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Protesters, Trump supporters
clash outside ‘DeploraBall’
WASHINGTON — Protesters and supporters of President
Donald Trump clashed outside a pro-Trump event in Washington
the night before his inauguration. Police used chemical spray on
some protesters in an effort to control the unruly crowd.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the National Press
Club in downtown Washington, where the “DeploraBall” was
being held. The name is a play on a campaign remark by Hillary
Clinton, who once referred to many of Trump’s supporters as a
“basket of deplorables.”
Protesters booed any time presumed ball-goers in suits, tuxe-
dos or dresses came in or out of the event.
One man waving a pro-Trump flag had debris thrown at him
and was chased to the nearby Warner Theater, where Fox News
Channel personalities Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera hap-
pened to be outside waiting to go into another event. Hannity
engaged hecklers by raising his fist; Rivera laughed and smiled
before entering the theater.
Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’
to appear in US courtroom
NEW YORK — Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the
world’s most notorious drug kingpins, is finally headed for a court
date the United States sought for two decades while he made bra-
zen prison escapes and spent years on the run in Mexico.
Extradited Thursday to face U.S. drug trafficking and other
charges, Mexico’s most wanted man was expected to appear in a
federal court in New York Friday, the same day Donald Trump,
who has lashed out at Mexico, is inaugurated as president.
The Drug Enforcement Administration flew Guzman to New
York from Ciudad Juarez late Thursday, according to federal
The U.S. has been trying to get Guzman in a U.S. court since
he was first indicted in Southern California in the early 1990s.
Now in his late 50s, he faces the possibility of life in a U.S. prison
under indictments in six jurisdictions around the United States,
including New York, San Diego, Chicago and Miami.
He’s expected to be prosecuted in Brooklyn, where an indict-
ment accuses him of overseeing a massive trafficking operation
that sent billions of dollars in profits back to Mexico. It says Guz-
man and other members of the Sinaloa cartel, one of the world’s
largest drug trafficking organizations, employed hit men who car-
ried out murders, kidnappings and acts of torture.
Timing of Mexico drug lord’s
extradition seen as political
MEXICO CITY — Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s abrupt exit
to face charges in the U.S. marks the end of an era in which he
was Mexico’s most notorious drug cartel boss and, for some, the
stuff of folk legend.
It’s also seen by many in Mexico as a delicately timed
maneuver aimed at limiting political fallout for President
Enrique Pena Nieto, already deeply unpopular in part for his
perceived mishandling of Donald Trump’s tough rhetoric on
Deputy Attorney General Alberto Elias Beltran, asked at a
Thursday night news conference about the timing of Guzman’s
extradition, said the federal government cannot interfere in court
“It was resolved today, and we under terms of the interna-
tional treaty had to make the handover immediately,” he said.
But observers still considered the timing to have been care-
fully planned.
Syria: IS destroys part of
Roman theater in Palmyra
BEIRUT — Islamic State group militants destroyed a land-
mark ancient Roman monument and parts of the theater in Syria’s
historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition moni-
toring groups said Friday.
Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of Syria’s antiquities depart-
ment, said the militants destroyed the facade of the second-cen-
tury theater along with the Tetrapylon, a cubic-shaped ancient
Roman monument that sits in the middle of the colonnade road
that leads to the theater.
Abdulkarim told The Associated Press that reports of the
destruction first trickled out of the IS-held town late in Decem-
ber. But satellite images of the damage were only available late
Thursday, confirming the destruction.
The imagery, provided by the US-based American Schools
of Oriental Research, show significant damage to the Tetrapy-
lon and the theater. The ASOR said the damage is likely caused
by intentional destruction from IS but they were unable to verify
the exact cause.
Abdulkarim said only two of the 16 columns of the Tetrapy-
lon remain standing. The stage backdrop has sustained damage,
according to ASOR.
Search continues at Italian hotel
hit by avalanche
FARINDOLA, Italy — Rescue crews continued to dig by
hand Friday through meters of snow and debris in the search
for some 30 people trapped inside a remote Italian mountain
resort flattened by a huge avalanche following a series of strong
Two bodies have been recovered, and Italian state media
reported another two had been located in the snow, as hopes of
finding survivors dimmed.
The search and rescue operation after Wednesday’s avalanche
has been hampered by snow blocking the only road to the Hotel
Rigopiano and fears of triggering a fresh avalanche.
A convoy of rescue vehicles made slow progress to the hotel,
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
U.S. attorney Robert Capers, left, speaks during a news
conference in New York announcing charges for Mexican
drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman as the mur-
derous architect of a three-decade-long web of violence,
corruption and drug trafficking. Guzman was extradited
Thursday from Mexico.
blocked by snow piled three meters (10 feet) high in some places,
fallen trees and rocks. By late Thursday, only 25 vehicles had
arrived, along with 135 rescue workers, and civil protection
authorities said part of the night was spent trying to widen the
The first rescue teams had arrived on skis early Thursday, and
firefighters were dropped in by helicopter. Snowmobiles were
also being mobilized.
Rescuers searching for victims
of Iran building collapse
TEHRAN, Iran — Rescue teams worked through the night to
try and reach trapped firefighters and other victims after a com-
mercial building collapsed in Iran’s capital and killed at least 30
Scores of workers and dozens of trucks were searching the
ruins Friday, a day after a historic high-rise building in the heart
of Tehran caught fire and later collapsed.
The building was home to more than 500 garment and cloth-
ing workshops, their offices and warehouses, and was full of
chemical materials, authorities said. Thursday’s disaster stunned
the city and firefighters and others openly wept on the streets,
holding each other for support. Dozens of people lined up to
donate blood.
“The smoke is a sign of continuation of the fire under the rub-
ble,” said Saeed Sharifizadegan, head of Tehran’s fire department.
Workers were digging several tunnels from buildings next
door to reach the basement of the collapsed building. Teams of
rescue dogs were at the site, too.
Gambian leader told to cede
power or be forced out
BANJUL, Gambia — Gambia’s defeated President Yahya
Jammeh must cede power by noon Friday or he will be dislodged
by a regional force that has already moved into the country, West
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Marathon bombing film
productions won’t detail tax credits
BOSTON — Hollywood films about the 2013 Boston Mara-
thon bombings shot on location at the finish line and other land-
marks last year to bring the story to the silver screen, but not all
the for-profit productions have been forthcoming about the tax-
payer-funded benefits they’re seeking or have already received
for filming in Massachusetts.
“Patriots Day,” the $40 million film starring Mark Wahlberg
that opened nationwide Jan. 13, sought state film tax credits, but
production officials declined to provide more details when asked
by The Associated Press.
“Other locations would have been less expensive
for us to film, but everyone involved in our production felt it
was important to make ‘Patriots Day’ in Boston,” spokeswoman
Mariellen Burns said in an emailed statement. “This was Bos-
ton’s story.”
Representatives for “Stronger,” an upcoming film starring
Jake Gyllenhaal as a bombing survivor, declined to comment.
And “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing,” a documentary
focused on bombing survivors that aired Nov. 21, did not apply
for credits because it didn’t meet program requirements, said
HBO Films spokeswoman Lana Iny.
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African officials said.
If Jammeh refuses to leave Gambia by midday (12:00GMT)
the regional troops will force him out, said Marcel Alain de
Souza, chairman of the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS.
The West African regional force including tanks moved into
Gambia Thursday evening and has met no resistance, said de
Souza. At least 20 military vehicles were seen at the border town
of Karang Friday morning. They were not traveling but appeared
to be waiting for further instructions.
The regional force, including troops from Senegal, Ghana,
Nigeria, Togo and Mali, charged into Gambia after the inaugu-
ration of Adama Barrow as the country’s new president and the
U.N. Security Council voted to approve the regional military
Barrow, who won Gambia’s presidential election in Decem-
ber, was sworn into office at the Gambian embassy in neighbor-
ing Senegal, where he is for his safety.
AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana
Demonstrators march on the street near a security checkpoint inaugural entrance Friday in Washington, D.C., ahead of
Donald Trump’s inauguration. Protesters pitching diverse causes but united against the incoming president are making
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