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Suspected drug smugglers clung to floating bales of cocaine for hours in shark-infested waters: cops

When their boat sank off the coast of Colombia on Sunday, three suspected drug smugglers survived out in the open waters by clinging to the only thing that was floating: their product.

The Colombian Navy said in a news release the trio was found adrift on high seas about 30 nautical miles off the town of Tumaco, floating on sacks of different sizes that were similar to those used by drug traffickers.

“The Coast Guard arrived and these three people were floating on a material that by its characteristics resembled drugs,” Capt. Jorge Maldonado of Colombia’s Task Force Against Drug Trafficking told Agence France-Presse.

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The men were rescued along with the sacks and brought to shore, where it was revealed the packages tested positive for 1.2 tons of cocaine hydrochloride.

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Three suspected drug smugglers floated for hours after their boat sank. The trio used cocaine bails as flotation devices, according to authorities. (Armada De Colombia)

Maldonado told AFP the men were on a boat that was hit by a wave and capsized.

The trio had been out in the shark-infested waters of the Pacific Ocean for at least three hours before they were spotted by the Tumaco Coast Guard Unit patrolling the area. By the time they were eventually picked up, the men had been in the water for about seven hours, according to Maldonado.

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Authorities said the men had 1.2 tons of cocaine. (Armada De Colombia)

Officials released a photo of the three men surrounded by dozens of bricks.

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All three, who were reported to be in good condition, have been charged by Colombian prosecutors with drug trafficking and manufacturing narcotics.

A search is continuing for a fourth man who was reported to be on the boat when it capsized, according to the Navy.

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Tumaco is one of the main ports for drugs exiting Colombia bound for Central America and the U.S., according to AFP.

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Hurricane Lorenzo to hit Europe, US braces for flooding in the Southwest and Great Lakes

A slow-moving cold front will be the focus of heavy rainfall and the possibility of flash flooding from the Southwest up to the Great Lakes.

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Behind the boundary, below-average temperatures while ahead of the front, record-setting heat will peak today and will begin to drop off later this week.

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In the east Atlantic, Hurricane Lorenzo has moved past the Azores steadily weakening and will impact parts of Europe later this week.

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Cops pull over car with bizarre bubbly tire

Traffic cops were baffled when they pulled over a car with a front tire covered in alien-like bubbles.

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(Derbyshire Police)

Derbyshire (U.K) Police stopped the dozy driver as they dropped their children off at school on Monday.

The force tweeted pictures of the bubbly tire along with a warning to other motorists to check their cars are roadworthy.

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(Derbyshire Police/SWNS)

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TeamPPODerby tweeted: “Good Spot Officer!”

Whilst on patrol PPO 9712 witnessed this car on a school run. When it was safe to do so 9712 advised that the car came off the road and into a garage close by. New tire now fitted.”

“Perhaps his actions saved this driver from a costly repair – or worse!”

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Cops pull over car with bizarre bubbly tire

Traffic cops were baffled when they pulled over a car with a front tire covered in alien-like bubbles.

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(Derbyshire Police)

Derbyshire (U.K) Police stopped the dozy driver as they dropped their children off at school on Monday.

The force tweeted pictures of the bubbly tire along with a warning to other motorists to check their cars are roadworthy.

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(Derbyshire Police/SWNS)

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TeamPPODerby tweeted: “Good Spot Officer!”

Whilst on patrol PPO 9712 witnessed this car on a school run. When it was safe to do so 9712 advised that the car came off the road and into a garage close by. New tire now fitted.”

“Perhaps his actions saved this driver from a costly repair – or worse!”

GENERAL MOTORS, MICHELIN WORKING ON REVOLUTIONARY AIRLESS TIRES

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Vile Greta Thunberg post leads to Italian youth soccer coach’s dismissal

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An Italian youth soccer coach was fired for Monday for remarks he made on social media about young climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Tommaso Casalini, who was an assistant coach of Grosseto in Serie D, wrote the shocking remarks in a Facebook post, according to Football Italia. The remarks have since been deleted.

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“This wh***!” Casalini wrote. “A 16-year-old can take a pounding, she’s at the right age.”

Casalini was immediately dismissed for his post. Grosetto said in a statement that the club fired the coach for “not acting in line with the club, which focuses on moral values ​​even more than technical values.”

Casalini issued an apology to Thunberg.

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“It was an outburst written in a moment of anger against the young Swedish activist with absolutely the wrong language and content I regret,” he told Grosseto Sport. “I never thought or could never have really thought about certain things, especially a minor. However, when you make a mistake then it’s only right that you take responsibility for your mistakes.”

Thunberg has gained international popularity for her climate change activism. She made a scathing speech condemning global leaders last week at the United Nations for not doing enough about climate change.

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“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and yet all you can talk about is money. You are failing us,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tennis umpire suspended over suggestive remarks to ball girl, coaching player during match

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An Italian tennis chair umpire was suspended Tuesday after he was caught on video making comments deemed inappropriate to a ball girl and coaching a player during an ATP Challenger Tour match.

Gianluca Moscarella was caught making suggestive remarks on camera during a match in Florence last week, according to NDTV. Video posted to social media appeared to show Moscarella talking to the young girl and telling her she was “very sexy” and asking her “are you hot… physically or emotionally?”

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It’s unclear how old the ball girl was.

The incident took place during a match between Pedro Sousa and Enrico Dalla Valle.

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Separately, Moscarella was also heard coaching up Sousa while Dalla Valle was away from the court for a moment, according to NDTV.

He was heard telling Sousa to “stay focused” and that the game “should be 6-1, 6-1, you had 45 break points.”

“We are aware of a number of incidents involving chair umpire Gianluca Moscarella during a match between Pedro Sousa and Enrico Dalla Valle at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Florence last week,” the ATP said in a statement. “Moscarella was immediately dismissed from the tournament when the matter was brought to light, and a full investigation has been initiated.”

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“Meanwhile, Moscarella has been provisionally suspended from his services as a contracted ATP official pending the results of the investigation.”

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Callahan’s move to TV may be model for other injured players

Ryan Callahan figured he would visit a specialist and learn how to fix the back issues that plagued him last season.

Instead, two doctor visits brought the diagnosis of degenerative disk disease and the end of his playing career. Once Callahan came to grips with that development, he decided he would like to go into management or broadcasting.

There was one problem: Callahan had one year left on his contract and can’t work for a team until it expires next summer. So the 34-year-old signed on to be an NHL Network analyst this season, quite possibly creating a road map for other players to follow if injuries cut their on-ice careers short.

“Just to stay busy and stay in the game is the biggest thing,” Callahan said. “To go from 100 to 0 just like that, it would be tough to do mentally. So, for Ottawa to give me permission to do this, I’m thankful for that and thankful for the NHL for wanting me to do it, as well.”

Callahan played a combined 878 regular-season and playoff games with the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, but had his contract traded to the Ottawa Senators for salary-cap reasons. It’s similar to situations with injured players Chris Pronger, David Clarkson, Marc Savard, Mikhail Grabovski, Ryane Clowe and Dave Bolland whose contracts were moved around the league after they hung up their skates for good.

When he steps on set for the first time Oct. 16, Callahan figures to have a harder time compartmentalizing what’s going on with the Lightning than his new “teammates” in Ottawa.

“I don’t know anybody in (the Senators) organization; I’ve never played for that team,” Callahan said. “I think what’ll be more weird is analyzing Tampa Bay’s games just because I know that organization so well and I’m good friends with a lot of the players on the team still.”

Callahan chose to stay in hockey without ruffling any feathers. It hasn’t always been so simple for players whose careers are cut short by injury but move on quickly to other jobs.

The NHL took some criticism for hiring Pronger in the department of player safety in 2014 with three years remaining on his contract, and the menacing defenseman was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame before it was over. Pronger joined the hockey operations staff for the Florida Panthers once he was no longer under contract.

Savard moved into coaching this year as an assistant with the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. Clowe spent two seasons as a New Jersey Devils assistant and had a short stint as an ECHL coach, and Clarkson is coaching a high school team.

Coaching is not in Callahan’s plans, which made broadcasting the logical step.

“I didn’t like that side of the game,” he said. “It was more behind the scenes things that I wanted to learn more of. Obviously I’ve never done it before. I don’t know if I would enjoy it or not enjoy it, but it’s something that I wanted to learn more of. Being under contract with Ottawa still on long-term (injured reserve), that didn’t give me an opportunity to do that with a team because I’m under contract with Ottawa, so the timing of NHL Network was perfect.”

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California to appeal Trump tax return ruling, renew bid to block president from 2020 primary ballot

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California’s chief elections officer said Tuesday he will appeal a federal judge’s decision to block a state law that would have required President Trump to submit five years’ worth of his personal income tax returns in order to be included on the state’s 2020 primary ballot in March.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced his plans just hours after U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. issued a written opinion saying the state law likely violates the U.S. Constitution. England Jr., who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002, had announced last month he planned to block the law.

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“California will appeal this ruling and we will continue to make our thorough, thoughtful argument for stronger financial disclosure requirements for presidential and gubernatorial candidates,” Padilla said in a statement. “Our elected leaders have a legal and moral obligation to be transparent with voters about potential conflicts of interest. This law is fundamental to preserving and protecting American democracy.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, had signed the proposal into law in July. Jesse Melgar, the governor’s spokeswoman, told the Los Angeles Times that Newsom supported an appeal of Tuesday’s ruling, adding: “States have a legal and moral duty to restore public confidence in government and ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards.”

In his 24-page decision, England Jr. said the law violates Trump’s First Amendment right of associating with voters who share his political beliefs. He also noted the California Legislature is controlled by Democrats, who passed a law targeting a Republican president.

“The dangerous precedent set by this act, allowing the controlling party in any state’s legislature to add substantive requirements as a precondition to qualifying for the state’s presidential primary ballot, should concern all candidates alike,” the judge wrote.

“The dangerous precedent set by this act, allowing the controlling party in any state’s legislature to add substantive requirements as a precondition to qualifying for the state’s presidential primary ballot, should concern all candidates alike.”

— U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow praised the ruling in an interview on “Hannity,” saying the law reflected “an ongoing pattern and practice of trying to basically shred the Constitution.” England Jr.’s ruling affirmed that it was outside the state’s authority to set qualifications for running for president. That power belongs to the Constitution.

Lawyers from state and national Republican parties, who are also defendants in the lawsuit, voiced concerns during last month’s hearing that leaving Trump off the primary ballot would stifle Republican voter turnout at the primaries and, therefore, ensure that fewer GOP candidates make it to the general election.

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Under California’s so-called jungle primary system, all candidates, regardless of party, vie for the same elected office and the top two vote-getters move on to the general election. Since it was implemented in California in 2010, this system has often ensured a Democrat-vs.-Democrat general election battle in all but California’s most conservative areas.

California Republican Party Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson called the ruling a victory for voters and their ability to vote for the candidate of their choice. Patterson said in a news release: “This decision rightfully stops the Democrats’ petty politics and their efforts to disenfranchise millions of California voters and suppress Republican voter turnout.”

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Marc Thiessen: On Ukraine, Trump and Bidens all did wrong things

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Let’s be clear: President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was not “beautiful” or “perfect.” Far from it. Trump should not have asked Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden or to cooperate with his private attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani’s investigation of the former vice president’s son. Since Trump made no promises or threats in the call, it is a stretch to claim his conduct rises to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” But it was highly inappropriate.

However, it does not follow that Trump’s malfeasance absolves former Vice President Joe Biden and his son of their malfeasance. Two things can be true at the same time: that Trump did something wrong, and that Joe and Hunter Biden did something wrong as well. This seems to be lost on many in the media, who are bending over backward to absolve the Bidens of wrongdoing.

For example, many in the media state as fact that Biden’s actions in encouraging the firing of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin had nothing to do with his investigation of the natural gas company, Burisma, which employed Hunter Biden as a board member. His firing was justified, they say, because the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund and other U.S. allies were demanding he be fired as well. Furthermore, as CNN’s Jake Tapper insisted this weekend, “according to the Ukrainians that investigation [into Burisma] was dormant at the time.”

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First, the phrase “dormant” means, by definition, that an investigation into Burisma existed and was not closed. Second, we don’t know for certain that the Burisma investigation was, in fact, “dormant.” Shokin has sworn in an affidavit it was not. His successor says it was. Who is lying? Nobody knows for sure. Journalists don’t get to choose which version they prefer and report it as fact.

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But here is what is incontestably true: Joe Biden had a conflict of interest. His son took a position with a Ukrainian natural gas company, despite having no experience in Ukraine or natural gas, the very same month the elder Biden visited Kiev and urged Ukraine to increase its natural gas production. As Yoshiko Herrera, an expert in Russia and Eurasia policy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, put it, “conflict-of-interest rules should have applied. If Biden is working for the Obama administration on Ukraine, his son should not have been on the board of a company there that could be affected by U.S. policy spearheaded by his father.”

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The latest spin is that there is nothing to see here because, as Reuters has suggested, the investigation of Burisma “focused solely on activity that took place before Hunter Biden … was hired to sit on its board.” Did it occur to anyone that maybe that is precisely why Burisma hired the American vice president’s son?

According to The New York Times, Biden’s hiring “allowed Burisma to create the perception that it was backed by powerful Americans.” As Robert Weissman, president of the progressive watchdog Public Citizen, has said, “It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Hunter’s foreign employers and partners were seeking to leverage Hunter’s relationship with Joe, either by seeking improper influence or to project access to him.” The revelation that Hunter Biden accepted a job with a Ukrainian company that was under investigation while his father was taking the lead in fighting corruption in Ukraine is damning, not exculpatory.

Biden knew about his son’s involvement with Burisma, because the New Yorker has reported that in December 2015 Obama energy czar Amos Hochstein “raised the matter with Biden.” We also know, via The New York Times, that “some State Department officials had expressed concern that Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine could complicate his father’s diplomacy there.” No doubt, there is a paper trail at the State Department to that effect.

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The Code of Federal Regulations (§2635.502) clearly states that when a federal official takes action he knows will affect “a relative with whom the employee has a close personal relationship” and “the circumstances would cause a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts to question his impartiality in the matter, the employee should not participate in the matter.” In other words, Joe Biden should not have taken the lead on Ukraine policy while Hunter Biden was working for Burisma. And even if Shokin deserved to be fired, Biden had no business being the one to deliver the ultimatum.

Hunter Biden’s business dealings, in Ukraine and elsewhere, are crying out for investigation. That does not mean it was appropriate for Trump to raise them with the Ukrainian president. But the fact that Trump did so does not give the media carte blanche to make excuses for the Biden family.

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NBA referees aim to make traveling take a walk

James Harden slides sideways or steps backward, and the screaming starts.

Whether seated on the opposing bench or on a stool in a sports bar, somebody is insisting that Harden must have traveled between the time he finished dribbling and launched his shot from a different spot. Traveling will be an emphasis this season for officials, who are determined not to allow offensive players to gain an extra edge by taking an extra step.

Scoring stars like Harden already got an advantage once hand-checking on the perimeter was no longer legal, so they can’t be given another one.

“If we can’t allow people to hand check, we can’t allow them to travel because then they’re almost unguardable,” vice president of referee operations Mark Wunderlich said.

That said, most times when Harden does his signature step-back, he doesn’t travel.

“It is legal, except for the fact that he gets a third step in every now and then when his rhythm is just off, which shows you the highlight of how difficult it is,” said Monty McCutchen, the NBA’s head of referee development and training.

That’s why referees are working harder to get it right.

Critics of the NBA — and even some fans — have long sneered that the league doesn’t call traveling. McCutchen said data showed officials were missing about two per game, but the way the game is played today can make those misses more penal for the defense.

Players are bigger, faster and more skilled, and even big men who would have been centers in a previous generation are now do-everything forwards like 6-foot-11 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. He already gets far enough with the two steps that are legal, forget when allowed a third.

McCutchen compared the difference with Tiny Archibald, a 6-1 guard who played in the 1970s and ’80s.

“He covered 10 feet with his two steps,” McCutchen said. “How far is Giannis covering? The game has changed.”

So officials have begun to change with it, altering the way they were taught to officiate when McCutchen and Wunderlich were on the floor. Before, referees were trained to look first at the defensive player. Now they have reversed their sequencing, looking first at the offensive player’s feet to make certain a legal pivot foot has been established and not changed.

And the league added new language in the rule book to define the “gather,” to clarify how many steps a player can take after receiving the ball or completing his dribble.

At the referees’ preseason meetings and training camp last week, McCutchen said officials studied replays of three travels each time they returned from a break, and had a dedicated 45-minute session on traveling.

An educational video was sent to teams, and the referees visited the coaches’ preseason meetings, where they had a traveling station with two players on the floor so they could do demonstrations for the coaches.

And Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said the league stressed that Harden’s step-back jumper is legal.

“They made a point, which is great, to tell every head coach that is not traveling. It’s not traveling,” D’Antoni said. “So hopefully coaches will quit complaining and hopefully you guys in the news will understand that that’s not traveling. There’s other points that we have to clean up that are traveling and the NBA is going to try to do a better job of that.”

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich quipped last year that the step-back 3 came when players “jump backwards and travel and shoot a 3.” But the leaders of the referee team praised Harden for his cleverness and creativity.

“On the dribble, we always talk about dribbling you can take two legal steps to the basket, right? No one ever thought about on the gather after you dribble you can take two legal steps backwards,” Wunderlich said.

Added Jason Phillips, who will oversee the Replay Center: “The rulebook doesn’t state that the two steps have to be in any direction.”

Harden said it never should have been a debate, because if he was traveling then referees would have been whistling him for it.

“I’m tired of hearing that’s a travel, from coaches, from other players, from haters, fans, whatever you want to call it,” Harden said.

But he acknowledges it looks awkward, so the referees know they have to educate teams and fans just as much as themselves. There is no new rule or even a new interpretation of traveling, just a desire to correctly call the travels that are in the books.

That’s why it’s the biggest emphasis on the preseason list of points of education.

“The first one is traveling and the second one is traveling and the third, fourth and fifth one are traveling,” McCutchen said. “I’m only joking to show that there are POEs and then there are POEs. We really want to get better at our fundamentals of the game and traveling is a big part of that.”

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