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FCC chair's plan to undo Internet rules flies against today's reality
The Chronicle's THOMAS LEE: "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai released a controversial plan Tuesday that would change the way the federal government regulates Internet service providers. The plan, expected to win approval in December, would roll back Obama-era rules on net neutrality, which aimed to ensure that companies like Comcast and Verizon treat all data equally across their networks, regardless of the content or sender."
"Consumer advocates see the FCC’s move as a blow, as do Silicon Valley giants like Facebook and Netflix, which fear that the rollback could mean that the Internet providers charge more to speed their content across the providers’ wires. Small content companies worry that they could get squeezed out in a price war if the Internet service providers require companies to pay more."
"Ending net neutrality would be “terrible for consumers,” said Ernesto Falcon, a legislative attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. “It will give companies free rein to discriminate (against certain content) by allowing the Internet service providers to cut special deals with big companies."
READ MORE related to FCC/Net Neutrality: Congressmen demand investigation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Sinclar Broadcast Group -- TechSpot's WILLIAM GAYDE; FCC plans Net Neutrality repeal in a victory for telecoms -- NYT's CECILIA KANG
Speaking of the net and the FCC: The New York attorney general is investigating the use of fake comments on the FCC's web site regarding Net Neutrality.
From Reuters' staff: "New York State Attorney Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday said he has been investigating for six months who posted significant numbers of fake comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission in its review of net neutrality rules."
"The FCC got more than 22 million comments during its review and several researchers found evidence that significant numbers of submissions were fake."
"Schneiderman said Tuesday the “FCC has refused multiple requests for crucial evidence.”
Department of Justice warns that Berkeley sanctuary status may be violating federal law
Daily Californian's CADE JOHNSON: "The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to the city of Berkeley on Wednesday, warning that its sanctuary policies concerning immigration status may violate federal law."
"Berkeley was one of the 29 jurisdictions to receive the letter from the Department of Justice. The letter outlines two city policies that prohibit the “gathe(ring) or disseminat(ing)” of information on individuals regarding their immigration status. These policies, the letter states, “may violate” Section 1373, a federal law that bars local and state governments from prohibiting individuals from sending information to or receiving information from the Immigration and Naturalization Service."
"According to a press release from the Department of Justice, compliance with the law is a requirement for jurisdictions, such as Berkeley, receiving grants from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, or JAG, Program. The program issues a grant to local and state governments for law enforcement purposes."
Sacramento City Council approves funding for illegal grow house enforcement
Sacramento Bee's BRAD BRANAN: "The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday approved funding sources for increased law enforcement against illegal indoor pot grows, following a two-month pilot program that led to the closure of 614 pot houses."
"The city expects to spend between $700,000 and $1.1 million on police efforts to stop the approximately 1,000 illegal grows in Sacramento houses in the fiscal year ending June 30."
"The city will pay those costs with tax revenue collected from legal marijuana businesses, which are expected to start operating sometime after Jan. 1, when adults can purchase pot for recreational use statewide. The city plans to supplement that tax revenue with administrative fees collected from illegal pot growers."
READ MORE related to Cannabis: Last stop for cannabis advertising on Muni buses, trains, stations and stops -- The Chronicle's MICHAEL CABANATUAN; New regulations for recreational marijuana use in California passed -- Daily Californian's ALICIA KIM
Some California state colleges focus on getting students through risky freshman year
EdSource's LARRY GORDON: "The letter alerting Cal State Northridge students that they were being put on academic probation was pretty blunt and scary: shape up or risk getting kicked out."
"Enter a national project called “Re-Imagining the First Year of College,“aimed at reducing college dropout rates during and soon after that first, vulnerable year in college."
"Cal State Northridge signed on and one of the first things that changed was the tone of the probation letter. Now a more supportive message tells students in academic trouble how to get academic help “as you strive to return to good academic standing."
READ MORE related to Education: National science association recognizes 6 UC Berkeley faculty -- Daily Californian's MARK HENRY SALUPEN
Antonio Villaraigosa made millions consulting for likes of Herbalife, Banc of California
Sacramento Bee's CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO: "Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa has parlayed his business consulting firm into a million-dollar operation since leaving the Los Angeles mayor’s office in 2013, averaging more than $1.3 million in income annually, according to a review of his recent tax records."
"Villaraigosa, a candidate for California governor next year, paid an average of 32 percent in federal taxes and 10 percent in state taxes from 2014 through 2016, the three full years since he left office. He also paid another $35,000 a year in self-employment taxes over that time."
"Villaraigosa allowed reporters to review his six most recent years of tax returns on Tuesday at the downtown San Francisco offices of his political consultant. While his campaign released a list of 17 clients, along with timelines for his services, the bulk of the tax forms do not include a breakdown of how much he or his company earned from each of the entities."
READ MORE related to State: After leaving LA mayor's office, Villaraigosa's income soared, tax forms show -- The Chronicle's JOHN WILDERMUTH
Maps by UC Berkeley researchers show advanced gentrification in Berkeley, Northern California
Daily Californian's HENRY TOLCHARD/JARED BREWER: "Updated maps released by UC Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project shed light on the extensive state of gentrification across Northern California, including in Berkeley."
"The map of Northern California color-coordinates neighborhoods by the presence of gentrification, displacement and/or exclusion. Most of central and south Berkeley are shown to experience ongoing gentrification and displacement, while most of North Berkeley is at risk of gentrification, and the Berkeley Hills are undergoing advanced exclusion."
"The map details the status of gentrification, displacement and exclusion in 13 Northern California counties, with the latest update including Yolo, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz and Sacramento counties. Research began four years ago using purchased proprietary data before switching to public data, according to Miriam Zuk, the project’s director."
READ MORE related to Planning & Development: Berkeley city planning 'giant' George Williams dies at 89 -- Daily Californian's SAM LEVIN; Downtown San Jose blighted blocks may get new life -- Mercury News' GEORGE AVALOS
LA County leaders move forward on health inspections for massage parlors
Daily News' SUSAN ABRAM: "Concerned that a number of Los Angeles County’s massage parlors are nothing more than fronts for illicit sex trade and illegal-labor trafficking, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to craft an ordinance that requires annual health and safety inspections of such establishments."
"The 5-0 vote on a motion introduced by supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis means that the proposed ordinance could require massage therapy businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county to pay for a health permit to fund the annual inspections. The motion directs several county departments to work together to craft an ordinance and present it to the board for a discussion and a vote within 180 days. Cities within the county also would have the option to adopt the ordinance."
"Hahn said such inspections would help stem sex and labor abuse, especially within immigrant communities where more people are likely to be exploited."
Donald Trump just can't seem to let LaVar Ball's words about the president's involvement in LiAngelo Ball's return to the United States.
WaPo's J. FREEDOM DU LAC/DAVID NAKAMURA: "President Trump began the day before Thanksgiving on Twitter, calling out those who he claims have not, in fact, given him their proper thanks."
"His target, again: LaVar Ball, who Trump had previously called “very ungrateful” for the president’s help in resolving a shoplifting charge in China for his son, LiAngelo, and two other University of California at Los Angeles basketball players."
"It had been nearly two full days since Trump last mentioned the elder Ball by name — and in the intervening hours, Ball had been on CNN, saying that he had nothing to be thankful for when it came to his son and his president."
There is something very strange about the GOP tax plan
WaPo's TORY NEWMYER: "Here’s one way to tell whether a tax code rewrite is headed in the right direction: Corporate lobbyists should be whining that their private breaks are getting squeezed too hard, and economists should be cheering because the trashing of those preferences is paying for lower overall rates that could fuel new growth."
"Neither of those things is happening. And the Republican push to overhaul the code is far enough along that it’s raising alarms from economists across the country. The latest came Tuesday, when only one of 42 top economists surveyed by the Initiative on Global Markets at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business thought the tax proposals moving through Congress would meaningfully expand the economy over a decade (22 disagreed or strongly disagreed, 15 were uncertain and the rest didn't answer). And none of those economists, a sampling spanning the ideological spectrum, disagreed the measures would leave the nation saddled with a substantially heavier debt load relative to the size of the economy."
"Add that verdict by academic economists to those from Washington think tanks and Wall Street banks, chronicled in this space yesterday. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center summarized the “crowding out” effect that most expect from all the borrowing that the federal government will need to do to finance the tax cuts:"
How Trump's new Census Bureau nominee could rig future elections
Vanity Fair's ABIGAIL TRACY: "Donald Trump has made a habit of appointing individuals to serve in his administration who are either supremely unqualified or seemingly opposed to the very objectives of the agencies they are tapped to lead. The reported leading candidate to assume the No. 2 post at the United States Census Bureau manages to check both boxes."
"Citing two sources familiar with the agency’s plans, Politico reported on Tuesday that Thomas Brunell, a political and bureaucratic neophyte who has argued against competitive elections, has emerged as the front-runner to serve as deputy director. The potential appointment of Brunell has amplified existing concerns that the Trump administration will seek to alter the 2020 U.S. Census in a manner that could have long-lasting ramifications. “If true, it signals an effort by the administration to politicize the Census,” Terri Ann Lowenthal, told Politico. “It’s very troubling."
"For a position typically held by nonpartisan civil servants, Brunell’s background makes him a particularly eyebrow-raising candidate. According to Politico, Brunell has testified on behalf of Republicans in a half-dozen gerrymandering court cases and penned a book titled Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad for America. As a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, his research, which centers on redistricting and voting-rights cases, has frequently been used by the G.O.P. to defend gerrymandering.
Navy says plane carrying 11 crashes in the Philippine Sea, carrier launches search and rescue operation
AP: "An aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday while on the way to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy said."
"The Japan-based 7th Fleet said in a statement that the search and rescue operation was launched from the carrier."
"“Personnel recovery is underway and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff,” the statement said. Japan’s defense ministry later said eight of the crew and passengers were found, but it’s unclear if they’re alive."
READ MORE related to USS Ronald Reagan SOS: US Navy plane carrying 11 crashes into Pacific Ocean off Japan, 8 rescued -- WaPo's ANNA FIFIELD
Valley LAPD officers sue city, saying they faced discrimination, retaliation after injuries
City News Service: "Two front desk officers at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys division have sued the city, alleging disability discrimination and retaliation, and their court papers specifically criticize a captain who has accused the department of intentionally skewing crime rates by misclassifying violent crimes."
"The two plaintiffs in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuits filed Monday are Officers Adam Hollands and Blanca Avila. Their suits name as defendants the city of Los Angeles and the LAPD."
"Capt. Lillian Carranza is not a defendant, but the lawsuit alleges she brought with her a reputation when she arrived as the area commanding officer in Van Nuys in March 2015."
As harassment scandal reaches tech industry, start-ups look for ways to check bad behavior
LA Times' TRACEY LIEN: "Venture capitalists have long had god-like status in the tech industry."
"Founders venerate them because they need their money. Limited partners eagerly throw billions of dollars their way, enamored by their outsized investment returns."
"But now, after allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct have led to the resignations of Justin Caldbeck of Binary Capitaland Dave McClure of 500 Startups, and the dismissal of Steve Jurvetson of DFJ, the industry’s once-celebrated kingmakers are facing pressure from founders and limited partners to clean up their act."
A White House run from LA? Best to start early.
NYT's JENNIFER MEDINA/ADAM NAGOURNEY: "As a rule, politicians who are thinking about running for president tend to be coy. It builds the drama and encourages the “Are you running?” speculation. And should that exploration turn up evidence that running for president is a dumb idea — it happens — it’s easier to step away."
"Not Eric M. Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles. He is making no secret that he — as unlikely as it may seem, given his lack of national experience — is considering a race for the White House."
"Mr. Garcetti recently discussed his intentions with The Times. (Here’s my article.) His ambitions drew a somewhat mixed reaction — ranging from incredulity to some saying this is just what the Democratic Party needs — in one decidedly unscientific sampling (a blast of comments on the story on Twitter)."
Got food allergies? Add milk to the worries for your meal
California Healthline's CARMEN HEREDIA RODRIGUEZ: "Since her son Matt was an infant, Lynda Mitchell knew he had a milk allergy."
"She controlled the symptoms by switching his baby formula. But when he was 1, Halloween proved horrifying. While trick-or-treating in a pumpkin costume, Matt grabbed a chocolate bar and bit through the wrapper. Although he spit out the candy, his violent allergic reaction morphed into a mess of hives, swelling and labored breathing. He ended up in the emergency room."
"That was 26 years ago, but Mitchell vividly recalls the fear of that night — and of raising a child with a condition for which there was little information."
This Thanksgiving, carve out time for lively discourse on end-of-life wishes
California Healthline's JONEL ALECCIA: "The roast turkey and pecan pie may be the same as always, but growing numbers of families plan to add a tradition to their Thanksgiving holiday this week: a frank talk about their wishes for end-of-life care."
"Paul Malley, president of Aging with Dignity, the agency behind Five Wishes, a popular living will, says requests for the documents that guide decisions surrounding serious illness and death typically surge starting now."
"We see a bit of a Thanksgiving rush and a bit of a Christmas rush in December,” said Malley, who notes that 30 million copies of Five Wishes have been distributed since 1998."
READ MORE related to Health Care: Problems with your hospital care? Speak up! -- California Healthline's EMILY BAZAR
John Oliver has been pointing out the 'awkward sex talk' on Charlie Rose's CBS show for years
WaPo's AMY B. WANG: "It was an occasional segment on “Last Week Tonight,” one that host John Oliver seemed to use to lampoon the awkward sexual tension on “CBS This Morning.”
“And now … ” a narrator would intone at the beginning, before segueing into the latest examples of double entendres and sexual innuendos on the long-running morning show that, up until this week, was hosted by a trio of veteran anchors: Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose."
"“And now,” one of Oliver’s segments began, “ ‘CBS This Morning’s’ awkward sex talk … "
READ MORE related to Boy's Club: President Trump and accusations of sexual misconduct: The complete list -- WaPo's MEG KELLY; 2018 Could be the 'Year of the Woman' on steroids, with growing backlash to the culture of sexual harassment -- WaPo's JAMES HOHMANN; House Ethics Panel investigating allegations against US Rep. Conyers -- REUTERS; Trump defends Roy Moore, citing candidate's denial of sexual misconduct -- NYT's MICHAEL D. SHEAR/ALAN BLINDER; Conyers confirms harassment settlement; ethics probe opens -- AP
LA allows porn viewing on library computers. Some city leaders want to change that
City News Service: "A pair of Los Angeles City Council members called Tuesday for software filters that block graphic material to be installed at all 73 city libraries, in the wake of reports of patrons viewing pornography on computers in view of children."
"The motion introduced by David Ryu and Nury Martinez comes in response to a recent report by NBC4 that found some patrons use library computers to watch explicit porn that can easily be seen by other visitors, including children, and also uncovered widespread drug use and lewd behavior at some branches."
"A second motion introduced by Ryu and Martinez requests that the Los Angeles Public Library, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department, report back on all security incidents at public libraries in 2017 and on how current security measures can be improved."
Mayor Lee wants to pull 1,000 homeless people off SF streets this winter
The Chronicle's KEVIN FAGAN: "San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has set his sights on the ambitious goal of pulling 1,000 homeless people off the streets this winter and, to kick-start that effort, he wants to open two new homeless Navigation Centers."
"Getting that many people housed will take the combined labor of several city agencies, including the police, Public Health Department and Homelessness and Supportive Housing Department. But Lee told The Chronicle on Tuesday that he wants to “make a big move while it’s raining and cold."
"I feel people’s frustrations when we’re bringing people into the Navigation Centers we have running already and they don’t seem to see things change,” Lee said. “We have to be smarter and more dedicated."
READ MORE related to Homes & Homelessness: At temporary LA County shelters, some foster kids just keep cycling through -- LA Times' NINA AGRAWAL; Video shows how deep frying a turkey can burn your house down (plus other tips for a safe Thanksgiving) -- OC Register's SCOTT SCHWEBKE; Anti-Gerrymandering group defies odds with 2018 ballot drive -- AP; Amid Bay Area exodus to Sacramento, low-income families at risk of being pushed out, study finds -- East Bay Times' KATY MURPHY
After hacker attack, Sacramento transit district restores website and gets help from feds
Sacramento Bee's TONY BIZJAK: "Sacramento Regional Transit restored its website Tuesday following a weekend cyberattack and began meeting with federal security experts on ways to reduce the chance of future breaches."
"SacRT officials said the agency has recovered 80 percent of the destroyed internal systems data so far via backup devices, with more retrieval expected in the coming days."
"We don’t anticipate losing much of anything,” SacRT operations chief Mark Lonergan said."
READ MORE related to Transportation & Cybercrime: Uber concealed cyberattack that exposed 57 million people's data -- Bloomberg; Elon Musk's tunneling company wants to dig through LA -- LA Times' LAURA J. NELSON
Pixar's John Lasseter admits 'missteps,' takes leave
The Chronicle's PETER HARTLAUB: "Pixar chief creative officer and original animator John Lasseter has taken a six-month leave of absence, acknowledging “missteps” and “difficult conversations” related to his interactions with the Emeryville company’s employees."
"Tuesday’s announcement came the day before the official release of Pixar’s latest film, “Coco” — Lasseter is an executive producer on the film — and leaves the studio without its most visible figure since Pixar was founded in the Bay Area in 1986."
"Lasseter sent a memo to Pixar employees, originally published by the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday morning and obtained by The Chronicle, stating, “It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent. Collectively you mean the world to me, and I deeply apologize if I let you down. I especially want to apologize to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape or form."
READ MORE related to #MeToo: Brett Ratner's Hilhaven Lodge whiskey has been discontinued in wake of sexual misconduct claims -- LA Times' DANIEL MILLER; Olympic champion Gabby Douglas says team doctor abused her -- AP\
The day the pastor was away and evil came barging into his church
NYT's SERGE F. KOVALESKI: "On any other Sunday, Frank Pomeroy, the pastor at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Tex., would have been in the pulpit. He would have seen the gunman, his steely gaze familiar, barge in mid-sermon. He would have heard the gunfire break out."
"But he was hundreds of miles away. And so Mr. Pomeroy, reflecting in his first extensive interview on the mass shooting that took place inside his church, can only imagine the awfulness of it. And ponder whether he could have made a difference had he been preaching that day."
"Instead, Mr. Pomeroy was attending a class in Oklahoma City on the morning of Nov. 5. A three-word text message came across his cellphone. “Shooting at church,” it said."
Want to comment on proposed fee increases at national parks? You just got more time.
Sacramento Bee's NOEL HARRIS: "The National Park Service is planning on increasing fees during its busiest months, but has sought public comment on the matter."
"The deadline was originally set for Thursday, but on Tuesday the comment period was extended to Dec. 22."
"According to a Park Service release, a seven-day pass for vehicles at 17 popular national parks would be $70 during a five-month peak period. The suggested fee, more than double the current $30 being charged, would help raise revenue for improvements at the parks."
Former teen idol David Cassidy dies at 67
The Chronicle's DAVID WIEGAND: "David Cassidy, a child of show business who rose to the heights of pop stardom, only to spend much of the rest his life struggling against his teen idol past, died Tuesday, Nov. 21. He was 67."
"Mr. Cassidy was hospitalized last week near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with multiple organ failure. In recent days, he was said to have been conscious and surrounded by family and friends, but then slipped into a coma and was moved to the hospital’s ICU."
"On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy,” his family said in a statement Tuesday. “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years."
READ MORE related to David Cassidy: Musicians, Hollywood stars react to the death of actor David Cassidy -- Daily News' SHANNON O'CONNOR
Thanksgiving temperatures could hit record highs in Bay Area
The Chronicle's SOPHIE HAIGNEY: "Turkey may not be the only thing hot on Thanksgiving Day in the Bay Area."
"A warming trend that started Tuesday is expected to stretch into Friday, and forecasters say it will send temperatures in some parts of the Bay Area soaring to near 80 degrees."
"On Thanksgiving Day, the temperature in San Jose is expected to reach the high 70s and flirt with a record for the day of 79 degrees set in 1959, according to the National Weather Service. Gilroy’s temperature is also forecast to climb to the upper 70s, possibly breaking a record of 79 degrees for the day set in 2015."
READ MORE related to Environment: Heat records tumble Tuesday; highs expected to top 90 through Thanksgiving weekend -- City News Service; Here's the deal with all those turkeys terrorizing the suburbs -- WaPo's KARIN BRULLIARD; Soaring dolphins, sea slugs, whales mating, sharks lingering: 10 wild ocean encounters readers loved this year -- OC Register's LAYLAN CONNELLY/MICHELE CARDON; Potential new owners have meet-and-greet with rescued bulldogs -- OC Register's ALMA FAUSTO; It's not enough to be thankful for animals; they also need our help -- East Bay Tims' JOAN MORRIS; Can your spare bedroom help solve Oakland's homelessness crisis? -- BANG's MARISA KENDALL
From fidget spinners to a talking doll, avoid these dangerous toys, group says
Daily News' JEFF HORSEMAN: "Not even bad girls and boys deserve this aisle of misfit toys, says a consumer advocacy group that unveiled a list Tuesday, Nov. 21, of potentially unsafe holiday gifts for children."
"The California Public Interest Research Group Education Fund’s 32nd annual “Trouble in Toyland” report lists toys the group considers hazardous because of high lead content, privacy concerns or other safety issues."
"A toy industry trade group — and toy manufacturers — took issue with the group’s findings, which were published in conjunction with U.S. PIRG."
Was Border Patrol agent beaten to death by immigrants in Texas? Or did he fall? The FBI is not sure.
LA Times' MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE/MARIANA SIERRA: "
mysterious incident last weekend that left one Border Patrol agent dead in west Texas and another critically injured is being investigated as a possible attack, officials said."
"There are a number of possible scenarios, but right now we are going to pursue it as an assault on a federal agent,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said during a Tuesday briefing in El Paso. "This is the most important investigation in the El Paso division of the FBI. We will be aggressively investigating all leads."
"Agent Rogelio “Roger” Martinez, 36, a four-year veteran, was found with “traumatic head injuries” and broken bones at 11:20 p.m. Saturday near Interstate 10 about 12 miles east of Van Horn after responding to a triggered sensor, Buie said."
READ MORE related to Feds: White House military personnel removed amid investigation into contacts with foreign women during Trump's Asia trip -- WaPo's CAROL D. LEONNIG/DAN LAMOTHE/JULIE TATE
UN court convicts Ratko Mladic to life in prison over Bosnia's horrors
AP: "he United Nations' Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladicon Wednesday of genocide and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life in prison for atrocities during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war."
"Mladic, 75, was found guilty of commanding forces responsible for crimes including the worst atrocities of the war — the deadly three-year siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, and the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern enclave of Srebrenica, which was Europe's worst mass killing since World War II."
"A three-judge panel at the court formally known as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia convicted Mladic of 10 of 11 counts in a dramatic climax to a groundbreaking effort to seek justice for the wars in the former Yugoslavia."
READ MORE related to International: American once held prisoner in North Korea found burning in San Diego park, dies of injuries -- LA Times' LYNDSAY WINKLEY/TERI FIGUEROA; US declares attacks on Burmese Rohingya Muslims as 'ethnic cleansing' -- WaPo's BRIAN MURPHY
Today's Roundup is dedicated to President JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY, Rest in Peace.
"Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."
May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963