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New Jersey school cancels Common as commencement speaker

UNION, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Kean University has cancelled hip-hop artist Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song about a convicted cop killer who fled to Cuba.

State Police union president Chris Burgos called the choice a “slap in the face” because lyrics in Common’s 2000 recording “A Song for Assata” portrays Joanne Chesimard as a victim.


Adoptee from South Korea faces deportation from US

Federal immigration officials say they became aware of Crapser after he applied to renew his green card two years ago: his criminal convictions, ranging from burglary to assault, made him potentially deportable under immigration law.

The State Department says it is aware of adult adoptees who are in immigration removal proceedings.

[…] when reform stalled, the provision did, too.

Since the 1950s, American couples have adopted nearly half a million children from other countries; about 100,000 of those children came from South Korea.

Thomas Crapser’s sentence included 90 days in jail, and his wife’s three years of probation.

Because students at his high school teased him about the abuse, Adam Crapser said he dropped out of 9th grade.

Once it was after he broke into his parents’ home — it was, he said, to retrieve the Korean Bible and rubber shoes that came with him from the orphanage — and later it was for stealing cars and assaulting a roommate.

Because he lacked a green card to prove he could work in the U.S., he opened a barber shop and an upholstery business — something he could do without immigration papers.

Marshals reviewing procedures after inmate escapes hospital

(AP) — Federal marshals are reviewing their security procedures after an inmate receiving treatment at a northern Virginia hospital overpowered a private guard, took her gun and set off a frenzied nine-hour manhunt.

[…] the Marshals Service contracts called for two private guards from Allied Protection Services, a Los Angeles-based company, to guard him.

Police searched several residential neighborhoods with tactical officers armed with assault rifles, startling residents.

In one neighborhood, Spence Limbocker said he heard the helicopter, went outside and saw a massive police presence, including officers searching homes and nearby woods.

Assaye had been booked into the Alexandria jail, which typically holds federal inmates charged in northern Virginia, on the federal charges March 21, Alexandria Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amy Bertsch said in a statement.

Assaye made an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Alexandria on the escape charge, dressed in a white vinyl jumpsuit, shackled at the wrists and ankles and guarded by four marshals.


Man kills woman, himself in California office shooting

(AP) — A Fresno man with a history of domestic violence stormed into a medical office building in California and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself.

Panicked employees and patients hid in bathrooms at the Eye Medical Clinic in downtown Fresno and were seen climbing from the building’s ground-level windows as police arrived Tuesday.

To help people inside the building get out, police smashed windows and helped people climb to safety, Gomez said.

Fresno Deputy Police Chief Pat Farmer said there are two businesses in the building, a pediatric clinic and an eye clinic.

Detectives searching Moua’s home removed a couple of rifles, a backpack and two evidence bags.

Believing they had a shooter on the loose, police called in SWAT team members who entered the building.

Death of Getty oil heir is likely natural causes or accident

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home of what was most likely natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.

Andrew Getty’s death appeared to be from natural causes, Los Angeles County coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said, but it has been initially called an accident because of medication found at the scene.

A woman called to report someone had died and sent officers to the gated, century-old home in the hills popular with the film industry elite shortly after 2:15 p.m. They found a man dead in a bathroom, police spokesman Jack Richter said.


The latest developments on religious objection laws

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has urged lawmakers to send a bill to his desk by the end of the week to clarify the intent of a new religious objections law that critics fear could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The Indiana law, which takes effect July 1, does not specifically mention gays and lesbians, but opponents say it is designed to protect businesses and individuals who do not want to serve gays and lesbians, such as florists or caterers who might be hired for a same-sex wedding.

The law prohibits state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs unless the government can show that it has a compelling interest and that the action is the least restrictive means of achieving it.

Widiss said the proposals are fueled by rulings legalizing gay marriage and by last year’s Supreme Court interpretation of the federal law in a case involving retailer Hobby Lobby.

The court ruled the retailer and other closely held private businesses with religious objections could opt out of providing the free contraceptive coverage required by President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates have jumped to the defense of Pence and Indiana’s law.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Indiana law is “a much more open-ended piece of legislation” than the 1993 federal law and “flies in the face of the kinds of values that people all across the country strongly support.”


On Cuban isle once home to Americans, a look back and ahead

ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, Cuba (AP) — Fidelia Rodriguez looks at photos of the Smith family, the Americans who once owned the home she has lived in all her life.

During the commotion, her father suffered a heart attack and died, leaving Fidelia and her six siblings fatherless.

The government gave the servants’ quarters of the expropriated property to her mother and the children.

There were people like the Browns, founders of the little town of Columbia and large landowners with fields of citrus for export to the U.S., and their neighbors, the Millses, who owned a steamship and a hotel, who made their lives here.

A cemetery attests to the numbers and lives of the Americans who lived, worked and died on this small island, once a pirate haven, a penal colony and later a flourishing source of agricultural products for sale on the big island of Cuba and the U.S.


Avedon exhibit features portraits of 1960s-70s newsmakers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new exhibit focusing on Richard Avedon’s photos of political and cultural newsmakers invites visitors to rethink the concept of portraits in the age of the selfie.

Avedon made his name shooting fashion models for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, but “Family Affairs” stems mainly from his work covering the 1976 presidential election for Rolling Stone magazine.

Originally planning to spotlight the campaigns of incumbent Gerald Ford and challenger Jimmy Carter, Avedon soon realized he wanted to include a wider array of the era’s most influential people, Perelman said.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, consumer advocate Ralph Nader and NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, to name a few.

Museum officials have set up a computer to take Avedon-inspired pictures of guests against a white backdrop edged in black; the images can be both printed and shared via social media, blending the concepts of portraits and selfie.

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Coroner: Death of Andrew Getty appears natural or accident

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death at a Hollywood Hills home Tuesday of Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.

The death appeared to be from natural causes, Los Angeles County coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said, but it has been initially called an accident because of medication found at the scene.

A woman calling to report that someone had died sent officers to the gated home on Montcalm Avenue shortly after 2:15 p.m. They found a man dead in a bathroom, police spokesman Jack Richter said.

Coroner’s vans and news trucks were parked outside the century-old luxury home on one of the winding roads in the hills that are home to many of the film industry elite.