Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished

ISTANBUL (AP) — A man who previously traveled with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage to the United States entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul just before writer Jamal Khashoggi vanished there, according to images published Thursday by a pro-government Turkish newspaper.

The Sabah newspaper’s report showed the man also later outside the Saudi consul general’s home, checking out of a Turkish hotel as a large suitcase stood by his side, and leaving Turkey on Oct. 2.

The report came as Turkish crime-scene investigators finished an overnight search of both the consul general’s residence and a second search of the consulate itself amid Ankara’s fears that Saudi authorities had Khashoggi killed and dismembered inside the diplomatic mission in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia, which initially called the allegations “baseless,” has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press over recent days, including on Thursday.

The Sabah report showed the man walking past police barricades at the consulate at 9:55 a.m. with several men trailing behind him. Khashoggi arrived at the consulate several hours later at 1:14 p.m., then disappeared while his fiancée waited outside for him.

|2018-10-18T14:38:05+00:00October 18th, 2018|Addressees: , , , |

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses.

The question now is whether a smaller version of the company that once towered over the American retail landscape can remain viable or whether the iconic brand will be forced out of business.

Sears, which started as a mail order catalog in the 1880s, has been on a slow march toward extinction as it lagged far behind its peers and incurred huge losses over the years.

“This is a company that in the 1950s stood like a colossus over the American retail landscape,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consultancy. “Hopefully, a smaller new Sears will be healthier.”

Others don’t share Johnson’s optimism.

“That a storied retailer, once at the pinnacle of the industry, should collapse in such a shabby state of disarray is both terrible and scandalous in equal measure,” said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, in a note published Monday. “In our view, too much rot has set in at Sears to make it viable business.”

|2018-10-15T15:11:15+00:00October 15th, 2018|Addressees: , , , |

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

WASHINGTON (AP) — Live from the Oval Office, it’s Kanye West with a jaw-dropping performance.

The rapper didn’t rap. But, seated across from President Donald Trump at the Resolute Desk, the musician delivered a rambling, multipart monologue Thursday that touched on social issues, hydrogen planes, mental health, endorsement deals, politics and oh so much more.

Seizing the spotlight from the typically center-stage president, West dropped the F-word, floated policy proposals — and went in for a hug.

“They tried to scare me to not wear this hat,” West said of his red “Make America Great Again” cap. But, he said, “This hat, it gives me power in a way.”

“You made a Superman cape for me,” he told Trump.

It was a surreal scene even by the standards of a nonconventional White House. The unlikely allies spoke to reporters before a closed-door lunch that had been billed as a forum to discuss policy issues including manufacturing, gangs, prison reform and violence in Chicago, where West grew up. Spectators at the show included Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, former NFL star Jim Brown, the attorney for a gang leader serving time in federal prison, and a gaggle of reporters.

|2018-10-12T14:55:09+00:00October 12th, 2018|Addressees: , , , |

Have You Seen This? Spider vs. spider fight is terrifying

THE SCARY WEB — For those who have read my “Have You Seen This?” articles in the past, you’re well aware that I’m afraid of a lot of things. Like a lot. Bears are at the top of the list, but sharks, the ocean, snakes, failure and, of course, bears are also on the list. I know I mentioned bears twice, that was not a mistake.

Strangely enough, spiders are not on that list. I have a tough time being afraid of something that I could neutralize by squashing my fingers together. This video, however, has changed my mind. Spiders are eight-legged nightmares built specifically to terrify us.

The video shows an orb-weaver spider catching what the video poster calls two wolf spiders in its web. The orb-weaver immobilizes them in her web and wraps them up and saves them for later. It’s almost hard to watch as the orb-weaver basically paralyzes and then encapsulates the other two spiders with the web. It all happens so fast it’s hard to believe.

Some commenters say these aren’t wolf spiders but rather garden spiders. Other commenters mentioned that wolf spiders are ground dwellers and would never fall into a web like this, and they accuse the person who shot the video of placing these spiders in the web just to make the video.

I graduated in communications, barely, so I have no idea what’s true and what’s not. All I really know is that this video is horrifying and will haunt my dreams for the rest of time. What this spider is capable of is terrifying and incredibly impressive. Watch at your own risk.

|2018-10-11T15:03:47+00:00October 11th, 2018|Addressees: , , , |

Testing 10/11/2018

NORTH SALT LAKE — A FrontRunner train hit a minivan Thursday morning, emergency dispatchers confirmed.

The train hit the vehicle on tracks crossing Center Street in North Salt Lake. The driver of the minivan sustained minor injuries, and none of the train passengers were injured, according to a tweet from South Davis Metro Fire.

The collision caused significant delays, and there is now a bus bridge between Woods Cross and North Temple. Commuters should expect delays of at least 30 minutes on the next northbound train from Woods Cross and the next southbound train from Salt Lake Central.

|2018-10-11T14:56:26+00:00October 11th, 2018|Addressees: , , , |