ICE: Man who killed Washington state deputy this week was Mexican citizen illegally in US

A road rage suspect who allegedly shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy and wounded a police officer in Washington state this week was living illegally in the United States, the federal government said Thursday. 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, 29, was a Mexican citizen who entered Laredo, Texas, in 2014 on a temporary agricultural worker visa.

ICE said it had no record that Flores Del Toro left the U.S. or extended his visa following its expiration. He died in a hospital shortly after the Tuesday night shootout in the small town of Kittitas in central Washington.

Police are still investigating his background and why he led officers on a chase. There were no warrants pending for his arrest, Ellensburg Police Capt. Dan Hansberry said. 

President Donald Trump has used past crimes by undocumented immigrants to justify his immigration policies, although national statistics show immigrants commit fewer crimes than those born in the U.S.

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A 2017 Cato Institute study reported the incarceration rate for native-born Americans is 1.53 percent compared to 0.85 percent for undocumented immigrants and 0.47 percent for legal immigrants.

In his State of the Union address in February, Trump described how an undocumented immigrant burglarized and killed a couple in Reno, Nevada. He had previously commented on an undocumented immigrant killing a law enforcement officer late last year in California. 

“Time to get tough on Border Security,” Trump tweeted at the time. “Build the Wall!”

In Flores Del Toro’s case, Hansberry said police previously “had limited contacts with him,” adding they were “nothing of real significance” without providing further details.

Officers on Tuesday tried to stop Flores Del Toro’s vehicle after receiving a complaint about his driving that authorities described as “road-rage type event.” They chased him until he stopped in a house trailer park near Kittitas, about five miles from Ellensburg, the city where Flores Del Toro resided. Police say he got out of the car and shot at them with a handgun. 

Sheriff’s deputy Ryan Thompson, 42, was killed and Kittitas police officer Benito Chavez, 22, was shot in the leg, shattering his femur.

Thompson was married with three children. Chavez joined the three-person Kittitas police department last July, officials said. 

A law enforcement officer had not been fatally shot in the county since 1927, authorities said. 

Contributing: The Associated Press

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What legacy did Karadzic and the war leave behind for Bosnia?

United Nations judges have sentenced former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic to life in prison, ending one of the most momentous trials over genocide and war crimes committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. 

The Hague-based tribunal ruled his initial 40-year jail term was too light and decided to increase it to life behind bars.

But do his victims feel justice has finally been served?

When Yugoslavia broke up in the early 1990s, it triggered a three-year conflict that led to the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II.

Karadzic was the leader of the Bosnian Serbs at the time.

He planned the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, where almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in a campaign of genocide against Bosnian Muslims.

When the 73-year-old lost his appeal on Wednesday, survivors of the massacre celebrated. But many Bosnian Serbs still regard Karadzic as a hero.

More than 20 years on, has the region been able to heal its wounds? And what legacy did Karadzic and the war leave behind for Bosnia today?

Presenter: Nick Clark


Jasmin Mujanovic – Political scientist at Elon University

Refik Hodzic – Former spokesman for International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia

Amila Buturovic – Professor of humanities and religious studies at York University

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Europe’s first underwater restaurant resembles a shipwrecked monolith

“No swimwear is required for your evening with us,” reads this restaurant’s dress code.

Located at the southernmost point of Norway’s craggy coast, Europe’s first underwater restaurant has opened, fittingly dubbed Under. And it’s not just a restaurant.

Designed by Norwegian firm Snøhetta, it’s a 34-metre rectangular prism slightly submerged five metres under the sea. Seriously, it looks like a modernist shipwreck.

Yep, that's a restaurant.

Yep, that’s a restaurant.

Right at the end of the monolith, sitting on the seabed, there’s an 11-metre-wide, floor-to-ceiling window which allows its 35-40 diners to check out any underwater action.

According to the design team, the municipality of Lindesnes where the restaurant is located, is known for its intense, rapidly changing weather conditions — just imagine dining here during a storm.

Under's dining room.

Under’s dining room.

Snøhetta founder and architect Kjetil Trædal Thorsen says the structure “challenges what determines a person’s physical placement in their environment.”

“In this building, you may find yourself under water, over the seabed, between land and sea. This will offer you new perspectives and ways of seeing the world, both beyond and beneath the waterline.”

Under just washed up.

Under just washed up.

The menu from Danish chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard from restaurant Måltid will use locally-caught, sustainable wildlife and ingredients from the surrounding area like sea arrow grass, sea rocket and salty sea kale. And it’s not cheap, with the 18-course “immersion menu” sitting at NOK 2,250 ($266) per person, wine or juice pairing extra.

“Just on the other side of our iconic window — the ocean is bursting with fresh delicacies from the sea, so the journey from the kitchen to the plate is minimal,” said Ellitsgaard.

But the restaurant isn’t the only plan for the space — it’ll also function as a marine research centre, welcoming researchers and marine biologists to utilise external cameras and measurement tools to study any species living around the restaurant. 

It’s not a fully fledged marine research powerhouse, but local analysis and species monitoring could be the key to the restaurant’s sustainability.

The little cove where Under sits is also home to sea life.

The little cove where Under sits is also home to sea life.

According to the design team, the concrete structure will eventually adapt to its underwater environment as an artificial reef for limpets and kelp — the kitchen will even be able to harvest ingredients from the building itself. 

It’s this dual function that’s possibly the best part of the project, designed to open up a sustainability-driven dialogue between the kitchen and marine research teams — when is the best time to responsibly harvest from the sea, and which species? 

Plus, the teams will apparently collaborate to help attract fish to the dining room window, so you don’t have to stare at an empty seabed during your dinner, and the researchers have species to study other than kelp.

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Under at night.

Want to book a table? The nearest airport is Kjevik, Kristiansand, which is 85 kilometres (52 miles) from the restaurant. But its waiting list goes all the way to September, so good luck.

Of course, Under is not the world’s only underwater restaurant, with the Maldives alone laying claim to the world’s first all-glass underwater restaurant, and the world’s first underwater club.

Perhaps we all want to be mermaids.

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Netflix’s The Dirt is the biopic Mötley Crüe deserves — ridiculous, dumb fun: EW review

The former bad boys of the Sunset Strip, Mötley Crüe, get just the biopic they deserve in Netflix’s adaptation of the hair-metal band’s best-selling memoir, The Dirt. It’s cartoonish, fast-paced, a bit cheesy, and ridiculously dumb fun. Nikki Sixx, the band’s bassist who would later become a death-wish heroin addict, kicks things off with the sort of cheeky postmodern voiceover that was once groundbreaking but has now become a cliché in movies like this. Talking to the audience, he sets the ’80s scene as a time of stupid haircuts, jazzercise, and “Just say no.” Needless to say, Mötley Crüe didn’t have time for jazzercise and pretty much said yes to every drug that was passed their way. As for stupid haircuts, they were all in.

Directed by Jeff Tremaine, whose work with danger-courting numbskulls of the Jackass movies and Bad Grandpa seems to have trained him well for the assignment, lays out the origin story of the band with zippy, superficial economy. Nikki Sixx (Douglas Booth) is a teen runaway with a standing date with oblivion. Tommy Lee (Machine Gun Kelly) is the giddy, shirtless drummer with an innocent sweet side when he’s not getting loaded, trashing hotel rooms, and bedding groupies. Vince Neil (Daniel Webber) is the lady-killing front man with long blond hair and dark cloud of bad luck hanging over him. And Mick Mars (Iwan Rheon) is the older, somewhat wiser (it’s all relative) guitar virtuoso who oozes dry, deadpan sarcasm while nursing a degenerative spine disease. Together, they’re not just a band, but a self-proclaimed “gang of idiots.”

The film traces the group’s meteoric rise and kamikaze fall, missing no opportunity to chronicle the boys’ Caligulan feats of debauchery. That only gets dialed up after they tour with Ozzy Osbourne (Tony Cavalero), who steals a great five minutes of the movie by flashing his butt at strangers, snorting up a line of ants, and lapping up his own urine. Pete Davidson plays the dim A&R doofus who signed the band to Elektra, and David Costabile is the band’s jaded road manager, Doc — a seen-it-all rock veteran who’s paid to put out fires (sometimes literally) and be johnny-on-the-spot with bail money. It should be noted somewhere (I suppose here) that Webber’s lip-syncing as Vince Neil is laughably bad.

The Dirt is a guilty-pleasure whiplash ride fueled-injected with all the sex, drugs, and rock & roll you’d expect. And if its casually chauvinistic and leering attitude toward women seems gratuitous, it is accurate. The film eventually runs out of gas a bit in the third act when the guys get sober (well, mostly), sins are paid for, and life lessons are learned. Still, I can honestly say I enjoyed this movie a lot more than another recent rock biopic: Bohemian Rhapsody. This movie won’t win any awards. Nor should it. But for two hours it’s a nostalgic blast to sit back and revel in the idiocy of these glorious, big-haired jackasses. B

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Vietnam’s last public letter writer, ‘a witness of Saigon’

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – As Ho Chi Minh City’s French colonial architecture recedes into the background and the number of shiny skyscrapers grows in the Southeast Asian megacity there is one man who might be the last vestige of Vietnam’s colonial past.

Duong Van Ngo is the only remaining public writer and still pens letters from the grand 19th century Saigon Central Post Office in this city of 13 million people, built when Vietnam was still a part of French Indochina. 

Saigon was the capital of South Vietnam before the war but the named changed to Ho Chi Minh City after North Vietnam overtook the city in 1975. Many Vietnamese, especially in the south and foreigners still refer to the city as Saigon.

Duong Van Ngo held various jobs at the post office before becoming a letter writer.

“I began to work for the post office when I was only 16, in 1946,” the 89-year-old told Al Jazeera.

Every morning, he tapes a piece of paper with the words “Public Writer” in French, Vietnamese and English on a panel near his wooden table, completing his makeshift office at the Saigon Central Post Office. 

A large painting of Ho Chi Minh hangs on a nearby wall.

The Saigon Central Post Office remains one of the most famous landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City and a symbol of French colonial architecture in the city [Valerie Plesch/Al Jazeera]

Ngo has written letters for hundreds of people in Vietnamese, English and French in the past 28 years. 

There were three other public writers when he joined, but they have since all passed away.

He learned French when he was seven years old, which was normal growing up under French colonial rule. English came later, when he was 36 and taught by American instructors.

As he approaches 90, he still travels to work every day on his bicycle. 

“Going to work, I feel more joyous than to stay at home,” Ngo said. “I still can serve the public, serve the society.”

But he realises that his profession as a translator and letter writer is becoming redundant given the internet.

“There are many places to make translations but they do not work directly [with people]. Here, I work directly with the people.”

The interior of the Saigon Central Post Office. The building was completed in 1891 when Vietnam was part of French Indochina [Valerie Plesch/Al Jazeera]

At 8am every morning, he unpacks his black leather bag, placing a magnifying glass and weathered copies of English-Vietnamese dictionaries on his table.

Inside the dictionaries, he has scribbled notes marking his own expressions and meanings next to the words. 

He also sells postcards to visitors who want him to write something on the spot for 5,000 dong (around 22 cents). He doesn’t charge for his writing, though most customers give him a generous tip.

Most of his visitors are tourists.

But a few people who have known him for 40 years still come to see him at work, such as 60-year-old Mai Dang Guesdon.

“Chao Chu,” she says, the polite way to address an older man in Vietnamese that is akin to “uncle”.

Guesdon was on holiday from France, where she has made her home.

Duong Van Ngo writes a postcard for a tourist at the Saigon Central Post Office [Valerie Plesch/Al Jazeera]

She used Ngo’s services in the 1990s to write love letters to her French boyfriend, who she had met in Vietnam while working as a tour guide .

She didn’t speak any French and relied on Ngo to communicate with her now-husband. She still keeps the letters written at her home in France.

“It was him who translated for me for many years,” she said. “He works with all his heart … He likes to work; he likes words and letters … He loves French words.”

When asked about writing love letters, Ngo laughed and said: “I only translate them. I do not write them myself.”

During the day, curious tourists come to chat to Ngo. 

Some ask him to write letters or postcards for friends and family back in their home countries.

Kim Liong, 40, from Malaysia, said: “It’s like back to the 60s, the olden days. That is how I feel and I love it. If you look at the handwriting, it’s beautiful. You can see that he trained a lot.”

Duong Van Ngo prepares his writing desk early in the morning inside the Saigon Central Post Office [Valerie Plesch/Al Jazeera]

Chi Pham, 32, is a tour guide and brings visitors to meet Ngo.

“Every time I take people to the post office, I always try to find him. He’s 89 years old already, and I don’t know how many more times we can see him,” she said. 

“As a tour guide, I talk to the people about the city. If there’s something I don’t know, I can ask him, he will explain to me.”

Under Vietnam’s economic and political reforms under Doi Moi in the mid-1980s, Ho Chi Minh City went through a major facelift as foreign investment poured into the city.

“He’s like a witness of Saigon, the one who got the French education during the French era and then before 1975, the democratic time in Saigon or in South Vietnam,” said Pham. “And now, he still appears here in the modern post office. He is the one from the past who still exists here, so it’s very special.”

When asked how much longer he plans on working at the post office office, Ngo said: “I do not know. That depends on God.”

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Lawsuit contends JetBlue pilot drugged three crew members, raped two

Two JetBlue pilots allegedly drugged three crew members, with one pilot raping two of the women during a Puerto Rico layover, a new lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit, filed by two of the crew members referred to as Jane Doe, alleges that pilot Eric Johnson, along with fellow pilot Dan Watson, passed three of their JetBlue colleagues an open beer on the beach outside the Intercontinental Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on May 9, 2018. The plaintiffs contend the beer contained a date rape drug.

“After that point, the rest of the night became a blur for Doe # 1, Doe # 2
and the other crew member,” the lawsuit states.

Johnson is accused of raping Jane Doe 1 and the third crew member, who is not part of the lawsuit, in the same hotel bed.

Jane Doe 1 “was unable to react to the situation, but was simply aware that it was happening,” the lawsuit says. She has “flashes of memory,” which include Johnson saying, “Thank you for making my fantasy come true.”

Watson is accused of taking part in the alleged drugging but “he left the scene after having been scratched,” according to the paperwork.

Jane Doe 2 contends in the suit that the pilots had intended to sexually assault her, but she “began vomiting, which was a turnoff.”

The next morning, after waking up “groggy and numb,” all three crew members convened on their return trip to Newark Airport.

During the flight, they “were all nauseous and each had to use the bathroom
to vomit.” 

“The three of them then looked up the symptoms of rape drugs and found their symptoms were consistent with having been drugged, and that they all began feeling those symptoms and effects right after drinking from the defendants’ beer,” the lawsuit states.

Jane Doe 1 states she reported the incident to police upon returning home and sought medical assistance. Previously STD-free, she tested positive for the human papillomavirus and claims Johnson “intentionally” passed the STD on to her.

The women reported their “sexual assault, rape and sex and gender discrimination” to JetBlue at their New York corporate headquarters. “Despite JetBlue purporting to
investigate the matter, no corrective action was ever taken against” the defendants, the lawsuit states.

The women are seeking an unspecified amount from the airline and pilots “to be determined at the time of trial.” 

JetBlue did not immediately reply to USA TODAY for comment. The corporation said it would not comment on the lawsuit to NBC News, but “takes allegations of violent or inappropriate behavior very seriously and investigates such claims thoroughly.”

The pilots’ union, the Air Line Pilots Association, told NBC News in a statement, “As this is an active lawsuit, ALPA is unable to comment on the specific incident. However, JetBlue pilots hold each other to the highest standards of professional conduct to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of our crew members and passengers.”

The pilots association did not immediately reply to USA TODAY for comment.


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