Police in Puerto Rico use tear gas after protesters toss fireworks

Police in Puerto Rico deployed tear gas near the governor’s mansion in San Juan late Wednesday after someone on the protesters’ side tossed fireworks nearby.

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or deaths. Police earlier had requested protesters leave the area immediately in front of the mansion.

Residents, officials and authorities in San Juan earlier in the day were gearing up for large demonstrations in the Puerto Rican capital, as protesters went back to the streets to continue demanding the resignation of embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosello.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told ABC News in a call on Tuesday night that she expected Wednesday’s planned protest to be the largest they have seen yet — with 20,000 people marching from the Capitol building to the governor’s mansion. She credited the involvement of musical artists who had called for protests.

On Saturday, the nonprofit journalism group Center of Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages of conversations from a leaked group chat between Rosello and several top aides that detail efforts to manipulate public narratives, operations to discredit negative press coverage and criticism of opposition leaders.

The conversations, made through the Telegram app, also contain sexist, homophobic and misogynistic comments from the members of the group, according to the report. These messages have not been independently authenticated by ABC News. After the revelation of the messages, Rossello announced the resignation of a number of government officials including Luis Rivera Marin, the secretary of state.

“I have not committed any illegal acts, or corrupt acts. I committed an improper act,” Rossello said of the Telegram chat group messages.

But by Monday, the Old San Juan streets surrounding the governor’s mansion were filled with hundreds of protesters calling for Rossello to leave. Clashes left nearly two dozen police officers injured.

On Tuesday, Rossello apologized for his involvement in the messaging but insisted that he would not resign.

“I’m not proud of what I did. Those were merely comments, but they were hurtful comments. And I apologize for what I’ve done. But, I need to move forward, continue on with the work I’m doing for Puerto Rico,” he said.

He said he understood Monday night’s protests were a direct message against him and his administration.

“I will continue in my job,” a defiant Rossello said from the governor’s mansion, adding “my commitment is to keep on working.”

On Wednesday, Royal Caribbean said that a second cruise ship — this time, the Harmony of the Seas — would not be stopping in San Juan because of concerns about the demonstrations.

“Due to the ongoing civil unrest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we have cancelled Harmony of the Seas’ call to San Juan. Harmony will now sail to St. Maarten, her next scheduled port of call. Concern for the safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew members is our top priority,” the company said.

The previous day, Royal Caribbean said it that had canceled a planned stop to the city by its Empress of the Seas and would be rerouting to Tortola.

“Our guests will receive refunds for prepaid shore excursions. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as necessary,” the company said in part.

In response to the news that the Empress of the Seas would not be docking in San Juan, Cruz told ABC News Tuesday night that there are times where one has to “forego a little today to ensure a lot tomorrow.”

White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a written statement on Tuesday that the latest political developments on the island “prove the President’s concerns about mismanagement, politicization, and corruption have been valid.”

The governor responded to the White House’s comments, saying “Corruption is a social evil. It’s a social evil in the private sector, it’s a social evil in local government, it’s a social evil in the federal government.”

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Florida dad threw son, 5, into ocean to ‘teach him to swim’: cops

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A drunk Florida man tried “teaching” his 5-year-old son how to swim by allegedly tossing him into the Atlantic Ocean — and then proceeded to do backflips off a nearby pier as the boy struggled to stay afloat, cops said.

Upon being arrested, John Bloodsworth — a 37-year-old from Daytona Beach — reportedly claimed he was “going to jail for being awesome.”

John Bloodsworth has been charged with aggravated abuse of a child resulting in physical/mental injuries, disorderly intoxication and swimming within 300 feet of the pier.
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Local officials told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that no lifeguards were on duty at the time and there was a moderate risk of rip currents. Swimming in the area where Bloodsworth was goofing off had been prohibited due to its close proximity to the pier, the officials said.

Bloodsworth, however, told cops that he “could not think of a better place to teach his son to swim,” according to the News-Journal.

He had been with the boy on Monday night, drinking beers, when witnesses saw them both go into the water. Bloodsworth later claimed that he was not endangering his child by “teaching him to swim.” The boy was reportedly crying when cops plucked him from the water. Authorities wound up turning him over to his mother.

Bloodsworth was charged with aggravated abuse of a child resulting in physical/mental injuries, disorderly intoxication and swimming within 300 feet of the pier. He was reportedly released from jail after posting $1,500 bail.

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Truck driver was allegedly watching porn right before fatal crash

A Minnesota truck driver was allegedly watching pornographic videos on his cellphone just moments before he caused a deadly highway crash, prosecutors said.

Semi-truck driver Tate Doom, 47, was charged with criminal vehicular homicide over the 2018 crash on Interstate 94 in southeast Minnesota that left a construction worker dead and another injured, according to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News on Wednesday.

Doom was allegedly speeding when he plowed into the back of a Ford pickup truck and an attached trailer in a construction zone.

The trailer separated from the truck during the crash and slammed into 59-year-old Vernon Hedquist, killing the construction worker on the scene. Another worker was stuck by debris and treated for injuries.

Doom allegedly deleted 14 pornographic video files from his cell phone shortly after the crash. Investigators, who recovered the deleted videos, said he opened the last video at 2:07:41 p.m., less than two minutes before the crash, according to a criminal complaint.

“A number of video files had been manually deleted from the phone prior to troopers taking possession of the phone,” the complaint said. “As noted, forensic analysis of defendant’s cell phone indicates the fourteenth such file was opened moments prior to impact.”

Surveillance footage from the state’s department of transportation shows the pickup truck merging into the center lane of the highway “well in advance of impact” at a speed of about 50 miles per hour, ABC affiliate KSTP reported. Doom told police that he was traveling at 50 miles per hour when the collision happened, but investigators said he was doing about 72 miles per hour, according to the complaint. He also denied using his cellphone while driving.

Doom has not yet entered a plea. It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

ABC News’ Ella Torres contributed to this report.

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Pumpsie Green, first black player on Boston Red Sox, dies at 85

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Former Boston Red Sox infielder Elijah "Pumpsie" Green, the first black player on the last major league team to field one, has died. He was 85.

A Red Sox spokesman confirmed the death Wednesday night, and the team observed a moment of silence before its game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Green, who was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2018, had been living in California.

A speedy but light-hitting utilityman, Green brought baseball's segregation era to an end of sorts when he took the field against the Chicago White Sox on July 21, 1959 — more than a dozen years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Green joined the team on a lengthy road trip and had played nine games before taking the field at Fenway Park for the first time. Green said this year in an interview with NESN, the Red Sox TV network, that he remembered receiving a standing ovation when he came to the plate, batting leadoff.

"It was heart-warming and nerve-wracking," he told reporters in 1997, when he returned to Boston to take part in ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of Robinson's debut. "But I got lucky: I hit a triple off the left-center fence."

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Green didn't have the talent of Robinson, a Hall of Famer, or Larry Doby, an All-Star who was the first black player in the American League. The Red Sox infielder reached the majors as a role player, just once playing more than 88 games, and never hitting more than six homers or batting better than .278.

Green played parts of four seasons with the Red Sox before finishing his career with one year on the New York Mets. In all, he batted .246 with 13 homers and 74 RBIs.

Elijah "Pumpsie" Green poses for a photo, location not known. Green, the first black player on the Red Sox, has died. He was 85. (AP Photo/Harold Filan, File)

But his first appearance in a Boston uniform ended baseball's ugliest chapter, and the fact that it took the Red Sox so long left a stain on the franchise — and a void in the trophy case — it is still trying to erase.

The Red Sox had a chance to sign Robinson in 1945, before the Dodgers, and Hall of Famer Willie Mays a few years later; they chose not to, decisions that go a long way toward explaining the 86-year World Series championship drought that didn't end until 2004. Last year, acknowledging the poor racial record of longtime owner Thomas A. Yawkey, the team expunged his name from the street outside the ballpark.

A few days after Green was called up, the Red Sox added Earl Wilson, a black pitcher. Green said there was an informal quota system that required teams to have an even number of black players so they would have someone to room with on the road.

There were few blacks in the clubhouse, the offices or the Boston stands, Green said in `97.

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"Most of the time it was just me," he said. "It was almost an oddity when you saw a black person walking around the stands."

But unlike Robinson, Green said, he received no death threats. "It was mostly insults," he said.

"But you can get those at any ballpark at any time," he said. "I learned to tune things out."

Green returned to northern California and worked as a counselor at Berkeley High School before retiring in the 1990s.

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The Red Sox honored him again on Jackie Robinson Day in 2009, but he was unable to attend the ceremony in 2018 when he was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Upon his return to Fenway in `97, he noticed that things had improved but still saw work to be done.

"Baseball still has its problems, and so does society," Green said. "I don't believe things are that much better in baseball or society. Hopefully, it will be shortly."

A brother, Cornell Green, was a star safety for the Dallas Cowboys.

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Police force swaps helmets for baseball caps to appeal to teenagers

It’s a fair cap! Police force swaps traditional helmets for baseball caps to appeal to teenagers in radical uniform overhaul

  • Gloucestershire Constabulary has thrown its weight behind US-style headgear 
  • The caps, which have a reinforced frame, are more lightweight than the helmets 
  • Northamptonshire ditched them because they did not ‘portray the right image’ 

It has been a symbol of British law and order for more than 150 years.

But the policeman’s custodian helmet is – much like the bobby on the beat – at risk of vanishing altogether.

Officers’ hats could soon be replaced with baseball caps, in a bid to make officers more approachable to youngsters.

Gloucestershire Constabulary has thrown its weight behind the US-style headgear, known as a ‘bump hat’.

Gloucestershire Constabulary has thrown its weight behind the US-style headgear, known as a ‘bump hat’

The caps, which have a reinforced frame, are more lightweight than the helmets and allow officers to clamber in and out of vehicles without removing them.

But the new look has been ridiculed by some critics – who claim the caps make officers look more like Burger King workers.

Another force, Thames Valley, has already scrapped plans to roll out the caps after receiving complaints from the public and officers alike. 

Northamptonshire ditched them last year on the grounds that they did not ‘portray the right image’.

But senior officers in Gloucestershire have embraced the new look – which could now spread elsewhere. 

Sergeant Mark Burns said: ‘The bump helmets are far more practical. They don’t fall off and they offer more protection.’ 

 Jack Warner (George Dixon) in ‘Dixon of Dock Green’, whose greeting of ‘evening all’ in the BBC series would be frowned upon by modern forces

He said they made the police more approachable, but accepted there had been a ‘mixed response’.

Mike Harrison, of the Gloucestershire Police Federation, added: ‘There was a lot of debate initially and we did a trial period, but the feedback was very positive because they are more practical. 

We have retained the traditional hat for ceremonial purposes but the caps will be worn for frontline operational duties and nobody has said to us they don’t wear them.’

The Cotswolds and Forest of Dean have also received deliveries of the cap, which will eventually be given to all their frontline officers.

The policeman’s custodian helmet is – much like the bobby on the beat – at risk of vanishing altogether (stock image)

The custodian helmet – modelled on the spiked helmet worn by the Prussian army – replaced top hats, and was first worn by the Met Police in 1863. 

A Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesman said it recognised the helmet as ‘an iconic element of our uniform’, but added: ‘We conducted a local survey and the 284 replies indicated a fairly even split, thought the largest percentage was in favour.’

Northamptonshire Police had hoped the caps would help to recruit new officers. The force, which claimed traditional helmets were ‘a barrier to the non-binary transgender community joining the service’, ended up scrapping them after just 18 months following a series of complaints. 

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The 28 Most Stylish Things Fashion Girls Are Snatching Up From Amazon Right Now

The 28 Most Stylish Things Fashion Girls Are Snatching Up From Amazon Right Now

If you love shopping on Amazon for just about everything, you’re not alone. The online retailer has so much to offer, including stylish clothes, bags, shoes, and more from name brands you know and love. That said, it can be overwhelming shopping the site, so we made it easy and narrowed in on stylish pieces worth investing in. From leather jackets to sandals and pretty dresses, you’ll want them all. Keep reading to shop our favorites.

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Young and newly qualified drivers ‘to face night-time road ban’

“we are always looking at ways to make roads safer”

Michael Ellis

Under the Department for Transport’s proposals, recently-qualified drivers would face a limit to how many hours they can spend on the roads. 

The so-called “graduate licence” is set to be announced later today as concerns grow over the number of young people involved in accidents. 

It could mean young drivers would be banned from driving at night or need supervision when taking to the road after dark. 

The measures could affect recently qualified drivers of any age rather than target youngsters. 

Other countries that have introduced a graduated licence – such as Australia, New Zealand and some US states – do, however, target drivers under 25 years old. 

Under current rules, new drivers have their licences revoked if they accumulate six penalty points within the first two years.

Fears over young drivers in the UK spiked after it emerged people aged between 17 and 24 are involved in a quarter of fatal or serious crashes on the road – despite making up only 7% 

Road Safety Minister Michael Ellis said: ”We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking at ways to make them safer.

“Getting a driving licence is exciting for young people, but it can also be daunting as you’re allowed to drive on your own for the first time.

“We want to explore in greater detail how graduated driver licensing, or aspects of it can help new drivers to stay safe and reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.”

Both the AA and RAC support plans for a graduate licence scheme. 

AA president Edmund King said: “For many people, excessive post-test restrictions could negate the purpose of them having a driving licence in the first place – such as driving to work on early or late shifts when public transport is not convenient.

“This is why any post-test restrictions must be properly researched and piloted first to ensure they do not place an unnecessary burden on new drivers.”

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Dodgy ticket-selling website Viagogo is BANNED by Google

Ticket-selling website Viagogo is BANNED by Google after thousands of frustrated customers claim they were ripped off

  • Google suspended ticket re-seller Viagogo as an advertiser on Wednesday 
  • The ticket resale website has been accused of selling invalid tickets 
  • Viagogo said: ‘We were extremely surprised to learn of Google’s concerns’ 

Google has suspended ticket re-seller Viagogo as an advertiser after finding the firm had breached its policies.

The ticket resale website has been accused of selling invalid tickets and double-selling seats for concerts and sports games amid growing customer fury.

Google announced it would begin removing its ads on Wednesday. 

The ticket resale website has been accused of selling invalid tickets and double-selling seats for concerts and sports games amid growing customer fury

A spokesman said: ‘When people use our platform for help in purchasing tickets, we want to make sure that they have an experience they can trust.

‘This is why we have strict policies and take necessary action when we find anadvertiser in breach’.

Viagogo denied doing anything wrong.

A spokesman said: ‘We were extremely surprised to learn of Google’s concerns today.

‘We are confident that there has been no breach of Google’s policies and look forward to working with them to resolve this as quickly as possible.’

The website has come under heavy fire in the UK recently.

The Football Association, several MPs and the trade body UK Music urged Google to stop accepting money from Viagogo to place the ticket website at the top of its search rankings in an open letter last year.

The letter said: ‘In effect, one of the world’s most trusted brands – Google – is being paid to actively promote one of the least trusted.’

It went on: ‘We understand that Viagogo is a valuable client to Google, spending considerable sums each year on paid search advertising. 

‘However, we urge you to protect consumers who daily put their trust in Google, and act now to restrict Viagogo’s ability to pay for prominence’

UK Minister for digital and the creative industries Margot James said: ‘Viagogo have routinely flouted the rules, and I’m pleased to see Google taking proactive steps to protect consumers.’

An image of the Viagogo website ahead of the Wimbledon final shows tickets selling for more than $20,000

Google’s decision comes after the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) decided earlier this month to go ahead with legal proceedings against Viagogo following repeated warnings over its compliance with consumer protection law.

The CMA said its contempt of court action followed several warnings that the company had not done enough to overhaul the way it presents information on its website to comply with the law.

The CMA launched court action against Viagogo in August, which resulted in the court order.

In November, the CMA secured a court order that obliged Viagogo to implement the necessary changes, in full, by January 17.

The watchdog has raised concerns since then that the website was still not compliant with certain aspects of the order, and in March 2019 announced that it was preparing to take legal action for contempt of court.

Viagogo responded by committing to make further improvements to its website.

The CMA said that, although Viagogo had made ‘many positive changes’, these were not enough to comply fully with the court order.

The website has come under heavy fire in the UK recently

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FaceApp warning: ‘Delete immediately’ says security chief as Russian company SAVES selfies

The app, which encourages users to age themselves after uploading pictures, was developed by a group in St Petersburg, Russia. The trend has since amassed millions of users across the world. But following security concerns, politicians have been warned not to use the app.

According to USA TODAY, the app’s privacy policy states it collects the pictures uploaded to its service.

One of its developers, Joshua Nozzi, added the app may try to upload other pictures from the phone’s library without asking for permission.

But French cyber-security researcher Elliot Alderson investigated the claims and found this wasn’t happening.

FaceApp told the BBC only the user-submitted photos are uploaded.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has warned its 2020 presidential candidates against using the app, CNN reported.

DNC’s chief security officer, Bob Lord, said: “This app allows users to perform different transformations on photos of people, such as aging the person in the picture.

“Unfortunately, this novelty is not without risk: FaceApp was developed by Russians.

“It’s not clear at this point what the privacy risks are, but what is clear is that the benefits of avoiding the app outweigh the risks.

“If you or any of your staff have already used the app, we recommend that they delete the app immediately.”

The developers have hit back at claims of a privacy breach.

In a statement, FaceApp said: “Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date.”

They insisted data isn’t sold or shared to any third parties and information can be deleted from the app.

They explained it can be deleted using “Settings->Support->Report a bug” with the word “privacy” in the subject line.

The developers added the app’s features are available without logging in meaning they don’t have access to any data that could identify a person.

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