ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ following star’s racist tweet

NEW YORK — ABC has cancelled its hit reboot of “Roseanne” following her racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey says the comment “is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel the show.” The “Roseanne” revival this spring was an unexpected major hit for ABC. It was particularly popular among many conservative viewers because Barr’s character expressed support for President Donald Trump. Barr’s tweet suggested that Jarrett is a product of the Muslim brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.” She later apologized “for making a bad joke.” …read more Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News… Read More

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US report: Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya persists in Myanmar

WASHINGTON — Ethnic cleansing targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has not stopped despite growing condemnation from the international community, the Trump administration said Tuesday. In November, the United States declared that violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state constituted ethnic cleansing, and the U.S. later imposed sanctions. Ambassador Sam Brownback, the U.S. envoy for global religious freedom, said the violence is continuing. “I don’t think we’ve seen progress there in that country,” Brownback said as he unveiled the State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom. The report estimates that about 680,000 people fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh to escape the violence. Rather than changing course, Brownback said, Myanmar… Read More

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‘God helped me’: French ‘Spider-Man’ saves dangling child after heroic climb

SALT LAKE CITY — Video of a man rescuing a 4-year-old child in France went viral Monday. Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama climbed four floors of banisters outside an apartment building in Paris to rescue the dangling child, who was hanging off one of the balconies. Mamoudou Gassama, the 22-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mali who scaled four stories to rescue a child hanging from a balcony in Paris on Saturday, has been given a medal of courage from French president Macron and will be awarded French citizenship. pic.twitter.com/oQiszSBHuc — Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 28, 2018 The child’s father was out playing Pokemon Go at the time of the incident, CNN reported.… Read More

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A.M. notes: Josh Holt returns home; Tornado forms in Utah; North Korean official headed to the U.S.

Here’s a look at the news for May 29. MUST-READ NEWS THIS MORNING: Josh Holt returns home Utahn Josh Holt returned home to Riverton Monday after spending two years in a Venezuelan prison on reportedly false charges, according to the Deseret News. Holt returned home with his wife, Thamy, and two stepdaughters. More than 200 people gathered at the Old Dome Meeting Hall at Riverton City Park to meet Holt upon his return “Man, that was a long vacation. I don’t recommend a two-year vacation to Venezuela,” he said, jokingly. . Tornado forms at Strawberry Reservoir A tornado appeared at Strawberry Reservoir on Memorial Day afternoon, according to the Deseret… Read More

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Senior NKorean official heads to NY to plan for Trump summit

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday that a top North Korean official is headed to New York for talks on an upcoming summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as diplomatic efforts also accelerated in Asia. Trump said in a tweet that Kim Yong Chol was traveling to New York as part of ongoing meetings between the two countries to arrange the summit on the future of North Korea’s nuclear weapons. South Korean media earlier reported that Kim Yong Chol’s name was on the passenger list for a fight Wednesday from Beijing to New York. Kim was seen in the Beijing airport on… Read More

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Paris conference seeks political roadmap for lawless Libya

PARIS — A top adviser to the head of Libya’s U.N.-recognized government based in Tripoli has tweeted that the country’s rival leaders reached consensus on Tuesday at a Paris meeting to hold both parliamentary and presidential elections in battered Libya on Dec. 10. Taher El-Sonni, a senior political adviser to Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, tweeted about the agreed-on date ahead of the closing of the brief international conference in Paris. The information could not be immediately confirmed. Final decisions agreed to by four leading Libyan officials who symbolize the divisions in the North African country will be announced at the close of the conference, attended by representatives of some 20… Read More

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