His career over, Phelps looks forward to being full-time dad

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Michael Phelps has nothing left to do at the pool.
He’s ready to start branching out.
At the top of the list: being a father.
The most decorated athlete in Olympic history insisted again Sunday that his swimming career is over, less than 24 hours after claiming his 23rd gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay.
He ditched the athletes village and spent the night with his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, and their 3-month-old son, Boomer.
“Being apart from him for the last three weeks, four weeks from when I saw him last, he’s grown so much,” Phelps said. “I changed a diaper last night. He was just sitting there looking at me, smiling the whole time. It brought a tear to my eye, just because he hasn’t seen me in a while and it was so cool to see him smiling back at me and laughing and giggling.”
Boomer was sleeping when Phelps got to the hotel after what was presumably the final race of his career.
“I picked him up after I was done and just held him,” Phelps said. “That’s something I’m really, really looking forward to, just watching him grow up.”
Phelps said he’s eager to play catch with his son in the backyard, take him to sporting events, do whatever he can to be a huge part of Boomer’s life.
“That’s number one for me,” Phelps said. “I want to be there every step of the way. I don’t want to miss a thing. I’ve had so many people say to me, ‘You blink an eye, it’s over.’ They grow up so fast. Next thing you know, they’re going off to college. I don’t want to miss anything.”
Phelps’ parents divorced when he was a child, and the swimmer had a strained relationship with his father, Fred, for years. Only after a second drunken-driving arrest and six weeks of inpatient therapy did Phelps reconnect with his dad, who cheered on his son a month ago at the U.S. Olympic trials but wasn’t able to travel to Brazil.
Phelps and his soon-to-be wife intend to continue living in suburban Phoenix, at least for the next couple of years. But he stressed that Baltimore will always be home.
Phelps also talked about some familiar goals: working with his foundation to teach more children to swim and continuing his efforts to make the sport more popular — not just in the United States but around the world. He’s already seen the growth that was sparked by his phenomenal success over five Olympics.
In the only event he didn’t win in Rio, he was beaten by a 21-year-old from Singapore, Joseph Schooling, who grew up idolizing the American star. Several of Phelps’ younger teammates talked of getting his autograph or having posters of him on their wall when they were children. He hopes to carry on that momentum, even though he’s stepping away from competitive swimming.
Phelps is not giving up the pool, however. He plans to keep swimming as part of his exercise regimen, hoping to keep his weight around the current 190 pounds.
“I will never let myself get to 230 pounds again,” vowed Phelps, who put on weight after previous Olympics. “It’s great exercise. It’s something I know how to do. It will be easy to pop in and swim two miles a couple of times a week. I’ve always been so schedule-oriented. I’m going to try to get on that earlier than later this time.”
When his news conference ended, Phelps bounded out of his chair.
“You guys won’t see me at one of these things for a long time,” he told reporters. “See you later.”
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Cubs starter John Lackey leaves game with injury

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago starter John Lackey left the Cubs’ game Sunday night against the St. Louis Cardinals with two outs in the seventh inning because of an apparent injury.
With Chicago leading 3-1, the right-hander grimaced in pain after throwing a pitch to Randal Grichuk and the count at 2-2.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon, a trainer and infielders came to the mound. Lackey walked off the field and was replaced by Justin Grimm, who struck out Grichuk.
Lackey allowed only an unearned run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings and struck out five.

Third French town bans ‘burkini’ swimwear after tense clash

PARIS (AP) — The mayor of a Corsican town has banned full-body swimsuits known as “burkinis” after a clash between local residents and Muslim bathers of North African origin.
Ange-Pierre Vivoni is the latest French mayor to prohibit the swimwear, which is worn by some Muslim women, in the wake of Islamic extremist attacks this summer.
Vivoni said on France-Info radio Monday that the ban in his town of Sisco is aimed at calming religious tensions and protecting Muslims.
The Interior Ministry says a clash Saturday in Sisco that left at least four people injured and three cars torched reportedly started over the presence of women in burkinis.
Cannes and the town of Villeneuve-Loubet also recently banned the burkini. Critics say the bans are discriminatory and could worsen tensions.

Merkel spokesman criticizes Russia for Aleppo food crisis

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman is calling on Russia to exert its “great influence on the Syrian president” to alleviate suffering in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Spokesman Steffen Seibert also criticized Moscow’s offer of a daily three-hour cease-fire in Aleppo.
Seibert said Monday that Merkel is concerned about the people in Aleppo and has received a direct appeal from a Syrian doctor, Hamza al-Khatib, who called on her to help end the bombing of civilians.
The Russian military is fighting alongside Syrian government forces besieging the northern city.
Seibert said Russia’s promise of three-hour cease-fires to allow humanitarian aid into Aleppo “is meant to sound like a concession, but is actually cynicism, since everyone knows that this time is nowhere near enough to really restore supplies to desperate people.”

Portugal, Spain try to stamp out wildfires after deadly week

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — As residents doused their homes with water, firefighters in Portugal and Spain kept battling scores of wildfires Monday after a week of the worst fire destruction in years on the mountainous Iberian Peninsula.
Stoked by winds and high temperatures, the wildfires have killed at least four people in Portugal and one in Spain over the last week and forced hundreds to flee their homes.
On Monday, authorities in Portugal said almost 2,000 firefighters supported by 10 water-dumping aircraft were tackling over 40 different fires throughout the country. One of the most stubborn blazes, however, had been brought under control near the central town of Sao Pedro do Sol.
In Spain, 10 water-dumping planes and helicopters helped ground crews attack flames in the northwestern province of Galicia, which has lost around 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) to fire. Galicia’s government said five firefighters were taken to the hospital— four due to smoke inhalation and one from injuries received in a road accident.
Televised images from both countries showed residents dousing homes and nearby woods to try to stave off the flames through Sunday night and into Monday morning.
Last week over a dozen major wildfires forced the deployment of almost 4,500 firefighters throughout Portugal. The worst fire reached the capital of the Atlantic Ocean island of Madeira, where it killed three elderly people, injured over 300 and razed homes and a hotel.
Spanish police have made several arrests of alleged arsonists suspected of setting some of the fires.
One particularly devastating fire on the Canary Islands was started unintentionally when a German man tried to burn his soiled toilet paper, sparking a conflagration that destroyed 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of forest on La Palma.

Diseases rising among Syrians stranded at Jordan border berm

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A doctor monitoring the plight of 75,000 Syrians stranded on the sealed border with Jordan says she’s been told infectious diseases are spreading among them.
Natalie Thurtle of the international aid group Doctors Without Borders said Monday that refugees with some medical training have told her they see about 30 cases a day of jaundice, likely a symptom of hepatitis.
Thurtle says that’s an increase from one a week before Jordan closed the border in June. She says diarrhea and respiratory problems are also common.
The closure, a response to a cross-border attack by Islamic State extremists, cut off two desert camps from medical and other aid, except for a one-off food delivery last week and occasional water shipments.
It’s unclear how aid will reach the camps in the future.

Turkey: 3 killed in car bomb attack targeting police

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels detonated a car bomb at a police station in southeast Turkey on Monday, killing two police officers and a young child, officials said. Some 25 other people were wounded.
The attack targeted a traffic-police station on a highway linking the city of Diyarbakir and the town of Batman, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The explosion tore a large crater on the highway while television footage showed a three-story building that appeared to have been gutted by the blast.
Officials blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The Diyarbakir governor’s office said eight police officers were among the wounded.
Clashes between the PKK and Turkey’s security forces resumed last year after a tenuous cease-fire collapsed. The PKK has frequently targeted police or military with roadside explosives or car bombs.
Last week, a wave of PKK attacks targeting Turkish police and soldiers in the mainly Kurdish southeast region, including Diyarbakir, killed at least 12 people. PKK commander Cemil Bayik had threatened increased attacks on police last week, in comments carried by Kurdish and Turkish media.
Monday’s attack came on the day the PKK marks the start of its armed campaign in 1984, with attacks on paramilitary police forces in the two southeastern towns of Eruh and Semdinli.
Since hostilities with the PKK resumed last year, more than 600 Turkish security personnel and thousands of PKK militants have been killed, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. Human rights groups say hundreds of civilians have also died.
Turkey and its allies consider the PKK a terrorist organization.

Father, ex-husband arrested in UK-Pakistani woman’s killing

By ASIF SHAHZAD, Associated Press
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police have arrested the father and ex-husband of a British woman of Pakistani origin who was killed last month in what authorities suspect was an “honor killing,” a top investigator said Monday.
Samia Shahid’s family buried her, claiming she had died of natural causes. But after her husband raised the alarm, the police reopened the case and later concluded the 28-year-old was strangled to death.
Abu Bakar Khuda Bux, the investigator heading the team, told The Associated Press that the woman’s father, Mohammad Shahid, and her former husband, Mohammad Shakeel, were prime suspects in the case.
The two were formally arrested on Sunday, although the police have been questioning them for several days, Bux said.
“All the evidence we have is leading to their involvement in the murder,” he said. “We are collecting more evidence before we sent the case to court.”
After her death, Shahid’s second husband, Mukhtar Kazim, accused the family of luring her back to Pakistan from Dubai, where the couple lived, on the pretext of her father’s illness. His statements prompted the investigation and Pakistani police eventually declared the case a murder.
According to two police officers, the ex-husband has confessed to the killing and has described to his interrogators how he used his ex-wife’s scarf to strangle her. The officers, who are involved in the probe, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the details with the media before the case goes to court.
Bux declined to comment on the purported confessions, saying the investigation is not yet finished.
After she married the first time, Shahid lived in Pakistan for a brief period before moving back to England where she got a divorce in 2014. Her family had lived Bradford since 1950s.
Pakistan reports nearly 1,000 so-called “honor killings” every year.

1 person shot in Milwaukee protest but no repeat of riots

By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — One person was shot and wounded during a second night of violent unrest in Milwaukee to protest the fatal shooting of a black man by police, but there was no repeat of the widespread destruction of property.
On Sunday night, two dozen officers in riot gear confronted protesters who were throwing rocks and other objects at police near where Sylville K. Smith was fatally shot a day earlier. Police tried to disperse the crowd and warned of arrests.
The city’s police chief said Smith, 23, was shot and killed by a black police officer Saturday afternoon after he turned toward the officer with a gun in his hand. The officer’s identity has not been released. The killing touched off violence that led to the destruction of six businesses on the city’s mostly black north side Saturday night. Wisconsin’s governor put the National Guard on standby to protect against further violence.
TV footage showed a small group of protesters running through the streets Sunday night, picking up orange construction barriers and hurling them out of the way. Police posted on Twitter three locations where they said shots were fired. Police said an injured officer was taken to a hospital after a rock broke the windshield of a squad car.
Police said early Monday that an 18-year-old Milwaukee man was seriously injured when he was shot during the unrest Sunday night. Officers used an armored vehicle to retrieve the man and took him to a hospital. Police did not say who shot the man, but that they continue to look for suspects.
There were no other reports of injuries and no major destruction of property.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said at a press conference earlier Sunday that Smith turned toward an officer with a gun in his hand. Flynn cautioned that the shooting was still under investigation and that authorities were awaiting autopsy results, but that the officer “certainly appeared to be within lawful bounds,” based on video from his body camera.
He said the officer told Smith to drop the gun and he did not do so. It was unclear how many rounds the officer fired. Smith was hit in the chest and arm, Flynn said.
At the same news conference, Mayor Tom Barrett said a still image pulled from the footage clearly showed a gun in Smith’s hand as he fled a traffic stop Saturday.
“I want our community to know that,” Barrett said. But he also called for understanding for Smith’s family.
“A young man lost his life yesterday afternoon,” the mayor said. “And no matter what the circumstances are, his family has to be hurting.”
Flynn declined to identify the officer who shot Smith but said he is black. The police chief said he wasn’t sure what prompted the stop but described Smith’s car as “behaving suspiciously.”
In addition to the businesses that were burned to the ground Saturday night, 17 people were arrested and four police injured.
Gov. Scott Walker put Wisconsin’s National Guard on standby Sunday, and 125 Guard members reported to local armories to prepare for further instructions, although they were not deployed.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said Smith had been arrested 13 times. Online court records showed a range of charges against Smith, many of them misdemeanors.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Smith was also charged in a shooting and was later charged with pressuring the victim to withdraw testimony that identified Smith as the gunman. The charges were dropped because the victim recanted the identification and failed to appear in court, Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern told the newspaper.
Speaking at a Sunday night vigil, Smith’s sister, Kimberley Neal, told The Associated Press that the family wants prosecutors to charge the officer who shot him.
The anger at Milwaukee police is not new and comes as tension between black communities and law enforcement has ramped up across the nation, resulting in protests and the recent ambush killings of eight officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Dallas.
Nearly 40 percent of Milwaukee’s 600,000 residents are black, and they are heavily concentrated on the north side.
Milwaukee was beset by protests and calls for police reform after an officer shot and killed Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man, in 2014.
In December, the U.S. Justice Department announced it would work with Milwaukee police on changes.
Critics said the police department should have been subjected to a full Justice Department investigation like the one done in Ferguson, Missouri, after the killing of black 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014 touched off violence there.
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Associated Press writers Gretchen Ehlke in Milwaukee and Kyle Potter in Minneapolis contributed to this report.

Water everywhere, Louisiana residents struggle for dry land

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, MAX BECHERER and REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press
WALKER, La. (AP) — Barbara Manuel saw a flicker of sun and that gave her hope that the worst of the horrific flooding to hit southern Louisiana was over. But then the skies ripped open, the lights in her house started to flicker and with three feet of water outside threatening to come in and two young kids to care for, she knew it was time to get out.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Manuel said, speaking on the side of the road as she was about to get in a National Guard vehicle. The 41-year-old is one of more than 20,000 people rescued from their homes as of Sunday as rain-swollen rivers flooded their banks and wreaked havoc across southern Louisiana.
She was worried about her mother who lives just up the road. High waters made the trip impassable and cellphone problems made it difficult to reach her. But Manuel’s two children — a 5-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son — were fine.
“As long as my kids are safe, that’s all that matters,” she said.
Across southern Louisiana Sunday, residents scrambled to get to safety as rivers and creeks burst their banks, swollen from days of heavy rain that in some areas came close to two feet over a 48-hour period.
More than 10,000 people were in shelters Sunday, according to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.
In high-water vehicles, boats and helicopters, emergency crews hurried to rescue scores of south Louisiana residents as the governor warned it was not over.
From the air, homes in southwest Louisiana looked more like little islands surrounded by flooded fields. Farmland was covered, streets descended into impassable pools of water, shopping centers were inundated with only roofs of cars peeking above the water.
From the ground it was just as catastrophic.
Drivers tried to navigate treacherous roads where the water lapped at the side or covered the asphalt in a running stream. Abandoned cars were pushed to the side of the road, lawn furniture and children’s toys floating through the waters.
The low pressure system that wreaked such havoc moved into Texas, but the National Weather Service warned that there’s still danger of fresh floods, as swollen rivers drain toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Rivers in the Baton Rouge area have started to fall, but still remained above flood stage setting record levels over the weekend, the National Weather Service said Monday.
“The rivers and streams north of Interstate 12 have crested and have started to drop, while those south of the interstate continue to rise,” Meteoroloest Mike Efferson said.
The Comite River just east of Baton Rouge on Monday morning dropped nearly 2 feet from the 34.2-feet level over the weekend. Flood stage is 20 feet. The Amite River at Denham Springs was at 43.5 feet Monday after reaching 46.2 feet. Flood stage is 29 feet.
“The area around Baton Rouge could see up to a half-inch of rain Monday, with a 40 to 50 percent chance in the forecast,” Efferson said.
The federal government declared a major disaster in the state, specifically in the parishes of Tangipahoa, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge and Livingston. Gov. Edwards said President Barack Obama called him and said the people of southern Louisiana were in his thoughts and prayers and that the federal government would be a solid partner.
Edwards also called on people to refrain from going out to “sightsee” even as the weather gets better.
“This is a serious event. It is ongoing. It is not over,” the governor said Sunday.
Four people have been reported dead, said Devin George, the state registrar for vital records, earlier Sunday. Later Sunday, a woman’s body was recovered by divers from inside a flooded vehicle in East Baton Rouge Parish, appearing to raise the death toll to five.
Authorities worked throughout Sunday to rescue people from cars stranded on a miles-long stretch of Interstate 12 until the governor said on Twitter late in the day that everyone had been rescued.
One of those stranded motorists was Alex Cobb of Baton Rouge, who spent Saturday night on the interstate before being rescued by a National Guard truck.
She was on her way to a bridal shower she was supposed to host Saturday when flooding closed off the highway.
She said she had food intended for the bridal shower and a produce truck up the road shared its stock with drivers — giving out fruits and vegetables to people.
Hundreds of people were gathered at Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge, some coming in by bus and others by helicopter.
Matthew and Rachel Fitzpatrick, from Brandon, Mississippi, hopped off one of the choppers with her grandparents. The couple had been visiting family in Baton Rouge when the flooding started. They found temporary refuge at Hebron Baptist Church but became trapped by floodwaters Saturday night.
People at the church used boats and big trucks to rescue others and bring them to the church, where helicopters started picking them up and flying them to safety Sunday.
Matthew, 29, said between 250 and 300 people were still at the church as of late afternoon Sunday.
“Everybody is just tired and nervous and wanting to see what kind of damage they have to their home,” Rachel said.
The evacuees included Gov. Edwards and his family, who were forced to leave the Governor’s Mansion when chest-high water filled the basement and electricity was shut off.
In one dramatic rescue Saturday, two men on a boat pulled a woman from a car almost completely underwater, according to video by WAFB. The woman, who’s not initially visible on camera, yells from inside the car: “Oh my god, I’m drowning.”
One of the rescuers, David Phung, jumps into the brown water and pulls the woman to safety. She pleads with Phung to get her dog, but he can’t find it. After several seconds, Phung takes a deep breath, goes underwater and resurfaces — with the small dog.
Other effects from the flooding:
— A hospital in Baton Rouge — Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge’s O’Neal campus — has evacuated about 40 patients and is expected to evacuate another 10 to 15.
— Severe weather damaged AT&T Wireless’s equipment and halted service for some customers in the Baton Rouge area.
— Amtrak is busing customers from Jackson, Mississippi, to New Orleans instead of using the train.
— Rescuers have taken out hundreds of pets as they go door-to-door searching for people.
— The head of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says 56 people remain in a shelter because their homes are flooded.
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Kunzelman reported from Baton Rouge and Santana reported from New Orleans. Janet McConnaughey and Bill Fuller in New Orleans contributed to this report.