patrol over destruction of surveillance video evidence in the case.
The coalition receives continuous surveillance video from the Border Patrol as ordered by Bury, said Nora Preciado, a staff attorney for the National Immigration Law Center.
The lawsuit was originally filed on behalf of three immigrants but is now a class-action suit.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump agreed Friday to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits against his now-defunct Trump University for real estate investors, averting a trial in a potentially embarrassing case that he had vowed during the campaign to keep fighting.
The agreement came 10 days before jury selection was scheduled to begin in one of three cases. The complaints accused Trump University, which wasn’t an accredited school, of defrauding students who paid up to $35,000 a year to enroll in programs that promised to share Trump’s real estate secrets.
About 7,000 students would be eligible for refunds if U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel approves the proposed settlement. Under the terms, Trump admitted no wrongdoing in two class-action lawsuits in San Diego and a civil suit brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The settlement lifts what would probably have been a major headache for Trump as he works to fill key executive branch positions and get acquainted with foreign leaders. The San Diego trial, on a case filed in 2010, was expected to last several weeks, guaranteeing daily news coverage of a controversy that dogged him during the campaign.
Trump’s political rivals seized on the lawsuits to try to portray him as dishonest and deceitful. Trump brought more attention to them by repeatedly assailing Curiel, who oversaw the San Diego cases. Trump suggested the Indiana-born judge’s Mexican heritage exposed a bias.
The thousands of former students covered by the San Diego lawsuits will be eligible to receive at least half and possibly all their money back, as much as $35,000, said Jason Forge, an attorney for the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs’ attorneys waived their fees.
Trump has denied the allegations and said during the campaign that he would not settle. He told supporters at a May rally that he would come to San Diego to testify after winning the presidency.
“I could have settled this case numerous times but I don’t want to settle cases when we’re right. I don’t believe in it. And when you start settling cases, you know what happens? Everybody sues you because you get known as a settler. One thing about me, I am not known as a settler,” Trump said at the time.
Two days after the election, Trump’s lead attorney in the San Diego cases, Daniel Petrocelli, said he was “all ears” to settlement talks and accepted an offer to have U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller of San Diego broker negotiations.
Forge said the agreement was reached an hour before a hearing for Curiel to weigh Trump’s latest request to delay the trial until after the Jan. 20 inauguration. The plaintiffs’ attorney said he “definitely detected a change of tone and change of approach” from Trump’s camp after the election.
“We were at each other’s throat for 6 ½ years and were able to find the common ground with them and do something good there,” Forge told reporters.
Schneiderman called the agreement a “stunning reversal” for the president-elect, saying Trump “fought us every step of the way, filing baseless charges and fruitless appeals and refusing to settle for even modest amounts of compensation for the victims of his phony university. Today, that all changes.”
Trump’s attorneys said the settlement allows the president-elect to focus full attention on his transition to the White House.
“He was willing to sacrifice his personal interests, put this behind him, and move forward,” Petrocelli said.
Alan Garten, the Trump Organization’s general counsel, said he had “no doubt” Trump would have prevailed at trial.
The lawsuits allege that Trump University gave nationwide seminars that were like infomercials, constantly pressuring people to spend more and, in the end, failing to deliver on its promises. The San Diego trial would have been pinned on whether a nine-member jury believed Trump misled customers by calling the business a university and by advertising that he hand-picked instructors.
Court documents unsealed in May revealed strategies for enticing people to enroll even if they couldn’t afford it. The documents outlined how employees should guide people through “the roller coaster of emotions” after they express interest and tells employees to be “very aggressive during these conversations to in order to push them out of their comfort zones.”
Transcripts of about 10 hours of Trump depositions provided additional material to rivals, though Curiel denied a request to release video of Trump’s testimony that would have likely been used in campaign attack ads. Trump acknowledged in the depositions that he played on people’s fantasies, and he could not recall names of his employees despite his advertising pitch that he “hand-picked” them.
Trump has repeatedly claimed a 98 percent customer satisfaction rate on internal surveys. Plaintiffs countered that students were asked to rate the product when they believed they still had more instruction to come and were reluctant to openly criticize their teachers on surveys that were not anonymous.
The settlement comes a day after watchdog groups and ethics experts who served in both Republican and Democratic administrations sent a letter to Trump urging him to make a clean break from his business to avoid “embroiling the presidency in litigation.”
One of the authors, Richard Painter, an ethics lawyer at the White House under President George W. Bush, said the Trump University settlement might backfire if lawyers think Trump is eager to settle to avoid court cases while president.
“The plaintiffs’ lawyers,” he said, “are going to smell blood in the water.”
Klepper contributed from Albany, New York. Associated Press Business Writer Bernard Condon in New York contributed to this report.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For the fourth straight weekend, masses of South Koreans were expected to descend on major avenues in downtown Seoul demanding an end to the presidency of Park Geun-hye, who prosecutors plan to question soon over an explosive political scandal.
Police expected about 50,000 protesters to turn out on Saturday near City Hall and a boulevard in front of an old palace gate, where hundreds of thousands a week before marched in what may have been the country’s largest demonstration since it shook off dictatorship three decades ago. Organizers anticipated a crowd as large as half a million.
It will be the latest in a wave of demonstrations calling for the ouster of Park, who critics accuse of undermining the country’s democracy by allegedly allowing a secretive confidante to manipulate power from the shadows and amass an illicit fortune.
Park’s supporters were planning to hold smaller counter protests in nearby streets around Seoul Station, raising concerns about potential clashes with the anti-Park activists whose gatherings in recent weeks have been peaceful.
Prosecutors plan to formally charge Park’s friend, Choi Soon-sil, by Sunday, and also are seeking to question Park in the next few days.
Choi, the daughter of a late cult leader who emerged as Park’s mentor in the 1970s, has been suspected of interfering with state affairs despite having no government job, and, with the help of presidential aides, bullying companies into donating tens of millions of dollars into foundations she controlled.
Prosecutors also are seeking to indict two of Park’s former aides who allegedly conspired with Choi. Other key suspects include a music video director who supposedly used her ties with Choi to win lucrative government culture projects, and a former vice sports minister suspected of providing business favors and financial support to sports organizations controlled by Choi and her niece.
Emboldened by the huge protests in recent weeks, opposition parties have been stepping up pressure to force Park to quit.
On Thursday, they used their parliamentary majority to pass a law that would allow for a special prosecutor to investigate the scandal and potentially expose the president’s wrongdoings.
Opposition parties have yet to seriously push for Park’s impeachment over fears of triggering a backlash from conservative voters and negatively impacting next year’s presidential election.
However, there is a growing voice within the opposition that an impeachment attempt is inevitable because it’s unlikely Park will resign and give up her immunity from prosecution.
Park’s term lasts until Feb. 24, 2018. If she steps down before the presidential vote on Dec. 20, 2017, an election must be held within 60 days.
NEW YORK (AP) — The phalanx of police officers armed with assault weapons, bomb-sniffing dogs and concrete barricades causing congestion and other headaches outside Donald Trump’s home will remain in place at least until his inauguration in late January, city officials warned on Friday.
It’s a situation that has put the Republican president-elect’s hometown in the position of asking his new administration to pay ongoing costs for what Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio called an unprecedented security effort for a U.S. president’s unofficial residence.
“We’re being asked to do something on a scale that’s never been done before,” the mayor said at a news conference with New York Police Department and Secret Service officials.
The mayor spoke at a command center at NYPD headquarters where four video monitors carried live feeds of the intersection outside Trump Tower, in midtown Manhattan. The monitors showed how police have closed two of Fifth Avenue’s five lanes, completely barricaded the block where residents have a private entrance and set up checkpoints manned by officers in guard booths.
The measures, largely intended to fortify Trump Tower in a terror attack, have slowed motor and foot traffic outside and raised concerns among retailers it could hurt business during the holiday shopping season. Anti-Trump demonstrations have shut down Fifth Avenue entirely at least three times in the past 10 days.
Authorities are still refining their tactics to minimize inconveniences to workers and shoppers through late January. In the immediate aftermath of the election, Trump Tower’s entrance was walled off by dump trucks filled with sand and its atrium was closed to tourists, measures that were lifted within a couple of days.
What happens after the inauguration will depend on how the new president divides his time between his high-rise apartment and the White House, officials said. Depending on the answer, the NYPD might create a new command assigned full time to securing Trump Tower.
Officials also said they have begun exploring ways to get federal help in covering potentially huge overtime costs for the nation’s largest police department. Similar reimbursements have been made in the past for large-scale events like Pope Francis’ visit to the city last year.
“I think the federal government will recognize that the NYPD is carrying a burden for the entire nation,” De Blasio said.
The mayor predicted New Yorkers would shrug off the hassle of protecting Trump.
“After we get through legitimately grumbling, we’ll go on with our lives,” he said.