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GOP's Rubio says 'Minecraft' can prepare kids for future

ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Thursday that the popular "Minecraft" video game is a good example of how to prepare young people for the new economy.

The Florida senator visited the Lamp Post Group, a startup incubator in Chattanooga, to discuss his plans for promoting innovation. Rubio said a key part of that is for the government to avoid new regulations and to roll back existing ones that can serve as barriers to entry.

"What we're facing is not an economic downturn, it's a massive transformation," Rubio said. "The longer we wait, the more opportunities are going to leave us behind, and eventually the future leaves us behind."

It's the latest in a series of meetings that the 44-year-old candidate has held with entrepreneurs to tout his credentials as the candidate who understands both the traditional and new economies.

"Convincing people that this is a generational choice — where we have entered a new era of human history and you need to be led by people who understand it — is important," Rubio said.

Chattanooga promotes itself as the Gig City because of the super-fast broadband that is available throughout the service area of its electric utility.

Rubio met with several entrepreneurs, including moving service Bellhops, which coordinates the logistics of managing thousands of college student contractors around the country; image digitizer Southtree; and Torch, the makers of a Wi-Fi router designed to give parents more control over their children's online behavior.

Rubio said his limited-government philosophy translates well to tech-savvy young people who have come to rely on innovations like online ride-sharing service Uber instead of traditional taxis.

"Virtually every traditional economic business model is today endangered by innovation," Rubio said. "Our job is to make sure that we don't do anything in government to stop that creative destruction."

As president, Rubio said he would change the education system to focus on more real-world skills.

Rubio said children playing "Minecraft" don't even realize they are learning elements of computer skills they may use later in life.

"Minecraft" allows players to explore and create virtual worlds built from blocky 3-D objects. Microsoft acquired its developer, Mojang, for $2.5 billion last year.

"If you play 'Minecraft,' you're basically writing code when you're converting a hammer into a pickax," Rubio said. "Kids might not realize they're coding, but that's going to be almost a basic proficiency just because of the way they grew up."

Weston Wamp, a co-founder of the Lamp Post Group who has twice run for Congress, told Rubio he was impressed by his comments.

"We just hope you know what an advantage it is as a 44-year-old candidate for president that you know what 'Minecraft' is," Wamp said. "That's the proof you can bridge that gap."

La Pine residents told to boil water as precaution
LA PINE, Ore. (AP) -- Residents of La Pine are being advised to boil their water as a precaution after a vehicle hit a fire hydrant, causing a break on the water main.

Officials said Thursday that the advisory is expected to last at least two days.

City workers are testing the water to determine whether contaminants infiltrated the water supply.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office says people who get their water from the City of La Pine should boil water for at least one minute and allow it to cool before drinking, brushing teeth, preparing food and baby formula, making ice and cleaning counters.

3 California deputies arrested; inmate died of blunt trauma

In this photo taken, Wednesday Sept. 2, 2015, pedestrians walk past the Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose, Calif. (Karl Mondon(/San Jose Mercury News via AP)

MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press
KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Three Northern California jail guards have been arrested after an inmate under their watch was found dead of multiple blunt trauma, authorities said Thursday.

Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. James Jensen said the deputies — Rafael Rodriguez, 27, Jereh Lubrin, 28, and Matthew Farris, 27 — remain in custody without bail.

Medical Examiner Dr. Joseph O'Hara said that Michael James Pipkin Tyree, 31, died of multiple blunt force injuries, "visceral lacerations" and internal bleeding.

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, her voice breaking and eyes tearing up, apologized Thursday to Tyree's family and said "the disappointment and disgust I feel cannot be overstated." She was flanked by 18 uniformed officers, and at least another dozen members of her agency in plain clothes attended a news conference.

She said the three officers, who she called "accused murderers," were treated as anyone else as they were handcuffed, booked and locked in protective custody in the same jail where Tyree was killed. They've since been transferred to an unnamed facility for their own protection, she said.

Exactly what happened leading up to Tyree's death remains murky.

Last Thursday, Tyree and other inmates in his jail wing were securely locked in their cells when the beating apparently took place. Smith refused to provide details but said the three officers were conducting a routine clothing search and left the wing.

She said about an hour later one officer re-entered the cell and issued a "man down" call. Tyree, naked and covered in feces and vomit, was declared dead by responding paramedics.

Smith said she apologized directly to two of Tyree's sisters earlier Thursday, and repeated her "profound sorrow" over his death.

Smith said the day after Tyree was declared dead, the guards — who had begun working their regular shift — were removed from duty, stripped of their weapons, uniforms and peace officer status. It took several more days for them to be arrested.

They currently are on unpaid administrative leave, Smith said.

Attorney Paula Canny, representing Tyree's family, commended the sheriff for an "extraordinary" response.

"This could have been dragged out," Canny said.

Canny urged community members to think about "how we, as a system, treat mentally ill people" and said she hopes the district attorney will bring the officers to justice.

Raj Jayadev, director of local civil rights organization Silicon Valley De-Bug which works to support families of people in the criminal justice system, said he hopes there are investigations into other abuse complaints at the county jail.

His organization has heard frequent claims, he said, but filing complaints is challenging because it can put inmates at additional risk.

He said he's hopefully Smith was sincere in her commitment to fully investigate.

Attempts to reach relatives of the deputies were unsuccessful Thursday.

Tyree was homeless and awaiting to be transferred to a mental-health facility when he died. He was serving a 5-day sentence on a petty theft charge.

A former girlfriend told the San Jose Mercury news that Tyree had hoped for a life of peace and tried, although unsuccessfully, to keep his bipolar disorder in check.

Lindsay Solomon, who dated Tyree when she was a teenager in Coral Springs, Florida, told the paper he could get "very agitated and agitate someone else. I could see it escalating."

"But if you're a police officer, or a guard, you should have better judgment than that," she told the newspaper.

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Associated Press and Sudhin Thanawala in San Francisco contributed to this report.

Medford fire holding spanish CPR class
By Justin Matthews/KTVL.com

MEDFORD, Ore.- Medford Fire Rescue will be holding a CPR course for the first time, in Spanish.
   
The course will teach lifesaving skills for adults, children, and infants.
   
People who take the class will also be taught how to use an automated external defibrillator, or A.E.D.

"We saw this as an opportunity for us to engage the community in another level so taking that into consideration we're using a platform that we already have with community-offered CPR classes, just to add this layer to that," said Battalion Chief Tom McGowan.

You can enroll in the Spanish CPR classes by calling Medford Parks and Recreation: (541) 774-2400.
   
The class is one day and takes about three to four hours to complete.

Army suspends operations at labs due to anthrax probe

In this Aug. 10, 2011, file photo, biohazard suits hang in a Biosafety Level 4 laboratory at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary John McHugh has suspended operations at four Defense Department laboratories that handle biological toxins, as the military scrambles to explain and correct problems that led to the accidental shipment of live anthrax to dozens of other labs around the country and the world.

In a memo Thursday, McHugh also ordered a safety stand-down and directed a broad review at nine department labs involved in the production, shipment or handling of biological toxins. He also ordered a report on the reviews within the next 10 days.

The nine labs under review in the U.S. are in Ohio, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia and Utah. Others are in Egypt and Peru.

His order expands the initial moratorium announced in July, which suspended activities with anthrax. And he directs the labs to review all their training on safety procedures, maintenance on equipment, record-keeping, and standard practices for the handling of the toxins.

"Prior to resuming the activities prohibited above, laboratories must seek and receive my approval," McHugh said in his memo. "I understand that these measures will affect ongoing research activities, and I expect to grant waivers in appropriate circumstances."

The moratorium was first reported by USA Today.

According to the Pentagon, samples of live anthrax from the Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah were shipped to 194 labs, including facilities in all 50 states and nine countries. Anthrax from the Dugway batches was initially sent to 88 labs in the U.S. and seven countries, but some labs sent anthrax on to other secondary facilities.

No illnesses have been reported, although more than 30 Americans — including some who work for the military — have taken medication as a precaution.

Dugway works with biological and chemical agents, and is the military facility that produces the largest amount of anthrax shipped to other labs for research.

Medical technicians are supposed to kill the anthrax bacteria with gamma rays, and then test samples from the lots to make sure the radiation succeeded in killing them. Investigators believe they were trying to kill too much at a time, and then doing inadequate testing afterward.

The problem came to light in May when a private commercial lab in Maryland tested a shipment from Dugway and found live bacteria.

According to McHugh's orders, the four labs affected by the moratorium are: Dugway Proving Ground Life Sciences Test Facility in Utah and three facilities in Maryland: Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, and the Naval Medical Research Center.

The nine facilities ordered to conduct safety reviews, some of which include the labs undergoing a moratorium, are Dugway Proving Ground, Utah; 711th Personnel Wing, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Maryland; U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 3 in Egypt; U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 6 in Peru; U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts; Naval Medical Research Center, Fort Detrick, Maryland; Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Virginia; U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Frederick, Maryland.

Kraft Heinz expands Kraft Singles recall

(MGN Online Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kraft Heinz is expanding a recall of Kraft Singles products, saying a problem with the packaging film affects 10 times as many cases as it first thought.

The company recalled 335,000 cases Thursday because a thin strip of packaging film may stick to the slice after the wrapper has been taken off, creating a choking hazard. Kraft Heinz recalled 36,000 cases on July 31 for the same reason.

The privately held company said it's received two new reports of customers choking. It disclosed three such reports in July, and said it had received seven other complaints about the packaging.

The recall covers 1-, 3- and 4-pound Kraft Singles American and White American cheese product with "Best When Used by Dates" ranging from Dec. 12 to March 2. The products were sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and 10 other countries and territories: Anguilla, the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, South Korea, St. Lucia, and the British Virgin Islands.

The July recall only covered products shipped to retailers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Grand Cayman with "Best By" dates of Dec. 29 to Jan. 4.

Kraft Heinz Co. said consumers should return the product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

The combination of Heinz and Kraft became official in July. The deal was engineered by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital.

Judge sides with Brady on 'Deflategate,' NFL appeals

 In this July 30, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots fans wait for practice to complete, while standing behind a sign supporting quarterback Tom Brady, during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press
TOM HAYS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady learned Thursday he will start the season on the field after a judge lifted the league's four-game suspension of the star quarterback for a scandal over deflated footballs, saying he was treated unfairly by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league quickly appealed.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman criticized Goodell for dispensing "his own brand of industrial justice" as he found multiple reasons to reject the suspension one week before New England's Sept. 10 opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Super Bowl MVP has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season's AFC championship game, a 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts.

The judge cited "several significant legal deficiencies" in the league's handling of the controversy, including no advance notice of potential penalties, a refusal to produce a key witness and the apparent first-ever discipline of a player based on a finding of "general awareness" of someone else's wrongdoing.

"Because there was no notice of a four-game suspension in the circumstances presented here, Commissioner Goodell may be said to have 'dispensed his own brand of industrial justice,'" Berman wrote, partially citing wording from a previous case.

He said a player's right to know what constitutes violations and what penalties are was "at the heart" of the collective bargaining agreement "and, for that matter, of our criminal and civil justice systems."

"The court finds that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others," the judge wrote.

Goodell said it was necessary to appeal "to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game."

He called the need to secure the game's competitive fairness "a paramount principle."

Hours after Goodell issued his statement, the league appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan with a one-page notice from NFL attorney Daniel Nash.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league would not seek an emergency stay, freeing Brady to play while the case is appealed. It could be months before the court considers the case, since the league would have to show it would suffer irreparable harm to speed up the timetable.

Goodell will also skip the Steelers-Patriots opener next week, opting instead to watch the game on TV and attend another opener over the weekend, McCarthy said. McCarthy said Goodell wants the focus to be on the game itself and New England's celebration of its Super Bowl win.

The union's executive director, DeMaurice Smith, said in a statement the ruling proves the contract with the NFL doesn't grant Goodell "the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading."

Patriots owner Robert Kraft called Brady a "classy person of the highest integrity" and the penalty against him "unwarranted and unprecedented discipline." He said the ruling was thoughtful.

Berman said the league was wrong to discipline Brady as if a deflating ball accusation was equal to using performance enhancing drugs.

Brady was also denied equal access to investigative files, including witness interview notes, and wasn't permitted to question one of two lead investigators, the judge said.

The Patriots, who were fined $1 million and stripped of two draft picks, posted a celebratory photo on Twitter of Brady pumping his fist and screaming at the Super Bowl last season.

The ruling was a surprise to some legal experts who believed Berman was merely pressuring the league to settle at two hearings when he criticized its handling of the investigation over the last eight months.

The league brought the case to court within minutes of Goodell upholding Brady's suspension, blasting the quarterback for arranging the destruction of his cellphone and its nearly 10,000 messages just before he was interviewed for the NFL probe. The union countersued.

The league spent more than $3 million for its investigation by prominent attorney Ted Wells, who had previously conducted NFL probes. While Wells' 243-page report found it was "more probable than not" that two Patriots ball handling employees deliberately released air from Patriots game balls at the AFC championship game, it cited no direct evidence that Brady knew about or authorized it.

Goodell, though, went "far beyond" Wells' report, Berman said, finding in late July that Brady conspired with the ball handlers and tried to obstruct the league's probe, including by destroying his cellphone.

The commissioner said he concluded Brady "knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements and rewards" to ensure balls were deflated.

Berman attacked the league while questioning one of its lawyers at two hearings. He had repeatedly urged both sides to settle and tone down rhetoric. At a hearing Monday attended by Brady and Goodell, the judge announced that both sides had "tried quite hard" unsuccessfully to reach a deal.

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