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U.S. Wants To Seize Iranian Tanker, Gibraltar Says

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A Royal Marine patrol vessel is seen beside Iran’s Grace 1 tanker in the British territory of Gibraltar on July 4. The tanker was impounded and now the U.S. Department of Justice has applied to seize it, according to Gibraltar. Marcos Moreno/AP hide caption

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A Royal Marine patrol vessel is seen beside Iran’s Grace 1 tanker in the British territory of Gibraltar on July 4. The tanker was impounded and now the U.S. Department of Justice has applied to seize it, according to Gibraltar.

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The U.S. government has applied to take possession of the Grace 1, an Iranian oil tanker that was detained last month by the British, according to the Gibraltar government.

“The U.S. Department of Justice has applied to seize the Grace 1 on a number of allegations which are now being considered,” a spokesperson with Gibraltar’s government told NPR on Thursday.

The official said the case will return to the Supreme Court of Gibraltar at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET).

The Gibraltar Chronicle reported that the U.S. application came just hours before the government was scheduled to release the tanker. It also reported that the Grace 1’s captain and three officers were released from arrest in a separate development.

The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for comment.

Grace 1 was raided in waters off the coast of Gibraltar, a British territory, by Britain’s Royal Marines on July 4. The tanker was impounded on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria — a breach of international sanctions against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Days later, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seized a British-flagged commercial oil tanker, called the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz – a vital shipping route linking the Middle East to the world. Iran also briefly detained a U.K.-owned oil tanker, Mesdar.

The seizures this summer have escalated relations between the West and Tehran. Tensions already run high in the wake President Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Under the agreement, Iran said it would curb its nuclear programs in exchange for the U.S. easing of sanctions. The Trump administration has since imposed new economic sanctions on Iran and Iran said it has begun to enrich uranium above the levels established in the agreement.

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Philadelphia Mayor Pleads For Gun Control As Gunman Shoots At Police For Hours

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As a gunman traded shots with officers, injuring several and holding multiple people hostage in a hours-long standoff with Philadelphia police on Wednesday, the city’s mayor decried the nation’s gun problem and called out lawmakers for failing to stand up to the National Rifle Association.

Speaking to reporters during the standoff — which dragged on for eight tense hours in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood of North Philadelphia after police attempted to serve a drug warrant — Mayor Jim Kenney expressed fury at the staggering amount of “weaponry” and “firepower” the suspect appeared to possess.

“Our officers need help. They need help with gun control. They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands,” Kenney told reporters at an outdoor news conference, getting soaked in the falling rain.

“Our officers deserve to be protected and they don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and an unlimited supply of bullets,” he later added. “It’s disgusting and we got to do something about it … we need to do something about it quickly.” 

Philadelphia police said early Thursday that the suspect had been taken into custody after refusing for hours to surrender.

The gunman shot and injured six police officers earlier in the day — all six of whom were treated in area hospitals and then released, police spokesman Sgt. Eric Gripp said. The assailant also held two officers and a number of other prisoners hostage before releasing them on Wednesday night, per Gripp. 

Police have not revealed the suspect’s identity and it’s unclear what weapons and ammunition were used during the skirmish. WPVI-TV reported that several rounds of gunfire continued for over an hour at one point during the confrontation.

One woman in the neighborhood told the station that she heard “over 100 gunshots.”

“I heard so many gunshots… I’m scared,” she told WPVI.

During the news conference, Kenney deplored the gun crisis in America as “aggravating” and “saddening” and accused the federal government and state lawmakers of not wanting “to stand up to the NRA.” 

“This government, both on federal and state level, don’t want to do anything about getting these guns off the streets and getting them out of the hands of criminals,” Kenney said.

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Homan shares new video on ICE facility attack: Result of ‘hateful rhetoric’ from AOC’s ‘Squad,’ 2020 Dems

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Former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tom Homan said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday that the “hateful rhetoric” from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the so-called “Squad,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 2020 presidential candidates is having a dangerous effect on ICE employees around the country.

Homan reacted on the show to new exclusive surveillance video obtained by Fox News of a man — armed with guns and explosives — attacking an ICE facility in Tacoma, Wash., last month. The suspect fired a rifle at the building, set a vehicle on fire and attempted to light propane tanks in an effort to burn the facility to the ground.

Homan said numerous lives could have been lost in the attack if not for the quick response of local police since the building houses more than 1,300 immigrants and about 100 ICE agents. The 69-year-old suspect had penned a manifesto declaring his support for Antifa.

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Shots were fired at an ICE office building in San Antonio early Tuesday in what the FBI called a “targeted attack,” according to the San Antonio Express-News. The outlet also reported there was also gunfire at another facility where an ICE contractor was located.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) workers have faced a rapidly escalating series of threats, including protesters menacing their children and shots being fired at their offices, amid a rising tide of anti-ICE rhetoric from the left fueled by congressional Democrats, media voices and presidential hopefuls.

Footage published Tuesday by Breitbart News shows protesters in Florida from groups such as Never Again Action and Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County threatening workers and former employees of the GEO Group, a private contractor used by ICE. One protester threatened the family of GEO Group’s former general counsel, John Bulfin.

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Homan, who also wrote an op-ed for Fox News on Wednesday about the dangers of left-wing immigration rhetoric, said he was threatened when he was acting ICE director and he had to place armed security around his home to protect his family.

“I have to blame the Democratic hateful rhetoric that you hear from The Squad, AOC, the Speaker of the House, just about everybody running for president on the Democratic ticket wants to abolish ICE, you know, we’re Nazis, we’re racists, we run concentration camps and they wonder why people are emboldened to do these things,” he said, referring to the inflammatory statements against ICE since President Trump came into office.

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Homan said the ICE agents and officials who are now being vilified by the left are the same men and women who served under President Barack Obama and are devoted to keeping communities safe. He said the left was quick to blame the El Paso mass shooting on Trump, yet they are silent when ICE buildings are attacked.

“It has to stop. … It’s a matter of time before one of our [ICE] employees or Border Patrol agents or families of one of our contractors is killed and I don’t hear anything from the left on that.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Lil Nas X country-rap smash ‘Old Town Road’ divides CMA Awards voters

Though Lil Nas X has broken chart records and become a streaming juggernaut with his breakout country rap hit “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, the song faces an uphill challenge to get a nomination for a CMA award.

Ballots have gone out for nominations for the Country Music Association Awards, but some voters are struggling to decide how to recognize the musical phenomenon of the year, which has become the longest-running No. 1 song in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100.

Billboard decided “Old Town Road” wasn’t a country song and pulled it off country charts early on, but the song made enough of an impact anyway that it became eligible for a number of CMA categories this year, including single of the year and song of the year. CMA voters, which include musicians, producers, songwriters, touring professionals, country radio employees and others, vote in three ballots with the final nominations typically being announced in late August or early September. The award show will air Nov. 13.

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But there are already signs that the song isn’t getting wide support. It failed to get enough votes in the major song categories. The song only earned enough votes to be considered in the musical event category on the second ballot, which went out to voters Monday.

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Lil Nas X visits the Country Hits Radio studios on July 04, 2019 in London. The rapper’s smash “Old Town Road” has CMA Awards voters divided on whether it’s “country” enough to qualify for a trophy.

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Shane McAnally, one of country’s biggest hit-makers who has written for Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves, Kenny Chesney and more, said he’s been impressed with the way the song has resonated with fans, but it never felt country to him.

“I just think country people do not see that as a country song,” said McAnally, who is co-president of Monument Records and one of three producers on NBC’s song competition series, “Songland.” ″Pop listeners think it’s a country song.”

The song’s genreless approach by mixing trap beats with a Nine Inch Nails sample and Western-themed lyrics appealed to millennials on TikTok but took Nashville’s music industry by surprise. While pop, rap and rock artists have gotten CMA nominations before, it’s a lot harder to earn a nomination without broad support among Nashville’s labels and country radio.

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Nelly was nominated for musical event in 2013 with Florida Georgia Line for “Cruise,” but that was a country song with a rapper added to the remix. Nelly’s earlier collaboration with Tim McGraw on “Over and Over” in 2004, which was primarily promoted as a rap song, did not earn any nominations from the CMAs.

“I will be shocked if it makes the final ballot,” McAnally said of “Old Town Road.”

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Still McAnally pointed out that non-country acts can still surprise at the CMA Awards, such as when John Denver, largely considered a pop-folk artist, won entertainer of the year in 1975, prompting Charlie Rich to set fire to the card with Denver’s name during the broadcast.

David Macias, president of Nashville-based entertainment company Thirty Tigers, which works with Americana artists like Jason Isbell and John Prine, said Billboard’s decision to not classify the song as country probably just reinforced CMA voters who weren’t inclined to vote for it anyway.

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“I haven’t really decided what I am going to do where that’s concerned,” Macias said. “There’s no doubt it’s the musical cultural phenomenon of the year. I am on the fence on whether or not it sits in there. It deserves some recognition, and frankly no matter what happens on the voting part, it will be interesting to see what the CMA does.”

Hunter Kelly, a veteran country music journalist, was surprised that the song didn’t get enough early votes for single of the year, but he said its qualifications for the musical event category seemed undeniable.

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“If you talk about a musical event, it’s still 19 weeks at No. 1,” Kelly said. “It’s the all-time No. 1 on the Hot 100, so as a musical event, it totally deserves a nomination.”

During the voting period, labels or management agencies often engage in lobbying efforts that include advertisements in music industry publications. Representatives for Lil Nas X’s label, Columbia Records, did not respond to the AP for comment about the CMA voting.

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Kelly said that since “Old Town Road” didn’t originate in Nashville and Lil Nas X is not signed to a Nashville label, there are fewer voters emotionally or financially invested in seeing it nominated.

At the very least, “Old Town Road” has proved that lightning can strike twice in the same place with the re-introduction of Billy Ray Cyrus to a new generation, McAnally said. The mullet-wearing Cyrus was last nominated for a CMA in 1992 when he won single of the year for his own ubiquitous, danceable hit “Achy Breaky Heart.”

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“That’s pretty crazy,” McAnally mused. “He wasn’t going away. You can’t discount that.”

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Zac Brown loses bid to stop public access along Alaska estate

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Country musician Zac Brown has lost a bid to limit snoopers on his private property in Alaska, the latest case where the desires of the wealthy or celebrity for privacy have been at odds with public access.

The lead singer for the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, southern rock group that bears his name had sought to remove easements allowing access along his property, but the bid was rejected by a planning commission on the Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage, KSRM-AM reported.

“I’m not interested in the public coming up to my home, people snooping, walking up to my windows,” Brown told the commission. “I’ve had to sell property for this reason.”

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Brown’s log home in Homer overlooks scenic Kachemak Bay. Homer, with a population of about 5,600 is frequented by fishermen and free spirits and bills itself as the “Halibut Capital of the World.”

The commission rejected Brown’s request in a 5-4 vote Monday. He will need to submit his request for a state review if he wants to continue with his attempt to remove the easements.

Brown isn’t the first celebrity to find conflict with neighbors over property issues.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in late 2016 filed lawsuits to identify owners of 14 parcels of land that were awarded to Hawaii commoners in the mid-19th century. The parcels are interspersed within a 700-acre (283-hectare) oceanfront estate Zuckerberg owns on Kauai Island. His lawsuits, later withdrawn amid a public uproar, aimed to help him find the owners so he could buy them out.

In California, there’s been a 14-year legal battle by U2 guitarist The Edge to build five large, eco-friendly homes on a ridgeline above Malibu. Neighbors and environmental groups fought the plan over concerns it would harm and environment and diminish the area’s natural beauty. Earlier this year California’s Supreme Court declined to consider The Edge’s last-ditch appeal to proceed with building.

ZAC BROWN BAND RETURNS TO COUNTRY ROOTS

In Alaska, Brown’s property is at the end of a secluded road. In addition to the lot where he built his house, Brown bought other lots to “protect the privacy of his family,” according to his petition.

Neighbor John Fowler owns property near Brown and is heading an effort to build a trail along the easement. He and others have sought to maintain the easements to retain public access.

Brown and nearby residents also submitted a proposal last summer to close off the last 2,000 feet (610 meters) of the road leading to the sprawling subdivision of four homes and make it a gated community. The application was later withdrawn, the Homer News reported.

ZAC BROWN BAND SURPRISES PARALYZED FAN

The road closure petition cited concerns for Brown and his family; an estimated 10 to 20 cars a day approached the end of the road.

“Due to his celebrity status, people are inundating this dead-end street with curiosity seekers, autograph hounds and some with criminal intent,” the petition stated. “Many are being sent here by instigators from outside the area.”

Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly member Willy Dunne had raised concerns about public access and creating a gated community. “It seems like an interesting situation where a celebrity comes in and buys land and wants to keep people out,” he told the Homer News.

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He also said he was worried about setting a precedent, including with the Kilcher family of Homer, stars of the reality show “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”

“And what’s to stop the Kilchers from saying, ‘We want to block Kilcher Road for keeping fans out?’”

The Zac Brown band’s first widely distributed studio album, The Foundation, sold more than 5 million copies after its release in 2008. The lead song was the wildly popular, “Chicken Fried.”

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Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers say accuser is trying to ‘conceal’ truth

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Attorneys for disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein claim a Netflix producer who accused their client of rape is trying to make herself look like more of a victim — by randomly redacting court documents in their civil court case.

“Plaintiff’s proposed redactions do not contain any private, confidential, or otherwise sensitive information,” Weinstein’s lawyers wrote in response to proposed email redactions from lawyers for Alexandra Canosa, who claims in a Manhattan federal court lawsuit that she was repeatedly raped by the fallen film producer.

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“Rather, they are nothing more than greetings, salutations, and expressions of affection. Again, Plaintiff and Defendant had a long time known consensual relationship. Plaintiff is attempting to use this Court’s Order to inhibit Mr. Weinstein from using any correspondence that does not support Plaintiff’s allegations.”

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The documents go on to accuse Canosa of attempting to conceal “the truth surrounding her long time relationship with Mr. Weinstein.”

Canosa sued Weinstein in May 2018, claiming he attacked and threatened her over a five-year period.

Her attorney Thomas Giuffra told The Post the two had a “business relationship” not a “long term consensual relationship” as Weinstein claimed.

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“That is completely false and utter nonsense and is part and parcel of Mr. Weinstein and his lawyer’s campaigns to discredit women who he abused for many many years, with the knowledge of his company and the Hollywood film industry,” Giuffra said of the filing.

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Philadelphia police pelted with objects, taunted during harrowing shootout, standoff: reports

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Onlookers were seen taunting and throwing things at Philadelphia police Wednesday night amid a wild shootout and subsequent standoff that saw six cops wounded, and video posted online shows one woman shoving a police officer making his way to the scene.

Philadelphia’s KYW-TV reporter Alexandria Hoff described on Twitter Wednesday night how a crowd of people bordering the blocked off active shooter scene allegedly harassed officers.

“I mentioned this at 10 and since I was harassed during that live shot, I’ll mention it here, too,” Hoff said on Twitter. “A major moment of disappointment this evening was watching a crowd of people taunt police officers, laughing and yelling at them in the midst of the gunfire.”

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“I should add — 98% of people here on scene were respectful and concerned. That moment was just such a startling thing to see in the middle of something so chaotic,” she added in a separate tweet.

In another video posted by Breaking911, one woman can be seen shoving an officer from behind as he passes through the crowd. Others in the crowd yell and throw objects at police as they enter the blocked off area amid the active standoff scene.

Several officers with the Narcotics Strike Force were serving a warrant at the multifamily home — in connection with what may have been a drug-related offense — when things “went awry almost immediately,” and the shooter opened fire, Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said.

The dramatic shootout in Philadelphia stretched on for more than eight hours as six officers were shot. Two officers were trapped on the second floor of the building as the gunman shot through the first-floor ceiling and outside at responding law enforcement.

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After withstanding more than five hours of gunfire, SWAT officers managed to get the two officers and three hostages out of the residence safely. The gunman eventually surrendered just after midnight Thursday, exiting the residence with his hands in the air and with a police light shining on him, surrounded by a cloud of tear gas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Believe it or not, good news: Trump’s counterattack against clean energy is collapsing | Trump was elected on promises to boost the coal industry and halt the transition to electric cars. It’s not working

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That’s what so many people don’t understand – the demand for coal just isn’t what it used to be, and the industry can produce so much faster than the demand for it.

I’m from West Virginia and it’s in the news all the time. The mines go through cycles of layoffs and re-hires, they mine a section and then shut down until there’s demand again. Several members of my family are coal miners and I can never keep up with where they work, seems like it’s a different mine every 6 months or so.

This isn’t changing, the world isn’t going back. Natural gas, that’s what is really on the rise worldwide, still a fossil fuel but at least halfway better than coal. Environmental concerns aside, the world is moving away from coal for many different reasons. We cannot put as many coal miners to work if there’s less need for coal.

And it isn’t environmentalists, but the global market, which is behind this shift in demand. No tree-hugger is forcing any mine to shut down, that’s a scapegoat.

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China Signals No Trade Thaw, and Markets Resume Their Fall

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BEIJING — China on Thursday redoubled its vow to retaliate against President Trump’s threat of more tariffs even after he said he would postpone some of them, casting a pall on markets trying to recover from a bad day on Wall Street.

The Chinese government will “have to take the necessary countermeasures” should Mr. Trump carry out his threat to impose 10 percent tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese-made goods from Sept. 1, according to an official statement. The statement — attributed to an unidentified official from the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council, China’s cabinet — did not specify what those countermeasures would be.

The statement also said that Mr. Trump’s threat violated the consensus he had reached with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, at a meeting in Osaka, Japan, in June. That meeting led to a resumption of trade talks, though the two sides have remained far apart on major issues.

The statement, issued late on Thursday in China, reiterated Beijing’s previous stance. But it came days after Mr. Trump said he would hold off on some of the tariffs, a move that cheered markets hoping that the two sides could be making progress toward a deal.

The Chinese statement soured investors who, until that moment, had been sending global markets moderately higher. European markets were lower midday Thursday, having opened mostly higher. Futures markets indicated that Wall Street would open lower. Asian markets, which closed before the statement was issued, ended mixed.

The threat of additional tariffs has added to fears about the global economic outlook and pushed markets lower around the world. Those fears were evident on Wednesday, after investors worried about global growth gave Wall Street one of its worst days this year. The S&P 500 index fell 2.93 percent.

Investors have other issues on their mind as well. In the United States, bond markets have begun to hint that a recession there could come soon. Markets were also hit on Wednesday by glum economic news from Germany and from China.

Complicating that outlook is the situation in Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese territory. Hong Kong residents have been protesting China’s growing involvement in daily life. In recent days, violence has led Chinese state media to make thinly veiled threats about military intervention.

“There were a handful of catalysts adding to the markets’ roller-coaster ride, including continuing civil unrest in Hong Kong and escalating fears that trade relations with China are becoming even more derailed,” said Tom Stringfellow, chief investment officer at Frost Investment Advisors, in an emailed note, referring to Wednesday’s slump.

Late on Wednesday, Mr. Trump suggested that the fate of the trade war and Beijing’s response to the Hong Kong protests could be linked. “Of course China wants to make a deal,” he wrote on Twitter. “Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!”

The tenor from many economists has grown more pessimistic as the trade war has escalated. Last week, global currency markets were shaken after Chinese officials raised the specter of a currency war with the United States in response to a new tariff threat from the Trump administration.

“Markets are reacting on the fear that the additional threats of more tariffs by the Trump administration will result in a slower-growing global economy,” said Steve Cochrane, the chief Asia Pacific economist at Moody’s. “The risk of recession in the U.S. is not overstated,” he said.

Last week, Goldman Sachs flagged concerns about the United States economy after Mr. Trump threatened to put the 10 percent tariffs on additional Chinese goods. Goldman said the threat added to fears of a recession.

Earlier this week, Trump administration officials clarified which tariffs they would increase on Sept. 1, leaving certain Chinese goods off the list until December, like laptops, cellphones and toys.

That move did little to ease the concerns of some experts.

“We are in uncharted territory with few historical precedents to guide us,” said Shaun Roache, chief economist for Asia Pacific at S&P Global. “The latest temporary reprieve on tariffs does little to ease this uncertainty.”

Asian markets ended mixed, as some clawed back losses from earlier in the day.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index fell 1.2. The S&P/ASX 200 index in Australia, one of the first markets to begin trading on Thursday, fell 2.85 percent.

But Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index ended up 0.8 percent. In China, the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.3 percent. In South Korea, the Kospi index rose 0.7 percent.

European markets soured after China’s statement was released. London’s FTSE 100 index was down 1 percent in late morning trading. In France, the CAC 40 index was down 0.8 percent. Germany’s DAX index, which had opened flat, was down 0.9 percent.

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California man, 18, turns self in after shooting death of 13-year-old sister

An 18-year-old suspect accused of fatally shooting his 13-year-old sister reportedly turned himself in to Southern California authorities Wednesday afternoon.

Eddie Alvirez allegedly shot his sister with a handgun Tuesday in the bedroom they shared with another sister at the family’s home in Lancaster, about 72 miles north of Los Angeles, according to The Los Angeles Times. At least one relative claims the death was an accident.

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The girl was pronounced dead at a hospital.

“She was very loving, happy, smart. Just very outgoing, loved life and, well, she was just taken too fast,” Vanessa Zamora, Alvirez’s aunt, said of her niece, according to KTLA-TV of Los Angeles.

Zamora told KTLA she believes the shooting was an accident and said the brother fled the scene because he was scared.

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Investigators are trying to determine if the shooting was intentional, The Times reported.

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