9 things to know today_ april 14 – news – holland sentinel – holland, mi

Entire 2016 field descends on New York City ahead of primary NEW YORK — New York’s matzo factories and diners will take a backseat to the debate stage and talk show circuit as the entire presidential field — two Democrats and three Republicans — descends on the nation’s largest city. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will hold their first debate in more than a month, a showdown Thursday in Brooklyn that comes at a tense moment in the Democratic primary. Republicans Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich will each speak at a state GOP gala before the latter two candidates make appearances on the late night shows. While the White House hopefuls have been blanketing New York state for several days, holding rallies and mingling at local hangouts, Thursday’s events are among the last high-profile opportunities they’ll have to appeal to voters. Front-runners Clinton and Trump hope the state can propel them past stubborn challengers and into the general election. Preference polls show Clinton and Trump leading their respective contests heading into Tuesday’s primary, an edge New York billionaire John Catsimatidis attributes to their local ties. “I favor them both, as New Yorkers,” said Catsimatidis, a grocery chain owner who hosts a weekly radio show. ___ Trump visit roils town still healing from Latino’s killing PATCHOGUE, N. Y. — By all accounts, tensions between Latino newcomers and whites have eased in the nearly eight years since a vicious hate-crime stabbing left an Ecuadorean immigrant dead. Enter Donald Trump. Trump’s planned appearance at a GOP fundraiser on Thursday just blocks from the site of the attack has ignited protests from Latinos, who fear the billionaire’s tough talk against immigrants could open old wounds and undo the progress that’s been made in the Long Island community. “If he comes, there might be a toxic environment again. Maybe something bad happens,” said 23-year-old Jocelyn Fajardo, who was born in New York City to Ecuadorean parents. “Trump puts U. S. people against us, Latinos. He divides people.” Joselo Lucero, whose brother was killed in the 2008 attack, says Patchogue is the wrong place for Trump to visit. “My community has suffered so much discrimination.” ___ US reveals joint patrols in South China Sea with Philippines MANILA, Philippines — The United States on Thursday revealed for the first time that American ships have started conducting joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a somewhat rare move not done with many other partners in the region. At the same time, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced at a joint news conference with Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmi that the United States will be keeping nearly 300 troops, including Air Force commandos armed with combat aircraft and helicopters, in the Philippines through the end of the month. It’s part of a military build-up sure to inflame tensions with Beijing in the South China Sea.

Page 2 of 4 – The U. S. will also begin sending forces on increased rotations into the Philippines, it was disclosed, to beef up training and to support increased military operations in the region. Speaking in the guest house of the presidential complex, Carter said the U. S. military moves are not meant to provoke anyone, but instead said “we’re trying to tamp down tensions here..” But Gazmin said he expects that the U. S. forces, “with their presence here, will deter uncalled-for actions by the Chinese.” ___ Conservative lawmakers drive backlash against LGBT rights COLUMBIA, S. C. — Year after year, South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright has watched as gays won more rights through legislation and the courts. And as he sees proposals elsewhere in the U. S. aimed at allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that conforms to their identity, he says plenty of people feel just like he does. “I’ve about had just about enough of this. Years ago, we kept talking about tolerance, tolerance and tolerance. And now they want men who claim to be women to go in the bathroom with children,” said Bright, who has proposed a bill to keep transgender people in restrooms conforming to their sex at birth. Bright’s proposal is part of a backlash by lawmakers across the historically conservative South who have passed laws that LGBT groups say roll back their rights. Mississippi’s governor signed a law that allows businesses to refuse services to gays; Georgia’s governor vetoed a similar bill passed by lawmakers. North Carolina’s governor signed a law that says transgender people can’t use the restroom that conforms to their identity — which inspired Bright’s bill — and also says local governments can’t enact their own anti-discrimination ordinances. Tennessee has passed a bill that allows counselors to refuse to treat LGBT people, and lawmakers there also are considering a bill aimed at restricting which public bathrooms transgender people can use. However, they’ve found opponents where they might have once found allies. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Bright’s proposal was unnecessary. Corporate leaders by the dozen, most with global reach, have been pressuring the same conservatives who lured their companies. ___ Rising N. Korea gas prices put pinch on traffic in capital PYONGYANG, North Korea — Pyongyang drivers are feeling some pain at the pump as rising gas prices put a pinch on what has been major traffic growth over the past few years — and that might not be good news for the isolated country’s shifting domestic economy. An Associated Press review shows that after staying flat until the beginning of the year and then dropping through at least part of February, gas prices rose about 14 percent in March and remained at that level in early April.

Page 3 of 4 – The hikes come as North Korea is facing tougher international sanctions over its nuclear program and could have the trickle-down effect of putting a damper on what has been a significant rise in entrepreneurial activities in North Korea’s nascent market economy. The Associated Press has tracked gas prices in the capital every month since September. The survey was limited, sometimes just one gas-station stop per month, but official prices in Pyongyang are relatively uniform. North Korean officials don’t discuss such things openly, so it is difficult to say conclusively why the gas prices have gone up. ___ Thieves targeting California almonds, walnuts FRESNO, Calif. — International crime rings targeting California’s booming agriculture industry are increasingly stealing truckloads of high-value nuts, prompting authorities and the firms falling victim to ramp up efforts to break the spree costing millions. The sophisticated organizations in many cases use high-tech tactics, hacking into trucking companies to steal their identity. Armed with false shipping papers, they pose as legitimate truckers, driving off with loads of nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pistachios valued at $150,000, and some worth $500,000 each. Days later, when a shipment fails to arrive to its intended destination, the nuts may already be in another state or on a ship destined for Europe or Asia, where they fetch top dollar on the black market, authorities say. Last year, nut thefts hit an all-time high in California — with losses totaling $4.6 million from 31 reported cases, more than the three previous years combined, according to CargoNet, an alliance of cargo shipping firms and law enforcement agencies aimed at preventing losses. Losses for all four years combined were nearly $7.6 million, the group reports. ___ Non-Canadians not eligible for assisted suicide TORONTO — Canada’s new assisted suicide law to be announced on Thursday will exclude non-Canadians, which means Americans won’t be able to travel to Canada to die. A senior government official told The Associated Press late Wednesday the new law will exclude non-Canadians, precluding the prospect of suicide tourism from the U. S. and elsewhere. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details ahead of the Thursday morning announcement. The law will also will exclude those who experience mental illness or psychiatric conditions. It will also ban advance consent. That is, it won’t allow requests to end one’s life in the future. The Supreme Court last year struck down laws that bar doctors from helping someone die, but put the ruling on hold while the government came up with a new law. New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government asked for a four month extension to come up with the new law. Canada’s justice minister is due to announce details on Thursday.

Page 4 of 4 – Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Colombia, Japan and in the U. S. states of Washington, Oregon, Vermont, New Mexico and Montana. The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg allow doctors, under strict conditions, to euthanize patients whose medical conditions have been judged hopeless and who are in great pain. ___ China’s live-streaming sites offer chance to gain cash, fame BEIJING — China’s live-streaming sites have become a burgeoning cottage industry, offering money-making opportunities and even stardom to their mostly female hosts and an entertaining new alternative for millions of viewers to online dramas and stodgy state-controlled TV. Zhang Qige, a 23-year-old woman who plays computer games and chats on her webcam, attracts hundreds of thousands of real-time viewers at once. She has more than 2 million subscribers on the website Douyu TV and an average viewership of 400,000 for each nightly show. “They like me chatting with them,” explained Zhang, who says she earns more than 1 million yuan a year ($150,000) from her performances. “They feel like I’m talking to them face to face.” The proliferation of such shows and sites demonstrate the entrepreneurial drive of young Chinese as well as the financial potential of social media in the country, which has 668 million people online — the world’s largest. But their popularity also reflects the loneliness of Chinese urban life as well as the growing surplus of single men, blamed in part on the country’s former one-child policy. ___ What a night! Golden State wins 73, Kobe scores 60 in finale The stars did not disappoint. And the most-celebrated closing night in NBA regular-season history not only lived up to expectations, it might have exceeded them with a pair of performances that will be talked about for years to come. Golden State became the first team to win 73 games in a season, Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 46 points and topped the 400 3-pointer mark to cap what will almost certainly be his second straight MVP campaign. Kobe Bryant’s career with the Los Angeles Lakers ended in most surprising fashion — a 60-point game, the first time he’s gotten to that plateau since 2009. “I think this has been an amazing day for sports fans, basketball fans in particular,” Bryant said as he wore his Lakers’ uniform about an hour after the game, not quite willing to take it off for the final time. “It’s been a great day with them setting such an unbelievable record — you think about that, 73 wins, that’s ridiculous. And then obviously what happened here tonight, it’s been a great night in basketball history.” That most everyone can agree on, including President Barack Obama, Michael Jordan and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.