Daytona 500 champ Denny Hamlin's team apologizes for celebration after Ryan Newman crash
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ryan Newman’s crash on the final lap during Monday’s Daytona 500 left International Speedway in a somber mood.The track fell into an eerie silence within an hour after Denny Hamlin was crowned the winner of his second consecutive Daytona 500.Newman crossed the finish upside down after crashing into the wall, flipping upside down and then getting hit while he was in midair by Corey LaJoie’s car.Newman was taken to Halifax Health, a local hospital, in an ambulance.Hamlin said he did not know the severity of Newman’s situation until after his post-race interview.“I knew, cro...
'We don't want our girls to get married': Push to raise wedding age to 18 gains momentum
MINNEAPOLIS — An effort to raise Minnesota’s legal marriage age to 18 without exception appears to be gaining traction at the state Capitol this year.Existing state law allows 16- and 17-year-olds in the state to wed with permission from a parent and a judge’s approval. But some lawmakers want to fully ban the practice for anyone under 18, citing concerns that the loophole leads to forced marriages, teen pregnancies and a loss in educational opportunities.“We as adults, we are the ones who know better and so we should do better to protect our children,” said Rep. Kaohly Her, a St. Paul Democra...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Breaking down how Ryan Newman's crash at the Daytona 500 happened
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As Denny Hamlin made his way to victory lane Monday night, Ryan Newman made his way to the hospital. In the final minutes of one of NASCAR’s most iconic races, the Daytona 500, Hamlin narrowly missed Newman’s spinning car, which was tapped by Ryan Blaney.Blaney crossed the finish line in second place.“I don’t know,” Blaney said. “We just got bumpers hooked up wrong and turned him. I hope he’s all right.”As the drivers rounded Turn 4 and made their way down the final stretch, Newman led Blaney and Hamlin, respectively. Blaney crossed to the inside of the track as Hamlin st...
The Charlotte Observer
Pittsburgh Democrats back a candidate who blasted Obamacare and wrote 'Go Trump!' on Facebook
PHILADELPHIA — Democrats in Western Pennsylvania have endorsed a state House candidate who has blasted Obamacare, denounced “lazy no good idiots” who receive public benefits, and expressed support for President Donald Trump on Facebook.The endorsement Sunday by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee generated backlash among progressives and a rebuke from an influential labor group, which said it was “appalled” by the development.At issue is the Democratic primary in the 36th state House district in Pittsburgh. Two candidates — Heather Kass, a certified nursing assistant and local Democratic...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Amazon has 37,000 job listings — maybe its most ever — in Seattle, India and across the globe
At one point last week, Amazon had about 37,200 job listings around the world.That’s the most listings the Seattle company has posted on its Amazon.jobs career site in at least 15 months, a company spokesperson said — and may be the most ever, though a system update prevents easy comparisons to earlier periods.Amazon is seeking everyone from hourly warehouse workers to top-paid machine-learning experts, underscoring the breadth and scope of the company’s operations and ambition. The listings provide a rough map of Amazon’s near-term growth priorities across businesses and geographies.Amazon’s ...
The Seattle Times
Why British TV detectives are superior to their American counterparts
LOS ANGELES — If super-sleuth Jessica Fletcher decides to come out of retirement, she’ll have to brace herself for stomach-turning crime scenes. Or move to England.Brainy, bloodless detective shows like “Murder, She Wrote” may be dead on network TV in America, but they’re thriving in the United Kingdom, where viewers can enjoy a jolly good whodunit without nightmares keeping them up until “Good Morning Britain.”“I think it’s quite nice to escape what’s going on, to be able to sit down and go, ‘Here’s a beginning, middle and end of a wonderful story with a mystery to it, set in a beautiful land...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Plans to deport Hmong who are US residents ignore history, are counterproductive
As the Trump administration callously pursues plans to deport 4,716 Hmong U.S. residents, it’s important to remember why these Southeast Asian immigrants are here.They didn’t cross the U.S. border illegally. They didn’t come here only for a chance at a better job or education. They came because they fought on America’s side during the Vietnam War and they and their families were persecuted for that after the conflict’s bitter end. Hmong who remained behind still face retaliation decades later in Laos, whose government has a record of human rights abuses.Sensitivity to that history is sorely mi...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: A cry for justice for a child-development expert in Turkey
There are times we must urgently intervene to help our children, and there are times we urgently must intervene to help the adults who help children.Today is a day I desperately wish I could be doing both. Instead, in the case of one of those adults, I must hold my breath.That’s because my friend and colleague, the child development specialist Yigit Aksakoglu, halfway across the world in Istanbul, Turkey, is on trial for his life. A prosecutor and the president of Turkey claim that Aksakoglu sought to overthrow his country, apparently by helping children. Amnesty International calls the charge...
Editorial: Just negotiate: Palestinians at the UN continue their anti-Israel pressure campaigns
It was one juvenile stunt after another. On Feb. 11 at the United Nations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas — who refuses to engage in the direct negotiations with Israel that are the only path toward a lasting peace — went before the Security Council to dump on President Donald Trump’s peace blueprint. He failed to muster even the nine out of 15 votes necessary to get a vote condemning the plan. (It would’ve been vetoed by the U.S. anyway.)On Feb. 12, the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, following through on a directive of the world body’s irredeemably anti-Israel Human...
New York Daily News
Chicago police report 'good leads' after a shooting kills 1, wounds 2 in near 'L' stops
CHICAGO — Police said they were pursuing “good leads” Monday to find the gunman who shot and killed a man and wounded two other people in a pedestrian tunnel that connects the Red and Blue line “L” stops downtown.The Loop shooting was at least the third attack on or near CTA train platforms in less than two weeks, and it caused trains to bypass the Jackson Red and Blue line stops during rush hour as the investigation spanned into the late morning. The attack comes as city officials plan to increase patrols on trains and at platforms beginning next month.The attack happened just after 2 a.m. Mo...