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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - August 22, 2015, Elyria, Ohio Saturday, August 22, 2015 A4 Page WWW. C H R O N I C L E T . C O M ROUNDUP No lag on tech use by minority millennials WASHINGTON— A new poll finds African- American and Hispanic millennials are just as technologically connected and likely to get news through social media as regularly as their white counterparts, further narrowing the risk of people of color being left behind technologically. Overall, 57 percent of millennials say they get news and information from Facebook at least once a day, and 81 percent say they get it from Facebook at least once a week. The poll also found that Hispanics and African- Americans are just as likely as any millennials to have a paid news subscription. In general, 64 percent of millennials said they read and watch news online regularly, including 66 percent of African- Americans, according to the poll, which was conducted by the Associated Press- NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute. Sixty- five percent of white millennials said they keep up with the news online, while Hispanics were slightly less likely to say so, at 53 percent. Ivory- smuggling suspect released MOMBASA, Kenya— A Kenyan court released the suspected leader of an ivory trafficking ring on bail Friday, causing an uproar among conservationists who fear he may flee or tamper with witnesses. Magistrate Davis Karani released the suspect, Feisal Mohamed Ali, on a $ 100,000 bond at a Mombasa court after eight months in custody. New circumstances, including prosecutors’ requests for more time, persuaded authorities to release him pending further investigation, Karani said. A leading Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu expressed disappointment, saying on Twitter that “ witnesses and evidence will not be safe.” ‘ Oldest message in a bottle’ reaches shore LONDON— A century- old message in a bottle, possibly the oldest ever found, has finally reached its destination. Tossed into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906, the bottle washed up on the beach on the German island of Amrum, and was found by a couple in April. Inside they found a postcard asking that it be sent to the Marine Biological Association of the U. K.— which they did. Guy Baker, a spokesman for the group, said the bottle was one of about 1,000 released into the North Sea by researcher George Parker Bidder, who later became the association’s president. The bottles were weighed down to float just above the sea bed as part of a study into the movement of sea currents. Inside each bottle was a postcard promising a “ one shilling reward” to anyone who returned it to the association, along with information about where and when they found the bottle. Most bottles were trawled up by fishermen and returned decades ago, Baker said. Not guilty pleas in Slender Man stabbing WAUKESHA, Wis.— A pair of 13- year- old girls accused of trying to kill their friend as a sacrifice to a horror fiction character called Slender Man sat silently in court Friday, prompting the judge to issue a not guilty plea on their behalf. Judge Michael Bohren also said the young teens will stand trial together starting Oct. 15. Defense lawyers didn’t object to the not guilty pleas, though they did protest the court’s jurisdiction in the case. Attorneys for each girl said after the hearing that they believe the case should be tried in juvenile court. Bohren decided recently that the case should remain in adult court, given the grim nature of the crime. The girls each face a charge of attempted first- degree intentional homicide and could spend decades in prison if they’re convicted in the 2014 attack. — from wire reports Eric Talmadge and Hyung- Jin Kim The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday declared his front- line troops in a “ quasistate of war” and ordered them to prepare for battle a day after the most serious confrontation between the rivals in years. South Korea’s military on Thursday fired dozens of artillery rounds across the border in response to what Seoul said were North Korean artillery strikes meant to back up a threat to attack loudspeakers broadcasting anti- Pyongyang propaganda. The spike in tensions prompted the U. S. and South Korea to briefly halt an annual military exercise that began this week, U. S. defense officials said Friday. North Korea had criticized the drills, calling them a preparation for invasion, although the U. S. and South Korea insist they are defensive in nature. The North’s declaration Friday is similar to its other warlike rhetoric in recent years, including repeated threats to reduce Seoul to a “ sea of fire,” and the huge numbers of soldiers and military equipment already stationed along the border mean the area is always essentially in a “ quasi- state of war.” Still, the North’s apparent willingness to test Seoul with military strikes and its recent warning of further action raise worries because South Korea has vowed to hit back with overwhelming strength should North Korea attack again. Pyongyang says it did not fire anything at the South, a claim Seoul dismissed as nonsense. Kim Jong Un ordered his troops to “ enter a wartime state” and be fully ready for any military operations starting Friday evening, according to a report in Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency. The North also has given Seoul a deadline of this evening to remove border loudspeakers that, after a lull of 11 years, have started broadcasting anti- Pyongyang propaganda. Failure, Pyongyang says, will result in further military action. Seoul has vowed to continue the broadcasts. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing an unidentified government source, reported Friday that South Korean and U. S. surveillance assets detected themovement of vehicles carrying short- range Scud and medium- range Rodong missiles in a possible preparation for launches. South Korea’s Defense Ministry said it could not confirmthe report. North Korea said the South Korean shells fired Thursday landed near four military posts but caused no injuries. No one was reported injured in the South, either, though hundreds were evacuated from front- line towns. The loudspeaker broadcasts began after South Korea accused the North of planting land mines that maimed two South Korean soldiers earlier this month. North Korea denies this, too. Authoritarian North Korea, which also has restarted its own propaganda broadcasts, is extremely sensitive to any criticism of its government, run by leader Kim Jong Un, whose family has ruled since the North was founded in 1948. The loudspeaker broadcasts are taken seriously in Pyongyang because the government does not want its soldiers and residents to hear outsiders criticize human rights abuses and economic mismanagement that condemns many to abject poverty, South Korean analysts say. Korean tensions rise Elena Becatoros The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s main opposition party launched efforts to form a new government Friday following Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ resignation, but made no progress in what appears a doomed task — which will pave the way for another potentially destabilizing election. Tsipras resigned late Thursday and called an early election next month to deal with a rebellion in his radical left Syriza party over the terms of Greece’s new bailout deal. Although no date has been set, outgoing government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili said Friday she expects Greeks will go to the polls Sept. 20. The opposition has few chances of uniting and forming a government, meaning that after more than five years of a worsening financial crisis, Greece is headed for its fifth national election in six years. Tsipras is widely tipped to win the vote, though if he fails to secure an outright majority he could have to seek a new coalition. His decision to call a vote so early— just hours after Greece started tapping loans from its 86 billion euro ($ 95 billion) rescue program — amounts to a bet that he can regain power with a new government that would not be hobbled by internal dissent. The rebels announced Friday they were splitting to form their own antiausterity movement. They want to scrap the bailout altogether, arguing that the budget savings and reforms Tsipras agreed to for the bailout are exactly what they had vowed to fight when they came to power with Syriza in January. About one in four Syriza lawmakers refused to back the bailout’s ratification in parliament last week, which was only approved with backing from opposition parties. Faced with such dissent, it became only a matter of time before Tsipras called an election or confidence vote to confirmhis mandate to implement the bailout reforms. BAEK SEUNG- RYUL / YONHAP VIA AP South Korean President Park Geun- hye, second from right, presides over a security meeting to check South Korea’s military readiness against a possible North Korean military attack Friday at the headquarters of Third Army in Yongin, South Korea. Greece election looming Darlene Superville and Hamza Hendawi The Associated Press OAK BLUFFS, Mass. — The No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group was killed in a U. S. military airstrike in Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday. Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Fadhil Ahmad al- Hayali was traveling in a vehicle near Mosul, in northern Iraq, when he was killed Tuesday. As the senior deputy to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi, al- Hayali was the primary coordinator for moving large amounts of weapons, explosives, vehicles and people between Iraq and Syria, where Islamic State militants control vast amounts of territory. The United States is leading a coalition of countries that have spent the past year striking at Islamic State militants, weaponry and machinery from the air but has made little progress in meeting President Barack Obama's goal to “ degrade and destroy” the group, which also has beheaded hostages, including some Americans. Al- Hayali oversaw the Islamic State in Iraq, where he planned operations over the past two years, including an offensive the group launched in Mosul in June 2014. He was a member of al- Qaida in Iraq, the predecessor group to IS. Also killed in Tuesday's airstrike was an Islamic State media operative known as Abu Abdullah. Price characterized al- Hayali's death as a blow to the organization because his influence spanned finance, media, operations and logistics for the group. But his removal from the scene is unlikely to affect Islamic State operations or weaken the group and will most likely lead to even tighter security and secrecy around al- Baghdadi, whom Iraqi intelligence officials say has mostly kept out of sight since he was wounded in an Iraqi airstrike near the Syrian border. The Islamic State leader uses handdelivered mail to communicate with leaders of the group, shunning the use of more traceable telephones or email. He has recently, according to the officials, brought to his inner circle former fellow inmates from his time at the U. S.- run detention facility known as Bocca in southern Iraq, where he was held nearly 10 years ago. One of the Iraqi officials said al- Baghdadi's deputy was traveling in a white SUV with Abu Abdullah and two escorts when they were hit by the American airstrike at 8: 30 a. m. local time. The two escorts were also killed, the official said. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said al- Hayali was an Iraqi national and had been a member al- Qaida's Iraq affiliate during the U. S. war in Iraq. Davis said al- Hayali had been detained by U. S. forces in early 2005 for his al- Qaida connection and turned over to the Iraqi government a short time later. “ He admitted at this time, in 2005, to being a bookkeeper for al- Qaida in Iraq and involvement in weapons trafficking and support for extremist operations,” Davis said. No. 2 ISIS leader killed Jim Suhr The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — An autopsy showed that an 18- year- old who was shot and killed by an officer helping serve a search warrant in a violence- plagued neighborhood died from a single wound in the back, police said Friday. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson cautioned that the location of Mansur Ball- Bey’s wound neither confirms nor disproves two officers’ accounts that Ball- Bey pointed a loaded gun at them before they shot at him Wednesday. The shooting had set off an evening of violent outcry, with authorities saying at least nine people were arrested and property was damaged. It also came on the heels of violence that marred the anniversary of the day Michael Brown was killed by a white officer in nearby Ferguson — a killing that sparked protests, the “ Black Live Matter” movement and a national debate over police treatment of minorities. Dotson said Thursday that a stolen handgun linked to Ball- Bey — with one round in the chamber and 13 more in the magazine — was found at the scene. “ Just because he was shot in the back doesn’t mean he was running away,” Dotson told the St. Louis Post- Dispatch. “ What I do know is that two officers were involved and fired shots, but I don’t know exactly where they were standing yet and I won’t know until I get their statements.” Authorities haven’t said exactly where in the back Ball- Bey was shot. Police haven’t released the full autopsy or toxicology tests yet, and they have not explained why they don’t yet have statements from the officers. Messages left Friday with St. Louis’ chief medical examiner and that office’s investigator weren’t returned. Dotson, unreachable Friday by The Associated Press, has pledged a thorough internal investigation by the police’s year- old Force Investigation Unit. Without specifying how long that “ transparent” inquiry may take, police said its findings will be forwarded to St. Louis city and federal prosecutors for review. “ We have a policy that’s strong, a process that’s strong,” Dotson told the AP. “ There’s strong third- party review, and we want to make everything above reproach.” Messages left with the Ball- Bey family’s attorney, Jermaine Wooten, were not immediately returned. Wooten has insisted to media outlets that Ball- Bey was not armed when killed. The law gives police officers latitude to use deadly force when they feel physically endangered. The Supreme Court held in a 1989 case that the appropriateness of use of force by officers “ must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene,” rather than evaluated through 20/ 20 hindsight. That standard is designed to take into account that police officers frequently must make split- second decisions during fast- evolving confrontations and should not be subject to overly harsh second- guessing. The Justice Department cited that legal threshold earlier this year when it cleared officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18- year- old Brown. St. Louis suspect was shot in back AP This picture released late Thursday by an Islamic State militant- affiliated website shows a bulldozer, background, of the Islamic State militants destroying the Saint Eliane Monastery near the town of Qaryatain which the Islamic State captured in early August, in Homs province, Syria. A priest and activists say the Islamic State group has demolished an ancient monastery in central Syria. A Christian clergyman told The Associated Press in Damascus that militants also wrecked a church inside the monastery that dates back to the first Christian centuries. BATTLE WITH ISLAMIC STATE

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