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Tropical Storm Humberto likely to become a hurricane after passing over Bahamas

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A tropical storm could soon spring to life in the Atlantic. AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno has the latest forecast. Accuweather

Tropical Storm Humberto, churning westward in the Atlantic on Saturday, was approaching the storm-ravaged islands of northwest Bahamas but was not expected to strengthen into a hurricane until moving back out to sea Sunday night.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm was expected to take a sharp turn to the northeast on Monday and move well off the east coast of Florida.

Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama, warned that the system would affect the entire island and urged people to seek shelter. “As previous storms have taught us, things change very quickly,” he said. “We want residents to take it seriously.”

Forecasters expect the storm’s path to be similar to Hurricane Dorian’s but farther out to sea.

“The strengthening storm is forecast to take a curved path with initial movement to the northwest through Saturday, then the north from Sunday to Monday and perhaps a turn to the northeast from Monday to Tuesday,” said AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

The storm is likely to generate swells from east-central Florida to south Carolina late this weekend and early next week that could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, the hurricane center said.

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As of 11 a.m., Humberto, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, was about 30 miles east-northeast of Great Abaco Island and was stationary.

The storm is expected to produce total rain accumulations in the Bahamas of 2 to 4 inches through Monday and up to 6 inches in some areas, the hurricane center said.

Officials say about 1,300 people remain listed as missing nearly two weeks after Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, hit the northern Bahamas.

At least 42 people died in Abaco, the hardest-hit island, and eight in Grand Bahama. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has warned that number will increase significantly.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Is Trump’s America Tougher on Asylum Than Other Western Countries?

BERLIN — The Supreme Court this week allowed the Trump administration to move forward with a plan to bar most migrants, particularly Central Americans, from seeking asylum in the United States.

Under President Trump’s plan, migrants cannot apply for asylum unless they have already tried — and failed — to receive it in one of the countries they passed through on their way to the United States. Guatemalans would be sent back to Mexico, for example, while people from El Salvador and Honduras would be returned to Guatemala.

Given how unsafe those countries can be for their own citizens — much less for migrants — the move has been portrayed by critics as another deviation from global rights standards under Mr. Trump. It follows his frequent attempts to expand barriers along the United States-Mexico border, as well as a deterioration in the treatment of migrants after they reach America.

But Mr. Trump’s plan is also in keeping with a wider international trend of curtailing the right to asylum, as Western nations try to curb migration from the global south, where the overwhelming majority of displaced people live.

To stifle record levels of migration to Europe in 2015 and 2016, the continent’s big powers reached deals with neighboring countries like Turkey to keep migrants from European shores. Australia, determined to stop maritime migration from Indonesia, now deports asylum seekers to its neighbors in the Pacific Ocean. Israel tried to send African migrants to Rwanda.

“It is currently the objective of most countries of the global north to prevent migrants” from entering their territory, said François Crépeau, a former United Nations Special Rapporteur on migrant rights and an expert on international refugee law at McGill University.

“Probably the U.S. are taking actions a bit further from what the Europeans are doing,” said Mr. Crépeau. “But the Europeans have also been very good at getting neighboring countries to do their dirty work.”

The United Nations refugee convention of 1951 provides the basis for American asylum laws. Unlike the Trump plan, it does not prevent refugees from traveling through several countries before landing in the United States and seeking asylum.

But it does ban signatories to the convention, like the United States, from deporting asylum seekers to countries where their safety is at risk, a process formally known as “refoulement.”

Most Western countries have usually interpreted this in a broad sense — refusing to deport people to countries that may not be at war, but still do not provide refugees with most of the protections required by the 1951 convention. Countries like Guatemala and Mexico, where homicide rates are high and migrants are often especially vulnerable to extortion, kidnapping and violence, could fall into that category, some experts say.

“There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that the countries of the Northern Triangle and Mexico itself are not safe, and that the people passing through those countries are at risk of human rights violations,” said Jeff Crisp, an expert on migration at Chatham House, a London-based research group, referring to the Central American nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

“Returning people to those countries could be considered in violation of the non-refoulement principle,” Dr. Crisp added.

Even so, there is no international court or authority that can overrule Mr. Trump’s plan. The Supreme Court’s ruling is provisional, and it is expected to take up the case again. But that will take many months.

The Trump administration is also pushing Mexico and Central American countries to agree to accept migrants. Guatemala has, but the plan must still be ratified by the Guatemalan Congress.

Mexico, by contrast, has said it won’t sign a so-called safe third country agreement with the United States to accept asylum claims from migrants who arrive on its soil, even if they are hoping to reach the United States.

“The court’s decision is astonishing,” Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said Thursday about the Supreme Court ruling.

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One of the compounds of the Offshore Processing Center on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.CreditAshley Gilbertson for The New York Times

Since 2012, most asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat have been deported to processing centers in the nearby countries of Nauru and Papua New Guinea, where they are held while their asylum applications are assessed.

Rights groups like Amnesty International say that asylum seekers at these centers face severe abuse. And even if granted asylum, the migrants are still barred from resettlement in Australia. Instead, they must live in Nauru, Papua New Guinea or, in a few cases, Cambodia.

Last year, Israel was forced to cancel a comparable deal with Rwanda, in which African asylum seekers would be deported from Tel Aviv to Kigali, after a public backlash.

The concept was pioneered in 1990s by Presidents George Bush and his successor, President Clinton, who authorized American Coast Guard vessels to intercept boats loaded with Haitian refugees and take them to Guantánamo Bay for processing.

Afghan migrants among the makeshift tents just outside Moria in the Greek Island of Lesbos.CreditMauricio Lima for The New York Times

European politicians have often spoken of sending migrants for processing in non-European countries, but the plan has never been successfully enacted.

In 2015 and 2016, more than one million migrants reached Greece from Turkey, most of them making their way to wealthier countries like Germany.

To stop this, the European Union pledged more than $6 billion to Turkey. In return, Turkey tightened up its border restrictions — and agreed to take back every migrant who subsequently landed in Greece.

Turkey did cut migration flows to Europe drastically, but only a small proportion of migrants who continued to land in Greece have been sent back. Migrants still have the opportunity to apply for asylum in Greece, or for relocation to other European countries, and many do so successfully. The Greek asylum system operates independently and is not beholden to the political agreement between the European Union and Turkey.

Meanwhile, migrants reaching Italy from Libya, another major gateway to Europe, are not returned because the country is still at war and does not recognize the 1951 convention.

People trying to reach Spain through its enclaves in North Africa are often forced back to Morocco without being given the chance to apply for asylum. But those who manage to cross the border into the enclaves undetected are usually allowed to lodge an asylum claim in Spain, though they are often sent back once their applications are rejected months later.

In theory, migrants are supposed to lodge an asylum claim as soon as they reach one of the 28 member states of the European Union. Those who don’t are liable to be returned to the country where they first entered the bloc — usually Greece, Italy or Spain — because European Union members theoretically trust one another to uphold the 1951 convention and treat refugees fairly.

But again, the system doesn’t quite work like that in reality. Sometimes it’s hard to prove that applicants passed through Greece on their way to, say, Germany. And in recent years, countries like Germany and Sweden have suspended returns to some members of the European Union, like Hungary and Greece, because of concerns about the fairness of their asylum systems.

Asylum seekers at the United Nations compound in Niamey, Niger.CreditDmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times

If migrants reach Europe from Libya, they are allowed to lodge an asylum claim on European soil. But some people who haven’t left Libya yet have been encouraged to fly instead to Niger, where they can apply for asylum in Europe from a country of relative safety. A similar arrangement was recently brokered with Rwanda, but has yet to formally begin.

The process is ostensibly a humanitarian one: It aims to help migrants escape war-torn Libya, where they are often prey to kidnapping, conscription, air raids, abuse and forced labor, without needing to brave the dangerous sea crossing to Italy.

But critics argue that few of them will in practice be ever resettled in Europe.

Like Mr. Trump, European governments have also sought to curb migration by building physical barriers along their borders. Greece has a fence lining its border with Turkey. Spain has several on its enclaves’ borders with Morocco. And Hungary built one on its border with Serbia.

In addition to its deal with Turkey, the European Union and its members have often paid third parties with checkered rights records to stop migrants from reaching Europe. The bloc pays Niger to throttle migration. Spain has a deal with Morocco. And Italy enlisted Libyan militias to stifle migration across the Mediterranean.

Asylum seekers in Greece and Hungary are also mostly confined in squalid facilities. On the Greek island of Lesbos, over 10,000 people are housed in a camp built for 3,100. In Hungary, officials have repeatedly denied food for several days to dozens of asylum seekers, including children.

One notable difference between Mr. Trump and his European counterparts is the way they speak publicly about migrants. With the exception of Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary and Matteo Salvini, Italy’s former interior minister, European government officials have largely avoided using provocative language to stir xenophobia — while still trying to block migrants from European territory.

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California winery apologizes after denying wedding venue to same-sex couple, announces policy change

The owners of one California winery have apologized after reps for the private estate rejected a same-sex couple’s request to hold their upcoming wedding at venue. After public outcry, the management announced a policy change in that all couples are now welcome to rent out their winery and wedding venue, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Ahead of their nuptials, Dezanea Reyes and Alexandria Biddle recently contacted Viaggio Estate and Winery seeking information on the Acampo venue, HuffPost reports. On Sept. 5, the couple was shocked to receive an email from a wedding coordinator explaining why the women were welcome to hold their reception – but not the actual ceremony – there.

According to the outlet, the Viaggio staffer told the women that the winery’s owners, Larry and Teri Lawrence, held “very strong personal religious beliefs” on marriage as a union between heterosexual couples only and that they had never held a same-sex wedding there.

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“[The owners] understand that California statutory law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, and they don’t like to think they would ever discriminate on that basis even if a law allowed them to do so. However, the owner also has a very strong personal religious belief regarding marriage, which is for marriage to be between heterosexual couples only,” the wedding coordinator told Reyes and Biddle, as per the Los Angeles Times. “They believe that the U.S. Constitution and the California Constitution protect these religious beliefs and their right to express them.”

Stunned, the women shared the news to a local LGBTQ community Facebook group, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, so that others could “be aware” of the business’ policies.

“I understand and am not opposed to people having their own personal religious beliefs [but] I just fell shunned by people who do not know me,” Reyes wrote online. “I will still have a beautiful wedding when my time comes. I just want others to be aware of this venue … so our LGBTQ community knows about this venue so when they do start looking [for wedding venues], they can be aware.”

Her post caught the eye of LGBTQ activist and local comedian Nikki Levy, who reached out to Viaggio herself, seeking more information, the Times reports.

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The woman received a similar response from the venue’s wedding and events director, detailing that while the business was welcome, it was “the actual ceremony that would be violating [the owner’s] personal religious beliefs,” according to screenshots shared to Facebook.

“I couldn’t believe that this would happen in California, and I couldn’t believe that someone would be so openly homophobic,” Levy told KRCA.

Frustrated, she called out the establishment on Facebook on Sept. 10, charging others to speak out against the winery in a post that has since been shared over 220 times.

Soon after, owner Teri Lawrence released a statement apologizing for causing “anyone pain” and announcing a policy change on the matter for the business.

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The owners of one Northern California winery, pictured, have apologized after reps for the private estate rejected a same-sex couple’s request to hold their upcoming wedding at venue for religious reasons. (Google Maps)

“Viaggio Winery welcomes all couples, regardless of gender of sexual orientation, to our winery and wedding venue, including all wedding ceremonies. It is our hope that all will feel welcomed and respected at our winery, which has been our home since 2012,” she said in a release, according to the Times.

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“In recent communication with potential visitors, I tried to explore options for celebrations that would accommodate both my religious beliefs and the expectations of our community. I realize now that contrary to my intent, this was hurtful to the people involved,” she continued.

“Our policy has been changed, effective immediately. All couples are welcome to hire out facilities for weddings and the celebrations that go with them,” Lawrence concluded. “I am sincerely sorry to have caused anyone pain at a time that should be joyous.”

Though Reyes and Biddle now intend to celebrate their wedding day elsewhere, they are glad the Lawrence has realized the error of their ways, according to HuffPost.

“At the end of the day, love is love,” Reyes told KRCA. “I’m hoping for the best for [Viaggio] and in a way I hope this opens their eyes that they should be open to other people.”

Reps for the winery were not immediately available to offer further comment on the story.

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Lt. Gen. Boykin: Death of Bin Laden’s son ‘psychological setback,’ not ‘lethal blow’ to Al Qaeda

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Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin said on Saturday that the death of Hamza Bin Laden, the son of terrorist leader Usama Bin Laden, was a “psychological” set back for Al Qaeda.

“I think that it’s more of a psychological setback than an operational setback for Al Qaeda — and it’s also a psychological victory for the United States,” he said on “Your World.

Boykin noted that Bin Laden’s son was not the leader of Al Qaeda but rather acted as a “go-between” for Al Qaeda and other terror groups. “This probably happened over a year ago so it’s not a lethal blow,” he added.

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In a statement released by the White House on Saturday morning, three days after the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, President Trump confirmed Hamza, a high-ranking Al Qaeda member, “was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.”

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“The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives Al Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father but undermines important operational activities of the group,” the statement continued. “Hamza bin Laden was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups.”

It was unclear when the operation took place. The White House statement gave no further details.

Reports of Hamza’s death first surfaced in July. President Trump and U.S. officials had refused to comment on the death until Saturday’s statement.

News of Hamza Bin Laden’s death comes at a time of transition for U.S. foreign policy as former National Security Adviser John Bolton left the administration on Tuesday.

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Boykin wasn’t surprised by Bolton’s departure and told Fox News host Neil Cavuto that Bolton had “some good ideas.”

“But I knew when he went into that job that he was not going to stay because he has an irascible personality and that bumped up the same personality in Donald Trump,” he said.

Fox News’ Lucia Suarez Sang and Hollie McKay contributed to this report.

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Terry Bradshaw says he ‘can’t stand’ players like Antonio Brown

Fox sports analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw announced his disdain for players like Antonio Brown during an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review following the wide receiver’s tumultuous offseason. Brown may have broken most of the Steelers’ wide-receiver records during his nearly decade-long run with the team, but Bradshaw says he would never have thrown to him.

“I’m not pulling for him, I can promise you that,” Bradshaw said of Brown via CBS Sports. “I cannot emphasize how I cannot stand and have a disdain totally for players like that. I don’t want any part of them. I wouldn’t like them. They would hate me if they were on our team. They would hate me because I wouldn’t throw to him”

“I will not put up with that kind of behavior. You don’t win with it. Why haven’t [the Steelers] won more Super Bowls? There is talent, [but] it’s just guys like him. Let him go and his brand and whatever it is he’s doing,” he added.

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Former Steelers great Terry Bradshaw says he’s happy Antonio Brown isn’t longer a Steeler and would have never thrown to the recently maligned wide receiver. (Associated Press, Reuters)

Brown, 31, was traded from the Steelers to Raiders in the offseason before eventually being released by the team in a move he reportedly helped orchestrate. Brown was signed by the New England Patriots hours later and is now in the midst of sexual assault allegations, which contributed to a lost sponsorship deal with helmet manufacturer Xenith.

Despite the civil lawsuit against him, Brown hasn’t been placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, which means he’s still eligible to play in the upcoming Patriots-Dolphins matchup. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hasn’t said whether the wide reciever will take to the field however, telling reporters in a press conference on Friday, “I’m not going to hand out a copy of the game plan here.”

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Bradshaw, 71, won four Super Bowls for the Steelers during a six-year period in the ’70s and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. He played alongside wide receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, who were both inducted into the Canton, Ohio, hall of fame.

The former quarterback knows what’s important to fans and players: winning.

“Winning football games is all about the team and all about players caring about one another and everybody pulling together, not pulling apart,” Bradshaw said. “You can’t have Antonio Brown for all the greatness that they are, do you want the baggage that goes with that crap? I wouldn’t.”

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“I wish the heck they would have gotten rid of him a long time ago,” he added.

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Felicity Huffman asks to spend 14-day sentence in cushy prison close to her LA home

Felicity Huffman was sentenced to two weeks in prison on Friday after pleading guilty for her role in the college admissions scandal and now her lawyers are working on where she will serve time.

Martin Murphy, one of the lawyers who reps Huffman, asked Judge Indira Talwani to recommend the Emmy-winner serve at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, which is 30 miles from Oakland.

“It’s the closest to Ms. Huffman’s residence [in Los Angeles],” he said in court on Friday.

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FCI Dublin is exclusively a women’s minimum-security prison and houses 1,235 inmates.

If Huffman were to be sentenced there, the 56-year-old would have to wear a khaki uniform and make her bed by 6:30 a.m, according to the inmate handbook.

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Her day would end at lights out at 10 p.m. but her family — husband William H. Macy and two daughters — could visit her on Saturdays and Sundays.

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The handbook also details about “visitors may bring a maximum of $35.00 per adult” but the cash can only be used for the vending machine in the visitors’ room and not given to the inmate.

Forbes magazine called FCI Dublin one of the “10 cushiest prisons” in America because of it’s location and weather.

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Felicity Huffman leaves federal court with her husband, William H. Macy, on Friday.  (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The inmates also get to watch movies on weekdays at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m, play board games and partake in fitness activities.

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The prison has famously housed Patty Hearst, daughter of publisher William Randolph Hearst, who helped a terrorist group rob a bank in the ’70s, and Sarah Jane Moore, who attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford.

Huffman must surrender herself on October 25.

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Former New Mexico priest, 81, sentenced to 30 years for sex abuse of altar boy

A former Roman Catholic priest who fled the country decades ago was sentenced Friday in New Mexico to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans‘ cemetery and military base.

In ordering the sentence, U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez said it was the worst case of child sex abuse she has handled over the course of 26 years.

At one point, the judge demanded that 81-year-old defendant Arthur Perrault look a woman in the eyes as she testified about being abused by him.

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This 1989 file photo shows Father Arthur Perrault in Albuquerque, N.M. The former Roman Catholic priest found guilty of aggravated sexual abuse in New Mexico is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Santa Fe. (The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

The judge also condemned Perrault for only being concerned about his sexual needs.

“You chose as a profession the life of being a priest. It was supposed to be your job to help, not destroy,” she said.

Prosecutors had asked the judge for special consideration of a life sentence for Perrault, once a pastor at an Albuquerque parish and a chaplain at Kirtland Air Force Base.

He was convicted in April of six counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact with a minor under 12.

“It is a long sentence but certainly a fitting one given the length of his conduct and devastating impact,” U.S. Attorney John Anderson said.

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Perrault pleaded not guilty after he was returned to the U.S. from Morocco in 2017 and maintained his innocence at the sentencing. His defense team plans to file an appeal.

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The abuse counts stemmed from the treatment of one boy at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque and at Santa Fe National Cemetery. The two sites are within federal jurisdiction, which allowed U.S. authorities to file charges with no statute of limitations.

Several people who were not involved in the specific charges were allowed Friday to recount abuse by Perrault and describe their emotional and mental anguish.

Elaine Montoya said her first kiss came from Perrault at the start of a two-year sexual relationship.

“He had convinced me that it was normal … a gift from God,” she told the court.

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Charles Starzynski said his first sexual experience was with Perrault instead of any of the girls he liked. He called the former priest a con man concerned only with his image of sophistication.

“You’re just a jerk,” he said.

In his only comments, Perrault said he had not made initial eye contact with the people who testified because he is hard of hearing and was watching a computer to read transcriptions of what was being said.

He declined several opportunities to make other remarks.

Authorities say their decades-long pursuit of Perrault led them to Morocco — a country that does not have an extradition treaty with the United States — and showed how far they were willing to go to seek justice.

Perrault was in jail at the time and Moroccan officials decided to honor an arrest warrant presented by U.S. authorities.

Perrault is among more than 70 clergy members identified by the Santa Fe Archdiocese as credibly accused of abusing children in New Mexico.

The archdiocese is in bankruptcy proceedings as a result of the abuse scandal.

Perrault first arrived in New Mexico in the 1960s after church officials in Connecticut sent him to a center that treated priests accused of abuse. Located in the Jemez Mountains north of Albuquerque, the facility was operated by the Servants of the Paraclete religious order.

Prosecutors wrote in a recent court filing that they had tried Perrault on a “small fraction” of his crimes, saying he had many more victims. At trial, several men testified that he abused them as children in his car, a church rectory and other locations.

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The victim at the center of the prosecutors’ case said Perrault took him on excursions to amusement parks and to the military base in Albuquerque and had touched him inappropriately as many as 100 times starting when he was 10.

The abuse ended in 1992, the year Perrault left the state. An attorney had been preparing two lawsuits at the time against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging Perrault had sexually assaulted seven children.

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Drones Strike Big Saudi Oil Centers, and Houthis Claim Responsibility

Drone attacks set two major oil processing centers ablaze in Saudi Arabia on Saturday and the Houthi faction in Yemen claimed responsibility, in one of the most dramatic strikes on the kingdom since the war in Yemen began four and a half years ago.

It was not clear how badly damaged the facilities were, but such strikes have the potential to disrupt world oil supplies. Between them, the two centers can process 8.45 million barrels of crude oil a day, amounting to the vast majority of the production in Saudi Arabia, which produces almost one-tenth of the world’s crude oil.

The attacks signaled a clear escalation in the ability of the Houthis, who are supported by Iran, to strike at Saudi Arabia, their enemy in Yemen’s civil war. The attacks hit deeper into Saudi territory than previous strikes, reaching targets some 500 miles from Yemen, and the Houthis claimed to have used 10 drones in the operation, which they said was one of the largest aerial operations they have carried out.

Iran has supplied drone technology to the Houthis fighting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, a panel of experts reported in January 2018 to the United Nations Security Council.

United Nations investigators say the Houthis have since obtained a more advanced drone than those cited in that report, with a range of 930 miles, The Associated Press reported.

The Houthis have attacked Saudi infrastructure before, primarily hitting less vital targets with missiles that had much shorter ranges.

A former senior executive of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil giant, said the company had enough reserves to keep world supplies steady if the plants were shut down for a few days, but a long disruption would be another matter.

While there were no reports of casualties, the attacks struck at the core of the Saudi economy. They came just as Aramco accelerated plans for what could be the largest initial public offering of stock in the world, an event closely watched by investors globally.

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Saudi Arabia thought a bombing campaign would quickly crush its enemies in Yemen. But three years later, the Houthis refuse to give up, even as 14 million people face starvation.

The Saudi interior ministry reported fires at the two processing centers, in Abqaiq and Khurais, before dawn on Saturday, and later said they had been attacked with drones. In a statement, the ministry said both fires had been “controlled and contained,” the Saudi-owned news network Al Arabiya reported, but gave no further detail.

A Houthi spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare’e, said in a statement broadcast by Al-Masirah, the faction’s news organization, that the group’s forces “carried out a massive offensive operation of 10 drones targeting Abqaiq and Khurais refineries.”

The Houthis — supported by Iran, the kingdom’s chief foe in the region — have tried to take the fight to Saudi Arabia before, though their efforts have been pinpricks compared to the devastation in Yemen.

The war in Yemen began in 2015, when Houthi rebels ousted the established government from most of the country. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with some support from the United States, then entered the fighting to push the Houthis back.

The conflict has killed thousands of civilians — many of them in Saudi airstrikes using American-made weapons — while grinding to a stalemate. It has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, put millions of people at risk of starvation and left millions of others homeless.

In a report presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva this week, a panel of experts said both sides in the conflict were committing horrific human rights abuses including arbitrary killings, rape and torture, with impunity. The atrocities underscored the collective failure of the international community, the panel said.

After a period of relative calm, following a cease-fire brokered late last year, tensions have escalated again in recent months. Houthi forces attacked Saudi pipelines and other oil infrastructure in May, temporarily halting the flow of crude oil, and in June they struck an airport in Saudi Arabia, wounding dozens of people.

In July, in a major blow to the Saudi-led coalition, the United Arab Emirates, which had been providing arms, money and, crucially, ground troops in Yemen, announced a rapid pullout from a conflict that had become too costly. The move left diplomats and analysts wondering whether Saudi Arabia would continue the war on its own.

Although the Trump administration has been a vocal supporter of Saudi efforts to deter Iran and its allies in the region, congressional opposition to the sale of arms and the deployment of extra troops in Saudi Arabia has limited the scope of support from the United States.

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Tom Hanks fanboys over Jennifer Lopez and meeting the ‘Hustlers’ cast

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Tom Hanks has worked with and met some of the biggest names in Hollywood over his decades-long acting career.

But apparently there are still people he fangirls over.

At the Toronto Film Festival, the 63-year-old Oscar winner met Jennifer Lopez and the rest of the cast of “Hustlers” and couldn’t help but be ecstatic by the moment.

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While at the Variety Studio, Hanks waved at Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Constance Wu and director Lorene Scafaria, then rushed over to take a photo with them.

“Listen, I don’t have on any lip gloss. Am I allowed to stand over there?” he asked.

He greeted each woman with a kiss on the cheek before posing with them.

“The only thing I’ve heard about your movie is that it could use a little Tom Hanks,” he joked.

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Hanks was in town to promote his Mister Rogers film, “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.”

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Florida man says he smashed car windows because ‘Trump owes me 1 trillion dollars’

A homeless Florida went on a vandalism spree smashing the windows of at least 20 cars parked at a hotel in Fort Walton Beach, claiming President Trump owes him money.

Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies arrested Justin James Wilson, 30, on Monday after allegedly using rocks and a belt buckle to smash windows and beat cars parked at a Holiday Inn Resort. He caused at least $30,000 in damage.

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Wilson admitted to breaking the windows, saying: “Take me to jail. I did it because Donald Trump owes me one trillion dollars and these vehicles belong to the mafia.” (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

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“Responding deputies found Wilson in front of the business, passed out on a bench,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post.

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Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies arrested 30-year-old Justin James Wilson on Monday after allegedly using rocks and a belt buckle to smash windows and beat cars parked at a Holiday Inn Resort. (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

When questioned by authorities, Wilson admitted to breaking the windows, saying: “Take me to jail. I did it because Donald Trump owes me one trillion dollars and these vehicles belong to the mafia.”

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Justin James Wilson, 30, is accused of smashing at least 20 vehicles, saying he did it because President Trump owed him money. (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

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Wilson faces 14 counts of felony criminal mischief and 6 counts misdemeanor criminal mischief.

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